Philly’s second annual Live from the Lot is gearing up for its first ever two-day event, coming up May 21-22 at Ardmore Music Hall. This year’s event boasts a spectacular lineup featuring interlocking sets from Grammy-winning artists, some of our favorite funk acts and more. Snarky Puppy, Soulive & Friends, The Revivalists, The Greyboy Allstars, Marco Benevento and more will hit the Ardmore’s parking lot for the exciting fest!Today, Soulive’s “friends” have been revealed to include Karl Denson, Nigel Hall and the Snarky Puppy horn section. Further, Charlie Hunter will be playing with his trio on the main stage, and also sitting in with Snarky Puppy on Saturday night!The lineup for Saturday’s afterparty with Everyone Orchestra will include The Meters, The Disco Biscuits, The Revivalists, Marco Benevento, Galactic & many more. The event will also feature a Dead Brunch on Sunday morning with Steve Kimock and special guests Leslie Mendelson, John Kimock and Anders Alfelt, as well as a Sunday night after party with Pink Talking Fish doing a special Speaking in Tongues set.In addition, the event features multiple local food vendors to provide good eats for the day and a variety of craft brews on tap at two outdoor bars. A portion of proceeds from the festival will go to our partners, the Ardmore Initiative, a nonprofit supporting the local business district and local community efforts in our beautiful and historic Ardmore neighborhood. There is certainly a lot to be excited for here! Get tickets and more info here.
Last year, California reggae phenoms Rebelution made their way to the storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre for an unforgettable night of music. For those who want to relive those memories, the band has some good news in store! Today, the group announces their new Live At Red Rocks release, due out on October 28th as both CD/DVD and a 2-LP set.Not only will you be able to watch the performance, but you can experience it in 360 degrees thanks to some new Virtual Reality technology. Watch like never before with stunning all-access viewpoints, from any perspective imaginable!To give you a first taste of this new live video experience, we’re excited to premiere the Virtual Reality video for “De-Stress” from this exciting release. Watch the video below, and be sure to navigate in all directions with the arrow keys in the top corner.Anyone who pre-orders the Live At Red Rocks DVD will get audio copies of “De-Stress” and “Safe And Sound,” so check out all of the information here.Rebelution has a busy 2016 ahead, on the heels of their recently released album Falling Into Place (read the review). The band is just wrapping up a summer tour, but will kick off a major run in the fall with HIRIE. Don’t miss any of the action! You can see the full tour schedule below, and check out this fun interview for a little behind-the-scenes love from Rebelution.Upcoming Rebelution Tour DatesAugust 18th – Mandalay Bay Beach – Las Vegas, NVAugust 19th – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UTAugust 20th – Big Sky Brewery – Missoula, MTOctober 26th – House Of Blues – Dallas, TXOctober 27th – Stubbs Bar-B-Q – Austin, TXOctober 28th – The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TXOctober 31st – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GANovember 3rd – Georges’ Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, ARNovember 4th – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO *November 5th – Madison Theater – Covington, KYNovember 6th – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MINovember 9th – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IANovember 10th – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MNNovember 11th – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WINovember 12th – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, ILNovember 13th – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OHNovember 16th – The Blue Note – Columbia, MONovember 17th – Crown Uptown – Wichita, KSNovember 18th – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KSNovember 19th – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE* – also w/ Stick Figure** – all dates with Hirie
Beloved “polyethnic cajun slamgrass” artist Leftover Salmon has just announced their return to Colorado over Thanksgiving weekend! The band will perform two nights in Denver, CO, with exciting themes for each. These shows mark the 6th annual Thanksgiving weekend that Salmon has spent in Colorado, showing nothing but love to their home state.The first of the two shows will be held at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, and is dubbed A Harvest Party Performing The Music Of Neil Young. For the second night, LoS will move over to the Fillmore Auditorium for a performance with very special guests, Los Lobos.You can see all of the information in the poster below, and head to the band’s website for details and more information.
Come December 11th, Umphrey’s McGee will release ZONKEY, their first ever studio album to solely feature mash-up tracks. UM has incorporated mash-ups into their live shows for years, intricately weaving popular songs together through sharp musicality. ZONKEY takes that to the next level, as the band worked in the studio to deliver some great musical creations.Among the many songs recorded was “Can’t Rock My Dream Face,” which includes portions of “Rock With You” (Michael Jackson) + “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd) + “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac). The third single from the album was jsut released today, and can be streamed in the Spotify player below!The first two singles, “National Loser Anthem” and “Life During Exodus,” can be streamed by following those links. You can also head to iTunes to download the tracks and pre-order the album! Umphrey’s McGee is off of the road until mid-October, but will be rocking in style for the remainder of 2016. Check out their schedule here.
Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been on a tear of late, joining forces for a run through Florida to start their 30+ date fall tour. The run brought them to Venue 578 in Orlando, FL, where both bands brought some serious grooves to the table.Fortunately, both bands have shared full videos of their sets for us all to enjoy. Check out the Pigeons set below, which featured a funky collection of the band’s original music.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Venue 578, Orlando, FL – 10/9/16High As Five, Sunny Day > The Hop > F.U., Fortress, Skipjack, Landing > Penguins > Funkijam > Funky House, Horizon > The Liquid, CliffsDopapod came on next and let loose with a set that lasted nearly two hours, bringing the band’s progressive jams to life. The show even featured a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” with guest vocalist Kaleigh Baker, only accentuating the great performance. Tune in below, thanks to a stream from LD Luke Stratton!
Beloved jam grass outfit Greensky Bluegrass are rolling along, currently on tour in support of their recently-released LP Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. The band already has tour dates planned through the end of 2016, and was recently featured in an Umphrey’s McGee announcement for two big arena shows in Asheville, NC. With those shows on the books, the band has doubled down and announced a truly extensive tour that will carry the band through the winter of 2017.The run starts on January 11th in Cleveland, working its way through the the Midwest to the Southeast and ultimately up to the Northeast area, with shows in Boston, New York, Albany, and Philadelphia. The band will then set their sights on multi-night runs, including three nights at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, two nights at the Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA, and two nights at The Vic in Chicago, IL. The tour ends on February 18th, capping things off with the two-night stand as support for Umphrey’s McGee.The tour comes on the heels of a busy 2016 for Greensky Bluegrass as well, as the band is off to Suwannee Hulaween this weekend before heading to Las Vegas, and has big Thanksgiving and New Year’s runs in the works. Fan club tickets for the 2017 tour dates will go on sale tomorrow, October 26th, and the full on sale will take place this Friday, October 28th. You can see the full schedule posted below, and find more information on the band’s website.Greensky Bluegrass Winter 2017 Tour DatesJan 11 – Cleveland, OH House of BluesJan 12 – Indianapolis, IN The VogueJan 13 – St. Louis, MO The PageantJan 14 – Nashville, TN Marathon Music WorksJan 15 – Columbus, OH Newport Music HallJan 18 – Athens, GA Georgia TheatreJan 19 – Charlotte, NC FillmoreJan 20 – Birmingham, AL Iron CityJan 21 – Atlanta, GA Buckhead TheatreJan 24 – Charlottesville, VA Jefferson TheaterJan 25 – Syracuse, NY Westcott TheatreJan 26 – Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s PeakJan 27 – Boston, MA House of BluesJan 28 – New York, NY Playstation TheaterJan 31 – Albany, NY The EggFeb 1 – Philadelphia, PA Union TransferFeb 2 – Washington, DC 9:30 ClubFeb 3 – Washington, DC 9:30 ClubFeb 4 – Washington, DC 9:30 ClubFeb 7 – Pittsburgh, PA Rex TheatreFeb 8 – Pittsburgh, PA Rex TheatreFeb 9 – Covington, KY Madison TheaterFeb 10 – Chicago, IL The VicFeb 11 – Chicago, IL The VicFeb 17 – Asheville, NC ExploreAsheville Arena – supporting Umphrey’s McGeeFeb 18 – Asheville, NC Explore Asheville Arena – supporting Umphrey’s McGee
Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band is headed to the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, in June for a three-night run falling across June 23rd through 25th. These dates at the Fox will be Phil Lesh’s first run in Colorado since 2013 when he hit the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater for a weekend in 2013 with Furthur. The Terrapin Family Band includes Lesh’s son, Grahame Lesh, as well as Ross James, Jason Crosby, and Alex Koford, and with Phil Lesh, the ensemble has been picking up more dates outside of their weekly shows at Terrapin Crossroads. In addition to these new Boulder shows, Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band have recently confirmed a performance at the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival and just wrapped up a handful dates at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl in March. Tickets for the Fox Theatre shows will go on sale at 10 AM MST on April 21st for the shows on June 23, 24 and 25.[Photo courtesy of Andrew Blackstein]
Photographer Stephen Olker was there to capture the magic on Friday night in the gallery below:The New Mastersounds | Brooklyn Bowl NYC | 5/12/17 | Photos by Stephen Olker For three nights straight, The New Mastersounds took over the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC. The Thursday through Saturday dance affair brought the jazz-infused funk fusionites back to Brooklyn, delivering a mix of originals and covers to the dear satisfaction of their devoted fanbase.Thanks to taper McRoberts, you can get down to Thursday night’s performance below:On Friday night, Kim Dawson from Pimps of Joytime made a spectacular appearance, delivering her strong vocals throughout portions of the evening.On Saturday night, the band played the music of the great guitar legend Melvin Sparks in honor of his recent live album release. Sparks’ organist Reuben Wilson was in the house, along with horn players Neal Sugarman and David Guy. Sparks’ guitar protégé 16-year-old Solomon Hicks and drummer Bill Carbone were also on deck for some very special sit-ins.Watch the opening song of both the first and second set on Saturday night, courtesy of Nugs.tv below: Load remaining images
2017 marks the triumphant return of Jamiroquai, a British funk and acid jazz band fronted by mad hatter Jay Kay. As this year marks the band’s 25th anniversary, they released the highly anticipated Automaton. Marking their first release since 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star, the band’s new music is currently backed by a world tour, and various media releases to support the evolution of Jamiroquai.Today, the band releases a new music video for “Superfresh,” the fourth track on Automaton. “Superfresh” pulls a vocoder-page from the Daft Punk playbook, a nu-disco thumper, if a bit gimmicky compared to previous Jay Kay releases. Alas, the new music video is… super fresh.Jamiroquai tour was recently disrupted by health problems with Jay Kay. While last week’s shows were postponed, there’s been no indication about rescheduling issues with upcoming dates. Read the most recent update below:
On Sunday, String Cheese Incident was slated to perform at the historic Oregon Eclipse Festival in Prineville, Oregon. Unfortunately, the band had to perform without guitarist Bill Nershi, who was unable to join the rest of the group in Oregon due to illness. A String Cheese Incident show sans Nershi is no doubt bizarre, but the Colorado-born band went on with their set, which also saw a sit-in by Emancipator violinist Ilya Goldberg. However, since Sunday, fans have been left wondering about Billy’s health, and the guitarist just offered a health update via his Facebook page. You can read Nershi’s comments below. We’re glad you’re okay, Billy!Hi everyone,Okay, here’s the skinny. I had benign positional vertigo (BPV). Crystals in a cavity in my inner ear had dislodged themselves somehow, causing the sensation that things were moving when they weren’t. I went to a hearing specialist that used a technique of having me lay back and move my head from side to side and use this vibrating thing against my head to get the crystals to gravitate back into the proper cavity. He said there is now absolutely no danger in flying. I am good to go!!!! See ya at Lockn’ this weekend!Thanks everyone for your concern and good vibes,Billy