Saturday, April 08, 2006


Ratdog @ Beacon Theater

Get out your tie dyes, hippie pants and skirts - Ratdog's in town. As miracle-seekers punched index fingers into the air outside New York's Beacon Theater on Friday, the seven-piece jam ensemble kicked off night two in a series of three with a rollicking "Truckin'." Bob Weir's Grateful Dead tribute band started fast and finished slow. The 18-song concert offered somethings borrowed ("Take Me to the River," "Masters of War"), something blue ("Tuesday's Blues") and even something new, with trombonist Josh Rosenman sitting in and Warren Haynes making special appearances on "St. Stephen" > "Eleven" and "Bird Song."

While first set was a breezy affair with a detour to "Dark Star" en route to a "Scarlet Begonias" > "Iko Iko" crowd-pleasing finish, second set took a decidedly different turn. Slower-paced selections like "Terrapin Station," "Black Peter" and "Even So" had people not so much dancing as swaying.

The bearded Weir, clad in his trademark shorts and sandals, showed no signs of exhaustion which kept him off the road more than a year ago. Ratdog returns for a final sold-out show on Satuday.

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April 7, 2006
Beacon Theater, New York

Set 1
Take Me to the River
Easy to Slip
Dark Star
Tuesday Blues
Scarlet Begonias>>
Iko Iko

Set 2
CandyMan (parts)
Masters of War
Even So
October Queen
Terrapin > Lady w/Far
Black Peter
St Steven / Eleven
Bird Song
Touch of Grey

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