Last night Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and The Marcus King Band teamed up for a pre-Dead & Company show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. The evening came to a climax when The Macrus King Band brought out Tom Hamilton for an extended take on the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain.”
Tom Hamilton’s American Babies kicked off the action with a set focused on originals from the group’s last two studio albums and they had a guest percussionist on stage with them for the entire show. Near the end of the set, the Babies trotted out a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” with a hefty jam near the end that brought the house down.
Next up was a performance from The Marcus King Band and the 21-year-old guitarist commanded the stage with the force of a grizzled veteran. To say the Boulder crowd was stoked to see this young guitar slinger with the smokey blues voice would be an understatement. Near the end of the MKB’s smoking set, King called Hamilton out to the stage and two traded licks to the delight of the crowd. Tom and The Marcus King Band slowly snaked their way towards the previously-mentioned cover of “Fire On The Mountain.”
I shot most of the 10-minute jam from a prime spot and the interaction between Marcus and Tom is priceless! At around the 4:30 mark, Hamilton and King really kick things into high gear as the two hook up on what would best be described as an Allman Brothers-inspired dual guitar attack. Take a minute from your busy Friday to bask in the glorious jam: