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With a concert scheduled at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC this Friday, May 27th, fans have been wondering just what Dave Matthews Band will do. After major touring artists like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam decided to cancel performances in North Carolina over the discriminatory HB-2 “Bathroom Bill,” the DMB have come to a smart compromise: donate a portion of concert proceeds to charity.The band has chosen five groups to give donations to, including American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC, and Time Out Youth. The first three are spending time in the courts trying to defeat the bill, while the latter two are working with the LGBT community in North Carolina to fight for equality and provide support to any youths who may be struggling with their identity.The DMB started their own charity, The Bama Works Fund, and have raised over $40 million for charitable causes since 1999. The band is not only committed to important causes, but they continue to impress with great performances on a nightly basis. Check out our recap of the band’s most recent show at the Blossom Music Center.
For the third night running, beloved jam band Widespread Panic took over with a great performance in the musical city of Nashville, TN. The band set up shop at the Bridgestone Arena to ring in the New Year, calling on special guests throughout three full sets of music from WSP.After opening with “Blue Indian” and “Holden Oversoul,” WSP brought out their first guests of the night – the Love Sponge String Quartet. Together they rocked hits like “May Your Glass Be Filled,” “Her Dance Needs No Body,” “Crazy,” and a debut cover of Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” that featured Randall Bramblett on saxophone. WSP closed out their opening string quartet set with “Expiration Day,” getting fans ready for more in store.They continued with some classic Panic tunes in set two, including “Pigeons”, “Henry Parsons Died” and “Rebirtha,” before calling on the Megablasters to provide some powerful horns to “Sharon”, “Tail Dragger” and “Tall Boy.” They continued the set by bringing out the McCrary Sisters for some backing vocals, closing out the set with “Can’t Get High” and “Ain’t Life Grand” – the latter also featured David Davidson accompanying on the fiddle!After a little “Disco” to get things going, the third set was filled with special guests and some choice song selections. They played The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” for the first time since 12/31/14 (147 shows), with accompaniment from Randall Bramblett, the Megablasters, and the McCrary Sisters. That same group of musicians would remain on stage throughout the set, joining Widespread Panic for takes on “Hope In A Hopeless World,” “Up All Night”, “Moondance” – for the first time since 12/31/09 (473 shows) – and “Bust It Big.” The band then grooved into an experimental “Drums” before emerging with “Chilly Water and an “All Time Low” that featured the McCrary Sisters. The full horn section emerged once more for the set closer, Parliament Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama.” The encore kept up the energy as well, with Widespread Panic returning with McCrary Sisters for a celebratory take on Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”. They closed out the night with one last bust out from a past New Year’s, playing the Talking Heads’ tune “Burning Down The House” for the first time since 12/31/13. They enlisted the full horn and vocal sections one last time, sending fans off packing with a great finale!You can listen to the show in full, streaming in the player below courtesy of Chris from Jam Buzz.Check out the PanicStream setlist below.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN | 12/31/16Set 1: Blue Indian, Holden Oversoul, May Your Glass Be Filled*, Her Dance Needs No Body*, Crazy*, Still Crazy After All These Years*^, Expiration Day* (44 mins)Set 2: Pigeons, Henry Parsons Died, Rebirtha, Sharon+, Tail Dragger+, Tall Boy+, Can’t Get High#, Ain’t Life Grand%# (57 mins)Set 3: Disco, A Little Help From My Friends+#^, Hope In A Hopeless World+#^, Up All Night+#^ > Moondance+#^, Bust It Big+#^ > Drums > Chilly Water, All Time Low#, Red Hot Mama+#^ (75 mins)Encore: For What It’s Worth#, Burning Down The House+#^Notes:* w/ Love Sponge String Quartet^ w/ Randall Bramblett on sax+ w/ the Megablasters on horns# w/ the McCrary Sisters on vocals% w/ David Davidson on fiddle[JB seated 1st set; House music is that of musicians that have passed this year; ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ first time played (Paul Simon); ‘Moondance’ LTP 12/31/09 Atlanta (473 shows); ‘A Little Help From My Friends’ LTP 12/31/14 Charlotte (147 shows); ‘Burning Down The House’ LTP 12/31/13 Atlanta (220 shows)][Setlist/photo courtesy of PanicStream]
Beloved mega-festival Lollapalooza continues it’s wold domination in 2017, adding another massive festival to its ever-growing roster of international events. Along with the festival’s annual Chicago weekend, festivals in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, and an event in Berlin, the Lollapalooza brand now expands to Paris, France. Located at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, Lollapalooza Paris will take place over two days on July 22nd and 23rd. The festival will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd, with Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, Alt J, Pixes, The Roots, Liam Gallagher (formerly of Oasis), and The Hives among the many acts set to play.To find out more information about the first ever Lollapalooza Paris, visit the festival’s website. See below for the festival’s full lineup.
Ryan Montbleau continues to make a name for himself with his soulful music, splitting time between solo shows and full band performances to convey his unique songwriting compositions. Montbleau got his start as a solo musician in 2006, and continues to grow as an artist with new and exciting opportunities. The latest comes in the form of his new album, I Wast Just Leaving, which was produced by Anders Osborne and will officially debut on February 16th in a world premiere performance streamed on Facebook Live.Montbleau shares some background on the new album, saying that “these songs were recorded in the control room of Esplanade Studios New Orleans in January of 2016. Anders Osborne ensured their rawness, brought out their soul and (engineer/mixer) Mark Howard made them shimmer. Those two were a dream team for capturing songs from the heart.”He continues, “After 15 years of going crazy to build a life in music, I found that most of my days were now spent alone in a room reflecting on those years. These songs came out of that space. I thought I’d tried to build a home, but it turns out I was just leaving.” That’s the overarching theme of the new album, and his soulful demeanor comes through strongly on the new song, “Bright Side.” We’re honored to premiere the new track, which you can listen to below.Ryan Montbleau’s new album I Was Just Leaving will be live streamed on Facebook Live via Montbleau’s channel, as well as the Life Is Good and PledgeMusic Facebook pages on Thursday February 16th at 9:00 pm EST. The album is currently available for pre-order via Pledge Music, so don’t miss out. You can also keep up with Montbleau on his official website.
Last year, a German primatologist named Eva Luef at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, made a ridiculously wonderful observation about gorillas, our furry cousins who split from humans evolutionary about 10 million years ago. While in the Republic of Congo, Leuf noticed that the populations of two groups of wild western lowland gorillas have the habit of humming and singing food songs to themselves while they eat (!!!!), and the world is all the better with this newfound knowledge.While chimpanzees and bonobos have previously been known to make food-related noises, the phenomenon has never been documented with gorillas. Plus, while analyzing her observations, she realized that gorillas actually make two different types of sounds while eating. As Brian Owens of New Scientist describes them, one sound is a “a steady low-frequency tone that sounds a bit like a sigh of contentment” (Editor’s note: which is adorable), and the other sound is “a series of short, differently pitched notes that sounds a little like someone humming a random melody” (Editor’s note: which is also adorable).Leuf also noticed that gorillas don’t “sing the same song over and over” when they’re “composing their little food songs;” rather, each one is totally unique. Most importantly, according to a gorilla handler at the Toronto Zoo, Ali Vella-Irving, “Each gorilla has its own voice: you can really tell who’s singing. And if it’s their favorite food, they sing louder.” Again, I will repeat for emphasis: If it’s their favorite food, they sing louder. Never have I felt such close kinship with out hairy gorilla cousins.Gorilla Sighing From Contentment While Eating Gorilla Singing A Happy Little Ditty To Itself While Eating Across gorillas in captivity and in the wild, Leuf noted that only the dominant silverback males sang happy food songs in the wild, positing that this may be the way the alpha male ensures order during meals and lets the rest of the group know when its time to start and stop eating. Meanwhile, in the egalitarian setting that is captivity in a zoo, all gorillas can joyfully express their contentment at eating mostly stems, bamboo shoots, fruits, and sometimes termites, ants, and their larvae. Great work gorillas, sounds delicious! Humanization of gorillas briefly aside, researchers are now using this information to research the evolution of language as well as to give insight into the food calls of other species, so besides being my favorite fact I’ve ever learned, there’s also future insights that will continue to come from this adorable observation. [H/T New Scientist]
Nobel Prize-winning songwriter Bob Dylan has announced the addition of five New York City shows to his upcoming Fall Tour with Mavis Staples. Dylan will return to Upper West Side Manhattan’s storied Beacon Theatre for five shows between November 20th and November 25th (with November 23rd set as an “off” day). As with the rest of the tour (excluding the first two dates in Valley Center, CA and Las Vegas, NV) Staples will open the evening.The dates close out a previously announced run that kicks off October 13 in California and stretches through the month with stops from coast to coast. Mavis Staples will open Dylan’s Beacon show and all dates on his current tour other than in Valley Center and Las Vegas.See below for a full list of Bob Dylan’s fall tour dates with Mavis Staples. All ticketing information for the tour is available here:Bob Dylan w/ Mavis Staples Fall Tour 2017 Dates:October 13 Valley Center, CA—Harrah’sOctober 14 Las Vegas, NV—CosmopolitanOctober 17 Salt Lake City, UT—Eccles TheaterOctober 18 Salt Lake City, UT—Eccles TheaterOctober 21 Broomfield, CO—1st Bank CenterOctober 23 Omaha, NE—Century Link CenterOctober 24 Ames, IA—Stephens AuditoriumOctober 25 St. Paul, MN—Xcel Energy CenterOctober 27 Chicago, IL—Wintrust ArenaOctober 28 Grand Rapids, MI—Van Andel ArenaOctober 29 Bloomington, IN—IU AuditoriumNovember 1 Detroit, MI—Fox TheaterNovember 3 Akron, OH—EJ Thomas HallNovember 5 Columbus, OH—Palace TheaterNovember 6 Pittsburgh, PA—Peterson Events CenterNovember 8 Uniondale, NY—Nassau ColiseumNovember 10 Richmond, VA—ColiseumNovember 11 Philadelphia, PA—Tower TheatreNovember 12 Philadelphia, PA—Tower TheatreNovember 14 Washington, DC—The AnthemNovember 16 Boston, MA—Agannis ArenaNovember 20 New York, NY—Beacon TheatreNovember 21 New York, NY—Beacon TheatreNovember 22 New York, NY—Beacon TheatreNovember 24 New York, NY—Beacon TheatreNovember 25 New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
If there is one thing that southern gospel guitar master Roosevelt Collier knows, it’s how to get down and dirty. His squeals and peals add instant depth and power to any song he graces. Furthermore, Collier is no stranger to leading and following collectives of musicians, thanks to his numerous side projects and history as a go-to special guest, sitting in with countless amazing bands over the course of his career. The list of artists who have him on their wish list for collaborations is as long as the notes he teases out of his pedal steel guitar.Matador! Soul Sounds Brought The Funk To Brooklyn Comes Alive [Pro-Shot Video]This past fall, Roosevelt Collier brought his inimitable talents back to Brooklyn for an appearance at the third annual Brooklyn Comes Alive. At BCA 2017, the pedal-steel virutoso once again showcased his unique and soulful spirit with a spectacular set of funky tunes at Brooklyn Bowl. For this year’s event, he brought several members of the progressive jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy with him, and they delivered an incredible performance filled with fun covers and interesting arrangements. Multi-instrumentalists Michael League and Bob Lanzetti reigned supreme on guitar and bass, respectively, and Robert “Sput” Searight owned the drumkit throughout—together, the band had more than enough firepower to back up Collier in his musical battle.Watch Skerik, Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, & More Join Forces At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Full Show]When Roosevelt Collier took the stage, he opened the show with a powerful take on “Amazing Grace”, performed in tribute to the late Charles Bradley, whose death was announced just before the doors opened. The song was delivered with true emotion and passion, and Collier and company harnessed that energy and infused it into their entire set. The ensemble filled the set with fun and familiar covers, such as “Come Together” and “Get Back” by The Beatles, which really connected with the passionate Brooklyn Comes Alive audience.Watch George Porter Jr., Skerik, And Mike Dillon Explore Far Reaches Of Funk At Brooklyn Comes AliveCheck out videos of “Amazing Grace” into a stomping version of “Churchin’”, as well as Rosie’s take on “Come Together” below. But, be warned, you might just find yourself rising up and getting down, wherever you happen to be! Enjoy!“Amazing Grace” > “Churchin”“Come Together”
For three beautiful days, Philadelphia progressive rock wizards Out Of The Beardspace brought their annual Beardfest back for a powerful seventh year at the Paradise Lakes Campground in Hammonton, New Jersey, from June 14th to 16th.While the focus and draw of Beardfest is the music—this year included impressive headliners like Marco Benevento, the first-ever performance from Medeski, Martin & MonoNeon, and saxophone duo Moon Hooch—festivalgoers have more than just one way to immerse themselves in the culture. Taking inspiration from transformative festivals like Rootwire and Costa Rica’s Envision Festival, the crew behind Beardfest set out to use their platform, both as a festival and band, to give back to the community that has supported their craft.Something that has been a major part of the experience of Beardfest is the variety of classes and workshops that take place throughout each day, as a way to enrich the downtime of those who choose to dive in and aren’t just there for the party. From yoga and meditation to herbalism and crafting introductions, salsa lessons, and participatory musical workshops in world drums and pedal effects, there is truly something for every walk of life.“Part of what we’re doing here is providing a stage for inspiration from great [musical] artists,” tells Beardspace guitarist Jeremy Savo, “but we’re also providing a canvas for that inspiration to flow out immediately.”And that flowing inspiration was apparent from the start of this year’s festivities, from the stage setup that was constantly changing with the direction of the ROMPUS art collective to the massive amounts of spontaneous sit-ins and improvisation from every single band on the lineup. Thursday, 6/14When the gates of Paradise Lakes opened on Thursday morning, it was clear to all in attendance that this year would be one for the books. There was something in the air that had every waking soul visibly bouncing with anticipation. On trend with the growth that this festival has experienced in years previous, the camping area was full to the gills in mere hours. Nobody wanted to miss a second of this year’s activities.The Forest Stage played host to the first set of music from Kingsley Ibeneche, a local rising talent out of Philadelphia who blends elements of world music and jazz with his talents as a classically trained dancer. Following the first set and opening the Main Stage was New York-based acoustic roots outfit Upstate Rubdown. Local alternative rockers Medusa’s Disco followed suit on the Forest Stage, as the sun set on the first day and the celebration hit that beautiful nighttime stride.Enter the first night of Beardfest, which included another string of performances, mostly drawn from the deep well of talent that is growing each year out of Philadelphia. The Main Stage ignited as Gnarbot, led by dual guitarists Zach LoPresti and Zack Smith, dropped jaws with their technical mastery and genre-defying tunes. Fueling the crowd with high-octane guitar solos, the howling masses swung into full party mode. Philadelphia jamtronica staple Tweed lit up the Forest Stage with a solid set of dance music and proved to be the perfect warm-up for the weekend’s first headlining slot.In a perfect cap to the opening night, Beardfest alumni Moon Hooch brought the heat in a dazzling display of saxophone madness. One could speculate that their levels were heightened after leading a pre-set sunset meditation class on the beach prior to hitting the stage. Whatever the reason was, the trio blazed into the night as the crowd welcomed them with open arms. As if that weren’t enough, Hungry Ghost, one of the several side projects consisting of members of Out of the Beardspace, took to the Forest Stage for the first late-night set of the weekend.Friday, 6/15The first full day of Beardfest did not begin with the usual early start to drinking that one would expect to see at most other party-centric musical gatherings. No, it began with a 5k run hosted by Philly funk fusion explorers Muscle Tough, who would later take the crown as champions of the late-night set.Providing a platform to showcase some more local talent from the area, Friday boasted incredible and engaging daytime sets, including the masterclass and following performance from Consider The Source bass guru John Ferrera’s new duo project with drummer Seth Moutal, a theatrical romp from dream rock group Miss Cantalope, a sunny set from reggae rockers Suburban Sensi, and a fiery showing from local Grateful Dead tribute Splintered Sunlight to send off the heat of the day.An impressive Forest Stage set from electro-jazz freakers Sexoffice was followed by the first of two sets by host band Out of the Beardspace on the Main Stage, which guided the crowd into the second night. Beardspace kicked off by welcoming everybody back to the Pine Barrens before starting off their set, which included several original tunes and sit-ins from local musicians including Philly frontman Nik Greeley and young members of the Zachademy of Music to cover Rage Against The Machine classic “Bulls on Parade.”A quick shout out to Out of the Beardspace is due. While running a festival with upwards of 1,500 attendees, these guys managed to play two sets of music for an approximate total of four hours on the weekend as a band—not to mention that each member sat in and performed with multiple side projects, as well as many of the 30 or so bands that on the lineup. Let it be known that guitarist Zach LoPresti and keyboardist Sam Gutman both could be crowned kings of the sit-in on the weekend.Beardspace members made a point to hype up the audience for the following set on the Forest stage by one man band fOUR, the side project of Kneebody’s Nate Wood. This man, or machine, depending on how you look at it, did not disappoint and melted some serious face. If you haven’t checked this project out, you can see what he does here.Marco Benevento took the Main Stage by storm as fOur came to an end, drawing the masses in with an electrifying set, including the epic original jam “The Story of Fred Short” and a crowd-pleasing cover of the Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper” led by bassist Karina Rykman.Marco’s set left the whole place brimming with smiles as the focus shifted back towards the Forest for late night favorites Muscle Tough. The aforementioned Friday warriors quite literally fed the night owl crowd not only with delicious tunes and infectious smiles, but with a marathon 3 hour set with barely anybody leaving until the final note.Saturday, 6/16The most anticipated day of the weekend yielded yet another round of sunny skies for all to enjoy. An early and high musical bar was set by the young guns in the Zachademy of Music band. Made up from the intensely talented students of Beardspace guitarist Zach LoPresti and his musical cohort and guitarist Zack Smith, these kids played masterful covers spanning from D’Angelo to Knower (and even threw in some original compositions). In a phrase, these kids have chops for days.The day came and went in what seemed like minutes as the sun passed over salsa lessons on the beach. Weekend warriors were just arriving for the final day and night of activities. And as the sun reached its downward trajectory, the heaviest night of Beardfest music commenced led by none other than the funky juggernaut that is Ghost Note.The side project of Snarky Puppy rhythm masters Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth brought the grooves that had the whole festival moving. Ghost Note’s lively bandleader Sput even found time to school the crowd on the history of Afrobeat, while the band simultaneously broke it down. Low-end legend MonoNeon was firing on all cylinders as well—and this set would not be his last on the day.Philadelphia favorites the Underwater Sounds threw down on the Forest Stage as the stars crept out of the sky, setting the vibes on cruise control for the last night of music. Out of The Beardspace took to the Main Stage afterward, thanking the crew and crowd again for an incredible weekend before blasting off into an exceptionally spirited final festival showing. The band’s vision was in full effect and was clearly seen in their playing. Smiles and spontaneous improvisation were all prepared in the moment—the hive mind that is Out of the Beardspace showed just how grateful they were to be on stage again together. Percussionist Nate Werth also made a guest appearance during the set, adding to the staggering number of sit-ins on the weekend.That creative force was only doubled, maybe even tripled, as the final headliner graced the stage. The most anticipated group of the weekend, Medeski, Martin & MonoNeon—three of the heaviest cats in the jazz and funk scene on stage together for the first time. With little to no preparation, it was decided that they would hop on stage and improvise an entire set. That’s no easy feat, but the trio clicked from the first wave of sounds and locked in the entire festival for a wild journey.Mad scientist John Medeski would slide around his set of keyboards and lay down a lick, Billy Martin would answer within a second, and MonoNeon would creep up from the deep with an infectious groove. MM&M made it funky for a while, listening intently to one another, before they really took things deep. Acting as cosmic chauffeurs for the audience, driving the crazed masses out for a ride through the stars, they challenged those who would listen. As the ride hit multiple peaks and valleys, the sonic landscape was expanded with the help of two Beardspace members in guitarist Zach LoPresti and vocalist Kevin Savo. This set encapsulated the spirit of the festival: there are no boundaries to where music can go, just so long as there are people willing to strap in for the journey.The last night of Beardfest went until the break of dawn with dual late night sets. First, a party in the forest provided by Philly funk phenoms Swift Technique as they shut down the second stage in style. Finally, in true Beardfest fashion, organic livetronica powerhouse G-Nome Project lit up the Main Stage one more time with the pedal to the floor and played until the sun rose on Sunday.From humble beginnings as a small gathering of friends and musicians in a backyard has grown into an explosion of creativity, community, and absolute musical madness, proving that the festival scene in the Philadelphia and South Jersey is indeed alive and well. The growth that this particular festival has experienced is a true testament to the ideals that Beardfest was founded upon. The Beardfest family is breathing new life into the concept of what a music festival can and should be.
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here. [Video: Live For Live Music] In September of last year, the world lost Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker. Steely Dan was one of the most important bands to come out of the ’70s, with Becker and Donald Fagen‘s unique approach to pop music—a slick combination of jazz, off-center chord progressions, meticulous arrangements, and introspective lyrics—leaving an indelible stamp on the world of music. When the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive returns to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood for an all-day music marathon on September 29th, a number of high-profile artists from across the live music spectrum will pay tribute to this remarkable group and to Becker.For this special upcoming Steely Dan tribute set, Joey Porter, resident keyboard virtuoso for the Colorado funk act The Motet and Brooklyn Comes Alive veteran, will serve as musical director, bringing the same care and attention that he has to his past BCA performances—Porter earned high praise when he brought his fan-favorite tribute to Herbie Hancock to BCA last year, making it one of the most buzzed-about performances of the festival, plus he joined the rest of his Motet brethren (and more) in honoring Jamiroquai during a packed performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg.Porter has tapped a number of other beloved players from the live music community (many of whom have become staple performers for Brooklyn Comes Alive) to join him in honoring the prolific catalog of Steely Dan. Representing two-thirds of The Nth Power, both bassist Nate Edgar and guitarist Nick Cassarino will be on hand for the performance, as will Porter’s bandmate, vocalist Lyle Divinsky. Turkuaz‘s drummer Michelangelo Carubba and vocalist Sammi Garett will also perform, as will Snarky Puppy percussionist Nate Werth, saxophonist Chris Bullock, and trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher. Returning to Brooklyn Comes Alive on the heels of 2017’s outstanding tribute to iconic ’90s female artists, charismatic singer Hayley Jane and Kung Fu guitarist Tim Palmieri round out the all-star lineup.As Joey Porter explained to us about the upcoming show,I’m very excited to be back at BCA! What a pleasure it is to be able to play music and hang out with so many talented musicians in one place! Steely Dan is one of the best studio bands of all time. They can be spoken in the same breath as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead when it comes to studio sophistication. To this day I often hear live sound engineers using Steely Dan songs to test the speakers in the front of the house! It’s going to be such a pleasure to play these songs that I’ve loved for decades with some of the best musicians in the country!To get ready for this highly anticipated performance, check out this video of “Actual Proof” from the Joey Porter-led Herbie Hancock tribute at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017.