LIVE: Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, 1/22/11

January 27th, 2011, 10:56 am by Greg

Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Set Lists

Ironically, Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble doesn’t start at 12midnight. Doors open around 6pm, and patrons get there as early as possible to reserve the best seating, or most often, the best standing room in the house, which at its furthest, is only 30 or so feet away.

Held in the legendary singer-drummer’s home/recording studio, about 200 guests crowded in to get as close as possible to one of the three remaining members of The Band. The show kindles a kind of intimate atmosphere that is rendered by the fact that you are literally in Levon Helm’s house, beneath vaulted ceilings and long wooden beams, where the garage serves as a storefront and the bathrooms have real showers in them.

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LIVE: Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, 3/20/10

April 2nd, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Levon Helm

If you’re a music fan who lives in the Capital District, you owe it to yourself to head south to Woodstock to attend one of Levon Helm’s coveted and famed Midnight Rambles. Yes, it’s a steep ticket price – $150 – but most folks who have attended a Ramble tend to break out in a mile-wide smile as they excitedly recall a truly unique musical experience – perhaps even one of the most memorable concerts of their lifetime.

The schedule of special guests who will be performing along with Helm at his upcoming Rambles are posted on his website. But with every show there is always the element of the unknown: meaning that some legendary musician might just drop by to sit in with the band.

Last summer, Helm had a serious health scare when doctors suspected a return of the throat cancer that had previously sidelined the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Fortunately, it was a misdiagnosis, and with the removal of a non-malignant tumor, Helm is singing once again, his yearning backwoods voice set against his sturdy backbeat drumming, as he leads his Saturday night Midnight Rambles in the comfy confines of his home studio. And he’s made plans to take the Ramble on the road again this summer, too.

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NEWS FLASH! Special Edition of Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble

November 14th, 2009, 12:02 pm by Greg

Don’t know if you’ve ever been to one of Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles. They’re on Saturday nights. In Woodstock. In Levon’s studio/barn. And they are as cozy as can be.

I’ve only been to one of ’em. A couple of weeks ago. Levon Helm and his band rattled the rafters in the oh-so-intimate living room-like setting. Rodney Crowell just happened to drop in to sing a handful of songs with Helm and the band. And the opening act was Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Here’s my review.

My mind is still reeling.

I can’t really explain in words how cool, how exciting, how downright mindblowing that night of music was.

I know that the Ramble is an expensive ticket at $150 a pop, but it really was worth it.

This week’s Ramble features special guest popmeister Marshall Crenshaw and the acoustic blues duo of Little Sammy Davis & Fred Scribner at 7:30pm tonight (Saturday, November 14).

But here’s some late-breaking news! Levon has added a special Sunday night Ramble to the calendar for tomorrow night, Sunday, November 15. In addition to the Levon Helm Band, the slate of special guest performers includes Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Payne, Guy Forsyth, Connie Nelson, Hubert Sumlin and more. The gates open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm. And for this special Sunday night Ramble, tickets are just $100.

LIVE: Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, 10/10/09

October 14th, 2009, 8:35 am by Greg


I’d never been to one of Levon Helm‘s Saturday night Midnight Rambles at his home/recording studio in Woodstock, but over the years I’d heard lots about them. I knew it would be fun, but I never realized just how much fun.

Intimate? It really was like standing around in somebody’s living room and watching a world-class band crank out some of their favorite songs. For more than two hours, I stood no more than 15 feet away from Levon Helm as he churned through some of the funkiest backbeats I’ve ever heard. I was begoggled.

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