The Phish-man opened his Paper Wheels tour at the Capitol Theater with two sold out shows.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY GREG KELLY
I had never seen Trey‘s new band play live before and soon found out how serious of a band this is. Trey is no stranger to the Capitol Theater, with Phish shows dating back to 1990. The theater went through a major renovation and was bought by Peter Shapiro, who owns the Brooklyn Bowls in Brooklyn Las Vegas and London. The Capitol is an amazing place to see live music. The band came out to a super hyped crowd and opened with “Sand” from the Phish album Farm House. From the get-go it was clear the band was feeling very comfortable and tuned in to one another. The professionalism of the band showed thoughout the show: an incredible horn section with backing vocals, amazing drums and percussion, a guy on bass that sat down the whole show and made it look easy, and a keyboard player who never brook away from his focus on multiple keyed instruments.
Last but not least, let’s not forget about Trey! An incredibly gifted musician who just simply shreds on the guitar. The band jumped genres and did Toots and the Maytals’ “Sweet and Dandy” as well as the Wailers’ “Soul Rebel”. A big surprise for me was the Portugal The Man song, “Feel it Still,”which was just released a month or so ago by the band. Trey also covered “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz. Just a few highlights from a great live band. A very diverse, fun and enjoyable evening had by all.