The AURA Music & Arts Festival festivities kicked off last night, March 1st, with a pre-party at The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in Boca Raton, FL. The show featured classically trained pianist, Holly Bowling, The Heavy Pets’ jazz side project trio, Lather Up! and local, young talent Ben Sparaco and his band.Holly Bowling’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish shined through during the course of her 45-minute solo piano set. Her set included an opening “The Curtain With” and a stellar set ending “Theme From the Bottom.” Holly also touched on “Cassidy” by the Grateful Dead as well as a lovely “It’s Ice > I Can’t Feel My Face (The Weeknd cover) > It’s Ice.”Bowling sat in at the end of The Ben Sparaco Band’s set and closed the show with a killer “Deal > Tweezer Reprise” encore. The Heavy Pets’ jazz trio side project Lather Up! performed an eclectic mix of covers including John Legend‘s “You Don’t Have to Know”, Stevie Wonder‘s “Jesus Children”, Cannonball Adderley‘s “Mercy Mercy Mercy” as well as some Heavy Pets originals. Here is Lather Up! paying tribute to Freddie Hubbard‘s classic “Red Clay.” Ben Sparaco is an 18 year old guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Coral Springs, FL living in Nashville, TN with a sound that combines energetic and soulful guitar playing with a unique blend of soul, blues, jazz, and folk music. Please enjoy Ben and his band performing the original “Walk On The Levee.” Thanks to our friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS for providing video highlights as well as full show audio via Mixcloud:Setlist: Holly Bowling at The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery, Boca Raton, FL – 3/1/6Set: The Curtain With, Cassidy, It’s Ice > I Can’t Feel My Face > It’s Ice, A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing, Theme From The Bottom***The AURA Music & Arts Festival gets underway on Thursday at the magical Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida and features sets by The Disco Biscuits, Thievery Corporation, ALO, Snarky Puppy, The New Deal, The Werks, Pink Talking Fish, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Main Squeeze and many, many more.***
Jam season is at full swing on Summer Camp Music Festival Day Two! The day featured a full roster of great bands, including festival hosts Umphrey’s McGee and moe., and stalwarts like STS9, The Nth Power, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The London Souls, McLovins, Ripe, Earphunk, Shook Twins, Jimkata, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Late Night Radio, Aqueous, Keller Williams, Lettuce, TAUK, Greensky Bluegrass, The Russ Liquid Test, Rising Appalachia, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and so many more.Fortunately, Phierce Photo was on hand to capture highlights from the festival. Check out some of his stunning images below. Check out some setlists and a full gallery of Phierce Photo‘s images, below. Setlist: moe. at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16I: Stranger Than Fiction, Waiting For The Punchline, Haze >(nh) Water, Zed Naught Z, Blue Jeans Pizza > Mexico, Low, St. AugustineSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16Set One: Gurgle > Plunger > Wife Soup, Miami Virtue > Roctopus, Syncopated Strangers, DivisionsSet Two: Stinko’s Ascension, Ocean Billy, 2×2 > Speak Up > 2×2, In The Kitchen, Hurt Bird BathSetlist: STS9 at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16Set One: Totem, STS9, Vapors, Rent, Awesome > The Unquestionable Supremacy Of Nature, Looking Back on Earth, Ramone & Emiglio, When The Dust Settles Load remaining images
With their impromptu performance at Governors Ball interrupted by storms, the supergroup Prophets of Rage have announced an intimate performance at the Brooklyn club Warsaw to be held tonight, June 5th. Prophets of Rage only first came into the public eye recently, when three of the four Rage Against The Machine members teamed up with B-Real and Chuck D to create the new supergroup.After two performances in the Los Angeles area, the band announced yesterday that they would be performing at Governors Ball today. When GovBall cancelled due to inclement weather, the supergroup rebounded with an announcement of a performance at Warsaw. The 1,000-person room should make for quite the intimate audience.For details, check out the band’s post on Facebook:See you there!
Just a few months ago, the media fawned over an unusual story featuring hip hop legends Wu-Tang Clan and real-life comic book villain Martin Shkreli. Now it seems that the tale will make its stage debut.As the story goes, Wu-Tang Clan created a one-of-a-kind album called Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, and put it on the market for the highest bidder. The bidder was a man named Martin Shkreli, who infamously raised the price of an HIV medication by over 5,000%. Purchasing the unique Wu-Tang Clan album only fueled the flames of contempt, especially when he publicly said he hadn’t even bothered to listen to it. He also wanted to get Radiohead to make him a personal record too…The story had one interesting caveat, as a photograph of the contract signed by Shkreli appeared to have a clause allowing Wu-Tang to organize a heist and recover the record, so long as Bill Murray was in on it. Of course this ridiculous hypothetical never actually appeared in the contract, but it did inspired a new musical comedy called Martin Shkreli’s Game.According to Rolling Stone, the new musical will debut at NYC’s Midtown International Festival, and imagines a scenario where Bill Murray and Wu-Tang members team up to retrieve the Shaolin disc. Writers Lauren Gundrum and Joel Esther tell us more about their “musical caper comedy” in a new video, which you can watch below.The Martin Shkreli’s Game musical is set to premiere on July 19th, and an IndieGogo page is set up to help fundraise for the costs and wages of the actors. We can’t wait to see this story come to life!
The String Cheese Incident continued their summer tour last night, hitting the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY. The town may be best known for housing the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, but it was all jams last night as SCI welcomed Twiddle to get things started.Twiddle played a great four-song opening set to kick things off, keeping the energy high with classics like “Gatsby The Great,” “Jamflowman,” “Zazu’s Flight,” and “Frankenfoote.” The short but sweet set was jam-packed, making way for a great two-set performance from the gentlemen of The String Cheese Incident. SCI brought out a number of tour debuts for their first-ever appearance at Ommegang, including the show opener “So Far From Home” and “Wheel Hoss.” The band brought out a number of great covers in their set, including Rusty Wier’s “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance,” Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place,” and a two-song encore of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” and Stanley Brothers’ “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” The band also brought out classics like “MLT,” “Miss Brown’s Teahouse” and more for this great show!Check out both band’s setlists below.Setlist: Twiddle at Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY – 7/8/16One Set: Gatsby The Great, Jamflowman, Zazu’s Flight, FrankenfooteSetlist: The String Cheese Incident at Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY – 7/8/16Set One: So Far From Home > Wheel Hoss, These Waves > Djibouti Bump > MLT, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Until The Music’s Over, This Must Be The Place > Hi Ho No ShowSet Two: Climb, Can’t Stop Now, Falling Through The Cracks, Give Me The Love, Sirens > Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Land’s End > CollidingEncore: Fearless > How Mountain Girls Can Love————————————————————————For fans of Twiddle’s brand of jams, be sure to catch them at their inaugural Tumble Down Festival in Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park from July 29th-30th. Featuring Nahko & Medicine for the People, Turkuaz, Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers, and special guest Holly Bowling, this is one festival you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more are available via the band’s website.[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]
It was announced, via Facebook, that Zach Nugent will be joining Melvin Seals and JGB, effective immediately, for all scheduled tour dates throughout 2016. A lifelong Grateful Dead fan, and master of recreating the joyful sounds of Jerry Garcia himself, Nugent is a perfect fit for the band. As for the projects he’s also involved with, Cats Under The Stars and Dead Set, don’t be surprised if he slides right back into his position onstage when not on tour with JGB. Previous guitarist, Dave Hebert, has decided to move on for personal reasons. Congratulations to Nugent on his newest musical endeavor! His first official performance with the band is scheduled for tonight, August 14th, in San Francisco, for Jerry Day 2016, at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in San Francisco, California.For more information on Melvin Seals and JGB, including the full list of tour dates, please visit their official website.
[Photo via Instagram User @cbs517] At Sound Summit music festival yesterday in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wilco welcomed a slew of talented guests during their headlining set. At the beginning of the late-afternoon show’s encore, singer-guitarist Jeff Tweedy called guitarist Bill Frisell (who had performed earlier in the day) and his pedal steel-playing bandmate Greg Leisz to the stage to lend a hand on “Hesitating Beauty” and “Christ For President”.But the surprises didn’t stop there! Local native Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead joined the band onstage next, adding his guitar and voice to the mix as they ran through “California Stars” and, finally, The Beatles‘ “Tomorrow Never Knows”.You can watch fan-shot video of “Tomorrow Never Knows” below, thanks to Youtube user jared baird:
Load remaining images Beloved bluegrass ensemble Yonder Mountain String Band made their way to the Brooklyn Bowl last night, completing the first of a two-night stand at the famed Brooklyn, NY venue. Yonder has made the Brooklyn Bowl a regular stop during their tours, and the band was in tip-top shape for a great performance to open up the run last night.After an opening set from Pert Near Sandstone, it was up to Yonder to deliver the goods. The band delighted with their original music, but also brought in a number of covers for their opening night. The show included songs by Joan Jett, Neutral Milk Hotel, Röyksopp, Blind Melon, Bob Dylan, America, Bruce Springsteen, Ben E. King and Faces! You can catch an official video of the show closer, a rendition of “Ooh La La” by the Faces, below.Check out the full setlist posted below, as well as a beautiful gallery of images from Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography. If you can’t make it to the show tonight, be sure to catch the official stream on nugs.tv!
moe. will be ringing in the holidays with a very special holiday show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on December 3rd, followed by a sold-out, intimate acoustic brunch at Garcia’s at the Cap on December 4th. Both shows are guaranteed to be very special, and the perfect way to ring in the holidays!We’re giving away tickets and special behind-the-scenes soundcheck access to three lucky winners.Prizes: 1st place:-2 tickets to 12/3-Aftershow backstage passes-Soundcheck access-2 tickets to 12/4 brunch show-1 Signed poster2nd place:-2 tickets to 12/3-1 Signed poster-Soundcheck access3rd place:-2 tickets to 12/3-Soundcheck accessEnter below, then follow the instructions for sharing to increase your chances of winning. Good luck! [Tickets for 12/3 can be purchased here].
On Sunday night, following Widespread Panic‘s third and final night at Morrison, CO’s storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre, guitarist Jimmy Herring trucked it back to Boulder to jump in on Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band‘s ongoing show at The Fox Theatre, where they were wrapping up a three-night run of their own.Widespread Panic Delivers Three Rarities, Honor Col. Bruce Hampton At Red Rocks CloserHerring emerged halfway through the Terrapin Family Band’s second set and remained onstage for the remainder of the show, contributing his talents to “St. Stephen” > “The Eleven” > “St. Stephen,” “Not Fade Away,” and a set-closing “Lovelight,” as well as a cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young‘s “Almost Cut My Hair,” a tongue-in-cheek nod the the Panic guitarist’s famously luscious mane. Finally, Herring returned with the band to help them through a “Box of Rain” encore.EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Herring Talks New Band, This Year’s Losses, And The Unknown Future Of Widespread PanicYou can watch Jimmy Herring join Phil Lesh & The Family Band for a “Box of Rain” encore at Boulder’s Fox Theatre below, courtesy of YouTube user dredknot234:Next up for Phil Lesh & The Family band is their highly awaited 40th anniversary performance of the Grateful Dead’s classic 1977 album Terrapin Station with Bob Weir at the upcoming Lockn’ Festival on August 25th. Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage of the milestone performance on Live For Live Music as the event draws closer.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Fox Theatre | Bouder, CO | 6/25/17Set I: Jack Straw > Like A Rolling Stone, Friend Of The Devil, Tennessee Jed, Candyman, West > Uncle John’s Band, The River Song, Mason’s ChildrenSet II: Shape I’m In >Cumberland Blues, Estimated Prophet > Galilee, Eyes Of The World, St. Stephen* > The Eleven* > St. Stephen*, Not Fade Away*, Almost Cut My Hair*, Lovelight*Encore: Box of Rain** With Jimmy Herring[h/t – Show The Show]