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Jam to Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Peach Music Festival this July

Phil Lesh | photo via artist’s Facebook

Scranton PA is more than just the fictional home of The Office. It’s also the non-fictional home to the beautiful Montage Mountain, where the Allman Brothers Band-inspired Peach Music Festival has been jamming for seven years now. Today, the festival revealed their lineup which features headliners Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Gov’t Mule (playing two sets,) and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: A Deadhead Revival for Dead And Company at BB&T Pavilion

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Grateful Dead fans, otherwise known as Deadheads, and John Mayer fans alike, gathered from all over the tristate area last night as Dead & Company headlined a completely sold out show at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion. The entire venue was a sea of tie dye and covered in a haze of smoke as the crowd was taken back to the psychedelic time of the 1970s – when the Grateful Dead (the Dead) were in their prime.

Dead & Company did everything last night just as they did back then – in Grateful Dead style. There was no opener, as always, but kept the crowd captivated with two spectacular sets by all 6 members. As the band walked out on stage and was greeted by a roar of applause and cheering, the band members picked up their instruments and went right into playing “Feel Like a Stranger,” a song off the Dead’s 1980 release, Go To Heaven, immediately turning BB&T Pavilion into a time machine and blasting thousands of people back in time. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tiffany Jones Quintet at World Cafe Live, The Last Waltz at Verizon Hall

Tiffanyh Jones | via her website
Tiffany Jones | via her website

Philadelphia’s Tiffany Jones Quintet will bring their soul jazz stylings to World Cafe Live tonight. They’ll be joined by V. Shayne Frederick. Jones’ latest project, the Him EP, came out last April, and you can stream a live performance of its smooth, sensual title track below. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Warren Haynes to bring The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tribute to Verizon Hall

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Warren Haynes’ The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Tribute

On November 25th, 1976 over a dozen of the era’s most influential musicians gathered at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco to bid farewell to The Band. With filmmaker Martin Scorsese on hand, along with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Dr. John, The Staple Singers and so many more, The Last Waltz became an epic music documentary classic and, in some circles, as synonymous with Thanksgiving as “Alice’s Restaurant.”

With this month marking the concert’s 40th anniversary, Warren Haynes has curated a tribute band that will make the rounds early next year, stopping at Verizon Hall inside the Kimmel Center on January 29th. The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule guitarist will be joined by co-curator Don Was, along with keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Terence Higgins, singer Michael McDonald, country musician Jamey Johnson, and more to be announced.

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XPNFest Recap: Dawes gives Philly fans the set they’ve been craving

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Dawes | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

If you’re an #XPNFest regular, I probably don’t even have to tell you the story. Los Angeles rock and roll four-piece Dawes played in 2012, and it rained during their set; they returned in 2013, and it rained even harder, so much so that their set had to be called off. In 2014 they were back, this time on the Susquehanna Bank Center stage opening the night for Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams…but fans were crushed that they only got to play a five-song / 25 minute set. Which brings us to tonight, with Dawes headlining the first night of XPNFest 2015 and nary a cloud in the sky. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth jam for the sold-out crowd

Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

The cheers and applause were deafening in World Cafe Downstairs today as Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth took the stage. Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) teamed up with bluegrass outfit Railroad Earth to record his new solo record, Ashes and Dust. They played songs from that record for a sold-out Free at Noon crowd.

Even during his time in his main bands, Haynes wrote folksy Americana songs that he kept to himself for the last 30 years. Now, on Ashes and Dust, he believes this is the right time to release them into the world. Together, he and Railroad Earth recorded over 30 songs, but managed to whittle it down to just 13 for the release. Continue reading →