• Umphrey's McGee: Barrymore Theatre, 3-3-11

    Posted 03/05/2011 by cal

    I’ve been going to shows at the Barrymore since 1994, and I love the place; pretty good selection of beers at good prices, generally great sound, friendly staff, and until last night, never had to wait in line for will call while the first couple jams raged inside.  The show wasn’t even sold out but that line was ridiculous.  I hate to make you waste the paper and postage, but I’m never risking will call again if this is how you’re going to handle it, hippies.

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  • Buckethead: Barrymore Theatre, 9-17-09

    Posted 09/29/2009 by cal

    Some will insist that it’s cheating, but Buckethead has been toting around a cache of pre-recorded tracks on tour in lieu of actual musicians for longer than almost anybody, and now the market is glutted with one-man bands. Most of these, including the two artists who opened for Buckethead at the Barrymore, utilize a sample-and-loop system to create their own backing tracks onstage, which is ostensibly more authentically “live” than canned backing tracks, but let’s face it, we go to a Bucket show for two reasons: to watch him perform, and to hear him wail. Anything else is just the means for him to keep the beat.

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