Tea Leaf Green @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 4/18/08

As part of last weekend’s Green Apple Music Festival, Tea Leaf Green played two sold-out shows at the relatively new Highline Ballroom in the Meatpacking District.

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Sitting in with the band was Steve Adams, from ALO, filling in admirably for new bassist Reed Mathis while he hits the road with his prior band, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Although nothing in his performance stood out for me, when someone is a guest of a band with the catalog that TLG has, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

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I never got the sense that this guy was a fill-in.

Trevor Garrod’s voice, with his drawl and smooth tones combining into something unique, is always a highlight of a TLG show.

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Friday night’s show was a mix of favorites, a choice cover, and a number of songs I had never heard before. The standout for me was a sweet “Ophelia” that closed out the first set. For this the band was joined by Hot Buttered Rum’s Aaron Redner on Fiddle.

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The Highline holds about 700 people, and these shows serve as an example of how far this band has come in a fairly short amount of time.

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It was not that long ago that I first saw Tea Leaf Green on the sidestage at Berkfest in 2004. I remember remarking to my wife that these guys were going somewhere.

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Well, here it is, four years later, and they’re headlining their own two-night run in New York Freaking City. Nicely done, boys.

Click here for the entire set of photos from the show.

Set 1: Don’t Curse the Night > Bootlegger, One Reason > The Devil’s Pay > Rattlin’, Panspermic De-evolution, Make A Connection, Las Vegas, Ophelia (1,2)
Set 2: Georgie P > Country Seduction, Criminal Intent (2), Faced with Love > Ride Together, I’ve Been Seeking, Kali-Yuga > Freedom, The Garden (Part III)
Encore: Deep River, Tequila
Notes: w/ guest bassist Steve Adams (ALO).
(1) The Band cover
(2) w/ Aaron Redner (Hot Buttered Rum) on fiddle

Setlist courtesy of Tea Leaf Green.

  • http://www.nyctaper.com nyctaper

    Hey Paul. I recorded this show but I haven’t posted it because of a technical problem that made me miss one song. I’m waiting for some patch material from another taper.

  • http://www.nyctaper.com nyctaper

    Hey Paul. I recorded this show but I haven’t posted it because of a technical problem that made me miss one song. I’m waiting for some patch material from another taper.

  • andrew

    Paul — nice pics..How is the Highline? I have yet to attend a show there.

  • andrew

    Paul — nice pics..How is the Highline? I have yet to attend a show there.

  • http://freshbread.blogs.com ryan freshbread

    that is a great pic.

  • http://freshbread.blogs.com ryan freshbread

    that is a great pic.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    Thanks for the comments, guys.

    NYC, looking forward to your tape. Let I’ll add a link your page when it’s up.

    Andrew, I liked the Highline. It was not too big, had a great balcony and some good beer. The sound was good taboot.

    Ryan, which photo were you referring to?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    Thanks for the comments, guys.

    NYC, looking forward to your tape. Let I’ll add a link your page when it’s up.

    Andrew, I liked the Highline. It was not too big, had a great balcony and some good beer. The sound was good taboot.

    Ryan, which photo were you referring to?

  • http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org Allison Stockel

    Jammy award winner, Tea Leaf Green is dubbed “one of the most prolific rock bands today.” Focusing on the piano and guitar, the current line-up of Josh Clark on guitar and vocals, Scott Rager on drums, Trevor Garrod on keyboards and Reed Mathis on bass, the San Francisco based jam band guarantees an evening of “mind bending, soul searching renditions” throughout their performance.

    Sun., July 13th at 8:00

    Ticket Price:
    Orchestra: $35.00
    Mezzanine: $30.00

    The Ridgefield Playhouse
    80 East Ridge Rd
    Ridgefield, CT
    Box Office: 203-438-5795

  • http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org Allison Stockel

    Jammy award winner, Tea Leaf Green is dubbed “one of the most prolific rock bands today.” Focusing on the piano and guitar, the current line-up of Josh Clark on guitar and vocals, Scott Rager on drums, Trevor Garrod on keyboards and Reed Mathis on bass, the San Francisco based jam band guarantees an evening of “mind bending, soul searching renditions” throughout their performance.

    Sun., July 13th at 8:00

    Ticket Price:
    Orchestra: $35.00
    Mezzanine: $30.00

    The Ridgefield Playhouse
    80 East Ridge Rd
    Ridgefield, CT
    Box Office: 203-438-5795