Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh kicked off an exciting three night stand at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas last night, playing with an extraordinary cast of characters for the performance. Joining Lesh was John Kadlecik, Stanley Jordan, Jason Crosby, John Molo and Boyd Tinsley, each bringing their own brand to the Grateful fusion. Additional sit-ins from Grahame Lesh and Alex Koford only added to the mayhem in Sin City.The band played a number of covers in the second set, including Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” The Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” and Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”Listen to the full show below: Check out the setlist below, courtesy of Philzone:Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 2/26/16Set I: Jam> Masons Children> Fire On The Mountain, The Other One (PL), Cosmic Charlie > Spacey frenetic Jam > Eleanor Rigby jam > Slipknot ending > Franklin’s Tower (PL)Set II: All Along The Watchtower > Let It Grow (GL), Stairway To Heaven > Watchtower Reprise Jam, St. Stephen > Morning Dew (JK), Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Touch Of GreyE: Donor Rap, Not Fade AwayThe full gallery can be seen below, courtesy of Erik Kabik: Photographer Erik Kabik was on hand to capture the magic; enjoy his images below: Load remaining images
The full gallery of Courtney Harrington’s images can be seen below: Load remaining images Hot on the heels of a recently-released collaboration with Matisyahu, prolific producer The Polish Ambassador took to The Warfield in San Francisco, CA to perform for a hometown crowd. Appearing in his traditional jumpsuit, TPA threw a major party after a day of leading a permaculture effort in the city. With support from Dirtwire and Desert Dwellers, it was a great night of music.Thanks to photographer Courtney Harrington, we now have photos from the event. Check it out below:
Update 4:30 PM: Unfortunately the video was only available this morning, and is no longer streaming. It will be airing on PBS this fall, however, so don’t miss out!My Morning Jacket is a band at the top of their game, and last night’s performance on Austin City Limits only served to prove that point. The band was unstoppable, playing a set of all originals that included hits from their storied career and a number of selections from their2016 release, The Waterfall.Frontman Jim James is a regular on the storied ACL program, having performed there twice previously with MMJ and once by himself as well. He was in fine form fronting the band’s challenging rock n’ roll ballads, powering along the live broadcast/performance in style.Thanks to ACL, we can re-watch the stream in full. Tune in below:Setlist: My Morning Jacket at Austin City Limits, Austin, TX – 5/2/16Set: Circuital, Believe (Nobody Knows), Outta My System, Spring (Among the Living), Slow Slow Tune, Throwback (When We Were Young), Tropics (Erase Traces), Only Memories Remain, Master Plan, In Its Infancy (The Waterfall), I Will Sing You SongsEncore: Wonderful (The Way I Feel), Get the Point, Victory Dance, Compound Fracture, Mahgeetah
With a celebration in store for July 4th weekend, the Highberry Music Festival will throw its seventh annual gathering at a new location this year. With the change in venue confirmed for Ozark, AR’s Mulberry Mountain (which has hosted both Wakarusa and Harvest Festival), located in the massive Ozark National Forest, it is to be expected that this year will come with new expectations. The 1.2 million acres of forest was created in 1908 by proclamation of President Theodore Roosevelt, is about as secluded as a festival gets, with nothing but nature surrounding festival attendees. This year the event will have a full fireworks show, live artists, workshops, kids camp, and a solar powered riverside stage. For the first time ever, they will be running music at three stages this year. We could certainly think of worse places to spend 4th of July weekend (purchase tickets HERE).Highberry Music Festival Finalizes Lineup With The Return Of Buckethead & MoreWith festival headliners that include Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and Papadosio, along with the recent addition of Buckethead to the lineup, Highberry is well on its way to a successful event. Rounding up the lineup in fine fashion will be Dopapod, TAUK, Jeff Austin Band, Steady Flow, Spoonfed Tribe, Greener Grounds, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Isayah’s All-stars, Groovement, Henry & The Invisibles, The 1 oz. Jig, The Ozark Travelers, The Creek Rocks, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Smar T Jones, and Brother Leadfeather. We had the chance to chat with festival organizers, Deadhead Productions’ Chris Anderson, about this year’s Highberry. Here is what he had to say:L4LM: With the change in location, what are your expectations for this year’s event?Chris Anderson: Concerning the move to the mountain…Change is sometimes difficult for people, but as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said “change is the only constant”. We are thrilled to be moving to our new home at Mulberry Mountain. We had several great years at Byrd’s Adventure Center but were beginning to burst at the seams a little bit last year. It’s like Jerry said, “all good things in all good time…” The timing worked out perfectly for us to make the move just a few short miles away to a place so many already hold dear. There is certainly magic on the mountain, and we are eager to add to its legacy. Attendees can expect more space to camp, a large shaded camping area available for general camping, along with the opportunity to make genuine connections with their neighbors and other music enthusiasts. Another element that we have preserved from our previous events is the ability to bring a cooler of one’s beverage(s) of choice right up to the main stage viewing area and get comfortable for the day. We believe it is important to maintain the feel of camping with friends at our events as opposed to feeling like livestock being herded through corrals this way and that. We believe in free-range music fans if you will.L4LM: How will the new venue change things for the better?CA: Beyond just the aspect of camping space, the move will allow for more creative space as well. We look forward to showing what we have in store for everyone in terms of interactive art and chill spaces. In fact, this year we will have a featured artist gallery with some really great talent! We are really excited to have these new areas to play with and get creative. When we plan an event we see it almost as a blank canvass to begin with, then, once the festival is comes to fruition, we see the “brushstrokes” come together to form the final masterpiece. It’s really a thing of beauty and our teams do a really great job of making the most creative use out of the available space, of which we now have much more. L4LM: What up and coming acts on the bill do you think will surprise people the most?CA: There are so many talented artists on this year’s bill and we are excited for each and every one of them, that’s why we chose to work with them! With that said, I think for those that haven’t seen them, the Handmade Moments show on top of their bus that they had a stage built onto will be one not to miss. Also, Groovement is a STELLAR funk rock band from Fayetteville, Arkansas that we have locally know and loved for years, but we think they are destined for greatness on a national level and their recent album ‘Clouds’ is gaining them well-deserved recognition in the press. Spoonfed Tribe has played a couple of our events now and they are really a lot of fun with a sound all of their own. Other up and comers would include The Magic Beans and Greener Grounds with their respective styles of improvisational jams and crafted songs. But really, every act on the lineup is one which we feel brings a quality performance with them. And with our festivals there are minimal overlapping sets so you don’t have to miss out on many, if any, of the acts you came to see or want to check out.Give a listen to Keller Williams’ entire set from last year’s Highberry:L4LM: What is something that is completely unique to Highberry?CA: Our events do not separate fans into “GA” and “VIP” because we believe every one of our fans is equally important! This goes along with the “free range music fan” concept and this experience at Mulberry Mountain will be unique for most guests in that they will have their choice of where to camp at the venue..other than the RV reserved sites, every other spot is fair game! Many attendees of past events on the Mountain have never had the opportunity to camp in the woods near the stage so that’s exciting and we look forward to seeing the creative campsites that spring up with this newfound freedom to roam the mountainside to find the perfect spot.L4LM: What was going through your mind when Buckethead confirmed? Considering he hasn’t played much since 2012.CA: “The hippies are gonna love this!” Haha. Buckethead is just beyond description. He is an artist who can take the music any number of ways at the drop of a hat. When the opportunity arose to add him to the bill, it was already pretty late in the game for us as we had pretty well finalized our lineup. We couldn’t resist though. As fans of multiple genres of music, Buckethead represented the icing on the cake (or the 10-piece homestyle chicken in the bucket). Whichever way you prefer to look at it, we were stoked. L4LM: Sounds like it is going to be a fantastic weekend. Good luck with the event!**** For more information on this year’s Highberry Music Festival, visit the event website HERE ****
Elise Testone is hosting a Thankful For Amy: a Tribute to Amy Winehouse on the road this week, and she’s bringing some special friends along for the ride. Natalie Cressman from the Trey Anastasio Band, Jay Rodriguez from Groove Collective, and Clynt Yerkes from Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires will all be part of the impressive lineup, and the band will be rounded out by Adam Fallen, Trey Cooper, Jed Lingat, Kyle McCarter, and Sami Stevens.The group will play Bethesda Jazz & Blues in Bethesda, MD on September 7, Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on September 8, The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT on September 9, and The Cutting Room in New York, NY on September 10.Get pumped for this upcoming run by watching Testone and friends perform an excellent version of “Valerie” from their show at the Howard Theatre back in January.See below for full information on tour dates and how to get tickets9/7 – Bethesda Jazz and Blues, Bethesda, MD — Buy tickets here9/8 – Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ — Buy tickets here9/9 – The Acoustic, Bridgeport, CT — Buy tickets here9/10 – The Cutting Room, New York, NY — Buy tickets here
Thom Yorke, the inimitable frontman of Radiohead and Atoms for Peace, sat down with Benji B from BBC Radio 1 to discuss a wide variety of topics regarding Yorke’s future in music. For a change, Yorke had (mostly) positive things to say on all fronts.Yorke mentions that Radiohead plan to tour in 2017, which is great news to American fans, who only had six opportunities in four cities to see them on tour this summer. Hopefully some other markets will get a chance to experience Radiohead at this point in their storied career. Also, Yorke brings up Atoms for Peace, his band with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Yorke says that he intends to bring that band back together at some point in 2017.Yorke went on to discuss Radiohead’s habit of releasing albums in non-traditional ways, saying: “Enough of that now. I’ve entirely had enough of that. Just put it out, man. No more fuss, just put it out. I’m getting too old for that bit. It takes away from things a bit, sometimes frustrating. The energy of trying to figure out how to do it differently and circumvent the monsters and you’re like… whatever.”Yorke also shared a new remix of “Gazillion Ear” by MF DOOM while on the air. Yorke has previously remixed this track once before, in 2009, and has given the track another go with this new version. Listen to this new remix at 2:37:00 of the interviewSounds like, if Radiohead do release a new album, it’ll be more straightforward. No more pay-as-you-go, no more bitTorrent bundles, no more surprises or industry-changing ideas. The band utilized this minimalist technique on A Moon Shaped Pool, and the album was extremely well received.Yorke discusses many other topics over the course of the three-hour interview with Benji B and BBC 1 Radio, and you can listen to it by clicking this link.
Colorado is coming to New York, as hot up and coming acts SunSquabi, Late Night Radio, and Maddy O’Neal have just announced a show at American Beauty on Saturday, April 29th. There is a good reason that these acts are packing out venues all over The Rockies on a regular basis, and it’s an opportunity for those in the Northeast to bear witness to what these up and comers are all about! (Purchase tickets here).The SunSquabi trio of Kevin Donohue (guitar/keys/production), Chris Anderson (drums), and the recent addition of Analog Son’s Josh Fairman (bass/synth) are a force of electronic funk to be reckoned with. The group had a huge 2016 coming off the release of their debut EP, Odyssey, which featured guest spots from Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli, as well as future-funk producer GRiZ.Late Night Radio‘s (aka Alex Medellin) mantra of “emotion over energy” certainly rings true when listening to his blend of soulful electronic hip-hop beats. Tracks like “Find The Love,” which features Break Science’s Borahm Lee, have that Pretty Lights feel to them that simply make you want to move and groove your body. He recently collaborated on the downtempo, hydro-electric cut “Cinnamon” with SunSquabi, which has been all the buzz.What is there to say about Maddy O’Neal? Formerly of the duo Krooked Drivers, O’Neal recently decided to go out on her own, and has been creating some melodic beats to soothe your inner ear. Her recent remix of Alt-J‘s “Tessellate” has been making the rounds to rave reviews. Check it out below.Tickets for the show are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, check out the Facebook Event page.– SHOW INFO –Artist: SunSquabi and Late Night Radio w/ Maddy O’NealVenue: American Beauty (251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001)Date: Saturday – April 29th, 2017Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pmAges: 21+Tickets: $12.50adv / $17dos Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets Below!
Recently, The Hollywood Reporter detailed a number of high-profile musicians, including the late Chris Cornell, Elton John, Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop, and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who have all donated personal items to create a new line of watches in collaboration with Nixon, a California-based accessory watch and accessory company. Nixon’s Rock LTD Collection will use these musicians’ donations to create special timepieces, with the proceeds benefitting the Recording Academy’s MusicCares MAP Fund, which focuses on addiction recovery treatment.Chris Cornell: A Tragic Beauty That Will Not Be OutshinedAs Vicky Cornell, Chris Cornell’s widow, said in a statement,”Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day. … MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction.”Audioslave Pays Tribute To Chris Cornell With Instrumental Rendition Of “Like A Stone”Chris Cornell was a longtime MusiCares contributor before his death by suicide earlier this year at the age of 52. Ahead of his death, Cornell had agreed to donate his guitar strap to the benefit, though Nixon CEO Chad DiNenna confirmed that he checked with Cornell’s family before moving forward with the project. Other donations include a leather paisley belt from Elton John, a plaid flannel shirt from Dave Grohl, a leather and chain wallet and belt from Iggy Pop, and a Sound City denim jacket from Krist Novoselic.Eddie Vedder Gives Heart-Wrenching Tribute To His “Older Brother” Chris CornellThe Rock LTD Collection will include 25 to 30 different watches that will be released right before the holidays, with each costing between $1,200 and $1,800. Of exception is Chris Cornell’s watch, which will be shown in New York, London, and Paris next spring before being auctioned off in May at a MusiCares benefit.[H/T Rolling Stone]
A new book on the Grateful Dead is due out on June 19th of next year, and it’s shaping up to be quite the read. While a number of projects have detailed the legacy of the Grateful Dead—including, most recently, Amir Bar-Lev‘s extensive documentary Long Strange Trip, which was released earlier in the summer—relatively few works have looked at the band following iconic guitarist Jerry Garcia‘s death in 1995. Dubbed Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter Of The Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip, in the upcoming book, journalist Joel Selvin will look at exactly that, detailing the turbulent relationships among the surviving members of the group in the twenty-two years since Jerry’s death.‘Eyes Of The World’ Offers Definitive Collection Of Grateful Dead Photos From Throughout Their CareerDescribed as a “tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995,” Selvin’s upcoming Fare Thee Well will examine the relationships between and lives of the “Core Four”—Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann—up through to the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary Fare The Well shows in Santa Clara and Chicago in 2015.‘Long Strange Trip’ Red Rocks’ Screening Offers Light And Dark Moments From The Grateful Dead’s PastThe book marks yet another cultural history from the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author and former staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. In the past, Selvin has written about the Rolling Stones’ Altamont (Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hells Angels & The Inside Story Of Rock’s Darkest Day, 2016) and the Haight-Ashbury (The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution, 2014, in collaboration with music photographer Jim Marshall) and has co-written Sammy Hagar‘s autobiography Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock (2011).You can read a description of Joel Selvin’s upcoming book on the members of the Grateful Dead and their lives after Jerry below. You can also pre-order the book, which is due out on June 19th, via Barnes & Noble.The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia’s vision for the group, the surviving “Core Four,” as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in shambles. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia’s death, and he’ll offer a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band’s history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia’s passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band’s fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.[H/T JamBase; Photo: Chad Smith]
Trey Anastasio Band closed out their two-night weekend at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Saturday night. After their tribute to the city’s heroes stole hearts on Friday, Trey Anastasio and his band delivered yet-another night for the books on Saturday. Truly gelling in this formation, the band played through old TAB tunes, Phish favorites, and the always-appreciated covers of “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz, featuring the amazing Jennifer Hartswick on vocals.Trey Anastasio Band Honors Vegas Victims With Debut Of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” & 2 OriginalsFeaturing a rare “Sweet Dreams Melinda” to open the show, the first set was sprinkled with long lost reliables “The Way I Feel” (2015) and “Burn That Bridge” (2014). Phish songs “Tide Turns” and “Last Tube” also appeared in the first set, which closed with the new and already-favorited “Rise/Come Together” followed by an explosive “Push On ’til The Day.”As JamBase notes, the second set was highlighted by a triumphant return of the instrumental “Tube Top Flop” which had not been played since 2014. Phish songs “Gotta Jibboo”, “Alaska”, “Plasma”, and “First Tube” also appeared in the second set. Trey Anastasio Band closed their Vegas finalé with a massive “Show of Life” and “The Parting Glass.”Check out the photo gallery below from Saturday night’s show, courtesy of Paul Citone.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 10/28/2017I: Sweet Dreams Melinda, Speak To Me, Mozambique, Cayman Review, Last Tube, Tide Turns, The Way I Feel, Burn That Bridge, Burlap Sack & Pumps, Rise/Come Together, Push On ‘Til The DayII: Gotta Jibboo, In Rounds, Tube Top Flop, Lever Boy, Goodbye Head, Alaska, Tuesday, Plasma, Clint Eastwood, First TubeE: Show Of Life, The Parting GlassTrey Anastasio Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 10/28/2017 | Photos by Paul Citone Load remaining images