LiveMusicDaily Album Release Party
Atlanta,GA • Live at Aisle 5 • March 28,2015
Ryan Swerdlin Photography
LiveMusicDaily Exclusive Premiere
Album Pre-Release “Somedays” • Free Download
LMD Presents: Album Release Concerts
We listed them on our shortlist of Artist to Watch in 2015 for a good reason. This new Major and the Monbacks album reinforces their presence as one of the best live gems that is just getting started. The track “Somedays” was recorded in Nashville, TN at Welcome to 1979, one of the premier studios in the U.S. for vintage analog recordings that racked up eight Grammy Nominations this year and boasts a roster of clients that include Paul McCartney, Eric Burdon, Jason Isbell, Brendan Benson, and many more.
The Monbacks’ debut album merges twangy psychedelic pop, soaring 3 part harmonies, and the high energy and horn riff laden grit of southern soul, to create a unique blend of rock n roll. Twin brothers Neal and Cole Friedman founded what became Major and the Monbacks during high school in Norfolk, VA in 2008, teaming up with high school classmates Michael Adkins, Harry Schloeder, and Tyler West to form the core group that has driven the continued evolution of the band over the last 7 years. After college, the outfit transitioned to a full time touring band, embarking on a 5 month, 100+ date tour in 2014 that took the band 20,000 miles along the East Coast from Vermont down to Alabama.
Major and the Monbacks have announced album release concerts all over Virginia. Excluding their hometown Norfolk concert, all album release shows will be sponsored by LAVA Music Festival and music news website Live Music Daily. A four month Eastern United States tour is set for summer 2015 with dates and festival slots alongside Fitz & the Tantrums, Lake Street Dive, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Sister Sparrow & Dirty Birds, and many more. Full tour dates to be announced in late March.The Monbacks are returning to our Nation’s Capitol at Gypsy Sally’s for an album release party full of soul w/ special guests Bosley and AZTEC SUN!!
Album Release Concerts
4/23 The Southern Café and Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA w/ Kendall Street Company
4/25 O’Connor Brewing Co. – Norfolk, VA
4/30 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Griff’s Room Band & TBA
5/1 Sycamore Deli – Blacksburg, VA w/ Trongone Band
5/15 Gypsy Sally’s – Washington DC w/ Bosley & Aztec Sun
Rising Artist Spotlight
Live Music Daily Exclusive Free Download
Edy Blu – “Planetary Sister” (LIVE)
LiveMusicDaily is pleased to u DC songwriter and vocalist, Edy Blu, who is quickly becoming a familiar name on the live music scene of the nation’s capital. Blu has moved been on the scene for a while, but the past year has marked a pivotal turning point in her career as she took the reigns of songwriting and live performance to a more full-time endeavor. The results have certainly reflected a maturation in her development both lyrically and in terms of vocal prowess.
In celebration of her event, Gypsy Soul Garden, at Tropicalia in Washington,DC this Friday (April 3) we are pleased to bring you an exclusive FREE download of “Planetary Sister”. The track is an Edy Blu original which was produced by Jon Modell and Stomp Status and recorded live by Ryan Leonardo of DaVinci Sound.
Gypsy Soul Garden believes in cultivating the highest self through music, art, and positive vibrations. When we are aligned with positive intention and natural law, our freedom to manifest is boundless. Gypsy Soul Garden is where you plant the seed of your soul, nourish it, and watch it grow. It is the brainchild of musical artist, Edy Blu in collaboration with Tyto Studio.
Join us at Tropicalia, Friday April 3rd for a night of theatrics and mysticism, showcased through musical performances, poetry, visual art, and more. Featured performers include The Edy Blu Band and Haile Supreme & Sealab. The evening’s host is theater artist and poet Lotus Malone. Live canvas and body painting, poetry, giveaways, and other surprises await! Plant your seed in the premier Gypsy Soul Garden, and trust that something unexpected is going to happen. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.gypsysoulgarden.com.
Friday April 3, 2015 / Doors at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm / $10
SiriusXM Jam On to Broadcast
The Major Rager
Featuring Gov’t Mule, Lettuce & the Revivalists
SiriusXM @am On to broadcast The Major Rager, the benefit concert in Augusta, Georgia on April 9th of Masters Golf Week. Jam On will broadcast The Major Rager across the world. Music includes heavy hitters with headliner Gov’t Mule with support from Lettuce, and The Revivalists. We look forward to an awesome and unforgettable show! Tune in to SiriusXM Jam On channel 29 if you can’t make the trip down to Augusta. About Major Rager:
Friends with Benefits Fund is built on a social mission. We utilize music as an agent to helps boost awareness, build valuable relationships, and raise money for non-profits.
Every day, we look around and think “What can make my community better?” Friends With Benefits Fund believes music is the answer. The company is built on a social mission with three main staples: raise awareness, build viable relationships, and raise money for charity. Friends with Benefits Fund also encourages young and up-and-coming artists to become more philanthropic. Many artists aim for fame and glory, only to realize that they should give back through charitable concerts much later in their careers. In our model, we encourage the bands to pick a charity that they are passionate about, further engaging and fulfilling our tagline of “music for a cause”. When raising money from charities, we maximize fundraising by keeping costs as low as possible. Friends With Benefits Fund prepares for all logistical challenges of hosting a concert event including evaluating and selecting venues, negotiating contracts with bands, ticket pricing, decorations, marketing, outsourcing stage construction and sound equipment, and presenting a viable donation to the charity.
LiveMusicDaily Exclusive Premiere
New Single from Rising Memphis Talent – Agori Tribe
After a strong debut album in 2014, showcasing the five-piece progressive rock band’s diversity of influence, Agori Tribe starts 2015 off strong with “Tiny Tyrant Biggins & The Avant Groove,” also known as simply “Biggins.” The first single from an upcoming full length album of original material, “Biggins” further demonstrates the Memphis-based band’s need to stretch the boundaries of genre and fittingly incorporate a wide range of styles into a single track. The song was produced and recorded by Patrick Moss, and certain tracking was done at Sansing Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The combination of jazz, fusion and rock and roll makes “Biggins” the ultimate Agori Tribe track, touching on all ends of their spectrum of influences.
“Biggins” will be available for purchase on Agori Tribe’s Bandcamp page starting tomorrow, March 31.
About Agori Tribe:
Founded in 2008 by a few friends with a shared musical interest, Agori Tribe is one of the more unique up-and-coming bands that Memphis, TN, has to offer. The five members of Agori Tribe, Sean Naughton (drums/percussion), Will Nicholls (guitar/samples), David Collins (guitar/keys/percussion), Dave Hash (keys/percussion), and Jeff Naylor (bass), combine their extensive talents to create a truly inventive sound that defies classification. Their music blends elements of psychedelic rock, funk, jazz, reggae, blues and world music to form a one-of-a-kind fusion of sound. It is Agori Tribe’s fearlessness when it comes to experimentation that has led them to become one of the most promising acts to emerge from Memphis in recent years.
The last four years have been a whirlwind of new opportunities for Agori Tribe. From 2011 to 2014, they shared the stage with the likes of PERPETUAL GROOVE, PARTICLE, THE ORIGINAL WAILERS, EARPHUNK, SPANKALICIOUS, ZOOGMA, MOON TAXI, ARCHNEMESIS, ARPETRIO, SUNSQUABI, GRAVITY A, DIRTFOOT and played an official pre show for WIDESPREAD PANIC in Southaven, MS. They also performed at the LUVMUD, Bristerfest, Fools Ball/Fall Ball, M.E.M.Fest and Memphis Music & Heritage music festivals in TN and MS. However, one of their most notable achievements to date is their appearance at the Wakarusa Music Festival in both 2012 and 2013. In the summer of ’13 and ’14, they also embarked on tours that took them to Knoxville, TN, Athens, GA, Asheville, NC, and New Orleans, LA. With other gigs in Nashville, TN, Gulf Shores, AL, Birmingham, AL, Starkville, MS and Chattanooga,TN, in addition to frequent shows in Memphis, Agori Tribe’s following continues to expand.
When they haven’t been busy with live performances, Agori Tribe has also had numerous studio sessions over the last few years, culminating in the release of their debut album, “The Hard Mountain Tradition.” The psychedelic waves are only beginning to set into motion as Agori Tribe continues to dazzle audiences, while they push forward and prepare for bigger things to come.
Live in Austin
The Scoot Inn • March 28,2015
Returns with Another AC/DC Cover
Another epic finger pickin’ journey with the Finnish Bluegrass act, Steve’n’Seagulls. Their first video went viral with a great cover of AC/DC’s 1990 hit Thunderstruck off the album, Razor’s Edge. Now they are back with a great take on “Shook Me All Night Long.” Happy Friday folks!
Official April Tour Preview
New Orlean’s Fastest Growing Prog-Funk Outfit
In Fall of 2009 my Phil friend from New Orleans introduced me to the music some of his friends from the Crescent City had sent him. Earphunk sent us some SBD’s of their early shows and we were completely blown away by songs like “Chanky”and “Tryna Make It Funky”. It was fairly obvious from the beginning that Earphunk carried the signature cajun flavor of the world renowned Nola funk sound. Moreover, this was a reassurance that the New Orleans funk torch was being passed along to my generation with the bearers of that flame being none other than Earphunk.
The key to their success lies not only in their natural talent, but also the band members’ and Alex Bowen’s tenacity. They are among the hardest working rising talents on the live music scene. Playing night to night across the country while building a fan base can easily be perceived as an all glamour and no grit “rock n roll” lifestyle to those on the outside, but to a band it is much more than that. The lengthy drives across multiple state lines after loading out at 3:00am takes a dedication and passion for art that is often taken for granted. They even wrote a song “No Nine to Five” saying “that ain’t for me”. It should be noted that in order to really prosper in the long term as a touring musician you must be born & ready for the sort of dedication that extends well beyond the typical work hours.
After multiple cross country tours the band recorded, Sweet Nasty, at Studio in the Country nestled in the rural landscapes of Loiusiana, which receivede heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s Jam On station. The well calculated decision to embrace the digital era was a genius move on the part of the band. Their release of Sweet Nasty as a Bittorrent Bundle received 580,000 downloads shortly following the album release in August. A natural fit to take Earphunk to the next destination in their career came shortly thereafter when Matt Runner of Paradiagm Agency who, like the band, is well known for his tenacity and work ethic, took over the reigns of booking the band.
Since then Earphunk has become even more of a dominant force on the live music scene. With guitar solos from the heavens and a tone I wish I could steal is Paul Provosty. Mark Hempe’s funky licks join Paul in unison to drive the constant wave of funk grooves while lending some strong vocal talents. Christian Galle’s guitar skills served as the foundation of music theory as Galle transitioned to the Hammond B-3 role in the early days of Earphunk, since then his clav & B-3 work is a crucial facet of the band dynamic. Michael Matthews and Michael Comeaux are the driving force for the roller coaster of high energy upbeat grooves of Earphunk with a chemistry that grows even stronger each and every gig. Earphunk isn’t about one person, rather it is about the essence of what makes Nola funk so special – the ability to combine feel-based playing that speaks to people through each members’ understanding of a band dynamic. Instead of fighting for the spotlight everyone knows exactly when and where to contribute in any given song both in the studio and live in concert.
Earphunk is just getting started and they’re only going to continue shattering our expectations with the new album they’re currently recording. Complacency is for the weak-minded and Earphunk wants nothing to do with that. In the end, the band wants to bring fans the best music they can possibly make and they’ve made hard work a defining point of their band philosophy, which combined with their exceptional musical abilities, allows them to serve as one of the quintessential rising acts in the country.
LiveMusicDaily is pleased to help preserve the musical integrity of the most treasured sounds in music history by presenting fans with a four tour dates from April 7-10th in some of the most treasured cities in Florida as well as the well-known live music destination, Soul Kitchen, in Mobile,AL.
Check back for pre-show exclusives and ticket giveaways. Event and ticketing information for these select dates are listed below.
Exclusive Album Pre-Release: “World is Getting Closer”
We are pleased to bring you a Free Download off Sumilan’s New full length album – “En Transit” – out March 28th, 2015. “World Is Getting Closer”,the first track on the album, showcases Sumilan’s mastery of the song-writing process as well as their individual talents that collide with a chemistry that places them among the top national rising acts in the country. The stadium rock world collides with the philosophy of the original prog -rock inventors in “World Is Getting Closer” all while carrying a sound that is wholly unique.
We are proud to support Sumilan’s upcoming CD Release Tour Dates including their Album Release Party at Aisle 5 in Atlanta,GA on Saturday March 28th. Dynohunter + Bells and Robes will provide opening support. For more information about the event and ticketing (click here). Check back next week for exclusive post-show coverage.
A Live One • Winter Tour 2015
Second Leg of Tour Kicks off Tonight
After a killer show in the Nation’s Capital and Philly, LiveMusicDaily is pleased to Get Back on the Train by presenting you with the entire second leg of A Live One’s Winter 2015 Tour,which kicks off tonight in Toledo,OH. Full tour dates above.
Concert Review • A Live One • Live at Tropicalia in DC
Photos by Dennis Meyers• Review by Matthew Bowers
On a day that for most Phans is the equivalent to Christmas morning, Phish tribute band A Live One from Austin, Texas made their debut in the nation’s capital at Tropicalia. As the phish tour dates rolled in (including the first festival in 4 years) the foursome from the lone star state were soundchecking on U street, getting just as excited about the summer as the crowd that would show up to Tropicalia a few hours later.
That excitement from the crowd and band would translate into some great energy inside that downstairs room on U Street. The band did not waste any time getting the party started, coming right out of the gates with a 2001 opener. Anyone who’s familiar with Phish knows that if a show opens with 2001, it means that you should tighten up your dancing shoes and get ready for a funk party. The jammed out funky version they threw down got the crowd sweating early, and as more people filled up the room it was apparent that this would be a good night for everybody involved.
Keeping the energy high after the great 2001, Back on The Train would come next. A phan favorite always, this version provided the goods with a blistering guitar solo that sounded eerily similar to a certain redhead we all know and love. These guys definitely have the Phish sound down, guitarist Josh Pearson and his hollowbody really has the Trey tone locked in. Not to mention the chops to really do the music justice.
After Back on The Train, the band broke out West LA Fadeaway to the delight of any deadheads in the room. Then it was back to Phish tunes with a funky and tight version of the song Meat. Then in what my opinion was the “meat” of the first set was the two-song segment of Birds of A Feather and Maze. These two songs would divert from the funk and were just a psychedelic rock throwdown. The Birds probably had my personal favorite guitar solo of the night, and the Maze just put the energy over the top with all four guys locked in and showing off their chops. Keys player Wesley Haynes channeled his inner Paige McConnell while drummer Nick Chambers and bass player Andy Harn held down the groove amidst the madness of the screaming guitar that would bring it all home.
A nice Heavy Things would provide the breather for the crowd and Divided Sky would close the first set. A composition that is close to the heart of any Phish fan, the band nailed it and it was a great way to end the first set. The pause even got a nice ovation from the amped up district crowd.
During intermission, many conversations could be overheard of tour plans and the excitement of the festival announcement a few hours earlier. This night was clearly a tribute to Phish in every way.
The Texas quartet would get the party back swinging early with a rocking Chalkdust Torture to start the second set. Then it was back to the dirty funk with a great version of Ghost. They would really take the Ghost on a ride and explored some really great spaces during the jam all while keeping fantastic groove that kept everyone moving. The Ghost jam saw a great segue into a rare (for Phish) second set AC/DC Bag that would also get the jam treatment. The crowd all singing along to Bag was great, and I’m sure the band really appreciated the response that the phans were giving them.
Frankie Says would come next, and would be a short chance for the crowd to catch its collective breath before the band would turn back up the funk with Meatstick. This song has an undeniable groove and is so catchy that you really can’t help but dance, and that’s exactly what we all did. A ferociously rocking Antelope would end the second set in proper fashion, and included a shoutout from the band to Live Music Daily (thanks guys!). The Llama encore was the icing on the cake and left everyone in the room wondering when these guys from Texas would be back in the city to play (and play well) the songs we all know and love by the greatest live band in the world.
Needless to say I had a blast, and I can’t speak for everyone else, but it sure looked like they were having a blast too. If you’re a fan of Phish’s music and need your phix when the big four from Vermont aren’t on tour, these guys really do the music justice. I will definitely be back to see them when they’re in town.
2015.03.18 Tropicalia Washington, DC
Back On The Train
West LA Fadeway
Birds Of A Feather
ACDC Bag >
Run Like An Antelope
Live in Philadelphia
March 14, 2015 • Electric Factory
By: Barry Brandow
Between the three of us (my wife Lois, my friend Janice, and I) we’ve been to over 2000 concerts and have seen 100’s of bands. You would think we’d seen them all…especially the great ones from our younger years. Truth be told, none of us have seen that “lil ol band from Texas”, ZZ Top. I freakin love ZZ Top! They’ve been rockin packed houses with their profoundly soulful and powerful brand of rock n roll for over 40 years. How the hell could this of happened?
So when we heard they were touring and playing Philly on a Saturday night in support for the 15th studio release La Futura, there was no way any of us were missing this opportunity. In fact, we got to the Electric Factory when the doors opened and I’m headed for the stage. Lois and Janice headed to the bar, of course. The entirely general admission floor area in front of the stage filled in quickly. I was able to secure a good spot among numerous hardcore loyal fans who all had seen the band several times before. Their enthusiasm was contagious and I was even more excited than I was before. The crowd was very mixed, old, young, male, and female. It was then that I discovered that I wasn’t alone being a first timer. Ten year old Anthony was there with his father for his first experience seeing the band. In fact, Anthony had a hand made sign that he made himself that said “May I Please Have a Guitar Pick?” I thought it was very considerate of his dad to ask all that were nearby if they minded if he put Anthony on his shoulders during the show so he could display his sign to the band. Of course not….In fact we all insisted and hoped they’d reward him with his request.
As the opening act, The Ben Miller Band, completed their set the area on the floor, especially close to the stage, got tighter and tighter as people postured for position before the lights dimmed. The lights went down and the pre-recorded video began, showing a gorgeous tattooed woman wearing cowboy boots, cowboy hat and sunglasses. She claimed it was “Party Time” and introduced the band. As they took their places, bass player Dusty Hill – stage left, guitarist Billy Gibbons – stage right and drummer Frank Beard – behind his Tiki themed drum kit center stage. The crowd went berserk. The song ‘Got Me Under Pressure’ started things off as Dusty and Billy traded lyrics behind their chrome plated truck exhaust mic stands. ‘Waiting On The Bus’ and ‘Jesus Left Chicago’ were the next songs out of the gate as they proceeded to chisel away at my long wish list. As I looked around and surveyed the crowd, I can see people singing along with the band. Several people like myself chose to air guitar along with Billy. It was fun to watch the chemistry between Hill and Gibbons throughout the night as they often stood side by side sharing choreographed motions and dance steps as they jammed. The familiar drum riff and the appearance of the infamous red 1933 Ford from the album, Eliminator, on the video screen introduced the song ‘Gimme All Your Loving’ and ignited the already frenzied crowd. Before the next song Bill Gibbons scanned the front of the crowd and a big smile crossed his face when he noticed a fan along the rail holding up a copy of second studio album, Rio Grande Mud, along with a sharpee marker. A crew member handed Billy the album as he and the other two members signed the cover. We all had a laugh when Gibbons, with the album in hand, approached his mic. He jokingly offered the album as if he were an auctioneer and started the bidding at $200 before handing it back to its ecstatic owner. It was also at that time when 10 year old Anthony climbed on top of his fathers’ shoulders and displayed his sign. Without hesitation, Mr. Gibbons handed a pick to a stage front crew member who relayed the requested treasure to the excited young fan. I held up my hand and the young Anthony gave me a hard text book – high five – showing me his reward.
The show kicked back into gear with the classic ‘I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide’, from the 1979 release, Deguello. As the 16 song set continued, ZZ Top proved why they have been a premier band for four decades and Billy Gibbons confirmed to all who enjoy elite guitar work that he is one of the all-time greats. If he hadn’t proven it by then, he definitely proved it when they covered Jimi Hendrix’s classic anthem, ‘Foxy Lady’. As reconfirmed it right after that with the blues classis, ‘Catfish Blues’. Gibbons showed he is a legend without any doubt. To say the crowd was charged and frantic, would be an understatement, but it was at that point that the masses behind me decided they would all like to be closer to the stage and pushed forward. I tried to hold my ground, but I was pushed so hard into the people in front of me. It’s a shame when people can’t respect your space. The popular classic ‘Cheap Sunglasses’ was next followed by one of my favorites, ‘Heads in Mississippi’ from the 1985 release, Recycler. I like that they customized this version and sang ‘Heads in Philly’. Of course of the crowd sang along as they did most of the night. Throughout the entire show the two huge video screens on stage showed clips from their classic MTV videos. To finish the hit filled set, the band played ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ before donning their famous fuzzy white guitars to play the classic song ‘ Legs’ to close the show. As expected, the 2 songs on every ones wish list, ‘LaGrange’ and ‘Tush’ were the shows encores. I know young Anthony was thrilled because before the show I asked him what his favorite songs were and they were the two he mentioned. I wasn’t surprised to see him singing and playing air guitar with his new pick in hand. The band played with high throttled energy the entire night and you could tell they were having fun. You could also tell that they love what they do and take great pride in doing it for over 40 years. They looked great and showed no signed of slowing down.
One of the most pleasant surprises of the night was the opening band, The Ben Miller Band, a three member band from Joplin, Mo., whose instruments looked they were found at a flea market. Fronted by one-time Philadelphia resident, Ben Miller who plays guitar, banjo, harmonica, tambourine and lead vocals. He’s joined by Doug Dicharry on percussion, mandolin, trombone, as well as electric washboard and spoons. The 3rd member, Scott Leeper, gives the band backbone keeping rhythm on his home made wash-tub bass. I never heard them before and didn’t know what to expect. I thought they were awesome and played with great energy. As the crowd entered the venue and filled the floor area, you could tell they shared by opinion. I enjoyed their entire set and was really impressed by the chemistry and energy. I had seen the electric washboard played before, but I had never seen anyone play the electric spoons. What a cool sound they produce, accompanied by numerous effect peddles. Very, very cool. I especially enjoyed their version of the Ram Jam classic, ‘Black Betty’. As they continue to tour with ZZ Top, I would recommend going in early and catching their set. You’ll be as impressed as I was.
Band of the Week
DC’s finest mix of Jazz-Funk & Soul
LiveMusicDaily Exclusive Free Download
Backbeat Underground honors the talent and resiliency of jazz artists of the 60’s, who adapted to a changing audience by adding elements of funk and soul to their sound, giving birth to an entirely new genre of music that’s vital and relevant today From Grant Green to The New Mastersounds and Freddie Hubbard to The Greyboy Allstars, Backbeat Underground lays down a smoldering blend of original jazz funk & soul.
Catch Backbeat Underground live at Tropicalia for the DC Funk Parade on Saturday May 2nd with Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band and Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang.
Earphunk & Live Music Daily Join Forces
for April 2015 Tour Dates in Florida & Alabama
LMD is pleased to team up with NOLA’s finest rising prog-funk-rock band, Earphunk, for their April 2015 Tour Dates in Florida and Alabama. The Florida run includes stops in Tallahasse, Fort Lauderdale, and Gainsville (April 7-9). From there the group will travel up to Alabama for a return visit to the Soul Kitchen (April 10). Florida based prog-jam-rock outfit, Displace, will offer opening support for Earphunk in Tallahassee,FL. Displace is garnering some strong attention on a regional level as indicated by their recent set at Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa,FL. Another killer Nola based act, Gravy, will provide opening support to conclude the string of dates on April 10th.
Earphunk’s latest album, Sweet Nasty, has received well over half a million downloads, get your FREE copy now (here).
Check back for pre-show exclusives and ticket giveaways. Event and ticketing information for these select dates are listed below.
Earphunk’s high energy concerts with an in your face funk attitude have made them one of the most sought after rising funk bands on the live music scene. Blending progressive funk, jam,jazz, electronic & rock influences you’ll find it hard to not surrender to the groove from one of the best rising talents from the Crescent City. The band’s most recent album to date, Sweet Nasty, has caught the attention of fans across the country. 2015 will see Earphunk legitimately establishing themselves as a band to keep the Nola funk torch going for decades to come.
Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit
To Reunite for Limited Tour Dates This Summer
Referred to in a recent Relix feature as “The Jamband Velvet Underground,” the influential dada-jam trailblazers Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit will return to rattle the landscape this summer with a series of live performances – than band’s first since a much-talked-about 2011 reunion at the Georgia Theatre in Athens.
With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving improvisational music community. And their presence is still felt: Since Hampton and the band parted ways in 1993, the band’s members have gone on to both inspire and enliven the music of the genre’s most revered practitioners. Maverick guitarist Jimmy Herring assumed lead guitar duties in Widespread Panic, while also working with the Dead, Jazz is Dead, The Ringers, and appearing with the Allman Brothers. Bassist Oteil Burbridge, in addition to his own Peacemakers, has been a member of the Allman Brothers since 1997, founding member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and worked with Phish keyboardist Page McConnell’s Vida Blue. Jeff Sipe (aka Apt. Q-258), continues to be among the most highly regarded drummers of his generation, pursuing his own music in addition to collaborating with Phil Lesh, Béla Fleck, Susan Tedeschi, Trey Anastasio, Jazz is Dead, Alex Machacek, Debashish Bhattacharya, and many more. For these dates, the ARU will also be joined by keyboardist Matt Slocum, who played with the band at their 2011 Georgia Theatre show.
Which leaves the good Colonel (retired)…a seismic catalyst of the first order, Hampton’s presence was first felt as a member of the cult Georgia ensemble the Hampton Grease Band, who cut one uncategorizable album for Columbia in 1971. From there, Hampton – a mesmerizing blues-inflected vocalist, freewheeling guitarist, and caustic ringmaster – applied his boundless energy, cosmic wit, and fearless exploratory zeal to pursuits as varied as standup comedy, wrestling, and music ranging from free jazz to hillbilly blues. The Aquarium Rescue Unit coalesced during a weekly jam session in Atlanta, which gained a reputation for both its musical daring and far-out conceptual theatrics. From there, the band took their act on the road, gaining a loyal following among fans and fellow musicians before signing with Capricorn Records. The ARU played a pivotal role in the founding of the the first H.O.R.D.E. tour – where tour mates Widespread Panic, Phish, and Blues Traveler were often seen watching their sets in silent amazement. “We basically lived on the road,” Jimmy Herring explains, “and we got the chance to play every day in a situation where we could try new things, without fear of getting fired for playing ‘wrong’ notes. These ‘wrong’ notes eventually became our thing.
“We have said for years that there are two kinds of musicians,” Herring continues. “Those that have played with Bruce, and those who haven’t.”
“Being a part of Bruce’s musical world is a liberating experience in that he entices the players to discover their true and full expression,” adds Jeff Sipe. “Musicians and friends who have spent time in Camp Hampton have an understanding of where honest music comes from…”
“With Col. Bruce there’s always the threat that something radically different is going to happen midstream,” Oteil Burbridge says. “Lightning might strike us, or maybe an earthquake will choose us as its epicenter.”
Periodic Aquarium Rescue Unit reunions, both with and without Hampton, have taken place over the past two decades, but these shows represent the band’s first sustained run of dates since 2007. The sets will feature a mix of new and old material. Most crucially, every performance will be recorded for a possible live album release on the Abstract Logix imprint. “Despite their profound influence,” says label founder Souvik Dutta, “Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit were terribly under-recorded – especially compared to the volume of music released by jambands today.”
While listeners and musicians are already salivating at the potential of this reunion, no one is more excited than the ARU members themselves. “While the youthful ARU was exciting live, I think the more experienced ARU can have more of an impact,” Burbridge reflects. “After 26 years, we’re all friends and are still inspired,” Sipe concludes. “Getting together again is for me a rare privilege and one that’s filled with magic, because each of my friends are so brilliant and truly awesome. I’m a lucky man.”
When asked for his thoughts on the upcoming reunion, Hampton simply responded, “Activate.”
NBA Legend Bill Walton
Tweets about Additional Fare the Well Dates
June 27-28th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
NBA legend, Bill Walton, is hailed as a longtime deadhead known for following the band all over the world for over 650 shows including a sit-in with them during their 1978 shows in Egypt.
Before we go any further, I want to note that this is a rumor. Here at LMD we make sure to not mislead fans and accurately report what we find. The fact that he took to social media and considering his long standing relationship with the band on a personal level, this tweet carries more weight than a typical rumor. However,The Grateful Dead has not officially confirmed this, but we will keep you looped in on future developments.
In the meantime here is a cool video that mixes Dead footage of “Jack Straw” alongside Bill Walton highlights. Video by redsoxnation34.
Live Music Daily Presents
En Transit Album Release Party
Live at Aisle 5 in Atlanta • March 28, 2015
Live Music Daily is proud to present Sumilan CD Release Tour Dates. To kick off the party we are pleased to bring you Sumilan live in Atlanta at one of the best new venues in the Southeast, Aisle 5. Aisle 5 provides both fans and bands with a mutually beneficial intimate concert experience. The top notch production and sound have put this venue on the map as a go-to spot for talents across the nation. In just its infancy the booking team at Aisle 5 has come in guns a blazin’ with no sign of turning back.
Sumilan is a band that breaks the preconceived notions of live music entertainment. Sumilan is a progressive rock band that embraces the improvisational spirit we have come to love on the scene, but it gives special attention to the lyrical value of the songwriting process where other improvisational bands can fall short of perfection. If you’d like to sit down to down with Tom Morello, Daft Punk, and Phish then please take a seat because Sumilan is about to serve you one heck of a meal.
Check out our exclusive free download of “Ain’t Missing You” below. For ticketing information on the CD release party (click here).
Live at Crystal Ballroom
March 20, 2015 • Portland,OR
Jason Charme Photography
Live at Higher Ground
March 6,2015 • Burlington,VT
By John Mikeska
On stage Annie Clark takes on the persona of St. Vincent. A musical, cultural, and visionary tour de force that is, in her own words, “mystical and insane”. The Ballroom at Higher Ground played host to the auspicious occasion which traversed a landscape of inspiring narrative, mellifluous melody, deep evocative poetry, and instrumental segments capable of building castles in the sky and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. This alleged paradox is where St. Vincent thrives. The character is reminiscent of Bowie, and Prince; transcending sexuality in any kind of traditional sense, while maintaining and originality that remains intensely provocative.
In every sense of the word, and perhaps a few that aren’t, St. Vincent is an artist. A true artist, that gratefully and responsibly engages the patronage of her adoring populace. The crowd at the show was infectious and welcoming, indirectly. Everyone was too focused on the stage to make any direct “welcoming gestures”, but this level of focus yielded the understanding that acceptance-into-the tribe is preceded by enjoying and appreciating the show. In a sense, this aspect of the evening reads like an idealized version of what a rock show could be.
In her performance, St Vincent’s fierce individualism and relentless expression, punctuated by rhetorical ramblings serves to unite artist-and-enthusiast in a way that is intensely personal. Without directly relating to her experience or identity, being able to identify with her passionate pursuit of self-actualization is something we can all relate to. Keeping in time with the aforementioned theme of paradox, her pathos asserts that by losing oneself – a truer identity can be realized. By constantly committing to change, you’re free from the stagnant worry of who you may-or-may-not be. The roadmap for the evening involved a mixture of material (predominantly recent selections) in the form of “Digital Witness” and “Birth in Reverse”.Musically, the evening changed musical costumes, vocal ranges (with an obvious preference for searing, high registers) and instrumental passages that were chaotic, beautiful, strange, inspiring, thought provoking, mind numbing, and hopelessly paradoxical.
There is quite possibly no other way to describe this amazing force of energy without ironic devices. The intense confidence with which she expresses herself is an essential, vitally important piece to her puzzle. This confident presentation eschews attractive reflexes from every member of her audience. Myself included. At the culmination of her 90-minute set, I would have followed her over the hills and through the woods like the Pied Piper of Hamlin. Every human in attendance standing in awe; gratefully and willingly adoring the experience she had just facilitated. A memorable track of recent release was “Huey Newton” which featured deep bass-heavy samples, ethereal vocals, luscious melodic soundscapes and a raucous zenith that peaked in mayhem before cutting out to complete silence and leaving the audience shocked and awed.