Pigeons Playing Ping Pong headlined the Hot August Music Festival on Saturday night at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland near their home base of Baltimore. PPPP would welcome fellow Baltimore musician and former The Bridge frontman Cris Jacobs for The Bridge original “Super Funk Regulator Robot Step Squad and Double Dutch Team.”
Anyone who has gotten to see Cris Jacobs play live or knows about him and his musical influence, knows that Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are major influences. Some of us local residents were lucky enough to catch him at the beginning of August at MECU Pavillion in Baltimore and saw magic made.
What better way to spend the first night in August AND Jerry Garcia’s birthday, than with Baltimore’s own Cris Jacobs and Greensky Bluegrass at MECU Pavilion? I have had the pleasure of watching Cris Jacobs and his band perform for several years here in Baltimore, including here at MECU Pavilion opening for The Avett Brothers 3 years ago, and this was definitely a highlight performance!
On Thursday night, what would have been Jerry Garcia‘s 77th birthday, Greensky Bluegrass offered up a performance at Baltimore, MD’s MECU Pavilion. Baltimore locals Cris Jacobs Band handled the evening’s opening duties.
Members of Greensky Bluegrass and Cris Jacobs Band have never hidden their love of the Grateful Dead as both groups often perform songs written by Jerry Garcia and company. So it was only fitting the two acts would collaborate on three Jerry/Grateful Dead classics for their encore on Thursday night at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore on Garcia’s birthday.
Phil Lesh has revealed who he’ll perform with when the former Grateful Dead bassist takes the stage to close the inaugural Beach Road Weekend, which takes place at Veterans Memorial Park in Martha’s Vineyard, MA the weekend of August 9th-11th.
We at Grateful Music are super excited to take our “festivacation” this weekend on Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia for the inaugural 4848 Festival. We told you about the details on the diverse lineup, special accommodations, unique events and more through our interview with All Good founder Tim Walther back in May. One of the bands we are most anticipating seeing live on the mountain is Cris Jacobs Band, the dynamic Baltimore-based bluesy-meets-cosmic-country band that is quickly emerging as a must-see act. We took a minute to catch up with Cris to talk 4848, the recent Mike Gordon sit-in, his new album, and more.
"I think sometimes we just look way too past the present and are sort of blinded to...our ability to create beauty in the present." That was the meditative response from singer/songwriter Cris Jacobs when asked about the meaning of the title to his newest album "Color Where You Are".
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong played two full sets highlighted by performances of “Upfunk” and “Paperboy” in the opening half, and a 20-minute “Poseidon” with guitarist Cris Jacobs and “King Kong” in the second half of the show.