Good news all around for the jam head community, and we’re not just talking about Bonnaroo’s recent decision to finally return to its roots. This summer will also see two of the scene’s biggest bands embark on high-profile musical endeavors.
For one, despite its short existence, Futhur, aka the new project featuring The Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, have announced plans for its very own music festival. The Furthur Festival @ Mountain Aire will take place this Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-30) at Angel’s Camp, California. Exact specifics are expected to be announced in the weeks ahead.
And then, there’s the jam band of all jams bands, Phish, which have been given the go-ahead for a two concerts to be held August 9-10 in Telluride, Colorado. According to LiveDaily, the Telluride Town Council on Tuesday (3/9) cleared the way for the jam band to play the back-to-back shows in Town Park by resolving to exempt the concert co-producers from a deadline that would have required them to notify the town of the proposed shows by May 2009. Promoters still must reach a legal agreement to insure that the Telluride Jazz Celebration, which is scheduled to run in the day proceeding the concerts, is not negatively affected, as well as cover a portion of law enforcement costs.
Of course, this will likely only be the first dates of what will be another leg of U.S. touring for Phish this summer. Current internet rumors have the band embarking on a tour in the later summer months, with Chicago’s Wrigley Field among the possible stops.
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