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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 …

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…

The Grateful Dead Movie" will celebrate its 40th anniversary by returning to Theaters on April 20th for one night only

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"The Grateful Dead Movie" will celebrate its 40th anniversary by returning to Theaters on April 20th for one night only.         "The Grateful Dead Movie" premiered forty years ago and will return to select theatres on April 20th for one night only. The movie was made from footage of the band's five night run at San Francisco's Winderland in 1974. The historic run was the end of the historic venue, Winderland closed its doors after the Dead's farewell run. If going to see this magnificent film with modern technology was not enough reason, a clip will be shown of the long awaited Grateful Dead Documentary "Long Strange Trip". It will appear on Amazon Prime in the near future. Also another preview will make its first appearance from a mini documentary about the historic May 8th 1977 show at Cornell University. The mini documentary also boasts interviews from the fans who witnessed magic that evening. 
Tickets to watch the film can be bought onli…

Bob Dylan gives rare interview with author Bill Flanagan. He shares everything from Elvis to Iggy Pop and all things in between in this expansive interview.

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Bob Dylan gives rare interview with author Bill Flanagan. He shares everything from Elvis to Iggy Pop and all things in between in this expansive interview. 
Bob Dylan doesn’t give many interviews. He recently sat down for a huge interview  with author Bill Flanagan, which was posted on his website recently. The Q & A  is over 8,000 words and covers fascinating tales and opinions like only Bob Dylan could get away with. He shares  about meeting Frank Sinatra and what he watches on his tour bus (“all the time, non-stop”). He recalls that he and George Harrison ditched out on a recording session with Elvis. He mentions Iggy Pop’s 2012 album Apr├ęs is a phenomenal record.  It’s a captivating , life-spanning conversation. Thanks to Pitchfork we have excerpts below, and make sure you read the entire thing here.On critics calling Triplicate a “nostalgic” album:Nostalgic? No I wouldn’t say that. It’s not taking a trip down memory lane or longing and yearning for the good old days or fond …

Kimock heads to Hawaii this weekend and is hosting a special benefit for Dave Hunter on May 12 at The Great American Music Hall.

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Kimock heads to Hawaii this weekend and is hosting a special benefit for Dave Hunter on May 12 at The Great American Music Hall.       Hawaii and Alaska have been showered with amazing music this year and I think it's about time. Grateful Music reported how Bob Weir joined The Dave Nelson Band for a three show run in Alaska last week. This weekend Steve Kimock will share his magic in paradise, when he visits Hawaii for three big shows. His band will be familiar friends Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Vega and Wally Ingram on drums. Steve has been creating masterful shows over the past few months. I can't think of better scenery or vibes for this compelling band to perform this weekend. 
If you are a collector of show art then the name Dave Hunter is embedded in your heart and his art hangs on your walls. On May 12th Steve Kimock is hosting a benefit to help Dave Hunter fight for his life. He has been diagnosed with brain cancer and Kimock has a special evening planned to raise funds to …