By Joe KorbaCabinet was accompanied throughout their set by tenor jazz saxophonist Ron Holloway, which added an interesting new dimension to their music. Holloway was certainly a welcome addition that spiced the occasion up a bit. It was great hearing some of my favorite songs with a jazzy flavor – Cabinet’s diverse influences shine through on nights like this. The band was on. The crowd was on, and it couldn’t have been a better time. After a haunting and beautiful rendition of ‘Caroline,’ Cabinet played some fan favorites – ‘Oxygen,’ ‘Eleanor,’ and ‘Diamond Joe’ to name a few. The crowd on the floor was in a full-on noodle dancing frenzy. Looking down on the whirling dervishes from the balcony was almost disorienting. As Cabinet and Ron Holloway left the stage the building literally vibrated with pent-up energy. The crowd was stomping, clapping, and chanting; demanding an encore. CAB-IN-NET! CAB-IN-NET! echoed up to the rafters. The band returned to the stage for a rollicking rendition of ‘Heavy Rain’ that absolutely brought down the house. It was wondrous and weather-appropriate. I glanced over at my future brother-in-law, also a huge fan of the band, and he stared back wide eyed with a big grin and mouthed an expletive that isn’t fit to print as Cabinet finished the show on a high note. His impressed and impassioned response to the concert is a concise a way to sum up what amounted to the best bluegrass concert I have ever seen. If you like bluegrass, or good music in general, Cabinet is worth checking out and the Mauch Chunk Opera House is the perfect venue to catch them in.