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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 04:01 PM
I was at the Friday night show and I was blown away. I thought the show was one of the best I have seen and much better than the last Beacon show I attended several years ago. Iím really curious to know what other people thought of the March 21 show and which show people think has been the best of the 2014 run and compared to past years.

Best wishes to Greg for a speedy recovery.

 
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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 04:09 PM
I have been ther for every Friday and Saturday this run and they all have greatness.
The best night was March 7th. hands down

 

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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 04:11 PM
Been to ABB Beacon run 8 - 9 times .Was at both 3/14, and 3/15.

The 14th was strongest heard Gregg perform first set ( caught him earlier in year at Melbourne, and Daytona. Was strong / powerful there as well.)

15th has to go down as one of best I've seen..Rockin Horse, Smokestack Lightning, Rain , Love got to be so bad. Great selections..but what they did was sort of like a medley of hits, did not play each long..but played plenty of them.

Gregg get well..take time..love for you here in Boston .

 

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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 04:19 PM
I was at both Friday 3/21 and Sat 3/22 and like someone else said, Friday was a 10 and Sat was a 9 and the only reason Sat was a 9 compared to Fri was song selection. I have only seen 9 Beacon shows and one United Palace show but I believe this past Fridays was the best of the group.
 

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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 04:36 PM
I've listened to four shows (3/7, 3/15, 3/21, and 3/22) and 3/21 is one of the best shows I've heard. Period. Begins and ends with a 10+ min Mountain Jam. Seven Turns with all the an amazing vocal ensemble (including, yes, Susan Tedeschi! - for all the haters, she's send this tune over the top with out taking it over) - its stunning. 3/21 may be the best Jessica I've heard (Barraco's solo equals/bests Bruce Hornsby's in 2009). Really beautiful. Good Morning Little School, not always a favorite (though I do like it), is beyond compare (Warren's vocals, Bill Evans solo - shreds, and Derek's last solo). And any show with Liz Reed is already on a separate list and this version is quite good Let me also mention the keys and flute - Kofi Burbridge, who's always brilliant.
 

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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 08:39 PM
There was stuff on Friday like Turn on Your Love Light that they almost seemed to be winging it on the fly I remember Susan having to motion to Oteil to fall back in "line" - like they didn't know she was going to take another verse or something and Oteil having a huge smile on his face. There were a couple times that I never thought Bill Evans would stop playing (and I think Warren and Derek were thinking the same). Susan walking out just in time to serve up the backing Seven Turns vocals. The fact that Kofi was not simply a featured guest with the flute, but that he had to stop playing the B3 and later the keyboard to set up his own flute mic on the fly. The surpise of Liz Reed starting at 11:40 it probably was knowing that they still had to wrap up Mt Jam sandwich. And then somewhat expecting the Mt Jam conclusion for the encore and knowing the midnight time limit was out the window, they give us a two song encore! Butch throwing his arms up in the air when he was ready to retake his drum kit, but Oteil wasn't ready to give it up. And none of it came across in any kind of unorganized or unprepared sense, but instead this show was improvation at it's best leaving me with many huge smiles throughout the night. I think it was the most spontaneous ABB show I may have ever seen. I'm sure they all had a loose understanding of what would or should happen, but it came across as very fluid in the moment and I loved it because of that.
 

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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 09:08 PM
Second 3-7 show. lots of votes for the "Hyundai shows" though.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2014 at 09:13 PM
3/22 Come and Go Blues

 

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  posted on 3/25/2014 at 01:24 AM
Consensus of critics and fans predominantly for 3/7. I was there 3/18 in 3rd row (CC) center with lots of veterans going back as far as 60s and Fillmore East. At intermission I asked several who were at 3/7 how this night compared so far because I had a hard time believing it could be any better. Everyone said this was very good but opening night better. At conclusion but before encore same question to same vets and all said very close to as good as opening night but not quite. After encore same question and this time one said as good as opening night and another after some hesitation said this night, 3/18, was better than opening night. I've now heard the CDs of opening night. There was arguably a better selection of songs that night but the performance of 3/18 was better AND didn't get out until after midnight! After more than 40 years of listening this was my FIRST concert with ABB so you might say I was biased ... except I received confirmation from others who've been coming for decades. My life has now peaked and everything is gravy from this point on!

 

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  posted on 3/25/2014 at 10:43 AM
I was there opening night and it was a great show, with good song selection, especially for the casual fan. Also some interesting placement of songs and a break out of the True Gravity. So a good show all around.. I also went to 3/11 which I thought was better than the opening show...and than 3/18 which was the best show of the run (imo). The 3/21 show was also really good. Certainly missed Gregg but spectacular playing and guests performances.
 

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  posted on 3/25/2014 at 12:07 PM
Was at 3/7 & 8. Only heard other shows what is available on YT.

Opening night was fantastic. Great crowd energy (3/8 had more of a date night feel - at least around us). Old friend just DT & WH was meaningful as well as the followup NOLTRW.
True Gravity bust out. 2nd set was crazy good.

3/8 Martha>Bluse sky was worth the price of admission. Jessica, RH, Rain and 7 Turns were great

 

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