By Jordan Melnick | April 22nd, 2012 | No Comments
Levon Helm, drummer for The Band and singer on such all-time great songs as “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, died after a battle with throat cancer on Thursday at the age of 71. That same day, ANR members Michael-John Hancock and Brian Robertson and saxophonist Paul Roth recorded “All La Glory”, a track off of The Band’s third studio album, Stage Fright (1970). “Levon Helm was a big hero of ours,” ANR explained when they posted the track online Saturday night, “much as he was a big hero to many.”
The Miami musicians’ choice of cover makes for a fitting commemoration of a great man laid to rest. “It’s time for you to dream away,” sings Levon in the sage Southern drawl that gave so many of The Band’s songs their inimitable American authenticity. “‘Cause for a big day that you’ve been through, you’ve done all the things that you wanted to.” Helm may not have done all the things that he wanted to, but he certainly lived a big life and made some beautiful music. Thanks to ANR for the moving tribute. You can listen to the original version of “All La Glory” after the jump. Enjoy.
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By Jordan Melnick | December 16th, 2010 | 4 Comments
Featuring many of South Florida's best bands, Zitfest I is worth the drive an hour north.
Listen: Zitfest starts tomorrow night, and for the couple of reasons you may not be planning to go — the name grosses you out, the venue is an hour-plus north of Miami — there are plenty of really good reasons you should make the schlep. First of all, the lineup is stacked with many of South Florida’s best bands (even with Lil Daggers dropping out), some of which are on the verge of bursting (like zits — get it?). These include several members of the West Palm Beach contingent (the Jameses, Sumsun, Cop City/Chill Pillars, Dewars, Guy Harvey, The Band in Heaven), the Jacuzzi Boys, and the Vivian Girls-approved girl band Snake Hole. All told, the Zitfest I lineup is responsible for six of the top 10 tunes on our SoFla songs of 2010 list, so you know you’re in for some good listening.
The one substantial argument against attending all of Zitfest is Rachel Goodrich’s Saturday night so-long show at Jimbo’s on Virginia Key. Honestly, we might sacrifice Zitfest’s superb Saturday night lineup to make it over to Jimbo’s for what promises to be a euphonious, open-air farewell. But it is a hard call, especially with the one-two punch of Guy Harvey and the Jameses taking the stage close to midnight over at the Orange Door.
So, what is a South Florida music lover to do? The answer is smile. Having to decide between damn good music over here and damn good music over there is a damn good dilemma — and a new one at that. Other cities should be so lucky. Nonetheless, as Dubya would say, what we have here is a decision point. Where are you headed? Here a few videos to help you decide.
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