Monday, April 29, 2013

port chester T

This one's for everyone affected by Sandy last fall.  Here comes sunshine.  And what kind of sun?  Well, a blue one, of course.  Two songs; one shirt.  And a subtle nod to 4/20.  The shirt is yellow and the sun is blue.  Cheers.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

rise and fall

 Bob went down last night. You could see it coming.

From the Stranger opener (who knew how prophetic?: "You know it's gonna get stranger, so let's get on with the show") through BE Women, Minglewood and He’s Gone, he was clearly not in good shape: barely singing, missing cues, hunched from the shoulders like an old man, occasionally correcting his posture only to slip right back into a downward stare. His guitar, normally pointing to 2:00, kept going to 3:00, then 4:00. He tried singing Me and My Uncle, but it turned into a version of the infamous El Paso incident at the Nokia a few years ago -- only this was worse, becoming more infirmed, not less, as the show went on. He staggered a couple of times, but toughed it out through “Dire Wolf” and “Mason’s Children.” He probably shouldn’t have come back for the second set.

But, as everyone knows with these guys, the “let’s get on with the show” aesthetic rules. Scarlet / Eyes / UJB / The Wheel came and went; Bob continued to list to his left, guitar at three, four and even five o’clock; a small stagger now and again, unable to lift his head. At some point during Scarlet you turn to a friend: “They should get him offstage; he’s gonna fall down.” And during The Wheel you know: “If the thunder don’t get you, the lightning will.”

The energy in those up-tempo songs kept him upright, but when they started the slowly unfolding Unbroken Chain, you knew it was going to happen, as he listed further and further to the left and finally went down at John’s feet. While the band played on.

Roadies came out and helped him up. He was finally propped up in a chair (after at first refusing to sit down), and it looked like he might even tumble off it. At the end of Chain Bob was helped off stage and the band exited.

You thought that was it, but the band came back out, minus Bob and did Stella Blue. Then China Cat with Jeff carrying the intro Bob guitar part. Then Rider. Encore: Built to Last.

Phil mentioned something about a shoulder strain or accident. He also said Bob was completely “straight,” which you took to mean he wasn’t drinking or drunk. Which makes sense. Bob was grogged out, not in a drunk way, but more like one-too-many muscle relaxers.

Let’s hope.

p.s. As was later revealed  (by John), Bob had a hurt shoulder, and  mistakenly took an ambien instead of a pain killer/muscle relaxant.  He was falling asleep on stage!  It was his choice to go on.


Capitol Theatre 
Port Chester, NY 

Set One 

Feel Like a Stranger 
Brown Eyed Woman 
New Minglewood Blues > 
He's Gone > 
Me and My Uncle (Bob unable to sing the song)
Dire Wolf 
Mason's Children 

Set Two 

Scarlet Begonia's > 
Eyes of the World > 
Uncle John's Band 
The Wheel 
Unbroken Chain (Bob collapsed after the song started; he was helped off stage at end of song
Stella Blue > (minus Bob) 
Chinacat Sunflower > (minus Bob) 
I Know You Rider (minus Bob) 

Donor Rap (Bobby had a strained shoulder) 


Built to Last

Thursday, April 25, 2013

the view of your restaurant -- rye, ny

With Thaddeus and his niece, Cristina (who clearly share the same clothier), for lunch.


With Oscar and Masami, outside the Cap.

Capitol Theatre 
Port Chester, NY 
April 24, 2013 

Set One: 

Hey Pocky Way > 
The Last Time 
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo 
Greatest Story Ever Told 
Lazy River Road 
Train in Vain 
Alabama Getaway > 
Big Railroad Blues 

Set Two: 

St. Stephen > 
The Eleven > 
Magnolia Mountain > 
Playing in the Band 
Dear Mr. Fantasy 
Hey Jude 
Black Peter 
Shakedown Street 
Box of Rain 

Donor Rap 
Attics of My Life

First set: whatevs.  Second set: on fire.  A rocking "Box of Rain."

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Capitol Theatre 
Port Chester, NY 

Set One 

Any Road 
I Need a Miracle > 
Row Jimmy 
Ship of Fools 
Queen Jane Approximately 
Loose Lucy 

Set Two 

Just a Little Light > 
Let it Ride 
King Solomon's Marbles 
The Other One 
Comes a Time 
Lovelight > 
Not Fade Away > 
Lovelight > 
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad 

No Donor Rap Tonight 



Standing next to Stephen and Peg during Peggy-O.  Finally, a JALL with some balls, but no jamming.  C'mon, son.  King Solomon's rocked.  OO and Comes A Time, ditto.  Best sequence of night.  Standing on the floor, center 15 feet FOB.  Oh, and I think I sold one shirt all night . . .

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

the view of your restaurant -- greenwich

Below average pre-fURTHUR lunch.


Capitol Theatre 
Port Chester, NY 

Set One 

Hard to Handle > 
Alligator > 
Good Lovin' 
Samson and Delilah 

Set Two 

Lost Sailor > 
Saint of Circumstance 
Foolish Heart 
Mountains of the Moon 
Terrapin Station Suite 
The Days Between 
China Cat Sunflower > 
I Know You Rider 

Donor Rap 


The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)

Jenny's first show.  Picked her up at the Greenwich station.  Went to the hotel.  Went to see Nick and Jess and Dave.  Back to hotel for supplies and then to the lot.  Beautiful, chilly sunny day.  Full-on lot scene; Jenny representin' my t-shirt, helping to close the sales.  She made it through the first set (full of Pigpen songs), but didn't stay for the second.  It was great fun.

Sunday, April 21, 2013



The Capitol Theater 

Set 1 

One More Saturday Night 
Stagger Lee 
Pride of Cucumonga 
Black Throated Wind 
Golden Road 

Set II 
Hell in a Bucket 
Here Comes Sunshine > 
Let It Grow > 
Reuben and Cherise > 
Dark Star > 
Morning Dew 
Throwing Stones 

Donor Rap 
Johnny B. Goode

Finally awoke from first set stupor (containing five [5!] bathroom songs) with rocking "Golden Road."  While selling shirts in lot a guy called "Hell > HCS."  Nailed it!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

the view of your restaurant -- port chester


Set One 

Feel Like a Stranger 
After Midnight 
Ramble on Rose 
Tennessee Jed 
Big River 
Dupree's Diamond Blues 
Box of Rain 

Set Two 

Help on the Way > 
Slipknot > 
*The Shape I'm In 
*Long Black Veil 
Uncle John's Band 
Viola Lee Blues > 
Standing on the Moon 
New Speedway Boogie > 
Franklin's Tower 

Donor Rap 


*Angel Band 

*First Time Played

Best sequence: UJB > Viola > SOTM > Speedway.  Very uptempo "After Midnight."

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Capitol Theater (aka The PorCh) 
Port Chester, NY 
Wed. 4/17/13 [Night 3 of 9 night run] 

I: (~8:16pm - 9:20) 
1. Here Comes the Sun 
2. Looks Like Rain 
3. Crazy Fingers (mini-jam) > 
4. Tom Thumb's Blues 
5. Big Bad Blues 
6. Mason's Children 
7. Cozmic Charlie 

1. Playin > 
2. Dear Mr. Fantasy > 
3. Unbroken Chain (jam of the run, so far?)> 
4. Wheel > 
5. The 11 > 
6. The Other One > 
7. Wharf Rat > 
8. Sugar Mag > 
9. Playin Reprise


E: Touch o Gray 

Set 11: ~10:05 - 11:59pm 

Highlights: great "Chain" jam; great "Wheel': nice, slow verses on "Other One."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

my brother, esau

fURTHUR, Port Chester, NY


Capitol Theatre 
Port Chester, NY 

Set One 

Music Never Stopped > 
Shaky Ground 
Brown Eyed Women 
My Brother Esau 
Doin' that Rag 
Jack Straw > 

Set Two 

Estimated Prophet > 
Eyes of the World > 
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window > 
Scarlet Begonias > 
Fire on the Mountain 
Death Don't Have no Mercy 
Casey Jones 

Donor Rap 



Best part": the twice-as-long-as-usual "Jack Straw -- 13 minutes!  "Estimated > Eyes" also rocked it.