Last time I saw Mike Band was at the Webster Hall, the vibe there was tense and awkward really. It's crazy how much the venue and settings of the show changes the vibe of the crowd/overall show experience, because Tarrytown was a complete opposite feel to me. It was welcoming feeling, lots of chatting and not many overly-intoxicated/spun out-wooks there. The crowd was generally much older than my brother and I (I'm 22 he is 19), which I liked because people were more attentive and quiet than like the middle of SPAC lawn for a phish show.
Long Black line was a rather mellow opener, but I liked how in-tune with eachother they sounded right out of the gates. Scott sounded very in control during his solo, great lines and soulful bends. Not a quite a rager, but it set the mood for the attentiveness desired for the upcoming jams.
I need to mention here how great the sound was in that place as well. Everyone cut through the mix enough to be able to shift your focus from one player to another with ease, really appreciated this during the "group jams" as opposed to solo-style type I style jamming.
Cruel World was solid. Yarmouth was cool hearing how Scott jammed over it, using the voicebox effect (i think thats what its called) throughout the jam. Different World and Pretty Boy Floyd were solid as well, nothing particularly stands out about them in my memory.
Spock's was cool to hear again (called myself a noob for not knowing what it was when they played it at Webster Hall). Appreciated it much more knowing what it was this time around haha.
I really like the song Face, grooved to that one hard haha. The chord progression just resonates with me for some reason, love the tension in it. And then it segued into my favorite stand-along song of the night and one of my favorite live music moments to date...
Peel blew my mind. Type II awesomeness, hose that just kept flowing. I can't really put it into words... Overwhelmingly blissful group jamming, almost grateful dead esque in the sense that there wasn't really one person leading the jam. Polyphonic improvisational awesomeness!!! If there was a release of this show I would buy it just for this alone!
After that while everyone was still high from the hose jam that just ensued, the unexpected happened...
Going up to the show my brother thought Leo Kottke might sit in with them because he played in town a few days back, so when Mike said he was bringing out a guest to join them we were ready for Leo...
But nope! "A special guest will be joining us... He's an actor..." everyone was waiting in suspense when from out of the back walked Trey Anastasio. The crowd went absolute insane at this point. Completely erupted in howling applause that lingered for a solid minute and a half i'd say before mellowing down.
Trey was playing Scott's Ibanez with the really twangy tone, it was really different hearing him without his signature tone. Cities with Trey was rather fast paced with an extra verse that Phish doesn't use when they play it live (Trey was wide eyed smiling inquisitively at Scott when he was singing this part). Trey wasn't quite warmed up here, honestly not his best playing but still cool to see him up there regardless. I was guessing he wanted to remain humble and such considering the applause for him was already tenfold what it was for the band itself haha. Trey loosened up a little but for Tiny Little World and there was some cool interplay between him and Scott during it's jam, yet still nothing too special in my humble opinion.
Before playing Tiny Little World Mike said they had time for one more song, which I think some people took too literally because come second set about a good chunk of the floor seats were emptied that were once filled. Didn't matter though the night kept going strong, their loss!
I wanted to hear Long Black Line so I was excited to hear that as a second set opener. It was a type-I so-to-say, didn't go off into unrestrained jamming like I was sort of expecting, good rendition none the less.
I love the song Crumblin' Bones, Tom Cleary can really rip it up. He had a great solo and then started thanking the crowd for coming out during the second part of his solo which seemed a little awkwardly placed to me but it was cool seeing something different where most bands wouldn't have placed that kind of thing.
Barton Hollow was great, real southern feel to it. It was my first time hearing it. Reminded me of (dont kill me for saying this) Dave Matthew's Dont Drink the Water and Bartender a little bit.
Angatta is a tune by Craig Myers, the percussionist. Cool to vibe to and not very phish sounding, good to throw in the mix.
Spiral was up there for favorite highlights of the night for me as well. I love that song (and Moss in its entirety) but don't remember too much about it from last night other than it being played and me liking it alot haha.
Jumping had some synchronized jumping up and down in it between Scott, Mike, and Craig. Good song too. After this is where the madness happens!
Traveled Too Far -> She Said She Said -> Tomorrow Never Knows > Are You a Hypnotist?? > Tomorrow Never Knows -> She Said She Said -> Traveled Too Far... Jesus!!!! Such a psychedelic sandwich of trippy tunes. Scott had some crazy wah effects during it. This whole combination of segues was my second favorite part of the show. The jamming was on par with Peel's but broken up and changed more often with the segues between songs. I'm at a loss for words for how trippy and cool this whole thing was!
Say Something was the period at the end of the sentence to end the second set. Nothing stand-out about it, just a good way to end the set to me.
Soulfood Man -> Alphabet Street was funky and rhythmic. Todd stood out a little bit more here, along with Gordo's slapping. A nice groovy end to a great show!
After the show Mike went out the the merch stand per usual.
Recap: Peel was my favorite jam of the night. The Set 2 sandwich was especially psychedelic and fun to hear. The crowd went batshit crazy when Trey came out. Tom Cleary ripped on his solo's. Scott sounded very in control. Great venue, great sound, great show!