“River”Leon Bridges @ The Massey Hall 3/10/16SET: Smooth Sailin’, Outta Line, There She Goes, Pull Away, Better Man, Let You Down, Brown Skin Girl, Lisa Sawyer, Hold On, Flowers, Twistin’ & Groovin’, Shine, Coming Home, Mississippi Kisses, RiverENCORE: Helpless, Golden Room, Pussy Footin’[Setlist via setlist.fm] Up and coming soul sensation Leon Bridges made his way through Toronto on Thursday evening as part of his lengthy spring tour. His band, which includes former White Denim guitarist Austin Jenkins and sensational R&B vocalist Brittni Jessie, brought their unique style to the Massey Hall and performed multiple numbers off their most recent Coming Home record. The set closed with an epic “River,” which Bridges recently released an incredibly moving video for.Watch Brittany Howard, Leon Bridges & More Cover Ray Charles In The White HouseA triple encore came in honor of Canada with a fantastic Neil Young cover of “Helpless,” followed by Bridge’s own “Golden Room” and “Pussy Footin’.” Thanks to audience member ShakyShorty, you can watch the encore performance below:
The Soul Rebels are known for their diverse and impressive collaborations with artists and bands from all genres and worlds of music, including Marilyn Manson, Gov’t Mule, Metallica, Lettuce, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Joey Badass, Talib Kweli, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rakim and beyond. Meanwhile, Vulfpeck is one of the fastest-rising groups in the scene today, bringing their potent brand of funk wherever they go. Don’t miss The Soul Rebels throughout Jazz Fest! The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists and Vulfpeck teamed up to present one epic night of funk, soul and good times during New Orleans Jazz Fest festivities. The three bands performed together at the Orpheum Theatre last Saturday, April 23rd, bringing some great music to one stellar stage. Among the many highlights from the night, the funk was taken up a notch when Vulfpeck brought out brass sensation The Soul Rebels for two songs; “Funky Duck” and ” Outro”.Thanks to the Soul Rebels, we have some pro-shot footage of both covers. Groove out on the Vulfpeck tunes below:
Rumors about the planned “mega-festival” with classic rock legends like The Who, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Neil Young continue to grow, as half of those acts releases teaser videos for the new event. While no formal announcement has been made, Waters, The Who, and Dylan all recently shared videos with the caption “October…” on Facebook.Watch the short videos below, set to the music of “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “My Generation,” and “Brain Damage”: The “October” teaser would line up with previous reports, suggesting that this festival is set for October 7-9 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. Roger Daltrey, lead vocalist for The Who, even confirmed the festival’s preparations in a recent interview. With these videos, it seems that the question isn’t “if” this event will be announced, but when.
The saga of “Tiger” continues!Yesterday, we reported on Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger” guitar, which made its way from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s office to the streets of San Francisco, where it was offered to the members of Dead & Company to use in rehearsals and possibly on tour. We’ve since learned that one of the main orchestrators of this interaction was Jake Peavy, a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.Peavy, known as a Deadhead and musician, helped coordinate the guitar’s relocation to San Francisco, and will be meeting with the Dead & Company members for a jam session today, May 25th. With the guitar in the Bay Area and Peavy summoned to AT&T Park for a Giants game, Tiger made its way out of the city to an old friend: Phil Lesh.Incidentally, Lesh was playing a tribute show to the year 1987 in Grateful Dead history, a time when Garcia exclusively used the famed Tiger guitar. While Peavy was unable to attend himself, one of his bandmates, Ben Jernigan, delivered the guitar to Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. The guitar wasn’t used during the performance, but was a major topic of discussion during the pre-show conversation with Jay Blakesberg about the Dead during 1987.The show itself recreated the Dead’s performance on 9/18/87 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. More coverage from that show will be available later today, but you can see the setlist below.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 5/24/16 (aka 9/18/87)Set One: Hell In A Bucket > Sugaree, Walkin Blues, Candyman, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird SongSet Two: Shakedown Street > Man Smart, Woman Smarter > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > Going Down The Road Feelin Bad > All Along The Watchtower > Morning Dew, La Bamba > Good Lovin’Encore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s DoorCatch a photo of Lesh with Ben Jernigan below:
Last weekend, a number of jam scene regulars converged at the annual Disc Jam Festival. Among the many great performances, one particular stand-out moment was fortunately captured on film for all to see. That moment occurred when grooving band lespecial teamed up with the Turkuaz horns for a powerful performance of “National Anthem” by Radiohead.The Kid A track really comes to live with this potent ensemble. Check out the footage below, courtesy of In-Tents Cinema.The band has an upcoming residency at the Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven, running on three Thursdays: June 23rd, 30th, and July 7th. The one on 23rd will feature the Turkuaz horns as well, so don’t miss out; more info can be found here.
If there’s one part of the live music experience that most fans don’t like, it’s buying the tickets. High profile shows often become a mad dash to the finish line on Ticketmaster, and exorbitant fees always leave us groaning. Fortunately, Amazon is coming to the rescue with a new service, Amazon Tickets.Amazon launched “Amazon Tickets” in the UK last year, selling tickets to concerts and theater performances. By explaining fees upfront and connecting to your Amazon profile, the new Amazon Tickets platform was very well received for its initial launch. However, as recode reports, Amazon has recently put out job listings in new markets and hired new people in others, including the US, Europe and Asia.The job posting reads, “[O]ur vision goes beyond just selling tickets as we aim to disrupt the entire live entertainment experience, including what happens before, during and after the show… The ticketing business is ripe for innovation and improvement, as much of the industry has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s.”Though Ticketmaster/Live Nation do have a stronghold over the US ticket market, they would certainly face major competition from an Amazon ticketing service, especially if it is particularly well received.
The Floozies always bring the futuristic funk. Their electronically-oriented grooves never fail to incite a dance party, and having completed their work on the Granola Jones EP and tour, the electro-funk duo aren’t due for a break just yet. In May 2016, they released a new song and video, “Honeymoon Phase,” featuring Lettuce’s Ryan Zoidis of The Shady Horns.Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom of The Shady Horns will join The Floozies at Fool’s Paradise next weekend to perform this song, in addition to several other new collaborations from their upcoming album, together for the very first time.See how “Honeymoon Phase” unfolded last spring:The song came together in a matter of six days, with a cinematic video to go with it. Impressive!Complete with old-school family videos, live performances, and tropical vibes, this song is sure to be a banger all summer long. Enjoy “Honeymoon Phase” featuring Ryan Zoidis:Going down at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the possibilities are limitless as to what else might take place. Be sure to catch Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large at Fool’s Paradise on March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL. Learn more here!
Load remaining images No joke – the middle show of the three night run saw Umphrey’s McGee absolutely crush Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater in emphatic fashion last night. The show had it all: fan favorites, new songs, some more rare tunes, and some massive jams. It summed up in being an ideal Friday night show. The party was rocking and the UM was bringing it.“Padgett’s Profile” opened the show. A standard version of this uniquely placed tune started the night off proper. Resolution was massive and had two distinct jams, the second one teeming with energy. Newer song “Stinko’s Ascension” popped up in the middle of the set. It has only been played a couple times since debuting in 2015. Following the newer, rare song as the older, rare song “The Haunt.” This version was stretched out as well. Following the final refrain, the jam started with just drummer Kris Meyers and bassist Ryan Stasik. Joel Cummins then added to that mix, and before you knew it the whole band was raging it to a peak. What seemed like arguably the shortest version of “Cut the Cable” followed, and “Bad Friday” closed the set.The second set opened with a fiery “40s Theme” that found a very murky groove for the breakdown. The choppy chords played by Cinninger had the whole place dancing. “Bridgeless,” a tune that is frequently played at UM shows, sounded exceptional in between “Puppet String” bookends. A penultimate placement for “Divisions” was a nice touch for the set. The song itself had multiple teases and jams of “Simple Gifts.” A beautiful segue back into the frantic finish of “Bridgeless” ended the set. The encore was a real treat. “Mail Package” was a fun way to end the night, and if you weren’t listening closely, you may have missed the “Space Funk Booty” riffs in the song.Below is a gallery of photos taken by Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Riverside Theatre | Milwaukee | 3/31/17Set 1: Lord Bail Ship > Padgett’s Profile, Resolution > Anchor Drops, Stinko’s Ascension, The Haunt > Cut the Cable, Bad FridaySet 2: 40’s Theme, Puppet String > Bridgeless > Puppet String, Ringo, Divisions > BridgelessEncore: Mail Package unfinished with Simple Gifts (Joseph Brackett Jr.) teases with Space Funk Booty tease[setlist via all things umphrey’s]
Load remaining images Last night, String Cheese Incident took to Atlanta, Georgia, kicking off their two-night run at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. For Friday’s performance, despite brutal storms rolling through during the middle of the first and second set, String Cheese Incident was energized and in proper form, still making for a magical night (with the stage being set against the backdrop of a rainbow at points). Particularly considering that these of shows will serve as the group’s last run ahead of their annual return to the iconic outdoor Colorado venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, it’s clear that String Cheese is heating up and not letting anything getting away.The String Cheese Incident Busted Moves Like Jagger On Opening Night Of Electric ForestAcross both sets, String Cheese exhibited exemplary cross-song jamming. From the get-go, the show-opening sequence of “So Far From Home” through “Lost” into Peter Rowan’s “Walls Of Time” was tight and dialed-in. After “The Road Home,” which segued into another Peter Rowan cover—this time, a stellar rendition of “Midnight Moonlight”—the first set hit its climax. The group brought back “Blue Bossa,” which hasn’t seen airtime since the group’s Red Rocks performance on July 26th, 2015, making for close to a two-year gap in between plays. “Blue Bossa,” as is only appropriate for a performance in Atlanta, then transitioned into the Allman Brothers’ “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” which was a fitting tribute to the late Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, both of whom passed earlier in the year.The String Cheese Incident, Garaj Mahal, Oteil Burbridge & More To Play Element Music FestivalThe second set was served up as a seven-song, close to non-stop sandwich around “Just One Story.” After the opening “Just One Story,” String Cheese expertly moved into “My One And Only,” further highlighting the Colorado ensemble’s attention to thoughtful and tight transitions during last night’s show. From there, “Galactic” kicked off the sprint to the end of the set, with “Sing A New Song,” “Sirens,” and “Hi Ho No Show” making appearances ahead of the set-closing return to “Just One Story,” with Kyle Hollingsworth regularly teasing “Shakedown Street” throughout. With the weather clear and spirits high, String Cheese returned with an encore of “Falling Through The Cracks,” which eventually led into a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” to end their show.You can listen to the full show below, courtesy of Dillon Fries, plus check out photos from last night, courtesy of Joshua Lumsden. Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Chastain Park | Atlanta, GA | 7/7/2017Set One: So Far From Home> Lost> Walls of Time, The Road Home> Midnight Moonlight, Blue Bossa> Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Give Me The Love> CollidingSet Two: Just One Story> My One And Only, Galactic> Sing A New Song> Sirens> Hi Ho No Show> Just One StoryEncore: Falling Through The Cracks> Ring Of Fire
On Tuesday, New Orleans hometown heroes Dumpstaphunk returned to Sweetwater Music Hall for their annual Halloween celebration in Mill Valley, CA. For the second year in a row, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir joined Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, Ian Neville, Nick Daniels III, and Alvin Ford Jr. for a “night of mischief music” alongside the Jazz Mafia Horns.Watch Bob Weir Play Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” While Wearing A Shirt With His Own Face On ItAs the band reminded their fans when they announced Weir’s guest appearance earlier in the day, “In 2016, Weir joined Dumpstaphunk for a ‘Shakedown Street >Dear Prudence > Iko Iko > Big Chief New Orleans Medley > Knockin’ on Heavens Door’ medley that kept fans dancing all night long. There’s no telling what will go down tonight, but the band warns fans to come on out and “find out what tricks n treats we gonna pull outta the Dumpsta!!”Weir joined his NOLA buddies onstage midway through their set, and helped the band launch into a rendition of Marvin Gaye hit-turned The Band live staple “Don’t Do It”, supplying backing vocals and rhythm guitar under Daniels’ soulful crooning. The band kept the Crescent City vibes rolling with a rendition of New Orleans standard “Iko Iko”, followed slow-roll funk reading of Bob Dylan‘s “Maggie’s Farm” with Weir adding slide guitar flourishes for good measure.Next, Bobby took the reins, leading the band through appropriately funky takes on The Temptations‘ “Shaky Ground” and, finally, the Dead’s “Shakedown Street” before exiting the stage to let the core group finish out their set, which also included a reggae-style cover of the late Tom Petty‘s “Free Fallin’” (starting at 3:12:00 in the video below).You can watch full pro-shot video of Dumpstaphunk’s 2017 Halloween show at Sweetwater Music Hall below via the venue’s Facebook live stream (Note: Show starts at ~ 02:00:00, Weir joins the band at ~02:33:00, and the reggae Petty tribute begins at ~03:12:00):Dumpstaphunk will be at Brooklyn Bowl on November 21st for their annual “Phunksgiving” performance. For a full list of upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.[h/t – JamBase]