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9/11/09

Soulive with Scofield at Royal Family Get Down Tomorrow

On Saturday, Soulive will celebrate their 10th anniversary and the launching of their record label, Royal Family Records, with an all day event at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Gates for the Royal Family Get Down will open at 1PM, with Nigel Hall kicking off the music at 2. Charlie Hunter will then take stage at 3PM for an hour set. He will be followed by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals from 4:15-5:30. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are then slated to appear next, from 6:00-7:15. Finally the host band will close things out, as Soulive and special guest John Scofield will deliver a two hour set that starts at 7:45. A portion of the proceeds from the Royal Family Get Down will go to the Royal Family Foundation, "a charity dedicated to helping students in the communities surrounding their shows with instruments in their public schools." Tickets are still available with details at the Royal Family Records site.

Ghostland in Fall

Ghostland Observatory will kick off its fall tour with a hometown performance at Austin’s ACL Festival on October 3. The duo will then offer a late night show at Austin’s Stubb’s BBQ on October 4, before moving across the country for a series of headlining performances. Along the way, the band will open for STS9 at Milwaukee, WI’s Eagles Ballroom on October 9. The two bands recently shared the stage in Atlanta.

Ghostland Observatory 2009 Tour Dates

September 11 Washington DC - 9:30 Club
October 3 Austin, Texas - Austin City Limits
October 4 Austin, Texas - Stubb's
October 8 Madison, Wisconsin - Barrymore Theatre
October 10 Columbia, Missouri - Blue Note
October 15 St. Louis, Missouri - The Pageant
October 16 Kansas City, Missouri - The Crossroads
October 17 Minneapolis, Minnesota - The Cabooze
October 29 Lake Buena Vista, Florida - House of Blues
October 31 Dallas, Texas - Palladium Ballroom
November 6 Seattle, Washington - Showbox SoDo
November 7 Seattle, Washington - Showbox SoDo
November 8 Portland, Oregon - Crystal Ballroom
November 13 Tulsa, Oklahoma - Cain's Ballroom
November 20 Chicago, Illinois - Congress Theatre
December 4 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
December 5 New York, New York - Terminal 5

RRE NYE

Railroad Earth will travel out west for its New Year's run. The group will headline four holiday shows at three venues in two cities. The action will kick off with two dates at San Francisco’s Fillmore on December 27 and 28. The band will then head north for a gig at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom on December 30. Finally, Railroad Earth will ring in 2010 at Portland’s Aladdin Theatre.

Tonight RRE is in South Burlington, VT for the first of two shows at Higher Ground.

U-Melt's Halloween

U-Melt has confirmed its first round of fall tour dates. Of particular note is the group's Halloween performance which will be a late-night post-moe. gig at Albany's Red Square (for more on moe.'s Halloween show, stay tuned for a special announcement next week on Jambands.com). Beyond the Halloween gig the band has confirmed a show in its hometown of New York City on October 17 at Sullivan Hall. The band is expected to announce its November and December dates over the coming weeks.

Tonight U-Melt is at the Backwoods Pondfest in Peru, NY.

U-Melt Confirmed Fall Dates

September 18 S. Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
September 19 Greenfield, MA - Wormfest
September 24 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
September 25 Charlestown, RI - Calling Planet Earth Music Festival
September 26 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
October 2 Ithaca, NY - Castaways
October 3 Buffalo, NY - Nietzsche's
October 15 Baltimore, MD - The 8x10
October 16 Philadelphia, PA - The North Star
October 17 New York, NY - Sullivan Hall
October 23 Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
October 24 TBA
October 30 Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theater
October 31 Albany, NY - Red Square - (Late night post moe. show)

Ryan Adams Returns

Ryan Adams’ “retirement from the music industry” appears to be over. The self-proclaimed “singer, songwriter, author, skateboarder and metal enthusiast” has just released the new single “Lost And Found" / "Go Ahead And Rain” on his newly reanimated Pax Am label today. Revues from the project will support the http://ryanada.ms site and keep his FOGGY TV broadcasting.

Adams issued the following statement regarding the debut of the Pax Am label:

Thanks for making Pax Am the number one Ryan Adams merch site online. We would hunt anyone else down though.

Did you have a rad summer? Good. If you said no, never worry, Pax Am is here. We are gonna fill your fall and winter up with vinyl, digital singles, and t shirts you don't need.

Stay tuned for videos, free tracks, and our digi-singles. Subscribers get first dibs on rare vinyl.

Remember, purchasing the buck 49 singles is a way to keep FOGGY TV on the air, but it is not necessary to view the weekly content.

This is my label and my internet disco dream.

Make it real you jerks.

Worship me.

Warren Haynes' etown Accompaniment

While in Colorado for a few shows with the Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes taped a solo show for the etown radio program earlier this week. The guitarist ran through a number of his own songs and regular covers, including “Beautifully Broken,” “I'll Be The One,” “Forevermore” and “Frozen Fear.” In addition, the program’s host, Nick Forrester, added pedal steel to “Soulshine.” Langhorne Slim and his band also appeared on the program and later sat in with Haynes for “I Shall Be Released” and “Wild Horses."

Jeff Austin & Friends Return

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Jeff Austin has confirmed a few shows with his Jeff Austin & Friends band. On September 18, Austin and his comrades will perform at Bellvue, CO’s Mishawaka Amphitheatre on a bill that also includes Kyle Hollingsworth Band. The following night, September 19, Austin & Friends will headline Aspen, CO’s Belly Up, while his YMSB cohorts Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann perform together in Lyons, CO. Finally, on September 20 Austin & Friends will hold court at Boulder, CO’s Gold Hill Inn. Check out the October issue of Relix for more on Yonder.

9/10/09

Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Cherine Anderson and Vieux Farka Toure to Join Spearhead at Power to the Peaceful

Michael Franti has confirmed the lineup for this weekend’s Power to the Peaceful Festival. The 11th annual event will take place at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on September 12, featuring performances by Spearhead, the Alanis Morissette acoustic trio, Sly & Robbie, Cherine Anderson, Vieux Farka Toure and Sellassie. In addition, Namkha Rinpoche will bring a personal message from the Dalai Lama, and an open air DJ tent will present Miguel Migs, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, DJ Heyman, DJ Adnan and DJ Zita.

The festival will continue the following day at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. The event will feature a day of action workshops, yoga conversations and a second performance by Franti.

Mickey Hart, Jimmy Buffett, Presidents Obama and Clinton and Others Honor Walter Cronkite

Numerous broadcasters, politicians, musicians and other dignitaries gathered at New York’s Lincoln Center yesterday at memorial service for acclaimed CBS newscaster Walter Cronkite. The evening featured speeches by many of Cronkite’s closest associates, President Obama and former president Bill Clinton. Throughout the night, a number of musicians honored Cronkite’s memory, including Jimmy Buffet, Wynton Marsalis and Mickey Hart. Hart performed with Buffett and, later, Global Drum Project members Zakir Hussain and Sikiru Adepoju, as well as saxophonist Paul Winter.” “Walter turned and asked, ‘Mickey when do we know we have the groove?’” Hart reminisced. “‘Walter you'll know’ [I said]. A short time later, Cronkite exclaimed, ‘Mickey, I got it!.’” Hart and Cronkite became close friends in the past decade and collaborated onstage at the Green Apple Music Festival in 2006.

Frank Black, David Berkeley, Chris Harford and Members of Wilco to Pay Tribute to Mark Mulcahy at the Music Hall

The Pixies’ Frank Black, David Berkeley and The Autumn Defense featuring Wilco’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are among the acts scheduled to celebrate the work of Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy at Brooklyn, NY’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 20. The tribute will coincide with the release of Ciao My Shining Star – The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, a compilation of Mulcahy covers by the likes of Black, Berkeley, Thom Yorke, The National, Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Jr., Chris Harford & Mr Ray Nealm and Vic Chesnutt, among others. Proceeds from the compilation will benefit the influential songwriter, whose wife recently passed, leaving him with twin three-year-olds.

The benefit will also feature appearances by Chris Harford & Ray Neal, Butterflies of Love, The Parkway Charlies, Winterpills, The Late B.P. Helium and a reading by graphic novelist Ben Katchor. The club will also host the premiere of a video for Thom Yorke's “All For The Best.”

Mulcahy’s music is perhaps most known for its inclusion in the TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. That shows star Danny Tamberelli and his indie-jam band Jounce have also recorded a version of Mulcahy's "The Heart Is Attached," which will be released as a digital track with the album.

Railroad Earth Wish New Monsoon's Jeff Miller "Happy Birthday"

On Sunday, Railroad Earth headlined Aspen, CO’s Belly Up club as part of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival After Dark series. The gig coincided with New Monsoon guitarist Jeff Miller’s birthday and, partway through their second set, the members of Railroad Earth sang happy birthday to the axe-man who was in attendance. Miller then emerged for a run from “The Hunting Song” into “Mountain Time.” Railroad Earth will perform at Ithaca, NY’s State Theater this evening.

No NJ Chanukah for Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo will skip its semi-annual Chanukah shows in Hoboken, NJ this December to tour Japan. The trio’s Chanukah shows have developed into destination events over the years, featuring special guests, rare covers, surprise openers and comedic interludes. As a makeup of sorts to area fans, Yo La Tengo has added some extra names to its September 25 show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. In a note the band says, “It had already been announced that The Black Lips would be opening, but get there earlier and be treated to the Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co., manufacturing some ballads, boogie and blues out in the lobby. I also overheard Ira reminiscing about seeing the Joshua Light Show at the Fillmore East… Well, joining those aforementioned bands at the Roseland will be The Joshua White and Gary Panter’s Light Show. You might remember Gary Panter from such album covers as I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, or TV shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Their upcoming performance might or might not be something like this (taken from a 2005 performance at the Anthology Film Archives, NYC).” The trio will appear at South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground on September 15.

The Benevento/Russo Duo to Tour in November

The Benevento/Russo Duo will hit the road in November for a series of headlining dates. The run will kick off at West Chester, PA’s The Note on November 6 and come to a close at Live Oak, FL’s Bear Creek Music Festival on November 14. The paired performers promise these gigs “will remind the faithful of those storied days back in the Fall of 2005.” Sean Bones, a reggae-rock band featuring members of Sam Champion, RANA and sometimes Russo himself, will open a stretch of shows from November 9-13.

The Duo’s dates include:

November 6 West Chester, PA—The Note
November 7 Baltimore, MD—The 8 X 10 Club
November 9 Boone, NC—Boone Saloon
November 10 Asheville, NC—The Garage at Biltmore
November 11 Raleigh, NC—The Pour House Music Hall
November 12 Charleston, SC—The Pourhouse
November 13 Athens, GA—New Earth Music Hall
November 14 Live Oak, FL—Bear Creek Music Festivak

Bill Kreutzmann Joins Las Tortugas Lineup

Bill Kreutzmann has been added to the lineup for the 4th annual Las Tortugas – Dance of the Dead. The Grateful Dead drummer will perform with Papa Mali and serve as the weekend’s Honored Guest. As previously reported, the multi-day event will take place in Yosemite, CA from October 29–November 1. Bands scheduled to appear at the festival include: Umphrey’s McGee, Tea Leaf Green, Dumpstapunk, Bag of Tricks, Hot Buttered Rum, The Mother Hips, Blue Turtle Seduction, Nathan Moore and New Monsoon, among others.

Kreutzmann has also launched an official homepage. The new site features tour information, music, art and other reflections.

Phish Memorabilia to Benefit the Children of the Delta Gamma Center

The latest Mimi Fishman Foundation will benefit the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. This time around the Foundation’s online charity auction will concentrate on Phish. Items up for auction include tickets to Phish’s Festival 8, Scramble Campbell paintings from Phish’s 2009 Red Rocks shows and a slew of signed Summer 2009 posters. The auction closes for bidding on September 28, 2009.

YMSB's Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann to Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox in Lyons, CO

Yonder Mountain String Band guitarist Adam Aijala and bassist Ben Kaufmann will host their annual duo performance at Lyons, CO’s Wildflower Pavilion on September 19. The paired performers traditionally play an area show each September around the Autumnal Equinox that usually includes special covers and key Yonder tracks. Tent camping will be available. Yonder will open its fall tour at Millvale, PA’s Mr. Small's Funhouse on October 6. Please be sure to read the October issue of Relix for more on the band.

9/9/09

Matisyahu Enlists Posse for Upcoming Tour

Matisyahu has confirmed an extensive 40-date tour in support of his new album Light. Like his recent summer gigs, Matis’backing band will include longtime guitarist Aaron Dugan, keyboardist Rob Marscher and the Dub Trio. The singer has also partnered with the new peer-to-peer ticketing system Posse for his run of shows. The system allows fans to earn commissions on ticket sales by posting apps, links and banners on blogs and social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. As an added bonus, a special prize will be awarded to the top national ticket seller, while two free tickets and a meet and greet with Matisyahu will be offered to the top seller in each market.

Matisyahu will also appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on December 9. Look for a feature on Matis and his band in the October issue of Relix.

Below is a list of Matisyahu’s upcoming shows. The lack of a New York play seems to indicate that the singer will host another series of Chanukah shows in the city this December.

October 17 Calgary, CAN—Flames Central
October 18 Vancouver, CAN — Commodore Ballroom
October 19 Eugene, OR — McDonald Theatre
October 20 Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
October 21 Anaheim, CA — House of Blues
October 22 San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore
October 24 San Diego, CA — Kick Gas Festival
October 25 Tempe, AZ — Marquee Theatre
October 27 Denver, CO — The Fillmore
October 29 Des Moines, IA — Peoples
October 31 Milwaukee, WI — Pabst Theater
November 2 St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
November 3 Chicago, IL — House of Blues
November 4 Champaign, IL — Foellinger Auditorium (University of Illinois)
November 5 Omaha, NE — Slowdown
November 8 New Orleans, LA — House of Blues
November 10 Raleigh, NC — The Lincoln Theatre
November 11 Charlotte, NC — Fillmore
November 12 Greenville, SC — The Handlebar
November 14 Charleston, SC — Music Farm
November 15 Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel
November 16 Lexington, KY — Buster's
November 17 Norfolk, VA — The Norva
November 18 Richmond, VA — The National
November 19 Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
November 21 Baltimore, MD — Sonar
November 22 Worcester, MA — The Palladium
November 23 Burlington, VT — Higher Ground
November 24 Albany, NY — Northern Lights
November 25 Washington, DC — Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
November 28 Atlantic City, NJ — The Borgata
November 29 Montreal, CAN — Le Medley
November 30 Toronto, CAN — The Phoenix
December 1 Hartford, CT — Webster Theatre
December 2 Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
December 3 Cincinnati, OH — Bogart's
December 6 West Palm Beach, FL — WPBZ Radio Show
December 7 Detroit, MI — St. Andrews
December 8 Rochester, NY — The Armory

State Radio Confirms G20 Protest and More Fall Dates

State Radio has added a slew of dates to its fall tour, including a run of shows with 311. The group will also celebrate the release of its new album Let it Go with a hometown show at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on September 29. The band has also announced that its will join Anti-Flag to team up with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) as the G20 descends on Pittsburgh on September 24. “War. Crime. 2009: A G20 Welcoming Party” will take place at 7:00 PM at Club Zoo in the strip district of Pittsburgh. The concert will celebrate the resistance of communities in Pittsburgh and around the world to the failed economic policies of the G20, with all proceeds benefiting SDS’s legal defense and organizing efforts.

State Radio’s upcoming headlining shows include:

September 29 Boston, MA—Paradise Rock Club
September 30 Norfolk, VA—Norva
October 1 Charlotte, NC—Visulite
October 2 Athens, GA—40 Watt
October 4 Austin, TX—Austin City Limits
October 6 Santa Fe, NM—Santa Fe Brewing Company
October 7 Tempe, AZ—Clubhouse
October 8 Anaheim, CA—House Of Blues
October 9 San Luis Obispo, CA—Downtown Brew
October 10 Santa Cruz, CA—Catalyst Club
October 13 Ft. Collins, CO—Aggie Theater
October 14 Colorado Springs, CO—Black Sheep
October 15 Lawrence, KS—Bottleneck
October 16 Omaha, NE—Slowdown
October 17 Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line Music Café
October 28 New Haven, CT—Toad's Place
October 29-30 Burlington, VT—Higher Ground
October 31 Northampton, MA—Calvin Theater
November 3 Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls
November 4 Columbus, OH—The Newport Music Hall
November 5 Ann Arbor, MI—the Blind Pig
November 6 Toronto, ON—Mod Club
November 7 Montreal, QC—the Green Room

State Radio’s gigs with 311 include:

November 22 Uncasville, CT—Mohegan Sun Casino
November 24 Poughkeepsie, NY—Mid Hudson Civic Center
November 25 Portland, ME—Cumberland Civic Center
November 27-28 New York, NY—Hammerstein Ballroom
November 29 Richmond, VA—The National
December 1 Miami, FL—Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
December 2 Orlando, FL—Hard Rock Live
December 4 New Orleans, LA—UNO Lakefront Arena
December 5 Dallas, TX—Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
December 6 Houston, TX—Verizon Wireless Theatre

Bassnectar's Cozza Frenzy

Bassnectar will release his next studio album, Cozza Frenzy this fall. The album will arrive digitally on September 29 and on CD October 27. The album will be released collaboratively by Bassnectar’s own Amorphous Music and Child’s Play Records. The disc’s sound is described as “an amalgamation of sound that combines dubstep, electro, hip-hop, and all styles of dirty digital bass-heavy music and smashes it all into a collision of wobbling, perverted basslines, and hypnotic hide-and-seek adventures.” Cozza Frenzy is more than three years in the making and features collaborations with Fever Ray, Zumbi of Zion I, Mr. Projectile, and Capital J. Bassnectar will tour behind the album with the aid of a custom-built PK sound system courtesy of the Wobble Factory.

Neil Young: Live and Acoustic in '92

On January 20, 1992 Neil Young opened his first-ever solo acoustic tour at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. This tour preceded the release of his Harvest Moon album, which came out that fall. This coming fall will see the release of Dreamin' Man: Neil Young Archives Performance Series #12, which draws on Young's various solo outings which occurred over the course of the year. Young's site reports that Dreamin' Man will appear "on or about Nov. 2nd, 17 years after the original release of Harvest Moon."

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Brett Dennen Announce Fall Tour

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals will cross the country on a co-bill with Brett Dennen starting in mid-November. The pair will share billing and also the closing duties over the course of the tour (with Dennen in that slot for most of the gigs but the Nocturnals currently in Boston, New York and Philadelphia). One can imagine that the musicians will share some musical moments together during 21 dates which begin on November 13 in Nashville and conclude on December 12 in Los Angeles.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Brett Dennen Dates

November 13 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
November 14 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
November 16 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
November 17 Washington, DC - 930 Club
November 19 Boston, MA - House of Blues
November 20 New York, NY - Terminal 5
November 21 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
November 23 Toronto, ON - The Guvernment
November 24 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
November 25 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
November 27 Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
November 28 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
November 30 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
December 1 Des Moines, IA - People's Court
December 3 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
December 5 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
December 6 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
December 7 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
December 10 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
December 11 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
December 12 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

"Couch Lady" and Guests for Gordon

Last night, Mike Gordon kicked off his fall tour at Brooklyn, NY’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. Like his 2008 tours, the bassist’s band included Max Creek guitarist Scott Murawski, drummer Todd Isler, keyboardist Tom Cleary and Rubblebucket percussionist Craig Myers. The quintet opened its set with “Dig Further Down” and later offered a number of tracks off The Green Sparrow like “Radar Blip,” “Voices,” “Traveled Too Far” and an extended version of “Andelmans' Yard” that wrapped around a cover of Radiohead’s “15 Steps.” In addition, Gordon pulled out “Couch Lady” from his 2003 album Inside In, covered Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Swamp Music,” Murawski’s “The Field,” and debuted two new original songs: “What Things Seem” and “Can't Stand Still.”

Marco Benevento opened the show with a solo piano set that included originals (“Real Morning Party”), covers (My Morning Jacket’s “Golden”) and show-specific references (Trey Anastasio’s “Horn” solo). Later in the night, Joe Russo took the stage with the entire band for Myers’ “Somaila.” Soon after, Benevento emerged to help the group finish the song, and the two musicians remained onstage for a cover of Desmond Dekker’s “Intensified.” Gordon and his band will appear at the Somerville Theatre outside Boston this evening.

9/8/09

Moments from moe.down X

moe.down celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend at Turin, NY’s Snowridge Ski Area. The festival has hosted 150 bands since its inception in 2000, ranging from jamband titans like Galactic, the Disco Biscuits, Page McConnell and Mike Gordon to stars like Perry Farrell, the Flaming Lips, Meat Puppets and Levon Helm. This year’s lineup was similarly eclectic: Prog-jammers Umphrey’s McGee, indie-roots act Cake, rap icons Method Man and Redman, bluegrass star Sam Bush, funk ensemble The New Mastersounds and rising jam-rockers the Heavy Pets. The festival also featured return appearances by singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco and longtime moe. collaborators the Ominous Seapods, neither of whom has appeared at moe.down since its inaugural year.

moe. played six sets of its own over the course of the three-day festival. During its opening set, moe. invited out keyboardist Kirk Juhas for “Spine Of A Dog,” “Waiting On The Punchline,” “Four” and “Buster.” Juhas , who was at the festival to perform with the Al Schnier-produced roots band Okemah, toured with moe. in 2000 and appeared at the first moe.down with freebeerandchicken.

The band played three sets on Saturday: one in the afternoon and two at night. The band’s afternoon set opened with Schnier solo on acoustic guitar, before the members of moe. individually took the stage for a freeform jam. The annual moe.down kids parade then made its way onstage as group busted into “Mexico.” The kids remained onstage as Schnier led the children through the song. Later on, Sam Bush took the stage to play a variety of stringed instruments on “Tambourine” and “32 Things.”

moe.’s drummers Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin started off the group’s Saturday evening set, before the rest of the band trickled onstage. Later in the set, Bush returned for a jam during “Meat.” Likewise, the band’s third set opened with a solo spot from bassist Rob Derhak and gradually built to the entire band. Lynch guitarist Suke Cerulo also helped the band close its set with “Recreational Chemistry.”

Finally, on Sunday moe. closed its festival with a guest-heavy, two-set performance. Guitarist Chuck Garvey opened the show by himself and brought out his bandmates one by one until the entire group played “Shoot First” and the old moe. favorite “Bearsong.” Near the end of its set, moe. brought out Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger and Andy Farag for a rocking take on “She.” Derhak also used the set to debut the new original “Borderline.” moe.’s final set stretched until midnight and featured Nate Wilson on such songs as “Sensory Depredation Bank,” “Happy Hour Hero,” “Not Coming Down,” “Wormwood,” “St. Augustine,” “The Road” and a show-closing “Rebubula.” The members of moe. also backed Ani DiFranco for two songs during her set.

As rumors of a new album swirled, a reunited Ominous Seapods offered a spirited set featuring “Keep In Mind,” “Cary Suite,” “Final Destination,” “Waiting 4 Da Bomb,” “John Henry's Hammer,” “Countin' Time,” “Pull From Adirondack Blue,” “Michael Murphy (Part 3),” “Lust for Life” and “Leaving the Monopole.” The group will likely play a few additional shows in the coming months.

The Disco Biscuits Add Tractorbeam Set to Starland Show

The Disco Biscuits will play a third all instrumental set under the name Tractorbeam at Sayerville, NJ’s Starland Ballroom this coming Saturday. According to the band, “All those rumors about a Tractorbeam show got us just as excited as it got the fans! But, alas, there was no Tractorbeam show to be had. Well, we have the power to change that, and we have decided to do just that! This Saturday night at the Starland Ballroom, we will start the tour off with a celebratory THREE SET SHOW! One of the three sets will be exactly what has been rumored, a dark and dirty T-Beam throw-down. So make sure that you bring an extra change of clothes with you, cause you are going to sweat through that first layer for sure. Fo sho!” The band will also perform at the Starland Ballroom this Sunday. RJD2 will open that show.

Chris Berry Trio with Kang, Kimock and Members of the Brazilian Girls to Tour This Week

As previously reported, the Chris Berry Trio will expand to include a few additional guests this week. In addition to Berry, this incarnation of the group will feature Steve Kimock, Michael Kang and the Brazilian Girls’ rhythm section: Aaron Johnston and Jesse Murphy. The expanded group will kick off its September run at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge this Thursday, before making stops at Northampton, MA’s Pearl St. on Friday and Teaneck, NJ’s Mexicali Live on Saturday.

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 shows 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. The Chris Berry Trio with Kang, Kimock, Murphy and Johnson will appear at the following shows:

September 10 New York, NY—Le Poisson Rouge
September 11 Northampton, MA—Pearl St
September 12 Teaneck, NJ—Mexicali Live

Berry and Kang will appear the following shows with Panjea:

September 18 Chicago, IL— Teaneck, NJ’s Mexicali Live
September 19 Salem, MO—Camp Zoe

Widespread Panic Confirm Fall Dates, New Archival Release and Thanksgiving Weekend Plans

Widespread Panic has confirmed its fall tour schedule. As previously reported, the band will celebrate Halloween Weekend with performances at Austin, TX’s Austin Music Hall on October 30 and 31, as well as New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience on November 1. The group has now added a number of West Coast, Midwest and Southeast show to its fall literary. Highlights include three-night runs in Los Angeles (11/6-8), Oakland, CA (11/12-14) and Milwaukee, WI (11/20-22) and two Thanksgiving Weekend shows in Charleston, SC (11/27-28).

Widespread Panic Fall 2009 Tour Dates

October 30-31 Austin, TX—Austin Music Hall
November 1 New Orleans, LA—Voodoo Experience
November 3 El Paso, TX—Abraham Chavez Theatre
November 4 Phoenix, AZ—Dodge Theatre
November 6-8 Los Angeles, CA—Orpheum Theatre
November 10 Reno, NV—Grand Sierra Theatre
November 12-14 Oakland, CA—Fox Theatre
November 17-18 Kansas City, MO—Midland Theatre
November 18 Kansas City, MO—Midland Theatre
November 20-22 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theatre
November 24 Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Theatre
November 25 Indianapolis, IN—Murat Theatre
November 27-28 Charleston, SC—N. Charleston Coliseum

In addition, the band has confirmed that the fourth installment in its series of archival releases will profile the group’s September 8, 1997 stop at Club Soda in Montreal, Quebec. “We’ve gone north of the border and landed on a gem that not too many people were aware of at the time…or maybe even since,” band archivist Horace Moore explains. “Having played some traditional arenas and stages in the mid-1990’s, the boys find themselves back where it all began.…in a bar. Only this time, it’s in the 2ndlargest French-speaking city in the world….certainly a world away from Athens, GA. From the opening notes of “Heroes” all the way through the 4 song encore, however, the crowd makes the boys feel right at home. Whether you were there or have heard it since….you haven’t heard it like this.

“WP Sound Engineer Chris Rabold has once again dialed in the multi-track mix that puts you right in front of the soundboard and captures the energy that creates this show. Club Soda was a little out of the way for most….which was probably a good thing since at the time the capacity was only around 400 people. And after all, it was a Monday night…in Canada… and the fourth show in a row to open the tour. But sometimes and somehow, those easy-to-miss shows have a way of setting the energy just right so the band and the crowd have a little head start in finding the night’s magic. For those that made the trip, it was well worth the effort and they were rewarded. For the rest of us, our time is now. Well, almost now.”

Yonder, DMB Welcome Danny Barnes

Dave Matthews Band headlined three shows at George, WA’s beatific Gorge Amphitheatre this past weekend. G. Love & Special Sauce and Yonder Mountain String Band opened all three shows and banjo player Danny Barnes sat in at various points throughout the weekend. Barnes, a longtime member of Robert Earl Keen and Tim O'Brien’s bands, is one of the few guests featured on Dave Matthews Band’s new album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. In addition to sitting in on DMB favorites like “The Dreaming Tree” and “Bartender,” on all three nights Barnes led the evening’s headliner through two of his own songs: “Caveman” and “Road.” Both songs are slated for inclusion on the banjo player’s new solo album Pizza Box, which was recorded DMB’s Haunted Hollow studio. Matthews also boasted that if he organized his own festival Barnes would headline it during a recent Outside Lands press conference.

Barnes also sat in with his frequent collaborators Yonder Mountain Friday night on “Death Trip.” Likewise, DMB touring saxophonist Jeff Coffin stepped out a little early to join Yonder for a cover of “2 Hits and The Joint Turned Brown” Sunday night.

Jackie Greene Joins RatDog Over Labor Day

The members of RatDog and Jackie Greene’s band collaborated numerous times over Labor Day weekend. The two groups locked sets Friday at San Diego, CA’s Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay: Greene and most of his band helped RatDog open its set with “Scarlet Begonias” and the singer/songwriter remained onstage for “Iko Iko.”

The following night RatDog and Greene both took the stage at Los Angeles, CA’s Greek Theatre. Greene opened the show and then joined RatDog for the first few songs of its set: “Franklin's Tower,” “Help on the Way,” “Slipknot!” and “Minglewood Blues.” Finally, on Sunday the tour made a stop at Pozo, CA’s Pozo Saloon where Bob Weir, Mark Karan and Jeff Chimenti all sat in with Greene for “Sugaree.” Noted fiddler Phil Salazar also took the stage at the end of RatDog’s first set for “Bird Song” and later emerged for “You Win Again,” “Youngblood,” “Me and My Uncle,” “I Know You Rider” and “Bird Song Reprise.” RatDog will kick off its fall tour with a two-night run at Upper Darby, PA’s Tower Theater on October 16 and 17.

Marco Benevento, Reid Genauer, Adam Deitch and Others to Open for Mike Gordon

Mike Gordon will kick off a solo tour at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg this evening. As previously reported, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will open for the bassist from September 26-October 4. Gordon has now fleshed his fall schedule out with several additional openers: Marco Benevento will play a solo piano set before Gordon in Brooklyn this evening, Adam Deitch and Break Science will provide support duties in Somerville, MA tomorrow, Assembly of Dust’s Reid Genauer will open a stretch of Northeast dates from September 10-12 and Rubblebucket Orchestra will join Gordon in North Carolina on September 14 and 15. Gordon plays on Assembly of Dust’s new album Some Assembly Required and has sat in with Rubblebucket Orchestra a handful of times.

Mike Gordon Fall 2009 Tour Dates

September 8 Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg (Marco Benevento opens)
September 9 Somerville, MA— Somerville Theatre (Adam Deitch and Break Science opens)
September 10 Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall (Reid Genauer opens)
September 11 Woodstock, NY—Bearsville Theatre (Reid Genauer opens)
September 12 Falls Church, VA—State Theatre (Reid Genauer opens)
September 14 Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre (Rubblebucket Orchestra opens)
September 15 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel (Rubblebucket Orchestra opens)
September 17 Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse
September 18 Jacksonville, FL—Freebird Live
September 19 Birmingham, AL—WorkPlay Soundstage Theatre
September 21 Memphis, TN—Minglewood Hall
September 22 Nashville, TN—Mercy Lounge
September 24 Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue
September 25 Chicago, IL—Park West
September 26 Madison, WI—Barrymore Theatre (JFJO opens)
September 28 Cincinnati, OH—20th Century Theatre (JFJO opens)
September 29 Ann Arbor, MI— The Blind Pig (JFJO opens)
September 30 Pittsburgh, PA— Mr. Smalls Theatre (JFJO opens)
October 2 Toronto, ON— Mod Club (JFJO opens)
October 3 Buffalo, NY— Town Ballroom (JFJO opens)
October 4 South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground (JFJO opens)

Tim Carbone, Susan Tedeschi Sit in with the Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band took a breather from its extended tour with Widespread Panic to play a few shows in Colorado. One of those gigs was a headlining appearance at Morrison, CO’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre this past Saturday. Railroad Earth opened the show, bringing things to a close, appropriately enough, with “Colorado.” In addition, Railroad Earth fiddler Tim Carbone sat in with the Allman Brothers for a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen.” Derek Trucks’ wife, blues singer Susan Tedeschi, was also at the show and joined the Allman Brothers for “Anyday” and “Lost Lover Blues.” The Allman Brothers Band’s tour with Widespread Panic will resume with a two-night run at Charlotte, NC’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on October 3 and 4.

Matisyahu Plays Stealth Labor Day Show

Last night, Matisyahu played a surprise two-hour set at New York’s 74-person Rockwood Music Hall. The gig was billed as Aaron Dugan’s Booby Trap, a name the Hassidic-reggae star has used on occasion to play stealth, freeform gigs (Matis has played a few stealth shows at Rockwood in recent months as well). In addition to Matisyahu and Dugan (his longtime guitarist), the band also featured bassist Jason Fraticelli and onetime Jazz Mandolin Project drummer Mark Guiliana. The group ran through a set of all-improv jazz-based jams that Matisyahu described as “off the top” and, at one point, a glowstick war erupted in the tiny room. A number of guests took the stage with the group throughout the night: Jeff Taylor (vocals), Nir Felder (guitar), Amy Carrigan (vocals) and Yehuda Solomon (vocals). Mark Guiliana is a member of Taylor's solo band. Asher Roth was also spotted in the audience.

9/4/09

Mike Gordon Post-Show with Rubblebucket at The Bowl

Mike Gordon will kick off his upcoming tour on Tuesday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Following that performance, Rubblebucket will take the stage around the corner at Brooklyn Bowl for a post show event. Rubblebucket features percussionist Craig Myers, who also is a member of Gordon's current group (and Gordon has sat in on occasion with Rubblebucket in such settings). The Mike Gordon Band tour will continue through October 4, with Rubblebucket opening the Raleigh and Asheville dates (September 14 and 15).

The Acho/Rico Funk Soul Experiment

After spending some time in the South, Geoff Achison returned to his native Australia earlier this year. He'll be back in the U.S. for a series of mid-September dates, still supporting One Ticket, One Ride? which came out earlier this year. Achison will mostly deliver solo gigs (including a September 16 appearance on New Jersey's Homegrown Radio) but on two occasions he will join the Yonrico Scott Band. September 19 and 20 will offer performances from the Acho/Rico Funk Soul Experiment, in which Achison will appear with the YSM (which features Derek Trucks Band members Yonrico Scott and Kofi Burbridge).

Geoff Achison Dates

Sept. 17 - New York, NY - Terra Blues
Sept. 18 - Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Blues (opening for New Riders of the Purple Sage)
Sept. 19 - Monroeville, NJ - Camp Jam Festival (The Acho/Rico Funk Soul Experiment)
Sept. 20 - Patchogue, NY - Bobbieque (The Acho/Rico Funk Soul Experiment)

SeepeopleS Offer Free Cow

The latest studio recording from SeepeopleS has just been released as a free download. The twelve track version of Apocalypse Cow Vol.2 will be offered for the next six months at the band's website. Then in the spring of 2010 a seventeen track version of the album will become available for purchase. Will Holland (Earl "Chinna" Smith, Kiddus-I) produced the recording at ChillHouse studios in Boston, MA. SeepeopleS will return to the stage for a series of southern dates on September 16 at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens, GA.

Benevento with Vidacovich, Joseph, Moore and More, Tonight in NOLA

Although Marco Benevento is in the midst of a trio tour, tonight he will draw in some additional players for a special performance in New Orleans. Benevento will appear at the Blue Nile in an ensemble with Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich and Kirk Joseph. In addition, some notable guest musicians are expected to attend and participate in the proceedings. Marco will then return to the Blue Nile on Saturday in the trio format with Moore and Peter Harris. In other Benevento news, a video of his song "Now They're Writing Music," directed by Michael DiDonna has just been posted to the Royal Potato Family website.

iClips from moe.down, Burma VJ at moe.down

moe.down X kicks off today at the Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, NY. Folks who cannot attend will be able to check out much of the main stage action over the course of the weekend, via a stream at iClips.net. All six moe. sets will be offered, along with music from Umphrey's McGee, Ani DiFranco, Method Man and Redman, Sam Bush and more. The festival line-up also includes: Ominous Seapods, Matthew Sweet, The New Mastersounds,The Heavy Pets, Okemah, Nate Wilson Group, Family Groove Company, The London Souls, My Dear Disco and Lynch. The iClips broadcast will begin on Saturday and will feature live performances as well as music taped earlier at moe.down X.

Meanwhile, folks who are attending moe.down will have an opportunity to attend a special screening of the film Burma VJ. The documentary "tells the story of the Saffron Revolution in Burma, the monks who marched in peaceful protest against the military dictatorship, and the underground video journalists who got their story out and told to the world." A number of the monks along with some Burmese students will attend a screening on Saturday morning at 10AM in the lodge.

Festival 8 T-Shirt Design Contest

Back in 2004, Phish invited fans to design official t-shirts for its Coventry festival. With Festival 8 set to take place over Halloween weekend, the band is offering another such opportunity. Winners will receive a pair of tickets, five of the winning shirts and "the pleasure of your design commemorating Phish's spectacular Halloween weekend."

The official rules are as follows: "Submissions must be sent digitally (JPEGs only, under 2 megabytes please, but the art can be compressed for submission purposes) to [email protected] All submissions must be received by Friday, September 11 at NOON EST. Be sure to include your full name and a way to reach you by phone day and evening. While it's not necessary, we suggest that you put the words "Phish" and "Festival 8" somewhere on your design. However, you may not use any pre-existing Phish or "Festival 8" logos in your design. Both front and back designs are welcome, but not necessary -- just a front will suffice as an entry. The use of Comic Sans or Curlz will automatically disqualify you."

The LeRoi Moore Fund Announces Scholarships

This coming Monday marks the birthday of the late Dave Matthews Band sax player LeRoi Moore. To honor his memory, the LeRoi Moore Fund has announced the initial recipients of endowed scholarship funds set to begin during the 2010-2011 academic year. A four-year/$2,500 per year scholarship towards college expenses will go to a student at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, VA which Moore attended (and where his father taught). A four-year/$5,000 per year scholarship is available to Business and Education majors at North Carolina Central University, in the two departments where Moore's parents studied while at the university. A four-year/$5,000 per year scholarship will be granted to a nursing student at the University of Virginia School of Nursing (Moore was treated at The University of Virginia Medical Center). The fund also will make annual donations to Toys For Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Derek, Oteil and Warren Join Larry McCray

On Tuesday night in Chicago, the Larry McCray Band headlined a performance at Buddy Guy's Legends. The show began while the Allman Brothers Band performed nearby at the Charter One Pavilion. However, a bit later in the night, a number of folks who attended the ABB/Widespread Panic gig made their way over to Legends, including multiple musicians. At the end of McCray's set, both Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks appeared to join in for versions of "Never Hurt So Bad" and "Soulshine." Then Oteil Burbridge stepped up as well for takes on "Ice Pickin'" and "Big Chief."

9/3/09

Phish to Appear on NPR

Phish will appear on NPR's Morning Edition tomorrow, September 4. Both Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell will sit for interviews and the station will likely play a few cuts from the band’s forthcoming album, Joy.

In other Phish news, the band has released the list of songs slated for inclusion on the DVD that will accompany the Joy box set. All nine of the DVD’s tracks will feature live versions of Joy songs recorded earlier this year. The only song from the album left off the DVD is “I Been Around,” which only made its concert debut on the final night of Phish’s tour.

The disc’s full track list includes:

1. Time Turns Elastic (16:34) - 5/31/09 Boston, MA
2. Sugar Shack (4:52) - 6/7/09 Camden, NJ
3. Joy (5:08) - 6/7/09 Camden, NJ
4. Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan (5:03) - 6/12/09 Manchester, TN
5. Alaska (7:37) - 6/12/09 Manchester, TN
6. Light (12:30) - 6/14/09 Manchester, TN
7. Ocelot (9:32) - 6/19/09 Noblesville, IN
8. Backwards Down The Number Line (7:44) - 6/19/09 Noblesville, IN
9. Kill Devil Falls (8:09) - 6/20/09 East Troy, WI

Wolfmother to Play Stealth Show in New York Tonight

Wolfmother will play a stealth show this evening. The rock-based group will preview material from its new album Cosmic Egg at the intimate New York club Bowery Electric (the site of a recent Relix/Jambands.com issue release party). The group recently finished work on its first album since 2005 and first as a reconfigured quartet. Doors open at 9:30pm and tickets are only available at the door for the gig, which will also feature The Depreciation Guild.

The Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal and Other "Super Heroes" to Peform at the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival

Harrodsburg, KY will host the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival from September 24-27. The four-day event will boast performances from a number of familiar faces, including The Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, Moon Taxi, Papadosio, Born Cross Eyed, Vessel, Bloom Street, StoneWheel and The Rudies. In addition, the event will present Super Heroes, an all-star band featuring George Porter, Jr, Leo Nocentelli, Bernie Worrell and Adam Deitch. Activities throughout the weekend include hayride tours of the farm, bonfires, fire-spinning, drum circles, yoga, food and crafts vendors, glassblowing demonstrations, drum and hula hoop workshops, booths distributing information on environmental awareness and social activism and activities planned just for kids.

Hell is For Children Again

Joe Russo and Scott Metzger will revive their Hell is for Children project next week. The rock group, which also features Ween’s Claude Coleman Jr. and Dave Dreiwitz, played sporadically around New York in the post-Millennium period. The four musicians will revive the band for an “all improv set of high energy, evil music”at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl on September 11. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will headline the evening.

Free Two Fresh

Two Fresh, a southern-based hip hop group that became a favorite on the livetronica scene this summer, has released its first album, The Baker’s Dozen. The disc showcases the talents of twin, 20-year-old producers, Sherwyn and Kendrick Nichols, whose unique style blends elements of hip hop, jazz, soul, synthesizers, sample chops and heavy bass sections. The thirteen track album will be available for free download all day today, September 3. The duo will appear at Knoxville, TN’s The World Grotto tomorrow.

Widespread Panic Remakes “Mom’s Kitchen” Live, Collaborates with the Allman Brothers

The Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic closed its two-show run at Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion last night. During the Allman Brothers’ set, John Bell took the stage for “And It Stoned Me” and was quickly joined by JoJo Hermann for “It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry.” The Widespread Panic members then left the stage as the Allmans moved into a jam based around “The Other One,” but Hermann, Dave Schools and Jimmy Herring later returned for a second jam with the Allmans. Finally, Jimmy Herring took a solo during “Stormy Monday.”

Widespread Panic opened its set with “Send Your Mind” and proceeded to run through all the songs off its second album Widespread Panic (known to most fans as “Mom’s Kitchen”) in its entirety. Derek Trucks emerged during the set to help the group through “Mercy” and “Rock.” After finishing the album, Panic brought out Warren Haynes for both Robert Johnson’s “Me and The Devil Blues” and Neil Young’s “Last Dance.” Widespread Panic was produced by Allman family producer Johnny Sandlin. Panic also played its first album Space Wrangler in its entirety on New Year’s Eve.

Levon Helm Confirms Halloween Plans With Elvis Perkins

Levon Helm will celebrate Halloween with a Midnight Ramble at his Woodstock-area barn. Elvis Perkins in Dearland will open the evening, which will include a pumpkin carving contest. The winner of the best pumpkin carving will receive one Midnight Ramble ticket to the show of their choice.

Last night, Helm closed his summer tour with the Black Crowes. At the end of his set, Chris and Rich Robinson, as well as Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, all emerged for a take on “The Weight.” Levon Helm Band guitarist Larry Campbell also sat in with the Crowes on a section of songs including "Good Morning Captain,” "Shine Along," "Roll Old Jeremiah", "Good Friday", "Wiser Time" and "So Many Times." Campbell, who appears throughout the Crowes’ new releases Before the Frost… and …Until the Freeze, alternated from banjo to pedal steel and fiddle throughout his sit ins.

Matisyahu to Stream Live Performance at Twitter’s HQ Today

Matisyahu will perform at Twitter's office headquarters in San Francisco at 5 PM PST this evening. The stripped down set will be broadcast live on Ustream and fans will be able to participate and make song requests by using Ustream's chat tool and Twitter updates. This event marks the first time that Twitter and Ustream have been utilized for a live concert broadcast. Matisyahu is currently touring in support of his new album Light. Be sure to read more on Matis in the October issue of Relix.

Jackie Greene's "Deal" with RatDog

Last night, Jackie Greene opened for Bob Weir & RatDog at Las Vegas’ House of Blues. Perhaps as a nod to Sin City, Greene brought out Bob Weir, Mark Karan and Jeff Chimenti for a version of the money-themed “Deal” during his set. Weir later returned the favor by inviting Greene out for “Stella Blue,” “Viola Lee Blues,” “Throwing Stones” and a show-closing “Gloria” during RatDog’s set. The two bands will perform at San Diego’s Humphreys Concerts by the Bay tomorrow.

9/2/09

Buddy Guy, Dave Mason and JoJo Hermann Sit in with the ABB, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and and Derek Trucks Join Panic

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic’s joint tour moved into the Midwest for a performance at Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion. For the first time this run, Gregg Allman emerged during Panic’s set to play organ on “Just Like A Woman.” He remained onstage as Warren Haynes picked up his guitar to help Widespread through its first take on “Turn On Your Lovelight” since 1997. In addition, Derek Trucks sat in with the band for “Ride Me High,” “Papa's Home,” “Climb To Safety,” “Papa's Home” and a show-closing version of “North” that also featured Haynes.

The members of Allman Brothers also welcomed a series of guests during their set. Partway through the performance, Traffic/ Delaney & Bonnie guitarist Dave Mason took the stage for “Only You Know and I Know,” a song he has been associated with for some time. Soon after, Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann joined Mason and the Allmans for “Feelin' Alright.” Later in the night, Buddy Guy also took the stage for “Sky Is Crying” and “You Don't Love Me.” Later in the night, Larry McCray, Haynes, Trucks and Oteil Burbridge also all reportedly took the stage at Guy’s Legend’s Bar.

Band of Horses to Play Atlanta on NYE

Band of Horses has confirmed a two-night New Year’s Eve run. The group will appear at Atlanta’s Tabernacle on December 30 and 31. A limited number of two-day passes are available. The group is currently putting the final touches on its first album since 2007’s Cease to Begin. The indie-folk group’s fall tour continues at Spokane, WA’s Knitting Factory this evening.

Gabe Ford Will Sub for Richie Hayward on Little Feat Tour

Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward was recently diagnosed with a serious liver condition and will be taking a temporary break will from the road. Keyboardist Billy Payne offers a little more on Hayward’s condition and his sub, Gabe Ford.

The news was devastating. Richie Hayward’s health was in severe jeopardy. He would need time off for tests. The process could take a year or more, no one was sure. Originally he was slated to continue touring until the end of the year. But that was not to be. Richie and I were in the back of a van in Gothenburg, Sweden, en route to the sound check and show that evening when he let me know he would not be able to tour beyond the upcoming show in Billings, MT, August 8, (the last of three one-off’s scheduled before the bulk of dates taking place after August 18).

A week later I was at home in the U.P. of Michigan on the phone with Paul Barrere, who was out in California. We discussed a short list of drummers we thought might be able to sit-in for Richie. This was a continuation of a discussion that had taken place in Europe. But now time was very short. I finally said to Paul, “I know the solution has got to be right in front of us, and it suddenly hit me”…..”Gabe Ford!”

Gabe Ford has been a drum tech for Richie Hayward the last two-and-a-half years. Following Little Feat’s 2009 Jamaican excursion, Gabe flew from Montego Bay to Boston to embark on a six- week tour with his uncle Robben. Howard Burke, our front of house engineer and consummate fisherman, attended one of the shows from that tour April, 2009, at the Mondavi Art Center at UC Davis. He heard Gabe play drums that night with Robben Ford, Ruthie Foster, and Jorma Kaukonen from Hot Tuna. Howard was mightily impressed with Gabe’s performance and told me so on one of those unending bus rides we endure when Feat is on tour. (This conversation was certainly in the back of my mind when I mentioned Gabe Ford’s name to Paul a few months later.)

On one of Feat’s most recent tours, I asked Gabe if he would consider playing percussion with us on any shows he would like. No pressure, just sit in with us when and if the spirit moved him. I told him Sam was fine with the idea and so was Richie. He told me that he would prefer to make sure Richie and Sam were taken care of. I said that that was fine, that I respected his decision. He obviously took his job very seriously.

Gabe is a quiet person who plays his cards extremely close to the vest. His eyes convey another story, though. He has a lot going on upstairs, that much was evident to me in years we spent touring around the world. Still, I didn’t really know who he was, and I don’t think anybody in our band or crew did either. I was struck by the fact that when Howard Burke approached him to sit in for Richie he didn’t flinch. He was asked if he thought he could handle it and he said without reservation yes. Who was this person that was wary of playing percussion with us but would step into the hot seat of one of the best drummers on the planet?

I asked Gabe what it was like to observe Richie’s playing the last couple of years. He told me that there were just bits here and there that he felt he might be able to incorporate into his style. Richie is one of the most unique drummers in the world. That said, Richie and Gabe share a lot of the same influences: Elvin Jones, perhaps the most prominent, along with Miles Davis, Coltrane, Howling Wolf, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and on and on. Gabe told me that Richie’s drum parts were the thing that impressed him the most. Only Richie Hayward could have come up with the drum part for, “Hate To Lose.” (He used two snares, for example.) Richie plays in a free-form manner but with the element of orchestration. That orchestral quality was something Gabe was intensely aware of. He sat at the master’s feet, so to speak, for two-and-a-half years. Again, you couldn’t begin to buy that kind of education.

Our thoughts were very much with Richie that night, as well. Prayers and hope that he could rejoin us reflected the attitude of everyone (band, crew, friends and fans) connected to this family. We had, so far, negotiated riding the tail of the comet.

Bill Payne Backstage in Westbury, NY 2009

The Los Lonely Boys to Revisit 1969 on New EP

The Los Lonely Boys, who first appeared in Relix’s Spotlight section in 2003, will release a new EP of covers focusing on the sound of 1969. Fittingly titled 1969, the EP will feature versions of Carlos Santana’s “Evil Ways,” The Beatles’ “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window,” Blind Faith’s “Well All Right,” Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Anni” and The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.” The group worked on the EP with engineer Andy Johns, who has worked with the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Blind Faith.

In addition, the trio has confirmed a string of October acoustic shows. The Acoustic Brotherhood Tour will make the following stops:

October 5-6 Alexandria VA— Birchmere
October 7 Philadelphia, PA—Keswick Theater
October 9 Long Branch, NJ—Pollack Theater
October 10 Wayne, NJ—Performing Arts Center
October 11 New York, NY—Highline Ballroom
October 14 Manchester, NH—Palace Theater
October 15 Caribou, ME—Performing Arts Center
October 16 Portland, ME—Merrill Auditorium
October 17 New Bedford, MA—Zeiterion Theater
October 19 Princeton, NJ—McCarter Theater
October 20 Easton, MD—Avalon Theater
October 22 Bloomington, IN—Buskirk Chumley
October 23 Chicago, IL—Old Town School
October 24 Milwaukee, WI—Northern Lights Theater
October 25 Mankato, MN—Alltel Center

Steel Train Confirm National Tour with Hanson

Steel Train will open a national tour for Hanson. The group has spent most of 2009 in the studio working on the follow-up to 2007’s Trampoline. hellogoodbye and Sherwood will also appear on the extended Use Your Sole Tour. The groups have also partnered with Tom's Shoe's to ensure that less fortunate children receive new footwear with each pair of Tom's shoes that are sold.

Hanson has appeared on Jambands.com and Relix.com a striking number of times since the musicians' bubblegum days thanks to shows with the members of Blues Traveler, Tea Leaf Green and RatDog.

Steel Train’s dates with Hanson include:

September 30 Tulsa, OK—Cain's Ballroom

October 1 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant

October 2 Kansas City, MO—Beaumont Club

October 3 Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue

October 5 Milwaukee, WI—The Rave Eagles Club

October 6 Cleveland, OH—House Of Blues

October 7 Columbus, OH—Newport Music Hall

October 9 Indianapolis, IN—Murat Egyptian Room

October 10 Detroit, MI—The Fillmore Detroit

October 11-12 Chicago, IL—House Of Blues

October 14 Boston, MA—House Of Blues

October 15 New York, NY—Nokia Theatre Times Square

October 16 Clifton Park, NY—Northern Lights

October 19 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live!

October 20 Washington, DC—9:30 Club

October 22 Charlotte, NC—Amos' SouthEnd

October 23 North Myrtle Beach, SC—House Of Blues

October 24 Lake Buena Vista, FL—House Of Blues

October 26 Birmingham, AL—WorkPlay Soundstage

October 27 Nashville, TN—Wildhorse Saloon

October 28 Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle

October 31 Houston, TX—House Of Blues

November 1 Dallas, TX—House Of Blues

November 3 Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre

November 5 San Francisco, CA—The Regency Ballroom

November 7 Los Angeles, CA—Club Nokia

November 8 San Diego, CA—House Of Blues

HeadCount to Offer Rare Tracks from the Disco Biscuits, String Cheese, Cake and Others to Fans Who "Choose an Issue"

HeadCount is offering free music to fans who answer one question: What's Your Issue? After picking a social/economic/political/environmental issue of your choice, HeadCount will unlock a mix of rare and unique tracks. Some highlights include: an entire Disco Biscuits set from the recent Camp Bisco 8 and a previously unreleased soundboard from the group’s famed Haymaker Festival back in 2002, an exclusive live track from Cake, an entire Nine Inch Nails show from this summer, "Galactic" from the soon-to-be released Halloween 1998 live album Trick or Treat by String Cheese Incident, exclusive tracks from Umphrey’s McGee and full shows from New Mastersounds and Leftover Salmon.

The download page also features free tracks from Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Ben Harper, Wilco with the Fleet Foxes, Younger Brother Live, Michael Franti and many others. Many of the tracks were recorded by noted live music archivist—and Cold Turkey taper—Ian Stone.

The Mother Hips Set Release Date for Pacific Dust

The Mother Hips will release a new studio album, Pacific Dust, on October 27 via Camera Records. The seminal California psychedelic roots-rock band reformed a few years ago after a short hiatus. In that time, many of the bands the Hips’ influenced—including Bay Area sensations Tea Leaf Green, Hot Buttered Rum, ALO, New Monsoon and Jackie Greene—found fame on their own. According to the band, “Pacific Dust’s compositions about penning a song in your kitchen at 3:00 am (the thundering album opener ‘White Falcon Fuzz’), record company politics (garage-rock boogie ‘Third Floor Story’), and a father and son's relationship through music (on the ballad ‘Young Charles Ives’) indeed tell the story of many American rock bands.”

Below is a list of confirmed Mother Hips shows:

September 11 Winters, CA—The Palms Playhouse
September 17 Tucson, AZ—Plush
September 19 Springdale, UT—Zion Canyon Music Festival
September 25 Fairfax, CA—19 Broadway
October 1 San Luis Obispo, CA—Downtown Brew
October 2 Fresno, CA—Club Fred
October 3 Pomona, CA—The Glass House
October 9 Atlanta, GA—Smith's Olde Bar
October 10 Greenville, SC—Fall for Greenville
October 16 Ventura, CA—The Lodge
October 17 Alpine, CA—Smokin' in the Park BBQ Festival
October 29 Groveland, CA—November 1 Las Tortugas IV Halloween Ball
November 5 Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern
November 6 Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge
November 7 Hood River, OR—River City Saloon
November 17-18 New York, NY—Joe's Pub
November 20-21 Chicago, IL—Schubas
December 4-5 Austin, TX—Emo's
January 3-8 Fort Lauderdale, FL—Jam Cruise 8

Leftover Salmon Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary on New Year’s Eve

Leftover Salmon will ring in 2010 with performances at Boulder, CO’s Boulder Theater on December 30 and 31. These shows will mark the band’s 20th anniversary: On New Year's Eve 1989 the band was born when members of Left Hand String Band, Drew Emmitt and Glenn Keefe, joined Vince Herman and members of Herman's band, The Salmon Heads, for a gig at Crested Butte's club the Eldo.

As previously reported, the group has collected a range of memorabilia and archived audio, images and video to use at its New Year’s Eve show. A limited amount of tickets are available now for Leftover Salmon fan club members; anyone interested in securing these early tickets can simply visit www.leftoversalmon.com and sign up on the email list. By signing up, fans will receive a code to purchase New Year’s Eve tickets in advance of the public on-sale as well as a complimentary music download of the band’s main stage set at the High Sierra Music Festival.

9/1/09

Charlie Sexton Will Rejoin Bob Dylan

Back on August 4, Charlie Sexton sat in with Bob Dylan, when Dylan performed with his band at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. It now appears that this appearance was a harbinger of things to come as Sexton will rejoin Dylan's group when it returns to the road in October. Sexton who was a member of Dylan's band from 1999 through 2002, will replace guitarist Denny Freeman. However Sexton also will continue to perform and record with Doyle Bramhall II, Tommy Shannon, and Chris Layton in Arc Angels, which reformed earlier this year, as Arc Angels has a new CD/DVD set due in the fall.

Deadbeats and Murderous Medlys

Earlier this year, we interviewed RatDog drummer Jay Lane regarding his Band of Brotherz project. Band of Brotherz evolved out of his early 90's group Alphabet Soup, which melded jazz and hip-hop. In its current incarnation the group also has built a number of songs around Grateful Dead samples. The results can now be heard over ten tracks on Deadbeats and Murderous Medlys, which is now available on iTunes. In describing the collection, Lane told Jambands.com, "The good thing is we’re sitting on all these Dead-sampled tunes and all these other things too. So while we were getting all the tracks together, we realized there are a couple of the Band of Brotherz original songs that are so good, we probably should throw some of those songs on there as well. That’s why we called it Deadbeats and Murderous Medlys. And also to let people know we’re not just doing a gimmick thing. We’re trying to show that we had been conceptualizing original music for the last three years before this idea came up."

Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme Announce Them Crooked Vultures Dates

Them Crooked Vultures have announced a series of October tour dates. The group which consists of John Paul Jones on bass, Dave Grohl behind the kit and Josh Homme on guitar debuted in Chicago last month as part of a Lollapalooza late night show. Them Crooked Vultures will tour the United States from October 1st through the 14th with a December U.K. tour to follow.

Them Crooked Vultures U.S. Dates

October 1 Austin TX - Stubb's
October 2 Austin TX - Austin City Limits
October 5 Nashville TN -War Memorial
October 6 Columbus OH - LC Pavilion
October 8 Detroit MI - The Fillmore
October 9 Toronto ONT - Sound Academy
October 11 Boston MA - House of Blues
October 12 Philadelphia PA - Electric Factory
October 14 Washington DC - 930 Club

Nate Wilson Group and Buffalo Killers in September

This coming weekend, the Nate Wilson Group will be in Turin, NY for an appearance at moe.down. The group has a choice slot, appearing on the second stage in between moe.'s final sets of the weekend. Wilson will keep his quartet on the road for four dates with Cincinnati's Buffalo Killers. The two bands will appear together from Wednesday September 9 through Saturday September 12 in the Northeast. Both bands are currently working on new studio recordings, with Chris Robinson producing the next Buffalo Killers record, while Wilson himself likely will take the helm for the follow-up to Unbound.

Nate Wilson Group and Buffalo Killers Dates

September 9 Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear's Place
September 10 Burlington, VT - Nectar's
September 11 Dover, NH - Dover Brick House
September 12 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall

Prime Time Wetlands Preserved Tonight

Just a quick reminder that Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club will air this evening on Sundance Channel at 9PM. Sundance also has slotted Wetlands Preserved for tomorrow morning, Wednesday the 2nd at 3:15AM and this coming Sunday the 6th at 11AM. Wetlands Preserved incorporates archival footage, soundboard recordings and the efforts of a dozen digital animators to chronicle the story of New York City nightclub Wetlands Preserve from February 1989 through September 2001. The documentary features music from Phish, Blues Traveler, moe., The Disco Biscuits, Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, Ben Harper, Spearhead, 311, Ani DiFranco, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Spin Doctors, Fishbone, Agnostic Front and many additional artists.

Project 30-90

Project 30-90 is an "environmentally conscious music festival" set to take place in New Orleans this coming Saturday, September 5. Project 30-90 will utilize solar and wind power, offer paperless tickets, carbon offsets and recycling with its goals to "rock your world and leave no carbon footprint behind." Many of the artists of quite familiar to the readers of this site, with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Ghostland Observatory, Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Benjy Davis Project, Charlie Mars and Generationals all slated to perform. The event's name is drawn from the the latitude and longitude of New Orleans (30.2 degrees North latitude, 90.1 degrees East longitude).

JB at Wrigley on Wednesday

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic will be in Chicago this evening for the first of two shows at the Charter One Pavilion. Panic's John Bell will make the most of his brief area residency, via a trip to Wrigley Park on Wednesday. Tomorrow he will sing the "Star Spangled Banner" prior to the game between the Cubs and the Houston Astros. Perhaps Bell's rousing rendition will cure the Cubbies' current lethargy.

8/31/09

The Black Eyed Peas Jam with DMB, Pearl Jam Nod to Neil Young and Other Outside Lands Moments

The second annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival returned to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 28-30. Like the festival’s inaugural year, the event featured an eclectic blend of rock, pop, hip-hop, jam, folk, metal and indie acts, as well as a mix of local food vendors and wineries. More so than even its big brother festival Bonnaroo, Outside Lands felt grounded in its surroundings and opened its stage to local acts like Tea Leaf Green, Dodos, Brett Dennen, Big Light and West Indian Girl, among others.

Though the festival’s sophomore year lacked a marquee act with the jazz of Radiohead, the event offered headlining sets by two veteran road warriors: Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band. Outside Lands was also set to feature a third headlining set by the Beastie Boys, but called in comedy rockers Tenacious D after Adam "MCA" Yauch was diagnosed with cancer. In total, approximately 100,000 fans reportedly attended the festival over the course of three days.

Pearl Jam headlined Friday, offering a mix of radio classics (“Animal,” “Go,” “Betterman,” “Daughter,” “Alive” and “Evenflow”), covers (The Who’s “The Real Me” and Victoria Williams’ “Crazy Mary”) and songs from its forthcoming album Backspacer (“The Fixer,” “Got Some”). The band also closed its set with a second encore consisting of two Neil Young songs: “Throw Your Hatred Down,” from Young’s collaborative album with Peal Jam Mirror Ball, and “Rockin’ in the Free World,” a song Pearl Jam co-opted in the early 1990s. Eddie Vedder also told a story about falling ill after seven songs the last time his band played Golden Gate Park in 1995 and asking Young to fill in. The famed guitarist proceeded to debut “Act of Love” from Mirror Ball and front Pearl Jam on a number of his own classics.

Likewise, Dave Matthews Band mixed reliable, extended jams including “Lie in Our Graves,” “Two Step” and “Ants Marching” with tracks from its recent Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King such as “Why I Am,” “You and Me” and “Shake Me Like a Monkey.” The band also brought Black Eyed Peas members Apl.de.Ap and Fergie out for a strange 13-minute “Jimi Thing” that referenced Sublime’s “Santeria” and featured several shout outs from the song’s guests (at another point in the show Matthews nodded to festival performers the Dodos). Later on, fellow Outside Lands performer Robert Randolph took the stage to play pedal steel on extended covers of both Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and Sly Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”

The rest of the weekend was surprisingly short of sit ins, though Antibalas’ saxophonist Stuart Bogie continued his run of summer shows with TV on the Radio and Jenny Lewis sat in with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley band for a version of her group Rilo Kiley’s “Portions for Foxes.” Oberst’s festival set and late night gig at the nearby Mezzanine are said to be some of his last with this version of his Mystic Valley band. Q-Tip also reunited with his former bandmate Phife Dawg for "Award Tour" from A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders.

Metal ruled much of Saturday’s set with appearances by prog-titans The Mars Volta, the new hip-hop/hard rock supergroup Street Sweeper Social Club and hipster-metal rockers Mastadon, while tributes dotted the entire weekend: Randolph riffed on Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” Q-Tip saluted DJ AM and M.I.A. sampled the Beasties’ “Intergalactic” and “Sabotage.” M.I.A. also spoke out against the festival’s decision to replace the Beastie Boys with Tenacious D. “CANT BELIEVE THEY REPLACED BEASTIES WITH TENACIOUS D ??????????????????????AND IF I PULL OUT THEY SUE! SO REALLY? TENACIOUS D AFTER ME ?,” she wrote in all caps on Twitter. “P.S I ORIGINALLY BOOKED ON SHOWS COZ BEASTIES WERE HEADLINERS , BUT NOW THEY AINT DOING IT AND I JUS WANNA SAY , WE HAVE TO GO HARD!!!” Nortec Collective, a Mexican band from Tijuana that blends electronic styles with Mexican beats and horns, also replaced Lila Downs on the schedule.

Tenacious D closed the weekend with a colorful mix of comedy and rock. Jack Black announced that he turned 40 and proceeded to do cartwheels and a handstand. Kyle Glass called Black's stunt double, Jimmy, onstage. "Come clean, come clean" he said. The duo pretended to fight, then sang that as long as there's a record deal, they'll be friends. Another comical moment included the appearance of "The Metal", a character dressed in a metal robot costume that Black says“defeated punk, grunge, new wave, etcetera.”The show was the group’s first appearance at a major U.S. music festival.

Other standout performances included Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather, Ween and Akron/Family.

Additional reporting by Ian Stone and Richard B Simon

Sublime to Reunite in October

Sublime will reunite in October. The influential ska/punk/reggae/jam band originally broke up in 1996 after lead singer/guitarist Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose. The new version of Sublime will feature remaining members Eric Wilson (bass) and Bud Gaugh (drums), as well as a 20-something singer named Rome. The three musicians first performed at Cantina Los Tres Hombres in Sparks, Nevada this past February. As of press time, Sublime’s only upcoming performance is at the Smoke Out Festival. The event will take place in San Bernardino, CA on October 23 and 24, featuring performances by Cypress Hill, Slipknot, Pennywise, Deftones and many others.

Though the members of Sublime where cult heroes around the Los Angeles-area, the group did not achieve international fame until its self-titled third album went multi-platinum after Nowell’s death. Almost immediately after, remaining members Wilson (bass) and Gaugh (drums) formed the Long Beach Dub All-Stars with a host of Sublime collaborators and sidemen. Long Beach Dub All Stars focused primarily on original material—though occasionally threw in some Sublime covers—until parting ways in 2002. Wilson and a number of former Long Beach Dub All Stars members continued on as Long Beach Shortbus until 2007.

Scott Murawski Takes the Stage During ABB/Panic Tour, Bands Nod to ARU

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic’s joint summer tour moved through New England this past weekend. On Saturday, the two bands performed at Mansfield, MA’s Great Woods Amphitheatre. Widespread Panic played first and invited out Derek Trucks for “It Ain't No Use” and “Blight,” as well as Warren Haynes for “Smokestack Lightning” and “Chilly Water.” Soon after, the Allman Brothers Band took the stage and bassist Dave Schools sat in on “Dreams,” while John Bell played guitar and sang on a cover of Blind Faith’s “Can't Find My Way Home” (Widespread Panic has covered the tune since the 1980s). Later in the evening, Schools returned for a jam based around Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed & Confused” during “Mountain Jam,” and Jimmy Herring emerged to help the group close its set with the final section of the Eat a Peach song.

Last night, the two bands performed at Hartford, CT’s Meadows Music Theater where Trucks and Haynes once again emerged for a few songs: “Surprise Valley” and “Goin' Out West.” Before that Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge took the stage for “Fixin' To Die,” a song often associated with his old band Aquarium Rescue Unit. Jimmy Herring then emerged during the Allman Brothers Band’s set for “Les Brers in A Minor,” shortly before Widespread Panic percussionist Sonny Ortiz and keyboardist JoJo Hermann appeared on “You Don't Love Me.” The song also featured veteran Connecticut guitarist Scott Murawski of Max Creek fame— Murawski plays with Oteil Burbridge in Bill Kreutzmann’s trio.

Chris Robinson Help Levon Helm with “Tennessee Jed”

The Black Crowes’ summer tour with Levon Helm Band continued this past Saturday at Atlantic City, NY’s Borgata. As they have on several occasions throughout the tour, Chris and Rich Robinson emerged during Helm’s set for “The Weight.” With Helm unable to sing due to a recent string of health problems, Chris Robinson also took the stage with Helm’s band for a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Tennessee Jed.” Robinson sang the song live a handful of times as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends, while Helm recorded the track on his new solo album, Electric Dirt.

Brothers Past Will Return to Philly on New Year's Eve

Brothers Past will celebrate New Year’s Eve at Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts. Though Philadelphia is the city the band is most closely associated with, the group has not performed in its hometown since reuniting in 2009. Orchard Lounge will open the night and spin between sets. Brothers Past is currently working on a new studio album and plans to tour heavily in 2010 after the disc’s release.

The group plans to confirm its Halloween plans in the coming weeks. The remainder of the band’s fall and winter dates include:

September 11 Madison, WI—The Terrace at Univ of Wisconsin
September 12 Chicago, IL—Subterranean
September 25 New York—Bowery Ballroom
November 25 Wilkes Barre, PA—River Street
December 31 Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts

Matt Butler Sits in with RatDog

Bob Weir and RatDog performed at Salt Lake City, UT’s The Depot this past Saturday. Everyone Orchestra leader and Hot Buttered Rum drummer Matt Butler was in the area and stopped by the show. During a jam leading out of “The Other One,” Butler took the stage to play washboard during a bit of freeform improvisation that led into “Death Don't Have No Mercy." RatDog will appear at Denver’s Botanic Gardens this evening. The performance is scheduled to be broadcast on Sirius/XM’s Grateful Dead Channel at 10:00 PM EST.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Added to Gov't Mule's Island Exodus, Final Rooms Released

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are the latest addition to Gov't Mule's first annual Island Exodus. As previously reported, the destination event will take place from January 15-18, 2010 at The Grand Lido Negril Resort in Negril, Jamaica. Potter will open two of Mule’s Jamaica performances and play a late night show after Warren Haynes’ previously confirmed solo set.

Though rooms are The Grand Lido are completely sold out, the group has just released a few additional lodging options at an adjacent resort just steps from The Grand Lido. Travel Packages will be available beginning this Tuesday September 1 at 9AM. These are the final lodging options the band plans to offer for the event.

Umphrey’s McGee Pays Tribute to Fallen Fan, Jams with Old LD

Last Friday, Umphrey’s McGee wrapped-up a two-night run at Urbana, IL’s The Canopy Club. The group opened its set with “Dump City” and “August,” before segueing into the first performance of a new song named “Keefer.” As keyboardist Joel Cummins explains on the group’s official blog, the band wrote and recorded the new song in honor of Chris Keefer, a friend and fan of the group who had recently passed away.

“We heard the news about the passing of our friend, fan and wonderful human being, Chris Keefer, on early Friday morning,” Cummins wrote. “It hit us like a ton of bricks and caught us all by surprise. There really aren't words that can capture the feeling of losing a good soul like Chris. I'll never forget arriving in Jamaica for the first time to find a hand-written note from Chris, detailing how much he was looking forward to the weekend and that we would have dinner one of those nights. There were many notes, trinkets and interactions that followed this, and many more that happened with each of the guys in the band. Getting to spend some quality time at that dinner in Jamaica with Chris and his equally sweet wife Susan is something I'll never forget. When you were in his presence, you were moved by his smile, his unassuming wit and the twinkle in his eye - you got how much zest for life this man had, and that he wanted to share it with you. Why is it that the good ones always seem to go early? Chris was one of my favorite people to look down and see on the rail. Always engaged, always having a good time and always there for the love of the music.”

Friday’s performance also featured appearances by Strange Arrangement keyboardist Joe Hettinga on “Cemetery Walk II” and former Umphrey’s McGee Lighting Designer Adam Budney on vocals for a show-closing version of Snoop Dogg’s “Ain't No Fun.”

Yonder Confirms New Year’s Eve Run

Yonder Mountain String Band will return to Colorado this December for a three-night New Year’s Eve run. The quartet will perform at Boulder, CO’s relatively intimate Boulder Theater on December 29 and headline Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium on December 30 and 31. Yonder has celebrated New Year’s Eve at the Fillmore each December since 2004. The only exception is last year when the band opened for Widespread Panic at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

Yonder Mountain will release its new studio album, The Show, tomorrow. The group also packed Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre over the weekend

Bruce Hornsby Recruits Eric Clapton for Leno Appearance

Bruce Hornsby will play the first week of the new NBC program The Jay Leno Show. The piano player will appear on Leno’s new program September 17 with his longstanding band The Noisemakers, as well as special guest Eric Clapton. The group will perform “Space is the Place,” a track from Hornsby’s new album Levitate. Clapton also appears on the studio version of the song, though he recorded the track a number of years ago while working on Hornsby’s 2004 album Halcyon Days.

Drummer Mike Greenfield to Sub for Steve Clemens on Lotus Fall Tour

Lotus drummer Steve Clemens will sit out his band’s fall tour while he expects the birth of his first child. Former Ally drummer Mike Greenfield has been named his temporary replacement through the end of 2009.

A note from Clemens reads, “My wife and I have conceived a child! I am looking forward to this major life event: the coming of my first child. I am also very grateful for the opportunity to take the time to be with my new family member surrounding their birth. The due date is September 28, which basically means the child could come any moment, but hopefully not for a few more weeks. I will be taking a hiatus from Lotus beginning with the upcoming dates in Japan. I am happy to say that Mike Greenfield, long time friend of the band, will be filling in. Greenfield is a master musician in his own right and I am sure he’ll bring the heat throughout the fall tour.”

Greenfield has a longstanding history with Clemens. He first befriended the members of Lotus in 2002—while the rising band was still in college—when the Ally played a show with the group in Goshen, IN. Greenfield also played in an early version of State Radio and is a member of a number of Disco Biscuits side-projects, including JM2, ths Cookie Dusters, Amoeba and, most recently, The Player's Club. In addition, he spent most of the year playing with the indie group Xylos and has collaborated with members of STS9, Yeasayer, Brothers Past, The New Deal and the Benevento/Russo Duo.

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