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After many festivals together, this year's Mountain Jam was going to be different. This year my wife and I would have a six-month old child with us, our son Harry. As I discussed in an earlier post, we had no idea what to expect. A beautiful Saturday at Mountain Jam Well, I am happy to report that...
The Dead rolled into New Jersey's Meadowlands on Tuesday night for the first of two nights in the swamp. Although I've seen Phil and Friends a bunch of times (a great band), and seen two Ratdog shows (which was two too many), this was to be my first time seeing The Dead, the 2009 edition. There are...
I was surprised to find out that in the fifteen years that Weezer has been putting out some of hardest and catchiest pop music around, last Wednesday night's show was their first time headlining the storied arena. Go figure. Rivers Cuomo is one of the more interesting front men in rock. At some moments he is rocking out...
It was a rare kind of August Sunday in New York City. Sunny, comfortable with no humidity in the air. A perfect day, as Central Park's Summerstage wrapped up its 2008 schedule with a day of soul and funk. We got to the park in time to hear the last couple of songs from Naomi Shelton and the...
Waking up in Astoria, Queens, Sunday was a warm beautiful day. Alas the weather forecast told us that it would not last and we were facing one of those days at a festival. You know, those rainy miserable days that make you question how badly you want to hear some live music. By the time we got to...
I wasn't sure what to expect from Day One of All Points West. I usually hit the smaller Northeast festivals like Mountain Jam and the Vibes. But the setting was without compare. From almost anywhere on the festival grounds, a look to the East gave you a beautiful shot of the New York City skyline. ...
Sunday is the final show of the 2008 Summerstage season. Wrapping up this twenty-third season of music are bands associated with Daptone Records, bearer of the torch of classic R&B. For the friendly price of nothing, you're getting three Brooklyn based soul and funk bands, headlined by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. The show starts at three with...
Sunday was going to be a shorter day than the prior two, ending at ten, but the lineup was going to be chock full of musical goodness. Ensuring that we were going to have the fortitude we needed meant a solid breakfast, one that was found in Maggie's Krooked Cafe in Tannersville. Very yummy. We missed the Felice...
Saturday was going to be a long day. We planned on getting to the mountain in time to see Sharon Jones, whose set began at 2:15 p.m., with plans to stay and see Dark Star Orchestra, whose set was scheduled to run until 4 a.m. After blowing me away at Langerado 2007, I knew that Sharon Jones and the...
In its fourth year, Mountain Jam has become one of the staples of the festival circuit. This is a well-run, well-organized festival that gets a little better every year. And as long as the weather cooperates, which for the most part it did this year, it is in a beautiful setting at the base of Hunter Mountain. There is...

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