Railroad Earth, Galactic & Greensky Bluegrass 7.12.13
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Words & Photos By J-man
Audio By Gerry Gladu
Greensky Bluegrass Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12, 2013.
One Set: Jaywalking, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Windshield, Wings for Wheels, Leap Year, I'd Probably Kill You, Don't Lie
What followed was a rain/lightning delay that looked like it might turn Greensky Bluegrass' set into the evening headlining/closing set, however as is often the case, the storm passed. Galactic took the stage about ten to twenty minutes late, to the delight of the three quarter filled venue. The New Orleans funk vibe took over with some well executed jams that moved the attentive crowd. Even as it rained down on the band, they played on, welcoming Corey Glover (Living Colour) for a handful of vocally driven compositions. A couple of which pushed the boundaries of his vocal range and tapped into an element of skat that did little to nothing for the music. Through an extended set Galactic performed tightly and with direction leaving the crowd pleased and buzzing from the experience.
Railroad Earth Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12, 2013.
Set One: Black Elk Speaks> The Jupiter and the 119, Happy Song, Saddle of the Sun> Mourning Flies> Lone Croft Farewell, Storms, Head
Set Two: Potter's Field> Old Man and the Land, Colorado, Crossing the Gap, Untitled #12, Warhead Boogie> Black Bear> Stillwater Getaway, The Forecast> River Intro Jam> Mighty River> Peace on Earth, Seven Story Mountain
Encore: Railroad Earth
Railroad returned to the stage for the beautiful "Potter's Field" into "Old Man and the Land." The crowd again perked up on "Colorado," for what what was the first peak of the evening. "Crossing The Gap" began with Tim's vocals and an accompanying harmonies. Carey Harmon's drum work took center stage as the band launched into an uplifting "Untitled #12," with his rhythm section counterpart, Andrew Altmen," bringing it on the bass. A meandering fourteen minute "Warhead Bookie" went into "Black Bear," that kept pace before transitioning into the instrumental "Stillwater Getaway," that reflected the bands fast paced chops and pickin' ability, to close the run of songs. The climax of the show came in the form of "The Forecast" into "Mighty River" into "Peace on Earth," and ending the second set with "Seven Story Mountain" that reached almost twenty minutes and involved some of the most in depth jamming of the evening. The beautiful instrumentation helped to boost a setlist that reflected a scattered concept of flow, with the compositions elevating then sinking from song to song not allowing the band to gain much steam. With the evening's conclusion came a sense of satisfaction from the three quarter filled venue. The following evening Railroad would take it to the Boulder Theater for an much more intimate sold out performance.
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