Adding a nice wrinkle to their upcoming three-night run at UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA, Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra has announced that they will recreate the Dead’s August 24, 1972 performance from the Berkeley Community Theatre on the final night of their run on April 9. Fittingly enough, the UC Theatre is located just blocks away from the site of the original show.Highlights from the Dead’s August 24th performance include a run through staple tunes “Jack Straw,” “China Cat Sunflower,” and”I Know You Rider,” extended versions of “Bird Song,” “Playing In The Band,” as well as a mammoth 40+ minute sequence featuring an otherworldly “Dark Star” > “Morning Dew.”Dark Star Orchestra kicks off their spring tour at Cleveland’s House of Blues on March 1. Tickets for DSO’s upcoming tour as well as the band’s three-night Berkeley run are available through DSO’s website here. In anticipation of DSO’s April 9 recreation, check out a complete recording of the Dead’s performance from Berkeley below:
Last week, we reported on a very special tribute to The Last Waltz, the final performance held by The Band in 1976 that featured an incredible array of guest musicians. Taking place in New Orleans on April 30th, during Jazz Fest season at the Saenger Theatre, the event will be led by Warren Haynes and will see performances from John Medeski, Don Was, George Porter Jr., Jamey Johnson, Dave Malone, Mark Mullins throughout the night.As tickets for the first show were snatched up quickly, the organizers of the event have decided to add a second date. The same lineup will also hit the Saenger on April 29th, in order to accommodate more fans eager to celebrate the music of The Band. Special guests are also expected to be added to the lineup as well, making this quite the exciting affair.The show will also serve as a memorial for Allen Toussaint, who was the horn section musical director during the original Last Waltz. Toussaint passed away on November 10th, 2015.Tickets for the April 29th show are still available, and can be found via Ticketmaster.
On April 14, 15, & 16, Ween rose the Boognish at Terminal 5 for the first time since Halloween 2011. Catapulting off an epic three-night reunion run in Colorado, and a one-night appearance at Okeechobee Music Festival, the band returned to NYC fully charged and ready to deliver. With a career-spanning 91 song run, Ween made an impressionable return visit to fans for the beginning of their festival-filled summer tour. Listen To All 90+ Songs Ween Played In NYC [Full Audio/HD Videos]As promised, the band has been sharing some quality footage from the NYC run, starting last week with an HD video of “Strap On That Jammy Pac” which you can watch here. Now, they’ve shared another video of a song, entitled “I Play It Off Legit,” which made it’s live debut on April 15th, from the 1992 album Pure Guava. The video, positioned from the “deaner-cam” side of the stage, includes soundboard audio and displays the song’s lyrics across the screen. Rock out to this monster:
Load remaining images Beloved bluegrass ensemble Railroad Earth just wrapped up a two night Thanksgiving weekend celebration at The Sherman Theater, keeping things fresh with their soulful bluegrass sound at the Sherman, PA venue. RRE has made a tradition of their Thanksgiving shows, called the Horn O’ Plenty, and brought some great supporting acts like Circles Around The Sun and Boris Garcia along for the ride. Railroad Earth welcomed Neal Casal on night one, as the guitarist joined in for “My Sisters And My Brothers” and, later on, “Warhead Boogie.” The band was also joined by mandolinist Bud Burroughs on night two, accompanying on the peppy set closer “Long Way To Go.”Fortunately, to capture this exciting two night run, we have taped audio recordings and a full gallery of images courtesy of Sam Watson.Night One, 11/25/16 courtesy of taper Bill Goldberg:Night Two, 11/26/16 courtesy of taper tom:
Earlier this week, Metallica announced that they had to postpone their upcoming performance in Denmark due to singer James Hettfield‘s illness, which affects his throat. This news brought questions regarding their performance at The Grammys on Sunday night. However, just in case Hettfield isn’t back to 100%, they’ve recruited some help for their vocal duties–recent Super Bowl LI Halftime Show star Lady Gaga While Metallica and Lady Gaga sound like a strange pairing, the choice makes more sense than you may think. Some of Gaga’s earliest singing gigs were with a Led Zeppelin tribute band (when she still went by her given name, Stefani Germanotta). Gaga recently got the Led out on Howard Stern, impressively howling a few lines from “Black Dog” and speaking about how to train your voice to withstand the wear of such vocal parts. If her searing wail in the video below is any indication, Lady Gaga will fit right in with Metallica for the televised performance.You can catch Metallica with Lady Gaga, as well as a slew of other star-studded collaborations (like Daft Punk with The Weeknd and A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak) on Sunday night at 8pm Eastern on CBS.[h/t – Consequence of Sound]
Pretty Lights doesn’t really tour anymore. Instead, he hosts multi-act, multi-night events across the country. Today, however, the cryptic producer has announced another event dubbed “Island of Light,” presented by Suwanee Hulaween and North Coast Music Fest producers Silver Wrapper. Little to no information is available about the event, other than the fact that it’s going down December 7-10, 2017.This production is seemingly unrelated to his Episodic Festivals series, which brings special two-day camping festivals around the country. Instead, the event poster suggests that these lights will be shining somewhere outside of the United States.Where is this tropical Island of Light? Time will tell. Stay tuned for what seems to be the first event of this kind.
Today, Sound Summit announced an impressive lineup for their 2017 event, including a very special Phil Lesh & Friends show featuring fellow founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir, a solo set by Jim James of M Morning Jacket, and performances from indie rocker/actress Jenny Lewis, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and San Francisco-based folk band Vetiver. The event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, at the scenic and historic Mountain Theater, a 4000-seat stone amphitheater which sits at the top of Mount Tamalpais in the California Bay Area.Sound Summit is presented by Roots & Branches Conservancy, a group dedicated to raising funds for natural resource protection and conservation of Mount Tamalpais State Park and the surrounding areas. This year’s event is also sponsored by Birkenstock.For more information about the event, the mountain, and Roots & Branches Conservancy’s environmentally conscious mission, head to the Sound Summit website. Tickets to the fundraiser event will go on sale this Wednesday, June 21st at 10am Pacific Time/1pm Eastern Time here.[Cover photos via Jay Blakesberg (Phil & Bob) and Jason Koerner (Jim)]
Former members of the Mothers of Invention will perform with a Frank Zappa hologram when the “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” hits the road later this year.A number of Zappa’s old bandmates–such as Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ian Underwood of the Mothers—will make guest appearances during stops on the tour. Joe’s Garage alumni Warren Cuccurullo, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Ed Mann are also slated to appear during the tour.The guest artists will perform with a regularly touring band that includes guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, and drummer/Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers. Joining them will be a Zappa hologram created by Eyellusion, the company behind a hologram of Ronnie James Dio that embarked on a world tour last year.The “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” tour is approved and organized by the Zappa Family Trust. Ahmet Zappa, a co-trustee and the trust’s executive vice president of business development, released a statement on the tour that reads:As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honoring his indomitable spirit we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing. This mind-melting show we’re putting together celebrates the music, often surreal imagery and humor synonymous with Frank. We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank’s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage. We are anthropomorphizing Frank’s music, so his own hand-drawn illustrations, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs can all interact and perform on stage. And let’s not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody’s business. My father and I actively discussed 3D and ‘holography’ and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of The Real Frank Zappa Book (1990) to this subject. This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago.According to Rolling Stone, the upcoming tour will also incorporate a substantial amount of never-before-seen footage from an audience-less performance that Zappa recorded at his Los Angeles rehearsal space in 1974. Additional information regarding tour dates, ticket prices, and more will be released in the coming months.[Photo: Zappa Family Tust]
On Friday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their tour with the first of four performances at Nashville Tennessee’s Ryman Auditorium. With the band hot off a standout two-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, the powerhouse twelve-piece laid out a stellar two-set show (marketed as “An Evening With TTB”). Across the evening, the group laid out their characteristic mix of originals, both from Tedeschi Trucks Band, as well as a number of choice covers.The first set opened with a four-song string of original Tedeschi Trucks Band tunes, including “Anyhow” and “Laugh About It” off 2016’s Let Me Get By, “Part Of Me” off 2013’s Made Up Mind, “Laugh About It”, and the recently debuted “All The World”. After digging through their original catalog, the band then turned to a string of covers—Elmore James’ “The Sky Is Crying”, Toots & The Maytals’ “Sailing On”, and Derek Trucks Band’s “Mahjoun”—before landing in an extended drum segment featuring Tyler Greenwell and JJ Johnson and the set-closing original “Let Me Get By”.Returning for set two, the group offered up their beloved rendition of “Statesboro Blues” and a take on their relatively new song “Shame”. Following a cover of “Goin’ Down Slow” and the group’s own “Do I Look Worried?”, Derek Trucks led the band in a cover of Derek and the Dominos’ “Anyday”, which featured teases of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Blue Sky” throughout. As Tedeschi Trucks Band barrelled through to the close of the second set, the band laid out pristine versions of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers’ “How Blue Can You Get?” before ending the frame in full with “Idle Wind”. The show’s encore first saw Susan Tedeschi and Kofi Burbridge come out for a standout take on Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” before the band closed out the night in full with Derek Trucks Band’s “Get What You Deserve”.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 2/23/2018Set One: Anyhow, Part Of Me, Laugh About It, All The World, Sky Is Crying, Sailing On, Mahjoun, Let Me Get BySet Two: Statesboro Blues, Shame, Goin’ Down Slow, Do I Look Worried?, Anyday, Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right, How Blue Can You Get?, Idle WindEncore: A Song For You, Get What You DeserveYou can check out a number of clips from last night’s show below, courtesy of Heidi Burson and Neil Devine.“Shame”“Anyday”Derek Trucks Solo
On March 24th, 2018, the Dance Party Time Machine will return to Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. 2018 will mark the sixth iteration of the highly anticipated event produced by J2G Live, which brings together some of the biggest names in jam music with local up-and-coming Colorado musicians. During the blow-out musical event, a stacked rotating lineup of musicians take fans on journey through time, performing dance-party hits from across the decades including “rock ‘n’ roll’s roots to classic soul and R&B, disco, funk, 80’s pop, 90’s hip-hop, and the club bangers of today.”Today, Dance Party Time Machine, which is presented BWGS and Key 2 Life, has added vocalist Antwaun Stanley of Vulfpeck fame to the lineup, which includes DPTM veterans Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits and Mike Greenfield of Lotus. The event will also host frequent Vulfpeck collaborator Cory Wong and Thievery Corporation’s Jeff Franca in addition to members of Analog Son, YAMN, Fox Street, The Magic Beans, Tiger Party, SuCH, Other Worlds, Mlima, and more.As the press release points out, “Not only will fans get to hear their favorite musicians play on some of the most iconic songs of all time, with the insanely diverse lineup fans will be treated to some very rare and very unique collaborations. Where else can you see Cory Wong jam on Prince songs with Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner? What about Mike Greenfield, Jeff Franca, and Allen Aucoin getting into a 3 -way, drummer battle royal or seeing some of CO’s finest go toe to toe with some of the biggest names in jamband scene? The answer is simple, only on the Dance Party Time Machine!!!” Tickets for the event are available now and can be purchased here.“I Feel Love”, Donna Summer Cover, Dance Party Time Machine 2017 Dance Party Time Machine 2018 Promo Video