For three days in July, the jam band world converged in Chicago, Ill., chosen specifically because it was between the two coasts—where the majority of the Grateful Dead’s fan base resides. Now, after tapes of the performances have been circulating for months, the band is releasing Fare Thee Well (The Best Of), a two-disc set compiling the 16 best—or at least best flowing—performances from the three-night run.
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Seconds after 8:00 p.m., Dweezil Zappa and his tribute to his father, Zappa Plays Zappa, strode out onto the Barrymore Theatre stage to the theme from “Star Wars.” The space-y theme was a fitting introduction to the wild world of Frank Zappa’s music.
On Friday, Sept. 25, Zappa Plays Zappa is set to take the stage at Madison’s Barrymore Theatre.
With a heavy heart and enough retrospect, we look to the future, to next year’s team. To attempt to put Monday night into some greater context, in my birth year of 1994, the Badgers made their third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Since 1999, they have not missed the tournament, a remarkable stretch of consistency the likes of which few programs have achieved.
The titans of the jam band world, moe., formed in Buffalo, New York in 1989 as a part of a wave of improvisational rock bands in upstate New York. Vinnie Amico, moe.’s drummer, attributes this boom of bands to the culture surrounding the region and the heavy influence of the Grateful Dead. The Daily Cardinal spoke with Amico as they prepared for their winter tour.
Last Thursday, Greensky Bluegrass had the pleasure of taking the Stoughton Opera House’s more than 100-year-old stage for the first time where they made the most of their experience, playing two sets brimming with improvisation, technicality and innovation.
Coming off the first leg of their winter tour, Mike Bont, the banjo player for Greensky Bluegrass, took a few minutes to catch up with The Daily Cardinal while preparing for their show in Louisville, Kentucky.
Redshirt senior point guard Traevon Jackson said he is ready to play this Sunday against Michigan State after missing nearly two months with a broken foot. Jackson hasn’t yet been cleared by the medical staff, so it’s uncertain whether he will indeed play against the Spartans.
From the first song of the night, one could tell that it was not Jeff Austin’s Yonder Mountain String Band performing at the Barrymore Theatre on a snowy Saturday night to close out January.
When the Badgers and the Iowa Hawkeyes come together Saturday for the second time in 11 days, fans of both teams should expect a closer game than their Jan. 20 tussle at the Kohl Center.
After years of reliably playing the Orpheum Theatre on State Street at the beginning of February, the month on the calendar is not the only thing changing when Yonder Mountain String Band comes to Madison on Saturday night.
Last season, the Badgers used the same starting five of Traevon Jackson, Ben Brust, Josh Gasser, Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky in all 38 of the team’s games.
Before I begin my column, I’d like to start by thanking you all for reading. For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to fill your mind with my thoughts and rants on any number of musical topics from jam bands to jam bands and then some more jam bands, with a little bit of everything else thrown in.
In the history of most hated genres, while some people hate hip-hop and others hate country music, there is one genre that stands above them all as a genre nearly universally hated: disco. I’m here to tell you why disco doesn’t suck and is actually in everything you listen to today.
Usually as a season progresses, teams become more predictable, falling into patterns of play where, on a week-to-week basis, fans and opponents know what to expect. In the case of the Iowa Hawkeyes, that is far from the truth.
With a sound that combines Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa and a host of other jazz-fusion influences with the sounds of dance music today, Kung Fu has rapidly become one of the best live acts around today. I got a chance to catch up with keyboard player Todd Stoops before the band embarked on a weeklong Midwestern jaunt.
Ben Brust’s departure has left a hole in the Badgers’ starting lineup. To whom will Bo Ryan turn to fill it—physical forward Nigel Hayes or floor general Bronson Koenig?
Let’s take a look at five games (or tournaments) that fall under the “must-watch” category.
Late last week, word came out that Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, along with John Bonham’s son Jason, signed a contract that would’ve given them 500 million pounds (about $800 million) for the three of them (plus Robert Plant) to play 35 shows in three cities as Led Zeppelin.
Last week, the Allman Brothers Band ended their career as a band on a high note, playing three sets at their second home, the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a venue they’ve played more than 230 times over the course of their 45-year career.