Friday, April 25, 2008

Hippiefest 2008 in New Hampshire this Summer.

The Gilford, NH Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion will play host to Hippiefest 2008 Friday, August 1st. Featured will be Eric Burdon & The Animals, Jack Bruce of Cream, The Turtles, Joey Molland & Badfinger, & others. Tix go on sale tomorrow morning.

Eric Clapton's U. S. Spring tour.

E. C. will hit the road beginning May 3rd in Tampa, FL. Rumor has it he is or will soon be collaborating w/ Robbie Robertson on an album.

Suze Rotolo's new book out soon.

Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's freewheelin' '60s era girlfriend (on the cover of his Freewheelin' LP), will be releasing a tell-all book called A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties next month. Should be interesting......

Jim Weider in Manchester, CT tomorrow night.

The Jim Wieder Band / Project Percolator will be performing live tomorrow night @ the Manchester, CT The Main Pub Restaurant & Music Club. Jim was the guitarist for the '90s reunited The Band.

Dr. John live performance tonight in New Orleans.

The crazy man himself will be @ the New Orleans House of Blues tonight. Always a must see.

Todd Rundgren concert gem download.

Checkout Wolfgang's Vault for a 1982 concert download of Todd Rundgren's. Todd had his video studio Utopia on the Albert & Sally Grossman Bearsville property in Woodstock, NY & engineered The Band's Stagefright album @ the Woodstock Playhouse. You can link Wolfgang's Vault's & Todd's links under our "Artists" links list.

Bob Margolin live performance tomorrow night.

You can checkout Muddy Waters' former guitarist Bob Margolin @ Papa Mojo's Roadhouse in Durham, NC tomorrow night. For those who don't know, he was the bearded / curly-haired guitarist adjacent to Robbie Robertson during Muddy Waters' set on The Last Waltz. Checkout the venue link below & Bob's link is in our "Artists" links list.

Robbie Robertson limited edition Martin guitar.

Checkout this Fuller's Guitar link to see the new Martin 00-42 Robbie Robertson Limited Edition acoustic guitar.,shop.product_details/category_id,74/flypage,shop.flypage/product_id,1276/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,27/vmcchk,1/

Autographed Levon Helm Dirt Farmer cd.

Our Christmas gift to each other was to attend a Levon Helm Midnight Ramble, which we did so March 29, 2008 & absolutely loved it. As a part of the package deal we purchased from Helmland, we received this autographed cd - signed by Levon Helm, his daughter Amy Helm, Larry Campbell & his wife Teresa Williams.

Autographed Elliott Landy The Band photo.

As a Valentine's Day gift to Mike, Kim acquired this Elliott Landy-signed The Band print (one of our favorite classic Band photos). These prints can be purchased through Elliott Landy himself or in the "Merchandise" tab on Jan Hoiberg's The Band website (both links are included under our blog's "Artist" links list.

The gentleman who framed this & our other Band, Bob Dylan & Ronnie Hawkins items, was in San Francisco during The Last Waltz concert. He unfortunately could not attend, but he remembers Bill Graham's promotion of it on the local radio station(s).

More Danko gravestone pics.

Here is a close-up of Eli Danko's stone & the other two photos are of paraphenalia (guitar pics, silver angel, etc) left @ the foot of Rick Danko's grave where his former grave sign was located up until about one year ago per his former publicist Carol Caffin.

Rick & Eli Danko gravestones.

It was a very special moment for us as we stood over the gravestones of Rick (left) & Eli (right) Danko setting next to each other. This photo was taken March 28th, the day we attended Levon's Ramble. Rick passed away due to a heart attack Dec. '99. Eli passed away in '89 from asphyxiation.

A 38 yr-old woman employed by Candlestock, a beautiful candle, etc. store about 1/2 mile from Woodstock Cemetary, told us about attending school w/ Eli & Richard Manuel's daughter (?) & how nice both families were to her. You could see the heartache in her expression as she told us about the unfortunate passing of Eli.

We went to Candlestock after we grabbed coffee @ Jim Weider's wife's bakery Maria's Bizarre. Very cute place. Jim was the lead guitarist for the reunited Band in the '90s.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Van Morrison live performance in Sweden.

Van is performing tomorrow night in a town we have visited (we have Swedish relatives nearby) in Sweden. Malmo is a beautiful old city.

Jakob Dylan new album.

June 10th is the release of Jakob Dylan's new album.

T-Bone Burnett new album release.

T-Bone Burnett releases his new album May 13th.

Soon the unfortunate demise of Bradford, Vt's Middle Earth.

Soon an old stomping ground of Levon crony Bow Thayer & many other artists will be no more. The unique musical cafe Middle Earth of Bradford, VT will be closing its doors. Don't missout on a chance to catch a show.

Upcoming Joan Baez Summer European tour.

Checkout Joan's tour link She kicks off her European tour June 6th in Glastonbury, UK.

White River (VT) Indie Films this wkd.

White River (VT) Indie Film wkd kicks off tomorrow night.

Various Levon Helm websites to look up.

Dirt Farmer
Levon Helm
Levon Helm (My Space)
Dirt Farmer (My Space)

A gentleman by the name of "Tom" wrote into the Levon Helm website guest book providing the five Levon websites that Helmland's Tony is in charge.

John Simon Thursday night live performance.

Don't forget about John Simon's trio every Thursday evening w/ its live performances @ the Thyme Bistro, which in John's words is "45 minutes down Route 209 from the Woodstock Thruway exit at The Aroma Thyme Bistro -- fabulous, VERY HEALTHY food -- no cover charge. 845-647-3000." John is a great man who never forgets his roots & who can sometimes be seen accompaning Levon @ his Ramble.

Levon Helm Band, The Waifs & others @ this long wkd's Merlefest.

Checkout Merlefest @

Muddy Waters website update.

We love Muddy Waters & his impact on The Band, namely Levon Helm. Here is an update from his site:

On Thursday, July 7, 10am, One South Cass Avenue, there will be a VIP/Media debut of a new Muddy Waters Historical Exhibit and the official re-dedication of Cass Avenue as Honorary Muddy Waters Way. The exhibit will feature many one-of-a-kind artifacts on loan from Scott Cameron and the Muddy Waters Estate including rare photos, musical recordings, several of Muddy's outfits, and even one of Muddy's Grammy Awards. The exhibit will be open to the public July 8, 9 and 10, 4-7 p.m., as well as various dates to be announced through the rest of the year.

Tonight's Levon Helm live performance.

Levon's next stop is tonight in Baltimore, MD @ the Ram's Head.

Dr. John updates link.

Checkout new Dr. John news & tour dates.

Very nice response from a fan of our new blog.

Hi Mike&Kim,
I've really enjoyed the website you have put together. Great Job! My Husband, Matthew and i are huge Dylan/ Band Fans. We've been to 2 Rambles, as well as 2 Beacon shows. Nothing quite like going to see Levon at the Barn. Our Boston Terrier Maceo loves it too!
Thought you might be interested in adding this fun event on your site It's a Dylan Festival ( Tribute to Bob Dylan) in the foothills of the Hudson Valley@ A winery called, Warwick Valley Winery&Distillery. It run from 5/24-the 26th.
Happy Spring time!
Hope to meet you both @ A Midnight Ramble.

Thanks much, Patricia! - Mike & Kim

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Frmr Dylan & The Band mgr Jon Taplin's blog link.

Checkout Jonathan Taplin's new blog. Taplin is a frmr Bob Dylan & The Band mgr & helped produce The Last Waltz. Very intelligently done w/ a wonderful response.

Bow Thayer performance tomorrow night.

Bow Thayer, VT-based musician who has played / recorded w/ Levon Helm @ his Woodstock, NY home/studio, will be playing @ the Higher Ground Ballroom located just outside Burlington, VT tomorrow evening.

Myspace link to Rick Danko's niece (Danielle).

Here is a link to an interesting Myspace page by Danielle, Ricky's niece. It has some decent youtube footage, including when he played @ her wedding.

Cool celeb b'days this week.

Happy b'day to the following celebs we enjoy:

Iggy Pop - 61
Jack Nicholson - 71
Peter Frampton - 58
Al PAcino - 68

Two of our blog posts linked on The Band website.

Thank you to Jan Hoiberg of The Band website ( as he has included two of our recent posts under his site's "What's New" catagory. He included yesterday's post on Levon Helm's Best Jam Session rating in Rolling Stone's Best of 2008 issue & last week's commencement of our blog. The Band website is by far the best & most informative online musical artist site.

Soul singer Al Wilson dies of kidney failure.

Best known for his hit Show & Tell, Al Wilson passed away recently from kidney failure @ 68.

Steven Tyler to perform @ MusiCares MAP.

Steven Tyler to perform at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, honoring legendary artist Alice Cooper and renowned guitarist Slash, will be held on May 9, 2008, at The Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares® MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer Prize.

Bob Dylan was awarded with the special citation on Monday, April 7, making history as the first rock and roll artist to be honored. Singer, songwriter, author, musician, and poet, was recognized for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Today is Earth Day 2008.

Checkout the included link for today's activities.