It ain’t easy being green!On last night’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, bandleader Jon Batiste met up with an old friend, Kermit The Frog, for an impromptu jam session. According to the show, Batiste and Kermit went to The Juilliard School together, and when The Muppets came to The Late Show, the two got together, just like old times.Watch the amazing segment below:
Anyone familiar with the Talking Heads has surely witnessed the glory that is Stop Making Sense, a concert film capturing the Talking Heads in 1983. The band hit their peak during this early-mid 1980’s era, bringing out some of the greatest songs throughout the movie like “Psycho Killer,” “Girlfriend Is Better,” and more.In the spirit of that movie, the elite Heads tribute band Start Making Sense has announced plans for a very special Stop Making Sense tribute. On September 17th in Bethlehem, the band will recreate the movie in its entirety. Take a look at the trailer for the show below:According to the notes of the YouTube video, tickets will be available by July 16th. We’ll be sure to update when more information comes available.
Everybody loves a good soundcheck jam. When there’s no crowd, Phish will let loose with no reservations, and the results are generally groovy. We hand-picked 10 sweet soundchecks spanning from 1993-1999… Enjoy!1.Vancouver Soundcheck Jam – 8/24/932. Glens Falls Soundcheck Jam – 10/31/943. Lincoln, NE Dog Log Soundcheck – 10/21/954. Clifford Ball Soundcheck- 8/15/965. Providence Soundcheck Jam – 4/3/986. Barcelona Soundcheck Jam – 7/8/987. Ventura ’98 Soundcheck Jam – 7/20/988. Shafty Soundcheck at Merriweather Post Pavilion – 8/8/989. Lemonwheel Soundcheck – 8/14/9810. Fuji Rock Festival Soundcheck in Niigata, Japan – 7/29/99
The acclaimed Dave’s Picks archival Grateful Dead series has just announced the 20th volume in their archival series, this time opting for some 80’s Dead–from December 9th, 1981 at Colorado University’s Events Center in Boulder.The last show of a 10-day run, Dave’s new “pick” finds the band cranking out back-to-back high-energy sets. Set one is filled with top-notch Jerry performances (“Friend Of The Devil,” “Bird Song”) and a very rare pairing of Bobby songs (“Cassidy,” “Looks Like Rain”). The second set is a powerhouse of tight playing, featuring a nearly perfect “Scarlet>Fire,” excellent organ work from Brent Mydland that takes “Estimated Prophet” to an otherworldly level, and a double encore fit for “rock ‘n’ roll excellence.”And if that wasn’t enticing enough, this show is packed with classic covers like Merle Haggard‘s “Mama Tried,” The Rascals’ “Good Lovin’,” and a handful of Rolling Stones tunes, including “Little Red Rooster,” “Around and Around,” and potentially the very best version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” that the Dead ever played.Taken from 7″ reel-to-reel master tapes, Dave’s Picks Volume 20 offers up top-notch sound quality and a robustness that was unusual for the tape recordings at this time. As always, it has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman and it is limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies.Dave’s Picks Volume 20 will be available via dead.net on November 1st. You can see the full setlist from the show below:12/9/81 – The Grateful Dead – Events Center (Colorado University) – Boulder, COSET 1:Cold Rain and SnowJack StrawFriend of the DevilLittle Red RoosterBird SongMama TriedMexicali BluesCandymanCassidyLooks Like RainChina Cat SunflowerI Know You RiderSET 2:Scarlet BegoniasFire on the MountainEstimated ProphetHe’s GoneDrumsThe Other OneStella BlueAround and AroundGood Lovin’ENCORE:U.S. BluesSatisfaction[Cover Photo via EW]
After releasing the video for new single “Indian Givers” last month, Neil Young has announced the upcoming release of a full new album, Peace Trail. The new album, set to drop on December 2nd via Reprise Records, will be his 38th studio album overall, and his second of this year after this past summer’s Earth, which was recorded during his 2015 tour with Promise of the Real and mixed with wildlife sounds.Peace Trail looks to be a more conventional offering than Young’s other 2016 project, featuring 10 mostly-acoustic songs written and recorded since Earth‘s release in June (including “Indian Givers”). While Earth and last year’s The Monsanto Years were recorded with Promise of the Real, Young worked with session musicians Jim Keltner (drums) and Paul Bushnell (bass) on Peace Trail, co-producing the album with John Hanlon at Rick Rubin‘s Shangri-la Studios.You can watch the video for “Indian Givers” and check out the full track list for the new album below:Tracklist:01. Peace Trail02. Can’t Stop Workin’03. Indian Givers04. Show Me05. Texas Rangers06. Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders07. John Oaks08. My Pledge09. Glass Accident10. My New RobotPeace Trail is available to pre-order through Young’s website and online music store PONOMusic.
Setlist: Kyle Hollingsworth Band | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 12/3/16Set: Bam/Racer X, Let’s Go, Too Young, All Falls, Wedding, Falling, You Got the Love (Kim Dawson song), Tumble/And So It Was, World, Let Me In, Happening > PYT, Texas, PeregrinoJJ Grey & Mofro | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 12/3/16Set: 6 Ways, A Woman, 99 Shades of Crazy, Circles, Country Ghetto, Every Minute, Junior, Gotta Know, Hide & Seek, Lochloosa, Orange Blossoms, Lazy Fo Acre, Ho Cake, I BelieveE: King Hummingbird, Ol’ Glory [all photos courtesy of John Underwood Schumm] On Saturday night at Denver, CO’s The Fillmore Auditorium, The String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth threw his annual Hoppy Holidays benefit concert, with proceeds donated to Colorado-based non-profit Conscious Alliance. Bringing along his own Kyle Hollingsworth Band, along with headliner JJ Grey & Mofro, Kyle was also joined by fellow Cheese bandmate Billy Nershi for a special duet set to open the evening, after a fantastic beer tasting from over 30+ breweries.It was a great event, front to back, with both Kyle and Billy opening the night with a special duet set, which featured stripped down versions of SCI songs such as “One Step Closer,” “Lester Had a Coconut,” and “Round the Wheel.” It’s not often you get to see members of Cheese n a setting like this, which made for this particular hometown occasion to be that much more special.KHB put on an exceptional set, filled with originals such as “Tumbling” and “Let Me In,” along with covers such as Michael Jackson‘s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) with Pimps of Joytime singer Kim Dawson shining on vocals, and subtle tease of the Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless.” Nershi sat in on set opener “Bam!,” as well as an awesome “Texas” later in the set, which witnessed quite a bit of chatter in the crowd with regards to SCI’s upcoming 3-night New Year’s run at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield (w/ special guests Big Gigantic and The Floozies).The String Cheese Incident Announces “Big Gigantic Incident”, The Floozies For NYE RunJacksonville, FL’s own JJ Grey & Mofro never fails to leave it all out on the stage, with their brand of soul-infused swamp rock. Ever the showman, Grey told stories while playing a fantastic career-spanning setlist, comprised of originals such as “99 Shades of Crazy,” “Country Ghetto,” “Lochloosa,” and “Orange Blossoms” (video below). Grey & Mofro have always been able to deliver that sweet, soulful blues rock with such ease, and this performance was indicative of that. Check out some video and a gallery of photos (courtesy of John Underwood Schumm) from the evening below:Kyle Hollingsworth Band “Pretty Young Thing” (Michael Jackson cover) w/ Kim Dawson on vocals:JJ Grey & Mofro “Orange Blossoms”:“Texas”: Load remaining images
This year’s Gem & Jam Festival looks to be its best yet, and the event is just around the corner! Taking place from February 2nd through the 5th, in Tucson, AZ, the festival will see big sets from Mike Gordon, The Floozies, Gramatik, Lotus, G Jones, The Motet, Project Aspect The New Deal, EOTO, Jaw Gems and special headliner, The Trancident – comprised of The String Cheese Incident’s Michael Kang, Kyle Hollingsworth, Michael Travis and Jason Hann with Jeff Chimenti and Steve Kimock.Today, the festival has revealed their full schedule for each of the four days. It shows that Project Aspect, Jaw Gems and EOTO will be headlining on Thursday, Mike Gordon, The Floozies and The Trancident on Friday, G Jones, Lotus and Gramatik on Saturday and Com Truise, The New Deal and The Motet on Sunday! It’s worth noting that The Trancident doesn’t have a bassist named for their lineup, and are playing just an hour or so after Mike Gordon…We can’t wait to catch all of this great music at the 11th annual Gem & Jam! You can peep the full schedule below, and head to the festival’s website for details.
Umphrey’s McGee returned to Richmond, VA last night for night two at The National. They delivered the goods with a wild two set show that was filled with the tight compositions and exciting improvisation that the band has become known for. Jam upstarts Spafford were on hand to open the night once again, perfectly setting the table for Umphrey’s McGee with their unique brand of improvisational wizardry.Spafford opened the show with a four-song set that was filled with explosive jamming. The band performed “Todd’s Tots”, “Backdoor Funk”, “Slip and Squander”, and “Weasel” in their opening set. The band is simply on fire, and they continue to make new fans at every tour stop as more and more people learn about their exciting brand of improvisation.Umphrey’s took the stage for set one and went right into a fun “Conduit”, which eventually wound its way into the progressive ballad “Walletsworth”. “Nemo” delighted the crowd before the band delivered an awesome pairing of older songs with “Prowler” and “Wife Soup”. The band turned in “Speak Up”, which they stretched out into some new directions before transitioning into a super-charged set-closing cover of “Live And Let Die” by Wings.Set two started up with another old classic in “The Crooked One”, before they moved into the relatively newer song “Make It Right”, which was originally debuted at UMBowl in 2015. The “The Linear” started up next, with an impressive bit of improv leading the band into one of their heavier tracks, “Educated Guess”. “JaJunk” followed, splitting off in the middle of the track to perform the first “Mail Package” of 2017. After a run through the fan-favorite “The Fussy Dutchman”, the band brought set two to a close with a run from “Women Wine & Song” into the end of “JaJunk”. The band then encored with an epic “Phil’s Farm” that put an excellent cap on the evening.Umphrey’s McGee continues their tour tonight with a show at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA. Spafford next hits at Milkboy in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, January 24th. The two bands link back up to continue their tour on Thursday at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT.Spafford | The National | Richmond, VA | 1/21/17Jam > Todd’s Tots, Backdoor Funk, Slip and Squander, WeaselUmphrey’s McGee | The National | Richmond, VA | 1/21/17Set 1: Conduit -> Walletsworth, Nemo, Prowler -> Wife Soup, Speak Up -> Live And Let DieSet 2: The Crooked One -> Make It Right, The Linear -> Educated Guess, JaJunk -> Mail Package, The Fussy Dutchman, Women Wine & Song -> JaJunkEncore: Phil’s FarmCheck out Spafford’s tour schedule below, including all dates with Umphrey’s McGee and more![Photo captured at The Tabernacle ATL from 1/14/17 by Phierce Photo]
The 6th Beardfest is officially going down June 1-3, 2017 in the beautiful setting of the Paradise Lakes Campground in Hammonton, New Jersey. The annual fest continues to grow with each passing year behind Philadelphia’s psychedelic maestros Out Of The Beardspace, who works tirelessly to curate a unique festival unlike anything else in the area.Getting To Know: Out Of The Beardspace’s Totally Unique Musical FusionThe first phase of this year’s Beardfest lineup impresses with sets from headlining acts Antibalas, TAUK, Octave Cat (Eli Winderman of Dopapod & Jesse Miller of Lotus) Earthcry (Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio), Remember Jones (Amy Winehouse tribute & original set), We Used To Cut The Grass (Frank Zappa tribute fearuring Ike Willis), G-Nome Project, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Worldtown Sound System, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Nik Greeley & The Operators, Dr. Slothclaw, Darla, Killiam Shakespeare, and many more exciting up-and-comers. Peep the first phase lineup below:The music coming out of Philly continues to impress with projects like these. As the festival’s mission statement so eloquently states: “In a world where entertainment is often too reduced to a passive, spectator/performer relationship, and where social interactions are too often reduced to quick moments of stolen time, and appreciation of nature is too often kicked aside for the pride of progress, Beardfest attempts to be a breath of fresh air.”Find out more about Beardfest 2017 on the festival’s website and but your tickets today.
If you haven’t yet visited the Big House, make sure that you do at some point. You’ll see instruments, sheet music, personal photographs, clothes and other belongings once held by members of the originators of the 1970’s new sound dubbed “Southern Rock.” A walk through the house includes the instrument room where the band practiced, Duane Allman’s bedroom, Berry & Linda Oakley’s “casbah” and the kitchen where “Ramblin Man” was written. When the band sang “Please Call Home,” they were talking about The Big House. Come see it for yourself and relive the music, the vibe and the love shared by Allman Brothers Band fans worldwide. More information is available on the Big House website. The loss of the legendary Gregg Allman shook the music community to its core back in May. With his final work Southern Blood on the way, due out this Friday, September 8th, fans of the Allman Brothers Band singer/songwriter/organist are looking for ways to continuously honor and commemorate their fallen idol. The celebrations must continue in his honor, with a huge gathering planned at the birthplace of the Allman Brothers Band this weekend in Macon, Georgia.Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’On September 9th, a series events will take place at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House. The festivities will begin around 5:30PM, when Allman will be posthumously honored with the key to his beloved hometown at a commemorative celebration, as Mayor Reichert proclaims December 8 (Gregg Allman’s birthday) Gregg Allman Day in Macon, Georgia. Then, the “SOUTHERN BLOOD: CELEBRATING GREGG ALLMAN” event will continue as a live Q&A with son and guitarist/vocalist Devon Allman, manager Michael Lehman, Gregg Allman Band bandleader/guitarist/vocalist Scott Sharrard, and Allman’s closest friend Chank Middleton joined by Chuck Reece, Editor-in-Chief of The Bitter Southerner. The event will be catered by the H&H restaurant which kept the Allman Brothers fed for the entirety of their career, even in the early days when they couldn’t pay. Allman and Sharrard will perform an acoustic live set of music in honor of their fallen leader around 8:30PM. Before and after the event, Southern Blood will be playing loud for all those to enjoy. The event’s curfew is 11PM.Devon Allman To Join Gregg Allman Band For Atlanta Laid Back Festival With Lynyrd SkynyrdThe Big House Museum plans to host 600 people at the sold-out gathering, however they expect many more to join the party. Similar to the street celebrations that took place during Gregg Allman’s procession, lanes will be closed off on either side of Vineville Avenue between Corbin and Rogers. Traffic will continue to flow through the middle two lanes, but opposite lanes will open for fans to gather. There will also be plenty of space on the sidewalks and in the property next door, so fans are encouraged to bring their coolers and enjoy the music. The event will be equipped with a 2,000W PA system, which will ensure that all those listening from the street will be able to hear the album, as well as the interviews, and live performance.EXCLUSIVE: The Big House’s Richard Brent On The Allman Brothers, The Museum, & The Legacy