When we spoke to Melvin Seals just a few weeks ago, ahead of a tour with JGB, the keyboardist had nothing but enthusiasm for the upcoming shows. “I put more into it than I’ve ever put into it because I wanna make sure it’s right; that we’re doing exactly what we used to do. Now I’m all over the parts, tempos, keys and words. I’ve done more studying of the music without Jerry than when I was with him.”Melvin Seals On Faithfully Carrying The Torch Of Jerry GarciaIt was certainly right when Seals & JGB rolled into The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night, March 4th, with Seals leading the charge for an incredible performance. The band dove headfirst into all of the Jerry Garcia Band classics, including The Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” Elvis’s “That’s Alright, Mama” and so many more.Thanks to taper nico11104, we have full audio from this glorious affair. Tune in below:Setlist: Melvin Seals & JGB at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/4/16Set One: Let’s Spend The Night Together> The Harder They Come> Get Out Of My Life Woman> Valerie, If I Had The World to Give, Applegate> That’s Alright MamaSet Two: How Sweet It Is> The Way You Do The Things You Do> Ain’t No Bread In the Breadbox, Lucky Old Sun, Merle’s Tune, I Hope It Won’t Be This Way Always> How Sweet It Is (coda)> Let’s Spend The Night Together (coda), Magnificent Sanctuary Band
New Orleans Jazz Fest carried on in full force yesterday, bringing top-notch sets from hundreds of artists across a wide spectrum of genres. The sun was shining as tens of thousands packed into the New Orleans Fairgrounds for the finale of weekend one.Among the many highlights from the musical celebration was a Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter set, jams from Royal Teeth, J.Cole, Elle King, Taj Mahal Trio, John Mayall and so many more. Oh, and did you see members of The Meters and Dumpstaphunk joining up with Red Hot Chili Peppers to close things out on the main stage.Watch below:You can check out a small gallery of photos from day three below, courtesy of Marc Millman Photos: Load remaining images
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force hit Brooklyn Bowl tonight, and we are bursting at the seems with excitement for the afrobeat force to make his way into town. In honor tonight’s show, we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at Femi’s legendary father, Fela Kuti. Fela was a true musical and political visionary, and his impact on modern African music is huge. So, without further adieu, let’s take a look back at the afrobeat master in action.First up, listen to this live recording from 1971 that finds Fela with his Africa 70 band and features Cream drummer Ginger Baker. The playing is fierce and tight, and you can really hear why Fela Kuti is considered one of the best bandleaders of all time.Listen to Fela Kuti – Live! from 1971 featuring Ginger Baker, courtesy of YouTube user jonnquasineNext up, Watch this full video of Fela and his band performing live in Berlin at Berliner Jazztage festival in 1978.Finally, watch Fela absolutely crush it at Glastonbury in 1984. Flanked by dancers and his huge band, the African legend put on a powerhouse performance at the world’s most famous festival. See you at The Bowl tonight for Femi Kuti & The Positive Force! Get tickets here.
As per tradition, Phil Lesh hosted his 77th birthday party at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. After two nights at the Brooklyn Bowl, the original Grateful Dead bassist was joined by vocalist Joan Osborne, guitarists Stanley Jordan and John Kadlecik, keyboardist Jason Crosby, and drummer Mark Levy as “Friends” for the first of three nights at the Cap.The night mostly celebrated the music of the Grateful Dead, with a covers of “After Midnight,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Stairway To Heaven.” The evening closed with a “Turn On Your Lovelight” > “Happy Birthday Phil” > “Turn On Your Lovelight” complete with psychedelic patterned, terrapin turtle and dancing bear birthday cake, courtesy of promoter Pete Shapiro and the rest of the Capitol Theatre staff.Watch the encore below, courtesy of Marc Millman:Thanks to taper Z-Man and to Chris from Jambuzz for uploading last night’s entire show. For your enjoyment, listen below:Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/15/17I: After Midnight, Mr. Charlie, Bertha, Broken Arrow, Sound Of Silence Jam > Jam > Eleanor Rigby Jam, What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted, Box Of RainII: Shakedown Street, New Speedway Boogie > The Other One > Stairway To Heaven Jam > Sugaree, Terrapin Station > I Know You Rider, Not Fade AwayEncore: Phil Thanks, Happy Birthday Phil, Phil Donor Rap, Turn On Your Lovelight > Happy Birthday Phil > Turn On Your Lovelight, Band Introductions[Photos by Marc Millman] Load remaining images
Following the horrific events of Monday night’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK, the massive entertainment company Live Nation has begun outlining new security measures to ensure fans’ safety at future shows. Live Nation issued a statement to venues and attendees that noted that “Due to enhanced security procedures, no bags or backpacks will be permitted into the venue except for small personal bags or purses (12″ x 12″x 6″ max) or clear 1 gallon bags.”This new policy closely mirrors that of the NFL for entrance into football stadiums though Live Nation’s new rules are slightly less stringent—the NFL requires that bags going into stadiums must be both clear and not exceed 12″x 12″x 6″. While the guidelines are not necessarily surprising, they inevitably will have an impact on the speed for which fans can enter Live Nation shows, concerts, or festivals. Unsurprisingly, the statement also noted that all bags will be subject to search. However, in order to cut down on search times and the subsequent lines they produce, Live Nation noted the availability of express “no bag” lanes, stating “we encourage you to not bring in any bag whatsoever.” For outdoor shows, Camelbaks and other water-holding receptacles must meet the new bag dimensions and be completely empty of water for entrance.Live Nation Offering “Festival Passport” That Gives Access To Dozens Of Huge Festivals This Year For $799A few weeks ago, Live Nation made waves across the music-loving community by offering a limited number of “Festival Passports” to concertgoers this summer. The passport gives access to the vast majority of Live Nation’s expansive list of festivals, which includes Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Lollapalooza, Peach Music Festival, Sasquatch, and a number of other multi-day events. Obviously, these new security measures will be in effect for dozens of high-volume festivals this summer in addition to the countless shows that go down across the country at Live Nation venues. However, some festivals, like Bonnaroo, have already come forth and begun issuing statements that reiterate the safety of their attendees while also pushing back on some of the restrictions (specifically those for Camelbaks).The full effect and duration of Live Nation’s new security procedures are unknown, as many venues have previously beefed up security in the wake of a terrorist attack only to have them slowly ease up over time. However, it’s possible that security procedures such as these may become the new standard for many music events. Inevitably, there may be a learning curve for staff and fans alike as they learn to implement these new security measures, which will probably result in an uptick of wait times, so plan accordingly.
On Wednesday, May 10th, Relix hosted their first-ever Relix Live Music Conference, which brought together some of the most prominent figures from the music industry to lead panels and discussions on the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the live music business and how it pertains to venues, festivals, publicity, management, technology, non-profits, and more. The one-day sold-out event took over New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, giving attendees a chance to gain valuable insight from and pick the brains of some of the more noted names in the live music industry. However, perhaps one of the most exciting stand-out moments of the day was the final keynote that closed the conference, which brought together highly successful promoters and live music tycoons Ron Delsener and Peter Shapiro for a conversation moderated by the noted rock-and-roll writer, critic, historian of Rolling Stone fame David Fricke.10 Invaluable Insights From The Relix Live Music Conference Across the one-hour segment, the two legendary promoters share their own personal insight into the business including how they started out and how the times have changed between now and then. The three also share a lot of laughs, with Shapiro and Delsener also swapping stories from throughout their careers. You can check out the keynote from the Relix Live Music conference earlier this month below, courtesy of Relix.
The Trey Anastasio Trio will wrap up their forthcoming spring tour with a benefit show in honor of one of the Phish guitarist’s oldest friends, Chris Cottrell, who died of adrenal cancer earlier this year. Billed as Sustain, the concert will take place on April 29th at Terminal West in Atlanta, and will raise money for the WaterWheel Cancer Fund.Sustain will come at the very end of the Trey Anastasio Trio’s first tour since 1999. As previously reported, the group—Anastasio (guitar), Tony Markellis (bass), and Russ Lawton (drums)—will play a series of spring dates that were originally scheduled for the full Trey Anastasio Band. However, those Trey Anastasio Band shows were reworked after TAB keyboardist Ray Paczkowski underwent surgery for a brain tumor, and the tour was reconstituted as the first Trey Anastasio Trio run in 19 years.Pre-sale tickets for Sustain will go on sale on Thursday, April 5th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Tickets will be available to the general public at noon ET on Friday, April 6th. A full list of upcoming Trey Anastasio Trio and Trey Anastasio Band shows can be found via Trey Anastasio’s website.
SANS Track Listing1. Fat B2. Newness3. Ticks When Told4. Rosahamboagogo5. M&Ms6. Gracias Leo7. Sheebs8. Sorry From The Shower9. The Cabella VibeView All TracksKeller Williams Upcoming 2018 Tour DatesSeptember 7 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater *September 8 – Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre *September 13 – Westbury, NY – The Space At WestburySeptember 14 – Easton, PA – One Centre SquareSeptember 15 – Greenfield, MA – Wormtown Music FestivalSeptember 20 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café – Beer Garden *September 21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music & Arts Festival *September 22 – Columbia, SC – Glass Half Full #September 26 – Fredericksburg, VA – James Monroe High School: Fall FundraiserSeptember 29 – Oak Hill, WV – Adventure Grass FestivalOctober 5 – Ontario, CA – The Huck Finn Jubilee ^October 6 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly UpOctober 11 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music HallOctober 12 – Live Oak, FL – Suwanee Roots Festival *October 13 – Athens, GA – Georgia TheatreOctober 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlOctober 20 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music HallOctober 26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s AlleyOctober 27 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall *October 28 – Placerville, CA – Hangtown Music Festival *November 1-2 – Burnet, TX – UTOPIAfestNovember 3 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl *November 8 – Chicago, IL – City Winery %November 9 – Evanston, IL – SPACE %November 10 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark %November 14 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall *November 15 – Concord, NH – Capitol Center for the Arts *November 16 – Beverly, MA – Cabot Theatre *November 29 – Menasha, WI – Source Public HouseNovember 30 – Madison, WI – Majestic TheatreDecember 1 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar* – PettyGrass featuring The Hillbenders# – More Than A Little^ – Grateful [email protected] – Keller and The Keels% – Duo with Danton BollerView All Tour Dates Today, Keller Williams has announced a brand-new album, SANS, which will be released on October 19th. With an expansive catalog of 22 studio albums, SANS will mark Williams’ first-ever entirely instrumental release, offering fresh, innovative takes on eight numbers in addition to one completely new song. You can listen to a new rendition of “Ticks When Told”, which originally appeared on Williams’ acoustic album RAW, here.As Keller told Live For Live Music in a recent interview, “This is the first attempt at creating an instrumental record, and a lot of these songs are ones I have been playing for twenty years but have never seen a bass line or a drum part. It’s really fun to revisit these songs and make them new again by adding different parts while staying true to the arrangement.”He continued,It’s more like an attempt to release an album of music like the stuff I usually listen to. The music that I play and release is often different than the music I listen to, strangely enough. I’ve been listening to electronic music for the past fifteen years or so. This is moving forward in my tongue-in-cheek idea of making acoustic dance music. This is acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and lots of groovy loops, samples, and live percussion. Basically, I’m trying to create a mixture of acoustic music and dance music, but using the acoustic guitar as the meat—the main ingredient.To celebrate the forthcoming release of SANS, Keller Williams will play a special album-release show at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on October 19th. Fans who pre-order the new album between now and September 24th will also be eligible for the “In the Gutter with Keller at The Brooklyn Bowl” contest, which will grant one winner an all-expense paid trip to the album-release party in Brooklyn.In addition to this album and its release extravaganza, Keller Williams will keep himself busy this fall, announcing a number of new tour dates. Given Williams’ broad range of projects, from September through December, Williams will be hitting the road and performing in various formats, including as PettyGrass with The Hillbenders, Grateful Grass, Keller and The Keels, More Than A Little, and a Keller Williams’ Duo with Danton Boller.You can check out the full track listing for the upcoming SANS below, in addition to Keller Williams’ newly announced fall tour dates. For more information and ticketing, head to Keller’s website here.
Particle Upcoming 2018 Tour DatesJul 26-27: Princeton, British Columbia, Canada – Element Music FestivalAug 8: Charleston, SC – Pour HouseAug 9: Atlanta, GA – Terminal WestAug 11: Green Mountain, NC – Soulshine FestivalOct 4: Burlington, VT – Nectar’s*Oct 5: Greenfield, MA – Hawks and Reed Performing Arts CenterOct 6: Starks, ME – Harvest BallOct 8: Baltimore, MD – OttobarOct 9: Carrboro, NC – The Cat’s CradleOct 11: Dunedin, FL – Dunedin BreweryOct 12: Key West, FL – Green ParrotOct 13: Key West, FL – Green ParrotOct 14: Boca Raton, FL – Funky BiscuitOct 16: Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s BohemiaOct 17: Indianapolis, IN – MousetrapOct 18: Chicago, IL – Martyr’sOct 19: Minneapolis, MN – The CaboozeOct 20: Menasha, WI – The Source Public HouseOct 21: Detroit, MI – El ClubOct 23: Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre**Oct 24: Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s**Oct 25: Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry**Oct 26: Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar**Oct 27: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*Broccoli Samurai Supports **Lespecial SupportsView All Tour Dates Particle has been a staple of the livetronica scene for years, serving as a major player in developing the livetronica scene as we know it today. Today, the Los Angeles-born band composed of Steve Molitz, Clay Parnell, Kito Bovenschulte, and Michael Daum had big news for fans, announcing the group’s first new studio album in 14 years. In addition to the announcement of Accelerator, Particle will also be hitting the road this fall, detailing an extended fall tour to promote the new studio effort.Per a press release, Particle’s new album will feature nine new, original tunes “packed with powerhouse performances and adventurous songwriting that is sure to excite both longtime fans and newcomers alike.” Accelerator will serve as to 2004’s Launchpad, with the group’s only other album released between 2004 and today being the group’s Live At Wanee Festival 2012, which was released via MunckMix.As for Particle’s newly announced fall tour, the band will first finish out their existing summer plans, hitting British Columbia’s Element Music Festival in addition to shows at Charleston, South Carolina’s Pour House and Atlanta’s Terminal West on August 8th and 9th before a stop at Soulshine Festival in Green Mountain, North Carolina on August 11th. The band’s fall tour dates start in full in the beginning of October, kicking off with a three night run across Burlington, VT (featuring support from Broccoli Samurai); Greenfield, MA; and Starks, ME from October 4th through 6th.From there, the band heads to Baltimore on October 8th, continuing down the East Coast with a stop in Carrboro, North Carolina on the 9th ahead of a four-night Florida run—including two nights at Key West’s Green Parrot—from October 11th to 14th. Particle will work its way north from Florida, moving through Chattanooga, Indianapolis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Menasha, and Detroit from October 16th to 21st. After a day’s break, Particle closes out their fall tour with four nights supported by lespecial, rolling through Pittsburgh; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and Asbury Park, New Jersey ahead of their triumphant headlining set at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on October 27th.Stay tuned for more information about Particle’s first studio album in 14 years, Accelerator, with more details to be announced in coming weeks. For ticketing for the band’s fall tour or for more information, head to the band’s website here.
Rick and Morty has proven itself a cultural phenomenon many times over. Now, fans of the joyfully nihilistic sci-fi cartoon are taking Rick and Morty fever to a new level with the announcement of the Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience, a 37-piece orchestra helmed by Ryan Elder, the man behind the show’s score. The Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience comes as part of the final lineup announcement for the upcoming inaugural Adult Swim Festival, set to take place at ROW DTLA in Los Angeles on October 5th through 7th.Notes the announcement,For the first time ever, see composer Ryan Elder (The man behind Rick and Morty’s music) and some very special guests bring your favorite Rick and Morty songs to life in melodic harmony in sync with an episode. There’s going to be an actual orchestra, with trombones and stuff.The inaugural Adult Swim Festival will showcase more than 24 hours of live entertainment, featuring 42 musical and comedy performers over three days and headlined by Run the Jewels and Mastodon and featuring performances from Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus (in 3-D), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hannibal Buress, Thundercat, T-Pain performing tracks from Freaknik: The Musical, Big Freedia, Neko Case, and many more.Fans will get a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in an Adult Swim experience like no other happening on and around two massive stages. They can take a trip on the DREAM CORP LLC Virtual Reality Eggs, play a round of Rick and Morty Mini Golf, ride a giant Hot Dog Ride, soak in six minutes of air-conditioning in the immersive Meatwad Dome 4D Experience, and climb everyone’s favorite feline on Smack Up My Uvula. Fans far and wide will also enjoy live broadcasts by Adult Swim’s FishCenter & Friends, featuring the best of the streams.Buy tickets before Saturday, September 14th, for the opportunity to enter the Adult Swim Festival Fan Sweepstakes and get a chance to watch your favorite band from the soundboard, get 50% off all Adult Swim merchandise, go home with a limited-edition Rick and Morty vinyl and other autographed exclusives, free food and drink vouchers, custom Adult Swim bike, plus many more prizes! Already bought your ticket? Don’t worry, fans who purchased tickets between March 16th and September 14th are also eligible to enter the sweepstakes when they register their admission wristbands at AdultSwimReg.com. One registered wristband per person. Visit AdultSwimReg.com to view full rules and restrictions. Preview Night, Single Day and Weekend Passes are on sale now. For a full list of performers, or to grab your passes, head to AdultSwimFestival.com.Below, you can watch the Adult Swim Music Festival promo video, as well as Run The Jewels’ Rick and Morty music video promoting the event:Adult Swim Festival Promo Video[Video: Adult Swim]Run The Jewels x Rick and Morty – “Oh Mama”[Video: Adult Swim]