Dear Jerry Let’s Play 2

Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2 two epic concert events honoring the diverse musical talents of Jerry Garcia. Set to take place Friday, October 14, 2016 and Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the MD/DC/VA metropolitan area, the milestone events pay tribute to the iconic musician with two-nights of unprecedented performances by an extraordinary lineup of musicians. Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2 follows Blackbird Presents’ and the Jerry Garcia family’s acclaimed 2015 concert, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, set for release on Friday, October 14, 2016 and currently available for pre-order.

Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2 – kicks off October 14th at Washington D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall with “Jerry Uncovered: Exploring Jerry Garcia through the JGB Songbook,”. Featuring performances by Warren Haynes (on lead guitar and vocals), Alison Krauss, John Medeski, Don Was, Jamey Johnson, Raymond Weber and more.

The following night, at Fairfax, Virginia’s EagleBank Arena, Haynes, the Avett Brothers and other special guests will lead “This Is 30!,” a performance that recreates a classic Jerry Garcia Band show from October 1986, a gig that marked the Grateful Dead singer’s return to the stage.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale, today, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12PM via ticketmaster.com. Use code: JERRY to purchase pre-sale tickets.

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Dear Jerry, “Touch of Grey” and more!

Pre-order “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia” today!

Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia was recorded live at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Maryland on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This historic one-night concert event honored the music of Jerry Garcia, one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time.

The two and half hour concert film and available audio recordings feature over 20 once-in-a-lifetime performances from this momentous event by Phil Lesh & Communion, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids, Mickey Hart, Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, The Disco Biscuits, Peter Frampton, David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Buddy Miller, Moe., O.A.R., Grace Potter, Allen Toussaint, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, and Yonder Mountain String Band.

Captured and presented in stunning HD with true Dolby 5.1 surround stereo, the full length concert film and available audio records include some of Garcia classics, like ‘Touch of Grey’, ‘Friend of The Devil’, ‘The Wheel’ and more.

Deep Forest, evo devo

Ever since my college music days some 40+ years ago I have been enamored with musique electronique. Like many musicologists I consider French-born composer, Edgard Varese the Father of Electronic Music. Frank Zappa, Varese’s protegé characterized him best, “The present day composer refuses to die.”

If you study the six degrees of separation between musique electronique, Varese, and Zappa you will juxtapose the French  composer Eric Mouquet, founder of the pioneering electro-ethno-ambient band, Deep Forest.

There is peace to experience in the journey through the light and trees in the deep forests of our world. Eric Mouquet navigates those experiences in his travels,  treating our senses to those natural settings.

The latest Deep Forest recording, evo devo is an earthly treasure. Mouquet revisits the sounds he and Michel Sanchez first recorded on Deep Forest in 1992 (now out of print). Those are some of the most amazing sonic textures I have ever absorbed. The remixes of some of those original tracks on this album made me smile to hear them once more.

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Deep Forest recently held a Pledge Music project which I missed, but I was able to order an autographed copy of evo devo, from the Web page today.

Allow yourself to experience Deep Forest, connecting your spirit with the nature and our world.

Killer Road – Soundwalk Collective w/Jesse Paris Smith featuring Patti Smith

I find myself, yet again, happily transported by the art and symbolism of Patti Smith and her talented daughter, Jessie Parris Smith along with the collaborative known as Soundwalk Collective. They give us pause to show how fragile life is in this garden universe.

Killer Road is a sound exploration of the tragic death of Nico, Velvet Underground vocalist and 60s icon, while riding her bike on the island of Ibiza in the summer of 1988. A hypnotic meditation on the idea of perpetual motion and the cycle of life and death, the composition features Patti Smith lending her unique voice to the last poems written by the artist. Soundwalk Collective uses a travel log of field recordings and samples of Nico’s signature instrument, the harmonium, to create a magnetic sound scape.

Killer Road is an ambient sound scape and spoken word tribute to Nico, eight interpretations of her lyrics, predominantly taken from classic albums such as Desertshore and Drama of Exile, arranged by fellow poet and kindred spirit Patti Smith. Originally executed as a live performance piece with Jesse Paris Smith and Soundwalk Collective, Killer Road sees the light of day in album format for the first time in stores, next week, September 2, 2016.

I ordered the limited edition online as a collector, ***Limited Edition Version: Edition of 300 hand-numbered copies, comes with alternate screen-printed wrap around sleeve, wax sealed, and available by mail-order only. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.***
Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki
Produced by Soundwalk Collective for Bella Union & Sacred Bones Records
Video by Tina Frank

Willie Nelson’s New Album – For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

I love everything about this soon to be available album from Willie Nelson. The retro cover is especially appealing as is the warm affection shown to Willie’s friend the late Ray Price.

Vince Gill makes a few appearances on this recording, backing up Nelson on a half-dozen tracks as a member of western swing supergroup the Time Jumpers.

1. “Heartaches by the Number” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

3. “Faded Love”

4. “It Always Will Be”

5. “City Lights” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

7. “Make the World Go Away

8. “I’m Still Not Over You”

9. “Night Life”

10. “Crazy Arms” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

11. “Invitation to the Blues” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

12. “For the Good Times

Forever Motown At The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

It has been ages since we have frequented the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT. We’ve always liked the ambiance of this venue. You can BYOB with an intimate setting that seats just 209 people.

We saw the production, Forever Motown, earlier this evening. This is the music near and dear to the music of our heart. We grew up on listening to the sound of Motown on transistor radios and phonograph players in the 60s and the 70s.

The cast was versatile, four male vocalists and three female vocalists, backed by a piano player, guitarist, bassist, and a keyboard/saxophonist.

The tapestry of soul music was performed by a cast of veteran entertainers, including former members of The Jones, Main Ingredient, The Temptations, The Spinners & The Marvelettes, peppered with Broadway savvy performers who had leading roles in “Dream Girls”, ” Your Arms Too Short to Box With God”, “Porgy & Bess” and “Showboat”.

 

The iconic Motown Sound was recreated down to the slightest vocal and musical nuance by such American icons as Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Lionel Richie, Mary Wells & the entire Motown roster of stars.

It was a wonderful show with the performers giving their all. They ended with The Temptations medley and inviting us up to dance to The Jackson Five, “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground).