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L4LM: I know a lot of fans were blown away by your recent secret show in Colorado. How did that all come together? MK: A good buddy of ours who we’ve known for years and years and years, it was his 40th birthday, and so he invited us up to come play. Some of were like, you know this could be really fun to have a no-pressure party, and so we came around on it. We told him, we don’t want it to get too out of control, so we’re basically just not going to say anything about it, can’t really release it to the general public. There were no tickets sold or anything like that. It just kinda came about that way, it was a 40th birthday, it was only a couple hundred people there. It was just really fun to have this small intimate, no pressure show.We just showed up and played. I live in California now so I had to fly in for it, but yeah it was super fun.You Can Download The String Cheese Incident’s Secret Show For FreeL4LM: You’re hitting Red Rocks this summer in its 75th year too. That must be exciting.MK: They just asked us… I guess there’s a Red Rocks Hall of Fame, and they’re putting us in the Red Rocks Hall of Fame, which is hilarious. I think at this point, besides Widespread, we’re like the second or third band that’s played there the most. It’s just cool for us.L4LM: That’s quite the honor! Congratulations, and thank you so much for your time Michael. We really appreciate it! Just last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with The String Cheese Incident’s founding member, Michael Kang. The multi-instrumentalist spoke to us at length about the band’s newest endeavor, the SCI Sound Lab, which is essentially a creative workspace that the band can call their own. With new music just released and a whole lot more in the pipeline, Kang switched gears and talked about what fans can’t get enough of – live String Cheese shows!With Electric Forest coming this weekend, a major tour that includes shows at Red Rocks, a collaborative set with Gregg Allman, and the return of Hulaween Festival, there was no shortage of great conversation with Kang. Read on for his take on all of these exciting events!L4LM: Summer tour is coming up soon! It all starts this weekend at Electric Forest. I know that festival has evolved over the years, how do you feel about where it is and where it’s going?MK: It’s great. Our history with that festival goes way back and a long way. Back when we were throwing a lot of the Horning’s Hideout shows, back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, we had this concept of wanting to bring a super immersive atmosphere that not only incorporated music but art and performance art. Just really give people a fully immersive experience that they could experience even if they’re not just watching the show. We did those shows for many years, and then it morphed and evolved due to some of our involvement in Burning Man and going there, seeing the potential for how people can have this kinda of experience. It culminated with our management starting the Rothbury Festival.The first years of Rothbury was right actually when the band was taking a break, but some of us still remained in the production side. I, and some other friends of mine, brought this immersive style and ambiance to the festival. We stayed involved in the production, so when they decided to re-launch it as Electric Forest, we stayed involved and have been a mainstay at the festival. It was the culmination of us wanting to create this Horning’s Hideout style event in the Midwest, and having more resources to be able to go big with it. The first year it did good, the second year it did even better, and now it’s totally blown up. There’s a focus – a lot of the kids these days are listening to EDM. To me, EDM or live or whatever, they’re still getting to see us for the first time. A lot of the mainstay acts are friends of ours really, Bassnectar – I introduced him to the whole jam scene, way back when. We used to play these shows as Elastic Mystic together, way back when I found him at Burning Man. It’s all one big family as far as I’m concerned. The music may sound different, but it’s still kind of the same people that pervade it all.L4LM: Speaking of Bassnectar, we recently caught an interview where he said he was going to be a “resident DJ” of Electric Forest.MK: Yeah, I heard that too! I think that’s great, I think he gets it. He really believes in the same family community, music as a community vibe that all of us come from and the same kind of place and all that. L4LM: I know you mentioned Horning’s in there a couple of times. Is there any chance of you going back there?MK: You know, we’d like to. Unfortunately, the grounds themselves at Horning’s are a little restricted because it’s very difficult to get into. It’s a pretty small venue, and the guy who owns it, Bob Hornings, really has a pretty busy schedule of a lot of events. He really doesn’t do a lot of concerts there, so when we do come in, it’s quite the big impact, for better or worse for him. We still want to focus on creating these events. If you were to ask us what the band goal was over the next 10 years, it’s to really have a few of these hubs throughout the year – one in the East Coast, one in the South, we’ve got Electric Forest up on the North, and on the West Coast we’d like to start something like that. We can spread this transformative music event that really gets people going. We’ve been able to do that in Suwannee for Hulaween and we want to continue being involved in these things that become more of a complete creative expression of what we feel wants to bring to expand.We’re going to continue to look for places, and it may happen at the actual Horning’s Hideout again. But there are some prohibitive issues with that site. It’s really actually very difficult to pull off for our crew and management. But it is magical and we definitely don’t want to take it off the table either.L4LM: I know a lot of fans are going to be excited for the Gregg Allman Incident coming up. Have you met with Gregg yet? MK: He’s an absolute legend. We’ve been conversing, but at a distance. I’m sure once we get through a couple of these events, we’ll hone it down. We’re trying to figure out what the ideal setlist would be, what he wants to do. We’re just going to see what happens. We’ve now done a few of these collaborations, we usually do one or two a year. Since we’re not doing LOCKN’ this year, and having a big collaboration of some sort – last year we did it with the Doobie Brothers. Every single one that we’ve done has been great, where it’s like a real meeting of the worlds. Yeah, it’s been really cool.Right now we don’t have any specific plans, but I’m sure as time goes on, we’ll work it out.L4LM: There’s just so much material from the Allman Brothers catalog to pull from. MK: Oh man. It’s dizzying when you really start to think about it. L4LM: So I don’t want to keep you for too long, but I have to ask if our April Fool’s joke about the GWAR Cheese Incident made it back to you guys.MK: Yeah… somebody even mentioned it last night. I was like, man that would awesome, but it would be a stretch. People are taking it seriously. Even our bookkeeper asked, “when are you guys doing this heavy metal thing?” I’m like, “You don’t see the joke in that?”L4LM: I mean, we did do a joke about you doing a dubstep set, and you wound up collaborating with Skrillex on stage.MK: We feel the freedom. We’re obviously not an electronic act but we love electronic music. [Michael] Travis and Jason totally have EOTO, so we’re not afraid of throwing that into the set at all. It’s always funny to sometimes see, because some people are like, “no don’t do that,” but other people are like, “oh my god this is the best thing ever.”But that’s always been our shtick from the beginning. There’s nothing we won’t try.L4LM: Is there anything you haven’t tried yet that you want to or is just whatever comes?MK: Whatever comes. We love the collaborations; they’re really cool because you get a sense of how other songwriters and people have done it. It would be really cool one day to do something with an orchestra. There’s all kinds of stuff that’s possible. We’re always trying to come up with new ideas and see what sticks. But we feel like we cover a pretty broad range of things at the same time.I think at some point we want to do some more fully acoustic stuff too, which is a cool part of our whole band. L4LM: That’s interesting, because Bill Nershi had a similar comment when he spoke to us last year.MK: A lot of times when we’ll play festivals, we’ll change the band, because we have such a varied repertoire. For Billy as mainly an acoustic guitar player, and even for me as a fiddle player and a mandolin player – I play mostly electric now but it’s really fun to play acoustic too – it keeps you on your toes having to keep up all your chops in the varying styles.L4LM: Among those many styles was last year’s “Ghoul Train” set at Hulaween. I think fans are curious as to what you’re going to do next.MK: The Ghoul Train is here to stay for a couple years. There’s so much material, and we’ve already been talking about that. There’s no shortage of shit to throw in the mix there.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are masters of the blues, making them the perfect fit to pay tribute to the late, great B.B. King. The husband and wife duo will team up with Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, and Joe Louis Walker on Thursday, September 1st to play King’s music at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, CA.The show, which is being put on by The Grammy Foundation, will honor B.B. King’s life and his massive contribution to the Blues genre. King passed away in 2015 after a long and public battle with Diabetes.To buy tickets or find out more info about the event, click here.One of the last times the blues guitarists played together, Derek Trucks nearly moved B.B. King to tears, saying to Trucks that his playing was the “best [he’d] ever heard it.” Watch the touching interaction below:
Last night, Twiddle played the second show their four-night Halloween run at Brooklyn Bowls. The run will see the Vermont quartet play three shows at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, before they head to the west coast to finish with a bang on Halloween night at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.After welcoming Brandon “Taz” Niederauer for night one (watch here), the band continued the sit-in trend by bringing in the famed Matisyahu during the second set. Matisyahu and Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis recently released a single called “Storm Tossed,” and the two played the song for the Brooklyn Bowl crowd. Watch fan-shot videos of Matisyahu’s sit-in below, courtesy of YouTube user Josh: Matiysahu would stay on stage for a cover of Bob Marley’s “Exodus.” Guitarist Aaron Dugan of Matisyahu’s band also joined in on the Marley cover. The band would close the set with “Cabbage Face” and end the night with their classic “Mamunes The Faun.”Thanks to taperchris, you can stream the full audio below!Check out a gallery from the show courtesy of photographer Andrew Scott Blackstein, and check out the full setlist below via PT.Setlist: Twiddle at the Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 10/28/16Set 1: Second Wind, Polluted Beauty, Brick Of Barley, JamflowmanSet 2: Gatsby The Great, Storm Tossed*, Exodus*^, Cabbage FaceEncore: Mamunes The FaunNotes: *: with Matisyahu; ^: with Keith Allen (The Mantras) on guitarTwiddle At Brooklyn Bowl, Night 2 Load remaining images
On December 8th, New York City will be treated to a fantastic pair of funky performances, as fan-favorite five-piece The Main Squeeze make their way to The Bowery Ballroom along with rising LA trio Organ Freeman. The double-bill will undoubtedly make for a good time, bringing together the funk and soul from all different directions.Since forming at Indiana University in 2010, The Main Squeeze has captivated audiences, playing to sold out clubs around the country. They have become regulars on the festival circuit, playing at events like Catskill Chill, High Sierra, Summer Camp, and more. Check out The Main Squeeze performing “In A Funk” live at Audiotree:Los Angeles natives Organ Freeman are poised to blow up. With tight musicianship, onstage charisma, and an undoubtedly badass band name, these three talented artists demand your attention–and it’s only a matter of time until everyone you know will be talking about them. Get to know Organ Freeman with this studio performance of “We’re On Our Way”:You can get tickets for the performance here.
Guns N’ Roses are clearly one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Last year’s “Not In This Lifetime Tour”, their first tour with classic-era members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan since Slash’s departure from the band in the early 1990s, saw the band selling out massive football stadiums in one of the year’s most high-profile and profitable tours. On the heels of that success, the band had announced more dates in 2017, taking them to Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and a few more giant shows in North American.This weekend, tickets to Guns N’ Roses European tour went on sale. Remarkably, the band promptly sold over one million tickets in one day. With 20 shows on deck, that’s an average of 50,000 tickets per show. Wow.Many of the massive venues, such as Slane Castle in Dublin, London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park in the London, Stade de France in Paris, Olympiastadion in Munich, are already sold out or are very close to it, so if you live in Europe and plan on going to the shows, you should probably get your tickets immediately.[H/T NME]
Even before the days of destination events and transformational festivals, The String Cheese Incident were always looking for ways to give their fans unique concert experiences. One such opportunity came in 1998, when the band traveled South to the Akumal Performing Arts Center in Akumal, Mexico.Cheese rose to the occasion of the run, playing their hearts out under the tropical skies for the multi-night run. In addition to a great setlist on the first night, the band also had some special guests in the form of Vince Welnick (of the Grateful Dead) and Keller Williams.Fortunately, video captured from this Akumal opening night is in circulation, capturing the band’s first set with the Vince Welnick collaboration. Welnick joins Cheese for a rollicking cover of “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” a Jerry Garcia Band classic, and the band keeps the fans entertained with great jams on songs like “Lester Had A Coconut,” “Round The Wheel” and so many more.Watch the video below, courtesy of mojowrkn on YouTube.The second set is also chock full of highlights, including a jam with Keller Williams on “All Blues” and lengthy renditions of “Impressions”, “Galactic,” “Shine” and more. Check out full audio of the night below, taped by Rob Phillips and transferred by Steve Tighe.
Dark Star Orchestra will be hitting the road this summer, a month after the sixth iteration of their annual festival, Dark Star Jubilee, wraps up over Memorial Day Weekend from May 26th through 28th in Thornville, Ohio. Dark Star’s summer tour will kick off in Aurora, Illinois, with two nights at RiverEdge Park, before hitting a number of Midwest dates. From their, the band will move east, with two nights at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in New Hampshire at the end of July to start the East coast leg of the run. A month later, the band will work its way down to Black Mountain, North Carolina, where their summer tour will close with a two-night stand at Pisgah Brewing Company.This tour, Dark Star Orchestra will be offering a VIP soundcheck experience in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary, which offers fans pre-show venue access for soundcheck in addition to a number of special goodies and a poster signing. You can buy tickets for any of the shows or upgrade to the VIP experience on Dark Star Orchestra’s website here. You can also check out the full dates for summer tour below.Dark Star Orchestra 2017 Summer Tour6/24 – Aurora, IL – RiverEdge Park6/25 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café6/28 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre6/30 – Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s7/1 – Eureka Springs, AR – Highberry Music Festival7/28 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom7/29 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom7/30 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent 8/1 – Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery8/2 – Buffalo, NY – Canalside Buffalo 8/4 – Rochester, NY – Frontier Field8/5 – Jay, VT – Jay Peak Resort 8/6 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier8/9 – Washington D.C. – The Hamilton8/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE8/11 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival8/12 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage8/14 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork 8/15 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork8/17 – Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook After Hours8/18 – Black Mountain, NC – Pisgah Brewing Company8/19 – Black Mountain, NC – Pisgah Brewing Company
The Magic Beans came out of the gates hot last night for their triumphant return to the historic Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado. The Boulder locals had the honor of hosting an unforgettable Saturday night throwdown alongside many incredible acts this month in celebration of the Fox Theatre’s 25th anniversary. For The Magic Beans, The Fox feels like home, and that energy and vibe resonated throughout the crowd over the course of the evening.The groovy Portland-based trio, Yak Attack, started the night off right, entertaining the crowd with synthy-dance beats and preparing to welcome the main event of the evening. The Magic Beans developed a connection with Yak Attack while out on tour, and have since developed an admiration for the trio, recently inviting them to play at the Bean’s festival, Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival this upcoming June.As the Magic Beans walked on stage at 10:15 sharp, the entire crowd erupted, fueling a fire that was blazing on all night long. Former Magic Beans drummer Will Trask (Great American Taxi, The Runnikine) accompanied the band on percussion the entirety of the evening. As the boys discussed prior to the show, they wanted to bring the FUNK! An extended version of a Magic Bean’s favorite, “Lazer Lady,” kicked off the evening in style, and the band quickly found their sound and started bringing the jams. The night was full of both new and old material, highlighted by an enormous “Kid Rocket,” “Five Points,” and “Lost and Found” to name a few.With an entire half-hour to utilize for encore, the Beans did what they do best; they conquered. Original tune “Casino Cabaret” highlighted the incredible talent that the Beans possess across the board. Bassist Chris Duffy threw down a monstrous, crunchy solo, before the band threw a curveball out of left field. The band decided that a cover of Ween’s “Monique the Freak” would be the best note to end the show on, and a sentiment that was clearly shared by the crowd. Keyboardist Casey Russell assisted on vocals with a Talk-box effect, trading licks back and forth with guitarist Scott Hachey until 1:30 on the dot. To say the boys are back in town would be an understatement! You can check out the setlist and photos from last night below, courtesy of Sam Berenson.The Magic Beans head out on a coast-to-coast tour starting at the end of the month, moving their way from Colorado, across the Midwest to the East Coast, and then head out to California and up the coast next month. Make sure to see The Magic Beans in a city near you, and if you’ve been contemplating attending Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival, you should definitely pull the trigger. 2017 is a year not to be missed, and if Saturday night was any indication of the fun to come in the Colorado mountains this June, start packing up your camping gear and get ready for an unforgettable weekend!Setlist: The Magic Beans | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 3/18/2017Set 1: Lazer Lady, Alway Coo, Kid Rocket, As You Like It> Nothing from Nothing> Dr. BubblemanSet 2: Five Points>Mind Over Matter>Dirty Wook, Common Mind, Lost and FoundEncore: Casino Cabaret, Monique the Freak (Ween cover) Load remaining images
This Saturday, April 29, Bruce Hornsby will perform at A Day At The Downs Wine and Wildlife Festival, a unique event taking place at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA (otherwise known as the home of LOCKN’ Festival). Attendees can spend the day tasting wine from some of Virginia’s top wineries while mingling with endangered species including the Bongo Antelope, Lemurs from Madagascar, the Australian Red Kangaroo, African tortoises, and many many more. Musical entertainment will be provided by Hornsby, Erin Lunsford and Michael Coleman.Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative wine glass, tasting from participating wineries, animal photo-ops, demonstrations and music performances. VIP tickets include a meet & greet with Bruce Hornsby and special shaded tent and VIP bathrooms. Camping is also available. For more information, visit InfinityDowns.com. The event benefits The Wildlife Conservation Center in Nelson County.Enter to win a pair of tickets below!