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Fresh off of their Fu & Phriends show with members of Phish, String Cheese Incident, Dead & Company and more, the ever-funky Kung Fu returned to their hometown for a performance at The Warehouse in Fairfield, CT. In the wake of Prince’s death, Kung Fu not only revived one of their many tribute songs played in honor of him, but welcomed guest vocalist Hayley Jane for the moment.Watch, as Kung Fu and Hayley Jane perform a powerful rendition of “Raspberry Beret.”Another highlight from the night included a special sit-in from 14-year-old Rebecca Webster, drummer Adrian Tramontano‘s student and winner of the national “Hit Like A Girl” contest. Watch, as she rips though “Do The Right Thing” below:Kung Fu @ The Warehouse 4/22/16:Set: Gung Ho > Daddy D, Vroom, Speedbump, Dancing Days (w/ Haley), Get Down, Hollywood, Do The Right Thing (w/ Rebecca), Oh Shit > Samurai, Raspberry Beret (Haley)E: S’all Good, Joyride
For their 17th show at the famed Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, the Dave Matthews Band pulled out all the stops. Now a few shows into their extensive summer tour, DMB has played a “bust out” on nearly every stop, bringing out tour debuts and long-lost gems on the regular. The band also started their tour with three new song debuts, “Bismarck,” “Samurai Cop,” and “Bob Law,” and have kept the tunes in tight rotation for all their fans to enjoy.The band started their show with the classic tune “Crash Into Me,” played as an opener for the first time since 3/24/07. The set featured five total tour debuts: “Proudest Monkey,” “Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd,” So Damn Lucky,” “Pig,” “Drive In Drive Out,” and “Everyday.” With so many great songs brought out for the show, and a monster run of “So Much To Say” > “Anyone Seen The Bridge” > “Too Much [fake]” > “Tripping Billies” > “Warehouse” for the encore, it was truly a masterful performance from Dave Matthews.Watch fan-shot video highlights below, courtesy of Chris Jordan.Proudest MonkeyMinaretsStolen Away On 55th & 3rdPigAnts MarchingThe full setlist can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
It would be another few years before The Band officially formed, as a number of lineup changes and Dylan’s retraction from the public eye forced his backing musicians to regroup. When they released Music From The Big Pink in 1968, The Band became an overnight sensation. They would go on to release 10 albums in their career, but perhaps none of their work is more recognizable than their final performance, The Last Waltz.With guest appearances from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Paul Butterfield and more, The Last Waltz would be the final performance from the original configuration of the Band. Helm maintained an active musical career throughout his entire life thereafter, even winning a couple of Grammy awards in the 2000’s for work on his solo and live albums.With Levon Helm on our mind, we hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy some pristine footage from The Band’s The Last Waltz, below:Setlist:0:00:00 – Introduction / Up on Cripple Creek0:05:54 – Shape I’m In0:10:15 – It Makes No Difference0:17:28 – Life Is A Carnival0:22:50 – This Wheel’s On Fire0:27:24 – The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show0:31:18 – Georgia On My Mind0:35:02 – Ophelia0:39:15 – King Harvest (Has Surely Come)0:43:24 – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down0:48:13 – Rag Mama Rag0:52:33 – Introduction / Who Do You Love (with Ronnie Hawkins)0:57:47 – Such A Night (with Dr. John)1:03:01 – Down South in New Orleans (with Dr. John)1:06:34 – Mystery Train (with Paul Butterfield)1:13:29 – Caledonia (with Muddy Waters)1:21:20 – Mannish Boy (with Muddy Waters)1:28:00 – All Our Past Times (with Eric Clapton)1:33:35 – Further On Up The Road (with Eric Clapton)1:39:10 – Helpless (with Neil Young)1:46:00 – Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young)1:50:24 – Coyote (with Joni Mitchell)1:57:01 – Shadows And Light (with Joni Mitchell)2:02:36 – Furry Sings The Blues (with Joni Mitchell)2:07:46 – Dry Your Eyes (with Neil Diamond)2:12:08 – Tura Lura Lural (with Van Morrison)2:16:13 – Caravan (with Van Morrison)2:22:05 – Acadian Driftwood (with Joni Mitchell and Neil Young)2:29:18 – Poem (Emmett Grogan)2:30:19 – Poem (Hell’s Angel Sweet William)2:34:05 – JOY! (Lenore Kandel)2:35:27 – Prologue to The Canterbury Tales (Michael McClure)2:36:55 – Get Yer Cut Throat Off My Knife / Revolutionary Letter #4 (Diane DiPrima)2:39:51 – Transgressing The Real (Robert Duncan)2:41:44 – Poem (Freewheelin Frank Reynolds)2:42:55 – The Lord’s Prayer (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)2:44:05 – Genetic Method2:51:04 – Chest Fever2:56:28 – The Last Waltz Suite: Evangeline3:02:30 – The Weight3:07:23 – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (with Bob Dylan)3:10:36 – Hazel (with Bob Dylan)3:14:32 – I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (with Bob Dylan)3:19:29 – Forever Young (with Bob Dylan)3:25:09 – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) (with Bob Dylan)3:28:35 – Everyone Comes Onstage3:31:41 – I Shall Be Released (with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr & Ron Wood)3:36:27 – Instrumental Jam 1 (The Band with friends)3:47:50 – Instrumental Jam 2 (The Band with friends)4:05:49 – Don’t Do It4:12:51 – Bill Graham OutroPersonnel:The Band:Rick Danko – bass, fiddle, vocals / Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, vocals / Garth Hudson – organ, piano, accordion, synthesizers, soprano saxophone, violin / Richard Manuel – piano, organ, drums, clavinet, dobro, vocals / Robbie Robertson – guitar, piano, vocalsHorn Section:Richard Cooper – trumpet, flugelhorn / James Gordon – flute, tenor saxophone, clarinet / Jerry Hay – trumpet, flugelhorn / Howard Johnson – tuba, baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, bass clarinet / Charlie Keagle – clarinet, flute, saxophone / Tom Malone – trombone, euphonium, alto flute[Video/Setlist courtesy of The Band On MV/YouTube] One of the most iconic vocalists to ever grace the stage, Levon Helm was a driving force behind some of The Band’s greatest music. On what would have been Helm’s 76th birthday, we wanted to take a moment and celebrate the great drummer’s life.Helm was inspired by bluegrass legend Bill Monroe to become a musician at the age of six, and his family fortunately supported that decision. He would join Ronnie Hawkins’ backing band in the late 1950s at the age of 18, splitting time between performances and high school. By bringing in folks like Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and more, Helm’s musical universe greatly expanded. When Bob Dylan asked the band to back him, his universe expanded even wider.
Saturday, June 4th A full gallery of images can be seen below, courtesy of Patrick Hughes. Friday, June 3rd Mountain Jam Festival returned to its rightful home on Hunter Mountain, NY last weekend, bringing an esteemed lineup of performers like Wilco, Beck, Gov’t Mule and more to the mountain. With Warren Haynes on hand to lend his guitar-slinging talents to a number of bands and sets throughout the weekend, including Umphrey’s McGee, Marco Benevento’s David Bowie tribute and more, there was no shortage of incredible music.This year’s festival saw performances from Courtney Barnett, Thievery Corporation, Jason Isbell, Michael Franti + Spearhead, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lettuce, Turkuaz, The London Souls, Cabinet, Ballroom Thieves and so many more! Fortunately, photographer Patrick Hughes (aka Faces of Festivals) was on hand to capture the magic. Check out his images below.Thursday, June 2nd Sunday, June 5th Load remaining images
August 1st is certainly a cause for celebration in the jam world, as the day marks the birthday of guitarist Jerry Garcia. While Garcia has not physically been with us for over 20 years, his presence and influence is still strongly felt at any show in the scene.Among those shows is a performance dating back to 2001, when The String Cheese Incident performed at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. As California is the Dead’s home state, it’s no surprise that SCI found a moment in their set to honor the late legend. The band wound up debuting a cover of “Eyes of the World,” a Dead song famously written by Garcia. It’s a beautiful concert moment from the ever-talented musicians of String Cheese.Listen to the full audio from this 8/1/01 performance, courtesy of Brian Cole/Archive.org.You can also enter to win tickets to this band’s exciting upcoming performances at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre in the contest below![Photo by Daniel Ojeda, taken in 2015 and not 2001]
“For those of you who don’t know me, I go by the alias Defunk. I’m born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and proudly Canadian. I began to teach myself the basics of bass and acoustic guitar when I was around 16 and ever since have had a burning desire for writing music. Through various bands and musical projects, I eventually found myself writing and composing electronic music while bringing in some of the influences I had gained throughout my childhood and high school years. From my humble beginnings, this little Canadian has trekked around the world playing small tours in England, Australia, festivals in Costa Rica, large amphitheaters in the United States and magical festivals around North America. I’ve met so many amazing people along the way and had my music shared and played by some of my biggest inspirations. I gave up great stability to pursue the musician life for years on end because it was the only thing I could imagine myself doing.”As Defunk continues to garner an international fanbase, the time has come for him to create a new album. Titled Stepping Out Part II, Defunk has launched a new Indiegogo campaign to support the new release, as well as a very important cause. Proceeds from the campaign will go to The Little Giant Acorn Foundation, set up in honor of the late Nick Pumpkin Alvarado.To get the fans excited, Defunk has released the very first track from Stepping Out Part II. Listen to the new single, “Electric Body”, streaming below.Defunk guides us through the new Indiegogo campaign:“Donations will be used to buy proper studio equipment, pay for the costs involved with Stepping Out Part II, purchase better live instruments, and invest in a touring stage production. Lastly but not least, part of the donations raised will also be going to a charity to help kids pursue a life in music!Not only are you helping my vision of the future live experience, but the money also helps to cover the cost of this release, Stepping Out PT II. All of these things will be made possible with your help, and the more you donate, the more you will get as a thank you!Finally, I’ve made it a priority to take some of the money raised to give back to a charity involved with providing music education to kids and those eager to learn. As a musician going on 14 years, I believe that music has changed and pushed me as a person in a multitude of ways, and I would really like to start giving back to help others pursue their dreams. The Little Giant Acorn Foundation memorial fund has been established to help children who want to pursue a career in music or performing arts that otherwise couldn’t afford to. It was started in honor of Nick “Pumpkin” Alvarado, and while he is sadly no longer with us, his spirit lives on through his music and the thousands of people he touched over the years. Part of this donation campaign will therefore ensure Nick’s spirit continues to shine bright while also helping to inspire the next generation of little acorns.”Donate here, and be sure to follow Defunk for all updates on Stepping Out Part II.
The undeniable funk force that is Lettuce will be making their way up to Port Chester, NY’s famed rock palace, The Capitol Theatre, on Sunday, February 19th for what ‘sounds like a party’ that will keep the weekend vibe going strong. With the recent release of their Mt. Crushmore EP (stream the album in full here), the group has some fresh beats to go along with their old-school tracks, as they continue to redefine their own sound, as well as that of the funk genre as a whole.Their genre-bending sound incorporates the best of hip-hop and psychedelia, while always keeping heads bobbing with their uptempo, classic-funk grooves. Lettuce is most certainly the sum of its unbelievably talented individual parts, as drummer Adam Deitch, bassist Jesus Coomes, guitarists Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, The Shady Horns’ Ryan Zoids and Eric “Benny” Bloom, keyboardist Neal Evans, and the soulful singing of Nigel Hall, make up one of the most respected squad of musicians in the game today.For a band that has been together for over 20 years, every show sounds fresher than the last! Tickets for Lettuce’s headlining show at The Cap are currently on sale, and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, check out the Facebook Event page.[Filmed by C.J. Strehlow & Colin Anders. Edited by C.J. Strehlow.]For fans of Lettuce, you can catch them at their 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise, March 31 & April 1 in St. Augustine, FL, alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. Head here for more information.Enter to win a Valentine’s Weekend with Lettuce including a hotel room, fine dining for two, and tickets to 2/19!
Last night, Soulive continued their “Bowlive” residency with help from young guitar master Marcus King, NOLA royalty George Porter Jr. of The Meters, and Lettuce’s Shady Horns (Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis) for the penultimate night of the 8-show run at Brooklyn Bowl. Once again, Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans showed why they are one of the most highly sought-after live acts around, meshing with their guests of the day and delivering a performance that exuded the southern, down-home vibe for which both Porter and King are known. Friday night’s iteration of Soulive felt like a rehearsed, experienced unit–not just a one-off “special guests” lineup–speaking to the truly impressive stage presence, musical ability, and collaborative instinct of each of the talented musicians onstage, from the young King (who had made a surprise appearance with the band the previous night) to the seasoned Porter and everyone in between.The two-set performance featured an electrifying mix of material from the Soulive catalogue, originals from both The Marcus King Band and The Meters’ repertoire (led by King and Porter, respectively) and a slew of high energy covers. As the horns, the young guitarist, and the legendary bassist rotated onstage, the band played through rousing renditions of “Rita Is Gone” (King), “Ain’t No Use,” “Keep On Knockin’,” “Just Kissed My Baby” (Meters) and more. The segments of each guests’ original music were separated (and emphatically punctuated) by crowd-pleasing covers like the raging King-led performance of the Allman Brothers Band‘s classic jam vehicle “Whipping Post” and the Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree,” which saw Krasno, King, and Porter each take lead vocals for a verse.You can watch crowd-shot footage of Soulive and Marcus King’s ripping “Whipping Post,” “Ain’t No Use” with George Porter Jr., and King’s “Rita Is Gone” below, via YouTube user sgibson818:“Whipping Post”:“Ain’t No Use”“Rita Is Gone”You can also check out the pair of pro-shot videos shared by Brooklyn Bowl from the show’s nugs.tv webcast:Set I Opener (“Cannonball”):Set II Opener (“Pungee”): Load remaining images Soulive wraps up their 2017 Bowlive residency tonight with help from Nigel Hall (Lettuce), The Shady Horns, and special guest Butcher Brown.You can view a gallery of photos from the performance below, via photographer Andrew O’Brien.Soulive w/ Marcus King, George Porter Jr., Shady Horns | Brooklyn Bowl | 6/16/17 | Photos by Andrew O’Brien
Setlist: Dead & Company | Fenway Park | Boston, MA | 6/18/2017I: Samson & Delilah, Brown Eyed Women, Big River, Candyman, Let It Grow, Friend of the Devil (Acoustic), Dark Star v.1 (Acoustic), Ripple (Acoustic)II: Truckin’ > Fire On The Mountain, St. Stephen > Drums/Space > Dark Star V.2, Days Between, Not FadeawayE: Brokedown Palace After a successful first night at Fenway Park, Dead & Company explored new territory for the second show in Boston. The past few dates on this tour have been particularly triumphant for the six-piece Grateful Dead ensemble, with Dead & Company kicking into high gear as they tear through their summer tour with eyes set on their Wrigley Field dates ahead of 4th of July. On Sunday night, the band continued their impactful stride with two surprise-filled sets.The first set opened with guitarists and vocalists Bob Weir and John Mayer trading leads on songs like “Samson & Delilah” and “Candyman,” inviting the crowd to join in a beautiful Sunday night. After five songs of Grateful Dead magic, the band went fully acoustic for a trio of “Friend of the Devil,” an incomplete “Dark Star,” and “Ripple.” While Bob Weir & The Campfire Band debuted an acoustic “Dark Star” earlier this year, this was the first time Dead & Company performed it this way.The second set featured a memorable “Fire On The Mountain,” with bassist Oteil Burbridge taking a rare turn a lead vocals. The Weir and Mayer-led “St. Stephen” featured an extended jam that ultimately led into “Drums>Space.” Within those dark corners of the universe, the second half of “Dark Star” emerged. The second set closed with the full band participating in “Not Fadeaway,” before again returning for a “Brokedown Palace” encore.You can watch pro-shot video from both sets below: