God Street Wine

God Street Wine

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.

Following the band's dissolution Faber wrote and recorded two rock operas, and received his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University studying the transformation of New Orleans under American rule in the early 19th century; he is currently a college professor in New Orleans. In the last 13 years, Osander has continued to record with artists including Lisa Hannigan (Sea Sew), Damien Rice (O and 9) and Herbie Hancock (Possibilities); most recently, he is working with another singer-songwriter, Ultan Conlon. The other band members continue to play, and balance other professional pursuits: Pifer is as an executive at a digital media licensing company, Bevo works as a software engineer, and Maxwell works as a technology integrator at a private school.

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, along with their old friend Jason Crosby, 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 NYC.

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