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3/26/06 - 4/1/06, Jamm In Jamaica,
For setlists for this week, visit www.donnabase.com
By Carol Knapp
Sun 3/26 & Mon 3/27, Negril Escape
Up on the cliffs means within easy diving distance of the water,
with stairs leading down (when the waves were still) or spectacular
blowhole-inducing when the ocean was in motion. Apparently the whole
place was [re]built after the last hurricane for a reality TV show,
complete with pillars over the stage and a lighthouse to dive from.
So...fake reality; way cool. Just hard to dance all day on cobblestones
in the sun.
Attendance was lukewarm. This Donna configuration was on a
learning curve, at times hillarious as they get near the end of the song
and try to send the drummer the cues and always just missing. It got so
Jeb or Tara would intentionally play an off note somewhere after the end
and kind of shrug. The sound system really sucked, with a constant buzz
and mics cutting in and out. It's really a shame, as we had some Railroad Earth fan
friends here who only heard Donna the first two days and blew them off
after that. It was a completely unfair comparison, but RRE really was in
top form those first two days (in fact, they were the best I've ever
Tuesday 3/28 was a day off for DtB.
Wed 3/29 through Fri 3/31, Mariner's Beach
Even suckier sound, but with occasional clarity. During In Another
World, Tara: "Hey hey, This stage's got me down." Dancing on the sand.
I'm afraid my intent machine was in full working order when I put it out
that I would like to dance on wet sand rather than dry, which goes at
least partway into explaining why everything ran so late on Wednesday
:). Still, wet cool sand while dancing to Donna is a sublime experience.
Of special note on Wednesday...they played Looking For A Place To
Be. It was transcendent. It's still going on in my head.
Friday 3/31, private party, Beachcomber
The ultimate perfect fantasy venue with kind spirits and stunning
sound. You would probably rather not know that, huh? Just imagine the
ultimate possible curcumstance under which you can imagine seeing a
Donna show, then multiply by at least four. I meant it when I said I can
die happy now. Jamie taped this, and I'll work on putting together a
I'll write another email about musings and highlights from other bands,
but I've got to add a special mention of the Jeb rap at the Everyone
Orchestra that closed the show... something like..."Red bull makes me
nervous. I realize I wanted to be sexy but... Every cell in my body said
don't do it."
Jeb said something at the last show about looking forward to returning
to Jamaica. He'd also talked (at the private party?) of how Bob Marley was
such an important influence for him.