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Jam Central Station 03.16.13: Bob Weir
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 03.16.2013

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great week. I've got a show tonight (Friday) followed by a (hopefully) relaxing weekend. Not much else going on other than getting ready for our CD release and then a run of shows in April and May. So let's get on with it!

In one of the more humorous pieces of news over the past week or so, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead got mad at some fans for talking during an acoustic portion of his show. There's been some pretty heated back and forth from folks, but I gotta say that I can't blame the guy. If you're watching a legend like Bob Weir and he's playing solo acoustic, you pay attention. You don't distract him or the other audience members. Common courtesy, folks. And, figuring that Weir was a part of a video called "Rock Concert Etiquette" in 1991, I'm not at all surprised that he has certain standards that he would like to see. Anyways, this little incident reminded me that I haven't done any recent Grateful Dead articles. I've already done Jerry and Phil (happy birthday Phil), so I figured that Bob Weir would be the next logical profile to do.

Bob Weir was the youngest of the core members of the band. He met Jerry Garcia when he was only 16, and their band, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, was the earliest band featuring multiple Dead members. Weir had only been playing guitar for about 3 years before forming the band with Garcia and Pigpen after unsuccessful attempts at playing piano and trumpet. Despite a shared love of bluegrass and roots music, it didn't take the band long to start moving towards rock and roll. Weir cited The Beatles as a primary influence on his music and on the direction that they took the band.

Due to his age and a certain lack of experience that he had in relation to the rest of the band members, there was tension early in the Grateful Dead's history around Weir's guitar work. During the time that the band was known as The Warlocks and even through 1968 the band would occasionally play shows without Weir or Pigpen. Weir used this time to greatly improve his playing, however, becoming a prominent sound in the band as the rhythm guitar player and a stronger songwriter and vocalist. While Jerry Garcia is typically looked at as the "leader" of the band, Bob Weir wrote and sang some of the most recognizable Grateful Dead songs including "Sugar Magnolia," "Sunshine Daydream" and "I Need A Miracle."

For most of the Grateful Dead's career, Weir played only sporadically in side projects. His first major project was with friend of the Dead Matthew Kelly. Weir joined Kelly's band Kingfisher and toured with them for a few years in the 70's. He also appeared on two of their albums. He formed the Bob Weir Band in 1977. This group was more of a jazz-rock band than The Grateful Dead. They released one album in 1978, and the group eventually morphed into Bobby and the Midnites. This was another group that had a rotating cast of members, with Bob Weir, Bobby Cohchran, and Billy Cobham forming the core of the group. They released a pair of albums and performed from 1980-1984.

Weir's most recognized non-Dead project has been Ratdog. He formed this group in 1995 soon before the death of Jerry Garcia. Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman formed the core of the group, with Jay Lane and Matthew Kelly being added in the initial lineup. The lineup changed frequently, and only Weir and Lane remain from the initial group. The band has been touring on and off since the mid 90's around Weir's schedule with The Other Ones, The Dead, and Furthur. They only released one studio album, but their live performances are known for the band playing some of Weir's songs from the Grateful Dead as well as covers from bands like The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

As a member of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir's voice and influence grew significantly over the years. Since the end of the Dead, Weir has been one of the primary influences shaping the band's continued legacy over the past decade and a half. After the Dead went on hiatus in 2009 he went on to form Furthur with Phil Lesh, a band that included multiple Ratdog members. He continues to perform live in a variety of settings, giving Dead fans another opportunity to continue being a part of the Dead community. He's another living legend, and I can't fault him for wanting folks to shut up while he's playing.

Accident at Ultra Festival stage setup
An LED screen fell while workers were setting up a stage at the Ultra Music Festival. The accident injured 4 workers, two of them critically. The festival will still take place, although a large portion of the festival grounds will be off limits. This will obviously also force adjustments to the schedule for the stage that will be out of commission.

Phish Tour Dates announced
After weeks of waiting, Phish announced their 2013 summer tour dates. The tour includes multiple 3-day runs around the country. It does not, however, include a festival or stops at Deer Creek and Alpine Valley. No word if there will be additional dates announced.

July 3 Bangor, ME—Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
July 5 Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 6 Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 7 Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 9 Toronto, ON—Molson Amphitheatre
July 10 Holmdel, NJ—P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
July 12 Wantagh, NY—Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
July 13 Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 14 Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 16 Alpharetta, GA—Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 17 Alpharetta, GA—Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 19 Chicago, IL—Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 20 Chicago, IL—Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 21 Chicago, IL—Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 26 George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 27 George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 30 Stateline, NV—Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
July 31 Stateline, NV—Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
August 2 San Francisco, CA—Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 3 San Francisco, CA—Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 4 San Francisco, CA—Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 5 Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl
August 30 Commerce City, CO—Dick's Sporting Goods Park
August 31 Commerce City, CO—Dick's Sporting Goods Park
September 1 Commerce City, CO—Dick's Sporting Goods Park

High Sierra announces lineup
The High Sierra festival announced their 2013 lineup. The festival will take place July 4-7 in Quincy, CA. The event will feature Primus, Thievery Corp., moe., Steel Pulse, Leftover Salmon, The Greyboy Allstars, Gramatik, Emancipator, The Infamous Stringdusters, Pimps of Joytime, North Mississippi Allstars, and many others.

JamBase Live announces lineup
The first ever JamBase Live festival will take place at the Gorge on July 5-6. The festival will feature Robert Plant, Michael Franti & Spearhead, STS9, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Galactic, Railroad Earth, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, G. Love and Special Sauce, ALO, and many others.

Jam in the Sand
March 1-5, 2013
Breezes Grand Resort
Negril, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra's first Jamaican event. This event will feature multiple DSO shows as well as three Keller Williams sets and other activities

Buku Music Project
March 8-9, 2013
Mardi Gras World Warehouse
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Primus, Passion Pit, STS9, Zedd, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Datsik, Lettuce, and many others

SnowBall Music Festival
March 8-10, 2012
Winter Park, CO
Performers include:Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Portugal. The Man, Rubblebucket, and many others.

Suwannee Springfest
March 21-24, 2013
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Peter Rowan, Keller and the Keels, Jerry Douglas, Cornmeal, Leftover Salmon, Donna the Buffalo, The Travelin' McCoury's, Elephant Revival, and many others.

Ultra Music Festival
March 15-17, 2013
March 22-24, 2013
Miami, FL
Performers include: Tiesto, David Guetta, Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Crystal Castles, deadmau5, Major Lazer, Thievery Corporation, and many others.

March 21-24, 2012
Killington Resort
Killington, VT

April 12-14, 2013
April 19-21, 2013
Performers include: Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bassnectar, xx, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Postal Service, Grizzley Bear, Wu-Tang Clan, Lumineers, and many others.

Wanee Festival
April 18-20, 2013
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, and many others.

April 25-28, 2013
Wilkes Community College
Wilkisboro, NC
Performers include: The Avett Brothers, Gov't Mule, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Sam bush, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many others.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 26-May 5, 2013
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Widespread Panic, B.B. King, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Maroon 5, and a very diverse lineup of many other artists.

Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 4-5, 2013
Atlanta, GA
Performers include: The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Drive By Truckers, Jim James Band, Gary Clark Jr., Dr. Dog, and many others

BottleRock Festival
May 10-12, 2013
Expo Grounds
Napa Valley, CA
Performers include: Furthur, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Cake, Alabama Shakes, The Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and many others.

Hangout Music Festival
May 17-19, 2013
Gulf Shores, AL
Performers include: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, The Black Crowes, Big Gigantic, moe., Passion Pit, Imagine Dragons, and many others.

Summer Camp Music Festival
May 23-36
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Thievery Corp., Big Gigantic, Lettuce, Cornmeal, Keller Williams, and many others.

May 23-26, 2013
Cumberland, MD
Performers include: The Del McCoury Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled by Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Dark Star Jubilee
May 24-26, 2013
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Wailers, The Werks, Greensky Bluegrass, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Elephant Revival, and many others.

The Ville
May 24-26, 2013
Clay's Park Resort
North Lawrence, OH
Performers include: 2 nights of ekoostik hookah, Rusted Root, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Congress, Fletcher's Grove, Dragon Wagon, and many others

Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 24-27, 2013
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: Mumford and Sons, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, Primus, The Lumineers, The xx, Cake, Arctic Monkeys, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and many others

May 30-June 2, 2013
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band, STS9, The Black Crowes, Umphrey's McGee, Dispatch, Shpongle, Snoop Lion, Gogol Bordello, Zed's Dead, Rebolution, and many others.

Mountain Jam
June 6-9, 2013
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic, Primus, The Avett Brothers, Dispatch, The Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr., Soulive, ALO, and many others.

Governors Ball Music Festival
June 7-9, 2013
Randall's Island
New York City, NY
Performers include: Guns and Roses, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, The Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Thivery Corp., Gary Clark Jr., and many others

Camp Railroad
June 10-14, 2012
Full Moon resort
Big Indian, NY
This 4-day music camp will feature members of Railroad Earth in an assortment of workshops, performances, discussions and other sessions to help aspiring musicians and those interested in the music industry to gain an insight into the inner workings of the band. A variety of accommodations are available, and musicians of all skill levels are accepted.

June 13-16
Manchester, TN
Performers include: Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Bjork, Wilco, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, Of Mosters and Men, ZZ Top, and many more.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 20-23, 2013
Telluride, Colorado
Performers include: Mumford & Sons, The String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush Band, Jackson Brown, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas Band, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, and many others.

Firefly Music Festival
June 21-23, 2013
The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
Performers include: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avett Brothers, dispatch, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, and many others.

Solid Sound Festival
June 21-23, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA
Hosted by Wilco. Other performers include: Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Neko Case, White Denim, and many others.

Electric Forest Festival
June 27-30, 2013
Double JJ Ranch and Resort
Rothbury, MI
Performers include: String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Pretty Lights, Lotus, Passion Pit, Dispatch, Beats Antique, Railroad Earth, Trombone Shorty, Digital Tape Machine, Jeff Austin & Friends, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

High Sierra Music Festival
July 4-7, 2013
Quincy, CA
Performers include: Primus, Thievery Corp., moe., Steel Pulse, Leftover Salmon, The Greyboy Alllstars, Infamous Stringdusters, and many others.

Jambase Live
July 5-6
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: Robert Plant, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Slightly Stoopid, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, B. Love & Special Sauce, STS9, Galactic, and many others

Camp Bisco
July 11-13, 2013
Indian Lookout Country Club
Mariaville, NY

Forecastle Festival
July 12-14, 2013
Louiseville, KY
Performers include: The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, The Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Animal Collective, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

All Good Music Festival
July 18-21, 2013
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: Furthur, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Grace Potter 7 The Nocturnals, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.

Northwest String Summit
July 18-21, 2013
Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Keller Williams & Friends, and many others.

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 19-21, 2013
Union Park
Chicago, IL

Floyd Fest
July 25-28, 2013
Floyd, VA
Performers include: The Lumineers, John Butler Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Blitzen Trapper, and many others.

Gathering of the Vibes
July 25-28, 2013
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT

Newport Folk Festival
July 27-28, 2013
Newport, RI
Performers include: The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, Shovels & Rope, and many others

Newport Jazz Festival
August 2-4, 2013
Newport, RI

August 9-11, 2013
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY

Outside Lands
August 9-11, 2013
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

The Peach Music Festival
August 15-18, 2013
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Performers include: The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & Rat Dog, The Black Crowes, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Railroad Earth, Galactic, and many others.

Camp Barefoot
August 22-24, 2013
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Kyle Hollingsworth Band, EOTO, Keller Williams, Team Leaf Green, Zoogma, Conspirator, Break Science, The Motet, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 6-8, 2013
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 4-6, 2013
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

Austin City Limits
October 4-6, 2013
October 11-13, 2013

Thanks again for stopping by. I always have more updates through the week on Facebook and Twitter. Until next week, Jam On!


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