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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Christian Scott at South, Caroline Smith at Johnny Brenda’s, Bob Weir at Tower Theater and more…

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Christian Scott | photo via Facebook

A highlight from this month’s Philly Jazz Guide, trumpeter Christian Scott brings his modern take on jazz compositions to South tonight. The New Orleans native released his Stretch Music LP last year, an album that was accompanied by an app that provides an interactive aspect to the listening experience for fans. Check out a behind-the-scenes video of Stretch Music below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Only A River” by Bob Weir

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Bob Weir | via Rolling Stone

The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir is releasing a new solo album, Blue Mountain, recorded with Aaron & Bryce Dessner, and Scott Devendorf of The National, and producer Josh Kaufman. While he’s released albums with his band Ratdog, several live recordings of performances with Kingfish and Rob Wasserman, and a collection of live/studio compilation in 2004, Weir Here, Blue Mountain is his first collection of new studio recordings in almost 40 years, when he released Heaven Help The Fool.

On his website, Blue Mountain is called “a deeply personal collection of music inspired by the ranch stories and fireside songs of Bob’s youth.” Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview with Bob Weir, Butch Walker and more!

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Butch Walker | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wow … talk about a busy week for new music. As I write this we just got a new song from Gary Clark Jr, and yes I’ll play it tonight!  We’ll also have a listen to a bunch of albums coming this fall from Dawes, Bon Iver, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Mike Doughty and more.  And here’s a little sample of what else we’ve got lined up for you tonight on our New Music Show …

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Listen to a new song by Bob Weir, “Only A River”

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Bob Weir | via Rolling Stone

The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir recently announced a new solo album, Blue Mountain, recorded with Aaron & Bryce Dessner and Scott Devendorf of The National, and producer Josh Kaufman. While he’s released albums with his band Ratdog, several live recordings of performances with Kingfish and Rob Wasserman, and a collection of live/studio compilation in 2004, Weir Here, Blue Mountain is his first collection of new studio recordings in almost 40 years, when he released Heaven Help The Fool.

On his website, Blue Mountain is called “a deeply personal collection of music inspired by the ranch stories and fireside songs of Bob’s youth.” Continue reading →

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Watch Dead & Company’s massive set from Bonnaroo


Dead & Company played Bonnaroo this past weekend. The latest Grateful Dead related project features Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, singer and guitarist Bob Weir, and John Mayer, along with bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Furthur will play The Mann Center on 7/13

Furthur2013SummerHome Furthur have announced dates for their annual East Coast summer tour, which will bring the band to Philadelphia on July 13th for a show at the Mann Center.  Furthur is the brainchild of former Grateful Dead guitarist / vocalist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh.  Joining Weir and Lesh on this tour are the usual cast of musicians including Jeff Chiamenti (RatDog), Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo), John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra), Jeff Pehrson and Sunshine Becker. Building their set lists out of Grateful Dead tracks, covers of classic favorites and several songs of original material, Furthur have simultaneously kept the spirit of The Grateful Dead alive and created a fresh outlet for jam band fans.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m.  More information will be available here. Below, watch fan footage of the band performing “Shakedown Street” in Brooklyn.

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The Peach Music Festival brings The Allman Brothers Band, Grace Potter and more to Scranton (at the Toyota Pavilion on 8/15 to 8/18)

imageNow in its second year, Scranton’s Peach Music Festival is coming back to the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on August 15th to August 18th.  Presenters and headliners The Allman Brothers Band return for two nights, accompanied by Rat Dog, The Black Crowes, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Rusted Root and more.  Following last year’s much-loved “Wake Up With Warren” solo set, this year festival-goers will be greeted by “Brunch With Bobby” on the Sunday morning, featuring an acoustic set by Bob Weir.  Head over to the Peach Music Festival website here to view the full line-up (more acts will be announced soon).  Presale tickets will be available tomorrow at 10am, with general tickets going on sale this Friday, February 22nd.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch Gregg Allman perform “Midnight Rider” with Zac Brown Band at last year’s inaugural festival.