Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of The Band is an art. Songs that have reverberated across history for decades continue to speak to millions of us. And The Weight, a five-piece ensemble featuring Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebb, who worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of The Band, Michael Bram (Jason Mraz) and Albert Rogers who has shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson remains a vehicle through which we can continue to share those stories and dance to those back beats.
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HOST ARTIST - THE WEIGHT BAND
Jim Weider is a former member of THE BAND. From 1985 to 2000, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as their lead guitarist, writing songs and performing on their three studio albums, Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation. He toured internationally with original Band members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko for fifteen years and was featured with them on numerous albums, films, videos and television appearances. Jim is a current member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band and his group ProJECT Percolator.
Brian Mitchell is a current member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band and is well-known within the circles of the music industry and beyond for his solo career and his high-profile collaborations. He has recorded and performed with some of music's most respected artists, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, and countless others.
Albert Rogers, bass and vocals, hails from North Carolina, where he played with Blue Eyed Soul hitmaker, Grayson Hugh. In 2000,he joined Jim Weider and the Honky Tonk Gurus which led to sharing the stage with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Hubert Summerlin, Albert Lee, and many others. Later he returned to NC and has been performing with Award Winning Swamp Soul Master, Jim Quick, as a member of the Coastline Band. In 2014, making his first solo record, Albert found himself back in Upstate NY with former band mates Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY. This set the stage for his current role as newest member of The Weight.
Michael Bram (drums & vocals) soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael "Leyroy" Bram most recently toured with Jason Mraz for seven years, and before that was a staple in the New York music scene. Career highlights include working with William Nelson, and recording tracks with Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame. Michael's connection to The Band comes by way of the extended community who played at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY where for many years he drummed in the Chris O'Leary Band, an offshoot of players from Levon's band, The Barnburners.
SPECIAL GUEST MUSICIANS
Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major role in the mid-'60s rock revolution.
John Sebastian was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Perhaps because it has been the product of heart and soul and history, the oldest song in the Sebastian catalog is as fresh and vital as the song he's about to write tomorrow. That's why you still hear his music everywhere - in movies, on television, in cover versions and samples - and why it's always welcome. John is also a welcome media presence; his commentary, insights and anecdotes and stories are regularly featured in print, radio, TV and film documentary projects. John Sebastian is not only a master musician, writer and performer, he remains one of the best ambassadors American music has ever had.
Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music.
In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammies and other awards.
Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which includes: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others. In 2009 Maria teamed up with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks. Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, and was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation.
2014 marked 40 years since Maria’s big hit “Midnight at the Oasis” was riding at the top of the charts. To celebrate this landmark, Maria created a multi-media retrospective Way Past Midnight , which chronicles her 50 year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond”. This special presentation features all her hits and fan faves from every stage of her career, as well as fascinating, entertaining, (often humorous!) stories of her personal encounters, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in music.
Happy Traum was smitten by American folk music as a teenager and began playing guitar and 5-string banjo. He was an active participant of the legendary Washington Square/Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and ‘60s, and studied guitar with the famed blues master, Brownie McGhee. Over the past five decades he has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a soloist and as a member of various groups. His avid interest in traditional and contemporary music has brought him recognition as a performer, writer, editor, session musician, folklorist, teacher and recording artist.
In 1971 Happy once again joined Bob Dylan in the studio, playing guitar, banjo, bass, and singing harmony on three songs ("You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "Down In the Flood," and "I Shall Be Released,") which appeared on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.
Bob Dylan invited Happy to participate in a famous session with poet Allen Ginsberg, which resulted in the box set, Holy Soul Jelly Roll. The legendary John Hammond produced the session, which also included Dylan, David Amram, Jon Scholl, Ed Sanders, Gregory Corso and several other well-know musicians and beat poets. This resulted in a long friendship and musical association between Happy and Allen Ginsberg.
String musician (violin, fiddle) who has played with Lou Reed, Phoebe Snow and Hall & Oates, among others. He appeared in The Band's documentary film "The Last Waltz" and had a Top 10 single, "Good Old Rock & Roll" with Cat Mother And The All-Night Newsboys in 1969. Most recently he has played fiddle as a member of the upstate-NY based Celtic rock band "Hair Of The Dog".
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL GUESTS:
John Simon is a multiple-threat artist — a music producer, composer, writer and performing artist in pop, rock, television, movies, and on Broadway. His name has been attached to notable projects in most of those fields. He was one of the top record producers in the United States during the late ’60s and the 1970s, responsible for pulling together more than a dozen albums that are considered classics and all of which continue to sell well more than 30 years later, including The Band’s “Music from Big Pink”, “The Band”, and “The Last Waltz”, “Cheap Thrills” by Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, “Bookends” by Simon & Garfunkel, and “The Child Is Father to the Man” by Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Elliott Landy, born in 1942, began photographing the anti-Vietnam war movement and the underground music culture in New York City in 1967. He photographed many of the underground rock and roll superstars, both backstage and onstage, from 1967 to 69.
His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, Richie Havens, and many others documented the music scene during that classic rock and roll period which culminated with the 1969 Woodstock Festival, of which he was the official photographer.
After that, Elliott moved on to other inspirations and art forms, photographing his own children and travels, creating impressionist flower photographs and doing motion and kaleidoscopic photography in both still and film formats.
His photographs have been published worldwide for many years in all print mediums including covers of Rolling Stone, Life, the Saturday Evening Post, etc. and album covers, calendars, photographic book collections, etc.
He has published Woodstock Vision, The Spirit of A Generation, in book and CD-ROM format, and authored the book Woodstock 69, The First Festival. He is currently publishing a series of limited edition lithographs of his classic rock photographs...
Don is the current owner of Big Pink, and is an avid guitarist, singer/song-writer and audio engineer. A lover of a well crafted song, he was a leader & lead guitarist with the seminal original late '70s Northeast jam band, the Hooligan Band. As a live audio engineer, he worked and toured extensively with NRBQ and did front of house mixing for Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Sebastian, David Johansen, David Bromberg and many others.
Don is perhaps the country's leading historian as regards Big Pink - one of the most famous houses in rock n' roll. He looks forward to providing Camp Cripple Creek attendees with a highly prized site visit to Big Pink - and plans to give a talk and Q&A on the house's storied past... as well as what's happening there currently.