Joe Russo’s Almost Dead hit The Joy Theater for night two of their sold out shows at the historic venue last night, April 30th. With Marco Benevento unable to make it for these shows, the band had to tap keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (currently playing with Dead & Co) to sit in with the band for their two-night run. Chimenti has been part of the Grateful Dead family for years, and his presence added its own energy to the run.Kicking things off with “Big Railroad Blues,” the band set the tone for what would be a high energy, face-melting night of Dead jams. Followed up by an intense and roller coaster of ride through “Let It Grow,” the band dropped into a fan appreciative “St. Stephen.” They dropped in an “I Know You Rider,” generating a major emotional response before bringing out “The Eleven” A slightly reggae-tinged “Estimated Prophet” got people grooving hard before a rocking “Deal” brought the set to a close.Set two took form with a “China Cat Sunflower” > “Bertha” opener, which brought the crowds rushing inside for more great tunes. Dancing, twirling, hands in the air; fans were packed into the Joy, gratefully sharing the music of the Dead.“Easy Wind” led into a body moving, booty shaking, smile inducing “Eyes of the World” > “New Minglewood Blues,” before slowing it down to give the crowd a breather with “Row Jimmy.” As to be expected, the guys brought the set to a close with a hard rocking version of the Dead classic “One More Saturday Night.” The entire venue was on their feet and singing along with the band, ready to hit the streets of New Orleans. The show closed out with a wonderful sing-along “Brown Eyed Women” for an encore.For the second year in a row, the Joy got to witness a two night run of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, which this fan, at the very least, hopes will become a Jazzfest tradition for years to come.Check out a full audio recording from bonobeats below:The full setlist can be seen below, courtesy of Peter Costello/Facebook:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at The Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA – 4/30/16Set 1 (10:00PM – 11:18PM)Big Railroad Blues (TH) >Let it Grow (SM)St. Stephen (All) ->I Know You Rider (All) ->The Eleven @ (TH & JR) ->Let it Grow Jam ->Estimated Prophet (SM) ->Deal (TH)Set 2 (11:35PM – 12:57AM)China Cat Sunflower (TH) ->Bertha (TH)Easy Wind (SM) # >Eyes Of The World (TH) ->New Minglewood Blues (SM) >Row Jimmy (TH)One More Sat Night (SM)Enc: Brown Eyed Women (TH)Whole show with Jeff Chimenti on Keys. No Marco – he’s on tour with Dan Auerbach & The Arcs.@ – With Estimated Teases (TH)# – With “Dazed & Confused” (Led Zeppelin) teases & a “Jeff & Joe” JamA full gallery of images can be seen below, courtesy of Sam Shinault: Load remaining images
As the fans like to say, we are everywhere. Really though, Starbucks is everywhere… which means the Grateful Dead are everywhere too, if only for today.The wildly successful coffee shop chain has announced that they will be playing Grateful Dead music in over 7,500 locations today, in honor of the new Day Of The Dead compilation disc, and of course in honor of the band themselves. The 60-song playlist will feature selections from the band’s original music and new covers, spanning nearly five hours worth of music.“The Grateful Dead are one of those rare artists who transcend time, generations and genres,” said Gina Woods, vice president of Starbucks Entertainment, in a statement. “We’ve been fans of the Grateful Dead for years and couldn’t miss this chance to reintroduce our customers to their music through this specially curated playlist. Playing it overhead in our stores gives customers a chance to hear familiar music in a new way.”Interestingly, Starbucks worked with the Dead in 1997 to make a two-CD compilation called Eternally Grateful. This brings the Grateful Dead-Starbucks connection full circle, so grab a cup of joe and jam out with the Dead!
For the second year in a row, Holy Ship! will embark aboard the high seas for two consecutive weekends, January 6-10 and January 10-14, 2017. The premier electronic concert cruise will welcome headliners DJ Snake, Tchami, Duke Dumont, Boys Noize, A-Trak, and Marshmello for a stacked weekend one, followed by top-notch DJs Fatboy Slim, GRiZ, Claude Vonstroke, Jauz, and Maya Jane Coles weekend two. The sixth year of Holy Ship! will take place aboard a new boat, the Norwegian Epic, and each weekend will be extended from three days to four.The full weekend one lineup also includes sets from Big Gigantic, Rudimental DJ set, Kill The Noise, Destructo, Justin Martin, Nghtmre, Jai Wolf, Snails, Rufus Du Sol, Bob Moses, Busy P, Anna Lunoe, Malaa, Mercer, Slander, Louis The Child, Troyboi, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs DJ set, Wax Motif, Jimmy Edgar, Danny Daze, and tons of others. Weekend two will see Hot Since 82, GTA, Gorgon City DJ set, Destructo, Getter, Justin Martin, Jack Beats, Felix Da Housecat, Mija, AC Slater, DJ Tennis, Slow Magic, Hannah Wants, Soul Clap, Motez, Chris Lorenzo, Wolf + Lamb, Ookay, Slushii, Herobust and many more.In addition to the music, Holy Ship! promises many artist-led activities, workshops, and theme nights, as well as an autograph signing and plenty of spontaneity and surprise sets. Each sailing will embark from Port Canaveral, FL, making stops in Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas, with a day at sea scheduled in-between.Cabin bookings will take place July 5-8, 2016. Those who have previously attended receive preferential booking, but you can sign up for the 2017 waitlist here.
South African duo Die Antwoord recently confirmed in a new interview that they will be disbanding in September of 2017. The group’s Ninja said, “Die Antwoord dies on that day,” but not before sharing a brand new video for a song called “Fat Faded Fuck Face.”At one point, the band promised that they would release five albums before disbanding. With their fourth album due out this month, it seems the group will keep up their end of the bargain after all.You can read the full Exclaim! interview here, and check out the new single below.
On September 30th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir returns with his first solo album in 10 years and first fresh batch of new songs in over 30 years. Titled Blue Mountain, Weir’s new album will focus heavily on “cowboy music,” replete with folk instrumentation capturing the country-western ideals.To date, Weir has shared three singles from the new release. The first was called “Only A River,” filled with members of The National and more as accompaniment. That can be streamed below, via NPR Music.Just a couple weeks later, Weir shared a track called “Gonesville,” premiering the new single with Rolling Stone. “Gonesville” again features members of The National, as well as The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and more! Listen to the acoustic number, below.Finally, today, Weir has shared the third taste from his forthcoming LP. Titled “Lay My Lily Down,” the song is one of a handful from Blue Mountain that has been played in the live setting. The heartwrenching ballad just gives us another keen look into the new effort by Weir, as we count down the days until its release.Stream “Lay My Lily Down” below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. Ghost Town8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To Cross
Jazz fusion is seeing a mainstream resurgence as of late. While hip-hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr first mixed the genre with jazz in the early ’90s, contemporary jazz acts like The Robert Glasper Experiment, BADBADNOTGOOD, Snarky Puppy, and The Stepkids have all not-so-quietly made names for themselves over the past few years. They have achieved a mixture of critical acclaim and creative freedom that most artists dream of having, with several of the acts winning Grammy’s along the way.With the explosion of artists like Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Kamasi Washington, the genre is growing to new heights. For the first time in decades, jazz is a major genre. When combined with R&B and hip-hop, jazz-fusion has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.Jurassic 5 frontman Chali 2na weighed in on this contemporary topic, explaining the sentiments surrounding his most recent project. “I am loving the resurgence of Jazz combined with this youthful mindstate that musicians have today. People like Naughty Professor, Galactic, and Snarky Puppy are pushing the envelope when it comes to this genre.”With that being said, we are beyond excited with what Naughty Professor has been up to. Hailing from New Orleans, they carry the jazz-fusion torch loud and proud. Mixing NOLA jazz with an amalgamation of funk and world music, the instrumental band have been dropping melodic, horn-heavy beats with interesting time signatures since their formation in 2011.“My first impression of Naughty Professor was one of amazement,” explained the J5 emcee. “New Orleans is full of musicians that are masters of their craft and Naughty P is no exception. They are also perfectionist and students of the game. This is immediately apparent once you hear them play.”The band is preparing to release their third studio album with several guest vocalists augmenting their jazz/funk sound. Expected in early 2017, the forthcoming project will feature David Shaw (The Revivalists), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Chali 2na, and many other talented musicians.To show this all off, Naughty Professor is hitting the road hard with Chali 2na for a full slate of tour dates this October. For a taste of what’s to come, check out this tour teaser:We recently sat down with Naughty Professor’s drummer Sam Shahin to discuss the upcoming tour, their building relationship with Chali 2na, and what to expect on the new album.Live For Live Music: As a primarily instrumental band, how do you go about choosing your cast of rotating frontmen?Sam Shahin: Between the six of us, we have a wide variety of influences and interests; and as musicians we enjoy stepping into new and different head-spaces. This mentality translates into a conversation with the featured artist that allows us to showcase our versatility as an ensemble.L4LM: With jazz, funk, and soul in your pocket already, hip-hop seems like a natural next step of progression — though may have been initially unexpected. With New Orleans being the melting pot of these genres, how did you come to the decision to include a hip-hop artist as your next touring frontman?SS: We have enjoyed pursuing every avenue of music we can get our hands on. Working with an established artist like Chali allows us to reach a new platform with our music, and the collaborative process with him has been so natural, regardless of whether we’re in the rehearsal room, studio, or on stage. That collaboration has a unique sound and energy that we have had a blast bringing to New Orleans and which we’re very excited to bring to the Northeast in October.L4LM: In terms of initial sparks, did you choose Chali or did Chali choose you? SS: We had the opportunity to meet Chali 2na and watch him perform with Galactic at a Brooklyn Bowl show in August of 2015. We were immediately impressed with his performance, stage presence, and overall vibe. Having considered pursuing an album that showcases featured artists, he seemed like a perfect fit personally and musically with the collaborative nature of the project. We have written two songs together and have arrangements of his solo work, Jurassic 5, and Ozomatli material that we perform live.L4LM: With your upcoming album featuring collaborations with Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, David Shaw, and the J5 emcee himself, you have a clear connection to the worlds of funk, soul, and hip-hop. What can you tell us about the centerpiece of this upcoming record? How have you made the connection in tying all these themes together? SS: That’s a great question. It has been a unique and exciting challenge to allow each song to maintain its true personality while allowing for cohesion with a rotating cast of musicians. There are certain artists who we feature in multiple songs throughout the project, often in varying roles. We hope to represent a wide spectrum of textures, and diversifying the style and orchestration of the band allows us to speak with a collaborative spirit that defines the whole project.For more about Naughty Professor, check out the band’s website. You can also stay up-to-date with all things Chali 2na over here.
Spafford continues their current ascent in the jam world as they play their Halloween run for their hometown fans in Phoenix, AZ at Last Exit Live on 10/28 and10/29. Coming off the heels of announcing a tour as opening support for jam titans Umphrey’s McGee on a number of dates, as well as a two-night stint as support for Lotus in Chicago, Spafford heads into this traditional Halloween run with a ton of momentum and plenty of anticipation to whet your musical appetite.Spafford And The Magic Beans Are Teaming Up For A Two-Night, Post-Phish New Year’s Run In NYCComing off another stellar run in Colorado, the four-piece band, comprised of Brian Moss (Guitar), Jordan Fairless (Bass), Red Johnson (Keys), and Nick Tkacyk (Drums) is playing at the top of their game, with no peak in sight. According to Fairless, one of the things that makes the band unique is “the diversity and freedom that comes from having five different song writers/lyricists in the band which never really conform to any one specific genre.”The group also recently announced a pair of New Year’s run post-Phish shows in New York City with fellow up and coming act The Magic Beans, which will also mark the first time the band will play The Big Apple (purchase tickets here). Big things are happening for the gentlemen of Spafford, as they grind their way to the top of the jam scene.These hometown Halloween performances promise to be even that much more special with major bust-outs, new covers, and the all-out improvisational excursions the band has become known for. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on these shows!Purchase tickets for the October 28th show here.Purchase tickets for the October 29th show here.
Edit this setlist | More My Morning Jacket setlists My Morning Jacket is back on the road, playing a handful of shows between sets at the Bridge School Benefit and Suwannee Hulaween. While the fall of 2016 is mostly focused on frontman Jim James and his new solo record (which was just released today and can be streamed here), fans have been nonetheless excited for MMJ to get down for a few select nights through the Southeast.MMJ started their run last night, hitting the famed Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN for their first show of the run. The band brought out a number of their classic original tunes, opening with The Waterfall track “Compound Fracture” before bringing out the 2016 debut of “X-Mas Curtain.” While the night had many highlights, one of the biggest was actually a debut cover of “Mother” by Pink Floyd.The Pink Floyd song must have been on the band’s mind following their performance with Roger Waters last weekend, but the song took on a new life with Jim James at the helm. Check out video of the cover below, courtesy of darkstarflashes on YouTube.You can also see the band bust out a version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” below, courtesy of Go See Live Music on YouTube.Catch a couple more videos from the show, the full setlist and a gallery from CJ Stewart Photography, below. The tour continues tonight, October 27th, with a show in Asheville, NC. Load remaining images
When it comes to modern funk artists, Turkuaz and The New Mastersounds are about as funky as they get. The two bands teamed up for a major fall tour, bringing an onslaught of feel-good grooves to just about every corner of the country. Playing back-to-back sets, the bands collaborated with one another throughout the tour for a heavy dose of funk.Their co-bill came to a triumphant end on Saturday at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina. Turkuaz opened the evening with their explosive sounds, and The New Mastersounds carried it on home with plenty of special sit-ins from the previous band. The two bands made sure to close their tour together with their best sets yet. Fortunately, taper poppag76 was there to capture the magic.Enjoy both sets from their final show together below:TurkuazThe New MastersoundsTurkuaz is hitting Providence’s Fete Ballroom on 12/30 & 12/31 with support from Moon Hooch, and Kung Fu and West End Blend. Tickets to both nights of “The Ball Drop” can be found here.[Photo from Capacity Images at Terminal 5]
Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the tenth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me…Ten Sally’s Sneakin’ (12/30/97)Nine Ladies Dancing (to Meatstick) (12/31/10)Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15)Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11)Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02)Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)! Set One: Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley  -> Taste, Water in the Sky > Punch You In the Eye > Stash, Chalk Dust Torture, A Day in the LifeSet Two: AC/DC Bag > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Harpua > I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) > Harpua > Izabella > Harry Hood -> My Soul > Sleeping Monkey > GuyuteEncore: Carini -> Black-Eyed Katy -> Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Frankenstein No vocal jam. “Pentagram Harpua;” also included a narrative about Lost in Space. Phish debut; Tom Marshall on vocals. Unfinished. Fish on vacuum. In 3 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy!On the 10th day of Phishmas (which just so happens to be both Christmas Day and the first day of Hanukkah), we look back at the gift the boys delivered to fans at MSG on December 30th, 1997–this writer’s all-time favorite Phish show. 12/30/97 epitomizes the “anything can happen” maxim that is the basis of many fans’ obsession with the Phish from Vermont. From the opening tune (a bust-out of epic proportions) to the closing notes (of an impromptu extended encore), this show has no shortage of fantastic moments.First things first: the setlist (I’ll give you a second to scroll down and check it out). Sometimes a show looks relatively standard on paper, and its greatness only becomes apparent when you dive in and start to listen. 12/30/97 is not one of those shows. Just reading the setlist from this night is enough to get a Phish fan all hot and bothered. Segues? Check. Gamehendge? Check. Beloved covers of legendary artists? Check and check. Story time? Check. Four-song encore?!…Well, you get the picture. But this show is even more special than its beauty of a setlist would indicate.The band wasted no time asserting their intentions on this night, kicking off the show with Robert Palmer‘s “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”. A relatively common cover these days, this funky number had not been played in nearly 10 years (920 shows). Fluid, bluesy riffing from Trey Anastasio highlighted this massive bust-out, as the band sounded confident and locked in from the get-go. The strong Type-1 jam eventually faded out into a drum-led section that’s eerily similar to the beat from “Blaze On”, though the Big Boat tune was still almost two decades in the future at that point.“Sally” flowed seamlessly into “Taste”, which functioned as a lead guitar showcase. After the song’s main structure, the remainder of the 11+ minute rendition saw Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, and Mike Gordon set the musical stage while Trey delivered several minutes of inspired soloing. Many consider this to be the best version of the classic Phish tune. Whether or not that’s the case, it’s undoubtedly a “Taste” you have to try for yourself.“Water In The Sky” came next, followed in quick succession by an excellent “Punch You In The Eye”. Next up was A Picture Of Nectar composition “Stash”. This version featured a hearty helping of creative improvisation, with Mike and Fish pushing the jam to some great high-tension spaces before fading out in a wash of film-noir jazz textures. A short-but-sweet “Chalkdust Torture” followed, before the band closed the first set with a cover of The Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life”.After a brief set break, the band got the show back on the road with “AC/DC Bag”, and took the song deep with a heaping helping of highly potent jamming. From thick ’97 cow funk, to full-blast hose, to ambient space, to teases of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Third Stone From The Sun” and Talking Heads‘ “Psycho Killer”, this behemoth of a “Bag” had more than a little bit of everything. By the time it segued into Gamehendge rarity “McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters”, the jam had instantly entered the “best ever” conversation.After the incredible 25-minute “AC/DC Bag” and always-welcome “McGrupp”, this set was already shaping up to be a heater. That notion was quickly confirmed as the first “oom pah pah” rang out through the Garden. Perhaps the Phish-iest of all the tunes in Phish’s extensive repertoire, “Harpua” is more than just a highly sought-after song. Strictly reserved for special occasions and requiring extra planning and preparation by the band, “Harpua” is a number that many thousands of fans chase for hundreds of shows and still don’t manage to catch. In addition to telling the tale of the titular fat, sweaty bulldog and his ill-fated feline counterpart Poster Nutbag, “Harpua” serves as an opportunity for story time with Trey. The characters’ story gets warped and morphed with each telling of the “Harpua” tale, though they all end badly for poor old Poster. While the outcome for Poster Nutbag was no better on 12/30/97–the only “Harpua” ever played at MSG–it did contain a particularly crazy story featuring 10-year-old Trey, classic TV show Lost In Space, an olive loaf, a mystical pentagram burned into the ground, and Tom Marshall singing “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. Of course, I can’t tell this story like Trey can, so you’ll have to listen for yourself.After “Harpua”, the band opted for Hendrix’s “Izabella” a cover that had seen several impressive outings in the year leading up to this performance. “Harry Hood” was up next, and stretched for almost 20 minutes of skilled improvisation before a bluesy jam segued delicately into “My Soul” in place of the song’s usual ending refrain. A “Sleeping Monkey” sing-along followed, before “Guyute” closed the set.Wow. What a show, right? However, as it turned out, Phish still had a lot more left to give on 12/30/97. The encore opened with “Carini”, the first U.S. rendition of the song after its premiere during the band’s European tour earlier that year. As the band played, however, the clock struck 12, signaling that they had officially blown through their midnight curfew. Knowing that they would already be paying a fine for breaking curfew, Phish decided to keep on playing. “Carini” segued flawlessly into the heavy funk of “Black-Eyed Katy” (the instrumental that eventually evolved into “The Moma Dance”). From there, the band transitioned back into “Sneakin Sally” reprising the enormous bust-out that had started the show hours earlier. That’s right–Sally disappeared for 920 shows, and then snuck into the setlist twice in one night. Finally, after Phish had already given the MSG crowd way more than any of them could have possibly expected, they closed out the nearly 30-minute encore with a stellar, jammed-out “Frankenstein”.Every time I revisit this show, it reaffirms how utterly incredible it is. There’s not one second of the 3+ hours of music that I would change. 12/30/97 features enough unforgettable moments, unbelievable playing, cheer-inducing surprises and classic, characteristic Phishiness that I still find something new to blow my mind every time I go through it. I’ve said it about various songs in this show, but I’ll say it again now because it begs repeating: whether you were there on that night, you’ve never heard a live Phish song, or you literally just finished re-spinning it moments ago, do yourself a favor and listen to 12/30/97 as soon as you can. It’s good for your health. Trust me.You can watch full set videos below, courtesy of YouTube user The Phish Jams:Set 1Set 2Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/30/97 Trey teased “A Night in Tunisia” in “Stash”. “AC/DC Bag” included “Third Stone From the Sun” and “Psycho Killer” teases. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” made its Phish debut, was sung by Tom Marshall, contained an “A Day in the Life” quote from Tom referencing Big Phil (a fan who was in attendance that night), and was part of the “Pentagram Harpua,” which also included a narrative about Lost in Space. “Harry Hood” was unfinished. Pete Carini made an appearance on-stage during the encore. “Frankenstein” included a segment with Fish coming center stage with his vacuum. The encore was unusually long; once the band realized they were going to be fined for playing past midnight, they decided to play well past midnight. “Sneakin’ Sally” was played for the first time since May 28, 1989 (920 shows). Neither of the Sallys contained vocal jams. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.