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Cornmeal | 07/27/09 | Triumph Brewery
Thu 9/10/2009 6:14PM
Matt mentioned the Triumph Brewery to me one day. It is located up in New Hope and it host some good local jam bands from time to time. Cornmeal is a band I have been hearing a lot of buzz over. They are a bluegrass band with a jam tendency and able to branch into other genres in their jams. I played Cornmeal on the ipod during the flash thunderstorm at the tailgate at Hershey and the people that heard it, liked it, so I was able to get a group of people together for the show.

We all got there and got a table. A a sampling of their beers. Almost all of us decided their Irish Red was the most delicious. The band came on and it was a distinctive bluegrass sound. I met Jackie's roommate Shannon that night. We were all talking how I had enjoyed dancing at the DMB Hershey tailgate a week ago and how I wanted to dance again. Shannon was like, okay lets go dance. There was a bit of a crowd around the band. It is a small dance area in front of the stage at Triumph. However, Shannon and I went right into the middle and starting dancing. It was so much fun. I barely knew this girl and she was ready to get down. It was great. We danced for the last couple songs of the first set.

We took a breather during the set break. This is where I learned Shannon had a boyfriend, which was a bummer, but also a relief as well. Less pressure on me to screw it up somehow.

The second set started and we went out and danced again. We stood on the sides and enjoyed the sound as well. And boy was the sound enjoyable! I now knew why this group generated so much buzz. They sounded amazing. The guitar, banjo, drums, stand up bass, and fiddle, could all play the hell out of their instruments. Together they really could jam! It was such a fun, happy, sound, that you couldn't help but smile, dnace, and enjoy. Laura, Shannon, and I went into the fray one last time to enjoy a dance session before we left. The song we danced to I do no know. It was prob one of 'Drinking Away', 'Cold Cold Night', or 'I'm Still Here'. Either way it was a perfect ending song for us. It was ajam that built up and up and up. Energy rising and rising. Our legs dancing harder and harder until the final climax and the song ended, us all winded. We left on that high note.

I think everyone really enjoyed the band. I loved them.

Set 1:
On The Losin' End, Edge of the World, Southern Flavor, More Pretty Girls, Mole in the Ground, Shake A Leg, The Fox, Hasten Jason

Set 2: Lay
Phish | 06.07.09 | Tweeter Center
Thu 9/10/2009 5:51PM
My first Phish show. The band broke up just as I was getting into them and 4 years later they get back together. I was online with two computers the day tickets went on sale and I was lucky enough to grab 2. Who else to take by Winslow.

After seeing Soulive and The Decemberist over the last two days we both were a bit on the tired side but the excitement of seeing Phish kept us going. We tailgated early with some jack and cigars from the Dom. Rep., tailgate classy. Also met up with mary jo in the lots before hand. It all put me in happy spirits to witness Phish.

As we made our way onto the lawn they had started with Chalkdust Torture. A we found our way about 3/4 up the lawn in the center. Not a bad spot considering the place ended up being packed. The next song was 'Fee' and this made me extremaly happy. 'Fee' was, as i remeber, one of Quake's favorite Phish tunes. I felt blessed to have them play that while I was out on the lawn. A great way to remeber a great friend. This was followed by Wolfman's Brother. These three songs in the beginning really are the ones that really make me remeber my high school days listening to Phish. Such a fun way to start the show.

When I heard the first few notes of 'The Lizards' I knew this night was already more than I imagained it could be. Quake's favorite tune and now mine! Bliss. The first set eneded with great jamming on Tube and First Tube.

The second set began with a song I had never heard, 'Sand'. A lengthy jam that really drew me in and by the end of it I was grinning ear to ear. This was followed by two fun dancy tunes, 'Suzy Greenberg' and 'Limb by Limb'. I loved it! The set ended with an amazing Tweezer. Seriously, at the end of the second set my cheeks were hurting from grinning so much.

Trey came out at the beginning of the encore and said how much they enjoyed the northeast and how they didn't want to leave and if they could play all night. It was just a hint as to what came next. As far as encores go, this was one of the best I've witnessed. Started with a new tune that went by listly but then busted into 'Bounching Around the Room', fun, dancable, enjoyable. Then it went into 'Run Like An Antelope' and everyone was amazed. A bit of a rabbit pulled out of a hat, it felt like. I love that song and to get it as the last song (or so I thought) was great. But they weren't finished yet. They then finially ended with 'Tweezer Reprise' which is so rocking and awesome that it was the best possibly way to end my first show.

Overall, it was great to finally see Phish. The band sounded tight and seemed like they were really having fun and are serious about their comeback. You could actually hear Paige's keys in the mix and it added a lot to their sound. I didn't always hear the keys so much in earlier shows and he definiatly has more presence nowadays in the sound.

Winslow and I left the show happy. A perfect ending to triple nights of music. Ending with the epicness that is Phish. (however, we came to the conculsion that the Decemeberist show was the best of the three nights. Mostly because it was above and beyond our expections. Phish was more or less what we expected.) Nothing in the show was overly mind blowing. Nothing left my jaw on the floor. But the overall presence of the band and fans, my first time, the remerance of Quake, and the song chooices, all lead to one of the better concert experiances for me.

Set I: Chalkdust Torture, Fee, Wolfman's Brother, Guyute, My
The Decemberist | 06.06.09 | Tower Theatre
Mon 8/17/2009 8:26AM


I went into this show having just started listening to the Decemeberist at the beginning of the year. They are not my typical choice in bands but I really enjoy their rocking, folksy, clever-worded songs. This concert, however, cemented them in my Top 10 favorite bands. The show left me almost speakless.