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teafortexas
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Mickey Hart Band 4/17 Cat's Cradle > Carrboro, NC

#149254 2 years, 4 months ago
Finally got a chance to see Mikey and his band last night. I knew it was going to be a different sound and was very interested in what they had to offer.

A very diverse crowd (18-60) that was RARIN to go. A little surprised but happy to see the place fairly (but not too) packed for the 8:30 start. Mickey came out to thunderous applause and I think was a bit taken back by the energy in the room. He patted his heart and said. Wow! This is GREAT! Sometimes there are good nites and sometimes there are bad nites, tonite is going to be a GOOD nite!" With that the band launched into a spirited NFA much to the delight of the crowd. Very unique take on this standard with some excellent twists and turns before bouncing into a thunderous finish. The place went nuts as it concluded and the band was all smiles given the wonderful ovation.

There were quite a few songs I had never heard before but were well played. To sum up these tunes I would say they had a very inspirational and spiritual sound to them. A few of them started with a bed of sounds and rhythms that had a decidedly Pink Floyd-esque theme before taking a more unique shape. African, Moroccan, and Latin sounds seemed to dominate which would then move into an almost gospel sometimes bluesy feel. Most of the band had 2 microphones. One mic seemed to deliver a basic sound while the other created more distorted, reverb tones. They would sing a passage through the regular mic, build up the song and then finish the end of a verse using the second mic. The sound would crescendo and then trail off with a decidedly psychedelic effect.

A good dose of slide-work by the lead guitarist complemented by very deliberate but steady rhythms by Mickey. Very danceable, Very inspirational. We got an excellent Scarlett > ??? > Fire (with alt lyrics) which what I thought would finish the 1st set. The lead guitar took center stage on this final combo and was in a word: Incendiary. I am used to a 'slow boil' with these tunes but they went right for the throat save for a short bridge in Scarlet. The joint was jumpin!

The setbreak never came despite the pleas from my knees. More diverse tunes followed with some very distinct passages that harkened to the tones and cadence of Eyes, Samson, and Throwin Stones. A destructive Other One broke out with 2 separate climax bombs before beginning in earnest. This was the tune of the night for Mickey! An almost hypnotic pace would give way to hard-charging, urgent rhythms before exploding in time with the rest of the band. Smiles and Cheers were everywhere! The nite ended with a fabulous Bertha. It had a very bouncy tempo that seemed to quicken from stanza to stanza. The lead guitar found his groove and did not let up.....whew.


Bummed not to get an encore but I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the show. The pain-o-meter in my knees is justification that the band brought the heat this nite. Don't pass up a chance to see Mickey and his mates!
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Re: Mickey Hart Band 4/17 Cat's Cradle > Carrboro, NC

#149270 2 years, 4 months ago
The guitarist is Gawain Mathews, and I happen to know him informally, but I think he'd be floored by your comments and very encouraged. He's obviously hugely talented (as both you and Mickey noticed) but he's new to our scene and is still trying to figure out how his playing comes off to long-time heads.

I'll forward your comments to him if you like, although it would seriously mean more if you sent it; I already told him how I felt. He's on Facebook and would love to hear from you. He's working very hard to achieve that reaction.
Last Edit: 2 years, 4 months ago by Helen A Bucket.
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Re: Mickey Hart Band 4/17 Cat's Cradle > Carrboro, NC

#149277 2 years, 4 months ago
Great review of the show TforTexas!!! Thanks for sharing the experince with us! Sounds like it was a great time!!
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Re: Mickey Hart Band 4/17 Cat's Cradle > Carrboro, NC

#149290 2 years, 4 months ago
Helen A Bucket wrote:
The guitarist is Gawain Mathews, and I happen to know him informally, but I think he'd be floored by your comments and very encouraged. He's obviously hugely talented (as both you and Mickey noticed) but he's new to our scene and is still trying to figure out how his playing comes off to long-time heads.

I'll forward your comments to him if you like, although it would seriously mean more if you sent it; I already told him how I felt. He's on Facebook and would love to hear from you. He's working very hard to achieve that reaction.


Thanks for your note. I didn't focus too much on him during the review as I was trying to paint a more generalized picture of the evening. Since you responded to my comments about him, I will go into a little more depth.

I am no guitar expert other than seeing many hundreds of shows. Gawain has a very unique style but one I think lends itself very well to the jamband genre. I was particularly taken by his slide-work. While not my favorite style, he was able to take sound in many different directions that I simply have not heard from many other players. What I liked most about it were his entry-points in most songs. Instead of playing off of the prevailing rhythm, he came in fast and heavy which enabled him to build his progressions much more quickly. He didn't stay with a single riff for too long and was all over the fret while still maintaining strength through the changes. I also saw a little classical style thrown in a few times but he was able to blend it well into the trajectory of the song. These actions are usually seen with players with decades of experience.
I know that Mickey has been adamant about wanting something different from the GD-style for the lead. Gawain uses more than a requisite amount of improvisation which will always be a central component of what made/makes GD music so special to me.
I will be sure to drop him a note – especially if you think the feedback is valuable to him. He has a very bright future ahead of him and I am glad to have gotten a glimpse.
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Re: Mickey Hart Band 4/17 Cat's Cradle > Carrboro, NC

#149398 2 years, 4 months ago
Thanks for the review! I'll be seeing the band tonight in Asheville.

I managed to catch Mickey's album & performance stream a few weeks back, and it's the first I've really heard of what he's been up to. Sounds really, really cool & I'm really excited for tonight! My two cents to follow
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Re: Mickey Hart Band 4/17 Cat's Cradle > Carrboro, NC

#149415 2 years, 4 months ago
bokb wrote:
Thanks for the review! I'll be seeing the band tonight in Asheville.

I managed to catch Mickey's album & performance stream a few weeks back, and it's the first I've really heard of what he's been up to. Sounds really, really cool & I'm really excited for tonight! My two cents to follow


Have a blast - I certainly did! I also just found last nites show on archive as well:

www.archive.org/details/mhb2012-04-17.catscradle

Give it a listen if you are curious....Man I love me some Ashville
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