Archive for December, 2010

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
12/27/2010
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Grisman’s annual show at F&S between Christmas and New Year’s.  This year’s theme could have been the history of bluegrass. He talked a lot about the development of the genre and played samples of each time period. He started off with one of the Carter Family’s earliest recordings then moved on to the Monroe Brothers, Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, The Stanley Brothers, and wrapped up with The Kentucky Colonels.

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at Freight & Salvage

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at Freight & Salvage

This year there was much more interplay between David and his son Sam (bass) including a nice duet of Been All around this World with the same arrangement that he did with Jerry.

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Roger Waters
12/08/2010
HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
This was a huge production and well worth the pricey tickets. The show was very tightly choreographed with lots of people and equipment moving around to build the wall, animate the marionettes, move musicians around to their appropriate place in the wall, etc.. I was sitting right up front so I was able to watch the stage hands put the bricks…in the wall and as an example of how tightly controlled everything was, they didn’t include space occupied by the new brick in the projection until it was completely in place.
Roger Waters at HP Pavilion

Roger Waters at HP Pavilion

Shockingly, the sound was actually pretty good despite HP Pavilion having the worst sound in the Bay Area; yes, even worse than the Cow Palace.

Set List:
Umm, The Wall.