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Kickstarter Campaigns, Are some bands getting greedy? Damn Right! An editorial by Kevin Long

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Kickstarter Campaigns, Are some bands getting greedy? Damn Right! An editorial by Kevin Long

   I would like to begin that this piece is not aimed at any particular band or project. When is a band to popular to hit up their fans for money to create new music? I am not 100% sure, but it's similar to pornography because I know it when I see it. Did you know you can pledge your cash to help Zappa sue his mom. I got enough drama in my family with me in it. My pledged money is all about helping a young band afford a new release by investing in their art. I thought the idea of Kickstarter was to help musicians that need it. For instance, help young bands raise funds to aid them in their endeavor of being musicians. Another lofty endeavor is helping musicians like Steve Kimock or Alvin Youngblood Hart make an album that will last a lifetime. It's different when you see a virtuoso like Kimock in the South several times for 15 dollars and there is literally 25 people and he still plays …

Amazon to host a Grateful Dead T.V. Series! The series will be written by Jonathan Herman who was nominated for an Oscar for "Straight out of

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Amazon to host a Grateful Dead T.V. Series! The series will be written by Jonathan Herman who was nominated for an Oscar for "Straight out of Compton".


     Holy Shit! Growing grey while loving the Grateful Dead is indeed a long trip. Amazon has bigger Dead dreams planned beside hosting the four hour Amir Lev directed feature documentary "Long Strange Trip". It is the much anticipated documentary produced by Scorsese and purchased at Sundance last January. Today we found out that also in the works, is a biographical T.V. Series. Picked to write this exciting project is much acclaimed Oscar nominee Jonathan Herman. He received the nominee for the screenplay for " Straight out of Compton" . The show will be based on long time Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish's memoir "Before Daylight" My life on the road with the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir and Parish will be executive producers with Bobby in charge of all the music. This will launch a t.v series…

Twiddle with Aqueous Review: (A Purists Confession) "Twiddle me this Batman" by Jam Band Purist

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Twiddle with Aqueous Review:  (A Purists Confession) "Twiddle me this Batman" by Jam Band Purist 
If you are familiar with the Jam band scene and the culture that surrounds it, by now I am sure you have heard of Twiddle, the Vermont based band that has been gaining notoriety and national attention for the past few years. But along with notoriety comes a great deal of criticism. Let's be honest with one another, Twiddle is a great example of a newer Jam band that everyone loves to hate; while some are adamantly saying they are the next big thing. The debate is extremely heated and Jam band fans love to play that, "Peace, Love, Hippie” card but when it comes right down to it, many of us can be the most critical/judgemental group of musical lovers out there ie: any Twitter/Facebook feed about Twiddle. I have seen the nastiest, most vile comments being said about them and I will admit when I heard about them five years ago, I scoffed at their name and made plenty of jok…

The Schooley Mountain Band 2/21/17 Brooklyn Bowl - Photo Gallery

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The Schooley Mountain Band from 2/21/17 Brooklyn Bowl














Photos: Mike Geller

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Galactic Winter Tour 2017 (NOLA-FUNK For All) "Moore is Never Enough" by The Jam Band Purist

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Galactic Winter Tour 2017 (NOLA-FUNK For All) "Moore is Never Enough" by The Jam Band Purist  I have seen Galactic on numerous occasions, mostly at festivals or opening up for bands like, Widespread Panic. I always enjoy myself but I can't say their shows have ever been consistent. Yes, they are consistently well down and put together but they always seem to have a revolving cast of unknown singers/horn players and they have never left me in that state of total musical annihilation, where I can barely pull yourself from the venue without tearing my hair out. This was my 25th show at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia and I just want to thank the staff and management for keeping such a great venue intact . This is by far my favorite venue in Virginia. It's always an easy in and out; it has great sound, ample space and friendly security. If you have a chance to check out a show here, do it! You will not be disappointed. 
Galactic started that night in …

Umphrey's McGee Performance of Metallica's classic "And Justice For All" and they nailed it.

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Umphrey's McGee Performance of Metallica's classic "And Justice For All" and they nailed it.
     Umphrey's McGee is one of the best live acts performing today. I refer to them as the only Jamband that still tours all four seasons. One of the aspects that make their live shows so exhilarating is no song is off the table. They recently murdered Metallica's heavy metal masterpiece "And Justice For All" in Oakland on 3/11/2017. The historic tune transcends all genres, similar to the band itself. Enjoy! Photos by Aaron Bradley  Filmed by TourGigs. Subscribe to Umphrey’s on YouTube

15 years ago today, Bill Kreutzmann sat in with S.C.I and the result was mystical. Watch the complete show and 411.

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15 years ago today,  Bill Kreutzmann sat in with S.C.I and the result was mystical. Watch the complete show and 411. 


     It's was 2002 and Phish had fizzled out into the 2.0 era and 35 minute songs never sounded worse. I had been on the road following Phish and The Grateful Dead/Phil and Friends/Other Ones since 1992. When I moved to Denver in 99 and fell in love with another band it was like Christmas morning. I spent most of my time discovering S.C.I and their vibe was  like sunshine on Pluto. Besides Phil and Friends, they were the best thing going. In my opinion they were at their creative peak and 100 shows flew bye. Out of the shitload of Cheese shows I have witnessed this one is easily top 5. Enjoy! 
03/23/2002 FILLMORE AUDITORIUM, DENVER, CO
Set One BAM!, Cedar Laurels > Lost, Nine Pound Hammer*, Hold What You've Got*, Foggy Mountain Breakdown**, These Waves > Don't Say Reprise > Birdland




Set Two Rivertrance, Rhythm of the Road > White Freightliner Bl…

Criminal Minds" dropped Phish and the Dead references on last night's show. The episode was titled "In the Dark". From RoN Carini, Jerry Hornsby and Reba Wilson and many more. Watch the videos and get 411

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"Criminal Minds" dropped Phish and the Dead references on last night's show. The episode was titled "In the Dark". From RoN Carini, Jerry Hornsby and Reba Wilson and many more. Watch the videos and get 411      As most of you know our website started out being Phish and the Dead. This was ten years ago and linking the two bands together went over like "Samba in the Rain" into Drums for a large majority of open minded fans. Our club was way ahead of our time, imagine that liking two of the best bands of all time was risky. But similar to Grateful Music we did not give a fuck back then either. Since then Phish reunited and Fare Thee Phil for GD50 helped warm up the Dead heads to Phish and vice versa. But damn! We got Drake dropping GD references in his raps and the two bands just keep finding their way into the mainstream.     Dania Bennett who is obviously a fan of some jam, was hired to write an episode of "Criminal Minds" that aired last n…