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NASCAR flips switch on new website

first_imgBold, interactive design hits cyberspace with fans in mind “As people wake up and log on to the new NASCAR.com today and every day moving forward, they will see that it was designed with one thing in mind: the fans,” said Marc Jenkins, vice president of digital media for NASCAR. “This digital experience is meant to constantly evolve based on user feedback, with the goal of a creating a better digital experience for our fans.”On the new NASCAR.com, the excitement of NASCAR will be captured through dynamic video, big, bold imagery, interactive graphics and the latest news and in-depth analysis from a choice group of NASCAR insiders and writers. Much of the content being produced by NASCAR.com’s editorial team will be focused on the upcoming races, giving fans the opportunity to consume rich, comprehensive event information on a week-to-week basis.“The simplified NASCAR digital platform makes for easier user navigation and maximized interaction,” said Jenkins. “And most importantly, fans will have the same digital experience no matter what type of device is being used — be it a PC, a tablet or a mobile phone.”Across the entire digital platform, there are also plenty of options for fans to further engage in on-track action on race day. The interactive live leaderboard will provide fans with in-depth information in real-time on each driver, while the popular RaceView and RaceBuddy applications will be improved for an enhanced broadcast complement on race day. Fans will also be able to engage in NASCAR FANTASY LIVE, the official NASCAR fantasy game, which will have a brand new look and feel.For fans heading to the racetrack, the new NASCAR.com will continue to serve as a great destination for in-depth information on NASCAR-sanctioned race tracks. From information on local attractions, track history, and most importantly, ordering race tickets, fans need to look no further than the digital home of NASCAR: NASCAR.com.Finally, in addition to an entirely new website, NASCAR will release a pair of mobile apps before the start of the Shootout at Daytona (Feb. 16, FOX) and the Daytona 500 (Feb. 24, FOX), giving fans an unprecedented second screen experience on their tablets and mobile devices.   •    NASCAR Mobile ’13 – This app is highlighted with content such as latest news, race leaderboard, video, social media updates, in-car audio, live data and more.•    NASCAR RaceView Mobile ’13 – In addition to the aforementioned features, this premium app will render a virtual live race environment, giving fans the ultimate tool to follow their favorite driver in real time throughout the entire race.NASCAR selected SapientNitro last summer to help design and build the platform for NASCAR’s new digital experience. NASCAR has also worked very closely with technology services firm Omnigon, which has acted as an advisor throughout the build. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Calendars officially turned to 2013 just a few days ago, signifying for many a point of resolution – a fresh start in determining a new course of action. Like millions of its loyal fans, NASCAR took a bold step by officially flipping the switch on a brand new digital experience, highlighted by a revamped NASCAR.com. center_img ALL ABOUT GEN-6Virtual tour: Inside the Gen-6 carTimeline: History of NASCAR carsGen-6 101: Five things to knowlast_img read more

Daytona 500 Tickets on Sale

first_img56th Annual Daytona 500 Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, May 30 READ: Kenseth, Johnson hopes wrecked in 600 READ: Harvick’s late charge leads to 600 win READ: Post-Coca-Cola 600 Driver Reports READ: Pit crew key as Hamlin claws back ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –Tickets to the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale Thursday, May 30 at 9 a.m. (ET). Tickets for the Daytona 500, which was won earlier this year for a second time by Jimmie Johnson, will start at $65.“The tradition, excitement and drama of the Daytona 500 are unmatched in motorsports,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “From the pageantry of kicking off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season to the classic nail-biting finishes, the Daytona 500 is an event that all race fans should experience in person.”The Speedway will once again offer special youth pricing for the 56th annual Daytona 500.  Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last.In addition to the 56th annual Daytona 500, tickets for Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 events will be available for purchase including the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the inaugural nighttime running of the Budweiser Duel, The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona and Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAV TV American Real doubleheader and Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger.New for 2014, the Speedway is expanding youth pricing with the races leading up to the Daytona 500. Children 12 and under are now $10 in reserved grandstands and will continue to be free in general admission areas. In addition, children 12 and under are also free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks. Race fans have three different ways to purchase tickets.·         Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com·         Calling 1-800-PITSHOP·         Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket officeAlso available for purchase through www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or 1-800-PITSHOP are:·         Hospitality packages and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 events.·         Tickets for the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend on July 5-6, including the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 6 and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 5. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $45 and kids 12 and under are $10 in all grandstands.Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.READ MORE:last_img read more

Roosevelt Collier Jams On Allman Bros, Radiohead And More With Dopapod And Turkuaz Members

first_imgLoad remaining images Throughout last week, pedal steel guitar “Doctor” Roosevelt Collier toured throughout the Empire State with his New York Get Down crew, a lineup that consisted of Dopapod’s Rob Compa and Eli Winderman along with Turkuaz’s Michelangelo Carubba and Taylor Shell. As Dopapod and Turkuaz have collaborated in the past, the foursome proved quite the tight-knit backbone for this rocking show, as led by Collier’s soulful pedal steel sounds.Collier brought the crew to DROM last Saturday, February 12th, closing out a four-show run in New York, NY. The “Get Down” was true to its name, as fans everywhere were getting down at the intimate venue.The setlist was a mixed bag of covers spanning an array of genres, opening with Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” and never looked back. The show featured a version of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Hot ‘Lanta,” and moved soulfully into Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The group went back to the blues for the Allman’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,” before busting out their version of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.” Next up was John Scofield’s jazzy tune “Chank,’ and the set concluded with a powerful version of the folk anthem, “Freight Train.”Check out the setlist below, as well as a full gallery from Scott Harris Photo.Setlist: Roosevelt Collier’s New York Get Down at DROM, New York, NY – 3/12/16Set: Stratus, Hot ‘Lanta, Billie Jean, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Chank, Freight Trainlast_img read more

Fool’s Paradise Adds Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff to Sailing Adventure With The Shady Horns

first_img*UPDATE* This event is SOLD-OUT!The inaugural Fool’s Paradise is almost two weeks away! It’s going down at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on April 1st and 2nd, with genre-bending music from Lettuce, GRiZ, Goldfish, Vulfpeck, The Nth Power, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (George Porter Jr. + Neal Casal + Ivan Neville + Eric Krasno + The Shady Horns) and a whole lot more!There’s lots to look forward to beyond just the music, as Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists. Included in the offerings is a very special sailing adventure with The Shady Horns, Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis, now complete with Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff.Kick back, relax and soak up the sun for two hours of nautical adventure with these jokesters aboard the Schooner Freedom Charters. The sea-views of St. Augustine are unlike other Florida shores, as you will sail along the nation’s oldest and most historic city, adorned with 17th century landmarks, fortresses, and historic lighthouses. Bring a pair of binoculars to look for dolphins, turtles, and birds, or take the helm for an unforgettable sailing experience.The boat leaves the dock promptly at 12:15pm, so be there no later than noon on Saturday, April 2nd. You’ll either go out to sea or stay along the intracoastal, depending on the ocean’s conditions for the day. Beer and wine will be provided, though you can always bring more. Space is limited, so sign up now!Whether this is a vacation or a stay-cation, make the most out of your weekend in Florida. Don’t miss out on this epic opportunity! More information on Fool’s Paradise website.last_img read more

Relix’s Dean Budnick Releases Novel Exploring Characters At A 1980’s Dead Show

first_imgRelix editor Dean Budnick is a busy man! Aside from his work on the famed jam publication, Budnick recently helped John Popper co-author his new memoir, Suck & Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed to Tell. Not only that, but the writer has a new novel due out this Spring: Might As Well.The book is set in and out of a Grateful Dead concert in the late eighties, held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The text explores a number of characters that comprise the rich tapestry of the scene, including a three-year-old daughter named Stella and her mother, a prep-school hippie Steven on spring break, “Taper Ted” and his skeptical brother, as well as “Bagel Bob” on his second decade of touring.Might As Well is also inspired by an unsolved murder case surrounding the show, and “explores the challenges, compilations, and charms of this environment with insight, empathy, and humor,” according to a press release about the book. In that release, Peter Shapiro says, “If anyone is qualified to teleport back in time to bring a reader to a Grateful Dead show in the 1980s, it’s Dean Budnick.”For more about the book, head to the Amazon page!last_img read more

Guitarist Dave Malone Talks NOLA Crawfish Fest, The Radiators, Masquerades & More

first_imgNew Orleans has produced some of the most memorable groups in a variety of genres, and for decades the reigning hometown rock band was The Radiators. Word of mouth and traded cassette tapes spread the legend of a band that blew the roof off every time they played a gig.Guitarist Dave Malone, of The Radiators, is part of the all-star team of local musicians closing out the NOLA Crawfish Festival next Monday through Wednesday at the NOLA Brewing Company, alongside George Porter Jr., Anders Osborne, Billy Iuso and Terrence Higgins during the “Daze Between” Jazz Fest.  Our own Rex Thomson had a chance to chat with Malone about the mayhem the band witnessed from the stage over the years, the art of proper crawfish eating, and the ups and downs of a decades-long career in the music business.L4LM: How packed is your Jazz Fest schedule?Dave Malone: Probably seven or eight gigs in eight or nine days. (Laughs) It’s not as crazy as some people’s…but some things came I just couldn’t pass up after I’d already booked other things. So I’m gonna be scramblin’ around. It’s a really special time in New Orleans, and a lot of friends and really talented musicians are coming to town. So I’ll put in a lot of time during the fest but come that first Monday after I’ll take a rest.L4LM: Speaking of gigs you couldn’t pass up, you’re headlining the last night of the NOLA Crawfish Fest with an incredible krewe like George Porter Jr., Anders Osborne, Terrence Higgins, Billy Iuso. That seems like a pretty amazing amount of New Orleans guitar on one stage at one time.DM: Yeah, it’s pretty concentrated and powerful, and with a rhythm section like George Porter on bass, who’s, well…just the best, and Terrence Higgins on drums who is also the best, it’s gonna be “Guitartastic!”L4LM: In jam sessions like this, do you guys work out an outline of the material in advance, or do you just go on musical muscle memory built up by years of doing guitar curls?DM: This will be the third time we’re doing this, with me and George and Terry and Billy. In years past, we didn’t even get together and talk about it. It was literally just 100% jamming. This year, I’m probably gonna get together with Billy, and work out a couple things like some guitar harmonies, then we’ll just get up there and go, and George and Terry can just follow along like they do so well. I hope I don’t jinx myself by planning a little bit. (Chuckles) These jams can go anywhere with these guys, and that’s as cool as it can be.L4LM: Besides all the great music, Shaggy, The Crawfish King, is going to be serving up the massive, scrumptious boil that he’s legendary for. all throughout the show. There’s gonna be a lot of visitors in town who’ve never eaten a crawfish. Any tips for them?DM: Yeah…don’t eat the shells. (Laughs) I’ve been doing this my whole life. Taking the head off, sucking the juice out…pinching the tail, grabbing it lightly with your teeth and pulling the meat out if they’ve been boned correctly…I do it so fast people look at me like I’m from Mars or something. I don’t care though…”I’m eating crawfish, leave me alone.”People, out-of-towners who didn’t grow up doing this they’ll pull the heads off and not suck the juices out…which is just a shame in my book. Then they’ll start peeling the spiny things off the tail not knowing that if you just squeeze them together then the ribs on the underside crack and you can just gently tug it out with your teeth. It comes out as one tail. I go nuts on them, I tell you what and Shaggy’s are some of the absolute best.Here’s The Radiators giving their best musical crawfish tip of all…”Suck The Head”NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New FestivalL4LM: One of the ways that The Radiators built their dedicated following was as the house band for the infamous masquerade themed MOMs Balls. Can you describe a few of the more memorable outfits you saw from your perch onstage?DM: Well some of the most memorable outfits were hardly anything on really beautiful girls. Y’know, the thing is with all those events, especially the MOMs Ball, is that you really don’t remember it at all. You know that it happened, and that you were there because there are pictures that prove it. But if you do it right, it’s all kinda hazy. But you know it was the greatest Mardi Gras party every year. We would play it at a place and they would ask us not to come back. We finally found a couple of places that actually put up with our shenanigans.The whole idea behind masking yourself during carnival was to let your hair down and not be noticed as who you are. You were free to do whatever you wanted to do, provided you didn’t hurt anyone or break the law or anything. At MOMs Ball they carried that mindset to the extreme. People were just there to have fun. The early ones, man, there were people performing sex acts on the side of the stage. It was an “Anything Goes” kinda party.L4LM: Did you ever find yourself so distracted you forgot to keep playing?DM: (Laughs) I think my head probably forgot to play, but my fingers didn’t. Yeah I’m sure something like that a couple times. It was interesting to see, but you weren’t really shocked by anything. It’s New Orleans. That sorta thing happened even if it wasn’t Mardi Gras.L4LM: How did your involvement with the Balls begin?DM: The band that came before The Radiators had three Radiators and was called The Rhapsodizers. We inherited the MOMs Balls, which is a krewe of misfits, literally the Mystic Orphans & Misfits…MOMs. That all centered around a regular gig we had at a pizza place near the University of New Orleans called Luigi’s. So when the Radiators came into being after the demise of The Rhapsodizers, we inherited the MOMs Ball and the Luigi’s gig every Wednesday night, which was basically a paid rehearsal for us. Our fans would show up every week and encourage us to do whatever the hell we wanted to do.Not only that, but we allowed people to tape our shows, on cassette in those days, from the very beginning. Our fan base was from the fact that we were affiliated with Tulane University pretty strongly and all the different krewes like the MOMs krewe and people at the Dream Palace and Luigi’s. Tulane students that went back home would take these tapes to their brothers and sisters who would be coming to Tulane the next year. So we had new fans showing up who already knew our songs and us, before we started travelling all over the country.It was really beneficial for us to have an affiliation with Tulane. I was just in New York playing a benefit for a cause related to Tulane, and our relationship with the university, and Loyola to a lesser extent was built by what I tell people is us being “Accidentally brilliant.” We let people tape our shows and then these cassettes ended up all over the place. Friends had family in every part of the country. When we started touring, we had fans waiting for us all across the country.It’s pretty remarkable…in the days before social media. We signed with Epic Records a few years later, but it was the tapes that really made us well known. It sounds ridiculous but it’s true. We had, and still do, the tape traders who take this stuff very seriously. It’s not just every song and every show we played that’s been documented, but things guys said on the mic between songs. Crazy.There’s a whole website that lists every song The Radiators ever played and who did it originally. We didn’t really do…I have a problem even calling them covers, because covers implies you’re trying to make it sound like the original. We just called them “Songs that other people wrote.” We took them and did our own thing to them. Frankly, more than half of the time we had people thinking WE wrote the songs, because the ones we used were so obscure.Our fan base is really musically knowledgeable about this stuff. They dig back into who really wrote and recorded some the songs. We used to do a song called “Turn On Your Love Light” that the Grateful Dead used to do. The writer of that song is Deadric Malone, and on the record it said “D.Malone.” The song is older than me, but people thought I wrote it.L4LM: One last question about the MOMs Balls. Each event had a tag line or a theme, and The Radiators would write a new song for each one using the theme as inspiration. Is there any chance we can entice The Radiators back into the studio one last time to record those party theme songs you composed for each event?DM: Hey…that’s not a bad idea! I’ve gone over every angle I could think of, but that’s one that never crossed my mind, I can tell ya. That was what made MOMs Ball so special to me, I gotta tell you. Every year Ed and I would write that song for the theme…the bands that took over for us don’t do that anymore. That was a really special thing I looked forward to each year.I need to go back and figure out what they were. See…we really only ever played them that one time.L4LM: It would be a shame if all that music and history got lost.DM: That’s a really good idea. I’m writing it down now, to tell the truth. I never thought about that. It’s been so long though. I know there are people out there who can find the answers to this question a lot faster than I can…what all those theme songs were. It was thrity-three years.I’m gonna issue a challenge to our fans, to come up with a list of all the MOMs Ball themes played during Mardi Gras for those thirty-three years. I have no idea what they are. So please, someone out there…help!Check out one of The Radiators annual reunion sets from Jazz Fest below:L4LM: It sounds like the friendships forged over the years playing together in The Radiators are still fruitful. You even continue working with a couple of them in your new band, Raw Oyster Cult. You’ve also got Papa Gros in there with you.DM: That was put together as my main post-Rads band. I wanted to get a bass player and a keyboard player who could also sing. I wanted to take some of the Rads songs that I had always kind of in the back of my head hoped could have vocal harmonies. Ed and I harmonized sometimes but The Radiators were never known for our harmonies. I wanted to take some of those songs and try them that way. That was my intent with that.I’m older now, so I’m playing a bit less. I’ve got grand kids and all of that. (Chuckles) So I pick and choose what I want to do, and the main thing I do these days is Raw Oyster Cult. But it’s three Radiators, myself, Camile Baudoin and Frank Bua and John Gros from Papa Grows Funk on keys vocals and Dave Pomello from Johnny Sketch And The Dirty Notes on bass and vocals. And sometimes when Dave can’t make it Graham Robertson sits in on bass and vocals.L4LM: With that level of history and talent among the players, that has to be pretty comfortable for you onstage.DM: It is. We can do anything we choose to do, really. The only limitation is us. We need to write some new songs…but I’m lazy. We’ve been saying but it’s all really because of me not getting things done, frankly.L4LM: Another reason to just do the next album of the theme songs we were talking about earlier.DM: Yeah. One of the guys who was really into this, who passed away recently, was a guy named Eric Vandercar. He helped us early on with setting up our website, got us online, and helped document all this stuff for us. Thanks to him and people like him this stuff is out there, and hopefully we can pull it all together. Thanks to him and others like him, all this music lives on.L4LM: Well sir thanks for taking a few minutes to chat with us. Good luck during the Jazz Fest craziness and the NOLA Crawfish Festival!DM: The pleasure was mine. Thanks!If all this talk about music and food has you ready to feed your mind and your body, you can get information and tickets to the NOLA Crawfish Festival and three amazing days of the finest in New Orleans music, food and culture HERE. More info can also be seen on the poster below:last_img read more

This Heroic DJ Remixed Jurassic 5 And Phish Jams To Create ‘2na Phish’ [Listen]

first_imgDJ Relaxed Insomniac may just be the hero we’ve always needed. The producer brilliantly merged two incredible artists, fusing Jurassic 5 raps with Phish jams for the eloquently named remix, 2na Phish.The 2na, of course, comes from Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na, who is prominently featured on the mixtape. With summer “tour” just two weeks away, we couldn’t ask for a more fun mix than these 2na Phish jams. Described simply as “The music of legendary jam band Phish mixed with the manphibian Chali 2Na,” the mix features tracks like “Quality Fluff Control” and “Papyrus Please.”Feast your ears below.<a href=”http://upwordsmovement.bandcamp.com/album/2na-phish”>2Na Phish by DJ Relaxed Insomniac</a>Don’t miss Live For Live Music’s official Baker’s Dozen late night shows!last_img read more

Ween Played Hodi’s Half Note On This Day In 2008 [Full Audio]

first_imgIt was eight years ago today that the gentlemen of Ween played a raucous 38-song setlist at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, CO. With a setlist that includes rocking versions of “Transdermal Celebration”, “Spinal Meningitis”, “She Fucks Me”, and “Put The Coke On My Dick” (in which Deaner forgets the lyrics to the second verse), how can you go wrong? The show definitely deserves a listen, and courtesy of taper Chris King, listen we shall.Ween at Hodi’s Half Note Setlist – Fort Collins, CO – 7/15/200801. Nan02. Take me away03. Grobe04. Transdermal celebration05. Piss up a rope06. Learnin’ to love07. Light me up08. Voodoo lady09. Albino sunburned girl10. Final alarm11. Spinal meningitis12. Your party13. Object14. Gabrielle15. Touch my tooter16. Stallion pt 517. Tick18. Springtheme19. Buckingham green20. My own bare hands21. Booze me up & get me high22. Doctor rock23. Demon sweat24. Pandy fickler25. Ocean man26. Goin gets tough from the getgo27. Johnny on the spot28. Sweet texas fire29. Mister Would You Please Help my pony30. Baby Bitch31. Sorry Charlie32. She Fucks Me33. Dancin’ In the Show Tonight34. Bananas and blow35. Shamemaker36. Fiesta37. Put the coke on my dick38. Superstarlast_img read more

Brooklyn Comes Alive Unveils Full Lineup, Complete With Supergroup Formations

first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive is around the corner! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, we’ve put the focus on the artists by bringing over 50 musicians together and allowing them to create their own groups and concepts, ultimately encouraging new collaborations with a spirit of community. Approaching our one month countdown, we are thrilled to release the full roster of supergroup formations, complete with the venue locations in which they will perform.Without further ado, here is the full lineup for the 2016 installment of Brooklyn Comes Alive:Brooklyn BowlEarth, Wind & Power: For the second time, The Nth Power will lead Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny Sadownick, and more through a tribute to Earth, Wind And Fire. Perhaps one of the most talked-about sets of the Jazz Fest season, “Earth, Wind & Power” isn’t letting the fire extinguish just yet. More information here.DRKWAV: Featuring keyboardist John Medeski (MMW, The Word), drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), and saxophonist Skerik (Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin’), the trio revels in the pitch black while continuously discovering beauty and shedding light through sonic exploration. Expect a unique blend of space-shifting jazz, experimental rock, and psychedelic transformations. More information here.Scott Metzger, Joe Russo, Robert Walter, and Andy Hess: This will be the group’s second show together, following their performance as “The Brooklyn Bowl All-Stars” in August of 2014. There’s a distinct mix of rock, soul, funk, and jam in the mix – so be sure not to miss these all-star musicians as they make their BCA debut. More information here.Natalie Cressman presents Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, and Samora Pinderhughs: Raised in an eclectic musical household, Natalie Cressman has only continued to diversify and expand her musical universe. Still in her early 20s, the trombonist/composer/vocalist has assimilated the full range of her sonic influences into a startlingly mature, strikingly original voice that melds the sophistication of modern jazz with captivating storytelling and intoxicating melodies reminiscent of indie rock’s most distinctive songwriters. Cressman has spent much of the last four years touring the jam band circuit with Phish’s Trey Anastasio, while also performing with jazz luminaries Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum. With Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Benny Rietveld (Santana), and Samora Pinderhughs (Emily King, Branford Marsalis) on board, this set is sure to be jaw-droppingly wonderful.Organ Freeman: It’s some serious toe-tapping jives, fueled by the trio hard at work: guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys and organist Trevor Steer. Like many bands comprised of tight-laced musicianship, Organ Freeman emerged from an intensive music program called the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Steer explains that the group “initially formed the group as more of an opportunity to experiment than a serious project while we were all students, and continued on as a creative outlet while we all played out as freelance musicians. It wasn’t until years later when we were presented with the chance to do a record that the band sort of morphed into what it is today.” More information here.The Music Hall of WilliamsburgA Tribute To J Dilla: Led by Break Science’s Borahm Lee, the tribute will run deep in the roots of hip-hop with fine-tuned artists, drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), bassist Stu Brooks (Matisyahu, 50 Cent, Pretty Lights), and more. Since his untimely death in 2006, Dilla’s productions have achieved cult status, and his legacy has grown with posthumous album releases and a slew of tributes by everyone from Flying Lotus to Kendrick Lamar. Brooklyn Comes Alive looks forward to honoring the beat master with some of the most creative players to date. More information here.[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee are teaming up with The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner for a one-time-only collaboration, merging together the worlds of electronic, hip-hop, psychedelic grooves and heavy jams. More information here.BRASSTRACKS: The Brooklyn-based power duo, self-described as “future brass”, were recently featured on Chance The Rapper‘s Coloring Book for the hit song “No Problem” but its their original music that truly showcases the young talents of Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Conor Rayne (drums). Check them out!Brownie DJ Set: The Disco Biscuits bassist will be mixing deep cuts, throwbacks, and his favorite dance tunes for a special night in funky town! If you’ve never seen Marc Brownstein throw down a DJ set, don’t sleep on this one.Horizon Wireless Live: NYC’s own Horizon Wireless blends psychedelic break-beat & house music with a variety of other styles including trip-hop, minimal tech-funk, and nu-jazz to create smooth, high energy, and live soulful dance experiences for fans of all genres of music. The band includes Teddy Midnight’s guitar virtuoso Willey Griffin, Lespecial’s low-end wizard Luke Bemand on bass, Daniel Scott Lyons behind the kit, and a rotating cast of keyboardists as well.Manic Focus And Friends: Manic Focus is the beat-bumpin’ project of John “JmaC” McCarten, a Chicago-based electronic music producer hailing from the Twin Cities. A multi-dimensional artist with a rowdy style unbound to any one genre, Manic Focus transcends sound waves by fusing soulful blues with heavy-hitting bass, creating a resonating tone that’s entirely his own. And he’s bringing some very special friends!The Hall at MPThe All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers), keyboardist and flautist Kofi Bubridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks Band), keyboardist Neal Evans (Lettuce, Soulive) and drummer Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) are making their debut performance as “The All Brothers Band.” The brothers collaborated for an EP earlier this year, though they’ve yet to present this project for public ears. We can expect smooth layers of funk and jazz with these players, but there’s really no telling what they might have in store.The Coomes Brothers: Featuring Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and his brother Ty Coomes, along with Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis, this group is sure to bring intergalactic funk and freestyle fusion, with roots of hip-hop, R&B, and soul mixed in.Holly Bowling: Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano at the age of five. There’s one major distinction, however, that separates her from other similarly studied musicians. That is Holly’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. The past year has seen Holly expand her repertoire into the realm of the Grateful Dead. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world.Jason Hann’s Rythmatronix: Jason Hann is bringing an all-star group of musicians to join his NYC edition of the Rhythmatronix, featuring Oteil Burbridge, virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque (Sting, Joe Zawinul, Garaj Mahal), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven), and Afrocuban drummer Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdez, Sintesis). When we spoke to Hann about the new project, he excitedly described it as “global fusion music with a collection of badass musicians playing international grooves.” More information here.Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven: A brand new instrumental collective with a direct focus on the classical suites of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. The brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, the band features Jay Lane (drums), Todd Stoops (keys), and Clay Welch (guitar) in a movement that can only be described as “Classical Dance Music.” More information here.Ripe: Ripe is a Funk/Pop band out of Boston, MA that was born as a result of its seven members’ uniting over one belief: with enough passion and honesty, music can still make the earth shake. With one eye looking back to the inception of both funk and psychedelic music, and the other looking forward with a modern concept of what makes people move, Ripe seeks both to honor musical history as well as to make it. The perfect fruit is equal parts past and present, and this is the approach of the Ripe sound. More about them here.Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down: The pedal steel guitar player will lead bassist Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Eli Winderman(Dopapod), and Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) through a set of game-changing jams and deep cuts alike. More information here.Tim Palmieri & Friends: Selecting a band of musicians that will bring the funk, the fusion, and the party, Tim is ready to entertain you with guitar shredding and good times! Featuring Alan Evans on drums, Dan Edinberg on bass, Rob Marscher on keys, Rob Somerville on sax/vocals, Johnny Durkin on percussion, and Jen Durkin on vocals – this band is an amalgamation of the Northeast jam sound. Expect the unexpected.Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Full Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu/Addison Groove Project)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Showcase Sets:RIPEOrgan Freemanlast_img read more

The Motet Get Down At Brooklyn Bowl For Two-Night Tour Closing Run [Recap/Videos]

first_imgThis weekend, The Motet lit up Brooklyn Bowl with two top-notch shows at the well-loved Williamsburg venue. Coming in hot off their Mixtape 1979 Halloween run last week, the band delivered a pair of electrifying performances that had the packed Bowl dancing from start to finish, featuring support from JAW GEMS on night one and Sophistafunk on night 2. The band documented their first day in the Big Apple via Snapchat. You can check out the video recap below:The whole band brought their A-game for the first half of their Brooklyn run, but an honorable mention for the night’s MVP goes to Garrett Sayers (bass) and Drew Sayers‘ (sax) mom, who live-streamed the first hour of the show for all to enjoy. Relive the performance below:The Motet finished up their tour proper–and their 12th show in 11 days–on night two in Brooklyn, holding nothing back for the ecstatic, near-sellout crowd. The final show of the band’s run featured multiple top-notch solos from each member of the band, including a sit-in from Snarky Puppy‘s Jay Jennings for an all-out trumpet battle with the Motet’s Gabe Mervine on Freddie Hubbard’s “Skagly”. You can see clips from the show via the band’s Snapchat below:After a week off, the band returns home to Denver for their traditional 2-night run at The Ogden Theatre in Denver next weekend. Tickets are available via the band’s website.Full set lists from the two Brooklyn Bowl shows can be found below:The Motet | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/4/16Set: Funny > Jam, Like We Own It, Back It Up, Just Around The Corner, Funkify Your Life, Fool No More, Plexus*, Damn!, Danger, Keep On Don’t Stoppin’, The Fountain, The TruthEncore: Serpentine Fire**Notes: * Extra C with horn delay, **Earth Wind and Fire CoverThe Motet | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/5/16Set: Wearing It Out, The Truth, Ain’t No Way, Extraordinary High, Rynodub, So High > Tell Everybody, Handcuffs^, Skagly*, Damn!, Knee Deep, Know It Too Well, ShakeEncore: Fool No More, Closed Mouth Don’t Get FedNotes: ^Parliament Funkadelic cover; *Freddie Hubbard cover, Snarky Puppy’s Jay Jennings sitting in on trumpet;[Cover Photo – Scott Harris]last_img read more

Download All “30 Days Of Dead” Tracks Released By The Grateful Dead Last Month For Free

first_imgEvery day in November, the Grateful Dead website offered up a free download of a nugget from the archives. Dubbed “30 Days Of Dead”, the annual November tradition brought goodies spanning the band’s entire career. As today is December 1st, the free download promotion was just completed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your hands on these free tracks.Fortunately for those who weren’t downloading the free Dead tracks every day, you can download a Zip file containing all 30 tracks by clicking this link. The full tracklisting can be seen below, and more information about the program can be found on the Dead’s website.30 DAYS OF DEAD11/1 – Dark Star > Brokedown Palace11/2 – Picasso Moon (5/12/1991)11/3 – Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Franklin’s Tower (9/1/1979)11/4 – Victim Or The Crime > Foolish Heart (6/28/1988)11/5 – Weather Report Suite > Stella Blue (2/23/1974)11/6 – The Music Never Stopped (10/02/1976)11/7 – Attics Of My Life (12/27/1970)11/8 – Doin’ That Rag (4/25/1969)11/9 – Just A Little Light (7/10/1989)11/10 – Bird Song (2/26/1981)11/11 – Comes A Time > Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance (10/02/1980)11/12 – Friend Of The Devil (5/17/1978)11/13 – That’s It For The Other One (10/13/1968)11/14 – Estimated Prophet > Uncle John’s Band (4/12/1982)11/15 – Scarlet Begonias > Touch Of Grey > Fire On The Mountain (7/3/1984)11/16 – Loser (2/18/1971)11/17 – Playing In The Band > Uncle John’s Band > Jam (10/05/1994)11/18 – New Speedway Boogie (6/7/1970)11/19 – Passenger, Brown-Eyed Women (5/7/1978)11/20 – Days Between (10/18/1994)11/21 – To Lay Me Down (10/17/1983)11/22 – Lazy River Road (3/29/1993)11/23 – Black-Throated Wind (7/25/1974)11/24 – Feel Like A Stranger (4/19/1986)11/25 – Shakedown Street (6/14/1984)11/26 – Help > Slipknot! > Franklin’s (3/24/1991)11/27 – Samson & Delilah (5/26/1977)11/28 – Cumberland Blues (10/31/1971)11/29 – U.S. Blues (7/27/1974)11/30 – Playing In The Band (2/22/1974)last_img read more

MF Doom And Danger Mouse Drop Unheard Track For Reissue Of Danger Doom’s ‘The Mouse And The Mask’

first_imgBack in 2005, rapper MF Doom (Daniel Dumile) and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) teamed up for the collaborative album, The Mouse And The Mask, using the moniker Danger Doom. The classic hip-hop album was inspired by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, and in addition to tracks featuring Ghostface Killah and Cee-Lo contains cameos throughout by characters from Aqua Team Hunger Force, Space Ghost, and other cartoons from the time. The album ended up flirting with mainstream success, eventually reaching #41 on the Billboard 200.Recently, MF Doom and Danger Mouse have announce a special reissue of the cartoon-tinged album via Doom’s label, Metalface Records, in May. The reissue will also contain two never-before-heard tracks from the recording session. One of these previously unreleased tracks just dropped along with the announcement, a song called “Mad Nice” that also features The Roots’ MC Black Thought. Littered with Vincent Price’s foreboding maniacal laugh, the track fits in with the cartoony vibes of The Mouse And The Mask, though is seemingly less extravagant than other songs off the album, instead choosing to emphasize the dialed-in verse dropped by Doom and Black Thought.You can take a listen to the decade-old “Mad Nice” for yourself below, and cop the special reissue of Danger Doom’s The Mouse And The Mask here.[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

Make Music Day Will Celebrate Music With 4,000 Free Events Across The United States

first_imgThe annual worldwide celebration of all things music, Make Music Day, is returning on June 21st. The all-day celebration, which started in France in the 1980s, will feature over 4,000 free concerts, music lessons, and jam sessions in the U.S., and even more when considering the events planned outside the United States. The day seeks to engage all people, regardless of age, experience, or background, in the positivity and pleasure of making music. Thus far, two states, Vermont and Rhode Island, and 50 major American cities have announced major celebrations in honor of the day including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Jose, and Seattle.In Atlanta, Chattanooga, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, and Philly, DJs and producers will create collaborative, original music with strangers, as they bring their gear out into public for Street Studios. In New York City and Los Angeles, Ella Fitzgerald will be honored with special pop-up piano bars. In a handful of cities, hundreds of brass and wind musicians will take to the streets together for Sousapaloozas as a tribute to John Philip Sousa. Similarly, Mass Appeals, in which a number of musicians all playing the same instrument march the streets together, are scheduled for across the country. This is just a small sampling of the events that will be going down across the country.The event is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. You can find out more about Make Music Day on the event’s website as well as check to see if any cool free events are going down in your area. You can also check out a video of last year’s Make Music Day celebration in Auburn, AL, when 850 musicians gathered to sing “Sweet Home Alabama” together.[Video courtesy of Susan W]last_img read more

Vulfpeck Announces Run Of Kids Shows: An Introduction To Modular Funk For Children

first_imgVulfpeck has seen their star rise to dizzying heights in a relatively short amount of time. Since their inception in 2011, the band has gone from YouTube cult favorites to international stars, selling out rooms on multiple continents and maintaining a diverse, worldwide fan base.Vulf’s music has universal appeal–excellent musicianship for the music nerds, sing-along melodies for all the pop lovers, and light-hearted lyrics for fans of all ages. It’s funky, and it’s fun–it’s the music that you, your baby brother, your too-cool-for-school teenage sister, your classical flautist mom, and your 90-year-old grandpa can all get down to when you play it at the family barbecue.So Vulfpeck’s upcoming run of kids’ shows simply makes sense. The band announced a the run via a post on their Facebook page yesterday, stating that the shows would be “an introduction to modular funk for children.” The band will stop at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN on May 2nd, METRO in Chicago, IL on May 5th, and The Michigan Theater in the band’s hometown of Ann Arbor, MI on May 13th. You can purchase tickets to the shows via the links below:an introduction to modular funk for children:Minneapolis: vuuulf.com/minnChicago: vuuulf.com/chiAnn Arbor: vuuulf.com/a2Check out Vulpeck’s newest video for “Newsbeat” from the band’s 2014 album Fugue State below:last_img read more

Hear Ye, moe.rons: An Open Letter From The Mayor Of moe.down In The Twilight Of His Term

first_imgI am fairly certain that the band and crew are all slightly worried/annoyed whenever I am around. I have to admit, I would be scared if I had a stalker like me. I mean…I know I’m not dangerous and I don’t have any of their hair or old finger nails in a shrine in my closet (or whatever), but they have to assume I could. Maybe I can get Frank to hook something like that up for me…but I digress. As the lead up to moe.down 2010 began, I made a bold decision: Not only would I commit to making it to moe.down this year, I would go all out–I would run for mayor! Little did I know, it would be one of the most defining choices of my life. Hell…it’s eight years later and here I am, still writing about it. I mean…how obsessed do you have to be to crash a wedding photo shoot to get the bride to wear a sash and endorse my campaign?Some of you know how that first run for mayor went for me…but for those of you who don’t–I lost. But I didn’t let that first setback stop me. I returned and ran again the following year and, once again, I lost. Same thing the next year. And the year after that. I lost my first four attempts in a row, to a mixture of persons, places and things. I was beaten by a drunk Rage-raham Lincoln, a mash-up of Bob Weir and a wig supposedly made of Bob Weir’s hair, Gold Bond medicated talc powder, and even a ditch in the ground. Humbling, I know. I figured that the only thing left to beat me was a concept, like “an ever growing sense of ennui.” But after each loss, I just made new posters and signs and started over. I admit, I maybe took it a bit farther than most people would have. I got endorsements from bands I knew like Yonder Mountain String Band……Del McCoury and his Family Band plus Keller Williams……heck…I even got my friends to help me make a full campaign commercial!I’ve had a lot of folks ask me why I did what I did, and went as far as I did. Was it for the attention? Was it to help my fledgling career as a photographer, writer and filmmaker? Did I really, really enjoy making red, white, and blue signs? Did i just like turning people into walking billboards for my campaign? I’m sure all of those were factors. I mean…when Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band) gets her own sash and wears it onstage, you know you’re doing something special…But the real reason was simple: it’s the most fun I have ever had. Taking the opportunity to spread the love of moe. as I worked at festivals around the country gave an extra purpose to what I was doing, and added a lot of extra fun. The number of folks with whom I have struck up conversations, made life-long friendships with as I stopped them and asked if they had “…ever heard if a band named moe.” still surprises me to this day. Eventually, people started making their own stickers, they started making me shirts. My good friend Franklin made a large crop of “Vote Rex” shirts out of a mixture of love and pity for my seemingly cursed quest to be mayor. Sure, I wanted to win…but the run was so much fun…The last few years have been exceptionally good years to be a moe.ron. The band is playing with as much fire as ever in their storied history. Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier both keep getting better and better every night, doggedly honing their already impressive abilities. I truly believe that they drive each other to be their absolute best every time they hit the stage.  Rob Derhak is still smacking his bass with unhinged, raging passion. Vinnie Amico has manged to get even more precise on drums, and his partner in percussion Jim Loughlin has taken his mallet game to a whole new level.Their stellar play over the last few years has made the lack of moe.down a particularly sore spot for diehard fans. We’ve been eager to have a weekend where we can sit back and truly appreciate the mad genius that these five guys and their stellar crew make happen. Now, at long last, we are just days away from the return of moe.down and the election of a new mayor. I can only hope that, whoever makes it through that insane “election” process and assumes the coveted title has as much fun as I had along the way.It has been one of the singular honors of my life to serve as your representative and evangelist of the nation of moe.rons. I’ve gotten to know the guys in the band and the crew and been pleased to see that the music I is coming from such good and generous and loving people. I’ve roamed the country working for Live For Live Music and managed to catch them whenever and whenever I can, sharing photos, videos and stories for my constituents who could not make it to the party. Next week moe. and their friends in Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Organ Freeman, Kung Fu, Blackberry Smoke and plenty more will be gathering at snoe. ridge in Turin, New York for a ritual interrupted: moe.down. There is still time to get tickets, make some signs, and come join the insanity of the mayoral race yourself. Or you could just find yourself a good spot on the hill and spend the weekend watching the best band in the land play music for a packed crowd of their biggest fans. Both are valid choices…but I gotta say, if I had the chance to do it all over again…well obviously I would do it all over again! Thanks to Shellie for making my sashes, to Lonny for being such an asset to the community, and to all of you for letting me have all this fun. I can’t wait to see what you lunatics have up your sleeve for this years election! Good luck to all.Love, as always, your mayor (for one more week),Rex ThomsonYou can purchase tickets for next weekend’s moe.down, featuring performances by Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Organ Freeman, Kung Fu, Blackberry Smoke and, of course, 7 sets of moe., at this link. For more information, and a full weekend schedule, head to the event website. According to moe.down Music Festival tradition, on the last night of the festival one lucky person, place, thing or even concept will make it through several rounds of crowd volume votes to be elected to the coveted office of ‘mayor of moe.ville.’ The last moe.down, in 2014, saw Live For Live Music’s Rex Thomson elected “mayor,” a title he has proudly held for three years during the festival’s extended hiatus. As thousands of die-hard fans from around the world descend on upstate New York for the return of moe.down next weekend, the sitting moe.down mayor reflects on his “term,” remembers the journey it took to win the “election” in the first place, and offers some parting thoughts for his “constituents” in an open letter to moe.rons everywhere:My fellow moe.rons, our long national nightmare has at last ended. One week from today, the moe.down Music Festival returns for its long-awaited 16th edition! I know I speak for all of us when I say “Hallelujah!” We are once again going to bask in three days of our favorite band playing four plus hours a night. No longer will we be stuck pondering the jams we might have heard. When I started my mad quest to be your mayor in 2014, I never anticipated the fact that my term would be the longest in moe.ville mayoral history. With no moe.down, there has been no new vote–a period of martial moe. law, if you will.While my administration has had many peaks and valleys over the last few years, no moments were lower than the passing of the last two summers without our annual gathering of friendship, famoe.ly and, moe.st importantly, three days of moe. in Turin! I never lost sight of my dream to see us all reunited on the hill, waiting for that first note to sound. And now, in just one short week, we will at last gather together to hear just that. The joy we all feel when our beloved band segues from one epic tune to the next in their signature free-form style will once again electrify us all as a whole–as a famoe.ly.Over the course of my three years as your mayor, I have strived to live up to my original inspiration to run for the coveted office. Though my memoe.ry is not  what it once was, I can clearly remember the moe.ment when I decided to seek this illustrious position. As moe.down 2008 drew to a close, the band announced plans to take a hiatus of indeterminate length. I was devastated as I listened to that dreadful announcement from afar during the simulcast. As a Midwest native, I had never made it to the promised land of moe.ville, and I worried that this “promised land” would fade from existence before i could land my feet on its fertile grounds. As moe. closed the fest with a rousing rendition of Monty Python‘s “Always Look To The Bright Side Of Life,” I swore that if the band returned, I wouldn’t miss another chance to see them. Today, as I approach my 250th show, I know I have kept that solemn oath. I’m not alone in my deep love for moe. Not by a long shot. As many shows as I have seen, there are plenty of folks with bigger totals. moe.’s mixture of amazing musicianship, stellar improvisational skills and the ability to touch on topics across the spectrum of human thought is singularly impressive. Beyond that the camaraderie among the most dedicated fans–or moe.rons, as we are affectionately known–transcend simple friendship and move into the realm of famoe.ly.My efforts in 2009 to make it to moe.down fell through, thanks to various medical maladies, but although my health has been known to knock me down at times, I’ve continued to fight to keep myself not only on this side of the grave but on my feet and rocking. In all my struggles, there has been no light brighter, no force more inspiring than the five guys named moe. and the music they make.last_img read more

Gregg Allman’s Farewell Album Is Now Available For Stream

first_imgThe loss of the legendary Gregg Allman shook the music community to its core back in May. With his final work Southern Blood officially due out on Friday, September 8th, NPR’s First Listen has the entire album available now for stream. Allman’s Southern Blood was produced by manager and friend Michael Lehman and Grammy-winning producer Don Was, with Rolling Stone noting that on the night prior to his death, Allman had just been sent four completed songs off the album and was excited to hear the tracks. In the same Rolling Stone article, Was notes, “It was kind of unspoken, but it was really clear we were preparing a final statement, in many ways. . . . It was so fuckin’ heavy, man. We weren’t going to a picnic.”Gregg Allman’s Final Album To Be Celebrated With Multi-City Events, Special Guests, “Gregg Allman Day” In MaconAfter fighting liver cancer for five years following a liver transplant in 2010, Allman went into Southern Blood with a very clear intention to make use of what would be his final studio session. A previous press release via Allman’s website notes that the late rock star was excited to “capture the sound of the ultimate Gregg Allman Band in flight,” as Allman considered the group the tightest kit combo of lineup that he had worked with over his multi-decade solo career, with Lehman stating, the group was “like a family or a well oiled machine, always knowing what the other band members were thinking and doing.” Recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Southern Blood simultaneous taps into the past while creating a statement for fans for generations to come. Fame Studios is the local that Gregg and his late brother Duane Allman recorded their pre-Allman Brothers Band project, Hour Glass, and Gregg considered recording his final album there a means “to bring him full circle.”The album itself is one of Allman’s most personal solo efforts, featuring a host of meticulously chosen and heartfelt covers, as well the crowning jewel of the album, an original titled “My Only True Friend,” which was released earlier this month and begins with the lyrics: “You and I both know this river will surely flow to an end.” Co-written by Scott Sharrard, the Gregg Allman Band’s guitarist and musical director, along with Allman, “My Only True Friend” is a retrospective that allowed Allman to reflect and, as Was notes, “contextualize the course of his life.” Was continues, “The man that his fans saw performing onstage was the essential Gregg Allman – he was whole and truly satisfied when he was up there playing music. The trials and troubles he faced in life were mostly the result of not knowing what to do with himself in between shows. In this song, he’s addressing a woman and explaining that, although he loves her and doesn’t want to face living his life alone, being away on the road and performing every night is his lifeblood. If you understand this about Gregg Allman, every other aspect of his life makes complete sense.”Listen to Gregg Allman’s final masterpiece, Southern Blood, on NPR: Southern Blood TracklistMy Only True Friend (Gregg Allman-Scott Sharrard)Once I Was (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)Going Going Gone (Bob Dylan)Black Muddy River (Jerome J. Garcia-Robert C. Hunter)I Love the Life I Live (Willie Dixon)Willin’ (Lowell George)Blind Bats and Swamp Rats (Jack Avery)Out of Left Field (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr.-Dan Penn)Love Like Kerosene (Scot Sharrard)Song for Adam featuring Jackson Browne (Jackson Browne)Scott Sharrard will be celebrating Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band at the upcoming Brooklyn Come Alive with a very special The Road Goes On: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band set. Sharrard will bring together Al Schnier, Vinnie Amico (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Nate Werth(Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band), along with special guests Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soulive), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer to perform classic Allman Brothers material. More information on Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.last_img read more