Archive for January, 2010

Post #200 (!), February Preview, and WTN Updates

Today marks post number 200 for Welcome To Now! Great things are in store for this spring and summer, so stay tuned, and enjoy!


Things always cool down a bit in the world of Jam during the month of January as bands take some time off to rest up and recover from their respective winter and new year’s runs. However, it’s February and there’s a ton of music that will be going on all across the country. Stay turned this month for coverage of:

Furthur, Winter Tour 2010, Feb. 5th – March 8th

Trey Anastasio Band, February Tour 2010, Feb. 8th – Feb. 28th

The Disco Biscuits, Winter and Spring Tours 2010, Jan 28th – April 25th

Gov’t Mule, Winter 2010 Tour, Jan 20th – Feb. 20th


A couple upgrades to Welcome To Now:

1. Embedded Streaming Entire Shows, Featured Tracks, and Mix Tapes (Live!)

2. Welcome To Now Music Archive (Under Development – Coming Soon!)

To celebrate the upgrades, enjoy this 1st Welcome To Now mix:

12/30-12/31/09 Compilation

TRACK 1: 12/31/09 Set 3 – Fluffhead (w/ “Sarah”)
TRACK 2: 12/30/09 Set 2 – Boogie On Reggae Woman>
TRACK 3: 12/30/09 Set 2 – Run Like an Antelope
TRACK 4: 12/31/09 Set 2 – Piper
TRACK 5: 12/30/09 Set 2 – The Curtain (With)
TRACK 6: 12/31/09 Set 2 – Ghost
TRACK 7: 12/30/09 Set 1 – David Bowie
TRACK 8: 12/31/09 Set 1 – Bathtub Gin
TRACK 9: 12/30/09 Set 2 – Back on the Train
TRACK 10: 12/31/09 Set 3 – You Enjoy Myself

Gov’t Mule – 1/28/10 – Nashville, TN

Gov’t Mule is currently truckin’ along, mid-way through their massive ‘By A Thread Winter 2010 Tour‘. The tour kicked off on January 20th in Fort Lauderdale, FL just 2 days after the conclusion of the band’s first ever ‘Island Exodus’ in Negril, Jamaica. This tour covers serious ground and has already made stops in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio (all in a little over a week). Upcoming big tour stops include The House of Blues in Cleveland and Chicago AND Dallas, The Pageant in St. Louis, The Filmore in Devner, and Stubb’s Amphitheater in Austin among many others. It’s touring like this that earns Warren Haynes and the Mule Crew serious respect in the Jam Scene and reinforce Warren’s reputation as the hardest working man in Jam.

Warren Ragin'

Check out this fun and eclectic Mule show from Thursday night at the Ryman in Nashville, TN. Mule busted out some rare covers like ‘The Shape I’m In’ (The Band), ‘Ventilator Blues’ (Rolling Stones), and ‘When The Music’s Over’ (The Doors) along w/ more oft-played cover tunes ‘Dear Prudence’ (Beatles), ‘Cortez The Killer’ (Neil Young). Three of these coveres – Ventilator, Dear Prudence, and Cortez – featured guest sit-ins by Audley Freed, guitarist from the Black Crowes.

Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN

Gov’t Mule
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN

Set 1
Brand New Angel
Brokedown On The Brazos
The Shape I’m In
Railroad Boy
Monday Mourning Meltdown
Kind of Bird
Gordon James
Ventilator Blues*
Dear Prudence*

Gov't Mule - 1/28/10

Set 2
Maggot Brain
When the Music’s Over
Frozen Fear>
Need Your Love So Bad
Streamline Woman
Mr. Man

Cortez the Killer*

* – With Audley Freed

Torrent (FLAC) Download

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Also, head  over to MuleTracks and check out their SBD downloads of Mule’s Island Exodus

Bisco at the Fox – Nights 1 And 2

The Disco Biscuits make their triumphant return to the stage after their massively successful and well-praised New Year’s 2009 5-night-run at the Nokia. The boys are back with a big 4 night run this weekend (Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31) at The Fox  in Boulder, CO. The first two nights look like great shows on paper – lots of fun segues, jams, and a nice mix of new and old selections. Check out setlists and videos from Nights 1 and 2 below, and audio downloads (NEW ADDED 2/02/10). Enjoy!

Bisco NYE

01/29/10 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO

Set I: Resurrection> Portal To An Empty Head, Grass Is Green> Helicopters*, Papercut, Helicopters*> Grass Is Green

Set II: Mirrors> Spraypaint> The Great Abyss> And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night**> Lunar Pursuit> Spraypaint

Encore: Rockafella

* – Dyslexic

**- Inverted

Stream Link (LMA)
Download Link (LMA)

Portal To An Empty Head:


Great Abyss:


1/28/10 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO

Set I: Little Lai, Flash Mob, Konkrete, Confrontation> Tempest> Bernstein And Chasnoff*> Confrontation

Set II: House Dog Party Favor, Air Song> The Safety Dance> Abraxas> Digital Buddha, Chemical Warfare Brigade

Encore: Svenghali

* – inverted

Stream Link (LMA)
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Unknown Jam 1 (Air Song?):

Unknown Jam 2:

Check the latest Bisco uploads on YouTube here as more clips are sure to surface over the course of the weekend.

Audio downloads coming soon!

Fantastic Funk

This year’s Jam Cruise 8 featured an impressive, fun, and diverse lineup as well as tons of one-off-projects, collaborations, late-night jam sessions, and a crazy party like no other on the open seas. Check out this deep, funky goodnes in both visual and auditory formats from one of these collaborations – ‘Fantastic 4’ featuring jazz/jam/funk greats Eric Krasno (Soulive), Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars), George Porter Jr. (The Meters), and up-and-comer Adam Deitch (Break Science). This quarter brings together funk, jazz, and rock in an infectious and uplifting groove – this is good shit that is not to be missed.

For those of you who want in on the Jam Cruise action, you can already pre-book for Jam Cruise 9 in 2011!

Left to right: Krasno, Porter Jr., Walter

Krasno, Porter Jr., and Walter

Fantasic 4
Jam Cruise 8

Hot Pants Breakdown
Change / Reform*
Check Out Your Mind**
Funky Miracle**
He Bite Me***
For Granted@
Love Having You Around**
Africa (New Orleans)%#
Pungee / Cissy Strut

IClips Video Stream

Audio Download

Krasno, Deitch, and Porter Jr.

Krasno, Deitch, and Porter Jr.

Fantastic 4 is: Robert Walter, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno & George Porter Jr.

* – with Ivan Neville
** – with Nigel Hall
*** – with Skerik
@ – with Karl Denson
% – with with Jeff Coffin
# – with Will Boulware

Summer Festivals Preview

While we’re deep in cold bitter winter, looking ahead to summer festival season brings a certain warmth and happiness. Lineups are already being announced, rumors are flying, and things are starting to heat up on the 2010 festival front. Here’s a look at how things are shaping up for some of the summer’s most anticipated festivals:


Wanee Festival - Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic will perform Friday and Saturday night of the Festival. Other performers include: Gov’t Mule; Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi; Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Childern; Stephen Stills; The Black Keys; Dr. John; Hot Tuna Electric; 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali; JJ Grey & Mofro; Johnny Winter; George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic; The Funky Meters; The Wailers; Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings; North Mississippi Allstars; A Family Affair with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (performing Sly & The Family Stone); Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band; Chuck Leavell with The Randall Bramblett Band; Particle; Oteil and Kofi Burbridge with The Lee Boys; Col. Bruce Hampton; Devon Allman’s Honeytribe; Scrapomatic; Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio and Bonobos Convergence.

Wanee’s lineup pretty much speaks for itself this year – this looks to be a smoking festival with a diverse group of the best of the best in the jam scene. Tickets are on sale now at Wanee’s website.


Mountain Jam 2008 - Hunter Mountain

Gov’t Mule (Two Nights), Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Avett Brothers, Les Claypool (Late Night Set), Toots & The Maytals, Yonder Mountain String Band, Matisyahu, Dark Star Orchestra, Dave Mason, Lettuce, ALO, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Elmwood & The London Souls plus many more to be announced. Tickets will be on-sale Monday January 25th at 10am Through

The big question remains who will occupy the Sunday night headlining slot? The Allman Brothers Band headlined in 2009, Ratdog in 2008, and Phil Lesh and Friends in 2007. Rumors point to either Furthur, or Widespread Panic to have the honors this year. There should be a lot of other good artists added in the coming weeks as well so stay tuned.


Wakaruska 2007

STS9, The Disco Biscuits, Slightly Stoopid, John Butler Trio, Blues Traveler, Zappa Plays Zappa, Bassnectar, Railroad Earth, The Machine performs Pink Floyd, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Lotus, Rebelution, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, BoomBox, Black Joe Lewis, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, James Zabiela, Split Lip Rayfield, Hayes Carll, Sub Swara, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Reverend Peyton’s BigDamn Band, Trampled by Turtles, Wookiefoot, Mishka, Big Gigantic, Truth & Salvage Co., Fort Knox Five, Mountain Sprout, Band of Heathens, Last Waltz Ensemble, Cash’d Out, Earl Greyhound, Bluetech, Uglysuit, Passafire, Simplified, Hoots & Hellmouth, Resident Anti-Hero plus many more artists still to be announced.

Wakaruska boasts a diverse and comprehensive lineup this year with a ton of big-hitter electronic headliners such as The Disco Biscuits, STS9, Lotus, Bassnectar, and EOTO. But this fest isn’t just straight-Untz, other big  rock/funk/bluegrass names include the The Machine, Railroad Earth, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zappa Plays Zappa, and Blues Traveler.


Bonnaroo 2009

The preliminary lineup announcement is due on February 2nd, heavily rumored acts include Furthur, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam, Girl Talk, Steve Martin and many many many more of course. Keep an eye on Bonnaroo’s twitter feed for clues as to who will be appearing at this year’s festivities.


Oxford Fairgrounds

With Rothbury cancelled at least for this summer, rumor has it that AEG Live/Madison House are going to go big this year with their first Annual ‘Nateva Festival’ to be held in Oxford, ME over July 4th weekend. Nateva will make their initial lineup announcement this Friday, January 29th. Rumored big names include The Allman Brothers Band, Furthur, The Flaming Lips, and Trey Anastasio Band.


Vibe Tribe - Seaside Park

No official announcment on lineup yet from the Vibe Tribe, but the festival has confirmed that they will return to Seaside Park, even after last year’s lower-than-hoped attendance, unfortunate deatch of a camper, and investigation into illegal activities by private security hired by the festival producers. All that aside, Vibes is back and is sure to be better than ever. An educated guess at this year’s lineup with we Dark Star Orchestra on Thursday night, Furthur on Saturday, and Deep Banana Blackout + other big names for Friday. If your’e a deadhead, there’s no place like the vibes, it truly is Deadhead Heaven.

Gov’t Mule – Xmas Jam 2009

Gov’t Mule’s Christmas Jam this year featured the annual event’s most diverse lineup to date in its 21st installment. This year’s artists included moe., The Counting Crows, Ani DiFranco, George Porter Jr., Jimmy Herring, Jackie Greene, DJ Logic, and many more. Like always, the Christmas festivities included MANY guest sit-ins, culminating in a monster, guest-filled, jammed out, classic-hit, Mule throwdown. Check out the setlist, download, and videos of two new Mule cuts – ‘Broke Down on the Brazos’ and ‘Steppin’ Lightly’ – below…

Gov’t Mule (and Friends)
Xmas Jam
Civic Center Arena ~Asheville, NC

Broke Down On The Brazos >
Steppin’ Lightly
Railroad Boy
Frozen Fear ->
Devil Likes It Slow (with Jimmy Herring, Ron Hollaway & Fred Eltringham)
Patchwork Quilt -> (with Jimmy Herring & Fred Eltringham)
Sugaree (with Jimmy Herring, Jackie Greene & Fred Eltringham)
Don’t Let Me Down (with Jackie Greene & Fred Eltringham)
Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (with Brad Whitford, Ron Hollaway & Fred Eltringham)
Train Kept A Rollin’ (with Brad Whitford & Fred Eltringham)

I Shall Be Released (with Everybody)

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Acoustic Sundays, Vol. 2

Acoustic Sundays make a triumphant return today with a breathtaking 4-camera, SBD Audio, full-length, pro-shot video of Phish’s Festival 8 Acoustic set: check it out here!

Phish Acoustic - 11/01/09

Phish Festival 8 Acoustic setlist:
Water in the Sky
Back On The Train
Brian & Robert
Strange Design
Mountains in the Mist
The Curtain With
Army of One
Sleep Again
My Sweet One
Let Me Lie
Around the Room
Train Song

Secret Smile

Video Stream

Audio Download

Notes: Entire set acoustic. * -first time played

For all you acoustic-heads out there, be sure to also check out our first installment of Acoustic Sundays with a crystal-clear SBD recording of Jerry Garcia and John Kahn, live acoustic from the Oregon State Penitentiary in 1982.

Garcia and Kahn

Garcia/Kahn Setlist:
Deep Elem Blues
Friend Of The Devil
Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Run For The Roses
I’ve Been All Around This World
Dire Wolf

Reuben And Cherise

SBD Download

And We’re Back!

Hey y’all,

As I’m sure all WTN readers out there are all too aware, we all need a hiatus sometimes. Well, Welcome To Now is no different. But we’re back, rested and fired up for Welcome To Now 2.0. Coming soon, we’ll be looking back at some of the amazing music that has transpired over the past few months, and looking forward to live coverage of upcoming Winter/Spring tours from Trey Anastasio Band, Furthur, The Allman Brothers Band, The Disco Biscuits, and many more.

So strap in, welcome to now, and let’s get this show (back) on the road!