One year later, some more of the same magic went down. Trucks and Burbridge joined Lettuce for four songs, starting with “By Any Shmeeans Necessary.” Nigel Hall then joins the party for “Making My Way Back Home” and “We’re A Winner,” before the grand finale of “Move On Up.” Listen to taped audio of that whole show below, courtesy of Nick Burlison:And some video footage: There’s no denying that Bear Creek Music Festival was a magical place. Though the festival is no more, its past iterations left us with an enormous supply of musical memories. One particular collaboration comes to mind, from both the 2008 and 2009 festivals, when guitarist Derek Trucks joined funk band Lettuce for a jam session of epic proportions.It all started in 2008, when Trucks and his bandmate Kofi Burbridge joined Lettuce for a rip-roaring rendition of “King Of The Burgs” and “Move On Up” Tune in below: It goes to show that Lettuce is an absolute titan of the festival game. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited for their inaugural Fool’s Paradise destination festival event, happening from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL. With a lineup that features Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, The Nth Power, Cory Henry and more, including the first ever collaboration between GRiZ and Lettuce, this is one party you won’t want to miss. Tickets and more information are available here.
Maurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but the Grammy-Award-winning trumpet virtuoso has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. Specializing in jazz, hip-hop, and blues, Brown is dedicating 2016 to his own band with a highly anticipated album coming out in June, entitled “The Mood.” Recently, he brought his outstanding band to CongaHead to perform a few original compositions from the new album, “Moroccan Dancehall” and “Stand Up.”“Moroccan Dancehall”“Stand Up”
One weekend ago, The String Cheese Incident hit the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV, hosting a trio of Sin City Incidents for eager fans. Among the many, many highlights from the run came in the first set of night two, when the band broke out into their rendition of “Midnight Moonlight.” The classic Peter Rowan song came to life in the cheesy enthusiasm of the Brooklyn Bowl crowd, and, thanks to SCI, we now have pro-shot footage to share.Watch “Midnight Moonlight” from Las Vegas below:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/19/16Set One: Sweet Spot, Rhum N’ Zouc, Eye Know Why, Midnight Moonlight, Smile, Turn This Around > In a Cold Sweat > Turn This AroundSet Two: Desert Dawn, Bumpin’ Reel, I Wish > Piece of Mine, Until the Music’s Over, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > I’m Your Boogie Man > Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Colorado Bluebird SkyEncore: Shaking the Tree[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]
David Gilmour is in the middle of his first tour in North America since 2006. After playing three shows in Los Angeles, the Pink Floyd guitarist had one more stop in the City of Angels; the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Much like his current setlists, Gilmour was able to perform both a classic from the Pink Floyd catalog and a song from his newly-released solo album, Rattle That Lock. For the former, Gilmour chose the title track to Floyd’s 1975 album, Wish You Were Here. For the latter, Gilmour chose the title track to his own solo album, delighting fans with an edition of “Rattle That Lock.”You can watch videos of both songs performed, below:“Wish You Were Here”“Rattle That Lock”
UPDATE: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spoke about the cancellation at last night’s performance in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. He said “We thought we could take the money and give it to them and still play the show, but the reality is there is nothing like the immense power of boycotting and putting a strain and it’s a shame because people are going to affected that don’t deserve it but it could be the way that ultimately is gonna affect change, so again, we just couldn’t find it in ourselves in good conscience to cross a picket line when there was a movement.”Watch the video here:After Bruce Springsteen cancelled his performance in North Carolina two weeks ago, artists everywhere are being forced to reconsider their performances in the state. North Carolina recently passed a law called HB2, which has been reviled as a discriminatory legislation against the LGBTQ community. With other artists taking a stand, including Mumford & Sons donating their proceeds to a local organization, the latest to speak out is Pearl Jam.The band has been rocking out on their 25th anniversary tour, which recently included a full performance of the Vs. album. With a show scheduled at the PNC Arena on April 20th, the band has officially taken a strong stance against the HB2 law by cancelling their show. In a lengthy public statement, Pearl jam calls the law “despicable,” and will be donating money to local groups to help combat the state’s oppression.Read the full statement below:PEARL JAM STATEMENTIt is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.Perhaps even celebrate.With immense gratitude for your understanding,Pearl Jam
Coming to Pittsburgh, PA from September 23-24, Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has shared their lineup… with pancakes?Seriously though, the festival has used pancake art to share their 2016 lineup, which includes The Chainsmokers, Ty Dolla $ign, CHVRCHES, Thievery Corporation, Lettuce and more. If you don’t believe us, check out their video below:Thrival 2016 Music Lineup Announcement from Jordan Robarge on Vimeo.You can scope the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for more information.
Tom Hamilton is a busy man. Somehow, in between performances with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Electron, Billy and The Kids, and releasing a new album with his band, American Babies, Hamilton was able to put together a tribute to Bruce Springsteen – a beloved rock and roll legend who doesn’t generally get much attention from the jam band world. Acting as the band leader, Hamilton conducted the American Babies along with guest appearances from a slew of musicians – Jackie Greene, Ross James, Katie Jacoby, and the Superslick Horns – through a spot on musical impersonation of Springsteen throughout the night.Many of Springsteen’s songs sound like simple and straightforward rock songs, but there are a lot of moving parts involved. It was really fun watching Hamilton conduct the entire ensemble while also doing a Springsteen impression on the mic. At times, he put down the guitar to walk around stage and sing like The Boss, although there was no power slides or crowd surfing. You could tell these songs had been rehearsed – most songs sounded pretty close to the album versions, and the older Springsteen loving crowd seemed to approve of renditions by dancing and singing a long.It’s tough to find places to really provide true jams within Springsteen’s catalog. The solos are iconic at this point, there’s not much space to truly go off and improv. But, when given the chance, these musicians all know how to do it, providing some of the night’s highlights. The Ghost of Tom Joad, which works well as a jam vehicle, was probably the best of the night, including some incredible interplay between Hamilton and violinist Katie Jacoby, who really stole the show and came across as a star. The Boss and the E Street Band aren’t the easiest band to replicate on stage, but through Hamilton’s tight conducting and dedication to the material, this show worked extremely well. With more shows to come, hopefully the band takes some of these songs into new directions and really owsn them. Hopefully this project will continue to evolve and take a life of its own in the future.Check out videos below, and a full audio stream can be streamed via taper Eric McRoberts. The Ghost Of Tom JoadBadlands Load remaining images
It was Future Man that hit the nail on the head when he was introducing Béla Fleck, calling the banjoist an absolute master and visionary for wanting to bring the banjo into jazz music. The Flecktones are heady jazz through and through; don’t let Fleck’s bluegrass tones fool you. The band recently reunited for their first shows since 2012, playing a short but sweet two week run on the way to Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Their stop at the Capitol Theatre was a work of beauty, treating fans to an instrumental odyssey that captivated at every turn.At the crux of the Flecktones is incredible musicianship. Aside from the band’s namesake, the band features brothers Victor and Roy Wooten, the latter best known as “Future Man.” Additionally, multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy has made his return to the Flecktones. Levy was a founding member, but left in the 1990’s and was replaced by Jeff Coffin. As Coffin joined the Dave Matthews Band, it was up to Levy to help rekindle the “original” Flecktones magic. Fortunately, the group had a lot to say when they hit the Cap.All four are tremendous musicians, bringing a unique slice to the tight-knit core of the band. Fleck alternated between a traditional and custom electric banjo throughout the night, while Victor Wooten offered some funky tones with his arsenal of basses. Futureman kept the rhythm rocking with an incredibly unique instrument, dubbed a drumitar. Somewhere between a drum machine and a guitar, Futureman would stand up at times and sit down at others, but one hand was always rocking along on that drumitar. Rounding out the ensemble was Levy, who alternated between piano and harmonica primarily, at times peppering the music with juice harp or other percussion tactics.To attempt a description at the music would do it an injustice, because the sheer talents of each member came together to go well beyond the sum of its parts. Together, the four musicians captivated for a full two set performance, keeping fans at the edge of their seats throughout the show. There was a unanimous feeling of reverence from the crowd, as the four awe-inspiring musicians led listeners through an aural journey.Thanks to taper Kevin Antaya, we can listen to the whole show. Tune in below.If you have the chance to see this band live, do not miss it. They are truly masters of their craft, and seeing them perform was a true gift.[Photo by the Capitol Theatre]
Last month, moe. guitarist Al Schnier spoke at length about the band wanting to bring fans to a “remote location” for their New Year’s Eve performance. “If you want to come, come, and if not, it doesn’t matter… It’s not quite Alaska, but we talked about Alaska,” Schnier said on the Made In Utica program, which you can watch here.Today, the “like Alaska” location was revealed as Missoula, Montana, as the band will perform two nights, December 30-31, at The Wilma. Pre-sale tickets will be released tomorrow at 12 PM Eastern, and the on-sale follows this Friday, June 24th, at 12pm Eastern.moe. also recently announced a full-set tribute to Pink Floyd for their Peach Music Festival appearance; more on that here.[Photo by Benjamin Adams Photography]
UPDATE 8/5: The Garcia catalog has now been added to Spotify as well! Stream on.August 1st marks the birthday of Jerry Garcia, and his estate certainly had a nice surprise in store for his fans. In honor of Garcia’s birthday, his entire catalog of solo albums will be released on streaming services for the first time ever.The newly-released discography includes all of Garcia’s solo studio albums, including Garcia, Garcia (Compliments), Reflections, Cats Under The Stars and Run For The Roses. Of course, this announcement wouldn’t be as potent without some live releases as well. Fortunately, the entire GarciaLive series, as well as favorites like Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound and After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 will also be released.Not only that, but the press release promises more albums on the way. Just head to iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play and listen up for these great Garcia records.Happy birthday Jerry. We miss you.