Sound Summit Benefit Concert Announces Lineup, Wilco To Headline

first_imgThis year’s Sound Summit, which will be held in the San Franciso Bay area at Mount Tamalpais’ 4000-seat Mountain Theater, has announced a lineup featuring headliner Wilco, along with Los Lobos, Bill Frisell’s Guitar In The Space Age, and The Stone Foxes, and will be held on September 17th.The one-day event raises money for the general upkeep of Mount Tamalpais State Park. Last year’s event, which featured sets from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and others raised $40,000 for the Roots & Branches conservancy, a non-profit which oversees the upkeep of Mount Tam.Tickets for this year’s event go on sale this Friday, June 17th at 10am PST, and can be purchase at the festival website HERE.last_img

Electric Forest Will Reportedly Expand To Two Weekends In 2017

first_imgAccording to The Festive Owl and a few inside sources, the team behind Electric Forest has turned in signed permits for back-to-back weekends in The Forest. The beloved Rothbury, MI event now looks like it will expand, as the local city council is currently discussing the permit and are leaning towards approval.Permitting issues have been a constant distraction for promoters and fans since the site was first used as Rothbury in 2008, when the festival was still owned by independents. Now, as original owners Madison House Presents and Insomniac Presents have been purchased by industry giants AEG Live and Live Nation, respectively, it seems that the festival has seen its luck change, and we can now expect multiple weekends of magic at the Double JJ Ranch next summer.This report creates a handful of questions. Will the String Cheese Incident headline Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on both weekends? Will the lineups stay the same from weekend-to-weekend, or will each one be unique? Will Bassnectar become king of the second weekend, as the new resident artist of Electric Forest? Will we see a return of Rothbury as a more jam and classic rock-heavy event, with Electric Forest moving more and more into the realm of dance music? Stay tuned for more information as it’s provided.last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Covers Jimi Hendrix And The Grateful Dead In Capitol Theatre Debut [Full-Show Audio/Videos]

first_imgLast night, jam-grass favorites Greensky Bluegrass continued their fall tour with their first-ever show at beloved Port Chester, NY venue The Capitol Theatre. After an opening set from fellow bluegrass group Cabinet, Greensky took the stage for a stand-out performance stacked with covers of classic tunes by Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead, as well as a rousing performance of American gospel standard “Working On A Building” with help from Cabinet’s JP Biondo (mandolin) & Pappy Biondo (banjo).You can watch videos from the show below courtesy of YouTube user Sean Roche, and stream the full show audio thanks to user taperjeff!I’d Probably Kill YouMiss SeptemberWorking On A Building:Just To Lie > Past My TimeCassidy > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other OneWindshieldBlack Muddy River Greensky Bluegrass @ The Capitol Theatre 9/17/16:Set 1:I’d Probably Kill YouWorried About The Weather >Foxey Lady (Jimi Hendrix cover) >Clinch Mtn BackstepMiss SeptemberRadio BluesWorking On A Building $Just To Lie (1) >Past My PrimeLiving OverSet 2:Cassidy (GD cover)>Cryptical Envelopment (GD cover)>The Other One (GD cover)>Cassidy (GD cover)Dustbowl Overtures (2)WindshieldBurn ThemReverendWings For WheelsBroke Mountain Breakdown (3) >Leap YearEncore:Merely AvoidingBlack Muddy River (GD cover)$ – w/ JP Biondo (mandolin) & Pappy Biondo (banjo)(1) – w/ Foxey Lady quotes(2) – shakedown tease in intro(3) – working on a building teaselast_img read more

Keller Williams Treats Charleston To Solo & KWahtro Performances Back-To-Back [Videos/Gallery/Setlist]

first_imgSetlist: Keller Williams Solo at The Pour House, Charleston, SC – 10/20/16Set 1 – Mental instrumental : Bounty hunter(dead or alive>midnight rider) :Tubeless; She Rolls: Mountains of the Moon: More a Little: Positive: Short Show: People WatchingSet 2 – Cookie’s: Caddy>Return to Sender>Caddy; Job; Dobbie in pocket; Mantra; Gate Crashers; Shakedown StreetE: Making it RainSetlist: Keller Williams KWahtro at The Pour House, Charleston, SC – 10/21/16Set 1 – 2 minute jam; Moving Sidewalk; High; Baby Mama; Best Feeling; Song for Fela; Hategreedlove ; 6 Pack; Cheaper by the bail; Eyes of The WorldSet 2 – Off Time: Breathe>Drop>Breathe; Victory Song; Buena; Drum solo; Put another log on the fire (KW solo); Running on Fumes; In the Middle; ApparitionE: Scarlet Begonias The soulful styles of Keller Williams was on full display in Charleston, SC last weekend, as he sat down for two great shows at The Pour House on October 20th and 21st. With two nights to work his charm in Charleston, Keller delivered two totally unique performances. The first night saw him perform solo, backed by his typical and impressive display of multi-instrumental tape loops. The second night was a more traditional concert affair (though perhaps less traditional for Keller himself), as the guitarist was backed by his tight-knit KWahtro ensemble featuring Gibb Droll, Danton Boller, and Rodney Holmes.The first night of the run saw Keller mix his classic originals with unique covers, delighting fans with his one-of-a-kind solo performing style. The Grateful Dead’s music was on full display in the run, as Keller picked on “Mountains of the Moon” and “Shakedown Street” during the first show, and would bring out “Eyes Of The World” and “Scarlet Begonias” in the second. There were also a number of familiar favorites, like “She Rolls” and “Gate Crashers,” as well as “Best Feeling” and more with the full band.Thanks to yuforic on YouTube, we can watch a series of videos from the solo performance below. The full setlists from the two night run, as well as photos of KWahtro by Ellison White Photography, can be seen below as well. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Yes Announces Summer “YESTIVAL” Tour With Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy & Todd Rundgren

first_imgTomorrow, Yes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In celebration of this historic event, the prog rockers have announced a full U.S. tour, which they are calling “YESTIVAL,” a full festival experience. The summer tour will explore nine of the band’s greatest studio albums, with stops in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.The band is expected to announce more dates soon, but for now we’re excited about this 17-date run. The lineup will include Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboard), Jon Davison (vocals), and Billy Sherwood (the late Chris Squire’s chosen successor on bass). Founding member Jon Anderson will be there to accept their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognition, but will not join the tour.Producer Todd Rundgren will tour as support for YESTIVAL, as will Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy playing tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer.Yes’ YESTIVAL 2017 Tour Dates:08/04 – Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre08/05 – Boone, NC @ Holmes Convocation Center08/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion08/08 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater08/10 – Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand at Foxwoods08/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheater08/12 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Center08/16 – Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre08/17 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre08/19 – Elgin, IL @ Festival Park08/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion08/22 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre08/23 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre08/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre08/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint08/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater09/03 – Tulalip, WA @ Tulalip Amphitheatrelast_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Joshua Davis In Fayetteville [Photos]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass strolled through George’s Majestic Lounge on Wednesday night in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The band’s development as a tight-knit, outstanding explosion of musicianship has been noted over the years as they’ve honed their craft since founding in 2000, and Wednesday night’s show proved why they are becoming one of the most talked about jamgrass acts in the scene.GSBG opened Wednesday’s show with a fast-paced “Into the Rafters,” which first appeared on their 2008 album Five Interstates. After an all-business dobro-mandolin duet, Anders Beck and mandolinist/lead vocalist Paul Hoffman closed it out, efficiently moving onto “The Four.” The track features a fantastic signature dobro lick, and some catchy lyrics: “I keep digging holes in someone else’s ditch; I’m looking for apples but they’re all in the trees. Somebody help me cause I can’t be saved; But I haven’t done anything I can’t name…” The backup vocals on the repeating chorus toward the end were a nice touch.Guitarist and vocalist Dave Bruzza took over on the mic for “Room Without a Roof,” a hearty, melancholy, wistful-feeling track. The song appears on the latest album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, released in September on the band’s label, Big Blue Zoo.After a rousing “Gumboots” and another new track called “Merely Avoiding,” Bruzza stepped back up to sing “Worried About the Weather,” revealing a sort of Dylan-esque vocal pattern. It felt comfortable, as his voice does; like the 30-year-old aural memory of your ultra-talented great uncle Who-Almost-Made-The-Bigtime-In-Nashville singing in the living room with your dad at midnight while you’re pretending to sleep upstairs.The instrumental jam in “Weather” was outstanding as well, with the mando and dobro volleying back and forth in a chemistry-packed pickin’ battle, tight as could be. The crescendo that culminated with full-group, high-speed pickin-heavy jam was exhilarating — the first of many similar instances during the night. Shortly after, the sound levels crept back down to just a dobro solo during which Beck flexed some muscle, showing off some mad skills and even incorporating some wah-wah pedal effects.After a short singalong on “Casual Wednesday,” the evening’s opening act, Joshua Davis from television’s “The Voice,” came out for a couple of songs. He played guitar on “Wild Bill Young,” and then also sang lead on “Last Winter in the Copper Country,” which turned into a 12-minute jam session and was enjoyable, while also a little different.The closer for GSBG’s 85-minute first set was “Can’t Stop Now,” played at breakneck pace with the banjo leading loud and proud on the fast rhythm and the mandolin stealing the spotlight with some great melodic licks. Hoffman, at this point, was fully in the moment; I daresay Ricky Skaggs would’ve been proud. Beck slayed again with a mean, extended dobro solo that felt reckless yet free, like driving down the highway with the windows down, hair all a mess, doing 95 MPH with no seatbelt.Second set kicked off with “What’s Left of the Night,” featuring great lead vocals by Hoffman, and Beck’s dobro standing out again, discreetly taking the lead in a song filled with longing and love. The banjo solo by Michael Arlen Bont on this track was excellent and thrilling; and then Beck took over again, and he busted out some new-for-this-night effects that had his dobro sounding more like Robert Randolph’s rock-and-roll-funk pedal steel. Hoffman followed it up with a psychedelic mando solo, playful but gentle as the song slowed down to a close after 14 minutes — the second-longest track of the evening.Next was a crowd-pleasing “Miss September,” followed by the traditional Stanley Brothers’ hit “Pig in a Pen,” made infamous through covers by Ricky Skaggs, Phish, Old and In the Way, Grateful Dead. Bruzza’s vocals sounded appropriately and impressively “Eastern Kentucky traditional mountain sound.”A couple songs later, GSBG’s “Break Mountain Brokedown” and its rhythmic, dance-inspiring lead melody, by primarily the dobro (and at times the guitar and the mando), mesmerized as much of the audience as any song managed to. The song featured a huge jam with pedals and some wah-wah and other funky dobro effects. Again, the dobro effects started getting more rock-and-roll toward the end of 15-minute long song, and it seamlessly blended into the beginning of a rocking rendition of “Walk Away” (by The James Gang/Joe Cocker). The guitar and dobro effects were perfect for the cover, particularly the driving rhythm and lead melody of the intro and chorus.Shortly after came the driving banjo leading on “Radio Blues,” featuring the best vocals of the night by Bruzza, with great enunciation and tone. The track included fascinating dobro and guitar solos that — even at this late point in the show — demanded closer attention and visual connection.Next came a quiet, gradual intro, as is typical, to GSBG crowd fave “Windshield.” The audience finally was quiet and paying close attention as Hoffman captured them with his voice. The last song of the second set was “Run or Die,” with some gritty, hard-rock dobro effects and guitar-pickin’ calisthenics, while the mandolin kept a fiery pace going on rhythm, even during a soft funky bass solo by Mike Devol. The solo grew into a driving, breakneck full-band jam led by Hoffman, channeling Jeff Austin / YMSB circa 2010 at Red Rocks: just going off, lost in his own internal high-speed-bluegrass universe.After revisiting the “this is the last Casual Wednesday” joke, the soulful, classic waltz encore kicked off, “Drink Up and Go Home,” which was originally recorded by Carl Perkins and later by Jimmy Martin, Bobby Bare, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, among others. If anyone ever sounded more like they’ve suffered heartbreak when they sang this tune, I sure haven’t heard it. Hoffman’s voice is so rich with emotion; it is refreshing and particularly impressive when you see it at shows again and again. It was indeed beautiful, moving and even provocative. Then, they tripled their tempo for a 45-second wrap-up jam, closing out the number and the night on a string of energetic high notes.You can check out photos from Greensky’s performance last night, courtesy of Jeremy Scott, plus the setlist, below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, AR | 5/17/2017Set I: Into The Rafters, The Four, Room Without A Roof, Gumboots, Merely Avoiding, Worried About The Weather, *Casual Wednesday, *Wild Bill Jones, *Last Winter In Copper Country. Can’t Stop NowSet II: What’s Left Of The Night>Miss September, Pig In A Pen, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, Anders Banter Talk> Broke Mt. Breakdown>Walk Away>Down The Road>Broke Mt. Breakdown, The Radio Blues, Windshield, Run Or DieEncore: Casual Wednesday Reprise>Drink Up And Go Home>Broke Mt. Breakdown* with Joshua Davis Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Deliver New Tune At Paste Studio Session [Video]

first_imgOn Thursday, the Baltimore-bred funk-jam juggernaut Pigeons Playing Ping Pong participated in their first-ever Paste Studio Session, performing “Fun In Funk” and “Porcupine” from their recently release Pizazz, as well as a brand new tune “Dawn A New Day”. “Dawn A New Day” has only been played a few times previously during the band’s October run, marking the song’s national debut at Paste Studios. You can check out the new tune in the video below at the 28:30 mark.“Dawn A New Day” is much different than the rest of the band’s repertoire, as it heads down the road a Motown-esque vibe, with tinges of southern rock and soul, and inspiration drawing from the music of the Allman Brothers Band.Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong perform at Paste Studio Sessions below, and catch them in a city near you!Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is currently on their national fall tour, extending through New Year’s Eve in Covington, Kentucky. Head to the band’s official website for all tour and ticketing information, and don’t miss Pigeons Playing Ping Pong as they inevitably come through a city near you!Upcoming Pigeons Playing Ping Pong 2017 Dates10/19 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent10/20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium10/21 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour10/22 – San Diego, CA – Casbah10/24 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit Live10/26 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada10/27 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk10/28 – Houston, TX – The White Oak10/31 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West11/1 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room11/2 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In11/3 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station11/4 – Richmond, VA – The National11/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel11/25 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!11/30 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club12/2 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den12/8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Art12/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theater12/29 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom12/30 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom12/31 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater1/17 – 1/22 – Miami, FL / The Ocean – Jam Cruiselast_img read more

The Peach Music Festival Announces Weekend Change For 2018

first_imgSince its inception in 2018, The Peach Music Festival has quickly become one of the most beloved music festivals of the summer. The festival has become known as an Allman Brothers Band extended family gathering, which each rendition boasting an enviable lineup frequently tapping members of the band and their various side projects. After a successful 2017, today, The Peach Music Festival announced a major change as it looks toward 2018.The Peach Festival: Continuing The Allman Brothers Band Legacy After 2017’s Major LossesWhile in the past, the festival has taken place during mid-August (this year’s festival went down across August 10th through 13th), in 2018, The Peach Music Festival will return to Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, instead taking place in mid-July from July 19th through 22nd. As noted with the announcement, Early Bird Passes go on sale on Thursday at 10 am for only $99 plus fees. For more information on the festival, head to the event’s website here.[Photo: Phierce Photo]last_img read more

New Orleans Jazz Fest Announces 2018 Lineup

first_imgNew Orleans’ world famous Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course from April 27th to April 29th and May 3rd to May 6th. Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffet & His Acoustic Airmen,, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, David Byrne, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common, and Cage the Elephant are scheduled to headline the iconic two-weekend celebration.This year’s Fest will feature Beck’s long-awaited return after his 2016 set was cancelled due to inclement weather. It will also showcase a rare performance from New Orleans rockers The Radiators, who have only played gigs at Tipitina’s and Jazz Fest since the band began a semi-hiatus in 2011. Additionally, R&B star Anita Baker will swing through the festival on her upcoming farewell tour. Of course, plenty of local Louisiana artists will be on the bill, such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Aaron Neville, The Radiators, Big Freedia, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Batiste with The Dap Kings, Dumpstaphunk, Sonny Landreth, Galactic, Better Than Ezra, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, Anders Osborne, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Davell Crawford, Boyfriend, The Soul Rebels, Sweet Crude, Jon Cleary Kermit Ruffins (leading a tribute to Louis Armstrong), and many more. The festival will also celebrate the music of the late Fats Domino as well as the City of New Orleans’ 300th anniversary.Other acts on the lineup include Juanes, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Steve Miller Band, Smokey Robinson, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Toots & The Maytals, George Benson, Steel Pulse, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charlie Wilson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Ron Carter Trio, among many others.The full lineup for Jazz Fest 2018 can be found via the festival’s website. Tickets are now on sale.[Photo: Dave Vann]last_img read more

The Lonely Island Welcomes Michael Bolton, Debuts New Song In First-Ever Live Concert [Videos]

first_imgView Videos/PhotosWatch The Lonely Island in the official Clusterfest preview video below. You can get your tickets here.Clusterfest Preview Video starring The Lonely Island[Video: Comedy Central] Now, to clarify—last night was not the group’s official “first-ever live performance.” That will come this coming weekend (June 1st–3rd) when The Lonely Island headlines Comedy Central‘s second annual Clusterfest in San Francisco along with comedians like Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Tiffany Haddish, Jim Jefferies and music from Wu-Tang Clan, T-Pain, Third Eye Blind, Salt-N-Pepa, Action Bronson, and more. However, to make sure they were in top form for their official live debut, Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone announced a show last night, May 28th, at The Canyon at the Rose in Pasadena, CA billed as the “First Ever Warm Up Show For Our First Ever Concert.”The “first ever warm up show” wound up selling out the ~1,300-capacity venue, and the crowd was treated to sing-along renditions of The Lonely Island’s viral hits in their (unofficial) first time ever played in concert. In addition to old favorites—complete with wardrobe changes to match the respective song’s videos—The Lonely Island debuted a new song that centers on steroid use in sports. In it, Samberg and Schaffer present themselves as notorious home run hitters/juicers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire before Taccone emerges for a Shakespearian-style rap as Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. They also welcomed a number of celebrity cameos, including an amusing bit with singer Michael Bolton, who also had a key cameo in Popstar. You watch clips of the new song and the old favorites and take a look at some hilarious photos from The Lonely Island’s Pasadena show below: Last night, The Lonely Island played a show in Pasadena, CA. Yes, that The Lonely Island: the Saturday Night Live parody bit-turned-Grammy-nominated hip-hop trio who crafted a slew of celebrity-assisted viral videos for high-brow musical masterpieces like “Jizz In My Pants“, “I’m On A Boat” ft. T-Pain, “I Just Had Sex” ft. Akon, and a number of Justin Timberlake collaborations including “Dick In A Box”.The trio—which features Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone—has always been something of a simulation of a performing act, rather than an actual one. Millions of people have watched them pretend to be star musicians for years, and their pretending has frequently paid off in real commercial success, real albums, and real notoriety. However, before last night they’d never played a real live concert. Below, watch a clip from their 2016 parody film, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, in which the members of The Lonely Island portray the members of fictional 90’s boy band, Style Boyz:last_img read more