Last night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, a meeting of the guitar gods took place when Warren Haynes sat in with longtime collaborator Joe Bonamassa. The two have shared the stage many times in the past at Joe’s gigs and at Gov’t Mule shows as well as other appearances. Warren came out to help on Crossroads, If Heartaches Were Nickels and Look Over Yonder’s Wall.
The two duel it out in true axeslinger fashion as we can see in videos of all three songs…
Asheville, North Carolina native Warren Haynes gives back to his city in many ways, the most noticeable of which is his annual Christmas Jam concerts. The yearly event has raised more than one million dollars for the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity. As a tribute to his generosity and the success he’s achieved as a member of Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers Band and other acts, Haynes will be presented a honorary degree from UNC Asheville next month.
On May 11th the guitarist will receive the honorary degree at UNCA’s commencement ceremony. The event is scheduled to be held on the University Quadrangle, though rain may force it to the Kimmel Arena. We’re proud of the “hardest working man in improv rock” and glad his community has recognized his accomplishments. Renowned poet Poet Nikki Giovanni will deliver the commencement address.
Over the past few months word has been trickling out of an upcoming series of shows called the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration Tour featuring Gov’t Mule / Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes teaming up with some of the country’s best symphonies to play Garcia’s masterworks.
Today, the final performance has been added – a June 20th show at Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina featuring the North Carolina Symphony. Tickets will be available via pre-sale beginning Tuesday, April 16th at Noon EST via the tour’s ticketing page. A general on-sale will follow on Monday, April 22nd starting at 10AM ET.
Here’s the complete list of Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations…
6/18 – Pittsburgh, PA@ Heinz Symphony Hall w/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fawzi Haimor. 6/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre w/North Carolina Symphony. (Pre-sale begins April 12.) 6/22 – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood Music Center w/The Boston Pops. Conductor: Keith Lockhart. 6/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Music Center w/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fawzi Haimor. 6/26 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts w/the National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Emil de Cou. 7/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Colorado Symphony.Conductor: Scott O’Neill. 8/1 – San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall (Jerry’s 71st Birthday Celebration) w/San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Sarah Hicks. 8/2 – San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall w/San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Sarah Hicks. 8/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
We look forward to seeing what Warren and the symphonies are cooking up.
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.
As we reported earlier, Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks motored down to Brooklyn after last night’s ABB show at the Beacon to sit in with Soulive on an unannounced third set of the second Bowlive IV performance. Our pal Marc Millman was on hand at Brooklyn Bowl and captured this amazing video of Derek and Warren performing Thrill Is Gone with Soulive…
Over the last month anumber of Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations featuring Warren Haynes and orchestras performing the music of the Grateful Dead have been announced. Today, two more Symphonic Celebrations have been added to the schedule.
On June 18th, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present the music of Jerry Garcia at Heinz Hall in Pitsburgh. A pre-sale for this show begins on Monday, March 11th, at noon HERE. The general on-sale will follow on Monday, March 25th, at 9AM ET.
Then, on August 4th, The Greek Theatre will host a Symphonic Celebration in Los Angeles. A pre-sale begins Monday, March 25th at Noon PT HERE. The general on-sale will follow on Saturday, March 30th at 10am PT.
Our pal and God Street Wine tour manager Michael Weiss has dug deep into his archives and came up with a gem of a performance. In the summer of 1996 GSW opened a series of shows for the Allman Brothers Band and at a July 31st, 1996 gig at Riverbend Amphitheatre in Cincinnati, Ohio the group was joined by ABB guitarist Warren Haynes for a pair of songs.
Haynes sat in on a cover of Sweet Little Angel by B.B. King and stuck around for the God Street Wine original Get On The Train. Weiss has shared professionally shot video of the guest spot. While the clip suffers from audio static at points, it’s still well worth a view. Take a look…
Last month we shared the news that Warren Haynes will team up with the Boston Pops to pay tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia at Tanglewood on June 22nd. Apparently this won’t be a one-time thing as a new pair of Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations have been announced. Haynes and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will play the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California on August 1st and 2nd. The 1st is Garcia’s birthday.
A limited presale will take place HERE at noon PT this afternoon. Public onsale details will be revealed soon. Will Haynes pair off with other symphonies for Garcia tributes? Stay tuned…
Warren offered his usual unplugged mix of originals and covers and welcomed Island Exodus guests Ron Holloway (sax) and Hook Herrera (harmonica) at various points during his set. Mule had the night off, but Danny Louis and Matt Abts both made appearances during Haynes’ solo set. Photographer Dino Perrucci has shared a collection of his shots from both sets with us…
Here’s the Warren Haynes solo setlist…
Set: Time (The Revelator), The Real Thing, Hallelujah Boulevard, Give Me Love, Old Friend with Matt Abts, Raven Black Night with Matt Abts, Railroad Boy, Feel Like Going Home with Hook Herrera, Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out with Hook Herrera, Ain’t Nothing You Can Do with Hook Herrera & Danny Louis, Lucky with Danny Louis, Loser with Danny Louis, Endless Parade with Danny Louis & Ron Holloway The Way Young Lovers Do lyrics, Into The Mystic with Danny Louis & Ron Holloway, Soulshine with Danny Louis & Ron Holloway,
Encore: That’s Why We’re Here > with Hook Herrera, Danny Louis & Ron Holloway People Get Ready with Hook Herrera, Danny Louis & Ron Holloway
Under the direction of Keith Lockhart, the famed Boston Pops have tackled a myriad of rock classics over the years. On June 22nd, the groundbreaking orchestra will hit right in our wheelhouse when they present a tribute to Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia featuring vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes at Tanglewood in Western Mass.
The presentation will be dubbed “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration” and it “will feature new orchestral arrangements of Jerry Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia’s shows. Powerhouse vocalist and guitarist Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, and Gov’t Mule) will collaborate with the symphony, lending his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B, and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks.”
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 27, at www.tanglewood.org, by calling 888-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall box office in Boston, MA.
UPDATE: You can purchase tickets NOW via a JerryGarcia.com pre-sale and HERE for the Warren Haynes presale.
The String Cheese Incident made their first full-band appearance at one of Warren Haynes’ annual Christmas Jams this past Saturday night in Asheville. SCI’s set marked their first live performance since their summer tour ended in July. In keeping with Christmas Jam tradition, the Colorado-based band welcomed plenty of guests throughout their performance. For the finale, a cover of Bob Dylan’s Quinn The Eskimo (Mighty Quinn), Cheese brought out host Warren Haynes, keyboardist Nigel Hall, guitarist Mike Barnes, sax wiz Karl Denson and percussionist Count M’butu.
Here’s a look at the guest-filled Quinn The Eskimo from Saturday night…
The 24th annual Christmas Jam took place last night in Asheville, where host Warren Haynes welcomed The Avett Brothers, String Cheese Incident, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Anders Osborne, Sheryl Crow and many more of his musical friends to his hometown to raise money for Habitat For Humanity.
Haynes kicked off the show along with the Blind Boys leading to Trombone Shorty’s set with Orleans Ave. The Avett’s took a 45-minute slot before Sheryl Crow offered a guest-laden, nine-song set. String Cheese Incident received the penultimate slot and welcomed Anders Osborne for Joyful Sound, Count M’butu for Can’t Wait Another Day, Karl Denson for Rosie, Warren for Outside Inside and a slew of guests including Haynes, M’butu, Denson and Nigel Hall for a cover of Quinn The Eskimo. The Warren Haynes Band’s headlining set saw guest appearances from M’butu, Denson and a horn section before Haynes welcomed many of the night’s performers for a cover of John Lennon’s Imagine in honor of the Connecticut school shooting to close out the show.
Crow’s name was the biggest WTF?! when the Xmas Jam lineup was announced, but she impressed. Particularly good was this cover of Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home which also features Warren Haynes, Trombone Shorty and Terence Higgins. Take a look…
“There just might be one more big act added to the jam lineup Saturday, but Haynes is keeping the details under wraps since it isn’t confirmed . “There’s a good chance, a better than 50-50 chance, but I don’t want to spread rumors,” he said.
Apparently Haynes was successful as The Avett Brothers have been added to the lineup for tomorrow’s show as first reported by Mountain Xpress. The Avetts are from Concord, North Carolina and could likely sell out Asheville’s Civic Center themselves, so great work by Haynes getting them aboard. They appear at the top of the bill in the concert’s official poster…
As we’ve been saying, you can watch live via AXS TV starting at 6:30PM tomorrow. Also, you can stream tonight’s Pre-Jam live from Asheville via WNCW beginning at 6PM ET.
Each December for the past 24 years Warren Haynes has assembled impressive lineups featuring his talented friends to perform in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina in an effort to raise money for charity. For this year’s Christmas Jam, Haynes has enlisted the Blind Boys of Alabama, String Cheese Incident, Sheryl Crow, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue as well as his own Warren Haynes Band as the main acts with Anders Osborne, Karl Denson, Kevn Kinney and Mike Barnes aboard as guests.
Unlike the 23 prior Christmas Jams, the 2012 edition of the event will be broadcast live on cable network AXS TV. Tune in to AXS TV on Saturday, December 15th at 6:30PM ET to watch…
Post-production proceeds from the Christmas Jam benefit Habitat for Humanity.