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Curtis Hixon Convention Hall
Tampa, Florida

The first set is lusciously mellow; though not the most rocking music they ever played, it is so incredibly fine. Beginning with Tennessee Jed - just the second of three times they ever opened with it - the tunes keep coming out in heady fashion, all dripping with syrupy goodness and each one so chill. And the first half finishes off with a relatively short, but oh-so good China> Rider. There is a point early in China Cat when Jerry is lighting up the scene and suddenly first Bobby and then Phil add some sweet notes, discovering a boxy, jazzy sound, which the boys continue to play with the rest of the way out. The second half starts off with Promised Land, and with it the band seems to shake off some of the soporific feel of the early going...