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i just won the lottery…


Ok, so I didn’t win a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot, but in my musical world, scoring some sweet presale seats for Pearl Jam’s upcoming fall tour through their fan club ticket lottery has made me quite happy! I will be attending the October 21st gig at the Wells Fargo center in Philly! Tickets for the tour officially go on sale on Saturday, July 27th.

Also looking forward to the new studio disc, Lightning Bolt, slated for an October 15th release. And totally rocking out to the new single, Mind Your Manners, very reminiscent of Spin the Black Circle!

Until next time…


this week in my musical world


I need to add one more band to this list, the Black Crowes


This past Friday, I attended an amazing Black Crowes show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. The Robinson Brothers and Company rocked out on a killer set list that included perennial favorites such as Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride and Jealous Again, as well as newer jams like Movin’ on Down the Line and cover tunes like my favorite, Lou Reed’s Oh Sweet Nuthin’. All in all, a very solid outing by one of my favorite bands for the past 20 or so years.


I was very excited to learn that the Black Crowes will be coming back to the area this summer, on Sunday, August 11th at the Mann Music Center at Philadelphia’s lovely Fairmount Park. They will be performing with another one of my favorite bands, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. If you like bluesy jams, the soulful voice of Susan Tedeschi, and the virtuosity of guitarist Derek Trucks, this is a double header you do not want to miss!



My next concert is coming up soon and I am totally stoked to see Grunge legends Soundgarden on Friday, May 3rd at the Borgata Casino! As I listen to Chris Cornell’s amazing vocals, I will fondly reminisce about my misspent youth…



And speaking of Grunge legends, I am please to report that progress was made during the most recent Pearl Jam studio sessions. Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist Mike McCready said that the follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer will be coming out “this year, for sure”. McCready said that seven songs are “relatively completed” and there are an additional 15 “ready to go.” “We’re excited to get it done, because we’ve kind of been waiting for about two years to do it,” he explained. Of the content of the album, which will again be produced by Brendan O’Brien, McCready said inspiration was taken from Pink Floyd and punk rock, adding that the record is “experimental,” and “a logical extension” of what Backspacer was. Music to this Jammer’s ears!


After the LA recording sessions, Pearl Jam headed down to South America to perform at festivals in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. The link below is from a YouTube clip of Eddie Vedder rocking out at Lollapalooza Chile with the Queens of the Stone Age to Little Sister. Need more cowbell, Eddie!



That’s it for now…life is good and the soundtrack is great!

Peace, Love, and Pearl Jam,


I cannot believe it is almost 2013! A new year is a just cause for a celebration…it is a time of fond remembrances and new beginnings. 2012 was a good year for me. In addition to avoiding the Mayan apocalypse, I made some new friends & reconnected with some old ones, had a successful year as an artisan, visited three new cities (Savannah, Atlanta & Key West), and experienced some great shows – Roger Waters, Pearl Jam (both home & on the road), Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, and, ending my year, G Love & Special Sauce.

Quite often, G Love plays a show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City on 12/30. It is a sort of homecoming for him, since his roots are in both Philadelphia (born & raised as Garret Dutton) and Avalon, NJ (spending summers at the shore.)


G Love’s music style is both eclectic and unique. If I had to describe it in a word it would be GROOVE. He fuses blues with old school hip hop, and still manages to keep it all very mellow, evident with his many collaborations with Jack Johnson. He maintains an indie following, and is known for his stage shows. He is backed by Special Sauce: Jeffrey “Houseman” Clemens on drums and Timo Shanko on bass. I have seen him several times, and this recent show was one of his best. He seemed to play fewer songs, but jammed out more. He also had a great mix of old and new tunes.


Long time fans of G Love will be stoked to hear that he played the two perennial favorites from his self-titled first offering released in 1994: Baby’s Got Sauce and Cold Beverages. He jammed out both songs and the entire audience was on their feet grooving with him.


His set list included several tunes from my favorite disc, Lemonade Hot Cookin’, Rainbow and Can’t Go Back to Jersey. He also played Peace, Love and Happiness from Superhero Brother and a fun acoustic version of Booty Call from The Hustle.


G Love also played some songs from his latest offering, Fixin’ to Die. This album has a much more bluesy feel to it and I absolutely love it! Highlights from last night’s show include an acoustic Milk and Sugar and an awesome cover of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.


The show ended, as it always does in our area, with I-76, from his 1997 release Yeah, It’s That Easy. He was joined on lead vocal by Katman, who originally collaborated with G Love on the tune. While I-76 is one of my least favorite roads, it is one of my favorite G Love songs.

All in all, a great way to end the year. Since I had a late night last night, I decided to make this evening a mellow event with family. I look forward to all of the wonderful new experiences 2013 is sure to bring!

I wish everyone a safe and exuberant evening and a New Year filled with peace, love and joy!



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