Yesterday celebrated a twenty-five-year career for Dave Matthews Band, with their debut performance beginning at TRAX in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 14, 1991. The band included Carter Beauford (drums), LeRoi Moore (saxophone), and Stefan Lessard (bass), who found the old cassette tape a few years ago with recordings of this historical night in DMB history.In light of the milestone, the band shared audio of “Recently” from their legendary debut:The concert was part of a benefit show for Middle East Children’s Alliance, and featured songs like “The Best Of What’s Around,” “Typical Situation,” and “I’ll Back You Up.” The original lineup lasted through August of 1991, and then expanded with Peter Griesar (keys) and Boyd Tinsley (fiddle), until Griesar left the band early 1993.While Dave Matthews Band will be playing an incredibly extensive summer tour, they’ve announced plans to take a hiatus following those dates and through 2017.[H/T JamBase]
Fans of the Grateful Dead canon certainly have something to celebrate, as guitarist Warren Haynes has been performing orchestral tributes to Jerry Garcia throughout the country. The “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations” all have a special facet, as Haynes plays one of Garcia’s actual guitars: Wolf.With a show coming up tonight at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV, Haynes spoke to WOUB about the experience of playing with a symphony, of honoring the Dead legacy, and of using the same instrument that Garcia himself once played.About the shows themselves, Haynes shows his appreciation, saying, “I have a long association with the band and all the individual members, and I’ve played a lot of these songs throughout the years, but it was an opportunity to not only work with a symphony for the first time but to take this incredible body of music and pick the songs that I thought would work best with an orchestra and arrange those songs the way that I wanted to arrange them and give them to orchestral arrangers to take from there. It allows me to present the songs in a completely different light than people are used to hearing them.”He also spoke about playing the guitar itself, saying, “It’s a beautiful instrument and I was looking forward to trying it two and a half years ago when I first played these shows. And I instantly felt like I was very comfortable and at home with that instrument, especially in the context of playing these songs, I feel like it puts me even closer to the music. It instantly gives me a sound that is more associated with Jerry Garcia and therefore kind of inspires me to play with even more of his influence than I usually would.”Well said, Haynes. Don’t miss this tour!
Voted Lockn’s Biggest Breakthrough Performance by Team L4Lm, Khruangbin had an impressionable presence at this weekend’s affair. The late-night Woods Stage performance followed up My Morning Jacket‘s headlining performance and coincided with Lettuce‘s funktastic blowout at the Blue Ridge Bowl. The Full List of the 2016 LOCKN’ Festival AwardsThe Thai-funk, surf-rock jam band created a symphony of sounds unlike any other on the festival’s grounds. It’s an energy unlike any other in the scene, quite frankly. While most festival-goers were unaware of the psychedelic vibe conductors, those who attended left totally jaw-dropped and in awe.Thanks to taper Matt Moricle, you can enjoy the full-set below:[Photo via John Moricle]
Natalie Cressman is primarily known for her crazed blasts of trombone fury, but on her new album Etchings In Amber she shows a delicate side that mesmerizes as it entertains. Her collaborator on these offerings, guitarist Mike Bono, plays a lilting, clean, jazz influenced guitar style that serves as a unique breath of fresh air. Though with horn in hand as the loud and proud trombonist of the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB), Cressman’s main instrument on display is her enchanting voice. The combination of her voice and Bono’s guitar lines coalesce into a collection of songs that will leave listeners in a truly beautiful state of mind.Those who have only known Cressman as a brass blasting force will be amazed to find her so incredibly capable of crafting exquisite melodies with her amazing voice. Opening track “Dust,” like the rest of the material on the album, is recorded with an eye on simplicity. You can practically feel Bono’s fingers pressing on the strings. The soft breaths taken in by Cressman are audible, giving a palpable sense of intimacy to each track. The effect effectively captures the sense of a fading light, with stanzas and guitar lines continuously trailing away in a gorgeous repose.The transfixing nature of the music can hide a darker lyrical intent as on “Wind Of Whims.” A meditation on indecision and commitment, the tune finds the protagonist finally deciding to cut ties with a commitment-phobic lover. Taking on such a mature topic shows a fearless songwriting bent that is both impressive and engrossing. “Folds Of Time” and “I Look To You” continue in this vein, as soaring phrases are grounded by a stark guitar. The pairing produces a symbiosis of mathematical progression and raw emotion that resonates on intrinsic human frequencies.Though his tempos stay within a limited range, the emotions that flow from the patterns and progressions put forth by guitarist Mike Bono show a deep understanding of mood creation. Saying so much while displaying such little effort is the mark of a player who understands himself and his intentions on a cellular level. There is no hiding in this album of duets, and Bono seems to savor the chance to let his playing be heard in it’s purest form.Closing the album, Cressman again sings of farewells and endings in “Goodbye Lullaby”. It’s appropriate as not only the final track of the whole, but also a summation of the thoughts and themes of the record. As the narrator learns, the folly of regretting things undone and the moments lost from realization of the freedom gained is powerful. Natalie Cressman has made a mature and haunting album that uses a sparse soundscape to create a connection with the listener. Her soul seems to speak directly to the souls of her audience, and we are all the better for it.Enjoy Etchings in Amber below:Be sure to catch Natalie Cressman with Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Benny Rietveld (Santana), and Samora Pinderhughs (Emily King, Branford Marsalis) at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd. With members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, The Disco Biscuits and more all performing, we can’t wait for this festival! All information about Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
Last month, fan-favorite Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra laid out plans for a 20-date Spring 2017 tour through the south including a stop at SweetWater 420 Fest and a pair of Jazz Fest late-nights at the Joy Theater. Today, the band announced the addition of 10 northeast dates in May, including a two-night run at the historic Capitol Theatre.See below for a full list of the newly added dates, and visit the band’s website for a full list of dates and more information.Dark Star Orchestra Spring 2017 Tour Leg Two:5/11 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre5/12 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury Theater5/13 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak5/15 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center5/16 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center – MPAC5/18 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur5/19 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre5/20 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre5/21 – Keene, NH – The Colonial Theatre5/23 – Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live at The Queen
Fool’s Paradise is just around the corner! We’re gearing up for a weekend with Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large. On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a funk-fueled dance party – with so many surprises in store!Today, the festival shares the official schedule so all attendees can make plans around the two-day event. Check out all the set times below!In addition to the main lineup, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! 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. 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.There’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes, The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky, and Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley, or ping-pong tournament with Adam Deitch and Adam Smirnoff, or a sailing adventure and DJ set at sea with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best.There will also be music at the Elk’s Lodge on Saturday afternoon, from 1PM-4PM with performances from Ajeva, The Groove Orient, and Ben Strok & The Full Electric. More information can be found here.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore.For more information on VIP packages, hotel packages, camping options, or other recommendations, click here. See you at Fool’s Paradise!
Load remaining images Few Colorado events bring together two of the state’s favorite things, live music and craft beer, as harmoniously as keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth’s (The String Cheese Incident) annual Hoppy Holidays. This year’s beer festival-meets-concert featured Colorado bands Dragondeer, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, and Yonder Mountain String Band, along with nearly 30 local and national craft breweries.The doors opened just after dark around 5:30pm, and the Fillmore Auditorium quickly filled with beer geeks of all ages eager to try some of the finest beers in the country. IPAs were an obvious favorite, particularly the soft, unfiltered hoppy ales known as New England-style IPAs; Cerebral Brewing’s Rare Trait, Odd13 Brewing’s Superfan and Intergalactic Juice Hunter, and New Terrain Brewing’s Golden Haze all drew large lines.Shortly after the beer tasting began and following a brief introduction by Kyle Hollingsworth, Denver’s own Dragondeer hit the stage with their thick blues rock sound. Reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys, and electric Taj Mahal, the quartet stunned the audience with their hybrid of Mississippi Delta blues and 1960s psychedelic rock. Lead vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player Eric Holberg led the band with a rare ferocity, his deep growl and swampy harmonica blending perfectly with Cole Rudy’s raw pedal steel playing. Shocking many in attendance and quickly catapulting onto the Denver scene, Dragondeer is a growing force to be reckoned with.The Kyle Hollingsworth Band took the next slot, and they wasted no time getting the audience moving with Hollingswoth’s trademark organ-led funk. With many String Cheese Incident fans in the crowd, Kyle busted out “Let’s Go Outside” early in his set, stretching out the SCI staple in his own way. The band was then joined by Yonder Mountain String Band guitarist Adam Aijala and mandolinist Jake Jolliff for an instrumental take on the Grateful Dead’s “Cumberland Blues” that segued into a blistering, extended rendition of “Deal.” Both Aijala and Jolliff took lengthy solos on “Deal” before handing the reigns and the stage back to Hollingsworth. After a few more numbers, the band welcomed out another Yonder member, fiddler Allie Kral, for a rare bustout of The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly.” The cover was unbelievably tight, with Kral absolutely crushing the fiddle outro in perfect album form. With the energy in the auditorium impossibly high, the band rounded out the set with another pair of heaters, the funk-laced “Rosie” and another impeccable cover in Cake’s classic “Short Skirt Long Jacket.”Thanks to YouTube user Kyle Isaac, you can enjoy the “Deal”collaboration with Jacob Jolliff and Adam Aijala below:Watch “Baba O’Reily” with special guest Allie Kral, into “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”:Watch the Kyle Hollingsworth Band perform “Here We Go”:Closing out the night was Nederland’s own Yonder Mountain String Band. The Colorado bluegrass legends played a flawless set, tying together old and new material with apparent mastery. After a blistering take on “Casualty” off of their 2009 album The Show, the band dropped into the new fan-favorite “Bad Taste” from this year’s Love. Ain’t Love. Kyle Hollingsworth joined the band on stage moments later, sitting in with the band for a couple of songs. The keyboardist added a dynamic layer to the bluegrass band, meshing particularly well banjoist Dave Johnston and providing beautiful textures on “Black Sheep” and “Criminal.” Led by bassist Ben Kaufman’s low-end foundation and jovial between-song banter, the band pressed on with a handful of Yonder classics, including an appropriate “40 Miles from Denver” and a lengthy “Landfall,” before bidding farewell to a packed Fillmore Auditorium with a monster of an encore.Watch Yonder Mountain String Band perform “Black Sheep” below:Sister Golden HairFrankensteinYonder Mountain String Band heads to Mexico next week, December 8th-11th for the Strings and Sol Festival, before returning to Colorado for New Year’s Shows in Breckenridge and Telluride on December 29th and 31st, respectively. The band then kicks off their 2018 Winter Tour on January 10th in State College, PA.Hoppy Holidays 2017 | Photos by Chris Klein
Tedeschi Trucks Band played their third of four nights this week at the Ryman Auditorium last night in Nashville, TN. Scheduled as an “Evening With” the band, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi led their 12-piece powerhouse through two full sets of their signature blues-rock, mixing together an impressive mix of originals and covers. Toward the end of their set, Tedeschi Trucks Band welcomed American country singer Wynonna Judd to the stage for vocal accompaniment on their second set-closing original “Bound For Glory” and a cover of Hambone Willie Newbern‘s “Rollin’ and Tumblin” during the encore. In 2016, both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi appeared on Wynonna & The Big Noise, making for an appropriate return in collaboration. Wynonna’s guest appearance made for an exciting surprise of the night, following buckets of highlights from the husband-and-wife led band.Tedeschi Trucks Band kept most of the first set original, with back-to-back favorites “Do I Look Worried” and “Don’t Know What It Means” to open the show. Following a reliable Box Tops cover of “The Letter”, the band continued with a fairly rare version of “Until You Remember” from 2011’s Revelator. Lonnie Young, Ed Young, & Lonnie Young, Jr.‘s “Chevrolet” came next, another song left out of their reliable songbook, before the band soared through three originals, “Don’t Drift Away”, “Part Of Me”, and “I Want More”. The first set closed with the Latin-infused outro jam of “Soul Sacrifice” by Santana.The second set picked back up with a newly-introduced cover of Tom Petty‘s “You Don’t Know How It Feels” into 2013’s title track of Made Up Mind. The energy continued with a classic cover of Allen Toussaint‘s “Get Out My Life, Woman” into the band’s heart-wrenching original “Midnight In Harlem”. The second set continued with four genre-spanning covers “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” by Four Tops, “Color of the Blues” by George Jones, “Comin’ Home” by Delaney & Bonnie and “I Pity The Fool” by Bobby “Blue” Bland. The second set closed with a strong “Bound For Glory”, which featured the talented Wynonna Judd on vocals.The band and Wynonna returned for “Rollin’ and Tumblin”, before closing the set with an energetically-charged “Sing A Simple Song / I Want To Take You Higher” by Sly & The Family Stone. Tedeschi Trucks Band will return to the stage tonight for their final night at the Ryman Auditorium, before taking the month of March off. Head to the band’s website for a full list of upcoming dates.“Don’t Drift Away”[Video: Timothy Panovec]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 3/2/18I: Do I Look Worried, Don’t Know What It Means, The Letter (The Box Tops), Until You Remember, Chevrolet (Lonnie Young, Ed Young, Lonnie Young Jr. cover), Don’t Drift Away, Part of Me, I Want More, Soul Sacrifice outro (Santana)II: You Don’t Know How It Feels (Tom Petty), Made Up Mind, Get Out My Life, Woman (Allen Toussaint), Midnight In Harlem, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Four Tops), Color of the Blues (George Jones), Comin’ Home (Delaney & Bonnie), I Pity the Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland), Bound For Glory*E: Rollin’ and Tumblin (Hambone Willie Newbern)*, Sing a Simple Song / I Want To Take You Higher (Sly & The Family Stone)*w/ Wynonna Judd
In late April, we reported on Woodbridge, New Jersey’s Ross Street School, where the elementary school’s vocal music teacher Mark Filoramo was teaching his kids the music of jam-band royalty, Phish. After releasing a devastatingly cute video of the students singing Phish’s “More”, we spoke with Filoramo, who shared that the song was being prepared for use in his original Phish musical. Titled Contact: The Quest for the Black Circle, Filoramo’s not-for-profit play was scheduled to be performed by Ross Street School’s 4th and 5th graders on May 22nd.The heartwarming tale is set in a “far-away planet where animals rule the world,” with a bunch of animals going on an adventure to learn more about a mysterious “Black Circle” that has appeared in the woods. As previously noted, Filoramo’s kid-friendly Phish musical features classics like “Halley’s Comet”, “Birds of a Feather”, “Bouncing Around The Room”, “The Wedge”, “Sparkle”, “Simple”, “Character Zero”, “My Sweet One”, “Theme From The Bottom”, “Blaze On”, “Contact”, and “More”.With the amazing 4th- and 5th-grade students at Ross Street School having just performed Contact‘s debut this week, Filoramo shared videos of the kids’ performance. He also noted after the performance, “The show was very well received by the parents—they really enjoyed it… How can you not enjoy an evening of Phish’s music?”You can check out a full video as well as highlights of the Phish musical and read a full synopsis of the Contact: The Quest For The Black Circle below.Contact: The Quest For The Black Circle (Full Performance)Contact: The Quest For The Black Circle (Highlights)[Videos: Mark Filoramo]As the synopsis for Contact: The Quest for the Black Circle reads:In a far-away planet where animals rule the world, the small animals gather for their weekly pow-wow where they meditate and focus on important aspects of life. A cool animal named Jezmund announces at the end of a pow-wow that he has discovered a mysterious “Black Circle” in the woods and that he wanted a group of volunteers to explore with him and find out what this “Black Circle” is. A group of animals agrees to accompany him on his mission and head out into the woods. During their trip, they encounter what they think is a scary group of big vicious animals carrying weapons, however, they soon find out that they are harmless creatures that are actually carrying instruments for their band.They eventually become friends and explain to them about their quest to find the “Black Circle”. The band recommends that they see the “Man Mulcahey” who can lead them to the “Black Circle”. The two groups set off together and eventually find the “Man Mulcahey” he was able to lead them to the “Black Circle”. When they finally found it, he was quickly amused at discovering that it was only an old car tire. The animals were disappointed that there was nothing magical about the tire and they wondered why there was not more to life. The “Man Mulcahey” assured them that life is about the journey and spending time with loved ones and not about stuff we find along the way. The animals all learned their most valuable lesson.
While many people may think of the jam band and the electronic worlds separately, over the years, the genres have collided. Acts like STS9, The Disco Biscuits, and Lotus have pioneered jamtronica, and increasingly, jam bands and electronic acts have consistently shared the top of the bill at festivals across the country. However, Horizon Wireless, a drummer and DJ duo based out of New York City, has combined jam bands and electronic dance music in a new way, releasing a remix album of fifteen different jam bands.Dubbed Reimaginate, Horizon Wireless’ new album features remixes of bands from across the spectrum. The oldest band represented, of course, is The Grateful Dead, in the form of a fresh take on “Help On The Way”. Reimaginate also samples long-standing fan-favorite jam bands, such as Phish (“The Moma Dance”), Umphrey’s McGee (“Bright Lights, Big City”), STS9 (“Scheme”), moe. (“Crab Eyes”), Widespread Panic (“Pickin’ Up The Pieces”), The Disco Biscuits (“Little Betty Boop”), String Cheese Incident (“Rosie”), Lotus (“Plant Your Root”), and Lettuce (“Sounds Like A Party”). However, Horizon Wireless has also sampled a number of breakthrough up-and-comers on the scene, with takes on tracks from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, Dopapod, Twiddle, and Spafford. The album’s cosmic cover art was designed by VolNaro Rock & Roll Art Design.You can take a listen to Horizon Wireless’ reimaginings of classic jam band songs with their new album, Reimaginate, below. <a href=”http://horizonwireless.bandcamp.com/album/reimaginate”>Reimaginate by Horizon Wireless</a>For a full Reimaginate tracklist, see below. For a full list of original tracks used to make the remix album or to find out more about the project, head here.Horizon Wireless Reimaginate Tracklist:1. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Horizon (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:232.Umphey’s McGee – Bright Lights, Big City (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:423. Sound Tribe Sector 9 – Scheme (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:174. The Grateful Dead – Help On The Way (Horizon Wireless Remix) 02:595. Phish – The Moma Dance (Horizon Wireless Remix) 02:536. The Disco Biscuits – Little Betty Boop (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:107. Lotus – Plant Your Root (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:208. The String Cheese Incident – Rosie (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:219. Papadosio – Method of Control (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:1010. Twiddle – Drifter (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:0111. Dopapod – Nerds (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:0312. Lettuce – Sounds Like a Party (Horizon Wireless Remix) 02:4913. Spafford – In the Eyes of Thieves (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:0714. moe. – Crab Eyes (Horizon Wireless Remix) 03:0115. Widespread Panic – Pickin’ Up The Pieces (Horizon Wireless Remix) 02:45View Full Tracklist