, attached to 2013-07-14

Review by westbrook

westbrook First Tube started the show off with a bang. Moma Dance through Chalk Dust was all well and good, but Stash is when things got serious and the band went on a tear to close out the first set. This Stash had the most improvisational jam of any in the modern era. Early in the jam, Trey lead the band into the major mode to gorgeous effect and back into a normal Stash jam until about 8:55, when he started rhythmically playing with the wah pedal and Mike switched on one of his many bass effects. A Funky Stash! I couldn't believe my fortune. This funky segment smoothly shifted back to another beautiful major section before the final return to the normal Stash jam to end the song. This Stash is must-hear. The momentum of the set kept rising with a crazy Scent of a Mule after Stash. I see this Mule has already been bolded on the jam chart, and with good reason. In addition to a great Page solo and a Trey/Mike duel, this Mule featured Fish playing unaccompanied on his new instrument, the Marimba Lumina. Knowing that It's Ice was played on 7/7/13 and the rate at which the song has been played in recent years, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear it start up after Mule. Like in Stash, the band got into a cool funky jam in an unlikely spot and made this Ice a keeper. I'll also note that Trey started playing the wrong section after the jam ended, but quickly recovered. Overall, this was a great It's Ice. At this point we've already heard funk in Moma Dance, Stash, and Ice, so what better way to keep that trend going than with Tube? I'm a sucker for Page on the Wurlitzer, which he utilized in the beginning of the jam and Trey also slipped a nice It's Ice tease in there. There's probably no song that I am more happy with a "standard" version of than Tube. The set-closing Antelope was a thoroughly rousing rendition, after which the band stayed on stage longer than usual to soak in the audience's approval, knowing that they crushed the first set just as well as we did. The great playing and unexpected jams in the first set got the show off to a great start.

Golden Age and Twist did not go off the deep end into the world of free-form improvisation, but they did feature great playing from Trey. With Trey on his game, jams don't need to go type 2 to be exhilarating. When Backwards Down the Number Line started, I hoped it would be the bridge between the first jam segment of the set (GA and Twist) and another, and thankfully I was right. Light has never been one of my favorite songs, as in the composed part, but nowadays I'm always happy to hear it because the band usually cuts loose on it and jams, and that was indeed the case tonight. The jam stayed upbeat until 6 and a half minutes in, when Trey started rhythmically strumming. The rest of the band immediately locked into this new direction at by 8:20 was in a dark, jazzy start-stop jam, which was awesome to witness. As the jam progressed, it got funkier, until it segued very well into Boogie on Reggae Woman. Mike already had the envelope filter turned on for the end of the Light jam, so why not play Boogie on? Before I saw the timings on LivePhish, I though this Light must have been about 15 minutes, and I was surprised to see it was only 12. This is a testament to the strength of the jam and the ground covered in a short period of time. Light-> Boogie was a thrilling segment. Julius put a nice rocking cap on the set to this point, and with the time remaining I could feel the stage being set for a YEM to close out the second set. My suspicions proved to be true and in keeping with the theme of funky jams, we were treated to an ultra laid-back YEM. This YEM is a keeper. The Loving Cup encore felt right as the finale of a great weekend of shows.

Highlights - Stash through Antelope, Light->Boogie, YEM


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