Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released an excellent video from their one of their shows at Brooklyn Bowl this past March. Taking place during the annual Freaks Ball, the Grateful Dead inspired super group–made up of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, Dave Dreiwitz, and Tom Hamilton–played three blistering nights at the Bowl, delivering a weekend of countless highlights to choose from.With that in mind, the band just released an incredible video on their YouTube channel that provides just one glimpse of the epic three-night run. Taken from the March 26th, 2016 show, the video starts with some improv that slowly transforms into a “Not Fade Away”, slowly building tension that eventually lands perfectly on “Rubin & Cherise”. The “R&C” is filled with amazing moments, with Metzger and Hamilton linking up for some dual-guitar action to deliver a truly impressive segment of improvisation. Watch the video for yourself, and enjoy the awesomeness that is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead:
Load remaining images The 2016 installment of Lockn’ Festival was an obvious success, as our entire team set out to enjoy the weekend on Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. With headliners Phish, Tedeschi Trucks Band, My Morning Jacket, and two sets from Phil Lesh with a rotating cast of characters, the four day event was jam-packed with unforgettable moments. We’ve already published our “2016 Lockn’ Festival Awards” and “Funniest Things Overheard at Lockn’ Festival” features, and now, we’ve got some of our favorite captured moments, as photographed by Sam Shinault.Enjoy these precious moments, with a full gallery at the bottom:When Theo Katzman Led A Vulfpeck Sing-A-Long:When The Sign Language Interpreter Got Down To Ween:The Moment the Stage Took Its Turntable Effect:When A Security Guard Handed You Water:When You Realize The Moon Is Real:When Your Crew Realizes The Best Way To Deal With The Sun Is To Just Embrace It:When Keller Brings A Grateful Gospel To Sunday:When Jim James Brought Tears To Our Eyes: When You Chilled So Hard In A Donut Blanket:When You Found Bliss On The Rail:When Ween Showed Off Their Poopship Destroyer:When Lettuce Brought The Rage To The Bowl:The Moment Your Favorite Band Takes The Stage, And You Get a Skin-Gasm:When Your Favorite Husband And Wife Blow You Away:When The Wailers Provided All The Feels:When the Hard Working Americans Played A Private “Steal Your Bass” set with Dave Schools, Phil Lesh, and Mike Gordon:Enjoy the full gallery!
The Lettuce-hosted Fool’s Paradise will return to St. Augustine on March 31 & April 1 for a funk-fueled destination event taking place in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities. Returning to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the two-day extravaganza will feature performances from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, two explosive sets from Lettuce, and Oteil Burbridge as an Artist at Large. The event promises additional special guests to be announced soon, and several cross-collaborations amongst bands are to be expected.For two days under the Florida sun, there will be genre-bending music, artist-led excursions, and plenty of time for nautical activities just steps away from the ocean. A number of late night shows at the Elk’s Lodge (next door to the venue) will be announced in the coming weeks. Once in a lifetime artist-led excursions will also soon be announced, allowing you to embark on a water adventure, participate in a local activity, and immerse yourself with some of your favorite musicians in an intimate setting.The entire venue is General Admission, with the exception of minimal reserved seating. VIP packages will include reserved seating in front of the soundboard, priority access to the pit area, artist happy hour, discount alcoholic beverages, event poster and t-shirt, and a ticket to the late night concerts at Elk’s Lodge. Hotel packages include lodging, transportation, and VIP tickets to the event.Tickets for two-day passes go on Friday, January 20 at 10AM ET. For more information, visit the website.Fool’s Paradise Lineup 2017:Lettuce x2Joe Russo’s Almost DeadThe FlooziesManic Science (Manic Focus x Break Science)The Main SqueezeOrgan Freeman…and more TBA!Oteil Burbridge (Artist At Large)
On Friday night, funk-soul master Karl Denson made his way to Terrapin Crossroads for a fun-filled Friday night performance with help from venue owner and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Along with a healthy selection of original tunes, the band tore through several crowd pleasing covers like JJ Cale‘s “After Midnight,” Funk Inc.‘s “Chicken Lickin’,” The Rolling Stones‘ “Live With Me,” and a rip-roaring encore cover of “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypsys. As if that wasn’t enough, Lesh joined in on several songs including Grateful Dead live staples “Viola Lee Blues” and “Shakedown Street.”You can watch crowd-shot live footage of Denson and company jamming out on their “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypys at Terrapin Crossroads below, via the band’s Facebook page:Check out the setlist below via setlist.fm: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action tomorrow night for a sold out show at Volcanic Theatre in Bend, OR. For more information on upcoming Tiny Universe shows, head to the band’s website.On February 24th, you can see pedal steel master Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and Isaac Teel (TAUK) perform a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys at American Beauty NYC on February 24th (tickets are available here).[Photo via Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Facebook]
Load remaining images Photo: Andrew Rios When it rains, it pours. But for once, it all came before the show at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre for a gorgeous Colorado night with Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and Keller & The Keels. Two hours of relentless rain kept concertgoers in their cars until well after the venue opened its gates. Nevertheless, Keller & The Keels hit the stage nearly on time and got the crowd moving.In its latest incarnation, Keller’s band with flat-picking champion Larry Keel and wife and bassist, Jenny Keel, could be called a bluegrass band. It’s fast, tight, and twangy with just the right amount of Keller. The band treated fans to a handful of classic songs including the old favorite “Goofballs” and a reggae-tinged cover of the Butthole Surfers’ song, “Pepper.” A massive sandwich of the Grateful Dead’s “They Love Each Other” and “Cumberland Blues,” with a Harry Nilsson “Coconut” tease in the middle rounded out the set. Keller wove lyrics back and forth, beautifully layering “Cumberland Blues” lyrics over the groove of “They Love Each Other,” before gradually giving it up and singing a verse from the latter. Finally, late set sit-ins from Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone and Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn reminded concert attendees of what was to come.Following a short set break to make up for time lost to rain, Colorado’s own Leftover Salmon came on to the pleasure of a raucous crowd. The “slam-grass” pioneers came out with a pair of aged Salmon songs and hardly let up from there. Playing a set heavy with rock and roll songs, keyboardist Erik Deutsch had plenty of time to strut his stuff. While still a relatively recent addition to the band, he brings an incredible new dimension to an already hard-hitting bluegrass band. Bandleader and guitarist Vince Herman was sure to pull out a few old classics, including “One of These Days” and “Hot Corn/Cold Corn,” before closing the set with a monster rendition of “Euphoria,” leaving the stage to Railroad Earth.Guitarist Todd Sheaffer came on stage pumping his fist and ready to go. It was a triumphant return to the Red Rocks stage for Railroad Earth, following months of health problems for multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling. As the band dropped into the opening notes of their timeless “Seven Story Mountain,” it was clear they were playing for keeps, even having added keyboardist Matt Slocum for the entire show. The song was a fitting opener, hinting at Andy’s recent battle and more widely, at the adversity and unknown we all face in today’s national climate. They built the song patiently and flawlessly, reaching its blissful climax before slipping into another old favorite, “Long Way to Go.” It truly felt like a Railroad show of yesteryear, and the fans were well-aware. The band was firing on all cylinders, with Goessling playing seemingly more dobro than usual and bassist Andrew Altman more electric bass than usual.Shortly thereafter, the band treated fans to a lively take of their new song “Blazing A Trail.” Solos were passed around in traditional bluegrass fashion, and the crowd happily lapped it up. After their last, exquisitely melancholic release, “Last of the Outlaws,” it’s wildly refreshing to hear the band attack a traditional song with so much ferocity. The band followed with a few more time-tested songs, including “Mighty River,” “Warhead Boogie,” and “Grandfather Mountain.” And, just when fans thought things would slow down, the band jumped into an all-too-familiar staccato intro. It was “Colorado,” and the whole band was grinning from ear to ear, likely thinking, “you thought we wouldn’t play this one?!” Following a good bluegrass workout and some stellar fiddle playing from Tim Carbone, Colorado transitioned into the brand-new song “Captain Nowhere.” Straight off their new, identically-titled EP (which was loving handed out to fans at the gates), the song was a sprawling epic with hints of rock and roll and Native American folk music. The boys took the song for a huge ride before pulling it all back together and taking their final bow just before midnight.You can listen to the audio from Railroad Earth’s set below, as uploaded by Dave McK:Railroad Earth will perform Colorado’s own Yarmony Grass (August 10th-13th) and a New Year’s Run in Colorado, December 29th and 30th at Boulder’s Fox Theatre, and December 31st at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.Setlist: Railroad Earth | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 7/14/17Seven Story Mountain, Long Way To Go, Addin’ My Voice, Walk Beside Me, Blazin’ A Trail, Mighty River, Warhead Boogie>Stillwater Getaway>Raven’s Child>Grandfather Mountain, Colorado, Captain Nowhere^^ FTP, written by Todd SheafferCheck out the full gallery below, courtesy of Andrew Rios.Railroad Earth | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 7/14/17 | Photos by Andrew Rios
Boston, MA-based Americana soul act Hayley Jane and the Primates are getting ready to drop their sophomore album, We’re Here Now, on September 29th. Turkuaz guitarist Craig Brodhead worked with the band in the studio to produce the new album. The group will be heading out on a 21-date Fall tour, headlining their own gigs along with providing support on select dates for Spafford and Pink Talking Fish.Hayley Jane Welcomes Members Of Twiddle, moe., & More At The Adirondack Independence Music FestivalThe hard working band put plenty of sweat into their 2017 dates thus far, with appearances at the Peach Music Festival, FloydFest, and moe.down, with standout lead singer Hayley Jane putting in some special sit-ins with the likes of Michael Franti, Twiddle, moe., and many more throughout the summer months. For their upcoming tour, Hayley Jane and the Primates will play an album release parties at Higher Ground in Burlington (with Pink Talking Fish), The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, Stage One at FTC in Fairfield, and Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg—the latter of which being a special event dubbed The Brooklyn Bowl Wedding Spectacle featuring members of Dopapod, Kung Fu, and Pink Talking Fish. On Halloween, at Opus Underground in Salem, MA, the theme of the show will be “Jenny & The Gumps” featuring songs featured on the Forrest Gump movie soundtrack.Hayley Jane Took “Artist-At-Large” To New Levels At Disc Jam Music FestivalYou can also catch Hayley Jane at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive (Sept. 23rd and 24th), when she performs with Oktopus featuring Todd Stoops and Jason Hann, with tickets for the two-day festival in Brooklyn on sale here. You can also check out the full schedule of Hayley Jane And The Primates’ upcoming fall tour dates below.Hayley Jane and the Primates Fall Tour Dates:09/16: Greenfield MA at Wormtown Music Festival09/17: White Haven PA at Hippie’s 7th Annual09/28: Burlington VT at Higher Ground*09/29: Fairfield CT at Stage One at Fairfield Theatre Company09/30: Cambridge MA at The Middle East Downstairs10/11: State College PA at The State Theatre ^10/12: Columbus OH at A and R Music Bar ^10/13: Bloomington IN at The Bluebird ^10/14: Ann Arbor MI at The Blind Pig ^10/15: Grand Rapids MI at The Pyramid Scheme ^10/18: Brooklyn NY at The Brooklyn Bowl %10/20: Geneva NY at FLX Live10/21: Canton NY at The Java Barn10/25: Wilkes Barre PA at River Street Jazz Café +10/26: Jermyn PA at Mountain Sky10/27: Washington DC at Gypsy Sallys *+10/28: Roanoke VA at Martin’s Halloween Block Party +10/31: Salem MA at Opus Underground +11/11: Portsmouth NH at 3S Artspace11/18: Portland ME at Portland House of Music & Events11/30: Denver CO at Be On Key Psychadelic Ripple12/01: Colorado TBA12/02: Taos NM at Taos Mesa Brewing Company12/29: Providence RI at Fete Music Hall – supporting Dopapod*supporting Pink Talking Fish^supporting Spafford% wsg The Brooklyn Bowl Wedding Allstars featuring members of Dopapod, Kung Fu & Pink Talking Fish+ Jenny & The Gumps Themed Show[cover photo courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein]
Last weekend’s Brooklyn Comes Alive brought an almost overwhelmingly strong slate of exciting collaborations to Williamsburg, Brooklyn over the course of two full days of music across three venues, all within a few blocks of each other. Last Saturday evening, amid the musical madness of day 1 of the one-of-a-kind festival, fans were met with a musical “Sophie’s Choice”. A rare set from Rooster Conspiracy (a new improvisational Grateful Dead-inspired project featuring Eric Krasno, Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, and Jay Lane), the official debut of Matador! Soul Sounds (a brand new band featuring Eddie Roberts, Alan Evans and vocalists Adryon De León & Kim Dawson) and a special jam session led by Trey Anastasio Band sax man James Casey were all scheduled to take place during the same early-evening time slot, forcing the festival crowd to make some tough decisions.Relive The Magic Of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 With This Set-By-Set Breakdown Of All The ActionWhile there were no wrong answers on this memorable weekend, and all three sets received rave reviews, the fans who chose James Casey & Friends were treated to a dark-horse candidate for one of the weekend’s best and most unique performances. Casey was scheduled to bring his band Animus Rexx to Brooklyn Comes Alive, but due to a visa issue, one of his band members got tied up overseas and couldn’t make it back to States for the scheduled performance. So instead, the week of the performance, James decided to gather together some friends for a jam session. Here’s what we learned: James Casey has some seriously badass friends.For the performance, Casey tapped Felix Pastorius, son of the legendary Jaco Pastorius, to fill bass duties, as well as Louis Cato and Randy Runyon to round out the core band. The set also featured guest appearances from Robert “Sput” Searight, Nate Werth, and more. The band touched on a variety of styles and hip covers, including material by Anderson .Paak and more. Casey’s Trey Anastasio Band cohort Natalie Cressman also made a memorable guest appearance to lend her vocals to another unexpected cover–hit EDM track “Wildfire” by SBTRKT.You can watch fan-shot footage of James Casey, Natalie Cressman, Felix Pastorius, and more performing SBTRKT’s “Wildfire” at Brooklyn Comes Alive below:
Fresh off their 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl spanning the past two weekends, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released full show audio from their late night set at LOCKN’ with a special addition to their usual lineup: founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir. The recording marks the 50th installment of the band’s Taper Tuesday series.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Adds 2018 Tour DatesThe performance took place on the “day of” 8/25/17, but didn’t begin until after the clock had ticked into the early hours of the morning on 8/26/17. Coming off his own memorable performance with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band of the Dead’s seminal 1977 album, Terrapin Station, earlier in the evening, Weir joined the band for a total of 5 songs during their late-night set.Bob Weir Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead For Five Songs At LOCKN’ [Fan-Shot Videos]You can listen to the entire show below, with recording and FOH mix by Peter Costello, monitors controlled by Aaron Gittleman, and audio edited/mastered/uploaded to archive.org by taper Eric McRoberts.Take Us Back To LOCKN’ Music Festival [Photo Gallery]SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/26/17One Set (12:16AM – 2:23AM):01. Jam ->02. Althea ->03. Black Throated Wind (BW)04. Good Lovin’ (BW)05. Jack Straw (BW/TH) #06. Jam ->07. The Wheel $ ->08. Bertha >09. Throwing Stones %10. He’s Gone ^ >11. Playing In The Band & ->12. Samson & Delilah (BW)Encore:13. One More Saturday Night (BW)@ – Started the morning of 2017-08-26(BW) is Bob Weir on Lead Vocals & Guitar# – With a Bird Song Tease (TH)$ – With a long Marco Solo% – With a Tease of a Younger Brother song that I am still trying to figure out the title of…^ – With teases of BT Wind, Bird Song, Trucking, New Speedway, St. Stephen & probably more from TH – I missed a bunch because someone was talking to me. :/& – UnfinishedJoe Russo – Drums, VocalsTom Hamilton – Guitar, VocalsScott Metzger – Guitar, VocalsMarco Benevento – Keyboards, VocalsDave Dreiwitz – BassShow #118[Cover Photo via Dave Vann]
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has passed away at the age of 53. The band confirmed the news in an online statement from The Downie Family, explaining that after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal form of brain cancer, in 2015, he died “with his beloved children and family close by” on Tuesday night. According to the statement, “Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.”“Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one,” the family writes in the statement.Known for his original voice and lyrics, the Canadian musician formed the band with his mates in 1984 in Kingston, Ontario. Since starting the band in high school, the alternative rock band have released 14 studio albums, two live albums, one EP, and 54 singles. Their most recent album, Man Machine Poem, was written and recorded after Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2016. The band toured in support of the album, but never declared it to be their last out of respect to Downie’s health. The Man Machine Poem Tour’s final concert was held on August 20, 2016 at Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston and was broadcasted globally by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation across television, radio, and internet streaming services. Watch the full concert from just a week before in Toronto below:Rest In Peace, Gord Downie!
On Friday, April 27, Vulfpeck will make their headlining debut at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The full bill includes saxophonist Kamasi Washington and KNOWER as supporting acts.In the summer of 2017, Vulfpeck opened up for Trey Anastasio Band at Red Rocks for their first-ever performance at the venue. During their set, two worlds collided when Phish frontman Trey Anastasio sat in with the funk group for a ripping version of “Rango” that led into an impromptu Michael Jackson jam of “Will You Be There” (famously from the movie Free Willy). While Vulfpeck’s billing with Trey Anastasio Band seemed confusing to some, this direction will presumably appeal to the greater Vulfpack audience. Modern jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington is currently riding the wave of his recent release, Harmony of Difference, and has quickly become one of the most respected musicians in the game. KNOWER is a searing hot music group from Los Angeles spear-heading a new musical movement, led by Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, and are known for their use of hard-hitting funk, cool chords, and deep melodies. Members of Vulfpeck and KNOWER have history of collaboration, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed to see it happen on the big stage.Tickets for Vulfpeck with Kamasi Washington and KNOWER go on-sale this Friday, January 26, at 10AM here. Head to the event’s Facebook page to stay up to date with show details here.Additionally, Vulfpeck has announced a two-night run at Tipitina’s on April 24 & 25 during the first weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joey Dosik will open for Vulfpeck, promising a night full of Vulfy collaborations. Ticketing information can be found on the band’s website.