Writer and photographer Alan Crandall submitted the following guest blog as originally published at www.timescall.com:
With its first show since the 2011 New Years Eve concert at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San
Francisco, the Furthur tour rolled into Colorado for a standalone series of three shows at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield Friday.
Fans braved a long line, temperatures in the 30s and gusting wind for a chance to get a good location on the general admission floor.
The band came ready to jam. It opened with “Jack Straw” and headed into a string of some older Grateful Dead tunes, such as “Loser,” “Deal” and “Brown Eyed Women.”
By the third song it seemed that many of the reserve ticket holders had abandoned their seats to join in the sea of fans on the floor of the venue.
The second set was another treat for fans of the older tunes. “Weather Report Suite” gave way to “Let it Grow,” “Mountain Song,” “I Know You Rider,”
“Dark Star,” “China Doll,” “Playin’ In the Band,” “Help On the Way/Slipknot” and “Franklin’s Tower.”
“Freedom,” dedicated “for the people of Egypt,” was a fan-favorite encore.
With a dedicated Colorado fan base and participants traveling from miles around to see the concert series, the next two shows are bound to be crowd pleasers.
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