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The Independent, San Francisco, CA

I didn’t even know they were still around let alone playing shows and I couldn’t believe when I saw them on the Independent’s list of upcoming shows. I’d never had the chance to see them so I snapped up a ticket as soon as they went on sale which was lucky because they sold out quite quickly as this was one of only two shows in the US.

Television at the SF Independent

Television at the SF Independent. Click for more photos.

For the most part, it’s the original band with the only change being Jimmy Rip now playing guitar. Tom Verlaine’s voice has held up well though he’s lost some of his distinctive nasally tone.

The highlight for me, by far, was a scorching jam in 1880. Jimmy Rip started out with a beautifully textured solo. When Verlaine turned his guitar backed up Rip began to weave the melody in and out of Tom’s rhythm lines which morphed into a breakdown with them the passing the “lead” back-and-forth.  I’d love to hear that again but I didn’t see anyone taping and no bootlegs have surfaced yet.

There are some videos of the show on YouTube.

Set list:
1880 or So
Little Johnny Jewel
Prove It
Torn Curtain
Guiding Light
Marquee Moon

No idea because I left ‘cuz I had an early morning meeting.

Tom Verlaine – vocals, guitar
Fred Smith – bass
Billy Ficca – drums
Jimmy Rip – guitar

Opening act:
Dennis Driscoll


Wolfmother at The Independent 7/21 on sale right now.

ALO, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart Band
A Buck Dancer’s Choice–Benefit for the Rex Foundation in Honor of Jon McIntire
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

ALO (Dan Lebowitz, Steve Adams, Dave Brogan)
Bob Weir
Mickey Hart Band

Mickey Hart at The Fillmore. Click for more photos.

Set List:
Wild Horses w/ Bob Weir
My and My Uncle w/ Bob Weir
? w/ Bob Weir
Dark star w/ Bob Weir

Bob Weir Acoustic
Loose Lucy
Black-Throated Wind

Mickey Hart Band (w/ Bob for most of the set)
Samson and Delilah
Some of Your Love ->
China cat ->
I Know You Rider
Franklin’s Tower
Jam >

The BoDeans
The Independent, San Francisco, CA

I haven’t seen—or listened to much for that matter—The BoDeans  since I received some tapes during my trading binge after Jerry Garcia died. The main reason I went was to see Warren Hood of The Waybacks who is playing fiddle with them and I had a really good time. I recognized some of the material but most of it was new and quite enjoyable.

The BoDeans at The Independent

The BoDeans at The Independent

It was also my first time seeing a show at The Independent. It’s a nice, small club and I’d definitely go back but I don’t understand why people absolutely rave about it. Nice, but it’s not all that.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers opened up and after her horrible performance with Phil Lesh’s West Coast Ramble a week earlier it was great to see her have a good night. I’ve seen her join other bands but I’ve never seen her own band. I’m not sure I’d want to see a full show of their material but they were great as an opener.

Set List:
Texas Ride Song
All the World
Good Work
I’m on Fire
The Ballad of Jenny Rea
You Don’t Get Much
Good Things
Stay on

Still the Night
Closer to Free

Kurt Neumann – Guitar, vocals
Jake Owen  – Guitar
David Sierra – Bass
Michael Ramos – Keyboard, accordion
David Sierra – Drums
Warren Hood – Fiddle