I was a little disappointed at the set at the 'Vibes. I thougth his setlist was beter suited for a nice, sunny summer afternoon, not for a crowd that was soaked to the skin, up to their ankles in mud, and just come from a rockin' New Riders set. I don't think they really connected until I See The Light. And I'd rather they ditched some of the standard set and played more with Bobby, as the combination of Jorma and Bob Weir really creates some energy. Considering that Jorma was playing in considerable pain from an infection in his back, he did an admirable job. Despite screwing up the verses on 'Light and "That'll Never Happen No More". I thought they should've played electric at the 'Vibes. But, since they were in the middle of an acoustic tour I guess that wasn't to be.
I caught the show at th Stone Pony with Bromberg and that was definitely the best show I've seen in the past two years. Espeicially since I watched the soundcheck and as David taught Tuna the song Drivin Wheel I managed to learn it as well!
I always enjoy watching Jorma perform with another guitarist, as it frees him up from being "Jorma" and lets him be himself. I can't wait until November. I'm at the last class at the Ranch this year and the Saturday night concert is billed as the "G.E. Smith Band, which usually means G.E., Jack, Eric Diaz to start with, adding in the other teachers that weekend which will be Jorma, Buddy Cage, and Michael Falzarano.