Today we look back to January 6, 2004…

Billy and Liza Join Crucial Reggae in Jam Cruise Tune Up

A number of shows took place this past weekend in Florida featuring performers preparing to embark on the Jam Cruise, which left the docks today. On Sunday at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Bill Nershi and Liza Oxnard opened for Peter Rowans Crucial Reggae. During the course of the evening, Oxnard and Jillian Nershi performed with Rowan and Co. on No Woman No Cry while Bill Nershi added lap steel guitar throughout the groups set. While much of this performance focussed on reggae, Rowan also encored with a solo version of his composition Midnight Moonlight.

The Former James T Kirk Releases Live Disc

TJ Kirk, which reunited at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco at the end of December, will release a live disc later this month. However Talking Only Makes It Worse is not drawn from these two shows but rather from a 1997 performance. TJ Kirk, originally called James T. Kirk before Universal Pictures which owns the rights to the Star Trek character asserted itself, features Charlie Hunter on 8-string, John Schott and Will Bernard on guitars and drummer Scott Amendola. The cover of Talking Only Makes It Worse presents images of James Brown, Thelonious Monk and Rahsaan Roland Kirk whose music the group covers.

John Langenstein Donates Phish Posters To Station Family Fund

Phish Director of Security John Langenstein has donated a number of Phish concert posters from his personal collection to an auction that will benefit the Station Family Fund. This nonprofit organization was founded to offer aid to those people directly affected by the fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, RI. In addition, the String Cheese Incident, with whom Langenstein also works, has donated On The Road CD packages and signed items to the auction which is taking place with the assistance of the Mimi Fishman Foundation. Bidding continues through January 25.

Rob Wasserman Touring With Particle

Rob Wasserman has signed on to open the southern run of Particle’s winter tour#. Wasserman will offer a solo bass performance at each gig beginning with Particle’s show at the Social in Orlando on February 2nd and onward through February 23rd. It is likely that Wasserman will perform with Particle at many of these dates just as he did during the band’s 3rd Anniversary show at Los Angeles El Ray Theater this past October 4. Particle boards the Jam Cruise today.