The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival raged on yesterday, with dozens of performances and a headlining set from Pearl Jam. Never one to disappoint their fans, Pearl jam was given a full two and a half hour set on the Acura Stage, allowing them to stretch their legs and play one of their classic monster sets.Despite being a few shows into the tour, Pearl Jam continues to pull new tricks out of their sleeve. After opening with “State of Love and Trust,” the band broke into their first performance of “Arms Aloft” (A Joe Strummer cover) since June 30th, 2012. Of course, classics like “Better Man” and “Alive” made appearances, as well as a cover of The Who’s “The Real Me” with a horn section that included Skerik and more.Watch below, courtesy of Space City Shows 2:The final song of the night, however, was the biggest treat of them all. The band has had Neil Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World” in tight rotation, but they called upon Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer for this particular rendition. RHCP will perform at Jazz Fest tonight.Watch great video of the performance below, courtesy of Space City Shows 2:Check out the full setlist here.
All jam band fans know that Memorial Day weekend equals Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. For many, the weekend is scheduled well in advance; basically when the preceding year’s festival ends. For others, they make plans later, and some not until the eleventh hour. Regardless, all who attend have an excellent time, and this year was no different. It was an amazing weekend that had it all: great music, some fun sit-ins, and despite the forecasts, some very agreeable weather. Summer Camp ruled again.Getting on the road at a very decent hour on Thursday, I had butterflies the entire drive to Chillicothe. I knew what I was getting into for the weekend, and as long as I wait for it, which is about 362 days, the three hour drive seems to take forever. Sadly, by the time I was staking my tent, I could hear Greensky Bluegrass playing their prized song, “Windshield.” But all was not lost, and I was able to make it over there for the end of GSBG set. I arrived to unexpectedly hear the band announce a very special guest, and Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins for a song. They closed their set with an energetic “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox.”With Greensky effectively ending the night for the Starshine Stage, the next move was to the Red Barn for The Werks. At this point it was pretty evident where everyone was who came Thursday Pre-Party: inside the Red Barn. It was super crowded inside. The Werks, matching the energy level given by the packed barn, played some good jams to get the show going. They opened up with an expansive “Galactic Passport” that got out there. They then followed with “Not Alone” which seemed very appropriate. With so many people inside the Red Barn, there was nobody who felt alone. A newer song, “Lights Out,” followed. Fresh air was becoming a luxury, so stepping outside for a brief moment to get some is all it took to meander over to the Way Down Wanderers. Bluegrassy to the bone, these dreadlocked-pickers provided a very pleasant surprise so late on Thursday night. The Thursday Pre-Party delivered in every possible way and certainly rewarded those fans who wanted to get there a day early.As Friday rolled around, those who didn’t have the pre-party pass were anxious to get in. People waiting in line were treated to a set from The McLovins at noon. This band has certainly grown leaps and bounds in the past years since their smash hit cover of “You Enjoy Myself” graced YouTUbe back in 2008. Although they didn’t play that song at the fest, they did ask the crowd, “Is it cool if we play a Dead song?” Not needing an answer, or better yet knowing what the answer was, they began a silky smooth version of “West LA Fadeway” that was a unique and awesome version of the tune. The McLovins played a great noon set. moe. followed with their traditional Friday day set at the Moonshine stage. They played a straight forward set including “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Waiting for the Punchline.”Aqueous was next at the Camping Stage. After seeing them the previous year at Summer Camp, they were someone that was absolutely worth checking out again. Their new drummer laid down the beats exceptionally well, and he exuded a smile for the entire set. Of course he was matched by guitarist Mike Gantzer, whose tones for each note played were sublime. Aqueous brought fans back to the mid-90s with a cover of The President of the United States of America’s “Peaches.” Another great day set.Later, TAUK played to a rather large crowd at the Starshine Stage. Opening up with “Friction,” they played a great set that included a phenomenal version of “Afro-Tonic.” As the clouds became heavier, fans wondered when would the rain arrive, if any. It didn’t come for Greensky’s second set of the fest. This time they played at the Moonshine Stage. Again they brought up guests including moe.’s Al Schnier on guitar for a cover of “Luckiest Man.” My favorite part of the song was the end when they teased Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”By this point, it was time for Umphrey’s McGee. As per usual, they rocked. You can read more about their Friday show here. Between their sets, Thievery Corporation brought their brand of danceable dub and electronica. Bringing out and utilizing different vocalists for almost every song, those who made it were treated to a great set of music by this very unique band.STS9 had a set on the Sunshine Stage, and the beginning portion of the set was certainly current Tribe. They played a phenomenal version of “STS9” near the beginning of the set, and it was difficult to leave for any fan. In order to bring so many good artists over the weekend, sets have to overlap. There just isn’t enough time to fit everyone without a new 40 hour day. So leaving STS9 for the Red Barn was the option taken. The first of the Late Night shows was about to commence.The Red Barn late nights are extra tickets that must be purchased in addition to the general admission to the festival. They are exclusive and usually sell out extremely fast. This was true for Tauking McGee and EOTO with Keller Williams. The former had many chances to collaborate together over the past couple of months as TAUK opened for Umphrey’s on tour. On this night, it was Stasik, Cummins, and Cinninger who came out and jammed with TAUK. It was a phenomenal set that included covers of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days.” The latter actually began with a “Over the Hills and Far Away” tease from Cinninger on guitar, but alas they went into “Dancing Days” instead. Easily the most insane moment of the show (and perhaps of Summer Camp 2016) happened during Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottom.” As I recall, the members of both groups were rocking hard, and the crowd was dancing along eagerly. When I looked up, out of nowhere, the band members were smashing their guitars. It was a total surprise to see grown men take these instruments that they had been playing for the previous 90 minutes, and raise them high into the air, only to smash them as hard as possible. Both guitarists Jake Cinninger and TAUK’s Matt Jalbert completely shredded their guitars, both literally and figuratively. It was awesome.Saturday brought more of the same Summer Camp magic that had been present the previous two days. The first set of the day on the Moonshine Stage proved to be one of the better sets of the entire weekend. Steve Kimock and Friends graced the stage, and it included a couple musicians very much associated with the Dead. Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Ratdog drummer Jay Lane were up there helping Kimock. They didn’t stick to Dead covers, although the “Bird Song” they played was great. Kimock’s tone is simply beautiful and was on full aural display during the set. For the last tune, Kimock brought up his son Miles Kimock on guitar to assist. It’s entirely possible that the younger Kimock had one of the best days of his life, as the elder announced to the crowd that it was Miles’ birthday and fans should shower him with gifts and drinks. Making the way to the VIP lounge was the next move, as Kyle Hollingsworth Band was playing their only set of the weekend. It was a very intimate way to see the String Cheese Incident keyboardist. His set was filled with covers like “Eminence Front” and “All Night Long” as well as Cheese originals like “Rosie”. It was a short but fun set. On the opposite side of the festival grounds, what seemed like a million miles away, Dopapod played to a large crowd at the Starshine Stage. Only being able to catch the last couple of songs, they were sounding good with a heroic version of “FABA” followed by the set closing “Super Bowl.”Up to this point, which is Saturday evening if you are following along, the weather had been perfect. It had been warm with a few small rain spurts that helped keep the dust down. As Saturday carried on, the sky slowly grew more and more ominous. There wasn’t one Summer Camper there that was NOT informed about the weather forecasts. It was supposed to rain all weekend, but it never came. You have to count your blessings. But with dark clouds and no rain, the shows continued.Hard Working Americans brought their gritty rock to the Sunshine Stage for a good while. Their set was delayed maybe 10 minutes to allow the crew to cover the lights in rain gear; a very prudent move it was. Maybe 40 minutes into their set, the heavens finally opened up and it began to pour. The band and crowd evacuated faster than I’ve ever seen, though the hard rain only lasted a few minutes. Slight rains continued, but it was very manageable.Mother Nature wanted to show her love for those who descended upon Three Sisters’ Park, so for the next two hours she enhanced our visuals with a beautiful sunset (think of Lotus’ “Sunrain” in reality), an amazing rainbow (and some claimed it to be a double rainbow), and a massive lightning storm (which was the real reason bands were delayed.) Many, many thanks to the weather deities for the beautiful show, as well as the great weather that was present all weekend. The infamous mud pits of the park remained a past relic of 2011 and 2013.Music eventually continued, albeit on a slightly delayed schedule. Umphrey’s night sets absolutely raged. The first set included a “Puppet String” that featured Fishbone’s Rocky George on guitar. The second set was where Umphrey’s brought it. “Ringo” was a great version that had a good jam, and they teased “XXY” before going into “1348.” The “Nothing Too Fancy” sandwich with “Phil’s Farm” in the middle was the tastiest portion of the UM musical experiences of the weekend. Although it wasn’t exactly long or jammed out, the intro to “N2F,” and its subsequent reprise following “Phil’s Farm,” are what Umphreaks dream of.moe.’s sets on Saturday equaled Umphrey’s sets in epicness. While Umphrey’s played all originals, the Saturday moe. sets will likely be remembered as the covers set of 2016. They played a ton of covers, mostly all for the first time, including 21 Pilots’ “Stressed Out,” Bowie’s “Fame,” Prince’s “Purple Rain,” Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” and Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy.” They were all spot on. To hear the echoing notes of the introduction of “SOYCD” was amazing. Of course moe. got a little help from their friend Kyle Hollingsworth as he joined the five guys named moe. on the Floyd and Heads covers. It was a phenomenal set from the oldest tenured-band at Summer Camp.On Sunday, everyone woke to a blue sky with not a cloud to be found. Everyone knew it was going to be a scorcher. Besides being extremely sunny, it was the last day of the festival. American Babies played a great set on the Starshine Stage including a great rendition of “Jolene” as well as the Dead’s “Deal.” Lead Guitarist Tom Hamilton did his work on his instrument and just shredded.Umphrey’s day set followed. Guitarist and singer Brendan Bayliss brought out his toddler son to excite the crowd, and although I couldn’t understand what the little tyke shyly said into the microphone, there was no ambiguity in the rock sign he was making with his right hand. Everyone in the crowd responded in kind. The set rocked, including a pleasant cover of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” “Much Obliged” followed, and the newer song “Draconian” had a fun metal-ish jam session.American Babies were so enjoyable the first time around, so I visited their set in the VIP lounge that same day. They did a very bluegrass (for them) version of “Cumberland Blues.” It was very relaxing to hear Tom Hamilton completely shred the ending of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Ironically (or perhaps not so much) it was the second time I heard that tune by the Boss, as GSBG also performed it two days before. Hard to say which version was better. But American Babies kept on rocking, and ended with a roaring version of “State Police.”Twiddle played the Starshine Stage to what looked like the biggest crowd at that stage for the entire weekend. It was packed. Their set only contained six songs but was not short on jams. Opening with “Apples,” they followed with a fun version of “Beethoven and Greene.” “Amydst the Myst” contained a very dark jam that somehow made its way back into the song from which it came. It was really neat to see the dark, brooding jam return to the melodic ending. Fan favorite “Jamflowman” followed, and then they invited The Werks’ guitarist Chris Houser up to add his skills to “Hatti’s Jam” and “When It Rains, It Pours.” It was a great set from the Vermont quartet.After that show, Lotus was next up on the Moonshine Stage. Playing to a crowd that filled the hill, they mixed new with old. Perhaps in a nod to the weather the previous day, they played a fun rendition of “Sunrain.” Then they invited Joey Porter, keyboard wizard of The Motet, to the stage for an extra funky version of “Greet the Mind.”Everyone who attended Summer Camp was prepared for the next act: Mudcrutch. Although you may not recognize that band, you undoubtedly know their lead singer: Tom Petty. It was awesome to see an American rock hero such as Petty, even if he wasn’t playing some of the hits that everybody knows. His touch on music is like the Midas touch, everything he makes is gold. Petty played a trove of songs from his first band, including tunes that sounded more country-esque, Americana, and as he described psychedelic bluegrass. Summer Camp always does a good job of bringing legends to Chillicothe, and they certainly completed this task with Mudcrutch.Every year, moe. traditionally “closes” out the festival. Although they used to do this, now it is more of a symbolic move with music raging well past the last notes from the Moonshine Stage. Nonetheless, moe. rocked their final two sets of Summer Camp, including a ripping version of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” with Allie Kral on fiddle. They also played a raging version of “Rebubula.” In the second set, highlights included “Recreational Chemistry” and “Kids.” For their final song of the festival, moe. encored with Cream’s “White Room,” a song that hadn’t been played for eight years. Well done moe.So as the last notes of moe.’s set echoed through the air, the Moonshine Stage was emptied by Summer Campers. Many headed to some of the other stages as music, including the Big Grizmatik set, continued until 4am. Others returned to their campsite to hang out with friends both old and new for the last time over this Memorial Day weekend. Summer Camp again delivered on their promise of providing a fun and stimulating environment for music fans over the course of the holiday weekend.Sad it’s over, but the countdown for next year already begins.A full gallery of images from Ojeda Photography can be seen below: Load remaining images
This past summer, non-profit groups HeadCount and REVERB teamed up to engage fans in social activism and help keep Dead & Company‘s summer tour as green as possible. The two groups organized a Participation Row section at every show, allowing various charities to work with thoughtful citizens towards greener solutions.At every Dead & Company show, Participation Row encouraged people to stop by the tent and engage in activities such as registering to vote, use the free water refill stations, charge phones at the CEA Solar Charging Station, engage with community non-profits, and more. It was the strongest campaign to date for both organizations in what many would see as a crucial and challenging time in the country as we strive for solutions to our current issues from a political, social, and environmental standpoint.Along with the band, fans, and sponsors such as Nalgene, D’Angelico Guitars, and CEA (Clean Energy Advisors), the effort brought about some impressive changes for the community. Take a look at the official statistics that REVERB and HeadCount shared from Dead & Company’s summer tour below, which spanned 24 concerts in 20 cities.– 1500+ Gallons Backstage Waste Diverted From Landfills – 1200+ Volunteer Hours – 2,229 Voters Registered – 2,376 Reusable Water Bottles Distributed – 25,000+ Total Fan Actions In Participation Row – 50,000+ Single-use Bottles Diverted From Landfills – $165,832 Raised From Charity AuctionsThis is a true testament to what getting out on the street and engaging people through social discourse can actually amount to, in real numbers!
Last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made their way to The Music Farm in Charleston, SC. The live Dead force comprised of Joe Russo (drums), Scott Metzger (guitar/vocals), Tom Hamilton (guitar/vocals), Marco Benevento (keys) and Dave Dreiwitz (bass) delivered a stellar show to the sellout crowd.The first set was a non-stop series of seamless segues and improvisations, including an extended take on “Viola Lee Blues” (featuring teases of U2‘s “I Will Follow”), a “Shakedown Street” that wove into a “Dancing In The Streets” jam, an incredible “Mr. Charlie” -> “Candyman” segue, a far-out “Uncle John’s Band”, and a multi-part “The Wheel” segment containing a jam on Radiohead‘s “National Anthem” and the band’s first-ever stand-alone “Terrapin Flyer”, which was left out of their “Terrapin Suite” the night before in Nashville.Set two featured top-notch renditions of “Estimated Prophet”, “Saint of Circumstance”, and “Greatest Story Ever Told”. Finally, the band encored with Bob Dylan‘s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” -> “Not Fade Away”, which flowed into an “Iko Iko” jam before finishing strong with a “Not Fade Away” reprise.You can listen to full audio of the performance below, uploaded by archive.org user chrisdavis:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Music Farm | Charleston, SC | 1/13/17Set One: Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion (TH) -> Viola Lee Blues @ (All) -> Shakedown Street (TH) -> Dancin In The Streets Jam # -> Mr Charlie $ (SM) -> Jam -> Candyman (TH) -> Uncle John’s Band % (All) -> The Wheel Jam -> National Anthem Jam ^ -> The Wheel (All) -> Terrapin Flyer & -> The Wheel Reprise (All)Set Two: Loser (TH) -> Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Other One Jam * -> Mississippi Half Step (TH) -> Lost Sailor (SM) -> Saint Of Circumstance (SM), Row Jimmy (TH) -> Greatest Story (SM)Encore: Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You @@ (TH) > Not Fade Away ## (All) -> Iko Iko Jam $$ -> Not Fade Away Reprise %% (All)@ – With an “I Will Follow” (U2) tease (TH)# – First/Second time played. Also happened in the Higher Ground, Winooski, VT 2016-02-14, but was much shorter, so not a stand alone track$ – Proceeded by a Shakedown Street Tease (Band)% – With a Terrapin Flyer Jam (MB)^ – Radiohead Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead, very short& – First Time Played by Almost Dead as a stand alone version…* – Played in a different [email protected]@ – Not played since Suwannee Hulaween, Live Oak, FL 2015-10-2, a gap of 46 shows## – With a Tennessee Jed Tease$$ – First Time Played by Almost Dead
Last night, Black-ish, the hit ABC sitcom centered on fictional advertising executive Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his family, returned to the air for its fourth season. The writers went for hot-button topics right out of the gate this year, using allusions Schoolhouse Rock and some help from The Roots and Aloe Blacc to paint teach audiences about misconceptions regarding slavery and the treatment of African Americans throughout our country’s history.Watch The Roots Play The Super Mario Theme With The Game’s CreatorThe episode, titled “Juneteenth,” ponders why Americans celebrate Columbus Day instead of holidays more relevant to North American history. In the episode, the Johnson family attends a Columbus-themed school play featuring twins Jack and Diane, and Dre (Anthony Anderson) took issue with some of the production’s historical inaccuracies–namely, that the Italian explorer discovered (or even set foot in) North America, and dramatically pulls his kids off the stage. At work the next day, Dre decides to use his frustration for creative good, recruiting Aloe Blacc to write a song that accurately portrayed Columbus’s legacy. And the ordeal left Dre wondering . “We celebrate a horrible man when we don’t even acknowledge important moments in our own history like Juneteenth.”When he’s met with blank stares regarding “Juneteenth,” the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. on June 19th 1865, the show drops into an animated short to help educate Dre’s coworkers about this important event in American history featuring animated versions of The Roots. The tune is modeled after “I’m Just A Bill,” a memorable number from everyone’s favorite educational cartoon, Schoolhouse Rock.Check out The Roots’ animated “I’m Just A Bill” parody, “I’m Just A Slave,” from Black-ish below via ABC:Watch the official clip from Black-ish released by ABC, which features the second half of the Roots’ parody and the show’s narrative punchline below:The critically lauded episode also heavily referenced Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, with the cast performing several musical numbers (produced by Fonzworth Bentley) that portray historical events through theatrically dramatized hip-hop numbers.You can watch Black-ish Tuesdays at 9pm ET on ABC.
During Phish‘s historic Baker’s Dozen run this past summer, New York City became many Phish fans’ stomping grounds with pre-parties and post-parties popping up all over the Manhattan and Brooklyn. Jam-friendly, multi-room venue American Beauty, which is located right around the corner from Madison Square Garden, saw record crowds flow in and out of the club during the Baker’s Dozen mayhem, both before and after the main event each night.American Beauty’s motto is Live Music – Craft Beer – Free Pizza, making it a go-to with its enticing deal of free pizza with the purchase of any alcoholic beverage. With the Vermont Quartet back in town for a four-night New Year’s run (Dec. 28th – 31st), the club has announced a packed schedule of pre-parties (without cover charges); late-night performances from the likes of The Nth Power, Particle, The Werks, Kung Fu; the return of The Jerry Lounge; and much more to end 2017 in style.Deep down inside at the very core of The Nth Power you will find only L-O-V-E. The spiritually soulful funk of Nick Cassarino, Nikki Glaspie, and Nate Edgar comes from a collectively diverse musical portfolio that got its chops by playing to the masses in various formations across all stretches of the music-verse. But when creating their own unique sound, it becomes increasingly clear that these musicians simply belong together. There is something relentlessly inspiring behind the music and lyrics of this Earth-bound band that is able to stretch out to the furthest reaches of consciousness, thought, and being. Open yourself up and let The Nth Power in.“Only Love”:[via The Nth Power]Keyboard wizard Steve Molitz has been at the helm of Particle since the band began, interestingly enough, at a Phish after-party in California at the very beginning of the 1.0 era hiatus back in 2000. Particle, along with The Disco Biscuits, STS9, and Lotus, was one of the first acts to blend the jam and electronic genres together, creating the livetronica sub-genre at the onset of the new millennium. With the release of Launchpad and Transformations Live, Particle took on a life of its own, playing and touring with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Joe Satriani, Blackalicious, The String Cheese Incident’s Michael Kang, and many more. Purchase tickets here.Particle at Rex Theater, “Funkytown > Triple Threat”, Pittsburgh, PA, 2/13/16[via Alex Greene Films]Dayton, OH’s The Werks have been grinding things out on the road and in the studio over the past decade, making their mark on the jam scene with their creative songwriting and epic live improvisation. The Werks continue to earn fans across the country by throwing down fire sets at festivals like Camp Bisco, Jam Cruise, Electric Forest, High Sierra; carving out their own slice of the festie scene with their own hometown event The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival; and headlining countless venues nationwide. No strangers to the Phish late-night game, the group will also be returning to American Beauty for what is sure to be yet another unique performance well into the early hours of the morning. Purchase tickets here.The Werks, “Slab”, The Werk Out 2017[via The Werks Official]Out of their dojo in Connecticut, Kung Fu delivers a deadly funk-fusion assault that would defeat the most sinister of demonic rakshasas. Over the past few months, the group has been releasing a series of singles dubbed Ninja Cuts, with the latest in the series featuring deep funk classic cut “Scorpion” penned by keyboardist Beau Sasser. In a recent interview with L4LM, drummer Adrian Tramontano discussed Kung Fu’s activity in the studio and switching things up with their live shows, “We’re writing a lot of new tunes. We’re just changing up our show a lot from what it used to be in the past. We are getting really open about how we’ve been playing stuff lately. I want people to get into the band, dig into the set list and check stuff out on archive.” Purchase tickets here.Kung Fu, “Scorpion”[via Kung Fu]Here is the full breakdown of the late night shows going on at American Beauty during Phish’s upcoming New Year’s Run:Post-Phish Late Night ShowsThurs 12/28 – The Nth PowerDoors: 11:30pm/Show: 11:55pmPurchase TicketsFri 12/29 – ParticleDoors: 11:30pm/Show: 11:55pmPurchase TicketsSat 12/30 – The WerksDoors: 11:30pm/Show: 11:55pmPurchase TicketsSun 12/31 – Kung FuDoors: 1:00am to late (open past 4am)Purchase TicketsRead on below for more information about American Beauty’s planned New Year’s Eve schedule:Phish MSG NYE Stream Party-7:30pm-1:30am-$25 General Admission Includes:-HD Live Stream in Front Bar and Performance Hall-Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight-Free Admission to After-Party (no re-entry)$75 All-Inclusive VIP Package Includes:-HD Live Stream in Front Bar and Performance Hall-Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight-Free Admission to After-Party-Open Bar from 10pm-1am-Guaranteed Entry to After-PartyNYE After Party-1am-Late (venue will be open past 4am)-$25 General Admission:-Live Set by Kung Fu-Jerry Lounge Experience-DJs TBD-$75 Open Bar Upgrade:-Live Set by Kung Fu-Jerry Lounge-Open Bar from 1am-4amHere is the full breakdown of the pre-shows going on at American Beauty during Phish’s upcoming New Year’s Run:Pre-Phish Events– Venue opens at 3pm every day and live music starts at 4pm. There is NO COVER.– Band line-upThurs 12/28 – Teddy Midnight + Uncle StumpRSVP LinkFri 12/29 – PhanArt featuring Polyvamp *RSVP LinkSat 12/30 – Half Step: Grateful Dead TributeRSVP LinkSun 12/31 – Electric Love MachineRSVP LinkEnter To Win The Ultimate Weekend-Long Pass To American Beauty Phish Parties Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Fresh of their big Sunday performance at this past weekend’s Suwannee Hulaween, Ween rolled into Dallas, TX to celebrate All Hallows Eve at The Bomb Factory. The 32-song performance featured a mix of frequently-played favorites like “Spinal Meningitis”, “Touch My Tooter”, “Buckingham Green”, “Doctor Rock”, “Waving My Dick In The Wind”, “Bananas and Blow”, “Piss Up A Rope”, “Mister Richard Smoker”, and “Roses Are Free” and relative rarities like “How High Can You Fly?”, “The Stallion pt. 1”, “I Play It Off Legit”, “Don’t Laugh (I Love You)”, “Boy’s Club”, and “I’m Holding You”, as well as a set-closing cover of Motorhead‘s “Ace of Spades”.All but one of the songs played on Hallo-Ween night had been played at least once before in 2017, but the outlier was a doozy: a debut cover of The Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s “Are You Experienced?” featuring Dean Ween (dressed Dr. Rock) on vocals and Gene Ween (as a long-haired King Freeman in red robes) on keys, and a badass “Third Stone From The Sun” outro.Watch fan-shot side-stage video of Ween covering “Are You Experienced?” below via YouTube User monihampton:You can watch full show crowd-shot video of Ween Halloween at The Bomb Factory below via YouTube user Terrence Henry:Tomorrow, Thursday, November 2nd, Ween moves along in Texas for a two-night run at Stubb’s in Austin. For more info, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Ween | The Bomb Factory | Dallas, TX | 10/31/17The Golden Eel, Ice Castles, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), How High Can You Fly?, The Stallion pt 1, I Can’t Put My Finger on It, Touch My Tooter, I Play It Off Legit, Freedom of ’76, Beacon Light, Buckingham Green, Did You See Me?, The Argus, What Deaner Was Talkin’ About, Object, Even If You Don’t, Are You Experienced?, Doctor Rock, Waving My Dick in the Wind, Bananas and Blow, Piss Up a Rope, Push th’ Little Daisies, Don’t Laugh (I Love You), Demon Sweat, You Fucked Up> Tick, Mister Richard Smoker, Boy’s Club, Ace of SpadesEncore: Roses Are Free, I’m Holding You, Buenas Tardes Amigo– souncheck: Light Me Up– Gene on keys for Are You Experienced? – with Third Stone From the Sun outro– Dean on bass, Dave on guitar for Don’t Laugh– Gene on keys for Demon Sweat[Cover photo via YouTube user monihampton]
Photo: Jeremy Scott Load remaining images After wrapping up their annual three-night run at The Fillmore in San Francisco earlier this month, Chris Robinson Brotherhood announced to fans that they would return to the Bay Area in just a few short weeks for a three-night New Year’s Eve run. So, here they are with a three-night, sold-out run at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. The celebrations began on Friday night with two massive sets, featuring an impressive mix of originals and covers, including renditions of Roy Brown, Junior Wells, Waylon Jennings, Marvin Gaye, Slim Harpo, and more. Of course, the influence of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead prevailed itself in the second set, with a monstrous “Viola Lee Blues” sandwich, in which the three verses intertwined with renditions of “Down Home Girl” by Alvin Robinson, “I’m A Hog For You” by The Coasters, and “Never Been to Spain” by Hoyt Axton. The show closed with a heart-warming version of “They Love Each Other” by Jerry Garcia. The band returns to the stage tonight for two more shows to close out the 2017 in style.In the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood are riding a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their stellar new album, Barefoot In The Head, marks the CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength.Check out the gallery from Friday night’s show below, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Scott.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 12/29/17Good Rocking Tonight (Roy Brown), Someday Past the Sunset, Little by Little (Junior Wells), Little Lizzie Mae > Only When That’ll Walk the Line (Waylon Jennings), Try It Baby (Marvin Gaye), Blue Star Woman > Poor Elijah/ Tribute to Robert JohnsonTaking Care of Business, Viola Lee Blues (verse 1) > Down Home Girl (Alvin Robinson) > Viola Lee Blues (verse 2) > I’m A Hog For You (The Coasters) > Viola Lee Blues (verse 3), Never Been to Spain (Hoyt Axton), Beware, Oh Take Care, Got Love If You Want It (Slim Harpo)E: They Love Each Other (Jerry Garcia)Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 12/29/17 | Photos by Jeremy Scott
Brand new year, brand new band: Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, and more have come together to form a fresh project, dubbed Ghost Light. The new band, which also features Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang, has announced its official emergence, as well as the first leg of their debut tour. Their spring tour will kick off March 20th in San Diego, CA, and feature shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington DC and more.The first half of 2018 will see the band playing major venues in major markets coast to coast, followed by heavy rotation on the festival circuit. The debut record will be released in the second half of the year, and will be supported by an extensive tour. In 2018, you will get to know Ghost Light, and the future seems bright.Ghost Light is a true musical collaboration; five personalities, five perspectives, and five unique approaches towards one common sound. Rather than initially focusing on live shows, as many new groups do, the band played together for the first time in a recording studio in Philadelphia. This decision gave the band the ability to come to the project with fresh ears and no pre-conceived notions. They developed the songs as they developed their musical communication, which led to trust, creativity and an adventurous take on the process. As Scotty Zwang explains in a press release about the new band, “It’s a unique and interesting approach we get to take…we are being patient with each other and figuring out what the song needs.”“Having played with everyone involved in a live setting before, I had a pretty firm grasp of what we all brought to the table and it was exciting”, says Hamilton. “There is a wonderful freedom that comes with knowing that you don’t have to carry the entire load over the finish line. So when Raina and I were workshopping ideas to bring to this new band, we felt super comfortable going in any direction, knowing that with our new bandmates, the songs will get to where they needs to go. And in the live setting, that confidence is just as strong.”Although Ghost Light took their first steps in the studio rather than on the stage, the live experience is what will define this band. “In the parts of the sessions where we have had a little more room to just let things go, there have been these little glimmers of what the improvisation will feel like live. That’s a whole other thing and it’s very exciting,” notes Bowling.The band has yet to release any music, but members of the group have played together numerous times. While we wait for music from this new band, listen to Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling (and Don Was and Duane Trucks) join Bob Weir at Christmas Jam 2016 below (uploaded by JamBuzz; audio via taper nolamule):Check out a full list of Ghost Light tour dates below. All shows will go on-sale tomorrow, Friday January 12th at Noon local time. You can find ticket links for specific shows at www.ghostlightband.com.INITIAL GHOST LIGHT TOUR DATES:March 20th – Winstons – San Diego, CAMarch 21st – The Mint – Los Angeles, CAMarch 23rd & 24th – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CAMarch 27th – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CAMarch 28th – HiFi Lounge – Eugene, ORMarch 29th – Volcanic Theater Pub – Bend, ORMarch 30th – Mission Theater – Portland, ORApril 11th – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NYApril 12th – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PAApril 13th – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CTApril 14th – Thunder Road – Boston, MAApril 17th – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DCApril 18th – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NCApril 19th – 5 Points Sanctuary – Roanoke, VAApril 20th – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC[Cover Photo via www.ghostlightband.com]
A few years ago, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee and Jeff Austin–at the time a member of Yonder Mountain String Band–formed a new musical project called 30db. The project was a great outlet for the two songwriters, even if it only lasted for a short period of time. After unofficially parting ways in 2012, the pair has performed under the 30db moniker a handful of times since 2015 for one-off shows in Chicago, with their most recent show taking place at Martyrs’ in December of 2017.In addition to their previously announced show on Friday, May 11, at Martyrs’, the duo added another one-off at The Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 9. A somewhat out-of-left-field announcement given that the duo normally performs in the winter in Chicago, the show is a welcome surprise for fans of both Bayliss and Austin–especially as it might indicate the duo might have more plans to expand beyond the Chicago area.This is sure to be a special night of music from two of the scene’s best songwriters, as they are expected to mix songs from their only album, 2010’s One Man Show, as well as covers. For more information and to purchase tickets to the show, click here.