, attached to 1999-07-21

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw Star Lake. The venue where in 1997 the guys showed up and played an incredibly solid show with an evolutionary Gumbo Jam. In 1998 phish returned and burned down the building with an epic all timer Runaway Jim Jam.

Set one really doesn't contain anything to write about aside from some interesting experimental jamming coming out of LXL. Aside from that it really comes off somewhat dull.

Set two

Kicks off with a stronger than usual Mike's Song that gradually rises. The key to this jam (and much of the rest of the set) can be found in Fish, who is literally beating the ever living crap out of the drums for the latter half of the jam. The segue into Simple is clean as usual. What is off to me is the much slower than usual tempo. I expect simple to rip when they go into it from Mikes and this one has a slow and steady vibe to it. Where they trying something new? Probably.

Now here comes the most interesting part of the show. My Left Toe sandwiched into Mikes Groove is a fantastic choice. They are still working hard to master the ambient jams. What is more interesting is how it works as almost a type of I Am Hydrogen type jam. Even in the entry Fish teases I Am Hydrogen and mid jam it even sounds like it. This allows them to accomplish what hydrogen does and stretch it out.

Caspian is a great choice out of the ambiance can't knock it for that. And Weekapaug shreds and grooves more than it typically does, firing on all cylinders towards the end.

An interesting show with some great setlist ideas. But because of the dull first set and at times fluffy 2nd set I'd rate it as an average show.


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