The Jammy's May 2008
The evening’s hosts were the guitarist Warren Haynes and the singer Grace Potter, who recently toured in a package featuring Gov’t Mule (his band) and the Nocturnals (hers). They opened the program with a well-honed medley of “Find the Cost of Freedom,” a song by Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and “Gold Dust Woman,” a Fleetwood Mac tune
. Mr. Haynes soloed with casual fire, and Ms. Potter sang in a soulful wail.
But odd collaborations are closer to the Jammy ethos than road-tested partnerships. Hence the spectacle of a young band called Rose Hill Drive backing both the Hasidic dancehall rapper Matisyahu and the guitarist Leslie West, of Mountain. Another up-and-coming group, Tea Leaf Green, teamed up with the guitarist Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze.
The Jammys propose a catholic vision of Jam Land, encompassing not only shaggy guitar rock but also hip-hop, reggae, blues, whatever. So there was a decent, well-intentioned jazz segment led by Mr. McConnell, featuring the venerable drummer Roy Haynes. Then came an eclectic and nearly ecstatic set by the New Orleans funk band Galactic, variously backing the classic-soul organist Booker T. Jones; the retro-soul vocalist Sharon Jones (no relation); and the rappers Chali 2na and Doug E. Fresh.
For those who care: Vivica Fox attended this event.