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With almost a year of performing the music of the Grateful Dead, guitarist/vocalist John Mayer reflects on his tour with Dead & Company in a touching Instagram post. As he explains, “The band flourished in so many ways.” With the original members leading the way, the new additions of Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and frequent keys collaborator Jeff Chimenti, really brought a new energy to the GD vibe.For Mayer, it was more than just the music. “I grew up a lone wolf in a bedroom practicing my guitar, and all I ever really craved was community.” He continues, “The community I feel now between my brothers and sisters in this band and crew, and the connection between everyone in the audience from the front row to the back, to those who listened from couches and cars, to those who come up to me and say more with their eyes than their words in their attempt to tell me what this means to them – I will never forget it, because I will never stop feeling it.”Read the full message in the touching post below:
Railroad Earth Load remaining images Thievery Corporation The annual Hot August Music Festival put on another successful day of music on Saturday, August 20th, at the Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland. Under ab lazing sun, the aptly named festival marked its 24th year in business. They have clearly learned from all that experience, as the day went off without a hitch. Two stages brought a stacked lineup of talent all day, and the open setup made bouncing back and forth a breeze.Thievery Corporation headlined the night, with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Leftover Salmon, The Revivalists, and Litz all preceding them on the main stage. L4LM contributor Will Urquhart was on the scene providing an approved live audio stream and taping all five of those sets from the main stage, as well as Better Off Dead‘s rousing pre party performance at the 8×10 in Baltimore on Friday. The festival also hosted Railroad Earth, Cabinet, Samatha Fish, and Eastman String Band on their second stage as well.Listen to full set audio streams from the main stage bands, posted below.Check out pictures from the festival as well, courtesy of Mark Raker Photography. A full gallery can be seen below.LITZEastman String BandThe RevivalistsSamantha FishCabinetLeftover SalmonJoe Russo’s Almost Dead
Dave Matthews Band continued their run at the famed Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA last night, and fans at the show were treated to a Grateful surprise: Bob Weir. The legendary guitarist came out in the middle of the show, joining Matthews and co for a performance of the Daniel Lanois song, “The Maker.” It was the band’s first time playing “The Maker” in 2016, with a gap of 121 shows prior to the bust out moment.Though Dave Matthews and Bob Weir have shared the stage during a “Dave Matthews and Friends” performance in 2006, this marks the first-ever sit-in for Bob Weir with the DMB. Fortunately, thanks to YouTube user Daryl Primorac, there’s a full video of the 13-minute jam session with Bobby.You can also check out the full setlist, posted below. “Can’t Stop” was also a tour debut, with a gap of 105 shows since its last appearance. Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
It was a bonafide reunion of Allman Brothers Band guitarists last night at NYC’s The Beacon Theatre, as guitar slinger Warren Haynes joined Tedeschi Trucks Band for a four-song sit-in during the second set. The TTB is now five nights into their six-night stand, and have welcomed a bevy of guests throughout the run including Jorma Kaukonen, Dave Mason, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson and more. However, seeing Haynes and Trucks play together – at the Beacon no less – must have conjured memories of the Allman Brothers days.The two guitarists played together in the Allman Brothers for many years, though that band has not been active since 2014. Haynes appeared during the second set, and, while they didn’t actually play any Allman Brothers songs, the two did treat fans to some blues classics.Haynes would emerge for an extended run at the end of the second set, joining in on Robert Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues,” Derek & The Dominos’ “Keep On Growing,” the blues standard “It Hurts Me Too,” Blind Faith’s “Had To Cry Today,” and King Curtis’s “Soul Serenade.” Check out videos of the Haynes-Trucks collaboration, streaming below.Preachin’ Blues > Keep On Growing (via Sean Roche)It Hurts Me Too (via Sean Roche)Soul Serenade (via Marc Millman)Had To Cry Today (via Marc Millman)The band ends their run tonight, October 8th, with another two-set performance. Check out the full setlist from last night’s show below!Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – 10/7/16Set One: Coming Home, Made Up Mind, Don’t Know What > All That I Need, Something, Lovin’ You, The StormSet Two: Midnight In Harlem, Ali > Let Me Get By, Shelter, Bound For Glory, More & More, Preachin’ Blues*, Keep On Growing*, It Hurts Me Too*, Had To Cry Today (with Soul Serenade in the middle)*Encore: It Ain’t Easy, Space Captain* = w/ Warren Haynes[Photo via TTB Instagram]
Electric Forest recently revealed their 2017 lineup, bringing their eclectic blend of live and electronic-based music for two exciting weekends in the summer. Today, the festival has revealed over 95 additions! The Rothbury, Michigan music festival is undoubtedly one of the best in the world, and their complete lineup proves one of the reasons why.Both weekends will feature sets from The Revivalists, Snakehips, Haywyre, EOTO, DJ EZ, StéLouse, Tom Misch (DJ Set) and Bluegrass Generals featuring Chris Pandolfi, Andy Hall, Bill Nershi & Keith Moseley, and more!The first weekend (June 22-25) has added performances from Tycho, Breaking Biscuits (Break Science with members of the Disco Biscuits), Maya Jane Coles, ANDY C, Crizzly, and Kamasi Washington. GA tickets are sold out for weekend 1.The second weekend (June 29-July 4) will see newly-added performances from Conspirator, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Break Science, Delta Heavy, Dr. Fresch, Oddisee & Good Company, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and River Tiber. Both GA and VIP options are still available for the Second Weekend!See below for full lineups:
Summer Camp Music Festival is truly one of the mainstays of the live music scene, as host bands moe. and Umphrey’s McGee never fail to organize a top tier event. Set to return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, the festival has revealed an exciting lineup for their 2017 event, including Trey Anastasio Band, Primus, The Disco Biscuits, Gov’t Mule, Pretty Lights Live Band, and so many more.The full lineup is absolutely insane, and festival organizers have just one-upped the experience with their late night after shows in the Red Barn on site. On Thursday night, TAUK and Umphrey’s McGee members will team up for their TAUKing McGee set, with another band coming soon. On Friday, moe. will team up with Everyone Orchestra for moe.EO and EOTO. On Saturday, Pretty Lights will make the Red Barn his own; and on Sunday, The Floozies and Gramatik will shut the club down.Check out the festival lineup below, and the late-night poster. Head to the Summer Camp website for details.
[Video: mkDevo]Tickets for Strange Machine’s Baker’s Dozen late-night performance are currently on sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. You can also check out Live For Live Music’s official guide to Phish Baker’s Dozen’s late nights here, which will give you the lowdown on who to see after Phish’s other MSG performances this July and August.Eggy performing “Graceless” from Brooklyn’s The Knitting Factory this past January.[cover photo courtesy of Sobokeh]Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 26 – Strange Machines w/ Egggy @ DROM (tix)July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theatre (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents) Boston, MA-based quartet Strange Machines is joining in on the Phish Baker’s Dozen late-night fun this summer with their own performance at New York City’s DROM on Wednesday, July 26th. The group, who has been accruing quite a rabid fanbase since their inception back in 2011, will keep the vibe going into the early-morning hours with special guest Eggy, the funky crunchadelic act out of New Haven, CT.Strange Machines seamlessly blends rock and reggae with elements of funk and livetronica, making for a captivating live performance that is sure to keep you in the right head space following the massive event hosted by Phish and happening just up the road at Madison Square Garden. The band, made up of Mike McDonald (guitars, vocals), Christian Perron (keys), Isaac Civitello (drums, vocals), Craig Holland (bass), and lighting designer Matt Calabrese, recently came off a huge Spring tour, which saw the band support the likes of Twiddle, Dopapod, TAUK, and Kung Fu. On the heels of this major tour, Strange Machines is currently getting ready to release their first full-length album, which is due out this coming fall.Take a listen to Strange Machines going on a solid run of “Little Monster, Shape of Things > Cocaine Blues > jam > Shape of Things” from their show at Cambridge, MA’s The Sinclair this past April.
[Video: brentndifer]Orbital[Video: brentndifer] You Don’t Say Load remaining images This weekend, STS9 celebrated its 20th anniversary with a three-night run at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. On Friday night, Tribe played the entirety of their seminal 2005 release Artifact, with the band staying close to the Artifact script, for the most part, and mirroring the studio album’s masterful compositions. On Saturday, the band played a more standard STS9 show, though the energy was palpable, as the iconic venue tend to bring out the best in the jamtronica heavy-weights. To close out the weekend, on Sunday, STS9 started their performance with one of their much-loved “Axe The Cables” acoustic sets before moving into a traditional electric set and encore to close out their three-day run. You can check out videos from the last two nights of Sound Tribe’s three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre below, plus check out photo galleries from Saturday night, courtesy of Ali Baker, and from Sunday, courtesy of Gary Sheer. Enjoy!STS9 Performs Entire “Artifact” Album At Red Rocks [Photos/Video]Setlist: STS9 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/9/2017Set One: You Don’t Say > Kamuy >> Potamus >> Kamuy, When the Dust Settles (Reprise), Rent, Worry No More, Golden Gate >> ArigatoSet Two: Rise Above Get Loud, Abcees, Hidden Hand Hidden Fist, Enceladus, Green Light (Lorde – STS9 remix), Vapors, Be Pulse, Inspire Strikes BackEncore: Tap-In [Video: brentndifer]Warrior (Axed) Satori (Axed) [Video: brentndifer]F. Word Setlist: STS9 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/10/2017Set One (Axe The Cables): Light Years, The Rabble, Ramone & Emiglio, Satori, Water Song, Warrior, Surreality >> EB, Frequencies 2 > 3Set Two (Full Electric): New Dawn, New Day >> Move My Peeps, F. Word, Hi-Key, Equinox, Shock Doctrine, Sun Moon & Stars, Get LoudEncore: Orbital Load remaining images [Video: brentndifer]Shock Doctrine Light Years (Axed) [Video: brentndifer] Equinox
Guitarist Cory Wong has finally released first full-length record, Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band. The record was composed and produced with a massive all-star cast of featured musicians, including Antwaun Stanley (Vulfpeck), Cody Fry, Steve Goold, Ian Allison, Michael Bland, Sonny T, Kevin Gastonguay, Darnell Davis, and the Hornheads horn section. The Minneapolis-based musician has put in his time as a versatile composer, arranger, producer, and collaborator, working on shows like NBC’s “The Voice,” playing alongside Ben Rector, Gene Simmons, Questlove, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bootsy Collins, Blake Shelton, and most recently joining with the fast-rising funk band Vulfpeck as a touring and session guitarist.Fans of Vulfpeck are already familiar with Cory Wong, whether or not they know it. Featured on more than seven of the ten tracks on 2016’s The Beautiful Game, Cory has contributed more than any other collaborator in Vulf history.Getting To Know Cory Wong: Vulfpeck’s Secret Weapon & Stratocaster MasterCory Wong’s remarkable synthesis of the MPLS SOUND with his own brand of funky multimedia and unique visual aesthetic has reached its apex with this forthcoming release, which finds his Stratocaster chops spotlighted amongst the expert production, both video and audio. Produced in Minneapolis, the album tracks were recorded simultaneously with the footage that goes on to form the remarkable centerpiece of the Cory Wong visual experience.Each song’s unique video, hand-crafted in Final Cut Pro, lends a vibrant third dimension to the album’s worlds, finding the musicians floating amongst clouds or against geometric backgrounds, spinning and re-sizing in time with the music. “When we do the sessions, nobody really knows what it’s gonna look like in the end,” Wong says of this brave new approach to production, which found legendary musicians tracking their parts live against a custom-crafted multi-green-screen, multi-camera setup. “It’s not a normal session thing!”Catch Cory Wong & his green screen band opening for TAUK at Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom on October 14, in Minneapolis for his PIZZA PARTY release show on October 21, and at Chicago’s famous Tonic Room on October 28. All information can be found here.Check out two music videos from Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band below: