It’s been ten years since Matisyahu wrote the lyrics, “Young man the power’s in your hands, throw your fists on the table, and make your demands,” on the title track of his Grammy nominated record Youth. What does the 36 year old who’s been on the road for the better part of a decade see in the 26 year old who was just starting to evolve and mature both musically and spiritually? For Matisyahu, it’s been less about maintaining outward demands, and more of a focused wandering that has brought the singer/songwriter out into the wilderness both in terms of musical exploration and inward change. It’s a journey that, in both a metaphorical and literal sense, has brought the musician home with a more developed sense of what his music and the scene around his music has meant.Watch the mini doc below filmed earlier this month during the ten-year anniversary show for ‘Youth’ at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Matisyahu discusses being back in New York with his three sons after years in LA, having his core players back in the band after a decade of developing his style in a number of other formats, returning to his love of improvisational music, and what it means to be playing a “home-town” show a decade after starting the journey.
Yesterday, we had the delightful opportunity to share some exciting news about beloved jamgrass band Greensky Bluegrass, as the group performed at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA for a Bernie Sanders rally. The gig came just a few hours before their headlining set at The Showbox, a popular spot for touring artists in the Northwestern city.Fortunately, we have video footage from Greensky’s performance. The group opened up with their classic tune “Windshield,” and worked in “Workin On A Building” and “Lose My Way,” before playing the ever-appropriate song, “Burn Them.” The band was clearly in awe of the whole situation, playing in front of so many people for a cause in which they believe.After the original songs, the band welcomed out John Popper for a collaboration. With Popper, the group played two Blues Traveler songs, “Run Around” and “Hook,” before leaving the stage to let Popper perform the “Star Spangled Banner” as the show’s finale. Popper would later appear with them at The Showbox, playing “Mr. Charlie” and “Hook” at the evening concert. Skerik also made an appearance at the Showbox (setlist below).You can watch some of the band’s performance at the rally, via LIVE SATELLITE NEWS, below:Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Safeco Field, Seattle, WA – 3/25/16Windshield, Workin On A Building, Lose my Way, Burn Them, Run Around*, Hook*, Star Spangled Banner^* – w/ John Popper^ – John Popper soloSetlist: Greensky Bluegrass at The Showbox, Seattle, WA – 3/25/16Set 1: We’re an American Band, Burn Them, Rafters, Old Barns, Mr Charlie*, Hook*, Breadbox, Great Atomic Power, KeroseneSet 2: Just to Lie **, Tarpology ** > Gumboots ** > Tarpology **, I’d Probably Kill You **, Demons **, Down the Road, 33443 > Wings for Wheels, Leap YearEncore: After Midnight****-w/ John Popper** – w/Skerik (sax)*** – w/ Keith Kinnear tambourine shake[Setlists via Camp Greensky]
Last night, Bob Weir hosted a simulcast event at his TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA, with music performed by Slightly Stoopid throughout the night. Among the many highlights from the live webcast was a reggae-influenced cover of “Purple Rain,” with Weir joining the band on guitar.Thanks to the band, we can share a two-minute segment from the performance below. Watch Weir and Stoopid take on this classic tune in memory of Prince:They also played “Franklin’s Tower,” a classic from the Grateful Dead catalog. Dig it below:The full live show is rebroadcasting on Qello Concerts until 10:30 pm ET tonight! Tune in here.Warren Haynes Makes Surprise Appearance With Nigel Hall To Kick Off Jazz Fest Season [Watch]The band’s manager, Jon Phillips, shared some reflections from the performance:We all woke up to shock and dismay on Thursday morning, as The Purple One had left the building. We were eating breakfast in the hotel nearby Bobby’s TRI studio, and everyone was recounting the incomparable effect Prince had as an artist. Some of us were kicking around the idea of perhaps what kind of a Prince song we could play later that night. Then my phone rings and its Weir’s manager, who tells me that Bobby wants to know if the guys (Stoopid) know any Prince in their repertoire. So the idea took a more serious turn, and, although Slightly Stoopid had never covered Prince in their 20 year career, this was a moment in time to seize and pay respect to perhaps the greatest living artist of our modern times. It didn’t hurt that Karl Denson (current saxophone player for the Rolling Stones and frequent Slightly Stoopid contributor since 2010) had recently been performing some Prince cover sets in 2015 and was familiar with a grip of material. We also had the good fortune of Angelo Moore of FISHBONE slated as one of the special guests for the webcast, as Angelo might be one of the greatest front men and vocalists since FISHBONE hit the scene.It really was special. The band met early, around 4:20 at TRI, to link with planned guests and Weir and to work up “Purple Rain”. Angelo took lead vocals. Denson took a gut wrenching sax solo and Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle MacDonald (bass), Miles Doughty (Guitar), and Ryan Moran (drums) held down a solid reggae styled rhythmic spin on the Prince classic. It honestly made most people, including myself, cry during rehearsal. RIP Prince.
New Orleans Jazz Fest weekend one is underway! The longstanding music and cultural festival carried on through day two yesterday, boasting hundreds of local and national acts of many styles across twelve stages and tents.Gov’t Mule Covers Prince, Welcomes Grace Potter During Jazz Fest Opening DayThe day opened bright and early with a soulful set from Nigel Hall on the Acura (main) Stage. Nearby, Johnny Sansone rocked out in the Blues Tent. Fans continued to flock in as Leo Nocentelli took the main stage, joined by special guests Bernie Worrell of P-Funk and American Idol finalist Elise Testone. Elise will appear in Thankful for Amy: An All-Star Tribute to Amy Winehouse this Tuesday at the Howlin Wolf. The incredible Bill Dickens also made an appearance on electric bass guitar, along with Galactic’s Stanton Moore on drums and Skerik on sax. Fans were honored to be in the presence of so many funk OGs and newer sensations on one stage.The day carried on with a rockin’ set from Anders Osborne, who will also appear at the NOLA Crawfish Festival this week. Anders shredded on the Acura stage and got down and dirty with his top-notch band. Simultaneously, Big Sam’s Funky Nation brought an upbeat, funk-fueled dance party to the festival on the Gentilly Stage.New Orleans staple Galactic was up next on the main stage to bring the funk to their hometown. They were joined by past bandmember Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet for a spectacular performance.NOLA-born rapper Mystikal was up next on the Congo Square Stage. The NOLA-born rapper brought funky hip-hop vibes to the fest, making sure everyone was on their feet and getting the funk down.Pearl Jam closed out the festival on the main stage, bringing a fiery performance to the crowd of tens of thousands. The band concluded with an epic encore consisting of a cover of The Who’s “The Real Me” with a horn section featuring Skerik, followed by Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer. Watch fan-shot footage of the latter below, via Space City Shows 2.Across the grounds, Van Morrison rocked the Gentilly stage for the final hours of the first Saturday of the fest. Fittingly, he weaved Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” into his set, amongst his many classics.Simultaneously, soulful crooner Maxwell did his thing over on the Congo Square Stage with a passionate set. While he didn’t cover any Prince, the singer acknowledged the recently deceased icon, declaring, “The feeling of love through music is going to explode because Prince left so much behind for all of us. All together now, can we say, ‘We love you, Prince!”Jazz Fest carries on today with sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Better Than Ezra, Rhiannon Giddens, J. Cole, and many more. Stay tuned to L4LM for continued Jazz Fest coverage!Take a look at some photographic highlights from Jazz Fest day two by Marc Millman. Load remaining images
Dead & Company played two outstanding shows at Citi Field this past weekend. With special guest Donna Jean Godchaux by their side, the band worked through an epic Saturday night performance that saw the band play beloved songs like “Shakedown Street”, “Althea”, and “Dark Star”, and returned for a rockin’ second night that featured “Help On The Way” -> “Slipknot!”, “Bertha”, and “Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad”, which featured bass player Oteil Burbridge on lead vocals (even if only for one verse) for the first time with Dead & Company.Burbridge is having an excellent time in Dead & Company, in general. His ultimate positive energy has been a joyous thing to watch, and with each show he seems to slide more and more into a comfortable, jam-leading role for the band. You can find him smiling wide during almost every song, and his new lightning bolt hairdo and new-found love for the Grateful Dead universe were on full display at Citi Field this past weekend.Oteil loved the shows so much, he has actually released a few videos of Sunday’s performance from his own personal stash. With a camera set up side stage, just next to his usual stage right stomping grounds, Oteil recorded and published three videos on his youtube channel that gives the viewer a new perspective on Dead & Company’s supreme musical communication. Originally reported by JamBase, these three videos show a band that is fluently speaking it’s own language, especially in the knowing glances between Oteil and John Mayer, who has shared in Burbridge’s ridiculously positive on-stage energy.Check out the videos of “St. Stephen”, “Bertha”, and “Black Throated Wind” below, and witness a close-up of the the high-energy, positive-vibed playing that makes Dead & Company so unique.“St. Stephen”“Bertha”“Black Throated Wind”
Vulfpeck didn’t fly all the way to Colorado just to play Red Rocks Amphitheatre with The Motet and Medeski, Martin, and Wood – though most bands would be totally satisfied doing just that. But no, the funk quartet announced from the stage this evening that they will be performing a very special surprise show tomorrow at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, with special guest and frequent collaborator Antwaun Stanley and Analog Son.The doors for the all-ages surprise show will open at 8:30PM, with a hard show time of 9:00PM. Tickets are currently on-sale right here. Don’t miss out!For good times, enjoy this video of Vulfpeck performing Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” with Antwaun Stanley and Cory Henry:
Load remaining images Last night, Ween kicked off a three-night run in California with a one-off performance at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA. What followed was a fantastic arrangement of classic Ween tunes, opening with the fan-favorite “Pork Roll Egg and Cheese” before bringing out classics like “The Golden Eel” and “Mutilated Lips.”The show interestingly featured – a rare event for Ween these days – as the band launched into Motörhead’s “Ace Of Spades.” Though Motörhead was founded in England, Lemmy Kilmister had lived in Los Angeles from 1990 until his death in 2015. No doubt the song was played in tribute to him.The remainder of the set featured tons of Ween classics, like “The HIV Song,” “Buckingham Green,” “Bananas and Blow” and an encore that ended with “Transdermal Celebration” and “The Mollusk.” You can check out the full setlist below, as well as a full gallery by Steve Rose Photography.Setlist: Ween at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA – 10/13/16Set: Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, The Golden Eel, Mutilated Lips, Exactly Where I’m At, Push th’ Little Daisies, Big Jilm, Ooh Va Lah, Ace Of Spades, I Can’t Put My Finger On It, Woman and Man, The Stallion Pt. 1, Japanese Cowboy, Papa Zit, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, The HIV Song, Buckingham Green, Your Party, Bananas And Blow, A Tear For Eddie, She Fucks Me, Stroker Ace, Gabrielle, You Fucked Up, I’ll Miss You, Captain Fantasy, Don’t Get Too Close (2 My Fantasy)Encore: Fiesta, Touch My Tooter, Transdermal Celebration, The Mollusk
It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means: a fresh SBD from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead! This week’s “Taper Tuesday,” the 27th installation in the series, brings us the beachside sounds of the band’s 12/4/16 set at Dominican Holidaze.Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits & Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Close Out Dominican Holidaze In Style [Recap]On the final day of the four-day destination event in Punta Cana, fans were treated to two full sets as well as an extended public soundcheck. Thanks to taper Peter Costello and archive.org user Eric McRoberts, you can listen to the soundcheck and the full show below:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/4/16Public Soundcheck: Jam %% ->Vampire Blues (JR) ->King Solomon’s Marbles ->Jam ->New Speedway, Boogie @ (TH) ->Music Never Stopped @ (SM), Uncle John’s Band (All)Set I: Scarlet Begonias # (TH) ->Cassidy $ (SM) ->Fire on the Mountain % (TH) ->St Stephen (All) ->Alligator ^ (SM) ->St Stephen Reprise (All) ->The Eleven (TH & JR) ->Deal (TH) ->Scarlet Begonias Reprise &Set II: Dancing In The Streets *(SM) ->Eyes Of The World (TH) ->Throwing Stones (SM) ->Cumberland Blues + (All) ->Throwing Stones Reprise (SM) ->Ramble On Rose (TH), Truckin (SM) ->Born Cross Eyed JamE: Shakedown Street ** (TH)%% – Song name [email protected] – Both unfinished. NSB was just 2 verses & MNS lacked the jam at the end# – With Cassidy Teases (TH)$ – With Rubin & Cherise Teases (MB)% – With Rubin & Cherise Teases and Cassidy Teases (TH & band)^ – Unfinished& – First Time Played by Almost Dead* – With an unknown tease (MB)+ – With a “Duo Jam”** – With “Serpentine Fire” (Earth Wind & Fire) teases (MB & TH)Don’t miss Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise, March 31st & April 1st in St. Augustine, FL. The band will perform alongside Lettuce, The Floozies, The Motet, a special “Manic Science” set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, and Organ Freeman as well as Artists-at-Large Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley. Head here for more information.
What would Tuesday be without the word Taper in front of it? For the 30th edition of their Taper Tuesday series, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared a gem of a performance from earlier this year, at the Sunshine Music Festival. The recording comes from day one of the festival, held in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, FL, and captures the band nailing a number of Grateful Dead classics on January 14th, 2017.The show starts off with a heady jam into “Reuben & Cherise,” before settling in on classics like “Eyes Of The World” and “(Turn On Your) Lovelight,” the latter of which features vocalist Alecia Chakour. They keep the blues coming with “Alligator” and “Cumberland Blues,” before breaking out into a bawdy “Shakedown Street.” From there, it’s “Greatest Story Ever Told,” which heads into an improvisational segment and comes back to close out the set with a rollicking “One More Saturday Night.”Check out the full audio shared by the band, streaming below, with a special thanks to taper Eric McRoberts.Setlist notes:@ – With a “Duo Jam”, a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease (MB) & Ruben & Cherise Teases/Jam (TH & Band)# – Contained elements of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin) from MB & One More Saturday Night (TH)Like seeing Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on the beach? Don’t miss their upcoming performance at the Fool’s Paradise event on March 31st and April 1st in St. Augustine, FL, with special guest keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will join hosts Lettuce and bands like The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.[Photo by Sam Shinault / Joy Theater in New Orleans]
The 2017 annual Lollapalooza is going down in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3-6. This year’s lineup is absolutely enormous, including Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, The XX, Lorde, Blink-182, DJ Snake, and Justice in the headlining slots. The talent continues with Alt-J, Run The Jewels, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, The Head and the Heart, Foster the People, The Shins, Spoon, Gramatik, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Banks, Little Dragon, Grouplove, Mac Demarco, Car Seat Hearest, Paper Diamond, and so, so many more.Check out the full lineup in the poster below:For more information about ticketing, head here.