, attached to 2021-08-28

Review by sando

sando 2nd Phish show. What an opening trio! I left my spot on the lawn for the pit about a minute into Carini. Metal awesomeness to set the tone for a more energetic night. Maze kept the high pace rolling, then 46 days closed the sequence with a lot of fun bluesy keys from page and some exploratory noodling and effects from trey with a little throwdown near the end. and then... a 2nd show Esther?! pretty wild. A guy shout-whispered in my friend's ear after the really dark sequence "it's all gonna be okay now." it was indeed. 555 is a nice mike piece imo, and was short but sweet. then Divided Sky! crew was stoked. a couple flubs, but it was all love. swept > sweep was interesting, but, eh. Then in a moment of pure fun, trey forgot most of the lyrics of the first verse of boogie on except "i'd like to make love to you, so you can make me scream." trey's having fun :) always love those funky keys from page here. mike and fish held down the low end for a straight up dance party. santos is one of my preferred KV songs, and it works as a fun little set closer, despite not being anything "epic."

as a Sandy, Sand is always fun to hear. and this one had some fun jamming; i remember particularly rocking out to fish's work on the drums, steady and persistent as trey layered some nice soloing on top while page added a little funk. (at this point some things starting hitting pretty hard, and I remember feeling like the rest of the set had a deeply "aquatic" vibe, driven home by CK's magnificent work. doesnt really strike me on the relisten, but hey, it was fun in the moment). A little exploration follows, then into the oh too familiar intro to dwd (again, mike's effects were really giving me like funky underwater dance party vibes... lol). Bathroom and other dventures ensued through caspian and mitm, and on relisten Caspain is fine, and mitm is just kind of a modern classic, although just a fine version; then the highlight of the night, a full Scents and subtle sounds. wow, in the moment, this was pretty transcendent. and i still loved it on relisten. one of the more special moments of the weekend. I like Bug, and it struck me in the moment how its kind of a perfect 'live concert' song as i watched Kuroda time up all the bright lights perfectly to the music. not taken very far, mike seemed to push them on into possum, which fucking rocked! the timing, lights, tension and release, glowstick wars, and high energy was a perfect way to end the set.

trio encore was interesting. felt nice to get a bittersweet motel; heavy things worked in this slot, i guess; and about to run really feels like a song trey is passionate about--he seems to really try to push it every time they play it. so it worked.

overall, a really fun show, and more cohesive and impactful than N1. alas, nothing mind blowing


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