Fresh off of their 2015 hit record Into The Deep, Galactic got to work last Saturday, March 5th, at the Masonic in San Francisco, CA. The band was in full funky form, bringing out vocalists Erica Falls and Cyril Neville for an evening of New Orleans pride for the Bay Area. Galactic always keeps things rolling, and be sure to catch them on tour!Check out a few photos from the show, courtesy of Courtney Harrington, below:
One of the biggest buzzworthy productions on Broadway right now is Hamilton, a biographical work about Alexander Hamilton performed with hip hop music. Lin-Manuel Miranda is the brains behind the operation, both writing and starring in Hamilton. The musical is so popular, even Phish went to go see it after their New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden. While putting together the musical is no easy feat, Miranda was faced with his biggest challenge yet, face-to-face with President Barack Obama. The White House just recently shared a video of Obama and Miranda, featuring Miranda’s performance of a flowing freestyle rap. The lyrics are guided by Obama, who held up cue cards featuring government-themed words as a drummer provided the beat. Choices like “POTUS” and “Carbon footprint” had Miranda on his toes, but the result is beyond impressive.Check out the clip below: Wait for it…
Among the many reunions taking place in 2016, one that we simply cannot wait for is Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. The bluegrass-jazz ensemble toured regularly from their formation in 1988 until their hiatus in 2012, but are returning for their first shows in four years in just a few short weeks.A number of incredible musicians have been a part of the Flecktones experience, including Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Roy Wooten, Jeff Coffin, and Howard Levy. The band has also collaborated with the likes of Sam Bush, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis and more throughout their career, and released a total of 14 albums! There’s no shortage of great music available for their otherworldly performances.In celebration of the band’s upcoming revival, we came upon this beautiful audio recording from the band’s performance at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, performed on this date exactly 20 years ago (4/26/96). While we posted about Phish’s Jazz Fest set on the same day, this Flecktones show sees the virtuosic musicians taking each composition for an experimental journey.Thanks to a taper named Terry, listen to the whole show below:
With the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival just over a month away, the festival has just released their 2016 schedule. The festival will see performances from Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Dead & Company and so many more throughout its four days, running from June 9th through 12th in Manchester, TN.Of course, with any schedule comes festival conflicts. This one does have some big ones, including the Sunday night overlap between the Bluegrass Situation and Dead & Company. Additional overalapping sets from GRiZ & Kamasi Washington, Father John Misty & Lettuce, Leon Bridges & Flosstradamus, and more will force Roovians to choose wisely.Regardless of who you see, Bonnaroo is always a good time. Check out the schedule below:
Load remaining images Vermont jammers Phish wrapped up a tour through the Northeast tonight, hitting the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY at the end of a long string of performances. After starting the summer in the Midwest, Phish toured from Philadelphia to Saratoga Springs, through Portland, ME, Mansfield, MA, and Hartford, CT. With one more show for Northeast fans this summer, the old ‘Never Miss A Sunday Show’ adage rang true.The show was filled with highlights, including the opener of “The Landlady.” Separated from “Punch You In The Eye” for the first time last summer, the instrumental has been warmly welcomed ever since, and made its first appearance of summer 2016 to start the show. After a fun “Blaze On,” Trey Anastasio took a moment to acknowledge Jon Fishman’s hometown of Syracuse. They then played two Fishman originals, including the classic “Ha Ha Ha” and the second-ever “Friends.”The set was ultimately packed with nine tour debuts, including “Landlady” and “Ha Ha Ha” mentioned above. The other six include “Destiny Unbound,” “The Mango Song,” “Timber” (the Halloween instrumental, which delightfully included a version of the classic “Timber (Jerry)” in the middle), Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “The Ballad Of Curtis Loew,” Mike Gordon-led “Mound,” the Fuego track “Winterqueen,” and the finale, a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love.” The first set also featured some great work on “Tube,” “My Friend, My Friend” and “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan,” only adding to the heat of the set.More tour debuts highlighted the second set, including the opening cover of The Who’s “Drowned.” The set kept the jams flowing with “Twist,” “Waste,” “Piper,” “Simple,” and the band’s new second set favorite “Breath and Burning.” None of the tunes really stretched too far from the box, but the overall flow was strong. The band played a quick and fun “Rocky Top,” their first of the summer and first since 1/2/15 (46 shows), before introducing their second Halloween instrumental of the night, “Martian Monster.” Anastasio again played the Marimba Lumina during “Monster,” as he did at SPAC, while McConnell and Gordon again switched instruments.“Golgi Apparatus” came next, before the band finished off the set with a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein.” McConnell had played his keytar towards the end of set one, and finally got to feature it for the rocking set closer, and the 12th tour debut of the night. “Character Zero” came out for a familiar encore, putting a great finish to an awesome show.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography, as well as the Phish.net setlist.Setlist: Phish at Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY – 7/10/16Set 1: The Landlady, Blaze On, Ha Ha Ha, Friends, Tube, Destiny Unbound > My Friend, My Friend > The Mango Song > Timber > Timber (Jerry) > Timber, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > Mound, Winterqueen, Bold As LoveSet 2: Drowned > Twist > Waste > Piper > Simple > Breath and Burning, Rocky Top > Martian Monster > Golgi Apparatus > FrankensteinEncore: Character Zero Trey on Marimba Lumina; Mike on guitar; Page on bass.Notes: Martian Monster featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on guitar, and Page on bass.
Reggae sensation HIRIE burst onto the scene in 2013 with her self-titled debut album, and hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down since! With an exquisite fusion of island rhythms with reggae sensibilities, the music HIRIE is producing is downright enchanting, drawing in the listener with each and every passing note.As HIRIE gets set to release her new album, Wandering Soul, this Friday, August 19th, fans eagerly await a new sampling of music from the esteemed artist. The music is mostly recorded live throughout the album, and features contributions from artists like Trevor Hall, Nahko Bear, Nattali Rize and more! With the new album due out so soon, we’re honored to premiere the collaboration with Nahko Bear; a track titled “Renegade.”Speaking about the new song, HIRIE said, “‘Renegade’ is a song about going against the grain and standing up for your primal beliefs. Working alongside Nahko was a dream because he’s a very revolutionary writer. “These are poisoned times – join the renegade”. In today’s world it’s not a bad thing to stand out in a crowd of sheep. Listen to HIRIE’s new song “Renegade” featuring Nahko Bear, streaming below.HIRIE will be out on the road supporting this album and touring with Nahko & Medicine For The People this fall, before heading out on the road with Rebelution shortly thereafter. Don’t miss out!All information about the new album and upcoming tour dates can be found on HIRIE’s website!
In 2015, Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow suffered a heart attack. Since then, lingering health problems have forced Barlow to spend time in the hospital, and only accumulate medical debt. Fortunately, Barlow has a number of esteemed musician friends who were able to lend a hand, coming together last night at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA to support the legendary writer. For those who couldn’t make it, donations are still being accepted here.Bob Weir led the festivities, singing songs and telling stories connected to his songwriting partner. He treated fans to a version of “Loose Lucy,” before Lukas Nelson would take the stage and delight with his country tunes.Weir would go on to perform some music with Jerry Harrison, including Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat” and Talking Heads’ “Take Me To The River.” Watch videos of both below. Lukas Nelson wasn’t the only famous child of a musician on stage, as Sean Lennon came to play as well with his Claypool Lennon Delirium bandmates. Lennon, Les Claypool and more treated fans to a rendition of The Beatles tune “Tomorrow Never Knows,” adding some psychedelia to the event. Watch below.The legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott also came to play, playing some “San Francisco Bay Blues” for the crowd.With all of these esteemed performers in the building, as well as members of The String Cheese Incident, Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock and more, this was an unforgettable night of music. Check out the full setlist below courtesy of Deadheadland.Setlist: Everyday Miracle – A Benefit For John Perry Barlow at Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA – 10/24/1620 Musicians in order of appearance:Bob Weir – acoustic & electric guitars, vocalsLukas Nelson – acoustic guitar, vocalsLeslie Mendelson – vocalsWally Ingram – drums & percussionSteve Kimock – electric guitars, lap steelRobin Sylvester – bassJeff Chimenti – keyboards, vocalsSean Lennon – acoustic guitar, vocalsCharlotte Kemp Muhl – acoustic guitar, vocals & percussionLes Claypool – acoustic bassJerry Harrison – electric piano, vocals, electric guitarAishlin Harrison – vocalsTracy Blackman – vocalsJason Hann – percussion & drumsJohn “Stewball” Stewart – electric guitar, vocalsRamblin’ Jack Elliott – acoustic guitar, vocalsRob Eaton – electric guitar, vocalsRob Barraco – electric piano, vocalsMichael Kang – electric guitar, vocalsMichael Travis – percussion, vocals7:35pm – 7:55pmBob, Lukas, Leslie, WallyBlue Bayou (Bob, Leslie, Lukas)? (Lukas)Shaky Ground (Bob)8:20pm – 8:35pmBob, Steve, Jeff, Robin, WallyHell In a Bucket (Bob)I Need a Miracle (Bob) w/Leslie8:45pm – 9:00pmSean, Charlotte, LesThe World Was Made For Men (Sean & Charlotte)Boomerang Baby (Sean)Tomorrow Never Knows (Sean) w/Wally on drums & percussion9:05pm – 9:30pmJerry, Aishlin, Tracy, Leslie, Steve, Robin, WallyHeaven (Aishlin)Take Me To The River (Aishlin) w/Bob on guitar & Jason on percussionShe Cracked (Jerry vocals & guitar) >White Light/White Heat (Jerry vocals & guitar)9:30pm – 9:45pmBob, Jeff, Robin, Steve, Wally, JohnDesolation Row (Bob & John)9:45pm – 10:10pm Words from John Barlow’s three daughters & honoring of family, friends & supporters. Auction items.10:20pm – 10:40pmRamblin’ Jack ElliottMean Old Bed Bug Blues (Jack) w/Bob on acoustic guitar(Bob admonishes audience to STFU)Me & Bobby McGee (Jack & Bob)10:40pm – 10:50pmRob Barraco, Rob Eaton, Steve, Robin, WallyMexicali Blues (Eaton)Jack Straw (Eaton & Barraco) w/Jeff on keyboards10:55pm – 11:25pmMichael Kang, Jason, Michael Travis, Steve, Jeff, RobinThese Waves (Kang)Give Me The Love (Kang) w/Leslie & Tracy on backing vocalsJust One Story (Kang) joined halfway w/Bob & Lukas on guitars.11:25pm – 11:40pmBob, Steve, Jeff, Leslie, Lukas, Robin, WallyCassidy (Bob & Leslie)Set list compiled by Rob Scalcione[Videos by Rod Giffen]
Get ready for a jaw dropping announcement from Umphrey’s McGee. The prog jam band has just revealed plans for three magical nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO next summer, coming in from June 30th through July 2nd. UM has played around July 4th for the last few years at Red Rocks, but the expansion to three nights is sure to delight UM fans everywhere.The shows will also feature very special guests, including Stick Figure on 6/30, Snarky Puppy and Bokante on 7/1 and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers on 7/2. You can find all sorts of info about VIP travel packages and more via the UM website. These shows will be the longest headlining July 4th celebration from Umphrey’s McGee to date, so get ready!The announcement comes on the heels of UM’s reveal that they would not be doing UMBowl this year, to focus on “more multi-night events across the country.” This is certainly a great way to make good on that promise!Umphrey’s McGee also has some exciting tour dates lined up for early 2017, including performances with Joshua Redman, Greensky Bluegrass, Spafford, and Polecat. The full schedule can be seen below!Umphrey’s McGee Winter 2017 Tour DatesJanuary 13th, 14th & 15th – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GAJanuary 20th and 21st – The National, Richmond, VA*January 22nd – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PAJanuary 26th – College St. Music Hall, New Haven, CT**January 27th – State Theatre, Portland, ME**January 28th – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY**January 29th – Anthology, Rochester, NY**February 3rd & 4th – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI*February 17th & 18th – Exploreasheville.com Arena, Asheville, NC^February 19th – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NCMarch 1st & 2nd – The Hive, Sandpoint, IDMarch 3rd & 4th – The Wilma, Missoula, MT#March 9th – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UTMarch 10th – Montbleu Theater, Stateline, NV*March 11th – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA*March 12th – Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA*March 16th – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ*March 17th – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV*March 18th – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA*March 19th – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA*June 30th – July 2nd – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO%* w/ Special Guest Spafford** w/ Special Guests Joshua Redman & Spafford^ w/ Special Guest Greensky Bluegrass# w/ Special Guest Polecat% w/ Stick Figure, Snarky Puppy, Bokante & Bruce Hornsby
You can also get the full Trans-Siberian Orchestra experience with full pro-shot video of their 12/20/14 show at Boston’s TD Garden, thanks to YouTube user squintyt4e: This morning, we were met with the unfortunate news that Paul O’Neill, founder of the seasonally-inspired Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has passed away at the age of 61, after having suffered from “chronic illness.” A post on the Trans Siberian Orchestra Facebook page acknowledged the passing of the group’s friend and founder:Explains the post, “[Paul] was our friend and our leader–a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.” According to Rolling Stone, “O’Neill co-wrote ‘Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,’which combined the yuletide staples ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘Carol of the Bells,’ with Jon Oliva, the guitarist for the metal band Savatage, for that band’s 1995 album Dead Winter Dead. Wanting to expand his vision on that song, he assembled Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Oliva and Savatage guitarist Al Pitrelli and keyboardist Robert Kinkel; they put out the album Christmas Eve and Other Stories and released the song as a single. The song has since been certified gold and has made appearances on Billboard’s rock and adult-contemporary charts in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2004. The album was subsequently certified three-times platinum, and the group has issued five other LPs, scoring another multi-platinum release with 2004’s The Lost Christmas Eve and Top 10 releases with 2009’s Night Castle and their most recent album, 2015’s Letters From the Labyrinth.”Trans-Siberian Orchestra regularly embark on smashingly successful winter tours in the U.S., featuring lavish production with lasers and pyrotechnics. According to Blabbermouth, last winter’s tour sold nearly 1 million tickets, and grossed north of $55M. In 2009, Billboard ranked them among the Top 25 Touring Artists of the Decade. In recent years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards In Winter” has gone viral as the backing music for some of the most impressive Christmas light displays on the Internet.In honor of O’Neill, take a look at one of the many amazing “Wizards In Winter” Christmas light videos below, via Atlantic Records:
All in all, Drunk is an expression of Thundercat’s flare for the unusual, marked by top notch production and execution. At times, the album seems to be pulling in all directions, but it’s anchored with the unmistakeable soul-drenched style that is Thundercat. To end March, Thundercat performed at the Barrowland Ballroom on the Saturday of the BBC 6 Music Festival in Glasgow. The electro-funk bassist was accompanied by a masterful drummer and keyboardist to make up a total power trio that played through career-spanning numbers, mostly pulling from the 2017 Drunk. Thundercat, who has recorded alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Suicidal Tendencies, Mac Miller, and so many more, displayed full-throttle his impressive musicianship of funk, jazz, rhythm and blues during this performance, and it’s finally available for U.S. fans to enjoy. Listen through for a delicious version of Kendrick Lamar’s “If These Walls Could Talk” in the midst of his own “Bus In The Streets.”Groove on:Titled Drunk, Thundercat’s new album is a 23-track offering that fuses elements of funk, soul, hip hop, electronica, and jazz. It’s a mind-bending new release that engages from the first tracks and never lets go. Read the full review for Drunk here.The album features a number of collaborators, including Flying Lotus, Sounwave, Louis Cole, Zack Sekoff, Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Mono/Poly, Taylor Graves, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar featured Thundercat on his recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, helping to propel the bassist into the public eye. It’s nice to see the two continue to exchange musical ideas through collaborative efforts.