This summer, the Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival will get down with some of the best and brightest of the scene, as the festival returns to Croydon, NH from July 29-31. Wild Woods has put together a fun lineup for their annual event, with Turkuaz featured at the top of the billing. Govinda, The Breakfast (x3), and Freddy Todd are all featured on the initial listing.The full lineup includes After Funk, Dwajhay, Moses, Mister F, Of The Trees, People Like You, Stop Tito Collective, Strange Machines, The Kenny Brothers Band, Thunder Body, and VII. Check it out below, and head to the fest’s website for more information.
Renowned jazz musician Robert Glasper is set to release his tribute to Miles Davis, titled Everything’s Beautiful, on May 27th. In anticipation, Glasper has shared one exciting cut from the new album; a track entitled “I’m Leaving You.”“I’m Leaving You” features work from John Scofield and Ledisi, and was entirely inspired by a recording of Davis saying a three-word phrase, “wait a minute.” The whole album blends Davis’s extensive body of work, including outtakes and master recordings, to put together something new and beautiful. Glasper explains his thought process behind “I’m Leaving You” in the premiere article featured in Essence.“I found a clip of Miles saying “wait a minute”—just that simple phrase—and it had so much of his classic swag in it, and it had such a rhythm, I decided to build that whole track around that and that’s how it started,” said Glasper. “After that it was a real group thing: (Ledisi) wrote the lyric, my man Black Milk took a Lenny White drum pattern and chopped it up for the beat, and that’s John Scofield—who is our direct link to Miles for this project, having been in his ’80s band. That brought it full circle. I love the R&B uplift this track gives the whole project!”Listen to “I’m Leaving You” below:Glasper commented on the whole album as well, saying “I like that this whole record has a smoky, late-night vibe that is consistent through almost all the tracks but that really just happened naturally. No one told anyone what tempo or mood to go for, so the track with Ledisi really stands out. You know she’s a super jazz geek anyway, and can sing the heads of almost any bop tune you want to name. I’ve seen her do it!”The full album features contributions from Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bilal, Illa J and so many more, in celebration of what would have been Davis’s 90th birthday. You can read about it here.
Bonnaroo is known for its collaborative spirit. When artists arrive at the festival, its understood that sit ins and jam sessions are not only suggested, they are expected. Sometimes the artists just want to keep playing when their sets are over, in backstage situations that, with so many artists from all walks of life on The Farm, can be once-in-a-lifetime.That’s just what happened this Sunday, when Ween and Father John Misty played back-to-back sets to close out the Which Stage. While Dead & Company played their epic two-set finale on the What Stage, Dean Ween and Father John Misty jammed out in Ween’s dressing room. Ween plays bass, and Father John plays drums, a throwback to his days in Fleet Foxes. With Kurt Vile and others looking on in the background, it’s awesome to see these musicians playing for the joy of playing.See below for a video of this rare performance!
Following the guitar fireworks that closed set one, Umphrey’s had no choice but to turn it up even more, and that’s what they did. Perhaps their best and truest progressive rock song, “Bridgeless” opened the second set in a huge way, as the song’s first section ended and bled into another progressive masterpiece in “2×2”. After this dream pairing of songs, the band started the funky “Bright Lights, Big City”. The song was was a great change of pace and gave fans a chance to dance after raging so hard to begin the set.Another multi-sectional classic was next, as the familiar percussive intro of “Der Bluten Kat” launched the band into outer space. The song was split into two parts, with an impressive cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” in the middle of the song. After finishing the final section of “DBK”, the band gave fans another chance to dance with the synth-laden “Day Nurse”, which led right into the final section of “Bridgeless” to close out the second set.After a short break, Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage for a great disco-funk version of “Booth Love,” which took a left turn and transformed into “Miss Tinkles Overture” for a raging conclusion to an excellent night one at Red Rocks. Umphrey’s McGee return to Red Rocks tonight to conclude their run at the famous venue, this time with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead filling the opening slot.Check out the full setlist from Umphrey’s at Red Rocks, as well as photos from Phierce Photo, below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks, Morrison, CO – 7/2/16Set One: Glory > In The Kitchen, Roctopus, Speak Up > Water > Utopian Fir > Muffin Man  Set Two: Bridgeless -> 2×2, Bright Lights, Big City, Der Bluten Kat > I’m On Fire > Der Bluten Kat, Day Nurse, BridgelessEncore: Booth Love > Miss Tinkle’s Overture With Dweezil Zappa debut, Frank Zappa cover; with Dweezil Zappa Umphrey’s McGee returned to Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, for what’s becoming a yearly July 4th weekend tradition. Expanding to two nights this year, the progressive jam masters hit the stage in Morrison, CO last night for a show filled with old favorites, new songs, rare covers, and an awesome guest appearance by opening act Dweezil Zappa.Set one opened with a classic pairing of “Glory” into “In The Kitchen.” These two songs have been hallmarks of Umphrey’s catalog for years, and it’s great to see them trot out two of their best live tunes to open such a huge weekend at Red Rocks. Next up was “Roctopus”, which only just debuted at UMBowl this year in Las Vegas during its Raw Stewage segment. After that was “Speak Up”, a relatively new song that only debuted this past New Year’s Eve.Glory/In The KitchenFollowing “Speak Up”, the band transitioned from new to old with a performance of the beloved ballad “Water,” played for only the second time this year. The song led directly into “Utopian Fir,” which is where things really got interesting, as Dweezil Zappa came out and ripped it up with Umphrey’s on the jam launchpad. Umphrey’s McGee, and specifically guitarist Jake Cinninger, are hugely influenced by Frank Zappa, so a guest spot by his virtuoso son is a dream come true. The band and their guest worked their way through the jam, and landed on a wild set-closing debut cover of Dweezil’s Dad’s classic “Muffin Man.”
SETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images As if ever there was any doubt, Phish put their critics in line with what was, hands down, their best performance of summer 2016. Sometimes we need that one show, a special moment in time, to remind us fans just what it is they love about Phish. Last night was that show.It seemed that the SPAC run of shows were “fun,” an optimistic way of saying that any Phish is good Phish, but yeah, we’ve known better Phish. That sentiment was in the rear-view mirror after last night’s performance at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. With a “YEM” that featured Page McConnell and Mike Gordon swapping instruments, flawless versions of Gamehendge classics “Tela” and “The Lizards,” and some major jams all in the same show, well, it reaffirmed the band’s true greatness. It was really a one-of-a-kind celebration.The show started modestly enough, with the third-ever and second “Pigtail” of the summer. The Trey Anastasio penned tune was a confusing start, never really taking hold with the audience, but “The Moma Dance” brought them right in it. It was no SPAC “Moma,” but it didn’t need to be. Tight and funky, the jam took off and never looked back.“Birds Of A Feather” kept that energy high and included a “They Attack” quote from “The Birds,” but it was really the song “Meat” that signaled the start of a special show. The Mike Gordon-led tune made its first funky appearance of the year, taking hold with its stop and go composition. The band kept the tour debuts coming with “Vultures,” yet another relative rarity played for the first time this year. The band executed the song to perfection, though somewhat awkwardly segued into “Free.” The “Free” jam was loose and rocking, getting into the groove before a unique coda section from Anastasio ended the song.The next song was the biggest bust out of the night, as Phish brought out “Let Me Lie” for the first time since August 10, 2010 (229 shows). The slower song made its first appearance with the Trey Anastasio Band, and Phish dabbled with it throughout the earliest days of the 3.0 era. It was fitting for the set’s cool down moment to be a major bust out highlight in its own right, and also fitting for its lyrical message.The set cruised on with great versions of “Halley’s Comet” and “Julius,” but it was the set closer that really wowed. For the first time in two years, Phish put their opus “You Enjoy Myself” in the first set. They really let the song breathe too, concluding the composed sections with an excellent and playful jam session, starting with Anastasio on the Marimba Lumina behind drummer Jon Fishman. With Anastasio plugging away, Gordon and McConnell switched instruments, allowing the keyboardist to stand before the crowd and rock on the bass. The jam eventually came to a gradual conclusion, ushering in a wild vocal jam to cap off the set.It’s worth mentioning that the skies threatened rain throughout this entire performance, with some speculating that the seemingly-longer-than-usual first set was a precaution against any incoming storms. While a light mist flowed in and out throughout the first set, the rain would remain a threat throughout the set break and second half of the show.Though Anastasio teased the opening chords to “Tela” upon first picking up his guitar, it was Gordon who brought in the opening notes of “Down With Disease.” This unfinished version was the improvisational highlight of the night, as Phish did what they do best: jammed. At times light and melodic, at times dark and energetic, the jam clocked in at a full 18-minutes and came to a natural conclusion. “Sand” picked things back up with some old fashioned funk, before the band brought out their first taste of Gamehendge for the night in “Tela.” The McConnell-led song was executed flawlessly, as fans looked on with bewilderment.The winds from beyond the mountain swept into “Carini,” as the raging rocker also signaled a gradual crescendo of precipitation. The “Carini” itself moved from its dark progression to a lighthearted jam, which in turn segued into “Twenty Years Later.” The Joy track kept the energy flowing, and the band and rain both picked up during an energetic “Run Like An Antelope.” Not much needs to be said about “Antelope;” it was its usual rocking self. The set closed with a beautiful version of “Backwards Down The Number Line,” a song that inspires mixed feelings from fans. With a moderate rain falling from the skies, this was quite a euphoric set-ender.As the rain continued to fall upon the lawn, Phish returned for an encore, bringing fans to their knees from the opening notes of “The Lizards.” An absolute fan favorite, the unexpected song was an absolutely perfect ending to a top tier performance. The song was played eloquently, as Anastasio confidently navigated the song’s wordy lyrics and final melody with ease. The rain fell through the song, but its presence only enhanced the experience, as if the weather was the “hose” manifested.To end the show, the band brought out their only cover of the night, a rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.” Some fans are vocal about their lukewarm feelings toward “Loving Cup” encores–always a seemingly “safe” choice from the band. But after “The Lizards,” this particular cup went down just right, serving as a perfect exclamation point on a top-notch show.You can watch high quality crowd-shot footage from the show below via YouTube user LazyLightning55a:“Free”“Carini”“Tela”“The Lizards”“Loving Cup”SETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16Set 1: Pigtail, The Moma Dance, Birds of a Feather, Meat, Vultures > Free, Let Me Lie, Halley’s Comet > Julius, You Enjoy MyselfSet 2: Down with Disease > Sand > Tela, Carini > Twenty Years Later > Run Like an Antelope > Backwards Down the Number LineEncore: The Lizards, Loving Cup Trey on Marimba Lumina, Page on bass, Mike on keys for portion of the jam. Unfinished.Notes: The Birds was quoted at the end of BOAF. Let Me Lie was last performed on August 10, 2010 (229 shows). Portions of the YEM jam featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on keys, and Page on bass. DWD was unfinished.[Photos courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography]As Phish gears up for their 13-night “Baker’s Dozen” run at Madison Square Garden later this month, Live For Live Music has put together an extensive schedule of late-night shows to keep the party going until the wee hours throughout the NYC residency. Check out our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the details.
Last month, The String Cheese Incident announced an exciting new creative workspace called The Sound Lab. For the first time in the band’s long history, Cheese purchased and furnished their own studio, and have been putting out new music from the Lab ever since. You can read all about it in our interview with Michael Kang.Today, it was keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth who utilized the Lab, coming out with the second track from his Summer Sounds From The Lab project. Titled “Let Me In,” Hollingsworth describes the track:“Let Me In” is a guitar-driven funk tune that has some cool peaks and valleys. I’m looking forward to stretching this one live. The track also features a new singer I’m working with Tanya Shylock. She brings the right amount of soul and passion to the track.You can stream/download “Let Me In” below!The new release comes just a week after Hollingsworth’s first single, “Tumbling.” Check that out here!
Catskill Chill 2016 Lineup: Mike Gordon, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Electron, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Break Science Live Band and Duo Sets, Dopapod, Goldfish, Perpetual Groove, Deep Banana Blackout, Rob Garza DJ Set, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, The Werks, Cabinet, Particle, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Orgone, The Nth Power, The Main Squeeze, Pink Talking Fish, Tauk, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Space Jesus, Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, The Heavy Pets Tribute to the ‘80s, Gibbz, Jen Durkin & The Business, G-Nome Project, Big Something, Scott Pemberton, Elise Testone’s Zeppelin Tribute, The Magic Beans, Danny Mayer Trio, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, The Indobox, Lespecial Primus Tribute, The Primate Fiasco, Hayley Jane and The Primates, The Jauntee, West End Blend, Shwizz, Fikus, ShwiKus, Out of the Beardspace, Turbine plays Radio Dead, Mister F, Strange Machines, Broccoli Samurai, Relative Souls, The Breakneck Boys, Formula 5, Youth Posse, Animal ReportersFor more information, visit Catskill Chill’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (@CatskillChill | #Chillfam) The seventh annual Catskill Chill Music Festival, set to take place September 23rd-25th at their new home New Minglewood in Lakewood, PA, has announced the details of their VIP packages, which go on sale tomorrow, July 13th at 1pm EST. The 2016 VIP package includes all the amenities that were available last year, in addition to exclusive use of an indoor/outdoor VIP and Artist swimming pool/jacuzzi and intimate VIP BBQ sets with private performances by Eric Krasno Band and Michelangelo’s Sunday Sauce featuring Nick Cassarino, Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz, Nate Edgar, and Michelangelo Carubba. The VIP package also includes access to the onsite pre-party on Thursday, September 22nd, featuring two sets of Twiddle and several other performers. Check out all the specifics of the 2016 VIP Package below:Exclusive Viewing Area at the Main Stage, featuring Private VIP cash bar with discounted beveragesExclusive Main Stage Chill Tent with seating options and complimentary snacks, located adjacent to the VIP Main Stage Viewing AreaPrivate VIP daytime BBQ on Saturday, September 24th, with a performance by Eric Krasno BandPrivate VIP daytime BBQ on Sunday September 25th with a performance by Michelangelo’s Sunday Sauce featuring Nick Cassarino, Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz, Nate Edgar and Michelangelo CarubbaExclusive use of indoor/outdoor VIP/Artist swimming pools and Jacuzzi from 10 AM to 4 PM Friday-SundayThursday Pre-Party Included, featuring two sets of TwiddleVIP Lounge Cabin, conveniently located near VIP camping and the Main Stage, featuring an air-conditioned lounge space. This is the perfect place for VIP’s to sit back and Chill!VIP only bathrooms with showers, located within the VIP Lounge CabinVIP Parking in the nearest lot to the Main Stage, adjacent to the VIP Camping areaClose to Car VIP Camping, adjacent to the Main StageSwift VIP Festival EntranceGolf cart move in/move out escort service to whisk you and your gear to your campsite or cabin upon arrival on Thursday (1:00 PM to Midnight) and Friday (9:00 AM to Midnight), and for your departure on Monday (8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative T-Shirt2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative Poster2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative VIP LaminateOne of the defining characteristics of Catskill Chill is its unique setting. Hosted at New Minglewood, a private summer camp in Lakewood, PA, the venue has cabins for rent, paved pathways throughout, a beautiful lakefront, covered stage facilities, free parking, and free camping. Additional highlights of New Minglewood include indoor movie theaters, indoor and outdoor spaces for yoga, art, and wellness workshops, an easy-to-traverse campus, and “closer than ever” parking. While the “B Stage” and Club Chill will remain covered venues, this will mark the first year that the Chill will present an outdoor main stage for attendees to enjoy music in the open air, under the stars. The festival also offers a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly, and an open mic.GA tickets are currently available at the festival’s website. VIP upgrages go onsale tomorrow at 1pm EST.Check out the full lineup below:
Sad news out of Chula Vista, as a man who was arrested at Wednesday night’s Dead & Company show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre passed away while in police custody, as was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. The heavy-set man in his 50’s was caught moving from seat to seat before the show started, which eventually led to him being confronted by security who asked to see his ticket. The man was apparently very intoxicated, according to security, and tried to run away, which led to a brief struggle before police arrived at the scene.When police did arrive, they found the man in question yelling incoherently and acting irrationally. The officers arrested him for public intoxication, which led to the man starting to struggle again. Police first took him to the medic tent, where he was evaluated and discharged with no major injuries, and he was then taken by police to be processed for the arrest.While the man was in processing, he apparently fell asleep sitting upright in a chair. An officer went to check on him, and found that he was suddenly unconscious. After several attempts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead. His death is currently under investigation.Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s friends and family.
Exciting time for The Disco Biscuits fans, as the band has announced the re-release of their debut album Encephalous Crime. The 1996 release sees the Biscuits experimenting in the realms of jamtronica, honing their songwriting craft in the process. With jams like “Mr. Don,” “Stone,” “Devils Waltz” and “Rainbow Song,” the band’s debut album would set them up for a great career trajectory to follow.The album has been out of print for some time; that is, until now. The Biscuits have re-mastered the audio from this debut album, specifically for a vinyl release! You can not only pre-order the debut album on vinyl, but they’ll also receive digital download copy of Encephalous as well! The vinyl will be released soon, so get your copy while its fresh off the presses.Keyboardist Aron Magner shared the news, saying, “I have fond memories of making this album and our first experience in a real studio when we were just kids in college. So, here it is … and on remastered specially for vinyl!” You can check more information about the release in the image below, or head here.
Last weekend, the worlds of beloved bands My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic collided at The Basement East in Nashville, TN, when WSP keyboardist John “Jojo” Hermann joined guitarist Carl Broemel’s set for an extended guest appearance. Broemel has been touring behind his recently-released solo album 4th Of July, and his band made their way to the Nashville venue. Hermann, a native to Tennessee, made his way over to the venue for the intimate performance.The show opened with Broemel’s band playing a full set, before leaving the guitarist to play two songs by himself. When the band returned, Hermann was in tow, joining in for a three song run to close out the show. The band opened with original song “Different People,” before closing out the show with two covers: The Faces’ “Ooh La La” and Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane.” Fortunately, thanks to some fans in the audience, we can watch videos of this exciting show!Check out videos for the two cover songs, streaming below!Ooh La La (via Justin Damron, partial)Like A Hurricane (via Heavy Pedal Productions)