Last month, Buffalo jam staple moe. was inducted into the Syracuse Area Hall of Fame, honoring the contribution they’ve made to the culture of the region. This weekend, moe. will reciprocate that love as they make their way through the northeast for a three-night, three-city run. First, on Thursday, March 30th, the band will hit The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. The following night, Friday, March 31st, moe. will head to New Haven, CT for a performance at College Street Music Hall. On Saturday, the band will celebrate April Fool’s Day at The Paramount in Huntington, NY to round out the run.Al Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe. On New Podcast Episode [Listen]Want to catch moe. in the northeast this weekend? Live For Live Music is giving away a pair of tickets to each of the three shows, as well a kick-back session with the band after the show. Get in on the action below!You can purchase tickets to any of the upcoming shows via the band’s website.
Today, Willie Nelson had some words for the new Attorney General under the Trump administration, Jeff Sessions, about his stance on marijuana in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Attorney General Sessions has made it pretty clear his feelings toward drug use, previously advocating for harsher sentences for drug use across the board including that of marijuana, recreational and medicinal. Sessions stance is at odds with the majority of Americans, with a CBS poll from April showing that 61 percent of Americans favor full legalization—a record high—and that 71 percent feel that the federal government should not interfere with states that have independently legalized the drug. A Quinnipiac poll released around the same time put those numbers at 60 percent and 73 percent, respectively. The CBS poll also noted that an absurdly high 94 percent of respondents felt that people should be able to access medicinal marijuana if a doctor prescribes, while the Quinnipiac poll rang in support at 88 percent.Snoop Dogg’s Christmas Present To Willie Nelson Was Dank AFAs an outspoken advocate for marijuana, in Willie Nelson’s interview, the musician pushes back on Sessions statement that smoking pot is “only slightly less awful” than heroin. After being prompted on his thoughts on Sessions’ (absurd) statement, Nelson stated this: “I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth!”Virginia Governor “Didn’t Know” He Was Posing Next To Willie Nelson’s WeedNelson also touched on Trump’s presidency and the differences in impact across being a politician versus a musician. On Trump, Nelson noted that he knew Donald Trump back when the President “owned some casinos” and that “he always paid me. I had no problems at all. I think he’s stepped into a different world.” When asked if he would run for office, Nelson stated that “you can do more with music than you can with arguments and politics. I think a song will reach more people than any other thing.”Willie Nelson Brings Super Troopers On Stage For Hilarious Collaboration In BostonWhile Nelson seems quite grounded in the interview, people should not get their hopes up for having the legendary musician in The White House. He noted that fans tell him to run for office all the time and that he’s “come close a couple times,” though he’s always “sobered up” before making the plunge. You can read Willie Nelson’s full interview with Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle here.
At the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive over 100 artists are slated to perform 35+ sets across two days of fantastic musical collaborations in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Leading the charge on a pair of exciting Brooklyn Comes Alive sets is guitar master Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), who will participate in the event’s Rooster Conspiracy set in addition to hosting an all-star Eric Krasno & Friends set.Soulive, Scofield, Marcus King, & The Shady Horns Play “Liz Reed” And “Lovelight” At Bowlive [Videos]Serving as the focal point of the collaboration, iconic jazz-fusion guitarist John Scofield will link up with Kraz to form a dual-guitar attack for the ages.Cyril Neville, famed percussionist/vocalist from The Meters and The Neville Brothers, will bring his New Orleans elder statesman presence to Brooklyn for the performance, sharing percussion duties with Louis Cato of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert house band Stay Human. Renowned bassist Chris Loftlin will hold down the bass duties, and Krasno’s Lettuce teammate and frequent collaborator Nigel Hall will add keyboards and his signature vocals. Finally, NOLA royalty and The Meters bassist/vocalist George Porter Jr. will be on hand to add to the madness as a special guest during this landmark gathering of funk icons.Kraz And Taz: A Look At Eric Krasno and Brandon Niederauer’s Greatest CollaborationsAlthough this particular lineup for the “Eric Krasno & Friends” is a one-off deal, he has no lack of experience collaborating with many of the Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 artists on the Brooklyn Bowl stage. For Soulive‘s traditional annual “Bowlive” run each year, Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans (who will also play a pair of sets at the festival) welcome an enormous list of talented names you’ll recognize from the Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup. George Porter Jr. John Scofield. Nigel Hall. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. The list goes on and on…Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsBelow, you get a small sampling of the magic that happens when so many talented artists end up in one place, ready to make magic happen. Watch Krasno link up with Scofield and Hall during Soulive’s 2012 “Bowlive” residency at Brooklyn Bowl, (courtesy of YouTube user marcmillman1), as well as a video of Krasno with Porter (and Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, another exciting Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 artist) at “Bowlive” 2015 (courtesy of YouTube user Barry2theB):“Stratus” – Soulive w/ John Scofield, Nigel Hall, and more:“Just Kissed My Baby” – Soulive w/ George Porter, Jr., Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, and more:[Cover photo via Barry2theB Videos]You can catch Eric Kraso, George Porter, Jr., John Scofield, Nigel Hall, Alan Evans, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and so many more fantastic artists at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive will turn three fantastic Williamsburg venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) and the surrounding city streets into a music lover’s game board for two full days on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey, and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
By 1977, Frank Zappa‘s Halloween shows were already the stuff of legends. While the shows began in the late ’60s, around 1972, these monumental performances would become annual events, initially in Passaic, NJ and Chicago, IL before moving to New York City in 1974, where they’d remain. NYC (and its audience) had become a special place for Zappa and the synchronization of Halloween in NYC proved to be the perfect match. From October 28-31, 1977, Zappa and his band played six historic shows at the 3,000 capacity Palladium. All the performances were recorded with four being filmed, resulting in Zappa’s mammoth film project, “Baby Snakes.”Following the news that the late Frank Zappa will be going back on tour as a hologram, the Zappa Family Trust and Universal have announced that Zappa’s legendary Halloween residency of 1977 will be released for the first time in its entirety on October 20 via Zappa Records/UMe just in time for the 40th Anniversary of these shows. The Halloween 77 box set will include all six concerts with 158 tracks (mixed in 2016 from original vault masters) loaded onto a “Zappa’s Oh Punky” fun size candy bar-shaped USB drive in 24-bit WAV audio. The package will also include a 28-page digital booklet featuring never-before-seen photos and liner notes from Vaultmeister Joe Travers, co-producer of the box alongside Ahmet Zappa, and personal firsthand accounts from many of Zappa’s bandmates, crew and fans who were there, including guitarist Adrian Belew, percussionist Ed Mann, keyboard tech Thomas Nordegg, tour manager Phil Kaufman, and fan Janet “The Planet” Walley. In the spirit of Zappa’s favorite season, the specially designed, limited run box will include a retro Halloween mask and costume of the maestro himself. In addition to the box set, a 3CD version will also be available featuring the entire Halloween night show plus select tracks from the October 30th gig. Fans looking for a specific show will be able to purchase the concert of their choice digitally on release day.“This box set was a very special experience for me to work on,” said Ahmet Zappa. “I wanted to make sure we honored these legendary shows, so it was important to me that this box set felt of the era. It was a blast working with our partners to create the late ’70s-inspired Frank Zappa Mask and costume and the candy-shaped USB stick filled with tons of Zappa goodness. It was yet again a labor of love gathering up all the archival materials, reading notes by people who were there, and most importantly making sure the audio was up to par. All of us at Zappa Records are mighty pleased with it, and hope that fans of Frank Zappa and of Halloween will be too.”Originally scheduled for four shows from October 28-31, Zappa added two more shows due to popular demand, with the final total tallying six shows in four days. The full residency is presented as it happened with no overdubs or additional tinkering. The audio was remixed from scratch using fresh transfers from the master multi-track tapes, which all had to be heat treated for transfer by Travers.The 1977 lineup of the band featured Terry Bozzio on drums, Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf on keyboards, Adrian Belew on guitar and vocals, Ed Mann on percussion and Patrick O’Hearn on bass; this band could really burn. Over the six shows, the ensemble averaged 25 songs per night with exciting improvisations and audience participation from “New York’s Finest Crazy Persons” at every show, making each uniquely different. At these shows, Zappa really got into the spirit with Halloween antics including bringing tech Thomas Nordegg on stage to perform some magic tricks and the band’s tour manager, the “Road Mangler,” Phil Kaufman, performing as the human trombone. Original Mothers’ bassist Roy Estrada also joined the festivities.The songs performed at this musical marathon spanned Zappa’s then 11-year career with tracks from Hot Rats, Over-Nite Sensation, Bongo Fury, One Size Fits All, and his most recent album at the time, Zoot Allures. Many of the songs played were previously unreleased and would go on to be recorded for Zappa’s acclaimed 1979 album, Sheik Yerbouti, including “Flakes,” “Broken Hearts Are For Assholes,” “Jones Crusher,” “Bobby Brown Goes Down,” “City Of Tiny Lites,” “Tryin’ To Grow A Chin,” and “Wild Love.” The October 30th show notably featured the world premiere of the Grammy-nominated Disco satire “Dancin’ Fool,” and the one and only performance of Zappa’s infamous “Jewish Princess.” The basic tracks from this performance were used on Sheik Yerbouti‘s controversial studio version which ultimately attracted attention from the Anti-Defamation League who asked the FCC to ban the record from being played on the air.Halloween 77 is not only rife with fan favorites but also includes many rare and unreleased performances and arrangements. This box set includes the first official release of the instrumental version of “Conehead.” These five versions are vastly different than the song that would be included on Zappa’s 1981 record, You Are What You Is. The rarely played”Läther” was performed at all six shows and immediately followed by the equally rare, “Wild Love,” which became a solo workout each night. This one-two punch was followed by the comedic song “Titties ‘N Beer,” ultimately released on Zappa In New York, made especially memorable each time for the caustic improv dialog Zappa spewed about a then ongoing legal battle with Warner Bros. Other highlights include six extended guitar workouts of “The Torture Never Stops” and the combustible Halloween night finale of “Black Napkins.”Continuing the Zappa Family Trust and UMe’s Zappa on-going vinyl initiative, Zoot Allures will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl on October 20. Zoot Allures features two of Zappa’s signature guitar pieces, “Black Napkins” & “Zoot Allures.” The album became a fan favorite since its release in 1976. Originally conceived as a double-disc, Zappa re-edited it to a single record after pressure from his record company. This 180-gram reissue was mastered and cut directly from the analog tape master by Bernie Grundman in 2017.Frank Zappa // Halloween 77 (Costume) Box Set10-28-77 Show 11. 10-28-77 Show 1 Start/Introductions 3:282. Peaches En Regalia 2:423. The Torture Never Stops 13:054. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin 3:375. City Of Tiny Lites 6:046. Pound For A Brown 8:057. Bobby Brown Goes Down 4:338. Conehead (Instrumental) 9:199. Flakes 4:0310. Big Leg Emma 1:4711. Envelopes 2:2912. Terry’s Solo #1 4:4213. Disco Boy 3:5314. Lather 3:3615. Wild Love 24:0516. Titties N Beer 7:1617. Audience Participation #1 :4818. The Black Page #2 3:0219. Jones Crusher 2:4820. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes 3:5221. Punky’s Whips 9:4322. Encore Audience #1 1:2123. Dinah-Moe Humm 4:5524. Camarillo Brillo 3:3525. Muffin Man 4:3610-28-77 Show 21. 10-28-77 Show 2 Start/Introductions 3:132. Peaches En Regalia 2:423. The Torture Never Stops 12:334. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin 3:375. City Of Tiny Lites 8:006. Pound For A Brown 9:197. Bobby Brown Goes Down 5:368. Conehead (Instrumental) 9:189. Flakes 4:1010. Big Leg Emma 1:4811. Envelopes 2:3312. Terry’s Solo #2 4:1713. Disco Boy 3:5414. Lather 3:4215. Wild Love 26:0116. Titties N Beer 7:5017. Audience Participation #2 2:3718. The Black Page #2 3:1419. Jones Crusher 2:5820. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes 3:5421. Punky’s Whips 9:5122. Encore Audience #2 2:1323. Dinah-Moe Humm 4:0124. Camarillo Brillo 3:3625. Muffin Man 6:2010-29-77 Show 11. 10-29-77 Show 1 Start/Introductions 4:062. Peaches En Regalia 2:423. The Torture Never Stops 12:594. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin 3:345. City Of Tiny Lites 7:156. Pound For A Brown 8:267. Bobby Brown Goes Down 6:068. Conehead (Instrumental) 5:509. Flakes 3:5310. Big Leg Emma 1:5211. Envelopes 2:4212. Terry’s Solo #3 3:5113. Disco Boy 3:5714. Lather 3:4015. Wild Love 22:5116. Titties N Beer 6:0117. Audience Participation #3 2:4218. The Black Page #2 3:0519. Jones Crusher 2:5320. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes 3:5021. Punky’s Whips 9:1822. Encore Audience #3 1:4623. Dinah-Moe Humm 5:1224. Camarillo Brillo 3:2925. Muffin Man 5:0910-29-77 Show 21. 10-29-77 Show 2 Start/Introductions 4:212. Peaches En Regalia 2:423. The Torture Never Stops 11:304. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin 3:365. City Of Tiny Lites 7:016. Pound For A Brown 9:057. Bobby Brown Goes Down 9:128. Conehead (Instrumental) 6:299. Flakes 3:2810. Big Leg Emma 1:4911. Envelopes 2:5212. Terry’s Solo #4 4:0713. Disco Boy 3:5414. Lather 3:5615. Wild Love 27:3316. Titties N Beer 8:1217. Audience Participation #4 5:0218. The Black Page #2 2:5719. Jones Crusher 2:4920. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes 3:4821. Punky’s Whips 9:3622. Encore Audience #4 2:2323. Dinah-Moe Humm 6:1924. Camarillo Brillo 3:3025. Muffin Man 6:0210-30-77 Show1. 10-30-77 Show Start 1:402. Stink-Foot 7:453. The Poodle Lecture 5:104. Dirty Love 2:325. Peaches En Regalia 2:406. The Torture Never Stops 12:537. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin 3:328. City Of Tiny Lites 7:369. Pound For A Brown 10:0310. I Have Been In You 8:3511. Dancin’ Fool (World Premiere) 4:5012. Jewish Princess (Prototype) 4:4113. King Kong 8:4514. Terry’s Solo #5 5:0715. Disco Boy 4:0116. Envelopes 2:1917. A Halloween Treat with Thomas Nordegg 6:1718. Lather 3:4719. Wild Love 25:1920. Titties N Beer 7:0121. Audience Participation #5 8:2822. The Black Page #2 2:5923. Jones Crusher 2:5324. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes 3:5225. Punky’s Whips 12:3626. Encore Rap 1:1127. Dinah-Moe Humm 6:0628. Camarillo Brillo 3:2729. Muffin Man 5:1830. San Ber’dino 6:2010-31-77 Show1. Halloween 1977 Show Start/Introductions 3:112. Peaches En Regalia 2:423. The Torture Never Stops 13:544. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin 3:355. City Of Tiny Lites 8:176. Pound For A Brown 13:407. The Demise Of The Imported Rubber Goods Mask 8:338. Bobby Brown Goes Down 3:499. Conehead (Instrumental) 8:2110. Flakes 3:0411. Big Leg Emma 1:5812. Envelopes 2:2513. Terry’s Halloween Solo 4:3814. Disco Boy 3:5515. Lather 3:5816. Wild Love 30:1117. Titties ‘N’ Beer 7:2418. Halloween Audience Participation 7:0419. The Black Page #2 2:5520. Jones Crusher 2:5821. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes 3:5222. Punky’s Whips 11:2323. Halloween Encore Audience I 2:0724. Dinah-Moe Humm 6:4125. Camarillo Brillo 3:2426. Muffin Man 5:2127. San Ber’dino 5:0128. Black Napkins 9:19Frank Zappa // Halloween 77 // 3CDDisc 11. Halloween 1977 Show Start/Introductions2. Peaches En Regalia3. The Torture Never Stops4. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin5. City Of Tiny Lites6. Pound For A Brown7. The Demise Of The Imported Rubber Goods Mask8. Bobby Brown Goes Down9. Conehead (Instrumental)10. Flakes11. Big Leg EmmaDisc 21. Envelopes2. Terry’s Halloween Solo3. Disco Boy4. Lather5. Wild Love6. Titties ‘N’ Beer7. Halloween Audience Participation8. The Black Page #29. Jones Crusher10. Broken Hearts Are For AssholesDisc 31. Punky’s Whips2. Halloween Encore Audience3. Dinah-Moe Humm4. Camarillo Brillo5. Muffin Man6. San Ber’dino7. Black NapkinsBonus Section:8. King Kong 8:179. A Halloween Treat With Thomas Nordegg 6:1510. Audience Participation #5 7:4611. The Black Page #2 2:59
John Medeski, John Scofield, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood have not performed together since the 2015 Bonnaroo. The famous foursome, which originated in 1998 with the release of A Go Go, haven’t released music since 2014’s Juice. While individually all still active in the music community, their combined efforts have been sorely missed. Fans rejoiced when the collective known as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, an expansion on Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW), appeared on the 2018 roster for Jam Cruise, a five-night musical adventure through the sea (outside of the U.S.).Today, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood have announced a pair of Colorado shows scheduled for 2018. On March 31 & 31, the jazz fusion quartet will perform at Denver’s Ogden Theatre. Tickets for the two-night run go on-sale this Friday, October 6 at 10am MT here. These are the only scheduled U.S. dates as of now.Watch this video of “Sham Time” from 2014:[H/T JamBase]
Last night, Comedy Central’s South Park ran its latest episode, “Hummels & Heroin”, which follows the elderly residents of the Shady Acres Retirement Community who have been hoarding painkillers. Drawing a parallel between nursing homes and prisons, South Park tapped Killer Mike, one half of the rap duo Run The Jewels, to spit some bars during this latest episode.Watch Killer Mike Interview George Clinton And Talk (Barber) Shop In This Special VideoAs the episode shows images of the elderly residents of the nursing home, Killer Mike raps, “They got me locked up in here/ And I’m sitting doing hard time/ Pissin’ in a metal bowl, eating shit from a lunch line/ They got me locked up/ In here, nobody knows you by your name/ You’re just a number, living under the bitch-ass rules of a broken game/ They put me here to die, left me angry and alone/ For the crime of being old, they threw me in this nursing home.”New South Park Features A Hilarious Hillbilly Send-Up Of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” [Watch]The rap then continues, briefly focusing on more hilarious aspects of life in a nursing home by detailing a “hot piece of ass because she’s only 85” and pounding pussy on the next bingo night, before closing out the number by drawing comparisons between death row and hospice. You can check out Killer Mike’s rap on South Park below, or watch the full episode here. Killer Mike von run the Jewels ist Killer in South Park: Raps of mass incarceration pic.twitter.com/WheEPG0vcU— ?? Herr Kaschke (@herrkaschke) October 19, 2017
Silky Shots Photo: Sam Silkworth Photo: Silky Shots Pigeons Playing Ping Pong concluded their three-night Colorado run this weekend in Denver, CO at the Ogden Theatre. The Baltimore natives are currently amidst a nationwide tour in support of their latest LP, Pizazz, and have been consistently selling out venues, night after night, across the nation.This weekend was no exception, and the Saturday night rager marked the band’s largest headlining gig to date. The night was also full of surprises, with the announcement made by Greg “Scrambled Greg” Ormont that Pigeons will be joining moe. at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre July 12th (see official announcement here). The newly announced show is somewhat of a rescheduling, as the bands were originally scheduled to perform together last summer, though the gig was abruptly canceled following bassist Rob Derhak’s diagnosis with cancer and the start of moe.’s sudden hiatus.On Saturday night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong got settled in from the drop of the first note with a “Walk Outside” opener, followed by a funked-out “Porcupine”, with lighting designer Manny Newman showcasing his unique and mind-bending approach on the lights. By way of a rhythmic break, the song dropped into the bubbly and feel-good “Totally”, with guitarist Jeremy Schon fully locked in while leading the quartet into deep jam territory. Drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos and bassist Ben Carrey laid down the steady backbone, allowing Schon and guitarist Greg Ormont to comfortably hop in and out of the main groove on the drop of a dime.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong offered up a tasty palindrome next, with “Horizon” > “I Wanna Be Like You” > “Bare Necessities” > “I Wanna Be Like You” > “Horizon”. The band seamlessly wove in and out of “Horizon” and “I Wanna Be Like You”, driving the crowd into a frenzy with their cover of “Bare Necessities” from Disney’s The Jungle Book. This past New Year’s Eve in Covington, KY, the band offered up a Disney-themed setlist, and clearly, enjoyed the compositions enough to incorporate them into their recent setlists.The psychedelic rock number “Whirled” was up next. Kicking the tempo up a few notches, Schon took advantage of the solid rhythmic base, shredding to multiple dramatic peaks before dropping back into the songs main theme. A silky-smooth “Julia” followed, highlighted by Ormont’s powerful and charismatic vocals, before “Avalanche” brought the first set to a close.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned after set-break with “Fade Fast”. During the beginning of the song, Ormont and Schon stepped side by side to the front of the stage and offered up their take on how a couple of birds would dance. With Ormont, Schon, and Carrey laying down a captivating three-part harmony, the band spread the wings and soared into space, before dropping into “Melting Lights”. With a shoulder-to-shoulder sold-out crowd, the enthusiastic room lent a helping hand to the band on vocals, before Schon stepped to the front of the stage and offered up a mean solo.“Pigs (3 Different Ones)” featured more funky and gritty vocals from Ormont and saw Schon once again showcase his agility and creativity as he offered up a roaring guitar solo. At the center of Pigeon’s second set was an extended “Poseidon”. With Ormont providing the vocals, the quartet meticulously wove through “Poseidon”, as Petropulos brought the jam home with monstrous hits on the skins.“Couldn’t We All” came next, before the bouncy familiar groove of “Dawn A New Day” rang out. The energy onstage was contagious and the audience helped Pigeons Playing Ping Pong celebrate their biggest feat in grandiose fashion–selling out the beloved Ogden Theatre in Denver. “Ocean Flows” brought the second set heater to a close, with the Rocky Mountain high audience begging for more. After a brief break, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned for their encore, as the crowd exploded with excitement and approval. Pigeons treated Denver with a blazing two-song encore, with “Bad For You” and ending with “Doc”.You can check out the full setlist from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s two-set Saturday night funk-fest below, as well as a photo gallery from Silky Shots.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 3/10/18I: Walk Outside, Porcupine, Totally, Horizon > I Wanna Be Like You > Bare Necessities > I Wanna Be Like You > Horizon > Whirled, Julia, AvalancheII: Fade Fast, Melting Lights > Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Poseidon, Couldn’t We All, Dawn A New Day, Ocean FlowsE: Bad For You, DocPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 3/10/18 | Photos: Silky Shots Load remaining images
Today, STS9 has added to their upcoming fall tour, announcing a three-night Northeast run at the tail end of September. The new run will see the band perform two nights at Burlington, Vermont’s Higher Ground on September 24th and 25th ahead of a stop at Boston’s House of Blues on September 26th.Currently, the jamtronica heavyweights are gearing up for their highly anticipated Wave Spell Live festival, which will take over the California town of Belden Town from August 16th through 19th. In September, the group gears up for a three-night Colorado run, kicking off at Denver’s Summit Music Hall ahead of a two-night stand at the iconic outdoor venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre—a venue that has hosted some of STS9’s finest concerts over the years. After a few weeks off, STS9 will begin their newly announced shows at Higher Ground and House of Blues, continuing on to a two-night run at New York City’s The Rooftop at Pier 17 on September 28th and 29th.Pre-sale tickets for STS9’s upcoming shows in Burlington, Vermont, on September 24th and 25th and Boston on September 26th went on sale today. Public general admission tickets for these new shows go on sale Friday, July 20th, at 10 a.m. (ET). For more information and ticketing, head here.
From August 16th through 19th, Wave Spell Live took over Belden Town, California, with festival host STS9 performing nine sets of music including three all-improvisational sets across the weekend. The festival was highly anticipated from the start, with the unique location of the event generating a huge amount of buzz—for the festival, all nine residents of Belden Town evacuated, letting the festival do its thing without any curfews or potential for violation of noise ordinances—in addition to its stacked lineup featuring a huge range of artists from the electronic and jamtronica worlds.With the location and atmosphere set, STS9 consistently wowed audiences, with performances that offered more traditional fare. However, the pinnacle of the festival was STS9’s improvisational Wave Spell sets, with the sets drawing their name the band’s atmospheric, throwback album released in April of 2018. On Friday night, August 17th, the jamtronica pioneers played their second of three improvisational Wave Spell sets, welcoming a suprise special guest to join them throughout the course of the performance: Richard Devine, the Atlanta-based experimental glitch producer.Given that Devine was performing “in the round” sets before and after STS9’s first two sets on Friday, STS9 confirmed the rumors that had been circulating around the festival that Devine would be joining the group during a performance. During Richard Devine’s third set of the night, all the members of STS9 came out and joined the producer, transitioning smoothly into their collaborative, improvisational effort.With STS9 and Richard Devine on tap, the set started off slow, with an extended spacey intro. After 20-some minutes, the augmented group locked in, slowly accelerating into a propulsive groove and not letting up for the rest of the show. Deeply psychedelic throughout, the set showed STS9 at their finest, recalling the group’s deep-rooted history in captivating, extended minimalist jams.Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a full video of STS9’s Wave Spell set with Richard Devine below, which was brought to us by music writer Vera Lee Mandić. Enjoy!STS9 w/ Richard Devine – Wave Spell Improv Set – 8/17/18 [Video: Vera Lee Mandić (@phantasy_sts9)]
Brooklyn-based nine-piece Turkuaz is gearing up to release their new album, Life In The City, due out September 28th. Following the album’s title track, the band has released a brand new single, “If I Ever Fall Asleep”, accompanied by a live music video that provides a behind-the-scenes look into the song’s recording process.The recording of “If I Ever Fall Asleep” took place at guitarist and vocalist Dave Brandwein’s Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn. Inspired by Talking Heads‘ acclaimed Stop Making Sense concert film, the single was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. As the press release notes, “The band’s signature upbeat funk is a contrast to a role-play of the paranoid ramblings of an insomniac before embracing his own unraveling.” Watch Turkuaz perform “If I Ever Fall Asleep” from the upcoming Life In The City album below:Turkuaz – “If I Ever Fall Asleep” (Live at Galaxy Smith Studios)[Video: Turkuaz]Turkuaz is currently on the road in support of the new album, traveling across the U.S to deliver their signature blend of high-octane funk and soul. The tour will feature exciting performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on September 23rd and at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on October 19th, before the band closes out 2018 with a bang on New Year’s Eve at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.INTERVIEW: Shira Elias Talks Turkuaz, Soul Music, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Jazz Fest, & MoreFor more information on upcoming Turkuaz dates, check out the full list below and head to their website for more information.Turkuaz Upcoming Tour DatesSeptember 14 Greenfield, MA @ Wormtown Music FestivalSeptember 15 Fredericton, NB, Canada @ Harvest Jazz & Blues FestivalSeptember 20 Steamboat Springs, CO @ Old Town PubSeptember 21 Steamboat Springs, CO @ Old Town PubSeptember 23 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks AmphitheatreOctober 4 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater*October 5 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom*October 6 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den*October 11 Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds*October 12 Mount Vernon, KY @ The Moonshiner’s BallOctober 14 Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger*October 17 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street*October 18 Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall*October 19 Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre^October 24 Greenville, SC @ The Firmament*October 25 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In*October 26 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater*October 28 Live Oak, FL @ Suwanee HulaweenOctober 31 Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station~November 1 Greenville, NC @ State Theatre~November 2 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore~November 3 Washington DC @ Anthem~November 8 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex Theater%November 9 Columbus, OH @ The Funk’n Beer FestNovember 10 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue#November 11 Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation#November 14 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting RoomNovember 15 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon#November 16 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café+November 17 Chicago, IL @ Park WestDecember 29 Rochester, NY @ Anthology**December 31 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium**January 15 Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise* with Butcher Brown^ with Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles~ with Lettuce% with Dynamo# with Andy Frasco & The UN+ with Rubblebucket** with Too Many ZoozView All Tour Dates