Umphrey’s McGee, Railroad Earth & More Announced For Great South Bay Festival Lineup

first_imgReturning to Patchogue, NY from July 14-17, the Great South Bay Music Festival has released their initial lineup for the 2016 festivities. The festival has announced headlining sets from Graham Nash, Blues Traveler, Umphrey’s McGee, and Railroad Earth, a lineup sure to interest fans with any taste of music.The full announcement includes Dopapod, Colin Hay, Main Squeeze, John Sebastian, NRBQ, and Aztec Two Step. With the promise of over 60 artists, there’s a lot more music to be announced from Great South Bay; but this is a great start!You can find tickets and more information about the festival by heading here.last_img

Snarky Puppy’s New Album ‘Culcha Vulcha’ Is Streaming In Full [Listen]

first_imgJust weeks after winning the Grammy award for their 2015 Sylva album, Snarky Puppy announced a brand new release called Culcha Vulcha. Due out on April 29th, the album comes a few months after the release of Family Dinner Vol. 2, and marks the band’s first just-Snarky release in a number of years.The new album fuses Snarky Puppy’s jazz-based influences with some more worldly approaches. Opening track “Tarova” weaves in South Asian percussion, while “Semente” captures a more Brazilian flare. Still, there’s plenty of Motown and funk inspired grooves to keep your feet tapping throughout the album.Listen to Culcha Vulcha below, up until the April 29th release date:last_img

Explore The New Catskill Chill Home With Aerial Drone Footage & Co-Founder Josh Cohen

first_imgWe’re just a few weeks away from the annual Catskill Chill Music Festival, which is set for September 23-25 (tickets and info here), and getting more and more excited for the event by the day. Now in its 7th year, the festival has a great lineup that features the likes of Mike Gordon, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Electron and more. The biggest change, however, is the festival’s relocation from Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY to “New Minglewood,” a site located in Lakewood, PA.With the festival fast-approaching, organizers have shared some beautiful aerial footage of the new site. “New Minglewood” is looking as sharp as ever, and ChillFam can hardly wait to make this site their home. Watch the footage streaming below:Naturally, longtime fans will have many questions about the new location. Fortunately, festival co-founder Josh Cohen sat down with us and answered a few of them for you! Read on below for this exclusive interview.L4LM: First things first….Catskill Chill has moved sites, tell us a little bit about that.Josh Cohen: Ya know, we couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect site than the one we had when we started the Chill at Camp Minglewood. Thanks to Larry (Larry Siegel, Co-Founder), we had access to this world renowned Performing Arts camp that his family started years ago. He and Dave (Dave Marzollo, Promoter/Co-Founder) had the perfect foundation to build upon. Here we are, as grateful as can be, coming up on our seventh Chill. As we all know, the best things in life can’t always last forever. Camp Minglewood was incredible, but guess what… from the moment we set foot on the grounds of NEW Minglewood, we knew it was meant to be, that everything in life really does happen for a reason. The great thing is… just like a teenage love…y ou grow up, move on and often find something to fill that space which may be even better. That’s exactly what we have here. Not only have we found the perfect home for the Chill, but the property owners are some of the most gracious hosts we could ask for ~ really great people.L4LM: What are some new things about the site that you love?JC: I could go on and on. 1. Even Ground – At the old venue, we had really large hills to deal with – from parking down to camp was quite a hike, as was from certain parts of camping down to the stages. At New Minglewood, the entire site is practically flat, with the slightest pitch in a couple spots.  2. Parking – at the old site, Chillfam had to either hike down giant hills with all of their gear to find a camping spot or they had to wait in line for a shuttle to drop them off where there was a slightly less giant hill (I kid..slightly). At New Minglewood, we’ve secured the farm which borders the length of our venue. The parking fields are flat and immediately adjacent to camping. No shuttles necessary, no long hikes, no giant hills.  3. Stages – Our old site’s stages were great because they were covered, but they did not allow for great viewing for everyone in attendance. At New Minglewood, we have a beautiful Main Stage field. It has the slightest of pitches and can hold everyone in attendance, and then some. We’re also really happy to be able to gather on the grass, under the sky as one – there’s something special about that and we haven’t been able to do that in the past. Our B-Stage is also much larger than in the past. It is a covered outdoor hockey rink, with open sides and plenty of room for the Chillfam to spread out and watch from both under the cover and outside it. Then we also have Club Chill, an indoor theater and a Late Night Hall, which is a big gym which borders the lake. Traditionally, we’ll still have our DC Corner Stage outdoors as well.  4. Pools! – For VIP and Artists, we have use of both the indoor and outdoor pools, along with a Jacuzzi – there’s a giant deck attached to the pool area, which overlooks the lake – it’s awesome. 5. Cabins – the cabins at New Minglewood are a bit nicer than the old ones. It’s still camp, but the mattresses are real, there are A/C units in them and they’re set up in a more traditional style which we think will lead to even more community building (as if that’s even possible at the Chill!) – now, the cabins are set up closer to each other, forming a circle in two different sections of the camp. It will be fun to see what unfolds with this setup.  6. Woods Camping – we’ve never had woods camping before and now we have a really cool area where folks will be able to camp under an umbrella of trees.  L4LM: What do you think both returning and first-time Chill Fam will enjoy about New Minglewood?JC: Everything I mentioned above, plus everything we’ve always enjoyed together – first and foremost being each other. I understand the need to paint a picture of New Minglewood before we get there, to give peace of mind to everyone who’s used to our old site, but the reality is that above all, the Chill is about the people. The attendees, the staff, the vendors, and the bands. There is a certain intention that comes along with buying a ticket to the Chill, working at the Chill, vending at the Chill and playing in a band at the Chill – an unwritten “terms of use” if you will – that when you come to the Chill, you are bringing with you an attitude of love, of family, authenticity, unity, acceptance, a true appreciation for great music and you are ready for a true celebration of life!  That will continue to be the most exciting thing about the Chill, and the highlight of New Minglewood. L4LM: Is this site larger? If so, will the Chill look to expand in scope and attendance?JC: The site is about the same size, however we have more space to work with overall. The venue is bordered on one side with a farm, where we will park everyone and on the other side with another camp, which we have secured for admin and staff. Our capacity as a festival remains the same. We feel as though we have a wonderful experience in the Chill and part of that experience is getting to see top-notch music in an intimate environment. We have just the right amount of people to be able to meet new folks every year and feel the energy of a big festival crowd at the end of a set but also be able to find your friends at any given moment, or walk up to the front row to jam out on the rail.L4LM: Are there any other new experiences in store for attendees?JC: Yes! We have swimming pools and Jacuzzi for vip’s and we also have a movie theater, complete with movie theater seats & cup holders! We’re looking forward to adding movies to the list of fun activities at the Chill. We’ll also be expanding on our Wellness Village, which, along with our yoga program, has grown into one of the most popular and fulfilling activity areas of the Chill.Tickets and more information about the festival can be found via the official Catskill Chill website.last_img read more

Turkuaz Has Announced A Huge Slate Of Spring Tour Dates

first_imgBrooklyn’s powerfunk army Turkuaz won’t be slowing down anytime soon. As they wind down their current tour with The New Mastersounds that took them to esteemed venues like The Ogden Theater in Denver, Terminal 5 in New York City, the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, Theatre Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and The Fillmore in San Francisco, Turkuaz has announced a huge slate of Spring tour dates.The tour will kick off on March 2nd in Salt Lake City at The State Room. The band will wind its way through the Southwest, before moving on to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region, followed by a trek through the Midwest, before hitting several venues on the East Coast, bringing things to a close at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. Along the way, Turkuaz will perform at previously announced festivals JamCruise, Euphoria Festival, Wanee Festival, and two shows opening for moe. at Jazz Fest.But first, to close this year in proper formation, Turkuaz is hitting Providence’s Fete Ballroom on 12/30 & 12/31 with support from Moon Hooch, and Kung Fu and West End Blend. Tickets to both nights of “The Ball Drop” can be found here.See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates from Turkuaz!Turkuaz 2017 Tour Dates01/20 Miami, FL: Jam Cruise03/02 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room03/03 Las Vegas, NV: Beauty Bar03/04 Phoenix, AZ: McDowell Mountain Music Festival03/06 Steamboat Springs, CO: Schmiggity’s03/07 Frisco, CO: Barkley Ballroom03/09 Durango, CO: Animas City Theatre03/10 Telluride, CO: Sheridan Opera House03/11 Santa Fe, NM: Skylight03/12 Taos, NM: Taos Mesa Brewing03/15 Davenport, IA: Redstone Room03/16 Urbana, IL: Canopy Club03/17 Columbus, OH: Woodland’s Tavern St. Fatty’s Daze03/18 Columbus, OH: Woodland’s Tavern St. Fatty’s Daze03/19 Kalamazoo, MI: Bell’s Brewery03/21 Morgantown, WV: Mainstage03/23 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt03/24 Lancaster, PA: Chameleon Club03/25 Stroudsburg, PA: Sherman Theater04/09 Austin, TX: Euphoria Festival04/21 Live Oak, FL: Wanee Festival04/28 New Orleans, LA: Civic Theatre w/ moe.04/29 New Orleans, LA: Civic Theatre w/ moe.last_img read more

Listen To Lotus’ Live In-Studio Session At Pittsburgh’s WYEP Radio Station

first_imgLotus brought in the New Year in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE for a 2-night run on the 30th and 31st. Prior to the group’s performance on the 30th, they played a special in-studio session at local radio station 91.3 WYEP. After a brief interview, the band ran through numbers from their latest release, Eat The Light, including “Move Too Fast,” “Anti-Gravity,” “Suntan,” and “Fearless.”Lotus Heats Up Pittsburgh With Smokin’ Jam-Heavy Second Set [Setlist]Lotus has an upcoming two-night stand at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club on Jan. 13th-14th, followed by a number of other dates, along with a West Coast tour in February.Take a listen to the session at the WYEP 91.3 link here.Lotus – “Wax-Countdown, Sodium Vapor” Stage AE – Pittsburgh, Pa. 12/31/2016:last_img

All-Star Musicians To Join Forces & Raise Money For Planned Parenthood

first_imgOn Friday, February 17th, American Beauty in New York City will be hosting a tribute to Alanis Morissette’s essential album, Jagged Little Pill. Assembled by Turkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba, the super group set to pay tribute to this classic 90’s album includes Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Mayteana Morales (Pimps of Joytime), Sasha Brown (Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), and Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz). The group will start off by playing a set of jams, before paying homage to Alanis. The night is also set to serve as a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, with a portion of the proceeds going to the women’s health organization.***Get Tickets Here***With the ever-changing landscape of individual rights being put at risk in the current political climate, it is important to support organizations and charities that advocate for various demographics of the country’s population. With that in mind, a portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Planned Parenthood in support of women’s rights to decide what is in the best interest of their own bodies and minds.While its funding is frequently construed as a partisan issue, and a volatile one at that, the affordable women’s services that Planned Parenthood provides to communities across the country have been shown to be essential, particularly to underserved and primarily low-income communities, which accounted for 79% of their patients in 2012. As the largest provider of reproductive and women’s health services in the country, over five million men, women, and adolescents visit Planned Parenthood clinics each year. 16% of its services are related to cancer screening and prevention, 35% of its services are used by women and men for STD testing and treatment, and 35% of its services are related to contraception. This translates into 270,000 Pap tests and 360,000 breast exams used for detecting cancer and 4.2 million tests and treatments for STIs, including over 650,000 tests for HIV. Because such a small fraction of their services are related to abortion (3%), regardless of your personal feelings on the issue, in practice, when Planned Parenthood is threatened, communities lose access to these other services that are essential to public health.So, what can happen to communities when their local Planned Parenthood clinics don’t get the money that they need to keep providing health care services? In 2013, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Scott County, IN, closed due to insufficient funding. The site was the only free provider of HIV testing in the county and did not provide abortion services. Two years later, Scott County was in the midst of a public health crisis: an HIV outbreak infecting 181 individuals.On March 25, 2015, then Indiana governor, our now vice president Mike Pence, declared a public health state of emergency, breaking from his previous thoughts on such programs and starting a free needle exchange program in the area to curb the outbreak. While the closure of the Scott County Planned Parenthood cannot be definitively shown to have caused or played a role in the Scott County HIV outbreak, some medical experts after the fact have wondered if these tragic events could have been avoided, or at least mitigated, had HIV testing, like the services originally provided by Planned Parenthood, been available to this rural community leading up to the outbreak. Thus, even outside of the pro-choice/pro-life debate that often becomes the focus of discussions about Planned Parenthood, it is important not to lose sight of the impact of the other important preventative services that Planned Parenthood provides.On February 17th, a group of incredible musicians will be coming together in New York City to benefit Planned Parenthood. Not only will the stacked supergroup ensure the night is fun, with one set of jams and one set dedicated to Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, but, more importantly, proceeds of the ticket sales will be benefiting a hugely important organization whose good work is increasingly threatened by the current political climate. Tickets for the benefit are available for purchase here.last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Debut New Song During Surprise Sunday Show [Audio/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 8/13/2017 | Photo: Gary Sheer On Sunday, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong previously was scheduled to perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre along with moe. and Twiddle. Following Rob Derhak’s diagnosis with cancer and the start of moe.’s sudden hiatus as their bassist seeks treatment, the highly anticipated Red Rocks show was canceled. However, while the circumstances of the show’s cancellation are somber, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong still made good use of their time in Colorado, keeping the good vibes going with a joint show with Twiddle on Saturday and a surprise two-set performance on Sunday at Denver’s Globe Hall—the latter marking Pigeons’ first headlining two-set show in Colorado’s Front Range for the first time in And Twiddle To Auction Signed Red Rocks Flag For CharityPigeons’ surprise Sunday performance was announced on Friday afternoon, with the band quickly selling out Globe Hall, which has a capacity of around 200 people. The intimate show was a jubilant affair, with its end at midnight also marking the start of drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos’s birthday. Coming off a high from their performance at the Boulder Theatre with Twiddle the night before, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong shredded through their show, offering the debut of a new song, “Sail On,” in addition to two sets of their patented funk-infused jams.Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tear Through “Sunny Day” In Boulder [Pro-Shot]Ahead of their first song, “Live Life,” vocalist and guitarist Greg Ormont opened the show with a quip about sunscreen being sold at the merch stand, joking that he had been practicing the line for their debut Red Rocks performance. “Live Life” served as laidback set opener, with the crowd coasting on the mellow and dubby groove as Ormont hilariously providing his own echoing vocal reverb. By way of a rhythmic break, the song abruptly dropped into the funk tune “Bad For You”, welcoming in the slinky and heavy melody. As “Bad For You” entered its jam segment, guitarist Jeremy Schon was fully locked in, leading the song to an accelerated peak ahead of an abrupt return to refrain and shredding over the steady backbone laid down by Petropulos and bassist Ben Carrey.“Poseidon” offered a change of pace initially, with the lyric instrumental opening to the number serving as a palette cleanser before landing in the feel-good and bubbly main theme of the song. With three-part harmonies accenting the lead vocals during the opening verses, Pigeons made their way into the jam, driving the crowd into a frenzy as they teased the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica”—an appropriate choice considering the group was also coming off their Friday performance at The Peach Festival, an event that has become a gathering for the extended musical family of the Allman Brothers Band since its inception in 2012. With the jam continuing to work off the Allman Brothers classic, the improvisation eventually loosened up into a more spacious jam, eventually reaching a soaring climax before returning to “Poseidon” bouncing main theme.The bass-heavy rock number “King Kong” was up next. Particularly in contrast to the show’s opening tunes, the percussive lyrics and weight of song showcased Pigeons’ mastery of their diverse catalog. Ormont offered powerful and gravely vocals, and Schon’s frenetic soloing showed a guitarist fully dialed in. However, the MVPs of “King Kong” were the band’s rhythm section, with both Carrey and Petropulos taking extended solos and sounding particularly tight across its duration. As the song came to an aggressive and abrupt end, the band started in on “Couldn’t We All,” carrying over some of the heaviness of King Kong into the slinky melody.With Ormont front and center with the spoken word-esque vocals, “Couldn’t We All” dropped into a dark jam, with Schon fully taking advantage of the solid rhythmic base as his frenzied guitar built the song to of multiple dramatic peaks. At time quick and propulsive and at others more ambient and spacious, a tremendous bridge back to the refrain showed the band firing on all cylinders. From there, Pigeons moved into the more straight-forward funk stylings of “Upfunk,” with Carrey and Ormont jumping to punctuate the end of each phrase. A psychedelic transition led to a slower, sexy jam with varying speed and style but cohesive in their somewhat darker tone. Closing out the song, Gator laid down a huge extended drum solo, eliciting huge cheers from the crowd as he worked the kit. As the group wrapped up the first set, they offered a sandwich of “Burning Up My Time,” with the song eventually transitioning through “Sir Real” before landing back in its joyful refrain and making for a triumphant finish.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned after set break with “Landing.” During the song, Schon stepped to the front of the stage and offered a roaring guitar solo to properly kick off the second set. From there, the band added layers of complexity on top of an initially minimal and percussive funk jam that paved the way into “Something For Ya.” The crowd grooved off the carefree riff of the song, eventually harshly dropping into a shreddy guitar solo, with the contrast driving the crowd into a frenzy before the main melody of “Something For Ya” kicked back in.At the center of Pigeons’ second set was a “Time To Ride” sandwich housing “Kiwi.” The bass led the charge into “Time To Ride,” which featured theatrical antics from Ormont as he provided the vocal, heavily stylized guitar work, a quick bass solo from Carrey. Parallel guitar riffs led into a brief, more ambient jam and a return to the steady funk groove of the song before the band dropped into “Kiwi.” Cascading and precise guitar characterized Pigeons’ quick detour through “Kiwi” ahead of their triumphant return to “Time To Ride,” closing out the combo with a sultry jam that galloped then sprinted toward its shreddy and climactic resolution.Ahead of the next song, Greg took a moment to make some special announcements, hyping their upcoming “Flocktoberfest” show at the Boulder Theatre as well as their new album due out in the fall. Ormont’s vocals were particularly pristine during “Henrietta,” with the band easily sliding into the catchy feel-good number and its subsequent syncopated jam. As the complex bass line intertwined with the crisp staccato guitar, the song made its way to its rapid yet melodic climax ahead of its finger-wagging close.“Fun In Funk” featured more gritty vocals for Ormont and saw the band showcase their tightness, frequently pausing throughout its build to the delight of the audience. From there, the group debuted a brand-new and never-heard tune, “Sail On.” This latest addition to the Pigeons catalog was characterized by soaring vocals from Greg and delightful, bouncing instrumental melody with somewhat darker undertones to punctuate the end of certain phrases. With the show charging toward its close, the band next laid out a patient and masterful rendition of “Whirled” featuring dramatic pauses, harmonic guitars, and a propulsive locked-in rhythm section.For the second to last song of the night, Pigeons offered the triumphant and decisive “Fade Fast,” with Greg again shining on vocals before Jeremy took over the lead with a commanding solo that segued through to an airy and light jam reminiscent of Lotus’ “Sunrain.” After dropping back into the chorus of “Fade Fast,” the song hit is energized climax, with Schon leading the charge as he shredded through to the close of the song ahead of the final number of the set, the space-disco crowd pleaser, “Schwanthem.” After a brief break, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned for their encore, with the crowd still amped to keep the show going and yelling out “One more set.” For their final song of the night, Pigeons played a dynamic rendition of “Too Long,” which, much to the delight of the audience, housed a cover of the “Imperial March” from Star Wars. To cap off the show, Pigeons announced that it was the birthday of their drummer, Gator, then lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday,” marking a celebratory end to a special Sunday night.You can check out the setlist from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s two-set extravaganza below. Also, you can enjoy full audio from the night, courtesy of The Space Fish, and peep a gallery of photos from Globe Hall last night, courtesy of Gary Sheer.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 8/13/2017Set One: Live Life > Bad For You, Poseidon*, King Kong, Couldn’t We All > Upfunk, Burning Up My Time > Sir Real > Burning Up My TimeSet Two: Landing > Jam > Something For Ya, Time To Ride > Kiwi > Time To Ride, Henrietta, Fun In Funk, Sail On, Whirled, Fade Fast, SchwanthemEncore: Too Long > Imperial March > Too Long* with tease of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica”last_img read more

6 Of The Best Things We Saw At Jam Cruise 16: Day 2

first_imgOn Wednesday, January 17th, Jam Cruise 16 set sail from Miami, beginning a five-day musical excursion that will detour through Central America and the Carribean before returning to port on January 22nd. Yesterday, as the cruise headed for its first destination—Roatan, Honduras—the musical madness kicked into high gear, with a jam-packed “Day At Sea” schedule  featuring the likes of Voodoo Dead, Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, Electron, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood, Turkuaz, Steel Pulse, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jeff Chimenti and Steve Kimock, Tom Hamilton, and more.With three or four sets of music running simultaneously throughout the “Space Is The Place” theme night and into the early morning, it was impossible to catch everything. However, here’s a list of six of our favorite moments from Thursday, day 2, of Jam Cruise 2018. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more coverage from the Norwegian Jade.1. Voodoo Dead Invites Roosevelt Collier, Jen Hartswick, Tom Hamilton, and Kat WrightOne of the most highly anticipated sets of the evening, Voodoo Dead featuring George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, and John Kimock offered up feel-good takes on Grateful Dead tunes with an upbeat, New Orleans flare. While Anders Osborne was originally billed to be part of the lineup, weather delays made him miss the boat and artist-at-large Dan Lebowitz stepped up to fill in. After a touching introduction by Director of Artist Programming Annabel Lukins about how the Grateful Dead paved the way for Jam Cruise to be possible, Voodoo Dead invited out Tom Hamilton and Kat Wright for a rollicking rendition of “Promised Land” to start their set.Jerry Garcia’s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” came next, keeping up the start of the set’s jubilance and high energy. One of the many highlights of the set was the third song, “Hey Pocky Way”, which saw Jennifer Hartswick emerge to play trumpet and sing. However, George Porter Jr. stole the spotlight, taking on the vocal leads and offering up an energized, percussive bass solo at the song’s climax. The absolute standout of Voodoo Dead’s headlining set at the Pool Deck on Thursday, however, was the group’s ripping cover of “After Midnight”, which segued flawlessly through The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” before landing back in the JJ Cale classic. The set closed with a rendition of “Bertha”, which gave Lebowitz,  Hamilton, Chimenti, and Kimock each a chance to step forward and solo in between verses sung by Lebowitz and Porter Jr. 5. Tom Hamilton Welcomes The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner And Raina Mullen For Acoustic Atrium SetWhile the performances at the larger stages around the boat tend to draw larger crowds, so far the performances at The Atrium have stood out as some of the finest —if not only for the refreshing contrast of stripped-down compositions based around the grand piano. For Tom Hamilton’s solo set yesterday, he invited The Disco Biscuits keyboardist and his Electron bandmate Aron Magner to join him in addition to Raina Mullen, guitarist and vocalist for Hamilton’s recently announced project Ghost Light. The trio’s takes on the Grateful Dead’s “Loser” as well as the first song Hamilton ever wrote, were vibrant, rich, and deeply moving, making it a favorite set of the day. [Cover photo: Joshua Timmermans/Jam Cruise Facebook] 6. Steel Pulse Rings In The Evening Yesterday, reggae group Steel Pulse locked down the Pool Deck for a perfectly placed feel-good afternoon set. Sadly, the group got word that the band’s original drummer and founding member Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett had passed away unexpectedly earlier in the day, so their performance took on a particularly special meaning. While still mourning the loss of a former bandmate, Steel Pulse showed that music truly can offer a form of healing, with their positive and feel-good set bringing smiles to the faces of all in attendance. The group’s take on the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” toward the end of their set stood out, as their dubbed-out rendition and sincere vocals took the classic tune and made it their own.As a bonus, you can also check out clips from Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood and Turkuaz’s Thursday sets aboard Jam Cruise 16 below: 2. Electron Shreds Into The A.M.Originally, Gramatik was scheduled to play Jam Cruise 16. However, after health issues arose following his New Year’s Eve run, the Slovenian DJ and producer was forced to bow out last minute. With Tom Hamilton and Mike Greenfield already on the boat, assembling the beloved supergroup side project Electron was an easy solution to the scheduling gap with the addition of the Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, and the group certainly rose to the occasion despite the last-minute scheduling.The group tore up the Stardust Theater late night for their first appearance. With a time slot from 2:30 am to 4 a.m., the group kept the party going with takes on “Confrontation”, “Rock Candy”, and other choice numbers. Despite only assembling occasionally each year, the quartet was fully dialed in and offered up an energetic set chock full of tight grooves and shred-heavy climaxes.3. Aqueous Lays Out A Jam-Heavy Four-Song SetHelping to kick the event into the late night, Aqueous’ performance at the Spinnaker Lounge offered up a master class in the art of the jam, filling the improv quota in a daily schedule leaning heavily into funk offerings. The group made the most of their hour-and-a-half long set, playing through four songs and using each as a launching pad for exploratory and expansive rock-rooted improvisations. From the set opener, “Don’t Do It”, through “Underlyer” and classic number “Warren In The Window”, the band showcased their immense potential and willingness to take risks. However, in keeping with the night’s theme of “Space Is The Place,” it was the group’s set-closing take on The Police’s “Walking On The Moon” featuring tastes of Radiohead’s “National Anthem” that took their performance to the next level.4. Jennifer Hartswick Takes Over The Jam RoomAs the night unfolded into the early hours of the morning, many folks trickled in and out of Jennifer Hartswick’s Jam Room set in the Spinnaker Lounge. Familiar faces like Natalie Cressman, Simon Allen of The New Mastersounds, and Holly Bowling all made appearances when we stopped through. With her immense vocal and trumpet-playing talents on display, Hartwick offered up a choice cover after choice cover including stand-out renditions of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone”.last_img read more

Billy Strings Brings His Prodigious Pickin’ Prowess To Prescott Park [Photos/Video]

first_imgYoung picker William Apostol, better known as Billy Strings, is currently in the midst of a busy summer tour schedule. On Wednesday, July 25th, Strings brought his youthful four-piece to Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Prescott Park, the waterfront space complete with beautiful flower gardens and rabbits hopping through the crowd. The park’s stage was also set up for a play that’s currently running at the venue, so Billy and company delivered their two-set performance in front of a Dr. Seuss-like cartoon castle set.While tickets to the performance were free of charge, forecasts of rain kept the crowd on the smaller side. However, the rain ended up holding off, and those brave enough to bet against the weathermen were treated to a characteristically impressive performance from the 25-year-old Michigan native. In addition to a large selection of his original material and select covers, Strings’ New Hampshire performance included a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Me & My Uncle” in addition to a pronounced “Dark Star” jam during the second set.Billy and his band have a handful of summer dates left, beginning today with a set at Twiddle‘s Tumble Down festival in Burlington, VT. Billy Strings has no plans to slow down after his summer tour. He recently released an extensive list of fall tour dates that will keep him on the road from the end of September through the beginning of December. For a full list of Billy Strings’ upcoming tour dates, head over to his official website.Watch fan-shot, side stage footage of Billy Strings’ “Streamlined Cannonball” encore below:Billy Strings – “Streamlined Cannonball” [Roy Acuff cover][Video: Jim Bauw]You can view a gallery of photos from Billy Strings’ Wednesday, July 25th performance at Portsmouth, NH’s Prescott Park below via photographer Vic Brazen (@wnwmedia)Setlist: Billy Strings | Prescott Park | Portsmouth, NH | 7/25/18Set One: Home of the Red Fox > Airmail Special, Turmoil & Tinfoil, While I’m Waiting Here > Pyramid Country > Train TrainSet Two: Dust in a Baggie > So Many Miles, Ernest T. Grass > Hobo Song, New Camptown Races > Unwanted Love > New Camptown Races, Meet Me at the Creek, Me & My Uncle > Living Like an AnimalEncore: Streamlined CannonballBilly Strings | Prescott Park | Portsmouth, NH | 7/25/18 | Photos: Vic Brazen Photo: Vic Brazen Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Midnight North Announces Bicoastal 2018 Fall Tour

first_imgCalifornia’s Midnight North have revealed their plans for the upcoming fall months, including stops along the California coast in November and seven shows on the east coast in December. Midnight North is fronted by guitarists and vocalists Grahame Lesh—son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh—and Elliot Peck, and rounded out by bassist/mandolinist Connor O’Sullivan and keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Alex Jordan.On November 11th, Midnight North will head to Solano Beach, California’s Belly Up to kick off their mini-run along the West Coast, which will take them to The Teregram Ballroom in Los Angeles on the following night. After a week and a half off, the band will regroup at The Chapel in San Francisco on November 21st.In December, Midnight North will make their trek to the east coast for a seven-show run, making stops at Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground Showcase Lounge; Fairfield, CT’s StageOne; Roslyn, NY’s My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel; Philadelphia, PA’s MilkBoy; Asbury Park, NJ’s Wonder Bar; Washington, DC’s Gypsy Sally’s; and another location to-be-announced on December 7th. Tickets for all upcoming Midnight North concerts go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.Midnight North’s live shows are not to be missed. Last month, the band released Selections from the Great American Music Hall, a live record that features eight of the band’s favorite tracks from that special night, including energetic collaborations with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Twiddle‘s Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey, and the Northbound Horns—because “horns on the weekends”, according to Bob Weir. Head here to get a further taste of Selections from the Great American Music Hall.For more information on Midnight North, click through to the band’s official website.Midnight North Fall 2018 Tour Dates:11/9 – Belly Up – Solano Beach, CA^11/10 – The Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA^11/21 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA12/6 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT12/7 – TBA12/8 – StageOne – Fairfield CT12/12 – My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel – Roslyn, NY12/13 – MilkBoy – Philadelphia, PA12/14 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ12/15 – Gypsysally’s – Washington, DC^with SpaffordView All Tour Dateslast_img read more