Wanee Music Festival brought music of the Grateful Dead to Spirit of the Suwanee over the weekend, featuring drummer Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Reed Mathis, keyboard player Aron Magner, and guitarist Tom Hamilton. For the third show of their run, the band welcomed fellow Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, who delivered his great guitar work and vocals, to the entire set. Warren Haynes also joined in on the fun, for a “Deal” closer, just minutes before his Gov’t Mule took the same stage.The set opened with a “Shakedown Street” > “Dear Prudence” medley, before taking “Me and My Uncle” by storm. The “Cassidy” > “Playing In The Band” found Krasno on vocals, and brought a refreshing drizzle of rain from the sky, as if the universe had rehearsed such timing perfectly. An energy-shifting “Scarlet Begonias” brought fans’ arms to the sky for the traditional chants before the sunlight returned for “Stella Blue” and “Uncle John’s Band.” Warren Haynes joined in for “Deal” and the set concluded, before Gov’t Mule took the stage for a sunset performance. Watch Krasno take lead vocals on “Playing In The Band” courtesy of WardenJune:“Shakedown Street”“Deal” with Warren Haynes, courtesy of michael kramer:Thanks to taper Butch Almberg, you can stream the full audio here: Also from Wanee, you can watch videos and stream the audio from these very special performances: Gov’t Mule with Jack Pearson, Joel Cummins with Kung Fu, Warren Haynes with Les Brers, Umphrey’s McGee’s mash-up set, Karl Denson with Melvin Seals & JGB, and Warren Haynes sit-in with Widespread Panic for ZZ Top covers. Enjoy!Setlist: Billy & The Kids at Wanee Festival, Live Oak, FL – 4/15/16:Set: Shakedown Street > Dear Prudence, Me And My Uncle, Cassidy > Playing In The Band, Scarlet Begonias, Stella Blue, Uncle John’s Band, Deal** with Warren Haynes[Photos courtesy of Ben Adams]
In 1996, Phish released a game changing album called Billy Breathes. The album showed off more of a songwriting approach than previous releases, with ballads like “Waste” and “Talk” complementing hits like “Free,” “Theme From The Bottom,” “Prince Caspian” and more.With the 20-year anniversary of Billy Breathes on the minds of phans everywhere, the Brooklyn Bowl hosted an all-star tribute featuring jam bands in the New York area. The event was also co-hosted by Brookladelphia, which curates events that encourage creativity, collaboration & community. There’s no denying the influence that Phish has had on the ever-growing jam scene, which is why bands like Aqueous, Jimkata, Cousin Earth, Teddy Midnight, Escaper and Bad Faces joined together to honor the classic album.The show saw each band take on two or three of the Billy Breathes songs coupled with their own music, for an overall marathon performance honoring the classic Phish album. Check out Teddy Midnight’s take on “Cars Trucks Buses” and “Talk,” streaming below.Next up, Aqueous hits Philly’s Milkboy with Broccoli Samurai on 11/9! Get tickets here. Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Capacity Images. Here’s Cousin Earth with a rocking take on “Character Zero.”And Bad Faces covering “Waste” and “Taste” from the 1996 album. Load remaining images
The Main Squeeze | Fool’s Paradise | St. Augustine, FL | 4/1/17 SetlistMessage to the LonelySweatTwo StepsDr. FunkWWC (keys)In a funkOnly TimeReturn of the Mack (with antwaun Stanley)I’ll take Another[cover photo courtesy of Jeremy Scott Photography] The second annual Fool’s Paradise festival took place this past weekend in St. Augustine, and featured an incredible lineup of musical talent, including Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, and more. There were also plenty of special guest sit-ins and collaborations over the course of the two-day event. One particularly memorable sit-in was Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley joining The Main Squeeze for the 1996 R&B hit “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison, with both Stanley and Corey Frye showing off their impressive vocal skills.The set consisted of tracks from their 2015’s Mind Your Head, including “Message to the Lonely” and “In A Funk,” as well as some older numbers, such as “Dr. Funk” from their First Drops EP and self-titled albums. Check out video from the performance with Antwaun Stanley, along with a few other stand-out jams, below:
Levitate Music Fest Announces Daily Schedule With Trey Anastasio Band, GSBG, Head & The Heart, & More
Today, Levitate Music & Arts Festival announced its daily schedule and launched the sale of single day tickets. The two-day music festival, which is slated for Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th, will return to the historic Marshfield Fairgrounds in Marshfield, Massachusetts, with headliners including Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, The Head And The Heart, Rebelution, and Lake Street Dive.On Saturday, Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, and Stick Figure will be joined by Twiddle, Ripe, Xavier Rudd, The Suffers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Samantha Fish, New Kingston, and The Elovaters. On Sunday, in addition to headlining performances by The Head And The Heart, Rebelution, and Lake Street Dive, the lineup will be rounded out by Greensky Bluegrass, Stephen Marley, Turkuaz, Spafford, Jon and Roy, West End Blend, The Quinns, Quadrafunk, and a Mihali and Friends’ “Community Jam.”Tickets for the sixth annual Levitate Music & Arts Festival are on sale now. Day passes for can be purchased for $89 on Saturday, and $69 on Sunday, while two-day general admission tickets are on sale for only $129. You can get more information about the festival, including the event’s shuttle services and VIP packages, and purchase tickets on Levitate’s website here.
Dave Matthews Band is currently in the midst of their summer tour, with a show tonight at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH, before heading to Camden, NJ for a two-night run at BB&T Pavilion on Friday and Saturday. The second night of the two-night run in New Jersey will be broadcasted live via nugs.tv.The free live stream was announced in celebration of DMB’s newest studio effort, Come Tomorrow, which released last Friday. Serving as a follow-up to 2012’s Away From The World, the critically and commercially successful hit that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, Come Tomorrow marks DMB’s ninth studio release. Listen to Come Tomorrow here.You can tune into the free stream of Dave Matthews Band’s Saturday night show around 8pm ET below:For more information on upcoming concert dates and other news, head to the Dave Matthews Band website.
On Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, Buddy Guy performed at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, with support from Jeff Beck. Young guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer was in the crowd, taking a night off from his School of Rock The Musical gig, and enjoying the evening with two of his favorite musicians. By this point, Niederauer had played with the majority of his idols, from Gregg Allman to Warren Haynes to George Clinton to Gary Clark Jr., among others, though he had never previously played with Buddy Guy.As Buddy roamed the audience on a wireless microphone, as he customarily does at his shows, he passed by the teenage guitar phenom, handed him a guitar pick, and said “strum,” to which Niederauer responded, “I can play.” The next thing you know, ten minutes later, Taz was up on the stage, strapped into one of Buddy guitars and playing the blues alongside one of the greatest living legends of our time as he looked on, commenting about Taz’s chops with amazement.As we celebrate Buddy Guy’s 82nd birthday today, watch the blues elder statesman and the talented young prodigy trade melodies in the video below:Buddy Guy Jams with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – 7/20/16[Video: Rock, Roots, & Blues – Live!]Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will be paying tribute to some of his biggest influences, including Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman during a very special performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place at three fan-favorite venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 29th, 2018. For his tribute to mentors lost, Taz has recruited a roster of living legends including The Meters bassist George Porter Jr., Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Aquarium Rescue Unit drummer Jeff Sipe, Gregg Allman Band organist Peter Levin, and former American Idol contestant Elise Testone, who sings with him in his touring solo band.To see a full list of the unique tributes, super jams, and artist passion projects on deck for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, or to purchase your tickets now, head to the event’s website.
Ghost Light has made serious waves in 2018. The newly formed project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons is a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences across the country with their next-level improvisations and already-stellar catalog of originals. With only 10 months as a band under their belts, Ghost Light impressively sold out multiple shows on their inaugural spring tour, based off of word-of-mouth buzz alone.In May, Ghost Light made a stop at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre, offering up a standout two-set performance amidst their extensive inaugural tour. The quintet opened the show with “Best Kept Secret”, before working through improv-heavy renditions of “Leave The Light On” and “100 Years Ago”. In celebration of Holly Bowling’s birthday, the band sang “Happy Birthday” over the jam following “I Dare You”. After Ghost Light moved back into “Best Kept Secret”, the five-piece brought the first set to a close with a proper happy birthday singalong with the help of the rowdy Colorado crowd.Following a brief set break, Ghost Light opened up the second set with “Head Over Heels”, before moving through “Nickles & Dimes” and “Bring It In Close”. “Lead Weight” followed, which featured “Head Over Heels” and “Slipknot!” teases. The band then whipped out “Streets Of Brooklyn”, before sandwiching the tune and finishing their second set with the ending of “Lead Weight”. “The Wild One” served as the evening’s encore.Luckily for fans, Ghost Light has released another edition of their “Full Show Friday,” featuring their performance from the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO on May 11th, 2018. Listen to the full-show audio below:Ghost Light – 5/11/2018 (Full-Show)[Audio: Jeffery Bowling]Ghost Light continues their tour tonight with a stop at Cleveland, OH’s Beachland Ballroom and Tavern followed by a show tomorrow night at Ferndale, MI’s Otus Supply. To round out their announced plans for 2018, Ghost Light will play the highly anticipated Holidaze, before a two-night run at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads on December 27th and 28th. Ghost Light will ring in the new year in support of The Disco Biscuits on December 31st, at Philadelphia’s Fillmore.For more information and ticketing, head to Ghost Light’s website here.Setlist: Ghost Light | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 5/11/2018Set One: Best Kept Secret> Leave the Light On, 100 Years Ago> I Dare You 1> Best Kept Secret, Happy Birthday2Set Two: Head Over Heels> Nickels & Dimes> Bring It In Close, Lead Weight3> Streets of Brooklyn4> Lead WeightEncore: The Wild One1 With Happy Birthday sung over ‘jam’2 Tom and the crowd sang Holly Happy Birthday3 With Head Over Heels & Slipknot! teases4 With 100 Years Ago teaseGhost Light recently announced a special post-Phish late-night show in New York City. The band will play at the relatively new Times Square venue Sony Hall following Phish’s performance at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 30th.Tickets for Ghost Light at Sony Hall are on sale NOW at this link. See below for full information on this show.Date: Sunday, December 30th, 2018 (technically early AM December 31st)Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: A Post-Phish Late Night Show With GHOST LIGHTVenue: Sony Hall – 235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036Tickets: $20 Advance / $25 Day Of Show / $55 VIP (VIP includes elevated reserved seating with waitress service for food & beverage)Time: Doors 11:30 PM / Show 12:00 AM
On December 30th, Umphrey’s McGee returned to Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle for the third night of their four-night New Year’s run. Frequent Vulfpeck collaborators Cory Wong and Antwaun Stanley handled the evening’s opening duties, setting the tone for the evening’s raucous UM throwdown.Umphrey’s McGee opened up the first set with an extended take on “1348” into “Seasons”, with Jake Cinninger taking no time to show off his wizardry on guitar. Kris Myers, Ryan Stasik, and Andy Farag come together to create one of the tightest rhythm sections in the live music scene today, and make it undeniably simple for Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss to connect in between some intricate interplay, as the band demonstrated moving into a 15-minute rendition of “Slacker”. Luckily for fans, Umphrey’s McGee has shared pro-shot video of their 15-minute rendition of “Slacker” from Atlanta, which you can watch below:Umphrey’s McGee – “Slacker” [Pro-Shot][Video: Umphrey’s McGee]That first set was chock-full of highlights, as Umphrey’s McGee welcomed up Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin for a funky take on “Made To Measure”, played for the first and only time in 2018. With Cinninger moving over to a keyboard and Coffin staying on stage, the band welcomed up Cory Wong for a debut cover of Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity”, as the attentive Atlanta crowd erupted with applause. Cinninger’s move to keys gave Wong a chance to flex his chops on guitar, with the funk guru and Bayliss trading off firey hot guitar licks, bringing the electric first set to a close.For ticketing and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 12/30/2018Set One: 1348 > Seasons, Slacker, Push & Pull > Utopian Fir, Made to Measure, Virtual InsanitySet Two: Little Gift > Ocean Billy, It Doesn’t Matter > Ocean Billy, Can’t Rock My Dream Face, All In TimeEncore: The Triple Wide > Dreams > The Triple Wide > 1348 with Misunderstanding (Genesis) tease with Jeff Coffin on saxophone debut, Jamiroquai; with Jeff Coffin on saxophone, Cory Wong on guitar, and Jake on keys with Footsteps (Pearl Jam) quote with Antwaun Stanley on vocals one verse
Beloved folk singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell celebrated her 75th birthday late last year back on November 7th. In celebration of the milestone trip around the sun, Mitchell was surrounded by musical colleagues, fans, and friends who all took part in a pair of sold-out tribute shows at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on November 6th and 7th. The star-studded concerts included performances and appearances by James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Graham Nash, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright, just to name a few. The two shows were professionally filmed, and plans to screen the concert film in movie theaters across the country for one night only were announced on Wednesday.The film will be titled, The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration, and will give fans who weren’t in attendance a behind-the-scenes (and front of house) look at the two-night birthday celebrations when it screens in select theaters on February 7th. Artists who participated in the two shows gave tasteful covers from Mitchell’s 19 studio album catalogue, including “River” and “Woodstock” (performed by Taylor); “Blue” and “All I Want” (performed by Wainwright); “Our House” (performed by Nash); “Dreamland”, “Nothing Can Be Done”, “Big Yellow Taxi” (performed by Los Lobos); “And “Down To You” (performed by Brandi Carlile).Related: Watch Joni Mitchell Perform A Full Concert With Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, And Michael BreckerFans who can’t make it to the one-night screening of the film will also get the chance to listen to the performances when Verve Records releases the official soundtrack from the film a few weeks later on March 1st. Until then, the official trailer can be watched in full below. The concerts, of course, featured rare public appearances from Mitchell, who can be seen sharing a big smile of appreciation out in the audience towards the start of the two-minute promo video.JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration – Official Trailer[Video: Trafalgar Releasing]Mitchell has kept out of the public eye almost completely (with exception of special events like this) since suffering a brain aneurysm back in the spring of 2015. She’s since been in the process of recovery, and has been doing well with her health progress in the years since according to her close friends. She was even able to take the stage to blow out cake candles during a full-cast finale on her birthday.Tickets for the February 7th screening are on sale now.[H/T Variety]
Stevie Wonder will make his Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut on Monday, June 24th as part of SeriesFest‘s benefit event to celebrate international television and music.SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to “championing artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling”. For its annual event in Denver, Season 5 Benefit, A Celebration of TV & Music will feature “six days of in-competition screenings, panels and workshops from June 21 to 26. The program will also feature never-before-seen sneak peeks and television premieres,” according to Billboard.Tickets for SeriesFest’s Season 5 will go on sale starting at 10:00 a.m. MT on Friday, March 29th here.