, attached to 2014-08-30

Review by ProfJibboo

ProfJibboo A tale of two sets.

The first set was what it was. Free is a great show starter, but Trey was vocally off. A up-pace Moma Dance followed in its usual early first set home and Trey gets some nice early funk going with the guitar but Fish and Trey were again vocally off. Halleys got them vocally on track and lead off a five-song run of dance music with some nice extra energy to 555 and Rift as the rain threatened but stayed away after leaving us with a brief, welcome cool-down drizzle. The set showcased three Fuego songs but none quite felt special, before a David Bowie/cavern combo took us home. Nice set, nothing to write home about, a little up and down.

But this is a second set to play and replay. The Down with Disease jam picked up where last night's Simple left off before jamming blissfully into the delightfully ominous bust out of What's the Use? The rare treat was perfectly placed, with a nicely demented Carini following - perhaps one of the best of this summer - into an uplifting Light - into a powerhouse Fuego,. it was about 55 minutes before the brand took anything even resembling a breather, which came in the form of a mid-set Slave, a perfect melodic story to compliment the non-stop party. It's weird to refer to a outstanding Slave as a breather, but in this set, it was.

Haters be darned, there are few songs that can re-invigorate an audience more than Meatstick, with this late set spot after a comparatively more majestic jam was another example of perfect placement - before giving way to a now-rarity Bold as Love, missed in its show/set closing feel good moment spot.

The encore will make Horse fans happy. And reunited after a long, crowd-pumped pause, with it's old friend Silent. Not just an unusual encore, but with more surprises coming - as we got much-beloved stage banter and the, at least momentary, revival of a true 20-year old youthful Phish gag with a line from In a Hole. With the crowd roaring, Trey began Fluffhead - thus concluding an amazing night.


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