On Sept. 23, to the delight of Bay Area live music lovers, Sweetwater Music Hall hosted the inaugural Sweetwater in the Sun festival in Marin County, California. Concertgoers nationwide are familiar with the legendary Sweetwater, an intimate venue that has hosted great acts over the decades ranging from Elvis Costello to New Riders of the Purple Sage. While the storied venue has a legacy for its high-profile acts in cozy confines, nothing could have prepared fans for the announcement of Sweetwater in the Sun.
Currently in the middle of an extensive summer tour, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood continue to prove themselves one of the hardest working bands in the country announcing another 33 headline U.S. shows in October and November. Criss-crossing "Freak America" performing two sets and three hours of music a night, The CRB begin at Higher Ground in Burlington followed by handful of dates in the Northeast.
The Skiffle Players comprised by Cass McCombs, Neal Casal, Farmer Dave Scher, Dan Horne and Aaron Sperske have announced the release of the 'Piffle Sayers EP,' due July 20 on West Coast independent record label, Spiritual Pajamas. The seven-track collection is drawn from the same sessions that produced the band's 2016 debut album, 'Skifflin',' an instant classic upon its release that quickly became a record store rare find.
Circles Around The Sun explore new horizons on the band's upcoming double album, Let It Wander. Available August 17 via Rhino on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital formats, it's the first new music from the quartet since their acclaimed 2015 debut, Interludes For The Dead. Hear the new track "Immovable Object" available today at all DSPs.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood have announced ten shows in September 2018. They're added to a summer tour that already includes 32 performances across the U.S. The ten additional September dates occur primarily in the South, including The Joy Theater in New Orleans, White Oak Music Hall in Houston, and Scoot Inn in Austin, as well as, two West Coast dates at The Marquee Theatre in Tempe and House of Blues in Anaheim. Tickets go on-sale Friday, June 15 at 10am local.
The second annual Skull and Roses Festival brought Deadheads from all over California, to the Ventura Fairgrounds, for three days of music inspired by The Grateful Dead. The campground area was nearly full by the time the music started early on Friday afternoon, April 6th. Festival publicist Dennis McNally, who was the publicist for the Grateful Dead from 1984-95 choose the spot because of its significance in the history of the Dead.
Just a few short weeks after the Chris Robinson Brotherhood's annual December three-night stand at The Fillmore in San Francisco, they'll set up shop once again in the Bay Area to ring in the New Year with three-nights, December 29, 30 and 31, at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. Tickets go on-sale Monday, December 18, 10am PT at https://store.terrapincrossroads.net/tickets.
Few albums have the creation myth of Interludes For The Dead by Neal Casal's Circles Around The Sun. The 10 instrumental jams that encompass the release were commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann, the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, to accompany the biographical visuals he was compiling to be shown during set break at the "Fare Thee Well" concerts the living members of the Dead played in the summer of 2015.