On a whim Last Friday, I walked into Buffalo Iron Works looking for my buddy. The local Grateful Dead cover band Workingman’s Dead was playing and man, the venue WAS ON FIRE! The entire place was moving… not even moving, the entire place was flowing. It looked like waves were running through the happy patrons.
I stood back, bought a beer and watched.The musicians were into it man. Eyes closed, smiling, looking at each other and laughing, feeling every note. That is musicianship, and it radiates. There were people singing, swaying, smiling. Friends stood arm in arm, individuals danced uninhibited with flailing limbs. Everyone was on the same page. It was exactly what any performer wants out of a crowd. It felt like a family.
Well, one month before the revived “Dead and Company” come to downtown Buffalo, I feel like I’m starting to get it. The music is on point and has a casualness that welcomes. The guitar solos are crystalized. Up and down we go, through time, smiling and flailing.
The venue is fantastic, I have been there a couple times but never when it has shown its true colors – where the sound was perfect and the dance floor was full. It was made for this kind of party. I walked out to the open patio where I was still a part of the crowd and found my buddy.
I lived out in California with this guy when we were younger and he has since moved home. This dude, is a “Deadhead”. Bouncing about, he looked at me and smiled. “These guys get it man.”