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Illustrious bluegrass ensemble Railroad Earth has announced an incredible exciting triple billing for the late summer, as the group will welcome Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Anders Osborne for a night stacked full of great music at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Scheduled for September 16th, the three bands are all playing at the top of their game, making for an exceptional evening of music.Anders Osborne is touring on the heels of his recently-released album, Spacedust & Ocean Views, delighting audiences everywhere with his soulful blend of rock music. The CRB is also working on a new album, and the will continue the evening’s trend of soul-drenched rock and roll. Headliners RRE infuse soul into their folk Americana sound, much to the delight of fans everywhere.Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday, April 1st, at 10 AM local time. Don’t miss out!
Last weekend marked the return of Project Pabst to Portland, OR, as the two-day MusicfestNW event took over the Pacific Northwest city with some incredible performances. From August 27-28, Portland was treated to some great music from artists like Duran Duran, Ween, Tame Impala, Ice Cube, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and so many more!Fortunately,Greg Homolka Photography was on the scene to capture the festivities. Check out his images from the festival, posted below!A$AP FergDuran DuranLiv WarfieldNathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsIce CubeSTRFKRDiarrhea PlanetDrive Like JehuHop AlongTame ImpalaWeen Load remaining images
Both Colorado’s The Magic Beans and Arizona’s Spafford have quickly ascended the ranks of the scene to stake their claim as two of the best rising jam bands touring today. Each brings their own unique, tightly crafted sound with fearless exploration to soaring heights night in and night out on the road. Today they have announced a special two night post-Phish NYE run around the corner from MSG at jam friendly American Beauty. A true Co-Bill, the two acts will switch off headlining nights with Spafford taking the honors on 12/30 and The Magic Beans playing last on NYE. Both bands will start AFTER Phish’s performance each night.A fourpiece improvisational beast, Brian Moss (Guitar), Jordan Fairless (Bass), Red Johnson (Keys), and Nick Tkachyk (Drums) need to be heard to be understood. Building sonic explorations one piece at a time, Spafford takes their listeners on a ride that typically floats on a deep groove and finishes with a blistering peak. Having just recently completed their breakout tour which saw the band come East of Colorado for the first time, this will mark the bands debut performances in NYC. As a clear buzz surrounds the band, Spafford will look to continue their rise during this special 2 night run.Getting To Know Spafford, The Best Jam Band You Haven’t Heard YetListen: Spafford Cabin Cabin Jam 2 12/7/15 Secret Hideout – Colorado:With a thoroughly established reputation in their home state of Colorado, including their own quickly growing Beanstalk Music Festival, The Magic Beans have been hitting the road hard for a couple of years now, making a name for themselves all over with their unique genre-blending sound and exciting shows. Scott Hachey (Guitars/Vocals), Chris Duffy (Bass/Vocals), Casey Russell (Keys/Vocals), and Jason Kincaid (Drums) creatively invoke hints of your favorite live acts while managing to come across with a sound that is distinctly their own. At the core, Beans’ shows are a dance party, with an emphasis on original songwriting and extended segments of improvisation.Watch: The Magic Beans “Who’s Crazy?” live at Schmiggitys in Steamboat Springs CO, 1/28/16:These are going to be two late-night shows that you will not want to miss post-Phish. A limited allotment of early bird tickets are currently on sale, with a general on sale scheduled for Friday, October 7th at 12pm EDT.General Admission tickets for 12/30 can be found here. (On sale 10/7 at 12 PM EDT)General Admission tickets for 12/31 can be found here. (On sale 10/7 at 12 PM EDT)
The String Cheese Incident brought their Suwannee Hulaween festival to a close yesterday, wrapping up the four-day event at Live Oak, FL in style. The band highlighted the weekend with their “Stringier Thing” set tributing the 1980’s, and closed out the weekend with a great, guest-filled performance last night.After opening the show with “Song In My Head” and playing a few more songs to get into the groove, the band first called on guitarist Tyler Grant to help them on “Get Tight.” The second set featured more guest stars, as the band welcomed the Travelin’ McCourys for a three-song acoustically-oriented run to start the set. “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” “Shady Grove” and “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance” were all collaborations between the McCoury clan and the Cheese Incident.Later on in the set, it was Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic) and Joey Porter (The Motet) who would join in for the classic “Freedom Jazz Dance,” an Eddie Harris original that was regularly covered by the Jerry Garcia Band. Lalli’s Big Gigantic bandmate Jeremy Salken joined next, adding some drumming to “Round The Wheel.” Finally, Lalli would return for the final song of the night, SCI’s “Beautiful.”Check out the full setlist below, as annotated by SCI Tour. Cheese is now off the road until New Year’s, where they’ll resume their annual tradition and take over the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO for a multi-night run.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Suwannee Hulaween, Live Oak, FL – 10/30/16Set One: Song In My Head, These Waves, Djibouti Bump, Get Tight*, Down A River, Born On The Wrong Planet, Rain -> BollyMunsterSet Two: How Mountain Girls Can Love%, Shady Grove%, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance%, Bumpin Reel, Sometimes A River, You’ve Got The World, Freedom Jazz Dance^, Round The Wheel$, Beautiful#* = w/ Tyler Grant% = w/ Travelin’ McCourys^ = w/ Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic) and Joey Porter (Motet)$ = w/ Jeremy Salken# = w/ Dominic Lalli
“Dallas, you guys are rowdy tonight!” observed Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee in Dallas on Saturday night, speaking to the full house at the House of Blues. The band was certainly feeling a little rowdy themselves after an epic 4/20 show in Austin and a night at the Orpheum in New Orleans on Friday, with Umphrey’s McGee primed and ready to show some Umph love to Texas along with Oklahoma-based electronic jam band Montu, who warmed up the stage.Umphrey’s McGee kicked off the night with “Goonville” and “Educated Guess,” before moving into “Cementary Walk.” After, Bayliss hopped on the keys for “Cemetery Walk II” from the 2009 album Mantis. “Slacker” had the majority of the crowd singing along, which slid right into a rarely played cover of “Transdermal Celebration” by Ween before set break. During the second set, highlights of the evening included Pink Floyd’s “Time,” which certainly did justice to the Dark Side of the Moon original and harkened back to April of 2015, when the band performed the cover at the very same venue. “Wappy Sprayberry,” “Partyin’ Peeps,” and “Upward” rounded out the second set, which they closed out with the UM classic “In the Kitchen,” moments later returning to the stage for a “Remind Me” encore. Listen to a recording of the set from Dan Olker below! Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | House of Blues | Dallas, TX | 4/22/2017Set One: Intro – Goonville > Educated Guess, Cemetery Walk, Cemetery Walk II, Phil’s Farm, Last Man Swerving > Slacker > Transdermal Celebration (Ween cover) Set Two: The Floor (including Walk Don’t Run, Roundabout teases), [band intros], Hindsight, End of the Road > Eat > Time (Pink Floyd) > Eat, Wappy Sprayberry > Partyin’ Peeps, Upward > In the Kitchen Encore: Remind Me[Photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]
Earlier this summer, two worlds collided when Phish frontman Trey Anastasio sat in with funk quartet Vulfpeck. In celebration of the double bill, which saw Vulfpeck open for Trey Anastasio Band at Colorado’s favorited Red Rocks Amphitheatre, many fans who could not make it chose to watch the show from the comfort of their home. With so many hybrid fans connected to the Internet at the same time, one musical fan by the name of Brian Murray decided to use the opportunity to premiere a new project that he’s been working on ever since the concert’s announcement in November of 2016.The result? The “Vulfmon’s Brother,” a five-piece band born from a shared love of both Phish and Vulfpeck. While the project featuring Brian Murray on guitar, organ, and vocals; Ben Pinnola on keys, sax, and vocals; Andrew Pomerantz on bass; Khalil Young on drums; and Logan Whaley on guitar and vocals was inspired by Trey Anastasio Band’s Red Rocks performance on Wednesday, the group has been in the works for a while.“I’m from Theo’s hometown of Manhasset and as soon as I heard the announcement of tonight’s show, decided to get a band together and make this happen. I’m still a senior at Manhasset High School and the others are all graduates of Five Towns College in NYC,” Murray told Live For Live Music. The relatively young guitarist will be headed to Berklee College of Music next year, where he plans on “doing this full throttle,” but has not lost sight of what got him into music in the first place. He noted, “Trey is a major reason that my life is 100% geared towards being a musician. Saw Phish for the first time at Jones Beach, 2013 when I was 13 years old and my life was changed forever.”The group has recently released a video mashing up a number of Phish and Vulfpeck tunes that shows off their musical chops. In their nearly eight-minute performance, the group merges together “Dean Town,” “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Outro,” “Run Like an Antelope,” “Conscious Club,” “Tweezer,” “Cory Wong,” “Harry Hood,” “It Gets Funkier,” and a whole lot more along with subtle teases from across both band’s catalogs.As for Murray and the rest of the crew, we hope to see a lot more of them in the future. Khalil, Ben, Logan, and Andrew are all also in a group called Geotribe, which you can check out here, while Andrew and Logan are in a group called Zestrove, which you can check out here. You can check out “Vulfmon’s Brother” below.Tracklisting: Dean Town > Wolfman’s Brother > Outro > Wolfman’s Brother > Outro > Run Like an Antelope > Conscious Club > Jam (Tweezer, Cory Wong) > Harry Hood > It Gets Funkier/Wolfman’s > Jam (Tweezer, Cory Wong) > Dean Town
Last night, Twiddle kicked off their three-night run at Irving Plaza coinciding with the start of Phish’s historic Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden. Twiddle’s Thursday night show served as a pre-party ahead of the first show of the other Vermont four-piece’s thirteen-night residency at MSG, which starts today. As a special treat, Twiddle was joined by fellow Vermonters and synth-pop aficionados Madalia for a special combined cover set dubbed “Twidalia.” During their five-song joint set, Twiddle and Madalia teamed up on classics by Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, The Human League, and The Maytals, with the opening number of “Boogie On Reggae Woman” serving as a perfect high-energy kick-off to the night as well as an appropriate nod to Phish, whose cover of the track has become a staple in the group’s repertoire.Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsFollowing the “Twidalia” set, Twiddle moved into two traditional sets featuring the group in its original form. The second set of the night and the first set of Twiddle saw the group gearing up for the rest of the night and subsequent two nights of the run, starting things off with a nice rendition of “Subconscious Prelude” to get things underway. If the second set was a warm-up, the third set truly delivered the goods and saw the group dialed in and in proper form. Highlights of the night included “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” as well as the final song of the night, a cover of Ritchie Valen’s “La Bamba,” which served as the final number of the third set rather than an encore due to time constraints. You can listen to last night’s show below, courtesy of Matt Moricle. Enjoy! [Photo: Ojeda Photography]Setlist: Twiddle | Irving Plaza | New York, NY | 7/20/2017Set One: Boogie On Reggae Woman , (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher , Let’s Get It On , Don’t You Want Me , Pressure Drop Set Two: Subconscious Prelude, Nicodemus Portulay, Gatsby the Great, Doinkinbonk!!!Set Three: Indigo Trigger, New Sun, Cabbage Face, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Beethoven and Greene, La Bamba  Stevie Wonder Jackie Wilson Marvin Gaye The Human League The Maytals Ritchie Valens
Last weekend, David Byrne got onstage at New York’s Public Theater as a part of this year’s Under The Radar Festival to help lead the audience in covers of classic songs by legendary pop hit-makers, including David Bowie‘s “Heroes” and Madonna‘s “Borderline”. Toronto-based group Choir! Choir! Choir! is composed of Daveed Goldman, Nobu Adilman, and whoever happens to be in the audience on any given evening. At the pair’s shows, they teach the audience multi-part vocal arrangements of classic songs, and then get star musicians to come out and sing them with the fan chorus. As Byrne commented following the performance in a post on his Instagram, “I’ve sat mesmerized watching online videos of the Canadian group Choir! Choir! Choir! They somehow manage to get hundreds of strangers to sing beautifully together—in tune and full-voiced—with rich harmonies and detailed arrangements. With almost no rehearsal—how do they do it?? They manage to achieve lift off—that feeling of surrender when groups sing together—when we all become part of something larger than ourselves.” 2018 is shaping up to be a very busy year for former Talking Heads auteur David Byrne. On March 9th, Byrne will release American Utopia (via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records), marking his first release since 2012’s St. Vincent collaboration, Love This Giant, and his first solo album since 2004’s Grown Backwards. He is also mounting an extensive tour behind the new album, with 80 stops on the calendar worldwide between the beginning of March and the end of August.To check out a full list of David Byrne’s upcoming tour dates or get updates on his upcoming album, head to his website.For more information about Choir! Choir! Choir!’s upcoming performances, head to their site.[Cover photo: David Byrne Instagram]
Soulive kicked off their first of two nights at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA–just outside of Philadelphia–last night, marking their first shows of 2018. Following last week’s release of their highly-anticipated Cinematics, Vol. 1–their first collection of new music in six years–the anticipation for this weekend’s shows were palpable. Unfortunately, crazy weather took over the northeast last night that caused delays and/or cancellations in the travels of many. To make up for those who had to miss last night’s show, which featured legendary guitarist John Scofield, the band added a third show to their run. All ticketholders who missed last night’s show will be granted access to this afternoon’s matinee. With doors opening at 12:30pm, the music is slated to start around 1pm. Tickets will be available at the door.The band, comprised of guitarist Eric Krasno, keyboardist/organist Neal Evans, and drummer Alan Evans, has long been a highly sought-after act for more nearly two decades. In recent years, however, the band has played less and less dates, predominantly restricting their U.S. performance schedule to their semi-annual Brooklyn Bowl residency (known as “Bowlive“) and a handful of festival dates.In the meantime, the group’s prolific individual members have kept busy with a variety of other projects. Neal continues to tour the world with Lettuce and Alan has helped spawn new groups like Matador! Soul Sounds (featuring members of The New Mastersounds, Pimps of Joytime, Orgone, and more). Eric has maintained his usual jack-of-all-trades work schedule, leading his own Eric Krasno Band, continuing to play select dates with Lettuce, and helping lead collaborative projects with everyone from Phil Lesh to John Scofield to members of The Meters, producing albums from groups like The Marcus King Band and The Motet, and lending his songwriting abilities to GRAMMY-nominated records from Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band.The Ardmore Music Hall shows mark a rare hard-ticket, non-Bowlive run for the band, who look to be once again ramping up their performance schedule for the coming year. If you missed last night, make sure not to miss today’s show. Tonight, Soulive will once again take the stage with DJ Williams’ Shots Fired, featuring members of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Greyboy Allstars, Rubblebucket, Slightly Stoopid, and The Roots.