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For the fourth time in New York, and third time at the Brooklyn Bowl, funk darlings Vulfpeck took the stage and treated fans to an all-out display of tight musicianship, complete with an absurd stage presence. The band quickly rose in popularity within the “jam” scene, replete with the most hyper-critical of music fans. Unabashedly, Vulfpeck proved themselves on each of these four night runs, remaining true to their own mysterious Vulfish ways. In being themselves, Vulfpeck steadily earns the respect that they deserve.The band opened up their show with a medley of “Speedwalker” and “Sky Mall,” before Jack Stratton reached out and thanked the audience for their support. In an intimate setting like the Brooklyn Bowl, the band’s regular banter plays as very legit and entertaining. You can feel the sincerity that comes across in every line, especially as Stratton urges the crowd’s consciousness into a funky rendition of “Conscious Club.”“Rango” followed, before the band broke out into two Woody Goss compositions, “Fugue State” and “The Birdwatcher.” The set included two back-to-back surprises, including the rare Vollmilch track “Adrienne and Adrianne” and a debut cover of The Five Fairsteps’ “Ooh Child.” With Antwaun Stanley at the helm and Bernard Purdie in the pocket, this was a real soulful moment of the performance.That soul continued when the band brought out Lake Street Dive’s own Rachael Price, who sang lead on the band’s new cover of The Beatles’ “Something.” Her vocals are beyond impressive, and the song was a real mid-set treat. Joey Dosik came out next, singing lead on his original “Game Winner” and another cover, “Never Can Say.”Antwaun then made his triumphant return, joining the band for a four-song run that included the uber-catchy “1612” and “Funky Duck.” Both of the songs featured a full horn section, with tuba player Ibanda Ruhumbika from the Colbert show adding some funk to the mix. “Funky Duck” with the tuba, as well as a trombonist and saxophonist, was just on another level of dancing grooves.After “Funky Duck,” the stage cleared of special guests, and the band taught their fans some unfamiliar lyrics to sing along with their next song. “Pop Warner… Dennis the Menace, click and clack… Dennis Kucinich.” Once they played the introduction to Steely Dan’s “Peg,” it all made sense. What fun!Antwaun stayed on for one more song, the classic “Wait For The Moment,” before the band treated fans to a series of their most popular songs. “Back Pocket” was first, as Theo Katzman split the crowd into a three-part harmony to sing the song’s catchy refrain. “Beastly” came next, featuring the handiwork of bassist Joe Dart. It’s a real treat watching Dart at work. “Christmas in LA” followed, with yet another three part harmony and some playful banter by Katzman. After “It Gets Funkier” and “Outro,” the band bid their fans goodnight.With time for one more song, the band surprised us all by bringing out a cover of Hanson’s “MMMBop.” The song actually featured Bernard Purdie on the studio recording, hence the song selection. As if we needed another reason to love this band, they finished out their show with one of the most silly songs in existence.Watch the Hanson cover below.A very special shout out belongs to Cory Wong, who played guitar from start to finish during last night’s show and the whole four-night run. Having a permanent guitarist really gives Stratton and Katzman the freedom to switch instruments as they see fit, opening up the band’s show tremendously. Not to mention how great his guitar technique is.You can listen to the full audio recording below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts:Thank you for four glorious nights of music Vulfpeck! So much fun.Setlist: Vulfpeck at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 9/10/16Set: Speedwalker/Sky Mall, Conscious Club, Rango, Fugue State, The Birdwatcher, Adrienne and Adrianne, Ooh Child, Something, Game Winner, Never Can Say, 1612, Funky Duck, Peg, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas in LA, It Gets Funkier, OutroEncore: Mmm Bop[Photo taken on night one by Patrick Hughes // Faces of Festivals]
It’s been a whirlwind week for Kanye West, who was recently out on tour supporting his new album The Life of Pablo. West performed last Saturday in Sacramento, CA, launching into a major rant about politics, his personal life, other artists and more. He subsequently backed out of a performance in Los Angeles, CA just hours before the scheduled start time, and continued the trend by canceling over 20 tour dates nationwide on Monday, November 21st.Today, we’ve received news that West was hospitalized, with reports citing that he was “acting erratically.” His wife, Kim Kardashian, apparently abandoned a scheduled appearance at the Angel Ball in New York, NY to fly cross-country and support West. According to reports, West’s hospitalization was for his own health and safety, due to sleep deprivation and exhaustion.It seems that the balance between being a fashion mogul and the rigors of touring life have been stressful on Kanye West, causing the apparent breakdown. Let’s hope he can get the rest he needs and return to performing his music.[Via US Weekly]
It’s always a treat to see our favorite artists on Jam In The Van, the web video series that packs bands into their solar-powered mobile studio space for intimate, high-quality jam sessions. Recently, South Carolina rockers The Marcus King Band hopped on in LA for their Jam In The Van appearance, performing three songs off their stellar 2016 release The Marcus King Band (“Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That”, “Rita Is Gone”, and “Plant Your Corn Early”. You can watch all three videos from the session below, via Jam In The Van’s YouTube page:“Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That”:“Rita Is Gone”::“Plant Your Corn Early”:
Karl Denson is a Jazz Fest icon. His late-night shows in New Orleans always bring the heat, and you never know who might join him when he and his Tiny Universe take the stage during one of their infamous late night performances. This year, Denson will bring his brand of power-funk to One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, April 29th for a memorable weekend 1 show, and he’s just announced the addition of local saxophone legend Donald Harrison as a special guest for the performance.Harrison, who’s known as the “King of Nouveau Swing,” is more known in jazz circles for combining traditional New Orleans music with R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, and Rock. His addition to this show should leave brass fans salivating, as two of the most innovative and talented saxophonists will hit the stage together for a unique pairing that will inevitably make for a memorable night. Denson often throws fun covers into his set, so we can only imagine what surprises are in store when Harrison and Denson combine forces.See below for full details on this show, including info on how to purchase tickets.– SHOW INFO –Artist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/ Special Guest Donald HarrisonVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Price: $36adv / $40dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 9pm / Show 10pm If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.
Earphorik is ready to hit the road again, after just wrapping up their spring tour with the Werks, TAUK, and more. In addition to new summer dates, the band has announced a new partnership with We’re hEAR for You in conjunction with Hearo’s Ear Plugs, and NYS Music to provide free ear plugs at all upcoming shows. The band has also announced an official sponsorship from Grassroots California, and will be debuting their GRC x Earphorik collaboration all summer long.The first phase of Earphorik’s 2017 summer tour is now here, and includes an exciting appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival, as well as festival debuts at Disc Jam, Mad Tea Party Jam, Sonic Bloom, Electric Forest, and Highberry Music Festival.In addition to their festival and club performances, Earphorik will perform two official Umphrey’s McGee after-parties in Denver, Colorado and in Indianapolis, Indiana.Check out their full schedule below, and find out more on the band’s official website.[photo by Daniel Ojeda]
The funk masters of The Motet recently outlined their plans for the beginning of 2018 with the announcement of sixteen new dates across January through April of next year. For the first wave of dates for their upcoming winter and spring tour, the Colorado-based funk act will focus primarily on the Western half of the United States. The tour begins on January 12th at Ft Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, kicking off a string of five dates in Colorado that will also see the group hit Telluride, Aspen, Keystone, and Fort Collins.Watch The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky Sing The National Anthem At The Knicks GameIn February, The Motet will continue their tour across the Rocky Mountain region, starting with a two-night stand at Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, Nevada—February 17th’s performance will see support by The Main Squeeze, while February 18th’s performance will see support by Monophonics. From there, after a one-off date at Salt Lake City’s State Room on February 22nd, the band will play Jackson, Wyoming’s Pink Garter for two nights on February 23rd and 24th.PHOTOS: The Motet Brings Funk To Portland, ME, For HalloweenThe following month, The Motet will embark on a four-night run across March 15th through 18th, with the group hitting Missoula, Montana; Sandpoint, Idaho; Seattle, Washington; and Bellingham, Washington. Rounding out this first announcement of 2018 tour dates, to start off April, The Motet will set their sights eastward, with performances at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on April 5th and Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on April 7th.Tickets for The Motet’s upcoming 2018 winter and spring tour are available for pre-sale now, with each pre-sale ticket also including a free signed poster. You can snag tickets here.[Photo: Vic Brazen]
On Sunday, coming in hot off Saturday’s fiery performance, Widespread Panic wrapped up their three-night Nashville run with another top-notch show at Ascend Amphitheater. The downtown bars of Honky Tonk row were no match for the rock and roll kings of the jam-band scene, who executed with shrewd precision and multi-faceted harmonization throughout the night.The boys shuffled onstage to an appreciative uproar from the Sunday crowd, which was soon swallowed whole by JoJo Hermann’s piano introduction to “Good People”, the band’s ode to their fans—“We are the good people, the ones your mama warned you about!” A cover of Bloodkin’s “Henry Parsons Died” followed, John Bell leading the way with his appropriately sorrowful vocals. Bell continued to entrance with a cutting version of Vic Chestnutt’s “Aunt Avis” before the rhythm section obliterated a powerful version of the original tune “Rock”.Keeping the pedal to the floor with original material through the end of the set, the band threw down a crushin’ version of “Dyin’ Man” which was followed by the sizzlin’ stomper “Thought Sausage” (“Stir it in the sauce!”). John Bell’s voice mellowed from ravenous lunacy to surreal serenity for “Steven’s Cat”, a cut from their most recent album, Street Dogs. Keeping it chill (for now), the band delved into the steadily building instrumental “B of D” which evolved into the embryonic cocoon of interwoven jams known as “Conrad” to end the first set.Upon returning from set break, Jimmy Herring’s electrical manipulation led the band through a jolted “Saint Ex”, a song based on the German pilot who shot down his favorite author, Frenchman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in WWII. (“If I knew I knew you, I never would have shot you down”). From there, the music took off with the bouncing beat of “Airplane” and landed into the highly sought-after “Jaded Tourist” with JoJo on lead vocals. Hermann would remain in vocal control for an intoxicating “Blackout Blues” before John Bell embodied Tom Waits‘ grit for an outstanding cover of “Goin’ Out West”.For only the second time in the set, the band took a momentary pause before acing the dreamy instrumental “St. Louis”, which segued into the collaborative creation of Vic Chestnutt’s “Blight”, with Dave Schools standing out with his rhythmic pulse and vocal support. The drummers, Duane Trucks (“Let Duane Sang!”) and Sonny Ortiz, hammered out a percussive shake and were soon joined by Dave Schools to form a tight pocket for “Drums”. The other musicians returned to play the crowd-favorite “Stop-Go”, and iced the second set with a raucous “Chilly Water” that included the customary cups of water flying through the air.For their final encore of the weekend, Widespread Panic returned to the stage to perform a captivating version of Steve Winwood-penned Traffic chestnut “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”, in which Bell remained stupendous. To conclude the three-night run at Ascend Amphitheater, the band brought back “Puppy Sleeps”, a bust-out from this year’s Red Rocks that was co-written by Dave Schools and Vic Chestnutt for short-lived WSP/Chesnutt collaborative project, brute. Last night marked the song’s fourth-ever Widespread Panic rendition, and just its second appearance in the last 16 years.Widespread Panic returns to the stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre for another three-night run starting September 14th. With so much still on the table, it seems like a no-brainer for swashbuckling Panic buccaneers to make the trip for the band’s return to the historic pirate paradise. Helluva run, Nashville. Until next time—stay safe, and look out for each other.You can watch a selection of fan-shot video clips from Widespread Panic’s Nashville closer below, and listen to a full stream of the show via PanicStream.Widespread Panic – “Thought Sausage” (partial)[Video: wspgoins]Widespread Panic – “Goin’ Out West” [Tom Waits cover, partial][Video: wspgoins]Widespread Panic – “Chilly Water” (partial)[Video: wspgoins]Widespread Panic – “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” [Traffic cover][Video: Go See Live Music]Setlist: Widespread Panic | Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN | 9/2/18Set 1: Good People, Henry Parsons Died, Aunt Avis, Rock, Dyin’ Man, Thought Sausage, Steven’s Cat, B of D > Conrad (60 mins)Set 2: Saint Ex, Airplane > Jaded Tourist > Blackout Blues > Goin’ Out West, St Louis > Blight > Drums > Drums & Bass > Stop-Go > Chilly Water (100 mins)Encore: Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys , Puppy Sleeps (17 mins)
On Wednesday night in Cohoes, New York, John Medeski’s newest touring side-project, Mad Skillet, spilled into the scene of “The Spindle City.” The brief tour finds the quartet making three Empire State stops, but there is no place eerier, more historic or off-the-beaten-path than the Cohoes Music Hall.“The hang before you play is just as important as the session,” Medeski mentioned in a recent interview. “You have to really be open to get to that place, to get to that vibration where it’s all coming together.” The upstate New York hallowed ground is the fourth oldest concert hall currently operating in the United States and dates back to the 19th century. If the band was seeking a haunted venue, they found the right place in Cohoes as legend has it that Eva Tanguay, Vaudeville icon who died in 1947, can be felt on and off stage. Her signature presence has been known to produce the smell of flowery perfume in an otherwise musty building and a freezing cold breeze in spaces where performers normally complain about the heat.The intimate room greeted John Medeski’s Mad Skillet with a ferocious applause as they entered the stage for the haunting hump-day performance. Delving into MMW territory, a spooky introduction found Will Bernard showing off his jazzy chops as the crowd marveled at the connectedness of a band on their first tour. Medeski put the Mellotron and melodica to work to masterfully conjure up the spirits of his bandmates and within the first 15 minutes of the show, the room got a glimpse of improvised magic from this all-star cast. Sousaphonist Kirk Joseph got up from his stool and circled the stage to get a closer look at his Dirty Dozen Brass Band mate, Terence Higgins, as he found himself tag-teaming the jam with Bernard on a hollow body Gibson guitar.Medeski, being a mindful composer, sat back with his arms crossed and patiently watched his bandmates go about their business before launching the group into “Man About Town.” The soulful opening track from their self-titled debut album, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, saw extended treatment with swirling B-3 organ work, bluesy guitar play, thick slabs of sousaphone bass and well-executed drumming which eventually came to a soft finish.Another Mad Skillet original, “Invincible Bubble,” made it to the first with incredible power as Higgins laid down a rambunctious drum line which made it seem like there was more than one drummer on stage. Joseph delivered echoing pedal effects to the powerful sousaphone to create a horror movie vibe with Medeski twisting knobs on the Mellotron.An audience member yelled out, “More tuba!” to which Medeski playfully replied, “That is not a tuba. Don’t piss him [Joseph] off!” The sousaphone is a closely related cousin of the tuba, but was created to be lighter and more portable during marching band performances in places like New Orleans, Joseph’s native city. The design of the sousaphone allows it to wrap around the performer like a brassy coiled snake, but on a man the size of Joseph, it has seemingly fused to his body–turning him into some sort of bionic jazz-funk robot. The muffled buzzing that creates such a deep bassline is exemplified in “Adele”, another Mad Skillet tune that got some love in Cohoes and saw Medeski piping away at the melodica.After a brief set break, the band came out looser and funkier than ever. In a relentless attempt to freak people out, an extended improvisation gave the band time to mess with various effects during “Psychedelic Rhino”. Serving as the longest studio session on their recent release, this patiently trippy conglomeration of full-band sound climbs various peaks and valleys thanks to Bernard’s chameleon-like guitar riffs and Medeski’s ability to shift directions at the push of a button. An extremely versatile set was filled with angelic gospel sections, happy-go-lucky sidewalk rhythms, funky Latin flavor and organ-drenched southern soul. The Meters-esque, “Little Miss Piggy” was introduced by Medeski and found him playing like an eight-limbed octopus to give the sound an extra wave of funk. Bernard crushed a solo that sprung off the paint chipped walls and Joseph nailed down the familiar brassy sound that stops people on the streets of Jazz Fest during impromptu street performances.While “Medeski” is found in the name of the band, the quartet makes it clear that they are all willing and able to lead the pack. Higgins was found pointing to Bernard for a one-on-one the same way Joseph signaled to Medeski for the spotlight. The drum-keys combo developed into a reggae-dub sound with Bernard’s Gibson before Joseph shoved back in to launch an acid-jazzy funk. “Piri Piri” was spotted later in the second set and took the spacey vibe to a hot and heavy Crescent City swamp. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band twosome showed New Yorkers how they do it down south and cracked up the thermostat to levels even the coldest of ghosts couldn’t suppress. The mad scientist in Medeski gave the crowd another chance to dance–hopping from board to board before introducing his bandmates one last time.Just before the clock struck 11 pm, Mad Skillet was coerced to return to the stage for “The Golden Lady.” Sun Ra’s “The Lady with the Golden Stockings” can be found on the 1966 album The Nubians of Plutonia, which featured songs recorded from late 50’s Chicago sessions. Nearly 60 years later, Mad Skillet tightened up Sunny’s loose jazzy sound with their own unique modifications in studio and on stage. The thrilling, Sean Connery approved track would serve as the perfect theme song for an early James Bond flick. Medeski made his moves with the Mellotron, Bernard vibrated on a wave of surf rhythm guitar, and Joseph provided an elusive bassline before the curtain closed for the final time in Cohoes.There are only a handful of chances left to see this powerhouse roster perform live this year. You’re in for a tasty meal with John Medeski’s Mad Skillet. Mad Skillet Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:November 16 Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music HallNovember 17 Washington, DC—The HamiltonNovember 18 Asbury Park, NJ—Asbury Lanes,Mad Skillet Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:November 16 Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music HallNovember 17 Washington, DC—The HamiltonNovember 18 Asbury Park, NJ—Asbury Lanes
Dave Matthews Band has welcomed an impressive mix of guest performers to jam with them during their 2018 fall arena tour thus far. Warren Haynes, Jon Faddis, James Casey, and Eric Krasno have all been welcomed to the stage to play alongside Matthews and his group since the tour began in late November. DMB continued that trend last night during their tour closing show in their original hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where they welcomed the show’s support act, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to join them for a set-closing performance of “Ants Marching”.On Saturday, Dave Matthews Band opened the show with “Warehouse” off of 1994’s Under The Table and Dreaming, followed by fan favorite “The Song That Jane Likes”. Come Tomorrow’s “Do You Remember” came next, before Dave and company worked through a series of choice cuts with “Funny The Way It Is”, “Crush”, and a cover of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, played earlier this tour for the first time since 2016.Dave Matthews Band – “Crush”[Video: DMB4041]“Say Goodbye”, “You Might Die Trying”, and “Can’t Stop” all came next, before the band invited up guitarist Joe Lawlor to lend a hand on Under The Table and Dreaming’s “Rhyme & Reason”. Dave Matthews Band was firing off on all cylinders, as the band mixed old and new with “Digging a Ditch”, “She”, “Lie In Our Graves”, and “Where Are You Going”. The band then invited up jazz trumpeter John d’Earth for “Jimi Thing”, which included a segment of Prince’s “Sexy M.F.”, before the band exited the stage to allow Dave to deliver a solo rendition of “Here On Out”. The band reemerged for a smooth segue of “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel”, before inviting up Preservation Hall Jazz Band to assist on an impressive take on “Ants Marching”. Dave, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, and Tim Reynolds opened up the encore with “Christmas Song”, which recently made its way back into the setlist after a four-year break, followed by “Two Step”. Dave Matthews Band brought the show to a close with “Halloween”, played for the first time since 6/17/17.Dave Matthews Band – “She”[Video: DMB4041]Dave Matthews Band – “Two Step” > “Halloween”[Video: DMB4041]Dave Matthews Band will look to pick up where they left off starting with a run of European concert dates next spring. Tickets to the band’s upcoming performances can be found on the official DMB website.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | John Paul Jones Arena | Charlottesville, VA | 12/15/2018Set: Warehouse, The Song That Jane Likes, Do You Remember, Funny The Way It Is, Crush, Burning Down The House, Say Goodbye, You Might Die Trying, Can’t Stop, Rhyme & Reason*, Digging a Ditch, She, Lie In Our Graves, Where Are You Going, Jimi Thing^, Here On Out^^, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel, Ants Marching^^^Encore: Christmas Song%%, Two Step > Halloween%Notes:*with Joe Lawlor^with John d’Earth^^Dave solo^^^with Preservation Hall Jazz Band%%Carter, Dave, Stefan and Tim%Last time played 6/17/17