Jerry Garcia’s 80th birthday celebration was celebrated a little bit early last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Some birthdays are just too big, so when the stars align you just do it. Jerry was born on August 1st, 1942, and sadly departed planet earth on August 9th, 1995. He will always live in our hearts, minds and souls. Jerry was a beacon of light and inspiration moving brightly through our lives.
The Palindrome loving jam quartet Dopapod, who masterfully mix dark and light, made lemonade out of lemons at the Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT last weekend after their original booking was cancelled. And what tasty lemonade it was, mixed with elements of jazz, rock, progressive and electronica, as well as a number of exciting new and first time played tunes.
Rock behemoths Umphrey’s McGee descended upon the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado this Friday for their first of two shows, delivering an all-encompassing set of classics, new tunes, sit-ins and covers, including an emotional rendition of the Queen and David Bowie classic “Under Pressure” featuring the great Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band on vocals.
Alongside Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 breakout single 'Purple Haze', The Doors’ unconventionally romantic 1967 song 'Light My Fire' and Steppenwolf’s 1968 smash 'Magic Carpet Ride', perhaps Cream’s hit singles 'Sunshine of Your Love' and 'White Room' can be tagged – without too much argument – as two of the toppermost examples of late-1960s’ AM-radio psychedelia. (Are we leaving anything out? Of course we are! It's a jammed-up list.)
On Tuesday, May 24th, Indie folk-rockers Lord Huron brought their eloquent melodies to the venue on a beautiful balmy evening. As is the custom at the pristine venue nestled in the oak-lined mountainside in Paso Robles, smiling music fans arrived early to sample the winery's wares, local beers, and yummy snacks, including wood-fired pizza. The back lawn area filled up early, seemingly a favorite spot for the many who arrived with their families in tow. The summer sunset shortly before opener Erin Rae took the stage. Nashville singer-songwriter Erin Rae backed by a trio of accomplished folk-rockers, played a pleasing 40-minute set of tunes from her two albums. The folksy tunes benefited from some spicey slide guitar work from the band's guitarist.