Oteil Burbridge & Marco Benevento Cover Grateful Dead, Allman Bros With Tom Hamilton [Watch]

first_imgThis past Sunday night, Tom Hamilton brought along his American Babies for what turned out to be a rocker of a Dead & Company after-party at Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre, with some great special guests keeping the place electrified for a night of music.Grahame Lesh and his Midnight North cohorts played a solid opening set of original Americana rock tunes, which included their own “Phoenix Motel” from Scarlet Skies, and a cover of Crosby, Stills, and Nash‘s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (they will be playing special tribute shows to CSNY at Brooklyn Bowl on July 29th and in San Fran on Aug. 12th). The group invited Hamilton out for a rousing cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Viola Lee Blues,” and finished the set strong on “The Highway Song,” which featured beautiful vocals from singer Elliott Peck.With a packed house ready to keep the party going, American Babies did not disappoint. Their set began with original Babies songs “Fever Dreams” and “What Does It Mean To Be” from their latest release, An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, before digging into T-Ham’s back catalog with Brothers Past‘s “Too Late To Call”, which turned the venue into a veritable dance party. If one thing is for certain, the current lineup of Hamilton on lead guitar/vocals, along with guitarist Justin Mazer, drummer Al Smith, acoustic guitarist/vocalist Raina Mullen, and bassist Mark Sosnoskie is a force to be reckoned with and completely locked in at this point in time. Will Trask from Denver-based funk act RunniKine joined the group on this special night for some additional help on percussion.Tom Hamilton Talks Almost Dead, American Babies & An Epic Battle Between Light And DarkAs billed, Hamilton’s fellow Joe Russo’s Almost Dead bandmate Marco Benevento joined the fray on “Old Time Religion” which led into his own “At The Show” from the mad scientist’s 2014 album Swift. Later on in the set, Dead & Co bassist Oteil Burbridge joined the group for a beautiful cover of The Allman Brothers Band‘s “Blue Sky,” which had everyone in the audience elated, and featured a sweet solo from Justin Mazer, along with great interplay between him, Hamilton, and Burbridge.With both Burbridge and Benevento sticking around on stage, the ensemble played an inspired “Eyes of the World” which kept the positive vibes going inside The Fox. A “Deal” encore brought the show to a successful end as everyone made their way out on the streets of Boulder. This was certainly the icing on the cake for what was an epic weekend in Colorado.[all photos courtesy of Joshua Elioseff – Dancer Productions Photography]Setlist: Midnight North at The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – 7/3/16One Night Stand – EPRoamin – AllWind & Roses – GLPhoenix Motel – EPSuite: Judy Blue Eyes – AllEveryday – GLViola Lee Blues – All w Tom HThe Highway Song – EPSetlist: Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – 7/3/16Fever DreamsWhat Does It Mean To BeToo Late To CallSynth Driver Old Time Religion* >At The Show*^Blue Sky*%#Eyes Of The World*%Encore: Deal*%* with Marco Benevento^ Marco Benevento original (first time played)% with Oteil Burbridge # Allman Brothers original (first time played) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Hoosiers Urged to Enjoy Great Outdoors Throughout July

first_imgHoosiers are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices this month, and head into the state’s outdoors during National Park and Recreation Month, running throughout July.Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship with Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, says there are more than 32 state parks across Indiana for people to enjoy. Despite the summer heat, she hopes residents will get outside for some family time, exercise, and to explore the state’s natural settings. “Summer is a good time to learn about and appreciate the incredible natural resources we have available to us in this country,” says Murphy. “Summer is also a good time to learn about our cultural resources. There’s a lot of history tied to our state parks and our reservoirs.”A recent study shows about 30 percent of Americans don’t spend any time outdoors on a daily basis. The same study found that even those who manage to get outdoors are typically there for less than 30 minutes per day.Murphy says there’s something for almost everyone at Indiana’s state parks, including swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. For those who aren’t used to spending time in the outdoors and don’t really know where to start, she suggests taking a short day trip – and asking for help.“Pack a picnic lunch, plop down and enjoy being outdoors,” says Murphy. “Maybe take a short hike. Stop in the park office, stop in the nature center and ask questions and get to know people. They are the experts and can tell you all the good things to see and do.”Lauren Hoffman, director of marketing and communications with the National Recreation and Park Association, says the hope is that promoting outdoor activity in July will help people develop and enjoy the benefits of a more active lifestyle all year long.“There are various studies showing parks and outdoor time can really help improve your mental health and reduce stress,” says Hoffman. “Parks and recreation provide the opportunity to get outside and get physically active.”Hoffman says another major challenge to getting young people and adults outdoors is so many are glued to their smart phones and tablets.She encourages contacting your local parks and recreation department to learn more about the programs and services offered in your area.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more