May 8, 2006 |
From the moment she walked onstage at the TLA Friday night as one of the retro-country Little Willies, Norah Jones pretended she wasn't a huge superstar, and the near sell-out crowd tried its best to play along. For 90 minutes, it was almost possible to forget about all the Grammy Awards and millions of albums sold. Jones, with her willingness - no, make that eagerness - to share the limelight, became just one of the guys in the band. You could forget the "Snorah" jokes, too; the 27-year-old chanteuse was positively energized, her natural musicianship taking flight amid onstage improvisation.
December 28, 2012 |
Gov't Mule has such a massive catalog of songs that front man Warren Haynes says it's unlikely the band will repeat any of them during its two-night run at the Tower Theater. In fact, he says, it's possible that none of the songs played in Philly will even make their way to New York's Beacon Theatre for the quartet's two-night stand there. "It's literally hundreds of songs," the soft-spoken guitarist and singer said. "We usually go for three hours or so. It ends up being a long night, but you're pleasantly exhausted at the end of it. " Based on the fact that Haynes is a full-time member of both Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers Band - and has a solo career - you'd expect him to be, uh, pleasantly exhausted offstage, too. But the musician, 52, whose controlled intensity nabbed him the No. 23 spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists" list, says he is quite energized by his musical path.
May 26, 2004 |
Phish is going belly-up. The Vermont-bred jam band announced on its Web site yesterday that it's pulling the plug after nearly 21 years of making music. It will go out after Coventry, the two-day arts festival it will headline Aug. 14 and 15 in its home state. Guitarist Trey Anastasio wrote to fans, saying he got together Friday night with Mike Gordon, Page McConnell and Jonathan Fishman "to talk openly about the strong feelings I've been having that Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it's still on a high note.
October 10, 1996 |
That backbeat - so loose, so confident, a dance pulse if ever there was one. That keening B-3 organ - not fully jazz or funk, sailing along without a care. It's tempting to call what Medeski, Martin and Wood does "jamming. " But hold back. For John Medeski's sake. "There's a lot of jamming going on right now," the 31-year-old keyboardist said with a chuckle Tuesday, before embarking on a tour that includes a Saturday night gig opening for Los Lobos at the Electric Factory.
September 19, 2003 |
Ticketmaster, the concert-ticketing giant accused last month of antitrust violations, has countersued the String Cheese Incident, contending that the Colorado jam band's practice of selling seats directly to fans interferes with Ticketmaster's contracts with venues. In papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Denver, Ticketmaster denied the band's claim that it exploited a monopoly position in the industry to keep the String Cheese Incident from offering its fans tickets with discounted surcharges.
May 28, 2004 |
Longtime Jam on the River goers, be forewarned: There's a music festival at Penn's Landing on Saturday and Sunday, but it's entirely different from what you're accustomed to. Since 1986, when the Jambalaya Jam was born as a New Orleans-themed fete full-up with zydeco, Dixieland jazz, and rhythm-and-blues, Memorial Day weekend has meant wide-ranging roots music along the Delaware. And even in recent years, when acts such as Grateful Dead leftovers Ratdog and techno hippies the Disco Biscuits were on the bill, the jam was still the place to catch up with living legends such as Al Green, James Brown and Chuck Berry.
October 6, 2003 |
"This is where it gets real good," said the seemingly elastic gentleman dancing next to me as the dexterous, daring, do-it-yourself Colorado jam band String Cheese Incident was deep into its second set at the sold-out Tower Theater on Saturday, the first of two nights in Upper Darby. At that moment, the quintet was on the improvisational tightrope, working without a net as guitarist-vocalist Michael Kang (who also plays mandolin and violin) let his six-string speak in tongues while he led the way through a spaced-out jam in the mountain boogie "Desert Dawn.
October 1, 2004 |
The music of the John Butler Trio is hard to classify, jittering as it does between folk and funk. "Our style will change three times in one song," Butler, 29, says. "We go everywhere, from really spacious ambient folk to really heavy, hard roots music. " Just don't call the trio, which will play North by Northwest Saturday night, a jam band. "We did a few jam-band festivals [including Bonnaroo] and really didn't enjoy it because the audience was so cliquey and judgmental," the dreadlocked Australian guitarist says.
August 9, 2004 |
In the two decades since Phish played its first improvised note, the jam band has become something of a secular religion. People get married at Phish shows. They collect and trade the group's live recordings as if they were sacred shards of scripture. Most of all, the crunchy masses always turn up any day, anywhere that the Vermont-based quartet takes the stage. That abiding faith has made Phish one of the nation's biggest concert draws, selling out multiple nights at arenas and stadium-size festivals alike.
December 29, 2012
Film New this week: Not Fade Away (*** out of four stars) Suburban New Jersey in the 1960s is carefully recreated by "Sopranos" auteur David Chase. John Magaro is great as Douglas, a gawky teen who finds confidence in his rock band. James Gandolfini, also of "The Sopranos," is the often-exasperated dad. A sprawling, often well-done tale. It's a hit. Rated R. . - Steven Rea Music Gov't Mule Formed as an Allman Brothers offshoot in 1994, Gov't Mule, which plays Dec. 28 and 29 at the Tower Theater, has kept its vigor and roadworthiness, becoming a much-followed jam band, due in large part to front man Warren Haynes.