, attached to 2009-11-01

Review by Feetoid

Feetoid The acoustic set was like Phish Sunday school, complete with Mr. Anastasio telling us to sit down and Mr. Gordon getting us on our feet. I felt like a kid at camp being a part of it, good times. My first ever Bouncing came in acoustic form which was also cool. 27 shows no Bouncing, it was long overdue. Before the set I watched my Bears dominate on the big screen with an impressive turnout of "Bears phans". It was refreshing to chat amongst such a large group of fellow Chicagoans now that I'd lived in LA for a year.

As far as the 2nd set goes the Reba wreck stands out in my mind which is a bummer. I'm a huge SOAM fan so simply hearing it makes me happy. The beginning of the uptempo jam section really got me dancing, just as it always does.

The 3rd set definitely consists of the DEEP PHISH variety. Prior to seeing a 3.0 show a friend of mine who'd just seen em said, "Its still Phish, just a half beat slower." Now that I'd seen this, I knew exactly what he was talking about. This set was deep just like deep house is deep. Extreme attention to detail, slower tempos, dark textures, a seemingly underwater sound at times, the perfect set to watch with your friend Molly. It was the bonus/reward set for the heads that stuck around (a lot of weekend warriors missed it). Tweezer->Maze kept my uptempo energy left over from the SOAM closer going. Free rocked in euphoric fashion as it always does since the first hiatus. Sugar Shack was snuck in there for obvious reasons but I didn't mind, especially since it was followed by LBL. Mike's included a deep & dancey 2001 which led to an amazing Light that brought me back to my first epic Light at the Gorge. This "desert Light" however, had a white hot Kuroda presence that I haven't seen since. Musically I'd say BGCA III 2012 is the best Light I've seen, but this one comes pretty damn close and stands out as THE Light that really made me excited to hear this jam vehicle in the future. The rest is gravy.

All in all a great weekend. I'd love to see them here again, perhaps at Coachella which everyone in LA says would never happen (I say fuck that). I've never been, but I'd go for Phish and just to see the looks on all the slack jawed hipsters faces...melting.


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