Disco Biscuits shows have been few and far between in 2011, making this past weekend’s three-pack of performances in the heart of “Bisco Country” extra special. The band kicked off the brief run on Thursday and Friday at the Best Buy Theater in New York City before finishing it off at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday night.
[All photos by Jeremy Gordon]
The Philadelphia-based quartet mixed material from every era of the band’s history throughout the run. Here’s a look at the setlists…
04/14/11 @ Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
Set 1: Spectacle, Story Of The World1 > Bombs > Above The Waves2 > Spaga3
Set 2: Mindless Dribble > Run Like Hell > Confrontation2 > Mindless Dribble > Feeling Twisted > Run Like Hell
Encore: The Tunnel, Once The Fiddler Paid
1 – Unfinished
2 – Inverted
3 – Ending only
04/15/11 @ Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
Set 1: Kitchen Mitts, Grass Is Green > Vassillios > Minions > Voices Insane1 > Grass Is Green
Set 2: Spaga2 > Reactor3 > Tricycle > Humuhumunukunukuapua’a4 > Tempest, The Very Moon > Bernstein And Chasnoff4
1 – Unfinished
2 – Dyslexic completion of 4/14 version
3 – Inverted
4 – Ending only
4/16/2011 @ Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
Set 1: Portal To An Empty Head, Aceetobee > Catalyst > Aceetobee, Digital Buddha > Lunar Pursuit > Digital Buddha
Set 2: Spraypaint > Spacebirdmatingcall, House Dog Party Favor, Neck Romancer, 42 > Spraypaint
Encore: We Like To Party
[via PT Bisco]
Hidden Track’s Jeremy Gordon was on hand last Thursday to shoot the first night of the run at the Best Buy Theater. READ ON for a full gallery…
Furthur @ Best Buy Theater, March 13
Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s current group, Furthur, continued a run of shows at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square last night and offered quite a contrast between the band’s two sets. While the first set was song oriented to fault, the second stanza was filled with dynamic improvisation thanks in part to the contributions of special guest Warren Haynes.
With the passing of Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a patriarch of the Grateful Dead scene, earlier in the day, many attendees were discussing how Furthur would tip its proverbial hat towards Bear. Bassist Phil Lesh wasted no time as he started the show by saying a few kind words about his old friend and told the crowd he did something he hadn’t done in nearly 20 years – ate a steak – as a tribute to Stanley who famously subsisted on an all-meat diet. With that, the band launched into a Samson and Delilah opener propelled by drummer Joe Russo’s meaty beat.
There wasn’t much improvisation during the a first set that was at times a bit too mellow for its own good. Queen Jane seemed to go on forever, West L.A. Fadeaway lacked the punch and grit that many Grateful Dead versions contained and They Love Each Other was performed at a drowsy pace. John Kadlecik provided one of the highlights of the set with his ferocious guitar work in After Midnight. Because, the eighth track off of The Beatles’ Abbey Road, closed the set in fine fashion as the difficult composition was nailed by the ensemble. In fact, the vocal harmonies on Because were so good, you’d almost think they were prerecorded.
READ ON for more on last night’s Furthur show in NYC…