Red, White and Boom was occurring in Columbus on July 2nd when Grateful Dead veterans Phil Lesh and Bob Weir brought their collective, Furthur, to the LC Pavilion stage. Consisting of Weir on guitar, Lesh on bass, Jeff Chimenti on keyboards, John Kadlecik on lead guitar and vocals, and Joe Russo on drums, Furthur began their first set with the JJ Cale classic, “After Midnight.” Soon, the group was letting it rip with an upbeat version of the Dead’s “Hell in a Bucket.” The lawn was tightly packed, and free form dancing was the norm as Kadlecik serenaded the masses with a slowly rocking “Loser.” “Brown Eyed Women” brought out the flowing emotional vocals and guitar picking of Weir as he nodded towards Chimenti’s lyrical phrasing on keys. “Liberty” was an appropriate number for the holiday, and Lesh’s heavy bottom end rocked the LC’s interior as Furthur worked their way towards “Comes a Time.” “Midnight Hour” ended the set in boisterous fashion, and the Deadheads took a breather to discuss second set possibilities while consuming adult beverages. Russo’s quick tempo announced the beginning of the second set’s opener, “Scarlet Begonias.” A nod to Weir’s ensemble, Ratdog, followed with the expressive, spacey masterpiece, “Two Djinn.” A lengthy “Wharf Rat” led into the surprising gallop down “Shakedown Street.” Red, White and Boom’s downtown fireworks display took hold during the peak jams on “Let It Grow.” Kadlecik projected the delicate touches of “Standing On the Moon,” and Furthur wrapped up the set with Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” As Furthur encored with “Touch of Grey,” it was apparent that band and audience had connected as one, bringing back the warm vibes of a night filled with good ole Grateful Dead music in a unique and vital context.
Set One: After Midnight, Hell in a Bucket, Loser, Brown Eyed Women, Liberty, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Comes a Time, Midnight Hour
Set Two: Scarlet Begonias, Two Djinn, Wharf Rat, Shakedown Street, King Solomon’s Marbles, Let It Grow, Standing on the Moon, Not Fade Away Encore: Touch of Grey
Photos are from Furthur’s show on 7/4/2010 Nateva Music Festival