Friday, April 29, 2011
Sunday, June 15, 2008
moe. | 06.15 | NYC
Words by: Rich Lieberman | Images by: Dino Perrucci
:: Governor's Island :: New York, NY ::
Board a ferry from the financial district along Manhattan's southern coastline and in five short minutes you're docked at Governor's Island. A National Historic Landmark, the island was home to the Army and Coast Guard for over 200 years. It boasts two 18th century forts, a prison for captured Confederate soldiers, pre-Civil War arsenal buildings, Victorian structures and early 20th century neo-classical architecture. On this beautiful evening there was a planned invasion of tie-dye and peaceful vibes as fans of jam band powerhouse moe. stormed the shoreline.
As the NYC summer concert season begins to roll with big time artists taking to open air spaces amongst the steel and concrete skylines, moe. stood poised and ready to christen a new outdoor venue and summer concert series. This evening's show represented the first-ever large-scale performance on Governors Island. Over two consecutive days, moe. packed in tons of music for NYC, adding a visit to the Sirius Satellite Radio studios and a Headcount benefit acoustic performance followed by a full show at the Highline Ballroom. continue reading...
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Lee Boys w/ Haynes & Guests | 06.05 | NYC
The Lee Boys :: 06.05.08 :: Sullivan Hall :: NYC, NY
If you're a live music junkie in New York City and the stars and the moons align just right, you often get lucky and witness some of the very finest impromptu collaborations today's music scene has to offer. Sullivan Hall in Greenwich Village recently played host to such an event. It was reminiscent of the old days when jams of epic proportions were commonplace at Wetlands Preserve or Nightingales any night of the week. Musicians strive to feel the soul of the music in their bones as the groove steers itself to unpredictable places. In a hot, tiny downtown club with a little help from their high-powered friends, The Lee Boys pushed the PA system just about as hard as it would go.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
It's the most fan friendly, laid back good time festival of the summer.
I hope your plans are made, this jewel of a festival is now getting bigger and better than ever.
I'll be there to cover it start to finish again on the "Official Live Blog" with all the real time updates, set lists, backstage photos, artist interviews and inside scoop! The artist line-up is spectacular.
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Official 2008 Mountain Jam Blog
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Dino Perrucci &
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The Official Festival Site!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Close to 6,000 people would flock to Rockefeller Center and pass through its Grand Foyer into one of the most spectacular theaters in the world. Its sweeping arches and orange glow create a vast curving space that frames the Great Stage, which has a history of over six decades of remarkable performances. It has been said "To step out on the Great Stage of the Music Hall is to know what it is to be a star."
Ben Harper and his Innocent Criminals were stars indeed, as they captivated the packed house with a concoction of music that cannot be defined by any one or even two genres. To be a fan of Harper's music is to be a fan of songs without boundaries, a style not easily defined, yet powerful and coming deep from the soul.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The Filmore @ Irving Plaza
@ Nikki Midtown
10pm - 4am
The new CD was released and Kids band took the stage for a rockin' show at
But hey... this writer promised The Kid that what happened at the after party.... stayed at the after party! ;)
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
The Highline Ballroom, NYC
Stay tuned for my
Review on JamBase
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals and
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
"Dumpstaphunk is ready to usher in a new age of funk to the masses." - Jambase
Earlier in the year I wrote that quote in a review for Jambase and eight short months later they are Dumpin' that Phunk all over the country.
Off the release their hot debut EP, "Listen Hear" Dumpsta is taking it to the road big time and will be tearing it up this month on a tour that will span the USA. The band recently voted 2007’s “Best Funk Band” by both Offbeat Magazine and Gambit Weekly, has already played or will play at some of the nation’s largest music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Voodoo Fest, 10,000 Lakes, and High Sierra.
The Friday Night of Memorial Day weekend in NYC is a tough night to gig. Most New Yorkers leave the city for a final weekend at the beach. For those of us who stuck around, BB Kings offered up the best music of the holiday weekend with Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, Nick Daniels & Ian Neville turning up the funk with a blistering late night set. The set featured the great tunes off the new EP as well as come great covers done in a way only Dumpstaphunk can dish out. Their version of the Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" while sounding nothing like the original, took on a life all its own to the delight of the crowd. Always a great night of music, Dumpsta is a show not to be missed!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
:: Central Park SummerStage ::
:: Saturday, August 11, 2007 ::
Soul to Soul III
Galactic & special guests
Words by: Rich Lieberman
Photos by: Dino Perrucci
An incredible week of music at New York's Central Park SummerStage culminated with the 3rd annual celebration of the Big Easy. Soul to Soul III, a free show that brought together some good time NOLA sounds for a great party on a beautiful summer day. The lineup this year was solid behind headliners, Galactic and included the The Soul Rebels Brass Band who would take the stage first. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indians would captivate the crowd dressed in full Indian Regalia. There were great special guests as well Donald Harrison Jr, Will Bernard and Jon Cleary who was celebrating a birthday all jammed through out Galactics great set.
The crowd was filled with all ages of music fans. Families brought out their blankets and with plenty of room to enjoy this free afternoon event. Earlier in the week that same area rocked with sold out crowds of hot sweaty bodies for the Beastie Boys and the Black Crowes.
Galactic came out on fire with their trademark jazz-funk-rock-fusion concoction anchored by the seamless rhythm team of bassist Robert Mercurio and drummer Stanton Moore. They ripped through a great set at a fever pitch. As Rich Vogal attacked the Hammond B3, Ben Ellman laid down some tasty sax and Jeff Raines wielded the axe. But it got real interesting with all the guests sit-ins that would make this show special, NOLA style. Will Bernard and Jeff Raines would share some great back and forth on guitars, as did Donald Harrison Jr. and Ben Ellman on some incredible saxaphonics acrobatics.The encore was with out a doubt the fan favorite with all the special guests lead by The Big Chief for a rousing "Hey Pocky Way".
Crazyhorse, Sunday Arag, Chris Cross, Black Talk, Bakers Dozen, Buckit Like A Horse, So Samn Good, When you get back, C'mon seocnd line, Let's Go Get Em, Cabbage Alley, Big Cheies
Encore: Hey Pocky Way
Galactic will celebrate the release of its long awaited studio album, 'From the Corner to the Block, with an intimate gig at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf on August 21.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
:: New York City :: August 9th, 2007 ::
Central Park was the place to be if you wanted some good old fashioned Rock. "The Most Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World" would take the stage and the weather couldn't have been better. Compared to last nights hot hot hot Beastie Boys show at this same venue, the cool breeze and deep bluesy guitar drivin rock & roll was a nice way to mix it up on a very busy weekend filled with many great choices to see some of the best bands touring this summer.
The North Mississippi Allstars kicked off the festivities smokin right from the start. The NMAS are Luther Dickinson (Guitars), Cody Dickinson (Drums) and Chris Chew on Bass. A nice treat to see the keyboards rolled out and Kurt Clayton added to the trio for this show. As they always do the NMAS tore it up early with their brand of Mississippi Boogie Blues. Luther was playing it pretty on the slide and the rolled through a nice 75 minute opening set.
The Black Crowes took the stage with a reckless abandon. The first power chord coming from Rich Robinson's guitar signals the start of what is still one of the best live shows. Chris Robinson is the perfect front man when he's playing with the Crowes he is in his element. Look up Rock Star in the dictionary and you will find a picture of Chris Robinson along side the best. The original lead guitarist Marc Ford is missed from the mix, but we got a nice treat when Luther Dickinson came out and just tore it up on slide for " Downtown Money Waster" into a tight jam which segued into "Thorn In My Pride" where all three guitar slingers traded tasty licks to a crescendo complete with call and answer and Chris Robinson threaded perfect vocal leads through the swirling axe work.
Other major highlights included a very nicely played "Soul Singing" and one of my all time favorites "Wiser Time" and the set closer "Remedy."
The encore was "Oh Well" a cover of an old
Fleetwood Mac song
penned by Peter Green in 1969.
I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to
The Black Crowes are the latest group to confirm their Halloween plans. The band will appear at New York’s United Palace Theatre on October 30 and 31 at the tail end of a national tour scheduled to begin September 28 at Bend, OR’s Les Schwab Amphitheater. Traditionally, the Crowes have dressed up as artists ranging from Elvis Presley to AC/DC and opened for themselves on Halloween.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Central Park SummerStage :: New York, NY
Words By: Rich Lieberman ::
The forecast called for heavy thunderstorms, but that couldn't keep fans away from Central Park for legendary music icon and founding member of The Band, Levon Helm and his all-star band. On this special night, Helm's constant ear-to-ear smile was contagious as the rain fell. The wet, mainly older crowd sang along nostalgically with one of the most recognizable voices from the soundtrack of their youth. It was a great privilege to witness Helm playing his drums and mandolin again, singing the verses from such classics as "Rag Mama Rag," "Ophelia" and "The Weight."
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Images by: Allison Murphy
Friday, June 1, 2007
The Official Mountain Jam Festival Blog
Real-time, on-site updates from The Third Annual Mountain Jam! This blog offered up real time updates leading up until and all during The Mountain Jam. Exclusive access from on-stage, backstage and all through the concert field and campgrounds. check out pictures, setlists and reviews from this epic weekend.
Check out how it all went down!
Words By: Rich Lieberman
Images by: Dino Perrucci & Allison Murphy