Last night, Butch Trucks & The Freight Train kicked off their summer tour at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. The band’s cast of characters includes bassist Berry Duane Oakley Jr., the son of original bassist Berry Oakley, Bruce Katz on keys, young guitarist and vocalist Heather Gillis, and Garrett Dawson on percussion.The night featured some very special guests, including Ben Sparaco, who impressed the room for most of the night (check out his debut EP here), as well as English blues guitarist and singer who makes his home in South Florida Matt Schofield, venue owner Albert Poliak on keys, and Butch’s daughter Melody Trucks Dugger on vocals. A family affair, to say the least, included plenty of Allman Brothers hits, like “Dreams,” “Jessica,” and “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” as well as The Band‘s “Ophelia” and Bob Dylan‘s “Highway 61 Revisited.”Thanks to CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS, you can both watch and listen to the full set below:In Memory of Elizabeth Reed with Matt Schofield Catch Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band on the road in a city near you!Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band @ The Funky Biscuit 7/21/16:Setlist: Hot ‘Lanta > Trouble No More. Dreams. Only You Know%. Statesboro Blues$. Out From Center. Jessica%. Ophelia$. Highway 61*. Compared To What* > In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed*E: Whipping Post.Band: Butch Trucks (drums), Heather Gillis (guitar), Berry Duane Oakley Jr. (bass), Bruce Katz (keys), Garrett Dawson (percussion), Ben Sparaco (guitar), %w/ Albert Poliak (keys), $w/ Melody Trucks Dugger (vocals), *w/ Matt Schofield (guitar).Recorded by Adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS. Sound Engineer: Ray Rivard @ Audio Events. DreamsJessicaOut From Center
Greensky Bluegrass have delivered a masterful set of songs that strike a near perfect balance between instrumentation and imagery on their latest release, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. Combining the hard work and dogged persistence that any enterprise needs to succeed with an inescapable emotional resonance effortlessly created, Greensky has moved the bar higher yet again. Hundreds of shows a year have afforded each member a chance to hone their skills individually, which the have taken to full effect. That said, it is their progression as a unit, various stringed instruments rising and falling in an ego-less effort to serve the song that has become one of Greensky’s most important dynamics.Listen to the full album streaming below, and check out our full length review:Never ones to shy away from big themes, Greensky opens the album with “Miss September,” featuring mandolin player Paul Hoffman showing his introspective side pondering issues of trust while picking a ringing lead. Hoffman dutifully provides a percussive heart for the rest of the band to play off, which they adorn with a circling rhythm that is both rich and light all at once. Though Hoffman’s voice is one of the most emotive and entrancing in the bluegrass world to begin with, the addition of a slight echo gives the world-weary viewpoint of “Past My Prime,” a sense of resignation and significance whose subtlety is another sign of the progression of the band as a whole.“Run Or Die” has a disturbing effect on listeners, as the deep tones strike subliminal emotional chords in listeners that evoke a primal fight or flight impulse which is hard to deny. On “Room Without A Roof” guitarist Dave Bruzza‘s gruff vocals take and contemplative picking the tempo down and the tone infinitely more tender and confessional. The gentle but persistent ebb and flow of the instrumentation matches the lyrical promise made that “…forever I’ll be waitin’ here for you” perfectly.For a band known for conveying complex concepts and feelings, the topic of things unsaid is a intriguing one. On “Hold On,” they play against type with sharp, staccato notes that come and go from the ether illustrating the nervous worry at the heart of the composition, but the moments of united jamming and shared chorus prove hopeful and uplifting. Emotions are provoked by the band in so many separate ways, from tempo changes at key moments to ratchet or loosen tension, plaintive howls from the ever expressive Hoffman or the singing nature of drop steel guitarist Anders Beck.Beck’s long and expressive notes are at the heart of some of Greensky’s most memorable music moments past and and present. On “Living Over,” he seems to sing through his strings during the ostensibly instrumental breaks while banjo player Michael Bont counters with rolling plucked lines that seem to tumble endlessly from the heavens. Once again the willingness to share the focal point adds to the effect of the music as a whole. Luckily for both of them bassist Mike Devol holds down the center of each song with a tone so spellbinding it borders on supernatural.When Greensky leans more towards the traditional sound of bluegrass, the faster pace and stronger acoustic instruments naturally take the center stage, as on “Fixin’ To Ruin” and album closer “Take Cover.” If and when the band wants to go exploring in the psychedelic end of the spectrum, they have not just the tools, but the affinity to meld the two extremes to an engrossing whole. Somewhere in the center of their varied dimensions, the core of the band expands with each intake of inspiration and exhale of new creation.The music of Greensky Bluegrass may arrive on studio releases, but their true lives begin on the road, where these songs are sure to find fans eager to add them to the pantheon of favorites from albums past. Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is a snapshot into a band at its prime. One day long from now, Greensky fans will be pondering questions of favorite songs and albums, and once again Greensky has added rich musical fuel sure to stoke the fires of future debates.Want to win an exclusive private picnic concert from Greensky Bluegrass at Suwannee Hulaween? Enter the contest below…
Last night, two guitar greats in Tom Morello and Warren Haynes were able to share the stage at a very special benefit concert, The World On Stage. Hosted by Global Citizen at the NYU Skirball Center, the event featured a number of powerful discussions about solutions to global problems, mixed with moments of incredible live music.Among the many highlights from the night was the collaboration between the two guitarists, along with vocalist Regina Spektor and Jon Batiste, who was playing a keytar. All four incredible musicians joined forces for a cover of The Beatles’ classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”Watch the group in action, courtesy of Andrew Work Uploads on YouTube.The song choice made sense, as the event featured Paul Simon giving out the first-ever George Harrison Award. You can see Simon also play a rendition of another Harrison classic, “Here Comes The Sun,” below.Amazing! What a treat to see these talents coming together for such an important cause, celebrating charity on the global scale.
The Bowery Presents recently announced the opening of new venue Brooklyn Steel, an 1800-person capacity, general admission venue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. So far the venue has announced acts such as Tycho, The Decemberists, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Two Door Cinema Club, Animal Collective, Perfume Genius, Whitney, The Black Angels and San Fermin, among others.Keeping with the industrial theme, the venue features hundreds of tons of steel in the construction including repurposed materials throughout, and will have 10,000 square-foot green roof that will help confine the sound of their state-of-the-art L-Acoustics system (which also outfitted Terminal 5) within the building.Brooklyn Steel will open in the Spring of 2017. For a full schedule of shows and additional information, click here.
This fall, The Disco Biscuits hit Las Vegas for a run leading up to Halloween joining Phish in Sin City and inevitably turning the city into a mecca for jam aficionados. The Biscuits have been releasing pro-shot videos from Vegas in recent weeks, with a video of “Once The Fiddler Paid” from their final night of the run debuting last week.Now, the Biscuits have added a clip from their performance on the 28th with the release of a video of “Helicopters.” The pro-shot video captures the first rendition of “Helicopters,” which kicked off a giant “Helicopters” sandwich that ended the first set of that night. Following a cover of the 80’s classic hit, “The Safety Dance,” this 24-minute “Helicopters” builds on itself beautifully, cutting out before the band moved into “Hot Air Balloon” and “Astronaut” before ending the show with a return to this first track. Check out video from the night below, courtesy of the band.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | 10/28/2016 Set One: Resurrection> The Safety Dance> Helicopters> Hot Air Balloon> Astronaut> HelicoptersSet Two: Above The Waves> Floes> Above The Waves> Tricycle> Above The WavesEncore: Frog Legs
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a musical gumbo stirring together music, art, community, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans conjures up. With more than 65 bands over three days, Voodoo is more than just a festival – it is a complete experience. This year’s experience is going down at City Park from October 27-29, with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, and DJ Snake. The genre-spanning lineup continues with Galantis, Dillon Francis, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Kehlani, Post Malone, Miguel, RL Grime, Prophets of Rage, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Louis The Child, Whitney, Autograf, Joyryde, Boombox Cartel, and dozens more.This year’s musical offerings will surely attract the masses, as there’s truly something for everyone. In addition to satisfying earbuds, New Orleans food gives the stage to some of the tastiest indigenous flavors around. Everything is fresh and made by some of the top chefs in town. There will also be interactive and immersive large-scale art installations across the festival grounds of City Park, including the Brew Dat Beer Hall, a handcrafted shopping experience at the Market Place, and more.Don’t miss out on the chance to experience New Orleans in its freakiest colors. Learn more about the festival experience and ticketing options here. For a taste of Voodoo, check out last year’s recap movie below.See below for the full lineup:[cover photo from Voodoo Facebook]
Back in May, Animal Collective performed in New Haven, Connecticut, at College Street Music Hall. This week, the Baltimore-born band released a recording of the show, available for download via a pay-what-you-want cost and with all proceeds going toward Direct Relief—a non-profit that aids those living in poverty or through emergencies. This live album marks the end of a productive year for the group, as the group previously released two new EPs and Avey Tare dropped a solo album in 2017 while Panda Bear will release his own EP at the start of 2018.Animal Collective Releases Cover Of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Jimmy Mack” Off New EPYou can stream the album for yourself below or download it on Animal Collective’s Bandcamp page here.<a href=”http://anmlcollectve.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-college-street-music-hall-may-26-2017″>Live at College Street Music Hall May 26, 2017 by Animal Collective</a>
We’re heading into the fourth night of Phish at Madison Square Garden, and the only question left to ask is of what tonight will bring. Beyond the setlist, there is the annual New Year’s Eve “gag” where the members of Phish will inevitably blow minds with whatever stunt they have planned to welcome 2018. There are rumors, there are an impressive amount of new lights, but the only concrete information we now have is that there will also be light-up wristbands.In an e-mail sent out to ticket-buyers this morning, which suggests that tonight’s theme will include universal discovery, Phish instructs fans to retrieve wristbands and wear them for the evening’s festivities. The wristbands will activate at midnight, with better functioning when in proximity to the assigned seat.Following the epic “Harpua” from “Jimmies” night, the “lumps in the cosmic gravy” will predictably be explored in more detail this evening. With Kuroda’s new 360° lights–resembling a space craft, but also a donut–the “World’s Most Famous Arena” will most likely transform into a new dimension tonight. Remember, the universe, too, is shaped like a donut.Read the full message below:“You have been selected to ring in the new year as the first travelers to explore the universe by cosmic wristband. You’ll find this wristband when you arrive at your seat (or when you enter the venue for GA ticket holders). Please be considerate of other fans and take only the one wristband given to you.The countdown has begun, and your vessel is about to embark on its voyage of discovery. Because of the incredible power of your wristband, your trip is short. Your wristband will not activate till close to midnight, so don’t worry if it’s not functioning yet when you first put it on… The closer you are standing to your actual seat at midnight, the better your wristband will work.”This is all the information we have. Your guesses are as good as ours. Enjoy the show, and stay in your seat!
Today, The Motet has announced the inaugural Motet On The Mesa Festival, which will take place at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership on July 27th and 28th. The two-day music festival in Taos, New Mexico, will see multiple performances by the host band, The Motet, as well as performances by Break Science, SunSquabi, The Suffers, TAUK, Organ Freeman, and Mama Magnolia. Furthermore, Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is located right next to Hotel Luna Mystica, a vintage trailer hotel, making for the perfect location for a fully immersive and intimate musical weekend.Early bird tickets for this exciting new event go on sale today, April 24th, at 10 a.m. (MDT), in conjunction with the event’s announcement. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 27th, at 10 a.m. (MDT). To snag tickets, head here, and for more information and updates about Motet On The Mesa, check out the festival’s Facebook page here.As for The Motet, 2018 is shaping up to a monumental year for the Colorado-based funk seven-piece. Since 1998, the group has been known for its fusion of fiery funk, powerful soul, and dynamic improvisations. However, most recently, with the departure of former trumpet player Gabe Mervine and the injection of new blood with the addition of trumpeter Parris Fleming, the band has solidified its lineup and is enjoying a process of rediscovery and evolution. With vocalist Lyle Divinsky, also a relatively new member of the group along with Fleming and saxophonist Drew Sayers, leading the way paired with the veteran guidance of Dave Watts, Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Ryan Jalbert, The Motet is looking better than ever as they prepare to release a brand-new album in 2018 as a follow-up to their latest album, Totem.
“Play all night!” an audience member yelled… On March 11, 12, and 13 of 1971, The Allman Brothers Band performed at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, and recorded it for a live album that was released in July of the same year. Advertisements for the shows read: “Bill Graham Presents in New York — Johnny Winter And, Elvin Bishop Group, Extra Added Attraction: Allman Brothers.” Though while Winter was billed as the headliner, by the third night, the Allman Brothers were closing the show.When thinking about The Allman Brothers, At Fillmore East is one of the main treasures that comes to mind. The double LP is most tangibly definitive of the band’s authentic sound, giving them both artistic and commercial breakthroughs, and is the kind of record you can spin on a daily basis and still find something new you love about it.“We realized that we got a better sound live and that we were a live band. We were not intentionally trying to buck the system, but keeping each song down to 3:14 just didn’t work for us. We were going to do what the hell we were going to do and that was to experiment on and offstage. And we realized that the audience was a big part of what we did, which couldn’t be duplicated in a studio. A light bulb finally went off; we need to make a live album,” said Gregg Allman about the decision to record the three-night run [excerpt taken from Alan Paul’s One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band].While a few things went almost terribly wrong, like the uninvited horns section, or the bomb scare that suspended the final night’s music through sunrise, the album still turned out as one of the best ever.After dealing with the three nights of chaos, producer Tom Dowd explained of the final product, “The Fillmore album captured the band in all their glory. The Allmans have always had a perpetual swing sensation that is unique in rock. They swing like they’re playing jazz when they play things that are tangential to the blues, and even when they play heavy rock. They’re never vertical but always going forward, and it’s always a groove. Fusion is a term that came later, but if you wanted to look at a fusion album, it would be Fillmore East. Here was a rock ’n’ roll band playing blues in the jazz vernacular. And they tore the place up.”Despite being recorded in New York City, the album cover photo was actually taken on a very cold day in Macon, GA, where the band all lived. Apparently, the band was having trouble in cooperating with the photographer that day, giving scowling looks toward the camera. “At one point, a man walked up over next to our truck and Duane jumped up and ran over to him, and the photographer starts screamin’ and hollerin’,” explained Butch Trucks of the experience. “Then Duane came back and sat down, and we all busted out laughin’ and THAT is the picture. That is the ONLY picture from the whole day with everybody laughin’. And if you look, Duane’s got his hands like this. [folded]. What he had done was ran over and picked up a little eight ball of cocaine.” If there’s anything you need to know about At Fillmore East, that’s it.In honor of this special mark in rock and roll history, listen to the full album now:[All quotes via Alan Paul]