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Welcome Back To Now

Hey y’all, uh… testing 1 2 3… Is this thing on? Okay, good. Has the time come for Welcome To Now 3.0? We think so, and hope you’ll agree.

To get things back and started again, here’s a sampling of what’s making news this week around the web. Stay tuned for furthur updates, more phishiness, a healthy dose of untz, and lots more music for you folks!

Warren Haynes drops title track from forthcoming ‘Man In Motion’ solo disc:

Pre-Order ‘Man In Motion’ here, you can even get a Warren Bobblehead!


Watkin’s Glen President Tweets Himself into Phishy Quagmire:

theglenprez on Twitter

theglenprez on Twitter

WTN’s take: Fest is on; date, other bands now in question…


Jam In The Dam Returns in 2012:

JITD 2012

JITD 2012

It’s gonna be a rager!


Mike Throws Down 2 Nights of Heady Jamz at BK Bowl:

Mike's Bowl

Mike's Bowl

Setlists, reviews, vids, and photos here!


News Flash – Wooks Love MSG Ghost:

And here’s #3 compliance of the real thing…

Summer Festivals Update

Today, Mountain Jam added Levon Helm and friends for a Sunday night performance celebrating his 70th birthday, as well as Drive By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Dr. Dog, The New Mastersounds, and more. The current Mountain Jam lineup includes the following artists:


Gov’t Mule (two nights)
Levon Helm & Friends
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Avett Brothers
Les Claypool
Yonder Mountain String Band
Drive-By Truckers
Toots and the Maytals
Dark Star Orchestra
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Dr Dog
Dave Mason
The Whigs
The New Mastersounds
Jay Farrar (of Son Volt)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The Duke & The King
Justin Townes Earle
Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram
The Bridge
Zach Deputy
The Brew
Simone Felice
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Van Ghost
The London Souls
These United States
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
Mojo Miles Mancuso
Dean Batstone
Kari Spieler

Mountain Jam VI will be held June 4th-6th, 2010 at Hunter Mountain, NY. Tickets are available here and currently going for $166.50 for a weekend camping pass.

In other summer festival news today, All Good 2010 announced an impressive initial artist lineup that includes Furthur, WSP, Dark Star Orchestra, P-FUNK, The New Deal, and many more. The full initial artist list is as follows:


Widespread Panic
Umphrey’s McGee
Yonder Mountain String Band
Dark Star Orchestra (Thursday Night)
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Railroad Earth
The New Deal (Thursday Night)
Perpetual Groove
Fort Knox Five (Thursday Night)
The Macpodz

All Good 2010 will be held July 8th -11th, 2010 at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 19th at Noon for early an bird price of  $144 for a 4 day camping pass.

Finally, while the Nateva Festival continues to delay their initial artist announcement (they have announced only The Flaming Lips and Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi Band thus far), they have confirmed that they will make the announcement this Friday, Feb. 19th. Additionally, the festival sent out a facebook message to its fans saying that they would be handing out flyers announcing their headliners AT the Furthur show this Thursday in Manchester, NH. It seems clear that Furthur will be among the announcements, as has been rumored here and elsewhere on the web. Other rumored acts include The Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio Band, and Umphrey’s Mcgee.

The inaugural Nateva Festival will take place July 2nd-4th, 2010 in Oxford, ME. Tickets are on-sale now for an early-bird price of $199 (3 day camping pass).

Lotus at Bowery Ballroom – 4/10/09

Lotus put on a solid showing last night at Bowery Ballroom, I’d break it down about like this:

Music – 8.5, Lights – 9, Crowd – 4

Lotus (w/ BLVD opening)
The Bowery Ballroom
April 10th, 2009

Set I
Jump Off
Behind Midwest Store Fronts
Age of Inexperience

Set II
Flower Sermon
Slow Cookin>

Suitcases and Sandwiches

All in all a good time but not quite my cup of tea. The crowd left more than something to be desired – the scenesters were out in full force showing off their flat-brims, sun glasses inside, and all that comes with that shtick. I can’t tell you how many times someone just strolled up into my dancing space and stopped dead – completely unaware of what they were doing. Please, have some decency people!

The 1st set was more jazzy and restrained with some euphoric moments and some nicely executed jams. The 2nd set showed a little bit dirtier and, at times, more rocking side of the band and there were some definite Untz’d out moments. All in all, good times had by all.

Download/Stream the show here!

Look for a more thorough review of my preferred jam-tronica choice of the Disco Biscuits, next Saturday 4/18/09 at the one, the only, Electric Factory in the city of brotherly love!

NYC Weekend Music Round-Up

There’s enough good music going in New York City this weekend that this calls for an extended preview:

Friday Night – 4/10/09


UM Guitar Duel

Umphrey’s McGee @ Nokia Theater Times Square – If you’ve been living in a hole for the past 5 years and still find Umphrey’s prog-Metal-Jam style fresh and interesting, then you’re in for a treat. They are likely to throw down 2 longs sets with classic cuts and fresh material off the recently released Mantis. Over/under on guitar duels between Jake and Brendan  –  seven.



Lotus @ Bowery Ballroom – If I had to choose, this is the show to be at Friday night. Lotus delivers a jazzy yet poppy, electronica-laced sound that is fun and danceable. They avoid the at times over-untz’d Bisco sound and keep things 10x times more interesting than Sleep Tribe Sector 9, finding a happy medium somewhere in between. Go, dance, stalk.

Strange Design w/ the McLovins @ Sullivan Hall – This is the cheese-factor show of the night featuring two fun bands even if their existence probably stands to be questioned. For those of you not famililar w/ the McLovins – they are a group of 12 year olds, discovered on Phish Phantasy Tour, forced to change their name to ‘McLovins’ because PT heads couldn’t get over the uncanny similarities between the guitar player and ‘McLovin’ form SuperBad. Anyway, nuff’ said, just check out the YouTube vid above and you’ll see why they are opening for Strange Design.

Strange Design is a Phish cover band that, while technically strong, seems to be made for nerds who never saw a pre-hiatus show and have sat in front of their computers listening to botched versions of YEM since coventry. With Phish back, one questions why they don’t pack it in and go on Phish tour if they love the music so much.



U-Melt late night (post-UM show) @ B.B. King Blues Club – If you don’t enjoy a good melt from time to time, this show is likely not for you. U-Melt honed their sound in the parking lot of Phish shows and has come a long way to be headlining B.B King’s on a Friday night in New York City. They promise to keep the party going until early in the morning.

Saturday – 4/11/09

Umphrey's w/ Keller Williams

UM w/ Keller Williams

Umphrey’s McGee @ Nokia Theater Times Square – Show 2 of their 2 night run at Nokia. Have yourself a Dumph weekend holiday.

Lotus NYE 08'

Lotus NYE 08'

Lotus @ Bowery Ballroom – Show 2 of their 2 night run at the Bowery.

Orchard Lounge

Orchard Lounge

Orchard Lounge with the Indobox @ Sullivan hall late night (post-UM show) – Orchard Lounge is an innovative trip-hop electronica trio of DJs out of Chicago and Indobox is an up and coming east coast Jam Warrior favorite. This show promises to be the best late night party in the city. Be there or be, well, asleep earlier than 5.

As always, brought to you via – turn on, tune in, go see live music!