Kennedy Center Names Q-Tip As First-Ever Artistic Director For Hip-Hop Culture

first_imgA hearty congratulations are in order for Q-Tip, as the A Tribe Called Quest artist will take on a new challenge: leading the Hip Hop Culture series at the famed John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The Kennedy Center’s inaugural Hip Hop Culture program will run from July 2016 through June 2017, and will highlight hip hop’s contributions to society.“With hip-hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that precede it,” Q-Tip said in a statement. “I want to begin at the beginning of the Culture to help people see its roots, better understand its present, and responsibly create its future.”The program will also see Q-Tip collaborating with Hi-ARTS, a visual design company that has been working with the Kennedy Center for 15 years. Bringing this level of detail to each production is sure to create some wildly exciting performances, especially with Q-Tip at the helm as Artistic Director. We can’t wait.[H/T Washington Post]last_img read more

Sunny Ortiz Discusses The Future Of Widespread Panic In New Interview

first_imgWith the news that Widespread Panic‘s decision to not tour after this year causing, well, a panic amongst fans, frontman John Bell has since clarified some of the initial statements, saying the band is just scaling things back after this year. In addition, percussionist Sunny Ortiz also allayed the fears that Panic wouldn’t be touring at all. In an interview with C-Ville, Ortiz discussed the group 30th anniversary tour, and the decision to simply take some time to concentrate on family, recharge the batteries, and work on non-Panic related projects when the celebration is over.Widespread Panic Will Not Be Extensively Touring After This YearOrtiz clarified the no-touring statement: “Well, I think you almost have to read in between the lines, you know. We really didn’t say, or at least we really didn’t come to a decision as far as [to] stop touring. I think what the verbiage should have said was that we’re going to do a smaller amount of shows than we are doing this year.”Widespread Panic Heats Up The Historic Tenneesee Theatre For Two Night Run [Setlist/Stream]With the decision to dial things down from the arduous touring schedule that provides plenty of wear and tear both physically and mentally, the band will still play the major multi-night runs, festival plays, and do some minor touring, but stay away from the 100-date a year, day-in, day-out tour bus lifestyle, as Ortiz explains “for us to say that we’re going to not tour. …I think we need to expand on that and say, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to tour. We have to sustain ourselves.’ It’s what we’ve been doing for the past 30 years is touring..”.In short, relax, there will still be plenty of time to get your Panic on.[via C-Ville.com]last_img read more

Tom Petty, Big Grizmatik & More Help moe. & UM Close Out Summer Camp Fest [A Gallery]

first_imgSummer Camp Music Festival closed on a high note last Sunday, May 29th, bringing a spectacular showing of performing artists for the final day of festivities at Chillicothe, IL. Hosted by moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, the festival featured a number of favorites within the jam scene, including The New Mastersounds, The Main Squeeze, The Motet, Here Come The Mummies, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus, The Heard, Twiddle, The Werks, and more! The festival also included some classic performers, with sets from George Clinton & P-Funk and Mudcrutch (ft. Tom Petty, Tom Leadon & more). A special collaboration called Big Grizmatik, with Big Gigantic, GRiZ and Gramatik also performed, adding to the festival’s overall charm.Thanks to Phierce Photo we have some snapshots to share from the final day of music. Check it out below. Check out the full gallery, below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Benevento/Russo Duo Play The Paradise On This Day In 2005 [Full Show Audio]

first_imgThere really is never a bad time to listen to a Benevento/Russo Duo show, is there? Especially given the fact that Marco Benevento and Joe Russo haven’t played as “The Duo” very oftern over the last ten years. As the two began to team up with guitarist Scott Metzger and Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz to form Bustle in Your Hedgerow, which then turned into the juggernaut that is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, with the addition of long-time collaborator and friend Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past / American Babies), Duo performances simply became a thing of lore.Benevento Russo Duo Returns! A Look Into The Group’s Exciting StoryThe two did perform a surprise set at 2015’s Mountain Jam, which had old-school fans foaming at the mouth in obvious excitement at this extremely rare occurrence. More recently, The Duo returned to perform at last year’s edition of Jam Cruise, in addition to playing at Florida’s Suwannee Hulaween. So, we decided to take a look at a show that the group played back on this day (December 2nd) in 2005 at Boston’s The Paradise.It is an incredible show that features all of the elements that made The Duo a major player in the early 2000’s jam scene. The mad scientist skills of Benevento on keys, along with the technical proficiency that is Russo on drums, to create an amalgamation of sound that combined elements of acid jazz, rock, experimental, and last, but not least….jam.This show features a great “Sunny’s Song” with the help of The Slip‘s Marc Friedman on guitar, a majestic “Soba” from 2006’s Play Pause Stop, a really far-out version of “Three Question Marks” (Best Reason to Buy the Sun – 2005), and a straight filthy version of Radiohead‘s “Myxomatosis” that features a tasty little nugget of Faith No More‘s “Epic” in the middle section. This is definitely a show worth a listen, so stream the full audio below:Benevento/Russo Duo – 12/2/2005 – Full Audio[Audio: B.H. Toque]last_img read more

Trombone Shorty Announces Shorty Fest In NOLA With The Main Squeeze And More

first_imgTroy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has announced the lineup for his 5th annual Shorty Fest, to be held on Thursday, May 4th in New Orleans at the House of Blues. The festival acts as a benefit for his own Trombone Shorty Foundation, which benefits the next generation of New Orleans’ young musicians. The event will feature performances by The Main Squeeze, the Seratones, Sexual Thunder, MainLine, Voices of a Nation, The Peterson Brothers, and Trombone Shorty Academy students, with additional guests to be announced.“The fifth annual Shorty Fest is the place to be to see the future of our music during Jazz Fest, including the next generation of New Orleans superstars, the Trombone Shorty Academy students,” explained Andrews. “With the support of our incredible sponsors, we are developing our city’s best and brightest young musicians, who would not otherwise be able to pursue this path. Shorty Fest is the culmination of years of hard work, passion and commitment.”Artists will be featured on two stages at the House of Blues, with an eclectic lineup of up and coming acts playing a wide range of music from traditional Jazz, Gospel, Mardi Gras Indian Funk, Blues, and Hip-Hop. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.last_img read more

Snoop Dogg Will Induct Tupac Shakur Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

first_imgOn April 7th, the music world will descend on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year’s inductees are an eclectic mix of influential and important musical acts, with ELO, Journey, Joan Baez and Yes all finally getting inducted into the hall, alongside first-time nominees Pearl Jam. Of course, iconic hip-hop superstar Tupac Shakur will be inducted posthumously, following N.W.A. into the hall after their induction last year.Tupac was certainly a controversial figure, switching allegiance from East Coast to West Coast and igniting the heated explosion of gangster rap during the 1990s, alienating a ton of friends along the way and building the tension in the hip-hop community tremendously. This, of course, eventually led to his death, as a result of a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7th, 1996.When Tupac’s induction to the Hall of Fame was announced earlier this year, fans wondered who the proper choice would be to honor his legacy. Now, according to a report by Rolling Stone, Tupac’s old partner-in-crime, West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg, will induct him into the Hall of Fame on April 7th. There’s also a TMZ report stating that Snoop and Dr. Dre will perform a medley of Tupac songs, including the Dr. Dre / Tupac single “California Love” and likely including the Snoop Dog / Tupac collaboration “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” However, it should be noted that the details of the performance have not been nailed down at this time.If the reports are true, April 7th should be a great night for the Rock and Roll of Fame.last_img read more

You Can Watch The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony On HBO

first_imgEarlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hosted its annual induction ceremony at Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center. The evening featured a string of heartfelt toasts by famous fans, star-studded reunion performances, and touching speeches by this year’s inductees, including Seattle rock titans Pearl Jam, legendary West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur, British prog-rock pioneers Yes, socially conscious 60’s folkie Joan Baez, English symphonic pop stars Electric Light Orchestra, and 80’s glam rock hit makers Journey. In addition, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers was recognized as the recipient of the Award for Musical Excellence, Lenny Kravitz played a tribute to Prince, ELO opened the show with a tribute to the late Chuck Berry, and much, much more. Read our full rundown here.You can watch the induction ceremony yourself when it airs on HBO on Saturday, April 29th at 8PM.[Cover photo via Kevin Mazur]last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Bob Weir’s “Gonesville” Debut And “Shakedown Street”

first_imgIn the beginning of June, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released the official soundboard of their 1st Bank performance. You can take a listen to the entirety of the show here, and check out the setlist from the night below.[Photo: Andrew Rios]Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | 1st Bank Center | Broomfield, CO | 4/29/2017Set One (8:39PM – 10:17PM): Shelter From The Storm @ (TH) -> Bertha > Let It Grow -> No Quarter Jam # -> Help On The Way > Slipknot! $ > Throwing Stones, Must Have Been Roses, Gonesville % (SM) -> Shakedown Street ^Set Two (10:45PM – 12:53AM) &&: Morfbeats & -> Space *-> Dark Star + -> Half Step -> Estimated Prophet -> Terrapin Suite > The Other One > Eyes Of The World @@Encore One: One More Saturday Night -> Cold Rain & Snow Jam ## -> One More Saturday Night Reprise ##, Not Fade Away $$ -> Tequila Jam -> Not Fade Away RepriseEncore Two: Ripple, Born To Run %%Notes:@ – Bob Dylan Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead# – Not played by Almost Dead since The Belly Up, Aspen, CO, 2016-07-02, a gap of 32 shows$ – With a “Duo Jam”% – Bob Weir cover, from “Blue Mountain”, First Time Played by Almost Dead^ – With short China Cat & Cold Rain & Snow Jams (Band)& – Kind of a Drums -> Space Hybrid, with Joe, Adam Morford, Billy Martin & John Medeski, playing crazy percussion instruments created & built by Adam Morford on a riser behind Joe’s kit. Eventually Marco, Tommy, Dave & Scott joined in & the segment evolved into Space. First Time Played by Almost Dead.&& – Entire second set from Space on & encore with Stuart Bogie on Sax, flute & clarinet.* – With John Medeski on percussion & then Hammond Organ and Billy Martin & Adam Morford on Percussion+ – With John Medeski on Hammond Organ and Billy Martin & Adam Morford on [email protected]@ – With a tease of what I think was a Tears for Fears tune (TH)## – First Time Played by Almost Dead$$ – With Black Throated Wind teases (SM), Chuckles (WOLF) Teases (SM) and a “Duo Jam”%% – Played with the house lights on On April 29th, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead performed at 1st Bank Center in Broomsville, Colorado, along with supporting act Medeski, Martn & Wood. The show was originally scheduled as the Grateful Dead-inspired ensemble’s headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut, though the performance was rescheduled to the end of August due to weather concerns. Despite these last minute changes, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead put on a fine performance at the sold-out indoor arena, which saw the act offer a number of all-star collaborations, multiple song debuts, and stellar renditions of classic Grateful Dead tunes.Now For Something Completely Different: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Spectacular Arena Debut [Full Audio]Today, the band released pro-shot video of their takes on Bob Weir’s “Gonesville” and “Shakedown Street,” which closed their first set of the night. “Gonesville” is a cover off of Bob Weir’s recently released solo album, Blue Mountain, and Almost Dead’s rendition of the classic-sounding number heavily featured Marco Benevento on the grand. From there, the group closed out the first set with “Shakedown Street,” making for a high-energy climax ahead of set break, featuring teases of “China Cat Sunflower” and particularly interesting rhythmic counterpoint offered by Scott Metzger. You can watch the pro-shot video of the group’s first-set closer at 1st Bank Center, below courtesy of the band.last_img read more

Relive The Magic Of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 With This Set-By-Set Breakdown

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Marc Millman Photo: Marc Millmancenter_img Over the weekend, the third annual Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three beloved venues in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski), bringing with it a stacked lineup featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, tribute sets, and all-star supergroups. Over one hundred artists were brought together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers, with more than thirty-five sets taking place across the festival’s two full days of music. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive pushed the boundaries of a traditional music festival. By taking some of the most talented artists from our favorite bands and grouping them into dream collaborations–almost like a fantasy sports league–Brooklyn Comes Alive succeeded in creating a highly unique and memorable weekend of musical community and camaraderie that proved to be far greater than the sum of its (already fantastic) parts. Now that the marathon weekend of live music is behind us and the proverbial dust has settled in Brooklyn, we’re taking a look back at each of the vastly diverse and uniformly amazing sets of music played at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017:SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017Leslie MendelsonThis four-piece group started the festivities on Saturday at Schimanski with singer and pianist Leslie Mendelson front and center. During her set, she performed a new song, “The Hardest Part”, and revealed that she’s been in the studio and that fans can expect a new album coming soon. Midnight North’s Crosby Stills Nash & Young TributeMidnight North’s tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young early Saturday at Schimanski was a highlight of the first day of the event. Classified by spot-on vocal harmonies from Grahame Lesh, Elliot Peck, and Alex Jordan, the group laid out amazing versions of classic songs like “Carry On”, “Teach Your Children Well”, “Ohio”, and more. EXCLUSIVE: Midnight North’s Elliott Peck Talks CSNY, The Power Of A Great Song, And Brooklyn Comes AliveFinally, the band capped their set with a spot-on rendition of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” a sought-after cover in the band’s regular live repertoire that spawned the initial idea for their CSNY set at Brooklyn Comes Alive. You can read what Elliot Peck has to say about Midnight North’s “Judy Blue Eyes” and the delicate art of songwriting by following the link below:Bitch!: Women of the 90’sHayley Jane was the perfect songstress to lead this tribute to the female pop icons of the 90’s with her charismatically captivating stage presence. Along with the help of Kung Fu’s Tim Palmieri, who has the ability to play any genre with perfection, the energetic ensemble enthralled the crowd with their renditions of classics like “Zombie” by The Cranberries, “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree, “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, “Happy When It Rains” by Garbage, “Just A Girl” by No Doubt, and a set-closing “Waterfalls” by TLC.DJ Logic & FriendsAfter introducing the band as “some of my best friends,” DJ Logic and live backing band featuring MonoNeon, Marcus Machado, and Daru Jones conjured some of the craziest sounds at the festival. With DJ Logic creating the perfect pocket for the other musicians to riff on top of, the group put on a tight improvisational set that was built around classic hip-hop and funk grooves, such as De La Soul’s “Me, Myself, & I.”Natalie Cressman and FriendsNatalie Cressman brought together an all-star lineup for her collaborative set at the Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday featuring Louis Cato, James Casey, Nate Werth, Anthony Wellington, Randy Runyon, and Akie Bermiss. Her performance was a jazzy affair, with the Trey Anastasio Band trombonist and vocalist impressing with her wide range of musical talents.Roosevelt Collier’s Brooklyn Get DownRoosevelt Collier returned to Brooklyn Comes Alive this year with a highly anticipated reprisal of his “Brooklyn Get Down” set from last year’s event. With Michael League, Bob Lanzetti, and Robert “Sput” Searight of Snarky Puppy backing him up, highlights of Collier’s set included the pedal steel virtuoso’s medley of Beatles tunes including well-jammed renditions “Come Together” and “Get Back” and the debut of a brand new song off his upcoming albumFuture FolkloreFuture Folklore was hands-down one of the most unique sets at Brooklyn Comes Alive. It was clear that the numerous musicians onstage were all having a ball together, with each member of the collective sporting a huge grin on their face as they recreated the sounds of West Africa. With so many musicians on tap, Weedie Braimah and Luke Quaranta did an amazing job curating such a standout high-energy performance that featured impeccable music woven in with theatrics, storytelling, and undeniable showmanship.Muzzy BearrDan Hacker, under the pseudonym MUZZY BEARR, began touring with GRiZ when he was just 17 years old. Now 22, the guitarist has honed his solo performance to exciting effect. He melded soulful hip-hop beats with trill tendencies and live instrumentation for a high-energy dance party at Music Hall of Williamsburg.Rooster ConspiracyReed Mathis, Eric Krasno, Todd Stoops, and Jay Lane debuted their new funky Grateful Dead-inspired cover project, Rooster Conspiracy, and took the crowd on a 90-minute improvisational journey that  covered two songs: “Deal” and “Cassidy”. The band weaved in-and-out of both songs throughout the set for a tease-heavy, improv-laden performance. The band’s concept was born from a New Year’s Day jam session in Bill Kreutzmann‘s garage, and while Billy himself couldn’t make it out, Lane availed himself to impressive effect, exhibiting a specifically strong chemistry with Krasno despite the fact that the two had scarcely ever played together in the past. The set even welcomed an appropriately strange and powerful sit-in from the endlessly energetic Hayley Jane. We sincerely hope this project continues to build on their Gratefully out-there concept.James Casey & FriendsJames was scheduled to bring his band Animus Rexx to Brooklyn Comes Alive, but due to a visa issue, one of his band members got tied up overseas and couldn’t make it back to States for the scheduled performance. So instead, the week of the performance, James decided to gather together some friends for a jam session. Here’s what we learned: James Casey has some seriously badass friends.For the performance, Casey tapped Felix Pastorius, son of the legendary Jaco Pastorius, to fill bass duties, as well as Louis Cato and Randy Runyon to round out the core band. The set also featured guest appearances from Robert “Sput” Searight and Casey’s Trey Anastasio Band cohort Natalie Cressman, who helped James Casey & Friends execute an out-of-left-field cover of “Wildfire” by SBTRKT. With the debuts of two “new” bands, Rooster Conspiracy and Matador! Soul Sounds going on simultaneously, the James & Friends jam session flew somewhat under the radar. But those who were able to catch this set will all agree that it was, without question, one of the best and most interesting of the weekend.Matador! Soul SoundsThis new band from Eddie Roberts, Alan Evans, Chris Spies, Kevin Scott, Adryon De Leon, and Kimberly Dawson was the shot of funk Brooklyn needed. Characterized by tight grooves, powerful vocals, and locked-in musicianship, Matador! Soul Sounds put on an outstanding debut performance, which also saw sit-ins by trumpeter Nick Atwell and keyboardist Wil Blades. After Eddie joked that “This ain’t no side project,” everyone should make sure to check out Matador! Soul Sounds in 2018!ProbCauseChicago rapper, ProbCause played to a relatively small crowd during his set at Brooklyn Comes Alive, but made the absolute most of the situation with his magnetic onstage charisma. As he joked, when he becomes famous everyone there will remember that one time they saw him at a very rare intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. He spent most of the show rapping on the floor with the crowd lapping it up in a half-circle around him. On one track he even allowed two fans to rap their own verses. It was a party, and ProbCause embraced the moment.George Porter Jr., Mike Dillon, SkerikIf you like “weird”, this was the set for you. Skerik is a visionary, and his atypical approach to making music rubs off on all who play with him. Porter specifically requested this set because he wanted to make “space jazz”, and that’s exactly what this band delivered on Saturday evening. Maurice Brown jumped on stage for a memorable guest spot that saw him blowing his trumpet into Skerik’s heavily effected microphone. After a while, Skerik started gently scraping the insides of Mobetta’s trumpet like a madman, adding an extra layer of strange to this already out-there performance.The Road Goes On ForeverThis set was filled with highlights—one after the other. Scott Sharrard, musical director of the Gregg Allman Band for the past eight years, built an incredible performance, reigning in an all-star group of musicians to create something truly special. Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico (moe.), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Joey Porter (The Motet), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), and Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band) rounded out the core band, while guitar players Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), Rob Compa (Dopapod), and Dave Harrington (DARKSIDE) all filled special guest spots throughout the set. However, there is no debating that the incendiary guitar solo from Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks protégé Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on an emotional “Whipping Post” was the highlight of the set–perhaps even the highlight of the weekend. Harrington took the Bowl way out there on “Dreams,” and Krasno was impeccable on “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” Porter was the low-key MVP of the set, nailing the iconic organ sound of each classic Allman Brothers tune with ease and precision.Dave Harrington’s Merry PrankstersThis was a 75-minute non-stop freak-out, with one long, patient jam winding its way towards a climax that few in the room saw coming. Dave Harrington is a rising star for sure, and he continued to plant his flag in the post-jam scene with this epic and memorable performance. KJ Sawka (of Pendulum & Destroid)KJ Sawka, drummer of Pendulum and Destroid (and formerly of Conspirator), brought new solo show combining live drums with electronic music to Schimanski for a unique, hard driving electronic experience. Widely recognized as one of the best drummers in the world of electronic music, KJ brought his raw, raucous energy to Schimanski as part of an exciting electronic lineup on Saturday night.DJ Premier & The Badder BandFor anyone that loves 90s hip hop, this was the set to see at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Premier and company touched a wide selection of classic tracks he produced for  The Notorious BIG, Nas, Big L, and Jay-Z, while running through medley’s of some of his favorite artists. He also made skilled work of a remix of B.B. King‘s “Chains and Things.” His live band was tight and energetic, led by the efforts of Lenny “The Ox” Reece on drums. Perhaps the most powerful moment of the set, however, came when the band left the stage and Premier paid homage to his fallen brother Guru, the other half of the seminal group Gang Starr that put Premier on the map, with a medley of their most notable songs, including an extended rendering of “Full Clip.”SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017Jon Cleary Solo PianoAn incredible talent with endless passion and artistry, on top of his distinctively soulful singing voice, Jon Cleary delivered a gorgeous set filled with emotional highlights. The intimate performance saw the powerful vocalist and pianist command the early-afternoon crowd in his finest cocktail lounge singer form, even taking song requests from the crowd. If you closed your eyes, you could feel the New Orleans vibes of Chickie Wah Wah surrounding you.Joel Cummins Solo PianoUmphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins laid out a rare solo piano set to kick off Sunday’s festivities at Brooklyn Bowl. His performance included a number of songs from the romantic composer Claude Debussy, a cover of “Jesus, etc.” by Wilco, and “Peg” by Steely Dan (which he dedicated to the late Walter Becker). He also performed Umphrey’s classic “2×2” as well as a set-closing rendition of “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers Band, which included a section of the Umphrey’s rarity “Orfeo.” Skerik / Reed Mathis / Alan Evans / Will Bernard / Wil BladesThis stacked supergroup featuring Skerik, Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, Will Bernard, and Wil Blades tore up Schimanski mid-day Sunday. Alan Evans was grinning from ear-to-ear for the duration of the impeccable jazz-funk fusion set. Throughout the playful performance, the all-star musicians each shined individually, truly flexing their musical muscles with their jazz-inspired improvisations. A Tribute To Herbie HancockThis set was unbelievably funky, from the set-opening rendition of “Watermelon Man” to the closing “Chameleon.” A frequently self-professed student of Hancock’s style, Joey Porter managed to do uncanny justice to the vaunted keyboardist and bandleader Herbie Hancock, perfectly channeling the jazz-funk great’s playing and general musical aesthetic. Nate Werth was on fire, building off his Snarky Puppy band-mate Robert “Sput” Searight’s tight grooves to create sonic soundscapes that were rich and full. James Casey delivered solo after solo as Porter slapped at his keyboard with a giant smile on his face. The set also included a thrilling cameo from Maurice “Mobetta” Brown on trumpet–the first of several Mobetta guest spots on the day. Brownstein / Magner / Cummins / Greenfield / Jalbert / Hartswick / CressmanThis highly-anticipated septet set was plain fun from top to bottom. Dave Watts of The Motet joined the band for their first song while Mike Greenfield dealt with some car troubles. After 20 minutes Greeny arrived and the band dropped right into “Rapture” by Blondie, which Jennifer Hartswick belted with perfection. Natalie Cressman impressed many with her sultry take on “Toxic” by Britney Spears, and the band delivered a spirited take on “Just Stopped In To See What Condition My Condition Was in” that Hartswick dedicated to Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. It’s beyond rare to find Aaron Magner (The Disco Biscuits) and Cummins (Umphrey’s) onstage together, and this set saw both of them trading off lead and rhythm work on the keys with ease.Jennifer Hartswick & FriendsA regal Jennifer Hartswick took the Brooklyn Bowl stage on Sunday afternoon with a soulful squad behind her, and delivered song and emotion that was nothing short of mesmerizing. Singing mightily, and playing a majestic trumpet alongside trusty trombone foil Natalie Cressman, the empress they call J-Ha serenaded the ensconced assembly. Hartswick led a charge of collaborators consisting of multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato (Stay Human) on drums, Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Dezron Douglas, Akie Bermiss, and the Snarky Puppy Horns including Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Bullock.  A spellbinding take on the traditional “I Shall Be Released” closed the tremendous set, as Hartswick threw the lead vocal to organist Bermiss, and the dreadlocked Brooklynite proceeded to take all of the Brooklyn Bowl to a Sunday church service. Yes Lawd! Octave CatJesse Miller of Lotus and Eli Winderman of Dopapod teamed up with Charlie Patierno for a proper Brooklyn throwdown with their electronic-side project Octave Cat. Known for their infectious grooves, the fusion trio started after Miller and Winderman realized they shared a mutual appreciation for vintage keyboards and analog synths. The passion was obvious, and with Dopapod taking a break in 2018, it was especially exciting to see Eli’s fierce commitment to the project. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the project continues for years to come.Metropolitan Jam Grass AllianceAndy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Jacob Joliff of Yonder Mountain String Band brought together friends and family from the modern bluegrass scene, including Patrick Falco and Ryan Cavanaugh, to form the Metropolitan Jam Grass Alliance—a group of New York-area-based bluegrass musicians who know how to throw down! Having only performed a few times previously, their BCA set took a proper course down jamgrass lane, keeping fans on their toes as they all yearned for more.The Russ Liquid TestRedefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band, while guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out–each provided a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene, the perfect fusion for Brooklyn Comes Alive attendees.SunSquabi (with Jason Hann)SunSquabi continued to break down and analyze the expectations of what a “live electronic” band should be during their set at Brooklyn Comes Alive, showing utmost dedication to their ever-evolving live stage performance. The band’s electronic hydro-funk experience was only intensified by the special guest performances from String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann. Having only collaborated in rare instances before, the SunSquabi + Jason Hann set was satisfying beyond measure.Pow! Pow! Power TrioRob Compa was so excited to light the fuse on the Pow Pow Power Trio that he and his Dopapod partner-in-crime Chuck Jones and Kung Fu drummer Adrian Tramontano kicked off the show early! The walls of the Music Hall Of Williamsburg rang with feedback laden guitar, drenched with renditions of tunes from Black Sabbath, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Police. The Dopapod love was in full bloom as Compa’s bandmate drummer Neal Evans jumped behind the kit for AC/DC‘s “TNT.” It’s always a pleasure to see the musicians enjoy themselves as much as the fans and judging from the ear-to-ear grins from the guys on the stage and the cheers of the crowd, the feeling was clearly mutual.Jon Cleary/John Scofield DuoWhen two musicians as talented, decorated, and beloved as Jon Cleary and John Scofield come together, the results are sure to be memorable. But this keys/guitar collaboration managed to exceed the already lofty expectations many had for the set going in. Both of these men are absolute masters of their respective crafts, and hearing them tackle everything from NOLA staples like “Tipitina” to early American R&B classics like the timeless “Fever” with their own stylish flourishes was just as satisfying in practice as it sounds on paper.George Porter Jr./ Henry Butler/ Johnny VidacovichSeeing these three bonafide legends share the stage was a surreal experience. The blind yet still impeccably dressed Henry Butler performed with an unteachable cool in his red silk suit. The decorated Johnny Vidacovich kept the rhythmic pocket so tight that you could barely see his arms move. And the one and only George Porter Jr. was his typically charismatic self as the band worked their way through a smattering of NOLA classics, including perhaps the best of the several very different versions of “Tipitina” that would pop up across the festival during the Sunday schedule.OktopusTodd Stoops and The String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann‘s raucous drum-and-keys project made its return to Brooklyn Comes Alive on Sunday evening, as the two left it all on the stage with their jacked-up performance. Adding to the strangeness, special guest Hayley Jane and her backup dancers/singers April Pittman and Emory Campbell helped add a layer of extraterrestrial theatrics to the set, performing a satisfyingly weird alien choreography complete with costumes and space-age goggles to augment the enormous sounds being created by Stoops and Hann.Moe.queousWith moe. off the road as a result of bassist Rob Derhak’s ongoing battle with cancer, .rons got their fix of guitarist Al Schnier & drummer Vinnie Amico with a side of Aqueous. Made up of Mike Gantzer, Dave Loss, Evan McPhaden, and Rob Houk, the rising stars from Buffalo got to make one of their dreams come true by playing a set with their hometown heroes. The band opened the show with a run from moe.’s “Head” into Aqueous’ magnum opus “Origami,” before going back into the end of “Head.” The band also worked out a fun version of “32 Things” that featured a transition into “Bertha” by the Grateful Dead. The standout moment of the set, however, was an emotional take on “Plane Crash”, one of Derhak’s most well known songs. Schnier dedicated the song to him, and had a visible smile on his face as Mike Gantzer started singing the song. After hundreds of performances of the song with Derhak by their side, it must’ve been weird for Schnier and Amico to hear someone else sing “Plane Crash,” but that’s just the point of Brooklyn Comes Alive: unique situations that may only happen one time ever. This set was a dream for fans, but also for the bands, as the two Buffalo bands got to pay homage to each other in a way few get to do.A Tribute To JamiroquaiJoey Porter, Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, Ryan Jalbert, and Lyle Divinsky from The Motet, Todd Stoops, and Jen Hartswick & Natalie Cressman all dominated this set. It was a powerhouse performance that brought the biggest crowd of the weekend to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Jamiroquai hasn’t toured America in years, and this was a great opportunity for any fans to celebrate the music of this amazing yet reclusive group. Lyle was a force to be reckoned with on lead vocals throughout, and the band was responsible for setting off the biggest and most virtually insane dance party of the weekend.DookieAfter a weekend of jams, there wasn’t a better way to close out the festival than 90-minutes of punk and rock songs. Mike Gantzer is a true star on stage, with awesome vocals and impeccable guitar playing that spans genres. In the second-ever voyage of this endlessly fun tribute project (following this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival), he linked up with Ryan Stasik and Kris Myers of Umphrey’s like they’ve been playing together for years, recreating the sounds of Green Day, Weezer, Ween, and The Ramones with perfection.Eric Krasno & FriendsOn Sunday night, Eric Krasno reconvened his long-dormant former band Chapter 2–comprised of himself, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, and Chris Loftlin–as the house band for a star-studded jam session to close out the Sunday lineup at Brooklyn Bowl. The reunion of this particular quartet on this particular stage as the culmination of a incredible two-day lineup of music at the fan-favorite held a considerable emotional weight for all involved. As Hall commented from the stage, the Brooklyn Comes Alive Eric Krasno & Friends set marked the first time the four had played together since the first-ever night of music at Brooklyn Bowl, at its soft opening in 2009. After beginning the set as a quartet, and making their way through classics like Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” (featuring some “Fire On The Mountain” teases from Kraz), and The Beatles’ “Get Back” (featuring Wil Blades), the band welcomed the singular Mr. John Scofield. With his “personal hero” onstage with him, Krasno gracefully stepped into the rhythm role as Sco lead the way for a pair of extended tunes, including a “Hey Joe” masterfully sung by Nigel and a genre-bending rendition of Scofield’s A Go Go instrumental, “Hottentot.” All the while, Jon Cleary, who had opened the day’s lineup with a solo piano set at noon and played a duo set with Scofield in the afternoon, was smiling in the front row, dancing and witnessing the magic with the rest of the festival’s crowd. Once Sco finished, and Nigel had finished praising him as “the greatest of all time,” he and Krasno began to welcome more guests onto the stage…and more, and more: New Orleans legends George Porter Jr. and Cyril Neville. A horns section featuring Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Michetti of Snarky Puppy, Jennifer Hartswick, Maurice Brown, and more. As Neville and Porter led the band through The Meters’ “No More Okey Doke” and “Africa,” Blades rejoined the jam, Cleary came up from the audience to hop in on keys…By the time all was said and done, the number of artists onstage was pushing 15, while Scofield and countless other artists who played throughout the weekend looked on from the crowd. As Kraz mused while the guests accumulated, “They told me that I could bring some friends, but they had no idea how many I’d actually bring!” Whether they were onstage or in the crowd, nobody in the room that night will soon forget the Brooklyn Comes Alive Eric Krasno & Friends set. Artists playing with their heroes, reuniting with old friends and bandmates, creating one-of-a-kind musical memories…Brooklyn Comes Alive was conceived to provide moments like these. With help from a crew of veritable music legends, Eric Krasno & Friends put an exclamation point on an unforgettable weekend of collaboration in Brooklyn.You can check out photos from this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive below, courtesy of Keith Griner, Chad Anderson, Scott Harris, Patrick Hughes, and Marc Millman.Brooklyn Comes Alive | 9/23-24/17last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Announces 2018 New Year’s Run

first_imgFollowing a successful summer with stops at High Sierra Festival; Eugene, OR; and a seven-night run throughout Colorado, the String Cheese Incident has announced their return to Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center for a three-night New Year’s run and 25th-anniversary celebration on December 28th, 29th, and 31st.This marks the seventh NYE Celebration for the String Cheese Incident since going on hiatus in 2007, and their sixth New Year’s Eve at their home state’s 1STBANK Center. Last year, the band celebrated NYE with a special East Coast celebration at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre, the only time they’ve rang in the New Year outside of Colorado since their 2006’s San Francisco run.Read the bands full announcement below:Dearest Cheese Family, we are super excited to announce that… (drum roll please)… SCI will return to the 1STBANK Center for three nights this NYE, December 28, 29, and 31 in Broomfield, CO. This New Year’s run will be extra special, as it marks a significant milestone in our history as a band. It’s hard to believe it was 25 years ago that we all got together in Crested Butte to play our first gig at the Center For the Arts. As we approach a quarter century of Incidents, we are being flooded with so many amazing memories that we’ve shared with you all. Needless to say, it’s been quite a journey so far!This New Year’s will be the kick-off event of our 25th Anniversary, and we plan on celebrating with you all the way through 2019! It’s going to be a big year, let’s start it out with a bang!For the band’ special 25th-anniversary, they are offering up a formal invitation for “you all to join us for these three very special New Year’s Incidents, where we will reminisce on good times past, while simultaneously launching into the next era of SCI.” The String Cheese Incident is calling on its fans to help reminisce over the past 25 years, by submitting photos from your memorable Incidents!You can watch the String Cheese Incident’s rowdy New Year’s Ever “Rivertrance”  from the Capitol Theatre last year below:The String Cheese Incident – “Rivertrance” – 12/31/2017[Video: The String Cheese Incident]In addition to single GA Tickets, String Cheese Incident will offer 3-Day GA Passe to the New Year’s run for $150.00 for all three nights. The band will also offer Ultimate Incident VIP & Travel Packages here. All ticket types will go on sale next Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 11am MT via stringcheeseincident.com. A public on sale will follow on Friday, Sept 28th.The band notes that, this year, the 1STBANK Center will be entirely GA all three nights, with plenty of space on both the floor and the seated bowl for ticket purchasers to choose from upon entering. Each night access to the floor will be first come, first served, and space will be limited. Up next for the String Cheese Incident is a brief fall run, with stops at Hulaween, Philadelphia, and Worcester, MA. For more information and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more