What started as a musical tribute concert has become so much more, as members of Lotus, RAQ, Particle, Digital Tape Machine and more will join forces for an all-star performance dedicated to the late great Prince. Going as “Supernatural Beings,” the group had previously announced a performance featuring the music of Michael Jackson, James Brown & Prince. Now, that tribute will take on a new role in the wake of Prince’s passing.The group features Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Clay Parnell (Particle), Emily Nichols (Woo Park), Marty Gierczyk (Chicago Funk Mafia), and Christian Rogala (Fluid Minds). With support from SPREAD, this should be one great night of music.It all goes down Thursday, April 28th, at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago, IL. For more information, head here.
A full gallery of images from Dave DeCrescente can be seen below: Last weekend, beloved bluegrass group Cabinet hosted the annual Susquehanna Breakdown festival at Montage Mountain near Scranton, PA. Named for an instrumental Cabinet song, the festival featured some incredible performances throughout its two full days of music.Our day one coverage highlighted the multiple sets from Cabinet, including a sit-in from the great Larry Keel. Night two was an expanded festival scene, as a second stage was utilized throughout the day to maximize musical potential. Performances from Fruition, Driftwood, Swift Technique, and more highlighted the Breakdown Stage, while the main Susquehanna Stage was in full force with artists like Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Twiddle and, of course, two sets from Cabinet.Listen To Twiddle’s Smoldering Late Night Set At Susquehanna BreakdownOne of the sets was captured by taper Keith Litzenberger, including a special “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” with as many Cabinet family members as seemingly possible. Listen here.Groups like the Stringdusters, RRE, and Cornmeal always come to play, and they each brought their own flavor of Americana bluegrass music to the festivities. There was also a VIP area featuring intimate performances from the members of Cabinet, as each gave short 15-minute tribute sets throughout the day. Taper Keith Litzenberger caught all five sets, including Pappy & JP Play Merle Haggard, Chris Kearney Plays John Prine, Biondo Family Choir Plays CSNY, Tom Graham Plays Tom Petty, and JP Biondo & Tim Carbone. Tune in below.Check out images from day two of the festival, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography: Load remaining images
Before he went on a hiatus from the road, the multi-talented Jack White performed a series of acoustic concerts in states that he had never before visited. It seems that White has an affinity for acoustic music, as his newest announcement will show off all of White’s acoustic efforts throughout his career.Titled Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, the 26-track album is due out September 9th and will span White’s career and feature “alternate versions, mixes, and previously unreleased songs, including The White Stripes’ never-before-heard “City Lights,” originally from the Get Behind Me Satan sessions!” You can check out “City Lights,” streaming below.With cuts from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and his solo career, this new definitive collection is sure to be a great listen! Check out the artwork and full tracklisting, posted below.Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 TracklistingDisc: 1 1. Sugar Never Tasted So Good The White Stripes 2. Apple Blossom The White Stripes *remixed 3. I’m Bound to Pack It Up The White Stripes *remixed 4. Hotel Yorba The White Stripes 5. We’re Going to Be Friends The White Stripes 6. You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket The White Stripes 7. Well It’s True That We Love One Another The White Stripes 8. Never Far Away Jack White (Cold Mountain Soundtrack) 9. Forever For Her (Is Over For Me) The White Stripes 10. White Moon The White Stripes 11. As Ugly As I Seem The White Stripes 12. City Lights The White Stripes *unreleased 13. Honey, We Can’t Afford to Look This Cheap The White Stripes 14. Effect & Cause The White StripesDisc: 2 1. Love Is The Truth The White Stripes *acoustic mix 2. Top Yourself The Raconteurs *bluegrass version 3. Carolina Drama The Raconteurs *acoustic mix 4. Love Interruption Jack White 5. On and On and On and On Jack White 6. Machine Gun Silhouette Jack White *acoustic mix 7. Blunderbuss Jack White 8. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy Jack white *alternate mix 9. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep Jack White *alternate mix 10. Just One Drink Jack White *acoustic mix 11. Entitlement Jack White 12. Want and Able Jack White
With their new album due out on October 7th, beloved jam band Phish has shared a full stream of their new release through the NPR First Listen program. Titled Big Boat, the new release features thirteen original tracks and was produced by Bob Ezrin.Of the songs that made the album, there are a number of some familiar tunes like “Blaze On” and “No Men In No Man’s Land.” There are a few songs on the album that were debuted in 2016, like the Jon Fishman sung “Friends” and the Trey Anastasio ballad “Miss You.” There are also a few brand new cuts, like “I Always Wanted It This Way,” “Running Out Of Time,” “Home” and “More.” The album ends with the 13-minute “Petrichor,” which was originally written as an orchestral piece and ultimately scaled back for Phish, though the band has yet to play it live.Though some fans got to listen to the album last week when it leaked, the NPR Music stream is the first full-length official taste of this new release. Stream it below and let us know what you think!Big Boat Tracklisting1. Friends (3:42) (Fishman)2. Breath and Burning (4:20) (Anastasio)3. Home (6:26) (McConnell)4. Blaze On (4:20) (Anastasio/Marshall)5. Tide Turns (4:21) (Anastasio)6. Things People Do (1:54) (McConnell)7. Waking Up Dead (4:15) (Gordon/Murawski)8. Running out of Time (3:32) (Anastasio/Marshall)9. No Men in No Man’s Land (4:59) (Anastasio/Marshall)10. Miss You (7:01) (Anastasio)11. I Always Wanted It This Way (4:29) (McConnell)12. More (4:22) (Anastasio)13. Petrichor (13:22) (Anastasio)
Holly Bowling continues to wow fans everywhere she goes, taking on the catalogs of jam greats like Phish and the Grateful Dead in a totally unique manner. A classically trained pianist from San Francisco, Bowling first caught the jam scene’s eye with her solo piano interpretation of the famed “Tweezer” jam from Lake Tahoe in 2013.Praise for Bowling’s technique only grew from there, as she eventually released a full album of Phish interpretations called Distillation Of A Dream. Naturally, Bowling set her sights on the jam scene founders themselves: the Grateful Dead.“The Grateful Dead’s music lends itself easily to a solo instrumental interpretation in part because it’s music with intricate songwriting,” says Bowling. “That’s a big piece of it, as anything too repetitive would be difficult to arrange in this format. But more importantly, I think it works because of the depth of emotion expressed in the music.”The pianist is set to release Better Left Unsung on December 9th, a two-CD/three-vinyl album that explores the music of the Grateful Dead in solo piano composition form. You can read all about the album, and find pre-orders, here.With the new album coming out so soon, we wanted to get fans excited by sharing some of Bowling’s foray into the Dead’s catalog. We’re excited to premiere a brand new live video of Bowling’s interpretation of “Unbroken Chain,” played at the Lost Sierra Hoedown on September 24th in Johnsville, CA. Enjoy below!Bowling takes us inside her love of the Grateful Dead and scoring their music. “With solo piano music, and classical music in general, I love the structures and intricacies of composition, but it’s the emotional expression and unspoken human-to-human connection expressed in it that really makes me fall in love with a piece of music. The Dead’s music is just full of that. I feel it. Everyone who loves the Dead’s music feels it. And I think part of the reason my reinterpretation works is because this music resonates with me and holds a lot of meaning. It’s easy to open up and make that connection and pour emotion into these works. And you can feel that when you’re listening. It’s all about connection and expression of human emotion.I don’t mean to downplay the beautiful songwriting–that’s a huge part of it too. The chord changes in “Unbroken Chain,” for example, are unexpected and stunningly beautiful. I feel just as strongly about them as I do about Schubert’s surprise turns of harmony, and he’s one of my absolute favorite composers. They hit me the same way. But even then, we’re back to emotion again! It’s music that makes you feel something, deeply. It’s powerful.”We can’t wait for Better Left Unsung to be released on December 9th, and we also can’t wait to see Holly performing at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd. Brooklyn Comes Alive brings over 50 musicians to three venues in Brooklyn, pairing them in exciting super group formations throughout a day full of excellent music. With musicians from The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Disco Biscuits, Dead & Company, Snarky Puppy and more – including Holly Bowling – don’t miss out. Tickets can be found here.For more about the Better Left Unsung album, including pre-orders, head here. The full tracklisting and Holly Bowling’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.Better Left Unsung TracklistingHelp On The Way > Slipknot!Franklin’s TowerCassidyBird SongWharf RatUnbroken ChainCrazy FingersCryptical Envelopment > The Other OneRow JimmyTerrapin Station (Suite)Eyes Of The World (6/18/74 Lousisville, KY)China DollDark StarHolly Bowling’s Upcoming Tour DatesOct. 22 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Comes AliveOct. 23 – Beacon, NY – The Towne CrierDec. 31 – The Cutting Room – New York, NY[Photo by Jessie Bell]
Load remaining images The iconic Rusted Root made their way to Chattanooga, TN last weekend, playing the city’s Track 29 venue for what was certainly a great night of music. The show started with Tennessee-based band SIMO, who treated fans to a classic rock-style performance with tons of energy. Their show had fans grooving and eager for more, especially when they closed their set with a great rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends.”Headliners Rusted Root did not disappoint, treating fans to a showcase of their biggest hits. The band included a cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” in their setlist, and encored with their biggest hits “Send Me On My Way” and “Back To Earth.” The whole audience was left smiling after Rusted Root’s great performance!Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of CJ Stewart Photography.
Earlier this year, funk fans everywhere mourned the loss of Bernie Worrell. The elite keyboard player cut his jib with Parliament Funkadelic, and later found success with the Talking Heads and many more exciting projects. Though he suffered from cancer in his final days, Worrell maintained a positive spirit, working with musicians whenever he had the strength.One of Bernie Worrell’s final projects was with the Joe Marcinek Band, working on their upcoming album Slink. Due out on December 9th via Hitman Records, the album sees Marcinek collaborate with greats like Joey Porter (The Motet), Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Pete Koopmans (Family Groove Company), Nicholas Gerlach (Turbo Suit) and Gabriel Mervine (The Motet).Worrell had previously toured with Joe Marcinek, and the two had discussed recording together, but unfortunately Worrell’s condition left him unable to physically attend the sessions in Colorado. However, one track was in need of a keyboard melody part. Marcinek sent over the tape to Worrell, who recorded a lead melody at his home studio back in March. After Worrell’s death just a few months later, the track become a living tribute and earned the title, “Bernie”.“It was such an honor to know and work with Bernie and I am forever grateful for the time spent together,” said Marcinek. “Not only a remarkable musician and a genius innovator of the keyboards. He was a loving giving human being who left everyone he met a better person.” In honor of Worrell, we’re beyond honored to exclusively share the Joe Marcinek’s newest song, “Bernie”. Enjoy it below.Joe Marcinek Band Tour Dates11.30.16 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN12.1.16 Redstone Room – Davenport, IA12.2.16 House Pub – St Charles, IL12.3.16 Beachview Motel – Burlington, WI12.8.16 IPA – Greenville, SC12.9.16 Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC12.10.16 Good Ol Days – Cumming, GA12.14.16 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI12.15.16 Tonic Room – Chicago, IL12.16.16 Buddy & Pals – Schererville, IN12.17.18 Cranky Pats – Neenah, WI12.18.16 Founders Taproom – Grand Rapids, MI1.8.17 Charleston Pour House1.13.17 The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL
We are pumped for the Break Science Live Band takeover of Brooklyn Bowl this weekend. Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee always bring it as Break Science, and the addition of Deitch’s brothers-in-arms Jesus Coomes, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis, and Eric “Benny” Bloom” from Lettuce as the live band will only add to the electro-funky-hip-hop madness. The two-night run will also feature 2011 DMC World DJ Champion Chris Karns, who will combine his incredible scratching skills with the BreakSci Live Band’s undeniable musical prowess.Each night will showcase an opening act that can be considered in the running of best rising stars of the electro-funk genre. On Friday night, Exmag will throw down their blend of live electronic music, while relative newcomers Jaw Gems will showcase their unique downtempo vibe on Saturday night. Both bands are sure to get you grooving early in the night, setting the table perfectly for Break Science Live Band’s party vibes. Check out music videos from both bands below to get a taste of what you’re in for at Brooklyn Bowl this weekend.“NuFunk Odyssey” by Exmag“Star Visor” by Jaw GemsFor tickets and more information about the shows, click here for December 16th, and click here for December 17th.
Actor and beloved comedian John Belushi would have celebrated his 68th birthday today. Best known for his tenure as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live and his roles in iconic films like Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Belushi was one of the most magnetic personalities of his generation, even attracting the likes of the Grateful Dead, particularly drummer Bill Kreutzmann.Kreutzmann recounts in his 2015 book Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead the great friendship and some of the wild times he shared with Belushi when the Dead used to get out to New York City. One such instance occurred the Dead’s opening night at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ on March 30, 1980 when Belushi got it into his head that he wanted to sing backup with the band on “U.S. Blues” during the encore. However, met with some resistance from the band, Kreutzmann had to nix Belushi’s wishes. Belushi had other plans.Kreutzmann writes:I had a really good show that night, and the entire band played well. We encored with “U.S. Blues” as planned and, right before the chorus, Belushi took everyone by surprise by cartwheeling onto the stage. It was a comedic ambush. He had on a sport coat with small American flags stuffed into both of his breast pockets and he landed his last cartwheel just in time to grab a microphone and join in on the chorus. The audience and everyone in the band – except for Phil – ate it up. It couldn’t have been rehearsed better. Belushi had impeccable comedic timing, musicality, balls, the works. And apparently, he didn’t take no for an answer.Take a listen to the Dead’s entire March 30, 1980 performance with Belushi helping out on vocals during the “U.S. Blues” encore:
After being broken up for five years, Ween reunited with a series of performances at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. A year and a half later, the beloved band will return to the colorful state and make their return to renowned Morrison, CO venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre!Ween has announced a performance at Red Rocks on July 12th, their first at the famed venue since 2009. Expect lots of excitement when brown meets red! Tickets and more information about the show can be found here. This show marks their sixth-ever performance on the Rocks, but also their first since reuniting. We can’t wait.To get in the mood for the madness to come, be sure to watch Ween’s 2006 Red Rocks performance in the video below.