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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 09:09 AM
Who's going? Which night?

As for me, I'll be at Sat's show, Box 1L, row D.

Plenty of good seats still available. There are some great deals on Stubhub, especially for Fri's show, like close to half price, but act fast to get them, they won't sell them after tomorrow since tix are fedexed. Also PM me for my super-secret smoking spot at Chastain, can't let a certain usher know about this!

[Edited on 4/27/2008 by Brock]

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 10:14 AM
hmmm, who would that be??

I'll probably be on aisle three both nights, hoping for a good show.

Me and Carlos go way back, both of us being at Woodstock and all, just don't tell him I slept through his set! I'll probably stay awake for most of it this time!

 
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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 10:34 AM
Hey Brock and Patrick! Enjoy the show(s).... Totally forgot about this show but was reminded I have tix for it in Orlando next week so I'm excited about this one See you two somewhere, some day soon!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 10:49 AM
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Hey Brock and Patrick! Enjoy the show(s).... Totally forgot about this show but was reminded I have tix for it in Orlando next week so I'm excited about this one See you two somewhere, some day soon!


Thanks Helen. I'd probably enjoy it more if I had you there to goad me into having a good time! Enjoy yours too.

For pretty good eating before the show, I'm going to Pig n Chick, 4920 Roswell Rd, which is about halfway between Wieuca and Mt Paran Rds. Decent BBQ and I'm told the chicken is good, but I don't know why anyone would eat that when pig is available!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 03:48 PM
I have lawn tickets for the Saturday show,
taking my friend Tim he's a newbie to the good music
so this oughtta be fun
I'm gonna PM ya, Brock. About that spot.
Wish you had tickets to this show Helen!
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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 04:40 PM
I'm gonna miss this one.... Had planned on going earlier, but can't go now....

Ya'll have big fun and I hope you get a Carlos/Derek Europa or Samba Pa Ti.....

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 06:11 PM
I love DTB & Like Santana , but I have written Chastain off as a venue. It's just not nearly loud enough & the crowd is not into the music. I have been to music venues all over Atlanta & this one is by far the worst. I am going to see this show at Oak Mountain .

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 06:57 PM
I still love Chastain. It wouldn't be summer in Atlanta if I didn't catch a couple of shows there. Yes, the crowd can be annoying with the chatter and it isn't loud enough in the back half of the ampitheater, but I solve that by finding my way into good seats each time. If I am in the front 1/4 of Chastain, I love the place. Particularly, the first couple rows above the box seats...

I'll be there Sat night.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2008 at 04:53 PM
Anyone else? 4 people only and one of those is gettin' paid for it! Also, I know Bogthing is going Fri, but he has yet to check in. I'm so ready!

 

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  posted on 4/24/2008 at 05:35 PM
Hey Brock,
Looking to upgrade my Lawn tickets, I've been checking craigslist,
thinking of getting down there early to see if I can get lucky.
things have a way of working out sometimes, don't want to spend
to much more money cause I'm going to Springsteen sunday night
maybe we can meet up for a beer or something along those lines Ha,Ha!
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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 08:15 AM
Bumping this trying to get a review of friday nights show,
Leaving Charlotte about 1pm for Hot'lanta which hopefully
won't be too hot due to the forecast Sct t storms high 77
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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 08:29 AM
I went last night. The DTB set was fantastic, and Carlos came out to play on My Favorite Things. Susan sang a couple tunes too. Santana's set, well, not so much fantastic, but it was still pretty good and enjoyable for the most part. Kofi came out a couple or three times to add flute, and Derek & Susan came out for 20 minutes or so and played guitar on a long winding jam. Susan contributed a great solo, definitely holding her own with the other two. The rest of Santana's set was a cross between jamband-Muzak and a Las Vegas revue show though, of course a Latin version of that. It reminded me of what BB King has become the past few years in the blues world. It was far more of a "show" rather than a concert, with a few good songs tossed in from time to time. I'd also say the back 20% or so of the reserved seating was empty, so there's plenty of opportunity to move up if you don't have the best seats (assuming Saturday tix sell the same as Friday did). If you have lawn, I'd suggest sneaking down by aisle 3 - it's quite easy to sneak past the usher they had over there.

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 08:36 AM
And for those folks not familiar with Chastain, definitely shoot to be in your seat by 6:30. No joke. It doesn't matter how well you plan, it always takes longer than expected to get through the neighborhood traffic. DTB went on at 7:00 sharp, I am told (we were 10 minutes late despite shooting for 6:30). And as much as the wine & cheese crowd can get on your nerves there, don't forget to pack a cooler. Beers are $6-$8, depending on what you buy and which concessions stands you buy it from. Bottled water is $3. Cokes were $4 or $5. The ATM's were all down too, and only some of the concessions stands take plastic. The ones that did take plastic had far longer lines. Bringing a cooler will save you a ton of money and time.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 09:01 AM
Thanks Zambi for the review. I'm also packing raingear for tonight, in addition to the cooler. You are so right about the traffic, hope my perennially unpunctual friend steps it up a notch!

 

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 09:56 AM
Have a great time ya'll!!

 

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 11:01 AM
Scroll a couple pages back on the Guest Book for a great review by JNB.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 01:24 PM
Thanks for the review!

 

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  posted on 4/27/2008 at 07:40 AM
DTB's setlist was 6 songs or so, including I Wish, Greensleeves and Key to the Highway. No Carlos or Susan during a set that was mostly performed through rainshowers. No worries, as I had on my rainsuit and arrived ontime. Good performance, but it really felt short!

Santana opened with Soul Sacrifice, and brought on Derek for 2 songs, referring to him as "the annointed one." One wonders if down to earth Derek is embarrassed by this. The songnames on the two are unknown to me, but the interplay on the one latiny song was great, and while Derek was his usual excellent self, Carlos' playing w/ Derek was his best of the night.Other highlights were BMW/Oye Como Va and Jingo, where the percussion had the whole (nearly full) house doing an African tribal dance! The Conga player just killed on this song.

The set seemed dominated by the newer material, to my sometimes disappointment. No Incident at Neshabur, was this the first time that was not played? The extra-latin feel toward the end of Maria Maria, though, was very nice, as was Right On. Even though I share Carlos' politics, his long sermons, at least 3 separate times, were a bit much, and included a ton of name dropping. I'm appreciating Dylan's concert non-communication for the first time! I liked the video montage of Santana's career and albums very much.

I was able to check in with Patrickcrenshaw, and Hotlantatim came over for a chat, thanks. My photos were not good, but here's one ok shot. Rain and security prevented me from shooting many:

 

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  posted on 4/27/2008 at 07:52 AM
I'm glad the weather didn't prevent you from enjoying the show, Brock. I was babysitting my niece last night and thinking about you guys at Chastain.

Raul Rekow is the conga players name, Karl Perazza is the timbale player, and they are two of the very best percussionists in the world. As a drummer, I'm looking forward to seeing them at Jazz Fest almost as much as Carlos and Derek....almost

Bummer about Incident at Neshabur at the prevalence of the new material. I've been happy to see Incident back in the rotation, hope I see it at Jazz Fest. Still, you got Soul Sacrifice

I thought Zambi's Santana review was a little harsh, coming from a guy who recently paid good money to see Van Halen If you want to talk about a cheesy stage show/Vegas revue, how about that David Lee Roth? I also thought the BB King comparison was way off base, Carlos is much closer to the peak of his powers than BB. Hey, different strokes for different folks...

 
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  posted on 4/27/2008 at 08:38 AM
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THis guy is amazing and very easy to look at!!

Brock, that picture is decent!~

 

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  posted on 4/27/2008 at 04:43 PM
Thanks for the review Brock! Great picture!

 

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  posted on 4/28/2008 at 02:05 PM
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THis guy is amazing and very easy to look at!!


si!

 

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  posted on 4/28/2008 at 03:14 PM
I went to the Friday night show. Was really anticpating a sonic affair, and I had not seen Santana in many years. My wife and I sat by the pond eating our dinner and listening to the sound check. listening to that, I figured for sure it was going to rip.

Well...it started out okay. DTB was spot on. I have to say that I was disappointed with Santana's set. Some kind of dance show happened in the middle. And then the political stuff...eh, I was not happy. And by the howls and shouts a lot of other people seemed irritated as well.

Wanted badly to hear Europa again. No Samba Pa Ti, no Toussaint L'Overture, no Dance Sister Dance. His catalogue is huge, and one could not expect him to play everything, but you should know your audience. That Latin dance party thing would have worked at Randall's Island with a big Latino contingent on hand, but for the grey-beards at Chastain? Nah! He really could have had a better set list and really would have had them standing on their seats. It also seemed to me that he just did not play with the ferocity that I had seen in years past. Chastain's sound system leaves a lot to be desired, particularly with a sonic artist like Santana.

Had to laugh, as my wife and walked back to the car, this dude and his wife were going past and he said to her "Derek rocked, but Santana just sucked" I hate to be a stick in the mud, but that was kind of my feelings too.

 

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Wow, to each their own, but someone really said "Santana sucked?" I thought he was ripping it with a great supporting cast. I also thought the sound from my seats was crystal clear. You could hear every instrument. It wasn't too loud in the pit, which probably meant it wasn't loud enough in the back (Chastain is a place where you do need to sit in the front 1/3 of the seats). Here are the two posts I made about the show on the GB & listserv...I'm sure my seats didn't hurt my appreciation of the show:

First post:
Sat night was an amazing show with the Derek Trucks Band and Santana. I was lucky get 2 tix at a wonderful pit table and it was great to see these two masters up close. The dTb set in the rain was strong. Santana's show was very fun too. Carlos has not lost an ounce of his dexterity or speed at his age. Amazing.

I saw Santana with the attitude of "enjoy what he does play, don't worry about what he doesn't." He goes from playing hard core guitar/organ/latin jam music of the original band, to more salsa caribean flavored music, all with great players, good singers, and smoking guitar. Lots of dancing and singing in the crowd and the sound was crystal clear, with very good separation on all instruments.

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dTb on Saturday played for about 40-45 minutes in their Santana opening slot. Included were 44 Blues, I Wish I Knew How it Feels to Be Free, So Close So Far Away, I Know, Greensleeves, Key To the Highway. Santana played for 2.5 hours (including mostly music, w/some video messages & rambling spiritual/political speech). Derek came out and played with Santana for 22 minutes. It was two songs I believe and I did not know either. Kofi was out on flute during some of the same time for about 10 minutes. We did get some call/response between Kofi and Carlos. Derek solo'd very well but no call & response or interplay. Carlos' intro of Derek was something like "And on guitar, a person we cannot stop thinking about every day, the annointed one, Derek Trucks."

Reports of Friday night had Carlos playing with the dTb in the opening set on My Favorite Things.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2008 at 04:11 PM
I certainly wouldn't go so far to say it sucked, but I did leave a little bit disappointed. As I said in my "harsh" review, it was pretty good, and certainly enjoyable, but I just didn't think it was fantastic (like dTb) or the spiritual experience others have described. But reasonable minds can certainly disagree. hotlantatim was much more eloquent than me on the reviews. I really enjoyed the hard core guitar/organ/latin jam music. That's what I was referring to when I mentioned the "few good songs thrown in from time to time." And the 30 minutes jamming with Derek and Susan was phenomenal. That probably made for a good 90 minute set. The political speeches/rants and the parts of the show hotlantatim describes as "salsa caribbean flavored music" seemed like an hour of filler material, the latter of which made it seem to me like a latin/caribbean themed show revue. At times I really felt like I was in a resort somewhere in Cancun (light-bulb thought - a Satana acoustic set with mariachi hats and the big ol' acoustic bass thing). In any event, it was still a good show and fun time.

As for VH - we all know going in that they're a bit on the cheesy side. But actually, this time around, given that VH had DLR pretty well reigned in, I'd say Santana had the cheese-factor dialed up a notch more than VH did in Atlanta in February. The Jackson 5-style coordinated dancing, in particular, was over the top for Santana. But I will say that DLR's Mexican waiter-themed vest thingie would've been a stellar fit with Santana's set:





[Edited on 4/28/2008 by Zambi]

 

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