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Old 03-03-2005
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Bowery Ballroom

They put on a really fine show tonight. I'm going tomorrow too.

Very generous performance. Gary and Mark's harmonies were excellent. Gary's guitar work was super, as always, and Mark's bass playing was exceptional. Totally blew me away.

These guys complement each other so much. The main thought i walked away with is that Mark takes so much heat off gary. When they're trading songs back and forth, gary gets to take a break and just play his guitar in some spots. It must be difficult for him to have to be the front man on every song with the Jayhawks.

This was my 5th Jayhawks/Olson-Louris show. I saw them in Chicago on the Hollywood Tour; in Lexington, Ky., around '94; again in Lexington, sans Mark, after Sound of Lies, and in the Bowery Ballroom on what I think was the last date of the Smile tour.

Seems like you have a pretty call board here so I wanted to register and share a few thought with y'all.

Closing thought: I want a new Olson/Louris record.
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Old 03-03-2005
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A couple of quick questions:

--Was there an opening act?
--What time did they go on?

thanks much!
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Old 03-03-2005
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No opener. They went on just after 9.
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Old 03-03-2005
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No opening act. they came on about 9:10. It was a great show. Mark was quite the character on stage, with the wild facial expressions, etc. They opened with Pray For Me. Mark's songs were received well, definitely some eye rolling during George Bush Industriale though. The RDM songs were probably the most well received, Gary in great voice, Mark blasting away on bass, especially during One Man's Problem, which was outstanding. Harmonies were nice, especially during Say You'll Be Mine, which I thought sounded better than the record. A couple of hiccups, Mark sang the wrong opening verse on Five Cups, and one of Gary's harmonicas wasn't working, so he through it into the crowd where it was caught by the guy right in front of me. Funny hearing songs being introduced as being from the Mystery Demos, gee, I wonder where they got that title. All in all, I had a great time, going back Friday with my wife to hear some more.
Setlist same as Philly except (insert East Berlin somewhere near Walk With Them, ) in the main set, one encore (no Dont make Promises/Reason To Believe), and Five Cups either was a late main set or early encore, its all a blur. Great venue, sound was fine. Razz was excellent, but I thought the drummer was just ok. And of course, plenty of Gary groupies standing near me.
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I agree. Fiddler was very good and added to the band's sound, Drummer doesn't know some of the songs and just stays in the pocket - which isn't such a bad thing.
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Goody, I pretty much agree with your impressions. I went to Philly show as well, and thought last night was so much better. Philly was great, but last night they just seemed so much more alive! Perhaps it is because of the venue? Philly, beautiful place, but seated, while BB was a standing crowd. Also, they had a day off before last night. The guy who caught the harmonica is UWS Fan from our board. He has not been able to post for some time, but says "hello" to everyone here on the board. Also met Mark, who flew in from Brussels for the show last night and tonight...way to go! First time in America, and for a Jayhawks show!! Great to see both of you guys. So many of the songs sounded so good last night. Different from a regular '03/'04 Jayhawks sound, but great in a different way. Standouts included the RDM stuff ( Mark flubbed it and called them the Rainy Day Women songs! got a laugh out of Gary, who then said to Mark, "busted!"). Also East Berlin is GORGEOUS. And I liked Cotton dress a whole lot too. And a stunning version of Crowded in the Wings. Went right into WFTS, except then that's when Gary had harmonica problems. Threw it out into the crowd, searched for the right one, then said to Mark, "I threw the wrong one out"
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All in all they seemed happy to be playing again together. Mark is wonderful to watch onstage. Gary, cool as ever. No SG yet. Gary's tele kept putting out this really wah wah feedback sort of sound that you could hear humming during breaks. He could turn it off with a foot button. Want to tell so much more, but I think I'll let people see some of this for themselves firsthand.
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Should I bother bringing my Blue Earth poster?

Did Gary and Mark hang out at all...?

It sure would look purty if they signed it...
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Not sure if they hung around afterward or not. I bolted as soon as the show was over so I could get to bed before 1:30 AM. I'm dragging a bit today but am ready for night #2!

I totally agree with the reviews written about the show so far. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of some of Mark's Creekdipper stuff but it was cool hearing the old songs with him on stage- a bit like a time warp. One side comment I will make though is that I really hope this little reunion doesn't change the direction the full band has been moving in. As much as I like the earlier stuff, I really think the band's highest quality work has been created since Mark's departure. SOL and RDM are masterpieces and I think Gary's solo voice (with some backing from the Tim and the gang) is a huge part of that.

With that little sidebar out of the way, it's time to head into the city for night number 2! Can't wait!
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re gary and mark record

amen on the idea of a louris/olsen record...this tour should shake that one loose if anything does....
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Thursday night

Brilliant!!
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Re: Thursday night

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Brilliant!!

It was a very good show last night, with some of the bugaboos people have mentioned elsewhere.

The drummer's learning curve seems to especially weigh heavily on Gary at times, but let's face it, in a band setting Gary is used to playing with the same 2 guys for 10/20 years, or his Golden Smog brethren, all of whom would be session pros in any studio.

I actually felt a little bad for this drummer, mostly because he did not seem to be enjoying himself, and Gary was trying to give him cues all night that he often missed.

Gary had the SG flown in last night, and split his time between the Tele, SG, and acoustic. No harmonicas made their way into the audience (or I would have stepped on someone to get one). No real surprises in the set list.

At one point late in the show, Mark introduced the band. When he got to Gary, he said "Gary Louris, from the Jayhawks," pretty explictly stating that a.) this was not a Jayhawks show, and b.) Mark is not in the Jayhawks.

It is always great to see Gary perform, and I thought Mark was in better voice than I expected. His solo material -- at least what he played last night -- does not go over nearly as well as the RDM songs that were played, but it is fun hearing his voice with Gary's after so many years.

Having said that, I certainly missed Tim and his songs and backup vocals, and Perlman, and the presence of a Stephen or Kraig. But then again, this wasn't a Jayhawks show, as Mark reminded us.

After the show I mentioned to Gary that many people are excited about a new Golden Smog record, and he seemed jazzed about that too. I specifically did not ask him about the future of the Jayhawks. He's got enough people asking him that every day, I'm sure, and we'll know something when we know it.

Oh, one funny moment (there were a few): During the encore, someone shouted out for "All the Right Reasons." Gary, away from the mic, mouthed "He doesn't know it!" and pointed at Mark, without Mark seeing it. Gary kind of smiled and shrugged. It was funny, I guess, if you were there.

One more: Gary dedicated "Save It for a Rainy Day" to the Fanpage folks!

O.k., just one more, and I am not joking and Nutshell & co. can confirm this: Gary asked where Greekguy was.

Going back tonight...

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Hey there,

Just so you know, there was an opening act last night at the Bowery and the Jayhawks went on around 10:00.

Great show!

Cheers,

- Jeff
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Re: Re: Thursday night

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O.k., just one more, and I am not joking and Nutshell & co. can confirm this: Gary asked where Greekguy was.

Going back tonight...

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What!!!???
I hope you told him that he was far to busy to bother going to see the shows!
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Once I used the keyword "gyro," Gary said: "Say no more. I understand."



Just kidding. Told him greekguy was a Twin Cities dude. Gary said "I get confused about where you all are."

Met a fan who flew in from Brussels for the show, and a nice young woman who made a pilgrimage from Japan! too.
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