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Joe Russo's Almost Dead recently finished up a little jaunt out west with a set of West Coast shows that got crowds in both Los Angeles and San Francisco grooving on those old Grateful Dead classics recreated through the alchemy of music that Russo and Friends puts out night in, night out. I've still never officially seen a full...
The who's who of modern New Orleans funk is out on tour right now as the Voodoo Threauxdown, featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band. Our friend Jim Brock caught the bands as they filled up Los Angeles' Greek Theatre with the sounds of the Treme and he brought back...
In a recent podcast, producer Jay Sweet reflected on Newport Folk this way “if this festival for you is about the headliners, I don’t think this is your festival”. Not that the headliners were too shabby. Jason Isbell (with a David Crosby sit-in), Unannounced (aka., Mumford & Sons) and the closing Change is Gonna Come set, more than held...
Birthed of the 60's, the Haight, ingestibles and another time, before jambands became a thing, there was the Jefferson Airplane. A band I was too young to see live, but burrowed deep into me, nonetheless. I soared on Grace Slick's vocals and got interplanetary with Paul Kantner. But guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady were the instrumental beating heart...
Dead & Company's recent run of shows as part of their Summer Tour 2018 took them back home to California, where they've been preaching on the burning shores up and down the coast. Our friend Jim Brock caught them as they rolled through Los Angeles to play Dodger Stadium, a show that featured an absolutely blistering take on both...
Arroyo Seco Weekend is not fussy. The beer's quite good, the food more than a cut above and, yes, it felt like a day in the park with a rich soundtrack. The inclusive, relaxed setting and vibe made for one of most satisfying fest experiences I've had outside New Orleans. Goldenvoice worked out many of the freshmen kinks to...
With Arroyo Seco Weekend days away, here’s a quick look at some of the acts that might be under your radar but will be MUST-SEE before catching up with the likes of Robert Plant, Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Gary Clark, Jr. and the Pretenders. Spoiler alert, it’s Willow-centric… Typhoon This 11ish-piece outfit from Salem, Oregon is great way to kick off...
Best New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest ever? YES! But let's be honest -- it's always a tie between the most recent one and the next one. Jazz Fest 49 was no exception. Seven Fest days and 30 minutes of rain ☔. Unheard of. Unexpected discoveries? Check ✅. Food (and calories) I’m still working on burning off? Check ✅. Love in an elevator? Nevermind....
It's the year 23 AG (after Garcia). Dead & Co. are embarking on a stadium-centric Summer tour. Phil's Terrapin Crossroads has a full schedule, and at 78(!), Lesh shows no signs of slowing his roll while sticking closer to home and sprinkling in some East Coast tripping (including a few recent Phil and Bobby duet dates, with Trey as...
Festival behemoth AEG and Goldenvoice are at it again, but this time it's the follow-up to their inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend. A festival realized after years of negotiations with the city and citizens of Pasadena, that secured a 10-year deal at Brookside Golf Course, adjacent to the Rose Bowl. It's a family forward music festival with free entry for...

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