Mempho Music Festival returns with a musical vengeance

October 15, 2021
Slide & Banjo

As Covid-19 ravaged the globe, the concert industry was hit harder than most. Touring musicians, their crews, music venues…few were spared the hardship of a world that just shut down. A vaccines became readily available, though, there was a glimmer of hope, and as the industry has adapted, music fans have once again been able to stand in front of the bands they love. 2021 Mempho Music Fest – headlined by Widespread Panic and the Avett Brothers – returned the first weekend of October, and provided a cathartic release for bands and fans alike.

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Widespread Panic is Coconuts for Memphis

September 24, 2021
Marty Halpern

Widespread Panic has made Memphis a regular tour stop since the band got together. According to the Panic resource “Everyday Companion Online,” their first official show in the Bluff City was in April, 1989. Since then, they’ve seen local crowds swell from a couple of hundred to thousands. After 30-plus years of touring, WSP recently made a conscious decision to cut back their schedule, to “pass the baton” to a younger collection of musicians looking to expand their careers.

WSP returns to Memphis to headline Mempho Music Fest on October 1 and 2, and will hit the road for several multi-night residencies after that. Slideandbanjo.com’s Marty Halpern caught up with Panic percussionist Domingo “Sunny“ Ortiz to discuss the band’s past, present, and future.

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Reed Mathis Finally Completes His Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

September 20, 2021
Marty Halpern

For musicians, the Covid-19 pandemic led to numerous artistic endeavors that would not have seen the light of day. From EPs to artwork, musicians had the time to finish projects that had been on the back burner. None of those projects compare in depth and quality to what Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (JFJO) founding member Reed Mathis created.

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Langhorne Slim returns to Atlanta

August 24, 2021
Spiegs

When Langhorne Slim took the stage at Atlanta’s Terminal West on August 19, it was a momentous occasion. For many in the crowd, this was the first “real” concert during the pandemic, and you got the vibe it was one of the band’s first as well. Slim (Sean Scolnick), Paul Defiglia (stand-up bass) and Mat “Twain” Davidson (slide guitar, banjo, violin) gave 100% energy, and expressed genuine appreciation for the ability to simply perform for an audience.

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There’s Plenty of Leftover Salmon to go Around

July 28, 2021
Marty Halpern

photo: John-Ryan Lockman

Leftover Salmon has been creating music for over a generation., and their accomplishments have let them travel the world, playing in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. Never one to phone it in, the band has released “Brand New Good Old Days,” an impressive collection of songs that sets the current course the band is heading.

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Westville no match for JRAD

July 9, 2021
Marty Halpern

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead finished the second half of its “Go to Haven” concert series at New Haven, Connecticut’s Westville Music Bowl with three more dominating performances. While the shows in May were rain-filled, the sun this time around made everyone in attendance joyous as they walked onto the former tennis courts.

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TTB, JRAD, and Goose headline LOCKN’ Farm Summer 2021

June 2, 2021
Slide & Banjo

That metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel you see? It’s the music calendar, revving back up after COVID. Today, LOCKN’ announced its summer 2021 plans that span three weekend mini-festivals in August featuring JRAD, Goose, and Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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Blast from the past with The Tragically Hip’s Sasksadelphia

June 1, 2021
Josh Mintz

The Tragically Hip; photo: Jim Herrington

In the summer of 1993 I went to a sleepaway camp in Starlight, Pennsylvania. I was a 15-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, and a few of my cabin mates were from Canada. We did all of your typical summer camp things, and playing music loud was obviously one of them. Over the several weeks we spent together I fell in love with a band my Canadian bunkmates introduced me to – The Tragically Hip, a massively popular rock band north of the border that I’d never heard of. To this day, they’re still one of my favorites, and recently released a ”new” album, “Saskadelphia.”

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