What a cool event! Hundreds of people, dozens of vendors, live glass blowing, an awesome stage and live music - all to benefit arts education. When we arrived to perform our 8:30-10pm set, Sam Grisman (son of David Grisman) was performing with his band, and the scene was like a big shakedown - tents with tons of vendors as well as those inside, and an amazing array of art to browse and purchase. We were really excited to see the awesome stage and sound crew, because we love when we can rely on pros to make sure the show sounds great.
Unfortunately, just as we loaded the stage, a storm was about to bear down on us and we tarped our gear and waited. As luck would have it, the storm flew all around us, but we didn't feel a drop! We took the stage about an hour late and delivered a slightly shorter-but no less psychedelic-set of Grateful jams. Aided by Stephen NyQuist on drums and vocals, we tore through Stranger, took a breath, then unleashed Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World (with coda)>Playin' in the Band>Liberty. Each featured some fantastic improvisation, and Liberty showed off sparkling 3-part harmonies. We ended the night with two of our favorite pairings, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, and Weather Report>Let It Grow. We had planned to end with Me and My Uncle and Terrapin, but the late start caused us to end things early.
It was a great night for a great cause, and we hope to return next year to do it again!
7-16-2019 Michigan Glass Project, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI
Feel Like a Stranger, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World>Playin' In The Band*>Liberty**, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, Weather Report>Let It Grow
**=first time played
Photos by Mike Chojnowski and Dave Martin
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