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Jam Bands

Chris Stapleton Fans Will Love The Magic Lightnin' Boys

Rebecca Bohanan | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Rebecca Bohanan

What's happened to the jam bands? Once the very foundation of American and British rock 'n roll, it's now become the exception, not the rule, to go to...

Celebrating The Vernal Equinox At Serenity Gathering 2016

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Originally set to take place at Lake Hemet, Serenity Gathering was forced to make a last minute venue change which could have been disastrous. Instead it was a blessing in disguise and quite possibly a fortuitous intervention because there are few places comparable to the magic of Joshua Tree.

The Werks Releases New Concept Album Inside a Dream

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Album Art By Marc Noreikas The anatomy of a dream takes many forms and has inspired great works of literature, art and music. Dreams are not easily e...

Derek Trucks' 10 Commandments of Jam

Alan Paul | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
Alan Paul

Derek Trucks and I collaborated on this in 2004 when he was just a wee pup. It has stood the test of time.

The Second Annual Phases of the Moon Music & Arts Festival 2015

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

In the world of science as well as metaphysics, the moon is always a divine symbol of transition, synchronicity, and illumination. Its many lunar cycles affect the planet itself as well as the creatures who populate it.

Music Turns Suwannee Hulaween's Promoter Michael Berg On

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Michael Berg is a music fanatic that took his love for live music and festivals and turned it into a full-fledged successful business that turns him o...

What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Robert J. Feldman

Dark Star Orchestra, named after the Grateful Dead's epic psychedelic tour de force, re-creates the Dead experience. They are seasoned and evolving musicians who have played with the living members of the Dead at one time or another.

Hot Ticket: G Love and Special Sauce With Jimi Jazz Back in the Mix.

Bill Prescott | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Bill Prescott

My older brother came home from Boston and declared, "I just quit my job, we got a record deal." This was the beginning of his career as a musician...

Chugging the California 'Cool'-Aid

Mara Menachem | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mara Menachem

I just moved to the West coast a few weeks ago, and before I finish drinking the full pitcher of "California Kool-Aid" (don't worry it's organic and made with agave syrup), I have to write from the perspective of my East Coast self.

U-Melt Rides Again

Roger Weisman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Roger Weisman

Last Saturday, the New York based improvisational-progressive band, U-Melt, played their first show in nearly three years to a packed house at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.

Natalie Cressman Fuses Jazz, Indie, and Jam Band Music with Sophomore Release Turn the Sea

Molly Fosco | Posted 09.25.2013 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

If you haven't heard of Natalie Cressman, you definitely will soon. A Bay Area native, born to two musician parents -- Jeff and Sandy Cressman, Natalie grew up with music in her DNA.

Jammin' on the One

Mike Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mike Gellman

By far, the worst part of the Jam Band scene is the people. They're the bohemian bourgeois, which is essentially a paradox. The want to be liberally idealistic, but they're extremely materialistic.

A Jam Band Hater's List of Jam Bands to Love

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Improvisational music is a dangerous proposition. For every 3-minutes of musical bliss, there are another 20 of mind-numbing noodling.

Phish Brings Frenzied Energy to Alpine Valley 6/20/09

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Now that they have exorcised whatever demons they had that led to their dissolution a few years ago, Phish truly seems focused on putting out some of the best music they can.