John Mayer Surprise Guests Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert With Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, And More

first_imgThe Grateful Dead community celebrated what would have been Jerry Garcia‘s birthday earlier this week. On Friday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, the celebration peaked with a Bob Weir-led special tribute to Garcia. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” featured performances by both Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band, a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones of Jerry Garcia Band as well as Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; American Babies), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), and a surprise appearance from John Mayer. The evening begun with the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic Band, which featured Kenny Kosek, Sandy Rothman,  Anders Osborne, Travis Book and Chris Pandolfi from The Infamous Stringdusters. With all that talent on the stage, perhaps the biggest stars were the collection of Jerry Garcia’s guitars, including his Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, and two Travis Bean axes that were present. The evening was a strict dedication to Jerry Garcia, with Grateful Dead and JGB tunes galore, along with some favorited covers. Each set featured a varying array of classics, showed off by an eclectic mix of musicians with either a deep connection to Garcia, or a close association to his music.Check out these video highlights below, courtesy of YouTube user Kyle Isaac:Bob Weir & The Campfire Band, “Friend of the Devil” into “Brokedown Palace” with John Mayer and Steve KimockBob Weir & The Campfire Band “Althea” with John Mayer and Steve KimockJerry Garcia Band “Deal” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks with special guest John MayerJerry Garcia Band “Tangled Up In Blue” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane TrucksJerry Garcia Band “Senor” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks with special guest Bob WeirSee the setlist recap below, courtesy of Ratdog.org.Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic BandSet: Deep Elem Blues, ??, I’ve Been All Around This World, Friend of the Devil, Two Soldiers, If I Lose, Trouble In Mind, Black Muddy River, Short Life of TroubleJerry Garcia 75th Birthday BandSet: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) > The Harder They Come, Senor (w/Bob Weir guitar/vocals), Waiting For A Miracle, Cats Down Under the Stars, Tangled Up In Blue, Reuben and Cerise, Sisters and Brothers, Gomorrah, Dear Prudence, Deal*Bob Weir & the Campfire BandSet: Loose Lucy (Solo), Peggy-O (Solo), Only A River (Solo), Althea*, Brown-Eyed Women*, Tennessee Jed*, Bird Song*> Dark Star*> Bird Song*, Eyes of the World**, Morning Dew*, I Know You Rider*Encore: Friend of the Devil*, Brokedown Palace**With John Mayer / ** With John Mayer and Oteil Burbridgelast_img read more

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Watch Tank And The Bangas Bring The Love To Hulaween [Videos]

first_img“Come Down (Make Money)” Tank and the Bangas have had a wonderful run this year and rolled into the 2017 Suwannee Hulaween with a head of steam. After their win of the Tiny Desk concert challenge hosted by NPR (and judged by Trey Anastasio), the New Orleans based band have seen their stock sky-rocket! The band’s crowd during their day set on the Spirit Of The Suwannee‘s beloved Amphitheater stage was one of the most boisterous of the entire festival, and for good reason.The Best Things We Saw At Suwanee Hulaween 2017Simply put, Tank and the Bangas has it. Their soulful, energetic, funny, emotional, complex spirit was the perfect fit for the diverse festival lineup. The 2:00 PM set was packed, with many making it their duty to enter the festival early to catch their set specifically. The many that made it to were rewarded with a fresh and unique live music concept that really resonated with the Hulaween crowd.EXCLUSIVE: Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas Contemplates Inspiration, Poetry, And ConfidenceTank is a star, a true front-woman who knows how to work a crowd. The Bangas really cook and know how to bob-and-weave between the musical styles that comprise their sound. This band has the potential to be a true powerhouse, and their abilities were on full display at Suwannee Hulaween.Check out a few videos from their feel good mayhem below!“Party With Me”last_img read more

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Spafford Extends 2018 ‘For Amusement Only’ Winter Tour

first_imgEarlier in the fall, Arizona’s Spafford announced seventeen dates for a headlining winter tour dubbed For Amusement Only. Today, the band expanded upon these previously announced shows, adding twelve new stops into the mix. Spafford’s newest dates will see the band hitting the West Coast at the end of February through mid-March, with multiple dates across California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. The West Coast leg of For Amusement Only 2018 Winter Tour will terminate in a three-night run in Colorado, with dates in the mountain towns of Aspen, Frisco, and Winter Park from March 14th through 17th.Spafford Welcomes Perpetual Groove’s Brock Butler In L.A. [Videos] Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale on Spafford’s website on Friday, December 1st at 10 am PST/1 pm EST.Spafford Welcomes Greensky Bluegrass’ Dave Bruzza For RHCP Cover [Full Show Audio]SPAFFORD ‘For Amusement Only’ Tour Dates1/11 – Minneapolis,​ ​MN​ – 7th Street Entry1/12 – Milwaukee,​ ​WI​ – Miramar Theatre1/13 – Detroit,​ ​MI​ – El Club1/14 – Cleveland​ ​Heights,​ ​OH​ – Grog Shop1/17 -​ ​Pittsburgh,​ ​PA​ – Club Café1/18 -​ ​Buffalo,​ ​NY​ – Iron Works1/19 – Syracuse,​ ​NY​ – Westcott Theater1/20 -​ ​Lancaster,​ ​PA​ – Chameleon Club1/23 – Pawtucket,​ ​RI​ – The Met1/24 – Asbury​ ​Park,​ ​NJ​ – Wonder Bar1/25 – Washington,​ ​D.C​. – Union Stage1/26 – Raleigh,​ ​NC​ – The Pour House Music Hall –1/27 – Atlanta,​ ​GA​ – Terminal West1/31 -​ ​Ft.​ ​Lauderdale,​ ​FL​ – Culture Room2/1 -​ ​Tampa,​ ​FL​ – The Crowbar2/2 – Orlando,​ ​FL​ – The Social2/3 – Jacksonville,​ ​F​L – Jack Rabbits2/28 -​ ​Solana​ ​Beach,​ ​CA​ – Belly Up3/1 – Santa​ ​Barbara,​ ​CA​ – Soho3/2 – Crystal​ ​Bay,​ ​NV​ – Crystal Bay Club Casino3/3 – San​ ​Rafael,​ ​CA​ – Terrapin Crossroads3/7 – Bend,​ ​OR​ – Volcanic Theatre Pub3/8 -​ ​Bellingham,​ ​WA​ – The Shakedown3/9 – Missoula,​ ​MT​ – Top Hat Lounge3/10 – Boise,​ ​ID​ – The Olympic3/11- Salt​ ​Lake​ ​City,​ ​UT​ – The State Room3/14 – Aspen,​ ​CO​ – Belly Up Aspen3/16 – Frisco,​ ​CO​ – Barkley Ballroom3/17 -​ ​Winter​ ​Park,​ ​CO​ – Ullrs Tavern[Photo: Bill McAlaine]last_img read more

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Start Making Sense Offer Fans “Once In A Lifetime” Trip To Cuba

first_imgStart Making Sense: A Tribute to Talking Heads is offering fans a “Once in a Lifetime” chance to join the band for an educational/cultural/performance/people-to-people exchange trip to Cuba! In association with Porterra Travel, Rocks Off, Molimar Export Consultants Inc., with travel arrangements by Interplanner, the event is slated for April 25-29, 2018. The trip will feature two live performances by Start Making Sense in Havana, as well as a tour of the historic city and local museums. This is a chance for fans to fully immerse themselves in the Afro-Cuban music and culture that influenced a large portion of Talking Heads’ eclectic sound.“The full history of Cuban music is filled with some of the most beautiful compositions and rhythms, which, due to its strength, has influenced music around the globe. Getting closer to that place may give us all a better understanding of Talking Heads’ music, the music that inspired it, and music in general,” says Start Making Sense front-man Jonathan Braun.More than just a trip abroad, Braun says it is a cultural journey–a journey that took eight months of work to arrange and one in which the band hopes to connect with fans and the Cuban people on a deeper level. “We all know that music is a universal language; let’s be part of a larger conversation,” he said.In addition to their performances in Havana, Start Making Sense will be adding philanthropic elements to the trip. The band will be donating drum sticks, guitar strings, colored pencils, pens and other items and encourages fans who travel with them to do the same. “We have seen the happiness and joy that Start Making Sense shows have brought to people across the United States,” Braun says. “We plan on bringing that contagious joy with us and sharing it with the Cuban people.”Start Making Sense Travel Package includes:• Roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Havana, Cuba (via American Airlines)• Four-night stay at the Hotel Four Points by Sheraton• Admission to Start Making Sense concerts at Casa De La Musica EGREM and Palacio de la Rumba in Havana, Cuba• Daily breakfast• Three lunches and two dinners (including welcome and farewell dinners with members of Start Making Sense)• Roundtrip airport transfers in Havana• English-speaking guide for full program• Air-conditioned motor coach and driver• Visa fees• City tour of Havana, Cuba• City tour of Old Havana• Tour of Hemingway Museum• Tour of Regla Church and Museum• Afro-Cuban ritual dancing• Cooking class• Farewell reception at Santa Isabel Hotel• Evening entertainment and show at Havana Jazz Cafe• Amistur/ICAP Cuba travel orientation meeting• United States and Cuban departure taxes• Two bottles of water per person, per day• Full escort by tour director• Local English-speaking representative servicesCost:• Double Occupancy: $2575 (airfare included on American Airlines)• Single Occupancy upgrade: $364• Deposit due upon registration: $500 (non-refundable)• Travel Arrangements by InterplannerFor more information, tickets, sign up, head here.last_img read more

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Watch Out Purists, High Definition Vinyl Is Coming Soon

first_imgVinyl records may be an old-school form of technology, but that doesn’t mean more advancements aren’t on the horizon. In particular, it looks like “high definition” vinyl is about to give the purists something new to fawn over (or even complain about).Pitchfork reports that a 2016 European patent filing describes a new way to create vinyl records that have higher audio fidelity, longer playing times, and a louder volume than their standard definition counterparts. Furthermore, an Austrian startup called Rebeat Innovation just received $4.8 million in funding to bring the technology to market, and the company believes the new HD vinyl could be available as early as 2019.Rebeat Innovation founder and CEO Günter Liobl explained that the promising tech involves digitally converting the audio to a three-dimensional topographic map. That map is then inscribed onto the “stamper” (using lasers, of course), which stamps the grooves into the vinyl. Since the records are able to be made more precisely and with less loss of audio information, HD vinyl LPs can have up to 30% longer playing times, 30% higher amplitude, and more exact sound reproduction. Additionally, the manufacturing process requires fewer chemicals than traditional vinyl manufacturing, and the HD LPs can still be played on a normal record player.“Our goal is to officially present our test stampers at the Making Vinyl conference in October,” Loibl told Pitchfork. “It will take another eight months to do all the fine adjustments. So by summer 2019 we shall see the first HD vinyls in the stores.”Loibl and the Rebeat team may have a real money maker on their hands with this one. After all, while CDs are clearly going the way of the dodo, vinyl records sales recently hit a 25-year high, turning a once-dead medium into a billion dollar industry (and a more reliable cash cow than increasingly-popular-yet-dubiously-profitable music streaming services).last_img read more

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Borderland Music Festival Adds Oteil Burbridge & Friends To Inaugural Lineup

first_img[H/T JamBase] Borderland Music + Arts Festival, a new two-day event set to take place on September 22nd and 23rd at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, New York, has announced an exciting addition to their inaugural artist lineup. Oteil & Friends, the copiously talented solo project from Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge, will take the stage at the new festival. For this Oteil & Friends performance, Oteil has tapped Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), John Kimock (Mike Gordon Band), John Kadlecik (FURTHUR/Dark Star Orchestra), and his brother, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band).Oteil Burbridge Gathers His Talented “Friends” For A Pair Of Standout Sunday Sets At The Peach [Full Videos]After debuting the project with a brief tour late last year coinciding with the release of his latest studio album, Water in the Desert, Oteil has added a handful of festival appearances to his Friends’ schedule. With Dead & Company taking the rest of the year off the road while Bob Weir mounts his first-ever tour with new trio Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, we hope this is the first of many Oteil & Friends dates that will pop up to fill that timeframe. For now, we can be excited about one more appearance at Borderland. For a full list of Oteil’s various upcoming performances, head to his website.Burbridge and company join an already-solid Borderland artist roster that includes The Revivalists, John Oates & The Good Road Band, Sam Roberts Band, Dr. Dog, Margo Price, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, The Barr Brothers, Fruition, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Priscilla Renea, Upstate Rubdown, Folkfaces, PA Line, Leroy Townes Band, The Observers, and more to be announced.Tickets for Borderland Music + Arts Festival are available now. For more information, or to grab your passes today, head to the festival website.Borderland Music + Arts Festival Initial Lineup Announcement Videolast_img read more

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Stevie Wonder Shines, But ‘House Full of Toys’ Falls Short Again At Staples Center [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Brandon Weil Load remaining images There are a few things you can count on when attending Stevie Wonder’s semi-annual House Full of Toys Christmas benefit concert.A great cause (or, this year, causes, with proceeds going to victims of Southern California’s recent wildfires). Lots of holiday cheer. Plenty of talented guests. And, of course, the sheer awe inspired by Stevie, who’s arguably the greatest living singer-songwriter-musician—if not the Greatest Of All Time.But like LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers so far, Stevie’s shows at Staples Center have left something to be desired—or left plenty of room for growth, depending on your perspective.This was the second edition of the concert since it took up residence inside the centerpiece of LA Live. Last year’s show was plagued by technical mishaps and delays, with performances dragging past midnight.This year’s entry featured much of the same. The main show didn’t begin until over a half hour past the scheduled start time. Delays between acts forced comedian Chris Spencer and Aisha Morris, Stevie’s daughter, to stall with stories and jokes.Staples Center’s less-than-ideal acoustics aside, the sound took a hit from miscues with the mics. While attempting to sing a duet with her dad on “Little Drummer Boy,” Aisha Morris, one of Stevie’s daughters, fell silent in front of a malfunctioning microphone.Issues like these are practically canon for Stevie, to the degree that he and Aisha cracked wise about time. And to some extent, they are to be expected of an ensemble show that, this year, included the likes of Anderson .Paak, Leon Bridges, Lukas Nelson, Chante Moore, Ro James, PJ Morton, Ella Mai, Daley and Ari Lennox. Shuffling artists onto and off of the stage—with all those changes in equipment—is bound to take time and cross wires.But there’s a certain disappointment that attends seeing those issues come at the expense of great talent, Stevie’s included. As sensational as it was to hear Stevie serenade the crowd with classics like “That’s What Christmas Means to Me,” “Winter Wonderland” (with Morton) “My Cherie Amour” (with Moore), “You and I” (with Daley), “Overjoyed,” “Superstition,” “As” and “Another Star,” it was tough to shake the interminable waits and awkward introductions. Surely, Nelson, who captivated the audience with his song “Find Yourself” and co-wrote a slew of tunes in Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born,” deserved more credit than being brought on as Willie Nelson’s son. Ditto for Bridges, who sang his beautiful ballad “River” after being billed by Aisha as recognizable for the songs he’s put in commercials—rather than, say, for his Grammy nominations.Add to those Stevie’s announcement of a long list of corporate sponsors at the top of the show and the so-so spot for a boy band called 4th Ave, and the pile of faux pas became too much to ignore.Between Stevie’s generational gifts, the star power of his guests and the charitable efforts toward which proceeds from House Full of Toys contribute, Staples Center should be packed to the rafters with holiday revelers. Instead, there was room to roam throughout the building and plenty of cheap tickets available online. Given the reputation the show has for its problems—and the level at which it lived up to said reputation this year—it’s easy to see why that was the case and tough to blame folks for staying home.last_img read more

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The String Cheese Incident Fights Through The Rain At The Après In Aspen

first_imgOn Saturday, The String Cheese Incident played their second show of the weekend at Aspen, CO’s inaugural The Après, a new festival in collaboration with the area’s renowned live music venue, Belly Up Aspen. The night prior, the sextet offered up an electric two-set performance at the Belly Up.Following a brief weather delay, The String Cheese Incident opened up their first set with “Manga”, a fairly new tune that was inspired by legendary Cameroonian bassist Andre Manga and debuted last summer at Electric Forest. The band moved forward with an exploratory take on “Texas”, highlighted by some explosive work from Michael Kang on his electric mandolin. Following a brief pause, Kang picked up his fiddle as the sextet moved forward with “Valley Of The Jig”. Michael Travis and Jason Hann set the tone with a tight trancey rhythm behind their kits, allowing keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth to send the jam into a spacey realm, as he messed around with his synth. A tender take on “Barstool” came next, followed by “Illegal” and a roaring “It Is What It Is”. The String Cheese Incident brought their first set to a close with the Hollingsworth-led “Colliding”.Following a brief setbreak, The String Cheese Incident returned to open up their second set with “So Far From Home”. Bill Nershi offered up some nice work on the acoustic guitar, along with some funky interplay out of Hollingsworth’s corner. With Keith Moseley laying down a meaty groove on the bass, the band moved forward with “Sirens”, giving Kang a chance to fire off a scorching solo. Fighting through the cold rain, SCI continued with “One Step Closer”, “Bhangra Saanj”, and a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Shantytown”. “Shantytown” made way for a “Drums” segment before the band closed out their second set with “Let’s Go Outside”.Tonight, The String Cheese Incident returns to The Après in Aspen, CO for their final performance of the weekend.The String Cheese Incident’s 25th-anniversary schedule will continue with a two-night stand at The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO on April 19th and 20th. From there, the band will head down to the Big Easy during the second weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for a trio of special performances including a show at The Orpheum on May 2nd and a pair of shows at Mardi Gras World with support from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on May 3rd and 4th.The band will continue with a performance at Cumberland, MD’s DelFest on May 24th, followed by a three-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on May 25th, 26th, and 27th. SCI will also make summer festival appearances at Electric Forest, The Peach Music Festival, and FloydFest, as well as a four-night Independence Day run, and their annual three-night homecoming run at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 19th, 20th, and 21st.For ticketing information and a full list of The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Après | Aspen, CO | 4/6/2019Set One: Manga, Texas, Vally Of The Jig, Barstool, Illegal > It Is What It Is, CollidingSet Two: So Far From Home > Sirens > One Step Closer > Bhangra Saanj, Shantytown > Drums > Let’s Go Outsidelast_img read more

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Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Shares Part 1 Of Guitar-Focused Podcast Series [Listen]

first_imgFormer Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour recently announced a new podcast series, which centers around the forthcoming auction of over 100 guitars from his personal collection on June 20th.The David Gilmour Podcast hears Gilmour sharing stores behind three of his most famous guitars to be included in this month’s charitable auction, including his 1969 black Fender Stratocaster, his six and 12-string Martin acoustics, and his 1954 white Fender Stratocaster.Recently, Gilmour shared the podcast’s first episode, where he discussed his beloved black Fender Stratocaster that he used to record Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. Gilmour explained that following the theft of Pink Floyd’s gear from New Orleans in 1970, he went on to purchase the black Strat at New York City’s Manny’s Music Store. Gilmour also detailed some of the other recordings on which his black Stratocaster has appeared and explained that, “it’s certainly earned its keep”.“These guitars have been very good to me,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone to go with the auction’s initial announcement in January. “They’re my friends. They have given me lots of music. I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”Listen to the first episode of The David Gilmour Podcast below:The David Gilmour Podcast – Episode 1[Audio: David Gilmour]last_img read more

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Weiss to guide Library Implementation Work Group

first_imgDeborah Jackson Weiss has been named senior project director for the Library Implementation Work Group.  In that role, she will guide the panel putting in place the recommendations made last month by the Library Task Force. Weiss will work closely with the group’s chair, David Lamberth, professor of philosophy and theology at Harvard Divinity School, on financial planning and administrative structures at the libraries.Before coming to Harvard, Weiss was a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart and Ropes & Gray, where she concentrated on tax and employee-benefit matters.  She is Romance languages cataloger at Harvard Law School. Weiss holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in history from Case Western Reserve University, a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and an M.S. from Simmons College.last_img read more

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