This just in, Bob Weir, Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene are coming to the Boulder Theater to offer an Acoustic performance on June 2. This powerhouse matchup is not to be missed and is being billed by the theater as a “once in a lifetime performance!”
Chris Robinson played with Furthur the last time they were at Red Rocks and did a rousing version of “Hard to Handle” and Jackie Greene is no stranger to the Grateful Dead Material made famous in part by Weir, having recently played a number of shows with Phil Lesh & Friends. Tickets go on sale next Friday and we will see you at the show! For more information visit BoulderTheater.com.
UPDATE: ☆ The Weir-Robinson-Greene Acoustic Trio just added a Sunday, June 3, date at Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, Colorado, one of Colorado’s beautiful outdoor venues. For more information visit Themishawaka.com.
Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has some friends he plans to play with here in Colorado. Some very impressive friends I might add. Phil Lesh and Friends is the simple name Lesh uses when picking a group of musicians to play with either in a small set of shows or on tour. The list of Lesh’s past friends include Warren Haynes, Merle Saunders, Donna Jean Godchaux, Pete Sears, Bill Kreutzmann, Kyle Hollingsworth, Michael Kang, Billy Nershi, Jeff Mattson, Bill Payne, Steve Kimmock, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring and the list goes on.
This year I am happy to report that Phil’s friends are an amazing group of artists set to play a three night engagement at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield. When the shows were first announced the lineup included musicians John Schofield, Warren Haynes, Jackie Green and Furthur’s drummer Joe Russo. I was very excited. On Tuesday Lesh announced, via his Facebook page, the
addition of Rat Dog and Furthur keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti. These shows are on track to be amazing.
From Lesh’s Facebook page “Jeff Chimenti has been added to the lineup for the Phil Lesh and Friends shows in Broomfield, CO on February 16, 17 and 18! Tickets available at www.tickethorse.com”
Phil Lesh and Friends have not played in Colorado since the creation of the Lesh and Bob Weir band Furthur.
If you want to go and don’t have tickets, you may want to check out Mountain Sun on Pearl St. I went in the other day and got a ticket with a free beer for $50 dodging the service charges that the regular ticket outlets add to the ticket price. Plus February is Stout Month at the brewpub. See you at the shows.
Bloggers note: Special thanks to artist Matt Brown for letting me use his fantastic poster art for this post.
By Alan Crandall, previously published at dailycamera.com The Motet is heading back out on the road. I am not talking about shows in Breckenridge or Carbondale like they did the last two nights. No, I am not talking about tonight’s Best of Halloween show at the Aggie Theater where the Motet select the best of their prior Halloween tribute shows covering bands like Jamiroquai, Talking Heads, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sly Stone, Earth, Wind and Fire and the Grateful Dead. I am not even talking about tomorrow night’s New Year’s eve show at the Aggie with the Motet and Euforquestra. Playing local, affordable and dynamic shows, this is the Motet I know; this is the Motet I love. No, The Motet are going much bigger, I am talking coast to coast, nationwide and to other countries even.
The Motet recently announced that they are taking their most recent project, “Funk is Dead” on tour with a west coast and 4 east coast dates. Motet founder and percussionist Dave Watt’s explains, “We are hitting the east coast and San Francisco as well, having this Funk is Dead set under our belt people have gotten really excited about it, so it looks like we will be able to make it happen in some really great venues we never played at before.” Watts elaborated, “We love playing the material and it’s great to have three or four hours worth of new material and we are definitely excited about the new arrangements and feel we came up with.”
The new material alone may have not sent the band on tour, “we would have not just gone out on tour with such a big band without there being some real excitement from the promoters out east and in San Francisco,” said Watts. It turns out that AEG has been promoting their Ogden Theater shows and “AEG’s offices in New York decided to put us in four great theaters on the east coast.”
The band plans on gigging in other countries also, “We do have some cool variations to next year’s tour schedule, we are being paid to play a private party in Costa Rica so we are going to add some club dates,” said Watts.
Included in the new Tour dates recently announced are a couple of Cervantes shows in January. This is not the only news for the Motet; they also revamped their website www. themotet.net. “We just decided to step up the whole functionality with the website before it was just basic information now the possibilities are endless,” said Watts.
Over ten years old, the Motet has played in most every type of venue from bars to large concert halls. They stage a large band of talented musicians and continue to grow their fan base. Now, with the new Funk is Dead material going from coast to coast, a much larger audience is going to be exposed to their music and they too will find out that when the Motet plays, you have to dance.
Check out this cool video from the Motet’s Halloween “Funk is Dead” concert at the Ogden by SuperVideoBros on Youtube.