A Night Out With Friends
Memorable shows happen everywhere.
How lucky could we be? Some of our favorite artists selected some of their favorite performances to offer here.
As with all FestivaLink.net releases, we strive for the highest audio quality. Every artist has participated in the creation of the recordings, so you are getting what they consider the best of their best.
Chocolate Coffee Pot
An all-improvisation recording project featuring David Gans and bassist Robin Sylvester (Ratdog), among other great players.
Chocolate Coffee Pot is a loose (in more ways than one) improvisational ensemble that convenes occasionally at Megasonic Sound in Piedmont, California.
The core band is: David Gans and Jim Brighton – guitar, Robin Sylvester – bass, Neil Hampton – drums, Jeremy Goody – engineer/producer.
Each of these fine players was on one of the two sessions: Jordan Feinstein – keyboards, Jeff Hobbs – violin, saxophone, and percussion.
It’s a Hand-Me-Down (2015)
(A studio album of DG’s “solo electric” interpretations of Grateful Dead songs.)
You Are Here (2015)
Studio recordings of original material, featuring Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, Jacob Groopman, J Raoul Brody, Mookie Siegel, et al.
Life Is a Jam (2010)
Studio single with Mark Karan (guitar), Mookie Siegel (keyboards), Joe Kyle, Jr. (bass), Dave Brogan (drums). Three takes, each with a unique jam at the end.
We are pleased to present these three albums from David Gans.
Black Mountain Boys
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, Berkeley, CA 3/18/13
Rarity: The Black Mountain Boys at the Ashkenaz 40th Anniversary
The event was the Berkeley venue’s 40th anniversary, and it marked the start, 50 years earlier, of Jerry Garcia’s first bluegrass band. The Black Mountain Boys appearing in 2013 featured founders Eric Thompson on mando and David Nelson on guitar. Taking up the banjo part was Eric Shubb, an old musical friend of Garcia’s. The band was rounded out by fiddlers Paul Shelasky and Suzy Thompson, and bluegrass bassist Paul Knight.
Who knows when the Black Mountain Boys will get together again? And in the company of a recorder? Grab this one for posterity.
Colorado Bands Together Flood Relief Benefit
Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO 9/24/13
Just two weeks after floods washed through Boulder County and upended the lives of thousands of residents, the first flood relief benefit concert was held at Boulder’s historic Chautauqua Auditorium.
Proceeds from your purchase of this download featuring all artists who performed go to two funds:
• Foothills United Way Flood Relief Fund, and
• Sweet Relief Musicians’ Fund Colorado Flood Relief
Sycamore Slough String Band
First Rehearsals (2012)
Sycamore Slough String Band is an acoustic quartet founded on a mutual love of Grateful Dead music. Instigator David Gans had the brilliant idea of holding the band’s first rehearsals in a recording studio in order to capture the magic that everyone knew would transpire. The song list has already jumped the fence into other works, but the repertoire will remain Dead-centric for the most part. The Dead’s “concerted sense of quest” informs SSSB’s musical interactions, and a powerful vocal ensemble rides high atop those grooves.
David Gans & Eric Rawlins
Desert Wind, Rollin’ River
David Gans and Eric Rawlins have been making music together, mostly at parties and occasionally in public, for more than 20 years. Recorded before a live audience in David’s living room in Oakland, this album includes original compositions and many of their favorite songs by others and highlights the warmth of their musical friendship over time.
The Stage Stop, Rollinsville, CO 3/26/11
David Gans rolls through Colorado periodically, and he always has something new cooking, musically. On this night, with the snow flying outside this rustic venue in the foothills, David warmed the audience with his guitar looping and quiet vocals.
The American Beauty Project
Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC 10/15/10
Members of Ollabelle were joined by David Mansfield, Jim Lauderdale, Aoife O’Donovan and Catherine Russell to revisit the two Grateful Dead masterpieces, American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead, to an audience of Dead fans and scholars.
Boulder All-Star Tribute to Bob Dylan
Chautauqua Community House, Boulder, CO 5/17/09
(A Benefit Show for The Oral Cancer Foundation)
Music communities are often knit together by a few people. In Boulder, producer/teacher/bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Greg Schochet holds that role in the acoustic music world. For four years, he’s recruited friends and bandmates to a musical Bob Dylan Birthday Party, a show for 100 fans with all proceeds donated to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
The American Beauty Project
Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst, MA 11/16/07
Highlighting material from two of the Dead’s most cherished albums (Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty), The American Beauty Project delivers the goods in style. Featuring Ollabelle, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Campbell, and many more talented artists on the 2 CD set.
The Backdoor Theater, Nederland, CO 4/29/08
The Duhks played a spirited show in support of the Green Duhks sustain ability project, featuring songs from their latest release, Fast Paced World.
Jon Carroll & Love Returns
The Barns at Wolf Trap 1/12/07
Jon released Love Returns last winter and had a rockin’ CD release show at the Barns at Wolf Trap, a live and lively venue in Virginia. About half of the tunes on this 2-disc release cover the CD, the rest are favorites from Jon’s extensive repertoire.
Jim Weider’s PRoJECT PERCoLAToR
Boothbay Opera House 8/5/06
Enjoy this spectacular performance by Jim Weider’s PRoJECT PERCoLAToR 8/5/06, captured at Maine’s legendary Boothbay Opera House.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen, CO 9/2/07
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO 7/28/07
Check out the Leftover Salmon summer 2007 reunion shows, on home ground at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/28/07, and at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival 9/2/07 in Colorado’s high country.