Jim James is a profound songwriter, to say the least. His songwriting in My Morning Jacket, Monsters Of Folk, and in his career as a solo artist has turned out one of the best catalogs in modern rock music. His vocals pack the perfect combination of aggression and emotion, and there’s a swirling, psychedelic vibe that flows through most of his music. His relatively new album, Eternally Even, continues that musical trend while addressing the tumultuous current state of our country and our Earth.Recently, he brought his band to Village Studios in Los Angeles, and he performed on “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, a radio program hosted by Jason Bentley on KCRW Radio. During the session, James and his band performed several songs from his new album and discussed a number of issues that influenced his songwriting on Eternally Even. It’s an open and honest performance and interview from the somewhat-mysterious frontman, and it’s a must-watch for any Jim James fan.Watch video of Jim James and his band perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic, embeded below.
Watch Dopapod Cover Primus And “Y’All Ready For This,” Invite Sit-Ins, And More In New Pro-Shot Videos
“Black And White” Last month, beloved jamband Dopapod hit the Boulder Theater as part of their three-night Colorado run. A few days ago, the band officially released new pro-shot footage from their night in Boulder, which fell on the 28th of January. The four songs from the night include a cover of Primus’ “Groundhog’s Day,” as well as three original tunes, “Freight Train,” “Present Ghosts,” and “Black And White.” The ever-popular number “Freight Train” also features drummer Alex Petropulos from their winter tour mates, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, as well as Jimmy Dunstan of Yamn on keys. Midway through the song, they bust out “Y’all Ready For This,” which was a crowd pleaser to say the least.You can check out a setlist from the night as well as all four newly released videos below, courtesy of the band.Setlist: Dopapod | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 1/28/17Set: STADA, Plaese Haalp, Bluetooth, Upside of Down> Weird Charlie> Present Ghosts, Freight Train> Ya’ll Ready For This> Freight Train> Groundhog Day, Vol. 3 #86> Black and WhitePrimus’ “Groundhog’s Day”“Freight Train” featuring Alex Petropulos and Jimmy Dunstan“Present Ghosts”
Load remaining images On Saturday night, Twiddle rolled into Madison, Wisconsin for a great show. The concert featured Midnight North as support. The latter band, featuring Grahame Lesh of the Grateful bloodline, did a spectacular job of opening the night. With some choice covers of The Band’s “Ophelia” and the Grateful Dead’s “Mr. Charlie” as well as originals, Midnight North demonstrated that they will be in the scene for a long time. They even brought up Twiddle musicians Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey on stage for the Dead tune. All band members were clearly having fun and it reflected the good camaraderie between the two bands as they have shared multiple tour dates together.The first set played by Twiddle was an improvisatory juggernaut. The set only included four songs, but each was opened up for exploration. The set began with “Tom’s Song” that was almost 20 minutes. It segued into “Indigo Trigger.” Next up was “Mamunes the Faun” and it was followed by the set closer “White Light.” It was fun to get lost in the music only to find one’s self only four songs deep an hour later.The second set commenced with “Dusk ‘Til Dawn,” the one song from PLUMP that features drummer Brook Jordan on lead vocals. His voice was strong on the more relaxed song, but that didn’t stop the band from expanding on the song and taking it in a direction it probably doesn’t normally go. So the second set began where the first set left off. “Earth Mama” had the band bring up local fiddle player Tim McIlree to join them, as he had done with Midnight North. Perhaps the most fun part of the show was the encore when Midnight North’s Lesh and Elliot Peck joined Twiddle for “When It Rains It Pours.” Ryan Dempsey took the opportunity to crowd surf. As fans passed him to and fro, everyone was all smiles. It was a great concert from Twiddle. They will continue their spring tour in Ohio on Wednesday.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.
With Phish playing 13 shows over the span of three weeks in New York City at Madison Square Garden, there will be plenty of late-night shenanigans taking place all over Manhattan. During the first weekend, on Friday, July 21st, Colorado funksters The Motet will open the late-night festivities with a show of their own at BB King Blues Club & Grill just a few blocks up on 42nd Street (purchase tickets here).The Denver-based act has 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 in early 2016, The Motet comes at you with a complete and unified sound, digging extra deep into the world of funk with flourishes of afrobeat and jazz throughout. If you want to shake your tailfeather to some straight up grooves, The Motet at BB King’s is the first stop on the F-Train from MSG (the “F” is for Funk).Tickets for The Motet’s late-night at BB King’s can be purchased here. For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Event page.[cover photo courtesy of Lauryn Sophia Photography – artwork created by Derek Perez – Peregon Creative] Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To The Motet Below!
“See, there’s only two theaters, man… that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that – the Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.” —Jerry GarciaAmir Bar-Lev’s highly anticipated Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip is due out on Amazon Prime on June 2nd. A handful of pre-release screenings have been announced for fans who want to take in the four-hour chronology of the Dead, including a screening at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on May 25th. Today, the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY announced that they will also be screening the film on May 25th, complete with a big screen and full concert sound.The announcement makes sense in terms of the film’s topic matter: on multiple occasions, the late Jerry Garcia referred to the beautifully ornate venue as one of his favorites in the country, and the bar in the front of the venue–Garcia’s–bears his name. The Dead also played a handful of memorable shows at The Cap in their heyday, including a 1971 run that featuring debuts of “Deal,” “Bird Song,” “Loser,” “Playing In The Band,” “Bertha,” and “Greatest Story Ever Told.” TYou can purchase tickets to The Capitol Theatre’s special pre-release screening of Long Strange Trip here. Tickets are available now.
Roots Rock Revival Brings Oteil Burbridge, Luther Dickinson, John Medeski, Bernard Purdie, & More For Music Masters Camp
Five years ago, former Allman Brothers bandmates Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge partnered with North Mississippi Allstars‘ Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson for the first annual Roots Rock Revival. Powered by Music Masters Camps, Roots Rock Revival is a four night, five day all-inclusive intensive that features master classes, jam sessions, Q&A sessions, open rehearsals and much, much more. The 2017 lineup featured sessions drummer Bernard Purdie, world-renowned keyboardist John Medeski, former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, NOLA drummer Johnny Vidacovich, Midnight North guitarist/vocalist Grahame Lesh, pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier, and DJ Logic as the camp’s masters. Also on tap were family members and musicians Vaylor Trucks, guitarist and son of Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley Jr., bassist son of Berry Oakley, as well as Ryan Montbleau, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ Jackson Kincheloe, Brian Graham, and Phil Rodriguez, alongside former guitarist/vocalist of Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Heather Gillis, local keyboardist Craig Keil, and guitarist James Beihn.It’s difficult to put into words what this year’s “camp” was like, as it served both as a tribute to Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton–who was also slated to be part of the camp for the second year in a row–while also continuing their passionate vision of togetherness. With music as the centerpoint of human nature, Roots Rock Revival provided an environment of mutual education–without any separation between teacher and student. Whether a musician or not, the ~150 people between the ages of eight and 80 gathered together to share their unique adoration for the Southern Blues Rock movement, the Allman Brothers Band and the music that forms the foundation of Rock and Roll. Over the course of the week, the exploration expanded into new dimensions of jazz fusion, funked out Grateful Dead, and deep jams that lasted late into the night.Taking the music out of the equation (which probably never happened), the 100 acres of mountains, fields, and streams at Full Moon Resort provides a rustic, yet sophisticated venue in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Mountain Forest Preserve and Hudson Valley in Big Indian, New York. Between master classes and river jams, campers are able to explore hiking trails, water falls, and each other’s musical offerings between three fabulous meals. Bountiful and fresh, the menu features many locally grown ingredients and a full spectrum of exceptional catering from the arrival Meet and Greet to the farewell breakfast.The master classes varied for all levels of players, and included “Jam Etiquette 101,” “Listening/Developing Heightened Awareness,” “Allman Brothers Licks with Jack Pearson,” “Fingerpickin’ & New Orleans Street Beats with Luther and Johnny V,” and so many more. See the full schedule here.To define a highlight would be impossible, because each attendee experienced completely different moments of specialty amongst theirselves–whether it was jamming with heroes, sharing a meal with the masters, or reaching musical nirvana at the yurt jams in the middle of the night. It’s the type of place where anything can happen. The phrase “Only at Roots Rock Revival” was often thrown around in unique instances, like when Bernard Purdie and John Medeski played the music of the Grateful Dead, when Roosevelt Collier taught Taz how to play the lap steel guitar, or when Grahame Lesh, Oteil Burbridge, and Johnny Vidacovich mashed up “China Cat Sunflower” and “Blue Sky” on the final night, or when everyone came together around a massive bonfire to honor their Uncle Butch. While the music of the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead were ever-prevalent, the masters collaborated every night after dinner for intimate performances of blues, funk, reggae, jazz, and everything in between. Ever-inspired by one another, it was a full circle learning experience for all–a “new high,” recalled Oteil Burbridge, who promises next year will be even better.Roots Rock Revival and the gorgeous setting has proven time and again to be a perfect host for these inspiring and memorable events. With 2018 confirmed in the books for August 6-11, we’re already planning our next reunion. It’s a family that keeps on growing, with every year adding new tastes to the musical gumbo.See below for a glimpse into Roots Rock Revival, with photos from Michael Bloom Photography. Visit Music Masters Camps for more offerings throughout the year.Roots Rock Revival 2017 | Photos by Michael Bloom Photography Load remaining images
In the long history of rock and roll, there has never been another performer quite like The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger–unless, of course, you count beloved theatrical chameleon and comedic enigma Tim Curry…Oh wait, you hadn’t heard? Turns out that in addition to his murderous dancing clowns, dastardly Muppet pirates, and cross-dressing nymphomaniacal mad scientists, Curry also does a spot-on Mick impersonation. Check out the clip below via Midnight Pulp:There…don’t you feel a little happier now? Thanks, Tim Curry.See also: Someone Removed The Music From David Bowie & Mick Jagger’s “Dancing In The Street” Video, And It’s Hilarious[h/t – Midnight Pulp]
Greensky Bluegrass will continue their tour on Wednesday, January 24th when they head to The Egg in Albany, NY.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Marathon Music Works | Nashville, TN | 1/20/18 |Set 1: No Idea, Living Over, In Control, Cold Feet, Airmail Special, Before Bring Out Your Dead> Bring Out Your Dead, Fo Sho, Uh Huh1, Demons1, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley 1, Train Junkie1Set 2: The Four, The Radio Blues, Fo Sho, Uh Huh> Who Is Frederico?2, Burn Them2, Through the Trees, Miss September, Kerosene> When I Get My Hands on You, Leap YearEncore: Gimme Some Lovinw/ Sam Bushw/ Billy Strings[Photo: Screengrab from Jessica Hopper’s YouTube] Progressive bluegrass pioneer Sam Bush joined one of the genre’s most popular acts, Greensky Bluegrass, when the group rolled through his hometown of Nashville last night. Bush got the chance to play both fiddle and mandolin when he took the stage for “Fo Sho, Uh Huh”, “Demons,” the funky Robert Palmer classic (and Phish favorite) “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley”, and “Train Junkie” to close out the band’s first set at Marathon Music Works.Bluegrass guitar phenom Billy Strings, who has been opening for Greensky Bluegrass throughout their current tour, also sat in with the group for “Who Is Frederico?” and “Burn Them” during the second set.“Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”[Video: Jessica Hopper ]Soloing on “Train Junkie”
Metallica’s James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar launched Acoustic-4-A-Cure back in 2014 to fund research efforts for San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California. This year’s 5th annual benefit concert–hosted by Sammy Hagar and Bob Weir–is taking place May 15th at the Fillmore and will double serve as a special 75th birthday celebration for Taj Mahal. Alongside Hagar, Weir, and Taj Mahal will be Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Michael Anthony, Kevin Cronin, Eddie Money, and Vic Johnson, among other very special guests, who will be performing acoustic sets with true once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations, and more.“I was a fan of Taj Mahal long before I had a record deal in Montrose 1973,” said Sammy Hagar on the event website. “He’s become a dear friend over the years and without a doubt, is one of the few living blues legend left on this planet!!! Having Bob Weir, being on the same page, understanding how important and how much fun this will be much less with a bunch of great artist, for a good cause!!!! It doesn’t get any better than this annual event.”Tickets to the intimate event are limited to two per customer, and go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. exclusively through Live Nation. All proceeds go to funding research for children’s brain tumors. More information can be found on the event’s website.The “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” event is one of the best of the year, always delivering special moments that cannot be repeated. In 2017, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Rami Jaffee debuted a new Foo Fighters song called “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” after playing through Foo favorites “Everlong,” “My Hero” and “Times Like These.” The performance marked the band’s first new official tune since 2014’s Sonic Highways and the 2015 “surprise” EP Saint Cecilia. You can watch the first-ever live performance of “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” below, courtesy of YouTube user pepokiss:[Video: pepokiss]
Returning to Denver, CO for the sixth straight year, the exciting Spread The Word Music Festival has just announced their third wave of lineup additions for the upcoming 2018 event. Taking place from May 11th through the 13th at the Fox Street Compound, the festival will see a headlining performance from the Jeff Austin Band (former leader of Yonder Mountain String Band), A-Mac & The Height (2 shows), Spread The Word Family Band (featuring members of String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights Live Band, Break Science, and more TBA) Bass Physics, and now, the Magic Beans.In addition to the Magic Beans, Caribou Mountain Collective, The Orcastra (The Orcastrator Live Band), Avenhart, Emma Mayes & The Hip, Dog City Disco, Cosmic Mesa, and Morsel have also all joined the lineup.The full billing includes Tatanka, Skydyed, Eminence Ensemble, Grant Farm, Great American Taxi, Evanoff, Cycles, Tnertle, Lucid Vision, Whitewater Ramble, Dead Floyd, Rastasaurus, The Sweet Lillies. Aaron Bordas, Spectacle, Mikey Thunder, Trufeelz, Homepage Spaceship, and so many more, as well as a late-night Everyone Orchestra set conducted by Matt Butler at Cervantes. Check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s official website for more information.Today, and today only, Spread The Word Colorado Music Festival is offering a “Buy One, Get One Free” package for weekend passes. Reserve yours here.