The Fab Four came for the faithful, and serenaded the Paramount in Huntington, NY with a two set, 22 song multimedia production on February 20th. After an onscreen Beatles Quiz kept the fans guessing, the group took the stage and broke into “From Me To You.” Donning the style of suits that the Beatles made famous in A Hard Day’s Night, the game was afoot. No technology besides live onstage playing provided a soundtrack as close to the originals as a fan can find. If the blind could be fooled by the sound, the deaf would find a similar experience with the visual display. The costumes, screens, and band looked the part, and satiated the senses.‘Ed Sullivan’ was the host of this evening, and had been played previously for seventeen years by Jerome Hoban who toured with the band. Hoban recently passed away, and the affection that the group held for him was displayed in their rendition of “In My Life,” which was dedicated to him. A touching video display of Jeremy was screened as the song played. It was Hoban who played Ed Sullivan in Pulp Fiction, announcing John Travolta and Uma Thurman as they danced the Twist to Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.”The evening continued with “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “I Should Have Known Better” (including an audience sing-a-long), and a jaunty “Eight Days A Week.” “Help!” began with the orchestration from the film’s soundtrack, as the audience traveled back to a more innocent point in our nation’s consciousness. The Beatles had moved from a black and white film to a colorized one, and a similar effect was about to transcend into their songwriting. For the moment, the first half closed with hints of some salty ‘pre-Pepper’ numbers in “Day Tripper” and “Twist and Shout.”The band re-emerged in full Sgt. Pepper regalia which was stunningly accurate, and hard to peel your eyes from. The cloth glowed pastel, and made you think that the threads went electric. Both halves of the breakthrough album’s title track were offered, as was “With A Little Help From My Friends,” with ‘Ringo’ taking the spotlight. ‘John’ walked us on a tour through “Strawberry Fields,” and Paul even stepped in to share the drums in a rousing duet with ‘Ringo’. A powerful “A Day in the Life” rose the audience to their feet, and offered a glimpse of what the latter-half Beatle songs might have sounded like live. The group had retreated from public performance by the release of ‘Pepper’, for the sake of safety and their sanity relegated playing to the studio.‘George’s’ “Let It Be” persona was so accurate that I checked how close I was to the edge of the Apple roof. A splendid acoustic medley including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps/Something/Here Comes the Sun” was a highlight which exemplifies the new gems the Fabs offer. Dessert included “The Two of Us,” “Hey Jude” and “Revolution.” ‘Radical John’ sang the solo “Imagine,” as he reflected verbally on Lennon’s efforts for peace. The show closed appropriately with the title track from the Beatles last film, “Let It Be.”The Paramount is the regular local stop for the Fab Four, as the #11 rated club in the world offers multiple bars and seating or standing room. Every seat in the house features a fine vantage point of the stage, and also screens in the outside bar area so not a moment need be missed. For more information about The Fab Four, visit their website.Words by Bob Wilson, photographs by Wayne Herrschaft. Full gallery below: Load remaining images
We all know that Jerry Garcia played a guitar called Wolf, but it seems he’s the namesake for a real-live wolf now too! According to a report in Patch, the San Francisco Zoo has just taken in three Mexican gray wolf brothers, and the zoo has named them Prince, David Bowie, and Jerry Garcia. The Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered subspecies of wolf, making their conservation all the more important. The new wolf habitat mimics their natural terrain, and technological advances like automatic feeders and environmental detectors will only help keep these wolves safe.“Wolf Canyon isn’t just an exquisite exhibit, it’s an opportunity for San Francisco Zoo & Gardens to participate in the conservation of a species,” said President of San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Tanya Peterson said in a statement. The added musical tribute only makes these animals more endearing, as Bowie and Prince both passed away earlier this year, and Garcia is something of a heroic musician, especially in the San Francisco area.For more about the new Wolf Canyon exhibit, head here.
13-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer is no stranger to the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC. He’s often invited to sit-in with acts like The Revivalists, Lettuce, Kung Fu, and more in between his hectic schedule performing in School of Rock The Musical. Last night, he joined in on the fun with Elise Testone, who co-headlined the Bowl with Hayley Jane and the Primates.The American Idol finalist played through her original tunes, welcoming DJ Logic, Chris Rob on keys, Matt “Pedals” Loescher on guitar, Hayley Jane, and Brandon Niederauer throughout the night. Of the night’s many highlights was the young guitarist joining in on two Testone originals, “Lucky Day” and “Never Gave Me Butterflies.”You can watch clips of the young shredder in the videos below: [via 215music]The full set can be streamed below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts.
Ten years ago today, STS9 threw down an epic show at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The show featured some choice cuts such as an early in the set “Grow” with a tight percussion groove, a breathy “Re-Emergence”, and a melodic “Open E” to end the first set.A sick “Aimlessly” to open the second set locked everybody in, while “Moonsocket” kept the energy piqued at a high level. “Arigato” brought that hip-hop beat to the nation’s capital with “Blu Mood” bringing the second set to rousing close. The “Tokyo” encore was the exclamation point for what was truly a memorable evening in STS9 history.Full audio courtesy of taper Todd (titotito):Setlist: STS9 at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 9/22/06Set 1: Intro/Murph, Big Little Scenerio, Grow, Music, Us, F-Word, Gobnugget, ReEmergence, Open ESet 2: Aimlessly, Moonsocket, Kamuy, Pianoir, …And Some Are Angels, Arigato, Blu Mood, Murph Outro, CrowdEncore: Tokyo[Photo via STS9 Facebook, taken in 2008]
It seems that just about everyone has been inspired by David Bowie in one way or another. The Starman was recently the subject of a major tribute by Phish, who performed his seminal album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars on Halloween night. However, the members of Phish weren’t the only ones inspired by Bowie.The new Apple iOS 10.2 update will feature a host of new emojis, including a pair inspired by the late great singer. Though they’re called “singer” emojis, the lightning bolt across the eye is undoubtedly a reference to Bowie and his Aladdin Sane album cover. There are male and female versions of the “singer” emojis as well.Check out the first look at these new emoji icons below, courtesy of Emojipedia.Android Apple[H/T Rolling Stone]
This past weekend, the inaugural Live On Lincoln took over the 3200 block of N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood for a two-day block party featuring some of the most talented live acts on today’s touring circuit. Following performances by Polica, Chicano Batman, Elliot Moss, and more on Saturday, July 1st, funk favorites The Motet and Turkuaz topped out the event’s Sunday lineup, along with rising jam scene stars like Buffalo’s Aqueous and hometown Chicago quartet Mungion. Keeping with the communal atmosphere they cultivated with the event, entry was offered free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10.While notably lower attendance and some sound system issues made the event’s first day a little difficult, most of the issues had been ironed out by Sunday. Despite some PA issues during the Turkuaz set (which they powered through like champs), the second day of the inaugural Live On Lincoln was a resounding success, boasting perfect weather, huge crowds, and generally happy summer street festival vibes, as well as stellar musical performances and collaborations across the day’s musical lineup.Below, you can see some live-shot video clips from Sunday at Live on Lincoln, as well as a beautiful gallery of photos from Mungion, Aqueous, Turkuaz, and The Motet’s sets courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith G:AqueousMungionTurkuazThe MotetThe Motet with Shira Elias and Sammi Garett of TurkuazWatch live-shot video of Aqueous at Live on Lincoln below:Watch live-shot footage of the Turkuaz vocalists sitting in with The Motet below:[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G]Aqueous, Turkuaz, Mungion, The Motet | Live On Lincoln (Sunday) | Chicago, IL | 7/2/17 Load remaining images
As for the group’s second set, the band offered up a number of classics from their more-regular catalog. With the majority of set two structured within a “JaJunk” sandwich, a highlight came during the band’s rendition of David Bowie and John Lennon’s “Fame” (housed within a “Utopian Fir” sandwich), marking the first time the tune had been played since August of last year and a 42-song gap. For the group’s encore, Umphrey’s McGee laid out a stellar rendition of the relatively rare fan-favorite “Front Porch”, marking the tune’s first performance in almost 100 shows (since January of 2017) and fourth performance since 2015.You can listen to the full audio of Saturday night’s performance below, courtesy of Sam Lincoln.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Wings Event Center | Kalamazoo, MI | 2/3/2018Set 1: Nipple Trix > Bridgeless, Half Delayed, Ringo, Rocker, Power of Soul, Puppet String -> Nothing Too FancySet 2: All In Time, Whistle Kids, JaJunk > Puppet String, Utopian Fir > Fame > Utopian Fir, The Triple Wide > JaJunkEncore: Front Porch with Marcus King on guitar and Deshawn Alexander on keyboards completing the 02.02.2018 version On Saturday night, Umphrey’s McGee finished off their two-night run at Kalamazoo, MI’s Wings Event Center. After sharing the road together for three consecutive nights, the Marcus King Band welcomed keyboardist Joel Cummins for an exciting collaboration during their opening set. Later in the evening, Umphrey’s returned the favor by inviting out young guitarist and vocalist Marcus King as well as his band’s keys player, DeShawn “D-Vibes” Alexander, for a Jimi Hendrix cover.While Umphrey’s McGee’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Power Of Soul” with Marcus King and DeShawn Alexander was a standout moment of Saturday night’s show, the evening also sported a number of other highlights. The group opened the show with “Nipple Trix”, a tune that the group hadn’t performed since August of 2017, marking a 45 show gap. In a particularly unusual fashion, following the band’s cover of “Power of Soul” and to close out their first frame, Umphrey’s segued “Puppet String” into the second half of “Nothing Too Fancy”, completing the version which they had started the night prior on February 2nd.“Power Of Soul”
STS9 will headline the 10th annual Utopia Fest when the event moves to its new location in Burnet, TX—roughly an hour outside of Austin—from November 2nd to 4th. Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Patty Griffin, Valerie June, Grandmaster Flash, Keller Williams, and Rubblebucket are also set to perform at the eclectic gathering.Other acts on the bill include Keller Williams and The Hillbenders’ Tom Petty tribute band PettyGrass, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet project, and funk supergroup The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, among many others. Fans will have no trouble catching all of the music on hand, as the festival operates with a “no overlapping sets” ethos.Additionally, after nine years at the Four Sisters Ranch in Uvalde County, TX, Utopia Fest will rebrand as Utopia Fest Down In The Oaks and move to a new 100-acre property along a flowing fork on the San Gabriel River. According to the Austin Chronicle, the expansive new space will allow organizers to accommodate up to 6,000 attendees, a significant increase from the 2,000-person cap at previous editions of the festival.“What attracted me to this place is that, even though it’s closer to Austin, there’s no sign of civilization,” festival founder Travis Sutherland told the publication. “At first, I didn’t look at the move as the beginning of a new chapter. I was just looking for a place to transplant Utopia that was a worthy successor to the ranch. When I came here, I saw that it was special and had a lot of potential.”Tickets for the Utopia Fest Down In The Oaks are currently on sale.
Tank and The Bangas have announced an extensive run of North American tour dates this fall. The New Orleans five-piece (brought to fame as the unanimous winners of NPR Tiny Desk contest in 2017) will share the headlining bill with Big Freedia, with opening support from Naughty Professor. The fall tour includes stops in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Portland, and more.It’s been a wild ride since the band jumped on the map in spring of 2017. Following up the band’s only LP, 2013’s Think Tank, in April, Tank and The Bangas released “Smoke.Netflix.Chill“, their first release via a major label (Verve Forecast). Led by vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group continues to evolve in more ways than just music, as Tank continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer.Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Norman Spence (synth keys, bass) says in a press release. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she says, while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer.Tank and The Bangas are a force to be reckoned with, and show not to be missed. Check out the full tour schedule below. For more information on their upcoming adventures, head to Tank and The Bangas’ official website.TANK AND THE BANGAS LIVEAugust 22—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreAugust 24—Detroit, MI—Museum of Contemporary Art DetroitAugust 25—Québec City, Canada—Wanderlust: Québec CityAugust 26—Cleveland, OH—InCuya Music FestivalSeptember 8—St. Louis, MO—LouFestSeptember 24—Cologne, Germany—Gloria TheaterSeptember 25—Frankfurt, Germany—Zoom FrankfurtSeptember 26—Berlin-Altglienicke, Germany—Festaal KreuzbergSeptember 27—Munich, Germany—AmpereOctober 3—Camden, London, UK—Electric BallroomOctober 4—Paris, France—La MaroquinerieOctober 8—Amsterdam, Netherlands—ParadisoOctober 9—Rotterdam, Netherlands—AnnabelOctober 18—Washington, DC—9:30 ClubOctober 19—Washington, DC—9:30 ClubOctober 20—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts*October 21—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel*October 23—Boston, MA—Royale*October 25—Toronto, Canada—Danforth Music Hall*October 26—Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall*October 28—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue*October 30—Maquoketa, IA—Codfish Hollow Barnstormers*October 31—Kansas City, MO—The Truman*November 2—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre*November 3—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot*November 5—Vancouver, Canada—Commodore Ballroom*November 6—Seattle, WA—Neptune*November 7—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater*November 9—Berkeley, CA—The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall*November 10—Los Angeles, CA—Regent Theater DTLA*w/ Big Freedia and Naughty ProfessorView All Tour Dates
Greensky Bluegrass opened up a three-night Colorado run last night, with a sold-out show at Denver, CO’s Ogden Theatre. Last night’s intimate performance comes ahead of a two-night Red Rocks Amphitheatre run, with the California Honeydrops performing the opening duties tonight, and the colorful funk-outfit, Turkuaz, opening up the show tomorrow night. Greensky Bluegrass has been on a recent tear, sitting in with Willie Nelson, traveling to Japan to play the infamous Fuji Rock Fest, and destroying America coast-to-coast.With Michael Arlen Bont’s opening lick on the banjo, Greensky opened set one with “Cold Feet”, with Dave Bruzza sounding strong on vocals. Hinting at the snow coming and winter approaching, Greensky moved into another cold-themed song of the evening, “Last Winter In Copper Country”, followed by “New Rize Hill”. Cranking the tempo up, the GSBG boys were heated up and sounded locked-in, as Bont, Bruzza, Paul Hoffman, and Anders Beck passed off solos down the line.“Can’t Make Time” led to a meaty segment of the set, with Greensky sandwiching “Ballad Of John and Yoko”, in the middle of “Don’t Lie”, with “Ballad Of John And Yoko” teases sprinkled throughout the entirety of the delectable treat. With barely a chance to catch their breaths, the five-piece laid down a heartfelt “Room Without A Roof”, with Bruzza once again dazzling the capacity crowd with his sweet, country-laced vocals. The Greensky Bluegrass boys closed set one with a sped-up cover of Bob Marley’s “Small Axe”, starting off their three-night Colorado run with tenacity and a more-than receptive crowd.Following a brief set break, Greensky came back out for the second set, opening with the Hoffman led “No Idea”. Having fun with their “hometown” crowd, Hoffman made a lyrics change from, “We’re going down on someone else’s dime” to “We’re going down on Bill Devol’s dime”. With Hoffman continuing to take lead on vocals, the band worked through “Less Than Supper and “Train Junkie”, with a tease of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” twisted into the latter.Moving forward, “Better Off” was next, with a rowdy Hoffman hooting and hollering out of the chorus, paving the path for Bruzza to rip up some serious pickin’ work on the acoustic guitar. Greensky’s way of interacting with their crowd seems so fluid and natural, with the band and the crowd’s energy melting into one. Slowing down their sometimes unstoppable speed, Hoffman led through “Forget Everything”, with Beck laying down a heartfelt solo on the dobro, before Hoffman brought it all back together on vocals.Speeding things back up, Hoffman continued the lead on vocals through “Tied Down”, before Bont kicked off the opening lick to “Doin’ My Time”. Bruzza stepped up to the mic, sustaining his lyrics for an extended period, with a rowdy Ogden Theatre crowd cheering him on. “Doin’ My Time” led to “Exuberance”, before appropriately ending the set with a cover of Duran Duran’s 1982 hit, “Hungry Like The Wolf”. GSBG was playing like a hungry pack of wolves last night, and if the Ogden opener is any indication of what the rest of the weekend may bring, fans traveling from near and far should buckle up for a special two-night Red Rocks run with the kings of jamgrass.Greensky Bluegrass came back out for their encore, offering up “Dustbowl Overtures” that fetaured a badass “Top Gun Theme” tease, from the hit 1986 Tom Cruise movie, before smoothly transitioning into a cover of Bill Monroe’s “Wheel Hoss”.Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 9/21/2018[Audio: rockymtnryan]Greensky Bluegrass heads to Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight, with nugs.tv offering up an option for fans to webcast from home.For more information on Greensky’s upcoming dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 9/21/2018Set One: Cold Feet, Last Winter In Copper Country, New Rize Hill, Can’t Make Time, Don’t Lie (1) > Ballad Of John and Yoko > Don’t Lie (1) Room Without A Roof, Small Axe (2)Set Two: No Idea (3), Less than Supper, Train Junkie (4), Better Off, Forget Everything, Tied Down, Doin’ My Time > Exuberance > Hungry Like The WolfEncore: Dustbowl Overtures (5) > Wheel Hoss(1) – Ballad of John and Yoko tease(2) – Lyric change “these are the words of my Maxter”(3) – Lyric change “going down on Bill Devol’s dime”(4) – Space Oddity tease(5) – Top Gun Theme teaseGreensky Bluegrass Upcoming Tour Dates9/22 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre %9/23 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @9/26 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown *9/27 – Des Moines, IA – Brenton Skating Plaza *9/28 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre *9/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater *9/30 – Columbia, MO – Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival10/2 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre10/4 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station10/5 – Arrington, VA – The Festy Experience10/6 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre10/7 – Stratton Mountain, VT – Stratton Mountain Resort10/31 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #11/1 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #11/2 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #11/3 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #11/7 – Crystal Bay, NV – The Crystal Bay Club/Crown Room #11/8 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre #11/9 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park #11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre #11/12 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren #11/14 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly #11/15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues #11/16 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ #11/23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre11/24 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre11/17 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater #12/7 – 12/11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & Sol12/28 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre12/29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre12/30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre12/31 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre% – with The California [email protected] – with Turkuaz* – with Ghost Light# – with The Lil SmokiesView All Tour Dates