Get up Stand up Cleveland

May 18th Cleveland, OH
Set One:
Congo Man Chant (with Get Up Stand Up teases)
Whack
Thing One
One For Brother Mike
High And Lonesome
You’re The One
Set Two:
Space ->
Stella Blue
It’s Up To You ->
Better Get It In Your Soul ->
It’s Up To You
Take Me To The River
 
May 18th will always be one of those shows that stands out from the rest for me. From the beautifully composed set one to the spacy second set, this show was on point from beginning to end. There was a little something for everyone this night. The band on fire with grace treated everyone in the old dance hall to a show of epic proportions.
“Bass is heavy, Drummer is steady” Set one starts off with a bass-driven “Congo Man Chant”. Steve and Bernie feeding off each other’s energy hitting those melodic notes keeping everything in line. What was beautiful about this cover was that they teased “Get Up Stand Up” throughout the song. Having missed this at sound check earlier in the day, I was quite pleased to be part of it. I’m sure the audience would agree that this was the perfect way to start off the night’s show.  Also in this set, two of my favorites, “One For Brother Mike,” which I have not heard for some time and “High And Lonesome,” which over-all was one of the most beautiful versions I’ve heard to date.
Set two showed how versatile this band is, each player a legend in his own right, seasoned but never bashful. This set kicked off with a “Space” leading into an acoustic “Stella Blue,” which is always a crowd pleaser. Had an out-of-body experience during the melody of “It’s Up To You-Better Get It In Your Soul- It’s Up To You”. The show ended with a sing along to “Take Me To The River”.