Following the death of the rock icon Chuck Berry last month, Berry’s family confirmed that Chuck, the album that Berry had been working on at the time of his death, would be released posthumously. Berry had announced the new album on his 90th birthday on October 18th of last year, making it the first solo album he’d worked on in over 38 years. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”Today, they release the lead single “Wonderful Woman,” which features his son, Charles Berry Jr., his grandson Charles III, and esteemed blues musician Gary Clark Jr.. “When his manager called me up and asked me to play on the Chuck album, I was really honored,” Gary Clark Jr. told Rolling Stone. “He was playing incredible still and singing amazing. I’m looking forward to this record.” This single comes after the release of “Big Boys,” which came out a few days after the record was confirmed.Chuck Berry’s final album Chuck will be released on June 16, 2017. The album includes recordings from 1991 until 2014, and will mark the first release of new material since Berry’s 1979 Rock It.[H/T Rolling Stone]
John McLaughlin, the trailblazing guitarist from Mahavishnu Orchestra, just announced that he has a new live album due out September 15th via Abstract Logix Music. The latest album, Live at Ronnie Scott’s, compiles live recordings from John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension during their sold-out, two-night stand at the famed London Jazz club back in March of this year. McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension—composed of Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass)—highlights the group’s simultaneous technical mastery and soulful and fluid playing. Live at Ronnie Scott’s contains a career-spanning track listing, pulling early classics from Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as numbers from the group’s most recent studio album, Black Light. With a fifty-year career under his belt, McLaughlin has more than enough catalog to go around. Longtime fans will be pleased to hear McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s takes on “Vital Transformation” (from Mahavishnu’s 1971 album) and “Miles Beyond” (from 1973’s ), while also getting a taste of more recent compositions like “El Hombre Que Sabia” and the moving “Gaza City.”Listen To John McLaughlin Play With Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, And More For His BirthdayFollowing the September 15th releasse of Live at Ronnie Scott’s, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will hit the road with Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip for their joint Meeting of the Spirits Tour. The tour starts in November and spans through to December, with the two acts hitting both American coasts and many towns in between. Each performance will feature individual sets from McLaughlin and Herring’s bands, with a collaborative joint jam session based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. You can check out dates for the Meeting of the Spirits tour below, and pre-order and sample Live at Ronnie Scott’s here.John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring Announce “The Meeting Of The Spirits” TourJohn McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring “Meeting Of The Spirits” Tour11/1/17 Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts11/2/17 Albany, NY, The Egg11/3/17 New York, NY, Town Hall11/4/17 Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre11/5/17 Cranston, RI, Park Theatre/Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts11/8/17 Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre11/10/17 Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performance Art Centre11/11/17 Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre11/12/17 Durham, NC, Duke Performances at DPAC11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI11/17/17 Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University11/21/17 Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center-Laura Turner Concert Hall11/22/17 Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre11/25/17 Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall11/27/17 New Orleans, LA, The Joy Theater11/30/17 Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre12/5/17 Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre12/6/17 Portland, OR, Revolution Hall12/8/17 San Francisco, CA, The Warfield12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA, Royce Hall-UCLA
On Thursday night in Manhattan, Talking Heads cover band Start Making Sense took their talent out to sea. The Rocks Off Concert Cruise provided the perfect party vessel for the evening as strangers became friends on the 300-person capacity excursion.Keeping in line with the infamous 1984 Stop Making Sense concert film, Start Making Sense opened with “Psycho Killer.” As the ship set sail, “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel” and “Slippery People” got the crowd dancing and the boat rocking. Rumors of thunderstorms and torrential rain in the forecast may have created anxiety for certain ship captains, but our driver seemed as cool as cucumber as the crowd showed off their moves during “Making Flippy Floopy.” The Phish hats in the room began bobbing when the band launched into “The Great Curve” off the iconic Remain In Light album.Lead singer and David Byrne look-alike, Jon Braun, mentioned that they hadn’t played “I Get Wild/ Wild Gravity” in about a year but due to the aquatic theme and wild party, they dusted it off for the passengers. Another Remain In Light masterpiece, “Born Under Punches” was blasted just as the boat passed under the Manhattan Bridge which lead to “Cities” being played under the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City is the place that most of the audience had found themselves living in and “Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place)” reminded us that home is where we wanted to be as the vessel sailed around the Statue of Liberty.As the first set came to a close, the Talking Heads fans young and old tried to piece together what the band could possibly have to offer in the second set. Classics like “Nothing But Flowers,” “Once In A Lifetime,” and “Burning Down the House” kept the lower level of the party bouncing while the upper deck spun and swirled with a beautiful view of lower Manhattan. The aptly placed “Take Me To The River” played as the ship got closer to its final resting place for the evening, but not before “Crosseyed and Painless” came as the third song of the evening from Remain In Light.Cover bands like Start Making Sense give a new generation of fans a chance to see the incredible music of yesteryear played live. Cell phone apps like Sound Hound and Shazam provide services to identify music based on a short sample of sound and would be easily confused by the talent and dedication that Start Making Sense has in relation to their idols, the Talking Heads. The Rocks Off Cruise aligned perfectly with the excellent band creating an evening of true bliss that fans will remember until the next ship sets sail.Setlist: Start Making Sense | Rocks Off | NYC | 7/13/17I: Psycho Killer, Thank You For Sending Me An Angel, Slippery People, And She Was, Making Flippy Floppy, Don’t Worry About the Government, The Great Curve, Stay Up Late, I Get Wild/ Wild Gravity, Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Cities, Life During Wartime, What A Day That Was, Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place)II: Heaven, Like Humans Do, Road To Nowhere, Nothing But Flowers, Once In A Lifetime, Burning Down The House, Girlfriend Is Better, Take Me To The River, Crosseyed and Painless[photo via @willgarris on Instagram]
In just a few days, thousands of Phish fans will make their way to Commerce City, CO for the band’s traditional summer-closing three-night Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The world of the Phish is still riding the high of the recent Baker’s Dozen residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden, prompting countless questions about the Dick’s run to come. After nixing the run’s usual setlist trickery for the first time last year, are Dick’s setlist games a thing of the past? Or, after 13 special themed nights at MSG, do Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell have a few more surprises in store for the summer’s last stand?Phish Announces Dick’s Webcast And Free Sunday StreamWhatever happens when Phish takes the stage at Dick’s for their seventh consecutive year, at least one thing is certain: “we allllll dance!” (shoutout to homeboy in Bittersweet Motel). Ahead of Phish Dick’s ’17, one fan merged two beloved entities–Phish and smash-hit TV sitcom Seinfeld–for a “Tweezer” montage that has made the rounds on various Phish-related boards and Facebook groups over the last day or two. While everyone gets ready to get the funk down in the Rockies this weekend, check out the “SeinPheld” montage below…and if you have a problem with it, make a note to air your grievances this Festivus…(via Jack Abramson):Watch Mike Gordon’s Surprise Bass Solo To End “The Squirming Coil” At Dick’s 2016Get ready to shake your coconuts, coco boys and coco girls–Phish Dick’s is right around the corner!If you’re heading to the Denver area for Phish at Dick’s this weekend, don’t miss Live For Live Music & Knew Conscious Present DJ Logic & Phriends, late-night after Phish’s Friday, 9/1 performance. With Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Borahm Lee (Break Science), and Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation) on deck, DJ Logic & Phriends promises to be the hottest late-night dance party in the Rockies this Friday night. For information on admission to the event, head here.
Eager fans gathered in anticipation last Wednesday for Spafford‘s debut performance in Athens Georgia and they were not disappointed! After Spafford’s customary “Soundcheck Jam”, their two sets included a groovin’ 19-minute “Minds Unchained”, an uplifting 13-minute “Windmill”, and a tasty “In the Eyes Of Thieves” into JJ Grey‘s “On Fire”. However the most memorable and surprising moment of their peach-state debut was when Spafford brought up longtime songwriter-rights advocate and University of Georgia professor, David Lowery, to close out the first set with Cracker original, “Low”.David Lowery, in addition to being the founder and co-founder of “Camper van Beethoven” and “Cracker” respectively, is most well know for his fight for songwriter royalties from digital distribution services like Spotify and Pandora. An established professor in UGA’s Music Business program, Lowery has brought to light the prevalent issues of digital music services taking advantage of copyright loopholes and neglecting to pay songwriting royalties, or mechanical rights, to the artists. In the complex system of royalties for online music distribution Lowery is an outspoken advocate for musician’s rights to their songs, and while his lawsuits may fizzle out in court it highlights a bigger issue of importance whereby creative artists are compensated for their work in the digital age.Conversely, jam band fans have historically opted not to monetize the taping and sharing of live performances, which is what makes their live performances so amazing and this sit-in so surprising! The 6-minute “Low” was met with cheers as audience members recognized the acoustic guitar bearing staple of their community. By the time the chorus came around, bewilderment turned aside and a hundred voices sang in unison. There was no doubt in the crowd’s mind that they were witnessing a rarity inside the historic 40 Watt Club.So while David wont get songwriting royalties on the audience recording of Cracker’s biggest hit, his unexpected collusion with Spafford paints a more poignant picture: that beautiful 6-minutes of keyboard riffin’, bass groovin, and guitar soloin’ brought together two unlikely heroes and will surely resonate in the hearts of music lovers as a moment of solidarity across genres.Setlist: Spafford | 40 Watt Club | Athens, GA | 10/25I: Plans, It’s a Bunch > Mind’s Unchained, Windmill, People, Low*II: Lonely, The Remedy, In The Eyes Of Thieves > On Fire^, All InE: Todd’s Tots*Cracker – with special guest David Lowery (of Cracker)^JJ Grey[photo by Tipping Point Designs]
Over the years, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has evolved into a multi-genre celebration of contemporary live music. However, at its core, the festival–and the various satellite events that take place across the city during the eleven-day musical marathon–is still centered around a love and appreciation for the improvisational jazz music that inspired the modern music community. During this year’s Jazz Fest, keyboard wizard Joey Porter will add to that celebratory vibe with his Herbie Hancock Tribute at Frenchmen Street’s Maison on Sunday, May 6th. With him, Porter is bringing an impressive roster of funk and jazz players from his band The Motet, progressive jazz stalwarts Snarky Puppy, and iconic modern funk-fusion band Lettuce.Porter has been organizing tributes to Hancock–the artist that has influenced him the most in his life–for many years now, always with a rotating lineup and usually in the Pacific Northwest or in Colorado. This past fall, Porter brought his tribute to the NOLA-inspired event Brooklyn Comes Alive, and the lineup he put together had so much fun playing Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock material that he arranged for a similar lineup to join him for this special late-night Jazz Fest show.Porter’s trusted partner in The Motet, Garrett Sayers, and Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note‘s percussive duo, Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, will all team back up with Porter on bass, drums, and percussion, respectively. Sput has recently joined Hancock’s musical circle, recording with him in the studio and joining him on the road for select dates–which will inevitably bring a certain level of authenticity to his playing while paying homage to the lead Headhunter himself. Finally, a newcomer to the Herbie Hancock tribute universe, Lettuce’s virtuosic tenor saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, will join forces with Porter and company to round out the lineup for this formidable tribute set.[Watch Joey Porter, Robert “Sput” Searight, Nate Werth, Garret Sayers, and special guest Maurice Brown perform Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017]Tickets for the special tribute to Herbie Hancock are now on sale.[Art by Accepted Perspective – Poster Art by Jimmy Rector]Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018Artist: Live For Live Music & Nolafunk Present: Herbie Hancock Tribute w/ Joey Porter & Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy / Herbie Hancock), & Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)Venue: Maison – 508 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116Tickets: $30 GA / $55 VIP–gains access to VIP balcony, private bar and expedited entry to the venueTime: Doors 9:30 PM / Show 10:00 PM
Load remaining images Load remaining images Photo: Kevin Cole Old King Cole Photography Following their last NYC show of 2018 at Prospect Park, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead delivered yet another heater to Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday night. The energy was high from start to finish, as the quintet soared through two sets of Grateful Dead music. Guitarist Tom Hamilton had the honor of using Jerry Garcia‘s Wolf guitar for the duration of the show, marking his third experience with the legendary axe to date.Hamilton made sure to make use of the opportunity by delivering the most major solos of the night, respectively, including stand-out moments during “Cumberland Blues”, “Morning Dew”, as well as the majority of the second set.Thanks to photographer Kevin Cole, you can relive the glory in the photo gallery below.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Blue Hills Bank Pavillion | Boston, MA | 7/20/18Set One (7:38PM – 8:56PM): Good Lovin’, Iko Iko @, Cumberland Blues > Shakedown Street # -> The Wheel Jam -> Jam -> I Need a Miracle $ > Ramble On RoseSet Two (9:22PM – 10:52AM): Althea, Gonesville, Uncle John’s Band % -> Space -> Morning Dew, China Cat Sunflower ^ -> I Know You RiderEncore: Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream &@ – With a Man Smart Woman Smarter Tease (MB), # – Unfinished, * – Not played since 2017-01-13 Music Farm, Charleston, SC, a gap of 60 shows, $ – With an Unknown Tease (TH), % – Unfinished, ^ – With a DD Bass Solo & The Wheel Teases (TH & Band), & – Not Played since 2017-10-05 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 36 ShowsJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Blue Hills Bank Pavillion | Boston, MA | 7/20/18 | Photos: Kevin Cole
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced their first tour dates of 2019, on the heels of a fiery hot run over the weekend, with bassist Oteil Burbridge subbing in for Dave Dreiwitz. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will return to Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2019. JRAD has a longstanding history at the Cap, as the band performed their second show ever there in December of 2013, and has gone on to play explosive runs at the cherished Westchester theater.Tickets For Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming Capitol Theatre run go on sale this Friday, October 26th at 12 p.m. (EST) here.Next, the core members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will regroup to perform two sets at the Suwannee Hulaween pre-party on October 25th. Then, a few weeks later, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger will swing through California for two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.For more information and tickets to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s fall tour dates, head to the band’s website.
A few days—and a couple more shows—removed from last weekend’s Phish run at Hampton Coliseum, fans are still buzzing about the magic that occurred over three nights at one of the most beloved venues in the band’s history. The weekend was filled with rare bust-outs and covers, thrilling jams (hot damn, that “Simple”), and the kind of band and audience energy you only find at a place as special as The Mothership.However, the beauty of Phish’s Hampton run extended past the more buzzworthy moments and seeped into virtually everything the band played. Case in point: the gorgeous rendition of “Mountains in the Mist” in the heart of set two on Friday night, 10/19/18. Dropped in the middle of two top-notch segued segments (“Carini” > “Sand” > a dark and dirty “Golden Age” before it; “Meatstick” > “Split Open And Melt” in its wake), this Trey Anastasio/Tom Marshall balled was placed perfectly and shined brightly in its own right. While Phish is certainly not a band most well-known for its ballads, this “Mountains in the Mist” showcased the band’s depth of ability, as the tender, emotive performances by each of the band’s members—Trey in particular—translated into a thoroughly heart-warming second set breather.You can check out pro-shot footage of Phish’s “Mountains in the Mist” from Hampton night one below, courtesy of LivePhish:Phish – “Mountains in the Mist”[Video: Phish]Phish’s fall tour continues on Friday with the band’s first of three nights at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL before closing with a four-night Halloween run in Las Vegas next week. For more information, head to Phish’s website.Setlist: Phish | Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA | 10/19/18Set One: Llama, Fuego > Runaway Jim, Bug > Mound, Tela > 46 Days, FluffheadSet Two: First Tube > Tweezer > Dirt > Backwards Down the Number Line > No Men In No Man’s Land > Cavern > Gotta Jibboo > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy GreenbergEncore: Shine a Light Performed in a slow funk style
Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has revealed the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Montréal, Québec’s Parc Jean-Drapeau.The Friday, August 2nd lineup will feature performances by The Lumineers, Flume, J Balvin, Inerpol, Gucci Mane, Kurt Vile & The Violators, $uicideboy$, Jessie Reyez, Rosalía, Gunna, Miski, Denzel Curry, Kodaline, Dean Lewis, Joji, Bob Moses, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sharon Van Etten, and more.On Saturday, August 3rd, Osheaga will see appearances by The Chemical Brothers, Logic, City and Color, Janelle Monae, Rüfüs Du Sol, Beach House, Young The Giant, Louis The Child, King Princess, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lennon Stella, FKJ, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Sofi Tukker, GRiZ, and more.Finally, on Sunday, August 4th, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Hozier, Kaytranada, Metric, Mac DeMarco, Normani, Ski Mask the Slump God, The Black Madonna, DJ Koze, The Glorious Sons, Sebastian, Hayley Kiyoko, Sigrid, Alec Benjamin, Tierra Whack, Taylor Bennett, and more will hit the stage at Osheaga.The lineup announcement also notes that more artists will be added to the bill as the festival draws closer. Tickets for Osheaga 2019 are now available on the festival’s website.