, attached to 2014-08-31

Review by FoxmansBrother

FoxmansBrother After giving this show a few more listens, I figured it'd be time to drop a review.

Sunday night at Dick's was without argument one of the best front to back shows of the summer.

Set I: Let the games begin

An atypical Curtain With got the evening going and set the tone for what would be a serious affair. Followed was an extended, funked out Wombat that got the crowd shaking and dancing. Great set flow through ASIHTOS, which featured some nice jamming. Then came Wolfman's. While type I, Phish brought the F-U-N-K in this version: a fantastic first set highlight. From there the set closed out with a couple of well played Fuego tracks, a rare (as of this summer) Funky Bitch, a short but sweet late set Tube, and a raging Possum. All around this was a very well played first set, riddled with highlights and very smooth flow.

Set II: Business Time

As the final set of Dick's was ready to commence, the opening riff of chalkdust penetrated the cool Colorado air. This Chalkdust did not disappoint as being yet another improvisational launchpad. While the band never latched onto any particular theme, they quickly moved from idea to idea exploring many different textures in the process. A standard Twist and obligtory Wedge (Great Divide... duh) came after CDT, follwed then by a largely expected Tweezer. This Tweezer was not anything crazy but it definitely got the crowd dancing with some great funky rhythmic playing. A great segue into a perfectly placed Sand followed. Much like the first set Wolfman's, Sand brought the dance party funk to Commerce City. From the funk the melodic band members moved to some storage style jamming all while Fishman keeps the pushing the Sand beat forward to ultimately melt the song into a very well received Piper. While short, Piper featured some cool ambient jamming towards the end featuring a cool "What's the Use?" tease from Trey. This ultimately fizzled out into a standard, awkward but pleasant version of Joy.

Most though now that we were riding out the set to the close of a steller weekend. Very few were prepared for what was to come. Enter Mike's Song, a track that has been largely played the same way for the entirety of 3.0. As soon as the jam segment dropped, Fishman began beating on the cowbell. And from there the band used this as the signal to, once again, bring out the funk. The crowd energy was off the charts as everyone was estatic to hear a funked out Mike's. Sneaking Sally kept the energy going through Sally, and ended the set on a high note with a raging Weekapaug. Standard, expected encore followed suit, but it did not matter. Phish had successfully F***ed everyone's faces with the Set.

Now onto fall 14...


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