An impressively eclectic group of artists ranging from revered singer/songwriter Ryan Adams to roots reggae hero Burning Spear are coming together for the 5th Annual Jammys Awards Show and All-Star Concert to be held April 26 th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Les Claypool, frontman for alt-metal godfathers Primus, respected piano man Bruce Hornsby, rising newgrass faves Yonder Mountain String Band, southern boogie torchbearers North Mississippi All-Stars, downtown jazz greats Medeski Martin and Wood, one-man band Keller Williams, Midwestern jam stars Umphrey's McGee and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon are also confirmed for the show, which will be hosted by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, who will also perform.
More big names, including this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, will be announced in coming weeks. In the meantime, fans can vote for the year's best album, song, DVD, download, new artist, tour, live show and archival release of the year at www.jammys.com/vote .
Founded as an alternative to mainstream award shows and produced by Relix Magazine, Jambands.com and Peter Shapiro, The Jammys is a celebration of the best in live improvisational music performance that pairs the brightest lights on the burgeoning jam music scene with stars from the pop, rock, reggae, gospel and jazz realms. In its first four years, The Jammys has become one of New York City 's premiere annual live music events and one of the top grassroots music events in the world, hosting countless historic, once-in-a-lifetime musical moments.
Last year's show featured the onstage reunion of The Black Crowes, who joined Gov't Mule for a version of their 1992 hit "Sometimes Salvation," as well as a finale that featured sacred steel phenom Robert Randolph, legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang and guitar hero Warren Haynes (of The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule and The Dead) jamming with Steve Winwood on his Spencer Davis Group hit "Gimme Some Lovin'." Daily Variety declared: "The producers—or some cosmic forces—really outdid themselves at this year's kudofest."
In year's past, such off-the-wall collaborations as rapper Slick Rick with the Disco Biscuits, The B-52's with Particle and Blue Oyster Cult with moe. have wowed sold-out audiences. In 2002, the concert-ending finale featured an all-star jam that included Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish, Warren Haynes, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and Robert Randolph, among others. Solomon Burke, The Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr. John, Toots Hibbert, Perry Farrell, Susan Tedeschi, Michael Franti of Spearhead, Harlem Gospel Choir, Black Thought, The Tom Tom Club, Marky Ramone, the Del McCoury Band and Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees, among many, many others have also performed at The Jammys in years past.
In between performances, nine Jammys trophies are handed out in categories voted on by fans, while a Lifetime Achievement award is given out at the end of the night. In years past, Lifetime Achievement trophies have been bestowed upon B.B. King, The Meters, the Grateful Dead and Steve Winwood.