, attached to 2018-12-30

Review by Xpanding_Man

Xpanding_Man I'll try to be brief, which will take some effort...

Set 1

The opener was nostalgically fun albeith played a little differently (more funky and w/o the change to a 2-step) then right into Mike's...good playing all around although the Glide II seemed a little like product placement if that makes any sense. Then Weekapaug...hmm, are they in a mood tonight? At least twice the song could have ended gracefully yet first Trey then all of them push it forward to the point of X-eyed painlessness. At this point, my spidey sense is tingling...they ARE in a mood! Sunday night, 12/30, this one's looking interesting. The Bliss acoustic was a nice breather, then the ultimate breather (Billy) came up and time warped for me, like I was back in the 90's seeing this song again and again. I didn't care for it much back then but now it's become a fave. NMINML felt like a good call, then Tube kept it going. At some point during the jam I thought to myself that it sounded rather Weekapaug-ish. Sure enough....back into the Groove. Then back into Tube. Nicely done. More was an apt closer.

Set 2

Never heard the opener before; very much dug it. I was having a great time last night, comfy as hell with A/V inside and outside in the back yard, firepit going, beautiful weather, and Everything was indeed right for me in that space. I LOVE Plasma personally, so whenever it comes up I feel affirmed in time/space. The Light that followed was just blissful. At this point the jams are so strong that it's easy to forger exactly what song we're jamming out of, and where we are exactly in the set (or on the planet). The Wading felt perfectly placed, and then...OMG. The SOAM had some missed parts here and there but is a must-listen. The end-jam devolved into a massive mind-fuck at one point, similar to the IT Waves (at least that's what I was reminded of). Probably came off better live than it did on playback. Great closer.

Encore

Funky Bitch surprised the hell out of me. As did Wilson. At this point, well, it was just a Rocky Top kinda night wasn't it? The Cavern only served to confirm that yes, indeed, this was another 12/30 gem, on a Sunday night no less. Everything's Right. Hold Tight.


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