Formed in September of 1988, this autumn will bring the 30th anniversary of the seminal rock band God Street Wine. To begin celebrations, the original five members will take to the road this summer to perform in some cities not visited for more than twenty years including Chicago (July 29), Washington DC (Aug 1) and Philadelphia (Aug 2) before returning to Boston (Aug 3) and NYC (Aug 4).
The Ardmore Music Hall welcomes GSW in Philly, with all other dates on this run to be held at City Winery locations.
God Street Wine -- Lo Faber (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Maxwell (lead vocals, guitar), Dan Pifer (bass), Jon Bevo (keyboards), and Tom "Tomo" Osander (drums) -- formed in New York in 1988. In helping to form the early jam band scene, they played alongside bands like the Black Crowes, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors. They joined the H.O.R.D.E. Tour traveling festival in the '90s, recorded five studio albums, and performed more than 1,000 shows in their 11 years together.
After experiencing several lineup changes in 1998, God Street Wine split up the next year, playing a three-night farewell engagement at the Wetlands Preserve in New York. Selected performances from these final shows were compiled into the posthumous live album "Good To the Last Drop" in 2000. The original five members reunited publicly in September 2001 for a farewell show to the Wetlands, as the celebrated venue was closing that month, then disbanded for nearly a decade.
After almost a decade apart, God Street Wine reunited privately in 2009 to honor an old friend who had passed away. A year later they joined together on the public stage for four New York concerts benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and in 2011 played on the Jam Cruise. Since then GSW continues to get together every now and then. They have played at Bob Weir's TRI Studios and Sweetwater Music Hall, rambles with Phil Lesh at Terrapin Crossroads, and various shows in the Northeastern US.