Widespread Panic’s Halloween shows at the Lakefront Arena have long been events, but this year the band made it even more of one by performing in Andy Kaufman-inspired costumes that commemorated different phases of his career and parts of his performances. With special guest Mike Mills from R.E.M., the band went so far as to perform “Man in the Moon,” the song inspired by Kaufman.
Dead and Company were scheduled to play The Smoothie King Center last December, but the band postponed the show because guitarist John Mayer--the Jerry Garcia sub in this configuration--had to have an emergency appendectomy. Saturday night, they made up the show and revisited The Grateful Dead catalogue for hours, but there was no mention of Mayer's illness.
The jam band wave that first hit Jazz Fest when Phish first performed 1996 and resurged yearly since owes everything to The Grateful Dead. The Dead provided the blueprint for protracted musical explorations launched by classic American roots music, and while subsequent bands added their own twists--many of them funky--they're doing a thing The Dead did first.
Local and national musicians and comedians from a wide range of genres will come together July 17 at Tipitina's for Stones Fest, a fundraiser for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. So far, Ann Wilson of Heart, former Saturday Night Live cast member Jason Sudeikis, and George Porter Jr.
The Spilt Milk crew picks this week's favorites, including Travis Garland, New Orleans' first acoustic bounce set with DJ Jubilee, Joan Baez, Gary Clark Jr., A$AP Ferg, Tryptophunk, Bill Cosby at Xavier, and the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.
[Updated] When George Porter Jr. split from PBS in 2009, he set in motion a lengthy legal battle that ended Friday. The band's management, Highsteppin' Productions, sued Porter, Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz for more than $500,000 it claimed the band owed it from advances, loans, and money spent on behalf of PBS.