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Monday, January 5

Grateful MusicStaff Best of 2014

Mike Geller
1. What was your favorite concert of 2014? String Cheese Incident 11/12 at the Cap

2. What was your favorite jam of 2014 (any band)? Umphreys second set 1/18/14 Beacon 

3. What was your biggest surprise of the year?  Walk of the Earth at Firefly Festival and Vintage Trouble at Phases of the Moon Fest. All I knew in advance on these bands was a good friend said to check them out and I was blown away.

4. What is your favorite album of the year? N/A as I pay attention to concerts and not really albums

5. Which festival was your favorite in 2014?  Catskill Chill

6. Overall, your favorite band of 2014? Umphreys

7. Which band or act do you see coming in big in 2015?  Twiddle and Tauk

Joe Schlee
1. What was your favorite concert of 2014? Umphrey's Mcgee 1.18.2014 at the Beacon Theatre, NY, NY

2. What was your favorite jam of 2014 (any band)? Twiddle - "Syncopated Healing" 12.28.2014 at Higher Ground in VT.

3. What was your biggest surprise of the year? Bob Weir cancelling tour dates/ missing Peach Fest performances.

4. Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT - Highlight: Lotus: Talking Heads Deconstructed

4. What is your favorite album of the year? N/A

6. Overall, your favorite band of 2014? Electron

7. Which band or act do you see coming in big in 2015Twiddle- up and coming fresh out of VT

Sammy Martin
1. What was your favorite concert of 2014? Jason Mraz - 8/26 - Davies Symphony Hall SF,CA

2. What was your favorite jam of 2014 (any band)? Phish - Twist > Runaway Jim > Harry Hood - SF,CA - 10/28/14

3. What was your biggest surprise of the year?  The amount of GREAT NEW talent Phil keep's bringin' out to Terrapin

4. What is your favorite album of the year? Phish - Fuego

5. Which festival was your favorite in 2014?  Lockn' but I wasn't there, so I have to say Lightnin' In A Bottle was a must experience outting!

6. Overall, your favorite band of 2014? Jackie Greene

7. Which band or act do you see coming in big in 2015?  The Dead 50th!

Randy Harris
1. What was your favorite concert of 2014? Widespread Panic - Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN 10-19-2014

2. What was your favorite jam of 2014 (any band)? Hard Working Panic Brotherhood - ("Slippin' Into Darkness") 10-19-2014 - Orpheum Theatre

3. What was your biggest surprise of the year? STS9. Everyone thought without Murph it wouldn't be the same, but I thought they came out with an incredibly strong year and seemed refreshed and on top of their game.

4. What is your favorite album of the year? Railroad Earth - Last of the Outlaws

5. Which festival was your favorite in 2014? Summer Camp Music Festival

6. Overall, your favorite band of 2014? Ozric Tentacles

7. Which band or act do you see coming in big in 2015? Backup Planet. Look out for this Nashville-based funk band.

Chason Heins
1.Favorite Concert of 2014? Phish Halloween others were good but

2.Favorite Jam? would be also be Phish halloween  Tweezer jam fest at mpp night 2 the and Um second set beacon the 18th of this past january

3.Biggest Surprise was the The New Mastersounds blowing the roof of Garcia's in Port Chester NY Non Stop Funk honorable mention for best show of year honestly

4.My favorite album? not so easy Fuego Similar Skin and a few others but honestly haven't listened to enough to really say

5.My favorite festival? was hands down Lockn Music Festival

6.My favorite band of the year? although Phish and UM would be an easy pick may just have to be Nth Power who I feel will just be destroying the scene in the upcoming year

7.As for act I see coming big? I truly believe Nth Power as well as Twiddle and have to say Tauk 

Kevin Long 
1. What was your favorite concert of 2014? Ratdog at The Ryman Auditorium on 3-15-2014   Just to hear Kimock pick GD tunes again just felt right. This show in particular Bobby was feeling good, but not to good. 

2. What was your favorite jam of 2014 (any band)? The Two Djinn from the same show following a mystical Stella Blue. 

3. What was your biggest surprise of the year? STS9 epic return after replacing founding bassist David Murphy. Their Halloween show was my favorite Tribe show in many a year.

4. What is your favorite album of the year? I have to go with Pink Floyd's bookend album "The Endless River". Their was enough geniuses on it to overlook it would be a musical sin.

5. Which festival was your favorite in 2014? I did not make as many festivals as most years, but my hometown festival Beale Street Blues Festival had the perfect mix. Whether it was S.C.I , Pretty Lights, Alice in Chains, Bootsy or Blues men that brought you back in time. If you had a musical itch, they had a band that would scratch it.

6. Overall, your favorite band of 2014? String Cheese Incident. The magic is back=nuff said.

7. Which band or act do you see coming in big in 2015? Marcella & Her Lovers. If you have not heard her angelic voice, I am sure her father has touched your life. If you don't know, you best to your research. Your discovery will bring you joy for years to come.


It's been a huge year at GratefulMusic.com Thanks for continuing to play in our sandbox as we grow. See you on tour! 

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