The inaugural Fool’s Paradise is set to bring the heat to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on April 1st and 2nd, with genre-bending music from Lettuce, GRiZ, Goldfish, Vulfpeck, The Nth Power, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (George Porter Jr. + Neal Casal + Ivan Neville + Eric Krasno + The Shady Horns) and a whole lot more!There’s more to look forward to than just the music, as Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, a crocodile crossing and zip-lining adventure with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, or a sailing escapade with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. The Fiesta Falls Mini Golf Course is elaborately planted with Florida greens, ocean views, and waterfalls. Putt putt around a sunken pirate ship with Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, while you make the most of your Florida vacation. Everything is provided, including ice cream at the end! You can sign up here.The Alligator Farm houses every species of Crocodilian in the world as well as birds, mammals, and other reptiles. Zip through the treetops and conquer aerial obstacles with Break Science’s Borahm Lee. After the course, you are free to roam the park for as long as you’d like. Learn more about what the Alligator Farm and Crocodile Crossing has to offer on their website, and sign up for group activities here.*UPDATE* This event is SOLD-OUT!Kick back, relax and soak up the sun with The Shady Horns on the Schooner Freedom Charters! Join the jokesters on a two-hour nautical adventure at sea. Bring a pair of binoculars and look for dolphins, turtles, and birds, or take the helm for an unforgettable sailing experience. Beer and wine will be provided, though you can always bring more. Space is limited, so sign up now.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. See you there!
After much hearsay, the rumored music festival to be held in Buena Vista, CO has been announced! Titled Vertex Festival, the event will take place from August 5-7 at the beautiful Cottonwood Meadows and feature some incredible performances.Vertex will feature headlining sets from ODESZA, Alabama Shakes and Trey Anastasio Band (2 sets), bringing quite the diverse offering to the festival grounds. The full lineup is jam packed with artists like BADBADNOTGOOD, Classixx, Dopapod, Dawes, Fruition, Graham Nash, Hiatus Kaiyote, Houndmouth, Robert DeLong, Seven Lions, SunSquabi, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, The Revivalists and more! This is onle the initial lineup, so expect some big additions in the coming days.The festival is put on by Madison House Presents and AEG Live Rocky Mountains, and MHP President Jeremy Stein commented on the festivities. “Music, art, great food, the outdoors, and the best of Colorado culture will all meet at this amazing festival site to create Vertex… This will be a one-of-a-kind event, created by Coloradans who care about community first. Our state has been waiting for a long time for a festival like this. We aim for Buena Vista and Chaffee County to be proud, for Colorado to celebrate, and for the national eye to sharpen its focus on this very special state.”We can’t wait to hear more about this exciting new event. Tickets and more information can be found via the festival’s website, here.
This coming Tuesday, July 19th, the Boulder Theater has announced a special Up To Us Caravan Benefit Concert that will feature performances from Trevor Hall & Friends, Flobots‘ Brer Rabbit & Jonny5, Wookiefoot, Earth Guardians, Tubby Love & some keynote speakers. The event will be hosted by actor/director Shailene Woodley, who has appeared in films such as Snowden, the Divergent Series, and The Fault In Our Stars. (Purchase tickets HERE)The Up To Us Caravan is making its way across the country to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which begins on July 25th. The basic message of the group states:“We now have an opportunity to SHOW UP with LOVE and demand systemic reform.It doesn’t matter what your cause is. What your issue is. What you stand for or feel oppressed by. ALL issues are united in this movement. Every movement is unified in our message: it is UP TO US to write the narrative we want our future generations to be born unto.This is our MODERN DAY PEACE TRAIN.”Price: $20 Advanced | $25 Day Of Show (Purchase Tickets HERE)Doors – 7:00 PMShow – 8:00 PMAge Policy: All Ages
Guitarist Danny Mayer has kept himself pretty busy lately. With his most recent gig backing Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno in his own Eric Krasno Band this past summer, Mayer has been upping his game playing alongside one of the premier guitarists in the scene today. This upcoming weekend, he will front his own project DMT (Danny Mayer Trio) for a pair of shows this weekend in Connecticut, at Bridgeport’s The Acoustic on Friday (9/2) and Hartford’s Arch Street Tavern on Saturday (9/3), with Jen Durkin & The Business on as support.Mayer will be bringing along Turkauz’s Michelangelo Carruba on drums and The Nth Power’s Nate Edgar on bass, with special guest singers Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band) and Shira Elias (Turkauz) lending their vocal prowess to the shows. We had a chance to chat with Mayer about playing with Krasno over the summer in support of the guitarists solo album Blood From A Stone, and his own DMT project with a killer lineup of musicians and singers.On the recent opportunity to join the Eric Krasno Band:“Playing with the Eric Krasno Band is definitely an amazing experience for me, on so many levels! The band itself, and everyone in it individually, is amazing! I love them all and I love their playing. So when you find yourself in a situation like that, it’s hard to have a bad time! From a guitarist’s standpoint, I get free lessons onstage every night watching Kraz just murder these tunes! I get to support one of my all time favorite guitar players to the best of my ability, and we all have a tremendous amount of fun onstage! It’s truly an honor to be asked to play guitar in one of the greatest guitar players bands, but the thing that really stands out to me are that the songs are good enough, on their own, that all I have to do is play them and I’m satisfied at the end of the gig. It’s a beautiful thing all around.”Danny Mayer Discusses His Many Evolving Projects, Including DMT, On The Spot Trio & MoreWith regards to his own DMT (Danny Mayer Trio):“DMT is almost the total opposite role for me as a guitar player. It’s just guitar, bass, drums and some vocals. I have to fill up so much space and basically rage my face off the whole time! It’s an awesome thing to be able have the support to try new things and think of new ways of saying what’s on my mind. The freedom I have in this band is limitless. Nate and Mikey are two of the baddest dudes out there and push me to new levels every time. Mary and Shira are amazing vocalists and really bring so much love and sweetness to the band too. I couldn’t be more fortunate to be constantly surrounded by such amazing musicians, and trust me, I don’t forget it for a second!”For more info on the upcoming DMT shows, check the links below:Danny Mayer Trio w/ Jen Durkin & The Business at The Acoustic on Friday, September 2nd (Event Page)Danny Mayer Trio w/ Jen Durkin & The Business at Arch Street Tavern on Saturday, September 3rd (Event Page)
TAUK is gearing up for an explosive New Year with over 40 dates scheduled through spring of 2017. The instrumental rock-fusion quartet are riding the wave of success from their latest studio album Sir Nebula, which explores a juxtaposition of genres as diverse as jazz, rock, funk, electronic, ambient, and hip-hop. A great example of a young band that is “making it”, TAUK will headline clubs throughout North America, co-headline a show with Papadosio and offer direct support for Galactic, Lettuce, Railroad Earth, and STS9 for select shows.Kicking off their winter tour with a string of New Year’s Eve shows, the band will travel through the midwest and mountain states and then make a stop on the West Coast, before returning to their home state of New York, with a stop at Okeechobee Music Festival in between. See below for the full tour schedule:For more tour information, check out the band’s website. Don’t miss out!Recently TAUK stopped by the Sirius XM’s Jam_On studio to perform some original music. Watch as they dig deep into their own “Time’s Up,” impressively jamming on the Led Zeppelin classic “No Quarter” in the middle.
Birthed from a shared affinity for the alternative rock of the 1990s, namely Cali-punk and Seattle grunge, the now Brooklyn-based Bob Moses are re-imagining the landscapes of downtempo deep house delivered in the live setting. For those who eschew EDM’s laptop driven repetitiveness, Bob Moses’ masterful blend of folk poetry through electronic music ethos illuminates the potential for an analog/digitech coalescence. Bluesy riffage drenched in reverb, with mystic, brooding lyricism atop minimalist grooves, song and emotion took center stage as Bob Moses’s Never Enough Tour 2016 pulled into 1015 Folsom on Thursday night for its final engagement.Line twisting around the block, a sizable contingent of the young and beautiful turned up in the SoMa neighborhood and welcomed back the dynamic duo to the Bay Area (they had just played Oakland’s Fox Theater last month). The vibes felt a little pretentious at times, as people milled about, it certainly felt like the place to be. ICARUS resident DJs Jessica Stenell and ALASTAIR, and local phenoms Emanate warmed up the decks in each room before and after the main event. As 11:40pm approached, Tom Howie (guitar and vocals) and Jimmy Vallance (programming/keyboards) assumed their positions at the front of the stage, ably assisted by a touring drummer buried behind a mountainous kit. The packed-to-the-gills room lit up in a sea of cell-phones, Instagram posts, and Facebook live streams. It was a sad commentary on priorities; however ours were not in question; when the descending piano chords of “Like It or Not” announced lift-off, we set the gearshift accordingly, Operation Dance Zen engage.Early on, nestled up on the rail beneath Howie, your humble narrator made a few new friends, fervently busting moves and blasting smiles with unabashed abandon. Soon a squadron of liked-minded and similarly-moving regulators mounted up; we made our intentions known non-verbally, and proceeded to secure the necessary wingspan. With a knowing glance from the young rock-god, Howie set down his Fender Telecaster, romancing the mic stand in Axl-mode for the haunting, dark journey that is “Far From the Tree.” The seminal anthem harkens back to their embryonic Scissor & Thread era, the swelling vocal patterns and minor-key meditation propelled a pulse at once sinister, yet serpentine.Over the past few years, the pair has steadily developed their live performance, slowly and patiently molding their songs to an immediate format, and carefully becoming comfortable with nakedness onstage. The most noticeable difference is the incorporation of live drummer Joe Zizzo. This element removes the downtempo feel of their records, and gives them a dynamic, funky groove and undeniable jolt. Howie and Valance are liberated to unveil the more interesting instrumental work that is the foundation for their unique compositions. Their song-craftmanship, and a tangible emotional quotient was on display earlier in the day at a radio station studio performance up the road in Sacramento, and Bob Moses transferred the chemistry and intimacy of that FM hit to the 1015 stage seemingly with ease.“Too Much Is Never Enough” reminded the audience that these guys are first and foremost a band. That makes them the exception, not the rule, in dance music, although it is tried and true terrain in 2016. They make music like a band, and they work the room like arena-rock stars. Bob Moses simply bucks the traditional conventions of contemporary electronic music. They do however embrace many of the attributes of deep house, psychedelic music and even techno and trance, as evidenced in the melancholic ruminations found within “Winter Song.” Another selection from the early days, the reverberating bridge and chorus pining for passions past, as the audience was immersed in the unholy dance floor pillaging, Vallance could not contain his exuberance, smacking the cymbals and a tambourine with child-like glee.Bob Moses saved three strong jams for the evening’s stretch run. The title track to 2015’s critically acclaimed Days Gone By saw Howie channel his inner shoegazing day tripper, the band treading close to indie-rock territory, and the natives responded with a collective longing. The seductive crooning and lazer-beam guitars on “Grace” was a glorious snapshot of Howie emulating his heroes, while working the crowd up something hot and bothered. Yet it would be their ever-exploding breakout single “Tearin’ Me Up“, that would finally make this room spontaneously combust. Rock n’ roll bombast was front and center, a full-on sing-along broke out among the still-vibrating massive. It goes to show that one song forever remains the same; the catchy pop ditty with an irresistible hook. Movie-star good looks and a mountain of mojo doesn’t hurt either – ain’t a damn thing changed, but the weather.
Big Gigantic will be returning to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre this September for their annual two-night stint at the legendary Colorado venue. The sixth annual Rowdytown will fall on September 29th and 30th, with support by Keys N Krates, Slushii, and Pell on the 29th and Big Wild, Whethan, and Maddy O’Neal on the 30th. As always, tickets are expected to fly out the door fast, so you can cop your tickets here for both single and two-day passes. Plus, $1 of each ticket sale goes to the Big Gigantic Difference Foundation, Big G’s 2017 charity project.In addition to this announcement, Big Gigantic has dropped a brand new remix by Naderi of Big G’s hit number “All of Me,” which features Logic and ROZES. You can listen to the remix below.
After wrapping up their annual three-night run at The Fillmore in San Francisco last night, Chris Robinson Brotherhood revealed to fans that they will return to the Bay Area in just a few short weeks for a three-night New Year’s Eve run. On December 29, 30, and 31, Chris Robinson Brotherhood will take over Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA.In the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood are riding a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their stellar new album, Barefoot In The Head, marks the CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength.Tickets to the upcoming NYE run go on-sale Monday, December 18, at 10am PT here. Check out the full list of upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates below, and head to the band’s website for more information.Chris Robinson Brotherhood // Tour DatesDecember 29 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin CrossroadsDecember 30 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin CrossroadsDecember 31 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin CrossroadsJanuary 26 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club CasinoJanuary 27 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of SpadesJanuary 29 – Billings, MT – Pub StationJanuary 30 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma TheatreJanuary 31 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter TheatreFebruary 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State RoomFebruary 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State RoomFebruary 6 – Durango, CO – Animas City TheatreFebruary 7 – Avon, CO – AgaveFebruary 9 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater & ClubFebruary 10 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera HouseFebruary 11 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera HouseFebruary 13 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up AspenFebruary 15 – Crested Butte, CO – Center For The ArtsFebruary 16 – Crested Butte, CO – Center For The ArtsFebruary 17 – Boulder, CO – Boulder TheaterFebruary 18 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie TheatreMarch 2 – Hamburg, DE – Uebel & GefährlichMarch 3 – Amsterdam, NL – ParadisoMarch 5 – Madrid, ES – Sala ButMarch 6 – Barcelona, ES – BikiniMarch 7 – Bilbao, ES – Kafe AntzokiMarch 9 – Berlin, DE – Bi NuuMarch 10 – Gothenburg, SE – PustervikMarch 11 – Stockholm, SE – NalenMarch 12 – Oslo, NO – RockefellerMarch 13 – Aalborg, DK – SkraaenMarch 14 – Bonn DE – Rockpalast Crossroads FestivalMarch 16 – London, UK – UluMarch 18 – Chandler, AZ – Pot of Gold Music FestivalApril 19 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee Festival[photo by Emily Butler]
Umphrey’s McGee Backstory | The Cutting Room | New York, NY | 1/18/18 | Photos: Capacity Images As part of the promotional effort behind their diverse new album, it’s not us, progressive-jam titans Umphrey’s McGee stopped by New York City’s The Cutting Room for a special BackStory event. BackStory, a partnership with Guitar World, is a Storytellers-esque event, combining an interview, a fan Q&A, and a short performance by the band du jour.Right out of the gates, it was clear that this would not be your normal night with Umphrey’s McGee. Fans were seated at tables as they filed into the venue, and a full menu of food and drink items were available to order. Most fans took advantage and had dinner while waiting for the event to start. At approximately 7:00 PM, New York Times Best-Selling author and renowned music historian Alan Paul took the stage for some brief remarks, before introducing his esteemed guests for the evening.Paul asked a few questions about it’s not us, focusing on the album’s typewriter-themed art, the album’s overall diversity, and how the band went about recording the album. All six band members were in fine spirits, eager to answer all of Paul’s questions and pull the proverbial curtain back on their recording process. They told several stories of how immersed themselves in the recording of it’s not usThe band explained that, typically, drummer Kris Myers needs to lay down his drum track first, with Ryan Stasik attempting to record his bass track simultaneously to give off that “live” feel in the studio. From there, the rest of the band builds their sonic layers on top of that initial drum and bass take. The band also explained that their musical conversation was non-stop throughout the recording process, as they rented a large apartment in Chicago that allowed them to all live together. This afforded them the ability to put in fifteen-plus hour days in the studio, followed by long nights discussing the album as a team. They noted that that this was the first album that the band has recorded while living together in the same house or apartment since their very first album, Local Band Does O.K.After touching on the album for a few questions, Paul moved on to ask about the magnitude of the band’s three-night runs at iconic venues like Red Rocks or Beacon Theatre (where they’ll celebrate their 20th anniversary with a three-night run this weekend), their use of technology via the Headphones & Snowcones program, and their experiments with incorporating virtual reality into their shows in unique ways. When Paul finally opened it up for fan questions, attendees took the opportunity to ask the band a smattering of random questions. The most memorable (and, easily, the most random) question involved a superfan asking guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss to describe each member of the band as if they were a Yankee Candle.By far the most informative question of the night came when a fan asked the members of Umphrey’s McGee to explain the difference between a “Jimmy Stewart”, a “Jazz Odyssey”, and a standard piece of improvisation, as they have long been denoted on the band’s nightly setlists. To the surprise of everyone in the room, the band explained that there was, in fact, no difference between any of it, and they all mean the same thing. At this point, drummer Kris Myers (who was the final addition to the band in 2005) admitted that he had always thought there was a difference between the two, and thanked the fan for his question and for helping him to better understand his band.Finally, the band took their familiar places on stage and delivered a four-song set of tracks from it’s not us. Opening with the ethereal anthem “Half Delayed”, the band offered up a tight and concise version the industrial rocker “Looks”. Brendan Bayliss, Ryan Stasik, and Jake Cinninger each took time to try food off the plates of members of the audience who were seated in the front row, which required a short break so Bayliss could properly whistle on “Whistle Kids”. Finally, the band offered up a raucous version of “Remind Me”, which the band jokingly announced would “include a Jimmy Stewart.” And that it did, as the band left the song’s funky opening section for a Joel Cummins-led jam. Eventually, The jam dissipated, and Myers, Cinninger, and percussionist Andy Farag locked in to lead the band through the song’s heavy metal closing stanza. At this point, a few fans couldn’t help but stand up and rage with their favorite band.Umphrey’s McGee’s BackStory was a special event that provided hardcore fans with an excellent opportunity to dig deeper into how the band creates their art, and how they operate as an organization. It was the perfect appetizer for fans for this weekend’s three-night run at the Beacon Theatre. Thankfully, this interview and Q&A portion of the event was streamed live on BackStory’s Facebook page.Below, you can watch full video footage of the full-band BackStory interview and check out a gallery of photos from the special event courtesy of Capacity Images:[Cover photos via Capacity Images]If you are heading to Umphrey’s McGee‘s 20th anniversary run at New York’s Beacon Theatre this weekend, don’t miss Live For Live Music‘s Umphrey’s Late Night shows.Tonight, Friday, January 19th TAUK‘s Matt Jalbert & Isaac Teel will once again team up with Joel Cummins & Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee to form TAUKing McGee at the Highline Ballroom. ***GRAB YOUR TICKETS FOR TAUKING MCGEE HERE***For the second night of the run tomorrow, Saturday, January 20th, vinyl impresario and longtime friend of the band, Wyllys, will play an official Umphrey’s McGee after-party at The Cutting Room feaeturing Rob Compa (Dopapod), Peter Apfelbaum, Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Chris Cartelli (Newton Crosby), & Zac Lasher (U-Melt). 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Earlier this month, Lake Street Dive released their new album, Free Yourself Up, via Nonesuch Records. In support of the new album, Lake Street Dive continued their recent string of media engagements on TBS’s Conan last night with a performance of the album’s lead single, “Good Kisser”. Watch the band’s Conan performance below, as well as the official music video here.Lake Street Dive – “Good Kisser“[Video: TeamCoCo]Free Yourself Up marks Lake Street Dive’s second release on Nonesuch Records. The band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—produced the album themselves at Nashville’s Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler.Lake Street Dive is currently on tour behind their new album, including upcoming shows with support from artists like Madison Ward and the Mama Bears, Mikaela Davis, and Robert Finley. Tonight, May 24th, they’ll hit the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA, followed by a string of sold-out shows in San Francisco (May 25th), Vancouver (May 29th), and Seattle (May 30th). The band will continue to tour heavily through most of the summer and again in the fall, giving fans all around North America plenty of chances to catch them in concert. Ticketing information for the upcoming shows can be found via the band’s website and you can order Free Yourself Up here.