Wednesday night (Jan. 30) at Burlington, Vermont’s Higher Ground was truly a jam family affair. Considering that three of the five members of Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s quintet were playing in Burlington--the city Phish formed in and not too far from where Gordon lives--it was a pretty safe bet that Mike was going to show up. And he did.
The bands on the bill Wednesday night in Burlington were Barika--which features Mike Gordon percussionist Craig Myers--and Robert Walter’s 20th Street Congress, a collective featuring Mike keyboardist Robert Walter and drummer John Kimock.
As Jambase reported, Gordo took the stage with opening band Barika--which features Dopapod guitarist Rob Compa--for the song “Angatta.” Walter also sat in with Barika for the number, which has been in the Mike Gordon repertoire since 2014. You can check out Barika’s set below.
Next up was Robert Walter’s 20th Street Congress, which featured Walter, Kimock, bassist Mike Friedman and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger. Mike hooped on for Friedman mid-set for a rendition of Walter’s “Don’t Chin the Dog,” another song that has found its way into the Mike Gordon solo show. You can check out Mike with Robert Walter’s 20th Street Congress in the video above.
Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, John Kimock, Craig Myers and Scott Murawski head out on the road in March, including a four-night tour closer at The Sinclair in Mike's native Massachusetts. Click here to browse AXS for tickets to select Mike Gordon dates.