, attached to 2000-05-04

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I rate this show a 4/5 partly due to the sheer novelty of it. I'd've loved to attend this show, Oysterhead's first. Oysterhead was an interesting part of the time surrounding the Phish Hiatus--which actually didn't begin until 10/8/00. We also got some great shows by Trey Anastasio Band, Vida Blue, Mike with Col. Bruce Hampton, Max Creek, and of course Leo Kottke, and the less-familiar to me Jazz Mandolin Project with Fishman and Fishman's own Pork Tornado. The studio album that resulted from the Oysterhead project is my main memento thereof, with great production values to polish the already very interesting songwriting. I don't have too much to say about the single set that comprises this debut show, but how can you disagree with that encore? Desmond Dekker and the Aces' "The Israelites" in particular was a revelation to me, having just recently become familiar with the song by way of a 45 RPM vinyl single picked up for less than it was worth at a discount store. Lots of fun to be had with this inaugural dose of Oysterhead.


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