Friday, September 26, 2008

Tonight's Ollabelle performance cancelled.

Just heard from Ollabelle's drummer (Tony Leone) that tonight's scheduled gig @ Newmarket, NH's Stone Church has been cancelled. This comes as no surprise as the Stone Church was recently saved from foreclosure a couple of wkds ago & is reorganizing. Bummer.

Boston fans can catch Ollabelle w/ Mavis Staples & Chris Smither tomorrow night in Cambridge, MA.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Larry Campbell article / interview.

Here is the link to a nice article / interview from the Grateful Dead's website about Larry & his contribution & association w/ the Dead & Levon Helm:

Steven Tyler suing online impersonators.

Steven Tyler, Aerosmith's frontman, is suing online impersonators who have posted on a daily blog diary about he & his girlfriend Erin Brady.

Bow Thayer's solo acoustic performance tomorrow night.

Bow Thayer will be @ Rochester, VT's Seasons Cafe @ 7 PM tomorrow night for a solo acoustic performance.

Ben & Jerry's being asked by PETA to use breast milk.

Oh, ideas for potential new ice cream flavor names are rapidly whirling around in our devious minds.....

Garth Hudson upcoming performance date.

From Garth's website (David Z. webmaster):

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall Garth will join singer-songwriter Richard Barone for FRONTMAN: A Musical Reading, a benefit concert for noncommercial radio station WFUV (90.7 FM, from Fordham University. Other participants joining Mr. Barone are: Carlos Alomar, The Bongos, Randy Brecker, Nick Celeste, Marshall Crenshaw, Anthony DeCurtis, Joyce DeWitt, Ryan Geller, Steve Holley, Moby, Rob Norris, Janice Pendarvis, Suzzy Roche, Rerre Roche, Mick Rock, Johnny Rodgers, Jane Scarpantoni, Vin Scelsa, and Jimmy Vivino. Tickets are $28.50 - $48.50 and available at information is available at:

Jakob Dylan (w/ Norah Jones) on Conan O'Brien tonight.

From Jakob's Myspace page:

Just a quick reminder:Tune in to Conan O'Brien tonight (Thursday, September 25th) to see Jakob Dylan perform "War Is Kind" with invited guest vocalist Norah Jones. Conan airs on NBC at 12:30 a.m.(eastern-pacific)/11:30 p.m. (central).

Levon Helm Classic Drummer article.

Here is the link to the wonderful Bob Girouard written Classic Drummer interview w/ Levon:

John Simon involved w/ a good cause.

John Simon will be joining his jazz trio tonight as he does every Thurs @ Ellenville, NY's Aroma Thyme Bistro. But tonight, 10% of the Bistro's proceeds will go to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. What a great way to benefit a great cause by enjoying wonderful food & music. We ate there & caught a John Simon performance in late Aug.

Emmylou Harris' new album.

We also just picked up Emmylou's new album All I Intended To Be. Her recording of Evangeline w/ The Band is favorite tunes & since first hearing it we've been a fan of hers. This pic is from Jan Hoiberg's The Band website.

Martha Scanlan's album.

Just picked up Martha's '07 album The West Was Burning that was recorded @ Levon Helm's studio / barn & in Louisiana. We were fortunate enough to see her perform a couple of Saturday's ago when she filled in for Amy Helm w/ Ollabelle @ the 137th Tunbridge (VT) World's Fair (in 2nd pic wearing dark tanktop). She has a beautiful voice fit for the similar music genre as Levon & Ollabelle. Levon, Amy & Glenn Patscha all participated in the recording of her album.

The Band website's Guest Book return.

The Band website's webmaster, Jan Hoiberg (Norway), has re-instated his Guest Book after the demise of the previous version of the Guest Book operated by Peter Viney (England). Spammers had taken over Viney's Guest Book & Hoiberg's past Guest Book was discontinued due to posting abuse. Please click on the link below & provide your "positive" The Band-related input.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rick Danko / Paul Butterfield Band live performance featured on Wolfgang's Vault.

Wolfgang's Vault is featuring this week a Rick Danko / Paul Butterfield Band September 7, 1979 live performance recording from Parr Meadows in Brookhaven (Long Island), NY. The performance was part of a ten-year anniversary of the '69 Woodstock Music Festival that featured a number of original artists.

Larry Campbell photo receiving Americana award.

Here is a photo of Larry (w/ Levon Helm) receiving the Americana Music Award for Lifetime Achievement as an instrumentalist. The photo is from Larry's website.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Grateful Dead @ the Boston Garden in '93.

We wish this was our backstage pass. The only time we went to the Boston Garden was to catch the Dead on a rainy afternoon. Never once saw a Celtics or Bruins game (although have since the Fleet Ctr was built), but very fortunate to catch the Dead before Jerry Garcia's passing. A very cool experience.
Boston Garden, Boston, MA (Sunday, 9/26/93) set list:

Jack Straw


Walkin' Blues

High Time

Me and My Uncle ->Maggie's Farm

Lazy River Road

Easy Answers ->Don't Ease Me In

Aiko Aiko

Saint of Circumstance ->Ship of Fools ->Truckin' ->Drums ->Space ->I Need a Miracle ->Standing on the Moon


+ Bobby on acoustic guitar during Uncle -> Maggie's

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bruce Hornsby & Jim Weider also join Levon Helm last night.

Two of our fav musicians, Bruce Hornsby & Jim Weider, also joined Levon Helm during his Midnight Ramble last night. We caught Hornsby w/ Bela Fleck for a great show a few summers ago in Gilford, NH. We're still in need of catching Weider live, although we have patronized Maria's Bizare, his wife's great Woodstock, NY bakery.

Louie Bellson & Clark Terry - two jazz greats.

In the late '80s, we attended a great jazz seminar @ Durham, NH's Univ. of NH, headlined by jazz legends Louie Bellson (drummer) & Clark Terry (trumpet). We played alto sax & participated in our own HS band & jazz band, which led to our attending this seminar. What a wonderful time. We met the two greats, acquired their autographs & witnessed an amazing seminar-ending performance by the two. Bellson put on a crazy display of varying beats & Terry played two trumpets @ the same time.

Jack de Johnette & David Bromberg join Levon Helm last night.

Jack de Johnette, a jazz drumming great, played side-by-side w/ Levon last night during his Midnight Ramble. David Bromberg, heavily influenced by folky Pete Seeger & The Weavers, joined his Angels band as one of the opening acts.

Buddy Harman, 80, great session drummer passes.

Buddy Harman (80) passed away Aug 21st of congestive heart failure in Nashville. He played on an estimated 18,000 songs, including Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire & Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman.

Earl Palmer, pioneering drummer, has passed @ 84.

Earl Palmer (84) died this past Fri after a lengthy illness. He was a pioneering drummer from New Orleans & electred to the Rock & Roll HOF in '00. He was recorded on Little Richards' Tutti Frutti & the Righteous Bros' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin. He was also a backbeat for Fats Domino, Neil Young & Frank Sinatra.