April 2016

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The first night of this three-night Dark Star Orchestra run at the Boulder Theater was powerful, exciting, and fun. They played the first night of Red Rocks 1978, which was on August 30th, and it featured the first time ever played “’I Need a Miracle,” “Stagger Lee,” and “If I Had the World to Give.” Many of the patrons of the Boulder Theater were extremely happy as the buzz went around the venue of which show it was.

Nikki Glaspie has been glued to a drum kit for most of her life. With a career that’s seen her back Beyoncé, initiate the beat in Dumpstaphunk, and now heading her own band, The Nth Power, she’s seen all corners of the industry while banging away behind bands of all sizes. Nikki recently spoke with The Grateful Web’s John Schumm to discuss The Nth Power’s tour, their new album, “Abundance,” and their mission to spread love through music.

The world’s greatest Pink Floyd show took the stage at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, NJ last weekend, and I was glad to be able to be in the seventh row for it. It was a spectacle of imagery to say the least.

On their third album City Painted Gold, San Francisco string-benders The Brothers Comatose have deepened their rocking acoustic prowess to new heights. The musical comradery between banjo and guitar-slinging brothers Alex and Ben Morrison renders authentic each time they step onstage.

Blackbird Presents and Concord Bicycle Music are partnering to distribute three of Blackbird Presents’ most extraordinary concert events. The upcoming releases include “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” to be released via Concord Records and “The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration” and “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia,” both to be available via Rounder Records.

Assembly of Dust (AOD) will be releasing their latest offering of live concert cuts in Tales From The Oregon Trail on May 3, a demonstration of when the jamband legends brought their face-melting folk-rock to Portland, Oregon.  While the lineup has changed a bit over the years, the current lineup brings the same level a musicianship, energy, and improvisation that AOD has been known for since their formation in 2002.  AOD was created by former Strangefolk front-man Reid Genauer and current