North Carolina natives and jam band extraordinaires BIG Something served up some extra funk last month at Cervantes’ Otherside in Denver. The sextet were joined by DJ Logic on the turntables for an extra special pre-Valentines Day celebration, and together, they threw down a “Beastly” performance.BIG Something Finalizes A Great Lineup For The BIG What? FestivalIt takes a certain kind of musical hero to go out and play the music of Vulfpeck, using an electronic saxophone nonetheless. These guys got after “Beastly” from 2011’s Mit Peck release and it’s tastefully delicious. Watch, and listen, how it all went down:For those who can’t get enough of the Vulf, the band will be making an appearance at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise this April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL. Performing alongside Lettuce, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power, and Goldfish, this is one destination festival that you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now and available here.
The full setlist featured a number of hits from MMJ’s lengthy career, including classics like “Mageetah,” “One Big Holiday” and more, as well as a number of newer songs from 2015’s The Waterfall, like “Spring (Among The Living),” “Believe (Nobody Knows)” and more. Check out the setlist.fm listing below:Edit this setlist | More My Morning Jacket setlists A few nights ago, My Morning Jacket surprised fans in Oklahoma City, OK with a trio of Prince covers, playing an emotional tribute with “Sign O The Times,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “Purple Rain.” Two of those songs, “Sign O The Times” and “Purple Rain” found their way into the setlist on the following night, and, by the time MMJ hit the Fairgrounds at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the band was primed and ready to deliver an enormously powerful performance.Not only did they reprise those two Prince songs in honor of the late legend, but the band called on the horn section from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the process. In doing so, MMJ brought a flare of the New Orleans’ sound into the performance, adding an emotional level to the masterful performance. Watch both covers below, thanks to themeboudin on YouTube:
On April 14, 15, & 16, Ween rose the Boognish at Terminal 5 for the first time since Halloween 2011. Catapulting off an epic three-night reunion run in Colorado, and a one-night appearance at Okeechobee Music Festival, the band returned to NYC fully charged and ready to deliver. With a career-spanning 91 song run, Ween made an impressionable return visit to fans for the beginning of their festival-filled summer tour. Listen To All 90+ Songs Ween Played In NYC [Full Audio/HD Videos]On April 16, Ween opened their final night with a hard-blues “Strap On That Jammy Pac,” from 1991’s The Pod, which the group hadn’t performed together since November 30, 2007. Speaking to the Ween Appreciation Group after the show, Mickey Melchoindo Jr., aka Dean Ween, reflected on the run, saying “colorado was magical–you only get one shot at a reunion show, but i’ll take the nyc run, and especially tonight, from my angle—the layout of terminal 5 (although i know u don’t like it) made it feel like a church…of boognish. from the stage that’s how it felt for me.”Shared through Ween’s Facebook page, the video is captured from the side of the stage with a GoPro and uses soundboard audio. Enjoy:We have our fingers crossed for more videos like this!
There’s no denying that David Bowie was a true artist. Through his music, fashion and more, Bowie conveyed a sense of uninhibited expression unlike his contemporaries. It’s that quality that typifies his legacy, backed by countless hits and intriguing designs.In a brief clip shared via artist Erwin Tschofen, Bowie talks about what being an artist is all about. He explains that authenticity comes from following one’s own personal vision and inspiration, while also pushing the boundaries of comfort and normality. By not conforming to anyone’s expectations of art, the artist is truly able to shine. Even in daily life, it’s an important message that Bowie expresses so eloquently.Watch Bowie talk on the subject below:RIP. We still miss you, Star Man.
Easily one of the most exciting projects to emerge in 2016 is the collaboration between Les Claypool and Sean Lennon. Dubbed The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the band recently released their debut album The Monolith of Phobos and have been touting its twisted psychedelic anthems on the road.With a spectacular performance at Bonnaroo under their proverbial belts and sets promised at festivals like North Coast Music Festival (more information here), fans who have yet to witness this band are certainly intrigued by the potential. Fortunately, Dead Perspective has shared full show video from the band’s second-ever performance back on June 5th, with a number of Monolith Of Phobos tracks, covers of Primus, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and more!Check out the full video and setlist, below.Setlist: The Claypool Lennon Delirium at The Ritz, Tampa, FL – 6/15/0301) Intro / There’s No Underwear in Space (P.A.)02) Cricket and the Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)03) Cricket and the Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket)04) Breath of a Salesman05) The Monolith of Phobos06) Up on the Roof07) Ohmerica08) Bubbles Burst09) Mr. Wright10) Boomerang Baby11) Oxycontin Girl12) Astronomy Domine13) Captain Lariat14) Tomorrow Never KnowsEncore:15) Southbound Pachyderm
This year’s third annual Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival lineup is chock full of bluegrass, funk, and americana/folk acts and is set to take place from October 13th-16th at “The Farm” in Eureka Springs, AR. The festival site rests with its back to the majestic Mark Twain National Forest, boasting 360° panoramic views in the hills of the Ozarks ; essentially the perfect setting for a lineup that includes festival hosts Railroad Earth (2 nights), Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The New Mastersounds, Turkuaz, Larry Keel (Larry Does Jerry), Fruition, and many more (purchase tickets here).Festival organizers, Deadhead Productions, who also put on Highberry Music Festival at the Ozark National Forest’s Mulberry Mountain, are excited for this year’s lineup and festivities, during what is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the area. With attendance capped at 3000, attendees can expect a truly intimate festival and camping experience. There isn’t anything much better than the opportunity to enjoy some bluegrass and funk, surrounded by nothing but nature, while enjoying some barley-laced ales and libations.Beyond the music, Hillberry offers art installations, a wide spectrum of activities and workshops for children and adults alike, including tie-dying, yoga, rock balancing, and open forum discussions with headlining performers, and much more. Additionally, attendees can take a short hike to the top of The Farm to enjoy a beautiful shrine constructed in memory of the late Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia. A Eureka Springs based artist, known as ‘Ralph Shrine,’ and his team built the “Jerry Shrine” to commemorate one of the most inspiring musical artists of the 20th century; an artist whose band and musical legacy left an impact on literally hundreds of thousands of loyal fans that still resonates today.We decided to make a Hillberry Festival playlist on Spotify to help whet your appetites (and for your listening pleasure) with some tracks from the various artists appearing on this year’s lineup. Take a listen below and enjoy!For tickets and additional information about Hillberry, click here.Hillberry Harvest Moon 2016 Festival Full Artist LineupRailroad Earth (2 Nights)Greensky BluegrassThe Infamous StringdustersThe Travelin’ McCourysThe New MastersoundsElephant RevivalTurkuazLarry Keel (Larry does Jerry)FruitionThe Ben Miller BandSplit Lip RayfieldDirtfootThe HatrickArkansauceMountain SproutFriends of the PhamilySad DaddyThe Crescent City ComboJohn Henry & FriendsOpal Agafia & The Sweet NothingsThe Ozark TravelersSquarshers
October is usually the end of festival season, however, the beautiful grounds of Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland held one of the last great festivals of the season. Luna Light Music & Arts Festival was a delight for not only the ears, but the eyes as well. Visual artist displays were set up throughout the grounds, as well as within the buildings where the various stages were set up. Some artists even did their work while the music was blasting in the background.One of the most incredible visual displays enjoyed by attendees all weekend was the art set up down by the Incendia stage that lit up as the sun went down. Appearing like thin strings of yarn overhead, festival goers could wander and sit underneath the beautiful display full of various colors, creating a wonderment to the eyes. Nearby was yet another hypnotizing display that was full of fire. The Incendia dome displayed rolling fire and throws of flame above and along the sides of the dome, as attendees watched mesmerized below. These visuals, combined with the EDM acts that performed all weekend on the stage nearby, made for one hell of a nonstop party by the pond all weekend. The combination of art, featuring works by Amanda Sage, Kurt Redeker, and Chris Dyer, to name a few, and music, was simply a stunning emotion to the senses. Throw in the gorgeous harvest moon that was high in the sky and it made for an absolutely perfect weekend to end festival season.Luna Light was also crammed with activities throughout the weekend, as well as an art gallery that could be walked at leisure. Workshops were held throughout the day, every day. Interesting topics included everything from yoga to discussing vegetarianism to watching midnight movies. Artwork was everywhere on the grounds, not only in canvas form, but as sculpture displays and light visuals that were a delight to the eyes. The intertwining of art and music was symbiotic perfection for this early fall festival. In addition, fire pits were ablaze in the evenings, with the smell of wood smoke drawing warmth as the chill in the air grew while darkness wore on.As for the music, a wide range of acts took to the stage the entire weekend. Friday highlights included Teddy Midnight being joined by the Snarky Puppy horns, and Lespecial performing Ween’s “Voodoo Lady,” as well as “Groundhog’s Day” by Primus. Rocking acts by American Babies, as well as a packed house for Dopapod really got the weekend off to a smashing start.Wobblesauce opened up the Saturday festivities at the main stage. Trippy waves of smooth tones built as they eased into their set with a brand new tune, “Bad Kitty”, drawing the crowd in with their electric vibes. Guitarist, Mike Hallock busted into a tight guitar jam midway through the opener. They were having a blast on stage throughout their set. They broke out tunes from their new EP immediately after, as the light show sparkled and flashed colorful lasers that matched the mood of their extended tunes. The music of their set stretched out and had people dancing and hooping in the audience.It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the grounds. The venue had several stages, as well as a pond on the property. Camp fires blazed throughout the night on Friday and people were in the mood to get the party started. Cabins surrounded the venue and attendees hung out on their porches, taking it all in while chilling with friends, and making new ones.Over at the Earth stage, In Flux cranked out an intense set that rolled right along without breathing. They pushed out the notes and meshed one tune into another, captivating the audience. Guitarist, Johnny India, pulled out a spacey shred that went on for days. Early in the set they went into an acidic version of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused.”CIA had a mood setting afternoon that woke everyone up. They took fans on a psychedelic ride through the waves of notes they threw out to the crowd. Varying from low tones to quick paced beats, the keys flowed throughout gluing their set together. They threw down with crazy horns blaring throughout.Bells and Robes’ mystical tones ebbed around the Earth stage, and then spread their musical wings across the field, pulling people in to watch. As their name suggests, they wore black flowing robes during their set, adding to the mysterious frequencies. Visually, the backdrop included deep red and purple lights behind, with ever changing displays of artistic images splashed in front, and to the sides, of the stage.Over in the VIP tent, Marco Benevento gave an incredible performance for attendees. While he performed, people played ping pong and fooled around with hula hoops, having a blast to his music. Decked out in an impressive striped suit, complete with his trademark top hat, he cranked out several tunes from his new album, including “Dropkick,” as well as Elton John’s “Bennie and The Jets.” His signature dusty bar piano tone had everyone in high spirits.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rocked right into their set in the early evening. The venue was packed wall to wall with fans. Crammed with tasty jams full of funk and grooving vibes, they steamed along through their set. Wide open spaces left plenty of room to play with the notes during their songs, taking the jams on a wild ride. Blasting into Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” and throwing down with Phish’s “Run Like An Antelope,” clearly primed the crowd for a down and dirty dance party at the main stage.The New Deal eased into their set with chill vibes and grew into their sound as they built it up to capacity with exploding tones. The music varied from super trippy vibes to all out ball busting jams for the crowd. Anticipating notes grew throughout their set. Low, barely there sounds would explode into full on dancing mode, with arms in the air.Tipper packed the house like nobody’s business. Fans were spilling out of the building to catch his set. Musically infectious vibes were capturing the hearts and souls of everyone in the vicinity of his music. Horns were incorporated into the jams throughout his set, adding another dimension to the already glowingly electric tones.Super late night brought members of Lespecial and Formula 5, joining in with Indobox at the VIP tent for a special set crammed with number 1 songs from 1985. Attendees who were still partying past 4 am were able to catch Random Rab at the pond side Incendia stage well until 6 am.Sunday started out with good old Grateful Dead vibes as Bearly Dead got everyone into a good mood. Lee Neckritz, who wandered the festival all weekend long, and unofficial artist at large, joined in on sax during “Big Boy Pete.” Deep into their set, Holly Bowling took to the stage with the group and performed “Bertha,” followed by “The Other One” and “Golden Road,” to close out the set. Guitarist, Nick Swift, played a Nesto guitar that was finished being built while at the festival. Ernesto Hernandez, owner of Nesto Guitars, literally built a guitar while at the festival. He had a tent set up outside of the main stage entrance and worked day and night to complete the build. In addition, he also took care of repairs and string changes for all musicians throughout the weekend.Over at the Incendia stage, OTT had trippy electronic tones flowing under blue skies. This stage was set in a beautiful area of the property, right next to a small pond with a walking bridge that lead to a field where attendees could chill on the grass, if they didn’t want to be up close to the dance crowd.Back over at the barn, Humandala poured out smooth tight notes, mixed in with harder rocking tones. These guys are good and were a surprise set of the festival, drawing attendees in as they walked by. The group went into a jazzed up rocking melody that simply turned heads. Their combination of jazz tones mixed with harder beats really captivated the audience, creating layered guitar work and dialing in on the vibe that transfixed the ears, begging for more.Late afternoon got into blast off mode as Pink Talking Fish flew right into a jam sandwich of “You Enjoy Myself” stuffed in the middle with The Talking Heads “Thank You For Sending Me an Angel.” Phish’s ever favorite, “Tweezer,” also made it midway through the set and the reprise to close out their super hot performance.Fast forward to the main event that everyone was waiting for on Sunday, Medeski, Martin, Benevento & Russo on the main stage. Light percussion, combined with deep vibrant bass tones, eased into a jazzy melody crammed with psychedelic artistry. Their set was nothing but a trip around musical tones, playful jabs at experimental sounds, and grooves that kept the audience dancing the night away. After their set, music kept the party going well until 6 am.Overall, if you haven’t been to Luna Light Music and Arts Festival, put them on your list. They are still a young festival, growing and ever-changing to the needs and suggestions of the attendees. The grounds are beautiful, the visuals are stunning, and the mix of music is second to none. There is something for everyone at Luna Light. For more information, please visit their official website.Words by Sarah BourquePhotography by Scott Harris Load remaining images
Score one for ticket buyers across the country, as the United States Congress has just passed a new law into legislation banning the use of ticket bots. With the State of New York having just passed a similar bill, this is a major win for the thousands of ticket buyers that fall victim to the shady practice on a yearly basis. The new bill is awaiting a signature from President Obama, which he is expected to sign.New York Governor Signs Law Making It A Crime For Scalpers To Use Ticket Bot SoftwareWith literally hundreds of thousands of tickets being scooped up by ticket brokers, to then be resold for many times double or triple the price on a third party site (StubHub, VividSeats, and more), this news is a major blow to an industry that thrives on screwing potential ticket purchasers from buying face value tickets. According to the bill, the use of the ticket bot software is deemed an “unfair and deceptive practice” under the Federal Trade and Commission Act.Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, who sponsored the bill, explained the new law would “level the playing field” for average fans attempting to buy tickets. He went on to say “The need to end this growing practice is reflected in the bill’s widespread support.” We wonder what concert tickets he got screwed on?Regardless, this ticket bot practice had to be put to an end. If the choice of paying $200 to a broker site for a $50 ticket is the only way to witness your favorite music act, sports team, or musical, isn’t a crime, then what is?[via Associated Press]
John Mayer has announced a huge Spring tour that will take him across North America and Europe, his first major tour as a solo artist in years. Mayer will combine his varied talents into one show, promising an acoustic set, a set with the John Mayer Trio (featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan), and a set with his full live band as well.This is quite the exciting announcement for John Mayer fans. After a few years away from the limelight as a result of a vocal chord injury (and subsequent surgery), Mayer surprised many when he re-emerged as a member of Dead & Company in 2015. However, he quickly proved himself, gaining hordes of new fans along the way as he impressed the Grateful Dead masses at giant venues like Citi Field, Fenway Park, Folsom Field, and The Gorge.Now, after releasing the first part of his new album, the multi-sectional The Search For Everything, earlier this year, Mayer will finally return to the road as a solo artist, bringing all of his best music and bandmates with him for what’s sure to be an awesome musical experience.Mayer will kick off his tour at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on March 31st. The tour will take him to Madison Square Garden in New York, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, The Forum in Inglewood, and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. There are fifteen North American dates in all, with the tour finishing off at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on April 22nd. The tour will then move to Europe, where Mayer will make stops in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, London, and more.See the official announcement video below for more details. There is an American Express pre-sale starting tomorrow, Tuesday January 31st, at 10:00 A.M. local time, with a regular on-sale set for Friday, February 3rd at 10 A.M. local time. Make sure to check John Mayer’s Facebook page for full details on the tour and information on how to purchase tickets in your local market.John Mayer 2017 Tour DatesMAR 31 – Times Union Center – AlbanyAPR 1 – Centre Bell – Evenko – Montreal, QC, CanadaAPR 3 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON, CanadaAPR 5 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NYAPR 6 – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.APR 7 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PAAPR 9 – TD Garden – Boston, MAAPR 11 – United Center – Chicago, ILAPR 12 – The Schottenstein Center – Columbus, OHAPR 14 – The Sprint Center – Kansas City, MOAPR 15 – Xcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, MNAPR 17 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB, CanadaAPR 19 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC, CanadaAPR 21 – The Forum – Inglewood, CAAPR 22 – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NVMAY 3 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, NetherlandsMAY 5 – Jyske Bank Boxen – Herning, DenmarkMAY 7 – Ericcson Globen Arena – Stockholm, SwedenMAY 8 – Oslo Spektrum Arena – Oslo, NorwayMAY 9 – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, DenmarkMAY 12 – The 02 arena, London – London, United Kingdom
Colorado funksters The Motet have released a new song, “Supernova.” The swingin’ new single comes after the release of last year’s Totem LP and features another soulful side of vocalist Lyle Divinsky, who’s passion for songwriting was first integrated into the band in 2016. Described by the band as a “brand new sexy disco funk party banger,” “Supernova” exemplifies The Motet’s agenda with their signature brand of world-class funk.The Denver-based act have been coming strong with the funk force since 1998, led by founder and drummer Dave Watts. With Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabe Mervine (trumpet), Drew Sayers (sax), and the fairly recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, The Motet come at you with a complete and unified sound, digging extra deep into the world of funk with flourishes of afrobeat and jazz throughout. This iteration of the band continues to prove why they are of the best in the scene in “Supernova,” which you can listen to below.The Motet are gearing up for their second headlining performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater on Friday, June 2 with support from Jurassic 5 and The California Honeydrops. Later in the summer, when Phish descends upon New York City, The Motet will extend the action on Friday, July 21st, with a late-night show of their own at BB King Blues Club & Grill (purchase tickets here). For a complete list of L4LM’s late-night Phish festivities, check our calendar here.[photo by Rios Photos]