, attached to 1989-12-07

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This was actually a really good show to hear. Better than I expected with well played versions of most songs and really rocking overall.

IDK gets things going on a funny note with Fishman’s antics to go along with it. It seems a little early for YEM, but this is a good version though short and sweet. A-Train was nice and smooth and afterwards the calls go out for Undone already. Bag is getting better every time and this one was a little fast. Fee was ok and had a lame ending to it. Mike’s was very solid, Hydrogen was ok, and then Mike’s intro was great going into a rocking Weekapaug. Very well done tonight. Alumni>LTJP continued the rock fest of this first set and were also well played. Then a brief narration by Trey brings us a rare Divided Sky set closer, which was nice and pretty tight. Good first set overall to my ears.

Oh Kee Pa>Suzy was a great way to start the second set and the calls for Sparks start from the crowd. Rocky Top isn’t very tight yet, but it’s getting there. We get more Mike tonight with a fast grooving Ya Mar and we still have many calls for Sparks between songs. Walk Away rocked, but had an unsure ending. Lizards is also getting there, but not totally tight yet. Antelope rocks straight up. The new Lawn Boy is a nice cool down to hear after all that. Possum brings the energy level right back up and continues the rocking nature of this show. Finally at the end Fishman comes back out and does the crowd’s earlier request the last performance of Undone. There are some funny moments here, but it’s not my favorite song by any means and a strange way to end a pretty good second set.

Golgi gets the lone encore spot tonight and it was well played.

Really rocking show for late ’89, and their first trip to Baltimore. Definitely check this one out. I’m going with four stars to bump the average up because of how solid the show was overall front to back with minimal musical mistakes.


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