Last weekend, beloved jam band Phish made their debut at the beautiful Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. The home of the Chicago Cubs welcomed Phish fans for two great nights on June 24-25, seeing the band bust out some rarities, play some debuts, and treat fans to their patented brand of great jamming.Among the many highlights from the two nights was the return of “Fluffhead,” covers of “I Am The Walrus” and “Space Oddity” – the latter performed a cappella – and some great jams in tunes like “Tweezer,” “Down With Disease,” and more throughout the run.You can read each show’s recap in full below:Phish Performs ‘Space Oddity’ A Cappella, Debuts New Song At Wrigley Opener [Videos/Gallery]Phish Busts Out ‘I Am The Walrus,’ Revives ‘Fluffhead’ For Wrigley Field Finale Thanks to DrFunkenstein2k on YouTube, we can share full videos for each of these marvelous performances below. Rock out with Phish below!Setlist: Phish at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – 6/24/16Set 1: Sample in a Jar, Chalk Dust Torture, Martian Monster > Rift, Yarmouth Road, Sand, Miss You, The Wedge, Free > Blaze OnSet 2: Down with Disease > Fuego > Twist > Twenty Years Later > Waste > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Backwards Down the Number Line, Loving CupEncore: Space Oddity, Run Like an Antelope Debut. Unfinished. Phish debut.Setlist: Phish at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – 6/25/16Set 1: The Moma Dance, AC/DC Bag > 555, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Happy Birthday to You, 46 Days, I Didn’t Know, Divided Sky, Cavern > Good Times Bad TimesSet 2: Carini > Tweezer > Fluffhead > Piper -> Steam > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood > Tweezer RepriseEncore: I Am the WalrusNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Happy Birthday was played for Phish tour manager Richard Glasgow. I Am the Walrus was played for the first time since June 29, 2010 (229 shows).
Golden hills rolled gently behind the stage. In the opposite direction, an expansive range of mountainous peaks sprawled in a breathtaking panorama. The legendary big sky of Montana extended into infinity – a phenomenon one must witness to realize how the state truly lives up to its title. In the center of all this splendor, an intimate audience glowed with jubilation, welcoming The String Cheese Incident back to Missoula for the first time in fourteen years. Throughout their two nights in a lush field behind the Big Sky Brewing Company, the band made it very clear how pleased they were in returning to Montana. Hailing from Crested Butte, Colorado, they always have conveyed a heightened sense of comfort when playing mountain towns. The relaxed atmosphere set the tone for a pair of shows revealing The String Cheese Incident at the apex of its powers. Timing often proves to be an overriding factor in life’s finest moments and such was the case for me in making a triumphant return to the realm of the Cheese. From 1997 – 2002, I was head-over-heels for this band and saw them as many times as possible. The passion began to fade and Cheese shows no longer ranked on my priority scale. Over the past two years, I’ve heard friends rant and rave about how well the band is playing. Occasional listening didn’t seem to back this up and my skepticism persisted. It took an alignment of the stars, circumstances and a bit of subtle nudging to magnetize me to Missoula.The majority of my doubt didn’t lie so much with the band’s musical prowess, but more so the selection of new material they’ve been focusing on. Perhaps receiving the subconscious memo that a retro focus was just what the doctor ordered, the band dropped jaws midway through the first set with a shocking bust out. On the shelf since 2007, “Bigger Isn’t Better” adopted a fresh identity as a piece of slow-burning, bluesy reggae psychedelia. The lyrics could not have been more apropos considering the sparsely-attended concert and the simplistic spirit of Montana. Patience is a virtue with this band as they never rushed any of the songs, allowing their potential to fully blossom.The old school momentum continued in the second set when the band used “Rhythm of the Road” as a springboard for dynamic exploration. This 18-minute version soared on the wings of a sinister melodic theme spearheaded by Michael Kang’s mandolin wizardry. Bill Nershi’s newfound (at least to me) propensity for playing electric hollow body or Telecaster is an exciting addition to the band’s arsenal. Both Kang and Nershi’s manipulation of tones creates layers of intrigue within any given song. The kinetic energy collided in the set-closing climax, “Roll Over.” This song’s glorious intro continues to offer one of the most euphoric moments across the jam band landscape.If the first night in Missoula was great, then the second has to be considered an instant classic. From start to finish, the show oozed with swagger, continuity and creativity. The band vocalized its exuberance in having spent the day on the nearby Clark Fork River. Their state of bliss was infectious, permeating every aspect of their performance. “Little Hands” galloped onto the scene like a beloved, old friend. The lyrics carried extra poignancy and weight delivered in these timeless surroundings.He’s been with them for awhile now, but Jason Hann is still the new guy. His addition was a stroke of genius, as Michael Travis is left to channel the full scope of his rhythmic mastery into pacing the Jaguar as it roars around the track. His ninja-like agility and field of vision guide him to put the pedal to the metal at just the right time. Hann is enraptured with his many toys (his expertise on the talking drum is worthy of universal renown), applying tribal nuances which do more than just complement the whole. He is an entity of his own, repeatedly standing out with both his playing and rainbow unicorn smile.String Cheese covers a vast range of styles, all of which they make their own. They were founded on bluegrass and still draw from that well. However, it’s the jazzy, tropical, Cheesy twist on this discipline which is even more compelling. Following a seamless, riveting transition from “Little Hands,” “Indian Creek” was a definitive example of how “on” the band is right now. The synchronicity of all their moving parts is remarkable. This spritely, instrumental journey encapsulated so much of what makes anyone love them. But it wasn’t just oldies paying dividends. New material like bassist Keith Moseley’s bouncy “Sweet Spot” and Kang’s “Believe” fit gracefully into the repertoire.Funk aficionados were gleefully satiated after a relentless ride through “Pack It Up.” The Herbie Hancock-esque instrumental saw Moseley bully his way through the mix, gurgling like a river rapid while an animated Hollingsworth explored his whole bag of tricks. Moseley continued his tear in the second set, belting out The Beatles deep cut, “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” Coming out of left field and starting on a dime, the Abbey Road track ended up being the improvisational centerpiece of both nights.String Cheese jamming is defined by intricate, yet organic calculation. There is no meandering. They know each other so intuitively, they are the definition of symbiosis. Blazing new trails under the big sky, this transcended any casual assessment of spontaneous sonic creation. The magic continued with a march through the inevitable “Rivertrance” which, when presented in open air, is utterly massive, primal and spiritual. Combined with the sacred geometrical projections on the screen, this can be perceived as aural therapy. Speaking volumes to the band’s feelings about their fresh crop of compositions, they culminated the masterpiece of a set with Kang’s hauntingly seductive, rhythmically complex ode to his wife – “Beautiful.” He has achieved a maturity and precision in his vocal delivery which sounds better than ever.I don’t know if it’s always like this; it’s hard to imagine how that would be possible. But for these couple days in Montana, we bore witness to a band plugged in to a powerful source of inspiration. A band devoid of ego and totally in tune with each other. Six men who emanate a sense of reverence with their past and contentment with the present. A group which honors where it comes from and relishes where it’s going. Most importantly perhaps, over 20 years in to a roller coaster of a career, having as much fun as ever.
Electrofunk phenom GRiZ continues to turn heads with his energetic blend of saxophone and production, and today he’s returned with a brand new track. The new offering sees GRiZ partner with soul singer and pianist Leo Napier, who wrote the new original tune “Before I Go.” Though the song deals with the heavy subject of addiction, its an infectious groove that showcases the stripped down style of Napier with the hyped-up energy that only GRiZ can bring to the table.GRiZ describes the track in his social media post, saying: “This song is about addiction and letting go. Leo did an amazing job writing and I’m happy I was able to bring this to life. It really hits home to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as it has helped me.”Listen to the new jam below.
It’s hard to think of two touring acts better than Turkuaz and the New Mastersounds in the world of funk. Both have carved their respective sounds in tribute to eras of old, but in distinctly different ways. Turkuaz, the 9-piece powerfunk outfit from Brooklyn, pays homage to the theatrical style of legends like the Talking Heads and Sly and the Family Stone; the New Mastersounds, to the contrary, have a raw vintage sound akin to instrumental funk greats like the Meters and Booker T & the M.G’s. The bands have recently kicked off a nationwide co-headlining tour, which made a stop at the historic Boulder Theater on Friday night.On this particular night, it was the New Mastersounds turn to bat lead off. Eddie Roberts, the suave leader of the band who wore a sport coat for the duration of the performance, was on his A game. His jazzy guitar licks and catchy phrasings anchored the tunes, allowing ample room for keyboardist Joe Tatton to dance and explore on the Hammond B3 organ. The band cooked from one song to next, eventually enlisting Turkuaz saxophonists Josh Schwartz and Greg Sanderson to join in on the fun.Next up was Turkuaz, with a slightly larger lighting rig and a much larger cast. Each of the nine members wore a different unique color, a light-hearted approach consistent across much of the band’s recent marketing. Their show was a well-scripted collective experience with surprisingly few extended solos, but it was tasteful guitarist Craig Brodhead that got his name called the most.Turkuaz’s time was a welcomed mix of original tracks, mostly off their latest release “Digitonium,” and select covers. There were renditions of Hot Chocolate’s disco hit “Every 1’s a Winner,” the Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” and The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” ended the set.The band encored with “On the Border,” a cover of a New Mastersounds cut recently released on a 7’’ EP that Roberts and Tatton returned for. It was a fitting collaboration and close to one of the funkiest nights of music Boulder, CO has seen in some time![Photo via gergyt // Instagram]
We all know the story; a young and promising rock and roll star taken from the world in the prime of his life. That’s what happened to Blind Melon’s lead singer, Shannon Hoon, who passed away on October 21st, 1995 – exactly 21 years ago today.Hoon and his band Blind Melon had taken the world by storm, capturing a certain rock and roll whimsy with an elevated sense of maturity. The band was incredibly popular during the first half of the 1990’s, powered by their mega-hit “No Rain” and supported by countless great songs. Things were only looking up for Blind Melon in the mid-90’s, as the band had just spent time in New Orleans recording their sophomore album Soup.That is, however, until Shannon Hoon tragically overdosed at just 28 years old. The success of Blind Melon led many of the band members to drug and alcohol abuse problems, and stints in rehabilitation were unsuccessful. His untimely death sent shockwaves through the world, depressing avid fans and harshly reminding others about the pitfalls of the rock and roll lifestyle.Shannon Hoon will always be remembered for his one-of-a-kind vocal approach and beautiful songs. Though he passed away so many years ago, Hoon will never be forgotten. In honor of his life, please enjoy this full performance captured just one month before the end, in September of 1995.RIP Shannon.
Jam band heroes moe. blew into Knoxville, TN last night to delight their fans with a peek at a new song and loads of classic jams at the historic Bijou Theatre. The Bijou has been operating as a venue since 1909, but the building itself was previously a hotel that hosted live music events starting 200 years ago. Over that mind numbing span of years the building has played host to presidents, music icons and now the five guys from upstate New York called moe.Not ones to live in the past, the band decided to bring something new to the party. First off: brand new rugs. In an effort to really tie their stage together, the band freshened up their accoutrements and softened their work area. Guitarist Chuck Garvey was so taken with his that, during a particularly fiery solo, he took a moment to get down and explore his new playing surface.With new footing firmly in place, moe. kicked off the jams with the staccato intro to “Tailspin,’ drenching the sonic landscape with wailing, distortion laden guitar licks from Garvey and Al Schnier. As “Tailspin” sputtered towards the Earth, they segued perfectly into a lush and dreamy “Lost Along The Way.” “White Lightning Turpentine” gave Garvey a chance to show off his blues chops while bassist Rob Derhak shepherded the tune back and forth between its calmer sections and the more outrageous rocking portions to the delight of the crowd.Perennial audience favorite Nebraska got the energy nice and high and fueled a strong run to the set closing one-two punch of “Calyphornia” into the underplayed classic “head.” From the first notes of “head,” it became apparent that the band was intent of stretching out a bit and really letting themselves enjoy the tune. The extended instrumental break featured some stunning vibraphone work from percussionist Jim Loughlin and some of moe.’s patented “Two bodies/one brain” front line of guitarists. Cheers and applause showered the band as they left the stage for a much needed break, before getting down and dirty for the second half of the night.Though there was a ripping “Rainshine” and fun reads on the frenetic “Same Old Story” and “Gone,” the big story of the second set was a sneak peek at new tune “Prestige Worldwide.” Though the lyrics are still a work in progress, the music was a fierce call back to the most epic moe. jams throughout the years. Every member had the chance to shine, with Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico both taking turns at the forefront before the instrumental breaks were taken over by some inspired back and forth from Garvey and Schnier. While Derhak seemed content to lay back and hold down a truly funky bass line for the rest of his brothers in arms to riff off, he was clearly enjoying the way the music swirled around him onstage.The western themed “Shoot First” launched the closing stanza of tunes with the always enjoyable tale of the gunslinger mentality in the modern world. Closing out the second set with an extended take on the sing-song jam “Kids.” Sensing the end was nearing the fans doubled down on their grooving and met the song closing jam head on in a game of musical chicken. Neither side blinked and the collision of fan rage and band joy was a perfect circle of love given and received freely.Deciding that they should be sure to leave the venerable hall in total ruins, the band called in the king of the monsters himself, “Godzilla,” for their encore. From the instantly recognizable first notes the audience went into a frenzy and their intensity was matched by the band. With Garvey torturing his guitar against his mic stand and the veins in Derhak’s head straining under the pressure of his immense vocals moe. laid down one of their fiercest takes ever on the beloved cover. Guitarist Schnier took the mic afterwards to thank the crowd for helping make the night at this historic venue one they won’t soon forget. Judging from the shell shocked faces in the crowd it was a sentiment echoed by all in attendance.Setlist: moe. | Bijou Theatre | Knoxville, TN | 1/31/17Set 1: Tailspin>Lost Along The Way, White Lightning Turpentine, Nebraska, Where Does The Time Go?, Calyphornya>headSet 2: Rainshine, Same Old Story, Gone, Prestige Worldwide, Shoot First>Rise>KidsEncore: Godzillamoe. continues their winter tour tomorrow night, February 2nd, with a performance at Penn’s Peak. They’ll stay in the Northeast through the weekend, and will resume their touring in mid February with shows in the Southeast and more. They’ve also got some big plans for later in the year, including some Jazz Fest late nights, a Phish late night, some headlining sets at Summer Camp and the return of the moe.down Music Festival. All sorts of details can be found on the band’s website.
Jam Cruise just announced their lineup for its 16th year, and we’re beyond excited to hop aboard the Norwegian Jade in Miami, Florida, for Jam Cruise 16, which runs from January 17th through 22nd with stops at Roatan, Honduras and Grand Cayman. As always, the lineup for the near week-long event is stacked, with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood topping the bill.Jam Cruise is always diverse in the music it brings to the table, and 2018 will be no different. Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Maceo Parker, Lettuce, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Turkuaz, Naughty Professor featuring Chali 2na, and The Main Squeeze will all be in attendance to provide their funk stylings throughout the cruise. Jam acts Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Aqueous are all set to perform, as well as Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter Jr., and John Kimock, who will be on the boat for a performance by the beloved Voodoo Dead.However, guests should not just get ready for funk and jam, though there’s plenty of that accounted for on Jam Cruise’s bill. Keller Williams, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and Lil’ Smokies will be providing more bluegrass-inspired sounds, while, on the other end of the spectrum, Gramatik, The Russ Liquid Test, and DJ Logic will add each their takes on electronic music to the mix. Reggae and afrobeat will be readily accounted for with performances by Steel Pulse and Antibalas, and attendees can also look forward to soulful performances by Marcus King Band, Con Brio, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Robert Randolph, and Kat Wright. Additionally, special guest Ryan Montbleau, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Dan Lebowitz, Mike Dillon, Skerik, and Roosevelt Collier will be on-board for special collaborations and sit-ins.In addition to the non-stop music that goes down each year, Jam Cruise 16 has a bunch of special programs and activities lined up both on the boat and at its two stops. Pre-book cabin selections will run from May 10th through 12th, and the public on-sale starts on May 16th and 12 p.m. EST. Find out more on Jam Cruise’s website here.[Photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]
Organ master Cory Henry has announced some very special guests for his New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City: global jazz/blues collective Mwenso and the Shakes and ever-creative bassist MonoNeon. For the past two years, Snarky Puppy have performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on New Year’s Eve.With the Puppies switching up their plans this year, it only makes sense that their place at Irving Plaza would be picked up by Snarky Puppy veteran and the Chief Apostle himself, Cory Henry. Henry will bring his Funk Apostles with him to New York for what’s sure to be a memorable New Years Eve performance.Henry won two GRAMMY awards for his work with Snarky Puppy, however he also has been an in-demand touring and recording musician for years now. Henry formerly toured as a member of Aretha Franklin‘s band, and his studio work has allowed him to cross paths with a diverse list of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, P. Diddy, Kenny Garrett, Yolanda Adams and more. Henry has also seen success as a solo artist, with two solo albums charting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Jazz charts.As a result of Henry’s many musical endeavors, he has crossed paths with tons of incredible musicians over the years, and from those experiences The Funk Apostles were born. All of the members of the band are talented players with years of experience under their collective belt who Henry met throughout his career. Guitarist Adam Agati has worked with everyone from Booker T. Jones to Ludacris; bassist Sharay Reed has performed with Patti LaBelle, Chakha Khan, and more; drummer TaRon Lockett has performed with some of the biggest names in R&B, such as Erykah Badu, Montell Jordan and Snoop Dogg; keyboardist Nick Semrad ’s credits include Miss Lauryn Hill and Bilal.Henry has put together a true all-star cast from the world of funk, R&B, hip-hop, and soul, and they are coming to New York prepared to ring in the New Year in the funkiest way possible. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.***Tickets On Sale Here***Show: L4LM & CEG Present – Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles WithCity: New York, NYVenue: Irving PlazaDate: New Year’s Eve! Sunday December 31st, 2017Doors: 8:00 PM || Show: 9:00 PMTickets On Sale Here
The third annual Festival at the Farm is going down September 15-16 at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The one-of-a-kind event will bring all ages together for live music, local food and drink, backyard games, and an on-site farmers market featuring local farmers, non-profits and inspired craft vendors. Produced by Six Chair Productions and in partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, the two-stage setup will feature both nationally touring bands as well as Boston’s best local acts. Headlining the event are Amos Lee and Dawes, alongside Mandolin Orange, Amy Helm, The Wild Reeds, The Suitcase Junket, Caitlyn Smith, Update Rubdown, Will Dailey, Jesse Dee, The Silks, and Ali McGuirk. Additional acts will be announced in May.Festival at the Farm has also teamed up with Kids Really Rock to present a very special kids concert each day. The Kids Really Rock All-Star Jam will feature Karen K. and the Jitterbugs alongside a who’s who of New England Kids musical artists.“Festival at the Farm just keeps getting better every year! We are incredibly excited about this year’s musical lineup and our partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to bring fans of all ages together for a weekend of great live music and local food,” said James Macdonald, founder of Six Chair Productions. “We can’t wait for the weekend to begin!”Inspired by Pete and Gerry’s free-range hens, who have ample room to roam on the farm, the Free Range Kids Zone will feature a host of interactive games and activities including face-painting, storytelling, and magic shows, as well as hen petting with Pete and Gerry’s Organic hens and Meet-A-Farmer, providing families the opportunity to interact with a Pete and Gerry’s Organic farmer.Six Chair Productions also announced that they have set a goal to help provide 100,000 meals to those in need through support of the Greater Boston Food Bank. As a part of this effort, a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank and Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs will donate one dozen eggs for every ticket sold. Fans will be able to take part in the fundraising by making online donations at ticketing checkout as well as through select activities at the festival.Additionally, Commonwealth Cambridge owner and chef Nookie Postal will return to Festival at the Farm in 2018 to create a farm-to-table dining experience in the festival’s VIP area. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy preferred concert viewing and a private bar and lounge along with other amenities.Early Bird tickets for the festival will go on sale on April 12, 2018 on the event website. Early Bird general admission two-day passes are priced affordably at $75 and Early Bird VIP Passes are $175 for the weekend. During the Early Bird ticketing, tickets for kids aged 3-12 are free. Infants and toddlers aged 2 and under will not need a ticket for the event. Ticket prices will increase in May after the entire festival talent lineup is revealed.Check out the initial lineup below, and head to Festival at the Farm’s website for more information.
To ring in 2019, Greensky Bluegrass will return to The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The bluegrass juggernauts will set up shop at the fan-favorite theater for four nights, spanning from December 28th to December 31st. Currently, four-day passes for this upcoming New Year’s Eve run are available via Greensky Bluegrass’s fan-club lottery here, with the lottery remaining open until Thursday, September 13th, at 3 p.m. (CT). Tickets will become available to the general public on Friday, September 14th, at 10 a.m. (CT). Head to the band’s website for more information.Greensky Bluegrass has a busy fall on the books ahead of this highly anticipated and newly announced New Year’s Eve run. In two weeks, the band will perform at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre for two nights, with these performances serving as the kick-off for Greensky Bluegrass’s fall tour. From there, the band will tour across the U.S. with support from Ghost Light and The Lil Smokies before returning to Kalamazoo State Theatre for a two-night Thanksgiving run with Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys.