December 15, 2009

Tour Dates: Catch The Clap

The aughts have been quite the decade for Eric Clapton fans, as Slowhand has been going through a career renaissance having reunited with both Cream and his former Blind Faith

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Cover Wars: Bohemian Rhapsody Edition

This rock epic was originally released in 1975 on the Queen Album A Night At The Opera. According to, the album was the most expensive rock record ever made at the time. They also have this to say…

The first single from the record, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” became Queen’s signature song, and with its bombastic, mock-operatic structure punctuated by heavy metal riffing, it encapsulates their music. It also is the symbol for their musical excesses — the song took three weeks to record, and there were so many vocal overdubs on the record that it was possible see through the tape at certain points. To support “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen shot one of the first conceptual music videos, and the gamble paid off as the single spent nine weeks at number one in the England, breaking the record for the longest run at number one.

Cover Wars

The Contestants:

California Guitar Trio: Leading off this week is our only instrumental rendition. Bohemian Rhapsody is a very popular cover and there were many other instrumental versions out there, but of the few I listened to – this one is the best. Source: Echoes


Some video of California Guitar Trio:

READ ON for the scoop on the rest of this week’s contestants…

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup Announced

The lineup for the the 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest has been announced with the Allman Brothers Band, My Morning Jacket, Aretha Franklin, Widespread Panic, The Neville Brothers, B.B. King, Jeff Beck and Van Morrison topping the bill.


The full list of Jazz Fest performers is absolutely massive. Take a look…

APRIL 23 – 25 (1st WEEKEND)

Artist TBA, Lionel Richie, Allman Brothers Band, My Morning Jacket, Anita Baker, Dr. John, Darius Rucker, The Black Crowes, Steel Pulse, Johnny Lang, Band of Horses, The Levon Helm Band, Drake, Keely Smith, Baaba Maal, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Imagination Movers, Ledisi, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Better Than Ezra, Blind Boys of Alabama, Elvin Bishop, funky Meters, Sax for Stax featuring Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, and Jeff Lorber, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Pastor Smokie Norful, Terence Blanchard, Cowboy Mouth, The Campbell Brothers, Chocolate Milk, Sam Bush,

READ ON for the rest of the 2010 Jazz Fest lineup…

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Review: Old School Percy Hill Returns

Words: Stanch

The band that took the stage Friday night in Newmarket, NH at Stone Church, one of northern New England’s legendary live music meccas, might have been confused for a group in the middle of a long national tour.


They seemed relaxed as they cruised workman-like through their high-energy opening number. As it ended and the front-man leaned into the mic and said simply, “It’s great to be back in the Stone Church,” one might have thought that these six musicians (billed as “Old School Percy Hill”) had last played the venue in the summer. If so, it was in the summer of 1996.

Depending on your metrics, the now defunct Percy Hill endured as many as seven lineup changes between the release of their first album (Setting The Boat Adrift -1993) and that of the much acclaimed Color In Bloom (1998).

While each version had its defenders and detractors, many argued it was “Old School Percy Hill” – the version that played on Friday (guitarists Tom Powley and Joe Farrell, brothers keyboardist Nate Wilson and percussionist Zack Wilson, drummer Dylan Halacy, and bassist Jeremy Hill), which cemented the band’s place in early jamband lore. Shortly after the release of Setting The Boat Adrift, the “Old School” lineup was born when original drummer Tim Leavy left the band and was replaced by the frenetic and high energy Dylan Halacy. That lineup would last until 1996 when original bassist (and Percy Hill namesake) Jeremy Hill departed.

READ ON for the rest of Stanch’s take on Old School Percy Hill…

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As we all know, it’s damn near impossible to blow up on the jamband scene, so don’t let Steez fool you. After releasing their first feature length debut this past August, Creepfunk Crusade, the funky Madison kids did crack their first issue of Relix; get named New Groove of the Month on Jambands, receive a nod as one of the ten most influential Madison bands of the decade; and are currently in the running studio album of the year on the Homegrown Music Network, but that all comes after six years of pounding the pavement

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Coachella Returns To Indio April 16-18

Dates for the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have officially been announced. The fest will take place April 16-18 in the new year, at the Indio’s Empire Polo

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