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Antwaun Stanley To Join Vulfpeck For Rare Performance At Fool’s Paradise

first_imgFrom April 1st to 2nd, Fool’s Paradise will take over St. Augustine, FL with some funky mayhem, bringing a stellar line up of top acts and talented up and comers. While Lettuce, GRiZ, a Chris Robinson led super jam with George Porter Jr. and Ivan Neville (among others), and The Nth Power bring the established star power to the scene, funk fans are flocking with excitement to welcome Vulfpeck to their beloved community.With only a handful of shows last year, including two sold-out shows at Brooklyn Bowl and an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the world is still learning to love Vulfpeck and their quirky ways. Luckily, we get two sets from Vulfpeck at Fool’s Paradise, including one special late night performance. On top of that, Vulfpeck’s own Jack Stratton has confirmed that Antwaun Stanley, who appears on Vulf hits like “1612,” “Wait For The Moment,” and “Funky Duck,” will also be joining Friday’s festivities. “By a series of unbelievable coincidences, Antwaun Stanley will be vacationing in St. Augustine during Fool’s Paradise and will stop by for Vulfpeck set,” he told us. This will be the third time Stanley has performed a live show with Vulfpeck, with the only two other performances being at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City last November.Get down with “1612” featuring Antwuan Stanley:With all this great music and late night after shows, not to mention the one of a kind artist excursions, fine dining, historic sight-seeing opportunities and the fact that Florida is a perfect place to escape the winter blues, Fool’s Paradise is a perfect way to start the summer outdoor music season. For tickets and information about all the exciting fun to be had at the Fool’s Paradise Music Festival, click HERE and come be a part of history!last_img read more

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Karl Denson Joins Melvin Seals and JGB At Wanee [Listen]

first_imgAnother musical highlight from the weekend at Wanee Music Festival came from the legendary music of Melvin Seals and JGB during a particularly sunny Saturday afternoon set. Seals’ background in gospel music and R&B fit in perfectly, pushing the musical boundaries with a repertoire that included everything from rock and gospel to jazz and reggae. For nearly two decades, the hammond B3 organ wizard was one of the select few who had the distinct privilege of sharing the stage with Jerry Garcia during the much celebrated tenure of the Jerry Garcia Band. Since Garcia’s death in 1995, Seals’ has remained one of the true “keepers of the flame,” faithfully preaching the good book of Jerry wherever he goes, most recently with Terrapin Flyer and JGB.Wanee’s Seals & JGB performance was certainly one for the books, as it also included sax-player and jazz-flute extraordinaire Karl Denson on deck for the entire set.Thanks to taper Butch Almberg, you can stream the full set here:Enjoy some photos, courtesy of Ben Adams: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Wanee 4/16/16:Set: Let’s Spend The Night Together > The Harder They Come, Finder’s Keepers, Tore Up, Like A Road Leading Home, That’s What Love Will Make You Do, My Sisters & Brothers, DealAlso from Wanee, you can watch videos and stream the audio from these very special performances: Gov’t Mule with Jack Pearson, Billy & The Kids with Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, Joel Cummins with Kung Fu, Warren Haynes with Les Brers, Umphrey’s McGee’s mash-up set, and Warren Haynes sit-in with Widespread Panic for ZZ Top covers. Enjoy!last_img read more

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Tom Hamilton Recreates David Bowie’s “Blackstar” At Masquerade Ball [Full Audio/Gallery]

first_imgTom Hamilton’s American Babies have been touring relentlessly this fall, highlighting their schedule with several themed “Masquerade Ball” performances in major cities. Last weekend was no exception, as Hamilton and co. hosted a Masquerade Ball at American Beauty in New York, NY, treating fans to a new take on the David Bowie album, Blackstar.The Babies’ rendition of Blackstar was an emotional one, as the album was released just days before Bowie passed away at the outset of 2016. With support from Hayley Jane & The Primates opening the show, and flautist Paul Vercesi, saxophonist Luke Penella and vocalist Lauren Apichell supporting American Babies, this was a great performance paying tribute to a legend.Take a listen to the full audio recording from taper Eric McRoberts, as well as a full gallery from Capacity Images, below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean & More Top The Primavera Sound Festival Lineup

first_imgThe beloved Primavera Sound Festival never fails to bring an exciting blend of artists to Barcelona, and this year’s lineup is no exception. The festival will take place from May 31st through June 4th, and will see headlining sets from Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, The xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, and Van Morrison.The full lineup includes Mac DeMarco, Run The Jewels, Skepta, Miguel, Metronomy, Flying Lotus, The Magnetic Fields, Death Grips, Descendents, Angel Olsen, The Make-Up, Teenage Fanclub, Seu Jorge, Broken Social Scene, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and SO many more!You can scope the lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for more details.last_img read more

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Watch The Monophonics Bring Their Special Brand Of Soul To This Year’s Bayou Rendezvous [Videos]

first_imgSatisfied Productions brought together an incredible line up for their 15th annual Bayou Rendezvous, including supergroups and amazing touring acts like the funky soul of the Monophonics. Best of all, these incredible players came together to help to help raise money for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic & Assistance Foundation, and the production house brought in artists and bands from around the country to help their fine efforts reach those in need. The Monophonics certainly held nothing back during their performance, proudly declaring their presence at Jazz Fest with their extravagant performance.Watching the Monophonics’ set at the Bayou Rendezvous was like watching elements of all your favorite 60’s and 70’s funk and soul bands fuse into one sonic juggernaut. As organist and lead singer Kelly Finnigan poured every last drop of his life’s blood into each chord and tortured lyrics, the dynamic team around him was scoring major points from all sides. Horns blared and guitar lines slinked through dense percussive pockets, while the crowd danced and swayed in perfect connection to the sound getting laid down. Not content to just knock it out of the park, the Monophonics brought out members of Orgone and Kofi Burbridge to make the night even funkier. Pulling out some choice Funkadelic material to complement their own sound, the Monophonics showed that they are true masters of their craft.Best of all, this display came to aid the aforementioned New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Since 1988, the Foundation has helped the under and uninsured part of the city’s extensive musician population get the health care they so desperately need. Dedicating yourself to making music for the world to enjoy can be rewarding, but not as lucrative as one would hope. By providing a safety net to New Orleans’ many musicians, the clinic allows them to keep doing what they love (and sharing it with us grateful folks), and also provides a sense of well-being to their families as well. As such, when given the chance to help out other struggling musicians, players come in a little sharper and ready to give their all. Before we get to the sharing portion of the piece, we wanted to remind you that the caring part of this article never stops. The Clinic is always in need, and donations can be made HERE to this wonderful and necessary charity that keeps the music we love for nice and healthy.We’ve already seen some lovely photos from the Bayou Rendezvous from Chad Anderson and some fun videos from Dr. Klaw’s and the Bayou Rendezvous All-Star’s sets from our own Rex Thomson, but now let’s check out a few highlights from the Monophonics’ epic set at the 15th annual Bayou Rendezvous.“Promises”“They Don’t Understand”“Sure Is Funky”“Find My Way Back Home”“High Off Your Love”last_img read more

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When The Phish Circus Comes To Town: Maple Night Spells Canadian Vibes At The Baker’s Dozen

first_imgAnother night, another Baker’s Dozen master class from Phish. While the band has been working their way through thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden, they’ve revealed themselves to be at the top of their game musically, with top-notch jams, killer bust outs, and out-of-left-field covers being sprinkled (jimmied?) throughout each show.The Universe Is A Donut: Phish Brings Classics, Cosmic “Harpua,” Hendrix Debut On Jimmies NightWhile Tuesday night’s “Maple”-themed affair didn’t reach the zany peaks of some of the more generally well-received nights of the Baker’s Dozen, it was another opportunity for Phish to showcase their skills as one of the best live outfits on the planet–and they did just that, with a first set that only got stronger as it went along and a second set that featured more of the locked-in jamming that we’ve seen throughout the run.Phish hit the stage, picked up their instruments and started up a sort of feedback jam with lots of distortion, causing the energy in the room to swell rapidly, before Trey Anastasio‘s piercing guitar broke through, as he delivered a powerful solo version of Canadian national anthem “O Canada,” channeling Jimi Hendrix‘s iconic rendition of the American national anthem at Woodstock for the night’s first maple-themed song. Lighting designer Chris Kuroda shined a spotlight on the Canadian flag towards the back of the room, and the crowd roared with approval as the flag’s red maple leaf towered over them. Next, the band then added their first “Crowd Control” in 51 shows, before offering up another maple reference with Mike Gordon‘s “Sugar Shack”. This was the third appearance for “Sugar Shack” in 2017, which made it a disappointment that Anastasio still couldn’t quite play the song’s composed section properly. “Shake Shack” is just one of those songs that will seemingly always trip him up.Trey and the rest of Phish made up for the sub-par “Sugar Shack” with an excellent take on the Los Lobos classic “When The Circus Comes To Town.” They followed that up with the sixth version of “Daniel Saw The Stone” since 2003, and the MSG audience bounced excitedly to the song’s bluegrass grooves. The song’s ending featured a huge solo from Page McConnell, with Kuroda showing off some bright, white “hero” lights as the Chairman of the Boards played us out. More Page followed, as his heartfelt ballad “Army Of One” was performed for the first time this year, and contained soaring guitar playing from Anastasio and perfect vocals from McConnell. Page knows how to write a song to his own strengths, and he sounded impeccable on this version of “Army of One.”The rest of the set featured classic and beloved Phish songs. “The Wedge” finally made an appearance at the Baker’s Dozen, before the band busted out “Guelah Papyrus” for the first time in fifty shows. This was a somewhat flubby version of the fan-favorite track. However, in the end, it was a successful attempt, with the band dropping into the ragtime classic “Maple Leaf Rag” for a brief moment before returning to “Papyrus” to finish the song.Older, more rare songs from the band’s Gamehenge era, such as “Wilson”, “Tela,” “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent,” and “Fly Famous Mockingbird” have all been performed the past few nights, so it made sense that “McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters” would make an appearance at this show. The song was performed with passion and precision, a powerful rendition of a rarity that many have chased for a long time. McConnell led a short jam at the end of the song, with some possible “Maple Leaf Rag” teases thrown into the mix.The “Limb By Limb” that followed harnessed the excited energy of the pair of beloved songs that preceded it and the band offered up their first major improvisation of the evening. This was a typically soaring version, with an exploratory build leading to a huge, sustained peak, with Anastasio ringing his guitar our while the band pushed and pushed until they seemingly exploded. Kuroda used his moving light rig to full effect on this one, adding to the song’s intensity. When they finally finished the song, Anastasio went straight into “Walk Away” by The James Gang, a blistering cover that the band has played only three times since 2013. When the Phish reunited in 2009, “Walk Away” was one of their go-to ragers, with many incredible versions appearing at shows from 2009-2013. While the song has become much more of a rarity, you couldn’t tell last night, as the band was simply on fire, as the “Tweezer Reprise”-esque jam built to a climactic peak several times before things were all said and done. After a somewhat uneven first set–albeit, a set with a super strong ending–the band took their bows and walked off stage for set break.Phish returned from their setbreak earlier than usual on this night, walking back on stage around 9:50 PM. They quickly started up TV on the Radio‘s “Golden Age,” which evolved into a twenty-minute powerhouse jam, another lengthy piece of improvisation at this Baker’s Dozen run that just keeps on giving. The jam featured an ambient, rhythmic portion, with chunky guitar and organ parts augmenting the groove. Jon Fishman was a machine on drums all night long, and his best moments came during the “Golden Age” jam. Finally, Anastasio leaned in with a filthy distorted rock guitar sound, and built the jam towards triumph. After  the peaking jam, the band dissolved into an ominous ambience once again, before transitioning into the new song “Leaves,” making only its second appearance after debuting in Chicago earlier in the summer. Another tangentially theme-related tune, “Leaves” acted as a landing pad for the band, using it as a quick reprieve before returning to the Zeppelin-esque rock jams and blissful peaks they were dialed in on during “Golden Age.”Next up were the two biggest bustouts (or, really, one combined biggest bustout) of the night, as “Swept Away” > “Steep” was performed for the first time in a whopping 192 shows. “Swept Away” was short, of course, but beautiful. “Steep,” however, was remarkable, as the band took the short ballad–which usually falls in just under two minutes–and stretched it out to over twelve minutes long. The jam started off as an ambient plinko-esque jam, reminisecnt of the band’s playing in 2010, before Gordon dropped some huge bass bombs. This whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and the band picked up on that excitement to give the crowd another huge improvised rock moment. Kuroda focused his lights behind the stage, and the combination of the energy in the room, the gorgeous jam from the band, and the unique and interesting lighting design combined to make this perhaps the top moment of the show.While the exciting “Steep” jam never amounted to a traditional peak, the band used this to their advantage, as Anastasio offered up some feedback as a dissolve before dropping into a raucous “46 Days.” The band was firing on all cylinders, and used the hard rock style they had been focusing on throughout the evening to full effect, with chunky power chords from Anastasio throughout the rocking version. After moving into a more ambient space, Trey put down his guitar and ran over to the Marimba Lumina behind Fishman’s kit and started dropping some synth-bass bombs on the crowd. Eventually, Gordon and McConnell made their way over to the kid and joined Fishman for a full-band percussion jam. Last summer, the full-band percussion jam was becoming a bit overplayed, but as this is the only time it’s happened so far at the Baker’s Dozen, it was a welcome addition to the show. They kept it going for several minutes, with Fishman really showing off his improv skills before Anastasio mischievously ran back to his guitar to beat his band members back to their spots and lead the jam in a new direction of his choosing. He picked up on one of the rhythms that Fishman was repeating, Gordon and McConnell picked up on it too, and off they went for a few minutes before the jam was rip chorded in favor of “Piper.”“Piper” was ambient, science fiction-y, and weird–which is exactly how Phish has been playing over the past few weeks. The shows have been a mix of strange and out there jams meshed with uproarious rock climaxes, and this “Piper” contained all of those elements. The band seemed to drop back into “46 Days” during a high-energy moment, before Anastasio signaled a shift into “Possum.” The crowd resonded with huge waves of excitement, going absolutely wild for the classic song. “Possum” will always feel like one of Phish’s best songs, as they know how to take the song’s zany energy and exploit it to their best abilities. After a set filled with zig-zagging improvisation, “Possum” worked perfectly as a set closer.For the encore, Phish busted out David Bowie‘s Ziggy Stardust masterpiece, “Rock And Roll Suicide.” The song was debuted at last fall’s Halloween show in Las Vegas, and was performed for only the second time ever last night. While many fans were wondering where the “maple” references were in set two, the seven song set was filled with long moments of improvisation that most fans would kill to see. To satisfy those who wanted some extra maple, the band chose “Limelight” by Rush, Canada’s biggest rock band, as the post-show music.With only four shows remaining in the Baker’s Dozen, Phish is continuing to sprint towards the finish line. While tonight’s show will likely fade towards the bottom of the Baker’s Dozen barrel–in terms of both standout moments and theme-specific references–what’s clear is that Phish is going to keep the level of quality as high as possible throughout the Baker’s Dozen residency. This run has featured all of the best songs, the best jams, and the best energy on a nightly basis. Phish returns to Madison Square Garden tonight for night 10 of the residency, with the curious theme of “Holes.”Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Chad Anderson.Hot Takes:Repeat Watch: Phish is still going strong. No repeats.Today’s Donut: “Maple” [“O Canada”; “Sugar Shack”; “When The Circus Comes To Town”; “Maple Leaf Rag”]We Tired Yet?: Four more nights and we’re STILL ready for more Phish. BRING IT!….Can someone please get me some coffee?SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 9 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/1/17SET 1: O Canada[1], Crowd Control, Sugar Shack, When the Circus Comes, Daniel Saw the Stone, Army of One, The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus, Maple Leaf Rag[2], Guelah Papyrus, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Limb By Limb> Walk AwaySET 2: Golden Age, Leaves, Swept Away > Steep > 46 Days > Piper > PossumENCORE: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide[1] Phish debut; instrumental.[2] Phish debut; performed solo by Page.Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 9 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/1/17 | Photos by Chad Anderson Load remaining images Photo: Chad Andersonlast_img read more

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Celebrate Bass Wizard Joe Dart’s 27th Birthday With These Flashback Fool’s Paradise Performances

first_imgJoe Dart is becoming one of the preeminent bassists on the scene, with his punchy bass lines serving as the funky backbone for Michigan’s Vulfpeck. It also just so happens that it’s Joe Dart’s birthday, and we’re so happy to honor the bass virtuoso X funk-possessed human bobblehead turning 27 (yes, you read that correctly.). To celebrate Dart’s lap around the sun, we’re throwing it back to the inaugural year of Fool’s Paradise, when Vulfpeck laid down two incredible sets during their first-ever festival performance. Throughout the weekend, the group had a bunch of special guests sit-in, and Vulfpeck more or less stole the festival spotlight.You can watch performances from across that fateful weekend that solidified Mr. Joe Dart and the rest of his compadres in Vulfpeck in our hearts and ears, plus check out some performances featuring the likes of Cory Henry, Antwuan Stanley, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, and Ryan Zoidis from the weekend.Thanks to YouTube user Lins Hurst, you can watch some of the weekend highlights below:“Beastly” feat. Adam Deitch“Rango II” feat. Eric Krasno on keys, then guitar“Open Your Eyes” feat. Cory Henry“Conscious Club”“Wait For The Moment”“Outro” feat. Ryan Zoidis“1612” > “Wait For The Moment” with Antwaun Stanley“Up On Cripple Creek” with Cory Henry on drums“Funky Duck” with Antwaun StanleyThanks to taper Butch Almberg, you can stream Saturday’s full set below:last_img read more

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Colorado Symphony Announces ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ Shows

first_imgToday, the Colorado Symphony has announced that they’ll partner with Disney for two special evenings dedicated to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.The events, set to take place at Broomfield, CO’s 1stBANK Center on March 23rd and 24th, will reportedly include a screening of the sci-fi classic as well as a live symphonic performance of the film’s score, composed by John Williams. Disney has also announced various other iterations of the Empire Strikes Back orchestral show with different orchestras around the country.Tickets for the special symphonic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert event go on sale this Friday, December 21st, either via AXS or by phone at 303-893-TIXS. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and Pepsi Center box offices starting the following day, Saturday, December 22nd.This newly added event continues a string of mainstream-centric performances from the Colorado Symphony. They recently teamed up with Lettuce for a special symphonic funk performance at the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Boettcher Concert Hall. They also recently announced special Red Rocks performances with both John Prine and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.[H/T Westword]last_img read more

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Turkuaz Harnesses Their Funky Side At Cleveland’s House Of Blues [Photo]

first_imgOn Friday night, Brooklyn-based funk powerhouse Turkuaz opened up their New Year’s run at Cleveland, OH’s House Of Blues. Brass-house trio Too Many Zooz handled the evening’s opening duties, as the venue was just shy of a complete sell-out. The trio helped get the packed house dancing and on their feet, setting the tone for the remainder of the funk-fueled evening.The nine-piece funk unit—comprised of Dave Brandwein (guitar, vocals), Taylor Shell (bass), Craig Brodhead (guitar, keys), Michelangelo Carubba (drums), Chris Brouwers (trumpet, keys), Greg Sanderson (tenor sax), Josh Schwartz (baritone sax, vocals), Sammi Garett (vocals), and Shira Elias (vocals)—got the show on the road with “If I Ever Fall Asleep”, before working through fan-favorites “20 Dollar Bill”, “Babies Makin’ Babies”, “Life In The City”, “King Computer”, and many more.Luckily, photographer Dani Brandwein captured some beautiful photos from the show, which you can enjoy below.The technicolor funk masters are gearing up for their New Year’s Eve “The Ball Drop” celebration at Worcester, MA’s recently remodeled venue, The Palladium. Too Many Zooz will once again handle the evening’s opening duties tomorrow, December 31st. Tickets for the show are still on sale and available here.For ticketing information and a full list of Turkuaz’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Turkuaz | House Of Blues | Cleveland, OH | 12/28/2018Set:If I Ever Fall Asleep, 20 Dollar Bill, Make You Famous, Digitonium, E.Y.E., Babies Makin’ Babies, One & Lonely, Coast to Coast, Life In The City, Lookin’ Tough, Feelin’ Good, Rule The World, Lady Lovely, The Question, Back To NormalEncore: King Computer, Bubba SlideTurkuaz | House Of Blues | Cleveland, OH | 12/28/2018 | Photo: Dani Brandwein Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Horn-Heavy “Bad Friday” From Brooklyn [Watch]

first_imgOver the weekend, Umphrey’s McGee treated Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel to a three-night run of high-octane performances as part of their ongoing Wax On, Wax Off tour.On Friday, as a special treat for NYC fans, Umphrey’s revived the horn-enhanced version of their cover of INXS‘s “What You Need”, which was originally debuted on New Year’s Eve at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. For the set-closing cover, Umphrey’s welcomed out trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), trombonist Chris Ott (Huntertones), and saxophonist Dan White (Huntertones). The horn section returned in the second set for versions of Little Feat‘s “Fat Man In The Bathtub”, which was also debuted on NYE, and their own “Bad Friday”.Umphrey’s McGee has now shared pro-shot video of their horn-heavy Brooklyn take on “Bad Friday”, which you can watch below:Umphrey’s McGee ft. Mike Maher, Chris Ott, & Dan White – “Bad Friday”[Video: Umphrey’s McGee]Next up for Umphrey’s McGee is a three-night jaunt throughout the midwest, with a performance at Ft. Wayne, IN’s Clyde Theater on Thursday (2/21), followed by a two-night stand at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI on Friday and Saturday (2/22 & 2/23).For ticketing information and a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 2/15/2019Set One: Maybe Someday > Push & Pull, Red Tape, Example 1 > Night Nurse > Little Gift, Wife Soup, What You Need[1]Set Two: Plunger > Turn & Dub, Fat Man in the Bathtub[1], Bad Friday[1], August[2]Encore: Much Obliged[3] > Kula[1] with Mike Maher on trumpet, Chris Ott on trombone, and Dan White on tenor saxophone[2] with Human Nature (Michael Jackson) intro from Ryan; with Isaac Teel and Jake on percussion[3] unfinishedlast_img read more

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