On a glorious Sunday afternoon in Marin County, Phil Lesh welcomed Soulive (aka Eric Krasno, Neil Evans, and Alan Evans), Jason Crosby and Jackie Greene to the stage for the grand opening of Terrapin Crossroads’ backyard patio. The sun was shining, three generations of fans came together, and the greatest stories in rock and roll were explored with aplomb. More than just a venue, and a sprawling open area with lovely views and a breeze off of the water, The Backyard is an outdoor performance space and kids’ play area that was developed in partnership with the City of San Rafael at Beach Park alongside Terrapin’s back deck. Once a disheveled grassy lot, the park has been transformed into an lovely area with a stage shaded by a lattice overhang. People can enjoy several bocce ball courts, picnic tables and there is a toy ship that kids can climb and slide. An official dedication with San Rafael officials will follow on April 30, but things officially kicked off with some Bay Area flavored alt-country twang. Bay Area assembly Cosmic Twang took the stage at 1pm sharp, and delivered a set heavy on Americana, with a nod to the dearly departed Merle Haggard. Jay Lane, Tim Bluhm and Scott Law were in fine form, paying tribute to a fallen folk legend in a unique, psychedelic twang’d style. An emotional reading of “Sing Me Back Home” was received with tear-filled eyes, “Mama Tried” with open hearts. Shortly thereafter, Soulive assumed the small, raised platform; the New York jazz-hop veterans delivered a truncated, invigorating set that was throbbing with funk grooves and jazzy flourishes. “One in Seven” really wowed the now-swollen crowd, and bodies began to bop, the people started to boogie. Guitarist Eric Krasno paid homage to some favorite guitarists, by unleashing their version of the classic Stevie Ray Vaughan song “Lenny”, as well as a psychedelic take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone from the Sun”. Soulive closed their impressive set with a blistering “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from their Rubber Soulive release a few years ago; Krasno’s monster axe tone slicing the air with grit. After intermission, Phil Lesh took his rightful spot on stage to a spirited ovation. The bassist led a band consisting of Soulive, pianist Jason Crosby, a three piece horn section, and special guest bandleader Jackie Greene. This troupe threw down through two lengthy sets of good ole’ Grateful Dead, with more gems taboot. Beginning with a “Playin in the Band”, the ensemble moved through “Good Lovin”, a bluesy duo in “New Minglewood Blues” and “Sugaree” and the Pigpen-era arrangement of “Dancing in the Streets.”This big band also took on pinnacle songs that span generations, in the case of more Beatles (“Revolution”) as well as early Stones (“Get Off of My Cloud,” “Satisfaction”). Jackie Greene was fronting the group at times, with prominent vocals and some feisty Gibson guitar riffs. Greene seemed to be just poking at Krasno, urging him to take the keys and floor it. The free-wheeling nature of this jam session lent itself to some choice shredding from Krasno and accompaniment from Crosby. Meanwhile, atypically, Neal Evans was in a zone, his whistling organ washes and gospel-tinged melodies mesmerizing the faithful. For the second set, a relaxed, grooving “Shakedown Street” kicked up the dance vibe in a big way, moving into the chunky “West LA Fadeaway.” This mid-80s GD treasure showed off the sibling duo of organist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans, as they displayed their undeniable groove chops and jazz feels, with more than a hint of R&B swagger. More Stones sing-alongs followed; with “Satisfaction” really heating up the crowd energy in the audience, with hoots and hollers abound. Yet again it was Soulive’s Beatles flavor that had jaws agape, as The Evans brothers and Krasno led a majestic, tasteful excursion through “Eleanor Rigby.” Before long Phil dropped that patented rumble train that announces “The Other One”, which Lesh also sung with a fragile authority. “Viola Lee Blues” was the jamming centerpiece of the show, as Crosby’s piano tickled the melodies above Neal Evan gorgeous Hammond B3 licks. The two keyboardists found a few moments to really connect on a profound conversation, like two ships whispering in the night, while “The Other One” thunder clapped around them. Late in the set, a freewheeling “Franklin’s Tower” had the entire backyard scene bopping along, and again it was the Crosby/Neal Evans combo that commanded the most attention . A lengthy encore (in essence a third set!) was cherished by all in attendance, as Phil Lesh thanked the fans and his friends onstage. “Deal” segued into a rollicking “Turn on Your Lovelight”, and then we all held our collective breath as Lesh delivered a poignant take on Dylan’s timeless “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”. To hear Lesh sing this chestnut in his backyard, to his family and several generations of adoring fans come far and wide; this it was a special moment with heavy undertones-no matter who his chosen friends were on this day. “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad” saw one last chance for Kraz to stretch out on that luscious Ibanez custom axe, wrapping up a few weeks of heavy dead-ication (and the opportunities of a lifetime) for the in-demand artist. Appropriately, “Not Fade Away” sent us all home into the golden-gated sunset, but not before Phil brought the house down with three chords and a gigantic smile. It still is, and forever will be, a dream we dreamed one afternoon on the go. Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads Outdoors, San Rafael, CA – 4/17/16Set One: Playin’ In The Band, Good Lovin’, New Minglewood Blues, Get Off Of My Cloud, Sugaree, Revolution, Dancin’ In The StreetsSet Two: Shakedown Street > West LA Fadeaway, Satisfaction, Viola Lee Blues, Alligator > Jackie Raps > Eleanor Rigby > The Other One > Franklin’s TowerEncore/Set Three: Deal, Bertha, Turn On Your Lovelight, Just Like Tom Thumb Blues, Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad, Not Fade Away[Videos by Ted Silverman]
The Disc Jam Music Festival is once again coming to Stephentown in upstate New York for its sixth edition, from June 9th-12th. Still tagging itself as one of the “little” festivals, Disc Jam definitely knows how to keep the vibe intimate, while boasting a solid lineup of some of the jam, funk and livetronica scene’s top talent. Taking place on a 700 acre expanse of rolling fields, wooded forest, a small pond, stream and other natural beauty all around, the festival has seen its attendance rise year after year, as its lineup simply gets better and better (ticket details at this LINK).Headlining the festival this year will be Dopapod, who will be performing two nights, with one set being special “Dopapod Orchestra” performance. Joining them will be Electon, which sees The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner’s teaming up with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead / American Babies guitarist Tom Hamilton and Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield. Connecticut funk act Kung Fu is slated to perform, along with instrumental rock-fusion band TAUK, everyone’s favorite mash-up tribute Pink Talking Fish, the psychedelic funk of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, that straight soul that the Nth Power so deftly delivers, and the list goes on and on.Check out the recap video from last year’s festivities:[courtesy of CreativeElement]Enjoy a much-anticipated Radiohead set from Consider The Source, as well as what is sure to be an epic late-night global dance party to the gypsy dubtronica sounds of Govinda. Gubbulidis (Mihali and Gubb from Twiddle) will bring the feel good vibes. Oh, and Cappadonna will be representing the Wu-Tang Clan a set of some straight Staten Island, NY hip-hop just to throw that in there. A special Dub Apocolypse set featuring Aashish Vyas and Sleepy Wonder of Thievery Corporation and Ed Mann from Frank Zappa’s band rounds out the lineup nicely.Disc Jam boasts great GA and VIP camping options with picturesque views all around, and for the first time will feature a shuttle option for those that want to take the step up and stay at condos that are five minutes down the road from the festival. On-site is an awesome Disc Golf course that will see two separate tournaments take place over the weekend, with free play all day Thursday and Friday for anyone that wants to give the frisbee a spin (details).For more information and tickets, check out the Disc Jam Music Festival website HERE. See you there!Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets:
Dave Matthews Band resumed their major summer tour earlier this week, rocking out with a great showcase at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME last night. The beloved group is celebrating their 25th anniversary in style, bringing out new tour debuts and bust outs practically every night. Last show featured two songs not yet played on tour, only adding to the variety of the band’s performances.The DMB opened with “Granny,” before shuffling into “When The World Ends.” The band broke out into “Mercy” for the first time on tour, though fans heard a solo acoustic version of the song at Matthews’ performance at the Bernie Sanders rally earlier this week. Watch it here.The set incorporated new song “Samurai Cop,” and also featured the 2016 tour debut of “Typical Situation,” which hadn’t been played since 11/11/15. The band kept rocking and closed the show with an encore that included “You & Me” and “You Might Die Trying.”Dave Matthews Band continues their tour tomorrow night, June 10th, in Mansfield, MA. Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
Last night marked the first of Phil Lesh’s “From Darkness To Light” series, with a show that has a “darkness” theme to open the two-night run. Playing with a group of friends that included Neal Casal, Jackie Greene, Cass McCombs, Adam MacDougall, and Mark Levy, the show featured a number of classic Grateful Dead tunes and rock covers, all centered around a theme of darkness.The show opened, naturally, with “Dark Star,” and segued into Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse” on the Dark Side of the Moon album. “Mountains of the Moon” and CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising” came next, plugging away at the moon themed tunes before the Stones classic “Paint It Black.” The show featured a number of great songs throughout the night, as well as an acoustic encore, and you can see the setlist below, courtesy of Osty Gale.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends “Darkness Show” at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 7/5/16Set: Dark Star > Eclipse > Mountains of the Moon > Bad Moon Rising > Paint It Black, Comfortably Numb, I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain, Hurricane, Black Peter, Darkness Darkness, China Doll, Terrapin Station, Black Muddy River, Who Knows Where The Time Goes?Encore (acoustic): Box Of Rain, I Shall Be Released, Bird Song, Uncle John’s Band
Just a few weeks ago, the Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band teamed up for a brief run of shows called the “Grateful Ball,” where the two bands each played a set of music before collaborating on a full length tribute to the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Ball tour saw the two bands perform at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA last month, treating fans to stripped down renditions of classics like “Brown Eyed Women,” “Althea” and so many more.Fortunately, thanks to taper Jay Gould and uploader Andy McIntyre, we can listen to the full tribute set! Stream it below.Setlist: Brown Eyed Women, Fire On The Mountain, Mama Tried, Althea, Loser, Women Are Smarter // E: Friend Of The Devil, I Know You RiderAudio recordings of both bands’ individual sets can also be found below.Jeff Austin Band:Setlist: Rubin’s Train, Ten, The Red Haired Boy, Half Moon Rising, Raleigh and Spencer, Rag Doll, Living In Between > Snow On The Pines > Living In Between, Sideshow BluesTravelin McCourys:Setlist: Midnight Flyer, Old Train, Cumberland Blues > Cumberland Gap, Somebody’s Gonna Pay, Southbound, Borderline, The Shaker, (banjo instrumental), Let Her Go, Natural TO Be Gone, Goodle Days, ?, Why Did You Wander, Walk of Life, I Live On A Battlefield, Baltimore Johnny, Traveling
Today is essentially a holiday, as much of Prince‘s catalog is now available for streaming on services like Apple Music and Spotify. Prince was famously against streaming services, but his estate has bills to pay following his untimely death in April 2016, so they cut a deal to bring his deep catalog to most of the popular mainstream music streaming services. While some of his later albums, such as 2004’s Musicology, are not available, there are now nineteen Prince albums available for streaming on Spotify, and twenty-five Prince albums available for streaming on Apple music.Let me repeat that.Let me repeat that. There are now nineteen Prince albums available for streaming on Spotify, and twenty-five Prince albums available for streaming on Apple music. Included in this release are classic albums like 1999, Sign O’ The Times, and Purple Rain, as well as fan favorites like Controversy and the soundtrack from the 1989 film Batman. Praise the funk gods, this is truly a miracle!In honor of this momentous musical occasion, we’ve compiled some of the most essential Prince songs that you can now find on streaming platforms, and have embedded them below for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a healthy mix of hit singles, deep cuts, and songs that are NSFW (looking at you, “Erotic City”…), all of which showcase a different side of Prince’s incredible musical talent. Prince mixed in elements of pop, punk, funk, jazz, and rock, all with an experimental approach that led to one of the most unique catalogs in modern music. Prince’s music was innovative (to say the least), and his full catalog and prodigal output couldn’t possibly be whittled down to just ten songs, so make sure to check out the entire catalog when you have the time.Without further adieu, here’s our list of 10 Essential Prince Songs (that you can now stream online).“I Wanna Be Your Lover” (1979)Released in 1979, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” was Prince’s first hit single. At the age of 21, Prince was still forming his identity (and his ego), and this song sounds like a disco-era Jackson Five record. The song is meticulously arranged, with a thumping beat and harmonized falsetto vocals mixing into pop perfection. The song’s outro showed Prince’s instrumental expertise and was a great launchpad for the over-the-top funky dance party that would mark the rest of his career.“Controversy” (1981)In two short years, Prince had become a controversial figure that had captivated the world of music. With the rise of Reagan-era politics, AIDS, and the crack epidemic, this pulsating single touched on a number of issues that were currently impacting the country. The song’s harmonized, talk-singing vocals and synth-based grooves are reminiscent of Parliament-Funkadelic, who undoubtedly influenced Prince’s overall sound. Prince includes lines about race, sexuality, and belief in god (Prince recites “The Lord’s Prayer” in full during the song) in the song, and turned this political number into the ultimate dance party.“1999” (1982)Prince made the end of the world sound funky as hell with “1999”. Playing off the apocalyptic undertones of the Cold War, Prince’s sinister-yet-playful line of “…life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last” connected with a generation of anxious music fans that were eager to ignore the perils of the world around them. “1999” made one thing clear: if the clock is ticking on the end of the world, we’re going to dance our way out.“When Doves Cry” (1984)By 1984, Prince ruled the airwaves. Purple Rain was a total smash, and “When Doves Cry” was the biggest hit from the landmark soundtrack. Prince was his most adventurous on this track, wailing on the guitar over a drum machine and a few synth loops. For an artist so deeply rooted in funk and R&B, Prince’s decision to not include bass on this track ushered in a new era for the world of experimental pop music.“I Would Die 4 U” (1984)Similar to “When Doves Cry”, “I Would Die 4 U” is a case-study in experimental pop music. The lyrics find Prince at his most Bowie-esque, adopting an androgynous personae while declaring true love. Musically, it’s just not realized just how much he pushed music into new territories. It’s reported that neither Prince nor anyone else in the Revolution could play the bass part for this song, so they connected a synth loop to the drum machine and programmed the part digitally, paving the way for more complicated music to enter the world of pop.“Purple Rain” (1984)Perhaps the best power ballad of all-time, “Purple Rain” is a powerful song that finds Prince at the apex of his talents. The combination of R&B, pop, and classic rock elements make for an awesome mixture. Prince’s vocals are passionate, the song has strings and horns there’s a gospel choir on the song’s chorus, and there’s undeniably incredible guitar playing throughout, including on the blistering solo that Prince takes in the middle of the song. “Purple Rain” isn’t Prince’s most fun song, but it’s certainly his most powerful.“Erotic City” (1984)If you didn’t know that Prince was a freak before “Erotic City”, you knew what he was all about as soon as you heard “Erotic City”. Perhaps the peak of Prince’s sexuality, Prince blurs the lines between the words “funk” and “fuck” for a playful, yet straightforward discussion of his own libido. This song marked the first appearance of Prince’s protégé/lover Sheila E, and the back-and-forth between the two singers is electric. Prince would admit later in his career that this song was inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic.“Kiss” (1986)Following the avant-garde Purple Rain, “Kiss” was a welcome return to the funky side of Prince. The song’s iconic guitar part is instantly recognizable, as is Prince’s now-familiar falsetto. The song is one of Prince’s most playful, and it’s impossible to not dance along when it comes on. “Kiss” is one of Prince’s five number one singles.“U Got The Look” (1987)Prince uses vocal effects to hide his voice and his persona on “U Got The Look”, which also features female vocalist Sheena Easton. Easton plays the foil to Prince’s sexually confident lead. It’s another pulsating funk number with an iconic guitar part, showing Prince’s ability to take something simplistic and turn it into something special and unique. There are elements of jazz fusion towards the end of the song, as Prince once again showcased his genre-bending abilities on “U Got The Look”.“Batdance” (1989)Another one of Prince’s five number one singles, “Batdance” is the final track on the soundtrack that Prince provided for the classic Tim Burton film. The song has two distinct parts, propelled by a thumping dance beat and raging electric guitar that marks the song’s beginning and end sections; the middle is straight funk. There are tons of samples from the movie itself, with lots of lines from Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger included in the song. The song is all over the place, but it shows Prince at both his wackiest and his most free.
Just a few weeks ago, beloved artists GRiZ and Gramatik shared the release of their new single “As We Proceed.” Teaming up as GRiZMATIK, the funk-fueled electronic duo never fail to turn heads with their music. Today, however, they’re turning heads with their charitable efforts, as the duo have released the single through ToneDen and have pledged 100% of proceeds to the ACLU.Any donation amount will get you a download of the new track, which really is a win win situation. You get a new banging track from GRiZMATIK, and you know your money is going to a crucial cause in these times of social unrest.What are you waiting for? Check it out here.
Load remaining images Denver-based up-and-coming trio, Cycles, were undeniably on fire, for their Boulder Theater debut last night. Cycles were one of three bands to help celebrate Saint Patty’s Day, alongside Boulder favorites, Moontang and Lady and The Gentlemen. The event dubbed “Kegs And Cabbage” was held this year for the second time, with a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, accompanied by some of the hottest newcomers on the Colorado circuit.For a band that has only been together for just over a year, Cycles continues to exceed expectations with their psychedelic-rock fusion, and sets the bar high for other Colorado bands on the rise. The trio, led by guitarist Patrick Harvey, bassist Tucker McClung, and drummer Michael Wood, have been in the recording studio for the past week, and decided to surprise their fans by playing the entirety of their new album, expected to be released soon after mixing and mastering are completed.After “Kegs and Cabbage”, the majority of the Boulder Theater crowd headed across the street to The Lazy Dog Bar and Grill, packed as tight as a can of sardines for some late night pickin’ with CU Boulder graduates, Tenth Mountain Division. Fans able to pace themselves on such a festive holiday, were lucky enough to see Patrick Harvey of Cycles, and Scott Hachey of the Magic Beans, sit in on guitar, ending the green party in style!You can check out photos from the night below, courtesy of Sam Berenson. You can check out more about Cycles and find upcoming tour dates on the band’s Facebook page here.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit made their debut at NPR’s Tiny Desk headquarters to deliver unique versions of “Chaos and Clothes,” “Molotov,” and “Last of My Kind” from their album together, The Nashville Sound. Isbell and the band took the opportunity to show off their character, making jokes throughout the performance. The singer-songwriter was backed by his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle/vocals, Sadler Vaden on guitar, Jimbo Hart on bass, Derry deBorja on accordian, and Chad Gamble on drums. During “Last of My Kind,” Isbell pointed to the audience for a guitar player, eventually welcoming Ashwin Wadekar to the “stage.”The Nashville Sound was recorded at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A and produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb, who produced Something More Than Free and Isbell’s celebrated 2013 breakthrough album Southeastern. The Nashville Sound is the first official Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album since 2011’s Here We Rest. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are currently touring in support of the album, so catch them in a city near you! Head to Isbell’s website for more information.Watch Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform the three songs below:
Today–October 16th 2017–both founding Grateful Dead guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir and his Dead & Company bandmate John Mayer mark milestone birthdays, with Weir turning 70 and Mayer turning 40. While each man is likely contemplating their own respective lives as they count off another decade, they both took time to share the birthday love with each other.In a post on his Instagram account, Mayer penned a touchingly appropriate poem in tribute to his bandmate, friend, and mentor on his 70th birthday, which he shared along with an amusing photo of the two. The message, though short and sweet, echoes many Dead fans’ feelings about Bobby, and affirms the genuine sincerity with which Mayer reveres him and the music he helped create. You can read Mayer’s birthday poem for Bob Weir and see the full Instagram post below:High priest or professor,Depends on the day A diamond that never bends light the same way The world is a flat little round ball of squaresYou keep telling your tales, we’ll keep pulling up chairs.Happy Birthday @bobweirLove John Weir also took to Instagram to spread a little love to Mayer in his own birthday post. The message to John reads, “Sending the warmest of birthday wishes to a monster of a musician and true friend, @JohnMayer. Here’s hoping you have a great day, John-boy. Looking forward to getting back on the road and chasing the music around with you!” You can see the full post below: Mayer and Weir will get back onstage together once again for Dead & Company’s 2017 Fall Tour, beginning with a pair of shows at Madison Square Garden on November 12th and 14th. For a full list of upcoming Dead & Co dates, head to the band’s website.Wishing a warm and Grateful birthday to both Bobby and Johnny!