, attached to 2021-08-08

Review by Wisy_Megabeth

Wisy_Megabeth This is one of those shows that leaves you smiling for days after! I was on the lawn with a group of my old hometown buddies and first set had some noticeable wind issues with sound from our spot near the top. What really impresses me from that set upon re-listening that I didn't catch live is the set is split in two distinct movements. "Sigma Oasis" brings out a laid back groovy version of their newest single (if that's what it must be called) and pairs it with a rare take on their oldest song to our delight. Having seen a couple amazing "With" parts at other shows, I thought this was a great call for early set 1. The "Mikes" IS the jam of the set and a firey "My Soul" spills out of the funky space. Mike brings the first movement to a close with his own special Groove and the band pauses for "Mercury," which starts the second movement of the set. This is a nice jam they start and easily fall into a dark and sweet 7.5 min 46 Days, which having seen that tune many times IS the perfect length these days. "Taste" takes it's first debut on the tour with Trey loving his tone, and then we get the only real fumble in the set with a Phish debut. Ok, go get it, boys. This is your stage at this point in the weekend 100%. To make memories with your friends at 33 who are still there with you, the boys pull the perfect card in the stack and shake the house with a lovely "Bowie." This jam is a perfect display of the current band on tour, with an even build and roaringly clear yet emotionally driven tones from Trey.

Onto Set 2....except this is a Set 1 only review! Because they don't get discussed enough and this was a brilliant and brainy one from my favorite musical nerd quartet around. I say that with all the love (*and light - pulsating) there is. Seriously, though, go listen to Set 2. It's 1 jam. Most events AREN'T planned. Thank you, Phish.


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