Load remaining images [Video: nugs.tv]“Feel Like A Stranger”[Video: wspanicbrad]“Harry Hood” Jam [Video: wspanicbrad]After an a capella chorus ahead of a big close to “I Know You Rider”, a dramatic and heavy buildup segued into “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” As the group accelerated to close out the show, the band was totally dialed in, and the song was characterized by pristine vocals from Scott and both Tom and Marco in truly proper form during each of their solos. Scott led the song into a “Night In Tunisia” jam with his own meticulous solo, eventually leading into the jazzy and worldly tune originally by Dizzy Gillespie, while Tom Hamilton riffed off this vibe, offering teases of “Estimated Prophet.” As some light drizzle began to fall, the jam picked up an eerie and smooth tone, eventually building into yet another Phish tune—this time in the form of “Stash”—before landing back into the refrain of “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”For the crown jewel of their show, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their second set with one of the most excellent renditions of “Morning Dew” this relatively young writer has ever heard. Tom Hamilton’s voice was powerful and heart-wrenching, causing goosebumps for many in the crowd. After Tom’s soaring guitar solo, the band moved into the song’s quiet interlude, and the 9,500 person venue was nearly silent. While swells of cheers and subsequent “shhhs” characterized the reaction from the crowd for the end of the song, when it was quiet, you could hear a pin drop in the large outdoor amphitheatre, making for a truly mystical moment between Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and their fans in attendance. With Marco adding his own ornamental glissandos, eventually, just Marco and Tom remained for their own gorgeous duet to close out the show, just as the rain truly started to pour.“Morning Dew”[Video: wspanicbrad]“Morning Dew” was a beyond powerful way to end their show, and Joe Russo followed this by giving thanks to the fans and especially to their bassist Dave Dreiwitz who could not be attendance for the show, noting “There’s no way in fucking hell we’d be here without him.” Coming up on their strict 11:30 curfew fast, the ensemble returned with an a capella rendition of the traditional Grateful Dead show closer, “And We Bid You Goodnight,” which again saw Oteil taking on lead scatting duties over the rest of Almost Dead’s tight harmonies and making for a perfect end to a wonderful show.“And We Bid You Goodnight”[Video: Ted Rockwell]To say that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s headlining debut at Red Rocks last night was special would be an understatement. While Dave Dreiwitz truly was missed, Oteil stepped into his role seamlessly, with those unfamiliar with the band or the bassist unlikely able to realize that he’s not a normal member of the touring unit. While their first scheduled headlining Red Rocks date was postponed, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead had near-perfect weather last night, despite forecasts predicting otherwise, and the rain that started to pour during the last song—their spectacular rendition of “Morning Dew”—caused a reverence across the crowd that made it feel more like a divine message and a planned part of the show than an inconvenience.The first set saw Almost Dead showcasing what sets them apart from other Grateful Dead “cover” bands: an innovative spirit that allows the group to be fearless with their transitions and in the setlists they compile, with the medley-like first set emphasizing their musicality and creativity. The second set and its Phish teases showed the group’s willingness to play and interact with the crowd, as Almost Dead has drawn in many fans with their ability to be superb musicians without taking themselves seriously to the point of being solemn, instead focusing on everyone, musicians included, having a good time and that spirit of joint camaraderie. And that “Morning Dew,” well, that speaks for itself.You can check out the full setlist from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Red Rocks debut below, courtesy of Peter Costello, as well as check out a full gallery of gorgeous pictures from last night below, courtesy of Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/31/2017Set One: Jam -> Here Comes Sunshine @ > Ruben & Cherise -> Jam -> Mama Tried, New Speedway Boogie # -> Music Never Stopped Reprise -> New Speedway Jam -> Music Never Stopped Jam -> Dancing In The Streets $ -> New Speedway Reprise % -> Box Of Rain ^ (OB), He’s Gone & -> Truckin’ -> Born Cross Eyed JamSet Two: Jack Straw > Feel Like A Stranger * -> Harry Hood Jam + -> China Cat Sunflower -> The Eleven -> The Wheel @@ -> There Is A Mountain ## > I Know You Rider, Greatest Story Ever Told $$, Morning DewEncore: We Bid You Goodnight %%@ – With a “Sex Machine” (James Brown) Tease (MB), a “La Di Da Di” (Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick) Tease (MB)# – Unfinished$ – With Music Never Stopped Teases (TH), an unknown Tease (MB), New Speedway Teases & lyrics, a “Memphis Soul Stew” (King Curtis) Tease (OB), “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson) Teases (SM & MB).% – First split New Speedway^ – With an Uncle John’s Band Tease (Band)& – With Truckin & Tennessee Jed Teases (TH) & a “Humdinger” (WOLF) tease (SM) – I think* – Unfinished+ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Phish Cover (No lyrics were sung), First Time Played By Almost [email protected]@ – First verse sung in 11, with an “In With the In Crowd” (Ramsey Lewis) Jam, a “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Tease (MB)## – Donovan Cover, Instrumental with 2 choruses only sung, First Time Played By Almost Dead. Basis for the Allman Bros “Mountain Jam” but closer to the original Donovan version.$$ – With a “Night in Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie) Jam, an Estimated Prophet Tease (TH) & a “Stash” (Phish) Tease (SM)%% – A cappella at their positions with vocal mics, not at the front of the stage Last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made its highly anticipated headlining debut at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Almost Dead’s Red Rocks performance has been a long time coming. The group composed of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, and Dave Dreiwitz was initially supposed to make their first headlining appearance at the famed Colorado venue at the end of April, though unfavorable weather forced their show to be moved indoors to the 1st Bank Center and prompted their Red Rocks date to be rescheduled for later in the summer. Unfortunately, bassist Dave Dreiwitz was on tour with Ween and unavailable for the new date, though the Grateful Dead-inspired ensemble found a worthy replacement in Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge. After many months of anticipation, Almost Dead certainly did not disappoint for their headlining Red Rocks show, putting on a truly exemplary performance for the sold-out crowd that also saw the group heavily tease Phish, ahead of the Vermont quartet’s annual three-night run at Dick’s Sporting Good Park that starts tonight.Now For Something Completely Different: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Spectacular Arena Debut [Full Audio]Oteil Burbridge Opens Up About Playing With Joe Russo’s Almost DeadWithout any supporting acts—which is a relative rarity for most Red Rocks shows—Joe Russo’s Almost Dead took the stage around 8 pm, opening the show up with a soft and melodic intro by Benevento on the baby grand. As the rest of the group joined it, the low-volume and jazzy intro sped up into “Here Comes Sunshine.” The song, given the circumstances of the cancellation of their previously slated Red Rocks appearance, was an appropriate choice, particularly when considering that rain had haunted the day, though cleared for the start of the show. After the first verse, Metzger took the first guitar solo of the night, with his crisp playing leading the charge into the jam’s apex and eliciting hoots and hollers from the crowd. After some truly stellar solo work from Benevento over the smooth grooves offered by Oteil, the group returned to the tight harmonies of “Here Comes Sunshine,” with Russo expertly leading to the close of the song.“Here Comes Sunshine” quickly deteriorated into a discordant and edgy transition with an almost Frank Zappa-esque tone, heavily leaning on eccentric percussion, staccato keys, and aggressive and far-out-there guitar from Tom Hamilton. After Russo reigned the group in from this spacey interlude with a three-hit repetitive rhythm, an abrupt transition led into “Ruben and Cherise,” which similarly danced on the edge of spacey. The song’s jam initially was spacious, though the group tightened up a few moments later, and after a wailing guitar solo by Hamilton, settled into a more propulsive and steady rhythm. “Mama Tried,” featuring Metzger on lead vocals, truly and fully locked the crowd in for the night, with Benevento laying out an upbeat and jubilant solo before passing off the lead to Hamilton and later Metzger, who built the song to its triumphant close.For the rest of the first set, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead offered a thrilling and near non-stop string of seven songs, bringing back and weaving the set’s various numbers across each other. Starting out with the slinky “New Speedway Boogie,” the crowd packed into the natural amphitheater was particularly and predictably vocal after Tom Hamilton’s lines, “Spend a little time on the mountain / Spend a little time on the hill.” Metzger’s solo during the number was dynamic, at points soulful and at points precise and rhythmic, eventually leading back into the refrain following a huge drum fill from Russo. Benevento was up next, with his feature offering heavy keyboard effects before switching over to the grand piano for that heavily riffed off and winded between Oteil’s steady and powerful bass.As tastes of “The Music Never Stopped” began to materialize out of “New Speedway Boogie,” Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton began to add elements of both songs into their vocal harmonies, moving back and forth between lines of the two numbers during a vocal jam. After briefly jamming through the reprise of “The Music Never Stopped,” the jam segued back into the theme of “New Speedway Boogie.” Russo casually tossed one of his drum sticks behind him with a grin, switching it out with a new one without missing a beat, then led the group in accelerating into “Dancin’ In The Streets.” The disco-tinged tune off 1977’s Terrapin Station was a predictable crowd-pleaser, with the audience all dancing and singing along to the joyful melody.“The Music Never Stopped” > “New Speedway Boogie” Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/31/2017 | Photo: Bill McAlaine The crowd went wild for this Phish reference, though the group eventually transitioned out of the “Harry Hood” jam and into “China Cat Sunflower.” Twisting the Grateful Dead’s traditional “China Cat” / “I Know You Rider” combo and making it their own, the group worked in “The Eleven,” “The Wheel,” and Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain” before entering the well-loved “I Know You Rider” to close off the sequence. Ahead of “Rider,” during “The Wheel,” again Joe Russo’s Almost Dead teased a Phish tune, working in tastes of “Bathtub Gin” and giving the song some proper love before returning to “The Wheel” and slowly and steadily jamming into the group’s debut of “There Is A Mountain,” featuring Joe Russo taking on lead vocal duties for the Donovan cover. “There Is A Mountain” was also an appropriate nod to their bassist for the evening, Oteil Burbridge, considering that the tune served as the basis for Allman Brothers’ “Mountain Jam” and Oteil largely came into the spotlight during his tenure with ABB. From “There Is A Mountain,” an urgent build led into “I Know You Rider,” always a popular choice in Colorado with its lines referencing the “cool Colorado rain” and one that has frequently been played during Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s stops in the state.“The Wheel” with teases of Phish’s “Bathtub Gin” and Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain”[Video: wspanicbrad]“There Is A Mountain” > “I Know You Rider” Eventually, “Dancin’ In The Streets” morphed into a swirling and cascading jam housing dynamic interplay across Hamilton, Benevento, and Metzger, which again echoed hints of “The Music Never Stopped”. Oteil too got his time to shine during the jam, stepping forward during a sudden change in melody with his teases of King Curtis’ “Memphis Soul Stew” for a jazzier segment with him and Benevento at the helm. A percussive transition featuring spritely key ornamentations from Marco eventually thinned out, become sparse before leading back into the refrain of “Dancin’.” As the volume dropped and faded to a whisper, the group returned to “New Speedway Boogie,” initially keeping the volume low before the band brought it back up and coasted on the song’s mellow groove. The song slowly transitioned back out of “New Speedway,” Almost Dead faked out the audience with wisps of “Uncle John’s Band,” before Metzger picked up a slide for the start of “Box of Rain” and Oteil stepped to the mic. As always, people love when any a band will “Let Oteil Sing” (and for good reason), and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead certainly did a fine job of giving Oteil his proper time as lead vocalist. His voice was beautiful, clear, and soulful, with the sounds from the ensemble filled the amphitheater with a full and wholly complete sound.“He’s Gone” was classified by strong vocals from Hamilton, shimmering keys, and a powerful bass line. Scott and Marco both kicked into their own roaring solos during the tune, which also worked in teases of “Truckin’” and “Tennessee Jed.” As the expansive and complex first set stretched on—it ended up clocking in at around two hours—”He’s Gone” held a fake-out ending, with the group holding a long-pause, which elicited massive cheers from the audience, before picking back up into the tune. For the song’s a capella close, again, Oteil stepped to the mic, using a high-register falsetto to scat the lines of “He’s Gone” over the tight harmonies laid down by the rest of the crew—the subsequent vocal jam saw the a capella rendition of “He’s Gone” intertwine with the lyrics, “One way or another, this darkness has got to give,” again bringing back in “New Speedway Boogie,” which was a theme across the first set. Rather than return to “New Speedway Boogie” in full, a huge transitional jam led into the set-closing song, “Truckin’.” Metger shined during his solo with a perfect mix of pristine guitar work but loose improvisation, eventually with his playing gaining a more rhythmic focus and teases of “The Other One” before a dramatic build led to the frenetic and energized close to the first set, with Joe Russo front and center and masterfully milking the song and the set’s close.After introducing the members of the band, including introducing Oteil as “the wonder of the world,” Joe Russo and the rest of Almost Dead took a short set break. After the massive, extended first set, fans were reeling from the medley-like second half that wove and revisited the themes of the final six songs of the set. For their return, the second set started out with “Jack Straw,” featuring a spirited opening solo from Tom Hamilton. The dramatic and slowed-down close to “Jack Straw” made an abrupt change into “Feel Like A Stranger,” and a spacious and airy jam was born from the disco-esque tune, though the segment remained grounded by the heavy groove laid out by the all-star rhythm section. As the jam become steadier and borderline trance-y, things began to get a little bit Phish-y, much to the delight of the audience, particularly considering that rumors had been circulating that Trey Anastasio had sound-checked with the band earlier in the day. With Phish’s annual Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park kicking off today, Almost Dead gave an appropriate nod to the many Phish fans catching the Almost Dead show while in town for Phish Dick’s, making a sudden change into an instrumental “Harry Hood” jam, marking the first time the ensemble has ever played the staple Phish tune.“Jack Straw”
Fans of The Disco Biscuits have been eagerly waiting for the announcement of the group’s New Year’s Eve run. Just now, bassist Marc Brownstein made the announcement on Facebook, noting that the group will be returning to New York City for a four-night run at PlayStation Theater following last year’s move to The Tabernacle for a three-night run in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, The Disco Biscuits will ring in the new year with dates falling from December 28th through 31st.Brownstein also had a special announcement regarding the sale of four-day passes. This year, the Biscuits are switching over to a lottery system for their four-day pass pre-sale, with dedicated fans who know they’re planning on spending New Year’s Eve with the jamtronica able to submit purchase requests here. As Brownie elaborated, “This will enable everyone to have an equal chance of getting the discounted pass for our triumphant return to NYC. It will also make sure that we keep tickets out of the hands of scalpers and bots.”The lottery for 4-day passes to the Biscuits’ NYE run is open today through to Thursday at 5 pm (EST), at which point, ticket requests will be granted randomly and winners should receive emails about their purchases. If you’re not willing to commit to the full run, individual tickets for the Biscuits’ upcoming NYE run go on sale to the general public on Friday at noon (EST).[Photo: Stephen Olker]
Load remaining images Photo: Brandon Weil Photo: Brandon Weil Photo: Brandon Weil Photo: Brandon Weil Photo: Brandon Weil Last Friday, on December 5th, Circles Around The Sun kicked off their 2018 tour with a sold-out performance at The Troubadour in Hollywood with support from Grateful Shred. Led by guitarist Neal Casal and featuring keyboardist Adam MacDougall, drummer Mark Levy, and bassist Dan Horne, CATS has earned a lot of praise since its inception in 2015, when they were commissioned to create the intermission music for the Grateful Dead’s 50th-anniversary Fare Thee Well celebration.EXCLUSIVE: Neal Casal Talks CRB, LSD, & The Future Of Circles Around The SunLive For Live Music had a writer scheduled to review the show, though he unexpectedly had to leave Circles Around The Sun’s performance early. However, despite not being able to stay for the whole night, the writer (who is choosing to remain anonymous) wanted to make sure he still sent us in some form of coverage. Thus, he’s sent us a collection of fourteen haikus that he feels encapsulates his experience at Circles Around The Sun’s and Grateful Shred‘s show-opener at the Troubadour. Enjoy. (You can also listen to full audio of the performance, courtesy of taper DMan, and check out a gallery of photos, courtesy of Brandon Weil, below.)[Audio: DMan]Grateful Shred my headPlaying tunes of old anewCaptured me tonightOh, what could they do?A lot, pleasantly we seeThis band knows its stuffSlip Knot to beginHelp On the Way satiatesAmazing FranklinGoing to the southBig River, weeping willowAlthea, we lovePlaying in the Band, Stephen prospered in his time, He’s a holy manPlaying for the lumpThe one that is on my headGrateful I am dead.And to close it outLoose Lucy is our delightThese guys were damn greatWhat to follow upCircles Around the Sun nextHow would they beginWest LA people Love West LA Fade Away New spin on this jam Fire on the mountainInspired the next dittyRosalie you fineThese guys love to jamGuitar, melodic to hearThe synth, en fugeoOld fashioned light show Psychedelic projectionsChris Kuroda proudAlthea came backThis time, a new lease on lifeMade it their own thingLet’s take it all inSo much to appreciate Fantastic eveningCircles Around The Sun | The Troubadour | Hollywood, CA | 1/5/2018 | Photo: Brandon Weil
In the last day or two, photos of a hilarious Monopoly-esque board game called Wookery have been making their rounds on the Internet. The game first appeared in a post (now deleted) on the Lotus Family Facebook page, which offered up a handful of hilarious images of the set, which functions as a drinking game. The game was created by Jim Davis and contains references to a number of wook-friendly artists on the scene, including the Grateful Dead, Lotus, The Disco Biscuits, String Cheese Incident, STS9, Bassnectar, GRiZ, and Pretty Lights.After buzz around the game grew online, Davis created an Etsy page for the game, which describes how Wookery works:Basically the way the game works is you roll a dice to move around the board and pick up “heady cards” along the way which have funny things on em like “Moved to Colorado to trim herb, ended up working at Taco Bell…move back 5 spaces” and the goal is to pass start and collect “wonky cards” which are tongue twisters you have to say correctly and fast, or you drink. On your way around the board you will encounter Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Griz, Lotus, STS9, The Disco Biscuits and multiple other obstacles along the way! Grab a group of your local wooks and get a game going today!!!Predictably, Wookery sold-out quickly (Editor’s note: The game has gone back on sale in limited quantities, though will probably sell out soon again.), given that it’s a handmade game, which also features the option to have the board customized with your own pictures of wooks that are near and dear to your heart. You can check out pictures of the board below.
In June of 2017, Bruce Springsteen announced an unprecedented Broadway legacy at the Walter Kerr Theatre, marking The Boss’s Broadway debut. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the pared-down one-man live show at the 975-person theater, today, Springsteen has extended this residency with 81 additional shows from July through December of 2018. This will mark the second extension of the on-going run—while the shows launched in mid-October of last year, the rock icon added another ten weeks to the residency in late November. By the end of this new string of dates, Springsteen will have performed 236 shows on Broadway as Springsteen on Broadway.Tickets for this new leg of Springsteen on Broadway will go on sale Wednesday, March 29th at 11 a.m. EST through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Fans who have previously registered but haven’t purchased tickets for the show will be invited to the sale and will receive further instruction on Monday, March 26th. However, fans can also purchase tickets through a Lucky Seat digital lottery after the initial on-sale.
Last weekend, jam worlds collided when Mike Gordon performed with progressive bluegrass heroes (and longtime Phish fans) Greensky Bluegrass. The collaboration went down at the band’s inaugural Camp Greensky Music Festival, which took over the Hoxeyville festival grounds in Wellston, MI.Gordon came on stage toward the end of Greensky Bluegrass’ headlining set on Saturday, June 2nd. The Phish bassist took up an acoustic guitar for a cover of Alison Krauss‘ “Endless Highway” before switching to his usual weapon of choice—the electric bass—for a set-closing take on the Greensky original “Don’t Lie”.Gordon was on hand at Camp Greensky after wrapping up a main stage performance with his own Mike Gordon Band. According to Greensky Bluegrass dobro player Anders Beck, there was a 65% chance that Gordon would sit in at Camp Greensky, so the band was no doubt excited when he did. Fortunately, we can all relive the magic of Greensky & Gordon with this video courtesy of YouTube user Peter Huebner.Greensky Bluegrass feat. Mike Gordon – “Endless Highway” & “Don’t Lie”[Video: Peter Huebner]Can’t get enough of Greensky Bluegrass’ Camp Greensky collaborations? Head over to archive.org to give the full Saturday show—which featured sit ins from Marco Benevento, Chris Jacobs, and Dusty Ray Simmons—a listen.
Today, Mike Dillon has announced a brand new album, Bonobo Bonobo, due out next Friday, December 21st. The percussion wizard’s surprise album will coincide with his upcoming winter tour, and was recorded in New Orleans with a collective he calls The Mallet Men—essentially an extended version of his core touring vehicle, The Mike Dillon Band.Produced by bandmate Nathan Lambertson, Bonobo Bonobo is available for download now via Dillon’s label, Royal Potato Family and out on all digital music portals next Friday, December 21. You can listen to the album’s title track now:Having been a member of Garage A Trois, Dead Kenny Gs, and Critters Buggin, and serving as a key sideman to artists like Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool, and Ani DiFranco, Mike Dillon has an impressive toolbelt of musicians featured on the new album,Bonobo Bonobo will feature guest appearances from Stanton Moore (Galactic), Tiffany Lamson(Givers), Doug Belote (Jerry Douglas), James Singleton (Nolatet), Brendan Bull and Ari Kohn (Brass Lighting), G. Maxwell(Miranda Lambert), Cliff Hines (Rickie Lee Jones) and Evan Oberla (O.A.R.).As the press release notes about the forthcoming surprise album:As for the artist himself, Dillon considers ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ to be a punk rock record, and undoubtedly, every song on this thirteen-song set backs up that sentiment. His vocals are direly manic and slightly twisted, as he howls and growls like the late, great D. Boon about backstabbing friends (“Shit Talker”), being repulsed by a certain White House resident (“Orange Julius Caesar”) and a take on his own career success, the manically, self-aware (“Big Ass Fish”). The Mallet Men compliment Dillon with exquisite performances, the group being committed to his style-shifting attack, and all being exceptional players in their own right.Ultimately, though, ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ may be best summed up within this context: in his autobiography, ‘Commando,’ Johnny Ramone wrote that he “wrote the book on punk.” In fact, Ramone would double-down on that declaration: “I decide what’s punk. If I’m driving a Cadillac, it’s punk,” he wrote. After decades of operating according to his own blueprint, it’s hard not to think that ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ is truly Mike Dillon’s Cadillac. Beginning with his artistic vision and carrying through in his songs, Mike Dillon is an artist of remarkable creativity, galvanized by his independence and guided by fearless spirit and soul.MIKE DILLON BAND / Tour Schedule12/27 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live *12/28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *12/29 – Portland, ME – Aura *12/30 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *12/31 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium TempleLive *1/2 – Chicago, IL – Tonic Room1/3 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founder’s Brewing1/4 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s Blue Moon Cafe1/5 – Kansas City, MO – The Ship1/6 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf **1/8 – Austin, TX – One-2-One Bar1/11 – New Orleans, LA – D.B.A.1/12 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s1/27 – Pensacola, FL – Chizuko ***1/29 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House ^1/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s ^1/31 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar ^1/1 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub ^2/2 – Miami, FL – Blackbird Ordinary ^2/4 – Carbondale, IL – Longbranch ***2/7 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s #2/8 – Denver, CO – Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom #2/9 – Telluride, CO – The Liberty2/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Center for Divine Awakening2/12 – San Diego, CA – Winston’s2/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Library Room at The Mayfair Hotel2/14 – San Francisco, CA – Boom Boom Room2/15 – Talent, OR – Talent Club2/16 – Portland, OR – Jack London Revue2/17 – Zig Zag, OR – Skyway Bar and Grill* w/ Clutch** w/ Ten Hands*** Solo^ w/ Marco Benevento# w/ Greyboy AllstarsView All Tour Dates
[H/T Consequence of Sound] Former Heavyweight Champion boxer-turned-showbiz entertainer Mike Tyson is now taking a jab at the music industry with his own mini-festival. The sports star announced on Tuesday that a one-day music event will take place at his Tyson Ranch Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California on February 23rd, and will be titled, The Kind Music Festival. The event will act as more of a “pop-up” micro-festival, according to its website, but overall it looks to be pretty “awethome” as Iron Mike would say!Artists who have already been booked and confirmed for the one-day event include Miguel as the headliner, as well as Chicano Batman, Starcrawler, Yonee, Mac Ayres, and All My Friends Hate Me. The event is open to fans of all ages and will include designated “Hang Out Village” and “Chillville” areas filled with 100 specialty bean bags, massive inflatable rides, obstacle courses, and mazes. The “Fun Zone” will presumably not include sparring sessions with Mike, so don’t go getting too ambitious on vodka/Red Bulls, all you meatheads out there. Fans will also be able to enjoy food and beverages from food trucks parked on-site.There will be no sales or giveaways of cannabis products on site, although the 412-acre entertainment complex is hoping to develop into a cannabis research and design facility in the near future. Fans are encouraged not to bring any illegal drugs or paraphernalia into the event grounds. Tyson is, of course, no stranger to the world of entertainment. The former fighter rose out of tough Brooklyn neighborhoods as a teenager to become the youngest Heavyweight Champion boxer in history at age 21 back in the 1980s. He quickly punched his way to becoming one of the hottest pay-per-view entertainers in the sport before age and financial mismanagement sent his career into a downward spiral. Tyson has rebounded and rebranded in recent years. In addition to losing post-career weight and launching a theatrical production about his life, he’s also invested his newly earned money in the thriving cannabis industry with The Tyson Ranch. Tickets for the event will begin general on-sale on Wednesday, January 3rd, and can be found along with more F.A.Q’s by visiting the event’s official website.
Phish bassist Mike Gordon has released a new playlist, “Mike’s Feb/Mar 2018 Faves”, comprised of Mike’s favorite jams from his 2018 west coast tour. The playlist is now available via LivePhish for LivePhish App subscribers. Joined by his regular touring outfit consisting of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist/organist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers, Gordon and his quintet hit the road hard in 2018, releasing a plethora of new music and debuting unique covers.The playlist opens up with “Pendulum” and a cover of Tower Of Power’s “You Strike My Main Nerve”, two cuts from February 10th, 2019 at Portland, OR’s Wonder Ballroom. A trio of tracks from Gordon’s February 11th show at Stateline, NV’s Montbleu Resort Casino come next, with originals “Up And Down” and “Long Black Line”, along with the second “You Strike My Main Nerve” cover included in the playlist. Mike includes 3 more tracks off 2017’s OGOGO with “Go Away”, “Victim”, and “Whirlwind”, as well as covers of Rancid’s “Ruby Soho”, Max Creek’s “Just A Rose”, Jon Cleary’s “Got To Be More Careful”, and more.Mike Gordon and his ensemble are gearing up for their upcoming 2019 winter tour, which will begin on Friday, March 8th at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse before makings stops at Asheville, NC’s The Orange Peel on March 9th and Nashville, TN’s The Basement East on March 10th. The tour will continue March 12th with a performance at Charleston, SC’s Charleston Music Hall before the band heads north with stops at Rocky Mount, VA’s Harvester Performance Center (March 13th); Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club (March 15th); Asbury Park, NJ’s Asbury Lanes (March 16th); Jersey City, NJ’s White Eagle Hall (March 17th); and Buffalo, NY’s Town Ballroom(March 19th). Mike Gordon and his band will wrap up the tour with a special four-night run at Cambridge, MA’s The Sinclair from Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, March 24th.For more information on ticketing and upcoming tour dates, head to Mike Gordon’s website here.“Mike’s Feb/Mar 2018 Faves” Tracklisting:1. “Pendulum” – Portland, OR – 2/10/182. “You Strike My Main Nerve” – Portland, OR – 2/10/183. “Up And Down” – Stateline, NV – 2/11/184. “Long Black Line” – Stateline, NV – 2/11/185. “You Strike My Main Nerve” – Stateline, NV – 2/11/186. “Just A Rose” – Santa Cruz, CA – 2/12/187. “Ruby Soho” – Santa Cruz, CA – 2/12/188. “Go Away” – Los Angeles, CA – 2/16/189. “Yarmouth Road” – Los Angeles, CA – 2/17/1810. “Victim” – Los Angeles, CA – 2/17/1811. “Whirlwind” – Phoenix, AZ – 2/21/1812. “Trapezoidal Sunshine” – Brooklyn, NY – 3/10/1813. “Got To Be More Careful” – Brooklyn, NY – 3/10/1814. “Noon To Noon” – Albany, NY – 3/11/18View Tracklisting
In the wake of this week’s allegations, Ryan Adams‘ upcoming album, Big Colors, is being “put on hold,” sources close to the situation told Variety. In The New York Times exposé published on Wednesday, seven women accuse Adams of wielding his music industry clout to emotionally abuse and sexually manipulate them. The report cites seven different women, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, rising artist Phoebe Bridgers, and more, and describes a pattern in which offers of career assistance repeatedly turned into sexual advances and romantic relationships became emotionally abusive. The report also details a domineering and sexually inappropriate correspondence Adams allegedly had with an underage girl over a 9-month span.Big Colors was set for release on April 19th, but retailers began to report on Thursday evening that the album was pulled from release schedules by Universal Music Group, the parent company of Adams’ own label, Pax-Am, which has a distribution deal with Blue Note Records. Pax-Am has also deleted the Big Colors pre-order pages on its own website. Big Colors was originally set to be Adams’ first of three albums in 2019, though the fate of that plan now appears to be uncertain.Beyond the album, three different companies with whom Ryan Adams was attached for endorsement deals have officially severed ties with the artist. Included in this list is Benson Amps, who announced a Ryan Adams signature model amp at last year’s NAMM convention. Christopher Benson, the company’s principal, said in a statement. “We are saddened and surprised by the recent allegations against Mr. Ryan Adams as documented in the New York Times. … We have decided to suspend our relationship with Mr. Adams at this moment, and will no longer move forward with the development of the Ryan Adams signature model. We have no further comment at this time.”The presidents of JHS Pedals and Walrus Audio, which both had Ryan Adams signature products on the market when the story broke, both issued similar statements pulling their Adams products. As JHS Pedals president Josh Scott noted, “Because of my deep concern over this situation, I am ceasing all collaboration with Ryan and have discontinued the VCR Ryan Adams Signature Pedal. We have a remaining stock of VCR pedals and are making future plans to fully rebrand and sell this inventory with a portion of the sale going towards the fight against sexual abuse and misconduct.”In addition to the business partnership fallout, The New York Times reported Thursday that the F.B.I. is now looking into “whether the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, 44, committed a crime by engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan.” Adams, through his lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, has denied that he “ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”