The Capitol Theatre announced two shows with Phil Lesh & Friends on May 28 and 29 in Port Chester, NY! The Friends will include Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno on guitars, John Molo on drums, and Melvin Seals on keys. While we’ve seen Haynes, Molo, and Krasno play extensively alongside Lesh, it will be Melvin Seals’ first time playing with Phil Lesh & Friends. The Hammond B3 organ wizard was one of the select few who had the distinct privilege of sharing the stage with Garcia during the much celebrated tenure of the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin Seals On Faithfully Carrying The Torch Of Jerry GarciaWhile the three March dates are sold out for Phil & Friends, ticket information for the May shows is available via the Capitol Theatre website. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 11th, at 3 PM Eastern.
The Great Outdoors Jam, to be hosted at the Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, FL this June 30 – July 3, has announced its first wave of artists spearheaded by Baltimore psychedelic funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Buffalo jam band Aqeuous and jamtronica stars Broccoli Samurai.Additional first wave artists include Come Back Alice, Holey Miss Moley, Aliver Hall, Displace, The Juanjamon Band, Copious Jones, Ajeva, Tweed, Russ Bowers Isn’t Dead Yet, Voodoo Visionary, Este Loves, Justino And The Difference, Boxcar Hollow, and Lucidea, with more artists announcements to come.Super Early Bird tickets will go on sale Monday, March 14 at the Great Outdoors Jam’s festival website page, found here.
On April 26th, between Jazz Fest weekends in New Orleans, three back to back tribute shows will be taking over the Howlin Wolf for one stacked night of incredible music. First up, Elise Testone will be bringing her all-star Amy Winehouse tribute, Thankful For Amy, along with Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Chris Severin (Allen Toussaint), Raymond Weber, and Nicole Zuraitas. Then, funk army Turkuaz will take the stage to perform a tribute to The Band. Finally, it’ll all wrap up with the NOLA debut of Jazz Is Phish featuring Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Michael Ray (Sun Ra/Kool & The Gang), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), Derrick Johnson (Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band), Josh Thomas (With Lions), Adam Chase (Chase Brothers) and Matthew Chase (Chase Brothers).The latest additions to the lineup have been revealed. Joe Marcinek Band and Holly Bowling will perform in The Den, adjacent to the main venue. This edition of Marcinek’s rotating lineup will feature Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy) and Rick King. Previous renditions of JMB have featured members of String Cheese Incident, Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Lettuce, to name a few. The band plans to jam through songs from the Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Professor Longhair, Paul Simon, Phish, and more.Bowling never ceases to amaze an audience with her intricate renditions of Phish and other jamband tunes for classical piano. Best known for her recreation of the epic 35 minute-long “Tahoe Tweezer”, she has since branched out to tackle songs from the Disco Biscuits, Grateful Dead and more, even playing with members of Umphrey’s McGee and the Biscuits on Jam Cruise. For her first time playing in NOLA, you can bet she’ll be pulling out all the stops.SHOW INFO:Thankful For Amy: An All-Star Tribute to Amy WinehouseTurkuaz Plays The BandJazz Is PhishIn The Den:Joe Marcinek BandHolly BowlingThe Howlin Wolf4/26/16Doors at 10, Show at 10:30**Tickets**
Backwoods Pondfest has just released its final artist announcement. New additions include Lucid, Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis & Friends (a Twiddle and Lucid fusion), Balkun Brothers and artist-at-large Ian McGuire, and will be joining previously announced artists such as Melvin Seals & JGB, Pink Talking Fish Is Bowie, Spiritual Rez, The Nth Power, Sophistafunk, Hayley Jane and the Primates, and more (purchase tickets HERE).Full Audio Of Pink Talking Fish’s Tribute To David Bowie & Prince Has EmergedEntering its tenth consecutive year, Backwoods Pondfest is ready for its biggest year yet, and takes place August 4th – 6th at Twin Ponds Campsite in Peru, NY. This also marks the beginning of an indefinite hiatus for Lucid, as the band has set plans to take time off the road. Lucid frontman Lowell Wurster discussed the band’s decision to play the fest this year, “When we made the decision to take a break from life on the road – from playing live shows … Pondfest was always sort of a grey area. We’re really psyched that we’re going to be up there playing music for everyone, we felt like it wouldn’t feel right if we couldn’t make it happen”. For additional information, check the festival website.We had the opportunity to chat with Backwoods Pondfest organizer and owner of Full Circle Music Productions’ Derek Haviland about this year’s event.L4LM: Tell us your thoughts about this year’s headliners.DH: Melvin Seals and JGB has always been a personal favorite. Going back to ’80 when Seals first started taking the stage with Jerry Garcia Band, his style and his presence on that B3 is unique and unrivaled in the Grateful Dead musical community. Pondfest has never had JGB and Melvin Seals before, but they did co-headline Backwood Pondfest’s predecessor festival along with Pork Tornado for Pondstock way back in 2001.Pink Talking Fish is another first-year artist, and we’re looking forward to this special Bowie incarnation they’re bringing us for Pondfest. We’re pretty sure we’re going to see Hayley Jane, and maybe even an artist at large in there to jazz things up even more. Mihali & Friends featuring members of both Twiddle and Lucid is also one of the most anticipated performances of the weekend. With Lucid’s recent hiatus, and a ten year history playing at Pondfest for both Mihali and all the members of Lucid, the collaboration is really an awesome thing to have coming to fruition this year. We’re expecting a high-energy, electric performance from this fusion of artistry. L4LM: What are your expectations for this year’s event?DH: Expectations are high: we’ve got more bands, more days of music and more years of wonderful experience under our belts then ever before. L4LM: What do you think makes Backwoods Pondfest so unique? DH: Most festivals that are able to offer the scope and quality of bands that Pondfest does aren’t able to keep some of the little things that help make a weekend feel at-home and comfortable. Fans look forward to driving in and camping next to their vehicles, bringing their four-legged friends if they want to, and even having their own small campfire at night while they listen to bands and artists from throughout the country. L4LM: Which act on the bill do you think will surprise people the most?DH: The Lucid sets and Mihali & Friends are really going to blow people away, we can count on that based on experience. Lucid has always done two sets since the band and Backwoods Promotions helped create this thing ten long years ago. I can’t imagine Backwoods Pondfest without them, and a lot of fans made it clear that they couldn’t either. Mihali is another familiar face that’s never missed on opportunity for an on-stage appearance at Pondfest, and when you put the Twiddle boys and the Lucid boys together, ‘surprising’ seems like a bit of an understatement.L4LM: Thanks for your time, Derek!For ticket and additional information about Backwoods Pondfest, check out the festival website HERE.[Cover photo credit: Jerry Cadieux]
Kicking off a three-show run at San Francisco, CA’s The Fillmore last night, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood paid tribute to fallen Beatle John Lennon on the anniversary of the his death with a cover of “Come Together.”The two-set show featured CRB originals such as “Roan County Banjo,” “Burn Slow,” and “Sweet Sweet Lullaby,” as well as additional covers of Leon Russell‘s “Stranger in a Strange Land,” Bob Dylan‘s “Tough Mama,” and a show-closer of The Velvet Underground‘s “Rock & Roll.” Take a listen to “Come Together” below, courtesy of Stuart Levine.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA |12/8/16\Set 1: Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Roan County Banjo, Tornado, Precious, Precious, Tulsa Yesterday, California Hymn, Burn Slow, Poor Elijah / Tribute to JohnsonSet 2: Stranger in a Strange Land, Forever as the Moon, Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor, Never Been to Spain, Tough Mama, Sweet Sweet Lullaby, Leave My Guitar Alone, RideEncore : Come Together, Rock & Roll[via JamBase]
Congratulations to Ray Davies… or should we say Sir Ray Davies! The guitarist/vocalist of The Kinks was knighted by the Queen of England as part of her New Year Honours list, recognizing his career in the arts.Davies told the BBC, “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”He joins an elite list of British rock musicians to be knighted, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Mick Jagger.
Jam group Dopapod has doubled down on a busy early 2017 with a fresh batch of spring tour dates. The band now has a 26-date spring tour ahead of them, starting with three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl and traveling through the Midwest and East Coast through late March and all of April.The tour will take the band through major East Coast cities like Philadelphia and Boston, as well as popular Midwest spots like St. Louis and Cleveland. Their tour schedule also includes several dates in the Southeast, including a spot at the SweetWater 420 Festival, before wrapping up on April 29th at Soundstage.Before all that, however, the band is set to play two nights in Colorado with their former tour-mates, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. More information about those shows can be found here.You can see the full tour schedule below, and head to the band’s website for more information.
While Phish has settled into Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their annual Colorado visits, there was a time in the mid-’90s when the band played the beloved Red Rocks Amphitheatre every year. Making their debut at the storied venue in 1993, Phish played the venue nine times between 1993 and 1996, plus four more times in 2009. Between the magic of Red Rocks and of a Phish show, especially during the 1990s, these performances are the stuff of legends.Our Phishtory piece for the day takes phans back to 1995, when Phish wrapped up a two-night run on this day. After laying down a solid show on night one, Phish took things to the next level with a fun performance on June 10th. Any show that opens with “Makisupa Policeman” has our attention, especially when that segues into a crunchy “Llama.”The first set featured a “Prince Caspian > It’s Ice > Free” combination, before going into a rare first-set “You Enjoy Myself” that somehow found its way into a “Hold Your Head Up” segment with a vocal jam. From there, drummer Jon Fishman took the lead on a cover of “Lonesome Cowboy Bill,” a full three years before Phish would perform the Velvet Underground album in its entirety.The second set heated up with some great jams, including a rockin’ “Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove” for the faithful. The biggest surprise of the night, however, came in the encore, when the band debuted their version of The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life.” The Beatles classic has become something of a live staple for Phish, popping up in setlists a full 65 more times throughout their career. That this show featured the debut surely cements itself in the Phish history books.Listen to the full show streaming below.[Audio: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/10/1995Set 1: Makisupa Policeman -> Llama, Prince Caspian > It’s Ice > Free, Rift, You Enjoy Myself -> Hold Your Head Up > Lonesome Cowboy Bill > Hold Your Head Up, Suzy GreenbergSet 2: Maze, Fee > Uncle Pen, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Amazing Grace, Sample in a JarEncore: A Day in the Life Vocal jam. Trey sang verses through megaphone. Phish debut.Notes: This show marked the first Phish performance of A Day in the Life. YEM segued into a HYHU vocal jam. Page teased Fanfare for the Common Man several times before Lonesome Cowboy Bill. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone.
Yesterday, Wu-Tang Clan shared a new track “People Say” featuring Redman without any peep on their website or socials. The rumor cycle spun out of control with predictions of a new album, or presumptions that it might be from Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which is technically owned by pharma CEO Martin Shkreli. A few hours after the release, suspicions were confirmed by the hip-hop masters that indeed there is a new album on the way, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, due out October 13. The forthcoming record is produced by RZA and Mathematics.RZA explains in a press release, “For years, Math has had the idea of putting together a body of music using modern and legendary equipment such as ASR10 with vocal performances by Wu-Tang Clan members and other prominent MCs.” He continues, “With The Saga Continues he’s created a masterpiece. We at 36 Chambers ALC are honored to work with Mathematics and Wu-Tang Clan to put out a great piece of art.”Following their 2014 A Better Tomorrow, “People Say” is the second single from 2017 alongside “Don’t Stop,” which was part of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley soundtrack. Taste the first piece of Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues below:Wu-Tang Clan will tour as both solo and group performances throughout the U.S. this fall.Wu-Tang Clan 2017 Tour Dates:09/01 — Kalamazoo, MI @ The Back Room *09/03 — Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field ^09/07 — Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room *09/10 — Clio, MI @ Cannibis Cup09/15 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl #09/16 — Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest09/17 — Los Angeles, CA @ Paid Dues Fest *09/22 — Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard *09/24 — Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *09/25 — Austin, TX @ Antone’s *09/26 — San Antonio, TX @ The Korova *10/06 — St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall *10/07 — Los Angeles, CA @ Globe Theater *10/08 — Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Freight Depot #10/21 — Chicago, IL @ Navy Pier #* = Raekwon solo^ = Method Man & Redman# = Ghostface Killah solo
While Waits’ appearance onstage was a rare occurrence for the 67-year-old singer, Staples has been ramping up her productivity in recent months. Last week, she announced the pending release of a brand new album co-written with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (out November 17th), and shared the album’s first single, “If All I Was Was Black,” for which Tweedy added the music to Staples’ lyrics. That same day, Mavis also announced a full Fall Tour with the great Bob Dylan. The 20+ date national tour will begin in Southern California on October 13th, and wrap up on November 16th in Boston. For a full list of tour dates, head to Dylan’s website.https://bobdylan.com/on-tour/You can listen to Staples’ new single, “If All I Was Was Black,” below via Staples’ YouTube page:Bob Dylan w/ Mavis Staples 2017 Fall Tour Dates10/13 Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center @ Valley Center, CA10/14 The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre @ Las Vegas, NV10/17 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/18 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/21 1st Bank Center @ Denver, CO10/23 Century Link Center @ Omaha, NE10/24 Stephens Auditorium @ Ames, IA10/25 Xcel Energy Center @ St Paul, MN10/27 Wintrust Arena @ Chicago, IL10/28 Van Andel Arena @ Grand Rapids, MI10/29 IU Auditorium @ Bloomington, IN11/1 Fox Theater @ Detroit, MI11/3 EJ Thomas Hall @ Akron, OH11/5 Palace Theater @ Columbus, OH11/6 Peterson Events Center @ Pittsburgh, PA11/8 Nassau Coliseum @ Uniondale, NY11/10 Coliseum @ Richmond, VA11/11 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/12 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/14 The Anthem @ Washington, DC11/16 Agannis Arena @ Boston, MA[h/t – Consequence of Sound] Last night, renowned singer-songwriter Tom Waits marked his first live appearance in over two years when he joined Mavis Staples onstage at a Lagunitas Brewery location in California. The famously gravelly-voiced singer duetted with Mavis on The Staple Singers‘ 1972 Grammy-winning soul classic, “Respect Yourself. Until the sit-in with Staples, Waits had not given a live performance since he visited The Late Show in 2015 ahead of then-host David Letterman‘s departure from the show.You can watch an assortment of crowd-shot videos from Tom Waits’ surprise guest appearance with Mavis Staples below:Crowd-shot video via Facebook user Richard Zeno: