Riverbend Music Center
August 1, 2006
Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule entertained a wilting, sold out crowd at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 1 while opening for the Dave Matthews Band. Combined heat and humidity levels topped out at around the 98-100 degree mark, and water became the preferred drink of choice. Haynes took the stifling weather in stride, delivering an inspiring set of Mule standards that kept the crowd engaged.
Opening with "Slackjaw Jezebel," Haynes ripped through the number, offering several scorching leads on slide guitar. Matt Abts’ off patterned drumming swirled in tandem with Haynes’ straightforward jazz riffing on "Sco-Mule." Gov’t Mule’s creative pacing paid dividends with the combination of "Beautifully Broken > When Doves Cry > Beautifully Broken" leading into a powerful set-ending "Soulshine" with Haynes’ stirring vocals connecting to the steamy Riverbend throng.
Matthews’ set relied heavily on songs from his Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95 disc, beginning with a 25 minute "Seek Up" that angled around violinist Boyd Tinsley’s muscular soloing. In between the Red Rocks material, DMB spiked their two and a half hours with selections from 2005’s Stand Up release. "American Baby," "Hunger for the Great Light," and "Louisiana Bayou" were fleshed out through the addition of Rashawn Ross on trumpet.
The set’s high point was a return to the Red Rocks album, and the extended "Dancing Nancies" into "Warehouse" had the crowd swaying and singing along in unison. Warren Haynes stepped on stage to beef up a "Jimi Thing" with thick toned note bending bravura that morphed into an improvised take on Buffalo Springfield’s "For What It’s Worth." Haynes left to a large ovation, and Dave Matthews Band punctuated a sweltering evening with a truncated "Everyday" encore.