The Rolling Stones have announced that they will be playing a free concert, dubbed “Concert for Amity,” in Cuba later this month, on March 25. Held at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, the show will be the band’s first open air concert in Cuba, as well as their first concert in the Caribbean.After completing their America Latina Ole Tour, making stops in Santiago, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Bogotá, Mexico City, and many more, the Stones felt inspired to continue their diverse showmanship. On their website, The Rolling Stones said: “We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.” Indeed this will make for an exciting time for the the British-Rock band, and they are even filming the concert for future release.In addition to the excitement of bringing their music to this country, they will also be leading a musician-to-musician initiative in which they deliver musical instruments and equipment to the Cuban musicians of all genres. They’ve outsourced donations from The Gibson Foundation, Vic Firth, RS Berkeley, Pearl, Zildjian, Gretsch, Latin Percussion, Roland and BOSS, with additional assistance from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.[via The Rolling Stones]
Citing his newfound role in the Grateful Dead universe, guitarist John Mayer has officially announced a split from singer Katy Perry to pursue a relationship with the band’s former singer, Donna Jean Godchaux. According to an announcement from Mayer’s representatives, Perry was distancing herself from Mayer’s new “wook-like” lifestyle, so the guitarist decided to cut ties and immerse himself more into the culture.“Once I got into the Grateful Dead’s music, I started really exploring the culture. It was then that I met Donna, and one thing led to another…” said Mayer in a statement. “I feel bad for Katy Perry in a way, she could never really hit the vocals right in ‘Playin’ In The Band.’”Mayer wanted to bring Godchaux on tour with Dead & Company this summer, but Bob Weir said no. “I’m happy for Johnny, but she hasn’t toured with us in over 30 years. It wouldn’t be right.”Meanwhile, Deadheads are convinced that Mayer is seeing Godchaux in hopes of becoming a full fledged member of the Grateful Dead. Even though Godchaux is currently married, excerpts from Bill Kreutzmann’s recent autobiography suggested that her marital status never stood in the way during her tenure with the band. We wish all the best for Mayer on his newfound romance and on the upcoming tour with Dead & Company.[Via April Fools!]
Load remaining images Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three and Elephant Revival raced into Louisville, KY last Friday night, May 6th, to help kick off the festivities surrounding the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Many memorable shows have been held on Derby Eves past, and this roots and Americana triple bill was a sure fit for the state that birthed the name “Bluegrass.” Gathering together a sold out crowd at the scenic Iroquois Amphitheater, the family friendly event saw music fans of all ages dancing in the aisles and singing to the stars.The evening’s first act, Elephant Revival is fresh off releasing their new album Petals, and shared an upbeat set of tunes from their entire catalog. The band’s versatility was on display as almost all of the players exchanged instruments and roles throughout their forty-five minute set. The youngest fans in the audience flocked to the rail and delighted in singing along with Elephant Revival’s more upbeat and joyous fare. Mandolinist Erik Berry from TBT couldn’t resist the pull of the music either, popping out to join Dango Rose for an all too brief duet.The Devil Makes Three have come a long way from their Southern Californian (by way of Vermont) beginnings to international acclaim. The trio brought additional musicians out for their tour with Trampled By Turtles, and the added drums and strings did a perfect job of enriching but not overpowering the sound that they’ve worked so hard to perfect. Though the band’s fans are aching for new material, they were overjoyed at the show, singing along with every song as they packed shoulder to shoulder along the stage front. Closing their musical stanza, frontman Pete Bernhard offered some terrible advice for picking horses and kind words for the city itself that drew cheers and laughs which, along with the smoking songs they shared, surely earned The Devil Makes Three some enthusiastic new fans.The evening’s headliners, Trampled By Turtles, demonstrated the confidence they’ve earned over a decade plus of relentless touring and recording. Their releases have dominated the Billboard bluegrass charts over that time, at one point holding the number one position for a year straight. The fanatical loyalty they receive from their nation of fans is amazing to watch. A brief sampling of the fans who made their way up to the front of the stage revealed attendees from fourteen different states, some from as far away as Alaska, in town for the race and their favorite band. When the lights dimmed and the band took the stage the howls and cheers of appreciation were deafening.While over two hundred thousand people placed bets at Churchill Downs during Derby weekend, in the end there was only one sure thing…that fans of bluegrass who managed to get tickets to the Trampled By Turtles, Devil Makes Three and Elephant Revival show won by a mile! Check out a few more pictures and a full gallery from the show below.
The relationship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman was a long and beautiful one, producing some of the most heartfelt music of either musician’s career. Dating back to the early 1960’s, Garcia and Grisman were part of the same music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and again teamed up for the Old And In The Way sessions. However, it wasn’t until 1990 when the two officially joined forces as Garcia & Grisman, recording many sessions together and occasionally playing live.Much to our delight, footage from their very first concert at the original Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA has re-surfaced. Taken on December 17th, 1990, it appears filmmaker Jesse Block has restored the quality of this video footage significantly, allowing for a breathtaking audio-visual experience. Garcia and Grisman are both in top form, and it’s a treat to see them in action. With bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist Joe Craven adding some color to the performance, this is one for the ages.Watch the full show footage, streaming below.Setlist: Garcia & Grisman at Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA – 12/17/90One Set: The Thrill is Gone, When First Unto This Country, Grateful Dawg, Spring In California, Off To Sea Once More, So What?, Two Soldiers, Dawg’s Waltz, Russian Lullaby
Beloved Southern jammers Widespread Panic took the stage at the fabulous Fox Theater last night, kicking off a two-night run with some straight up rock and roll. The band has been on fire of late, and their West Coast run marks the end of a lengthy summer tour leg. With two nights at the historic Oakland, CA venue, WSP took the opportunity to play some of their classic material, and treated fans to some highlights along the way.After opening with “Heroes,” the band played favorites like “Send Your Mind,” “Holden Oversoul” and “Weak Brain Narrow Mind.” The first set contained the band’s take on the blues number “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” played for the first time in over a year (7/3/15 – 76 shows). They also had a very special guest during the second set, as percussionist Wally Ingram joined the fray for a “Slippin’ Into Darkness > Travelin’ Light” combination. What a treat to see Ingram joining Sunny Ortiz and helping to drive those two great tunes.Check out video footage of “Blight” from the show, courtesy of MrTopDogger.The full setlist from PanicStream can be seen below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – 7/14/16Set 1: Heroes, Send Your Mind, Holden Oversoul > Weak Brain Narrow Mind, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Shut Up and Drive, Nobody’s Fault But Mine^, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Stop/Go, Dear Mr. Fantasy (70 mins)Set 2: Thought Sausage > Slippin’ Into Darkness* > Travelin’ Light*, Party At Your Mama’s House > Blight > Tie Your Shoes > Papa’s Home > Drums > Papa’s Home, I’m Not Alone, Blackout Blues (90 mins)Encore: Saint Ex > Action ManNotes * w/ Wally Ingram on percussion^ LTP 7/03/2015 San Antonio (76 shows)
The music never stops! Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has just announced three dates with Phil Lesh and Friends from January 20 – 22. With two evening performances and a matinee, the Grateful Dead bassist shows no signs of slowing down in 2017.On the first two nights, the Lesh-led supergroup will include Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Tony Leone, Adam MacDougall, and Ross James. With virtually every member of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood on stage, the jams might resemble those of Sunday’s Lockn’ set. And that’s a good thing! Relive this “Fire On The Mountain” in the pro-shot video below:On January 22, The Terrapin Family Band will back Lesh for an afternoon performance, with son Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and special guests Neal Casal and Adam MacDougall.Tickets for all three shows go on sale this Friday, September 23 at 10AM PT.
Beloved jam band moe. took to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night, playing their first-ever Famoe.ly Holiday Show at the renowned venue. Though this was their first holiday concert, the band’s 2002 album Seasons Greetings From moe. is a prime example of the band’s penchant for spreading that December cheer. Naturally, a number of songs from that album, as well as some new tunes, big jams and more were all on display.The show started aptly with “New York City,” an ode to the fans who made the trip out to Port Chester from the city. They brought out a holiday favorite next, “Linus & Lucy”, before digging into a “Head > ZOZ > Head” sandwich. Another Seasons Greetings track “Oh Hanukkah” came next, before the band debuted a new Al Schnier song called “Angel.” They closed out the first set with a rocking “Recreational Chemistry,” bringing some expert improvisation to the table.Watch the official video for “New York City”, streaming below.The second set was filled with more goodies, opening with “Puebla” before playing a new Jim Loughlin tune called “Don’t Wanna Be.” The band then included another Seasons track, “Carol Of The Bells,” keeping the energy high with a great performance. There was also another new song debut, a Rob Derhak tune tentatitvely titled “Prestige Worldwide.” They also finished off the second set with a wild “Four > Buster”, bringing some sheer excitement to the venue.Watch the official video for “Puebla”, streaming below.With time left for an encore, moe. returned and debuted a new holiday tune in “Father Christmas” by The Kinks. They closed out the show with a bust out, playing “We’re A Couple Of Misfits” from the Seasons Greetings album for the first time in a few years. What a performance!Check out a full audio recording below, as taped by Brian V.moe. will be back in Port Chester this afternoon with an acoustic brunchtime performance. They’ll return at the end of the month for a two-night New Year’s run in Missoula, MT, and have already announced two major tours for 2017. You can see the setlist and full tour schedule below.Setlist: moe. | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/3/16Set One: New York City, Linus & Lucy, Head > ZOZ > Head, Oh Hanukkah, Angel, Recreational ChemistrySet Two: Puebla > Don’t Wanna Be, Carol Of The Bells > Downward Facing Dog, Rob’s Song, Four > BusterEncore: Father Christmas, We’re A Couple Of Misfitsmoe. Tour DatesDec 30-31: The Wilma – Missoula, MTJan 19th: Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FLJan 20-25: Jam Cruise 15 – Norwegian Pearl – SOLD OUTJan 26: Jannus Live- St. Petersburg, FLJan 27: The Plaza Live – Orlando, FLJan 28th: Georgia Theatre – Athens, GAJan 31st: Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TNFeb 2nd: Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PAFeb 3rd: Higher Ground – South Burlington, VTFeb 4th: Calvin Theatre – Northampton, MAFeb 17th: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TNFeb 18th: Iron City Birmingham – Birmingham, ALFeb 19th: Sweetwater Brewery – Atlanta, GAMar 4th: F Shed At The Market – Syracuse, NYMar 30th: Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJMar 31st: College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CTApr 1st: The Paramount – Huntington, NYApr 5-8: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MAApr 27th: Le Petit Theatre – New Orleans, LAApr 28-29: The Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA (w/ Turkuaz)
Thundercat has announced a headlining world tour in 2017, starting with San Francisco in February and ending with Brussels in April. The bassist/singer-songwriter, most notably known for his work with producer Flying Lotus, hasn’t released solo work since 2015’s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. Known for his infectious bass vibes and soulful tones, he’s since been featured on various projects, including Kendick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly and Moses Sumney‘s latest track, “Lonely World.”Though according to FlyLo, we can expect a new album by the end of the year (OkayPlayer reports). So we have our fingers crossed for an album announcement to come soon with this extensive list of world dates. See below for the full schedule. Tickets are currently on-sale here.Check out his most recent single, released in September, “Bus In The Streets” below:
We’ve seen a lot of great shows from Pink Talking Fish over the last few years, as the hybrid tribute fusion band continues to make a name for themselves by fusing the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. The group has given us interpretations of Gamehendge, Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals and so much more, and their newest announcement is quite exciting!Today, the band announced that they would be headlining at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, for the first time, on February 3rd. Though PTF has played in Port Chester before, this headlining show certainly looks to be an exciting affair. The group will be playing a full tribute to the famed Talking Heads’ film Stop Making Sense, with the music of Pink Floyd and Phish integrated into the set.Furthermore, the band won’t be alone for this milestone performance! Leo Nocentelli of The Meters, The Turkuaz Horns, Shira Elias & Sammi Garett of Turkuaz, Jen Durkin of Deep Banana Blackout, Jon Braun of Start Making Sense and Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu will all be joining Pink Talking Fish for the show, and Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven is on as support. You can hear more Electric Beethoven here.Bassist Eric Gould gets fans excited for this performance, saying “Pink Talking Fish has performed a handful of albums in our career but Stop Making Sense has been one that we have been waiting for just the right moment to release. The album itself is a mammoth. Adding Phish and Pink Floyd songs in the mix creates a 3 plus hour show that will challenge the musicians on a deep level.I played a nonstop 5 ½ hour show at Bonnaroo with Particle in 2003 and, to this day, the experience of that marathon performance remains treasured in my heart and soul. I am so excited to make this event happen with Pink Talking Fish and create an extended live experience involving some of the most exciting songs in music as well as some of our favorite special guests to share the ride!”You can find more information about this event here. Check out the artwork below, created by John Warner.
It had been close to 25 years since Dave Grippo, Russell Remington and Carl Gerhard took the stange under their Big Country Horns moniker, but that’s just what happened last week when the trio reunited for a very special James Brown Dance Party late night celebration at the Gramercy Theatre on December 31st (technically January 1st).The three piece horn section got their fame touring with Phish in 1991, and, though the three horn players have since collaborated with the band and its members in a number of permutations throughout the years, they had yet to perform as the Big Country Horns since those tours. However, the trio came together for a special James Brown Dance Party with James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield, as well as Elise Testone, Maurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks), Adam & Matt Chase (Jazz is Phsh), Morgan Price (Charles Bradley), Matt Harnett (Lauryn Hill) and more.The reunion was naturally a cause for celebraiton, and what music could be more celebratory than that of James Brown? Trey Anastasio Band trombonist Natalie Cressman joined the group as well, and you can watch them take on the James Brown classic “I Got The Feelin’” below.Here they are jamming with Jennifer Hartswick on “Camel Walk” too!It’s awesome to see Phish collaborators, both new and old, coming together for an all-out celebration of live music. For more Phish with horns, enjoy the video below…