Last year, The String Cheese Incident spent three glorious nights at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, playing their hearts out at the storied Morrison, CO venue over a wonderful summer weekend. There was no shortage of special moments throughout the run, including a special guest-filled performance on July 25th, 2015.Just yesterday, fans got the opportunity to relive those shows, as SCI and TourGigs have teamed up for a special DVD release of the run. The partnership couldn’t be more ideal, as TourGigs always captures some of the highest quality footage, and String Cheese was particularly on point during the three-night stand.In celebration of the new DVD release, String Cheese has shared pro-shot footage of their “Sweet Spot” from the July 25th 2015 performance. With Rhonda Thomas and Tony White sitting in on vocals, this rendition is just overflowing with energy! Watch the premiere of “Sweet Spot,” below:Rocky Mountain fans won’t have to wait too long for another chance to catch the Cheese on the Rocks, as the band will return to Red Rocks from July 15th through 17th this summer. With support from TAUK, Kamasi Washington, and Hot Rize providing support for each of the three nights, there’s no telling just how much fun there is to be had!You can find tickets for the upcoming Red Rocks shows, as well as any other tour date, via the band’s website. For more information about the new TourGigs DVD release from Red Rocks 2015, head here.Check out the full setlist from this great performance below:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 7/25/15Set 1: Jack’s Cheese Poem, Song In My Head, Eye Know Why, Sweet Spot*, Stay Through*, Please Send Me Someone To Love*^, Round The Wheel# > Sweet Melinda > Wheel Hoss, Live And Let Die%Set 2: Tinder Box* > Restless Wind, You’ve Got The World*, Hotel Window*, Rivertrance, Way Back Home > Looking Glass > Just One Story (reprise)Encore: Drums+, Rosie > Billie [email protected] > Rosie* Rhonda Thomas (backup singer for Isaac Hayes) and Tony White^ Percy Mayfield original (played in honor of BB King)# Jammed in and out of Phish’s “First Tube”+ Dave Watts (The Motet) and Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic)% Paul McCartney/Wings [email protected] Michael Jackson cover
In 1970, Tom Petty started his musical journey with a group called Mudcrutch. The relatively short lived group tried to make a name for themselves by moving to Los Angeles, CA (from Florida), but their 1975 single “Depot Street” failed to chart, and Mudcrutch disbanded by request of their record company, never to be heard from again.That is, until 2008, when Petty reunited with his original band members for their debut, eponymous album. While two of the Mudcrutch members, Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, continued to work with Petty as members of the Heartbreakers, the other two members, Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh, added their unique sounds to the contribution. Now, eight years later, the classic Mudcrutch lineup is back once more with the appropriately titled new release, 2.Through his 40+ years in the music business, Tom Petty has accrued an improbable number of hits. So many of his songs are chart toppers; regular selections for the local classic rock radio station. This wasn’t something that I fully grasped until seeing Tom Petty in concert at the Hollywood Bowl back in 2008, singing along to nearly every song despite my mistaken impression of unfamiliarity with the catalog. From “You Wreck Me” through “American Girl,” the impressive night of music gave me nothing but respect for Mr. Petty.And that’s just it. Tom Petty is so iconic, his voice so recognizable, that anything he does will sound like, well, Tom Petty. Sure, there are moments where lead solos from Tom Leadon (brother of Eagles’ member Bernie Leadon) get more into the blues nitty-gritty than a Heartbreakers song might. There are individual songs written by Leadon, Tench, Marshall, and Campbell, but Petty kicks in the other seven of the eleven original songs on 2. There’s even a song called “Dreams of Flying,” which naturally conjures comparisons to the classic song, “Learning To Fly.”Fortunately, comparing Mudcrutch’s ‘2’ to the prolific Petty catalog is a good thing. The novelty of Mudcrutch was in full force on their debut album; eight years later, the novelty has translated into a tight-knit rocker. The album flows well from one song to the next, feeling more like an intimate live set than a studio recording. The band members are clearly having fun, coming through in the rootsy rock that defines an entire generation.Do yourself a favor and listen to the album in full, streaming below courtesy of NPR Music until its official release date of May 20th.
Setlist: Phish at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL – 10/31/95Set 1: Icculus, Divided Sky, Wilson > Ya Mar, Sparkle > Free, Guyute, Run Like an Antelope, HarpuaSet 2: I Am the Sea, The Real Me > Quadrophenia, Cut My Hair, The Punk Meets the Godfather, I’m One, The Dirty Jobs > Helpless Dancer, Is It In My Head?, I’ve Had Enough, 5:15, Sea and Sand, Drowned, Bell Boy, Doctor Jimmy > The Rock, Love, Reign O’er MeSet 3: You Enjoy Myself, Jesus Just Left Chicago, A Day in the Life > Suzy GreenbergEncore: My Generation Narration from Mike about raccoons. Phish debut; Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, Joey Sommerville on trumpet and Alan Parshley on French horn. Phish debut; Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, Joey Sommerville on trumpet and Alan Parshley on French horn, Leigh Fordham sang Keith Moon’s original part. Dave Grippo on alto saxophone. Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, and Joey Sommerville on trumpet. Phish debut; acoustic.Teases:· Beat It tease in Harpua· The Real Me and Dave’s Energy Guide teases in You Enjoy MyselfNotes: Harpua included a story from Mike about a dream about raccoons. The Michael Jackson references continued, as Trey teased the audience by saying that Jimmy was listening to the Halloween album while the band played a Beat It tease. Also, the second set was preceded by recorded Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and Thriller teases from Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. The second set “musical costume” was The Who’s Quadrophenia and was performed with Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Don Glasgo on trombone, Joey Sommerville on trumpet and Alan Parshley on French horn. During Bell Boy, crew member Leigh Fordham, clad in a bell boy outfit, sang Keith Moon’s original part. All of the Quadrophenia songs, as well as My Generation, were Phish debuts. YEM was almost 40 minutes long, contained teases from Trey of The Real Me and DEG, and was preceded by the audience chess move. The chosen fan, dressed as a Wookiee, cracked under the pressure and could not choose a move on stage, prompting a quote from Fish that “Wookiees can’t play chess.” The Rock was teased after the failed move. Jesus Just Left Chicago featured Grippo on alto saxophone; Suzy Greenberg featured Grippo, Glasgo and Somerville. My Generation was performed acoustic. Before My Generation, the crew set up a Keith Moon replica drum set on stage. After the song, Fish and Trey destroyed the drum set a la The Who. Finally, a stagehand brought out a large plunger. Trey pressed it and set off a huge explosion backstage. This show was officially released as Live Phish 14. In the soundcheck, Suzy Greenberg was performed three times: the first with only Grippo, the second with the band and Grippo, and the third with all of the horns, alternate lyrics, and Bell Boy quotes. The jam through the end of the soundcheck was played with horns. In 1995, Phish put on a musical costume performance on Halloween night, playing the entirety of The Who’s Quadrophenia at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, IL. The album ranks among the greatest from the 1970’s rock era, with a cohesive rock opera storyline that is fueled by anthemic numbers like “The Real Me,” “Drowned,” “Love Reign O’er Me,” and, of course, “5:15.” As today is 5/15, we thought it was only appropriate to revisit this prized moment in Phish history.The song opens with a piano introduction, before the full six-piece horn section blasted the iconic “5:15” riff. While Anastasio’s voice may not match the rawness of Roger Daltrey’s, his guitar playing is completely out of this world. He unleashes amazing guitar solo, truly locked in the zone for the exciting show.Check out some video footage of Trey Anastasio’s killer guitar solo on the Who classic:You can also listen to the full song and show, below.
UPDATE 11:45 PM: Billboard has reported that Prophets of Rage is actually a supergroup comprised of RATM members, as well as Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. More on that here.It’s been five long years since fans have seen a Rage Against The Machine concert, but that looks to be changing. According to a number of intriguing clues, it seems that the band is teasing a major event called “Prophets Of Rage” this summer. The first clue comes from a new counter on a new website, ProphetsOfRage.com, which is reportedly counting down to June 1st. While the website seems to currently be down from overuse, it seems the band’s reunion is all but imminent.Not only that, but mysterious “Prophets Of Rage” posters have been popping up all over Los Angeles, CA. Take a look below: In addition to all of this, anyone who entered their email on the Prophets of Rage website were greeted with a message that said “Clear the way for the prophets of rage,” a line from a Public Enemy song titled, you guessed it, “Prophets Of Rage.” Public Enemy’s Chuck D has recently shared a handful of RATM clips online, only fueling the speculation that Public Enemy is involved in this major announcement: While the band has never ruled out a reunion in their five-year hiatus, it will be interesting to see just what “Prophets Of Rage” entails!
Dave Matthews Band continued their 25th anniversary summer tour last night, spending a Wednesday night rocking out at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS. The show featured a few setlist surprises sprinkled into the performance, including the first “So Much To Say” in 17 shows and more. Of course, the biggest surprise was the tour debut of “Recently,” a tune that hadn’t been played in a full 64 shows.The DMB continue to tout their classic material as well, calling on tunes like “Crush,” “Crash Into Me,” “Jimi Thing,” “Granny” and more to get the job done. While the band’s setlists aren’t changing too much between each show, it’s nice to see them bring out some unexpected songs like “Recently” to get people grooving.Thanks to taper AdamBicycle, we have a full audio stream from the performance. Dig it below.The DMB head to Alpine Valley for two nights starting tomorrow, July 1st. Check out last night’s full setlist!Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
Oteil Burbridge is teaming up with online coaching practitioner Taraleigh Weathers to stimulate community, positivity, and change through monthly group calls. The two spiritual leaders will guide various conversations through interactive donation-based calls, with the proceeds of each member’s contribution going to the cause of the month. These kinds of rhetoric are important to stimulate change, so join the movement!Each call will have a different topic. This week will focus on “Rising up in our communities,” and is happening this Friday November 4th at 12PM ET. In order to participate in the live call (with the opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts with Oteil and Taraleigh), you must donate to Standing Rock. Shortly after you do so, you will receive call-in instructions. If you can’t attend live, you will receive a recording of the conversation on your email.Taraleigh would like to share this additional information about this month’s cause from Katrina Coravos’ Facebook:Over 140 people got arrested last night.Most of the protectors have bail set at $1500.It is hard on my heart to know that people I love are behind bars right now. I trust the unfolding of this process, and know that there are many hands at work inside of this transformation we are in. But, it is hard and heavy.My heart goes out to all the good hearts that are sitting in the jails tonight.Two people that I love deeply are there: Kei Koromoto and Jonah Neale.Kei has been the main cook at camp and dedicates over 12 hours a day to feed the people at camp. She always greets you with a warm smile and loving words. Jonah works tirelessly every day helping in any way he can- from building, lugging, lifting, doing the overnight shift in security, giving great hugs. Both of them are generous and giving hearts, that are showing up because they love life and people.My gratitude goes to them, for standing for what is right- and to all the protectors that are risking so much to do what is calling in their hearts.The legal group that is helping is deeply involved in releasing everyone within 72 hours.Fortunately, there has been a fund raiser that will cover the costs to get the protectors out. This is another example of the outpouring of giving that Standing Rock has received.The world is watching, the world is praying, the world is witnessing the unification of the people and truly what we are up against to live in harmony together.We are doing this, and even when faced with what the people faced yesterday, love is prevailing, spirit is with us, and we are making a change.Join Oteil & Taraleigh on their first call happening this Friday (November 4th) at 12pm est. Donate here to receive the call in number. If you can’t attend live, you will receive an email with a recording shortly after. Remember to Rise Up in Your Community![Photo by Jess Burbridge]
Umphrey’s McGee kicked off a highly anticipated three night run in Asheville, NC last night, performing alongsifde Greensky Bluegrass to open things up at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena. The show was marked by great playing from both bands, including some collaborations between each band to get the run started on the right foot.Greensky Bluegrass played first, treating fans to their energetic take on the Americana genre. They opened up with “Windshield,” a fan favorite, before diving into a jammed out take on “Living Over.” The band even welcomed out UM keyboardist Joel Cummins during “In Control,” and would close out the set with the Bruce Springsteen classic, “Atlantic City.”Umphrey’s McGee followed, leaving it all on the table for a great opening night performance. The band opened with a “Bathing Digits” > “Rocker part 2” combination, before jamming out classics like “Nothing Too Fancy” > “Spires” > “Upward.” They kept it flowing through the first set, ending the seven song offering with “Atmosfarag” and “Der Bluten Kat.”The second set immediately got going with “40’s Theme,” before a big “Resolution” -> “Phil’s Farm” set the stage for one of the show’s highlight moments. After busting out Black Sabbath’s titular hit, “Black Sabbath,” Umphrey’s called on Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman from Greensky Bluegrass to join in for a take on the classic Sabbath tune, “War Pigs.” With Hoffman leading on vocals and Beck shredding on dobro, this was a great display of musicianship from both groups.Check out the video below, courtesy of Gregory Marcus on YouTube.Umphrey’s would close out the set with “2×2” and “Nothing Too Fancy,” before closing out the night with an encore of “Bad Friday.” The two bands will continue their arena run tomorrow night, before Umphrey’s closes things out with a Sunday show at The Orange Peel.Full audio from Umphrey’s show can be streamed below, courtesy of taper NSL.Check out both bands’ setlists below, as well as a full gallery from Phierce Photo.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | ExploreAsheville.com Arena | Asheville, NC | 2/17/17Set: Windshield, Living Over > Jam > Living Over, Letter to Seymour, In Control*, Can’t Stop Now^, Wings for Wheels, Miss September, Worried About The Weather > Jam > Atlantic City* = w/ Joel Cummins^ = “Shout” tease[Setlist via Camp Greensky]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | ExploreAsheville.com Arena | Asheville, NC | 2/17/17Set 1: Bathing Digits > Rocker Part 2, Nothing Too Fancy > Spires > Upward, Atmosfarag > Der Bluten KatSet 2: 40’s Theme, Resolution -> Phil’s Farm, Black Sabbath > War Pigs, 2×2 > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Bad Friday with Stranglehold (Ted Nugent) teases with Anders Beck on dobro and Paul Hoffman on vocals with Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson) jam[Setlist via All Things Umphrey’s] Load remaining images
Over the weekend, Matt Butler and his Everyone Orchestra traveled through the southeast to play a very special “Everyone’s Dead” set, with stops at Salvage Station in Asheville, NC and at The Pour House in Charleston, SC. The all-star lineup featured Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Claude Coleman Jr. (WEEN), Holly Bowling (keys), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Jeff Mosier (Blueground Undergrass), Wallace Mullinax (Dead 27s), and Mike Quinn.The band played through Grateful Dead classics, spinning each tune into their own improvisational happy place. On Saturday night, Greensky Bluegrass’s Anders Beck joined the party on dobro. Thanks to taper chrisdavis, you can listen to the full show below:Setlist: Everyone Orchestra | The Pour House Deck | James Island, SC | 3/11/17Jam, Sittin’ On Top of the World, intro/tuning, Sugaree, I Know You Ryder, The Women Are Smarter, He’s Gone, Black Muddy River, Band Intro[cover photo via Everyone Orchestra Facebook]
Earlier this week, we told you about a two-story mural of The Notorious B.I.G. in the rapper’s Brooklyn neighborhood that was being “held hostage” by the owner of the building on which it’s painted. Due to increased property value in the area, the landlord was set on making upgrades so that he could raise the building’s rent. The proposed renovations would have added new windows, forcing the mural to be destroyed.A petition to name the “notorious” painting a landmark and protect its removal gained more than 3000 signatures before the initiative was halted at the request of Spread Art NYC, the collective whose members Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman created the mural in 2015, who assured petitioners that they were working on a plan to remedy the situation.Now, we are happy to report that thanks to help from several local organizations, Atlanta rapper/actor TI, a high-ranking member of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets Community Relations team and, ultimately, a sympathetic change of heart by the building’s landlords, the mural is now safe–and the “King of NY” will continue to reign supreme over the corner of Bedford and Quincy!As Spread Art NYC stated in their Instagram thank you post, “Thank you Brooklyn! And a very very special thanks to the landlords for recognizing the importance of Biggie in this neighborhood! First we would like to thank both the Mayor’s and congressman Jeffries offices for reaching out and offering all kinds of support to keep this iconic mural where it is! We also would like to thank every single local organization for coming forward with their resources . We would like to thank all the companies for offering financial support. ATLANTA has got so much love for Biggie! Thank you TI @troubleman31 for having your team contact us on a daily basis to get the updates. Special thanks to Mr. Guevara from @brooklynnets for the daily phone calls to make sure we get all the needed resources. We would like to thank all of you who have stood besides us! PLEASE if you see the landlords, THANK them for this generous gift to our community!! ! Happy Belated Birthday, King!!!” He may be gone, but theres no denying that even to this day, Brooklyn is Biggie’s town. Congratulations to everyone involved in saving this mural and keeping Bed-Stuy B.I.G.!
[Photo: Phierce Photo] The Marcus King Band, the ensemble led by the young and soulful guitarist and vocalist Marcus King, has been on a skyward path since the release of their self-titled sophomore album in 2016, touring relentlessly and building a fervent global following along the way. In the time since, the band has gone from playing small rooms and midday festival sets to headlining national tours and even hosting their own two-day Marcus King Band Family Reunion festival, which is going down this weekend at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Earlier in the summer, the group headlined Reevestock Music Festival, an annual festival held in Elkin, North Carolina.Twiddle Announces Two-Night New Year’s Eve Run Featuring Marcus King Band & Giant Country HornsFor their performance at Reevestock over the summer, The Marcus King Band performed a tune called “What’s Right,” which will be featured on the group’s upcoming new EP, Due North. This latest recorded work from the group is slated to be released on October 27th, with the band noting that the four-track album is “a love note from the band of words we didn’t get to say. Songs that are a big part of our live repertoire that we would like to share with everyone.” In addition to “What’s Right”, Due North also will house two other studio tracks—“This Ol’ Cowboy” and “Slip Back”—and an exclusive live recording of the band’s “Sharry Barry” medley from a performance in Chicago last winter.The Marcus King Band Announce New EP, ‘Due North,’ Due Out Next MonthYou can check out a pro-shot recording by LL2 Productions of The Marcus King Band’s performance of “What’s Right” at Reevestock Music Festival, which was held on August 3rd and 4th of this year, below. For more information on the group’s upcoming projects and performances, head to their website.