Nahko and Medicine for the People continue to impress fans with their socially-conscious brand of rock and roll. The band is showing no signs of slowing down, as Nahko Bear and company have just announced an extensive nineteen-date tour schedule throughout the East Coast and Midwestern US.It all begins on April 22nd, when Nahko and Medicine for the People hit the New Mountain Theatre in Asheville, NC. From there, they travel to cities like Nashville, St. Louis, Madison, Burlington, Boston, Brooklyn and beyond, all concluding at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale, PA on the 18th of May.Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 26th, and can be found here. The full schedule can be seen below:
The Tedeschi Trucks Band are on a roll this summer, cruising along on their Wheels of Soul tour with Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars. Last Friday night, July 22nd, the three groups made their way to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC for a great performance. TTB have been in great form since releasing their 2016 album Let Me Get By, and the band’s dynamic chemistry is really apparent. With lots of collaborations and plenty of music to choose from, each TTB show has been distinct and powerful.Thankfully, we can listen in on these Friday night festivities! Check out the full audio below, courtesy of taper Robbie Dunn.
2. Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley – Allen Toussaint at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA on 7/18/16Every Phish fan has “Sally” high on their list of “want to hear” for any setlist. A rollicking Cajun classic written by Allen Toussaint, fans are always dancing to this very infectious tune. The song has been played 22 times in the 3.0 era, but made its sole debut in San Francisco. Oh, but what an incredible version! Clocking in a shade under 19 minutes, one can argue that it was one of the best versions of “Sally” ever. The funkathon was so groovy with inspired vocal scatting and soulful extended jamming it is sure to remain a high point in Phish lore. 1. Space Oddity – David Bowie at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL on 6/24/16Hands down, this was one of the biggest highlight of the summer. David Bowie’s towering classic was first released in 1969 during the height of space program. As men were traveling to the Moon, Bowie brilliantly captured the lonely desperation of space travel with a haunting song known to everyone. Phishtory was made, with a stunning a cappella version as a tribute to the late Bowie, who passed away earlier this year. The energy at Wrigley Field when the crowd recognizes the song is absolutely insane, and only grows as the 40,000 sang together in unison. What a special musical moment… thank you Phish.Written by Editor Dave Melamed and his JamfatherVideos from various sources on YouTubePhoto by Brandon Weil at Chula Vista 4. Crosseyed and Painless – Talking Heads at The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA on 7/15/16Those who weren’t alive to witness the Talking Heads in the late 70’s and 80’s did not have the opportunity to witness one of the all-time great bands. The band elevated themselves far beyond their New Wave label with complex rhythms that combined elements of funk, dance, and art rock to a sound that changed the face of music. It’s no wonder that Phish loves to cover their music, but the performance of “Crosseyed & Painless” always holds a special place in the Phans’ heart. The band opened their second set at The Gorge opener with the Talking Heads tune, and teased it in almost every song of the set. Those “Still Waiting” sets are always special, especially when the group finds time to tease more and more songs as the set goes on.3. Dear Prudence & I Am The Walrus – The Beatles at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN and Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL on 6/22/16 and 6/25/16With a number of surprise covers heading back into Phish’s rotation, it’s no surprise that a pair of songs by The Beatles made their first appearances in many years. The first was “Dear Prudence,” performed at the same “bust out heavy” tour opener that we’ve mentioned several times in this article. The song was brought out after a 796 show gap, as it was last played at the band’s Halloween performance of The White Album in 1994. Then, just three days later, Phish surprised fans with yet another Beatles song, as they brought out “I Am The Walrus” at the end of their two-night run at Wrigley Field. When they uttered the lyric “Smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot,” as the Beatles secretly sang on their 1967 version, the crowd erupted with energy. The song had only been played once before, in 2010, making this bust out all the more special. Watch both below. With Phish’s great summer tour in the books, we wanted to look back at some of the unique highlights from the road. As the band performed over 200 songs this summer, more and more covers worked their way into the rotation. The band had been notably avoiding covers over the last few years (perhaps due to Billy Joel), and their return made for some memorable moments on this summer tour.With those moments in mind, we made ourselves a list of the top 10 (or technically 12) covers that Phish played this summer. Enjoy!10. Soul Shakedown Party – Bob Marley at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY, 7/3/16“Soul Shakedown Party” is always the signal for a great set, and its performance in the opening slot of this second set from SPAC is no exception. Considering the set featured the best “Moma Dance” of the 3.0 era and a monster run that included “Axilla > Theme From The Bottom > Harry Hood > Show Of Life,” this was a Sunday show for the books! It all started with the first “Soul Shakedown” in two years, which you can stream below.9. Frankenstein – Edgar Winter Band at Lakeview Amphitheatre, Syracuse, NY on 7/11/16 Always a fan favorite, Phish’s cover of “Frankenstein” is especially appealing because it gets keyboardist Page McConnell up from his piano bench and jamming out between Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon. With a keytar slung around his neck, all eyes are on Page as he takes the rare opportunity to jam out, front and center. Interestingly, that keytar was once owned and used by the legendary James Brown. Phish always rocks the 1972 instrumental classic by the Edgar Winter Band, and the version from this summer in Syracuse was one of the best. Anastasio even teases drummer Jon Fishman during the song’s drum breakdown, pointing out that he went to high school in Syracuse. The crowd goes nuts the whole time!8. Daniel Saw The Stone – Traditional at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN on 6/22/16Phish’s tour opener in St. Paul, MN brought a series of bust out songs, setting the pace for one of the most diverse summer tour song selections in the band’s career. On the first night, the band put the traditional “Daniel Saw The Stone” back into the rotation, and the band rocked the folky ballad with style. The song had only been played twice before since their 2009 reunion, and the bust out this summer came after a 140 show absence. Though the band worked it into a setlist later this summer, the break out version has so much energy! Listen in below.7. Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA on 7/19/16Four words say it all: “Crab in my shoemouth.” Though often teased, Phish brought out this beloved Dizzy Gillespie jazz instrumental during a serious “Light” jam in the second set at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The San Francisco show marked the first full-on performance of “Manteca” since 2012 (165 shows), and it felt right at home sandwiched between “Light” and Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” Though Phish added the silly lyrics, “Manteca” is truly a Gillespie composition, and for that reason it made its way onto this listing.6. I Found A Reason – Velvet Underground at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN on 6/22/16In the bust out heavy tour opener, Phish treated fans to a song no one was expecting. Taken from their cover of Velvet Underground’s Loaded album, Phish broke out into “I Found A Reason” for the first time since that 1998 Halloween performance. The 493 show gap was one of the longest in band history, only showing their admiration for The Velvet Underground. The Lou Reed and John Cale led act was easily one of the coolest bands from the 60’s and early 70’s, and Phish’s tribute was handled perfectly. With Trey leading the spoken vocals, it was a treat to see Phish play a VU song that wasn’t “Rock and Roll.” (Hint: bring back “Cool It Down” please)5. Fire & Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix at SPAC and Syracuse, respectively, on 7/1/16 and 7/10/16It may be cheating to lump these two songs together, especially as each stands out on its own as a great Phish moment from summer tour. The two Jimi Hendrix covers each have their own history within Phish lore, as they’ve been played since the band’s earliest days. With the repertoire ever expanding, these songs don’t see the light of day very often, but Phish committed to bringing out more material this summer, and jammed out some Hendrix on two occasions. The “Fire” from SPAC was quite the treat, and the “Bold As Love” just a week later in Syracuse was introduced at one of Page’s favorite songs to play. Considering both only made one appearance this summer, these rarities made for great moments in the band’s performances.
When The Weeknd blew up in popularity seemingly overnight, fans wondered just what his next move could be. The vocalist took things to the next level, recruiting the French robots known as Daft Punk for his newest single.Titled “Starboy,” the new collaboration between The Weeknd and Daft Punk gets into some pop-funk themes right off the bat. Stream the preview for the track via Apple Music, below.The collaboration marks the first new music for Daft Punk since their hit 2013 album Random Access Memories. With the full STARBOY album due out on November 25th, we can only hope Daft Punk is featured on more new music![H/T Consequence of Sound]
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced two new shows to ring in 2017! Following their New Years run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the inimitable Grateful Dead tribute act will head to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on January 12th and the Music Farm in Charleston, SC on January 13th. Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger will be making these southern stops on their way to Florida for Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Sunshine Music Festival on the 14th and 15th in St. Petersburg and Boca Raton.Pre-sale begins through the band’s Facebook page tomorrow at 2pm ET, with pre-sales opening for the Ryman and Music Farm at 12pm ET on October 13th, and regular on-sale opening at 12pm ET on October 14th.After a full weekend of JRAD at the Brooklyn Bowl this past weekend, we know the sky is the limit for these five guys. Listen to all three nights from “Fall Ball” here, and enjoy pro-shot footage from their performance at LOCKN’ this summer.
Over the last 5 years, Connecticut funk-fusion outfit Kung Fu‘s annual Toys For Tots benefit at the storied Toad‘s Place in New Haven has become a cherished tradition in the Elm City music scene, collecting tens of thousands of dollars worth of toys for kids at the New Haven Children’s Hospital. While this year’s 6th annual event has moved dates from just before Christmas to just before Thanksgiving (November 19th, to be exact), the annual benefit continues to embody a sense of giving and selflessness around the holidays, as the band pulls out all the stops for the hometown celebration to benefit those less fortunate.“We collect toys to distribute to kids at Yale children’s hospital on Christmas to brighten their spirits with whatever is ailing them,” explains guitarist Tim Palmieri, “It’s been getting bigger every year to the point that we rent a trailer just to deliver the [toy] donations. We are happy to spread joy and give back using our music as a catalyst for charity. Although not medicine, it’s still something that can help alleviate and bring cheer to those kids being in a hospital on Christmas Day.”Last year, for the first night of their two-night Toys For Tots run at Toad’s, Kung Fu played a very special tribute to Curtis Mayfield‘s Superfly (1972) with Soulive‘s Alan Evans on vocals. You can watch full pro-shot video of the set below via LiveMusic420 (starts at 00:43:10).The band a has a few surprises in store for this year, as they plan to pay tribute to some of the greatest hip-hop artists through the decades, with help from Sophistafunk‘s Jack Brown and more guests to be announced. The celebration will feature support from special guests The Alpaca Gnomes and Funky Dawgz Brass Band. Tickets are available now via the venue’s website and, as always, discounted admission prices are offered to anyone who brings a new unwrapped toy or book donation.[Cover photo: Scott Harris]
Jamgrass all-stars Greensky Bluegrass hit New York City last night for an excellent show at the PlayStation Theater. They delivered two sets of originals, fun covers, and impressive improvisation, showcasing why Greensky has established themselves as one of the preeminent bands in their genre.Set one opened with “Hold On”, which was followed by a “Jaywalking” that contained elements of “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix. They turned in a gorgeous cover of “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone” by Traffic that featured a pronounced “Tweezer Reprise” jam. The band rounded out set one with songs like “33443”, “200 Miles From Montana”, and “Who is Federico?” The band also threw in a touching cover of “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles, before bringing things to an end with “Run Or Die.”Set Two kicked off with one of the most beloved covers in Greensky’s arsenal, Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City”. “Broke Mountain Breakdown” into “Miss September” followed, before the band busted out their cover of “How Mountain Girls Can Love”. The set also featured “Windshield” into “The Four” into “Take Cover”, with special “Big Apple”-specific lyrics showing up in “The Four”. The band closed out the second set with “Don’t Lie”.For the encore, Greensky started things off with “Merely Avoiding”, using the song as a launchpad for improvisation before landing on JJ Cale‘s classic tune “After Midnight”.Catch Greensky Bluegrass next at The Egg in Albany, with special guests Fruition. See below for a full setlist from last night’s show at the PlayStation Theater.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | PlayStation Theater | New York, NY | 1/28/2017Set One: Hold on, Jaywalking(*), Light Up or Leave Me Alone(@), 33443, 200 Miles From Montana, Hit Parade of Love, Better Off, Who is Federico?, A Day in the Life, Run or DieSet Two: Atlantic City, Broke Mountain Breakdown, Miss September, How Mountain Girls can Love, Dustbowl Overtures, Windshield; The Four[^], Take Cover, Don’t LieEncore: Merely Avoiding; After Midnight* ‘foxy lady’ tease@ ‘tweezer reprise’ jam^ with “Big Apple” centric lyrics.
The folks over at Bob’s Burgers are unveiling a new project, The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, an album featuring 112 songs from the first six seasons of the show, which is due out May 12 of this year. The album’s expansive track list will feature a diverse line-up of appearances including tracks by comedians Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, and Fred Armisen, in addition to the regular voice-acting cast responsible for bringing life to the Belchers. Former musical guests who have made the cut include Cyndi Lauper and Carly Simon in addition to the five full-length Bob’s Buskers tracks, which are covers of songs from the show by musical acts such as St. Vincent, The National, Lapsley, and Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields. The album is available on CD and regular and deluxe LP (a video unveiling the extra goodies that come with the deluxe LP set can be seen below) formats, all of which are available via SubPop for preorder. You can check out some of the Bob’s Buskers songs that you’ll be hearing on The Bob’s Burger Music Album below.St. Vincent – “Bad Girls”Stephin Merritt and Kenny Mellman – “Electric Love”The National and Lapsey- “Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom”The National – “Sailors In Your Mouth”
Mayer and Chappelle have a long history of working together. The two are known to be good friends, and famously collaborated for a sketch about how reactions to the electric guitar vary wildly by race on Chappelle’s Show. Dave Chappelle and John Mayer have announced that they will be ringing in 2018 with a New Year’s Eve performance at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. The two will be reprising their “variety show” of sorts, dubbed Controlled Danger, which they debuted to considerable fanfare with two last-minute shows at The Fillmore in San Francisco earlier this year. Those shows saw Mayer cover Drake and welcome Bob Weir for a song, Chappelle deliver a 45-minute set of standup, and the two of them joining for some ’80’s favorites. However, due to Chappelle’s strict no-cell phones policy, there are no photos or videos available from the shows–just a tweet-long recap from Mayer. Now, those who missed out on the first two Controlled Danger shows will have a chance to catch this comedy/music collaboration in action in their biggest performance yet. Chappelle has surprised fans by joining Mayer onstage on multiple occasions, including the early-April sit-in/homage to the late Charlie Murphy that seemingly spawned the initial idea for Controlled Danger (the initial shows were announced a couple days later). Mayer also joined Chappelle for a night of his recent Radio City Music Hall residency.The show’s announcement also confirms that Dead & Company, who is set to start their Fall Tour at Madison Square Garden on November 12th, will not play a New Year’s show.Tickets for Dave Chappelle & John Mayer’s Controlled Danger New Year’s Eve at The Forum go on sale on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PDT via Ticketmaster.[h/t – JamBase]
After dropping a major hint on social media yesterday, LOCKN’ has confirmed that Dead & Company will headline their 6th annual event. The four-day music festival takes place in Arrington, VA at Infinity Downs Farm from August 23-26. The Grateful Dead torchbearers–comprised of original members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann as well as guitarist/vocalist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti–will perform four sets over the course of two nights, marking their first multi-night stint at a major festival, and just their second festival appearance (after Bonnaroo 2016).Over the years, the festival has made itself a home to many of the original members of the Grateful Dead. Last year, LOCKN’ hosted Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s one-time-only performance of the iconic album Terrapin Station in honor of its 40th anniversary. However, while various members of the original Grateful Dead lineup have made their way onto the bill each year since the festival’s inception in 2013, Dead & Company has still yet to perform at the festival as a collective unit.“The Grateful Dead played legendary shows at Monterey Pop, the US Festival, and Woodstock, but their heyday occurred before the modern music festivals we know today emerged,” explains LOCKN’ organizer Peter Shapiro to Rolling Stone. “We are honored to have Dead & Company headline back-to-back nights because it’s so rare. This festival was built on the spirit of the Grateful Dead so their performance is going to be a very big deal for Deadheads everywhere.”LOCKN’ will continue to reveal their 2018 lineup through social media posts over the next week, with one announcement per day starting tomorrow. The full lineup will be announced on Thursday, February 8th, with Tier 1 tickets going on sale on Friday, February 9th. Three- and four-day weekend passes will also be available this year. For more information, head to the festival’s website.After their Playing In The Sand destination event and a trio of fall tour make-up dates in February, Dead & Company will embark on their summer tour beginning May 30th at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. The tour will take them across the country before eventually finishing with two nights in Boulder, CO for the band’s annual pilgrimage to Folsom Field. Head to the band’s website for more information on upcoming dates.[Cover photo: Phierce Photo by Keith G. ]