DENVER, CO – The Trey Anastasio Band kicked off the first of two sold out shows at Ogden Theatre Tuesday night with an energetic two set show. The first set featured Trey solo on acoustic guitar, highlighted by Timber (Jerry), the oft-requested Tube, The Wedge, and other classic Phish selections.
Trey entertained a few requests and used the Tube request to tell a story about getting song ideas from secretly reading fellow Phish band member John Fishman’s journals when they were roommates. Band members slowly trickled out toward the end of the set, starting with a lounge-inspired version of Lawn Boy, with Tony Markellis on bass and Russell Remington on saxophone.
With the full band on stage, a raucous version of Gotta Jiboo closed out the first set, leaving the crowd with a taste of things to come for the second set.
The band switched gears from a decidedly Phish-inspired first set to focus on more TAB originals and covers in the electric second set. An extended Night Speaks to a Woman got things started, and the energy level never let down through funky versions of Ocelot and Burlap Sack and Pumps.
The brooding Clint Eastwood, with Jennifer Hartswick on vocals was a personal highlight of the night. The rarely-played Last Tube and The Devil Went Down to Georgia were highlights late in the second set closed out by First Tube. The band returned to the stage for a three-song encore, with Sultans of Swing sending the happy crowd home with anticipation for another night of Trey Anastasio Band.
TAB plays another sold out show at Ogden Theater tonight, then continues to Los Angeles and Oakland to finish their Winter tour.