Who doesn’t like a good mustache, right? Whether it is a Magnum P.I., the Fu Manchu, a solid Handlbar, or whatever you please, the mustache is certainly a symbol. If you are down with the stache, you can see plenty of them this Saturday, April 2nd, as The Greyboy Allstars, along with Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band, Stache Bash Family Band, and The Routine will be playing The 9th Annual Mustache Bash at The Port Pavilion in San Diego, CA.What began as a house party several years back has grown into a serious event in the San Diego area. There will also be an after-party featuring Con Brio and Groove Session at The Music Box. Sounds like a party to us!For more information about the event, head to their official website!
Beloved Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is keeping himself busy these days, whether its performing with his own band or sitting in with the many groups that perform at his venue, Terrapin Crossroads. The San Rafael, CA locale will see Lesh play with a number of groups next weekend, as he’s been announced for shows during three consecutive nights at Terrapin.The first comes next Thursday, April 7th, when Lesh joins North Mississippi All-Stars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson & The Cooperators. Lesh and Dickinson have a long history together, as they’ve collaborated many times in the past. On the next evening, April 8th, Lesh will play with Americana band Goodnight, Texas, and his son Grahame Lesh’s band Midnight North will open.Finally, Lesh will perform with Jason Crosby & Friends on April 9th, which features venue regulars Stu Allen, Scott Law, and Jay Lane. Jason’s brother Chris Crosby will play bass when Lesh isn’t sitting in. Basically, this looks to be a Phil & Friends set, just one where Lesh doesn’t perform for the whole show.The Lesh-filled weekend looks to be a great one! More information here.
Beloved trio Medeski Martin & Wood formed in 1991, and they haven’t looked back since! Comprised of John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood, each musician brings an incredible amount of musical talent to the table, compounded by their seemingly telepathic inter-connections that result in some of the tightest grooves and wildest improvisation.MMW recently let fans in on plans for a new album, and today they’ve made quite the fun announcement. The trio will hit intimate NYC club Le Poisson Rouge for two nights in October, the 19th and the 20th, to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Will there be new music on the table? There’s only one way to find out!Tickets for the shows go on sale on Friday June 17th, and can be found here for night one and here for night two. We’ll leave you with some Medeski Martin & Wood jams for the road.
With a number of shows on the calendar, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has been thoroughly building the anticipation by sharing recordings from the earlier parts of 2016. The newest edition of their “Taper Tuesday” series was released today, chronicling the band’s performance in Portland, ME. On February 13th, Almost Dead hit the State Theatre and kept fans warm with a barn-burning concert, paying tribute to the Grateful Dead in style.The band opened with their first electric version of “Big River,” and kept things going with hits like “Sitting On Top Of The World,” “Viola Lee Blues,” “Sugaree” and so many more! There’s also a jam on Miles Davis’s “So What,” teases of Led Zeppelin and Tears for Fears, and a great “Terrapin Suite” to close out the second set. It’s prime Almost Dead jamming!Thanks to Eric McRoberts and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, we can listen to this show in full below.Don’t miss the exciting Evolution Of Jam Vol. 2 tribute show taking place following Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s return to the Brooklyn Bowl this Saturday, October 7th. With tributes to the Grateful Dead, Phish, and Disco Biscuits lined up, expect some non-stop late night grooves. Tickets can be found here.The fully annotated from band manager Peter Costello can also be seen below.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at State Theatre, Portland, ME – 2/13/16Set 1:01. Jam ->02. Big River @ (SM) ->03. Sitting On Top Of The World (TH) ->04. Viola Lee Blues (All) ->05. Sugaree (TH) ->06. Viola Lee Blues Reprise (All) >07. Deal (TH)Set 2:01. Here Comes Sunshine (TH) ->02. So What Jam # ->03. Here Comes Sunshine Reprise (TH) ->04. Women Are Smarter $ (SM) ->05. Slipknot Jam & ->06. Franklin’s Tower (TH) ->07. Throwing Stones (SM) ->08. Space ->09. Throwing Stones Reprise % (SM) ->10. Terrapin Station Suite ^ (TH)Encore:11. One More Saturday Night (SM)@ – First Almost Dead Electric Version# – Miles Davis original$ – With a GDTRFB Tease (TH)& – Played very fast% – With a tease of some Led Zeppelin song (SM) that neither Scott nor I can remember today.^ – With an “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” (Tears For Fears) Tease (Band)Joe Russo – Drums, VocalsTom Hamilton – Guitar, VocalsScott Metzger – Guitar, VocalsMarco Benevento – Keyboards, VocalsJon Shaw – Bass (Dave was on Ween tour)
Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir recently released his first complete batch of solo songs in over 30 years, and has been celebrating his new album with a countrywide tour. Titled Blue Mountain, the album sees Weir pick up the acoustic guitar and hone in on his cowboy roots. The music is stripped down, feeling comfortable in the well worn pages of Americana.Before Weir embarked on his tour, or even released the new albun, the guitarist held an intimate performance at the McKittrick Hotel in New York, NY. As Weir returns to the Big Apple tonight, he’s shared a brand new video from that intimate celebration of Blue Mountain.In the new clip, Weir takes on the title track, performing a solo acoustic rendition of the beautiful song. Watch him below.Weir is set to perform two nights at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY beginning tonight, October 14th. Enjoy!
Last night, Greensky Bluegrass hit Washington, DC for the first of their three nights at the 9:30 Club with friends Fruition. Greensky certainly rose to the occasion, putting together a solid show that inevitably will get fans stoked for the next two nights. In honor of Groundhog’s Day and in keeping with tradition, the band opened with “Groundhog.”Moving into the second set, the band was fired up, busting out “Cold Feet” to kick things off after set break for a stacked second set. After “Can’t Stop Now,” which featured quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” the band began a cover of The Wood Brother’s “Luckiest Man.” For this track, Mimi Naja and Jay Cobb Anderson of supporting band Fruition joined Greensky. Following this sit-in, Greensky busted out “Freeborn Man,” during which Michael Bont threw down an inspiring solo.The rest of the second set was a non-stop scorcher, which saw Mimi Naja return for “Worried About The Weather.” You can watch video of last night’s “Freeborn Man” below, courtesy of Troy Laur.You can see the setlist, courtesy of Lucas White, as well as a full gallery from Mark Raker below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC | 2/2/2017Set 1: Groundhog (1) 》 Handle with Care, Depot Bay, Take Cover, Better Off, Reverend, Crying Holy Unto the Lord, While Waiting, All FourSet 2: Cold Feet, In Control > Can’t Stop Now (2), Luckiest Man (3)(4), Freeborn Man (5)(6) 》The Four, Wheel Hoss, Forget Everything (7), Worried About the Weather (8) 》Foxy Lady 》Worried about the WeatherE: Fixin’ to Ruin (9)Notes: (1) “Reuben’s Train” teases, (2) Martin Luther King “Dream” speech quotes, (3) With Jay Cobb Anderson and Mimi Naja, (4) “Say It Ain’t So” quotes, (5) Anders vocal mirror guitar during opening, (6) “Paint It Black” teases, (7) With Mimi Naja on harmony vocals, (8) “Dark Star’ teases, (9) Kevin Gregory on vibraslap Load remaining images
After years and years of anticipation, delays, and a variety of obstacles, the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be made available to the public on May 26th via Amazon Prime Video. The film, produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev, made its debut at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to glowing reviews. Running nearly four hours in length, this sprawling look at the history of one of the most influential bands in American music history features in-depth interviews from roadies, band members and extended Dead family members, along with incredible unseen behind-the-scenes and live footage spanning from the band members’ childhood through the various rungs of their climb to success.Long Awaited Grateful Dead Documentary Will Soon Be Available On AmazonEarlier this week, Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive clip from the movie, which features interspersed video interviews of Garcia (from the ’90s) and bassist Phil Lesh (in the present day) talking about the origin of the band’s name. As they explain in the clip, the band had been using the name The Warlocks, but after discovering another group with that name, they had to pick a new moniker. While brainstorming ideas, Jerry opened a dictionary to a random page, and written on the page, nestled in the small print, were the words “Grateful Dead.” You can check out the clip below, via EW:The movie is broken into six distinct parts, touching on Jerry Garcia’s well documented history of drug addiction, the complications of the band’s increased popularity in the 80s and the unique community that grew an unwieldy size by the early 90s. While the film’s scope is wider than any film about the band to date, it is less concerned with displaying a detailed chronology of The Grateful Dead and more focused on conveying the bands adventurous and idiosyncratic essence–how their music manifested as a truly communal artistic effort, and garnered a following closer to that of a religion than that of a rock and roll band. As clips, clues, and reviews continue to surface ahead of its public release, our level of excitement could not be higher for the long-awaited Long Strange Trip this May![h/t – Entertainment Weekly]
One of Manhattan’s nightlife staples is going corporate. After 27 years of operating multi-floor East-Village nightclub Webster Hall, the Ballinger family has announced that they will sell the 131-year-old venue to concert promotion giant AEG Presents and Barclay’s Center owners Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, according to a report in Billboard. The two firms will assume operating rights, assets and the long-term lease from building owner Unity Gallega while Bowery Presents (whom AEG purchased earlier this year) will take over booking and talent buying.The deal originated as a Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment venture, but they eventually made the call to bring in AEG as a 50-50 partnership. Says BSE CEO Brett Yormark, “While we were having [preliminary] discussions, AEG finalized the acquisition of Bowery Presents, which used to book Webster Hall. We’re going to partner on all facets of the business, but obviously let those that know it best lead the way,” Yormark said. Up until March 2014, Bowery had an exclusive at the venue, and Yormark said that the new agreement means the Bowery team will once more be charged with programming and marketing Webster Hall.AEG and BSE plan to spend about $10 million renovating Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom, The Studio and The Marlin Room spaces to bring them up to contemporary standards and add a few more customer features.According to AEG chairman Jay Marciano, “You can’t replace a venue of its size and stature anywhere on the island of Manhattan, and we jumped at the chance to bring Webster Hall into our growing venue portfolio” which includes staple New York City venues like Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg. “It would be cost prohibitive to try and build a venue like Webster Hall from scratch,” says Marciano. “Knowing what I know about New York real estate, I don’t think you could build it for less than $100 million. Webster Hall is a landmark, historic building whose use as a public assembly venue dates back to the 1800s. It’s a venue that any promoter would want to have in their portfolio.”Yormark hopes Webster Hall and other AEG/Bowery Presents facilities become feeder venues for rising artists who aspire to play big arena shows at Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center.“We’re trying to diversify our venue portfolio so we can connect with artists early and often,” he says. “We have a progression approach that allows us to get to know them and let them understand the experience they’ll have when they play one of our venues.”[h/t – Billboard]
Lightning in a Bottle is not merely a music festival, but instead an unparalleled gathering where people congregate to experience open-minded community, and concepts for living a brighter tomorrow. The instructions are quite simple, and the LIB Thrive Guide says it best: “Lead by example. Pack it In and Pack it Out. Honor the land. Respect others and their journey. Practice good citizenship. Own your actions. Go above and beyond.”LIB is unique for each person who attends the affair; no two LIBs are the same. Some focus on seminars and workshops, listening to ideas and inspirations from a cavalcade of gurus, experts, healers and leaders. Others seek out the litany of visionary installations and collaborative art projects evolving each year. People go to LIB for the diversified yoga programs, the learning kitchen, the spirituality, the tea houses, the improv troupes, the fashion, and the dozens of thriving subcultures. This year, The DoLab is unveiling The Compass; an evolution of educational workshops and content offerings. The Compass will bring a renewed focus on connecting activism and grassroots organizing to our core ethos of education, healthy living, environmental stewardship, and cultural respect. Families, loners, and longtime festival crews come back to LIB to experience what is among the most engaging, socially conscious, and interactive music festivals on the planet. The word “transformational” is thrown around a lot these days, but there is no irony, sarcasm, or tongue planted in cheek here; Lightning in a Bottle is a life affirming endeavor that can fundamentally change somebody, if they are willing and able to surrender to the flow.Lightning in a Bottle 2017, taking place over the long Memorial Day weekend holiday May 24-29, is shaping up to the best and most vibrant yet. Maybe the most amazing part of LIB is the wide-ranging blend of progressive music, across numerous genres and beyond! Below you will find a short list of B.Getz’s “Can’t Miss Musical Magik!”, you can check out his L4LM coverage from last year’s LIB revelation HERE.Have a gander at LIB 2017’s mammoth schedule right here!You can still cop tix to LIB 2017 HERE….but before we get to the epic tunes, a quick homie plug for Fest300’s Eamon Armstrong and his Thursday afternoon workshop. I feel this topic is extraordinarily relevant in this space and time, and encourage both sexes and all peoples to attend and engage.EAMON ARMSTRONG: HOW TO DISMANTLE TOXIC MASCULINITY 12:45 – 1:45 Thurs. BeaconThursday May 25thBeaconAabo- Thursday 9:15pm (and Fri. 3pm at Pagoda)Ultimate Fantastic-11:15pm Brian Hartman – 12:30am- (and at Favela Bar 2:30pm Sunday) PagodaAn-ten-nae- 12am (midnight) Friday, May 26thLightning StageClimbing Poetree (w/Lydia Violet) -5pmNicola Cruz 7:45pmThunder StageCharlesTheFirst- 2:45pmTroyBoi- 12:30amGrand ArtiqueElephant Revival 5:45pmOrgone- 7:15pmBootleg Sunshine 9:15pmDirtwire 2amPagodaSaqi- 7pm (and Beacon 2:30 am Friday)GoldRush 9pmBeaconMark Farina 7:30pmLodgeElisa Rose 10pmPavilionRyan Herr 10pm Saturday May 27thLightningBob Moses 11:15pmKaytranada 12:30amThunderSpacegeishA 12:15pmKalya Scintilla 7:45pmDimond Saints 9:30pm Kraddy 12 midnightFavela BarZach Walker 8pmSaand 12:30amPatricio 2amBeaconDJ Nadi 6:45pmLodgeMigaloo 8pmPavilionYaarrohs 1amwords: B.Getzfestival images: Jacob Avanzato Crossroads PavillionSun Hop Fat 8pmSabo 9:45pmSunday May 28thLightningBonobo Live Band 10:30pmBassnectar 12:30amThunderMaddy O’Neal 1pmPaper Diamond 9:30pmIvy Lab 11pmWoogieKLMN 2:30pmMonolink 6:30pmGrand ArtiqueGene Evaro Jr. 5:45pmPagodaNaughty Princess 6pm Morillo 9pm WoogieHernan Cattaneo- 12 midnightPagodaSmasheltooth vs. The Pirate 3pmAndreilien 3amFavela BarMUSICIS4LOVERS PRESENTS: SUNSET SPANKING FT. FAT BITCH AND THE BOOTY BOSS (JIMBO JAMES B2B DADON) PLUS DINK! & HYLAS- 5pmBeaconStellamara 2:30amThe LodgeDELPHI 5:15pm
One of the most talked-about highlights in the wake of the annual Summer Camp Music Festival this Memorial Day has been groove rock quartet Aqueous‘s Thursday, 5/25 sunset performance. The set was the first of two full-band slots over the course of the festival (guitarist Mike Gantzer also joined Umphrey’s McGee member Ryan Stasik and Kris Myers for a tribute to Green Day‘s pop-punk classic Dookie), and the Buffalo natives made it count, offering up some incredible improv as well as a couple of very special surprise guests.Summer Camp Music Festival Kicks Off With Massive Thursday Pre-Party [Photos]The previously-planned Dookie set turned out to not be the only Aqueous/Umphrey’s crossover of the weekend, as Aqueous was joined by Umphrey’s keyboardist Joel Cummins and moe. drummer Vinnie Amico for a funky run through Steely Dan‘s 1976 hit “Kid Charlemagne.” Today, Aqueous has finally released pro-shot video of the Umphreys/moe. collaboration, so we can all relive the surprise sit-in in full multi-camera HD. You can check Joel and Vinnie’s guest appearance with Aqueous at Summer Camp below, via the band’s YouTube page:SETLIST: Aqueous | Summer Camp Music Festival | 5/25/17SET 1: Skyway > Origami1 > Second Sight, Kid Charlemagne2 3, Triangle > Strange TimesNOTES:1 Unfinished2 First Time Played, Steely Dan Cover3 Featuring Vinnie Amico (moe.) on drums, Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee) on keyboards[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.] Although collaborations like this double-trouble sit-in at Summer Camp tend to be rare, fans will have the chance to see some brand new Aqueous/Umphrey’s McGee crossover action next Friday, July 7th, Umphrey’s McGee will return to Central Park’s SummerStage, with Aqueous serving as the band’s opening act. Immediately following the SummerStage performance, fans will head downtown to the Highline Ballroom, where Aqueous will host their own headlining official late-night show featuring help from Joel Cummins and his Umphrey’s bandmate, guitarist Jake Cinninger. Tickets are still available for both the SummerStage show and the Highline Ballroom late-night.