There is a natural need to fill the void created by the demise of jam bands such as Phish and The Dead (who have vowed not to go on tour again, though Bob Weir continues to soldier on), and there are several new artists who are more than willing to try and take on the challenge. Among these is California’s Tea Leaf Green, a group of young musicians formed by Ben Chambers (bass and vocals), Josh Clark (guitar/vocals), Trevor Garrod (keys/vocals) and Scott Rager (drums). In true jam-band tradition, they make the recordings of their past gigs available for download on their Web site in MP3 format, and have also posted their complete set lists online as well. In a few years’ time, they have earned a following that has taken them from small bars to much larger venues in support of the likes of Trey Anastasio and Dave Mathews band. Their musical growth has been documented on an upcoming live CD and DVD, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” (SCI Fidelity Records), which was directed by Justin Kreutzmann (the son of Greatful Dead’s Billy Kreutzmann). On the disc, we see and hear the band during a performance at The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado, and also get to catch a glimpse of how it feels to be in a band who hasn’t made the big time yet, but that it is well aware that it just might. (Ernest Barteldes)
October 21 at Vic Theatre.