The Last Waltz remains one of the most legendary concerts in rock and roll history. Hosted by The Band in 1976, TLW featured performances from everyone: Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Paul Butterfield, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood… The list goes on and on.This November will mark the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz, and, to celebration, Warren Haynes is leading the charge on a tribute concert. Haynes will serve as musical director for The Last Waltz New Orleans, to be held on April 30th at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA. Joining Haynes will be quite the cast of characters, including John Medeski, Don Was, George Porter Jr., Jamey Johnson, Dave Malone, Mark Mullins and more artists TBA! The flyer claims “Superstar Surprise Guests” will be in attendance.The concert will also honor the late great Allen Toussaint, who arranged the horn sections for the original Last Waltz concert in 1976. Pre-sale tickets are released tomorrow, March 24th, and the general on-sale begins March 25th. Don’t miss out!
Jam bands have popped up occasionally on the program, including a reference to Widespread Panic last year. If the hippie on Jeopardy’s writing staff is reading this, then keep up the good work! Beloved jam band Phish was the correct response for a clue on last night’s episode of Jeopardy!, coming in the “Almost Fanatical Devotion” category of the Double Jeopardy round. The clue read, “This musical touring behemoth has a devoted fan base of followers called Phans,” with the answer of course being Phish. #phish clue on jeopardy today @mike_gordon @treyanastasio pic.twitter.com/BOZK7V0991— Zach (@ZHawkeye79) May 27, 2016
1320 Records duo Modern Measure has released their long awaited EP, Epicenter. The EP is a collection of songs that was recorded in Muscle Shoals, AL at the old Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, now known as Cypress Moon Productions.Modern Measure has performed with some of the biggest names in electronic music such as STS9, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, The Floozies, and Manic Focus, and has performed at top festivals in the circuit such as Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Sonic Bloom, Summer Set Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival, and Euphoria Music Festival. The band also has more festival and show announcements coming soon for later this summer and fall!Without further ado, we’re delighted to premiere the new EP, Epicenter!You can find the album on Spotify, and more information about the band here. Don’t miss Modern Measure on tour; full dates can be seen below:Modern Measure Tour Dates06.03 Zydeco Birmingham AL Jam in the Ham Festival06.04 Martin’s Jackson MS06.23 New Mountain Asheville, NC06.25 Terminal West Atlanta GA Big Bang Project with the Motet07.14 TBA07.23 SubOctave Music Festival Houston MN07.24 FARM FEST Hammonton NJ07.30 Timbuktu Music Festival Tyler ALCheck out the music video for “Riddle” below.
Though beloved metal singer Ronnie James Dio passed away in 2010, his memory has lived on in the hearts of many fans. With an exceptional career fronting bands like Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Elf and more, there are no shortage of musicians that have played with Dio over the years. Last night, some of those musicians came together for a spectacular tribute.A band called the Dio Disciples appeared at the Wacken Festival in Germany, where they not only performed Dio’s music, but they performed it with a hologram ofDio himself. The hologram itself took over a year to create, and the company Eyellusion says that it was “the first time a hologram has been accompanied by a live band in a traditional concert setting.”Dio’s widow, Wendy, is now managingDio Disciples and worked withEyellusion to create the hologram. She says, “When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears… With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie’s fans around the world to share this experience.”Watch official footage of the Dio hologram, below.Eyellusion is working up a Dio Tour for 2017, and plans to make holograms of other late musicians as well.With holographic performances becoming more of a reality – especially at large-scale festivals – it begs a discussion of whether this type of tribute is an appropriate way to honor a musician’s legacy.[H/T Rolling Stone]
This time around, the Disco Biscuits are ringing in the New Year at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. History confirms that it’s going to be awesome, as the band always goes the more interesting route with their sets during the holidays. Whether it’s throwing in something new or old, tDB always find a way to play Santa Claus and deliver the goods to the Bisco faithful during the New Year celebration.The band has just announced that they will be providing a free webcast on their official YouTube page for all three nights: December 29-31. They will hit the stage at 9:45PM on the first two nights, but will start a little earlier around 8pm on Saturday to celebrate the New Year with three solid sets. All information can be found in the post below:
Anyone who has seen Ripe can immediately pick up on the band’s vibrant energy. They had a great year, delivering a standout set at Brooklyn Comes Alive and touring with fellow upstarts Lawrence. Their awesome energy is what earned them a role supporting Blues Traveler in 2016, and a spot on tour with G. Love & Special Sauce in the early part of 2017. All along the way, their loyal – and rapidly growing- fan base, has been propelling them to new heights, culminating in a triumphant sellout of the Paradise Rock Club in their hometown of Boston. Ripe simply never fails to put on an exceptional performance, and they back it up with one of the tightest lineups in the business.The band is moving in a somewhat new direction in 2017, and has been spending a lot of time writing new music, working in the studio and making all sorts of fun plans. The band explore an array of musical styles, and they have a knack for turning accessible pop songs into funkified covers. Fans have been enjoying their cover of “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from The Lion King, and now the band has moved even further in the pop realm, delivering a funkified rendition of “On My Mind” by the great Ellie Goulding. The band recently captured their fun new cover with a music video, which you can find below.See below for a quote from lead singer and front man Robbie Wulfsohn on the good-vibes cover:“We picked the song because we love the song. We’re not really concerned with the style of music as long as it has oh-shit-moments for us, and that song feels like one extended ecstatic release. We wanted the music video to communicate what we feel like are our oh-shit moments, which to us come from the energy we have between each other, and then the energy between us and the crowd at a show. Basically those moments where the feeling of love is so strong you can almost reach out and touch it, where the energy is so electric it feels tangible. We think that feeling is what we have to offer, regardless of what genre of music you come in liking. This is us tapping you on the shoulder and inviting you to join us in the moment.”It’s awesome to see that kind of positivity and creativity from a young band! We need more motivated young bands like Ripe, and it’s cool to see them break outside what you’d expect from them by covering a mainstream artist like Ellie Goulding.Ripe will be playing with G. Love through February 4th, hitting venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA, the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and more. After finishing up with G. Love, the band will reunited with their new friends Lawrence for one more awesome co-headlining show, going down at New York City’s Irving Plaza. Find all of Ripe’s upcoming tour dates below, or find out more information at the band’s website.Ripe 2017 Tour ScheduleJan 12 // Milwaukee, WI // Potawatomi CasinoJan 13 // Minneapolis, MN // First AvenueJan 14 // Chicago, IL // House of BluesJan 15 // St. Louis, MO // Ready Room – Art of Live FestJan 18 // Indianapolis, IN // The VogueJan 19 // Columbus, OH // A&R Music BarJan 20 // Detroit, MI // MGM GrandJan 21 // Cleveland, OH // House of BluesJan 22 // Rochester, NY // AnthologyJan 27 // Boston, MA // Paradise Rock ClubJan 28 // Philadelphia, PA // Electric FactoryJan 29 // Washington DC // 9:30 ClubFeb 1 // Morgantown, WV // MainstageFeb 2 // Pittsburgh, PA // Mr. SmallsFeb 3 // Carrboro, NC // Cat’s CradleFeb 4 // Charleston, SC // Music FarmFeb 10 // Tampa, FL // The Rock BoatFeb 18 // New York, NY // Irving PlazaFeb 23 // Killington, VT // Pickle Barrel Nightclub[Photo by Leo Mascaro]
Today, Umphrey’s McGee announced that the band would be headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 10th to headline the first-ever expansion of golf and music fusion, The Major Rager. Along with Nashville’s Moon Taxi, Umphrey’s will take to Symphony Park at South Park Mall for the event which doubles as a fundraiser for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and a musical accompaniment to the start of the PGA Championship nearby at the Quail Hollow Club—one of the four major golf competitions for men (a.k.a. Major Championships) in the world.The original Major Rager has been going down for four years in Augusta, Georgia, coinciding with the kickoff of the annual Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course every April—the first Major Championship each summer. The Masters Golf Tournament Major Rager this year went down on April 6th and featured performances by the Flaming Lips, People of the Sun (by Moon Taxi), Eric Krasno Band, and Stop Light Observations.The folks over at Friends With Benefits Productions, the company that puts on each installment of The Major Rager, have high hopes for the series. They hope that some day they will have a Major Rager at the start of each of golf’s Major Championships—with Augusta under their belt (Masters Golf Tournament) and Charlotte on the way (PGA Championship) at the end of the summer, Major Rager is halfway to its goal. While the Masters Tournament in April always takes place in Georgia, June’s U.S. Open and August’s PGA Championship move to a different location each year, letting golf and music fans from across the country look forward to potentially seeing an installment close to home. Each July, world-famous golfers flock to The Open Championship at one of the ten links courses in the U.K., so we’re looking forward to when the international edition of the Major Rager heads across the pond.We love events like these, that mix unlikely yet not mutually exclusive worlds. Both the members of Umphrey’s McGee and Moon Taxi have gone on the record as being big sports fans and avid golfers, so it’s unsurprising they were quick to jump on board for the expansion of the event. A limited amount of early-bird tickets went on sale today at 10 AM (EST) with general admission costing $25 and VIP costing $80. Once sold out, ticket prices will jump to $30 and $100 respectively, so hop on tickets while you can here.[Cover photo: Phierce Photo]
Just weeks after announcing the 2017 Pretty Lights episodic installations at the Gorge in George, Washington and the Island of Light festival in Puerto Rico, Derek Vincent Smith has upped the game with two more announcements – only they aren’t fully public quite yet. In an attempt to keep the news organic and available to his fans first, PL anonymously sent 50 lucky #PLFamily members a FedEx package with a wooden USB drive filled with 20+ unreleased live “flips” from Euphoria (2017), Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (2017), and Telluride (2016). The recipients, 25 to Colorado and 25 to Chicago, were instructed to not only share the music across the Internet, but to also spread the news that Pretty Lights Live will officially be returning to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on August 11-12 as well as Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL on August 18th-19th.Check out the soft announcements below: [Photos by Coleman C. Holloway and Bobby Toth]It is in the hands of these recipients to distribute the live “flips” to the enormous Pretty Lights fanbase, who can now confirm that they will return to both Colorado and Chicago in 2017.As a pioneer of using a live band during his performances, Pretty Lights has been constantly refining and evolving how to incorporate other musicians into his act since the inception of the the Analog Future Band back in 2013, Pretty Light’s first exploration of the idea. After the Analog Future Band disbanded last year, Smith put together a new band, Pretty Lights Live, to help him continue innovating on his integration of other musicians during his Pretty Lights sets.Pretty Lights Live brings a more freeform aspect to its shows because of its focus on group improvisation and, more or less, group jamming. The keystone to this live improvisation is “flips,” moments when Smith slowly fades out a produced track and the band takes over, switching over to a more electronic sound and moving through a completely live, improvised instrumental segment. Learn more about “flips” here.We last experienced an iteration of Pretty Lights’ innovative approach to live music in New Orleans, when he led a non-traditional second line through the streets on the final day of Jazz Fest, and ended up under an overpass to perform a surprise pop-up show. It was there that he debuted a new song “The Sun Spreads In Our Minds,” of which we are excited to share more details about, from the mouth of Derek Vincent Smith himself, tomorrow on L4LM.[photo by Phierce Photo]
…our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017In response to the President’s comments, several NFL teams made official statements denouncing his rhetoric and supporting the right of their players and all other Americans to peaceful protest. Multiple teams elected not to come out on the field during the national anthem at all for yesterday’s NFL Week 3 games. Taking a knee protest has transcended the bounds of athletics, as “taking a knee” is becoming a universal act of peaceful protest against the hate and engrained bigotry that continues to exist in our country. Stevie Wonder taking a knee at the Concert For Charlottesville marked the second time in as many days that the superstar artist had participated in this protest in a highly public setting. The day before, he had made headlines by taking a knee during his performance at Global Citizen Festival in New York City.After his speech, Wonder joined the band for the DMB debuts of a pair of appropriate numbers: an emotional rendition of John Lennon‘s classic coexistence anthem, “Imagine,” and Stevie’s own “Love’s In Need Of Love Today.” Finally, after happilycalling out to both Dave and the –“Can you imagine this? Stevie and Dave Matthews Band!”–Wonder led the band into a rendition of his beloved hit, “Superstition.” Matthews seemed, understandably, a little starstruck to be playing “Superstition” with Stevie Wonder, and needed a direct invitation from Stevie to help with lead vocals. Once he obliged, smiling and red-faced, the collaboration was clicked right away, as Matthews and Wonder traded lines with excitement.As the song reached its final refrain, Stevie began to ad-lib, inviting the crowd to repeat after him: “I take a knee for justice; I take a knee for unity.” The chant struck a very poignant chord, echoing the sentiments for which the Concert For Charlottesville was organized while also reflecting the anger and unrest that followed the President’s comments on Saturday.These are unsettling times for many reasons. The country is divided in more ways than one. But however you feel about athletes (or musicians, or whoever) “taking a knee,” we should all be able to appreciate people coming together and making their voices heard in the name of love and unity in the face of disillusionment and hate. Where there’s love, there’s hope. And where there’s hope, there’s a future worth working for. Yesterday, Dave Matthews Band put their official hiatus on hold to host the Concert For Charlottesville, a benefit show meant to serve as a call for unity in the wake of this summer’s violent and hateful events in the band’s Virginia hometown. The free concert was held at UVA Scott Stadium, and featured performances from Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage The Elephant, and more.DMB’s headlining performance–their first show as a full band since 9/4/16 at The Gorge–was one for the history books. First, the band rattled off a string of fan-favorite originals, including “Don’t Drink The Water,” “Warehouse,” “Satellite,” “Seven,” “You Might Die Trying,” and “Grey Street.” However, while the performance was a welcome return for fans of the band, the evening was not about them. The message of the event was solidified when the band welcomed a very special guest to finish their set with them: Mr. Stevie Wonder.After taking the stage, Wonder took a moment to speak to the audience about the emotional weight of the day. “This is an emotional night for me. Because tonight I know my mother cries in heaven. Because she left me in a world where she believed some day I would be able to see. And I do, but not in the way she imagined. She wanted me to see the birds, the trees, the sky, the Earth, her face, the faces of my children…She wanted me to see all of my friends–my black friends, my white friends, my Asian friends, my friend of all colors. Well, I haven’t seen that, an I probably won’t. And I’m ok with that. But what I have seen in this life of mine…too much of this…is breaking my heart. I’ve seen leaders talking about annihilating life, the very thing they say they love…And then they hate, and then they tell their children who watch them to be good. I’ve seen people killing people in church, mosques, schools. I’ve seen hate marching down the street disguised as a cry for equality. If I can see it, dammit, I know you can see it. But see it, not with your eyes: feel it in your spirit…As he finished, Wonder and Matthews, arm-in-arm, kneeled down onstage–first on one knee, and then on both: “Tonight I pray to begin to build a world where fear can’t put dreams to sleep. And now I take a knee for America, and two knees in prayer for our world.” Hear Stevie Wonder’s speech to the crowd at the Concert For Charlottesville below, via YouTube user GenesisHealthy:The gesture of kneeling rather than standing during the national anthem has grown from a simple action by one athlete into a highly divisive political statement. The tensions surrounding the debate reached their boiling point this past weekend when President Trump spoke out against those participating in the protest:If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 Watch pro-shot video of Stevie Wonder and the Dave Matthews Band performing “Superstition” below at their Concert For Charlottesville benefit show below (courtesy of YouTube user Al Bert):Listen to Dave Matthews and Pharrell Williams’s fascinating conversation about the Concert For Charlottesville with Charlie Rose ahead of the benefit below (courtesy of YouTube user Llija Djokovic):
A couple weeks back, Buffalo-native groove rock quartet Aqueous made their way to Chicago, IL for a performance at Lincoln Hall as part of their ongoing 2017 Fall Tour. Though the single-set show was a relatively short one, clocking in at just under two hours in length, the band managed to pack in an impressive showcase of thrilling performance and improvisation.Watch Aqueous’ Asheville Music Hall Show In Its EntiretyFrom the ‘straight down to business’ “Dave’s Song” > “Weight of the Word” opening segment, to the meat of the set– jam sandwich that weaved from “20/20” into “Timmy’s Blades” (an 82-show break-out) and back into “20/20”–to the set-closing “Warren In The Window” (featuring an extended jam led by special guest Justin Reckamp of Mungion), the Lincoln Hall gig displayed the band at the height of their considerable abilities.But even after their wild ride of a set, Aqueous had one more surprise in store for the Chicago fans: an encore rendition of Pink Floyd classic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” for their first time in 2017 and just their sixth time ever. Led by Dave Loss on keys and vocals (with Mike Gantzer supplying haunting harmony and lead guitar), Aqueous delivered an emotionally stirring performance of the fan favorite composition that was reverent and true to the original as well as imbued with their own unique energy as a group.Remembering Pink Floyd’s Rick Wrigh Through The Stories Behind “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” And His Other Classic CompositionsThankfully, the band has released full pro-shot footage of their “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, so we can all witness the sparks flying for Aqueous in the Windy City. Check it out below via the Aqueous YouTube page:Remembering Syd Barrett’s Troubled Genius On ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’SETLIST: Aqueous | Lincoln Hall | Chicago, IL | 11/16/17SET 1: Dave’s Song > Weight of the Word, 20/20 > Timmy’s Blades > 20/20, Warren In the WindowENCORE: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts IV)NOTES:1 Justin Reckamp (Mungion) on guitar2 Enter Sandman teasesBustout alert! Timmy’s Blades last played 2/15/17 (82 shows)