Umphrey’s McGee continued their tour of the Southern US last night, performing at the beloved Stubb’s Bar-B-Q venue in Austin, TX with opening support from TAUK. Umphrey’s brought the heat throughout the show, treating fans to a number of favorites including opening jam “In The Black.”The first set powered forward with tracks like “Intentions Clear > Partyin’ Peeps,” “Loose Ends > Hurt Bird Bath,” “Wife Soup,” and a set-closing “Comma Later > The Floor.” Lots of fun song segues and extended jam segments kept the fans in Austin grooving hard.Set two opened with fan-favorites “Educated Guess” and “Miss Tinkle’s Overture,” giving rise to “The Linear -> Make It Right.” After a fun “Phil’s Farm,” the band broke out into their first and only cover of the night, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Busted out for the first time in 118 shows, the Floyd cover Watch fan-shot footage from Gus Hughes below:The set closed out with a combination of “The Fussy Dutchman > Rocker Pt. 2,” and UM ended the show with a two-song encore of “Upward > No Diablo.” The band is absolutely on a tear, and will continue that trend tomorrow, for one final night in Texas at the House Of Blues in Dallas, TX.Check out the full setlist from All Things Umphrey’s below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX – 4/22/16Set One: In The Black, Intentions Clear > Partyin’ Peeps, Loose Ends > Hurt Bird Bath, Wife Soup, Comma Later > The FloorSet Two: Educated Guess, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, The Linear -> Make It Right, Phil’s Farm, Comfortably Numb, The Fussy Dutchman > Rocker Pt. 2Encore: Upward > No Diablo
While Neil Young has been keeping busy with The Promise Of The Real, the beloved singer/songwriter has just announced plans for a brand new release. Titled EARTH, the new release is something quite unique, mixing live recordings with the music of the Earth itself, be it the natural tones of animals or the shrill sounds of the city.The new album is due out on June 17th, and the live audio was captured during Young’s 2015 tour with Promise Of The Real. That band features Lukas and Micah Nelson, sons of the great Willie Nelson. With cuts from their new release, The Monsanto Years, as well as tracks from Young’s storied career, there’s no shortage of material for this new release. Couple that with the unusual mixing approach, and you have the makings of an intriguing new album.Young shared his own note about the new release, which you can read below:EARTHWe made a live record and every creature on the planet seemed to show up.Suddenly all the living things of Earth were in the audience going crazy.Then they took over the stage, letting their wild sounds mingle with the Vanilla Singers perfect corporate harmony.Earth’s creatures let loose, there were Bee breakdowns, Bird breakdowns and yes, even Wall Street breakdowns, jamming with me and Promise of the Real!The show was non stop bliss for 98 minutes, no breaks.EARTH does not fit on iTunes.It breaks all their rules(and couldn’t all really be heard that way anyway)No one who was there will ever forget the love, wonder and beautiful madness of EARTH.I know I won’t.Neil
Las Vegas, get ready for a crazy Halloween. On the heels of Phish’s fall tour announcement–which includes a four-night Halloween run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena—Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has announced a series of awesome shows to go along with the run.First up, The Disco Biscuits will be joining in on the fun for a three-night run from October 27th-29th. The shows on the 28th and 29th overlap with Phish’s MGM Grand shows, and those have showtimes listed at 11:59 PM. Unlike the 10/28 and 10/29 shows, the 10/27 is listed for a more-traditional 8:30 PM show time.Next up, Twiddle has announced that they will be playing at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on October 31st, which should make for a an excellent Halloween after party! Curiously, the band posted the announcement on their Facebook page, and they tagged Greensky Bluegrass in the post. There have been rumors that Greensky will be in Vegas surrounding the Phish shows, and the 10/30 date is open. We’ll keep you updated with any new information.We’ll provide you with more information as it is released, but, for the meantime, get pumped for an insane weekend in Las Vegas! Ticket information for these newly announced shows can be found on the Brooklyn Bowl Vegas website.
The North Sea Jazz Fest hosted D’Angelo for one of his last performances with The Soultronics, right before he took a 14-year musical hiatus. With an unbelievable band to back him up, including Questlove on drums, the late “Spanky” on guitar, Pino Palladino on bass, and so many more legendary soul musicians, D’Angelo’s undeniable passion and energy is evident through these incredible videos. Though it was apparently that night that he “felt something that was like, whoa,” he told FunkIt, ultimately leading him to call it quits for well over a decade.The full band included D’angelo (vocals, keyboards), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (drums), Frankie “Knuckles” Walker (percussion), Pino Palladino (bass), James Poyser or sometimes June Bervine (keyboards), C. Edward “Spanky” Alford & Samuel “Norris” Jones (guitars), Anthony Hamilton, Shelby Johnson & Jack King (background vocals), Jacques “Brother Jacques” Schwarz-Bart (tenor saxophone), Russell Gunn or sometimes Roy Hargrove (trumpet), and Frank “Root” Lacy (trombone & trumpet). Seriously, does it get any better?The set, divided into four videos, includes upgraded audio that kicks in at about the 1:30 mark. Stop in the name of love, and enjoy these funk-heavy, soul-satisfying, groove-demanding tunes from D’Angelo & The Soultronics’ 7/16/2000 festival performance in The Hague, Netherlands:Devil’s Pie > Funk Jam > Send It OnFeel Like Makin Love > Chicken GreaseShit, Damn, Motherfucker, Brown Sugar Interlude > Untitled (How Does It Feel?)Lady > Funk Jam > Jonz In My Bonz > Funk Jam – At around the 4:40 mark of this video, D’Angelo breaks it down all the way to the ground and humps the stage for a solid minute.Most musicians and music lovers alike would agree, this is one band at the top of the list to go back in time and see. We are all grateful to have the Black Messiah back![Videos/Audio Courtesy of FunkItBlog]
Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival is back for its ninth year at the pastoral Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, Virginia, and just announced its official line-up for this year’s festival. Slated for Memorial Day weekend, Rooster Walk is set to be better than ever, with a diverse line-up featuring some of our favorite performers from across a number of different genres. Rounding out the headlining spots are Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers, and Anders Osborne. The weekend will also see The Motet, The Pimps of Joytime, Eric Krasno Band, The Nth Power, Mandolin Orange, Anderson East, Marcus King Band, Mountain Heart, Mipso, Yarn, and many other artists grace the festival’s five stages.Running from May 25th through May 28th, the festival attendees will fill their days not just by catching tunes from awesome artists, but also with a number of activities ranging from disc golf and yoga to, for those who are feeling particularly ambitious, a 5K race on the grounds. Furthermore, a portion of the festival’s proceeds go to Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship and the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program for entry-level band programs in local public schools, making the decision to attend one of Virginia’s best music festivals a little easier.Check out the website and purchase tickets for Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival here. You can also register to win a pair of tickets to Rooster Walk and check out the official line-up below.
The Black Keys’ singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach is back to his solo roots, as he gears up to release a solo LP Waiting on a Song – due our June 2nd. The new album marks Auerbach’s first solo LP since 2009’s Keep It Had and the first album since the Arcs released Yours, Dreamily in 2015. In celebration of this new record, Auerbach served as the musical guest on Friday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.Auerbach and his band performed a stand-out version of his own “Shine On Me,” live for television audiences, as well as a post-show performance of “King of a One Horse Town” for those in the audience. You can watch both performances below:Auerbach’s band includes John Prine, who co-wrote the album’s title track, as well as a whole crew of Nashville-based instrumentalists, including guitarists Duane Eddy and Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler, Johnny Cash bassist Dave Roe, drummer Gene Chrisman, pianist Bobby Wood and engineer David “Fergie” Ferguson.
The last day of Summer Camp Music Festival brought even more big names in the jam scene to patrons at Three Sisters Park. With an influx of people that came for Sunday only, fans were treated to great music all day long.After two nights of performances, Umphrey’s McGee had a daytime set that featured a raging “August.” Railroad Earth brought their flavor of Americana to the main stage. Surprisingly, they were without their jack-of-all-trades member Andy Goessling. They did have keyboardist Matt Slocum play with them, perhaps in his stead. It was unique hearing RRE with keyboard parts. The highlight of their set was undoubtedly the debut of their cover of “Melissa.” The nods to Gregg Allman thus continued.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee| Summer Camp Music Festival | 5/28/17Glory, Conduit, Educated Guess, Day Nurse, August, The Linear, Walletsworth, Dump City, Life During Exodus, Attachments, Crucial TauntIn what was one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio brought his eclectic stylings with his all-star band. Over the past four years, TAB and Summer Camp have an association of disastrous weather. A few years ago, his set was canceled mid-set due to thunderstorms. This year, TAB played two great sets in absolutely gorgeous weather, opening with a funky “Gotta Jibboo” that many Phish fans appreciated. Other staples included “Mozambique,” “Soul Rebel,” “Cayman Review,” and a sensational cover of “Clint Eastwood” by the Gorillaz, featuring Jen Hartswick on vocals. The band also debuted a cover of “Midnight Rider” in honor of Gregg Allman.Watch “Sand” below, courtesy of Greggory Marcus:Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band | Summer Camp Music Festival | 5/28/17Gotta Jibboo, Mozambique, Sand, Soul Rebel, Drifting, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Cayman Review, Curlew’s Call, Magilla, Money, Love and Change, Night Speaks to a Woman, Ocelot, Valentine, Plasma, Liquid Time, Midnight Rider, Dark and Down, Simple Twist Up Dave, Goodbye Head, Mr. Completely, First Tube, Clint Eastwood, Push On ‘Til the Day, The Parting GlassAnother very hyped set came from the Disco Biscuits. Not having played at Summer Camp since 2006, they were long overdue. Except for the “Story of the World” opener, their set was basically one long “Basis for a Day” sandwich. True to their style, they played their set straight through, segueing from one song to the next for the entirety of the seventy-five minutes. The peak of the jams was the epic “Tricycle” in the middle of the set.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Summer Camp Music Festival | 5/28/17Story of the World, M.E.M.P.H.I.S.-> Basis for a Day-> Tricycle-> Aceetobee (inverted)-> Basis for a Day-> I-Man-> Basis for a DayAs per Summer Camp tradition, moe. closed out the festival. Playing two sets at the Moonshine Stage, they absolutely crushed it. Donning their white outfits from the previous night, they played tunes from all ages of their decade-spanning career. They even brought out Yonder Mountain violin player Allie Kral to help them out for a good jam session.Watch moe.’s first set and part of their second set below, courtesy of Summer Camp Photo: Phierce Photo With Summer Camp now over, summer is right around the corner. Happy Memorial Day folks! You can check out photos from Sunday’s festivities below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.Summer Camp | Sunday | Photos by Keith Griner Load remaining images
With this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event—scheduled for Sept. 23rd and 24th—expanding to two days with a massive lineup of over 150+ musicians and some of the most eclectic collaborations you will see this side of late-nights at Jazz Fest, we’ve decided to take a deeper look at some of the acts that appear on the bill. First up is the Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance. The Alliance features some of the top bluegrass players in the scene, including violinist/guitarist Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), guitarist Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters), and mandolinist Jacob Joliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), ensuring what will be a can’t-miss set.Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsAn original member of Railroad Earth since its inception back in 2001, multi-instrumentalist Tim Carbone‘s deft playing and understanding of the bluegrass, celtic, rock, and jazz genres are clearly witnessed both in the studio and in the live setting. However, his talents also lend themselves to having a keen ear behind the production booth, as Carbone has worked with bands/artists such as Greensky Bluegrass, David Gans, Great American Taxi, and many more over the years.Coming from Long Island, roots guitarist Andy Falco joined The Infamous Stringdusters during the early stages of the band’s career back in 2007. The group has been nominated for a Grammy Award and won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, including Emerging Artist of the Year back in 2007. When not delving into deep, complex jams with the Stringdusters, Andy sticks close to home playing with his brothers Patrick and Tom, along with Fred Golik as The Falco Brothers.Mandolinist Jacob Joliff became an official member of long-time progressive bluegrass act Yonder Mountain String Band back in 2015 (after touring with the band throughout 2014) along with fiddle player Allie Kral. He began playing the mandolin at seven years old while growing up in Newburg, OR, and eventually went on to study at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. Joliff now resides in New York City and plays around town with various friends and his own Jacob Joliff Band when not on tour with Yonder.Each of the core three musicians on tap for the Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance is based in the greater metropolitan New York area, which spurred the concept for their collaboration. They will also be joined by bassist Patrick Falco (Andy’s brother and bandmate in The Falco Brothers) and banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh to round out their crew. Together, these polished and seasoned veterans of the bluegrass scene are poised to deliver psychedelic, foot-stomping, barley-laced, ale-drinking, Appalachia-style music for the BCA faithful to enjoy. You can catch them on Sunday, September 24th, at Brooklyn Comes Alive.Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance Full Band:Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters)Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band)Ryan CavanaughPatrick FalcoSome of the other acts to appear on the lineup will be an Allman Brothers Band Tribute ft. members of moe., Snarky Puppy, Bernard Purdie and more, A Tribute to Jamiroquai ft. members of The Motet, TAB, and RAQ, moe.queous ft. members of moe. and Aqueous, Eric Krasno & Friends w/ John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, and more, and special sets from DJ Premier & The Badder Band, as well as The Crystal Method, and a list that goes on and on. Check out the full lineup, band formations and daily schedule below!Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, this unique event puts the focus on the artists, bringing over 100 musicians together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers. The event pushes the boundaries of a traditional music festival model and creates an unprecedented experience for fans. The third year is positioned to be the best yet, so don’t miss out!Payment plans for Brooklyn Comes Alive are available for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
Last week, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart officially announced his upcoming solo album, RAMU (short for “Random Access Musical Universe”), and released a pair of new tracks (“Wayward Son” and “Big Bad Wolf”) featuring Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and Tank and the Bangas’ Tarriona “Tank” Ball. Today, Mickey has shared the third single from the new album, the album’s first track, “Auctioneers”. The enthrallingly disorienting track begins in a sonic space you might find deep into a good old fashioned Dead “Drums” jam, and proceeds from there into a full break-beat freak-out.Listen to the newest release off Mickey Hart’s upcoming solo album, RAMU, below or here via Billboard:As Billboard explains, “The song is built from Library of Congress recordings of a 1948 tobacco auction in Kentucky, over which Hart and his collaborators built an uptempo, polyrhythmic swirl of sound. ‘It’s the rhythm of the auctioneers, that’s the energy of [the track],’ says Hart, who works regularly with the Library of Congress as well as Smithsonian Folkways, “They’re selling tobacco, but at such a rapid speed that it’s just fantastic, rhythmically, and it has a melody to it and it fits into the dance. It’s kind of a precursor to rap, in some ways. So I just created something on top of that old sound recording.”Mickey Hart Announces Solo Album, Shares New Singles With Avey Tare & Tank BallHart expounded on what “RAMU” was to Pitchfork last week. As he explained, “’RAMU is truly a multidimensional instrument that allows you to travel to new universes at the flip of a switch…Everything goes through RAMU, the mothership. It’s my instrument, and it’s a very powerful compositional tool. It’s vast, it holds new treasures, and it’s still revealing itself to me.” He continues, “This record includes sounds from radio telescopes around the world, solar winds, the radiation that comes from light and is turned into sound, weather conditions from hurricanes.”“‘I want people to appreciate and understand what’s lying in the archives of the world, just sitting there waiting to be discovered,’ continues Hart, who began developing RAMU during the ’80s and has continued to refine and perform with it, over the years. ‘I live with that stuff all the time, just being in the archives all these years. I’ve got my finger on the button there, and I’ve always loved it. All these things have never really coexisted; I mean, I’ve found things that never coexisted before and kind of married them and the music. You can really have fun with it, and ‘Auctioneers’ is a perfect example of that.’”Dead & Company Added To Band Together Benefit Concert, Oteil Burbridge Cancels NYC Show“‘I didn’t want it to sound like a standard record by any stretch of the imagination,’ Hart explains in the Billboard interview. “I didn’t want to use cliche elements that you would normally put in a pop or rock ‘n’ roll (album). I didn’t use much bass at all, very little guitar, no keyboards, not a lot of cymbals, not a lot of tom-toms leading into verses, choruses or bridges. I pulled out a lot of those things that I identify with modern music. I was looking for the new.”In addition to Tank (Tank and the Bangas) and Avey Tare (Animal Collective),the album features bassist Oteil Burbridge, guitarist Steve Kimock, the String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Planet Drum cohorts Zakir Hussain and Sikiru Adepoju, Michal Menert and others. Longtime Dead conspirator Robert Hunter provided lyrics, and the track “Jerry” even features samples of the late Jerry Garcia experimenting with MIDI guitar during the late ’80s.Dead & Company Announce Fall Tour WebcastsWhile the album release is fresh on his mind, Hart doesn’t have any plans to tour behind RAMU as of yet. He’s focusing on his “day job” in Dead & Company and appreciating how smoothly that ship is sailing. “There’s really hardly any words to describe it ’cause it’s so good now…We finally know how to do it, I think, after 50-some odd years. I think we finally figured it out…” Hart also says that Dead & Co is toying with the idea of hitting the studio to make a new album. “We’ve talked about it…We’ve got some new songs from [Robert] Hunter, and we’re considering it, just thinking about schedules and when we want to go in the studio and so forth and so on. It’s one of those things; We were never a great studio band…it’s really our live performances — and it’s not just the music but kind of a community experience when people come. It really is about them, not us. I think the music is secondary in some ways. We’re kind of just the soundtrack, just like it’s always been.”[h/t – Billboard][Cover photo – Phierce Photo by Keith G; Instagram: @phiercephoto]
Watch Bob Weir Play Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” While Wearing A Shirt With His Own Face On It Bob Dylan Honors Fallen Friend Tom Petty With “Learning To Fly” Cover In CO [Watch] How Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” Went From A Studio Joke To A Worldwide Smash Hit In the wake of Tom Petty‘s sudden passing last week, musicians from around the world and across the spectrum of genres and styles have paid tribute to the iconic songwriter in some way or other. This past Monday, Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder gave his ceremonial tip of the hat to Petty during a “secret” intimate performance as part of live music platform Citi Sound Vault, an exclusive program for Citi card holders that provides unique concert experiences for members. Although not much has surfaced from the show (i.e. setlist, full video) due to the intentionally exclusive nature of the series, one lucky fan in attendance gave us a glimpse into the special performance.In addition to songs from his usual solo catalogue, Vedder reportedly picked up Petty’s old red Telecaster for a run through The Heartbreakers’ hit “I Won’t Back Down”.You can see some assorted photos and clips from Eddie Vedder’s intimate performance at The Chapel in San Francisco on November 6th below via Instagram. Widespread Panic Debut Tom Petty Cover, Dedicate Night Two In Vegas To The Ladies