Bands like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam made the headlines for cancelling shows in North Carolina, out of protest for the state’s newly-passed HB2 “bathroom bill.” The show cancellations have been important in creating a dialogue about this discriminatory policy, though it isn’t the first time rock stars have used their platform to speak out on political issues. Rock and roll itself is a genre founded on defiance, and these protests fit snugly in the long historical discourse of music.Interestingly, an unlikely musician has also joined the fight against HB2: Itzhak Perlman. Classical musicians aren’t often thought of as political figures, which makes Perlman’s words all the stronger. In a statement, Perlman wrote that he is “a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” and cancelled a scheduled performance with the North Carolina Symphony out of protest for the bill.You can read his statement below:As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 “is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.” I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.You can also watch Perlman talk about the decision on MSNBC.We’re with you, Itzhak.
Funksters Vulfpeck continue to impress fans with their infectious live energy, tight-knit musicianship and humorous personas. The Ann Arbor, MI band hit the local Live On Washington Festival, playing an hourlong set that featured some of their best works like “Christmas In L.A.,” “Funky Duck” and more.The band also had vocalist Antwaun Stanley sit in throughout the set, and he lent his vocals to a version of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” for the performance. They also worked in a cover of Steely Dan’s “Peg” as the encore, playing with keyboardist Ian Finkelstein on the Rhodes.Thanks to DSA, we have full set video to share with soundboard audio. Tune in below!1. introduction by Neutral Zone LOW curators 00:00 (video begins 24 secs after audio)2. Outro – with Matthew Setzler, alto sax 01:113. Fugue State 05:434. Rango 08:325. My First Car 12:116. Back Pocket – with Jesse Clayton, keys 17:077. Smile Meditation – with Tyler Duncan, Irish whistle 22:458. Funky Duck – with Antwaun Stanley, vocals 28:119. 1612 – with Antwaun, and Ian Finkelstein, keys 32:5010. Wait for the Moment – with Antwaun 37:4011. Christmas in LA 42:1312. Beastly 48:2013. It Gets Funkier — 54:1214. I Wish – with Antwaun 57:1615. encore: Peg – with Ian Finkelstein, Rhodes 1:02:20[H/T JamBase]
While the Tedeschi Trucks Band has had many guests sit in with them this summer, tonight’s might take the cake. The Allman Brothers Band founder himself, Gregg Allman, joined the TTB on the keys and vocals for a rendition of the blues standard, “One Way Out.” With Allman singing along and Derek Trucks laying down those Duane slide melodies, the performance felt right at home for those at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC. Luther Dickinson also joined in the fun, adding his own guitar sound to the great mix.Thanks to 7pavement on YouTube, we can watch footage of this enormous sit in below:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC – 7/24/16Set: It Ain’t Easy, Don’t Know What > The Letter, Something, Within You Without You > Just As Strange, One Way Out*, Color of the Blues, Keep On Growing#, That Did It, I Want More, Let Me Get ByEncore: Going Down To Mexico, Let’s Go Get Stoned* = w/ Gregg Allman and Luther Dickinson# = w/ David Hidalgo[Setlist via Tedeschi Trucks Band Fans Post]
The inimitable Umphrey’s McGee stopped in Columbus, Ohio last night for a night of high-octane rock and roll at EXPRESS Live!. The show featured a number of classic Umphrey’s tunes, a few standout jams, some of the band’s best new material, and a standout cover of the Beatles‘ “Tomorrow Never Knows” to close out the show.Set one kicked off with the piano driven intro track “Jekyll & Hyde” before transitioning Similar Skin‘s progressive bonus track “Room To Breathe”. Newer tune “Speak Up” came next, and the song quickly launched into “Jazz Odyssey” territory, with the band taking an extended improvisational take on the funky track. Eventually, the jam moved into “Get In The Van”, with the beloved older song bringing the vibe back to heavy rock. “No Diablo” is a great, soaring ballad, and Umphrey’s used the track to perfection as a semi-breather. The breather was temporary, however, as the band then started up their electronic rager “Nothing Too Fancy”, which contained a glorious jam before moving into more progressive rock with “Cemetery Walk 1”. “Water” provided another moment of deep improv for the band before winding their way back into “Nothing Too Fancy” to conclude the dancey song and the improv-heavy first set.Set Two kicked off with another new song, the AC/DC-esque “Rocktopus” that has been melting faces all over the country this summer. “Rocktopus” made way for a rare “Spires”, another excellent track from the band’s 2009 progressive rock breakthrough, Mantis. “2nd Self” provided a great moment for the old-school fans to let loose, and the set would focus on older material for the rest of the night. “Prowler” into “Syncopated Strangers” was an excellent pairing, that really pushed the band outside of the box, showing off the band’s jazz-fusion skills as they played the composed sections with perfection.“Much Obliged” always pumps up the crowd, and it was no different last night, as the fan-favorite track brought a thunderous energy. “No Comment” eventually emerged out of “MO”, providing the set’s first down moment after six songs of pure, unadulterated rock and roll. “Cemetery Walk 2” would come next, and would act as one more opportunity to dance before the band finished set two.For the encore, the band kicked things off with a rarity with the acoustic “The Weight Around”, played for the third time this year but only the eleventh time since its debut in 2010. The band then completed the encore with an extremely fun “Bad Friday” that eventually segued into “Tomorrow Never Knows”. John Lennon’s magnum opus was an early cover for the band, but fell out of favor after 2004, as the band has only performed the Revolver track live five times since then. This show marked a gap since October 21st, 2013, and the cover surely acted as a huge surprise for all in the audience.Umphrey’s McGee returns to the stage tonight with a show in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE.Umphrey’s McGee | 9/8/2016 | EXPRESS Live! | Columbus, Ohio Set One: Jekyll & Hyde > Room To Breathe, Speak Up > Get In The Van, No Diablo, Nothing Too Fancy > Cemetery Walk 1, Water > Nothing Too FancySet Two: Rocktopus, Spires, 2nd Self, Prowler > Syncopated Strangers, Much Obliged > No Comment, Cemetery Walk 2E: The Weight Around, Bad Friday > Tomorrow Never Knows
Phish Lyricist Tom Marshall Interviews The Founder Of Phantasy Tour In New “Under The Scales” Podcast
Beloved Phish lyricist Tom Marshall recently started a new podcast series called “Under The Scales.” From his unique perspective in the Phish universe, Marshall has provided insightful interviews with key players in the scene. The latest picks on the website Phantasy Tour, a well known forum for jam scene setlists, discussions and more.The episode features a conversation between Marshall and Paul Glace, founder of the Phantasy Tour website. The episode description reads: “Paul Glace, founder of PhantasyTour.com, is featured. We discuss the site’s origins and how it grew to the incredible Phish fan destination it is today.”You can stream Episode 5 of Under The Scales below, and head here for the full series.
Phish just finished up their second annual destination event in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The band filled the weekend with amazing music, playing three tight shows that were a continuation of the focused and driven playing that fans witnessed at their recent in Las Vegas and New York. One of the best moments of the weekend came on Saturday night, when Phish dropped an epic “Mercury” on the crowd at the Barcelo Maya Beach resort.While fans had a mixed reaction to Phish’s 2016 album Big Boat, perhaps the most beloved song written during the recording sessions is “Mercury”. Although the song was eventually left off the album, it showcases an adventurous and aggressive songwriting style that fans have really latched on to. It’s become one of their more reliable vehicles for improvisation as the band has grown more and more comfortable playing the song. Fans in Mexico were lucky to experience another strong version of “Mercury”.Check out the full pro-shot video of “Mercury” from Saturday night in Mexico below.
Load remaining images For the past couple of weeks, an all-star crew of musicians have been on the road touring in celebration of The Last Waltz and its 40th anniversary. The final concert by The Band is known as one of the best live performances of all time, and artists like Warren Haynes, Don Was, Michael McDonald, Terence Higgins, Jamey Johnson and John Medeski have all come together in its honor.Last night, the band brought their wares to the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY, treating fans to classic tunes from The Band’s catalog. The Band organist Garth Hudson joined in for his first of two nights of the tour. Thanks to YouTube user Sean Roche, you can watch the majority of the show in the videos below.Cripple CreekStage FreightLife Is A CarnivalThis Wheel’s On FireKing HarvisCaravanHelplessRag Mama RagForever YoungThe Weight with Garth HudsonI Shall Be ReleasedGarth Hudson Organ Solo and Chest FeverCheck out our full gallery below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente.The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary @ Palace Theatre
As part of their weekly video series, Jam Cruise has shared pro-shot video of The Revivalists on the Pool Deck from the festival’s 15th installment. There’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite bands on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by friends and family. The intimacy of the boat provides for a spectacular backdrop for the artists and bands to really let loose and perform within their own dream-like setting.Regular suspects on Jam Cruise, the New Orleans-based septet performed twice on the boat – including this stand-out performance of their 2014 hit single “Criminal” on opening night. Watch the video below, courtesy of TourGigs.
On Sunday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band kept their train rolling through Simsbury, Connecticut at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows for another gorgeous evening in the northeast. As part of their Wheels of Soul Tour, which includes opening sets from Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers, the husband-and-wife duo led their band through a tasteful mix of originals and covers–highlighted by the return of “Sweet Virginia” by The Rolling Stones which had been debuted the night before at the Highland Bowl.The set began with a heart-pulling “Laugh About It,” followed by their New Orleans-infused “Don’t Know What It Means,” both of which appear on TTB’s latest album, 2016’s Let Me Get By. A traditional cover of “Comin’ Home,” by Delaney & Bonnie, came next–and while TTB has played it a few dozen times in their massive touring career, The Allman Brothers Band and The Derek Trucks Band are known to have played it a handful of times too. The 12-piece ensemble returned to their roots for another original “Right On Time,” before segueing into “Get What You Deserve,” a Mike Mattison-led, Derek Trucks Band original. The transcendent “Idle Wind” came next, followed by the band’s more recently introduced cover of B.B. King‘s “How Blue Can You Get.”After a rocking performance of their 2013 album’s title track, “Made Up My Mind,” the band performed “Sweet Virginia” by The Rolling Stones for the second night this tour. The Wood Brothers were welcomed to the stage for this comforting cover, during which Oliver Wood and Mike Mattison traded lead vocals. New heights were then reached in TTB’s “Bound For Glory.” The song, original to the band’s debut 2011 album Revelator, entered new territory on Sunday night as vocalist Alecia Chakour took the funk-tinged opportunity to deliver her electrifying vocals over Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers‘ lyrical refrains. New melodies marked an exciting evolution for this favorited tune, which naturally led into the set-closing “I Want More.” The band once again returned to the stage for “Let’s Go Get Stoned” by The Coasters, and again Tedeschi Trucks Band won the audience’s hearts.Fan-shot videos are available for your viewing below, courtesy of Sean Roche. Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows | Simsbury, CT | 7/6/17Laugh About It, Don’t Know What It Means, Comin’ Home (Delaney & Bonnie cover), Right On Time, Get What You Deserve (Derek Trucks Band cover), Idle Wind, How Blue Can You Get (B.B. King cover), Made Up Mind, Sweet Virginia (The Rolling Stones cover), Bound For Glory, I Want MoreE: Let’s Go Get Stoned (The Coasters cover)
J.E.D.I. Featuring Members Of Lettuce, Break Sci, Nth Power, & Brazilian Girls Announces 3-Night Run
Aaron Johnston, drummer for Brazilian Girls, is putting together a new collaborative project dubbed J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation). The project will see a rotating cast of musicians joining the accomplished player in various formats for this new conceptual musical venture. For the band’s first exploration into the deep depths of sound, Johnston is teaming up with keyboardist/programmer Borahm Lee (Break Science/Pretty Lights Live Band), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce/Shady Horns), and bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power) for a three-night run in the Northeast.The Floozies & Lettuce’s Ryan Zoidis Collaborate On Vibe-Enhancing “Honeymoon Phase” [Video]The quartet will blend electronic-music elements with a diverse range of genres from jazz, afrobeat, dub, funk, and more to create a “live music abstraction,” taking listeners on a first-class intergalactic journey that needs to be heard by any true music head. J.E.D.I.’s upcoming three-night run begins on Thursday, November 1st, at Philadelphia’s Ardmore Music Hall with Let’s Danza!, a group consisting of former Brothers Past members Tom McKee and Clay Parnell, in addition to CIA’s Ian McGuire.Manic Focus And Break Science Combine Forces As “Manic Science” At Fool’s Paradise [Video]The next night, on Friday, December 1st, J.E.D.I. will perform a special late-night show at American Beauty in New York City. To culminate their three-night run across the Northeast, J.E.D.I. will hit Albany for a special performance at The Hollow with Colorado-based space-funk jammers the Magic Beans.J.E.D.I. Upcoming Winter Tour DatesThu 11/30 – Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA * – (Tickets / FB Event)Fri 12/1 – American Beauty – New York, NY (Late-Night) – (Tickets)Sat 12/2 – The Hollow – Albany, NY ^ – (Tickets / FB Event)* w/ Let’s Danza!^ w/ The Magic BeansJ.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) is:Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls)Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce / Shady Horns)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)[Artwork courtesy of Jimmy Rector – Instagram @jimmyrector / FB – Accepted Perspective / Website – www.acceptedperspective.com]Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Your Show Of Choice: