Today, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their “Taper Tuesday” tradition, releasing the soundboard from the group’s inaugural headlining performance at the iconic outdoor Colorado venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Almost Dead’s Red Rocks show last summer on August 31st was a long time coming, as the group’s headlining Red Rocks debut was previously scheduled for the tail-end of April with Medeski, Martin, & Wood but had to be moved indoors to Broomfield, Colorado’s 1st Bank Center due to weather.Now For Something Completely Different: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Spectacular Arena Debut [Full Audio]After checking calendars, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead secured a new performance time at the end of the summer—August 31st, which happened to fall a day before Phish’s annual three-day mecca to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to close out their summer tour. Unfortunately, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s bassist Dave Dreiwitz was unable to make the new performance time, as he was on tour with Ween, forcing Dead & Company and Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge to tag in.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Makes A Grand, Phish-Laced Red Rocks Debut With Oteil Burbridge [Video/Photo]Fans were frenzied to make it out to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Red Rocks performance, selling out the 9,500-person venue without support. In honor of the Phish festivities the following days and recognizing that many phans extended their Colorado trips to make it out to their show, the band worked in an extensive “Harry Hood” jam (marking the first time the group had played the number) as well as teases of “Bathtub Gin” and “Stash” (rumors also circulated throughout the day that Trey Anastasio had soundchecked with the group and was slated to sit in). The show featured the group’s debut of “There Is A Mountain”, a Donovan tune that inspired the Allman Brothers Band’s now-iconic “Mountain Jam”.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announce 2018 Red Rocks ShowWhile these covers stood out because they were new to the Almost Dead catalog, the show came to a peak during the set two’s closing rendition of “Morning Dew”. With Tom Hamilton on vocals, during the number, you could hear a pin drop in the crowd, and it was truly a powerful and heartwrenching moment. Make sure to do yourself a favor and take a listen for yourself below, courtesy of Eric McRoberts.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/31/2017Set One: Jam -> Here Comes Sunshine @ > Ruben & Cherise -> Jam -> Mama Tried, New Speedway Boogie # -> Music Never Stopped Reprise -> New Speedway Jam -> Music Never Stopped Jam -> Dancing In The Streets $ -> New Speedway Reprise % -> Box Of Rain ^ (OB), He’s Gone & -> Truckin’ -> Born Cross Eyed JamSet Two: Jack Straw > Feel Like A Stranger * -> Harry Hood Jam + -> China Cat Sunflower -> The Eleven -> The Wheel @@ -> There Is A Mountain ## > I Know You Rider, Greatest Story Ever Told $$, Morning DewEncore: We Bid You Goodnight %%@ – With a “Sex Machine” (James Brown) Tease (MB), a “La Di Da Di” (Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick) Tease (MB)# – Unfinished$ – With Music Never Stopped Teases (TH), an unknown Tease (MB), New Speedway Teases & lyrics, a “Memphis Soul Stew” (King Curtis) Tease (OB), “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson) Teases (SM & MB).% – First split New Speedway^ – With an Uncle John’s Band Tease (Band)& – With Truckin & Tennessee Jed Teases (TH) & a “Humdinger” (WOLF) tease (SM) – I think* – Unfinished+ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Phish Cover (No lyrics were sung), First Time Played By Almost [email protected]@ – First verse sung in 11, with an “In With the In Crowd” (Ramsey Lewis) Jam, a “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Tease (MB)## – Donovan Cover, Instrumental with 2 choruses only sung, First Time Played By Almost Dead. Basis for the Allman Bros “Mountain Jam” but closer to the original Donovan version.$$ – With a “Night in Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie) Jam, an Estimated Prophet Tease (TH) & a “Stash” (Phish) Tease (SM)%% – A cappella at their positions with vocal mics, not at the front of the stage[Photo: Bill McAlaine]
On Thursday, the Newport Folk Festival announced that Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will be returning to the Fort on Sunday, July 28th. The long-running annual festival is set to return to Newport, RI’s Fort Adams State Park on July 26th-28th.In partnership with The Mockingbird Foundation, the Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on Trey’s behalf to support the music program at Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. Mt. Pleasant is an ethnically diverse learning community where most students are the first of their families to receive formal music education, and NFF’s donation and Mockingbird’s match will be used to purchase musical instruments for their students to play.As Trey notes in a statement,The benefits of music education in the lives of young people are countless and yet music programs in our schools continue to be seriously underfunded. Thankfully, there are organizations like The Mockingbird Foundation that are on the frontlines of this very worthy cause. They have donated over $1.4 million for both musical instruments and supporting staffing of school music departments in all 50 states. The fact that this non-profit organization was founded and funded by the Phish fan community is incredibly inspiring and humbling. THANKS!The announcement does not specify with whom Trey will play at Newport Folk Festival 2019. However, when Trey played the event back in 2008, he delivered a solo acoustic performance. Based on the image shared by the festival, it appears that Anastasio’s 2019 Newport Folk performance will follow suit. You can watch Trey’s 2008 Newport Folk performance below:Trey Anastasio – Newport Folk Festival 2008 – Full Video[Video: Jam & Psych on MV]The historic New England folk festival will include previously announced performances by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Maggie Rodgers, Cedric Burnside, Todd Snider, Gregory Alan Isakov, Haley Heynderickx, Jade Bird, Jeff Tweedy, Mountain Man, Bonny Light Horseman, If I Had A Song and more.Newport, RI’s Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages, food and crafts, two beer and wine gardens, and more. The festival is held rain or shine, so get ready for a weekend stacked full of the finest folk musicians and more.Stay tuned for more artists announcements from Newport Folk Festival as the event draws closer. For more information, head to the festival’s website.
The installation replaced and greatly increased the height of an aging tower of approximately 60 feet and will serve the borough’s emergency services and public works and the state police and county hotlines. Verizon, which had previously proposed a tower atop a downtown commercial building, instead funded the construction of the tower in exchange for a reduced rent for placing its antennas there. The estimated cost to install the tower, had the borough funded it, would have been $150,000. “It’s not a beautiful thing,” said Mayor Robert Neff. He added that he had tried to get the word out during the discussion and planning stages of the tower, but even he hadn’t expected the tower to be quite so prominent.Prior to the installation, the police chief said he had brought an independent company in to do a study on the potential health effects associated with the tower. “The fact that our governing body thought this was the best look is insane,” Holmgren said. “At this point, I think what everyone wants is for Verizon to not be part of it. The second thing is, if they need to keep it erected then they need to make it prettier.” By Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER – Concerned residents are urging borough officials to find a way to rid their neighborhood of a newly erected cellular tower many of them deemed an eyesore and a potential health concern.During a workshop and council meetings that lasted late into Monday night, angry residents lambasted the mayor and council for agreeing to let Verizon install a bulky cellular tower close to residents’ homes and Markham Place School – and for not accurately notifying them of what the new construction would entail.“I support a regular communications tower for the safety of our town,” said Alicia Holmgren, a borough resident whose property is 200 feet from the tower. “But that is not for the safety of our town at all. That is for Verizon and that is for revenue. I’m very disappointed in every single person who looked at those plans and thought that this was a good decision.”Verizon installed the 95-foot communications tower Wednesday, May 17 as part of an upgrade meant to address some of the “dead spots” in town that had been an ongoing issue for first responders, according to Chief of Police, Daniel Shaffery. Yet residents were less thrilled with the savings and more worried about the safety, aesthetics and location of the tower. Several pointed out the unknown health risks associated with radio waves and how that could affect children at the school or in the homes nearby, while others said their property values would suffer from the proximity. Most, including the mayor and council, agreed that the tower was ugly. Residents who measured the distance of the tower from their yards and homes said it was built 448 feet from Markham Place School and about 80 feet from homes with children.June 2015 photo of the Little Silver Town Hall with former cellphone tower.Holmgren, who spoke to a lawyer, said she suspected the town was buying time, and that once Verizon goes live at the tower there would be no way to get it turned off. “I’m trying to get an emergency meeting scheduled for next week so we can plead our case one more time before the tower is turned on,” she said. “We work here,” Shaffery said. “Obviously, that was a concern of ours. If it was built by me (my house) I’d probably be upset about it as well. But we do work here and there is nothing definitive that says this causes (health problems).”Neff and members of the borough council agreed to move forward with residents’ requests to pay an independent third party to monitor radio waves from the tower to ensure they are within the limits agreed upon with Verizon. They also agreed to have the borough attorney look over the contract with Verizon to find out what the penalties would be to sever ties with the company. Holmgren, who started the Facebook group “Little Silver Citizens Against the Cell Tower” in hopes of getting more people involved, said she and others felt misled by the public information that had been released about the tower and disappointed in the decision-making that lead to it. One example, she noted, was a plan approved in Sea Bright where the cell tower and base resemble a sailboat mast and lifeguard stand.Borough officials were not sure what options were available, but assured residents they would explore their concerns and requests.“Please come back to the next meeting,” said Councilman Dane Mihlon, who noted that many of these discussions had happened before, but with less public participation. “I really wish you were all here a year ago.”“We’ll try to be responsive,” Neff added. “Honestly, I don’t think any of us expected this. We’ll see if there’s something that can be done.”This article was first published in the May 25-June 1, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.