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About five years ago, Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks realized that the current model of the music industry wasn't working. After pondering the possibility of a new alternative to that model, he had a vision of an online music community where people could see and hear live shows with outstanding audio and video quality from the privacy of their homes. That vision, which seemed so futuristic just a few short years ago, has come to life. The time has come for Moogis.

Yes, it's true, Moogis is here! The website at is up and running and taking subscriptions for the entire upcoming Beacon run. With this year's Beacon shows marking the 40th Anniversary of the ABB, you know these shows are going to be epic, and with Moogis you can see every show for less than the airfare to New York! Imagine seeing all the special guests and legendary performances as they happen, every memorable moment and exciting jam, without having to wait in line at the bathroom or put up with the obnoxious guy in the seat next to you spilling his beer in your lap.

The band has some special surprises up their sleeve for this run, but of course Butch isn't letting the cat out of the bag. "I won't reveal who'll be jamming with us, because we like to keep those types of things a surprise," says Trucks. "But I know it's going to be one of the epic music events of the ages."

Besides being able to watch the shows live, in real time, on your computer or TV, the shows will be archived and you will be able to watch them any time you want over the next six months. Besides the Beacon, Moogis members get access to all kinds of rare audio and video of the Allman Brothers, including the historic Piedmont Park show from 2007. Click here to see a video with Butch Trucks himself explaining what Moogis is and what he hopes it will become.

Going forward, Moogis hopes to build a real online community where people can interact and share the live music experience with each other. They are planning on wiring six different clubs throughout the country for live Moogis broadcasts, a different one every day of the week. In other words, if you thought Moogis was just about the Allman Brothers Band, think again. Be sure to check Moogis out in the social graph where you can connect with other Moogis fans, discuss and share great content, and be the first to know about new events, videos and other cool stuff as soon as it's available!

Click here to sign up for a subscription and find out more about this exciting new way to experience live music!

Festival lovers rejoice! Yes, tickets are now on sale for Mountain Jam V, and this year's lineup is surely the best yet, featuring the ONLY Northeast festival appearance by the Allman Brothers Band! Of course, there will be many other great bands, most of them making their first Mountain Jam appearance, like the ABB. HTN cover boy Ray LaMontagne will be one of a handful of repeat performers, with the Derek Trucks Band, Railroad Earth, Tea Leaf Green, Richie Havens, Jackie Greene, and Porter, Batiste and Stoltz among the new artists at this year's festival.

Warren Haynes is a true Renaissance man, and in many ways Mountain Jam is the ultimate jewel in his crown. A great songwriter, singer, bandleader, and guitarist, a few years back he added yet another title to his resume - festival host. Anyone who has been to Warren's Xmas Jam knows he is the host with the most, and you can expect to see him sit in with anybody and everybody over the course of the weekend.

Speaking of Warren, here is a radio interview with him talking about the festival.

And here is an audio preview of the festival, for your listening pleasure.

Besides all the great music, words can't do justice to the wonderful natural setting of Hunter Mountain. You couldn't ask for a better place to hear music! Even though the Catskills are very different from the swamps of Florida, we can't help but think of Wanee, both in the natural beauty and in the fact that there are real bathrooms, restaurants, and other amenities right there on site.

Hittin' the Note will be back, of course, manning our booth and serving up discount subscriptions and the finest in music merch. We had a great time last year, and wild horses couldn't keep us away from this year's event! Thanks to both Warren and the good folks at WDST Radio Woodstock for putting on such a fine event and allowing us to be part of it. Look for our booth near the Main Stage by the Not Fade Away booth.

Click here to order early bird tickets, or here for the main Mountain Jam website, and we'll see you on the mountain!

For those of you who can't wait that long to get your groove on, come on down to Macon, GA, on February 7th for the historic, first-ever public performance of new supergroup Trigger Hippy! This all-star band features guitarist Audley Freed and drummer Steve Gorman from the Black Crowes, bassist Nick Govrik, and Widespread Panic axe-slinger Jimmy Herring. You may remember this quote from our recent article on Jimmy Herring in Hittin' the Note #59...

"I've even been talking to some other well-known people who are talking about putting together a rock and roll band; I can't say who it is yet because it's not even confirmed." - Jimmy Herring

Sounds like he was talking about Trigger Hippy, which should be quite a band! Guitar freaks will hyperventilate over seeing Freed and Herring trade licks, and Steve Gorman is one of rock's best drummers, the unsung secret weapon of the Black Crowes. In a recent Jambase interview about the sound of the group, Gorman said "It's backbeat jammin'. We've got some Freddie King, Al Green, Koko Taylor, Little Feat, Neil Young, Beatles, and really anything in this realm is fair game." Sounds good to us!

We're excited and honored that the first ever Trigger Hippy gig will be a benefit for the Big House Museum, and will take place at the beautiful Cox Capitol Theatre in downtown Macon. If you can't make it, you will be happy to hear that the band plans to record the show and stream it on their upcoming website. Click here to buy tickets, and here to find out more about the Big House. See you there!

Thanks so much for your support in 2008! All of us at Hittin' the Note look forward to celebrating 2009 and the Allman Brothers Band 40th Anniversary!

The Staff at Hittin' the Note magazine and merchandise!
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