Legendary bassist Phil Lesh turns 76 years young on March 15th, and there’s no way he’s going to let the occasion go un-celebrated. In addition to two performances with “The Q,” on March 17-18, Lesh will perform on his actual birthday at the Capitol Theatre with a hearty lineup.The new birthday concert will feature Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno, John Molo and Rob Barraco, each bringing their unique sound to the classic Grateful Dead repertoire. The other two performances, which include the same lineup save for Jimmy Herring on guitar instead of Krasno, are already sold out.Tickets for Lesh’s birthday bonanza go on sale this Saturday, February 27th. More information can be found here!Relive Phil Lesh’s 75th birthday with this full show video below:
After the success of last year’s inaugural Live From The Lot, Ardmore, PA venue Ardmore Music Hall is bringing back their annual outdoor music festival on a larger scale for a major two-day event from May 21-22, 2016, presented by AMH and WXPN. Featuring headliners Snarky Puppy (playing both days), The Revivalists, The Greyboy Allstars ft. Karl Denson, Foundation of Funk (members of The Meters & Lettuce), and many more artists, the weekend before Memorial Day promises to start the music festival season off with a bang just 3 miles outside Philadelphia.Ardmore Music Hall ups the ante for 2016 with two stages of music spanning a 3 day period, including a kickoff party on Friday May 20th as well as after-parties inside the venue on the 21st and 22nd. On Saturday and Sunday, Live from the Lot will begin at 1 PM in the parking lot directly behind the Music Hall, and feature two outdoor covered stages highlighting both national and regional talent. Tickets are available for a weekend pass, or can be purchased for each of the two days individually.Grammy Award winning jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy will perform both days. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation, creating precise and explosive live jazz with incredible rhythms and melodies. Other performers on the main stage include: NOLA rock/soul band The Revivalists, a newly formed supergroup of legends called Foundation of Funk (George Porter Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters + Eric Krasno & Neal Evans of Lettuce/Soulive play The Meters), funk fusion pioneers The Greyboy Allstars (featuring Karl Denson), piano virtuoso Marco Benevento, Brooklyn electro-funksters Pimps Of Joytime and many more. There will also be an additional headline act announced in the coming weeks.On Friday, May 20th, Electron will headline the kickoff party for Live from the Lot, a livetronica rock group comprised of local favorites Marc Brownstein & Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Tom Hamilton (American Babies / JRAD) and Mike Greenfield (Lotus). Saturday night, May 21st, Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler will headline the after-party inside Ardmore Music Hall and will feature an incredible lineup of musicians performing an all improvisational, crowd-engaging jam- the full musician reveal will come soon. There will be another party inside on Sunday night, May 22nd, with details TBA.Check out the lineup announcement video:As with last year, LFTL will be an all ages, family friendly event with local food vendors, a beer tent, and other entertainment. The inside of Ardmore Music Hall will be open throughout the day, as well. Live from the Lot takes place in the Ardmore SEPTA parking lot, and is just feet from the Paoli/Thorndale regional rail train line. Ardmore Music Hall is a 600 capacity rock club in Ardmore, PA, established in 2013, with a long history of hosting critically acclaimed national tours dating back to 23 East Cabaret in the 80’s and early 90’s.Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 2nd at noon, with both GA and VIP options available. You can check out the lineup card below, and find tickets and more information via the official LFTL website.
With the electricity and excitement already in the air from Wisconsin’s victory in the March Madness tournament, Greensky Bluegrass continued their streak of excellent shows last night in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater. They gave a raucous performance to a large crowd that has only grown in size with each subsequent visit from the jamgrass musicians. The show was filled originals and covers that delighted fans.After a great opening set from the Shook Twins, Greensky wasted no time and broke into “Seymour” to start the show. And the bluegrass began! They followed with a slower tune, “In Control,” that simmered down the initial excitement, and not in a negative way. Later they played another blazing bluegrass tune, a cover of Traffic’s “Light Up or Leave Me Alone,” that featured a good solid Tweeprise jam. Astute Phish fans who were listening intently were rewarded with the famous Trey Anastasio riff in the middle of the song. Another highlight of the first set was “Forget Everything,” where the band had a good opportunity to sing in strong harmonies.Of course, the second set only expanded on the band’s energetic jamgrass that was laid down in the first half. They worked in a cover of the Wood Brothers’ “Luckiest Man” that was well received by the crowd. They also played “Windshield,” the first track from their recently-released album If Sorrows Swim, which featured some great improvisational moments. The improv slowly grew quieter asthe band brought the song down to an end. However, the crowd continued the melody with some collective singing of “oooooooooooooooo.” Perhaps planned, but perhaps not, after a minute of the crowd forging ahead, the band began the ending refrain to finish the song. It was really neat and unique!Certainly the band saved the best for last, as they ended the second set with a cover of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved?” featuring the Shook Twins. If you ever wondered if the classic reggae tune would sound good with a bluegrass twist, then wonder no more. Greensky Bluegrass did a phenomenal job of performing the song, and the crowd absolutely loved it. All in all it was another fine concert from jamgrass titans Greensky Bluegrass.Check out the full setlist below via Camp Greensky, and a full gallery of photos from Daniel Ojeda Photography:Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI – 3/18/16Set One: Seymour, In Control, Bring Out Your Dead, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Take Cover, Cry Holy, Through The Trees, 33443 > Forget Everything, Leap YearSet Two: No Idea, Lose My Way, White House Blues, Luckiest Man, Windshield, Windshield Reprise#, Pig In A Pen, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, I’d Probably Kill You, Broke Mountain Breakdown > Could You Be Loved*Encore: Living over# – Crowd Induced* – w/Shook Twins Load remaining images
Since the unfortunate news of his passing, the music of Prince has made an enormous presence on the Internet. New videos have surfaced, unreleased tracks found, and collaborations with some of the top artists have been revealed in less than two weeks since his untimely death. Lucky for fans who never had the chance to see The Purple One perform live, these videos provide a window to the world that Prince was known for creating.Watch Prince Collaborate With Kendrick Lamar In This Rocking Improvisational PerformanceIn 1999, Prince delivered a stunning rendition of “Motherless Child” on Spanish television program, 2 TVE. His guitar-work shines in this performance with a rock-and-roll attitude, as he leads the band through the highs and lows of his unforgettable vocal range. It’s videos like these that help the mourning music community cope with their loss. Enjoy:Watch the full 38-minute performance below:This Friday, an All-Star Tribute to Prince is going down in Brooklyn at The Hall at MP. The music of Prince will be performed by Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Louis Cato (Late Show With Stephen Colbert), and Hayley Jane, with James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Wyclef Jean & more), and Ian Gray (Swift Technique) adding some brass flare. More information on this exciting tribute can be found here.
Phish fans in the Midwest are in for some serious weather, as the band has just announced a 90 minute delay to their listed doors time for tonight’s show at the Klipsch Music Center (aka Deer Creek), due to incoming storms. See the post making the announcement from Phish below: While Klipsch reportedly has an 11 PM curfew, the band encountered a similar situation at the outdoor venue in 2009, when fans had to wait hours between sets for thunderstorms to pass. Phish opted to pay the fine and break curfew, playing their full show well into the night. We’ll keep this article updated with more news from Phish, but you can also tune in to the band’s Twitter for more details.
With their third studio release coming out on Friday, September 16th, TAUK is gearing up for a very exciting fall tour. In addition to the two-night album release gigs at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl and their NYE run with Lettuce, the instrumental funk-rock blenders have added twenty more dates to the roster, bringing their beats to the west coast.The first leg of the tour will go on-sale this Friday at 10AM local time, with more dates to follow. The upcoming album, Sir Nebula, is also available for pre-order right here. Don’t miss out on these guys!
Radiohead hit the Madison Square Garden stage for the first time in 13 years last night, and they showed why their reputation as the best live band in the world precedes them. With endless energy and perfect execution, Radiohead ran through an impressive setlist that showcased material from seven different albums. The audience spent most of the night on the edge of their seats, silently listening to Thom Yorke‘s dream-state vocals while watching master multi-instrumentalist Johnny Greenwood create lush soundscapes that brilliantly filled the large confines of MSG.The show opened as all other Radiohead shows have in 2016, with the first five songs from this year’s beautiful release, A Moon Shaped Pool. Beginning with “Burn the Witch”, they moved through “Daydreaming”, “Decks Dark”, “Desert Island Disk” and “Ful Stop” with ease, giving the audience a healthy dose of new material to start things off. “Daydreaming” particularly connected with the audience, as the crowd erupted in applause on at least two occasions simply because the song was so beautiful. By the time the band got to “Ful Stop”, the energy was palpable, and Radiohead responded with a wild, freak-out version of the pulsating track. Thom Yorke held a keyboard in his hand and added spooky synth flourishes throughout as the lights strobed to create a wild audio/visual effect.The true meat of the show, however, began once Radiohead got past the AMSP material. To start things off, Thom Yorke picked up his maracas while Greenwood had a series of analog synthesizers brought to the stage, as the band kicked into high gear with a fast-paced version of The King of Limbs single “Lotus Flower”. The band kept the energy at maximum with “The National Anthem”, which featured its typical sinister bass playing from Colin Greenwood. Next up, “15 Step” made it’s first appearance of 2016, with the In Rainbows track providing the crowd with an opportunity to let loose and dance. “15 Step” was a tour staple of Radiohead’s since 2008, so it was nice to see them bring it back into the rotation at MSG, and the band absolutely nailed the version, using the 5/4 time signature to build tension as Johnny Greenwood added layers of effects.After building up the energy in the room, Radiohead took things down a notch with three consecutive ballads. OK Computer fan-favorite “No Surprises” was first, with it’s lullaby-esque intro sending the crowd into a frenzy. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” followed, with the AMSP track perhaps acting as a moment to give the crowd a moment to catch their breath. TKOL track “Separator” kept the chill vibes going and gave Thom Yorke a chance to really showcase his voice.Radiohead kicked off the final portion of their main set with a mean take on The Bends‘ opening track, “Planet Telex”. Most fans start their Radiohead education with The Bends, so “Planet Telex” is a familiar favorite to almost every fan. The song doesn’t get played that often, only making it into five shows this summer, so the song was certainly well received. “The Numbers” followed, and the acoustic climate-change-focused piece from AMSP brought the house down. The song laments the role humanity has played in changing the world’s climate, so following that song up with the high energy Orwellian rager of “2+2=5” made for a poignant moment.After the short-but-sweet rocker, Thom Yorke surprisingly switched to his keyboard and started up Kid A‘s “Everything In Its Right Place”. The song usually finds itself in the set-closing or encore slots, so its different placement was a welcome change, giving fans another opportunity to dance as the band worked through this melodic, effects-laden, thumping track. Electronic bass freak-out “Myxomatosis” came next, and the Hail To The Thief track was a true highlight of the night, showing Radiohead at perhaps their angriest and most evil. To bring the main set to a close, Radiohead brought the crowd to it’s feet again for another dance number in “Idioteque”.Following a brief encore break, Radiohead returned to the stage with their biggest surprise of the night: the first performance of “Let Down” from OK Computer in ten years. The dreamy ballad was the perfect way to kick of the encore, showing their appreciation to the excited audience by busting out a rare tune from their most popular album. “Present Tense” followed, marking the eighth and final song of the night from AMSP, and its Bossa Nova vibe really works well in the live setting. Following a note-perfect take on their classic “Paranoid Android”, Radiohead brought their first encore to a close with two In Rainbows songs: the absolutely gorgeous ballad “Nude” and the high-energy rocker “Bodysnatchers”.For Radiohead’s traditional second (and final) encore, the band kicked things off with The King Of Limbs‘ opening track, “Bloom”. This track features a lot of layered percussion, and Johnny Greenwood actually had a full drum kit brought out on stage so he could play the song’s jazzy drum loop live. One of Radiohead’s biggest tricks in the live setting is to re-create the production from their albums, so watching Greenwood carefully play the same pattern over and over with different emphasis based on where the band was in the song was truly a treat. It’s easy to focus on Thom Yorke as the “front man” with his unique voice, mischievous energy, and passionate dance moves on stage. However, make no mistake, as Greenwood is just as important to Radiohead’s live show and sound. A guitarist by trade, Greenwood spent most of the night twisting and turning nobs on the electronic musical tools that he keeps in his live arsenal, helping to augment the band’s sound and create the atmospheric soundscapes that they’re known for.Radiohead finished the show with an epic version of “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” that had the crowd howling the song’s “fade out” refrain into the sky, providing one last opportunity for the band and audience to sing together before bringing the night to a close. The group turned in a truly amazing performance at Madison Square Garden, showcasing the band’s diversity and their beloved catalog. The band really knows how to cater to their audience, mixing live staples, fan-favorites, bust outs, and perfect renditions of their new songs coming together to form a cohesive, fun, and intense show that left fans begging for more. Luckily, Radiohead returns to The Garden tonight for the second and final night of their run!Check out incredible videos from last night’s Radiohead show at Madison Square Garden, courtesy of YouTube user suprefan.“Let Down”“The National Anthem”“Planet Telex”“The Numbers”“2+2=5”“Myxomatosis”“Street Spirit (Fade Out)”Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Radiohead setlists
After a weekend well-spent at Lockn’ Festival, beloved jam band Phish heads West for the final dates of their summer touring. The band will perform three nights at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO, hitting the venue for their annual run of shows over Labor Day weekend. Though the shows are sold out, there’s an opportunity for all to enjoy the band’s playing through LivePhish.com.The band has announced webcasts for all three of their shows, allowing fans to follow the action from the comfort of their own couches. As per usual, there are options to pay for each show individually, or as a bundle of all three shows. There are HD and SD options available, as well as merchandise add-ons.For more information, head here.
On Friday, February 17, 2017, Atlanta funk ensemble Voodoo Visionary released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Off The Ground. The group celebrated with a sold-out show that night at Aisle 5 in Atlanta, with support from Alabama’s Little Raine Band and Tennessee’s Opposite Box. This marked the band’s fourth straight sold-out performance in Atlanta and first as a headliner.As the band’s second studio effort, Off The Ground is a journey deeper into the rhythms from which Voodoo Visionary collect their influence. Co-engineers and producers Mark Michaelson and Josh Thane of WonderDog Sound Studios provide expertise that allows the ensemble to comfortably explore multiple genres and results in a tight performance throughout all thirteen tracks. The band’s musicality shines through in the compositions of each song, with influences ranging from the beginnings of R&B, blues, and bluegrass to modern jazz, funk, and soul. The compositions themselves show an evolution in Voodoo Visionary’s writing and the performance is clean and well thought out while maintaining the raw energy of the band’s live show.For Off The Ground, Voodoo Visionary’s core members Dennis Dowd (keys), Jimmy Lynch (bass), Scott MacDonald (vocals), Mac Schmitz (drums), and Mike Wilson (guitar) were joined by frequent collaborators Martin Anderson (saxophone and horn arrangements), Paul Nelson (trombone), Ben Otieno (trumpet), and Jose Rivera (percussion) as well as guest vocalists Austin Cobb, Vanessa Graniero, and Christopher Micheal. These guests and featured musicians are all members of the Atlanta and Athens, GA music scenes and help create a diverse range of sounds from track to track. Off the Ground is sure to signal Voodoo Visionary’s arrival at a new chapter of their own development and success in their activities and upcoming performances.Video from the sold-out performance at Aisle 5 was shot and edited by Nathan Reetz. Check out this new multi-cam footage, below.Following album release shows in Atlanta, Asheville, and Athens, Voodoo Visionary heads out on tour this week in support of their new album. Check out the tour dates below!Voodoo Visionary Tour Schedule03/02 Dunedin Brewery | Dunedin FL03/03 Funk Fest 8 | Punta Gorda FL w/ The Motet, & more03/04 Funk Fest 8 | Punta Gorda FL w/ The Motet, Dumpstaphunk & more03/07 Tanqueray’s | Orlando FL w/ Voodoo Visionary03/08 St. Matthew’s Tavern | Orlando FL (open jam hosts)03/09 1904 Music Hall | Jacksonville FL w/ Gang of Thieves03/10 Fire Betty’s | Tallahassee FL03/16 Preservation Pub | Knoxville TN03/17 Mercy Lounge | Nashville TN03/18 Revelry Room | Chattanooga TN04/15 Infinite Energy Arena | Duluth GA (Georgia Swarm pre-game)04/22 Sweetwater 420 Fest | Atlanta GA04/28 Good Ol’ Days | Cumming GA05/04-07 CukoRakko Music and Arts Festival | Steele AL
Load remaining images Music on the Mesa in Taos, New Mexico, came to close last week, touting their the best line-up yet. The festival transpired over three days on the site of the Taos Mesa Brewing Company and featured artists for over eight hours each day on three stages. Roughly five miles from the quaint town of Taos, the festival site was set among sagebrush with a 360-degree view and the Taos Mountains as the backdrop. Featuring music on the amphitheater, patio, and indoor brewery stages, festival organizers made every attempt to keep the music playing without pause by starting each band on their respective stages as the previous group ended their set. With the long game in mind, they utilized the brewery stage for the hottest part of the day gigs as well as the late night closers as temperatures began to drop.The vibe of Music on the Mesa was without pretense and brought out people of all ages. Arriving on site, attendees were greeted by knowledgeable and friendly volunteers who directed both single day pass holders and those who were in for the long haul. The price for Music on the Mesa’s line-up was ridiculously low at $99 for the early bird and $125 after that. Camping was an option at a mere $20, and patrons were able to come and go as they pleased, as many left the festival grounds during the day for rafting excursions or the therapeutic hot springs of the Rio Grande river gorge. For those looking for more creature comforts, restored vintage Airstreams were also available. The campground itself featured two bonfire sites for after-show festivities and a circus tent erected for late-night picking sessions, advertised and encouraged by the promoters. The walking distance between tents and the venue was no more than five minutes for even the most distant camper. Other amenities included made-to-order options, catering to both vegetarian and the carnivorous, multiple watering stations that were always filled to keep patrons hydrated, and a handful of vendors offering handmade goods, including clothing, art, and instruments. Inaiah Lujan, a self-professed ‘mole snob’ from Colorado’s Haunted Windchimes, declared the pork mole tacos worthy of his palette. Of course, let us not forget the beer! Offering their full listing, the brewery delivered on service and quality, keeping lines short and patrons returning for more.Featuring some of the best in Americana and jam, promoters enlisted a lineup that even the bigger festivals would be envious of and, as if the roster wasn’t enough, each act certainly brought their best to the table. From start to finish, it seemed as though no group needed a warm-up tune or proper sound check to get going, bringing their “A” game from the first notes of each set. As if it couldn’t be better, the innumerable amount of sit-ins kept the smiles rolling. On night one, members of Elephant Revival sat in with local boy Ry Taylor, the first act of the festival, lending vocal and percussive accompaniment. Biko Casini joined on-the-rise bluegrassers Gipsy Moon and a portion of the following set of Elephant Revival alongside Omar Al’Tbal of Gipsy Moon. Later in their set, Elephant Revival also invited Mackenzie Page and Matt Cantor of Gipsy Moon to assist on vocal duties. Drew Emmitt’s conglomerate of Leftover Salmon and the Infamous Stringdusters turned into a familial jam when Drew pulled his own son to the stage and Gipsy Moon’s Salmon spawn Silas Herman.The following day saw Austin powerhouse Patrice Pike invited to guest with Robert Randolph on both lead vocals and drums for a total spiritual meltdown. The closing band of the second evening, regional act Last To Know, certainly received the biggest and best surprise by far the entire weekend. Halfway through their set, Robert Randolph and the entire Family Band joined the stage. This extensive guesting was more than likely an effort to make up for the sound issues Robert Randolph’s set experienced on the amphitheater stage, derailing the focus of the band. The set continued past the point of alcohol service and no one seemed to mind. The set was finally called due to exhaustion and smiles carried weary patrons and players off to bed. For most, the closing day held the most potential for mind-bending sit-ins and certainly did not disappoint.Railroad Earth treated the audience to an unexpected soundcheck jam that was more of great first set then a test run. Although Andy Goessling was absent for medical reasons, uber-talented hired gun Erik Yates stepped up to the plate and the band progressed with a misstep. For their main set, most of The Cheese Dusters, including Bill Nershi and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident and Andy Hall and Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, were invited to join in for the last tunes of an already festive session. The favor was returned when Tim Carbone was summoned to join The Cheese Dusters, potentially one of the greatest one-off collaborations of the summer, which included the aforementioned musicians plus the legendary John Cowan of New Grass Revival.What made Music on the Mesa stand apart is that it still seems to be off the radar, especially in this region. Although the turn-out size was perfect, the expectation of greater numbers from the Jam Nation, especially from the Colorado neighbors, fell short. The patrons truly seemed to be there more for the music than the party, although plenty enjoyed both. The festival vibe appealed to all walks of life and many families were seen with kids in tow, including noise-cancelling headphone-sporting infants and toddlers. Surprisingly, in the age of liability, security was present, but very toned down. On each of the nights, children could be seen hoisted up on any of three stages and left there to enjoy the music without intervention. Although it would be hard to top the 2017 line-up, enthusiasm expressed by the promoters revealed that this weekend of magic was not a one-time thing and that next year they would try to outdo themselves. Going to the larger festivals might provide more of everything, but if someone is looking to experience something different at a reasonable cost without the lines and headaches, this southwest secret might be the destination that delivers.You can check out photos from Music on the Mesa below, courtesy of the author, Jake Sudek.Music On The Mesa | 2017 | Photos by Jake Sudek