Richard Thompson, the revered British folk-rock pioneer, was a monster in his opening slot, unhinged and yet completely in control. Backed by a drummer and bassist, and collectively billed as Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Thompson burrowed into his guitar solos, which ranged from twisted and circular to behind the beat and then ahead of it.
Thompson existed outside the realm of his bandmates but was somehow in lockstep with them. On his own, his fingerpicking on the acoustic "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" was even more resonant and staggering. The evening’s first standing ovations were rightly his.