Load remaining images The 10th annual Gem And Jam Festival brought a diverse array of top-notch acts to Tuscon, AZ for two days of majestic performances, workshops, and artistic exploration. Featuring premier funk, jam and electronic artists including Lettuce, Beats Antique, Break Science, The Polish Ambassador, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Michal Menert, Eliot Lipp, Manic Focus, Tycho, The Magic Beans, Exmag, and more, this year’s Gem and Jam was truly one for the books!Photographer Patrick Hughes was on the scene to capture all the action. Check out some of our top 10 magical moments, followed by a complete gallery from the weekend.
This Thursday, March 10th, The Maison on Frenchmen St. in New Orleans, LA is hosting a one-of-a-kind Killa 4 Dilla tribute. Some of our favorite musicians are gathering to celebrate the life and music of J Dilla, including Borahm Lee, Nigel Hall, Alvin Ford Jr., Ian Neville, Andrew Block, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Ryan Zoidis, M@ Peoples, DJ Otto, alongside very special guest Ivan Neville. It will undeniably be a night to remember. A portion of the proceeds with go to the J Dilla Foundation that helps fund inner city music programs.J Dilla’s Long Lost 2002 Album ‘The Diary’ Will Finally Be ReleasedDespite passing away far too young, Detroit native hip hop producer, J Dilla, is one of the most influential producers of all time. His career began working with big names like De La Soul, Pharcyde and Busta Rhymes, and was a member of A Tribe Called Quest‘s production trio, the Ummah. Dilla went on to produce with musical legends such as The Roots, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Janet Jackson, Macy Gray and Erykah Badu and many more. Come out, get down, and celebrate the great J Dilla this Thursday, March 10th at Maison. Tickets available HERE.For fans of these musicians, be sure to check out the lineups for Fool’s Paradise and NOLA Crawfish Fest. Fool’s Paradise is hosted by Lettuce, and will feature Ivan Neville as part of the Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue supergroup, as well as Borahm Lee with Break Science throwing it down late night style. Meanwhile, Crawfish Fest will include Nigel Hall, and Ivan Neville’s newest collaboration, the Neville Jacobs Project. Check out more about Fool’s Paradise (April 1-2; St. Augustine, FL) here, and NOLA Crawfish Fest (April 25-27; New Orleans, LA) here. read more
It’s on for this year’s NH Hempfest & Freedom Rally. Make sure to save August 25-28 for this revolutionary experience, located on a private property in the Presidential Mountain Range of the beloved Great White Mountain National Forest in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Between the national acts, cannabis legalization guest speakers, and community-building activities planned for the weekend, this year is sure to attract the best minds of our generation.The initial talent announcement includes headlining performances from Dopapod (x2), Twiddle (x2), Zach Deputy (x2), and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Also joining the rally are The Heavy Pets, Consider The Source, Spiritual Rez, McLovins, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Wobblesauce, and so many more. Check out the full lineup below, equipped with this year’s guest speakers and extracurricular activities all around:A limited amount of “Up In Smoke” tickets ($75) are available now, before prices raise after April 30th. There are also motel and cabin rentals available. All information can be found on the festival’s website. read more
Mountain Jam! Les Brers 3/24/16 Pat Bergeson, Jack Pearson, Butch Trucks, Bruce Katz, Oteil Burbridge, Jaimoe, Marc Quiñones, Lamar WilliamsPosted by Heather Gillis on Friday, March 25, 2016 The newest project to come out of the Allman Brothers Band is Les Brers, complete with Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Pat Bergeson, Bruce Katz, and Lamar Williams, Jr. After playing together for the first time as “Butch Trucks & Friends” at the Peach Music Festival last summer, they made their debut as an official band in Macon, GA two nights ago at the Cox Capitol Theatre, as a benefit concert for the Big House Museum.Watch Members Of The Allman Brothers Make Their Debut As Les BrersLes Brers returned to the stage last night for another exciting evening of music. The room, even more packed than the night before, filled with Allman Brothers’ friends, family, and fans, all who carried a contagious buzz from the infectious energy coming from the stage. Returning to ABB staples, the night opened with “Hot ‘Lanta” and soared through “Ain’t Wasting Time,” “Dreams,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” even incorporating Bruce Katz original, “Just An Expression,” and Dr. John classic, “Gilded Splinters” in a set filled with several decades worth of material. The highlight of the evening was a rip-roaring “Mountain Jam” encore, featuring some incredible guitar-work between Pearson, who played with ABB from 1997-99, and his guitar mate Pat Bergeson. Watch the 24-minute jam, courtesy of Heather Gillis: “I Can Fix It”Sentimental about the weekend, Trucks shared his thoughts on his Facebook page from the Atlanta airport:“I knew that Les Brers was going to be good but DAMN!!!! We did stuff I wouldn’t have believed. So great to really jam and jam with people who have the guts to leap off the cliff and soar with the eagles or, as happened once last night, hit the ground, pick ourselves up and go somewhere we’ve never been before. Thank you Jaimoe, Oteil, Marc, Jack, Lamar, Bruce, Pat and Jamie and Tad. Will see you all for the midnight set, Friday April 15, at Wanee. Be ready to PLAY ALL NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!”As mentioned, Les Brers will be playing at Wanee Music Festival in April and again at the Peach Music Festival in August. A reliable source also has expressed that Boston, NYC, Philly and a South East run are all in the works for later this year. We look forward to confirming more dates with Les Brers.Butch and Oteil will also be hosting Roots Rock Revival, a 4-day adventure into the world of southern rock, as a pre-Peach-party, complete with daily musical workshops and late-night jams alongside North Mississippi Allstars brothers Luther Dickinson & Cody Dickinson, legendary saxophonist Bill Evans, the one-and-only Col. Bruce Hampton, as well as Roosevelt Collier, Bruce Katz, Sister Sparrow, and many more. Settled in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve, you don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity!Les Brers @ The Cox Capitol Theatre 3/24/16:Hot ‘LantaAin’t Wasting TimeStand BackJust An ExpressionTrouble No MorePlease Call HomeAny DayHold On What You GotDreamsJessicaI Can Fix ItGilded SplintersEvery Hungry WomanIn Memory of Elizabeth ReedE: Mountain Jam[photo via @brianwhitley1] read more
Edit this setlist | More Slightly Stoopid setlists Load remaining images Slightly Stoopid rolled into the Portsmouth Pavillion in Portsmouth, VA last Friday night, July 29th, for a great evening of SoCal reggae. The Ocean Beach, CA-based band have been hitting the road hard this summer along their Return of the Red Eye Summer Tour, playing tracks off their most recent album Meanwhile…..Back In The Lab, as well as some choice hits from their extensive catalog.Photographer Sam Shinault was there to capture some candid moments from the show. Check out the gallery, as well as the full setlist from the performance, below.
Earlier this week, a slew of incredibly established musicians made their way to the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA to celebrate 50 years of Jeff Beck music. Beck is easily one of the most underrated and understated guitarists, though he’s released music and toured perpetually for half a century. Naturally, the ever-humble guitarist took a moment during his own celebration to pay tribute to another artist – Prince.With singers Steven Tyler and Beth Hart joining him on stage, the band broke into a scintillating version of “Purple Rain.” Considering the influence that both Jeff Beck and Prince have had shaping music, let alone their shared virtuosic level of guitar playing, it’s no surprise that Beck delivered such an incredible solo in honor of the Purple One.Watch the footage from the 50 year celebration, streaming below. read more
In true artistic fashion, David Bowie left this planet with many gifts. Beyond the decades worth of music that the pop star released during his lifetime, he also prepared for records to be released after his death. Today, a new box set was released Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), a catalogue from Bowie’s “plastic soul” era.The box set includes an unreleased album from this era, called The Gouster, mixing R&B, soul, and funk music. The album includes a re-recorded version of “John, I’m Only Dancing”, as well as heavy-hitters “Young Americans”, “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, and “Can You Hear Me?”, tracks that all made their way onto Bowie’s 1975 Young Americans.You can stream The Gouster today, which starts at track 50 in the What Can I Be Now? box set, below.We miss you, Starman.[H/T CoS] read more
This past summer, fans at LOCKN’ were treated to a vast array of Dead-ly performances, from Keller Williams‘ Grateful Grass and Grateful Gospel, to two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and two Phil & Friends sets featuring dream team lineups. For the first of the two Phil Lesh sets, the Grateful Dead bassist recruited Phish members Jon Fishman and Page McConnell, former Furthur bandmate and Almost Dead bandleader Joe Russo, and The Infamous Stringdusters.LOCKN’ has now released pro-shot video of Phil and this stacked lineup of Friends performing the Dead’s “Rosalee McFall” for the world to enjoy. Check it out below!Many of the performers in the video are in action this weekend for Halloween: Lesh is at The Capitol Theatre for a 3-night Halloween run. Fishman and McConnell are one show into a 4-night run at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Infamous Stringdusters are hitting the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver with Keller’s Grateful Grass tonight. Let the jams go on! read more
Umphrey’s McGee certainly have a reputation for their covers, so much so that they decided to fuse covers together and turn it into a full mash-up album. However, they will also take things to Weird Al levels by writing the occasional holiday-themed parody. Titled “L.A. Santa,” the newest song in the UM catalog is a cheerful reworking of The Doors’ classic, “L.A. Woman.”The song was debuted at the recent holiday show from UM guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger, and was written by Cinninger literally the night before the show. “The prep time between Holidaze was tight this year so I wasn’t sure what I was going to do until the night before,” said Cinninger in a statement. “I opened iTunes and started scrolling for something very familiar while asking myself if it would translate to a Christmas atmosphere. I tried to use the same signature linguistics as Morrison, stressing his consonants and vowels but substituting holiday phrases. To be honest, once I got started it essentially wrote itself.”You can find the new single from Umphrey’s McGee here, or watch it in the video below.And here are the lyrics written by Cinninger, as provided by the band. read more
The Disco Biscuits played three crushing sets at Dominican Holidaze last year. With the sunset performance set to be followed by Simon Posford‘s Shpongle DJ set, Posford took the opportunity to jump into the fray early, sitting in for a rendition of “Gamma Goblins”, marking the 7th time the Biscuits have covered the 1998 Posford original (from back when he went by Hallucinogen). The Biscuits have shared pro-shot footage from this epic collaboration, which you can see below:Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set: Papercut-> Lunar Pursuit-> Jigsaw Earth, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Gamma Goblins [with Shpongle (Simon Posford)]-> Little Shimmy in a Conga Line[Photo by Dave Vann]