Archive for July, 2012

Mickey Hart Band
Wingfield Park, Reno, NV

The Mickey Hart Band performed a free concert sponsored by Reno’s annual Artown festival. It was a beautiful venue right on the Truckee River. This is the first time I’d seen Mickey since the 1999-2000 New Year’s Eve show with Ratdog at the Warfield.

Mickey Hart Band kicks off Reno's Artown in Wingfield Park

Mickey Hart Band kicks off Reno’s Artown in Wingfield Park

The park was packed with Deadheads, locals coming out for a good show, and a handful of world music fans. The show was about half his material and half Dead tunes and the crowd was about evenly split in their appreciation (or dislike) of a given song depending on which side it fell. It was mainly a seated show but that didn’t stop the Deadheads from moving up front and dancing during the Dead material and then sitting down and talking loudly through the percussion pieces. Conversely many people left when they realized it wasn’t going to be a percussion-only concert. The couple sitting next to me who drove out from Utah to see the show and the drum circle before told me at set break how annoying the Dead songs were and thought that last song (Scarlet -> Fire) “would never, ever end.” The Other One finally sent them packing. Me, I thought the mixture worked out quite well.

Set List:
Franklin’s Tower
Time Never Ends
West LA
Djinn Djinn
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire on the Mountain

? ->
? ->
The Other One ->
Some Of Your Love ->

E: Brokedown Palace

Sound check: Papa was a Rolling Stone

Mickey Hart – Drums
Crystal Monee Hall – Vocals
Gawain Mathews – Guitar
?  – Guitar
Dave Schools – Bass
Sikiru Adepoju – Talking Drum
Ian “Inkx” Herman – Drums


Mickey Hart
Idlewild Park, Reno, NV

Before his show later that night at Wingfield Park, Mickey Hart organized a drum circle on a small island in Idlewild Park on the Truckee River. He played for about an hour but the circle kept going for at least another 30 minutes at which time I left to go get space for the evening show.

Mickey Hart at Drum Circle

Mickey Hart at Drum Circle

Leftover Salmon
Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV

This is the first time I’ve seen them since the mid-nineties. Just as much fun as I remember.

Leftover Salmon at Crystal Bay Casino

Leftover Salmon at Crystal Bay Casino

Vince Herman – Guitar
Drew Emmitt – Mandolin, Fiddle
Andy Thorn– Banjo
Greg Garrison – Bass
Jose Martinez – Drums

Dick Dale
Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV

He lived up to his reputation and played really, really LOUD and at 75 he still puts on a very energetic show bouncing all over the stage. The 90-minute show had no defined set list and at times seemed like an impromptu jam session that just happened to have an audience. He regularly riffed on common songs ranging from rock to jazz standards to classical to country all played with in his staccato surf style. At times he seemed to get an idea that he wanted to play next and he’d abruptly start noodling on a new tune. I was impressed that his band (his son on drums and a very punky bass player whose name I didn’t catch) was able to keep up as he jumped from one piece to the next without warning. Occasionally they guessed wrong and you’d have brief periods where they went in two or three wildly different directions.

Dick Dale at Crystal Bay Casino

Dick Dale at Crystal Bay Casino. Click for more photos.

It was mostly instrumental but he did play a few songs (mostly) in their entirety. There were about three or four that I didn’t recognize and given that the audience was singing along my guess is they were his originals because I’m not familiar with his music.

It was a seated show and the show was packed; they even brought out extra stools in the bar. Except for kids coming with their parents, I was one of the youngest people there.

Set List (what I recognized):
Summertime Blues
Ring of Fire
House of the Rising Sun
Amazing Grace


Dick Dale – guitar
Jimmy Dale – Drums
?? – bass