Month: March 2021

  • Warren Haynes And Melvin Seals Add Third Set To Red Rocks Symphonic Celebration

    first_imgThe Warren Haynes-led Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration just keeps getting better! The band, which will include JGB organist Melvin Seals, drummer Jeff Sipe, bassist Lincoln Schleifer, and vocalists Jasmine Muhammad and Jacklyn LaBranch, have announced a third set of music to their Red Rocks performance on Monday, August 1. Falling on the birthday of the late Jerry Garcia, the show is “shaping up to be a monumental evening,” says Haynes.This news excitingly comes on the heels of the announcement that Jerry Garcia‘s iconic “Tiger” guitar will also be on stage for the evening. The esteemed guitar was primarily used by Garcia from 1979 to 1989, though problems with his “Rosebud” guitar forced the mid-show switch. Since that day, “Tiger” has not been seen publicly, though the guitar did get some recent exposure. Read more here.In a Facebook post from Warren Haynes, he commented: “August 1st is shaping up to be a monumental evening. Any time you play Red Rocks, it’s a special occasion. And when we were able to book the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration there on Jerry’s birthday, we knew the planets were aligning. We started thinking about ways to honor the occasion and who we’d like to have be a part of the celebration, and there really was no one who made more sense than Melvin. If all that wasn’t enough, having the opportunity to play Tiger for the very first time since Jerry played it at the last Dead show over 20 years ago, really is the cherry on top.”Tickets for the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration are currently on-sale here, and will also stream on SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead channel on Wednesday, August 3 at 9 p.m. ET.last_img read more

  • Watch The Strokes Perform ‘Threat of Joy’ On Jimmy Kimmel Live

    first_imgJimmy Kimmel has some great musical guests this week! After a huge performance by Prophets of Rage, Kimmel had The Strokes on his show last night. Plugging their new EP Future Present Past, the band played their single “Threat of Joy” to a euphoric audience. The band is super tight, with Julian Casablancas‘ crooning vocals perfectly matching the melodic new tune.Watch the full video below.last_img

  • Warren Haynes Plays Tiger, Jams With Krasno & Benevento For NYC Jerry Garcia Tribute [Videos]

    first_imgThe beginning of August is Jerry season. With the Grateful Dead guitarist’s birthday on August 1st, and the anniversary of his death today, on August 9th, artists across the world—and across genres of music—routinely pay their respects to Garcia’s life, music, and legend. Last night, after a small run of shows that included a Red Rocks show and a couple festival appearances, Warren Haynes brought his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration to NYC’s Central Park SummerStage for an unforgettable,  heartfelt, tribute to Jerry Garcia.Backed by a full symphony orchestra (conducted by Rich Daniels) as well as background vocalists Jaclyn LeBranch and Jasmine Mohammed, drummer Jeff Sipe , bassist Liegen Schlifer and more throughout the evening, Warren and co. delivered three sets of Garcia’s music so joyous and emotional that it’s almost hard to believe that these songs weren’t always intended for this kind of orchestral setting. The music of the Grateful Dead, as any fan knows, has a way of evoking real, powerful feelings—you get tingles, you feel chills, it encompasses your mind, body and soul. The accompaniment of the symphony brought this magic to life, conjuring in an actual musical sense the indescribable emotion that always accompanies these songs, though usually only in an abstract sense.And as if the sheer magnitude of a legend like Warren paying tribute to an icon like Jerry with the help of a symphony orchestra wasn’t enough, Haynes led the way using Garcia’s famous “Tiger” guitar, on loan from billionaire and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The instrument seemed to possess otherworldly power throughout the evening, ringing breathtakingly true to the Garcia’s unique, classic sound—it may have been Warren playing the notes, but if you closed your eyes, it was Jerry’s soulful tone that shone through. After beginning with a brief tease of “Dark Star”, the band went into a beautiful “Bird Song”. Next up was a rousing “Shakedown Street”, whose “well, well, well” bass line was bolstered to powerful effect by the orchestra’s horns section. “China Cat Sunflower” followed, the orchestra strings mimicking the familiar guitar licks for an added sonic punch before slipping into a pretty orchestral outro. The “Scarlet Begonias” that came next picked up an almost regal quality from the orchestra with Tiger’s undeniable tone soaring above it all. An impeccably arranged “Morning Dew” rounded out the first set, moving more than a few people in attendance to tears.The second set opened with “Uncle John’s Band”, perhaps the only song whose orchestral arrangement didn’t quite click, instead strangely giving it a bubblegum pop kind of feel. After a quick jazz jam with soprano saxophonist Mitch Davis, the band continued a run of favorites including “West LA Fadeaway”, “Touch Of Grey”, and “Doin That Rag”, all impeccably played.From there, the show erupted with a monster version of “Terrapin Station”, a song that seems to have been designed for an orchestra. Haynes drove the song confidently, before leading the orchestra into the instrumental “Slipknot!” Eventually, the “Terrapin Reprise” would follow, and Haynes’ own tribute to Jerry, “Patchwork Quilt”, ended the set. A single encore with the orchestra came next, as the group broke into “China Doll” for one last orchestrally emotional moment.Finally, the band got one more chance to jam on more of Jerry’s music, returning for a four song encore. The group also welcomed out two vibrant NYC musicians, Eric Krasno and Marco Benevento, to join in the tribute, as well as saxophonist Erik Lawrence, trumpetist Steve Bernstein, and additional percussionists. The four song run included “(I’m A) Road Runner”, “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, “Fire On The Mountain” and “Don’t Let Go”. On the final night of the tour–and the eve of the 21st anniversary of his death–the spirit of Jerry Garcia was truly alive and well in New York City.Check out video highlights from btragal below, including songs played both with and without the orchestra. The full setlist can be seen below as well!Shakedown StreetScarlet BegoniasChina DollThat’s What Love Will Make You DoFire On The Mountain Edit this setlist | More Warren Haynes setlistslast_img read more

  • People Who Go To Concerts Lead Happier Lives, According To Science

    first_imgThere’s a very peculiar feeling one has in the moments leading up to a live music event: a mix of excitement, nerves, preparative thoughts, and responsible reasoning. You call your friends, line up the plans, pick out the right shoes, checking all the boxes from your list. It’s a sense of liveliness incomparable to most other moments we experience on the day-to-day grind, a feeling worth chasing after for good. Because we, fellow music lovers, know all too well that what we’re going in for will be exponentially greater than our expectations, and the resulting feelings of the other side.Ultimately, it’s the combination of live music and community that makes these experiences so worthy of our happiness — according to a new study. Researchers in Australia found that people who habitually attend musical engagements are reported to have higher levels of subjective well-being. Deakin University scholars Melissa Weinberg and Dawn Joseph reported that Australians who participate in communal musical experiences — whether it’s at a live concert or a communal dance gathering — have elevated levels of overall satisfaction in life. Ultimately, the common thread is to engage with music in the company of others.The study sampled 1,000 Australians, with an average age of 56, over the telephone in 2014. The subjects were asked to answer questions regarding their levels of satisfaction with health, achievements in life, relationships, et cetera, as well as their modes and levels of engagement with music; they answered with a numerical 0-10 or a yes/no response.The researchers report that “total well-being scores were significantly higher for people who reported that they danced or attended musical events,” compared to people who did not. The people who attended music events also reported higher levels of satisfaction with their standards of living. Similar conclusions were reported for those who danced with other people, scoring significantly higher in overall satisfaction levels than those who did not. Ultimately, people who habitually attend music events and/or dance with other people scored increased levels of well-being and satisfaction in life.The correlation between live music engagements and dancing is clear; their relationship intrinsically binds together the freedom of art, expression, and self-satisfaction; and thus, increased happiness. Beyond the scientific reasons, that live music universally lowers stress levels, increases social bonds while decreasing levels of pain, and can even physiologically cause people to get “skin-gasms”, live music events naturally bring people together who are happy. This is most likely why the ritualistic practice has lasted so long. Happiness is contagious, and live music events are the center point for all these reasons.last_img read more

  • The White Stripes Are “Disgusted” That Donald Trump Used “Seven Nation Army” Without Permission

    first_imgIn a trend that has somehow continued through the home stretch of the elections, it seems that the Donald J. Trump campaign has once again used a piece of music without permission. This time, the song in question is the famed “Seven Nation Army,” and The White Stripes are none too pleased.Though the group has long been defunct, the Stripes did put out an official press release through the Third Man Records label regarding Trump’s use of their song. The strongly-worded message is clear that no permission was granted, calling the song’s use “illegal.”Read the band’s statement, below.Unfortunately, it seems like the ad no longer exists, but it seems we know how Jack White and Meg White are voting come November…last_img read more

  • Trombone Shorty To Release New Album With Blue Note Records Before 2017 Jazz Fest

    first_imgEarlier today, the prodigious jazz label Blue Note Records announced that Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews would be joining their ranks. With monumental jazz artists, such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter to name a just a few, gracing Blue Note’s roster, Trombone Shorty’s inclusion among these names places him solidly within this modern generation’s jazz scene. In April, Trombone Shorty’s album on Blue Note Records is set to drop. The album will debut before the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are set to close out the festival on May 7.You can check out recently announced late-night shows for this year’s Jazz Fest here, including Zigaboo Modeliste’s 19th Annual Funk Revue with Organ Freeman at The Howling Wolf following Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s festival closing set on May 7th. Leading up to Jazz Fest, Trombone Shorty will be touring extensively with the Red Hot Chili Peppers through March 18th, including sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City and Staples Center in Los Angeles. Trombone Shorty’s future tour dates can be found below, and tickets can be purchased via Trombone Shorty & Orlean Avenue’s website.Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 2017 Tour DatesFebruary 01 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe LiveFebruary 02 – Detroit, Mich. @ Joe Louis ArenaFebruary 03 – Chicago, Ill. @ Park WestFebruary 04 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada CentreFebruary 07-08 – Boston, Mass. @ TD GardenFebruary 10 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Key Bank CenterFebruary 11 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ The Music Box – Borgata Hotel Casino & SpaFebruary 12-13 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo CenterFebruary 15 – New York, N.Y @ Madison Square GardenFebruary 16 – Port Chester, N.Y. @ The Capitol TheatreFebruary 17-18 – New York, N.Y @ Madison Square GardenMarch 02 – Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi CenterMarch 03 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Lensic Performing Arts CenterMarch 04 – Glendale, Ariz. @ Gila River ArenaMarch 05 – San Diego, Calif. @ Valley View Casino CenterMarch 07-08 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Staples CenterMarch 10 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Staples CenterMarch 11 – Stateline, Nev. @ Montbleu Resort CasinoMarch 12 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle ArenaMarch 15 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda CenterMarch 17 – Seattle, Wash. @ KeyArenaMarch 18 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers ArenaApril 10 – Sydney, Australia @ The Metro TheaterApril 11 – Melbourne, Australia @ 170 RussellApril 13-17 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Byron Bay BluefestApril 22 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Sweetwater 420 FestivalApril 29 – New Orleans, La. @ Saenger TheatreMay 07 – New Orleans, La. @ New Orleans FairgroundsJune 29-30 – New Orleans, La. @ Essence FestivalJuly 01-02 – New Orleans, La. @ Essence FestivalAugust 04 – Newport, R.I. @ International Tennis Hall of Famelast_img read more

  • The Disco Biscuits Share Pro-Shot Video Of “Once The Fiddler Paid” From 2016 Vegas Run

    first_imgThis past fall, The Disco Biscuits hit Las Vegas for three nights in October, locking down the Brooklyn Bowl from October 27th through 29th. Their shows coincided with Phish’s Halloween run as well, making Sin City a mecca for jam band fans who over took Vegas for the run. Recently, The Biscuits have released some nice footage from their last night of this Vegas run, with a pro-shot video of “Once The Fiddler Paid” from the second set of Saturday night.You can check out the full setlist from their final night in Vegas this fall and peep the new video below.[Photo Credit: Erik Kabik Photography]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 10/29/2016Set One: Caterpillar> The Champions> Spacebirdmatingcall> Shem-Rah Boo> Crickets> SpacebirdmatingcallSet Two: Svenghali, Once The Fiddler Paid, Story Of The World, Basis For A Day> Mulberry’s Dream> Basis For A DayEncore: Wetlast_img read more

  • Dead & Company Kicks Off Final Run Of Summer Tour At Wrigley Field [Photos/Videos]

    first_imgPhoto: Keith Griner Photo: Keith Griner Last night, Dead & Company took to Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, kicking off their final run of their summer tour. After two years on the road, this most recent tour has seen the group grow by leaps and bounds, with the second half of this past tour assuaging doubts held by some Deadheads about the six-piece Grateful Dead ensemble. Since starting their tour over Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May, over the past month or so, it’s been hard to deny that Dead & Company has been increasingly hitting their stride. John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti consistently shine each show, holding their own alongside Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, and Mickey Hart. Perhaps the second set of last night’s show can be read as the pinnacle of the tour thus far and as a true testament to what the group can do together, offering fans a truly stellar show ahead of their final show of the summer tonight.To open the show, Dead & Company came out with “The Music Never Stopped,” making for a triumphant way to kick off the show ahead of the ever-popular “Bertha” led by Mayer on vocals. With the first set only housing six numbers, there was plenty of room for the group to expand on the jams of each song, with the final combination of “Let It Grow” into an acoustic “Uncle John’s Band” being a highlight of the night in addition to a groovy rendition of “Sugaree” sung by Mayer. The group’s rendition of “Uncle John’s Band” ended the first set, and up until its final minute, showed the group dialed in on their acoustics. Hilariously true to the song’s final lyrics “How does the song go?”, as the song came to its close, “Uncle John’s Band” seemingly fell apart for its a capella close — Bob Weir stepped up to the mic and stated “We’ll be back in a little bit, and maybe we’ll have figured it out by then,” to end the set on an abrupt note.Music Never Stopped [Starts around 18:30]Figure it out they did for the second set, with the final set of night one at Wrigley offering a near perfect setlist and truly showing off what Dead & Company is capable as a unit. “Shakedown Street” was slinky and tight, “Dark Star” and “St. Stephen” were both appropriately exploited as the jam vehicles they are, and the final “China Doll” of the tour only reiterated the musicianship of Oteil Burbridge and how much we love it when they let the bassist sing. Coming out of the classic “Terrapin Station,” Dead & Company gave “Uncle John’s Band” another shot for its reprise, with the second rendition of the song faring decidedly better the second time around. After “Drums” — which saw Burbridge again join the percussionists as has been a trend throughout the tour — and “Space,” the group eventually crawled into “Standing On The Moon,” ending the non-stop string of songs that took up the majority of the second set. With the final combination of “Help on the Way,” “Slipknot!”, and “Franklin’s Tower,” the group accelerated to the close of the set, later coming out with a celebratory encore of “Ripple” and “U.S. Blues” to close the show.Shakedown Street [Starts around 15:00]You can check out the setlist from last night’s Dead & Company performance below. You can also relive some of last night’s magic in the stellar photo gallery below, provided by Phierce Photo.Setlist: Dead & Company | Wrigley Field | Chicago, IL | 6/30/2017Set One: The Music Never Stopped, Bertha, Me And My Uncle, Sugaree, Let It Grow > Uncle John’s BandSet Two: Shakedown Street > Dark Star > St. Stephen > China Doll > Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Uncle John’s Band Reprise > Drums > Space > Twist > Standing On The Moon,  Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s TowerEncore: Ripple, U.S. Bluescenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

  • Aqueous Covers Radiohead and Steely Dan With Members of Umphrey’s McGee [Videos/Photos]

    first_imgIt was particularly electrifying to watch Jake Cinninger and Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer perform together, with the two guitarists trading licks for the better part of an hour and all the while smiling ear-to-ear. While, predictably with Cinninger and Cummins on deck, the combined group picked up at moments an Umphrey’s-esque sound while still retaining Aqueous’s groovy, energized vibe. However, another large factor in last night’s larger-than-life sound was bassist Evan McPhaden’s contributions across the night, who was a really strong presence throughout the show. After Cinninger and Cummins took their leave, Aqueous embarked on their final stretch of songs for the night. A “Random Company” sandwich ended the set, with “Numbers and Facts” positioned squarely at its center. For the encore, at the request of a fan, Aqueous laid down “Origami” to totally close out the night.You can check out photos of last night’s show below, courtesy of Chris Cappaci (Capacity Images) and Stephen Olker.Setlist: Aqueous | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY | 7/7/2017 | Set: Skyway, Uncle Phil’s Parachute*> Don’t Do It*%> Highline Jam%, Booth Love^%, National Anthem#%, Strange Times%, Kid Charlemagne+%, Random Company> Numbers and Facts> Random CompanyEncore: Origami*unfinished %Ft. Jake Cinninger and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee^First time played, Umphrey’s McGee cover# Radiohead Cover+ Steely Dan cover[Photo: Capacity Images] Pro-Shot Video Of Aqueous, Joel Cummins, And Vinnie Amico’s “Kid Charlemagne” From SCAMPFollowing “Booth Love,” the group moved into a cover of Radiohead’s “National Anthem” ahead of “Strange Times,” which featured particularly energetic jam segments. For Cummins, Cinninger, and Aqueous final number together, the six moved into a cover of Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne,” which served as the climax of the show. With smiles abounding, the “Kid Charlemagne” jam featured teases of Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A G Thang,” and offered one last number for the crew to show off their collective chops. The cover was not completely out of left field, however — on Thursday night of this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival, Aqueous welcomed Joel and moe.’s Vinnie Amico for a rendition of the Steely Dan tune.Kid Charlemagne Load remaining imagescenter_img After Umphrey’s McGee and Aqueous hit the Central Park Summer Stage in New York City last night, Aqueous kept the party going with a special after-party at New York’s Highline Ballroom. At the after-show, the Buffalo-based quartet was joined by Jake Cinninger and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s for the majority of the performance. With Cinninger and Cummins on deck, Aqueous was ready to bring their A-game to the Highline, putting on a dialed-in show with a major focus on extended improvisation throughout the night.Despite a lack of pre-planning or rehearsal, the augmented Aqueous line-up sounded particularly solid as a unit. Cinninger and Cummins were brought out in the middle of the “Don’t Do It” jam at the beginning of the night, making for a non-traditional, albeit spectacular, welcome for their special guests. From there, the six musicians became more exploratory for the “Highline Jam,” testing the limits of the other musicians on stage and their combined abilities as an ensemble. The crew came out of the extended jam straight into “Booth Love,” marking Aqueous’s debut of the Umphrey’s McGee number and serving as a true welcome to both Cinninger and Cummins.Booth Lovelast_img read more

  • Road To Canyon Jam: Patrick Harvey and Michael Wood Of Cycles Discuss Playing The Mish

    first_imgMW: We played the Eldo in Crested Butte and talked about the years that Phish played there and how Cheese had played there a bunch. I wouldn’t say I put too much thought into it, but it was fun to look up the old Eldo Phish sets.L4LM: The Mishawaka is known for its intimate and gorgeous setting. How does a venue’s vibe (or some other word) affect how you go into a performance? MW: A beautiful venue or setting will affect your mood just like anything else, and when I’m in a good mood I tend to play well! It’s hard to not have fun playing outside in Colorado.L4LM: In your career thus far, what has been your favorite guest appearance to participate in—whether it’s someone sitting in with your band or you sitting in with another?PH: We had a lot of fun jamming with Brian [Moss] from Spafford at Wind Rider Festival! He was super nice and it was a lowkey crowd, so it didn’t take much convincing to have him sit in. We played one of our favorites with him, “Wait,” and he crushed it! Also playing “Fame” (David Bowie), “Devil’s Haircut” (Beck), and “I’ve Got A Feeling” (The Beatles) with The Jauntee during our last tour—so fun jammin’ with those guys. “Fame” from Indianapolis was my favorite, I think.L4LM: Playing Colorado, in general, always seems to bring out the best in bands. Why do you think that is?PH: In Colorado, the size of the crews or groups of people that roll into these shows is insane! Everyone seems to know each other, and it’s just a giant family of live music enthusiasts that keeps getting bigger. It’s full of positive energy, and I think it shows in the recordings from Red Rocks and the Fillmore and stuff. The crowds are pumped, the bands are pumped. Colorado is live music country!Friday Schedule:6 pm – Doors8 pm – 9 pm –  Moves at Midnight9:30pm – 10:30pm – Mungion11pm – 1am – Main SqueezeSaturday Schedule:4 pm – Doors6 pm – 6:40 pm – Jus Sayin’7 pm – 8 pm – Cycles8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Organ Freeman10 pm – 11:30 pm – Aqueous12 am – 2 am – Spafford[cover photo courtesy of Ryan Lewis Photography] The inaugural Canyon Jam at Colorado’s iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre features several of the jam scene’s “Next Phase” of bands, such as Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’. The two-day event takes place across September 8th and 9th, and is looking to be an annual affair boasting some of the jam scene’s top young talent. With the event just several weeks away, we decided to catch up with members of each band on the lineup in this new Live For Live Music interview series dubbed Road To Canyon Jam.Why The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Is One Of The Most Coveted Scenic Venues In The CountryThe first installment of the series features guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood of Colorado’s own psychedelic-fusion act Cycles, who discuss the excitement surrounding Canyon Jam, following in the footsteps of other jam scene greats that have played The Mish, the art of the jam, and more. Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Live For Live Music: The nature of Canyon Jam centers around the art of the “jam.” What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients that make up a solid jam?Patrick Harvey: The key ingredients to a solid jam are made up of fruits of choice. Mine are my ears. Listening is most important when jamming. If you have the chance, take as long of a sound check you need to make sure you can hear your peeps. Sleeping helps too—maybe even lack of sleep, in some instances.L4LM: Because Canyon Jam is in its first year and given the location and the lineup, what are you most excited about for Canyon Jam? Michael Wood: I can’t wait to play outside at the Mish! The first show I went to in Colorado was at the Mish, and I’ve always wanted to play on that stage.L4LM: In their earlier years, bands like The Disco Biscuits and The String Cheese Incident performed at the Mishawaka. Do you ever put any thought into bands that have played iconic venues before you and how that relates to your own career? last_img read more