Just a few short weeks ago, festival fans mourned the loss of All Good Music Festival. While the promoters, All Good Presents, were forced to retire the event, that hasn’t stopped them from connecting with their favorite artists and putting together something brand new.Today, All Good Presents has announced the formation of the Merryland Music Festival, to be held over two days at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD from July 9-10. With headliners The String Cheese Incident (2 Sets), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and Grace Potter, this is sure to be one great festival experience!The lineup continues with more scene favorites, including Lotus, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, TAUK, Protoje, Cris Jacobs Band and ELM.In addition, Papadosio and ELM will play a kick-off party at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD on July 8th, and The Soul Rebels and People’s Blues of Richmond will play a kick-off at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on the 8th as well. There’s also a late night party on the 9th at the 9:30 Club, hosted by the group Kung Fu, featuring sit-ins from Karl Denson and more.You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for further details.
Last Friday April 29th, a giddy mass of about 2,000 jazz cats, funk junkies, grey-haired orchestra freaks, dreadlocked hippies and general music lovers packed into the Lawlor Events Center, the basketball stadium for the University of Nevada at Reno, to see jazz collective Snarky Puppy. The eclectic crowd spoke to the Pup’s allure for performing musical alchemy with a range of ingredients from jazz to samba to rock. Technical yet approachable, the group’s rich sonic concoction has risen in appeal over the last two years with ambitious albums like We Like It Here and Family Dinner Vol. 2, records that show the vast depth of talent the group possesses. Friday night marked the release of Snarky Puppy’s newest album Culcha Vulcha, and the band celebrated in kind by kicking off the festivities with the album’s opener “Tarova.” Heads bobbed in unison as the musicians locked in on the rhythm’s confident swagger. Percussive blasts from the horns peppered the rock-solid beat as it rumbled across the stadium.They immediately bounced into Culcha Vulcha’s next track “Semente.” The swirling flute and organ of the Brazilian melody flowed from the band’s instruments like nectar looking to quench our thirst of soulful music. Two songs in the band was on fire and it stayed hot all night as it burned down genre walls and gave to us a vision of music that has no borders. The groove never took a break during Snarky Puppy’s hour and a half tour de force of musicality. The band functions like the hippest orchestra on the planet, with each hook or coda by the collective branching out into intricate pieces by individuals. “What About Me” was a rush of cascading guitars over furious drumming that showcased a multitude of fiery solos, all eliciting enthusiastic responses from the crowd. The band practically passed the baton around between members on a massive “Grown Folks” that saw cragged guitar solos and rugged horn lines in an abrasively funky jam. The audience was very responsive to the ensemble’s energy despite being seated. They were quick to cheer the musicians after solos and ingesting sections, giving credit where credit was due. With an infectious wave of African rhythm “Tio Macaco” elicited a collective smile from the audience that the band grow wider and wider as it got deeper into the groove. It even moved some people to unapologetically get up and dance in the aisles. Snarky Puppy held everyone at the edge of their seats in wonder at the wall of fresh sound coming at them. The band left to thunderous applause, another night of amazing music in the bag. The group is just kicking off its tour in support of its new album so grab your tickets to be inspired by one of the most influential bands of this era.
The band had one more trick up their sleeve, as they played “Contact” in the encore. The Junta track is a fan-favorite sing along, and has only been played once a summer for the last five years. Not seen in 28 shows, the band took their time and had some fun with the bouncy tune, letting McConnell funk out on the clavs during the jam. The ever-rocking “Tweezer Reprise” set fans packing with a great rock and roll finale.Though the show did drag at various points, there are still very few experiences that rival seeing Phish live, especially in such an intimate, GA setting. The band resumes their tour this Friday, July 8th at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. You can check out the Phish.net setlist below.Setlist: Phish at Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME – 7/6/16Set 1: Grind, Cars Trucks Buses > Blaze On, Yarmouth Road, Kill Devil Falls, The Sloth, Billy Breathes, My Friend, My Friend, Heavy Things, 555, Things People Do, The Line, StashSet 2: First Tube > Tweezer > Guyute, Mike’s Song > Tide Turns > Devotion To a Dream, Wingsuit > Bittersweet Motel > Fluffhead > Weekapaug GrooveEncore: Contact, Tweezer RepriseNotes: Bittersweet Motel was last played on July 4, 2012 (146 shows).All photos appear courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography. You can see a full gallery of images below. Phish continued their summer tour with a show at the Cross Insurance Arena last night, hitting the Portland, ME for a Wednesday night that won’t be forgotten. The band continues to mix things up with their setlists, bringing out a number of tour debuts throughout the performance. Fresh off multi-night runs in both Philadelphia and Saratoga, Phish now has a series of one-off shows to get the crowds pumped in the Northeast.The Portland show opened with some a cappella, as Phish played their first “Grind” of the year. 28 teeth inside of my head, and we’re off and running. The band picked up their instruments and fired into the second tour debut, the jazzy “Cars Trucks Buses,” which hadn’t been played in a full 92 shows (10/29/13). The instrumental got the crowds dancing, before segueing into the 2015 tune “Blaze On.” The cheery song is always a fan favorite, and kept the energy high.Mike Gordon got a chance to take the lead on his song “Yarmouth Road,” in honor of the real-life street in proximity to the venue, before the band ripped out a great “Kill Devil Falls.” Trey Anastasio was locked in, letting his guitar tone fly out in the arena. The band brought out their third tour debut of the night, the first version of “The Sloth” in 2016. The Gamehendge rarity hadn’t been played since last summer, and was certainly a highlight of the set. Phish kept things moving with their second “Billy Breathes” of the year, and pulled out a great “My Friend, My Friend” to keep the set rolling.After a lighthearted “Heavy Things” with some great organ work from Page McConnell, the set continued with a funky “555” and the return of the new song, “Things People Do.” They brought out the Fuego tune “The Line” next, and finished off the set with a great version of “Stash.”With a quick set break, the boys returned and got the energy up immediately with a set-opening “First Tube.” The song built up to a climactic finale, before Anastasio rocked into the opening riff of “Tweezer.” The cold, cold, cold lyrics were a sharp counterpoint to the swampy heat inside the venue. After the composed section, Anastasio took on an echoing tone for a laid back jam that broke into a more melodic and uplifting section. McConnell rocked some chord rhythms on the piano, letting Anastasio get bluesy with his soloing. The band then busted into “Guyute” for the first time since Halloween 2014 (48 shows), and they nailed the complex composition.Next up was “Mike’s Song,” a loose version that rocked, but never strayed too far from its confines. The “Mike’s” found its way into the new 2016 song, “Tide Turns.” The slower Anastasio ballad was an interesting choice in the “Mike’s Groove” sandwich, but the song finished on an uplifting note, and the groove carried on with Fuego track “Devotion To A Dream.” “Wingsuit” was up next, ultimately keeping the Groove slower than fans might have hoped. With some wailing tones, the “Wingsuit” faded into a bust out of “Bittersweet Motel.” The song hadn’t been played for a full four years, last seen on July 4th of 2012 at Jones Beach (146 shows). Though the band botched the song in the intro, they laughed it off and finished strongly. It was McConnell who had the song’s solo, leading the melody with a beautiful piano work.From there, the band brought out their second “Fluffhead” of the summer, giving the set’s energy level a much needed boost. The powerful pills seemed to be effective, as Phish led their fans on “Fluff’s Travels.” During the song, a random fan jumped on stage, grabbed a drum stick and started jamming with Fishman for a full 30 seconds before getting escorted off the stage. What a scene! The song was well executed overall and the band let the ending flow into the ever-funky “Weekapaug Groove.” They used the upbeat funk number to get the crowd raging and close out the second set.young gentlemen climbed into fishman kit. Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/9SUSC3qrhh— LazyLightning55 (@LazyLightning55) July 7, 2016 Load remaining images
While Ween continues to impress in 2016 with action packed setlists, a lot of their live material comes from the group’s classic albums from the 1990’s. One such album, called The Pod, was officially released on this day in 1991. 25 years later, it still remains a fan favorite.Today, Dean Ween posted an unreleased demo track that was recorded for the album. He says, “To celebrate the 25th anniversary of our 2nd “official” album, here is a classic Ween outtake from the record, mixed in 1992 by Andrew Weiss. should’ve been on the record, but better late than never, enjoy!”Listen to the outtake version of “I Wuz Nothin” below.It’s easy to see why The Pod has captured the brown hearts of so many Ween fans. The band’s second full-length studio release was riddled with elements of the band’s classic humor, including a liner note that said the album was written under the influence of Scotchgard. The album cover itself is a play on the 1975 album, The Best of Leonard Cohen, with a photo of Chris “Mean Ween” Williams’s head and a nitrous oxide bong over the original artwork.Dean and Gene Ween were in fine form for the whole album, and it shows with some of the band’s most recognizable songs. The tracklisting includes the first two parts of “The Stallion,” “Pork Roll Egg And Cheese,” “Pollo Asado” and so many more. Thanks to Santiago Bernhardt on YouTube, we can listen to the whole album, streaming below.Ween – The Pod Tracklisting1. Strap On That Jammy Pac – 0:002. Dr. Rock – 3:023. Frank – 6:134. Sorry Charlie – 10:005. The Stallion (Pt. 1) – 13:496. Pollo Asado – 16:417. Right to the Ways and the Rules of the World – 19:268. Captain Fantasy – 24:309. Demon Sweat – 27:4910. Molly – 32:0011. Can U Taste the Waste? – 36:4812. Don’t Sweat It – 38:2613. Awesome Sound – 42:2814. Laura – 44:4915. Boing – 49:2616. Mononucleosis – 50:5917. Oh My Dear (Falling in Love) – 54:0018. Sketches of Winkle – 55:5619. Alone – 58:4020. Moving Away – 61:5121. She Fucks Me – 64:5722. Pork Roll Egg and Cheese – 68:5523. The Stallion (Pt. 2) – 71:57
It was 1961 when Jerry Garcia first met Robert Hunter, the man behind many of the Grateful Dead‘s lasting lyrics. Their connection was strong from the beginning, but before embarking on a journey that would center them as pioneers in music, they worked in folk and bluegrass bands together throughout clubs in California. They were consistently surrounded by professionals and the times were inspired by music at its core. One of the several groups they worked with were called the Hart Valley Drifters and consisted of Garcia, Hunter, New Riders of the Purple Sage co-founder and guitarist David Nelson, Norm Van Maastricht on Dobro, and Ken Frankel on banjo, fiddle, and guitar.The Hart Valley Drifters went into Stanford University’s KZSU studio in 1962 to record modern and traditional folk an bluegrass classics for the radio station’s Folk Times program. The tapes were reportedly lost, until a former student who had produced and recorded the session found them 46 years later in 2008.The songs have since been prepared for an official release on an LP, entitled Folk Time, due out on November 11th. The record features Jerry Garcia on lead vocals, banjo, and guitar, and masterfully includes tunes by Garcia’s bluegrass heroes, like Earl Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, along with some traditional folk staples “Cripple Creek” and “Sitting on Top of the World.” The latter was first recorded in 1930 by the Mississippi Sheiks but has since been recorded by everyone from Howling Wolf, Cream, and Willie Nelson, to Jack White. The Grateful Dead also released their version of the song on their 1967 debut LP. Listen to the Hart Valley Drifters’ version below:This is the official tracklist for Hart Valley Drifters’ Folk Time, available for pre-order now:1. “Band Introductions”2. “Roving Gambler” (Traditional)3. “Ground Speed” (Earl Scruggs)4. “Pig in a Pen” (Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith [traditional] arr. by J. Garcia)5. “Standing in the Need of Prayer” (Traditional)6. “Flint Hill Special” (Earl Scruggs)7. “Nine Pound Hammer” (Traditional)8. “Handsome Molly” (G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter)9. “Clinch Mountain Backstep” (Ralph Stanley/Ruby Rakes)10. “Think of What You’ve Done” (Carter Stanley)11. “Cripple Creek” (Traditional)12. “All the Good Times Have Past and Gone” (Traditional)13. “Billy Grimes, the Rover” (Traditional)14. “Paddy on the Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)” (Traditional)15. “Run Mountain” (J.E. Mainer)16. “Sugar Baby” (Moran Dock Boggs)17. “Sitting on Top of the World (Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter)[H/T RS]
Gregg Allman has been on and off the road for the better part of 2016. With health concerns leading him to regretfully cancel most of his summer tour, fans were pleased by last week’s fall/winter tour announcement that added over 20 dates through January 2017. The tour was to begin tonight at City Winery in NYC, but Gregg has to cancel his appearance for the next two nights due to a bruised vocal cord. Ticket holders will receive full refunds, but the show will go on with his band who will still play the music of Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, and the members of the current Gregg Allman Band tonight and tomorrow at City Winery NYC.City Winery sent the following email to ticket holders and patrons to make sure they knew what was going on:It is with great disappointment that we reach out to inform you that Gregg Allman will not be performing with his band for the Sunday, November 6th and Monday, November 7th shows.Please know that we will be issuing full refunds to all ticket holders for Sunday and Monday night’s shows.We hope you’ll consider joining us on Sunday and Monday evening for a FREE concert. Please come in to enjoy dinner and a great glass of wine with some great music as Musical Director and guitarist Scott Sharrard leads the Gregg Allman Band through the greatest hits of various historic catalogs. This will be a free, general admission event celebrating the Allman Brothers and Gregg’s solo career as well as Sharrard’s original work! It looks to be a great couple of nights as we anticipate special guests in advance of Gregg’s return to the stage later this week!We thank you in advance for your patience as we accommodate your refunds and your inquiries about the later dates of this run. We will respond to emails and phone calls in the order they are received.If you do have questions, additional concerns or if you have inquiries about availabilities in ticketing for the remainder of the Gregg Allman run at City Winery, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.We apologize for the inconvenience that this late breaking change in programming poses.“I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.” -Gregg AllmanScott Sharrard also issued the following statement: “We ask all the Gregg Allman Band fans to come join us and celebrate the music of Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers and the members of the current Gregg Allman Band tonight and tomorrow at City Winery. I know that Gregg is very disappointed by the circumstances but he needs a couple days of vocal rest. We are gonna carry on and get the joint warmed up for him. We are also reaching out to some good friends to come down and join in. Let the music play on and you will see us back up there with Gregg come mid week.”Gregg Allman Band Full Schedule:NOVEMBER6 – New York, NY – City Winery without Gregg7 – New York, NY – City Winery without Gregg9 – New York, NY – City Winery10 – New York, NY – City Winery11 – New York, NY – City Winery13 – New York, NY – City Winery14 – New York, NY – City Winery16 – New York, NY – City Winery17 – New York, NY – City Winery18 – New York, NY – City WineryDECEMBER30 – Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre For The Arts31 – Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre For The ArtsJANUARY3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre4 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre6 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Casino7 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget Lake Charles10 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City11 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City13 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino14 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre17 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House18 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House20 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House21 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House
11. Disc Jam Music Festival: June 9-12This year’s Disc Jam Music Festival brought so many delicious musical acts to Stephentown, NY, including artists like Dopapod, Electron, Kung Fu, TAUK, Pink Talking Fish, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Nth Power, Consider The Source and so many more. Nestled in a picturesque setting, the festival not only brought their annual disc golf tournament, but treated fans to a weekend-long celebration of music and life.Of the many performances, Dopapod’s “Orchestra” set stands out as one of the finest. The band recruited the West End Blend horns and more, building an incredible ensemble for fresh takes on their original music. Watch pro-shot footage of “Nerds” from that set, as captured by MKDevo, below.12. Electric Forest: June 23-26Electric Forest continues to grow each and every year, earning an incredible reputation for its stunning visual displays and outstanding lineups. This year was no exception, as the festival offered a way array of live and electronic artists including host band The String Cheese Incident and the festival’s resident DJ, Bassnectar. So many people wanted to go to EF2016 that the festival actually decided to expand to two weekends in 2017, so get ready for double the party.The 2016 event brought three shows from host band The String Cheese Incident, who spent time paying tribute to the late David Bowie and Prince during their Saturday night performance. Watch how it all went down below.13. High Sierra Music Festival: June 30-July 3Northern Californian music fans never miss the annual High Sierra Music Festival, which returned for the 26th year running. Bands like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and Thievery Corporation highlighted this live music friendly event, which drew in fans from across the country for the one-of-a-kind event. Lettuce brought the funk, Chris Robinson Brotherhood brought the soul, and Greensky Bluegrass brought some finger-licking picking for the fine folks in attendance.One of the highlights was surely Tedeschi Trucks’ headlining set, as the ensemble delivered their unforgettable, soul-stirring sound for those assembled. Check out their performance of “Let’s Go Get Stoned” here.14. Camp Bisco: July 14-16Die hard fans are still talking about the sets of pure fire that The Disco Biscuits laid down over the course of the four day jamtronica and DJ heavy Camp Bisco featured this year. Lotus, Big GRiZMATIK (Big Gigantic, GRiZ, and Gramatik) set, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Odesza, STS9 and lots more performed throughout the weekend. Though everyone on the bill turned in rock solid performances ,clearly the Biscuits were aware that the main responsibility for the weekend’s success was squarely on their shoulders.With inversions, deep dives into their catalog and their well known willingness to take chances, the Disco Biscuits showed the poise and preparedness that has marked their career. Once again they faced the challenge of hosting thousands of loyal fans with a hunger and willingness to swing for the fences that paid off with a truly incredible weekend. Check out the Biscuits kick off set that clearly paid off the promise of the fun to come below.The Disco Biscuits Set 115. Northwest String Summit: July 14-17Oregon’s beloved nature preserve Horning’s Hideout hosts a only one or two events a year, and the Northwest String Summit is Yonder Mountain String Band‘s annual visit to the picturesque setting. The members of Yonder took their hosting duties seriously, leading workshops, sitting in with their guests and even forming all girl super groups like the aptly named Sideboob! Getting help from friends like Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, The Steep Canyon Rangers and more, the beloved concert bowl was packed with a sea of shining, happy faces.Since Horning’s rests so close to the city of Portland the area’s finest, including Fruition and the Shook Twins were sure to be on hand to nail wonderful sets. The MarchFourth! marching band led a wild parade through the tree lined environs to the delight of those who joined in and the grinning audience cheering them on. Yonder also put on a full Pink Floyd tribute set, and you can watch their take on “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” below.16. The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival: August 4-6Once again Thornville, Ohio played host to native sons The Werks‘ three day weekend of hot days and even hotter music. With huge acts like STS9 and Lettuce adding major star power, and contemporaries like Dopapod, The Motet, and Twiddle and more filling out the undercard, the festival was a well balanced diet of big jams, funky solos and smiling faces. In addition to delivering a series of blistering sets that showed them truly deserving of their own showcase festival, The Werks also showed off their sense of humor and sharing. They joined forces with Twiddle and Dopapod to form the Voltron-like “Twerkapod” for a jam band salute to the nineties, which had listeners marveling at the re-invention of seminal classics from their younger days. With the announcement of a winter off-shoot it looks like next year is truly going to be a year to Werk things out!Of course, 2016 wasn’t an easy year for The Werks with the passing of Norman Dimitrouleas, a founding member and brother of current bassist, Dino Dimitrouleas. In Norman’s memory, The Werks led an emotional “Carry Me Back Home” near the conclusion of the event. Watch the heartfelt video, below.17. Outside Lands Music Festival: August 5-7San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park hosts a pair of the largest musical gatherings in the nation, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and the beloved Outside Lands Music Festival. By booking one of the worlds biggest bands, Radiohead, to top their bill, it was clear that Outside Lands was set on establishing themselves as the premier genre spanning festival in the nation. Though the park itself was unseasonably chilly, the music from the far flung stages was hot! Past superstars Lionel Richie and Duran Duran rubbed elbows with the hottest acts in the world right now, like Lana Del Rey and J.Cole.There was something for everyone over the course of the weekend, but one of the biggest performances of the weekend came from a band that was not only heart felt but actually MADE of felt, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem! With a willingness to not only book the biggest names but to think beyond the borders of the box, Outside Lands once again proved while so many music fans over the years have left their hearts in San Francisco.18. Peach Music Festival: August 11-14Another famed festival in the Allman Brothers family is The Peach Music Festival, which returned to Montage Mountain in Pennsylvania this year. This year’s Peach started off on a difficult note, as headliner Gregg Allman cancelled his performance, as well as a scheduled tour, just days before the event was set to begin. Fortunately, a number of musicians came to his aid with heartfelt tributes across the park, saving the day with some great music. The Allman Brothers Family Incident saw the String Cheese Incident collaborate with ABB members, and groups like Trey Anastasio Band, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., Claypool Lennon and more kept spirits high.Check out the Allman Brothers Family Incident take on the classic tune “Jessica”, below.19. Hoxeyville: August 18-21The string musicians of Michigan have a true home at the Hoxeyville Music Festival. Homegrown super stars Greensky Bluegrass were on hand alongside national touring partners-in-crime like Elephant Revival and Railroad Earth but the real focus was on the regional musicians who make their own wonderfully unique music. With Billy Strings, Airborne Or Aquatic? and Sweet Water Warblers leading a strong slate of talent from the many area up and comers. In a crowded music scene it is a true pleasure to see acts that aren’t world shaking super stars have the level of production and appreciation that Hoxeyville brings to the north Michigan forests.Check out Railroad Earth giving a rocking version of “Head” below.20. LOCKN’ Festival: August 25-28Announcing Phish as their headliner spoke volumes about the quickly earned respect that LOCKN’ Festival has earned. Their two nights of crowd pleasing jam fireworks set the tone early and helped cement the weekend’s status as one of the best of the year. The festival featured an emphasis on non-stop music provided by the cream of the jam and classic rock crop, in some cases remixed in imaginative new ways. My Morning Jacket turned in a sense shattering show that had fans abuzz while Umphrey’s, Ween, Vulfpeck, Charles Bradley and more helped fans ignore the heat and get up off their seats and dance the days and nights away.The LOCKN’ spirit of collaboration was held down by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, who brought a monster cast of collaborators to the stages as part of his pair of high stakes “Friends” sets. With a spinning stage to speed changeovers and a packed crowd of returning revelers, the LOCKN’ Festival easily lived up to the promise made by the incredible line up and the magic of years past.Watch the entire glorious set from My Morning Jacket, below:21. Catskill Chill Music Festival: September 23-25Though the location may have changed, the Catskill Chill Music Festival didn’t alter the winning formula of a wide mix of artists, from Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s eclectic funk rock, to Greensky Bluegrass‘ psychedelic take on roots music, to one of the forefathers of funk himself, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. The festival recruited an under card of bands like Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish and Turkuaz on hand to keep the die-hard regulars moving and grooving, while acts like Roosevelt Collier and The Heavy Pets pulled off sensational super jams and tribute sets.Catskill Chill prides itself on the strong vibe of caring and sharing that permeates the entire weekend, and the ChillFam All-Stars encapsulated that spirit wonderfully with a tribute to the music of Michael Jackson. Clearly The Catskill Chill has found the perfect mix of fans, fun and family.Electron – “Home Again”22. Austin City Limits Music Festival: September 30-October 2, October 7-9Celebrating music without boundaries, the Austin City Limits Music Festival has showcased the finest bands and musicians in the world alongside homegrown arts and culinary delights. Since 1976, the PBS concert series Austin City Limits has helped the city get weird, and since 2002, the music festival has only expanded that reach. With close to half a million music fans flocking to the south Texas city over the course of back to back weekends, there was no shortage of great music, as Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and so many more all performed. It is safe to say organizers have found a formula for success.Watch LCD Soundsystem get down on “Us v Them” in the video below.23. Desert Trip: October 7-9, 14-16Rumors swirled around the mythical proposed lineup for the new festival being thrown by the promoters of Coachella, Desert Trip. When the dreams became a reality and the murders row of bonafide musical legends Neil Young, Roger Waters, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney were confirmed, music fans across the nation bought tickets so quickly that an entire second weekend had to be added. What followed was an unprecedented parade of arguably music’s most influential voices, sharing the music that is written into the actual DNA of many a fan.Both weekends went off perfectly, and the tales of sit-ins and bucket list jams are built steadily. No one knows if the Coachella brain trust is thinking of another attempt, but, as it stands, they pulled off the largest gathering of music’s most influential voices since the original Woodstock, so they can rest well.Roger Waters – “The Great Gig In The Sky”24. Brooklyn Comes Alive: October 22 For the second year in a row, the Suwannee Hulaween festival was the biggest event in SOSMP history, all thanks to The String Cheese Incident and their promotional partners. Bringing in mainstream superstars like My Morning Jacket and Disclosure, wile peppering the rest of the line up with acts ranging from rappers like Anderson .Paak to psychedelic juggernaut The Claypool Lennon Delirium all the way to the rootsy end of the spectrum with Greeensky Bluegrass and Fruition.Halloween is a perfect time to host a festival, with the costumes and the music scene’s embracing of covers and musical tributes to their heroes and various passions. Cheese performed a riotous set of 80’s classics, unleashing multi-story inflatable Rubik’s Cubes, fire works, dancing girls, confetti and even the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The wildness even carried over to the landscape, as the park and its lake were remade with art installations and pulsing light to help bewilder the senses.Suwannee Hulaween has earned the reputation as a “Can’t Miss” event by doing everything right, and once again it hit all the right notes with fans. Check out Greensky Bluegrass having some fun with their lyrics and The String Cheese Incident nailing a wild and energetic cover of The Eurythmics classic “Would I Lie To You” below:Greensky Bluegrass – “Back That Ass Up > Don’t Lie”The String Cheese Incident – “Would I Lie To You?”As you can see, the magic was strong on stages from all corners of the country. So many impressive moments were made all the more wonderful by the gathering of friends under the sunny skies of days and under blankets of stars come night. Whatever it is that makes the experience so wonderful one thing is for certain: as long as there are musicians exploring their passions and fans ready to jam, then there will be incredible opportunities like these to gather and share the love, joy, and music that unites us all. As we reach the end of 2016, we wanted to look back at some of this year’s highlights in music. Though the year was marked by the deaths of many famous musicians, there was much to celebrate in the world of music, and what better place to celebrate music than at a festival. So many great festivals continue to flourish in 2016, as each event finds its own creative niche within the vibrant community of fans. With that in mind, we wanted to look back at some highlights from festivals throughout the year of 2016. Enjoy!1. Jam Cruise: January 20-25As usual, the festival season launched with Jam Cruise, the annual gathering of music fans and stalwarts of the jazz and funk scene for five wild days at sea. With the spirit of New Orleans during Jazz Fest thanks to artists like Dr. John, Trombone Shorty and Galactic with jam stalwarts like Lotus, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Keller Williams the music was top notch as always. What truly separates Jam Cruise from any other experience is the fellowship that is born from the sharing of the adventure among friends and musicians alike.One of the best sets of the weekend was from Joe Russo and the Almost Dead crew. As we prepare for Russo to return on Jam Cruise with the old Benevento Russo Duo in 2017, we wanted to look back at their great “Help on the Way > Slipknot! > The Wheel” from 2016.2. Fool’s Paradise: April 1 – 2After years of building a rock solid reputation as America’s premiere funk band, Lettuce earned a true honor, the chance to host their own festival, Fool’s Paradise! Inviting friends like GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson and more the band gave the nation a wonderful reason to flock to St. Augustine, Florida for a weekend of fun in the sun. With special band excursions around the city and jam packed days of incredible jams all who made the journey for the inaugural, sun drenched spring fling happy with their decision and ready for more.One of the highlights of the festival was the first-ever collaborative set with Lettuce and GRiZ. Watch the video, below.3. Wanee Festival: April 14-16This year’s Wanee Festival was chock full of familiar faces and unique collaborations. The 2016 event sported a fun lineup that featured Allman Brothers alum Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes/Gov’t Mule, Les Brers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band alongside jam scene staples like Widespread Panic, Billy & The Kids and more. With so many rock and roll superstars, it’s no surprise that the collaborations were bountiful throughout the weekend, as guitarists like Haynes and Eric Krasno joined Billy & The Kids, and Haynes also played with Les Brers for a mini-Allman Brothers reunion.In that spirit, watch Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson and more perform “Same Thing” from the 2016 Wanee Festival.4. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 15-17, 22-24While making fun of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival is a source of easy comedy for late show hosts and music critics alike. the impact the festival has on the nation’s culture is truly powerful. The mainstream leaning event brings in fans from all corners of the world expecting to see something glorious, and from AC/DC‘s Angus Young sitting in with a reformed Guns N’ Roses to Bernie Sanders introducing Run The Jewels, they got that and more. With music ranging from Ice Cube to Sufjan Stevens, there was something for everyone at a festival that also offered all those in attendance an amazing opportunity to expand their musical horizons.5. New Orleans Jazz Fest: April 22-24, April 28-May 1Since 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has set the gold standard for what a city-based festival can mean to a populace. Over the course of back to back weekends, some of the world’s biggest acts come to a city that is known far and wide as a mecca for music. Though the weather might have wreaked havoc with some of the scheduled acts, artists like Stevie Wonder managed to find a way to get their musical message to the people. So much more than just jazz in 2016, acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Morrison and Snoop Dogg shared the stage with local legends like Trombone Shorty, Aaron Neville and Galactic for a parade of stars that filled the nearly dozen stages.Jazz Fest serves as an ambassador event for the culture of the city of New Orleans as well as a destination musical event. The populace is so dedicated to letting the good times roll that the influx of a hundred thousand some odd revelers only serves as reinforcements for the never ending party. One of the biggest moments of the 2016 was when the Chili Peppers brought out NOLA legends George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, and Ivan Neville for a funky take on “Give It Away”. Check it out below.6. NOLA Crawfish Festival: April 25-27With two straight weekends of craziness during Jazz Fest insanity most cities would look to the “Daze Between” as a welcome opportunity to rest and recover. New Orleans isn’t most cities though, and Shaggy, The Crawfish King himself decided to do something about the lack of music. He helped found the NOLA Crawfish Festival to fill the gap with his friends Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr. and Papa Mali alongside the Honey Island Swamp Band, Neville-Jacobs and more for a feast for all the senses. Since it has already been announced as returning in 2017 it looks like once again fearful New Orleans residents and visitors alike won’t have to worry about missing any chances to get funky.One of the festival’s best sets was the Crawfish All-Stars, featuring George Porter, Jr., Terrence Higgins, Billy Iuso, Dave Malone and Anders Osborne. Watch them take on “Papaya,” below.7. Domefest: May 19-21Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have quickly garnered a rabid fan base and to help thank their followers they brought touring partners and friends from the scene like Consider the Source, The Mantras, McLovins, The Hornitz, BIG Something and Aqueous for a wet and wild weekend of tunes and fun. While the weekend might have been a little water logged, that didn’t stop PPPP from delivering three straight days of headlining fire that had fans defying the elements and dancing in the rain until the break of dawn!Check out their medley featuring “Whoopie,” “1999,” “2001” and more from Domefest, below!8. Summer Camp Music Festival: May 26-29For the 15th iteration of the Summer Camp Music Festival, promoters Jay & Ian Goldberg wisely decided to follow the successful formula that got them this far: plenty of moe. and Umphrey’s McGee. The beautiful weather helped bring out a massive crowd of thrill seeking music fans who were ready to embrace the sun after a particularly cold winter. Lucky for them, the heat was way up all weekend long thanks to incredible performances from headliners like Tom Petty with his band Mudcrutch, STS9, The Roots, Thievery Corporation and Emancipator. Summer Camp regulars Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, Chicago Farmer and The Family Groove Company were on hand too, to help keep the continuity from years past.The late night shows held in the Red Barn steamed up the night and hosted one of the most impressive Everyone Orchestra shows to date. Umphrey’s delivered a packed weekend of reworked tunes and whip sharp jams while moe. debuted a quadraphonic surround sound system with a host of classic covers that included hits from the Who, Pink Floyd and the Talking Heads. Fans who have come to love their yearly trip to 3 Sisters Park were pleased to hear recently that the fest will be returning next year for what is sure to be another epic chapter in the nearly two decade long history of Summer Camp.Watch moe. start their Saturday night second set off right with a three song jam featuring Pink Floyd‘s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” their own dark classic “Opium” and their take on Talking Heads fave “Making Flippy Floppy” with special guest Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese below:9. Mountain Jam Festival: June 2-5Twenty-five years ago festival organizers brought in Warren Haynes to help them honor the 25th anniversary of Woodstock Radio with a day long concert called Mountain Jam. In the years since, Haynes has kept the party going, and this time around he got help from rock legends Steve Miller, Peter Frampton and Tom Petty, as well as a diverse group of acts like Beck, Wilco and Umphrey’s McGee.Sadly, storms cancelled the last few bands on Sunday and Gary Clark Jr. was forced to bow out at the last moment. His set was covered, to delight of everyone, was taken by a incredible solo set by the living spirit of the festival, Haynes himself. Check out some of the much anticipated headlining set from Haynes and company, Gov’t Mule, below.Gov’t Mule – “Hunger Strike>Dear Mr. Fantasy”10. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival: June 8-11No festival has evolved more significantly over its lifespan than Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. While some lament the loss of the jam band spirit that served as the foundation, there is no denying that it now serves as a complete cross section of nearly every musical genre, over the course of a single four day weekend. You can travel the music scene as you wander the grounds, with two gigantic stages showcasing the biggest bands in the land like Pearl Jam and LCD Soundsystem, genre favorites like Con Brio, Jason Isbell and Papadosio, as well as epic super jams led by the likes of Kamasi Washington and Ed Helms.Though storms briefly silenced the stages the interruption was brief and, in one case, gave the audience at the Claypool Lennon Delirium show a chance to truly prepare for one of the best sets of the year. While the sprawling size and epic crowds can make Bonnaroo a challenge for even the hardiest of festival goers, the fun is well worth it. No other festival boasts the sheer variety of experiences, from high tech virtual reality simulators to the simple act of laughter in the comedy tent ‘Roo had all the bases covered.Check out a full video of headliner Dead & Company’s performance, which even featured a surprise sit-in from Donna Jean Godchaux, below. In a clear move to break from the crowded festival pack, Brooklyn Comes Alive focused far more on recruiting the finest in musicians rather than bands, challenging them to create something unique. With pairings like Kofi & Oteil Burbridge with Alan & Neal Evans as The All Brothers Band, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits featuring Break Science‘s Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch and The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, BCA delivered on the promise of all the talent on the roster. With a second consecutive sell out, it is safe to say that music fans are more than happy to explore the far reaches of jam with the artists, regardless of convention or configuration.The model for the festival shows true genius as it trusts the players ability create something new outside of their comfort zones rather than relying on the name recognition of their more traditional band homes. It is a concept that can be replayed infinitely without repeat and will surely see many more singular sensational moments in the years to come. Check out Breaking Biscuits managing to make good with “Little Fluffy Clouds” below:25. Suwannee Hulaween: October 27-30
While Phish has been tearing up Madison Square Garden for their historic Baker’s Dozen run, another quartet from Vermont, Twiddle has been making historic moves of their own. Friday night saw the group kick off their annual festival, Tumble Down, which saw performances by Fruition, Midnight North, Holly Bowling, Everyone Orchestra, and more. The biggest performance of Friday night was a surprise sit-in by none other than Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh during Twiddle’s own host performance. In the afternoon, Phil Lesh had joined his son Grahame Lesh during his son’s performance with Midnight North, treating early-arrivers to the show to a four-song cameo. During Midnight North’s set, Phil and his son’s band were at points joined by Twiddle’s own Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey, hinting at what was to come later in the night.A few months ago, Twiddle performed at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. Fans were excitedly anticipating the performance, and particularly the chance that Twiddle would be joined by the original Grateful Dead bassist, though the collaboration never came to fruition. Last night’s Tumble Down performance made up for lost time, with Twiddle and Phil and Grahame Lesh working through fiery renditions of the Grateful Dead’s own “Eyes of the World” and Twiddle’s “When It Rains, It Pours” and “Subconscious Prelude,” with each featuring extended and explosive jamming. You can watch pro-shot video of “Eyes of the World” below, courtesy of the band.Setlist: Twiddle w/ Grahame Lesh, Phil Lesh, and Elliot Peck | Tumbledown | 7/28/17 I: With the Giant Country Horns, Nicodemus Portulay, Beehop, Orlando’s, Grandpa Fox, Fantastic tale of Ricky Snickle , Beethoven and GreeneII: White Light, Eyes of the World (Phil & Graham, Elliot), When it Rains it Poors (Phil & Graham, Elliot ), Subconscious Prelude (Phil), Latin Tang (Alex Jordan), Drifter, Lost in the cold (Dave Grippo)
Mountain Jam Festival will return to Hunter Mountain, New York on June 15-17, 2018. Headlining the annual event are Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, and alt-J, with additional performances from The War On Drugs, Portugal. The Man, Father John Misty, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile & The Violators, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rag’n’Bone Man, and Turkuaz. Also on the initial lineup are Chicano Batman, The Record Company, Anderson East, The Felice Brothers, Mondo Cozmo, Son Little, Everything Everything, Lewis Capaldi, Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles, Woods, Andy Frasco and The U.N., Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Jade Bird, The Stone Foxes, Liz Vice, John Craigie, John Broadbent, Eric Tessmer Band, Mapache, Larkin Pe, Oliver Zahard, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Honeysuckle, Sydney Worthley, Sweet Marie, and many more. Clearly stepping away from its “jam” roots, the Mountain Jam Festival is entering new territory with this rocking lineup. With more artist announcements to come, we can’t wait to see what the new Mountain Jam Festival is all about.Check out Mountain Jam Festival’s lineup announcement video below:Tickets are on sale now, head to the fest’s website for details.[photo: Mountain Jam Festival Facebook]
Load remaining images Widespread Panic | Hard Rock Resort | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/26/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann The weather matched the anticipatory mood of the crowd awaiting Widespread Panic’s first night of music at the Hard Rock Resort at the Riviera Maya in Mexico. A warm, suggestive wind whipped mischievously around the stage, indicative of the storm system working its way up the Yucatan peninsula, and the electricity in the air was tangible. A sincere welcome toast was relegated that encouraged people to “Give more. Live More. Love More.”After, the southern kings of rock and roll assumed their battle stations and immediately delved into Vic Chestnutt’s heavy, psychedelic ode “Protein Drink” with Dave Schools attacking his bass. This segued into a Jimmy Herring-led jam, which was immediately followed by a killer rendition of “Climb to Safety”. John Bell—with the audience singing along—admonished the advice that “we need to grab each other’s collar, rise out of the water, ‘ cause you know as well as I do, it’s no fun to die alone!” The band then returned to the Georgian roots with a fiery version of Bloodkin’s “Henry Parson’s Died”. At some point during this jam, Jimmy Herring felt more comfortable playing in lightspeed and the band professionally matched his devout intensity.Widespread Panic transitioned smoothly into a laidback version of the rarely played, “Better Off” from their album “Everyday” which was followed by the Willie Dixon tune, “Weak Brain, Narrow Mind”. This song’s lyrics accentuate the themes of a tropical destination getaway with the choral refrain providing the knowledge:You know the strong overpower the weak,And the smart overpower the strong.The clever are the only ones enjoyin’ the world,While the greedy save all and enjoy none.This epic reminder to live our lives to fullest was followed by the classic ripper “All Time Low”, with John Bell doggedly admitting that “his principles are reaching an all time low.” This original tune segued into a JoJo Hermann-led piano-heavy transitioning in a roundabout way into a nasty version of “Shut Up and Drive”, which gave John Bell another opportunity to demonstrate his vocal dominance. Jimmy Herring was phenomenal in this song from the album “Dirty Side Down” adding credence to his status as the “White Wizard”.Keeping the fire ablaze, the band nailed a dirty performance of “Up All Night”—with standout sections from JoJo Hermann and John Bell—before Duane Trucks hammered his name into “Cease Fire”, another badass song from their latest album. To conclude this heroic first set, the band completed the second half of Vic Chestnutt’s opener with its counterpart “Sewing Machine”.After a short break, the band resumed their positions and opened the second set fittingly with the original “Airplane” with a killer Herring-led “Take-Off” jam before playing Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” all the way through, but without vocals. An outstanding cover of New Rhythm and Blues Quartet’s “Help Me Somebody” emerged after the Pusherman jam. JoJo took over lead vocals for this one, which hasn’t been played since 2014 except for once, in Milwookie last October.Widespread Panic then demolished a dynamite version of Tom Waits’ “Goin’ Out West”. The winds began to lash out more violently, building progressively and concurrently with the heavy bluesy riffs. As John Bell sang the ending of “Goin’ Out West”, Schools added an afterthought to “Help Me Somebody” which together provided an amalgamated blend of awesomeness that sounded like “I’m going out west (Bell)…. Help me somebody (Schools)” which they repeated several times before diving into another superb transitory jam which eventually emerged as “Solid Rock.”As Widespread Panic progressed deeper into Bob Dylan’s cover, the winds carried hints of water in a misty current that all the while was steadily strengthening. By the end of the song, it was raining sideways with banners and flags threatening to disentangle themselves. The rain came down heavily and from all directions. The band—and the audience, shortly thereafter—had no option except to take cover. To quote Forrest Gump “We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain, and big ol’ fat rain, rain that flew in sideways, and sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.” With no alternative, the rest of the music was cancelled—including the late-night show “Big Something”; though it was rescheduled for the next day.Some takeaways from this first shortened night of music include a strong performance by the entire band, but especially Jimmy Herring. The man proved to be an unstoppable force of nature, possibly summoning the storm with his sorcerer’s power and raw energy. All in all, it was a very strong showing of the fundamentally sound sextet, and it laid strong foundations for a spectacular weekend of music.You can check out photos from day 1 of Panic En La Playa Siete below, courtesy of Dave Vann.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Hard Rock Resort | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/26/2018Set One: Protein Drink > Jam > Climb To Safety, Henry Parsons Died, Better Off, Weak Brain, Narrow Mind, All Time Low > Jam > Shut Up And Drive, Up All Night, Cease Fire > Sewing MachineSet Two: Airplane > Pusherman Jam > Help Me Somebody > Goin’ Out West > Solid Rock