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The first time I went to the Newpor Folk Festival, I planned on buying a ticket at the gate and when I got to the box office there was someone there who had an extra and with some combination of kindness and convenience they “miracled” me the ticket for free without negotiation. It was the summer of 2007 and, you could say, I was more or less instantly a fan for life. Well, fan maybe doesn’t quite cover it, as over the ensuing 15 summers, 11 of which I’ve spent a weekend (or more) at Fort Adams seeing music, the…


Ten years ago, I wrote this on my old blog. It captures one of the more critical moments in my life, a moment when I think I truly started to become the person I am today. It remains one of my favorite things I’ve written, so I’m republishing it here with a few minor edits. Enjoy!

I don’t know the exact date, but sometime during the last week of June in 1991, 30 years ago today roughly, I had a life changing experience. Now I’ve had plenty of life changing experiences — you could argue every experience you have changes…


I will say from the start that this is a dumb question and my answer may be (certainly is!) equally as ridiculous, but it’s something I think about from time to time, something I’ve developed my own opinion on over the years, and something I’ve been wanting to write up for a while. Of course, this is all semantics and all my opinion (and I should state up front that whatever you may think about my take, I do not use the term “Jamband” as pejorative), but when someone says “so-and-so is a ‘Jamband’,” this is what I think about…


Frisell Trio saves the day!

For a while I used to do a “favorite artist of the year” write-up and then I stopped for a while. I made it a point not to repeat any of them and it was fun to think of a single musician or band who encompassed an entire year… or musical year, at least. As 2020, this fucking year, comes to an end, I feel compelled to write a little bit about the guy who was clearly the musician of 2020 for me, for me and so many others. Of course, that is Bill Frisell, who was actually the guy…


Always fun to go back through all the music from the past year and try to sort out which were my favorites. Fun, but very, very difficult. I’ve narrowed things down, but only because I forced myself to. A lot was left off and what was left off could easily be on one of these lists, so… what can you do? A good problem to have.

As usual, I’ve broken things down into sets and each set is alphabetical. I have playlists for each version, so you can dig into my top 10, top 25, or, probably best, top 125…


On March 10th, I saw “The Brothers” play at Madison Square Garden. A big, arena rock show with a big arena crowd. It was a great show, a lot of fun, and the band killed it, but it also just didn’t feel right. The pandemic had already made its way to New York City and even though we didn’t “know” it 100% yet, we all knew it to be true, enough for many (most?) in attendance to be uncomfortable in the crowd.

That was the 60th show I caught in 2020 and within a month or so of hunkering down…


Yesterday, it was announced that Live From Here was no longer. Chris Thile’s I-don’t-know-what-to-call-it radio show came to an end without warning and, to quote multiple people who texted or emailed me after the news broke, it was a “gut punch.” Precisely right. In this denial stage of grief, I decided to compile all the full reviews I wrote of the Live From Here tapings I attended in 2019. I saw the show 15 times in total and 8 of those were during 2019 when the show officially lived at the Town Hall in NYC. As a preface, I included…


Everyone has a first memory, or at least a memory that somehow becomes your “first memory.” Mine was Star Wars. The story goes that my dad decided it was a good idea to take me to see the new George Lucas epic in the theater. My mom thought he was nuts. He won out, the sights and sounds of a Star Destroyer literally flying over my head imprinted itself in my mind, something I would never, ever forget, the memory that first scratched itself like lovers’ initials into the tree trunk of my mind. Well-worn action figures followed by ensuing…


5 nights of Widespread Panic at the Beacon Theatre

Thursday, 27Feb20

So, Thursday morning I was at the gym (yes, I occasionally wake up at 5:30 to hit the gym, you may be surprised to know!) and there was this dude chugging pretty hard on the treadmill and every few minutes he would hop off the still-spinning machine and bounced over to the corner of the room to lift weights and do push-ups before hopping back on and running again. I suppose people do this sort of thing, but I’m pretty sure I burned a few extra calories just watching…


18Feb20

A residency twofer on resideNYC night…

Michael Daves & Andy Statman @ Rockwood Music Hall

It’s no secret I am enamored with the NYC musical residencies. I love both the actual residencies, because, like, if you’ve got a long-running regular gig in NYC, it’s more or less fact that you’re pretty good, there are just too many amazing musicians making awesome music to half-ass it every week and expect anyone to come see you play. So, like the music is going to be good no matter what. But there are also all these other amazing facets to them that…

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