Sunday, 04/24/1994 Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Sunday, 04/24/1994

Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Finally, a show I attended! This was my first show of the year. Not only that, this is a zzyzx-type of dream show for me: It includes my first Mango, Julius, Axilla (Part II), and Dog Faced Boy… plus my ONLY Jump Monk and Demand. Not only that, it was the last time I would hear Paul and Silas until 08/11/2009 in Chicago, a gap of 15 years and 75 shows.

Enough geek-talk for you? Fair enough. On to the show: This place was small with a very similar setup to the 12/28/93 show in DC. It was a basketball gym with about 5 rows of seats around the ring of it. Perfect, really.

The first set was fantastic. Listening today, I’m struck by how great the Jump Monk segment is. They slide into it so effortlessly. It’s a must-hear, in my book. Also, the Slave is absolutely gorgeous.

Demand was a surprise to me at the time. I found it a strange song on the album and hearing it live did nothing to change that thought. Bowie, on the other hand, was HUGE (and it stands up to this day. give it a listen). Actually, I remember this entire second set really well. I don’t usually have clear memories of shows from back this far, but this second set is crystal clear for some reason. I remember being surprised by how perfect Mango sounded after the madness of that Bowie. I remember falling in love with Julius from the first moment. It’s all right there.

I have heard this show several times since then, but it’s never been in heavy rotation for me. I’m really enjoying revisiting it today. Hooray for my dumb blog! It’s making my day that much better!! I can’t believe I still haven’t packed for my flight this evening!! Cannot wait to get down to NOLA for my annual Jazzfest pilgrimage. I can’t believe I’ll be seeing Phish at the Acura stage again this weekend!! HELL YEAH!!!

Thanks for reading and HAPPY JAZZFEST, EVERYBODY!!!

Sunday, 04/24/1994

Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

Set 1: My Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar, Axilla (Part II) > Maze, Bathtub Gin -> Jump Monk -> Bathtub Gin > Dog Faced Boy, Paul and Silas > It’s Ice > Slave to the Traffic Light

Set 2: Demand > David Bowie, The Mango Song > Julius, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Chalk Dust Torture, Contact, Good Times Bad Times

Encore: Sweet Adeline

Notes: Jump Monk was played for the first time since March 12, 1988 (728 shows). Tequila was teased before Demand and also during Bowie. Bowie also included Dave’s Energy Guide teases. The Mockingbird narration contained Also Sprach Zarathustra teases from Page.


Key tracks: (seriously, you gotta hear this Bowie)


One thought on “Sunday, 04/24/1994 Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC

  1. dmc76 says:

    jump monk is pretty epic

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