Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Furthur Live @ MCU Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 6-27-10


Set list

Set 1: Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion>
Good Lovin', The Music Never Stopped
Sugar Magnolia> Dear Mr. Fantasy>
Scarlet Begonias> Magnolia Mountain>
Uncle John's Band

Set 2: Unbroken Chain, Let It Grow
Fire On the Mountain> The Other One>
Cryptical Envelopment> Blues For Allah
Morning Dew, Eyes Of The World
Help On The Way> Slipknot!>
Franklin's Tower

E: Box Of Rain
!! Fireworks !!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Furthur Live @ MCU Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 6-26-10

Set list 

Set 1: China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind
Muly Guly, High Time, Loose Lucy>
Throwing Stones> One More Saturday Night

Set 2: Shakedown Street>
Caution (Do Not Step On Tracks)>
Jack Straw> Playin' In The Band>
Dark Star (v1)> St. Stephen> The Eleven>
*Dark Star (v2)> *Terrapin Station Suite

E: Brokedown Palace
!! Fireworks !!

*with Kenny Brooks on saxophone

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Furthur Live @ Highland Bowl Amphitheatre, Rochester, NY 6-25-10

Set list

Set 1: Not Fade Away> Here Comes Sunshine>
Feel Like A Stranger> King Solomon's Marbles
Truckin'> Feelin' Alright>
Strawberry Fields Forever, Cosmic Charlie

Set 2: Viola Lee Blues (v1)>
Bertha> Viola Lee Blues (v2)>
Cumberland Blues> Viola Lee Blues (v3)>
Born Cross-Eyed> New Potato Caboose>
Time> Breathe> Death Don't Have No Mercy>
The Wheel> Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>
And We Bid You Goodnight> Attics Of My Life

E: Not Fade Away

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Hunter!

Happy Birthday Robert Hunter!

"Let my inspiration flow
in token lines suggesting rhythm
that will not forsake me
till my tale is told and done"

In honor of the legendary Grateful Dead lyricist's birthday, put on your favorite Hunter song and dance like you're at a show.

Check back soon to read a review of Jim Lauderdale's new album, “Patchwork River”, featuring lyrics by none other than Robert Hunter!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Furthur announces September tour dates

Furthur has announced nine tour dates in September. The mini-tour will kick off in Eugene, OR on Sept. 16 and end at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on Sept. 26.

Furthur September Dates

September 16 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 17 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 18 Redmond, WA Marymoor Amphitheater
September 20 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl
September 21 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theater
September 22 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
September 24 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 25 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 26 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater 

For more information and ticket details, visit www.furthur.net/

Monday, June 21, 2010

Jeff Mattson joins Dark Star full-time

The popular Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, announced today that Jeff Mattson will be performing the Jerry Garcia role in the band full-time. Mattson had replaced John Kadlecik in the role after the former guitarist left the band to join Furthur in 2009.

The band's announcement reads as follows:

“After months of touring and playing with Jeff, we have decided to offer him the full time gig, which he has gratefully accepted. Jeff has blown us away with his energy, licks, and presence on stage. He is a great guy, an inspiring musician and so much fun to perform with, we cannot wait to get back out there and mix it up with him once again. We are having more fun than ever and are looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming shows."

Jeff Mattson (guitar, vocals) is a founding member of the legendary jam band, The Zen Tricksters. A master guitarist playing styles that range from rock & roll to blues, bluegrass to country, jazz to folk, Mattson has been performing for more than 30 years. Aside from his work with Dark Star and The Zen Tricksters, Mattson has also been a member of the Donna Jean Godchaux Band and Phil Lesh and Friends. Mattson will now lend high-energy guitar playing with heart-wrenching vocals to become what is certain to be a crucial presence in Dark Star Orchestra for the foreseeable future.

Congratulations Jeff! No offense to John who is great, but I always thought Jeff would be more suitable for the Jerry role. Can't wait to see the new Dark Star in person at Vibes!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rhythm Devils announce July tour

While Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh joined forces this past year to form the band Furthur, the percussion duo of the legendary jam band, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, will also join forces to tour with their band, Rhythm Devils. The 2010 version includes Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Keller Williams (guitar, vocals), Davy Knowles (guitar, vocals), Sikiru Adepoju (talking drum), and Andy Hess (bass). The 10 show tour that takes place in July, will kick off at the Arcata Theatre in Arcata, California and will conclude on Saturday night at the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in Bridgeport, CT. For a full list of concert dates, see below:

July 16 - Arcata Theatre - Arcata, CA
July 17 - String Summit @ Horning's Hideout - North Plains, OR
July 18 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, OR
July 22 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
July 24 - Spud Drive In - Driggs, ID
July 25 - Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT
July 27 - Orpheum Theater - Flagstaff, AZ
July 28 - Rialto Theatre - Tucscon, AZ
July 29 - Soundwave - San Diego, CA
July 31 - Gathering of the Vibes Festival - Bridgeport, CT

Visit Rhythmdevils.net for updates.

Fan Club tickets for Friends of the Devils are on sale here: rhythmdevils.frontgatetickets.com.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Review: 7 Walkers @ Revolution Hall, Troy, NY 5-27-10

It's the last show ever at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY, and what a way to end the venue's seven year run with a performance by legendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's new band, 7 Walkers.

It seems like any other night in the popular venue that has played host to some of the most diverse musical lineups in the Capital Region in recent years. That is until word of the venue's closing in order to turn the two-level concert space into a banquet hall becomes a harsh truth to those of us who were not sure what to think of the rumor earlier in the night. But if you are going to close a venue, who better to have than a member of the Grateful Dead, a band that had closed down some of music's most legendary concert halls including the Fillmore and Winterland, on hand to supply the patrons with a memorable last show.

Heads slowly roll in as The McLovins, a trio of teenage virtuosos, close their show with a high-energy performance of the Grateful Dead's legendary Disco tune, Shakedown Street. It's hard to believe as the kids exit the stage that they hardly old enough to drive a car but can rock out harder than most band's that have been doing it for decades.

The beer flows like a BP oil spill, dumping into my stomach and polluting my brain as I wait for the band to take the stage. Before I know it they are finishing off their opening jam and launching into the Pig Pen psychedelic-blues classic"Mister Charlie," before fading into the beautiful, yet tormented, Garcia/Hunter song, "Wharf Rat." 

"Half of my life / I spent doin' time for some other fucker's crime / Other half found me stumbling around
drunk on burgundy wine." The small crowd roars!

The remainder of the first set is made up of traditional blues jams, including a self-titled song off the band's soon to be released album, featuring new lyrics by legendary Dead-lyricist Robert Hunter. With such a great mixture of eclectic tunes, the highlight of the first set, and the night for that matter, was Papa Mali's jazzed-up rendition of "Death Don't Have No Mercy." The song, which helped solidify the Dead as a musical force in the 1960s, was transformed into a jazz-number on this night, complete with a trombone solo by keyboardist Matt Hubbard.

After a quick "smoke" break, we head back inside to a second set that is another great mix of Louisiana blues with songs like "New Orleans Crawl," including another original, "Angelina" - a slow ballad in classic Hunter form. The remainder of the set consisted of high-energy Dead classics - "The Deal" "Sugaree" "Bertha" - including the Pig Pen famed rant "Turn on Your Love Light."

My body is weary as the band exits the stage only to return and perform one of the Dead's best dance numbers "Going Down the Road feeling Bad." The first encore was not satisfactory enough for the Heads who knew this would most likely not be the last time they would see the 7 Walkers, but knew it would be their final show at Rev Hall. The band trickled back on stage to the excitement of the rambunctious crowd, closing with "Gone to the Dog" before saying good-bye to the venue with "We Bid You Good Night" - a song the Dead would perform on nights when they were too tired to play anymore, which was good because I was too tired to move another bone.

"Lay down my dear brothers, lay down and take your rest / Oh won't you lay your head upon your savior's breast / I love you, oh but Jesus loves you the best / And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight"

Goodnight Rev Hall! Thanks for all the good times! 

Set list:

Set 1
Mr. Charlie
Wharf Rat
Junco Partner
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7 Walkers
I Know You Rider
Bottle Up and Go

Set 2
Honey child
New Orleans Crawl
The Deal
Turn on Your Lovelight

Encore 1
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad

Encore 2
Gone to the Dog
We Bid You Goodnight

Friday, June 4, 2010

Furthur Live Rehearsal Session @ Palm Ballroom, San Rafael, CA 6-3-2010

Set list

Jam> Help On The Way> Slipknot>
The Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion
Cassidy, It Must Have Been The Roses
Maggie’s Farm, Peaceful Valley>
Welcome To The Dance>
Terrapin Suite (Complete)>
The Other One>
Franklin’s Tower
E: Money For Gasoline

with Sunshine Garcia Becker and Jeff Pehrson on vocals

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Furthur Live Rehearsal Session @ Palm Ballroom, San Rafael, CA 6-2-2010

Set list

Picasso Moon> Brown-Eyed Women
Lazy River Road
Magnolia Mountain
El Paso, Muli Guli
Tons Of Steel
No More Do I, Two Djinn
Come Together
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider

with Sunshine Garcia Becker and Jeff Pehrson on vocals

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Furthur Live Rehearsal Session @ Palm Ballroom, San Rafael, CA 6-1-2010

Set list

Hell In A Bucket> Cold Rain And Snow>
Mason's Children> Just A Little Light
Ashes And Glass> Ramble On Rose
Here Comes Sunshine>
He's Gone> Corrina
Tennessee Jed>
Touch Of Grey
And We Bid You Goodnight

with Sunshine Garcia Becker and Jeff Pehrson on vocals