Less than one year and about 50 shows into this thing, Dead & Company illustrated on July 29 at the newly renamed Toyota Amphitheatre near Sacramento, that it has found a powerful groove that satisfies those who have been immersed in the Grateful Dead culture for 50 years or 50 weeks.
America roots-soul music is alive and well if Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are any indication of this generation's sensibilities. The Stax recording artist stormed the stage for a 90 minute musical celebration. Starting at midnight after downtown's Lollapalooza ended for the evening, fans where not necessarily festival goers, but ardent fans. Opening up with the single 'I Need Never Get Old' set the mood for the evening.
From the moment The Struts hit the stage they were non-stop energy. Coupled with the intimate club settled, the audience was in a near frenzy. Lead singer Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies form an on-stage chemistry that is undeniably full of glam rock, guitar swagger and tight musicianship. Luke Spiller is completely engaging as he leads the crowd and well as joins in singing from the dance floor.
Dead & Company visited the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA on Wednesday (7/27/16), which marked their final Southern California stop and their last performance ahead of the tour closing shows in Wheatland, CA (Fri 7/29/16) and tonight at the fabled Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA (Sat 7/30/16). The excitement of the fans in the hours leading up to the show was palpable, if not audible, as the p