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Review: Furthur show at Penn's Peak: Smaller, but just as good
Posted by John J. Moser at 09:37:06 AM on June 30, 2010
What do you get when you take a concert by The Grateful Dead legacy band Furthur that in February gave Bethlehem’s Stabler Arena its largest crowd in two years and put it in the much small Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe on Tuesday?
Pretty much the same experience.
It was a show that gained in intimacy [the sold-out audience of 1,800 was less than half the size of the Stabler’s, but it still was pretty crowded] as well as musical acuity.
The months have seemed to sharpened the band members’ musical interaction: guitarists Bob Weir and John Kadlecik (formerly of The Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra) weaved guitar riffs like they were a tapestry. Although, there also were times when the playing was so delightfully loose that it seemed about to unravel at any time.
But it was a show that, because of the smaller scale, also seemed to lose overall energy. Although, as is always the case, the audience was moving throughout the night. Heads were continually, obliviously in motion, with as many of them bald as there were with ponytails (sometimes both on the same head!) I actually saw a glow stick soar through the crowd and bounce off a guy’s head without interrupting his bopping in the least.
And some crowd members had plenty of energy, as evidenced by the drink I had spilled on my head near the night’s end.
It was a show of about the same length – topping three hours, plus a 45-minute intermission -- but had more songs (18, compared with the 17 at Stabler) and equally long jams. “Black Peter” near the night’s end stretched an astonishing 17 minutes.
There were surprisingly few songs in common (“Black Peter” and “Reuben & Cherise” among them). And while there were some regrettable omissions – no “Touch of Gray,” “Truckin’” or any Bob Dylan songs – there were some fun covers: Martha and The Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street” and Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin.’” (That song, near the end of the main set, really kicked the crowd into overdrive).
But perhaps the best thing about the Penn’s Peak concert was how it was more of an ensemble show. While the Stabler concert was dominated by Weir, on Tuesday, he and Kadlecik shared the guitar spotlight, and with bassist Phil Lesh shared vocals.
The show started with Weir – looking like he had just rolled out of bed -- on an energetic “Greatest Story Ever Told.” His best was on “New Speedway Boogie,” which closed the first set, as he reared back to sing the line “spend a little time on the mountain” – which the crowd roared with him, a tribute to the mountaintop Penn’s Peak. Kaelecik’s scorching lead guitar also helped make that song one of the night’s highlights.
Lesh, who’s turned 70 since the Stabler concert, sang lead on a surprising “Pride of Cucamonga.”
But Kadlecik was the night’s best singer, virtually channeled the late Jerry Garcia’s voice on “Reuben & Cherise,” belting full-bodied on “Easy Wind” and sharing vocals with Weir on a great “He’s Gone.”
In addition to the shared vocals, the band’s supporting players – drummer Jay Lane and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti from Weir’s band Ratdog – were stellar.
Of course, a Furthur concert is all about the atmosphere, and it was obvious. The smell of canibus was evident, but not as overwhelming as it was at Stabler. Despite the crowded floor, there was enough room for couples to dance as couples.
For those who enjoyed it, the party resumes Monday at The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, though that show is sold out, too.