String Cheese Incident
The inaugural 2014 Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival is scheduled to take place September 11th – 14th in the 3000 beautiful acre Kennekuk County Park located in south central Illinois. The POTM is rolling out a stellar line up for its first ever festival that includes two nights of the String Cheese Incident; a Lunar Landing Conspiracy (all-star set curated by SCI); two nights of Widespread Panic; Grace Potter & the Nocturnals; Railroad Earth; Tedeschi Trucks Band; Gov’t Mule; JJ Grey & MOFRO; Leftover Salmon (with Bill Payne of Little Feat); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe; Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Robert Randolph & the Family Band; Jackie Greene; Donavon Frankenreiter; Sam Bush Band; Cornmeal; Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers; David Gans (artist in residence) and many others.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Gov’t Mule/David Gans
The festival is geared to create a conscious awareness and express the uplifting power of music and its relationship with nature. Along with four unique outdoor stages there is also the Sanctuary, an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation where tired bodies can receive massages, energy work, sound healing, yoga, qi-gong, meditation and a variety of workshops and presentations. Art is also a major component of the festival from large interactive sculpture to live art there will be several exhibits to intoxicate your senses. The organic festival will also offer a food court that will feature farm to table offerings and an organic farmers market as well as craft beer.
There are several special treats on the lineup, the Jeff Austin Band will be playing during the festival as well as a special late night VIP set of Jeff Austin & Friends. Cornmeal in the Kitchen also will be playing an additional set late night, the Cornmeal Ramble.
Cornmeal in the Kitchen
There will be several interactive activities from costume themed nights (Friday night is space jam & Saturday night power of purple) to coolest campsite contests where contestants will be entered in a chance to win tickets to next years POTM festival. Tickets for the festival are available at the gate and HERE.
High Sierra Music Festival
July 3-6, 2014
The 24th annual High Sierra Music Festival took place over the 4th of July weekend in beautiful Quincy, California. The weather was hot and so was the music; with diverse genres like rock, electronica, roots, jazz, bluegrass, country, and blues, there was something to please every taste.
Headliners Widespread Panic delivered a blistering two-set performance, and STS9 went back to their roots with old school musicality. Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Hard Working Americans bringing good ole whiskey fueled R’nR, while Lettuce and Turquaz brought the funky dance party. Meanwhile, the classic jazzy stylings of legends Bill Frisell and Ernest Ranglin delighted the jazzbos. Del McCoury and Greensky Bluegrass represented the grassy side of things well.
Next year for the silver anniversary High Sierra will once again stoke the family vibe plus provide some surprises for 2015.
Click the thumbnails to check out Susan Weiand’s shots from the weekend!
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
November 2, 2012
Sure, the Black Crowes may be on hiatus, but the band that Chris Robinson has put together since has been nothing short of stellar. Chris Robinson Brotherhood has been touring relentlessly and the band â€“ comprised of fellow Crowe Adam MacDougall on keyboards,Â George Sluppick (Mofro, City Champs)Â on drums,Â “Muddy” DuttonÂ on bass, andÂ Neal Casal (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals)Â on guitar â€“ is phenomenal.
They stopped in Charlotte and the Neighborhood Theater, and Brad Kuntz was there to capture the magic.
First Set: Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go,Â Tomorrow Blues,Â Mother of Stone,Â Star or Stone,Â Bertha,Â Vibration & Light Suite,Â Little Lizzie Mae,Â Blue Suede Shoes
Second Set:Â Meanwhile in the Gods…,Â 40 Days,Â Train Robbers,Â Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham,Â Badlands Here We Come,Â Tough Mama,Â Sunday Sound,Â Rosalee
Encore:Â Reflections on a Broken Mirror,Â Mr. Charlie
Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show byÂ Brad Kuntzâ€¦
Mud Island Amphitheater
October 20, 2007
The Black Crowes could have been the biggest rock band of the past few decades, but inner turmoil and constant personnel changes derailed a band that has always seemed to be on the cusp of greatness. Not unknown, critics-love-them greatness, but genuine stadium-sellout greatness.
Despite the challenges that the band has faced – some self-inflicted – they have persevered, and still churn out great music. However, had there been any continuity whatsoever, they could have been huge. Their October, 2007 Memphis show gave the audience glimpses of that greatness.
House of Blues
August 24, 2007
Despite slug-sized raindrops splashing ferociously upon Downtown Disney, folks determined to get themselves a heaping dose of unfiltered rock ’n’ roll made their way toward the House of Blues, wading through the whirlwind of weather and Mickey-loving tourists. On this rainy summer night, the Black Crowes were making a much needed southern stop for a sold- out show.
Continue reading The Black Crowes sing the blues in the House of the mouse.
An all-star cast has been announced to take part in Sing Out for Seva, in honor of Wavy Gravy's 71st Birthday.
On May 18, 2007 at The Grand Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, local acts old and new (and other assorted musicians) will honor Wavy Gravy, including Mickey Hart and Friends, Chris Robinson and his "Wooden Family," Zero, Tea Leaf Green, and Sikiru Adepoju. Special guests are also anticipated.
Visit www.seva.org/events.php for more information.
There was no doubt that a night filled with music by southern rock icons the Black Crowes and the Drive-By Truckers would deliver. In fact, this tour throughout the early summer has been lighting fires to venues across America. Robert Randolph and the Family Band have also played on most of the dates as the third band on the monstrous bill.