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Friday night, Les Claypool brought his dastardly creation Bastard Jazz to Boulder Theater and for the lucky 850 who got tickets to the sold-out show, many left the building awe struck, jaw dropped, and looking for more.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a new album out and they are touring across the country to sold out audiences and looking like they are having the times of their lives doing so. Last night in Fort Collins was no exception in the anticipation and excitement this band brings. They are not reinventing the wheel with their music, they are presenting it honestly, organic and raw, with sincerity and superb musicianship.

The jam rock icon Phish returned for their second three day stint in Atlantic City, NJ last Friday night, and turned the famous boardwalk into a raging dance party. The set was decorated with ocean themed songs from their vast catalog. This band loves playing in New Jersey, and found a new home at the Atlantic City Beach venue.

A trio of East Coast artists brought the jams to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California, on a beautiful summer Tuesday, July 19th. Fans arrived early to picnic on the lawn in the back of the venue, enjoy food vendors with sumptuous offerings like wood-fired pizza and imbibe beverages from a vast selection of regional beer and wine.

Another weekend in the Denver Metro area has come to a close and was once again filled with epic, sold out shows that brought music lovers by the thousands to our most favored venues. Red Rocks saw two great nights of the annual Tedeschi Trucks Band, while Planet Bluegrass hosted their annual RockyGrass Festival, celebrating their 50th, and bringing all manner of living legends out for the birthday festivities.

Vermont's jam rock titans Phish unleashed a raging inferno at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland last Saturday, complete with rare songs and teases. This included a song that was played depending on who answered the question. They are waist deep in their 2022 summer tour, and continue to bring exciting and fresh jams night after night.

What an amazing night of light, love, and Zero at the WOW Hall in Eugene OR. Zero is an accomplished band from the Bay Area, yet our tribe considers them to be one of our own, considering them our local family band.  

Widespread Panic finally kicked off their five night stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY last Thursday, after two rounds of cancellations from COVID-19. The community finally got their chance to convene in the storied Upper West Side venue to hear their favorite southern jam rock tunes. The music was certainly worth the wait, as this six piece squad from Athens, Georgia crushed round one.

Phish returned to the home of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, for a blast from the past set list last Friday in Bethel, NY. The beautiful weather yielded a mild evening in a historic and natural setting that the Vermont based quartet has not played in since 2011. They certainly channeled the peaceful vibes and delivered a set full of classics.

Carlos Santana returned to the stage with his band for an emotional and astounding marathon concert at the California Mid-State Fair on Saturday, July 23rd. The show was exceptional for many reasons, but primarily because it took place at all. On July 5th, the now 75-year-old icon fell ill during a performance in Michigan, and his wife (drummer in the band) reported that he collapsed due to heat and dehydration.

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