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first_imgUp and comers Tweed continue to impress, as the Northeastern-based jam group is out on the road for a major national tour, playing shows throughout the year and partnering up with groups like Greener Grounds and more. Couple the touring success with the group’s new EP, The Chunky Life, due out in late April, and you have a recipe for greatness. 2016 is going to be big.The band’s interwoven styles of psychedelic, electronica, funk and rock are much like the fabric from which they take their name. We’re happy to share the first two tracks from the band’s new EP, and, if this is any indication, we can’t wait to hear more! Listen to “Big Sky” and “RL WRLD,” produced by Jeff “Mudd” Mahajan at Brooksound Productions with 100% solar power, below: Tweed’s drummer Joe Vela said, “We try to tell a story with every song, and keep a good amount of live performances truly improv. Dance parties inspire us, our friends inspire us, nature inspires us, as well as big influences like Philly bands the Disco Biscuits and Lotus, but we’re trying to do something completely new and unique with our music.” Whatever you’re doing, keep up the good work!Tweed is currently on the road, with tour dates spanning the country. Check out the full schedule below, and find more details on the band’s website!Tweed 2016 Tour DatesMar 9  Crave – Greenville, NCMar 10  The Calico Room – Wilmington, NC w/ Electric Soul PandemicMar 12  Tuck’s Tap & Grill – Cullowhee, NC w/ BomBassicMar 14  Independent Public Alehouse – Greenville, SCMar 15  Nowhere bar – Athens, GAMar 16  The Side Bar Theatre – Tallahassee, FL w/ Lucky Costello, Cutting TeethMar 17  The Roof – Daytona Beach, FLMar 18  Dog Star Tavern (Slide Into Spring After-Party) – Fernandina Beach, FLMar 19  Adult Swim at Castaways – Pensacola Beach, FLMar 24  Head for the Hills Festival – Kerrville, TX w/ Ozric Tentacles, Kung FuMar 25  Swan Dive – Austin, TXApr 8  Dogfish Head Brewpub – Rehoboth Beach, DEApr 20  The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD w/ Bunk BuddhaApr 22  Kelly’s Logan House – Wilmington, DE w/ TBDApr 29  Pickering Creek Inn – Phoenixville, PAJune 3-5  Gala in the Grove – Jonestown, PA w/ Flux Capacitor, Teddy Midnight, CatullusJuly 8-10  Opple Topple Festival – Doylestown, PA w/ American Babies, Catulluslast_img read more


first_imgPhotographer Josh Webster was on the scene and shared a lovely gallery with of some of the wonderful memories he captured over the weekend. View his images below: For the twentieth year in a row, the Suwannee Springfest brought bluegrass fans young and old from across the country together to celebrate their love for the music under the sheltering majestic live oaks of the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park. In a world where festivals come and go without fanfare, such staying power is a testimony to the power of the picking party and the magic of the park itself. Springfest celebrated it’s anniversary in style, bringing a legends like John Prine and Del McCoury together with modern day acts like Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Larry Keel and Nicki Bluhm. As always, Florida’s finest were represented as well, with The Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and Quartermoon on hand to bring a bit of hometown flavor to the party. The musical madness of Springfest isn’t confined to the stages either. Some of the top players on the bill took time out to lead workshops and tutorials for the many budding superstars in the audience. Artist Bean Spence was on hand to lead painting workshops for the many children who attend this family friendly event. And as always, the legendary late night camp fire picking parties took place all around the camp grounds, featuring some of the finest pickers on the line up getting down and dirty in one of a kind jam sessions with any one and everyone invited to join in.This mix of performances and outreaches by the musicians has been a big part of why Springfest is a “Don’t Miss” weekend for the fans and players alike. Finally, Donna The Buffalo, long running host and the only band to have appeared at all twenty fests closed out the show with an all star guest laden set on the park’s beloved amphitheater stage that had the joyful fans dancing to the very end.   Load remaining imageslast_img read more


first_imgA brand new incantation of Jefferson Airplane/Starship members and associated musician are joining forces as The Airplane Family & Friends, ready to hit the road this December for their first-ever tour. According to a press release shared by ABC News Radio, the new band will feature Starship guitarist Slick Aguilar, bassist Peter Kaukonen and drummer Prairie Prince, as well as Grace Slick’s former brother-in-law/former Great Society member Darby Slick, responsible for penning “Somebody to Love.”The full band will also feature singer Eva Avila as well as Joli Valenti, son of Quicksilver Messenger Service’s Dino Valenti. Quicksilver Messenger Service was a mainstay of the 1960’s psychedelic San Francisco scene, alongside the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. Valenti and Avila will handle vocal duties, emulating those of Grace Slick and Marty Balin.The band has also revealed dates for a tour in December, where they plan to mostly perform Jefferson Airplane tunes and some Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service songs as well. They’ll also be joined by Live Dead 69, a band that features former Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten with guitarist Mark Karan and Aguilar, Kaukonen and Prince of Starship and the new Airplane Family ensemble.You can see the tour schedule below, and find out more via the band’s Facebook page.The Airplane Family & Friends Tour Dates12/7 — Annapolis, MD, Ram’s Head12/9 — Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony12/10 — Pawling, NY, Daryl’s House Club12/11 — New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill12/13– Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater & Washington House Hotel & Restaurant12/15 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount12/16 — Pittsburgh, PA, The Rex Theater12/17 — North Tonawanda, NY, The Riviera Theatre12/18 — Saint Charles, IL, Arcada Theatrelast_img read more


first_imgIn honor of the late Jerry Garcia‘s birthday, the Jerry Garcia Foundation has donated several pieces of the legendary musician’s fine art to various organizations. These new editions, including the pieces Golden Meadows, Butterfly Study, and Mandolin Player were selected as gift grants for a handful of like-minded charitable organizations.This most recent round of beneficiaries include Musicians On A Mission, Jerry Day, Bread and Roses, WhyHunger, Fender Music Foundation, Psylodelic Gallery, HeadCount, Reverb, Jake Peavy Foundation, and Shimer College. Says Keelin Garcia, Jerry’s daughter, “It is such an honor to be able to share my father’s creative spirit with so many charitable organizations that support such worthy causes.” Golden Meadows:Butterfly Study:Mandolin Player:Jerry Garcia’s fine art can be viewed at a number of upcoming events, including at Musicians On A Mission‘s Jerry Garcia birthday celebration at the Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood, NJ on August 26th and at Psylodelic Gallery‘s The Art of Jerry Garcia exhibit in Pomeroy, OH through November 16th. Full exhibit info below:The Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration, an Evening of Music and Art A Benefit for the Strand Center For The Arts and the Jerry Garcia FoundationArtist lineup includes: Rainbow Full of Sound with special guests guitar prodigy Corby Pryor, bassist Tony Saunders (performed with Saunders/Garcia Band, Jorma Kaukonen and David Crosby) and drummer Bob Steeler (formerly of Saunders/Garcia and Hot Tuna). Tickets Here. Jerry Garcia’s fine art will be on display in the Strand Theater Art Gallery.The Art of Jerry GarciaAn exhibit featuring over 30 pieces of Jerry’s art.The Fur Peace Ranch Founders, Vanessa and Jorma Kaukonen, have united music, art, entertainment and education in their Psylodelic Gallery. Designed from a grain silo in Pomoroy, Ohio, the Psylodelic Gallery is home to 1960’s art/music history and is decorated with memorabilia from the Psychedelic Era. The Gallery hosts artists, like Garcia, who is remembered as a quintessential figure of the period. For more information on this initiative and the Jerry Garcia Foundation, visit the foundation’s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.last_img read more


first_imgThe name of the game was funky music at the Teragram Ballroom last Friday, September 16th, as both the Greyboy Allstars and Pimps of Joytime joined forces for an outrageous display of groovy music at the exciting Los Angeles, CA club. Led by Karl Denson, the Greyboy Allstars are always a tour de force whenever they get together to perform, and the show in LA was no exception. It was hot!Greyboy mostly stuck to their original, instrumental jazz fusion grooves, though they did find time for a cover of Michael Jackson’s hit “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Fortunately, photographer Robert Chapman was on the scene to capture the show in photographs. Check out his gallery below! Load remaining imageslast_img


first_imgFor the third night running, Warren Haynes brought some pure guest-fueled fun to the shores of Runaway Bay in Jamaica to close out another successful Island Exodus. The set started out acoustic, with Haynes performing a handful of originals from his various projects, including “Towering Fool”, “Spots of Time”, and “Hallelujah Boulevard” before digging into a handful of cover debuts joined by special guests.Haynes debuted a cover of “Shadow of a Ghost” before welcoming out saxophonist Ron Holloway for “A Friend To You”. Vocalist Nicki Bluhm joined in for another debut performance of “Leather & Lace”, sticking around for “Desperado” and “Jetplane” with Mule’s Danny Louis, also both performed for the first time. Louis stuck around for “King’s Highway” before guitarist Eric Krasno joined in for “Key To The Highway”.Perhaps the highlight of the night was when Ron Holloway, Nicki Bluhm, Danny Louis and Eric Krasno all performed “Soulshine” with Haynes to close out a fantastic performance on the beach. The band posted a video of the epic performance, which you can see below:Setlist: Warren Haynes | Island Exodus |Runaway Bay , Jamaica | 1/16/17:Towering FoolSpots Of TimeWanderlustPanonica’s DreamHallelujah BoulevardOneShadow Of A Ghost (First Time Played)Masters Of WarA Friend To You with Ron HollowayLeather & Lace with Nicki Bluhm (First Time Played)Desperado with Nicki Bluhm & Danny Louis, (First Time Played)Jetplane with Nicki Bluhm & Danny Louis, (First Time Played)King’s Highway with Danny LouisKey To The Highway with Danny Louis & Eric KrasnoEncore:Soulshine with Ron Holloway, Nicki Bluhm, Danny Louis & Eric Krasno[Setlist/Photo via Gov’t Mule Facebook page]last_img read more


first_imgAfter touring extensively throughout 2016 in support of their new album Labor Of Love, soulful string-led quintet Fruition returned to their hometown of Portland, Oregon with three nights at Wonder Ballroom. The band came out swinging on night one, catching the Portland crowd up on the fine-tuned live chops they’ve been cultivating on the road.Live For Live Music and Fruition are excited to premiere the full pro-shot video of the band’s 12/29/16 performance at Wonder Ballroom as a song-by-song video playlist, courtesy of Mark Burgin at Mark’s Memories:“Thursday night of our NYE run was rad,” says vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and piano player Kellen Asebroek, “We tried to give people the kind of fiery show that we’ve been crafting on the road these last few years; showcasing newer material, paying close attention to the flow of the setlist, and making sure people get all the bang for their buck.”Continues Asebroek, “It was also wonderful because we had seriously badass guest musicians that night, and opened up the Wonder Ballroom to an all ages crowd – which we’ve never done there before.” The guests musicians included fellow Portland-based artists Scott Pemberton (guitar), Farnell Newton (horns), Kyle Molitor (Trombone), and Steve Swatkins (keys), contributed to the show’s hometown vibe.Setlist: Fruition | Wonder Ballroom | Portland, OR | 12/29/16Set 1: Portland Bound, Blue Light, The Wanter, I Can’t Stop, I Don’t Mind *, Spiff *, Fallin’ On My Face, I Should Be **, Never There **, There She Was **, Up Above The Clouds  **/***Set 2: Laydown Blues, Random Lee, Just One Of Them Nights, Misty Morning/Early Morning Wake Up ****, Fire > Ohio > Fire ****, Above the Line ****, Labor Of Love ****, Beside You, Mountain Annie, Come On, Git In, Get Along, Santa Fe, Love Sneaking Up On You, Death Comes KnockingEncore: Always Coming Back* Scott Pemberton on Guitar** Farnell Newton on Horns*** Kyle Molitor on Trombone**** Steve Swatkins on KeysYou can catch Fruition on tour now at any of the dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website.Fruition 2017 Tour Dates1/20 Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH1/21 Parliament Room – Ferndale, MI1/22 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI1/23 Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH1/25 Westcott Theatre – Syracuse, NY#1/26 Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA#1/27 House of Blues – Boston, MA#1/28 Playstation Theatre – NY, NY#1/31 The Egg – Albany, NY#2/1  Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA#2/2-4 9:30 Club – Washington, DC#2/7-8 Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA#2/9  Madison Theatre – Covington, KY#2/10-11 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL#2/13 Bluebird Nightclub – Bloomington, IN *2/14 Canopy Club – Urbana, IL *2/16 Encore – Stevens Point, WI2/17 Back Room at Collectivo – Milwaukee, WI *2/18 Cedar Center – Minneapolis, MN %2/19 Woolys – Des Moines, IA *2/21 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA*2/22 Vega – Lincoln, NE2/24-26 Winter Wondgergrass – Steamboat Springs, CO3/16-18 Anastasia Festival – St Augustine, FL3/30-4/2 Winter Wondergrass Tahoe – Olympic Valley, CA5/25-28 DelFest – Cumberland, MD6/8-10 Blue Ox Festival – Eau Claire, WI6/29-7/1 High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA7/13-15 Northwest String Summit – North Plains, OR7/26-30 FloydFest – Floyd, VA9/23 Red Rocks – Morrison, CO ## opening for Greensky Bluegrass* w/ Tom Hamilton’s American Babies% opening for Pert Near Sandstone[Cover photo: Jason Charme]last_img read more


first_imgUmphrey’s McGee w/ Spafford | College Street Music Hall | New Haven, CT | 1/26/17 On Thursday, January 26th, something odd happened. Umphrey’s McGee announced that their lead guitar player, Jake Cinninger, would miss several upcoming shows due to a “wicked flu” and doctor’s orders to stay at home. With saxophonist Joshua Redman set to join the band on their run through the Northeast, and high-profile opening slots for high-octane jam upstarts Spafford, this was surely not what the band or their fans were expecting for this run. However, Umphrey’s McGee, known for their go-with-the-flow attitude, once again made lemonade out of lemons and delivered an impressive two-set performance last night at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT. The show was filled with old school songs and a few fun covers, including a touching tribute to the recently deceased Butch Trucks.First off, Spafford started the night with a slammin’ opening set that once again showcased their ability as masters of improvisation. They turned in awesome versions of “Leave The Light On” and “The Postman”, along with “Seven” and “Windmill”, stretching four songs across their forty-five-minute opening slot. The room was almost packed to capacity, as many made sure to show up early for their first Spafford experiences. They were not disappointed, as the band turned in another lights-out performance that shows why they are the fastest rising band in the scene.Umphrey’s kicked their first set off with a “Nipple Trix” intro, allowing the band to start the night with a high-energy moment. When it was announced that Cinninger would miss the show, many fans wondered if the band would focus on older songs from before his time in the band. When “Slacker” started up, fans got their answer. The band took the old and reliable favorite (which was debuted in 1999) and stretched it out with some improv. Even though they were a man down, the band was as tight as ever, moving in a few different directions before returning to the end of “Slacker”.Bayliss then gave a shout out to Cinninger, who he said was watching the show from home. The band then played a poignant version of “Wellwishers” that saw Bayliss take the lead in a heavy and progressive jam. Jefferson Waful‘s atmospheric lights were on full display during this early improvisation. The “Wellwishers” jam eventually wound its way into another old classic from 1999, “Sociable Jimmy.” The jazzy fan-favorite is always a welcome addition to any Umphrey’s set, and this awesome version featured multiple unique sections of improv. Joel Cummins took the lead for most of this song, adding a confident solo alongside added layers of synthesizer that filled in the musical holes left by Cinninger’s absence. Eventually, drummers Kris Meyers and Andy Farag brought the jam into a mini-drums feature. The band would finish “Sociable Jimmy” and transition into the beautiful instrumental song “Sweetness”, which then dropped into the alternative-rock vibes of “Mad Love”.After “Mad Love”, Bayliss stepped up to the microphone and introduced Joshua Redman. The modern jazz legend emerged and slotted right in, adding harmonies and often doubling melodies that gave the songs a more complete feeling. While the band played skillfully, it’s impossible for them to re-create the sound of their well-known double-guitar attack without Cinninger on stage. However, Redman’s presence was welcome, his playing shouldering the musical weight of Cinniger’s absence. Redman would remain onstage and in the improvisational mix for the set’s final two songs (“Speak Up” and an extra- funky “Booth Love”) complemented beautifully by Ryan Stasik‘s rock-solid bass playing.In previous performances with Umphrey’s McGee, Redman would perform 3-4 songs at the end of each set. However, on this evening, Redman was with the band when they walked on the stage for set two, and he would remain on stage for all but one song. To start things off, Umphrey’s performed a song that dates back to 1998, the multi-sectional masterpiece “Der Bluten Kat.” The band would split “DBK” up into two parts, inserting the anthemic “Final Word” in the middle of the song. After the song, Bayliss explained that “DBK” was the first Umphrey’s song that Redman learned way back in 2004, and he showed no signs of rust as he absolutely crushed throughout the song.A dancy run through “Day Nurse” saw the band teasing “Working Day and Night” by Michael Jackson, before they moved into one of the highlights of the evening, a raucous take on “Wife Soup” that saw Redman acting as a note-perfect replacement for Cinninger. “Dear Lord” is a gorgeous song from  1998, and it provided Redman one more opportunity to take the lead and show off his inimitable skills. Redman then walked off stage as the band started up their dub version of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe”, which found Bayliss showing off his rhythmic tapping skills as the band brought set two to its conclusion.Given the unfortunate and sad death of longtime Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, it made sense that Umphrey’s would pay tribute to him in some way on this evening, the first show since his death was announced one day prior. Cinninger is known for throwing “Jessica” teases into songs with frequency, but, due to his absence, Cummins stepped up to pay his respects. He threw down a wild solo-piano cover of “Jessica” that simply brought the house down. Watch a video of the cover below, courtesy of MKDevo.Bayliss then shouted out Cinninger one more time, admitting that the show without him felt like he was “cheating on his wife” before starting up a fitting performance of “Uncommon”. To finish things off, Umphrey’s transitioned into a super-rare cover of Men At Work‘s “Down Under”, played for the first time in 270 shows and an incredibly fun way to end a somewhat bizarre evening in the world of Umphrey’s McGee.Umphrey’s McGee, Joshua Redman, and Spafford will continue their Jake Cinninger-less tour through the Northeast tonight with a performance at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine, during which Umphrey’s will perform their third-ever full set of improvisation.See below for a full setlist from the show at College Street Music Hall, as well as a gallery of photos, courtesy of photographer Andrew O’Brien.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | College Street Music Hall | New Haven, CT | 1/26/2017Set 1: Nipple Trix > Slacker, Wellwishers > Sociable Jimmy > Sweetness > Mad Love, Speak Up[1] > Booth Love[1]Set 2: Der Bluten Kat[1] > Final Word[1] > Der Bluten Kat[1], Day Nurse[2] > Wife Soup[1], Dear Lord[1], Breathe[3]Encore: Jessica[4], Uncommon > Down Under[1] with Joshua Redman on saxophone[2] with Joshua Redman on saxophone; with Working Day and Night (Michael Jackson) teases[3] “dub” version[4] instrumental; just Joel on pianoNotes:entire show without JakeJessica played in remembrance of Butch TrucksSetlist: Spafford | College Street Music Hall | New Haven, CT | 1/26/2017Seven, Leave The Light On, Windmill, The Postman[Setlists courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s // Spafford Twitter Page]Spafford shows are now available to stream on LiveDownloads.com and Nugs.net. 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first_imgLast night, Phil Lesh & Friends followed up a memorable night one at The Capitol Theatre with another fantastic performance. With help from the evening’s talented “Friends” lineup (Karl Denson, Robert Randolph, Neal Casal, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, and Alex Koford), the Grateful Dead bassist delivered two sets of classic Dead tunes and a handful of choice covers. As with the previous night’s show, the addition of Randolph’s sacred steel guitar and Denson’s flute gave the old favorite tunes a unique new flavor throughout the night.After opening the show with “Box of Rain” and “Althea,” the band delivered a version of Bob Dylan‘s “It Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” a former staple of the Dead’s live catalogue. They followed that with renditions of “Loser,” “Here Comes Sunshine,” and “Stagger Lee” before finishing set one with two more covers: The Velvet Underground‘s “Sweet Jane” and The Rolling Stones‘ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”While set one offered a selection of choice tunes and sing-alongs, the show’s second frame played as more of a cohesive set–and to thrilling effect. “Uncle John’s Band” got the ball rolling, and saw the band traverse a “Dark Star” jam and a rendition of “Playing in the Band” before returning to the “Uncle John’s” theme. Next up was the show’s emotional highlight–a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s hit “Midnight Rider,” originally from their 1970 sophomore album Idlewild South. The song served as a tribute to Gregg Allman, who passed away earlier in the day at the age of 69. You can watch fan-shot footage of the touching Allman tribute below, via YouTube user CHuck Siegel:Following “Midnight Rider,” the Cap crowd was moved brightly by a beautiful rendition of seminal composition “Terrapin Station,” which in turn gave way to another kind of “Rider”–Dead staple “I Know You Rider.” The band then closed the set with “Sugar Magnolia,” before returning for a “One More Saturday Night” encore to close out the weekend on a high note.You can watch an assortment of fan-shot videos from the performance below, via YouTube user Sean Roche:“Box Of Rain”“Here Comes Sunshine”“It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry”“Sweet Jane”“Playing In The Band” > “Uncle John’s Band (Reprise)”“I Know You Rider”Next up for Phil is a performance with the Terrapin Family Band at the 50th anniversary edition of the famed Monterey International Pop Festival on Sunday, June 18th. For more information on Phil’s upcoming shows, head to his website. [h/t – JamBuzz][Cover photo via Marc Millman/The Capitol Theatre]last_img read more