Bob Weir throwback for the Jazz Fest Deadheads

Jazz Fest season sees the annual return of followers of all things Grateful Dead to New Orleans as the festival and its accompanying nightlife still steers into the jam aesthetic that the band made its signature. In March, photographer Erika Goldring shot Dead guitarist Bob Weir last March when he came to New Orleans to play The Fillmore with The Wolf Brothers--Don Was on bass and Ratdog's Jay Lane on drums.

George Porter Sat in with Dead and Company Saturday

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.

Bob Weir Gets the Jump on the Jazz Fest

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. 

Nicki Bluhm Longs for the Simpler Life

Nicki Bluhm is sitting in a Home Depot parking lot in Milwaukee. It’s noon and she and her band The Gramblers can’t park the tour bus in front of the venue for another three hours, so she has some time on her hands. “We’re probably going to hit up the Whole Foods,” she says. Days like this don’t happen often on tour, but when they pop up, she tries to do something normalizing—take a yoga class, go on a bike ride, play guitar in the park.