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Terrapin Crossroads

Terrapin Crossroads, Phil Lesh‘s new venue in San Rafael, CA is gearing up for a great opening run of shows in March with Phil Lesh & Friends playing 12 nights. The venue will be opening with full bar and limited menu in the dining area. Tickets are on sale now at the Terrapin Crossroads Events page. Don’t worry too much if you don’t get a ticket right away though. If you are diligent, you could still possibly get a ticket. According to their website:

“We will be holding tickets for band family and friends for every Terrapin Crossroads show, and 48 hours before every show we will start releasing any unused tickets for half of the GA ticket price. These will only be available online and we will send out a Twitter missive and a Facebook post every time we release some. Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook, as we plan to release tickets frequently prior to every show, up to two hours before showtime.”

However, if you still don’t manage to get tickets don’t be too disappointed. I hear that Terrapin Crossroads will also possibly be offering $5.00 webcasts for selected shows. Check out the line up of artists playing and pick up your tickets today!

Saturday, March 17 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Brian Lesh / Chris Robinson / Jeff Chimenti / Jimmy Herring / Joe Russo / Bob Weir

Sunday, March 18 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Brian Lesh / Chris Robinson / Jeff Chimenti / Jimmy Herring / Joe Russo

Tuesday, March 20 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Chris Robinson / Jimmy Herring / Jeff Chimenti / Joe Russo

Thursday, March 22 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo

Friday, March 23 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo

Saturday, March 24 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo

Sunday, March 25 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Tuesday, March 27 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jeff Chimenti / Joe Russo / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams / Warren Haynes

Thursday, March 29 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jeff Chimenti / Joe Russo / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams / Warren Haynes

Friday, March 30 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jaz Sawyer / Jeff Chimenti / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Saturday, March 31 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jaz Sawyer / Jeff Chimenti / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Sunday, April 1 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jaz Sawyer / Jeff Chimenti / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

John K. Samson

One of my favorite singer-songwriters, John K. Samson of The Weakerthans, will be releasing a new album very soon. His first full length solo album, entitled Provincial, is set to debut this January 24th via Epitaph-Anti Records. The release will contain re-recorded tracks from Samson’s pair of solo EPs (City Route 85 and Provincial Road 222) as well as brand new songs. A preview video for the release as well as Samson’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

3/10 – Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
3/11 – Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer
3/13 – Washington DC at Black Cat
3/15 – New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom
3/16 – Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
3/17 – Buffalo, NY at Mohawk
4/1 – Seattle,WA at Tractor Tavern
4/2 – Portland, OR at Doug Fir
4/5 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
4/6 – Los Angeles, CA at The Troubadour
4/7 – San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill

For the totally geeky, like me, the liner notes can be found, here. I really do like John K. Samson’s music and can’t wait to see him in San Francisco. Hope to see some of you there!

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New Orleans Jazz Festival 2012 with Eagles, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Tom Petty

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will feature The Eagles, Tom Petty, The Foo Fighters, and John Mayer among the hundreds of acts playing the festival in 2012. The party goes down across two weekends from April 27th to May 6th, and will be spread over a dozen (or so) stages.

With so much talent loaded onto this bill, it’s impossible to pinpoint just a couple featured acts. Al Green, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock, My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine, Feist, Florence + the Machine, and Jill Scott are all deserving festival headliners in their own right, but they represent just a fraction of the nationally recognized talent on this year’s packed festival lineup.

Festival producer Quint Davis said of landing The Eagles and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers:

They’ve been on our most in demand list for…

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Can music videos get much more classic than Michael Jackson‘s? How about this one? Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller,” not only has classic zombie dance moves that have been repeated over and over again but it also has a pretty classic lineup of talent featuring Director John Landis fresh from An American Werewolf in London, Elmer Bernstein (who composed incidental music), makeup artist Rick Baker, and überghoul Vincent Price as narrator. Zombie music videos can’t get much better.

Adele

Adele performing live in 2009

Adele‘s voice has been a huge success for her this year with her album, “21” being the best selling CD in the United States with over 4 million units sold. Her voice has also been a huge amount of trouble for her as well.

In June she had to cancel concerts due to laryngitis. Then, in early October, she canceled a run of U.S. concerts due to a repeated vocal chord hemorrhage. At that time she wrote to her fans:

“If I continue to pick up everything before I have properly conquered these problems and nipped them in the bud, I will be totally and utterly fucked. Singing is literally my life, it’s my hobby, my love, my freedom and now my job. I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever.”

Unfortunately, her vocal problems persisted, and now, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, she will need to go under the knife to fix the problem. Hopefully there is not too much to fear though. The surgery is supposed to be pretty non-invasive, and it has also helped other singers such as Steven Tyler, Graham Nash and Elton John in the past. So, hopefully Adele will be back out on the road doing what she loves once again very soon.

We wish you the best recovery, Adele!

Anyone remember the feds raiding the Gibson Guitar factories in Memphis and Nashville this past August? Well, they did, and between those raids and other raids in 2009; the feds have seized over $1 million worth of rosewood, ebony, and finished guitars from Gibson. These hardwoods are prized for their tonal properties and strength and are used for Gibson’s fretboards on their guitars. Gibson’s factories have remained open, but have done so under great difficulty due to the fact that the feds took most of the company’s raw materials.

The U.S. Justice Department has declined to comment on the case but have provided information regarding the Lacey Act, which is aimed at curbing illegal trafficking in wildlife, fish and plant products, and illegally obtained lumber. A letter issued by the Justice and Interior department officials stated the following:

“By prohibiting trafficking in wood illegally harvested overseas, the Lacey Act prohibits companies from undercutting law-abiding U.S. wood products companies … by trading in artificially inexpensive raw materials that have been illegally harvested from foreign forests.”

Gibson’s CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, states that Gibson Guitar uses a small fraction of the world’s tropical hardwoods, compared to that used for furniture and flooring, and because it uses so little it can use it sustainably. He also explained how his company has been a leader in this area with its line of SmartWood instruments, using wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. He went on to state:

“The issue here is not illegal logging or some conservation abuse … The laws that are being identified by the Department of Justice have to do with protectionism by the country of origin, keeping work in that country and therefore not allowing something that isn’t that value-added to be exported.”

Gibson has filed suit in federal court in Nashville to recover all of their seized materials, but that suit has been stayed while the investigation continues. In the meantime, Juszkiewicz has been working on changing the law. He says,

“I believe in the intent of the law … but I do believe that the way it’s currently written allows what’s happening to me to happen to other companies, and that’s wrong.”

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Juszkiewicz to join him in the speaker’s box to watch President Barack Obama‘s address on jobs to joint session of Congress on September 8.

Oh, and in case you were wondering… Luckily for musicians, a letter from the government in response to members of Congress on the Gibson case stated that those who unknowingly possess an instrument containing wood that was taken illegally “do not have criminal exposure.”

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