Trey Anastasio Band are Joyous at The Wiltern
Before the Trey Anastasio Band took the stage, you could feel an excitement bubble ready to burst amongst the crowd. When the band took their places and played the opening notes to “Sand,” that bubble burst and people were filled with joy and happiness as they danced and swayed throughout the night. The band played material ranging from Trey’s solo work, some Phish songs, and some great covers like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and CSN’s “49 Bye Byes.”
It was great to see Trey Anastasio coax and corral note upon note from his Languedoc guitar. On this night, he used his Ocelot Languedoc and that beautiful guitar is a sight to behold. This has been a great year for Trey; aside from celebrating the release of his band’s new album, Paper Wheels, he spent the summer playing 5 farewell shows with the Grateful Dead, and then a summer tour with his other band, Phish. In preparation for joining the Dead, Trey spent several hours a day studying the essence on Jerry Garcia, and that amount of dedication elevated this already Jedi-like player to a new level. His playing is effortless, fluid, and makes me so envious of his nimbleness and dexterity all along the fretboard.
The horn section of James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick, and Natalie Cressman were all standouts in a band of fabulous musicians. It was great to see and hear the interplay between them and Trey all night. Russ Lawton and Tony Markellis were solid on drums and bass, while Ray Paczkowski was great on keys. The band has a few remaining dates on this tour and need to be seen live.