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78 Things You Should Know About Phil Lesh

Celebrate Phil Lesh’s 78th birthday with these facts about everyone’s favorite bassist.

  1. Phil Lesh was born Phillip Chapman Lesh on March 15, 1940 in Berkeley, California.
  2. He is the only child of Frank and Barbara Chapman Lesh.
  3. Chapman always had the radio playing at home, which sparked Phil’s early interest in classical music.
  4. One of Phil’s earliest memories was listening to Brahms’, conducted by Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic sometime in 1944. In an ironic twist six years later, when he was ten, his violin teacher took him to hear the same conductor performing the same symphony in San Francisco.
  5. His maternal grandmother, Jewel “Bobbie” Chapman, cared for him growing up while his parents worked.
  6. Lesh’s father was an amateur musician. Phil remembers watching his dad play piano as a child.
  7. Phil grew up listening to and playing classical music. He started playing the violin at age 8.
  8. Lesh played in the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley, CA
  9. Phil switched to playing trumpet at age 14 while enrolled at El Cerrito High School.
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Country legend Willie Nelson Shares 2 Tracks off the new album

Willie Nelson will turn 85 years old this year on April 29th, which is only two days after the release of his latest album, Last Man Standing.‘ With a title track that clearly acknowledges the passing of so many musical colleagues and cherished friends who have sadly gone before him, this song looks at the truly double-edged sword that comes from outliving Willie’s peers, loved ones and the album is one of his most personal and introspective albums to-date. ‘Last Man Standing’ acknowledges the transience of time while marveling at the joy, beauty and surprise the world has to offer. This album finds Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that only comes from spending most of your life on the road.

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Banksy Returns to New York with 14th Street Rat

It’s been more than five years since Banksy’s famous New York City residency had street art fans and treasure hunters trekking all over town every day to see the secretive artist’s latest intervention. However, it appears that Banksy is back in the Big Apple! Graffiti artist Banksy is thrilling New York City residents once again with his latest work depicting a rat (which is one of his trademark stencils) running along the inner circumference of a clock adorning a building façade, with the distinctive silhouette of the Empire State Building looming in the background.

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Pearl Jam Shares New Protest Song ‘Can’t Deny Me’

Pearl Jam fans can’t deny this good news. The veteran band premiered their new song “Can’t Deny Me” on TuesdayThe band confirmed the single will appear on a previously undisclosed forthcoming album coming out via Monkeywrench/Republic Records. This is the group’s first new original release since 2013’s “Lightening Bolt.”  Sparking speculation that it was part of a potential new record, “Can’t Deny Me was privately released to Pearl Jam fan club members over the weekend.

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Review: JRAD at Brooklyn Bowl 3/9

Looking back at a JRAD show and trying to write a recap can always be a fun project, as most JRAD shows that I’ve seen (easily over 20) has a standout performer from that night. The standout performer, in this one writer’s humble opinion, from the 3/8 show was Scott Metzger, as he was given many of the lead guitar solos. When re-examining the 3/9 show, it would be hard to pick one particular member of the band that stood out, but rather a combination of the boys. However, last night, in my mind, Dave Dreiwitz on bass and Marco on keys particularly shone. And I’d say that that was a rarity for me, as I oftentimes cannot pick up on specific major moments from Dave. But he was driving the train last night, and man was that train raging!!

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David Byrne Performs ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ with Stephen Colbert

Last night, the former Talking Heads singer David Byrne performed a song off of his new album American Utopia “Everybody’s Coming to My House” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

As a special surprise, Colbert joined Byrne and four members of his backing band to sing the chorus of the song that will be on the first David Byrne solo LP in 14 years.

See the live performance and check out the album American Utopia.

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The Biggie Smalls Brooklyn Tour

Today Marks The 21th Anniversary Of Biggie Smalls’ Death

21 years ago today, the entire city mourned as it learned that Christopher Wallace, better known at The Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls, had been killed in an L.A. drive-by shooting. Though he was shot in Los Angeles, Biggie was born, raised, and made a name for himself in Bed-Stuy and throughout the New York City streets.

You can still tour Biggie’s old stomping grounds that he brought to life with his iconic music. The Bed-Stuy neighborhood may have changed significantly since Biggie’s day, but you can still find his style, his essence and his unique spirit in murals around the neighborhood and at some of his favorite haunts. Here is a road map on where to find these gems.

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30 Grateful Dead Mashups you have to hear by Biggie, Jay-Z and The Beastie Boys

Since a ton of the Jamband community will be in Brooklyn tonight watching JRAD, here are some cool​ Grateful Dead Mashups from infamous NYC artists​ Notorious B.I.G​., Jay-Z and The Beastie Boys.

​Today marks 21 years that ​The Notorious B.I.G. passed ​away in ’97. RIP Biggie!​ We all miss you.​ “Spread Love That’s The Brooklyn Way!”​ ​

​Check out the 30 dope mashups creative geniuses have bestowed on us.​

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Review: JRAD at Brooklyn Bowl 3/8

A 3-night JRAD run at Brooklyn Bowl always begins with such high energy, anticipation and excitement. For the Freaks and non-Freaks alike in the crowd, the pre-show energy is palpable, with many greeting each other, “Happy JRAD!” The best part about a JRAD run is that you never know what you’re going to get. What songs might they play (anything new)? What teases are they boing to bust out? Are they going to hit the Terrapin Suite? Any other surprises in store, like an acoustic half-set over the bowling lanes?

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Phil Lesh and Bob Weir on a six-show run

Grateful Dead co-founders Phil Lesh and Bob Weir began a three-city, six-show run, dubbed the Bobby and Phil Tour, with a pair of sold-out gigs at Radio City Music Hall on Friday and Saturday. In classic Dead fashion, the concerts moved between magical jams and charming discombobulation, never losing their sense of real-time fun. During their debut as a “duo,” Lesh and Weir were augmented on and off by percussionist Wally Ingram and, for Saturday’s thrilling, improv-packed second set, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. But even with the guests, the nights showcased a profound musical intimacy and sense of adventure not often associated with the Dead’s groove-happy, arena-filling incarnations, the opposite in many ways of Dead & Co., the stadium-touring sextet featuring Weir, the Dead’s drummers and blues-rock shredder John Mayer.

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Brooklyn Bowl To Host A 3-Day SXSW Event In Austin

Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion is set to present their first formal event in Austin, TX during SXSW in partnership with Harley-Davidson and Sailor Jerry. For three days from March 14-16, SXSW attendees can enjoy 24 musical showcases presented by music publishers including Relix, Brooklyn Vegan, This Song Is Sick and Consequence of Sound. This Song Is Sick is curating the night party on Wednesday March 13th at Austin’s Scoot Inn starting at 8pm and ending at 12am featuring an amazing lineup of music guest including a DJ set from Classixx as well as a live set from Louis Futon. Following premieres from both talented rising artists, we also have funky vocalist/production duo Party Pupils and indie R&B artist Noah Slee.

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Will Hanza & Friends @ 11th St. Bar 3/1

The 11th Street Bar, located at 510 E. 11th St. in Manhattan’s east village, typically hosts bands or open jams most days of the week. On Thursday night, the Freaks’ own Will Hanza, frontman for the band Escaper, hosted an open jam night from 9-11p, playing mostly with the Escaper boys but inviting other friends to come up and jam with them. The “band” did some noteworthy covers, from Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” to Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.”

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Review: On The Spot Trio @ The Mugshot 2/24

The music was a nice mix of original tunes that they had recorded with Alan Evans (Soulive) a few years back, as well as some well-received covers. From their album “Shag,” the band ripped original songs “Critically Acclaimed Shit,” “Jabo,” and “For 1.” Then they invited up Mary Corso (singer with the Eric Krasno Band), who provided vocals for “Kissing My Love,” the sexy Bill Withers original, “If You Want Me To Stay,” from Sly & The Family Stone, and three originals tunes they wrote together (“Losin My Mind”; “Follow Me”; and “Take You There”). Mary’s voice is both beautiful and sultry, reminding many in the crowd of legend Janis Joplin.

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New Soulive Album – EP Cinematics, Vol. 1

Soulive, comprised of Neal Evans, Alan Evans and Eric Krasno released their first collection of new music in six years with their long-awaited EP Cinematics, Vol. 1. The EP takes its name from its five tracks’ cinematic quality, and the band’s press release even offers some thoughts on the types of films that might be complemented each song (“Kings March”, for instance, could work with a vintage spy thriller).

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