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Oriental Theater 4-6-12

Week number two of three that pairs Zen Mustache ‘mountain rock’ with boot-thumping bluegrass music. Last week at Buffalo Rose, this week at the Oriental Theater, and next week more great stuff queued up at the Jamestown Merc with special guest Chain Station.

What makes a great night of music? Sometimes it’s hitting everything tight and performing a technically satisfying show. Other times it’s finding the energy of the crowd, extracting that juice from everyone in the audience and feeding it back to the room. Hitting both of those marks at the same time – well that’s what you aspire to as a musician, right?

If last week’s gig and tonight’s gig have taught me anything, it’s that I love being part of a great show with terrific energy. Even better, a great show with terrific energy and also a technically savvy performance is orders of magnitude more satisfying. Zen M 3.0 hit one of those tonight, and I suspect there’s more where that came from…I look forward to seeing what next weekend’s show in Jamestown brings.

Set List from tonight was weighted slightly toward ZM’s original tunes:

The Valley
Come Together
Whiskey, Wind and Wheat
I Know You Rider
Can’t Stay Here
Shoes in the Road
Left Work Early
Tired of My Tears
Loving Cup
Wagon Wheel **

** Called back on stage to join headliners the Highland Ramblers for the show closer.

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