One Billion People!

Yes people, in your best Dr. Evil voice, One Billion People now have internet access. I think that is a tremendous accomplishment for humanity in general. Granted not everyone has uncensored access but as any one knows, you can do anything on the internet if you just try, good or bad. The internet is the instantaneous door to the world.

Congratulations to everyone.

Yahoo has the story: One billion people have Internet access

side thought, is internet a proper noun?

Benevento-Russo Duo with Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio

Yes people it is happening. In my opinion there isn’t a better collaboration out there. This is going to be HOT! Personally I plan to catch 6/28 Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC. This should be good people.

For the first time, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon are hitting the road together for over three weeks of dates, and they have asked the Duo to round out the band. The run of shows begins on June 28th in Raleigh, NC and includes a double bill with Phil Lesh & Friends for ten shows beginning on 6/28. Though we have been performing with Mike on and off for the past three years, the genesis of the group came together earlier this year when Trey asked us and Mike to join him for a recording session at a Brooklyn studio. Suffice to say, the material rocks. In addition to the new songs, the group will also draw on each other’s repertoire and beyond.

Trey, Mike and the Duo’s dates with Phil Lesh & Friends follow below. Both bands will play full shows — Trey & Mike w/ the Duo will close a handful of shows, and Phil Lesh & Friends will close the rest. In addition, The Benevento/Russo Duo (hey, that’s us!) will open each show on our own. We expect to announce up to an additional week of Trey & Mike with the Duo dates sometime shortly.

Tickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, May 5 at NOON EST at Public on-sales start Friday, May 12. Full show and ticket information will be made available on the [Duo] Shows page over the course of this week.


6/28 Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
6/30 Tweeter Center At The Waterfront – Camden, NJ
7/1 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
7/2 SPAC – Saratoga Springs, NY
7/3 New England Dodge Music Center – Hartford, CT
7/7 Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
7/8 Darien Lakes PAC – Darien Center, NY
7/9 Bethel Woods Center For The Arts – Bethel, NY
7/11 Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
7/12 Champlain Valley Fairgrounds – Essex Junction, VT

What is REALLY happening in Iraq

Originally Posted By Rayman1:
Just reading some of the posts on the Zarqawi stuff. I’m currently working in Baghdad doing intel/security work and my daily grind is dealing with these things. Zarqawi is a Sunni from Jordan and his kind are very much the minority here. His group is attributed to several beheadings, execution killings, bombings, etc. but nothing of major note in comparison to what the Shiite-dominated security forces we put in place here are doing to the people and us.

He more than likely got his AKS-74U from his Chechen merc buddies who came here as snipers. And yes, there are a lot of US weapons out here to include M4’s, M16A2’s, SAW’s, and 240B’s. Getting ammo for them is a problem, though. But they pump out videos in the marketplaces showing attacks on convoys, etc. and grabbing up our guys’ guns and equipment. Most of those scenes are 2003-2004 dated. However, they do have a lot of our stuff.
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04-22-2006: DJ Williams Projekt with the Bridge and Calf Mountain Jam opening at Starr Hill

DJ Williams Projekt
DJ Williams Projekt rolled into Starr Hill Saturday night with an opening act that brought sounds from Waynesborough, VA, and Baltimore, MD. Calf Mountain was charged with warming up the crowd followed by the Bridge. Near the end of the night brought DJ Williams and his saxophone sounds to full peak.

Calf Mountain Jam is a band that I have been watching for about a year and one half. They were one of those bands that you would say, hrmm, give it a year. Well, it has been a year since I thought that and you know what, these guys are really getting it together. They have a small but very solid following. High energy jams with a good groove to move to. That’s what I’m talking about! Calf Mountain is getting it together. Listen to the tape.

The Bridge was the next opener. I was curious about these guys and again, delivery straight down the pipe! Starr Hill’s musical lineup Saturday night was supreme as the jams kept flowing and the talent never stopped. Near the end of the set Gordon Sax and DJ Williams were playing up on stage and I would say the crowd was really filling in with a groove. By the end of this set, everyone was really ready to rock. Excellent first time viewing of The Bridge in my opinion.

DJ Williams Projekt was another strong band that I had not yet had the pleasure of viewing. I missed some parts of the show however in catching with I did I am continuously amazing at the quality of music Virginia has floating about it. From the valley to the capital, tunes flow like water, sparkling in the pristine environment, bars. Yes, here at these bars we experience the vibe that moves the crowd like a current through the ocean, nudging, sometimes harder than you might like, for you to move your butt and get down!

Whats up to my sketchy crew that kept the rig going in my absence.

DJ Williams Projekt
The Bridge
Calf Mountain Jam

4-20 Post: Drive By Truckers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Man Mountain Jr.

Tapers Stands at Robert Randolph
April Twentieth brought some good tunes to the C-Ville area. Headlining at the Charlottesville Pavilion was Robert Randolph and the Family Band. With his exciting rifts off the steel guitar, Robert Randolph is able to deliver a music performance worthy of laud. The concert was simply energized. Boyd Tinsley made a couple of appearances on stage in which he rocked so hard that Robert gave him props at one point, forgetting that he was still playing. Quite hilarious, they were having a great time up there. As usual, the band didn’t seem to want to leave as the encore ran over three songs.

Boyd Tinsley with Robert Randolph

The tapers were out in storm so I didn’t feel the need to get RRFB but I did do a 24/96 recording of Drive By Truckers, whom which opened for Robert Randolph. Drive by Truckers is an excellent southern band with a little whisky sound to them. They gave us right up to an hour of quality stuff, some of it was from their new CD. I enjoyed it and will post my tapes later.

Tucker from Man Mountain Jr.
Man Mountain Jr. laid down some supreme funk jam for the late revelers at R2 after the Pavilion concert. Their set included a guest trumpeter whom I believe I saw playing with the Hamiltons before. The sound was pure and alive as they improvised the setlist. Full props to these guys as they are always good. Look for the tape soon…

BJ of Man Mountain Jr.

Man Mountain Jr.

Drive-By Truckers:
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Robert Randolph and the Family Band:
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Disco Biscuits 04-18-2006 @ Starr Hill Music Hall, Charlottesville, VA

Disco Biscuits 04-18-2006 Charlottesville Starr Hill
The Biscuits brought a CD release date to Charlottesville. With tremendous skill, these guys showed what a real jam band can do. The Biscuits brought a furry of dance and energy that hardly another band ever brings. Charlottesville welcomed the band with a line stretching around the venue to get in. I taped however due to a case of still being a noob I had the high gain on the minime still. The tape is just muddled but its all good, I know know and have already changed it to low gain. luckily a pair of kick ass neumans were running behind me. that source will be on the archive. yeah, like this means anything. Bisco played a furious Run Like Hell which was called out by a fellow taper whom which had over 130 disco biscuit shows under the belt as one of the best Runs ever. Helicopters made a great showing in the encore and the band really had the house rocking. my mics were dancing with everyone else as the floors gave to the groove. you could tell there was a slight mix of college students in the air as they wouldn’t shut up. Props to my blockers, sketch crew represented hard and full.
Disco Biscuits 04-18-2006 Starr Hill Charlottesville VA
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Ween 04-13-2006 @ Charlottesville Pavilion

Ween 04-13-2006 Charlotteville Pavilion
Ween rocked the open air Pavilion Thursday night in Charlottesville. They played some of my favorite tunes that I know of plus I found some new ones to love. Goofyness prevailed as we were on the receiving end of some wacky reggae along and other older ween displays that the band was having a good time. The encore lasted extra long with a full bow by the band at the end. Being that I wouldn’t consider myself a full Ween fan before the show, they rocked the house and I am totally willing to go see them where ever the are close. Read: Will travel for Ween.
Ween 04-13-2006 Charlottesville Pavilion

Peen 04-13-2006 Charlottesville Starr Hill
After the Pavilion show some of the late night revelers traveled to Starr Hill for the Peen show. Wackiness continued and everyone had a great time.
Peen 04-13-2006 Starr Hill Charlottesville
Notes about the venue:
I believe the pavilion was about half sold out as the crowd really only stretched from the stage to the soundboard. Don’t get me wrong though, that is still a whole lot of people. Up front the crowd was packed in there.

I taped it.

Ghostface Killah 04-09-2006 @ Starr Hill Music Hall

Ghostface Killah 04 09 2006 Starr Hill
Ghostface Killah of the former Wu Tang Clan brought a change to my usual concert jam band run. Opening up was M1 of Dead Prez and Beetnix, a local Charlottesville group. Hip-hop was in order for the night and Starr Hill brought the action as always. We arrived with Beetnix on the stage. I didn’t catch much but this C-Ville Beetnix has promise, catch em around town.

M1 of Dead Prez had what I thought was the best to offer. One of their tracks was a full call out of George W. Bush and his imperialistic take on how the USA should act. They call him out for starting illegal wars and torturing people and furthermore, they call out for us to take a deep look at how some of our leadership is terrorizing the rest of the world. I really enjoyed that track.

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U-Melt and Turkey Bouillon Mafia 04-08-2006 @ North by Northwest, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

U-Melt 04-08-2006
North by Northwest hosted an extended jamming session by U-Melt and then a powerful performance by the co-headliners Turkey Bouillon Mafia. Starting off first, U-Melt brought two fantastic hours of improvised jams that truly showed their trademark organic progressive groove. I could gush over the sweet ass segues that were played in sequence with Have a Cigar > Red Star > The Fantastical Flight of Captain Delicious jamming, however you can hear it yourself from my tape archives.

I appreciate all the help from team sketch in getting this tape. It was a good time. Read more for thoughts and pics, links to the tape, etc.

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