Umphrey’s McGee wasted little energy, impressing fans at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA last night.In one of those lightning-in-a-bottle type performances, where every path had a purpose and every journey found its destination, the South Bend rockers watched their Fighting Irish advance to the Elite 8 and celebrated with the type of performance that rationalizes their overzealous following.Under the watchful eyes of the mystical gods sitting on each side of the stage, “You Got the Wrong Guy” opened into a crisp take on the newly added, Great Gatsby funk of “Speak Up.”The set then sank its teeth, peeling open a nuclear “JaJunk,” that featured a Jazz Odyssey improv section that orbited the sun and unexpectedly landed with “Hajimemashite.”Umphrey’s kept the heavy-hitters coming with an uplifting and mind-melting “Higgins.” Whenever the band dissected the sonic possibilities of their originals, throughout the night, they traded lead position and there was never a second of lag time in following someone else’s cues.“All In Time” was another highlight-reel example of that. This JO had dual personalities between its instrumental heartbeat and the harmonies, toying with disco grooves and Grateful Dead rock. Subtle “Divisions” teases lit the path until it developed and dissipated in a “Day Nurse” electro-funk get down.With a nod to the moment, playing in such a historic room, Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger broke out their acoustic guitars and went through three dynamic selections. “Susanah” was played full-band for the first time in almost two years; an acoustics-only Led Zeppelin cover of “Bron-Yr-Aur” was let loose after an 879-show gap; “Gone for Good” got to test the unplugged world, before the electrics returned and a scorching “Make it Right” capped a loaded, 11-song first set.A surgical, party-prepped “Bad Friday” on Good Friday laid the foundation for a massive “Ocean Billy.” The pendulum swung between minor and major scales and approached the uncharted waters of the jam section with overflowing tension, switching from wide-stance rock and roll to a Broken Social Scene-esque dance party.Umphrey’s segued into the “OG” version of “Cut the Cable,” which placed Bayliss’ potent vocals on a wandering musical backdrop and rose into the mountainous end of “Ocean Billy.”From there it was rock and roll at its finest. “In the Kitchen” had a chance to reinvent itself live for the 349th time with a righteous JO section and loosed the airwaves for “Preamble” and “Mantis.”The thunderous crashes of “The Linear” danced into a fresh spin on the “All In Time” outro and ended the set with another piece of evidence that the band’s guitarists are musical clones.The fist-banging delight of ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses” scorched the earth as bassist Ryan Stasik slipped on his shades, traveling into the second part of “JaJunk,” closing the show on Joel Cummins’ slamming keys and the accompanying distorted railroad rock.Umphrey’s feeds off those give-and-take nights, a musical ping pong between opponents in a room that brings the best out of everyone standing inside it.When the band is playing that tightly, a glance over to the handicapped section says it all. For those encouraged to sit, standing was the appealing alternate and uncontrollably dancing the natural outcome on a weekend where many celebrate a man who has risen.It’s safe to say church was in session, and everyone at the Fox Friday night was baptized in rock.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at the Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – 3/25/16Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Speak Up, JaJunk > Hajimemashite, Higgins, All In Time > Day Nurse, Susanah, Bron-Yr-Aur, Gone for Good, Make It RightSet 2: Bad Friday, Ocean Billy > Cut the Cable > Ocean Billy, In The Kitchen, Preamble > Mantis, The Linear > All In TimeEncore: Cheap Sunglasses > JaJunk with Divisions tease with Brendan and Jake on acoustics just Brendan and Jake, on acousticsNotes:last Bron-Yr-Aur 04.02.2008 (879 shows)
Thanks to taper Miggy1970, we can listen to the Dean Ween Group’s “Hot and Sleazy–Warm and Greasy” New Orleans performance:Setlist: Dean Ween Group at The Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 4/27/16Set: Dickie Betts, Pandy Fackler, Doo Doo Chasers, Mercedes Benz, Bundle Of Joy, Garry, Are U Experienced*, Excercise Man>A Tear For Eddie, The Rift, She Fucks Me, Fingerbangin’ Encore: Sivad (Miles Davis)*Jimi HendrixMike Dillon pulled extra duty, between his aforementioned sit-in with the headliner; he also brought a pair of his many side projects, including The Illuminaughty and the Punk Rock Percussion Consortium. Dillon ran from xylophone to drum kit to 10 foot chimes with the mania and mastery he is known for so well. In between book ends of Dillon’s mayhem, The Stanton Moore Trio, a side project for the Galactic drummer, kept the percussive-centric theme going. Moore even took the stage to help his friend Dillon and the army he had assembled for a couple of tunes.Check out Moore’s sit in with Mike Dillon’s Punk Rock Percussion Consortium below:When the lights came up after the end of The Megalomaniacs Ball, the crowd seemed stunned, as if the return to reality were more than they could handle…a fine testament to the beautifully bizarre musical journey they had just endured. The Dean Ween Group whipped a packed Megalomaniacs Ball into a frothing frenzy last night, leading a four band onslaught of massive guitar riffs and what seemed like every kind of drum ever made. Held at beloved New Orleans venue The Howlin’ Wolf, the Dean Ween Group had plenty of help blowing minds thanks to support acts like Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, The Stanton Moore Trio, and The Illuminaughty Trio, as well as a extra Mike Dillon set thrown in for good measure.With the hoopla surrounding the return of Ween, interest in the band and their music is at an all-time high. Dean and his band, among them fellow Ween member Dave Dreiwitz on bass, had the audience hypnotized with a mixture of dense and distorted psychedelic guitar riffs and a expansive sound that shook the ground itself. Running through a mix of Ween tunes, and even a well received dark cover of Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced?,” left no one in attendance disappointed.Check out a couple of video highlights from the show, including a special Mike Dillon sit-in below:
The final day of the NOLA Crawfish Fest brought record attendance to the perfect environment in hosting a musical celebration during Jazz Fest’s “daze between” event. Thanks to Shaggy, the NOLA Crawfish King, and NOLA Brewing Company, the three-day gathering brought top to bottom New Orleans experiences, bringing together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, music, and beer the city has to offer.Day One Of The NOLA Crawfish Festival Hosts Neville Jacobs, Honey Island Swamp Band & MoreThe music kicked off with the NOLA Crawfish Fest MVP, featuring Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, and Derwin “Big D” Perkins, who shared two hours of New Orleans-infused funktastic classics and throwbacks. The set included funk staples “Groove Me, “Go Go Juice,” When You Get Back,” and others. Videos to come.Meanwhile, several teams participated in “The Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off,” mixing and broiling their unique crawfish recipes for the judges to taste. The Soul Big Brass band kept the music alive, with special guest Natalie Cressman, while the judges made their way through the contestants. Watch: George Porter Jr., Papa Mali, Billy Iuso & More Highlight Day Two Of NOLA Crawfish FestivalThis year’s celebrity judges included NOLA rockers Anders Osborne and Dave Malone of The Radiators and Raw Oyster Cult, award-winning chef Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie, renowned chef Kristen Essig, Al Scramuzza the original “Crawfish King”, and Miss Louisiana 2016, Maaliyah Papillion.Congratulation to Sam D’Arcangelo and Zach Stewart for winning The Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off!Legends returned to the Warehouse stage for the “Crawfish Fest All-Stars” featuring George Porter, Jr., Terence Higgins, Billy Iuso, Dave Malone, and special guest Anders Osborne. A definite highlight from the week, their set included NOLA staples like “Them Changes,” “Crawfish Head,” “I’ll Take You There,” as well as a cover of Prince‘s “Raspberry Beret.” Videos to come.All in all, the NOLA Crawfish Fest was a great success. Attendees were treated to specialty food, beers, and some of the most happening music in town. We can’t wait for next year!Setlist: “Crawfish Fest All-Stars” featuring George Porter, Jr., Terrence Higgins, Billy Iuso, Dave Malone, and Anders Osborne, NOLA Crawfish Festival, New Orleans, LA – 4/27/16:Papaya (DM)Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (BI) +George jam +Them changes (GP) +Do or Die (BI) + %Ohio (AO) + %Crawfish head (DM) * % See it through (BI) (w Aria Iuso on Vocals ) * % I’ll Take You There (GP)When you got a Heartache (DM)Raspberry Beret (BI)The Dragon (GP)I Like it Like That (DM)Love Slip Up On Ya ( BI & GP)+ w/ Jason Crosby on Keys % w/ Anders Osborne* w/ Mitch Woods on Keys[Photos courtesy of Sam Shinault] Load remaining images
As this day progresses, the community continues to honor the fallen drummer of The Allman Brothers Band with words, stories, music, videos and so much more. The legendary Butch Trucks passed away yesterday at the age of 69, leaving behind a beautiful legacy of music with the Allmans and beyond.One of the many lives that Trucks inspired is that of Warren Haynes, who cut his jib with the Allmans before branching out into Gov’t Mule and other projects. Haynes shared his sentiments on the loss of Butch Trucks through social media, posting an emotional status about his bandmate. You can read Haynes’ words below.“After all the devastating losses of 2016 I can’t believe it. I’m still in shock. I am truly honored to have played music and shared life with Butch for over 25 years. He was one of a kind-as a drummer and as a human being. Butch was part of what is unfortunately now a dying breed of musicians who served with honor like soldiers. He put 110% of his self into every song he played. He was the Lou Gehrig of rock drummers. I’ve seen him play many times when he was injured or sick and most people would have bailed or phoned it in. Not Butch. He would play with the utmost intensity till he was about to fall over with no regrets. He was very proud of the fact that up until our last shows in 2014 he was the only member of the band who had never missed a show. His mission in life was to serve the music. And serve the music he did. Butch considered the Allman Brothers Band music to be reverent and each performance to be of the highest level of importance and he drove that “freight train” like no other could. We miss you Butchie.”We sure do. RIP.
Gang of Thieves just released their new single “The Way I Feel,” from their upcoming EP TOTEM. Produced and recorded by Grammy-winning Michael Rosen (Rancid, Santana, Less Than Jake, AFI) in Berkeley, CA, TOTEM will be released in full in late November.Packing their live performances with high energy and unforgettable showmanship, the Vermont funk rockers bring forth a new breed of Rock and Roll to create a powerful sound palatable to audiences of all kinds. Featuring an electric violin tastefully woven into solid rock grooves, the Gang blends a variety of genres into memorable tunes that beg listeners to sing and dance along.“The Way I Feel” was initially written at Mountain Star Recording Studio in Black Hawk, CO during the Gang of Thieves’ “Work Together” tour. “We had been away from home for a while, the song is definitely a reflection of that,” explains vocalist/violinist Michael Reit. “It represents the feeling of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, or when you are faced with a difficult choice. Whether it has to do with work or family, any event or situation we may be involved in. We all can relate to feeling as if we have our ‘back up against a wall’.”TOTEM is set to be released late November. The EP will serve as Gang of Thieves’ debut recorded performance in their current lineup, which is comprised of original members Michael Reit (lead vocals / electric violin), Nick Wood (guitar), and Tobin Salas (bass), joined by the most recent addition, Taylor Whipple (drums, formerly of The Lynguistic Civilians). After numerous lineup changes, the band has solidified themselves again as a four piece rock and roll outfit, so naturally the band wanted to showcase their new sound in these recordings. “The 4 piece arrangement allows us all much more space. We feel like we can read each other’s minds, there’s so much kinetic energy around,” emphasizes Nick Wood.Listen to today’s release of “The Way I Feel” below:GANG OF THIEVES WINTER TOUR (more dates TBA)Fri., Oct. 27 – Canton, NY (Java Barn)Sat., Oct. 28 – Vergennes, VT (Vergennes Opera House)Wed., Nov. 1 – Ithaca, NY (The Range)Thu., Nov. 2 – Rochester, NY (Flour City Station)Fri., Nov. 3 – Geneva, NY (FLX Live)Sat., Nov. 4 – Whitehall, NY (TBD)Fri., Nov. 10 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Putnam Den)Sat., Nov. 11 – Plattsburgh, NY (Olive Ridleys)Fri., Dec. 8 – Burlington, VT (Nectar’s)Sat., Dec. 9 – Burlington, VT (Nectar’s)Fri., Dec. 15 – Bridgeport, CT (The Acoustic)Sat., Dec. 29 – Troy, NY (The Rustic Barn)Sun., Dec. 31 – Burlington, VT (“First Night” at The Flynn Center)
“Take Me To Harlan”“Over The Divide”[H/T Jambase] The husband and wife duo of Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn is renowned globally for their innovative banjo stylings. On the heels of their recent joint album Echo In The Valley, Fleck and Washburn took to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 16th to perform at World Cafe Live for a segment broadcast on WXPN. Earlier this week, World Cafe released video of the session, including videos of “Take Me To Harlan” and “Over The Divide”.Husband-And-Wife Banjo Duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Debut Steamy New Music Video [Watch]Both tunes are off their recent release Echo In The Valley, which marks the duo’s second collaborative album together. Washburn provided the lead vocals for both numbers, with both playing banjo on “Over The Divide” while only Fleck played banjo for “Take Me To Harlan” (during this number, Washburn tap-danced for the crowd in addition to singing). You can watch Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s entire World Cafe Session via the World Cafe website, or check out two videos from the performance below.Watch Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Daze & Amuse Suwannee Roots RevivalThose who want to catch Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck in action can catch them at the upcoming destination concert get-away hosted by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds from January 12 through 14th, 2018, in Riviera Maya, Mexico. For more information about the concert series, which will also see performances by Brandi Carlile and Joseph, check out the event’s website here.
Later on in 2018, the prolific musician Elton John has announced he will retire from touring with an extensive 300-date tour dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” John revealed these plans, including a massive global farewell tour, which will likely span through to 2021, on Wednesday during an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.At 70 years old, John explained his reasoning behind his farewell, noting, “My priorities have changed in my life. … My priorities now are my children, my husband, my family. I thought the time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye.”As reported by Consequence of Sound, “John stressed that his decision to retire has nothing to do with his health (last year, he was forced to cancel several concerts after contracting a rare bacterial infection).” The outlet noted that to reiterate this point, John explained his upcoming farewell tour’s massive route will see the singer and songwriter perform 300 shows on pretty much every continent. After elaborating on the tour, John noted, “That doesn’t sound like someone who is in poor health to me.”Though the tour is likely to continue for years, John noted that once the tour is over, he’ll be done for good. As John explained, “I’m not going to say I’m retiring and then do a world tour. I’m not Cher.”[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Back in fall of 2017, The New Mastersounds‘ guitarist Eddie Roberts and Soulive drummer Alan Evans made waves when they debuted a brand-new project, Matador! Soul Sounds, at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Roberts and Evans tapped keyboardist Chris Spies, bassist Kevin Scott, and vocalists Kim Dawson (Pimps Of Joytime) and Adryon de León (Orgone) for the project, rounding out the lineup for the powerhouse jazz-funk-soul-fusion band. After their highly anticipated debut performance, Matador! Soul Sounds decided to take the project on the road. In December, the group announced a string of upcoming performances in March for those eager to catch the band in action live.Today, Matador! Soul Sounds detailed even bigger plans for 2018 with the announcement of the upcoming release of their debut album, Get Ready. The album is due out on March 12th—a few days before the band kicks off their tour on March 15th at Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater—and will be issued on red vinyl (pre-order here) as well as available for digital download and on all major streaming services.Coinciding with the album announcement, Matador! Soul Sounds has also announced that they’ll be starting a new social media campaign to help fans get acquainted with the new project and its members. Starting on February 5th, fans are encouraged to visit the band’s website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) each week for #MatadorMonday. Every Monday leading up to Get Ready‘s release, the band will offer a free download of a track off the album and share personal anecdotes about the band, select songs, and the creation of the album.As a press release detailed, here is some backstory about how Roberts and Evans came together to create Matador! Soul Sounds:Matador! Soul Sounds was formed organically when Eddie and Alan were on tour. Eddie explains, “The idea came about one night while we were drinking wine in a bar in D.C. when I turned to Alan and asked ‘can we start a band together?’ Alan obviously shared the same sentiment as here we are today launching the debut album!” The next step was to come up with a name that encompassed both of their identities and musical inspirations. The naming of the band came about during Eddie and Alan’s Grant Green tribute shows. Both of them liked the Grant Green album Matador, and all that it evoked. Matador! Soul Sounds is a band loosely based on the concept of traditional Spanish bullfighting. However, a common misconception in America is that bullfighting is a feat of one man versus one bull. In reality, bullfighting is largely a team effort by a matador and his cuadrilla – which is the theme that showcases the all-star lineup behind this original band.You can listen to the band’s first two singles off the new album, “Get Ready” and “Mr. Handsome”, and make sure to check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below or on their website.Upcoming Matador! Soul Sounds 2018 Tour Dates3/15 @ Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA – tix3/16 @ Union Stage – Washington, DC – tix3/17 @ [Pacifico Presents] Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY – tix3/18 @ Fairfield Theatre Company – Fairfield, CT – tix3/19 @ Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA – tix3/21 @ The Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA – tix3/22 @ Martyr’s – Chicago, IL – tix – tix3/23 @ Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO – tix3/24 @ Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO – tix3/26 @ Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – tix3/28 @ Jack London Revue – Portland, OR – tix3/29 @ Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA – tixEnter To Win A Copy Of Matador! Soul Sounds’ Debut Album On Vinyl!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
At last weekend’s annual Summer Camp Music Festival, Buffalo groove-rock quartet Aqueous delivered two top-notch late-nights sets. In particular, their first set on Friday, May 25th, created quite the buzz in their circle, in turn rippling out into the broader circle of jam fans.In addition to dusting off a cover of Eric Johnson’s instrumental “Cliffs of Dover” for the first time in 324 shows, the band debuted a new cover that knocked Summer Camp off its feet: “Pseudo Suicide”, the ominous opus by the short-lived supergroup trio, Oysterhead, comprised of Trey Anastasio (Phish), Les Claypool (Primus), and Stewart Copeland (The Police).With Dave Loss providing the Claypool portion of the vocals, Mike Gantzer handling Trey’s portion, and bassist Evan McPhaden and drummer Rob Houk powerfully recreating the song’s thumping rhythm section, Aqueous imbued their rendition with the same energy that Oysterhead lent it once upon a time. The Oysterhead cover—which they appropriately extended into nearly twenty minutes of dark, ethereal improv—was a thrilling callback to a brief, strange, and experimental moment in the careers of the three groundbreaking musicians who comprised the original trio. Notes Gantzer:Having been inspired by The Police, Phish, and Primus, when Trey Anastasio/Stewart Copeland/Les Claypool formed Oysterhead and released The Grand Pecking Order, we were all floored by its epic weirdness! It’s been on our radar for a few years to cover one of those tunes, but we needed a context that would allow us to drop that kind of darker, high-energy vibe that “Pseudo Suicide” carries. When we saw that both of our Summer Camp sets were at 2 am this year, we knew it was the perfect crowd and context to bust this one out for! Special shout out to one of our diehard AQ fans who pestered the band to cover Oysterhead, too.Typically, these late night festival sets remain the stuff of legend, but thanks to Bitz Productions, everyone can now relive Aqueous’ “Pseudo Suicide” cover in HD, pro-shot splendor. Watch the “epic weirdness” unfold below:Aqueous – “Pseudo Suicide” [Oysterhead cover, Pro-Shot][Video: AqueousBand]Setlist: Aqueous | Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL | 5/25/18Set: Cliffs of Dover  > All In, Aldehyde > Underlyer  > Pseudo Suicide  > Origami NOTES:  324 show gap |  XXXplosive teases (Dr.Dre) |  Oysterhead Cover, First Time Played |  Alternate ‘Slowgami’ versionOn Saturday, June 9th, Aqueous will head to Denver, CO’s storied Bluebird Theater for a headlining performance featuring support from Colorado’s own Evanoff. To grab your tickets for this landmark show, head here.
The Nth Power has announced a run of 19 shows late next month leading up to their late-night performances at New Orleans Jazz Fest come early May.The rock trio will begin their spring tour with a run of dates throughout the northeast including performances at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY on March 28th; Once Ballroom in Somerville, MA on March 29th; New Park Brewing in Hartford, CT on March 30th; The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT on March 31st; The Press Room in Portsmouth, NH on April 3rd; and Nectar’s in Burlington, VT on April 4th. Following three shows in upstate New York (Albany, Ithaca, and Buffalo), the band will head west for a stretch of performances in northern midwest in cities including Dayton, Columbus, Chicago, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and St. Louis.The tour will then head south starting on April 18th with a show at Exit/In in Nashville, followed by more performances in Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC. From there, The Nth Power will arrive in New Orleans for a trio of gigs at One Eyed Jacks on April 27th, Tipitina’s on April 30th, and Blue Nile on May 6th. Fans can reference the schedule below for a detailing listing of dates, cities, and venues along the tour.The Nth Power—comprised of Nikki Glaspie (drums), Nick Cassarino (guitar), and Nate Edgar (bass)—celebrated the release of a Bob Marley covers album back in December. The band hasn’t played out much in the months since with the exception of a lone New York City performance in early January followed by their appearance on Jam Cruise 17 a few weeks later.Tickets for all of the band’s spring tour dates are on sale now. Fans can head over to the band’s website for more info.The Nth Power “REVERENCE” Tour Dates:March 28 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NYMarch 29 – Once Ballroom – Somerville, MAMarch 30 – New Park Brewing – Hartford, CTMarch 31 – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CTApril 3 – The Press Room – Portsmouth, NHApril 4 – Nectars – Burlington, VTApril 5 – The Hollow – Albany, NYApril 6 – The Haunt- Ithaca, NYApril 7 – Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NYApril 9 – Bright Side Music – Dayton, OHApril 10 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OHApril 11 – Martyr’s – Chicago, ILApril 12 – Mousetrap – Indianapolis, INApril 13 – Founders Brewery – Grand Rapids, MIApril 14 – El Club – Detroit, MIApril 17- Old Rock House – St. Louis, MOApril 18 – Exit / In – Nashville, TNApril 19 – Concourse – Knoxville, TNApril 20 – Sierra Nevada Brewery – Asheville, NCApril 27 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LAApril 30 – Tipitina’s – New Orleans, LAMay 6 – Blue Nile – New Orleans, LAView All Tour Dates Fans of The Nth Power heading to New Orleans during Jazz Fest can catch Nick Cassarino and Nate Edgar in a very special late-night tribute the music of Steely Dan at Republic NOLA in New Orleans on Thursday, May 2nd (technically early-morning May 3rd). Led by musical director Joey Porter (The Motet), the lineup will also feature Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz), Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz), Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note), and Bryan McNamara.For more information on the New Orleans Steely Dan tribute, head here.You can grab your tickets here.