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Gov’t Mule Warner Theatre May 20th 2017

Warren Haynes, what can I say.  I have seen him maybe two or three times with other bands and I know he tours constantly with Gov’t Mule. Then there is his solo career and not to mention all the side projects. He has also been known to sit in with bands for their entire tour. He is just all over the place it is hard not to know who Warren Haynes is.

For years I have tried to see him but things just never worked out. Finally Gov’t Mule was playing the Warner and it was a Saturday to boot. I arranged a full day of activities for myself and it started early with a visit to Atlas Brew Works. Their beer menu is pretty impressive and this is what drew me to the brewery. It is not close to Metro but it is walk able if you are willing to hike. The location is your typical industrial neighborhood so there is little onsite parking.  In the back is a large parlor with benches and corn hole next to their brewery operations.  The outdoor seating situation is huge with long communal benches for people to gather around.  The bar itself is surprisingly small but with plenty of space elsewhere in the brewery so its not a problem.

Beers are interesting and one that I had, If I Did It, is certainly within the top 3 of the worst beers I have ever had.  It was thick as mud, literally.  Tasted sorta like an orange and was thick with pulp.  It was so bad I couldn’t finish the glass and had to get something else to wash the taste out of my mouth.  The other beer I tasted was really good, Should I Stay or Should I Gose.  The small samples I had were great and certainly worthy of a second visit to sample some more offerings.  With the ever rotating taps its easy to find a new beer with every visit.

From here it was back to the center of town for cigars with Greg as Shelly’s. It has been a while since we got together so it was a great time for us to catch up.  My life is a little topsy turvy and from what Greg was telling me, his life is a little up in the air as well.  It was just so great hanging out with him, smoking cigars and talking.  With everything else going on in my life hanging out with the Free’s is one thing I really miss.  Eventually Greg had to go pickup one of his kids and for me Gov’t Mule was about to take the stage.

I was pleasantly surprised by the show.  First time seeing a Mule crowd and it is certainly trended older then I am use to but not by much.  I really didn’t stick out if that makes sense.  Not familiar with their music so I don’t have a frame of reference but for me it was an enjoyable show.  I got my ticket only a few days out so I was way up in the nose bleed section. This allowed me to sit for the entire performance and just enjoy the music. I didn’t have any problem seeing the light show they where putting on either. It was a long day in the city but I ticked a lot of boxes that day.  Brewery, cigar and a concert all in the same day isn’t bad.

Gov. Mule
Saturday, May 20th 2017 Warner Theater – Washington DC

Set 1 starts at 8:40pm
1. Blind Man In The Dark
2. Mr. High & Mighty >
3. Mother Earth
4. Mr. Man *
5. Unring The Bell #
6. Endless Parade
7. Revolution Come, Revolution Go
8. Doing It To Death $
9. Soulshine $
Set over at 9:57pm

Set 2 starts at 10:27pm
1. Stone Cold Rage
2. Sarah, Surrender
3. Fell On Black Days
4. Funny Little Tragedy & >
5. drums
6. Larger Than Life >
7. If 6 Was 9 >
8. Larger Than Life
9. Just Got Paid
10. 32/20 Blues @
Set over at 11:27pm

Encore starts at 11:29pm
11. Dreams & Songs
House lights at 11:36pm

* with Highway Star tease
# with Shakedown Street tease
$ with Ron Holloway
& with Message In A Bottle & The Bed’s Too Big Without You lyrics & Get Up, Stand Up tease
@ with Ron Holloway, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now lyrics & Loser tease


Widespread Panic September 7th 2016 Warner Theatre

I bought my ticket day of so it was pretty high in the bleachers but still a good view of the stage.
I bought my ticket day of so it was pretty high in the bleachers but still a good view of the stage.

Unfortunately I was going to miss the show in Asheville for reasons beyond my control. I had that trip all planned out including a stop at the Funkatorium which has nothing but aged sour beer! I was so looking forward to the beer and show but I would have to skip it. Thankfully Widespread was opening the fall tour, probably their last tour for a while, here in DC. I couldn’t make both shows but I was excited to still see them one last time before they go on touring hiatus for a while.  It reminds me of the acoustic show at the Fillmore several years ago.

As with most Warner Theatre shows I arrived in the city early and headed to Shelly’s Back Room for a cigar and beer before the show. I wanted to get several drinks in me before the show and not have to buy them at the theatre. Shell’s has a better selection and at a cheaper price. Actually at Shelly’s it was interesting seeing all these hippies walk in who were going to the show. I thought I stick out but everyone else certainly did. By 7:30 I was three beers deep and it was time to tab out. My seat was purchased the day of the show and located in the nose bleed section so I knew I wouldn’t have a problem getting to my seat.

Some pre-gaming at Shelly's before the main event.  I love that the two places are so close to each other.
Some pre-gaming at Shelly’s before the main event. I love that the two places are so close to each other.

The venue was ruckus as show time approached. I skimmed the set list from the night before and it looked pretty good. I haven’t seen many WSP shows but I have yet to be disappointed when seeing them, tonight was no exception. First set had a very good flow to it which was cool and what I saw of the second set was also kick as.  Unfortunately by about 11:50 I had to start making my way to Metro to catch the last train out of town.  The trains use to run till 2am on the weekend but that ended a while ago so catching late night performances is difficult. Was sucked even more was the train about almost 30 minutes late which would have allowed me to see the entire performance without leaving early.

Besides leaving early and missing the last few songs of the concert, it was a great night. I love grabbing a smoke at Shelly’s and then headed to the Warner for a show. Tonight’s was another great one from WSP and it is unfortunate they will be touring less in the coming year. I do however understand the temporary hiatus however. Most jam bands tour extensively and it can wear on anyone after a while. With the limited schedule in the coming year it just means I will have to travel further for those special performances which I am not opposed to at all. While I may not see as many shows as I did in my youth, my job affords me to travel further distances and stay in nicer hotels then when I was in my 20’s.


Set 1 (start at 8:27pm)
1. Diner >
2. Bear’s Gone Fishin’ >
3. Climb To Safety
4. Little Kin >
5. Travelin’ Light
6. B of D >
7. Bust It Big >
8. Weight Of The World >
9. Junior
Set over at 9:43pm

Set 2 (start time at 10:23pm)
1. Christmas Katie >
2. Radio Child
3. Aunt Avis >
4. Rebirtha >
5. jam >
6. Imitation Leather Shoes
7. Tall Boy >
8. Ride Me High >
9. drums >
10. Cease Fire >
11. Honky Red

12. Chilly Water

Note: Not sure of the exact end time the show, I had to leave to catch the last train out of the city.


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Star Wars……who doesn’t love this movie?  I have been a big fan of the franchise since I was a kid.  Of course I have seen all the movies and anticipate their arrival in theaters.  Of course there are the three prequels which are so-so.  I was really excited to hear three new movies would be coming out.  I have already seen A Force Awakens, got the inbetweener of Rouge One this December and then the 8th installment in the franchise late in 2017.

star wars alamo logo

All these later movies can trace their origin back to the original trilogy.  When they where first released I was to young to see them in theaters.  In fact when Star Wars: A New Home was released, I wasn’t even born yet.  Fast forward almost forty years and the Alamo Drafthouse is bringing back the original trilogy.  The Almao is known for funky stuff and this trilogy is right up their alley.  You just have to see a movie here if you get the chance.  Now I would finally be able to see all three movies on the big screen.  Delay after delay for ticket sales and then a date change on top of that but finally the day arrived.

IMG_4349None of my family could understand how I could sit in the theatre for three movies in a row.  If you’re not a fan you wouldn’t understand.  When you find something you are passionate about, only others who are equally as passionate can understand why we do the things we do.  I see the same thing with Phish all the time but I digress, today is all about Star Wars.

It took a lot longer to get to the Warner Theatre then I anticipated.  I arrived almost 30 minutes after the first movie and because this is the Alamo, I decided to head to Shelly’s for a cigar and beer till A New Hope was finished.  I planned to smoke a cigar after the movie but the middle of the afternoon suited me just fine.  As hot as it was outside, it was nice smoking a cigar indoors while drinking a beer and watching the Olympics.  In fact this was the most Olympics I had seen since they started.

IMG_4350Cigar finished and A New Hope over, it was time to settle in for the remaining two movies.  Not much to say other then the movies are great and if you haven’t seen them, go.  Shows ended earlier then I thought too.  Still took forever to get home on Metro because of SafeTrack.  I did love the fact I could get on Wiehle-Reston East and take it all the way into the city.  Once they complete the Silver line it will be even easier getting into the city.

Loved the experience, not sure if it was totally worth the ticket price but it was a great adventure on a blazing hot Saturday nonetheless.

Daniel Tosh – Warner Theatre October 3rd 2009

Daniel Tosh
Daniel Tosh - kicking comedies ass!

Had a great evening in the city this past Saturday night.  Months ago I got tickets for Nancy, Jeremy and I to the Daniel Tosh show at the Warner Theatre in DC.  I have seen several show there and they are always good, definitely wont be my last.  With the show starting at 8pm we had plenty of time to find trouble before it started.

Nancy and I decided to drive up real early and head to Shelly’s Back Room for some drinks, food, and fine cigars.  It is one of the last places in the city you can smoke indoors.  I forget what the exact loop hole is that allows them to continue to smoke indoors.  Honestly I don’t care what it is, I just care there is a place where you still can still smoke.  Luckily the restaurant is only one block from the theatre entrance.  It is the perfect place to go before or after a show at the Warner or National Theatre.

When we left around a quarter to 8 I had a good buzz going, but being so close to the venue it didn’t much matter.  There was a huge line outside the theatre, I was surprised it was so long, but it moved quickly and in no time we were inside and sitting in our seats.  We were seated on the orchestra on the right side, pretty good seats if you ask me.  My only complaint is the size of the seats.  I am not a fat guy, but even I find the seats to be very narrow.  God help you if you are over weight, you will never fit into the seats.

The show started a little late, some people don’t understand that 8pm show time is the start of the show.  People were still filling into the theatre up till 8:30pm, that I just don’t get it.  There was an opening act, some guy also from Los Angeles whose name escapes me.  He was really funny and talked for about 15 minutes.  You could say it was ethnic comedy, he kept talking about poor black people.  It sounds really bad, but it was very funny.  We all were surprised by how good he was for an opening act.

When he walked off the stage, without delay or much fan fair, they introduced Daniel Tosh.  This giant of a man proceeds to swagger onto the stage.  He was really funny.  I would say his humor is sorta insult, but not all the time.  And even when he does insult people it’s not that bad, I have definitely heard worse from other comics.  For one of his jokes, I don’t even remember how it went, he ends it by saying “hot pocket.”  Nancy leaned over to me and ask “Did he just say ‘hot pocket?'”  He then talks about how he got advice from Jim Gaffigan on that joke and Jim recommended he just end it with “hot pocket”.  It totally worked.  By the end of the night my face hurt I was laughing so much.  What a fun evening.

Joel McHale Warner Theatre – Washington DC

front row center
front row center

Nancy calls me up one afternoon after getting an email from Live Nation.  The email talks about several upcoming comedians to the area, one of them Joel McHale on Friday November 7th.  It was only a week or so before the show but we decided to check for tickets.  What we got floored me, front row center.  We lucked out again for tickets, just like we did for Jim Gaffigan a few months back.

We decided to make it a full evening out of the show since it was a Friday night.  We had dinner at the Blue Water Grille in Centreville.  Neither of us had been there and it was on the way.  When we walked it the dinner side was completely empty, the bar side however was packed.  The menu was mostly seafood items, who could have guessed from the name.  I got the Mahi Mahi and it was great.  Both of us left the place stuffed and ready to loose a few pounds laughing our asses off.

We headed to DC in record time for a Friday night.  The whole drive on 66 was clear of traffic making the trip actually enjoyable.  With all that time we made there was plenty of time to walk around downtown before the show.  I was surprised by the number of shops open and the volume of people out that night.  Maybe it was being Friday night or something but I have rarely seen that much life in the city that late.  We got some coffee and did a little window shopping before getting to the Warner Theatre.

When we arrived the doors were not open and a large crowd has amassed in front of the theatre.  Luckily we found an empty park bench to sit on.  We had our assigned seats so there was no reason to stand in a line when we didn’t have to.  We both did a lot of people watching on that bench.  And let me tell you the freaks do come out at night.  Not to say I am much better, but I did check myself out in the mirror before I walked out of the house.

After what must have been 30 minutes we just cut in line and got into the venue.  It was getting close to show time and we wanted to get to our seats.  After fighting the crowd in the lobby we both felt like rock stars when the usher walked us down to the front row.  I had never been that close but what a great view of the stage.

The open act was a guy from the 98 Rock morning show in Baltimore, Mickey.  This guy actually had a day job so it jokes were a little rough around the edges.  But on the whole the guy was great.  Talked a lot about his kids, wife, and other observational comedy.  There was even a heckler, “Dick,” and he handled that guy very well.  After 20 minutes or so Joel finally came out on stage.  The crowd was warmed up and ready for some laughs.

Joel was alright.  He is the host of the Soup on E!, a show I don’t watch, so I am not that familiar with his work.  Both Nancy and Jeremy agreed that he was a funny guy and the show would be worth it.  Some of his stuff was about celebrities and current entertainment news.  He even went into the various beefs celebrities have with the show, like Tyra Banks.  I am sure it is a lot like his show, the same kind of comedy and style of joke telling.

He was funny and both of us had a great time.  I will start looking for comedy show more often after these two great experiences.  I just hope to keep scoring great seats to this venue.  I actually told Nancy that I expect to be on stage for the next show.  It is kind of hard to top front row center seats.  I guess getting tickets last minute is sometimes not that bad.