Last night marked the second night of The String Cheese Incident’s three-night stand at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. The band’s March Madness tour has been leading up to this run, three nights of glorious Sin City Incidents. With night one in the books, Cheese brought their best to the stage for a great Saturday night performance.Night two saw the band reviving a number of classic funk covers, getting down on some of the jams they debuted at last year’s Hulaween “Ghoul Train” set. The show opened with newer song “Sweet Spot,” and the set featured a fun cover of Old And In The Way’s “Midnight Moonlight.” The band ended the set with “Turn This Around,” introducing a version of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” much to the fan’s delight.The second set opened up with “Desert Dawn,” gearing things up for some great tunes ahead. The set also featured Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” a classic cover from the band’s repertoire. Set two closed out with a wicked “Miss Brown’s Teahouse,” which featured KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man” in the middle. Wow!With an encore of “Shaking the Tree,” SCI sent their fans on their merry way. With one more Sunday night to go, it’s all love from String Cheese in Las Vegas! Check out the setlist below, courtesy of FriendsOfCheese, and photos from Erik Kabik: Load remaining images Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/19/16Set One: Sweet Spot, Rhum N’ Zouc, Eye Know Why, Midnight Moonlight, Smile, Turn This Around > In a Cold Sweat > Turn This AroundSet Two: Desert Dawn, Bumpin’ Reel, I Wish > Piece of Mine, Until the Music’s Over, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > I’m Your Boogie Man > Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Colorado Bluebird SkyEncore: Shaking the TreeCheck out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Erik Kabik:
On July 29th, the Brooklyn Bowl will be transformed into “Brooklyn Is CSNY,” as an all-star crew of Midnight North with Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger will come together to pay tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The iconic group put out so many great songs in their brief tenure, and this fun crew is sure to put on a great show.Midnight North is the project of Grahame Lesh, also known for being the son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. The younger Lesh is a regular player at Terrapin Crossroads, and Midnight North continue to impress with their live energy. Add in the guitar players from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Metzger and Hamilton, and you have a great recipe for a night of music.With support from Doobie Decibel System, this looks to be a great summer celebration. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 13th, and can be found here. For fans of Hamilton and Midnight North, be sure to catch them performing at our Dead & Company after party on July 3rd, at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. Just a short jaunt from Dead & Co’s show at Folsom Field, the Tom Hamilton’s American Babies & Friends show will feature Marco Benevento, Oteil Burbridge and more special guests! Tickets are on-sale now, and all the information you’ll need can be found here.We’ll play you out with one of our favorite CSNY songs…
After releasing a cryptic video last week alluding to an upcoming mini-festival run across the country, Pretty Lights has confirmed the first of five tour dates. On August 5-6, the progressive producer will perform at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, along with Atmosphere, Tipper, Big Wild, G Jones, Brasstracks, and Marvel Years.The power-packed lineup marks the first of five mystery mini-festivals for the out-of-the-box electronic artist. Check out the new video teaser below, and the original over here.
While Jim James gets most of the My Morning Jacket attention, his bandmates are thoroughly creative musicians. Fortunately, fans can hear the work of Carl Broemel on August 19th, when he releases his solo album 4th of July.Broemel works with MMJ members Bo Koster (who co-wrote a few tracks) and Tom Blankenship, as well as musicians like Neko Case, Laura Veirs, Russ Pollard and more. Broemel says, “this album is just me trying to compete with my own abilities — it was a challenge to do it on my own.”You can get a taste of the new music by streaming the lead single “Sleepy Lagoon,” below.You can pre-order 4th of July here!
The Prophets of Rage came marching into Cleveland, OH earlier today, as promised, to play and march at the End Poverty Now: March for Economic Justice in protest of the Republican National Convention, and in particular, Donald Trump. “Thank you for coming out today with your joy and your militancy,” guitarist Tom Morello told the crowd. “We’re gonna play one more jam, then we’re gonna go over there [to the RNC] and you’re gonna go over there and we’re gonna let those motherfuckers at the RNC know that we’ve had enough of their bullshit.”Prophets Of Rage Super Group Debuts New Single Protesting The Republican National ConventionThe group played a shortened set at East 47th and Superior, which included Rage Against the Machine tracks “Guerilla Radio”, “Sleep Now In The Fire”, “Bulls on Parade”, and set closer “Killing In The Name”, the latter of which Morello said that the song had been played during the Bush administration to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The guitarist exclaimed they would return the favor “as torture to all those sons of bitches at the RNC….This is our revenge”. Check out the full set below, courtesy of Nick DominicOH:Prophets of Rage Setlist – Rally For Poverty at RNC Convention – Cleveland, OH – 7/17/16Party’s OverGuerilla RadioSleep Now FireProphets of RageNo Sleep Til’ BrooklynBulls On ParadeKilling In The Name[via Cleveland.com]
The Claypool Lennon Delirium brought their wild and psychedelic tour to The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA last weekend, hitting the storied venue for a Friday night performance on July 29th. The band recently released their debut album, The Monolith Of Phobos, after titular members Les Claypool and Sean Lennon teamed up after a fall 2015 tour and created new music. The result is an album that’s potently psychedelic yet marvelously melodic, as if The Beatles had continued to take LSD and delve deeper into the realms of weirdness.The band opened with their two-part original, “Cricket and the Genie,” and worked in covers from each of their respective bands (Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Primus) throughout the set. The band also covered King Crimson, Pink Floyd and The Beatles, while also finding time to play every original song from the Monolith album. Weaving from one song to the next, the band was clearly having fun on stage, and their light display only added to the psychedelic overtones that permeated the performance.Watch breathtaking renditions of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” King Crimson’s “In The Court Of The Crimson King,” and Primus’s “Southbound Pachyderm” below, courtesy of Brian James on YouTube. Load remaining images The Fonda’s excellent acoustics only enhanced the concert, but the brilliant bass work of Claypool fits with Lennon’s musical melodies perfectly. The two are a musical match made in heaven, and fans can only hope they work on more new material soon.Check out the full setlist below, as well as a gallery of images by Justin Zangerle of Shutter & Cut.Edit this setlist | More The Claypool Lennon Delirium setlists
Winter may be coming, but this new tour announcement is sure to keep us warm! Yonder Mountain String Band and G. Love & Special Sauce are teaming up for an extended run of performances, spanning from February 8th through the 18th. The two bands will hit renowned venues throughout the Southeast, keeping the fans dancing through the coldest months of the year.In addition to the shows with G. Love, Yonder has a full slate of tour dates from January 19th through February 4th, teaming up with The Railsplitters for a series of shows through the Midwest into the Southeast. With 21 dates spread out over the first two months of 2017, there’s no stopping Yonder Mountain String Band!Check out the full tour announcement, posted below. You can find tickets and more information on the band’s official website.Yonder Mountain String Band Winter 2017 Tour 12/9 – 12/13 — Strings and Sol — Qroo, Mexico12/30 & 12/31 — The Boulder Theater — Boulder, CO1/19 — The Bluebird — Bloomington, IN*1/20 — The Pageant — St. Louis, MO*1/21 — Orpheum Theater — Madison, WI*1/22 — Blue Moose Tap House — Iowa City, IA*1/25 — The State Theatre — State College, PA*1/26 — Cat’s Cradle — Carrboro, NC*1/27 & 1/28 — The Music Farm — Charleston, SC*1/29 — 3rd and Lindsley — Nashville, TN*2/1 — Bijou Theatre — Knoxville, TN*2/2 — Madison Theater — Covington, KY*2/3 & 2/4 — The Orange Peel — Asheville, NC*2/8 — The Plaza Live — Orlando, FL**2/9 — Culture Room — Fort Lauderdale, FL**2/10 — Jannus Live — St. Petersburg, FL**2/11 — The Tabernacle — Atlanta, GA**2/16 — The Joy Theater — New Orleans, LA**2/17 — Stubb’s Bar-B-Q — Austin, TX**2/18 — House of Blues — Dallas, TX**2/19 — George’s Majestic — Fayetteville, AR**With G. Love & Special Sauce*With The Railsplitters[Cover photo by Jay Blakesberg]
The year of 2016 was certainly an interesting one in the music world. Though many headlines will focus on those who have passed this year, we wanted to reflect on the joyous occasions that music brought throughout 2016. In doing so, we asked a number of musicians to tell us about some of their favorite experiences throughout the year, and will be running features all week to celebrate all things live music.After asking about their favorite festivals, for the second part of this series, we asked, “If you had to choose your personal best performance this year, what would it be and why?” We loved hearing which of our favorite artists’ shows stood above the rest in their eyes. Several of the artists mentioned a Colorado show as their favorite of the year (shoutout to the Rocky Mountain State), three mentioned late-nights or after-shows as their favorites and, understandably, a few artists just couldn’t pick a favorite.Here’s what your favorite musicians had to say…Jesus Coomes (Lettuce) – Fillmore Denver was the last night of our tour and it sleighed like Santa riding through the sky with his reign, dear.Cory Wong (Vulfpeck collaborator) – Vulfpeck at the Teragram, or night 2 at Brooklyn Bowl. The Teragram shows, because at that point I had not played most of those songs ever with the guys. They had no idea what I was going to play, and I had just been learning their live arrangements from YouTube fan clips. It was fun to not just see, but feel their responses to what I was playing and really bring the show to life and have a unique alertness to our playing. Brooklyn Bowl because…PURDIE.Ryan Jalbert (The Motet) – Having logged about 200 gigs last year, that is a difficult one to answer but personally my favorite performances are generally the gigs where we musically get a bit more adventurous and take more chances. For the past few years we’ve done 2 night at Mishawaka Amphitheater in Colorado and those shows are always nice and weird. The venue is up this gorgeous canyon and the stage is right on the river so it’s always a big party but still intimate and removed so people really cut loose and musically the vibe reflects that.Karl Denson – I would have to say the two nights at the Independent with the Greyboy All-Stars in early Nov. It was so much fun and we made so much music together. Those recordings would be worth searching out.Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) – One of them would be our show at Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock. It was a thrill and an honor to play there and we actually recorded the show for our new album, Live At The Barn, coming out in January 2017.Simon Allen (The New Mastersounds) – Maybe Denver, Ogden Theater in October. The room was full, the on-stage sound was great, I felt relaxed and confident and we were just hitting our stride in our collaborations with members of Turkuaz. A close second would be our second late-night Jazzfest Allen Toussaint tribute set at the Joy Theater with Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville and Marc Broussard. We performed loads of tunes for the first time and really nailed it!Dave Watts (The Motet) – Red Rocks. Just being there makes you play at the top of your game!David Shaw (The Revivalists) – I’d have to go with our show at the Orpheum Theater. That was definitely “one of those”. There’s a saying that I heard one time and it goes something like this. Say a band has played a 1,000 shows to date, well 700 of those shows will probably be “pretty good”, 200 of them will be absolutely excellent, 50 of them will change your life forever, 9 of them had you feeling like a golden god upon exiting the stage, and then there’s that one show….that one show that makes you do 1,000 more. That show was our 2016 Orpheum theater show during Jazz Fest.Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) – Tony Hall New Orleans Soul Stars at Nola Jazz Fest, so many people dancing and enjoying the music.Matt Gibbs (Evolfo) – Our best performance this year was at the Brooklyn Bazaar on Halloween. We played a mashup set between the music of the Cramps and our own music. Lux Interior is a massive influence of mine and for years I’d had this Cramps tribute idea stashed away for the right show. We wanted to go hard(er than usual) on outfits and makeup and stuff. Super grateful to TimeOut New York and Brooklyn Bazaar for giving us the perfect space to put on this over the top, macabre show. At first we had misgivings because, at the risk of sound ultra hipster, it turns out less people have heard of/are into The Cramps than I had believed. But it is my sincere opinion that, like them or not, The Cramps are the final word on Halloween music. People really enjoyed the show in the end, and that is all that matters!Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident) – SCI at Cuthbert Amphitheater [OR] – band was really relaxed and patientDominic Peters (Goldfish) – Electric Zoo NYJeremy Schon (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – Late night show at The Stone Pony after Umphrey’s McGee…the energy in that room was INSANE.Eric Bloom (Lettuce) – LOCK’N….audience was so fun and open it allowed me to really stretch in a new direction…Laurie Shook (The Shook Twins) – Northwest String Summit late night set, because of all the love that was thereChuck Jones (Dopapod) – Dopapod in Charleston, SCJP Biondo (Cabinet) – The Fox Theater- Denver, Co. This show came at the tail end of a long tour. As a band, Cabinet was feeling really tight.Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) – Mountain Jam. Just felt dialed in.Neal Evans (Dopapod/RAQ) – RAQ at Wildwoods Music Festival. The band had more fun than weve ever had on stage, and it was clear that the audience was right there with us! And i got to use Rory’s drum kit from lespecial, and that thing has an extra level of swagger built in to really enhance a performance.Alric Carter (TAUK) – Sellout show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. It was the first time we played the venue and the crowd energy was contagiously high. Felt like everyone won all around. Great team effort!Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) – Turkuaz at Catskill Chill! Both sets!Nick Tkachyk (Spafford) – Pizza Jam. Pure, mindful, blissness called Jamming.Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) Any of the Dead & Co shows but only because that’s where I had the most rehearsal time and I had all of my personal gear.William Apostol (Billy Strings) – Grand Rapids post Thanksgiving – I always feel good up there when I look out and see hundreds of my closest friends and family. Michigan knows how to party!Nigel Hall (Lettuce) – The last Lettuce tour because I played keys all night and I have my own rig nowScrambled Greg (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) – I’m not one for the word “best,” but I was really happy with the way I/we played at this year’s Domefest. It’s always challenging to throw a music festival while simultaneously playing it. Since Jeremy and I are so busy all day (and year) running the festival, it’s takes a second of mental transitioning to put down our walkee’s and get in the zone for the shows. I felt particularly comfortable on stage this year, probably because our staff was killing it and the crowd was as amazing as ever. I thought all of our new material went smoothly and all the jams were dynamic and fun. I had an absolute blast!Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band) – Soule Monde opening for Bela Fleck. We were firing on all cylinders. Felt like we could play anything that night. The crowd was on our side too.Mike Gantzer (Aqueous) – For me, one of the highlights would be our recent show in Chicago- the crowd is always incredibly attentive and responsive, and the band was just really working together as a unit and listening deeply to one another, and those are my favorite shows!Rob Compa (Dopapod) – Can’t choose just one. Pink Floyd cover set a Resonance was really special. My all time favorite band. I dreamt of playing those songs live as a kid.T Sisters – Opening for Amos Lee at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle was a great performance for us. We had the opportunity to open for Amos as a trio, whereas we typically play with a full band, and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to return to the foundations, harmony and sisterhood, that help to define our musical project.Eli Winderman (Dopapod) – Hard to answer that, I’m kinda hard on myself a lot of the time.Seth Walker – Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Full house and my father joined us with a quartet string section. I felt like music just unfolded that night. Nothing was forced. Love was in the air.Pappy Biondo (Cabinet) – Do I have to?
The loss of the legendary Gregg Allman shook the music community to its core back in May. In early September, Gregg Allman’s final album, Southern Blood, was posthumously released. The album—produced by manager and friend Michael Lehman and Grammy-winning producer Don Was—very clearly served as Allman’s final statement to fans, with the album coming after the Allman Brothers Band icon’s ongoing fight with liver cancer following a liver transplant in 2010. Thus, Southern Blood is a ten-song collection of primary covers that reflect what was in Allman’s heart and soul during his final months.Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’Watch The Nostalgic Official Music Video For Gregg Allman’s Cover Of ‘I Love The Life I Live’Today, the Gregg Allman camp has released a music video for the second single off the album, a cover of “Willin’”, which was originally penned by Little Feat’s Lowell George. The video for the hopeful tune is made all the more special by its unique format; the interactive 360-degree video lets viewers get a glimpse inside the studio and see the Gregg Allman Band in its full glory performing the song. You can check out the video for yourself below. [Photo: Phierce Photo]
Photo: Aaron Bradley String Cheese Incident | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 11/24/2017 | Photos: Aaron Engler Photo: Aaron Bradley As Thanksgiving wrapped up, Colorado’s String Cheese Incident made its way to Chicago to treat fans to a two-night run at the historic Chicago Theatre on State Street, kicking things off with a Black Friday extravaganza last night. The marquee was shining bright as thousands of patrons headed to the show, and in typical fashion, the show was long sold out, with many people roaming for tickets outside of the venue.Once inside, the night erupted ferociously with String Cheese Incident opening the show with the classic “Best Feeling”. While the version may not be solidly placed among the best, the rendition was solid and housed electrifying moments throughout. “Can’t Stop Now” came next, marking the first open jam of the night and loosening up the room. At this point, the band was more than comfortable and mustered up powerful and concise renditions of both “100 Year Flood” (featuring Billy Nershi on electric guitar) and “Galactic” (featuring lyrics). As the first set neared its end, “Glory Chords” thundered through the speakers—one of String Cheese’s greatest instrumental tracks—with the band ultimately closing out set one with another classic, “Shine”.“Best Feeling”Unlike the first set, the second set had more of an open-ended feel throughout. Whereas in the first set, the band blasted out strong albeit to-the-point tunes, second set gave the band the opportunity to extend each song to new lengths. Second set opened with “Texas”—a String Cheese Incident staple since 1996 off Born on the Wrong Planet—which older heads in the room thoroughly enjoyed, especially when the tune met “Bollymunster”. After a booming finish to the set-opening tunes, the band made some holiday announcements and gave thanks to the packed house.Without losing any steam, Michael Kang barreled the boys through a high-flying “Let’s Go Outside” that offered up jams that were alternatingly whimsical and electrifying. An intense segment of improv led to a segue that gave the audience a taste of Believe, String Cheese’s new album that was released over the summer. The band chose “Sweet Spot” to be the sampler, and everyone in the room was more than pleased with the freshness. The song was mellow and laid back, fitting perfectly into the mix of the night.The night once again showed no breaking in sight, as the chords to “It Is What It Is” rang out into the theatre air. Last night’s version was rumbling, fast, and mean once it opened into the jam. The energy from “It Is What It Is” boiled over, and coming out of the jam, the band welcomed Dave Watts from The Motet to join Michael Travis and Jason Hann on “Drums”. This segment was a highlight of the night. For what was a strong solid few minutes, the three had everyone in the room shaking their bodies. Thinking it couldn’t get any better, the band offered up an amazing version of “Rosie” to close out set two. With time out and one song left, the boys pulled out “White Freightliner Blues” as an encore—a classic Townes Van Zandt cover.Check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Aaron Engler.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 11/24/2017Set One: Best Feeling, Can’t Wait Another Day, Can’t Stop Now, 100 Year Flood , Galactic , Glory Chords, ShineSet Two: Texas, Bollymunster, Let’s Go Outside, Sweet Spot, It Is What It Is, Drums , RosieEncore: White Freightliner Blues  With The Motet’s Dave Watts;  Billy on Electric;  Lyrics;  Townes Van Zandt“Texas” Load remaining images