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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

To start off the month of March, I thought we might begin with a celebration (or two)! Two of music’s great influences are soon to be 70 years old – Phil Lesh, bassist with the Grateful Dead, and Herbie Hancock, who needs no introduction.

Hancock’s birthday bash has been given the title ‘Herbie Hancock, Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration.’ Even though the star will be turning 70 on April 12, the concert will run on September 1 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. The Associated Press says that Hancock will be joined by comedian Bill Cosby, saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Hancock’s bandmate in Miles Davis’ famed 1960s quintet.

Of course, that isn’t the full line-up just yet. More acts will be announced as the date gets closer. And the best part about all this is that all the money made from the concert will benefit The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Gotta love a good cause.

Our second 70th birthday boy is Phil Lesh, who will also be having a special concert to celebrate. Lesh’s birthday bash is a bit sooner, kicking off on March 12 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Fransisco, CA. Lesh’s new band, Furthur, will play, along with some of the musicians from his other band, Phil Lesh & Friends.

Like Hancock’s bash, this celebration will benefit a good cause. It will help support the Unbroken Chain Foundation, which is a huge part of the Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Charityfolks.com is having a bidding auction for a VIP ticket to the show, a t-shirt for the event, a signed poster, and a meet and greet with Phil. If you win the auction, you get to help him build a float and then ride on it with him! (Oh, the things rich people will do with their money.)

Nonetheless, I’d like to wish these two birthday boys a good one! It’s great that they use their birthdays to support good causes.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Tickets for the 14th annual All Good Music Festival went on sale at 12 noon today. They will sell at tiered prices, meaning that when the first and cheapest round of tickets sell out, the next tier, which is more expensive, will go on sale.

For those of you who don’t know about the fest, some explanation in necessary. The now 4 day music festival takes place each summer in Masontown, West Virginia. The small town welcomes music lovers from all over the country to its wide expanse of farm land.

A fishbowl view of the music mountain.

As you pull into the beautiful mountain top, you park your car and unload all your stuff. One of the best aspects of this festival is that you get to camp out right on the land the performers are playing on. Check out the great mountain view, set up your tent, cook yourself a burger on your portable grill, crack open a beer, then head to the main stage to catch a show.

From most areas around the main stage area, the walk from campsite to music is only 2-5 minutes. All along the way, there are delicious and often healthy options for food if you opted not to bring your own. There are also many bathroom facilities on the mountain.

And the whole time you’re there camping, act after act performs on the festival’s stages. It’s really a great experience for music lovers.

The lineup this year hasn’t been fully released yet, but here’s who signed on so far:

  • Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
  • Widepsread Panic
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Dark Star Orchestra
  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
  • Lotus
  • Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
  • Railroad Earth
  • Rebelution
  • The New Deal
  • Perpetual Groove
  • Cornmeal
  • Fox Knox Five
  • The Macpodz

Keep checking the festival’s lineup page for more artist updates.

The first round of tickets for a three day pass costs $129. For a four day pass, first round prices start out at $144. For tickets, visit the All Good ticket page.

(3/7/10) UPDATE: It has just been announced that a few more acts have been added to the list of performers — Keller Williams & The Added Bonus, Bassnectar, Garage A Trois, The Travelin’ McCourys, Dr. Didg, and the Lee Boys.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

You’ve all heard of the Grateful Dead. If you haven’t, please stop reading this. This post is meant for the Deadheads among us.

Last night, Furthur, a new kind of Dead cover band, performed a stellar show at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. I say ‘new kind of Dead cover band’ because well, they’re not really a full cover band. You see, the new group is comprised of two original members of the Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. The other members of the band include Dark Star Orchestra front man John Kadlecik as the voice and guitar of Jerry, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, and Joe Russo.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The arena was a good size, but not too big. Fans packed themselves onto the floor, in the upper decks, and sides of the venue, but left enough room between each other for dancing, of course. The vibe among the fans was a very positive one. Even the fact that the arena served no alcohol didn’t dampen the spirits of the Furthur fans. (See, you don’t need alcohol to have fun, kids.)

The band ripped off one Dead song after another, leaving room for improvisation and long spirited jams. Accompanied by a trippy light show, the music swirled around the venue, bringing fans of all ages together as one.

I have to stop right here and just mention that they played the ULTIMATE Dead song — Terrapin Station. Seeing the orignial members of the Dead play this song together is really something special. You can feel the bond between the musicians and hear the effects they create. I’ve seen both of these musicians play this song individually, but this was by far the best live version I have heard. People were dancing with arms held high in the air as they sang every single word to the much loved song.

Here’s the complete set list from the show:

Set 1: Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion)>Gloria>Good Morning Little Schoolgirl>Ramble On Rose>Magnolia Mountain>Black Peter>Passenger>Next Time You See Me

Set 2: Bertha>Row Jimmy>Reuben and Cherise>No More I Do>Eyes of the World>Terrapin Station>The Wheel>Touch of Grey>Donor Rap

Encore: Brokedown Palace

Here’s a snippet from last night’s Eyes of the World. Check out the awesome piano jam:

I must say that John Kadlecik fits in quite nicely with the original Dead members. His voice is eerily like Jerry’s, but in a good way. I heard a few fans in the crowd commenting on how much they thought he sounded like the original frontman.

Good news for all you Furthur fans — the band has just announced that they will be playing the 14th annual All Good Festival in West Virginia. If you’re a jam band lover, this festival is for you.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Bonnaroo. It’s the coolest, hippest music festival that everyone LOVES to go to. It’s a real MUST SEE for music lovers everywhere. But not me. I’ll pass.

I wouldn’t call myself a Bonnaroo old schooler, but my appreciation for the festival definitely happened in its earlier years: 2005 and 2006. Making the trek from Pennsylvania to Tennessee was no easy shuffle, but it was worth it to see so many famous jam bands and acts all in one place.

Some of my favorite acts from those years were Toots and the Maytals, Keller Williams, Steel Pulse, Tom Petty, and Phil Lesh.

When I was a Bonnaroo-er, everyone was peaceful, including the musicians. It was all about having a great time in a nonviolent way and truly connecting with the music. There were never bands on the lineup like GWAR, Jay-Z, or Dropkick Murphys. When you incorporate this kind of music into a peaceful festie, the whole vibe is overhauled and violence is introduced.

Now, the tone for Bonnaroo has changed dramatically. It no longer remains a haven for hippies and jam band fans. With the inclusion of more ‘hardcore acts,’ the scene is just like any other rock festival. Remember Woodstock ’99? Fans, reportedly out of control by all the intense music, decided it would be a great idea to light things on fire and rape women. I can only hope Bonnaroo doesn’t end up that way.

Other than those ‘harder acts’ mentioned above, the complete list of new performers coming in 2010 can be found on Bonnaroo’s artist line-up website. While there are a few bands that look great to me, most I can live without seeing. There is no going back for this festival. It won’t return to the way it was, but I guess that’s just evolution.

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