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Last night, Phil Lesh took the stage at his own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA. Lesh has been paying tribute to each year in the Dead’s career, and last night marked a seminal year in the band’s career, 1985. Prior to the performance, however, Lesh sat down with acclaimed photographer Jay Blakesberg to discuss the Dead’s history in 1985.During the discussion, Lesh describes a particularly rousing story of staging an intervention for Jerry Garcia, where the latter’s reaction was essentially to curse and avoid the band’s pleas for help. You can watch the video of the discussion below, thanks to Ted Silverman:After the talk, Lesh welcomed out Alex Koford, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Scott Guberman and Ezra Lipp for a recreation of the Dead’s performance from June 30th, 1985 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. A surefire classic from the year, the group opened with “Mississippi Half-Step” before jamming out on tunes like “C.C. Rider,” “Brown Eyed Women” and more!Listen to the show below, courtesy of Quinfolk:Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Family Band at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 3/25/16 (i.e. 6/30/1989)Set One: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, CC Rider, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues, Keep On Growing, Big Railroad Blues, Looks Like Rain, Don’t Ease Me InSet Two: Shakedown Street, Samson & Delilah, Gimme Some Lovin’ > He’s Gone > Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Stella Blue > Around and Around > Sugar MagnoliaEncore: U.S. BluesPhoto via Erik Kabik, from Bk Bowl Las Vegas[H/T JamBase]
Conceived by Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin, the web series Teddy TV continues to spotlight some of the best jammers in the scene today. With episodes featuring members of The Disco Biscuits, Twiddle, Dopapod and more, each program highlights some of our favorite musicians with exclusive interviews and performances.Episode #8 of the series focuses on Wobblesauce. Set backstage at the Brooklyn Bowl, the episode goes in-depth about the band’s recent lineup changes, new album, songs, and their overall story as a band. It’s a great look at some of our favorite funk rockers. Watch Teddy TV Episode 8 below, and head here for more episodes!
Beloved DJ Pretty Lights has been rolling out announcement videos for his traveling PL Festival throughout this week, bringing his famed production and a live band to hotspots across the country. With special guests and dates announced at four locations on each of the four previous days of this week, Pretty Lights brings it home today with a two-night run announced at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN.Pretty Lights will hit the Nashville venue from October 7-8, bringing along special guests like Atmosphere, Emancipator, G Jones, LTJ Bukem DJ, Big Wild, Brasstracks, and Marvel Years. The crew will be celebrating in style, all weekend long! Check out the announcement video below.With all five festival dates confirmed, let’s check out the full schedule below.Pretty Lights’ PL Festival Tour Dates8/5-6: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH w/ Atmosphere, Tipper, Big Wild, G Jones, Brasstracks, and Marvel Years8/12-13: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO w/ SuperVision, Marvel Years, Chris Karns, and Maddy O’Neal8/26-27: Telluride Town Park – Telluride, CO w/ Pretty Lights Family9/23-24: Northerly Island – Chicago, IL w/ Tipper, Emancipator, The Grouch and Eligh, Manic Focus, G Jones and SunSquabi,10/7-8: Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, TN w/ Atmosphere, Emancipator, G Jones, LTJ Bukem DJ, Big Wild, Brasstracks, and Marvel Years
Phil Lesh has finalized the details for the “Summer Kick Off Party!” at Terrapin Crossroads‘ brand new Backyard Stage. The show will feature three sets of music starting at 1pm, and will showcase an impressive group of musicians rounding out Phil’s “Friends.” Sets one and two will feature Teresa Williams, Larry Campbell, Luther & Cody Dickinson, and Jason Crosby.Set three will be a recreation of one of Phil’s favorite outdoor Grateful Dead performances from the Summer of 1988. This final set will find Phil reconnecting with former Furthur pal John Kadlecik on guitar, along with Scott Law, Scott Guberman, Cody Dickinson, and Ezra Lipp.This summer celebration will take place on Sunday, June 12th, and more details and ticket info can be found here.
Check out a full gallery of images below! Last weekend marked the return of Frendly Gathering to Windham, VT, bringing along a number of incredibly talented artists to the pastoral location. The festival featured headlining performances from Twiddle, Big Gigantic, Trevor Hall, Turkuaz, Givers, Ballroom Thieves, and Moon Hooch, each bringing their own unique musical flavor to the jam.Watch Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis Jam With Big Gigantic At Frendly Gathering [Pro-Shot]Of course the lineup didn’t stop there, as artists like Monophonics, Son Little, Marco Benevento, Sinkane, Cabinet, Eminence Ensemble, Kitchen Dwellers and more made this a weekend to remember! You can relive the musical magic with these great photos by Dave DeCrescente Photography, and be sure not to miss Twiddle’s inaugural festival Tumble Down coming to Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park from July 29-30, with Twiddle, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Turkuaz Cabinet, Holly Bowling and Kitchen Dwellers! More information can be found here.Check out the photos below. Load remaining images
Later this month, jam band side project/supergroup Electron will head to colorado for a run of three dates in Denver, Fort Collins, and Frisco, respectively. Today, the band (comprised of The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, Lotus’s Mike Greenfield, and American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Tom Hamilton) announced the addition of two east coast dates to their spring run.On April 20th, the band will head to The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA for a hometown show. The following night, April 21st, Electron will be at BB King Blues Club in New York City for a late night performance. Tom Hamilton‘s American Babies will provide support for all five dates.To purchase tickets for the newly added shows, visit the venues’ respective websites (Ardmore; BB King’s).[Cover Photo via Scott Harris]
New Orleans-based future funk act Naughty Professor is heading to New York City on Thursday, March 23rd at American Beauty – with special guest vocalist Cole DeGenova (purchase tickets here). With a frontline horn section, and a jazz-inspired, funk-formulating rhythm section, anything is possible with these guys. With the release of 2016’s In The Flesh, the group catapulted into the spotlight, garnering the respect from fellow Big Easy musicians and acts such as George Porter Jr., The Revivalists, Galactic, and Rebirth Brass Band.Now, with a new album on the way Identity, featuring special guest collaborators from the New Orleans music scene, the sound of Naughty Professor is even more refined. Similar to the approach of fellow instrumental jazz/funk experts Snarky Puppy and their Family Dinner sessions, the band’s upcoming album will feature special guest spots from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Benny Bloom (Lettuce), Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and many more. We caught up with drummer Sam Shahin to discuss what they’re up to. Read below!Live For Live Music: It’s been over 2 years since you’ve all graduated college and been able to fully submerge yourself in the life of a touring band. Tell us about this experience.Sam Shahin: It’s a life-changing experience immersing yourself in every aspect of the band. We have tried to stay diligent in every aspect, and ultimately playing live is the strongest way to create a direct connection. Meeting the myriad of wonderful folks who have supported us both on and off stage has been a real thrill.L4LM: Typically an instrumental band, you’re gearing up to release a new album “Identity” with guest vocalists. Can you tell us about what made you decide to introduce these characters to your plot?SS: Every song on “Identity” has a featured artist, including a wide range of vocalists and instrumentalists. We all have so many musical interests and influences as individuals, and the prospect of expanding what our ensemble could do was very exciting. Joining forces in the creative process was very important to us throughout, as the collaborators on this album were chosen because we have such a tremendous amount of respect for what they do and felt that they could be a complement to our ensemble.L4LM: Sharing the road with Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na must’ve been a pretty great experience. Tell us about that!SS: Chali is an absolute monster in every capacity. He tears it up on and off stage professionally (working with him in rehearsals and studio are a true joy), and that joy and passion transfer to our personal lives as well. He’s a spectacular energy force to have around.L4LM: By definition, you’re a New Orleans band. How do you translate that culture into your live performance when you’re visiting various cities around the country?SS: We have a genuine thirst for the exploration of our home city’s eclectic musical landscape. New Orleans is the reason that we were all able to come together, and it’s the reason we’ve been able to continue making music together. We all were drawn to the city, and we all have endless admiration for the history of the music culture in New Orleans. In no way are we a traditional New Orleans band, but New Orleans musical and cultural traditions have everything to do with how we make music.L4LM: What’s special about visiting NYC for you guys?SS: There’s always a cache to being in New York City because by definition you’re on the biggest stage in the country and you always have to bring your A game. It’s always exciting and inspiring being around a city with such a unique and magnificent presence.L4LM: Cole DeGenova is your special guest for this run. Tell us about his involvement.SS: Cole is perennial lover of the New Orleans music community. His involvement in our band started with our first full length album, Until the Next Time where he was featured on organ for our song “Chef’s Special.” He has fantastic talent on voice, organ, and songwriting so this album of featured artists felt like the perfect time to collaborate with him on an original song. From there, we’ve worked with him in rehearsal to play more of the vocal songs from the upcoming album Identity and his versatility has been a great asset to bringing him on the road and playing a wide variety of material.L4LM: What else can we expect from Naughty Professor’s show at American Beauty?SS: The heat.Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and SOUL’D U OUT will be joining the show, featuring a full set of Brown’s hip-hop/jazz-inspired flavors with plenty of soul. Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. More recently, Mobetta dedicated his time entirely to a solo career, featuring a stellar band blending hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk-inspired beats from all over the map.The combination of Naughty Professor and SOUL’D U OUT is a perfect pairing of musical tastes, with plenty of funk, soul, jazz, and beats to accommodate your palate. Don’t miss out on this incredible lineup, and purchase tickets to American Beauty this Thursday, March 23rd here.– Show Info –Artist: Naughty Professor with support from Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and SOUL’D U OUTVenue: American Beauty NYCDate: Thursday – March 23rd, 2017Ages: 21+Tickets: $12.50adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE)
If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link. Every year, legendary New Orleans drummer Zigaboo Modeliste brings his “Funk Revue” to the Howlin’ Wolf to close out the late night festivities at Jazz Fest. Now in its 19th year, the Funk Revue has become the exclamation mark at the end of Jazz Fest, the final show that puts a cap on ten days of incredible music.Modeliste started the Funk Revue in 1998 at the Dream Palace, before moving it to the old Howlin’ Wolf in 1999. The show started at 4:20 AM, and it attracted a certain type of music fan who wants to see music deep into the night. The late (or very early) start time was a breakthrough for the jazz fest crowd, and soon every club was programming music later and later into the evening. In 2005, the show moved to the new Howlin’ Wolf, and it has stayed there ever since. It has evolved into one of the “must see” shows at Jazz Fest.With Zigaboo set to hit the Wolf on Sunday, May 7th to continue the influential tradition, we spoke to the man himself about the history of the Funk Revue, its impact on New Orleans and Jazz Fest, and what fans can expect for the 2017 edition of the event. See below for the full interview with Zigaboo Modeliste, and get pumped for Zigaboo’s 19th Annual Funk Revue.Live For Live Music: Tell me a bit about the history of the Funk Revue. What was the inspiration behind the project in the first place?Zigaboo Modeliste: Well, you know, part of being successful in this business is that you have to be improvisational sometimes, in terms of creating adventures where you get a chance to actually play and perform. You do different things differently, you market yourself differently, and you put yourself in different situations and hope that it works. When we first started, we put the Funk Revue at 4:20 AM. 4:20 in the morning! That’s kind of hard for the regular person who wants to come out and see entertainment. It was designed that way because people were staying up late and they wanted to hear music around the clock. It worked out the first time we did it, and we thought to ourselves, “we’re not trying to win any gold here. Maybe let’s go for a repeat.” So we did it another year, the same thing, and the crowd started getting bigger, and, you know, more people started going into it. At the time, we didn’t really know what we were actually trying to promote, other than good music to our fans, and any other constituents who would be interested in it.That went on for several years, and we had no competition, nobody was playing that late. People would be shutting down around 2:00 AM and people at those clubs would be dumping down to where we were, to keep the party going. So, as an extension of the initial party from the beginning, we just were out there doing it later.Since then, around 2004 or 2005, all the clubs started mimicking our act, and we started to have competition. The crowd size started going down a bit, so we thought to ourselves “we need to re-adjust, and start playing earlier.” So, that’s what we started doing: going on a lot earlier, we got a new crowd, a more diverse crowd. With the help of the club owners at the venue, that made it inspiring, that made it fresh, and we’ve been doing it now for some nineteen or twenty years.L4LM: That is truly amazing. I know that it’s impossible now to think of Jazz Fest and the festivities down in New Orleans without thinking of a late night scene. I know it’s not part of the official “Jazz Fest”, but I know for me and so many members of my generation it goes hand in hand. With that in mind, how does it feel to have created this institutional event that has inspired so many people in New Orleans?ZM: Well, I think that it serves a lot of purposes. It gave other musicians opportunities to follow suit and try to improvise on what they were doing. You know, with musicians, it’s not all about revenue, but at the same time, it is your occupation. And it gave the club owners another perspective on how long they could keep their clubs going, what rules needed to be changing. It changed a lot of things. I don’t want to take credit for any of that, but once you start a fire, if you can keep it going, keep it going. You don’t want to dull things out. I think the most inspiring part about it is, it’s not about the musicians themselves, it’s about the fans, and how to serve them better and make them want to come back and be repeat customers. You want to create interest in your own self and your art form.L4LM: If you’ve been doing things for 19 years, it seems you have figured out the winning formula to get fans to come back. It’s very impressive, and we’re excited for this year’s edition of the Funk Revue. I know in the past you’ve had a lot of different musicians, such as George Porter Jr. and Ivan Neville, as well as bands like Lettuce, Living Colour, Los Lobos, amongst plenty of other special guests at this how. Are there any fun plans for this year for the Funk Revue that you’d be willing to tell us about?ZM: It’s an interesting concept, and, I know from doing Jazz Fest for all these many years, all the musicians down there, they work triple hard, because that’s the two weeks that the revenue is in the area. They want to do gigs during the day, during the evening, and at night. Some guys gig three or four times a day, every day. It’s a matter of guys trying to survive, and harvest as much revenue as you can because that doesn’t yield like that after Jazz Fest is over all the time. So, at the end of Jazz Fest, when everybody’s all burned out, that does not spoil the appetite of the listener. They still want to hear good music. My policy’s always been to be inclusionary. If other musicians are interested in coming, they don’t have to pay to come in to see me, musicians never have to pay. If they want to sit in, they can sit in. IF they don’t want to sit in, they don’t have to, they need to be able to enjoy some downtime too! Within that realm, we never know who our guest is going to be sometimes. We go in with a definite order of what you’re going to get: you’re going to get some funk music, some more funk music, and on top of that, I’m gonna add some more funk music! What I want you to do is, while you try to absorb this, just keep your seatbelt tight because we don’t know who we’re going to see in there. I find it better that way; I don’t put pressure on anybody to have to be there, and if they show up, they show up because of the love of the music and the love to perform in front of a hungry crowd of people.L4LM: Sounds really cool. We’re excited to see who joins you this year, or who has the energy to join you, I should say. I know that you were named the 18th drummer of all time by Rolling Stone in their list of top 100 drummers, what are your thoughts on that?ZM: The first thing I’ll say is: God is good. I’m just happy to be in that number, because it’s only 100 people listed, and there’re around five million drummers in the world. It’s quite an achievement, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t want to be a judge of myself, but I will say this: since I started playing, I’ve only been true to my art form and just been trying to, if not progress it any further, certainly not have it be lacking. Just trying to do the best I can to maintain consistency in my playing and try to let other drummers, if they want to, recognize my art form, and if they want to use it to their desire, to their pleasures, that’s what it’s all about. Your peer group is important. Anyway, when it comes like that, from a magazine like that, where they’re not getting anything for complimenting me like this, I’m so appreciative, so thankful to be appreciated in that light.Don’t miss Zigaboo Modeliste’s 19th Annual Funk Revue, followed by members of Lettuce, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Prince’s band in the Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder tribute, on Sunday, May 7th at The Howlin Wolf!– SHOW INFO –Artist: Zigaboo’s 19th Annual Funk Revue + Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder Tribute Set w/ Organ Freeman in The DenVenue: The Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Sunday, May 7th, 2017Price: $25adv / $35dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 pm