A Sunny Sunday in the Garden with some good music and great company turned to be a fine way to spend this Fathers Day. There were plenty of Fathers like me that had their children with them to enjoy some music from the past and present. The show started with opener Jake Shimabukuro playing his ukulele. Jake played some covers of the Beatles, Queen, George Harrison among others and later joined Dispatch on stage for a couple of songs.
The crowd appeared to be mixed with fans of both Guster and Dispatch. Guster was on stage first and opened with “Hang On” which was well received by most in attendance. Very interactive with the crowd throughout their set, Adam Gardner went into the crowd with “Doing It By Myself” which brought a lot of the crowd to their feet, then returning back to the stage requesting some spinach and artichoke dip which was provided to him by some fans along with a cold beer to wash it down. Adam proceeded into a quick improvisational song inspired by the treats from the fans, with laughs from all. Guster continued throughout their set receiving welcoming, rousing cheers as they played “Satellite” and other fan favorites, as they closed their set they received the traditional ping pong balls being thrown onto the stage. Guster originated out of Boston, MA in 1991 and include band mates Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Bryan Rosenworcel and Luke Reynolds, they are currently touring with Dispatch through July, go check them out.
Dispatch originated in 1996, based out of Boston, MA they played together for seven years before going on hiatus for a few years. The band did play together a few times during the hiatus on some fund raising events finally reuniting in 2011. Dispatch opened their set with “Bound By Love” which brought people to their feet, most remaining on their feet swaying to the tunes throughout their set. It had been a while since hearing their music, it was reassuring, calming, enjoyable, and it was evident that band mates are enjoying playing together. The set was mixed with some of their older music and newer music “Bang Bang,” “Hey Hey,” “Elias,” “Curse + Crush,” “Painted Yellow Lines,” closing with “Out Loud” with some Pink Floyd mashed in. The band is currently touring and promoting their new album America, Location 12 which is worth a listen, and if you have the opportunity for the live version go check them out.
Live music has a way to take people away from the every day worries of the world, therapeutic some would say. A problem at Red Butte Gardens in recent years, as well as other venues for that matter, has been the crowds. They tend to carry on their coffee shop conversations with no regard to their neighbors at these shows. Only in recent years have I heard artists stop shows to chastise concertgoers. You wouldn’t carry on a conversation through a movie disrupting those around you, so why at a concert? It is rude to both the artists and those around you. People, please take into consideration of the others around you, general common courtesy please.
Dispatch Set List:
Bound By Love
Painted Yellow Lines
Only The Wild Ones
Curse + Crush
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