, attached to 2016-07-06

Review by nickulus

nickulus If this were my only show of the summer and I was considering this show in isolation, I would walk away satisfied - not blown away by any improvisational prowess, but happy with an energetic crowd in a small venue, hearing some (fairly) rare tunes that sounded good (if not great).

I had earlier commented on a Wrigley setlist I thought was great - because it seemed a departure from the norm, which was exciting to me. If they were experimenting with different songs in new positions and trying to find a new way to use them to create, I was (and am) all for it. That setlist seems less appealing now given what the past few weeks have held and the concerns of some in the community.

I continue to hope that disjointed setlists are a sign of experimentation. Going back to my original comment - if this were my only show of the year, it would be fine - but this is the first of 8 I get to catch this year and I will be disappointed if the next 7 follow the same pattern as the last few.

As has been noted many times in many places, the thing that makes these guys special is that you never know what you're going to see on any given night. I love bustouts - but as a complement to a tight cohesive presentation of music with improvisational exploration as a core component. The exploration is what keeps me coming back multiple times per tour - not the bustouts.

With respect to the setlist, I don't have much additional to offer beyond what has been stated before... some good tunes, but did not feel cohesive.

Here's to these guys finding a good groove soon.


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