Last weekend marked the 15th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, packing a number of musical icons into the beloved Manchester, TN event. Among the many connections made backstage, the one between Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer and Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder is certainl quite endearing.In an Instagram post, Mayer talks about how his music and musicianship has been greatly inspired by Pearl Jam over the years. He wrote:“Without this man Eddie Vedder and @pearljam I wouldn’t be a singer. Or a songwriter. I wouldn’t have tried to be as interesting with vocal melodies as he is. Without Mike McCready and ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ there is no ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’ and without their record No Code there would be no Born and Raised. Saturday night at Bonnaroo gave me an opportunity to (clumsily) close the loop and pay my respects to the guys, their music and their navigating as a band through the years. Thanks for the kindness.”Heartwarming indeed. Check out the post below.
The legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea has been out in Los Angeles, celebrating his 75th birthday with an extended run at Catalina’s Jazz Club. Performing with his Elektric Band, Corea had a special surprise in store for those who came out last Saturday, August 20th.After the main set, Corea announced a special guest for the encore, none other than Herbie Hancock. Hancock, along with Corea & The Elektric Band, performed an absolutely stunning version of “Spain.” The 1973 classic was navigated masterfully by Hancock and Corea, as you can witness through the video posted by GrantPmusic on YouTube.Watch “Spain” with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, below.Corea turned 75 earlier this year, and wraps up his run at Catalina’s with two shows scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday nights. The legend has an amazing number of tour dates on the schedule, including an eighty show residency over two months in New York, NY. Find out more tour information here.
Guitar-wielding fans of Widespread Panic, take note. You could soon own a piece of the band’s storied past.WSP launched a new auction today, offering up a Mesa Boogie Fifty/Fifty amplifier and Mesa Boogie Studio Preamp previously used by the late Mikey Houser. Houser was a founding member of Widespread Panic, who tragically passed away on August 10th, 2002 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit Nuci’s Space, a non-profit musician’s resource center in Athens, GA.For those interested in amplifier and preamp set, head to the eBay auction page. You can read the full item description below:This auction is for a Mesa Boogie Fifty/Fifty stereo tube power amplifier and Mesa Boogie Studio Preamp in working condition. These units were previously owned by the late Michael Houser of Widespread Panic. Michael used this amplifier setup between 1990-1992. The live photo shown in this listing is from the H.O.R.D.E. show that took place on 7/20/92. A certificate of authenticity from Brown Cat Inc. (Widespread Panic’s management team) will be included.It is nice to know that Mikey’s equipment will go towards such an important charitable cause. RIP.
In this latest guest post, Colorado-based saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach offers his personal insight into how to successfully not be in a band. Gerlach was formerly a member of Turbo Suit (formerly known as Cosby Sweater) before the group’s disbanding last June. This most recent post is a follow-up to “The Six Rules All Musicians Must Follow When Sitting In With Other Artists,” which offers up knowledgeable and nuanced guidelines for conquering the social norms surrounding sitting in with other bands. Read on for Nicholas Gerlach’s latest advice on how not to be in a band anymore below! Sunsquabi Releases New Single “Dexter” Featuring Nicholas Gerlach On Sax A full-time touring band seems like it’s going to last forever but, unless you are extremely fortunate, it won’t. Eventually, the celebrity your band is named after will be accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women. The hyper-inventive and catchy band name then becomes taboo, forcing it to be changed and starting a cascading effect that leads to the ultimate demise of the project. It’s something that eventually happens to every musician at some point during their career. Right?Roughly a year ago, the band I was in, Turbo Suit (some of you may know it by the ill-fated name, Cosby Sweater), decided to hang it up. Since then, I’ve relocated and been lucky to be involved in some great musical experiences. I had been part of a band in some way for pretty much the entirety of adult life, so I was a little uncertain about how to approach my new musical lifestyle. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.The Boy Scouts Were Right – I tried being a boy scout when I was a kid, but you have to go in the woods and stuff and there were no girls there, so I quit after about six months. I did learn one thing along the way, The Boy Scouts’ famous mantra “Always Be Prepared.” Do your homework for every gig because a well-prepared musician beats a talented musician every time. Of course, if you can be both, do that.Go To Stuff – Remember that time when all those musicians you didn’t know came over to your house and hung out and got to know you and decided you were cool and they should work with you in the future? I don’t. You have to be a part an active member of the “scene” you want to play in if you want to be an active musician in it. No one will call you if they don’t have your phone number. Don’t go to everything, though.Stay Writing – One of the joys of being in an active project is creating and performing your own original music. Keep this going, even when you don’t have anyone in particular to write for. Having an active portfolio of song ideas ready to go can lead to some great opportunities. After all, How are people going to believe you can write music if you don’t write music? Bands want to work with musicians that can do more than just perform on stage. Speaking of this, I’ve been sending Umphrey’s McGee some “pretty chill beats” I thought they could use to “change music forever.” They haven’t gotten back to me yet, but iMessage said they read it like 6 months ago, so I should hear back any minute.Communicate – Don’t leave people hanging when they are trying to work with you. It’s annoying, and it’s gonna make them want to put you in the musical equivalent of the “friend zone.”Be Handsome – One thing that has helped me along the way is my stunning profile. I was once referred to as a “young Jude Law, but like, with a red beard for some reason” by an enamored concert goer. I know this because, after I play, I go into the last stall of the nearest restroom and eavesdrop to hear what people are saying about me. This is something that every musician does no matter what they tell you. . . . Okay, no one said this, but in my mind they did.These rules should be fairly obvious to any working musician that hasn’t had the luxury of being in a steady project in the past. The goal is to take advantage of every opportunity out there and find a way to create opportunities for yourself. Well, I’m gonna go call my old bandmate Jeff and breathe heavily into the phone while he repeatedly tells me that he knows it’s me because, “Dude, Caller-ID has been a thing since the 90’s, and you’re literally exhaling into your saxophone.”
Today, for the 91st installment of Rad Tracks Thursday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released pro-shot video of their first set closer from their final night at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans during the beginning of May. The last night of their three-night run coincided with the close of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, falling on Sunday, May 7th. For this latest Rad Tracks release, the massive forty-one-minute video shows Joe Russo’s Almost Dead—featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger—moving through “Throwing Stones,” “Stella Blue,” and “Music Never Stopped.”Enjoy These Video Highlights From Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s 1st Weekend At The Brooklyn BowlAs noted by Peter Costello, “Throwing Stones” featured a Benevento/Russo Duo jam within it as well as teases of The Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride.” The band also teased “China>Rider” to transition out of the song and into “Stella Blue,” which featured also teases back to “Throwing Stones” by Metzger. The band eventually built out “Stella Blue” into “Music Never Stopped,” again following the pattern of teasing the song before it with traces of “Stella Blue” laced throughout, primarily by Tom Hamilton.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Ends New Orleans Run With A Bang [Photos]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s video of the first-set closer from their performance at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans on May 7th, comes on the heels of the group releasing the full soundboards for the run. You can check out the soundboards here to listen to the rest of the show, and check out the video and setlist from the night below.[Photo: Dave Vann] Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Joy Theater | New Orleans, LA | 5/7/2017Set One (10:02PM – 11:25PM): Samson & Delilah -> Jack Straw > Loser -> Vampire Blues -> Throwing Stones @ > Stella Blue # -> The Music Never Stopped $Set Two (11:57PM – 1:25AM): Ruben & Cherise % -> I Know You Rider ^ -> Let It Grow -> Tico Tico & -> Let It Grow Reprise -> Eyes Of The World $ > Dancing In The Streets * -> Franklin’s TowerEncore: Brokedown PalaceNotes:@ – With “Ticket To Ride” (The Beatles) Tease (TH), a Duo Jam, an Unknown Tease (TH & MB) & a China>Rider Transition Tease (Band)# – With a Throwin Stones Tease (SM)$ – With a Stella Blue Tease (TH)% – With a “Who Are You” (The Who) Tease (Band)^ – With a “Midnight Rider” (The Allman Brothers Band) Tease (TH)& – Zequinha de Abreu Cover (Full Title is “Tico-Tico no Fubá”), First Time Played by Almost Dead* – With a “Fame” (David Bowie) Tease (DD) & a “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Tease (MB)
Boulder, Colorado’s The Fox Theatre threw a month-long 25th-anniversary celebration back in March featuring acts that helped build the venue up in its early days. Bands such as The String Cheese Incident, The Motet, Leftover Salmon, and The Greyboy Allstars, among others, all came back to the 600-capacity venue to celebrate, pulling packed houses night in and night out. In fitting fashion, there will be one more celebration prior to the end of 2017, as Shockra will bring it back to the old-school, early days of the jam scene on Saturday, December 9th (purchase tickets on Friday, September 15th, here).For those that may not be “in the know,” Shockra—who played one of the first shows at The Fox—was straight out of the earliest beginnings of what we now know the jam scene to be, back in the late 80’s, alongside acts like Phish, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, and Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. A lot of cross-pollination was going on at the time, with many of these bands joining up and heading out on tours together, sitting in with each other during the other’s set, and throwing many parties turned late-night jam sessions at Shockra’s band house, Neptune, making the scene what it would eventually become.[Video: WeaveGD]What initially started out as blues band Graffiti, Berklee College of Music students Felix Rentschler (guitar), Edwin Hurwitz (bassist), original drummer Jonathan Abel, along with Jeff Grove (tenor sax/vocals), eventually went on to create more of an exploratory funk/world beat fusion sound. Eventually, the group shed the Graffiti moniker for Shockra, added Dan Coutu on keys, and Abel left the band, which made room for Berklee student Dave Watts (who, as we know now, went on to form The Motet) to make a name for himself. Shockra released 1991’s Garuda’s Groove and toured heavily in support of the album, headlining venues east to west while building a loyal fanbase. The group would eventually break up in the late 90’s, but would make a few return appearances over the years, making the coming show at The Fox that much more intriguing.Shockra was a mainstay in the Boston bar and underground music scene and shared the stage with Phish on many occasions and sit-ins (Jon Fishman made an appearance with the band at NYC’s Wetlands Preserve back in ’92). Another interesting little tidbit of information is that Mike Gordon actually took slap bass lessons from Hurwitz, who was considered one of the best at the time. Gordo “bass bombs” might not quite be what they are today if it wasn’t for Hurwitz.Tickets for Shockra at The Fox Theatre on Dec. 9th will be on-sale this coming Friday, Sept. 15th at 10 am MDT and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Plus, check out this full recording from a Shockra show at Burlington’s K.D. Churchill’s, which sees the members of Phish sit-in during the entire second set of the show.[via taper james_dineen]Setlist: Shockra | K.D. Churchill’s | Burlington, VT | 2/1/92Set One: Give It Up, Spread The Word->Dimension Extension, Tone Clone*Set Two: Sippin Pippa*->The Worms Crawl In *, Don’t Let It Stop Ya ** With all members of PhishNotes via phish.net: On February 1st, the members of Phish joined Shockra for their show at K.D. Churchill’s in Burlington. Mike was taking lessons in slap bass from Shockra’s bassist Edwin around that time and the two bands were spending some time together with Shockra opening some classic Phish concerts in the Northeast in 1991. On the 1st, Phish took the stage with Shockra for their second set, performing Shockra staples like “Tone Clone,” “Don’t Let it Stop Ya,” and “Underground People” as well as some funky, syncopated jamming. This was the first of a number of live jams the bands played together through the years at Boston’s Neptune House and later at Shockra club performances in 1992 and 1993.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:
Lettuce is hitting the road this winter with a 15-date headlining tour! The future funk collective will kick off on February 7th in Atlanta, GA and bring their soulful groove and sonic hijinks to major cities across the country including New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more, with support from The Motet and a special co-bill with Galactic on select dates. These new dates will follow the Lettuce’s highly-anticipated New Year’s Eve residency at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl from December 29th – 31st, as well as the band’s return to Jam Cruise and Gem and Jam Festival.Lettuce Reinterprets Miles Davis In New Live Album “Witches Stew”The announcement of the tour comes hot on the heels of the release of the band’s contemporary jazz fusion album, Witches Stew. Recorded live at the 2016 Catskill Chill, the album is a tribute to Miles Davis, one of Lettuce’s biggest influences, and is an interpretive take on the historically experimental and lauded Bitches Brew era. Bringing forth an eerie, ethereal, and psychedelic reimagining to what was one of the most impactful periods in Miles’ legacy, Lettuce showcases the technical mastery and visionary expertise they are revered for.For the upcoming 2018 headlining tour, fan club pre-sale is available now. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, November 17th at 10am local time. Full routing below. For additional ticket information, please head to the band’s website.LETTUCE 2017-2018 TOUR DATES:December 28 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock ClubDecember 29 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn BowlDecember 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn BowlDecember 31 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn BowlJanuary 17 Miami, FL @ Jam CruiseJanuary 27 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalJanuary 28 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalFebruary 7 Atlanta, GA @ Variety PlayhouseFebruary 8 New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater*February 9 Houston, TX @ House of Blues*February 10 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q*February 13 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las VegasFebruary 14 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park*February 15 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre*February 16 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*February 17 Portland, OR @ Roseland TheaterFebruary 18 Seattle, WA @ ShowboxFebruary 20 Missoula, MT @ The WilmaFebruary 22 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre^February 23 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre^February 24 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall^February 25 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues^*With support from Motet^Co-bill with Galactic
[H/T Relix] At the start of November, a hardcover coffee-table photography book chronicling the Grateful Dead at different points of their career was released via Rock Out Books. The book, Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965 – 1995, was co-edited by former Relix editor-in-chief Josh Baron in collaboration with famed rock photographer Jay Blakesberg. At the end of last week, in promotion of the fine art photography book, a short video showing Phil Lesh flipping through the book and sharing his thoughts was released.‘Eyes Of The World’ Offers Definitive Collection Of Grateful Dead Photos From Throughout Their CareerDuring the clip, Lesh reminisces about the Grateful Dead and reflects on the band and his own aesthetics throughout the year. Opening with the hilarious comments “I wish I had never grown that beard” and “I could use some better glasses,” Lesh quips about certain images throughout. He points out his favorite photograph of himself and later, looking at a picture of the band, asks, “Would you buy a used car from these people?” before noting, “I wouldn’t want to play cards with ’em.”You can check out the video for yourself below, and buy Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965 – 1995 on the book’s website.
Today, Medeski, Martin & Wood have released a brand-new album, Omnisphere, which they created in collaboration with Denver contemporary orchestra Alarm Will Sound. Released via Medeski, Martin & Wood’s own imprint, Indirecto Records, the seven-track album presents an ideal balance of new and familiar tunes, with Omnisphere featuring original music by members of both groups, plus new Alarm Will Sound arrangements of two cuts off MMW’s 2004 release, End of the World Party (Just in Case).Omnisphere poses a compelling question: “What would happen if one of the most adventurous groups to emerge in jazz and improvised music in the last three decades were to join up with an orchestra that counts among the boldest forces in contemporary classical?” According to the press release, “The results are both expected, in the peerless level of the musicianship, and stunning, in the sweeping stylistic range of the program. But more than anything, Omnisphere speaks to the respect and creative kinship shared between these two trailblazing ensembles.”“The more we worked together, the more I realized how perfect this is. How they are, for their universe, very much like us,” says keyboardist John Medeski. “We have a certain connection that’s like family and they’re like a family, so it’s like these two families coming together.”Recorded live at The Newman Center in Denver, Colorado in February 2015, Omnisphere fulfills a long-held aspiration for Medeski, drummer-percussionist Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood. In the earliest days of the band, the trio would often listen to classical and chamber music as a source of musical inspiration, conceptualizing the idea of how to merge their freewheeling improvisational jazz explorations with the more composed approach of orchestral music.“We had a collection of over 500 CDs, and that’s what got us through,” Martin said onstage in Denver, recalling MMW’s early road-warrior years. “And there was a lot of chamber music, contemporary classical music: Ligeti, Feldman, Sun Ra even. So sharing that and now we’re here, it’s a dream come true, and we love it.”For Alarm Will Sound, the feelings were mutual. “We knew we had a winner of an idea,” says Alan Pierson, the ensemble’s artistic director and conductor. “A number of [our musicians] have really idolized Medeski Martin & Wood for years, and so there was a lot of excitement in the group.”As John Medeski shared with Live For Live Music earlier in the year, prior to its release, this collaborative effort with Alarm Will Sound has been in the works for a while, coming about after the renowned jazz trio “played gigs in the Denver area with music they wrote, music that we wrote, and some old stuff rearranged for them.” At the time of the interview in January, Medeski hinted that MMW was also in the studio working on another record. He explained, “It’ll be out probably this coming year, for sure. There’s gonna be a film and a documentary around it about the band. … All new stuff, and it’s pretty exciting.”You can listen to Medeski, Martin & Wood’s new album in collaboration with Alarm Will Sound, Omnisphere, below. Enjoy!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Following yesterday’s announcement of Phish‘s return to Bonnaroo this summer, the band has announced a full slate of 2019 summer tour dates. Phish will hit the road this summer with a 26-date tour beginning with two-nights in St. Louis, MO, and culminating with the band’s traditional Labor Day run of shows in Commerce City, CO.Following the two-night, tour-opening run in St. Louis and Phish’s two days at Bonnaroo (featuring one set on Friday, 6/14 and two sets on Sunday, 6/16), the band will head up to Toronto on June 18th for their first Canadian performance since 2013. From there, they’ll make a stop at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH (6/19) before heading to Charlotte, NC for a performance at PNC Music Pavilion (6/21).Next up will be a two-night run at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD (6/22, 6/23) followed by a two-night stint at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME (6/25, 6/26). That weekend, they’ll head back to Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion for a three-night stand (6/28, 6/29, 6/30). A two-night, midweek run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center will come next (7/2, 7/3), followed by a pair of shows at the Boston Red Sox‘ home field, Boston, MA’s Fenway Park (7/5, 7/6).The following week, Phish will make their debut at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena (7/9, 7/10), followed by a three-night stand at East Troy, WI’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre (7/12, 7/13, 7/14). Finally, Phish will end their summer as they have for many years, with a three-night Labor Day weekend run at Commerce City, CO’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.A ticket request period is currently underway at tickets.phish.com (ending Monday, January 21st at 10 a.m. ET). Tickets go on sale to the public beginning January 25th.In an effort to get tickets into the hands of fans and not bots, Phish is using Ticketmaster Verified Fan® for public on-sales sold via Ticketmaster. For the first two hours of each on-sale, a selection of the best tickets will be available for those who have received codes via Verified Fan. Registration closes Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:59 p.m. ET. For more info, head here.Phish and CID Entertainment are offering travel packages (which include hotel & tickets) for Saratoga Springs, Boston, Columbia, Camden, East Troy and Commerce City. Travel Packages go on sale Wednesday, January 16th at 1 p.m. ET. Details are available here.Phish 2019 Summer Tour6/11 Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO6/12 Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO6/14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN6/16 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN6/18 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON6/19 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH6/21 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC6/22 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD6/23 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD6/25 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME6/26 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME6/28 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ6/29 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ6/30 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ7/02 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY7/03 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY7/05 Fenway Park, Boston, MA7/06 Fenway Park, Boston, MA7/09 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT7/10 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT7/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI7/13 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI7/14 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI8/30 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO8/31 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO9/01 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, COView Tour Dates