Last night, The Werks brought their tour out to the Zydeco in Birmingham, AL, playing with support from BIG Something for a jammed out performance. Both groups are truly on the rise, and their fusion made for quite the Southern throwdown.Perhaps one of the highlights from the show was a bust out of the Chumbawumba song “Tubthumpin” by The Werks, with BIG Something’s own Nick MacDaniels in the mix. Check out video of the cover, as captured by Live and Listen, below:The Werks wrap up this winter run this weekend, playing in Atlanta tonight and Nashville tomorrow. You can check out the full tour schedule here, and be sure to look into The Werks’ annual music festival, The Werk Out Music And Arts Festival. With bands like STS9, Lettuce, Dopapod, Twiddle and more, it’s one festival you’ll be sorry you missed! More information here.
Having just received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, the newest Frank Zappa film is making its next stop in New Jersey for the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival on April 9th at 7:30pm at the new House of Independents. Following the film, musicians will gather to celebrate the life of the famed iconoclastic composer and bandleader with performances from Project/Object and We Used To Cut The Grass.Entitled Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, the film features footage from performances and interviews, with a specific focus on what it means for Zappa to be creative. Filmmaker Thorsten Schutte recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the movie, “In a time lacking controversial, outspoken and polarizing iconoclasts, the life and art of Frank Zappa connects to the universal questions that so many can relate to: How can an artist stay true to his art and ideas? How does one handle rejection and the limitations of a creative output? And what is the ultimate price to pay for the freedom of expression?” Watch the trailer and find out next month at the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival. Following the film, the celebration of Zappa will continue with very special performances from New York’s own Project/Object and New Jersey’s We Used To Cut The Grass.Project/Object is the longest running alumni-based Zappa tribute in the world and was founded in the mid-90s by guitarist André Cholmondeley. Over the past twenty years they have proudly hosted more Zappa alumni onstage than anyone, other than the composer himself. Their legendary tours of the USA, Canada, and Europe have made them a household name among Zappa fans and helped pave the way for a rich variety of excellent, contemporary Zappa tributes. The group will feature original band members Ike Willis, Frank Zappa’s longtime vocalist and guitarist best known for his work on “Joe’s Garage,” and Don Preston, original keyboardist and pre-eminent fixture in the Mothers of Invention.Asbury Park’s own avant-garde large ensemble, We Used to Cut the Grass, will follow up with a look into the past, present and future of Frank Zappa as they perform a set that contains not only a wealth of complex Zappa pieces such as “The Black Page,” but also a study of the music that inspired him, including works by Edgar Varése and Igor Stravinsky, in addition to some of the ensemble’s original work. Lead by Cody McCorry, the group regularly features five horns, two drum sets, guitar, bass, and vibraphone, performing a vast repertoire of contemporary pieces, including the group’s own experimental music. The ensemble will be joined by multiple guests, including Ike Willis, who has toured with the ensemble twice in the past, guitarist Tom Monda and violinist Ben Karas of the nationally touring North Jersey-based prog band Thank You Scientist, and more to be announced as the show draws closer.Tickets for the screening and the concert, as well as for the concert alone, are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Edit this setlist | More David Gilmour setlists With great anticipation, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour returned to the spotlight once more, playing his first concert on US soil since 2006! The beloved guitarist recently released Rattle That Lock, and has performed for Europe a number of times in the past few months. Last night, however, Gilmour brought his rockin’ show to the Hollywood Bowl, where he welcomed David Crosby for a significant portion of the show.As the setlist tells us, Gilmour opened with a few tracks from his new album, including “5 A.M.,” “Rattle That Lock,” and “Faces of Stone.” From there, he went into “Wish You Were Here,” flooding the crowd with nostalgia. While YouTube seems to be removing any videos of the show, this one has remained available:After “Wish You Were Here,” Gilmour welcomed out Crosby, who revived collaborations from Gilmour’s 2006 album, On An Island. Crosby would later return for a couple more songs, including “Comfortably Numb” as the show’s finale.The full setlist can be seen below:Edit this setlist | More David Gilmour setlists
The three posters are available exclusively at the three main “gift store” merch areas at the stadium, so if you’re heading to Wrigley today, make sure you go to the right shops. And with only 1000 copies of each print available, make sure you get there early before all of these beauties get snatched up! The third and final print (also 18×24) by design team Landland, made up of Jessica Seamans & Dan Black, is a surrealist depiction of an old-timey baseball team, complete with birds and bears. Phish has revealed three different poster prints for the weekend’s festivities ahead of their first-ever run at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field tonight and tomorrow, and as usual, they look incredible.The first, by well-known Phish poster artist David Welker, is 16×16 and appropriately depicts a Lizards baseball game, in the artist’s signature style. The second (an 18×24 print) is credited to Status Stereograph, the design studio of frequent Phish designer Justin Helton, and features a whale swimming up to a bouquet of flowers.
When Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of music. That music has conceptually inspired countless musicians, but it has also, physically, caused some inheritance issues among Garcia’s many heirs.Upon Garcia’s passing, a group including Annabelle Garcia-McLean, Clifford Garcia, Heather Garcia Katz, Sunshine May Walker Kesey, Theresa Adams Garcia, the Keelin Garcia Testamentary Trust, and Deborah Koons Garcia, formed the Jerry Garcia Estate LLC. The ties between those Garcia family members became strained over the years and, under judicial supervision, the company was dissolved in 2008. Some of those members then formed a new company, the Jerry Garcia Family LLC, which excluded Jerry’s widow Deborah Koons Garcia.The legal battle comes from a 2005 agreement with Hollywood Vaults, a storage company that is currently holding the master tapes. They entered a distribution agreement with Garcia Estate LLC years before it dissolved, and now multiple parties are making legitimate claims for the tapes. Jerry Garcia Family LLC is threatening litigation against Hollywood Vaults, but the storage company realizes that, if it hands the tapes over to that group, then they are liable to be sued by Deborah Koons Garcia.This interesting legal battle mostly harms us, the fans, who won’t get access to these tapes until these debates are settled. We can only hope that the members of Jerry Garcia’s family can resolve this dispute, gratefully.[H/T Entertainment Law Digest]
Queens, NY-based DJ and local scene favorite DJ Cochon de Lait has put together a special In Memoriam: 2016 mix, showcasing the long list of incredible musicians that we lost this past year. The set consists of well-known classics, as well as some lesser known tracks by artists that left this earthly plane such as David Bowie, Prince, Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, George Michael, Natalie Cole, Leonard Cohen, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power founder and trumpeter Mic Gillette, both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and so many more.The almost 2-hour mix, featuring 50 artists, is sleek, sexy, and most importantly, funky, with some incredibly funny interludes featuring clips from various movies and TV shows that will be instantly recognizable. While there have been countless articles written about the artists we lost in 2016, this mix is truly the best way to honor them and to simply get down in remembrance of the sheer amount of genius that was lost this year. Cochon de Lait had this to say about the mix:“We lost a lot of great artists and notable figures in 2016, and this is my tribute to some of them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t include every great musician who passed away last year, but I did recognize 50 individuals in this mix. Some of them you know well, and I hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn about the legacies of the others. For the most part, I didn’t choose the most obvious song, but I made sure to pick selections that showcase the true soul of the individual. May they all rest in peace.Please note that while there is no foul language, the content of some of these songs would not be appropriate for you to blast in your office, church, or cub scout meeting. You have been warned.”Without further adieu, here is the full In Memoriam: 2016 mix by DJ Cochon de Lait:For more info on when Cochon de Lait is spinning near you, check out his Facebook page here. He spins every Third Thursday at Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing from 9pm – 1am.[cover photo via Christhebarker]
The best way to celebrate the life of Butch Trucks is through music. The co-founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band tragically passed away on January 24th, 2017, leaving fans to grieve the loss of a true rock and roll icon. Esteemed journalist and ABB biographer Alan Paul, author of One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, will host “A Tribute To Butch Trucks” night on Wednesday, March 1st at American Beauty NYC with his Big In China band, welcoming special guests Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts Band), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), Junior Mack (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band), and more.The Brandon Niederauer Band will open the night, completing the circle of Allman Brothers Band family and friends. Young “Taz” attended Trucks’ first-ever Roots Rock Revival, a 4-night intensive Music Masters Camp, and has returned every year since. It was there that the nine-year-old played before his idols on stage for the first time, and it was then that he was officially welcomed with open arms. The Trucks-hosted event was also where Niederauer met biographer Alan Paul, and now they will play it forward together.Roots Rock Revival will continue in his honor, welcoming new artists TBA in addition to the torch carriers Oteil Burbridge, Luther Dickinson, and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. The tribute concert will also serve as an unofficial reunion for those who have attended over the last four years, and for the extended family and friends of New York who seek a place to come together during this extraordinarily sad time and celebrate his music.Proceeds from “A Tribute To Butch Trucks” will be donated to the Allman Brothers Band’s Museum at the The Big House under his name. You can buy tickets here.– SHOW INFO –Band: Alan Paul and his Big In China Band w/ Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts Band), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), Junior Mack (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band), and more members of the extended Allman Brothers family. Special Guest: The Brandon Niederauer Band.Venue: American Beauty NYC – 251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001Date: Wednesday – March 1st, 2017Time: Doors 7pm / Show 8pmTickets: $20adv / $25dosBuy Tickets. All proceeds go to the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House under Butch’s name.
The Marcus King Band has been rapidly gaining steam since the release of their 2016 self-titled LP, playing shows around the world and developing into an electrifying touring act. In the coming months, singer/guitarist Marcus King and company will play club dates around the U.S., embark on a seven-country European tour, perform at Japan’s famous Fuji Rock Festival, and deliver performances at high-profile domestic festivals like Peach Music Festival and LOCKN’ Festival, among others.While The Marcus King Band’s big year may have caught some music fans by surprise, it was clear to all in attendance at their 3/2/16 show at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall–just over one year ago–that this band was destined for greatness. On that cold late-winter night, New York fans flooded the small downtown room to check out Warren Haynes‘ acclaimed young protege and his new-look band. The venue was packed to the brim (including people squeezed into the open bathroom doorways as well as behind and on top of the bar), and the audience watched with amusement as King and keyboardist Matthew Jennings lugged Jennings’ Hammond organ through the front door, parting the crowd on their way to the stage. Once situated, the band tore through a selection of songs from 2015’s Soul Insight and then-unreleased 2016 album The Marcus King Band, with 19-year-old King leading the way with the stage presence of a seasoned veteran.You can watch video of Marcus shredding on B.B. King‘s “Don’t Answer The Door” from the 3/2/16 performance at Rockwood Music Hall courtesy of Marc Millman:Thankfully, The Marcus King Band recorded the performance and used the audio for a live EP, Live At Rockwood Music Hall, which they released a few months later. Says King of the performance, “There’s a certain energy you feel playing smaller clubs that’s unmatched in larger venues–an intimate encounter with the audience. I feel this recording captured that spirit.” The Marcus King Band: Live At Rockwood Music Hall is available for free download below:These days, it’s no longer an intimate affair when The Marcus King Band rolls into the Big Apple. Most recently, the band delivered a sold-out performance at Gramercy Theatre with Eric Krasno Band in January. In truth, they were probably too big for the Rockwood already when they played there a year ago. Perhaps that’s what made the performance feel so special. This was a band on the rise, poised to make it big. Years from now, when they’re selling out arenas and headlining festivals, fans will tell stories about that special evening in New York City when The Marcus King Band officially outgrew the proverbial “smaller club” on their way to the “big time.”For information and upcoming tour dates, visit The Marcus King Band’s website.[Cover photo by Emily Butler]
This Saturday, April 22nd, NOLA rockers The Revivalists will take the stage at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA – otherwise known as the home of Lockn’ Festival. They’ll be joined by People’s Blues of Richmond and Moogatu for one rockin’ evening.We’re giving away a pair of tickets to a few lucky winners to attend the show for free! Just enter below, then follow the instructions for sharing to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!
Over the summer, Long Strange Trip was formally released, with a number of iconic music venues, such as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Capitol Theatre, and more, and movie theaters around the country hosting theatrical screenings of the extended Grateful Dead documentary’s release via Amazon Prime Video on June 2nd. Those who missed out on seeing the documentary when it hit the big screen need not fret, as today, an announcement let fans know that Long Strange Trip will be re-released and returning to theaters this fall.‘Long Strange Trip’ Red Rocks’ Screening Offers Light And Dark Moments From The Grateful Dead’s Past [Review]Long Strange Trip was directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, and the film widely received critical acclaim after its premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, including two Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominations (Best Director and Best Music Documentary). The film examines both the rise of the Grateful Dead and its role in United States counterculture as well as diving deeper into the beloved and frequently idolized guitarist, Jerry Garcia.Ex-Grateful Dead Tour Manager, Sam Cutler, Gets Emotional About ‘Long Strange Trip’ DocThus far, the Grateful Dead documentary has been scheduled to make two limited screening runs. From October 13th through 19th, Long Strange Trip will be shown in Los Angeles, California, at the Fine Arts. A few weeks later, Long Strange Trip will have a limited screening from November 3rd through 9th at New York City at Village East.Listen To The Full Soundtrack For ‘Long Strange Trip,’ Featuring Remastered And Unreleased Grateful Dead