Frank Zappa, Baaba Maal, Jack Johnson, Lee Kottke & Mike Gordon, Widespread Panic and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals took top honors at the Sixth Annual Jammys Awards Show and All-Star Concert, held last night in New York at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix Magazine, and presented by Saturn, The Sixth Annual Jammys kicked off the inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, which continues through Sunday at more than 30 of New York's premier music venues.
Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon took home the Jammy for Studio Album of the Year for Sixty Six Steps, while Widespread Panic took home the trophy for the Vonage Live Album of the Year, for Live at Myrtle Beach. Vermont blues-rock newcomer Grace Potter and her band the Nocturnals won the New Groove of the Year Jammy, the ceremony's best new artist trophy.
Hosted by Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, this year's concert featured yet another list of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. Some of the highlights: Folk hero Richie Havens performed his Woodstock hit "Freedom" with The Mutaytor ensemble. Blues Traveler paired up DJ Logic on a couple tracks, before bringing soul woman Bettye LaVette into the fold for Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride." Béla Fleck and The Flecktones teamed with jazz vet McCoy Tyner and dance star Savion Glover. Guitar hero Joe Satriani and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins performed with Steve Kimock and Grace Potter on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer," while the Rhythm Devils (aka Hart and Kreutzmann) took the stage for a segment that also featured Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Mike Gordon of Phish and The Mutaytor, and featured a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile," among other songs. Guster paired with arena rock icon Peter Frampton and Martin Sexton for Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do," moe. teamed with Mad Professor on the Clash's "Guns of Brixton," and Little Feat performed with Charlie Musselwhite, former Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin and reggae royalty Stephen and Ky-Mani Marley on Bob Marley's "Jammin'." The finale found Little Feat leading an all-ensemble through their own Dixie Chicken and Bob Marley's "One Love," featuring a guest appearance from Kanye West protégé Consequence, as well as return appearances by Satriani, Fleck, Frampton, and many others.
Frank Zappa was posthumously presented the Lifetime Achievement Award, following previous winners Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, the Meters, the Grateful Dead and B.B. King. Zappa was honored with a special "Zappa Does Zappa" segment featuring the music pioneer's son, Dweezil, his former singer, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Chick Corea and Umphrey's McGee's Jake Cinninger, among others. The segment included the songs "Inca Roads" and "Florentine Pogen."
African music star Baaba Maal, was presented with the Jammys first World Music award, presented to him by the African-born former NBA star Minute Bol.
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jack Johnson was presented with the inaugural Green Apple Award for his Kokua Hawaii Foundation, his nonprofit organization supporting environmental education programs and school recycling efforts in his native Hawaii. The foundation also sponsors curriculum development in Oahu public schools, among other things. Johnson accepted the award via video from Hawaii, where his third annual event, the Kokua Festival, was being held. The festival is a benefit that brings together environmental organizations, eco-friendly businesses, musicians, artists, teachers, and community leaders to promote environmental awareness in Hawaii. All proceeds go to Kokua Hawaii Foundation.
Fellow winners also included Tea Leaf Green for Song of the Year ("Taught to be Proud"). DVD of the Year went to No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese's documentary on Bob Dylan, while Phi