Venue Details

9232 Star Starred
B.B. King Blues Club
Between 7th and 8th Avenues 237 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036
212-997-4144
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New Riders of the Purple Sage
5 ratings
4.6 average rating
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15 events
3 reviews
16 stars
attended Sep 22 2014

always a good show and we had Professer Louie, too!

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14 events
2 reviews
3 stars
attended Sep 06 2012

The band was awesome and the venue was terrific. Decent food and drinks, good service, nice and comortable seating. I'm so glad I took advantage of this Goldstar offer.

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See a 2001 live video of the New Riders of the Purple Sage on YouTube.
Find out more at the New Riders of the Purple Sage website.

Description

The New Riders of the Purple Sage (NRPS) , signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson’s original songs.

By 1971 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group’s permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert , drummer Spencer Dryden, and co-founder John Dawso, have passed away. The new lineup, led by Nelson and Cage, vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to old and new fans everywhere.

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