Former members of the Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, took their highly sought-after tour to Wallingford, Connecticut this past Saturday night for a very sold out show.
Myself and friend Jonny arrived around 7 p.m. in hopes to drink a little before the show started at 8:00 p.m. No such luck. Oakdale Theatre was beyond packed, the parking situation was a joke, and after waiting in line for over 30 minutes, we were told to leave the lot and park on the street. Someone over at Oakdale should be fired for making tons of people wait that long, with no direction.
Deadheads without tickets flooded the parking area. “Cash for extras,” is what we heard time and again. Come on people, plan ahead! It is called StubHub.com, and if you do not feel like paying the overpriced amount Dealer X is offering, you sure as hell will not get it any cheaper the night of- I know because I overheard one man tell his friend he sold his extra for $500 bucks.
We parked at some liquor store we passed 45 minutes prior and jetted to the beer stand, then our seats. Oh, our seats. They were not too great but we were dead center. It did not matter anyhow, everyone was dancing (the music had just begun) with the opener, “Greatest Story Ever Told.”
The sound was great and the lights properly complimented the feel good free-jamming of songs like “Bertha” and “Deal.” At times, you could only hear the sea of fans’ sing-a-long, which made Oakdale seem more of some homey, warm camp.
After the first set, the mad rush for the bathroom, cigarette, bar was on. I took part in all three. The weather was perfect, and the outside patio was littered with people still swaying along to the music that was on delay. I ran into some friends, took some pictures with strangers (as I always do), and headed back in for set two.
Amazing. At this point everyone was geared up and anxious for what was to come. Furthur, including John Kadlecik of Dark Star Orchestra on guitar and Jeff Chimenti of RatDog on keyboard, took the stage to open the second half of the show with Lost Sailor, delving right into favorites of yours truly like “China Cat Sunflower“, “Terrapin Station” and “Standing on the Moon.”
Best part? The older guy next to me had made the trek from Toronto, Canada to catch a string of Furthur shows in Boston, Connecticut and ending in New York. He said he wanted to hear “Eyes of the World” tonight, and I told him that it would be next. It was next.
The night ended with “One More Saturday Night,” which I had heard the band play encore once before (on a Saturday night), and in the end, I was deaf with satisfaction. The night had ended successful in that my feet hurt and I still craved more.
Furthur, April 7, 2012
Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford CT Setlist
1st Set: Greatest Story Ever Told Bertha Althea > Mama Tried Big River Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Bird Song> Deal 2nd Set: Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider Lady With a Fan > Terrapin Station > Terrapin> Terrapin Transit > At a Siding > Terrapin Flyer > Refrain > Standing on the Moon > Eyes of the World > Sugar Magnolia Encore: One More Saturday Night