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Beloved reggae rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead will hit the road this summer for a sensational Soulrocker tour, spanning through the months of June and August. The group will kick things off on June 2nd at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, traveling across the country, only to wrap up on August 25th at Avila Beach Resort in San Luis Obispo, CA.In a statement, Michael Franti said, “This summer’s tour will be an opportunity for us all to come together, to celebrate life, each other and what it truly feels like to be alive.”Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and can be found via Franti’s website. The full tour schedule can be seen below:[Photo via Paul Citone]
Powerhouse quintet The Nth Power and esteemed jazz vocalist and trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) opened a five-show run together at The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT last night. Dubbed the “Jenth Power Tour,” Hartswick and her band featuring keyboardist Rob Marscher, bassist Dezron Douglas as well as Nth Power members drummer Nikki Glaspie and guitarist Nick Cassarino opened the evening’s festivities with several selections from Hartswick’s upcoming new album before giving way to the Nth Power’s set.Hartswick’s ties with the Nth Power run deep, as it was her late night show at Jazz Fest in 2012 that first breathed life into the band that now includes Glaspie, Cassarino, bass player Nate Edgar, West African master percussionist Weedie Braimah and keyboardist Courtney “Jay-Mel” Smith. During last night’s performance at The Acoustic, the Nth Power ran through several songs from the band’s soulful 2015 album Abundance, including “Walk On Water,” “Soul Survivor,” “Right Now” and “Holy Rain.” In addition, Glaspie dedicated the encore to Daryl Coley, an acclaimed gospel singer who had died earlier in the day.Watch complete show footage of the Jennifer Hartswick Band and The Nth Power last night via TheAcoustic:Be sure to catch The Nth Power at Fool’s Paradise, hosted by Lettuce, from April 1-2 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL. Lettuce and The Nth Power will perform, alongside GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Info can be found here.[H/T JamBase]
With their funky festival just days away, Lettuce is building up some serious anticipation for what is sure to be a great event. In preparation for the Lettuce-hosted Fool’s Paradise festivities, which run from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL, the band’s guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff hit the SiriusXM Jam On studios to spin some of his favorite tunes.The guest DJ set, which premieres this Saturday, March 19th at 4 PM Eastern, will see Shmeeans throw down some of his favorite tunes, and talk about other artists that have inspired him. It’s sure to be a great listen for any fan of the funk, and it will run a handful of times over the next week.Be sure to tune in to SiriusXM Jam On, channel 29, and listen up! You can find out more about the station here, and more info about Lettuce’s festival Fool’s Paradise, which features GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power and more, can be found here.Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff’s Guest DJ ScheduleSaturday 3/19 @ 4PM ETSunday 3/20 @ NOON ETMonday 3/21 @ 9AM ETTuesday 3/22 @ 1PM ETWednesday 3/23 @ 5PM ETThursday 3/24 @ 11AM ET
Check out the full setlist below, via moe.’s Facebook:Setlist: moe. at PlayStation Theater, New York, NY – 3/18/16Set One: Yodelittle > Blue Jeans Pizza, Puebla > Bullet, Calyphornya, Gone, Queen Of EverythingSet Two: Cosmik Debris, Silver Sun >(nh) Kyle’s Song > Opium, She, Suck A Lemon#Encore: Bodhisattva##, Mexico# LTP 11/07/14## LTP 10/02/03 Last night marked the second night of moe.’s three-night stand in New York, NY. Shifting from the intimate Stage 48 to the larger PlayStation Theater in Midtown Manhattan, moe. came prepared to throw down with some serious rock and roll. The group opened with a pair of classics, “Yodelittle > Blue Jeans Pizza,” and never stopped rocking. “Puebla > Bullet” came next, with tunes like “Calyphornya,” “Gone,” and “Queen of Everything” keeping fans on their toes throughout the first set.The group opened up set two with a cover of Frank Zappa’s “Cosmik Debris.” Watch video below, thanks to the band: Cosmik Debris ~ #moe. ~ 3/116 ~ PlayStation TheaterPosted by Moe. on Friday, March 18, 2016 “Silver Sun” came next, from the group’s recent No Guts, No Glory album, followed by “Kyle’s Song” and “Opium.” After a potent “She” with some great Al Schnier-led vocals, the band capped off the set with their first “Suck A Lemon” since 11/07/14.And while we’re talking about bust outs, the first song of the encore was the biggest bust out of the night. The band brought back “Bodhisattva,” the beloved Steely Dan song, for the first time since 2003. The thirteen year gap made for quite the excitement! The group closed out with “Mexico,” set to perform one more show, tonight (3/19).Watch some of the show, as captured by Bruno Bill: Load remaining images
Alexandria, VA will host the 2nd annual Alexandria Live Music Week this Friday, September 30th through October 8th, hosting over 200 performances at over 50 venues throughout the city. While national highlights include bands like Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, The Funky Meters, El DeBarge and more, a number of the performances will feature local bands that are making a name for themselves in the musically-oriented town.The locally renowned artists like Judge Smith, The Janna Audey Band, Free Flowing Musical Experience, Farley Granger, and Rocky Guttman will all be playing at intimate venues across Alexandria throughout the week. There will a Film Festival showing Spinal Tap, and hometown favorite locales like King Street Blues, Blackwall Hitch, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Fiona’s Irish Pub, Magnolia’s on King, and more will all host music regularly throughout the week! The Birchmere will also be running great concerts in celebration of Live Music Week.The event comes a full year after the debut of Alexandria Live Music Week, but this year’s event features even more performances and venues! To keep up with the full festival, check out the schedule on the official Alexandria Live website.
Last weekend, Eric Krasno Band and The Marcus King Band brought their double billed tour together to The Hamilton in Washington, DC. Between King’s blues-based rock and Krasno’s funky rhythmic displays, the two guitarists are a perfect pairing for a performance. Fortunately for us, the two are big fans of collaborations, and have been teaming up for fun takes on original and cover tunes throughout the tour.Last Sunday night at The Hamilton, Krasno welcomed out King and saxophonist Ron Holloway for a pair of songs, “Sweet Little Angel” and “Unconditional Love.” You can see them jamming out in the videos below.The musical collaboration didn’t end there, as members of The Marcus King Band joined in on stage for the finale of the night, a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree.” A jubilee indeed! Check it out below.For more from this show, you can check out the full audio recording of Krasno’s set, provided by taper Alex Leary.
The Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, has become somewhat of a mecca for bluegrass musicians and fans alike, consistently bringing together big names and small across the bluegrass scene to join together in collaboration and celebration. One such regular at the festival is Fruition, the five-piece jamgrass outfit from Portland, Oregon, who will be returning to the bluegrass festival slated for July 13th through 16th this summer.Watch Greensky Bluegrass Tear Up “Reverend” At Last Year’s Northwest String Summit [Pro-Shot]The folks over at Jamgrass TV have just released a new pro-shot video of the Oregon band’s performance last year at the Northwest String Summit ahead of this year’s festival. In this latest video, Fruition goes into a fiery rendition of “Boil Over,” a song off their 2013 release Just One Of Them Nights. You can watch the group’s performance below as a way to get stoked on Fruition’s return to Horning’s Hideout this summer.Fruition Bares Their Hearts And Souls On A Monday Night In Bloomington [Videos/Full Audio]Just like in 2016, Fruition is slated to perform two sets across the duration of the Northwest String Summit, along with Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Elephant Revival, Todd Snider & Great American Taxi, Turkuaz, and more. The festival this year will also see a performance by a new all-woman group dubbed Sideboob, which features Fruition’s Mimi Naja along with Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain String Band and Katelyn and Laurie Shook, also known as the Shook Twins. You can head over to Northwest String Summit’s website to get more information about the festival as well as to purchase tickets, as we can tell already that you’re not going to want to miss out this year.Frution, “Boil Over,” Northwest String Summit 2016
Today, Radiohead will make their return to Glastonbury Festival with a headlining set at the Pyramid Stage. The highly-awaited performance marks the return globally-renowned British band’s return to the UK’s most famous festival, a performance which was announced in October with a photo of the band’s bear logo emblazoned on the grass on the empty festival grounds:Radiohead have become somewhat synonymous with Glastonbury over the years. They have headlined the event twice before (in 1997 and 2003), with both sets considered to be all-time classic Glastonbury performances. They also performed a secret set at the festival’s Park Stage in 2011 when road testing the material from their album The King Of Limbs. Thom Yorke has even been known to pop up at the festival’s many smaller venues and cafes to perform DJ sets as well. The band clearly feel comfortable at Glastonbury, today’s performance promises to be a triumphant return after their last performance on the Pyramid Stage fourteen years ago.Thanks to BBC TV and BBC Radio, even those of us not in attendance will be able to enjoy the performance in real time. For those tuning in from the UK, you can watch live video of the show on BBC TV. For everyone else, you can listen to the audio stream of the concert via BBC Radio, beginning at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. You can catch the stream here. As the radio stream description explains: “Gideon Coe begins a summer of festival coverage with Radiohead live from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. This will be the band’s third time headlining Glastonbury, following historic stints in 1997 and 2003. Listeners will be able to experience all the excitement and build up to the set and reactions afterwards. There will also be live music from Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, Sleaford Mods and Angel Olson will be joining Gideon for a chat in the studio after her performance on the Park Stage earlier in the evening.”The performance also comes on the same day that the band releases their new box set OKNOTOK in honor of the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed album OK Computer. In addition to the remastered tracks from the original album, the special edition will also include three previously unreleased tracks—“I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War”—and eight B-sides.[h/t – Pitchfork]
moe. played their second-to-last show before the coming hiatus to an appreciative crowd of long time fans and fresh faces last night at the Huckleberry Jam Festival. While bassist Robert Derhak seeks treatment for a rare but highly survivable form of cancer, the band will take time off for the healing process. Idahoans have been looking forward to moe.’s return to their fair state, and even though the circumstances had a somber edge, they were more than pleased at the stellar performance they witnessed.Last week’s show in New York served as a celebration for the band’s oldest fan base while the Huckleberry Jam gave moe.rons from the further reaches of the nation to come by and wish Derhak well. In the end it was a chance get down with the band for the last time for the immediate future, and thanks to a stocked set list, there was something for everyone.moe. and Aqueous To Join Forces As “moe.queous” At Brooklyn Comes AliveFrom set one opener “Moth” on, the music never stopped. Before they managed to finish “Moth,” the band wandered musically from a spacey solo into the well-received opening strains of “Puebla.” The massive jam from guitarist Al Schnier in the back half of “Puebla” calmed slightly before picking up pace and morphing into a ripping take on the Chuck Garvey led “Annihilation Blues.”Check out some video posted by moe. of their run closing first set below:moe. only paused a moment at best before the psychedelic strains of “Silver Sun” wafted from Schnier’s guitar. Drummer Vinnie Amico displayed his usual depth and control–as no matter the pace needed, the timing was ever-perfect. The last note of “Silver Sun” morphed perfectly into a set closing pair of songs from Garvey, “Four>Akimbo,” a spirited, extended instrumental, improvised intro.Observant fans had noted the lack of Derhak-led pieces in the first set, which though disappointing is perfectly understandable in light of the medical issues he faces. Luckily for all in attendance, his playing hasn’t been affected at all and his vive was up to backing vocal duties and even a couple of leads.Second set opener “Recreational Chemistry” showcased the band at their most expressive. Derhak strummed, plucked and slapped his bass with a frenzied passion that has made him a force to be reckoned with over the last few decades. Percussionist Jim Loughlin delighted as always with his bag of tricks, including his ever sharpening mallet skills as they progressed into the nearly instrumental “Meat.”As the crowd joyfully digested the massive “Meat” they were given, moe. gracefully returned to the final strains of the show opener “Moth” to close the set. Again, with the hiatus looming, it was nice of them to provide a sense of musical closure to their adoring fans who will be counting the days until their beloved band returns to the stage.Here are some second set highlights from the band’s Facebook:One of the greatest messages in any of moe.’s songs comes in the Garvey-sung “Wind It Up,” and it served as the perfect first of the two song encore that closed the show. “As the crowd passionately joined in the sing-around-chorus “Be on my side, I’m on your side,” the message was abundantly clear. They were there to represent a nation of fans who want nothing more than the speedy return to full health from the man who has stood at the center of the stage for as long as moe. has made their magic.Taking the mic for moe.’s last song of the night, Rob Derhak used the moments before to thank the audience and quietly promise to be back “…sometime soon.” Guitarist Al Schnier thanked the festival for allowing them an extra half hour of stage time to thank the fans who traveled from all points to come and see their band off in style.As the last note rang out, Derhak again thanked the crowd and told them he loved them. Though he surely knows after these last weeks of massive outpourings of well wishes that his love is returned, magnified a thousand times over. Cancer is a scourge on all walks of life, and most of us have had someone we know and love affected by the disease’s many forms.I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Mr. Derhak over the years and I know him to be a man of layers. Under a sometimes thick skin is a heart of gold, but under that is someone who enjoys a good fight, a hard knock, and the satisfaction of rising up after taking a blow. That spirit should serve Derhak well in this fight, and on behalf of Live For Live Music, and the nation of moe.rons of who I am proudly a member, I wish him a speedy and full recovery.Get well sir…we will be waiting when you are ready to rock once again!.moe has one final performance at LOCKN’ with Phil Lesh before taking their hiatus.Listen to last night’s full show below, courtesy of mark r. smith:moe. | The Huckleberry Jam | 07-28-2017 | Donnelly, IDSet I: Moth>Puebla>Annihilation Blues, Silver Sun, Four> AkimboSet II: Recreational Chemistry>Meat>MothEncore: Wind It UpEncore II:Captain America[Cover photo by Paul Citone from previous show]
Watch “New Minglewood Blues,” thanks to LazyLightning55a:Watch John Mayer’s guitar solo for “Such A Night” below, courtesy of Dianna Hank:Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein!Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 10/13/17Set One (9:36PM – 11:30PM)Jam @ ->Greatest Story Ever Told # >CandymanFeel Like A Stranger $Loser % ->Crazy FingersCosmic Charlie (SM/JR) ^ ->Jam ->Althea &Set Two (11:36PM – 1:24AM)Jam * ->Here Comes Sunshine + ->New Minglewood Blues @@Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion >Jam ## ->Lazy Lightning $$ ->China Doll %% (TH) ->Marco Solo ->There is a Mountain ^^ ->I Know You RiderENC:Marco Solo ->Such A Night & ->Franklin’s Tower &@ – With The Wheel Teases (Band)# – With an Unknown Tease (MB) and The Wheel Teases (TH)$ – With a “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) Tease (either SM or TH)% – With a “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica) Tease (TH)^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead& – With John Mayer on Guitar* – With “Serpentine Fire (Earth, Wind & Fire) Teases & China Cat Teases (Band). With John Mayer on Guitar+ – With a Marco Solo that included a Cosmic Charlie Tease. With John Mayer on [email protected]@ – With a West LA Fadeaway Tease (MB). With John Mayer on Guitar## – With teases / jams of Uncle John’s, “Jolene” (American Babies), Ruben & Cerise, Playin in the Band & The Wheel if not more$$ – Not played by Almost Dead since 2016.02.14 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT, a gap of 57 shows%% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, with teases of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin), “Run Like Hell” (Pink Floyd) & something else that I can’t read from my notes :/^^ – Donovan cover, very short, just the ChorusJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 10/13/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images On the fifth night of “Fall Ball,” Joe Russo’s Almost Dead welcomed a familiar face to the stage, the one and only John Mayer. Almost exactly a year after their first-ever collaboration, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger welcomed the Dead & Company guitarist and vocalist to close the first set with an 18+ minute “Althea.” Appropriately, fans were giddy in shock and awe as the guitarists traded licks and smiles, but interestingly not vocals.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Busts Out Rare Radiohead Cover During A Wild Night 4 At Brooklyn BowlJohn Mayer returned to the stage for a scorching second set, joining the band in true jam fashion that eventually segued into “Here Comes Sunshine” and “New Minglewood Blues.” Watching the guest guitarist perform alongside the Grateful Dead reinventors brought true joy to those in attendance—as the band before the audience’s eyes is, by definition, a direct result of the music-loving souls in that very room. The Fall Ball is the Autumnal cousin of the annual Freak’s Ball, organized by the famous Freaks List of New York. The Almost Dead originally formed as a one-off band for the 2013 edition of the long-running Freaks Ball, and the band holds a special relationship with the group of fans who helped mold them. It’s only appropriate that the band still successfully exists, selling out show after show, welcoming an impressive roster of Grateful Dead, and company, members along the way—and that we get to celebrate the fact together at this semi-annual shindig.The second set continued in high gear, with the rebirth of “Lazy Lightning,” which had not been played by the Almost Dead since Valentines Day of 2016 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT. The quintet also debuted their version of “China Doll,” with teases of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter” and Pink Floyd‘s “Run Like Hell.” The second set closed with an enormous “I Know You Rider,” before the band and their special guest returned for another satisfying encore. After a beautiful piano solo from Marco, the band and Mayer delivered a soul-stirring version of Dr. John‘s “Such A Night” before closing Friday night with a huge “Franklin’s Tower.” While John Mayer’s sit-in was certainly appreciated, JRAD fans agree that the core five are best influenced by their own synergy. Part of what makes the band so special is their intention to launch songs with surprise twists and turns, and their ability to do that is severely limited by an “other” on the stage. Despite that fact, we’ll welcome John Mayer’s May-RAD any time—or at the very least, once a year.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns to the stage tonight for their sixth and final sold-out night of Fall Ball at the Brooklyn Bowl.Watch “Althea” below, courtesy of TimeZonerTV:Thanks to Moni Hampton, you can watch “Here Comes Sunshine” and “Franklin’s Tower” below:
On Saturday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their two-night run at Boston’s House Of Blues, marking the group’s final performances of 2017. Characteristic of the innovative Grateful Dead-inspired act, the final Boston show saw the group in proper form, offering up an energized mix of Dead tunes and other choice covers along with countless teases of other artists ranging across Michael Jackson (“Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”), Herbie Hancock (“Tell Me A Bedtime Story”), Steve Miller (“Fly Like An Eagle”), Rod Stewart (“Do You Think I’m Sexy”), Suzanne Vega (“Tom’s Diner”), John Coltrane (“Love Supreme”), Bobby Brown (“My Prerogative”), and more.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Full Audio Of LOCKN’ Set Featuring Bob Weir [Stream]Obviously a huge night for the band considering its placement as the group’s last shows of the year, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead managed to mix in a number of special songs into the setlist among tunes that more frequently see rotation during performances. After a show-opening cover of Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land”, the group hit a rousing rendition of “Shakedown Street” ahead of a jam built around John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. During this first set, the band also performed Jerry Garcia’s “Cats Under The Stars” for the third time ever and allowed Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz to team up for an extended duo section during “Viola Lee’s Blues”.During the second set of the night, the band offered up the majority of its high-profile and sometimes hilarious teases. From the set-opening slinky rendition of “Feel Like A Stranger”, the band worked in tastes of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and Suzanne Vega’s “Tom Diner” as well as a more traditional “Slipknot!” tease. From there, the band was off and sprinting toward the finish, with the second set also seeing a “flipped” version of “Eyes of the World”—the band started with the song’s ’73 ending played in the key of the song before it, “Dancing In The Streets”—as well as a rendition of “Standing On The Moon”, marking the first time the band has the 1989 Grateful Dead tune since October 2nd, 2015 at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City.“Viola Lee Blues” > “Cats Under The Stars”[Video: Brosef Wilson]“Standing On The Moon” > “Truckin’”[Video: monihampton]“Feel Like A Stranger”[Video: Jamey Klein]“Franklin’s Tower”[Video: Jamey Klein]You can check out the setlist for yourself below, plus stay tuned for announcements about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s highly anticipated performances in 2018!Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | House Of Blues | Boston, MA | 12/9/2017Set One: Promised Land > Shakedown Street @ -> Jam # -> The Other One $ > Viola Lee Blues % > Cats Under The Stars ^, One More Saturday NightSet Two: Feel Like A Stranger & -> Franklin’s Tower > Dancing In The Streets * > Eyes Of The World + -> Jam @@ -> Let It Grow ## > Standing On The Moon $$> Truckin’ -> Music Never Stopped Jam -> Truckin’ Reprise -> Born Cross Eyed JamEncore: GDTRFB %% > WBYGN (Instrumental)@ – Unfinished# – With a “Love Supreme” (John Coltrane) Tease (TH or SM)$ – With a Playin Tease (Band)% – With a Throwin Stones Tease (Band), a China Cat Tease (TH), a DD/MB Duo Jam, with TH on Drums, & a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease (MB)^ – With a “Walk Like An Egyptian” (The Bangles) tease (MB), a China Cat Tease (SM), a “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Tease (SM) & a “St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins) Tease (SM)& – With an Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin) Tease, a “Tom’s Diner” (Suzanne Vega) Tease (SM) and a Slipknot! Tease (Band)* – With a DD Bass Solo, “Tell Me A Bedtime Story” (Herbie Hancock) Jam (MB) & Eyes Teases (Band)+ – “Flipped” Version – Started with the “’73 Ending” Changes played in the key of Dancin’, and a DD Bass [email protected]@ – With a “Fly Like An Eagle” (Steve Miller) Tease (MB)## – With an “Amazing Grace” (Traditional) Tease (TH), an “If You Think I’m Sexy” (Rod Stewart) // “My Prerogative” (Bobby Brown) Jam that included audience vocals, and a Slipknot! Tease (Band)$$ – Not played since Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, 2015-10-2, a gap of 88 shows%% – With a Not Fade Away Tease (Band)[Photo: Rob Chapman]
Garrett Dutton aka “G.Love” of G. Love & Special Sauce has announced the inaugural Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival coinciding in celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary. The one-day event is scheduled for September 15th, 2018, and will take place along the beautiful shores of Nauset Beach in the town of Orleans, MA. Headliners G. Love & Special Sauce will be joined by singer-songwriter Citizen Cope, soulful Hawaiian outfit Ron Artis II and The Truth, and Boston Funk Ambassadors Ripe.Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival is a celebration of family, live music, community, and the natural environment of Cape Cod. This 10-mile stretch of sandy beach offers swimming and fishing, plus surfing in non-protected areas. Dutton explains that “Orleans, Massachusetts has been our home for seven years now and we have fallen completely in love with the town, the people, and the beautiful pristine nature which surrounds the Cape. From surfing to paddle boarding, fishing and bird watching, hiking, biking, eating, drinking–the Cape has it all.”The event, curated by Dutton, features bands and performers that have personally resonated with him musically. The festival is about “bringing to the stage a musical family that we have been cultivating for 25 years strong,” he says. Local Orleans resident Mike McNamara, owner and co-founder of The Hog Island Beer Co, has been an essential proponent of the Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival. As the exclusive beer provider for the festival, Hog Island Beer Co will create a beer garden for guests to sip craft beers and enjoy the event’s natural beauty. See what’s on tap here.For more information on the Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival or to purchase tickets, head here.
The Disco Biscuits have announced their plans for the approaching New Year. On December 28th through 31st, the jamtronica pioneers will return “home” for a four-night run at the Fillmore Philadelphia.Last year, The Disco Biscuits celebrated New Year’s Eve at New York City’s PlayStation Theater following the previous year’s move to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. Having only opened in October of 2015, The Fillmore Philadelphia is quickly becoming a favorite of the 23-year-old band and is the home to some of their greatest jams. In April, the venue even honored the band with a banner at the end of a three-night 4/20 run, celebrating the fact that they’ve played the venue the most out of any other act, with nine plays under their belt.Four-day passes are available via the run’s pre-sale, which starts today, and will also be available during the general on sale, which starts this Friday. Single day tickets will also be available starting Friday. For more information, head to the band’s website.To celebrate their return, The Disco Biscuits put together a ridiculous “holiday gift box” for the most hardcore fans: the four-day pass holders!THE “BECAUSE YOU’RE HARDCORE” GIFT BOX INCLUDES:• Entry to a late afternoon, pre-doors set of pure, unadulterated, balls to the wall improv from The Disco Biscuits — exclusively for 4-day ticket holders on Saturday, December 29 (That’s right, an extra set of music, because you’re hardcore!)• A limited edition, Disco Biscuits New Year’s Run winter hat — 4 nights in Philly over New Year’s week? You’re gonna need a winter hat with this 4-day pass. It’s on us.• “Appy Hour” with the Biscuits: appetizers on us, and cash bar, during the exclusive improv set. That’s right, we are gonna feed your mind AND feed your belly! Perhaps the guys will feel like joining you for some delicious grub as well.• Free audio streams for each of the four shows on the Nugs.net app…all four nights at your fingertips!• Expedited entry through a separate dedicated lane, solely for 4-day pass holders!The BiscoTix request period is now open through Wednesday at 5 p.m. (ET) right here.
Phish‘s annual end-of-summer trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in one of the highlights of the Colorado summer. Each year, thousands of fans flock to Colorado’s front range for Memorial Day Weekend, taking over the Broomfield, Colorado soccer stadium for the three shows—this year, Phish’s tour-closing summer run spans from August 31st to September 2nd. With Dick’s Sporting Good Park located in Broomfield, fans in Denver often opt to take party buses to the show. One fan-favorite bus service is J2G Live, which offers prompt buses to and from the Phish shows (tickets available here) in addition to a number of special benefits for riders.J2G Live will run their Destination Dick’s Phish party buses for the seventh year in a row, treating fans to an all-inclusive experience. Particularly great for out-of-towners, J2G Live’s round-trip coach buses pick up and drop off at the beloved venue, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, a staple of the Denver music scene that regularly hosts Red Rocks and Phish Dick’s afterparties. Music fans can head over to Cervantes’ at 3 p.m., where they’ll enjoy free food before the ride. Each ticket also includes special discounts for bus riders at the nearby dispensary, Denver Kush Club, such as buy-one-get-one deals, penny joints with purchase, and more.J2G Live’s buses leave exactly at 5 pm, giving fans plenty of time on the lot before the show to enjoy free beer and water from Boulder Beer Company. Beer and water will also be available for riders following Phish’s performance until 30 minutes after the show is over when the buses return to Cervantes. In addition, if Cervantes’ is hosting any late-night shows, riders receive discounted or even free entry to the late-night party, depending on the show. One confirmed show that riders will have discounted access to is Cycles, an up-and-coming jam band out Colorado who will perform an after-show on Friday, August 31st. J2G Live also offers a VIP package for riders, which includes an upgraded ride on a limo bus with an open bar.As J2G Live co-founder, Gary Mellini, shared about the upcoming Phish Dick’s run,Dick’s is the best weekend of the year. I’ve been a Phish fan for over 20 years now, and I know how big a pain it can be getting to and from the shows, especially if you are traveling out of town or have a big crew of people. Our philosophy has always been to offer the kind of service we’d expect if we were going to a show, so we make it as easy as possible for our riders. Basically, buy your ticket, show up on time, and we will handle the rest. To be able to help make so many fans’ experiences a little easier means a lot and to do it while seeing our favorite band together always makes for an amazing weekend. We are lucky we get to do it in our backyard every year.This year, J2G Live is also offering fans a chance to win a three-day pass to Phish’s Dick’s run. Winners will also receive two three-day general admission bus passes to get to and from the show. To enter, head to J2G Live’s Facebook contest here. In order to enter, guess the opener to the next show in the comments and tag two of your friends. Every night that Phish plays a show between now and the last night of the band’s highly anticipated Curveball festival is a chance to enter, with participants permitted to enter once per show. The company will select and notify its winner of the free three-day Phish Dick’s pass and bus rides the week after Curveball.Both single-day and three-day passes for general admission and VIP bus rides are currently available. To purchase yours, head here. For more information about J2G Live’s party bus packages or for their contest to win a 3-day pass to Phish Dick’s, head to J2G Live’s website or email [email protected]
On Saturday night, the funk gurus of Lettuce performed their second and final set at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Following up their Thursday night performance, which saw them and Thursday’s headliners, Umphrey’s McGee, offer up one of the most buzzed-about transitions of the weekend, for their late-night Saturday set, Lettuce played a late-night tribute to Jerry Garcia Band with a truly all-star cast. In addition to former Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno, the funk act also welcomed out a number of special guests, including members of Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more.You can watch the first few songs from this already-legendary set below. To open up the show, Lettuce kicked off the JGB celebration at the Relix Stage with the instrumental “Finders Keepers”, an instrumental tune written by Merl Saunders that was frequently recorded and performed by Saunders and Jerry Garcia, followed up by a take on Smokey Robinson‘s “I Second That Emotion”, led by keyboardist Nigel Hall. For their first guests of the night, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge (who was celebrating his birthday) and Tedeschi Trucks Band keyboardist (and Oteil’s brother) Kofi Burbridge and vocalists Alecia Chakour (who formerly sang with Lettuce) and Mark Rivers joined the set for a dub-heavy rendition of Peter Tosh‘s “Stop That Train”. Opening and closing with Oteil scatting, eventually, Eric Krasno took the lead vocals on the song, highlighting his vocal abilities, which he began showing off on his debut solo album, Blood From Stone.You can also listen to the full performance below, courtesy of Randy Bayers and Funk It, which saw Lettuce also welcome out Bob Weir and John Mayer, and some unexpected lead vocals from Adam Smirnoff, Benny Bloom, and Jesus Coomes. Enjoy![Video: Nick Kosot/Relix][Audio: Randy Bayers and Funk It]Setlist: Lettuce with Eric Krasno | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018Set: Finders Keepers, I Second That Emotion, Stop That Train$*+, After Midnight*#, Sugaree*#%, Tangled Up In Blue*#%, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#%, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)*#%, Cats Under The Stars*#, They Love Each Other*#$ with bassist Oteil Burbridge | + keyboardist Kofi Burbridge | * vocalist Alecia Chakour and vocalist Mark Rivers | # with John Mayer | % with Bob Weir