Last night at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere mentioned that he and the band had just come from playing the nation's capital. "We told them D.C. was our home away from home," he said, adding: "But in reality, Baltimore is home away from home."
If so, we should all get the kind of "welcome home" this band received, for if anyone in that capacity crowd was less than fanatical about the Feat, they must have kept well-hidden. From the cheers of anticipation that greeted the set-opening "A Day at the Dog Races" to the whoops of enthusiasm that met classics like "Oh Atlanta" and "Dixie Chicken," the fans last night were never less than adoring.
And why shouldn't they have been? To say that Little Feat played well would be an almost criminal understatement. Even the departure of percussionist Sam Clayton (who left mid-set due to illness) couldn't put a dent in the band's momentum.