Phish Will Host WaterWheel Foundation Fundraiser Event Ahead Of San Francisco Show

first_imgThe WaterWheel Foundation, the charity organization that Phish founded back in 1997, has announced a special pre-show event in San Francisco before the band’s show on July 19th. Joining with promoters Another Planet, the celebration will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and will support Larkin Street Youth Services, a local non-profit that helps empower homeless and at-risk youth to get off the streets and take control of their own lives by providing them with much needed confidence, skills, opportunities, and most of all, hope.The WaterWheel Foundation “chooses non-profits from a large sphere of needs including social services, primarily those benefitting women and children; environmental, with a focus on clean water and land conservation with public access; as well as food banks, urban gardening and the like”, which makes Larkin Street Youth Services, who have helped over 75,000 young people, the perfect partner in the San Francisco area. Since its initial inception, WaterWheel’s Touring Division has donated over $1,000,000 to more than 425 groups.For those looking to attend this event, you must already be a ticket-holder for Phish’s show. The WaterWheel Foundation event ticket includes: complimentary cocktails and a light dinner, a limited Jim Pollock WaterWheel poster (only 350), a WaterWheel Nalgene water bottle, the chance to participate in an auction/raffle for autographed posters and other Phish memorabilia, as well as early entrance into the Phish concert that evening.Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 26 at Noon PST, and can be found here. The WaterWheel Report: San Francisco August 2013 from Phish on Vimeo.last_img read more

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The Heavy Pets Announce Tour With Brothers Gow, First-Ever “Holiday Ball” Benefit

first_imgIt’s an exciting time for Florida based rockers The Heavy Pets, as they have a number of great shows coming up over the next few months. The band will kick off a fall tour this week, which will include their inaugural “The Heavy Pets Holiday Ball” benefiting Toys For Tots. They’ve also just announced a major winter 2017 tour, which will include an extended West Coast run with San Diego jam group Brothers Gow.The first annual “The Heavy Pets Holiday Ball” will be held on December 10th at the historic Crest Theatre at Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach, FL. With performances from Mike Mineo and up and comers Guavatron, this billing looks to be a great musical celebration. Not only that, but a portion of each ticket will go directly to Toys For Tots, and fans are encouraged to bring their own toy donations. You can find tickets and more information here.Following the upcoming fall tour, Holiday Ball and New Years run, The Heavy Pets have announced a major West Coast tour for winter 2017 with The Brothers Gow. Both of these bands are truly on the rise, and an opportunity to see them together should not be missed! Check out the full schedule for the band’s newly announced tour, below. You can find more information on the Heavy Pets’ website.last_img read more

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STS9 Busts Out The First “Havona Ascent” In 12 Years To Open NYE Run [Video/Setlist]

first_imgTo say that Sound Tribe Sector 9 came out swinging to kick off their New Years Eve run at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver would be an understatement. Thursday night’s show opened with “Havona Ascent,” a huge surprise for lucky attendants when considering that the track hadn’t been played by the band since 2004, effectively ending a 12-year drought.“Havona” set the tone for the first set and really for the rest of the show, with STS9 in proper form throughout. The first set also saw Tribe play “Ad Explorata” live for the first time (the title track off their 2012 album) as well as “Tooth” for the first time in well over a year, which was later worked back in during the “Poseidon” encore.You can peep the full setlist below, courtesy of Heady Flair, as well as a few clips from the night below.Clip of “Havona Ascent” courtesy of Heady FlairVideo of the second set closer “Out of this World” > “Rent” courtesy of Stephen Nicholas.Setlist: STS9 | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 12/29/16Set One: Havona Ascent*>> Ramone>> Tooth>> Ramone, Ad Explorata**, Shock Doctrine, Hi-Key, Grow, Give & Take, Light Years***, Hidden Hand Hidden Fist^Set Two: STS9, WTDS Reprise, This, Us>> Moonsocket, You Don’t Say>> 4 Year Puma, Out of this World%>> RentEncore: PoseidenShow Notes:*first Havona Ascent since 2004 the band took the stage to the opening sample being played on the pa and then played the song with amazing beauty. Zach had some incredible Drum n Bass breaks and the whole song was just a magical opener.**first time Ad Explorata was ever played***Light Years music only no sample^Hidden Hand Hidden Fist featured a World Go Round tease by Phipps and the end segment features the Light Years Audio sample.%Out of this World has an incredible extended end section that flowed right into Rent for an amazing transition that lead into a nasty Rent with a wild peak!last_img read more

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Kendrick Lamar Premiered A Video For New Track “Humble,” And It’s Fire

first_imgToday, amid rapidly mounting hype surrounding the imminent release of his fourth studio album, Kendrick Lamar premiered a cinematic masterpiece of a music video for new single, “Humble.” The new song follows last Friday’s release of “The Heart Part 4,” which hints at a new album coming next week (“Got til April the 7th to get y’all shit together”).The new track is a scathing warning to an unnamed “lil bitch” who needs to “sit down” and learn a little humility. Many fans on social media have already speculated that the dis is directed toward Big Sean, whose 2016 track “No More Interviews” may or may not have taken some subtle shots at Kendrick (“And I can’t lie like I like this shit like I usually do; And I’m just not impressed by you niggas rapping fast; Who sound like one big asthma attack but trash when I’m rapping it back; Who you put in your top five and claim they the savior of rap”).While Kendrick is often noted for his unusually laid-back sound and artistry, “Humble” is a more straightforward embodiment of classic hip-hop bravado, filling the same role that “Backseat Freestyle” and “King Kunta” occupied on previous releases like good kid M.A.A.D. city and To Pimp A Butterfly, respectively. From fisheye shots of Kendrick riding a bicycle, to a sea of shaved, black heads surrounding Lamar while he delivers his bars, to a “Last Supper”-style sequence, to a shot where the MC and his people get down with their heads engulfed in flames, there is no shortage of visual complexity in the video. As he tends to do, Kendrick has given us a complex musical gem that we can’t wait to pour over and analyze in the days leading up to the big reveal on April 7th. Watch the incredible video for “Humble” below, via Kendrick Lamar VEVO:Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”last_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead May Be Moving Their Saturday Red Rocks Show To A New Venue

first_imgOn Saturday, April 29th, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is scheduled to make their headlining debut at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, Colorado, sharing the bill with Medeski, Martin, & Wood. Unfortunately, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead just issued an announcement saying they’re considering indoor options for their Saturday show as the forecast for the weekend continues to look bleaker and bleaker—at this point in time, the forecast for Morrison, the town where Red Rocks is located, predicts a high of 39° degrees and a low of 27 °, with five to eight inches of snow accumulating during the day of their performance. If the show does get moved to a new location, a top contender that could accommodate the Red Rocks-sized audience is the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, which would be the group’s debut headlining arena show, though certainly not the same.In a statement issued on Facebook, the group acknowledged that “a lot people are traveling out to Colorado” and confirmed “we are definitely playing 2 shows this weekend,” with the second show falling on Friday, the night before their scheduled Red Rocks performance, indoors at the Odgen Theatre in Denver proper. We’re sure that the band is just as bummed as their fans about these weather conditions, so keep your fingers crossed that the storm rolling into Denver over the next few days blows over. You can read the full statement from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead below.[Photo courtesy of Bryan Lasky]last_img read more

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Soulive Brings Sam Kininger And The London Souls To Saturday Bowlive [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Soulive is officially back, and four shows into their nine show run at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. After a year and a half off from the traditional Bowlive residency, both the band and the fans are readier than ever for each coming night of madness to ensue. With a different slate of guests each night, every show presents a new atmosphere for the sensational trio that is Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans to do what they do best.On Saturday night, the band brought saxophonist Sam Kininger and The London Souls out for a seriously funky time. Longtime collaborator of Soulive and Lettuce, Kininger is no stranger to the game – and his musical contributions proved why throughout the night. Guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire brought new levels of rock and roll to the Bowl, even allowing for Alan Evans to break away from the kit and up to the microphone for some lead vocals on songs like Funkadelic‘s “Hit It and Quit It.”See a clip from Saturday night’s show below, courtesy of Barry Bellamy:Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Bowlive | Brooklyn Bowl | 6/8/17 | Photos by Andrew Blacksteinlast_img read more

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Tower Of Power Mixes Classics With New Tunes At Funk Fest Punta Gorda [Videos]

first_imgTower Of Power is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary as a band in fine style with a forthcoming record and a nationwide tour, including a headlining slot at the recent Funk Fest Punta Gorda. Sharing the bill with acts like Joe Marcinek, Here Come The Mummies!, Turkuaz and Voodoo Visionary, Tower Of Power delighted fans young and old with a set of classics and new tracks. After decades of making the music that moves the masses, they were clearly in their element and having as good a time as anyone in the audience.It’s not like Tower Of Power hasn’t proven their skills time and time again. Besides their own roster of beloved tunes, they have helped artists as diverse as Otis Redding, Aaron Neville, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, David Sanborn, Elton John, Huey Lewis, Little Feat, Heart, Michelle Shocked, Paula Abdul and Santana make magic as well. In fact, their “Wall of Horns” sound is so distinctive, it has become a generic description for the horn section itself.Tower of Power’s set at Punta Gorda featured a couple of tracks from their soon to be released anniversary disc that seemed to go over well but the biggest cheers of the night were held in reserve for their classics. Check out the fun in the clips in the playlist below and don’t miss your chance to see these bonafide rock and roll icons on tour this summer.last_img read more

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Behind The Scenes Of Turkuaz’s Three-Night Homecoming At Brooklyn Bowl [Photos]

first_imgTurkuaz | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/20-22/18 | Photos: Capacity Images Photo: Chris Capaci Photo: Chris Capaci Almost everyone in the band had family members in attendance over the weekend, and what would a proud mom and dad be without their kid’s band shirt on? You better believe they were dancing just as hard as anyone else each night. For the members of the band, having family and close friends in attendance can bring up different emotions. Some find that it becomes more important to perform the absolute best they can. Others feel that seeing them, out in the sea of faces, simply makes it more special. However, every one of them agreed that it’s easy to get in your own head or caught up in your own expectations. “It’s our job to perform…” Michelangelo Carubba (drums, and the color green) said, “…even if something doesn’t go right, you have to fake a smile. It can be contagious. It can affect the rest of the band.”One-by-one, the green room began to empty and the group began to assemble at the bottom of the steps behind the stage curtain. The house lights are down. The crowd is letting the band know they are there–and make no mistake, they are ready. “New York is a different beast…” explains Carubba “… you really have to come with something special to grab their attention. … They want more, but they give more. And if you really bang out a show here, its epic.” He added, “People are here [this weekend] to see Turkuaz. I feel like I owe them… ultimately, whether or not we are successful this run or is up to them.”The lights came up. One-by-one, the band emerged out from the backstage darkness and were met by the deafening roar of a completely full room in New York City. It was Friday, April 20th, but more significantly, it was night one. Turkuaz was home.All photos via Chris Capaci/Capacity Images. Check out a full gallery of photos from Turkuaz’s three-night Brooklyn run below.Turkuaz fans heading to New Orleans for Jazz Fest have plenty to look forward to on Live For Live Music’s Fest At Night lineup, including Z-Funk: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin and P-Funk on 4/29 at Maison featuring Michelangelo Carubba and Shira Elias; F*ck 2017: A Tribute To Those We Lost at One Eyed Jacks featuring Carubba, Elias, Craig Brodhead, the Turkuaz Horns, and more; and Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince. See below for a full list of shows.***Grab your Live For Live Music Fest At Night tickets here!*** Photo: Capacity Images The growing sound of a capacity crowd found its way up the stairs behind the stage, and through the sliding wooden door of the green room. The buzzing muffled bass of the house music added to the excited energy of the band members. It was Friday night, April 20th, but more significantly it was night one of three. Turkuaz was just minutes away from lighting the powder keg. A full weekend in front of a hometown crowd on what one could call the nine-piece power-funk band’s home field. For the first time in 2 years (and 21 days, to be exact), Turkuaz was back at Brooklyn Bowl!“We are each our own color individually, but together we make up something more…” Dave Brandwein (guitar, vocals, and the color blue) of the band Turkuaz, explained, ”… That’s what we are as a band. Everyone has the freedom to be themselves as musicians. The idea is to make that all come together. That’s what Turkuaz is.”Sammi Garett (vocals and the color pink) adds, “We didn’t pick our colors as much as they picked us…” she is staring into a bathroom mirror with her bright pink hair wrapped around a curling iron, “…I couldn’t be anything other than pink. Each of our colors fits who we are as people.” Photo: Chris Capaci/Capacity Imagescenter_img The relationship between this band and this venue runs deep. In 2010 Williamsburg’s newest live music venue and bowling alley, Brooklyn Bowl, was just opening its doors to the public. It would only be a few short months before Turkuaz would find themselves on that stage for the first time.The band was mostly playing smaller venues in and around New York back then. “We were lucky enough to play here very early on. Like when it first opened and we were just getting started… We opened for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band,” Josh Schwartz (baritone sax, vocals, and the color purple) reminisced while steaming the wrinkles out of his purple pants. He stood next to the wardrobe rack. Each outfit hung with the appropriate band member’s name tag pinned to it. Photo: Capacity Images Photo: Chris Capaci A lot has changed for the band between the early years and now. They find themselves touring the country some 150 to 200 days out of the year. They have played in front of massive crowds at outdoor summer music festivals like Bonnaroo, and in iconic arenas like Madison Square Garden during The Knicks halftime show. They have shared bills with funk legend George Clinton.Two nights later, on Sunday, April 22nd, they would share the stage with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Denny Laine (Wings, The Moody Blues). Laine was an absolutely perfect addition to the band’s Sunday night tribute set, something they have become known for over the years. This latest tribute, “Turkuaz gives you Wings”, was the furthest removed from the group’s core sound thus far. It showed signs of range, growth, and confidence as a unit, in addition to trust between the band and its fans.Laine gave his take on the set to a few of the band members after the show. “You guys were great! You do the songs justice, but you aren’t playing note for note… I really like that you have the girls singing lead on some of the songs. They sound really good with the girls on lead… We’re gonna have to do this again sometime.” [Note: Denny Laine is scheduled to join the band for another “Turkuaz Gives You Wings” late-night show during Jazz Fest next month].With all these milestones reached and the massive amount of experience collected by the band over the years, something still seemed to stand out about this hometown run they were about to embark on. “Yeah, this is definitely different. First of all, I got to go home and shower after sound check.” Chris Brouwers (trumpet, keyboards, and the color black) is a nearby resident and shared some of the luxuries of playing three consecutive nights in his own backyard. “Usually, we kind of all just sit around the green room, and maybe you get a nap in or something… it’s nice to be so close. I can just go home after this.”Taylor Shell (bass, and the color orange) was enjoying the perks of being in his hometown too. “It’s funny, I just realized earlier today that I have my punch card from the coffee shop I like to go to. By the end of the weekend, I’ll get a free cup.” Greg Sanderson (tenor sax, the color red) added, “Usually we come here when we are off tour. So yeah, you have to kind of remember that we are working this time. We have a lot of friends and family here. It’s easy to get distracted.”As crew members ran equipment in and out of the room and called out the remaining minutes to show time, the scene in the green room began to draw parallels to what most of their fans’ nights probably looked like. Each Turkuaz member had their own preparation to go through for the “big night on the town”. A multitude of backpacks, makeup bags, shoes, belts, and jackets were all scattered throughout the small room. Home or not, the nine of them would be sharing this space for the next three days. Locating missing socks and headphones became last-minute priorities. Shira Elias (vocals, and the color yellow) and Sammi are in and out of the bathroom helping each other come up with the look of the night. Meanwhile, the guys wrestled with the need to put on the appropriate colored socks and wonder “if this jacket looks dumb.” Standard preparation for a big night out with a group of friends. We have all been in a room like that. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Star-Studded Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration Announced Featuring Graham Nash, Chaka Khan, Emmylou Harris, & More

first_imgJoni Mitchell, one of the most influential and greatest songwriters of the 20th century, is turning 75 this November. In celebration of her illustrious career and her milestone birthday, The Music Center In Los Angeles will host two star-studded concerts, dubbed, JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, November 6th and 7th, with the latter marking Joni’s actual birthday.In honor of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Graham Nash, Chaka Khan, Glen Hansard, Dianna Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright will “perform songs from all stages of her life, across the entire oeuvre of her 19 studio albums.” Drummer Brian Blade, who recorded three studio albums with Mitchell and toured for years with the iconic songwriter, and pianist, composer, arranger and producer Jon Cowherd will serve as the co-musical directors/arrangers for JONI 75. Along with Blade and Cowherd, the house band will feature bassist Christopher Thomas, pedal steel player Greg Leisz, guitarist Marvin Sewell, percussionist Jeff Haynes, trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire, and woodwinds player Bob Sheppard.Joni Mitchell is no stranger to The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, having performed at the Los Angeles venue in 1972 and 1974. The Los Angeles Times review headline for the 1972 concert read, “Joni Mitchell In A Giant Living Room” and, in 1974 read, “‘New’ Joni Sparks Dancing In The Aisles.” JONI 75 aims to recreate the magic of these past birthday concerts with help from a slew of artists who have been deeply impacted by the Mitchell’s work.Following the second concert on November 7th, The Music Center will be hosting an exclusive birthday celebration dinner and fundraiser, The Music Center’s Soirée: JONI 75, benefitting The Music Center’s artistic programming efforts. The Music Center will also honor Joni Mitchell with The Music Center’s Excellence in the Performing Arts Award, acknowledging her pioneering spirit and timeless art and music.As The Music Center explains, “Funds raised at The Music Center’s Soirée: JONI 75 are vital to allow The Music Center to extend the accessibility of the performing arts to new generations and diverse audiences through nationally recognize education programs that support life-long learning in the arts, world-class dance presentations that inspire and enchant audiences and free and low-cost community programming that reaches across boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, gender and beyond.”For tickets and more information on the star-studded 75th birthday celebration, head to the event’s website.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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LCD Soundsystem Announces New Live Album, ‘Electric Lady Sessions’, Featuring Covers Of Chic & More

first_imgLCD Soundsystem has detailed a new live album, Electric Lady Sessions, recorded at New York City’s famed Electric Lady Studios. Due out on February 8th via Columbia Records, the new collection will feature live in-studio renditions of material from their most recent album, 2017’s American Dream, as well as covers of songs by Chic, Heaven 17, and The Human League.As Pitchfork notes, LCD Soundsystem recorded Electric Lady Sessions during their tour behind American Dream, which marked their first new album in 8 years. You can check out the cover art and tracklisting for the new album below. LCD Soundsystem – Electric Lady Sessions – Live Album Tracklisting01 Seconds (The Human League cover)02 american dream03 you wanted a hit04 get innocuous05 call the police06 i used to07 tonite08 home09 I Want Your Love (Chic cover)10 emotional haircut11 oh baby12 (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (Heaven 17 cover)View Tracklisting[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

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