Beloved String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth has announced a very exciting event in conjunction with SCI’s run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer. Called Kyle’s Brew Fest, Hollingsworth will both perform and curate beer selections for a benefit concert for Conscious Alliance.Taking place on July 14th at the Great Divide Brewing Company’s RiNo Location in Denver, CO, Hollingsworth will be on hand to perform with his solo project, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Tickets include the live performance, a limited edition drinking vessel, and the opportunity to sample wares from over 30 local craft breweries. String Cheese plays Red Rocks from July 15-17, so this will serve as a fun way to get the party started!Strange Brew: Inside The Unique Connection Between Bands And Their BeersTickets for the new event go on sale tomorrow, May 20th at 10 AM MST, and more info can be found on Kyle Hollingsworth’s official website.
Robin Barnes “Tell Me Something Good”George Porter Jr. brought his Runnin‘ Pardners to the main stage for a rump shakin’ set of the bass heavy funk as only he can play. Taking a moment to honor the recent loss of a friend, Porter dedicated a moving rendition of his song “Talkin’ Bout My Old Friends,” to her memory, along with the many musicians we’ve lost over the last year, from Allen Toussaint to Prince and many more. Check out his spirited tribute below:George Porter & The Runnin’ Pardners – “Talkin’ Bout My Old Friends”Legendary area percussionist and obvious madman Mike Dillon has joined forces with Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton and Brian Haas to capture the essence of his insanity with the group known as Nolatet. Acting as band leader and whirlwind of motion Dillon burned more calories in a set than most folks do in an entire day. Check out some of his exhausting and chaotic musicianship below in his show opening tune:NolatetJared Zeller, founder of the MotherShip Foundation, took the stage alongside emcee The Voice to thank the crowd for their continued support before turning the mic over to fest closer Anders Osborne. Though not a true native, Osborne has spent the last couple of decades ingraining himself, personally and musically, into the heart and soul of the Crescent City. With special guest, Galactic‘s Stanton Moore on the drums, Osborne brought the crowd to a frenzied crescendo. Have a listen to his dark but moving ode to finality from his collaboration with the North Mississippi All-Stars, “Dyin’ Days,” below:Anders Osborne – “Dyin’ Days”With another successful year closed, the Bayou Boogaloo organizers took pride in their accomplishments, and justly so. With the noble purpose of reconnecting the families of the then-devastated city with the music and arts that inspire and enrich us all, they have helped heal a wounded city’s spirit. Their hard work and the power of music serve to draw us all together, resulting in a weekend of memories and a sense of community pride that will guide the coming generation to take up these wonderful traditions on their own, and ensure a brighter future for, not just them, but the world. For the eleventh straight year, the Bayou Boogaloo brought the people of New Orleans, LA together for a weekend of music and the arts in a free-to-all celebration of community and hope for the Bayou Saint John neighborhood and the city in general. Founded in 2005, the MotherShip Foundation set out to revitalize a city brought to its knees by Hurricane Katrina. With an emphasis on togetherness and hope, the Bayou Boogaloo draws heavily on the incredibly rich pool of musicians, along with a few national acts with ties to the area like The Wailers, The Lowrider Band (AKA the legendary funk band WAR), Irma Thomas, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., the Nolatet, Soul Brass Band and many more.Closing off a few blocks of the Mid-City neighborhood for the weekend, residents flocked to the block party in record numbers. Thanks to partnerships with other charitable organizations, special exceptions and grants from the city and the tireless work of Jared Zeller and the board of directors of the MotherShip Foundation, the festival grown exponentially from its noble but humble beginnings. The diverse lineup featured everything from rock, funk, reggae, zydeco and soul, blaring from speaker stacks and whipping the crowd into a joyful dancing frenzy.One of the more charming and unique features of the festival isn’t on any of the stages, it’s the bayou itself. Dozens of watercrafts, some barely sea-worthy, floated along the lazy stretch of water that runs along the park. Children run along the banks as the music plays, laughing and pointing to some of the more outrageous floating concoctions. With a strong commitment on bringing in families and giving the kids something fun and just for them, numerous faces painters, jugglers, play areas and a full, dedicated “Kids” tent with a non-stop schedule of daily activities gave pleased parents a place to make memories that will last a lifetime. Load remaining images Friday’s lead-off schedule of bands was the shortest, with the festival waiting until after five to kick things off. Local rock act The Quickening got one end of the sprawling two city block affair going on the Dumaine Stage, while socially conscious hip hop band Truth Universal brought their positive message of unity and hope to the Orleans Main Stage. Dwayne Dopsie brought his natural born zydeco heritage to the crowd throughout his set. The skies darkened and the opened up with a gentle rain as reggae legends The Wailers kept the party going through the short, tepid cloud burst. Fans might have been a bit waterlogged, but the smiles on their faces told a story of enjoyment.Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers – “Jambalaya>Iko Iko” Area restaurants and caterers brought seemingly endless, delicious local specialities, with pastries, roasted meats and frozen concoctions to help music fans fight any pangs of hunger or thirst. To keep the event free, no outside food or beverages were allowed, but, with such an amazing array of delicacies available, it would have been a crime not to try a taste of the aromatic edibles.Check out a choice sit-in as Rebelution and Runnin’ saxophonist Khris Royal joins his friends in progressive rock band Gravity A for a fun musical sandwich of their original tune Bark and the Paul Simon classic, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” below:Gravity A w/ Khris Royal – “Bark > 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover > Bark” The highlight of the evening was surely the welcome surprised looks on the faces of the audience who didn’t realize the “Lowrider Band” was actually comprised of the majority of beloved seventies era funk band WAR. Upon taking the stage, Howard Scott, guitarist and lead vocalist explained that, for legal reasons, they weren’t allowed to play under the name WAR, but it was perfectly fine for everyone else to call them that. With multiple members of the band maintaining residences in New Orleans, it was something of a hometown show for the band, and they played a non-stop set of all of their most classic tunes. Check out their crowd pleasing opening number, “The Cisco Kid,” below:The Lowrider Band (WAR) – “The Cisco Kid” The duo of Carly Meyers and Adam Gertner, known collectively as ROAR!, made their return to the Boogaloo, and showed why they are a festival favorite with a free-wheeling set of pure charm and positive vibrations. Check out a bit of their impossible to ignore happiness below:ROAR! Leading off Saturday was a wonderful cross section of area talents, with the Soul Brass Band, the Creole String Beans, Big Pearl & The Fugitives Of Funk and Debbie Davis & The Mesmerizers. Davis was steeped in rag time jazz traditions and used her rich, sultry voice on a variety of originals and covers, including The Beatles classic “Your Mother Should Know.” Watch below.Debbie Davis & The Mesmerizers – “Your Mother Should Know” With issues of race relations in the public consciousness due to recent tensions across the country, festival promoters were pleased to once again see a truly cross section of humanity gathering together to share in music, the true language of us all. Nowhere was that more evident than in the Greyhawk Band/Rampart Revival set, where two bands and proud members of multiple ethnicities gathered for the purpose of creating something together. Listen to a sample of the wonderful results of their experiment below:The Greyhawk Band & Rampart Revival Sunday’s stages featured another full selection of the many styles and flavors of Nawlins music, with latin tinged Muevelo, Robert Tate, the Red Hot Brass Band and the “Songbird of New Orleans,” Robin Barnes all showing the crowd the many different ways music can be used to spread the same message of love. Check out a few selections of the diverse goings on below: Muevelo
Earlier this month, Primus bassist Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, son of late Beatle John Lennon brought their new collaboration, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, to Bonnaroo. The psychedelic quartet, which also features keyboardist Mark Ramos Nishita (Beastie Boys) and drummer Paul Baldi (Fungi Band) rocked the festival’s That Tent with a set that included material from their debut album, Monolith of Phobos, as well as some entertaining covers of the Beatles, Primus, and Pink Floyd.Watch the full set below, courtesy of YouTube user Adam Egert. You can see the full setlist below.The Claypool Lennon Delirium will resume their tour on July 21 in Seattle, Washington. [H/T – Jambase]
Last weekend marked the annual Highberry Music Festival, taking place in the beautiful Ozark, AR from June 30th through July 4th. Taking over a spot once filled by the debt-ridden Wakarusa, Highberry made good on the location with a wonderfully diverse lineup that showcased an array of jam favorites. With headliners Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and Papadosio, as well as sets from Dopapod, Buckethead, TAUK, Jeff Austin, Cornmeal, Kung Fu and more, there was no shortage of great music all weekend long!In celebration of this successful Highberry event, we have some images to share from photographer Jeremy Scott. Enjoy! You can see a full gallery of Jeremy Scott Photography‘s images below. Load remaining images
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh always keeps things interesting with his rotating Phil Lesh & Friends band, and his newest announcement is no exception. Lesh is set to welcome Karl Denson, Eric Krasno, Stu Allen, Danny Eisenberg and Mark Levy to his own Terrapin Crossroads venue come this Tuesday, July 26th. Both Krasno and Denson are now veterans of the Friends circuit, each having performed with Lesh on numerous occasions. With Krasno between legs of his summer tour promoting Blood From A Stone, his work with Lesh is always top notch.For more information about the show and tickets, you can head here!
This weekend marks the inaugural Tumble Down Festival. Hosted by Twiddle, the event sees performances from Nahko & Medicine For The People, Turkuaz, Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers and special guest Holly Bowling, held at the Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. While the main event runs from July 29-30 at the Park, there are a great number of pre-parties and after-parties to whet your whistle with some great jamming.Check out this guide to Tumble Down events below, and don’t miss any of the action!WEDNESDAY 7/27 – Mihali SOLO Tumble Down Pre Party at the Green Door Pub in Stratton, VT. Join Mihali Savoulidis for a Tumble Down “Eve Eve” party in beautiful Stratton, VT. Mihali will be giving away a pair of Tumble Down tickets and more! 9pm, FREE!THURSDAY 7/28 – Tumble Down Pre Party featuring Teddy Midnight and Formula 5. Are you in town a day early for Tumble Down? Head down to the famed Nectar’s to catch an amazing night of music to kick off the epic tweekend. Teddy Midnight and Mister F. 9pm. $7 18+ Tickets.FRIDAY 7/29 – TUMBLE DOWN. The Burlington Waterfront Gates will open at 4pm, with Montana psychedelic bluegrass band the Kitchen Dwellers beginning at 4:30. Turkuaz, a Brooklyn based funk band, takes the stage at 6pm, followed by two full sets of the host band Twiddle. Holly Bowling, the Phish inspired piano virtuoso will be playing BOTH NIGHTS between the Twiddle sets, so there should be little interruptions during this full night of music. Tickets.FRIDAY 7/29 (Late Night) Higher Ground – “Kitchen Cabinet” Pennsylvania jam grass rockers Cabinet will be joined by their Montana brethren for a one of a kind bluegrass inspired super jam at Higher Ground in S. Burlington. Higher Ground is just two miles up the hill from the Waterfront Tumble Down location, so plan accordingly. Grab tickets in advance as these afterparties are sure to be jam packed. $10. All Ages. Doors 10:30pm / Show 11pm. Tickets.FRIDAY 7/29 (Late Night) Nectar’s – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong follows Twiddle’s two sets on the Waterfront night one with their own late night rager, just up the hill at Nectar’s. 11pm Doors • 11:30pm Show21+ $15 Advance • $15 Day of Show • Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 – The White Light Foundation Presents: Wampahoofus Charity Disc Golf Tournament. There are very few spots remaining for this very special charity disc golf event. For only $20 players receive a bagel breakfast, gift bags, and more. The course is located behind CVU High School in Hinesburg, VT, and registration starts at 9am. More info here.SATURDAY 7/30 – Official Tumble Down Pre Party Brunch featuring Holly Bowling and acoustic Cats Under The Stars. 12-4pmALL AGES $5 Brunch specials (breakfast sammies, bloody mary’s, mimosas) to get you ready to rock all day long! Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 – PhanArt Presents: A Country Crisp Sunlight. PhanArt makes its debut in Burlington! “A Country Crisp Sunlight” will be held at Club Metronome in Burlington, VT, above Nectar’s. More info here.The show features: White Light FoundationThe PhactoryThe Shakedown ShopBurns Designs Art by Joshua LetourneauPin Me DownYEMshadesDirty Birdz Goods…SATURDAY 7/30 – TUMBLE DOWN. The Burlington Waterfront Gates will open at 4pm, with Pennsylvania bluegrass band Cabinet opening the day at 4:30. Nahko and Medicine for the People are scheduled for 6pm. Nahko has a beautifully unique sound and incredible message, that again will be followed by two full sets of the host band Twiddle. Like Friday, don’t miss Holly Bowling’s special “tweener” set. Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 (Late Night) Higher Ground – Mihali and Frends. Twiddle lead guitarist and vocalist has joined forces with various other Tumble Down artists and local Burlington musicians to help wrap up Tumble Down in style. Higher Ground is two miles up the hill from the Waterfront Tumble Down location, so plan accordingly. Grab tickets in advance as these afterparties are sure to be jam packed. $10. All Ages. Doors 1030pm / Show 11pm. Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 (Late Night) Nectar’s – Mister F and Strange Machines follow Twiddle’s 2 sets on the Waterfront night one with their own late night rager, just up the hill at Nectar’s. Tickets.21+ | $7Mister F – 11:00pm to 12:15amStrange Machines – 12:30am to 2am
We recently took a look at the renaissance that the jam scene has been experiencing of late. With many of the elder statesmen in the scene such as Phish, Dead & Company, moe., The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic and more playing at consistently high levels night in and night out, we wanted to dig a little deeper to see which of the young up and comers are poised to one day take a seat at the round table with their jam forefathers.With bands such as TAUK, Twiddle, Dopapod, and The Werks having already eclipsed that “Up and Coming” plateau, we decided to take a look at five current acts who are ready to take it to the next level. Get your radars ready.Pigeons Playing Ping PongOver the past couple years, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has seen a steady ascent to one of the most sought after young acts on the scene. The band has become a staple on the summer festival circuit, and over the past 12 months the band’s rapid growth has seen them sell out prestigious venues like Washington DC’s 9:30 Club, Boulder’s Fox Theatre, and Manhattan’s Gramercy Theatre. Their high-energy electro-funk and contagious performances have garnered a dedicated following of fans who appropriately call themselves “The Flock.” The band will hit the road in early October for a co-headlining tour with Dopapod, and tickets and details can be found on the band’s website.Each May, “Scrambled” Greg (Guitar/Vocals), Jeremy Schon (Guitar/Vocals), Ben Carrey (Bass/Vocals), and Alex Petropulos (Drums/Electronics) host their own festival, Domefest, in Southern Pennsylvania. The flock-centric event sees Pigeons headlining each night with some of the bands they’ve played alongside throughout the year filling out the lineup. Here is a video of the fan favorite “Horizon” from Domefest this past May:AqueousBuffalo-based quartet Aqueous continues to display an expert ability in conjuring up meticulously crafted, well-composed arrangements with soulful lyrics and a dynamic musical range. They do this while maintaining their signature dual-rock guitar onslaught, anthemic choruses, psychedelic synth lines, and a tight, punchy, and always grooving rhythm section that fans consistently rave about.Mike Gantzer (Guitar/Vocals), Dave Loss (Guitar/Keys/Vocals), Evan McPhaden (Bass), and Rob Houk (Drums) are coalescing into one finely tuned unit. Best In Show lives up to its namesake; each track on the four-song EP features a diverse and powerful side of the band’s ever-evolving, emotionally evoking sound. These are some seriously prime, grade A, choice cuts here. For additional info, check Aqueous’ official website.SpaffordSpafford is a 4-piece funk rock band, hailing from Arizona. Made up of Brian Moss (Guitar), Jordan Fairless ( Bass), Red Johnson (Keys), and Nick Tkachyk (Drums), the band needs to be heard to be understood. The core of Spafford’s identity is their special ability to improvise. Jams typically extend way past their normal structure, as the band reaches for unique and different sounds every time they play. Their live performances are filled with non-stop musical adventures rooted in high energy and deep listening by all four members. Building these explorations one piece at a time, Spafford helps take the listeners on a ride that typically ends right in the pocket of a deep groove with a blistering peak.While the band has built a grass roots following in the Southwest, they are looking to bring their special brand of ‘ElectroFunkTherapy’ to audiences across the country. With an upcoming Fall Tour to the Midwest, the band is entering the next phase of their ascent in the jam scene. Get all the info here.The Magic BeansThe Magic Beans have been making big waves in their home state of Colorado for some time now, with their unique genre-blending sound and exciting shows. Since starting to tour just couple of years ago, they’ve caught the eyes and ears of many music lovers nationwide. Their annual Beanstalk Festival is also becoming quite the destination for the scene, growing in size and talent with each passing years. At the core of it all, Beans’ shows are a dance party, with an emphasis on original songwriting and extended segments of improvisation.Scott Hachey (Guitars/Vocals), Chris Duffy (Bass/Vocals), Casey Russell (Keys/Vocals), and Jason Kincaid (Drums) creatively invoke hints of your favorite live acts while managing to come across with a sound that is distinctly their own. The band’s stage chemistry is infectious and very inclusive of the audience, resulting in a close-knit fanbase around the group dubbed, “Team Bean“. Having just signed with Madison House, you can expect big moves coming from the Beans soon. Make sure to check these guys out when they come through your town. Check out more info/tour dates for the Beans here.MungionChicago-based jam outfit Mungion has been turning heads since bursting onto the scene in the spring of last year. With excitement building from their exploratory live outings, Mungion’s steadily growing fan base received the band’s first full-length studio offering, Scary Blankets, which received rave reviews from both fans and media outlets. (Read our review here). The inspiration of their jam scene peers is evident throughout. “Schvingo” and “Hindsight,” built from catchy, strolling bass lines and prog-guitar wailing, both deliver handily, displaying the influences of well-loved acts on the band (and clear influences on the members of Mungion) from Pat Metheny to Frank Zappa to Jimmy Herring and beyond.With every passing show, the quartet, consisting of Justin Reckamp (Guitar/Vocals), Joe Re (Keys/Vocals), Sean Carolan (Bass/Vocals), and Matt Kellen (Drums/Vocals) is honing their unique progressive sound. When you see their live show, it’s very evident that there’s a clear intention to create a set of music that is rich, varied and immersive — not just a collection of tunes, but a cohesive, complex sonic story that keeps people on their toes dancing. Mungion has just began to scratch the surface. They have a new album set for release in early 2017 and will be arriving in a city near you very soon, including a support gig for Moe. in Chicago on Sept. 24th (more info at the band’s official website).Of course, this is by no means a definitive list! Who are your favorite up and comers? Be sure to let us know so we can feature them, too.
Beloved vocalist Elise Testone and her band’s guitarist, Adam Fallen, recently had a unique opportunity to give back to the community. Back in August, the two joined up with a non-profit group called OMG Everywhere, which creates unique workshops for children to experience the magical intersection between film and music. More info here.OMG Everywhere thrives on teaching children how to be creative, and the workshop with Testone had children create their own music video for her original song, “Help Me.” By partnering with experienced filmmakers, these children were able to express themselves creatively through the creation of a new music video, ultimately giving them an incredible life experience that won’t soon be forgotten.“It was so much fun watching these kids confidently execute their ideas,” said Elise.After the weeklong session, the children put together this marvelous new video. You can watch their creation below, and find the original here.Elise Testone will be on the road throughout the fall, hitting venues up and down the East Coast for a number of engaging performances. She has a number of her own headlining performances, and will also be an artist-at-large at Brooklyn Comes Alive this weekend. She’s also taking lead vocal duties for a very special “Haunted Houses Of The Holy” tribute to Led Zeppelin on Halloween in Brooklyn, NY, and has a number of shows with Keith Jenkins of the James Brown Band on the schedule.You can see Elise’s full tour schedule below, and head to her official website for details.10/20 – The Abbey at Appalachian Brewing Company – Lancaster, PA w/ Roxy Roca.10/21 – The Main Pub – Manchester, CT w/ Roxy Roca10/22 – Brooklyn Comes Alive – Brooklyn, NY – Artist-At-Large10/29 – Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs, NY – w/ Candy Ambulance & Annie In The Water10/31 – The Hall MP – Brooklyn, NY – Elise Testone Present’s “Haunted Houses Of The Holy” An All-Star Tribute To Led Zeppelinfeat. Tim Palmieri (guitar, Kung Fu), Adrian Tramontano (drums, Kung Fu), Jed Lingat (bass, Elise Testone), Trey Cooper (keys, Elise Testone).11/2 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ – w/ Des & The Swagmatics11/3 – 8 x 10 – Baltimore, MD – w/ Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale11/5 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA11/17 – Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC *11/18 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC – w/ Big Mean Sound Machine *11/19 – Hometeam BBQ – Charleston, SC – 10th Anniversary Block Party w/ Home Team All-Stars11/20 – Pawley Island Tavern – Pawley Island, SC11/23 – The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC *11/25 – The Whiskey – Wilmington, NC *11/26 – Barrelhouse South – Savannah, GA **Featuring Keith Jenkins of James Brown Band on guitar
Ben Sparaco has made a name for himself over the past few years, playing with The Ben Sparaco Band, as well as doing stints with founding Allman Brothers Band drummer in Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, playing with Florida Grateful Dead tribute act Crazy Fingers, and racking up some high profile sit-ins at only 19 years old. The promising guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter has been compared to Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, with his jazz influenced slide guitar playing being at the forefront of his music, but his debut full length album Wooden, due out January 13, 2017 is a step in a new direction.The album displays a conscious shift in Sparaco’s music from four-piece jam rock to a bluegrass-infused folk rock sound, partly inspired by his recent relocation to Nashville, Tennessee.The lead single “Don’t Try To Wake Me Up” is a soulful slide guitar driven song that delivers upon the record’s promise of showing Sparaco’s Americana side and his newfound songwriting inspiration. “The record is like a musical short story book,” says Sparaco. “These songs all were written on the road and each one sort of follows a different character. Usually the stories end up being kind of morbid in an almost comedic, ironic, way. I think it makes for an interesting combination when you put some seriously weird, dark lyrics in a song that is otherwise happy and hopeful sounding, and with some of the jazz and jam influences that I’ve always had, it ended up being something that I think sounds comfortable and familiar while still being unique in it’s own way.”Listen to the new single, “Don’t Try To Wake Me Up,” streaming below.Produced by Ross Holmes, who plays fiddle and mandolin on the album and has toured and recorded with the likes of Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Warren Haynes, Mumford and Sons, and Chessboxer, the 10 songs range from laid back folk ballads to world music-tinged electronic folk rock jams. The album features a cast of Nashville-based session musicians as well as a guest spot from guitarist Luther Dickinson.Be sure to pick up Wooden on January 13 or preorder it now on Sparaco’s website. Sparaco will tour in support of the record in winter/spring of 2017.Wooden Tracklisting:Make Me Feel Alone TonightExposition of a Traveling SalesmanWoodenSoul MinerThings HappenCypress Hotel (feat. Luther Dickinson)Sycamore JonesHeartless HomeDon’t Try To Wake Me Up
It is hard to believe that The Doors released their self-titled debut album nearly 50 years ago. To celebrate the January 4th, 1967 Elektra Records release of the now legendary album, the Los Angeles-based band will be honored by the city’s Mayor, Eric Garrett, and Councilmember Mike Bonin.According to a statement via The Doors website, January 4th will be proclaimed the “Day Of The Doors” by the mayor, along with surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore, and family members of Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. The celebration will take place at “Venice” sign, at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues.Densmore stated, “Very apropos that The Doors are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice where we started….Our songs sprang up out of the Pacific like beautiful, edible silver fish… and apparently the world took a big bite.”Councilmember Bonin explained, “Venice is a place where many have chased their pleasures or dug their treasures. It is a place that birthed The Doors and taught us all to cherish the funky, weird, and world-renowned vibe that Jim, Ray, Robby, and John helped make famous….I am very happy to be amongst the feast of friends celebrating The Doors’ 50th anniversary, and I thank the band, their management, and the Venice Chamber of Commerce for making this celebration possible.”The self-titled EP featured classic tracks such as “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” “The Crystal Ship,” “Light My Fire,” and the magnum opus “The End.” The Doors went on to become one of the most recognized bands of the 60’s, with lead singer Jim Morrison becoming not only a major sex symbol, but one of the most enigmatic artists of the generation.“Break On Through (To the Other Side)”: