Sound Effect

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A little after 7 p.m. last Friday, the winds of change swept through Warren Haynes’s godly golden locks and the gemlike octagon his band, Gov’t Mule, was about to baptize: the Westville Music Bowl.

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Waves of sound and color followed, surging over a pandemic-limited crowd willing to pay good money—$60 or more per seat, $25 for parking, $9 to $15 per can of beer—to satisfy their thirst for this degree of spectacle.

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“It’s heavyyyyyy. Lay your burden down,” crooned frontman Haynes and keyboardist Danny Louis for the first lyric of the night, rising above Jorgen Carlsson’s probing bass line and drummer Matt Abts’s reggae beat, and the war-weary audience, taking these few precious hours of leave, happily obliged.

Westville Music Bowl
45 Yale Ave, New Haven (map)

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Images 1 and 7 feature Warren Haynes. Image 8 features Jorgen Carlsson. Image 9 features Danny Louis. Image 10 features Matt Abts.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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