I’ll admit, I’m not a huge jam band fan.
Sure, I’ll sit through a Dave Matthews Band ramble, I could listen to Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes all day and I’m one of the ones who actually likes Mickey Hart’s “Drum/Space” (then again, as a drummer, extended drum solos have a special place in my heart).
For the most part, though, I like my songs to have a shape…and an ending.
But I know there are plenty of you out there who live for the jam – and many of you will be doing exactly that Saturday when Phish takes over Lakewood Amphitheatre.
To get you pumped up, here are some notable jam moments, starting with one that my Deadhead cousin Mike sent me that took place just a few weeks ago – the “Move Me Brightly” event at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios.
I’ve embedded the entire four-hour version, but even if you comb though, you’ll find plenty of reasons to stop (Phish’s Mike Gordon is on hand, along with Weir, Phil Lesh and many, many others).
Got a favorite to share? Sound off below.
Friend of the Dave Matthews Band, Robert Randolph, helps them detour into a funk groove that starts to incorporate elements of “Thriller.”
As if Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes jamming on “Sunshine of Your Love” isn’t cool enough, this version includes Carlos Santana, with whom the Allman Brothers Band shared some dates last month.