Anyway, here's a little bit about this past weekend's shows back in Sweet Home Chicago.
What an absolutely amazing weekend of weather in Chicago. For mid-to late-July the temperatures -- upper-70s during the day, low-70s at night, is simply unheard of. Plenty of sun. Barely any clouds in the sky the entire time. Perfect.
For all three nights, my brother and I, and an assorted crew of people he knew (or friends of people he knew) had General Admission Floor tickets. I had never been to Northerly Island. It's in an amazing location, right on the Lake, by the Planetarium, Aquarium and Soldier Field. It's a bit weird, however, that the Floor and the Lawn are completely separate and that the Lawn is not at all elevated above Floor level. In other words, even with a Floor ticket, I could not get to the Lawn (nor could I even see it).
For Night 1 it was my brother and I, one of his St. Louis buddies from IU and a few of that kid's friends.
This is about where we were all three nights on the Floor:
Set 1: 555 (new), Kill Devil Falls, Bouncing Around the Room, Reba, Waiting All Night (new), Birds of a Feather, Halfway to the Moon (new), Sparkle, Sample in a Jar, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Stash, The Squirming Coil
Set 2: Golden Age, The Mango Song, Sand, Piper, Halley's Comet, Wombat (new), Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light
Set 2 was undeniably better than the first. The highlight of the night was definitely Mango, followed by Chalkdust, followed by Julius. Solid opening night to the weekend though.
Same crew as Friday night, but with the additions of two others -- our neighbor from behind our house growing up and B-Rad's best friend from high school who is an absolutely ridiculous character and always entertaining.
Set 1: The Moma Dance, Wolfman's Brother, Devotion to a Dream (new), 46 Days, Yarmouth Road, Brian and Robert, Wingsuit (new), Tube, Free, Roggae, Heavy Things, Run Like an Antelope
Set 2: Carini, Waves, Fuego (new), Twist, Light, Twenty Years Later, Harry Hood, Cavern
Encore: Grind, Bug, Suzy Greenberg
Trey absolutely killed it all night. He was jumping up and down from the first riff during Moma Dance. Highlight was definitely the Hood.
A friend of a friend of B-Rad, who we met during the New Year's run at MSG this past year was at all three shows and happens to have a boat in Chicago. He rented a slip right next to the venue and graciously invited us out on the boat with his crew Sunday before the show. What a view of the City from the Lake!
Set 1: Gumbo, Runaway Jim, Tela, The Line (new), Scent of a Mule, Bathtub Gin, Silent in the Morning, Maze, Ocelot, Walls of the Cave
Set 2: Down with Disease, Winterqueen (new), Theme from the Bottom, Mike's Song, The Wedge, Ghost, Weekapaug Groove, First Tube
Encore: Character Zero
Overall, just a great show. Trey shredded Tela. The Bathtub, Maze, Walls of the Cave, DWD and Character Zero were all very, very good.
Just a completely superior weekend of music/hanging out. Perfect weather. Great music. B-Rad and I got along great the entire time.
Mr. Fry was at Dogtopia and seemed to have his typically good time. He was quite tired when I picked him up!