Concert Reviews

Trey Anastasio Band at Ogden Theatre, 1/29/14

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The show kicked off in high-tempo, Latin beat flavor with quick instrumental "Mozambique," and the crowd was raring to go. The confident groove of "Spin" came next, as Hartswick sang her heart out, and each repeated measure made the sound grow a bit more. Trey Anastasio played a slow, bluesy number next, and his guitar tone was crunchy and dirty as he tore into the short piece with soulful gusto that had seemed a little held back the night before.

That energy from Anastasio was brought again to "Ice & Snow," with the slower tempo song speeding up until it reached a gorgeous peak full of high-speed fretwork. New song "Leverboy" came next, and the clean honky tonk piano combined with a country-tinged bop to the rhythm creating a simple upbeat tune that garnered extra attention from Natalie Cressman's French poetry reading during it. Just as with the night before, various crowd members hooted and hollered and fell a little bit more in love with her.

The funky, stompy beat of "Land of Nod" got people dancing, which carried over into "Bounce," another new song that had a poppy, almost '60s variety hour feel to it. The crowd responded well to the new song, singing along and punching fists in the sky at every repetition of the word "bounce!" The first set ended with a rousing rendition of "Night Speaks to a Woman," with Anastasio and the horn section trading off screaming notes with each other until they reached their peak.

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Leslie Simon