HEY NOW! Well, I'm the guitarist & vocalist for a jamband here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania called theCAUSE. Now, it's not The Cause (as they're a group of well-tattooed, well-body-pierced, spikey-haired individuals, hence the spelling), just so you know... ;)
We play a LOT of Grateful Dead material, as well as some Beatles stuff, Dylan tunes, Phish selections, Janis jams and other assorted goodies, as well as some groovin' original music, too! We've been together almost 5 years (as long as it's been since my last cigarette!) and we're getting tighter each time we play. We only gig about 2x per month, as we're all 40ish and have day-jobs, but we do rehearse every Wednesday night. It's a bunch of fun.
You can visit our website at www.theCAUSEjams.com if you like.
Our next show is at McGrogan's Taproom in Canonsburg, PA (home of Bobby Vinton & Perry Como, baby!) - a nice, little joint with a great beer selection & WONDERFUL pizza. Always a good time there. It's the smallest place we play - other than our practice room!
We are playing on Saturday, November 1st at a great venue in Pittsburgh, P.D.'s Pub. That night ALSO happens to be the night that Rat Dog is playing - just across the bridge about 10 minutes away - at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead. They start at 8, we start at 10. We tried sending an email to their booking agent, but no response. We'd sure LOVE it if Bobby, Mark, Robin, Jeff, Kenny & Jay came out and shared in the after-Rat-Dog-fun! Anyway, that's my pipe dream and I'm holdin' onto it...realistic or not! ;)
Hope you enjoy the tunes on the sitewide player...here's the setlist from our last show:
Saturday 9/6/08 Thunderbird Cafe
with Jill Paone Simmons
SET I: Fee > One More Saturday Night, Son Of A Preacher Man, Brown Eyed Woman,
Next Time You See Me, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Love Me Like A Man, Bird Song, Mean Mr. Mustard > Polythene Pam > She Came In Through The Bathroom Window > Cats Under The Stars.
SET II: Oh! Darling, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Wharf Rat > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower, Looks Like Rain, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > I Need A Miracle > Never Alone*,
I'd Rather Go Blind > Throwin' Stones > Bertha.
ENCORE: Turn On Your Lovelight.
* written by Eric "Pappy" Weingrad
"Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right."
I play the acoustic guitar. I have been for almost 25 years. I was in band here and there but now just play for the benefit of my daughter and friends & family. I do however play the bass with Hugh Ross's ensamble and on his CD that's upcoming. I am a session bassisst just getting back into the groove so-to-speak. I play a 6-string bass or ERB as some call it. my favorite influences include (of course) Phil Lesh and Jack Cassady among many others.. stewart Hamm is an icon... Well that's it. I also just learned LOSER by Hunter/Garcia. 12-14-71' version on acoustic guitar and also on my bass. Well that's all about me.
I have two main musical outlets--one is a group of musicians that started out as a drum circle, then mutated into a free-form jam as a couple of guitarists, a banjo player, a harpist, a flute player, and an electric keyboard filtered into the mix--and me, I play bari and tenor sax as well as hand drums, electric keyboard, and piano, so it gets very interesting often enough that we've been at it together now for about eight years, meeting weekly for "Wednesday night prayer meeting." If you live in the Nashville area, you might enjoy stopping by to participate sometime...ask and i'll give details offlist.
My other musical offering is what I call "Brother Martin and the Intangibles"--me and a twelve-track, playing my original songs and recording covers of songs by Richard Thompson, Kate Wolf, the Beatles, and, of course, The Grateful Dead...you can hear most of my music at http://brothermartin.dmusic.net/
Here's the thing....the fat cats have been tightening up the intellectual property laws, and I can no longer just post Beatles songs without paying some agency in New York, even though I am not selling them, just making them available for free download...I have direct agreements with Richard Thompson and with Kate Wolf's estate that it's OK for me to post my covers of their songs....is this permission implicit with the Dead's work (along with taping), or do I need to ask somebody? Sure would like an answer....
thanks...hope to hear from somebody about this soon!
a blast from the past!
If you were around Berkeley in late 80's-early 90's you might have seen them at the world famous Starry Plough well Nov.7 2008 we're back for a nite of the Buffalo's!
About The Wheel
The wheel had great success up and down the east coast in the 90s now settled here in south Florida, The Wheel recently did some recording at WXEL TV made some very cool videos You can find them here on this page or on YouTube The Wheel delivers heavy doses of driving rock and roll mixed with spacey jams and beautiful ballads. We try to approach each show without expectation This way neither the audience or the band ever get bored. Our approach is more free flowing and less orchestrated which makes for a different show every time we play. We try to let the music show us were to go,and go were the music brings us. Lets just say we make music the old fashion way, we create it at every show. You can e-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other side of town
This is a ver y cool song called Magic Garden
posted to soon. i also wanted to add we have a bitchin record release show coming up sept. 19th in philly @ the Mroom, here's an early review of the record
NORTH LAWRENCE MIDNIGHT SINGERS – AND THAT OLD TIME LIVING ROOM SOUND, 5/5 STARS!
This Philly jam band features ex-members of Cordalene, and The Elevator
Parade. Where as
those bands owe their sounds to things like Pavement Husker Du, Weezer,
& Guided by Voices,
North Lawrence Midnight Singers sound is more inspired by The Greatful
WIlburys, & George Harrison. If you're a fan of jam bands or that
classic folk meets rock sound
this might be right up your alley