Great tunes for a great cause, at a great location (walking distance from my apartment). What else can ya ask for?!
This Uncle Ebenezer show was a benefit for The Mockingbird Foundation, and the early portions of the show saw a decent amount of people cutting some serious rug. By the second set a lot of the room had left, but the intrepid few who remained seriously fuckin' knew how to party. I'd imagine they were able to toss a nice chunk'a change Mockingbird Foundation's way, although that amount would've been dramatically higher if they'd had a percentage of drink sales - literally everyone I talked to (at least half the people in the room) was boozin' hardcore, brah.
Although Uncle E has only been on the scene for a few months (here's a show review from the first time I saw them at their second show ever), they definitely manage to do the music of Phish justice, no easy task. I'm particularly impressed with how deftly they go into and out of segues and teases within the jams. On this night, they were joined by a trumpet player - see above for video of the horn-augmented "2001" and see below for "Hood," also with horns.
In addition to the (awesome) music, what I'll always remember this show for occurred when about 20 police officers wandered into Club Europa, standing around sheepishly in the room (which smelled vaguely of pot smoke at that point). Needless to say, people were creeped the fuck out, but apparently the coppers only showed up to perform a routine building inspection. For those not in the know, Europa is located literally right next door to a police station, and I'm always dumbfounded by how many people just openly toke up right outside - a dude I met at the show apparently got nabbed at setbreak. Damn.
Anyway, highlights for me were the "Disease" (with "Manteca" jam), the "46 Days" > "Sally" jam > Jam > "Tweeprise" jam > Jam > "Carini" sequence (uh, obviously!), the "Mike's" > "Wilson" > "Paug" (with "Auld Lang Syne" tease) > "Wilson" reprise craziness, and the aforementioned "2001." Oh, yeah, and incredibly my buddy Salvador somehow called the "Twist" opener from nearly 3000 miles away, haha.
Until I get to see the real Phish in July, I'll be more than happy hopping around like a jackass to the music of Uncle Ebenezer. See below for the setlist.
Setlist: Uncle Ebenezer, February 21, 2014 Club Europa, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Twist Disease* Wolfman's YEM** 46 Days> Sneakin' Sally jam> Jam> Tweeprise jam> Jam> Carini Harry Hood Julius
Lizards Timber Mike's Wilson Weekapaug@ Wilson reprise Rift Sand Punch 2001
* with Manteca tease ** with Star Wars tease in intro @ with Auld Lang Syne tease