...varies by region. In East Coast Cities vs hard core counter-cultural areas the crowds are a lot younger. You don't see that big element of 45-60 along with the 60-75 subset that can make up more than 50% of the show.
I think a lot of people in cow country really like that cowboy music.
Memories of my youth, Catholic youth that is. We had a state CYO convention in that Holiday Inn in the spring of 1973, we were the first people to stay in the hotel, kind of a pre-opening. They stacked us 5 to the room, we spent the second afternoon drinking (them were the days of the 18 yr old drinking age, so some of us were actually "legal" in the eyes of the law) and otherwise imbibing (not so legal) before the Big Dance. Two of my roomies got a bit too wasted and got kicked out of the convention that night.
Ahhh, the good old daze...precursor of several other Portland Civic Center /HI adventures to follow. Have a great show!
Hey Gonzo, sorry we didn't connect. I did try to call you a couple of times, but it was going to VM. We really enjoyed the show, lots of excellent tunes. We did connect with our nephew and his wife. It was their first Furthur show, and they loved it! We just arrived in Portland - tenth floor of HI by the Bay, excellent views!
Lots of Deadheads about :) Going to venture forth in search of a lobster roll soon.
Good show. I didn't do the list but it was a Playin'>Cold Rain opener and a wailing Uncle John's>Playin' to close with a Ripple encore.
Sorry I missed you, Rosa. Hope you have a nice road trip!
Couldn't ask for a nicer weekend in November!
I was generally fukin-gruven dancing and then Furthur goes into the Eleven and this beautiful hippy girl does this 10 minute "The Eleven" dance in front of me that would blow some dervish away. I got right to the vibe and we stomped on the terra.
Hope to repeat in Manchester tomorrow. It may be awhile before I see'em again, if ever.
Indian Summer lures you in, and then blows
your hair straight back with a hail of roses
~ Were they ever here at all ~
I'm just going to jump back a bit on the thread, because I missed that part of the conversation. DH & I have both managed to avoid cellphones, and I'm pretty proud of this. But I've noticed that as time goes by, and I mention it to my ever-younger new hires and high school interns, they respond as though I've said, "Yep, no indoor plumbing for us, but that's OK, cause we have an outhouse and a pump right out in back of the house!"
But I seriously believe that they taketh more than they giveth. When I'm walking to the subway at night, humming The Wheel or somesuch, the last thing in the world I want is for my pocketbook to start ringing. I would probably set it on fire and throw it in the street!
If you are having an emergency, call 911, cause I still can't get home any faster than the train will get me there. If I am having an emergency, I've scoped out all the train stations I pass through, and they all have payphones, so I'm always sure to carry quarters.
And at concerts??!! I've been at so many shows where I am experiencing something live and immediate and wonderful, and the people around me - all seem to be on the phone. Poor suckers.
i agree that it's great they're out doing it; it's not that i don't like it or can't stand it or anything. just left with a feeling of "oh......." which as i mentioned, really frustrates me as i've never felt this way about any other Dead-related band: Phil & Friends i love, Ratdog, Scaring The Children, Rhythm Devils (with Tim Bluhm, not Keller), 7 Walkers (a massive fan); i've no qualms about John Kadlecik, no "it's just not Jerry" bullshit from me.
what really irritates me is i don't know why it isn't happening for me. maybe it will grab me when i least expect it, when the set and setting materialises in it's own good time.
doesn't help that i can't see them live of course; no home sound system will compensate for that experience. some kinda mental block maybe.
There are a lot of deadheads (still, a minority) who just can't dig Furthur. It just doesn't click for them. They can't stand different members singing other member's songs or a number of other things.
I think it's, again, an acquired taste and not everybody is going to like it. It's just so cool that these guys who used to play for silver now play for life. Furthur has a foundation and is helping people through different grants.
Mostly, at 52 years old, I am just so freaking happy that I have some music to love and dance to and a scene to gather around. I guess my problem is that my taste doesn't go beyond bluegrass and jam bands.
At least you've got Wilco and probably a dozen others to keep you happy.