Deadstein jamming on the Monday night during the week of Thanksgiving, as well as the beginning of Hanukkah, meant it would be difficult to get a whole band in, yet alone even a jam. Fortunately for us, we were able to select Monday as the night for the jam. This meant no Rich and no Donna, but somehow the 5 of us made the best of the opportunity. I think the first set had real power and strength for the 8 songs that it was.
The first set started off as a tribute to some of the songs of the 10-17-83 Lake Placid show with the Sugaree, Rooster opener. The rest of the first set flowed with some beefy elements and ended with a T-Bone Let- It Grow.
For the second set we let up on the protein just a bit as we started with a few small plates to begin. We got back into the entrees with the Playing, Black Peter Watchtower combo, but we ended the night with some small tokens of appreciation with the Box of Rain and Bright Side of the Road. This week featured the multi-track recording of the night's music like most of the recent jams. With out Rich's acoustically amplified piano in the mix, there was a lot more open space to either use or be exposed in, depending upon your perspective. A lot of exposure and no where to hide, so it's time to Freak Out!