first_imgLegendary soul man James Brown is the focus of an exciting new tribute, as an all-star lineup of musicians will join the James Brown Band for an exciting “James Brown Birthday Family Bash” event. Held at the Augusta Common in Augusta, GA on May 3rd, a who’s who of jammers will be in attendance for the tribute.The lineup features Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester, as well as thirteen members of James Brown’s classic crew. If that doesn’t get you grooving, nothing will!Of course, you can always head down to Fool’s Paradise from April 1-2, where you can catch Porter Jr. and Neville as part of the festival’s Soul Revue superjam championed by Chris Robinson. Hosted by Lettuce, the inaugural festival in St. Augustine, FL will feature performances from Vulfpeck, GRiZ, The Nth Power, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Tickets are available here.The James Brown Birthday Family Bash performance is set to take place on May 3rd, which is held to benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), whose mission is to further music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown. More information about this exciting show can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgIn November 2015, essential Brooklyn DIY venue Cameo Gallery closed its doors for the last time. Cameo was a hotbed for up-and-coming talent, and was a home for young musicians like in Williamsburg, as well as a favorite for local artists whenever they wanted to play an intimate show.  Varied acts such as Turkuaz, The Juan MacLean, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, and Frankie Knuckles all graced the stage at one point or another. Perhaps no band was as intertwined with the rise of Cameo Gallery as The London Souls.  The Brooklyn rockers performed at Cameo an estimated 25+ times, and spent many a long night using the space for rehearsals, recordings, and more.  They felt a true connection with the space, so it was fitting when The Souls were tapped for the gallery’s celebratory final show in Novermber 2015.The Souls have just released raucous pro-shot footage of them playing “The Sound” from this final show at the venue where they cut their teeth.  Check out the video below, and RIP Cameo Gallery!last_img read more

first_imgJamtronica favorites Lotus have confirmed details of a new album! Titled Eat The Light, the new release is the band’s first to feature vocals on every track. With guest singers ranging from male to female, indie to rock, soulful to electronic, the band’s new offering looks to be one of their more diverse.“I wanted Eat the Light to be a celebratory album that people could sing along to while driving down the California coast,” said Luke Miller in a press release. “This is the sound of summer that makes you want to dance and raise your hands to the sky.” The album is due out on July 15th.So far one track premiered earlier this year, a grooving single called “Eats The Light.” With Gabe Otto on lead vocals – aka the singer who led the band’s Talking Heads tribute – the song has a real 80’s pop/rock vibe. You can stream it below.The album features tracks like “Move Too Fast” with Johnny Fissinger, “Anti-Gravity” with Oriel Poole, “White Light Fadeaway” with Steve Yutzy-Burkey, and more! Check out the full tracklisting below, and head to the band’s website for more information.Lotus Eat The Light TracklistFearlessI’ve Been a Fool (Toy Guns)Eats the LightMove Too FastSleep When We Are DeadWhite Light FadeawayAnti-GravitySuntanWhen Our Nerves No Longer TwitchSodium Vaporlast_img read more

first_imgJammers The Big Wu have been playing together for a long time, but not much symbolizes their history together than The Big Wu Family Reunion. Coming to Morristown, MN for the 16th year running, this year’s Family Reunion looks to be one of their best, with Peter Rowan, Leon Russell, Dean Magraw, Allie Kral, Cornmeal and more getting together for the event from August 12-13.“We’re excited to host Leon Russell and Peter Rowan this year. Peter is [Big Wu guitarist] Chris Castino’s personal Elvis, a dude who has written tons of great material. Leon is just a classic troubadour, his voice is cooler than a body on ice,” said bassist Andy Miller. “Not to mention that an artist from last year’s BWFR, Jon Cleary, won a Grammy. Now, I’m not saying that it’s because he played with us, but luckily for him, it didn’t hurt!”Miller also spoke to us about the festival’s storied past. “When we started the BWFR, we had played festivals from coast-to-coast. Big ones, small ones, crappy ones. No matter what, there were three things that mattered most to us as musicians, and thus prospective promoters: Sound/production, hospitality, and of course, crappers.” He continued, “A festival with a great lineup and site becomes a drag when the PA was procured out of the junkyard. Don’t go cheap unless you really hate your audience. The same goes for hospitality, or more deeply, how the bands are treated. Are they making enough money? Can we help them score a gig in Minneapolis to ride any momentum they picked up? There’s a difference between stuffing their bellies and feeding them like human beings. We’ve been on both sides of the coin, and it makes a difference.”When it comes down to it, The Big Wu are happy to do their festival on their own terms, and the group’s fanbase really appreciates it. “Our lives have been in pursuit of the kind of fun the Big Wu Family Reunion offers. It’s a proud tradition, a teacher of lessons, a bonding experience, a place where people meet (and sometimes get married!), and a chance to make memories that’ll last. Which is nice, as that’s all we’ll have when we’re old.”For more information about the festival, you can head here. Check out the full lineup below.last_img read more

first_imgHappy Prince Day, one and all!In honor of Prince’s birthday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today, June 7th, 2016, as Prince Day. Meant as a celebration of all things Prince, the holiday encourages Minnesotans to remember their home state hero after his untimely passing on April 21st.The Purple One was one of the rare celebrities who did not migrate after finding fame, choosing to remain in his local Minnesota and live in his Paisley Park compound while fostering a new music scene that came to be known as “The Minnesota Sound.” Prince put Minnesota on the musical map, and now they are repaying him with this wonderful day-in-tribute, where all “Minnesotans are encouraged to wear purple on Prince Day in honor of The Purple One’s enduring legacy.”So make sure to wear your purple loud and proud today. Throw on your favorite Prince albums, dance like crazy, and remember such an influential and unique artist that singularly came to define the state MinnesotaSee below for Governor Mark Dayton’s official proclamation of Prince Day!last_img read more

first_img Yarmouth Road (Phish) You can check out several clips of the performances below, including several Dead favorites with a handful of Phish favorites thrown in the mix. We’ll update with more videos and a full setlist as they become available:Funky Bitch (Son Seals, frequently performed by Phish): Loose Lucy (Grateful Dead): Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead)Setlist: Phil Lesh’s “Big Bass Bash” at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 7/17/16Set 1: Shakedown Street > Low Rider Jam > Yarmouth Road, Loose Lucy, Pride of Cucamonga, Funky Bitch, Mason’s Children, Six Feet of Snow, Cumberland BluesSet 2: Samson and Delilah > Viola Lee Blues > Unbroken Chain, Fire On The Mountain, 555, Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > The Maker > The Other One > Not Fade AwaySet 3/Encore: Uncle John’s Band, Brown Eyed Woman > Deep Elem Blues, Deal > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > We Bid You Goodnight Samson & Delilah (Grateful Dead) Fire On The Mountain (Grateful Dead): When the worlds of Grateful Dead and Phish collide, it’s always a unique treat for jam music fans. While both bands embody two distinct musical threads within the scene–the Dead channeling Americana influences and Phish drawing on from the jazz/funk/prog sound. As each band has their own unique following, those rare moments when members from the two bands intersect are often quite special.The last time we saw members of the two bands playing together, it was at Fare Thee Well with Trey Anastasio celebrating the Dead’s 50th anniversary. This time, however, it was bassist Mike Gordon, who stopped at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, on an off night from Phish tour, to play the “TXR Big Bass Bash” with Grateful Dead founding member, Phil Lesh. The two have teamed up before, and even covered Gordon’s original “555” during their last meet up at Terrapin. What would this visit bring?last_img read more

first_imgTe Smokin’ Mule tour made its way to the Brenton Skating Plaza in Des Moines, IA, returning with the same musical formula of Blackberry Smoke opening, Gov’t Mule headlining, and a Smokin’ Mule collaboration for the final encore. Last night, it was Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr who got the call after a fine Mule set, joining the band for two songs in the encore: “Jesus Gonna Be Here” by Tom Waits and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” by ZZ Top.Mule’s set itself included a number of classic tunes, including “John The Revelator,” “Banks of the Deep End” and more to get things going. They included “Soulshine” in their set, as well as more fan favorites like “I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home,” “Inside Outside Woman Blues #2” and so many more.The Smokin’ Mule tour concludes this Friday, August 25th, with a performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre that also includes moe. You can catch the full Mule setlist from last night, posted below. Edit this setlist | More Gov’t Mule setlistslast_img read more

first_imgThe Suwannee Hulaween festival is known for the incredible music on its stages and the breathtaking art installations that fill the grounds, but the most amazing thing on display all weekend was array of costumes and smiling faces on the attendees! Showing off costumes and decorations all weekend long, fans at The Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park outdid themselves with their style and energy.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand wandering the grounds and he managed to get dozens of the crazy crowd shots he is known for as well as many of the impressive costumes on display. Check out his favorite shots from the magical weekend of friends and fun below! Load remaining imageslast_img

first_img2016 marks the 25th anniversary of a monumental rock album. The one with the kid on the cover, alone, a failure of adult supervision. The trio from a small place with no scene in a northern coastal state. The front man capable of wounding with his guitar while hooking with its melody. The band was critically acclaimed as a new vanguard in rock music. The album is not Nevermind.You’ve had 25 years to listen to Dinosaur Jr.‘s Green Mind. So have you? There must have been some kids in your high school or your college dorm who listened to Dinosaur Jr., but probably not many. I love this band, and wonder why more people don’t love them too.Everyone had Ten and Vs. and Nevermind and In Utero; some kids had Dirt and Badmotorfinger and Siamese Dream; I had all of them, and I had Green Mind. I felt like an explorer, like Lewis seeing the Pacific, “Guys! This is awesome! Come see!” But nobody really did. I would play songs for friends, but no one seemed to hear what I heard. Green Mind was the alternative to Alternative, and to this day, the album I’ve listened to more than any other.Following the release of Where You Been in 1993, Spin Magazine put Dinosaur’s J Mascis on the cover with the headline, “J Mascis is God”, a nod to the ’60s graffiti copycats that tagged London with the same line about Eric Clapton. While other bands might have had a dynamic front man with a soaring voice or a poet whose lyrics are soul-stirring or a groove-driven rhythm section, Dinosaur Jr. was Mascis’s juggernaut guitar hugeness. More than Green Mind, Where You Been was a showcase for Mascis’s guitar. Bassist Lou Barlow would have recounted times in the band’s tour van when Mascis would solo for 5 hour rides between towns. The man can shred a guitar; that was the case in 1991, and remains true today.But being on the cover of Spin is one thing; being on the cover of Rolling Stone or Time is something else.Alternative rock had pierced mainstream consciousness, but Dinosaur remained obscure. The touring in support of Green Mind and Where You Been was constant and worldwide, peaking with a slot on the main stage at Lollapalooza in 1993. While Lollapalooza propelled many acts into stardom, some were never heard much from again. After Lollapalooza, Dinosaur didn’t tour again for over a year, and when they did, it was the same club scene they’d known prior. Their wave never crested.At that time, no one’s brother or sister had come back from college with tapes of Dave Matthews. Phish wouldn’t hold its first festival for 3 more years. Creep had hit the airwaves, but was not a harbinger of what to expect from Radiohead. Jack White was still Jack Gillis and was in high school. Alt rock was still in command of the music scene, but like always, the scene was changing, and the latter half of the decade would look quite different than the early 90s.In May of 1997, as part of their largest tour in 3 years, Dinosaur stopped in my hometown, Pittsburgh, for a show at Graffiti. The band would break up before Christmas.Being 17, I was on foreign turf as I stood near the bar at the back of the place. I’d never been to a rock club before. I didn’t really know what to do besides just observe this scene I knew little about. Or, let’s be honest, observe any scene for the first time. This is what Cameron Crowe absorbed so much of on the other side of the country. This is where older kids went to feel music, to see how it sounded, to be part of it. This was not an arena or an amphitheater. This was a club show, and I felt like part of the club.The Smoking Popes had finished their set, and the house lights dimmed. The two guys I had been standing next to for the last 30 minutes put their drinks down on the bar, and started wedging their way through the crowd. The one guy was pretty tall, tall enough that I could see him as he kept moving through the Club. He got to the front row, then stepped up on stage, grabbed a guitar, and destroyed the place for the next hour. I had been standing next to J Mascis and didn’t realize it.Clubs have occupancy limits for how many people they can cram in; they don’t have limits for how many Marshall speakers you can stack up behind a guitarist. If such legislation is ever adopted, a Dinosaur show will be Exhibit A.Mascis has said his colossal guitar sound is derived from his days as a drummer in the hardcore band Deep Wound; with guitar, he sought a way to make a thicker, heavier impression – something that hit like the drums.In a 2012 interview with Marc Maron, Mascis was asked about his guitar mastery; he answered, “I don’t know what to tell you… I’ve had a lot of drum lessons.”In 2005 the band reunited, and have toured with the same fervor they had 25 years ago, mostly playing the club scene from coast to coast. In boxing, they say to punch your weight; maybe for Dinosaur Jr. that means to be the world champion of mid-sized rock clubs, the demolishers of crowds between 500 and 1000 people.Mascis’s genius has not slowed down, it just keeps soloing over the melodies.  They play the new stuff and the occasional gem from decades ago. And when those songs from Green Mind are played, there are people in the crowd, like the guy from your high school ceramics class and me, who can still smell the Vans we wore and the comic books we read when we heard it for the first time.Since the reunion in 2005, they have released four albums, including Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, which they are presently touring to support. They’ll have played 90 shows across the US and Europe before returning to the East Coast in late November for dates in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and North Adams Mass. Then it’s off to Australia in 2017.If you can catch any of the remaining tour dates, be sure to bring your earplugs, and keep an eye on the guy standing next to you in the crowd during the opening act.And please, go get a copy of Green Mind.last_img read more

first_imgPink Floyd is just about finished with their massive campaign to re-issue their entire catalogue of music on vinyl. The group announced earlier this year that they would roll out various album throughout the course of the year, and today broke the news that A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Final Cut would complete the re-issue phase on January 20th.Everything from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to A Saucerful of Secrets, and Dark Side of the Moon to Animals has been re-released on 180-gram vinyl for the first time in years. All packaging will also replicate the original each album’s original release.For additional information and to order the albums, click here.“Learning to Fly” from A Momentary Lapse of Reason:[via Jambands]last_img