Live at the Howard Theatre
Oct. 15, 2014 | Washington, DC
By John David Church
If you are a fan of jam bands and are active at all on the major social media networks, you undoubtedly saw the band Electron come across your feed. It’s actually a wonder that there isn’t more being said about this side project that some almost mistake as The Disco Biscuits. But we’ll get into that in a moment. The band’s members form a who’s who in the East Coast Jamtronic scene with Aaron Magner and Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, Tom Hamilton of American Babies and Brothers Past, and Mike Greenfield of Lotus. The band formed back in 2000 during a time when Brownstein was not with The Disco Biscuits and this became an outlet for him to continue to write and create. The lineup remains mostly unchanged except for the position Greenfield now holds, which was originally held by Joe Russo.
So what exactly does this throwback side project sound like?
If you said it sounds like The Disco Biscuits with a healthy portion of Floyd, you’d be correct. However, it is important to note that while to the common ear it sounds as if Electron is a well oiled Disco Biscuits cover band, the TDB songs that the band plays were originally composed and played as Electron songs only to become part of the Biscuit’s catalogue after Brownstein rejoined the band.
Now you have the back story. And here’s your ticket. Let’s do this.
It was a Wednesday night in our Nation’s capital and the air wasn’t quite as cool or as wet as one might have expected given the sloshy day that had preceded it. Walking up, I was greeted by all too many familiar faces as it became obvious that this was going to be yet another special night with my family. The show was taking place at the recently restoreded, Howard Theatre. If you haven’t gotten a chance to enjoy a show or concert at this magnificent piece of DC history, do yourself a favor and buy yourself a ticket. Too many greats have played on this stage for you not to experience it. The place is elegant and classy but not in a Ritzy way more like a happening new spot that the A-Listers haven’t even discovered yet sort of way. Stepping down from the mezzanine, the lights dimmed and the opening act took the stage. ELM laid it down. This psychedelic rock and roll band continue to impress time after time and show after show. One friend looked at me and said, “They just keep getting better.” To which I told him he had been saying those words to me for a few years now and they haven’t ceased being true.
With set break upon us we had but mere moments to gather our thoughts and grab a frosty beverage or two. Then Electron took their places. Hard hitting right out of the gate with Triumph, they wasted no time gripping our attention and pulsing the room into dance. With a smooth transition into Ladies Were the Rest of the Night it was every Biscuit kid’s dream come true when all of us were taken back a little bit at the unexpected but always welcome Rock Candy. I can always tell this one by the specific synth that Magner pulls out when they drop in but that doesn’t stop me from joining the band to complete the chorus, “And you got, you got I, And I got, I got you.”
That’s how it felt. We all had each other now. I stepped back from the pit and found my choice position on the mezzanine railing just in time to throw my hands in the air for the end of confrontation which, always hits home for me. Tom Hamilton seems to have had enough of playing my favorite band’s tracks and seemed to take the band toward what I can only guess is one of his favorites, Comfortably Numb. Seal the set with a bust out of Therapy which is upbeat and rocky yet drives home deeper meaning than any guitar hook can define, despite best efforts.
Set two began by taking us to a peaceful place with the slow jam heart warmer, Home Again only to melt into a well known crowd singalong, Another Brick in the Wall. They say it’s always greener on the other side but who has time to argue when your standing in Kameole Sands. Taking the next song in stride, Electron hides nothing from the audience with Little Lai and a beautifully played, often requested, Shelby Rose. One more Floyd cover with Fearless to round out the set and the evening. And I believe they call that a night folks.
Rock Candy ->
Home Again ->
Another Brick in the Wall% ->
Grass is Green* ->
Kameole Sands #
Little Lai ->
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% Pink Floyd Cover
Live at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC
LiveMusicDaily.com is pleased to present a night of epic proportions with one of our favorite acts in the nation, Big Something. Big Something blends the best facets of every music genre to create a truly unique experience in concert. Their space-rock anthems maintain a strength in song-writing and are propelled to new heights in the form of exploratory improvisational passages exude influences from the best in funk, blues, jazz, and progressive rock.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Be sure to get there early to catch Dale and Zdubs kick off the festivities at 7pm. Purchase Tickets Here.
Stream Big Something’s New Track “Megalodon” featuring DJ Logic below.
Also, check out our interview with Jesse Hensley (Lead Guitar) of Big Something.
About Big Something:
Hailing from one of the fastest growing regions in the country, North Carolina’s BIG Something is one of the most exciting new rock bands to emerge from the Southeast. With a powerful sound that is both refreshingly original and yet classic in its approach, BIG Something is a straight up rock band that calls upon song craft with compelling vocals and a diverse range of influences. Fusing elements of rock, pop, funk, jazz and improv, the band likes to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles while incorporating a mix of organic and electronic sounds with the use of horns, keys, synthesizers, an electronic wind instrument, heavy guitars, and a tight powerful rhythm section.
In 2010 the group recorded and released a debut concept album with critically acclaimed Raleigh producer and Grammy Nominee John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity, Cry of Love, Dag). The album – Stories from the Middle of Nowhere – was an instant regional hit capturing the Home Grown Music Network’s 2010 album of the year award and spending several weeks at number 1 on the Jambands.com radio charts. Since then the band has released a fan favorite live album Live from Uranus and most recently in 2013 – a self-titled studio album that captured 3 different “Album of The Year” awards within weeks.
Now with several years of relentless touring experience, the band has traveled the country sharing the stage as direct support for the likes of Galactic, moe., The B52s, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Zach Deputy, DJ Logic, Toubab Krewe, Dopapod and more. They are also a high demand festival act, having appeared at: FloydFest, Camp Barefoot, Blackwater, Strangecreek, Wormtown, Smilefest, Mantrabash, NC Music & Arts Festival, Pink Moon, Jerry Garcia’s Birthday Bash, Gathering of The Chaffee, Front Porch Fest, Domefest, & many more. With a rapidly growing passionate fanbase, BIG Something also hosts their own annual Summer music festival and campout in Mebane, NC called The BIG What? which has sold out two years in a row further propelling this imaginative, entertaining and musically progressive jamband rooted in traditional American music of the southeast to a much wider national audience.
Upcoming Tour Dates
“From street mixtapes, to clubs, to radio to producing for platinum artists, DJ Green Lantern has become a globally recognized talent and tastemaker.”
Today we bring you two recent tracks from DJ Green Lantern that display his fine production skills outside the realm of his work with hip-hop giants such as Nas and Eminem. DJ Green Lantern’s Funk Roller Coaster takes passengers on a voyage through outer space with fat old school beats, horn laden grooves, and a plethora of all things funky. He also just released a solid remix of Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M”. Both are available for Free Download below via Soundcloud.
About DJ Green Lantern:
Ironically becoming a world famous DJ was someone else’s dream. Growing up Green developed a reputation for being adept at chopping samples and having some of the hottest beats around. DJing was so far from his mind that he had to borrow crates from friends for his first gig, which he only initially agreed to do because it paid $500. Instantaneously finding that he had a knack for controlling the crowd, Green steadily built a reputation as the go-to party DJ in his area. However, his creative background and producer pedigree screamed for an outlet, which ended up being mixtapes. “Around ‘96, I made my first mixtape,” Green recalls. “I used four or eight-track recorders to do different shit. I never did a normal blend tape ever. I understood you have to stand out and so I started putting hooks in and switching stuff up.” Green’s trademarks quickly became his self-produced remixes, and a cohesiveness that had many of his mixtapes sounding like albums. The overwhelming critical acclaim made him a rising star with bookers requesting his presence on the tables everywhere from Connecticut to Japan to all over Europe. (Read More)
KARL DENSON TO JOIN THE ROLLING STONES
FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
Karl Denson has announced that he will join The Rolling Stones on saxophone for nine shows in Australia and New Zealand on their 14 On Fire tour. The shows start at the end of the month in Adelaide and run into late November. The acclaimed reedman, songwriter and bandleader is best known for fronting the prolific touring juggernaut, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, who regularly perform over 150 shows a year. Their most recent album, New Ammo, was released in April 2014. DownBeat Magazine called it “music for both the party and for fans of instrumental prowess.” In addition, Denson is one of the founding members of seminal boogaloo revivalists, The Greyboy Allstars. He first came to national attention as a member of Lenny Kravitz‘s Let Love Rule-era band.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips,” says Denson about his upcoming shows with The Rolling Stones. “It’s going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life.”
Denson has had to postpone his upcoming tour dates with The Tiny Universe in order to tour with The Rolling Stones. An announcement is forthcoming as to when those shows will be rescheduled.
Mantras will perform the Talking Heads & the Grateful Dead
for Halloween in Richmond
I case you missed it, our musical theme for Halloween is: THE TALKING DEAD; featuring the music of The Talking Heads (official) and The Grateful Dead presented through clever Segways and Mashups in true Mantras style!Aqueous opens the night up and It’s all going down Oct. 31st at The Broadberry in RVA!! We take Halloween VERY seriously and are super excited about this theme, SHARE if you feel the same!
Live at Threadgill’s
October 11, 2014 | Austin, TX
Heart Byrne band performs the music of Talking Heads. This band performs a live concert in the style of ‘Stop Making Sense’ while adding song selections from each phase of Talking Heads history. This band consists of musicians that live in Austin, Texas. This band consists of great friends that share a great reverence for the work of Talking Heads and David Byrne in particular.
Umphrey’s McGee Announces NYE Late Nights
Seven Arrows (feat. David Murphy), Cosby Sweater, & the Heavy Pets
Umphrey’s would like to invite our friends Seven Arrows, Cosby Sweater, and The Heavy Pets to play official after shows during our New Year’s Eve run in Atlanta. The shows will take place at The Cotton Club at The Tabernacle, each starting at 12:30 am following Umphrey’s. Seven Arrows, featuring David Murphy, will play on December 30th; Cosby Sweater on January 1st; and The Heavy Pets on January 3rd. Each show is All Ages, and will only be $10.00.
We look forward to ending 2014 and starting 2015 with all of you. Rage. Rest. Repeat!
Umphrey’s McGee & STS9 Cover “Let’s Dance”
Alex “Pappa” Poirot:
Covering a David Bowie song is easy. However, giving a proper showing to an infectious new-wave tune like “Let’s Dance” takes a certain panache. Fortunately, for UM and STS9, this is certainly not a problem, they’ve got the verve.
More often than not, the difference between a good show and a great show is the energy on stage, and these guys are clearly having a good time up there. They come in hot early, settle into a funky groove, and take turns showing off their considerable musical talent, until Jake Cinniger finally has enough of David Bowie and decides to tear this dance-pop gem to shreds with his righteous axe, which of course, brings the house down, and is a fitting end to a show that I now plan to watch from the beginning..
Throwback Thursday | 2000
Jimmy Herring Brings the Heat with the Allman Brothers
I’ve always loved “Stand Back,” a really cheeky tune that Dickey always performed with aplomb- but man, can Jimmy shred it too! I love the “Franklin’s Tower” here- we’re all used to Warren Haynes tearing this one apart- but when you listen to Jimmy do it, it’s kinda like Allen Collins or Gary Rossington jumped on stage with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.
In the end, we will all sorely miss the Allman Brothers Band line-up with Derek & Warren… they do everything we love about music, including an occassional Dead cover, and inviting Jimmy Herring along for a song or two is what keeps yearning for the next show.
Phases of the Moon Announces 2015 Dates
Announcing the 2nd Annual Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival! Mark your calendars for September 17-20, 2015 – Phases will return to beautiful Kennekuk County Park in Danville, IL for 4 days of 100% organic feel-good music, awe-inspiring art, strong sense of community a conscious collective and of course camping. We can’t wait to see you there for another magical weekend!
We can’t wait to see you all there for another magical weekend!
Phases of the Moon 2014
George Trent Grogan
Live in New York City
October 2, 2014 | Terminal 5
By Elliot Fisher
Real Estate took the stage Thursday night at Terminal 5 in New York City before a large hometown crowd. From teenagers to sexagenarians the venue was packed which speaks to part of the band’s allure; they appeal to a wide demographic. The band played many songs off their newest album Atlas released March 2014 by Domino Records. Atlas proves that the band is gaining popularity as the beginning notes from songs like “Had to Hear,” “Crime” and “Talking Backwards” were met with loud applause from the audience. The venue, Terminal 5, proved to be a great venue for the band too as the multilevel venue provided space for those who wanted to dance on the main floor or hang out on the balcony railings.
With no set break, the 5-piece band wooed the crowd and kept attention right on stage. It was magical to see a song end, the crowd settle, and then a new song begin with wild excitement. From my spot above the crowd on the Terminal’s balcony Real Estate’s music made the crowd dance wildly while also bobbing their heads like a pack of swimming tunas. While most of the songs selected were from Atlas Real Estate did perform one of their more popular song “It’s Real,” a song that put them back on the map back in 2011. Real Estate is a band that can capture the moment through their unique sound which send audiences into relaxed trances that follow the groove laid down by the indie-rock band.
The indie-rock band were very grateful to their fans throughout the show and bass player Alex Bleeker doubled as the night’s host humorously fielding questions from the audience and announcing the band’s love for their fans. Bleeker, a known Dead Head, also teased “Turn On Your Love Light” in between songs with a Merry Prankster-esque grin on his face. With some fun and interesting solo work from guitarist Matt Mondanile to extend songs and extend original jams, in addition to the calming voice of lead singer Martin Courtney, a live performance of Real Estate is definitely worth checking out. I was most surprised, and delighted, by the fact that these musicians were able to jam out their songs given the audiences’ energy. Band’s abilities to perform in such a way are crucial for live acts, and it is obvious that Real Estate understands this.
The New England-born band was founded in 2008, and three albums later they are finally gaining the national attention they deserve. Back on April 9th, Real Estate played on the Late Show with David Letterman in support of Atlas.
Blitzen Trapper Nails a Cover of Zeppelin’s “Ramble On”
Live at Mountain Jam 2014
Let’s go back a few months ago to the 10th annual Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. Here is a scorching rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic, “Ramble On” which appeared on the 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. Eric Earley does a great job handling the vocals on this one and the entire band progresses the song with the utmost respect.
If you’re not familiar with Blitzen Trapper you should definitely explore them, particularly if you are a classic rock fanatic. They bring a lot of the sounds of the past together with their own twist to offer a refreshed approach to Rock n Roll.
Papadosio Announces Earth Night 2014: A Solstice Celebration
Art, Workshops & Live Music from Papadosio, Dopapod, Jimkata, EarthCry & Third Nature
Fresh off their thrilling performance supporting Lotus at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and two nights at Resonance Music & Arts Festival, Papadosio is excited to announce Earth Night 2014, returning to Columbus, Ohio for two nights: Friday, December 19 at Park Street Saloon featuring a more versatile/instrumental Live PA set and Saturday, December 20 at the L.C. Pavilion. Expanding the celebration, this annual event now coincides with a sister event being held at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado on December 13 in conjunction with Colorado’s Conscious Alliance.
For two nights and one day in Central Ohio, Earth Night celebrates the solstice in a ceremonious dance of music, art, and spirit. Inspired by the globally celebrated Earth Day, Earth Night roots itself in understanding the struggle for human and environmental rights while taking time to recognize the wisdom and practices of the ancient and indigenous that connected us to our planet in ways we hardly have the language for today.
Joining Papadosio at the L.C. Pavilion are close friends and allies, Dopapod and Jimkata. With no regard towards stylistic boundaries, the sound that emerges from Dopapod both live and in the studio is as varied and diverse as the many influences the band adapts from. Similarly, having been a mainstay of the Northeast jam circuit since 2006, Jimkata’s refined electro-rock sound is one of a band that has found its voice after years of experimentation. It’s more indie rock than jam, and more 90′s electronica than modern day EDM; yet the five-piece continues to traverse both terrains in style.
In addition, supporting the band for this very rare Live PA set at Park Street Saloon is Papadosio’s own Anthony Thogmartin, as his experimental side-project in sound and environmental philanthropy – EarthCry, in addition to Third Nature – the young trio now based out of Asheville, NC dedicated to exploring the sonic capabilities of our collective consciousness.
A limited number of two-day tickets are available through Papadosio’s ticketing site at http://papadosio.ticketfly.com beginning Thursday, October 9 at 10 AM EDT. Limited advance two-day passes are $20, single-day tickets are $10. Regular two-day passes are $35, single-day tickets are $25 and at the door $30/$40. Complete Earth Night details are available at http://www.Papadosio.com.
About Earth Night:
On December 21, 2012, a monumental convergence of like-minded individuals from across nations and borders was born. Caught in the midst of prophecies from across cultures concerning the ‘end of time’, people across the Earth asked important questions about who we are as a people and where we are going. While some anticipated catastrophe, others attempted collective activation into a new paradigm that would shift the ways in which we spend on our time on this planet. Across the globe people gathered and ignited their will to continue their work here on Earth through music, art, activism and prayers.
Deep in the heartlands of America, a small group of musicians, artists and spiritual activists organized a gathering that included a variety of experience from live music to art, workshops, presentations and more. Inspired by the progressive spirit of the internationally-known and celebrated Earth Day (originally founded on the spring equinox in 1969) – this group named the event Earth Night – a testament to the power of global unification as well as the extended darkness offered by the winter solstice – the longest night of every year. Much like Earth Day, Earth Night rooted itself in the ever-growing environmental movement and the search for social justice (particularly among indigenous populations), while taking time to recognize some of the practices of old that connected us to our planet in ways we hardly have the language for today.
Trey Anastasio Band’s new album, Paper Wheels, isn’t due out until early 2015, but the group will be previewing some of the new songs during its 2014 Fall Tour. The run will kick off on November 28 (the day after Thanksgiving) at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and include two-night stands at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, the Orpheum Theatre in Boston and New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Beginning today, fans can get a free download of “Bounce,” a song from Paper Wheels, at trey.com. While much preparation went into Paper Wheels in terms of demos and rehearsals with TAB, the album was recorded in less than a week at The Barn, Anastasio’s reconstructed barn-turned-rehearsal/recording studio located outside Burlington, Vermont. Inspired by the immediacy of Stax-era recordings, Anastasio and his band mates recorded the songs live, playing and singing together in one room and often requiring no more than one or two takes.
Paper Wheels was produced and engineered by Bryce Goggin, who helmed several Phish albums and has also partnered with Anastasio on previous solo projects, and mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Van Morrison).
Tickets for all shows on TAB’s Fall Tour will be available through a real time presale beginning this Thursday, October 9, at Noon ET at http://treytickets.tix.musictoday.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, October 16. See below for itinerary and specific on sale times or visitwww.trey.com for further details.
TREY ANASTASIO BAND – FALL 2014 TOUR DATES
11/28 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
11/29 – Stage AE , Pittsburgh, PA
11/30 – The National, Richmond, VA
12/02 – 9:30 Club , Washington, DC
12/03 – 9:30 Club , Washington, DC
12/05 – Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
12/06 – Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
12/07 – State Theatre, Portland, ME
12/09 – The Forum Theatre , Binghamton, NY
12/11 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
12/12 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
12/13 – Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Eli Winderman of Dopapod Explains His Rig
A very informative video has recently surfaced from llamamall.net , a site where you can stream and download over 150+ Dopapod shows for free. Here is a rig-rundown by Dopaod keyboardist Eli Winderman.
In celebration of the upcoming launch of the newly redesigned and improved llamamall.net, we are proud to present the first installment of our Dopapod rig rundown series.
This week kicks off with our beloved Eli Winderman. After getting to know Eli a bit, we at llamamall.net have determined that he is in fact, the nicest human being in existence. But don’t let his happy demeanor fool you, his skills will hurt your feelings……..and you will like it.
Video shot by: Jesse VanDellen and Ryan Yuenger
Don’t Mind If We Do…
Heater Mix from Big G on BBC’s Diplo & Friends
I remember catching big G about 5 years ago at George’s in Fayetteville, AR and being blown away by the exceptional talent. Sure things have changed and I definitely enjoyed seeing them in their earlier days, but they still deliver some electro-sex-funk. Dominic Lolli’s sax meets electronic music combination has long separated the group from other acts in the game.
Here is an episode of BBC’s Diplo & Friends featuring Big G for nearly an hour of non-stop action. This features originals, remixes, and choice cuts of their favorite artists. Dig in…
“Monsters of Banjo” (NPR) Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Profiled on NPR All Things Considered
US Tour Dates Added
“Husband and wife banjo adventurers” (NPR Music) Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have expanded their US tour, including November 8th at the CMA Theater in Nashville and December 6th at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles. On October 29th the duo will perform at Symphony Space in New York City.
Their eponymous debut is streaming now at NPR Music through its release date today (October 7th / Rounder Records).
Béla and Abigail tell their story here on All Things Considered, where they also share a rejected album title that “really revolted a lot of people,” adds Fleck.
A fifteen-time Grammy winner, Béla has devoted time away from his genre-busting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea, while Washburn, an old-time clawhammer player, has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force and become quite a live draw in her own right.
Warren Haynes Presents: The 26th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS JAM
December 13, 2014, at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC
VIP tickets and travel packages will go on-sale October 9th a thttp://www.cidentertainment.com/events/christmas-jam-2014.
The pre-sale begins October 13th at http://xmasjam.tix.musictoday.com/calendar.aspx and the public on-sale begins October 17th.
Visit http://xmasjam.com/ for more details.
Live at 1884 Lounge, Memphis, TN
October 1, 2014
By Randy Harris
Every time Greensky Bluegrass comes to Memphis, the crowd gets bigger and bigger, and this trip was no exception. Fresh off of their brand new, chart topping studio album, If Sorrows Swim, the band has never been hotter. Memphis showed up big for the band’s first show of October, packing the 1884 Lounge from wall to wall, even before the band started, and Greensky’s performance reflected the wave of energy exuding from the rowdy Memphis crowd. Paul Hoffman’s crooning vocals and speedy mandolin were on, as always, while Mike Devol’s thumping bass kept the band on track and tighter than ever. Anders Beck’s dobro lines were at the helm of the dark, melodic feel, while Dave Bruzza and Michael Bont cranked out the fast-picking rhythms on acoustic guitar and banjo, respectively. Michael Bont was especially on his game that night, which definitely says a lot, because the entire band seemed to be at the top of its game already. Finally, Greensky’s beautiful vocal harmonies filled in every gap, making their sound full and rounded.
Before Greensky took the stage for their triumphant return to Memphis, however, a local band called the Mason Jar Fireflies was chosen to open up the evening. This formidable trio of exceptional musicians was celebrating a special night that evening: the 21st birthday of vocalist Kyndle McMahan. When they first took the stage, quite a bit of the crowd had already arrived, but everyone was mostly hanging out in the bar area. By the time they finished, however, the bar area had practically emptied and the band was met by thunderous applause and loud cheers after each song. Besides Ms. McMahan, the trio consisted of Adam Gowdy (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Greg Carmack (lead acoustic guitar). The band’s sound stems from the soaring duet vocals of McMahan and Gowdy, as well as the bluesy lead guitar of Carmack (including some very crafty slide playing). Self-categorized as rhythm & greens and soul country, I would add acoustic soft rock with a folk influence. Mason Jar Fireflies was a great warm-up act for Greensky Bluegrass.
With the venue packed and the crowd ready to rage, Greensky Bluegrass stepped onto the stage in their usual humble manner. The band started off fairly conservative, except for a big bustout of the Bob Dylan penned “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” first recorded by The Band, as the second song of the night. Five out of the first eight songs were from the new album, consisting of “The Four,” “Windshield,” “Burn Them,” “Worried About The Weather” and “Demons.” Greensky started off extremely tight, jamming enough to keep things interesting, but primarily warming up for the madness that was to come later on. One thing that is so remarkable about Greensky Bluegrass is their ability to gradually ramp up the energy until, by the end of the set, the audience has absolutely no idea what happened, but they know that they just rocked their asses off; and that’s exactly what happened. The band started to heat things up with a cover of Red Allen’s “Send Me Your Address From Heaven,” and then they really dug deep on a fast-pickin’ “Break Mountain Brokedown,” followed by an epic cover of Jimi Hendrix’ “Wind Cries Mary,” and they ended the first set rockin’ out “Broke Reprise.” By this time, the crowd was absolutely insane, and the band took their set break to a massive response from the audience.
The second set kicked off with a couple more tracks from the new album, the more country-based “A Letter To Seymour,” sung by Dave Bruzza and the ballad “In Control” with Paul Hoffman back on lead vocals. A fast-paced cover of New Grass Revival’s “Can’t Stop Now” followed, which really got the crowd moving, before another string of new tunes rode the wave of energy surging throughout the 1884 Lounge. The string began with a reeling ballad “Wings For Wheels,” followed by a beautiful tune with a relatable story called “Forget Everything.” Then came the deep, dark “Kerosene,” which kicked the tempo back up and the crowd jumping all over each other, and the string finished up with “Demons.” The band finished off the second set with a run through the speedy, uplifting “Shuckin’ The Corn” by Flatt & Scruggs, a slower Greensky Bluegrass original favorite “Jaywalking” and back to a more upbeat ”King of the Hill.” As the raucous crowd clamored for more, the band came out for a “Before Bring Out Your Dead” into “Bring Out Your Dead” encore that will be forever etched in the minds of all in attendance.
This band gets better and better every time I see them. Their continuous effort and vigorous passion for their music and their fans pays off more and more, and the success of their latest album has given them an obvious boost in confidence and energy. This was by far the best show I’ve ever seen them play, even since August, less than two months ago. The new tunes are transferring nicely into the live setting, and Greensky’s ability to work a crowd is at the top of its game. Keep an eye out for the continued success of Greensky Bluegrass, and catch them now, before they are selling out Red Rocks and tickets are impossible to get. Thank you Greensky Bluegrass for an amazing night in Memphis!
Panic Tour Kicks Off Tonight
Let’s Get Down to Business Shall We ?
Tonight Widespread Panic will kick off their tour with a great deal of anticipation. With Todd out of the drum throne for this tour and Duane Trucks filling in everyone has mixed emotions. We all want Todd to get well soon and since there is no changing the fact that he is not with us this tour I am left with a great deal of curiosity as to how the band will sound with Duane.
In a nod to all things great in this world I am pleased to present to you once again the Lock’n Wook. A legend of sorts if you will. For Christmas there is Home Alone. For Panic Tour there is the Lockn’ wook.
It was the caricature of a Panic Fan coming to life, in front of our eyes, caught on camera, in a couple moments of humorous brilliance. I yell similar things at Panic shows- I have since before I saw this video. Now I do it with renewed vigor. Widespread Panic wooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Cheers, let’s get down to business. See you in Charleston…
Stream Big Something’s New Track “Megalodon”
featuring DJ Logic
For those of you who regularly follow the site, you know that Big Something is one of our favorite emerging acts out there. Their stadium-rock-era-meets-the-jam-world sound is finely showcased on the brand new track, “Megalodon.” We couldn’t be more pleased to learn that DJ Logic joined Big Something to take this one over the top.
The band is going to be pushing things full throttle into 2015. They will also be releasing their new album Truth Serum on November 4th! Be sure to catch them at local venues while you can, these guys are headed to the big leagues. The tour kicks off next week at the 8×10 in Baltimore, MD.
Upcoming Tour Dates
Oct 08 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10
Oct 10 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By the Sea
Oct 17 – High Point, NC – Blue Bourbon Jack’s
Oct 18 – Elon, NC – The Fat Frogg
Oct 22 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10
Oct 23 – Chantilly, VA – Bungalow Billiards & Brew
Oct 24 – Blacksburg, VA – Sycamore Deli
Oct 25 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
Oct 29 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10
Oct 31 – Raleigh, NC – 5th Annual BIG Something Costume Ball
Nov 01 – Boone, NC – The Local
Nov 06 – New Haven, CT - Stella Blues
Nov 07 – New Market, NH – Stone Church
Nov 08 – Providence, RI – The Spot Underground
Nov 20 – Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Nov 21 – Waynesboro, VA – The Hotspot
Nov 22 – Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
Nov 26 – Winston Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
Nov 28 – Washington DC – Gypsy Sally’s
Nov 29 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
Dec 31 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Railroad Earth Offers New Free Download
of “Hot’lanta” by the Allman Brothers Band
Here is a very strong cover of the ABB recorded by Railroad Earth at The Variety Playhouse on April 4th, 2014. This particular cover sees RRE unleashing a flurry of acoustic justice to a traditionally sharp electric tune. The Allman Brothers southern influences are translated over well, if you will, within the context of RRE’s fine precision and execution of their acoustic instruments.
Railroad Earth really is one of the best bands on tour right now. They deserve the ultimate salute for having a strong reliance on their roots, but also they aren’t copy cats and have helped evolved the live bluegrass genre.
The release is a nod to their upcoming NYE run in Atlanta, GA at the Variety Playouse.
In other news, they are also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness with their fabulous pink t-shirt (here).
In case you missed it the first time around, check out our interview with John Skehan of RRE.
Interview with Allen Aucoin
of the Disco Biscuits & DrFameus
Since 2005 Allen Aucoin has assumed the drum throne for the highly acclaimed jamtronica outfit from Philly, the Disco Biscuits (tDB). Allen also mans a larger than life role in his solo electronic venture, DrFameus. Allen spoke with John David Church on several subjects including he Disco Biscuits, Herbie Hancock, his 2015 plans, robots, and much more.
Acclimating to change is never easy and I can only imagine the struggle endured by you and the rest of the band immediately after your addition. I’d say you and the band have adapted remarkably to each others strengths and weaknesses to find a balance. Going back further, I am curious as to when you first heard The Disco Biscuits and what your thoughts were on them at the time?
Allen: I first heard tDB in 2000 or 2001. I was in a band called Skydog Gypsy and the website designer/lighting designer (of then Skydog and now the LD for tDB), Johnny Goode, listened to tDB a bunch. The first time I heard tDB was when they were coming through Auburn, AL at Bodegas. I had rehearsal that night so I didn’t make it but Goode had a few shows he played for us earlier that day. I liked the experimental sound and respected their blending of electronic music with rock or jam music as I was also trying to infuse jungle and break beats with Skydog at the time.
What are some of your biggest musical influences and have they changed as you have become more immersed in the scene to which you are a part of?
Allen: Herbie Hancock and LTJ Bukem are my biggest musical influences. I think of Herbie as the ultimate musician. I’d love to jam with him, be on his level (haha, yeah…), just listen to him, or be a fly on the wall at one of his sessions. He seems to have a never ending amount of creativity and is a virtuoso in all styles of music. LTJ Bukem invented my favorite style of music. Need I say more? haha. I recently opened for LTJ and played drums with him during his set in Denver. That was a dream come true. I’ve listened to him for so long and played along to Bukem albums in the practice room for so many years. Eduardo Pesante, DRIZNO, is also a major influence. Next to Bukem he’s my favorite producer/DJ. DRIZNO brought me into the electronic world, showed me the synths, samplers, computer programs, and different styles. I always gravitate towards drum n bass or some form of jungle and Ed will always have this flavorful secret track I’ve never heard to keep me rounded.
Even if you have played it a million times, you’ve got to have a favorite song to play. What is yours?
Allen: Save the Robots. That one was easy.
Some people are calling Colorado “The Promised Land.” What would you say is the most appealing thing about the state that you now call home?
Allen: The beautiful scenery. That’s always attracted me to Colorado from the very first time I visited for my aunt’s 40th birthday when I was 10 or so. The music scene is equally amazing. There is always an awesome show to see, amazing musicians to jam with, and the venues out here are all the coolest and pro. I just played with LTJ Bukem, had 3 awesome sold out shows at The Ogden with tDB, saw Primus and Danny Carey, and saw The Cure, all in about the same week! And that’s only what I did. There is so much music all the time here in Colorado. If there’s something you want to see it’ll be here soon.
On the topic of comparing you to some sort of robot… if you are a robot (and I’m not saying you aren’t) who would you more identify with, Johnny 5 (inquisitive and always trying to improve himself) or The Terminator (From Judgement Day- Machine designed to kill it constantly)?
Allen: HAHA! I love the machine comparisons. I told my dad while I was in college I wanted to sound like a human computer on the drums, half man half drum machine. How about a mix of both? An inquisitive machine designed to kill it constantly always trying to improve itself. That works for me. :)
Most of us have gotten used to idea that The Disco Biscuits are not going to be doing any extensive touring in the foreseeable future but as 2014 starts to wane, what sort of goals or hopes do you have for 2015 which is just around the bend?
Allen: Man, I am hoping for a Disco Biscuits tour in 2015! We just confirmed I’m a machine designed to crush. Let’s crush. For tDB I am looking forward to Camp Bisco next year. A tour would be awesome but I think 2014 has been pretty amazing. Just a few weeks ago we were jamming with Billy and Mickey! For next year I personally am looking forward to a DrFameus EP, hoping to continue to work with LTJ Bukem (Maybe Danny needs some drums in the studio?), a collaboration EP with DRIZNO, and I am putting together a live electronic band. Something still in the improv/jam realm but more on the electronic side, less jam, more groove, and a little more bite.
Everyone needs a hobby. In addition to music, which is clearly your passion, how do you pass the time when you aren’t on stage?
Allen: I hang with my lovely wife, Sandra and awesome pets. I love throwing the ball and walking with the dogs while scoping out the mountains or a good sunset. I also like to take things apart and put them back together. It helps if it’s already broken, haha. A good project is always fun, like building something I can use around the house. Who doesn’t love a good project you can wrap your hands around?
After it was all said and done, I feel like I know a man whom I have a great deal of respect for just a little bit better. That and… he didn’t confirm or deny the robot thing…
Railroad Earth Excited for Hangtown Halloween
& Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Here is a great video shot by Youtube user Evenstev featuring Railroad Earth’s outstanding performance at Phases of the Moon Festival on Sept. 14, 2014 in Danville, IL.
Via Railroad Earth:
The fires of autumn are upon us and that means Halloween is soon to come!
That also means our favorite festival of the year is around the corner… Hangtown Halloween Ball in Placerville, CA, Oct 24 -26! We are excited about this years lineup and we’re sure plenty of thrills (expected and unexpected) will be had by all!
We’ll make a stop earlier in the month at what looks to be an awesome festival in Lafayette, GA… the Fly Free Fest on Oct 11!
On Oct 17 and 18 we return to Harvest Festival in Ozark, AR… always a blast!
We’ll finish out the month by returning to Higher Ground – 2 Nights! in Burlington, VT for Halloween weekend!
A few things to look forward to as the year winds down: Railroad Earth’s Horn O’ Plenty Getaway in Stroudsburg, PA is shaping up to be a don’t miss event. We’re psyched to have Bill Evans and Soulgrass join us on Fri, Nov 28 and our old friends the Hackensaw Boys will be with us on Sat, Nov 29. Lots of stuff will be going on around town during the day on Saturday and all the great late night shows as well!
There are just a few rooms left for the Strings and Sol Festival in Puerto Morelos, Mexico Dec 11 through Dec 15 so if you’re thinking about it get on board now!
Don’t forget our annual New Years run, this year at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA.
And it’s not too early to start thinking about 2015…. Winter Tour announced!!
Stayed tuned for Red Rocks DVD pre-sale information to come shortly. We’re working hard on the DVD and we’re really excited about how it looks and sounds!
And finally, we are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our fabulous pink t-shirt!
Panic Announces Todd Nance will not be on Fall Tour
Duane Trucks will be filling in
We are not going to speculate here, but of course it isn’t fun when an original member can’t make a tour. However, Duane Trucks has proven to be a good drummer with Schools on bass in the Hard Working Americans. The two clearly have a chemistry and I am excited to see what he brings to the table for Panic’s sound this Fall Tour. Here at LiveMusicDaily we send our best wishes to Todd as he takes time to attend to his personal matters, whatever they may be.
Widespread Panic is grateful to have Duane Trucks joining the Band for this Year’s Fall tour. He will be temporarily filling in for Todd Nance, who is taking time to attend to personal matters.
Warm Welcome Back to Panic Fans
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that Panic Fall Tour will kick off with a 2 night run at North Charleston Coliseum. Here is a very cheesy video put together to welcome back fans. What better way to celebrate the music of Widespread Panic than with a tour full of Southeast dates. Not much else to say other than this 2 night run is going to be HOME TEAM !
Tickets are still available for several shows, for more information click here.
Live at the Pour House
Sept. 17, 2014 | Charleston, SC
Earphunk recently received over 580,000 downloads of their latest album, Sweet Nasty. Not only has the group opened themselves to fans across the globe by teaming up with Bit Torrent bundle, but they also sealed a deal that is likely to take them all the way to the top of the live music community. They recently signed on with Paradigm Agency which has proven to be one of the top booking agents in the country with offices in Beverly Hills, Monterey, Nashville, and New York City.
This recent review was done by a hometown friend, Jordan Kirkland of Live & Listen. Live & Listen is kicking off by throwing charitable events in the Montgomery, AL area the first of which is a Funksgiving event with the McLovin’s & Earphunk. Check back for more collaborative efforts between LiveMusicDaily and Live & Listen in the near future.
By Jordan Kirkland of Live & Listen
Last week the Southeast was treated to a collaboration of two of the most genuine, exciting groups on the circuit, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band and Earphunk. As a lifelong fan of The String Cheese Incident, this was particularly exciting as it is always a special occasion to see Kyle perform, in any capacity. Pairing Kyle and his band, featuring members of The Motet, with Earphunk, one of the hottest young group’s in the country, gave me no option but to make the mid-week drive to Charleston, SC to see the first of this 3-night Southern run.
In support of Earphunk’s recent album release, “Sweet Nasty”, KHB was scheduled as the opening act. Kyle wasted no time delving into the material from his new release, “Speed of Life”. The set began with the fast-paced, jazzy instrumental, “Racer X”. It’s tough to imagine a better tune to set the tone for this night. “Racer X” embodies every aspect Kyle is known for: heavy doses of quick-paced funk, ridiculously smooth transitions, and verbal acapella with every note played. Next came “Here We Go”, which got the room dancing and singing along to the more poppy, beachy/island tune. He then transitioned right into another new track, “Fallin’ Through The Cracks”, which slowed the pace, but made room for an array of solos from each member, and another soulful sing along to warm up the crowd.
You can always count on a few of your favorite Kyle-led String Cheese tunes, and this night was no exception. The room lit up as the opening note of “Let’s Go Outside” hit. It’s tough to find a song in his catalog with a heavier start. The words “Let’s go outside our minds and play” make entirely too much sense in the midst of a Kyle Hollingsworth performance. The set took on a strong dance-theme with “The Way It Goes” and “You’ve Got The World”, which feature just the right amount of drum machine, and lyrics about not taking life too seriously. A lengthy tease of Michael Jackson’s “PYT” was squeezed in and well received, as expected.
The final two songs of the set were highly anticipated, personal highlights. “Can’t Wait Another Day” is one of the more uplifiting, feel good tunes you could ask for. Kyle has noted that this song was written as he anxiously awaited the birth of his daughter, while preparing to hit the road for a tour. The set had to come to a conclusion, and the choice to do so with “Rosie”, a String Cheese fan favorite, had the crowd jumping, singing, and dancing with every beat. It’s safe to say that this may have been the best “opening act” I will ever be fortunate enough to see.
Knowing the act they were following, Earphunk took the stage and picked up right where KHB left off. “Sunup to Sundown”, the first track off of “Sweet Nasty”, started the set off with a peaceful, jazzy intro and quickly transitioned into the explosive guitar riffs we have all come to expect from Mark Hempe and Paul Provosty. The segue into the new title track, “Sweet Nasty”, could not have any smoother. Keyboardist Christian Galle and Provosty took over this song in powerful form, generating extreme excitement when it was time for everyone to shout “Sweet Nasty!”.
A number of Earphunk originals followed, including the classic “Stuck In A Funk”. This one in particular has always reminded me of Galactic/Medeski Martin and Wood, and has a true ballad feel to it as drummer Michael Matthews and bassist Michael Comeaux speed up the pace mid-song and get the entire crowd moving. Comeaux provides a steady supply of funk-slap bass and Matthews keeps a tight rhythm, allowing for Provosty take his solo to the next level.
Knowing the level of energy in the room, a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade” was a perfect choice. Hempe nailed the unique vocals of Zack de la Rocha, while the group delivered on every note. Another new original, “Phine”, brought out the always fun talkbox effect, as the band showcased the new dance tune. “Phine” is about as much fun as any song in the Earphunk catalog, bringing a Frank Zappa meets Daft Punk sound to the table. The set concluded with the classic, “9 to 5″, a previous album title track and Earphunk staple.
Those who were fortunate enough to make it to this special night at The Pour House will certainly never forget the experience. The brief tour continued to Terminal West in Atlanta, GA the next night, and concluded at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA. Each show provided for a packed house, and an incredible opportunity for Earphunk to showcase their new album. Here’s to the future of both exciting groups, and many more collaborations down the road.
Set to Release a New Album in Early November
Stream “Never Odd or Even” Now !
A calculated compositional mindset and restless nature to never sit too still is what has allowed Dopapod to fully realize their fourth studio release, Never Odd Or Even. Guitarist/vocalist Rob Compa giddily tells, “We really felt that the material this time around represented a big leap forward, not just in the way we’ve been interacting as a band, but in the way our focus has become sharper in paying attention to things like melody, theme, lyrical imagery, and structure – all the elements that make a great song.”
Determined to have that maturity translate in the studio, the band enlisted friend and producer Jason “Jocko” Randall to both engineer and produce the record. Keys/vocalist Eli Winderman couldn’t be happier about how things went. “We lived at his studio for about a month for these sessions and it just clicked right away. Jocko immediately became another member of band in many ways. With his attitude and approach to the recording process, we were able to really dial in the sounds we wanted, get those perfect takes we were aiming for, and have a blast the whole way through.
Band of the Week
Bands like this are crucial to the preservation of music. With a powerful mix of soulful vocals, powerful melodies, and calculated instrumentation it is safe to say Major and the Monbacks are definitely following in the footsteps of St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and I mean that in the best way possible. Support acts like these they are the future of preserving real music. Be sure to check out their Tour Dates below.
Major and the Monbacks have revived the party infused energy of southern soul, blending this old school style with danceable pop melodies and ska and soul horn riffs, stirring dreamlike visions of Otis Redding and Chuck Berry playing a beer soaked fraternity party. With 3 vocalists, a hypeman, and a lively horn section, the Monbacks are redefining the “Norfolk Sound”, adding soaring vocal harmonies and southern twang to the homegrown R&B of Gary U.S. Bonds that made a name for the city of Norfolk in the 1950’s.
The Monbacks have exploded into the East Coast music scene with two solid years of touring in their back pocket, wielding an original blend of retro R&B, 60’s twang, and new school garage-pop jams. The Monbacks have reached “monback mania” status in their hometown of Norfolk, VA, self releasing a 5 song EP and 2 singles while playing shows, festivals, and colleges across the Mid-Atlantic and packing out every major venue within their hometown of Norfolk, including 3 headline shows at the 1500 capacity the NorVA, ranked Rolling Stone’s number one venue in the country.
Since early 2008, The Monbacks have steadily been strengthening their lineup to now include 8 members, including the self proclaimed “Eastern Seaboard’s Horniest Horn Section.” The Monbacks now boast three strong songwriters and a full 8-piece ensemble that continues to grow its sound and fan base.
The Monbacks have been nominated 2 years straight as the best indie-pop band in Hampton Roads by VEER Magazine, collecting 2 additional nominations in 2014 for Song of the Year and Best Live performer. The Monbacks’ songs have played on radio stations across the state of Virginia, including WROX 96X and WHRO 89.5’s award winning NPR show “Out of the Box” with Paul Shugrue in Norfolk, VA, WCWM 90.9 FM in Williamsburg, VA, WXJM 88.7 Harrisonburg, VA, WGMU Fairfax, VA, WNRN, WTJU, and WTJX in Charlottesville, VA.
Disco Biscuits Wrap up City Bisco
Sets Sights on Chicago & NYC for NYE Run
Via Bisco Official:
With City Bisco on the books, we are setting our sights on The Disco Biscuits New Years plans! On December 26 & 27, we make our return to Chicago’s Concord Music Hall before taking it back to the heart of Times Square NYC for 3 nights at Best Buy Theater, December 29, 30 & 31!
Our BiscoTix fanclub presale kicks off tomorrow at 12noon ET for all 5 shows at discobiscuits.com/presales — we’ll be fresh off a week of shows at Dominican Holidaze and ready to bring the heat for you to come celebrate with us !