DAVID NELSON BAND
On Sunday, May 13, the CCPA and KRVM's Short Strange Trip proudly welcome An Evening with David Nelson Band featuring special guest Moonalice.
David Nelson last performed at the WOW Hall as a member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage in December 2008, but David Nelson Band hasn't been here since September, 1998! This rare event combines two bands that share some personnel and features both acoustic and electric sets.
The David Nelson Band has been recording and performing around the country since 1994. Their broad musical palette spans the Almost Acoustic style that Nelson played with Jerry Garcia, through roots rock n' roll, and psychedelic country-rock. The DNB perform David's compositions (some co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter), select covers, and several Grateful Dead classics upon which Nelson appeared on the original album releases. These stylistic elements, combined with plenty of spontaneous free form improvisation, create a sound that is uniquely David Nelson Band. Though the original songs are mostly written by Nelson, the development of all the material is a fully collaborative effort. The Nelson, Sless, Siegel, Sears, Molo Band as a name is a bit cumbersome -- though in reality, that's what they are.
These days the DNB only tour select areas a few times a year, as the individual band members are in high demand with other successful touring acts. Their loyal and enthusiastic fans relish these special times to reunite at Nelson family gatherings. DNB shows are a joyous reunion for all -- a communal gathering where regulars and newcomers all feel part of an extended family. Each show, being unique and exploratory in nature, is a magical adventure for band and audience alike. It's one of the reasons why many of the fans follow the band to every show, including their annual Hawaii Tour (which draws many mainland fans as well as islanders for the week to ten day island party).
Meet the band:
David Nelson - guitar/ vocals - is a founding member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and long time musical partner of Jerry Garcia's dating back to 1962 in the pre-Grateful Dead bluegrass band, The Wildwood Boys. Nelson was also a member of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and performed on three Grateful Dead albums - Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty - playing the character laden electric guitar solo on "Box of Rain". Nelson has also performed as a member of Phil Lesh and Friends.
Barry Sless - lead guitar/ pedal steel - has been a frequent member of Phil Lesh and Friends lineups since 2004. He tours currently with Moonalice and has toured as a member of Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz, the Rowan Brothers and Great American Taxi.
Mookie Siegel - keyboards/ accordion/ vocals - has toured with Bob Weir's Ratdog, Phil Lesh and Friends, Kingfish and Donna Jean and the Tricksters.
Pete Sears - bass/ vocals - was the bassist and keyboard player for the original Jefferson Starship from 1974-1987, keyboardist for Hot Tuna from 1992 to 2001 and currently performs with Moonalice. Pete has played with Phil Lesh and Friends and appears on their 1999 release, Love Will See You Thru. Pete began his career in England in 1964 and has performed with many artists including Jerry Garcia, John Cipollina, and appears on Rod Stewart's classic early British albums.
John Molo - drums - was part of almost every Phil Lesh and Friends lineup from 1999 - 2009. When the Grateful Dead reformed (after Jerry Garcia's death) as the The Other Ones in 1998, John was a member. He has won a Grammy award for his work as a member of Bruce Hornsby and the Range, who he performed with from 1986 - 1999. He has also toured with Creedence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty and currently tours with Moonalice. John is considered by many to be the ultimate drummer in the improvisational rock scene.
Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration.
Band members are: John Molo (drums, vocals), Barry Sless (lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass), Roger McNamee (rhythm guitar, vocals, bass), Ann McNamee (keyboards, vocals), Pete Sears (bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Big Steve Parish (road scholar/medicine man/storyteller), who was on The Grateful Dead crew for 26 years!
A band of hippie musicians from California with no label, no manager, no publicist, no problems, and lots of fans, Moonalice is committed to taking the business out of music. The band's eponymous first album was produced by T Bone Burnett; their second album, Free, is available only over the web and only for free. The single from that album, "It's 4:20 Somewhere", has now been downloaded more than 1.5 MILLION times. Moonalice grew up with Elvis and practices freedom of speech every day.
Moonalice invented the Twittercast concert, where it shares links to songs for an entire show, either live or after the fact. Moonalice has done more than 100 Twittercasts (and Facecasts, as the Facebook equivalent is known) and also broadcasts a song an hour over Twitter via Moonalice Radio. Moonalice is also the first band to offer free LIVE videocasts of (nearly) every show. Live videocasts (and the archive) can be found at http://www.moonalicetv.com.
The band is pleased to also have the honor of being the first band to offer these videocast shows via HTML 5 technology. Since April 2011, fans can now join the Couch Tour on iPads, Androids and iPhones, as well as PCs, with NO APP!
According to Roger McNamee, the band's leader and an innovator of social media, "Thousands of fans watch every Moonalice show on the Couch Tour on moonaliceTV.com. Now they can watch every show for free on a smartphone or iPad. Satellite-based HTML 5 web video is the ultimate connection between a band and its fans -- it is within reach for a huge range of bands. Any band can now have its own 24 hour internet TV channel for cost of a used car. When you are trying to build a fan base, internet TV is the best tool available."
Moonalice also commissions a poster for every gig and gives them away for free. Since the band's formation in 2007, Moonalice has produced a unique series of over 450 original gig posters with artwork from over 20 artists.
Moonalice posters feature artwork from many of the legendary poster artists of the psychedelic '60s as well as today's top rock poster artists.Moonalice is a band that lets poster artists do what they do best -- make art! Unencumbered by standard constraints, Moonalice posters are as diverse as the artists who create them.
The show will feature a Moonalice acoustic set, with David Nelson sitting in for a couple tunes, a Moonalice electric set and then DNB. Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Cost: $18 Advance, $20 Door.
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