Life sucks for hippies without The Band and the Grateful Dead. Good thing San Francisco jam band Tea Leaf Green is around to combine the sounds of those two legendary bands. TLG brings spirited keyboard licks, funky guitar riffs, and soft vocals to the table, singing about shit like gardens and being a flower. Weird song topics aside, their talent has earned them a Jammy Award (yes, such an award exists) for Song of the Year in 2006. And in the past few years, they've opened for Gov't Mule and the Dave Matthews Band, which means they really know how to throw down. Their rapidly growing fan base — hippies and schoolteachers who often tape the band's live performances — has allowed them to progress from playing small gigs to huge festivals. Apparently, TLG has retreated to playing small gigs — at least this time around, anyway. If you couldn't catch Phish out on tour, then don't miss TLG. They're a fairly close second as far as the quality of a solid jam sesh goes.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.