The music world is still in mourning after learning that Butch Trucks, drummer for The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at the age of 69. Trucks left behind an enormous legacy as one of the band’s founding members, as his incredibly powerful drumming lives on through the music.Guitarist Trey Anastasio posted a note on Phish.com, sharing his thoughts about the late drummer. Anastasio first collaborated with Trucks in 1995, when the drummer sat in with Phish for a rousing “Possum” performance (watch the video here). The worlds of Phish and the Allmans collided on multiple occasions in the subsequent two decades as well.Trey wrote, “I was so sad to hear of the passing of Butch Trucks. He was an incredible drummer and a really kind person. For me, Butch’s voice was as integral a part of the Allman Brother’s sound as Gregg’s, Duane’s, or any of the other great musicians that played over the years. He had a unique way of leaning hard into the bell of the cymbal and his own identifiable attack on the snare. He had an angular aggressive lope that was really unique. No one sounded like him. I’ve always been a firm believer in the huge impact that the drummer has on any great band, and that was certainly true in the case of Butch and the Allman’s. Rest In Peace, Butch. Thank you for your gift.”In honor of their time spent together as musicians, let’s watch this great video of Trey joining the Allmans for a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Franklin Tower” in 2014.
For the second straight week, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio joined his childhood friend and lyrical contributor Tom Marshall on his new “Under The Scales” podcast. The second part of a two-part interview aired last night, capturing Anastasio’s interview with both Marshall and fellow guitar player, Dan Kanter.After part one talked about Anastasio’s setlist writing, collaborations with Phish & Tom Marshall and more, the second part of the interview actually got to the heart of the advertised topic – guitars. The conversation, which was recorded backstage at Madison Square Garden on December 29th, features Trey’s thoughts about Paul Languedoc’s guitars, and how he shapes his tone to match the guitar’s sound.You can enjoy the full episode below!
It’s always a treat when jamtronica outfit Lotus returns to Colorado. With the band calling both Denver and Philadelphia home base, Lotus’ Colorado runs are treated as a triumphant homecoming, and certainly, this past three-night run was no different. On Saturday, the band teamed up with Slow Magic, selling out the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, before heading west for two nights at Aspen’s intimate Belly Up on Sunday and Monday.Saturday night’s performance at the Fillmore in Denver was an electric way to kick off their three nights in Colorado. As would come to characterize the rest of the run as well, Lotus frequently focused on older tracks from their catalog, integrating newer songs off their recently released album, Eat The Light, with grace and skill. Saturday’s first set was a throwback treat for older fans who were ready for Lotus to return to Denver proper. The night kicked off with “Suitcases,” a track off of fan-favorite, Nomad. The band then worked through a series of fiery older tunes, busting out “Space In Between,” an old track from the early 2000s that has seen relatively little play over the last ten years, before playing another Nomad track, “Travel.”For the first set, Lotus was precise and patient, giving each song the proper space for exploration. The build from “Travel” to “Expired Slang” was similarly well-thought out, expertly building the energy of the song to a peak and bringing the audience along with them for the ride. In keeping up the high energy of “Expired Slang,” they then dropped a new tune to shake things up a little bit, the disco-reminiscent “Fearless,” which was debuted last year and appears on Eat The Light. The highlight of this first set, however, was the last two songs, with “Sift” building perfectly into a pristine “Sunrain,” leaving the crowd basking in the delightful tune before set break.“Spiritualize” At The Fillmore, video courtesy of Phat Beats 420Second set opened with a resounding bass-heavy “Debris,” which then moved into Eat The Light’s “Sodium Vapor.” From that point on, the second set gained a momentum of its own, with a string of songs that had the crowd going off. “Plant Your Root” transitioned into “Spiritualize,” both older crowd pleasers. A cover of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars” fell in the middle of the tight “Spiritualize” sandwich, a glorious tribute to the man and the song that only entered their catalog last year. To close out the set, Lotus built on the audience’s excitement from the “Spiritualize” sandwich with “Kesey Seed” and “Age Of Inexperience” taking the slots of the final two songs. For the encore, the band left the crowd wanting more, with “Bush Pilot” and “Intro To A Cell” as a celebratory send-off.Listen To full audio From Satuday’s show, courtesy of Cole ModeloSetlist: Lotus | Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 2/17/2017Set One: Suitcases, Space In Between, Travel > Expired Slang, Fearless, Sift > SunrainSet Two: Debris, Sodium Vapor, Plant Your Root, Spiritualize > Life On Mars > Spiritualize, Kesey Seed, Age Of InexperienceEncore: Bush Pilot, Intro To A Cell Rounding out their Colorado run, the band went into Monday night’s performance primed and ready to throw down after the two magical shows preceding it. Lotus kicked off their first set with the uptempo “Middle Road,” which kicked off a non-stop dancey jam sequence that lasted for the majority of the first set and that gave the band space to show off their ability to work transitions like no other. After building into “L’immeuble,” its cascading riffs made way for a “Neon Tube” sandwich, with “Slow Cookin’” placed squarely in between part 1 and 2, a solid way to start the night. A new track off Eat The Light, “Suntan,” was dropped after the second “Neon Tubes,” providing a little taste of new material for the crowd, before Lotus closed out the first set with two final tracks, “Through The Mirror,” which directly moved into the feel-good “Shimmer and Out.”The final set of their Colorado run was a heater, with the band holding nothing back to close out their third night. “When H Binds To O” started things off, getting the crowd in the groove with its ambient and spacious sound. Following this opener, Lotus kicked off another non-stop jammed-out sequence of songs. In direct contrast to “When H Binds To O,” the heavy confidence of “Lead Pipe” began to build up the audience’s energy, before bringing it back down with a smooth and laid-back “In The Bliss.” “In The Bliss” then built steadily into “The Opus,” a rare track with a gorgeous Rempel part that was busted out for the first time after a fourteen-year gap last month during their performance at the 9:30 Club.“Molluskunk,” a massive track that’s known for its ability to get a crowd moving, followed after “The Opus.” Then, for the final two songs close out the second set, Lotus used “Move Too Fast,” a danceable new track, as a springboard into the classic fan-favorite, “Flower Sermon” to end the night. The Belly Up was buzzing as the band took a quick break before returning to the stage and starting the encore with “… And Yet They Fight” (though in the setlist for the night, it was written as “… And Yet We Fight.” Psychoanalyze that little change at your pleasure). To truly end the night and their three-night Colorado run, Lotus played the bubbly and percolating “Jump Off,” an apt send-off for the evening and the weekend.Setlist: Lotus | Belly Up | Aspen, CO | 2/20/2017Set One: Middle Road > L’immueble > Neon Tubes > Slow Cookin’ > Neon Tubes, Suntan, Through the Mirror > Shimmer and OutSet Two: When H Binds To O, Lead Pipe > In The Bliss > The Opus, Molluskunk, Move Too Fast > Flower SermonEncore: … And Yet They Fight, Jump Off The first night of Lotus’ two-night stand at The Belly Up was a treat for fans able to make the trek up to Aspen. The Belly Up is already a venue that both fans and musicians love because of its intimate room, beautiful location, and long-standing musical history. Despite being sold out, the floor had plenty of dancing space, probably due in part to the temporary closing of I-70, the main highway leading from Denver to Aspen, in the evening, only amplifying the private feeling of the show, albeit for unfortunate reasons.Sunday night was characterized by delicious extended sandwiches during the first and second set. A giant “Juggernaut” sandwich consumed the first set following a “Grayrigg” opener to start the night off right. “Juggernaut” moved into “Lucid Awakening,” which allowed the band to really indulge in a darker, discordant section before building the tune to a frenetic peak. “Marisol” then slowed things down with its mellow groove and nostalgic feel, and the crowd could only be described as blissed out for its duration. A favorite new track, “Anti-Gravity,” followed, building off the smooth vibe of “Marisol” before moving into “Contagion,” and then a huge return to “Juggernaut” to complete the sandwich and finish off the first set.“Nematode”“Nematode” followed by “Blacklight Sunflare” was a kinetic way to kick off the second set. The following song, “Lindstrom,” is a relatively new tune that debuted during Lotus’ space disco set a few days before Halloween last year in Buffalo. The song, which has only been played a total of three times, is a cover of the Norwegian DJ, Lindstrom’s, track “Ra Ako St” and definitely brought the spacey vibes to The Belly Up. “White Light Fadeaway,” another new track, kicked off a nonstop, extended jam sequence to close out the second set. “128” started off another sandwich before moving to older tunes, “Did Fatt” and “Future World.” This was a highlight of the run for sure, with the band really hitting their stride and the crowd beyond feeling it, before Lotus’ final triumphant return to “128.” For the encore, the funky new percussive number, “Pachyderm,” kicked things off and had the whole room getting down, before Lotus ended the night with “Gilded Age.”Second set closer, video courtesy of Amit ShahSetlist: Lotus | Belly Up | Aspen, CO | 2/19/2017Set One: Grayrigg, Opo, Juggernaut > Lucid Awakening, Marisol, Anti-Gravity > Contagion > JuggernautSet Two: Nematode, Blacklight Sunflare, Lindstrom, White Light Fadeaway > 128 > Did Fatt > Future World > 128Encore: Pachyderm, Gilded Age read more
Love is always in the air at a Dead show, but this past Saturday at New York’s Citi Field, the love was a little stronger than usual. Prior to Dead & Company‘s performance at the New York Mets’s stadium, guitarist and founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir officiated a wedding for a longtime friend, real estate investor Billy Procida, and his bride, Kelly Lauerman.This is not the first time Bob has officiated a wedding at a show. Last fall, Weir led the ceremony for Philly Live Nation head Geoff Gordon during a Campfire Band show in Upper Darby, PA last fallAccording to a report from Page Six, the Citi Field ceremony took place in one of the stadium’s “backstage” VIP rooms, where 50-60 of the couple’s friends and family members gathered to celebrate Billy and Kelly’s marriage. Weir reportedly “came in and said a poem and the ‘I do’s’ and said beautiful things.”While the ceremony lasted only 15 minutes, Weir mingled for a time afterwards to take pictures and chat with the wedding guests. Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti also attended the nuptials, standing next to the groom during his vows. Procida called the ceremony “beautiful and funny,” explaining that “at the end, [we] forgot to sign the marriage license. He was getting on a golf cart to go on stage and I had to chase him!” You can watch footage of the ceremony below, courtesy of Page Six:.Following the wedding, the bride and groom came out to the stands and danced the night away with 2000 of their closest friends, for whom they bought out an entire section’s worth of tickets. Not that’s how you do a wedding right! Seeing the Dead with all your loved ones after Bobby officiates your marriage? After a wedding like that, we know Billy and Kelly’s love will not fade away! Congrats to the happy couple![h/t – Page Six] read more
Since Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s seventh annual residency at the historic Beacon Theatre, last night’s performance has been circled in red ink on their fans’ calendars. The Wednesday evening show, billed as “TTB & Friends,” would celebrate the band’s milestone 25th performance at the venerable Manhattan theater with a slew of surprise guests, in addition to the ever-impressive North Mississippi Allstars.With three of six 2017 Beacon shows down and plenty of surprise “friends” already having stopped by, you couldn’t be faulted for wondering what the band had in store for their specially-billed sit-in-centric set. Of course, any skepticism about the band making their 25th Beacon show something special was fleeting. With each successive song, each successive guest, each successive jaw-dropping display of talent and showmanship, the band continued to exceed expectations…And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. They had done the same 24 times prior in this very spot.The show began as with the regular lineup, each of the band’s twelve members in top form for the opening “I Want More.” Fan favorite “Midnight In Harlem” came second, as the band slowly and beautifully eased into the swaying tune behind a slow boil sax lead from Kebbi Williams and some added percussive texture from founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe. Susan Tedeschi proceeded to sing the locally-appropriate ballad with angelic emotion, and Derek Trucks took it from there and ran with it, raining luscious leads down on the wide-eyed audience.Derek isn’t about showmanship. He’s about sound. There is perhaps no guitarist in the world with a sound as piercingly unique as Trucks’, and he lets his skill speak for itself. More often than not, he’ll actively shy away from the spotlight, retreating to the back corner of the stage to listen intently to his tone or sync up with keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, bassist Tim Lefebvre, or drummers Tyler Greenwell and JJ Johnson, his back (and long golden locks) facing the audience. The undeniable stage presence that the band brings is shouldered by his better half, and Susan brings that unteachable charisma in spades. It’s the graceful yin and yang of the musical power couple, and the combination of the two was as potent as ever for this emotionally significant performance.After another pair of cover staples gave Mike Mattison a chance to step out front for some impassioned lead vocals, Susan announced the first in a string of immensely talented guests: modern blues royalty Doyle Bramhall II. Doyle would stick around to supply guitar and vocals on four tunes, culminating with a cover of “The Sky Is Crying” the Elmore James blues standard famously recorded by Bramhall’s father’s longtime friend and collaborator, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Although there were two vaunted guitarists onstage for the tune in Trucks and Bramhall, it was Tedeschi who took the song’s centerpiece guitar solo, showing the boys who was boss with an impressive blues lead that was among the show’s most memorable highlights.“The Sky Is Crying” w/ Doyle Bramhall II (via sgibson818) As Bramhall left the stage, Susan welcomed Wilco guitarist Nels Cline to join in his place. With Cline in the mix, the vibe shifted from powerful soul to pulsing cosmic jazz. First, Cline led the band’s “bare bones” lineup (keys, bass, drums, and guitar), into outer space with a rendition of Miles Davis‘ “Ali” that eventually made landfall in “Let Me Get By,” the title track from their acclaimed 2016 LP. The song saw Derek and Kofi lock in for a thrilling guitar/keys jam as the majestic bird from the album cover was projected on the stage’s backdrop, and Cline’s whammy bar-wailing additions gave a new perspective on the horn-driven anthem, casting it in an amber hue–the musical equivalent of looking at the world through Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas-style yellow sunglasses.“Ali” > “Let Me Get By” w/ Nels Cline (via sgibson818)From there, the band had time for one more with Cline, and once again brought out Jaimoe for a roaring rendition of the Allmans’ “Ain’t Wastin’ No More Time,” which the band had premiered on the residency’s opening night. Once again, Cline shined throughout the performance, affirming himself as a standout facet of a standout evening of music. While a bevy of fantastic guitarists graced the stage on Wednesday night, none managed to match Derek’s wholly distinct tone with their own unique flavor quite as effectively and excitingly as Cline–who likely earned himself a whole crop of new fans in the process.“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” w/ Nels Cline (via sgibson818)As Cline left to roaring approval from the musicians and fans alike, Susan continued the train of guests by welcoming Norah Jones for a cover of Bonnie Raitt‘s “Love Has No Pride.” As she explained, this was a song she had loved since childhood–so much so that she pleaded with Norah to learn it so they could play it together.“Love Has No Pride” w/ Norah Jones (via sgibson818)Once Jones exited, the remainder of the set was all TTB, leaving Mattison as well as vocalists Mark Rivers and Alecia Chakour to trade off belting out the song’s lead vocal parts. Finally, the show reached its climax–both sonically and emotionally–with a set-closing “The Storm”/ “Whipping Post” combo that is sure to get countless replays in the days and weeks to come. Derek was a monster throughout, thoroughly impressing the elated crowd with every note. Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends w/ North Mississippi Allstars, Doyle Bramhall II, Nels Cline, Norah Jones, Jaimoe | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/11/17 | Photos: Andrew Scott Blackstein For the show’s encore, the band welcomed Luther Dickinson back to the stage for Blind Willie McTell‘s “Statesboro Blues,” the third live Allman Brothers staple of the evening. Luther remained onstage for the proverbial victory lap, as the crowd sang along to the hymnal “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” As he had on a handful of occasions throughout the show, Carey Frank hopped back on keys with Kofi for the closing “Bound For Glory”–a beautiful sight to see after Frank held down Burbridge’s role all summer while he recovered from a heart attack in the Spring.The heavy Allman Brothers connection that permeated the show felt particularly appropriate on this milestone night in the history of TTB. The raw emotion of the playing, the weight of the recent losses in the extended Allmans family–it all evoked bittersweet memories of ABB’s famous residencies at the Beacon over the years, with Derek playing guitar. The Beacon became a part of the Allman Brothers’ DNA in the their’s final years, just as much as the band became a part of the venue’s character. Now, 25 shows into their Beacon career, Tedeschi Trucks Band has forged a similar relationship with this performance palace on the Upper West Side, assuring that this circle remains unbroken.You can watch a full-show playlist of fan-shot videos from the performance via YouTube user sgibson818 and check out a beautiful gallery of photos from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s milestone 25th Beacon Theatre show via Andrew Scott Blackstein:Full Show Video YouTube Playlist:TTB’s 7th annual Beacon Theatre residency concludes with a pair of shows this weekend. For more information, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Tedeschi Trucks Band (“TTB & Friends”) | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/11/17Set: I Want More, Midnight in Harlem*, Leaving Trunk^* > Volunteered Slavery*$, All the World**, Part of Me**, Lovin’ You**, The Sky Is Crying**, Ali^^ > Let Me Ge By^^, Ain’t Wastin Time No More^^*, Love Has No Pride$, I Wish I Knew, The Storm> Whipping PostEncore: Statesboro Blues*@ > Will the Circle Be Unbroken*@ > Bound for Glory*@* with Jaimoe (drums)^ with Carey Frank (keys)** with Doyle Bramhall II (guitar, vocals)^^ w/Nels Cline (guitar)$ w/Norah Jones on keys and [email protected] with Luther Dickinson (guitar) Load remaining images read more
Charles Neville, New Orleans music icon and saxophonist for the Neville Brothers, died today at the age of 79. WWL-TV reports that Neville, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for some time, passed away at his home in Massachusetts.Neville was born and raised in New Orleans, where he began performing with bands as a teenager in the 1950s. After backing legendary artists like B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, and Bobby “Blue” Bland, he enlisted in the Navy with his older brother Art. Neville was stationed in Memphis, where he regularly performed on the city’s famed Beale Street.Neville returned to New Orleans after two years in the service, but was eventually incarcerated in Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Penitentiary for three-and-a-half years after he was arrested with two marijuana joints. While at Angola, he passed the time by playing with other jailed New Orleans icons like pianist James Booker.Following his release, Neville moved to New York City to escape racism of the South. There he continued his musical career backing R&B and soul icons like Johnny Taylor, Clarence Carter, and O.V. Wright. Eventually, Neville’s uncle, Big Chief Jolly of the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indian tribe, convinced him to return to New Orleans, where he teamed up with his brothers Art, Aaron and Cyril to help their uncle record an album. Released in 1976, the Wild Tchoupitoulas album quickly became a New Orleans favorite and convinced the four brothers to perform together as a unit.The Neville Brothers went on to release 10 studio albums between 1978 and 2004, earning them a reputation as one of New Orleans’ most respected—and most popular—acts. The group performed all over over the world over the course of their nearly 35+ years career, and their annual closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was a fest tradition for many years. The group officially disbanded in 2012 (though Charles continued to perform with his Aaron’s solo band), but the four brothers reunited with a array of guests for a farewell show at the Saenger Theatre in 2015. read more
All 415 members of United States House of Representatives voted in favor of passing the Music Modernization Act, a bill that seeks to reform the way music royalties are paid. The legislation will now go to the Senate, which plans to address it in May.The Music Modernization Act updates the legal framework for music royalties for the first time in nearly two decades with the aim of making the system more compatible with the digital age. The new law would create an entity that would be charged with distributing and collecting that mechanical royalties are paid to songwriters when their work is reproduced.“I’m glad that the House today passed the Music Modernization Act, which creates a new system for the collection and distribution of streaming royalties and closes the loophole that too often prevented artists who created works before 1972 from receiving due compensation when their songs were distributed digitally,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said. The Music Modernization Act is being championed by numerous industry organizations, including the Recording Academy and the National Music Publishers Association. If the bill is approved by the Senate (as is expected), it will become law after its signed by President Trump.[H/T – Rolling Stone] read more
Primus 2018 Tour Dates:Jun 06 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly IslandJun 08 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEJun 09 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom HillJun 10 – Indianapolis, IN – Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State ParkJun 12 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterJun 14 – Minneapolis, MN – MYTH LIVEJun 15 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center AmphitheaterJun 16 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks AmphitheaterJun 18 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl TheaterJun 21 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse AmphitheaterJun 22 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor ParkJun 23 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab AmphitheaterJun 25 – Troutdale, OR – EdgefieldJun 26 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt PavilionJun 28 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Resort AmphitheaterJun 29 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyJun 30 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Resort CasinoJul 02 – Salt Lake City, UT -The Great Salt Air – OutdoorsJul 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Event CenterJul 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek TheatreJul 06 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheaterJul 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica TheatreSep 22 – San Antonio, TX – River City RockfestSep 25 – Athens, GA – Georgia TheatreSep 26 – Asheville, NC – Highland Brewing CompanySep 28 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock LiveSep 30 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than LifeView All Tour Dates Today, Primus announced three additional tour dates around their September festival appearances at River City Rockfest in San Antonio and Louder Than Life in Louisville. Between the two music festivals, the trio will make stops at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, and Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi. All three newly added performances will feature Primus as the headliner, with no opening support.Two weeks ago, bassist and bandleader Les Claypool issued a statement from the road saying that Primus will take a break from touring. “This will be the last Primus run for a bit as we will need to cool-out for awhile, recharge and work on our nunchaku skills,” explained Claypool. “So, if you want to get your Goblin Rock fix, now is the time to do so as it will be the last time to witness the glory of the Desaturating Seven production. See y’all on the highway…”In conjunction with these newly added dates, JamBase reports that “there are no additional Primus tour dates planned after the September performances,” according to a Primus representative.Claypool’s other project, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, however, was in the studio recording new music back in February. The seemingly unlikely duo of Primus bassist and Beatles offspring/Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger leader Sean Lennon released an album back in 2016 and toured heavily in Monolith of Phobos‘ support. While Claypool tends to keep his side projects short, the duo collaborated again in 2017 for a special Record Store Day release, which featured four cosmically psychedelic covers, including “Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, “Boris the Spider,” by The Who, “The Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, and “Satori” by Flower Travellin’ Band. Again, the CLD impressed beyond measure. Now, with Primus taking time off, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that The Claypool Lennon Delirium will make an official return with new music soon.In other related news, Sean Lennon is giving “Beanpole” the label treatment via his own Chimera. Beanpole is an old side-project by Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of Primus and Derek Greenberg and Adam Gates from Spent Poets. The group aligned in the studio to produce weird, uninhibited records that never made it past the session. Now, recordings of Beanpole from 1984 through the late 1990s are being unearthed and released via Lennon’s Chimeralabel. All My Kin, a 15-track record of unreleased Beanpole music, is due out on August 31st. Listen to the first track here.Primus and Mastodon continue tour tonight in Chicago, IL. See below for a full list of tour dates. read more
The inaugural LoHi Bazaar BBQ will take place from July 6th to 8th this summer, in Denver’s popular LoHi neighborhood. The free outdoor street festival is the next evolution for the former LoHi Music Festival, though the LoHi Bazaar BBQ will feature music in addition to food and shopping. The LoHi Bazaar BBQ will host a number of collaborative projects, including members of The Disco Biscuits, The New Mastersound, Dopapod, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, SunSquabi, and The Motet.On Friday, music will be offered by the Denver Reggae Social Club, which features Dopapod’s Neal Evans, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s DJ Williams, and others. On Saturday, the local duo, Tiger Party, led by Blake Mobley and Ashley Niven, will perform, with The Disco Biscuits’ Allen Aucoin, SunSquabi’s Josh Fairman, and The New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts joining the group’s ever-changing lineup. To wrap up the weekend, Katharsis will perform on Sunday. Katharsis is a psychedelic and improvisational side project from The Motet’s Dave Watts, which also features Todd Stoops, Chuck Jones, Marcus Rezak, and Matt Grundstad.For more information about the inaugural LoHi Bazaar BBQ, which will happen in Denver for free from July 6th to 8th, you can head to the festival’s website here. You can also head to the website for a full listing of the bazaar’s vendors, who will be offering handmade goods, craft brews and spirits, food, and more, as well as special offers. read more
Andy Frasco & The U.N. has announced their upcoming studio album Change of Pace, due out on February 22nd, 2019. Andy Frasco and his compadres will also be hitting the road hard this winter, in support of their forthcoming album.Andy Frasco & The U.N. will open their winter tour at Minneapolis, MN’s 7th St. Entry on February 27th, before stops at Omaha, NE’s Slowdown (2/28); St. Louis, MO’s Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy (3/1); Chicago, IL’s Martyrs’ (3/2); Louisville, KY’s Gravely Brewing Co. (3/3); Madison, WI’s High Noon Saloon (3/6); Ferndale, MI’s Otus Supply (3/7); Indianapolis, IN’s The Mousetrap (3/8); Cleveland, OH’s Beachland Tavern (3/9); and Buffalo, NY’s Iron Works (3/10).The band will continue hitting the road hard with stops at Pittsburgh, PA’s Rex Theater (3/13); Philadelphia, PA’s Johnny Brenda’s (3/14); Washington, D.C.’s Pearl Street Warehouse (3/15); Roanoke, VA’s Martin’s Downtown (3/16); Burlington, VT’s Nectar’s (3/20); Somerville, MA’s ONCE Ballroom (3/21); Brooklyn, NY’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/22); and Woodstock, NY’s Bearsville Theater (3/23). As of now, Andy Frasco & The U.N. will wrap up their extensive tour with a show at San Francisco’s Chapel on April 5th, followed by a celebratory show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on April 20th.Over the past year, Andy Frasco launched a new podcast called Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast, with his boisterous, emcee co-host, Yeti. Previous guests on the show include Marcus King, Karl Denson, Keller Williams, Eric Krasno, Dave Schools, Marc Brownstein, AEG’s Don Strasburg, and many more. For more information on Andy’s podcast, or to listen to previous or upcoming episodes, head to the podcast’s website.Head here to pre-order Andy Frasco & The U.N.’s upcoming studio release, as well as exclusive merchandise bundles.For a full list of Andy Frasco’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website here.Andy Frasco & The U.N. Winter Tour Dates:Feb 27, 20197th St EntryMinneapolis, MNFeb 28, 2019SlowdownOmaha, NEMar 01, 2019The Bootleg at Atomic CowboySt. Louis, MOMar 02, 2019Martyrs’Chicago, ILMar 03, 2019Gravely Brewing CoLouisville, KYMar 06, 2019High Noon SaloonMadison, WIMar 07, 2019Otus SupplyFerndale, MIMar 08, 2019The MousetrapIndianapolis, INMar 09, 2019Beachland TavernCleveland, OHMar 10, 2019Buffalo Iron WorksBuffalo, NYMar 13, 2019Rex TheaterPittsburgh, PAMar 14, 2019Johnny Brenda’sPhiladelphia, PAMar 15, 2019Pearl Street WarehouseWashington, DCMar 16, 2019Martin’s DowntownRoanoke, VAMar 20, 2019Nectar’sBurlington, VTMar 21, 2019ONCE BallroomSomerville, MAMar 22, 2019Music Hall of WilliamsburgBrooklyn, NYMar 23, 2019Bearsville TheaterWoodstock, NYApr 05, 2019The ChapelSan Francisco, CAApr 20, 2019Bluebird TheaterDenver, COView All Tour Dates read more