GARYFEST 2 – A Musical Tribute to Gary Hartman
Houston Texas – May 9th & 10th, 2014

New Monsoon, featuring their original percussion section, with special guests Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO)

Fri May 9th and Sat May 10th at Last Concert Café.

Ticketing fees are waived for the two-night package.

Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St, Houston, Texas 77002 (713) 226-8563

Friday May 9th Opening Set: Carbone – Lebo – CareyJam Heavyweights Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO) will be joined by New Monsoon original percussionist Brian Carey for a completely improvised opening set. Jam musicians have the ability to live in the moment and feed off other players to create something unique and profound. We thought it would be appropriate to allow our dear friends (and Garyfest 2 musical guests) Tim and Lebo along with Brian (a founding member of New Monsoon and master of his instrument) the opportunity to create something unique to the experience of a friday night in Houston.

Friday May 9th: New Monsoon

In addition to featuring Guests Tim Carbone and Dan Lebowitz throughout the night, the band will be performing “never before played live” selections from their brand new album Diamonds and Clay available for the first time on CD at this show! The Band will be signing CDs at setbreak so make sure to get a copy.

Saturday May 10th Opening Set: The Hightailers

Our good friends The Hightailers, local favorite of Houston and The Last Concert Cafe will get things started.

Saturday May 10th: New Monsoon

New Monsoon will be joined by tabla virtuoso Rajiv Parikh to complete the full original percussion line-up and perform, in its entirety New Monsoon Live at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. This is the 10-year anniversary of this classic New Monsoon live album! The band will once again be joined by special guests Tim Carbone and Dan Lebowitz throughout the evening.


New Monsoon presents a two-night concert event in tribute to their beloved friend and manager, Gary Hartman, who passed away unexpectedly on March 31st, 2012.

New Monsoon performs two nights at the Last Concert Café, with special guests Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO). New Monsoon’s original three-headed percussion crew; Rajiv Parikh, Marty Ylitalo and Brian Carey, will reunite once again at the LCC to pay homage to Gary and his impact on their personal and professional lives.


Rajiv Parikh (percussion, tabla) Marty Ylitalo (drums) Brian Carey (percussion, conga) Tim Carbone (violin) Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (guitar, lap steel)

Gary had a burning passion for live music, especially when played “without a net”. A lifelong Deadhead and live music taper/trader, he relished the unique nature of each show, and helped this music live on through recordings. As a live concert promoter in Houston and co-founder of Tapir Productions, he brought like-minded national touring acts to Houston. In doing so, he helped create a family of devoted music fans, who came to be known as the Texas Tribe, who flourished at an amazing venue called The Last Concert Café.

When New Monsoon hit the road for their first national tour in 2003, Gary was eager to give them a try. His life, along with that of the band, would never be the same. New Monsoon came to feel that Houston, and especially the Last Concert Café, was their home away from home. They’ve returned each year for two and three-night stands that have become the stuff of jamband legend. In 2008 Gary formally joined the band as their manager, while continuing to bring national touring acts to Houston.

The Café has been a destination for New Monsoon’s most ardent fans from around the nation for nearly a decade, and they’ll be back in Houston with the band for the second GaryFest – two glorious nights to celebrate the life of their friend and mate, Gary Hartman.

We hope you will join us in Texas for another memorable weekend in Gary’s honor.

Ticketing fees are waived for the two-night package while supplies last.


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