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Two obsessive concertgoers share unique summertime experiences in different locations

Bands breeze through Windy City

Noah Shwartz

Issue date: 8/28/09 Section: Focus
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Summer is usually a time for relaxing after a long, hard semester and reuniting with friends, at least that's how it typically was for me. Musically it wasn't far off from my normal routine as throughout this summer, some big name bands took the season as an opportunity to reunite. With big names such as Phish and the Grateful Dead headlining summer festivals like Bonnaroo and Rothbury. I was lucky enough to make it out to seven concerts and two festivals.

Finals were still in session when I made it to my first concert of the summer, The Dead, held on Cinco De Mayo. With Warren Haynes (ABB) subbing in for Jerry and Jeff Chimenti playing the keys, it was an amazing show. They played a great set that culled tracks from Europe '72 and In The Dark, with hits like "Truckin'," "Hell in a Bucket," and a near 70-year-old Phil Lesh singing, "Unbroken Chain."

From there it wasn't long before I made it to Illinois's own Summercamp Music Festival. This year it was headlined by my two favorite touring bands: Umphrey's McGee and moe. Both headlined for multiple nights, with the only competition coming from Willie Nelson and Family on Sunday. It was a great time to see the consistently impressive jam band legends Umphrey's McGee battle moe. who now seem to be on their way out with the effects of last winter's touring hiatus showing gravely. Umphrey's did a great job showcasing songs from their new release Mantis by giving us a pyrotechnic show during "1348." moe, on the other hand, blew me away with one of the loudest and highest energy shows I've ever seen, busting out old favorites like "Buster," "Plane Crash," and even their own rendition of "America, F**k Yeah," from the film Team America: World Police.

After Summercamp, I had a brief respite before Phish made their reunion tour appearance at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin, and after seeing it, I finally understand how Phish got so popular. They blew us away with an amazing performance of "You Enjoy Myself" on the first night, and on the second night, keyboardist Page McConnell grabbed a keytar, and Trey brought out Rick Neilsen's five-necked guitar for an all-out cover of The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein."
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