Archive for December, 2012


2012 Year In Review (Part 1): Best Live Shows

As the year comes to a close, The Shady Groove would like to give you a summary of this years best music. We like to do a little bit of ‘nutshelling’ for you. So here we go!

There will be 3 parts to the Shady Groove’s Year In Review. Part 1, which we will conquer today, will be the best Live Shows of the year. Enjoy.


Top 12 live shows of 2012:

1. Trombone Shorty @ the Keswick – June

2. Dawes @ Appel Farm – June

3. Nick Lowe @ the Keswick – April

4. Willie Nelson @ the Keswick – May

5. Robert Earl Keene @ Union Transfer – Jan

6. Wilco @ XPoNential Music Fest, Camden – Aug

7. Garth Hudson Songs of the Band @ The Keswick – Nov

Garth Hudson plays the Keswick Theatre’s 82-year old Moller pipe organ. Awesome!

8. The Gourds @ Mercury Lounge NYC – Sept

9. Bruce Springsteen @ Citizens Bank Park, Philly – Sept

10. Michael Kiwanuka @ The Trocodero – Sept

11. Ben Gibbard @ The Keswick – Nov

12. Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Keswick – Nov


Honorable Mention:

Chris Kasper @ Philly Folk Fest – Aug

Railroad Earth @ World Cafe Live – April

Robert Randolph and the Family Band @ The Keswick – Nov

Secret Sisters @ Philly Folk Fest – Aug

Strand of Oaks @ Philly Folk Fest – Aug

MMW @ The Keswick – Oct

Banjo Summit @ The Keswick – Oct



Here’s to many more shows for you and your loved ones in 2013!



Dave Brubeck

This egalitarian tradition in jazz -- everyone is equal on the bandstand -- has led some to compare it to democracy. The jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis once said that nothing captures the democratic process as perfectly as jazz. "Jazz means working things out musically with other people. You have to listen to other musicians and play with them even if you don't agree with what they're playing. It teaches you the very opposite of racism and anti-Semitism. It teaches you that the world is big enough to accommodate us all."

Dave Brubeck/Wynton Marsalis/John Blake



Good Tidings From The Shady Groove: XMas Part 3 (podcast #79)

These are the joyfully soulful tracks that were included in this years Christmas Podcast:

The Beatles – Xmas 1969 ++ Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad ++ Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Claus ++ The Drifters – White Christmas ++ Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas From The Family ++ James Brown – Soulful Christmas ++ Shelby Lynne – Ain’t Nothing Like Christmas ++ Hurricane Bells – Christmas Don’t Be Late ++ Kenny Rogers – Sweet Little Jesus Boy ++ Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree ++ David Grisman – Winter Wonderland ++ JD McPherson – Twinkle ++ Red Simpson – Gone Home For Christmas ++ The Barr Brothers – Dear Mrs. Claus ++ Kenny Vance & The Planotones – Mr. Santa ++ Charlie Brown – Meaning of Christmas ++ Hank Thompson – I’d Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas ++ moe. Together At Christmas ++ The Gourds – Yes Yes Yes

Download The Shady Groove Podcast #79




Happy Hanukkah!!