Rock & Pop

Trey Anastasio Band

When: Fri., May 23, 7:30 p.m. 2014

The frontman of Phish hasn’t stopped in Cleveland since 2006, making tonight’s TAB appearance even more achingly anticipated. There’s also Phish’s summer tour right around the corner; Trey’s music will help sate our appetites for all of that. But TAB rolls on a different wavelength than Phish. Trey is very much in his element with his solo band, and there’s a very ensemble-ish feel to everything. Like a conductor, Trey leads a band rife with terrific horns and dynamic vocalists. Of course, he’ll still rip up some excellent solos and lead the band now and then into a bit of Type-II jam territory (“Sand,” “First Tube,” “Push on ’Til the Day”) all garnering frequent trips into improv land. This will be Ohio’s only tangential connection with Phish this year, as there’s no Blossom date on their upcoming tour. Tonight’s sure to be fun beyond belief. ...And I’ll see you all at Pine Knob. (Sandy)

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