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Published: 2004/10/25

Zen Tricksters’ Silver Anniversary

On Friday, the Zen Tricksters celebrated their first 25 years with a sold-out three set show at Farmingdale, NY’s The Downtown. Playing close to home in their native Long Island, the group welcomed almost fifteen former band mates and longtime friends back into the fold, including longtime Tricksters Jen Markard (vocals), Chris Weigers (bass), and Rob Barraco (keyboards). Throughout the evening the revolving cast mixed long shelved originals, rare covers, and classics cuts, including Barraco’s original ‘Call of the Wild’. Perhaps most intriguing, the Tricksters dusted off a Markard led version of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit,’ scarcely played in the last 17 years. Fittingly the evening’s entire roster joined in on a closing jam based around ‘My Sisters and My Brothers.’ ‘It was the rare night where everything seemed to go right,’ Tricksters guitarist Jeff Mattson says. ‘We brought back Bob Miller and Jim Mueller from the original Volunteers. That goes back to 1979.’

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