Evolution of Jam Features Dead, Phish and Biscuits Tribute Acts
The history of live improvisational rock music is deep and wrought with intrigue, but there are three bands that serve as signposts on a tortuous path – the Grateful Dead, Phish, and the Disco Biscuits, each representing a seismic shift in jamband history, from the bluesy psychedelic Americana of the Dead to the complex compositions and cosmic funk of Phish to the four-on-the-floor electronic peaks of the Biscuits. Next month, Live For Live Music and CEG Presents will join forces to present Evolution of Jam, a night featuring three acts – Reckoning, Uncle Ebenezer, and Tractorbear – paying tribute to these three iconic jambands.
Despite the three groups’ proclivities towards improvisation, grassroots marketing, and boundary-pushing, there is not as much crossover as one might think between the various fanbases. Deadheads were, and still are, reluctant to acknowledge the prowess of the fearsome foursome from Vermont, although many turned to Phish in droves after Jerry Garcia’s untimely passing in 1995. That was also the year that the Disco Biscuits began performing in frathouses and basements around Philadelphia, but they remained well under the radar for many years. Even when they began to draw larger fanbases, jam traditionalists dismissed the trancefusion quartet.
But for a select few fans, this writer included, these three groups represent a holy trinity of jam, indicative of the evolution of the music from traditional to experimental to electronic, while touching upon multiple genres and styles along the way. Maybe you’re a Biscuits head who views Phish as dad rock. Maybe you’re a Deadhead who thinks the Biscuits might as well be Skrillex. Maybe you dig all three. Either way, come on down to Drom on November 15 and see what all the hype is about. There will be something for everyone, and the jams will go all night long. So get on the bus, step into the freezer, and bring your ass to the party!
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