It’s been nine months since David Bowie left this Earth. With entertainers finding more ways to artistically honor him, we flock to any semblance of the Starman’s legacy left behind. Last night at the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ceremony, actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter) honored Bowie with a particularly moving performance of “Lazarus”, the first track of his final Blackstar record, which hauntingly begins, “Look up here, I’m in heaven.”Hall was backed by a full band, and delivered a breath-taking version of the song while videos of Bowie flashed behind him. Watch the emotive performance below:
There’s something wholly impressive about taking the music of Ludwig van Beethoven into the jam sphere, but that’s just what Electric Beethoven is accomplishing on a nightly basis. Led by Reed Mathis, and featuring Todd Stoops, Jay Lane and Clay Welch, the ensemble continues to explore the depths of Beethoven’s 3rd and 6th Symphonies through the medium of improvisation.Last weekend, the band made their way to the Ardmore Music Hall, taking fans on a classical dance music journey of epic proportions. The show also featured a guest sit-in from The Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner, who accompanied Todd Stoops for a duel keyboard approach!Fortunately, thanks to Chris Cafiero, we can stream this performance with high-quality audio in the YouTube player below. Check it out!Electric Beethoven will return to New York, NY tomorrow night, October 26th, when they treat fans to an extended four-hour-long performance at DROM. E-Beethoven was supposed to play two shows, including a performance tonight (10/25) at The Cutting Room, but that show was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute to accommodate comedian Dave Chappelle. You can find tickets to the DROM show here.
Yesterday, Phish announced a thirteen night run at Madison Square Garden, officially titled the “Baker’s Dozen.” Naturally, with Jon Fishman’s donut dress and a title of “Baker’s Dozen,” the band’s promotional video for the upcoming residency was particularly donut themed, even ending with the phrase “Glaze On” as a play on their Big Boat track Blaze On.”The story doesn’t end there, as someone from the J Dilla team was certainly inspired by the donut video. Dilla’s most well known album is called Donuts (2006), and someone from his team decided to pair a track from Donuts to Phish’s new video. They remixed the song “Waves” from Donuts and put it together with the video, creating this beautiful Donuts on Donuts mashup.Check out the new Dilla release below.And here’s Phish’s video, set to the music of “Tweezer Reprise.”For more about Phish’s Baker’s Dozen announcement, head here.
John Blackwell Jr. — the mighty force behind the kit of Prince, D’Angelo, Justin Timberlake, and more — passed away yesterday. At the age of 43, Blackwell lost his battle against a brain tumor that took away the feeling in his left arm and leg in 2016. He died peacefully at the hospital with the company of his wife, who posted the news to Instagram. Blackwell was an American contemporary R&B, funk, jazz, and pop drummer who joined Prince’s band in 2000 after touring with Patti LaBelle for three years. He toured with Justin Timberlake as part of the FutureSex/LoveSounds tour in 2006, and joined D’Angelo for his European tour as an official member of The Vanguard in 2015. That same year, he toured with Bootsy Collins‘ Rubber Band. Needless to say, John Blackwell Jr. has made some serious contributions to the music community.Check out some videos of Blackwell in action below. Rest in peace, John. You will be missed!
Much like the rest of the Phish universe, Katy has had the Baker’s Dozen on the brain for the last few weeks. Just take a look at her Twitter feed from the past couple weekends: Sprinkled (jimmied?) in among tweets about White House staff turnover, her upcoming book about the bizarre 2016 election season, and tensions with North Korea, Katy posted several times about the ongoing MSG residency, including several tweets from 8/2/17’s “Holes” night and 8/5/17’s “Boston Cream” night, both of which she attended in person. Finally, after attending the penultimate show of the run, Tur joined the majority of the Phish fan base in couch-touring the Baker’s Dozen’s final show on Sunday night, during which the band raised their well-earned “13 Consecutive Shows” banner to the rafters of the World’s Most Famous Arena. Katy responded to the compilation tweet the way any true Phish nerd would: by pointing out that the user who made the video of all the references actually missed a few details of the Phish-ified broadcast package: During the broadcast, Katy made a litany of references to the Burlington-born foursome, even going as far as to use a “Divided Sky” text graphic as part of a segment. You can catch a compilation of last night’s various Katy Tur Phish references below, courtesy of Twitter user @Lynn Kestenbaum: NBC News correspondent Katy Tur wears several different hats within the network’s news infrastructure. In addition to serving as the anchor for MSNBC Live and reporting for Early Today, Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet The Press, and more, Tur serves as the network’s resident Phish fanatic, frequently working subtle references to the band’s music into her on-air news scripts.Watch Reporters Katy Tur And Jake Sherman Trade Low-Key Phish References On MSNBCLast night, as the host of a special Monday evening edition of Meet The Press Daily, Tur continued her incognito on-air Phish references with perhaps her most elaborate nod to the Vermont jam band yet, even giving fans a heads-up beforehand: We hope you enjoyed the Baker’s Dozen as much as we did, Katy! Time to get ready for some Dick’s![via Katy Tur on Twitter (@KatyTurNBC)]
To ring in 2018, the funk-fusion pioneers of The New Mastersounds will host a special New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City presented by CEG and Live For Live Music. Billed as a Phish after-party, after our favorite foursome from Vermont tears up Madison Square Garden during their own New Year’s Eve show, funk fans can head over to Irving Plaza to catch The New Mastersounds in action. This special New Year’s Eve performance and Phish after-party is slated to kick off at 2 am, ensuring that the music keeps rockin’ until the early hours of 2018 and offering a truly proper way to ring in the new year.The New Mastersounds Charge Through Three Nights At The Brooklyn Bowl In NYC [Photos/Videos]Direct from Leeds, England, for almost twenty years, The New Mastersounds have been defining the future of funk music. The British four-piece—composed of guitarist Eddie Roberts, bassist Pete Shand, drummer Simon Allen, and keys player Joe Tatton—has released over a dozen albums, including ten studio recordings, and earned fans globally for their tight infusion of jazz and funk. The band has earned accolades both in the U.S. and the U.K., with the group having performed with funk pioneers like George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Galactic, Papa Mali, and more.Tickets for The New Mastersounds’ upcoming New Year’s Eve bash are now on sale here.[Photo: Jeremy Scott]
The OutCrowd Group, a cannabis consulting agency focused on mid-size cannabis and hemp companies, will host the first edition of their Out Community Jam series on May 9th at the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. The show will coincide with the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo’s ‘Next’ conference, which is slated to take over New Orleans’ Earnest N. Morial Convention Center May 9th to 11th.The inaugural Out Community Jam will feature a supergroup comprised of Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Karina Rykman (Marco Benevento), Eric Bolivar (Anders Osborne), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Brad Walker (Sturgill Simpson), Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band), and Fletcher Nielsen. 10% of ticket sales and sponsor dollars, as well as proceeds from a silent auction, will be donated to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.Tickets for the first Out Community Jam are now on sale. VIP tickets include access to a crawfish boil with Chris “Shaggy” Davis, aka the New Orleans Crawfish King.
ZONK Is Not Just A Game, It’s A CultureThe Legendary Underground Game of Zonk is a 35-year-old underground cannabis board game in which “HITS” of cannabis are earned during a competitive race to 10,000 points. The game is owned by Sibannacal Life and, together, they work diligently to bridge the gap between the cannabis industry and the jam band community by, among other things, providing value-added VIP Productions to festivals such as Fool’s Paradise and, most recently, Brainquility Music Festival. Sibannacal Life also produced the ZonkFamily Conference—a day of art, music, and cannabis education—last summer, which featured The Main Squeeze, The Heavy Pets, and many others. The Legendary Underground Game of Zonk is available at www.gameofzonk.com. Stand by, as there is MUCH MORE to come! Eric Krasno is bringing The Daze Between Band back to New Orleans, and this year, the virtuosic guitar player from Soulive and Lettuce has curated not one but two special nights during Jazz Fest. On Wednesday, May 2nd, Krasno, Dave Schools, and Duane Trucks have tapped famed organist/keyboardist John Medeski and versatile Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton to join them for an intimate, sold-out performance at One Eyed Jack’s.However, for fans shut out from the sold-out event or unable to make it down to The Crescent City for the show, fear not. Today, Live For Live Music has announced that the first Daze Between show on Wednesday, May 2nd, will be streamed for FREE and presented by The Legendary Underground Game of ZONK, the 35-year-old, dice-rolling, cannabis board game that flooded through the scene over the past few years.The ZONK webcast will be live on Live For Live Music’s YouTube channel in addition to a Facebook Live stream on Live For Live Music’s Facebook page or ZONK’s Facebook page, with music lovers able to tune in at the start of the show at 10 p.m. (CT). You can also watch an embed of the show’s stream below.On Thursday, May 3rd, Krasno, Trucks, and Schools will join forces once again at The Howlin’ Wolf, with Medeski and Hamilton swapping out for epic guitar prodigy Marcus King and his trusty keys player in the Marcus King Band, Deshawn “D’Vibes” Alexander. With these two top-notch lineups (and we’re assuming some special-guest tricks up his sleeve), Krasno will once again deliver the goods for the revelers at Jazz Fest during these two highly anticipated Daze Between show. Tickets for the second Daze Between show on Thursday, May 3rd—which is also doubling as the official Jam Cruise lineup announcement party—are still available and can be purchased here. You can check out our late night guide for a comprehensive list of what New Orleans has to offer during Jazz Fest!
Load remaining images Candler Park Festival | Atlanta, GA | Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 | Gov’t Mule, Twiddle, Susto, Houndmouth, Busty and the Bass | Photos: Emily Butler Load remaining images This past Friday and Saturday, June 1st and 2nd, Candler Park Music & Food Festival returned to Atlanta, GA’s Candler Park for another memorable weekend of standout musical performances, a food village featuring fare from local vendors and food trucks, an artist market, adult field games, a craft cocktail bar, and more.While severe thunderstorms forced the festival to delay Friday’s start time and cancel scheduled sets by Grand and Larkin Poe, the weekend got off the ground running with Keller Williams‘ buzzed-about PettyGrass project, in which he reimagines the music of Tom Petty in bluegrass form with The Hillbenders. Friday headliners Lettuce followed, bringing the funk to close out day one on a strong note. On Saturday, the day’s lineup got underway with Busty and the Bass, Webster, Susto, and Twiddle. From there, Houndmouth and headliners Gov’t Mule hit the stage to cap a wonderful weekend of music.Below, you can view a gallery of beautiful photos from both days of Candler Park Music & Food Festival, courtesy of Emily Butler Photography.Candler Park Festival | Atlanta, GA | Friday, June 1st, 2018 | Lettuce, Keller Williams’ PettyGrass | Photos: Emily Butler
Since making the move from her native NYC to New Orleans in the fall of 2016, singer and songwriter Noelle Tannen has been making strides in The Big Easy live circuit while working on a follow-up to the full-length Noelle Tannen & The Filthy No-Nos.Working under just her name, the artist is readying a series of singles the first of which is “Proof”, which Live For Live Music is premiering today. On the track, Tannen blends a wonderful swirl of soul, jazz, and rock as her powerhouse vocals hammer home a progressive message.“‘Proof’ is a song about the constant struggle many women face of having to prove ourselves and work extra hard just for people to take us seriously,” Tannen shares. “It’s about how exhausting that struggle can be. However, the song is supposed to portray a motivational message. Let’s keep on working hard, but while doing so, not to forget about the beauty of life and the earnestness in creation. Let’s not allow the haters to get in the way! We got this ladies.”Stream Noelle Tannen’s “Proof” below. For more information on the songstress, head to her website here.