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The Jam Stampede Remembers Ron “Pigpen” McKernan

The Jam Stampede remembers Pigpen and will do a healthy dose of Pigpen on the day of his birthday, September 8. Plenty of Dead tunes will abound and we do one more spin around the sun for Pig.

Starting a rock band was actually Ron McKernan's idea, and he was its first front man, delivering stinging harmonica, keyboards, and beautiful blues vocals in the early years of the Warlocks/Grateful Dead. Nicknamed "Pigpen" for his funky approach to life and sanitation, he was born into a family that was generally conventional, except for the fact that his (Caucasian) father was an R & B disc jockey. And that sound put Pig's life on the rails of the blues from the time he was 12. Liquor, Lightnin' Hopkins, the harmonica and some barbecue - it was an unusual life for a white kid from San Carlos, but it was Pig's life.

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Mexicali Live

Show Date: September 8, 2011

Tickets : $8.00 in advance

Doors: 6:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Band website

201-833-0011

1409 Queen Anne Road

Teaneck, NJ 07666

Sarabeth Tucek Streams New Album On AOL

Sarabeth Tucek is set to release her sophomore LP, Get Well Soon, on May 24th on Ungawa Records. It’s a stunning record that, although not a concept album as such, forms a narrative based around the death of Sarabeth’s father, or as she beautifully describes it “an impressionistic rendering of a time ruled by grief”. The 12 tracks were “sequenced and resequenced for weeks” in order for the story to emerge and the end result sees not one wasted word or unnecessary note; all we’re left with is “just pure feeling”.
Sarabeth was born to a psychiatrist and a psychologist in Miami, but grew up in New York. She was a latecomer to music, her first calling being acting. However, after a few years in Hollywood, her singing and songwriting was encouraged by people on the music scene she fell in with. She first made an impression singing backing vocals on Smog’s 2003 album Supper and then in the film ‘Dig!’, where she sings a song she had just written called "Something For You". The Brian Jonestown Massacre went on to cover the song (retitled "Seer"), but Sarabeth’s own version became her debut single, on Sonic Cathedral, back in February 2007.
This stark and simple song won her legions of fans and her self-titled debut album followed a few months later (on the Echo label) to rapturous reviews. Produced by Ethan Johns and Luther Russell, its understated style was an inspiration to a number of singer-songwriters who followed in Sarabeth’s wake, including Laura Marling, who approached Johns to produce I Speak Because I Can after hearing it.
However, despite everything seemingly going so right, at home everything was going wrong. “Some very bad things happened during the first record and after,” recalls Sarabeth. “It was as if all that had ever troubled me, hurt me, came back just as I was embarking on what should’ve been the happiest time of my life. It all came back and said, ‘Not so fast...’
“I don’t think my mind could handle all the good coming its way. It was unfamiliar terrain and I didn’t know how to traverse It. Predictably, my drinking got out of control and that led to a couple car accidents, jail and legal troubles.I wanted to leave LA anyway, but now I felt I sort of had to. I hoped that by coming back home to New York I would be able to forge some kind of redemptive break from the past. To forgive myself.”
The move has informed much of the music on Get Well Soon. The warmth of the West Coast has gone, replaced by a much rawer sound, all recorded over an intensive 15-day period in a basement in Southampton, Pennsylvania. “We recorded this record in a house where we also lived,” Sarabeth explains. “My friends Robert and Peter from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recorded ‘Howl’ there. It’s owned by the Nicgorski family who are all very musical: Billy, who offered me the basement, and his brother have played in lots of bands, their sister Maria sings on ‘State I Am In’ and their father Wally spent his mornings on the front porch singing in his rocking chair. Making a record where I am singing to and about my father and seeing and hearing their dad out there every morning served up a pretty strong and bittersweet feeling for me.”
“I think we managed to capture a unique mood down in that basement,” adds producer Luther Russell. “As guests in someone’s home we got a feeling that might not have happened in a regular studio. Sarabeth wanted to be somewhere totally unfamiliar; the material was incredibly personal to her, so she had to feel right about where she did it. My job was to capture that feeling, and fast. The plan was to mix it in LA, but it turned out that all the magic was there in the rough mixes I did as we went along – so that is what you hear. I think that’s why it’s such an immediate record, because it really was completed in those two weeks... but with a lifetime of preparation, of course.”
The rawness of the recording reflects the subject matter and provides the perfect accompaniment to Sarabeth’s voice, which seems stronger, more confident and more crystalline than ever, like Karen Dalton or a less histrionic Cat Power, as she deftly conveys her grief with an eloquent, understated majesty. The musical reference points of the first album – Neil Young, Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Big Star – are still there, but somehow amplified, and Sarabeth is definitely not looking towards the current music scene for inspiration. “It’s odd how placid a lot of music seems now; so washed out in sound and feeling,” she says. “It’s like antidepressant music to take antidepressants to. I don’t really give a shit. I am more likely to buy a new book now than a new record.”
This would explain the number of literary references on Get Well Soon. The opening track "The Wound And The Bow" is named after a book of essays by Edmund Wilson, in which Sarabeth discovered and subsequently became obsessed with the myth of Philoctetes, a play by Sophocles in which the protagonist suffers a wound so grotesque that he is left alone on an island to live in a cave and tend to his injuries. The title of "Exit Ghost" was taken from the Philip Roth novel, but he appropriated it from ‘Hamlet’, where it is written as a stage direction. “The scene when Hamlet sees his father’s ghost became lodged in my head,” explains Sarabeth. “And his subsequent madness I understood in a more personal way.”
The narrative ends with the title track and a resolution of sorts. “I feel like I’m either the patient or the doctor, somebody always has an ache,” she says. “When I wrote the title track I had a friend of mine on my mind. She was so sad... just inconsolable and it was painful to see her like that. The title is a reminder to keep myself well. It’s hard to explain the ferocity of the grief I experienced when my father died. I really felt like it was going to kill me, so to be here... well, I just wanted to remind myself of what I survived.”

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE celebrates the life and music of his father--the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Henry Rollins @ Boulder Theater

In the '90s, Henry Rollins emerged as a post-punk renaissance man, without the self-conscious trappings that plagued such '80s artists as David Byrne. Following Black Flag's breakup in 1986, Rollins was been relentlessly busy, recording albums with the Rollins Band, writing books and poetry, performing spoken word tours, writing a magazine column in Details, acting in several movies, and appearing on radio programs and, less frequently, as an MTV VJ. The Rollins Band's records are uncompromising, intense, cathartic fusions of hard rock, funk, post-punk noise, and jazz experimentalism, with Rollins shouting angry, biting self-examinations and accusations over the grind. On his spoken word albums, he is remarkably more relaxed, showcasing a hilariously self-deprecating sense of humor that is often absent in his music. All the while, he has kept his artistic integrity, becoming a kind of father figure for many alternative bands of the '90s.

Tuesday May 18 May 13, 8:00pm
Live Nation presents
HENRY ROLLINS
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Tickets will be on sale through the Boulder Theater box office
Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com
Phone: During box office hours 303-786-7030

Hal Ketchum's New Album, 'Father Time,' Streets 9/9

Hal Ketchum- for the Grateful Web

Hal Ketchum recorded his new album, Father Time, without a net. He amassed more than a dozen new original songs plus a dream team of musicians and entered the studio to record the album live to two-track. There were no overdubs and only a few second takes. "When I went into this project, my mentality was that this is either going to work or not," Ketchum says. But at the end of the first day, with nine songs finished, he knew the experiment was a success.

The resultant album, which contains 13 Ketchum-penned songs plus a cover of Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl," will hit stores on September 9, 2008. It is the album that Ketchum's talents have promised since he burst onto the country music scene in 1991 claiming the #1 spot with his very first single, "Small Town Saturday Night."
 
The recording of Father Time as a live, direct-to-tape album originated from a conversation he had with some fellow musicians about how recording had lost some of its creative edge in this high-tech era in which players record apart from each other in separate rooms and booths. "By the end of that conversation, I said, 'OK, I'm going to cut live to two-track.' I went home that afternoon and got a yellow pad and put together a wish list of players. And almost everyone I called was available for the two days I had blocked out."
 
Reared in upstate New York in a musical family, Ketchum played drums in R&B bar bands at a young age, but discovered his real calling upon his move to New Braunfels, Texas — just a stone's throw from the legendary Gruene Hall, the old dance hall that has become the mother church of the Texas music scene. He didn't know about the venue at the time, but one day followed the sounds of live music up a hill. "And there," he says, "was Gruene Hall in all its glory, with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel playing." Ketchum became a mainstay of the hall and later released an indie album (Threadbare Alibis) that brought him to the attention of Curb Records. Since his first Curb release, 1991's Past the Point of Rescue, he has distinguished himself as a bona fide hitmaker, with 15 Top 10 singles to his credit and five million albums sold.
 
The songs on Father Time include some of Ketchum's recent compositions — most of them road-tested before audiences at his live shows — as well as the first song he ever wrote ("The Preacher and Me") and even one number ("Surrounded By Love") written on a lunch break on the first day of recording, plus some of his favorite collaborations with fellow songwriters that had yet to be recorded. As the title implies, the songs focus on life's essential matters, with characters that resonate with the believability of real people living (and dying). In "Yesterday's Gone," "Surrounded by Love" and "The Day He Called Your Name" family members face mortality with an enriching love and sweetness, and there are cinematic tales about everyday people ("Invisible" and "Ordinary Day") as well as the vividly unique characters that make life a rich pageant ("Millionaire's Wife," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Continental Farewell").
 
"I felt it was time to make a record like the first one I made where I wrote everything on the record," he says "I had the good fortune of having some hit records and developing a strong following as a live performer. But it was important at some point over all my years of making records that people got to see the essence of my songwriting and my voice as a singer and writer."
 
"It's a coming of age," he says of the new album. "This is what I do. I have a desire to be remembered as an artist, and whether somebody discovers this record today or 25 or 30 years from now, I want them to listen to this album and go 'Yeah, I understand.' The motivation here was to leave a little trail all my own."

Ketchum's friend Neil Diamond wrote in the liner notes, "I find it impossible to listen to it without smiling at the sheer exuberance of these tracks."

Father's Day the DSO Way

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

On the Road to the Roo!

As DSO continues along 'The Road to Roo', they will make a stop at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ Fri., May 30; and then a zig zag across the Northeast making our first appearance at Mountain Jam, return to Higher Ground, opening the season for the Cape Cod Melody Tent, swingin thru The State Theatre in VA and of course making our first ever appearance at Bonnaroo. Hope to see ya on the road!

DSO at Summer Festivals

Mountain Jam - May 30-Jun 1 Hunter, NY - Fire on the Mountain? Probably. Be sure to come out and catch us at Warren Haynes' annual rockin' event. - www.mountainjam.com

Bonnaroo - Jun 12-15 Manchester, TN - The nation's largest and most all-encompassing summer festival, DSO is thrilled to be invited for our inaugural performance to kick things off Thursday night! - www.bonnaroo.com

All Good Festival - Jul 11-13 Masontown, WV - DSO is happy to be back at one of the longest running (12 years!) and arguably the best jam fest out there. Catch us late Saturday night! - www.allgoodfestival.com

10,000 Lakes Festival - Jul 23-26 Detroit Lakes, MN - DSO, Phil Lesh & Friends AND Mickey Hart Band - a Deadhead's dream - plus 50 other acts! Also, save $$ on 10KLF tickets by entering 'DSO10K' as a promo code when you order your tickets. - www.10KLF.com

Gathering of the Vibes - Jul 31-Aug 3 Bridgeport, CT - DSO is honored to be returning once again for this annual gathering of the tribe - we hope to see you all there! - www.gatheringofthevibes.com

Mighty High Festival - Aug 9 Hackettstown, NJ - The first annual Mighty High Festival - DSO will be joining kindred spirits NRPS and The Zen Tricksters. - www.themightyhigh.com

Gratefulfest - Aug 29-Sep 1 Garrettsville, OH - Grateful for nine years of GratefulFest! Vote for which songs you'd like to hear DSO play and help out a great cause! - www.nlqp.com

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is coming up and Dark Star Orchestra has a few gift ideas for your old man. DSO just released Ithaca: 30 Years Later - The Video so why not relive one of rock's greatest shows with one of the world's greatest dads. The band is also featured as their own chapter in the new book Like a Rolling Stone, New York Times writer Stephen Kurutz casts an insightful and interesting look on the world of tribute bands.

 
 

Sat 05/31

Mountain Jam Festival

Hunter, NY

 

Mon 06/02

Higher Ground

South Burlington, VT

TICKETS

Tues 06/03

Higher Ground

South Burlington, VT

TICKETS

Thurs 06/05

Bergen PAC Theater

Englewood, NJ

TICKETS

Fri 06/06

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Hampton Beach, MA

 

Sat 06/07

Cape Cod Melody Tent

Hyannis, MA

TICKETS

Sun 06/08

Sovereign PAC

Reading, PA

 

Tues 06/10

The State Theatre

Falls Church, VA

TICKETS

Thur 06/12

Bonnaroo

Manchester, TN

 

Road to Roo' Tour Ends

 

Summer Tour Begins!

Thurs 07/10

Penn's Peak

Jim Thorpe, PA

TICKETS

Fri 07/11

Governors Island

New York, NY

 

Sat 07/12

All Good Music Festival

Masontown, WV

TICKETS

Wed 07/16

Weterans Park Amphitheater

Springfield, OH

 

Thurs 07/17

Headwaters Park Event Pavillion

Fort Wayne, IN

TICKETS

Fri 07/18

Annie's

Cincinnati, OH

TICKETS

Sat 07/19

CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing

Peoria, IL

TICKETS

Wed 07/23

10,000 Lakes Festival

Detroit Lakes, MN

 

Fri 07/25

The Vic Theater

Chicago, IL

TICKETS

Sat 07/26

The Vic Theater

Chicago, IL

TICKETS

Sun 07/27

Bluebird

Bloomington, IN

 

Wed 07/30

House of Blues Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ

TICKETS

Thurs 07/31

Gathering of the Vibes

Bridgeport, CT

 

Fri 08/01

Saranac Brewery

Utica, NY

TICKETS

Sat 08/02

Gateway Pk. Concert Series

North Tonawanda, NY

 

Sun 08/03

High Falls Brewery

Rochester, NY

TICKETS

Wed 08/06

Innsbrook Pavilion

Glen Allen, VA

 

Thurs 08/07

Bottle and Cork

Dewey Beach, DE

 

Fri 08/08

NY Metro Balloon and Music Festival

Shirley, NY

 

Sat 08/09

Vasa Park

Hackettstown, NJ

TICKETS

Sun 08/10

Mountain Music Meltdown 08 Festival

Saranac Lake, NY

 

8/29-9/1

Gratefulfest @ Nelson Lodges

Garrettsville, OH