SEALS CATCHES TREY ON HIS NEW ALBUM
Son Seals' new album, Letting Go, -in stores on April 25th- will feature Trey Anastasio of Phish on a new version of "Funky Bitch." Seals' song has become a fan favorite at Phish shows. A fierce and passionate live performer, Seals joined the band onstage to play "Funky Bitch" and other blues classics at the Allstate Center in Rosemont, IL on 10/3/99, Oswego County Airport in Volney, NY on 7/17/99, and at Espace Julien in Marseille, France on 7/10/97.
Born in 1942 in Osceola, Arkansas, Frank "Son" Seals is a Chicago Blues artist described as a musician with "soul, speed, intensity and an unflagging sense of timing and blues invention." For the past 25 years, Seals has played thousands of gigs and has performed with legendary players such as Albert King (with whom he recorded the seminal Stax album Live Wire/Blues Power), Junior Wells, Hound Dog Taylor, James Cotton and Buddy Guy. Seals was named Chicago Blues Entertainer of 1997 at the 17th annual Chicago Music Awards.
KIMOCK RIDES AGAIN
Playing two historic venues on both the east and west coast,
The Steve Kimock Band has announced two dates in New York
at The Wetlands Preserve on Feb. 11 & 12th -the club's 11th Anniversary celebration- and two dates in San Francisco at The Great American Music Hall on Feb 17 & 18th.
The stellar line-up is expected to feature Kimock, Bobby Vega (Zero, KVHW, Sly and the Family Stone), Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren, Phil & Friends) and Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Zero, Phil & Friends).
A seasoned performer of 25 years, Kimock co-founded Zero in 1984 and has played and recorded with countless musical legends. Joining the Further Festival in the summer of 1998, Kimock played with The Other Ones, comprised of surviving Grateful Dead members. He was also Phil Lesh's signature guitar player at many Phil & Friends shows in 1999, sharing the stage with a variety of talents, including Trey Anastasio and Page O'Connell of Phish.
Tickets for the Wetlands are available through Ticketmaster or at the Wetlands Box Office. Tickets for the Great American are available through BASS, Ticketweb or at Great American's Box Office.
ALLMAN BROTHERS LIVE AT BEACON AGAIN THIS MARCH
The Allman Brothers Band returns once again to New York City's Beacon Theater for an extended run in March. The group has played multiple dates at the comfortable 2,894-capacity venue every spring since 1993. This year, they've decided on 13 nights between the 9th and the 25th. The band usually kicks off the Beacon dates with three weekend shows but that's going to change this year. Fan club members, who apparently have a tradition of congregating for the first nights, voted for a Thursday, Friday, Saturday opener and the band obliged. This year's Beacon run will see another first. Derek Trucks, the 20-year-old nephew of founding member Butch Trucks, will join his uncle, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge and Jaimoe onstage as a full-fledged band member. Derek has appeared with the band since he was 12 and was tapped to join for real when Jack Pearson left the band after the �99 Beacon dates. See All the Allman Brothers Band Tourdates
THE DISCO BISCUITS SAY GOODBYE TO 'BROWNIE'
In a statement issued on their listserv today, The Disco Biscuits announced that they have parted ways with bassist Marc Brownstein. The statement reads:
Fans, friends, and family -
We are sure that the news you all received today [about Marc leaving the band] was shocking. It was, however, brought about by a need for change, either in our personal or musical lives. Although we have matured and developed viciously fast over the past few years we have been stifled musically because of personality conflicts. The circumstances are unfortunate, but we feel the decision is mutual and in the best interest of all involved for a long and happy future, privately and professionally. The Disco Biscuits will continue to create the craziest music possible in a new capacity, a capacity that is not hindered by individual differences. We thank you for your love and support and we look forward to raging together in the new millenium."
Brownstein, an extremely outgoing personality, had been a founding member of the band, and was the liaison between most fans and the band. While Biscuit fans everywhere are saddened by this shocking news, the band simply feels that this was the best decision to maintain increased creativity for the coming years.
FROM PINK TO BLUES
Rehearsals have commenced in Los Angeles for Blue Floyd -
"blues explorations into the music of Pink Floyd."
The all-star line-up, including former Allmans'
Keyboardist Johnny Neel (replacing Ed Harsch who is
needed in the studio with the Black Crowes), Allen Woody,
Matt Abts, Marc Ford and Berry Oakley Jr.,
share vocal duties and perform their twist on Floyd classics,
including "In The Flesh," "Have A Cigar," and "Money."
The tour kicks-off this Friday at the Sun Theatre in
See Blue Floyd Tourdates
AN ALLMAN TRAGEDY
Joe Dan Petty, 52, The Allman Brothers' longtime guitar technician, died Saturday afternoon when his private plane crashed near downtown Macon, GA. The pilot reported fuel line problems and was attempting to make an emergency landing. Ronald Turpin, 57, a friend of Joe Dan's and fellow pilot, was also aboard the plane. It is not known who was piloting the plane when it went down.
Joe Dan is survived by his wife Judi. At her request, in lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Joe Dan's name to:
The Methodist Home for Children
304 Pierce Ave.
Macon, GA 31204
Joe Dan Forum at AllmanBrothersBand.com
A DAY FOR LEE LAURENCE
The Georgia Theatre in Athens will host "The Lee Laurence Memorial Jam" on Thursday, January 27th. Lee was the beloved Sound Engineer for Day By The River before a car accident took his life last summer. All proceeds from the $15 ticket will help Day by the River absorb the mounting expenses resulting from the tragedy. The evening begins at 7 PM with a silent auction of items donated by Phish, Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, and many more. The music kicks-off at 10 PM with a variety of bands including Barbara Cue & Bloodkin, plus exciting surprise guests guaranteed to thrill the audience. (Due to the group's management contract provisions, names will not be advertised.) Brian Brittingham of Big Sky Productions and Richard Kherlopian of Widespread Merchandise are organizing the benefit. JamBase.Com's Day By The River Page
WEEKLY CYBERCASTS FROM THE DISCO BISCUITS
Beginning this Thursday, January 6 and continuing each Thursday through the end of February, The Disco Biscuits will broadcast one of their
favorite sets from the past year through the Digital Club Network. The
cybercasts will begin at 10pm(EST), during which a number of giveaways
will take place. The first cybercast this Thursday will be the 2nd set
of the Sept.17th, 1999 Park West show in Chicago, IL. http://www.digitalclubnetwork.com
TREY TO DO TIBET HOUSE AGAIN
On February 5th, Phish's Trey Anastasio will be participating for the second year in a row in the annual Tibet House benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Tickets range in price from $25 to $100 and they are on sale now through at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 West 57th Street, New York) and Carnegie Charge: 212.247.7800. Other performers include Philip Glass, Angelique Kidjo, Virginia Rodrigues, Patti Smith and Rufus Wainwright.