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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Hanukah, Christmas, and New Years

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Casey Shea featured on NYTimes blog "Freakonomics"

Check it out! Good friend of MajorWho, Casey Shea, was featured yesterday in an entry in the Freakonomics blog on the New York Times website (the paper of record!).

The Freakonomics dudes put Casey's song, "Everybody’s Getting Bailed Out (Except for Me)," in an article about the latest in "Recession Pop Music."

The Latest in Recession Pop

If things keep going as they are, Billboard is going to have to start a new Hot 100 chart just for songs about the Great Recession.

Earlier we posted a music video of “Fannie Mae Eat Freddie Mac and Cheese.” Here now are two more recession blues:

“Credit River,” by Constantines:

Constantines - Credit River

And “Everybody’s Getting Bailed Out (Except for Me),” by Casey Shea:

“Credit River” is noisy and apocalyptic; “Everybody’s Getting Bailed Out …” is hushed and hopeful. They are both worth a look and listen.

Very, very cool.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Road Recovery: Happy Holidaze on Q104.3

Our recently completed holiday track, "Happy Holidaze" by Road Recovery's house-band Crazy James was aired over the weekend on Q104.3 in New York. DJ (and big Road Recovery supporter) Jonathan Clarke played the track and had some lovely words to say about Road Recovery.

Listen to Jonathan Clarke's Intro

You can hear the entire song on Road Recovery's website.

Gene Bowen of Road Recovery recording a hidden vocal track on "Happy Holidaze"

If you are interested in supporting Road Recovery, click here to find out how you can help.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gerald Menke plays pedal steel on Lady Roses by Alec Gross

End of Year special.. New songs and Happy Holidaze!

As we wind down our year, and finish up some new tracks, MajorWho- James Walsh, Sheldon Steiger, Jeremy Sklarsky and Carla Bissi would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and successful 2009.

Please take a moment to check out some newbies in the MajorWho jukebox below..
Alec Gross: Lady Roses.. just beautiful..

Royse Brothers- RB: It Is You! Its not mastered yet- but we wanted you to hear it..



Monday, December 1, 2008

Todd Show at Rockwood

Come get in the Holiday Spirit with a spectacular, heart warming performance by Todd Alsup!

**The weather outside might be frightful, but the music will be delightful!**

Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen St
Friday, December 12 @11:00 pm
No Cover! 18+ with valid ID

Come unwind with a great night of music- but be sure to come early for the best seat in the house!

Bring your friends and spread the word!

MajorWho Media is an artist development and music production and publishing company founded by Sheldon Steiger and James Walsh. Visit our website and blog for community updates.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Paula Valstein, Panic

Paula Valstein & Producer Sheldon Steiger

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're back in the studio with Paula Valstein. 'Panic' is an amazing song with a string arrangement by Randy Woolf and special guests bassist Graham Maby and violinist Jennifer Choi. Keep listening.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Highlights: NACA Northeast Conference

This weekend (Nov. 6-9) definitely turned out to be a great one at the NACA Northeast Conference. Although it was cold and rainy outside, it sure was warm and welcoming inside the CAMP Marketplace! Our booth was bustling with curious college students; walking away with Todd Alsup gift bags and a one-of-a-kind song by Alec in the making.
A few booths down from us were these crazy guys with all sorts of exotic animals! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, not really, but he had an alligator, a South American raccoon, a fox, a couple snakes (Todd's favorite), a bobcat, and a chinchilla! I was happy to have pet both the fox and the chinchilla (cutest animals ever!)
Todd was given the chance to shine by performing at the 11:00 showcase on Saturday morning. As usual, he gave the performance of a lifetime, engaging the crowd with his energetic personality and voice. He did awesome singing in front of a crowd of more than 1,000+ people! Alec Gross had a great following as well and was in the running to perform a few songs for the on-sight selected showcase.
After Todd's showcase, we all relaxed outside. Slowly, the students emerged from the room and came over to congratulate Todd on such a wonderful performance! Later, at the 4pm CAMP Marketplace, our booth was flooded with students who wanted to meet Todd. Many of them told him how amazing he was, while others mentioned how much they connected with his music. Todd was a celebrity for an hour, and we must have given away almost 80 bags! It was CRAZY! Alec did well for himself too! Alec wrote 50 personalized songs for enthusiastic students. Every student that heard their song reacted with overwhelming joy and laughter!
Overall, it was a successful weekend for everyone. We met some great people, made some awesome friends and hope to visit them at their campus in the near future!
The picture above is the MajorWho Booth #629! From the left- Jeremy Sklarsky, Carla Bissi, Alec Gross, James Walsh, Todd Alsup.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It's A New Day -

This is awesome:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Todd Alsup in Billboard!

Here's a great article written by Katie Hasty in her Billboard Underground column about Todd Alsup.

Here are some highlights:
...Alsup's buoyant attitude and bright, high-energy music could hit a home run with new, young fans...

...With a style on par with Gavin DeGraw or OneRepublic, Alsup's music could find a place on the radio with any number or pop-oriented stations. "Pop and soul and R&B don't have to be mutually exclusive he says...

Thanks Katie!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NACA - Great Success!

Carla Bissi, Todd Alsup Jeremy Sklarsky, James Walsh, and Alec Gross at the MajorWho Booth at NACA MidAtlantic 2008

MajorWho is back home after a great weekend in Lancaster, PA at the NACA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. MWM was there with artists Todd Alsup and Alec Gross. They made a lot of great contacts with student leaders and activities planners from colleges across the region.

NACA is really an incredible thing. Students want entertainment on their campuses, but don't have the means on their own to seek out artists, especially independent ones. This gives artists like Todd, Alec, and the others we work with at MajorWho the chance to directly reach the bookers on these campuses.

We're really looking forward to another conference next week in Hartford, CT, where Todd will be showcasing - which we noticed really does make a huge difference. We had a great time there to be sure - but we can't wait to reach the people the best way we know how: Todd singing at the piano for 700 college students.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Todd Alsup Halloween Concert!

Looking for some Halloween fun?

@ The Canal Room
285 West Broadway - NYC
$12 - doors open at 7:30pm

A spooky night full of fun, music and great costumes!

Come out for a Halloween Costume Concert at The Canal Room - a super hot venue in downtown NYC. Todd Alsup will be joining amazing singer/songwriter Nick Howard (check him out at for a great evening of music! It'll be the perfect way to start off your Halloween night - costumes are welcome and encouraged. Hope you'll come and join us - bring friends!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Brothers Roysman.. RBOH

Justin and Jordan Roysman (aka) RBOH have been laying down tracks with MajorWho for their soon to be released EP. These brothers write catchy feel good songs and harmonize in a way that only brothers can.. Take a listen to 'Good To Be Alive' and 'She's Leaving' in the MajorWho jukebox and their myspace profile. You'll be hearing more about these guys soon- we promise.

Its the little things:) Todd Alsup and YAMAHA

Todd Alsup has recently been endorsed by Yamaha, what a great honor! Click on the following links to check out his picture on the Yamaha website!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Alec Gross News

If you haven't already heard it, you have to got to hear Alec's most recently completed track - "Carver's Spring Massacre." You can hear it on our jukebox or on Alec's Myspace. Its really a special track, and everyone here is extremely proud of it.

Alec heads off to Lancaster, PA to attend the NACA Mid-Atlantic conference. Alec will be there with MajorWho, along with Todd Alsup, to meet student reps from colleges all across the region to line up some college gigs. He'll be there for most of the weekend, except for a short detour back to NYC to play a CMJ showcase at Rockwood Music Hall as part of Rebel Spirit Music.

Also, stay tuned for Alec licensing news as MTV Networks has requested Alec's "Until You're Mine." As soon as we know where they're going to use it, we'll be sure to tell you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

OAR, AT&T Blue Room Session

Richard On, Carla Bissi, Marc Roberge

Marc Roberge and Richard On from OAR were in the studio laying down some tracks and doing an interview for the ATT Blue Room Sessions today. They did four songs that will be up on the Blue Room site sometime soon. Look for it. That's our new assistant Carla Bissi in the middle..

Todd Alsup gets Yamaha Endorsement!

Very exciting news from the halls of MajorWho. We're proud to announce that Todd Alsup has been elected as a Yamaha Endorsement Artist. Todd will join a select list of amazing artists who Yamaha helps support, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Gavin DeGraw, and Sheryl Crow.

Out of a long list of applicants to this program, Todd was one of the very few who were chosen. Yamaha picked up on what we've known since we met Todd - he is an artist with tons of talent and untold potential.

Other exciting Todd news:
Todd's song "The Good Fight" has been put into rotation on college radio stations around the Northeast and Midatlantic regions - at least 15 stations (that we know of) have added him in the last week alone.

Congrats Todd on all the success!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Obama-THAT ONE ( mocean worker )

Adam Dorn strikes again!! We've been following Adam since his early days on Palm / Sputnik 7 (remember that?). This is great fun...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't Vote

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wes Hutchinson's "Move On" on Gossip Girl

Congratulations to Wes Hutchinson! His song 'Move On' was placed on this season's hottest CW show, 'Gossip Girl'.

Thanks, Alex Patsavas, for realizing how great Wes is and putting his song in the show.

We'll hopefully have a youtube clip showing this to you soon...

ScoreFest 2008 - Featuring; Steve Horowitz & The Code Ensemble

Hey! Check out our buddy Steve Horowitz and The Code Ensemble this Wednesday and Thursday at The Barrow Group Theater. It promises to be an amazing show.


ScoreFest 2008: "Visions & Re-Visions of Classic Film Works"
Featuring; Steve Horowitz & The Code Ensemble

Date: September 10-11, 2008 (Wednesday & Thursday) 6pm
Location: Barrow Group Theatre
312 West 36th St., Third Floor
New York, NY 10018
Time: 6PM-11PM
Tickets: Available at the door, or online at
General Admission: $18 per/night; $30 both nights
Students: $12 per/night; $20 both nights

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Todd Alsup @ Rockwood Sat. 8PM; NACA SHOWCASE!, etc...

Todd Alsup back at Rockwood Music Hall! Todd will be performing with his band this Saturday night at 8 pm.

Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen St. (Allen St. and Houston St. on the Lower East Side)
8-9 PM. Come early as space is limited and will fill up quickly!

Todd was recently selected to showcase at the NACA Northeast Conference Spotlight High in Hartford, CT. Todd was one of the few musicians chosen to showcase out of hundreds of submissions to perform for the student talent buyers and bookers for scores of northeastern colleges and universities. MajorWho Booking will be attending both the Northeast and Midatlantic Conferences representing both Todd Alsup and Alec Gross who are sure to book tons of gigs.

Wes on Gossip Girl, Todd on Sirius Radio

Congratulations to Wes Hutchinson! His song 'Move On' is placed on this season's hottest CW show, 'Gossip Girl'. Check it out this Monday at 8/7c. Thanks, Alex Patsavas, for realizing how great Wes is and putting his song in the show.

It's going to be a busy fall for Major Who with new songs in production for Todd Alsup, Alec Gross, Paula Valstein, Red Badge of Honor and more. Todd is going back on Sirius Radio's OutQ tomorrow (Friday, 10AM, channel 109) for a live interview and performance with Larry Flick.

See you on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and in the clubs.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

AT&T Blue Room Returns with Little Big Town

MajorWho was visited by Little Big Town, a country music vocal group on EMI, yesterday for another killer AT&T Blue Room Session. The band was a lot of fun - catchy songs and great harmonies.

We've had our fair share of country and bluegrass musicians come through the doors for Blue Room shoots, and the one thing they all have in common is their outstanding musicianship.

Little Big Town was well rehearsed, sang 4 part harmonies that were beautifully in tune with each other.

Little Big Town being interviewed in the studio

Monday, July 28, 2008

Kathleen Supove and Morgan Packard at le Poisson Rouge

(Le) Poisson Rouge translates to “the red fish” in French, and if last Tuesday was any indication, this is one classy fish. The venue takes the place of the historic Village Gate on 158 Bleecker Street, towering over smaller restaurants and tiny clubs. It’s apparent from the imposing doorway that this is far from a local mom and pop. And when one descends to the subterranean stage, the feeling only intensifies.

Morgan Packard + Joshue Ott

Morgan Packard and visual artist Joshue Ott began the night. Beginning with microscopic clicks, the set initially had more silence than sound. Morphing into ice crackles, with accompanying visuals, the performance was as focused on aesthetics as it was sonics. It concluded in spontaneous fashion, as Packard, who had been hunched over a laptop, broke out a saxophone, while Ott took an accordion. It was a startling finale: human presence in a sea of technology.

Video: Morgan Packard - Tremble (Live at Mutek 2008)
Official Site: Morgan Packard

Kathleen Supove

Kathleen Supove was a more personable figure, chatting with the crowd between songs. The centerpiece of her set, “The Other Piano,” was equally loquacious. Described as a long story told at a bar, the piece meandered at times, colored by outbursts that resembled conversational outbursts. The 37-minute composition was assisted by composer Morton Subotnik’s laptop, but the subject title was the most prominent presence. Supove’s fingers flickered across the keys, eloquently telling a cryptic tale.

Video: Kathleen Supove at (Le) Poisson Rouge (7/1/08)
Official Site: Kathleen Supove

Roland Li is a new addition to the MajorWho team. His personal blog is ÜberDrivel.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Two of my favorite artists, both of whom we're working with very closely, are performing at 9PM tomorrow (Tuesday 7/22) at two different venues. I'll just put them both out there and you can decide which one you'd want to go to if you're around and inclined.

The first is pianist Kathleen Supove at (le) Poisson Rouge. Kathy will perform THE OTHER PIANO, a large, meditative new work by Morton Subotnick, with special guest Morton Subotnick, and music from emerging New York composers Missy Mazzoli and Anna Clyne. Also appearing: Laptop artist Morgan Packard and video artist Joshue Ott.

The other show is the lovely and brilliant Paula Valstein at the Canal Room. Beautiful voice, beautiful songs, amazing vibes. Honest and inspiring songwriting and performance - 'simply mesmerizing', says me.

That's it. Take your pick. Both different. Both great. Both at 9PM.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Infamous Stringdusters, AT&T Blue Room Session

I'm recording these guys right now for the AT&T Blue Room shoot. Amazing! We've been privileged to work with so many great artists.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Radiohead House Of Cards video

This is beautiful. 3D plotting technology.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Kathleen Supove and Jonathan Kane at le Poisson Rouge

Happy Fourth of July!!!

le Poisson Rouge is my new favorite venue. They've done an incredible job designing a beautiful space, with a great sound system, comfortable vibe, and friendly staff. I'll be attending many more shows there.

What an amazing show this was. Supove played a program of really cool compositions that included Randall Woolf, Frederick Rzewski, and Jacob TV. Shown here is a clip of 'Same Sky' by Carolyn Yarnell. The piece features a beautiful projected video shown here in the clip.

Downtown New York city legend Jonathan Kane and his band February followed. These guys were stunning. Riffing traditional blues grooves that grew steadily into a beautiful explosion of sound. Vintage guitars and amps, and about the most amazing drummer I've seen since Buddy Rich. Hints of Velvet Underground too. Here's a clip of them performing on WFMU, my favorite radio station.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ

Todd Alsup and Paula Valstein enjoying a brief moment between their sets at the very classy Mattison Park. Todd and Paula both performed last weekend at the Wave Gathering Music Festival in Asbury Park. Unfortunately we don't have any shots of Alec Gross, but he assures us the video is spectacular. Everyone had great gigs and enjoyed the company of many Asbury Park locals and good friends.

Todd also performed on Sunday night at Georgie's in AP to a very enthusiastic crowd and they booked him on the spot for another gig later this summer.

Another part of the Wave Gathering Festival was a series of panel discussions. Our good friend Steve Greenwell sat on a panel to discuss recording and producing, while MajorWho's James Walsh took part in a panel on artist development with Ron Haney (Near Records), Colie Brice (AERIA Records), and Mark Swersky (The Melody Club/Sony Music Publishing). Panels were great and very informative..

Asbury Park, for all of its musical history, is still in its development stages and is undergoing a number of changes. The town is seeing a great deal of investment that will hopefully spur growth. There is a small group of dedicated people who are working hard to develop new cultural opportunities for the town - restaurants, clubs, music venues. We'll be watching closely to see how things take shape. Special thank you's go out to Gordon Brown and Scott Stamper for all their effort making MajorWho artists feel welcome.

Todd Alsup @ Billboard

Here's Todd Alsup @ Billboard for an in-studio performance and interview. Todd performed an acoustic version of "The Good Fight" (which you can hear on our jukebox to the right and on his myspace) and then gave a short interview. The footage will be available shortly on Billboard's website and we will keep you posted when they post it.

Todd wasn't the only artist that day to play the Billboard Cafe - just before we arrived English soul singer/songwriter Adele performed. If you haven't heard her, check her out. She's one of the hottest artists on one of the hottest labels (XL) right now.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Asbury Park - Wave Gathering Music Festival

MajorWho is heading to the beach this weekend for the Wave Gathering Music Festival in Asbury Park. Like MajorWho, this two year old festival is focusing its energies on emerging artists. We will have our own showcase stage at Mattison Park featuring three MajorWho artists as well as performances from a few local acts.

Mattison Park
649 Mattison Ave
Asbury Park, NJ

The MAJORWHO stage sponsored by Dropcards
Saturday June 21st, 2008

1:15pm Keith McCarthy
1:50pm Alec Gross (MajorWho)
2:30pm tba
3:05pm Paula Valstein (MajorWho)
3:45pm Todd Alsup (MajorWho)
4:30pm Beth Arentsen

Go to Asbury Park Music to vote for MajorWho artists, Todd Alsup (181), Alec Gross (3), and Paula Valstein (148).

Additional Asbury Park gigs:

Todd Alsup
June 20, 10:15 PM Twisted Tree Cafe
June 22, 10:00 PM Georgie's

Alec Gross
June 22, 1 PM Carmine's w/Arlan Feiles

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Elan Vytal aka Dj Scientific

DJ Scientific is at it again this time with his new 'Life Force' EP. Check out the new video 'Feelin Like'. It's getting a great response from local djs and is being pushed to radio/satellite and internet stations across the globe.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


While no one here at MajorWho has ever eaten at Bojangles, we are nonetheless great fans of chicken - grilled, fried, buffalo style, and even in nugget format.

If the singer of this jingle sounds familiar to you, you're not crazy. It's none other than Alec Gross.

While you're here, check out "Can't Seem To Sleep," Alec's latest, on the MajorWho reverbnation jukebox.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Alec Gross Wins AGAIN on Sirius!

Alec is triumphant once again and to the victor belong the spoils!

As a featured performer on Jim Breur's (best known for playing a goat on SNL) show on Sirius, Alec was pitted against other local performers. Listeners (who are called "the hammers") call in with their votes and the judges add theirs. Yesterday was the second time Alec has done this show and the second time that Alec won.

Alec performed a full band version of his latest song "Can't Seem To Sleep." You can hear the completed version on Alec's Myspace page.

Sirius Satellite: The best radio on radio.

From Left: Jim Breuer, Alec Gross, Pete Correale
How I miss thee...

Monday, May 19, 2008

It' All About Chocolate

Chris Wood, Oliver Wood, Kenny Wollesen, John Medeski

I caught The Wood Brothers at the Bowery Ballroom the other night and it was thoroughly amazing. Their new album 'Loaded' is out on Blue Note. Produced by John Medeski, it's chock full of wonderful songs blending blues, folk & rock, harking more to the traditional side of those genres. Oliver Wood's voice is beautiful and enchanting. Amos Lee guest sings at the show and on the record.

I went to check out the credits on the album and guess what? Jennifer Choi plays violin on it!

Speaking of Jenny Choi, here's a clip of Jenny and Randy Woolf in the studio last week with several esteemed members of the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC) giving a lecture and demonstration to the Road Recovery kids. They played a segment from a Schubert Quartet in a whole bunch of different styles to show off what the strings can do. The kids are writing a song that Major Who will produce utilizing these strings from the SONYC. Randy (on Jenny's right) will help orchestrate and arrange them. All of this is made possible by a grant from Randy's 'Music Alive' residency with Meet The Composer.

Kronos Quartet is playing Randy's arrangement of 'Round Midnight' a lot these days (track produced by Major Who). Also, check out the premier of Randy's piece 'Blues for Black Hoodies' at The Kitchen next Tuesday, May 27th, SONYC performs.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gene Bowen of Road Recovery receives National Child Labor Committee Lewis Hine Award

Congratulations to our friend Gene Bowen on his receiving the National Child Labor Committee Lewis Hine Award. This award is given to those individuals who do outstanding work on behalf of the health and safety of children, especially those who are at risk. The award could not have gone to a more deserving recipient. We are always amazed by the energy and commitment Gene has to making the world a better place.

More information about the organization and its programs can be found at:

For more information about Road Recovery, check out their website.

Gary Stewart, iTunes, Diane Birch

I was in LA recently attending a seder with Gary Stewart, former head of A&R at Rhino who is now head of A&R at iTunes. I thoroughly enjoyed hanging with him. Gary was the king of reissues at Rhino back in the day and was responsible for turning people on to tons of amazing legacy music during the 80s and 90s. He produced many of my favorite box sets including 'Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968'. Gary is a close mutual friend of Steve Greenberg's, whom I've had the pleasure of doing a lot of work for over the years.

Speaking of which, I'm deep into the vocal production of Diane Birch's debut album for Greenberg's S-Curve Records. This is the first project I've worked with Steve on since Joss Stone. Diane's talent is true and deep. These are trying times in the music business but the combination of an amazing talent like Diane with Steve's genius for song creation and promotion is very powerful. Keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed.

Major Who has been incredibly busy lately, so much so that we've put out a job ad for an administrator / assistant manager. Taking on another employee is a bold move in these times, but we just can't handle the workload by ourselves anymore. What's really interesting is the flood of e-mails and resumes that have come in since posting the ad. We're overwhelmed with going through and picking out the qualified candidates. The job market must be really tight right now because we're getting a lot of extremely qualified applicants. It's going to be difficult to choose. The primary purpose of the position is to have someone full time to work the catalog and find licensing opportunities for our songs and artists.

If you're up near the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut, go hear Paula Valstein opening up for Colin Hay tonight. It'll be a great show.

Friday, April 25, 2008

It doesn't get any better than this!

MajorWho could not be more excited about this....

IT'S FREE CONE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's really, really simple people. You go to Ben and Jerry's, you get a FREE CONE.

This is truly the greatest country in the world.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Jakob Dylan,Tom Morello, Perry Farrell and more at the Road Recovery 10th Anniversary Show at Nokia Theatre, NYC, 4/17/08.

Wow- We at MajorWho are so proud of Gene Bowen, Jack Bookbinder, all the Road Recovery staff and mentors and especially the youth of the Crazy James Band, Henry Ittleson Center and the Hawthorn Center youth. The Road Recovery 10th Anniversary Show at Nokia Theatre, NYC, 4/17/08 was a huge success. Its an honor for us to work as mentors with this organization and we encourage everyone and anyone interested in giving a little something back to check them out and get involved!

This show was even more than I could have imagined. There are so many phone camera pictures and references it will take me weeks to sort through, but lets just say that Slash from Guns N' Roses , Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Joseph Arthur, MC5 founder Wayne Kramer, Jakob Dylan, Jimmy Gnecco and OURS, Dennis Leary (who rocked the crowd with 'I'm An Asshole':)), and the unexpected highlight of my evening Cypress Hill's SEN DOG getting the thousands in attendance to Jump, Jump, Jump- ROCKED the crowd hard for four plus hours in honor of Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary celebration. By far the best night out we've had in a long time!! A special thanks to Tom Morello and The Justice tour!

James Walsh & Mary Guilbert

I was also able to hang a bit with some of my favorite people over the course of the evening- including Mary Guilbert whom I have the honor of running around SXSW with along with the rest of the MajorWho/ Fun Palace / Road Recovery crew. When we were in Austin this last March we got the news that Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah was the number one download on iTunes after its appearance on American Idol by Jason Castro. A very special moment for a proud mom...

I'll do my best to put together a journal of the evening, but honestly- there were dozens of highlights that we will never forget- including:

  • Perry Farrell singing "Pets" and "Mountain Song" backed by Tom Morello and Jerry Cantrell on guitars.
  • Slash, Morello and Jerry Cantrell joining Wayne Kramer for the MC5's vintage "Kick Out the Jams."
  • Jerry Cantrell featuring Slash on Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"
  • Tom Morello playing on the Alice In Chains staple "Brother".
  • Jerry Cantrell singing Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak," with Tom Morello and Slash on guitars.
  • Sen Dog of Cypress Hill doing multiple stage dives while backed by Morello, Slash and Farrell during performances of "Insane the Brain" and "Rock Superstar," as well as a version of House Of Pain's "Jump Around,"
  • Wayne Kramer pogo dancing during Sen Dogs set.
  • Perry Farrell singing Stevie Wonders "Superstition" with Wayne Kramer, Slash and Morello on guitars.
  • Jakob Dylan joined by Tom Morello, etc.. for Sam Cooke's "Bring It All Home" and "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," which he dedicated to "The Nightwatchman" (Tom Morello's alter ego).
  • Slash closing out the set with Paradise City sung by Perry Farrell and Jimmy Gnecco and joined by everyone onstage including the Crazy James Band- a complete free for all!
Cell Phones w/ video cameras + YOUTUBE + BLOGS = instant gratification!!

Jerry Cantrell and Slash playing Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"

Perry Farrell sings "Mountain Song"

Everyone performs "Paradise City" - Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) on vocals!

Jerry Cantrell sings "Jailbreak" w/Slash on lead guitar

Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, Jerry Cantrell play "Kick out the Jams"

Sen Dog, Slash, Perry Farrell, Tom Morello play "Jump Around"