The Westcott Theater
The Westcott Theater is a 700-person multi-purpose, cinema-style concert venue at 524 Westcott St in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, United States. Although it books acts of many different genres, the venue has been increasing its amount of electronic music acts since 2011. Known as the Westcott Cinema, it was re-purposed and re-opened in Oct. 18, 2007 to serve as a local concert venue for the Westcott Nation as well as attract much of the Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry concert going college crowd. The building, now known as the Westcott Theater was first constructed in 1919. Called the Harvard Theater and the Studio, the theater acted as a cinema hosting a variety of films ranging from vaudeville films to more risque adult films. In 1993 Nat Tobin, local film enthusiast and manager of the Manlius Art Cinema, took control of the cinema's lease and re-opened the property now calling it the Westcott Cinema.
Under Tobin the single-screen cinema screened contemporary films for 14 years before having to close down in October 2007. Interested in appropriating the now defunct cinema, local entrepreneurs Sam Levey and Dan Mastronardi approached building owner Ray Duplain with an offer. After renovating the former cinema, tearing out the old seats and screen and installing a small bar, the Westcott Theater opened for business; the venue began hosting shows in September 2008, although its official opening was not held until November of the same year. The Post Standard's Chris Baker said in 2013 that “the theater has become the most consistent midsize venue in with about 120 shows annually.”
Phil Lesh and Friends
Phil Lesh and Friends is an American rock band formed and led by Phil Lesh, former bassist of the Grateful Dead. Phil & Friends is not a traditional group in that several different lineups of musicians have played under the name, including groups featuring members of Phish, the Black Crowes and Allman Brothers Band; the Phil & Friends concept takes the music of the Grateful Dead and explores and interprets it in new ways. Through the period known as the Quintet years, a Phil & Friends show was focused on harder, faster rock than that which the Grateful Dead played, thanks in large part to Haynes' and Jimmy Herring's talents at the Southern rock style. Lesh was fond of calling it "Dixieland-style rock." However, all of the incarnations of Phil & Friends have followed a trend of "updating" the Grateful Dead's massive body of work, all have been adept at the long, exploratory jams that were a trademark of the Dead. Phil & Friends has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead's material, bringing in new styles and innovations, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.
It is this melding of musical influences that has given them wide appeal not only among old Deadheads, but the modern-day fans of other jam bands as well. Phil & Friends has continued the Grateful Dead's tradition of allowing fans to record concerts, trade these recordings freely; the Internet has been an invaluable source for these tapers to disseminate this music through various sources, including Archive.org, the vast BitTorrent file-sharing network. Phil has embraced the Internet by providing free soundboard recordings of many concerts through his website providing high-resolution CD covers for fans to print. For his Summer 2006 tour, Phil partnered with Instant Live, a company, able to provide soundboard CDs of a concert upon its finishing, as well as make these recordings available for fans to download online, though this service was not free; the first use of the Phil Lesh and Friends banner was on September 24, 1994 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The band was an acoustic version of the Grateful Dead and featured members Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Vince Welnick.
Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart were not part of the band. After this gig the band name was put to rest until Phil formed a new band in 1999. From April 1999 to September 2000, Lesh toured with a rotating lineup of musicians that included Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimmy Herring, Robben Ford, members of Phish, Little Feat, The String Cheese Incident and Moe; the opening concerts on April 15, 16, 17, 1999 featured Phil along with John Molo on drums, Steve Kimock on guitar, two members of Phish – Trey Anastasio on guitar and Page McConnell on keys. After these opening concerts and until October 1999, Phil kept the same "core" of himself and Kimock, Molo as well, while rotating in new musicians on guitar and keys. Over this period, the lineups included: May 29, 1999: Warren Haynes, Merl Saunders, Donna Jean Godchaux June 4–5, 1999: Prairie Prince, Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Sears, Zoe Ellis, Cailan Cornwell July 2–3, 1999: Bill Kreutzmann, David Nelson, Barry Sless, Mookie Siegel August 12–22, 1999: This series of shows featured Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals and Kyle Hollingsworth from The String Cheese Incident on keys.
Other members of The String Cheese Incident joined the group, as did Al Schnier of Moe. October 7–9, 1999: Bobby Strickland, Jeff Mattson, Rob Barraco October 21–27, 1999: This series of shows featured members of Little Feat -- Bill Payne, Paul Barrere Steve Kimock left the tour on October 29, 1999, Derek Trucks joined a few days later. October 29–30, 1999: Bill Payne, Paul Barrere October 31, 1999: Derek Trucks, Bill Payne, Paul Barrere From November 1999 onwards, the "core" of the group was Phil, John Molo, Rob Barraco on keys November 2–14, 1999: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes; the members of this incarnation were Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring (guitar.
Philip Chapman Lesh is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career. After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh continued the tradition of Grateful Dead family music with side project Phil Lesh and Friends, which paid homage to the Dead's music by playing their originals, common covers, the songs of the members of his band. Lesh operates, he scaled back his touring regimen in 2014 but continues to perform with Phil Lesh & Friends at select venues. From 2009 to 2014, he performed in Furthur alongside his former Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir. Lesh was born in Berkeley and started out as a violin player. While enrolled at Berkeley High School, he switched to trumpet and participated in all of the school's music-related extracurricular activities. Studying the instrument under Bob Hansen, conductor of the symphonic Golden Gate Park Band, he developed a keen interest in avant-garde classical music and free jazz. After attending San Francisco State University for a semester, Lesh was unable to secure a favorable position in the school's band or orchestra and determined that he was not ready to pursue a higher education.
Upon dropping out, he auditioned for the renowned Sixth Army Band with the assistance of Hansen but was determined to be unfit for military service. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at the College of San Mateo, where he wrote charts for the community college's well-regarded big band and ascended to the first trumpet chair. After transferring with sophomore standing to the University of California, Berkeley in 1961, he befriended future Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten before dropping out again after less than a semester. At the behest of Constanten, he studied under the Italian modernist Luciano Berio in a graduate-level course at Mills College in the spring of 1962. While volunteering for KPFA as a recording engineer during this period, he met bluegrass banjo player Jerry Garcia. Despite opposite musical interests, they soon formed a friendship. Following a brief period as a Post Office Department employee and keno marker in Las Vegas; this was a peculiar turn of events. According to Lesh, the first song he rehearsed with the band was "I Know You Rider".
He stayed until the end. Since Lesh had never played bass, it meant that to a great extent he learned "on the job", yet it meant he had no preconceived attitudes about the instrument's traditional rhythm section role. In his autobiography, he credits Jack Casady as a confirming influence on the direction his instincts were leading him into. While he has said that his playing style was influenced more by Bach counterpoint than by contemporaneous rock and soul bass players, one can hear the fluidity and power of a jazz bassist such as Charles Mingus or Jimmy Garrison in Lesh's work, along with stylistic allusions to Casady. Lesh has cited Jack Bruce of Cream as an influence. Lesh was an innovator in the new role. Contemporaries such as Casady, James Jamerson and Paul McCartney adopted a more melodic, contrapuntal approach to the instrument. While not abandoning these aspects, Lesh took his own improvised excursions during a song or instrumental; this was a characteristic aspect of the so-called San Francisco Sound in the new rock music.
In many Dead jams, Lesh's bass is, as much a lead instrument as Garcia's guitar. Lesh was not a prolific composer or singer with the Grateful Dead, although some of the songs he did contribute are among the best known in the band's repertoire. Lesh's high tenor voice contributed to the Grateful Dead's three-part harmony sections in their group vocals in the early days of the band, until he relinquished singing high parts to Donna Godchaux in 1976 due to vocal cord damage from improper singing technique. In 1985, he resumed singing lead vocals on select songs as a baritone. Throughout the Grateful Dead's career, his interest in avant-garde music remained a crucial influence on the group. In 1994, he was inducted into The Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead. After the disbanding of the Grateful Dead, Lesh continued to play with its offshoots The Other Ones and The Dead, as well as performing with his own band, Phil Lesh and Friends. In 1999, he co-headlined a tour with Bob Dylan.
Additionally and his wife Jill administer their charitable organization, the Unbroken Chain Foundation. The couple have two children together and Brian. Both Grahame and Brian follow in their father's musical foot
Jon Fishman is an American drummer known for his work with the band Phish, which he co-founded in 1983 and was named after him. He is credited with eight with a solo credit; the band Phish was named after him. In addition to drumming, he sings back-up vocals and lead-vocals. Worthy of note are his more serious vocal efforts, including lead vocals on Phish's cover of the Talking Heads song "Crosseyed and Painless," and his vocal duties on the Phish originals, "The Moma Dance," "Taste," and "Ghost." He is well known on tour for his Electrolux vacuum cleaner solos and playing while wearing a muumuu dress. Jon uses a variety of cymbals on his kit, he uses Remo drum heads, Vic Firth drum sticks, LP percussion accessories. His setup consists of: 22x14 Gretsch round badge bass drum re-wrapped by Precision Drum Company. 6x6 Noble & Cooley tom 8x7 Noble & Cooley tom 10x7 Noble & Cooley tom 12x8 Noble & Cooley tom 14x12 Noble & Cooley Floor Tom 16x14 Noble & Cooley Floor Tom 14x6.5 Ayotte 18-Ply Maple Snare.
Cymbals include: 14" hi-hats 13" Paiste Mega Cup Chime 15" Istanbul Agop Medium Thin Crash 18" Sabian HHX Evolution Crash 6" Rancan Ice Bell 8" Zildjian A Custom Splash 16" Sabian HHX Evolution Crash 21" Sabian AA Dry Ride 20" Zildjian A Custom Flat Ride w/ rivets 18" Wuhan China 22" Zildjian PangHe uses an LP Black Beauty cowbell, an LP Rock Ridge Rider cowbell, a set of 4 LP temple blocks. He uses Vic Firth drum sticks, his preferred "perfect pair" is the Peter Erskine Ride Stick and the American Classic 55A. He uses TG12 Sticks for practice, Vic Firth and Regal Tip Brushes, Vic Firth T1 Mallets, he uses Remo drum heads. His preferred setup: Snare: Coated Ambassador. An earlier, 1967 model was donated to the Hard Rock Cafe 1/29/93; the in-use model is from circa 1965. Fishman is a current member and regular touring drummer of the Burlington, VT comedy troupe Touchpants with Colby Dix, Chris Friday and Aram Bedrosian, their foul mouthed comedy shows occur directly after Phish performances and show a amusing side of Fishman's personality.
He plays drums in the rock band Pork Tornado, performed with the Jazz Mandolin Project for several years. He has been a member of The Everyone Orchestra and The Village. In 2007, he emerged from semi-retirement to perform a series of shows with the Yonder Mountain String Band, including a large portion of their set at the Rothbury Music Festival which happened the summer of 2008; the Mimi Fishman Foundation is a nonprofit organization started by Jon to raise money for various charities for charities that benefit the visually impaired. The charity was named for Jon's mother, diagnosed with glaucoma. Fishman was announced as a member of fellow Phish member Trey Anastasio's new side-project Ghost of the Forest. Fishman was born in Philadelphia, he was adopted and grew up in Syracuse, New York with a Jewish family. Fishman had a passion for the drums from an early age and emulated John Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin, Bill Bruford of Yes, Keith Moon of The Who, he went to Jamesville-Dewitt High School in a suburb of Syracuse.
After graduation in 1983, he attended the University of Vermont to study engineering. Shortly after his arrival, he founded the band Phish. Deciding against engineering, he and Anastasio transferred to Goddard College. Fishman, his wife Briar and their five children live in Maine; the family appeared on an episode of the DIY Network home restoration series Maine Cabin Masters in March 2018. He has hosted a radio show on WBFY-LP, a community radio station in Belfast, since 2017; the show was called the Johnny B. Fishman Radio has since changed its name to The Errant Path. Fishman hosts the show weekly on Thursday evenings. Fishman was inspired by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to take action in his local elections. In 2017, he was voted a selectmen of Lincolnville, Maine
JGB is an American rock band led by Melvin Seals, who plays electric organ. Its mission is to continue the musical legacy of the Jerry Garcia Band, of which Seals was a longtime member; as noted in Rolling Stone, "... when Garcia died in 1995, the Grateful Dead went on hiatus, Seals took charge. Under his leadership, the renamed'JGB Band' pays tribute to Garcia by performing his songs and remaining faithful to his style."In 1996, Seals played several concerts with Jerry Garcia Band bassist John Kahn and other former members of that band. Their idea was to continue playing the same music with everyone except Garcia himself. However, Kahn died three weeks and Seals and the others continued without him; the membership of JGB has continued to evolve over the years. On July 30, 2004, Melvin Seals was the first Jerry Garcia Band member to headline an outdoor music and camping festival named in honor of Jerry Garcia, called Grateful Garcia Gathering. Jerry Garcia Band drummer David Kemper joined Melvin Seals & JGB in 2007.
To date, other musicians playing with JGB have included Donna Jean Godchaux, Mookie Siegel, Pete Sears, G. E. Smith, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester. Welcome to Our World – 1998 Keepers of the Flame – 2006 JGB official website Melvin Seals official website JGB collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
Jerome John Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. One of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career. Garcia founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders–Garcia Band, the Jerry Garcia Band, Old & In the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, he released several solo albums, contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing, was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story in 2003. Garcia was renowned for his musical and technical ability his ability to play a variety of instruments, his ability to sustain long improvisations with The Grateful Dead.
Garcia believed that improvisation took stress away from his playing and allowed him to make spur of the moment decisions that he would not have made intentionally. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Garcia noted that "my own preferences are for improvisation, for making it up as I go along; the idea of picking, of eliminating possibilities by deciding, that’s difficult for me". Garcia's improvisation techniques were lauded for their ability to span genres, as well as his ability to employ modal guitar playing, he was a proponent of using the Mixolydian mode, a scale which utilised a flattened 7th note. He used various exotic scales and chromatic playing to add exotic flavours to Grateful Dead work on 1975's Blues for Allah Later in life, Garcia was sometimes ill because of his diabetes, in 1986, he went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. Although his overall health improved somewhat after that, he continued to struggle with obesity and longstanding heroin and cocaine addictions.
He was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack in August 1995 at the age of 53. Garcia's ancestors on his father's side were from Galicia in northwest Spain, his mother's ancestors were Swedish. He was born in the Excelsior District of San Francisco, California, on August 1, 1942, to Jose Ramon "Joe" Garcia and Ruth Marie "Bobbie" Garcia, herself born in San Francisco, his parents named him after composer Jerome Kern. Jerome John was their second child, preceded by Clifford Ramon "Tiff", born in 1937. Shortly before Clifford's birth, their father and a partner leased a building in downtown San Francisco and turned it into a bar in response to Jose being blackballed from a musicians' union for moonlighting. Garcia was influenced by music at an early age, his father was his mother enjoyed playing the piano. His father's extended family—who had emigrated from Spain in 1919—would sing during reunions. At age four, while the family was vacationing in the Santa Cruz Mountains, two-thirds of Garcia's right middle finger was accidentally cut off.
Garcia and his brother Tiff were chopping wood. Jerry steadied a piece of wood with his finger, but Tiff miscalculated and the axe severed most of Jerry's middle finger. After his mother wrapped his hand in a towel, Garcia's father drove him over 30 miles to the nearest hospital. A few weeks Garcia — who had not looked at his finger since the accident — was surprised to discover most of it missing when the bandage he was wearing came off during a bath. Garcia confided that he used it to his advantage in his youth, showing it off to other children in his neighborhood. Less than a year after he lost most of his finger, his father died. Vacationing with his family near Arcata in Northern California in 1947, Garcia's father went fly fishing in the Trinity River, part of the Six Rivers National Forest. Not long after entering the river, Garcia's father slipped on a rock, lost his balance and was swept away by the river's rapids, he drowned. Although Garcia claimed he saw his father fall into the river, Dennis McNally, author of the book A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead, argues Garcia formed the memory after hearing others repeat the story.
Blair Jackson, who wrote Garcia: An American Life, lends weight to McNally's claim. Jackson's evidence was that a local newspaper article describing Jose's death failed to mention Jerry was present when he died. Following the accident, Garcia's mother took over her husband's bar, buying out his partner for full ownership; as a result, Ruth Garcia began working full-time, sending Jerry and his brother to live nearby with her parents and William Clifford. During the five-year period in which he lived with his grandparents, Garcia enjoyed a large amount of autonomy and attended Monroe Elementary School. At the school, Garcia was encouraged in his artistic abilities by his third grade teacher: through her, he discovered that "being a creative person was a viable possibility in life." According to Garcia, it was around this time that he was opened up to country and to bluegrass by his grandmother, whom he recalled enjoyed listening to the Grand Ole Opry. His elder brother, however, staunchly believed the contrary, insisting that Garcia was "fantasizing all... she'd been to Opry, b
William Kreutzmann Jr. is an American drummer. He played with the Grateful Dead for its entire thirty-year career alongside fellow drummer Mickey Hart, has continued to perform with former members of the Grateful Dead in various lineups, with his own bands BK3, 7 Walkers and Billy & the Kids. Kreutzmann was born in Palo Alto, the son of Janice Beryl and William Kreutzmann Sr, his father was of German descent. His maternal grandfather was innovator Clark Shaughnessy. Kreutzmann started playing drums at the age of 13. At first he practiced on a Slingerland drum kit lent to him; as a teenager, practicing drums alone in a large building at his high school, Aldous Huxley and another man walked in. Huxley told Bill he'd never heard anything like it, encouraged him in his drumming – despite the fact Bill had been told by his sixth grade music teacher that he could not keep a beat. Kreutzmann continued to practice a great deal, his earliest enthusiasm was for the music of other R&B musicians. He has explained that he learned some advanced technique or tricks from Mickey Hart.
Kreutzmann listened to jazz groups in clubs when he found an opportunity for an under-age guy to get in. After joining the Warlocks, bassist Phil Lesh introduced him the work of one of the top jazz drummers of the time, Elvin Jones. Kreutzmann became an enthusiast for the funk music of The Meters. At the end of 1964 Kreutzmann co-founded the band the Warlocks, along with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, their first gig was May 1965, two days before Kreutzmann's nineteenth birthday. During the band's early days, Kreutzmann sometimes used a fake draft card with the name "Bill Sommers" to be admitted to bars where the band was playing, since he was underage. In November 1965, the Warlocks became the Grateful Dead. Meeting fellow percussionist Mickey Hart in the fall of 1967 had a big impact on Kreutzmann's career. Hart soon joined the Dead; the combination of their playing was an important part of the band's sound and earned them the nickname "the Rhythm Devils". Their lengthy drum duets were a feature of nearly every show from 1978 to 1995, are documented in a number of recordings by the band.
During the 80s Kreutzmann formed and performed with three side-bands: The Billy Kreutzmann All-stars, Go Ahead playing San Francisco Bay Area clubs, although Go Ahead toured somewhat in 1986-87. The All-Stars were Kreutzmann, David Nelson, Larry Murphy, Sr. on fiddle and Larry Murphy, Jr. on bass. Kokomo and Go Ahead featured Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland, David Margen played bass for Kokomo as well as Go Ahead. Kevin Russell was guitarist for Kokomo. Kreutzmann remained with the Grateful Dead until its dissolution after the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, making him one of four members to play at every one of the band's 2,300 shows, along with Garcia and Lesh. In 1994, Kreutzmann and the other members of the Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007, they won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Kreutzmann's first post-Grateful Dead musical project was Backbone, a trio with guitarist Rick Barnett and bassist Edd Cook, they released one album, Backbone, in 1998. In 1998, former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart formed a band called the Other Ones, which played a number of shows as part of the Furthur Festival.
The band did not play live in 1999. In 2000, Kreutzmann joined The Other Ones; the band, with Kreutzmann, toured in 2000 and 2002. In 2003, they changed their name to The Dead; the Dead played a number of live concerts in 2003, 2004 and 2009. Kreutzmann collaborated with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Sy Klopps, Ira Walker, Ralph Woodson to form the Trichromes in 2002, they released an EP, Dice with the Universe, an album, Trichromes. On December 17, 2005, he participated in the 17th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam as the drummer for SerialPod, a group which included Phish members Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon. During 2006, Kreutzmann teamed up with fellow Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, former The Other Ones guitarist Steve Kimock to form the Rhythm Devils; the band features songs from their respective former bands as well as new songs written by Jerry Garcia's songwriting companion Robert Hunter. The Rhythm Devils played their first tour in 2006, which ended at the popular Vegoose festival in Las Vegas, Nevada over the Halloween weekend.
In 2008 they released. In 2008, Bill Kreutzmann toured the eastern United States with bassist Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band and guitarist Scott Murawski of Max Creek as BK3. In 2009, Oteil Burbridge was replaced by former Neville Brothers and longtime Bonnie Raitt bassist James "Hutch" Hutchinson. Hutchinson had performed with Kreutzmann, Papa Mali and keyboardist Matt Hubbard earlier in the year at a New Year's Eve concert in Haiku on the island of Maui; some 2009 shows featured Donna the Buffalo singer/instrumentalist Tara Nevins. In February 2010 the trio played several concerts with Burbridge again assuming the bassist role. On August 2, 2009, Kreutzmann played with Phish during most of the 2nd set at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In 2010, Kreutzmann formed a new band, called 7 Walkers, with guitarist Papa Mali, multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard, bassist Reed Mathis, they toured the southern U. S. in the spring of 2010, with George Porter, Jr. playing bass while Mathis toured with Tea Leaf Green.7 Walkers has recorded a studio album, released on Novembe