Georgian music was well represented on Saturday. The Black Crowes took the stage
mid-afternoon, with a huge crowd gathered for the band's set, which kicked off with a
gospel-drenched and hard-rocking "Soul Singing." "It's been a long hot day, have you got
any goo?" singer Chris Robinson joked with the crowd, "we have a little, we'll share," he
said in introducing the band's cover of Traffic's "Medicated Goo." The Crowes have been on
what is essentially a greatest hits tour, chock full of classics from the Southern Rock
kings. Early hits such as "Jealous Again" and "Hard To Handle" were swanky and rocked
hard, while "She Talks to Angels" received the acoustic treatment, with lovely mandolin
courtesy of harmony guitarist Jackie Greene. The "Descending/Wiser Time" transition is one
of the most beautiful segues in all of rock, and featured funky keys and a steady
percussive back beat.
The Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) was announced as a replacement for Neil Young & Crazy
Horse. TAB was given a full two-hour set time, and the band took full advantage,
performing a invigorating set to a huge crowd. "Cayman Review" was an upbeat and jazzy
opener that got the crowd moving, with funky horns and lovely vocal harmonies. The TAB
band offers Anastasio the chance to play much of his catalog that he doesn't perform with
his full time band, Phish. He alternated tunes such as the cheesy, ebullient pop tune
"Pigtail" and the schmaltzy ballad "Frost" with classic, Tab/Phish jams such as "Gotta
Jibboo" and "Sand" which featured swells of keyboards mingling with Anastasio's slithery
guitar wail. TAB closed out the set with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog,"
which featured vocals from trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick, who proved to have a
bellowing and powerful voice.
The jam rock continued with Georgia legends Widespread Panic taking the stage ten
minutes after Anastasio. They were announced as playing with classic rock icon John
Fogerty, but he didn't emerge until the final half-hour of the two-hour set. So Panic
fans got a full set of vintage Panic tunes. Opener "Henry Parsons Died" featured dense
growling keyboards and guitars, while fan-favorite "Pilgrims" put the spotlight on bassist
extraordinaire Dave Schools, who provided a rolling thunder bottom end.