Umphrey’s McGee kicked off a highly anticipated three-night run at the historic First Avenue venue in Minneapolis, MN last night. Though plans for this run were on the books months ago, the shows have taken on even more significance in the wake of Prince’s passing. First Avenue was the site for most of the Purple Rain film, as Minneapolis was Prince’s hometown. While Umphrey’s had recently performed their version of “When Doves Cry” shortly after Prince’s death, the band was not about to let the Purple One go unrecognized while performing in his hometown. The group opened the show with their debut of “Controversy,” the title track from Prince’s fourth studio album released in 1981. The funky number was a great choice from UM, celebrating the Purple One in style.Watch it all go down below: The show was full of classic UM jams, including “Bright Lights, Big City” and a potent “End of the Road > Cut The Cable” in set one. They brought out “Go To Hell,” “The Linear > Hajimemashite” and more in set two as well, gearing fans up for their style of high energy rock. A powerful “Phil’s Farm” closed the show.The band is set to do it all again tomorrow night. Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN – 4/28/16Set 1: Controversy > Bright Lights, Big City, Out Of Order, Made to Measure > Robot World > Attachments, End of the Road > Cut the Cable, Similar SkinSet 2: Go to Hell, The Linear > Hajimemashite, Speak Up, Push the Pig > Conduit, Plunger > Cherub RockEncore: Phil’s Farm debut, Prince
Israeli jam group G-Nome Project have been making quite the splash in the States, hitting festivals and bringing their feel good tunes to the world. Just last weekend, the band hit the Wildwoods Festival in Croydon, NH and put on a great show in the process!The band has been documenting their summer travels with a video series, and the latest sees the band covering the Willy Wonka song “Pure Imagination” at Wildwoods! It’s pure fun, really.Watch “Pure Imagination,” courtesy of G-Nome Project and Shlomotion, below.G-Nome Project has an exciting show coming up at the Chicago, IL venue Subterranean on September 17th. Don’t miss out! Tickets and more information can be found here.
With their much-anticipated New York City debut performance at this year’s massive Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd (tickets here), Reed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven project has also announced that the group will play two additional performances at two intimate clubs in NYC following BCA. They’ll also be performing at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA on Sunday, October 23rd (tickets here).Getting To Know Electric Beethoven: An Interview With Reed MathisMathis, along with Todd Stoops, Jay Lane, and Clay Welch will then bring their “Classical Dance Music” to New York City venues The Cutting Room on Tuesday, October 25th and DROM on Wednesday, October 26th. Each of these NYC performances will see the group take on a different symphony each night, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 being played on the first night, and Symphony No. 6 slated for the second night.Over the course of the last couple of years, Mathis put together a who’s who for their soon-to-be-released album, Beathoven, featuring Phish’s Mike Gordon and Page McConnell, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Galactic’s Stanton Moore, The Greyboy Allstars’ Robert Walter, Matt Chamberlain, The Barr Brothers and more. To bring the music to life, Mathis assembled another all-star cast of musicians, and recently debuted the project at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA to rave reviews.Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased below:Purchase tickets for the Ardmore Music Hall performance here.Purchase a 2-day pass for The Cutting Room and DROM performances here.Purchase tickets for The Cutting Room (Symphony No. 3) performance here.Purchase tickets for the DROM (Symphony No. 6) performance here.Be sure to catch Electric Beethoven’s performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive, as the band will be performing on a lineup that features members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more in unique supergroup combinations. With over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. Get tickets here before they sell out![photo credit Josh Miller]
For the first time in ten years, Umphrey’s McGee will be celebrating the New Year in their home base of Chicago. They will perform three nights total, at the Riviera Theatre on December 29 and the Aragon Ballroom on December 30 & 31. The celebrations, however, will begin on December 28 when the band will perform the National Anthem at the United Center ahead of the Chicago Bulls versus Brooklyn Nets game. Here’s what the band had to say:More information on Umphrey’s McGee tour dates is available on the band’s website.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were launched into stardom after the release of their hit 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The rock and rollers began selling out major venues across the country, due to the airplay of singles like “Give It Away” and “Under The Bridge”. Things were looking up for the Peppers in their earliest days, and they toured relentlessly throughout the early 1990’s in support.For the tours during these years, RHCP booked some of the most talented up and coming bands to support them, including Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins. That lineup would tour until issues forced The Smashing Pumpkins to separate from the group, leaving an opening for another band of up-and-comers, Nirvana. The three bands, RHCP, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana, toured together for a handful of shows during the very final days of 1991.The three bands kicked off their run on this day, twenty-six years ago, playing the Los Angeles Sports Arena together and treating alternative rock fans to some historical music in rock history. Though things for the RHCP were not great behind the scenes (John Frusciante was struggling with the band’s newfound fame and with drug addiction, and would leave the group in 1992), on stage they were a reckoning force. All three of these bands, in fact, were true forces of nature.The run concluded with a New Year’s Eve spectacular in San Francisco, CA, a concert that Rolling Stone described as “overshadowing” the NYE celebration from the Grateful Dead. “Even the most casual observer would have had no trouble deciding which side of youth culture would be more fun to belong to,” they wrote in a February 1992 magazine article. In honor of the 25th anniversary of this tour, check out full recordings of all three bands’ performances on New Year’s Eve 1991 at the Cow Palace!Setlist: Pearl Jam | Cow Palace | Daly City, CA | 12/31/1992Set: Once, Waiting Room, Even Flow, Suggestion, Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Leash (with Flea), Smells Like Teen Spirit (snippet), Porch[Video: KILLTHATCATarchives]Setlist: Nirvana | Cow Palace | Daly City, CA | 12/31/1992Set: Drain You, Aneurysm, School, Floyd The Barber, Smells Like Teen Spirit, About A Girl, Sliver, Polly, Breed, Come As You Are, Lithium, Dumb, Territorial PissingsFull Audio[Audio: sadlybadlyy5]“Drain You”[Video: john krieg]Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers | Cow Palace | Daly City, CA | 12/31/1992Set: Love Trilogy, Organic Anti-Beat Box Band, (No Head No Backstage Pass), Suck My Kiss, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Funky Crime, Give It Away, Nobody Weird like Me, If You Have To Ask, Stone Cold Bush, (Superstar)/Blood Sugar Sex Magik/(Magic Johnson), I Could Have Lied, Subway to Venus, (Sexy Mexican Maid)/(Fela’s Cock) jam (^), (Fopp)/Special Secret Song Inside (Party On Your Pussy)/(Red Hot Mama)/Me And My Friends, Yertle the Turtle/Freaky Styley Medley/(Cosmic Slop)/(Atomic Dog) jam, (After Hours), Crosstown Traffic[Video: Diego Rivera]
Phil Lesh is heading to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas for three nights, from January 20-22. The Grateful Dead bassist will perform two very special sets, playing the Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty albums in their entirety, to kick off the run. Alongside Lesh will be Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Tony Leone, and Adam MacDougall of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, along with frequent collaborator guitarist Ross James.This lineup of Phil & Friends will hold the room down for the first two nights, then the Terrapin Family Band will join the party for an afternoon set on the third day. All information and tickets can be found here.
The unique collaboration that is Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven will be hitting the East coast in late January through mid-February, with a newly announced surprise tour. Keeping in the vein of their adaptations of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s symphonies, the series of “Resonance Field Tests” will breathe new life into these older compositions by transforming them into danceable improvisatory numbers.Branded as CDM, or “Classical Dance Music,” Reed Mathis will join again with drummer Jay Lane (Primus / Ratdog / Golden Gate Wingmen), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ / Rhythmatronix), and guitarist Clay Welch.After setting sail on Jam Cruise, which kicks off latet this week, the band will jump right in on their tour, with the first date falling on January 26 at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL. Electric Beethoven will make their way up the East Coast for the tour during which they are set to meet up with friends along the way. Machine Funk will be present during their show at the Rabbit Hole in Charlotte, NC, and Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove will join them for their dates in Raleigh, NC and in Richmond, VA. Eventually, Electric Beethoven will hit the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, joined by Pink Talking Fish Stops Making Sense (more info here). During this special night, the Meters’ Leo Nocentelli, the Turkuaz horns, Jen Durkin, and others will collaborate with Electric Beethoven for an exploratory night of sonic bliss.To round out the tour, one of their final dates will be the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on February 17th. For an added visual element, the original 1960s Liquid Light Lab will provide their legendary show for the performance.More information about the tour and tickets can be found via Mathis’ website here. Full tour dates are listed below.Electric Beethoven 2017 Winter TourJan 20 – Jam CruiseJan 26 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FLJan 27 – The Pour House – Charleston, SCJan 28 – Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC*Jan 29 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NCJan 31 – The Pour House, Raleigh, NC^Feb 1 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA^Feb 3 – Capitol Theater – Port Chester, NY#Feb 4 – TBAFeb 16 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PAFeb 17 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NYFeb 18 – The Hollow – Albany, NY*w/ Machine Funk^w/ Brock Butler#w/ Pink Talking Fish performing “Stop Making Sense”
Modest Mouse recently announced they’ll be hitting the road this summer. With a dozen dates ranging from the end of May through to the beginning of June, the band’s summer tour will focus on the West. They kick things off in Spokane, Washington, on May 23rd, then work their way down the coast a handful of shows in Oregon, California, and Arizona. The band will then dip through Nevada, Utah, and Colorado to get to their final three dates in the Midwest in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska. Tickets are available via the band’s website here, and full dates are listed below.Modest Mouse 2017 Tour05-23 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory05-24 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater05-26 Napa, CA – BottleRock05-28 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater05-30 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre05-31 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom06-02 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues06-03 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl06-05 Salt Lake City, UT – Rockwell Room @ the Complex06-06 Denver, CO – The Fillmore06-08 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom06-09 St Louis, MO – The Pageant06-10 Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl
Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Matisyahu, and Ryan Jalbert from The Motet. In the fourth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks discuss their relationship with the band Phish — ahead of The Werks’ 7/21 and 7/22 post-Phish performances at American Beauty just a block away (purchase tickets here).With the recent release of their latest LP, Magic, The Werks have continued to evolve their sound, both sonically and from a songwriting perspective. With a devoted fanbase, countless live recordings, their own successful Werk Out Music Festival in Ohio, and the will to tour the country year-round, The Werks have established themselves as a staple in the jam world over the last decade. These shows will begin the three-week long marathon of late-night shows to complement Phish’s historic run at MSG. Show information can be found here.Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Jake Goldberg: My first Phish show was June 18th, 2009, at Post Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA. I went with my older brother, Lane. I didn’t listen to Phish much at that time, so I was a little confused when the drummer started playing a vacuum, but I never forgot how they lit up that huge pavilion and I never stopped going.Chris Houser: My first show was 9/20/00 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. I’ll never forget the sound of “Cars Trucks and Buses” as we made our way into the lawn area shortly after the show had started. The world literally opened up before my eyes as I rounded the corner and the stage came into view. There was a hellish thunderstorm that night, and I remember seeing so many people dancing and that I felt weird about not dancing. My life changed considerably after that first time, considerably.L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?CH: The music is so etched in my brain at this point that it just seems like the truth, like all I’ve ever been meant to hear. It’s like the music is a part of me that needs no description. The live show takes you on a journey in which there are highs, lows, and unexpected twists and turns that always leave the people who witness it wondering “How do they do it?” That’s what has kept me coming back time and time again.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?JG: 86CH: 14L4LM: Do you have a favorite show or most memorable experience?JG: It’s hard to pick my favorite show, but one time, on 7/3/10, my friend Kevin and I held a sign up front that said “McGrupp” (a favorite song of ours). Around the third song, Trey waved us up to the front row and took our sign, set it by his amp, and proceeded to play the song.CH: Although I’ve been to few shows, since I’ve been a fan, every show has had a memorable experience or two. My favorite show was probably Star Lake in 2009, when we all snacked on some paper in the parking lot and ended up playing music with our friend — the infamous Space Panda — before going into the show. It didn’t seem like it at the time, but we were some grizzled wooks, and the pictures have turned into fantastic memes. I also got my first YEM at that show, and I had been chasing it for years until then.L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?JG: “Wolfman’s Brother and “Fluffhead.”CH: That always change,s but for as long as I can remember, “Stash” and YEM have always been at the top of that list. Thanks a lot to A Live One, which was the first Phish CD ever given to me by my cousin on Christmas in 1996.L4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?JG: Me. I’m the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show.Purchase tickets to The Werks at American Beauty here, or enter to win them below.
Load remaining images As part of their A Brooklyn Blast! Celebrating 8 Years of Brooklyn Bowl series, the famed Brooklyn Bowl in NYC hosted Delicate Steve, the Band of Changes, and Breanna Barbara for another night for the books. Chris Harford‘s Band of Changes features a rotating cast of members, with the Thursday edition including Scott Metzger, Jon Shaw, and Joe Russo for a night of rock and roll. Photographer Andrew Blackstein was there to capture the magic, which you can see in the full gallery below.EXCLUSIVE: Delicate Steve Talks About His Psychedelic Guitar Stylings Praised By NPR And Paul SimonThe Brooklyn Brewery Presents: A Brooklyn Blast! Celebrating 8 Years of Brooklyn Bowl continues tonight with Ripe and Gigamesh, followed by Stooges Brass Band and Robyn Party tomorrow. Ticket information can be found below.7/7: Ripe: tix /// Gigamesh: tix7/8: Stooges Brass Band: tix /// Robyn Party: tixThe Band Of Changes | Brooklyn Bowl | 7/6/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein