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    A lot of folks here are musicians and play in bands. Here's the place to talk about them. What kind of music you play, upcoming gigs, etc.

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    I want to jam on GD songs with those who know the material.

    Hey now! I have been trying to get back on this site for a while. I attended the first 2 D&Co shows at the Forum, and the 3rd one in Phoenix - I was right in front of Oteil, and he saw my Fur Peace Ranch Alumni T-shirt and gave me a shout out after "Feels Like a Stranger" - big dual grin there. My wife and I went to all three of the final San Francisco shows in July. I would very much like to find some people to jam with who know and love this music. Not "fan" stuff - musician stuff, and playing it well and right. I am very much into putting on a professional show with the "right" chords, etc. I've played electric with Jorma Kaukonen, and he approved of my ability. 100 miles east of the Bay Area. I know how to "sound like the record", not just blast it out. Is there anybody out there? Help on the way? Anybody? Thanks!

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    Bay Area Americana Band Seeks female harmony singer

    Vince Charming Band is gigging all over NorCal, but we need a harmony singer. We're influenced by the Americana side of the Dead and most certainly by the Hunter/Garcia songwriting team. We have tons of gigs, but our sound really need a female harmony singer. If that person could also play an instrument well, that would be a bonus, but skilled harmony singing would suffice. Check out my band at vincecharming dot com and/or replay here.

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    I'm in the Boulder/Denver area.

    I was playing in a band called Wrecking Trains (rock/blues) for about 8-10 years, but it's kind of broken up. We released a self produced album called Hot Rod Love. I also like to play with my wife as the Tracy Weiser Project, she's got an amazing voice. All this stuff is easy to find on Reverb Nation.

    But I am looking to form more of a jam type of band, creative, original tunes. What I really need is a keyboard/piano player. I think adding those sounds to the songs I write could really evolve into something fun.

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    Hi,
    I'm Gina, live in Petaluma and play drums/percussion w. home studio.
    Hit me up if you need a drummer to play some Dead songs with!
    Best, Gina

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    Looking for San Francisco musicians to jam the Dead with!

    Hello. I'm looking for fellow San Francisco deadheads to jam with for fun / maybe to form a band simply for the enjoyment of playing and sharing the Dead's music in any form acoustic and electric. I play guitar!

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    We are called End of the Line, and we are based out of Nashville, TN.

    We reapproach the catalog of the Allman Brothers Band with fresh (young-ish) ears and minds, having cherry picked some of the best musicians from original projects in Nashville. We are all life long Deadheads, and you'll often catch tunes like the Dead's arrangement of 'Not Fade Away' and 'So Many Roads' woven into our setlists. And hardly a run goes by without a deep dive into an 'Other One' jam (that we typically connect to ABB's 'Black Hearted Woman'.) We will continue to add ABB and Dead tracks into our catalog year after year, city after city. Musicians such as Marcus King, Maggie Rose, Pete Levin from the Gregg Allman Band, Audley Freed from Black Crowes, Moon Taxi, etc. have performed on stage with us.

    Latest tour dates -

    2/24 Duluth, GA - Eddie Owen Presents the Red Clay Theatre
    2/25 Taccoa, GA - Historic Ritz Theatre
    3/3 Columbia, TN - The Mulehouse
    3/4 Knoxville, TN - Open Chord Stage
    3/11 Marrietta, GA - The Strand Theatre Marietta
    3/18 Winston-Salem, NC - The Ramkat
    4/7 Cincinnati, OH - The Southgate House Revival

    Check out End of the Line on social media and streaming services! Tickets at endofthelineband . com

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    HI. This is Trouble Ahead from Chicago. I am trying to get our videos to show in the DeadCoversProject but am not sure if I am tagging them correctly. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Jim

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    NYC Show Alert!

    Hi! We will be performing next Saturday January 28th at 8pm in the East Village at the new venue The Watering Hole located at 68 2nd Ave (4th street and 2nd Ave). Tickets can be bought on eventbrite if you search for our band: Little Hickory’s Downtown Hug Champions or at the door!

    Lineup:
    Mark Mammano - guitar, vocals
    Christopher Hanson - guitar, vocals
    Kitty McTeague - vocals
    Tim Robert Fulton - bass
    Cory Metrick - drums

    Hope to see you there! 💀

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    Hey Marye! Thanks for the word and the reply. We're into the 70s mostly and the dead, JJ, Steve Miller are kindof closest to where we go. We do alot of dead, and occasionally bluegrass though not as much these days. Once you're writing songs it's hard to figure what the category is so we invented vanrock...;)

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    Hey folks, Hope you all don't mind a hello in the manner of a share of our musical mission, Starfield Cookout. We're a homespun original vanrock band from the Grateful Dead wasteland called the Canadian nord est. Nonetheless, we play a good "Deal" in around Montreal, and YAY, we're getting frighteningly close to releasing our second record which should be doosie. Would love to get your thoughts, and most certainly, (if you like), to help guide us toward venues in your locale. Who knows where this spring, summer tour will take us. You can find the OGs with some prerelease tracks from "Beautiful Friend" (#2 ) on Soundcloud slash tullycaster or live on the Youtube under Starfield Cookout. Thanks for the opp to present our stuff to the very best fans in the world. Cheers and Peace, Bren & Lisa

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A lot of folks here are musicians and play in bands. Here's the place to talk about them. What kind of music you play, upcoming gigs, etc.
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Our band, the indefatigable Big Daddy Lawman, is currently the only band in the south of Italy (to our knowledge) that is producing three part harmony country rock. We even have the sheer nerve to take on some Dead tunes - Don't Ease Me In, Know You Rider, Candyman, Ripple - as well as covers of Doug Sahm, Merle Haggard, Commander Cody, Neil Young, Byrds, Burritos, Gram Parsons,Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark, Dylan, Band, Jayhawks & Buffalo Springfield. Our neighbours dig us the most, especially during our 4 hour Saturday rehearsals. Original material currently being polished for studio recording! Watch this space if you're still wearing your cowboy boots!
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The obligations of having six children have been considerable, but in the last few years, ideas which were there in the background, i.e., there all along, have been getting kind of more coherent and insistent; and I realised that if I don't do anything about those dreams, nothing would happen; so I'm now writing, and it's happening very fast. The pieces I'm working on (Many mansions for 4 pianos and Memoria for string quartet, soprano, and tubular bells) are in certain ways connected with the Gulf war and the greed and sorrow that have precipitated it and followed it. I served as a soldier in the first war in the early 1990's and a lot of the things that happened emotionally in that time were difficult - and in many ways the music comes from the memories of that tension and conflict. If anyone wants to see what this stuff looks like, or ask me anything about it, or the war, drop me a message - mind you, the kids make my life difficult and complicated - but fun! so I might be a bit occupied. There are other pieces on the way, mostly influenced by Bartok, Debussy, Jacob Druckmann, and Dick's Picks No 5.. and gospel music from when I was a kid. I'm going to publish a few pages from each piece soon, probably on http://slugger.myfriendsreunited.com. Slugger was my army nickname... . "Anything can happen in the next half-hour!
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Mark, what you are doing sounds fascinating and I'm sure I'm not the only one here who would love to hear it. "Folk rock for groovin families!" myspace.com/chipwithrow chipwithrow.com
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Check us out at Joey G's in Madison Indiana 7/28 or Hippie Jacks Americana Festival in Crawford Co. TN on Labor Day Weekend. Available on Itunes and CD Baby. Peace in our time, J. Stockbridge Mundane www.thejimmymundanes.com
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Mark, thanks for your sacrifice and I look forward to hearing your music. I dream of composing some pieces as well but as I can't read music or understand the theories of classical/orchestral composition so it may be quite some time-with the miracle of modern midi technology though I may slowly build up to some-guess I'll keep working on the rock and roll (a few of my songs are quite orchestrated come to think of it....). Rasta Billy there are some really terrific lyrics you have there. They are enjoyable just as a read and that is some feat to my mind; for a lyric to read as well as it sings! Well done!
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Thanks for the feedback, there are about 16 tunes available for free listening : www.broadjam.com search:The Jimmy MundanesI am finding time to check out everyone's stuff and am impressed with the variety and commitment you all have in continuing the freedom of what is a mostly conservative art form. Peace in our time J. Stockbridge Mundane www.thejimmymundanes.com Kentucky Green Party
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Howdy,I'm at soundclick.com/bandylou and myspace.com/bandylou. my music takes some inspiration from Aoxomoxoa/Workingman's era Dead, among other sources. The Dusty creaky folky side of things. Peace, Bandy Lou
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Hey NowJust thought I'd post an update. I played last week with some old cohorts at the oregon country fair and an unexpected guest by the name of Billy Kreutzmann sat in on drums! I immediately whipped out my notepad that contained my list of "things to do before I die" and abruptly scratched off # 37, "Jam with Billy Kreutzmann" Just thought you'all would like to know. :-)
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I just got back the mixed and mastered version of my first CD, and I'm looking for some help - from parents, mainly, but really from anyone who remembers what it's like to be a kid.What I'm looking for are short (1 paragraph or less) quotes about my music to go in my press kit. The CD is called Everyday Things, and it is family- and kid-oriented folk rock, but I've also seen some grownups without kids grooving to the songs when I perform them. In return, I'll send you some merchandise - right now we are doing t-shirts, stickers, toys, and CD singles. I'll be able to get some cool stuff out to you in about a month. What I'd like you to do is to go to my website, chipwithrow.com, or myspace.com/chipwithrow, and have a listen. Better still, if you have children, have them listen with you. Then, if you like what you hear, send me your short review to chipwithrow@yahoo.com. If you don't want me to use your name in the press kit, I'll just do something like first name or what part of the country you're from. Thanks, Chip "Folk rock for groovin families!" myspace.com/chipwithrow chipwithrow.com
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Will check it out ...pretty busy right now though.....keep on rockin'!
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23 Songs Jam Band Poetry Jazz guaranteed a kind Listen EastCoast FinestDownLoud for free Welcome All Good People Om Ah Hum http://www.myspace.com/gregoryschwartzunemployedparade Internet Archive.org Open Source Audio Gregory Schwartz Performing at Brighton Bar Poetry Show Twisted Tree Cafe, The Saint, & The Stone Pony. Powered By Hartke Systems. Member of Jazz Blues Foundation Red Bank. Accepted by the Cambridge Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry. Poet Laureate Asbury Park. Chap Book featured at Poets House Spring St. New York Lyricist for Gorky Park see all music guide.com for story. Founding member tooboard.net. assistant promotion specialist Stone Pony
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I play percussion in an Ann Arbor, MI based band called Treetown Underground. All of our members have been influenced by the Dead in one way or another. We are a mix of jazz, bluegrass, folk, funk, samba, klezmer, and more. We begin recording our first album in September. If there's anyone in the Midwest (or anywhere else for that matter) looking to trade gigs, please let me know. myspace.com/treetownunderground If my words did flow........
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My band is the Stringtown PIckers. We have been at it for about 7 years and 4 of us are pretty hard core heads. It is hard to find a good banjo player that gave up a decade to follow the dead and others, and we haven't found that guy yet. But, our guy can pick a little bit. We started out doing a lot of dead covers, but now we only do Friend, and even that is ripping fast. Hope you enjoy it.www.stringtownpickers.com www.myspace.com/stringtownpickers
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I am interested in meeting Charlotte, NC area deadheads who are musicians and are interested in informal jamming. I have been playing electric/acoustic 6-string guitar with a little pedal steel for the past 40 years (which makes me an old man at age 53!) and frequently play outdoors in Freedom Park on Saturdays with a portable battery-operated rig. I'm no professional, but after 40 years how bad could I be? Contact me and maybe we can jam. Dave
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I Just Play with one of my bands Hell69 In Kona Hawaii at LuLu,s it was so much for more info about My Music go to http://www.gnpmusic.com/ I just become friends with Sonic Youth.I guess Lee was a dead Head. I am also looking to helping other musicians and we should play as much as we can you call me at 707 528 3211. I can play most any thing I learned a lot for the the boys You know the Dead. thank you Hello from Joshua C. Digman
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Hello everyone i', john i play bass in Jam and the Playground kids. We are a band based out of nort central illinois trying to spread our wings and start traveling spreading our music. Here is a paragraph describing JPK. Jam and The Playground Kids is a unique blend of crowd energy and original creativity. They use the crowd to fuel their artistic visions, making for an explosive experience for both the band and the crowd alike. This energetic mix opens the gates for improvasational music and intence spinning, jumping,and dancing that everyone gets into. There's always that excitement whenever they play and neither the band or the crowd knows what to expect next! Although the Band enjoys showing respect to all musicians and genre's who have influenced them, they concentrate mostly on original material and spreading good insight and love to everyone who witnesses them play. Come see this musical conconction and good time infusion for yourself! ENJOY you can check out where and what we played @ www.myspace.com/jamandtheplaygroundkids I hope to see some of you cats from the chicago area in our crowd thanx JPK247
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19 year old guitarist (singer/songwriter) in Kansas City, MO Looking to form original sounding folk/bluegrass/psychedelic jam band Looking for rythm guitar, drums/percussion, bass, keys,possibly violin, banjo, mandolin, etc. Influenced by bluegrass,down home country,and spaced-out psychedelia: allman brothers, grateful dead, phish, string cheese incident, widespread panic, YMSB, HBR, Keller, Pink Floyd, STS9 etc. Must not have a problem with open-ended jamming/long improvisations (musical conversations) and GROOVIN. Also, NO BIG EGOS! I write lots of original material, but am not a control freak; I encourage absolute equality among bandmembers, collaboration and for others to bring material in with them if they'd like. If you'd just like to jam a few times to just see how it goes, maybe go from there, that's fine by me. Age doesn't matter, I'm 19 and I don't judge so I ask the same in return.
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"..one good thing, one good thing, when it hits you feel no pain..." LISTEN UP! see www.rockmitzvah.com This is more than a band, it is a spiritual response to the dilution of the true meaning of 'rights of passage' for young men and women. Tired of the old T and A dancing chicks and dreadlocked pretty boy DJ's that characterize the overthetop party scene for youngsters in America...do something meaningful, challenging, and rocking!
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Hey heads, I am a horn player-trumpet in West of Boston, Massachussets area...I have been working on my chops (had not played for 15 or more years!) and am getting good enough to at least sit in with a band that may cover Dead, J. Garcia Band, Santana, Gato Barbieri, Clapton etc. Oddly found a great niche playing to a lot of JGB blues based stuff..parroting and improvising of Jerry's voice and leads and parroting lots of Santana leads with improv...it actually sounds pretty amazing in my big ass living room... will record and post later...but I do Senor, Simple Twist of Fate, I Shall be Released, Masterpiece..hell I could probably sit in with Rat Dog as they have no trumpet....Bobby you reading this..if I get a reply I will bring it with me to Hampton Beach Rat Dog show in a Heart Beat (course I guess Hunter should be first on the list as well as Lesh as they BOTH Play the trumpet- Yep you have not been keeping up if you dunno that--Lesh most know but Hunter has it on his blog--heck he even wrote me once--i am not worthy!).. ..lets do Senor (tales of Yankee power) by Bob Dylan..one of my favs... Bruce "if the Thunder don't get ya then the lightning will!"- The Wheel "Gonna find out something only dead men know" - Silvio Class of Red Rocks '79... Life without the Dead is not life...and so we carry on...
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My name is Dave Kopec and I play lead guitar and sing for Franklin Turnpike. We've been jamming for many a long year. Our highlights include sharing the stage with Hot Tuna, Commander Cody, Tom Constanten, New Riders of the Purple Sage, God Street Wine, and the David Nelson Band. We can count Jason Crosby, Bernie Reilly, and Joe Russo as our jam-mates as well. With Jason's awesome band I have had the priviledge of playing with Richie Cannatta, Walter King, Shannon McNally, Derek Trucks, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, and Dave Diamond, among others. I'm also playing 5 string banjo and madolin with my bluegrass band: The Ramapo Mountain Boys. The bluegrass bug has bit me hard and will never let go. We are based out of Bergen County in New Jersey so if you want to check us out, jam out, or hang out, contact me through www.myspace.com/franklinturnpike. Peace
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I've been playing bass with these guys since May and while the summer was very very hectic, we're taking it kinda easy right now. However, look for more tours to both coasts in the spring and the summer will likely be more madness. www.greatamericantaxi.net We will be at the Emerald Cup in Humboldt in December as well as some other NoCal venues. If you do come by, please, please do say hello! Peace and good jams to all! Edwin
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Check us out at : myspace.com/electronicvibrationsorchestra We have new lineup of musicians and will soon be changing our name, but the sounds will remain the same. Come groove with us...
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"Coming together in 2006, the JFP is the melting pot for so many different styles of music. Rock, jazz, funk, soul, R&B, blues, folk, reggae...., it's all there." New Sounds Online Sept.'06 "We cover some of the greatest songs of all time.", says Jason Ferguson, guitarist and vocalist for the JFP. "And though we pay heavy homage to Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders in the way we arrange our material, it's really tough to pin us down to any one style. It's not hard to describe what we're actually doing, I say first and foremost, we're a rock & roll band." Besides covering songs by American and International artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Cliff and Van Morrison, the JFP digs back deep into the catalogues of these greats to pull out their lesser known material. "We give the flops the royal treatment too.", says Gregory Smith, bassist and vocalist. Jason adds, "We're like a rescue and salvage operation. When I go to a record store looking for material I go into the back, or look under the shelves, you know what I mean?" With an equal blend of the jam sensibility of bands like The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers, and the lockstep tightness along the lines of Little Feat and The Funky Meters, the JFP brings back the obscure songs that built the foundation for today's popular music. Carefully crafting their interpretation of these songs has given the JFP a sense of freedom, and along with that freedom comes those magical musical moments where chances are taken, and where an old tune can sound brand new.....
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Xmy husband and i have past experience with various bands in the tri state area currently we are experimenting with a repitior of dead and jazz standards sung by ladies like nina simone sara vhaun and billie worked out a nice arrangement of my favorite things but mastercard did a cheezy commercial and killed it for us song feels cheep now hopefully time will heel the wound and restore its original glory got old tour head friend from back in the jerry days on rhythm guitar that joins in on occasion
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Wow hip forum topic! I've got some vids posted up on http://www.youtube.com/jkstraw of mainly Dead related cover tunes (acoustic). I'm not that great at guitar - but am woodshedding with a teacher right now and making some progress. Hopefully in the next year or so I will have some Electric attempts posted as well. http://www.youtube.com/jkstraw Always looking for constructive feedback and local heads to jam with.

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I'm in a band named Hey You Guuuys...check us out! Ok, so it's just me... www.purevolume.com/heyyouguuuys P.S. If you like weasels and you like johnny cash you should check us (me) out BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CLUB OF YAVNEH ACADEMY and our sponsors Art Vandelay Industries NORML The Human Fund
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Greetings...all. July, 2007 marked the release of Will King's solo album, Come on in from the Cold. Featuring twelve Americana-twinged tracks, special guests include Grammy nominated John Cohen [The New Lost City Ramblers, and recently featured in Martin Scorsese's documentary on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home]. Cohen, who has been said to have served as inspiration for the Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band," plays mandolin and sings on the title track. John Ventimiglia [Artie Bucco, The Sopranos] co-wrote "28 Days," and sings on the title tracks refrain.Other guests include Drummer Doug Yowell [Suzanne Vega, The Dragonflys], bassist Saul Zonana [Ace Frehley, Luv Junkies] and vocalist RJ King. paste: http://cdbaby.com/cd/willking to check it out... For more information, please visit www.willkingmusic.com - click "music" to hear title track! Check out "Pathways to Freedom" page featuring new song recorded with drummer Aaron Comess [Spin Doctors]. If you can assist in any way [bookings/gigs - spreading the music/word] that would be great! Would be great to hear your thoughts on the album...drop a line... Many thanks....be well
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Hi i have a few new tunes and remixes of the older ones on my page now. The tunes are all tributes to the Dead except for On the Road which is more of a breeze through the beat scene etc (brief and not in depth but I think catchy) and Memphis Hideaway is more inspired by the Dead scene that a tribute to the band. I hope you enjoy them. http://www.myspace.com/dcmuir Merry Christmas all!
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hEY nOW! The band Covert Operations plays the Flint, Michigan area--these guys are a must see. Starting December 28 and every friday thru Feburary these guys will be rocking the Purple Moon on Dort Highway. Any Michigan heads within the area please do yourself a favor. I have never seen a group like this.
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Hi Everybody, I'm new posting here, but I'll take a shot at it. Anyways, on Friday, February 15, 2008 there is going to be a charity concert for children in Nepal at 7pm at Fremont Junior High in Mesa, Arizona (see below for address). All proceeds go directly to a NGO in Nepal. They spend so little on anything but the children that they don't even have a website. My band, Bobby McGee and the Hippies (assuming that Bobby doesn't get pneumonia before the concert), will be playing Let it Be (Beatles)(I'm sorry it's not a Grateful Dead song, but we really liked let it be, or at least our Republican drummer did). We'd really appreciate any of you who are going to be in Mesa, Arizona to come down and support us, since it is for a good cause. Thanks. Here is the address: Fremont Junior High 1001 N. Power Road Mesa, Arizona 85205 "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, only then will the world know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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we gave it a good run from 1992-2002.. four albums, many shows, a hell of a lot of fun. we were even featured on KFOG's local anesthetic program as up and comers at one point. and then reality set in with jobs, kids, etc. www.myspace.com/theoriginalruleofthumb if you like what you hear, our last two albums ('wow and flutter' and 'fade to buzz' are available on iTunes, rhapsody, eMusic, etc.) thanks for listening! big microscope: live music and liberal rants
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I live in the Chicago area/ suburbs, I am a drummer, looking for like minded souls to jam with. That good old jam band hippie rock. If your the one drop me a line. Even if your just coming through town. PEACE
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My band is called the Red Eyed Rum Runners . . . it forms spontaneously at my Dad's gigs when they take a break and I get together with his crew and jam a couple of numbers. It's fun playing in the Bible Belt and the people are nice. It's no fun bein' an illegal aliuuuun.
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Hey now! Check out our Chicago band called The Ultrasonic Project! Kind of funky like New Orleans, kind of jazzy like MMW, kind of rock like The GD! We are an instrumental 5-piece of guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and DJ. Check us out, be our friend! We are inches away from releasing our new 2008 demo CD. Hope you like it http://www.ultrasonicproject.com http://www.myspace.com/ultrasonicproject http://www.sonicbids.com/TheUltrasonicProject
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I can't breathe without music, so it was only natural that I began writing and performing my own songs starting about ten years ago. I have a backing band and, whenever we play live, we rely heavily upon improvisation and playing in the moment. In the studio, it's much harder. I'd love it if some of you checked out some of my music. I was influenced very heavily by Motown when I was a child, so that comes out in my vocals. The music itself is basically acoustic based folk-rock. www.myspace.com/calebbraudrick Peace, Caleb “Let there be songs to fill the air.”
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Im just just a drunkin harp player searching for a songwaiting for my time just to play along. everybodies singing everybody dancing notes arent clean but the message clear have another shot of whiskey and savor that beer I play my harp and hold it near sometimes i even shed a tear I hear the sound of a lonely train the trip is long as it cries her name howling down the track of pain. chugga chugga chugga chugaa whooooooooo hooooooooo chugga chugga chugga chugga whooooooooo hooooooooo
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It's my first post here - how's it goin'?Just thought I'd chime in about the band thing. Isn't the interent neat? My band's at www.reverbnation/thepowergoats.com. I'm the 'frontman' I guess you could say. Our stuff is currently free to download. It's rock - Stonesy stuff since we used to be a cover group. I'm hoping, as we jam more, to get longer, looser stuff happening - but this is what we've got for now. Thanks! Jamie
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Hey everyone, This is my first post and I must admit, I'm a bit nervous about looking foolish by posting in the wrong place or something. Anyways, I've been a fan of Garcia's brilliant guitar work (as I'm sure all of us are) since first learning to appreciate it. Over time, I've tried to emulate aspects of Jerry's musical expression by transcribing a few of his solos, right now I'm working on his solos from Franklin's Tower on the "One From the Vault" album (totally forgot what show that was from). Working Jerry's solos out has been by far one of the most difficult endeavors I've ever attempted musically, but it's so rewarding, and I'm sure a few of my fellow guitarists on here could probably handle the challenge with much greater ease. While considering this a few weeks ago, I thought of Charlie Parker's Omni Book, in which about 60 of his solos are transcribed. I think we could probably do the same for Jerry's solos, though considering the over 15,000 recorded hours we have of Jerry's guitar work, the project would be much larger than just a book. Originally I had the idea of putting a giant website together devoted to this task of cataloging transcriptions of Jerry's solos. Before even beginning however, I wanted the feedback of other heads out there, in many ways I wanted your approval, as I'm not sure how Jerry himself would've greeted the idea. Let me know what you all think and whether any of you would be interested in helping out.
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I'm not a band, just a solo singer/songwriter, though I play almost all the instruments on my recordings (except drums). www.jimbalcerek.com myspace.com/jimbalcerek My new album, Playing Life by Ear, is available from the myspace page, the website, and iTunes. So far it's the best representation of the music that has been in my head, and I'm sure there's some Dead influence in there since I was practically raised on their music and have been playing it for as long as I have been able to play anything. I also sometimes play live solo acoustic and have slipped in some Dead tunes. But honestly I'm getting a little tired of playing solo. So if anyone in the greater Philly area is interested in getting together, just let me know.