It was my 16 year old son's turn to choose a concert after I had "dragged" him to see Phil, ABB and the Dead.
So we went to see a progressive metal band called Dream Theatre at the Beacon Theatre last week. Now, this old deadhead ain't exactly into anything metal, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the energy and the talent of these guys. The drummer, a New york guy named Mike Portnoy was absolutely amazing and I really enjoyed the show.
One of the opening acts was Zappa Plays Zappa. Dweisel (I hope I spelled it right) Zappa is a pretty damn talented guitar player and I enjoyed hearing some of Frank Zappa's classics like Moving to Montana.
I think the highlight was when Zappa came out to jam with Dream Theatre during Dream Theatre's encore. Real high energy stuff.
All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised by the show, and was proud of my son for choosing this show to drag his old man along.
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
Ottawa's 15th Cisco Bluesfest just finished with 5 stages and 10 days of music. Spencer Davis, Dave Mason, The new Yardbirds, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Skynyrd, David Lindley and a couple hundred other acts.........
Last night. 7/24/09 in Spokane, Washington. Stunning, mindblowing. Space to a punk beat for hrs. Still high on the show.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
So the Dead go west after May 2nd!! Looking for a Dead show the following weekend for only $15 in advance $20 @ the door? KIC Productions presents Melvin Seals & JGB SATURDAY 5-9-09 @ ZPak Live Home of Va Brew Co. We are at the Northern most part of VA 15 min from MD & WV. Come catch JGB yes the real JGB (- Jerry of course). Get more details @ www.myspace.com/zeropak or www.ZEROPAKLIVE.com
Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of guitar, mandolin, slide and lap steel with savory bass, hearty drums and, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that keeps audiences dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for several hours. Melvin is pioneering a path deeper into the musical territory he helped to establish.
ABB on 3/19 was pretty good as well
And on 3/26, they played the first two albums in order and encored with statesboro blues
ABB with Clapton.
"One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused, listen to the music play"
I attended last year and The Almand Brothers sounded great w/ Warin Haines too. The wailers played louder than anyone! Wish They would let people Record.
Those 2 nights were scorching indeed!!
"Everybody's braggin' and drinking that wine, I can tell the queen of diamonds by the way she shines. Come to daddy on an inside straight, well I've got no chance of losing this time"
I grew up hearing my parents playing Jefferson Airplane.I think I knew all their songs by the time I was 13. The reunion tour in 88 or 89 I think was fantastic. I never thought I'd even get a chance to see them. I'm sooo glad I did. And, the Pink Floyd tours in the 80's. ANY show!
Orpheum, Boston 11/16/99. He closed but co-headlined with Lucinda Williams, and both sets smoked. Richard's solos were unbelievable on "Hard on Me."
Lupo's, Providence 7/23/03. Maybe 400 people there, this one showed up as his Live in Providence DVD, available on his website. We keep throwing around guitarist's names in theses forums (mostly, though, as who should "replace" Jerry which is a fun but fruitless debate)....this guy is my favorite guitarist. Actually, my favorite singer-songwriter-guitarist.
Listened to a live "Jennie" on the morning commute, one of my favorite song-opening lines:
"Trouble becomes you, it cuts you down to my size."