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‘Fare Thee Well’ Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Shows Here We Come!

25 Jun

June 19, 1995 that was the first and last time I would see the Grateful Dead. Bob Dylan opened, I was with my childhood best friend and his Father (who took us) and what an experience it was…..at 13! Thanks Mom and Dad for letting me go to the show!

Fast forward 20 years and one week later and after losing count of the amount of The Dead, Furthur, Rat Dog, Phil & Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, etc. shows I’ve been to, it’s just shy of 24 hours until I board a plane to San Francisco to catch the two Fare Thee Well shows at Levi’s Stadium. While it won’t be the Chicago experience, it will be an amazing experience that I can’t wait to be a part of and perhaps even better given that it’s a short distance from the origin of the Grateful Dead.

Peace + Love + Music

New Music Tuesday: Bob Dylan, Butch Walker, Two Gallants, Diana Krall

3 Feb

If you weren’t a lucky AARP winner, now’s your chance to scoop up Bob Dylan’s 36th studio album, Shadows In The Night

 

A personal favorite of mine, Butch Walker is back with Afraid of Ghosts

 
Dynamic duo Two Gallants are back with another new album in We Are Undone

 
The lovely and talented Diana Krall releases Wallflower

Now Playing: SUPERGROUP – New Bassment Tapes (Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith)

21 Nov

Thank you T Bone Burnett! Thanks to the legendary musician, songwriter, and producer, this amazing supergroup of Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens and Taylor Goldsmith T Bone Burnett, was put together to record (and now perform!) unused Bob Dylan lyrics written during the original Basement Tapes sessions. A couple nights ago this supergroup took to the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live and now tonight on Showtime the documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued airs! The documentary goes behind the scenes with the talented songwriters listed above as they record their interpretations of lost and now found lyrics from Bob Dylan’s legendary Basement Tapes Sessions! Read more HERE from RollingStone.com and see the trailer HERE from Showtime.com. The album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes was released on November 11.

My Review of Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan in Vegas SEVEN

2 Nov

Last weekend I headed over to Mandalay Bay for the Bob Dylan concert; figured I hadn’t seen him live in a while and this may be the last time I get to see him live.  With Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame serving as the opening act, it was a double billing of great music.  Check out my review which ran in the November 1 issue of Vegas SEVEN.

Five For Friday: DMB, Imagine Dragons, Kanye, Doheny Days & New Music Tuesday

7 Sep

Five For Friday, here’s some good tidbits to get you in the right mindset this weekend.

  1. Recently a buddy of mine won an all expense paid trip courtesy of Volkswagen to see Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge over Labor Day Weekend.  Not only was I stoked for him because he’s a huge DMB and music nut like me but it’s the Gorge, a place I’m still trying to get to.  Little did I know that after the show him and two other friends would appear in a whole Rolling Stone slideshow documenting the weekend.   Check it out HERE.
  2. Hometown Vegas boys Imagine Dragons dropped their first full length release this week, Night Visions.  Pick it up and catch them on tour with AWOLNATION.
  3. Click HERE to listen to the new Kanye West track “Clique.” Some good guests on this track too!
  4. One of the final music festivals of the summer takes place this weekend, Doheny Days and features a pretty solid lineup where tickets are only $100 for two days.  Jane’s Addiction, The Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Santigold, Steel Pulse, Delta Spirit, Milo Greene and Jeramiah Red and others perform.
  5. Next Tuesday is going to be one of the most ridiculous New Music Tuesdays ever, you’ve got Bob Dylan (Tempest), Dave Matthews Band (Away From The World), Chris Robinson Brotherhood (The Magic Door), The Avett Brothers (The Carpenter), The xx (Coexist), Thee Oh Sees (Putrifiers II), ZZ Top (La Futura), A$AP Rocky (LongLiveASAP), Ludacris (Ludaversal), David Byrne & St. Vincent (Love This Giant), Calexico (Algiers), Akon (Stadium), Aaron Lewis (The Road), DMX (Undisputed), Kix Brooks (New To This Town) and more!

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!!

24 May

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to Bob Dylan! Mr. Robert Allen Zimmerman, a spry 71 years old today!

I can’t even imagine where my love of music would be today without Bob Dylan. I was fortunate to have grown-up listening to his music and he was the first artist who’s music I really began collecting. Before the days of Spotify, iTunes, Napster, etc. and getting my hands on some of his CDs (hey, if I was older it would be all about the vinyl) was always something I looked forward to.  I think I wore through my Desire disc listening to it on repeat so much.  Plus I’ll never forget the first time I ever got to see him live, June 19, 1995 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey OPENING for the Grateful Dead! What a sight and scene it was.

To someone who has had such an influence on so many individuals, a tip of the hat for all you’ve done so far and what you will do in the future!

 

New Music: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International

24 Jan

If you are reading this and have not at least given a listen to Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, do so immediately after reading the rest of this post.  Released today digitally (next week on CD) and comprised of 80 musicians who contributed new or previously unreleased recordings, this is an amazing collection and tribute to my favorite musician of all time.  While the list of musicians featured on the four disc set is staggering and I have yet to listen to all the renditions, there are a selection that stand out to me:

The Belle Brigade – “No Time To Think”

Michael Franti – “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

State Radio – “John Brown”

Ximena Sarinana – “I Want You”

Cage The Elephant – “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll”

The Gaslight Anthem – “Changing Of The Guards”

Lenny Kravitz – “Rainy Day Women”

Elvis Costello – “License To Kill”

The Airborne Toxic Event – “Boots Of Spanish Leather”

Mariachi El Bronx – “Love Sick”

Raphael Saadiq – “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”

We Are Augustines – “Mama, You Been On My Mind”

Fistful of Mercy – “Buckets of Rain”

Flogging Molly – “The Times They Are A-Changin”

Of course Dave Matthews Band – “All Along The Watchtower”

And yes, I can’t believe I’m writing this but Miley Cyrus – “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” See for yourself, below.

You can click here for the official release regarding the album, artists, making, etc. and how you too can support Amnesty International.

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

24 May

Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan! Today everyone should be celebrating the legendary musician who quite simply is the greatest songwriter of all time.

New Music: G. Love – Fixin’ To Die – CD

18 Feb

G. Love & Special Sauce has had their share of success over the years while G. Love aka Garrett Dutton’s solo projects go mostly unheralded, until now.  With assistance from The Avett Brothers who produced and sit in as the band on Fixin’ To Die to give it that back down south soul, the Philadelphian shines with his blues music and heartfelt lyrics.  The album’s title track, a Bukka White original, sets the stage as a serious boot stompin’ jam while “Milk & Sugar” raises the energy level as a happy go lucky sing-along.  “Just Fine” a love song, is true G. Love with his one-of-a-kind rhyming and the guitar riff is reminiscent of Blues Traveler’s “Hook.” But what may stand out most is Dutton’s cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover;” which starts out as a tranquil rendition that evolves into a dominant harmonica and banjo jam session.  If you’re looking to rid yourself of winter, scoop up this disc and watch as the sky opens up and lets the sun shine down.

CD drops on February 22 but head on over to Conan O’Brien’s website HERE to stream the album.

My Thoughts On Some Of The GRAMMY Performances

14 Feb

The Grammy’s were well the Grammy’s, filled as usual with a ton of fantastic performances but I have to say that Mumford & Sons v. The Avett Brothers v. Bob Dylan was the highlight of the night for me.  Not only did M&S rock out on that tiny little rectangle of a stage that somehow didn’t break to perform “The Cave,” they cemented themselves as the next great band from the UK.  If 2010 was a huge step for the folk rock foursome in terms of crossing the pond and selling out small concert venues, 2011 is going to be one hell of a wild ride.  The Avett Brothers continue to amaze me and I dug their performance which gained steam midway through and probably netted them a ton more fans following.  And no matter how old Bob Dylan gets and how mumbled he may sound, I can never get enough of the musician who made me love music.

Also did Mick Jagger rock the Grammy’s or what?  His cover of Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” with Raphael Saadiq was sensational.  What a tribute it was, filled with energy and spunk that no doubt must have had Burke smiling down from up above.

Eminem, Rihanna, Dre I’d say was as you’d expect, a great, energetic performance but the real winner seems to be Skylar Grey who practically stole the show with her vocals on “I Need A Doctor.”  And you know what, I’m sure the Eminem, Dre and Alex da Kid are grinning from ear-to-ear knowing they just hit the jackpot yet again.

B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae – three of todays most talented definitely didn’t disappoint and 2011 should continue to be huge for all three.

Arcade Fire, wow!  The Suburbs propelled them to another level in 2010 and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Canadians after their performances brought rock back to the Grammy’s.  My only question is did they know they were going to win that they were set to play a second song?  I hope not but just curious….

Cee Lo dressed as a ginormous parrot was a bit scary.  Was he trying to be Koko B. Ware?  The Gwyneth Paltrow part, did I miss something?  And The Muppets, loved them!

Drake and Rihanna was just ok.  Anyone else think it wasn’t that great?  I just wonder if Chris Brown was watching and what he must have been thinking about RiRi’s outfit.

Some other notes:

Trombone Shorty!  Let’s hope he gets his due eventually

The Aretha Franklin tribute was a nice touch

Props to Esperanza Spalding and her big win!

John Mayer, Norah Jones and Keith Urban paying tribute to Dolly Parton was pretty cool

How many times do we have to see Lady GaGa and Katy Perry perform at awards shows?  Talented they may be but again?

Barbra Streisand, would have been cool if Duck Sauce was a special guest during the performance.  Hey we can all dream, right?

Do J. Lo and Marc Anthony tell award producers we’ll only present if we appear together?

Can Lady Antebellum officially be considered not country since their crossover to mainstream is now cemented?

And one more note because I just can’t leave it out, what the heck was up with Puffy and his gold teef?