The years between 2004 and 2009 were rough. Phish was on hiatus, essentially causing (not really) the major recession of 2008. They made up for it, however, with an announcement in October of 2008. Complete with a trio of reunion shows and a new album, Phish was back.On March 6th, 2009, the group took the stage for the first time in five years. Emotions were at an all time high. By now, everyone must know that the band opened with a song not played since 2000, a song so beloved despite its current “de-songed” nature that fans were literally screaming with joy. Yes, it was indeed a glorious “Fluffhead.” Let’s sure hope those powerful pills work.The rest of the show featured some more incredible tunes, as Phish mostly stuck to their old classics with the exception of one cover, a finale of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.” The band also debuted a new song, “Backwards Down The Number Line,” which has since become the most commonly played song in the years following. Phish would release the Joy album, with “Number Line,” in September of ’09.There are too many moments to count from this show. The pause in “Divided Sky,” the jammed out “Tweezer” flowing seamlessly into “Taste.” The “Waste > YEM” combo with the restart. It’s hard to believe this was seven years ago, because this band has grown exponentially in the years between 2009 and 2016. If Phish was learning how to swim again in 2009, they’re olympic level swimmers now.Listen to the whole show below, courtesy of fromtheaquarium:Setlist: Phish at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – 3/6/2009Set 1: Fluffhead, Divided Sky, Chalk Dust Torture > Sample in a Jar, Stash, I Didn’t Know, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > Farmhouse, NICU, Horn > Rift, Train Song, Water in the Sky, The Squirming Coil > David BowieSet 2: Backwards Down the Number Line > Tweezer -> Taste, Possum, Theme From the Bottom, First Tube > Harry Hood, Waste > You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Grind, Bouncing Around the Room, Loving Cup
San Diego-based dub rockers Slightly Stoopid have have confirmed plans and the initial lineup for their third annual Closer To The Sun destination event. Set to take place from December 14th – 18th the the Now Sapphire Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, the event has announced three shows from the hosts, along with two performances each from the Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Stick Figure, and Tribal Seeds with additional acts and special guests to be announced in the near future.Slightly Stoopid band member Miles Doughty states, “Closer to the Sun is the ultimate pre-holiday get away for fans and the bands. From the beach to the cenotes and ruins, the Mayan Riviera is truly a special place. We’re looking forward to getting back to Puerto Morelos and having some holiday fun in the sun hanging with all of our friends! There is nothing better than being able to jam with your friends in paradise on the beach. Come spend the holidays with the Stoopid family!”On-site, the event promotes a full schedule with artist-hosted activities and workshops, an autograph signing, pool contests, beach side games, and impromptu jam sessions, bringing fans and artists together on a vacation in paradise.Rooms will be available for booking starting May 18th, and can be found HERE.
Guitarist Warren Haynes has returned with his symphonic tributes to the late great Jerry Garcia, revitalizing the concept as a unique and exciting way to honor Garcia’s prolific legacy. Haynes took to the stage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, leading the Nashville Symphony for the first of many dates of his symphonic celebration. The show was a tribute to Garcia in many ways, not the least of which was the use of his guitar “Wolf” by Haynes. What an honor!Watch footage of “Shakedown Street below, courtesy of YouTube user Brady Turner.Haynes continues his symphonic tour throughout June and July. Don’t miss out![Photo by mizz_dale/Instagram]
Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo aka “Dean Ween” and keyboardist Glenn McClelland have released a cover of the classic Parliament track “Liquid Sunshine” in honor of the recently passed Bernie Worrell, who wrote the track for the group’s 1978 Motor Booty Affair album. The famed keyboardist, who finally succumbed to his battle with cancer late last month, was the architect of many of P-Funk’s biggest hits.Bernie Worrell Passes Away After Lengthy Battle With CancerMelchiondo and McClelland had this to say about the cover: “A tribute to the funkiest keyboard player to ever grace this planet, or anywhere in the known universe. I’m not even sure he was from this planet actually, a once in a lifetime master along the lines of Jimi, or Ravi Shankar.This was always my favorite Bernie track—the whole Motor Booty affair record actually. I consider it his P-Funk masterpiece, the whole damn album is the best P-Funk keyboard record to my ears. Rest in P Doctor Woo. Glenn McClelland and Deaner.”
With just two months to go, Catskill Chill just made an incredible artist announcement for their 2016 festival. Coming up between September 23-25 in Lakewood, PA, the festival will see performances from Mike Gordon, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Electron and so many more. The new announcement only adds some shining new sets to a great lineup.Today, the festival has revealed that not only will Lettuce perform, but a number of their members will join forces for Bitches Bloom: A Tribute To Miles Davis. Led by Eric “Benny” Bloom, the lineup will include Adam Deitch, Ryan Zoidis, Nigel Hall, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Erick “Jesus” Coomes, and Borahm Lee. Not only that, but the new Electric Beethoven band will make their first ever appearance, as they’re included on the new announcement as well. Electric Beethoven is the brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, Billy & The Kids), and assorted videos have teased lineup and musical contributions over the past few weeks. The group was announced initially on Jam Cruise, and their first performance now has a full lineup, with Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green), and Clay Welch. Considering that Mike Gordon was featured in a teaser recording, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a sit in.The festival has also added the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, rounding out this announcement with an upbeat brass celebration. You can see the full lineup posted below, and head to the festival’s website for details.
Catskill Chill has always been known for unique sets, whether its super jams, tributes, or just interesting concepts from bands on the bill. NYC-based rockers Turbine took that to heart last month, when they debuted their Radiodead concept at the festival!Radiodead combined the music of Radiohead and the Grateful Dead in unique ways, pairing tunes like set opener “Brown Eyed Women” with Amnesiac hit “I Might Be Wrong.” The show also featured some lengthy jams on tunes like “West L.A. Fadeaway” and “The National Anthem,” only upping the ante of this great performance.Fortunately, thanks to Turbine, we can share full audio from this powerful set. Tune in to the band’s Chillfest “Radiodead” performance, below.While Turbine is off the road for a little while, guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Hilliard will still be at it with his new band Peak. Hilliard and Peak have been touring regularly, treating fans to an interesting blend that captures elements of funk, psychedelia and EDM.Says Hilliard, “I wanted to do something a little different. As a compulsive songwriter I have plenty of songs to go around. I also wanted a little more room for the guitar, to see where I can take it, and I’ve always wanted to do that guitar/ organ thing that I love so much going all the way back to Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith, but with modern elements.”You can see Peak’s tour dates below, and listen to their debut performance here. More info can be found on their Facebook page as well.Peak Tour Dates10-18 American Beauty, NYC10-29 Sally O’Brien’s, Boston, MA11-1 American Beauty, NYC11-5 Penuche’s, Manchester, NH11-12 B.R.Y.A.C. Bridgeport, CT11-15 American Beauty, NYC11-18 Bishop’s Lounge, Northampton, MA11-19 Souper Groove Jamsgiving, Paul’s Tavern, Lake Como, NJ12-2 Pacific Standard Tavern, New Haven, CT12-3 Keystone Lounge, Cedars, PA12-16 Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, NY12-17 Red Door, Watertown, CT
Happy birthday Bobby! Leave it to the Grateful Dead guitarist to pay the birthday love forward.Tonight, Bob Weir will be performing at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, playing a show along his “Campfire Tour.” The tour has seen Weir perform Dead classics and newer originals from his solo album, Blue Mountain, playing alongside an all-star cast of Steve Kimock, Jon Shaw, Bryce Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, and Josh Kaufman.As tonight is Weir’s 69th birthday, the guitarist has a special treat in store for his fans. Anyone who can’t make the show can watch a live stream, for free! All you have to do is tune in via the YouTube player embedded below. The show starts at 8:00 PM Eastern, so don’t be late!If you’re looking for great live streaming content in general, be sure to check out the official Live For Live Music channel on LiveList. With an updated listing of official streams and great YouTube content, there’s no shortage of musical entertainment. Check it out below.
While the water protectors at the Oceti Sakowain Camp received a big win earlier this week with the US Army Corps of Engineers announcing it would look for an alternative route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, protesters still have plans to remain in the encampment to ensure that construction does not occur. Thus, water protectors will continue to need supplies as they prepare to remain throughout the winter in Standing Rock, South Dakota. To show support, COjam: The Colorado Jam Scene has organized musicians in Denver, CO, for a benefit concert sponsored by the Sierra Club at the Oriental Theater tomorrow night on December 8, 2016.The stacked full line-up includes performances by Atomga, the ten-piece Afrobeat ensemble, and Genetics, the five-piece progressive rock band. In addition, special musical guests include Gabe Mervine of the Motet, Emily Clark, Tori Pater of Polytoxic and the Dyrty Byrds, Devon Parker of Analog Son, Blake Mobley of Tiger Party, Dan Schwindt of Juno What?! and the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Trevor Jones of Frogs Gone Fishin, Will Trask of The RunniKine, Megan Letts or Mama Magnolia, Mike Tallman and Austin Zaletel of Eufórquestra, Eric Frank of Art Smart Anatomy, Sam Bee, Kory Montgomery, Micah Munro, and members of Eminence Ensemble. Most excitingly, the night also features a performance by the traditional Lakota drum group Oyukpe, complete with Jingle Dress Dancers. Theo Wilson, the award-winning poet and social activist, will also speak during the event, during which he will detail the need for such supplies as well as why thousands have flocked to the cause to protest the pipeline’s construction.All ticket sale contributions will go directly to water protectors, with the majority of the funds allocated for food, porta-johns, trash collection, hand-washing stations, community shelters, fuel and firewood, emergency management teams, and legal and medical fees and supplies. Presale tickets for $10 dollars can be purchased here, and more information can be found via the event’s Facebook page.
Gorillaz have returned to the public consciousness with a bang in the past couple weeks. After announcing their own Demon Dayz festival in the U.K. (set to feature all the artists included on their upcoming album Humanz), the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-masterminded animated group released four new top-notch tracks from the new album last week, complete with animated visuals. Then, after announcing their first North American show in years at Festival d’été de Québec in Quebec City this summer, the group sent shockwaves through social media when they were announced as a headliner for this summer’s Outside Lands alongside The Who and Metallica.Today, Gorillaz continued their domination of the proverbial airwaves with the release of another new single from Humanz, the bumpin’ “Let Me Out” featuring Mavis Staples and Pusha-T. You can listen the “Let Me Out” below via the band’s YouTube page:With five Humanz tracks now circulating cyberspace, and fourteen more to come (including the deluxe edition tracks), it’s safe to say that right now is a great time to be a Gorillaz fan.Humanz Full Track List:1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan4. Momentz feat. De La Soul5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela6. Charger feat. Grace Jones7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.8. Busted and Blue9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny BethBonus material on Deluxe:15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes[h/t/ Consequence of Sound]
Formed in 2011, Tank and the Bangas have made a national impression since winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest earlier this year. Mixing R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, and Spoken Word, Tank and the Bangas are as original as they come. Out of 6,000 entrants, they were the chosen one (unanimously, we might add)—and with great reason.EXCLUSIVE: Tank of Tank and the Bangas Contemplates Inspiration, Poetry, And ConfidenceToday, the New Orleans-based group has shared the song “Quick” from the NPR submission video. This rocking version of the song marks the first new recording from the band since 2013’s Think Tank, which was followed by two live recordings of The Big Bang: Live at Gasa Gasa in 2014 and Jazzfest in 2015. Hopefully this means a full album is on the way.Listen to the 2017 recording of “Quick” below:Now compare this recording to the submission video that won the hearts of many back in February, when they won the contest. It’s no wonder Trey Anastasio called them “a psychedelic joy rap explosion. Like a female Sly Stone teleporting into 2017 and landing in New Orleans.” He continued, “I love this video. It makes me want to be there. I saw so many amazing musicians while judging this year’s Tiny Desk Contest . . . Thousands of entries from all 50 states. One winner . . . ”Gotta make my money real quick, real quick: