Tribal Hippie Underground Zone aka the THUGZ

Put on your dancin’ shoes, open your ears and join the party. Sonoma County’s legendary psychedelic dance band, “Tribal Hippie UnderGround Zone” (aka the Thugz) is sure to provide big fun for all with their unique brand of cosmic rock. Over the past decade this multi-faceted band has delighted music fans of all ages and tastes.

Rock, blues, country, jazz, psychedelic and various world music styles blend together at a Thugz show to bring the positive vibes of the ‘60’s into the 21st century. Informed by the music of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Miles Davis and others the Thugz’ original songs and cosmic jams help to create a joyous, communal spirit between band and audience.

The band has a vast repertoire that includes many Dead tunes from all eras as well as interesting originals and covers. The group strives to combine traditional elements with new and creative material; more of a celebration and less of a replication of the Grateful Dead. If you are a Deadhead or music lover in general you will enjoy the Thugz’ mixture of classic arrangements and exploratory jams.

A plethora of fine musicians have sat in with the Thugz during their musical excursions including David Gans, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, Niina Gerber, Zac Brown, and others.

No two “tribal hippie underground zone” shows are exactly the same but the spirit and love of music making are always present.


The Thugz are;

Mike Campbell – guitar, trumpet & vocals

Andre de Channes – guitar & vocals

Ian Favell – drums & vocals

Chris Lushington – bass

Sylvia Murphy – keyboards & vocals

The Motet plays Earth Wind & Fire @ the Fox Theatre

The Motet is extremely excited to announce that for Halloween 2010 they will be performing the music of the most successful and influential funk band from the 1970’s: Earth, Wind, & Fire. This promises to be far and away the pinnacle of The Motet’s increasingly popular Halloween tribute performances. With a 13 piece band featuring a trio of lead vocalists, 4 horns, 2 guitars and percussion, these shows will undoubtedly rise to the historic standards that Earth, Wind & Fire have brought to their live concerts.

Showcasing percussion laden funk grooves, syncopated horn lines, gospel influenced vocal harmonies, psychedelic jazz-rock improvisation, and multiple top 10 hits, The Motet’s celebration of the music of Earth, Wind & Fire is sure to go down as the most mind blowing dance party in the history of the band’s epic Halloween performances. This show is not to be missed!

Sunday October 31, 9:00pm
Special Halloween Show

All Ages / GA / $18 adv / $20 DOS | Tickets on sale now at the Fox Theatre box office  | Internet 24-7 at  | Phone: During box office hours: 303.443.3399

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue Rex Fundraiser

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The Grateful Dead's Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Mookie Siegel of the David Nelson Band (and formerly a member of both Phil & Friends and Ratdog), Wendy Lanter of Hope in Time, and Jeff Mattson, Tom Circosta, Klyph Black and Dave Diamond, all of the The Zen Tricksters, now create music together as Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue. Thrilling and surprising audiences with a unique mix that spans a variety of musical genres, Kettle Joe's showcases both the extraordinary musicianship and amazing songwriting craft of its members. The band displays astonishing mastery of "the jam," and possesses uncommon vocal prowess. All seven band members sing well, and they achieve deeply rich textures and harmonies throughout their repertoire. These incredible and highly regarded musicians have made Kettle Joe's their full-time musical vehicle, and continue to perform a growing catalog of original material, contributed (and increasingly co-written) by its various members, along with some truly choice covers.

Donna Jean recently said she is "thrilled and honored to be creating and performing music with such an immensely talented group of artists.  This is my dream come true, and I think we'll be doing this for a long time to come. It's just way too much fun not to!"


Whitaker Center For Science & The Arts, Sunoco Theater

301 Market St Fl 7, Harrisburg, PA
Tel: (717) 221-8201


Concert tickets are $25.00 and $1.00 of every ticket will be donated by 4Evergreen to the Rex Foundation. Tickets are available online.


Purchase on day of show the CD of the November 12, 2005 Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball, produced by members if the band, and you can be part of a pre-show meet and greet with the band, with a signing of the CD. CD's are $20.00 and all the proceeds of the CD sales go to REX. -Sorry, due to time limitations, no other signing will be permitted-

The Rex BTDB CD is also available online.

The Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, has been aiding in building stronger communities, promoting individuality in the arts, helping secure a more healthy environment, and protecting the rights of indigenous people for twenty-two years.  The first Grateful Dead Rex benefit concert was held in the spring of 1984.  Over the course of the next 11 years, the Rex Foundation granted over $7 million to some 900 programs.  In December 2001, the Rex Foundation launched its renewal efforts in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding, presenting fundraising events in the Bay Area and in other cities across the country, and has since granted $776,500 to 127 programs across in the United States and internationally.

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue

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In jam rock, the line between imitation and evolution can be woefully blurry.  Often, the farther the bands and the scene get from the Grateful Dead seed, the harder the listener has to work in order to derive an original experience from the music.

Driving drums, noodling bass, swirling guitars and thin vocals rushing through stoner lyrics - we've all been there.  And by and large, we like it there.  Comfort candy for the ears.

But back at the source, something old is new again.  Welcome to the Swamp.

Fronted by zenith-era Grateful Dead chanteuse Donna Jean Godchaux McKay, Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue has taken only exactly what it needs from jam music to create an inviting and compelling new brew of sound and scene - it's taken the ethos, the spirit, the organic approach of re-invention.

At first glance, this project's lineup may seem like old parts thrown together, but don't be lulled to sleep by your own smoky haze.  Dead influenced grassroots legends The Zen Tricksters - anchored by guitarist/vocalists Jeff Mattson and Tom Circosta, bassist/vocalist Klyph Black and drummer Dave Diamond -  have taken their long fused dynamic and teamed it with the keyboard genius of jam scene keyboard icon Mookie Siegel. This core backs the elegant and elegaic vocals of Donna Jean and Wendy Lanter.  The result is indeed a jam band, but one with the right idea - to serve the sound, to explore and soar in the present; bridging the past to the future in the process.

Yes, the requisite jam expectations are met; Mattson's leads spiral and swirl with the best of them, Circosta's inverted rhythm licks are strange, seemingly impossible and ear-bending.  Black thumps, rolls and climbs underneath and the drums swing when swayed and thunder when dared.

But what's different here is the return to the most important aspects of jam music; the band is obviously dedicated to seeking out interesting material and making it their own.  And from that simple decision, true originality is born.

It seems as if Donna Jean is leading the way.  She has a Garcia-esque presence, quiet and kind, curious yet in control - she is completely fused to her talent, with no gap between thought and expression. The band's wonderfully eclectic song selection invites an energy that is spry and refreshing, but not to be taken lightly.  The result is the ever-elusive winning jam band formula; veteran players playing cool nuggets and blowing
them through the roof.

The band has created, well... a psychedelic kettle-brew of originals and pointed cover choices that allow them to tranverse from folk to funk and back again, hitting those special Grateful Dead moments along the way.

Like The Band did for Dylan, The Trickster foundation breathes unprecedented life into Donna Jean's tunes.  They may not look like much on paper, but ditties like France and From The Heart Of Me now have a warmth and beauty never before captured live.  The band does to Garcia's Mission In The Rain what Garcia did with so many songs in his repetoire, they simply love it and make it count, giving it new and original feeling.  As a unit, Kettle Joe's embodies this spirit - the essence of interpretation, and of preservation. They are an interactive  museum of old and new, unburdended by overwhelming celebrity, yet wholly eager and unafraid to fill big shoes.

And when the stakes are raised for die-hard Heads, the band soars to the occasion.  Epics like Weather Report Suite and Terrapin Station get killer workouts, but never is the listener recalling or aching for a different time or place, a different sound or a different moment.  Everything the listener could ever hope for or expect from these efforts is there in spades - the mandala is woven, the door opened, the listener need only close his eyes and step through.

Jam music, in it's best and highest functions, serves to evolve and transcend - to breathe and live.  If that's a benchmark everyone in the scene can agree upon, then Kettle Joe's has instantly and effortlessly carved for themselves a thriving little niche in the firm rocks of jam history, well protected from the drowning, rolling seas of jam band inertia.