It all started in San Francisco on October 14, 2006 at the Fillmore and ended December 8th at the Warfield. But what happened in those 55 days was music for my soul.
10/14/06, ALO, The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
ALO was playing the Fillmore for the first time as a headliner. There was a buzz in the air before entering the venue with mention of a Jack Johnson sighting. This was my second ALO show having seen them in the spring at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz. This show had special theme "The Abnormal Formal" and people were dress accordingly including the band. They opened with a new song "Maria" which was nice unexpected start. New material played live before it's on a album or released is one of my favorite things about going to a concert. Then they played "Plastic Bubble", "Pobracito" & "Possibly Drown" all early favorites of mine. Then they inviting High Sierra friend Brett Dennen on stage. Brett played one of his songs "She's Mine" we was sweet tune with allot of vocal soul. Never heard of him before but liked this song so much I bought his album and wasn't disappointed. These are my favorite moments at concerts when a musical guest comes out and plays with the band. After Brett left the stage they ran through some more of my favorites "Walls of Jericho" & "Shapeshifter". Next up they invited John Whoolilurie (Mojow & the Vibration Army) to play sax on "Country Camper". He didn't disappoint ripping it up and making this my favorite camper EVER! The rumor was confirmed when they invited college buddy and there record label boss Jack Johnson and his acoustic guitar to the stage as Zach dubbed him the impresario. They played "What's Gone Wrong>Better Together>Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down, Rodeo Clowns" then Dan Lebowitz sat down a played some lap steel for "Wasting Time (Isla Vista Song)> Mudfootball". Lap steel on mudfootball was phenomenal. Then Jack left and they played "Barbeque" one of there pioneering songs. Next up was birthday sing-along for Dan Lebowitz before inviting Jack back out to play The Band's cover "I Shall be Released" with Lebo back on lap steel. Finally they invited everybody back on stage including opening act Honeycutt to sing "Lights" by Journey. What a wonderful way to close the first headlining appearance at the Fillmore. Amazed how well ALO played Jack's songs without a glitch. I was very impressed. You have arrived young bay area band. Headlining a sold-out Fillmore for the first time was better than the dream I bet if you asked them.
10/21 & 10/22 Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amp, Mountain View, CA
The Bridge School Benefit is an annual non-profit charity concert held every October at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. The concerts are all organized by musician Neil Young and his wife, Pegi. The proceeds benefit the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs.
First up Foo Fighters...They sounded very polished having played there whole "Skin & Bones" tour acoustic. Violinist and singer Petra Haden pitched in and former Foo guitarist (and Germs veteran) Pat Smear also rejoined the group for these performances. They played "Big Me", "Skin & Bones", "Marigold", "My Hero" & "Everlong". They played with precision and Petra Haden voice added to the songs.
Next up Brian Wilson...He ran through Beach Boys classics “Wouldn't It Be Nice”, “Help Me Rhonda” and “Good Vibrations”. He closed his set with “Johnny B. Goode”. People may have been there to see other bands but that didn't stop everybody from enjoy this set. My parents use to play the Beach Boys all the time so it conjured up memories of my early childhood. I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one.
Next up Pearl Jam...They are bridge school veterans playing more times than anyone not named Neil Young. This was my third time seeing them play this benefit 1994 & 1996 being the other two. They played some new songs "Parachutes" & "Gone". They played "Masters of War" a Dylan cover. They played old favs "Elderly Woman in a Small Town", "Better Man", "Thin Air", "Daughter", "Man of the Hour" & "Black" They closed saturday set with "Crazy Mary" & sunday set with "Throw Your Hatred Down" with Neil Young sitting in. This band clearly enjoys these shows & there friendship with Neil. They been doing Bridge School shows since 1992 and have seen kids go all the way through the school. They have a personal connection to this event.
Next up Dave Matthews Band w/ Rashawn Ross sitting in on Trumpet...This was my second time seeing them at this benefit 1997 being the first. That 1997 show John Popper sat in for a twenty minute "Tripping Billies" one of my DMB all time favorite moments. They started Saturdays set with "Loving Wings" which started slow but finished with Rashawn Ross going beserk. WOW! Then they played "Grace is Gone" and "Warehouse" were they integrated the Cuban national anthem as they had done all tour. Then "Ants Marching" started and Rashawn Ross came flying out of the gate and left the rest of the band to play catch up. The samurai on drums followed the lead and so did the rest of the band. Neil Young came out and they closed there first night set with a sweet "Cortez the Killer". Night two they started with "Crash Into Me", "Everyday" & one of my all time favorite DMB songs "Jimi Thing". Next up was another pair favorites "Too Much" with a sweet Batman tease and "Tripping Billies". They finally closed there weekend with Neil in tow playing "Down by the River". Rashawn Ross stole the show with his feverish playing brought out the jamming that's been missed by this DMB fan since 1997. Just when I thought I was out after they released "Stand Up" album they sucked me back in with these two memorable sets.
Next up Neil Young...He played great versions of "Harvest Moon" "Long May You Run", "Four Stong Winds" & "Old Man". Then he played my favorite Neil tune "One of these Days" I gonna sit down and write a long letter to all the good friends I've known, One of these days! Next he played "Comes a Time" with his wife Pegi. Another great Bridge School Benefit weekend for a great cause. Thank you Neil & Pegi. Lucky for me and music fans Neil has released some of the past 20 years acoustic music from The Bridge School shows on I-Tunes. It's some of my most cherished music on my I-POD!
10/28/06, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Santa Barbara Bowl
First time at the bowl here in Santa Barbara. Caught a cold on the 6 hour drive down. Four shows in 14 days may have had something to do with it. Grabbed a brewski and settled into my seat toward the top of the bowl. This was my third time seeing the acoustic duo. The first two were at the Warfield in 1997 very memorable. They started this show with "Bartender" then they played "Crush" which reminds me of a love for a good friend I once thought I would marry. We never got together and I was crushed! Next was "Lie In Our Graves", "Cry Freedom", "Crash Into Me" and "Jimi Thing". Dave left the stage and Tim did a solo for a while. Dave returned and they launched into a very spirited "Gravedigger". Next was "Where Are You Going" & "Satellite" before finishing with "Dancing Nancies".
12/01/06, Rhythm Devils, The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
This was a Rex Benefit show and I was up top in the balcony. Can't take a beer to your seat but you can burn a fatty. Only in Frisco got to love it! Robert Hunter opened and it was great to here his songs before Jerry and boys got a hold of them and rearranged them. Then the Rhythm Devils took the stage. The band was made up of Mike Gordon on bass, Steve Kimock on guitar, Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann on drums, Jen Durkin on vocals with special guests Sikiru Adepoju drums & Giovanni Hidalgo on bongos sitting in for the entire show. They opened with a great Janis Joplin cover "Piece of my Heart". Jen Durkin did Janis proud! They played "Seven Seconds" a new Robert Hunter tune which I liked allot. Then Bob Weir came out and they did "Cumberland Blues" and then Bob was gone as fast as he came. Next was another new Hunter tune "Your House" and Giovanni Hidalgo on bongos really stood out. Best version of that song all tour. Then Bobby came back out and they played a Rhythm Devils tune "Fountains of Wood" before launching into "New Speedway Boogie" & "Good Lovin" to close the first set. The second set started with Bobby and they played "Scarlet Begonias> Fire on the Mountain. Next was "Next Dimension" & Drums. Robert returned for "The Other One", "The Center> Lovelight to close the second set. Then they closed (no Bob) with "See You Again". The drumming was of the hook all night. Gordo & Kimock were locked in together. Half dead show half new material was a nice recipe. Had a great time at this show.
12/08/06, Trey Anastasio Band, The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
I rolled into the show grabbed a cocktail and was drinking it by the downstairs bar since I was in the balcony again. Then all the sudden Trey & the rest of the band playing cowbells in a percussion-and-horns parade right in front of me before turning left into the floor area and marching up to the stage. This was my first time seeing Trey play with Tony Hall on Bass. I came away very impressed with Tony. A few times during the show he felt like he was plucking my neck and not the bass strings. The horns were out and in all night depending on the songs. They opened with "Stash", “Simple Twist Up Dave” & one of my favs "Drifting". Then "A Case of Ice & Snow" & "Sleep Again". Then another fav of mine "Money Love & Change" before closing the set with Cincinnati. Set two started with "First Tube" and everyone was happy about that. They played two more songs (Mud City & The Way I Feel) and then the rest of the band left the stage. Trey solo played "The Inlaw Josie Wales", "Invisible" & "Love That Breaks All Lines". The band returned and they launched into the highlight of the evening a cover "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straights. The encore brought another fav of mine "Gotta Jibboo" before closing with "Last Tube> Bar 17" & 46 Days. They parade out playing 46 days the same way they entered. We all spilled out on the sidewalk out front as the parade stopped out there for a couple minutes before marching around the side of the venue then back in ending it. The horns were great and so was Tony Hall. I wish they would release this show that Sultans of Swing was the bomb!
This brought an end to my little musical journey that lasted seven weeks & six days. This was my...Legends of the Fall (2006)
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