Bobby and Phil were in full swing come Saturday in their Furthur Winter Run Colorado shows. This was not my favorite of the series the first set was cut short by technical difficulties with John’s PA. There are some excellent songs and the second set was very sweet, thanks to DeadheadLand.com for the set list.
We have a special treat for you, Steve, our friend and archivist, was on hand to grab the full show in hi-def video, from a tripod no less. Check it out.
Furthur 2/23/13 1st Bank Center Broomfield Co.
The Music Never Stopped>
Standing on Shaky Ground>
The Music Never Stopped
Looks Like Rain
Just A Little Light >
West L.A. Fadeaway
Touch Of Grey
Help On The Way>
Mountains Of The Moon>
Let It Grow ( WRS part II)>
Standing On The Moon>
I Know You Rider
Uncle John’s Band >
E: One More Saturday Night
And now for a special treat, the full show, tripod, HD with a SB patch. Thanks Steve! Enjoy.
Former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh brought their Furthur band to Colorado for a 4 day run that started with a Thursday evening show at the Ogden Theare in Denver and finished with Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.
Ogden TheatreFurthur ticket was a treasured item indeed. The show sold out in less than two minutes and if you were not one of the lucky ones that were able to purchase a ticket and you wanted to go to the show, then chances were, you were going to pay. Tickets were selling over CraigsList and other ticket re-sellers for an average of $420 each with some sellers asking as high as a thousand dollars for the “golden ticket.”
There were some kind deals and yes even some miracles for this show that pitted a major touring band in a small venue for a special one of show for dedicated fans.
As expected, by show time the place was packed and the anticipation in the room palpable.
The first set opened with Feel Like a Stranger and continued with some of the bands slower songs. The second set was a fun ride from beginning to end with the highlight for me being the St. Stephen>The Eleven into Stella Blue.
Here are some photos and video from this historic one of event.
Special thanks to Vegan Patty for the words for this post and Chez Rogers & Choti Singh for the images
I am not a fan of jam bands but I guess you could say that I’m “jam”gential. Newgrass and Gypsyrock, both the rage in CO these days, prick my ears and pump my boogie, especially live. Jam bands not so much. I think I am too easily distracted. By the time acts like Panic and Further wander through their masturbatory guitar grooves, dualing rhythms, and space, I’ve long lost interest and begun to focus entirely on self-preservation as I shimmy strategically this way and that to avoid the merry Wookies and their lick induced spasms. This is not my idea of a good time.
“Try Salmon!” say my Jamtastic friends (the ones I keep just in case). “I’m vegan!” I reply. It’s easier then telling them that I did, once, at the Rialto in Tucson, AZ circa 2004. I only lasted about two songs before the crowd and the Southern Rock got the better of me. This is, most certainly, my problem with Panic. As my most steadfast Jamster describes them, “Panic is all Bourbon and Cocaine. What you need, dear Vegan P, is an act that’s more weed and hula hoops!” And harmony, might I add. A banjo wouldn’t hurt either. And, apparently, a box suite.
Turns out my Jamster friend was right. In a moment of weakness after missing a free ticket, by mere seconds, to see YMSB at Boulder Theater this past Saturday, I did the unthinkable. I accepted a ticket to see String Cheese instead. Once I did, the warnings started. “Now, you know, VP, they can get spacey. And their shows can be really inconsistent. Sometimes they are bluegrassy, but other times, they’re not. You just never know what you are going to get when it comes to that but I can promise that there will definitely be some hard core jammin’! You think you can handle it?” I was about to find out.
String Cheese is a good gateway drug. Like all good Jam-attacks, they groove a wall of sound so powerful that I had little energy left to process my critiques. The one I managed to capture is not so much a critique of the band as it is an affect of my own anti-jam proclivities. I’m not a fan of such heavy Hair band guitar solos and so much space. That said, even these were tight and motivating and mild in flavor compared to the Caribbean feel of the evening’s performance. You’re right, Brett, this isn’t what I was expecting. I’m not quite sure I’ve been able to root out what caused this—Kyle Hollingsworth’s Reggae Bubble-based organtrix? Bill Nershi’s staccato guitar fingering that had me searching the stage for a steel drum? The Island echo that dampened each crescendo at just the right moment? The purple, orange, and yellow heavy lights show? Whatever caused it, the night was awash in near tropical warmth, Space Island sound if you will, which struck me as no small feat against the near zero temps that waited for all of us beyond the glass doors of the Center.
I didn’t get my Bluegrass fix until near the end of the first set and it was short lived. For a song with such a
somber name, “Black Cloud” brought nothing but happy harmonies and sunshine. “Portray the Dark” closed the first set of this first show to the sounds of silence as Cheeseheads much my senior looked on, stunned by the band’s decision to come on so heavy so early in their three night year-end gig! The second set was surprisingly kaleidoscopic. Reggae gave way to Anthem rock turned ‘70s cop drama theme song, all part of “Roll Over” if I’ve kept it straight. “On the Road” was all funky business. The rest of the show was a blur of jammy sammys that lost me a little but keep me boppin’, nonetheless, until the last bit of reverb had been dampened and the band had bid us farewell for the night. While the show didn’t have enough Bluegrass for this li’l lady, I can’t feign disappointment. My first SCI experience won’t be my last.
And now for that confession. I cheated. I sat on the sidelines while others played the game. Suite 224 at the First Bank Center is probably no better or worse than those around it, but as far as this “jam”gential girl is concerned, it’s nothing short of paradise! All the free water I could drink, a high price low occupancy cap, and a seat to call my own, not that I was ever in it! That magic box o’mine kept me safe from and amused by the sea of wookies below. When String Cheese took flight in the ways I was warned they were prone to, I occupied myself by tracking the glow of a pack of green horned devils as they ebbed and flowed from song to song. I lost myself in the electrified spinners and hooptresses. I fell into the rhythms of the moment as flames and rainbows jumped from Jumbotrons to micro screens and back again and beams of light crossed each other to raise the roof. And my expectations. SCI, I’m a fan!
Writer and photographer Alan Crandall submitted the following guest blog originally published on TimesCall.com:
The third and final night of The String Cheese Incident’s Winter Carnival wrapped up what was the best carnival ever. Interesting note: the last time SCI played in Colorado it was for the Fourmile Fire benefit concert last October, and now only a short distance away another fire was raging in Lefthand Canyon.
The band that opened the evening’s festivities, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, reminded the audience, through song, that you have to throw your cares in the dumpster. Dumpstaphunk’s energy and hard-driving funk had the audience hopping and smiling with anticipation for The String Cheese Incident to take the stage. It should be noted that Dumpstaphunk played a free show at the Fox Theater after the concert, which I feel speaks to the dedication of Ivan Neville and his band.
When SCI did take the stage the band’s mandolin, electric guitar and violin player, Michael Kang, mentioned to the crowd all of the strife in the world and suggested that tonight we should compensate by having a great time. Having a great time is just what we did. The resulting Winter Carnival went beyond any expectations. I would think the great sound, light show, set design, crowd performers and special projection effects would be enough for one concert. Not so for SCI, a band that likes to step it up a notch for every show. By the end of the evening the audience was treated to a glowing winter and spring clan parade, ribbon and bungee acrobats performing stunts while hanging from the ceiling, and go go dancers that rose up from the audience in six different locations to dance on elevated platforms.
Colorado-based String Cheese Incident’s fans are an energetic, happy bunch who travel from afar to see the band. They also take strides to effect change outside of their concert-goer pastimes. SCI teamed up for the Conscious Alliance’s Winter Carnival 2011 Food Drive’s “Art that Feeds” program. The Conscious Alliance asked fans to drop off canned food at the concert venue and the fans answered. Over the three days of shows the fans dropped off over 25,000 pounds of food, making it the organization’s largest food drive to date.
SCI has only a couple of festival concert dates scheduled for this summer. For more information visit the bands web site.
Writer and photographer Alan Crandall submitted the following guest blog originally published at TimesCall.com:
What do Vegas, Elvis, the mad hatter, hugging bears, LED hoopsters and glitter-faced smiling nymphs have in common? Well, if you read yesterday’s blog post, you guessed the String Cheese Incident’s Winter Carnival, taking place at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield this weekend. Friday’s sold-out show would have been well-attended without all of the costumed-glitter fun. But, hey, it is a three-day party with one of Colorado’s very own jam bands, so why not have a costume contest?
The String Cheese Incident, composed of Michael Kang, Bill Nershi, Kyle
Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley, Michael Travis and Jason Hann, found its stride Friday and is performing with a sound many fans claim reminiscent of years past, when the band toured more frequently and was a regular
feature at many festivals.
One of the band’s founding members, acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi, even stated during the second set that it was great to perform in Colorado at the Broomfield venue and after not performing for a while to be in
front of so many smiling fans. He smiled and said, “This is the sh–.”
The final day is sure to be filled with more costumed carnival capers and great new and old SCI jams. Saturday’s opening band is Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, which almost guarantees that the performances are going to get
funky. The show is sold out according to the band’s web site, but digital
downloads of the earlier shows are already available on SCI’s Facebook page.