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Trey Anastasio Band @ Higher Ground

Phish front man Trey Anastasio kicked off a six-week period in which his solo band will play ten shows scattered about the East Coast with a special Vermont Flood Recovery

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McConnell and Fishman Hug A Farmer

Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT hosted a Hug Your Farmer benefit for Pete’s Greens last night that featured a wide range of Vermont-based – or one-time Vermont-based – musicians

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The B List: 10 Classic Clavinet-Fueled Songs

From the first time I heard Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground and Superstition, I’ve always been a huge fan of the clavinet. This electric keyboard manufactured by the Hohner company produces a funky sound that adds plenty of life to any song in which it is used. Since its introduction in the ’60s, the clav has been used in dozens of classic rock, funk, disco and reggae songs. It’s even turned up in the setup of many jamband keyboard players including JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic and Page McConnell of Phish.

This week’s B List looks at the ten best clav-fueled songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Part two of our look at the clavinet will focus on more modern tracks that use this keyboard, but that’s for a later date.

For now, let’s look at ten classic clavinet-fueled songs…

10. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder

When most people hear the traditional clavinet sound, they think of Stevie Wonder’s work on both Higher Ground and Superstition. Without a doubt, Stevie put this keyboard on the map. Above, we’ve got a clip of Stevie and Wonder Love tearing it up live in 1973.

READ ON for nine more classic clavinet-fueled songs…

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Briefly: Jeff Tweedy Northeast Solo Shows

It isn’t often that Wilco fans based in the Northeast get to see singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy solo shows without having to fly somewhere, so there’s been all sorts of excitement

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Higher Ground 10th Anniversary Celebration: Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT 4/15/08

Higher Ground certainly deserved to commemorate their anniversary April 15th. The Burlington area Vermont venue, originally housed in a former Denny’s in Winooski strip mall and now in a former movie theater a couple miles away in South Burlington, has made a name for itself over the last decade, alternately nurturing up and coming talent (Derek Trucks, Soulive), welcoming established acts (Gov’t Mule, The Black Crowes, Sonic Youth, Wilco, John Mayer, Modest Mouse) while providing a regular tourstop for musicians as wide-ranging in style as Charlie Hunter and Hot Tuna.

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