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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 09:09 AM
From the Syracuse Post Standard:

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RatDog makes fans smile
Sunday, March 30, 2008
By Ely Delman
Contributing writer

Many people get ready for a concert by listening to older albums by the artist. It reacquaints them with the material. That might've helped for Bob Weir and RatDog's Saturday performance at the Landmark Theater, but wasn't necessary.

The pre-show and in-between-sets P.A. music was all reggae, and that influence was more than palpable throughout the evening.

To begin their first set, Weir, recalling his days as rhythm guitarist for the Grateful Dead, invoked an unhurried jam that hinted at his previous band's "Dark Star" improvisations. This down-tempo improv was characterized by plush keys and a tight bass and drum rhythm, while the reverb guitars marked the chord progression.


This style of music, with variations, is called dub, which is a subset of reggae. Paradoxically, this slow jammer led to a raucous "Bertha," a fan-favorite and hard country rocker. The dichotomy between these two styles - dub and country rock - was the essence of the concert.

For dub to groove, to have that propulsive rhythm that cannot be quantified by any specific instrument, space is necessary. Improvised music, like RatDog's, needs moments where there is ensemble playing without any instrument taking the lead for the music to breathe and grow.

Those potential moments were taken by saxophonist Kenny Brooks' solos, and sometimes the music felt cluttered. Though it's not unusual to hear saxes in dub tunes, they are generally in the background.

When Brooks laid back and followed the chord changes in the country rock tunes, the group sounded positively possessed, as in "Tennessee Jed."

Yet "All Along The Watchtower," the most rock 'n' roll song of their sets, steeped in history from Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix to U2, was the most rearranged.

With the tempo slowed and the chords barely recognizable, the band's sound was the embodiment of dub; rolling on a wave of rhythm, with small hints of melody. When Weir sang "The hour is getting late," the band switched into hyper-gear, the tempo picking up and the rhythm changing to the song's traditional style. Guitarist Mark Karan soloed to piercing heights, only to unwind back to dub after the solo.

Following the last verse, the band resumed the rock flair that marked the solo section.

The ebb of dub and the flow of rock was Weir and band's style of choice for the evening. But the audience couldn't have been prepared for a country rock outfit to be kidnapped by the spirit of dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry. And that surprise is what made the audience smile, smile, smile.


 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 11:59 AM
Bob doing dub? He must be getting ready to do something with Mule or Warren to join them. LOL. Cool.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 12:02 PM
LOL!!

 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 02:20 PM
I could do without the Dub myself. I didn't even like Mule doing Dub stuff. I hope they all leave the Dub stuff home when they play at Mountain Jam IV.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 02:30 PM
I like anything that Warren does! It may not always be my fav. style or sound, but it is always very good!

 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 03:18 PM
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I could do without the Dub myself. I didn't even like Mule doing Dub stuff. I hope they all leave the Dub stuff home when they play at Mountain Jam IV.


I could do without the Dub myself. I didn't even like Mule doing Dub stuff. I hope they all leave the Dub stuff home when they play at Wanee .

 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 05:40 PM
Great show!!! Terrapin, West LA Fade, Tenesee Jed


Great place for a show. Excellent crowd. Kind of reminds me of the way the Beacon used to be.

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 05:46 PM
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Great show!!! Terrapin, West LA Fade, Tenesee Jed


Great place for a show. Excellent crowd. Kind of reminds me of the way the Beacon used to be.

Tom


You were there?


I love the Landmark.


I've seen Bruce, Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, Damn Yankees, Mule, Kingfish, and GA & Friends there.

Gorgeous place for a show.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 05:48 PM
I have never heard any Rat Dog music, however I am looking forward to hearing them at Wanee....

 

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I have never heard any Rat Dog music, however I am looking forward to hearing them at Wanee....


It's Grateful Dead music, only Bob sings everything. (My main complaint)

Some songs like Sugaree don't need to be sung by him.

Thank god he isn't doing "Must Have Been the Roses".


That would send me up a tower with a high powered rifle.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2008 at 05:57 PM
I went to two ABB shows last year that had Ratdog opening.

Pittsburgh and Darien.

We stayed in the lot with Karen & company, then at the HTN tent for most of their set at Pittsburgh.

AT Darien I brought my sons ans we saw most of Ratdog's set.

Derek liked them, Ken didn't.

Ken is more into current rock/metal if it isn't ABB.


Derek is more a fan of 70's stuff.

(That may be why he goes to more shows with me than Ken does)




Derek, me, Ken, several shady, yet nefarious characters in the parking lot before ABB/Ratdog Darien Lake, 2007.

 

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I have never heard any Rat Dog music, however I am looking forward to hearing them at Wanee....


It's Grateful Dead music, only Bob sings everything. (My main complaint)

Some songs like Sugaree don't need to be sung by him.

Thank god he isn't doing "Must Have Been the Roses".


That would send me up a tower with a high powered rifle.


Ron,

Have never been able to "hear" the Dead, however I have a respect their place and influence in music. I realy love to hear other bands cover their songs....

I expect Rat Dog to be good....very good....

 

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I have never heard any Rat Dog music, however I am looking forward to hearing them at Wanee....


It's Grateful Dead music, only Bob sings everything. (My main complaint)

Some songs like Sugaree don't need to be sung by him.

Thank god he isn't doing "Must Have Been the Roses".


That would send me up a tower with a high powered rifle.


Ron,

Have never been able to "hear" the Dead, however I have a respect their place and influence in music. I realy love to hear other bands cover their songs....

I expect Rat Dog to be good....very good....


One of my favorite CD's is "Deadicated" the GD tribute cd.

I'm a Dead Head from way back, Bob's band just makes me sad when they play "Jerry songs".

 

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