March 2011

B List: Best 10 Allmans Beacon Guest Spots

After 13 shows from March 10 to 26, the Allman Brothers Band’s Beacon run came to a close last Saturday night in New York City. Each and every performance featured at least one guest with many featuring multiple sit-ins.

For this week’s B List, I compiled a list of what I thought were the ten best guest spots of the run. Take a look and let us know if you felt differently.

10. Col. Bruce Hampton and Duane Trucks on Turn On Your Lovelight – March 25

Jam scene fixture Col. Bruce Hampton and ABB guitarist Derek Trucks’ younger brother Duane joined the band for a rollicking version of Turn On Your Lovelight at the Allmans’ penultimate Beacon run show. Hampton hammed up his vocal delivery leading to killer solos by the guitarists.

READ ON for the top nine ABB Beacon run guest spots…

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Phish @ Watkins Glen – Super Ball IX

Nearly six months after rumors started circulating that Phish would throw a festival at Watkins Glen International race track over the Fourth of July Weekend, we finally have an announcement. The festival will be called Super Ball IX and will take place from July 1 – 3 in Watkins Glen, NY.

This marks the first music festival at Watkins Glen since the legendary Summer Jam from 1973 that featured The Band, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band.

Last month Phish announced the first leg of a summer tour that includes four shows in New York State. We thought perhaps the festival wasn’t going to happen since the band scheduled so many performances within striking distance of the Finger Lakes region. Guess we’ll see how the previous announcement effects attendance at Watkins Glen.

Tickets go on sale this coming Monday, April 4, through Phish’s MusicToday ticketing site. Travel packages are available through CID Entertainment and camping information – including a “tental rental” option – is laid out on the SBIX site.

READ ON for a timeline of the events leading up to today’s announcement…

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3GM: SXSW – A Reflection

Now that we’re back and fully recovered from the largest music convention in the country, its time to reflect on exactly what happened to Three Grown Men during their first assignment on the road at SXSW Music in Austin.

Kevin Smallwood

When we decided to do SXSW, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew there would be a lot of skinny jeans and flannel -which is not exactly my scene – but most of my apprehension was due to the fact that I didn’t know 97% of the 2,000 bands.

With a cumulative sleep total of 17 hours in over four days, I can honestly say that SXSW is by and far the best music “festival” in the country. First of all the venue is actually the city of Austin. I have never been anywhere where I’ve literally been…everywhere. Indoor venues, outdoor venues, parks, lakes, rivers, monuments, crosswalks; if there was a free space and an open ear, someone was bound to be playing music there.  Overall I’d say we covered about 5 miles per day – and we rarely went to the same place twice.

I can’t say for sure how many bands we saw, but I know which ones gave me that “oh wow” feeling. You know the one – it’s that moment where your sense of hearing is so profoundly pleasured by something new that it fires off synapses that would otherwise lay dormant in the comfort of your musical bubble.

READ ON from Three Grown Men on their SXSW experience…

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Bloggy Goodness: Superfan #99

Last month NPR Music’s blog The Record kicked off a series called That’s What Fans Are For in an effort to look “at the ways the support of fans makes

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Video: DeVotchKa – 100 Other Lovers

Denver based quartet DeVotchKa released their fifth studio album 100 Lovers on ANTI-records earlier this month. The worldly romantics retreated to the Arizona desert with producer Craig Schumacher to record 15 original

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19-Year-Old Man Falls to Death @ Concert

We’re saddened to report that a 19-year-old man died early this morning from injuries sustained after falling through a fourth-floor window of the Petersen Events Center on the campus of

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Cover Wars March Madness: Final Four

Well, we started with 32 covers, 29 of which had won a Cover Wars over the past year and three that gained entry into the tournament via our Play-In Game, and we are down to our Final Four in the third annual Cover Wars March Madness. Voting ends on Friday at midnight EDT, so take a look at the remaining contestants and be sure to make your vote count.

Matchup #1:

Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)

Phish debuted this cover at Alpine Valley in the Summer of 1998. As most Phish fans know, there has been one other performance ever and it was the following week at Vernon Downs where the band paired Ramble On with their own Slave To The Traffic Light to close the first set. There are some killer Ramble On Teases in the Slave jam. Source: 8-1-1998


UPDATE: The text in all the descriptions for Cover Wars March Madness are taken from the original editions which at times – are out of date. As one of our readers pointed out in the previous round – Phish has since performed one more partial performance of Ramble On, and yes – it was pretty terrible.


Perpetual Groove – Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney) – A Play-In Selection

Perpetual Groove performing Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney from 10-30-2010


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