The Grateful Ball comes to Plymouth, NH, with Tony Markellis (Trey Anastasio Band) + Zach Nugent (formerly of JGB)
In 1998, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio (a longtime friend and fan) invited Tony to be the foundation of a new band he was forming as a creative outlet during Phish’s downtime. Says Markellis of the outcome, “I can’t remember when I’ve ever had so much fun playing music.”
Theater tours with Trey in the Spring of 1999 and the Winter of 2001 led to amphitheater tours in the Summer of 2001 and Spring of 2002 (Jammy Award- “Best Tour of 2002”), the closing spot at the first annual Bonnaroo Festival (called by Rolling Stone “One of the Fifty Moments that Changed Rock & Roll”) and an arena tour in the Fall of 2002. This partnership also led to the co-writing of numerous songs, three of which were covered by Phish on their 2000 CD release Farmhouse. Phish’s recording of “First Tube” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. With the Trey Anastasio Band, Markellis has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Austin City Limits, as well as the syndicated radio show World Café.
Trey and the band released a critically acclaimed self-titled CD in the Spring of 2002, which won them their second 2002 Jammy Award (“Best Studio Album”). Spring 2003 brought another national tour in support of the release of Plasma, a double CD drawn from 2002’s live shows. One memorable night during the Spring 2003 tour, Trey and the band (by that time a dectet) were joined by guitar legend Carlos Santana at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre, a show which was released on DVD. In June of 2004, TAB returned to Tennessee to close the third annual Bonnaroo Festival.
It usually only takes one show to understand why Zach Nugent is one of the most sought after guitarists in the live music scene. Since touring as de-facto Garcia expert with Melvin Seals & JGB, he continues to build his dedicated following, putting together and leading multifaceted groups for special runs and festival appearances. Never one to shy away from new and challenging ideas, his performances promise intensity and beauty in the delivery of the music that he’s built a reputation with.