Thank Jah...It's Friday. For being the supposed slow part of the summer, this week has felt like forever and eternity battling it out for having the most stamina. I like to call that champion infinity.
It really has been a while since I gave FB a TJIF post. This week I'll dip into the Youtube archive and pluck a solid live performance of Jimmy Cliff performing "Many Rivers To Cross" in 1984. I dedicate this to LeRoi.
On June 30th, 2008, Dave Matthews Band’s saxophonist, LeRoi Moore got into an ATV accident that sent him to the University of Virginia
hospital. He had left the hospital, only to return a few days later.
His condition was not good and word was that things weren’t going well.
We do not know the details, but have verified from two independent
sources that this is in fact true. I talked with Bruce Flohr, who
confirmed his death several moments ago.
LeRoi, rest in peace and in your and Dave Matthews Band honor we
won’t write anything on the site for tomorrow. LeRoi died at the young
age of 46. - cVillain
How could I NOT be a huge Dave Matthews Band fan? I grew up in Virginia in the mid nineties, it was like a right of passage. From 7.25.1995 (my first show) until the turn of the century I saw about 50 DMB shows. Every single one of them important and a lifelong (happy) memory...some more than others...but that is for a different post. One of my favorites comes from the first show at the Classic Amphitheater in Richmond.
My friends and I were so psyched for the show we left Virginia Beach extremely early that day in '95. The 2 hour drive went by quickly...really quickly. Yes, we were the first car in the parking lot. As we were sitting there, I noticed a car pull up to me on my left (I was driving). In it, was LeRoi. I looked over, probably dumbfounded, to see LeRoi smile and toss a wave my way as he drove past security into the venue. Sixteen year old Bready thought it was pretty sweet. Oh and the show was killer too.
I'm deeply saddened by the news of LeRoi's passing. My heart goes out to his family, friends, band mates, and the large # of passionate fans. He was a truly talented musician with an amazing ability to improv. Despite being terribly afraid of performing (the reason for always wearing sunglasses), he was most poignant on stage in a live setting. While my DMB fandom is not what it was in the mid-late 90s, they will always hold place in my heart. As such, I'll pay my tribute with a mix of LeRoi-tinged live DMB tracks from shows I attended. Yes, I have every single show I saw on cassette, CD, flac, and mp3.
I almost forgot to mention, LeRoi guested with Phish the first time I saw them on 7.21.1997 in Virginia Beach. It was killer. He came out during "Theme From The Bottom" for a jam that can't be done justice with words. LeRoi played 2 saxes, Trey 3 guitars, Mike Gordon 2 bass guitars, Jon Fishman drumming with at least 6 sticks, and Page McConnell laying all over his keyboards playing as many keys as possible. The jam merged into a great rendition of "Funky Bitch."
Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he
has amassed what has become the world's largest record collection. Due
to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced
to sell his collection.
This is the story of a man and his records.- Sean Dunne, Director
Former Phish bassist Mike Gordon released a new album of original material last week. The album, called Green Sparrow, is his third non-Phish album (one was done with Leo Kottke). Mike and his band began a tour last week in support and on Wednesday played the Highline Ballroom. I thought the show was okay. The Set consisted mostly of Green Sparrow tracks and a couple interesting covers: The Doobie Brothers "Take It To The Streets" and C+C Music Factory's "Things That Make You Go Hmm."
Did you know the legendary Les Paul
plays two shows in NYC every week of the year? It is one of those NYC
events you can do all the time but put off because you can do it all
the time. Well, I finally can check this off my to-do list.
Monday the wifey and I met a couple friends at the Iridium Jazz Club
for Les's second show of the evening. The set was just over an hour
and was quite enjoyable. Somehow, we showed up 15 minutes before the
start and ended up with really great seats at one of the front tables.
Les turned 96 this past June and it shows. One should go
check him out but definitely don't expect him to shine like he did when
he was Bing Crosby's band leader. Overall, just being in the room with
him, seeing him play, joking with the crowd...all while hitting on his
hot bass player...is more than enough to warrant the trip. Bonus
points were two of Les-guests: Eight year old Yuto Miyazawa, Guiness
World Record holder as the youngest professional guitarist and former
Howard Stern guy, Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling.
Went to the All Points West Festival on Saturday. It was held on Liberty State Park just off the southern tip of Manhattan near the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island. LSP turned out to be a great venue with amazing views of the city - thankfully, the weather was amazing and made it that much better an atmosphere. I think the only negative I heard was the 5-drink maximum...in a fenced in area...and long bathroom lines (i didn't find either to be a problem).
My first time seeing a number of these bands - Animal Collective, Alberta Cross, Kings Of Leon, Chromeo, The Black Angels, and some band from the UK named Radiohead. I thought the latter was pretty good. They might go somewhere. Really though, great day of music. Pics below and to see the entire batch, check out my flickr here.