Philadelphia jam act The Disco Biscuits returned to the intimate confines of The Fox Theatre in Boulder on Thursday night for the first time in nearly four years. The performance was a free one in which tickets were distributed via lottery to those attending the next two nights’ concerts at The Fillmore Auditorium. Bisco fans who made it into the Fox were treated to a wild show that included a 48-minute jam to start the second set and a pair of bust outs.
Unbelievably, the Disco Biscuits played a total of just nine songs over the course of the improv-filled evening. The quartet’s first set began with “Hope.” From there, guitarist Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig, bassist Marc “Brownie” Brownstein, keyboardist Aron Magner and drummer Allen Aucoin would play a seamless run of four tunes to end the frame. “Shelby Rose” gave way to “The City” which in turn led into an inverted “Naeba.” Not only was this tDB’s first ever inversion of the tune, but the foursome hadn’t performed “Naeba” since December 27, 2011 – a span of 164 shows. An exploratory “Astronaut” ended the opening stanza.
When the band returned for the second set, Barber explained to the crowd that the group listens to Enya through their in-ear monitors. He joked about Enya’s lawyers threatening to sue the band and discussed how the evening’s concert was a free one. The Disco Biscuits then launched into a mind-blowing 48-minute jam to start the frame. Barber, Brownie, Allen and Aron covered plenty of terrain over the course of the wild improv including untz-y overtones, a heaping dose of funk, some disco and a bit of rock.
After 48 minutes the Disco Biscuits finally made a move towards the first true song of the set, the oldie “Vassillios.” The closing stanza rolled on with an inverted “Abraxas.” “Story Of The World” then served as the set closer. Brownie & Co. had one more surprise up their sleeves to end the night. The Disco Biscuits said farewell to the Boulder faithful by dusting off the punk rock version of “Kitchen Mitts” as the encore. Last night’s punk rock “Kitchen Mitts” was the first since September 27, 2014 – a span of 97 shows. The Disco Biscuits now head to Denver for Friday and Saturday shows at The Fillmore Auditorium. Webcasts are available via the band’s YouTube channel.
Watch pro-shot video of the entire show while you can:
Setlist (via tDB Facebook)
Set One: Hope, Shelby Rose -> The City -> Naebea (inverted) -> Astronaut
Set Two: Jam -> Vassillios -> Abraxas (inverted) -> Story of the World
Encore: Kitchen Mitts (Punk Rock)
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