Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:43:22 GMT
Wow, just wow. My first trip to NOLA did not disappoint in any way. There is such a different vibe in NOLA, I think its because you can carry booze around with you, so the crowd is already at like a 7 when they get to the show, then you just crank it up as the show goes on. Sat next to a deadhead named Adam, probably the coolest guy Ive ever met. He let us partake in some of his fun items, and wouldn't take a nickel for it. He also became like a father, worried about us, making sure we are cool, etc. The buddy I was with was having some intestinal issues and had to leave for a while to find a bathroom, and Adam was super worried about him, saying lets go check on him, see if hes ok. It all worked out, and I think shrimp was to blame. Anyway just a cool guy, enjoyed hanging with him, my new best friend for the night. As far as the show it was EPIC, opened with Feel like a stranger, and then into the music never stops. It was pumping hard. The crowd were so into it. The Dallas show people were having fun, but this one we were in the lower level so you felt a bit more involved as you are in the middle. People dancing, and jamming out. This old guy next to me was dancing his butt off...by old I mean he was 72. He kept having to sit down because his knees hurt but he had the biggest smile on his face. Cold Rain and Snow came next with the audience singing every single word. They slowed it down a bit with Peggy-o but picked it right up into Friend of the Devil. George Porter Jr came out and played bass for Otiel on Smokestack>Bertha>Sugaree...it was just perfect. He has that old school howlin wolf voice, and was a great smokestack. Mayer kept playing to the crowd, playing up the guitar playing, lifting a leg, and George did it too it was fun...just fun. Sugaree closed the first set. I always loved that song, and we were call and responding lines to George. Surprisingly they took a 45 minute set break, but like Aaron I was chatting with Adam, and the people around us, trying to predict what was coming, and just waiting. Second set exploded with Scarlet>Fire>Truckin the best 30 minutes of my life. I was entranced as I danced, and listened. I had an out of body experience for a few seconds where I saw everyone dancing, and myself as well, and felt a calm, and happiness I haven't had in a long time. Just that ease, of being apart of something so cool and fun. I would call it church but Ive never had that in church, so I'm not sure what it is. The best truckin Ive ever heard the crowd screamed every note. Sadly the Dead's tape didn't capture the audience the way it was in person, so I'm going to try and find a tapers version to see if I can hear that. They slowed down a bit with an Otiel Ship of Fools, which everyone loved, then a friend of the devil that was good, into a kick ass drums>space. I'm not going to say I'm a drums space guy because I'm not on tape, but in person I love that SHIT!!! They wove a tapestry all the way into stella blue my 5th all time fav song, and closed out set two with a very rowdy, one more Saturday night. Bob was singing his ass OFFFFFF! The encore was Werewolves of London, and that was cool but like my boy Adam said...man I could've used a ripple there, and I agreed, but still what a show. Bob Weirs Instagram the next day said wish we had one more Saturday night with you New Orleans, which I think says it all. They had just as much fun as we did. My second show is so far my favorite show. Wish I could do this all the time...sadly I cant.
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:57:11 GMT
It's str8 up church.... love that feeling. Glad you had a great time at time show brother.
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:03:48 GMT
I meant the show, lol... too many kush ups already this morning!
Love to all the NSR community this morning, the day is bright!!!
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:31:52 GMT
Str8 church it is.