Great American Music Hall hosting Ukraine benefit feat. Dan Lebowitz, Reed Mathis, Sonny Smith & more
Collaborations including Bob Weir joining Lukas Nelson for an unforgettable version of Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”; an unamplified, in-the-dark, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz/Elliott Peck-led version of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” during a power outage; and a unique closing musical sequence highlighted the eight annual benefit on November 23 for Music Heals International (MHI).
During this age of COVID-19, touring musicians across the land have been creative with the process of bringing music to their fans while maintaining some ability to generate revenue. Live video streams have been a ubiquitous way to accomplish both, and more recently pod-separated, limited attendance performances have emerged.
In an effort to spread some cheer at the end of a hard year, Bay Area musician Jason Crosby safely gathered a cast of all-star musicians at his Sonoma County home to record a holiday show unlike any other.
The never before seen performance features Dan Lebowitz, Steve Adams and Ezra Lipp of California’s own Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO). Fans will be treated to an entirely new take on Vince Guaraldi’s classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Rag” and more delightful surprises.
Rex Foundation is pleased to announce that its annual benefit concert is going virtual this year, being held on December 12, 2020 at 7pm EST, with a VIP pre-show hosted by Trixie Garcia & Garcia Hand Picked beginning at 6pm EST.
With the house only about two-thirds full, likely due to attendee coronavirus precautions, ALO and Leftover Salmon nevertheless persisted in front of an enthusiastic crowd, many of whose outfits celebrated the show’s artsy moniker, The Fins, Fur & Feathers Fancy Formal. It was the band’s first-ever appearance at the famed Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
California funk n’ roll outfit ALO will be heading out on the road this week on Tour D’Amour XIV that will see the band traverse the west coast accompanied by friends such as Twiddle, The Motet, Leftover Salmon and Ben Morrison from Brothers Comatose. Following Tour D’Amour the band heads to the East Coast on their California Creatures Tour.
For about 25 years now, “Phil & Friends” has constituted several combinations of like-minded players with extensive Grateful Dead music pedigrees and acumen. On New Year’s Day, 2020, Phil Lesh performed and led a high-spirited, two-set show in the Beach Park, the outdoor performance venue at his Terrapin Crossroads club and restaurant in San Rafael, Calif.
California’s ALO will be releasing their second EP of a series, Creatures, Vol. 2: Weave, on January 24th, 2020. The second single from Weave, “Ridin'”, is available on all digital services today. Fans can buy or stream the new track here: https://ffm.to/aloridin A YouTube link for embedding is below.