Trey Anastasio sat in with the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre last night (3/22/05) for the "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" encore.
Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke will play together at High Sierra Music Festival, a small family-friendly freak fest in Northern California.
Page sat in with the Allman Brothers Band last night (3/21/05) for the encore-opening "Southbound". The show - which also featured Chuck Leavell, Yonrico Scott, and the Asbury Jukes horns - was reportedly one of the strongest in the band's history.
Most of the Jamcruise Jazz Mandolin Project (JMP) Lido Pool set, featuring Fishman on drums, is now up on Disclogic, for sale as MP3 and FLAC downloads. Unfortunately Jamie decided to pull three major tracks off the set (including the one with Oteil) so it's not complete, but it sounds fantastic.
Trey's new band will make its first appearance April 1st, as a benefit for the Vermont Land Trust, at the new Higher Ground (opened 12/04), featuring Peter Chwazik (bass), Les Hall (keyboards), Ray Paczkowski (keyboards) and Skeeto Valdez (drums). Tickets are $35 and go on sale Thursday, March 17 at 11:00am (EST) at the Higher Ground box office only. Tickets will not be offered via internet or charge by phone.
Trey performed last night (3/15/05) with "Mr. Crows Garden" at Higher Ground in Burlington, a warm-up gig by the Black Crowes for their upcoming tour. Trey sat-in for the encore: The Beatles "Yer Blues" and "Hard to Handle" originally by Otis Redding. This marked Trey's first performance at Higher Ground's new location, which opened in December 2004. Full setlist: Don't Do It (The band), Greasy Grass River, Go Tell the Congregation, Another Roadside Tragedy, Soul Singing, Kickin' My Heart Around, Thick n Thin, Bad Luck Blue Eyes, Jam > Sunday Buttermilk Waltz, Thorn in my Pride, Tell the Truth (Derrick and the Dominoes), Non-Fiction, She Gave Good Sunflower, Encore: Yer Blues (The Beatles) w/Trey, H2H ( Otis Redding) W/Trey.
Mike with join again with Leo Kottke as part of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. We try to stick to news here, and keep editorial comments off this page, but... GO SEE THEM!!
David Whiteside, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, will present An Evening For Pure Water, Clean Politics and Comedy Too, featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Waterkeeper Alliance President; Hudson Riverkeeper attorney) and an environmental speech by Jon Fishman. The event will be MCed ("emceed") by comedian Robert Klein, and will be Sunday, April 3, 7pm showtime, at 26 University Place, UVM, Burlington, VT. Tickets are $15 general admission (to the event only) and $40 for premium seating to the event plus admission to a reception before the event. Tickets available via the Flynn Theatre Box Office, online at www.flynntix.org, or by calling 802.86.FLYNN. All profits benefit David Whiteside’s Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a Lake Champlaign Waterkeeper Alliance member.
Trey will tour, presumably with a band although its members and material have not been announced, for 12 dates from April 26th in Richmond, VA, to May 14th in NYC. Summer dates are expected to follow.
Trey played with Choclate Genius, Marc Annthony Thompson's three-song set - a little bluesy but mellow number with a Trey solo solo, and the third with a more phishy spacey high note solo. All three had the Scorchio Quartet. Then Trey stayed on stage for three acoustic numbers all with quartet and a piano accompaniment. First piece was more orchestrated, with Trey singing faintly (I have no clue what he was singing about, very faint and high pitched). Quartet and paino were fully involved along some regular acoustic playing, more composed song (which Philip Glass mentioned the pianist had a hand in). Trey had two acoustic guitars next to him and at the beginning of this song he switched guitars i.e. unplugged it and plugged in the new one and began again while everybody was still playing. Second song was more of a "bouncey" phish song, the guitar work on the acoustic was more pronounced, sounded like it could be a jamming song, with the chorus "Love is Freedom, we know that Love is Freedom" I believe I got that right, he finished repeating it a lot. But it was definitely more of a phish type song with some jamming chords. Third was Flock of Words, with Nellie Mckay (who already performed that evening) on backing and a flutist, along with quartet and piano. Trey had to restart it because he had the wrong guitar and had to reswitch. So he got nervous and started talking while unplugging and replugging. Said he was making a big showbiz error by restarting a song (and playing with the wrong guitar) also said he was happy to be called again to play the benefit, crowd got louder yelled we love you, he said we love you too and Flock of Words proceeded without a hitch. Well done, nice with the full ensemble. Then for the finale People have the Power with Patti Smith, as usual, Trey was at a mic in the middle of Ray Davies and Lou Reed (have to say that was cool), then Trey put his one arm around one of the monks that came to the mic, that as cool to, bringing him more to the front and finally Trey was talking a lot to Lou as well. [Thanks to Kaz for the report!].