Last night Widespread Panic rolled their 30th Anniversary Summer Tour through Oakland, CA for the first of a two-night stand at the Fox Theater. With the tour closer approaching fast in Los Angeles on Saturday, Panic has been unable to miss lately – striking gold with every show. Coming off of impressive runs in Las Vegas and breaking the threshold with 51 consecutive sold out shows at Red Rocks, their home away from Georgia, fans – and as evidenced Thursday night the band, too, have been eagerly awaiting the return to the Bay Area.Before the show started, lead vocalist John “JB” Bell addressed the crowd in memory of longtime fan Justin Schnurr who recently passed away. Widespread Panic busted out of the gate strong with “Heroes”, with guitarist Jimmy Herring taking the liberty of foreshadowing the heavy rock and roll that was to follow. A band of many talents and genre capabilities, the fans take pride in the fact that every night carries its own genre bending mood. Thursday night was heavily themed with rock and roll.They continued with “Send Your Mind” and a sublime “Holden Oversoul” that segued into “Weak Brain Narrow Mind.” JB and bassist Dave Schools picked up on Herring’s acrobatics, and each took turns showing they were ready to keep up. The anticipation was especially high in the crowd. Every lull or slower transition in or out of a jam resulted in the crowd catching their breath enough to let out uproarious applause.Standalone versions of “Walkin’ (For Your Love)”, “Shut Up and Drive” and “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” pulled their weight in the middle of the set as the band settled more firmly into their groove. “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” was an especially large bust out, making its first set list appearance in over a year. They pulled from their latest album Street Dogs for the most mellow tune of the evening with “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues”, but it gave the lighting director a bit of room to flex as the light arrangements and kaleidoscopic tribal fractals morphed spun and melted across three LED screens behind the band.“Angels” led into a smoking hot “Stop/Go” that was treated with a Grateful Dead nod and a “Dark Star” jam before segueing into “Dear Mr. Fantasy” for a raw, Southern rock and roll throw down to close the set. With the set break came a collective sigh of relief – yes, Oakland, Widespread Panic is home and they came ready to melt your face. By 10:15PM, they were returning to the stage.Just as they started the first set, bassist Schools teased some killer Jimi Hendrix riffs before the band launched into the setlist. Coming out and continuing the heavy hand of rock, “Thought Sausage” wasted no time picking up where the first set ended. A spaced out transition had the Fox Theater “Slippin’ Into Darkness” as friend of the band Wally Ingram was welcomed out on stage to assist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz on percussion. Ortiz stuck around and assisted in the stellar transition to “Travelin’ Light”.Widespread Panic “Blight” – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – 7/14/16, courtesy of Mr. Topdogger:On the LED screens behind the band, images of an eclipse and near-outer space dominated the visual representation of weightlessness and deep layers of guitars, punctuated by John “JoJo” Hermann’s saxophone sounding keyboard skills. “That Thang” brought the ruckus, featuring a deeply psychedelic swamp-pop bass and keyboard combo in the transition into “Blight”. “Tie Your Shoes” followed with a monster jam segueing into a giant “Papa’s Home” sandwiched around a ten minute drum solo that featured Ortiz and Duane Trucks going head to head in rhythmic glory as the rest of the band exited.They returned to finish “Papa’s Home” with the energy of an all-out encore before busting into “I’m Not Alone”, almost a collective reassurance that yes, everyone in the crowd feels as good as the person next to them. A standalone “Blackout Blues” closed the set proper, somehow managing to continue building epic upon epic while JB’s searing vocals weld the whole machine together.After the massive drum break, the actual encore of “Saint Ex” > “Action Man” was an appropriate close that didn’t lose any energy and in fact could have passed as a second encore. With only two shows left in Summer Tour, everyone in the Panic family is excited to see what they have up their sleeves.– review and photos courtesy of Joshua Huver (Must Have Media) Load remaining images
The Grateful Dead presence was strong throughout LOCKN’ Festival, despite there only being one true member of the band on site. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead held down the Blue Ridge Bowl for two consecutive late nights, starting well-after 1AM and diving deep into the early morning hours.The five players of the group – Scott Metzger, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and, of course, Joe Russo – have become totally synchronized in their improvisational efforts. It’s a real treat to watch this band take on the Grateful Dead catalog with their sharp musicianship and eager enthusiasm.Fortunately, we can relive these two great sets thanks to archivist Eric McRoberts:
If you ask fans of Dave Matthews Band to pinpoint their favorite moments in the band’s history of live shows, clearly December 21st, 2002 would be near the top of the list. Why? Well, it’s not every day that the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, sits in with your band.Indeed, that’s what happened on that date at Madison Square Garden, when James Brown and members of his band the Soul Generals, and also members of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, all shared the stage. The song of choice was “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” closing out the set with a raucous celebration.That show was chosen for the newest Live Trax archival release, due out on December 6th. Live Trax Vol. 40 will be available as DVD, Blu-Ray and CD options, so you can watch and listen to this classic performance at your leisure! Check out the full info here, and watch a VHS copy of the James Brown sit-in on YouTube, below.
Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/3/16Set One: Don’t Know What, The Letter, Laugh About It, Something, Right On Time, Crying Over You, Loving You Is Sweeter, Sticks And Stones, Idle WindSet Two: A Song For You, Do I Look Worried, Just As Strange, Midnight In Harlem, Comin’ Home, Let’s Go Get Stoned (w/ Jeff Lockhart), I Wish I Knew, I Pity The Fool, I Want More > Soul SacrificeEncore: Let Me Get By, With A Little Help From My Friends Tedeschi Trucks Band owned the Orpheum Theatre this weekend, treating Boston, MA fans to three incredible performances at the storied venue. They wrapped up the run last night, putting an exclamation point on it with two sets full of powerful originals and smoking hot cover songs.The band opened up their show with “Don’t Know What” and kept the hits rolling throughout the night, digging into their deep catalog to avoid any repeats over the run. Tracks like “The Letter” and “Something” proved to be highlights of the first set, as well as the band’s set closing “Idle Wind.” More fun came in the second frame, with covers of “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, “Soul Sacrifice” and more! The encore even brought more heat, with 2016 album title track “Let Me Get By” leading the way into a second Beatles cover, “With A Little Help From My Friends.”Thanks to Sean Roche, we have a series of videos from the show to share. Check them out below!
For the last few weeks, Aqueous has been gracing fans with professional videos from a recent live session in-studio. The session took place at Sonic Farm Studios in Buffalo, NY – the band’s hometown – just a few weeks after recording Best In Show. The end result features some fan and band favorites, capturing the band’s innate ability for both composition and improvisation.Songwriting is always at the forefront with Aqueous, and that’s ever present in their newest release. Though the five-track recording also features a favorited cover of Radiohead‘s “Paranoid Android” that will totally rock your socks off. Artifact – LIVE STUDIO EP is available for a “name your price” download, so feel free to give as much or as little as you’d like to support the band. Have a listen below!<a href=”http://aqueous1.bandcamp.com/album/artifact-live-studio-ep”>ARTIFACT- Live Studio EP by Aqueous</a>Aqueous has some exciting shows coming up to close out 2016, including a post-Phish performance with Mungion, a December 30th performance with Dopapod, and a New Year’s celebration with Twiddle in Albany! Check out the EP and the band’s tour schedule below, and find all things Aqueous on their website.Aqueous Tour Dates12/28/16 – New York City, NY – DROM w/ Mungion (more info)12/30/16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater w/ Dopapod (more info)12/31/16 – Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre w/ Twiddle (more info)
All Good Records continues to share great new jams from their ongoing All Good Radio program on SoundCloud. The latest episode features something unique, venturing outside the label’s talented artist base to bring something from the other side of the world.All Good Radio recruited Funk Bast*rd, the head of Singapore-based label Darker Than Wax, to curate the latest episode. Take a listen to what he put down for the new All Good Radio episode, streaming below. The tracklist follows thereafter.All Good Radio Episode 9 TracklistGRiZ — IntroRKM Library — Moody DiscoMoo Latte x Roux Spana — James in HeavenStimulator Jones — Soon Never ComesLido Pimienta — Camellando (Kraut edit)Bahamadia — Uknowhowwedu (Ben Hedibit remix)Astronauts — Shake it looseNicholas Payton — Junie’s boogieKaazi — AirTOUCHSOUL — TRACK IDIssa Bagayogo — Ciew Mawele (Kraut edit)Latrelle — House party (Kaytra edit)Yung Bae & Flamingosis — Get up!Tux — Lost loverDUDLEY WATTS — TRACK IDSteely D. — Jack of speed (Air ZaÏre edit)RGL — S U G ANeguim. — ReasonTokyo Megaplex — fyutch psychicMoon Boots — Tear my heart ft. Lulu JamesSonia Calico — Sawa Dee KaFZPZ – TRACK ID
This week, Phil Lesh is bringing an impressive lineup of Friends for a two-night run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, across May 26th and 27th. The run constitutes the Grateful Dead’s bassist’s 68th and 69th shows since 2012, and is bound to be something special. The historical venue has just announced the addition of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band to join Phil & Friends on Friday, May 26th.Phil’s Friday “Friends” include Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Robert Randolph, Jackie Greene, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, and Alex Koford.On Saturday night, Karl Denson, Robert Randolph, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, and Alex Koford will return to the Capitol with Lesh, along with Neal Casal subbing in for Jackie Green on guitar. Tickets for the show at the legendary venue are available here.[cover photo by Erik Kabik]
Grateful Dead fans had the opportunity to work alongside bassist Phil Lesh yesterday at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank. The company hosted a Tie-Dye themed event, where volunteers measured out pounds of rice, a task that Lesh described as a “whole new ball game” of precision compared to the bass. The idea to host the event came from a conversation between Lesh and his wife at their restaurant Terrapin Crossroads, when they told their attorney about how another bar association event had raised money for the program Food From The Bar. “Just a chance to help out a little bit, give back a little bit,” expressed Lesh about his decision to get involved. Each volunteer was asked to contribute a minimum of $500 each, raising a total of $15,000 for the organization.You can watch a news clip of Phil Lesh volunteering at San Francisco Marin Food Bank from KGO San Francsico here.
Back in September, Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three venues in Williamsburg, New York City, offering up the characteristic tributes, supergroups, and all-around musical madness the event has become known for. On Sunday, September 23rd, a supergroup led by critically acclaimed saxophonist Skerik took over Schimanski mid-day, boasting a stacked lineup also featuring Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, Will Bernard, and Wil Blades. Skerik, Mathis, Evans, Bernard, and Blades absolutely tore up their performance, offering a masterclass in jazz-inspired improvisation.Watch George Porter Jr., Skerik, And Mike Dillon Explore Far Reaches Of Funk At Brooklyn Comes AliveOne of the best parts of the show was watching the electric chemistry between the five musicians on stage, with grins abounding on stage and across the audience as the ensemble laid out an impeccable jazz-funk-fusion set. While predictably tight sonically, the all-star supergroup maintained a loose and playful vibe, allowing each member to shine and truly flex their musical muscles both as individuals and as a collective unit.Relive The Magic Of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 With This Set-By-Set BreakdownThanks to Rex Thomson and Eric McRoberts, you can check out full video of Skerik, Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, Will Bernard, and Wil Blades’ outstanding performance at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. Relive the magic for yourself below!Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4[Photo: Patrick Hughes]
This weekend, the 7th Annual Biscuit Fest took place at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton FL. Artists included Kung Fu, John Popper/Oteil Burbridge/DJ Logic trio, Yes Darling featuring Hayley Jane & Ryan Montbleau, Crazy Fingers, The Nouveaux Honkies, Edwin McCain, and more.On Friday night, Kung Fu headlined with a 2-set Steely Dan tribute. Saxophonist and BiscuitFest veteran Ron Holloway joined Kung Fu on “Black Friday” and “Monkey In Your Soul”. DJ Logic joined the band on “Do It Again”. Listen to full audio of the set below via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:[Audio: CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]Setlist: Kung Fu | The Funky Biscuit | 4/13/18 Set I: Aja (Intro). Bodhisattva. I Got The News. The Caves Of Altamira. FM. Peg. King Of The World. The Fez > Green Earrings. Black Friday*.Set II: Kid Charlemagne. Don’t Take Me Alive. My Old School > Your Gold Teeth II. Haitian Divorce > Hey 19. Monkey In Your Soul*. Do It Again^.*w/ Ron Holloway (sax), ^w/ DJ Logic (turntables)On Saturday night, Yes Darling kicked off the night with their romantic roller-coaster duo, where Hayley Jane and Ryan Montbleau put the laughs, tears and all the feels of relationships into music. After Yes Darling, Kung Fu returned to the stage and, once again, invited guests up to join them. Hayley Jane, Ryan Montbleau and Ron Holloway added their flavor on the Bill Withers song “Kissing My Love”. Then John Popper came out for the Kung Fu original “Scorpion”. Listen to full show audio below via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:[Audio: CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]Setlist: Kung Fu | The Funky Biscuit | 4/14/18 Setlist: Tsar Bomba. Speed Bump. The Lurker. Cookie Monster. Caught Up. Kissing My Love*. Scorpion^. Scrabb. Dirty Power. Samurai.*w/ Ron Holloway (sax), Ryan Montbleau (vocals) & Hayley Jane (vocals), ^w/ John Popper (harmonica)While the next act was billed as John Popper/DJ Logic duo, Oteil Burbridge turned it into a trio and the group invited many of the BiscuitFest artists on stage. Kung Fu drummer Adrian Tramontano and Ron Holloway kicked off the set with Blues Traveler‘s “Run Around”, setting into more improv-heavy work from there and even including some Sopranos theme teases. Ryan Montbleau joined the band for Stevie Wonder‘s “Superstition” before Oteil moved to the drums while Kung Fu bassist, Chris DeAngelis, guitarist, Tim Palmieri, and keyboardist, Beau Sasser, joined in for Sublime‘s “What I Got”. Later in the set, Oteil moved back to bass and Hayley Jane came out for some more extended improvisation. Listen to the incredible set below:[Audio: CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]On Sunday, Matt Schofield and Albert Castiglia brought out John Popper, Hayley Jane and Ron Holloway for their sets of music. Here are the setlists:Albert Castiglia:What The Hell Was I Thinking*Get Your Ass In The Van**w/ Ron Holloway (sax)Matt Schofield Band:Sifting Thru The Ashes*Them Changes•*^Stormy Monday°*^Hindsight*^Albert Castiglia & Matt Schofield:Love Her With A Feeling*Same Old Blues*Angel of Montgomery•**w/ John Popper (harmonica), •w/ Christine Tambakis (vocals), ^w/ Ron Holloway (sax), °w/ Hayley Jane (vocals)Below, you can watch a playlist of videos from throughout the weekend at BiscuitFest courtesy of CheeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:[Video: Cheesehead Productions]