Last night marked the first night of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in New Orleans, LA, as the group hit the Joy Theater for back-to-back nights of Grateful grooves. The Grateful Dead tribute band had previously announced a lineup change, explaining that Marco Benevento had previous Jazz Fest late night obligations, and that Jeff Chimenti would be replacing him for the run. Chimenti is obviously more than qualified, having performed with members of the Dead since The Other Ones in 2002. He currently plays for Dead & Company.Jeff Chimenti’s Long, Strange Trip As The Dead’s Longest-Tenured KeyboardistWith Chimenti in tow, the band opened with a monster jam that found its way into “Dancing In The Streets.” The whole show was packed with major highlights, including a sing-a-long “Cumberland Blues” and a “Help On The Way > Slipknot!” that cruised into “Viola Lee Blues” with a “Cumberland” jam. The set closed with a soulful “Throwing Stones,” packing over an hour of music into what was essentially six songs.The second set raged for a full hour and a half, bringing more Grateful Dead tunes like “He’s Gone” and “Friend Of The Devil,” the latter featured violin work from Katie Jacoby. Jacoby would stay with the band through “Not Fade Away” and a full suite rendition of “Terrapin Station.”The band closed out the show with “The Music Never Stopped,” which dropped out into a Joe Russo “Drums” section before closing the show with “Fire On The Mountain.” The show did not have an encore, as the band played up until their 1 AM curfew. Load remaining images Take a look at the full setlist below, courtesy of Peter Costello/Facebook:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at The Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA – 4/29/16Set 1 10:00PM – 11:15PMJam ->Dancing In The Streets (SM) ->Cumberland Blues (All)Help On The Way (TH) ->Slipknot! ->Viola Lee Blues @ (All) ->Cumberland Jam ->Viola Lee Blues Reprise (All)>Throwing Stones (SM)Set 2 11:32PM – 12:59AMHe’s Gone # ->Friend Of The Devil * >Not Fade Away *$ (All) ->Terrapin Suite *% (TH & JR) >The Music Never Stopped & (SM) ->Drums ->Fire On The Mountain (TH)Whole show with Jeff Chimenti on Keys. No [email protected] – With a Light My Fire (The Doors) tease (JC) & a Dancin’ Tease (TH)# – For Prince, With a ?Mason’s Children?, GDTRFB & probs 1 or 2 other teases (TH)* – With Katie Jacoby on Electric Violin$ – With a Good Lovin’ Tease (TH)% – With a Slipknot! tease – in a different key (Band)& – With a St. Stephen & (I think) Cosmic Charlie teases (TH)No encore was played as the band played straight up until curfew.Check out more photos from Jeremy Scott below:
For a full gallery via The Boulder Theater and Dancer Productions Photography, click HERE. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe joined in the Dead & Company late-night party games last weekend for a show at the Boulder Theater. KDTU, comprised of Denson, guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects David Veith on the keys, Chris Littlefield on trumpet and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman ran through a 15-song set of downright dirty funk. Oteil Burbridge & Marco Benevento Cover Grateful Dead, Allman Bros With Tom Hamilton [Watch]The group played “Hang Me Up To Dry” from 2014’s New Ammo, along with a cover of The Soul Searchers 1974 number “Ashley’s Roachclip”, and a superb tribute to David Bowie on “Young American”. The group just announced a show at Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theater on September 24th , where they will play Prince‘s 1980 album Dirty Mind in its entirety with special guest Angelo Moore from Fishbone.Check out the setlist below, and photos courtesy of Joshua Elioseff – Dancer Productions Photography]Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Setlist – Boulder Theater – 07.03.16Dance LessonChickin’ Lickin’Showbiz KidsSmart BoyHave You Seen HimHang Me Up To DryMillvaleFearlessLookoutAshley’s Roach ClipYoung AmericanWhen I Get HomeSatisfiedEncore:The ClapMy Baby Likes To Boogaloo
This December, Phish fans will descend on New York City for another New Year’s run at the beloved arena Madison Square Garden. With that in mind, PhanArt has some special plans in mind, as they will bring not one, but two awesome pre-show events to New York City in conjunction with the Phish run.The first event will take place on Thursday, December 29th as PhanArt returns to The Hotel Pennsylvania for Skyscraper is Grander. This show will be held in the same room as the January 2, 2016 show, featuring two dozen artists, music and drinks, perfect for meeting up with friends before the show, checking out art made by fans, for fans, with a wide array of artistic creations available. Of note, shipping from the PhanArt show will be available for the first time. A station will be setup at The Hotel Pennsylvania for fans to purchase postage and poster tubes, from which you can ship home items purchased at the show. The event will run from 12pm-7pm and is located directly across 7th Avenue from Madison Square Garden.Next up, on December 30th, PhanArt will bring a unique pre-Phish party to nearby venue American Beauty. The special edition of PhanArt will feature two sets of music by up-and-coming funk jam band Formula 5 alongside a collection of artists and vendors who will be showcasing and selling their posters, prints, apparel, pins and more. Anyone who has been to a previous PhanArt event knows that it’s a joyous collection of artists and dedicated fans interacting with each other, so adding two (free!) sets of music, a fully functioning bar, and free pizza with your drinks (that’s right, free pizza!) should turn this into one of the best events of Phish’s highly anticipated New Year’s run. American Beauty is located one block from Madison Square Garden on 30th street between 7th and 8th avenues, and the show will run from 3pm – 7pm, so stop by on Friday for an awesome afternoon of music and art!Artists for both PhanArt events will be announced soon, so keep an eye out for more information as it becomes available.
Keller Williams and Zach Deputy recently joined forces at The Music Farm in Columbia, SC, treating fans to a glorious Thursday night of live music. Both artists are most well known for their one-man-band displays, employing multiple instruments, effects and tape loops to build out their songs. While Deputy followed that model for his opening set, which included a hilarious rendition of “Chicken Pot Pie,” Williams has been touring with his new ensemble, KWahtro.The Keller Williams’ KWahtro features guitarist Gibb Droll, drummer Rodney Holmes, and bassist Danton Boller, each complimenting Keller’s wild style with tight-knit musicianship. They opened their set with a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World,” then quickly jammed into “Freaker By The Speaker” before heading back into “Eyes.” Musical moments like these kept the show flowing in style.Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Ellison White Photography. Photo: Ellison White Load remaining images
One of the most fun sets from last weekend’s 28th Annual Christmas Jam was the funk fueled super jam session hosted by George Porter Jr. The Meters’ bassist recruited the likes Branford Marsalis, Eric Krasno, John Medeski, and Terence Higgins for the short-but-sweet show, and mostly focused on hits from The Meters catalog.Though we previously covered Bob Weir’s sit in with the band on “Sugaree,” new videos have since emerged that show off this all-star ensemble jamming with the rising superstar, Marcus King. The 20-year-old guitarist is the real deal, and his work on “Just Kissed My Baby” with these music veterans is nothing short of impressive. The future is bright for Mr. King, that’s for certain.Watch the collaboration below, courtesy of Tom Libera on YouTube.You can also listen to full audio from the set below, courtesy of taper nolamule.
Earlier today, we reported on strong rumors that a new album from Jamiroquai was in the works. Fortunately for us all, the wait to confirm those rumors was a particularly short one, as the band has confirmed plans for a new album titled Automaton.The band posted the following video dubbed “#Automaton Transmission 001” which essentially introduces the album, complete with futuristic music and imagery. Watch the short video, below.The rumors included thirteen potential tracks that appeared on ASCAP, the publishing rights company, as well as discussion about a rough timetable that has the new album due out towards the end of March. While none of this is confirmed, the title Automaton provides positive reinforcement for what fans had reportedly learned.We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any future transmissions from Jamiroquai!
By now, you should be well aware that Spafford is rising meteorically through the ranks of the jam scene. The Arizona-based quartet spent their winter opening for Umphrey’s McGee at some of the best theaters in the country, attracting a horde of new, hardcore fans at each tour stop. The band, known for their aggressive and adventurous improvisation, are showing no signs of slowing down, and are now slated to hit the road for a slew of dates that will take them crisscrossing the country with fellow starlets Mungion.While the twelve-show run will take the band to a number of celebrated venues, one show that stands out from the pack is their April 13th date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. Spafford has only played New York City on two occasions, both as part of a back-to-back post-Phish late night run with The Magic Beans at American Beauty NYC. This show at Music Hall will mark the band’s first two-set performance in the New York area and their first appearance in Brooklyn. It’s going to be a wild night, and we can’t wait to be witness Spafford’s first performance at the beloved Williamsburg venue.See below for full details for this show. Don’t miss out on Spafford and Mungion at the Music Hall of Williamsburg!– SHOW INFO –Artist: Spafford w/ MungionDate: April 13th, 2017Venue: Music Hall of Williamsburg – 66 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211Price: $12adv / $15dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
Hayley Jane and The Primates are in the heart of their widely successful We’re Here Now tour. Riding on the heels of album release parties in Boston, NYC, Fairfield, among other 2017 highlights–including a Forrest Gump Themed Halloween Run, support shows with Spafford and Pink Talking Fish, and having famed promoter Peter Shapiro officiate the wedding of Primates Bassist, Josh Carter–Hayley Jane and The Primates have announced the remaining dates for 2017. The We’re Here Now Fall Tour will extend into December and includes another Colorado date along with stops in the Mid Atlantic and Southeast Regions. With these new dates, the band eludes to a “Very Special TBA” show that will be revealed in the near future.Hayley Jane & The Primates To Perform 90’s Themed Phish Pre-PartyHayley Jane And The Primates will be supporting Rusted Root in the Philadelphia area and also Dopapod for one of their final shows before taking a year hiatus. On December 29th, the band will host a Phish Pre-Party in NYC called “Party Of Five: A Tribute To The 90’s” where the band will perform classics from the 90’s decade along with their original music. Hayley Jane delved deep into the 90’s catalogue at Brooklyn Comes Alive with the group “BITCH: Women Of The 90’s” and it was one of the standout sets of the festival. For New Years Eve, Hayley Jane And The Primates are offering a special destination event at Mount Snow, VT. Enjoy a ski vacation during the day and 3 sets of music by the band that evening, with one of the sets being “Party Of Five: A Tribute To The 90’s”. Head to their website for more information.Listen to the new album from Hayley Jane and the Primates below:Here is a full list of Hayley Jane And The Primates Tour Dates:11/11: Portsmouth NH at 3S Artspace11/18: Portland ME at Portland House Of Music And Events11/30: Denver CO at Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple12/01: Winter Park CO at Ullrs Tavern – supporting Kyle Hollingsworth Band12/02: Taos NM at Taos Mesa Brewing Company12/03: Crested Butte CO at The Tap Room12/07: Washington DC at Pearl Street Warehouse12/08: Roanoke VA at 5 Points Music Sanctuary12/09: “Very Special TBA”12/10: Greensboro NC at The Blind Tiger12/28: Ardmore PA at Ardmore Music Hall – supporting Rusted Root12/29: New York NY at The Cutting Room – “Party Of Five: A Tribute To The 90’s” Phish Pre-Party12/30: Fete Ballroom in Providence RI – supporting Dopapod12/31: The Snow Barn in Mount Snow VT – 3 Set NYE Destination Experience; 1 Set is “Party Of Five: Tribute To The 90’s”
Since its launch in 2005, PanicStream has served as the primary database for all things Widespread Panic, tracking setlists, consolidating audience recordings of every show, hosting an ongoing live chat, and gathering other various news, media, and information for the benefit of the band’s famously enthusiastic fan base. Curtis George, the site’s owner and operator, runs PanicStream as a free utility for Panic fans everywhere. It’s a labor of love, a project that he maintains on his own time out of adoration for the band and the close-knit community that surrounds it. However, the costs of running a site of this scale are inherently high. Donations and merch sales help offset the cost of the widely-used fan resource, but Curtis often still winds up personally footing the majority of the site’s roughly $500 monthly server costs.This holiday season, thousands of Widespread Panic fans banded together to give Curtis and PanicStream a truly amazing holiday gift. In the waning weeks of 2017, Curtis’ “partner in crime” and fellow superfan Rayner Jackson (better known by her online moniker, LG&M), set up a secret Facebook group. The group was named “PanicStream Secret Santa Server Supporters” (often referred to by its appropriately secretive acronym, PSSSSS!), and sported a cover photo with a simple yet imperative instruction: “Don’t Tell Curtis!”In the group’s description, Rayner laid out the plans for a surprise Secret Santa gift of enormous proportions. As LG&M’s note reads,PanicStream is operating in the RED right now which means Curtis pays for the servers out of his own pocket, which is a healthy amount each month (Almost $500). The thought came up that the BEST Xmas gift for the person who does so much daily for all of us to enjoy PanicStream would be donations to the site. In order for it to be a surprise as a Xmas gift…We are going to use my PayPal address, and I will make a total donation on December 23rd and send a card with everyone’s name… If you would like to donate…. my heartfelt thanx in advance. I think all of you know how dear to my heart both Curtis and PS are to me…. so I thank you kindly. If you know of anyone to add to this message please do so or send me their name. This is only a start! Thank you Tim McDonnell for the fantastical idea! And what goes down in this message STAYS in this message…As Rayner explains to Live For Live Music, “Within 12 hours this group grew to 2,000 people and took on a life of its own.” Over the course of the month of December, fans everywhere began adding their friends to the group. Those friends added their friends. More and more people got wind of the beautiful gesture in the works as New Year’s Eve–the show selected as the occasion for the big reveal–drew closer.PSSSSS! members set up 2 big raffles (or “Waffles,” as they became known in the group) to benefit the cause, with people donating poster prints and other memorabilia to sweeten the pot and entice more fans to donate. They even got the Panic production crew involved, convincing them to give Curtis a spotlight during set break for the presentation of a commemorative giant check. By the time the calendar read 12/31/17, more than 4,000 people had joined the “PanicStream Secret Santa Server Supporters” group, and over $20,000 had been donated to the cause. It seemed as though everyone in the extended Widespread Panic community was talking about the Panic Stream Secret Santa Surprise… Everyone, that is, except Curtis George…Somehow, against all odds, thousands of people managed to keep the secret and preserve the surprise. As Curtis tells Live For Live Music, “It’s hard to wrap my head around [the fact that] no one, not one person, slipped up and said anything to me or made a post that led me to believe there was something going on. I was completely and utterly surprised.” Adds Rayner, “Never did this man who has his finger on every bit of social media and is in so many different groups get a hint of what we were doing.”Curtis recalls the moments before the big reveal: “In fact, in the minutes leading up to it, I was getting irritated with everyone crowding me. During setbreak I usually update the site and post the setlist to social media, and I couldn’t understand why so many people were standing around me and not moving. I just wanted people to stop talking to me so I could do the updates on my phone. And then the spotlight hit me. Oh shit…”Below, you can watch taper Steven Ziegler (better known as Z-Man) and Rayner surprise Curtis with the check for $20,000 in fan donations to PanicStream at Widespread Panic’s New Year’s Eve show in Atlanta via Z-Man’s Facebook Page:Later that night, Curtis rehashed the evening’s exciting events with friends. “After NYE we are sitting in the hotel room and they are bringing me up to speed with what happened during the month and it blew me away,” explains Curtis, “I said I’m in every WSP group on Facebook and I never heard a peep about it. Someone responded with ‘Well there’s one group you weren’t in’…Makes me proud to be a Panic fan.”[via Curtis’ Facebook page][Curtis and Rayner post-show]You can read Curtis George’s full response to this incredible act of kindness and appreciation below, via a post on his Facebook page: Visit PanicStream for all your Widespread Panic info, audio, and more.
Going into their 26th year, Hot August Music Festival will return to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland, on August 18th. The one-day event will feature a headlining set from The Revivalists and another act to be determined. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Marcus King Band, Cris Jacobs Band, Psycho Killers (Talking Heads Tribute), Whiskey Shivers, Nikki Hill, The Dirty Grass Players, Omari Banks, Selwyn Birchwood, Hall Williams Band, and more will also perform.The music lineup, featuring an eclectic mix of rock, jam, and funk, will inevitably cool off the aptly named festival. Performance artists, local artisans, and family activities will also fill the day, while all children under 12 years old will be admitted to the festival for free! Head to the Hot August Music Festival website for more information.