Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings

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Happy Birthday Phil Lesh!

Phil Lesh is 68 years young today. Happy Birthday, Phil! Phil & Friends are hitting all the summer festivals, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the latest incarnation of Phil & Friends.  Check below for all the cool festivals Phil & Friends will be playing.  The Grateful Web will be on-hand at many of these festivals, so watch for upcoming reviews and photo spreads from these great summer shows.   Happy Spring!

Still Time to Get Your Phix

- for the Grateful Web

Over the past six years, Phix has been to Phish what Dark Star Orchestra has been to the Grateful Dead:  an absolutely amazing tribute band performing show after show of music that nearly rivals the original.

Based in Boulder, CO the band consists of Paul Murlin (guitar/vocals), Derek Berg (keys/vocals), Chris Sheldon (drums, vocals), and Brian Adams (bass/vocals).  Of all the bands on the scene that cover the intricate music of jam legends Phish, nobody does it better.  Close your eyes during a show and at times you can hardly tell you are listening to four guys from Boulder rather than the well-known four from Vermont.

Unfortunately after playing over 500 shows the band has called it quits, perhaps again fashioning themselves after their heroes, who many feel prematurely disbanded.  However, that doesn't mean these guys are finished just yet.

The draw of playing the songs of Phish must be strong, because even since their last shows in the summer of 2007 coined Covertry (a clever take on Phish's last festival Coventry), some gigs keep popping up.

Two weeks ago at Dulcinea's 100 th Monkey in Denver the band performed an unadvertised show, much to the delight of those who caught word about this "reunion" concert.  The group jammed out Phish favorites such as "David Bowie", "Possum", "The Squirming Coil", "Harry Hood", and more with excellent timing and improvisational flair.

Though the band claims it is no longer touring, there have been more Phix performances announced as of late.  Perhaps the most exciting went down last weekend at the Langerado Festival in Florida, which just happened to take place at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the site of Phish's historic millennium concert.

Adding relevance to the experience, the band was slated to start at 11:55pm; exactly the same time Phish took the stage for their monstrous six hour New Year's Eve celebration.  Though Phix trimmed their set down to a modest three hours, it was extremely fitting nonetheless.

Poor weather did not stop the band from belting out popular covers like "Reba", "Maze", and "Divided Sky"; along with a few deeper catalogue songs like "Destiny Unbound", "Punch You in the Eye", "Moma Dance", and "The Curtain".

It now appears the band is at least willing to get together once in awhile and recreate that infectious groove that is Phish.  Anyone curious about experiencing what Phix can do will have at least one more chance in the near future.

The group is now slated to perform at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO on April 4 th.  This is actually a platform for the members of the band to show off their new musical projects, but they have apparently agreed to dedicate a portion of the evening to play as Phix.

With only one confirmed show on the horizon, fans of the music of Phish would do themselves a service by checking out this extremely fun tribute band.

Swingin' West, Road to Roo & more

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

DSO Hosts Special Guests On & Off Stage

While DSO's own soundman Cameron Blietz dropped off tour to address his chronic back pain (get well soon Cam!), DSO was honored to have the Grateful Dead's former soundman Dan Healy... Seen here 'On the Bus'. Additionally, on March 1, fans in Atlanta were treated to a special guest performance from luminary soul keyboardist Ike Stubblefield. Thanks so much to everyone for sharing in the music.

Swingin' West Again

After the upcoming European performances, DSO will be hitting the road again stateside with a string of Colorado and West Coast Tour Dates.  There will also be another three-night stand at the Great American Music Hall, so if you're in the Bay area, be sure to get your Tickets early as the shows are sure to attract any number of special appearances and always sell out in advance.

Summer = Fields, Forests and Festivals!

Dark Star Orchestra would just like to thank the folks at Langerado for another great pre-festival season warm up (literally) in Florida this past week.  A great time was had by all and we now look forward to Jam in the Dam this week, and then further down the line performances at Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more festival appearances still to be announced.

Road to the Roo Tour Dates Announced

After 'Swingin West' the band loads up the bus again - this time for New England.  DSO will be hitting some new cities and venues on this tour, so be sure to check out our Website and get your tickets ahead of time with DSO Ticketing.

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Sat 3/15 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Sun 3/16 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Mon 3/17 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS
Swingin' West Tour Begins...
Fri 4/11 Valar Center Avon, CO TICKETS
Sat 4/12 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO TICKETS
Sun 4/13 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO TICKETS
Wed 4/16 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Thurs 4/17 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Fri 4/18 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO TICKETS
Sat 4/19 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Sun 4/20 Oriental Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
Tues 4/22 Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
Thurs 4/24 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA TICKETS
Fri 4/25 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Sat 4/26 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Mon 4/28 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Tues 4/29 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Wed 4/30 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Fri 5/2 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sat 5/3 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Sun 5/4 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR TICKETS
Road to Roo Tour
Sun 5/25 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
Thur 5/29 North Fork Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY  
Fri 5/30 State Theatre New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ TICKETS
Sat 5/31 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY  
Mon 6/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Tues 6/03 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Thur 6/05 Bergen Pac Theater Englewood, NJ TICKETS
Fri 6/06 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
Sat 6/07 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA TICKETS
Sat 6/08 Sovereign Pac Reading, PA TICKETS
Thur 6/12 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN  

Gathering Of The Vibes 2008 - Music, Camping & Arts Festival

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and Friends and New Orleans legends The Neville Brothers, who celebrate 30 years of performing together, highlight the initial lineup for this summer's Gathering of the Vibes.

The thirteenth annual music, camping and arts festival is set for July 31–Aug. 3, 2008 at Bridgeport's Seaside Park.  The event has again endeavored to support a number of local and national charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

3rd Annual Yarmony Grass Music Festival Announced

The state of Colorado can already boast two major bluegrass festivals, those being the world renowned Telluride Bluegrass and its spectacular younger cousin Rockygrass.  Well, a third of such would be the Yarmony Grass Music Festival, a bluegrass-featured gathering nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains.

Grateful Garcia Gathering 2008

The Grateful Garcia Gathering '08 continues on its long strange trip, and now the bus is pulling into Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) outside Columbus, Ohio. The 3Gs takes place July 31 through August 2, 2008, and will celebrate what would have been legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia's 66th Birthday.

Underground Heavyweight Bassnectar On Tour This Spring

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Bassnectar, voted San Francisco's "number one DJ" three years in a row, is on tour this spring bringing his original and memorizing mixes, big bass drops and contagious energy to venues and clubs across the country.  The tour includes first time stops in Asheville, Birmingham and others as well as returning performances at the Miami Winter Music Conference.  Bassnectar has been featured in ALARM, BMP, DJ MAGAZINE, DJ TIMES, HARP, REMIX, URB, XLR8R and many others, and is touring in support of his acclaimed album, Underground Communication, released on OM Records in Spring 2007. 

Here's what critics are saying:

"a vibrant concoction of hip-hop, glitch and jungle. One precaution about this LP: Make sure you have the speakers to do it justice." - Remix

"Zigzagging bass flutters, acid techno, hip-hop, and ambient breakbeats tantamount to pulsating club bangers." - URB

Voted "Best DJ" by and SF Bay Guardian, Bassnectar's music is forging new paths in the electronic music world, the Burning Man scene, underground hip hop circles, and beyond. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an experimentally collaborative music project, but it's also a platform for social change and political awareness. It's stylistically specific, yet it's an eclectic, full spectrum adventure.

For Bassnectar's most recent release, Underground Communication (Om Records/May 8, 2007), Bassnectar takes another step forward in his genre-bending blend of musical styles and emotions, combining the visceral melodic presence of modern listening music, with the force and volume of sound system dance floor devastation. The new record is an exploration of hip-hop culture, featuring scores of MCs and rhythmic poetics mashed atop a heavy, driving  range of tempo and, of course, those signature throbbing bass lines. Rooted firmly in political conviction and philosophical intention, and backed by a rabid fan base and dedicated following, Underground Communication sets a new standard for the possibilities of merging music, art, new media and social activism.

The list of current Bassnectar appearances is as follows:

March 12 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM

March 13 Club Red - Inside the Red Owl Tempe AZ

March 14 Roosevelt's Tavern Ketchum ID

March 15 Boulder Theater Boulder CO w/ Eliot Lipp and Kid Beyond

March 28 Laundry Bar Miami Beach FL w/ Z-Trip, Drop The Lime, DJ Swamp

March 29 Antone's Austin TX

March 30 Circa 28 Miami FL w/ Freestylers, Evil 9, Fort Knox 5

April 02 The Pour House Charleston SC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 03 Georgia Theatre Athens GA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 04 Zydeco Birmingham AL w/ Eliot Lipp

April 05 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ Eliot Lipp, Telepath

April 07 Soap Box Wilmington NC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 08 Cat's Cradle Carrboro NC w/ Eliot Lipp

April 09 The Mix One 6 Roanoke VA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 10 8x10 Baltimore MD w/ Eliot Lipp

April 12 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 13 Pearl Street - Club Room Northampton MA w/ Eliot Lipp

April 14 Higher Ground South Burlington VT w/ Eliot Lipp, Pnuma Trio

April 15 Paradise Club Rock Boston MA w/ Eliot Lipp, Pnuma Trio

April 27 SUNY New Paltz Quad - Rock Against Racism New Paltz NY

May 17 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

July 05 ROTHBURY - Double JJ Ranch Rothbury MI

July 12 All Good Music Festival - Marvin's Mountaintop Morgantown WV

More dates to be announced.

Goin' Green @ Langerado

So, I'm leaving in a few days for my first Langerado festival…my first, but this is the 6th year of the party's existence. I've always heard fabulous things about it but never have been able to go.  I have to say that even though things haven't gone as originally planned, like they ever really do right? I'm getting super stoked about going.

Ben Harper To Present at 2008 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will induct blues harp legend Little Walter into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10 in New York City!

Ben will perform live today, Feb. 29th at the 58th Annual Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo, Italy's popular long-running song contest. He'll join Italian sensation Jovanotti for the song "Fango" , and play "Lifeline" solo acoustic. The event will be televised on Italy's Rai Uno.

Ringo Starr and Ben Harper meet for a one-on-one interview as part of the exclusive MySpace series "Artist on Artist." Catch it now at!

B.H.I.C. will be the featured artist on the March 6th episode of "Live from the Artists Den", airing on Ovation TV. It will feature live footage from their 2007 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Get a sneak peak of "Forgiven" at

A live version of "With My Own Two Hands" has also been released on the CD "Live from the Artists Den: Season One." Buy it at

"Body of War", featuring Ben Harper's "Black Rain" and a live duet with Eddie Vedder on "No More", is now available for pre-order at The website also features special footage and a studio version of the Vedder tune.

"Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," a double-CD compilation of songs curated by Iraq war veteran Tomas Young, will be released by Sire Records on March 18, 2008.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are heading back to Europe this summer! They'll be playing a mix of festivals and special headlining engagements. The current list of events is posted in Tour Dates. More dates will be added soon!!

B.H.I.C. invite you to Vail, CO on Saturday, April 12th for a special one-night only engagement at the 2008 Spring Back to Vail concert. Tickets on sale now!

Check out a smokin' live version of "Whipping Boy" recorded during the "Lifeline" tour in B.H.I.C. Radio exclusively at!