Five years ago today, the world lost a great one, as beloved drummer Levon Helm lost a lengthy battle with cancer on April 19th, 2012. One of the most iconic vocalists to ever grace the stage, Helm was a driving force behind some of The Band’s greatest music.Helm was inspired by bluegrass legend Bill Monroe to become a musician at the age of six, and his family fortunately supported that decision. He would join Ronnie Hawkins’ backing band in the late 1950s at the age of 18, splitting time between performances and high school. By bringing in folks like Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and more, Helm’s musical universe greatly expanded. When Bob Dylan asked the band to back him, his universe expanded even wider.It would be another few years before The Band officially formed, as a number of lineup changes and Dylan’s retraction from the public eye forced his backing musicians to regroup. When they released Music From The Big Pink in 1968, The Band became an overnight sensation. They would go on to release 10 albums in their career, but perhaps none of their work is more recognizable than their final performance, The Last Waltz.With guest appearances from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Paul Butterfield and more, The Last Waltz would be the final performance from the original configuration of the Band. Helm maintained an active musical career throughout his entire life thereafter, even winning a couple of Grammy awards in the 2000’s for work on his solo and live albums.With Levon Helm on our mind, we hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy some pristine footage from The Band’s The Last Waltz, below:Setlist:0:00:00 – Introduction / Up on Cripple Creek0:05:54 – Shape I’m In0:10:15 – It Makes No Difference0:17:28 – Life Is A Carnival0:22:50 – This Wheel’s On Fire0:27:24 – The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show0:31:18 – Georgia On My Mind0:35:02 – Ophelia0:39:15 – King Harvest (Has Surely Come)0:43:24 – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down0:48:13 – Rag Mama Rag0:52:33 – Introduction / Who Do You Love (with Ronnie Hawkins)0:57:47 – Such A Night (with Dr. John)1:03:01 – Down South in New Orleans (with Dr. John)1:06:34 – Mystery Train (with Paul Butterfield)1:13:29 – Caledonia (with Muddy Waters)1:21:20 – Mannish Boy (with Muddy Waters)1:28:00 – All Our Past Times (with Eric Clapton)1:33:35 – Further On Up The Road (with Eric Clapton)1:39:10 – Helpless (with Neil Young)1:46:00 – Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young)1:50:24 – Coyote (with Joni Mitchell)1:57:01 – Shadows And Light (with Joni Mitchell)2:02:36 – Furry Sings The Blues (with Joni Mitchell)2:07:46 – Dry Your Eyes (with Neil Diamond)2:12:08 – Tura Lura Lural (with Van Morrison)2:16:13 – Caravan (with Van Morrison)2:22:05 – Acadian Driftwood (with Joni Mitchell and Neil Young)2:29:18 – Poem (Emmett Grogan)2:30:19 – Poem (Hell’s Angel Sweet William)2:34:05 – JOY! (Lenore Kandel)2:35:27 – Prologue to The Canterbury Tales (Michael McClure)2:36:55 – Get Yer Cut Throat Off My Knife / Revolutionary Letter #4 (Diane DiPrima)2:39:51 – Transgressing The Real (Robert Duncan)2:41:44 – Poem (Freewheelin Frank Reynolds)2:42:55 – The Lord’s Prayer (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)2:44:05 – Genetic Method2:51:04 – Chest Fever2:56:28 – The Last Waltz Suite: Evangeline3:02:30 – The Weight3:07:23 – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (with Bob Dylan)3:10:36 – Hazel (with Bob Dylan)3:14:32 – I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (with Bob Dylan)3:19:29 – Forever Young (with Bob Dylan)3:25:09 – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) (with Bob Dylan)3:28:35 – Everyone Comes Onstage3:31:41 – I Shall Be Released (with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr & Ron Wood)3:36:27 – Instrumental Jam 1 (The Band with friends)3:47:50 – Instrumental Jam 2 (The Band with friends)4:05:49 – Don’t Do It4:12:51 – Bill Graham OutroPersonnel:The Band:Rick Danko – bass, fiddle, vocals / Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, vocals / Garth Hudson – organ, piano, accordion, synthesizers, soprano saxophone, violin / Richard Manuel – piano, organ, drums, clavinet, dobro, vocals / Robbie Robertson – guitar, piano, vocalsHorn Section:Richard Cooper – trumpet, flugelhorn / James Gordon – flute, tenor saxophone, clarinet / Jerry Hay – trumpet, flugelhorn / Howard Johnson – tuba, baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, bass clarinet / Charlie Keagle – clarinet, flute, saxophone / Tom Malone – trombone, euphonium, alto flute[Video/Setlist courtesy of The Band On MV/YouTube]
In June, Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band announced that they’d be performing for the online web series Jam In The Van. Today, the footage from this intimate recording session was released, which sees the group play three songs —”Galilee” in addition to the Grateful Dead classics “The Wheel” and “Uncle John’s Band.” In addition to the Grateful Dead bassist, Lesh is joined by his son guitarist Grahame Lesh plus guitarist Ross James, drummer Alex Koford, and keyboardist Jason Crosby. Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band’s performance is characterized by silky harmonies, tight musicianship, and a laid-back and unhurried vibe throughout. You can take a listen to these three tracks of the ensemble jammin’ in the van below.Watch Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s 4/20 “Jam In The Van” Session In California The Wheel Uncle John’s Band Galilee
Shake your coconuts, coco boys and coco girls–this party’s just begun! The moment is now, the day is here, and Phish‘s “Baker’s Dozen” residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City is finally, officially, underway. Earlier in the day, the band announced via their socials that they would be distributing donuts–real, edible, actual donuts–to their MSG guests as they arrive each night, a new flavor for each of the 13 days. Friday’s flavor: Coconut. Why does the kind of snacks the band gave out pre-show matter to the music? Don’t worry, it’ll all make sense soon…The band got the ball rolling on the first of 26 Baker’s Dozen sets with the Phish debut of “Shake Your Coconuts,” an obscure 2003 “call to party” by Danish pop duo Junior Senior. With the last notes of the opener still ringing, Page McConnell launched the vocal sample for “Martian Monster.” After all, the Garden faithful had been selected as the first astronauts to explore the planet Baker’s Dozen. With the Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House track making its second appearance of the summer after landing during Northerly Island night two. This particular Martian trip may have been short, but the band took visible pleasure in the irony of the lyrics as they embarked on the longest single run in their history.Next up was a slow-boiling “Timber (Jerry),” whose impending visit was foreshadowed with heavy teases during the not-so-simple “Simple” from Chicago. The Phish rode that Arkansas mule for 8+ minutes of focused type-1 improv, culminating in an anthemic build toward the first of night 1’s many grandiose peaks. A straightforward “555” came next, with some amusing antics coming at the song’s end, as Trey Anastasio cheekily asked the crowd “are we tired yet?” The audience roar that erupted in response answered Trey’s inquiry emphatically. Hell no, Trey. Hell no. After a long pause, the band counted into their next tune, but after a few drum beats, the “song” was abruptly cut short, with Trey introducing “Mr. Jon Fishman” behind the kit. Fishman responded to the mulligan in kind, joking “that might be our greatest composition yet.”Sunny TAB ditty “Pigtail” followed, just its fourth appearance in the Phish setting–and its fourth successively better rendition. “Pigtail” will end up being a great Phish tune. Mark it. “Halfway To The Moon” followed, and it seemed that many fans were halfway to the bathroom when, suddenly, “Halfway” launched into orbit, with Trey and Page flexing their musical muscles and Chris Kuroda showing off his spectacular new rig, which moves, spins, and generally blows last year’s LED screen setup out of the water. We’re way beyond “stage lighting” this year, as Kuroda’s new toys encompass the entire arena, making for a jaw-dropping, 360-degree spectacle. The whole damn room lights up this year, guys [early review of the rig: 5-out-of-5 gooogley-eye emojis].After an extended stop, the band kicked into the first classic Phish epic of the evening, “Reba.” After nailing the song’s complex composed parts, the band built out a typically high-flying jam, before skipping the tune’s whistling outro and opting instead for what was perhaps the evening’s most exciting song selection: David Bowie‘s “Moonage Daydream.” The first tune from last Halloween’s Ziggy Stardust costume set to appear since made an emphatic statement. Bobbing and weaving and shrugging off hits with the supreme confidence of a champion prize fighter, Trey lathered the “Moonage” jam with meaty guitar flourishes. For our purposes here, we can go ahead and call this tune Part 1-of-many in a forthcoming series entitled “Why You Really Just Have To Go To All The Shows.” A typically ripping “Walls Of The Cave” followed to close the set, leaving high expectations for what was to come.An opening night “Tweezer” was near the top of many fans’ “guess list” for night one, and the familiar opening riff of the Picture of Nectar favorite prompted an ecstatic reaction from the audience. This 16+ minute “Tweezer” excursion packed an entertaining punch, Kurodas arena-enveloping visuals once again adding some extra “wow” factor. The band built “Tweezer” into a calculated groove, with Trey flutters foaming up over the top before Page and Fishman pushed the jam into “bliss” territory and, subsequently, into a classic “Tweezer” peak. Finally, Fish took the reins once again, driving the band into “Seven Below” for the second improvisational excursion in as many songs to start set two. “Seven Below” reached some great, minimal, synth-led 80s grooves that evoked a Phil Collins-type sound (think “In The Air Tonight”) with Page absolutely blaring as the song built to another impressive climax. While far from all-time versions, both jams highlighted Phish’s intentions for the run to come: Each member of the band was trying things, taking risks, connecting in different ways, pushing each other. We may not be “there” just yet, but it’s clear the band is determined to make this unprecedented residency something truly special.A “Billy” breather came next, sucking some of the air out of a great set-opening pair of jams, before moving into “Sparkle,” which built to its cacophonous apex with a little more intent and purpose than your average “Sparkle,” if you’re into that kind of thing.With the third-quarter breathers out of the way, Phish launched into “Everything’s Right,” one of the strongest songs from a selection of early Summer 2017 debuts. The song once again got the improv treatment, with Mike Gordon serving as the locomotive and Trey milking his previously-established 80s arena rocker finesse to fantastic effect before guiding the band into a towering “Slave,” which may or may not have made this writer shed a few emotionally-gobsmacked tears, before a tight-and-funky “Suzy Greenberg” appeared to end the set. However, since these are no ordinary Phish shows, the band had one more surprise in store–the debut of an a cappella rendition/quasi-vocal jam on ubiquitous tropical chant “Coconut” (original by Harry Nilsson), which saw the clearly-amused foursome put the lime right into the coconut as they held back giddy smiles–almost like they know something we don’t know…That was when the big picture began to come into focus for all in attendance. Friday’s donut: Coconut creme. The opener: “Shake Your Coconuts.” The closer: “Coconut.” “Coconuts” in “Reba.” Starting to see a pattern? Just like that, the “Baker’s Dozen” mission was clear: 13 nights. 13 donuts. 13 special shows.The band returned for their encore with a rare “Mango Song,” which made a welcome appearance despite Trey’s usual struggles on the tune’s tricky guitar theme before ceding to a red-hot “Good Times, Bad Times,” in which Trey reminded everyone who’s boss, and restored whatever faith may have been lost during the “Mango” flubbery.It’s difficult to digest this show as a single, isolated performance. If this was a one-off–a lonely donut, if you will–it’s likely a lot more fans might feel like the show left something to be desired. But this show felt perfect as the start of something big. So come on down to MSG. We’re only one night in, but make no mistake–the “Baker’s Dozen” is already a thing, and it’s pretty fantastic so far. [Plus, tonight’s missing “Tweeprise” promises to make a big return in a couple weeks]. This run already feels intentive and significant. It’s the mo-fuckin’ Bakers Dozen–There will be no repeats. There will be no prisoners. Let’s do this. See you all tonight!(Saturday’s donut is Strawberry, for those keeping track. Look out for a thick Strawberry Goo mudslide, coming in hot.)You can check out a gallery of photos from Baker’s Dozen Night 1 below, via Andrew Blackstein.Hot Takes:REPEAT WATCH: 0 so far, since it’s only night one. But considering all the new tunes, covers, rare covers, and more, it sure looks like we won’t see any.TODAY’S DONUT: Coconut (“Shake Your Coconuts,”, “Reba”, “Coconut”)WE TIRED YET?: Hell no.SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 1 | Madison Square Garden | New York City, NY | 7/21/17I: Shake Your Coconuts, Martian Monster, Timber Ho! > 555, Pigtail, Halfway to the Moon, Reba, Moonage Daydream, Walls of the CaveII: Tweezer > Seven Below > Billy Breathes > Sparkle, Everything’s Right > Slave to the Traffic Light, Suzy Greenberg, CoconutE: The Mango Song, Good Times Bad Times Phish debut. No whistling.If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix) #July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)# (L4LM & Brooklyn Bowl Presents) Load remaining images SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 1 | Madison Square Garden | New York City, NY | 7/21/17 | Andrew Blackstein
John Mayer is back on the road with his dreamy The Search For Everything Tour, most recently stopping at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA. After wrapping up a successful summer tour with Dead & Company, the guitarist and vocalist has returned to his roots in the pop world to resume his World Tour in support of his 2017 release.The first portion of the show began with a five song set, where Mayer was backed by his full band for an all-original, career-spanning set of music. The band disappeared for the next section, leaving Mayer with his acoustic guitar to perform “Emoji of a Wave,” from his 2017 The Search For Everything release, followed by a cover of Beyoncé‘s “XO” and “Neon” from his 2001 Room For Squares. Bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan then emerged to join Mayer for the “Trio” chapter of the evening, which featured Continuum‘s “Vultures,” Jimi Hendrix‘s “Wait Until Tomorrow,” and Robert Johnson‘s Crossroads. The full band returned for Chapter Four with six songs, beginning with “Still Feel Like Your Man,” which segued into a cover of Post Malone‘s “Congratulations” with Malone himself and Tommy Lee (Mötle Crüe) on drums.Watch Post Malone and Tommy Lee join John Mayer and his band for “Congratulations” below, as uploaded by brett1179:From there, Mayer led the band though 2017’s “Rosie” and into “If I Ever Get Around To Living,” which included an “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” snippet by Tears for Fears. The set came near a close with a throwback favorite “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room,” which featured “The Beautiful Ones” by Prince intro and guitarist David Ryan Harris on vocals. The set concluded with “Dear Marie” from Paradise Valley. The band returned to the stage for a two-song encore, featuring “In The Blood” and “Gravity” with an interpolation of Ottis Redding‘s “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember.” Sunday night’s Chapter 5 Epilogue featured John Mayer alone with his piano for a stunning rendition of “You’re Gonna Live In Me Forever.” Photo: Matt Rea Photographer Matthew Rea was on site to capture the magic, which you can see in the full gallery below.Setlist: John Mayer | The Forum | Los Angeles, CA | 7/30/17Chapter 1: Full Band: Helpless, Why Georgia, I Don’t Trust Myself, Who Says, Moving On And Getting OverChapter 2: Acoustic: Emoji Of A Wave, XO, NeonChapter 3: John Mayer Trio: Vultures, Wait Until Tomorrow, CrossroadsChapter 4: Full Band Reprise: Still Feel Like Your Man, Congratulations w/ Post Malone and Tommy Lee, Rosie, If I Ever Get Around To Living, Slow Dancing In a Burning Room, Dear MarieEncore: In The Blood, GravityChapter 5: Epilogue: You’re Gonna Live Forever in MeJohn Mayer | The Forum | Los Angeles, CA | 7/30/17 | Photos by Matthew Rea Photo: Matt Rea Load remaining images
Though Morning Phase won him a Grammy award for Best Album, Beck never intended for the 2014 release to be so successful. In a new 2016 Rolling Stone interview, Beck says that the album was only released “just so we would have something out, because we were going on tour.” The real project in Beck’s mind is the album yet to come.Colors will see Beck fuse the dreaminess of Morning Phase with the more electronic loops and rhythms of his 90’s works. “It’s a summer night, people have their hands up… It’s a communal, celebratory thing. I wanted to take that into the studio, a kind of energy or joy. The thing that wakes you up a little bit.”“There’s a substratum to a lot of the songs – songs within other songs, choruses that became bridges… It’s not far from how I made my first couple of records,” says Beck about the process behind the new work. He also recruited Greg Kurstin to help write and produce the album.All in all, it’s nice to see Beck so enthusiastic about his new album, and we can’t wait for the full release. “It’s kind of life-sparking… I want to have some new things to say. I’m still filling out the picture. We do ‘Where It’s At,’ and you’re like, ‘OK, we needed that.’ Then you do another one. It’s all adding up to a picture.” Beck is gearing up to release his long-awaited, thirteenth studio album, Colors, due out October 13th. In celebration of the fall presentation, which has been in discussion for over a year now, the genre-straddling alt rocker released a new song “Dear Life” paired with a lyric video of psychedelic animation and story-building cinema. The song features whimsical guitar licks and the eerie lyrics Beck music is known and loved for, though this new release certainly confirms a new direction of pop-fueled rock for the singer/songwriter. We’re digging it.“Dear Life” is the third single released from Colors, following “Wow” and “Dreams,” which both dropped within the last two years. Enjoy all three songs below:
Mungion Fall 2017 Tour Dates9/13 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown9/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews9/21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/28 – Stevens Point, WI – The Encore9/29 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder10/18 – Columbus, OH – Notes10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Octave10/20 – Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub10/21 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club10/27 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s11/4 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe11/8 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache11/9 – Ferndale, MI – Parliament Room at Otus Supply11/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop11/11 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club11/14 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works11/15 – New York, NY – American Beauty11/16 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall11/17 – Allston, MA – Great Scott11/18 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s A few weeks ago, Chicago-based jam up-and-comers Mungion were robbed on the road during their first-ever headlining tour. On August 25th around 11 am, the band’s van, trailer, and all of their gear were stolen from the West Village neighborhood of Detriot, Michigan. In the robbery, Mungion lost all of their instruments in addition to the band’s lighting rig, monitors, amps, merch, and more, racking up at least $41,500 worth of loss. In the weeks since, the music community has rallied around the band, raising $31,000 on the band’s GoFundMe to help them recoup some of their losses and get them back on the road with gear of their own.Mungion Has Van, Trailer, Gear, Lights, And All Stolen Ahead Of First-Ever Headlining TourAfter the news broke, many of us assumed that we’d never see Mungion’s gear again. However, in a bizarre twist of fate, some of Mungion’s merch appeared following the robbery—and it’s definitely not in a place we ever expected. A few days after Mungion was robbed, local news Fox 2 Detroit broke the story that five armed gunmen robbed a Kay Beauty Supply on Saturday, August 26th, at 8:40 pm in Dearborn, Michigan, a city nine miles west of Detroit. During the beauty store hold-up, the armed robbers violently assaulted the three young women working at the store, threatened their lives when they were not compliant, and eventually forced one of the employees into the safe, in addition to stealing all of the cash from the registers, hair extensions, and the employee’s cell phones.However, here’s where things get really weird. In the beauty store’s security footage of the brutal armed robbery, you can clearly see that two of the robbers are wearing official Mungion flat brims. While it’s certainly possible that these armed robbers love the Chicago-based jam band (who doesn’t?), it seems more likely that the thieves were rocking stolen Mungion merch from the theft the previous night. You can take a look at the security camera footage from the beauty store robbery below, and check out Mungion’s post about their gear being used in the robbery above. Also, as a reminder, despite now having a clear picture of one of the thieves who stole Mungion’s gear, none of the band’s gear has been recovered. Please donate to the band’s GoFundMe here or below to help the band get back on their feet before the campaign ends later in the week, and let the band or the Detroit police know if you recognize the man involved in these two robberies. You can also snag tickets to Mungion’s fall tour on their website here.
Yesterday, Oteil Burbridge took to New York City’s The Cutting Room for a special interview and performance in collaboration with Guitar World Magazine and BackStory Presents. The interview portion was conducted by New York Times best-selling author Alan Paul, a renowned music journalist best known for his work on the Allman Brothers Band.During the interview, Paul and Burbridge discussed the legendary bassist’s tenure with the Allman Brothers as well as his most recent work with Dead & Company. The duo also chatted at length about Oteil’s recent solo side project, which has seen Oteil release his debut solo album, Water In The Desert, and perform a number of shows under the moniker Oteil Burbridge & Friends.To close out the performance, Oteil sang a couple of tunes for the intimate crowd of less than 400. Make sure to take a listen to Oteil’s heartfelt rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “To Lay Me Down”, as it perfectly showcases the bassist’s stirring and powerful vocals.
After months of rumors and anticipation, Phish has officially announced their 11th multi-day festival, named Curveball. Curveball will take place August 17-19, 2018 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY.Curveball fits neatly into Phish’s previously announced summer 2018 tour schedule, which until now featured a two-week gap between their run at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Maryland (August 11th and 12th), and their annual Labor Day Weekend celebration at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Curveball continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August, 1996, and will mark Phish’s third weekend festival at Watkin’s Glen, following Super Ball IX in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015. Prior to Super Ball, the NASCAR track hadn’t hosted a concert event since the famous Summer Jam in 1973, a single-day concert by The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band which saw 600,000 fans descend on the venue.Tickets for Curveball go on sale this Friday, March 2nd at noon ET. While tickets will allow individuals to access the camping areas, every vehicle entering the festival site will require a separate camping vehicle pass. These passes are sold on a per vehicle basis, so you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by carpooling. All Glen Close camping and on-site accommodation packages include a vehicle pass. Details about Weekend passes, camping, on-site accommodations, and travel packages are available here. The first wave of information about the festival and will continue to update with “travel info, FAQs, guidelines, event info, Russian propaganda, and much much more,” so make sure to keep checking back for more information. Until then, throw on this video of Phish’s unforgettable “Tweezer” > “Prince Caspian” jam from Magnaball, one of the most memorable musical highlights from the band’s last big party at Watkin’s Glen:Phish – “Tweezer” > “Prince Caspian” – Magnaball[Video: LivePhish]
Andrew Bird will play a series of orchestral shows in September and October. The performances will find the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and film score composer teaming up local symphonies during each stop, including two concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center.Bird’s run will get started in Indianapolis on September 26th before heading to Kansas City, Los Angeles, and D.C. over the course of the next two months. In D.C., he will be joined by musician and composer Gabriel Kahane, who has composed new orchestrations of Bird’s material.Additionally, Bird has also announced a few co-headlining shows with the popular Chris Thile-led string band Punch Brothers. Slated for August 17th, 18th and 19th, the shows will bring the two acts to Seattle, Portland, OR, and Bonner, MT.Tickets for the newly-announced dates will go on sale this Friday, April 13th.Andrew Bird Tour Dates:May 7—New York, NY—Brooklyn Bowl (Blue Heart film screening)May 9—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall (Blue Heart film screening)June 22—Kingston, NY—Ulster Performing Arts CenterAugust 12—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk CenterAugust 14—Steamboat Springs, CO—Strings Music PavilionAugust 17—Bonner, MT—KettleHouse Amphitheater*August 18—Portland, OR—Oregon Zoo Amphitheater*August 19—Seattle, WA—Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater*October 11—Los Angeles, CA—Walt Disney Concert Hall^September 26—Indianapolis, IN—Hilbert Circle Theatre (with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra) ^September 29—Kansas City, MO—Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (with Kansas City Symphony) ^October 26—Washington, DC—Kennedy Center Concert Hall (with National Symphony Orchestra) ^October 27—Washington, DC—Kennedy Center Concert Hall (with National Symphony Orchestra) ^* Co-headlining with Punch Brothers^ Orchestral showsView All Tour Dates
On Saturday night, Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage at the Bender Jamboree for their first of two headlining slots this weekend at the annual festival taking place at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The band joined an exciting lineup for the evening that also included The Travelin’ McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Shook Twins, The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, and Polyrhythmics. Saturday’s performance also marked Greensky’s first show in over a month, and the jam-grass quintet had plenty of appropriately themed surprises in store for the Sin City celebration.“Past My Prime” got the set started, followed by a rendition of “Handle With Care” featuring a tease of Titanic theme song “My Heart Will Go On”. “Fixin’ To Ruin” came next and featured an appropriate sit-in from percussionist Ken Kinnear, who contributed to the studio recording of the tune for 2016’s Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted. “Room Without A Roof” and “Living Over” followed, before the band continued through a string of selections from 2014’s If Sorrows Swim: “In Control”, “Letter To Seymour”, “Demons”, and “Kerosene”.Next, Greensky welcomed out a very special, Vegas-appropriate guest: the one and only Elvis Presley. Well, not the “one and only”…One of the many, many Elvis impersonators that line the Vegas Strip, with showgirls in full regalia in tow. Elvis led the band through a bluegrass rendition of his classic tune “Viva Las Vegas” and stayed onstage for a set-closing rendition of “Leap Year”.Below, you can watch a clip of the King’s shenanigans on “Viva Las Vegas” and check out some photos from Greensky’s first of two Las Vegas performances this weekend:Greensky Bluegrass w/ Elvis Impersonator – “Viva Las Vegas”[Video: Max Berde] Bender Jamboree finishes today with performances from Shook Twins, Billy Strings, The Lil Smokies, Sam Bush, and Greensky, in addition to The Dustbowl Revival’s late-night festival Wrap Party. For more information, head to the festival website.Greensky Bluegrass has a lengthy stretch of festival dates on the books for the remainder of April and May, culminating in their inaugural Camp Greensky festival from May 31st – June 2nd at Hoxeyville Festival Grounds in their native Michigan. For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Bender Jamboree | Plaza Hotel | Las Vegas, NV | 4/14/18 Set 1: Past My Prime, Handle With Care, Fixin To Ruin, Room Without a Roof, Living Over, In Control, A Letter to Seymour, Demons, Kerosene, Viva Las Vegas, Leap Year