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Big Gigantic Shares Banging New Track With GRiZ, Titled ‘C’mon’

first_imgElectrofunk titans Big Gigantic and GRiZ recently raged Summer Camp fest together as Big GRiZmatik, but the top musicians weren’t just content for some on stage collaborations. The two artists teamed up for a studio project, and today Big Gigantic and GRiZ have shared the fruit of their labor.Titled “C’mon,” the new funky track takes listeners on a surefire dance party, backed by the dual saxophone styles of GRiZ and Big G’s Dominic Lalli. With Jeremy Salken rocking the beats and top notch production, this is one summer tune that you won’t want to miss.Check out “C’mon” below, and follow the SoundCloud for a free download!Don’t miss Big GRiZmatik and more at this year’s Camp Bisco! More information can be found here.last_img read more

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Manchester Police Broke Up An LSD Teddy Grahams Operation At Bonnaroo

first_imgAt any music festival, there’s bound to be a presence of drugs. With tens of thousands attending Bonnaroo each year, it’s no surprise that plainclothes officers found lots of controlled substances on site, though they do make it a point to only go after those selling the drugs.“There’s people that come just to sell drugs and that’s who we look for,” said Manchester Police Chief Yogi Yother in a statement published by News Channel 5. The Chief emphasized that the majority of Bonnaroo attendees are there for the music and experience.Still, among all of the substances confiscated, one particular item was a new discovery for their police team: LSD Teddy Grahams. “They had them on the table and droppers dropping hits of acid on each Teddy Graham,” said Chief Yother. It sounds like a delicious way to trip, but the operation had to be broken up once discovered.The article states that “marijuana, mushrooms, pills, Molly or Ecstasy and quite a bit of LSD” were all confiscated on site, as well as some cash from various dealings. The article also states that the confiscated substances will be used as evidence to prosecute those dealers, and will ultimately be destroyed.Take note: if you come to Bonnaroo to sell drugs, blot your acid on snack foods before showing up on site.last_img read more

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What To Expect When Grateful Dead Members And String Cheese Incident Play The Beach In Mexico

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident and members of the Grateful Dead surprised the scene with the announcement of their inaugural destination event, Los Muertos Con Queso. Taking place from January 25-28, 2017 in Riviera Maya, Mexico, the festival will not only feature three nights of String Cheese and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but will feature three nights of a debut project with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Tom Hamilton, Jeff Chimenti, and Dave Schools.Tickets for Los Muertos Con Queso are on sale today, and can be found here!While this project is a brand new ensemble, there’s certainly plenty of history between its five members. Of course, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann are both founding members of the Grateful Dead and current members of Dead & Company, but the two also shared the stage at Lockn’ Festival in 2015. Kreutzmann was featured with his band Billy & The Kids – which features Tom Hamilton – and they welcomed Bob Weir for a full set collaboration. Watch Billy & The Kids with Bob Weir, below.Jeff Chimenti’s name is a familiar one to Dead fans, as the keyboardist has had the longest tenure playing with Grateful Dead members ever. Chimenti was a vital component of Weir’s band, RatDog, as well as the Bob Weir/Phil Lesh band Furthur. Chimenti was also featured on the lineup for Fare Thee Well, helping to celebrate the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary in style. Nowadays, Chimenti splits his time between the Golden Gate Wingmen and Dead & Company. In honor of his role at Los Muertos Con Queso, here he is playing with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann in Dead & Co.Dave Schools is the newcomer to the family, having spent his career performing with Widespread Panic. Schools & The Dead aren’t entirely foreign, however, as the WSP bassist got to play with Bob Weir when the Grateful guitarist sat in with Panic at Bonnaroo 2005. Watch Widespread Panic with Bob Weir, below.The other major bands on the lineup, The String Cheese Incident and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, both have strong ties to the Dead. The Queso regularly include Grateful Dead covers in their setlists, including this memorable cover of “Terrapin Station” at Electric Forest in 2015.Cheese has also collaborated with Bob Weir in the past, including a show at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA on 3/10/01. Weir and Vince Welnick would sit in with SCI at that show, joining for “Estimated Prophet” into a jam that ultimately wound into “In The Midnight Hour.” Listen to the full recording below, courtesy of Mike Peachey on Archive.org.Chris Robinson Brotherhood has perhaps the most recent contribution to the Grateful Dead world, as the band joined Phil Lesh & Friends at Lockn’ 2016. Watch the full set video below.While collaborations certainly aren’t a guarantee, they are something of a tradition in the Grateful Dead world. Considering all of the musicians on hand have been playing together in some capacity for many years, there’s no question that Los Muertos Con Queso will feel like a family vacation for the fans. You can head here to learn all about the all-inclusive event, purchase tickets, and more!last_img read more

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Jerry Garcia Band Shares Show-Stopping, 13-Minute Performance Of “Shining Star” From 1991 [Premiere]

first_imgFor years, the GarciaLive series has been revitalizing classic performances from Jerry Garcia‘s solo career, and the new volume is no exception. GarciaLive Volume Eight is due out on March 10th, and will take a close look at the Jerry Garcia Band‘s performance on November 23rd, 1991, a rainy night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. This is the first of many releases planned to celebrate Garcia’s 75th birthday as well, and pre-orders for the new GarciaLive can be found here.The show was captured on Garcia’s fall tour with his solo band, the first such full-length tour since 1984. Garcia had put together a lineup for his solo band that included Melvin Seals, John Kahn, David Kemper, Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch, one of the most beloved JGB lineups of all. Seals says it best, “That was the magic band… we all knew we had something special. That was the band.”One listen to the new GarciaLive and Seals’ quote becomes particularly poignant. The raw power that comes from this JGB lineup is unstoppable, due in part to the unique way that the band was formed. Seals came from a motown and soul background, and wasn’t aware of Garcia’s status as the leader of the Grateful Dead. After their first practice, Seals said to Garcia, “Man you really play some nice guitar.” He recalls, “Everybody just busted up laughing because they knew I had no clue who he was. Then he said, ‘You play some pretty good organ yourself.’ And that was the beginning of my playing with Jerry.”Garcia didn’t even want Seals to listen to older JGB recordings with Merl Saunders, preferring that Seals bring his own raw energy to the table. Seals also recruited singers Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch into the band, though neither had been part of a touring band. Their experience with gospel singing comes through in waves.Another factor that contributes to the band’s raw power is their repertoire. The ability to meld Garcia’s soulful originals with unique covers is a powerful facet of the JGB, picking and choosing the perfect songs to suit the band’s intimate nature. One such selection was a cover of The Manhattans’ “Shining Star,” a soulful tune that comes to life with Seals’ swirling organ playing and Garcia’s guitarwork. The band debuted the song earlier in 1991, and made it count with an unbelievable 13 minute take on the classic tune.We’re honored to have the first listen for this beautiful performance. Listen to the Jerry Garcia Band’s “Shining Star” from GarciaLive Volume Eight: November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center, streaming below.GarciaLive Volume Eight: November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center is due out on March 10th, and pre-orders can be found on the Jerry Garcia website. You can see the full album tracklisting, below.GarciaLive Volume Eight: November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center TracklistingDISC ONE // SET ONE:1. Cats Under The Stars [9:44]2. They Love Each Other [8:39]3. Lay Down Sally [8:47]4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [10:46]5. Reuben and Cherise [8:41]6. Money Honey [6:44]7. My Sisters and Brothers [4:02]8. Deal [8:06]DISC TWO // SET TWO:1. Bright Side Of The Road [5:57]2. Waiting for a Miracle [6:23]3. Think [7:48]4. Shining Star [13:22]5. Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox [9:34]6. That Lucky Old Sun [12:03]7. Tangled Up In Blue [11:16][Photo by Bob Minkin]last_img read more

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Twiddle Welcomes Brandon “Taz” Niederauer To Close NYC Run [Photos/Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images Twiddle wrapped up their three-night run at New York City’s Irving Plaza last night for some late night shenanigans after Phish at Madison Square Garden. Their NYC stand kicked off on Thursday night, when they were joined by fellow Vermonters and synth-pop aficionados Madalia for a special combined cover set dubbed “Twidalia.” Friday night brought the Giant Country Horns — the legendary horn section that has previously performed with Phish — to the late-night show. And on Saturday night, to close their run, Twiddle welcomed young guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer to perform throughout the night as a special guest.Twiddle and Taz have shared the stage before, with their most recent performance at the PlayStation Theater in April. With such a past, the comfort zone invited Mihali Savoulidis and the young axe man to trade blistering riffs to the delight of the crowd.Watch them perform a cover of “Angel From Montgomery” below, courtesy of Mitchell Shectman:Enjoy the full gallery, from photographer Bahram Foroughi.Twiddle | Irving Plaza | NYC | 7/22/17 | Photos by Bahram Foroughilast_img read more

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Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Set-Closing “Shakedown Street” At Hulaween

first_imgYesterday, Suwannee Hulaween kicked off with a stacked Thursday pre-party that saw performances by Spafford, Lettuce, and alternating sets by Umphrey’s McGee and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. After a long night of music to kick off the weekend’s festivities, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their nonstop second set with an energized rendition of the perennial crowd-pleaser “Shakedown Street”. This “Shakedown Street” fell after the group’s performance of “Playing In The Band”, which housed a lengthy Afrobeat jam, and a detour through the first verse of “The Other One”.Umphrey’s McGee Shines On Pink Floyd Cover At Hulaween Pre-Party [Video]You can watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s triumphant night-ending version of “Shakedown Street” at Hulaween below, courtesy of Live For Live Music’s own Rex Thompson. Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Suwannee Hulaween | Live Oak, FL | 10/26/17I: Alligator -> Ruben & Cerise -> Throwing Stones > Ramble On Rose @, Feel Like A StrangerII: Jam # -> Bird Song -> Truckin $ -> Space -> Truckin -> Bird Song Reprise -> Truckin Reprise % -> Mississippi Half Step -> Playing In The Band ^ -> The Other One & > Shakedown [email protected] – With a Dark Star Tease (TH) & an Unknown Tease (MB)# – With Dark Star Teases (Band)$ – With a Bird Song Tease (MB)% – With a Bird Song Tease (Band)^ – With a Feel Like A Stranger Tease (Band) & a lengthy Afrobeat Jam& – Verse One onlyNot Fade Away (to close Set One) & Samson & Delilah (as the Encore) were on the setlist as written, but not played.[Photo: Phierce Photo]last_img read more

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Phish Tops Billboard’s “Hot Tours” List After Successful MSG New Year’s Run

first_imgPhish has been named the top-grossing touring act on Billboard’s latest weekly tally of “Hot Tours”, published on Wednesday. Their spot atop the list is based on the $5.9 million they earned during their annual Madison Square Garden New Year’s Run last month. The overall ticket count for the year-end stint reached 76,598, with sellout crowds at each of the four performances.This year marked the seventh time Phish rang in the new year at The Garden since their reunion nine years ago. According to Billboard, Phish has exceeded their previous total gross in each successive year, though they actually sold a few less tickets this year than they did in 2015 (76,973 total).However, if you are looking at ticket sales across the entire year, and not just over its final four days, 2017 was by far Phish’s biggest year of ticket sales ever recorded at MSG. Last summer’s historic 13-night Baker’s Dozen residency alone grossed an $15 million from 227,385 seats sold to rank as the eighth highest-grossing concert engagement by any single headliner in 2017.Phish out-grossed the next-closest act on this week’s “Hot Tours” chart, blind Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli‘s 2-night MSG run, by nearly $900K, and earned nearly $2M more than the third “tour” on the list, Dead & Company‘s own 2 Madison Square Garden shows. The real big winners, of course, are the Madison Square Garden Company: In addition to the top three spots, numbers 9 and 10 on the list also took place at their family of venues (Bob Dylan‘s stint at the Beacon Theatre and The Killers‘ early-January arena run stopping at D.C.’s The Anthem, MSG, respectively).You can see the full Billboard “Hot Tours” list here.Phish just announced a full 2018 Summer Tour featuring 21 shows in predominantly outdoor venues across the country, a departure from 2017 when they mostly focused on arena dates. For more information, or to enter the ticket lottery, head to the band’s website.[via Billboard][Cover Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]last_img read more

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Spam Allstars Post Ignites Speculation About Return Of Page McConnell’s Vida Blue [Videos]

first_imgToday, Miami-based Afro-Cuban group Spam Allstars made an extremely intriguing post on their Facebook page concerning the long-uncertain future of Phish keyboardist Page McConnell‘s early-2000s electronic-jam trio, Vida Blue, featuring Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and now Dead & Company) and Russell Batiste (The Meters). The post reads:“14 years ago we had the honor to record and perform with Page McConnell’s Vida Blue with Russell Batiste & Oteil Burbridge. Today Spam Allstars are looking forward to getting into the studio again with this crew!! Stay tuned…”Each of the three members of Vida Blue as well as the members of the still-active Spam Allstars are tagged directly in the post. In addition, the post includes a clip from Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars’ 6/5/04 performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, later released in the form of concert DVD Live at the Fillmore. In the video, after welcoming their’s namesake, the real Mr. Vida Blue, the band performs “Most Events Aren’t Planned”, one of their signature tunes. The song has recently enjoyed something of a resurgence, as it made its first two Phish appearances ever last year during the final night of the Baker’s Dozen and night three of the Dick’s run that followed, respectively.You can check out the clip from Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars Live At The Fillmore below via Spam Allstars’ Facebook post:For those who are unfamiliar with Vida Blue, the trio was Page’s main creative outlet during Phish’s hiatus (between 10/7/00 and 12/31/02) and into 2004, with a late-night set at the third annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on 6/11/04 serving as their final show. During their time together, Vida Blue released two albums: their self-titled 2002 debut and their 2003 effort, The Illustrated Band, which they recorded in conjunction with Spam Allstars.You can listen to Vida Blue’s second album, 2003’s The Illustrated Band (featuring Spam Allstars) below via YouTube user Muted Tones:Oteil has been busier than ever over the past year with Dead & Co and his own project, Oteil & Friends, and Page hasn’t done much playing outside Phish since they re-formed in 2009 after a 5-year breakup. However, considering the sudden appearance of “Most Events Aren’t Planned” in the Phish arena this summer and the reported Spam Allstars studio plans with Vida Blue, the potential for a reunion feels more real than it has in years.Below, watch full crowd-shot video of Vida Blue’s 4/9/03 performance at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL (including a guest appearance by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass for a duet with Page on “Lawn Boy”) via YouTube user Frank Musillami:[h/t – JamBase][Cover photo via YouTube user Frank Musillami]last_img read more

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Watch George Porter Jr. & The NOLA All-Stars Get Funky For A Good Cause [Videos]

first_img“Closer” At the 16th annual Bayou Rendezvous down in New Orleans this year, George Porter, bassist of the iconic funk band The Meters, gathered a number of his friends in the Crescent City to help the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. With help from keyboard wizard Ivan Neville and guitarist Ian Neville of Dumpstaphunk, drummer Stanton Moore of Galactic, guitarist Eric Krasno of Soulive and Lettuce, legendary drummer Johnny Vidacovich, and guitarist Eric McFadden, the group, dubbed the NOLA All-Stars, offered up ninety minutes of pure soul-filled funk. All these stars have someone in their extended musical circles who have been helped by this wonderful charity, and it was clear that they were on the stage to play from the heart.As is often the case with these super jams, there wasn’t much planning or things like setlists—at best, George called out to his stellar friends on percussion to give him a beat. But the cadre of musical killers he had assembled was more than capable of delivering a stellar show of improvised and repurposed funk classics that had the audience moving and grooving into the wee hours. The guitar fireworks by Kras, Neville, and McFadden were spectacular against the rock-solid pocket provided by Moore and Vidacovich. As always, Porter served as both the heart and the soul of each jam and let his sweet tone and canyon-deep fills do the talking.We’ve put together a pair of exclusive clips for your enjoyment featuring the twenty-plus minutes of the show’s opening and closing jams, which were chock full of the inspiration that comes from playing for a cause. The New Orleans Musicians Clinic provides much needed medical assistance to the players who fill New Orleans’ days and nights with song. After you’ve finished checking out the clips below check out the fine work the Clinic does here and give any help you can. Enjoy!“Opener”last_img read more

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PHOTOS: Dead Feat Play Dead & Company Pre-Party At Alpine Valley Resort

first_imgLast night’s Dead & Company concert wasn’t the only music happening in East Troy yesterday. A mere three hundred yards from the storied venue, New Orleans supergroup Dead Feat played an early afternoon set at the Alpine Valley Resort. The band, comprised of Little Feat members Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, and Kenny Gradney, and musical journeymen Jason Crosby, Jackie Greene, and Wally Ingram, provided a great way to start off the day before the Dead & Company show.The concert was very unique. Deadheads who had been to the Alpine Valley venue many times over the decades as well as newer fans could all agree. Everybody knows (and loves) the massive and steep lawn at Alpine Valley, but going to the resort and seeing a show on an actual ski hill, with the amphitheater in the background, was completely novel to all who enjoyed the show.The band weaved between the enormous repertoires of the Grateful Dead and Little Feat, opening up with the latter’s “Down on the Farm.” The first Dead tune, “Friend of the Devil,” foreshadowed Dead and Company’s set later in the evening. The set’s only non-Dead or non-Feat came in “Long Black Veil” that had a smooth transition into “The Weight.” Second set highlights included a funky “Shakedown Street” and a fun “Scarlet Begonias.” Of course, once Dead Feat finished “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad” the entire crowd transplanted to the northwest and became absorbed by the massive Alpine crowd. With the success of yesterday’s show, one can only hope that Dead Feat will continue to lay their music outside of New Orleans.Check out the photos below.Setlist: Dead Feat | Alpine Valley Resort | East Troy, WI | 6/23/18I: Down on the Farm, Honest Man, Friend of the Devil, Franklin’s Tower, Willin’, Long Black Veil, The Weight, Bertha, Fire on the MountainII: Shakedown Street, Spanish Moon, Skin It Back, Sugaree, Church Falling Down, Scarlet Begonias, New Speedway Boogie, Dixie Chicken > Tennessee Jed > Dixie ChickenE: Going Down the Road Feelin’ BadDead Feat | Alpine Valley Resort | East Troy, WI | 6/23/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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