This show was an extension of X2's (Matt Abts of Gov't Mule and Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers) tour through Colorado last month. X2 scheduled two shows at the Gothic and played by themselves on Friday, but these photos are from the second night which was billed as “Super Jam,” featuring friends such as DJ Logic, Brian Jordan of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Carlos Washington on trumpet, Cecil "P-nut" Daniels on MIDI-Horn, and Rob Wasserman (Ratdog) on bass.

After catching all three sets of String Cheese's show over at the Fillmore, I was totally burnt to a crisp, but I just couldn’t pass up this photographer’s dream line-up. I got to the Gothic around 1:00am, just in time to see X2 play a couple songs, and I was struck by their chosen instrumentation: drums and organ! Wow, looks weird, sounds fantastic! I was amazed at the rhythms and beats that Matt Abts was wrenching out of his minimal “jazz” drum kit. I don’t know how they got the idea to get together, but it really was something beautiful to behold and I highly recommend checking them out if you get a chance.

Just a bit later our esteemed guests slowly walked onstage and took their positions. While the star power was impressive, I have to say it was a bit ragged and loose. But, the jams were long and everyone got to display their chops unhindered. While songs like “Feeling Alright” and “Superstition” were played with long jams and the requisite virtuosity, the total product was somewhat uninspired, probably due to the fact that this was the first time they have played together. The latenight crowd didn’t mind and cheered often to let the band know we loved them no matter what they were playing. Please enjoy this gallery.

Photos and words by Tony Stack
JamBase | Colorado
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[Published on: 4/8/03]

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