REVIEW: Oteil & Friends At Baltimore Soundstage [PHOTOS/AUDIO]
Words and photos by Randy Harris
When Oteil & Friends was announced, I immediately received a familiar tingling feeling. Knowing that an instant classic was on the horizon made this show an instant must-see. Oteil Burbridge has commanded the respect of the live music community for the better part of three decades now. It is no wonder that he was able to put together perhaps the most auspicious lineup of the year for his highly anticipated solo tour.
On November 8, 2017, Oteil & Friends descended upon Baltimore, MD, and Charm City readily opened its arms to meet them. After opening up with a stunning rendition of the title track of Oteil’s new solo album, “Water In The Desert,” the band led a rockin’ crowd through a broad mix of classic covers.
Oteil’s most recent work as a member of Dead & Company took a prominent role in the setlist, and his band mates’ combined experience with this catalog allowed them to explore new realms. From the brilliant guitar combo of John Kadlecik and Eric Krasno to the phenomenal vocals of Alfreda Gerald, percussion from Weedie Braimah, the inimitable Melvin Seals on keyboards, Jay Lane on drums, and of course, a guest appearance of the one and only Ron Holloway on saxophone, each member played to the highest caliber, contributing to the ultimate tapestry that will be forever etched in our minds.
You can listen to the entirety of Oteil & Friends at the Baltimore Soundstage below and be sure to take a look at a full gallery from the night, too.
Oteil & Friends @ Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD — 11/8/17
Set I: Water In The Desert, Leave My Blues At Home, Eyes Of The World*, Run For The Roses, If I Had The World To Give, The Weight*
Set II: Piece Of My Heart, Stop That Train, Many River To Cross, What’s Become Of Mary, Scarlet Begonias > Sugaree > I’ll Take You There > Sugaree, Proud Mary
Encore: Djembe Solo > Unconditional Love*
* With Ron Holloway