The ultimate jam band, Phish, gives the audience the feel of sitting in on a very high-quality jam session, with a blend of various genres that has an American rock folk vibe. Phish formed in Vermont in the early 80s and, with the exception of a few hiatuses, has continued to remain a strong group even decades later.
Their live shows have a large following, almost in the vibe of Woodstock and 60s-style groups. The band is known for their improvisation sessions, often held on stage and lasting hours of jamming that gave them that extra unique touch while performing.
Musician, composer, and actor Tom Waits has had his hand in the music industry since the early 70s. His music has evolved quite a bit over the years, initially beginning in jazz and morphing into a fusion of blues, rock, experimental, and vaudeville. Because of his unusual style, Waits has garnered quite a cult following over the years.
Waits himself said his performances should be “a spectacle and entertaining,” which is exactly what he’s managed to do. His lyrics often cover social issues, all adorned in his distinguished deep voice. Today, bands like the Eagles and artists like Tim Buckley recovered covers of Waits's songs, bringing him even to greater heights.
Dave Matthews Band
The Dave Matthews Band is very well known for its long concerts that include a jam session-like feel. For their massive following, it isn’t their studio albums but rather their live shows that they wait for, much akin to the likes of Deadheads waiting for the Grateful Dead. Dave Matthews Band was formed in 1991 and, by 1994 had garnered international recognition.
They’ve sold over 20 million concert tickets and are very active in the live concert circuit to this day. Their biggest hits amongst others are " What Would You Say," "The Stone" and Halloween" which are songs that are still listened to today.
An impressive career indeed; the late Leonard Cohen was active in the arts as early as 1955. Initially pursuing a career in poetry and novels during the 50s and 60s, it wasn’t until 1967 that he turned his focus toward music. His music can be described as folk-rock and has a live sound that has been praised by critics.
Even those who aren’t familiar with all of his songs would know his hit “Hallelujah,” which was made even more popular by the famous Jeff Buckley cover. Even today, Leonard Cohen's music continues to influence and make a difference in so many individuals' lives.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are a rock band from Australia. It was formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey, and guitarist-vocalist Blixa Bargeld. Vocalist Nick Cave is the only consistent member of the Bad Seeds, but the group’s 30-year run has completely dominated the world of post-punk music.
Aside from releasing 17 studio albums and completing numerous international tours, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have become known for their outrageously wild shows. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are considered one of the best alternative rock bands of the past century, and they have for sure left their mark on music history.