Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up with Tela [2.24]

So news has been slow as Trey does his symphony run, Phil and Bob open their new venues, and Umphrey's presses on with their world domination tour. Bits of news are dropping here and there, like the impressive line-ups coming from music festivals all over.

For the 7th year, Umphrey's McGee has been invited back to play at Bonnaroo, along side Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Beach Boys, and Phish (some phans might say unfortunately). I doubt if just one, probably poorly scheduled, UM set will bring the northern fans down there, but with no summer tour dates coming out of the Phish team, those phans are definitely getting antsy and considering pricey ticket for the one undoubtedly standard show.

With so many Grateful Dead projects going on right now, and a major run coming up in April, we could have guessed that Furthur tour this summer would be minimal at best, but with the All Good Festival Announcement that came out Tuesday, we know that the band is taking a break, and notably the first big one  since they came together in 2009. Individually, however, it doesn't seem like neither of the Dead guys will be slowing down. Phil Lesh and Friends will be headlining All Good this year, with Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby featuring special guest Brandford Marsalis, and old time tour buddies The Allman Brothers Band. Mickey Hart Band will also make an appearance at the festival, but don't expect any sort of reunion, tension between the alumni is still high and won't likely cease by July 19th.

Moving right on to weekly news, we saw the announcement of Junta coming out on vinyl earlier last week. In their second collaboration with national Record Store Day, Phish has decided to release 5,000 numbered copies of their first album, complete with 3 LPs full of Phish's first songs, originally self- recorded, produced, and distributed on tape in May 1989. Three years later it was remastered and re-released in a 2 cd set and has since achieved Gold status in sales. A random sampling of half of these vinyls will also come with a limited edition poster designed by Jim Pollack specifically for this release, so check to find a record store in your area that might have Junta on April 21, 2012.

Umphrey's is keeping us dancing in the wings with the slow trickle of UMbowl announcements. For the third time, the epic 4 set, fan dictated show will take place in Chicago, this year on April 27th, but it's never too soon to get the Umphkids psyched for the show. Following the initial announcement that came earlier this year, the band released an update that ticket and VIP information will be coming February 28 and 29m so get your credit cards ready if you're anywhere near Chitown- this is not a show to be missed. Honestly, if you can catch any of these shows on the spring tour going on right now, it's well worth the effort. This mega tour has been bringing them a lot of attention, and the two new covers they debuted last weekend are only adding fuel to the fire. Giving Columbus, OH, the first ever "Burnin' For You" Blue Oyster Cult cover and Detroit, MI, "Detroit Rock City" by KISS.

Phil and Friends just wrapped up an exquisite three night run in Colorado that has them all warmed up for the coming three week run at his own brand new restaurant and venue Terrapin Crossroads. The opening residency will feature his own soon Grahame Lesh and good friend Jackie Greene among others. Tickets went on sale Wednesday exclusively at but shorty after on sale, their new ticketing system malfunctioned and severely oversold tickets for March 17th. Via Facebook, the team kept everybody posted on what they re doing to resolve the issue and how they were compensating the people who bought tickets past the cutoff point. They decided to offer them passes to some special show, but the details are unclear and probably won't be public knowledge once they do tell those ticket holders. Phil even posted a special apology on the Facebook page, so check that out and keep up to date on everything going on at Terrapin Crossroads. -Carly Shields 

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