Bruce Hornsby Is Curating His First Festival, And The Lineup Rocks

first_imgThe Virginia Arts Festival and Bruce Hornsby will present the inaugural Funhouse Fest at The Lawn Of The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA on June 24 – 26.Unique Grateful Dead Tribute Featured On New Eaux Claires Music Festival LineupThe multi-day event will be curated by Hornsby and feature collaborations with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder as well as a performance from Greensky Bluegrass on Friday, the playing of Hornsby albums The Way It Is and Rehab Reunion in their entirety on Saturday, and appearances from Hornsby & The Noisemakers,  Taj Mahal Trio, Aoife O’Donovan and ChessBoxer on Sunday. Other bands scheduled to appear at Funhouse Fest include Railroad Earth, Colvin & Earle, and Jack DeJohnette with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison.The National Reveals When They’re Releasing Their 60-Song Grateful Dead Tribute AlbumHornsby will get Funhouse Fest underway with a separate solo performance on June 23rd at Phi Beta Kappa Hall with all proceeds going to local charities. Tickets for that show can be found alongside festival tickets here.[Photo by Jay Blakesberg]last_img read more

Nicki Bluhm Joins Phil Lesh & Friends For Powerful ‘Ohio’ Cover On Kent State Shooting Anniversary

first_imgA full audio recording of last night’s performance, including “Ohio” (1:34:00) and more, can be streamed here. The full show setlist can be seen below:Edit this setlist | More Phil Lesh & Friends setlists Last night, Grateful Dead bass legend Phil Lesh hosted a Phil Lesh & Friends performance at Terrapin Crossroads. Not only was the show free (!), but the band welcomed vocalist Nicki Bluhm to add some sensational vocals to the concert.The full band included Grahame Lesh, Scott Law, Ross James, Jason Crosby, and Alex Koford – seasoned veterans of the San Rafael, CA venue owned and operated by Lesh. The group started off with a “Help On The Way > Slipknot!” that found its way into “Shakedown Street.” The show included a cover of Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s “Ohio,” a song written in honor of the shootings at Kent State University. Yesterday was the 46th anniversary of that tragic day in American history.The majority of the show also featured Nicki Bluhm, who joined in for “Desperado” and lent her hand on songs like “The Music Never Stopped,” Scott Law’s “Leave the Leavin’ Up To You,” “Eyes Of The World,” “Ohio,” and the encore “U.S. Blues.” Watch “Desperado” and “The Music Never Stopped,” thanks to nowiknowuryder, below:last_img read more

Watch Widespread Panic’s Powerful Cover Of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ [Pro-Shot]

first_imgOn December 31, 2015, Widespread Panic concluded their three-night New Year’s Eve run at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. During the three-set barnburner, the Southern rock cohort weaved their gritty originals into a setlist of covers by Leonard Cohen, Murray McLauchlan, The Band, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Jerry Joseph, Howlin’ Wolf, and more.After the clock struck midnight, Widespread Panic lit the fuse with “Auld Lang Syne” and “Ain’t Life Grand” featuring JB on mandolin. Then, the band delivered a special pair of “Heroes”, starting with their own original before welcoming the Megablasters Horns for a powerful live debut performance of David Bowie’s. Bowie would pass away less than two weeks later on January 10th, 2016. The band wordlessly shared the pro-shot video of “Heroes” the day after his untimely death.In honor of Memorial Day, in which the United States remembers the heroes who died while serving our country, rock out to this heavy version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” as performed by Widespread Panic.Widespread Panic – “Heroes” [David Bowie cover]Setlist: Widespread Panic | The Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 12/31/15I: Pilgrims, Wondering, Tickle The Truth, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, First We Take Manhattan^, Hallelujah^II: Disco, Cease Fire > Rock, Honky Red, Action Man, Slippin Into Darkness*#, Bust It Big*, Rebirtha*, Ophelia*III: Auld Lang Syne, Ain’t Life Grand, Heroes, Heroes*^, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall*^ > Ribs & Whiskey > Drums & Bass > Drums > Greta* > High Time We Went*, Vacation, NorthEncore: I’m Not Alone, Up All Night*, Taildragger*Notes * w/ The Megablasters on horns# w/ Steve Lopez on percussion^ First Time Played: ‘First We Take Manhattan’ & ‘Hallelujah’ (Leonard Cohen); ‘Heroes’ (David Bowie); ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ (Bob Dylan)[JB seated 1st set; ‘Slippin’ Into Darkness’ LTP 10/19/14 Memphis (80 shows); JB on mandolin for ‘ALG’ ]last_img read more

Inside The Rich Musical History Of Los Angeles’ Most ‘Fabulous’ Venue, The Forum

first_imgThe Forum is a venue with so much history, it’s hard to fathom. The Inglewood, CA venue has seen a renaissance over the past few years, thanks to a relatively recent purchase and renovation by Madison Square Garden Company. The venue, which was also known at times as the “Great Western Forum” and “The Forum Presented by Chase”, has hosted countless incredible concerts from the best artists in music over the years, and was the home to the Lakers of the NBA and the Kings of the NHL from 1967-1999. The story, however, begins with a Canadian businessman with dreams of bringing an NHL franchise to the Los Angeles area.Jack Kent Cooke was a Canadian-American entrepreneur with an incredible knack for entertainment properties, excelling in broadcasting, publishing, and sports. After moving to America, he became wildly successful in the Los Angeles area, eventually becoming a powerful enough figure to purchase the Lakers in 1965. A year later, Cooke’s dream of bringing an NHL franchise came to fruition, as he paid $2 Million to the NHL to create the Kings. The home of the Lakers at the time, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, told Cooke that he wouldn’t be able to bring his new NHL franchise to their building, so Cooke was forced to spend $16 Million to build an arena of his own that could accommodate both franchises in the far-from-downtown-LA Inglewood, CA. Thus, The Forum was born.The building was designed by architect Charles Luckman, who also designed Madison Square Garden in New York and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Luckman wanted the building to evoke the Forum in Rome, so built the new version in Inglewood with an oval shape and no visible support pillars (the first venue of this size of it’s kind), helping the venue take on a unique design with a huge floor and amazing sight lines. No seat in the venue is more than 170 feet from the floor, making the 18,500-person capacity venue seem much more intimate than it actually is. With it’s classic arches and red painted exterior, the venue is truly a sight to behold. The interior of the venue is covered with beautiful chandeliers and colorful carpets, giving the classy-looking venue it’s “Fabulous” nickname.Opening in 1967, The Forum established itself as the premier sports and music venue on the West Coast. The Lakers would follow Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain to seven NBA Finals between 1967 and 1979 (winning the championship in 1972), and a huge amount of concerts took place, with several classic shows being memorialized on live recordings, which were a newer trend of the era. Eric Clapton‘s supergroup Cream played two shows at the Forum on their farewell tour, and all of the live tracks on their final Goodbye LP were taken from these two recordings. Led Zeppelin performed 16 times at the Forum between 1970 and 1977, with parts of How the West Was Won being recorded there.Listen to this insane version of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused” from How the West Was Won, recorded at the Forum in 1972, courtesy of YouTube user Luca Pasotti:The Jackson 5 released two live albums called Live at the Forum in 1970 and 1972, and Parliament-Funkadelic recorded half of their Live: P-Funk Earth Tour at the famed venue. The Bee Gees album Here at Last… Bee Gees… Live was recorded at the Forum, and Alive II by Kiss was culled from a 1977 three-night run they played at the venue.Listen to audio of The Jackson 5 performing “Ain’t No Sunshine” from their Live at the Forum album from 1972, courtesy of YouTube user Natari DooDoo7:The venue also hosted Paul McCartney’s first Los Angeles-area shows since 1966 when he brought Wings to the Forum for three shows in 1976. Elvis Presley also left his mark on the venue, performing sold out afternoon and evening shows in 1972 and again in 1974, both times to crowds that exceeded the listed capacity of the venue and broke attendance records previously set by the Jackson 5.Listen to Elvis perform the classic “Can’t Help Falling In Love” live at the Forum in 1974, courtesy of YouTube user Hosein Yunesi:in 1979, Jack Kent Cooke sold the Lakers, the Kings, and the Forum to businessman Jerry Buss for $67.5 Million. Cooke went on to become full time owner of the Washington Redskins during their 80’s glory years, while Buss turned the Lakers into an absolute juggernaut with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, winning five championships in a 10 year span.Meanwhile, the Forum’s concert calendar was packed with amazing shows. Queen finished their tour at the Forum in 1982, marking their last-ever headlining performances in the U.S. before frontman Freddie Mercury passed away. Also, Diana Ross recorded a wildly popular television special live at the Forum in 1981, featuring Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.Watch Diana Ross perform “Upside Down” with Michael Jackson from her TV Special “Diana”, filmed live at the Forum, courtesy of YouTube user NilesNL69:Other notable shows at the venue include the 1986 Amnesty International-sponsored “Conspiracy of Hope” tour with U2, Sting, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Loud Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers, Nirvana‘s final Los Angeles area show was performed at the Forum, and countless Los Angeles bands like Guns N’Roses and Motley Crüe performed at the venue in the late 80’s and early 90’s.Watch U2 cover “Maggie’s Farm” by Bob Dylan, live at the Forum during the “Conspiracy of Hope” benefit concert in 1986:Eventually, the venue became outdated for the sports teams it hosted, and The Staples Center was built, taking the Lakers and Kings to downtown L.A. The Forum got sold to the Faithful Central Bible Church, which held services there for its congregation of over 12,000 people. While the venue was still used for pop and rock concerts, some bands weren’t allowed to play their due to religious objections. During this time period, however, a band called Phish decided to open their first post-hiatus tour at the Forum on February 14th, 2003. The show sticks out for its memorable cover of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show‘s “The Cover of Rolling Stone” (the band was on the cover of the magazine at the time), and for a fan running on stage during “AC/DC Bag.”The venue’s relative lack of bookings in the 2000s led to it being used for films and music videos, as it was featured in projects by Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, and Weezer, to name a few. Of course, the venue would be immortalized in the Michael Jackson film This is It, as Jackson and his band used the Forum for rehearsals for his ill-fated final tour.Watch Michael Jackson perform “The Way You Make Me Feel” from “This is It”, courtesy of YouTube user totoafricax:Prince held a 21-show residency at the venue in 2011 that proved why The Purple One was one of the greatest performers of all time.Watch 51 minutes of live Prince goodness from the Forum in 2011, with guest spots from Sheila E., Alicia Keys, and Cuba Gooding Jr., courtesy of YouTube user 47hobbs:In 2012, the Madison Square Garden Company purchased the Forum for $23.5 Million, and then put the venue through a $70+ Million renovation that would strip the venue of it’s basketball and hockey capabilities, officially turning the venue into one of the largest music-only complex’s in the country. In 2014, the Forum re-opened with a six night stand by classic rock legends The Eagles, and has since seen the venue return to it’s glory days of the 70’s and 80’s, with countless amazing tours stopping at the Forum for its unique and classy vibe.The renovation gave the venue one more unique piece to fit into its puzzle, with the addition of star lights on the ceiling. When Phish stopped at The Forum shortly after it’s re-opening in 2014, lighting designer Chris Kuroda wasted no time in putting this new addition to use, as can be seen from this video of “Harry Hood” from 10/24/14, courtesy of YouTube user LazyLightning55a:In September 2014, just as the venue was to re-open, the Forum was added to the National Register of Historic Places, giving the venue landmark status. The Forum is a truly special venue, and is certainly on the shortlist for most beloved venue in the world. Its unique design and comfortable interior constantly draw fans and major artists back to this room, delivering classic show after classic show for a whopping 49 years and running. We can’t wait to catch Phish there tomorrow night!last_img read more

moe. Announces Return To Capitol Theatre & Acoustic Brunch Show At Garcia’s

first_imgmoe. just wrapped up an insanely fun two-night run at The Fillmore Philadelphia, picking on the music of movies by Quentin Tarantino for a great Halloween run. Though the band has a big New Year’s run and extensive Winter 2017 tour dates on the books, they’ve just added a couple of exciting shows to their schedule today!The band will officially return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on December 3rd, kicking off a two-show “famoe.ly holiday concert” run inside the venue. The second performance, however, will be a bit more intimate, as the band will perform at the Cap’s side-venue Garcia’s for an acoustic brunch-time show on December 4th. Tickets for the Cap show can be found here, and the Garcia’s brunch show are available here.The show marks moe.’s first performance at the Cap since November of 2015, when they performed extensively with Nate Wilson and also welcomed Lukas Nelson for a debut cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.”The full details for moe.’s two-show run can be found in the artwork below. The band’s pre-sale begins tomorrow, 11/2 at 10 AM ET and runs through 11/3 at 10 PM ET. The full ticket on sale begins on Friday, 11/4 at 12 PM ET. Tickets for winter tour 2017 are on sale now, and the full schedule can be seen below.moe. Tour DatesDec 3rd: The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NYDec 4th: Garcia’s – Port Chester, NYDec 30th-31st: The Wilma – Missoula, MTJan 19th: Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FLJan 20-25: Jam Cruise 15 – Norwegian Pearl – SOLD OUTJan 26: Jannus Live- St. Petersburg, FLJan 27: The Plaza Live – Orlando, FLJan 28th: Georgia Theatre – Athens, GAJan 31st: Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TNFeb 2nd: Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PAFeb 3rd: Higher Ground – South Burlington, VTFeb 4th: Calvin Theatre – Northampton, MAFeb 17th: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TNFeb 18th: Iron City Birmingham – Birmingham, ALFeb 19th: Sweetwater Brewery – Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

The Magic Beans Announce Surprise, Intimate Concert In Denver Just Before Thanksgiving

first_imgThe Magic Beans have already long established themselves as Colorado’s premier jam act, and they’ve decided to show thanks to the state by announcing a very intimate, last minute show in downtown Denver, on the day before Thanksgiving. This very special night of music will take place at the one of Denver’s hippest new upscale clubs and premier restaurant, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. The venue holds 400 people at peak capacity, and even with the surprise announcement coming two weeks out, the event is set for a sell-out. They’ll be joined by Skydyed, a live-tronica project from Fort Collins that has been making big waves in the scene.The Beans have promised new original debuts, a slew of musical friends joining in, and an unforgettable night of music. The band is fresh off a performance at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium wtih the Funky Meters and Infamous Sringdusters, as well as a sold out HallowBean run. If you’re in Colorado for the holidays, this is must hit show.Here is a video of the last time Magic Beans took over Denver at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom:For tickets, follow this link. If you’re heading to Phish come New Year’s time, don’t miss The Magic Beans and Spafford getting things done, late night style. Both bands will be on hand at American Beauty, just a few blocks away from MSG, on December 30th and 31st. Late night raging commence! Details here.[Photo via Dylan Langille, OntheDL Photography]last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Continue Protest Theme During Night Two At Chicago Theatre [Videos]

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band performed their second of three nights at the Chicago Theatre last night, setting the tone strong in response to the day’s Inauguration events. The opening set featured “Isn’t It A Pity” with guitarist Luther Dickinson, “Get What You Deserve”, “Do I Look Worried” and more expressive messages that were seemingly directed to the state of the nation.Husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have both performed at the White House before, but it seems there will be an absence of musical talent for at least the next four years. Their emotions regarding recent events were cemented last night, following the previous night’s hints with “Are You Ready”, “The Sky Is Crying”, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, and more.With covers of George Harrison, Charles Segar, Four Tops, Blind Faith, Leon Russell, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Derek and the Dominos in the mix, the twelve piece powerhouse took down what was a difficult pill to swallow with grit and grace. See below for a few clips from Instagram as well as the full setlist. Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/20/17Set I: Isn’t It A Pity*, Get What You Deserve, Do I Look Worried, Until You Remember, Key To The Highway*, Loving You Is Sweeter, Within You > Just As Strange, Had To CrySet II: Color of the Blues, Anyhow, Bound For Glory, Drift Away, Delta Lady, Crying Over You, Laugh About It, Pity The Fool, Idle WindE: Anyday**w/ Luther Dickinson[photo via Instagram user @uncle_al_]last_img read more

John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Reed Mathis, & Jay Lane Perform As Golden Gate Wingmen In NYC [Audio]

first_imgGolden Gate Wingmen are comprised of some of the industry’s hardest working musicians. Guitarist John Kadlecik (Further), keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), bassist Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven, Billy & The Kids), and drummer Jay Lane (Electric Beethoven, RatDog) are all plenty busy, but when they get together in rare times, it’s for good reason. Having only played a few dozen shows since their inception in November of 2014, the 2017 announcement came as an exciting surprise.Last night marked the second of three shows went down last night at Irving Plaza in NYC, following the tour debut at the Baltimore Soundstage the previous night. The setlist focused primarily on the Grateful Dead, with covers of Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin sprinkled in. DJ Logic sat in for the majority of the night, showcasing his turntable magic.Thanks to taper nico11104, you can relive last night’s show below:Setlist: Golden Gate Wingmen | Irving Plaza | NYC | 2/23/17:I: It Takes A Lot to Laugh It Takes A Train to Cry*, Givin’ Me The Business*, To Ramona*, Ramble On Rose, It’s Alright, Shakedown Street*II: Sugaree*, Far Enough* > Brown-Eyed Women, The Rain Song, Lady with a Fan* > Terrapin Station* > So Many Roads, Not Fade Away*Encore: Ripple** – w/ DJ LogicFor fans of Jeff Chimenti, don’t miss him with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in St. Augustine, FL at Fool’s Paradise! Also performing are Lettuce x2, The Motet, The Floozies, The Main Squeeze, Manic Science, and Organ Freeman. More information on the Fool’s Paradise website.last_img read more

There Are Still 40-45 Gorillaz Tracks, And A Television Series, To Be Released

first_imgGorillaz have returned to the public consciousness with a bang in the past couple weeks. After announcing their own Demon Dayz festival in the U.K. (set to feature all the artists included on their upcoming album Humanz), the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-masterminded animated group released four new top-notch tracks from the new album last week, complete with animated visuals. Then, after announcing their first North American show in years at Festival d’été de Québec in Quebec City this summer, the group sent shockwaves through social media when they were announced as a headliner for this summer’s Outside Lands alongside The Who and Metallica.We just thought we were lucky to get new music from them; no one thought we’d get all this.In an interview with Zane Lowe, Albarn expressed how comfortable he was with completing Humanz, revealing there are still 40-45 tracks that didn’t make it onto the record. “I can stay in the game for at least another 18 months, I reckon.” You can listen to the segment below:While Damon Albarn sorts through the music, his other creative half Jamie Hewlett is working on a ten episode television series to supplement the artwork, tour visuals, merchandise, and “other things he never imagined when Gorillaz was born,” according to this interview with Q magazine. The interview also reveals that the U.K. Demon Dayz festival prototype will also make its way to Chicago.In talking about the spelling of Humanz, Albarn explains, “It’s amazing what you can do when your band members aren’t real people. These characters are a conduit for everything we want to say but if we got up and said it, it wouldn’t have the same impact. Humanz is not a political statement about Trump — it’s about a world in which he could get elected. Where are we as a race? Why haven’t we grown out of this? Putting the Z on the end is not a hip-hop statement, it’s more like an android Z. Are we human beings or just humanz? What the fuck is wrong with us?”The full album is out on April 28th.[via CoS]last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Three-Night Run In Chicago, Adds Jackson Date

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band just wrapped up a six-night run at the Beacon Theatre. With fourteen more dates in 2017, including several west coast dates with Hard Working Americans, David Luning, Greyhounds, and North Mississippi Allstars, the husband-and-wife duo have been trickling out their plans for 2018 with 20+ dates through April. Today, the band announces a three-night run in Chicago, IL at Chicago Theatre on January 25-27, and a one-night stand at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS, on February 28. The 12-piece ensemble will be joined by JJ Grey & Mofro for their opening night in Chicago, and Marc Broussard in Jackson.Trey Anastasio Joins Tedeschi Trucks Band For 2017 Beacon Theatre Closer [Videos]Pre-sales begin on Tuesday, October 17 at 10am local time on the band’s website. There are also special hotel rates in Chicago available here. Check out their full tour schedule here.[photo by Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more