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Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon – Perfect Summer Sounds

In earlier posts I have raved and enlightened listeners to a great resource for legit free concert downloads of some of the greatest jam bands of the past few decades;

One concert that I consider a highlight of what’s available is the Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon concert at the 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival.  There are times when musicians from different backgrounds just seem to meld together and make the perfect combination, these guys are a perfect example.

Check it out and tell us what you think.


To sit or stand? The grand concert dilemma

 As many of you may have read HiFi recently attended a Trey Anastasio show in our city and it was incredible.  Well, perhaps I should say that it was incredible for some of us and “incredibly frustrating” for others; specifically those in the row behind us.

Unlike the Al Dimeola show that we attended last year whereas everyone sat in their chairs almost the entire show except for the encore; the Trey show was the complete opposite; since for the entire 3-hour show it was voluntary standing room only!  Perhaps concerts depending on the artist are one of those classic “buyer beware” situations; clearly Phish and Trey shows are full of people that clearly want a “quality” experience, and well, standing and dancing are all part of getting your monies worth at a show.  Having it be my first Trey show, clearly I understood why people want to groove all night long, it’s more than just a concert; it’s an experience unlike anything I’ve witnessed. 

The issue at the Albany show was that my row consisted (on average except for my HiFi pal Ericstraus who’s about 5’10”) of an average height of about 6’3″, so for the poor soul’s behind us who were shorter, it must have been a bit of a bummer not being able to see as well as they may have hoped. 

Was this our fault that they could not see a majority of the show? 

Well, no, but they again yes. Yet, if everyone was standing and I decided to sit down being courteous was I then cheating myself ?  Clearly if I did then I wasn’t going to see anything.   So my question is:

When does traditional courtesy take a backseat and the general theme or behavior of the majority define what is and what is not appropriate?  And does it?

During the end of the first set one of the people in my row, a father and son who each were around 6′ 6″ were haggled by the older folks behind then about their ability not to see the show; it actually got a bit ugly and words were exchanged to almost the point of a physical confrontation, not cool.  The father was merely defending his son (and his) right to stand as rightful ticket holders and that they were not purposely doing anything intentional to spoil the row behind them and their evening; it was simply just what it was.  I had to agree with the father, how did he own any of their inconvience other than being born tall?

Luckily, fellow Trey fans settled the issue down and the father regained  his composure, but it does present a very fickle issue.  The father even commented later to both of us that out of all the Phish and Trey shows he had attended this was the first time that it was an issue, otherwise people are usually very cool and make the situation the best regardless.

However, when you look at it, it is a bit retarded to stand at a concert when you have a perfectly good seat.  Ok, so a Trey show is probably a bad example since clearly it is an opportunity to dance and move more than just tapping your feet and slapping your knee.  But why do we feel compelled to stand at shows where we could sit, like a Rush concert?  I don’t recall dancing to Tom Sawyer or Natural Science, have you?  At best it would be better for a fan to sit while pretending  (like the other thousand 30-something geeks in attendance) that  their Neil Peart drumming to YYZ.   Why the need to stand at metal or rock concerts, do we think that the lead singer is going see us?  Do we feel that we can see better?  I think it’s kind of goofy that we feel compelled to stand for hours, especially when a ticket costs on average $40+. 

I recall several concerts that I attended during high school (ZZ Top and Robert Plant) where I had tickets on the sides of the arena, probably the best place to see a show in my opinion; you are up high, got a great view, and can see above the crowd below.  But oddly, people still chose to stand the entire concert, which made me have to stand since I could not see.  Perhaps, it’s just a domino effect, whereas one person starts the standing thing and ruins it for the rest and then they have to stand, and it goes on, and on, and on…ugh.

What is your experience and thoughts on this issue?


Mike Gordon – Free Download @

Just recently announced on you can download an entire Mike Gordon solo show recorded last year during his 2010 tour.  The sound quality is top rate and the music is top notch.  You can download the entire show for free once you have set up a username and password (takes about 30 seconds).

The only other Mike Gordon concert I have is a gig he did with the legendary guitarist Leo Kottke; you can get that show free at (click the Free Stash link on the top right side of the Nugs homepage).

Now only if they would release those Trey recent shows for free with or without a ticket stub, c’mon LivePhish hook us up!!!!!!

Click here to download the show and let us know what you think, eh?


Trey and TAB show review: The Palace Theater 2/19/11

“I have a few friends here tonight,” said Phish frontman Trey Anastasio at the Palace Theater in Albany last Saturday night. If by “few” he meant close to 3,000, he was right on. Smoke is still visible from the smoldering crater where the Palace once stood, thanks to Trey, along with his 7-piece band (collectively known as TAB, for the Trey Anastasio Band). They razed the venue to the ground on Saturday night, enthralling the sold-out crowd first with an acoustic set comprised of nearly all Phish songs, and then an electric set that was, well – electrifying.
Trey made a couple of references to being “home,” (he did spend some time in Albany during his drug court appearances and community service tasks in 2008) and if home is where the heart is, it sure rang true on Saturday. Trey looked truly excited and grateful to be playing a relatively intimate show with his die-hard fans, pumping his fists and smiling ear to ear after every song.
The crowd sang along jubilantly during the first set, with the opener “Free” setting the tone, and groovy acoustic versions of Phish songs like “The Wedge,” “Prince Caspian,” and “Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan” followed. But the most poignant moment of the entire show, for me anyway, came during “Backwards Down the Number Line,” which as a Phish song features prominent backing vocals. During Trey’s acoustic version, which he introduced by saying he wrote it during his stay in Albany, the audience provided the backing vocals (with perfect timing, I might add). In essence, 3,000 crazed Phish-heads weren’t just singing along with Trey – we were jamming with him. He sang his part, we sang the backing part. It created this amazing feeling of intimacy, of connection to the artist. And it continued with the next song “Limb By Limb,” which featured a couple of back-and-forth vocal verses between Trey and the crowd; again, it was an incredible thing to be a part of. The most interesting reworking of all the Phish songs Trey performed that night was Guelah Papyrus, a weird little jazzy tune. Trey changed up the timing and structure of the song for his acoustic version; sometimes in the grand scheme of Phish, Trey’s individual ability gets criticized because his songwriting now isn’t anything like it was 20 years ago. But to rearrange an older song like Guelah into something fresh and interesting is a testament to how talented the man really is. The last four songs of the set saw other members of TAB filter on to the stage. Vocalists/horn players Natalie Cressman and Jennifer Hartswick joined Trey for the sappy but beautiful Wading in a Velvet Sea, which Trey dedicated to his longtime songwriting partner Tom Marshall, seated in the crowd; then keyboardist extraordinaire Ray Paczkowski joined the others for the older Trey solo song Black; and for the last two songs the rest of the band appeared – Tony Markellis on bass, Russ Lawton on drums and Russ Remington on sax and flute. They did a great version of the relatively new Valentine, and then closed the first set with an amazingly different version of The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Trey introduced the song as a “klezmer blues” song, referring to that fast-tempo music usually heard at Jewish celebrations. It was unclear what he meant until the song began – the fiddle part in the original song was covered by the horn section, and it truly did sound like klezmer music (see the video at the bottom). The crowd went crazy and we were all pumped for the electric set after the intermission.
And that set began with a bang – the grand horn-driven funk of Money, Love and Change whipped the crowd into a frenzy of dancing, as Trey and the band jammed it out for a good 10 minutes. After the straight-up blues of Done Did It, the band presented a rearrangement of the Phish tune Ocelot; it was an interesting version with the added horns, but overall it didn’t add much to the original version. Then TAB pulled a crazy cover out of their bag of tricks, taking on the Gorillaz’ Clint Eastwood. The band played it perfectly, with Hartswick easily handling the rap portions – the crowd went bananas. A scorching Night Speaks to a Woman followed that, with another extended funk-rock jam that pushed the energy level to the limit. The Toots and the Maytals song Sweet and Dandy came next, a cool reggae tune that was fun to hear, followed by the Five Stairsteps’ Ooh Child, a somewhat boring version of a somewhat boring song. Going back to the reggae sound, TAB played the very rare Trey/Phish song Windora Bug, a quirky treat to hear. The other two highlights of the set were Sand and Push On Til the Day; TAB laid down a great groove for Sand and jammed it out extensively, while Push On brought the energy level to a new high, reaching a huge climax at the end of the long jam segment and sending the crowd into apoplexy.
The encore was Cayman Review, a solid funky tune that ended the show with the same enthusiasm as it began. All in all it was a fantastic show, and TAB seemed to be having a ton of fun, reflected by the singing and dancing of the audience. It’s the vibe of a Phish show in a much smaller setting, creating a whole new experience.
This show gets 4.5 out of 5 stars!


No Trey for You!

 At this time it can be officially said that Trey Anastasio and Classic Tab’s show at The Palace is SOLD OUT!  Sweet for us ticket holders, sucky for you lame-o’s who waited until the last minute.  Luckily, I’m sure you can scalp a ticket for around $120 the night of the show, ouch!

Last I checked there were only two shows (oddly both in Pennsylvania) that were still available for tickets, but all others are sold out as well.  I’m very excited for this Saturday’s show, I’m sure it will be well worth the wait. 

Check back on monday for a full review of the show.


Trey @ The Palace (better get dem’ tickets!)

We got our tickets before it sells out, you might want to as well! (Read below)

A limited number of tickets for all shows will be available through a real-time ticket presale beginning Friday January 14th at 10:00 AM EST and ending Thursday January 20th at 5:00 PM EST through Trey’s online ticketing system at . For complete venue and general public onsale information please visit


‎2/18 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
2/19 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY
2/20 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/22 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
2/23 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
2/25 – StageAE – Pittsburgh, PA
2/26 – Lifestyle Pavilion – Columbus, OH
2/27 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
3/01 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
3/02 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
3/04 – The Music Box – Los Angeles, CA
3/05 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA


Trey Anastasio Band in Albany!

Fresh off Phish’s majestic New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, guitarist Trey Anastasio is not taking a break. He has reassembled his 7-piece band (known as “Classic TAB”) and is hitting the road next month, which includes a stop at Albany’s Palace Theater on February 19th. The lineup will once again feature Natalie Cressman (trombone and vocals), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet and vocals), Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass and vocals), Ray Paczkowski (keyboards) and Russell Remington (tenor saxophone and flute). The shows will also feature a full solo acoustic set from Trey along with a full electric set, marking the first time that Trey has toured in this format since 1999.
For those not familar with this band, the sound can best be described as a mix of funk, rock and jazz with Latin and African rhythmic elements. It’s mainly up-tempo, with many songs allowing room for improvised jamming. Jennifer Hartswick is a fantastic vocalist, belting out solo tunes and duets with Trey. All the musicians are stellar in their own right, making for a wonderful congolmeration of talent.  Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

As for Trey’s acoustic work, right now you can download a FREE mp3 here of his recent show in Princeton, NJ featuring Trey with a string quartet performing his songs along with some classic Phish tunes.
You can see all the info including other tour dates here. Hope to see you there!

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