Sunday, July 16, 2006

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Mazel Tov to Mazzy!! For winning Fantasy Ratdog!!
The three-week CheeseDog tour ended Saturday night at Great Woods with a seven-hour, four-set event. It began with an acoustic SCI set, which included "KC Moan" & "Dark Hollow" with Bobby. Bobby and MK then sat in during SCI's second set, and Michael Kang and the rest of SCI joined in throughout RatDog's two sets. Aside from the pure musical moments, highlights of the tour included:

• The Persuasions sat in with RatDog for the first time since the two groups' fall 2000 tour together. The guys gave us "Liberty" and an a capella "Black Muddy" to close RatDog's Friday night set at Radio City.

• RatDog made both Finger Lakes and Great Woods into general admission shows shortly before the band took the stage shooting the energy level through the 'roofs.'

• RatDog played a 2 hour, 45 minute set at home base, the Electric Factory in Philly. SCI's closing set didn't end until after 1:00.

• CheeseDog shows at Red Rocks and Summerfest--and the Cheese-deficient Oklahoma City show--featured Bobby-Keller matchings for favorites "Monkey & the Engineer," "On the Road Again," "Dark Hollow," and more. Bobby, Keller, Kang, and Taj Mahal played a mini set at the OKC show.

• RatDog debuted "Stella Blue," brought back "Matilda Mother" for Syd Barrett, and took "Big Iron" and "Book of Rules" on the road for the first time. New RatDog/Graham piece "Frankie and Johnnie" wasn't played over the course of the tour, but did appear on a planned setlist or two.

• Mazzy won Fantasy RatDog. "Expert, not beginner"... Congrats!

Reviews: (over the coming days)

RatDog now rests up for a month before heading back to the northeast--solo--for a seven-show run.

• August 18, HOB Atlantic City - RatDog's returns to the site of last fall's RatDog-Hornsby AC visit.

• August 19, Gathering of the Vibes - Also on Saturday: Donna, Keller, Jorma & Jack, Billy & Mickey, and much more.

• August 21-22, Ridgefield - RatDog's second visit to the 500-seat theater. Tickets are only available through GDTSTOO, besides 5 seats for the 2nd night.

• August 24, Hampton Beach - Second visit this year and seventh overall to RatDog's New England home base.

• August 25-26, Baltimore - Long haul from Hampton down to Rams Head Live for a two-night stop at the venue.

Tour Dates:

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Ratdog July 15, 2006
Tweeter Center (aka Greatwoods)
Mansfield, MA

set 1 01. Jam >
02. Big Railroad Blues >
03. All Along the Watchtower >
04. Dark Star Jam >
05. Little Red Rooster
06. The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion >
07. Dark Star * >
08. She Says * >
09. Foolish Heart

set 2 10. When I Paint My Masterpiece @
01. Corrina @
02. Silvio> Tequila> Silvio> Tequila> Silvio+ >
03. West L.A. Fadeaway *+# >
04. Iko Iko % >
05. Stuff *^& >
06. Come Together * >
07. Dark Star * >
08. Sugar Magnolia*
09. E: Ripple *+ >
10. One More Saturday Night *+#&

-with Michael Kang (mandolin/violin) +-with Bill Nershi (guitar/vox)
#-with Kyle Hollingsworth
%-with all of SCI, and Keith and Robin trading turns on bass/percussion
^-with Michael Travis (drums)
&-with Jason Hann (percussion)