On July 5th, 2015, the surviving four members of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, welcomed guitarist Trey Anastasio, pianist Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti to Soldier Field in Chicago, IL for the final night of their “Fare Thee Well” celebration. Marking the band’s 50th anniversary, the five shows (two in Santa Clara and three in Chicago) were the final shows to be billed as “Grateful Dead,” though obviously using that label stirred up contradictory feelings in the band’s loyal fanbase.Now, one year later, the Grateful Dead celebration is returning to a Chicago stadium, as the MLB team the Chicago White Sox has announced a “Grateful Dead Night” on July 5th. Hosting the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field, fans in attendance will not only get a custom-designed White Sox/Grateful Dead t-shirt, but will also be treated to a performance from one-time Dead member Tom Constanten, with Terrapin Flyer, outside the stadium before the game as well as during the game, between innings.You can see the tiny picture that MLB.com has shared of the shirt, below:For more about the event, head here.[H/T JamBase]
Last year, Enchanted Forest Gathering, NorCal’s premier boutique music, movement, and conscious living camping festival, quietly became the second festival to offer an onsite medical cannabis dispensary. A location for unique events backed by forward-thinkers and home to the beloved Enchanted Forest Gathering (EFG), the Black Oak Ranch venue in the heart of Laytonville, CA continues to be an event space safe for learning, communing with nature and exploring your inner artist, and is now the first venue to allow the sale of medicinal cannabis. Prior to EFG’s 2015 installment, the only festival to provide a medical dispensary was Kate Wolf Music Festival, which also took place at the Black Oak Ranch. This year, Emerald Pharms, a solar-powered medical cannabis dispensary and resource center based at the Real Goods/Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA, will be vending on-site during the 6th annual Enchanted Forest Gathering. Located within a 12 acre permaculture oasis, the intention of Emerald Pharms is to advocate and promote holistic practices of vitality through access to cannabis. Emerald Pharms aims to help inspire healthy lifestyle choices and maintaining the highest power of good health by promoting cannabis as a component of herbal and energetic healing therapies, education through a Project CBD trained staff, and supporting the conscious and intelligent use of this sacred plant. Enchanted Forest Gathering shares this dispensary information shortly after announcing that the festival is proudly alcohol-free. They believe the sanctioned sales of medical cannabis at festivals will be a growing conscious movement in the country, as festivals are all embracing more natural forms of healing. Returning to the lush landscape of Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA July 22 – 24, 2016, Enchanted Forest Gathering celebrates its sixth year as NorCal’s premier boutique music, movement, and conscious living camping festival. The 2016 music lineup features over 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including headliners Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota, Fana Fi Allah, Autograf, Lila Rose, and Thriftworks. In additional to the stellar music, the festival offers a movement festival within a festival with over 50 movement classes for flow artists, yogis, and dancers such as the holistic Twerkshop, Yoga of Bass, Soul Moves and Intuitive Contact, coupled with over 60 educational workshops covering subjects around sexuality, science, spirituality, ancestral arts, wellness, nutrition and nourishment. With the plentiful class and workshops available, the event truly offers attendees the opportunity to grow and expand. Subscribe to the event newsletter via the website and be sure to RSVP through the Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016 Facebook event page! Click here to purchase tickets and be sure to check out available event amenities and camping options!
While many have paid tribute to Prince over the last few months, this newly announced event looks to be the biggest yet. Prince’s family have announced that they will hold an official tribute concert at U.S. Bank Stadium, which is the Minnesota Vikings’ brand new football stadium that is set to open this year. The concert will take place on October 13th, and tickets and more details will be announced in the coming months. Performers will be announced in a rolling fashion over the next weeks.Prince’s family released a statement about the event via the Associated Press:“[We] have been moved by the tremendous love and support of Prince’s friends and fans around the world…We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince’s life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his hometown of Minneapolis…We are honored by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible.”While no artists have been announced for this stadium-sized tribute concert, one can only imagine that greats from across the world of music are lining up to pay their respects to The Purple One. We’ll have more info on this as it’s announced, so stay tuned for more updates on this exciting tribute to Prince.
On an unassuming night at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s in Stateline, NV, the band Phish laid down what was, and still is, their best jam of the 3.0 era. Now known as the “Tahoe Tweezer,” the performance not only introduced the call-and-response “woo”-ing to Phish crowds, but remains one of the most cohesive sessions in all of Phish’s history.Coming on the second night of a two night run, Phish opened their second set with “Tweezer” and never looked back. The song moves from a funk jam into ambient territory, before new ideas take the band members on various musical journeys. The jam gets dark at times, light at others, and does a great job featuring all four members to create something wholly larger than the sum of its parts.Considering that this one improvised piece of music helped launch the career of pianist Holly Bowling (who transcribed the entire thing for piano), it’s safe to say that the song truly lives up to its hype. Woo! Without further ado, on its third anniversary, enjoy the famed “Tahoe Tweezer” heard ’round the world.[Video courtesy of madpicken]Setlist: Phish at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s, Stateline, NV – 7/31/13Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Camel Walk, Sparkle > Back on the Train, It’s Ice > Brian and Robert, Yarmouth Road, Kill Devil Falls, Lawn Boy, Ocelot, StashSet 2: Tweezer > Tela > Twist > Architect > Bouncing Around the Room > Run Like an AntelopeEncore: Julius > Tweezer Reprise Included call and response “Wooo” with the crowdNotes: Tweezer, Antelope, and Tweezer Reprise included a call and response with crowd cheering back “Wooooo.”
Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine. Load remaining images Keeping with the weird, alternative rockers Ween brought their show to the second night of Riot Fest in Denver, CO. From the opening “Fiesta” to the closing “Ocean Man”, Deaner and Gener managed to present their diverse music catalogue to an audience of rioters in just twenty songs.From raging to mellow moments, Ween kept the brown spirit alive with favorited “Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony” and “Captain Fantasy” opening tunes, then diversified their set with rarities “Licking the Palm for Guava”, “Mushroom Festival in Hell”, and “North Pappy Flappy”, a song played only five times total since 1999, before circling back to their comforted “HIV Song”, “Buckingham Green” and “Tender Situation” to a close out another rocking set.Watch this clip from Periscope user Alex@wsp87, of “She’s Your Baby”, “Spinal Meningitis”, “Homo Rainbow”, “North Pappy Flappy”, and “LMLYP” below:“Ocean Man” closer, dedicated to “Jake”, courtesy of YouTube user thediusx:“Ice Castles” via Brett Roth:
The new grooves from Aqueous are here! The exciting jam rock quartet have released their brand new EP Best In Show, highly anticipated after last week’s release of the debut single, “Random Company.” The new EP features four all original tracks, powered by the band’s unique ability for meticulously crafted arrangements with soulful lyrics and a dynamic musical range.Catch a stream of the new album in the Bandcamp player below, or find it on Spotify and iTunes!<a href=”http://aqueous1.bandcamp.com/album/best-in-show”>Best in Show by Aqueous</a>To celebrate the new release, Aqueous will settle in for two nights at the Buffalo Iron Works in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. The run kicks off tonight, October 13th, with support from Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono, and the following night, October 14th, will see support from BIG Something.While these shows are certain to bring some high energy performing, those who can’t make it out have the option of streaming the shows on YouTube, which you can find below.Check out Aqueous’s full tour schedule below, and head to their website for tickets and more information.
Every year, the Grammy Award nominees remind us that the funk genre gets little to no recognition from the voting committee. For a genre that has not only influenced countless artists (who have, over the years, received Grammy Awards of their own), let alone being the main impetus for the creation of others, it’s unbelievable that funk is not included. We want to change that.*** Sign the petition to get Funk music its own category at the Grammy Awards here ***Funk is all about the groove and the feel; it’s like what peanut butter is to jelly. And James Brown’s former drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, could arguably be the cause of why we have just so much damn good funk music to listen to. Stubblefield adopted the New Orleans drumming style, which heavily influenced Brown’s decision to change his groove to the downbeat and, in turn, create a new genre of music. This was essentially the beginning of funk music as we now know it, and what opened the doors to the next generation of popular acts embracing the funk and making it their own. Look up the sheer amount of artists that have sampled Brown’s “Funky Drummer”; it’s astounding.Listen to Beastie Boys’ “B-Boy Bouillabaisse”, which contains samples of The Meters “Hey Pocky A-Way”, Trouble Funk, Tower of Power). What we now consider “old-school” funk acts such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & The Family Stone, and New Orleans’ own The Meters have had such a direct influence on most artists that we love, currently listen to at this very moment, or are somewhat familiar with, that multiple books could be written on the subject. Take The Meters, for example, they are arguably one of the most sampled acts of all-time. Their music has been sampled by the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, N.W.A., Ice Cube, Run DMC, Queen Latifah, and countless artists from a variety of genres across the board.Funk music isn’t an entity unto itself. It literally pops up everywhere in modern music, especially pop music. Let’s take a look at some songs that you may have heard at some point that have used samples of some rather funky artists:– Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” samples The Chi-Lites “Are You My Woman”– Amerie’s “1 Thing” samples The Meters’ “Oh, Calcutta!”– Jennifer Lopez‘s “Get Right” samples Maceo Parker’s “Soul Power ‘74”– Madonna’s “Erotica” samples Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie”– Iggy Azalea ft. T.I. “Murda Bizness” samples The Mohawks‘ “The Champ”–Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious” samples The Isley Brothers‘ “Between The Sheets”When you look at the Rock category, there are multiple sub-genres such as hard rock, classic rock alt-rock, grunge, indie, metal, punk, and so on and so forth. Funk has a few of its own: New Orleans funk, jazz funk, electro funk, nu-funk, boogie, psychedelic funk, G-funk, funk jam, and the Washington D.C. stylings of the Go-Go scene, all fall under the funk umbrella. The list of incredible artists that go unrecognized by the Grammy voting committee is absolutely mind-boggling.Afrika Bambaata, DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash – The ‘Forefathers of Hip-Hop’ in the Boogie Down Bronx were heavily influenced by funk music. Without funk, there wouldn’t be hip-hop or rap, it’s a fact that cannot be argued. Classic and present day hip-hop/rap is so deeply ingrained with all things funk, and that gets its own Grammy category, so why the overly egregious slight of the funk genre? It quite literally created hip-hop. Here’s just a few examples of funk artists you have most definitely heard of via hip-hop tracks:Biz Markie’s “Nobody Beats The Biz” (1988), LL Cool J’s “Jingling Baby” (1989), and Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing Ta Fuck Wit” (1993) all sample “Hihache” by Lafayette Afro Rock Band. Have you ever heard of Lafayette Afro Rock Band? Probably not. But all of the aforementioned artists certainly have.N.W.A.’s “Dopeman” (1987) and De La Soul’s “Me Myself and I” (1989) sampled The Ohio Players “Funky Worm”. Probably much of the same with this act too, right? Interesting fact about this group’s keyboardist Walter “Junie” Morrison; he would later go on to play in Parliament-Funkadelic, which leads right into the next, and extremely influential example.What would the funk genre be without George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic? You ever heard of “Atomic Dog”? Of course you have! Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I? (What’s My Name)?” (1993) and Tupac Shakur’s “Holler If Ya Hear Me” (1993) both sample the track, with the former using Clinton’s now legendary ad lib of “Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yay,” which is the most sampled cut in the entire P-Funk catalogue. Clinton’s influence is all over Dr. Dre’s The Chronic (1992), including the single “Let Me Ride,” which won an award for Best Rap Solo Performance. Yes, this also samples Clinton and Parliament’s “Swing Down, Sweet Chariot” that was originally released back in 1977.The funk legend has worked with and produced everyone from Outkast to Tupac, and Ice Cube to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has 9 gold albums and 3 platinum albums, yet has never received a Grammy for his own work (which subsequently has won multiple Grammy’s for artists in various genres over the years). It wasn’t until earlier this year that Clinton finally received his first Grammy Award; and all he had to do, after a 50-year career, was get a guest appearance on “Wesley’s Theory” off of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly to earn it. Pretty unbelievable when you think about it.Funk music today is more universal than ever. Here is a list of artists that are directly influenced by funk music: A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Phish, Kendrick Lamar, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, Jamiroquai, Galactic, D’Angelo, Snarky Puppy, Pretty Lights, GRiZ, Erykah Badu, Kamasi Washington, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Thundercat and so many more.Though the GRAMMYs acknowledge a wide array of genres, including Pop, Dance/Electronica, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Alternative, Urban Contemporary, Rap, Country, New Age, Reggae, Latin, World Music, Contemporary Christian, their omission of Funk, historically and currently, is a disappointment. Thus, we hereby petition to have Funk Music included as a genre category in future GRAMMY Award ceremonies. Please join us in voicing our support to recognize this vibrant musical community and sign the petition HERE.[sources used: FactMag, Wikipedia (Funk), Brittanica (Hip-Hop), Trebelzine]
In late February, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds delivered three memorable performances at their first-ever Riviera Maya destination event. On the second night, the beloved acoustic duo gave fans a fantastic 20+ song set including some highly sought-after rarities. The set included the first complete version “Dodo” (from Dave Matthews Band‘s 2003 album Some Devil) with any of Matthews’ projects since Dave and Tim’s 12/10/10 show in Las Vegas.A multi-cam video of “Dodo” is finally available for your enjoyment, courtesy of YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5:Setlist: Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds | Playa Azul | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 2/24/17Set: Don’t Drink The Water, Dodo, The Best of What’s Around, Fool to Think, Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back), Rooftop, Stay or Leave, Worried Man Blues, Grab The Horns By The Bull*, Out of My Hands, Recently, Black and Blue Bird, Cornbread, Crash Into Me, Wing It*, Little Red Bird, Granny, Warehouse, Dancing NanciesEncore: You & Me, Rapunzel*Tim solo
Wilco, currently on their Schmilco World Tour, played their third of four nights at the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday night in New York City with support from Jake Xerxes Fussell. Sprinkling in new tunes from their 2016 Schmilco release, the Chicago-based rock band also included some of the career-spanning favorites, like “Jesus, etc.” “Heavy Metal Drummer,” “California Stars,” and more in their delivery of a 27-song setlist. With a double encore, fans of Wilco are left with only one more night of their music at the Beacon Theatre.Photographer Stephen Olker was there to capture the glory, which you can enjoy in the gallery below.Setlist: Wilco | The Beacon Theatre | NYC | 3/21/17Set: On and On and On, Normal American Kids, If I Ever Was A Child, Cry All Day, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Art Of Almost, She’s A Jar, Misunderstood, Someone To Lose, Reservations, Impossible Germany, Jesus, etc., We Aren’t The World (Safety Girl), Laminated Cat (Loose Fur Cover), Via Chicago, Locator, Heavy Metal Drummer, I’m The Man Who Loves You, Hummingbird, The Late GreatsE: I’m Always In Love, Random Name Generator, Box Full of Letters, Monday, Outtasite (Outta Mind)E2: California Stars, Forget The Flowers Load remaining images
R&B pioneers The Temptations have released a new cover of contemporary crooner The Weeknd’s breakout 2015 hit “Earned It”. The Temptations’ guitar-heavy version will be included on the vocal group’s forthcoming album, All the Time, along with a number of other covers of relatively recent hits.The Temptations – “Earned It” (The Weeknd cover)“I’m often asked, ‘Otis, what do you think about the music of today?’” Otis Williams, the only surviving member of the original Temptations lineup, told Rolling Stone. “Understand, I’m from the school of Motown, where great songs were written, produced, performed, structured daily. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but I’m really not impressed with some of the stuff I hear on the radio.”However, Williams doesn’t feel that way about “Earned It”, a tune that originally appeared on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. “That’s one I love,” he told the publication. “At first when I heard it on the radio, I was like, ‘Who the hell is that?’”The Temptations—currently comprised of Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, and Willie Greene—will release All The Time on Friday, May 4th. The record will feature additional covers of John Mayer’s “Still Feel Like Your Man”, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Load”, Maxell’s “Pretty Wings”, Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” and Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”.