Relix Magazine decided to celebrate its 30th Anniversary
by hosting an outdoor concert in New York City, Gov't Mule
was the obvious choice. The band personifies Relixs "Music
for the Mind" slogan, with its jolting amalgam of improvisational
rock, blues and jazz. The Mule will headline the high profile event,
which takes place Friday June 6th at Rumsey Field
in Manhattans Central Park. It will be Gov't Mule's first
appearance in The Big Apple since its two heralded sold out performances
at the Beacon Theater this past December.
Mule debuted in 1995 with a self-titled album on Capricorn Records,
followed by a stellar concert date at Roseland Ballroom. The studio
follow-up Dose appeared in early 1998 and yet another live set,
1999's Live With A Little Help From Our Friends. The 5th
release, Life Before Insanity, was issued in early 2000,
but just a few months after its release, founding member Allen Woody
passed away. Devastated, Warren Haynes and Matt Abts opted to carry
on. The two-volume Deep End CD series which includes
"Sco-Mule" which was nominated for the Best Rock Instrumental
Grammy in 2003 and the award winning Rising Low DVD which
was directed by Phish bassist Mike Gordon resulted.
Photo: Mike Weintrob
are still buzzing about Gov't Mule's recent "Deepest End"
concert, a marathon show that took place May 3 at the Saenger Theater
in New Orleans. The event featured several of the legendary bass
players who appear on Gov't Mule's Deep End albums, including George
Porter Jr., Jack Casady, Les Claypool, Dave Schools,
and Roger Glover. Portions of the historic night will be
showcased on a double live album and DVD to be released this fall.
a review of the show]
are at 4:30 p.m. and showtime is slated for 6 p.m. Enter Central
Park at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue (the concert will be held at
69th Street). Special guests Robert Randolph and the Family Band
will also appear. Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased through
Ticketmaster locations and through www.ticketmaster.com and www.cc.com.
Mule on JamBase
Mule's official website
with Warren Haynes
Deep End, Vol. 1 CD review
Sample: "On The Banks of the Deep End"
Mike Gordon on bass and background vocals
and Danny Louis on organ and Wurlitzer