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Anthem Of The Sun 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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In an essay dense with historical detail and rich in provocative allusions, Steve Silberman accurately and vividly recounts the sequence of events involved in the original production of the Grateful Dead's second studio album Anthem of the Sun. The writer recounts a herculean task, the comparable likes of which has resulted in this 50th Anniversary Deluxe ...

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with Los Lobos At The Flynn Center for the Performing arts

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers w/ Los Lobos
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, Vermont
July 20, 2018

Given the musicianly approach Bruce Hornsby has applied to his career, it makes perfect sense for him to tour with Los Lobos. With his bands (originally the Range and now the Noisemakers) ...

Duane Betts: Sketches of American Music

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It's a daunting task just to follow in the footsteps of a bonafide legend of American music, in the case of Duane Betts, his father Dickey, co-founder, guitarist and major composer for the Allman Brothers Band. But the offspring is taking his sweet time enaging in follow-up on that estimable legacy of Southern rock with this ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971

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Sacrilegious as it may sound, the Allman Brothers' performance on Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971 is superior to At Fillmore East (Capricorn, 1971), heretofore regarded as the definitive document of this seminal southern rock band's on-stage expertise. After prior bootlegging in a variety of forms, the recording of the former has been ...

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2017

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The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Burlington, Vermont
June 2-11, 2017

With multiple popup shows and one on the roof of a local parking garage, in addition to the usual plethora of musical offerings up down and around Church Street at the center of the city, The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Live - Beacon Theatre New York City 10-28-14

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The most stirring moments of the Allman Brothers Band's concert recording from New York City's Beacon Theatre on October 28, 2014 occur near the end of its nearly four-hour performance--not surprisingly, within a rendition of the group's signature instrumental, “Mountain Jam"--that are as emphatic as they are mellifluous. The patient but rabid audience offers instant recognition ...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vogue Theater

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Tedeschi Trucks Band
Vogue Theater
Vancouver, BC
November 8, 2013

Jazz has always taken from the pop music of its day and culturalized it, intellectualized it, added some soul or swing and for those who are capable, added the personalized artistic X factor that is unique to that artist's ...

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Humble Pie: Performance - Rockin' the Fillmore

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Humble Pie's Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore: The Complete Recordings will only solidify the British quartet's position as the point of convergence for the major strains of British rock of the Sixties and Seventies. The four- disc box set documenting their two night four-show run at the late Bill Graham's historic New York venue confirms The Pie ...

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The Royal Southern Brotherhood at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill

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The Royal Southern Brotherhood
B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
New York, NY
September 4, 2013

The Royal Southern Brotherhood is well-named. It is exactly what it should be: an all-star group of virtuoso musicians with roots in the south who play an amalgam of blues, soul, funk and southern- influenced ...

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Improvising Art: From Jam Bands to Jazz

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The author Kurt Vonnegut once said, “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow." The art of improvisation does just that: it makes the soul grow. The soul of the improvising performer is constantly stretched and twisted in search of that unnamed spiritual experience in which lasting ...