Mike Gordon at the Park West (Sept. 25)

This Friday night will have Phish’s very own Mike Gordon making a stop at the Park West.  This marks the second time that Gordon has brought his 5 piece band through Chicago, last time in support of his album The Sparrow.

One thing that Gordon has attempted with this new ensemble was to step away from long spewing jams (which may or may not have been hard since he spent most of the summer doing it with Phish) and concentrate on a more locked in funk sound.  Four on the floor for the most part, it is refreshing to hear coming from this seasoned bassist.  You don’t need to be a math nerd to enjoy it.

His last time around was a “concept” show, meaning the whole night was based on the story of him being on the road away from his wife as told through each song he played.  It was the only time on his tour that a show was done this way, so he may have a few tricks up his sleeve again.

The four other musicians he’s bringing with him (Scott Murawski on guitar, Tom Cleary on keyboards, Todd Islen on drums, and Craig Myers on percussion) add more than most musicians do when playing in another man’s side project.  They all stand out on their own, in their own varying ways, and don’t serve as a platform just to showcase Gordon’s own talents.  They are actually a band that plays together.  The only thing reminiscent of a one man show is the fact that Gordon wrote all the material.

The Park West is an ideal place for the show.  Part of the floor is open to dancing, while the other half is seated with waitresses for those that would like to just sit, drink and enjoy.  Show starts at 7:30.

Visit parkwestchicago.com to purchase tickets

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