Whenever we post about Coachella, our readers often like to mention that the festival isn’t “about the music.” While the festival did host a number of top notch performances, including headlining sets from LCD Soundsystem and Guns N’ Roses, there are plenty of other attractions on site to engage attendees.This non-music-centric focus of Coachella is the subject of a hilarious new Funny Or Die video, starring David Spade and Baywatch star Charlotte McKinney. The video is ripe with satire, essentially pegging Coachella attendees as jobless, Instagram-obsessed millennials, who are vapidly unaware of music at the festival.While it’s obviously a stereotype not shared by all who attend, the video still made us laugh quite a bit. Enjoy it!
Load remaining images A full gallery of hundreds of images can be seen below! Returning for its third straight year, the Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World festival brought a number of top-tier performers and thousands of fans to the beautiful Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY. With a headlining set from New Orleans piano wizard Dr. John, funky jams from Kermit Ruffins, Soulive and more, family friendly activities including a showcase from the Big Apple Circus and more, this was truly a festival to remember!Thanks to LAWW, we have a stunning gallery of photos to share from the event. Check it out below!
In the ever-evolving world of technology, anything is possible. Now, you can even fulfill your own dreams of playing an instrument using an app called Yousician, free for iOS and Android users. According to the company, “We were all born musical” so if you ever felt interested in learning piano, guitar, ukulele or bass, now is your chance.The app teaches you basic techniques and musical notation. By “presenting a challenge and then listening as you try to play in real life. When you complete each learning challenge, the app unlocks another, more difficult one,” explains the NY Times.By combining videos hints, interactive graphics, and spoken instructions, Yousician teaches users the basic knowledge needed to play the available instruments.Right now, Yousician can teach piano, guitar, ukulele or bass, and we imagine that more instruments will be added to the fold soon. So take out that bass you have but never learned to play, download Yousician for free, and learn how to slap along to your favorite songs in no time!Check it out:A few other apps that the NY Times mentions that are great tools for learning are Simply Piano on iOS (download here) and Perfect Piano on Android (download here) for piano lessons, Uberchord for learning guitar (download here for iOS), and SingTrue, and iOS singing tutor (download here).The future is here!
On September 4th, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe stopped at Phil Lesh‘s restaurant and concert venue, Terrapin Crossroads, while touring the West Coast. Lesh was in attendance, and, as he tends to do, he sat in as a special guest for a song, joining KDTU for a funky, horn-filled version of “Shakedown Street”.Lesh is just hours away from taking the stage at the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, where he’ll be joined by Karl Denson, as well as Eric Krasno, Alan Evans, and Neal Evans of Soulive, Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby and Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom aka The Shady Horns to make for a jazzy and unique version of Phil Lesh & Friends.Get pumped for tonight’s show with this awesome video of “Shakedown Street”, courtesy of YouTube user sgibson818.
A full audio stream is available here, courtesy of taper Scott Medeiros.The full setlist and photos by Bahram Foroughi Photography can be seen below. Weir resumes his tour tonight for a second performance at Kings Theatre. Bob Weir kept the Campfire Tour rolling last night, playing a highly-anticipated show at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre along his tour in support of recently-released Blue Mountain. The tour has seen Weir travel the country, treating fans to stripped down versions of Grateful Dead classics and his new cowboy-themed original music. With Steve Kimock, Jon Shaw, Bryan Devendorf, Josh Kaufman and Scott Devendorf supporting him, there was no shortage of great music to be played.Weir opened with a Little Feat classic in “Easy To Slip,” and kept the energy going with “Loose Lucy.” The remainder of the first set highlighted Weir’s Blue Mountain material, and closed out with Johnny Cash’s “Big River.”It was set two that saw the band cook up some Grateful Dead classics,including both “Brown-Eyed Women” and “Cassidy” with famed guitarist Leslie Mendelson. Mendelson joins the likes of John Mayer, Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton as guests on this tour – esteemed company, to say the least. (Read more about her here). She would also return for the finale, a rendition of “Friend Of The Devil.”You can watch a handful of videos below, courtesy of YouTube user Matt Frazier.
R&B soul-sensation Childish Gambino is making a quick rise in 2016. While more formally known as Donald Glover, the actor/writer/comedian/musician started as a writer for 30 Rock at the age of 23, rose to fame in Community and as the creator and star in FX’s Atlanta, and is currently cast as Lando Calrissian in Disney’s upcoming Han SoloStar Wars. But perhaps the most interesting part about this multi-talented artist is the musical masterpiece he released earlier this month, Awaken, My Love!, which explores the future dimensions of funk, rock, and soul.The new album has received a great amount of attention with various degrees of opinion. While an excellent listen from beginning to end, the music has been compared to Funkadelic‘s Maggot Brain for its similarities in psychedelic rock and groove-oriented funk.George Clinton had positive words to say about the new album in an interview with Hip Hop DX, explaining “I just heard it [Awaken, My Love] one time and I like the songs… I’m aware of his music and know he’s into P-Funk so I know it’s going to be some good music. I haven’t had a chance to get all the way into it. When I did hear it, it sounded like a cross between P-Funk and Prince influence. I’m proud that he’s into the funk and glad him and others are bringing some new funk back.” If you haven’t already, give the record a listen for yourself:Clinton is currently collaborating with Flying Lotus for a new project and movie, and is also working on an upcoming Parliament album called Medicaid Fraud Dog. The new album features Bilal, Thundercat and frequent collaborator Junie Morrison, and is reportedly half way done.In the same interview, Clinton explains of the new album, “It’s about all of the insurance get-over in the medicine field… The bullshit medicine, drugs and legal in some state drugs. The whole medical/pharmaceutical situation and the way people react to it.”Clinton is hitting the road for his Mardi Gras Madness Tour starting in February.Thurs, Feb 16, Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEFri, Feb 17, Morgantown, WV – Mainstage MorgantownSat, Feb 18, Columbus, OH – Express Live!Thurs, Feb 23, Washington, DC – Howard TheaterFri, Feb 24, Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho TheaterSat, Feb 25, Boston, MA – House of BluesTues, Feb 28, New York, NY – B.B. King Blues ClubThurs, Mar 2, Atlanta, GA – Buckhead TheatreFri, Mar 3, Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of BluesSat, Mar 4, Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Festival
It’s always wonderful when a band’s sound engineer shares high-quality audio from previous nights’ exceptional performances. Such is the case with the great Terry Lapointe of Fruition, who regularly provides a service to fans who are eager to hear what the band cooks up across the country. After some doubts arose as to whether a recording would emerge of Fruition’s electric debut at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, Terry came through, much to the delight of distant fans unable to make the show and attendees wanting to relive the evening. For Fruition’s three-night hometown throwdown to celebrate both the birth of 2017 and Mimi Naja, Terry Lapointe has emerged again a quiet hero bringing the banging tunes to masses.Check the shows for the 29th, 30th, and 31st, below, courtesy of the man.[Photo courtesy of Ryan Reilly]Fruition at the Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR, 12/29/16Fruition at the Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR, 12/30/16Fruition at the Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR, 12/31/16[Photo courtesy of Ryan Reilly]
Last night marked the opening of Los Muertos con Queso, a new destination event in Mexico featuring members of the Grateful Dead with The String Cheese Incident, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Jackie Greene. It was the CRB who opened up the tropical festivities, playing a set before welcoming the featured act of the weekend.“Los Muertos” – Spanish for The Dead – featured Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann with guitarist Bob Weir, backed by Tom Hamilton, Dave Schools and Jeff Chimenti. The band opened with “Uncle John’s Band” and kept close to the Dead’s prized catalog, as Bob Weir took most of the lead vocals but gave some songs to Tom Hamilton as well, like “China Cat Sunflower” and “Crazy Fingers.”The show stayed close to the Dead’s prized catalog with one notable exception, as the group busted out a cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Mountain Jam” coming out of a drum solo in the second set. Presumably played for Butch Trucks, who passed away yesterday, the Allman Brothers instrumental jam out was well received for the grieving fans on the shores of the Riviera Maya. The set closed out with “Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream,” and the band encored with “Liberty” to cap a great performance.Los Muertos con Queso resumes tonight, January 26th, with two sets from String Cheese and two from the Bob Weir & Bill Kreutzmann collective. See last night’s setlist below, as scribed by Bill Batson of FOJC, as well as a clip of “I Know You Rider” from the night. Setlist: Bob Weir & Bill Kreutzmann | Los Muertos con Queso | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/25/17Set I: Uncle John’s Band, Here Comes Sunshine, West L.A Fadeaway (BW), Little Red Rooster (BW) > Crazy Fingers (TH), Jack Straw (BW)Set II: China Cat Sunflower (TH) > I Know You Rider (all), Tennessee Jed (BW), drums > Mountain Jam > Death Don’t Have No Mercy (BW), Sugar Magnolia (BW) > Sunshine Daydream (BW)Encore: Liberty (BW)[Photo via Los Muertos Facebook Page]
Load remaining images Yesterday, Leftover Salmon kicked off their yearly spooky soiree at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The Stanley Hotel is a beautiful, old hotel nestled in the shadows of Rocky Mountain National Park, best known for its haunted halls which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. For the third year in a row, Leftover has taken this idea and run with it, crafting a glorious multi-day celebration of all things eerie, packing each day with all manner of activities and inviting other artists to join them in the fun. For the inaugural day of this year’s event, two other Colorado bands, The Sweet Lillies and Deadphish Orchestra, helped Leftover kick off the weekend, coming together for a full day of magical and macabre musical moments.Just getting to Estes Park from the main cities along the front range is a trek, with the multiple-hour drive on the winding mountain roads leading to the remote town setting the mood for guests before ever setting foot on The Stanley Hotel’s grounds. On Friday, The Sweet Lillies were the first performance of the weekend, and before their set at 6 o’clock, attendees milled around the grounds and roamed the hallways, some already zombified or monstrous (and definitely startling the handful of somewhat-horrified regular vacationers who stumbled into the event) after taking advantage of the complimentary face-painting station by the hotel’s front desk.©Jay BlakesbergThe Sweet Lillies performance was the perfect way to start the day’s festivities. Those who weren’t dancing or watching the group throw down helped themselves to the free libations provided by Breckenridge Brewery’s beer tasting and the tables of finger food in the back of the ballroom. An incredibly convincing Jack Nicholson impersonator (or potentially Jack Nicholson himself) wandered the outskirts of the room, sparking laughter or debates among the groups who noticed him meandering about.However, most in the hall were enraptured by The Sweet Lillies, who put on a wonderful performance chock full of upbeat and danceable numbers that built up energy for the rest of the night. The five onstage were reminiscent of an older time, adding an air of authenticity to the weekend as the weekend’s “opening scene,” as the Lillies played a soulful combination of Americana and bluegrass. Toward the middle of their performance, Colin Herman, the son of Leftover’s Vince Herman, joined them on stage and took over the bass for a song before leaving the quintet to it for a slower, heartfelt tune. Their original songs took up the majority of their set, though the group squeezed in a buoyant cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising,” both of which elicited whoops and hollers from within the McGregor Ballroom.©Jay BlakesbergBy the time the Sweet Lillies left the stage, the sun had begun to set and excitement around the rest of the night was rightfully on the rise. People took advantage of the brief break between the Sweet Lillies and Leftover Salmon’s first performance of the weekend, putting on costumes before wandering to the main concert hall where Leftover was performing. Thus, Friday night was all about costumes, with Leftover playing to an audience sprinkled with zombies, witches, and ghouls, and the band members themselves donning costumes, musical and otherwise.Leftover Salmon’s first set was diverse, with the song choices tied together by the spooky and funky theme of the evening. This set was primarily dedicated to a range of covers, as was only appropriate for the costume ball, though originals “Head Bag” and “Funky Mountain Fogdown” made the cut and were placed squarely in the middle of the set. Harry Belafonte’s “Zombie Jamboree” kicked things off, and the crowd was more than amped for its start and ready to see what Fidel Castro (Vince Herman), Satan (Andy Hall), Ghostface from the Scream movies (Greg Garrison), and three zombies (Drew Emmitt, Eric Deutsch, Alywyn Robinson) had in store.©Jay BlakesbergThe first set moved through more obscure covers such as “Hoodoo Bash” and more well-known songs such as The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” with a good ol’ fashioned bluegrass breakdown and set-closing Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe.” A highlight from this set was Al Wilson’s “The Snake,” which marked the start of a build toward a huge close to the set. Sung by Andy Hall and featuring a particularly spooky and synth-y solo by Eric Deutsch, after its climax, “The Snake” settled back into its laid back and steady groove, which helped slowly whisper away for a stripped-down ending.After the costume contest, which awarded a pair of tickets to Leftover Salmon’s Red Rocks performance this summer to Beetlejuice, the band returned to the stage for their second set celebrating the (Grateful) Dead. They kicked things off with “Alabama Getaway” and then “Scarlet Begonias,” which hinted to the crowd that there just might be a Grateful Dead set. As Drew took the lead on “Cold Rain and Snow,” the Dead set was all but confirmed.©Jay Blakesberg“Pasta,” Leftover Salmon’s take on “Fire On The Mountain,” started out with the traditional pasta-themed lyrics before moving briefly in The Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House” and then into the “Kind Bud” lyrics. This kicked off a nonstop jam segment, which moved through “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” and “Friend of the Devil,” though Leftover still worked in teases of other crowdpleasing tracks like the traditional “Rocky Top” before moving into a final reprise of “Pasta.”After “Jack A Row,” which Vince Herman affectionately referred to as “Jack Nicholson A Row” at its close, Leftover moved into “Playing In The Band” sung by Greg Garrison. “Playing In The Band” was used as a launching pad for an ambient “Space” jam. Their sound was huge during this segment, with Andy Hall going into full devil mode and using his toy pitchfork as a slide throughout, before the discordant sound beautifully and slowly restructured itself into the close of “Playing In The Band.”©Jay Blakesberg“Ragged But Right” came next, a traditional tune that gave its name to an album by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, before closing with “New Speedway Boogie.” The audience sang along for this night-closing tune, with the band eventually working the song into an a capella close. The crowd kept singing the chorus as the members of the band silently put down their instruments and walked off stage, leaving people eager for an encore that never came, with eventually the house lights and music coming on to signal Leftover’s night was over.The late-night music, appropriate to Leftover’s second set, featured Deadphish Orchestra. Playing until late into the morning after Salmon’s end around midnight, Deadphish Orchestra greeted the trickling crowd in the hotel’s main building with classic tunes by The Grateful Dead and Phish. The energy in the room was high and the vibe celebratory, with the dance floor jam packed as the quartet moved through its similarly spooky-themed setlist featuring tracks like “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Mr. Charlie” (which featured Vince Herman appearing to help out on vocals), and “Ghost.” Their performance was a great way to close out a great day, leaving guests eager for the rest of the weekend.©Jay BlakesbergYou can check out the setlist from Leftover Salmon’s set below, as well as a gallery provided by photographer Jay Blakesberg below. Stay tuned for our coverage of the next two days of Leftover’s Stanley Hotel run too!Setlist: Leftover Salmon | The Stanley Hotel | Estes Park, CO | 3/10/2017Set One: Zombie Jamboree, Funky Bill Jones, Hoodoo Bash, Whipping Post, Head Bag, Funky Mountain Fogdown, Here Comes The Night, The Snake, Demon In Disguise, Hey JoeSet Two: Alabama Getaway, Scarlet Begonias, Cold Rain And Snow, Pasta > Going Down The Road > Friend Of The Devil > Pasta, Jack A Row, Playing In The Band, Ragged But I’m Right, New Speedway Boogie