I've said plenty about the Stringdusters on this blog over the years, so not much to add about last night's stellar show. I would like to link to banjoist Chris Pandolfi's terrific blog post on the Boston music scene, however.
The Two Man Gentleman Band was a great opener, with really high energy and stage presence that kept the crowd engaged. They've carved out a unique niche; highly skilled old-timey-jazz music with anachronistic lyrics touches on drugs, drinking, and sex. The songs are up-tempo and feature harmony vocals, scatting by lead vocalist / four-string guitarist Andy Bean, and kazoo by upright bass player The Councilman (who wears a top hat). Very theatrical, very fun. An hour-and-a-half of these guys might wear, but 45 minutes was perfect.