Striking Photos Capture The Spirit of Wanee Music Festival

first_imgLoad remaining images Wrapping up the 11th year of Wanee Music Festival, and the memories continue with these lovely photos. With headlining sets from Widespread Panic (x2), Umphrey’s McGee (x2), Gov’t Mule, and Gregg Allman Band, the weekend’s wheel turned perfectly in sync with the universe, and despite projected bad weather, only drizzled once.Stellar performances from Les Brers, Oteil  & Friends, Soulive, Dumpstaphunk’s Earth, Wind, & Power, Billy & The Kids, and Kung Fu tied together a perfect knot for the memories that remain intangibly placed in the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park.Thanks to photographer Benjamin Adams, we can relive some of the best moments from Wanee 2016: For more photos, check the gallery below.Also from Wanee, you can watch videos and stream the audio from these very special performances: Les Brers with Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule with Jack Pearson, Billy & The Kids with Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, Joel Cummins with Kung Fu, Umphrey’s McGee’s mash-up set, Warren Haynes sit-in with Widespread Panic for ZZ Top covers, and Karl Denson with Melvin Seals & JGB. Enjoy!last_img read more

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Bob Weir Discusses Science And Performs Acoustic Set At Einstein Gala [Watch]

first_imgAs previously reported, Bob Weir was scheduled to appear at an exciting event called the Einstein Gala in Toronto, ON, where he served as both a guest speaker and musical performer for the evening. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, Weir’s presence was meant to show the importance of innovation in both arts and science. After a discussion on the subject, Weir performed an acoustic set that featured a number of Grateful Dead classics, as well as a lengthy sit-in from Dan Kanter.Though this appearance happened just now, we’re fortunate to be able to share footage of the entire ceremony, courtesy of Periscope user David Lonergan. You can find the speech here, and the full set video here. Additionally, a separate video for the encore “Ripple,” featuring Kanter, can be watched here.Weir resumes his Grateful duties with Dead & Company on June 10th for a lengthy summer tour. Watch their recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, here. Check out the acoustic setlist below:Setlist: Bob Weir at Einstein Gala, The Carlu, Toronto, ON – 5/15/16Set: Loose Lucy, Peggy- O, KC Moan, Easy To Slip, Dear Prudence, Friend of the Devil*, Birdsong*, Jack Straw*Encore: Ripple ** = w/ Dan Kanter[Hat tip to Osty Gale for the setlist and videos]last_img read more

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Here’s What You Can Do If You Don’t Like Phish (Or Any Other Band)

first_imgWe get it. You just can’t get into Phish‘s music, you can’t get behind John Mayer playing Grateful Dead music, you don’t like it when jam bands incorporate electronica or you find some professional singer’s voice to be unappealing. Whatever qualms you have, we urge you to just let it go.It’s going to be okay.In the earliest days of recorded music, choices were fairly limited. You could put on the FM Radio, watch the occasional musical guest on a variety program like the Ed Sullivan Show, listen to records, or get out and see a concert. Though the format of albums changed over the years and new forms of media popped up, including MTV and the like, it really wasn’t until the advent of the Internet did a fan’s options truly begin to open. Now, there’s an incredible bounty of music from which to choose, spanning a plethora of genres and approaches.With all of that music available, it’s feasible for individuals to have a wide-ranging taste in music. My personal Spotify history ranges from jam bands to classic rock to funk to bluegrass to the soundtrack of Hamilton. With an enormous amount of music at our disposal, it’s almost irresponsible for true music lovers not to explore new and intriguing sounds. There are literally 20 million songs on Spotify right now. How many have you heard?The thing is, music is a subjective experience. Anyone who’s ever read Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists list will almost certainly find something objectionable (seriously though, The Edge is higher than Frank Zappa, Trey Anastasio, Tom Morello, David Gilmour…), because there’s no possible way to objectively declare one professional musician to be better than another. You might enjoy hearing one band more than another, but someone else might not. We all experience the world through our own unique lens of life experiences, and different sounds and styles resonate differently through those lenses.For more on that topic, I suggest reading this lovely feature about the ways in which personality is linked to music taste, according to research.The point here is that different people like different things. We try to maintain a healthy sampling of musical genres, whether it’s the “jam” groups, the bluegrass, the funk, the hip hop, the R&B, the soul, the jazz, the electronic, the classic rock… Just take a scroll through our news section and you’ll see what I mean.It is true that the bands with the biggest followings in this live music scene tend to evoke the biggest reactions. When Phish is on tour, our content tends to gravitate in their direction. Without fail, some of our readers feel the urge to let everyone know that Phish sucks. It’s okay for you to have that opinion; it really is. Like I said, everyone perceives music through their own lenses.So what can you do about it? First, feel free to ask yourself, “Why don’t I like this band?” If it’s for a superficial reason, you might want to give some of the music a chance. If you’ve listened to the music and genuinely do not enjoy it, then your next step is even simpler. Do nothing.Writing a nasty comment on a Phish thread is like going to a baseball game and telling fans you think baseball is boring. All you’re doing is making little kids cry.*In the end, it’s okay for you to dislike what other people are listening to. We all have our own subjective opinions about music, and we’re all allowed to feel our own way. When you cross that line and insult people for their taste, however, it sends a message that your own taste is superior. In reality, it isn’t. It’s superior to you, just as my taste is superior to me. It suits me, and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.It’s easy for people on the Internet to subject others to their negative opinions. Fortunately, when you actually find yourself at a real world performance, the negativity tends to dwindle into non-existence. Only here, on the troll-friendly platform of social media, do people think it’s okay to hate on other people for the kind of music they like.In the end, the moral of this story is the same moral we’ve learned from any fairy tale. Don’t be a dick.Can’t wait to read the comments on this one…* I have so many more analogies for writing mean comments. It’s like bringing a bag of Filet-O’-Fish sandwiches on a fishing trip. It’s like going on a date and texting other people the whole time. It’s like going to a restaurant and knocking hamburgers out of people’s hands because you heard red meat is dangerous. It’s like talking to me nonstop when I’m trying to watch this movie. Seriously though, why did you put this movie on if you won’t let me watch it?last_img read more

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Bob Weir Announces New Album, ‘Blue Mountain,’ And Fall Tour Dates

first_imgAfter many years of anticipation, Bob Weir has finally announced the release of his first solo album in over 10 years. The album with “cowboy songs” is called Blue Mountain, and is due out on September 30th, according to Weir’s website. Not only that, but he’ll be supporting the new album with a tour, performing dates on both sides of the country from October 7th through the 19th.Weir has been talking about the new album for years, and it features a lively cast of musicians. Josh Ritter, Josh Kaufman, Scott Devendorf, Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner are all known to have contributed to the new release, and Weir has mentioned bringing in lyricist John Perry Barlow to help with some of the album’s storytelling aspects. The concept should focus primarily on “cowboy” music, according to past interviews. You can pre-order the album here.According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.The tour dates supporting the release kick off on October 7th, where Weir will perform at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, CA, After three days in California, Weir will fly across the country and stop in Upper Darby, PA, Brooklyn, NY, Port Chester, NY, and Nashville, TN. He’ll end the run with one final performance at the famed Ryman Auditorium. Weir will be performing with members of The National on tour, including Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, and Josh Kaufman!While this means a Dead & Company fall tour is unlikely, it’s encouraging to see Weir working hard at some of his own music. You can see the full tour schedule and Blue Mountain tracklisting below!Bob Weir Solo TourSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016Blue Mountain1. Only A River 2. Cottonwood Lullaby 3. Gonesville 4. Lay My Lily Down 5. Gallop On The Run 6. Whatever Happened To Rose 7. What The Ghost Towns Know 8. Darkest Hour 9. Ki-Yi Bossie 10. Storm Country 11. Blue Mountain 12. One More River To Crosslast_img read more

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Someone Hilariously Removed The Music From David Bowie & Mick Jagger’s “Dancing In The Street” Video

first_imgThere’s a lot of work that goes into the production of a music video. While you can’t help but imagine that what you see on the screen is real, that David Bowie and Mick Jagger are harmoniously dancing in the streets in the mid-1980’s, it is not the case at all.A new perspective is provided when you remove the music from the video, and it’s pretty hilarious to watch. Imagine Bowie and Jagger acting out these moves – especially without the high energy of the original tune. Thanks to YouTube user Strack Azar, you can watch the silent video below:The voices in the video are obviously not those of the two rock icons, however they provide a pretty hilarious impression of what the silent-take might’ve sounded like.last_img

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Yonder Mountain String Band Announces 2017 Summer Tour

first_imgThe beloved five-piece Colorado jamgrass act Yonder Mountain String Band has just announced their summer tour with occasional dates featuring Tylers Childers. The recently announced dates span from mid-June to mid-July, constituting a healthy mix of festival appearances and headlining shows. The tour kicks off on June 14th with the band appearing at Telluride Bluegrass Festival. From there, Yonder will play a handful of dates across the midwest, eventually ending June with an appearance at Frendly Gathering in Londonderry, Vermont. The majority of July will see the band meander south, ending the East Coast dates of the tour in North Carolina on July 9th. To finally close out their summer appearances, Yonder will end on a high note, with performances at Oregon’s Northwest String Summit from July 13th through 16th, then return home to Colorado for a co-headlining gig of the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Gov’t Mule. You can head to Yonder’s website for tickets for their 2017 summer tour![Photo courtesy of C.B. Klein]last_img read more

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Evanoff Announces ‘Dusk Before Dawn Tour’ and Releases New Single

first_imgEvanoff ‘Dusk Before Dawn’ Fall 2017 Tour9.6 – The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ9.8 – Taos Mesa Breweing – Taos, NM9.9 – Shady Park – Tempe, AZ9.22 – The Belly Up – Aspen, CO w/ Ghostland Observatory9.23 – Mishawaka Ampitheatre – Bellvue, CO w/ Ghostland Observatory9.24 – The Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO w/ Ghostland Observatory9.29 – Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO9.30 – The Eldo – Crested Butte, CO10.4 – Gillie’s – Kearney, NE10.5 – VEGA – Lincoln, NE10.6 – The Elbo Room – Chicago, IL10.7 – The Loft – Lansing, MI10.13 – The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD10.14 – Stella Blues – New Haven, CT10.21 – Foam Brewers – Burlington, VT Denver-based power-trio Evanoff is a musical beast that fuses electronic dance music with sweet and lofty moments of classic rock, producing what they’ve coined “Dream Rock.” Created by JJ Evanoff,  Jake Hall, and Parker Oberholzer, the three youngins’ are now releasing their debut EP, Dusk Before Dawn. JJ Evanoff and company have been busy preparing this chronicled journey, with the release of the lead single off the EP, “Crowd Control.”According to JJ Evanoff, “Crowd Control is the second piece of music in our concept EP, Dark Before Dawn, which reflects upon my first-hand experience with Syrian refugees whilst on a 20-hour train ride from Southern France to Munich, Germany back in 2015. The musical storyline of the album attempts to narrate the journey of a war-torn refugee, and the mental-emotional battle they experience as they transition from the chaos of their home country to finding peace in their new life. “Crowd Control” is the second episode in that story.What was so fulfilling creatively about writing Crowd Control, was the ability to combine the influence of all our current favorite musical genres—funk, future bass, and rock—into one fluid musical composition. The song also highlights Jake Hall on drums and our favorite aspects as performing musicians, including dancey grooves and psychedelic jam breakdowns, to complex electronic production. “Crowd Control” has been our favorite song to play in our live shows since we wrote it back in April of this year, so we are glad to be able to transfer the same energy into our studio recording.”Listen to Evanoff’s new track, “Crowd Control” below. You can catch Evanoff on the road this fall, as they embark on a nationwide tour including three Colorado shows supporting Ghostland Observatory. For a full list of dates and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website.last_img read more

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Oteil Burbridge, Grahame Lesh, Bernard Purdie, More Mash Up Grateful Dead & Allman Brothers At Roots Rock Revival

first_imgBy now, you have hopefully heard of Roots Rock Revival, the four night, five day all-inclusive intensive at Music Masters Camps, founded by Butch Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson, that features master classes, jam sessions, Q&A sessions, open rehearsals and much, much more. The spirit of the “camp” flows in all directions, where the lines between artist and participant are nonexistent and instead work in a mutually effective nature that allows the freedom of education, knowledge, and musicality to run wild. Without Butch and former Music Masters Camps artist Col. Bruce Hampton there this year, the 2017 lineup featured sessions drummer Bernard Purdie, world-renowned keyboardist John Medeski, former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, NOLA drummer Johnny Vidacovich, Midnight North guitarist/vocalist Grahame Lesh, pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier, and DJ Logic as the camp’s masters. Also on tap were family members and musicians Vaylor Trucks, guitarist and son of Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley Jr., bassist son of Berry Oakley, as well as Ryan Montbleau, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ Jackson Kincheloe, Brian Graham, and Phil Rodriguez, alongside former guitarist/vocalist of Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Heather Gillis, local keyboardist Craig Keil, and guitarist James Beihn.Roots Rock Revival Brings Oteil Burbridge, Luther Dickinson, John Medeski, Bernard Purdie, & More For Music Masters CampThe eclectic mix of artists provided an extended reach beyond the Southern Rock roots that the camp’s foundation was built upon. With bassist Oteil Burbridge (formerly of the Allman Brothers Band) now in Dead & Company, the Grateful Dead spirit was very much alive–especially with Phil Lesh’s son Grahame on site for the second half of the week. On the final night of camp, the all-star group of musicians performed their last concert together. Butch’s son Vaylor Trucks (the little boy on the cover of Brothers and Sisters) had come up with the idea with fellow guitarist Grahame Lesh to mix their heritages in a mash-up of Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead music to close the show. Vaylor, Grahame, Oteil, Jack Pearson (formerly of the Allman Brothers Band), Bernard Purdie, Johnny Vidacovich, and Craig Keil started with “China Cat Sunflower,” and at the peak before the jam took a left turn into “Blue Sky.” In addition to Bernard Purdie playing Grateful Dead music, the interplay between Lesh, Trucks, and Burbridge was straight magical. Experiences like these are only possible at Roots Rock Revival.Thanks to Tom Pragliola, you can watch the “China/Sky Mashup” below:Roots Rock Revival and the gorgeous setting has proven time and again to be a perfect host for these inspiring and memorable events. With 2018 confirmed in the books for August 6-11, we’re already planning our next reunion. It’s a family that keeps on growing, with every year adding new tastes to the musical gumbo.Taking the music out of the equation (which probably never happened), the 100 acres of mountains, fields, and streams at Full Moon Resort provides a rustic, yet sophisticated venue in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Mountain Forest Preserve and Hudson Valley in Big Indian, New York. Between master classes and river jams, campers are able to explore hiking trails, water falls, and each other’s musical offerings between three fabulous meals. Bountiful and fresh, the menu features many locally grown ingredients and a full spectrum of exceptional catering from the arrival Meet and Greet to the farewell breakfast.The master classes varied for all levels of players, and included “Jam Etiquette 101,” “Listening/Developing Heightened Awareness,” “Allman Brothers Licks with Jack Pearson,” “Fingerpickin’ & New Orleans Street Beats with Luther and Johnny V,” and so many more. See the full schedule here.[cover photo by Michael Bloom Photography]last_img read more

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Watch The Werks Cover The Doobie Brothers At This Year’s Werk Out Fest [Pro-Shot]

first_img[H/T JamBase; Photo: Josh Timmermans] In the beginning of August, The Werks hosted their annual Werk Out Festival, which saw performances by Gramatik, The Floozies, Emancipator, Twiddle, Dopapod, and Dumpstaphunk in addition to three nights of performances by the festival’s host band. With the festival opening on August 3rd, The Werks wasted no time getting the party started, laying out an energized set the first night to set the tone for the rest of the weekend. During this first set of the weekend, the Ohio-based group gave a cover of The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running” the proper treatment. With drummer Rob Chafin handling vocal duties, the tune eventually segued into a spirited jam portion heavily featuring keys player Dan Shaw and guitarist Chris Houser. You can check out this video of this rare Werks cover of The Doobie Brother’s “Long Train Running” at The Werk Out Festival below, which was uploaded to  The Werks YouTube page yesterday.last_img read more

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce 20+ Date Tour

first_imgNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have announced a lengthy North American tour that will take them across much of the United States and parts of Canada this May, June, and August. The Americana, soul and R&B outfit will be on the road in support of their forthcoming album, Tearing at the Seams, which is due out on March 9th via Stax Records. You can give the first single from that new record—”You Worry Me”—a listen below.Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ tour will kick off in St. Petersburg, FL on May 5th then head to parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Canada. The band will then make its way to the Midwest and Northeast before swinging through the West Coast. Finally, the outing will wrap up with a show at Colorado’s picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 22nd.A number of other acts will join Rateliff and Co. during some of their stops, including Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, The Head and The Heart, Deer Tick, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Tank & The Bangas.In an effort to keep scalpers and bots from acquiring too many tickets for their upcoming tour, the band will sell its pre-sale tickets via a fan lottery. The lottery will be open from now until noon EST on Wednesday, January 24th, and fans will be notified about pre-sale tickets by 6 p.m. that day.Tickets will go on sale to the general public at noon EST on Friday, January 26th (11 a.m. EST for Forest Hills, NY tickets). Additionally, every ticket purchased on the tour will come with a digital download of Tearing at the Seams.“You Worry Me”Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Tour DatesMay 5 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live*May 8 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore *May 9 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz *May 11 – Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewing Company *May 12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater *May 14 – Richmond, VA @ The NationalMay 16 – Washington, DC @ AnthemMay 18 – Toronto, ON @ Massey HallMay 19 – Montreal, QC @ MTelusMay 31 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ^June 2 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater ^June 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica ^June 5 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang ^June 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann ^June 8 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  %June 9 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium #August 3 – Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsAugust 5 – Saint Paul, MN @ The Palace TheatreAugust 7 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts AmphitheatreAugust 9 – Missoula, MT @ KettleHouse AmphitheaterAugust 10 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield AmphitheaterAugust 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek TheatreAugust 18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox TheaterAugust 22 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre***- with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real^- with The Head and The Heart%- with Deer Tick# – with The Head and The Heart and Hiss Golden Messenger**- with Tank & The Bangas[Photo: Andrew Rios]last_img read more

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