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When the funk army Turkuaz rolls into town, you best be ready to shake it! The nine-piece group always brings the noise, and their newly-announced Jazz Fest late night set certainly takes the cake! On Tuesday, April 26th, Turkuaz will play a full set tribute to the legendary musicians of The Band, busting out classics like “The Shape I’m In,” “Cripple Creek” and many, many more. Tickets here.It all goes down at the Howlin’ Wolf, as part of a major tribute night that the venue has in store. The festivities start with an Amy Winehouse tribute, featuring members of Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Puppy, The Bridge and more, led by elite vocalist Elise Testone. You can find info about that first show here.Then, it’s time for Turkuaz to lay down some funky covers of The Band. They’re known for a potent rendition of “The Shape I’m In,” which you can groove on below:Finally, Jazz Is Phish will come in and close things out with a jazz-influenced tribute to the music of Phish. Featuring members of the Giant Country Horns, Snarky Puppy, Victor Wooten Band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and Strange Design, this party will have you raging all night long!Tickets for this insane triple billing are available here! Don’t miss out!**If you’re looking for something to do during the daylight hours of the “Daze Between” Jazz Fest weekends, be sure to check out L4LM’s inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival. Featuring George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Papa Mali, The Neville-Jacobs Project, Anders Osborne and more, this is one festival you won’t want to miss! Held at the NOLA Brewing Company from April 25-27, come get down to some great music and chow down on some delicious crawfish boil courtesy of Shaggy, The Crawfish King. Tickets and more information available here.***
Widespread Panic had some fun at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC last night, playing a cover-heavy set to fans along what has been an exceptional fall tour. Whether it was the tour’s six-show no-repeats streak or its run with Umphreys McGee, WSP has been putting on fiery shows with each and every opportunity.Last night was no exception, as the band decided to play pairs of covers by a number of favorite artists. The band started with a two song run of Van Morrison tunes in “And It Stoned Me” and “Send Your Mind.” The first set also concluded with two songs by Warren Zevon, including “Werewolves of London” and “Lawyers, Guns & Money.”Towards the end of the second set, the band once again reached into their arsenal of covers and pulled out “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic. After playing “Imitation Leather Shoes,” the band steered into yet another Funkadelic tune in “Red Hot Mama” to close out the second set. It was ZZ Top who got the curtain call, as WSP played “Waiting For The Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” to close out the night!You can hear the full audio recording from the show, courtesy of Chris from Jam Buzz, streaming below.Check out the full setlist, below, as well as a full gallery of images by Ellison White Photography. Edit this setlist | More Widespread Panic setlists Load remaining images
Today, Lotus announced two shows in New York state early this spring. First, the electronic jam outfit will hit F Shed At The Market in Syracuse, NY on April 7th, before heading to the famous Capitol Theatre in Port Chester the following night, April 8th.Lotus is on tour throughout early 2017 continuing to support their 2016 release Eat The Light. The band hits the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. this Friday and Saturday, January 13th and 14th. For more information on any of Lotus’ upcoming shows, or to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website.
Sturgill Simpson continues to take the nation by storm, after his 2016 album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was nominated for an album of the year Grammy award. The outspoken artist was featured on the first Saturday Night Live episode of 2017 alongside host Felicity Jones. There, he played two songs from the new album, including “Keep It Between The Lines” and “Call To Arms.” Sturgill’s crossover sound was an awesome addition to SNL, bridging the gap between country, rock, soul, and more.Watch the two videos of his performance below, courtesy of SNL.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, pop star turned Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer talked extensively about his presence within the Grateful Dead spinoff, including the sense of inclusion he’s found within the group as well as what the music means to him and how his perspectives on success have changed over the past ten years. Mayer also took the time to address Chris Robinson’s remarks on the Howard Stern show in mid-May, during which the Chris Robinson Brotherhood bandleader stated “Everything that Jerry Garcia ever talked about or stood for, John Mayer is the antithesis. . . . [Mayer] knows all the licks, there’s nothing unique about his playing. Jerry was one of the most unique musicians in the world. Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.”Robinson’s remarks became a highly controversial topic, earning the musician criticisms of his own after they were made. However, in this new interview, John Mayer displays an almost uncharacteristic zen-like demeanor by taking the high road when asked if Robinson’s comments bothered him. Mayer notes, “I care about this band too much to give that life. I have my thoughts, but it’s not my place. I realized not long ago that I’m done debating my own merits: ‘No, I am very good.’ Music isn’t a sports-page thing to me.”Mayer’s response comes after he speaks on what he’s learned in the two years he’s been with Dead & Company. As a traditional solo artist in the past, he notes, “I’ve never had inclusion before. I always created one-man clubs. And one-man shows are very hard to live inside of and inhabit for 50 years.” He then describes the ensemble as “everything [he’s] always wanted,” comparing the community aspect of Dead & Company to a “basketball team” where everyone is “doing [their] best to help the team win.”Historically, Mayer has not been shy about praising the influence and music of the Grateful Dead nor expressing his own gratitude for being a part of the Dead-inspired act. Again, he reiterates “being invited into this band is the highest award in the world” and that it’s “the gift of [his] life to be able to play that music with that band.” Ahead of describing the Grateful Dead’s music as something that “takes you to a completely different place, . . . inspires you, and it soothes you in some way that it’s almost like hanging out in a biker gang of imaginary friends,” Mayer compares how his standards for success have shifted to a more abstract view that privileges his membership in Dead & Company over “universally agreed-upon credentials like a Grammy or an American Music Award or a chart position.”To hammer home his dedication to the music, he also quotes Donna Jean from the recently released Long Strange Trip documentary, stating that after the singer says “I don’t wanna listen to this music anymore. I wanna play this music,” he “was blown away, because that’s exactly how I felt. . . . I am one of a million people who, when they heard the music, eventually went, ‘Man, let me in on it.’”You can read John Mayer’s full interview with Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle here, which also touches on the guitarist entering “cannabis life,” changes to the pop world over the last decade, and his own guitar face.[Photo: Emily Butler]
On Thursday evening, The Magic Beans hit Mile High Spirits in Denver, Colorado, marking their last Colorado gig before embarking on an extensive fall tour across the Eastern seaboard. The hometown crowd made their presence felt, packing the intimate distillery downtown Denver to maximum capacity. Coming off a high from two exceptional sets at Colorado’s own YarmonyGrass festival, The Magic Beans ripped through their two set show, offering the debut of three new Magic Beans originals along with playing a cover of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” for the first time. Following two sold-out performances by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong last weekend in Colorado, bassist Ben Carrey decided to vacation before their highly anticipated LOCKN’ debut next weekend and assisted The Magic Beans on a second bass to close out the first set.Shawn Swain of the Kitchen Dwellers got the night started off, debuting his newly formed side-project Halfway to Heinous, comprised of five talented bluegrass pickers trading off twangy solos with Montana’s finest mandolinist. With a venue packed shoulder-to-shoulder, alongside a jam-packed outdoor patio, the bluegrass sextet got the crowd on their feet in anticipation of a jam-filled night.“Mr. Scientist” served as the shredder set opener, marking its debut as a brand-new and never-heard Magic Beans tune. The heavy and loaded jam is definitely one to add to your watch-list for the future, going out for a twenty-plus minute ride into dark and unknown bubbly territory, before abruptly diving into the biggest surprise of the night, a cover of Childish Gambino’s 2016 hit “Redbone.” Serving up unique and unexpected covers is one of The Magic Beans specialties, and this time was no exception, inviting the 400-person room to get down and boogie as keyboardist Casey Russell added the finest touch to a beautiful three-part harmony alongside guitarist Scott Hachey and bassist Chris Duffy.With Hachey front and center with the infamous illuminating grin, the band dropped into “Always Cool,” setting a laidback vibe for the evening, as Russell locked in and led the quarter through a tropical and breezy rendition. As the favorite reached an accelerated peak, the band dove headfirst into “Country Girl,” a rarity that seems to almost never get dusted off the shelf. With full-fan approval and the band in full force, drummer Cody Wales kept it tight in the pocket as the playful and humorous lyrics brought an array of responses from faces throughout the crowd.Another debut “Here On Out” made its Magic Beans debut, with Duffy leading the way backed by punchy bass lines and a feel-good groove, before Russell jumped into a swirling and fiery solo to bring it all back together. Hachey stepped to the front of the stage and boisterously invited up Pigeons Playing Ping Pong bassist Ben Carrey to close out the first set with double basses, kicking into “Hanky Panky” before gliding into the rather new fan-favorite “Dr. Bubbleman”, that has received the proper treatment time and time again that The Magic Beans have played it this year.The Magic Beans returned after setbreak with “Gefiltefunk,” coasting through a psychedlic and sexy jam that set the tone for the remainder of the evening. With Hachey roaring on guitar, the four jedis navigated through expansive territory before landing back into “Gefiltefunk’s” bouncy main theme. “Mission” was up next, led by the bass heavy backbeat that Duffy and Wales have proven are the key-ingredient for The Magic Beans to psychedically transcend through time and space.As Russell showered the crowd with sweet and delicate loops on the organ, Hachey brought it all back together before abruptly flying into “Sucka Blues.” The Magic Beans offered up the triumphant and bold rager, as Hachey commanded a precise and energized solo that climaxed through the roof of Mile High Spirits Distillery. The night came to a close with the third and final debut of the evening, “Inventor,” that continued to build and mirror the energy that The Magic Beans harnessed throughout the entirety of Thursday night’s journey. The four-song second set came to a halt, and the band thanked everyone for coming out, as some amazing sets simply don’t have time or space for an encore!You can now listen to and purchase the full show audio here, exclusively on nugs.net.Check out a full photo gallery from The Magic Beans’ intimate Mile High Spirits show below, courtesy of Gary Sheer.Setlist: The Magic Beans | Mile High Spirits | Denver, CO | 8/17/2017Set One: Mr. Scientist*, Redbone^> Always Cool, Country Girl, Here On Out*, Hanky Panky^^> Dr. Bubbleman^^Set Two: Gefiltefunk> Mission> Sucka Blues, Inventor**Magic Beans Original Debut^Childish Gambino cover (First Time Played)^^ w/ Ben Carrey on second bass The Magic Beans | Mile High Spirits | Denver, CO | 8/17/2017 | Photo: Gary Sheer Load remaining images
The 8th annual edition of Disc Jam Music Festival is going down June 7th through 10th at the majestic Gardner’s Farm in Stephentown, NY, which is located minutes from the Massachusetts border. The music-filled weekend will feature dozens of artists, along with disc golf tournaments, Flow Tribe dancers, craft vending, yoga workshops and much more.The stacked lineup offers a diverse array of celebrated acts, both nationally renowned and regionally beloved. Check out our list of ten of the top acts you won’t want to miss at Disc Jam 2018. Tickets are on sale now. Head to the festival website to grab yours today. Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets To Disc Jam Music Festival!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Lotus[Video: Chris Lonergan]The Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band[Video: Brandon Niederauer]Electron[Video: Jam Cruise]Ghost Light[Video: Ghost Light]Gubbulidis[Video: ACKSAHARA]Aqueous[Video: AqueousBand]Barber Acoustic[Video: sven2388]Ghost-Note[Video: RSVP Records]Moon Hooch[Video: Moon Hooch]DJ Logic & Friends[Video: Evan Pragliola]You can see the full lineup for Disc Jam 2018 below. Tickets are on sale now. Head to the festival website to grab yours today!
On this day in 1994, Phish stopped in Indianapolis, IN at the famed Murat Theater for a standout show with raging jams, classic phishy shenanigans, and a classic setlist that should leave all modern phans salivating.The show opened with “The Divided Sky,” after which they played “Wilson” which contained an old-school Simpsons signal (d’oh!). The first set contained a bunch of segues, as the band ran through “It’s Ice” > “Fee” > “All Things Reconsidered,” immediately followed by “The Sloth” > “Paul and Silas” > “Horn” > “Reba.” Next up was “Sweet Adeline,” and the band performed the number in traditional bluegrass style, without the help of microphones.Set two saw more segue madness, with an epic run of “Halley’s Comet” > “The Curtain” > “McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters” > “Simple” -> “Sanity” > “Llama” taking up the majority of the set. Following that segment, the band switched to acoustic instruments, and turned the microphones back off for a pure bluegrass-style set, taking the excited audience through “Dog Faced Boy,” “Poor Heart,” “Cavern,” and “Carolina”.However, the highlight of the show may have been a ridiculous “Demand” > “Run Like an Antelope” that opened the second set. Phish feels particularly loose here, as they rip through “Demand” and rage into a soaring, light-speed version of “Antelope”Check out audio of this set opening one-two punch below, and check out the full setlist, courtesy of phish.net.Setlist: Phish | Murat Theatre | Indianapolis, IN | 06/24/1994Set 1: Divided Sky, Wilson, It’s Ice > Fee > All Things Reconsidered, The Sloth > Paul and Silas > Horn > Reba, Sweet Adeline, Sample in a JarSet 2: Demand > Run Like an Antelope, Halley’s Comet > The Curtain > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Simple -> Sanity > Llama, Dog Faced Boy, Poor Heart, Cavern, Carolina, Down with DiseaseEncore: Rocky Top Simpsons signal. Trey sang verses through megaphone. No whistling. Without microphones. Acoustic; without microphones. Older, alternate lyrics. Acoustic; without microphones
Since the launch of SiriusXM‘s limited-run Phish Radio station, listeners have been buzzing about “Ask Trey”, the channel’s centerpiece segment in which guitarist Trey Anastasio fields questions from fans in a conversation with program host Ari Fink. Today, SiriusXM has shared a video clip from their “Ask Trey” session about the origins of quintessential Phish composition “You Enjoy Myself”, often referred to by its initials, YEM.As Trey explains, “We went to Europe to play street music, we were nineteen… The whole summer we were buskers, me and [Jon Fishman] when he still had that crazy long hair.” When asked what the setlist for their street performances was like, Trey responded: “It was parts, bits and pieces of what became ‘You Enjoy Myself’ and ‘Harry Hood’.” The story unfolds as Trey recalls crafting the various musical segments which eventually became the composed parts of YEM.He also sheds some light on the inspiration for the song’s light-hearted title. “There was this guy we were hanging with, we just met him on the street and would just hang out for hours. He was Italian and barely spoke English at all, but we were laughing. One day we were walking around right near the Uffizi Museum, and he had one arm around me and one around Fishman, and he says, [in a thick Italian accent], “You know, when I am with you, you enjoy myself!” Watch Trey discuss the origins of “You Enjoy Myself” below:Trey Anastasio on the Origins of “You Enjoy Myself” – Ask Trey[Video: SiriusXM]You can also watch last week’s video release, featuring Trey Anastasio’s story about the first time he met Jon Fishman in which explains that it was “love at first sight.”Click here to listen to Phish Radio.Phish Radio is playing now on SiriusXM’s channel 29. On August 16th, the channel will turn into The Bunny, the exclusive broadcaster of the band’s sold-out 11th festival, Curveball. The Bunny will run on channel 29 through the end of the festival on Sunday, August 19th, before converting back to Jam On on Monday, August 20th.SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen to Phish Radio on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. If you don’t yet have SiriusXM, you can get a three-month free trial here. Head here for more information.