David Lemieux’s Dave’s Picks series has always brought the choice cuts of the Grateful Dead catalog to the avid fan and music collector’s of live music. And with the first drop of 2017, Volume 21 brings us April 2nd, 1973 at Boston Garden. While the band was finishing off a major tour, this was a show that delivered from the very first note, to the very last one.“We all expect Big Things from the Big Songs, but all the smaller songs in this show are stunningly played. That extra something in every song that makes a great show GREAT? It’s here in every song. And as for the bigger songs, they certainly deliver as well.”Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman and featuring illustrations by 2017 Dave’s Picks Artist-In-Residence Dave Van Patten, Dave’s Picks Volume 21 is limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies. In other words, if you plan on ordering this particular show, get on it now.Volume 21 is available for pre-order and will be released on February 1st, 2017. Grab a copy while you can www.dead.net.Setlist: Grateful Dead | Boston Garden | Boston, MA | 4/2/73Set 1: Promised Land, Deal, Mexicali Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Row Jimmy, Looks Like Rain, Wave That Flag, Box Of Rain, Big River, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, You Ain’t Woman Enough, Jack Straw, Don’t Ease Me In, Playin’ In The BandSet 2: Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo, Greatest Story Ever Told, Loose Lucy, El Paso, Stella Blue, Around And Around, Here Comes Sunshine-> Jam-> Space-> Me And Bobby McGee, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Eyes Of The World-> China Doll, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones, Johnny B. Goode,E: We Bid You Good Night
The 35th annual SunFest Music Festival, held in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, is going down May 3-7, 2017. The waterfront festival will see headlining acts from Widespread Panic, Weezer, Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and Steve Winwood.Also performing are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blink-182, Dirty Heads, Marshmello, Flo Rida, 3 Doors Down, Fetty Wap Feat Monty, X Ambassadors, and many more. See the full lineup here.The lineup includes a fun mix of both old-school and contemporary favorites, with local vendors and artists lining the waterfront. The sun-filled festival has 3 stages and 50 bands in just 5 days. Learn more about ticket prices and scheduling on the festival’s website.
On July 29th and 30th, Tedeschi Trucks Band will take to Colorado for a two-night stand at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre as part of their Wheels of Soul tour. Their late-July appearance marks the third time in a row that Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the epic venue nestled in the foothills of Morrison, Colorado, more if you consider their non-sequential Red Rocks appearances. Predictably, fans have been eagerly awaiting more information about who will join the group for their Red Rocks performance, as the group is known for making their Red Rocks shows special with the legendary collaborations that go down each year.Listen To Full Audio From Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2016 Red Rocks PerformanceToday, the band announced the special guests with whom they’ll share the stage—keyboard wizard John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood will join TTB on July 29th, and John Bell of Widespread Panic will serve as the special guest on July 30th. Across both nights, The Wood Brothers (featuring Medeski’s bandmate in Medeski, Martin & Wood, bassist Chris Wood) and Hot Tuna will warm up the crowd.Tickets for Tedeschi Trucks Band’s return to Red Rocks are available for purchase here, and are likely to sell out so get them while you can. For those not able to catch TTB when they roll through Colorado, you can head over to the band’s website, where you can take a peek at their extensive summer touring schedule that spans from the end of May through to the beginning of September.You can also watch TTB’s “Sly Stone” medley of “Sing A Simple Song” and “I Want To Take You Higher” from the group’s Red Rocks performance on June 13th, 2015. The video, courtesy of TTBFromTheRoad, shows the group share the stage with late and great Sharon Jones, members of the Dap-Kings (Binky Griptite, Cochemea Gastelum, Chris Davis, Mike Buckley, Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan), and Doyle Bramhall II.[Cover photo courtesy of Bill McAlaine]
Sax man Karl Denson and his band The Tiny Universe brought peaches and jams to the Big Orange Music Festival for a tasty medley of musical flavors. The in-demand horn blower has been alternating his time between hitting the biggest stages in the world as a member of the Rolling Stones‘ top-notch touring band and playing with his own band of merry men including a recent tribute to the Allman Brothers and their seminal Eat A Peach album with a run of shows dubbed “Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Eat A Bunch of Peaches.”Watch JJ Grey Bare Heart & Soul At Big Orange Festival 2017Denson seemed resolute in his desire to pack as much music as he could into his ninety-minute set, tackling their time with all the enthusiasm and energy of a band with a plan. Denson, as always, acted as a true bandleader, making sure everyone onstage got a few moments to shine while never losing sight of the overall purpose of the performance. The heart and soul put into every note, particularly the two Allman Brothers numbers, “Dreams” and “Ain’t Wastin’ TIme No More”, were instant crowd favorites.Big Orange Music Fest Goes Big With Sets By JJ Grey & Mofro, Karl Denson, & More [Photos]In his decade of performing, Denson has learned a thing or two about how to work a crowd. He made a joke or two but never spoke long enough to annoy ardent fans. He played solos that served the material and not ego, but above all else, he managed to impart a sense of urgency and musical import. Beyond that though, he did the job that can sometimes get overlooked when juggling so many jobs at once—he entertained the crowd. Clearly enjoying the positive feedback, Denson cheerfully turned the reigns over to his friend JJ at the end of the set, though the crowd wisely but futilely begged for one last song, with the masterful musician illustrating one of the founding principals of show business—”Always leave them wanting more.”You can check out videos of Karl Denson and The Tiny Universe’s performance at Big Orange Music Festival on November 18th below. Enjoy!Setlist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | Laishley Park | Punta Gorda, FL | 11/18/2017Set: Stand Back, Befriended, How Fine, Dreams, Grunt, Mighty Mouse, Ain’t Wasting Time No More, So Real“How Fine > Dreams > Grunt”“So Real”“Ain’t Waistin’ Time No More”[Photo: Christopher Burgess]
ABC’s Black-ish is the latest television show to get a laugh out of a Phish reference. Now in it’s fourth season, the popular sitcom follows the Johnsons, an upper-middle class African-American family living in a predominantly white suburb of Los Angeles. Much of the comedy on Black-ish deals with family patriarch Andre Johnson’s (Anthony Anderson) interactions with suburban white culture, which makes Phish a totally unsurprising target of the show’s humor.The joke in question appeared during a conversation between Andre Johnson and his wife, Dr. Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross), on last week’s episode, “Bow Knows”. You can check it out below.[Video: Courtesy of YouTube user K Bull][H/T – JamBase]
Load remaining images Last night, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh continued their inaugural “Bobby & Phil Duo” tour with their first of two performances at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. After Saturday night’s full-set sit-in from Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, expectations were through the roof for the Grateful duo’s Boston opener. Nothing was off the table on Wednesday night, and once again, Bobby & Phil refused to disappoint.Weir and Lesh dove into the show with a tight and spirited rendition of “Loose Lucy”, the intricate guitar and bass lines intertwining beautifully. While there was inevitably going to be a learning curve as the two got acclimated to this new format, it was clear from the song’s opening notes that they were rapidly finding their footing. [Note: If you need more proof, give a listen to the “Loose Lucy” from the tour’s opening night for comparison].Despite some frequently-noticeable hoarseness, Bobby continued to lead the charge with a short and sweet “Me & My Uncle” before moving into a swaying rendition of Bob Dylan classic “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. The “Deep Elem Blues” that followed restored the twang to the set, as Lesh and Weir playfully chased each other around the chugging blues progression for just shy of 10 minutes.An interesting “Althea” came next, as Weir opted to layer in sparse flourishes on his Stratocaster and let Lesh do the vast majority of the heavy lifting musically as he sang lead. The result was surely not the greatest version of the tune ever played, but one that’s worth a listen as a clear glimpse of Phil’s rock-solid bass work.Percussionist Wally Ingram emerged for the “Bird Song” came next, with Phil on lead vocals. With the boost from Ingram’s rhythmic texture, the tune proved to be the improvisational highlight of set one, stretching past 16 minutes in length. Finally, a sing-along “He’s Gone” capped the show’s first frame.When Bobby & Phil returned to the stage for their second set, they had a few extra players in tow: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, the husband-and-wife duo best known for their work with the late Levon Helm on his “Midnight Ramble” shows at The Barn in Woodstock, NY. Williams and Campbell (as well as Ingram) would remain onstage throughout the set.They started things off with a rendition of “Crazy Fingers” that slowly rose to a blissful climax. “Friend of the Devil” came next, followed by “Tennessee Jed”, Williams’ vocal harmonies adding beautiful depth to both tunes.A rendition of Daniel Lanois‘ oft-covered “The Maker” came next. As the tune faded out, as Weir stepped to the mic to joke, “So much for our seamless segue … As you can readily discern, this stuff is meticulously well-rehearsed and so we want your undivided attention here at all times.” As Bobby finished, a mischievous Phil piped up “Bobby, tell me the yellow duck story,” a running, sarcastic joke that’s repeatedly come up throughout the run. Bobby eventually demurred, saying he’d tell it tomorrow. As Phil replied, “That’s better than the yellow duck story, thank you.”The set continued with a mystical “Cryptical Envelopment” > “The Other One”, which gave Campbell the chance to let loose a wave of jagged blues riffs. “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” once again shifted the momentum from the stars back to the saloon, with Phil taking lead vocals. A tender “Black Peter” followed, before the Bobby & Phil duo (+3) closed out the set with a bouncing “The Music Never Stopped”. “Touch of Grey” served as the encore, and although its ending was awkwardly cut short, it did little to take away from another memorable show. Three down, three to go…You can watch a selection of pro-shot videos from the performance below via Nugs.tv. Order your webcast for any of the upcoming Bobby & Phil Duo shows here.Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Loose Lucy” – 3/7/18Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Crazy Fingers” – 3/7/18 Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “The Maker” – 3/7/18Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One” – 3/7/18 Photo: Old King Cole Photography Setlist: Bob Weir & Phil Lesh | Wang Theatre | Boston, MA | 3/7/18Set One: Loose Lucy, Me & My Uncle, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Deep Elem Blues, Althea, Bird Song, He’s GoneSet Two: Crazy Fingers, Friend of the Devil, Tennessee Jed, The Maker, Cryptical Envelopment, The Other One, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Black Peter, The Music Never StoppedEncore: Touch of GreyNotes: Entire 2nd set with Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and Wally IngramThe Bobby & Phil Duo tour continues tonight with their second and final Boston show before they head to Chicago for a pair of performances this weekend. For more information, head to the tour website.See below for a full gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of Old King Cole Photography.Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram | Wang Theatre | Boston, MA | 3/7/18 | Photos: Old King Cole Photography
The Allman Brothers Band announced a new release today, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, a collection of the best performances culled from six shows in July and August 2003–dedicated to Gregg Allman, who passed away in 2017. Set for release May 16 via the band’s Peach Records (Orchard distribution), the collection includes 36 tracks recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003, in Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; Darien Center, NY; Hartford; Charlotte; and Raleigh, with no song repeated. Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 also features special guest collaborations on four songs with Susan Tedeschi, Karl Denson, and Branford Marsalis.The 2003 iteration of the Allman Brothers Band included founding members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, percussionist Marc Quiñones, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and guitarist Derek Trucks—the same lineup that lasted through the band’s final run in 2014, marking the band’s longest-running lineup and most consistent in its live performances. According to a press release, “The band had just released their first album in 10 years, the Grammy-nominated Hittin’ The Note and were in top shape.”Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for fans, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 will be available in an array of configurations. The full curated four-CD set will be offered, both physically and digitally. Each of the full six concerts will also be available for completists, and this marks the first time any of this music has been made available digitally. Recorded for the then-nascent “Instant Live” CD series (fans picked up copies of the concert immediately after the show as they were being burned on CD), these shows capture the group at full throttle.For this collection, Warren Haynes serves as Supervising Producer and longtime manager Bert Holman as Executive Producer, with Bill Levenson and John Lynskey as Associate Producers.Haynes says in a press statement, “That was an important time in the growth of that incarnation of the ABB. We had just released Hittin’ The Note and everybody was psyched to be playing a lot of new material from an album we all were very proud of and there was new life being breathed into a lot of the older songs.”“Warren was asked to oversee this release because he has a keen ear, a great memory for individual show performances and is a master at song sequencing,” continues Holman. “The entire process went very well; we were all on the same page about what song should be included and in what order, and everybody in the band agreed with the final choices.” For more information on Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, head to the band’s official website.Cream Of The Crop 2003 tracklist:Disc One1) Don’t Want You No More2) It’s Not My Cross To Bear3) Black Hearted Woman4) Rocking Horse5) Hot ‘Lanta6) Old Before My Time7) Come And Go Blues8) Woman Across The River9) Desdemona10) The High Cost Of Low Living11) Hoochie Coochie Man12) RevivalDisc Two1) Trouble No More2) Midnight Rider3) You Don’t Love Me4) Who To Believe5) Stormy Monday6) Good Morning Little Schoolgirl7) In Memory Of Elizabeth ReedDisc Three1) Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More2) Worried Down With The Blues3) Statesboro Blues4) Stand Back5) Melissa6) Mountain Jam7) LaylaDisc Four1) Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’2) Done Somebody Wrong3) Gambler’s Roll4) Soulshine5) Who’s Been Talking6) Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright7) Wasted Words8) Dreams9) Whipping Post10) One Way OutView All Tracks
Larry Harvey, the man behind the anti-establishment, anti-consumerist cultural phenomenon that is Burning Man, has passed away at the age of 70.Harvey’s last appeared in public on March 29th at the opening of a Burning Man art exhibition at the Smithsonian in the nation’s capital. Less than a week later, on April 4th, Lee Harvey suffered the massive stroke that would eventually claim his life. According to a statement from Marian Goodell, CEO of the Burning Man Project, Harvey was surrounded by family members in San Francisco when he died peacefully Saturday morning. “We resolutely held out for a miracle,” said Goodell. “If there was anyone tenacious, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry.”Continues Goodell:Larry was never one for labels. He didn’t fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was 100% authentic to his core. For all of us who knew or worked with him, he was a landscape gardener, a philosopher, a visionary, a wit, a writer, an inspiration, an instigator, a mentor, and at one point a taxi driver and a bike messenger. He was always a passionate advocate for our culture and principles that emanate from the Burning Man experience in the Black Rock Desert.Lee Harvey has been the guiding spirit behind Burning Man since he and Jerry James first built and burned a wooden “man” effigy with a small group on San Francisco’s Baker Beach to celebrate the summer solstice more than three decades ago. The annual gathering has grown into an international counter-cultural institution since then. A non-profit organization, the Burning Man Project, was eventually formed to run the operation, with Harvey serving as board president and “chief philosophic officer.”Today, Burning Man attracts close to 70,000 people to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert each year for a celebration centered around the principles of “radical” inclusion, self-reliance, and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace.The gathering adheres to a what Harvey referred to as “gift culture”, wherein goods and services are not bought and sold, but rather given or traded to your fellow person as needed, with no cash changing hands. Harvey was adamant about the value of experiencing this type of culture. “If all your self-worth and esteem is invested in how much you consume, how many likes you get or other quantifiable measures,” he explained in a 2014 interview with Atlantic, “the desire to simply possess things trumps our ability or capability to make moral connections with people around us.”Lee Harvey’s loss is sorely felt by the countless people whose lives and worldviews have been affected by Burning Man and the culture that has sprung up around it, but his name and his message will continue to reverberate across the playa and beyond for years to come. Rest in peace, Lee Harvey.
The arrival of 2019 for music fans and concert goers in New York City also means the return of one of the city’s beloved venues, Webster Hall. The four-level venue located in the East Village of Manhattan closed its doors for some serious renovations starting back in August 2017, following its ownership acquisition by AEG Live and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Local concert promoter Bowery Presents will now handle the artist bookings when the revamped venue reopens sometime in 2019, although its new owners did not go into detail as to when exactly that will happen. The venue’s new owners did not waste any time in reminding fans of its existence with a digital rebrand on New Year’s Eve. In addition to updating its logo across its major social media platforms, the venue also shared a brief but trippy animated video showcasing the new brand imagery to go with the subtle copy, “See you in 2019!” The venue’s marketing team also sent out an email to select recipients stating the following: “To our closest friends, Happy New Year, we’ve missed you! While we’ve been closed, we have made some venue enhancement and think you will dig them. While updates are still underway, we are pleased to say that Webster Hall will return in 2019.”Rumors have been circulating amongst the NYC music scene in recent months as to what said “venue enhancement” could mean, with some whispers detailing the addition of a restaurant in the space which used to house The Studio part of the venue. Other fun talking points amongst fans have also included which artists will be the first to play the newly renovated club. Notable local acts like Blondie or The Strokes make for possible names who are strong enough to reopen Webster Hall with a bang, in addition to local pop acts like Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend, or even the surviving members of the Beastie Boys. With new owners who have deep pockets, the possibilities are endless for headlining acts for on the venue’s first night back in operation since summer 2017. Fans should stay tuned as the venue begins to share more details of its reopening as 2019 continues to unfold in the coming winter months.
Some of the most beloved performers in American music will take the stage to pay tribute to Motown Records next week, as the legendary record label celebrated 60 years of pumping out hits last month.Comedian Cedric the Entertainer and singer Smokey Robinson will team up to host the upcoming Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration, which will take place this coming Tuesday, February 12th, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The concert event will feature performances from some of Motown’s most legendary recording artists including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Martha Reeves, and Boyz II Men, in addition to Ciara, John Legend, Fantasia, Brian & Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, NE-YO, Pentatonix, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, and Meghan Trainor.The Motown tribute event next week follows the upcoming Grammy Awards, which take place on Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. This year’s televised awards ceremony will be hosted by Alicia Keys.Related: Stevie Wonder Honors Martin Luther King With Obama, McCartney, Springsteen Founded in January 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr., Motown would help introduce the world to artists and groups including The Miracles, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas, just to name a few. In 1963, the label also released an album titled, The Great March on Washington, featuring an emerging Reverend by the name of Martin Luther King.The all-star concert event in tribute to Motown will be taped, and is set to air on CBS on April 21st.[H/T Recording Academy]