String Cheese/Gov’t Mule Lead Jammy Noms

With four nominations each, String Cheese Incident and Gov’t Mule lead the field for the fourth annual Jammy Awards. Set for March 16 at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, the event recognizes the best among the crop of jam bands, with a concentration on live performance.

SCI is up for live performance of the year for an Aug. 2, 2003, set in North Plains, Ore. The group also earned a nod for DVD of the year for “Live at the Fillmore Auditorium,” plus studio album and album cover of the year for “Untying the Not,” all on the band’s own Sci-Fidelity label.

Gov’t Mule is nominated in the live album and DVD of the year categories for “The Deepest End,” as well as for the May 3, 2003, performance in New Orleans that spawned the releases. The show boasted Les Claypool, Bela Fleck, Sonny Landreth, George Porter Jr., Dave Schools and Victor Wooten, among others, joining the band on stage. Gov’t Mule’s fall Rebirth of the Mule trek also netted the Warren Haynes-led band a nod for tour of the year.

A lifetime achievement award honoree will be announced closer to the event. Singer/guitarist Bob Weir was on hand at last year’s event to receive the honor on behalf of the Grateful Dead.

Produced by Relix Magazine, and concert promoter Peter Shapiro, the event largely consists of performances by nominees and other prominent members of the jam band community. “The improvisational music scene continues to expand, evolve and diversify,” Shapiro says. “And the Jammy’s is a night to celebrate that diversity.”


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