Last night, the folks and I packed up the coolers with good cheeses and crackers and trekked over to Hudson Gardens to see the likes of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band captivate a suburban audience of aging fans. We found our spot on the grass and set up camp as it were. After awhile (we got there early to snag a prime spot), NGDB took the stage. They sounded good – crisp and on-the-mark. Hudson Gardens is a big outdoor venue smack in the middle of Littleton, CO, about 15-45 mins south of Denver, depending if you get stuck at the railroad crossing when a 400-car train rolls through. Known probably the best for their hit “Mr. Bojangles,” Nitty Gritty chose to play that song about half-way through the set, leaving me with the wonder of, “What are they going to close with? A reprisal of Bojangles?” They went on to play some new tunes (not often welcome when seeing a band like this, but I actually didn’t mind the new stuff), and the crowd danced as they downed $5 wines and beers. Ad the set drew to a close and the band began their last hurrah, I hear my mom say, “Hey this sounds like ‘The Weight….'” And sure enough, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band pulled the ultimate no-no and ended the night with a cover of The Band’s “The Weight,” personally one of my favorite songs ever. It was a good rendition though, so I retracted my “you can’t end a set with a cover” sentiment.
Who wants to go see Rick Springfield next week?