The Jammy Awards Return To Madison Square Garden

March 5, 2008

Produced by Relix Magazine,, and Peter Shapiro, The Jammys has become one of New York City’s premiere events and one of the top grassroots music events in the world, hosting countless historic, once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, and drawing international acclaim for pairing the stars of the improvisational music scene with leading artists from across the musical spectrum.

The performers for this year’s concert, as well as this year’s award nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.

One of the most popular American bands in rock history, Phish inspired new generations of musicians eager to put their own stamp on improvisational music. Like the Grateful Dead, Phish crisscrossed its way across the U.S. and world during their 20-year career, routinely selling out tour after tour, before disbanding in 2004. Previous Jammys Lifetime Achievement Award winners include B.B. King, The Meters, The Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood and Frank Zappa.

“We are extremely proud to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Phish,” says Jammys Executive Producer and Co-Creator Peter Shapiro. “Few bands have meant as much to the improvisational music community as they have, so celebrating their career is something that is a natural thing for us to do.”

Critically acclaimed for creating once-in-a-lifetime collaborations between the likes of John Mayer and Buddy Guy, Ryan Adams and Phil Lesh, Sinead O’Connor and Burning Spear, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones with McCoy Tyner and Savion Glover, Travis Tritt and the Disco Biscuits, and Peter Frampton and Guster, The Jammys was founded as an alternative to mainstream award shows. The Jammys is a celebration of the best in live improvisational music performance that pairs the brightest lights on the jam music scene with stars from the pop, rock, reggae, gospel and jazz realms.

Tickets go on-sale at Noon EST on March 20 via Ticketmaster and at the Madison Square Garden Box Office. For more information go to


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Best New Artist
Tour of the Year
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ABOUT PETER SHAPIRO: Peter Shapiro, co-creator of The Jammys (with founder Dean Budnick), is the former owner and operator of the influential New York rock club,Wetlands Preserve. Shapiro is a filmmaker whose credits include the critically acclaimed U2 3D, the IMAX concert film All Access and Chick Corea’s Rendezvous in New York DVD box set. He is also the Executive Producer of the Green Apple Festival, which will celebrate Earth Day on April 20, 2008 with eight simultaneous festival events across America.

ABOUT RELIX: Founded in 1974, Relix magazine has for over three decades been one of the most trusted and respected music magazines in the United States. Relix is known as the bible of improvisational rock music—while also covering everything from folk and blues to reggae, world beat and electronic music. With a readership of 360,000, Relix is a trusted voice for the passionate live music fan.

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