Jam Cruise is the gift that keeps on giving!While our favorite musical-adventure-at-sea is only a few days long, the amount of music packed on board can last an entire year (and create memories for a lifetime). This past sailing, Jam Cruise was honored to have the incredible super-group Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as a headliner, and they certainly did not disappoint! Check out the group performing the classic Grateful Dead combo of “Help On The Way” -> “Slipknot” from their Pantheon Theater set from this year’s Jam Cruise 14 and try not to get all the feels.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead‘s weekly RAD Tracks Thursday video series is the gift that keeps on giving! This week, for the series’ 68th installment, the band has released pro-shot footage of “Here Comes Sunshine”, complete with a trippy lead-in improv jam, from their July 2nd show at Belly Up in Aspen, CO. Watch the performance (and the crazy projection light show that accompanied it) in the video below:Jam Cruise also continued the steady release of professional videos from their 2016 voyage this week with a video of Russo and company performing “Viola Lee Blues” on the boat’s pool deck on January 6th. Check it out here:The band is currently firing on all cylinders coming off two of their largest shows ever at last weekend’s Lockn’ Festival and has a number of shows booked for the remainder of this year, including a three-night run on their home floor, Brooklyn Bowl, from Thursday, October 6th to Saturday, October 8th.
With Bob Weir‘s Blue Mountain coming out at the end of this month, fans of the Grateful Dead guitarist await patiently to find out what the full-length album of originals will sound like. Following his previous release, “Only A River”, Weir shares a new track, “Gonesville”, from his new cowboy album.You can listen to the song, which premiered on Rolling Stone today, below:“Gonesville” was collaboratively written by Bob Weir and Josh Ritter and will appear on Blue Mountain on September 30th, which marks Weir’s first solo album in over 10 years, and his first batch of songwriting in over 30 years. The record features The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Scott Devendorf as contributors.According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians also includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.Check out the full tracklist and tour schedule below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. What The Ghost Towns Know8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To CrossBob Weir Tour DatesSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016[via Rolling Stone]
While there are still a handful artists that overlap between 2002 and 2017, there’s no denying that Bonnaroo has changed. The opinion of that change may vary, but the festival certainly does their damnedest to bring an enormous array of top-notch, genre-spanning talent. Come June, we’ll be ready to party. With this morning’s unveiling of Bonnaroo’s 16th anniversary lineup, we couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of nostalgia for Roos past. What started out as a very jam-friendly festival has certainly spread from its roots, though the inclusion of bands like Umphrey’s McGee, Twiddle, Greensky Bluegrass and more are certainly nods to the earliest days in Manchester, TN.The very first Bonnaroo lineup in 2002 featured Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper and The String Cheese Incident as headliners. The “SuperJam” featured Michael Kang, Bela Fleck, Jeff Raines and Robert Randolph. Jammers like Phil Lesh & Friends /w Bob Weir, moe., Ween, Gov’t Mule, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Les Claypool, Keller Williams, and The Disco Biscuits all made it out for the festival. Even an up-and-coming Umphrey’s McGee made it on the billing, all the way on the bottom line…Check out some videos from this star-studded, first-ever affair:
The Mad Tea Party Jam will return to the Four Quarters Farm in Artemas, Pennsylvania this June 15-18. This year’s lineup will feature three nights of Papadosio, two nights of TAUK, three nights of BIG Something, and two nights of LITZ. Additionally, Spafford will perform two sets, along with performances from Porky’s Groove Machine and a Led Zeppelin tribute set from Electric Love Machine.This year’s theme will be “Summer of Love” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the famed 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. All tickets are currently on sale, with more acts to be added soon. Head to the festival’s website for more information.
Load remaining images Matt Butler and his Everyone Orchestra hit Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC on Friday night with a glorious lineup of musical companions. With Steve Kimock, Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Zach Deputy, along with Railroad Earth’s bassist Andrew Altman and violinist Tim Carbone, and Mike Quinn on deck, the jams were plenty.Photographer Mark Raker was on site to capture the fun, as seen in the gallery below:
Comedian extraordinaire Dave Chappelle will return to New York City’s storied Radio City Music Hall for a 10-show residency this August accompanied by a host of incredible supporting acts including musicians like The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Childish Gambino, fellow comics like Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, Ali Wong, and more. The run will begin on August 1st (following an extended run in Atlanta, GA this month and performances at Colorado’s Bellco Theatre and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in July) and extend throughout most of the month.Chappelle is no stranger to Radio City Music Hall. In 2014, he stepped back into the spotlight after an extended hiatus with a 9-show run at the Rockefeller Center theater that featured guest spots from the Roots, Janelle Monae, and Nas. The comedian’s love for music is well-documented and frequently displayed: from his cult classic film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005), to his recent slate of “Controlled Danger” shows with John Mayer, to his affinity for late-night renditions of Radiohead hit “Creep.”Below is a full list of Chappelle’s upcoming Radio City Music Hall and the special guests for each respective performance below, via Ticketmaster:Dave Chappelle Radio City Music Hall Residency 20178/1/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots8/2/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots8/3/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots8/4/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots8/5/17 – Dave Chappelle & Chris Rock8/9/17 – Dave Chappelle & Erykah Badu8/15/17 – Dave Chappelle & Very Special Guest (TBA)8/18/17 – Dave Chappelle & Trevor Noah8/19/17 – Dave Chappelle & Childish Gambino8/24/17 – Dave Chappelle & Ali WongTicket pre-sale for the run begins tomorrow, June 13th, at 10:00 a.m. ET. You can head here for more information.
The second annual Dave & Tim event is just a few weeks away! Set for January 12-14, 2018, the all-inclusive concert vacation features three nights of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performing on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico, just steps away from the ocean. Additional artists include critically acclaimed hit-maker Brandi Carlile, 2016 Best Folk Album GRAMMY-winning banjo extraordinaire Béla Fleck, and sister trio Joseph, each set to open one night each of the 3 the nightly concerts. Additional unique performances including daytime poolside sets will be announced in the coming weeks.Béla Fleck was originally scheduled to perform with his wife Abigail Washburn, but she is unfortunately unable to make the event. In place of their duo set, Béla will debut a new trio. As the event notes, “Béla Fleck will be premiering a new trio collaboration with the incredible Antonio Sanchez and Mathew Brewer. Abigail Washburn sends her regrets that she is unable to attend.”Drummer/composer Antonio Sánchez (Bad Hombre) is known for his Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning film, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), as well as soundtracks composed for director Fernando León de Aranoa’s Política, Manual de Instrucciones, and EPIX network’s Get Shorty. His fervent solo drumming improvisations, infused with surreal electronic textures, create potent and volcanic modes of self-expression unique to him.World-renowned bassist Matt Brewer is known for his work with artists such as Greg Osby, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lee Konitz, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Aaron Parks, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and many others. He is featured on dozens of recordings, including two on the Blue Note record label, “Channel Three” by Greg Osby, and “Avatar” by Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Matt has also led bands in New York, performing at venues such as the Jazz Gallery, Fat Cat, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. His band was also featured at the New Mexico International Jazz Festival. He is an adjunct faculty member at The New School, has been a guest artist/teacher at the Banff Center, and has taught lessons and masterclasses across the globe.We can’t wait to hear what this trio is made of, and are counting down the days until Dave & Tim takeover Riviera Maya!This serene Caribbean getaway, designed in partnership with CID Presents, will offer guests a fully curated experience: exclusive access to three nights of beachside performances, all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport and 24-hour concierge service. Guests can choose from a limited amount of remaining packages at five tropical resorts including the concert’s host resort, The Barcelo Maya.There will also be a variety of daily on-site activities, including daily sunrise and morning yoga sessions, paddleboard / kayak rentals, surfing contests and many more. Off-site adventures will include catamaran tours, zip-line & ATV tours, day trips to the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, journeys to Rio Secreto (an underground all water cave) and much more.For more information or to purchase ticket/accommodation packages for Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds’ Riviera Maya destination weekend, head to the event website.
The Disco Biscuits are gearing up for a big late-May run beginning this Friday night, May 18th, with a two-night run at Asheville, NC’s Salvage Station. Today, the band has announced that they will offer free webcasts for both nights of their North Carolina run via their official YouTube page. Both the May 18th and May 19th shows begin at 6 p.m. ET.From there, the Disco Biscuits will make their way to Colorado for their annual Bisco Inferno run including three straight nights at Denver’s famed Ogden Theatre (May 24, 25, and 26) leading up to a May 27th blowout at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison with support from two of the most buzzed-about rising acts on the road—Spafford and Organ Freeman. For more information on this year’s Bisco Inferno, or to grab your tickets, head here.Following their Colorado excursion, the Disco Biscuits will prepare for their annual multi-night festival, Camp Bisco, set to take place at Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Montage Mountain on July 12th, 13th, and 14th. Yesterday, the festival released the daily schedules for this year’s event, which will see the band play one set on Thursday, July 12th (alongside Tipper, Bonobo Live Band, STS9, Lettuce, and more); two sets on Friday, July 13th (along with Bassnectar, Lotus, Papadosio, Sunsquabi, Kung Fu, The Floozies, Mungion, and more); and three sets on Saturday, July 14th (in addition to performances by Excision, Illenium, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ghostface Killah, TAUK, Magic Beans, ProbCause, and more). To grab your tickets to Camp Bisco 2018 today, head to the festival website here.
Clarence Fountain, a founding member of the long-running and culturally significant gospel outfit Blind Boys of Alabama, passed away on Sunday, June 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by longtime Blind Boys manager Charles Driebe.Fountain was born November 28th, 1929 and grew up in a religious household in Selma, Alabama. Notes Celebrity Access, After losing his sight as a small child, Clarence Fountain was enrolled at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega, where he joined the school’s large boys choir. There, in the mid-1940’s, inspired by the weekly radio broadcasts of the Golden Gate Quartet, he and a group of his classmates decided to start their own singing group, eventually dubbed the Blind Boys.Explains the Blind Boys’ eloquent official bio:In the seven decades since the Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing together, America has witnessed a World War, the civil rights movement, and the Summer of Love; the moon landing, Vietnam, and the fall of the Berlin Wall; JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb, and the internet. Through it all, the Blind Boys’ music has not only endured, but thrived, helping both to define the sound of the American south and to push it forward through the 20th century and well on into the 21st. Praised by NPR as “pioneers,” the group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music. From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, where the original members met as children, all the way to The White House – where they’ve performed for three different presidents – the band’s story is, in many ways, America’s story.The Blind Boys went on to win multiple Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, as well as being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and performing at the White House. Watch Clarence Fountain sing lead with the Blind Boys on “Too Close To Heaven” from How Sweet It Was, The Sights and Sounds of Gospel’s Golden Age:The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – “Too Close To Heaven”[Video: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music]Due to declining health, Fountain stopped touring with the band in 2007 but did contribute vocals to the Blind Boys’ latest album, Almost Home, released last year. Below, you can also listen to a fascinating NPR World Cafe interview by Fountain and his fellow founding Blind Boys member, Jimmy Carter, about their early lives and their incredible 70-year career.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[H/T Celebrity Access]