On Saturday night, Trey Anastasio Band rolled into Boston’s Orpheum Theatre for an energetic evening. From the start of “Money, Love and Change” through the second set ending “First Tube”, Trey and his refreshed band kept the whole crowd engaged, bringing back percussionist Cyro Baptista and multi instrumentalist and vocalist James Casey from Lettuce. Playing a mix of old favorite TAB songs and new songs from Traveler, the two sets flowed without any let downs.
Show highlights included “Sand,” “Push on til the Day,” “Architect,” “Pigtail,” “Clint Eastwood” and the always energetic show ending “First Tube” kept the Boston crowd dancing all night.
I was most intrigued to see how Anastasio was going to pull off the complex new songs from Traveler in the live setting. With every member of the band fully participating in each and every song, the sound that they produced sounded fully practiced yet loose and very fun. This is Big Red’s strongest set of songs with a solo project since the first self titled album by TAB and I hope everyone is looking forward to the future with all these songs now in the mix. Plus, more bands should always tour with an incredibly tight horn section.