When the former Creedence Clearwater Revival vocalist finally came out to perform with
Panic, it was a battle of the flannels, as both he and Panic front man John Bell donned
long-sleeved, checkered flannel shirts. The vocalists traded verses on Creedence tunes
such "Born On The Bayou" and "Bad Moon Rising," the latter also featuring guitarist Jimmy
Herring tearing through a classic rock solo. Panic and their Southern bluesy sound is a
perfect fit as a backing band for the music legend, and proved it on the swamp boogie of
"Suzy Q," and then the final rocker, "Fortunate Son," with Fogerty hollering out the anti-
war theme's vocals.
Furthur's Saturday night set featured a full run through the vintage Grateful Dead album
Workingman's Dead. Taking the stage, the band slowly picked their way into "Uncle
John's Band," and the crowd sang along in unison. "Dire Wolf" got fans moving and shaking
to New Orleans rhythms played on a Yamaha Grand Piano, and singing along as well. On "Easy
Wind" guitarist John Kadlecik played sweet dulcet guitar tones that were reflective of
Jerry Garcia without mimicking the legend's style. Anastasio joined the band on the
album's last song, the fan favorite "Casey Jones," adding lovely guitar harmonies.
Furthur's run through this classic album was certainly a highlight of the entire festival
as they played to a huge crowd. Anastasio and Furthur played on through several other
Grateful Dead classics to close out the evening. He sang lead vocals on "Bertha," but
didn't get comfortable musically until the improv jam vehicle "The Other One," which
allowed both he and guitarist Bobby Weir ample room to trade off guitar licks (click here for audio and video of Trey's Furthur debut).
Saturday was another beautiful and amazing day of music and sunshine here at Lockn'. Stay
tuned to JamBase next week for a report on Sunday's events and a festival wrap up as well.
[Published on: 9/8/13]