Mike Gordon Band @ Fine Line Music Cafe, November 16
Words and Images: Joe Ringus
It’s not often a member of Phish graces Minnesota with their presence. Despite the infrequency of band member’s visits, the state’s fans always show their appreciation when one of these performances occurs. This past Tuesday night, the Fine Line Music Cafe in Downtown Minneapolis played host to bassist Mike Gordon and his band as they made a mid-week stop in the bitter north. Fans responded by nearly packing the 769-capacity venue.
The MGB’s first set opened up with the sizzling first track from Moss, Can’t Stand Still, and never let up. Early on, Gordon invited the crowd to make music with him by handing his kaossilator effects pedal to the folks in the front row to pass around. Between lasers and the stage lights, Mike Gordon and company made the most of playing the small bar.
The jams were thick during the second set which included an Alanis Morissette cover, a segue sandwich of J.J. Cale’s Ain’t Love Funny with drummer Todd Isler’s original Kryermaten as well as a staple of the Phish repertoire – a cover of Son Seals’ Funky Bitch. Mike and his band even treated fans to their version of Sailin’ Shoes by Little Feat.
Set One : Can’t Stand Still, Sound, Suskind Hotel, Be Good And You’ll Be Lonely, Middle Of The Road, Walls Of Time, Radar Blip > Dig Further Down
Set Two : Idea, Lit O Bit, Hand In My Pocket, Ain’t Love Funny > Kryermaten > Ain’t Love Funny > The Field > Kryermaten > Ain’t Love Funny, Funky Bitch, Pretend, Somaila, Jones, Sailin’ Shoes, Hap Nappy > Rock Me Baby
Encore : Sugar Shack
[Setlist via Mike-Gordon.com]
Before the night was finally over, the group encored with Mike’s lone track from Joy, Sugar Shack, which sent the fans into the cold Minnesota night with huge smiles on their faces.
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The Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB Tour rolled on this weekend with stops in Minneapolis on Saturday and Kansas City on Sunday. Keeping with the pattern he set at Terminal 5 last Tuesday, Big Red has been breaking out the acoustic at the end of each first set for a number of Phish classics.
[All photos of Minneapolis TAB by Joe Ringus]
Let’s take a look at the setlists from both the Kansas City and Minneapolis shows courtesy of our friends at Dog Gone Blog…
February 20, 2010
Set I: Last Tube, Shine, Cayman Review, Push on til the Day, Mozambique, Drifting, Night Speaks to a Woman, Tuesday, Sand, Joy*, Water in the Sky*, Bathtub Gin*, Sleep Again*, Farmhouse*, Waste*, Chalkdust Torture*
Set II: Gotta Jibboo, Valentine, Money, Love and Change, Liquid Time, Alaska, Goodbye Head, Mr. Completely, Show of Life, Black Dog
E: First Tube
* Trey solo acoustic
February 21, 2010
Kansas City, MO
Set 1: Shine, Push On, Alive Again, Birdwatcher, Mozambique, Cayman Review, Dragonfly, Night Speaks to a Woman, Valentine, Let Me Lie, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Money Love & Change, Tuesday, Backwards Down the Line*, Brian & Robert*, Back on the Train*, Sample in a Jar*, Wilson*
Set 2: Gotta Jiboo, Liquid Time, Sand, Goodbye Head > Mr. Completely, Alaska, Sultans of Swing
E: Show of Life, First Tube
* Trey Solo Acoustic
Did you hit either of these shows? Let us know what you thought…
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