Trey Anastasio continued his The Beacon Jams digital residency on Friday evening with the second of eight weekly stay performances from the empty Beacon Theatre in New York Metropolis. Very similar to on final week’s first night of the run, followers tuning in didn’t know who can be onstage for The Beacon Jams Evening 2. When the feed turned on and panned out from Cyro Baptista‘s distinctive percussion package, it revealed the identical core lineup as Evening 1, a horn-less Trey Anastasio Band lineup that includes Trey, Cyro, drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski.
After some tribal tones from Cyro known as the streaming viewers to consideration, the band dove into “Gotta Jibboo” at full bore, nimbly churning out what can be their longest jam of the evening on the very first track. Whereas seeing maybe the “jam of the evening” so early on could sometimes point out a not-terribly-exciting present, this efficiency defied that notion. Fairly than off-the-cuff improv, The Beacon Jams Evening 2 was highlighted by the musical fruits born of detailed preparation and composition. However we’ll get to that…
Subsequent up was “Undermind”, one in all many songs devoted to a selected fan or group of followers tuning in. Whether or not it was a buddy of Trey’s celebrating a milestone (like approaching 5 years of sobriety) or coping with tragedy (like shedding their properties to the fires out west) or a Twitch commenter whose story caught his eye, Anastasio took each alternative to attach with somebody on the market on this planet, bringing them—and, by extension, all of us—a bit of nearer to that vacant theater on the Higher West Aspect. As marketed, Trey appears to really view these exhibits as a homing beacon for a group unfold to the 4 corners of the Earth in unsure instances. It’s an attractive factor to witness.
[Screengrab via The Beacon Jams Night 2]
After some dialogue among the many band, Trey joked. “I’m a infamous mind-changer, so I’ve to inform the band members what we’re gonna play.” That alternative wound up being the “world premiere” of the Eckhart Tolle-inspired “Evolve“, one of many many Lonely Trip songs Anastasio launched from his house just some blocks from the Beacon throughout quarantine earlier this yr. Trey took a second to thank and dedicate the efficiency to the track’s co-writers, Tom Marshall and Scott Herman, earlier than diving in with some reverb-laced guitar tones and string-like synths (a wink at surprises to return).
When the track completed, Ray remarked how the track had began off sounding a method, after which different issues began taking place and altering—slyly goading Trey to notice that it had “developed.” Following some extra expressions of gratitude to donors and one of many few in-person viewers, embellished impresario Ron Delsener, the band dove into an ominous “Steam”, providing a refreshingly distinctive take from the model on Phish‘s Sigma Oasis that we’ve had on repeat because the album got here out again in April.
Subsequent, the remainder of the band stepped again, and composer/Evening 1 visitor/frequent Trey collaborator Jeff Tanski stepped in on piano for one of the crucial memorable moments of the night, a stunning piano/guitar duet on Phish basic, “Divided Sky”. Trey appeared simply as entranced because the rapid-fire remark part as he watched Tanski play by his stunning piano association, noticeably hanging again on his Languedoc in order to not overpower this stripped-down reimagining of one in all his oldest songs.
“Jeff Tanksi,” Trey mustered by spurts of approving laughter because the track completed. “That was some nice piano taking part in.” We couldn’t agree extra. Very similar to the rearranged “Stash” on which Tanski joined in last week, this up to date tackle an previous favourite made it really feel contemporary and new once more many many years down the road. We sincerely hope the jazz lounge Tanski songs preserve coming all through the run. At this level, we already don’t know what we’d do with out them. Plus, it’s all of the extra becoming that The Beacon Jams “Divided Sky” received some further preparation and a focus, with the Divided Sky Fund serving as each the beneficiary of the residency and its non secular guiding mild.
Talking of—sure, we’re calling this “The Beacon Jam Divided Sky” as a result of, by the way in which, Evening 2 featured a wholly completely different setlist from Evening 1, and after seeing the numerous artistic methods wherein Trey has highlighted his repertoire over these final two Friday nights, we’re guessing the “No Repeats” recreation is afoot once again in the Big Apple.
[Screengrab via The Beacon Jams – Trey Anastasio and Jeff Tanski play “Divided Sky”]
Trey pushed by some tuning woes throughout a “Sigma Oasis” devoted to younger Liam and Charlie, who checked in together with their dad and mom from the chat earlier than segueing right into a bouncing “Again On The Prepare” that includes some refined rhythmic notes of “No Males In No Man’s Land”. After responding to some extra feedback, Trey acknowledged the request of 1 viewer who had examine an escaped ocelot in Texas with a rocking “Ocelot” in its honor.
From a visible perspective, the unbelievable 201 Productions staff behind the cameras supplied some new views on Evening 2, together with a shot from the Beacon balcony that appeared for the primary time throughout “Ocelot”. Evening 2 noticed the crew make the most of quite a lot of new angles, and you’ll solely anticipate the visuals to get higher and extra participating as they proceed to settle in and discover the area over the subsequent six weeks.
Subsequent, Trey grabbed his acoustic for what seemed to be the solo portion of the night. As he labored by a beautiful “Unusual Design”, nonetheless, that prediction was confirmed incorrect because the lights got here up on a string quartet (Katie Kresek and Maxim Moston on violin, Rachel Golub on viola, and Anja Wooden on cello) onstage alongside the guitarist. A sluggish, rootsy “Water In The Sky” with string accompaniment got here subsequent earlier than Trey proudly christened them the “Rescue Squad Strings”.
From there, Trey put down his guitar and picked up the microphone, a uncommon sight for the guitarist that evoked his performance of David Bowie‘s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” on Halloween evening 2016. After acknowledging some commenters from Mexico by waxing nostalgic about his final present—with Phish in Mexico earlier this yr—Trey led the Rescue Squad Strings by the stay debut of Lonely Journey tune, “The Greater Good“. The remainder of the TAB staff joined Trey and the Rescue Squad from there for a flowing “Greyhound Rising”, Trey as soon as once more hanging again on guitar in order to not overpower the soothing association.
Taking one other second to specific his gratitude, Trey thanked the numerous beneficiant followers within the viewers who had pushed The Beacon Jams fundraising total previous $100,000 throughout “Greyhound Rising” (as I write this now the next morning, the entire sits above $140,000, almost three-quarters of the way in which towards to preliminary objective after simply two weeks). He used the chance to offer some perspective on these attempting instances, relating his views on what occasions are “good” and “unhealthy” by his personal expertise with habit and restoration. Generally, “unhealthy instances” can change into “good instances” with a bit of time and reflection. “Possibly 2020’s not the worst yr,” he surmised.
With that, TAB and the Rescue Squad Strings launched into their final 9-piece variety of the evening, a improbable rendition of “Wolfman’s Brother” not like any we’ve heard earlier than. This one is value revisiting many instances over. When’s the final time a string quartet legitimately had you dancing?
With TAB again in rock formation, Cyro used one in all his many uncommon devices to steer the band into “No Males In No Man’s Land”, a very acceptable track for a band taking part in an empty theater. After hanging again with the strings, Trey let loose his pleasure in spades on this glorious “No Man’s Land”. Trey known as out one commenter with the “most necessary” perception of the evening—”Tony is an absolute beast”—earlier than issuing one other surprising spotlight: a “Miss You” that rose to a hovering peak regardless of some extra tuning points.
Trey answered a commenter by declaring his cat, Joey Anastasio, his best inspiration earlier than shifting into excessive gear for a searing “I Never Needed You Like This Before“. Of observe, you will have seen “Joey Anastasio” manning moderator duties within the Twitch chat risk. Good kitty!
Subsequent, the band launched right into a cerebral “Plasma” that bubbled and brooded its manner by ten minutes of improv earlier than dissipating into an particularly beautiful “Waste”. Lastly, a spirited “Ghost” roused the spirits of the historic room to drive The Beacon Jams Evening 2 house.
The Beacon Jams Evening 2 (10/15/20) is now out there to stream through LivePhish. If the primary week was any indication, you may anticipate some video choices from the present to pop up on Trey’s YouTube within the subsequent few days. What different surprises are in retailer at The Beacon Jams? It’s anyone’s guess. Tune in subsequent Friday—similar Trey time, similar Trey channel.
Setlist: Trey Anastasio | The Beacon Jams Evening 2 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/16/20
SET 1: Gotta Jibboo, Undermind, Evolve , Steam, Divided Sky , Sigma Oasis > Again on the Prepare, Ocelot, Unusual Design , Water within the Sky, The Larger Good , Greyhound Rising , Wolfman’s Brother , No Males In No Man’s Land, Miss You, I By no means Wanted You Like This Earlier than , Plasma > Waste, Ghost 
 Solely Trey with Jeff Tanski on piano.
 Solely Trey acoustic with The Rescue Squad Strings.
 Debut; solely Trey on vocals (no guitar) with The Rescue Squad Strings.
 With The Rescue Squad Strings.
 Trey acoustic with The Rescue Squad Strings.
 TAB debut.
 With Trey quoting a line from Poltergeist within the intro.
This efficiency was a part of The Beacon Jams collection and featured the debuts of Evolve and The Larger Good and the TAB debut of I By no means Wanted You Like This Earlier than. Divided Sky was solely Trey accompanied by Jeff Tanski on piano, Trey teased No Males In No Man’s Land in Again On The Prepare. Trey teased Again in Black earlier than Unusual Design. Unusual Design by Wolfman’s Brother featured The Rescue Squad Strings (Katie Kresek and Maxim Moston on violin, Rachel Golub on viola, and Anja Wooden on cello), with Unusual Design and Water within the Sky that includes simply Trey on acoustic guitar, The Larger Good with Trey solely on vocals (no guitar), Greyhound Rising and Wolfman’s Brother with the complete band, and Wolfman’s Brother with Trey on acoustic guitar. Trey quoted Rescue Squad when introducing The Rescue Squad Strings after Wolfman’s Brother. Trey teased Let It Develop in No Males In No Man’s Land. Trey quoted a line from Poltergeist earlier than and through Ghost’s intro.