Celebrating 20 Years Of JamBase

Memorable Live Collaborations

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of JamBase. Part of the yearlong celebration includes the 20 For 20 series featuring 20 lists focusing on 20 notable topics and events of the JamBase era. The lists were compiled by current and former JamBase staff members and contributors, music industry professionals and other experts. Stay tuned for more, as the series continues throughout the year and we look back at two decades of encouraging fans to Go See Live Music!

Previous 20 For 20 Lists include Standout Debut Albums By Jam Acts, Pranks & Gags Played By Jam Acts, Festivals We’ve Lost, Memorable Reunions, Farewells Of The Past 2 Decades, Longest Jams & Standout Improvisations, Fan Sites, Memorable Halloween Concerts, Bands Covering Phish, Post-Grateful Dead Bands, Holiday Songs and Supergroups from the past 20 years. Next up is a look at 20 Memorable Live Collaborations.

The art of the sit-in has been examined and covered extensively by JamBase over the course of the last 20 years. Live collaborations have long been a staple of the improvisationally driven concerts featured on the site. The improvisational spirit that fuels the jam scene is mirrored by the spontaneous embrace of the sit-in and the unexpected aural treats they can provide.

Many of the entries that made the list below were previously covered in some fashion on JamBase and in those instances, the original reporting was reproduced.

Gov’t Mule & John Scofield
Sep 22, 1999


In September 1999, Gov’t Mule held a pair of guest-filled shows in Georgia. Both the September 22 show at Athens’ Georgia Theatre and the September 23 show at The Roxy in Atlanta featured jazz guitarist John Scofield sitting-in for extensive portions of each concert.

Mule’s lineup at the time — guitarist Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts and late bassist Allen Woody — were also joined over the course of the two nights by guitarists Jimmy Herring and Mike Barnes and keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo.

It took over 15 years for Gov’t Mule to officially release highlights from the two shows focusing on Scofield’s contributions via the live album, Sco-Mule. The release of Sco-Mule, which included the track “Sco-Mule,” coincided with a tour in 2015 featuring Mule and Scofield. Here’s how Gov’t Mule described the Sco-Mule release:

In late September of 1999, John Scofield teamed with Gov’t Mule, then featuring original bass player the late Allen Woody, in Georgia for two legendary shows. These shows were recorded with the intention of it being a live release after the studio album Life Before Insanity. After the passing of Woody, and the start of The Deep End project, those plans had been set aside. There are no audience recordings from these shows, so this will be the first time that anyone will be able to hear or relive what took place that night. Newly mixed and mastered, Sco-Mule features 2.5 hours of music and will be available as a 2-CD set and as a Double Vinyl Release.

During the interval between 1999 and 2015, Haynes and Scofield shared the stage a number of times, including with Phil Lesh & Friends. In 2014, Haynes spoke to JamBase about performing with Scofield:

JamBase: You’ve shared your stage with a lot of guitar players. What’s playing with Scofield like for you?

Warren Haynes: He’s one of my absolute favorites. He’s really pushing me to bring my A-game and pull out different parts of my musical vocabulary that maybe I don’t normally focus on as much. But I think we push each other to play differently. The first time we played together he played a little bit more rock and bluesy and I played a little bit more jazzy and experimental. We keep leaning toward each other that way. It’s a real honor for me to play with him.

JamBase: Will there be more Sco-Mule dates beyond what’s been announced?

Warren Haynes: I hope so. You know one reason it’s taken until now to release this record is because we always wanted to do a tour to promote it. That’s not the only reason but one of the reasons, and now that we’re embarking on that finally, we will look at the possibility of more.

Scofield spoke to JamBase in 2015 and touched upon his collaborations with Haynes:

JamBase: Warren’s talked a lot about how much fun it was to do the Sco-Mule thing and revisit your collaboration – tell me about your experience on that tour.

John Scofield: It was a blast playing with Warren, it always is. I really dig that band and have for a long time. Warren and I really got to know each other playing with Phil Lesh & Friends on and off over the years. We’re from kind of different worlds, but Warren is really knowledgeable about a lot of different types of music, and I’ve been digging The Allman Brothers and bands like that since I was a kid. It was so much fun. He’s very generous giving me all that space when we do our thing together. It was a blast.

JamBase: Warren mentions frequently about how when you two play together, he tends to play a little more jazz and you tend to play a little more rock.

John Scofield: Oh yeah, I think we both come toward each other and I do tend to rock out. It inspires me playing with Gov’t Mule to play in that way, and they play lots of
other things besides rock and blues.

JamBase: Were there any tunes in the Mule repertoire you really cottoned to?

John Scofield: Oh man, there’s this one tune I really, really loved, I’m trying to remember … [hums a few notes of the head]

JamBase: Sounds like “Devil Likes It Slow?”

John Scofield: Yes! That one kills me, man. That’s a really special piece. There are a lot of them with Mule, though, they have so much music, and on the tour we did different tunes every night. I was doing a lot of covers and stuff I had never played before, and from blues, to country to reggae. It’s fun doing tunes the way his band and Phil & Friends works where you don’t do the same repertoire every night. You might play the same song again like eight concerts from then.

Bob Dylan & Susan Tedeschi
Nov 20, 1999


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When Bob Dylan saw Susan Tedeschi guest with Phil Lesh & Friends during a 1999 tour featuring the two acts, he was so impressed he invited Tedeschi and her band to open for him a few weeks later. Susan T. and her band wound up opening what turned out to be the final Bob Dylan gig of the millennium on November 20, 1999, at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.

Dylan wound up inviting her to sit-in on four songs during his performance. Susan was the Dylan band’s guest on “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” [see above]and “Highway 61 Revisited” [see below] during Bob’s main set as well as versions of “Not Fade Away” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” in the encore.

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Widespread Panic & Steve Winwood
Jun 22, 2002


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Widespread Panic headlined the inaugural Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival when it debuted in rural Tennessee in 2002. The band followed two headlining sets on the opening night with another two sets the middle night of the festival. That final set featured several special guests, including Traffic multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood. Here’s a portion of JamBase’s coverage of Bonnaroo 2002 by B. Getz:

The day’s festivities were wonderful but it was the night time that brought Bonnarooooooo to unforeseen heights.

Simply put, Widespread Panic’s two sets that followed were phenomenal. The “Chilly Water” > “Makes Sense To Me” > “Chilly Water” made it clear that the boys meant business. The “Diner” and “Pigeons” were great, although not to out of this world, but they only set the stage for what was next. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that I could relive that incredibly spiritual moment from NYE 1999 with Dottie Peoples and the Peoples Choice Choir. But I was wrong. When Dottie took the stage, life became extremely grand and the smiles grew ten-fold. The harmonies during the chorus in “Ain’t Life Grand” from the choir were amazing and uplifting. When “Tall Boy” started, it almost became too much to handle. The amount of joy felt by the crowd exploded into hugs all around and people were leaping for the spiritual uprising that only Dottie and her connection with the Lord above could bring to 70,000 people – time to “TESTIFY.” As [John Bell] spit grit into the stew and Dottie hailed “Testify” in classic gospel choir excellence the music dropped back into “Tall Boy” and one hell of a first set came to a sweaty halt.

The always welcome “Disco” opened set two followed by “Thought Sausage” and an introspective, slightly sad “This Part Of Town.” It wasn’t long before more guests started coming out of the wood word so to speak. First up was George McConnell on guitar during “Stop Breaking Down Blues” and then Steve Winwood and the only time WSP has ever played the instrumental “Glad.” “Glad” found its way into a monster version of “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys.”

I really can’t say too much about Winwood on stage with Panic (well, I could) except that it was a defining moment, not only for me or Panic, but for the scene as a whole. The significance of one of the forefathers of blues and jazz based rock-n-roll playing at the ultimate American rock music festival of the 21st century cannot be overstated. The history, the meaning, the respect … all of it applies. Having Steve Winwood play “Low Spark” with Panic at Bonnaroo is like riding in the Cadillac with Hunter S. Thompson. A moment too rare and special to be overlooked.

During the sick space exploration that ensued we had Randall Bramblett on saxophone, Winwood on keyboards/vocals, DJ Logic on turntables, and Leon Mobley on djembe. Things were spinning out of control until the eerie but beautiful “Vacation” was placed perfectly into the set. From there, “Space Wrangler” into “Love Tractor” marked a monumental second set.

The huge mind bending triple encore began with “Visiting Day” and dropped into a dirty “Arleen” that seemed perfect for the time and place. The monster set finished this top-notch show with “City of Dreams,” I couldn’t say it any better. This was a city of dreams, 70,000+ people living in harmony amidst the oppressive heat all in the name of music and fun…” Remember this, our favorite time.”

Dave Matthews Band & James Brown
Dec 21, 2002


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One of the most memorable collaborations to take place at a Dave Matthews Band concert went down on December 21, 2002 in New York City at Madison Square Garden when the group was joined by James Brown

Brown and members of his backing band Soul Generals joined Dave Matthews and the group on “Get Up (I Feel Like A Sex Machine)” during the main set at the second of two sold-out DMB MSG shows. Members of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, including their namesake frontman, also joined Dave Matthews Band prior to The Godfather Of Soul’s sit-in and stuck around for his guest spot as well.

moe. & Dickey Betts + Mike Gordon
Feb 15, 2003


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On Feburary 15, 2003 moe. played a Phish after-show at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas following the Vermonters’ performance at the Thomas & Mack Center. moe.’s late night concert included a bevy of guest appearances.

The first guest to come out was Allman Brothers Band co-founding guitarist Dickey Betts. Dickey emerged at the end of the first set to add the moe. original “Mexico.” moe. and their guest extended “Mexico” to the 20-minute mark. When moe. came out for the second set they were joined by both Dickey Betts and Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Mike and Dickey sat-in with moe. for sizzling takes on Allman Brothers Band classics “Southbound” and “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.”

After the guest appearances from Betts and Gordon, moe. finished off the second set with an impressive “Timmy Tucker” > “Meat” > “Kyle” > “Head” sequence. The band reprised “Head” to start the encore and then brought out Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon for a cover of “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith.

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Trey Anastasio Band & Santana
May 31, 2003


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On May 31, 2003 the Trey Anastasio Band was joined by the legendary Carlos Santana for most of the evening at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre. On that night Anastasio stood toe-to-toe with Carlos for most of the night unlike some of the other times Trey shared the stage with an additional guitarist.

The show was filled with highlights, but the call-and-response sequence between the two guitarists that took place within “The Way I Feel” stands out from the pack [see video below].

Additional notes: Anastasio and Santana were backed by a TAB lineup of bassist Tony Markelis, drummer Russ Lawton, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, percussionist Cyro Baptista, and horn section of Dave “The Truth” Grippo on saxophone, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Russ Remington on flute and saxophone, Andy Moroz on trombone and multi-instrumentalist/saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum.

Santana emerged in the middle of the first set for “Last Tube” and the aforementioned “The Way I Feel.” The legendary guitarist sat-in for the entire second set, inccluding “Mr. Completely,” the TAB debut cover of “John The Revelator,” “Night Speaks to a Woman” and “Caravan.”

The encore featured TAB’s debut cover of Beastie Boys’ “Root Down.”

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Phish & Jay Z
Jun 18, 2004


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One of the most unexpected sit-ins in Phish history took place on this date in 2004, when hometown hero Jay-Z performed with the Vermonters at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn. Hova emerged in the middle of Phish’s second set for fun takes on his own “99 Problems” and “Big Pimpin’” to the delight of the crowd.

What we remember most about that night was just how much Jay-Z seemed to enjoy himself. The rapper was retired from performing at the time and really vibed off the crowd. After “99 Problems” Jay turned to the band and said, “you guys is hiding all this huh?” And then addressed the audience with the exclamation of “I felt it!” He also responded to someone in the crowd with, “what’s that mean?” and to this day we’d love to know what he was referring to. Musically, the Phish/Jay-Z collaboration wasn’t earth-shaking, but coming less than a month after the quartet announced they would break up after an August visit to Coventry, the two-song guest spot was a “I can’t believe that just happened!” moment that was much needed for fans. Perhaps for the band as well as Phish delivered two of their finest shows of the decade over the next two nights in Saratoga Springs, New York.

“They just reached out to me to do something,” Jay-Z told Rolling Stone about the memorable night. “I always believe in just good music and bad music, and I want to try new things. I saw this as a great opportunity. I went out and had a great time, and I’ve never performed in Brooklyn like that. That was beautiful.” While Jay admitted to Rolling Stone he hadn’t listened to Phish’s music before he was asked to perform with them, he said “I just kept hearing their name and how strong they was live, how big a following they had live and that they’ve been doing it for like twenty-one years. That was amazing to me. I was intrigued.”

Check out footage of Jay’s backstage hang with Phish:

Umphrey’s McGee & Phil Lesh
Oct 22, 2004


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Wait a second…is that Phil Lesh? Yes, indeed. The Umphrey’s McGee show was going along swimmingly on its own to a sold-out crowd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The highlight in the first set was an amazing transition from the Umph classic “Divisions” into the anthemic “Glory” and then back into “Divisions.” It was, for lack of a better word, glorious.

Then there were the setbreak murmurs, “Phil Lesh is here, Phil Lesh is here, Phil Lesh is here.” Phil Lesh first met Umphrey’s McGee at Bonnaroo 2002 and he became a fan at that point. He came by the show at the GAMH (people saw him waiting in the will call line) and quickly a decision was made that he would join the band on stage.

So, he did. Not only that, but they performed a stellar “Franklin’s Tower” – sung by Phil – and sent spectators into a luscious time warp. Truly an epic event for everyone in attendance and for Umphrey’s McGee as well.

The Allman Brothers Band & Eric Clapton
Mar 19, 2009


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We want to take this occasion to look back at perhaps the best March Madness residency, when The Allman Brothers Band welcomed a cavalcade of guests for their 40th anniversary. Back in 2009, Eric Clapton sat-in with the Allman Brothers Band as part of the aforementioned 40th Anniversary March Madness Run at the Beacon Theatre.

Slowhand guested with the Allmans on March 19 and 20 for each show’s entire second set. Watch pro-shot footage of the second set from the 19th featuring takes on “Layla,” “Dreams,” “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad” and more (see video above).

An excerpt from Alan Paul’s excellent book about The Allman Brothers Band, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band detailed the historic collaboration.

Gregg Allman: The one guy who of course my brother had a real thing with and had never played with the Brothers was Clapton and it was just real good to have him there. That was a long time coming and really fun and meaningful.

Derek Trucks: I had mentioned it to him a few times, but the band wrote a letter – it was really important that it come from them – and I just made sure it got delivered. It was a group effort that basically said, “This is the Allman Brothers Band and we are paying tribute to Duane to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Please join us.”

Butch Trucks: We’ve been trying to jam with Eric for years but have never been in the same place at the same time. Eric is a big fan of the Allman Brothers, and when Duane died, probably his three best friends outside of our band were Eric Clapton, John Hammond and Delaney Bramlett. Eric and John were at the Beacon and Delaney had sadly died a few months earlier. That’s why it was so important to us to have Eric there.

Warren Haynes: It was a really big deal to the Allman Brothers Band because that had never happened, which is pretty incredible given the history between Duane and Eric. We were so honored to have him there and the fact it turned into seven or eight songs, going well beyond what we originally agreed upon, was icing on the cake. He was great to work with, he played great and everyone was on his best behavior because we all knew what a special moment it was.

We were all very impressed with Eric’s desire to learn Allman Brothers songs rather than just get up and jam and not just choose ones that would make it easy on everybody. We were hoping for the opportunity to play some of the centerpieces, like “Dreams” and “Liz Reed” and Eric was more than game. “Little Wing” was an afterthought and the coolest part of the rehearsal. Everything went very smoothly and when we had basically played through all the songs we agreed upon, Eric looked around and said, “Is there anything else we should think about? What about ‘Little Wing’?” Our group reaction was, “Well, we’ve never played it, but sure.” We started working it up from scratch and I thought it was one of the highlights.

Clapton’s “Little Wing” suggestion was particularly profound since it was Duane Allman’s idea to record it on Layla. Clapton and Haynes sang harmony vocals on the song. On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Clapton joined the band for six songs: “Key To The Highway,” trading vocal verses with Gregg, “Dreams,” “Little Wing” and Derek and the Dominos’ “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?”, “Anyday” and “Layla.” The next night, he also played “Stormy Monday” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”

Warren Haynes: Eric Clapton was my first guitar influence, along with Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix, so it was a very big personal moment for me as well. I sometimes forget how much I learned so much from him in my formative years, but it certainly came back those nights! And on top of that I sang a duet with him on “Little Wing,” I was just emotionally ecstatic.

Derek Trucks: Afterwards, when we were hugging, Eric whispered in my ear, saying something like, “I haven’t played like that since 1969.”

the Disco Biscuits & The Rhythm Devils
Aug 2, 2014


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The Disco Biscuits closed out the main stage with legendary Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, aka The Rhythm Devils. Bisco fused with iconic rock and roll history was a treat to say the least. The Philadelphia-based band opened up with “Story of the World,” played without their guests, which featured plenty of improvisation that showcased stellar interplay between bassist Marc Brownstein and keyboardist Aron Magner.

The rhythm section moved forward together with conviction throughout the jam before the band landed on “Home Again,” a classic staple in tDB’s repertoire. It wasn’t so much a question of “if” the band was going to cover the Grateful Dead, but more of a question “when.” The band and their guests lifted off on “West L.A. Fadaway,” where Jon “Barber” Gutwillig carried the lead vocal responsibilities. Bill, Mickey and the Biscuits continued to pull from the Dead’s catalog as they delivered a fantastic “I Know You Rider” > “Eyes of the World,” both of which featured Magner stepping up to sing. After “Rider,” the band went into a drums and space jam that wound up featuring Hart on a theremin before the rest of the band took form and smashed into a “Shakedown Street” that was commanded by Barber.

The band closed out their set with the original “I-Man” off their 1998 album Uncivilized Area. Barber was especially energetic as he bounced around the stage, all smiles and notably happy with the work between these two additional drummers. The encore was extremely special as a choir came out on stage and sang a beautiful version of “And We Bid You Goodnight” that saw Barber stand out on the stage to conduct the choir.

Wilco, My Morning Jacket & Bob Weir
Aug 4, 2013


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The AmericanaramA tour moved on to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California last night for performances by Ryan Bingham and tour headliners Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Bob Dylan. Yesterday’s final show of the tour saw plenty of sit-ins from both the members of the bands on the traveling tour, punk legend John Doe and Grateful Dead/Furthur guitarist Bob Weir.

Following Bingham’s show-opening performance, My Morning Jacket took the stage for a 12-song set. Bob Weir, who was the opening act for the tour’s first four dates, emerged five songs in for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” Weir returned later, along with Ryan Bingham and his band, for a take on “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen. Bingham stuck around for another “Don’t Do It” before MMJ closed it out with “Gideon.”

Wilco’s 14-song set was also a guest-heavy affair. Bingham fiddle player Richard Bowden helped out on “Passenger Side” and “Forget The Flowers” early in the evening before Wilco welcomed punk legend John Doe of X for “The New World.” Bobby lent his talents to a string of Dead classics including “Ripple,” “Dark Star” (mixed in with “California Stars”) and “St. Stephen.” For Wilco’s finale, they brought out many artists including MMJ, Weir and Bingham for “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Headliner Bob Dylan didn’t guest on anyone else’s set and didn’t welcome any guests for his set.

The Rolling Stones & Grace Potter
Jun 3, 2015


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Grace Potter made the most of her big night in Minneapolis last night, where she opened for and guested with The Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium as part of the legendary band’s Zip Code Tour.

Potter emerged towards the end of the Stones’ 17-song main set to duet on “Gimme Shelter” with Mick Jagger. Grace is no stranger to “Gimme Shelter” having performed the song many times in the past with her old band The Nocturnals

Last night’s Rolling Stones show also saw the band perform “Bitch” by request as that tune won out in fan voting. The fans took an opportunity during band introductions to sing “Happy Birthday” to drummer Charlie Watts, who celebrated his birthday earlier this week. The Stones were joined by the VocalEssence Choir for “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as part of the evening’s encore.

Next up for The Rolling Stones is a performance on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Grace Potter opens that show as well.

The String Cheese Incident & Skrillex
Jun 26, 2015


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The String Cheese Incident played their first of three headlining performances at the 2015 Electric Forest festival last night in Rothbury, Michigan. The band brought out EDM producer Skrillex to play guitar during the band’s encore featuring covers of The Doors’ “Break On Through” and “L.A.Woman.”

The String Cheese Incident also brought out The Preservation Hall Jazz Band horn section to close out their first set. The horns joined in on the last four songs for the set, “Sugar”, “Hollywood Swingin,’” and “Miss Brown’s Teahouse” > “Uptown Funk.” SCI remained guest-free for set two which included covers of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica” which segued into Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).”

Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore) emerged donning an electric guitar as the band began their encore. He proceeded to then lead SCI through The Doors’ “Break On Through” and “L.A. Woman” before returning to “Break On Through.”

Tedeschi Trucks Band & Col. Bruce Hampton
May 28, 2016


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When guitarist Derek Trucks was 12-years-old, he met Col. Bruce Hampton, a man who would become a mentor and second father to the future The Allman Brothers Band member and Tedeschi Trucks Band co-founder. Derek and his eponymous band toured with Col. Bruce Hampton & The Fiji Mariners and the pair shared the stage a number of times. However, it took a while for Col. Bruce to finally sit-in with the TTB.

The Col. Bruce Hampton/Tedeschi Trucks Band collaboration took place at the Greenwich Town Party in Greenwich, Connecticut on May 28, 2016. Hampton joined the 12-piece to contribute vocals to a cover of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Turn On Your Love Light,” a song frequently performed by the Colonel and his various projects. Both Derek and his wife/TTB co-founder, Susan Tedeschi took part in a concert honoring Hampton’s 70th birthday that was held at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on May 1, 2017. Trucks and Tedeschi were on stage for the evening’s “Turn On Your Love Light” finale when Col. Bruce suffered a fatal heart attack.

“He was in such a good place that day and he was as open if not more open than I’ve ever seen him,” Derek told Glide Magazine about the Colonel’s disposition on that fateful night. “He was never one to hug people. It was always about no eye contact, the pinky finger shake, he had this whole thing. But he was open that day. He was emotive that day. You could feel it. There was a strange sense of closure there. But those are three different views of going out and the fact that it all happened in a row that way…. Yeah… As a person it makes you think about wanting to keep communication clean with people and not leaving shit unresolved. Sometimes you won’t get a chance to do that and I feel really fortunate in most of those situations that it was a good release.”

Twiddle & Page McConnell
Jun 30, 2016


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Page McConnell sit-ins are a rare breed. Outside of his main gig with Phish and his performances with The Meter Men, the keyboardist had only performed publicly with two other bands over the past five years: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (September 15, 2012) and Mike Gordon (April 6, 2014) [Ed. note: Page toured with Vida Blue in 2019]. We now have a third band to add to that list as Page performed with Twiddle on Saturday night at Waterfront Park in Burlington.

McConnell emerged towards the beginning of Twiddle’s second set to lend a hand on the original “When It Rains, It Poors.” Fellow keyboardist Holly Bowling was also on stage stemming from her “tweener” set in between Twiddle performances. Holly sat-in on the “Hatti’s Jam” that opened the second set as well as the aforementioned “When It Rains, It Poors.”

Page’s appearance was the climax to a packed two days of music at Twiddle’s inaugural Tumble Down Festival. In addition to two sets of Twiddle and the Holly set, festivalgoers were treated to performances from Cabinet and Nahko and Medicine For The People on Saturday. Twiddle also welcomed Dopapod’s Scotty Zwang to sit-in on “Lost In The Cold” towards the end of the second set.

Paul McCartney & Neil Young
Oct 8, 2016


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The first weekend of the first Desert Trip music festival continued yesterday at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California with performances by Neil Young and Promise of The Real and Paul McCartney. Young and POTR opened the evening’s slate of performances and the Canadian rocker returned to sit-in during the set by the legendary member of The Beatles.

McCartney’s setlist altered little from other recent shows, opening with “A Hard Day’s Night” and mixing in other Fab Four favorites such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “Blackbird” and “Eleanor Rigby” with selections from his solo work and with Wings including “Jet,” “Let Me Roll It,” “FourFiveSeconds” and “Band On The Run.”

Young emerged mid-set and helped out on The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life,” the chorus to John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band singalong “Give Peace A Chance” and the McCartney debut of “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” The guitarist left the stage for Sir Paul to close out the set with “Let It Be,” “Live And Let Die” and “Hey Jude.”

McCartney opened his encore with “I Wanna Be Your Man,” reportedly for the first time since 1993, and followed it with “Helter Skelter” and the Abbey Road medley “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and “The End.” Check out audience-shot footage of McCartney’s set from Saturday night.

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead & John Mayer
Oct 17, 2016


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Friday night Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their three show run at Brooklyn Bowl with their second concert in as many nights at the New York City venue. The Grateful Dead tribute act once again offered an acoustic mini set and were also joined by guitarist John Mayer for the entire second half of the show.

Guitarist Tom Hamilton took lead on Bob Dylan’s “Tough Mama” – a staple of Jerry Garcia Band shows – to open Friday’s Fall Ball II concert. Standards of the Grateful Dead repertoire “Good Lovin’” and “Dark Star” as well as “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “So Many Roads” and “Cassidy” rounded out the electric portion of the first half. Once again moving to a small stage built over the venue’s bowling lanes for a mini acoustic set, the “unplugged” portion of the show featured “Jack-A-Roe,” “Dark Hollow” and “Terrapin Station.”

In a recent interview Mayer expressed a desire to see JRAD perform, and after being spotted watching earlier in the evening, the Dead & Company guitarist was welcomed to the stage by drummer Joe Russo to join the ensemble at the start of the second set on a sequence that led to “The Other One.” Trading licks with guitarist Scott Metzger, Mayer hung around for the rest of the show, assisting on the Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie,” “King Solomon’s Marbles,” “Let It Grow” and “Touch Of Grey” as well as the encore of Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn).”

Vulfpeck & Trey Anastasio
Oct 17, 2016


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In April 2017 during an interview with JamBase, Trey Anastasio responded to a question about potential future collaborators by shouting out Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart. One month later, the Phish guitarist got his chance to jam with Dart when Vulfpeck opened for the Trey Anastasio Band at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver. Here’s what went down:

Guitarist Trey Anastasio continued Trey Anastasio Band tour on Wednesday night at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado. Michigan funk act Vulfpeck kicked off the evening with a performance ahead of two TAB sets. Anastasio sat-in with Vulfpeck on one of their originals as well as a jam on a Michael Jackson song.

Trey was making his return to the beautiful venue for the first time since Phish’s four night stand in 2009. He hadn’t brought TAB to Red Rocks since August 13, 2005. Vulfpeck’s Theo Katzman introduced the Phish guitarist by joking, “We just found this guy in the parking lot and he was like ‘is it cool if I sit-in?’ And we were like ‘let’s hear you play a little bit first.’” Anastasio contributed filthy leads and rhythm work on a version of Vulfpeck’s “Rango” that featured a quick detour through Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There.” Trey was all smiles throughout his guest spot as he swapped riffs with Katzman and Cory Wong.

Vulfpeck was also aided by a number of regular contributors including guitarist Cory Wong, multi-instrumentalist Joey Dosik and vocalist Antwaun Stanley. Antwaun contributed to “1612,” “Aunt Leslie,” “Funky Duck,” “Wait For The Moment” and an a capella rendition of “Back Pocket.” Other highlights included bassist Joe Dart’s work on “Beastly” and the “Christmas In L.A.”/”Dean Town” segment that brought the hour-long set to a close.

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Dead & Company
Jun 23, 2018


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On Saturday night Dead & Company continued their third multi-night stand of the summer with the second of two shows at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre. For their finale in East Troy, the six-piece act welcomed their first guest of the summer for a string of songs in the first set which was followed by arguably one of their best sets from this run.

Dead & Company got their third set at the 37,000-capacity shed going with a slow and patient version of “The Music Never Stopped.” The Blues For Allah track segued straight into “Easy Answers” giving the start of the evening a swampy funk bent. John Mayer got his first chance of the night to sing lead next on “Alabama Getaway.” The mostly straightforward rendering featured some heavy bass lines from Oteil Burbridge, which were again heard during “Big River.” The Johnny Cash cover contained a fantastic solo from Jeff Chimenti who was utilizing his Hammond B3 organ as well as Mayer’s first standout work of the night. Some brief noodling led D&C into “Jack Straw” as Mayer and Weir swapped lyrics as it gradually built up steam, but never quite got worked into a frenzy as past versions.

Weir next welcomed out his “new friend Justin” to the stage as Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon emerged. Vernon’s appearance wasn’t that much of a surprise as the singer-songwriter announced that he would be sitting in with the band earlier in the day via Twitter. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin native took front and center as he sang lead on “Black Muddy River” offering up his signature vocal style including his falsetto on the latter-day Grateful Dead favorite. Vernon had previously teamed up with his first band DeYarmond Edison to back Bruce Hornsby on a studio version of the In The Dark track for The National’s Day Of The Dead charity compilation. Vernon & Co. reprised their role on the song as Hornsby’s backing band in 2016 during the Day Of The Dead set at the Eaux Claires Music Festival.

Vernon would stick around for the remainder of the set. The ad-hoc ensemble offered up a slightly sloppy take on “Friend Of The Devil” that featured Weir, Mayer and Vernon each singing a verse. The highlight of the set came next as the now seven-piece act dug in on a must-hear version of “Bird Song.” Last night’s take on the ode to Janis Joplin saw Mayer and Vernon locked in throughout as they played face-to-face serving up a few extended psychedelic-tinged stretches that helped bring the opening frame to a close.

[Video Credit: Friend Of The Devil, Bird Song via Milwaukee Live]

The Claypool Lennon Delirium & Geddy Lee
Apr 19, 2019


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Rush bassist Geddy Lee made a rare on-stage appearance Wednesday when he sat-in with The Claypool Lennon Delirium featuring Les Claypool and Sean Lennon. Lee’s guest spot took place at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.

Last night’s show was The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s first stop on a spring tour that ends on May 2 in support of the recently released South Of Reality. Geddy emerged at the end of a 13-song main set for a cover of the Beatles’ “Tommorow Never Knows.” The Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer stepped onto the stage shortly after The Claypool Lennon Delirium began the song from the Fab Four’s 1966 album Revolver and went on to engage Les in double bass action for most of the jammed-out “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Claypool left the stage towards the end of the cover to allow Geddy a chance to shine. Lee’s friendship with Claypool dates back to a period in the ’90s when Les’ band, Primus opened for Rush.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium went heavy on the covers as they also fit songs by Pink Floyd, King Crimson and The Who into a set that featured two tunes off South Of Reality and four from their 2016 debut LP, Monolith Of Phobos. Wednesday’s concert came to a close with a “Southbound Pachyderm” encore. Watch fan-shot video of Geddy Lee joining The Claypool Lennon Delirium for “Tomorrow Never Knows” captured by TimmyB707 [above].