June 29, 2010

Clapton’s Crossroads On The Big Screen

A star-studded lineup featuring many of the best guitarists in the world gathered at Toyota Park outside of Chicago this past Saturday for Eric Clapton’s third Crossroads Guitar Festival.

The marathon 11-hour concert included sets from Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolph, Robert Cray, Bert Jansch, Stefan Grossman, ZZ Top, Doyle Bramhall II joined by Gary Clark & Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill joined by Albert Lee, James Burton, & Keb’ Mo’, Citizen Cope, Earl Klugh, John Mayer, Buddy Guy with Johnny Lang, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band joined by Warren Haynes, Sheryl Crow, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas, & Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton with Stevie Winwood and B.B. King.

If you didn’t make it out to Chicago for the festival, you can still watch a truncated version of the event at one of 475 theaters nationwide at 7:30PM on July 27th. Performances by Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, emcee Bill Murray and others will be part of the movie. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at www.fathomevents.com. Rhino plans to release a DVD/Blu-Ray edition of the film on November 8.

For more on this year’s Crossroads event, be sure to check out Jon Pareles’ review for the New York Times or Greg Kot’s review for the Chicago Tribune. READ ON for Clapton’s setlist from the Crossroads Guitar Fest…

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Tour Dates: Jenny & Johnny

Over the last few years Rilo Kiley has taken a backseat to front woman Jenny Lewis’ solo career. The ever adorable Lewis, who has put out two records on her

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Strange Brew: Harpoon IPA & Summer Beer

Welcome to back to Strange Brew our monthly column dedicated to – as you probably have already guessed – beer. Each month, we’ll take a close look at a new or notable brew, or just one we think you should be drinking.

When you think of Boston and craft beer the first name that probably pops into your head is the ubiquitous Beantown institution and craft beer pioneer Samuel Adams, who have been around since 1984 and are now the largest American-owned brewery.

Following not too far behind though were the folks at Harpoon, who have been at it since 1986 and at the time became the first company to obtain a permit to manufacture and sell alcohol in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in over 25 years. Starting out with its flagship Harpoon Ale, the brewery has offered up a variety of year-round, seasonals, an entire line of unfiltered beers, as well as their limited release 100 Barrel and Leviathan series.

Now for the first time in their 26 year history Harpoon has decided to enter the ever growing world of craft canned beers, by offering up two of their signature brews – their Summer Beer and IPA – in a limited run of 12-packs this summer. READ ON for more of this month’s Strange Brew…

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Video: Furthur – Franklin’s Tower

Furthur’s Summer Tour started last Friday night at the Highland Bowl Amphitheatre in Rochester, NY and continued with two shows in Coney Island on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday evening’s performance was heavy on tunes from the Grateful Dead’s eighth studio album, Blues For Allah, including Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower. Check out this clip featuring Slipknot! and Franklin’s that was shot by our friend LazyLightning55

Phil, Bobby and the rest of the band head to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA tonight for a sold-out show that will be broadcast live on Sirius’ Grateful Dead radio. READ ON for each of the setlists from the first three gigs of Furthur Summer Tour 2010…

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Storytellers: Since I Started Drinking Again

Wade Ellis Wilby presents Hidden Track Storytellers. This is a creative writing workshop for fiction and nonfiction stories & poetry inspired by music. This second piece was inspired by Dwight

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