On July 16th, the annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival will return to Queens, NY for the third straight year, celebrating the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong with a day of performances held in his honor. The festival has captured the spirit of the big band jazz legend by booking a number of great performers.The festival has announced three acts so far, including Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins and Soulive. Regular admission to the festival is also free, with tickets and more information here. The fest also promises to add “local acts with international flair,” so get ready for a great time!
With the Dave Matthews Band’s 25th anniversary tour in full swing, it’s no surprise that longtime fans are feeling a bit nostalgic. Matthews has been a musical force in the scene since 1991, mixing up his performances with the full band, his duo with Tim Reynolds, and, of course, solo shows. While the solo shows have become more rare in recent years, Matthews did find the time to make it out to California in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just two nights ago.Watch Dave Matthews’ Four Song Solo Set From Bernie Sanders Voter RallyBack in the 90’s however, Matthews could be found strumming his acoustic more often. With that in mind, Matthews and his team have announced the release of Live At Sweet Briar College from April 14th, 1996, with all proceeds from the 2-CD set going to Sweet Briar College near Lynchburg, VA. In honor of the 20-year reunion for the class of 1996, Dave Matthews will release the full concert later this summer.In anticipation, you can listen to “Pay For What You Get,” below.
Three-piece jamming rockers SunSquabi continue to climb in popularity, bringing a unique sonic blend that converges on jam and electronic spheres. The band’s latest release Odyssey has been quite the breakthrough for this young upstart, as the All Good Records release continues to impress listeners everywhere.Among the new EP’s bumping tracks comes “Odyssey,” a raging instrumental with the saxophonist extraordinaire, GRiZ. To truly grasp the Colorado vibes from the Boulder-based group, SunSquabi called on Level 1 to create an official video for the track. Level 1 specializes in ski production, and their foray into music video making captures the Colorado energy that has taken the jam scene by storm.Check out the new video for “Odyssey,” streaming below.
Folk rocker Neil Young is now 70 years old, and some 50-years into a music career that started with Buffalo Springfield in 1966. With a new live album out called Earth that blends show recordings with animal noises and Earth tones (read the review here), it seems that Young has reached the point where he doesn’t care what people think. At least, that’s how he comes across in a new interview with Rolling Stone, published earlier today.“This is the age where you should have freedom to do whatever you want and put it out,” he says of the new album. “I like to listen to the animals… “I like to track the beauty of what’s going on. I enjoy being with the plants and stuff.” He then adds, “There’s a lot going on in the world that isn’t all lovey-dovey and cool beach songs… I’ve done all of that.”Young continues on a war path against societal practices, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has heard the word PONO before. Young has long had issues with the technology behind music, saying, “Technology has done a disservice to music… I think there’s a place for rebel radio, with special receivers, where jocks play what they want: vinyl, new stuff, old stuff, and it’s all analog. Because there’s no variety. It’s all, like, GMO music.”“Just because everything else is broken doesn’t mean I have to be broken,” he says about his own music, before giving praise to Mikah and Lukas Nelson of his newest backing band, Promise of the Real. “They’re much better players than I am. Lukas is like a gunslinger, and Micah is very ethereal and spaced. So they’re completely different, and I’m somewhere in between.”Of course, don’t expect Young to play his biggest hits, even at this October’s Desert Trip festival. On the bill with legends like Paul McCartney, The Who and more, Young says of the upcoming gig, “I don’t give a shit… I don’t care what people want to hear – that’s not why I’m playing. I’m not an entertainer in the classic sense. I play what I feel like playing, and I hope the people like it.”Young’s mental freedom is downright endearing, as fans clamor to hear long-lost songs from his iconic catalog. You keep on being you, Neil.
The 28th annual Christmas Jam was held in Asheville, NC last weekend, bringing artists together in celebration of the holiday season. At the helm of the Christmas Jam is guitarist Warren Haynes, who recruited an all-star lineup of musicians for the celebration. Haynes also brought his own band, Gov’t Mule, to the party, closing out the night with some true Southern rock n’ roll for the audience.Not only did Mule treat fans to their own music, but they took it back to the roots of the Southern rock genre with some prime Allman Brothers Band covers. The show also featured a number of special guests on percussion, as founding drummer Matt Abts was fortunately unable to attend due to a family emergency. With Abts come, a rotating lineup of Jeff Sipe, Duane Trucks, Paul Riddle, Count M’butu and Rocky Lindsey all filled in on percussion/drums throughout the night.The band also welcomed in musicians like Marcus King, Branford Marsalis, Mike Barnes, Steve Kimock and more, all helping to raise the energy of this rock and roll party. Check out the crazy “Dreams > Mountain Jam > Drum Solo > Mountain Jam” finale that took place near 3 AM last Saturday, with Gov’t Mule, Paul Riddle, Duane Trucks, Count M’butu and Branford Marsalis.Check out the video, courtesy of rohbear1, below.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | 28th Annual Christmas Jam | Asheville, NC | 12/10/16Set: Mule, 32/20 Blues*#@, Sco-Mule$%, Dreams&+!^ > Mountain Jam&+!^ > Drum Solo&+! > Mountain Jam&+!^Notes:* With Mike Barnes on guitar# With Smoky Greenwell on [email protected] With Marcus King on guitar^ With Branford Marsalis on Saxophone$ With Jeff Sipe on Drums% With Steve Kimock on guitar and lap steel& With Paul Riddle on drums+ With Duane Trucks and drums! With Count M’Butu on percussionRocky Lindsley – Drums
Load remaining images Jam Cruise 15 is in the books, but not without a great final day of performances on Tuesday January 24th. The seafaring festival was headlined by Galactic on its final day – and you saw the explosive results with their Nikki Glaspie sit in on a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name.” Glaspie hosted her own super jam, but that wasn’t all the fun, as GRiZ, Percy Hill, The Original Meters, The Revivalists, Brothers Comatose, Kimock & Lebo, The Suffers, The Hip Abduction and more. With Borahm Lee in the Jam Room and members of Turkuaz in the Jazz Lounge, you know it was a crazy party from start to finish!Check out photos from the final night below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.
Leon Ware, the legendary songwriter, producer, and singer, died yesterday at the age of 77. As a mastermind behind many R&B hits, Ware’s subtle influence on music today is undeniable, with him serving as one of the masterminds behind tracks such as Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” and Quincy Jones’ “If I Ever Lose This Heaven.” Since his death, a number of artists have issued statements expressing their condolences and the impact Ware had on music, including Questlove and Thundercat. Rest in peace, Mr. Ware. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
Returning to Loveland, CO for the fifth straight year, the beautiful ARISE Festival has announced a hard-hitting lineup for their 2017 event, going down August 4-6 at Sunrise Ranch. ARISE has continued to build a strong reputation within the Colorado scene, bringing incredible and diverse performers into a uniquely intimate and gorgeous setting. Today, the festival reveals the first of three exciting headliners: the vibe-heavy, groove machines Beats Antique, along with electro-future-funk acts Break Science and Android Jones.The festival has seemingly outdone themselves in 2017, boasting a lineup with exciting sets from Atmosphere, Tipper, Ani DiFranco, Rising Appalachia, Brother Ali, The Expendables, Dirtwire, Desert Dwellers, Dopapod, Brasstracks, and Late Night Radio. The lineup continues with featured appearances from bluegrass favorites The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, The Brothers Comatose, and The Grateful Ball featuring Jeff Austin, Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, and more. See the full lineup below:With eight stages of musical performances, plus more bands to be announced through May, the 5th Year Celebration of Colorado’s fastest growing music festival is sure to be the best yet.Recognized as more than a music festival, ARISE offers a range of activities such as workshops, enriching yoga classes, provocative documentary films and panel discussions, art installations, live painters, art gallery, performance artists and theme camps. ARISE also offers “interactive villages” including a Children’s Village, Food Truck Village, Vending Village, Healers Village, Hemp Village, Wisdom Village and a Solution’s Village, showcasing ecological and social justice solutions with practical on-site demonstrations designed to make our world a better place.More information can be found on the festival website.[Cover Photo by Eric Allen via ARISE Facebook Page]
Tune in to this show as part of Widespread Panic’s ‘Never Miss A Sunday Show’ Webcast Series!Following a legendary weekend in Las Vegas, Widespread Panic continues their generous streak with pro-shot video from their 2015 Halloween performance in Asheville, North Carolina. The band amazed fans at the U.S. Cellular Center with a full-show recreation of the famed sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, performing the show’s iconic whistling theme song, as well as a handful of tracks that were performed on the show. The full-concert video will be available for fans to enjoy for less than 24 hours.Trick-or-treat! Setlist: Widespread Panic at the U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, NC – 10/31/15Set 1: Ain’t Life Grand > Jam > Bust It Big > All Time Low, I’m Not Alone, Space Wrangler, Dooley^*, Driving Song* > There Is A Time*^ > Jam* > Driving Song* > Dream Song*, The Fishin’ Hole^, Love Tractor*Set 2: Have A Cigar^, Wish You Were Here, Young Lust^, Bowlegged Woman, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Jack, Proving Ground, One Kind Favor > Drums > Jam, I Shot The Sheriff^ > North, Expiration Day*Encore: Journey Through The Past*, Postcard*, I Fought The Law^*Notes * w/ Nicky Sanders on fiddle^ first time played[Andy Griffith Show theme; Stage lighting first set was black & white; ‘Journey Through The Past’ LTP 3/14/14 Nashville (129 shows); ‘Postcard’ LTP 6/27/14 Red Rocks (100 shows)]
The late Chris Cornell‘s widow, Vicky Cornell, announced a public vigil to mourn Chris’s untimely loss. The vigil is set to take place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary in Los Angeles, CA at 7 pm PT this Friday, May 18th, on the one-year anniversary of Cornell’s tragic suicide. Vicky also has invited people all over–even those who can’t be there in person–to partake in the remembrance in their own way, whether by lighting a candle, posting a video or photo, or simply reflecting on the ways in which the beloved rocker and his music touched their lives.As Vicky noted in a tweet announcing the vigil:It is with great emotion I reach out to all of you as the one year anniversary of my husband’s passing approaches. Chris was loved, so much, by so many. The children and I are so grateful to you all for being by our sides throughout all of this. Your love has created a close-knit community; more like a family; to grieve with, to provide support, and to help us heal. We could not have gotten through these last twelve months without you. …We want to open this up to you, our extended family, and invite you to join us on this day of prayer and remembrance to pay our respects together. As we know there are millions of fans and not everyone can physically be there, we would be honored if you share posts and videos of how Chris’s music has touched you. We can feel your love no matter how far. Light a candle, say a prayer, speak his name…Loud Love X VCThe sudden loss of the Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog frontman came as a devastating shock to friends and fans alike. Cornell’s suicide came as the singer was in the thick of a reunion tour with Soundgarden. Many, including Vicky Cornell, have publically noted that Chris seemed to be in a good place prior to taking his own life, making it all the more stunning. Vicky, in particular, has been vocal in her opinion that heavy-handed prescriptions of psychoactive drugs by Chris’s doctors were the root cause of Cornell’s actions.Chris’s death had a harrowing effect on the lives of those who loved him. His close friend Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, sang an emotional rendition of “Hallelujah” at his funeral. Bennington publicly struggled with the loss of Cornell in the ensuing months. As his Linkin Park cohort Mike Shinoda explained in a Radio.com interview after Chris’s death, the band had been booked for a TV performance to promote their new single, but when they head the news they decided to play a different, more somber track about the loss of a friend. Watch that emotional performance for Chris Cornell below:“When we were doing a sound check Chester couldn’t even make it through the song, he was getting halfway through and getting choked up. And even when we did play the whole song, and it was live on TV, or taped for film for TV, he kind of just stopped towards the end…he missed the last couple lines, just couldn’t finish the song.” As we now know, the story only gets more painful from there. On July 20th, 2017–the day that would have marked Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, Bennington, too, took his own life.Watch Chris Cornell’s Prince Tribute, Chester Bennington’s Cornell Tribute To Honor The Late ArtistsWith many people clearly still reeling from Chris Cornell’s tragic passing and the equally devastating fallout that followed, this vigil will hopefully serve as a cathartic chance to truly say goodbye.