I'm listening to the audience tape on archive, and I may like that as much or more as the soundboard CD. There was so much energy in the (small) crowd, a very nice vibe, not to mention a lot of singalong (I know some hate it, but I love it). I also had great luck meeting up with forum folks. Got in a little late, and, after discovering that they were actually patting people down (so ridiculous) rather than just looking in bags, we left one door, rearranged our belongs into non-pattable areas, and headed for a different door. There was only one person ahead of me getting patted and suddenly I realized it was FurthurFlower (maybe picture threads aren't all bad). Then when we went to our seats, it turned out right
next to us was rockinbob and his buddy we had met in Columbus, which was a huge treat and big fun having them there to party with. After I sat down, I was chatting with the two folks in front of us, one of whom turned out to live about 2 miles from us. The other was a very nice woman, and in the context of discussing Bob singing Jerry songs, the forum was mentioned, and it turned out that it was Ruby Claire, another terrific surprise! And I got to walk back to the hotel with both FF67 and Ossumpei, which was a lovely end to the evening!
As for the music, I'll let you listen, but it was great. Celebration and Born Crossed were a nice start, then Scarlet set the place on fire, John K was incredible (so strong all night, confirmed by the guitar player with me), then Colors of the Rain, which is my least favorite new song, but it was wonderful, with a great bit of jamming in it that was a pleasant surprise. The Playin>Crazy Fingers>Playin alone was worth the 5+ hour drive, especially since I didn't think I'd get a Crazy Fingers, and Jeff was beautiful on it!! Could have had more Jeff throughout, he didn't get quite as many chances to shine as I would have liked. Though I'm just hearing Cumberland, and he's setting the keys on fire, so I shouldn't complain. WITS- I would have gladly given you one of these Cumberlands, you'd have loved 'em. Nice end with DTR.
Then I'm all set and ready to get dancing for set 2, and they start with Mountain Song- WTF?? I'm starting to like this song, primarily for the instrumentals, but it was a buzz kill at the start of the set, imo, until it picked up a bit about 1/2 way through, and the jam perked things up a bit. Watchtower was good, except for some serious lyric forgetting by Bob, including one point where the audience, in singalong mode, actually prompted Bob on the verse and he gave us a little point with his finger like "OK, thanks, at least you guys have it", pretty funny. And FOTM kept us dancing nicely, and then: TERRAPIN!!! It was 25 minutes of sheer magical bliss, including particularly beautiful opening and pre-"inspiration" jams by JK. I couldn't have asked for more, and it almost made Blues for Allah anti-climatic for me, but of course not entirely and I was excited to hear it, nice and spacey. The Dew was beautiful and majestic, JK again did a wonderful job, such perfect tone, and Phil boomed his way through. And if that wasn't enough, they give us an Uncle John's!!!! Again, unexpected and so welcome! A fine closing with a somewhat uptempo And We Bid You Goodnight. I've already said I wasn't thrilled with the encore choice, but hey, I was on cloud nine, what did it matter!
When's the next show??!!