Setlist and setlist scan courtesy of Bobbi Wisby, who reported the following about the gig:
The Mateel Community Center is a small, intimate venue with no formal seating. There is a balcony, and pulling chairs up to the railing is the way to go if you need to sit. I choose to do that as a place holder and for a sure view. It's really a dancing venue and most stand, rock, sway, and groove while Bruce, Ben, & Steve play.
It was a full house at about 800+ bodies, largely 40-something grey hairs with other age groups sprinkled in. Many fans are old-timers with Bruce from the all acoustic days. We were a very vocal and appreciative group. He started right off with, You Dont Have to Play the Horses, and then with much smiling and twinkling of his eyes he did, When You Give It Away. Still not speaking much to us except for the thankyous and waiting for us to stop applauding so he could move on.
There next was a rousing jammin' intro to The Trouble With Normal which did produce some audience participation on the chorus, "The trouble with normal is.. IT ALWAYS GETS WORSE!" although I must say that I have been to shows in the 80's where the whole venue was participating and it felt like we were lifted off the ground. We were into a full groove at that point and Pacing the Cage and Look How Far kept it all moving.
Let The Bad Air Out and the blazing solos on Down in the Delta got much response ...Ben, Steve,& Bruce were just having too much fun!
He closed the first set with If I Had a Rocket Launcher... which strikes a sensitive chord in most people here. Not only because we have many folks who have traveled to these areas as well, but our community here has an onslaught of helicopter activity every year.
Bruce took a short, maybe 20 minute break and came back with Live On My Mind, which really moved me, I don't recall having seen him perform that before and I'm still singing it now a week later! Then, End of All Rivers, a totally new song for me. Next was Mango and Isn't That What Friends Are For? Both very well received. Night Train was a great big jam.. I don't think I've ever seen it preformed quite like that... they were really having fun and so was I!
I have always had an intense relationship with Call It Democracy and I was one of those yelling out requests and, as I knew he had played this on the tour months ago, I was hoping he would again, and he fulfilled my hopes. This song brought great cheers in between every verse... the crowd was ecstatic... and in total agreement with Bruce. Many of the locals in the crowd had been to the rally in Seattle and a few in Washington DC too.
The next song, Feast of Fools, I had never heard him perform either. The crowd didn't recognize it and I could tell that threw him a bit... but they came around and it was great seeing/hearing it... and remembering when.
Bruce closed out the set with Last Night Of the World and he was smiling the whole time...
Encore # 1 brought Dust & Diesel, a moving moody song I have always loved, about a people and a place that is close to my heart.
Encore # 2--a great crowd pleaser here -- Stolen Land... I have seen this song performed so many different ways... and this was no exception... I could hardly tell what was coming from the intro.
Encore # 3 --The much anticipated Dialogue With the Devil...and the wondrous things Bruce does with his voice.
I know I haven't mentioned too much about his guitar playing...but I felt I don't need too...it was superb throughout... and Ben & Steve were great!!! And so young! All the guys with him, of course, seemed to be having a great time.
And then the show was over. My hands were sore from clapping, my throat was burning from whooping and yelling thank yous...Bruce, Ben & Steve all had huge smiles and I could tell they had enjoyed being here playing for us. And it was all to obvious that if we could, we would keep them here playing more.