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Published: 2017/06/10
by Bill McAlaine

Trey Anastasio Band at Red Rocks

Trey Anastasio brought his band back to Red Rocks on May 31st, for his first appearance there since Phish played back in 2009. Vulpeck provided a funk infused opening spot, to kick this perfectly beautiful night, on the Rocks. off. Trey made his first appearance, of the night, sitting in, on Vulfpeck’s set during a blistering rendition, of “Rango” to get the crowd pumped, for the highly anticipated two sets, of the Trey Anastasia Band.

TAB took us through a perfect mixture, of originals spanning all albums, as well as, a nice mix, of covers delving into to a wide range, of musical genres keeping the show fresh and energized, from start to finish. The show opened, with “Pigtail” and “Mozambique,” and then busted into “Sand.” As the crowd was already establishing their groove, with the band, “Cayman Review” maintained the momentum, followed by another Phish favorite, “Magilla.” Natalie’s Cressman’s vocal stylings then made an appearance, on the newly covered “Feel it Still”, by Portugal. The Man, and the group closed the set with the TAB favorite, “Gotta Jibbo” giving fans and players alike a moment to recoup, for the second set.

Second set found the band keeping on a steady mix, of originals and covers opening with “Everything’s Right.” Flawlessly rolling through a handful of originals brought us to an uplifting version of Leon Russell’s “Delta Lady” showing once again that TAB has the ability to put its unique twists, on tunes making them their own. One of the main highlights, of the second set was the cover, of the Gorillaz, “Clint Eastwood” spotlighting the vocal skills of Jennifer Hartswick proving, in glaring form, the versatility, of the band, and its players. The set closed out, with the traditional Scottish tune, “The Parting Glass.”

TAB then came out one final time busting right into the raging Phish/TAB favorite, “First Tube” followed, by the Led Zeppelin favorite, “Dazed & Confused” proving once again that Hartswick is not just brass master, but has the vocal skills to bring a crowd to their knees. Overall, an amazing performance by a talented group at an equally glorious venue.

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