Just saw Nickel Creek last night at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. #You know I'm getting up there in years, but these amazing musicians took me back to an age and energy I haven't seen on a stage since Jerry Garcia was experimenting with amphetamines.
They started with a nice trio of tunes that spotlighted all three stars and were careful to mix in old tunes and new ones as the show progressed. #What amazed me was how Chris was able to prance, bounce, gyrate, stomp, spin, whirl, and simply lose himself while playing some of the best mandolin I've heard. #Great performance.
And the highlight of the night were the bizare segues into old standards while moving around in the breaks of their own standards. #The began a beautiful balad by Sara and then the next verse they were doing Randy Newman's Short People. #(which was a scream) #and later in the encore when Chris finally launched into The Fox he took it into a complete rendition of Up on Cripple Creek and then brought it back home to finish the song. #
If you have not seen these amazing young people and you get the chance, do it. #The shows on television where I've seen them just don't show the whole act.
Oh, and one complaint. I have not been to a live concert other than my own in years so it may be common now, but for some reason the lighting was predominanatly back lit with very powerful spots rotating and shining into the audience's eyes. At times it was painful and made it hard to see what they were doing. Even with that, I'd go see them again tomorrow.
What a long, strange trip its been.