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Published: 2006/12/15
by Mike Greenhaus

Auld Lang Syne Set 2:Bob Weir, Victor Wooten, Umphreys McGee, Marco Benevento and more

Once again a year has come and gone too quickly and, once again, we are left with twelve months of music to sort through. For the second year in a row, we asked a number of our favorite musicians, managers and industry gurus to talk about their favorite albums, bands and performances. Look for a new set each week in December (be sure to take a look at Set One, if you havent done so yet).
BOB WEIR

_What will you remember most about 2006? _
The election. I thought that this country was going to hell in a bucket, but America seems to be pulling out of its tailspin. Its going to take a lot more work, but at least people are tired of being lied to and thats a huge step in the right direction. _Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
Thats gonna be a rough one for me, but I think RatDogs gonna do real well in 2007. _What was your favorite show in 2006? _
For us, its probably up around 100 shows. I cant really remember. _What album comes up most often in your iTunes (or CD player)? _
I dont listen to albums. I have what used to be the fat one, now they have an 80 GB iPod, and its nearly full. I just keep it on shuffle and listen to what comes up. Theres a lot of classical music on it, a lot of jazz music on it, but not a whole lot of pop music.

JAMIE MCLEAN (DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, JAMIE MCLEAN BAND)

_What will you remember most about 2006? _
Leaving the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to tour and record full time with Jamie McLean Band.

_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
The Slip
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Eric Clapton at MSG. He can still play and sing his ass off. The band was cooking and Derek was just smoking every tune in the set. *_In the last year what album has appeared most often in your itunes
(or CD Player)? _*
The Stax Boxed Set, Los Lobos-_Kiko_, and Wilco-_Kicking Television_ *STEVE BERNSTEIN (_RELIX_, REX FOUNDATION) *

_What will you remember most about 2006? _
The proliferation of ‘seniors’ comeback tours

_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _ Toubab Krewe Why? Listen to them….

_What is your favorite show in 2006? _
I was lucky enough to catch Victor Wooten’s band in Rochester this year. They KILLED it. What a talented band of brothers (literally).
_In the last year what album has appeared most often in your itunes (or CD Player)? _
A few I have not stopped listening to: the Essential T-Bone Burnett album, Abigail Washburn, and the new moe. album, The Conch.
NOAH CHERNIN (SAM CHAMPION)
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
How far out of touch I became with modern music. Rediscovering the Beatles is such a joy. It far outweights keeping up. I think it also helps creative types keep more creative. You gotta go where you gotta go and stay off Stereogum.com!
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
Sam Champion.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
The Comas at Pianos. Late night show, free party. All the hits.
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
Harry Nilsson’s Son Of Schmilsson. *ANDY BERNSTEIN (HEADCOUNT, PHARMERS ALMANAC) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _ Getting HeadCount going again really defined the year for me personally. I was very proud of the team we assembled and what we accomplished. Hopefully, it’s a next step toward something bigger in the future. The fact that congress changed hands on fewer than 5,000 votes really validates the importance of what we do.

_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _ Toubab Krewe. Nothing like watching a band on the rise. They’re the quintessential buzz band right now.
_What was your favorite show of 2006? _ David Gilmour at Radio City. When the lasers came on during ‘Echoes’ I think I made some involuntary noises. Blew away the Roger Waters show at MSG a few months later.
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes (or CD player)? _ The Beta Band’s Greatest Hits. *MARCO BENEVENTO (THE BENEVENTO/RUSSO DUO) *

_What will you remember most about 2006? _
Being at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey with Russo, Trey, Mike Gordon, Phil Lesh and the entire Benevento Family

_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
The Slip
What was your favorite show in 2006
The Slip, Benevento/Russo Duo, and My Morning Jacket, the Electric Factory, PA [12/1/06]
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
Ornette Coleman, Soapsuds, Soapsuds
SUPER DEE (JAMBASE)
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
2006 is the year that we Americans waited for the other shoe to drop whether it be from our feisty Mother Nature or from the people that hate us from abroad. While nasty conflicts continue in the Middle East, folks here at home stood in line for three days for video games. We lost Syd Barrett and gained Suri Cruise. Our government has seemingly turned blue for the time being, which works for me!
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
My Morning Jacket
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Radiohead at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes (or CD player)? _
The Slip – Eisenhower
ROB MARSCHER (ADDISON GROOVE PROJECT)
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
I got married this year and so did two other members of Addison Groove Project, as well as our manager and tour manager. Big wedding season.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
I’m really not sure on this one. Seems like the Greyboy Allstars are back touring and are releasing a new album. I’d recommend seeing them if you haven’t, before. AGP will be doing a series 10th Anniversary shows this spring, and with lead singer/guitarist Brendan McGinn getting neck-deep in med school, it might be the last time to see us play for a long time.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Radiohead at Bonnaroo – I had been wanting to see them live for an extremely long time, but it hadn’t worked out until this summer. I got the chills and I really like their new songs. Although I have to say that the Greenhaus birthday gig on the Rocks Off boat that I did as a duo with drummer Conor Elmes and special guest Josh Baron is a close second. ;)
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
This year the winner wasSufjan Stevens – Illinois
HOWIE SCHNEE (CEG, LIONS DEN)
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
The Democrats taking the House and Senate back

_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _ The CodeTalkers
_ What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Mike Keneally Duo at CODA in June
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
Peter Gabriels _Secret World Live _
FUZZ (ROLLA, DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT)

_What will you remember most about 2006? _
Standing on stage in front of thousands of people at Gathering of the Vibes GOTV and having Martin Sexton whisper in my ear from behind, Mind if I do the reach around?
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _

Animal Collective
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
I dont go to many shows other than my own, but out of the few I caught, I really liked Wilco in Montreal in July and I had fun at my buddy Stephen Kelloggs show at the Paradise in October.
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
Cassandra Wilson Thunderbird *KEVIN MORRIS (SCI FIDELITY RECORDS/MADISON HOUSE) *
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
JazzFest and my cab ride tour of New Orleans
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
Jonah Smith and Paolo Nutini
_What was your favorite performance in 2006? _
Andre Agassi, night session, U.S Open vs. Bagdadis. Does that count?
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
Wilco, Kicking Television
JEFF MILLER (NEW MONSOON)

_What will you remember most about 2006? _
Going back to play Alaska.

_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
I’m desperately trying to go see Clapton with Derek Trucks. Other than that, I think there are many great bands to see in 2007 including Hot Buttered Rum, Railroad Earth, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Umphrey’s MGee, and RAQ. Geez there are so many good bands out there!
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Tom Petty at Austin City Limits
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
David Gilmour’s latest _On an Island _
ED HARRIS (LAKE TROUT)
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
All my friends breaking up with their girlfriends
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
UmmAloha?
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
Entourage/_The Wire_ tied
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
Led Zeppelin-_Physical Graffitis_ ‘The Rover’ on repeatthen _Houses of
The Holy_ on repeat.
RYAN STASIK (UMPHREY’S MCGEE)

_What will you remember most about 2006? _ Playing alongside Victor Wooten…listening to Joshua Redman rip it up…meeting Pete
Townshend before an Omega Moos show in Chicago…setting sail on Jam Cruise.

_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
Dragonette, Genesis in Europe and hopefully they will come to the U.S.A.
_What was your favorite show of 2006? _
Guns N’ Roses, Damien Rice, Damien Marley, and R Kelly
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
The New Deal-_Gone, Gone, Gone_, Brazilian Girls, The Best of Benny Goodman, and Genesis-_Platinum Collection_
ETHAN SCHWARTZ (LANGERADO)
_What will you remember most about 2006? _
I should say something important here to make myself sound smarter than I really am, like the Democrats taking control of the House and Senate or something like that. But the most memorable thing to me was the 2nd night 2nd set of Camp Bisco. Being with
my wife and a great group of friends in the Catskills Mountains during the House Dog sandwich just reminded me how much I love that band and going to see live music, in general.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
I am just blown away by Explosions in the Sky every time I listen to them. I’ll be in the middle of something and they come on and I just have to stop everything I am doing. They are dangerous to listen to when you are driving.
_What was your favorite show in 2006? _
The Secret Machines at Langerado. Just a complete rock and roll show from beginning to end – amazing lights, incredible sounds… the whole package. A close second would be Guns N’ Roses. Who besides Axl Rose has the balls to not even go onstage at an arena until 11:30 at night? Oh, and the 4th season of the Wire. The best show ever on television. Prove me wrong.
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes? _
The Beatles – Abbey Road, Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Grandaddy – Sumday, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Pig Lib, David Cross – Shup Up, You Fucking Baby

VICTOR WOOTEN

_What will you remember most about 2006? _
One of the biggest things was the Acoustic Planet tour with other
Bands. That was really unique tour and really fun tour.
_Who will be the band to see in 2007? _
I’m going to say the Lee Boys. They’re real people playing real music and
right now they’re still playing because they absolutely love it.
_What was your favorite show of 2006? _
A week with Chick Corea at the Blue Note that I got to play. I have to give
you two, though. I also got to play School Days with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller in New York City
_What album comes up most often in your iTunes or CD player? _
Hannah Montana, Radio Disney, because of my nine year.
Senior Editor Mike Greenhaus stores his typos at www.greenhauseffect.com. Special thanks to Randy Ray for the extra eyes and Taylor Hill for Weirs wisdom

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