At last night’s New York Knicks game versus the Miami Heat, fans at Madison Square Garden were treated to a one of a kind performance from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. The New York-based band hit the Garden for a brief yet powerful showing, playing a medley of three original songs, “Borderline,” “We Need A Love” and “Sugar.”Check out footage of Sister Sparrow at the Garden below:[Via JamBase]
It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Bob Weir, as the Grateful Dead guitarist seems to have more musical clarity than ever these days. The 68-year-old, who cancelled an entire summer tour just two years ago, has been a tour de force as the leader of the new band Dead & Company, all the while making regular appearances at Sweetwater Music Hall. From last summer’s Fare Thee Well celebration and beyond, it’s readily apparent that Weir is here.Today, a new interview with The Guardian shed some light on a number of Weir’s ongoing projects, as well as a new one for which fans have been hoping. As for the ongoing projects, Weir confirmed that he’s still working on a solo album and the Amazon television series highlighting the Grateful Dead’s biography. For the new project, well, it seems that Weir is writing a memoir of some sort.He captured all three in one fell swoop, saying “I’ve got as much on my plate as I’ve ever had. No – more… I’m also doing a TV show, I’m writing a book and I’ve got a solo record coming out.” The article also mentions a collaborative symphonic performance with Stanford University’s music director, Giancarlo Aquilanti, to bring the Dead’s style into the orchestral world.“Whatever I’m going to be doing, a lot of it will be furthering this heritage, this legacy…I’m not the guy who was saying it was the last show. I’m good to play.”Weir also shared his thoughts on a number of subjects, including John Mayer, Phil Lesh, Fare Thee Well, the new Desert Trip festival and the race for the next US President.On John Mayer:“It’s not his playing that impressed me; it’s his ears. He listens and responds, and that’s what our music is about… No, he doesn’t play a lot like Jerry, and I hope he doesn’t. It’s a new approach, a new color, and I can still hear Jerry when we’re playing anyway. That will always be.”On Phil Lesh:“I just saw him, played with him last weekend and he seemed fine… If it’s his time, it’s his time; I’m real matter of fact about death and dying. I view death as the last and best reward for a life well lived, so Phil can look forward to dying, but I don’t think he’s there yet.”On Fare Thee Well:“It was an adventure. If we had a little more rehearsal, the music may have been a little tighter, but I think we delivered the goods. Everybody went there to celebrate the legacy, and that’s what got done, and done good and proper.” On Desert Trip:“Maybe next year, if they do it, but the slots in that would be too tight… There wouldn’t have been room for our presentation on that show, because there are too many [other acts], all of which are good. I want to be there, I want to catch it, I will say that. Maybe I’ll bring my family.”On the race for President:“I think if Hillary [Clinton] – who is in all likelihood going to be nominated for the Democrats – wins, it will be because she incorporates a lot of what Bernie Sanders is saying, and the government will tilt that way,” he said. “If Trump wins, I think the whole thing is going to blow up and we’re going to start over, and that’s always a good thing to do.”Check out the full interview here.
With the Sting and Peter Gabriel tour heading to Seattle’s KeyArena, it was only fair for Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to join up with his old friends for the performance. Fans will recall that Sting made an appearance to sing “Driven To Tears” when Pearl Jam hit Madison Square Garden back in May (watch pro-shot footage here). Last night, Vedder returned the favor, accompanying Sting with his band on The Police classic.Sting stuck around for the performance, and even sat in with Peter Gabriel to help sing his hit song, “Red Rain.” Fortunately, there are YouTube clips of both available for our viewing pleasure.Driven To TearsRed Rain[H/T JamBase, Photo via rock247music/Instagram]
North Carolina’s The Get Right Band strike familiar chords in fresh ways on their new release Who’s In Charge. Winning over critics and an ever increasing number of fans with their versatility, adopting and adapting Americana, blues, reggae and rock elements into a brazen and immersing sound all their own. Adding to the tight and diverse jams a distinctive, intellectual but accessible worldview delivered with a polished group vocal dynamic. Title track “Who’s In Charge” opens the album with a churning echo and distortion laden guitar line which falls as the band asks the title question on behalf of all those done wrong by fate. A fine lyrical reminder to the listener in the strength of unity doubles as a reminder to those who hold the reins of power to know they are servants of the people, and not the other way around.Stream “Who’s In Charge” below:The next track is the first of three “Interlude” pieces that serve as transitions that slowly blend in elements of the preceding track with the following tune. The tracks serve as a fun and quirky studio version of the live tradition of jamming segues that will likely serve as a blueprint to future concert renditions. Much of what The Get Right Band does is possible thanks to the precision and passion of drummer JC Mears. Mears provides fiery fills and slow simmering rolls that propel tunes like “Requiem For The Chemical Memory” and “Munitions Man” in unexpected directions with urgency and an inescapable momentum. Thanks to the raw energy provided by Mears guitarist Silas Durocher and bass player Jesse Gentry whose weaving interplay is the heart of The Get Right Band’s instant appeal. Slinky island infused guitar licks get paired perfectly with bass lines before adroitly flowing into crashing rock or sparse desert sounds. The pairs long time playing partnership has obvious taught them each how to lift the other and provide space for the other to not just exist but to thrive.Lyrically the band impresses as well. Tackling a subject like the apathy brought on by the modern world shows the band is willing to turn their insightful eye towards subjects beyond the norm. Not that the band isn’t fully capable of getting down and dirty, especially with gritty blues tunes like “Somebody Help Me.” They even nail the elusive low key love song, managing to escape the pitfalls of polarity often present in tunes like this.thumpingAfter the final “Interlude” of the album the band drifts into the psychedelic opening of “If I Forget” and create a wistful sonic dream-scape for that hypnotizes the listener. The spell cast by the last song’s tranquility was made possible the rise and fall of the music that preceded it and The Get Right Band should be pleased with the magic they have woven. In choosing to follow their own musical path on Who’s In Charge they show character that matches their talent and the music that has resulted is well worth the listen.Don’t miss this band on the road! Their full tour schedule can be seen below.The Get Right Band Tour Dates8/10/2016 Roanoke,VA-Martin’s Downtown8/12/2016 New Hope, PA -Triumph Brewing Company8/13/2016 Philadelphia, PA -The Grape Room8/14/2016 Harlem, NY –Shrine8/15/2019 New York, NY -The Manderley Bar8/17/2016 Boston, MA (technically Norwood) Extended Play Sessions8/19/2019 Frederick, MD- The Blue Slide9/1/2016 Boone, NC -The Boone Saloon w/ Roots of a Rebellion9/2/2016 Stuart, VA -Front Porch Festival9/8/2016 Charlotte, NC- The Double Door Inn9/9/2016 Boone, NC -Musicfest at Blue Bear Mountain9/15/2016 Frederick, MD -Alive @ Five9/16/2016 Richmond, VA -Cary Street Cafe9/17/2016 Floyd, VA -Dogtown Roadhouse9/29/2016 Knoxville, TN-Preservation Pub9/30/2016 Nashville, TN- The End w/ Aquaducks10/1/2016 Chattanooga, TN- Clyde’s on Main10/7/2016 Asheville, NC -RiverLink’s RiverMusic w/ Blitzen Trapper10/14/2016 Bryson City, NC -Nantahala Brewing Company
When he’s not playing with Ween, guitarist Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo Jr.) keeps himself quite active with the Dean Ween Group. Today, the DWG has made a major announcement, revealing plans for a new album and a ten-date fall tour in support!The new album is called the deaner album and is due out on October 21st via ATO Records. Back in June, Deaner told fans that the new album featured all of the musicians that he’s ever wanted to play with, saying “everyone in the entire world that i ever wanted on my album plays on it. like 30 people.” We’ll be sure to update once more information is available.You can get your first taste of the new album with the leading single. Stream “Mercedes Benz” below.The tour schedule runs from October 18th through the 31st, culminating in a showing at The Wilma in Missoula, MT for Halloween night! This should make for quite the celebration of all things Deaner. Ticketing information can be found here, and you can see the full schedule below.
Premier Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo‘s Almost Dead continued their RAD TRACKS Wednesday series today with a two-part release of “Terrapin Station” from their three-night Freaks Ball run at Brooklyn Bowl run in March. The band, joined by a four-piece horn section made up of Stuart Bogie, Martin Perna, Eric Biondo, and Raymond Mason, took the Garcia/Hunter classic on an 18-minute ride on Saturday, March 25th, and then finished the suite the next night with help from electric violinist Katie Jacoby.You can watch both videos, edited by Foggy Notions Productions, below: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is playing festival gigs every weekend this month: The Peach Music Festival on Saturday, August 13th, Hot August Music Festival on Saturday, August 20th, and LOCKN’ Festival on Thursday and Friday August 25th and 26th.
John Kadlecik is perhaps best known for his role in Furthur, but the guitarist has been faithfully touring with music of his own and of the Grateful Dead. His recent “Acousti’Lectric” tour has seen Kadlecik perform his first set acoustically, without accompaniment, before grouping with a backing band for a second set on the electric guitar. That format was put to work at the Funky Biscuit last week, when Kadlecik was joined by renowned bassist Oteil Burbridge at the Boca Raton, FL venue.Burbridge sat in during Kadlecik’s acoustic set, joining him for two songs: “Easy To Slip” and “Terrapin Station”. Even though Kadlecik and Burbridge haven’t formally been involved in the same projects, its nice to see the music of the Grateful Dead bringing the two stellar musicians together.Fortunately, full audio from the performance has just surfaced. Listen to the sit in as part of the full performance, courtesy of taper Dan Nolan Jr. – spyder9.Setlist notes:1. John Lennon – cover2. w/ Oteil Burbridge – bass3. George Harrison – cover4. First song, cold start, joined in progress5. No John on this song1st set – John Solo Acoustic2nd set – John played with South Florida’s Crazy Fingers Band.[Photo by Grateful Dead Tour//Instagram]
Funk, untz, soaring peaks, and deep pocket grooves. These are just a few of the different styles you will hear during any given Spafford show, or even within a single jam. The quartet is making major noise in the scene by bringing their relentless style of improv on the road for their first national tour. Doing a bulk of shows with Umphrey’s McGee means amazing exposure and shorter sets for the up and coming band. To really see them in their element, check out their headlining dates.A highly anticipated stop in Buffalo, NY at the Buffalo Iron Works on February 1st is coming soon. The night will be kicked off by hometowners Mike Gantzer and Dave Loss of another jam scene up and comers Aqueous, performing as their side project duo, The Emporium.This promises to be a special evening with some of the best new musicians in the scene and is not to be missed.
Jerry Garcia’s legendary “Wolf” guitar is going to be auctioned off by Guernsey’s in New York City later this year. The Brooklyn Bowl has announced that on May 31st, the Wolf will be auctioned off to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. But first, according to the event page, the guitar will be played by “celebrated musicians” before being handed do its new owner.Garcia played with Wolf during the course of two decades of continent-spanning touring with The Grateful Dead. The beautiful guitar, which made its debut in 1973 during a Grateful Dead performance for the Hell’s Angels, was crafted by luthier Doug Irwin. After Garcia’s death, the instrument returned to Irwin, and in 2002, it was sold for $700,000, at that time breaking the record for most expensive guitar sale.The current owner of Wolf is putting the historic instrument back on the market. However, the anonymous owners are ensuring that all of the proceeds from the auction go the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization that fights bigotry through education, litigation, and advocacy. As the current owner said of the auction and of the guitar: “I’ve been a fan of The Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege. But the time is right for Wolf to do some good. My wife and I have long supported the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and if ever we needed the SPLC, we sure do need them now.”Those interested in bidding on Wolf, or attending the auction and preview events should visit Guernsey’s or contact the auction house in New York at 212-794-2280. More information can be found on the Brooklyn Bowl website.
Load remaining images After an incredible shows at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado on Friday and Saturday night, Dead & Company played full steam ahead in Atlanta on Tuesday night at the Lakewood Amphitheatre. It seems as though the Grateful Dead members are having an absolute ball with the contemporary players, as John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti continue to impress the dedicated fan base family show after show.Oteil Burbridge Sings Lead For “China Doll” During Dead & Co’s Shoreline Run Opener [Video/Full Show Audio]Of course, it’s always a good sign when a show opens with “Scarlet Begonias.” Rather than heading into the traditional “Fire on the Mountian” from there, the band then dove straight into a funky “Shakedown Street.” The energy steadily crescendoed throughout a first set was filled with sing-along favorites like “Tennessee Jed” and “They Love Each Other.” To the surprise of the Internet, Dead & Company streamed their entire show for free through nugs.tv, so the folks at home (and on social media) followed along with the show from their couches with grateful enthusiasm. You can watch the first set below:Set I:Set two opened with a joyous “Here Comes Sunshine,” followed by an excellent, silky-smooth segment that saw the band move from “Playin’ In The Band” into “Uncle John’s Band,” where they toyed with a “Supplication” jam before returning to a “Playin’ In The Band” reprise. By this point, it was obvious to everyone bearing witness (whether in real life or from their couches) that all six of the men playing in this band were practiced, focused, and playing superbly. Dead & Co started as an experiment: a handful of Dead veterans bringing in some fresh faces to attempt to revive some of the brilliance of old. But as they hit their stride during this summer tour, it’s clear that this group has moved beyond being a collection of talented musicians, and has come into their own as a fantastic unit in their own right.That notion was further bolstered as the familiar opening notes of the “Terrapin” suite rang out for just the second time this tour. As usual, Mayer handled vocal duties for the “Lady With A Fan” portion, but the rendition’s quicker-than-usual pace and the particularly spot-on contributions from John and the rest of the musicians, the song felt as though it took on new life or, at least, more life than it has had in some time.“Terrapin Station” eventually dissolved into an other-worldly “Drums” >”Space.” Out of the “Space” rose a seemingly impromptu jam based on Miles Davis‘ “Milestones,” which in turn bled into “Days Between,” giving Bobby a chance to melt hearts once more. Finally, the band turned in an excellent “Sugar Magnolia” closer before returning for a celebratory “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” You can watch all of set two below, via the band’s YouTube page.”Set II:Enjoy the full photo gallery by Emily Butler.Dead & Company tour continues tomorrow with a performance at KeyBank Arena in Burgettstown, PA. For more information on upcoming dates, or to pick up your tickets, head here.Setlist: Dead & Company | Lakewood Amphitheatre | Atlanta, GA | 6/13/17I: Scarlet Begonias > Shakedown Street, Dire Wolf, Tennessee Jed, They Love Each Other, Black Throated Wind, Mississippi Half StepII: Here Comes Sunshine, Playin’ In The Band > Uncle John’s Band > Playin’ In The Band (Reprise), Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > Milestones > Days Between, Sugar MagnoliaE: Knockin’ On Heaven’s DoorDead & Company | Lakewood Amphitheatre | Atlanta, GA | 6/13/17 | Photos by Emily Butler