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[Video: RustedTelevisione]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Passenger” – 3/19/15[Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower” – 10/30/15 [Video: InnovAsianTravel]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Unbroken Chain” – 10/30/15[Video: Sean Roche]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Box Of Rain” – 11/6/15 [Video: Brosef Wilson]Happy birthday Phil! Head to his website for the most up-to-date tour information.[Originally published March 15th, 2016] Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh celebrates his 80th birthday today. Originally a violinist and shortly thereafter a trumpet player, Lesh’s early interest in avant-garde music and free jazz played a major role in his unique, improvisational-laden bass sound, asserting himself in a way akin to a lead guitar player. A member of the Dead from day one, though never a prolific songwriter, Lesh still contributed tunes like “Passenger” co-written with Peter Monk, “New Potato Caboose,” “Pride Of Cucamonga,” “Unbroken Chain” and “Box Of Rain” to the beloved Dead catalog.Related: Phil Lesh 80th Birthday Shows At The Capitol Theatre Postponed Until Summer Due To Local Coronavirus OutbreakAfter the dissolution of the Dead following Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, Lesh continued playing with Dead-offshoots in The Other Ones, The Dead, and finally, Phil Lesh & Friends, an ever-rotating cast of the jam scene’s most prolific players. Phil’s Friends over the years have included Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell of Phish, Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson, Jimmy Herring, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, Rob Baracco, John Scofield, Joe Russo, John Molo, Joan Osborne, Michael Kang and Bill Nershi of the String Cheese incident, and Al Schnier of moe.Four years ago, Phil & Friends featuring guitarists Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, drummer John Molo and keyboard player Rob Barraco kicked off a three-night celebratory run at the heralded Capitol Theatre, an East Coast home away from home for Lesh. The Dead played at the Cap in Port Chester, NY a grand total of 13 times between 1970-1971, including this 11/8/70 show with an opening acoustic set on the last night of a four-night run.Grateful Dead – The Capitol Theatre – 11/8/70 [Full Show Audio]Here’s a great one as well, as the Dead kick off a six-night run at the Cap from 2/18/71 through 2/24/71. The group debuted three new songs that night, including “Bertha,” “Loser” and “Greatest Story Ever Told.”Grateful Dead – The Capitol Theatre – 2/18/71 [Full Show Audio]And the debut of “Bird Song” on the following evening.Grateful Dead – The Capitol Theatre – 2/19/71Of course, the Grateful Dead would quickly outgrow the 1,800-capacity venue, working their way up to Madison Square Garden for tens of thousands of loyal Deadheads. The long, strange trip brought Lesh back to the Cap, as promoter Peter Shapiro reopened the venue in 2012 and signed an exclusive contract with the Grateful Dead bassist. Since then, Lesh has been bringing his “friends” to the newly-restored Capitol Theatre, remaining a fan-favorite to this day.In honor of Phil Lesh’s 76th, enjoy some great videos from various formulations of Phil & Friends performing at the newly-restored Cap:Phil Lesh & Friends – “Doin’ That Rag” – 7/23/13 [Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “St. Stephen” – 7/23/13[Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Eyes Of The World” – 4/12/14[Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Shakedown Street” – 11/8/14 [Video: rdeal1999]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Terrapin Station” – 11/15/14[Video: rdeal1999]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Uncle John’s Band” – 11/28/14Phil Lesh & Friends – “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain” – 12/31/14 [Video: Victor Dowling]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Blue Sky” – 3/16/15
Due to terrible weather conditions in New Orleans, Jazz Fest has been cancelled and evacuated for the day. With severe thunderstorms and flood warnings, this comes as severely unfortunate news for festival-goers who were planning to see iconic performances from Stevie Wonder, Beck, Snoop Dogg, Buddy Guy, and more headlining acts from the last Saturday of the two-weekend event.Fortunately, the late night festivities will resume as scheduled and hopefully, just maybe, some of the musicians who’s shows were cancelled will show up to deliver their missed performances. As of now, everything will continue as scheduled at the fairgrounds tomorrow afternoon. We are told to stay updated through the festival’s Facebook and Twitter. Stay dry, New Orleans!Here’s one way to make a day out of it… *UPDATE* Stevie Wonder bids farewell to festival-goers with a “Purple Rain” tribute to Prince on a megaphone on the Acura Stage:
The annual Huck Finn Jubilee returned to Ontario, CA last weekend, welcoming a number of prized bluegrass artists to the beautiful Cucamonga – Guasti Regional Park. The festival has seen quite a bit of growth since its foundation in 1976, but the fundamental respect for the traditions remains the same. 40 years later, the music may have grown, but the heart of the festival is steeped in bluegrass.Our team made it to the Saturday edition of the festival, which featured performances from Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dan Tyminski Band, The Cleverlys, Leftover Salmon, and the Soggy Bottom Boys. Each act brought their unique flavor to the laid back atmosphere, with lots of homages to legends like Bill Monroe, Del McCoury and more.The Cleverlys took bluegrass in a new direction, mixing the Americana instrumentation with pop and hip hop music. Their covers were quite the hit, including this fun rendition of “Gangnam Style.”It was Leftover Salmon that stole the show however, powering their set with some great music throughout the night. With new keyboardist Erik Deutsch bringing a jazzy sound into the mix, elevating the band’s performance into new jamgrass realms. The family-friendly event was a good time for all in attendance. Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Brandon Weil. Load remaining images
The Grateful Dead inspired collective known as Dead & Company made their debut at Citi Field on Saturday, and returned to the stadium venue once more to give New York fans some straight up jams! As the saying goes, never miss a Sunday show, as the band was on point throughout a powerful performance.The band once again welcomed Donna Jean Godchaux into the fold, as her familiar vocals give Dead & Company an additional essence of credibility. Their sound harkens back to the mid-1970’s era Grateful Dead, thanks in large part to the guitar work of John Mayer. The band got rolling with a remarkable “St. Stephen” and never relented, jamming into favorites like “The Music Never Stopped,” “Bertha,” and the Bob Weir led “Black Throated Wind.” The band then broke out into “Peggy-O” for the first time in 2016, before playing their second-ever “Box Of Rain” and ending the set with “Goin Down The Road Feelin’ Bad.” Moments after a “Let Oteil Sing” shirt was shown on the display above the stage, the bassist obliged, taking vocals for a verse of “Down The Road,” only adding to the musical magic of the evening.When a set opens with “Truckin’,” you know you’re in for a treat. That’s how the second set started, and brought more of the heat to Citi Field. “He’s Gone”, in all its simplistic beauty, was impressively showcased through Mayer’s soulful lead vocals, as well as the loose, grooving swell of the song’s outro “vocal jam.” A powerful “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower” kept things rocking into a pulsing “Drums/Space,” before a keyboard solo from Jeff Chimenti slid softly into Weir-sung ballad “Days Between.” Donna Jean then returned to bring the set home with “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider.” Finally, the band tore the whole building down with their second tour debut of the night, the biblical tale of “Samson and Delilah,” putting an exclamation point on a successful two-night run in the City.Check out video highlights and a setlist below!BerthaBlack Throated WindBox of RainTruckin’Samson and Delilah Load remaining images Edit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlists
When he’s not holding things down on the rhythm for Phish, beloved drummer Jon Fishman maintains a pretty low-key and wholesome life. His family lives on a sustainable farm, and now, they’re getting ready to open up a store where they currently reside, in Lincolnville, ME.According to a report in the Penobscot Bay Pilot, Fishman and his wife Briar Lyons purchased the Lincolnville General Store in 2011, but wound up selling it to another family to focus on making their farm profitable. When the other family renovated the store, the Fishman family put in an offer and wound up buying back the property. Now it’s theirs once more.Working with a consultant Ladleah Dunn, the Fishmans have been hard at work on their new General Store, and plan to open it in March of 2017. Dunn talks about the vision of the store, saying, “The long and the short of the General Store is that it’s going to be a true general store. You can come in and get tampons or toilet paper or dish soap or a kicking lasagna to take home and heat up.”The focus is on organic and store-made products, including prepared foods and condiments. Since the Fishmans have five children, they can understand the importance of an all-in-one store, and the Lincolnville General Store aims to be just that. The property will also feature an outdoor porch area, WiFi, and a brick oven pizza stop for residents to come and chat. They’ll also work with local businesses to ensure that they aren’t stepping on anyone’s toes, and are planning to break into groceries and delivery services for the elderly and handicapped townspeople.“Most markets don’t just sell their own stuff,” said Briar. “It takes the community to stock the shelves and we will be working with not only local farmers, but local bakers, local artisans and craftspeople.” This sounds like an incredible business, and we wish the Fishman family nothing but success on this new venture!
After months of anticipation, a super group years in the making descended on the Hollywood Bowl last night. Featuring the talents of Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman Santana, and Marcus Miller, a true supergroup made their one-off debut at the famed Los Angeles, CA venue, playing a Latin jazz fusion spread for all to enjoy. They shined brightly, much like their band name would suggest: Mega Nova.“I asked them if it was OK for me to start a rumor that we were going to do something together, and they said, ‘Of course,’” Santana said in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “So I started a rumor, and here we are. And I feel so excited, because with these musicians, anything and everything can be transmitted.”The band played a mixture of hits by each of the artists, like “Oye Como Va” and “Watermelon Man,” as well as jazz standards for all to enjoy. Really though, Mega Nova is best heard and not read… check out some video clips below.
Allman Brothers Band drummer and percussionist Jaimoe has announced that his Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band will be playing a monthly residency at New York City jazz club, The Iridium. The residency is confirmed for November November 16th, December 14th and ending January 18th.Junior Mack (guitar/vocals), Dave Stoltz (bass), Brice Katz (keys), along with Paul Lieberman (sax/flute/piccolo), Kris Jensen (sax), and Reggie Pittman (trumpet), will be joining Jaimoe during the run, playing a unique blend of Jazz, Blues, Rock-n-Roll, and R&B.Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.“Ain’t Waistin’ Time No More/John Coltrane ~ Africa” at Wanee Fest 2011:[via Jambands]
Back in 2007, the Latin artist Manu Chao released in La Radiolina. After a ten year hiatus, Manu Chao is back, releasing three new songs with accompanying videos that perfectly encapsulate his breezy, positive style. The first two songs, “No Solo En China Hay Futuro” (Not Only China Has A Future) and “Words of Truth” are very much so in line with Manu Chao’s previously established sound. The last track, “Moonlight Avenue,” is born from his new duo with a Greek actress name Klelia Renesi under the moniker Ti.po.ta, and had two videos released for its debut.Videos for the three songs can be watched below, and downloads of each track are available via Manu Chao’s website.“No Solo En China Hay Futuro”“Words of Truth”“Moonlight Avenue” (Version 1)“Moonlight Avenue” (Version 2)[H/T Consequence of Sound]