Load remaining images Widespread Panic brought a stellar show to the Palace Theater in Louisville, KY this past Saturday, February 20th along with newest member Duane Trucks. The band rocked the historic venue with fans singing along and rocking out to hits like “Diner,” “Tall Boy,” and “Up All Night.” A jammed out “Driving Song > Airplane > Driving Song” during the lengthy first set was played for the first time, in that sequence, since 7/17/07.Check out photos from the memorable evening, by John Miller, below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Louisville Palace Theater, Louisville, KY – 2/20/16Set One: C. Brown, Old Neighborhood, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Send Your Mind, Happy, Diner > Disco > Tall Boy, Driving Song > Airplane > Driving Song, Up All Night, Ribs And WhiskeySet Two: Thought Sausage, Love Tractor > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > Visiting Day, Impossible Jam > Cease Fire, Blue Indian, Barstools And Dreamers, Action ManEncore: Trouble, Angels Don’t Sing the Blues > Henry Parsons Died
Umphrey’s McGee continues their rigorous tour schedule, as the group has just announced some major plans for this summer. The band has some performances with a number of great groups on the schedule including Zappa Plays Zappa, Sinkane, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Werks, The Main Squeeze, and Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath.The full schedule released includes some previously announced dates, like the two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A number of festivals are on the bill as well, including Mountain Jam, Bunbury Music Festival, Riverbend Festival, Summerfest, and Lockn’.You can check out the full schedule below, and head to UM’s website for details.Umphrey’s McGee Summer Tour Dates06.02 – Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, NY06.03 – Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY06.04 – Bunbury Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH06.16 – Riverbend Festival – Chattanooga, TN06.29 – Brenton Skating Plaza – Des Moines, IA06.30 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI07.02 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO %07.03 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO $07.07 – Avondale Brewing Company – Birmingham, AL *07.08 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC *07.09 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC *07.15 – Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD **07.17 – The Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ **08.03 – CrossroadsKC – Kansas City, MO **08.05 – The Lawn at White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN08.06 – Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, KY **08.11 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT08.12 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA ***08.13 – The Peach Music Festival – Scranton, PA08.14 – F Shed at the Market – Syracuse, NY ***08.18 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN08.19 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN08.25 – Lockn’ Music Festival – Arrington, VA – Get Tickets% with special guests Sinkane and Zappa Plays Zappa$ with special guests The Main Squeeze and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead* with special guest The Werks** with special guest The Main Squeeze*** with special guest Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath
With Led Zeppelin’s new Complete BBC Sessions album due out tomorrow, fans will get a unique opportunity to delve into a top-notch Zeppelin recording at the peak of the band’s career. Of course, many fans noted the unfamiliar “Sunshine Woman” track on the album’s listing. The bluesy jam was recorded at the studio but never made it into the band’s studio albums or live performances.Fortunately, a version of the BBC recording has found its way onto YouTube ahead of the album release. The raw Zeppelin energy is front and center for this great track, which of course begs the question – why didn’t they play it more? We may never know, but at least we can listen and enjoy it now.Tune in to hear “Sunshine Woman,” streaming below.
It seems The String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi and bassist Keith Moseley will be soaking up the sunshine in January 2017. After yesterday’s big Los Muertos Con Queso announcement, another performance will feature members of SCI, as well as regular talents of Terrapin Crossroads, for a big benefit concert in Hawaii.Titled “A Grateful Aloha,” the event will see Nershi and Moseley perform alongside Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Scott Law, Jason Crosby and Alex Koford – the Terrapin All-Stars – as well as Tim Bluhm and Danny Kortchmar. On January 6th, 2017, this awesome lineup will perform at the Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center as part of a benefit show for the Kaua’i Hospice’s Transitional Music and Boundless Compassion.The Terrapin All-Stars comprise a core of talented musicians who play regularly at Phil Lesh’s venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Together with all of the special guests, the artists will be playing the music of the Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, The Mother Hips, singer/songwriters of the 1970’s and 80’s, and artist originals as well.For more information about the event, you can head here. All ticket revenue will be matched dollar for dollar by the Weisman Family Foundation and IGE.
Last weekend, a number of celebrities and musicians came together for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s: An Evening of Comedy & Music to Benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation.” Chaired by Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan, as well as Katie Couric, her husband John Molner, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, the benefit featured comedy and musical performances to raise money for Parkinson’s research.One of the highlights of the night came during Dave Matthews’ performance, backed by Steve Jordan and the Super Bowl Banned. Matthews’ welcomed Michael J. Fox to the stage, dressed in his best Marty McFly attire for the jam. Surprisingly the band didn’t play “Johnny B. Goode”, but kept things loose with a blues jam that shifted into the Bob Dylan classic, “All Along The Watchtower.”Watch Matthews, Fox, and more performing at the benefit concert, streaming below courtesy of YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5.[Photo via Jamie McCarthy/MJF2016/Getty]
Soule Monde is the premier avant funk duo, erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton and B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski. An ideal union of swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket, where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation.Paczkowski has an intrepid knowledge of the Hammond B3, playing it as fearlessly as Han Solo flies the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field, while his left hand lays down bass lines on the clavinet with the ferocity of the meanest four-string, soul-cat. Lawton is constantly responding to his partner’s attacks – pushing the groove further and deeper while holding the pocket like he’s handcuffed to the snare. Don’t expect the beat to drop with Soule Monde, and at the same time don’t expect to get stuck in one groove. Quite simply, this is the jazz-duo your parents warned you about!The duo are set to release a new album, Must Be Nice, on March 3rd via Ropeadope Records, bringing eight infectious new grooves together for the upcoming release. Lawton tells us more about what to expect. “The new Soule Monde album Must Be Nice digs deeper into the pool of rhythms and melody. Still drawing from the funk and also the rhythms Russ played with his time in the Afro Beat band Zzebra. Ray and Russ mash it all together Soule Monde style with that great chemistry they have for writing as a band. Always boiling it down to some unique songs for your body, mind and soul. It’s been said before, but Must Be Nice will take you on a musical journey.”We’re excited to get that journey started with “Rocket,” a leading single from the new album. Listen in below!You can also watch the new, official music video, streaming below.Don’t miss Soule Monde on tour, and don’t sleep on their new album! Keep tabs on the band’s doings on their official website, and see their full tour schedule and album tracklisting below.Soule Monde Tour Dates3/2 Newport, RI – The Cafe at Parlor Newport3/3 New York, NY – DROM3/4 Boston, MA – Thunder Road3/11 Foam Brewery – Burlington, VT3/16 Warren, VT – Hostel3/17 Washington, DC – The Hamilton3/18 Plains, PA – River Street Jazz Cafe3/30 Warren, VT – Slide Brook3/31 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live (Upstairs)Must Be Nice Tracklisting1. Immigrant Too2. Rocket3. Take My Hand4. Compared To Jody5. Kota6. Mina7. Took You Long Enough8. InfluenceRecorded at Lovetown
String Cheese Incident is wrapping up their Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival tour this weekend after hitting some of the band’s favorite ski towns over the past few weeks. Last night saw Cheese hit the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, Nevada, kicking off a three-night stand at the club to end the tour. The band kicked off the show with “Indian Creek,” marking the first time the song has taken the opening slot since April 8th, 2002. The first set saw a bunch of bust outs including the reemergence of “Remington Ride,” out of rotation since the tail end of 2011, and the third live performance of the Grateful Dead’s “Deal.” You can check out the setlist below, as well as a video of some of the ski shenanigans the band has been getting into this past tour.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Crystal Bay Club | Crystal Bay, NV | 3/17/17Set One: Indian Creek, Way Back Home > Joyful Sound, Think Of What You’ve Done, Deal, Outside and Inside > SmileSet Two: Let’s Go Outside, These Waves, Rhythm of the Road > Sirens, 45th of November > Rivertrance > Desert DawnEncore: Sweet Spot
It’s safe to say that people love their kicks. It’s safe to say that people also love their beats. Luckily, the folks over at the marketing and branding company Neely And Daughters have finally given the people what they want, with a prototype shoe that combines the classic Roland TR-808 drum machine—the ever-popular drum machine behind any number of songs released since the 1980’s and now—with the iconic Adidas sneaker.Their future-retro design is fully functional—in addition to looking sweet as hell—with a built-in start/stop button, volume and tempo control, and speakers to its six pre-programmed beats. Luckily, these innovators recognized we’re not in the stone age anymore, so they did consumers the courtesy of also embedding a USB port and making the shoes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible. This way, once you’ve spent hours sitting cross-legged on the floor, toiling away at your shoes and cranking out beats for your new mixtape, you don’t even really have to get up to upload it for your fans. Yes!While these shoes are highly practical as a portable beat lab, it’s nice that their prototype design also address aesthetics, bucking the tradition that mandates “function over form” and boldly declaring, “Let them have both!” As we mentioned before (and snarky tones aside), the shoes look sweet. The yellow, red, and orange color palette is pulled from and the numbers along the shoelaces inspired by the rhythm buttons at the bottom of the TR-808. Plus, TR-808 is written across the velcro straps while the Roland logo graces the heel of each shoe.Unfortunately, these prototypes never made it into production, so all you producers out there may have to postpone your dreams of being able to make your beats while riding the subway, renewing your license at the DMV, or stretching before, during, or after a jog. Check out the pictures of the Adidas X Roland hybrid below, and take a moment with us to mourn what could have been. [H/T Consequence Of Sound]
On Thursday, February 1st, the music world lost another world-class talent as Dennis Edwards, longtime lead singer of Motown legends the Temptations, passed away in a Chicago hospital just two days before his 75th birthday. His death was confirmed by Rosiland Triche Roberts, one of his booking agents. She did not specify the cause. Before joining The Temptations, Edwards put his gospel singing background to work with another Motown group, the Contours, best known for their 1962 hit “Do You Love Me”, which they recorded before he joined them. The Contours opened for the Temptations in the late 1960s, and when the Temptations lead singer David Ruffin left the group in 1968, Edwards was asked to take his place. As groups like Sly and the Family Stone surged in popularity, Edwards’ voice was one of the main ingredients in The Temptations’ left turn into psychedelic soul and funk territory.Shortly after Dennis Edwards joined the group, the Temptations won their first GRAMMY Award for the upbeat “Cloud Nine” (1968). They won another GRAMMY for the funk anthem “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” in 1971. That song, as well as the other two big Temptations hits from that era—“I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Just My Imagination” (on which Kendricks sang lead)—both reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart. The Temptations received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. In 1989, Edwards became the only group member outside the “Classic 5” lineup (Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Eddie Kendricks) to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Temptations.You can watch Edwards and The Temptations perform “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” below via YouTube user MOMOFUNKONE:Rest in peace, Dennis. Your memory lives on through your music…[h/t – Billboard][Cover photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, via Fox5]
Today, New Orleans favorites Galactic have released their latest studio album, Already Ready Already, via Tchoup-Zilla Records. Produced by the band’s own Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, Already Ready Already marks Galactic’s 10th studio LP. In addition to featuring Erica Falls, the new album welcomes guest appearances from Princess Shaw, Miss Charm Taylor, David Shaw (The Revivalists), Nahko, and Boyfriend. Already Ready Already hears Galactic taking a more contemporary approach, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Crescent City funk roots.EXCLUSIVE: Stanton Moore Talks Galactic’s New Album, Buying Tipitina’s, & “Playing Like You Own The Place”“Trust me, I loved having Macy Gray and Mavis Staples on our last record,” Mercurio said of their latest release. “It was an honor to work with them. But there’s something fun about making music with someone not everybody has heard of and end up getting a great reaction to it. There are no preconceived thoughts as to what the song should be like because the listener doesn’t know the artist as well.”Luckily for fans, the recent recording sessions that yielded Already Ready Already generated enough material for another LP which is due out later in 2019, one which Ellman described in the album’s announcement as, “possibly more of a throwback thing,” but which will almost certainly morph into something new and wonderful via Galactic’s evolutionary musical vision.Ellman also noted, “I’ve never been able to put a label on what we do. I could say it’s funk or I could say it’s R&B or jazz or whatever else, but really, it’s all of that.” Added Robert Mercurio, “It’s not that we’re always trying to push boundaries, but we definitely take influence from our hometown and try to do something new with it. We tour all around the world and we’re exposed to tons of elements that filter their way into our consciousness and come out through our music.”Listen to Galactic’s new album Already Ready Already below:Galactic – Already Ready AlreadyFor tickets and a full list of Galactic’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.