Last night marked the second of three consecutive nights of Phil Lesh at the Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, and what a performance it was! Lesh brought an all-star lineup of Friends, complete with Stanley Jordan, John Kadlecik, Jason Crosby, John Molo and Boyd Tinsley. The group wasted no time getting down to it, opening with a cover of The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” and never looking back.Right out of the gate, soulful singer Nicki Bluhm linked up with the band for versions of “Cassidy” and “Birdsong.” Later in the set, Andy Falco and Andy Hall of the Infamous Stringdusters would join in, bringing some bluegrass pep to the classic “Cumberland Blues.” The three musicians would sit-in throughout the night, including Hall on “Viola Lee Blues,” Bluhm on “Me & Bobby McGee,” Hall on “Playin In The Band” and “Dark Star,” as well as Falco and Hall for “I Know You Rider.”To close out the show, Bluhm sang “I Know You Rider” with the talented ensemble, before Falco and Hall helped bring it all home with a rendition of the classic tune, “Box Of Rain.” Listen to full audio below, courtesy of Richie Stankiewicz: Check out Erik Kabik‘s photos below: Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 2/27/16Set 1: Here Comes The Sun, Cassidy^, Birdsong^, Uncle John’s Band, Blue Sky, Cumberland Blues*Set 2: Golden Road> Viola Lee Blues#, Shakedown Street, Me & Bobby McGee^, Playin’ In The Band#> Dark Star(v1)#> Unbroken Chain> Yesterday, I Know You Rider*Encore: Amazing Grace^, Box Of Rain*^w/Nicki Bluhm#w/Andy Hall*w/Andy Falco & Andy HallFull gallery of Erik Kabik‘s photos below: Load remaining images
Last night, Widespread Panic‘s summer tour made its way to Kansas City, Missouri’s beautiful Starlight Theater. The show featured a number of tour debuts–all but 3 of the 21 total songs played made their first appearance of the summer in KC. A major highlight of the show, lap-steel guitarist Jesse Aycock (who plays with Hard Working Americans along with Panic’s Dave Schools and Duane Trucks) joined the band during the second set for performances of “Big Wooly Mammoth”, “Stop-Go”, “Fishwater”, and “Sell Sell”.Check out some fan-shot footage of Panic jamming with Aycock from last night’s show (via YouTube user Jeff Oetting): WSP continues their summer tour this weekend with a three-night run at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Can’t make it out for the shows? Check out full live webcasts of each Red Rocks show via nugs.tv.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO – 6/22/16Set One: Can’t Get High, Chainsaw City, Wondering, Send Your Mind, Hatfield > Blight, Tall Boy, Conrad (58 mins) Set Two: Heroes, Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, It Ain’t No Use > Tie Your Shoes, Blue Indian, Big Wooly Mammoth* > Stop Go* > Fishwater*, Sell Sell*, Imitation Leather Shoes (87 mins)Encore: City of Dreams, Lawyers Guns & Money (10 mins) * w/ Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans) on lap steel[Setlist via PanicStream]
Beloved Primus drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander has had some unfortunate luck of late. After suffering a heart attack in 2014, Alexander underwent a successful triple bypass operation and eventually resumed touring with the band. According to a new update from Alexander, it seems he has suffered a second heart attack recently.In an Instagram post, Alexander writes: I had a second heart attack the other day. I did not think this could happen after having a triple bypass almost exactly 2 years ago. I was overwhelmed with sadness, not because of the fact that I could die but that I would have to say goodbye to my family. It can happen at any moment, and remember IT WILL HAPPEN ONE DAY so tell the people in your life you love them. Enjoy the days you have with them, they are limited. We are all here for a short timeThe emotional post from the 51-year-old drummer was followed by a shorter update, with Alexander saying that he is “home and doing well.” The drummer has played with Primus for many years, including 1989-1996, 2003-2009, and 2013-present. He and Jay Lane (also of Ratdog) have been the band’s two primary drummers, though Tool’s Danny Carey did fill in while Alexander was recuperating in 2014.Our thoughts are with Alexander to make a full recovery.
After releasing pro-shot footage of the 25-minute version of “Dogs” from their Pink Floyd Animals set at Northwest String Summit earlier this week, Yonder Mountain String Band has released another video from the incredible tribute show, this time of the “Wish You Were Here” encore.Shot by Epic Creative and Jam Grass TV, enjoy this pro-shot footage of the epic tribute below!The 15th Annual Northwest String Summit Provided Music And Magic For AllMedia partners EPIC Creative captured the entire performance, so keep an eye out for further videos from Yonder’s Pink Floyd set!
By now, anyone who isn’t living under a rock has heard of the newest craze, Pokémon GO. It’s one thing to hear about the game, but it’s another to witness people playing it firsthand. That’s what happened to Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, when he was hanging out in a park during some summer tour downtime.Tinsley narrates his experience at the park, poking fun at the groups of nearby people that are all playing the game. Of course, with everyone so entrenched in their Pokémon, no one recognizes the famed violinist!Watch the hilarious clip below:
Phil Collins continue to toe the line of musical retirement, teetering back and forth between taking time off, calling it quits, and making triumphant returns. After announcing his retirement in 2012, Collins returned to the stage in 2014, but hasn’t performed live since. Then, in 2015, Collins claimed he was out of retirement, though it took until last night for him to get back in front of the microphone.Collins performed for the first time in two years last night, ushering in the start of the US Open tennis tournament with two songs at the newly renovated Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY. The singer performed “In The Air Tonight,” a clever play on words with the stadium debuting a new retractable roof. Collins continued the set with “Easy Lover,” welcoming out Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. for the occasion.Watch the two song performance in full, below.Collins is currently working on a full remaster project of his discography, as well as a written memoir detailing his career. It’s an exciting time to be a fan![H/T CoS]
One of the newest projects to hit the scene is Electric Beethoven, the brainchild of former Tea Leaf Green bassist Reed Mathis. With their fresh takes on the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Mathis and his all-star cast of musicians are set to release their debut album Beathoven at the end of September.With the new album in mind, the band will hit the road throughout the last week of September in support of the new album and project. These dates are just the first of many more to come, and stretch from Catskill Chill on September 23rd through the 30th. The band is also set to perform at Brooklyn Comes Alive and Jam Cruise as well as a late-night performance in Las Vegas post-Phish on October 30th.Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces 2016 Artist LineupTo celebrate their new announcement, the band has made a tour promo video that includes footage from their live debut at Terrapin Crossroads. The song in the video is “Rebirth,” a track from their new album that was also recently released as an audio single. Watch the video and check out the full tour schedule in the poster below.
Load remaining images Jackie Greene continued his fall tour with a stop at the famed Terminal West in Atlanta, GA last night, bringing his potent brand of rock and roll to the excited crowd in attendance. The show featured a number of great songs throughout, mixing some classic covers with Greene’s soulful original music. From an opening rendition of Grateful Dead’s “Bertha” to a fitting version of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Hot ‘Lanta,” the band really was firing. They even welcomed out Jason Crosby and Peter Stroud throughout the night, only adding to the fun.You can see a full gallery of photos from the night, courtesy of EMily Butler Photography, as well as the show’s setlist, below.
Old Settler’s Music Festival is going down over a long weekend from April 20-23, 2017, at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, just outside of Austin. The intimate spring event in the heart of Texas’ beautiful hill country earns acclaim year after year, and the 30th-anniversary festival promises to be the best collection of roots-music acts yet!The initial lineup includes Shakey Graves, Sam Bush, the Del McCoury Band, and Los Lobos. The festival also celebrates Austin’s own crowd-pleasing Shinyribs, the multi-talented Sarah Jarosz and the energetic bluegrass of Wood & Wire. Past audience favorites such as Elephant Revival, Gaelic Storm, the Peter Rowan Band and the Travelin’ McCourys will return as well.According to festival organizers, more than 30 award-winning roots, bluegrass and Americana artists will perform on the festival’s four stages, including Anders Osborne, Väsen, Mandolin Orange, The Honeycutters, River Whyless, Lil’ Smokies, Session Americana, The California Honeydrops, and Billy Strings. More artists will be added in the coming weeks. Early-bird package sales start Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10AM right here.
Today marks the 51st anniversary of the first-ever performance of the Grateful Dead, still known as The Warlocks. The band took the stage at Ken Kesey’s first public Acid Test, where like-minded individuals would take LSD and enjoy live music and stunning visual displays. These performances that took place over the course of six months shaped the trajectory of the band forever.Many years later, Jerry Garcia discussed this initial experience. Garcia reveals he came upon the band’s name by opening “an old dictionary at Phil [Lesh]’s house. I just opened it up and there I saw ‘the Grateful Dead.’” The in-depth interview, which would later be donated to the Library of Congress, goes on to describe how the band we’ve come to know and love came to be.Listen/watch this animated recording of this magnificent interview below:Full Transcription Below:Joe Smith: So when the band finally fell into place as The Warlocks it was basically what was the Grateful Dead.Jerry Garcia: Absolutely. Kreutzmann. Me, Phil…Joe Smith: Pig and Bobby, huh?Jerry Garcia: That’s right.Joe Smith: And what did it sound like?Jerry Garcia: It sounded like hell. It sounded really awful for the first few gigs.Joe Smith: Was it The Warlocks very long before you became the Dead?Jerry Garcia: About a year.Joe Smith: And what triggered the new identity?Jerry Garcia: Well we finally discovered that there was a band that was recording using the name Warlocks. We thought: “oh, shit, we can’t have that kind of confusion.” So we went on the band hunt, you know, looking for a name.Joe Smith: The name came from whom? Who dug it up?Jerry Garcia: Well I found it in an old dictionary at Phil’s house. I just opened it up and there I saw “the Grateful Dead.”Joe Smith: Jesus. You could have been… could you imagine what would have happened: the Warlockheads. The dictionary changed society.Jerry Garcia: It absolutely did. Yes, it did.Jerry Garcia: That was about the time we fell in with the acid tests with Kesey and those guys. We had starting taking acid ourselves while we were still The Warlocks. We didn’t do it at shows. At the time we were playing the divorcees’ bars up and down the peninsula. You know. Our booking agent was this guy who used to book strippers and dog acts and magicians and everybody else. It was the standard gig: six nights a week, five sets a night. Standard bar stuff. We were doing that for about a year. And, you know, after that you’re ready for anything. We knew a lot of the people in Kesey’s scene, because it was all part of the Palo Alto scene, which we were a part of. And they knew of us. The one guy, named Paige, who was one of the Pranksters, came to one of our late night sets at one of the bar’s we were playing at.Jerry Garcia: And said: “hey, you guys, we’re having these parties up at Kesey’s place in La Honda [California] every Saturday night, why don’t you guys come?” I said: “well, we’re working all the time.” Luckily the following week we got fired. And we had nothing to do. So Saturday night came around. We went to the first one of those parties, which later became the Acid Tests.Joe Smith: What did you do there? It was just experimenting?Jerry Garcia: No. We just set up the equipment. Everybody got high. And stuff would happen. Now Kesey and his Pranksters have been doing this for a long time, so they had instruments and they played weird music. But mostly it was completely free. There was no real performance of any kind involved. Everybody there was as much performer as audience. You know.Jerry Garcia: These guys had never been confronted with a regular rock and roll band, you know. And we plugged our gear in which looked like space age, military nightmare stuff. Compared to all their stuff, which was all hand painted and real funky you know.Jerry Garcia: And WHAM, we played for about five minutes. Then we all freaked out. You know. We played for about five minutes, but it completely devastated everyone. So they begged us to come back to the next one. And that’s how it happened essentially.Joe Smith: When you guys now you’re doing some acid, you were playing around. What did you expect to be? Were you going to be a Beatles? Were you going to be a great rock n roll… what were you going to do?Jerry Garcia: We didn’t really care whether we went somewhere specifically. We mostly wanted to have fun. And when we fell in with the acid tests we a started having the most fun we’d ever had ever. More than than we could have ever….. I mean it was just incredible.Joe Smith: And how long did that go on?Jerry Garcia: For about six months. But that was probably the most important six months in terms of directionality. Because the neat thing about the acid tests was we could play if we wanted to. But if it was too weird, we could always not play. So that was the only time we ever had the option of not playing.Jerry Garcia: I think The Grateful Dead kind of represents the spirit of being able to go out and have an adventure in America at large. You know what I mean? You can go out and follow the Grateful Dead around. And you have your war stories. Something like hopping railroads. Something like that. Or being on the road like Cassidy and Kerouac.Joe Smith: That’s interesting.Jerry Garcia: But you can’t do those types of things anymore. But you can be a Deadhead. You can get in your van and go with the other Deadheads across the States and meet it on your own terms. Sort of a niche for it, in a way.[via Blank on Blank]