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Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band W/ Nicki Bluhm & Robert Randolph

  • Date: October 26, 2017
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Address:
    1306 Ocean Ave
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Cost: From $67.00 to $87.00

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Upcoming Events for Nicki Bluhm

Upon hearing the unique and refreshing sound of Nicki Bluhm, it becomes immediately clear why she is in the midst of a breakout year. Nicki has filled a void in music with her brand of vintage-tinged rocking country soul -- music that's like an enchanting friend you've known for a short while but feels like you've known forever.

Nicki's story began at a New Year's Eve party when she sang an impromptu blues song that caught the attention of musician/producer Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips). With Tim's encouragement Nicki began to write songs and perform in public, and soon was earning fans of her own. They went on to record Nicki's debut album, Toby's Song (2008), which appeared on Jambase's top ten albums of the year. Nicki and Tim were married shortly after and formed her band with childhood friend and guitar player, Deren Ney. The band continued to grow with the addition of Steve Adams on bass (ALO), Dave Mulligan on rhythm guitar and drummer Mike Curry. Nicki has since shared the stage with Chris Robinson, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, Pegi Young, Josh Ritter, and many others.

Her sophomore album, Driftwood (2011), shows an impressive expansion of Nicki's natural talent and is well into its second pressing. The sounds range from the AM magic of Linda Ronstadt to the charming duets of Johnny and June Cash to smokey Memphis soul. Since Driftwood's release, Nicki has become the "It Girl" of the San Francisco music scene -- performing with her band, "The Gramblers"; as a duo with her husband Tim; and as a guest artist with an array of revered peformers. Her warm, strong voice and striking presence have undeniable appeal, confirmed by her sensational performances and rousing reception from music lovers at every show.

Upcoming Events for The Terrapin Family Band

Formed authentically through many wild jams at Phil Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads, the Terrapin Family Band has become the venue's official House Band. Terrapin Crossroads' constant free bar shows, often featuring Phil on bass when he feels like playing, created an opportunity for the young musicians of Terrapin Crossroads' crew to perform together and with a diverse cast of visiting musicians. Through performing together in this setting, Brian Lesh, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Nelson, Emily Sunderland, Scott Padden, and Alex Koford coalesced into a tremendously fun band, throwing down originals, old country and rock songs, murder ballads, tons Grateful Dead tunes, and more with ease.

You can find the Terrapin Family Band at the Terrapin Crossroads bar every Wednesday night at ~8:30pm and every Sunday afternoon at 12:30pm (for brunch). They may even be joined by Phil or an ever-expanding cast of musicians who pass through Terrapin Crossroads - Mark Karan, Jon Graboff, Stu Allen, Deren Ney, Jackie Greene, Tony Leone, Adam MacDougall, Tommy Odetto, Jason Crosby, and more.

Also, check out the Terrapin All-Stars, featuring members of the Terrapin Family Band, on Thursday nights and Saturday nights, also in the Terrapin Crossroads bar.

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Upcoming Events for Robert Randolph

This record is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remain their message of hope, their ability to uplift. After we finished our last record, Colorblind, we began searching for a great producer to help guide the follow up. We wanted someone who understood me and the road I've walked this far, who understood our connections of my roots within rock and gospel and the church, who would help us put those things in their most compelling context.

T Bone Burnett shared the vision of how gospel, blues and rock could be put together in a way that could relate to my history and connect to my present. It was important to us that we make the record we wanted to make, even if the end result was unclassifiable. We just focused on making great songs and great music that spoke to me, and that reflected the way I try to speak to the world.

We recorded We Walk This Road over about two years, after T Bone had finished his record with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. We went into the studio with virtual libraries of songs, whole volumes worth of material to go through. T Bone brought in old archival songs from the twenties and thirties and many of them were in the public domain. I had songs that I had written with the band, or that other artists had sent me, and we sat down and starting sifting through history.

When we found something we liked, we would either cover it or re-work it using our own words or melodies. Through this creation came an education. T Bone opened a lot of doors for me serving as a link between the past and the present. He knows how to take something from the past and bring it into the present while still allowing the artist to make it his own, in the same way that Hendrix took Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" and made it belong to him.

T Bone listens to music that our grandmothers would listen to as children–not even music that our fathers listened to, but songs that go even further back…some from Gospel and Christian blues, the music that people working in fields across the south likely sang nearly a century ago. Those are the real roots of rock and roll, where everything else comes from.

I was only allowed to listen to modern Christian and gospel music growing up, so there was so much I didn't know about. My mind is expanded now. The record is finished and I still feel as if I'm not done. I've spent over $5,000 on iTunes in the past eighteen months just catching up. Before this record, I didn't sift through music past the Seventies. I didn't know about Blind Willie Johnson, or Chess Records. I thank T Bone for being a tour guide into the deepest parts of my musical roots.

We connected the last one hundred years of African-American music in the way people used to: You write your own songs, you cover other people's material, you re-work older songs. We had some amazing people come in to help. Leon Russell came by to hang out and wound up playing piano on the last track, "Salvation." Ben Harper plays guitar and sings on "If I Had My Way." The base of that song came from Blind Willie Johnson, and it was really difficult to get right. It was a country tune for a while. I had honestly given up on it. But Ben came down and said, "Let me get in there! I know just what to do!" He went in there and smoked the choruses, and I thought, "Now we've got a tune." It's one of my favorite songs on the record.

Where We've Been: I grew up in the House of God church. The pedal steel was a big part of our church tradition. I grew up watching older guys play, and I started playing when I was fifteen. When I was nineteen, someone gave me tickets to a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert. After that, I wanted to play pedal steel like Stevie Ray played his guitar. I wanted to take another path than the people who played traditional pedal steel to take it to a whole new level.

We started playing and touring around New York City in 2000, playing clubs like Wetlands, and things started to take off. We were selling out large New York clubs with no record deal, and it started to spread to Philly and Boston. Soon, we signed to Warner Brothers, and word began to get around about us nationally. Great artists like Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews and B.B. King accepted us. Young artists, too: we toured with the Roots and Pharrell and John Mayer. We have been fortunate to be accepted by a wide range of fan bases, and we have been able to build from there. I definitely feel as if everything has been working up to this moment, to this record.

Where We're Going: I'm very excited to play these tracks live. Those people who have been our fans and followers should see the progression from our last record to this one, and the road we've taken won't seem too foreign to them. When people come to see us, they know that it's really about the message, about making them feel good. Hopefully, this record will inspire them in the same way. It certainly makes me feel happy. I can't see myself recording depressing lyrics, lyrics that leave people without a sense of hope. It's not in me to use the power of the microphone to make music like that. That's why this record is uplifting – it's got great messages. It's all there.

My goal is to open the door for people, in the same way that musical doors have been opened for me. I want to take this musical history and make it relevant to give people a better idea of who I am and where I came from. I think even though I'm a young guy who was born into the era of hip-hop and contemporary gospel, I can help bridge the cultural gap between people who are seventy-five years old and kids who are fifteen years old by reaching back into this history of music.

We Walk This Road was done in our belief in what we all need right now: young voices saying something positive without preaching in hopes of inspiring people. When you stick to what you believe in, and with the roots of where you come from, things will always work out.

Upcoming Events for Jason Crosby

Jason Crosby had an auspicious musical beginning at the age of 2 when he started playing the violin, and shortly after it was discovered that he possessed perfect pitch. As a young boy, he immersed himself in classical music, and was playing piano at a professional level at a very young age. He then took on the guitar, the viola, the French horn and the trumpet and pursued those instruments with equal vigor for many years. A member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Jason exclusively plays his Yamaha Motif ES8. A multi-instrumentalist with extensive and varied musical pursuits, Jason also currently puts a great deal of energy into his own self-titled band, which explores a profusion of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin and Fusion music. Crosby has previously been a member of such bands as Oteil and the Peacemakers and the Susan Tedeschi Band, among others. Jason has played on dozens of albums and has toured with members of the Allman Brothers, The Dead, and the Meters. Over the last few years Crosby has also toured with artists like Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Dave Mathews.

After touring with the Long Island Youth Orchestra to countries such as China, Russia, Australia and Cuba, Crosby expanded his classical horizons by embracing other varied art forms, such as Jazz, Funk, Rock and Latin music. His two solo albums, "Out of the Box" and "Four Chords and Seven Notes Ago" display his diverse array of virtuosic talents, as he switches instruments from song to song, as well as the styles of music he creates and explores. Crosby continues to develop his own style of music, by fusing the Classical he was raised on with the Jazz that inspires his melodic maneuverings. Modern Drummer Magazine gave "Four Chords" four stars, and the review raves:

"Crosby shines on keys, trumpet, and violin, and his playing and writing combines the eclectic flair and sophistication of the new Southern fusion."

Jason's music is imbued with a depth of musical sophistication that comes only from years of searching different styles of expression in order to create new ones. Whether the Jason Crosby Band is conjuring up a melodic acoustic song or playing free jazz, they always manage to stretch the scope of imagination of what one type of music can contain. JCB is also known for its intense rhythmical variations, often playing songs in odd time signatures.

Jason's playing has graced over forty albums, from Susan Tedeschi's Grammy nominated blues album, "Wait for me" to Anastacia's pop hit, "Freak of Nature." His musical interests are as diverse as the instruments he plays.

Jason has also become an eminent organ player, playing B-3 (along with his Motif) with Robert Randolph and Susan Tedeschi. He has performed on DVDs like Live at Austin City Limits and Eric Clapton's Crossroad Guitar Festival.

Jason Crosby has also had the honor of playing violin solos with Carlos Santana, and keyboard with Dave Mathews and Bruce Springsteen. Having shared the stage with B. B. King and The Rolling Stones, Crosby is no stranger to the forces of music that have defined the musical scene for decades.

Jason has been featured many times on television shows, most notably Austin City Limits, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jools Holland. During his first Grammy appearance in 2004 with Robert Randolph, Jason played keyboard in the tribute to Funk, along with Outkast, the original P-Funk, and Earth Wind and Fire.

Jason Crosby has defied definition in his career, but one thing about him is blatantly obvious, this is a musician whose intrinsic talent and grace are rare gifts to the music scene today. Crosby's music is almost a melting pot of different sound and form, a profundity of creative elements as varied as the instruments he plays and the styles he explores.

Upcoming Events for Phil Lesh

Phil Lesh is entering his 15th year of playing with a rotating mix of Friends, both old and new. Phil began playing under the moniker Phil Lesh and Friends in 1998, after he'd returned to performing following the death of his friend and bandmate Jerry Garcia in 1995. With a varied mixture of some of the best performing musicians in the live music universe, Phil has kept his musical journey fresh by constantly and consistently putting together bands featuring dynamic, exciting musicians and singers working together toward keeping the music of the Grateful Dead moving forward into the future.

Musicians who have joined Phil Lesh and Friends over the years include a who's who of performers: Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell of Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, John Molo, John Scofield, Greg Osby, Ryan Adams, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Joan Osborne, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Bill Payne and Paul Barrere of Little Feat, Chris Robinson… and the list goes on and on. Phil is continuing the journey with some more recent friends of the past few years: Joe Russo, Jackie Greene, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti and Adam MacDougall. With the opening of Terrapin Crossroads in 2012, Phil has signaled his intent to keep playing with friends old and new for many years to come.

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