|Joan Osborne performing at the John Lennon tribute in New York City.|
In addition to Greene and Osborne, the superstar side project includes Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, bassist Nick Favorik,and new guitarist Tom Bukovac.
It didn't take the group long to pack a specially designed dance floor right in front of the stage. Most of the original songs were penned by Greene, who shuttled among his guitar, Hammond B-3, and Steinway piano depending upon the tune. While Osborne and Favorik provided a soulful, rhythmic bottom, Greene and Favorik produced a number of guitar interweavings worthy of double guitar bands such as The Stones, the Dead, the Allman Brothers, and Widespread Panic.
For her part, when she wasn't offering her always powerful vocals, Osborne paced the stage, leaning on the instrumentalists, dancing, swaying seductively in time, or further driving the beat with her tambourine.
While the 90-minute set provided a showcase forTrigger Hippy originals like "Snatchin' in Back," "99 Pounds," and "Tennessee Mud," an extended cover of the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down" with Greene and Osborne reprising the Lennon/McCartney harmonies was a tasteful highlight.
The intimate club setting provided a perfect opportunity for the band to interact with the crowd, especially Osborne whose remarks ranged from "we're perfect for relieving all the political pressure of DC" to a call "Are there any good men out there?" She also danced with crowd members from the stage and led the audience in a sultry rendition of the birthday song for a fan celebrating her special day.