Monday, March 21, 2011

Mike in Asheville

It's pretty safe to say that Gordon is throwing down this tour. The band is in a great place compared to the last time I saw them in Asheville. Besides having no opening band this time, the energy level was also way higher. You'll get no comparison from me to other band members or side projects, but if you have the chance to see Mike this tour...do not pass it up.

Two sets gave us a lot more choices for songs. It was nice to hear a meatier Spiral and a stellar Andelman's Yard make a return. Mike ended the first set with a couple newer songs from an upcoming album, saying "We never play the setlist anyway...it's irrelevant." Some of my favorite highlights included the cover songs. 15 Steps and Time (The Revalator) were both incredible versions. During the Gillian Welch tune I could actually feel the floor of the Orange Peel shaking. The Phish "cover songs" were also a great treat. The way the band tackles Mound is something to behold.

What is it about Asheville that has Mike (and also Trey) saying they love our town so much? Maybe it was the chocolate. Thankfully I didn't have to drive very far to catch this band, but I easily would have.

Scroll down for video of Access Me.

Saturday, March 20th, 2011  The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Set One Morphing Again, What Things Seem, 15 Step, The Grid >Makisupa Policeman, Fire From A Stick, I Miss My Mind, River Niger, Flashback, Babylon Baby

Set Two Andelmans' Yard, Easy To Slip >The Field, Access Me>Time (The Revelator), Spiral, No One Receiving >Weekly Time >Suskind Hotel

Encore Mound

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