8. Local bands will be swimming with talent, all day and all night.Florida favorites Herd of Watts, The Groove Orient, Morning Fatty, and Love Chunk will be holding down the Shipwreck Stage in the early hours of the day before the doors open to the Amphitheatre main stage. They’ll also be throwing down late-night ragers at Planet Sarbez. With fans following from all corners of the Florida map, don’t miss out on these awesome local acts! Learn more about the talent here.9. You can eat the local digs at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.Come visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items, and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. From 8:30AM-12:30PM on Saturday, the Farmers Market will be the place to be. A true farmers market with great offerings from some of the areas finest organic farms and talented crafters, with free admission, live entertainment, and much more. Just steps away from the Amphitheatre, you can get there early, chow down, and join the Fool’s Paradise party for the afternoon music into the night!10. St. Augustine is perhaps the coolest city in North America.The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. For more details on local attractions, head over to our website. See you there! On April 1 & 2, 2016, Lettuce, Purple Hat Productions, and Live for Live Music will host Fool’s Paradise, a funk-fueled destination beach event taking place in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities: St. Augustine, FL. Here are ten things you need to know about Fool’s Paradise:1. The lineup is one-of-a-kind. Complete with unique collaborations and full-set superjams, Fool’s Paradise will feature two explosive sets from New York funk masters Lettuce & Friends, along with: electro soul future-funk producer/saxophonist GRiZ; rising retro-soul stars Vulfpeck, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue. Supporting acts include South Africa’s organic live house duo Goldfish and the progressive soul, R&B and gospel of The Nth Power. Electronic future-funk producers Marvel Years and Brasstracks have also been added to the bill, as well as local favorites Herd of Watts, The Groove Orient, Morning Fatty, and Love Chunk. With Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry as an Artist-At-Large, you’ll never know what to expect over the weekend! More information and tickets can be found here.2. Lettuce and GRiZ will perform a live collaboration for the first time.For the first time ever, renowned electronic pioneer GRiZ and funk powerhouse Lettuce will join forces! The exciting full-band collaboration will take place during the second half of GRiZ‘s Friday evening set on 4/1. Lettuce will help GRiZ close out the headlining set on the first night of the two-day event.“This is gonna be different than anything else,” GRiZ posted. “We’re taking out the computers and performing as an all live funk band. Expect a few new versions of GRiZ tunes”. Read more about the exciting first-time-ever live collaboration here.Peep the remix GRiZ did of Lettuce’s ‘Slippin Into Darkness’:3. Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue will feature founding members of funk, among some of the best players in the game.Chris Robinson will be teaming up with George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Neal Casal, Nikki Glaspie, and more for the Fool’s Paradise very special Soul Revue set on Saturday. These funky fellas will be lighting up the night with funk, soul, and everything in between. Read more about each of the seasoned musicians here.Watch Chris Robinson’s Soulive Revue, featuring a similar cast of characters, from last year’s Bear Creek Festival:4. There are plenty of late-night shows at the local watering holes. When the music ends at the Amphitheatre, some late night ragers are going down across the street at the Elk’s Lodge. The full late night lineup includes Vulfpeck and Break Science on Friday, as well as Goldfish and The Fools of Funk supergroup on Saturday. More information and a very limited supply of tickets can be found here. Also happening less than two miles down the road is “Fool Moon,” a late-night offering at St. Augustine music scene staple (and grilled cheese emporium), Planet Sarbez. Both nights will feature blowout sets by Jacksonville powerhouse Herd of Watts; on Friday they’ll be joined by Gainesville reggae-funk monsters Morning Fatty, and on Saturday MANẎFEST will kickstart the night, with Orlando’s rock machine The Groove Orient shutting it down. More information can be found here.5. The Fools Of Funk will blow your mind.On Saturday, April 2nd, a very special late night show brings the two-day event to a close, while also bringing the mysterious Fools Of Funk supergroup to life. The long-awaited lineup for Fools For Funk includes: Adam Deitch (drums, Lettuce/Break Science), Adam Smirnoff (guitar, Lettuce), Cory Henry (keys/bass, Snarky Pupppy), Nigel Hall (vocals, keys), Weedie Braimah (percussion, The Nth Power), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet, Lettuce/Shady Horns), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone, Lettuce/Shady Horns) and special guests TBA. What a way to close out the weekend! More information and very limited amount of tickets can be found here.6. Cory Henry will be there to up-the-funk in any given situation as an Artist-At-Large. Snarky Puppy‘s own Cory Henry will be joining the funk all weekend long as an Artist-At-Large. While confirmed as part of the lineup for the Fools of Funk supergroup, there’s no telling what other magical surprises the Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist has in store! 7. There will be artist-led excursions.There’s more to look forward to than just the music, as Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, a crocodile crossing and zip-lining adventure with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, or a sailing escapade with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. More information and tickets can be found here.
Last night brought 10+ hours of straight music to the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. Dubbed “The Bayou Rendezvous,” the evening sought out to include some of the most rocking, funky, jammy players in the scene and put them all between two stages. The result? Pure magic.After The New Orleans Suspects with John “Papa” Gros, the Naughty Professor Horns, Roosevelt Collier, and Natalie Cressman kicked things off as “Night People” with a very special tribute to NOLA legend Allen Toussaint, Dr. Klaw took the stage for a murdering set of funk classics.Dr. Klaw is a very special group of musicians that only play together as such a few times a year. The all-star lineup includes Lettuce/Soulive’s Eric Krasno, Lettuce/Break Science’s Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Dumpstaphunk’s Nick Daniels III, and Ian Neville. The band ran through some incredible classics to a packed room well past midnight. Watch this fan-shot video of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Kofi Burbridge take the stage for an epic flute solo during the set’s closer, “Leave Me Alone”:
In what’s become a beloved annual event, members of Lettuce and Wil Blades took the stage at the sold out Howlin’ Wolf for an loving take on the music of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to close out the ten days of non-stop music mayhem that is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Lettuce’s Eric “Benny” Bloom showed off his MC skills as well as his outstanding trumpet talents throughout the night, telling jokes and sharing stories about drawing inspiration from these two great musicians. Bloom’s bandmates, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and Adam Deitch kept things cooking on the guitar and drums respectively, while occasional Lettuce member Nigel Hall showed off some skills on the bass guitar and vocals. Bloom’s Shady Horns sax-playing partner Ryan Zoidis popped up for some powerful licks, while Wil Blades kept the organ pumping all night long.Check out some of the highlights from this special evening, captured by our own Rex Thomson for this one-of-a-kind performance.Love Having You AroundHuman NatureAnother StarRock With YouMan In The MirrorWorking Day & NightSetlist: Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder at The Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 5/1/16:Setlist: The Way You Make Me Feel, Love Having You Around, Human Nature, Have a Talk With God, PYT, Off The Wall, Another Star, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Rock With You, Man In The MirrorEncore: Working Day & Night
With Phish’s summer tour fast approaching, as well as their headlining festival appearance at Lockn’ this August, the Charlottesville radio station WNRN is “Going Phish” for 24 hours beginning at 6PM tonight. The promotion is connected with Lockn’, and listeners will have 13 chances to win tickets and camping swag throughout the 24 hour period.Fans can also donate to the independent radio station directly, with various rewards offered for different donation increments. The rewards include WNRN Goes Phish t-shirts, show downloads, CD box sets, tickets to local festivals, and so much more.You can find out more about this here!
Watch Eric Krasno’s Out-Of-This-World New Video For “Curse Lifter” Featuring Derek Trucks [Premiere]
Soulful guitarist Eric Krasno has released a fresh new music video from his debut solo record, Blood From A Stone. The video features the song “Curse Lifter”, the lone instrumental track from Krasno’s album, and it features his good friend, the inimitable Derek Trucks, on guitar.Krasno had this to say about the new video: “I’m excited to share this psychedelic video for ‘Curse Lifter.’ The animation takes you through an abstract journey that I thought fit well with the track. I was excited to have Derek Trucks join me on this tune. He is close friend and one of my absolute favorite guitar players.”The animation only helps bring this exciting track to life, matching its guitar-soaked tones to psychedelic imagery.Check out the video for “Curse Lifter” below, exclusively via Live For Live Music.Kraz is currently preparing to hit the road on a lengthy fall tour with his Eric Krasno Band, where he’ll play a number of dates with Doyle Bramhall II, The London Souls, and keyboard virtuoso Marco Benevento. “I’m really looking forward to the fall tour with EKB,” said Krasno. “The band is gelling right now and the new songs are really expanding as we play more and more shows. Being on the road with Marco Benevento’s band will be a blast! We are old friends, so I see a lot of cool collaborations happening.”It should be an exciting couple of months for Krasno, so don’t miss him and his band on the road this fall! You can see Krasno’s tour schedule below, and be sure to visit his website for more information.Eric Krasno Band Tour DatesOctober 7 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & MortarOctober 8 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin Crossroads ##October 9 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin Crossroads ##October 18 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry *October 19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre *October 20 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West *October 21 – Asheville, NC – New Mountain *October 22 – Charleston, SC – Pour House *October 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Live from the LudlowOctober 28 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands TavernOctober 29 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs **November 1 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head ^November 2 – Washington, DC – Hamilton ^November 3 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone PonyNovember 4 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall ^November 5 – Hartford, CT – Arch Street TavernNovember 18 – Austin, TX – Antone’s +November 19 – Austin, TX – Antone’s +November 20 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live +## w/ Phil Lesh*with Marco Benevento**with The London Souls^with Doyle Bramhall II+with Dumpstaphunk
Progressive jam kings Umphrey’s McGee hit Philadelphia last night to perform the first of three nights at the beautiful Fillmore. This was the band’s first time playing the Fillmore, yet by the end of the night, Umphrey’s and their fans felt right at home in Philadelphia’s newest room. Boasting excellent site lines, a wide stage and top-level production, the band took advantage of the Fillmore’s cozy confines by turning in an excellent two-set performance that showcased their dominance of the live circuit. The show was filled with incredible songs, wild and intense improvisation, and a huge bust out that would leave any fan of progressive rock in awe.The first set blasted off with immediacy as guitarist Jake Cinninger rung out the opening notes of “Glory”. “Glory” flowed perfectly into “Plunger” which featured a heavy dose of early-show improv. Umphrey’s are known to come out of the gate sprinting, given their extensive pre-show warmup routine, and this “Plunger” might be a perfect example of this preparedness, with the band launching into an impressive, multi-section jam. The improvisation started out as a thumping dance-jam that eventually flowed into a soaring, dual guitar peak that contained traces of “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers. Suddenly the jam came to a halt and bassist Ryan Stasik kicked off the intro to Similar Skin bonus track “Room to Breathe”. “RtB” is a high-energy rocker with a punchy bass line that always gets the crowd moving, and this version was no exception, taking the momentum of the “Plunger” jam and harnessing it perfectly to complete the show’s opening segment.Finally giving themselves some room to breathe, guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss said a quick hello to the crowd before the band settled into “The Linear”. “The Linear” also featured its fair share of improv, with Umphrey’s taking things out deep with a progressive metal jam. Drummer Kris Myers eventually picked the beat up into double time, pushing the energy higher and higher as they whipped the crowd into a frenzy. The jam fizzled out just as “Go To Hell” began, with the punishing rock tune delivering a true moment of full-crowd head-banging. The instrumental number is always a favorite, and the band absolutely crushed this version at the Fillmore.The funky “Deeper” provided an opportunity for everyone to settle down, before the set picked back up with a wild “#5”. “#5” has become a rarity of late, only appearing in setlists three times in 2016, and the old instrumental favorite was certainly well received. The band worked through several sections of raging improv before drawing the song to its conclusion. Before the first set ended, Umphrey’s had room for one more song, so they transitioned into another reliable favorite, the bright and bouncy “2nd Self”.After a short break, Umphrey’s returned to the stage to start their second set, and they delivered a huge bust-out with “Red” by King Crimson. “Red” was a favorite cover of Umphrey’s from 2005-2008 before it got shelved, showing up after 100+ show gaps on each occasion it has been performed since then. Last night’s bust-out was no exception, as the band performed the heavy progressive song for the first time in a whopping 485 shows.“Ringo” followed, providing another moment of extended improvisation. Cinninger once again turned to “Jessica”, playing the song’s famous melody over the jam that formed out of “Ringo”. “Spires” came next, and the band locked into some energetic improv that seemed to build and build until it dropped directly into “Phil’s Farm”, which seved as the standout jam of the evening. The band weaved into each other perfectly, listening intently and working as a unit throughout the instant-highlight.The show’s second set was brought to a close with an epic “Wappy Sprayberry” -> “Hurt Bird Bath” -> “Upward” -> “Hurt Bird Bath” segment that rocked the Fillmore to its core. “Wappy Sprayberry” gave fans a chance to dance, before the ultimate jazz-fusion of “Hurt Bird Bath” took the band in several different directions before landing on the uplifting “Upward”. Umphrey’s transitioned back into the composed section of “HBB” to bring the top-notch set to an end.For the encore, the band turned to a familiar rager with “The Floor”. “The Floor” is as heavy a tune Umphrey’s performs, delivering another moment of raw intensity for the stunned crowd to pump their fists to.Umphrey’s McGee were at the top of their game last night. Their dedication to improvisation, while infusing elements of jazz, metal and alternative rock, continues to show no signs of slowing down. Both sets were filled with impressive jams and fan-favorite songs, delivering a “best of both worlds” performance for their fans at the Fillmore. If this was only the first night, I can only imagine what the band has in store for the next two nights. Umphrey’s McGee returns to the Fillmore tonight for night two of their three-night run at the venue.All photos in this article appear courtesy of Karl McWherter, and a full gallery is below. Check out full setlist from night one at the Fillmore below. Also, check out some fan-shot videos from the show below, courtesy of YouTube user brett walford.“Glory” -> “Plunger”“Red” by King CrimsonEnd of “Hurt Bird Bath”“The Floor”Umphrey’s McGee | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 10/20/2016Set 1: Glory > Plunger > Room to Breathe, The Linear > Go to Hell, Deeper, #5 > 2nd SelfSet 2: Red, Ringo, Spires -> Phil’s Farm, Wappy Sprayberry > Hurt Bird Bath > Upward > Hurt Bird BathEncore: The Floor with Jessica (The Allman Brothers Band) tease with Jessica (The Allman Brothers Band) teases[Setlist courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s] Load remaining images
Mike Dillon fears not from speaking his mind. The majestic percussionist/vibraphonist is known for surrounding himself with an impressive band, writing about relevant social and political topics, and ranting into the microphone during his live performances. Combining styles and years of experience, the Mike Dillon Band makes a noise that is unique in many ways.Today, somehow, the presidential election officially goes to Donald Trump. Dillon took the opportunity to write a song about it, dubbed “Orange Julius Caesar.”“It’s my sarcastic ode to the Orange tweeting billionaire who is gonna save the little guy. Hail Orange Julius Caesar!” says Dillon of the piece. Give it a listen below:The NOLA native recently announced a residency at New Orlean’s Maple Leaf, called Sonic Colonic Residency Part II, going down early next year. See below for dates and lineups:Jan 4: Nolatet feat. Mike Dillon, Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton, and Brian HaasJan 11: Mike Dillon’s Combinations and Collisions featuring Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Brian Haas (Nolatet, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey), and Cliff Hines- (Mike Dillon Band,Hildegard)Jan 25: Mike Dillon’s Punk Rock Percussion ConsortiumAfter so, the Mike Dillon Band will be heading out on the road with the Dean Ween Group. The two have collaborated together many times. In fact, Deaner has even expressed that “the Mike Dillon Band is [his] favorite touring band on the planet.” The current lineup includes some of New Orleans best musicians. Nathan Lambertson is a top call upright jazz bassist with a punk rock heart of gold. Cliff Hines has been playing with Mike since 2012 and is the backbone of this group providing amazing counterpoint and power on the guitar. In the drum department, G Maxwell and Claude Coleman Jr. take turns battling providing the pocket and percussive artillery. See below for full tour dates with Dean Ween Group:Tues Jan 17 The Sinclair Cambridge, MAWed Jan 18 The Met Pawtucket, RIThu Jan 19 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NYFri Jan 20 Toad’s Place New Haven, CTSat Jan 21 Soundstage Baltimore, MDSun Jan 22 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale, PA[Cover photo by Jake Wisdom]
John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Reed Mathis, & Jay Lane Will Return As The Golden Gate Wingmen This February
Golden Gate Wingmen are comprised of some of the industry’s hardest working musicians. Guitarist John Kadlecik (Further), keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), bassist Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven, Billy & The Kids), and drummer Jay Lane (Electric Beethoven, RatDog) are all plenty busy, but when they get together in rare times, it’s for good reason. Having only played a few dozen shows since their inception in November of 2014, the 2017 show announcements are hopefully a good start on what’s to come.On February 22, the quartet will play the Baltimore Soundstage, before heading to the Irving Plaza in New York City on February 23. The following evening, on February 24, they’ll head to Philly’s Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets to all three showcases go on sale this Friday, December 23 at 12PM ET.Check out this full set video, from the last time they visited the Ardmore, courtesy of LiquidSilverStream, below:
While there’s little love between brothers Rich and Chris Robinson, there’s no shortage of adulation for their former band The Black Crowes. So when Rich announced a new project last year, with former Black Crowes members guitarist/vocalist Marc Ford, keyboardist Eddie Harsch and bassist Sven Pipien, fans rejoiced. The new ensemble, dubbed The Magpie Salute, made their public announcement in October. Only a few weeks later, Harsch unfortunately passed away.The band will make their live debut later this month with four already-sold-out nights at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre. With no more than a teaser video out, Yahoo Music shared their first piece of content with a performance of the song “Comin’ Home.” The video begins with a tribute to Harsch, who was set to perform during these shows before suddenly passing.“This recording came from the last time I got to play with Eddie Harsch,” explains Rich Robinson. “He was my friend and musical teacher. His mastery and subtlety will forever be an inspiration.” Watch the video below:Robinson spoke about the band upon their announcement, saying “The name The Magpie Salute comes from a superstition based in the UK… There are many variations, but the version I’m drawn to is the belief that if you see a Magpie, you would do well to salute it ‘to ward off negativity, or to have a good day.’ The way you salute the Magpie, based on some traditions is to say ‘Good Mornin’ Captain.’ The reason we salute is to show we’re unarmed, or what I like to say is ‘we come in peace.’ The Magpie falls within the Crowe umbrella of species, figuratively and literally. Magpies can be black and white which represents the light and the dark. I figured all of these things touch on many aspects of my life and this experience.”
It’s safe to say that the walls of the Brooklyn Bowl are blessed with good times – but they’re also unpredictable. Any member of the media knows that they are going to be on the receiving end of something very special the moment they walk through those doors. Whether it’s an up-and-coming or favorited band giving it their all on the illuminated stage, surprise sit-ins like John Mayer with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, or surprise shows altogether like when Usher and The Roots blew everyone’s minds on a random Thursday night last Spring.We all have something to be thankful for, and tonight, they want to thank us back. The Brooklyn Bowl would like to extend an invitation to members of the media for a night out! If you present your business card at the door, you will be granted free admission with a +1.The Williamsburg venue promises performances from The Soul Rebels featuring special guests, Melle Mel & Rakin + surprise guests, and of course, DJ Questlove‘s Bowl Train. We can’t wait to see what they have in store!