October 3 and 4

Sun will be out. Air will be chilly. Things will get weird. This could all mean only one thing…Fall Tour is kickin’ off! Two consecutive Allman Bros./Widespread Panic weekends is the true definition of how life is meant to be lived.

That is all for now.

Atlanta…under water

The National Weather Service just announced that Atlanta has received almost 20 inches of rain since Friday with more to come. Here are some interesting facts about rain…

1. There is a famous Korean singer named Rain.


2. Dreaming about rain denotes that you shall enjoy all pleasures in your life and prosperity shall come to you.

3. “Rain” has been performed by the String Cheese Incident 25 times since it was first-time played opening for RatDog at the Greek in Los Angeles in 2006.

4. Does 20 inches of rain fill a 60 gallon barrel?

Assuming the barrel is circular and the diameter of the opening is 30 inches
Therefore radius = 1/2 * 30 inches = 15 inches
Pi * (15in)^squared = 706.86 sq inch surface
1 gallon = 231 cubic inches
60 gallons = 13860 cubic inches
13860 cubic inches / 706.86 sq inches = 19.61 inches

19.61 inches is the total depth required to contain 60 gallons if the diameter of the container is 30 inches.

5. There are a lot of songs written about rain.

6. Dustin Hoffman played Raymond Babbitt in 1988’s the Rain Man.

Let Me Lie

Although the title of today’s post indicates one thing, I am not here to make up any stories or anything. A Monday morning after a weekend get-away, most would agree, is pretty tough to plow through. Today is a little different for me, though. I am rejuvenated and filled with a large amount of dense motivation.

My sister hosted me for two nights in her new apartment in New York City. It’s funny to think she’s just graduated from Florida State and within just a few months, now claims residency in one, if not the most spectacular cities in the world. In just 2 days I saw 2 of my favorite performers in 2 very unique venues, ate what was probably the best slices of pizza I’ve had in my life, met up with great old friends and really took in my NYC surroundings.

After a somewhat stressful tail end to the week, my flight out of Atlanta was delayed…of course. When I finally arrived at LGA, I was greeted by a welcoming 30 minute yellow cab queue. The good news was that the D, Benny and Roor were patiently awaiting my arrival in her cozy Stuy-town apartment. We took the both literal and figurative ltrain into Brooklyn for the Tiny Universe at the Brooklyn Bowl. For starters, this Brooklyn Bowl is a remarkable venue. Run by some of the most profound figures in the music industry, this place boasts 16 lanes, a sick stage, sick lights, sick sound and beer lines that run directly underground straight to the Brooklyn Brewery. Can it get any better? Not until YaMarc shows up with this shit-eating grin. Needless to say, things took a turn for the much better….


Fast forward a few hours…shows over, Daliah/Marc/Ariel hop in some cab back to the apartment to pick up the dog. We somehow made it a few blocks to enjoy Artichoke, New York pizza that seems to have been dipped into a bucket of a spinach/artichoke dip. De-li-cious.


Saturday was cloudy and misty. We took a stroll through Manhattan to see the NYU campus and to take in some of the City. Although the gloom weighed heavily in the surrounding atmosphere, deep down inside I knew I was about to witness a very unique musical experience. As a young boy, one dreams the wildest dreams. And why not? To make a long story short. The Trey Anastasio/NY Philharmonic performance was absolutely breathtaking. From the opening “1st Tube” through the very last note in “If I Could”, you could tell that Trey was/is absolutely 100% committed to keeping his head on straight. The energy inside Carnegie is something never before witnessed by the performers of the Philharmonic (not to mention the “lot scene” outside of the world renowned symphony hall – read here for more).

All in all, I’m very thankful for the passions in my life. My sister is amazing. She has an extremely strong soul and truly, truly lives her dreams. I am thankful for my passion in music – for being able to appreciate one extreme vs. the next. I am very thankful and passionate for my beautiful girlfriend who has stood by my side since October 2004. I am very thankful for my family and friends – worldwide – for keeping me on my toes. The words “let me lie” are not part of our vocabulary. We say what we think and we stand by what we say.

“Gonna take my bike out/gonna take my bike/gonna ride it slowly/gonna ride just how I like.” And this is how I ride…


On the morning of the 2009  trinumeral (and my first blog post), I will start by saying that fall is most certainly in the air. The same things remind me every year me why it’s the ultimate 3-4 month spread. Sure, there are the typical; leaves falling, football 24/7, etc…but there’s something just super special about the music there is to be heard (and played).

Widespread Panic and temperate fall weather are synonymous. Since first discovering how special the relationship truly is between one and the other, it has been for lack of a better word, impossible to go between the months of September and November with out seeing these guys. Title track off the soundtrack for The Harder They Come, written by reggae great Jimmy Cliff was FTP by the boys in their home away from home…New Orleans during the cherished Halloween of 2001. Between Schools’ “Other One” teases to many Panic original debuts, fans of the band old and young know this as the cream of the crop.