The Merry Minstrel Musical Circus: A Holiday Gathering & Goodwill Jamathon

The Merry Minstrel Musical Circus: A Holiday Gathering & Goodwill Jamathon (8:30 PM)

Jonathan Wilson

Mike Campbell & Friends

Bob Weir

Jackson Browne

Benmont Tench

Thu, December 20, 2012

7:30 pm


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This event is all ages

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The Merry Minstrel Musical Circus: A Holiday Gathering & Goodwill Jamathon - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Merry Minstrel Musical Circus: A Holiday Gathering & Goodwill Jamathon




[Los Angeles, CA-Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Los Angeles, CA] Jonathan Wilson recently announced his first annual Merry Minstrel Musical Circus, A Holiday Gathering and Goodwill Jamathon benefit concert. Jonathan has teamed up with Mike Campbell to create a special evening of music amongst friends at the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 20 and is now pleased to announce that Bob Weir, Jackson Browne and Benmont Tench will join this very special event. All proceeds from the benefit concert will go to Little Kids Rock and the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund.

Conceived as an event to allow for unique collaboration and interplay amongst friends, Jonathan and Mike have invited a very special group of musical guests to participate. The original idea for the event's format arose from the weekly jam sessions that Wilson used to host at his former studio in Laurel Canyon.

Jonathan met Mike this summer while he and his band were supporting Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on their European tour. The two began discussing playing together earlier this fall and when Wilson proposed the idea of Mike being involved with a holiday jam benefit concert, the two began exploring the concept and inviting friends to be involved

The Merry Minstrel Musical Circus is an All Ages event. Tickets are on sale via the Troubadour website

About the Charities:

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers in their innovative curriculum while donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs. To date they have reached over 200,000 students.

Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund is a full-functioning animal rescue located in Los Angeles that focuses on seniors and the medically challenged. These dogs are cared for until a loving home can be found. Tazzy also provides community programs for pet owners struggling to care for their animals. Food, emergency medical care and free and low cost dog training are a few programs Tazzy offers.
Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson
*************ALL TICKETS WILL BE HONORED**********

“[Jonathan Wilson] brings back idyllic, delicately shaded landscapes and atmospheres that
encourage the mind to wander.”—NPR
Downtown Records is set to release Jonathan Wilson’s Fanfare on October 15. In
anticipation of the release, Paste is premiering the album track “Love to Love” at Fanfare features vocal and instrumental contributions from Graham
Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s
Patrick Sansone, and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, as well as Mike Campbell and Benmont
Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Fanfare follows the success of Jonathan
Wilson’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Gentle Spirit, which was hailed by SPIN as “intricately
produced and gently epic” and praised by Rolling Stone for its “gorgeously detailed folk-rock
ambles.” The Fanfare track “Dear Friend” is also available to be streamed and shared on
Soundcloud at
Jonathan Wilson recorded Fanfare with engineer Bryce Gonzales over a nine-month period at
Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Echo Park. British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several of the
songs on the album, which also features Wilson’s regular band members, Richard Gowen
(drums), Dan Horne (bass), Omar Velasco (guitar) and Jason Borger (piano/organ). “There is
a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and
passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue,” Wilson says.
“This is the way you keep the fanfares blowing. This is how you keep the energies interacting.”
The band is set to perform at Newport Presents Way Over Yonder in Santa Monica on
October 6, The Chapel in San Francisco on November 1 and the Troubadour in West
Hollywood on November 7.
Born and raised in North Carolina and now based in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los
Angeles, Jonathan Wilson arrived in Laurel Canyon in 2005 and is credited with helping to
revive the neighborhood’s once-legendary music scene. As a sought-after producer, Wilson’s
recent work includes albums by Father John Misty and Dawes.
Mike Campbell & Friends
Mike Campbell & Friends
Campbell was born in Panama City, Florida. He grew up there and in Jacksonville, Florida, where he graduated from Jean Ribault High School in 1968. At 16, he bought his first guitar, a cheap Harmony model, from a pawnshop. His first electric guitar was a $60 Goyatone. Like Tom Petty, Campbell drew his strongest influences from The Byrds and Bob Dylan, with additional inspiration coming from guitarists such as Scotty Moore, Luther Perkins, George Harrison, Carl Wilson, Jerry Garcia, Roger McGuinn, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, and Neil Young. The first song he learned to play was "Baby Let Me Follow You Down," a song which appeared on Dylan's eponymous debut album.

He formed a band named Dead or Alive which quickly disbanded. He first met Petty through Mudcrutch drummer Randall Marsh when they were auditioning him and he suggested his friend Mike to play rhythm guitar.
Campbell's autograph on a 1975 "Mudcrutch" 45.

Mudcrutch moved to L.A. and signed a record deal with Shelter Records, recording an album in 1974 that ended up being shelved. Campbell then joined Petty to found the original Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1975 along with Benmont Tench (keyboards), Ron Blair (bass guitar) and Stan Lynch (drums).
The Heartbreakers

Like the other players in the Heartbreakers, Campbell avoids the virtuoso approach to playing, preferring to have his work serve the needs of each song. Guitar World magazine noted "there are only a handful of guitarists who can claim to have never wasted a note. Mike Campbell is certainly one of them". He is a highly melodic player, often using two or three-strings-at-a-time leads instead of the more conventional one-at-a-time approach. "People have told me that my playing sounds like bagpipes," he muses. "I'm not exactly sure what that means." His estimation of his own style is typically modest: "I don't think people can really top Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton as far as lead guitar goes. I like my playing to bring out the songs." Like Tench, he is heavily involved in constructing the arrangements for the Heartbreakers' tunes. And also like Tench, he prefers rawness to polish in the studio and onstage.

Campbell co-produced the Heartbreakers albums Southern Accents, Pack Up the Plantation: Live!, Let Me Up (I've Had Enough), Into the Great Wide Open, She's the One, Echo, The Last DJ, The Live Anthology and Mojo, as well as the Petty solo albums Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, and Highway Companion.
Other projects

Outside the Heartbreakers, Campbell has co-written and performed on an array of songs including "The Boys of Summer" and "Heart of the Matter" (both with Don Henley). Other songwriting and performance credits include songs for The Blue Stingrays, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Lone Justice, Roger McGuinn, Tracy Chapman, Warren Zevon, George Harrison, Stevie Nicks, John Prine, Restless Sleeper, Patti Scialfa, Brian Setzer, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, The Williams Brothers and Robin Zander. He also produced four songs on Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl album and played guitar on The Wallflowers' "Sixth Avenue Heartache."[1]
Campbell performing live in Columbus, OH, June 2006

Mike Campbell now still tours and works on albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and is involved with a side band, The Dirty Knobs. "It's rougher-edged [than Petty's material]," Campbell says of the group. "It's slightly over-driven, less polished, lots of Sixties influence: The Kinks, Zeppelin, the Animals. It's something I probably should have done a long time ago, but I didn't 'cause I was wrapped up in the Heartbreakers." Some Dirty Knobs material has been recorded and they have more songs at the ready, but they're not shopping for a deal and are content to work occasional club gigs in Los Angeles.

A Mike Campbell solo album won't be released any time soon. He shrugs off the idea: "I wouldn't want to do an all-instrumental album because I like the songs and I like to hear singers. In the Heartbreakers I've got a great writer and a great singer to work with on my songs. Where else would I be able to find anyone who could match Tom Petty?"

"All of us in the band are very single minded about music. It's all we know how to do, and we're pretty much helpless in any other realm of life. If someone took all the bucks away, we'd just starve! (laughs) We'd be totally useless to civilization! Really, I'm a musician and that's what I do. I don't know what else I could or would do," Mike said in a 1999 interview with fans on

Petty continues to be impressed by Mike's playing ability, and he will catch himself looking over at Mike while he's soloing, thinking, "God, how does he do this? When he does [a solo], it kind of races through my head, 'Boy I like that!'" (WXRT Chicago Sound Opinions radio interview, April 15, 2003)

Campbell has been married to Marcie Campbell since March 24, 1974. They have had two daughters, Brie and Kelsey (the latter of whom provided vocals to the Full Moon Fever track "Zombie Zoo") and one son, Darian.
Bob Weir
Bob Weir
With a touring history that has made him one of the most traveled road musicians of all time and a restless music personality that has kept him occupied for over 50 years, Weir knows a thing or two about staying fresh and living in the moment. Although best known as one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, adding Dead staples such as "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Cassidy" to the band's catalog, Weir obtained a long and affluent music career that has allowed him to do what he loves and share it with others for nearly his entire life.
Born in 1947, Weir was adopted by a wealthy California engineer. As a teen, he secured his spot as one of the youngest members of the burgeoning folk scene that centered on a Palo Alto club called the Tangent—home to such future rock legends as Jerry Garcia, Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and Janis Joplin. In 1964, at the age of 17, Weir spent the majority of his time at a Palo Alto music store where Garcia taught guitar lessons. It wasn't long before Weir and Garcia, along with Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, formed a blues and folk outfit. Originally called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, the band was later renamed The Warlocks—adding Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzman to the lineup—and eventually came to be known as the Grateful Dead.
Weir's odd rhythm style developed as he played between the sweet articulated lead of Garcia and the avant-garde bass lines of Lesh. His songwriting developed as well, taking off particularly in the 1970s when he crossed paths with former pal John Perry Barlow. The two began producing songs in Weir's own distinctstyle, spurring a songwriting partnership that would last for years to come.
Even with the Dead playing close to 100 shows a year, Weir needed other musical outlets. 1972 brought the release of his first solo album, Ace, on which the rest of the Dead backed him. Throughout the rest of the 1970s Weir toured and recorded with a number of different groups, the first of which was Kingfish. After releasing an album with the band in 1976, Weir began a solo project with producer Keith Olsen called Heaven Help the Fool. A brief tour to support the album resulted in collaborations with various session players, including Brent Mydland (who would join the Dead in 1979), Bobby Cochran, Alphonso Johnson and Billy Cobham. Weir also briefly toured with a group as Bobby and the Midnites, producing two albums.
Throughout the late 1980s and during the first half of the 1990s, the Dead remained Weir's primary gig. Touring incessantly while all the while building up a community of "Deadheads," the band finally found commercial success with their 1987 album, In the Dark. When Garcia died in 1995, Weir had just recently formed RatDog with Rob Wasserman, a bassist he had been playing duo shows with since the late 1980s. After Garcia's death, former Primus drummer Jay Lane and ex-Kingfish harmonica/guitar player Matthew Kelly were added into the mix. With a revolving lineup, the group toured relentlessly, building a name for themselves while performing a mix of new Weir compositions and older, reworked Dead songs.
In 1998, Weir reunited with several former Dead bandmates to tour as The Other Ones, releasing a live album in 1999 and hitting the road again in 2000. The same year, RatDog released their first album, Evening Moods. In 2009, original Grateful Dead members Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart teamed up with guitarist Warren Haynes and RatDog keyboardist Chimenti to tour as the Dead. The results, however, were erratic, leaving Weir feeling like the road trip was more work than fun and Lesh saying the music didn't seem to be moving forward. Besides stirring up some commotion, the '09 Dead tour reminded Weir and Lesh of the chemistry the two had as bandmates. This led to the creation of Furthur—arguably one of the most successful Dead projects Weir has participated in to date.
Currently, Weir is married to the former Natascha Muenter, with whom he has two young daughters, Monet and Chloe. While not consumed by music, Weir spends a great deal of time as a social activist. He has done work as an environmental activist with several organizations, such as Greenpeace, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Rainforest Action Network and for Seva Foundation. He works with both the Rex Foundation, an organization started by the Dead in 1984, and the Furthur Foundation. Most recently, Weir is on the Board of Directors for Headcount, a nonprofit that registers voters and inspires participation in democracy through the power of music.
A long, strange, very creative trip—and not remotely over.
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jackson's career began in the mid-60s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs. Except for a brief period in NYC in the late 1960s, he has always lived in Southern California. His debut album came out on David Geffen's Asylum Records in 1972. Since then, he has released thirteen studio albums and three collections of live performances; his most recent, Love Is Strange, features David Lindley.

Beyond his music, Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He's a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE),, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.

In 2002, he was the fourth recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists whose works exemplify the environmental and social values that were essential to the great California-born author. He has received Duke University’s LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, and both the Chapin-World Hunger Year and NARM Harry Chapin Humanitarian Awards. In 2004, Jackson was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice."
Benmont Tench
Benmont Tench
Best known as the longtime pianist and keyboard player for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Benmont Tench is one of rock's most respected instrumentalists, as he's guested on countless recordings other artists. Born on September 7, 1953, in Gainesville, FL, Tench took up piano at an early age, playing recitals at the age of six. But shortly after discovering the Beatles, Tench turned his back on lessons and focused on '60s rock & roll. As a teenager, Tench met another up-and-coming rocker, Tom Petty, at a local music store. Several years later (while on break from college), Tench caught Petty's band, Mudcrutch (which also included future Hearbreaker Mike Campbell on guitar), in concert, and after sitting in with the band on several different occasions, went back to school. Petty asked Tench shortly thereafter to quit school and join Mudcrutch full-time, which after some deliberation, he agreed to.
After a demo tape featuring the new lineup was recorded, the quartet landed a recording contract with Shelter Records. But before they could record an album, the band split up. Tench contemplated launching his own band (which he would double in as lead vocalist), before Petty convinced Campbell and Tench to come back. Recruiting additional members Stan Lynch (drums) and Ron Blair (bass), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was officially formed in 1976, resulting in a deal with MCA, and by the '80s (on the strength of such hit albums as Damn the Torpedoes, Hard Promises, Southern Accents, etc.), the Heartbreakers had become one of the top rock bands in the world. Beginning in the middle of decade, Tench became a much sought-after session player, lending his talents to recordings by such varied artists as Jackson Browne, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, the Cult, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Hall & Oates, Green Day, Don Henley, Indigo Girls, Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Remy Zero, the Rolling Stones, U2, Robin Zander, Ryan Adams, Travis Tritt, and Ringo Starr, among many others. But despite it all, Tench has never let the session work get in the way with his main band, playing on 13 albums with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, plus countless tours.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change