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Jam Central Station: The Devil Makes Three Review – 1.14.18 – Cleveland, OH

January 20, 2018 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski

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The Devil Makes Three brought their classic Americana/folk sound to Cleveland last weekend, although there were some changes from the last time I saw them. While the band has traditionally played as a 3-piece, using an additional violin and cello at times to fill out the sound, they played the entire set with a drummer and violin player. This new 5 person setup certainly helped the band fill out the stage, and the addition of the drummer did lead to a different sound and some different tempos throughout the set. It was just the first in a variety of surprises throughout the night.
I’m pretty familiar with the band’s catalog, but they were able to bust out surprises all night. Unreleased songs, covers, and stuff that I just didn’t expect were mixed in with many of my favorites. They opened with “Chained to The Couch,” a song I wasn’t familiar with, before moving into a great version of “The Bullet.” While playing as a 5 piece allowed the band to do some new things, they also made sure that it didn’t hold back the three core members from showing their chops. This was particularly true with Cooper McBean on songs like “Drunken Hearted Man,” where the banjo needs to take the lead in order for the song to work. Cooper had no problem doing that throughout the set, and the rest of the band was able to play up to his level.
The crowd was energetic through most of the night, even when the band was leaning on lesser-known material. However, things truly got going when they went into songs where the fans were ready to sing along. “Hallelu” and “Spinning Like A Top” were early favorites, and the band made sure to pepper in those types of songs throughout the set. They also managed to move from the slower, darker songs like “Graveyard” and “Tow” while making sure to bring the energy back up. It’s a tough rope to walk, especially because the fans tend to be on the rowdy side, but they did a great job of showing all of their sides to the crowd throughout the set.
The final run of the set included some of the big hitters of the night, and fans who weren’t getting into the lesser known material were able to get up for the final quarter. Starting out with “Old Number 7” before leading into the cover “I Am The Man” off of their most recent album kicked off a great finale to the show. “Stranger,” “Tow,” and an always fun “For Good Again” turned into crowd participation tunes, and the encore of “Bangor Mash” and “Do Wrong Right” ended the night on a high note.
While the addition of a drummer didn’t lead to drastic changes in the band, there were a few songs that showed some significant evolution. “Graveyard” had a very different feel to it, not necessarily darker, but deeper. “Tow” seemed to have a very different tempo, but it worked well. I’ll leave it to fans to make that determination for themselves. It’s a different feel to a band that has plenty of miles under their belt, but it doesn’t take away from what the band does or is known for. The Devil Makes Three still put on as good of a show as they ever have, and they’re a band that definitely needs to be seen to be appreciated.
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Roof of the Merriweather Post Pavilion collapses
The famed Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD has been undergoing some renovations this winter. While the roof was in the process of being raised strong winds caused a collapse and significant damage to the roof and pavilion. Luckily no one was injured, and officials say that the venue will be ready for the 2018 concert season.
Mountain Jam announces lineup
Mountain Jam announced the first set of artists for their 2018 lineup. The festival has been moving away from their traditional jam band setup, and 2018 looks to be another move in that direction. Artists include Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, alt-J, The War On Drugs, Portugal. The Man, The Decembrists, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rag n’ Bone Man, Turkuaz, and The Record Company.
Dead & Company announce dates
Dead & Company announced their first run of 2018 dates. The tour kicks off at the end of May and currently runs through mid-July while crossing most of the country in the process.
May 30 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
June 1 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
June 2 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
June 4 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 6 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 8 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 9 Raleigh, NC – Coast Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
June 11 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 13 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
June 15 New York, NY – Citi Field
June 16 New York, NY – Citi Field
June 19 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 20 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
June 22 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
June 23 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
June 29 Quincy, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
June 30 Eugene, OR – Autzen Stadium
July 2 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 3 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 6 Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 7 Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
July 11 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
July 13 Boulder, CO – Folsom Field
July 14 Boulder, CO – Folsom Field

Dave Matthews Band announce album and tour
The Dave Matthews Band will be heading back on the road in 2018 after taking 2017 off from touring. Their tour includes stops at most of their usual outdoor summer sheds, including a 3 night run at The Gorge. The band will also be releasing a new album, their first since 2012, at some point this summer.
May 18 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 19 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
May 22 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
May 26 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 27 Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
May 29 Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
May 30 Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
June 1 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
June 2 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
June 5 Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
June 6 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 7 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 9 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
June 12 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
June 13 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
June 15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
June 16 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
June 22 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
June 23 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
June 27 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
June 29 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion
June 30 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion
July 1 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
July 6 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 7 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 10 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
July 11 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest
July 13 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center
July 14 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center
July 17 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 18 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 20 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek
July 21 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 24 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 25 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 27 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S Florida Fairgrounds
July 28 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S Florida Fairgrounds
August 24 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
August 25 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
August 28 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
August 31 George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
September 1 George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
September 2 George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
September 7 Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
September 8 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 10 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

Yonder Mountain String Band adds dates
Yonder Mountain String Band added a set of dates in March in the western part of the country. The band is just getting back from their Strings & Sol run, and, with Allie Kral’s pregnancy announcement it’ll be interesting to see how the band handles that.
March 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
March 9 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto Bozeman
March 10 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
March 11 – Sandpoint, ID – The Hive
March 13 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
March 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
March 16 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Presents
March 17 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
March 18 – Grants Pass, OR – Rogue Theatre
March 21 – Bend, OR – Midtown Bend
March 22 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino
March 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
March 24 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
March 25 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin Crossroads
March 28 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
March 29 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House Concert Hall
March 30 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
March 31 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

Lettuce announce dates
Lettuce is keeping themselves busy recently, as they’re currently on Jam Cruise and they already had a February run mapped out, including some dates with Galactic. They just announced another run, this time including dates with The Motet in what is sure to be another excellent double bill.
January 17–22 Miami, FL – Jam Cruise
January 27–28 Tucson, AZ – Gem and Jam Festival
February 7 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
February 8 New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater*
February 9 Houston, TX – House of Blues*
February 10 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q*
February 13 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
February 14 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park*
February 15 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre*
February 16 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*
February 17 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
February 18 Seattle, WA – Showbox
February 20 Missoula, MT – The Wilma
February 22 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre^
February 23 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre^
February 24 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall^
February 25 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues^
March 22 Huntington, NY – The Paramount*
March 23 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre*
March 24 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre*
March 26 Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
March 28 Richmond, VA – The National
March 29 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
March 30 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
March 31 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
*w/ support from Motet
^Co-bill with Galactic
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January 17-22
Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Maceo Parker, Lotus, Lettuce, Gramatik, Keller Williams, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze
Gem & Jam
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STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Breaking Biscuits, Emancipator, Railroad Earth
Panic En La Playa
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Winter WonderGrass
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Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, Travelin’ McCoury’s, Fruition, Billy Strings
Suwannee Spring Reunion
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Winter Wondergrass Tahoe
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Wannee Festival
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MerleFest
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Wilkes Community College
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Charm City Bluegrass Festival
April 27-28
Druid Hill Park
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The Devil Makes Three, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The Steeldrivers, Jeff Austin Band, Billy Strings, Larry Keel Experience
Domefest
May 17-19
Fort Royale Farm
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DelFest
May 24-27
Cumberland, MD
The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The Bluegrass Congress, Old Crow Medicine Show, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Billy Strings
Summer Camp
May 25-27
Three Sisters Park
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moe., Umphrey’s McGee
Dark Star Jubilee
May 25-27
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
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Camp Greensky
May 31-June 2
Michigan
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Bonnaroo
June 7-10
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Blue Ox Music Festival
June 14-16
Eau Claire, WI
Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Margo Price, Billy Strings
Mountain Jam
June 15-17
Hunter Mountain, NY
Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, alt-J, The War On Drugs, Portugal. The Man, The Decembrists, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rag n’ Bone Man, Turkuaz, The Record Company
Electric Forest Weekend 1
June 21-24
Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Xavier Rudd, Andy Frasco & The UN, Aqueous, Big Something, Corey Henry & The Funk Apostles, Everyone Orchestra, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Manic Focus, Shook Twins, The Main Squeeze, The Werks, The Nth Power, Toubab Krewe, Turkuaz
Electric Forest Weekend 2
June 28-July 1
Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Xavier Rudd, Aqueous, Big Something, Corey Henry & The Funk Apostles, Everyone Orchestra, Fruition, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Manic Focus, Shook Twins, The Main Squeeze, The Werks, The Nth Power, Toubab Krewe, Turkuaz
Peach Festival
July 19-22
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dicky Betts, moe., Twiddle, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Blackberry Smoke, Turkuaz, Leftover Salmon, The Main Squeeze,
Northwest String Summit
July 19-22
Horning’s Hideout
North Plains, OR
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Fruition, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers
Floydfest
July 25-29
Floyd, VA
Foster the People, The Infamous Stringdusters, Hiss Golden Messenger
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Thanks again for stopping by. I’ll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!

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