The Sixth annual Jammys, the awards show honoring live improvisational music, will take place April 20th (both the stoner holiday "4/20" and Earth Day) at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, Benevento/Russo Duo, former Phish bassist Mike Gordon and moe. are among the leading nominees in the event's categories.
Up for Live Album of the Year are Wilco (Kicking Television), the Mars Volta (Scab Dates), Matisyahu (Live at Stubbs), Gomez (Out West), New Monsoon (Live at Telluride Bluegrass Festival) and Widespread Panic (Live at Myrtle Beach).
Nominated for Live Performance of the Year are Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket, for their November 11th, 2005, concert at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium; moe.'s Tsunami Relief Benefit concert last February in New York; the Phil Lesh and Friends' set from the inugural Vegoose festival in Las Vegas; the Word's 2005 Bonnaroo performance; and last September's Jerry Garcia tribute, Comes a Time: A Celebration of the Music and Spirit of Jerry Garcia, in Berkeley, California.
Bob Dylan, Traffic, Frank Zappa, Umphrey's McGee and Les Claypool are all up for their DVD releases.
Frank Zappa will be posthumously honored with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, which his son Dweezil will accept in his honor.
With only nine awards to give out, the Jammys are mostly highlighted for their performances -- which tend be leftfield of the jam-band stereotype. Past years have matched new blues acolyte John Mayer with Buddy Guy, and new reggae acolyte Sinead O'Connor with Burning Spear. This year, Blues Traveler, Peter Frampton, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Guster, Joe Satriani and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins lead the list of performers, with more artists to be announced.
The 2006 Jammys will also kick off the first-ever Green Apple Music and Arts festival, a four-day event slated for April 20th through 23rd at more than twenty-five New York venues.