Written by Mike Forristell

Greetings readers! Spring is around the corner! Here are some great shows to check out while we wait out these last weeks of winter.

The funk/rock/reggae band The Heavy Pets will be performing a couple of shows in the area this week.  Check them out this week in Asheville, North Carolina at the Rabbit Hole this Thursday, and the Funkatorium this Friday. The Heavy Pets is made up of Jeff Lloyd (guitar, vocals), Mike Garulli (guitar, vocals), Jeff Wuest (keys, vocals), Jamie Newitt (drums, vocals), and Tony D’Amato (bass). The band has been touring consistently for over 12 years, and played over 1,200 live performances.  Their continued effort and dedication towards creating original, well-crafted songs has earned them a spot as one of the premiere jam bands on the national touring circuit.  The Heavy Pets have just released their fourth full-length studio album this past Friday, titled Strawberry Mansion.  Check out the band’s website to grab a copy of the new album, and find more shows near you!

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, legendary rhythm guitarist and bassist of The Grateful Dead, will be performing together this Saturday at The Hollow in Albany.  These shows offer a different take on many of the band’s classic tunes.  If you’re looking for a more relaxed environment that still embodies all cultural elements associated with jam band scene, this shows is for you. Also in the area this week is the instrumental electronic jam band, Lotus.  Catch them this week before they take a month off from touring, with shows resuming the fifth of April.

Other notable performance this week are Galactic at Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA (03/01), and the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C (03/02, 03/03), Keller Williams at Center for the Arts in Homer, NY (03/02), and Jazz is Phsh at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA (03/01), and Shaka’s Live in Virginia Beach, VA (03/03).


02/28 – Railroad Earth – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC


03/01 – Galactic – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

03/01 – Jazz is Phsh – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

03/01 – Lotus – The Underground – Greensboro, NC

03/01 – Railroad Earth – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

03/01 – The Heavy Pets – The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC

03/01 – Splintered Sunlight – The Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, NY


03/02 – Galactic – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.

03/02 – Keller Williams – Center for the Arts – Homer, NY

03/02 – The Heavy Pets – Funkatorium – Asheville, NC

03/02 – The Lizards – The Hollow – Albany, NY

03/02 – Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY


03/03 – Galactic – 9:30 club – Washington, D.C.

03/03 – Jazz is Phsh – Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA

03/03 – Lotus – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC

03/03 – The Lizards – Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY

03/03 – Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY