Mike Gordon returned to Chicago after a fantastic 2 night run with Phish earlier this summer at Wrigley Field. This time he arrived with his own band to perform at Park West. The show ended up selling out the evening of and it was a packed house. To witness Mike Gordon and company in such an intimate setting is a real treat. I ended up enjoying the show on a more personal level and the level of appreciation was much greater as a result.
Mike Gordon brings the quirkiness to his solo project and it never stales. Throughout the night he was goofing around with the rest of the band and the audience. He and Scott Murawski (lead guitarist) fed off of each other all night. Even throwing in a goof off guitar battle that was a blast to see go down. The first cover of the night came in the form of “Waking Up Dead”, which is a Phish song. “Another Door” gave the crowd a more psychedelic feel to close out the first set.
The 2nd set, though, was the highlight of the show. Kicking it off with “Babylon Baby” the crowd grooved and danced their asses off for the remainder of the night. The song that caught me off guard and surprised the hell out of me more than any other was the cover of Fiona Apple’s “Sleep To Dream”. I was not aware of what I was witnessing at first with Mike Gordon’s Bass Bombs at the beginning of the song. I was blown away to say the least. From then on we were treated to “The Maker”, the Max Creek cover of “Just a Rose”, and “Tiny Little World”.
Mike and Co. closed out the night with “How Many People Are You”. It was a fitting end to a night that fans of blues, rock, and jam bands would truly appreciate. Being that I wasn’t very familiar with Mike’s solo work, I’m glad I did my homework leading up to the show to familiarize myself and see that he has a lot to offer to fans. I would like to see his side project success grow in the years to come. His shows are most certainly worth seeing.
- Say Something > 2. Jumping > 3. Waking Up Dead > 4. Morphing Again > 5. How Do I Know > 6. Another Door
7. Babylon Baby > 8. Sleep to Dream > 9. Long Black Line > 10. The Maker > Just a Rose > 12. Normal Phoebe > 13. Tiny Little World
14. How Many People Are You