Tale of two sets. First set was one of the lamest sets I’ve seen in a good while, but second set was awesome. The pedal steel on GA was cool but it kind of neutered the improv slots. Strong ending though. Deeper did have improv but it was fairly aimless type 1 and ended with the band spending 3 minutes trying to stumble their way to Wife Soup.
2nd set started off hot with an A > B > A > C > A bounceback in Phil’s. Jake had a pre-planned funk riff ready to go for the A section, but the band patiently developed it and gradually moved to a heavy, chuggy “B” section and a more uplifting “C” section without anything feeling forced or rushed. Much Obliged was super interesting: standard MO dance jam > weird but cool as heck breakbeat dance jam > dark lyrical stew! Red Tape was one of the most polished sounding versions I’ve heard in awhile - Jake crushed the build back in. And then Plunger was a nice bonus surprise - the midsection had a rare Joel-led jam with a super epic , minor key riff that the band developed appropriately. Good times.
About 1000 people there, maybe. Definitely not sold out. Ended up being a perfect weather night - what a great place to see a show.
Oh, and Utopian Fir was completely standard. As in, BOTH sections of improv were skipped. That was bizarre and deflating, but thankfully the rest of the 2nd set made up for it.