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30 Oct

We hope that all of our friends and readers who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy are safe. Aside from some heavy winds and a bit of debris, we’re A-OK.

Back to the music! If you were with us at CMJ, you surely caught The Dead Ships’s excellent late night set. We’re thrilled today to premiere their rendition of the late Levon Helm’s “When I Go Away.”

The Dead Ships played An L.A. Ramble for Levon benefit last May. The band had such an awesome time at the show that they decided to respectfully put the Dead Spins stamp on a few of Levon’s songs.

Take a listen to “When I Go Away” below (as well as the original later)


23 Aug

On October 3, 2012, music stars and friends will join together to celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm at “Love for Levon.” The star-studded benefit concert will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will feature once-in-a-lifetime collaborations by friends and admirers gathered together to celebrate and honor Levon Helm. Performances will include GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, Americana and Dove Award-winning musicians: John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and more performers to be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, August 29 with an exclusive presale for Citi Card holders beginning tomorrow. All net proceeds from the concert will help support the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions.

“We are deeply moved that so many musicians and friends of Levon’s are coming together to celebrate his life and his music, and to help us keep his musical spirit and vision alive in the Midnight Rambles,” said Sandy and Amy Helm, Levon’s wife and daughter. “We want to continue to honor his legacy by creating a musical landmark at the Barn, one that inspires and celebrates Americana music and its heritage.”

“We are honored to produce a benefit concert that pays tribute to a musical icon and a beautiful soul, commented show producer Keith Wortman. “Levon’s friends and fans will be coming from all over the world to be part of music history for such a noble and worthy cause to ‘Save The Barn,’ and ensure that the legacy of Levon Helm will live on for generations to come.”

An all-star band will be led by GRAMMY Award-winners Don Was and Larry Campbell who will serve as co-musical directors. Larry was Levon’s musical director for the last several years of his life. The concert event will be produced by Keith Wortman, who most recently produced “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.” Tisha Fein will serve as talent producer. The show promoters are Ron Delsener and Jim Glancy, long-time friends of Levon. The event will be produced with the support of the Helm Family and Levon Helm Productions.

With a career that spanned over five decades, Levon Helm was an inspiration to musicians around the world with his deep respect, joy and love for music. Whether he was hitting the Arkansas 4-H Club circuit as a child, to performing with Bob Dylan, garnering success with The Band and nurturing a successful solo career, that included multiple GRAMMY Award wins, Levon was always a passionate performer who captivated audiences with an unmistakable voice and rhythmic power all his own. His Levon Helm Studio has hosted musicians across multiple genres and his creation of The Midnight Ramble Sessions, a series of live performances at his studio, has seen performances from the likes of Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, The Black Crowes and My Morning Jacket, to name just a few.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at http://www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 and at select Ticketmaster locations. Citi Card holders will have exclusive presale access beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on August 24 until 10 p.m. EDT on August 28. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. A service charge is added to each ticket price. If tickets remain, they will be available at the box office beginning Thursday August 30 at 11 a.m.

For more information about “Love for Levon,” visit www.loveforlevon.com


07 Jul

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Productions and Starr Hill Presents are excited to announce the lineup for the Outside Lands Night Shows. For fans that haven’t had their fill of music after an incredible day in Golden Gate Park, the festival has taken over four San Francisco clubs – The Independent, Mezzanine, Mighty and The Rickshaw Stop. These clubs will host rare, intimate performances by the following artists: Levon Helm Band Ramble, Jimmy Cliff, Hercules and Love Affair, Tokyo Police Club, Freelance Whales and Pretty Lights. Also, the California Academy of Sciences’ weekly event “NightLife” will be hosting a special Outside Lands event in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department on Thursday August 12. NightLife is an event where visitors can enjoy music, science, entertainment and cocktails, while experiencing the California Academy of Sciences’ world-class exhibits. The Outside Lands NightLife event will celebrate the festival and Golden Gate Park.Except for the kickoff event at the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday, only Outside Lands’ ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to see these night show performances. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 21at 10AM PST via www.sfoutsidelands.com. The complete Outside Lands Night Shows schedule is below.

The third annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival will take place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park August 14 – 15, 2010. In its two years, the festival has set the standard for live music in Northern California. The 2010 lineup includes among many others, Kings of Leon, Furthur Featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Levon Helm and Al Green, will perform alongside the best emerging artists in the world, including Gogol Bordello, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Janelle Monáe, Tokyo Police Club, The Temper Trap, Pretty Lights, Dawes and more.

Besides the great music, the 2010 event promises to put even greater emphasis on what truly sets it apart from every other festival in the country – the celebration of the deep traditions of the Northern California culinary experience. At no other festival can one dine on the delicacies of the city’s most famous top-tiered restaurants while sampling the best in California wine.

The Outside Lands Night Shows Schedule is below:


California Academy of Sciences NightLife
Golden Gate Park
A Celebration of Outside Lands and Golden Gate Park


Jimmy Cliff

The Levon Helm Band Ramble
The Independent

Hercules and Love Affair

Tokyo Police Club
Freelance Whales
Rickshaw Stop


Pretty Lights
The Independent

23 Dec

During this week’s episode of Spectacle, Elvis Costello literally builds a band in front of the audience’s eyes and ears. Joining him for this once-in-a-lifetime jam session are his former record producer, Nick Lowe, on bass; legendary New Orleans producer/pianist Allen Toussaint; U.K. guitar giant/songwriter Richard Thompson; and, from The Band, drummer Levon Helm.

Nick Lowe on The Band–
Nick Lowe remembers an early encounter with Levon Helm and The Band

For more highlights from episode 2, go to http://www.sundancechannel.com/spectacle

10 Jul

Levon Helm performed “Tennessee Jed” on the Late Show with David Letterman on 7/9. Check it out below: