Phish, Dead Meet at the Jammys

Jam band legends unite at third annual award show

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Phish bassist Mike Gordon and former Grateful Dead guitarist/Ratdog frontman Bob Weir are among the artists scheduled to perform at the third annual Jammy Awards, to be held at New York's Roseland Ballroom on October 2nd. "We wanted to go a week or so without announcing the lineup and not advertising it publicly, just within the community's email lists," says the show's co-producer Pete Shapiro. "We sold 500 tickets in twenty-four hours just saying 'The Jammys are coming.' It says a lot about the scene."

Weir, who recently performed with the remaining members of the Grateful Dead and will soon reunite with them once again for a full tour, will accept the Lifetime Achievement award on the band's behalf. Gordon will perform with guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke -- the duo recently recorded a collaborative album and plan to tour together.

West Coast techno-funk troop Particle will be joined by Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of the B-52's. New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band will act as the house band for the night, along with the Tom Tom Club, who also performed at last year's event.

While additions to the lineup are still in progress and more combinations are anticipated, other confirmed acts include Rusted Root, Moe., Gov't Mule, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Organizers indicate that the show and awards ceremony will move to San Francisco next year, where Santana is likely to be the Lifetime Achievement recipient. The show has also attracted the attention of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and may move to Cleveland in 2004. In fact Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Terry Stewart (as well as Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow and Rolling Stone's own Anthony DeCurtis) will act as a presenter this year.

Voting for the Jammys continues through September 25th on www.jammys.com. Tickets, priced at $40, are available at the site, through Ticketmaster, and at the Roseland Ballroom ticket office.