Thanks to John Burkhart for the following review: The evening's entertainment started at 7:00 PM sharp. Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men played much the same set that they had the previous evening in Syracuse. Solid Rock-Country-Blues that was well received by the still milling about audience. Joni Mitchell started at about 8:15 and opened with her solo version of Big Yellow Taxi. She then moved right into her second number and abruptly stopped playing mid-chord about 30 seconds into the song. She admonished the crowd that it was difficult enough to concentrate without people moving around the hall. She stated that she would wait one minute and people needed to move in or out. She stood there for 30 seconds or more and slowly started to play again. Her band came out and she completed her set (identical to her set in Syracuse) and explained to the crowd that she was suffering from the flu and that she was grateful to have made it through the evening. She performed CSN&Y's "Woodstock" as her encore. Bob came onstage and launched into a steady version of "Gotta Serve Somebody". The band was steady, the sound was magnificent, and Bob seemed somewhat reserved as he started his show. The stage was separated from the crowd with a barrier and a pit. As the show progressed the audience started to get more into the event and Bob started to feed off of the excitement, becoming more animated and comfortable as he completed the first electric portion of the show. The accoustic set started with a rousing version of "Stone Walls and Steel Bars". Bob rocked through "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", and moved right into "Tangled Up In Blue" with some of the best harp I've heard him play in years. The crowd rushed the stage after "Tangled" and Bob really started to get into his performance, seemingly drawing energy from the crowd in front of the stage. He concluded his acoustic set with more amazing harp on "My Back Pages", He finished the main part of his show with blazing versions of "Across The Borderline" and "Highway 61". When he left the stage it was obvious that he had been enjoying himself as he bowed and waved to the crowd. Bob came out for his encore and delivered animated versions of "Love Sick", "Rainy Day Women", an acoustic "Blowin In The Wind" (with great harmony vocals from Larry Campbell and Bucky Baxter), a rockin "Till I Fell In Love With You", and closed the night with a heartfelt "Forever Young". As Bob started to leave the stage towards the rear, he turned around and came back up to the front and high-fived three or four outstretched hands. He waved to the crowd again, bowed, and disappeared behind the stage. As I was leaving, I asked my friend Rob Bowman what he thought of the show. All Rob could say was "Wow!". Rob later stated that he had just seen the best show since the fall of 95', coming from Rob, that speaks volumes.
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