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FloydFest 5 | Roots Alive

We often get the question about FloydFest, from folks who haven't heard of the town of Floyd; "Will Pink Floyd be there? Is it a Pink Floyd cover band festival?" No, actually, FloydFest is named after our one-stoplight, two-block town, or rather the special essence of our town, which residents and visitors alike experience as a respite from the restless, hurried activity of our modern society, and the cookie-cutter look and feel of many, if not most, modern places.

Pearl Jam | 'Pearl Jam' | Review

Pearl Jam is back, I'm not saying they ever left, but remember when Aerosmith quit drugs and came back with a hugely successful album, that's kind of like this. Pearl Jam has never stopped creating music or touring almost non-stop in the past 15 year. This new album, I think, is the best thing they have ever done. I know there are a lot of Pearl Jam fans that will disagree with me, but regardless, this music is right for this moment in time.

Widespread Panic April 21st & 22nd

widespreadAmphitheater, Raleigh North Carolina

The Holiday Inn Brownstone, where we were staying, is the main hotel for most of the Panic fans this weekend. By Friday morning the parking lot already had people partying and blasting their live shows thru their car speakers. Our crew decided to rent a large SUV Limo for the show. When we all left for the show that day, we were riding in style.

The Walnut Creek Amphitheater is a wonderful venue to see a show. Not only are there enough bathroom and plenty of areas to eat and drink, but the folks who worked there were some of the nicest employees I have ever dealt with at a show. After getting our beverages, we quickly ran to our seats under the Amphitheaters covered section. Right then the first wave of screams came from the crowd as Panic took the stage and delivered a large "Proving Ground – Chilly Water – Proving Ground" sandwich. John Keane who has produced many of Widespread Panics albums joined them on stage for most of this first set. He sat in on the next two songs, "C Brown" and "Porch Song" switching between guitar and pedal steel guitar the whole time.  Next Panic served up another sandwich by playing "Driving Song – Tie Your Shoes – Driving Song".  I took a minute to look back at the crowd and saw the whole place dancing like this was their last show ever. The first set wrapped up with "Ain't Life Grand" and a Jerry Joseph cover "Chainsaw City".

The second set opened with a new Panic song, "Second Skin". Widespread will be issuing this song on their soon to be released CD, "Earth to America".  The next song was a cover of War's "Low Rider", followed by "Junior" and a song I have not heard in awhile "Love Tractor".  During set break they played the Rolling Stones album 'Exile on Main Street' so it was not too surprising, when after Drums, they played a killer version of "Stop Breaking Down Blues". The second set finished up strongly with versions of "Traveling Light" by JJ Cale, "This Part of Town" an old Michael Houser tune, and "Solid Rock" a Bob Dylan cover from his religious days that will also be released on the new album in June.

The night ended with a slow encore of "Nobody's Loss" followed by another uplifting cover of Jerry Josephs "Climb to Safety". The band left the stage and the crowd worked their way back to their cars and headed home for the night knowing they had just been to a party with thousands of friends.

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-Day two at Walnut Creek Amphitheater.

It seems the older I get the harder it is to rebound from the concert the night before. I move a little bit slower to my seat, but my feet still want to dance when the lights go down. Tonight's show opened with a Widespread Panic classic "Diner". It almost felt like a huge sing along from their first song into "Blackout Blues".  The crowd let the band sing again on the next few songs, "Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)", "From The Cradle", and my favorite Widespread Panic tune "Holden Oversoul". If ever I felt like I wanted to dance, this was the time.

John Keane was back again tonight playing thru the end of the first set again on "Blue Indian", "Travelin' Man", and "Wondering". The first set finished up with a rockin' tune I have never heard the band play called "Georgia On A Fast Train".

Thank God we had our same seats under the roof tonight, because the weather was going to change real quick. No sooner had I left the bathroom and got a few beers for the second set that I felt the rain come. Not just lightly mind you, but fast and hard! By the time I made it to the covered area I was soaked and every person in the place was trying to get into our seats. Needless to say I had to 'move' a few people out of my way and play security for all of my friends trying to get back into their seats. Right away all you could hear was the rumor of a Hatfield. Who was Hatfield and what is the song about? You will have to Google that for yourself. All I can tell you is it deals with cooking up some rain.

The second set started like this "Old Neighborhood, Pigeons, Good People, Rebirtha > Jam". Then came the song everyone wanted to hear, even the wettest of wet fans standing in the rain on the lawn. "Hatfield" is an older Widespread Panic song, but it always seems to come alive when the rain is pouring and the crowd is feeling the thunder. After that epic song I could not expect the best part of the whole two nights run would be what came next.

"Ribs And Whiskey" is a great song with even better lyrics 'seen your sister naked, ain't nothing I tried to see'. Then Sam Holt, Michael Houser's old guitar tech came out for a long missed "Machine" into "Barstools and Dreamers" song. This combo is something older Panic fans could truly appreciate as Holt played his guitar just like Houser used to. The set ended with another JJ Cale cover "Ride Me High" and a Widespread Panic heavy guitar riffing song called "Give".

The two night show ended with a sweet encore of "Clowns Come Home", a Neil Young cover of "Don't Be Denied", and a wonderful "Imitation Leather Shoes".  The two nights were over, the fans were spent, and the last thing I heard that brought a smile to my face was from a lady by the exit, "Thanks for coming, ya' all come back real soon". You know what….I think I just might.

Other Lynel Honerman Reviews:

The Bad Plus

WideSpread Panic 11/3/2005 Fillmore in Denver CO

Rose Hill Drive does Zepplin One

Hairy Apes BMX and the Dead Kenny G's

Cripple Crow CD by Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart | Cripple Crow | Review

It's always hard to sum up a whole CD in just a few paragraphs. Some artists work their lyrics into their music and some make the music around the words they write. Devendra Banhart's fourth album is a combination of both smooth melodies and pop beats. His style of music he is creating crosses into the "freak-folk" category.  This is the first album of his I have heard but understand he comes from a very four track solo artist background. This album is very polished and you can tell the 24 year old is finding his own voice and sound.

Dark Star Orchestra Live Grateful Webcast - Archive Available Now!

Dark Star Orchestra and The Grateful Web teamed up to provide an streaming video broadcast of DSO's March 24th performance at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO.

You can click on this link to play the stream:

DSO - 3.24.2006 - Live Webcast Archive from The Grateful Web

Phil Lesh & Friends Added to the 10KLF

Phil Lesh & Friends joins an already jam-packed lineup of artists for a headlining performance at the 4th Annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) July 19-22, 2006 at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, MN.

The perfect addition to 10KLF's rich musical diversity, former Grateful Dead bassist and his band, Phil Lesh & Friends, perform on the Main Stage Friday, July 21, joining festival headliners Trey Anastasio on July 22 and The String Cheese Incident on July 20.

Pink Floyd Trivia – Round Two

Pink Floyd- for the Grateful Web

Pink Floyd Trivia – Round Two

Welcome to round two of Grateful Web's Pink Floyd trivia!

I'm going to keep with the three-answer format from the first game because no one emailed me and told me that the three-answer format sucked. So here it is again.

Same rules as before: three answers per question; if you think my information is inaccurate, just let me know; I have no problem correcting my errors (I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means; this is just for fun); all comments and criticisms are welcome and seriously considered. The first person to answer all questions correctly wins a Grateful Web t-shirt.

Post your answers in the comment section below. The author will send you the correct answers after you post your own. If you would like to debate the validity of these trivia questions and/or their answers, please send an email to: downburst29@yahoo.com.

  1. What is the name of the building on the cover of Pink Floyd Animals? What prop broke free and disrupted London airspace during a photo-shoot for the album's cover art? Name the allegorical novel from which some of this album's themes are partially borrowed.
  2. Syd Barrett created the name Pink Floyd (originally The Pink Floyd Sound) by combining the first names of what two blues musicians? What is Syd Barrett's real first name?
  3. Which Pink Floyd album makes up the bulk of Syd Barrett's contribution to the Pink Floyd canon? In what year was Syd formally kicked-out of Pink Floyd? Who eventually replaced Syd Barrett in the capacity of lead vocalist and guitarist?
  4. Name the three Pink Floyd albums that were compilations of singles from various other albums before the release of the box set Shine On and the greatest hits album Echoes.
  5. Name David Gilmour's three solo albums.
  6. Who played the role of Pink in the movie Pink Floyd: The Wall? Name the British cartoonist responsible for the animation in this movie. Who directed this movie?
  7. During the recording of which album did Syd Barrett make a surprise visit to the recording studio? Name the recording studio where this visit took place.  Name the multi-part song from this album that is admittedly about Syd Barrett.
  8. On the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, whose voice can be heard contacting control tower in the song "Learning to Fly?" In the song "Yet Another Movie," you can hear clips from what movie in the background? On which river were the rowing sound effects for "Signs of Life" recorded?
  9. Pink Floyd were such fans of a well-known British comedy troupe that they used some of their initial profits from Dark Side of the Moon to help fund what movie? Name the famous author who gave the title to the album Pink Floyd The Division Bell and who also occasionally worked with Pink Floyd's favorite comedy troupe? What song did David Gilmour perform at this author's funeral?
  10. What famous classic rock musician was the main engineer for Dark Side of the Moon? Who was Pink Floyd's manager during this time and during most of their career? Name the female vocalist for the song "The Great Gig in the Sky."

Click here to play the first edition of Pink Floyd trivia.

Hunter Thompsons Ghost I: The Afterlife does not disappoint

The afterlife does not disappoint.  I share a room in Hell with Gordon Liddy's mother, (not a bad gig if you don't mind mustached women on the "bony" side) a floor above Nixon, who, as is only fitting, is rooming with his mother.  They seem to get on quite well with each other and refuse to stop blaming JFK for the fact that they are here.  One of the few pleasures afforded me is the opportunity to remind them, as I pass en route to my afternoon torture session, that the sole reason I've taken up residence in this mindless dump is due to a technicality…  It seem

Announcing the 2006 Grateful Garcia Gathering

The "Grateful Garicia Gathering" will be returning back to the beautiful "Camp NCN" on August 4th, 5th, & 6th 2006, in beautiful Black River Falls Wisconsin. This mellow gathering will be a celebration of Jerry Garcia's Birthday, plus the 11th Annivesary of Jerrys untimely passing. This is going to be a very deeply humble, and special time for camping and gathering with friends of old and new!

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue Featuring Donna Jean Godchaux

The Grateful Dead's Donna Jean Godchaux and The Zen Tricksters, the pre-eminent jam-rock band, have come together. While having performed on occasion with the Zen Tricksters in the past, this reunion marks the second time Donna Jean has joined with this band for a complete performance. The first time was just last November 12, 2005 for the Grateful Dead's Rex Foundation. They are joining forces, along with Mookie Siegel (David Nelson Band, Phil Lesh & Friends) on keyboards and Wendy Lanter (Hope in Time) on vocals, as KETTLE JOE'S PSYCHEDELIC SWAMP REVUE.