Live For Live Music PREMIERE: The Higgs Honor Their Muses With Full Set Of Jam Band Covers At The Miracle [Full Pro-Shot Video]

Photo: Adam Johnson

By: Kel Kawas | Thursday, January 30, 2020

If you haven’t heard of The Higgs yet, that’s all about to change. The cosmic quartet infuses the vibes of Southern California into their Southern Rock, blues, reggae, alternative, and jam-rock influenced sound, taking fans on a psychedelic journey at each and every show.

The Higgs have seen exponential growth over the past year. Members John Lovero (vocals/guitar), Garrett Morris (drums), David Barsky (bass/vocals), and Jesse Jennings (keyboards/vocals) have toured across the country, getting music aficionados hooked on their great vibes and even better music. The itinerary included beloved venues like Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD, and Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, NY, among many others.

A calendar full of cross-country tours led the budding four-piece to an extraordinary year-end apex. On December 27th and 28th, they played two Dead & Company after-parties at the Miracle Theater in Inglewood, California. Night one contained some very special surprises for fans of The Higgs and jam music alike. After concert-goers made their way from Dead & Co’s show at The Forum and into the LA theater, a monstrous 140-minute marathon set ensued.

This wasn’t just any marathon set, however. On that night, The Higgs paid tribute to many of the jam bands that have inspired their sound. With no originals the entire night, the show would play host to covers of PhishGrateful DeadString Cheese Incident, and many more.

They kicked off the night with a cover of Twiddle‘s “Lost In The Cold” before giving The Disco Biscuits‘ “Portal To An Empty Head” the justice it deserved. After thanking the crowd and a take on String Cheese Incident’s “Restless Wind”, Jennings’ synth and Lovero’s guitar blasted the room into Umphrey’s McGee‘s “In The Kitchen”.A cover of Widespread Panic‘s “Chilly Water” seamlessly segued into “Horizon”, the Pigeons Playing Ping Pong track that is all about celebrating the people you love. Celebrate they did, as they then moved towards STS9‘s synth-laden “Ramone & Emiglio” before closing with Spafford‘s “Leave The Light On”, which contained teases of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.

The Higgs weren’t done just yet, however. Following a short encore break, they made their way back to the stage for a three-song encore. First came the Grateful Dead’s “I Know You Rider”, which transitioned to Circles Around The Sun‘s “Saturday’s Children”. Finally, they closed out the momentous occasion with a segue to Phish’s tongue-in-cheek “Chalkdust Reprise”, a perfectly self-aware exclamation point on a memorable night of homages.

In a statement to Live For Live Music, The Higgs expressed gratitude to their fans for the reception they received: “Because of our audience, and the help from the venue, this show really was a miracle. Without them, none of this would have been possible. We can’t thank them enough.”

Filmed/edited by Troy Morentin and mixed by Kyle Boone,  this full, pro-shot video is sure to satiate anyone who missed out. Be the first to watch The Higgs’ Miracle Theater jam band homage performance below.

The Higgs – Miracle Theater – 12/27/19 – Full Show [Pro-Shot]

[Video: The Higgs]

The Higgs are not slowing down any time soon. In addition to releasing a couple of live singles soon, they have several tour dates scheduled with Twiddle and the Buffalo-based indie-rock quartet Aqueous in March. Scroll down for a full list of tour dates and a detailed setlist from the Miracle Theater show. Head to their official website for tickets and more information.

Setlist: The Higgs | Miracle Theater | Inglewood, CA | 12/27/19

Set: Lost In The Cold[1][2], Portal To An Empty Head[1][3], Restless Wind[1][4], In The Kitchen[1][5], Chilly Water[1][6] > Horizon[1][7], Ramone & Emiglio[1][8], Leave The Light On[1][9][10]

Encore: I Know You Rider[11] > Saturday’s Children[12] > Chalkdust Torture Reprise[1][13]


[1] Cover debut

[2] Twiddle

[3] The Disco Biscuits

[4] String Cheese Incident

[5] Umphrey’s McGee

[6] Widespread Panic

[7] Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

[8] STS9

[9] Spafford

[10] Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas teases

[11] Grateful Dead

[12] Circles Around The Sun

[13] Phish

The Higgs 2020 Tour Dates

3/5 – Solana Beach, CA – The Belly Up*

3/6 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour*

3/15 – Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall^

3/18 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews^

3/19 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir^

3/20 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Pub^

3/25 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto Theatre^

3/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – State Room^

3/27 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Thatre ^

[Miracle Theater Poster Art: Jamie Lee Meyer]

The Higgs at High Sierra 2020!

It’s our honor to announce that we will be at this year’s High Sierra Music Festival! This incredible lineup also includes our friends TwiddleSpaffordLettuceGooseJoe Russo’s Almost Dead and many more…

High Sierra Music Festival is an event where the campgrounds host more performances than the stages—a mountain-high tradition for a reason! Come get back to the roots of west coast festivals with us this July for their 30th annual event. Tickets are on sale now at


Photo By: Miles Hurley

Tis’ the season to celebrate, and Los Angeles’ jam-rockers The Higgs are ready to bring the party to the Miracle Theater December 27th and 28th. The four-piece “Cosmic-California Rock” outfit will be performing after the Dead & Co. shows, with a very special set prepared for night one.

Lead singer and guitarist John Lovero shared his thoughts on the upcoming show: “We are elated to play the historic Miracle Theatre Inglewood!  For those of you attending the Dead & Co. shows, this will be a perfect chance to keep the night going. The band has been fortifying a few special surprises that you aren’t going to want to miss!  We have been hard at work in the rehearsal studio, making sure to create two nights you won’t forget!”

The Higgs have something special in store for fans on December 27th, the incredibly talented foursome has crafted a setlist full of surprises that will not only have fans groovin’ and movin’ but also will have them on their toes trying to guess what might come next. The set will feature covers of fellow jam artist’s songs. We would love to tell you more, but it’s so much more fun to tease!  The band has prepared a little peek into their plans with a poem to share what may be in store for the covers set.

My dreams are on fire, 
Dreaming my desire.
Hook a wire to my brain, 
Relax & keep my dreaming free.

Keeping the world on a string, 
Winter slowly stumbled home.
You ran faster than the wind,
While every breath resembled smoke. 

While the morning is crying rays of sunrise, 
Remember to always celebrate the people you love. Take a look into the haze as the world starts beating, As long as there’s water and the lights are low. 

So leave the light on for me lady, In the darkness our tribe will always find the way home. 


Show details:
Miracle Theater
226 S Market Street
Inglewood, CA 90301Doors at 10 P.M.NIght one ticket link: two ticket link:

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Review of HangTown!

Thanks for the love from grateful web on our Hangtown music festival set!

“Take The Higgs for example. The inventive Los Angeles-based four-piece have been garnering national attention as of late, and Friday at Hangtown, judging by the freeform dancers in the audience, The Higgs made a big splash for existing fans and those who were previously uninitiated to their psychedelia-flavored brand of audio delights. Higgs magic was fueled, during their two sets, through Jesse Jennings soaring keyboard passages and John Lovelo’s dexterous guitar, which glided nicely over steady bass (David Barsky) and drums (Garrett Morris).”

Mercury Lounge Review

Thanks to the Poke Around for the kind words about out Mercury Lounge show in New York City!

“California-based improv rock band The Higgs have been powering their way through a big, cross country 2019 fall tour, and this past week has seen the tour take a very special route through the northeast. On Sunday night, The Poke Around caught their headlining set at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge, and man, was it a good time.”