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REVIEW: Peach Festival recaptures Allmans’ spirit after tragedies of last year

The Peach Festival, if nothing else, is a communal event, a shared experience of the masses (about 20,000 strong) consisting of both young and old.

The Allman Brothers circle had an extremely tragic year in 2017, losing both Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks just months before the Allmans-curated Peach Festival returned for a sixth year at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA.

In retrospect, that might have been a bit too soon. Even that show’s tribute set to Allman and Trucks felt forced and melancholy. However, after time to reflect, this year’s Peach Festival, which kicked off Thursday and ran through Sunday night, seemed to more accurately capture The Allman Brothers spirit and moxie.

It did that by doing what the Allmans always seemed to do: jam on with that feeling that the show will never end.

It wasn’t just the sets by the remaining Allman Brothers members that did that, but clearly, a set by drummer Jaimoe and his Jasssz Band got it right.

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Dead & Company Debuts “The Eleven” On Summer Tour’s 11th Night In NYC At Citi Field

One More Saturday Night! On Saturday night, Dead & Company returned to The New York’ Mets baseball stadium in Queens, Citi Field for their second night and the third year in a row. Grateful Dead members, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, with bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and lead guitarist/vocalist John Mayer treated fans gathered at the home of the Mets to another tour debut and much more in NYC. 

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Dead & Company Bust Out 5 More Tour Debuts in Hartford

Dead & Company‘s summer tour trucked on to Hartford, Connecticut, on Wednesday night. The six-piece performed at a mid-week, one night stop at the XFINITY Theatre ahead of the band’s huge upcoming two-night stand at the New York Mets stadium in Queens Citi Field this weekend. The venue has a capacity of 30,000 and it appeared that the amphitheater was packed to the gills with deadheads old and young that wanted their chance to see the band in full stride in what is easily becoming their best-performed tour with loads of impressive pieces of improvisation throughout the 9 show run to date with the band interpreting the storied Grateful Dead songbook with unique intent making these songs we have all heard through many incarnations and decades, their own.

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Dead & Company Premiers 5 Tour Debuts Songs at SPAC

On Monday night, Dead & Company brought their summer tour to one of the east coasts beloved ampitheaters, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, nesseled in the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, NY. The band is eight shows into their immersive and robust Summer Tour. The band has managed to keep things fresh and fight the middle of the tour doldrums by kicking out five tour debuts on the hallowed venue that is SPAC.

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Dead & Company Played their Best Show Ever in Camden

Since 2015, Dead and Company has united a trio of classic Grateful Dead members — Bob Weir, plus drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — with the relatively young guns of Mayer, Burbridge and keyboard player Jeff Chimenti.

I saw the Friday and Saturday show of Dead & Company in Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavillion. To me, Friday (and the first set of Saturday before the show stopped bc of lightning) was by far the best I have seen this band play. They were en fuego. I’ve probably seen about half the shows Dead & Company have played live. What’s so remarkable about the band on night like Friday is the way that Dead and Company lovingly honors the 50-plus-year history of the Grateful Dead while still being unafraid to stand on its own, conjuring something singular out of the sextet’s considerable, combustible abilities.

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Watch Full Video of The Disco Biscuits Colorado Run Including Red Rocks

The Disco Biscuits played its annual four-night run dubbed “Bisco Inferno” in Colorado this past long weekend, kicking off three nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre and rounding out with a soldout show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. As they have been doing as of late, the band offered a free stream of every show in this run.

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Lettuce and The Motet at The Capitol Theatre: Pro-Shot Video and Photos

This past weekend, everyone’s favorite original Funk band, Lettuce, played a sold-out two-night stand at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, this weekend, welcoming the Denver based outfit, The Motet, as openers. The nights were filled with hours of funk, as both bands, as usual, offered their own distinct brand of the genre. Check out below to see the entirety of Friday night’s show which was streamed live in its entirety via the Relix Channel on YouTube. Dino Perrucci, the esteemed veteran house photographer at The Capitol Theatre shared some candid and performance photos from the Saturday show.

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Lespecial @ Knitting Factory 3/23

Lespecial Brings Late Night Heat to Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory

Lespecial is a band sometimes best-suited for a late-night time slot, as they bring a dark and driving energy to every set they perform. The power trio, made up of Jon Grusauskas (lead guitar, keys, samples, vocals), Rory Dolan (drums, rhythms), and Luke Bemand (bass, keys), brings a varied and unique sound to every show, as they can touch on some funk grooves, some heavy metal riffs, some synthy-spacey points, a little reggae, and generally rock as hard as anyone in the scene at the moment. The band can jump between sounding like Umphreys McGee or The Disco Biscuits to Primus or Nine Inch Nails or even Sublime. They just finished a 12-show, multi-city east coast tour with reggae/hip hop group Zion I, and were happy to be returning “home” to Brooklyn for this gig at Knitting Factory.

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Review: Soul Rebels Brookyn Bowl 3/22/18

Soul Rebels Bring Their Version of NoLa Brass/Hip Hop Fusion to Brookyn Bowl

On Friday, March 22, Soul Rebels played their second show of a 3-night run to New York’s famed, sold-out Brooklyn Bowl. The band is comprised of two cornet players, one sax, two trombones, one sousaphone, one drummer and one percussionist, and the show was billed to include special guests Smoke Dza, Curren$y, and Wu Tang’s Gza.

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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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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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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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