A full gallery of Andrew Blackstein’s photos can be seen below: Last night marked the second show in a four-night series for Antibalas at the Brooklyn Bowl, with one performance scheduled per month from March through June. The band brought in beloved keyboardist John Medeski for a 4/20 celebration at the Bowl, packing the venue with great fans and extraordinary music. Photographer Andrew Blackstein captured the show; check out his work below: Load remaining images
The second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive is thrilled to announce the addition of Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven, a brand new instrumental collective with a direct focus on the classical suites of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. The brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, the band features Jay Lane (drums), Cochrane McMillan (drums), Todd Stoops (keys), and Clay Welch (guitar) in a movement that can only be described as “Classical Dance Music.”Mathis traveled for years collecting music samples from an all-star cast of musicians, putting together a who’s who for their soon-to-be-released album, Beathoven, featuring Phish’s Mike Gordon and Page McConnell, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Galactic’s Stanton Moore, The Greyboy Allstars’ Robert Walter, Matt Chamberlain, The Barr Brothers and more. To bring the music to life, Mathis assembled another all-star cast of musicians, and recently debuted the project at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. The music itself recreates Beethoven’s entire 3rd and 6th Symphonies, “jammed the fuck out of course.” With the project now coming to New York, there’s no telling who Mathis will recruit for special guests on this east coast appearance.You can listen to the leading single from Beathoven, titled “Rebirth,” below.Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.So far, BCA has officially announced [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, a collaboration between Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee with The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, and the All Brothers Band featuring Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, and Alan & Neal Evans. Stay tuned for more lineup announcements over the coming weeks!In the meantime, see if you can guess what Brooklyn Comes Alive might be in store from the following lineup:Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickShowcase Sets:RIPEOrgan FreemanArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Supergroups:The All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans, Alan Evans[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Marc Brownstein, Aron MagnerReed Mathis and Electric BeethovenJoe Russo, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, & Andy HessDRKWAV: John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & SkerikThe Nth Power Presents Earth, Wind & Power ft. Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny SadownickJason Hann’s RhythmatronixA Tribute To J Dilla: Borahm Lee, Nate Edgar, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Stu BrooksTim Palmieri & Friends: Dan Edinbugh, Jen Durkin, Rob Somerville, Alan EvansNatalie Cressman Presents: Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, Samora PinderhughesThe Coomes Brothers Ft. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Adam Smirnoff & The Shady HornsRoosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down Ft. Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, Adrian TramontanoManic Focus & FriendsMore information on Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
Today marks National Voter Registration Day, and prized non-profit organization HeadCount wants you to take notice. As HeadCount’s mission is to register young people to vote, it’s no surprise that they’ve recruited an all-star roster of musicians and celebrities to help spread the message.Members of Grateful Dead, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, David Crosby, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Keys, Leon Bridges, The National, moe., Ween, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Karl Denson, Keller Williams, Umphrey’s McGee, The String Cheese Incident, Lotus, STS9, Dead & Company, The Disco Biscuits, Gov’t Mule and so many more have all contributed to this important campaign.If you aren’t registered, be sure to head to HeadCount’s website to find one of the 50+ voter registration drives taking place in major cities today, or just register to vote online. However you choose, just be sure to get out and vote!Check out a gallery of our favorites encouraging the vote with a Register To Vote clipboard. Load remaining images
Back in the Allman Brothers Band days, guitarist Derek Trucks was playing “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” on a regular basis. While that band no longer tours, Trucks found himself in familiar territory when Tedeschi Trucks Band busted out their rendition of the ABB classic at The Beacon Theatre last night.The band is now four shows deep into their six-night Beacon residency, and the special moments are quite plentiful. Tedeschi Trucks brought out Luther Dickinson for an extended sit-in during last night’s show, and the guitarist made his way through “Get Out Of My Life Woman,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “I Got A Feelin” with the band. Finally, they let loose on this extended version of the Allmans classic, which was captured by Marc Millman in the video below.The show also featured a sit-in from opener Jorma Kaukonen, who accompanied the band on their two-song encore of “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” and “Let’s Go Get Stoned.” Check out the video below, courtesy of Sean Roche. A full gallery of images can be seen below, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – 10/5/16Set: Anyhow, Don’t Know What It Means > The Letter, Until You Remember, Crying Over You, Right On Time, Wade In The Water, Bound For Glory, How Blue Can You Get, Get Out Of My Life Woman, Angel From Montgomery > Sugaree, I Got A Feelin’, In Memory Of Elizabeth ReedEncore: Rollin’ And Tumblin’, Let’s Go Get Stoned Load remaining images
15 years ago, the one-of-a-kind collaboration between Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio and Stewart Copeland graced us with their otherworldly jams. While all of Oysterhead has expressed interest in exploring the group once again, it has yet to matriculate. In a new interview with Jambands about The Claypool Lennon Delirium, bassist Les Claypool gets into that subject and more.The interview reveals once again that Claypool was hoping to reunite Oysterhead, but instead wound up working with Sean Lennon after his band, Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, opened up for Primus on tour. The Delirium has been a big hit in 2016, releasing their acclaimed Monolith Of Phobos album and touring extensively behind its psychedelic vibes.However, older jam fans can’t help but wax poetic about Oysterhead. In the new interview, Claypool says, “Oysterhead was part of the reason that I did this project. Primus was taking a year off because it had been going strong for five years and I was trying to fire up the old Oysterhead machine. Anyway, the schedules weren’t aligning. There I was during the tour, hanging out with Sean when I said, ‘Hey I’m looking for new work to do this year. What are you doing?’”The interview circles back around to Oysterhead once more, with Claypool going deep into the band’s origins when asked about the evolution of the jam scene:I have seen the jam scene kind of floating in and out of me. I’m doing my thing with this group of individuals and that group of individuals. When I first got offered that Superjam in New Orleans, not even knowing what the hell it meant, I called Trey [Anastasio of Phish] because I was like, “Oh, he’s a jam guy.” He said he would do a project with Stewart Copeland and me. I think that was him saying, “I don’t really want to do this but if we get Stewart Copeland, then I’ll do it.” I remember going to do the first Oysterhead gig thinking, I’ll just jam on this stuff, let’s not do any of our songs. I think we did one or two covers and they were sort of last minute. Stewart was even worse than me, he was like, “What are you talking about? We’re just gonna jam.” So when we realized, “Wow, there are people out there that like that.”We used to do that just hanging out in the garage all the time. Just sit with some friends; pack a bunch of shit into the garage, and that was what you did. That really opened my eyes to the notion that, “Hey, there are people out there that want to see you dance on the edge and just see if you can fall off or not. Or just see how gracefully you do fall off, and theoretically land again.” For me, when people would say the “jam” thing, I’d think, “That’s the Dead…and Phish,” not knowing all this other stuff. I knew Galactic because they’re friends of mine, and going into that whole world of seeing different bands. Now it has evolved so much more, I mean we’re talking ancient times now. I mean 2000 and 2001, it doesn’t seem like it, but that’s a long ass time ago. Most of the time, I don’t even know who the hell is who. I see these people at festivals and say, “Oh, that’s cool.” But most of the time I’m fairly oblivious to what’s going on.We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the return of Oysterhead, but the Delirium is not a bad consolation prize! Check them out performing “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Southbound Pachyderm,” here. You can also watch a great Oysterhead video from 2001, below.
The music of Vulfpeck is happy by nature. Songs like “Back Pocket” and “Funky Duck” inevitably leave smiles across faces when they grace the musical palette, so it’s no wonder that people like to play their infectious songs and share them with the world. As did THUNK, Northwestern University’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, with their rendition of “Back Pocket”.The group will be bringing this arrangement to Cape Town next month for their traditional trip to South Africa, where they conduct music workshops at local schools, community centers, and rehabilitation facilities while also taking the opportunity to perform at venues around the city. In addition to holding workshops and playing gigs, THUNK members use their remaining time to explore the wonders of Cape Town, visiting landmarks such as Robbin Island, Table Mountain and Cape Point. At its core, the Cape Town Project serves to enrich the lives of those in the communities they visit as well as the lives of their members. “We do that the best way we know how – through music,” they explain. Support the 2016 Cape Town Project here, and enjoy THUNK’s performance of “Back Pocket”, as arranged by Ogi Ifediora and Ryder Chasin.Shout out Vulfpack!
Twiddle closed out their two-night sold-out run at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, February 11th, joined again by the talented openers Aqueous.Aqueous’ set was a powerful start to night, as the four-piece from Buffalo, NY drove through composed originals that pulled from a plethora of jam influences. There was the prog-rock of Umphrey’s McGee, the trance-jams of the Disco Biscuits, the feel-good guitar harmonies of Moe, even glitched-out moments of fusion reminiscent of acts like Snarky Puppy. Front man Mike Gantzer’s tasteful guitar solos and smooth vocals dominated the set, but it was guitarist Dave Loss that stepped in for lead vocals on a speedy cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha” that dropped back into the catchy original “Kitty Chaser” to end the set.By the time Twiddle took the stage, the young crowd had filed in to capacity and the historic theater was alive with energy. The band has risen through the jam ranks quickly, and even 2000 miles from their Vermont home a faithful family of “frends” sang the words to most every tune.Twiddle’s first set, and the show in general, was a refreshing throw back to the band’s older material. The music had a focus on jazzy composition and open improvisation, as opposed to the more accessible pop-reggae of their latest release Plump.Mihali Savoulidis got his moments to croon on cuts like “Daydream Farmer” and “Every Soul,” but it was the mathy shreds and extended explorations on instrumentals like “Brick of Barley,” “Doinkinboink!!!” and the new track “Blunderbuss” that saw the band at their best. Zebulon Bowles of Hot Buttered Rum joined on violin for two tunes, including “Latin Twang” to end the second set. The band encored with the only cover of the night, the reggae-tinged Led Zeppelin tune “D’Yer Maker.”You can stream the full audio of Twiddle’s show below, courtesy of taper The Space Fish.Check out some videos of Twiddle’s set, below, as well as full setlists for both artists. Setlist: Aqueous | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 2/11/17Set: Don’t Do It, Random Company, Kitty Chaser -> Bertha -> Kitty ChaserSetlist: Twiddle | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 2/11/17Set 1: Syncopated Healing, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Daydream Farmer, Brick Of BarleySet 2: Blunderbuss, Every Soul, Zazu’s Flight, Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Doinkinbonk!!!, Latin TangEncore: D’Yer Maker
***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website. Throughout the Spring of 2017, Boulder, CO-based trio SunSquabi has brought their “electronic hydro-funk” across the country as they tour behind their new album, Deluxe, released earlier this month. Last Saturday, April 15th, SunSquabi rolled into Austin’s Empire Control Room for a String Cheese Incident after-party with Cloudchord.Fresh off his performance with String Cheese earlier in the evening at storied venue Stubb’s, String Cheese percussionist Jason Hann joined band members Chris Anderson (drums), Josh Fairman (bass/synth), and Kevin Donohue (guitar/keys/production) to add rhythmic texture to a two-song set-closing segment that saw the band flow from “Sticky” (from their 2016 EP Odyssey) into “Wizard” (from their 2014 release Thunder).You can enjoy a pro-shot recap video of the performance and the Jason Hann sit-in below, courtesy of SunSquabi’s Facebook:SETLIST: Sunsquabi | Empire Control Room | Austin, TX | 4/15/17Set: Dexter, Anytime, Odyssey, Pygmy Up, Bubs, Pablito, Zapp, After the RainSticky* > Wizard*Encore: Deluxe, Tequila Mockingbird, SquabCatNOTES: *w/ Jason Hann[Cover photo via Jason Siegel]You can watch SunSquabi and Jason Hann get after it together once again at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!
Photos: Jeremy Scott – Jazz Fest Late Nights, 4/30/2017 & 5/1/2017 Load remaining images Load remaining images Photos: Adam McCullough – Jazz Fest Late Nights, 5/1/2017 Following the kick-off of this year’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans this past weekend, the city is still in full swing. As the week in between weekend one and weekend two of the music-lover mecca unfolds, there’s still no lack of things to do around the Crescent City, as evidenced by the late-night going-ons over the past two nights. On Sunday night, after the last of the official Jazz Fest performances for the first weekend had wrapped up, funk masters Lettuce took to Tipitina’s Uptown to keep the party going.Monday marked the start of the “Daze In Between,” as well as the start of New Orleans Crawfish Festival, which saw the stellar duo of Cris Jacobs and Ivan Neville grace its stages. Jacobs then moseyed to Chickie Wah Wah for a joint performance with Papa Mali which followed a performance by Luther Dickenson & Friends, which included the likes of Terence Higgins, Brady Blade, Roosevelt Collier, Eric Vogel, Sasha Brown, and Michael Carubba. At One Eyed Jacks, Organ Freeman was posted up along with MonoNeon and Mike Dillon. The Howlin’ Wolf was, predictably, also goin’ off, with Funkify Night, which featured members of The Nth Power, Dumpstaphunk, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, and Snarky Puppy getting into some ’80’s funk jams.As always, Jazz Fest is the place to be this time of year, and this is only a small yet enviable sampling of the incredible musical collaborations going down across the town. For those of you missing out this year, you can catch up on some of the action with our photo recap of Sunday’s and Monday’s festivities. You can check out photos of these late-night parties below, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Scott. You can also check out Adam McCullough‘s gallery of Johnny Vidacovich, Oteil Burbridge, and John Medeski with Kofi Burbridge at the dba on Monday. Plus, for an added bonus, watch this short video of Organ Freeman, MonoNeon, and Mike Dillon getting into at One Eyed Jacks below, courtesy of Kunj Shah.
Photo: Capacity Images On Friday night, Michelangelo Carubba of the Brooklyn-based funk powerhouse Turkuaz hosted his annual birthday bash at Brooklyn Bowl. For the third annual iteration of the event, Carubba had something particularly special in store, tapping a number of other big names in the music scene to help him welcome in another lap around the sun. For his birthday blowout, the drummer tapped TAB trumpeter and vocalist Jennifer Hartswick, Allen Stone keyboardist Steveland Swatkins, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds bassist Josh Myers, and singer-songwriters Ryan Montbleau and Cris Jacobs, in addition to a number of folks from the Snarky Puppy clan, including Robert “Sput” Searight, Nate Werth, and the Snarky Puppy Horns—composed of Justin Stanton, Mike Maher, and Chris Bullock. However, the list didn’t stop there, with his fellow Turkuaz bandmates, Craig Brodhead, Shira Elias, and Sammi Garett, all joining in on last night’s festivities.Ahead of his birthday party, Michelangelo Carubba spoke to Live For Live Music about the important personal meaning of the event: “Ultimately, it really is just about me wanting to play with my friends. I love seeing all my friends when they come to these birthday shows. The whole thing is just a reflection of my life in front of me—in people and in music. I want everyone else to see what that means and also, in a way, to give back to the people who have made it possible. Every person involved has played a part in me being there on stage that day, on my birthday.”With the event holding such a special personal importance to Carubba, each year, the Turkuaz drummer strives to make things better than the last. Unlike past years and with such an extensive listing of some of the most masterful musicians in the scene at his fingertips, the Turkuaz drummer decided to move away from a more traditional super jam in favor of a more pre-determined set list with specific planned collaborations. Ahead of his birthday party, Carubba noted: “This year, I am trying to do something completely different than the super jam idea. . . . I thought it might be sensory overload if all fourteen were onstage at the same time, the entire time. I’m kind of breaking people off and putting together combinations of music that you will never see anywhere else. When else are you going to see Cris Jacobs playing cigar box guitar with Jen Hartswick singing, you know?”To say that this format for the show was a success would be an understatement. Last night was a funk-fueled celebration of life, which saw a slew of well-executed covers spanning well-loved catalogs from Stevie Wonder to Dolly Parton to The Wood Brothers to Janet Jackson. In addition to the already-massive birthday lineup Carubba had planned for the evening, the performance also saw sit-ins from trombonist Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), guitarist Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), and bassist Dave Livolsi (Jazz Is Dead).You can check out photos from Michelangelo Carubba’s third annual birthday blowout below, courtesy of Chris Capaci of Capacity Images. You can also listen to the full audio from the night below, courtesy of Eric McRoberts. Enjoy Load remaining images Michelangelo Carubba’s 3rd Annual Birthday Bash | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 8/11/2017 | Photo: Capacity Images