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Load remaining images Sunday nights of the second weekend of Jazz Fest are rough, but by the good grace of the musical universe, some people still have it in them to continue on, boogie on, and “Have A Talk With God.” Quite possibly the best way to keep spirits high in these rough conditions are with an all-star tribute to the timeless music of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. The Howlin’ Wolf hosted the sold-out dance party, with Zigaboo’s Soul Revue kicking off the evening and Sophistafunk closing it down in the odd hours of the night.The “MJ vs. Stevie” band took the stage about half past midnight, with Lettuce’s Eric “Benny” Bloom leading the show with his incendiary trumpet playing and belting vocals. It was clear that this was the music the band had grown up on, as they chose tunes deep in the songbook rather than perpetuating the cycle of over-played covers that tributes are so easy to fall into. Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science) had the beat locked and loaded, while Nigel Hall kept the grooves tight and melodic on an upside-down, left-handed bass. While Hall took the stage to lend his powerful vocals, Bloom would circle back to the ivories for some dualing keys with Wil Blades, who kept the tingling harmonies in check throughout the night. Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff played the guitar off brilliantly, and together the band delivered the perfect way to close Jazz Fest weekend two.It was a full-on sing-a-long, as the all-star lineup tore through hits like “Another Star” and “Boogie On Reggae Woman,” switching back between the legendary music of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, who despite having his show cancelled at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, still made sure to pop in to a few NOLA joints and honor his fans.Thanks to the fine work of photographer Jeremy Scott and videographer Rex Thomson, you can relive some of last night’s most fantastic moments in the videos and gallery below: “Man In The Mirror”“Another Star”Setlist: Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder at The Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 5/1/16:Setlist: The Way You Make Me Feel, Love Having You Around, Human Nature, Have a Talk With God, PYT, Off The Wall, Another Star, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Rock With You, Man In The MirrorEncore: Working Day & Night
Detroit-based trio FlightWave impress us with their very unique sound, drawing on analog synths and organic tunes to create luscious soundscapes. Combining elements from synthwave, chillwave, pacific retro and rock, the band’s sound comes together with 80’s influenced melodies.With a debut performance at Summer Camp Music Festival coming up this week, anticipation for the FlightWave movement is at an all-time high. Naturally, the three members (Jesse Clayton, Colin Scott, and Jeff Peterson) are getting fans ready with their first music video.The new song is called “Beach City,” a listener-friendly jam with guest vocals from Ted Wendler. Enjoy the video premiere for “Beach City” below.For more on FlightWave, be sure to check them out on their official website and at Summer Camp this Thursday, May 26th!
Load remaining images Phish continued their smoking hot tour with a stop at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN, playing a great Sunday show for those who made the trip. Though the show was delayed by the rain, the band more than made up for it, ringing truth in the old adage, “Never miss a Sunday show.”The first set started with a surprising “My Friend, My Friend,” an unusual choice for the opener. The song hasn’t played in that position since 2003, but the band navigated the fun composition with a passion. From there, the band quickly kept the energy rocking with a jamming “Kill Devil Falls.” The song always rips, and Trey Anastasio was on fire throughout.From there, the band got into a funky “Camel Walk,” before bringing the fans into “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing.” A fun reference to the storms that delayed the show’s start, Phish took the jam into dark waters before rocking the ending. From there, it was Mike Gordon who took the lead on “Poor Heart,” bringing the bluegrassy tune out for its first appearance in 2016. That groove segued into “Tube,” which always brings the energy up, keeping the crowd rocking.“Halley’s Comet” came next, enticing the fans to sing along as the band led the carefree tune. Where “Comet” was lighthearted, “Maze” brought the intensity, capturing hold and unleashing its enchanting spell. Page McConnell really fueled the song’s ascending improvisational moments, taking everyone on a musical journey. He continued to take the spotlight for “Lawn Boy,” thanking the crowd and singing his heart out on the title track of Phish’s 1990 release.The band then took an opportunity to try out a new song, titled “Breath and Burning.” The slower song was a band debut, destined for the new album. From there, Phish took the energy up with “Saw It Again,” before finding “Theme From The Bottom” and closing out the first set with a funk laden “First Tube.” It was a great set, highlighted by tight musicianship.The second set was absolutely raging, starting with a well-executed “Punch You In The Eye” before grooving straight into the funk number “Back On The Train.” The upbeat jam heated up Klipsch with a vengeance, getting fans ready for what would come next. Phish then brought an onslaught of jamming, unleashing a soaring “Light” that segued seamlessly into the TV On The Radio cover, “Golden Age.” That funky tune rocked hard, and the energy kept on when Gordon started the bass line for Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman.”The song funked hard, raging for a rhythmic boogie down jam that eventually wound down, finding its way into “Wingsuit.” The Fuego song has a slower tempo, and Anastasio hit the Gilmour-esque guitar solo majestically. The band then played their song “Shade,” a ballad song that was debuted in 2015. The cool down moment set the stage nicely for the classic rocker, “Possum.” The bluesy number saw some great work from Jon Fishman, who leads the build up and jam perfectly in the song.After a brief pause, the band finished up the show with their cover of Velvet Underground’s “Rock And Roll.” The energetic song brought the house down, as Phish bid their fans a fond farewell to close out a great performance.Check out the full Phish.net setlist, below.Setlist: Phish at Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN – 6/26/16Set 1: My Friend, My Friend, Kill Devil Falls, Camel Walk, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Poor Heart > Tube, Halley’s Comet > Maze, Lawn Boy, Breath and Burning, Saw It Again, Theme From the Bottom > First TubeSet 2: Punch You In the Eye > Back on the Train, Light > Golden Age -> Boogie On Reggae Woman, Wingsuit > Shade, PossumEncore: Rock and Roll DebutNotes: This show featured the debut of Breath and BurningImages courtesy of Phierce Photo, check out a full gallery below.
Grammy-award winning guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce) has unveiled a tremendous solo offering in Blood From a Stone, a significant departure from the sound that fans have come to know over his nearly two decades making music. Released on his own Feel Music Group imprint, the new record finds Krasno exploring various blends of pop-song craftsmanship dipped in bluesy psychedelia, thundering drums, and an analog vibe that courses through its vintage veins. Most surprisingly, it is not Krasno’s legendary guitar prowess that takes center stage, but instead his voice; Krasno sings lead on nearly every song on the record, and the results are downright staggering. As one-third of NYC jazz-hop legends Soulive, a founding member of funk behemoth Lettuce, an in-demand studio producer (Krasno has produced records for everyone from Aaron Neville to The London Souls to Nigel Hall), celebrated hip-hop producer (Fyre Dept. with Adam Deitch), and also logging time as touring bassist with Tedeschi Trucks Band, the soft-spoken guitarist has been in the game for what seems like forever. More recently, he has become a sought-after writer for a diverse and eclectic group of recording artists. After holing up in Portland, Maine with Dave Gutter (Rustic Overtones) for a long songwriting session, Kraz found himself penning material he soon imagined sung in his own voice. “I’ve been writing songs with vocals for other people for a while. With these songs, we initially wrote them thinking others would sing them, so when I was in the studio with different artists, sometimes I’d introduce one of the tracks and they’d record it, but it wouldn’t necessarily work out. Eventually, I realized it was because I’d written these songs for myself,” said Krasno. Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce’s Shady Horns, and also a member of Rustic Overtones) configured a minimalist assortment of vintage gear and set up a barn studio space, while Gutter and Krasno hammered out the material. Within a short time, a story arc of love, loss and redemption was developed, as both men were picking up the pieces at the end of relationships. The duo began to shape the vision and sound of the forthcoming album, a tight and calculated assortment of pop songs rich in lyric, melody, with sugary choruses and a strong emotional quotient. The sessions were initially intended to be demos, though it became apparent early on that this session was destined for Blood From a Stone. Krasno: “The recording process was fun because we really thought we were just doing writing sessions. There was no pressure. We set up a studio where the Rustic Overtones [Gutter and Ryan Zoidis’ former band] are based up in Maine and brought in a bunch of gear. I contributed some guitars, amps and mics, while Ryan pieced together a tape machine and basically built a studio for this session. Chris St. Hilaire and Stu Mahan from The London Souls came up and helped out putting down the initial tracks. It was great because we were writing the songs and recording at the same time. The band would be putting down parts, while Dave was writing a bridge in the other room. It was like we were in a little song factory for those few days. We came out of that sessions with maybe a dozen songs and the tracks sounded killer. I have to say that Ryan Zoidis and Jon Roods, also in Rustic Overtones, did a great job recording everything. We used minimal gear, but it was done right and that is mostly what you hear on the record.” It’s plain to hear from the opener (and first single) “Waiting On Your Love” that Kraz is serious about this singing business. Where he has been hiding this mojo is beyond me, as his confident swagger is light years beyond the rare glimpses of vocals we have heard from him over the years. Much like his emotive guitar playing, Krasno’s voice is a classy instrument wealthy in tone and conviction. The big and greasy first salvo harkens back to the colors and textures found on Lenny Kravitz’s masterful Circus, a record that itself marries the contemporary and vintage with style and grace. Throw in a tidbit of late-70’s fuzz-box guitar-rock, a smidgen of Tame Impala, and a healthy pour of the bluesman’s burden, and you have Blood From A Stone’s sonic DNA. “Torture” is a blues lickin’ down-home stomp that owes a debt to ZZ Top. “Jezebel” is a lover’s lament, employing a tasty Rhodes groove, open high hats and ringing rides, syncopated bass and lyrical toms, all shuckin’ and jivin’ beneath an atypically choice Kraz axe-tone. “On the Rise” is the record’s second single; a mid-tempo rim-shot number with dreamy harps and a slithery bassline. On an album full of sensual feels, this track calls out to Voodoo-era D’Angelo’s Soulquarian squad. The story of rebirth and resolution is a perfect foil for the soothing, sexy energy that propels the song into new Krasno territory. Similarly different, and defiantly declaring this new era is “Please Ya,” a vintage ballad that finds Kraz traversing gospel geography, navigating bluesy R&B with Muscle Shoals roots. “Natalie” is a driving, stomping rocker that display’s Krasno’s subtle troubadour grit; “Wicked This Way” is a slab of slow n’ dreamy pop, complete with huge vocal bridge and a tantalizing duet with Alecia Chakour. The other featured collaboration on Blood From A Stone is a departure from the record’s already established temperature, as Derek Trucks drops in on “Curse Lifter” and heats things up proper, dialing in a guitar duo thrill-ride on a jam that would undoubtedly make Duane Allman a proud man. “‘Curse Lifter’ is an homage to Santana, the Allman Brothers Band and some of the bands I grew up listening to,” Krasno said. “I’ve always loved guitar harmonies when they’re done the right way. After we recorded the rhythm tracks and listened back, I knew it would be great to have Derek Trucks play on it. We recorded at his studio and just mic’d up two amps in the live room and went for it.” With Blood From a Stone, Eric Krasno has again reinvented himself, this time as a weathered, sensitive, imaginative bluesman; with a penchant for gospel-tinged R&B, lavender love songs dripping in psychedelic grooves, all delivered through a colorful palette of vintage tastes and tones. This is prodigious pop album, exceptionally executed by a cagey veteran, who has found a swagger within his voice that is clearly, just the tip of the iceberg. Kraz has opened up a new avenue for his seemingly limitless creative energies, and fans should be prepared to be spoiled rotten. Lookout for the Eric Krasno Band on tour, out for select dates supporting Blood From a Stone, including tonight’s hit at Brooklyn Bowl, celebrating the venerable nightspot’s 8th anniversary in style.
Turkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba is doing it big for his birthday this year with a huge birthday bash featuring an impressive roster of talent. Drawing from bands like Snarky Puppy, The Nth Power, Dopapod, and RAQ, this is sure to be one of our best superjam lineups yet! It’s all going down at The Hall at MP on Thursday, July 28th. Get tickets here.The full roster includes Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz) on drums, Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy) on drums and keys, Steve Watkins (Allen Stone, Juno What) on keys and vocals, Nate Edgar (Nth Power) on bass, Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) on guitar, The Turkuaz horns (Chris Brouwers, Greg Sanderson, and Josh Schwartz), Scott Flynn (formerly Pretty Lights Live Band) on trombone, Shira Elias (Turkuaz) on vocals, plus sit-ins from Sammi Garrett (Turkuaz) on vocals, Chuck Jones (Dopapod) on bass, Taylor Shell (Turkuaz) on bass, Fro (RAQ) on drums, and many more.In addition to Carubba’s birthday, the event will celebrate the life of former Turkuaz keyboardist Stephen Malinowski, who tragically passed away recently at age 25. Malinowski has played with members of Dopapod and Papa Grows Funk, and toured nationally with the Cha Wa Band and Ana Popovic.“Steve would be playing music right now if he were still alive. So we’re going to do just that,” said Mikey of his dear friend. “That’s the best way to honor him. By donating proceeds to music education through WWOZ in New Orleans, a city that he loved and I love, we can ensure that people are able to continue playing music for a long time.”Proceeds from the show will go to benefit music education in Malinowski’s memory. Tickets are available here.Enter To Win A Table For 6 + Meet and Greet:
This coming Saturday, July 30th, NYC’s Lincoln Center will host “The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed” as part of their Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival. The free event, named after Lou Reed‘s 1979 album The Bells, was put together by his Grammy-winning longtime producing partner and current Saturday Night Live music producer Hal Willner and Reed’s widow, artist Laurie Anderson, at the last minute, with the whole show coming together over the course of this past week. In an interview with The Guardian released today, Willner explained, “There was a blank page, six days before [the show]. It’s an exciting thing because you get these moments that you probably wouldn’t get if something was rehearsed to death. The combination with something that’s kind of made up on the spot, I find that to be really exciting…It’s going to be an amazing day. It’s a gigantic puzzle, with all the new things we’re going to add to the mix. People just hear about it and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be in town, can I play?’ We’ll never say no to that.”Anderson agreed with Willner’s sentiment of excitement at the loosely planned nature of the event, saying, “With these one-off things, it’s just very fluid. We’ll never really rehearse it. We’ll get a bunch of people together, and a collection of songs, and try to present them. This is absolutely one of a kind.” The event will begin and end with all-star tribute collaborations. The morning show will be a rock n’ roll set featuring Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth, fronted by David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Joan As Police Woman, JG Thirlwell, Jon Spencer and the Bush Tetras. The evening set will be a presentation of Reed’s love songs, featuring Laurie Anderson, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Anohni, Garland Jeffreys, Mark Kozelek, and more surprise guests. The day will also feature Tai Chi lessons and lectures from Master Ren Guang Yi, Reed’s old teacher, afternoon film screenings, lyric readings, and a five-hour dronescape installation, shaped by the sound of Reed’s guitars and amplifiers in a feedback loop.For more information and the day’s the full schedule, click here.
Umphrey’s McGee have just revealed plans to perform for three nights at The Fillmore Philadelphia, coming up this fall from October 20-22. The three night run will see UM get down to business with their awesome blend of rock and rollin’ jam music.The band will see opening sets from both Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band on the 20th, before playing two “An Evening With” shows on the 21st and 22nd. With lots of time at their disposal over the three nights, expect some major jams, bust outs and more! Anything is possible with Umphrey’s McGee.Tickets will be released via Umphrey’s Ticketing on Tuesday, August 16, at 11:00 am ET, before the general on sale starts on Friday, August 19 at 11:00 am ET. You can find more information via the band’s website.
Beloved bluegrass band Cabinet rocked a fun Halloween run through the Northeast last weekend, centered around a hometown performance at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday night. The band drew a packed house, eager to celebrate the haunted holiday with one of the best jam grass groups around. With support from Tom Graham and Billy Strings, this was a great night of music!Fortunately, photographer Sam Watson was on hand to capture the excitement. Check out the images below: Load remaining images
Beloved Grateful Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead played the third night of a four night run in the Southeast yesterday, hitting venues in Nashville, TN and Columbia, SC before heading to the Tedeschi Trucks Band-hosted Sunshine Music Festival in St. Petersburg, FL. Almost Dead has been on an absolute tear throughout the run, undoubtedly fueled by the energy of a debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium. With two nights to play at the Sunshine Fest, the band settled in for a great set of Grateful Dead classics.The band opened up with “Ruben & Cherise”, setting the pace for a fun set with the classic tune. They rocked into “Eyes Of The World” as well, before calling on guest vocalist Alecia Chakour to highlight their rendition of “Turn On Your Love Light.” As a Brooklyn native, Alecia is no stranger to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, having collaborated with them many times over. This performance was a bit more unique, however, as Ms. Chakour was on hand with her current outfit, Tedeschi Trucks Band. She lent her fiery vocals to the great “Love Light” before rejoining her TTB crew.The set continued with a selection of upbeat Dead tunes, including bluesy numbers like “Alligator” and “Cumberland Blues.” They kept the vibes up with a big “Shakedown Street,” and closed out the set with “The Greatest Story Ever Told” into “One More Saturday Night.” You can watch a video of “Cumberland” below, courtesy of Eric Beringer on YouTube.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will travel to Boca Raton today for the second of two shows at the festival. You can see the band’s setlist from yesterday’s performance, below.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Sunshine Music Festival | St. Petersburg, FL | 1/14/17One Set (5:00PM – 6:23PM)Jam ->Ruben & Cherise (TH) ->Eyes of the World (TH) ->(Turn on Your) Lovelight (AC)Alligator (SM) ->Cumberland Blues @ (All) >Shakedown Street (TH) ->Greatest Story Ever Told (SM) ->Jam # ->One More Saturday NightAC is Alecia Chakour on Lead Vocals@ – With a “Duo Jam”, a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease (MB) & Ruben & Cherise Teases/Jam (TH & Band)# – Contained elements of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin) from MB & One More Saturday Night (TH)[Photo taken at Brooklyn Bowl by Greg Horowitz]