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Langerado by Night
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
As longtime frontman for Phish, Trey Anastasio was seen as both a rock 'n' roll god and as the second coming of Jerry Garcia by legions of jam-band fans during the group's 21-year tenure. At the height of Phish's success, in 2004, however, the crew disbanded, and Anastasio basically retired minus a few guest appearances each year around the country. So for him to show up and play two shows in two nights is remarkable, and diehard fans that don't get close enough to him at Langerado should enjoy his more intimate set at Revolution.
Tags: Rockin', Mellow, Stoner Friendly, Living Legend
North Mississippi Allstars Hometown: Hernando, Mississippi
The Dickinson brothers are the heart of the North Mississippi Allstars and crank out contemporary Southern blues while Chris Chew swings a heavy ax. The band has been going strong since 1996, even garnering a Grammy nomination in 2000, and reached a jamtastic milestone with its live set at 2004's Bonnaroo Festival. The guys play with Robert Randolph and John Spencer occasionally so you know that backwoods blues is in their DNA. Look out for some electric cigar-box guitar action and some full-throttle boogie.
Tags: Rockin', Funk/Soul, Blues
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
The name of this four-man posse of Southern musicians implies that audiences can jam out to its music endlessly. And part of that is true the band is known for its rolling sets and college-town hippie vibe. But it's also got a strong rock component that thrashers and lovers of four-chord, loud, simple hard rock should dig as well. That combination of laid-back instrumentation and powerful production should work to the band members' benefit. By the time they take the stage in the wee hours of Monday morning at the Culture Room, it's going to take a perpetual groove to keep fans on their feet.
Tags: Rockin', Mellow, Stoner Friendly
The Slip Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
A wily bass/drums/guitar trio that refuses to stick to any one style, the Slip seems determined to ingratiate itself with fans who understand where the lines between post-jazz and jam blur together. However, on its latest effort, Eisenhower, the Montreal/Boston-based group has set its sights on pop not unlike Gomez's recent efforts. The Slip has retained its quirky edge, though, thanks to its understated delivery. Expect lots of variety live.
Tags: Rockin', Loud
Langerado Late Nite starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, with Trey Anastasio at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (sold out). It continues Saturday, March 10, with North Mississippi Allstars and the Slip at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20. On Sunday, March 11, Perpetual Groove plays at the Culture Room. The show starts at 11 p.m. Tickets cost $17.