The selections for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival were just announced, catching the eye of film lovers everywhere. For us music aficionados, one entry certainly stood out: “Contemporary Color.” The documentary covers David Byrne’s unique event that paired color guard teams with popular artists like St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock and more.Conceived by Byrne, the unique event took place last summer at NYC’s Barclays Center, and is the prime focus of the new film. Directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross, you can watch a teaser of the event below:Best of luck Mr. Byrne![H/T NYTimes]
Last Friday, The Breakfast returned to Bridgeport, Connecticut for a night of music at The Acoustic. Formed in 1998, the current lineup features Tim Palmieri, Adrian Tramontano, and Chris DeAngelis of Kung Fu, along with Viral Sound’s Jordan Giangreco. Of the night’s musical highlights was a take on Phish’s “Stash” toward the end of their set. Kung Fu has recently collaborated with drummer Jon Fishman, along with bassist Oteil Burbridge, percussionist Jason Hann, and more, for a Bernie Sanders benefit concert in Brooklyn, which you can watch in-full right here. Thanks to mk devo, you can also watch The Breakfast take on the classic Phish tune in the video below:Semi-ironically, The Breakfast is returning to the stage on June 9th in Burlington, Vermont, which is also the birthplace of the band Phish.
The road never ends for jam-giants Dead & Company. Last weekend, the Grateful Dead offshoot stopped in Portland, OR and at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State for two nights of Dead-inspired jams. It was an excellent weekend in the Pacific Northwest, with great music all around!The videos below show two songs from different soundchecks. First up is a rough take on the Workingman’s Dead track “Easy Wind”, which the band would play for the first time in front of an audience that night in Portland. They refer to the original recording of the song at one point, quickly learning the changes so they could get the song just right for its performance that evening.Next, the band takes an impromptu test-run of Erroll Garner‘ 1954 jazz standard “Misty”, which Bob Weir used to perform with his late partner-in-crime Rob Wasserman. The beautiful song fits perfectly with the serene setting of The Gorge.It’s hard to deny that Dead & Company are having tons of fun on the road. With nightly dips into the Grateful Dead catalog of rarities, the musicians have endless material to entertain themselves with and to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Dead & Company wrap up their summer tour this week with four shows in California, hitting Irvine, Chula Vista, Wheatland, and a tour-closing performance at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.[H/T JamBase]
The NOLA Crawfish Festival returned yesterday to pack the “Daze Between” Jazz Fest weekends with rare musical collaborations that could only happen in this music mecca. When something as good as the NOLA Crawfish Festival is on the menu, you can’t help but go back for seconds. Luckily Shaggy, the NOLA Crawfish King himself, had plenty of goodness, musical and culinary, on the packed stages and groaning tables, all ready to serve the ravenous horde that descended on Central City BBQ yesterday for day one of the festival.While the thousands of pounds of crawfish served started cooking in the wee hours of the morning yesterday, plans for this year’s festival have been in the works since the last notes from last year faded. Pairing legendary talent for curated jam sessions and rare side projects imbued with the spirit of a backyard boil takes much preparation, and, as it turns out, the same man who excels at filling our bellies is just as good at filling the air with song.No promoter or chef wants to simply repeat success. For this year’s Crawfish Festival, several of the same ingredients were used, though plenty of new and exciting components were thrown in the pot. The new venue—Central City BBQ—opened its gates yesterday to welcome guests for a first serving of food and the deeply funky sounds from Khris Royal & Dark Matter.Khris Royal is considered one of the best sax players, if not the best sax player, in New Orleans. For the uninitiated, considering the sheer amount of incredible horn players in this city, that is akin to being Michael Jordan on the Olympic Dream Team. Whenever he isn’t getting the call to play bands like the legendary Meters or any of the hundred other renowned acts forged in the Crescent City, he is getting his friends together to make his patented fusion of past and future funk that locals can’t get enough of. With his running partner Terrence Higgins on skins and guests like vocalists Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph and Dwayne “JuBee” Webb, the set was long on incredible moments and far shorter than fans wanted, judging by the calls for more when the group finished. Luckily for old fans and new alike, Dark Matter has new material on the way, like the new track “Insomnia,” which is being released on iTunes this Friday. Judging from the reception the track received yesterday, it is safe to say the future is bright for Dark Matter.Accidents happen in all phases of life, and a live music event is no exception. When the power went out temporarily to the front of the stage at the start Good Enough For Good Times, the battle-hardened production crew at the Crawfish Festival snapped into action. Thanks to the endless parade of shows the city sees, the people behind the scenes who make the music happen are among the most-seasoned and savvy problem solvers, quickly fixing the snafu in moments.Good Enough drummer Simon Lott took an extended solo that doubled as a clinic for syncopation and slow-simmering intrigue. His heroics, as well as those of the crew, were well rewarded by a massive cheer that went up from the audience following the brief outage. The deadly duo of Jeff Raines and Rob Mercurio showed just how tight their decade plus of getting funky with Galactic had made them. Utilizing their borderline telepathic connection, they played with a seemingly effortless funk that looks far easier than it truly is.Keyboardist Joe Ashlar was all infectious smiles and gorgeous organ swoops and swirls. Like life itself, Good Enough For Good Times’ set was made even more wondrous by its brief existence. Their shows are rare, but the memories they make are as precious as gold to those lucky enough to catch them.While jazz, funk, and zydeco may be the first genres that come to mind when thinking of New Orleans, Eric Lindell and his mix of country and boogie grooves gave the lucky audience a sonic palette cleanser from the dripping funk and soul that had dominated the day up to that point. The mixture of pedal steel, organ, and keyboards might have looked odd on paper, but for more than a decade now, Lindell has been making the unlikely into the irresistible.Lindell’s sound is a curious blend, but like the crawfish boil, the different flavors complement each other and were equally well received by the audience. The second stage was the place to be as heads bobbed and the air filled with guitar twangs and wailing saxophone peels. His set went by in the blink of an eye, and though the fans were sad to see him go, they made a mad dash to the main stage and the day’s big closing jam. Load remaining images Chef Shaggy took great pride in introducing the closer for day one of the NOLA Crawfish Festival—the stellar pairing of Ivan Neville and Cris Jacobs. The duo has is at the forefront of some of the freshest music out of the city in a long time. The interplay of Dumpstaphunk founder Neville’s dense organ sound and Jacob’s crispy guitar is sonically intriguing, though the magic is in the blend of their voices and their songwriting talents.Over the course of their two hours at the Crawfish Festival, they dominated the main stage with a mix of stellar originals and classic covers. There is new material on the way and talk of an actual tour from what was once considered to be just a fun jam between friends. As the fans begged and chanted for more at the end of their set, it was clear that any future work from these huge talents is certain to be gobbled up as greedily as the contents of Shaggy’s massive pots.The NOLA Crawfish Festival was founded with the hometown crowd in mind—the show ended early enough for those who had to return to work in the morning to make it with some semblance of rest. For those lucky enough to have the next few days off or who are just visiting the Crescent City, there are two more chances to come down and delight in a pure New Orleans experience and the biggest backyard boil you’ll ever see. Come on down and get your fill before the last plate is served! Additionally, you can check out more photos from Jeremy Scott in the gallery below!
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is increasingly a well-known name in the music world. The young guitar prodigy has earned fans far and wide since he was in the single-digit years, gaining an enviable sit-in history with names such as Col. Bruce Hampton, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, and more. As the longest-running cast member for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock: The Musical, for over two years, Taz treated audiences to his energized and advanced guitar stylings as the character “Zach.” Though Taz’s tenure with the musical came to a close this weekend, as the young guitarist looks to the future to pursue his own musical career (and freshman year of high school), he will always be remembered for the special moments he helped create during his time with the production.Kraz And Taz: A Look At Eric Krasno and Brandon Niederauer’s Greatest CollaborationsOne special moment last year was during a rehearsal for the Broadway production when none other than guitar icon Slash surprised the pre-teen cast. The young cast had already begun playing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” when the Guns N’ Roses guitarist arrived, hopping onstage with his signature sunburst Les Paul to play along. Taz looks noticeably excited to be playing along with the legend and can be seen watching Slash’s hands to see how he fingers the familiar solos. Slash then stuck around to run through “Paradise City” and met the excited cast. As Slash told Rolling Stone, “It was really cool to meet such an enthusiastic and talented bunch of young rock ‘n’ rollers. They were great kids as well as players.”Watch how it all went down below. You can also catch Taz Niederauer when he performs with the legendary Eric Krasno and his band this Friday, August 4th, at New York City’s The Cutting Room for a special Phish Baker’s Dozen late night. Check out more information about the show below![via Rolling Stone]SHOW DETAILSWho: KRAZ & TAZ – The Eric Krasno Band w/ The Brandon Niederauer “TAZ” BandWhere: The Cutting RoomWhen: Friday, August 4th, 2017Doors: 11:30pm doors, show at 12:00am (technically early morning 8/5)Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of showPurchase tix here: http://bit.ly/2pPwoeu
[H/T Loudwire] On a recent episode of the podcast Coming Alive hosted by Barry Michels and Paul Stutz, guitar virtuoso and former Guns N’ Roses member Buckethead revealed that he’s been struggling with a life-threatening heart condition. In the hourlong episode, he revealed that he has had an ongoing “heart problem where my heart beats out of rhythm,” though recently, the condition has worsened, to the point where doctors warned he was on the brink of having a stroke. During the interview, he talked about a heart surgery he recently underwent as well, though procedure did not seem to help his condition.Bootsy Collins And Buckethead Have A Collaborative Album In The WorksUnsurprisingly, the prolific guitarist who has already recorded over 300 studio albums at the age of 48 also noted that following his surgery, while he was bedridden the day after the procedure, he recorded a new album. During the interview, Buckethead also elaborated on the surgery, “They suggested I had a thing called an ablation, they go in and freeze your heart. It’s supposed to do something with the nerves, because they said my heart was fine, but it could be a genetic thing, they didn’t really know. I had that procedure, and it didn’t really stop it, and I’m still dealing with it. I take medication, which is tough, because I never took anything my whole life, although if I eat food or drink something that’s probably worse anyway (laughs). So it’s been really difficult, because it’s scary because it comes on. Even walking across a room is difficult, luckily the medication I’m thankful for, because it’s kept it from going berserk, but it’s pretty intense.”Celebrate Les Claypool’s Birthday By Watching Him, Bernie Worrell, Buckethead, & Brain Jam [Full Show]While this is terrifying news for anyone to receive, Buckethead seems to be taking his medical condition in stride, adding, “It seems like now I’m letting this thing sort of exist now in me, I can’t really escape it. . . . it definitely kind of scares me, but I also see that it is also doing a lot of good, because I need to do all of the things I want to do. . . . I could be gone tomorrow, anybody could be gone, but that’s a heavy experience. I want to play right now, and I want to play that experience.”Buckethead Plays Star Wars Medley In Colorado [Video]Live For Live Music is sending love to Buckethead and wishing him the best of health during his recovery process. You can listen to the full Coming Alive podcast below.
[Cover photo via Electric Forest website] Last night, after beginning to leak their lineup through puzzles at a November pop-up show, Electric Forest announced the initial artist lineups for both of their festival weekends next summer, set to take place June 21- June 24 and June 28 – July 1, respectively. This marks the event’s second year in its expanded, two-weekend format.Electric Forest Starts Unveiling 2018 Lineup With Crazy Puzzles At Pop-Up ConcertThe 2018 Electric Forest headliners include two weekends of host band The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, GRiZ Live Band, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Zhu. Galantis will join the bill for weekend one, and Marshmello and Testpilot (Deadmau5‘s live mixed techno project) will be added for weekend two. Other weekend one-only acts include Lil Dicky, Green Velvet, Jauz, Keys N Krates, Washed Out, A Tribe Called Red, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Devin The Dude, Maddy O’Neal, Shook Twins, and a DJ set from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Other Second weekend-only additions include Datsik, Get Real, Rezz, SuperDuperKyle, Fruition, and many more.The rest of the two-weekend acts include Bonobo (Live), Chromeo, Cut Copy, The Glitch Mob, Xavier Rudd, Aqueous, Big Something, Cherub, Desert Dwellers, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Emancipator, Eoto, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Manic Focus, Marvel Years, Muzzy Bearr, Natalie Cressman, Noname, PHO, Sinkane, Sunsquabi, Space Jesus, The Main Squeeze, The Nth Power, The Russ Liquid Test, The Werks, Too Many Zooz, Toubab Krewe, Turkuaz, and a slew of others.Wristbands and Lodging Packages for both weekends will be available to all on December 15, and 2018 Loyalty On Sales begin for returning Forest Family as soon as December 7. For more information on loyalty tickets and more, head here.You can check out the full artist announcement from Electric Forest below. For more information on the 2018 events, head to the Electric Forest website.
THE COMPLETE BONNAROO 2019 LINEUP IS BELOW:THURSDAY, JUNE 13Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special GuestsSabaSpace Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump12th PlanetSunsquabiAll Them WitchesMagic City HippiesThe Nude PartyRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverThe Comet Is ComingJack HarlowEpromCaroline RoseDonna MissalPeach PitHeklerDorfex Bos*****FRIDAY, JUNE 14Phish (Late Evening Set)Childish GambinoSolangeThe Avett BrothersBrockhamptonGRiZRL GrimeBeach HouseGRiZ SuperJamNGHTMREGojiraCourtney BarnettGirl TalkAJRCatfish And The BottlemenK.FlayAnoushka ShankarNahko & Medicine For The PeopleLiquid StrangerDeafheavenParquet CourtsRival SonsIbeyiJade CicadaLas CafeterasCherry GlazerrThe Teskey BrothersMedasinTyla YawehDuckyMonsieur PerinéMersivCrooked Colours*****SATURDAY, JUNE 15Post MaloneOdeszaHozierKacey MusgravesThe NationalThe Lonely IslandZHUJuice WRLDJoe Russo’s Almost DeadGucci ManeJohn PrineJim James (Full Band)Maren MorrisGramatikShovels & RopeUnknown Mortal OrchestraQuinn XCIIClairoBishop BriggsHippo CampusSpace JesusTokimonstaChelsea CutlerThe Record CompanySNBRNRuston KellyWhipped CreamRubblebucketLittle SimzMembaDeva MahalDJ Mel*****SUNDAY, JUNE 16Phish (2 Sets)The LumineersCardi BBrandi CarlileIlleniumWalk The MoonMac DeMarcoKing PrincessLil DickyG JonesTrampled By TurtlesThe Wood BrothersHobo Johnson & The LovemakersPrincess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum)The Soul RebelsThe Lemon TwigsTwo FeetAC SlaterCIDDombreskyBombinoFaye WebsterRipeKikagaku MoyoIgloohostView Full Lineup Today, event organizers have revealed the initial artist lineup for the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. As always, the 18th-annual edition of the festival, set to take place June 13th–16th, will go down at The Farm at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre event space located 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN.The lineup features a wide array of pop, hip-hop, and electronic artists, and while it continues the festival’s recent trend of moving toward more mainstream acts, there’s plenty to be excited about for jam fans. The slate of artists includes two nights of Phish—including one set late in the evening on Friday and two more on Sunday—Childish Gambino, The Avett Brothers, GRiZ (as well as a GRiZ-led Superjam), Post Malone, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Grand Ole Opry featuring Special Guests, Mac DeMarco, Lil Dicky, Odesza, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, The National, comedic music group The Lonely Island, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, John Prine, Jim James (Full Band), Maren Morris, Gramatik, Bishop Briggs, The Record Company, Rubblebucket, The Lumineers, Solange, The National, The Wood Brothers, The Soul Rebels, Kikagaku Moyo, SunSquabi, and many, many more.The festival has also announced a number of new features for 2019, including a “Sanctuary of Self-Love” campground experience curated by Paramore‘s Hayley Williams, wild theme parties and the event’s first-ever Pride parade hosted by House of Yes‘ “The Yes Barn,” a Nashville-centric food and art village called “The Ville,” a newly-opened wooded hangout area on the venue’s Eastern woods, and more. You can get more information about the Bonnaroo 2019 campground experience here.Check out the full lineup below.For more information, head to the Bonnaroo website.
Another year has come and gone. As always, the last 12 months were good for some, not so good for others, and touched every gray area in between. One thing we can always seem to agree on, is, music and it’s ability to lift spirits and bring people together. A mere 18 days after closing out 2018 at Denver’s Fillmore, STS9 returned to the stage in Los Angeles at the famed Wiltern, officially kicking off their 2019 touring cycle with a two-night Southern California run. On Friday night, Tribe took the stage and led off with one of their newer tracks, “A03”. The fairly short newbie has only been played sparingly to this point, and always serves to create an atmospheric mood before leading into another track. This night was no different, as the song transitioned into “Walk To The Light”. Despite the fact that this particular song has its fair share of naysayers, it was quite an appropriate track for the band to open their first show of 2019 with. It’s almost as if they were saying, “no matter how the previous year may have treated you, never stray from the light.” Following the transition into an even shorter new track, “SOW”, the performance really began to take off. The fan-favorite “118” came next, which isn’t played as much as most would like. “118” was all but a given to be played on this night, January 18th (1/18). No matter the predictability, “118” turned the crowd’s energy up a couple notches and was nothing short of, as the kids would say, “a vibe”. A highlight of the evening came next with “Real & Imagined”, a slower track that was originally a b-side from STS9’s acclaimed Artifact album, and just released as its own single in 2017. Following a brief setbreak, STS9 opened up their second set with the beautiful and mysterious “We’ll Meet In Our Dreams”. Few songs in the STS9 catalog can evoke the pure emotion that “We’ll Meet In Our Dreams” is capable of. When used as a set opener, it sets a sort of “oh shit here we go” tone for the remainder of the show, and that couldn’t have been more accurate in this case. “We’ll Meet In Our Dreams” transitioned seamlessly into “Equinox”, with percussionist Jeffree Lerner shining bright behind his rig. “EHM” came next, and the tone coming from David Phipps keys could not have been more on point. It was dark, dirty, grimy, scary and, most importantly, sexy. The transition into “F. Word” was even sexier, and following another transition into “Tokyo”, the crowd was all stirred up into a fever pitch, searching for water and cold towels during the slight lull in between “Tokyo” and “New Dawn, New Day”. “Get Loud” pulsated, “Moon Socket” gyrated, and “World Go Round” capped off a fantastic night one, leaving plenty for Los Angeles Sound Tribe fans to be excited about for night two.On Saturday, STS9 opened up the first set with “Circus”, much to the delight of the entire crowd. It’s common knowledge in the STS9 community that a show opening “Circus” is indicative of a wonderful night of music to come. “Wave Spell” followed, and took the crowd’s glee, as STS9 transferred that energy to everyone’s feet, as the crowd danced like nobody was watching. A heavy rendition of “Menacer” followed, before the band segued into “Presence of Light”. “Presence of Light” brought the crowd energy back to a more blissful state, before closing out the first set with “Seed > “Evasive Maneuvers” > “Kamuy”. The 26-minute segment featured a fantastic fake out of “Kamuy” before going into “Evasive Maneuvers”, before the band decided to actually transition into “Kamuy”. Saturday’s first set was just another day at the office of exploration for Sound Tribe Sector 9. STS9 opened up their second set on Saturday with “Strange Games”. The remix-esque fusion track of “Get Loud” and Outkast’s “ATLiens” is a serious party starter, that’ll make you feel like you’re in a modern day version of Soul Train. Saturday night’s rendition was 14-minutes long and featured multiple samples from P-Funk to Talib Kweli. “March > “Wika Chikana” followed, and if you’re a fan of Hunter Brown, this was the segment for you. HB made his guitar cry during “March”, and then proceeded to speed things up on “Wika Chikana”. The jam during “Wika” had the crowd roaring. “Music, Us” > “New Forms” was next, and was also noteworthy for multiple reasons. Maureen Murphy sat in on vocals for the first time since 2016, and did so on a drum & bass version of the tune. Maureen sang over the tracks in a beautifully haunting manner, and it was received as so by the crowd. The drum and bass didn’t stop there, as the segue train rolled into “Orbital” > “Subliminal Nature”. A crowd pleasing “When The Dust Settles” ended the second set and “To The World” > “Lo Swaga” served as the evening’s encore, ending the night in quite the room-shaking fashion. The band’s foot was placed firmly on the gas pedal throughout their two nights in Los Angeles, and STS9 shows no signs of letting up for the rest of 2019, or, for that matter, anytime soon.For a full list of STS9’s upcoming shows and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros kept their 2019 winter tour rolling on Tuesday with a performance at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI. Following a Monday show in Cleveland which featured a mix of tunes from Weir’s RatDog songbook, Bobby and the Wolf Bros treated fans in Detroit to live renditions of Beatles and Tom Petty fan favorites in addition to bringing out a special guest in saxophonist Dave McMurray.The show started with “Jack Straw”, a staple from the Grateful Dead live arsenal, followed by “Josephine”, an old original from Weir’s days with Bobby and the Midnites. The first set continued with performances of “El Paso”, “Bombs Away”, and “Peggy-O” before the trio treated the crowd to a cover of “Maddie’s Farm” by Bob Dylan. The first half of the show came to a close with “Passenger”, followed by a set-closing cover of Jerry Garcia‘s enchanting ballad, “Bird Song”, which featured McMurray’s first appearance of the night. Fans can watch the video below to hear a portion of the band’s performance of “Peggy-O” from the opening set.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Peggy-O” The band’s ongoing winter tour will continue with a performance at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday night. Fans can click here for ticket info and a list of upcoming dates.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | The Fillmore | Detroit, MI | 3/5/2019Set One: Jack Straw, Josephine, El Paso (Marty Robbins cover), Bombs Away, Petty-O (traditional cover), Maddie’s Farm (Bob Dylan cover), Passenger, Bird Song* (Jerry Garcia song)Set Two: Only a River, Tennessee Jed, Weather Report Suite > Let It Grow*, Eyes of the World*, Dear Prudence (Beatles cover), Standing on Shaky Ground* (The Temptations cover) > Turn On Your Love Light* (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)Encore: Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)* w/ Dave McMurray The second half of the show started with “Only a River” from Weir’s 2016 Blue Mountain LP, followed by a pair of Dead staples in “Tennessee Jed” and “Weather Report Suite”. Next, the band welcomed McMurray back to the stage to play on “Let It Grow” and “Eyes of the World”. The lineup returned to a trio for a mesmerizing cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” followed by a rendition of “Standing on Shaky Ground” by The Temptations. The second half covers continued as they closed their set with Bobby “Blue Bland‘s “Turn On Your Love Light”, only to return for the encore to deliver a performance of “Breakdown” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.Check out the fan-shot videos from Wednesday night’s show below to see/hear the band perform “Dear Prudence” and “Breakdown”.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Dear Prudence” [The Beatles cover][Video: HDLt00b]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Breakdown” [Tom Petty cover]