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7/20/06 GrassRoots Festival,
Setlist (courtesy donnabase.com)
Way Back When, Temporary Misery, Funkyside, Love and Gasoline, Family Picture, Each & Every Direction, You're Breaking My Heart, Every Day,* Locket and Key, Voice In My Head, The Mill,** If You Only Could, Garden Of Eden, Yonder
Encore: Let Love Move Me
*Keith Secola vocal interlude
**Ward Puryear on rubboard
Photos of this show
By Jeff Bauer
I got to the Fairgrounds just in time to grab a veggie thing from
the Sugar Shack and head over to the Grandstand stage by the time
Keith Frank started. I saw most of his set, some of Atomic Forces
in the Cabaret, and all of John Brown's Body on the infield stage.
Around 11:30 I head back to the Infield stage to get ready for
Donna the Buffalo. I saw some friends on the rail and went up to
say hello. I wasn't planning to stay up there for the set, but
next thing you know the band came out, at around 11:45. I turned
to look back at the crowd. There seemed to be many more people on
hand than there were for last year's Thur. DtB set at GrassRoots.
I decided to stay put.
Pretty much as soon as the band came onstage, it started to rain.
Worse yet, the wind was blowing the rain in toward the stage. The
crew covered the monitors and the side of Kathy Z's keys with
plastic but it didn't do much to help keep the band dry. I felt
especially bad for Kathy--at least the rest of them could move
back a little toward the top of the stage, which had the most cover and therefore was relatively dry, but KZ's keys couldn't move so she had to stay
in the rain.
After a bunch of hemming and hawing and drying everything with
towels, Jeb started into Way Back When. None of them looked
particularly happy to be playing in a driving rain, but ever the
troupers they soldiered on.
After Tara stepped up with Temporary Misery (was "more temporary
than it seems" a wishful thought about the rain?) came Funkyside.
By then, I noticed something that surprised me: The sound was
excellent. I could hear each instrument clearly and at good
volume, which is always a challenge when you're in the front row
and hearing the music through the band's monitors as well as
through the speakers. Later I roamed around all around the crowd
and the sound was equally good wherever I went.
Love and Gasoline is one of my personal favorites, and Tara belted
it out. More than 18 months later, I'm still trying to get used to
Family Picture without Jim Miller, but the crowd ate it up.
Next came a heartfelt Each & Every Direction, which seems to be
working its way into rotation as of late April. Then it was
accordion time, for You're Breakin' My Heart, tearing it all
apart. Not sure but it might have been around then that the rain
Some guy on the rail right in front of Tara had been shouting
"Every Day" since the moment the band hit the stage, and he got his
wish next. Midway through the song, Keith Secola came out for a
"vocal interlude" which I neither fully heard or understood.
Locket and Key is a Tara Nevins song that's been developing
nicely. Voice in My Head is always a crowd-pleaser, and the
version that came next did not disappoint. The same could be said
of The Mill that came next; Ward Puryear joined in on rubboard.
Like Each & Every Direction, The Mill seems to be making somewhat
of a comeback on the setlists.
I don't think I've ever heard the band do a version of If You Only
Could that I didn't like. This was followed by Garden of Eden, a
relatively new Jeb song that's gained a verse in recent
performances. Then came the most pleasant surprise: Yonder, a song
the band hadn't broke out in more than a year (last played 6/17/05,
Chicago). This was a long, relaxed version that proved to be an
excellent way to end the set.
I don't really know what I was expecting to get for an encore, but
it certainly wasn't Let Love Move Me. Even though DtB this song
has been often lately, it still retains all of its power and
beauty, and was a perfect summary of what GrassRoots is all about. The set endeded at 1:45.
It'd been a particularly strong set; with three more consecutive days of performances left, the band
had set the bar quite high.