Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS
A quick housekeeping note before I dive into today’s show. If you have been following along at home you know I have thus far updated the blog as soon as I have finished listening and writing about the show of the day. There have been exceptions. Sometimes I listen and write in the air and post whenever I’m back on land and online. Well, I’m about to leave the country for a week which will probably blow the schedule all to hell. I am committed to listening and writing each show day, but I may not be able to post for days at a time. I may not have an opportunity to post at all until I get back to the States. But I will eventually post all of my thoughts on the shows. I promise!! Don’t give up on me.
OK – on to this KC show!! Buried Alive opener is always welcome, as is the mid-set Divided Sky. Wolfman’s is short… almost a toss-away version, really. Disappointing. Stash is serious business, though. I couldn’t really hear Ginseng very well. Julius is definitely in a rut at this point. No real variation. Great set closer, nonetheless!
Second set opens with a bomb-drop!! Mike’s Groove is here is near perfection. Not as out-there as some Mike’s, but intense and dark with a machine-gun ‘paug that everyone loves. Esther is beautiful and the mid-set Cavern just seems strangely out of place.
Reba is perfectly placed, on the other hand. Oh how I love Rebas that are creative and different. This one starts with a proto-plinko jam led by Trey with Page on his Rhodes and Mike slapping away. Very different and fun. Follow that up with JJLC and we’ve got a killer set so far! Both Trey and Page take gorgeous bluesy solos in JJLC.
While I’m sad that I’ve heard the last I Wanna Be Like You, I love Terrapin. I really love it… I mean it.
Finally, the Slave is one for the ages. It’s funny to me that just as the newer tunes like Sample, Wolfman’s, Julius, etc. are settling into failrly rote renditions at this point in the year, classics like Slave, Reba, Hood, etc. are really starting to break out and go interesting new places… I guess what I’m saying is that once again I’m reminded why I’m doing this whole thing. It’s because sometimes you have to wade through some stuff. Sometimes you’re just not gonna be in the mood to listen to Phish. Sometimes you really should be packing for a trip. But then you get fed a beautiful Slave to the Traffic Light and everything is worth it. All is right with the world, if only for a little while.
Is it tour yet???
Thanks for reading.
Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS
Soundcheck: Jam -> Dog Log, Frankenstein
Set 1: Buried Alive > Poor Heart > Sample in a Jar > Divided Sky, Wolfman’s Brother > Dinner and a Movie, Stash, Ginseng Sullivan, Julius
Set 2: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Esther, Cavern, Reba > Jesus Just Left Chicago > Scent of a Mule, Big Ball Jam, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Slave to the Traffic Light
Encore: Golgi Apparatus
Notes: Ginseng Sullivan was performed acoustic, without amplification. The encore was preceded by a Voodoo Child tease.
Setlist courtesy of Phish.net.