Renowned Grateful Deadtributes Dark Star Orchestraalive in 2016, as the group just announced a major summer tour schedule spanning 23 dates and venues nationwide. The group is already in the middle of some winter and spring dates, and has their Dark Star Jubilee coming up in May, but that won’t stop them from bringing the Grateful jams! The new dates kick off on June 25th at Park West in Chicago, kicking off a five show run that includes stops in Peoria, Kansas City, Bellvue and Denver. After a three week break, the group is back at it, with a schedule mainly focusing on the East Coast. Knowing DSO, West Coast dates aren’t too far behind.Tickets and more information can be found via DSO’s website, and the full schedule is seen below:Dark Star Orchestra Summer Tour Dates6/25 – Park West – Chicago, IL6/26 – CEFCU Peoria Riverfront – Peoria, IL6/28 – Crossroads KC – Kansas City, MO6/30 – Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, CO7/1 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO7/22 – Jay Peak Resort – Jay, VT7/23 – Jay Peak Resort – Jay, VT7/24 – Saranac Brewery – Utica, NY7/26 – Frontier Field – Rochester, NY7/28 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT7/29 – Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD7/30 – Pat Garrett Amphitheatre – Strausstown, PA7/31 – Coney Island Amphitheater – Brooklyn, NY8/2 – BB and T Ballpark – Charlotte, NC8/4 – Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park – Chesterfield, VA8/5 – Pisgah Brewing Co. – Black Mountain, NC8/6 – Pisgah Brewing Co. – Black Mountain, NC8/8 – Bottle & Cork – Dewey Beach, DE8/9 – Bottle & Cork – Dewey Beach, DE8/11 – Peach Music Festival – Scranton, PA8/12 – Mercer County Park – West Windsor, NJ8/13 – Indian Ranch – Webster, MA8/14 – Maine State Pier – Portland, ME
While Prince’s music speaks to a universal audience, perhaps no musician was as directly inspired by the Purple One as D’Angelo. The R&B sensation had previously released an impromptu recording of his take on “Venus Di Milo,” and yesterday he announced a more-formal appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.There, with Princess (aka Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), D’Angelo sat down on a piano and performed one of the most heartfelt versions of “Sometimes It Snows In April” that we’ve ever heard.Watch D’Angelo, below:
Setlist: Perpetual Groove at Charleston Pour House, Charleston, SC – 5/28/16Set One: Hand Covers Bruise> All this Everything pt.1, Luthien and Beren, No Decorations, Cairo, Lemurs, A Day the Way, Playground> All this Everything pt. 2, PlaygroundSet Two: Out Here> Echo> Out Here, Two Shores, Best of Anything, Breeze> Ain’t no rest for the Wicked> Breeze Robot WaltzEncore: TTFPJSetlist: Perpetual Groove at Charleston Pour House, Charleston, SC – 5/29/16Acoustic Set: For Now Forget, Holy Ship, Under Lock & Key, Lost Connection, Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes, Thinkin those Thoughts, Only AlwaysSet One: Crowded Tub, AIM, Hard Time Killing Floor Blues, Space Paranoids, Fall, It Starts Where it Ends, Speed QueenSet Two: La Casa Bien, Man With All the Answers, Paper Dolls, Stealy Man, Free Ride to the Show, Teakwood BetzA full gallery from Ellison White can be viewed below.Encore: Naive Melody Beloved jam rockers Perpetual Groove spent two glorious nights at the Charleston Pour House in Charleston, SC from 5/28-29, celebrating the holiday weekend in style! The recently-reunited rockers have been hard at work on new music, but with big summer tour plans on the horizon, the group got into tip-top shape with two incredible offerings. Among the many highlights from the run was an acoustic set on Sunday the 29th, especially an “Only Always” where guitarist Brock Butler ran around to kick over Adam Perry’s stool! Sounds like quite the party.Fortunately, photographer Ellison White was on hand to capture images from the shows. Check out some of his work, as well as the band’s full setlists, below. Load remaining images
On July 11, 1969, David Bowie released “Space Oddity” as a 7-inch single from his upcoming self-titled second studio album. Released just five days before the launch of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission (which successfully completed the first manned moon landing), the song’s story about fictional astronaut Major Tom instantly captured the attention of the masses.“Oddity” went on to become Bowie’s first top-5 U.K. hit, and earned him an Ivor Novello Award, one of the most prestigious recognitions a songwriter can receive. The song was so popular that several later reissues of the album were renamed Space Oddity, and the allure and grandeur of outer space eventually became a central aspect of Bowie’s ever-changing sound and aesthetic.Major Tom resurfaced several times in Bowie’s later work, including “Ashes to Ashes” (Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), 1980), “Hallo Spaceboy” (Outside, 1995), and the music video for “Blackstar” (the eerily prophetic title song from the album he released just days before his death in early 2016). In 2013, “Space Oddity” saw a surge in popularity when real Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released a video of him performing the song in zero gravity aboard the International Space Station–the first music video shot in outer space.When Bowie succumbed to cancer at the age of 69 this January, there was an outpouring of love and appreciation for the artist from all over the music community, with countless artists performing tributes to the icon. To pay their respects, Phish got creative with “Space Oddity”, arranging a spot-on a cappella barbershop quartet version of the classic tune, complete with Trey singing out the guitar solos. Check out their rendition of the song from this past Friday’s show at Mansfield, MA’s Xfinity Center:The stars look very different today without Bowie on this earth, but with one-of-a-kind songs like this, his legacy will live on for generations to come.
With Phish confirming their four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, announcements for late-night music are beginning to trickle in. The first one is a great double-billing, as Galactic will be heading up two nights at the PlayStation Theater, and TAUK will be on as support for the first night.On December 29th and 30th, Galactic will keep things funky for the late night crowd in New York. The New Orleans band knows how to throw a party, especially late into the night. With TAUK opening up, this is a great double billing of top notch performers. TAUK’s recently released Sir Nebula album (Read the review here) has only propeled their live shows, and this homecoming of sorts is sure to be a ton of fun.TAUK Announces Extensive Fall Tour Dates Including NOLA Rager With Naughty ProfessorYou can find tickets and more information here, and check out the poster below.
NHL team the Florida Panthers have announced they will honor jam forefathers the Grateful Dead with a tribute night on Saturday, October 22nd on their home ice at the BB&T Center. The team will play the Colorado Avalanche that night, but will have a special performance by Dead tribute act Unlimited Devotion prior to the game.The performance will take place on the New Times Bandstand in the Coors Light Cold Zone, beginning at 5:30pm. There are special Grateful Dead packages on sale via this website; just be sure to use the promo code GRATEFUL. Those packages include a commemorative t-shirt, tickets to the game, and a donation to the REX Foundation, the Dead’s official charity.A contest is also taking place on the team’s Facebook page for four tickets to the game, an autographed puck, and an exclusive Grateful Dead prize. We’ll get you in the mood with some fresh footage of Unlimited Devotion, streaming below.[via Jambands]
This past summer, fans at LOCKN’ were treated to a vast array of Dead-ly performances, from Keller Williams‘ Grateful Grass and Grateful Gospel, to two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and two Phil & Friends sets featuring dream team lineups. For the first of the two Phil Lesh sets, the Grateful Dead bassist recruited Phish members Jon Fishman and Page McConnell, former Furthur bandmate and Almost Dead bandleader Joe Russo, Anders Osborne on guitar and vocals, and The Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro, Chris Pandolfi on banjo and Travis Book on guitar.LOCKN’ has released pro-shot video of Phil and this stacked lineup of Friends performing the Dead’s “Shakedown Street” for the world to enjoy. Check it out below!Enjoy audio from the entire set below, courtesy of WMWV Radio:
Watch Mayer play the new track and discuss it in the following live video: After a two year layoff since his last single, “XO”, was released, John Mayer revealed last week that he would release a new single called “Love on the Weekend” today. The Dead & Company guitarist has spent the last few months working on his own music, and surprised fans with the announcement through his personal Instagram account. The details were scarce until yesterday, when Mayer posted that the new song will be premiered today at 4PM ET through Facebook Live, and that he would be answering some questions too.So, here we are. It’s an hour before 4PM, and the song is already available for listen on Spotify. A tweet from Mayer on October 19th revealed that he would be “comin’ back” to Pop Music. This new track is a testament to that sentiment. The 3:32 song stays within the confines of a pop tune and features no drifting solos, something that his most recent fans might crave.Listen to “Love on the Weekend” below:In one of his most recent Instagram posts, he explained that he “took a pass of a solo just for you…now onto the one for the record.” Perhaps this is the guitar solo pass of which he was referencing. Fingers crossed that this means the solo record is coming soon along with more of the blues hand we all know and love.
Beloved jamtronica group Lotus just finished up a great run at the PlayStation Theater, treating New York fans to some top-notch musicianship for two fun nights. The band has been locked in of late, releasing their new album Eat The Light earlier this year. With such a deep catalog at their disposal, the band kept the music flowing over the course of a memorable weekend.Fortunately, taper Matt Moricle was on hand to capture the shows. Listen to full recordings from both nights, below.Friday, November 25th:Saturday, November 26th: