The people of Camel cigs were out there giving away free smokes if you gave them your mailing address. It is Richmond you know ...
Ran into Chris, Mango, Sara, Tony Tony still isnt back into his place yet, hopefully next weekend.
Carbomb Inc opened, but I missed them, next up was the Blue Rags (not the Blue Dogs) - they were good, but they didnt get much of a reception. This whole show would have been better in a bar or some place smaller, there was too much open space. I guess everyone was home preparing for the first game of the world series or something. Also, it was October, and outdoor concerts are sorta iffy then anyway ... a few people were turning blue from the weather... It was sunny sometimes, and nice weather in general - for late october that is.
Just before Cracker went on I turned to Sara's friend (sorry I missed his name), and pointed at David Lowery's little black electric acoustic guitar. I told him about seeing Cracker open for a few Dave Matthew Bands shows .. and told him about David swiping that guitar from Dave Matthews. After a fairly nutty reaction (which would have included running up on stage if he could have gotten there), I got a confirmation on the bit about the style of guitar, and then a brief history of Dave Matthew's guitars. Sara's friend is quite the DMB fan. : )
It was a short, but good set. It's cool hearing stripped down versions of the songs. Bob did a great job playing lead, even though he stood on the bass guitar side of the stage - I guess that is his home though. : ) Highlights were When I win the Lottery... and the Peter Gun mix of River Euphrates. Jessica and Sara both have set lists ...
The Connells put on a good show, we sat just a little further back than the soundboard. Their singer kept trying to get the beer people to drive the Red Dog truck closer to the stage. This would have been good ... everyone kept having to walk all the way back to get beer - the serious beer drinkers got plenty of exercise .. The Connells were asking the crowd for news on the Texas vs Nebraska game, bit no one knew. Turns out they took a large bet on the game. They were rooting for Nebraska, so .. I think they'll be out shopping for a new truck sometime soon.
After the show our little group, and an odd stragler or two went backstage to talk with David.
It sounded like David was kicking himself for not doing James River since Mayo Island is right in the middle of it.
David, his wife, and their new baby Robert are doing good.
Cracker cant release anything from the Richmond Symphony show because it would be too expensive - union rules with all the musicians. They are thinking about farming out the orchestra part again to get a similar feel for the music, and releasing that instead. Rumor has it that there was a bootleg of the show though ... anyone know anything about that?
Many Pitch A Tent nights coming up .. east coast and west coast. LP will be joining for some east coast dates - NYC, Baltimore, C'ville.
No concrete plans for a new years show, David wants to do something like play Fairbanks, AK.
On the way home after dinner, Jessica and I spotted a Waffle House sign off in the distance with the "us" lights burned out ... quite a riot.
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David alone: -I'm a Little Rocketship -When I win the Lottery -River Euphrates -Big Dipper then Bob came out on lead guitar: -7 Days -Teen Angst -The Good Life -Low (David broke a string, in true Cracker fashion)After the show our little group, and an odd stragler or two went backstage to talk with David.
and it was cool. =) John made himself right at home (oreos and all) I believe the rest of us were more respectful ;-P
John, forgot to mention how he introduced David to the music of Mary Prankster.... =) Anyone on the list who lives in the VA area ought to check out Mary if they get a chance... she's very *unique*. =)
cool concert (literally) but luckily John is a human furnace... kept me from freezing to death... I took some pictures but the film was loaded wrong so they won't be turning out...
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