first_imgLoad remaining images Beloved Vermont-based jam band Twiddle spent the weekend in Port Chester, NY, playing back to back shows at the famed Capitol Theatre venue. Twiddle previously made their Cap debut earlier in 2016, selling the place out and welcoming Matisyahu to the stage for the occasion. Just a few months later, and Twiddle had already expanded from one night into two, welcoming RAQ and Madaila for performances on December 16th and 17th, respectively.The first night of the run was punctuated by big jams and a free-for-fall “Free Bird” encore that featured members of RAQ jamming with Twiddle. For the second night, Twiddle kept things more intimate and focused on their improvisation within originals. Since the shows were webcast via, the band has shared pro-shot footage of the first song from each set. Check them out below!Subconscious PreludeCabbage FaceYou can see the band’s setlist and a full gallery below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photos.Setlist: Twiddle | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/17/16Set 1: Subconscious Prelude, Doinkinbonk > Too Many Puppies > Bonk, Latin Tang, White Light, Complacent Race*Set 2: Cabbage Face, Gatsby The Great, Manunes The Faun, Every SoulEncore: Beethoven And Greene*with Wiley Griffinlast_img read more

first_imgThe annual Purple Hatters Ball will return once again to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL for the tenth straight year. Held as a benefit for the Rachel Morningstar Foundation, the festival is set to take place between June 2-4. Today, the festival dropped a stacked initial lineup.Leading the charge are Emancipator, Perpetual Groove, Zach Deputy, and The Russ Liquid Rest, but the fun doesn’t stop there. DubConscious, Roosevelt Collier Band, The Malah, MZG, and more are all featured on this exciting Purple Hatters Ball lineup, and this is only Phase One!PHB 2017 will utilize three stages including the famed Amphitheater Stage, a Beach Stage located along the wild black water Suwannee River that is picturesque for daytime sets, and the Uncle Charles Porch Stage.The event also features live art, yoga, workshops and a silent auction, as well as a Charity Disc Golf Tournament hosted by Zach Deputy. Since Rachel was an aspiring chef, PHB will be adding a culinary component for 2017 featuring food from several top notch chefs that will be announced at a later date.The most memorable moment of the weekend is when Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie), leads an emotional ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory. Each year, they released 24 monarch butterflies – 23 to represent Rachel’s age when she was taken from this world and 1 for her spirit that lives on. For tickets and more information about the festival, head here.Purple Hatter’s Ball 2017 Phase 1 Lineup:EmancipatorPerpetual GrooveZach DeputyThe Russ Liquid TestDubconsciousRoosevelt Collier BandThe MalahMZGCatfish AllianceLucideaTrial By StoneJuanjamon BandParker Urban BandUniversal GreenDead Keys Tribute to Scott CampbellLucky CostelloVlad The InhalerAlbert Simpsonlast_img read more

first_imgPart of what makes Jam Cruise so special is the impromptu music. When the Norweigan Pearl was prohibited from stopping in Grand Cayman, festival organizers put together alternative entertainment to occupy attendees during what would have previously been a time to explore. With so many talented artists on deck, any formation imagined would have done well – but “Grateful At Sea” was especially momentous.Guitarists Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO) and Steve Kimock (RatDog), drummer Jay Lane (Primus, Electric Beethoven), keyboardist Joey Porter (The Motet), vocalist Lesley Grant and bassist Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven) all came together to perform a tribute to the Grateful Dead. The set featured a rotation of special guests, all un-planned in the nature of Jam Cruise, including George Porter Jr., The Shook Twins, Vinnie Amico, Robert Walter, Karl Denson, and more.Thanks to Steve Bazley, you can listen to the full show’s audio below:Setlist: Grateful At Sea | Jam Cruise | 1/23/2017Cassidy, They Love Each Other, Brown Eyed Women, It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Eyes Of The World, Sugaree, West L.A. Fadeaway, Stella Blue, Shakedown Streetlast_img read more

first_imgAfter announcing that they would now play a nice “party jam,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” (previously played on Sunday for the first time since 12/31/11) got bodies bouncing as the band K.O.-ed the classic tune. GodWeenSatan outtake “Seconds” saw the light of day for only the 17th time in the band’s career (and the first since ’02), as Dean took visible enjoyment in his ferocious talk-box solo. “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night,” allowed bassist Dave Dreiwitz to take over lead vocals in top-notch punk-rock form, before the band closed their Tuesday set with “Someday”–because, after all, Tuesday is pizza day.After a brief pause, the band returned to the stage sans Gene for a run through instrumental “Fiesta,” before the eccentric vocalist returned for “The Mollusk,” transforming the room into an underwater dream world before everyone went on their separate ways.The Boognish is back in Brooklyn tonight, 6/7, and after a show featuring countless favorites, bust-outs, and even the live debut of a decades-old song, two-day ticket holders are left wondering what night two has in store. But if last night was any indication, Brooklyn night two promises to be profoundly brown.Thanks to taper Moricle, you can listen to the full show below:View photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Bahram Foroughi.SETLIST: Ween | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 6/6/17 The Stallion pt 1, You Fucked Up, Transdermal Celebration, I Gots a Weasel, The Golden Eel, The Argus, Push th’ Little Daisies, Big Jilm, Roses Are Free, Did You See Me?, Exactly Where I’m At, Mutilated Lips, The HIV Song, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Among His Tribe, Piss Up a Rope, Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, Doctor Rock, Object, Buckingham Green, Happy Colored Marbles, Mister Richard Smoker, Let’s Dance, Seconds, The Goin’ Gets Tough From the Getgo, It’s Gonna Be a Long Night, SomedayEncore: Fiesta, The MolluskWeen | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 6/6/17 | Photos by Barahm Foroughi On a damp Tuesday night in New York, Ween played to a capacity crowd at the freshly opened Brooklyn Steel. Added security measures caused 1,800-strong crowd to wrap around the factory-esque venue before the performance, creating a stronger-than-usual sense of pre-show anxiety for the band’s dedicated fans. But once the lines diminished and the show began, that atmosphere quickly dissipated and the audience was reminded why they were there in the first place: the beautiful clusterfuck of musical influences laced with the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and commentary that Ween addicts began worshiping over 30 years ago.Aaron Freeman, better known as Gene Ween, walked onstage sporting a megaphone as the band launched into “The Stallion, Part 1” 1991’s The Pod. Parental discretion was advised early on as “You Fucked Up” took the second spot of the show and got the rabid fans foaming at the mouth. After “Transdermal Celebration” and “I Gots A Weasel,” “The Golden Eel” got some extra love as the crowd ceremoniously chanted along. Next, the band set the crowd ablaze with their most MTV-approved track “Push th’ Little Daisies,” off of Pure Guava.Another Pure Guava track came in the form of “Big Jilm” which led to one of the most well-known Ween masterpieces, “Roses Are Free,” which saw Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) render the venue’s “no smoking” policy optional with an especially filthy guitar solo. The always well-received “Mutilated Lips” gave the crowd that funny feeling inside, like when we use to climb the rope in gym class. Speaking of uncomfortable topics, “The HIV Song” Chocolate and Cheese album was awkwardly praised by a fan base as giddy and obnoxious as the band on stage.After “Spinal Meningitis,” Deaner announced that the following song had never been played, and note-takers in the audience braced themselves for a new piece–only to hear a song they had probably listened to 100 times on record. People attend Ween shows praying to hear some serious bust-outs from their deep catalog of eclectic music, but even the brownest and most die-hard of followers were surprised to hear the delicate year rumbling “Among His Tribe,” off the 2003’s Quebec, which made its live Ween debut 14 years after it was released. A truly beautiful piece in the sludgy conglomeration of tracks Ween calls music, the “Among His Tribe” debut spoke to the unique, open-minded spirit of New York’s most love-spreading borough. Smiles only grew after the memorable moment in Ween history as the frequently played “Piss Up a Rope” shot out of the band’s proverbial cannon. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgLoad remaining images The Australian-based John Butler Trio is currently on an extensive tour through North America, working their way through number of headlining concert dates and festival performances, much to the delight of fans who have eagerly awaited their return. Already known as a force in the music world with a delightful blend of rock that appeals to jam sensibilities and unreal musical skills that frequently leaves onlookers with their jaw dropped, the trio will be bringing their music to the masses between now and September.John Butler Trio’s most recent stop was at The Highland Brewery‘s outdoor venue The Meadows in Asheville, North Carolina on Sunday night, following their slot on the main stage at LOCKN’ the day prior. Photographer Carol Spagnuola was on the scene, and provided the following images:John Butler Trio | Highland Brewery | 8/27/17 | Photos by Carol Spagnuola Photo: Carol Spagnuolalast_img read more

first_imgTaking place in St. Pete and Boca Raton on consecutive nights, January 13-14, the Sunshine Music Festival has put together a great lineup for their initial announcement. Headlining the event will be hosts Tedeschi Trucks Band, who will return to the local Florida event to give what is sure to be a soulful performance.Joining them on the lineup are a number of incredible musicians, including Mike Gordon, Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Hot Tuna, Foundation of Funk (with Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, & John Medeski), and The Suffers. The full festival takes place over two days in two venues, including Vinoy Park in St. Pete on January 13 and Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton on the 14.Tickets go on sale 9/29 at 10am, and more information can be found here. The full lineup poster is copied below.last_img read more

first_imgAnders Osborne roared into Brooklyn ahead of the holidays and brought his loyal fans the gift of two nights of brilliant tunes at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City. And Anders wasn’t alone—on this “Santa Con” Saturday, he had elvish help in the form of the estimable Jackie Greene with his usual good vibes and great chops on keyboards, guitar, harmonica and vocals; Carl Dufresne on bass and vocals; and percussion master Brady Blade on drums.The Road To Rooster Walk: Anders Osborne Talks SongwritingSwedish-born Osborne has for many years made New Orleans his home base, and the city’s cultural gumbo jumps out of his music. His Brooklyn set’s spicy originals and well-chosen covers were all stretched out with tasty jams and had the Bowl audience dancing from the get-go.  The ingredients in Osborne’s delicious musical stew ranged from “Voodoo Chile” vamps to Crazy Horse two-chord ferocity, frequently plugged in with an “Iko Iko” vibe borrowed from Dr. John and The Meters. Vocally, Osborne delivers his excellent tunes with a smooth tenor drawn from Van Morrison and Lowell George.Jackie Greene Plays Dead With Dead & Co, moe., Twiddle Members For Charity [Full Pro-Shot]The band had the joint jumping all night, opening with “Had My Reasons” and “Ya Ya Nation” before moving into familiar jam band territory with a lively “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad.” Osborne originals included “Echoes of My Sins”, “Born to Die Together”, and “Life Don’t Last That Long”. However, it was on Lee Dorsey’s classic “Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)” when the great Brian Blade began to assert himself and, along with bassist Dufresne, took the set deep into Nawlins-style funk groove and did not look back. Jackie Greene and Blade joined forces for a bouncy cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain,” with opening act Jamie McLane joining in the fun.  Closing out the set was Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” with the band collectively slam-dunking the jam.EXCLUSIVE: Anders Osborne Talks Tour, Aiding Musicians In Recovery With “Send Me A Friend”Anders Osborne has been writing tunes for more than three decades. At 51, his music is a gift that keeps on giving. Long may he run. You can check out photos from the holiday extravaganza below, courtesy of photographer Lou Montesano.Anders Osborne | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 12/9/2017 | Photos: Lou Montesano Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgOnce there was a time when bands ruled supreme. Guitars, bass, and drums filled the airwaves as people swayed to the rhythm. Over the last few decades, we’ve seen the rise of electronic music. Artistic minds began to produce sounds that no instrument could replicate, giving birth to new waves of music and, with it, a new wave of fans. These two worlds seldom mixed, and many fans of each had difficulty accepting the artistry of the other. It wasn’t until the last decade that some electronic producers incorporated live instrumentation into their sets. Electronic heavyweights like Pretty Lights, Gramatik, GRiZ, Big Gigantic, and others grew to incorporate guitar, live drumming, and other instruments in their sets, helping bridge the gap between live and electronic music. It is at this crossroad where we meet Tommy Weeks and Henry and their brass-based project, damsun.You may have seen Weeks playing sax for Connecticut’s Funky Dawgz Brass Band or jamming with Syracuse’s funk and hip-hop band Sophistafunk. Weeks has an impressive and diverse history of sit-ins, playing with the likes of Twiddle, Dispatch, Trombone Shorty, Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Aqueous, Manic Focus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Sunsquabi, Maddy O’Neal, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Kung Fu, and many more.His counterpart Henry is a classically trained trombonist with extensive experience performing in orchestral, jazz, brass band, and electronic settings. Having been introduced to electronic music through the likes of Amon Tobin and Pretty Lights, he started digging deeper into IDM, glitch-hop, and everything in between. By blending various electronic music influences with a classically informed compositional approach, Henry has begun to define his own sound. Always looking to incorporate seemingly disparate elements into new and exciting experiences, he blends a variety of indie, electronic, pop and experimental sounds into his vision with a special place for brass and other acoustic instruments in the process.For now, the duo has two released songs that you can check out today. One of them is a remix of the infectiously fun “Back Pocket” by Vulfpeck and an original “In The Moment” that is sure to get you grooving! We got a chance to speak with the members of damsun about their new project. Read on below for more!“Back Pocket” (damsun Remix)“In The Moment” L4LM: What made you want to start this project? Where do you want it to go?damsun: There aren’t enough electronic artists who bring live instruments, much less brass instruments, into their sound, and we want that to change. We think that we can offer sounds and experiences that push the boundaries on what contemporary electronic-based music can be. We’re instrumentalists first—Tommy on tenor sax and Henry on trombone—but have both liked electronic music for years, so teaming up on this project felt very natural. Before this, we had been playing in bands and producing independently but hadn’t found a compelling way to bring production and live instruments together. When we first started working together, we realized we had similar taste in music and that our cumulative skill sets could lead to something new and exciting.L4LM: Where do you draw your inspiration?damsun: Although we definitely pull from many genres, damsun as a whole is most deeply rooted in a funk and hip-hop sound. You can also expect to hear influences from trap, house, glitch-hop, indie dance, synth-pop, and more. We have a ton of respect and appreciation for what more established acts have done for the scene. Artists like GRiZ, Big Gigantic, and Brasstracks really helped open our eyes to what an electronic-brass sound could be and gave us some perspective on what tends to work well when bringing the two spheres together—both in the studio and in live settings. But at the end of the day, our sound is distinctly different from these guys, and we plan to continue to evolve away from common comparisons and into something of our own.L4LM: Why should people care about damsun? What makes you guys different?damsun: First and foremost, we’re both horn players who happen to be making electronic music. As instrumentalists, we’re always trying to elevate the level of energy, dynamics, and human connection beyond what’s possible with a purely in-the-box approach. While we’re seeing a few more electronic artists bring traditional instruments into their studios and live acts, it’s still uncommon, and we think our approach sets us apart.On top of this, our combined musical experiences and skills are really what make us unique. Tommy is a strong improvisational player with history of performing and arranging with hip-hop and brass bands, while Henry has conservatory-style classical training along with composition, orchestration, and production credits. Together, we have a lot of material and diversity to draw upon and we find that the results of these creative collisions are often surprising and unexpected.L4LM: Is there anything else you want the people to know about damsun?damsun: We actually met briefly when we were much younger but didn’t keep in touch. We both ended up studying music and reconnected after college. In our first ever session together we jammed for hours and ended up recording what has become a remix that we’ll be releasing soon.last_img read more

first_imgPaul McCartney has announced five new U.S. performances, officially bringing his recently announced ‘Freshen Up’ Tour to the United States.McCartney’s first U.S. date will take place May 27th, at Raleigh, NC’s PNC Arena, marking the iconic musician’s first show in the City of Oaks in over a decade. McCartney will then head south to Greenville, SC’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena, marking his debut appearance in Greenville. Sir Paul will then take things to Lexington, KY’s Rupp Arena on June 1st before heading to Madison, WI’s Kohl Center on June 6th. The final show of the most recent announcement will take place June 11th at Moline, IL’s Taxslayer Center.Earlier this summer, Paul McCartney announced that he would embark on a run of 2018 concert dates dubbed The ‘Freshen Up’ Tour. The announcement included just four dates, all of which were set to take place in Canada this September. He also announced European shows later in the year, leaving a window in his schedule that many predicted would be filled by dates in the States.The ‘Freshen Up’ Tour will mark Sir Paul’s first series of live dates since the ‘One On One’ tour that played to some two million fans over the course of 2016 and 2017. The ‘Freshen Up’ tour will also be Paul’s first outing following the release of his brand-new studio album, Egypt Station, due out September 7th on Capitol Records.McCartney has a busy upcoming week, with appearances on The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, September 5th, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the following night, September 6th.Tickets for the most recent ‘Freshen Up’ Tour dates announced go on sale Friday, September 7th, at 10 a.m. local time.See below for a list of North American tour dates. For more information, head to Paul McCartney’s website.Upcoming Paul McCartney ‘Freshen Up’ Tour datesSeptember 17: Quebec City, QC – the Videotron CentreSeptember 20: Montreal, QC – Bell CentreSeptember 28: Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS PlaceSeptember 30: Edmonton, AB – Rogers PlaceMay 27: Raleigh, NC – PNC ArenaMay 30: Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness ArenaJune 1: Lexington, KY – Rupp ArenaJune 6: Madison, WI – Kohl CenterJune 11: Moline, IL – Taxslayer CenterView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

first_imgYesterday was a big day in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward, accusing Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in Maryland during the early 1980’s. Dr. Ford’s heroic testimony has come with increasing threats to her family and private life, to the point where she had to sell her home and relocate, and needs a full security detail for the safety of herself and her family.A GoFundMe page was started on September 18th for the Standford psychology professor and her family, with an original goal of $150,000 quickly surpassed by generous donations. None other than Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh, appears to be the top donor, with a donation of $10,000 in hopes of assisting Dr. Ford and her family with “covering the immediate security and personal expenses.” Following yesterday’s historic hearing, the GoFundMe stopped allowing donations, with a final total of $473,622 raised for Dr. Ford and her family over the course of the nine-day period. You can see a screenshot of the donation list below:Phil has been particularly active this month politically, hosting a concert under the banner Phil Lesh & “Very Special Friends” at New York’s fabled Apollo Theater to benefit live music-oriented voter registration and activism non-profit, HeadCount. The event, billed as “Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Got No Heart: A Benefit for Voter Participation,” saw Lesh team with touring outfit The Terrapin Family Band, guitarist Eric Krasno, and vocalist Nicki Bluhm for the entirety of the performance, as well as sacred steel guitar master Robert Randolph, rapper Talib Kweli, and the Harlem Gospel Choir to give the performance an appropriate shot of soul.Unpacking The Many Layers Of Signifiance In Talib Kweli’s Sit-In With Phil Lesh At The ApolloWatch video of Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends with Talib Kweli and the Harlem Gospel Choir below, and remember to get out and VOTE in November!Talib Kweli w/ Phil Lesh, Terrapin Family Band, Eric Krasno, Nicki Bluhm, Robert Randolph, & The Harlem Gospel Choir – “Get By”[Video: Live For Live Music][H/T Relix]last_img read more