Sam Bush & JGB 4.6.12
Quixote's True Blue
Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis
Who better to fill Quixote's True Blue than Melvin Seals & The Jerry Garcia Band? Sam Bush... Followed by The Jerry Garcia Band. What was initially going to be two separate shows at Quixote's and The Oriental, quickly became one, for the potential show of the year! Walking through the door of Quixote's, the energy was palatable, as was the smell of cleaning supplies and fresh air that danced through the venue. Folks showed up early as Sam's set was slated to begin at 8:00 pm sharp. Prior to his set I had the pleasure and opportunity to sit down with him to gain perspective for MusicMarauders Live!
Folks gathered as my conversation with Sam wound down. Upon it's conclusion we returned to the main room, which was quickly filling in, to catch the beginning of Sam's set. The line to get into Quixote's extended into the parking lot, so I stepped up to assist with the ticketing process as the band began. Smiling faces flooded through the door to get a glimpse of a legend and a pioneer of sorts. I couldn't help but to dance as I greeted people and tore ticket stubs.
Sam's band sounded incredible. The sonic balance and pure instrumental skill that went into each song could set back even the most skilled player and music fans. Through traditional numbers like "White Freightliner" to The Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post," the band took the sold out crowd for a ride. At the peak of the show, it was near impossible to navigate Quixote's. Outside in the courtyard the vibe was fantastic! People danced, smoked and gathered to celebrate music on the beautiful Friday night!
Following an incredible two hour set, The Sam Bush Band took a bow and exited the stage. The crowd was buzzing and seemed incredibly satisfied, especially knowing that Melvin & The JGB would follow. From outside in the courtyard I could hear Melvin's sweet, soulful vocals. I didn't dare take on the packed room that was Quixote's. Instead, I sought refugee in the peacefulness of the courtyard.
What a great way to kick off the Spring/Summer concert season!
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