Saturday, April 30, 2005

Zooma Tour Dates

The Zooma tour dates have been announced. Trey Anastasio Band and Ben Harper will be headlining. Check their website for a list of other artists.
6.16.05 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ
6.17.05 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6.18.05 ALLTEL Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
6.19.05 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
6.22.05 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
6.24.05 Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
6.25.05 Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
6.26.05 Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
6.29.05 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
7.01.05 Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
7.02.05 Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA
7.07.05 Jones Beach Theater, Wantaugh, NY
7.08.05 PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
7.09.05 Meadows Music Center, Hartford, CT
7.10.05 SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY
7.12.05 Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
7.13.05 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
7.15.05 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
7.16.05 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
7.17.05 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
7.19.05 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT
7.20.05 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Pittsburgh, PA
7.22.05 UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis, MO
7.23.05 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, KS
7.25.05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
7.27.05 Coors Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
7.28.05 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
7.29.05 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
7.31.05 Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, WA
Should be a lot of fun. I'll be living in Las Vegas for most of this summer covering the World Series of Poker for Poker Player Newspaper. That's an awesome job, but missing these concerts really blows. I'll miss all of Widespread Panic's summer tour and will skip several Zooma dates on the east coast. However, I think I will try to do a few of the Southern California shows in late July. Galactic will be on the shcedule then and they fuckin' always kick my ass.

Anyway, one week from today, I'll be see Trey in Cincy!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Awesome Coventry Phish Video

Take a few minutes to check out this incredible video by Gary Dann of his experience at Coventry, Phish's last show. You'll get a glimpse of what Pauly and I, and thousands of other (freaky-ass) people went through to be part of this crazy experience. Man, I miss Phish.

Trey Setlist - Nashville

4.27.05 Trey Anastasio Band, Ryman Theatre, Nashville, TN

Set One: Get Back On The Train (acoustic solo), Love That Breaks All Lines, Wilson (acoustic solo), Night Speaks To A Woman, Plasma, Cayman Review, What's Done, Drifting, In The Light (Zeppelin cover)

Set Two: Dig A Pony (Beatles cover), Push On Til The Day, Gloomy Sky**, Mr. Completely, The Way I Feel, Come As Melody

Encore: I Am The Walrus

** First Time Played

I see Trey is working a few Beatles tune sinto his set. Pretty cool to also see a few solo acoustic Phishy tunes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Trey Setlist - Richmond, VA

4.26.05 Trey Anastasio Band, Landmark Theatre, Richmond, VA

Set 1: Come As Melody, Oz Is Ever Floating, Sitting In Limbo** (Jimmy Cliff cover), Goodbye Head**, Night Speaks To A Woman, Knives Out** (Radiohead cover), Black**, Drifting

Set Two: Mr. Completely > 18 Steps, Air Said To Me**, Talk (solo acoustic), Love Is Freedom, Cincinnati > Low > In The Light** (Led Zeppelin cover), I Am The Walrus (The Beatles cover)

Encore: Host Across The Potomac**, Love That Breaks All Lines**

** First Time Played

(Setlist courtesy of

Holy shit... Trey busted out one of my favorite Zeppelin tunes! Can't wait for May 7th and Trey in Cincy!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Trey & Ben Harper Headline Zooma

Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper will headline the Zooma Tour this summer. Here's a bit:
Superfly Productions, and AC Entertainment have announced the Zooma Tour, "A Bonnaroo Event", ready to hit the States June 16 - July 31. Headliners will be Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. Additional artists, tour dates and on sale info will be announced shortly. Zooma is the first attempt to spread the Bonnaroo name beyond the landmark Tennessee festival held the past four Junes in Manchester, TN. The Zooma tour will be a multi-faceted entertainment event featuring two performance stages, and a complete activity village with vendors and plenty of attractions. Inspired by the Bonnaroo Music Festival tradition, Zooma Tour will extend the festival's spirit, presenting diverse lineups to open minded music fans in local communities.
The tourdates will be posted on the Zooma website very soon.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Super Jam Trey

Trey Anastasio will take part in a SuperJam at the State Palace Theatre in New Orleans. That show will take place on Saturday, April 30th. The line up is sick! Skeeto Valdez, Greg Davis, Les Hall, Roger Lewis, Ray Paczkowski, Cyril Neville, Sunpie Barnes, and Peter Chwazik. More guests will be added in the upcoming weeks.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Widespread Panic Night 3

4.16.05 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Set I: Good People, Chilly Water > Use Me > Chilly Water, Little Lilly, Pilgrims, Big Woolly Mammoth > Run For Your Life, Pigeons, Climb To Safety

Set II: Surprise Valley > Bust It Big, Junior > Party At Your Mama's House > Driving Song > Low Rider > Red Hot Mama > Driving Song, Let Her Cry, Fishwater, Imitation Leather Shoes

Encore: Don't Be Denied, Tall Boy

Review to follow!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Widespread Night 2

4.15.05 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Set 1: Radio Child, Little Kin, 1 x 1 > E on a G > I'm Not Alone, Nicotina, Sleeping Man, Papa's Home > Drums > One Armed Steve > Proving Ground > Action Man

Set 2: Love and Happiness, Pickin' Up the Pieces, Nebulous, Holden Oversoul, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys > Drums > Ride Me High > Tie Your Shoes > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Greta, Conrad the Caterpillar

Encore: Down > No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature

Notes: First Time that Love and Happiness was played; Last E on a G was on 11.16.01

I'm exhausted so this will be a quick review. Senor started off the night with a bang and a bottle of tequila. He was ready to rage. After a few shots we headed over to the venue. Again, no patdown, no search, no line... we walked right inside! We had orchestra seats and discovered that 29th row at Radio City Music Hall is a fantastic seat. We we roughly in the middle of the entire venue. We headed downstairs to the bar. Senor ordered a tequila shot and unsuccessfully tried to chat up the unfriendly bartender. I grabbed a beer and we mingled around on the mezzanine level and watched everyone come into the show.

Right away, the sound quality from the floor was several times better than the previous night. I expected that would help enhance the overall content of the show. At 8:16pm, the boys ripped into Radio Child and instantly the sound was unbelievable. I would not have picked 1 x 1 and Little Kin as songs I wanted to hear, however, they were played very well. The true test of a band is when they play something I'm not specifically fond of... and they play it so well that I was glad I heard it! Well that's how I grouped most of the songs in the first set... they fell into that category. E on a G is a song that Panic hasn't played since well before Mikey died... back in 2001. I appreciated the rare tune and Senor went nuts when they segued into a slower and mellower tune I'm Not Alone. It's one of his two favorite Panic songs. Man, if he was happy to hear it, so was I.

By that point, I was properly medicated and Senor was roaring drunk. Nicotina and Sleeping Man were part of those songs I didn't expect to hear and they performed them well. I never would have guessed that would have been the setlist to that point, but the sound was so good and they were playing tight so I couldn't really complain. Plus the light show was pretty kick ass.

Senor was pumped when they busted out Papa's Home. That would be his second all time Panic song. They picked up the pace in the second half of the set with One Armed Steve > Proving Ground > Action Man. Man, I fuckin' forgot how much I was digging One Armed Steve during the hiatus. I was excited to hear a song that I wanted to see live again. Action Man kicked my ass and I was bummed that they were ending the set!

At setbreak, we went upstairs to the bathroom on the mezzanine level. It's always the least crowded pisser at Radio City. Afterwards, on our way down to the basement bar, I called Al Cant Hang for a dial-a-shot. The lovely EvaCanHang answered and she informed me that AlCantHang was indeed passed out on their couch at 9:45pm. Wow. The line to the bar was ridiculously long so we opted for beers and headed back to our seats.

Again the theme of the night seemed to be hearing songs I'm not crazy about... like Love and Happiness, Pickin' Up the Pieces, Nebulous, and Holden Oversoul, but I was 100% pleased with their renditions. Seriously, Panic was playing great and Dave Skools was really holding everything together for the boys. Then at 10:24pm EST... they broke out one of my favorite Traffic cover songs... Low Spark. Fuckin' A! The crowd definitely went a little bonkers when they started into Low Spark. The two songs sandwiched in between, Ride Me High > Tie Your Shoes, were sweet. They segued back into Low Spark and then got the crowd going again with Greta, another big time favorite of mine and everyone it seems. The jamming set ended with Conrad the Caterpillar. Not bad. I got to hear four songs that were on my short list of "must plays."

The encore was another two songer and the closed with a smoking No Sugar/New Mother Nature, which had the entire audience getting down pretty hard. They smoked the hell out of the second half of the second set.
No sugar tonight in my coffee
No sugar tonight in my tea
No sugar to stand beside me
No sugar to run with me
I told Senor that I felt Widespread Panic was playing good enough that I would consider hitting the road and following them around for several shows on their next tour. Even without Mikey, they still play with amazing energy and hit those dark patches which are always a little freaky to explore. Overall, I felt that they hit a lot more tight funky jams more so than usual.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Widespread Panic!!

4.15.05 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Set 1: Thin Air, Dyin Man, Rebirtha, Second Skin, Monstrosity, Stop Go, Give, Makes Sense to Me, Ain't Life Grand

Set 2: Longer Look**, Fishing**, Space Wrangler, Papa Johnny Road, Pleas, Jack, Travelin Light, Barstools and Dreamers, Blight, Guilded Splinters, Henry Parsons

Encore: This Part of Town, Love Tractor

** solo acoustic from JB

The band also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and performed Action Man.

Where to begin? Amazing show. I dunno the exact number, but I've seen Widespread Panic well over 50 times, more times than the Grateful Dead. I just checked my Tao of Pauly archives and last night was my 56th Panic show. Very nice.

I have not seen the boys since November 1st of 2003. Haley tagged along for her first show. Inside of a two month span, we'd see a slew of shows together; Radiohead, Widespread Panic, Charlie Hunter, and Phish. I took Bruce (who has seen well over 100 Grateful Dead shows) to his first Panic show on Halloween 2003 at Madison Square Garden. Great show and he had a great time, but I think last night's performance was a notch better.

Senor on the other hand had not seen Panic in a few years, since their last 3 night run at the Beacon Theatre. That happens to be my favorite place to see WSP in NYC. Nothing against Radio City Music Hall... it's a remarkable and historic venue. Every musician dreams about playing there. But there's something about the Beacon's smaller and intimate size that makes a rockin' Panic show slightly more epic.

Fifteen years ago, when I was tripping my balls off on a fistful of mushrooms in a small club in downtown Atlanta, I never expected to be see the scraggly lookin' boys from Athens sell out Radio City Music Hall a decade and a half later. Widespread Panic had undergone an amazing twenty-year run, almost in obscurity, and outlasted second and third generation jambands despite the death of their lead guitarist Mikey Houser. He was the Panic in Widespread Panic.

We got in line early. Didn't have to wait more than five minutes before we were escorted inside without a major search or patdown. Found our seats on the first mezzanine and had a nice view of the stage. We were in the last row. In 2000, Senor and I sat in a similar seat for Phish's run at Radio City, a few weeks before the Japan run. That was the night of the infamous Split Open and Melt when Phish's lighting guru Chris Kuroda messed with the house lights halfway and things got freaky. Bruce on the other hand, saw The Grateful Dead at Radio City in 1981. Man, talk about a fuckin' show! My last visit to Radio City was for Trey Anastasio Band in 2002.

The late crowd slowly filled up just after 8pm. At 8:10 the boys came out and started the show with Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi). Got the crowd dancin and grooving right away. Was pretty happy to hear Dyin Man and that's when I started to get a little shitty. Beers were moderately priced (for NYC) at $7. How could you not like sipping warm Corona's (in can form) while catching the tantalizing aroma's of kind nugs with a few whispers of Southern accents filling the surrounding seats?

Rebirtha is one of those Panic songs where I was hooked on the lyrics from the first time I heard it.

First time
It's not the first time
Last time
No, I know I seen your place before
Maybe in a past time
Maybe it was just last night
Don't just know

I wasn't all that familiar with Second Skin. Senor and I were checking out the cool light setup behind the band. It looked like several sections of the equalizer on your stereo set up. Almost a hundred vertical bars of light (each about six to ten feet tall) were lit up in various colors and designs. A few times I got that Close Encounters of the Third Kind vibe from that scene at Devil's Tower when they played music for the aliens.

Monstrosity is one of those songs you'd totally be digging on hard core drugs. I turned to Senor at one point during the song, when Dave Skools' bass was hitting that funkified trance groove, and said something like, "This is the point of the show that if you were rollin' on ecstasy... you'd be fuckin' loving life." He smiled and said, "I was just thinking that."

Stop Go is an old favorite of mine and the boys did a nice job mixing the setlist so there was never a long lull. I thought they were going to close with Give. It's kinda upbeat and would have been a smoking closer. The Joker had told me his nickname for new guitar player George McConnell is the "wha wha guy." Since that's the most common lick you'd hear from his guitar during some of the more intense jams. He busted out some serious wha wha during Give and I finally accepted the fact that he's not Mikey and he's George the wha wha guy. Makes you appreciate how amazing a guitar player Mikey Houser really was.

I tried to pull a veteran move and hit the pisser and the beer line before the set ended. While in line, I overheard the first few notes of Makes Sense to Me. Man, they weren't ending the set with Give! Just as the girl behind me said to her friend in a lazy North Carolina drawl, "I really like this song!" I bolted from the line and headed back to our seats.

I was talkin to a homeless drunk about religion.

Man, I've been singing that lyric since 1990! To just top off a hot opening set, the boys busted out Aint Life Grand. Bruce was digging that tune. There are certain Widespread Panic songs which are gateways to instant flashbacks about my reckless late teens and early twenties living in the South. Ah, youth and music! Panic puts me right back to the porch of my fraternity house... I'd have a big cup of ice, coke, and Jim Beam keeping me sane while I oggled at the cute sorority girls who decided to jog down fraternity row during their late afternoon workouts. Those were special times when you didn't have a care in the world and hearing Phil Lesh's bong-rattling bass on a scratchy Dead bootleg from someone's stereo was the closest thing to achieving nirvana.

At setbreak I hung out with the crew of folks from Virginia in the row in front of us. I got some good tips on some killer music festivals in West Virginia. I can't go because I'll be in Vegas! The folks in front of him were outta control. That group consisted of two women in their late 30s. One of them was pretty wasted. I'm guessing it was the booze and the ecstasy. She'd reach across two rows just to give me a "high-five". Man, I miss the rowdy Panic crowds. Their a little more drunkerand a lot more Southern than your average Phishy crowd. But the girls are just as adorable. I'm a sucker for crunchy girls with Southern accents.

JB came out and sat down in a chair and joked around that "he's an old man." He played a solo acoustic tune, Longer Look. Then the rest of the band came out for Fishin, and he still stayed on the acoustic. That's when they boys turned up the heat several notches. By the time Space Wrangler started, I was pretty shitfaced. It's another one of those songs that reminds me of my college days, as I was blazing up.

He gets off at a stranger's place
Where the girls dance different with familiar grace
He's knowing that he found the place
That pours the coldest beer
Skol, very cold beer
Cheers, to your friends so near
High, your dreams so clear
Raise another glass to the dreams so near

The guy in front of us called Papa Johnny Road. They followed that up with solid, mellow, yet funky jamming in Pleas and Jack. Seriously, Dave Skools carried Panic for a good forty-five minutes. He was laying out some heady bass. The busted out some more old school favorites like Travelin Light. More gushing flashbacks and I wished I got off my ass and tried to see more Panic shows on this tour! Then it was back to some more tight jamming in Barstools, Blight, and one of my favorite random cover songs that Panic does... Guilded Splinters. Nice to see a Henry Parsons and I was hoping they'd keep playing!

They started set 2 at 10pm and ended at 11:40 before they came out for a two song encore. The first song was a mellow This Part of Town. I joked with Senor that Phish would walk off the stage after a lame slow-song encore. But we knew Panic would have a second kick ass tune. They brought the house down with Love Tractor! The coolest thing about Love Tractor is that someone in the production department of TBS loves Panic because during the outro to commercials in Atlanta Braves games, at least once ever telecast, you'll hear a snippet of Love Tractor. Anyway, it was another fan favorite and another flashback for me. The crowd was singing along and hootin and hollerin during all the audience participation parts. Damn, I missed Widespread Panic more than I thought. Thank God I'm seeing them tonight!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Mike & Leo Summer Tour

Mike Gordon and acoustic guitar legend Leo Kottke will play a series of shows this June and July. It's their first collaboration since Bonnaroo 2003.
Leo Kottke& Mike Gordon Summer Tour
June 19 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO
June 24 - Northwest String Summit, Portland, OR
June 26 - Taos Solar Music Festival, Taos, NM
July 1 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (playing with Gov't Mule and moe.)
July 2 - The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (headlining show in a gorgeous location)
July 3 - High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA
Their first CD, Clone, was pretty good. I suggest you add it to your collection.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Trey Debuts New Band

Anastasio Airs New Band is a blurb in Rolling Stone about Trey's new band. Can't wait to see him in 5 weeks! I'm shocked he got into RS.