Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Trey Anastasio Band, 1/20/2013, State Theater Portland Maine

This is a solid live Rock , pointing to Jazz Rock album! The Whole band was in perfect form!! Read what a fan is describing 
The first set was a little laid back and had much less energy than the second set.

First set started out with some older tunes - Caymen Review, Alive Again, and then got into the new Traveler songs. I love Pigtail, and it was standard fun, then after a short Magilla a trio of new tunes - Scabbard, Frost and Corona. I love Scabbard, lots of textures and percussion make for an interesting song. The set wrapped with a solid take on Burlap Sack and Pumps, and then some slower paced Land of Nod, Dark and Down and Valentine. Trey told a long winded story about the promoter of the State, and how they used to book shows at Higher Ground in Vermont, which is where the first incarnation of TAB started. then they played the first song that version of TAB ever did - First Tube. The energy was high and a good sign of things to come.

Second set was a huge, high energy set. Solid playing and the band was hitting it hard for about an hour and 45 minutes straight. Started with a Curlew's Call, then into a standard Drifting. Money Love and Change was next and got stretched a bit with some solid horn playing. A small change of pace for Ooh Child which the crowd loved, and then into Goodbye Head. The intro sounds a lot like Divided Sky. The last half of the second set was pure fun, the band was loving it, the crowd was loving it, and the time passed all too quickly. Architect is one of my favourites from Traveler, and it was well played, then into a monster Sand. Not like the Sand we would see in the old days of TAB at 30+ mins, but this 15 minute version was full of quality playing and energy. A couple of quick covers were next -crowd favourite Clint Eastwood, and then Devil Went Down to Georgia which got people all fired up! A great (as usual) Push on 'Til The Day wrapped Set II. 
Encores were a quick and mellow At the Gazebo, followed by a Heavy Things with Trey on acoustic, and one more cover for good measure - Sultans of Swing.

The show was a little uneven, probably not as end to end solid as the previous Fall's Boston Orpheum show, but the second site this night was the best I have seen TAB in years and years.

Trey Anastasio Band debuted in 1998 as Eight Foot Fluorescent Tubes as a local band in Vermont fronted by Anastasio on April 17 of that year at the nightclub Higher Ground, co-owned by his brother-in-law. The band debuted a number of songs heard in Anastasio's live performances today, including "First Tube", "Last Tube", and "Mozambique". The Trio in 1999 was an evolution of Eight Foot Fluorescent Tubes. Anastasio's first solo tour was with the trio, which included himself, Russ Lawton, and Tony Markellis. The trio reunited in late 2008 (along with keyboardist Ray Packowski) for a tour of the Northeast United States. The band expanded to a sextet in 2000 with three horn players added to the band (Dave Grippo on alto sax, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and tuba, and Andy Moroz on trombone). Some of the music originally performed by the sextet was later seen on his 2002 release, Trey Anastasio. A year later they evolved into The Octet which added Ray Paczkowski on keyboards and Russell Remington on tenor sax and flute; and The Dectet in 2002 through 2004 explored complex arrangements and changes of some songs included on Trey Anastasio, and was an evolved version of the octet, now a ten-piece band with the addition of Peter Apfelbaum on barritone sax and percussion, and Cyro Baptista on percussion.
On August 10, 2008, Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB played a set at the All Points West Music & Arts Festival at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. They opened with "Sand" and played a few Phish classics including "Gotta Jibboo" and "Heavy Things".[10]


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