L4LM had the opportunity to chat with guitarist extraordinaire Danny Mayer as he readies for an upcoming Northeast run with his new act DMT (no, not that DMT….the Danny Mayer Trio). Mayer is a seasoned veteran of the scene that has played with a long list of musicians, ranging from Alan Evans Trio/Playonbrother, Ryan Montbleau Band, his own On The Spot Trio, and an ever-expanding cast of cats from Turkuaz, Lotus, Dopapod, the Nth Power, Kung Fu, Trey Anastasio Band, Particle and more.If you like some guitar-laden psychedelic soul music, look no further than Mayer and make a point of it to catch him in one of his various projects; you will not be disappointed.L4LM: You have some shows this week with DMT (Danny Mayer Trio) in the Northeast with some special guests, looks like it is going to be a lot of fun with some great players. Care to give us the 411 on that?DM: I feel very lucky to have developed deep musical and personal connections with everyone in this band over the past few years. At this point, Mikey Carubba (Turkuaz) has become one of my best friends and musical comrades for life. Drums are the most important thing to me – the foundation. Everything starts there and I really do believe that a band can only be as good as its drummer, so to have a dude like Mikey holding it down the way he does, it’s already gonna be killing before anyone else even plays a single note! We’ve played music together in several different settings over the years and we’ve consistently had some of the deepest, most cathartic, hilarious, and inspiring musical experiences that I’ve been a part of to date. Reed Sutherland (Mammal Dap) has been a godsend for me. He was on the road with me tour managing Alan Evans Playonbrother for a while. The last shows Playonbrother did were 6 shows opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band. Those were truly life changing shows for me and Reed was right there the whole time, soaking it all up with me. He’s knows exactly where I’m coming from and has every quality you’d want in a truly great bass player and human being! The three of us will be joined by Shira Elias (Turkuaz) and Mary Corso (Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan) for a handful of tunes each night. I really didn’t want it to just be another instrumental, jammy type thing. I absolutely love these ladies and their voices! They fit right into the vibe, but they also bring a dynamic that enables a much deeper connection to the audience. They’re both incredibly soulful, they both shine bright on stage and definitely add so much to the overall dynamic of this band. The last run we did featured one of my favorite bass players and human beings on the planet – Nate Edgar (The Nth Power). Nate is such a solid person, through and through. He really digs this band, so when schedules permit, he will most definitely be involved in the future of this band as well!Watch DMT at Toad’s Place (Mayer absolutely shreds at the 22-minute mark during Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times”):L4LM: Are there stylistic differences between what you are doing with DMT as opposed to OTS Trio?DM: Absolutely. The instrumentation alone is enough to make it a drastically different overall sound. There are no keyboards in DMT, whereas OTS (On The Spot) Trio is a very keyboard heavy band. Kris Yunker (who plays keys and left hand bass in OTS) lugs around a smorgasboard of awesome vintage keyboards that are usually ALL seen onstage at a typical OTS Trio show. He and I, along with our old drummer Jeff Wilson, wrote most of the material OTS currently plays while we were living in Santa Cruz, CA. There’s an indescribable West Coast influence in our writing and a lot of our songs have a heavy Afrobeat influence. There’s a tangible willingness to explore and go wherever the music, or the vibe in the room, takes us. Kris and I have been playing and writing music together for a decade now, so there’s a certian familiarity and freedom there that can only come from putting in that amount of time! We now have Andrew Cusanelli on drums. He’s getting better and better all the time and we’ve developed our own unique vibe. The idea for DMT came from me wanting to push myself in a different kind of way, while also having as much fun as possible. This is the first band I’ve ever played in where I can’t sonically hide behind a keyboard player. There’s a lot of responsibility there – to have the guitar just be out front all loud and proud. I’m very exposed in that setting but I always get a lot of inspiration from listening to guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Wayne Krantz, Gary Clark Jr and Stevie Ray Vaughan. DMT feels like an amazing musical canvas that allows me to paint with those types of colorful influences. Everyone in the band brings their own influences and energies which creates the chemistry. Our chemistry just works so well because its all based on a very real love and respect we all have for each other, as people and musicians.Also, a very noticeable difference in DMT is that a good chunk of the material we’re doing was written by Mary Corso and myself! That adds a whole different flavor to the band. Mary and I have an amazing connection and we’ve been able to channel that into music. We both love the blues and any kind of soulful music. We quickly recognized those soulful elements in each others sound while playing in Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan over the last year. So when we started writing together a lot of these songs seemed to just come together with very little effort. It’s really one of my favorite things in the world – to get to play original songs, with great musicians, who I trust with my life. Everyone in this band is also constantly busy doing other things so we don’t get to do this very much, which just makes it that much more special when we actually do! L4LM: You have kept a pretty busy schedule playing with a lot of different lineups, most recently with Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan and Heavy Rambler. How was that run of shows?DM: It’s been an awesome and busy year so far. Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan is so much fun! Beau has been a musical brother of mine for a good handful of years now, starting with the formation of The Alan Evans Trio in 2012. Anything he does has a certain fire and excitement to it that’s unmistakable and I love that about him! Mary Corso sings her ass off and adds the roll of the dynamic front woman to the band! Justin Henricks is the other guitar player. He is a truly amazing guitarist. We come from very different backgrounds and have had so much fun finding a common ground! We’ve influenced each others guitar playing pretty heavily in the last year and have developed our own double guitar sound for this band that’s definitely working very well and feeling really good these days. Bill Carbone on drums allows the whole thing to breath in a very wonderful way. Carbone’s an amazing dude and brings so many different and refreshing influences to the band! After many “super jam” “super group” “all-star” and ‘tribute band” gigs over the last year, Heavy Rambler was very inspiring, to say the least. Chris DeAngelis and Adrian Tramontano from Kung Fu are two of the heaviest dudes in this scene and create one of the most telepathic, entertaining, and exciting rhythm sections I’ve ever heard! I’m incredibly lucky to get to play with them frequently and I’m usually smiling from ear to ear when I do! Kofi Burbridge has consistently been one of my favorite musicians for the last 15 years. We had been talking about playing music together, in some capacity for over a year, so I was thrilled when that finally came together! His work with Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band has permanently burned it’s way into my brain, so being onstage with him was pretty surreal! Music just permeates out of that dude 24/7! and Ryan Cavanaugh is, without a doubt, one of the best musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with. He just so happens to play the banjo, which is rare in itself, but even more rare to hear a banjo player as funky and virtuosic as he is! It was amazing to be able to do those gigs with him and get a glimpse into what a truly unique soul he is! L4LM: How have you evolved as a musician the last couple of years?DM: This is a great question! The goal of any musician / artist is to keep growing, evolving and refining your craft with the ultimate knowledge that there is no true end result. You’re never “done” with music. It’s always changing and the possibilities are endless. With that being said, one of my major goals in the past had been to really figure out who I am as a musician, and to find my own voice. I really believe that music moves people the most when it’s genuine and honest. To be genuine and honest, you have to be genuine and honest with your self about who you are as a person and as a musician. This is something that happened for me in past couple years! I went from trying to sound like Grant Green and John Scofield to realizing that who I am is much more blues based and simple than that! I grew up listening to my dad’s rock and roll records and that music is more a part of me than anything. I had to realize that instead of trying to fake being a jazz guy, I could get real with myself and connect with audiences on a much deeper level by just being myself – a psychedelic blues / rock guy. That feels way better and comes way more natural to me. That mentality is also much closer to who I am as a person! What really did it for me though was getting to play and be on the road with Alan Evans for a few years. He was the closest thing I’ve ever had to a mentor. He kind of took me under his wing and put me in a situation that forced me to figure myself out really quickly. His band was most definitely a vehicle for rapid education and self discovery for me. I came out of that experience knowing what I’m good at and what I’m not good at. It gave me a sense of confidence in what I do and what I want to do as a musician. I can now bring that confidence and self knowledge with me into just about any musical setting. Also, in the last year I’ve worked with an amazing custom amp builder named Jamie Simpson at Booya Amplifiers to help me dial in my tone. I finally feel like I have a guitar tone that truly speaks to me, inspires me, and is directly inline with the sound I’m going for. and last but not least, there’s an amazing music community in the Northeast that has whole-heartedly welcomed me in as a part of the scene. There’s amazing things happening from Northampton MA down to Bridgeport, CT. My friend Mitch Moriber created Tone Wheel Music Group and is directly responsible for bringing a ton of great music to the area and building a whole scene in Hartford CT and beyond that is just killing it! It’s developed into one of those brands now that if you see the Tone Wheel Music Group logo on something, you automatically know it’s gonna crush! Being part of a music scene like the one in the Northeast has most definitely been crucial to my musical development in the past few years, without a doubt!Watch On The Spot Trio at BRYAC, 3/22/2015:L4LM: What is on your current music playlist right now?DM: Let’s see here. Sly and The Family Stone, D’Angelo, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr., Aretha Franklin, BB King, Etta James, Gretchen Parlato, Jimi Hendrix, The Arcs, Bob Marley, Joe Cocker and all kinds of old blues artists in constant rotation! There’s so much more though. Those were just the 1st that came to mind. L4LM: Any new original music on the horizon that we can expect on your end?DM: Absolutely. OTS Trio is about to release a 45 of two original songs that were recorded at Alan Evans’ Playonbrother Studio and feature Mikey Carubba on drums. Mary Corso and I are also dialing in a couple more tunes for the first DMT EP, which should be available at some point in the next six months or so. Super excited about that! There’s actually a really huge chunk of a Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan album floating around out there in the universe somewhere as well! L4LM: Outside of the upcoming DMT shows, what else do you have coming up?DM: I’m doing my first “artist-at-large” at this years Rock and Roll Resort from March 25th and 26th. OTS is playing Some Kind Of Jam in PA in April. I’m planning on continuing to be involved with as many projects and new situations as I can! *** Catch Mayer at beginning this Thursday, March 16th, for the next four nights with DMT at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton, MA, followed by performances at Nectar’s in Burlington, VT (March 17th), opening for Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT (March 18th), and at Arch Street in Hartford on March 19th. Mayber will be joined by Michaelangelo Carruba, Reed Sutherland, Shira Elias, and Mary Corso. He will also be joining Bill Carbone, Matt Zeiner, and Jeff Martinson in Rolling Thunder, a tribute to Bob Dylan on March 24th and 31st at Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven, CT. ***
Last weekend marked the return of Jungle Jam, a jam scene oriented destination festival held in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Among the many performers on the full lineup, the headlining set certainly stood out; a collaboration between Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Scott Murawski, John Kadlecik and Jason Crosby. If the recording is any indication, this “Oteil & Friends” set went off better than we ever imagined. The group performed a tribute to Bob Marley, playing reggae favorites like “Could You Be Loved?” and “Three Little Birds.”Thanks to taper Phil Simon, we have full audio of this crazy fun set. Tune in below:Oteil Burbridge heads out on tour with Dead & Company for a number of dates this summer. Check out the newly-updated schedule here.
Jay Cobb Anderson and his Fruition bandmates have seen their musical stock go through the roof over the last few years, with and recent release, Labor Of Love, captures the band at their newest plateau. Thanks to a relentless touring schedule and a knack for writing songs that strike emotional chords while emitting an irresistible call to boogie, Fruition has found themselves with a nationwide fanbase who are filling clubs coast to coast. Anderson is one third of the songwriting trio, alongside Mimi Naja and Kellen Asebroek, who are creating music that is spreading across the country like wildfire. He’s also quite the focal point of the band’s whirlwind live performances.Our own Rex Thomson caught Anderson on a rare quiet moment in his hectic touring schedule to chat about the band’s rising prominence in the music scene, the difficulties of being in a band with so many prolific songwriters and the joys of a van well packed. We’ve also included three exclusive videos from Fruition’s electrifying set at the Summer Camp Music Festival from earlier this year. Enjoy!Live For Live Music: Fruition features three different song writers with distinct musical perspectives. How difficult is it to blend those outlooks and song writing styles into a cohesive whole?Jay Cobb Anderson: You know, it’s actually not that hard now, since we’ve been foolin’ with it for so long. That’s actually what’s made our sound what it is. The fact that it is three different voices singing together, that is the heart of how we do things. From the very first time we sang together we could feel it, our voices collected well. The way our voices come together…that’s a big part of the whole Fruition sound.L4LM: What about the different songwriting styles. Has it happened that one of you wrote a song that was just too far “Off Model” for the band’s sound?JCA: When it comes to our process…we ALL bring our material to the table. The way we do it is we all just sort of throw our stuff together on the table and then try and envision the ones that lend themselves to the band the most, y’know? For this last record, (Labor Of Love) and the EP before it we had like fifty songs. So we were like “Okay… let’s narrow these down.”It’s one of those things where we don’t ever want to exclude anyone’s material. So we do a lot of picking and choosing before we bring in stuff to everyone. I have a lot of material and I really fight to narrow myself down before I come into the planning sessions. I had like fifty songs and I managed to narrow them down to like twenty-five before we all got together. Kellen had a handful of tunes and Mimi had a handful of tunes. In the end though, we just want to bring the best we have to the band and find the songs that fit our sound.L4LM: Your newest album, Labor Of Love, has been well received by fans and critics alike. How’s it feel to see something you worked so hard on getting so much love? JCA: Ah man..it’s been incredible. I haven’t heard anyone say anything bad about it. I’m kinda worried people are just being nice! I wish somebody had SOMETHING negative to say about it…L4LM: It was too short!JCA: (Laughs) There ya go!Watch the band play their song “Blue Light” at Summer Camp Music Festival.L4LM: When it comes to songwriting, are you able to direct the process, or are you more sort of along for the ride?JCA: Songs are funny. They’re so many ways you can get to where you want to go…and none of them are truly wrong I guess, but some definitely work better for me personally than others. I feel like if you set out to say “I am going to write a song about this thing” you can quickly paint yourself into a corner. You have to be ready to let whatever you’re doing take on its own life and become its own thing. Say…say I’m focused on writing a song about, well…about whatever. And I sit down all focused to write my song about this thing. But while I’m playing with chord progressions I come up with this whole separate idea. I think the best songs just write themselves. There have even been times when I can feel a song coming. I can feel the inspiration coming. It’s really bizarre, and I don’t know where it comes from…but I can sense it coming. At its best, I will just sit down with a guitar or in front of a piano and write multiple songs in one sitting. Sometimes I feel like they are already there and I am just writing them down. For a long time I thought that great songs only came from great inspirations. That’s because I was way into the Bob Dylan style of writing. Then I started thinking about minor tones and sitting on songs for a year, two years even three. And also I’ve been trying to follow and capture more of what i call “Instant Inspiration” songs. That works from time to time. There’s just so many paths to reach so many different directions. In the end, I think it’s really hard to make a great song if you set out to say a very specific thing. L4LM: Do You feel like there is an overall band philosophy that you try and service?JCA: Yes, definitely. The song is the most important thing. That’s something we all agree on. We don’t care about where the solos go, or leaving ourselves room to shred…we care about making the best SONG we can. It’s all about helping the song be whatever it needs to be, and giving each other, and the song, space to do and say what needs to be said. I guess our motto is “We surrender to the song.” Also…no idea is a bad idea. We play a lot with arrangements. We’ll try a song four or five different ways trying to find the way a song sounds best. I may have a way I think it should sound in my head. I don’t play drums, but sometimes I will write a song with a specific beat in mind and I’ll come to Tyler (Thompson) and he’ll be like “Well…what if we try it like this?” And I’ll say “I probably won’t like it but let’s hear what you got.” And the when we try it out I’m like “Okay dude…that is better than what I had in mind for sure.” It is all about stripping away egos and shit and getting down to what really matters…the song.You have to be ready to admit to yourself that you were wrong, but also able to know when to fight for something. It’s all got to be about making the song the best it can be.L4LM: You guys have been regulars on the Sirius satellite network and are high on radio station programming charts across the country. I was curious to hear if you had noticed any kind of response from all that airplay.JCA: Absolutely! The first time we started doing anything with the Jam On station…that was like three years ago, it was crazy. Almost everywhere we went people would come up to us and say “We heard you on Jam On” or We heard you on the radio so we had to come to your show!” Especially now…I can’t even imagine how much it’s helping us. There are people out there we’ve never met, whose cities we still haven’t made it to, who are huge fans of our band. It just blows my mind.I can’t thank them enough for the love and support they’ve shown us. It’s amazing.Watch the band play their song “Bent” at Summer Camp Music Festival.L4LM: Fruition is a great example of what hard work and committing to a shared ideal can accomplish. How many shows would you say you average per year?JCA: Oh god…I just have no idea! Wow. I couldn’t even…I guess I could just go back and count, but just the thought of that scares me. (laughs) It seems like we’re always working…or playing…whichever you want to call it. (Laughs) It’s basically a full time job for us. Most people work forty hours a week, and that’s basically what we do. But our lives are flipped. Most people get the weekends off, but that’s when we work the hardest. But it’s for something we love, something we live for.L4LM: Everybody wants to be a rock star…but so few people understand what being a travelling musician is really like. How often to you get fans saying they wish they had your job?JCA: It’s funny when you get people saying “You’re living the dream! It must be amazing! You’re like a rock star!” And I’m like “…uhhh…it’s not really like that.” Real rock stars kinda died out in the seventies and eighties. Real rock stars own planes…we drive around in a van. Some folks ideas of what it’s like to be a musician…they definitely only have a vision of the fun aspects of this life, the things they think are cool. But it’s something that you end up giving your whole life to. You still have a bit of a normal life to an extent, but it just eats everything. Music is all I do. Writing, playing, travelling somewhere to play…music rules my world.But the playing is what makes it all worth it. The challenges are all the other stuff. The driving, the preparing, the promoting…the business side of this life. It’s important today to pay attention to social media and promotion…that part of this life has become essential. But then, in the middle of all that, you have to still find a chance to think like an artist, y’know. But yeah, it’s funny how some people perceive our life sometimes. They’ve put their mental image of our life up on a pedestal, and it’s just not what they think. It’s a full time job.L4LM: So it’s not all groupies and destroying dressing rooms?JCA: (Laughs) Not at all.L4LM: You’re out of Portland, Oregon. There’s not only a strong music scene there and the Pacific Northwest in general, but a bit of a similar spirit amongst some of the bands these days. Earnest, exploratory and idiosyncratic. How much would you say the region itself is an influence on you and your songwriting?JCA: I definitely feel like the Northwest has affected my outlook and songwriting. I’m from northern Idaho, but I’ve lived in Washington and Oregon for most of my life. I lived on the east coast for about three months or so in Massachusetts, but other than that this is where I call home in my mind and my heart. But I definitely feel that growing up in the Northwest, being part of the music scene out here…it’s definitely had its effect on me. Just travelling from show to show…you see such incredible scenery out the window, y’know?I think the variety of bands that have come out of the area are so different too. From all the grunge stuff, to bands like Sonic Youth and The Wailers…not the Bob Marley Wailers but the punk band…bands like that and Mudhoney and Nirvana… that spirit… rock and roll is at the heart of my music love.Watch the band play their song “Labor of Love” at Summer Camp Music Festival.L4LM: You guys give some pretty exhausting performances. Have ever just been too wiped out to pack up and leave when you’re done?JCA: No…you HAVE to pack up and leave. The thing is…after a show I am just so pumped up that the exhaustion doesn’t phase me. The only real exception to that is if somebody is sick. If one of us is sick then as soon as the show is done we tell them “Go away!” We don’t all wanna be sick too. It’s hard not to end up sharing every cold on the road. So that’s like, a rule. We don’t want any of us to be sick, we want them to go and take care of themselves.One thing that is kinda fun to us when we go to festivals is the super helpful crews there ready to move all your gear for you. The crews help you load in and load out. Up until it comes to the pack job. That’s all us. Me, Jeff (Leonard) and Tyler…we’re the packers. We take pride in it. We’ve been known to take pictures of especially good pack jobs.L4LM: It’s good to take pride in accomplishments! Well, thanks for taking time to chat with us sir! Good luck out there on the road, and thanks for for all the wonderful music!JCA: You’re welcome! Happy to do it.
Load remaining images This weekend, Lotus played two shows at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. The electronic jam band was joined by newcomers Spafford, who have been on the up-and-up in 2016 after selling out two shows in the Windy City earlier this summer. The opening act fully complemented the post-rock, dance-driven group, who also had vocalist Gabe Otto on board for the two-night run.“I’ve really enjoyed listening to Spafford open for these shows, their improv is incredibly patient and locked in,” said Lotus’s Mike Greenfield in a Facebook post. To get a good taste of the band’s style, be sure to listen to their new live album, Live Vol 2 here.Lotus prepared a career-spanning setlist for both nights, with some of their new songs “I’ve Been A Fool,” “Eats The Light,” “Anti-Gravity,” sneaking in from their recent Eat the Light release, which features vocals for the first time in the band’s career. Saturday night’s show closed with a favorited “Crosseyed & Painless” cover of the Talking Heads before taking the stage for Chicago’s final double encore.You can see setlists from both bands below, as well as a full gallery courtesy of Tara Gracer Design & Photography:Setlist: Spafford at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/4/16Set: Electric Taco Stand, All In, People, The Postman > WeaselSetlist: Lotus at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/4/16Set One: L’immueble > Expired Slang, Plant > Sunrain, Sleep When We’re Dead, I’ve Been A Fool, Flower SermonSet Two: Blender, Lead Pipe > Greet The Mind, Pachyderm, Eats the Light, Marisol, WaxEncore: Bush Pilot, Gilded AgeSetlist: Spafford at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/5/16Set: Leave The Light On > Salamander Song, Backdoor Funk, America > Todd’s TotsSetlist: Lotus at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – 11/5/16Set One: Bellwether, Middle Road, Travel > Massif, Neon Tubes, Anti Gravity > SpiritualizeSet Two: Cold Facts, Lucid Awakening, Kesey Seed, Move Too Fast > Intro to a Cell, Crosseyed & PainlessEncore: Umbilical Moonrise, Disappear in a Blood Red Sky
Recently, longtime Phish lyricist Tom Marshall launched his own podcast to talk about the band we all know and love. Marshall’s Under The Scales series focuses on various aspects of the Phish scene, and he’s released episodes highlighting everything from tapers to stat-keeping to PhantasyTour and more. The latest episode is a truly interesting one, as Marshall sits down with The Dude Of Life himself, Steve Pollak, to talk about the band’s lyrics. The two tell stories of their earliest days writing songs with Trey Anastasio, sharing the origin stories for a number of favorite tunes. They also talk about their own collaboration together, and share more goodies from the Phish universe.Tune in and listen to the two Phish writers talk about their favorite band in the newest “Under The Scales” podcast, streaming below.
Baltimore, MD-based funk jammers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brought in 2017 with Lotus at Pittsburgh, PA’s Stage AE. The group played a rocking support set, that included a monster jam of “Poseidon > Moonwalk > Poseidon” and “Horizon > The Liquid” to end the set.During their set, Pigeons invited Lotus guitarist Mike Rempel out for a version of “Walk Outside” which featured a patiently built jam that peaked just at the right time, witnessing the crowd absolutely rocking out along with the group. Check out video of the song below:“Walk Outside” – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ft. Mike Rempel – 12/31/16 – Stage AE:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA – 12/31/16 SetlistPoseidon > Moonwalk > PoseidonFun In FunkOcean FlowsWalk Outside*Hava Nagila >Horizon >The LiquidNotes:* w/ Mike Rempel (Lotus) on guitar
Bob Weir played his only announced Midwest performance of 2017 last night, with his reunited Campfire Band for the MusicNOW Festival at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Featuring Aaron Dessner, Scott Devendorf, and Bryan Devendorf of The National, as well as Josh Kaufman, Weir brought his acoustically-oriented band to perform a mixture of tunes from the 2016 album Blue Mountain as well as an array of covers and Grateful Dead classics.It was an almost-identical cast that joined Weir on a brief Campfire Tour last October, with the exception of Aaron Dessner. Dessner was an original member of the Campfire Boys band, but a family emergency forced him to miss the tour and he was replaced by Steve Kimock and Jon Shaw. This show marked his live return to the band, at the Bryce Dessner-curated event.In addition to their originals, Bob Weir and the Campfire Boys played through Grateful Dead classics, including “Dark Star” (during the first and second set), “Eyes of the World”, and “Ripple”, along with covers of Bob Dylan, Son House, Little Feat, Buddy Holly, Kris Kristofferson, The Crickets, and more. They even welcomed vocalist Lisa Hannigan to the stage to perform “Lay My Lilly Down.”Thanks to Amy Vanaman, you can watch 13 minutes of Bob Weir and the Campfire Band in the video below, performing “Walkin’ Blues” by Son House and “Easy To Slip” By Little Feat: Edit this setlist | More Bob Weir setlists[Photo via Bob Weir Facebook]
Comedian and TV Host Ellen DeGeneres celebrated her birthday yesterday, and as a special request, one of her favorite artists performed on the program. Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals took over the stage to perform “Am I Wrong” from their 2016 hit Grammy-nominated album, Malibu, in front of a live studio audience.There was a “little” surprise thrown in, as .Paak’s 6-year old son, Soul, came out to join his father for a dance routine, then stole the show as his dad hopped behind the drum kit. Check it out below:
Tickets for Candler Park Music And Food Festival are currently on-sale for $25 General Admission 2-day passes, and $80 VIP (21+ only) at the venue website. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended, as day of show prices will increase, if there is even still tickets left.Candler Park Music and Food Festival 2017 LineupJoe Russo’s Almost DeadRailroad EarthThe MotetMatisyahuLake Street DiveThe Marcus King BandPigeons Playing Ping PongRipeChelsea ShagWebster On June 2nd-3rd, Atlanta will host the Candler Park Music and Food Festival, which has become a major event in the area over the last few years, and has featured not only some incredible musical lineups, but something for your everyday foodie, while also benefitting the community at large with charitable causes. This year just gets bigger and better, with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead making their second-ever headlining performance in the ATL, followed by sets from Railroad Earth, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Marcus King Band, The Motet, Matisyahu, and many more (purchase tickets here).If you are a fan of the jam scene and the multitude of styles that fall under its wide spectrum, then for an absurdly low price of $25, Candler Park is the place to be. Add to that over 20+ local food trucks and vendors, craft ales from event sponsor Terrapin Beer Co., and you have the makings of a real good time. Did we mention the charitable arm of the festival? The 5k run through Candler Park benefits Atlanta ContactPoint, a local 501c(3) nonprofit organization established in 2012 to engage children and adults through the power of play. For those interested in taking part in the race, sign-up here.As you are strolling around the park, grab some delicious food from one of the many food trucks such as Sweet Auburn Barbecue (Southern BBQ Favorites), The Fry Guy (Belgian Style street fried), Queen of Cream (Creamy artisan ice cream), The Pup Truck (Imaginative frankfurters, brats, and more), Tex’s Tacos (The original Nueva Texicana food truck), and many more, wash it down with an IPA, lager, stout, or whatever you choose, all the while having some of the best bands in the greater jam scene doing what they do best. It all adds up to what should be Candler Park’s best festival to date. Let’s take a listen to some of the artists that are featured on this year’s lineup below, just to whet your musical appetite:
[H/T Consequence Of Sound] While Gorillaz released their brand-new album Humanz about a month ago, Gorillaz fans should expect to see more and more new content from the band in the coming months. Damon Albarn previously noted, as reported by Consequence of Sound, that there were still forty to forty-five tracks leftover from the initial Humanz recording sessions, not to mention a brand-new TV show in the works. While fourteen of these leftover tracks will be issued via Humanz‘s deluxe vinyl box set (which will be released later in the summer on August 25th), that still leaves a great number of unaccounted for songs. Today, Gorillaz’s released what we can assume is one of these new tracks from the initial recording of Humanz, with the debut of the song “Sleeping Powder,” which does not appear on any of the track listings from Humanz or its subsequent bonus materials.New Gorillaz Album “Humanz” Is Here With 26 Total Tracks [Stream]Watch Stephen Colbert’s Incredible Sit-In With Gorillaz For “Feel Good, Inc.” On The Late ShowIn the opening moments of the “Sleeping Powder” video, which was released on YouTube, a man says “This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” accompanied by a lo-fi image of an egg frying, pulling from the iconic anti-drug ad of the 80’s. After the opening title frame that announces that “Sleeping Powder” was written “by 2D,” the song starts with a slow and dreamy piano intro — undoubtedly riffing off the song’s name — before the beat kicks in, making “Sleeping Powder” a laid-back dance number whose energy peaks and falls. You can watch the psychedelic video for the latest from the Gorillaz below, and stay tuned for even more new tunes coming from the Gorillaz’s camp as additional never-before-heard tracks are released in the coming months.