Warren Haynes Plays Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Tunes With Ashes & Dust: Gallery/Review

first_imgLoad remaining images It is amazing how music is so embedded in Warren Haynes’ essence. 2016 is another big year for him. He has an early summer European tour with Gov’t Mule, and he has a bunch of dates as the leader of the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. Even so, he finds time for other side projects, including the Ashes and Dust Band. They stopped by Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater last night, February 24th, for a splendid night of great entertainment.In stark contrast to his other musical endeavors, Warren Haynes & the Ashes and Dust Band is much more folksy and acoustic-based. On the album simply titled Ashes and Dust, Haynes asked Railroad Earth to do the backing music. They couldn’t come along because they are busy with their own tour, so Haynes brought drummer Jeff Sipe as well as musicians from ChessBoxer.They opened the night with “Is It Me or You,” the same opening track of Ashes and Dust. A soulful Patchwork Quilt followed. Things got rocking when they played “One More Cup of Coffee,” where Haynes’ wailing guitar solos blared from the amplifiers. Then the bass player rid himself of the upright bass in favor of an electric bass guitar for a very long and very funky version of Little Feat’s “Skin It Back.” With all the instruments plugged in and powered up, this was the most rocking point of the show.With plenty of material from the Ashes & Dust album, Haynes made sure to give a nod to some classics. Perhaps the loudest ovation from the crowd came when they started playing “Loser” by the Grateful Dead. Haynes’ vocals were spot on, and the song contained an excellent violin solo, which was only topped by the banjo solo, which of course was topped by the guitar solo. The Allman Brothers’ “Blue Sky” and “Jessica” were also played flawlessly. The latter closed out the set.The encore featured an a cappella cover of the Stanley Brothers’ “Angel Band,” that went straight into Gov’t Mule’s “Soulshine.” Hearing a different version of the song that is normally played fairly standard every time by Mule was a real treat. They closed the show out with a rocking “Two of a Kind.”Before Haynes goes back to Gov’t Mule and the Jerry Garcia symphonic celebrations, take the chance to see him on his current tour with the Ashes and Dust band. It certainly brings out a different facet of Haynes’ musicianship that you will easily enjoy. The one and only Warren Haynes is certain to impress.Setlist: Warren Haynes And The Ashes & Dust Band at the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI – 2/24/16Set: Is It Me or You, Patchwork Quilt, Beat Down the Dust, One More Cup of Coffee, Skin It Back, Instrumental Illness, Madman Across the Water, Loser, Company Man, Blue Sky, Dusk Till Dawn, Drums, Spots of Time, JessicaEncore: Angel Band, Soulshine, Two of a KindView the full gallery of photos from Daniel Ojeda below:last_img read more

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Two Classic David Bowie Records Will Be Re-Released For Record Store Day

first_imgAs Record Store Day is fast approaching, vinyl appreciators continue to build excitement as various artists announce their participation. The late great David Bowie will throw his name onto that list, as his estate is re-issuing two classic Bowie records for the occasion.Come April 16th, a picture disc version of the single “TVC15” and of the album The Man Who Sold The World will be available for purchase. The “TVC15” single was the 2nd track from Bowie’s 1976 album Station To Station, with “Golden Years” coming out as the leading single. On the B-side of the new release will be “Wild Is The Wind,” a 2010 single making its vinyl debut. You can see this picture disc release in the image above.Meanwhile, 1970 album The Man Who Sold The World will also get the picture disc treatment. According to the press release, “this picture disc features the original German LP fold out round cover with artwork designed by Witt of Hamburg. The sleeve originally unfolded to reveal two foot wide circular images of those featured here on the picture disc… The original version of this release is the rarest of the Mercury versions of the album, which include the ‘Dress Sleeve’ and the ‘Cartoon/Cowboy Cover’.”See the image below:last_img read more

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Flaming Lips Revive Chewbacca For Powerful David Bowie Cover On Colbert

first_imgWayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips have been all about David Bowie as of late. It’s easy to see how the Lips were inspired by the Thin White Duke, with both employing wild stage design and costumes on top of intriguing glam rock compositions. With the recent passing of Bowie, Coyne has shown his emotional side with several tributes.The Bowie love from Flaming Lips began a couple months ago, when the band played an eight-song set of covers in Colorado. Just a month or so later, the band was featured at The Music Of David Bowie tribute concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall, where Coyne sang “Life On Mars?” while sitting on the shoulders of Chewbacca. A few days later, the band released a surreal music video for their cover of “Space Oddity,” which you can watch here.The band continued their Bowie theme when they hit the set of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert yesterday, opting to revive their cover of “Space Oddity” for the studio audience. Filmed at the same time that the band was in NYC for their Carnegie Hall performance, it seems they also brought an astronaut and Chewbacca with them for the show. The performance aired last night.Watch as Coyne sings “Space Oddity” atop Chewbacca’s shoulders below:last_img read more

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Watch Greensky Bluegrass Jam With Keller Williams, Teasing Phish At Summer Camp Fest

first_imgIf there’s one thing Greensky Bluegrass knows. it’s how to mix business and pleasure. During their Friday set on the Moonshine Stage at the Summer Camp Music Festival, it’s hard to say who was enjoying themselves more – the band or the crowd. Mixing songs from throughout their catalog and even being joined by the band-proclaimed “Coolest Guy At The Festival,” Keller Williams, the band delivered a rollicking set full of silliness and sing-a-longs.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the proceedings and has shared a few of the highlights, including a loopy call-and-response number between drop steel player Anders Beck and mandolinist Paul Hoffman, with Keller Williams on “trumpet.” The song also featured a tease of Phish’s “Run Like An Antelope.” Check out the fun below:JaywalkingWings For WheelsFo Sho Uh-Huh With Keller WilliamsSetlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/2016Set: Jaywalking > Don’t Lie (1), Wings for Wheels, Demons, Luckiest Man (2) (3), Just to Lie (4) > Take Cover, For Sure Uh Huh (5) (6), Pig in a Pen, Atlantic City, Leap Year  (1) ‘Let Me Ride’ lyrics & teases  (2) w/ Al Schnier(3) ‘Say It Ain’t So’ quotes  (4) ‘Labor of Love’ quotes  (5) Keller Williams on vocal jams & dobro slide(6) ‘Run Like an Antelope’ quoteslast_img read more

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Mumford & Sons Play New Music And The Classics At Forest Hills [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images For the last two nights, Mumford & Sons helped to kick off a glorious summer concert series at the beautiful Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. The band recently released a five-song EP called Johannesburg, blending their Americana folk roots with African beats and instrumentation during a tour of South Africa. Not only that, but the band released Wilder Mind back in 2015 and have shown no signs of slowing down.The Forest Hills shows were packed with music new and old, with support from BØRNS! Fortunately, photographer Andrew Blackstein was on the scene and has shared some images with us. Check it out below, as well as a full setlist and gallery.last_img

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Listen To UM’s Joel Cummins Play An Atrium Set On Jam Cruise, Two Years Ago Today

first_imgWith yet another Jam Cruise looming right around the corner, it’s hard to not go back and listen to some of the best moments of past cruises. One particular set that always seems to hit just right is the low-key, intimate Atrium sets. For those that have not been on the best party at sea you can ever attend, the Atrium sets are roughly 45 minutes long, hosted by one artist on the grand piano, and typically feature a number of special guests, and plenty of interesting stories. It’s the perfect lounge set, and one that you don’t get to witness in most setting.Jam Cruise Announces Jam Room Hosts, Piano Sets & Theme NightsUmphrey’s McGee‘s keyboardist Joel Cummins, a regular on the ship, played a particularly memorable set on 1/6/15, which featured guest spots from Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, who helped perform their own “Burn Them” and Umphrey’s fan-favorite “In The Kitchen.” Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident also sat-in on “Kitchen” along with a set-closer of Joe Cocker‘s “Feelin’ Alright.”The rest of the set consisted of takes on classical numbers by Dmitry Kabalevsky, Claude Debussy, the jazz standard “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi, and the Umphrey’s McGee song “Orfeo” which featured the deft skills that Cummins possesses. If there is one tip that we can give you about a Jam Cruise excursion, it’s to definitely NOT miss an Atrium set.Take a listen to Joel Cummins’ 2015 set below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts.Setlist: Joel Cummins | The Atrium of Jam Cruise | 1/6/15Sonatina No. 1 Op 32 [Dmitry Kabalevsky]Pour Le Piano Suite: Piano Prelude [Claude Debussy]In Memory Of My Father [Bill Evans]Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum [Claude Debussy]Linus And Lucy [Vince Guaraldi]Improv > Orfeo [Umphrey’s McGee]Burn Them * [Greensky Bluegrass]In The Kitchen *@ [Umphrey’s McGee]Feelin’ Alright *@ [Joe Cocker]* w/ Paul Hoffman – Mandolin & Anders Beck – [email protected] w/ Jason Hann – Percussionlast_img read more

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Elton John Remotely Plays Opening Of Street Artist Banksy’s New Walled Off Hotel In Bethlehem [Watch]

first_imgThe infamous street artist, Banksy, has recently branched out into the hotel business. With the opening of the Walled Off Hotel, the anonymous artist is now the proprietor of a fully function art hotel located in Bethlehem. The Walled Off Hotel features art from the famous artist as well as from local artists and allows guests to experience Banksy’s works in a unique context. The hotel also will regularly host musicians in their colonialism-themed piano bar. To kick off this new venture, Elton John was tapped to play the hotel’s opening night, which he did remotely. In the future, 3D from Massive Attack, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Atticus Zimmer, and Flea will be playing the hotel. You can check out a video from Elton John’s performance below, and book reservations for the Walled Off Hotel on Banksy website here.last_img read more

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Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Umphrey’s Slaying “The Floor” In Vegas

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee and TourGigs just released a new pro-shot footage from Umphrey’s night in Vegas on March 17th. Shot at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the seventeen-minute video captures Umphrey’s throwing down for “The Floor.” The song was played during the nonstop second set of the evening, during which “The Floor” served as a sandwich containing “I’m On Fire.” You can check out the video for yourself below, courtesy of TourGigs.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 3/17/2017Set 1: Flamethrower > Puppet String > Roctopus, Attachments, Out Of Order > Puppet String, Got Your Milk (Right Here) > Der Bluten Kat[1]Set 2: Gurgle[2] > Speak Up[3] > The Floor > I’m On Fire > The Floor, Kabump > Comma Later[4] > In a Silent Way > It’s About That TimeEncore: Glory > The Good Times Are Killing Me, Mad Love[1] “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics[2] with Speak Up tease[3] unfinished[4] with Front Porch teaselast_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Debuts Song, Talks Alison Krauss, “Harry Hood” Origins, Rollerblade Beefs In PA [Videos]

first_imgOn Monday night, Trey Anastasio continued his February 2018 solo acoustic run with a performance at Pittsburgh, PA’s Byham Theater. As Trey approaches the halfway point of the tour, a rough formula for the shows has taken shape: It’s part Phish favorites and Trey Anastasio Band staples performed campfire-style; part story time, with a relaxed and amused Anastasio pausing periodically to chat, tell stories, and offer pearls of wisdom like “Do you guys ever think about faking early-onset dementia…sorry…I do think about it though, because you can, kinda…do whatever you want [laughs].”The Pittsburgh show would prove to follow the same thoroughly entertaining structure. After beginning with a haunting arrangement of “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” (the first of the tour) followed by a sing-along “Sample In A Jar”, Trey addressed the audience for the first time. After spilling his glass and joking about not crying over spilled milk–”or whiskey”–he quickly backtracked to assure everyone that it wasn’t, in fact, whiskey (Trey has been notably sober for years). “Man, I always get into trouble in this town. See, it’s already started.” Trey went on to tell a story about a time in the “crazy ’90’s,” when he got into an awkward physical altercation with an overzealous parking garage security guard who opposed Trey’s rollerblading on his domain, and the ongoing guilt he feels about breaking the guard’s walkie-talkie all those years ago. Watch Trey tell the story below:Trey Anastasio – Rollerblading Story – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: Alex Bieger]Next, responding to an audible request from the crowd, Trey acquiesces to trying “Fee”, which he nailed for just its second-ever solo acoustic performance, and its first this tour. At Trey’s invitation, the audience helped enthusiastically when each chorus came around.The newly-introduced acoustic arrangement of “Everything’s Right” came next and featured a fun loop-assisted jam, followed by another tour debut, “Water In The Sky”. A run of acoustic go-to’s including “The Inlaw Josie Wales”, “Strange Design”, and “Limb By Limb” followed.Trey took another suggestion from the audience next–”If I Could”–and asked the audience to do an “imaginary harmony” to help him out. As he explained before starting the Hoist track, “I don’t usually play this song [solo] because the best thing about it is the harmony. He then told a story of the recording’s origins:Some time, probably in the early or mid-eighties sometime, Mike [Gordon] and I went to the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, and saw a concert called the “Masters of the Folk Violin”… A really cool concert with a lot of great American folk violinists. And the last [people] to come out, as kind of the finale, was a 90-year-old jazz violinist and a 16 or 17-year old young girl who was a long bow fiddle champion…named Alison Krauss [pauses for cheers].We’d never heard of her, nobody had…She came out and played some amazing fiddle, and all of a sudden, at one point, she opened her mouth and started to sing…Both me and Mike like fell on the ground, like, “oh my God!” We became obsessed and saw her play many times in the 80’s.He went on to explain how he and Mike saw the still-unsigned artist in L.A. when they were recording Hoist, and went and met her at the stage door after her show, introduced themselves, explained they were in a band (she had never heard of them), and asked if she’d sing on their album. She said yes, as we know from her eventual appearance on the album.Phish – “If I Could” ft. Alison KraussEven more impressively, as Trey explained, after laying down her first vocal take for “If I Could”–which through impressed the entire team–she came out of the booth with a dismissive “that sucked,” which Trey affected with his best (worst) southern drawl. He finally dedicated the performance of “If I Could” to Alison. You can watch the Alison Krauss story and the rendition of “If I Could” that followed below: Trey Anastasio – Alison Krauss/”If I Could” Story – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: NorthPittsburgh]The set continued with acoustic go-to’s “Heavy Things” and “Ghost”, followed by the first acoustic “Harry Hood” since Trey unplugged to play it at his 02/26/2011 gig with TAB. Another acoustic rarity, “Piper”, came next, and flowed freely into “Chalkdust Torture”. From there, fan-favorite Phish ballad “Dirt” got the crowd whistling along.Trey then took a pause to reflect on the origins of the uncommon acoustic arrangement of “Harry Hood” he had just played:When I was 19, Fish [Jon Fishman] and I, we were buskers in Europe. We played street music in Europe. We met when we were 18 up in Vermont, and hit it off immediately. We cooked up this idea to go play street music. We painted houses in New Jersey…it always takes so much longer then you think it’s gonna take…The cheapest way we could do it is we rented a car, a little Ford Fiesta, and slept in that all summer, never a bed. We played street music in Paris, and Munich, and Italy, and eventually we ended up in Greece and we slept on the beach for three weeks, and that’s where I wrote that song [“Harry Hood”], on the beach on an acoustic guitar.As Trey mused, sentimentally, “That was really fun…Fish is a fun guy to do that with, because he talks a lot…it was a really, really nice summer.” He then made his way back to music, offering a version of Fuego track “Wingsuit”, just its second acoustic appearance. Watch the Trey’s “Harry Hood” origin story and “Wingsuit” below: Trey Anastasio – Harry Hood Story, “Wingsuit” – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: NorthPittsburgh]Ahead of the set’s final song, “More”, Trey expressed his gratitude toward the audience and made yet another “look on the bright side” nature analogy (“Can you tell I just watched Planet Earth?” he joked). For the encore, Trey began by debuting a never-before-played tune, “Empty House” (“I feel like playing this song, I don’t know if I’ve ever played this,” Trey wondered), which was recorded for his 2006 Bar 17 , before running his newly-rechristened ode to friends past, “Til’ We Meet Again”,  Trey Anastasio – “Empty House” – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18[Video: NorthPittsburgh] Trey Anastasio – “Til’ We Meet Again” – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: NorthPittsburgh]SETLIST: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) | Byham Theater | Pittsburgh, PA | 2/12/18SET 1: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Sample in a Jar, Fee, Everything’s Right, Water in the Sky, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Strange Design, Limb By Limb, If I Could [1], Heavy Things, Ghost, Harry Hood, Piper > Chalk Dust Torture, Dirt, Wingsuit, MoreENCORE: Empty House [2], Till We Meet Again, Wilson[1] Trey solo acoustic debut.[2] DebutTrey’s solo acoustic tour hits its mid-point tonight in Wilmington, DE. For more information on the tour, head here. See below for a list of upcoming shows.Trey Anastasio Upcoming Solo Acoustic DatesFeb. 13 – Wilmington, DE – Grand Opera HouseFeb. 14 – Washington, DC – Sixth and IFeb. 16 – Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb. 17 – Charlotte, NC – Knight TheatreFeb. 18 – Athens, GA – Classic Center[Cover photo: Instagram user @4run2]last_img read more

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The Marcus King Band Family Reunion Rounds Up Chuck Leavell, Duane Betts, Billy Strings, & More [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images This past weekend, The Marcus King Band Family Reunion brought a slew of talented acts to Black Mountain, NC’s Pisgah Brewing Company for two memorable days of music across the brewery’s two stages.In addition to a pair of headlining sets by festival hosts The Marcus King Band, the Family Reunion featured performances by The Revivalists, Chuck Leavell & Friends, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, The Devon Allman Project Ft. Duane Betts, Nikki Lane, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, Naughty Professor, Dynamo, Geoff Achison, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Shady Recruits, Steelism, Travers Brothership, and April B & The Cool. The festival also featured plenty of collaboration, including an appearance by Marcus King during The Revivalists’ performance and several guests sit-ins during The Marcus King Band’s Saturday night “Family Jam” set.The Marcus King Band’s second-annual festival coincided with the release of their brand-new LP, Carolina Confessions, released on Friday, October 5th. As King explained to Billboad about the album,I wanted this record to focus a little bit more on songwriting and the structure of the tune itself.” King describes the ten-song catalog as “the confessional side of things. Music, for me, is a way to say what’s on my mind and kind of a way to explain that — just like true confession, if you feel guilty and want to get some things off your chest. That’s how writing is and making music is for me.The Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions – Full AlbumBelow, you can check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the second day of The Marcus King Band Family Reunion 2018 courtesy of photographer Emily Butler.For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website here.Marcus King Band Family Reunion | Pigsah Brewing | Black Mountain, NC | 10/6/18 | Photos: Emily Butlerlast_img read more

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