Beloved soul rockers Tedeschi Trucks Band made their triumphant return to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival yesterday, hitting the storied event for the second year running. This year’s set was billed as a “Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends” performances, and only recently did we find out who those friends would be; stellar blues rock guitarists Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top).The set opened with a slew of songs from the band’s catalog, starting with the title track of their 2016 release Made Up Mind. The opening portion of the set also featured covers of Derek and the Dominoes’ “Keep On Growing” and The Box Tops’ “The Letter,” gearing fans up for the excitement to come.The band then welcomed Jimmie Vaughan out for two songs, including takes on Louis Jordan’s “Let The Good Times Roll” and Allen Toussaint’s “I Like It Like That.” After a cover of Freddie King’s “Palace of the King,” the band then brought out Billy Gibbons for two more blues rock numbers. With Gibbons, they played Johnny Moore’s “How Blue Can You Get?” and ZZ Top’s “Going Down To Mexico.” The presence of lost legends was really felt during the set, with the Toussaint cover and a number of staples from B.B. King’s repertoire, including “Let The Good Times Roll” and “How Blue Can You Get?”Watch the latter song below: The show concluded with more great jams from Tedeschi Trucks, including “Bound for Glory” and this rockin’ version of “Midnight In Harlem.”You can check out the full setlist from the show below:Edit this setlist | More Tedeschi Trucks Band setlists
Last weekend, Dave Matthews Band performed an absolutely incredible show at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. The band hit their hometown arena for a true celebration of their 25th anniversary, announcing well in advance that all proceeds from the performance would be donated to local charities. Today, UVAToday is reporting that the donation totalled over $1 million.DMB got their start on May 11, 1991 in Charlottesville, and have since performed thousands of shows across the country and world. Almost 25 years later, the band returned to where it all started, not only dusting off some of their classic hits but paying tribute to Prince, busting out some rarities, and debuting three new songs in the process. You can read our full recap here.The donation went to the band’s non-profit, the Bama Works Fund, which they established in partnership with the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Together, the groups will distribute the funds from ticket buyers back into the community, giving the money to local charities in need.Kudos to DMB for this incredible gesture.
Beloved musical collective Snarky Puppy recently released Culcha Vulcha, their first studio album in eight years. While the recording does a great job capturing the band’s mystical, other-worldly sound, it’s their live performances that set Snarky Puppy over the edge. Led by bassist Michael League, the rotating cast of characters have no qualms when it comes to exploring uncharted musical terrain, fusing rock, jazz and funk perfectly with every passing show.Snarky Puppy Makes Triumphant Studio Return On ‘Culcha Vulcha’ [Review]In celebration of the new release, Puppy has been on a fiery tour of late, and stopped by the NPR studios in WXPN’s World Cafe for an interview and performance. League chats about the band’s current status, before treating listeners to some new grooves from the album. Thanks to NPR, we can share the stream below.
The Peach Music Festival is in full-swing for its 5th annual celebration at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. With Dark Star Orchestra, Electron, Dopapod, and Cabinet kicking things off on Thursday evening, the site got serious on Friday for its first full day and night of continuous music. Complete with water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and zipline adventures, Montage Mountain proves one of the best grounds to occupy on a hot summer’s day.The Peach’s lineup has been impressive since the start, but when Gregg Allman Band and “The Gregg Allman Incident” were cancelled due to the singer/songwriter being hospitalized with serious health issues, people were left scratching their heads and wondering how such novel acts could ever be replaced. Luckily, Les Brers was also billed to play the festival, featuring plenty of blood-members of the Allman Brothers Band, who were able to join in on The String Cheese Incident-led ABB tribute, billed “The Allman Brothers’ Family Incident” (more about that here).Beloved jam band moe. gave fans two glorious sets of live music. The first set was a more traditional moe. celebration, full of their classic tunes, it was the second, late-night set that is sure to have people talking, as the band performed a full tribute set to the great Pink Floyd (full video here).In addition to theses historical acts, came original performances from The String Cheese Incident, Les Brers, Toots & The Maytals, along with The Motet, The Werks, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, a very special set from The Floozies w/ Jason Hann, and so many more.The Peach Fest continues today with Trey Anastasio Band, Umphrey’s McGee, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and many more. Stay tuned!Check out the full gallery from Friday’s celebration, courtesy of Faces of Festivals: Load remaining images
Beloved bassist Phil Lesh continued his celebration of Grateful Dead history last week, following his year-by-year recreation of Dead shows with an homage to 1992. The show in question came on December 16th, 1992, when the Grateful Dead performed at the Oakland Coliseum. Now 24 years later, Lesh put together an all-star crew and covered the show from top to bottom.With a band of Terrapin Crossroads all-stars that include Stu Allen, Scott Guberman, Ezra Lipp, Alex Koford, and Grahame Lesh, the group dug into the material with the opening number of “Feel Like A Stranger.” The show featured the rarity “Same Thing,” a tune penned by Willie Dixon, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.” Other highlights from the performance include a great “Shakedown Street” to open the second set, as well as a jammed out “Playin’ In The Band” to lead the group into “Drums/Space.”Thanks to GratefuLSD25 .5 on YouTube, we can watch full video of this great performance. Enjoy!Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA (a la 12/16/92 Grateful Dead Oakland Coliseum) – 8/16/16Set I:Feel Like a StrangerBrown Eyed WomenSame ThingLoose LucyStuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues AgainRow JimmyLet it GrowSet II:Shakedown StreetSamson & DelilahShip of FoolsPlayin in the Band Drums Space Dark StarAll Along the Watchtower Stella BlueGood Lovin’Encore:Casey Jones
After months of speculation, Phish made their grand debut at LOCKN’ Festival. The anticipation was at an all time high, considering the rarity with which the band performs at festivals, let alone large scale “jam events.” When you consider that every band performed one after the other, Phish’s hour break felt like an eternity as fans filled into the main area. Couple that with the band’s absence from the road for a month, and that was a recipe for pure excitement.The band struggled a bit out of the gate, with some touch and go moments in “Wilson” and the intro to “DwD.” Once they got to jamming in “Disease,” all bets were off! The band fired through “Free” and turned the corner on “Wolfman’s” for some great first set jamming.A real highlight from the show was the jammed out “Tube” in set one, picking up from where they left off back in July at Chula Vista. Let Tube jam.Mike Gordon and Page McConnell each took turns singing lead on “555” and “It’s Ice,” but it was Trey Anastasio front and center for “Wingsuit” and “Simple.” They closed out the great first set with their new a cappella version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” enthralling the crowd with pantomimed guitarring.After a well executed “Punch You In The Eye,” Phish delivered a jam heavy second set. The work between “Blaze On” to “Fuego” to “Ghost” to “Bathtub Gin” was Phish at their finest, weaving in and out of melodies in style. Interestingly the set focused mainly on longer songs, keeping the jams flowing without interruption.After a melodic “Number Line,” Phish closed the set with a classic: “You Enjoy Myself.” Bringing YEM out on night one was the final blow – there could be no denying that the band was locked in and loaded.Finally, they closed out with a rock and roll “Character Zero,” setting fans into the night with a smile on their faces. Best of all, Phish is set to do it all again on Sunday, but not before a bevy of talents all perform. Viva Lockn!Setlist: Phish at Lockn Festival, Arrington, VA 8/26/16Set 1: Wilson > Down with Disease, Free, Wolfman’s Brother, Tube > 555 > It’s Ice > Wingsuit, Simple, Space OdditySet 2: Punch You In the Eye > Blaze On > Fuego -> Ghost > Bathtub Gin > Backwards Down the Number Line, You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Character Zero
With the unfortunate passing this weekend of C. Martin Croker – better known as the animator and voice of legendary Adult Swim characters such as Zorak and Moltar from Space Ghost Coast to Coast and animator for Aqua Teen Hunger Force – the programming block, which was seen on Cartoon Network, announced they will be streaming “every episode that we could get our hands on” of Space Ghost on the Adult Swim website.The show was known for its animated late-night talk show style format of interviewing guests, with host Tad Ghostal aka Space Ghost being constantly interrupted by his enemies, band leader, and producer/director of the show Zorak and Moltar (who Space Ghost has also imprisoned to help him put on the program). Over the course of the shows ten seasons, an impressive list of interviews with famous musicians was accrued.In memory of C. Martin Croker, we decided to put together a list of some of the more memorable musical appearances.Beck declines Space Ghost’s offer to be the house band: “We don’t have two turntables right now.”Björk and Thom Yorke – “Sulfur’s my favorite food, honey. You know that.”The Bee Gees – “Hey fellas, I know a great Polynesian restaurant right up the street.”The Ramones – “I’m Zorak Ramone”Dave Grohl – I’m a little bit frightened of you….and I like the feeling. It’s allll tingly.”Willie Nelson – “Well, fuck him!”Schoolly D & Weird Al Yankovic – “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”Space Ghost to Timothy Leary (author of The Psychedelic Experience), “What sort of superpowers do you possess?”Timothy Leary: “….overload your earballs, give you patterns and swirls of colors, and making you feel better and better…”Col. Bruce Hampton as “Willis” the House Plant.David Byrne “I find myself….(living in a shotgun shack).”RIP C. Martin Croker – thanks for all the late night laughs.
[Photo courtesy of Adam Straughn // Live For Live Music Instagram] The latest edition of the Catskill Chill Music Festival kicked off last night, September 22nd, beginning with the fest’s first-ever Thursday night pre-party. It was Vermont jam band Twiddle that got things off on the right foot, headlining the pre-party and bringing two great sets for fans at the Chill.Though the Chill moved to a new home in 2016, Twiddle has been a festival regular and made fans feel comfortable with their patented blend of jamming. The band opened their set with a “Gatsby the Great,” and even collaborated with Scott Hannay of Mister F on a set-closing rendition of “Doinkinboink.” The show also marked the return of Ryan Dempsey on keys, who was sick and had missed a handful of shows.Thanks to taper Edmund Edwards, a full audio stream of the Twiddle show can be streamed below. Dig it!
The tragedy that is ongoing in Oakland continues to earn our thoughts and prayers after an artist community continues to find death in the electrical fire that transpired in a warehouse party last Friday night. The community’s natural response is to throw a benefit concert, with all proceeds going to the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Oakland Fire Relief Fund. The concert is set for December 14 at the Fox Theatre, and is called Oakland United: A Benefit Supporting Oakland Fire Relief.Primus will lead in these musical efforts, alongside Tycho, Tune-Yards, Dean Deacon, Boots Riley (The Coup), Geographer, Hieroglyphics, Rogue Wave and Thao Nguyen, and many more. Tickets go on sale today at noon on ticketmaster, and donations can be accepted here.More information can be found in the event group. Please give what you can in these horrific times.
Reigning funk heavyweight champions Lettuce are known for pushing the boundaries of the genre, with a sound that has continued to evolve throughout the band’s career. Since their earliest days playing clubs in Massachusetts while attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music, there has always been something different about this collective of musical minds and their mission to create something completely unique, a sound of their own. This internal drive has effectively cast them apart from their contemporaries, all while paying homage to those that came before them.Hikitsugu! Lettuce Takes Over Japan: A Look Back [Videos]Coming off a successful tour in Japan–their most recent of several successful trips to the Asian country–the group has decided to relive their first outing to the Land of the Rising Sun. On May 4th at New Orleans’ Joy Theater, Lettuce will pay tribute to their 2004 album Live In Tokyo (recorded in 2003 during Lettuce’s first trip to the Far East) as part of their RageFest late-night throwdown during this year’s Jazz Fest. The event will see Lettuce play two sets (set one: Live In Tokyo; set two: Lettuce being Lettuce) in addition to performances by Marco Benevento and DJ Soul Sister. The show will also feature a special guest spot from Dave Matthews Band trumpeter Rashawn Ross, who happened to be along for the ride with Lettuce during their memorable Japanese debut (purchase tickets here).In addition to being the band’s first performances in Japan, this run keyboardist Neal Evans‘ first performances as a member of Lettuce, as he had been playing with guitarist Eric Krasno in Soulive at the time. Take a listen to a number like “Kron Dutch” and you will see the immediate impact Evans has on the band. Evans can take the lead or provide some background flourishes that add a whole other element to the multi-layered funk explosion that is Lettuce.And then you have cuts like “Nyack,” witnessing Ryan Zoidis going full beast-mode on sax, or Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff showing off his songwriting skills on “The Flu” as the group delves into some deep, dark psychedelic jazz. Over the course of the musical journey in its entirety, Lettuce makes their way through numbers from 2002’s Outta Here and other special treats for an auditory onslaught that causes jaws to need to be scraped off the floorTickets for the show are currently on-sale, and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Take a look at the album’s full setlist below:Live In Tokyo SetlistIntroNyackBreak OutThe DumpKron DutchReunionThe Flu4 On 6SquadliveBreakout Reprise