Dark Star Orchestra and All Good Presents announce today the fifth annual Dark Star Jubilee held at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio - just 30 minutes east of Columbus – May 27 – 29, 2016. Hosted and curated with three nights of Dark Star Orchestra, world-renowned re-creators of The Grateful Dead live experience, this version of the Jubilee features an intimate setting within hallowed and historic grounds, offering up over 30 hours of music, all with no overlapping sets.
David Nelson’s long strange trip dates back just as far as the Grateful Dead’s. Nelson, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter were all pals from the Dead’s humble beginnings in Palo Alto. He was there for the acid tests, he saw the San Francisco scene blow up only a few years later, and of course cofounded New Riders of the Purple Sage with Garcia and John “Marmaduke” Dawson.
It’s the week before Halloween and Brock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove are on different phones and in separate rooms within the same Atlanta recording studio. With two shows in Charleston, SC on the docket, and two more later in the year in Colorado, the band had taken to rehearsals to work out covers and dust off the tunes they’d gotten back to playing earlier in the year.
Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Grateful Dead music today and an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right, David Gans now shares with us his own well-crafted and heartfelt interpretations of some of the Grateful Dead’s best songs on It's a Hand-Me-Down, due out November 27th on Gans’ Perfectible Recordings label. The album is available on pre-order now on Fe
Funk is an American tradition born in the same house as Jazz. Continuing this tradition are veterans Soulive. I had the pleasure of attending one of two shows this past snowy weekend at Cervantes in Denver. Supported by yet another long time vet George Porter Jr. of The Meters brought out his side project Runnin’ Pardners. This evening was filled with bright, colorful and energetic music.
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) has launched their brand new "Music is a Safe Place" campaign in light of the recent tragedy at La Bataclan in Paris, as well as the attacks in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. The campaign's central theme - "Music is a Safe Place" - first appeared in the original TWLOHA story nearly 10 years ago.
Fruition rambled through the Front Range, high on the November 9th release of the new EP, Holehearted Fools. The Portland Americana quintet performed 4 of the new 5 song EP recorded with Colorado friends, Grant Farm. Fruition is Jay Cobb Anderson (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Kellen Asebroek (Piano, Vocals), Mimi Naja (Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals), Keith Simon (Electric Bass), and Tyler Thompson (Banjo, Stomp Box, Drums).
If you should find yourself hoping, wishing, wanting to obtain that visceral feeling once again, we have in mind a few audio and video offerings that might help you to preserve those transcendent vibes. Let it flow, greatly grow, with choices for all from the Best Of to the Complete to the very last show.
Tune in to the Sirius XM Grateful Dead Channel for a very special 100-minute listen FARE THEE WELL with your guide David Lemieux. The program kicks off today with replays every day through the end of Thanksgiving Weekend.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has announced a Colorado tour in March of 2016. The band will embark on their two-week run with a number of stops in popular mountain towns including 2 night runs in Telluride and Steamboat Springs. The tour will come to a close with 3 nights on the Front Range including a special April Fools day show billed as "Foolin' at The Fox" at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. More details are available HERE.