The sleepy little town of Carpinteria, California was treated to an exceptional concert by legendary singer-songwriter and Banjo aficionado John McEuen. One of the founding members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen brought his new group, the String Wizards to the historic Alcazar Theatre on a cold winter night, February, 13th.
The White Wolves newest track and third single “I Won’t Be Around” gives off some serious John Mayer vibes. The song places you in a state of total relaxation and sedation: you’re content just sitting there, soaking it all in. “You’re never gonna see me break on down, because I won’t be around” - a sentiment sure to stick with you. “There’s healing in pain, and there’s loss, and there’s gain” is another line that tugs on every heartbroken string.
Tenured Vermont jam-band Twiddle, in a sentence, is truly an ensemble without a peer. Something about the soft but powerful vocals of lead singer Mihali Savoulidis combined with the band’s chemistry dating back over a dozen years to the dorm room where they first began, meet to facilitate their mission to hypnotize audiences while never giving them the same show twice.
Disco Biscuit bassist, activist, and Philadelphia resident Marc Brownstein brought his new supergroup Star Kitchen to Ardmore Music Hall for the second time last night and did not disappoint. The Star Kitchen lineup includes guitarist Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), keyboardist Rob Marsher (Addison Groove Project, Matisyahu) and drummer Marlon Lewis (Lauryn Hill, John Legend), along with different guests at every show. Brownstein noted that all members of the current lineup live in Philadelphia.
An appreciative audience packed the tiny Ojai Underground Exchange for an extraordinary concert Sunday, March 3rd. The small venue is a combination dance studio and performance hall that holds less than 100 people, and lies tucked away just off the main highway 150 that passes through the beautiful mountain enclave of Ojai, California. The show was another feather in the cap for local concert promoters Steve and Polly Hoganson from Ones To Watch Productions.
Bob Weir brought his newest project, The Wolf Brothers, to The Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Wednesday night for an intimate and impressive performance that satisfied the theater full of his loyal fans. With a catalog as impressive and extensive as Weir’s, the band was able to curate a fantastic show full of songs spanning all of Weir’s career with The Grateful Dead as well as his side projects, solo work, and even some covers thrown in for good measure.
Toronto, Canada’s jam funk hybrid After Funk have been touring all over the US in support of their newest album, Santa Barbara, bringing a refreshing live show to both west and east coast, and musical spots in between. Bridgeport, CT’s The Acoustic Cafe was one such lucky place to get a stop on this extensive cross-country tour, last Thursday evening.
Downtown New York City saw the return of an amazing yearly musical event this past weekend, The Tree of Life Benefit. Created by music lover and activist Robert S. Rosman and his family, Tree of Life gathers big names of the metro jam scene and beyond to deliver memorable nights of collaborative music in an intimate setting. It all raises funds for Ferncliff Manor, a school specializing in the care and treatment of individuals with disabilities.
Almost 25 years after she took the nation by storm with her album, “Relish,” early 2019 finds seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne touring the country performing “Songs of Bob Dylan.” And for one night only at the new Sofia Center for the Arts in Sacramento her show featured Jackie Greene, her former Trigger Hippy partner, fellow Phil Lesh & Friends alumni, and Sacramento-area nati