Furthur are a good old-school musically proficient band, and they use that to their best advantage. They mostly perform their own hits, but they also know that the fans of the Dead among the audience will enjoy any call back to the classics and so they deliver just that.
The show starts with the funky psychedelic tune Alligator, and it truly displays their amazing capacity to play and interact with each other in a way that only bands of high caliber and great experience can achieve. The first set is vibrant and exciting and almost frantic, but then, knowing just how to play with the vibe of the people, there is a mellow spot when Bob Weir moves on to do his solo performance of Looks Like Rain. And once this pace has been set, Furthur go from funky to mellow and back again, truly weaving an intoxicating path for the audience to follow.
Some of the tracks by the Grateful Dead that they played are Built to Last, Big Railroad Blues and El Paso. All of which are reminiscent of the great days and despite the loss of Jerry, are still as exciting as back in the day. Furthur then continue onto a second set, which they start with a cover of Hard to Handle by Otis Redding, and then move on to another track by Dead, Just a Little Light, once again pulling the high-then-low card which works so well for their general vibe. After that, they go into full funk mode, playing my favorites, Eyes of the World and Shakedown Street and The Wheel, while Phil Lesh proved that he still has the magic touch.
Furthur's sets are long and full of classics which create a vibe that is exhilarating and intoxicating. Furthur are not a shadow of a band, they are a band in every sense of the word, and seeing them in concert is an experience you don't want to miss.