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News by Ben Boivin

  • Category: Exclusives

    EXCLUSIVE: DSO’s Rob Barraco Talks Phil Lesh, New Projects, & Keeping The Dead Alive

    No keyboardist in the world has performed more Grateful Dead music than Dark Star Orchestra’s Rob Barraco. Ron “Pigpen” McKernan turned on the love light as the heroic original leader of the band when the Acid Tests were frequent and free. His unfortunate passing at the milestone rock star age of 27 spawned a keyboardist […]

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  • Category: Features

    Dark Star Orchestra Enters Its 21st Year During Celebratory Show At The Paramount Theater

    One day after their sold-out 20th-anniversary show at the Palace Theater in Albany, Dark Star Orchestra began Year 21 at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, New York.  The half empty room, which was built in the 1930’s, provided the perfect space for the kids to dance and shake their bones on a Sunday night in […]

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  • Category: Features

    Turkuaz Brings The Heat On A Chilly Night In Buffalo

    On the coldest autumn night of the year in Western NY, Turkuaz put on a heater of a show at the Buffalo Iron Works on Tuesday night. While some Buffalo Sabres fans trickled in from the home game next door at the KeyBank Center, most of the capacity crowd was there for the Powerfunk 9-piece that […]

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  • Category: News

    Watch Railroad Earth and Greensky’s Monstrous 30-Minute Joint “LeapHead” Encore In The Poconos

    On Friday, August 25th, the Pocono Mountains echoed with incredible music delivered by Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth. The event coordinators of the Sherman Theater Summer Stage created a two-day mini-festival entitled Summer’s End Fest. Friday was used as a focused co-headlining evening for the two jam-grass titans, while Saturday was reserved for local acts. […]

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  • Category: Features

    Start Making Sense Takes It To The (East) River

    On Thursday night in Manhattan, Talking Heads cover band Start Making Sense took their talent out to sea. The Rocks Off Concert Cruise provided the perfect party vessel for the evening as strangers became friends on the 300-person capacity excursion. Keeping in line with the infamous 1984 Stop Making Sense concert film, Start Making Sense opened […]

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  • Category: Features

    Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, And Hot Tuna Roll Through SPAC [Review/Audio/Videos]

    On July 3rd, the 2017 Wheels of Soul Tour brought The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York. Beautiful weather greeted the tie-dyed and star-spangled crowd, which ranged from young children to older hippies. Outdoor venues like SPAC are the perfect sanctuaries for eclectic […]

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  • Category: Features

    Ween Paints The Borough Brown In Brooklyn Steel Debut [Review/Photos]

    On a damp Tuesday night in New York, Ween played to a capacity crowd at the freshly opened Brooklyn Steel. Added security measures caused 1,800-strong crowd to wrap around the factory-esque venue before the performance, creating a stronger-than-usual sense of pre-show anxiety for the band’s dedicated fans. But once the lines diminished and the show began, […]

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