Beloved folk rockers The Avett Brothers have a new album, True Sadness, due out on June 24th via American/Republic Records. The band has been building anticipation for their new release with some great live performances, and today they have shared the title track from the new release.Contrary to its title, the song is an upbeat folk tune, powered by acoustic guitars and a funky bass line running throughout the tune. You can listen to the new song below:The band also announced five new tour dates throughout 2016, including a date in June and a run of pre-Halloween shows in South Carolina and Virginia. You can see the newly added dates below, for which a fan pre-sale begins next Tuesday, May 10th at noon local time.The Avett Brothers New Tour DatesJuly 5: Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center September 10: Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center October 6: Southaven, MS – Landers CenterOctober 29: Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness ArenaOctober 30: Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Hot off a busy spring touring schedule that included appearances at venues across the southeast including Aura Music and Arts Festival and Wanee Festival, the South Florida-based, soulful jam-rockers the Ben Sparaco Band have debuted their first studio release called Bring The Jubilee EP.Featuring five songs written by 18-year-old guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco including one live track from a show the band played in December of 2015, the album features a unique southern blues rock-based sound with classic soul and jazz textures throughout. Driven by the lead and slide guitar of Sparaco, the record features Josh Foster on keyboards, Craig Stevens on bass, and Brian Jones on drums.The EP is available to purchase or stream on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp (with an exclusive bonus track), and will be available worldwide on over 50 online stores starting in late May.<a href=”http://bensparacomusic.bandcamp.com/album/bring-the-jubilee-ep”>Bring The Jubilee EP by Ben Sparaco Band</a>To see where the Ben Sparaco Band is playing near you and to purchase a physical copy of the EP, visit their official website.
We’re bringing it back to 2013 for this amazing collaboration, complete with Bootsy Collins, Leslie Hall, Biz Markie, Questlove, and Erykah Badu. The musicians joined forces for an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!, an interactive and live-action program created for children from the ages 1 and up that takes place in a magical land full of music, dance, colorful cartoons, and simple life lessons.In this particular episode, the show’s host DJ Lance loses a magic star on his hat, so he brings his Gabba friends to help him search for it in the music room. That’s where they find the unlikely band of funksters. Watch the hilarious cameo below:[Photo via IMDb]
With an inclement weather of Hurricane Matthew threatening the Southeast, the upcoming Mustang Music Festival in Corolla, NC has been forced to cancel their event. The festival was to feature sets from moe, Lettuce, G. Love & Special Sauce, Yonder Mountain String Band and so many more, but the state of emergency in North Carolina is apparently too concerning to overcome.The festival made the announcement with the following open letter to the fans:A word from our Producer: “It is with immense sadness we have to cancel the 6th Annual Mustang Music Festival. After sleepless nights, consultations from local and regional officials, we have determined that proceeding further in our production is hazardous and unsafe for our patrons, crew and performers. While the forecast for Hurricane Matthew has improved over the past few hours, there is still much uncertainty to its effects. North Carolina is under a State of Emergency and evacuations of the the North Carolina coast are still possible. All tickets will be purchased with a credit card will be refunded over the next 10-12 business days. Tickets purchased locally with cash will be refunded at the point of purchase beginning Tuesday, October 11.A major thank you to everyone that worked on trying to make my dream a reality. I’m hopeful to be able to recover from this setback and try again in the future.”We hope that everyone in the area remains safe, and that Mustang returns in full force next fall!
On Thursday night, Yonder Mountain String Band kicked off their fall tour with Fruition in Augusta, GA to create a jam-grass double bill for the ages. The two bands descended on Sky City with a few tricks up their sleeve. Fruition opened the night with a a great set that featured a three-song guest appearance from Yonder’s fiddle player Allie Kral, and Yonder closed the show with a two-hour set that saw the band firing on all cylinders, busting out their cover of Phish‘s “Scent of a Mule” towards the end of the set.See below for setlists from both bands from this awesome night of bluegrass in Augusta!Yonder Mountain String Band 10/6/16 Setlist:Eat In Go Deaf, Black Sheep > Punk, Jail Song, Around You, Love Before You Can’t, Fingerprint, Town, Bad Taste, Dancing in the Moonlight, Boots > Angel, Hole, Scent of a Mule, Amie, Travelin Prayer,Deep Pockets, Traffic Jam * > * New Dusty > Traffic Jam*Fruition 10/6/16 Setlist:Can’t Stop, Blue, Whip. To Band, Little, Way That I Do, Santa Fe, There She, Fallin, Should Be, Mountain Ann, The Meaning, Southern, Beside You, Don’t Mind^, Boil^, Above, Labor^ with Allie Kral[Photo Gallery courtesy of Hank Wharton] Load remaining images
Critically acclaimed jazz/funk ensemble Snarky Puppy rang in the New Year in New York City, playing on December 30th at Irving Plaza before delivering two separate performances at the Union Square venue on New Year’s Eve. Snarky Puppy had a tremendous 2016, winning a Grammy award for Sylva, their collaborative album with the Metropole Orkest. They also returned with their first Snarky Puppy album in years, an impressive released entitled Culcha Vulcha.The two-night, three-show run was full of incredible music, keeping the good times rolling as fans danced the night away. Check out some videos and a full gallery below, courtesy of Capacity Images. Load remaining images
An exciting band of musicians gathered at Terrapin Crossroads last night, as the venue’s owner and the Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh put together a jam-packed lineup of Friends for the occasion. The Phil Lesh & Friends performance featured the likes of Holly Bowling, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Jay Lane, Ross James, and Cass McCombs, each bringing a fresh perspective to the music of the Dead.Perhaps one of the more intriguing stories of the night is that of Holly Bowling’s, as the pianist has risen from relative anonymity to regular collaborator with members of the Grateful Dead. This was Bowling’s second outing with Lesh, and she also recently performed with Bob Weir at the Christmas Jam in December. All of this was made possible by Songs Of Their Own, a unique album that paid tribute to the Grateful Dead through solo piano interpretations of their music, as composed by Bowling. You can read all about that album here.The show itself featured a number of classic Grateful Dead tunes for the “Dead of Winter” performance, including “Bertha,” “They Love Each Other,” “New Minglewood Blues” and “Loose Lucy” in the first set. They kept the magic up for two full sets, and rocked out jamming to “Dark Star,” “St. Stephen,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Mountains On The Moon,” and “I Know You Rider” for a tasty five song second set.Fortunately, thanks to Holly Bolwing, we can watch full videos of this magical evening. Check it out below, with the setlist to follow. Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 1/12/17Set IWest > (RJ)Bertha (DL)They Love Each Other (DL)Angel From Montgomery (?)New Minglewood Blues (RJ)? unidentified song (DL)Loose Lucy (DL)Set IIDark Star > (PL)Saint Stephen > (PL)Fire on the Mountain (DL)Mountains of the Moon > (PL)I Know You Rider (All)[Setlist via Bill Batson // FOJC]
Beloved jamtronica outfit Lotus is riding high after the release of their Eats The Light album, and that energy was in full force over two nights across Oregon. With support from El Ten Eleven, Lotus made it count with two great nights in the Pacific Northwest, bringing along a bastion of their most beloved songs.The shows took place at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR on February 10th, followed by a performance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR on the 11th. From the opening notes of “Jump Off” to the final encore of “Gilded Age” in Eugene, these were two great performance!See the setlists and a full gallery by Visual Suplex, below.Setlist: Lotus | Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR | 2/10/17Set 1: Jump Off, Move Too Fast, Pachyderm, Blue Giant, Sid> Sunrain> Inspector Norse> SunrainSet 2: Cold Facts, Sodium Vapor, Neon Tubes, Behind Midwest Storefronts, Plant Your Root> Flower Sermon> Umbilical Moonset> Flower SermonEncore: Umbilical MoonriseSetlist: Lotus | McDonald Theatre | Eugene, OR | 2/11/17Set 1: Bubonic Tonic> I’ve Been A Fool (Toy Guns), Blender, Suntan, Lead Pipe> Golden Ghost> SpiritualizeSet 2: L’immeuble> Tip Of The Tongue, Philly Hit> Arupa> Massif, Kesey Seed, WaxEncore: Colorado, Gilded AgePhotography by Jordan IngleeInstagram: @visualsuplexFB: @visualsuplex Load remaining images
For this year’s Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival, the festival is mixing it up, expanding “The Other Tent” into a full-blown stage that will be blasting hip-hop and electronic performances late into the night. Once the tent comes down and the stage area is built out, the new stage simply named “The Other” will host performances by artists such as Marshmello, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, D.R.A.M., Goldfish, Haywyre, Skepta, and others.Bonnaroo, which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, and is known for its ability to draw huge headliners, with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance The Rapper topping the 2017 lineup. However, the downbill of Bonnaroo’s line-up is always is varied, catering to a bunch of different musical tastes and allowing the more mainstream festival to still appeal to concertgoer’s diverse musical sensibilities. This year, Umphrey’s McGee, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Mandolin Orange, Turkuaz, and Twiddle are just a few of our favorite artists who will be hitting Bonnaroo this year.This year, the festival runs from June 8th through June 11th, and is sure to be bigger than ever with the expansion of “The Other Tent” into a larger stage in its own right. You can check out Bonnaroo’s website for more information and tickets.
In the wake of their announcement of their seventh studio album, Mr. Finish Line, last month, Ann Arbor-bred low-volume funk crusaders Vulfpeck have released another brand new single, with a new video to accompany it. “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” is a methodically soulful ballad sung by featured guest pianist/vocalist Charles Jones, another instantly catchy addition to the band’s ever-growing repertoire. The song’s plodding melody begins simply, with a minimal, staccato piano part and punching rhythm, and sees the band members gradually add embellishing fragments of groove. As the instrumental embellishments swell, so do Jones’ vocals. By the song’s end, it’s no longer a meticulous crawl, but rather a soulful singalong, with Charles peppering in theatrical falsetto vocal leads perfectly mirrored by infectious guitar and sax runs.You can listen to “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” by Vulfpeck featuring vocalist Charles Jones from their upcoming album, Mr. Finish Line, below:Watch the official music video for “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” below:The excellent new track marks the second to be released by the band since the announcement of Mr. Finish Line, following the cover of Mocky‘s “Birds of a Feather, We Rock Together” sung by Antwaun Stanley that they released a few weeks back. The band hasn’t indicated whether the singles will be included on the upcoming album. In the past, they have released several covers and singles that have not made it onto official LPs.Vulfpeck Shares First Track, New Music Video Featuring Antwaun StanleyAccording to the video the band released along with the album’s announcement, Mr. Finish Line will feature “10 Indi Bangers from the band that recorded Newsbeat,” a nod to their 2014 Fugue State tune. The album will feature a long list of contributors, including Stanley, Jones, Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik (who bandleader Jack Stratton recently revealed will be taking lead vocals for his first Vulf tune) and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong. These talented players will, as always augment the core Vulfpeck quartet (comprised of Stratton, Joe Dart, Woody Goss, and Theo Katzman).You can watch the announcement trailer below for Mr. Finish Line below, and pre-order your own copy here.