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photos by Jessica Giovannetti, words by Andrew Sacher

Phil Lesh & Friends at Lockn' (photo via BV Instagram)
Phil Lesh

After being forced to cancel Thursday's performances due to weather, Peter Shapiro and Dave Frey's Lockn' Festival began successfully on Friday (9/11). Some of Thursday's cancelled acts were rescheduled, so the day kicked off bright and early with The Doobie Brothers and The String Cheese Incident's collaborative band The Doobie Incident, and music continued until after 2 AM. I didn't get over to the stages until The String Cheese Incident were playing their own set, a concoction of bluegrass, rock, disco and at least five other styles (sometimes in one song) that really had the place moving when they got into their fast grooves. (Their slow songs, less so.) But the real highlights of day one for me were two sets related to two San Francisco bands who both turned 50 this year.

First it was The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh playing one of his Phil Lesh & Friends sets, joined by vocalist/guitarist Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Neal Casal (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals), Adam MacDougall (Black Crowes), Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), and Tony Leone (of Chris Robinson's other band Brotherhood). Chris Robinson handled lead vocals and even if I wish Phil sang a bit more, they were still fantastic. Like most Phil & Friends shows, the jams stay true to the Dead's style and they packed the set with staples: "Shakedown Street," "Brown-Eyed Woman," "Bertha," "Playing in the Band," "I Know You Rider" and more were all played. We also got their sprawling rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" which had the place going wild. Phil does it again at Lockn' today with Carlos Santana, Warren Haynes and more. The other three core GD50 members have sets today too.

After Phil, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and friends played a 50th anniversary set for their former band Jefferson Airplane. Paul Kantner (who went on to form Jefferson Starship) has been playing Airplane sets on tour all year but the Hot Tuna guys were doing it at Lockn' as a one-off. They were joined by Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive), frequent Tuna member Teresa Williams and Furthur's Jeff Pehrson on lead vocals, plus other frequent Tuna members GE Smith and Larry Campbell on guitars and Justin Guip on drums, and a special guest appearance from The Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann on drums for the last few songs. The biggest problem anyone doing an Airplane set without the officially-retired Grace Slick will run into is of course that no one can replace her. (Jeff wasn't exactly Marty Balin either.) But once you accept that, Jorma, Jack and friends were on fire. As Phil Lesh did immediately beforehand, they packed the set with the songs that defined the San Francisco Sound. Of course we got "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love" and "Volunteers," but plenty of other favorites too.

Jorma took lead vocals on two traditional songs he arranged for the Airplane back in the day, "Good Shepherd" and "Come Back Baby." They opened the set on full blast with "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds" into "Greasy Heart." They gave us "Plastic Fantastic Lover," "Eskimo Blue Day," and still more. Just like at a Tuna show, the best part of the show is watching Jack and Jorma when they really lock in. Phil Lesh is obviously a terrific bassist, but he never got as heavy as Jack, which Jack reminded us during the extended "Volunteers" jam when he kicked up the gain on his amp and just went off. It sounded as dirty last night as it sounds on the recording of "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" at Woodstock. Day 1 of Lockn' was full of treats, but this set felt extra special.

I didn't catch the Joe Cocker (rest in peace) tribute that happened next, but I did head over to the Blue Ridge Bowl side stage for a late night Umphrey's McGee set. I was a complete Umphrey's novice besides checking out a few videos that never piqued my interest, but I was convinced by a few friends to see them and their live show is pretty undeniable. It's at times almost metal, at other times bouncy and danceable, and at other times nothing at all like either of those. And the crowd was eating up all of it.

A few more pictures below...

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Blind Boys

As discussed, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been working on a new album with Justin Vernon titled I'll Find a Way, which will be out via Sony Masterworks on October 1. It features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can watch a short-form documentary about the making of the album below.

The Blind Boys of Alabama will also be touring this fall. That includes a stop in NYC opening for The Black Crowes at the second their four Terminal 5 shows (October 26). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of, The Black Crowes have lined up interesting openers for all four shows:

October 24: Ray Wylie Hubbard
October 26: Blind Boys of Alabama
October 27: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
October 29: Maceo Parker
Tickets are still availble for all four shows. The band are also playing four all-acoustic nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. October 18 & 19 feature opener John Fulbright and October 21 & 22 features Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for those shows are also still available.

All Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates are listed, along with that making-of video, below.

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Best Coast is in fact opening for Green Day on their rescheduled tour dates, including the NYC show on April 7 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all tickets purchased for the original January 16 date will be honored.

Tickets for the Low show at the Concert Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Metal Alliance tour with Anthrax, Exodus, Municpal Waste, and Holy Grail that hits NYC for an Irving Plaza show in April go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Allman Brothers Band shows at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Deathfix show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Black Crowes shows at Capitol Theatre and Terminal 5 go on sale today at 10:13 AM.

Living Colour are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Vivid, by playing it in its entirety at Irving Plaza on April 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing Irving Plaza on March 29 with Rasputina and Stolen Babies. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.


The Allman Brothers are playing ten shows at Beacon Theatre between March 1 to March 16. Tickets for all ten nights are on Fan Club presale now, go on AmEx presale today at noon, and general sale starts January 11 at 10 AM.

The Black Crowes are playing four nights in the NYC area this Apirl, with shows at The Capitol Theatre on April 2 and 3 and Terminal 5 on April 5 and 6. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows and the T5 shows go on sale January 11 at 10 AM.

The Big Pink are playing an Encore! Session at Le Baron Chinatown on January 7.

Denitia and Sene were added to the Memory Tapes show at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are still available.

Kria Brekkan is playing the newly reopened Silent Barn on January 8 with Aaron Roche and Gabrielle Herbst & Swoon Shop. No advance tickets for this one, more details at the facebook event.

Machinedrum, who just played Le Poisson Rouge on 12/30, will play a free show at Tammany Hall on Saturday (1/5) with Allies for Everyone (DJ), Evan MIchael, Dan Wender, and Sheepshead.

Zs, Mick Barr, Hubble, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, and DJ Ripley are playing Public Assembly on Sunday (1/6). No advance tickets, more details at the facebook event.

Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Lux Perpetua, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Death by Audio on January 19. Admission is $7 at the door.


Dam-Funk And Master Blazter is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 12th. Tickets are on sale.

Tame Impala is playing Pianos on June 24th. Tickets are on sale.

Brahms is playing Pianos on May 1st (with ARMS / Bell / Aislyn & Wet Bandits aka Passion Pit DJs), May 25 (with Das Racist / Gordon Voidwell / Shadowbox & DJ Aaron Pfenning) and June 1st (with Class Actress / Tony Castles / Baby Alpaca / Cool Places Soundsystem DJ). Tickets for all three shows are on sale.

Das Racist also play the LES venue on May 20th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are now on sale for the Peggy Sue show happening at Pianos.

Peter Wolf Crier, Pocahaunted, Greg from Bouncing Souls, and other Pianos shows are on sale too.

Tickets are on sale for the Heartless Bastards / Peter Wolf Crier shows at Bowery & MHOW.

Tickets are on sale for a lot of Black Crowes shows at Nokia Theatre.

Tickets are on sale for the Vatican Commandos (featuring Moby) hardcore show at Mercury Lounge.

Swans and Danzig tickets went on sale.

Zola Jesus Glasslands tickets are on sale.

A Toro y Moi show at Glasslands is on sale.

Weezer & other Waterfront & Governors Island shows on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Cass McCombs show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for two Empire of the Sun shows at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale for the Black Mountain show at Knitting Factory.

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Rothbury 2009

"It took Patricia Mudnich and Joshua Garcia two weeks, driving their RV about 3,100 miles in a winding route from Santa Cruz, Calif., to arrive at the Rothbury music festival in West Michigan.

Cool weather and a short wait in line after the campground opened Thursday morning didn't faze them in the least. The diehard fans of The String Cheese Incident -- the popular jam band which plays its only reunion show of the summer at the second-year festival Friday -- were all smiles.

"The lineup was so impressive, we could not turn it down," said Mudnich, 41, a high school English teacher who estimated the couple spent more than $2,100 on the long trip, including festival tickets, gasoline and side trips to tourist spots such as Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. "I used to go to these festivals all the time, but now I can only fit it into the summer."

For devoted rock fans flocking this week to the remote Double JJ Ranch from far-flung places across the United States and beyond, Rothbury has become THE summer destination.

Drawing an estimated 30,000-plus people again this year, many of the festival's devotees have logged impressive road and air miles to see their favorite bands -- from The Dead to STS9 -- with clusters of enthusiastic, colorfully adorned fans making the journey from Vermont, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and all points between in everything from compact cars and pickups to dilapidated Volkwagen vans and old school buses." [Mlive.com]

Rothbury happened July 2-5. Here are some (NSFW) pictures & videos...

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Emiliana Torrini
Emiliana Torini

Emiliana Torrini is playing Highline Ballroom on August 14th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

America are playing Nokia Theatre on October 16th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Satanicide are headlining Bowery Ballroom on July 25th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Tori Amos show at Radio City.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the show Seasick Steve is playing at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale for the show he's playing at Southpaw too.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the show Los Campesinos! and Girls are playing at Webster Hall.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 7th. Tickets are on sale.


The Black Crowes are playing Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd. Tickets go on sale June 12.

Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday.

Friday night 'dance' events in The Week In Dance.

No tickets needed for Monday's David Byrne show.

Check out some Emiliana Torrino videos below...

Continue reading "America, Emiliana Torrini, Satanicide, Tori Amos, Seasick Steve & other tickets"

Standing Wake

Tickets are on sale for the Hold Steady / Drive By Truckers shows at Terminal 5, and for shows at the same venue by State Radio and In Flames (and some Ben Folds shows too).

Tickets are on sale for the two NYC Atmosphere shows.

Tickets are on sale for the Rival Schoools show at Mercury Lounge. It looks like there's a Philly show now too. Maxwell's went on sale yesterday.

Tickets are on sale for "Australian Pink Floyd: The Wall" at Roseland.

Tickets are on sale for Black Crowes / Patti Smith shows at Hammerstein Ballroom in October.

Check the free show calendar for FREE SHOWS.

NFFBrian Wilson is playing Hammerstein Ballroom, Brian Wilson is playing a free show in Coney Island (no, not Siren), and Brian Wilson is playing the Newport Folk Festival on Friday August 1st in Newport, Rhode Island. So is Cat Power, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and JIMMY BUFFETT. Full lineup below....

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Chris Robinson & Patti Smith @ United Palace, NYC - Oct 31, 2007 (CRED)
Black Crowes & Patti Smith

Black Crowes Set: Give Peace A Chance, Space Captain, Black Moon Creeping, Darling Of The Underground Press, Sister Luck, Another Roadside Tragedy, Nonfiction (w/Patti Smith), Ain’t No Cane On The Brazos, Polly, Girl From A Pawnshop, Jealous Again, Soul Singing, Wiser Time, Thorn In My Pride

Encore: Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’? [via Glide Magazine]

No shortage of Patti Smith shows this year (and next)....

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Tickets go on sale today for two Black Crowes shows at United Palace in NYC. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Black Crowes - 2007 Tour Dates & tix"