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Vida Blue — consisting of Phish keyboardist Page McConnell, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge and funky METERS drummer Russell Batiste Jr. — confirmed a pair of Spring 2020 concerts.
Vida Blue dusts off their cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
Vida Blue debuts “Checking Out” from their 2019 album ‘Crossing Lines’ at The Fillmore in Philadelphia.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Vida Blue, Brittany Howard, Hiss Golden Messenger, Marco Benevento, Robbie Robertson, Zac Brown Band, Molly Sarlé, M83 and Neal Francis.
Vida Blue featuring Phish keyboardist Page McConnell, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge, funky Meters drummer Russell Batiste and Shakira guitarist Adam Zimmon kicked off a short run at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. and mixed classics, debuts and covers.
Phish keyboardist Page McConnell will debut tracks from Vida Blue’s forthcoming ‘Crossing Lines’ album all week long on SiriusXM’s Phish Radio.
Latest Vida Blue Setlist
Vida Blue at Capitol Theatre
- Analog Delay
- Real Underground Soul Sound
- Where Did It Go
- Jealous Guy
- Dry Spell
- Checking Out
- Where's Popeyes
- Who's Laughing Now?
- If I Told You
- Final Flight
- Most Events Aren't Planned
- Electra Glide
About Vida Blue
In 2001, during Phish’s hiatus, Page McConnell recruited a Hall of Fame-caliber rhythm section – Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit) and drummer Russell Batiste (the Meters) – for this atmospheric jazz – and funk-flavored project. On their self-titled debut album, Vida Blue explores both textures and grooves.
The seeds for Vida Blue were sewn when McConnell attended shows by the Allman Brothers Band and the Meters in April 2001. McConnell honed in on the playing of Burbridge and Batiste, and the wheels began turning. When both enthusiastically assented, McConnell took the reins and made the arrangements, booking time for the trio at a New Orleans studio.
The trio cut tracks and jammed for a week at Piety Street Recording, a brand-new studio in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. McConnell subsequently added instrumental overdubs and vocals back home in Vermont.
The uniqueness of Vida Blue lies in the indefinable chemistry that emerged during their recording sessions. “Vida Blue has brought out something new and different in our playing,” he enthuses. “We developed a personality and character as a band. It really does have its own sound and chemistry and energy.
Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor will soon release a new album, ‘American Standard’ and tour in support of it with Jackson Browne.
The St. Louis Cardinals will once again host a Grateful Dead Night at Busch Stadium in 2020.
Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters will embark on the This Is Not A Drill North American Tour in 2020.
Listen to the Summer 2000 version of The Allman Brothers Band playing a 34-minute “Mountain Jam.”
An interview with God Street Wine guitarist Lo Faber examines the band’s past, present and future as well as his solo album, ‘Bottomland.’