The Stratosphere All-Stars are coming in hot this weekend, bringing a top-notch lineup to the Ardmore Music Hall in Philly on Saturday, March 26th to pay homage to the one and only David Bowie. This edition of the rotating lineup features Dave Watts (The Motet) on drums, Clay Parnell (Brothers Past/Particle) on bass, Steve Molitz (Particle) on keys, and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) on guitar, plus special guest singer Emily Clark. Tickets are available here.The supergroup has made a name for themselves over the last year by playing dance-heavy, jamtronica covers of everything from the Grateful Dead to LCD Soundsystem. With their Bowie tribute, the band goes above and beyond the usual crowd-pleasers with powerful renditions of some of the Starman’s greatest hits. Check out some fan-shot footage of one of their recent performances below.“Let’s Dance”:“Starman”:Stratosphere All-Stars hit the Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, March 26th! Get tickets here.
Last weekend, Phish wrapped up their main summer tour with a scorching performance at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA. The Vermont jam band showed the locals some “California Love,” bringing out some serious funk in the first set and keeping the jams flowing during the second.Interestingly enough, two of the show’s biggest highlights came consecutively in the first set. After winding down “Reba” with an unexpected “Ass Handed” ending, the band broke into their funky song “Tube.” This was no ordinary “Tube,” however, as the version took hold and erupted into a roughly ten minute jam session. Easily one of the best versions of the song in the 3.0 era, the band kept the jams coming with a lengthy “Wolfman’s Brother.” Again, this was no ordinary “Wolfman’s,” as Trey Anastasio worked in quotes and lyrics from the famed Tupac song “California Love.”Thanks to YouTube user Tom Rowles, we can rewatch these two great jams! Check it out below.The full Phish.net setlist is below, as well as a stunning gallery from photographer Brandon Weil.Setlist: Phish at Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA – 7/23/16Set 1: Farmhouse, 555, Water in the Sky, Ghost, Ass Handed, The Sloth, Martian Monster > Reba, Ass Handed, Tube > Wolfman’s Brother > Walls of the CaveSet 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > 46 Days > Piper > Twist > Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini, Harry Hood > Loving CupEncore: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer RepriseTeases:· California Love tease & quote in Wolfman’s Brother· Streets of Cairo tease in Walls of the Cave· Ass Handed quote in Carini· Ass Handed quote in Tweezer RepriseNoteworthy Jams: Harry HoodAverage Song Gap: 6.64Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike GordonNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. California Love was teased and quoted in Wolfman’s and teased in 2001. WOTC contained a Streets of Cairo tease. Carini contained Ass Handed quotes and Tweezer Reprise’s lyrics were substituted for Ass Handed lyrics. Load remaining images
Last night, Lotus arrived in Asheville, NC for their first of two nights at The Orange Peel this weekend. The band wasted no time getting the party started, opening the show with an extended “Bellweather” segment that fluidly found its way into “Philly Hit” and then “Inspector Norse” before landing back on the “Bellweather” theme. “Destroyer” followed, before the band was joined by vocalist Gabe Otto for “White Light Fadeaway” and “Moonrocks.” After impressive runs through “Expired Slang,” “Turquoise,” and “Livingston Storm,” the band delivered an excellent “It’s All Clear To Me Now” that segued into “I’ve Been A Fool” led by Otto on vocals.Next up, the band busted out rarity “Cirrus” off their 2006 album The Strength Of Weak Ties. Finally, the band delivered a high-energy 15+ minute “Flower Sermon”, before Otto returned to lead the band through staple Tame Impala cover “Elephant.” You can enjoy full audio of the show below, courtesy of taper stevegolfer66:Lotus returns to the Orange Peel tonight for their Asheville finale. For tickets, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Lotus | The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC | 1/27/17Bellweather > Philly Hit > Inspector Norse > Bellweather, Blacklight Sunflare, Destroyer, White Light Fadeaway *, Moonrocks *, Expired Slang, Turquoise, Livingston Storm, It’s All Clear To Me Now > I’ve Been A Fool *, Cirrus, Flower Sermon, Elephant ** w/Gabe Otto on vocals
San Francisco soul, funk, and rock ensemble Midtown Social is freshly squeezed and downright irresistible. The band’s nine members (Aaron Joseph – keys and vocals, Kisura Nyoto – vocals, Richard Julia – drums, Rory Matthews – guitar, Sarah Rice – bass, Adam Rubinger – percussion, Lydia Eysellenne – violin, Teddy Raven – saxophone and flute, and Whitney Moses – vocals) form a collaborative community of writers, arrangers and artists. On April 14th, the California good-timers will release their self-titled full-length debut album. Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the fruits of Midtown Social’s artistic brain trust–their soulfully sunny new single “Socialite Boogie”:Says keyboardist/vocalist Aaron Joseph, “This track in many ways personifies the heart and soul of Midtown Social because it’s about, and was written for, our community. It imagines that one moment of a day when you’re allowed to forget the problems and worries of the world and just be yourself. We’d like to dedicate this track to all our ‘socialites’ out there who know how to be themselves and aren’t afraid to bring the party.”Following the release of their debut EP Down On Sixth, as rates of eviction and homelessness soared due to technology-driven corporate gentrification in the Bay Area, Midtown Social began hosting charitable fundraisers, including one for the Homeless Youth Alliance. With San Francisco flush with tech money but wracked by police violence and deepening social tensions, the band decided their next release should stand as a voice for the people. Midtown Social documents the struggle to make art in a city and a society divided against itself. Recorded at John Vanderslice’s magical, all-analog Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco with engineer Jamie Riotto, the new album captures Midtown Social’s raw live sound without any unnecessary ornamentation.The band will hold a record release party at THE MEZZANINE in San Francisco on Saturday, April 5th with help from Antonio Guedes & The Chilaqueles and Down North. For tickets to the album release, head here. For more information on the Midtown Social and their upcoming album, head to the band’s website.
Over the last 6 years, Connecticut funk-fusion outfit Kung Fu‘s annual Toys For Tots benefit at the storied Toad’s Place in New Haven has become a cherished tradition in the Elm City music scene, collecting tens of thousands of dollars worth of toys for kids at the New Haven Children’s Hospital. This year’s 7th event will officially take place on December 16th, moving back to the Christmas time slot. The annual benefit continues to embody a sense of giving and selflessness around the holidays, as the band pulls out all the stops for the hometown celebration to benefit those less fortunate.This year, Pink Talking Fish will be joining Kung Fu with their fusion of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish. Shira Elias and Sammi Garett of Turkuaz will also be on board and adding vocals throughout the night. The grand finale of the The Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event will be a special set of PINK TALKING FU: PRINCE/BOWIE, featuring all members of both bands performing the music of Prince and David Bowie.“We collect toys to distribute to kids at Yale children’s hospital on Christmas to brighten their spirits with whatever is ailing them,” explained guitarist Tim Palmieri of the event last year, “It’s been getting bigger every year to the point that we rent a trailer just to deliver the [toy] donations. We are happy to spread joy and give back using our music as a catalyst for charity. Although not medicine, it’s still something that can help alleviate and bring cheer to those kids being in a hospital on Christmas Day.”The last time Pink Talking Fu happened at Wanee Music Festival, Shira and Sammi were on board to add their flavor into the mix. Check out this Video of Pink Talking Fu: Prince/Bowie from Wanee Festival featuring Shira and Sammi:Hosted by Kung Fu, the band has brought on many special guests in previous years such as Twiddle, Break Science, and members of Steely Dan for a performance of the famous album, The Royal Scam. Don’t miss out on the 2017 Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event.Tickets go on sale Friday 9/29 here.
When the Allman Brothers Band first joined forces and began cutting their teeth on meager means in the early ’70’s in Macon, GA, they were nearly too radical for their surroundings. Many locals did not take kindly to the idea of a group of long-haired hippies invading the town. Even more were unhappy that this group was always hanging around with their black drummer. The Allman Brothers Band was one of the first integrated bands to find success in the segregated South, and went on to transcend the South and become arguably the biggest band in the world over the course of just a few short years.EXCLUSIVE: The Big House’s Richard Brent On The Macon, GA Museum, & The Legacy Of The Allman Brothers BandThis Friday, Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe will be recognized for his role in progressing the fight for civil rights when he receives the “Harriett Tubman Medal of Freedom” from the Tubman Museum in Macon. Read the statement from the museum below:“The Tubman Museum and The Allman Brothers Band Museum At The Big House sponsors, patrons and fans are proud to announce that the legendary Jaimoe will be awarded the Harriett Tubman Medal of Freedom. Jaimoe is best known as one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. In addition to having recorded and toured with his friends Chuck Leavell, Lamar Williams, and Sea Level. Jaimoe performed earlier with legendary soul singers, including Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, and Sam & Dave. After joining up with Duane Allman in 1969, he quickly became the first recruit into Allman’s new group, soon joined by bassist Berry Oakley, fellow drummer Butch Trucks, guitarist Dickey Betts, and lastly Allman’s younger brother Gregg Allman. Jaimoe currently performs on tour with his group, Jaimoie’s Jasssz Band.”Founding ABB Drummer Jaimoe Remebers Gregg Allman’s Unparalleled Musical EnergyThis is not the first time Jaimoe has been the recipient of a major award for his work and influence in the music world and beyond. He won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY Award in 1996 for The Allmans’ An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set live version of “Jessica.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and earned a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award with the Allmans in 2012. Jaimoe also has two Historic Markers on The Mississippi Blues Trail, honoring his role in the local and international worlds of blues and R&B.The award will be presented this Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Tubman Museum in Macon, GA. For more information, check out the Tubman Museum website.Jaimoe is also playing a run of shows in the sound during that time. Later that evening, he will join Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Georgia Jam” along with Randall Bramblett in Macon, before reprising the Jam in the state’s capitol the following night. For more information on upcoming Jaimoe performances, head to his website.Congratulations to Jaimoe, and thank you for all you’ve done for the world of American music.[Cover photo via All About Jazz][via Allman Brothers Band Facebook]
Following a Phish New Year’s run that is in the talks of one of the best gags ever, big news in the Phish world dropped today, as Brian Brown will be stepping down as the guitar tech for Trey Anastasio after twenty-one rockstar years of insurmountable service. Treysguitarrig.com first leaked the news earlier today, and clearly had some time to catch-up with Brian following Phish’s four-night run at Madison Square Garden last week.Treys Guitar Rig reports: “Brown, 65, has worked as a tech in the industry for 40 years. He explained that the physical toll of the profession has contributed to his decision to retire, including the ‘heavy lifting, truck loading, [and] 14 hour workdays.’ Combining his 10 years as a musician to 40 as a tech, Brown says, “I’ve been setting up concert gigs for 50 years… since I was 15 years old, adding ‘Mother Nature is telling me to slow down.’”Brown will be replaced by storied Canadian-born guitar tech Michael Kaye, who has worked with, among others, Paul Simon, Pete Townsend, Stephen Stills, Brian Wilson, Patti Scialfa, Jon Bon Jovi, and Warren Zevon. Brown described Kaye as “a great guy, very experienced, and super smart.” He adds, “I’m happy knowing Trey’s going to be well taken care of.”Kaye was directly involved in the rebuild of Anastasio’s rig that took place at Bob Bradshaw’s Custom Audio Electronics in early December, 2017, and has been working with Anastasio, Brown, and Bradshaw on tweaks and maintenance since, including at Madison Square Garden for Phish’s four-night 2017 New Year’s Eve run.Since February 2007, Brown has also been building hand-made cables for the legendary Hard Truckers company, famed for its celebrated speaker cabinets and work with the Grateful Dead. Brown’s Hard Truckers cables are made to the same exacting standards as the cables he’s built for Trey Anastasio’s touring rig over the years. Hard Truckers CEO Glenn Goldstein described Brown as a “guitar and electronics wizard,” who “has dedicated his life to the science behind the music.”“I’ll always be of service to Trey in the future,” Brown says, “just not the primary tech.”From the entire Phish community, thank you for you dedication and devotion to a dream Brian. As Trey said before the band’s second hiatus in 2004, “I would not be able to play without Brian… he totally makes all this stuff work.”[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]
Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Brooklyn Bowl’s Mardi Gras Celebrations (Your Show of Choice)!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> On February 12th and 13th, the streets of New Orleans will be overrun by the sites and sounds of Carnival. Horns will blare from every corner, beads will fall like rain, and people throughout town will trade in their worries for costumes until the Ash Wednesday hangover rears its ugly head. Mardi Gras—or Fat Tuesday if you prefer to keep things Anglophone—may seem like a quintessentially New Orleans celebration, but the people of New York City will get their own taste of the party when a slice of the Big Easy comes to the Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th.Leading the charge will be New Orleans staples Glen David Andrews, the Soul Brass Band, and John Michael Bradford, who are slated to perform that Monday—also known as Lundi Gras. Soul Brass Band will return to the Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday night, this time with support from Michael Watson Presents: The Alchemy and the James Martin Band. With a lineup like this, it’s safe to say the good times will be rolling just fine over 1,000 miles from the French Quarter.“We’re gonna bring the spirit of New Orleans to New York City,” says Glen David Andrews. “The thing about New York is that you gotta bring your A game every time you come. No matter who comes to see you or who’s watching, it’s New York. Everything goes, but if I’m coming I need to bring my A game. So I’m not worried about what I’m going to do, I’m worried about whether or not I’ll be able to contain myself and keep from doing too much.”Glen David Andrews Second Lines Through Manhattan – 6/4/2015[Video: Marc Millman]It’s hard to find somebody more New Orleans than Andrews, who hails from a prominent musical family that includes his cousin Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Often called the Crown Prince of Treme, Andrews has been rocking the trombone since he was a kid growing up around New Orleans icons like Jessie Hill, Danny Barker, and Tuba Fats. For years, his annual set at Jazz Fest’s Gospel Tent has been the kind of thing that turns tourists into festival regulars, though he’s more than happy to bring his show on the road.“The thing about New Orleans music is that it carries all over the world,” Andrews explains. “By the time I get to New York, I’m going to have traveled to three countries and more than 25 cities since Christmas. New Orleans music is like a good virus. You catch it and it becomes the music of your soul.” “I’m very grateful to be headlining the Brooklyn Bowl. I’ve been there several times with my friends Galactic, but this is the first time I’ll be headlining,” he adds. “New York is one of those places that I’ve built my name up over the years, so I can really see how things have changed in my career and in my life. I remember going to New York eight years ago to play Joe’s Pub, and there were eight people there. Now I’m too big, so to speak, to play Joe’s Pub.”Andrews will be in good company when he brings Mardi Gras to the Brooklyn Bowl later this month. Joining him on the bill for Monday, February 12th—and headlining on Tuesday, February 13th—will be the Soul Brass Band, a relatively new addition to New Orleans’ unique musical landscape. Led by drummer Derrick Freeman, the project came together in 2015 while Freeman was working as a consultant on the video for Cee-Lo Green’s “Music to My Soul”. When the producers asked Freeman to field a brass band for a jazz funeral scene, the Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers drummer put together an ad hoc group he dubbed the Soul Brass Band. It’s been nearly three years since that consulting gig, but the band—and the name—have stuck around.“It won’t take long to bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to New York,” Freeman declares. “We’ll probably having them dancing by the first song, so once that happens the spirit will take over. We have no control over it once we get the ball rolling. It’ll flow through there like wind, I’m ready for it.”While Andrews comes from long line of both old-school New Orleans innovators and traditionalists, Freeman and the Soul Brass Band have a decidedly modern take on the New Orleans sound. They can play the stuff everyone knows, of course. They just might throw a Juvenile, Snoop Dogg or Nirvana cover in there to keep the crowd on its toes.Soul Brass Band – Nirvana’s “In Bloom” – Bayou Boogaloo – 5/21/2016[Video: AB Garrod]“People always ask me if I’m missing Mardi Gras, and I’m not really missing it because it’s Mardi Gras right now. I played four parades this week,” Freeman says with a laugh. “But this is the third year in a row that I’ll be out of town on Mardi Gras Day, and it’s fine because I like bringing the spirit of it to other places. I like letting them experience what we experience, or at least a little bit of it anyway.”A little bit of Mardi Gras is exactly what Andrews, Freeman, and company will be offering when they take over the Brooklyn Bowl. Whether you’re a curious New Yorker or a New-Orleanian-in-exile, a little bit of Mardi Gras might be just the thing your soul is looking for. After all, it was 1949 when the great Professor Longhair famously sang, “If you go to New Orleans, you ought to go see the Mardi Gras.” This year, however, New Yorkers won’t have to travel that far to get a taste of the magic.Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl’s upcoming Mardis Gras Monday and Fat Tuesday celebration on Monday, February 12th, and Tuesday, February 13th are on-sale now. You can snag a two-day pass to the event here, or individually purchase Monday and Tuesday tickets. You can also check out Glen David Andrews’ upcoming tour dates ahead of his arrival in New York City below or on his website here.
Burlington-native jam quartet Twiddle has announced a one-off homecoming show at Higher Ground as a part of the venue’s 20th-anniversary celebration. The Thursday, April 19th performance will mark their first at the South Burlington venue since their three-night New Year’s Eve run in 2015. The band normally plays much larger venues–particularly in Burlington, where they’ll also host their annual Tumble Down Festival at Waterfront Park on July 27th and 28th.If you’re already planning on catching Twiddle at Tumble Down, you’re in luck: Higher Ground is offering Tumble Down ticket buyers the first opportunity to grab their tickets for this sizeable underplay. All Tumble Down 2018 ticket buyers as of March 30 at 10 a.m. ET will be emailed a presale code for this intimate show that enables them to purchase up to two tickets starting at 10:45 a.m. ET, fifteen minutes before the public on-sale. Supplies will be limited.For a full list of Twiddle’s upcoming tour dates–including their upcoming Red Rocks show on May 4th with Stick Figure and The Hip Abduction–head to the band’s website.
Phish Releases Summer ’93 Show At Portland, OR’s “The Schnitz”, Adds Full Concert Videos To LivePhish+
Phish has made a full recording of the band’s August 26, 1993, show at Portland, Oregon’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall available for download via LivePhish.com. The gig, which came toward the end of the Vermont quartet’s summer 1993 tour and featured a sit-in from off-kilter Seattle legend Baby Gramps, marked Phish’s only performance at the beloved venue.A description of the show from LivePhish.com reads:On August 26th, near the end of their celebrated summer 1993 tour, Phish played the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. “The Schnitz” is an historic Italian Renaissance style movie/vaudeville house that originally opened in 1928 with a capacity of 2,808. Home to the Oregon Symphony, the venue is well known for its excellent acoustics and opulent decor. Seattle’s Baby Gramps, “The Salvador Dali of Folk Music”, was the opening act in Portland and the two previous Pacific Northwest shows in Vancouver and Seattle. This was Phish’s only show at The Schnitz and they lit it up.A stacked Set I kicked off the festivities, featuring standout performances of Runaway Jim, Reba, Fee, Split Open And Melt, Esther, and It’s Ice > Harry Hood. Set II continued the onslaught with a blistering 2001 > David Bowie, the second such combination ever played. Other set II highlights included Jesus Just Left Chicago and a Fishman-Baby Gramps duet (on vacuum and guitar respectively) on Gramps’ Nothin’ But A Nothin’. Chalk Dust Torture and 1993’s last Free Bird encore sealed the deal.The recently released show from August 26, 1993, was recorded by famed Phish sound engineer, Paul Languedoc, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian, with Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro handling the post-production. The show—and a variety of individual songs—is now available for download here.Phish also released pro-shot videos of two full concerts for fans who subscribe to LivePhish+ via the LivePhish app. The band intends to rotate “a handful of cherry-picked concert videos within the app from time to time”, so it sounds like more full concert videos are coming down the pipeline. The first two releases are the July 31, 2013 show in Stateline, Nevada (which includes the instant-classic “Tahoe Tweezer”) and the July 13, 2014 show at Randall’s Island in New York City (which includes the instant-classic “Randall’s Chalkdust”).Setlist: Phish | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Portland, OR | 8/26/1993SET 1: Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, Reba, Fee, Split Open and Melt, Esther, It’s Ice > Harry Hood, Golgi ApparatusSET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Lifeboy > Rift, Jesus Just Left Chicago, The Lizards, Hold Your Head Up > Nothin’ But A Nothin' > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust TortureENCORE: Free Bird Trey sang verses through megaphone. |  Simpsons signal. |  Baby Gramps on vocals.In the pause during Guelah, Trey said “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Neil Young,” prompting Page to tease After the Gold Rush. Reba included a Dixie tease and It’s Ice included a Simpsons signal. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Nothin’ But A Nothin’ featured a guest appearance by Baby Gramps, who was also the opening act.