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There Are 28 Grateful Dead For Kids Shows On Father's Day

There Are 28 Grateful Dead For Kids Shows On Father's Day

Peter Shapiro, the legendary concert promoter and venue owner, announced that he’s promoting dozens of family-friendly Grateful Dead tribute shows across the United States on Father’s day. The shows, part of Shapiro’s “Rock & Roll Playhouse” concert series, are aimed at providing concert experiences to kids and helping them connect with their parent’s music.“Celebrate the Grateful Dad in your ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

8 Ways The Grateful Dead Have Become An American Brand

8 Ways The Grateful Dead Have Become An American Brand

While their music may not be to everyone's taste, there's no denying that the The Grateful Dead have been incredibly successful, not only in their musical career, but also in leveraging their success into an iconic American brand. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategies Truth be told, I was never much of a Grateful Dead ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Allman Brothers Band: Bear's Sonic Journals: Fillmore East February 1970 - Deluxe Edition

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This Fillmore East February 1970 set is actually the third physical release of these recordings, originally issued in truncated form in 1996 as part of the Grateful Dead's Dick's Pick's archive series. This three-CD set follows closely on the heels of the 2018 digital distribution of all the recordings from the three New York dates on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard

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Branford Marsalis Quartet
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
February 20, 2019

The Branford Marsalis Quartet came into jny: New York's Jazz Standard in late February to showcase The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul, their first new album release in seven years and, in marking the special ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Mayall: Nobody Told Me

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Over the course of some fifty-plus years, the bands of John Mayall have served as a proving ground for some estimable guitarists. Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green are just the most famous axemen who've aided and abetted “The Godfather of British Blues." Yet, in all that extended time, he has never before had a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

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Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ace of Cups: Ace of Cups

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There's a solid Ace of Cups album within the twenty-one plus tracks on this set. Never having released a studio work in the fifty-one years since the group made a name for itself in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, it only stands to reason AOC would be sorely tempted to make a statement for its debut, particularly in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Particle: Accelerator

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Contrary to prevailing popular opinion, electr(on)ic keyboards are not just for noodling in ever-so-cheesy, toy-like tones. In the hands of the titular leader of Particle, keyboardist/vocalist Steve Molitz, for instance, those instruments are lethal weapons with which, on the group's first album in fourteen years, he sets out to destroy preconceptions about what righteous creations can ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Up From The Roots: Cary Morin, Colin James, Joanne Shaw Taylor & Chris Youlden

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Blues musicians invariably cover traditional genre material because it connects them with the wellspring of emotion at the heart of this music and illustrates the major influences on their personal style. Sometimes these gestures are more obvious than others, but as are those of Cary Morin's on his latest album, they can bespeak bold courage as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Grateful Dead: Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need It

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Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux long ago proved himself a past master at formulating composites of performancess based on more expansive releases from the iconic band's vault. Going back to the triple set culled from The Complete Recordings Fillmore West 1969 (Grateful Dead/Rhino, 2005) to its companion piece double set from Europe '72: The Complete Recordings ...