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Grace Potter Sits In with moe. for Gimme Shelter at moe.down 13

Burlington singer, rocker, and guitarist Grace Potter of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals sat in with moe. last night, belting out the Rolling Stones tune “Gimme Shelter.” The last time the band covered the song was in March of 2008 at the Sherman Theater, in Stroudsburg, PA.

Potter has been opening up for Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney on their “Brothers of the Sun” summer tour, starting in early June and continuing through August.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals opened the main stage at moe.down 13, taking place at Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, NY, and was followed up with two sets from upstate jam band rockers, moe.

moe. started off their weekend “too fucking high” with a “Plane Crash” opener, continued the pot references with “Not Coming Down” and “Okay Alright” by “smoking joints in the parking lot.” moe. proved once again that the best played versions of “Timmy Tucker” happen outside at moe.down and usually follow a tremendous rain storm.

With rain showers hitting the mountain on and off for most of the day, festival-goers raged on under the VIP Saranac beer tent, umbrellas, and rain gear and tried to  However much rain fell, it didn’t stop the positivity, good vibes and excitement of moe.’s 13th summer festival.

Second set had Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese Incident sitting in on keys for “Happy Hour Hero” — Hollingsworth played two sets on the second stage with his own band. “Head” had a super long jam section and a super heady encore of “Seat of My Pants” and “Akimbo.”

The Wood Brothers, Galactic, HIGH TIMES Band of the Month Leroy Justice, and Chicago’s JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will play between two stages today — along with two more highly anticipated headlining sets from moe. on the main stage starting at 8pm.

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New York Guitar Festival – Feat: Mike Gordon, Larry Campbell – World Financial Center, Winter Garden

The 2012 New York Guitar festival kicked off this past evening at the Winter Garden Atrium,  in the World Financial Center, by celebrating 30 years of Brian Eno’s album, “Apollo: Atmosphere and Soundtracks.”

The album, played LIVE for the first time ever, featured Mike Gordon (bass) Larry Campbell (guitar) David Torn, Noveller, and Jeff Parker. A tribute to NASA’s Moon landings, Eno’s album imagines very ethereal, peaceful-yet-haunting, moving, and spacey(literally!) sounds and soundscapes.

Played in its entirety, Eno wanted the music to induce a feeling of “weightlessness” and so there’s no way  a note-for-note replication could be created of these highly-complicated tracks–though, if any band has come close–it was this lineup.

This video of the band “jamming” captures the band improvising on their own, after completing the album, and  being introduced to the full house at Winter Garden. Oops, looks like you’re not allowed to see that video!! Also amazing were the moving images of nebulae, swirling dust, and spoken word about the Apollo moon landings and NASA. Remember kids: We are all molecules.

Garage a Trois, Brooklyn Bowl, 5/21/11 with video!!

Garage a Trois brought their rage and killer, psychotic, free form rock and jazz metal to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night (5/21/11). Promoting their new album, “Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil” GAT performed various tunes off the album throughout the evening. Stanton Moore (drums), Mike Dillon (percussion), Skerik (sax), and Marco Benevento (keys) all came out in matching gray Puma jump suits and kicks. I think the jackets were off by second set–they were definitely shed by the time the tequila bottle was being passed around on stage. There was a good crowd at the Bowl, everyone dancing and eating up the stage antics. Mike Dillon climbed on top of an amp, sang a Ween song, and narrowly cleared his xylophone when he jumped over it–in all, Mike D was being Mike D and it was awesome. Skerik, between wailing on his sax and exchanging solos with Marco, would turn around and stick his tongue out at Stanton. These guys act like it’s their first day of kindergarten and have the most fun I’ve ever seen a band have on stage…though it was the last stop on their recent tour…I hope NYC gets a taste of GAT again soon. Until then…here’s some video I shot with my iPhone. Pretty ragin’

Warren Haynes Brings Out Special Guest William Bell at the Beacon Theater

The Warren Haynes band, performing in support of Haynes new album, Man In Motion (Stax Records), brought out some very special guests at Thursday’s night’s show at the Beacon Theater. As fans of Haynes know he is a lover–and a man–of soul. So it was definitely a personal honor for Haynes to bring out Stax Recording Artist, William Bell, to perform “Born Under A Bad Sign”. Watch below for a “brief history lesson” of Bell and Stax Records by Haynes himself!

Max Creek, 40th Anniversary, Sullivan Hall, NYC

Max Creek turns 40 years old this year and celebrated their anniversary with a stop at Sullivan Hall in New York City’s Greenwich Village, 4/29/11. The previous night found the band at the Old Well in Simsbury, CT, bringing out former crew and band members to the stage. Creek brought a similarly packed house full of good vibes to New York City, their first time back in nine years. Was their last show at Tobacco Road? According to fans the memory is a little “hazy.” Throughout the two long sets fans were treated to old and new songs. For newbies like myself, the “Jones” opener was familiar (I came to Max Creek through Scott Murawski who also plays guitar and this song with Mike Gordon’s band). Closing out the first set, this “Windows” jam absolutely SMOKES and has the entire club rocking!! Max Creek plays tonight at the Met cafe in Pawtucket, RI. If you’re starting to plan your summer festival schedule (see you at Mountain Jam!!) don’t miss Max Creek’s own festival, Camp Creek, August 5-7, 2011 in Oxford, Maine. 

Fresh Jam: The New Mastersounds, Rocks Off Boat Cruise, 7/8/09

This Fresh Jam for Friday comes to you from British funk masters, The New Mastersounds. Itching to get this summer started? You’ll appreciate this footage from the Rock’s Off boat–where you’ll watch the crowd partying aboard The Temptress on a tightly packed dance floor with these four lads from Leeds. Audio from this show can be streamed or downloaded here.

Drummer Simon Allen said it best, “Ladies and gentleman, we’re about to rock your boat.”

These guys kill it every time they come to town, and are well-schooled in arse shaking. If you have a inclination for ’60s and ’70s funk–give these guys a try. Always a good time, catch them this tour starting April 20th at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, and at the show I’ll be getting down at: Irving Plaza, NYC, on April 23rd.

David Grisman Sextet and Punch Brothers, City Winery, New York

David Grisman brought his Django, jazzy, pickin’ party to City Winery on Saturday night. Performing two full sets the show was much slower than I had anticipated–this was not his Bluegrass Experience which I had seen last year at BB Kings (a show that didn’t leave much of an impression because I had to be reminded I was there). Grisman is beyond remarkable in his mandolin playing–but the sold-out, seated show limited dancing and really any type of movement (in an out of the tightly-packed tables). While this was the perfect show for my parents, I did find some enjoyable moments, namely the more upbeat, fast-pickin’ tunes…but that didn’t come until the special guests were brought out: Noam Pikelny and Gabe Witcher from the Punch Brothers. Now those guys get my attention…and we’ll be seeing more of them at P-Bingo night, April 16th at Bowery Ballroom. Here’s the encore from the Grisman Sextet with guests which is definitely worth a watch:

Steve Kimock and Friends at Sullivan Hall, NYC

The third and final night of Steve Kimock’s residency at Sullivan Hall found him exploring unkown rhythmic territories and stretching out into far-reaching grooves with the help of John Molo on drums, Andy Hess on bass, and Pete Sears on keys. Kimock loosened up through most of the first set–clearly comfortable with Molo’s deep pockets that were left open for him to fill with driving solos. Towards the end of second set Kimock took to the mic for Slow Down–a rarity for the laidback guitarist.

First Night: Soulive Kicks-Off Bowlive at Brooklyn Bowl

Soulive kicked-off their second year of Bowlive action at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl with an all-star evening that closed with an all-out Funk fest from Maceo Parker with Lettuce. Did someone say, RAGE?! Soulive’s set featured new tunes off their recent Rubber Soulive album, and the video below is a killer version of The Beatles “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).

Anders Got a Brand New Band

Anders is definitely into something new. For the first time we were treated to nope, not the sounds of Kirk Joseph’s sousaphone to hold down the low end, but a really hard sounding, metal/thrashing lookin bass player. And, despite dancing at the very front in front of his bass cabinets (I heard a little too much distortion) he works!; just don’t go expecting the subtle NOLA-funky style we’re used to…and speaking of NOLA funky bass players….

GO SEE GEORGE PORTER and the Runnin’ Pardners tonight at Sullivan Hall. It doesn’t get any more funky or true to form than GPJR!

Back to the thrashing…Anders and band really were rockin’ the Rocks Off  Temptress. The dancing gets very contagious when Anders is throwing his entire body back and forth…really getting into the music. Him and “thrasher” were playing right up against one another…and for the most part they were locked in rhythmically.

A lot of the new songs were played. I shelled out $20 for “American Patchwork,” which features Robert Walter on keys, Stanton Moore on drums, and Pepper Keenan on guitars and vocal.

I’m pretty sure Anders opened with “On the Road to Charlie Parker” which we heard is about Anders’ realization that if continuing down his drug-fueled path he would end up like, yes, the Bird. But thank goodness the sobriety beard is still with us–even if Anders looks like Teen Wolf!

Other tracks off the album we heard were “Echoes of My Sins,” “Acapulco,” and “Darkness At the Bottom,” the last song being such a standard in Ander’s repertoire that I was surprised to hear that it hadn’t been recorded before.

I’m looking forward to listening to the new album–but the songs last night weren’t as memorable as say “Stoned Drunk and Naked,”  and “Louisiana Rain” which were both played and always, always fun to hear…chant…sing..and get down to. I’m sure that we’ll grow to love and learn the new ones, just like the old ones, it’s just that it’s currently incubation time.

MVP of the night does go to Tab Benoit, who opened for his longtime and old friend Anders. He did this muted rhythmic strumming that sounded like (scratchingchukkahukkachukka) that was really great–and is just as masterful on guitar (but less heart wrenching on vocals) as Anders.

Tab said that as soon as all the New Yorkers got on the boat we sure seemed less “mean” and less intimidating…and he was right about his observation. Good people on the boat, good times as always…and now we can say that summer is officially here! More boat cruises! More fun!

Bring it!

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