Set 1: The Mike's Groove is always a sign that the band means business and I was into it - until the jam stayed a little stagnant and they closed it out and went into Hydrogen. The mellow melody mixed nicely with the ocean breeze and I liked it, but again, once we go right into the Groove, I just got the sense that it was a little plain and uninspired. In fact, I get that sense from most 3.0 Grooves. Still, we are off and running and Gumbo kicks in. Of course I love the song, but something still doesn't feel right - the sun was still up, maybe it was me or the sound was a little off, but I couldn't find the flow - same for Halley's Comet. A great song that I love, but I just didn't particularly dig it. OK, here we go. My Friend is a GREAT song with that distinctly Phishy sound that drew all of us "jaded vets" to the band. Love it and this version smokes. The band found me here. Wolfman's sounds good, but last year's version at MPP was way better. That's it! I heard Gumbo, Halley's, and Wolfman's at my only show last year - hence my slight disappointment. I pee during Lawn Boy (love ya Page, and I still heard it). Possum. Do they know we are in joke territory here or are they not onto us? PYITE is tight - great intro, great song, and a version that is easy to dance to. Here is where I surprise and enjoy myself. The actual song of Ocelot is towards the bottom of my list by the band, but the jam out of it makes me a believer. They were going places and really giving effort. I have only re-listened up through Possum, but I can't wait to rehear this because I know it was great. Suzy continues the inspired trend coming out of Ocelot and rages big time. Nice momentum going into the set break.
This venue is really cool. Everything worked well and for so many people, it did not feel crowed whatsoever. They should make this a regular happening. Plus, it's the perfect mid-Atlantic meeting spot.
Set 2: This is a really good set. C and P keeps in line with the show I saw last year and was funky and fun and gets us off to a good start. Slave seems odd here as I usually peg it for a set closer, but I will take it and despite a rough patch or two, comes through and lands into Light. Just like Ocelot, the slightly jaded vet in me is bummed, but again, the band puts me back in my place. The jam out of Light is so damn good, that I am speechless. When they get to Theme, it's a perfect example of song placement. Right on flow and strong jam on Theme. Golgi seems a little extra pumped with glowsticks exploding everywhere and as Sand starts up, I am locked in. I was able to completely absorb and zone during Sand. This is a stellar version of the song and skeptics of the tune should beware. Maybe it won't translate as well on tape, but to use a Noob phrase, "It was SICK bro." BDTNL is the perfect chance to hit the loo before the home stretch and I hear a sweet little jam as I head back to home base for Antelope. I loved this Antelope. It goes strong for a while before stopping on a dime at the conclusion. Overall, a terrific set of music that roped me in and had me believing. Nice work fellas. We give you a hard time sometimes, but you are working your asses off up there and I appreciate it. Set 2 was a great set of music.
I had a great time in the capital city of the 51st state of South Jersey and the event was a nice one for AC. Good crowd, even if a tad drunk and slightly distracted. Nice venue with promise for shows in the future. Thanks to the band for putting this together, and hopefully see you next year.