MusicMarauders Presents: David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio 3.7.14
Photos & Words By Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot)
Arriving to a sit-down show is always a bit intimidating for me, as I am usually running around snapping one picture after another. With restrictions in place for where I could go inside the theater, I decided to truly enjoy the Grisman experience and make sure to take in all of the quirky stories and amazing knowledge that he has to offer. Playing with his son Samson on upright bass and acoustic guitar extraordinaire Jim Hurst, Grisman led the trio through a number of his pieces and some true bluegrass regulars. Cracking jokes and telling long-winded stories between each number has become routine for any Grisman show, but with such an intimate setting within the absolutely amazing Boulder Theater, this time around I came to enjoy the “Story time with the Dawg.” When he wasn’t telling some story about how Jerry Garcia wrote this song or Vassar Clements ripped this solo, the “Dawg” shredded at every opportunity. Whether he was leading the charge or watching his son Samson take over with filthy bass lines, it was quite evident that Grisman has not lost any of his immense mandolin talent.
Yes, I admit having to sit-down at this show was a bit tough for me. I had to control my feet from bouncing right out of my shoes as Samson’s distinctive bass-lines echoed through the Boulder Theater like smooth butter. I eventually ended up standing against a wall to the far right of the theater so I could move just a little bit, because I honestly felt that the “Dawg” would have wanted me to rebel against the authority and fucking dance when I felt like it. (I also had to move away from a very annoying offbeat clapper, who ruined many a songs with her stupid hands smacking each other in no musical rhythm whatsoever) But all was not lost with the beauty of the sit-down performance as for a change most of the Boulder crowd was quiet and respectful for a show of this format. Other than the offbeat clapper, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of “Dawg Music” and hope to see Hurst and the two Grisman’s back sooner, rather than later. But please, give us one show where we don’t have to sit-down because we all know that dancing to “Shady Grove” is a lot more fun than being forced to sit through it.
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