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John Prine & Ramblin' Jack Elliott | Folsom, CA

Submitted by Alan Sheckter on Mon, 05/28/2018 - 1:32 pm

Truly one of America’s most influential and astute folk artists of all time, John Prine's prolific songbook is filled with hundreds of clever country-folk tunes both humorous and poignant. He performed about two dozen of those songs on May 23 to the visible delight of the sold-out crowd inside Folsom, California’s, Harris Center for the Arts.

Todd Rundgren's Utopia | Chicago Theatre | 5/22/18

Submitted by Lisa Torem on Fri, 05/25/2018 - 7:51 pm

After a thirty-year-plus hiatus, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia graced the Chicago Theater stage, with the hopes of promising fans an extraordinary, other-worldly concert experience. The original 70’s-formed band established a stellar reputation for stretching the prog rock/pop envelope and infusing their mostly original material with verve and state-of-the-art technique.

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Red Rocks

Submitted by Elliot Engebretson on Fri, 05/25/2018 - 6:28 am

Legendary Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band teamed up with Colorado natives Leftover Salmon on Saturday, May 5th, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a co-headlining bill, bringing deadhead’s from around the country together for a celebration of life, laughter and the love of t

THE ONLY TIME IS NOW

Submitted by David Atchley on Sun, 05/13/2018 - 6:30 pm

Before the Dead is by no means an ordinary musical release. This collection of early, and quite-remarkable-they-exist-at-all recordings is a phenomenal delight for many reasons, ones so obvious to any Deadhead I will pay you the respect of not listing them. And yes, the many reasons for which we have all been eagerly awaiting this release are exciting enough within themselves, yet it is the overall palpable essence and holistic sensation that arose in the listening that snuck up on me, as if falling down a rabbit hole, where the history of Jerry and the Grateful Dead becomes the story of how each of us, and all of us, have become who we are. Jerry will never be more accessible than he is here—he is Jerry before he is JERRY; he is a friend sitting in our living room playing music; we are down at the coffeehouse together, meeting up with other friends, slurping joe and jammin’ on the scene.

Steve Kimock & Friends | Sweetwater Music Hall | 5/6/18

Submitted by Alan Sheckter on Wed, 05/09/2018 - 4:39 pm

With Wavy Gravy, Bob Weir, and Steve Kimock as its star personalities on May 6, and Wavy’s Camp Winnarainbow the recipient of the evening’s proceeds, the intimate event at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California, exuded a friends and family vibe. And there was cake!

Benefit Brings Out Rock Royalty @ the Belasco Theater

Submitted by L. Paul Mann on Tue, 04/24/2018 - 6:08 am

Rock guitar legends Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison assembled a small army of some of their most iconic rock acquaintances for a benefit concert at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, April 16. The pair organized the Above Ground concert to raise funds and awareness for MusiCares foundation, which provides support and community services to musicians in need of medical, personal & financial assistance.

Dave Davies of The Kinks live at Genesse Theatre

Submitted by Tom Joens on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 8:23 pm

During the middle of his headlining set at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Thursday night, Dave Davies dedicated a song to "My brother Raymond" which included the lyrics "In my heart I'm just a boy, just a boy, just a boy."  This is from his latest release, last year's "Open Road," a collaboration with Dave's son Russ Davies.