A number of Grateful Dead scene all-stars converged on the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA last night, performing a top-notch show as the Golden Gate Wingmen. The group is comprised of frequent collaborators in the Dead scene, including bassist Reed Mathis (Billy & The Kids), keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Furthur/Dead & Company), drummer Jay Lane (RatDog), and guitarist John Kadlecik (Furthur).The Grateful foursome dove into the Dead’s catalog, opening with “Sugaree” and rocking through a number of tunes that are instantly recognizable from GD and JGB setlists. The show even featured Kadlecik singing “Ripple” in French, an interpretation that he debuted in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks several months ago.Thanks to taper Keith Litzenberger, we have full audio from the show. Tune in below!
After twenty-seven years, all four surviving members of the hip hop group N.W.A. shared the stage. The performance came during Ice Cube’s set at Coachella last night, when Cube brought out MC Ren and DJ Yella for “Straight Outta Compton.” Unlike last week, Cube then called upon Dr. Dre for two songs, “Still D.R.E.” and “California Lovin’.”Watch footage below, from Play Music City:You can peep the full setlist below:Edit this setlist | More Ice Cube setlists
Phish at SPAC up in Saratoga Springs, NY has become one of the staples of summer tour over the years, and a place in which many legendary shows have occurred. Afterwards, the downtown area is flooded with heads looking for the late-night hang, and most of all some late-night music. For this summer’s run of shows, Live For Live Music and Putnam Den have you covered!For the Phish shows on July 1st and 3rd, some exciting tributes are going down at the Putnam Den. On July 1st, The Heavy Pets will pay tribute to the 1980’s with a grooving dance party, with support from The Hornitz, Hayley Jane, and more! To bring it all home on July 3rd, the venue will host an all-star Cosmik Playground tribute to Frank Zappa, with members of of Zappa’s band, RAQ, Dopapod, Digital Tape Machine and more!You can see the venue’s calendar here, and find more information about the shows below!Friday, July 1st – The Heavy Pets Tribute to the 80’s Dance Party ft. The Hornitz, Hayley Jane and Ryan Clausen (Hayley Jane and the Primates) and the Magnaterrestrial DancersThe Heavy Pets are no strangers to the late-night Phish scene, and for the first night of the Phish’s SPAC run, get ready for an 80’s dance party. Expect a little Prince, David Bowie, A-Ha, Flock of Seagulls, Tears for Fears, as special guests The Hornitz, vocalist Hayley Jane and percussionist Ryan Clausen (Hayley Jane and the Primates) and more join in for what is sure to be a throwdown on this first night of celebrations.Get tickets HERE.Sunday, July 3rd – Cosmik Playground (Funk-filled tribute to Frank Zappa) ft. Ed Mann, Todd Stoops, Marcus Rezak, Scotty Zwang, Dan Lotito and special guests Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source) and ShwizzIt is no secret that the Vermont Quartet loves them some Frank Zappa; so much so that drummer Jon Fishman even put his own Zappa Picks compilation together (check it out on Amazon). It only makes sense to show some late-night love to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Percussionist and long-time Zappa band member Ed Mann will be joined by keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), bassist Dan Lotito and special guest guitarist Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source), as well as Nyack, NY prog-funk rockers Shwizz for what is sure to be a grand finale to this epic 3-night run of shows.Get tickets HERE.
Fans of the Gorillaz have been patiently waiting for the follow-up to 2010’s The Fall, something that has been discussed by core members Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn for years. The two even shared footage from the studio earlier this year, furthering the hope of a 2016 Gorillaz comeback. While a new release is still on the horizon, that disc won’t be available until 2017 according to a new update from Hewlett.A Gorillaz fan group caught up with Hewlett and posted an update about the release. Read the post below.WE GOT JAMIE NEWS! This here is HIM and our friend Linda. JAMIE says new GORILLAZ is special, really fuckin special. Can’t be rushed. 2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year. BUT its gonna be all that and more. And….Jamie follows us. So….you got something to say to him and don’t wanna get yelled at on his IG by his very serious followers, say it here! HE IS HERE. Watching, reading and digging it. He loves this account and appreciates our repping. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed in the meantime.
On the eve of their highly anticipated three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl, our favorite funky ducks will be making their Central Park debut alongside the Eric Krasno Band and young rockers Lawrence on the SummerStage. Vulfpeck will also include performances with frequent collaborators Antwaun Stanley, who you’ll recognize from Vulf staples “Funky Duck” and “1612” and Joey Dosik from “Game Winner,” rounding out a night of excellent funky madness. Both Vulfpeck and Lawrence recently impressed fans at Bonnaroo, earning “Best Bonnaroo Debut” and “Best Club Stage Band” in L4LM’s Music Festival Awards. The crews will reunite on Wednesday, September 7th for an epic night of music that is sure to go down as a night for the books all across the board. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, June 30 at 10AM.Seeming as though their stages continue to get bigger with every performance, we can’t wait to see Vulfpeck take over Central Park! Enjoy this performance of Vulfpeck at Fool’s Paradise from this past April, featuring Antwaun Stanley and Cory Henry!
Last night marked the first of three consecutive Tennessee performances for the Chicago-based jam group Umphrey’s McGee. Eager to show off their chops to the entire state, the band’s three-night run will see them performing in three cities: Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville. Last night, the band got started on the right foot with a tremendous performance at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis.Among the many highlights of the show were bust-out covers of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” and Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” both of which were played for the first time in 2016. The band also welcomed out a very special guest, as North Mississippi Allstars’ own Cody Dickinson joined UM during the end jam of “Booth Love” for some percussion and vocal accompaniment.Also of note – the set-long version of “Ocean Billy” to span the first half, as well as big jams on a run that included “No Diablo -> Resolution -> Booth Love.” Umphrey’s is playing with a passion, and we can’t wait to see what more the band his in store for this extended Tennessee run.Check out the full setlist below, via UM on Twitter.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN – 8/18/16Set One: Ocean Billy -> Words, Linear -> Believe The Lie, The Floor, Kimble, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi -> Ocean BillySet Two: Shine On You Crazy Diamond -> 40’s Theme, No Diablo -> Resolution -> Booth Love*, End Of The Road, Bad FridayEncore: Partyin’ Peeps* w/Cody Dickinson on Perc and Vocals in the end jam [Photo via rowellj/Instagram]
Recently, beloved Phish lyricist Tom Marshall launched a new podcast series called “Under The Scales,” analyzing various components of the band’s following from his unique perspective. A childhood friend of guitarist Trey Anastasio, Marshall is credited as lyricist on dozens of tracks by the acclaimed Vermont quartet.The series launched with three episodes, including an introductory episode as well as closer looks into a famed songwriting weekend and fans who ride the rail. The latest episode sees Marshall discuss “Tapers,” the legendary audio recorders who allow fans to capture Phish’s live music moments during shows and share them among friends and any other curious listener. Tapers certainly serve an incredibly important role within the live music community, and bands like the Grateful Dead, Phish, and now countless others have embraced the audio sharers.Says Marshall in his episode description, “Co-hosts RJ and Jonathan and I take a DEEP DIVE into Tapers. Tapers are a huge part of Phish’s history…but what are they? Who are they? Let’s find out. Take a deep breath and jump in with us.” You can stream the episode below.Under The Scales – Ep. 3 Tapers[Audio: Under The Scales]
The 12th annual Sonic Bloom Festival will return to Spanish Peaks Country in Colorado, hitting the beautiful Hummingbird Ranch from June 15th through the 18th. Today the festival has announced their first wave lineup, bringing together a diverse blend of talented artists.One of the most unique headliners is called Gigantic Cheese Biscuit, the debut performance featuring a bastion of jam friendly musicians from Big Gigantic, The String Cheese Incident, and The Disco Biscuits. The lineup includes Dominic Lalli, Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic), Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits). Sonic Bloom will also welcome The Polish Ambassador, The Floozies, Claude VonStroke, Ott., Haywyre, Minnesota, Random Rab,The Funk Hunters with Chali 2na and many more artists.Check out the full announcement below, and you can find tickets here.
JJ Grey & Mofro lit up Revolution Live on Friday night, February 17, in front of a ravenous capacity crowd in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Roosevelt Collier Trio featured pedal steel specialist Roosevelt “The Doctor” Collier, former Mofro member Anthony “A.C.” Cole on drums, and Matt Lapham, holding down the low-end on bass. The trio opened the show and took the audience on a forty-five-minute odyssey of classic rock covers by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and Funkadelic, to name a few. Thanks to our friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS for capturing some of the magic.“Spanish Castle Magic”With a Florida-themed setlist at the ready and a fired-up sold-out crowd on hand, JJ & Mofro opened their set with the apropos “Lochloosa” before moving into “Country Ghetto” and then grooving through a series of classic sing-alongs including “Brighter Days”, “Sweetest Thing” and “Everything Good Is Bad.”“Lochloosa – Country Ghetto”Towards the latter part of their set, Grey welcomed out South Florida-native keyboardist Adam Scone to sit in on the southern fried “Ho Cake,” video of which can be seen below.“Ho Cake”You can check out a complete set list from the night, as well as more videos and full audio of last night’s show below!Setlist: JJ Grey & Mofro | Revolution Live | Fort Lauderdale, FL | 2/17/2017Set One: Lochloosa, Country Ghetto, A Woman, Every Minute, Brighter Days, Junior, Circles, Hide & Seek, Sweetest Thing, Everything Good Is Bad, Florida, Ho Cake*, Lazy Fo Acre, Orange Blossoms, I Believe (In Everything)Encore: This River. Ol’ Glory*.*w/ Adam Scone (keys)Full audio of the show, courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS.“Brighter Days”“Sweetest Thing – Everything Good Is Bad”
UPDATE: This show is now SOLD OUT, but you can check out the full roster of L4LM Baker’s Dozen late nights here.There is no denying the incredible year that Arizona-based jammers Spafford have experienced. Whether headlining their own shows or opening for scene stalwarts such as Umphrey’s McGee or Lotus, Spafford has quickly ascended within the scene. The band just wrapped up a mostly sold-out tour and blew out Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mungion earlier this month. They have announced their return to New York City for a late-night performance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on Saturday, August 5th, after Phish plays Madison Square Garden.Tickets for Spafford at B.B. King’s go on-sale today at 1 pm EDT. General admission tickets can be purchased via the venue website here. For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Event page.– SHOW INFO –Artist: SpaffordVenue: BB King Blues Club & GrillDate: Saturday – August 5thTime: 11:30pm Doors / 12am ShowAges: 21+Tickets: $15adv / $20dos[cover photo courtesy of Tara Gracer Photography]