The Roots have been scheduled to play a New Orleans Jazz Fest late night on Friday, April 29th at the Orpheum Theatre. The show will be held in honor of Clarence “Trixzey” Slaughter, a member of Trombone Shorty’s band who passed away earlier this year at the age of 26. The show will be billed as Soul Slaughter: In Memory of Clarence Slaughter, and feature a number of special guest appearances, in true NOLA fashion.The Complete Guide To New Orleans Jazz Fest Late NightsTickets go on sale this Friday, 3/25 at 10 AM CST.The announcement comes just following the release of the Jazz Fest schedule this afternoon, featuring huge names such as Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, and hundreds of others.
Beloved New Orleans venue The Howlin’ Wolf has announced a concert to benefit the victims of the widespread floods that ravaged much of Louisiana earlier this month. Billed as “From NOLA With Love,” the September 10th show will feature a long list of Crescent City favorites including Johnny Vidacovich, Derrick Freeman, Boukou Groove, Honey Island Swamp Band and many more, as well as a selection of food trucks. The organizers have also alluded to an as-of-yet unannounced special guest to be confirmed later this week.There will be a $25 suggested donation at the door, with the proceeds going directly to families affected by the flooding and the Second Harvest Food Bank. The full list of announced performers can be found below:Johnny VidacovichDerrick FreemanBoukou GrooveHoney Island Swamp BandCole Williams BandDarcy Malone and the TangleKhris RoyalBilly Iuso and Restless NativesDave Jordan and NIAJames “12” Andrews King James and the Special Men plus Young Seminole Hunters MG Indian GangAsheSonJimmy Stephens and Allstar Blue BandFlaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians[via – OffBeat] read more
Fans of The Wood Brothers finally have a wonderful way to relive their concert experiences, thanks to the band’s powerful new release Live At The Barn. Choosing to record their performance at Levon Helm’s legendary Woodstock barn made for a simple but accurate representation of the love the band lays down every night. Since their debut, listeners have been astounded at how well the sweet, nasal vocals and speedy guitar work of Oliver Wood fit with the aggressive and wide ranging bass work of brother Chris. What emerged from the sibling collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix was a robust and hard charging blend of Americana and soul that is both widely accessible and completely distinctive.Though anything is possible in a studio, Live At The Barn perfectly captures the deceptively powerful and inescapable catchiness of The Wood Brothers’ tunes. It doesn’t hurt that the recording is so perfectly done that never once is the listener shaken free from the rapturous hold that the music places them in by production issues. Opening track “Mary Anna” sets the tone right off the bat with brother Oliver’s every-man lyrical acceptance of blame and hope for forgiveness from the titular beauty. Mixing tempos from verse to chorus helps make his pleading for a second chance seem all the more earnest and real.With the vibe set, they quickly move on to some of their most beloved tunes, with the disjointed percussion intro of “I Got Loaded” giving way to the borderline confessional tone of the tune. The small but exuberant crowd helps to sing of past and future benders, bringing everyone together in a glorious testament to the power of over-indulgence. With the crowd firmly behind them The Wood Brothers slow things down for a couple of tunes, “Tried And Tempted” and “Trouble In Mind.” Utilizing a wide variety of instrumentation, from melodica and harmonica to chilling acoustic slide guitar work give both tracks a slower and darker timber that takes the show vibe in a weightier direction.Chris Wood adroitly disengages his more improvisational skill set to show off his ability to follow script with style on bass, while peppering in some serious harmonica chops as well. Boisterous cheers from the audience clearly show the crowd is ready to party, and tracks like “What The Devil” and “Wastin’ My Mind” give them plenty to hoot and holler about. Keenly aware of their location, The Wood Brothers make sure to pay tribute to their dearly departed host as they launch into an impressive, extended take on “Postcards From Hell.” As the song slowly builds towards a remarkable sky high jam their decision to allow the song to meander organically to that crescendo imparts a very natural, from the heart sentimentality that fits the dedication perfectly.Unable to resist one last homage to Helm, The Wood Brothers take on one of The Band‘s most memorable tunes, “Ophelia,” to near perfect effect. Though well outnumbered by the song’s creators, this new take on the classic never feels anything less than a loving acknowledgement of the lasting mark left on the genre by Helm and his legendary bandmates. A “by-the-numbers” version would have been perfectly understandable, but doing anything less than whole-hardheartedly making the tune their own is simply not in the Wood Brothers’ musical make-up. What results is a truly uplifting send off for the lucky ticket holders and the listening world.Equally adept at speaking from the heart and getting listeners up on their feet and dancing, this stellar trio have firmly established themselves as a must see band. For the first time their enthralling and jubilant in-concert vibe has been captured for fans to experience in their own homes. The true message of Live At The Barn is a simple one: if you like having your spirit lifted and heart filled with joy, then don’t miss The Wood Brothers when they come to your town. You won’t be sorry. read more
From July 28th – 30th, Fuji Rock Festival will return to Japan’s Naeba Ski Resort for three days of incredible music by artists from Japan and around the world. As always, the 2017 festival features a strong lineup of Western acts, including headlining sets from Aphex Twin and Björk, as well as highly anticipated performances by LCD Soundsystem, Queens Of The Stone Age (making their 2017 debut), Major Lazer, Father John Misty, The Marcus King Band, and many more. Check out the complete lineup below:For more information about Fuji Rock Festival 2017, or to purchase tickets, visit the event’s website.
It’s been a remarkable run for Voodoo Dead, as the all-star ensemble just wrapped up a four night jaunt through the Northeast. After two nights in DC and another in New York, the crew made their way to the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA (near Philly) for two more nights along this Mardi Gras run, the first of which happened last night, February 11th.The band features the likes of Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Wally Ingram, Jackie Greene and Papa Mali, bringing some New Orleans flare to the music of the Grateful Dead. After a big jam with Brandon “Taz” Neiderauer the night before, the Voodoo Dead gentlemen got to work on a great show last night.After an opening set from the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Voodoo Dead opened up their performance with funk classic “You’re The One” and kept the train rolling with Bob Dylan’s “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry.” There were plenty of Grateful Dead favorites throughout the night, including “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider,” “Bird Song,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and a show closing “Turn On Your Lovelight.”Check out a full video of the festivities below, courtesy of LiquidSilverStreams on YouTube. Voodoo Dead returns to the Ardmore, tonight!Setlist: Voodoo Dead | Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 2/11/17Set I:You’re the OneIt Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (JGe, PM)China Cat Sunflower > (JGe)I Know You Rider (JGe, PM)Many Rivers to Cross (instrumental)Highway 61 Revisited (JGe)Set IICongo Man Chant >Get Up, Stand Up > (PM)Iko Iko > (PM)Bird Song (JGe)Bertha (JGe)Loose Lucy (JGe)Scarlet Begonias (JGe)Turn on Your Lovelight (JGe)[Setlist scribed by Bill Batson of FOJC, Photo by Mark Raker Photography from DC] read more
Some 30 years ago, a band called Phish were cutting their jib in the town of Burlington, VT, playing improvisation-heavy and often whimsical performances at a venue called Nectar’s. The place has become synonymous with Phish’s early career, perfecting a style that has earned them the reputation as one of the best touring bands ever. It was precisely that reputation that inspired Phish to release A Live One in 1995, documenting highlights from their 1994 tours in what was the band’s first ever live album.Last night, that story came full circle, as Pink Talking Fish hit the stage at Nectar’s for a themed performance, playing all of the songs from Phish’s A Live One album mixed in with Talking Heads and Pink Floyd music as well. The opening run of “Bouncing Around The Room > Nothing But Flowers,” followed by “Stash,” “Time” and “Gumbo” pretty much sets the course for the night ahead, weaving the three bands’ music together so eloquently as only PTF can do.The show was highlighted by special guest apperances, starting with percussionist Craig Myers, perhaps best known for his role in Mike Gordon‘s band. Saxophonist Dave Grippo also performed with the band during the first set, as the Big Country Horn player was actually featured on A Live One over 20 years ago! Finally, the talented singer Hayley Jane emerged and performed on “Moon Rocks” and the vocal jam of “You Enjoy Myself,” lending her powerful vocals to the classic songs.Fortunately, taper Keith Litzenberger was on hand to capture the music. Listen to his full recording below, and check out the full setlist beneath it.Setlist: Pink Talking Fish | Nectar’s | Burlington, VT | 3/4/17Set One: Bouncing Around The Room > Nothing But Flowers*, Stash*%, Time, Gumbo*%> Life During Wartime*%, Montana > You Enjoy Myself > On The Run > You Enjoy Myself* > Moon Rocks*%% > You Enjoy Myself%%, Chalkdust Torture*, Have A Cigar > Slave To The Traffic LightSet Two: Astronomy Domine > Wilson > Once In A Lifetime* > Wilson > Another Brick In The Wall* > Tweezer*+ > Burning Down The House*+ > Simple > Run Like Hell > Harry Hood > Big Business*, The Squirming Coil > Something++ > The Squirming CoilEncore: Tweezer Reprise**w/ Craig Myers on percussion%w/ Dave Grippo on saxophone%%w/ Hayley Jane on vocals+w/ Possum tease during intro++Solo piano and vocals in the middle of Coil solo. 1st verse only[Photo via Capacity Images from NYC 12/30/16] read more
Yes. Riot Fest has done it again with their 2017 lineup announcement. For the Chicago installation of Riot Fest, Douglas Park will transform into a punk rock and beyond concert haven from September 15-17.The weekend headliners include Nine Inch Nails (Friday), Queens of the Stone Age (Saturday), and Jawbreaker (Sunday). There will also be exciting performances from New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Mike D (DJ Set), A Day To Remember, Gogol Bordello, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Dirty Heads, TV on the Radio, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr., and so many more.The festival will mark Jawbreaker’s first public appearance together since they not-so-amicably broke up in 1996 (!) after guitarist/vocalist Blake Schwarzenbach and bassist Chris Bauermeister got into a fistfight, leading to a 21 year end to the legendary pop-punk trio. Festival organizers seemed to have done it again, after what felt like an untoppable triumph last year with the reunion of the original Misfits.Riot Fest will also mark Nine Inch Nails’ third festival appearance for 2017 after a three year hiatus. Frontman Trent Reznor will be joined by guitarist Robin Finck, keyboardist Alessandro Cortini, drummer Ilan Rubin, and their newest official member, Atticus Ross for this summer’s live performances.Information about Chicago’s Riot Fest can be found here. Check out the full lineup below. read more
Recently, the upbeat island-Americana quartet Dangermuffin released their sixth studio effort, Heritage, at the tail end of March. The eight-track album still falls in line with Dangermuffin’s unique brand of roots music, though Heritage marks a decidedly more intentional shift from the group, with a thematic focus on primordial human knowledge and its basis for spirituality. You can check out Live For Live Music’s interview with vocalist and guitarist Dan Lotti about Dangermuffin’s latest album below. You can also get more information about the group, as well as check out their tour dates and snag more information about Heritage on their website here.Dangermuffin Premieres New Single “Ancient Family” And Announces Tour Dates1) Dangermuffin’s new record Heritage has been released in the past few months. How has the response from your fans been?The response to Heritage has been significant. We are feeling the momentum, seeing some new faces, and I guess just kind of growing the family!2) Have there been any particularly memorable moments when you’ve performed the new tracks live and sensed that the lyrics deeply resonated with an audience member?There have been several of those moments. Some folks actually teared up when talking to me after the last show of our most recent run, and I just think that’s beautiful. I’m personally seeking to heal from the music, which I often get out of the experience of playing live. It’s an interesting dynamic, because it’s healing to me when I see that some folks are vibin’. In turn, they pick up on that, and it comes full circle. It’s incredible!3) On Heritage, there are quite a few references to the land and sea and humanity’s connection with them. How have you artistically become better at conveying these themes or messages to your audience both live and in the studio?These universal themes of the ocean are inherently Dangermuffin. This is the lens that we view the world from—on the shore. How have we become better at conveying this message? I would tend to think that each experience as we travel and expand brings about new ideas and new understandings and a more well-rounded perspective. As a result, the music grows out of that journey while the themes and archetypes remain the same. The ocean, the sun, the forest, the mother—these symbols are as universal as they come. We, as humans, all have a relationship with them, so the concepts are endlessly useful.4) You guys will be headed to the west coast in a few weeks. Have you performed on that side of the country before?Yes, we have! Really a handful of times, and we truly love it. It’s a really great fit musically to be out in northern California. I once had a psychic tell me “California will be big for you.” [Laughs]5) Since the whole band is from a beach town [Charleston, SC], I assume you’re all looking forward to the summer. Do you all have any summertime rituals you like to do as a band or individually?Frisbee sessions are important for the bands—at rest stops, on the beach. It’s a great warmer-weather ritual. read more
On Wednesday night, Oteil Burbridge & Friends made their second stop in Charleston, SC at The Charleston Pour House with Melvin Seals (organ), Eric Krasno (guitar), John Kadlecik (guitar), Jay Lane (drums), Weedie Braimah (djembe), and Alfreda Gerald (vocals). The supergroup set the night in motion with “Water in the Desert,” the soulful, R&B-infused title track off Burbidge’s recently released solo album. Spirits were high as the band moved onto Isaac Hayes’ “Do Your Thing,” sung by Gerald and featuring a scorching B3 solo from Seals. The Jerry Garcia Band classic “Rubin and Cherise” followed, allowing Krasno and Kadlecik to loosen up, trading guitar licks that were accompanied by tasteful Vince Welnick-esque synth lines from Seals.Oteil Burbridge Releases Magical Studio Record “Water In The Desert” [Stream]The band then moved to the bluesy Pigpen number, “It Hurts Me Too,” in which Gerald sang the third verse from the top of the subwoofer. As the song progressed, she beckoned for the crowd to join in. At one point, Gerald handed the mic to a member of the audience, who sang the tagline of the chorus surprisingly in key. Krasno then took the lead on Burbidge’s own “Unconditional Love,” which was followed by the Peter Tosh classic and JGB favorite, “Stop That Train,” featuring Burbidge on lead vocals. The first set came to a close with dueling guitar work from Krasno and Kadlecik on “Run For The Roses.”Oteil Burbridge & Friends Make Highly Anticipated Debut At The Ardmore On Halloween [Full Audio]The second set kicked off with the Grateful Dead’s beloved “Eyes of the World,” the highlight of which was a tasteful solo from Kadlecik. The song transitioned to a spacey improv section led by Burbidge, Lane, Seals and Braimah. Lane took the reins as the song concluded, giving the crowd a boost of energy with hard-hitting drum fills that surprised even those on stage. Gerald once again invited the crowd to participate during the chorus of Duane Allman and Aretha Franklin’s version of “The Weight,” making for an especially soulful rendition of the song.Oteil Burbridge Announces NYC Show With Scott MetzgerJimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross” was next, followed by Kadlecik’s “What’s Become of Mary.” JGB favorite, “Cats Under The Stars” followed, featuring blazing guitar work from both Krasno and Kadlecik. Seals shined on B3 in Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody,” closing out the extended set. The band didn’t waste much time getting back on stage for a two-song encore that consisted of Marvin Gaye‘s, “How Sweet It Is” and Janis Joplin‘s, “Piece of My Heart,” ending the show on a high-note.Oteil & Friends have remaining stops in Charlotte, Raleigh, Silver Spring (Md) and a sold-out show in Pittsburgh to cap the mini-tour next week. The Charleston Pour House, meanwhile, will host Justin Townes Earle tonight. For a full schedule of upcoming shows at “The PoHo,” visit their website here.Check out the full gallery below from Ellison White.Oteil & Friends | The Charleston Pour House 2017 | Photos by Ellison White Load remaining images read more
Matador! Soul Sounds are hitting the the road this March for their first-ever U.S. tour! Born from the vision of The New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts and Soulive’s Alan Evans, the fierce cuadrilla consists of keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott (Jimmy Herring) as the band’s “banderilleros”. The band formed out of a short tour with The New Mastersounds where Evans filled in on drums, and he and Roberts formed a deep musical connection. Adding female energy to the band are Adryon de León (Orgone) and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) on vocals. Combining the dynamism of each band leader, the music they have created is brand new, hard-hitting, and drenched with their shared musical passions of jazz, funk, and soul.Matador! Soul Sounds made their official debut performance at the 2017 installment of Brooklyn Comes Alive and have since then completed their first LP Get Ready to be released alongside this tour. Their 7″ single “Mr. Handsome” is available today through fatbeats and can be purchased here.Matador! Soul Sounds Brought The Funk To Brooklyn Comes Alive [Pro-Shot Video]Below, check out a video of “Mr. Handsome” from the band’s set at Brooklyn Comes Alive. While this song doesn’t feature vocalists Dawson and de León, it showcases the musical foursome of Matador! Soul Sounds, and everything they do best: infectious funk music that makes you want to dance.Matador! Soul Sounds // 2018 Tour Dates3/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – tix3/16 – Washington, DC – tix3/17 – Brooklyn, NY – tix3/18 – Fairfield, CT – tix3/19 – Boston, MA – tix3/21 – Ardmore, PA – tix3/23 – Denver, CO – tix3/24 – Boulder, CO – tix3/26 – San Francisco, CA – tix3/28 – Portland, OR – tix3/29 – Seattle, WA – tix For fans of Eddie Roberts, Don’t miss The New Mastersounds at their special post-Phish late night show on New Year’s Eve at Irving Plaza in New York City. Click here for more information, or here to purchase tickets. read more