hey folks, my brother and I are heading to cuyahoga falls for the tuesday show. we are staying at the 4 points akron west. any suggestions from local heads as to where to eat, drink, or any other sites would be helpful. lookin' forward to summer song and dance.
Tuesday will be my first show at Blossom and was just wondering what the venue is like in addition to the general vibe of the community
I love this venue. If you are familier with the big three in ohio, Blossom, Riverbend and Polaris, Blossom is far and away the best. Lots of trees,its surrounded by a lot of parks, no poles in the way from the lawn at all. Good sight lines from just about anywhere. The lawn is big and steep, and the pavilion is all wood and looks like a big mushroom or space ship about to take off into space. Its free parking, I guess its really included in the ticket. The lots are HUGE and scene is cool. It rained last year for the Allmans and security was quick to open the half filled pavilion. The only thing I would watch for is if you come from I 271, the first little town off the exit always has someone pulled over before and after the show, so watch your speed. Look me up, sec 23, last row, so the walk way is right behind me, Yell for Cookie or Casey
Be careful at Blossom. Local nazis regularly cruise the lots. Also, local police sit in the trees along the roads leading into blossom and scan the traffic with binoculars. They really do this so be careful on the ride in!! It is a beautiful venue so once you're in find a nice zone and dance the night away.
hey everyone: just moved out to ohio from northern california (arcata) and i'll be at the show too. Looking forward to hanging with everyone and i'm bringing a newbie who seems genuine enough about the music and the culture of "the scene." Some info. for all of you who are travelling:
1. It is going to be HOT tomorrow--prepare accordingly.
2. Blossom is a great venue as others have mentioned here. If you are coming from Route 8 and taking the Steele's Corner exit, it is only one lane to Blossom, so expect a traffic jam. If you want, do a mapquest search from the city of kent to blossom and you will get some short cuts which might save you some time.
3. Things to do: if you want a kool bar to hang at after the show in Kent, go to the Zeypher (sp.?) bar at the corner of north water and main, up stairs. Great mellow scene. Also lots of other bars in the area as well, but they are mostly "meathead/meat market" kinds of bars.
4. If you want some good eats a bit north of cuyahoga falls (which is where blossom is) is the town of solon (rich people town), but there is good suchi called Akira Hibachi and Sushi and next to it is the Mustard Seed Market which is all good beers from out west and europe, organic and the like.
5. Yeah, the cops are total nazi's--they totally just want to bust people in this area. I have a car with CA. plates and a steal your face and i get pulled over the minimum of once a week with no probable cause--you know--"deadhead, must have dope on them," etc.
anyway, hope everyone has a good time and get's into the zone...if you need more info. please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org...
ciao you alll!!!
haven't seen phil since november...i'm gearin up for this one...headin out of pittsburgh shortly past noon and ready as hell to fulfill my phil fix...hoping for a scarlet and a dew...perhaps a liberty for the 4th if phil isn't saving it for the vibes??? i'll be the guy with the beard and the red phil hat on...har har har...have a good time everyone! see ya there
Haven't done it since 99' with the phish boys, and Blossom hasn't heard it since June 25th 1985.
"Thats the way it's been in town, ever since they tore the juke box down."
Hey Damon!! We'll also be there, leaving right around high noon ourselves...Can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait!!!
thanks to everyone with the cool cop/venue advice & info as well...
We're lookin for an extra, so, if y'all see a tarot reading chick or a dude in a big ole' America hat vending patchies, that would be *us*!!! (even if ya just wanna drop by & say hey now, please do!!)
& Row Jimmy I will ALWAYS take with glee!!!
see ya there jill!! i'm gonna keep my eye open for you guys! can't wait!! woo hoo
See Ya tonight, ya little cherub >wink<
Look for the clifford on my stand.
Safe travels everyone.....
yes--to reiterate what tapecat said--safe travels--the cops are out today, FYI...see you all in about two hours.
Jam-FOTD-Cold Rain & Snow, 1000 Stars, BEW a/o 10PM
BEW.Cumberland-No More Do I-Low Spark
>just moved out to ohio from northern california (arcata)
WOW !!!!! now thats what I call culture shock !!!
Beno you are a better man then me.....
One more Dew, & you can count on a nice long Dark Star at GOTV.
Think of me while you try to stay awake at the 27 minute mark.
PS: They haven't played TOO yet either.
Jam-FOTD-Cold Rain & Snow, 1000 Stars, BEW. Cumberland-No More Do I-Low Spark-GDTRFB-Angel Band Enc: Patchwork Quilt
Thanks Fritzbonics and Dossman
yeah wino--it is definitely a cultural change for me...frombeing two hours north of great country, and five north of SFO...it was nice to be able to make nice jaunts down...missin it...i hope you enjoy what spread you have...especially in Marin...are you near Mill Valley?
low key night tonight: really tight jamming, and i just love wathcing Phil...now that he has taken the "main person" role, he seems much more confortable with his stage presence. In any event, soaking in the tub, then a movie and bed. Peace to you all!
the show was Fantastic! i agree that it was extremely low-key w/great jamming. from the rain & snow to the b-eyed women and cumby and then the angel band...PHEW!!!! It was a very groovy show...can't wait till p'burgh...
and a big THANKS to tapecat for helping ms. jill and I out during the show. And happy b-day, too, by the way.
great great show last night. great song selection i thought, from what i remember not too many long jams but cumberland was stretched out pretty damn nice. i really liked the way fotd was played, the sound was perfect where i was standing. my first cold rain, felt good to hear this one. 1000 stars was good stuff but after this is where it was starting to get me. bew really seemed to get the crowd pickin around, my third bew tallyed up. short break then into a heavy cumberland, i love hearing this one, reminded me of pittsburgh 4/25/01 opener. herring tore this one up. out of the three new songs played, the patchwork quilt encore was the best but the no more do i was pretty damn close. finally got the low spark i wanted to hear for a while, nice version here. goin down the road and angel band was a perfect way to end the evening. those harmonies in angel band give me the chills, those boys know how to sing. the set reminded me of being in a hay field. don't ask i guess b/c i probably couldn't explain. rob and jimmy playin w/ the brothers was pretty nice too, though i didn't think the allmans sounded as good as they did last year, still gotta love em though. oh, for the jackass that left his dog tied to his van mirror during the show, FUCK OFF! if you want to take your dog on tour that cool, but for christ's sakes at least have someone stay with the dog. i was about T minus 2 seconds from taking this dog home. when the hooligans were shooting off fireworks all over this dog was choking himself tryin to hide under the van but b/c his leash was so shot tied to the god damn mirror he just kept on crying and choking himself. stupid bastard. sorry about that, but that really hit me hard last night seeing this helpless dog all alone and scared. have a good day everyone and have a great holiday, i'm off to the park with the pup. ~damon
This was a much better show than the setlist would indicate. Nothing that was played was what I would call a personal favorite, but there were some big jams without any of the big jam tunes. Cumberland was sick!! Most definitely the highlight for me.
TC's birthday show was, indeed, the shit...(& yes, muchas gracias amigo)
basically, what damon said about the singing: it was just powerful mighty.
Sorry about the sad & horrible doggie incident...so, are you saying you have now adopted a pooch?!?
hey jill glad you enjoyed the show too. no, i don't have the pooch, i took my own pooch to the park. but let me tell you i was tempted, this dog was so freaked out from the fireworks he wouldn't even let me pet him he just kept cryin. jill, does your man by chance wear an uncle sam hat? i was sitting a bit back from the tapers and i saw two people, thought it might have been you guys. well, we'll meet up in pittsburgh. i was gonna do moe/les tonight but i just made an offer on a house and i have to adjust my spending sometime. talk to you soon. great show once again!
Only a selfish motherfucking asshole would take in a show at his dog's expense. Reading about that makes me sad to be a part of any scene which accepts such piss poor behavior. At least this Zone is on the same page regarding our beloved friends. As soon as the sun begins to set, Quinn is getting a much deserved visit to Dog Beach this evening. I stuck with him last night to help him get through the dreaded annual local fireworks. Maybe a few overly kind acts can somehow even things out in the canine universe.
hey T.C Belated happy Birthday to ya... I had no idea, and was lookin for reddy on the mikestand, having become a virtual fan of your artwork via the site a while back. The eggs are real special I think.
Thanks for the B-Day wishes!!!!
Especially to the PZ crew for the blast I had on the phone with ya' & man it's been a while since I've done it with you! Oh yeah & the note on the list is pretty cool too You Guy's & Gal's Rock!
So it been a while since I wrote one of these puppies so this might be a little rough, so be it.
Getting’ my Birthday Phil!
7-2-02 Blossom Music Center
37, wow am I getting to be an old fart! But this old fart can throw down with the best of them and with a few skeptical people I embarked on a 6-day journey of Jackedness that few folks I know can even begin to hold a candle to…….
Day 1 of my Journey:
My morning was filled with hassles, dealing with a washer/dryer delivery (Pain in my ass!), my DSL connection (I raged so hard on those people they sent a guy out in under 2 hrs.), People coming and going it was amazing. All I wanted was some time with the wife to do a little Poontango……...I mean hell it’s my B-Day and all. Finally mission accomplished and after some lazing around we finally headed out to the show.
MAN WHAT A KICK-ASS DAY! Great weather, good company, Allman’s, Phil what the hell more could you want?? A beautiful Venue, I mean it’s no Greeks or Red Rocks, hell it ain’t even Alpine, but, Blossom is a beautiful place none the less and the amphitheater is a cool a unique bit of Architecture.
We walked in late for the Trucks Band set but came in time for a bunch of Susan sitting in. Which was Very nice. Man do I love to hear that lady sing. During the last of this set I found a spot right up front in the lawn, center & set up camp.
I had skipped the Allman’s when they came to town earlier in the week because of the Flip/Flop shows and I am glad that I did. This show was reportedly better than that show but, not quite as good as the night before in Pine Knob. Oh well can’t see them all..
I had fun during the Allman’s set, finding bunches and bunches of my friends (What a great Hookah fan gathering at this show). Finding Jill was a big pleasure! After spending so many shows with her in the past it was a pleasure to spend my B-Day show with her & her new Beau. Hangin’ with Chopper was also a really good time, Thanks for Phillin’ in Tapekitten on the ways of the Biz! Highlights of the ABB set for me included Dreams > the end of the set! What a warm up for BIG DADDY PHIL!
Phil & Friends
WooHoooooo time to get my full-tilt boogie on! The opening jam was kinda picky & noodley with heavy tone from Friend so it wasn’t a surprise when the busted the show open with the FOTD. Some people in my past and some family members have made this claim about me being a FOTD in the past, so it was kinda funny that it opened this show. After some killer segue stuff came the very intense Cold, Rain. WOW, what an Awesome version, Big and Bad, with Warren & Phil throwin’ down! Man this shows gonna be a goodie!
So after a little stop PLF starts up with a sweet 1000 stars jam, OH OH what’s this I hear??? All of the sudden I’m hearing “Traffic Jam” by Jeff Beck! One of my early Git-Box heros, Warren & Jimmy are trading the signature licks from it and I’m FREAKING out! Man I HOPE they take this thing way further at some show in the future. So as I thought, then band unveiled the Stars in full force. When this tune rolls around it hits with urgency, and a purpose. Man can Warren belt this baby out & what harmony from the band. It is amazing how far this song has come since 4/14/01. After a swingin’ little tranny Rob gets to shine with the always Kick Ass, Brown Eyed Woman. What a groovy dancin’ tune this thing is and man oh man when they hit the jam Oooooh Doggie, it’s time to Sweat!
The Cumberland Cookie was Hot as HELL as is par for the course for this band! It was nice and stretched out with a bit-o-jamming in the middle inc. some Happy Trails & Rainy Day Woman. As they rolled back around in to the Thunderland Blues it become apparent…….JOHN MOLO IS A MONSTER!!!!! Nuff’ said. Whew, need a break.
After a short break came the semi-new “No more Do I”, Beautiful Harmonies & the spinning, weaving in this piece make it one of my more favorites of the new tunes.
OK, Phil & Friends…THANK YOU VERY MUCH, for what came next…
Ever since the 4/18/00 Beacon show, the Low Spark has my Ultimate favorite Warren tune in any variation, Phil, Solo, Mule whatever. When I heard Low Spark rolling around I became fully electric! Goosebumps, Chills the works! This song is like the ultimate Yin-Yang tune from PLF, It Soooo Damn Hot & then Sooo Freakin’ Bluesy, talk about your Rollercoaster for the mind!!! The I get Sweeet transition into Goin’ Down The Road, Holy F’in Crap, how’s that for shades of things to come??(Left for the Vibes directly after the show, well made a stop in Kent along the way, Thanks my friends for a great time) After some Bone Shakin’ the boy’s wound it down to set up a fine Angel Band. This thing is simply haunting now, and with seeing Stevie, Brent & Jer’s last show it always makes me smile to think of the possibilities….
After the ever popular Donor Rap, the shows finally wraped up with Patchwork Quilt/Sunflower thingy. It was nice and sweet but it was also a good time to start wrapping things up so we could head out to the afterparty!!!!
What a fabulous Day!!!!!! Conversion to disc is now complete(I screwed up the first 6:00 min. of the opening jam….Oh Well!
This show was one of my favorites of the whole tour. The Cumberland was sick, also Low Spark is one of my favorite covers they do. The energy on lot was great, no hassles from security or the cops, except for some problems w/ fireworks. A security guard actually miracled me and some of my kids. We sold 8 cases of dollar Natty's, and everyone, (almost), got in. Good times.