Thursday, December 18

Festivals: LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE 2015 - Memorial Day Weekend - May 21st-25th, 2015 - San Antonio Recreation Area - Bradley, CA

The Do LaB has announced that Lightning in a Bottle, California’s premiere boutique music and arts festival, will take place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 21st - 25th) at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA for its ten year anniversary.

After what many are calling the best year in the festival’s lifespan in 2014, The Do LaB is excited to return to the beautiful San Antonio Recreation Area. The last two LiBs have been held in new locations, so The Do LaB is excited about returning to the same location, which will allow them to build and improve off of last year’s efforts.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, January 5th at 10AM for the Rush-n-Get-Em 24-hour ticket window starting at $235 for the full weekend pass. Up-And-At-Em tickets go on sale the day after for $260. Purchasing tickets now is the best way to secure one of the limited car camping, boutique camping or lightning bus spots.

The Do LaB is excited for what promises to be an amazing 10th year of existence. Just last week, it was announced that IS050 (Scott Hansen of Tycho) will be the lead visual designer for LiB 2015.

TICKET ON SALES:

RUSH-N-GET-EM EARLY BIRDS:
JANUARY 5th at 10am 
(24 hours)
FULL WEEKEND PASS: $235

UP-N-AT-EM REGULAR ON SALE:
JANUARY 6th - ?
FULL WEEKEND PASS: $260

LATE-RISER FINAL PRE-SALE:
? - MAY 21st
FULL WEEKEND PASS: $275

Be on the look out for lineup announcements and more news coming in the new year.

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East Coast Dates: Steve Kimock Tribute To Jerry Garcia Tour Announced With Special Guests From Jerry Garcia Band, Furthur, ALO, & More

Steve Kimock will host a special tribute show to Jerry Garcia in several Northeast cities featuring an all star cast of musicians from the Grateful Dead universe including Zero bassist Bobby Vega, Jerry Garcia’s drummer Bill Vitt, Furthur/RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, Dan Lebowitz of ALO on guitar, and Kimock’s own son on drums, John Morgan Kimock. The band will focus on the roots and R&B wing of Garcia’s vast repertoire. 

When he first arrived in the Bay Area in the mid-‘70s, people thought he sounded a bit like Garcia.  Actually, Kimock hadn’t really listened to the man at that point.  He reflected, “I wasn’t trying to sound like Jerry, I was failing to sound like Roy Buchanan.”  So hearing Garcia’s own debt to Buchanan in the Keystone material suggested a special run to pay homage to Garcia and those that came before by playing the material of Garcia and Saunders (along with Kimock’s own catalog) – something Kimock is ordinarily quite careful to avoid. 

These venues may not offer the same funky, grungy ambiance the Keystone bars offered, but the music will most certainly be up to standard and fill it with the spirit of Jerry Garcia.  

Check out the Jambase review of the band’s three-night-run at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA - 

Tour Dates:
Wednesday, March 11th – Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, March 12th – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
Friday, March 13th – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
Saturday, March 14th – The Met, Pawtucket, RI
Sunday, March 15th – Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA

Tickets to all shows
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Review & Photos: The Pimps of Joytime w/ Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds - Bowery Ballroom - 12/12/14

The Pimps of Joytime joined forces with Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds this past weekend for two shows at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday evening. The intimate venue seemed to be the perfect setting for these bands to connect with the audience and deliver top notch shows from start to finish.  
Kicking the evening off was The Jason Spooner Band out of Portland, Maine. Although I wasn’t fortunate enough to catch more than a song or two, Jason’s soulful vocals were a much welcomed sound as we entered the venue. The band seemed completely at home on the stage as they delivered their own style of Roots and Folk Rock to the NY City crowd.  This was my first time ever seeing this act and although it was brief, it was more than enough to have me seeking out my next opportunity to do so. 
After a very brief break Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds took to the stage to close out yet another successful tour in front of a hometown crowd.  A powerful baritone solo echoed through the venue before the full band exploded into song getting the evening started in proper fashion. The band who’s built perfectly to blow the roof off of any building seemed to play off the intimacy of the venue delivering an overall slower more soulful performance this evening. Working their way through their ever-growing musical catalog from beautiful ballads where lead singer Arleigh's voice seemed to cut straight to the heart, to horn heavy rocked out dance tunes leaving little doubt this band can do it all.  At one point they even paid tribute to a personal favorite of mine Tom Petty, offering up a nicely done cover while creating a venue wide sing along. The band also treated those in attendance to two new songs, both of which will be found on their upcoming studio release, which they are currently working on. These tunes fit nicely into the bands current catalog and were a good sign of things to come moving forward.
Closing out the evening as well as their tour, The Pimps of Joytime took to the stage with authority. This band is playing as well as they ever have and it was as clear as the joy on the faces in the crowd.  Taking advantage of the intimacy of the venue much like the acts before them only with a slightly different approach. It seemed as if the band set their sights on reaching each member of the audience one by one, creating a full venue dance party. And that is exactly what happened throughout their performance. Weaving in and out of musical styles the band displayed their undeniable talent effortlessly over the course of one set that I for one wished could have went all night. From high energy EDM infused moments to pure soul dripping funk the band just kept on jamming. This performance was one of the best I have seen from this band, easily attracting those who had not seen them before to come back time and time again.

 Ending on a high note at times seems hard for some performers, however that was not the case this evening. Bringing out Jackson from Sister Sparrow for a tune that concluded with a mind bending harmonica duel showcasing both musicians’ natural playing abilities. This surely would have ended the evening on a high note but the band wasn’t quite done there. They finished it all off by keeping Jackson right where he was and bringing up the Dirty Birds horn section as well as Sister Sparrow herself for one final musical throw down. Putting a final exclamation point on a powerful non-stop musical dance party. 
This was a well-rounded evening of music offering fans a little bit of everything, resulting in an evening of musical bliss. Two bands on the rise joining together to end their respective tours on a high note in New York City. Regardless of your taste in music, both of these bands are truly passionate musicians who give their all with each and every performance, leaving you excitedly waiting for their next show. If you haven’t yet had the privilege of seeing either of these bands perform I would highly recommend doing so at your earliest convenience. 
Words: Chason Heins
Photos: Mike Geller 
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Wednesday, December 17

Dates: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - Winter Tour 2015


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Winter Tour 2015
2/18 - State College, PA @ Cafe 210 West
2/19 - Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station*
2/20 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
2/21 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St*
2/25 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
2/26 - Providence, RI @ The Spot Underground*
2/27 - Newmarket, NH @ Stone Church*
2/28 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
3/03 - Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s
3/04 - Charlotte, NC @ The Chop Shop
3/05 - Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Pour House
3/06-3/08 - Live Oak, FL @ AURA Music & Arts Festival
3/11 - Durango, CO @ The Balcony
3/12 - Telluride, CO @ Fly Me To The Moon
3/13 - Crested Butte, CO @ The Eldo
3/14 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Old Town Tavern
3/15 - Frisco, CO @ Barkley Ballroom
3/17 - Keystone, CO @ The Goat
3/20 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater^
3/21 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater^


*w/Aqueous

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Tuesday, December 16

Festivals: Summer Camp - Three Sisters Park - Chillicothe, Illinois - May 22-24, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Initial Lineup
moe. (5 sets), Umphrey's McGee (5 sets), Steve Miller Band, Widespread Panic, STS9, Big Gigantic, John Butler Trio, Cherub, The Floozies, Future Rock, The Infamous Stringdusters, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Keller Williams & Grateful Grass, Paul Oakenfold, Trampled By Turtles, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, American Aquarium, Bones Jugs N Harmony, Cosby Sweater, Digital Tape Machine, Earphunk, Family Groove Company, Jakubi, Koa, Manic Focus, Modern Measure, The Nth Power, Nadus, North American Scum, ProbCause, Strung Like A Horse, Sun Stereo, Trigger Hippy, Turnpike Troubabours, The Way Down Wanderers
TICKETS ONLY $189.50 NOW 
source: jambase.com
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Dates: Dopapod Announces First Leg of Winter Tour Leading to AURA - Winter 2015

First Dates of 2015 Emerge on the Heels of National ‘Never Odd or Even’ Disc Release, Prepares Major NYE Performance in Worcester
Northeast based, always-touring Dopapod today announces the first performances of 2015 happening up and down the Eastern U.S. in late February through early March, ending with a two night stand at Florida’s AURA Music Festival. Supporting artists joining Dopapod on the variety of dates on the tour include Moon Hooch & Mike Dillon Band.  
The band recently completed a solid run of shows in celebration of their recent November CD release of Never Odd or Even which has received critical acclaim for its vast blend of styles and forward-pushing dynamics. 
The band reconvenes their tour for a year-ending run this Friday, December 20 accompanying Papadosio for their Earth Night proceedings in Columbus, Ohio before a six-night NYE run ranging from Pittsburgh to Miami for Phish after parties. Dopapod’s New Year’s Eve celebration is being held at The Palladium in Worcester, MA with guests Twiddle, Soule Monde (featuring Russ Lawton & Ray Paczkowski of Trey Anastasio Band), Viral Sound and more. 

Complete Dopapod tour dates and info is available at www.dopapod.com.

Dopapod Initial 2015 Tour Dates:
2/25 State College, PA: Levels*
2/26 Buffalo, NY: Tralf Music Hall*
2/27 Covington, KY: Madison Theater*
2/28 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge
3/01 Knoxville, TN: The Concourse
3/03 Greensboro, NC: The Blind Tiger^
3/04 Greenville, SC: Gottrocks^
3/05 Live Oak, FL: AURA Music Festival
3/06 Live Oak, FL: AURA Music Festival

* w/ Moon Hooch

^ w/ Mike Dillon Band
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CATSKILL CHILL MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW DATES FOR 2015 - “A FAREWELL TO MINGLEWOOD” - Hancock, New York - September 18-20, 2015

Catskill Chill Music Festival has announced dates for the sixth annual event, which will take place September 18-20, 2015, one week later than is tradition for the three-day music celebration. The organizers have also announced that 2015 is the final year that Catskill Chill will take place at the much-loved Camp Minglewood in Hancock, New York. 

"It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that 2015 will mark the final year of the Catskill Chill's glorious run at Camp Minglewood,” said festival founder Dave Marzollo. “We would keep our event at it's original home forever if we could, but we have been informed that, for reasons beyond our control, we will no longer be able to host our family at the place we've come to love. The bright side is that we have one final chance to enjoy those rolling slopes of our intimate campus for one last mighty celebration - The Sixth Annual Catskill Chill Music Festival:  A Farewell to Minglewood!  Whether you have been to every Chill, or you have always wanted to go but never made it, this will be an epic Chill chapter that you will not want to miss.

Yes, the Chill will continue after this year, and we already have a few amazing prospective new facilities to choose from, but for now let's focus on a weekend we'll remember forever.  It will be an incredible going away party - one last chance to put our arms around each other and sing our favorite lyrics in that musical sanctuary that's become such a special part of our lives."

Catskill Chill features free parking, free camping, on-site cabin rentals, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly and an open mic. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, where the beauty of nature synchronizes with the euphoric sounds of live music, this intimate lakeside celebration is one of the most anticipated events in the New York area and is annually expected to sell out.


Fans, aka “Chillfam”, have returned to Castkill Chill year after year for this intimate experience that delivers big name acts up close and personal and 2015 will be no different. A limited number of Blind Faith tickets will go on sale starting on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1pm EST for $140.
TICKETS 
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Monday, December 15

Phil Lesh & Friends, Setlist Dec 14, 2014

Phil & Friends
12-14-1014
Grate Room
Terrapin Crossroads
San Rafael, Ca
Band-Phil Lesh- bass, vocals, David Nelson-guitar, vocals Barry Sless-guitar,  pedal Steele, Scott Law-guitar, vocals, Jeff Chimenti-Keyboards John Molo-Drums 

Set-1
Alabama Getaway
Henry 
The Shape I'm In
Factory Girl
Cold Rain & Snow
Dead Flowers
Franklin's Tower
 Set 2
China Cat Sunflower>
Bird Song>*
The Wheel>*
This Wheel is on Fire>
Imo Iko*
Panama Red
Viola Lee Blues*
I Know You Rider*
Encore: Donor Rap
The Wieght*
* w/Alex Kofold on vocals
Source: Deadheadland 

Sunday, December 7

Review & Photos: Trey Anastasio Band - Stage AE - Pittsburgh,PA - 11/29/14

Being Steeler fans, my wife and I make it out to Pittsburgh once a year to catch a game at Heinz Field.  A couple of years ago as we looked out over the main parking lot from the stadium, we noticed a new structure had appeared on the Allegheny River next to the Jerome Bettis Grille 36.  It was a concert venue called Stage AE, and the first thing that popped into my mind was how much it resembled the “Storage Unit” from Phish’s Super Ball IX.  Since we travel somewhat of a far distance from Connecticut, we discussed wouldn't it be great if a band we like played here the same weekend as a Steeler game?  Well, it didn't take long and a band came to town that we not only like, but that we love.
The Fall Tour schedule for the Trey Anastasio Band was released and immediately we looked at the football schedule.  Seeing as the New Orleans Saints were traveling to play the Steelers the day following the Stage AE concert it didn’t take us long to book our flights and grab a hotel.  All of this occurring over Thanksgiving holiday taboot!  This indeed was going to be a surefire action-packed weekend.
The venue filled in quickly.  It was a Saturday night in late November and temperatures started to climb to a somewhat unseasonably warm comfort level.  Plenty of happy faces all around coming off Thanksgiving feeling good about visiting their families, enjoying lots of food and drink or whatever the case may be.  Positive energy certainly filled the room.  The only thing missing were the Terrible Towels.
A solid setlist would soon ensue.  After a sweet “Corona” opening to keep us on our toes , “Sand” belted out to unsurprisingly high levels early.  In my experience it’s pretty rare to get that song early in the show, but it was perfectly placed because as soon as the lights went down this city was ready to rock.  Night Speaks to a Woman always gets the crowd moving and grooving and this version did not disappoint.  “Bounce” -- a new song that made its debut this past summer and will no doubt make its way onto the new upcoming album  (Paper Wheels to be released in early 2015) -- tested the waters in the first set.  In my experience this poppy in your face energizer bunny of a song is a definite crowd pleaser.  One other song to note in the first set was the welcomed resurrection of “Come as Melody” which was last played on December 29, 2006 at the Palace in Albany, NY back in the 70 Volt Parade Days. 
Set two started out with additional new songs including “The Song” and the debut of “Speak to Me” and the latter truly lived up to its name.  It has a nice deep and dark edge to it and keeps you entrenched.  This one certainly has potential for expansion – look for it.  Now, it was time to tilt those glasses with “Gotta Jibboo” where Trey pours his soul into heartfelt guitar licks.  Skip ahead to the few and far between “Last Tube,” which is always welcome in any setting.  The crowd never gets sick of this one.  Next up, “Plasma,” which I always love.  While I miss the days of the elongated versions with ridiculous power build ups that go on for miles, this one put us all into a surrendering hypnotic trance.  “Clint Eastwood” always brings an ear-to-ear grin with Miss Hartswick giving it her all like it ain’t no thang.  We’ll continue through Eastwood with an extended version of band introductions where our good friend James Casey (Mugs) was apparently feeling the Pittsburgh love and couldn’t get enough of it.  While completely enamored with the beautiful women of the Steel City, there were apparently a few in front of him that especially caught his eye.  James didn’t want the grove to end and twice Trey cued up the band for a quick Looney Tunes “Thaaaat’s all Folks” seemingly in an attempt to stifle Mr. Casey’s wishes – nope, it didn’t work.  We love you too James.   Then onto the icing on the cake crowd favorite “First Tube” and a solid encore of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” because we all know once Clint Eastwood comes out we all need a little more J-Ha!
A perfect show on a perfect evening in Pittsburgh.  The only thing missing were the Terrible Towels.  Thank you Trey, Tony, Russ, Ray, James, Natalie and Jennifer.  Let’s do it again real soon!

 Words: Chris Warren 
Photos: Craig Casgar
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Friday, December 5

Bands you should Jam. Agori Tribe

Agori Tribe
Citing influences ranging from Herbie Hancock to Bob Marley and Shpongle to My Morning Jacket, Agori Tribe’s unique sound has been best described as “progressive psychedelic rock.” The band combines elements of blues, traditional rock, psychedelic rock, jazz, reggae and more to form songs that seem more like compositions. Agori Tribe likes to begin their pieces deceptively soft and slow, leaving plenty of space for improvisation, so they can build the tunes into swirling frenzies of psychedelic explosions. By the end of each song, listeners cannot help but wonder where, how, why and what happened. The psychedelic waves are only beginning to set into motion as Agori Tribe continues to dazzle audiences, while they push forward and prepare for bigger things to come.
WORDS Randy Harris 
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