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Galactic, Gov't Mule, moe., and String Cheese Incident Band Together for Summer Sessions '99


From the PR Newswire; June 18, 1999

Reprinted without permission.

Thanks to James Dunseth for the article

New York, NY, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Galactic, Gov't Mule, moe. and The String Cheese Incident are pleased to announce Summer Session '99, a month long tour of the country beginning July 29 in Birmingham, AL at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater, and ending August 29 in Boston at the BankBoston Pavilion. Acoustic acts Kevin Kinney and Keller Williams will perform short sets during the set breaks throughout the tour. Each show will be an all ages event.

Legendary Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will perform eight dates on the tour, joining the Summer Session on August 13 & 14 at Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheater. Phil Lesh & Friends will also play August 15 in Salt Lake City, UT, August 17 & 18 in Eugene, OR, August 20 & 21 in Berkeley, CA, and August 22 in Santa Barbara, CA. Lesh will be joined each night by guitarist Steve Kimock, with the remainder of his band made up by members of the Summer Session artists.

Reggae artist Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers will perform at the Summer Sessions' July 30 stop at the World's Fair Amphitheater in Knoxville, TN.

With some of the hottest talent from the grassroots and jam-oriented scene, the Summer Session promises to stun audiences with several hours of nonstop performances each night. Inspired by their mutual respect and sense of community, the bands have also agreed to rotate the order of the lineup at every show, and each night the band order will only be announced at showtime.

"It's a perfect opportunity for each band's audience to experience great new live music," says Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes.

Although each of the bands participating brings a different forte to the table, all are rigorous touring artists that play well over 100 shows a year, often with shows running past 3 hours. Galactic is taking the sounds of New Orleans funk into the next millennium. A group that crosses generation and racial barriers, Galactic has revitalized Crescent City funk with their gritty keyboards, dance hall jams and luxurious grooves. This spring the band played for over 60,000 people as a top-seeded act at the New Orleans Jazzfest. Galactic's Capricorn Records debut "Crazyhorse Mongoose" was released in September 1998.

Gov't Mule kicks out bone crushing blues-rock in the Southern tradition. This soulful power trio's live performances are known for their explosiveness, spontaneity and musicianship. Few bands can claim two members as icons of American rock, which Gov't Mule rightfully does with Warren Haynes and Allen Woody. Their current Capricon release, the double-CD set "Live...With A Little Help From Our Friends" received accolades from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Playboy.

moe. mixes funk, punk, blues, and country into epic rock hits. Incendiary live performances combine unforgettable pop hooks, brilliant guitar work and driving rhythm grooves. moe.'s latest release "Tin Cans and Cars Tires" drew rave reviews from critics around the country, including a stellar review from David Fricke in Rolling Stone's "Albums that Mattered in 1998" year-end issue.

The String Cheese Incident weaves backwoods bluegrass, Afro-pop rhythms, and Latin melodies around a traditional rock core. At times tight and intricate, at others expansive and transcendent, the band's feel-good, nonstop jamming reputation has created a grassroots groundswell that lead to the band selling out three nights at San Francisco's famed Fillmore Auditorium.

In 1999, the Summer Session tour will be the show for live andimprovisational music. Here are the dates for the best of the grassrootsscene:

7/29 Oak Mountain Amphitheater Birmingham, AL
7/30 World's Fair Park Amphitheater Knoxville, TN
7/31 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta, GA
8/1 Mud Island Amphitheater Memphis, TN
8/4 I.C. Light Amphitheater Pittsburgh, PA
8/5 Nautica Stage Cleveland, OH
8/6 Starlight Summerstage Indianapolis, IN
8/7 Three Sisters Park Peoria, IL
8/8 Harmony Park Minneapolis, MN
8/13 Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, CO
8/14 Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, CO
8/15 Franklin Covey Field Salt Lake City, UT
8/17 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR
8/18 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR
8/20 Greek Theater Berkeley, CA
8/21 Greek Theater Berkeley, CA
8/22 County Bowl Santa Barbara, CA
8/26 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore, MD
8/27 TBA
8/28 Waterloo Village Stanhope, NJ
8/29 BankBoston Pavilion Boston, MA


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