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The New Great American Taxi Celebrates Beer Tonight

This evening, Great American Taxi will bring its new line-up to Boulder. Vince Herman and Chad Staehly remain at the core of the quintet. They are now joined by Santa Cruz native Jim Lewin on electric guitar as well as two Boulder-area players: Chris Sheldon (drums) and Brian Adams (bass), both of whom gigged with Phix. This evening's gig at the Boulder Theater will celebrate Boulder Beer’s 30th Anniversary with Oakhurst opening the night. Looking ahead, GAT will tour both coasts through October and mid-November with the complete itinerary to follow soon.

Lazy Lester and The Mule

Last night, Gov't Mule worked its way to Reno, Nevada for a show at the Hawkins Amphitheater. There the band was joined by Louisiana bluesman Lazy Lester. The 76 year old performer, born as Leslie Johnson, appeared for the encore where he joined Gov't Mule for versions of "I Hear Ya Knockin'" and "Smokestack Lightning." Then he remained on stage for a duo performance with Warren Haynes, as the two interpreted "Sing Me Back Home" to conclude the night. Incidentally, Gov't Mule did not cover "Friend of The Devil," although perhaps that will happen tonight now that the group has lit out from Reno, en route to San Diego.

The Colonel Is Tempted By Mike Gordon

Last night Mike Gordon continued his current tour with a stop in Atlanta. On hand was Gordon's colleague in the world of music and film (sometimes simultaneously, see Outside Out), Bruce Hampton. The Colonel emerged at the close of the first set, joining Gordon's quintet for "Yield Not To Temptation." It's on to Jacksonville, FL for the group, which will appear this evening at Freebird Live.

Classic Percy Hill Returns

The initial incarnation of Percy Hill reportedly will return to the stage in December. The version of the group that recorded Setting the Boat Adrift and Straight On Till Morning is set to appear at the Stone Church in Newmarket, NH on December 11. This version of the band features mainstays Nate Wilson on keys and Joe Farrell on guitar along with Nate's brother Zack (percussion), Dylan Halacy (drums), Tom Powley (guitar/vocals) and Jeremy Hill (bass).

Meanwhile, Nate Wilson continues to gig with his own Nate Wilson Group and that quartet will return to the stage on September 25 in Troy, NY at Revolution Hall.

Marco Benevento Will Let It Roll This Weekend

A new music and camping event will debut this weekend in Ghent, NY. The Let It Roll festival will take place on Sunnyview Farm from Friday through Sunday. The event will offer free entry for kids under 12, "games, paved paths and lots of nature to enjoy...Let It Roll features everything from early morning roots to late-night untz." As for music, the Marco Benevento Trio will perform on a bill that also features: The Brew, The Breakfast, The McLovins, Psylab (two full band sets), Pawnshop Roses (both nights), buzzuniverse, Leroy Justice and many others. Tickets are $70 at the fates, with the details available at the Let It Roll website.


Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary Dies at 72

Mary Travers, the lone female member of the hippie-folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, died yesterday after a battle with leukemia. She was 72.

Along with Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow, Travers formed Peter, Paul & Mary at the height of folk-era in the early 1960s. In its early days, the group was conceived and managed by Albert Grossman and played Greenwich Village, NY coffee houses and clubs like the Bitter End. The trio’s first, self-titled album introduced them to the world with sing-alongs like “Have All the Flowers Gone?” and Pete Seeger’s "If I Had a Hammer." The band also recorded classic versions of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and Leonard Lipton’s “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Along with Dylan and Joan Baez, Travers performed at the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic speech.

The trio’s final hit was a cover of John Denver’s "Leaving On A Jet Plane" in 1969 and the three musicians parted ways a year later. The group reunited in 1978 and has toured with regularity over the past three decades. Travers was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and her health problems led to the cancellation of several shows. She is survived by both her former bandmates.

Mike Gordon's Tuesday Jam

Mike Gordon made a surprise appearance at Asheville, NC’s Emerald Lounge this past Tuesday. The Phish bassist was in the area to perform with his solo band at the Orange Peel and stopped by the club's regular Tuesday Night Funk Jam. Gordon’s current opening act Rubblebucket took the stage first with the members of Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band—who host the event—for a series of funk-based songs. Mike Gordon Band guitarist Scott Murawski and drummer Todd Isler then took the stage for “The Chicken.” As the song stretched into a lengthy improvisation, Gordon himself took the stage with the ensemble for a jam. Gordon will perform at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this evening.

The New Deal to Play BB King's on New Year's

The New Deal will kick off 2010 with a performance at New York’s BB King Blues Club. The trio will play a 2 AM show at the venue the morning of January 1—immediately after the band’s good friends the Disco Biscuits ring in 2010 at the nearby Nokia Theater. The New Deal hosted a similar late night New Year’s Eve show at BB King Blues Club the morning of January 1, 2006. Meanwhile, the groip will appear at Ft. Collins, CO’s Hodi’s Halfnote on September 24.

Caravan of Thieves to Tour with Ryan Montbleau Band

Deep Banana Blackout guitarist Fuzz and his new band Caravan of Thieves will tour the Midwest things October. The seven-show run will consist of support dates from Ryan Montbleau Band, the winner of Jam Cruise’s Vote the Boat competition.

Caravan of Thieves’ tour with Ryan Montbleau Band will include stops in:

October 1 Columbus, OH—Circus
October 2 Dayton, OH—Canal Street Tavern
October 3 Cincinnati, OH—Play by Play
October 6 Elkhart Lake, WI—The Brown Baer
October 7 Madison, WI—High Noon Saloon
October 8 Milwaukee, WI—Miramar Theatre
October 9 Chicago, IL—Beat Kitchen

From the WNEW Archives: Phish

In 1971, Dennis Elsas hosted his first radio show on New York’s WNEW radio station, beginning a 25-year at the famed station. Elsas sat down with countless musicians while at the station, including the likes of John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, Levon Helm, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Peter Townshend. Elsas has recently started archiving his radio interviews on his personal homepage and one of his latest archival offerings is of particular interest to readers: Phish’s April 13, 1994 performance in the WNEW studios. The bands plays three songs—“Sample in a Jar,” “Down With Disease,” and “Rift,” discusses an endorsement offer from Snapple and Trey Anastasio’s broken leg. Please click here to listen to the lost performance.

STS9 to Drop Ad Explorata this Fall

STS9 has surprised its fans with the announcement of a new studio album. Ad Explorata will arrive this fall via 1320 Records. The band will release more details about the project—including an official release date—in the coming weeks. STS9 will appear at Laytonville, CA’s Earthdance Festival on September 26.

Pavement Confirm Reunion Rumors

Pavement will reunite for a self-described “one-time-only tour” in 2010. According to the group’s label Matador, “After years of speculation, the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott ‘Spiral Stairs’ Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010. Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.”

As of press time, the band’s only confirmed date is a September 21, 2010 performance at New York’s Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. A pre-sale begins at 10:00 AM EST on Friday, September 18, 2009—one year and three days before the show. The announcement confirms numerous rumors that began circulating after a handful of indie music websites caught wind of the high-profile reunion.

Vampire Weekend Play Contra

Vampire Weekend will release its next studio album, Contra via XL Recordings. The band started work on its sophomore album in Brooklyn last December and previewed a few of its new songs while in Mexico this past March (the quartet also recorded a song for Contra while in Mexico). Contra will feature ten songs: “Horchata,” “White Sky,” “Holiday,” “California English,” “Taxi Cab,” “Run,” “Cousins,” “Giving Up The Gun,” “Diplomat’s Son” and “I Think Ur A Contra.” “There’s clearly a different mentality going into this record since we’re an at least a somewhat known quantity,” drummer Chris Tompson recently told Relix/ “The last one was pretty piecemeal and just for ourselves—we had no idea what it would do or if it would do anything.”

Vampire Weekend will perform at Montreal’s Le National on October 6 and Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on October 8. Look for a profile on the group’s new album in the November issue of Relix.

Jackie Greene to Sit in with Gov’t Mule in San Francisco

Jackie Greene will sit in with Gov’t Mule at San Francisco’s Warfield on September 25 and 26. As previously reported, the San Francisco guitarist will open for Gov’t Mule in October and sit in with the band at Upper Darby, PA’s Tower Theater on Halloween. While in California, Warren Haynes will also take over Los Angeles’ The Sound (100.3 FM) at 6 PM this Sunday night. Haynes will play a handful of tracks, including some songs from the new Gov’r Mule record.

As previously reported, Gov’t Mule will return to New York’s Beacon Theater on New Year’s Eve.


Gov’t Mule Return to the Beacon for New Year’s Eve, Confirm European Dates

Gov’t Mule will return to the Beacon Theater on December 30 and 31 for its annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The band first played the venue in 1996 as an opener for the Black Crowes and settled into the venue as a headliner in early 2002. Gov’t Mule returned to the theater that New Year’s Eve and has played the famed room each December since (with the exception of 2008 when the room was undergoing a renovation). Between his gigs at the Beacon with the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends and Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes has played the theater more than almost any other performer. The band is also offering a VIP package that contains a limited edition t-shirt, poster and admission to a special mini-set during soundcheck.

Gov’t Mule has also confirmed a European tour. The run coinsides with the European release of By A Thread through Provogue Records.

Below is a list of the band’s European dates:

November 5 Copenhagen, Denmark—Pumpeshuset
November 6 Lubeck, Germany—Rollingstone Weekender
November 7 Antwerp, Belgium—Hof Ter Lo
November 8 Koln, Germany—Live Music Hall
November 10 Wein, Austria—WUK
November 11 Munich, Germany—Theatrefibark
November 12 Milan, Italy—Alcatraz
November 15 Barcelona, Spain—Sala Apolo
November 16 Madrid, Spain—Sala Heineken
November 18 Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg
November 21 London, UK—The Forum

Ryan Montbleau Band Wins at Spot on Jam Cruise Via Vote the Boat

Former New Groove of the Month Ryan Montbleau Band has won a spot on Jam Cruise through the Vote the Boat competition. The contest’s runner up was the Josh Phillips Folk Festival. While Jam Cruise can't invite the whole band to come on board, Josh Phillips himself will perform on Jam Cruise 8. In addition, the traveling festival has added pool-side sets with Perpetual Groove guitarist Brock Butler to its musical offerings. Jam Cruise will sail from January 3-8, featuring performances by STS9, The Word, Zappa Plays Zappa, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Galactic, Maceo Parker, Dark Star Orchestra and many others. Less than 25 cabins are available.

Toubab Krewe's Fall Tour

Toubab Krewe has announced a fall tour on the heels of a busy summer that included sets at Bonnaroo, Festivus, Rothbury and a sit in with The Dead. The fall tour, which is in support of the band's latest album Live at the Orange Peel, will kick off in Boone, NC on September 17. Live at the Orange Peel is their follow up to 2007’s self-titled album. After the Boone show, the band will then make their way to California playing shows along the way before returning back to their home state of North Carolina for a three night Halloween run. Krewe will then play dates on the northeast before their two night New Years celebration back at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina where the tour will come full circle. After New Years they will then ship out on Jam Cruise.

Toubab Krewe’s upcoming fall tour dates include:

September 17 Boone NC—Legends at Appalachian State
September 18 Knoxville, TN—Cider House
September 19 Nashville, TN—Exit/In
September 20 Memphis, TN—Levitt Shell
September 21 St. Louis, MO—Off Broadway
September 22 Kansas City, MO—Crosstown Station
September 23 Lincoln, NE—Bourbon Theatre
September 24 Boulder, CO—Fox Theatre
September 25 Fort Collins, CO—Aggie Theatre
September 26 Denver, CO—Cervantes
September 29 Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge
September 30 Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern
October 2 Eugene, OR—WOW Hall
October 3 Arcata, CA—Humboldt Brewery
October 8 San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall
October 10 Joshua Tree, CA—Joshua Tree Music Festival
October 13 San Diego, CA—Winston's Beach Club
October 14 Tucson, AZ—Plush
October 15 Tempe, AZ—Sail Inn
October 16 Flagstaff, AZ—Green Room
October 17 Santa Fe, NM—Santa Fe Brewing Company
October 22 Austin, TX—Flamingo Cantina
October 23 Houston, TX—Last Concert Cafe
October 24 New Orleans, LA—Blue Nile
October 29 Charleston, SC—Poor House
October 30 Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre
October 31 Carrboro, NC—Cat's Cradle
November 12-13 Live Oak, FL—Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Bear Creek Music and Art Festival
November 19 New York, NY—Santos Party House
November 20 Cambridge, MA—Middle East Nightclub
November 21 Cambridge, MA—Middle East Nightclub
December 30-31 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel
January 3-8, 2010—Jam Cruise

Report by Jonathan Juliano

Jeff Sipe Joins Mike Gordon in Asheville

Last night, Mike Gordon and his band performed at Asheville , NC’s The Orange Peel. Area-resident, and jamband drumming hero, Jeff Sipe attended the show and sat in with the band a few songs into its set. Sipe emerged for the Bill Monroe/Peter Rowan number “Walls of Time,” a song Gordon has covered on occasion. Gordon and Sipe first shared the stage when the drummer was a member of Aquarium Rescue Unit. Sipe was also a member of Trey Anastasio’s solo band in 2006. Gordon will appear at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse tomorrow.

Blog Posts Point to 2010 Pavement Reunion

The influential indie rock band Pavement will reunite in 2010, according to a series of posts on respected music websites like BrooklynVegan and Pitchfork. The band—Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, Scott Kannberg, Steve West and Mark Ibold—has not performed together since 1999. A number of unfounded reunion rumors have spread in that time. If the band does reunite, it will be one of the biggest reunions of the past decade.

According to this week’s reports, the band will reunite for a series of shows in 2010, including a September stop at Central Park SummerStage. The post also mentions the possibility of a reunion performance at Coachella in April. The festival helped spur reunions by a number of bands, including Rage Against the Machine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Gang of Four and the Pixies. Malkmus has a successful solo career, while Ibold is a member of Sonic Youth.

Ozomatli to Perform for President Barack Obama

Los Angeles based band Ozomatli will perform at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Award Gala this evening. The event will take place at Washington DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center, emceed by Maria Hinojosa, senior correspondent for the public television series NOW on PBS. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and more than 35 members of Congress will be in attendance. President Obama will address more than 2,000 guests commemorating this hallmark event of Hispanic Heritage Month. The band's Off the Grid tour will then continue at Sacramento, CA's Sacramento State on October. 29

The Black Keys Tap Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon and Other Hip-Hop Stars for New Album

The Black Keys and former Roc-A-Fella records partner Damon Dash will collaborate on a new hip-hop/rock hybrid due out this November. In an uncharacteristic move, BlakRoc will hit stores on “Black Friday,” November 27, the day after Thanksgiving (to be dubbed “Blak Friday” by stores selling the album). Produced by and featuring The Black Keys, BlakRoc will boast appearances by Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray and Billy Danze. “No samples were used on the record,” Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach said in a statement. “It’s all live instruments and live vocals.” The album will be released on the Black Keys BlakRoc Records and sold at independent record stores. The Black Keys will appear at New Orleans’ Voodoo Music Experience on October 30. Meanwhile, the members of the band will be on the road with their side-projects.

The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson Confirm Fall Tour, DSO Dates

The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson has confirmed an extended fall tour, including a stretch of shows with Dark Star Orchestra. After being sidelined with some health issues earlier in the year, Mattson returned to work with the former Grateful Dead singer for a series of successful summer shows. The band promises Dead and Jerry Garcia Band staples like “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Eyes of the World,” “Don’t Let Go,” “Midnight Moonlight,” and the Youngbloods’ “Darkness Darkness.”

The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson dates include:

September 24 Sellersville, PA—Sellersville Theater 1894
September 25 Pittsburgh, PA—Club Café
September 26 Baltimore, MD—8 x 10
September 27 Fairfield, CT—Fairfield Theatre Company
October 1 Wantagh, NY—Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall
October 2 Plains, PA—River Street Jazz Café
October 3 Teaneck, NJ—Mexicali Live
November 5 Raleigh, NC—Pour House Music Hall
November 6 Morganton, NC—Catawba Valley Brewing Co.
November 7 Charlotte, NC—Double Door Inn
November 8 Athens, GA—Melting Point
November 18 Ithaca, NY—State Theatre (opening for DSO)
November 19 Bridgeport, CT—Klein Memorial Aud. opening for DSO)
November 20 Northampton, MA—Calvin Theather (opening for DSO)
November 21 Lowell, MA—Lowell Memorial Aud. (opening for DSO)
November 22 Whippany, NJ—Ukranian-American Cultural Center
November 25 Jim Thorpe, PA—Penn’s Peak (opening for DSO)

Monday Night Football at Brooklyn Bowl with DJ Logic

New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, the new venue operated by Relix/ publisher Pete Shapiro, will host a free Monday Night Football party each week throughout football season. The venue will air the game—or games—on its jumbo TV screens with a “live score” provided by DJ Logic. Happy Hour bowling specials will run from 6:00-8:00 PM. Logic will kick off his residency at the club this coming Monday, September 21.


Daptone Gold

Daptone Records will release Daptone Gold on November 24. The collection will mix hits, obscure rare tracks and deep album favorites by a range of Daptone artists: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, the Menahan Street Band, Antibalas, Binky Griptite and the Sugarman Three.

“Over the past decade, a lot of blood and sweat was shed in this little house in Bushwick, and when people experience all these recordings together in a package like this, they are really going to feel what the ‘Daptone Sound’ is all about,” label co-founder and Sharon Jones bassist Gabriel Roth says in a statement. “I'm very proud of this record. It's hard evidence of what the Daptone family has accomplished. I'm also excited to finally have so many of my favorite Daptone cuts, many of which were previously only available on vinyl seven inches, included on a proper album. People should really hear this.”

Highlights include: unreleased material from the Dap-Kings’ 100 Days, 100 Nights album, Victor "Ticklah" Axlerod and Bosco Mann's out of print makossa-style reworking of Antibalas' afrobeat cover of the Hector Lavoe hit "Che Che Cole (penned by Willie Colon), Sharon Jones’ cover of Gladys Knight and the Pips' “Giving Up” and album versions of several songs originally released on 45s.

Double The Loughlin on Halloween

Jim Loughlin will pull double duty on Halloween. After appearing with moe. at Albany, NY’s Washington Avenue Armory, Loughlin will head over to the nearby Lark Tavern. There he will play a post-moe. show with Lynch. Speaking of moe.'s Halloween gig, look for more information about fan participation regarding that night on later this week.

Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard Announce Dates To Support Keroauc Project

As we’ve reported, Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard have recorded an album that pays tribute to Jack Keroauc and his book Big Sur. That disc, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, is set for an October 20 release and will come packaged with a documentary film that will include appearances by such artists as: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith and Tom Waits. In addition, Farrar and Gibbard have announced that they will perform four shows to celebrate the release of One Fast Move Or I'm Gone (the shows also will mark 40 years since Kerouac passed away on October 21, 1969). The two will be joined on these dates by Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie), Mark Spencer (Son Volt) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats).

Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard Dates

October 23 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
October 24 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club
October 26 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
October 28 New York, NY- Webster Hall

KDTU's Brother's Keeper Tour

Today is the official release date of Brother's Keeper, the follow-up to Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe's 2002 release The Bridge. The group will cross the country in support of the disc, with a number of shows recently added to the tour itinerary. Among these is a two night in San Francisco at The Independent on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. The tour opens tonight in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Brother's Keeper Tour Dates

September 15 Grand Rapids MI - The Intersection
September 16 Milwaukee WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
September 17 Minneapolis MN - The Cabooze
September 18 Madison WI - Majestic Theatre
September 19 Rock Island IL - Rock Island Brewing Co.
September 20 Des Moines IA - People's
September 30 Bellingham, WA - Nightlight Lounge
October 1 Olympia, WA—Capitol Theatre
October 2 Seattle, WA—Showbox at the Market
October 3 Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
October 4 Bend OR - Domino Room
October 6 Eureka CA - The Red Fox Tavern
October 7 Sebastopol, CA - HopMonk Tavern
October 8-9 Santa Cruz, CA—Moe's Alley
October 10 Los Angeles CA - The Mint
October 17Alpine, CA—Smokin' In The Park
October 18 Santa Margarita CA - Pozo Saloon
October 22 Salem, MO—Camp Zoe
October 23 Bloomington, IN—Bluebird Nightclub
October 24 Chicago, IL—Double Door
October 25 Cleveland Heights, OH—Grog Shop
October 27 Syracuse, NY—The Westcott Theater
October 28 Portland, ME—Asylum
October 29 Troy, NY—Revolution Hall
October 31 New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom
November 5 Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse
November 6 Charleston, SC—Music Farm
November 7 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel
November 13-14 Live Oak, FL—Bear Creek Music & Art Festival
November 27 San Francisco CA - The Independent
November 28 San Francisco CA- The Independent

The Flaming Lips To Visit Colbert

The Flaming Lips will appear on The Colbert Report tomorrow. The psychedelic rock band is in New York for an appearance at the second annual ATP NY (where the group previewed a few tracks from its forthcoming album Embryonic and covered “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” in a room designed to look like a spaceship). Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne will likely discuss his new album, his hippie politics and other topics on the Comedy Central program.

Kyle Hollingsworth, George Porter Jr. and The Pearl Street All-Stars

The Pearl Street All-Stars will once again come together to celebrate the anniversary of Colorado’s Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery. The party will take place at Colorado’s Boulder Theater at 9 PM on October 24 and likely stretch into the early morning. This incarnation of the Pearl Street All-Stars will feature mainstays Kyle Hollingsworth and George Porter Jr., as well as a few other “funk/soul juggernauts.” As previously reported, Hollingsworth now has his own limited edition "Hoppingsworth IPA.”

Winterland, June 1977: The Complete Recordings

The Grateful Dead will release an eight-disc box set chronicling its famed run at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena from June 7-9, 1977. Winterland, June 1977: The Complete Recordings will feature complete recordings of those three shows, as well as a bonus disc featuring highlights of the group’s stop at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on May 12, 1977.

Dead archivist David Lemieux describes the Winterland run by saying, “A lot of Dead Heads say ’77 is their favorite year. And of these shows, the first night is a Top 15, the second is a Top 10, and the third is a Top 3.”

The Grateful Dead previewed all but one song from Terrapin Station, its then-forthcoming ninth studio album throughout the three night run. In addition, the group looked back at its already vast canon with “St. Stephen," “Eyes Of The World,” “Bertha,” “The Other One” as well as versions of “Good Lovin’” and “Jack-a-Roe.” The box set will be bundled with an extensive, full-color booklet featuring rare photos, an essay by Rolling Stone senior editor and Winterland veteran David Fricke and a few other “surprise goodies.”

Jimmy Buffett, Adam Sandler, No Doubt, Monsters of Folk Sign on for Bridge School Benefit

Neil Young has confirmed the initial lineup for his annual Bridge School Benefit via a video on the charity concert’s homepage. The event will return to Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 24 and 25, featuring performances both nights by No Doubt, Monsters of Folk, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Sheryl Crow, Fleet Foxes, Gavin Rossdale and the new incarnation of Wolfmother. In addition, Jimmy Buffett will perform on October 24, while Adam Sandler will take the stage on October 25.


Soulive Welcome John Scofield, Sharon Jones and Lettuce Onstage at the The Royal Family Get Down

Soulive celebrated its 10th anniversary and the launch of its Royal Family record label with a festival at Northampton, MA’s Pines Theater this past Saturday. The Royal Family Get Down kicked off with an appearance by the Nigel Hall Band and also featured support sets by the Charlie Hunter Duo with Eric Kalb, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Hall also made a guest appearance on vocals during Hunter’s set. As expected, Soulive’s headlining performance was a family affair featuring a number of the day’s performers. Hall, who has been on the road with Soulive recently, took the stage for “Too Much” and, along with Jones, “Signed Sealed and Delivered.” John Scofield, who played guitar on Soulive’s first major album Turn It Out, then emerged for “What You See Is What You Get,” “Backwards Jack” and later “Move on Up.” Throughout the entire set, the core Soulive trio was enhanced by the horn section of Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis.

As many readers are likely aware, Krasno, Kininger, Zoidas and Neal Evans also play in Lettuce. So it seemed fitting that partway through Soulive’s set drummer Alan Evans moved to percussion and most of Lettuce—Hall, drummer Adam Deitch and guitarist Adam Smirnoff—took the stage for a stealth Lettuce spot. A medley of James Brown tunes closed out the night.

Later in the evening, Break Science ft. Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee headlined the event's official after party at Northampton, MA’s Pearl Street. At various points throughout the night, both Krasno’s Chapter 2 band and Lettuce made stealth appearances on stage.

MMW to Release Radiolarians Box Set

MMW will bundle its Radiolarians releases as a new box set. Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set will feature Radiolarians I-III, unreleased live material, bonus tracks, vinyl, remixes and a feature-length DVD. The latter is a feature film entitled Fly In A Bottle is was directed by Billy Martin. All of the material contained in the box was written and performed by MMW specifically for The Radiolarian Series. The DVD will also include the music video for “Amber Gris,” the esoteric Incant to Chantes Des Femmes directed by Grey Gersten, and an experiment with time-lapse film by Martin entitled CW. CW is a metaphoric look at the evolving and intricate relationship between Chris Wood and John Medeski from Martin's perspective. Filmed on the tour bus, CW is set to the music of "First Light" and features excerpts of transistor radio as used in "Chasen v. Suribachi."

"As a child, I was always interested in oceanography and marine biology. I was especially interested in plankton, phytoplankton, diatoms, all of those microorganisms in the sea. John and Chris share my passion and interest in biology and science as well" drummer Billy Martin said in a statement. It's not surprising then that the trio instantly gravitated towards the dazzling drawings and in-depth studies of German biologist Ernst Haeckel. Haeckel's beautiful Radiolarians drawings graced the covers of all three Radiolarians records and served as a visual inspiration for the trio's music. Ernst Haeckel is credited with discovering and naming thousands of new species and popularizing the studies of Charles Darwin in Germany during the late 1800s.

Other box set highlights include an eight track, 70-minute live record culled from shows recorded during the Radiolarians tours and a ten track remix CD featuring contributions from 9 different DJs and producers (including Dan The Automator, DJ Spooky, DJ Logic, DJ Olive and Scott Harding). The box set will be available on November 24.

Reid Genauer and Mike Gordon Nod to Gillian Welch, Fatboy Slim and the Allmans

Reid Genauer spent three nights on the road opening for Mike Gordon last week. His third and final show with the Phish bassist took place at Falls Church, VA's State Theatre this past Saturday. During Genauer’s opening set Mike Gordon Band guitarist Scott Murawski sat in with the Assembly of Dust leader for “Honest Hour,” a song he has covered with his primary band Max Creek. The evening’s headliner then took the stage with Genauer to play acoustic guitar and sing harmony on a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Back in Time” that included a rare acoustic guitar solo by Gordon. Finally, during Gordon’s set Genauer returned the favor by supplying lead vocals on a cover of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Ain't Wasting Time No More” that segued into a take on Fatboy Slim’s “La La La.” Gordon and Genauer also offered a vocal jam on the latter song.

Gordon will appear at Raligh, NC’s Lincoln Theater tonight, while Assembly of Dust will headline Troy, NY’s Revolution Hall this Friday.

Jeff Pevar Sits in with Gov't Mule

Gov’t Mule is currently in the midst of West Coast tour in advance of its new studio album By a Thread. On Saturday the band performed at Jacksonville, OR’s Britt Pavilion. The group returned for a two-song encore as well with guitarist Jeff Pevar, a veteran of Jazz is Dead and David Crosby’s various bands. Pevar sat in with the group for “Need Your Love So Bad” and Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair.” Gov’t Mule will appear at Salt Lake City, UT’s The Depot tomorrow.

Trey Anastasio and New York Philharmonic Take on "You Enjoy Myself," HeadCount Discusses Nitrous Problems Outside the Show

Trey Anastasio made his debut with the New York Philharmonic this past Saturday at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The performance was Anastasio’s latest collaboration with an orchestra—following shows with the Vermont Youth Symphony, Orchestra Nashville and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra—and featured reworked versions of a number of Phish staples arranged by Anastasio and Orchestra Nashville conductor Don Hart. Though the two-set performance was his first headlining show in the historic room, Anastasio previously appeared at Carnegie Hall in 1999 and 2005 at benefits for the Tibet House and 2004 with the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

The show opened with Anastasio alone onstage with the symphony’s string section for a version of “First Tube,” a number he first re-arranged this past spring for a performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Anastasio then led the string section through three additional songs that have become staples in the Phish guitarist’s orchestra sets: “The Inlaw Josie Wales” (first performed in an orchestral setting with the Vermont Youth Symphony in 2001), “Brian and Robert” (first performed in an orchestral setting with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2009), “The Divided Sky” (re-arranged by Hart for a performance at New York’s Webster Hall in 2006 and debuted in an orchestral setting with the Nashville Orchestra in 2008) and ““Water In the Sky” (first performed in an orchestral setting with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2009). The philharmonic’s brass and percussion sections then took the stage for “Pebbles and Marbles”—Anastasio’s latter day epic that was first reworked with a symphony as “Prologue” at the 2004 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and later as a complete multi-part movement with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2009. The set came to a close with the orchestral version of “Guyute” that Anastasio introduced in 2001.

Most of the New York Philharmonic’s second set was built around “Time Turns Elastic,” the new composition that Anastasio released as an orchestral movement earlier this year and on Phish’s Joy last week. In its orchestral format, the song includes several sections not included on Joy and stretched well past the 20-minute mark Saturday night. The extended movement was followed by a concise reading of “Let Me Lie” and, finally, the debut of Anastasio and Hart’s orchestrated “You Enjoy Myself.” The reworked song was an evening highlight, with the philharmonic’s brass section filling in gaps where Phish would place its vocals. At the end of the song, Anastasio even put down his guitar and moved to the front of the stage for a brief, solo vocal jam. Though not listed on the event’s program, the evening’s lone encore was a string-laced version of the rare Phish ballad “If I Could.”

Though Anastasio’s performance with the philharmonic left the audience with much to talk about, the evening’s other topic of conversation was the mass amount of nitrious oxide being sold and consumed out in the open outside the classy, Midtown New York venue.

HeadCount’s new blog discusses the problem in greater detail.

The Chris Berry Trio featuring Michael Kang and Steve Kimock to Play Free Show at Brooklyn Bowl Tuesday

The Chris Berry Trio featuring Michael Kang and Steve Kimock will play a free show at Brooklyn, NY’s new Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow, September 15. The musicians are slated to take the stage at 10 PM.

The show is the final stop on the African-electronica-improvisational group’s brief September tour. In addition to Berry, the trio’s other mainstays are drummer Aaron Johnston and bassist Jesse Murphy. Both musicians are founding members of the Brazilian Girls.

The Chris Berry Trio is also slated to enter the studio this week to work on some new tracks. Berry and Kang will then bring their Panjea project to Chicago’s Kinetic Playground on September 18 and Salem, MO’s Camp Zoe on September 19. The latter show is part of Schwagstock 42, a weekend of music that features The Schwag, EOTO, Nailhouse featuring Keith Moseley, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and Sikiru Adepoju, among others.

Umphrey's McGee, Omega Moos Confirm East Coast Dates

Umphrey’s McGee has confirmed a November East Coast tour. The band will kick off its run with a three-night stand at South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground from November 12-14. RAQ guitarist Chris Michetti will open the first night of the run with his new, eponymous solo project. The sextet will then move through Maine, New York and Pennsylvania, before bringing things to a close at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club on November 20 and 21.

Umphrey’s McGee members Brendan Bayliss and Ryan Stasik have also confirmed two Northeast dates the following week with the Omega Moos. The Umphrey’s McGee/New Deal side-project will spend Thanksgiving Weekend at Brooklyn, NY’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/27) and Southbridge, MA’s The Cannery (11/28).

Umphrey’s McGee’s November Tour Dates:

November 12-14 South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground
November 15 Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall
November 17 Clifton Park, NY—Northern Lights
November 18 Rochester, NY—Water Street Music Hall
November 19 Millvale, PA—Mr. Small's Theatre
November 20-21 Washington, DC—9:30 Club

Omega Moos Tour Dates:

November 27 Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg
November 28 Southbridge, MA—The Cannery

Weir, Two Wassermans and Friends Scare the Children

Original RatDog members Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman and Jay Lane regrouped this past Saturday as Scaring the Children for a performance at Mill Valley, CA’s 142 Throckmorton Theatre. The show benefited the Blue Bear School of Music and featured an opening set by RatDog’s summer tour companion Jackie Greene. Scaring the Children—a name Weir and Wasserman used in the 1980s and 1990s—took the stage for a trio set that featured “Blackbird,” “Victim or the Crime,” “Me and My Uncle,” “Peggy-O,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Easy to Slip,” “Jack Straw,” “Even So” and “Dark Star.” After “Dark Star,” Greene and Wasserman’s daughter Sara—a solo performer in her own right—took the stage with the group for “Sugaree.” Greene remained onstage as the ensemble finished off “Dark Star,” but faded offstage before the musicians closed the night with “One More Saturday Night” and the lone encore of “Ripple.” Weir and Lane will perform in the new band Further this coming weekend at Oakland, CA’s Fox Theater.

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