Hey now, Jackie Greene is on fire. After comming back from an awesome set at MTN JAM (Im sure everyone watched the simulcast if you were not there) and an appearance on Conan we were psyched Jackie was giong to play in our own backyard. Besides Palo Solari in New Mexico, the Hawkins Amphitheater is one of the most intimate litle outdoor venues to see a show. Situated on the outskirts of Reno this beautifully manicured amphitheater draws some impressive names, but not necessarily the crowds. I saw Grisman last year in front of maybe 100 people. Even though the show was not sold out last night all the seats sold and there were a good amount of people on the lawn.(very few heads). Tim Bluhm and the Mother Hips opened. During their set I could see Jackie backstage just pacing in anticipation of his set. As soon as he hit the stage I could tell by his intensity it was going to be a killer show. Sometime he reminds of Weir back on his first Bobby and the Midnites tour. It just seems like the music overcomes them and an uncontrollable fervor almost causes them to trip and fall down. Now Jackie did not jump off any speakers like I've seen Weir do but at one point during the show he jumped on the drummers platform and was just rockin out.* side note that Bobby line up with Brent, Alphonso Johnson,Billy Cobham and Eddie Cochoran were super smokin. Anyhow he opened Farewell so long goodbye, nothing comes from nothing, dont let the devil take your mind,rusty nail>new speedway, cell block #9, back into the 2nd verse of rusty nail. I only saw Jackie for the first time last summer after Phil added him to the line-up. What an amazing amount of growth this guy has gone through in less than a year.This is where the set list gets a little fuzzy for me. I use to rely on the printknot printers to have the set list now I have to try remembering it myself. So it goes Shaken, tell me mama, animal, Ball and Chain. encore gone wanderin>cold black devil. Still hoping to see more heads at his shows, its well worth the 20 bucks. Hes playing at the Harmony festival tonight right before Mickey.
Thanks for the Jackie in Reno review
I'm going to make the effort to get to that venue for Calexico in July and from the pix it looks like a cool place, but it's hard to tell exactly HOW small it is.
Is it worth it to get a reserved seat? Does the sound carry well to the lawn? Do they let lawn people into the seats if they're not full? How tight is security?
BTW, if you're not hip to Calexico, GO TO THAT SHOW! They are a great band.
I saw calexico open for los lobos. they werent bad. Same set list each night though