Last night, Sweetwater Music Hall hosted a one-of-a-kind benefit for the Music Heals International foundation, with a performance from a number of top notch musicians, including Lukas Nelson, Graham Lesh, Jason Crosby, Elliot Peck, Greg Loiacono, Grateful Bluegrass Boys and, of course, Grateful Dead guitarist, Bob Weir. Weir was in fine form, playing with Nelson for a handful of songs.Thanks to a couple of YouTube users, we have some live footage from the show. Tune in below:Videos by lowplainsdrifter:“Dig A Hole In The Meadow”“I Shall Be Released”“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”Videos by Eric Finkelman:“Big River”“Forget About Georgia” (w/o Bob Weir)
This year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony will see the induction of musical legends Tom Petty, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Costello. The Class of 2016 also includes Chic’s Nile Rodgers (guitar, vocals) and Bernard Edwards (bass), and Chip Taylor, who penned hits like Troggs‘ “Wild Thing” and his own “Angel of the Morning.” On June 9th, they will be celebrated at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 47th annual induction ceremony at the Marriot Marquis in New York.“The 2016 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a beautiful mosaic of the best of late 20th Century popular music. With creators of Rock & Roll, Soul/R&B, Country and Funk/Dance represented, we are looking forward to an unforgettable and extremely exciting event,” explained the Hall’s co-chairmen Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in a statement. “With the exception of two [Gaye and Edwards], all of the 2016 inductees are alive and continue to be as vitally creative as ever.” In December, the Songwriters Hall presented a lengthy list of nominees including Sly Stone, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Blondie’s Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, and Max Martin. There are currently just over 400 songwriters that carry this accomplishment. Last year’s inductees included the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, as well as Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Toby Keith, and Bobby Braddock.Watch: Robert Hunter Performs ‘Ripple’ At Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyLet’s listen to some of this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame’s most rocked-out tunes:Tom Petty, “Free Fallin’”Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing”Elvis Costello, “She”Chic, “Good Times”The Troggs (Chip Taylor), “Wild Thing”
Wilco will make their way along the West Coast and down to South America beginning late summer into fall with a series of newly announced tour dates. Following a summer-long cross-country tour, the band will kick off their West Coast run with a stop at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT, before heading up to Boise, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and LA. Then, the group, who recently appeared on The National’s Day of the Dead, will embark on their first ever South American run. October will see appearances in major cities across the region, stopping in Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina. It will be Wilco’s first return to the continent since playing Brazil’s Festival Rio de Janeiro in 2005.Check out the full list of Wilco’s summer-fall tour dates below, including an upcoming stop at Mountain Jam (enter to win passes + a meet and greet with Umphrey’s McGee here). Ticketing info for all shows can be found here.
An incredible lineup of musicians are coming to the aid of John Perry Barlow, who was hospitalized in 2015 and is still reeling from health-related issues and expenses. Barlow is best known as the songwriting partner for Bob Weir, providing the lyrics for countless Grateful Dead classics like “Cassidy,” “Black Throated Wind,” “Estimated Prophet” and so many more.With Barlow in need of assistance, an all-star lineup of musicians are coming to help. Next Monday, October 24th, the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA will be hosting a Barlow benefit concert. Previously announced artists included Bob Weir, Jerry Harrison, Lukas Nelson, Les Claypool, Sean Lennon and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. The initial announcement also listed “Members of The String Cheese Incident.” Today, we’ve learned those particular members as well as a few artist additions.According to Jambands, the lineup will include Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Wally Ingram and Robin Sylvester. The String Cheese Incident members Michael Kang, Michael Travis and Jason Hann will also be on hand for the event, in support for the great John Perry Barlow.You can find out more information about the benefit here. We’ll leave you with a classic Barlow/Weir composition, as performed by the Grateful Dead, below.
Exactly one year ago, The Infamous Stringdusters headlined The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO, and made sure to put on a hell of a show for those in attendance. Supported by special guests The Wood Brothers and Trout Steak Revival, the wintery evening was one of celebration and collaboration. The five-piece bluegrass ensemble had lots of friends come join in the fun, with singers Nicki Bluhm and Sara Watkins making appearances throughout the night.Most notably, however, was the encore, during which the Wood Brothers, Trout Steak Revival, Nicki Bluhm, and Sara Watkins were all invited to close out the night. With fourteen musicians crammed onto the stage, the Infamous Stringdusters’ show came to a close with their many friends helping out for renditions of “Darlin’ Corey” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”You can check out the full audio of the Infamous Stringdusters set along with their collaboration-heavy encore below, courtesy of the band.
One thing that makes Fool’s Paradise so special is what happens after dark. When the music at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre comes to an end each day, fans will have the option of continuing the night by heading over to the Elk’s Lodge for additional late night after shows. The quirky and intimate venue will host a series of separately ticketed shows for the night crawlers looking for more!On Friday, March 31, there will be performances from Jaw Gems, Eric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge. Jaw Gems is one of the hottest bands on the scene, having recently toured with Lettuce and STS9, and their silky smooth electro-hip-hop sounds are a welcome addition to the late night scene at Fool’s Paradise. The Eric Krasno Band has been crisscrossing the country on a lengthy tour with the Marcus King Band, delivering nightly lessons in funk, soul, and the blues while leaning heavily on his debut solo album, Blood From A Stone. Kraz will stick around after his set to join forces with Oteil Burbridge for an unforgettable performance of the “Infinity Jam” with plenty of surprises in store. With so many incredible artists on site for Fool’s Paradise, you never know who might show up at the Elk’s Lodge!On Saturday, April 1st, Dumpstaphunk will bring their unique brand of down-and-dirty New Orleans funk to the Elk’s Lodge for a very special late night set, their only performance at Fool’s Paradise. After Dumpstaphunk finishes up, they’ll join forces with members of Lettuce to form this year’s “Fools For Funk” super group. If last year’s jam session with members of Vulfpeck, Lettuce, Goldfish, and Snarky Puppy was any indication, the this year’s “Fool’s For Funk” will be filled with incredible musicians delivering a set of balls-to-the-wall funk music. The proper festival lineup includes Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, The Floozies, Manic Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large. With all these players in the area, there’s really no limit as to who might show up where, and you can expect plenty of sit-ins throughout Fool’s Paradise! For more information, visit the Fool’s Paradise website.
The String Cheese Incident has been on a roll the last few weeks, with their intimate Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival tour wrapping up this weekend with a three-night stand at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, Nevada. (You can check out some photos from this past weekend in Telluride, including from their ski-to-show performance on the mountain, here.) However, while Cheese has been tapping into their ski-town roots, the band is still looking to the future, with their brand-new album, Believe, dropping next month on April 14th via SCI Fidelity Records. As an extra goodie for fans who pre-order album on Pledge Music, String Cheese Incident just announced that they’re sweetening the pot a little by offering an exclusive download of a previously unreleased and uncirculated soundboard from their fall tour of 1999. This new recording is from their performance at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, on the day before Halloween and is a special show for sure.Keller Williams, the musical renaissance man, had joined Cheese for the tour, supporting the band not just as an opener but also as an emergency bass player. Bassist Keith Moseley and his wife, Kristin, were expecting their first child any day at the time, and in the event that Keith needed to leave the tour to be with his family, Keller was ready to take over. For this new 10/30/1999 recording, Keller is invited to sit-in on bass during the breezy “Suntan” halfway through the first set. Keller also reemerges during the second set, this time joining in on guitar during “Vacate,” a track off of Breathe, Keller and String Cheese’s collaborative album which was released around the time of the show.Predictably, the band works songs from their older catalog throughout the show. Many of these tunes have more-or-less dropped out of Cheese’s regular song rotation over the past eighteen years, such as “Bigger Isn’t Better,” which is played during the tail end of the second set. As is the String Cheese way, the show is chock full of covers including String Cheese’s takes on jazz classics such as Miles Davis’ “Footprints” and Alfred James Ellis’ “The Chicken.” The band also sprinkles more familiar crowdpleasers throughout the performance including The Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” and a bluegrass-y take on Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” to close out the show.You can check out the full setlist from their 10/30/1999 show below. To hear it for yourself, pre-order Believe here. With your pre-order, in addition to the 10/30/1999 show, you also get a download of a secret acoustic set from 12/30/2016 a few hours before their main show during their 2016 New Years run, six extended demos from the Sedona Sessions, and the entirety of the new album when it comes out on April 14th (along with a handful of its tracks for download immediately), all for only $10, which certainly seems like a lot of bang for your buck for us Cheese enthusiasts.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Colgate University | Hamilton, NY | 10/30/1999Set 1: Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Chili Dawg > The Hobo Song, Suntan (with Keller on bass), The Joker, Don’t Say > Whiskey Before BreakfastSet 2: The Chicken, Shine > I’ve Just Seen A Face, Sing A New Song, Vacate (with Keller), Bigger Isn’t Better > Boogie On Reggae WomanEncore: Footprints > Walk This Way
Regarded by Deadheads as perhaps the most iconic of all Grateful Dead performances, the Dead’s May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University’s Barton Hall in Ithaca, New York will be celebrated, on the 40th anniversary, May 8, 2017, at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NYAfter bootleg versions circulated for decades among fans, the powerful 1977 performance will receive the celebration it deserves for its first official release and 40th anniversary. The crisp recording will be played in full concert sound on The Cap’s state-of-the-art sound system.The official recording, which will be released by Rhino Entertainment on May 5, 2017, will be available for purchase at the event. In addition, Rhino will be giving away free merchandise and music releases, along with Larry Reichman, the Barton Hall show’s “official” photographer presenting never-before-seen images from the concert projected on The Cap’s walls.Advance tickets are $6.50, the same price as they were 40 years ago on the now extremely scarce and desirable ticket stub. They go on sale Friday, April 7 at 12PM.
Yesterday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead shared a special “Friday Edition” of their weekly “Rad Tracks Thursday” series. This week’s offering is a doozy: professional footage of one of the most memorable segments of music from the band’s three-night stint at Brooklyn Bowl with Oteil Burbridge subbing for Dave Dreiwitz, who was on Ween duty in Chicago. The 3/16/17 marked the Dead & Company bassist’s first shows with the highly regarded tribute outfit. Buzzing off the tone set by this performance, the lineup went on to light up Brooklyn Bowl together for two more nights before joining forces with Jeff Chimenti at Fool’s Paradise a couple weeks later for their exhilarating “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead & Company” set.The video picks up on after the set-opening “King Solomon’s Marbles,” and sees the band make their way through a “Black Throated Wind” jam that featured an amusing infusion of Lorde‘s smash hit “Royals” from Marco Benevento. The band moves from “Royals” back into “Black Throated Wind,” which in turn bleeds into a “Jack Straw” jam–a possible nod to the other-worldly “Jack Straw” they had delivered the previous weekend. Finally, the segment comes to a climax as Russo and company move into a revelatory “Touch of Grey” with Stuart Bogie lending some brass textures on the saxophone. Check out the 8-camera pro-shot video below, shot and edited by Sean Smith (Foggy Notions Productions):You can download the video here through Thursday, April 28th. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will be back in action next Saturday, when they make their long-awaited appearance at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 3/16/17Set One: Jam @ -> The Other One @& (SM) -> Dark Star #& (OB) -> St Stephen $ & (ALL) -> Cinnamon & Lesbians %* (JR) -> The Eleven @ (TH/JR) -> Shakedown Street #+ (TH)Set Two: King Solomon’s Marbles @, Black Throated Wind Jam % -> Royals Jam % @@ -> Black Throated Wind % (SM) -> Jack Straw Jam -> Touch Of Grey @ (TH) > Playing In The Band @ (SM) -> Wharf Rat ^ & ## (TH) > Truckin # & (SM) -> Born Cross Eyed JamE: Born To Run @ (TH)Dave Dreiwitz was on tour with Ween.Entire show with Oteil Burbridge on Bass & Vocals.Entire show with Stuart Bogie on horns & percussion.See below for specifics.OB is Oteil Burbridge Lead [email protected] – With Stuart on Tenor Sax# – With Stuart on Percussion & Tenor Sax$ – With Stuart on Tenor Sax, Flute & Bari Sax% – With Stuart on Bari Sax^ – With Stuart on Tenor Sax & Flute& – With Born Cross Eyed Teases (TH) – This may have happened even more.* – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead+ – With a “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Jam – I think (mostly MB), Dark Star Teases (TH) & Feel Like A Stranger Teases (Band)@@ – Lorde Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead (Mostly Marco & Stuart), crowd sung the lyrics## – Also with Tennessee Jed Teases (TH)$$ – Bruce Springsteen Cover, Not Played since 2015-12-31 at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA, a gap of 44 shows.[Cover photo via Andrew Scott Blackstein]
On Tuesday evening, Chris Robinson Brotherhood hit The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, continuing on the group’s extensive summer tour that spans through to the end of August. During their Portsmouth performance, the band live debuted the song, “She Shares My Blanket,” a number off of the Brotherhood’s latest release—2017’s Barefoot In The Head. In addition to this standout debut only three songs in, the band played through “Hark, The Herald Hermit Speaks,” also from the new album, into a debut cover of “Time Was” by Canned Heat.EXCLUSIVE: Betty Cantor-Jackson Rekindles Her Love Of Taping Through The Chris Robinson BrotherhoodIn addition to the new songs, Chris Robinson also pulled songs from his older catalog, closing the second set with “Ride” from The New Earth Mud days. The festivities came to a close with a cover of “Sweet Virginia” by The Rolling Stones. Chris Robinson Brotherhood continues to Wakefield, Rhode Island tomorrow night. See his full list of tour dates here.You can check out photos from Tuesday night’s performance below, courtesy of Vic Brazen.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | The Music Hall | Portsmouth, NH | 8/15/17Forever as the Moon, Someday Past the Sunset, She Shares My Blanket (live debut), Hark, The Herald Hermit Speaks > Time Was (Canned Heat cover, live debut), Train Robbers (Chris Robinson & The New Earth Mud cover), Venus in Chrome, Blue Star Woman, Boppin’ the Blues (Carl Perkins cover)II: Behold the Seer, High Is Not the Top, One Hundred Days of Rain, Loose Lips, If You Had a Heart To Break, Vibration & Light Suite, Ride (Chris Robinson & The New Earth Mud cover), RosaleeE: Sweet Virginia (Rolling Stones cover) Load remaining images