Reed Mathis continues to drop teaser trailers for his new Electric Beethoven project, which features an impressive array of jam and jazz musicians. So far, the Tea Leaf Green bassist has revealed that Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Cochrane McMillan, Clay Welch, Stanton Moore and Joe Russo have all contributed to the project, as well as Phish’s Mike Gordon for some dual bass action.Today we have our newest taste, as the Chairman of the Boards himself, Page McConnell is featured on the release. Mathis has shared a quick sample of McConnell’s work, which you can stream below.Electric Beethoven is described as the first-ever “Classical Dance Music” group. After announcing themselves by appearing on the Jam Cruise lineup, Mathis has been gradually rolling out clues about his project. You can check them out on their official website.We’ll be keeping you apprised of this exciting project as more details develop!
The Dave Matthews Band kept their summer tour rolling last night, playing a great show at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA. Matthews promised fans something special for this 25th anniversary tour, and the band’s dedication to bringing out new tunes each night is impressive. Now nearly two months into the tour, DMB found time to bring out a couple of bust outs for a beautiful summer night.The band opened with “One Sweet World,” and featured classics like “Minarets,” “Crush,” “Belly Belly Nice,” and so many more. The show also featured the tour debut of “Stay (Wasting Time),” which hadn’t been seen in 70 shows! The partial “Kill The Preacher” was also played for the first time in 54 shows, adding to the magic of the evening.Watch a playlist of videos from the show, including portions of “Grace Is Gone,” “Dancing Nancies > Warehouse,” “Stay (Wasting Time),” and “All Along The Watchtower,” courtesy of Eric Jordan, below. You can navigate between the videos using the icon in the top-left corner.Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
Pink Talking Fish continue to impress with their tight-knit blend of hybrid tribute fusion, joining the works of Phish, Talking Heads and Pink Floyd together as one. The band’s creative setlists continue to earn them praise, matched by the band’s impressive musicianship.The group will be performing tonight at the Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, NY to kick off a major run of fall tour shows. For those who can’t make it to the upstate NY venue, Buffalo.FM has announced a free live stream of the show. All you have to do is tune in via the YouTube player embedded below. Enjoy it!
The second set was full of songs from Grateful Dead catalog, including the set-opening cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” The set offered acoustic takes on classics like “Friend of the Devil,” “Mama Tried,” “He’s Gone,” “Playing In The Band > Stella Blue,” and a set-closing “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider.” For the past couple of weeks, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has been out on the road in support of his recently-released solo album, Blue Mountain. As Blue Mountain shows off the “cowboy” side of Mr. Weir, so too did his tour, which ended last night with a stop at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL.Weir has been performing a sturdy mix of Grateful Dead originals, covers, and new songs from Blue Mountain, and that trend was kept very much intact for the finale. Weir treated fans to solo acoustic versions of “Corrina,” “Black-Throated Wind” and “Blue Mountain” before introducing his band, which consists of Josh Kaufman, Scott Devendorf, Bryan Devendorf, Jon Shaw and Steve Kimock. They accompanied Weir on Blue Mountain numbers throughout the first set, ending with “Gonesville.”Watch an acoustic “Black-Throated Wind” and “Only A River,” below. Finally, the show ended with a three song encore, starting with Weir’s “Ki-Yi Bossie” and grooving into “Not Fade Away” and finally, “Brokedown Palace.” Thanks to taper Jeff Frank, we can listen to the full audio from this emotional farewell performance.Fare thee well, Mr. Weir, and thank you for a real good time. Check out the full setlist from Bill Batson, below.Setlist: Bob Weir at the Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL – 10/20/16Set I: Corrina (solo), Black-Throated Wind (solo), Blue Mountain (solo), Darkest Hour, Only a River, Lay My Lily Down, Gallop On The Run, Most of the Time, GonesvilleSet II: When I Paint My Masterpiece, Friend of the Devil, Walkin’ Blues, Mama Tried, He’s Gone, Playing in the Band > Stella Blue, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You RiderEncore: Ki-Yi Bossie (solo), Not Fade Away, Brokedown Palace
Phans are officially in Mexico, the music starts tonight, and Phish is happening. Soundcheck can either be of huge indication of what’s to come or none at all, but it always gives fans a clue of the kind of mindset the band is in before the show. Before a three-night run, it’s even more exciting.The Overhead View went live from Facebook for 45 minutes of soundcheck in Mexico last night. Below you can hear some brief jamming before the band goes into “Sugar Shack” and “My Soul” to complete their soundcheck. Tonight, the band will take the stage for the first of three nights at the Riviera Maya. You can listen to the soundcheck in the video below:Lucky for those not in attendance, the band will stream all three nights in Mexico. The webcasts will be accessible through LivePhish, and all of the information can be found here. Enjoy![Photo by Chad Smith]
Rejoice, LCD Soundsystem will release two new songs at midnight, according to sir James Murphy in a Facebook post. The futuristic rock band recently played five nights at the new Brooklyn Steel in NYC, debuting several of the songs to the sold-out crowds. The band gave heavy instruction to prohibit use of all cell phones, so there are no records of these new tracks – however those in attendance will tell you, the listen will be worth the wait. “Call The Police” and “American Dream” will both be ready for stream tonight, according to Murphy, at “midnight (and i mean, literally, midnight. wherever you are. so, like, australia first, and so on and so forth) via the digital things that people use now on their devices.”Murphy also provided update on the forthcoming album’s status, which he says will happen as soon as he’s able to “finish last mix > get to bob to master > get masters to pressing plant” so that a record can be produced as vinyl. “I insist that there is vinyl on the day it’s released (because… well… because i’m an old person),” he writes. This will be the band’s first release of new music since 2010.The LCD frontman also says that there is a “LOT” of new music, and that it will be released as a “double A side.” The band will bring this new music on the road eventually, but no concrete plans have been made. Read Murphy’s update below:The band will bring their futuristic drum circle to the storied Studio 8H at New York City’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza to serve as the musical guests for Saturday Night Live’s May 6th episode.[photo by Chad Anderson]
Photo: Keith Griner On Saturday, The Peach Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, came to its head, with the Peach Tribute to Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman serving as the weekend’s crowning jewel. Since its inception back in 2012, The Peach Festival has always served as an extended family gathering for the Allman Brothers Band—year after year, the event has hosted the band, its members’ various side projects, and their expansive musical family to join together and celebrate. Following this year’s losses of Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, The Peach Festival became a place for catharsis for both artists and fans alike, with the event’s lineup sporting numerous tributes to the historic Southern rock band. However, of the various tributes, scheduled or not, that have gone down over the weekend, none was more anticipated than Saturday’s Peach Tribute, which was put together by the masterful former ABB keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who served as the tribute’s musical director.Peach Music Festival Kicks Off With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dopapod Orchestra, And MorePeach Festival Sees MMJ Cover ABB, Lettuce With Chaka Khan, And More [Video/Audio/Photo]The tribute sported an unreal lineup of legendary musicians, with many of those on tap related to the Allman Brothers Band by blood or musically and making the set function as a family gathering in the truest sense of the word. ABB members Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones were all in attendance, along with Butch’s nephew and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, Gregg’s son and guitarist Devon Allman, and Butch Trucks’s son and guitarist Vaylor Trucks. In addition, former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, keyboardist Bruce Katz (who formerly toured with both Butch and Gregg’s bands as well as Les Brers), Lamar Williams Jr. (son of former ABB bassist, Lamar Williams, and vocalist of Les Brers), Les Brers guitarist Pat Bergeson, musical director of the Gregg Allman Band and guitarist Scott Sharrard, rising guitarist and vocalist Marcus King, GAB keyboardist Peter Levin, and Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley) all participated in the massive tribute set.However, while this line-up in and of itself is already the stuff of legends, as to be expected, the set hosted a number of spectacular unannounced sit-ins, including those by Warren Haynes and Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring and Dave Schools among others. For the duration of the performance, Duane was stationed in Butch’s place behind the kit, along with Jaimoe and Marc—mirroring the original Allman Brothers Band set-up—with Oteil holding down the bass for the majority of the set save Schools’ various sit-ins. Chuck Leavell also played for the duration of the tribute, while Katz and Levin traded off in Gregg’s spot. The performance also offered a tribute to another fallen brother lost this year, Col. Bruce Hampton, with a rendition of “Yield Not To Temptation.” You can check out videos from this epic tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks below.“Come And Go Blues” [Video courtesy of Michael Sylvester]“Lawyers, Guns, And Money”[Video courtesy of Sean Roche]With The Peach Festival serving as an extended family gathering for the Allman Brothers Band, it’s clear this year, it went above and beyond in carrying on the memory of the two rock legends the band lost this year. The Peach Tribute set was one of legends and a fitting way to help both musicians and fans alike celebrate the lives and legacies of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. With this tribute as the day’s centerpiece, Saturday at The Peach Festival was an all-around unreal day of music that will be remembered and relistened to for years to come. The Peach Festival wraps up its final day today with an additional performance by Widespread Panic, as well as sets by Joe Bonamassa, Mike Gordon, Les Brers final performance, and more.You can check out photos of what went down at The Peach Festival yesterday below, courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith G. (Instagram: @PhiercePhoto).Peach Festival | Day 3 (Saturday) 8/12/17 | Photos via Phierce Photo by Keith G. [Video courtesy of Sean Roche]Panic’s set featured a heavy helping of classic Panic favorites including the particularly fiery “Big Wooly Mammoth” > “Pilgrims” > “Party At Your Mama’s House” > “Ribs & Whiskey” run that served as the meat of the set, and also saw the band channel their inner ZZ Top by covering the first two cuts off 1973 classic Tres Hombres: “Waiting For The Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago.” Perhaps the most notable highlights featured two of the finest young guitarists in the game—Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Marcus King—who joined them onstage in turn for a pair of thrilling sit-ins. Taz joined the band for an extended take on “Surprise Valley,” the opening cut from their 1999 LP ‘Til the Medicine Takes. Following Taz’s appearance, vocalist John Bell welcomed King, who helped the band through thrilling renditions of Robert Johnson blues mainstay “Me and the Devil Blues” and Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime.” To close out their show, Widespread Panic performed Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns, and Money.”Widespread Panic with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, “Surprise Valley” Load remaining images [Video courtesy of pwm112]“Yield Not To Temptation”[Video courtesy of Sean Roche]“Midnight Rider”[Video courtesy of pwm112]“Southbound”[Video courtesy of thegrassman]While the Peach Tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks served as a focal of Saturday’s festivities, yesterday, The Peach Festival by no means began with the evening’s all-star tribute set. Lettuce and Soulive’s Eric Krasno joined up with the Marcus King Band during the group’s daytime set at the Mushroom Stage, while later in the day, Rusted Root hosted the young guitar prodigy, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, during their own show. Ahead of the tribute set on the main Peach Stage, Umphrey’s McGee primed the stage, with their super-heavy set offering something different in comparison to the Southern rock stylings that ruled the majority of the day and night.Marcus King Band with Eric Krasno, “Rita Is Gone”[Video courtesy of Sean Roche]The tribute set to Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman welcomed in the night, which saw performances by Widespread Panic, an additional set by Umphrey’s McGee, and Gov’t Mule and friends, including John Scofield among others. Opening with three originals, following the title track off their latest album—Revolution Come, Revolution Go—Gov’t Mule moved into a cover of The Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Can’t You See”, which featured sit-ins by Marcus King and Jack Pearson. As an appropriate tribute to the Allman Brothers Band following this sit-in, the band moved into a heartfelt rendition of “Soulshine,” which segued into “Night Time Is The Right Time.” John Scofield came out for renditions of “Devils Likes It Slow,” “Which Way Do We Run?,” and a cover of his own “Hottentot.” Closing out their set, the group covered Allman Brother Band’s “Kind Of Bird,” which saw a reprise of “Traveling Tune” ahead of the final song—a cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer,” that saw both Widespread Panic’s John Bell and Jimmy Herring end out the set.Gov’t Mule with Marcus King and Jack Pearson, “Can’t You See”
One of Gregg Allman‘s final contributions to the music community was his series of Laid Back Festivals around the country. With New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Colorado, and Texas on the books, an Atlanta, Georgia date has just been added. Laid Back Festival will return to Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 14th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Headlined by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the festival welcomes very special guests, the Gregg Allman Band fronted by Gregg’s son Devon Allman in honor of his father.Gregg Allman’s last concert appearance was in Atlanta for Laid Back 2016. Devon and the band will play Gregg’s final studio album Southern Blood in its entirety as well as other Gregg Allman favorites. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band will kick off the festival followed by Bishop Gunn. Stay tuned for more details on the Atlanta event page here.Pre-sale tickets go onsale Wednesday, August 23rd at 10:00 am est. Public on-sale is Thursday, August 24th at 10:00 am est. All information can be found here.
This past Sunday afternoon saw the return of the 6th annual Guitar Mash at City Winery in New York City. The unique event allows amateur and professional guitarists to come and play together in a public setting. This year’s event included “Musical Speed Dating,” where participants were given three minutes each to talk and play with Binky Griptite (Sharon Jones + the Dap-Kings), Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), and Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon). Money raised from the event went to Guitar Mash free programming for teens including the monthly Songwriter Circle. Added contributions went to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musician’s Emergency Fund.Highlights from the afternoon included Leo Nocentelli and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer jamming on Parliament Funkadelic’s “Give Up the Funk” while Mark Stewart played in the crowd, Olivia Chaney take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, Its Alright”, and a teenage ensemble’s rendition of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”. The stand-out finale of the day included Mark Stewart, Binky Griptite, Marshall Crenshaw, Leo Nocentelli, Taz Niederauer, and Evie Dolan performing Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”.For more information on Guitarmash, see the event’s Facebook page or website. Check out Jeremy Gordon’s photos from Guitar Mash 6 below! Guitar Mash | City Winery | New York, NY | 11/19/2017 | Photos: Jeremy Gordon Load remaining images
In what’s probably the first time anyone outside their inner circle has ever even considered superstar former Police frontman Sting and the “It Wasn’t Me” guy, Shaggy, in the same thought, the two men announced today that they will release a new collaborative, Caribbean-inflected album.In an extensive feature on Rolling Stone published this morning, the pair are interviewed in the final days of recording for the new album, entitled 44/876, due out on 4/20 (because, of course it is). Sting, a 16-time GRAMMY-winner (and 38-time nominee) and Shaggy, a two-hit wonder reggae-pop sensation who made it huge 18 years ago and faded into relative obscurity just as quickly, both acknowledge that this new collaboration is surprising to, well, everybody.As Sting tells Rolling Stone, “The most important thing to me in any kind of music is surprise, and everybody is surprised by this collaboration – by what they’re hearing. We’re surprising.”The two share an obvious connection to Reggae music. Sting, like many British artist of his age, were heavily influenced by reggae an ska (see: “Roxanne“), and Shaggy, born in Kingston, embodies the duo’s direct lineage to Jamaica.Lab Scans And Analyzes Sting’s Brain As Part Of Study Of Mental Music OrganizationAs the Rolling Stone piece explains, “The duo first hooked up this summer during a Shaggy session at L.A.’s The Village studio.” Sting had received an in-progress Shaggy tune from a mutual associate and was immediately infatuated with the track. He immediately headed to Shaggy’s studio from his Malibu hom, surprising Shaggy by singing the song’s hook as he strolled through the door. “I just said, ‘as far as I know, that sounds like a hit to me,’” Sting tells Rolling Stone, “I sang on the chorus, and then we tried to figure out a way to make it more of me than just a chorus, so we got a verse together.” Adds Shaggy, “Once he cosigned it, I was like, ‘Fuck, I was right! The god says it’s a hit!’”Today, the pair released the first song from the album, “Don’t Make Me Wait”. The sunny tune melds Sting’s distinctively wistful vocal tone and Shaggy’s percussive, infectious patois in thoroughly satisfying fashion–so much so that the song inevitably gets caught in your head by the time you finish your first listen. Don’t worry, you’ll hear it again: This track is sure to be a big hit, and is destined to get plenty of play on the radio and beyond in the coming weeks.Listen to the first single from Sting & Shaggy’s 44/876, “Don’t Make Me Wait”, below via Interscope Records‘ YouTube page:[h/t – Rolling Stone]