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HarborSeal My quickie review: The opening sequence of WACTOOB, Martian Monster, Axilla, Free was very strong. Each of these was played accurately and fiercely. The rest of the first set was less crisp. Meat, Ghost was a strong sequence, and while Ghost found some nice, blissful territory, it never quite found it footing. If I Could was precious, lovely, and well played. Maze, WotC were fairly (not very) well played to close the set.

SYSF is not a song I love. The jam was enjoyable but never got anywhere Significant, though I was a bit distracted by some especially loud chompers next to me during the most out-there parts. Swept Away, Steep was very nice. I love the extended 3.0 version of Steep, and while this was no 8/1/17, it's a good version, far better than any from 1.0. Man, what a gorgeous tune.

The Final Hurrah was excellent--punchy, funky jam that gelled and worked. Fuego had a nice full-band build, crisp and well executed, and a nice segue into Shade. I have to admit, I love Shade, and this version was precious. The repeated "Only like the shade when you're blocking the light" vocals at the end, sung by (I think) Trey, Mike, and Page were lovely.

Bathtub Gin was excellent, probably the show highlight for me. The jam was up-tempo, with Trey's fast, spry chording driving it in the early part. It did not have the same over-the-top raging climax that many 3.0 versions are wont to have, but it built nicely and the jam just worked. Possum was well played to close.

Encore was fine. Bouncing was awful (sorry; I hate hearing that done to that song) but Slave was good enough.

On the whole, the show was a bit sloppy, and not especially exploratory, but there were a few good jams, including a standout late-show Type I Gin, and the KV songs were a treat. Hopefully it'll be the worst of the run (although I, alas, will not be attending any of the others).


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