The Trey Anastasio Band made a rare trip north of the border on Sunday night to end the first leg of their current tour at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Anastasio and his ensemble continued a trend of paying tribute to local acts by covering a song by Toronto collective Broken Social Scene and also fit in a tune by The Band. In addition, Canadian fans learned TAB will return to the country to headline a festival in September.
The Phish frontman and his solo group opened Sunday’s show with “Sometime After Sunset” and focused mainly on TAB staples throughout the first set including “Cayman Review,” “Sand,” “Curlew’s Call” and “Money, Love & Change.” Anastasio and his band attempted Broken Social Scene’s “Cause=Time” in the first set, but had troubles with the cover debut and wound up aborting it. The Trey Anastasio Band had a much smoother time with “Cause=Time” to begin the second set. “Gotta Jibboo” and “Simple Twist Up Dave” came next ahead of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference,” a song originally sung by legendary Ontario musician Rick Danko. Later in the set Trey dedicated the last verse of “Alaska” to saxophonist James Casey’s mother, a pastor in Alaska. The evening ended with an encore of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed & Confused.”
Organizers of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick have announced the Trey Anastasio Band will headline this September’s installment which runs from September 12 – 17. The Trey Anastasio Band will play the Moose Light Blues tent on Friday, September 15. Previously announced Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival ’17 acts are Colin James, Bruce Cockburn, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Martha Wainwright, Sloan, The Revivalists, Matt Andersen, Lettuce, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, The Marcus King Band, Terra Lightfoot, Sonya Rae and the Sleepwalkers, The National Reserve, Matt Minglewood Band, Garrett Mason, Keith Hallett, Downtown Blues Band, Christine Campbell Band, Earle and Coffin, Joe Murphy & The Water Street Blues Band, Amanda Jackson Band, The Gary Sappier Blues Band, The Honeyboys, Buck Tingley, Laurent Couturier & The Rusty Mikes, Blind Dog and Quinn Bonnell. Look for the full lineup to be revealed on Thursday, May 11. (Hat Tip – @Duanebase)
Setlist (via @PhishAtMSG)
Set One: Sometime After Sunset, Cayman Review, Alive Again, Sand, 1977, Magilla, Curlew’s Call, Dark & Down, Cause=Time (Broken Social Scene cover debut, aborted), Money Love & Change
Set Two: Cause=Time, Gotta Jibboo, Simple Twist Up Dave, It Makes No Difference, Valentine, The Song, Plasma, Liquid Time, Alaska, Shine, Clint Eastwood > Mr. Completely, The Parting Glas
Encore: Dazed & Confused
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