The legendary bassist Phil Lesh recently announced that he would be recreating a Grateful Dead performance from 1977, as part of an ongoing celebration for the anniversary of Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. Lesh performed with a different group of Friends each night, and there was clear magic in the air for last night’s 1977 recreation.The show of choice was from 05/17/77 at the University of Alabama’s Memorial Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL. The show featured a lineup of Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Scott Guberman, John Molo and Ezra Lipp, each bringing their best for the performance. Opening with “New Minglewood Blues,” the 1977 recreation continued with hits like “Mississippi Half Step” and a cover of Marty Robbins’ “El Paso.”Thanks to Quinfolk, we have full audio of the show. Tune in below!There’s also audio available from the performance held one day earlier, March 9th, featuring Phil Lesh, Tim Bluhm, Scott Law, Jason Crosby, Greg Loiacono and Ezra Lipp. Dig it!Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 3/9/16Set One: Brown Eyed Women, West LA Fadeaway, Candyman, Dire Wolf, Easy Wind, To Be Free, Going Down The Road Feeling BadSet Two: Shakedown Street, Scarlet Begonias, Box Of Rain, He’s Gone, Rose Of Rainbows, Brokedown PalaceEncore: Sugar MagnoliaSetlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 3/10/16Set One: New Minglewood Blues, Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodleoo, El Paso, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Jack A Roe, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, Passenger, High Time, Big River, Sunrise, Scarlet Begonias> Fire On The MountainSet Two: Samson & Delilah, Bertha, Good Lovin’, Brown Eyed Women, Estimated Prophet, Terrapin Station > Playing In The Band > Drums > Wharf Rat > Playing In The BandEncore: Sugar Magnolia
Month: March 2021
A very special Midnight Ramble has been announced by Amy Helm, in honor of her late father Levon Helm‘s 76th birthday. Set to take place at Levon Helm Studios (aka “The Barn“) in Woodstock, NY on Friday, May 27th, this celebration of the former The Band drummer will feature long-time friend Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien’s bandleader), The Midnight Ramble Horns, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and additional special guests.If you aren’t familiar with the Midnight Ramble’, they are laid-back, casual affairs that take place in “The Barn.” There is a BBQ prior to the performance, with guests encouraged to bring side dishes, desserts, and lawn chairs. Some of the most epic Ramble Sessions have taken place within those walls, and countless stories have been passed down from those performances with some of the most legendary musicians having played there. This particular ramble should be a memorable one, they always are.Purchase tickets to the Midnight Ramble HERE.
The Dean Ween Group played a phenomenal show opening for The Claypool Lennon Delirium last Saturday night, June 18th. The band immediately got the crowd going with a jammy opener of “Dickie Betts,” followed by the Motorhead-esque “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night” from Ween’s Quebec. The band made it a point to perform the Grateful Dead classic “Stella Blue,” dedicating it to the legendary theatre in which they were performing. The set continued with a sloppy and silly rendition of “I Saw Gener Cryin’ In His Sleep” as well as a hilarious performance of “Fingerbangin’.”The Claypool Lennon Delirium Transcends Universes At The Capitol TheatreLes Claypool joined the band on stage for a captivating collaboration on the Ween favorite “The Mollusk,” which was no doubt one of the highlights of the entire evening. Then the group closed out their set with a jaw-dropping lengthy performance of the Ween tune “The Rift” from Shinola Vol. 1.Listen to audio from the full set, below.Setlist: The Dean Ween Group at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 6/18/16Set: Intro, Dickie Betts, It’s Gonna Be A Long Night, Garry, Stella Blue, I Saw Gener Cryin’ In His Sleep, Fingerbangin’, Mercedes Benz, The Mollusk*, The Rift* = w/ Les Claypool
Last night marked the season premiere for the 20th season of South Park, and the show continued to be one of the funniest on television. As the show celebrates 20 years, Hollywood Reporter sat down with basically everyone they could find for an all-encompassing interview on all things South Park.Among those interviewed was Primus bassist Les Claypool, who wrote and recorded the theme music for the show. That theme has remained unchanged for the show’s 20 year career, but, apparently, it wasn’t music that Claypool has planned from the outset.Claypool tells the story in the interview, with interjections from show co-creator Matt Stone to round out the full story.Claypool: We got a call years ago that these guys were working on this little animated pilot for Comedy Central. They were a couple of college kids who were fans of the band, and I guess they approached me to do the theme song. At the time, Primus had just gotten a new drummer, so I said, “Let’s have Primus do it.” We had watched their Christmas thing that was going around, and we realized these guys were pretty clever, but there was no way in hell that they were going to be able to get something like that on television. More than anything, it was just an excuse for us to go into the studio and start experimenting.Stone: We wanted Primus to do the theme song, and then we needed a change. And we were like, “F—!”Claypool: If you listen to the outro, that’s actually the original song. And they came back to us and said, “Comedy Central thinks the theme song is too slow and not peppy enough.” At that point, we were like, “You know, we did this for you guys, we’re out on the road, we’re too busy to do this right now. We can’t just go into a studio and rerecord this.”Stone: We couldn’t get their management to talk to us. They were like, “F— you, dude, take the song.” Not from Les, but from the management. So I actually went down to Irvine and went backstage and found Les at this concert, and I was like “You have to record it.” I got in his face. And he was like, “I’m on tour. I can’t.”Claypool: So they just sped it up and I redid my vocals. I believe I was playing Red Rocks [in Morrison, Colo.] and they sent one of their old high school chums up with a handheld tape recorder, and I just did my vocals into that.Stone: It was really awesome he did it.Fortunately, everything worked out in the end, and Primus has remained an integral part of the South Park experience for 20 years! Here’s to the next 20…
In 5 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy!On the eighth day of Phishmas, we look at the band’s New Year’s gag from 2015, the infamous “No Men In No Man’s Land” hourglass jam.Going into 12/31/15, fans were wondering what exactly Phish would do for their annual New Year’s gag. After the “Meatstick”, “Steam”, “Garden Party”, “JEMP Truck” and “Suck To Blow” stunts of the 3.0 era, fans were expecting another zany prank to continue the fun tradition. However, Phish switched things up in 2015, delivering a psychedelic musical experience that wowed the audience at Madison Square Garden.The show opened with two high-octane sets filled with fan favorites. Set one featured a slick “Moma Dance” > “Possum” to open the show, with “Birds of a Feather” and “Reba”, and “Walls of the Cave” all making for big early-show moments. Set two showcased the band’s jamming, as they opened with “The Wedge” > “Wilson” > “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing”, while bringing things to a close with “Kill Devil Falls” > “Piper” > “Twist”, which was 2015’s song of the year. The crowd roared with approval throughout the show, as the anticipation mounted for the forthcoming New Year’s gag.When the band finally returned to kick off the third set, it wasn’t on the stage itself. Instead, they showed up on a platform that had been set up on the back of the Garden’s floor, to the delight of all the audience at the back of the room. The band was essentially in the middle of the crowd on this small, square stage, with a cone-shaped screen positioned above them. They kicked right off into funky “No Men In No Man’s Land”, a new favorite that was debuted earlier in the year.As soon as the song’s form ended, the band jumped into a long type-II improvisation that stretched the song to just over twenty minutes long. As Phish jammed, the cone-shaped screen descended from above, enclosing the band in what turned out to be an hourglass-shape. Psychedelic images were then projected onto the screen via projection-mapping, and the band took us on a trippy excursion through No Man’s Land.The 3.0 era has seen Phish perform a number of standout jams from inside unique structures. Superball‘s “Storage Jam” and Magnaball‘s “Drive-In Jam” both were landmark moments of improvisation for the band, and the “Hourglass Jam” during “No Men In No Man’s Land” was a continuation of this awesome, locked-in playing. The band jammed right up until midnight, with a pre-recorded running back to the main stage to perform “Auld Lang Syne” before turning in another lights-out set of music.Check out the full, pro-shot video of the “No Men In No Man’s Land” Hourglass Jam below!Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/2015Set1: The Moma Dance > Possum, Wolfman’s Brother, Birds of a Feather, I Didn’t Know, Happy Birthday to You, Martian Monster, Reba, Walls of the CaveSet 2: The Wedge > Wilson > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Yarmouth Road, Kill Devil Falls > Piper > TwistSet 3: No Men In No Man’s Land > Auld Lang Syne > Blaze On > Carini > David Bowie, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Backwards Down the Number LineEncore: Tube > Cavern Sung by Fish and the crowd for his daughter Ella. Unfinished.This show was webcast via Live Phish. BOAF contained a quote of The Birds. During I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced Fish as “The Man Mulcahy.” The crowd sang the last verse of I Didn’t Know and Fish then asked the crowd to join him in singing Happy Birthday to his daughter, Ella. KDF was unfinished. The third set began with the band on a second stage beneath a funnel-shaped screen suspended from the ceiling. As the band jammed, part of the screen descended and became an hourglass shape surrounding the stage, on which a series of images were projected. As the jam continued and the countdown to midnight approached, the band returned to the main stage.Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the eighth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me… Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15)Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11)Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02)Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)!If you’re attending the run, there are plenty of things to do in between shows. For fans of the jam, head to any of these concerts in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – tickets
Last night was a beautiful celebration for a not-so beautiful tragedy. In loving memory of Butch Trucks, family and friends came together for a special tribute show at American Beauty in NYC. The Brandon Niederauer Band opened up the night with some originals, covers, and a scorching cover of “Whipping Post” to close their 1+ hour set.The Allman Brothers theme continued as famed biographer Alan Paul and his Big In China band took the stage. Special guests Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts Band), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), and Junior Mack (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band) were also all on deck for an incredible evening of ABB classics, with more surprise sit-ins from Tim Woods and Ben Sparaco. From “Statesboro Blues,” “Blue Sky,” “Sweet Melissa,” “Dreams,” and an amazing “Liz Reed” that featured the young guitar virtuoso and his jaw-dropping talents, the evening came out on top to define “celebration” in more ways than one.The event included a silent auction with donated Allman Brothers memorabilia to raise money for The Big House Museum in Macon, GA. If you weren’t able to attend, and would still like to make a donation, head to this website. It was truly special to see so many people come together in loving memory of the Freight Train man himself. Enjoy these videos below, courtesy of sgibson818:Alan Paul’s Big In China w/ special guests: [photo by Joel Fried]
Nico Marley, the grandson of reggae royalty, Bob Marley, just joined the NFL, signing on as a linebacker for the Washington Redskins through a college free agent deal. While music certainly runs in the Marley family, so does football—Nico’s father, Rohan Marley, played with the Miami Hurricanes back in the early 90’s with Ray Lewis and Warren Sapp and later with the Canadian Football League as a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders. However, despite these famous family connections, Nico has previously expressed his desire to make a name for himself on his own, telling Sports Illustrated‘s Michael McKnight in 2014, “I always wanted to make something for myself. . . . I’ve never said, ‘I’m gonna do it like my dad did it,’ or ‘I want to be like my grandfather.’ Every individual is supposed to have something he wants to go get, something he wants so bad he don’t need anybody’s help. That’s what I get from my father and grandfather.”Grab Some Ganja And A Pint Of “One Love,” Ben & Jerry’s Newest Flavor, In Memory Of Bob MarleyNico Marley played as a Tulane Green Wave in college, and for his senior year, he recorded an interception and 86 tackles, becoming an all-time leader in tackles for loss across his career at Tulane. Despite Marley’s relatively small stature in comparison to other linebackers (he’s 5-foot-8 and weighs in at two-hundred pounds), the Washington Post‘s Mike Jones reported last week that Marley was working as an inside linebacker with the Redskins’ second-string team, making him about 30 to 40 pounds lighter than many other players of the same position. Clearly, he impressed the team during the rookie minicamp, where he recorded an interception and a forced fumble ahead of his signing yesterday. An Instagram post yesterday showed Nico grinning as he signed his contract with the Washington Redskins, which can be seen below. You can also check out a video of his college career highlights below, courtesy of Tulane Green Wave. Congrats to Nico, and we look forward to seeing you out there! [H/T Relix]
Tickets for James Brown Dance Party and Jazz is PHSH show on Saturday, June 3rd are currently on-sale and available at the venue’s website. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Enter To Win Tickets + A Meet & Greet Below! Next week’s scheduled Jazz is PHSH and The James Brown Dance Party on June 3rd is moving to Garcia’s at The Cap. Brothers Adam and Matthew Chase (Jazz is PHSH) have recruited Eric Bloom (Lettuce, The Shady Horns), Carl Gerhard (Giant Country Horns), Felix Pastorius (Cindy Blackman, The Mu’tet), Josh Thomas (With Lions), Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket, Slavic Soul Party), Jay Rodriguez (Miles Davis, Groove Collective), and Chris Rob (Talib Kweli) for the fun. Due to a scheduling conflict, Fred Wesley and Kofi Burbridge will no longer be performing. All tickets purchased to The Cap will be honored at Garcia’s.When Strange Design’s Adam Chase and Matthew Chase decided to put together their Phish and James Brown tributes, Jazz Is PHSH and The James Brown Dance Party, it was anybody’s guess that both concepts would take off as much as they have. But performance after performance, the Brothers Chase have brought in some of the most talented musicians from across the jam, funk, and jazz spectrum, and each show is always a treat for spectators who can’t get enough of Phish and James Brown‘s music. With the June 3rd show bringing together some of the best, we can’t wait to get down at Garcia’s (purchase tickets here).
Yesterday, oddball rocker St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) joined popular music radio personality Annie Mac‘s show on BBC Radio 1 from Maida Vale Studios in London for a special acoustic performance. The radio spot in support of her new album, MASSEDUCTION, which was released to positive reviews this past Friday.St. Vincent Shares New Single, “Pills,” Ft. Kamasi Washington, Jenny Lewis, & More [Stream]After welcoming the idiosyncratic St. Vincent to the show and joking about their shared first name, Mac invited Clark to perform her first of three songs, a beautifully stripped-down guitar-and-voice rendition of haunting single “Los Ageless.” “This song was haunting me,” she explains about her first song, ‘Los Ageless,’ “The [melody] popped into my head a year ago and I thought ‘oh this is real good, I hope it’s not taken.’ And I rushed back to L.A. to get it recorded.”From there, the two speak about Clark’s songwriting process for the new album, her touring schedule, which Mac remarks looks quite extensive, but Clark informs her is “me taking it easy.” She also spoke about taking inspiration from New York City (where she’s lived for a decade) and the greats like Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and David Bowie that walked the East Village streets before her before playing her second acoustic original, “New York.”Finally, St. Vincent closes the radio spot with an acoustic rendition of The Clash‘s iconic anthem “London Calling,” to which she lends her striking and enthusiastically other personal flare. As she explains, “There’s a little band called The Clash, and they have a little song called ‘London Calling,’ and I’m going to play that one for you.”You can listen to full audio of St. Vincent’s appearance on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show below:Stream MASSEDUCTION in its entirety below via Spotify:[h/t – Pitchfork]
Jerry Garcia departed from this world a little more than twenty-three years ago, but his music still brings people from all walks of life out to dance and enjoy. The historic Fox Theater was the latest channel of Garcia’s music on Sunday night in Pomona, California, hosting “A Merry Jerry Christmas”, a benefit show for Story Book Adventures, a program dedicated to bringing music and literacy to children in the Inland Empire region east of Los Angeles.The night started with a rocking set of originals from the LA-based jam band The Higgs. Their set put everyone in a great mood as the venue filled with tie-dye and the unmistakable aura of a Grateful Dead crowd.Up next came a group that fans of the post-Jerry iterations of the Dead would consider a super group. Current Golden Gate Wingmen and former Dark Star Orchestra and Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik captained the band on guitar and lead vocals. Dead & Company and former Allman Brothers and Aquarium Rescue Unit bassist Oteil Burbridge continued to demonstrate his mastery of the Dead catalogue. Original Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals laid down his soulful organ sound to truly authenticate the music.They kicked things off with the classic JGB cover of Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet it is (To Be Loved By You)”. Seals’ deep electric organ chords immediately took everyone into a different universe as Kadlecik perfectly imitated Garcia’s sound for the opening licks. After a jaunty “Run For The Roses”, Burbridge took lead vocals on the JGB cover of Peter Tosh’s “Stop That Train”. A man wearing a “Let Oteil Sing” shirt went particularly crazy as Burbridge nailed the lilting reggae classic.Kadlecik then bit into the funky intro of a crunchy “After Midnight”. The band really showed off their chops on this JJ Cale tune. Seals ripped an organ solo that caused pandemonium among the crowd before the lights went down and Burbridge dropped an incredibly jazzy bass solo complimented by him scat singing along with the notes he was playing.Seals took the reigns on lead vocals for the only time of the evening during an upstroked reggae-style version of the Bob Dylan classic “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. After working through an awesome “Cats Under The Stars”, Oteil stole the show providing lead vocals on a haunting “Stella Blue”.The outfit brought the tempo back up with a rowdy “Shakedown Street”, a Dead staple, but not typically part of Jerry Garcia Band repertoire. Burbridge rocked some crazy Victor Wooten-esque bass fills and the background singers wailed a powerful harmony.Next, they worked through an emotional “Mission In The Rain” before delivering a positively raucous take on “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, originally released by Little Milton. This song might have been the biggest party of the night, and they carried that energy into The Beatles‘ “Dear Prudence”.Oteil took the lead for the last time on a bouncy “Gomorrah” before they rocked the Garcia staple “Don’t Let Go”, a cover of a Roy Hamilton tune. The set was culminated by a rocking jam-filled Peter Rowan classic “Midnight Moonlight”.For Jerry Garcia Band fans, this show was as good as it gets. From the all-absorbing organ sounds to the emotionally progressing Garcia ballads to the classic R&B sound, this group nailed down the energy that Garcia sought to express in his side project.Many people thought that the show was over after hours of JGB music from legendary musicians, but Cubensis still had an awesome set of classic Grateful Dead music in store. The R&B sounds gave way to more typical rock n’ roll as the LA-based band kicked things off with the fan-favorite “Bertha”. They weaved through a few Garcia tunes in “Tennessee Jed” and “Friend of the Devil” until they came to the lone Bob Weir song of the night “Feel Like a Stranger”, which featured perhaps the deepest jam of the set.After playing the classic pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider”, the outfit welcomed on their usual guitarist and singer Craig Marshall who is currently dealing with a health issue. Marshall helped lead the group through “The Wheel”, “Terrapin Station”, and “Not Fade Away” to put a cap on an incredible evening of music.The crowd slowly filed out in smiles after getting more than their money’s worth with three long sets of great music. The spirit of Mr. Garcia certainly lives on in southern California where Cubensis is based. Their next show is on 12/21 at Harvelle’s Night Club in Long Beach, CA. Burbridge, Kadlecik, and Seals will be performing in a similar group labeled Oteil & Friends at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on December 29 and then at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City for performances on December 30 and 31.[Video: benderman11]