This weekend, Raising the Dead performed at two festivals, with a combined 8 hours of travel - but the music included so many inspired moments of improvisation and rehearsed sparkle that it was worth it!
We started on Friday at the Clio Cultivation festival, our debut after 12 years. We were scheduled from 7:30-9:30, but sound check ran over and we began at 8 with an a capella opening to Here Comes Sunshine. We were happy to have our frequent collaborator Justin Lee on keyboards, and he sang Friend of the Devil as well. Help on the Way was a standout version, and Slipknot! gave way to drums and space, Joseph showing off his new oak drum kit, Solomon, while grooving with Chaim in the distinctive style only our rhythm devils can do. After a remarkable Unbroken Chain, we debuted a smoking Lazy Lighting>Supplication, and closed with Fire on the Mountain. Matt shredded expertly throughout the performance. We ended the night and got ready for the travel to the Michigan/Ohio border.
Saturday was a magical night, the vibe was super thicc and psychedelic. Tye Dye artists from around the country converged and slung their trippy wares. On the stage, a top-notch sound system was met with top-tier talent and the results were remarkable. We started with a Good Loving tease and exploded into One More Saturday Night. We played "Dark Box of Viola," starting with the first two verses of Box of Rain, melting into Dark Star verse 1, sliding back into Box of Rain, left-turning into Viola Lee Blues, and finally finishing Dark Star. Wow! Chicago's Mike Krieglstein joined us on keyboards for the evening-what a pro! James Waldecker joined us on vocals and acoustic guitar for A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, and Dave took the wheel for Estimated Prophet. The full Terrapin suite was interrupted by drums and space, and we ended with a joyous Not Fade Away, including Mike's partner Katelynn Tomney filling in the Donna part with expertise and vim.
We've got a few weeks before our next gig (a party in the Toledo area) and then in Holland at the Park theater on September 17. We'll see you in the fall!
8.26.2022 Clio, MI Clio Cannabis Cultivation Festival
Here Comes Sunshine, Cassidy, Friend of the Devil, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Drums > Slipknot!, Unbroken Chain, Tennessee Jed, Lazy Lightning*> Supplication*, Fire on the Mountain
*= first time played
8.27.2022 Pioneer, OH Tye Dye Jamboree
One More Saturday Night, Cold Rain and Snow, Box of Rain > Dark Star > Box of Rain > Viola Lee Blues > Dark Star, A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall#, Estimated Prophet > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > Terrapin Suite, Not Fade Away
# = James Waldecker on acoustic guitar and vocals
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