This past Friday night God Street Wine guitarist Aaron Maxwell and bassist Dan Pifer were Reid Genauer’s guests as part of the AOD front man’s venue-opening run at Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The bar, which is part of the Capitol Theatre, is named after Jerry Garcia and features Captain Trips memorabilia. Reid was performing with members of Assembly of Dust as well as special guests, which on Friday were Maxwell, Pifer and Yahuba Garcia of the Ryan Montbleau Band.
At one point during the second set, AOD (and GSW) multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby teamed up with Aaron, Dan, Garcia and a drummer for fun takes on God Street Wine’s Waiting For The Tide and Mile By Mile. Video of Waiting For The Tide has surfaced thanks to Joe Madonna…
Back on this date in 2000 Phish delivered a version of the song Ghost most-worthy of the overused “epic” descriptor at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Our pal Myke “LawnMemo” Menio, who wrote a blog called The Daily Ghost in which he analyzed every Ghost, had lots to say about the Radio City Ghost and he’s kindly allowed us to re-publish his essay…
Background (Set: 2 of 2 – Song: 5 of 6 – Show Gap: 5)
The first Ghost of the new millennium is one for the ages. It takes place in the last part of the second set. It is listed as a segue into Rock and Roll but this Ghost is it’s own beast. After archivist Kevin Shapiro released this Soundboard (SBD) during From the Archives 6/12/2009, he said “I don’t quite know what to say about that”. Sure hope I can come up with a few things.
Composed Section (0:00-4:32)
The first Ghost of 2000 greets us with the familiar loops from Trey that we all loved from the late ’90s. The loops last longer than usual, and almost die out completely as Mike and Fish enter. They enter extremely soft at first and you can tell something is going to be different with this Ghost from the beginning.
The slow, controlled pace, that dominates this Ghost is evident from the first minute. Even after a long layoff for the band, you can tell the confidence they have with this jam stalwart. At 2:13, you can hear Fishman mess up his vocals, and then at 2:25. A lot of times you will hear the band members laugh, not tonight. Fish messed up the vocals and wants to get to back to business. I promise you he does not mess up the beat during the jam.
This past weekend the Purple Hatter’s Ball took place at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. One of the performances we most had our eyes on was a Sunday set dubbed “Roosevelt Collier & Nigel Hall’s Gospel Surprise.” Our friend and Collier’s publicist, Margaret Willard, was so moved by the set she penned a review and we’re honored to run it along with photos.
Words: Margaret Willard Photos: Timothy Borland and Jeffrey Dupuis
Mother’s Day took special meaning this past weekend at the Purple Hatter’s Ball, when a fellowship of musicians uplifted the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park with an emotional Sunday gospel set dubbed “Roosevelt Collier & Nigel Hall’s Gospel Surprise.”
[Photo by Tim Borland]
PHB founder Paul Levine introduced the ensemble shortly after 1pm, with a prelude dedicating the afternoon to Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, whose life is remembered each year at PHB, and to all others who had lost loved ones recently — most notably Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff of Lettuce, who hadn’t performed for a live audience since he lost his mother Rita April 29. The sun shone brightly as the amphitheater stage transformed into a place of kinship and worship, with Smirnoff and the afternoon’s other special guests Lenesha Randolph (Robert Randolph & The Family Band), Pete Shand (The New Mastersounds), Jermal Watson (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Jonathan Lloyd (Dubconscious) and The Shady Horns - Ryan Zoidis, Eric Bloom and James Casey(Soulive, Lettuce) all joining Nigel Hall (Warren Haynes Band, Lettuce) and Roosevelt Collier (the Lee Boys) for an inspired series of classic covers and old gospel tunes.
HT faves Grace Potter and Nocturnals have an extremely busy summer planned as they’ll be opening for the Dave Matthews Band, Robert Plant, The Avett Brothers and the Allman Brothers Band by the time September rolls around. The band will also headline their own Grand Point North Festival on September 14 and 15 at Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont.
[Photo by Brian Jenkins]
Joining Grace and the Nocs at this year’s fest will be Gov’t Mule, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, City and Colour, Felice Brothers, and Shovels & Rope. Other acts set to play include Scott Tournet & Ver La Luz, Natalies Prass feat. Benny Yurco, and locals Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Rough Francis, Joshua Panda and the Hot Damned, Paper Castles, Alpenglow and Belle Pines. Potter has also added a handful of headlining dates to her tour.
If you’re not into a night with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, then maybe you’ll be interested in hitting one of these recently announced tours…
It’s a big week of TV appearances for HT faves. Not only will Vampire Weekend perform on tonight’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but Huey Lewis & The News will appear on both Live! with Kelly and Michael tomorrow and on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday. In addition, Phoenix will visit Fallon on Wednesday, while Dawes will be Jimmy Kimmel’s guest on Thursday.
Monday, May 13 [All Times ET]
Lady Antebellum on Chelsea Lately [E! 11PM]
Luke Bryan on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
Pistol Annies on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
The Goo Goo Dolls on Jimmy Kimmel (R) [ABC 11:35AM]
Vampire Weekend on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
Tuesday, May 14
Huey Lewis & The News on Live! w/Kelly & Michael [syndicated - check listings]
The Slide Brothers featuring Shemekia Copeland on Conan [TBS 11PM]
Drop City Yacht Club on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
Phoenix on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
Pistol Annies on Craig Ferguson [CBS 12:35AM]
Wednesday, May 15
Beware of Darkness on Conan [TBS 11PM]
Cyndi Lauper on Colbert Report [Comedy Central 11:30PM]
Brad Paisley on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
Usher on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
Huey Lewis & The News on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
Back on October 10th Phish fan Myke “LawnMemo” Menio started a project called The Daily Ghost in which he would listen to and the write about every version of Ghost Phish has played since its debut on June 13th, 1997. Recently, Menio completed his project after detailing all 112 Ghosts the quartet performed up until this past New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden.
Myke’s passion came through in each of his posts and we were impressed at how he methodically analyzed the Phish fan-favorite as he seemed to learn from each previous article. We asked LawnMemo to share some thoughts about what he learned, not only about the song but also from the process of listening to and writing about 112 Ghosts. He put together this list detailing 10 of those things.
1. Ghost is an incredible jam vehicle. The sheer amount of fantastic jams blew me away. There is a lot to take away from just about every version. When the song Ghost starts up during a show, chances are it is going to be memorable. My top 10 list has to be a top 12 because there are just too many outstanding versions.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is well underway at the Fairgrounds in the Crescent City on this first weekend of the two-weekend event. Yesterday saw performances from the likes of national acts such as Billy Joel, Andrew Bird, Jill Scott and Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper as well as New Orleans legends Allen Toussaint, Michael White, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Jason Marsalis.
While jam titans Widespread Panic was in Louisville last week for a two-night stand at the Palace, singer/guitarist John Bell and drummer Todd Nance performed an acoustic show with Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter of Bloodkin before a small crowd at the WFPK Performance Studio. Wednesday’s four-song set was broadcast live for those in the listening area and tuning in on the internet.
Audio of the four-song set, which included Wet Trombone Blues and Success Yourself, Bloodkin classics that Widespread Panic hadn’t played in years but wound up performing again that night electric at the Palace with Hutchens and Carter, has been shared by WFPK…
Here’s the setlist and more of Joshua Timmermans’ amazing shots of the intimate radio show…
The Trey Anastasio Band’s brief, four-show West Coast swing reached the Bay Area last night, where the Phish front man and his solo band played their first of two performances at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. TAB focused on material from Anastasio’s self-titled debut and most recent album, Traveler, but also delivered scattered classics from throughout Trey’s solo career as well as a cover of O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps and a horn-driven version of Page McConnell’s Magilla.
Towards the end of the first set, Anastasio brought out trombonist Jeff Cressman, who was a member of Trey’s Undectet in the mid ’00s, to jam along with his daughter and current TAB member Natalie her signature song – Mozambique.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist…
Set One: Drifting, Cayman Review, Alive Again, O-o-h Child, Magilla, Money Love and Change, Greyhound Rising, Scabbard, Mozambique*, Dark and Down, Push On Till The Day
Set Two: Sand, Valentine, Goodbye Head, Night Speaks To A Woman, Architect, Gone, Pigtail, Alaska, Traveler
Blues legend B.B. King may be 87-years-old, but that hasn’t stopped him from touring as hard as artists a quarter his age. Last night the Itta Bena, Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist visited his namesake club in New York City, where he performed before a capacity crowd.
This past Saturday night Galactic returned to New York City’s Terminal 5 for a show that also included performances from the Nigel Hall Band and Toots & The Maytals. The Nigel Hall Band took the stage first for a set that featured takes on Layaway and Back In Stride, while Toots treated the crowd to classics like Pressure Drop, 54-46, Take Me Home Country Roads, Louie Louie and Sweet & Dandy. Galactic was joined by The Revivalists’ front man David Shaw for portions of their set including versions of Hey Na Na, Ain’t No Love, I Am The Walrus, Heart of Steel and I Got Your Money.
Now that the weather is getting warmer and the calendar has turned to April, the festival season is in full swing. Next weekend the Allman Brothers Band and Live Nation bring their Wanee Festival to Live Oak, Florida’s Spirit of Suwannee Music Park for three full days and four nights of sets from a slew of HT faves and up-and-coming acts.
The action kicks off on Wednesday night, the 17th, with an afternoon and evening of music from the likes of Cope and Dumpstaphunk before Wanee gets in full swing on Thursday. We preview the festival with five things to look for / questions that will be answered by the time the final band leaves the stage at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park early on Sunday morning.
1. Will the Allman Brothers Band pick up where they left off at Beacon run?
HT faves Dumpstaphunk brought the funk to NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl on March 23rd, where the Ivan Neville-led act treated fans to a mix of new material from Dirty Word – an album set to be released later this year, originals from throughout their 10-year career and a cover of Funkadelic’s One Nation Under A Groove. The show even saw a guest spot from The London Souls guitarist Tash Neal.
[All Photos by Andrew Blackstein]
HT contributor Andrew Blackstein and our friend videographer LazyLightning55 were on hand at the Bowl and have turned in some exceptional photos and videos…
A special Allman Brothers Band aftershow took place at the intimate environs of Lucille’s within BB King’s Blues Club in New York City last Saturday night. The show was billed as “Colonel Bruce Hampton & Friends,” the Colonel was backed by a band that included AJ Ghent on eight-string lap steel guitar and Jez Graham on keys. Hampton welcomed some of his guitarist friends to guest during his set and they each played a legendary axe.
Wilco guitarist Nels Cline was the Colonel’s first guest at the intimate show. Cline played Duane Allman’s Goldtop Les Paul which was on loan from the Big House museum in Macon, Georgia. Nels and Ghent took turns layering licks in Space Is The Place. Later in the evening Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes stopped by and jammed with the band. Haynes also sported Duane’s famous axe.