North Mississippi AllstarFebruary 26, 2010Highline BallroomNew York, NYTaped and Transferred by T.J. Samulis
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Cactus @ Theatre of Living Arts March 12,2010
Here's Mike Gordon's performance Friday at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia. Probably the hardest working member of Phish since Coventy, Mike hit the road with his band for an eight show tour. They made stops at some smaller clubs on the east coast. On the heels of Mike's release of The Green Sparrow in August 2008, this group of musicians has been performing together consistently for the last three years.
With any Mike show, it's not uncommon to hear some obscure covers that exemplify his musical tastes. This night was no different with covers of The Mustangs' Time For Lovin' Is Now and Peter Rowan's Walls of Time. Mike's original from Inside In, Soul Food Man, was the highlight of the first set for me. The end of the set included special guests Deanie Richardson on fiddle, Jeff White on guitar, and step dancers Nathan Pilatzke, Jon Pilatzke, and Cara Bultler. It's was a fun way to end the set, but also limited the band slightly from getting into a really tight groove. Regardless, you can tell everyone onstage was having a blast.
The second set started off strong with Sound > Another Door and never really let up. I believe Sugar Shack was the only Phish tune of the night. Niger River and Jones were a pair of tunes that let the band fall into a some smooth jamming, complete with that unmistakable Mike tone. The band finished the set with the Mike original, Suskind Hotel. The twelve minute exploration was a great way to end the set and easily my set two highlight. Overall, solid show that was tons of fun and chock full of some great moments. I'm very happy with the way this recording turned out.