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This New Film Captures Phish-Inspired Pianist Holly Bowling And Her Rise To Prominence

first_imgBeloved Phish-inspired pianist Holly Bowling is the subject of a new film, titled Distilling A Dream. Made from the some group who produced the film documenting the connection between Phish and Seattle Seahawks’ Quarterback Russell Wilson, the new film goes inside Bowling’s rise to prominence within the jam community.Filled with great content, including an interview with Marco Benevento and footage from one of her performances (with Mike Gordon of Phish), the new short film goes in-depth about his year-long process transcribing “Tahoe Tweezer” and more. For fans of Bowling, Phish, or any jam music, this documentary is a must watch!You can watch Distilling A Dream below:last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Busts Out Warren G Cover In The Middle Of ‘In The Kitchen’ [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Closing out Umphrey’s McGee‘s Midwest run in Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful, stoney Iroquois Amphitheater, the energy, which radiated consistently through every song and improvisation, of the night was unmatched from the previous shows.“Flamethrower,” the introductory tune, easily transitioned into a “Wappy Sprayberry.” The intensity moved into a crowd screaming “Got Your Milk” and finished off with a well polished “Attachments,” a tune they debuted at the Dominican Holidaze in 2015. “FF” slowed the overall pace up until its improv that pushed the enthusiasm of the audience and the band into a jazzy “Mail Package.” “When the World is Running Down, Make the Best of What’s Still Around,” a cover by  The Police, contained a great build up and change of pace into “Blue Echo,” the spacey song for the evening. The first set concluded with a classic, high peaking “Wife Soup” with the crowd singing along to every word in the chorus. After a much needed and well deserved set break, an in your face “In The Black” started off the set. “Hurt Bird Bath” increased the energy level ten fold then followed a meaningful “Intentions Clear.” “Kimble,” a classical piano composition by Joel Cummins, came next and was heavier than usual. “Phil’s Farm” had two improvisation parts: a very dark metal section and a calming, building jam. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss switched guitars for a powerful “Nopener.” After the switch back to their starting guitars, the second set was concluded with a delicate and heartfelt solo from Brendan Bayliss in “August.”The guys brought Midwest love to the encore by playing “In the Kitchen.” It sandwiched one of the most entertaining scenes from the night, a cover of Warren G’s “Regulate.” Andy Farag and Brendan Bayliss rapped the duet, and afterwards Kris Myers sang “I Keep Forgetting” lyrics by Michael McDonald to go along with the song’s melody. The band wrapped up the show by returning to “In The Kitchen” for the finale.Check out the full setlist below!Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Iroquois Amphitheatre, Louisville, KC – 8/6/16Set One: Flamethrower > Wappy Sprayberry > Got Your Milk (Right Here), Attachments, FF > Mail Package, When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best of What’s Still Around > Blue Echo > Wife SoupSet Two: In the Black, Hurt Bird Bath, Intentions Clear > Kimble, Phil’s Farm > Nopener, AugustEncore: In the Kitchen > Regulate > In the Kitchenlast_img read more

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Bob Dylan Becomes First Songwriter To Win The Nobel Prize In Literature

first_imgFirst and foremost, we want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Bob Dylan for this incredible achievement. For the first time in Nobel Prize history, the Academy has awarded the Literature prize to a songwriter. No songwriter is more deserving of such an honor than the great Bob Dylan.Dylan was awarded the prize for “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” according to the Academy. He is the first American to receive the award since Toni Morrison in 1993, and also the first songwriter to achieve such an honor.The prize is given to someone who shows a lifetime of writing achievements, and Dylan certainly fits that mold. Though a number of authors and poets were favored to win the award, Dylan’s name has always been mentioned in those circles. Now, it seems, the times they are a-changing.A full biographical note from the Swedish Academy highlights Dylan’s extensive career, referring to him as an “icon.” With his works published as lyrical volumes and dozens of albums to his name, it’s no wonder Bob Dylan was awarded such a prize.Congratulations again to Mr. Bob Dylan! Fans can catch him performing at Desert Trip tomorrow night, for what is sure to be a very special performance.last_img read more

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George Clinton Discusses His Career, Working With Kendrick Lamar & Flying Lotus In New Interview

first_imgGeorge Clinton is the godfather of funk. As the evil genius behind the Parliament-Funkadelic musical family, Clinton has been involved with many of the most important funk albums of all time. His impact on the scene and its proliferation into the world of pop music is almost unfathomable. Clinton faded into obscurity for some time but has made a big comeback over the past few years. He reunited P-Funk in 2014 for First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, a 33-song triple-album that announced Clinton’s grand return. Subsequently, he’s gotten involved with Kendrick Lamar, appearing on the opening track of his landmark 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. His involvement in that record led Clinton to Thundercat and Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder record label, and Clinton is now preparing to hit the studio with FlyLo for a future release on the label.With so many exciting moves in his career, Clinton recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss a wide variety of topics. Clinton talks about his connection with Thundercat and Flying Lotus, how an older artist can remain relevant in such a fast-moving industry, and his opinions on EDM. Clinton is surprisingly forthcoming, delivering an honest take on his role in the music industry and on the greater changes that the industry has gone through since his prime in the 70s.Read some excerpts from the interview below, and click here to read the full transcriptOn staying viable in the music business after a long career…Basically it’s just getting along with the new ones that come along ready to put your ass out to pasture. Get along with them, and realize that it is their day. I’m blessed to still be here, but it is their day – no matter what you think about what they’re doing. Once you realize that, you realize that what they’re doing is the same as what we were doing when were first started. They’re breaking rules and getting on your nerves cause they’re moving you out. Regardless of how adolescent you think it is – that’s what it’s supposed to be.On his interest in house music…Once you start hearing songs, you know this is somebody else that’s diggin’ on the funk. So I definitely had to listen to a lot of it lately. Styles move too fast to be partial to anything. If it’s funk, that’s enough for me.On his work ethic…I pretty much work all the time. When I ain’t working, I’m figuring something else out, trying to figure out the vibe when I hear a group like Chief Keef. [Sings] “That’s that shit I don’t like.” I knew right away that was the shit I did like! It was the same thing as [Funkadelic’s] “Shit! Goddamn! Get off your ass and jam!”On his dedication to the Parliament-Funkadelic brand…The brand is what’s important to me now. I’m not worried about no charts or how long it’s been out. Our records never go away. Free Your Mind … and Your Ass Will Follow didn’t sell shit when we first put it out. Now, the Chili Peppers swear by that album. That makes a whole ‘nother fan base.Read the full interview here.last_img read more

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Online Music Festival To Stream Against Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony

first_imgUpdate 1/19/17: Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, Dirtwire (ft. David Satori of Beats Antique), and Moondog Matinee have all been added to this festival lineup!This Friday, an online music and arts festival is scheduled for webcast as an alternative to the “Unpresidented” Trump Inauguration. Streamstock 2017 will see performances from Lettuce, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Holly Bowling, San Geronimo, Hot Buttered Rum, David Gans, Eufórquestra, The Garcia Project, Acoustically Speaking, Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, Dirtwire (ft. David Satori of Beats Antique), Moondog Matinee, and the debut performance of Bill Kreutzmann’s Rooster Conspiracy. These artists will use the opportunity to raise awareness for progressive causes and take on Trump’s Inaugural ceremony by webcasting at the same exact time.More artists are going to be announced in the coming days. Streamstock 2017 is of the people, by the people, and for the people, so we expect the concept to catch on to artists as big as the ones who turned down the actual Inauguration.As for Bill Kreutzmann’s Rooster Conspiracy, the band’s lineup is going to be revealed, in part, through a scavenger hunt of sorts through social media pages. An official announcement will be made on Thursday. Because this will run simultaneously as Inauguration coverage, it will start early AM, EST. A detailed schedule is forthcoming.The event is continuing to accept links from musicians/bands, and performers. All you need to do is provide a YouTube video link of your own performance, and let them know your cause . Include a link to your own music/artist webpage, and send everything to [email protected] The deadline for submissions is January 18.Anyone with Facebook Messenger can download the Streamstock 2017 App for free right here. All you have to do is go to this Facebook page and hit the Use App button, or look up Streamstock 2017 in Facebook Messenger.last_img read more

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Watch Marcus King Perform Acoustic Version Of New Song “Where Im Headed” For Seattle TV Spot

first_imgThe Marcus King Band has taken the music world by storm over the last year. Following the release of their self-titled sophomore album in late 2016, the band has toured nonstop, earning spots on some of the most prestigious festival lineups in the U.S. and around the world and selling out clubs across multiple continents. The group’s young leader, guitarist/vocalist Marcus King, has also become a highly in-demand special guest, performing with countless top-tier acts like Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, The Revivalists, Soulive, as well as the upcoming all-star Allman Brothers tribute at this month’s Peach Music Festival.Recently, the 21-year-old King joined regional Northwest talk show New Day Seattle for an interview and a performance of new song ahead of a performance in Ballard. Marcus delivered a moving solo acoustic rendition of new original “Where I’m Headed.” Following the performance, the show’s hosts spoke the young musician about his family history in the blues, the influence of his grandfather’s affinity for classic country on his “psychedelic southern rock” sound, and more. The show’s hosts also mentioned the oft-noted comparisons between his voice and the voice of local Seattle favorite Allen Stone, to which King responded gracefully, explaining how a central part of The Marcus King Band’s philosophy is keeping competition out of music, and instead making it more about family. You can watch Marcus King’s solo acoustic performance and interview on New Day Northwest below:Next up for The Marcus King Band is a festival set at Reevestock Music Festival in Elkin, North Carolina on Saturday, August 5th, followed by a three-night, three show run that will see the band make stops at Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD on August 10th, Shakas Live in Virginia Beach, VA on August 11th, and at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton PA on August 12th. For more information on upcoming Marcus King Band dates, head to the band’s website.[via The Marcus King Band]last_img read more

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Watch Roosevelt Collier Lead Members Of Snarky Puppy, Dopapod, & Kung Fu At Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgLast year marked the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive festival, mixing over 50 musicians in unique super-group formations across three venues in Brooklyn. The highly anticipated urban festival hosted a very exciting edition of Roosevelt Collier’s New York Get Down, with the renowned pedal steel guitarist welcoming Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu), Eli Winderman (Dopapod) and Rob Compa (Dopapod) for a jam session for the ages. Their performance was beyond tight, with the group eventually also being joined by Jackson Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Following Kincheloe’s sit-in, the all-star crew moved into a stellar rendition of  “Hottentot,” a classic written by John Scofield. Check out footage of “Hottentot” below, courtesy of MKDevo.You can scope the full setlist from this super jam, below.Setlist: Roosevelt Collier’s New York Get Down ft. Michael League, Adrian Tramontano, Eli Winderman and Rob Compa at Brooklyn Comes Alive, Brooklyn, NY – 10/22/16Churchin, Spank-A-Lee, Don’t Keep Me Wondering*, Hottentot, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Rampage, Foxy Lady* w/ Jackson Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty BirdsThe 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

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Phil Lesh Announces Halloween Show At The Cap With Nicki Bluhm And Robert Randolph

first_imgPhil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band have just announced their plans for Halloween this year. On October 31st, the group will be returning to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, for a very special performance featuring Nicki Bluhm and Robert Randolph. This announcement comes after the Grateful Dead bassist’s multiple performances at LOCKN’ Festival this weekend, including one with Bob Weir recreating the seminal 1977 Grateful Dead album, Terrapin Station, and one with members of moe., which is slated to take place later in the evening today ahead of the festival’s close. Tickets for Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band’s Halloween show on Tuesday, October 31st, go on sale on Friday, September 1st.[Photo: Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Debuts Pink Floyd Cover & More In First LA Show [Photos]

first_imgIf imitation is, in fact, the sincerest form of flattery, the Grateful Dead—living and otherwise—have been rosy in the cheeks for decades. Spinoffs aside, perhaps no act in music history has spawned so many cover bands as have the Dead. And, perhaps, no group has done it better–without trying to be the Dead–than Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.The Brooklyn-based quintet made a convincing case during a swooning Thursday night set at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles, the first of three California performances this weekend. In front of a house-packing crowd full of crunchy elders and curious youngsters, JRAD jammed deep into the night, barely breaking to breathe besides the brief intermissions between the sets and encore.With Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger gliding along on guitar, Ween’s Dave Dreweitz dancing on bass and Marco Benevento tickling the keys, the band bandied about a lilting “Weather Report Suite” to open en route to more truculence in their rendition of “Truckin’”. The crowd quickly caught on, joining the chorus whenever Hamilton and Metzger hopped on the mic—be it to remind everyone where “Jack Straw” came from, where the “Estimated Prophet” was preaching or why “Money” is the root of all evil with their cover of Pink Floyd’s famous Dark Side anthem. Russo’s voice never stuck out, though the way his microphone swung around his drum set like a scorpion’s tail kept him as the center of attention anyway–not that he needed any help with that.Russo’s drumming, like The Dude’s rug, tied the ballroom together from beginning to end. Where Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart tended toward psychedelic freeplay behind the gripping guitar work of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir with the actual Dead, Russo brought (and still brings) a tighter, more disciplined percussive style to the fore as the leader of Almost Dead. He guided a gifted group of musicians to ” Terrapin Station”, through dance-filled streets and along “The Wheel” before taking the “West L.A. Fadeaway” to “Brokedown Palace”. He gave Almost Dead a crystal-clear road map to the roots of the original, but did not force or foist the past upon the present.In truth, JRAD isn’t the first or the only Dead cover band to make Grateful grooves its own; their first show was less than five years ago. But it’s no accident that Russo’s version of the Dead has caught on so quickly, that it’s sold out shows from coast to coast, played festivals far and wide and had four members of Dead & Company (John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and Bob Weir) sit in. JRAD’s concoction of incredible musicianship and low-end arrangement has allowed the band to not only keep the Dead alive, but to breathe new life into a catalogue of timeless tunes..Which, truth be told, is the point of a good jam.Watch “LA Fadeaway” with Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on keys, uploaded by TimeZonterTV:Check out the gallery, courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Teragram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 11/9/17Set One (9:01pm – 10:51pm)Weather Report Prelude / Part One @ ->Truckin # ->Jackstraw ->Estimated Prophet ->Money $ >Terrapin SuiteSet 2 (11:11pm – 12:44am)Dancing In The Streets % ->Brown Eyed Women >Throwing Stones ^ >He’s Gone ->Jam & ->The Wheel ->Marco Solo * ->The Wheel Reprise ->Let It Grow +ENC:West LA Fadeaway @@Brokedown Palace ##@ – Instrumental# – With a “Duo Jam” & a Lovelight Tease (Band)$ – Pink Floyd Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead, with Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals% – With a DD Bass Solo^ – With an Unknown Tease (MB) & The Eleven Teases (TH & DD)& – With a Terrapin Tease (TH)* – With a “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” (Vince Guaraldi / Carel Werber) Jam+ – With a Tennessee Jed Tease (TH) & a “Standing On The Verge of Getting It On” (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) [email protected]@ – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on keys. With an Unknown Tease (Band)## – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on vocalsJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Teragram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 11/9/17 | Photos by Brandon Weil Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Rock N’ Roll Resort Announces “The Grateful Escape” Lineup With Melvin Seals, Kung Fu, & More

first_imgToday, Rock N’ Roll Resort has officially announced the upcoming eighth edition of their unique musical weekend getaway. Dubbed “The Grateful Escape”, the event is set to take place from Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 25th at  Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson, NY. Nestled 90 miles north of New York City in the Catskill Mountains, attendees will enjoy the venue’s newly-renovated facilities. As always, Rock N’ Roll Resort gives fans the chance to enjoy a festival atmosphere without the hassle of camping and the extra planning that goes along with it.This year’s artist lineup will be highlighted by two sets from Melvin Seals & JGB, two sets from the Golden Gate Wingmen, two sets from funk-rock fusion outfit Kung Fu, and a rare performance from psychedelic rock quartet The Breakfast.The Grateful Escape’s headlining acts draw from both the band members and the music of Jerry Garcia’s two most prominent projects: The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin Seals, Jerry’s longtime collaborator, is most revered for the powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, during his time playing the keys for Garcia Band. His unique funky-blues rock-gospel fusion earned him the nickname “Master of the Universe” from Jerry. The Golden Gate Wingmen, comprised of four longtime satellites in the Grateful Dead Universe (guitarist/vocalist John Kadlecik, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Reed Mathis, and drummer Jay Lane) will honor the Dead portion of Garcia’s legacy with their energetic interpretation of the band’s classic songbook.Many additional acts are still to be announced that feature artists from a variety of styles and genres. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements. Room info and packages, additional artist announcements, resort activities, directions and all event info can be found on the event website. Grab your weekend ticket and begin planning your Grateful Escape today!last_img read more

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