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The beloved Bear’s Picnic festival will return for the 11th straight year, coming to Milmont, PA from August 4-7. Today, the festival has revealed their lineup, which features a number of Gratefully-inspired performers.The top billings go to Melvin Seals & JGB and John Kadlecik Band, but there’s plenty more music to love! You can catch the full lineup below, and head here for more information.Bear’s Picnic 2016 LineupMelvin Seals & JGB John Kadlecik Band Godfathers Of Pot Medicine Show Willie Jack & the Northern Light Still Hand String Band Mystery Fyre Dr. Slothclaw Crippled But Free Duck Duck Goose Mysterytrain . . . . . . . and More T.B.A.
Just two nights ago, the Infamous Stringdusters took the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre alongside JJ Grey & Mofro and Fruition. One night later, they were on stage at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, treating Colorado fans to a relatively-more intimate performance of their stripped down bluegrass tunes. The Dusters are touring on the heels of their recently released Ladies & Gentlemen album, and there’s no shortage of new and classic tunes for the band to choose. Among the many favorites from the night, one major highlight was the group’s cover of the Grateful Dead classic, “Scarlet Begonias.” Watch below, courtesy of Grateful Web:You can also check out the full show audio below, courtesy of taper Rob O’Brien:
Last night, fans of the New York Knicks received more than just a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the halftime show, Theo Katzman played one of his new tunes from his upcoming Heartbreak Hits release, due out in January 2017. While the band did not include its most recent touring members, Joe Dart and Julian Allen, the Vulfpeck drummer/guitarist/vocalist did recruit some New York favorites to join him, including Louis Cato on bass, Jordan Rose on drums, and Tomek Miernowski on keys.Katzman went Facebook Live for the occasion, sharing the pre-show excitement with all his fans to see before he stood center stage and rocked the house with his screaming guitar and inimitable vocals. He played “Pop Song” as the 90-second teaser at the last timeout of the first quarter, then went live for the halftime show with “Lost and Found” and “Hard Work.” Thanks to YouTube user Vulfscape, you can watch the full performances below:We recently sat down with Theo Katzman for a two-part interview to discuss what it means to be Vulfpeck and the timing and inspiration for his solo album. Expect big things from Theo Katzman in 2017!
For their return to a sold-out Ogden Theatre in Denver, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicked off their three-night Colorado run in style. The band was clearly ready to celebrate the announcement of their first headlining show at Red Rocks in April of next year with Medeski Martin & Wood, and Friday night’s performance at the Ogden was most definitely a celebration. Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, and Dave Dreiwitz were having a blast and in proper form the whole evening, only reconfirming in fans’ minds why Joe Russo’s Almost Dead consistently remains one of the best ensembles currently continuing the legacy of the Grateful Dead.Using the name of their first song, “Don’t Ease Me In,” as a guide, the ensemble came out swinging with the energetic song, heavily featuring Tom Hamilton on guitar and Marco Benevento on keys. The looks on the faces of those on stage were ecstatic, clearly feeding off the energy of the packed house, as the five grinned and threw jubilant looks to one another and out toward the crowd. “Viola Lee Blues” continued to amp up the positive energy after a relatively short first song. This allowed each of the musicians to preview what they had in store for the rest of the evening as they handily tossed the lead between one another, with eventually Marco Benevento building the jam segment to a climax before moving aside to let Joe Russo hammer it home, eliciting full-on laughter from Tom Hamilton who clearly as stoked as the crowd for the huge drum solo.An ambient “Space” served as a transition between “Viola Lee” and “Truckin’,” for which Scott Metzger took the vocals. The beginning of its jam highlighted Dave Dreiwitz on bass, who masterfully executed a particularly quick, complex bass line without flinching. Alternating between syncopated and sparse to accelerated and jazzy, tastes of “St. Stephen” were worked throughout the jam, though Tom Hamilton did much of the heavy lifting as he worked in the renowned soaring guitar theme subtly throughout the build-up. The band slowed the “St. Stephen” jam down to a dramatic pause before moving into a “Truckin’ Reprise,” a first of its kind for Almost Dead who have never played the reprise before.Coming out of the energetic “Truckin’ Reprise,” the band slowed down into “Loser,” featuring Tom Hamilton both vocally and on guitar, by way of a “Born Cross Eyed” jam. After working through the chorus of the soulful song, Marco Benevento was given space to do his thing on the keys during an extended solo before moving into “The Eleven.” To close out the first set, Almost Dead chose the never-failing crowdpleaser, “Shakedown Street.” This final song before set break began to come to a close with the band hanging back to really highlight Scott Metzger’s spirited guitar stylings. Marco Benevento took over the lead to close out the song, playfully exchanging and working off of the groovy rhythms Joe Russo was laying down.After a 40-minute set break, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to the stage, bringing back the energy of “Shakedown Street” with a “Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion” opener. This abruptly transitioned into “Greatest Story Ever Told,” this song being a definitive highlight of the night. Marco Benevento led the band out from the chorus into a slow and sultry groove featuring Scott Metzger’s soulful guitar. The jam slowed into a minimalist, pulsing jam with an almost electronic-y feel, where they stayed for a while before building the jam to a frenetic peak, then closing out with the refrain.A consistent build out of “Greatest Story Ever Told” led into a triumphant “Terrapin Suite.” The initially airy sound of the jam section darkened as Dave Dreiwitz, Joe Russo, and Scott Metzger took more exploratory solos and deepened the sound. The exotic, almost Middle-Eastern inspired build of this jam moved the band out of the darker sound, making way for a peppier, more upbeat sound that heavily showed off Marco Benevento and Joe Russo technically. This eventually culminated in the rest of the musicians on stage joining together for a highly abstract segment that eventually settled back into the melody initially introduced by Benevento and Russo. Getting reoriented and coming out of the fog of this extended, layered jam, the crowd was ecstatic as Almost Dead moved back into the triumphant “Terrapin” theme to close out the song.Coming out of “Terrapin,” Almost Dead worked through “King Solomon’s Marbles,” which teased a “Uncle John’s Band,” into “Row Jimmy.” Joe Russo took over the transition to “Good Lovin’” with a segment featuring him on drums to the delight and awe of the crowd. From “Good Lovin’,” the band moved into the “The Wheel Reprise,” which finished “The Wheel” they started the last time they played the song at the Ogden back on Valentine’s Day of 2015. “Good Lovin’ Reprise” closed out the second set, which, like the “Truckin’ Reprise,” was a first for Almost Dead, to a huge response from the crowd. After disappearing off stage for a few moments, the band returned to bust out “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad” into “Sugar Magnolia” for the encore as a send-off for fans for the night.As always, it’s a such a privilege and treat to see the amazing musicians in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead find the time to join together to celebrate and put their own special twist on the songs of the Grateful Dead. With dedicated fans across the country, it’s hard to determine whether it’s their fans or the musicians themselves who love what they do more, and the sincerity and musicianship with which they play is hard to match. They will be finishing the remaining dates of their Colorado run at the Fox Theatre in Boulder before moving onto Aspen for a Saturday night show at the Belly Up. Tickets and their upcoming tour dates are available on their website here.Check out the setlist below, as well as more photos from Rios Photos, below.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/15/16Setlist courtesy of Costello via the band’s facebook pageSet 1: Don’t Ease Me In (TH) -> Viola Lee Blues @ (All) -> Space -> Truckin’ (SM) -> St. Stephen Jam -> Truckin’ Reprise # (SM) -> Born Cross Eyed Jam -> Loser (TH) -> Marco Solo -> The Eleven (All) -> Shakedown Street % (TH)Set 2: Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion (All) -> Greatest Story Ever Told (SM) -> Terrapin Suite & (TH & JR) -> King Solomon’s Marbles *, Row Jimmy (TH) -> Drums -> Good Lovin’(SM) -> The Wheel Reprise + (All) -> Good Lovin’ Reprise @@ ->Encore: GDTRFB ## (All) -> Sugar Magnolia / SSDD $$ (SM)@ – With a Throwing Stones Jam# – First time played by Almost Dead, with Throwing Stones Teases (Band)% – With “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) Teases (Band)^ – With Estimated Prophet Teases throughout the set& – With a “Duo Jam” & “Hateframe” (Benevento Russo Duo) Teases (JR)* – With an Uncle John’s Band Tease (Band)+ – Finishes The Wheel from Ogden Theatre on [email protected]@ – First Time Played by Almost Dead## – With out the usual We Bid You Goodnight Ending$$ – Proceeded by a “WBYGN Ending” Tease (Band) Load remaining images
LOVE ROCKS NYC!, a new benefit concert, has just been announced for March 9th at The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY. With all proceeds going to non-profit group God’s Love We Deliver, an incredible roster of musicians will be joining together for the occasion.The lineup includes Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Gary Clark Jr., Michael McDonald, Cyndi Lauper, Dr. John, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Keb Mo, Warren Haynes, Aaron Neville, Amy Helm, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackie Greene, Joan Osborne, Tash Neal, Marcus King and so many more. The show will also host a house band with Will Lee, Paul Shaffer, Steve Gadd, Shawn Pelton, Eric Krasno, Larry Campbell, and Jeff Young.Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday, January 28th, and all the information you need can be found on the official website.
For the first time since 2011, the Fleet Foxes will perform in America! The band was just added to the Newport Folk Festival lineup, marking their first appearance in the US since October of 2011 on Austin City Limits. The American folk outfit had a handful of European dates on the schedule, but their performance at Newport marks the first US date on the calendar.The band has been teasing the progress of a new album, and frontman Robin Pecknold recently said “songs soon!” on Instagram. That’s a follow up to comments made in November, where Pecknold said the album was “Alllllmost done” in a Facebook comment. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for new music from the Fleet Foxes!
Earlier this afternoon, Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90. According to ABC News, the St. Charles County, Missouri, police responded to a medical emergency around 12:40PM and found Berry unresponsive. He was pronounced dead shortly after. Berry, known for his definitive songwriting in songs like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and so many more, was known as the Father of Rock and Roll.On his 90th birthday last October of 2016, Berry announced that he was releasing a new album, and dedicating it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” Titled Chuck, the album has no release date. According to Berry’s son Charles Berry, who plays on the record along with Ingrid Berry on harmonica, pianist Robert Lohr, drummer Keith Robinson and bassist Jimmy Marsala, who’s played with Berry for 40 years, “These songs cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful, thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work.” More about Chuck here.Rest In Peace, Chuck Berry!
Today, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood have announced the first leg of their “Barefoot In The Head” U.S. tour, corresponding with the late-summer release of their new studio album of the same name. The official release date of Barefoot In The Head will be announced in the near future.The 17-date summer run will head up the East Coast, stopping in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylcania, New York, D.C., and Georgia. The band will also make two additional festival appearances: at the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, OR on July 7 and the inaugural Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville, KY on Sept. 23.Barefoot In The Head will arrive on the heels of the band’s new live album, Betty’s Blends, Vol. 3: Self-Rising, Southern Blends, which is set for a May 5th release. The 3-LP set compiles performances from Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Southern U.S. tour in 2015 recorded, mixed and hand-selected by legendary recording engineer and Grateful Dead archivist Betty Cantor-Jackson.You can check out a full list of upcoming shows below. For more information on Betty’s Blends, Vol, 3 and Barefoot In The Head, or to purchase tickets to any of the band’s upcoming shows, head to their website.Full list of upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates:April 20 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura TheaterApril 21 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The FestivalApril 22 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The FestivalMay 17 – New York, NY – Central Park Summer Stage *May 18 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest CaféMay 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater *May 20 – Wilmington, DE – Big Noise Music FestivalJuly 7 – Veneta, OR – Oregon Country FairAugust 5 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Music FestivalAugust 9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheatreAugust 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelAugust 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – ShakasAugust 12 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreAugust 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On StageAugust 15 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music HallAugust 17 – Manunuck, RI – Ocean MistAugust 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony SummerstageAugust 19 – Boston, MA – House of BluesAugust 20 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City ArtsAugust 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s TheatreAugust 23 – State College, PA – The State TheatreAugust 24 – Ithaca, NY – The HauntAugust 25 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville TheaterAugust 26 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 ClubSeptember 23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival* w/ Govt. Mule** w/ Donavon Frankenreiter[Cover photo via Rex Thomson]
Load remaining images Last night, Umphrey’s McGee geared back up for tour following a two-week break after their three-day April Fool’s Day run at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI. Yesterday, the band hit Cain’s Ballroom with The BIG Something, picking things up right where they left them with a jam-packed performance for the Tulsa, Oklahoma crowd. The night was kicked off with a roaring “Room To Breathe,” which the band livestreamed via TourGigs and which you can watch below. A major highlight from the night fell during the second set, when the band jammed out of “Nothing Too Fancy” to lay down a delicious rendition of “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.” The Beatles bust out marked the first time the song had been played in close to four years, with the last time it was covered falling on April 26th, 2013 in Chicago.The band will continue to the iconic Stubb’s in Austin, Texas tonight to continue the tour. You can peep last night’s setlist below, courtesy of AllThingsUmphreys, as well as a gallery of photos from last night below courtesy of photographer Jeremy Scott.“Room To Breathe”Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa, OK | 4/19/2017Set One: Room to Breathe, In The Black, Intentions Clear > Get In The Van, Example 1, The Fussy Dutchman, Sociable Jimmy > Make It RightSet Two: Bright Lights, Big City, The Linear > Booth Love > Nothing Too Fancy > She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Little Gift > Mulche’s OdysseyEncore: Kimble > Nothing Too Fancy