Dead and Co at the Forum New Year’s Eve eve and New Year’s Eve

By Mike Finkelstein Improbable as it may seem, twenty years after Jerry Garcia’s death, 2015 was a very eventful year in the Grateful Dead community. In July, it seemed that the final Fare Thee Well show in Chicago, with Phish’s Trey Anastacio on lead guitar, would be it for the resurrected Grateful Dead. But, as… Read More Dead and Co at the Forum New Year’s Eve eve and New Year’s Eve

Live Music: Pearl Django in a Siskiyou Music Project concert at Paschal Winery

By Allegra Heckman and Ityen Aznarez Talent, Oregon.  Last week, at the Paschal Winery and Vineyard in Talent, Oregon, the quintet Pearl Django played an intimate 2 sets to a full house of appreciative patrons. The show was part of the Fall concert series produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, an institute that provides opportunities… Read More Live Music: Pearl Django in a Siskiyou Music Project concert at Paschal Winery

Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby brought their bluegrass collaboration to a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall on Friday night, playing to a very appreciative if not overflowing crowd. Backed by the amazing six-piece Kentucky Thunder bluegrass band, Skaggs and Hornsby took on music ranging from Bill Monroe to Rick James. At… Read More Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall

Live Music: Furthur, with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Celebrate the Music of the Grateful Dead at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein It’s rather phenomenal, the way the Grateful Dead tradition continues to thrive. On Saturday evening, Furthur, featuring two original G.D. smembers — rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh – hosted the second night of a sold out, jam-packed, three-night weekend stint in perfect evening weather at the Greek Theatre. Last… Read More Live Music: Furthur, with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Celebrate the Music of the Grateful Dead at the Greek Theatre

Live Music: Warren Haynes plays Symphonic Jerry Garcia at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre

By Mike Finkelstein Golden Colorado.  If, back in the day, you chanced to see the Grateful Dead in an outdoor and somewhat rural setting, then you know what a perfect match their music was/is with natural beauty.  Jerry Garcia, the band’s leader and soul, has been dead nearly twenty years.  But the band’s legacy and… Read More Live Music: Warren Haynes plays Symphonic Jerry Garcia at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Humor: The Top Ten Words And Phrases Over Used By Rock/Pop Journalists.

By Devon Wendell Growing up as an aspiring musician, besides practicing the guitar, bass and harmonica obsessively like a geek, I also read a lot of books, articles, reviews, and interviews on all kinds of music. In doing so I found myself most aggravated by the writing in the “major” music publications like Rolling Stone, Spin, etc. There were… Read More Humor: The Top Ten Words And Phrases Over Used By Rock/Pop Journalists.

Live Rock ‘n’ Soul: The Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs) at the Greek Theatre

by Devon Wendell What happens when three rock n’ roll icons (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs) team up to show their love for the soul, rock, and blues classics that have shaped their individual styles? You get The Dukes Of September Rhythm & Blues Band conceived by Fagen as a new version of his Rock & Soul Review of the… Read More Live Rock ‘n’ Soul: The Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs) at the Greek Theatre