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Good news out of Colorado!After much deliberation, the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners have signed off on permits for Madison House Presents’ proposal to host a four-day, 20,000-capacity music festival in Buena Vista, CO. Situated on a 274-acre ranch near the Arkansas River, the festival will take place this August 4-7, although there have been no details to emerge on the festival’s makeup yet.A representative for the festival said that an initial lineup for the festival could be ready within a week of the accepted proposal. It was reported that bluegrass and classic blues artists would be featured at the all-ages-friendly event, but that remains to be confirmed.The Board of Commissioners asked that the festival would adhere to the curfews of 1:30 AM on Friday and Saturday night and midnight on Thursday and Sunday. Jed Selby, who purchased the ranch in 2014 with hopes of launching a music festival, said, “Their whole thing was they wanted it to be open late enough so people didn’t bail at the last minute for the bar and totally destroy downtown,” which is a fair enough assertion.“We aim for this festival to be a mighty source of Colorado pride,” said Madison House president Jeremy Stein in a release.We’ll be sure to share more details when they’re available.[H/T Hey Reverb]
Dark Star Orchestra has been one of the premiere Grateful Dead tribute bands for decades, recreating some of the Dead’s best performances for enthusiastic Deadheads everywhere. The group found their way to Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on June 2nd, 2008, taking the opportunity to recreate a June 4th, 1977 Grateful Dead concert. After two splintering sets featuring some of the Dead’s best, the band welcomed out a special guest: Mike Gordon.The Phish bassist is a Vermont native, so his inclusion in the encore was all but natural. Gordo came out for the very last song, “U.S. Blues,” rocking it with the best of them! You can listen to the full show below, including Mike Gordon’s sit-in on the finale.[Audio: Brett Spilva & Shiva Ho]
New York rock-fusion quartet TAUK have announced details regarding their new album, due out September 16th. The record was recorded in Los Angeles at the studio of their Grammy-winning producer, Robert Carranza (The Mars Volta, Jack Johnson), as well as in their personal studio in Oyster Bay, NY. The yet-to-be-titled album was recorded after several months on the road opening for and collaborating with Umphrey’s McGee.TAUK will celebrate this release with two very special nights at Brooklyn Bowl on September 16th and 17th. The shows will go on-sale at the venue’s box office and website this Thursday, July 30th. Check out the band talking (TAUKing?) about their new album in this great video, below.The band has also promised an extensive fall tour in support of the new album! You can see TAUK’s currently announced schedule here.TAUK Tour Schedule6/25/16 – Feels Good Folly Festival – Village of Gagetown, NB6/30-7/1/16 – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA7/2/16 – Highberry Music Festival – Ozark, AR7/9/16 – Merryland Music Fest – Columbia, MD7/14/16 – Showdown Town Concert Series – Eagle, CO7/15/16 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO %7/21/16 – The Top Hat – Missoula, MT7/22/16 – The Pub Station – Billings, MT7/23/16 – Bridger Brewing – Bozeman, MT *7/24/16 – Village Commons – Teton Village, WY7/29-30/16 – Wild Woods Music & Arts Festival – Croydon, NH8/6/16 – Flood City Music Festival – Johnstown, PA8/18-20/16 – Camp Barefoot – Elkins, WV9/2-4/16 – North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL9/2-4/16 – Backwoods Festival @ Tatanka Ranch – Stroud, OK9/8-10/16 – Shangri-La Music Festival – Clarks Grove, MN9/16-17/16 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY9/22-24/16 – Resonance Music & Arts Festival – Thornville, OH9/23-25/16 – Catskill Chill Music Festival – Lakewood, PA% = supporting The String Cheese Incident* = supporting Beats Antique
Last weekend, indie rock titans Pitchfork hosted their annual music festival in Chicago, IL. The festival featured a wide array of performers, eager to display their talents before the large gathering crowd. With sets from bands like Broken Social Scene, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Twin Peaks, Kamasi Washington, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, Thundercat and more, this was a great weekend of music!Photographer Mitchell Davis was on the ground at the Pitchfork Music Festival; check out his images in the gallery below. Load remaining images More images can be seen in the gallery below.
Aqueous is bringing their genre-bending funkadelic groove rock out on Random Company fall tour across the country with multiple festivals and some great show partners. August will see Aqueous making their third straight visit to the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA and continuing a themed residency at Baltimore’s 8×10 club with moe. and Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute shows lined up on Aug. 17 and 31. The band will also bring their soaring melodies to headline all three nights of the annual Night Lights Music Festival in Sherman NY at the hallowed grounds of Blue Heron festSeptember spotlights some tasty opening slots with Twiddle in CT (Sep. 9), Everyone Orchestra in Syracuse, NY (Sep. 15) and across the border in Toronto Sep. 30 with The Werks. October starts out at Flour City Station in Rochester, NY before returning to their hometown for a three-night EP release party at the Buffalo Iron Works as well as Nectar’s in Burlington, VT. Later in the month, the band will head to Colorado for tour dates with Perpetual Groove, before heading to NYC for a Phish tribute in November. You can see the full tour schedule below.The band has also announced a new permanent drummer, Rob Houk. Houk has been playing with the band over the past few months and accepted the gig for good last June. Houk started drumming at age five, completely self taught, and has never looked back. He cites major old school influences like John Bonham, Keith Moon, and Neil Peart as well as newer influences such as Carter Beaufort, Jon Fishman, and Kris Myers.Says Houk, “I couldn’t be more excited for the future. These guys put in so much hard work over the past ten years. I’m really lucky to be able to join them on this adventure. With the great attitude and effort these guys all put forth they really push me to be a better musician.”Right on! Check out the full tour schedule below.Aqueous Fall Tour 2016Aug 5 – Band on the Bricks | Rochester, NY w/ Turkuaz Aug 6 – Shadefest | Avenue, MDAug 11 – The Riverboat Bar | Alexandria Bay, NYAug 12 – The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PA Aug 17 – 8×10 | Baltimore, MDAug 18 – Abbey Bar | Harrisburg, PAAug 20 – The Camping Trip | Jeffersonville, NYAug 25 – 27 – Night Lights Music Festival | Sherman, NYAug 31 – 8×10 | Baltimore, MDSep 2 – The Camel | Richmond, VA w/ The Southern BellesSep 3 – The Whiskey | Wilmington, NC w/ Groove FetishSep 9 – College Street Music Hall | New Haven, CT w/ TwiddleSep 10 – Fete Music Hall | Providence, RISep 15 – Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY w/ Everyone OrchestraSep 17 – Martyrs | Chicago, IL w/ DigeometricSep 22 – Catskill Chill | Lakewood, PASep 30 – Hard Luck Bar | Toronto, CN w/ The WerksOct 1 – Flour City Station | Rochester, NYOct 5 – The Rex Theatre | Pittsburgh, PA w/ TAUKOct 6 – DRXVMS | Athens, OH w/ Broccoli Samurai Oct 7 – Beachland Tavern | Cleveland, OHOct 8 – Putnam Den | Saratoga Springs, NYOct 13 & 14 – Buffalo Iron Works | Buffalo, NY (CD Release shows) Oct 15 – Nectar’s | Burlington, VT (CD Release show)Oct 20 – TBDOct 21 – Lamasco Bar | Evansville, INOct 22 – TBDOct 25 – The Bottleneck | Lawrence, KSOct 26 – The Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO w/ Perpetual GrooveOct 27 – The Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO w/ Perpetual GrooveOct 28 & 29 – Cervantes | Denver, CO w/ Perpetual GrooveNov 6 – Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY (Phish Tribute Event)Nov 12 – Java Barn | Canton, NY
A few weeks ago, longtime lyrical Phish contributor Tom Marshall began a podcast looking at the band from all sorts of unique angles. Titled “Under The Scales,” Marshall talked to numerous members of the community to shine a light on all things Phishy. Today we’ve learned that one of the band members will finally appear on the show!On February 6th, Marshall will welcome his old friend and the band’s guitarist, Trey Anastasio. Not only that, but Anastasio will be interviewed by Dan Kanter, best known for his work as guitarist for Justin Bieber. Kanter is a well-known fan of Phish and the Grateful Dead, and even converted Bieber into a Phish fan during the height of Bieber’s popularity.You can see Kanter recording the podcast in the Twitter post below: We can’t wait for this new episode! In other Phish news, the band has just announced 13 performances at Madison Square Garden this summer – find out more about that here.
Live music, like any art form, can mean different things to different people. That’s the beauty of it, really–while we all may hear the same notes, each person takes something unique away from the experience. There are always levels to it. To this day, I cherish the vivid memory of my first Phish show, on 7/3/12 at Jones Beach–the excitement of watching those four guys walk out onstage and drop into a funky groove, of finally seeing Phish! I wouldn’t discover until later that this memorable opening tune wasn’t even a Phish song, but rather a cover of Little Feat‘s “Skin It Back”–and an ultra-rare 1,417-show bust-out at that. How would I know? It was all new to me. Thinking back on it now, I can only imagine the giddy delight of the more seasoned fans watching next to me, digesting the significance of what they were watching unfold. They were seeing their favorite band open a show with a long-lost cover, a song they may have been chasing for decades; I was seeing a legendary band for the very first time. Two distinct experiences derived from the same performance, both intensely significant on a personal level, and for very different reasons.I was reminded of this notion a week ago at Fool’s Paradise, after Joe Russo’s Almost Dead‘s fantastic headlining set featuring Dead & Company‘s Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge. During the Eric Krasno Band late-night set that followed, I struck up a conversation with a college student several years my junior. Together, we gushed about how incredible the JRAD & Company show had been, but it became quickly apparent that this set had been memorable to each of us for entirely different reasons. As a long-time fan of the Grateful Dead‘s music and patron of every post-Jerry Dead project and cover band imaginable (oh, the cross we Millennial Deadheads bear), my reasons for the set’s allure felt obvious: It was Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, a live music juggernaut in their own right and arguably the most electric Dead you can hear live today, breathing new life into some all-time favorite songs with help from two of the most influential latter-day disciples of the Grateful gospel, grins plastered across each of their faces. Timelessness meeting timeliness in thrilling fashion. A little bit of JRAD, a little bit of Dead & Co, a whole lot of magic. But to this young fan, the thrills were of a much simpler variety: “Two bass players trading riffs! Then one of them got on drums, and there were two people playing drums! All without breaking their stride!” He didn’t know the significance of this specific collaboration. Hell, he probably didn’t even realize that this wasn’t the band’s usual lineup. But despite his lack of background, the power of the music was undeniable. We watched the same performance, but had two very different experiences–and we each loved it for our own personal reasons.At the end of the day, that’s what this whole live music thing is all about. It’s for everyone, and it’s also just for you. It’s an experience “in utero”–the artists play the notes, plant the seeds, and each of us takes it from there, our own lives and backgrounds and tastes and personalities dictating how it affects us. That’s why we travel across the country and around the world to see our favorite bands. That’s why we relish opportunities to see our favorite artists collaborate, get creative, push the boundaries of the music we love. That’s why we support up-and-coming bands and spread the word about unknown artists we believe in. Live music is the vehicle–where it takes you is up to you.***Below, you can watch crowd-shot footage of the full set courtesy of YouTube user The Sober Goat and view a beautiful gallery of photos from the set courtesy of Patrick Hughes (Faces of Festivals), Keith Griner (Phierce Photo), and Jeremy Scott***Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (& Company) | Fool’s Paradise | St. Augustine, FL | 3/31/17 (setlist via Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Facebook)SET: Jam @ -> Good Lovin > Ruben & Cherise -> Not Fade Away # -> Loser $ -> The Eleven -> Dancing In The Streets % -> Brown Eyed Women % -> I Know Your Rider % ^NOTES:@ – With “China->Rider Transition” Teases (TH)# – With a New Speedway Boogie Tease (TH)$ – With Ruben & Cherise Teases (Band)% – With With Oteil Burbridge on Bass & Dave on Drums &/or Bass as well^ – With a “National Anthem” (Radiohead) Jam and Morning Dew Teases (TH)[Cover photo by Jeremy Scott] Load remaining images Joe Russo’s Almost Dead w/ Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – Photos by Patrick Hughes, Keith Griner, and Jeremy Scott
Today, D’Angelo‘s latest recording received an official release on streaming services. “Unshaken”, which originally appeared on the 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 video game soundtrack, is composed by Woody Jackson and is the first D’Angelo release since 2014’s Black Messiah.The R&B/soul maven earned enormous commercial and critical success with his first two albums, Brown Sugar (1995) and Voodoo (2000). However, particularly following the release of the video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)“, the lead single from Voodoo, D’Angelo began to feel uncomfortable with his growing “sex symbol” status. The discomfort he felt toward that distinction, in addition to a bevy of other adverse personal situations, led D’Angelo to step away from the spotlight at the peak of his fame, beginning a hiatus from the public eye which lasted nearly 14 years.He finally resurfaced with the release of his universally-acclaimed third LP, Black Messiah, in 2014. The album was a critical smash, debuting at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #1 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.In March of 2018, the neo-soul pioneer postponed an 8-date European tour to “deep in the recording process.” We haven’t heard anything since, but we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for more original music. Considering the high quality of all his previous efforts, we can’t wait to hear what D’Angelo has *hopefully* been cooking up!As for the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack, the Woody Jackson-composed score also includes music from Willie Nelson, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, Nas, and Daniel Lanois, as well as collaborations with Arca, Daniel Lanois, Colin Stetson, and Queens of the Stone Age’s Jon Theodore.Listen to “Unshaken” below: