Month: March 2021

Month: March 2021

first_imgThe lineup for Philly’s Live From The Lot keeps getting better and better! The festival, which takes place May 21st & 22nd outside of the Ardmore Music Hall announced that Soulive & Friends will play at set on the 22nd. They join an already impressive lineup that will feature sets from Snarky Puppy, Electron, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, The Revivalists, The Greyboy Allstars, Marco Benevento and many more. Soulive just played in both Philly and NYC, opening up for Galactic, and premiered some much-anticipated new material. We wonder who their “Friends” will be?Galactic Covers Bob Dylan, The Meters With Cyril Neville In NY Rager With SouliveThe Foundation of Funk featuring George Porter Jr. and Zigabook Modeliste of The Meters with Soulive/Lettuce‘s Eric Krasno, and Neal Evans will also be performing a special set. Tickets for the event are currently on sale and can be purchased HERE.last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgBeloved bassist Oteil Burbridge has been a busy man of late. Fans could catch him all over town at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and ever since then he’s been putting his time in with the newest Grateful iteration, Dead & Company. Playing alongside three of the band’s legendary members, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, is no easy feat, let alone musicians like Jeff Chimenti and John Mayer getting into the mix.When we last spoke to Burbridge, he was just a few shows into the band’s debut fall tour. With some more Grateful Dead experience under his belt, including some fun New Year’s shows, a few late night TV performances, and this week’s performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, we caught up with the esteemed bassist to talk all things Dead & Company.Read on for our exclusive chat with the one and only Oteil Burbridge.L4LM: The last time we spoke, you were just a few dates into your tour. What was it like bringing such an iconic catalogue to venues across the country last year?OB: The catalogue is the most fun thing about this band. The breadth and depth of it is so huge. Stadiums are gonna be a new experience for me too. I’ve never wanted to see a band at a stadium. I come from a jazz background more than a rock one. I’ve only seen one stadium show in my life and it was GD 50 at Santa Clara. It’s gonna be a trip doing those. With this music, those venues can actually sound good too, because the dynamic range is so drastic. We can play quietly for so long that you can really hear things a lot better than if we are just blasting at full volume every song.L4LM: The Fillmore is such an important venue in the Grateful Dead’s, and rock and roll’s, history. What was it like performing there?OB: Knowing the history of the Fillmore and being older made playing there with Dead & Co pretty mind blowing. When I got there, there was a picture in the dressing room and Bob looked like he hadn’t turned 20 yet. Bill Graham looked so young in it too. It stops you in your tracks. I found the poster of when I played there with Aquarium Rescue Unit opening for Bruce Hornsby and headlining with Vida Blue. This week on: “You Tell Me!”, did Oteil enjoy playing a free show, for the hometown San Francisco fans, at the Fillmore, with three original members of the Grateful Dead???   Can’t wait to put up the poster from that show at my house!L4LM: So how excited are you for Dead & Company’s summer tour?OB: Excited like you can’t imagine. Last year was so much fun but I can tell the band is in a new place this year. Having the support from the fans really frees you to not think so much and just be responsive to the moment. In rehearsals we’re hitting some grooves and jams that are going in some beautiful directions. It’s so nice when everyone has agreed to take side roads and get lost together. There’s some of that on tape from the Fillmore show we just did. Directions we’ve never gone before. You can’t beat that.L4LM: Now that the band has spent some time together, is the rehearsal process different than it was during the initial practices?OB: Not really. It can be really slow sometimes. Sometimes I worry that it’s a little hard for the original guys to get too excited about John and I always having to play catch up. But then again I’m sure the songs feel different with John and I, so that probably mitigates some of the possible boredom. It’s a process of fine tuning. I think we have more confidence now but the focus is always on how we can make the show better. When you a have a group with as much collective experience as these musicians, that can be an incredibly fun process too.L4LM: Any chance you can fill us in on any new songs Dead & Company might debut?OB: Now that would really take the fun out off all the hard work we’re doing to surprise you guys wouldn’t it? We busted out a few new ones at the Fillmore. “Queen Jane,” “Days Between.” Jesus that song is amazing. We’ve got more coming too!L4LM: It must have been intense to learn dozens of songs from the Grateful Dead catalog. Which tunes came the most naturally and which were more of a challenge?OB: The bluegrassy, blues and country ones are probably the easiest, but then you never know because the vast majority of GD songs have some little twist in there to catch you. You can’t be bored playing this music. As soon as you think you have it down, something will trip you up. I take them one at a time. Each song hits you on multiple levels as far as the content of the lyrics and the mixture of musical styles. I spend so much more time reading the lyrics in the Teleprompter now that I know the music part a little better and it really changes the way I play it. My awareness of the song grows over time. The process is like a vine growing. That also makes it less intimidating.L4LM: One of the clips that got passed around a lot was your bass solo in “Eyes Of The World” at MSG. Was that an “oh my god” moment? Did you have a lot of those on tour?OB: Yes that was nice. A relief. It gives you the confidence to not worry. The real objective for me as a bassist is to help the whole band have those moments collectively. Last night at the Fillmore was no exception. We definitely had some of those moments! The history of that place had much more of an impact on me now that I am older. I’ll never forget that show for the rest of my life. I’m SO glad that show is on tape.L4LM: You guys seemed like you were having a blast on the two late night shows of 2016. What were those experiences like?OB: TV is always a challenge for bands like Dead & Co and the Allman Brothers Band cause you have to cut everything so short. But we got to play some longer songs on the Kimmel Show because it was outdoors and we did a couple that were not shown on TV. I know our fans were happy about that!Dead & Company Heats Up ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ With Smokin’ Five Song SetL4LM: Are you looking forward to Bonnaroo? Any chance we’ll see you join forces with some friends at the festival?OB: I’m not sure what our schedule is there yet. Sometimes we play and then split immediately. If I’m able to I always like to see other groups and sit in too. I really wanna go to the stand up comedy stage!L4LM: The Dead & Company New Year’s show was out of this world! What was the planning like for that? Did you get to smoke any of the giant joint?OB: Haha, there was no weed in that joint! I don’t think…..  It was such an amazing night for me. Planning shows like that is always so much fun. I’m not part of a lot of big production decisions like giant flying joints but musically and otherwise this band is about creating memorable events in people’s lives. There are so many things that are considered and tossed around toward that end.L4LM: Bob Weir recently spoke about a dream he had, where he saw you with white hair playing in Dead & Company long after he was gone. Are you planning to fulfill his prophecy?OB: You know my lot in life seems to have been primarily to help classic rockers keep their flames fed, stoked and oxygenated. And while I’m honored that Bob, Bill and Mickey feel that way, I don’t like to talk or think about when they have passed on. It is so amazing when you have nights like the Fillmore and people who saw the Dead there back in the old days tell you how much they loved your show. To be a part of that history is simply overwhelming. I don’t know how else to put it. I really freaked out that night. In a good way. John Mayer And Bob Weir Discuss Dead & Company’s Future Plans, Possible AlbumBut I guarantee you I will be playing this music for the rest of my life. Plus I still have so many tunes to learn. It’s possible that it’s gonna take me the rest of my life! The one thing that I will say about life after the original members have passed on is thank God for the Chimentis, Kimocks, and Kadleciks out there to help the future generations get it just right. Their insights concerning this music have been a huge help to me. They are true apostles of this music. They have they’re own things too to be sure. But I don’t know who knows this music any more thoroughly than them.L4LM: John Mayer has gotten some media attention for his “conversion” into the Grateful Dead culture. What was that process like for you?OB: Media is what it is. It’s a truly scary thing. It can turn so mean and brutal on a dime. I seriously want to ignore it but it’s impossible in the Internet age. You have to just embrace it. On the other hand part of the media trip has been really fun. I feel like I helped pull off the extremely improbable/impossible: Converting Deadheads to John Mayer fans! Having all of that play out in the media was a wild ride! I’ll never forget it! It taught me a lot too. About being judgmental. Also, let me say that John’s radar for paparazzi is amazing. Fame is a weird, weird thing. I’m really glad I can still go to the grocery store!L4LM: If the Allman Brothers were to reunite down the line, would you participate in those shows as well? Is there enough room in one brain for the whole of Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers catalogs?OB: I’ve got plenty of room left in this brain. You should see what I learned just for New Orleans Jazz Fest alone! You literally would not believe it. Dead & Co only does about 20-30 dates right? There’s PLENTY of time left for an ABB tour. We’ll see what happens. I’m game for it. Playing in both bands in the same year would certainly be cool. Never think your best days are behind you. Even if you’re on your deathbed……..L4LM: Thanks so much for everything, Oteil. Looking forward to seeing you and Dead & Company out on the road!Dead & Company’s tour begins on June 10th and wraps around the country. Don’t miss out!last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgAfter teasing a major announcement, rumors were confirmed yesterday when Prophets Of Rage was revealed to be a supergroup containing three of the four Rage Against The Machine members, alongside Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real and DJ Lord. The band also announced their first-ever concert, planning a day-of performance at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA.In a preceding interview, the band members spoke about the band’s necessity to exist in a tense political climate. The tagline on the website says it all: “We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. It’s time to take the power back.”The interview also revealed plans for the band to play a mixture of songs from all three catalogs, and the group delivered from start to finish. The band opened, predictably enough, with the Public Enemy song from which the band gets their name, “Prophets of Rage,” before rocking into Rage’s “Guerilla Radio” and “Bombtrack.”By all accounts, the band aptly covered the Rage Against The Machine material, though the absence of Zack de la Rocha was strongly felt. Chuck D and B-Real are wonderful vocalists, but there’s nothing quite like de la Rocha. The band even said there would always be a space for him should he decide to return to the stage, so we can keep our fingers crossed.All in all, the band rocked over 20 songs, bringing out iconic tunes from each band’s catalog and two originals – songs called “Shut Them Down” and “The Party’s Over.” The originals probably stood out more than anything else, drenched with the unique energy of these five stalwarts of live music. We can only hope this band continues to make their own music instead of relying on old covers.Still, it’s never a bad thing to hear most of Rage Against The Machine playing hits like “Know Your Enemy” and the show-closer, “Killing In The Name.” It’s never a bad thing to hear Chuck D rapping on “Fight The Power” either, that is for sure.Check out a couple videos from the performance, uploaded by Cypress Hill on Facebook. Update: Full audio from the performance has surfaced. Tune in below. As the band’s second website clock ticks towards another announcement, we’re certainly excited to see what more Prophets of Rage has in store.Setlist: Prophets of Rage at Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA – 5/31/16Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy)Guerilla Radio (Rage Against The Machine)Bombtrack (RATM)Miuzi Weighs A Ton (PE)People of the Sun (RATM)Rock Superstar (Cypress Hill)Testify (RATM)CH/PE Medley (“Shoot Em Up” > “Can’t Trust It” > “Insane In the Membrane” > “Bring The Noise” > “I Ain’t Going Out Like That” > “Welcome To The Terrordome”)Sleep Now In The Fire (RATM)New Song (probably called “Shut Them Down”)Know Your Enemy (RATM)The Party’s Over (Prophets of Rage)No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn/Fight The Power (Beastie Boys/Public Enemy)Bulls On Parade (RATM)Killing in The Name (RATM)last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgWith Phish tour on the horizon, fans who can’t make it out to some of the early shows are sure to be excited by the announcement of this tour’s first live stream, aka Couch Tour! The jam-titans have announced that they’ll be broadcasting both nights of this weekend’s run at the famous Chicago baseball stadium, Wrigley Field.As usual, the shows will be streamed via LivePhish.com, and there are several options to choose from, as you can purchase a two-night pass or purchase an individual night, and you can choose between Standard and HD options.Phish hits the road this Wednesday, June 22nd, to kick off their tour in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center, before making their way to Wrigley for two nights on June 24th and 2th.Find information on purchasing the webcast here.last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgThe beloved soul star Jim James continued his Eternally Even tour in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday night for a hometown show at the Palace Theatre. The My Morning Jacket frontman, backed by Twin Limb & co, performed a thirteen song set of originals and a seven song encore that was full of socially conscious references and subliminal messages.The Woody Guthrie original, popularized by the New Multitudes‘ “Changing World” opened the second portion of the evening with a distinct call-to-action by just James and his guitar in the center stage. “Change the pen and change the ink / Change the way you talk and think,” the chorus rung. He then went into an a cappella performance of “The Times They Are A-Changing” by Bob Dylan before the rest of the band joined in for “Of The Mother Again”, Monster Of Folk‘s “Dear God”, The Velvet Underground‘s “I’m Set Free”, The New Basement Tapes‘ “Down On The Bottom”, “State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)”, and a set-closing “Give Peace A Chance” by the Plastic Ono Band.Thanks to YouTube User Go See Live Music, you can watch some highlight performances from the Louisville Palace Theatre show below:“Changing The World” > “The Times They Are A-Changing”“I’m Set Free”“Eternally Even”“We Ain’t Gettin Any Younger” Edit this setlist | More Jim James setlists[Photo via @vasquez_photography]last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgEmerging from Fort Collins, Colorado, Skydyed is a three-piece band that blends cutting edge electronic production with live instrumentation. Featuring Andrew Slattery on bass synths and bass guitar, Max Doucette on guitar and keys, and Shane Eagen on drums, the band integrates generations of the state’s extensive musical heritage with their own deep-seated ties to the electronic music scene.Skydyed continues to push the boundaries of “live electronic” music, and their new release, “Flicker Switch,” showcases the band’s mature sound. Sam Brouse of Papadosio not only co-produced the new song, but his piano and synth work can be heard coloring the track. With Skydyed’s tight musicianship and Brouse’s accompaniment, “Flicker Switch” is truly a vibrant piece of work.Listen to this new single, streaming below, or download it for free via SoundCloud.As this year is winding down, Skydyed offered up some thoughts on their growth in 2016 and what to expect in 2017. “2016 has been a very transformative year for us as a band, to say the least. With the release of our first full-length album in the spring, 12 festival performances all over the country this summer, and shows in a ton of places we’ve never been before, it’s really been our biggest year yet. We feel we are beginning to come into our own unique sound, and our live performances have never felt more locked in. Through all of these new experiences we’ve begun to get to know ourselves a bit better, as musicians and as people. There’s just something about spending countless hours in a cramped van together that creates a powerful bond, on stage and off.”Skydyed’s new EP Modulate, featuring “Flicker Switch” and more, is due out on December 9th. The band will be on the road in Colorado throughout early December. Check out their tour dates below, and be sure to keep up with them on Facebook, SoundCloud, and Spotify!last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgJimi Hendrix‘s famed Band of Gypsys project was short-lived, but it marked one of the most influential eras of the guitar legend’s storied career. The trio of Hendrix on guitar, Buddy Miles on drums, and Billy Cox on bass focused on a more funk-based, jam-heavy style marked a huge departure from Hendrix’s psychedelia-focused years with “The Experience”. The new combination of genres ushered in an important new era of music that continues to reverberate to this day, especially in the modern jam scene.Recently, we sat down with Chuck Jones, bass player in Dopapod and verified Band of Gypsys fanatic, to discuss this landmark Jimi Hendrix record ahead of his Band of Gypsys tribute with Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod) & Isaac Teel (TAUK) at American Beauty NYC on 2/24. He delves deep into why this record is so influential to his playing, as well as how impactful this record has been to the world of music as a whole.See below for the full interview with Chuck Jones!Live For Live Music: How did Band of Gypsys influence you as a musician?Chuck Jones: To be honest, I actually didn’t discover Band of Gypsys till later in my career. I don’t even remember when I first heard it, but I do remember how much it stood out to me. What really blew me away was when I found out the whole album is live. That was and is still so impressive to me.I love all of the tones, how much emotion is in every note, and I love that they are jamming! Also, each member is such a powerhouse. The play their asses off the entire album. Being a bass player, be Billy Cox’s groove, attitude and style throughout the album is really captivating and has influenced my playing a lot. I would say that it is some of the best rock/funk bass playing that has been recorded.L4LM: Band of Gypsys often gets overlooked in Jimi Hendrix’s career. Why do you think that is?CJ: I don’t necessarily agree with that. Granted I just said that I was turned onto it later than his other recordings, but that is somewhat a common theme with me. People will often talk about an album or band, ask me if I’ve heard it, and when I respond “NO”, they are shocked. I’m pretty sure that exact thing happened with Band of Gypsys. That being said, If and when it does get overlooked, it might be because the songs are longer than usual for the radio? Radio stations really don’t broadcast things much longer than 4-5 minutes. Not only are the songs a bit longer–a few right around 6min, Machine Gun is over 12–but there are large instrumental sections… Lots of jamming. At the time of its release, the album did get up into the top ten in the US and UK, but since then I don’t think it gets much, if any, radio play. L4LM: Band of Gypsys ushered in the era of Funk Rock that dominated the 1970s. Would it be fair to say that they paved the way for the funk and jam scene that exists today.CJ: This was one of the first things recorded in the 1970s, literally! It was recorded over a few shows On New Years ’69-’70. Many musicians have said that this album was extremely influential for them, such as George Clinton and Bootsy, Nile Rodgers, Flea, to name a few. I’ve heard a few times that Miles Davis was hoping to work with Jimi. Some people say he was originally lined up to play on Bitches Brew, but I can’t find documentation of that. So if any of that is true, there is another! Overall, I would say yes, the funk and jam scene does have a large part of its lineage that leads back to Band of Gypsys.L4LM: What’s your favorite song from this album that you’re looking forward to playing at this show?CJ: Machine Gun. Love that song. If you like Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, come to American Beauty NYC on Friday, February 24th for a very special tribute to Band of Gypsys with Roosevelt Collier, Chuck Jones and Rob Compa of Dopapod, and Isaac Teel of Tauk. [Buy tickets]last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgComing to Eureka Springs, AR from June 30th through July 2nd, the annual Highberry Music Festival today revealed their initial artist lineup. The festival has put together a lineup with an emphasis on jam-friendly music, including headlining sets from The Floozies and Dark Star Orchestra.The whole lineup is full of great music, including Dopapod, The Nth Power, Aqueous, Jade Cicada, Old Shoe, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, and Phriends Of The Family. This is just an initial announcement too, so there’s plenty more exciting music still to come!This year marks Highberry’s first year at Eureka Springs, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store. You can see the festival’s announcement below, and head to their website for more information.last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgToday, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced that it will honor the legendary Stevie Wonder with its inaugural “Key of Life Award” at their upcoming “I Create Music” EXPO, set to take place April 13th – 15th in Los Angeles. He will also speak as part of the keynote “I Create Music” session. The “Key of Life” Award celebrates Wonder’s incomparable, peerless contributions to the world through his music. While the award’s inaugural winner is the artist who inspired its name (Wonder’s 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life is a universally-acclaimed classic), future recipients of the honor will include songwriters and composers who best exemplify his legacy through their commitment to ” the art form he elevated through his talent, dedication and unparalleled heart.”“Stevie Wonder has deservedly been given every award imaginable,” says ASCAP President Paul Williams, “Yet he continues to innovate and elevate the art of songwriting to the point where no honor can truly capture what he means to his creative kin at ASCAP, and to songwriters and music lovers worldwide. This award has been created as a way to honor his singularly inspirational songwriting career and to recognize his spirit in generations to come.”The 25-time Grammy winner has been an ASCAP member for most of the last half0centure, amassing more than 60 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during his time with the performing rights organization, including immortal anthems like “Superstition,” “My Cherie Amour,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” He received ASCAP’s highest individual prize, the “Founders Award,” in 1984 and was honored during the organization’s 100th birthday celebrations with a once-in-a-lifetime “Centennial Award.” Wonder has maintained a lifelong appreciation for songwriting, penning his first hit at 11 years old and working in Motown’s songwriting department while establishing himself as a performer in the mid-1960s. In recent years, Wonder has mentored a new generation of songwriters, working with fellow hit-making ASCAP members like Ariana Grande and Francis Farewell Starlite on the Golden Globe-nominated 2016 single “Faith” from the hit film Sing.A diverse group of speakers and panelists from across the music industry will join Wonder at this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, including platinum-selling recording artist Aloe Blacc, Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child, four-time ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley, Grammy winners Darrell Brown (Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes), Brian Kennedy (Rihanna) and Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Beyoncé), and the next generation of hit songwriters, including Dave Bassett (Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s”), Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna’s “B***h Better Have My Money”), Deputy (J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only), Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”), Sam Hollander (Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap”) and Matt Jenkins (Kenny Chesney ft. Pink’s “Setting the World on Fire”).Now in its 12th year, ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO is the U.S.’s largest conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers across all musical genres. Last year’s conference was the most highly attended in EXPO history, attracting 3,000 participants from rising talents to  multiple-Grammy winners.For more information on ASCAP and the “I Create Music” EXPO and to register for this year’s conference, visit the event website.[Cover photo via Jeremy Scott]last_img read more


Month: March 2021

first_imgYesterday, the legendary funk musician William “Bootsy” Collins underwent ear surgery, removing a tumor located on his ear drum. The surgery went went well, and Bootsy Collins is in high spirits and on the mend. While Bootsy had to cancel his upcoming tour dates while he’s in recovery, the Parliament Funkadelic bassist is clearly looking toward the future with the recent announcement that he has a collaboration with Buckethead in the works. In Bootsy Collin’s statement, he noted that the two iconic musicians would be teaming up on a new album as soon as Collins gets his “ear back.” He also stated that the duo already have an album title in mind, and that fans are going to dig it. Hilariously, he instructed fans to keep “love vibes flowing for both of us, we both lookin’ pretty crazy.”Bootsy Collins Undergoes Surgery For Ear Tumor That Caused Tour CancellationWe can’t wait to see what this crazy lookin’ duo are cooking up once Bootsy back in the saddle. Get well soon, Bootsy, so we can hear what you guys have i the works for us fans!last_img read more


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