Official Beanstalk Pre-Party To Feature Magic Beans, Zoogma, Turbo Suit & More

first_imgBeanstalk Music Festival and Euphonic Conceptions have joined forces to throw Re:STALK, an official Beanstalk Festival Preparty, with one of the baddest lineups of the year so far. The show will make stops in Fort Collins this Friday, March 4th at the Aggie Theater, and in Denver this Saturday March 5th at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom.Both shows will feature Zoogma and Turbo Suit, with The Magic Beans finishing off the night. Saturday’s Denver show will include both sides of Cervantes and incorporate some of the best Colorado jamtronica acts coming up right now, including Skydyed, Lucid Vision, and Digital Beat Down.The ZootSuit tour (ft. Zoogma and Turbo Suit) has been making waves nationally, and will only pick up steam when it hits Colorado and adds the Magic Beans to the mix. This is undoubtedly going to be a monumental party with lots of group jams, special guests, and cross pollinating between bands. Beanstalk will be giving away tickets each night and selling some for fee-free ones as well. See you there!Get your tickets before they’re gone! Fort Collins tickets are available here, and Denver can be found here.last_img read more

Take A Look At The Six Venues Where Phish Will Play On Fall Tour

first_imgPhish just finished their summer tour, and already we’ve been blessed with Fall tour dates, including an epic 4-night Halloween run in Las Vegas to cap things off. This Fall tour will see the band travel through the South, stopping at six different venues, five of them for multi-night runs. We put together a little venue cheat sheet, so you can learn all about the venues Phish will be playing, the band’s history at each location, and some fun facts taboot. As you consider your lottery requests and figure out your tour logistics, take a deeper look at the rooms Phish are playing on their 2016 Fall tour.10/14 & 10/15: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SCBuilt in 1993, this 14,000-person capacity arena is the host to the South Carolina Stingrays hockey team of the EHCL. The arena serves as the main concert venue in the region, and has seen it’s fair share of big-time shows. Kiss played there in 2000, marking the final time the original lineup would perform together. The venue is a staple for Dave Matthews Band, and has also seen tour stops by Jay-Z, Prince, and Taylor Swift.Phish has played at the venue four times. in 1995, the band stopped at the Coliseum for a fun show that found them in a loose, comfortable mood. “Big Black Furry Creature From Mars” was busted out in the second set, and the band played a number of acoustic bluegrass tunes, including an encore guest appearance from Page McConnell‘s father, Dr. Jack McConnell, on vocals. Phish also played the second (and final) version of The Beatles‘ “I’m So Tired”, brought back from the dead from their White Album Halloween show. Phish returned in 1996 for a show that featured an interesting “Scent of a Mule” -> “Catapult” -> “Scent of a Mule” in the first set, and a raging second set that was capped off by “Tweezer”, “Fluffhead”, “Life on Mars?” -> “Tweezer Reprise” set-closing segment.Phish wouldn’t return to the venue for 14 years, as they stopped in Charleston for a two-night-run back in 2010. Night 1 saw Page’s father again come out for “Bill Bailey, Wont You Please Come Home?”, reprising his performance from 1995, this time adding some tap-dancing to the mix. The crowd was blessed with both “Destiny Unbound” and “Dog Faced Boy” in the first set, and the extremely rare “Mexiacn Cousin” in set two. The second night of the run found the band firing on all cylinders, putting in a classic performance that really got the 3.0 fans fired up. The setlist speaks for itself, so I’ll just leave it here for all to drool at. One can only hope that, when Phish returns to the venue this fall, they play a show as on-fire as 10/16/2010.Watch this epic second-set-opening “Crosseyed And Painless” from 10/16/2010 at North Charleston Coliseum, courtesy of YouTube user Yuri Federman.10/16: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FLThis 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena was built specifically for the room to have great acoustics. Opening in 2003 with a show by Elton John, the venue has seen its fair share of concerts by the likes of Billy Joel, Kenny chesney, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and more.In their long career, Phish has never played a show in Jacksonville. They played a few shows in Northern Florida in the mid 90s, but haven’t returned to the region since their epic Big Cypress New Years festival in 1999. Given the 17 year gap, fans in Northern Florida should be jumping for joy as Phish prepares to return to the region for the first time in the 3.0 era. As the only one-night-stand of the entire tour, this Sunday show is for sure a sleeper that all phans will mark on their calendars. Never miss a Sunday show!Since Phish hasn’t ever played in Jacksonville, watch this video of their famed “Midnight Set” from Big Cypress below, courtesy of YouTube user skriddler.10/18 & 10/19: Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TNThe Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville still has that “brand new” vibe going for it. Opening only last year, the venue has hosted My Morning Jacket, Steely Dan & Elvis Costello, and a two-night run from Widespread Panic, among other big-name concerts that have stopped their over the past year.Phish helped open the venue in 2015, playing the third-ever show at the amphitheater in early August of last year. The band played a fun show, with a great “Wolfman’s Brother” in the first set, followed by a rowdy “Mike’s Song” > “Piper” > “Crosseyed and Painless” -> “Weekapaug Groove” segment to close the second set.Phish had so much fun in Nashville last year that they decided to record their forthcoming new album there, and no doubt their two-night run is a reflection of just how much they enjoyed their extended time in the “Music City” over the past year. Watch Phish’s full show from Ascend Amphitheater in 2015, courtesy of YouTube user Sigmund Bops (and livephish.com!).10/21 & 10/22: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GAThis venue is a modern Phish classic. The venue opened in 2008, and when Phish stopped at the state-of-the-art amphitheater in 2010, they found a new Atlanta-area home. Their first stop here was a two-night stand over July 4th, and the band pulled out all the punches. Playing “McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters” on night 1, the real treat came on night 2, July 4th itself, when the band played “Colonoel Forbin’s Ascent” > “Fly Famous Mockingbird” in the first set, and then in set two, to the surprise of Phish fans everywhere, the band played one of the best “Mike’s Groove” sandwiches of all time: “Mike’s Song” > “Tela”, “Harpua” > “Killing in the Name” > “Harpua” > “Weekapaug Groove”.Phish has returned to Encore Park five times since this epic July 4th run, and we are excited to see what the band has in store when they get back to Alpharetta for their first Fall tour stops at the fan-favorite venue.Watch fans go absolutely wild as Phish covers Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” during their ultra-rare “Harpua” at Encore Park in 2010, courtesy of YouTube user lilcha85’s channel.10/24 & 10/25: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TXAfter a one-night barn-burner last summer, Phish returns to the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie for a two-night stand that should leave Texas fans fully satisfied. The venue opened back in February of 2002, and the 6,300-person capacity venue marks the smallest venue of the tour, so fans who are lucky enough to grab tickets will certainly be in for a treat. Last year’s show was great, with an excellent first set that included a rockin’ “Guelah Papyrus” > “Punch You In the Eye” > “Steam” > “Poor Heart” segment that is the stuff of Phish legend.Watch Phish play an absolutely awesome version of “Birds of a Feather”, thanks to pro-shot footage from their show in Grand Prairie in 201510/28 – 10/31: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NVAhhhhhh, Vegas. Vegas, baby! We can’t think of anything more exciting than a four-night Halloween run in Las Vegas…Can you?The venue itself comes with it’s own Vegas-y rules. First of all, it’s inside of a casino, so, since Vegas encourages everyone to gamble at all times, the venue allows (and encourages) re-entry…Set-break roulette, anyone? Second of all, since it’s Vegas, you can bring outside alcohol into the venue (in plastic containers only)…I’ll leave it at that.Phish has only played at this venue three times over one weekend, but it was certainly one of the most legendary runs in Phish history. The room itself has hosted endless high-profiled events, with thousands of concerts and boxing matches taking place at the Garden Arena over the years. But for Phish fans, it’s the 2014 Halloween run that really stands out.The band hit the strip with a huge amount of excitement, with fans foaming at the mouth with rabid anticipation over what their Halloween album-cover would be. With tons of speculation over David Bowie‘s Ziggy Stardust and The Band‘s Rock of Ages, Phish shocked the music world by “covering” the Thrilling Chilling Sounds of the Haunted House, a Disney-released Halloween record from 1964 that is solely made up of narration and sound effects. The album was meant to inspire the imagination of those who listened to it, forcing the listener to create their own story around the limited content that made up the record. And boy, did Phish deliver. Creating new compositions for each narration and spooky sound effect, the band put on one of the most fun, surprise-filled shows of their career. Opening up the second set inside of a makeshift haunted house, Phish was eventually revealed to decked out in white tuxedos and zombie makeup, jamming together in close quarters while in full costume. The crowd absolutely loved their break from tradition, and Phish added 10 quality, jam-heavy new songs to their ever-expanding repertoire.Nights two and three at the Garden Arena were also filled with Phishy goodness, filled with teases from the new Halloween songs. Phish performed “The Dogs” in full on Saturday night as they jammed out of “Light”, and teased “The Birds” during “Birds of a Feather”. Perhaps the energetic peak of the weekend, Phish dropped the new fan-favorite “Martian Monster” into the jam-section of “Free”, which led to a huge eruption from the crowd.Phish in Las Vegas for Halloween was a dream come true in 2014. It comes as no surprise that Phish would choose to return to the venue that made so many of their fans so happy. The euphoric vibe was felt throughout the weekend, and it’s no question that Phish is looking to re-create the same excited-energy that made 2014 so memorable.Watch the full ‘Thrilling, Chilling Sounds of The Haunted House’ set from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 10/31/2014, courtesy of YouTube user Scott Friedman.Watch a beaming Trey Anastasio rip up “Free” with a huge “Martian Monster” tease from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 11/2/2015, courtesy of YouTube user LazyLightning55a.We cannot wait for Fall Tour!last_img read more

This Kid Singing Vulfpeck’s ‘Funky Duck’ Proves There Is Joy In The World

first_imgIt’s Sunday afternoon, and you look like you could use some unbridled musical joy in your life. Fortunately, the cats over at Vulfpeck have provided us with our new favorite video. This kid goes all-out in a rendition of “Funky Duck,” a track from Vulfpeck’s 2015 Thrill Of The Arts with lead vocals from Antwaun Stanley, and has melted our hearts in the process.Wherever you are, Funky Duck Kid, know that you are a true baller. Watch the fun video below.last_img

Neil Young Busts Out “Piece Of Crap” For The First Time In Fifteen Years

first_imgEdit this setlist | More Neil Young + Promise of the Real setlists Fortunately, Pomona fans will have another opportunity to catch Young, as he returns to the Fox Theater tonight for another exciting performance! You can see the full setlist below. It seems Neil Young is more wry than ever now that he’s been touring regularly with Promise of the Real. The guitarist continues to dig into his catalog, making for a new and exciting concert experience with each passing performance. Last night was no exception.With a few days off between weekends of Desert Trip festival, Young made their way to the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA. The show featured a number of classics from Young’s catalog, including opening number “Like an Inca” and hits like “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand” and so many more. It was the encore where Young brought out the biggest surprise, performing the song “Piece of Crap” from his 1994 album Sleeps With Angels. The song had not been played live by Young since July 28, 2001, and had never been played with Promise of The Real.Check out a few video clips of the night below, courtesy of Instagram users.last_img read more

Spafford Releases Soundboards From Sold Out NYC New Years Run

first_imgThis past weekend, after watching Phish set MSG ablaze on 12/30 and make it rain indoors on 12/31, fans flocked down the block to American Beauty NYC for a pair of sold-out after-parties with Arizona jam quartet Spafford and Colorado natives The Magic Beans (complete with free pizza). Today, Spafford shared the soundboard recordings of both of their New York City shows, so fans everywhere can relive the magic. You can listen to the shows below, via the band’s SoundCloud:Setlist: Spafford, 12/30/16, American Beauty NYC, New York, NYSet: In The Eyes of Thieves > Bee Jam > All In, Slip and Squander, Electric Taco Stand > Dis Go In 5? > Electric Taco Stand, Weasel Encore: Palisades > Salamander Song, Beautiful DaySetlist: Spafford, 12/31/16, American Beauty NYC, New York, NYFunkadelic, Leave The Light On, The Postman, Aeroplane > Slake Jam > The Reprise, Double Timenotes: includes Spafford debut of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Aeroplane”, which featured extended “Slake Jam”The Magic Beans have a will be performing in two shows in Montana and two shows in Wyoming in early February. For tickets, visit the band’s website.Spafford’s 2017 tour starts in late January with two nights at Richmond’s The National and will go through April ending at Vermont’s Nectar’s before hitting the festival scene this summer. See below for a full list of tour dates, or head to their website for more information.Spafford 2017 Tour Dates:1/20/2017 Richmond VA The National with Umphreys McGee1/21/2017 Richmond VA The National with Umphrey’s McGee1/24/2017 Philadelphia PA Milkboy Philly1/25/2017 Asbury Park NJ The Wonder Bar1/26/2017 New Haven CT College Street Music Hall with Umphreys McGee1/27/2017 Portland ME State Theatre with Umphreys McGee1/28/2017 Albany NY Palace Theatre with Umphreys McGee1/29/2017 Rochester NY Anthology with Umphreys McGee2/1/2017 Buffalo NY Buffalo Iron Works2/2/2017 Grand Rapids MI 20 Monroe Live with Umphreys McGee2/3/2017 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit with Umphreys McGee2/4/2017 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit with Umphreys McGee2/7/2017 Lexington KY Cosmic Charlie’s2/8/2017 Columbus OH Woodlands Tavern2/9/2017 Baltimore MD The 8×102/10/2017 Pittsburgh PA Spirit Pittsburgh with Mike Dillon Band2/11/2017 Covington KY Madison Live2/15/2017 Charleston SC The Pour House2/16/2017 Knoxville TN The Concourse2/17/2017 Asheville NC New Mountain Asheville Official Umphey’s McGee Afterparty2/18/2017 Asheville NC New Mountain Asheville Official Umphrey’s McGee Afterparty3/10/2017 Stateline NV Montbleu Resort Showroom with Umphreys3/11/2017 Oakland CA Fox Theater with Umphreys3/16/2017 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre with Umphreys3/17/2017 Las Vegas NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas with Umphreys3/18/2017 Los Angeles CA The Wiltern with Umphreys3/19/2017 San Diego CA The Observatory North Park with Umphreys3/23/2017 Houston TX Last Concert Cafe3/25/2017 Dallas TX Three Links3/30/2017 Durango CO Animas City Theatre with special guest Mungion3/31/2017 Fort Collins CO Hodi’s Half Note with special guest Mungion4/1/2017 Denver CO Bluebird Theater with special guest Mungion4/4/2017 Omaha NE Reverb Lounge with special guest Mungion4/5/2017 St. Louis MO The Old Rock House with special guest Mungion4/6/2017 Milwaukee WI Miramar Theatre with special guest Mungion4/7/2017 Madison WI The Frequency with special guest Mungion4/8/2017 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge4/12/2017 Allston MA Great Scott with special guest Mungion4/13/2017 Brooklyn NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg with special guest Mungion4/15/2017 Burlington VT Nectar’s with special guest Mungion6.22-25/2017 Rothbury MI Electric Forest6.30-7.2 Rothbury MI Electric Forest9.21-23 Thornville OH ResonanceYou can also view photo galleries of Spafford and The Magic Beans on 12/30 (photographer: Jeremy Scott) and 12/31 (photographer: Dave Decrescente) below. Load remaining images Spafford 12/30/16 Photos by Jeremy Scott Spafford 12/31/16 Photos by Dave Decrescente Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Snarky Puppy, & More To Perform Historic Newport Jazz Fest

first_imgThe 63rd annual Newport Jazz Festival just dropped its initial lineup for 2017. The festival, which has a rich history dating back to 1954, will again be gracing Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. The three-day event has just announced that the original Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Snarky Puppy, Andra Day, and Hudson, an ensemble of Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski, and Larry Grenadier, will all be featured during the festival, among many others. Newport Jazz Festival is scheduled for August 4 through August 6, and the full line-up can be found here. Tickets are available via the festival’s website and are open to the public.last_img read more

Pretty Lights Live Collabs With Michal Menert, Covers Europe For NYE Show [Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_img2017 proved to be another monumental year for music producer Derek Vincent Smith and his latest musical project, Pretty Lights Live. Smith, accompanied by Borahm Lee (Keys), Alvin Ford Jr. (Drums), Chris Karns (Turntables), and Brandon Butler (Keys), played major music festivals throughout the country. They also put together another successful season of Episodic Festivals where Smith’s massive fan base (Pretty Lights Fam) congregated to take part in the special two-day mini-music festivals at some of the most scenic venues in the United States.One of the largest milestones of Smith’s musical career came in the form of the announcement of his inaugural destination festival, Island of Light, which was set to take place in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, the event was canceled due to the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. After the cancellation, Pretty Lights Live began working with the non-profit United for Puerto Rico, and the group gave fans the option to donate money towards relief efforts incentivized by free webcasts of their New Year’s Eve run as well as their Texas run in September.To close out the year, Pretty Lights Live played four consecutive nights starting with a two-night run at The Fillmore (Detroit) with guests Too Many Zooz and So Down. They then packed up and headed east, making a stop in Minneapolis where they headlined Saturday night of the Snowta New Year’s Eve Festival. On New Year’s Eve, Pretty Lights Live was joined by Jade Cicada for a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore in Philadelphia.Pretty Lights Live opened up the first set with the classic cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time”, during which lighting designer Greg “Lasershark” Ellis showcased his renowned talents and drowned the Fillmore in a sea of green lasers. Throughout the first set, Pretty Lights Live displayed their improvisational talents on songs both old and new. A stand-out moment in the first set was a version of the infamous Pretty Lights song “Finally Moving”, during which the entire venue sang along to the iconic chorus, “Sometimes I get a good feeling, a feeling that I never ever ever ever had before!”. Fans were treated to an emotional “Cold Feeling” that sent chills to many. The first set came to a close with the newest Pretty Lights single “Rainbows and Waterfalls”.The band returned to the stage at 11:51 PM, as fans chattered with friends about what the last songs of 2017 would be. Much to everyone’s surprise, the band began to play a cover of Europe’s “The Final Countdown”. In typical Pretty Lights Live fashion, the song was flipped, as members of the band improvised together to change the shape of the song. The band jammed on the song up until just before midnight at which point they seamlessly layered on a sample of renowned American producer DJ Shadow’s “Midnight In A Perfect World” followed by a countdown officially ringing in the new year.The band kicked off 2018 with two unreleased Pretty Lights songs, “The Sun Spreads In Our Minds” and “Eternalessly”. Following this, Derek Vincent Smith shocked the crowd by inviting his life-long friend and fellow producer Michal Menert on stage, and the two performed their feel-good tune “Summer Love”. The biggest highlight of the second set was the iconic “High School Art Class”. The song was deconstructed on a level that left jaws on the floor as the band built up to the chorus.With curfew soon approaching, Smith led a chant, “I say life is, you say too short”. After this, the main sample for fan favorite “Hot Like Sauce” was cued up, and the band took flight one last time. As the last notes were played, fans screamed as Smith thanked everyone for coming out reminding each other that life is about “Establishing some sort of interconnectedness. Go out and meet some people”.The second set contained even more of the now-hallmark Pretty Lights Live flips in which each member displayed their extraordinary musicianship. Having wrapped up their second year of playing together, it was clear at how much the band has progressed and how well they are able to play off each other. 2018 started off in an exciting fashion in what is sure to be another incredible year for Pretty Lights Live.Setlist: Pretty Lights | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 12/31/2017Set One: TIME (Pink Floyd cover), WHERE IM TRYING TO GO > FLIP, IS THERE ANY LOVE, UNDERSTAND ME NOW > FLIP, FLY LIKE AN EAGLE (Steve Miller Band cover) > FLIP, DONT BE SURPRISED > FLIP, IT MUST BE LOVE (Motif cover), SOLAR SAILOR (Daft Punk remix) > FLIP, FINALLY MOVING, FOREVER LOST, COLD FEELING, RAINBOWS & WATERFALLS > FLIPSet Two: FINAL COUNTDOWN (Europe cover), THE SUN SPREADS IN OUR MIND, ETERNALESSLY / PRELUDE 4, SUMMER LOVE (MICHAL MENERT ON STAGE), I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR FACE >FLIP, GAZING AT THE GLARE > FLIP, HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS FLIPPED INTRO > MAIN DROP/CHORUS > FLIP W/ ANALOG, SHINING BRIGHT DESPITE THE PLIGHT, COLOR OF MY SOUL > FLIP, STILL NIGHT > FLIP, WHO LOVES ME > FLIP, WHYNNEL – YOU KNEW, I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, HOT LIKE SAUCE > FLIP[photo: Cait Falc Photography]last_img read more

Watch Joel Cummins Work “Orfeo” Into The Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica” [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgTo honor their 20th anniversary and the release of it’s not us, Umphrey’s McGee will hit New York City for a three-night run at the Beacon Theatre from January 19th through 21st, 2018. In addition to these highly anticipated shows, Live For Live Music is presenting two official after-shows featuring members of Umphrey’s as well as longtime collaborators of the band. Following the run opening performance on January 19th, Umphrey’s own Ryan Stasik and Joel Cummins will team up with Matt Jalbert and Isaac Teel of TAUK for a very special “Tauking McGee” show at the Highline Ballroom.Ryan Stasik & Joel Cummins To Replace Brownie & Magner For Show With TAUK MembersThe second after-party on January 20th will showcase a one-off super jam formed by DJ and longtime Umphrey’s McGee pal Wyllys. Dubbed “The Will To Live,” the band will find Rob Compa from Dopapod leading the charge on guitar, while Mike “Maz” Maher from Snarky Puppy lays down his impressive trumpet skills. Those familiar with Wyllys’ NY Hustler Ensemble will recognize three alumni: former Trey Anastasio Band & New York Hieroglyphics man Peter Apfelbaum will be on percussion for the evening, while guitarist Chris Cartelli from Newton Crosby and keyboardist Zac Lasher from U-Melt will round out the all-star cast.Wyllys Taps TAB, Dopapod, & Snarky Puppy Members For Umphrey’s McGee Afterparty Joel Cummins, the keyboardist for progressive rock powerhouse Umphrey’s McGee, is one of the most underrated players in the live music community. Often overshadowed by the virtuosic talent of guitarist Jake Cinninger and drummer Kris Myers, Cummins is UM’s secret weapon. He creates a variety of unique soundscapes with his arsenal of piano, organ, and synthesizers that helps shift the band’s sound from hard to progressive rock. Cummins is also often tasked with elevating UM’s vocal delivery with his spot-on harmonies.With his varied musical talents in mind, it should come as no surprise that Cummins also excels as a solo performer, with his rare solo piano sets a playful combination of fun covers, instrumental pieces from classical composers and jazz legends, and, of course, beloved Umphrey’s McGee originals. At the 2018 iteration of Brooklyn Comes Alive, Cummins delivered one of his rare solo piano sets at Brooklyn Bowl, helping kick off the Sunday lineup in a big way. Opening with “In Memory Of His Father” by jazz pianist Bill Evans, Cummins unleashed well-executed covers of “Pour le Piano: Prelude” by Claude Debbusy, “Jesus, Etc.” by Wilco, and “Peg” by Steely Dan as well as an outstanding take on Umphrey’s classic “2×2”.However, the clear highlight from Cummins’ solo piano set came at the tail end, when the keyboardist offered up a stunning arrangement of “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers Band. Cummins preceded this medley by mentioning that, while the Allman Brothers are one of Umphrey’s favorite bands and biggest influences, his bandmates rarely say yes when he suggests they play “Jessica” and that any opportunity he gets to play the song is in a live setting a pure treat. He also mentioned that his arrangement contained a special surprise for Umphrey’s fans.About four minutes and twenty-two seconds into “Jessica”, Cummins made good on his promise, dropping directly into his gorgeous, long-lost instrumental “Orfeo”. The song is a fan-favorite that was performed many times by Umphrey’s McGee in their earlier years but has been transformed into a rarity since 2004, with only twenty-two appearances on Umphrey’s setlists in the past thirteen years. It is truly special when Cummins busts out “Orfeo”, and this was no different, taking the Brooklyn Comes Alive audience on an ethereal musical journey they won’t soon forget.Watch “Jessica” into “Orfeo” into “Jessica” below, and experience Joel Cummins as he works his musical magic to make this unique arrangement shine.last_img read more

Spin Doctors’ Aaron Comess To Celebrate 50th B-Day & LP Release With Joan Osborne, James Maddock In NYC

first_imgSpin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess is no stranger to playing music in New York City. The band was a staple of the New York scene from the late 80’s through the 90’s, playing regular gigs at The Wetlands and various other clubs around the city. The group would eventually hit it big with the songs “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” off their 1991 debut studio album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite. With the band still touring regularly, Comess has kept rather busy on his own, releasing several solo albums while both recording and touring with artists such as Joan Osborne,  James Maddock, Rachael Yamagata, the New York Electric Piano, German rock icon Marius Westenrhagen, his own Air Conditioned Gypsies, and many more.The drummer, who resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and also has his own recording studio (His House – Innsbruck) nearby, is set to celebrate his new solo album, Sculptures (out this Friday, March 16th – iTunes), along with his 50th birthday on April 23rd with two performances at NYC’s Blue Note Jazz Club (get tickets here – 8:00pm Show / 10:30pm Show). Aaron Comess – “Sculptures”[via mpmrecords]The Spin Doctors came up at the same time as Blues Traveler (John Popper and the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron were in a group together prior to their respective new bands being formed) as well as Phish, Widespread Panic, and Col. Bruce Hampton‘s Aquarium Rescue Unit, heading out with the bands on the first-ever H.O.R.D.E. Tour in 1992, largely credited as a pivotal event in the formation of the modern jam scene. The Spin Doctors eventually went on to play a major set at Woodstock ’94. The group took a brief break from 2000-2001, mainly due to Barron suffering from an acute form of vocal cord paralysis, but returned with the original lineup for the closing of the Wetlands in late 2001, and will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this Fall.An interesting music fact for you funk fans out there: New Orleans legend Ivan Neville was touring with the group on keys in the late 90’s, and had to take over lead vocals for a few shows with Barron out before the band decided to take the break. Between the Doctors’ 30th, his own 50th, and the release of his new solo endeavor, Comess shows no signs of slowing down. The Blue Note shows will be a testament to that success, with an incredible cast of musicians and special guests joining him for the celebration.The band assembled for these shows will primarily consist of the core group of musicians that assisted Comess in recording the album including keyboardist/singer Oli Rockberger (Carly Simon, John Mayer, Levon Helm) and Samchillian synthesizer inventor/keyboardist Leon Gruenbaum, described by Comess as the “secret weapon” on Sculptures. Joining the trio will be guitarist and long-time collaborator Teddy Kumpel (Feist, Nine Inch Nails, David Grisman), Richard Hammond (Joan Osborne, Angelique Kidjo) and jazz saxophonist Keith Loftis, whom Aaron went to the arts magnet high school with in Dallas, TX , along with various other guests.“My good friends Joan Osborne and James Maddock will be special guests,” continues Comess, “both of whom I have worked closely with for many years now on many recordings and live shows.”Aaron Comess Quintet – Rockwood Music Hall – 7/24/17:[via Teddy Kumpel]While discussing the album, with its eclectic stylings and atmospheric approach to sound and rhythm, Comess explains some of his inspirations: “I’m a big fan of guitar players and do most of my writing on acoustic….Bill Frisell and Daniel Lanois have had a massive influence on my music. I’ve been using different tunings lately, and while spending three weeks in Berlin last year I was stuck on one in particular. I came up with a bunch of song ideas, one of which became ‘Berlin.’”Sculptures is set for a March 16th release, and the proper celebration at Blue Note Jazz Club on April 23rd is going to be one of those “I wish I knew about that” nights in New York City that doesn’t come around every day. This is going to be a jam session out of the old-school playbook that we highly recommend you attend.Tickets for Aaron Comess’ 50th Birthday / Sculptures Album Release Party on Tuesday, April 23rd are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. Sculptures is out this Friday, March 16th, and can be ordered on iTunes.last_img read more

Thom Yorke Will Not Attend Radiohead’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction, But The Oscars Are A Different Story

first_imgLast month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2019 inductees, a list which includes Radiohead. However, in a new interview with Variety, frontman Thom Yorke divulges that he will not be in attendance for the induction ceremony on March 29th at Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center.In the interview, he implies that it’s apparently just not that important to them. As Yorke explains,The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame… we’ve always been very blasé about that stuff. So we don’t want to offend anyone. We just think that we just don’t quite understand it. We’ve had it explained to us, so it’s cool. But we don’t really understand it as English people. I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the UK stinks. We grew up with the Brits, which is like this sort of drunken car crash that you don’t want to get involved with. [Chuckles.] So, yeah, we don’t really know what to make of it. When asked explicitly whether or not he will attend the ceremony, he responds,I can’t. I know I can’t, because of these piano pieces that I’ve written. There’s the Paris Philharmonic, so I have to be there for that. [The piece he wrote for Katia and Marielle Labèque premieres at Philharmonie de Paris on April 7, nine days after the Hall of Fame induction.] However, Yorke is much more excited about another potential awards show at which his name may be up for recognition: The Academy Awards. His Suspiria theme, “Suspirium“, is on the shortlist for a nomination for “Best Original Song”, and when asked about the prospect of getting an Oscar nomination, Yorke is much more excited. As he explains,The Oscar thing makes a bit more sense, I guess, because I’ve had it explained to me a bit more. I mean, I hope it gets nominated. That would be great, because it was a year and a half in my life, and I worked bloody hard on it. So, you know, sometimes it’s nice to be recognized. Sometimes, if you understand what it means.The fact that Thom won’t attend the Rock Hall induction is not all that surprising. Radiohead members Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien both went on record as not being interested when they were nominated for last year’s class in their first year of eligibility. Greenwood simply stated, “I don’t care,” while O’Brien explained “I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing.”The band has yet to comment officially on whether any of the members will be in attendance at the induction ceremony on March 29th.[H/T Variety]last_img read more