There’s lots of well-deserved excitement out there for Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s recently-formed supergroup, Furthur, which plays February 23rd and 24th at Radio City. They played two stellar nights at the Hammerstein at the end of last year, which they must have liked enough to give it another run. After each show, Sullivan Hall and Noetic Productions are keeping the party rolling with a couple of great sets, each starting at 11:30 pm. The 23rd features the Brooklyn-based, recent Relix Jam-off winners Licorice with openers The Lead Heads, who, at ages 12-14, are the world’s youngest Grateful Dead cover band. The 24th brings back Reckoning, regional jam-scene favorites who just played a great show here last month, and opens with Chicago’s Eli Charleston and his extremely funky ragtime outfit. Both nights’ acts carry the jam tradition faithfully into the future, and will be a great way to keep the concert high going.
For those of you not yet aware, Furthur is the newest powerhouse in jam-rock, featuring some true royalty: aside from Weir and Lesh, here’s the lineup:
John Kadlecik of Dark Star Orchestra on the guitar;
Jeff Chimenti and Jay Lane of Ratdog on keyboards and drums, respectively;
and Joe Russo of The Duo (friends of Sullivan!) on drums.
It’s hard to imagine a setting in which you’d find more of the truly elite jam-rockers on one stage… not unlike a rare alignment of the planets, and with just as many pagan rituals. Luckily for those who want to keep grooving after Furthur is done, Radio City happens to be located on a straight shot on the BDFV lines down to West 4th, a mere three blocks from Sullivan, leaving the least possible time stuck standing in the New York cold between sets.
FYI, you can get some great seats for Futhur through www.allshows.com.
Both Sullivan sets start at 11:30, and will go into the early morning! Tix for Sullivan are $10 here. Hope we see you at both shows.