There’s just something about the Bernie Sanders campaign that brings out the best in musicians. Whether its the upcoming “Get Out And Vote For Bernie” show featuring Kung Fu with Jon Fishman, Oteil Burbridge and more, or any of the past Jon Fishman appearances, or even Sanders’ relationship with Killer Mike, there’s no denying that music has played an integral role in Sanders’ quest for the nomination.The newest announcement from the campaign takes that connection a step further, as Sanders’ campaign will host BERNIECHELLA, a two-day festival event that leads up to the second weekend of Coachella. From April 21-22, groups like Alex Ebert (of Edward Shapre & The Magnetic Zeros), Ozomatli, Grupo La Meta, Moses Sumney, Rodrigo Amarante and Venus & The Moon, as well as DJs Shepard Fairey, Richard Montoya, Allie Teilz, and Zoe Kravitz will all be attendance.The event is free, as organizers will be donating their services to make Berniechella happen. While some might accuse the city and festival of favoring a specific candidate by allowing this to occur, Mayor Steven Hernandez assured people that Hillary Clinton was welcome to throw her own event. “If she wanted to come here and do something we’d be open to that too,” he said.Check out the poster below, and head here for more information.
While the name Prince was certainly in the air after his recent passing, few artists have embodied New Orleans music like the late Allen Toussaint. For years upon years, Toussaint worked tirelessly with some of the greatest musicians of our time, writing countless songs and arrangements that were filled to the brim with the spirit of the Crescent City.With Allen Toussaint’s untimely demise on November 10th of 2015, it came as no surprise that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival would schedule an all-star tribute for Toussaint. The beloved pianist had appeared at the festival every year, and not many typify New Orleans jazz and heritage more than Allen Toussaint.On the final day of Jazz Fest, Allen Toussaint’s full backing band, including his son Clarence “Reginald” Toussaint on percussion and son-in-law Herman LeBeaux Jr. on the drums, served as the foundation for the tribute. The band welcomed out a number of guests throughout the set, including Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Jon Batiste, and Davell Crawford.Naturally, each musician sang songs that were written or produced by Toussaint over the years. Whether it was Dr. John’s “Life” or Aaron Neville’s “Hercules,” there was no shortage of emotional responses and great music.You can watch a clip of Aaron Neville’s song below:RIP, Maestro.[H/t NOLA.com]
Bass virtuoso Thundercat has released an awesome animated video for his track “Song for the Dead”. The song, which originally appeared on his The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam, comes out today on the one-year anniversary of the release of his critically-acclaimed, funky EP. The piece was animated by Australian visual artist Ry No, and it premiered this morning on Adult Swim’s Facebook page.Watch the video for “Song for the Dead,” below.Thundercat hits the road again next month, and he has a three special West Coast dates coming up with most of his Brainfeeder label-mates. September 15th and 16th will find the group playing a two-night run at Oakland’s Fox Theatre (buy tickets here). September 17th, however, will be the true heater, as Thundercat will join Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Shabazz Palaces, and the legendary George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the serene Hollywood Bowl (buy tickets for this insane lineup here).
One of the biggest stories of this summer has been Prophets of Rage, the new super group featuring three-fourths of Rage Against The Machine with Chuck D of Public Enemy and B-Real and DJ Lord from Cypress Hill. The group mostly played songs from each of their prolific catalogs during the few shows previously performed, but with the Republican National Convention kicking off tonight, the Prophets have their own original music to share.The new, self-titled original “Prophets Of Rage” is sure to “Make America Rage Again,” breathing political fire power and aggression into a rocking studio track. The band also promises to release an EP in the near future, which will feature this new song and more original music.Listen to the powerful “Prophets Of Rage” single below, produced by RATM producer Brendan O’Brien.Prophets of Rage take the stage tomorrow, July 19th, at the Agora in Cleveland, OH.
Looking for a way to shed the extra pounds after Thanksgiving dinner? Instrumental electronic jam quintet Lotus will help you boogie off those extra calories with their two-night run at New York City’s PlayStation Theater on Friday and Saturday November 25th-26th. The post-holiday weekend NYC stint will feature support from Denver EDM trio Spectacle. You can find tickets via the band’s website.Lotus has been on a tear in 2016, after the highly anticipated release of their new album Eat The Light. For the new release, the band recruited vocalists on every track for the first time in their career. They also showcased this material in their recent return to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO (see photos here), and have been selling out shows across the country in pursuit of the jamtronica groove. Expect big things from their two nights in New York!You can get excited for the run by streaming Eat The Light in full below:Both single-night tickets and two-night passes for the PlayStation Theater run are available via the band’s website, or you can enter to win them below! Don’t miss what are sure to be two great performances by one of the premiere electronic/jam fusion outfits, Lotus.
Umphrey’s McGee is keeping fans ready for 2017! After announcing a major winter tour last week, the band has followed up that announcement with a brand new set of dates in the winter. They’ll be hitting Asheville, NC for three nights, February 17-19, with special guests Greensky Bluegrass on as support for the first two shows. Those two shows will be played at the Exploreasheville.com Arena, while the final night will see UM hit The Orange Peel for a more intimate performance.The UM dates come just a couple weeks after closing out a winter tour, which will see the band collaborate with Joshua Redman and get support from Spafford. Those winter tour dates can be found here, and they run from January 13th-February 4th. With today’s new announcement that UM will partner with Greensky Bluegrass in such a musical community as Asheville, NC, the stage is surely set for some incredible music and sit-ins across the board.UM tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 26th, with the general on sale this Friday, October 28th. Find out more information here.
Coming off a solid NYE run in Denver, Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band have been sounding tight as ever and are bringing their music to the East coast with newly announced dates for a March tour. The tour kicks off on March 1st in Burlington, VT and will heavily hit the Northeast during its first week, before moving down the coast and getting as far south as South Carolina before heading north again. The tour closer will be a performance at the State Theatre in State College, PA.To kick off the tour, however, Melvin Seals and JGB will show some love to San Francisco with a one-night extravaganza featuring a number of special guests. The February 25 show at The Warfield will also feature Dead and Company’s Oteil Burbridge, original JGB vocalists Jackie Labranch and Gloria Jones, and Mars Hotel’s Stu Allen. The David Nelson Band is slated to open the event, and additional special guests are anticipated to sign on in the coming months.You can buy tickets for all of Melvin and JGB’s upcoming tour dates via the band’s website here.Melvin Seals and JGB Spring Tour Dates02/25/17 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield03/01/17 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot03/02/17 – Plymouth, NH – The Flying Monkey03/03/17 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre03/04/17 – Beverly, MA – The Cabot03/05/17 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall03/07/17 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works03/08/17 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater03/09/17 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall03/10/17 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak03/11/17 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den03/12/17 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater03/14/17 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater03/15/17 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre03/16/17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – The Boathouse03/17/17 – Asheville, NC – New Mountain03/19/17 – State College, PA – The State Theatre
New Orleans-based future funk act Naughty Professor has recently announced a run of dates, which includes a headlining show in New York City on Thursday, March 23rd at American Beauty – with special guest vocalist Cole DeGenova (purchase tickets here). Watch the tour video below to get a taste for DeGenova’s pipes:With a frontline horn section, and a jazz-inspired, funk-formulating rhythm section, anything is possible with these guys. With the release of 2016’s In The Flesh, the group catapulted into the spotlight, garnering the respect from fellow Big Easy musicians and acts such as George Porter Jr., The Revivalists, Galactic, and Rebirth Brass Band.Now, with a new album on the way Identity, featuring special guest collaborators from the New Orleans music scene, the sound of Naughty Professor is even more refined. Similar to the approach of fellow instrumental jazz/funk experts Snarky Puppy and their Family Dinner sessions, the band’s upcoming album will feature special guest spots from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Benny Bloom (Lettuce), Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and many more. So far, we’ve been graced with these tastes of what’s to come.The first release of the single “Stray,” which features David Shaw, lead singer of The Revivalists, further cemented the respect of their NOLA brethren, as the 6-piece group combines complex compositions with the ability to improvise and take things to another level. Elements of the group’s jazz influence can easily be heard, but those futuristic funky stylings are what make any Naughty Professor show a good ol’ fashioned party!Naughty Professor ft. David Shaw (The Revivalists) “Stray”: To get a taste of Naughty Professor’s live performance, in the flesh of their own original compositions, check out their video of “In The Tribe” from their first album below.The diverse sounds of Naughty Professor is undeniable, and this American Beauty show in NYC is going to be a NOLA party of epic proportions. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, January 20th at 1pm EDT and can be purchased at the following link.– Show Info –Artist: Naughty Professor with support TBDVenue: American Beauty NYCDate: Thursday – March 23rd, 2017Ages: 21+Tickets: $12.50adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE) The second release is the hot new single “Darker Daze” which features Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2na and NOLA-based vocalist/guitarist Dexter Gilmore. Chali 2na and Naughty Professor have spent several weeks on the road together, playing both originals from each and an impressive medley of J5 classics. Check out the studio original “Darker Daze” video, followed by a video from their live collaboration from The Joy Theatre.Naughty Professor ft. Chali 2na “Darker Daze”:
It is always a good day when Pink Floyd hits the news stream. And it’s Friday, which makes things even better. The iconic British rockers have released an official video for the track “Wot’s…Uh The Deal” from the band’s 1972 album Obscured By Clouds. The video features photographs taken during the recording session by Jean-Denis Mahn, at Strawberry Studios in Chateau D’Herouville, France.The video for the David Gilmour / Roger Waters written track is included in the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray The Early Years 1965 – 1972 box set package, which is part of the more expansive 27-disc The Individual Volumes. The song features that classic early sound of Floyd, with soothing vocals from Gilmour, and a beautiful piano solo from Wright. For more information and to order the box set, check out the website here.[H/T Jambase]
Dead & Company rolled into hometown favorite shed Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY for a first-day-of-summer performance. The band came in riding a wave of momentum after their excellent two-night run at Fenway Park this past weekend, and while they may not have reached the impressive heights they hit in Boston, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti still gave the weeknight crowd plenty to get excited about.Dead & Company Go Acoustic For “Friend Of The Devil,” “Dark Star,” And “Ripple” At Fenway Night TwoSet one featured a relatively predictable but enjoyable mix of heavy rotation tunes like “Hell In A Bucket,” “Loose Lucy,” “Dire Wolf,” and a set-closing “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance” pairing, which made its third appearance of the summer but its first as the set closing segment (the first two renditions, in Phoenix and Utah, opened set two of their respective shows). The emotional high-point of the first set, however, was the sun shower and ensuing rainbow that spread over the SPAC grounds during “Looks Like Rain,” evoking the feelings of intangible cosmic significance that always seem to surround the Dead and their music. Of course, it was no Santa Clara Fare Thee Well rainbow, but it was pretty damn magical all the same. (Photo via Nickel B):Set two felt primed for a big old “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” (not played since 6/10 at Folsom Field) to get the train rolling, and those who made that prediction turned out to be both right and wrong in their guesses. The set began with “China Cat Sunflower,” but instead of “Rider,” the band took a left turn into Garcia/Hunter favorite “Deal.”With John Mayer well within his comfort zone on lead vocals and guitar for the blues-steeped tune, the band took the opportunity to open the musical floodgates, as they built to a cacophonous blues-rock peak and even worked in a brief but fun and light-hearted “vocal jam” before moving into “China Doll.” The tune has been appearing with increasing frequency since bassist Oteil Burbridge took over vocal duties, and his haunting performances have been a welcome addition to the Dead & Company bag of tricks.From there, the band kicked into an always-welcome run through the bands iconic “Terrapin” suite, with Mayer handling “Lady With A Fan” and Bob Weir singing the “Terrapin Station” refrain. The tune is a regular-rotation set centerpiece for this Dead incarnation, and they seem more comfortable with it each time through. The tempo has risen from the Dead & Co’s first few sluggishly slow renditions in their early days, and the well-earned confidence that has begun to compliment Mayer’s reverence for Garcia’s magnum opus is paying off in spades with each successive performance.“Terrapin” moved into “Drums/Space,” and out of the ensuing mist rose Bob Dylan‘s classic “All Along The Watchtower,” a 2017 tour debut which, coincidentally, had its Dead & Co debut exactly one year prior at BB&T Pavillion in Camden. While the song was a fun choice in theory, it was more than a little disorganized. Bobby seemed to forget a handful of lyrics, and the uneven cadence of his vocals as he eventually got them out gave the song a rhythmically lopsided feel. The band leaned into that significant looseness, even sliding into a Wailers-style reggae jam for a few brief moments.Eventually, the song resolved into a slinky reading of “Black Peter,” the band’s first since their Las Vegas tour opener. As “Black Peter” petered out, the band closed out the set with a methodical “I Know You Rider” to cap the “extended” “China” > “Rider” that began with the set opener. Finally, the band returned for a sing-along “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” encore that saw Weir, Mayer, and Burbridge each lead a verse.You can listen to full audio of Dead & Company’s SPAC performance below, thanks to taper Bill Goldberg via archive.org user binto37:You can also check out some high-quality crowd-shot videos from the show below, courtesy of YouTube user Sean Roche:“Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance”“Deal”“Terrapin Station”“I Know You Rider”SETLIST: Dead & Company | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | 6/20/17 Set One: Hell In A Bucket, Next Time You See Me, Loose Lucy, Mississippi Half Step, Looks Like Rain, Dire Wolf, Lost Sailor > Saint of CircumstanceSet Two: China Cat Sunflower > Deal, China Doll, Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > All Along The Watchtower > Black Peter > I Know You RiderEncore: Going Down The Road Feeling BadDead & Company tour continues tomorrow with a performance at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA before the band hits New York City with a show at Citi Field on Saturday, 6/24. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery from last night’s performance below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente!Dead & Company | SPAC | 6/20/21 | Photos by Dave DeCrescente Load remaining images