My best friend on the East Coast got me on the backstage pass/guest list of my all-time favorite group of musicians: Medeski, Martin, and Wood with John Scofield, an avant guard jazz group that probably falls under the genre of jam band, playing with an old jazz legend.
I've never been backstage at the Fillmore, and I was excited to the point of nervous! I didn't want to be starstruck if I did get to meet them.
So yesterday afternoon I went online and started researching their tour, their most recent news, etc. I called a few friends to find out what the backstage scene at the Fillmore is like, and where our passes would take us. About halfway through this process, I realized, to my chagrin, that I was 'studying' for this show like I'd study for a law firm interview!
The show was fantastic. I got to rub elbows with the band in the backstage room at the set break and after the show. Unfortunately the Fillmore is cracking down these days on photography (maybe due to the Bill Graham Archives lawsuit) and made me check my camera. However, I did accomplish this, which more than made up for it! (Click to maximize.)
Their most recent album cover, signed by the whole band!