After seeing DSO in Cleveland and Cinnci I decided not to go on to Columbus. Considering my devotion to DSO (250+ shows since 1999)
and the relatively short distances involved this was no easy decision.
First off I knew (nearly 100% chance) I would be missing some version of a Lisa show, either elective or 70's based on the Cleveland and Cinnci and these are the GD genre that I love DSO doing the most. Also I knew I would run into even more dear dear old friends if I did the Columbus show.
In summary...It would be a killer show and adventure as almost all DSO shows are for me and based on the reviews it certainly was. Looking at the comments and set list I could accurately imagine the "scene" so to speak.
On the other hand Columbus was a 1.5 hrs in wrong direction to my next destination which was home...Evansville area.
Also another GD "cover" band was playing in Eville (lol that's what we call it) at a local bar Lamasco's (capacity 150) that offers more "respectable" live music in the area than any other. Now this band Hyryder, is a more regional group but does have some damn good chops. In fact they are the second best GD band I have seen in 2017....even in Eville as DSO miraculously played here this year.
When I arrived in Eville in 1982, I could find no decent music around this "great place to raise a family" town much less any Grateful Dead. So finding myself in an area with no deadheads...I attempted to make some.
To make a long story short I wound up befriending a rare local musician who had bootleg tapes! In the eighties! Naturally they were Todd Rundgren bootlegs but I seized the opportunity to really introduce him to GD with my bootlegs. Next was the psychedelic trip to Alpine Valley and the rest was history...He formed a local band called Dead Weight (GD + other jam band ie. Neil Young) and played a dive bar for several years and low and behold I could see some GD music in this town with a few other hearty souls in tie dye....finally. I could not have imagined 35 years earlier any of this! I was kinda responsible and kinda proud.
Fast forward...2017 and DSO plays Evansville. (First all GD band to play venue >250 people)
Rumpke Mtn Boys amazingly play in town at Lamasco, then Forgotten Space, then Hyryder. I missed first Hyryder show (seeing DSO) but heard good things about music. They came back a second time and was able to catch them and was pleasantly surprised. Not DSO but damned good none the less. The crowd was pretty small, but as I talked with band members (easy to do in bar) they saw potential and planned on returning...which happened last Sat, the same night as DSO in Columbus.
So in order to support this regional band, and their premise...to spread the good word, music and culture of the GD...I opted to go home and not to Columbus. Turns out I missed a monster DSO show...I knew the risk, luckily I have seen my share, at least they didn't break out Low Spark lol, but I passionately danced to good GD music for hours (highlight was the Franklins --> Slipknot --> Help in that order!!) and at 12:00 the place was packed!!
Was I wise? I am the storyteller and cannot objectively make that choice.
But was life sweeter for this? Feels like it might be all right... that's all I know