Trey Anastasio and his solo band kicked off a 12-show solo tour last night at the State Theatre in Portland, ME returning to the format of his 1999 jaunt – one set acoustic and one set electric. Big Red eschewed the Phish favorites he often plays on acoustic, digging deeper into the Phish repertoire for songs you wouldn’t quite expect unplugged such as Suzy, Cavern and Theme.
Towards the end of the set, Anastasio welcomed members of his solo band in various formations ending with entire band versions of his own Liquid Time and Outkast’s Hey Ya!.
For the electric set, Trey offered a variety of material from throughout his solo career including the first tour (Mozambique, Gotta Jibboo, Sand), the early 2000′s tours (Cayman Review, Plasma, Push On Through The Day), the 70 Volt Parade years (Words to Wanda, Wherever You Find It, Tuesday) and the more recent tours (All That Almost Was, Birdwatcher, Alaska). For the encore, Anastasio dusted off his cover of Professor Longhair’s In The Wee Wee Hours before finishing with the GRAB-written Dragonfly.
Acoustic Set: Theme From The Bottom, Cavern, NICU, Bug, My Friend My Friend, Horse > Silent in the Morning, Gumbo, Suzy Greenberg, Kill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky^, Spin^^, Liquid Time^^^, Hey Ya^^^^
Electric Set: Cayman Review, Mozambique, Gotta Jibboo, It Makes No Difference, Acting the Devil*, Alaska, All That Almost Was, Words To Wanda, Push On Til The Day, Birdwatcher, Sand, Wherever You Find It, Plasma, Tuesday
Encore: In The Wee Wee Hours**, Dragonfly
^with Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman
^^with Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and Ray Paczkowski
^^^ with all of TAB
^^^^Outkast original. First time played, with all of TAB
*last played 11/01/02 The Tabernacle ~ Atlanta, GA
**last played 11/02/2002 Pompano Ampitheatre ~ Pompano Beach, FL
The Trey Anastasio Band head to Albany’s Palace Theater tonight.