Music Scene: New Riders of the Purple Sage, Lagwagon

A ’70s publicity photo of New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Formed in 1969 by David Nelson and Jerry Garcia, New Riders of the Purple Sage has persevered through fame, member changes and generational gaps to continue its folk music traditions.

The country/rock pioneers from San Francisco have played with some of the biggest names in rock history including Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and others, yet still retain their relative anonymity.

The band has survived 22 member changes over its years together and released its first studio album since 1992, “Where I Come From,” in 2009. The New Riders followed up that album’s success with this year’s “17 Pine Avenue,” marking the band’s 17th studio album release.

It will perform Sunday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to

Though lesser known than some of its West Coast counterparts, Lagwagon was part of a sweeping movement in the early ’90s that brought punk rock music to the forefront of popular interest.

Along with bands like Green Day, The Offspring, Blink 182 and NOFX, Lagwagon introduced audiences everywhere to a brighter, tighter, more melodic brand of punk music that transformed the genre’s dark, unskilled and exclusive image.

The California-based quintet formed in 1990, recording its debut in 1992 after signing to NOFX frontman Fat Mike’s label, Fat Wreck Chords.

Lagwagon’s pop-influenced punk sound and high school-humor lyrics quickly found a following among a new generation of punk rock listeners, quietly launching a career that has survived two decades.

Lagwagon will perform Thursday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., as part of the Fat Wreck Chords Tour with Dead to Me, Useless ID and The Flatliners.

Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 7 p.m.

Call 577-6989 or go to

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