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Levon Helm and the Midnight Ramble

By August 26, 2008

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I had the incredible fortune to see the one of the legendary "Midnight Ramble" concerts last Saturday, hosted by drummer Levon Helm (The Band) at his home and recording studio in Woodstock, New York.

Expect a full write-up next week (after I get photos from Levon's people), but until then, let me emphatically state that you NEED to get yourself to Woodstock to see one of these shows. The atmosphere is informal (it's BYOB, and they put out food for guests), the surroundings are awe-inspiring, and the guest list is star-studded.

Saturday's show included a performance by Billy Bob Thornton and his band, as well as an impromptu appearance by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. Musicians are first-rate across the board (many commuting to the show from New York City).

Although tickets for the show are expensive - $150 a pop - it's a show you'll remember for the rest of your life. Attendance is limited to a very small number (we guessed 150 people), so there is an intimacy to the experience you won't find at other rock and roll shows.

Tickets to the "Midnight Ramble" events are hard to come by, but if you check LevonHelm.com regularly, you should be able to grab a few when they come available. Not only is the music great, but the town is scenic and beautiful, with plenty of Woodstock vacation house rentals to stay at.


August 27, 2008 at 6:08 am
(1) Craig says:

What an awesome blog Dan. Thanks. I can really learn a lot from someone like you. You seem to be so well connected as well. Thanks again.

September 1, 2008 at 1:08 pm
(2) Clive says:

It sounds fabulous, $150 well spent. Levon and The Band have been all time favourites of mine, pity I’d have to include the cost of a flight across the Atlantic.

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