The Nigel Hall Experience kicked off the 2016 Jazz Fest late night season with a bang last night, playing at the New Orleans’ famed venue The Howlin’ Wolf with a strong set of funk and soul. The band got some very special guests throughout the night, including Terrence Higgins and the legendary Warren Haynes.Hall put together a special backing band of his regulars and in-town friends to help him get the party started, including Derwin “Big D” Perkins on guitar, Donnie Sundal on keys, Eric Vogel on bass, Jamison Ross on drums, Weedie Braimah on percussion, Brad Walker on sax and Eric “Benny” Bloom from Lettuce on trumpet. With that amount of firepower on his side, Hall was free to take some chances and use his powerfully soulful voice and keyboard wizardry to get the packed crowd bogeying up a storm.Mixing tracks from his recent debut solo record and a variety of other favorites, Hall and company took the time to stretch out and let each song develop into well-rounded, funky affairs. The buzz around the room was that a special guest was on the way, and a conspicuously open area onstage with a lone amp sitting unused had folks wondering if the rumors were true. When Hall introduced his “Uncle,” Warren Haynes, the club exploded in cheers and applause.Watch exclusive video of Haynes and Higgins jamming “Chariot” from Terence Higgins’ album Rage Til Sunrise, with The Nigel Hall Experience, below:Thanks to a combination of the incredible talent that comes to town and the spirit of New Orleans itself Jazz Fest always seems to bring out the best in artists. Nigel Hall and the audience were all swept up an the inescapable wave of funk that left everyone in the room exhausted, but ready for more. Luckily, there’s ten full days of musical mayhem to come.Setlist: Nigel Hall Band at the Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 4/21/16Set: Don’t Change, Gimmie A Sign, Ain’t It Funky Now, Running Away, I Can’t Stand The Rain, Before I Let Go, Too Sweet, Chariot*, Forever Always For Love, Luther, Never Gonna Let You Go, Can’t Hide Love, Back In Stride, Golden Time, Lay Away* = w/ Warren Haynes and Terrence HigginsBoukou Groove, made up of members of Nigel Hall’s backing band, opened the night up with a funky set of bluesy covers featuring some impressive guitar chops from Derwin Perkins.You never know what’s going to happen at an L4LM show! Take a look at our full Jazz Fest schedule to plan out your next late night rager! Load remaining images
After a face melting three night run at Red Rocks, The String Cheese Incident packed it up and headed North to visit the Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula, MT for a two night stand. The shows marked SCI’s first visit to Missoula since 2002, and the first visit to the state of Montana since a performance in Bozeman back in 2005. Needless to say, the mountainous state was ready to get their Cheese on.The show opened up with the title track from their 2014 release, “Song In My Head,” before bringing out new song “Get Tight.” The band then dipped into some classics with “MLT,” “Barstool” and more, giving fans a taste of both new and old Cheese throughout the set. The “Boo Boo’s Pikinik” really got things going in the second set, and covers of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” and the traditional “I Know You Rider” in the encore were great choices for an awesome night of music.Check out a snippet of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody),” below. Full setlist can be seen below, courtesy of Friends of Cheese.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Big Sky Brewing Company, Missoula, MT – 7/20/16Set 1: Song In My Head, Get Tight, MLT, Barstool, White Freightliner, Bigger Isn’t Better> Can’t Wait Another Day> Hi Ho No ShowSet 2: Search, Sometimes a River, Looking Glass> Boo Boo’s Pikinik, Rhythm of the Road> This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), RolloverEncore: I Know You Rider[Cover photo via Big Sky Brewing Co Instagram]——Enter To Win Tickets To String Cheese Incident At Kings Theatre:
With a new album due out on September 30th, beloved Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has announced plans to support the album with a fall tour. Before that tour and album kick off, however, Weir has been tapped for an album preview event for the AmericanaFest in Nashville, TN.As the album features all new music from Weir for the first time in 30 years, anticipation is running high for Blue Mountain. The show will be a mixture of track listening and acoustic performing from the guitarist, followed by a Q&A session led by Nashville musician Buddy Miller.Weir is part of a tremendous lineup for the annual Americana Music Association conference, which also features Dwight Yoakam, T Bone Burnett and Jonathan Taplin, Margo Price & Friends, Del McCoury, John Paul White, Lori McKenna, Wanda Jackson, Ann Powers, Bob Boilen, and Barry Mazor. You can read all about the event and find ticketing information here.Meanwhile, for those who haven’t yet listened, check out the first single from Blue Mountain called “Only A River” by following this link.
In anticipation of their show supporting Greensky Bluegrass in at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO on December 2nd, The Drunken Hearts have released a video of their unique take on Greensky’s hit song “Demons” from the 2014 release, If Sorrows Swim. Filmed in the Rocky Mountains at Mountain Star Studio, the Hearts put their spin on the fan-favorite by adding drums and funky electric bass lines.The video is also part of the band’s “Under The Covers” series, in which they release acoustic cover versions of their favorite songs and artists. Check out the Drunken Hearts’ take on Greensky Bluegrass, below.The Drunken Hearts will meet up with Greensky Bluegrass on the second night of their three-night stand in Denver, but there are plenty of opportunities to catch TDH on the road. Check out their tour schedule below, and head here for details.Upcoming Tour Dates12/02 : Ogden Theatre : Denver CO w/ Greensky Bluegrass12/30 : Barkley Ballroom : Frisco CO12/31 : Vail Ale House : Vail CO [NYE!]01/12 : Town Square Tavern : Jackson Hole WY01/13 : The Filling Station : Bozeman MT02/25 : WinterWonderGrass Festival : Steamboat Springs CO
The legendary Col. Bruce Hampton brought his wares to the Wayne-O-Rama in Chattanooga, TN last night, February 24th. The Wayne-O-Rama is an interactive art space that hosts a series of concerts, and the packed house was a perfect setting for Hampton’s unique musical display. The good Colonel played familiar tunes from his expansive catalog, including “Don’t Go In That Room,” “Basically Frightened,” “Space Is The Place” and more, including a cover of The Meters’ “Hey Pocky Way.” It was a great night of music for all!Check out the full gallery of images below, courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography. Load remaining images
Live From The Fox Oakland Tracklist1. Don’t Know What It Means2. Keep On Growing3. Bird On The Wire4. Within You, Without You5. Just As Strange6. Crying Over You7. Color Of The Blues **Film only8. These Walls (featuring Alam Khan)9. Anyhow10. Right On Time **CD only11. Leavin’ Trunk12. Don’t Drift Away13. I Want More (Soul Sacrifice outro)14. I Pity The Fool15. Ali ** CD only16. Let Me Get By17. You Ain’t Going Nowhere **film only The Tedeschi Trucks Band released Live From The Fox Oakland earlier today, their new live album and first-ever concert film commemorating their two-night stand at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California, during early September of last year. To celebrate the album and movie’s release today, the band simultaneously premiered pro-shot footage from the movie via Rolling Stone. In the new ten-minute clip, Tedeschi Trucks Band rocks “Let Me Get By” from their September 9th performance, the video of which you can check out below.
The iconic New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has just launched a new online database that contains show listings of every Jazz Fest since its inception in 1970. The searchable database is fairly simplistic but contains valuable historic records of every artist who’s played the festival, along with the time and venue of the performance. Some listing also contain specific notes related to performers present during the show. It’s also a super cool way of seeing how the festival has evolved over the years, with the jazz and blues heavy lineups from the 1970’s differing greatly from lineups of recent memory that span genres.Jazz Fest kicks off this weekend, so attendees can prep themselves by checking out the archive here. Unfortunately, the database doesn’t catalog the various historic late-night performances that have gone down across the Crescent City after hours, though the breadth of those performance would be an undertaking for the ages. Live For Live Music has created a guide to some of the choice Jazz Fest After Dark performances to catch this year however, for those preemptively fearing missing out after checking out official Jazz Fest Database here.
Luna Light Music & Arts Festival will be returning this fall, marking the fourth installation of the special late-season event at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland. Across its three previous years, the festival has pulled big-name bands such as Lettuce, Keller & The Keels, The Motet, Electron, The New Deal, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, TAUK, Dopapod, Pink Talkig Fish, Particle, and the collaborative wonder that was last year’s headlining performance by Medeski, Martin, Benevento, & Russo. The festival, which offers a perfect blend of DJs and live bands from across the spectrum, has also seen the likes of Shpongle, Tipper, Michael Menert, Ott., Random Rab, Thriftworks, and other renowned DJs grace its stages since its inception in 2014.Today, Luna Light Music & Arts Festival dropped its 2017 line-up, and we’re stoked on the acts they’ve tapped thus far. The festival will fall from September 29th and 30th, with the option for early entry on Thursday, September 28th—just in time to see Emancipator, Wax Future, Face Plant, and Jizzy Fra perform during the evening before the first full day of the festival on Friday. Across Luna Light’s two full days, attendees can expect to catch performances from Cut/Copy, Shobaleader One, The Gaslamp Killer, Poolside, Com Truise, Nosaj Thing, Blockhead, Dan Deacon, Bottin, Cleopold, Tortoise, Damn Right, and many others. You can purchase general admission tickets here, get more information about the festival here, and watch Luna Light’s epic recap video from last year below.
***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website. Following their previously scheduled Denver shows at The Fillmore on November 17 & 18, The Disco Biscuits have added a third Colorado play at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on November 16. This won’t be a regularly ticketed event, instead, the band will be offering free admission to fans who have already purchased tickets to their Fillmore shows. The Facebook announcement explains, “If you have tickets to our Fillmore shows, we have your name on a list of buyers. We are going to enter you into a fun lottery, and we’re going to host weekly hang outs on Facebook Live where The Disco Biscuits’ band members will personally pick winners at random and announce them live to the world.”The band will be announcing each broadcast in advance on a weekly basis. The sooner you buy tickets to the Fillmore shows, the more weekly lottery drawings you’ll be a part of. There’s more info available, including the “fine print,” on the November 16 Facebook Official Event page here.See the full announcement below:Don’t miss members of the Disco Biscuits at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive! On Saturday 9/23, bassist Marc Brownstein will return for his third consecutive year at Brooklyn Comes Alive for a rare DJ set after his set with The Disco Biscuits at City Bisco on Coney Island. On Sunday 9/24, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner will team up with Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Ryan Jalbert (The Motet), and some special guests will perform a one-time-only set of funky grooves and improvisation.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg). The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.
[H/T Consequence of Sound] Back in July, in a bizarre twist of fate, Kid Rock (neé Robert Ritchie) announced that he’d be running for U.S. Senate. At the time, it was pretty unclear whether the announcement was a bizarre publicity stunt or a serious political bid. Kid Rock launched a website for his apparent senatorial run, www.kidrockforsenate.com, a few months back, though at the time, it seemed as though the primary goal of the website was to sell (poorly designed) political merch for the musician. However, since then, Kid Rock has updated his website with a message more-or-less stating that he’s trying to gauge whether there’s actual interest in his candidacy.Kid Rock Might Be Running For U.S. Senate Because Everything Is TerribleUnfortunately, while the Pimp of the Nation is trying to “decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate,” he’s already violated federal election laws because Rock has not officially registered his candidacy for the 2018 U.S. Senatorial race in Michigan, though is still functioning as a candidate. As noted in an article by Vanity Fair, Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at the nonpartisan political watchdog organization, Common Cause, has stated, “Regardless of whether Kid Rock says he’s only exploring candidacy, he’s selling ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ merchandise and is a candidate under the law. This is campaign finance law 101.”In response, Rock stated the following, “I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press and the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking campaign law. #1: I have still not officially announced my candidacy. #2: See #1 and go fuck yourselves.”Then, a few days ago, while in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rock gave his first campaign speech (while still not an officially registered candidate), and it was truly something else. In his speech, the American Bad Ass outlined what some of his key policies would be, criticizing social welfare programs, single mothers, “ghetto glorifiers,” Colin Kaepernick, and nazis in less than five minutes time. Walking out to an announcer introducing him as “the next senator of the great state of Michigan,” Rock wasted no time going in on the concept of universal healthcare, opening with, “It seems the government wants to give everyone health insurance, but wants us all to pay. And to be very frank, I really don’t have a problem with that, since God has blessed me and made my pockets fat. But a redistribution of wealth seems more like their plan, and I don’t believe that you should say, ‘Sacrifice, do things by the book, and then have to take care of some deadbeat milking the system, lazy ass motherfucking man.’”From there, Rock moved on to attacking single parents (after noting that the issue of struggling single parents is an issue close to his heart), saying “Read my lips, we should not support these women who can’t even take care of themselves, but keep having kid after fucking kid! Of course we should help them out. I don’t want to sit here and sound like a jerk. But let’s help them out with child care, job training, and put their goddamn asses to work.”After addressing “ghetto glorifiers and gangster wannabes” and stating his intention to “lock up all you fuckin’ assholes and throw away the key,” Kid Rock then addressed the idea that he may be racist. Before condemning Nazis, “fucking bigots,” and the KKK and telling them to “stay the fuck away,” he made reference to Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement, declaring, “And if you want to take a knee or sit during our Star-Spangled Banner, call me a racist because I’m not [politically correct] and think you have to remind me that black lives matter.”You can watch Kid Rock’s first political speech below, courtesy of TrumpIsDaddy.