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Lesh To Host 5th Annual Jammy Awards On April 26

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Phil Lesh will host the 5th annual Jammy Awards on April 26 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. From their inception in 2000, the Jammys have catapulted to become a major national awards ceremony paying tribute to live music with unique on-stage couplings. The Jammys recognize the best in live music performance from the past year and are presented by Relix Magazine,, and executive producer Peter Shapiro.

The first Jammys ceremony was held in 2000 at Irving Plaza in New York with an attendance of approximately 1,000. The growing awards show migrated to Roseland for two turns before a major upgrade to the Theater at Madison Square Garden last year. Unique collaborations between distinguished musicians of differing backgrounds have become the hallmark of the Jammys; the benchmark event has featured acts from the worlds of alternative, gospel, jazz, funk, southern rock, hip hop, electronica, bluegrass and country, allowing each live music segment to stretch to twenty minutes.

"We expect another memorable night of music from an eclectic group of musicians. The Jammys always provide musical magic with one-night-only collaborations," said Shapiro.

"Every year the talent and excitement at the Jammys seems to exceed the previous year. Fans should expect more unforgettable performances this year," said Steve Bernstein, president and publisher of Relix Magazine.

Hosted by sacred steel virtuoso Robert Randolph, last year's Jammys featured performances from members of Dr. John with Widespread Panic’s John Herman, Solomon Burke with The Derek Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi, String Cheese Incident with Perry Farrell, Steve Winwood, and a surprise reunion between The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson with Gov't Mule.

2005 Jammy Awards Nominees:

Tour of the Year:

Acoustic Planet (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones/Keller Williams/Yonder Mountain String Band)

Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains

Hallucino-Genetics, Primus

Phish, Summer

Ropeadope New Music Seminar (Charlie Hunter with Bobby Previte and DJ Olive, Sex Mob horns, Benevento/Russo Duo, Critters Buggin, Lyrics Born)

Shake Holla and March (North Mississippi Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rising Star Fife & Drum Band)

Live Album of the Year:

North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue Live at Bonnaroo

The Slip, Live at Lupos

Derek Trucks Band, Live At The Georgia Theater

Widespread Panic, Uber Cobra

Keller Williams, Stage

Yonder Mountain String Band, Mountain Tracks Vol. 3

Studio Album of the Year:

Antibalas, Who Is This America?

Drive By Truckers, The Dirty South

Gov’t Mule, Deja Voodoo

Medeski Martin & Wood, End of the World Party (Just In Case)

MOFRO, Lochloosa

Umphrey’s McGee, Anchor Drops

Live Performance of the Year:

Aquarium Rescue Unit 10/20/04, Georgia Theater, Athens, GA

The Disco Biscuits, Hammerstein Ballroom, 12/31/04

Phil Lesh & Friends 12/19/04

Medeski Martin & Wood with Antibalas and Cyro Baptista, Hammerstein Ballroom, 10/31/04

North Mississippi Allstars Hill Country Review, Bonnaroo Music Festival, 6/11/04

Umphrey’s McGee (with moe.) Bonnaroo Music Festival, 6/11/04

DVD of the Year:

Bluegrass Journey

Festival Express

Grateful Dead Movie

JamCam Chronicles: All Good 2004

Phish – IT
Tom Dowd & The Language of Music

Archival Live Album of the Year:

Allman Brothers Band, Macon City Auditorium, 2/11/72

Bob Dylan, Live 1964

Jerry Garcia Band, After Midnight , Kean College, 2/28/80

Jerry Garcia Band, Lunt-Fontanne, 10/ 31/87

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Live at Veneta, OR 8/27/72

Soul Coughing, New York, NY 8/16/99

Song of the Year
(a composition first appearing on an official release in 2004):

“Counter-Clock World” Stockholm Syndrome

“Fireflies” MOFRO

"40 Days" Chris Robinson

“In The Kitchen” Umphrey’s McGee

“Man with a Plan” Assembly of Dust

“Woody Guthrie” Leftover Salmon

Download of the Year:

Benevento/Russo Duo with Mike Gordon, BB King Blues Club, NYC 12/31/04

The Dead, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN 6/12/04

Phil Lesh and Friends, Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA, 12/19/04

My Morning Jacket, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN 6/12/04

moe, moe.down 5, Turin, NY, 9/03-05/04

String Cheese Incident, Tweeter Waterfront, Camden, NJ, 11/27/04

New Groove of the Year:

Benvento Russo Duo

Bockman’s Euphio


New Monsoon



–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen