Mike: Herb used the mute for most of the show this weekend, too---and I was, like you, hoping he'd ditch it. But it in no way diminished my appreciation of the show. I'd listen to him play the kazoo if he wanted.I could have written the exact same review of the show we saw in Seattle last year. We had to fly 900 miles (each way!) but it was totally worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
My wife has always thought Herb was "ok" but never been a real fan, but she totally enjoyed the show too. I don't know how anyone could NOT enjoy it.
They really, really need to do an expanded version and release it on video.
From your show photo, it looks like Herb is using the mute..... he used it for our entire show except part of one song at the end. I was really hoping he'd play without it more, but that was my only "gripe."
That's a good way of describing it. I once noted that on the occasions where she did go back to record with Sergio (on "Dreamer" and "No Place to Hide"), she slipped right back into that classic style.I preferred Lani's cool, smooth style from Brasil '66 to the more dramatic, emotional approach we've been hearing from her the past few decades.
Yes! Herb said Saturday night that it's been 13 years touring together and they average about 50 shows a year.
Mike:I'm curious how their show operates. As some of you know, I"m on our local fair board, so we book concerts every year.
Some artists travel with all their instruments and sound/light systems. Others do "fly dates," which means the artist and band will fly in to the nearest airport and then it's up to the venue to transport them to the gig. In situations like that, the show purchaser must also supply the "backline," which is the instruments, sound gear, microphones, video screens, basically anything needed to play the show, plus all the lighting equipment, all to the strict specifications of the artist. The only thing the performer might supply is a personal guitar, or something like that. Still other artists do a hybrid of both arrangements -- they may travel with their own gear, but the venue has to supply the PA and the lights.
I was just wondering if Herb and Lani travel with a lot of their equipment, or maybe he just takes along his own trumpet and everything else they use is supplied by a local sound provider. That would make it easier to perform a schedule like Martin outlined above. But, Herb and the TJB were one of the first acts to travel with their own sound system back in the day, so who knows?