Wednesday, February 17, 2010 "Furthur Along" Bob Weir and Phil Lesh bring a mellow vibe to the Utica Auditorium this weekend

Written by Tom Kahley   
Bob Weir is a pioneer. Not because of his penchant for writing and performing songs about the Wild West, but rather as a founding member of the Grateful Dead. In 1965 he was one of the earliest settlers of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, the band’s home base, as well as neighbors Janis Joplin, the Jefferson Airplane and other “head” bands. With On the Road cowboy Neal Cassady at the wheel of Key Kesey’s Merry Prankster bus, the Dead took the Haight-Ashbury ideal on the road as they became the unofficial official band for the One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest author’s “acid tests,” which tuned-in and turned-on the lysergic lights coast-to-coast. And, well, you know the rest. . .

For 30 years, Bob Weir was the rhythm guitar ace for the Dead, playing more than 2,300 live shows with the band. During that time, he stepped out of the Dead realm and embarked on a few solo endeavors, but his main focus was always with Jerry Garcia and the boys. After Garcia signed off the earth on Aug. 9, 1995, Weir’s focus shifted to his band Ratdog, which coincidentally played their first gig the day before. Since then, he has toured exclusively with Ratdog, except for a few reunion tours with his former Grateful Dead bandmates, who hit the road billed first as “The Other Ones,” then just as “The Dead” on subsequent tours.

The Dead’s most recent tour came last spring and it was during that time that Weir reignited the musical spark with another original founder of the group, bassist Phil Lesh. While those two have jammed together when their respective bands have crossed paths on the road (Lesh has been touring since 1999 with his outfit Phil Lesh and Friends), they have never hit the road together. But after the Dead tour ended last fall, the duo had the itch to keep the music going, and decided to form a new band called Furthur—possibly derived from the name of the
aforementioned Merry Prankster bus, also dubbed Further—along with guitarist John Kadlecik from the Dark Star Orchestra, Weir’s Ratdog bandmates Jeff Chimenti on keyboards and Jay Lane on drums, as well as second percussionist Joe Russo of the Benevento Russo duo.

On Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., Furthur will be playing the Utica Memorial Auditorium, 400 Oriskany St., Utica. If you haven’t picked them up already, tickets cost $49.50 and can be purchased by calling 738-0164.

Weir took some time before a Furthur show in Charlotte, N.C., to chat with The New Times about reuniting with Lesh, the psychological impact of digital music, Hunter S. Thompson and recently enjoying a visit to the White House.


Check out the local news audio link for February 17th to hear Telluride's public radio station report on the proposed Phish shows in Telluride, CO.

Setlist: Futhur 2.17.2010 Sheas Performing Arts Center ~ Buffalo, NY

Set One: The Music Never Stopped, Alligator, Queen Jane, Dupree's Diamond Blues, On the Road Again, Hurricane, Corrina, Don't Ease Me In

Set Two: Hard to Handle, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Get Back, He's Gone > Throwing Stones > After Midnight > Death Don't Have No Mercy > Shakedown Street > Hell in a Bucket

Encore: Ripple


Source: 2 Neumann SKM 140’s>Aeta PSP3>canare xlr’s>Sound Devices 722 @96kHz/24bit master
Lineage: Sound Devices 722 master file @96kHz/24bit>firewire>Sound Forge 9.0(44.1/16)>CD Wave>FLAC
Taped by: Steven Weld
Transferred by: Steven Weld

Video: Trey Anastasio "Acoustic Set" Terminal 5 New York, NY

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After “Night Speaks,” the band left the stage, and Trey picked up the Martin. What followed was a nice camp-fire sing-along of Phish classics, with Trey strumming along acoustically…definite high point.

Trey Anastasio
Terminal 5  ~ New York City, NY

Brian and Robert, Strange Design, Sample in a Jar, Chalkdust Torture, Wilson

HiddenTrack: Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB Don’t Need Nothin’ But A Good Time

By Scott Bernstein
What’s most impressive is how well this band has gelled over the first seven shows of the tour. Flubs are few and far-between and the interplay between the musicians ranges from impressive to stellar. TAB newbie Natalie Cressman has filled her father’s shoes with the aplomb of a veteran with Anastasio getting a huge kick out of his first second-generation band member. While the setlists from the shows may look similar, each of the past three shows that I’ve caught (Wallingford, Red Bank and NYC) couldn’t have been more different from each other.

Read more at HiddenTrack

Video: Phish "Jennifer Dances" 12.7.99 Portland, ME "Grateful For Furthur" Former Grateful Dead Members Return To Cornell

By Joey Anderson

Sweat. Drugs. Phil Lesh; Bob Weir. In a Barton Hall insulated by thousands of perspiring deadheads and the historical precedent set by the Grateful Dead in 1977, the two old-timers set the bar again, though this time with their more recent band, Furthur. The latest re-shuffling of remaining Grateful Dead members and other musicians who have become associated with their movement, Futhur arrived intent to recreate a show that many Dead fans rank among the best of all time: Barton Hall, May 8, 1977, a show remembered not only for the music but for the blizzard.

Snow, however, was not the concern as much as finding a ticket. Every Deadhead in the state of New York converged on Barton to share the nostalgia with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir “while they’re still around,” according to one concertgoer. The community that has grown around this band for the past 45 years showed up in full, creating a happy, optimistic atmosphere distinct from other Barton concerts.

Grateful fans: Furthur, consisting of former Grateful Dead members, played a sold-out Cornell Concert Commission show in Barton Hall on Valentine's Day. - By: Ellen Woods
For some reason, the distinctly collegiate, straight-edged atmosphere of Barton suits a much looser group of people. The tailgate party that preceded the concert, complete with vendors, roadies and copious tie-dye, established a highly unusual presence East Hill, though not unfamiliar. As Lesh, Weir and company riddled off their folksy riffs into the sold-out audience, the only thing that distinguished the show from a psychedelic music festival was the turf. Space for dancing was in no shortage despite the large number of people. Generations of fans danced together, from those who followed the Grateful Dead in its heyday to the more recent fans and their children. It’s not too late to hop on their bandwagon; Furthur delighted all ages.

For men of 62 and 70, respectively, Weir and Lesh showed no signs of strain whether in their long jams or their vocal quality. Playing a bass that looked more like a splotch of black paint than an instrument, Lesh subtly sang beneath Weir’s high-pitched voice. Weir, wearing a well-groomed, 19th-century mustache, switched to a carnation pink guitar early on, perhaps for a greater country-western effect. Both maintained a stoic stage presence throughout their long jams, neither one had the Deadhead aesthetic. The only band member who did not seem totally under control was one of the drummers, who wildly bounced from drum to drum, looking as though he had been pulled out of the audience. Weir appeared to be hypnotized by the soothing melodies as much as the audience. He attempted to explain to the audience the intricacies of a technical difficulty that occurred early on, but could only manage a few unintelligible mutterings; there was a translation barrier. Luckily, everyone got the idea.

Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band 2.16.2010 Terminal 5 ~ New York, New York

Set One: Shine, Cayman Review, Push On 'Til the Day, Alaska, Mozambique, Gotta Jibboo, All That Almost Was, Drifting, Liquid Time, The Birdwatcher, Night Speaks to a Woman, Tuesday, Brian and Robert*, Strange Design*, Sample in a Jar*, Chalkdust Torture*, Wilson*

Set Two: Sand, Alive Again, Last Tube > Show of Life, Sultans of Swing, Ether Sunday, Black Dog

Encore: Magilla, First Tube

*=solo acoustic

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