After a premier in New York City and screening on Jam Cruise, festival goers at this year’s Mountain Jam (June 2-6) will have the opportunity to screen Lettuce’s Let Us Play film documentary. Directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music’s Kunj Shah, the film merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with some of the funkiest music around.This news comes on the back of last week’s exciting announcement of Let Us Play being made available worldwide, for rent or purchase via Vimeo.In addition to a screening of Let Us Play, attendees at Mountain Jam will also have a chance to take part in other activities including a yoga session guided by Michael Franti and a presentation by photographer Jay Blakesberg on his 35 years in the music business, entitled Chasing The Light.Let Us Play from Human Being on Vimeo.Lettuce will also be hosting the inaugural Fool’s Paradise (April 1-2) in St. Augustine, FL in a little over a month alongside Vulfpeck, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (ft. George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie & more), The Nth Power, and more. Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased here.
Last weekend, beloved bluegrass band Cabinet broke ground at one of the most renowned venues in America, Bluegrass Underground. Situated 333 feet below the surface in a cave, Bluegrass Underground captures both the natural beauty and acoustics of the mining areas of McMinnville, TN. The site is also home to the acclaimed PBS series of the same name, where Cabinet let loose for a profound performance.Riding the high of their recent Susquehanna Breakdown festival in Pennsylvania, Cabinet was loose and ready to rock. The band continues to impress with their traditional sound that somehow works in tremendous improvisational segments. They’re a tight band and worthy of any and all praise, including the opportunity to perform at BGU!In an interview before the performance, JP Biondo said, “This will be the first time that Cabinet performs in a cave. We’ve heard so many great things about the Bluegrass Underground experience. We’re really just excited to get in there and have a great time with some folks. See ya in Tennessee!”The show itself featured some of the band’s classics, including “Caroline,” “Po’s Reel,” and so many more. You can listen to the full audio below, taped by Keith Litzenberger.
With their performance at Milwaukee’s famed Summerfest last night, two of Umphrey’s McGee’s esteemed members – guitarist Brendan and bassist Ryan Stasik – hit local CBS 58 to talk about their band, their history with Milwaukee and more.Bayliss spoke about the band’s long legacy in Milwaukee, saying, “Being based out of Chicago, we’re very close. And when we started touring, the first city we ever played was Milwaukee.” Stasik followed up by calling their music “self-indulgent, improvisational rock-n-roll.”Watch the short and enjoyable clip below. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedAudio TrackCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Frankly Video Player – v7.36.0CloseCBS 58
Load remaining images Last weekend, in the rolling hills of New Hampshire, Jerry Jam celebrated it’s 21st anniversary in remembering the life of Jerry Garcia, and celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead. What started out as a gathering of friends and family has since turned into a full blown festival on the grounds of Klay Knoll Farm in Bath, NH. Fans of the festival drove in from near and far to attend. The great thing about the fest is that VW bus owners got in for free and had their own special camping spot up on the ridge. If you’ve never been, it should be known that the grounds are in a natural amphitheater setting. Buses up on the hill have a prime viewing and listening spot for the stage down below. The views and natural setting surrounding Jerry Jam are just as beautiful. Rolling hills surround the venue, with streams and waterfalls nearby. In the morning, a quiet fog rolls over the grass creating a picturesque wake up call as peaks of hills stick out from wispy low lying clouds. This family friendly festival had something for everyone. A kids tent, set up with all kinds of games, toys, and activities throughout the day, made it easy to enjoy time with the family without missing a moment of the music. Family camping was also available so those with young children could enjoy a quieter area to call home during the weekend. Food vendors of all kinds made sure to feed the masses. Everything from pizza, to banana bread smoothies, to vegan delights were available to quiet those hunger pangs. Hydration stations made it easy to stay hydrated throughout the humid weekend. Attendees were also able to bring coolers down to the stage area, where many set up camp with chairs and blankets. The music over the four days was non-stop. Thursday’s line-up began in the afternoon with something for everyone. Sly Richard opened up the four days of music with their mix of rock, blues, Americana, and good ol’ jamming. Barnyard Pimps, kept the party going before Hayley Jane and the Primates busted out their grooves. Melvin Seals made his first appearance of the festival as he performed with Cats Under The Stars. Keller Williams and his Compadres closed the first night of the run on the main stage, followed by Entrain at the late night stage.Friday was a full day of music, starting with bluegrass from Puddn’head. The afternoon followed with such acts as Jack Alexander, Los Huevos, DEAD Undercover, and Otis Grove with Akashic Horns. The evening was crammed with heavy hitters, starting with Max Creek, before once again having Melvin Seals take the stage, this time with JGB. As if temperatures weren’t hot enough, Seals’ organ jams were off the charts on fire, as Heidi Harris and Devin Noel, along with Zach Nugent, of Cats Under the Stars, joined the group. Wrapping up the evening’s performances on the main stage was Pink Talking Fish, who began their set with “God Bless America.” Unfortunately, midway through their show, mother nature had other ideas. A thunderstorm rolled through the area and caused a temporary interruption of the music. Once the lightning, and heavy downpours subsided, the band wasted no time picking up where they left off. The late night stage had people dancing well into the wee hours with Blind Owl Band.Saturday started off hot and steamy, with Hurricane waking up the venue, followed by Rice, a band that threw out chill, relaxed vibes throughout their set. Hints of more rain teased the crowd throughout the day, but continued to hold off. A kids parade, led by The Van Burens, marched throughout the grounds for all to enjoy. Children of all ages strutted their stuff with hula hoops, butterfly wings, drums, and colorful dance streamers, while the Van Burens created a Mardi Gras feel with the music. Fennario filled the midafternoon with the joyous sounds of The Grateful Dead. A special treat of Midnight North, featuring Grahame Lesh, the son of Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, was a hit in the late afternoon. However, mother nature decided to rain on the party as buckets of torrential downpours, along with thunder and lightning, fell from the sky. The band was forced to cut their set short to let the storm pass. Doobie Decibel System was up next, just in time for the skies to clear and the sun to finally peak through the clouds. As if the Pied Piper himself were there, the crowds came out in droves, from hiding in tents, to dance the day away. Early evening crowds gathered to catch the Dead Set Super Jam, featuring Melvin Seals. The group consisted of Tony Markellis, Joe Chapman, Zach Nugent, Russ Lawton, and Dan Sternstein. Wow, that set did not disappoint. Seals squeezed every last drop of energy from his keys, and Nugent lit up the night with electrified guitar tones that just wouldn’t quit. Even after the rains cooled down the venue, the music created a steamy vibe in the air, and had the entire crowd swaying to the beats. Goosebumps ran up and down the arms as the melodies blew everyone away. After a much needed breather from the super set, Melvin Seals continued right on going with JGB for their evening performance. He didn’t skip a beat, as the jams grew with intensity. Saturday was simply magical, as the rain made way for staggering depths of tones, and lively beats of bliss. The second performance of Pink Talking Fish, once again, finished off the days musical enjoyment on the main stage. The crowd was packed for their performance, and from there, made their way to the late night stage for The Van Burens after hours party jam.Sunday was filled with Americana, folk, and bluegrass. Parker Hill Road, followed by Strawberry Farm Band got things rolling with the early sets. Sly Dog, and Klay Knoll Farm Band continued the afternoon sets, which were perfection on a sunny Sunday afternoon under bright blue skies and white puffy clouds. The Peacheaters, featuring Dave Brunyak of Pink Talking Fish as special guest on guitar, recreated the crowd favorite tunes of the Allman Brothers. The festival’s final performance was by Dead Winter Carpenters. This outstanding band featured a mix of bluegrass, folk, and Americana woven throughout their set. Ghostly tones emanated from the rosined bow and had the venue in awe of this hidden gem of a talented band. They didn’t close the festival, but in the words of the announcer who so graciously introduced each and every act throughout the weekend stated, “they are not the last band, but the first band to the countdown of Jerry Jam 2017.”If you have not been to Jerry Jam, and you live in the New England area, definitely put it on your list of fests to check out. The venue is intimate, naturally beautiful, and forces you to be cut off from the rest of the world due to limited to no cell service. With so many sights and sounds to experience throughout the weekend, it makes for a fantastic festival with friends and family alike. For more information on Jerry Jam, please visit their official website.Words by Sarah Bourque. Follow on Twitter.Photography by TJ Mulhall. Special thanks to Sarah French for additional photos. A full gallery of images can be seen below.
Last night, Metallica descended from the stage at Global Citizen with some very exciting news. Posted on their website, the band wrote:“We just walked off the stage at the Global Citizen show in New York’s Central Park and we had such a blast that we’re going to keep the good vibes rolling by adding another show to our New York run! This Tuesday, September 27th, we’ll be playing a special show for our Fifth Members only at the intimate Webster Hall and if you’re a member you have a chance to pick up tickets and join us.It’s easy… click here to enter to win an opportunity to purchase up to two tickets per member. Tickets will be $25.00 each and all the proceeds will be donated to City Harvest. Hurry! Entries close tomorrow, Sunday, September 25 at 6:45 PM EDT. All winners will be e-mailed a personal code and more details about how to purchase tickets to the exclusive one-of-a-kind show.If you can get to New York City from wherever you are this Tuesday evening and you’re a Fifth Member, check it out now. Hope to see you there!”For more details on how to get your hands on tickets, click here.Metallica’s tenth studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, is coming out November 18th. The two-disc release contains nearly eighty minutes of music, and is the follow-up to the American heavy metal band’s 2008 Death Magnetic release.Thanks to MSNBC, we can watch footage from the band’s performance last night below: Metallica @ Global Citizen 9/25/16:For Whom The Bell TollsMaster Of PuppetsOneNothing Else MattersEnter Sandman
Pearl Jam have been a powerful champion of rock and roll ever since their emergence in the early 1990s. Their hard-hitting style and socially conscious lyrics provided the perfect musical concoction, and they’ve been standing at the top of the rock pyramid for almost three decades. It’s amazing to look back at their early years to see where they came from, bursting out of the gates with a passionate energy that still flows through them today.One of the early highlights of their career was their appearance on MTV‘s Unplugged series. Bands tended to play on Unplugged to showcase a different side of themselves, taking the rock star out of the arena and into a coffeehouse-type setting. Bands would deliver stripped down versions of their biggest hits, and mix in a few interesting covers along the way. It was a great way to learn more about the bands and their members, bringing their personalities directly into your living room.Pearl Jam’s performance on Unplugged was no different, as they delivered the biggest hits off their debut album Ten in impressive fashion. The band worked through “State of Love and Trust”, “Black”, “Jeremy”, “Porch”, and “Even Flow”, while also delivering an awesome cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ in the Free World”, which remains a staple of their live shows to this day. Eddie Vedder became a huge star on this night, with his unique vocals and his interesting, introspective lyrics front and center. The typical loudness of Pearl Jam wasn’t present on this night, and it allowed for Vedder to shine as a true vocal master.However, it was the band’s passionate performance of “Alive” that stands out from this performance. The song is Pearl Jam’s “guitar” song, with guitarist Mike McCready typically playing the song out with several wild solos. McCready delivered, albeit acoustically, during Unplugged, cementing himself as one of the guitar players of a generation, and Pearl Jam as a force to be reckoned with.See Pearl Jam rock “Alive” from their Unplugged set below, and relive this awesome moment in rock history.
Improvisational jam band RAQ has announced that NYC native Scotty Zwang (formerly of Dopapod, Sonic Spank, Greenhouse Lounge) will join the band on drums, starting with three upcoming Northeast dates. The drummer has a long musical history with members of RAQ, having played in several projects with Todd Stoops over the years, including BangBang, Grateful Dead tribute act Without A Net, Robert Banks Trio with members of Twiddle, as well as Frank Zappa tribute act Cosmik Playground with Marcus Rezak and original Zappa member Ed Mann. The former Dopapod drummer will be replacing Neal “Fro” Evans, former drummer of RAQ who is now playing with Dopapod. Quite the switcheroo!Zwang will join Todd Stoops (Keyboards/Vocals), Chris Michetti (Guitar/Vocals), and Jay Burwick (Bass/Vocals) for shows at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, and Thunder Road Music Club in Boston beginning of December. See below for details.2016 RAQ Show Dates:12/15 – Westcott Theatre – Syracuse, NY (tickets)12/16 – The Capitol Theatre (w/ Twiddle) – Port Chester, NY (tickets)12/17 – Thunder Road Music Club – Boston, MA (tickets)
Beatles’ legend Paul McCartney has no qualms about performing with modern artists, finding time to collaborate with those like Kanye West, Brittany Howard (of The Alabama Shakes) and more over the years. The latest collaboration is one with The Killers, as Macca made an unannounced appearance with that band on New Year’s Eve.Though it was a private concert held on St. Bart’s, there’s still something quite awesome about seeing The Killers and Paul McCartney jam out on “Helter Skelter.” A video of the sit-in emerged on The Killers’ Facebook for all to enjoy. Check it out below.
Naughty Professor has released the live studio video for “Venison Poetry,” off of their new album, Identity. “Venison Poetry” features percussion virtuoso Mike Dillon (Les Claypool’s Fancy Band, Primus, Garage A Trois, Dean Ween Band, et al) on vibraphones and progressive jazz guitarist Cliff Hines (Cliff Hines Band). The video showcases the tight musicianship, complicated arrangements, and distinct personalities of which Naughty Professor is known.The 6-piece future funk outfit, hailing from New Orleans, raises the stakes on their newly-released album. Where their prior releases showcased the group’s knack for self-contained instrumentals, Identity finds the band teaming with a stellar assortment of more than a dozen cutting-edge collaborators, with David Shaw of The Revivalists, Ivan Neville, members of The Soul Rebels, Eric “Benny” Bloom from Lettuce, and others lending vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions. Additionally, Naughty Professor teamed up with Qmillion (Robert Glasper) to mix the record. The result finds Naughty Professor expanding their music into exciting new territory.Watch the recording of “Venison Poetry” in the new video below:Naughty Professor is currently on an extensive album release tour, with dates upcoming in Boulder, Denver, Brooklyn, Boston and more. The band has additionally announced that they will be joining TAUK on tour for select dates this Fall. All announced dates are below and tickets are available on the band’s website. Currently available on all digital service providers, Identity can also be purchased physically as a CD/DVD bundle, which includes in-studio footage of every track on the album.
Great news for moe. fans! Without stepping too far into the future, the band has announced a two-night run on February 2 & 3, 2018 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York–marking the band’s first shows back together since bassist Rob Derhak‘s diagnosis with oropharyngeal cancer in July. Following the band’s official announcement that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus–forcing them to cancel the majority of their Summer Tour, as well as their pending Fall dates–the larger jam community banned together around the bassist in support, with fans starting a fundraiser to cover some of Derhak’s medical expenses. While members of moe. continued to perform in various different settings, Derhak was severely missed over the last few months. With positive updates from the Facebook keeping the moe. community sane, fans can officially rejoice at the great return of Rob Derhak.While On Leave, moe. Bassist Rob Derhak Attended LOCKN’ Via This Tiny rob.otAccording to a press release, the moe. bassist/vocalist has made tremendous strides in his recovery following treatment, and the outpouring of love and support from the fans has been equaled only by the anticipation for the band’s return.Derhak commented, “It’s been a tough few months, and I couldn’t have done it without the overwhelming support of my family, and my famoe.ly. And although it’s still not clear what the future brings, the positivity and love that I’m feeling for moe.’s and my next chapter is beyond exciting. I feel like a kid counting down the days until Christmas, and our energy as a band, is like nothing I’ve experienced before. Thank you all for the well wishes, prayers, and healing vibes.”Tickets go on sale this week. A limited number of Pre-sale tickets will be available Wednesday, November 15th, at 10:00am EST. General on sale begins Friday November 17th, at 10:00am. Kung Fu will support on Friday February 2nd only. February 3rd is an “evening with” moe. Both nights will feature 2 full sets from the band. Tickets to Friday are here, and Saturday here.