Late last year, guitar greats John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring announced plans to perform together for a “Meeting Of The Spirits” tour. Scheduled for November and December 2017, the tour dates have now officially been confirmed by the two legends.McLaughlin has said that this will be his farewell tour through the U.S., and that he will be performing music from his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Herring will also be performing, with his new band The Invisible Whip. That band also has a spring tour schedule planned, and you can read all about them here. The two musicians will perform sets on their own, then come together for a collaborative and improvisational encore performance.The new tour dates span from November 1st through December 9th, starting in Buffalo and ending in Los Angeles. You can see the full tour schedule below!John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring “Meeting Of The Spirits” Tour11/1/17 Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts11/2/17 Albany, NY, The Egg11/3/17 New York, NY, Town Hall11/4/17 Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre11/5/17 Cranston, RI, Park Theatre/Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts11/8/17 Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre11/10/17 Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall,New Jersey Performance Art Centre11/11/17 Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre11/12/17 Durham, NC, Duke Performances at DPAC11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI11/17/17 Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University11/21/17 Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center-Laura Turner Concert Hall11/22/17 Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre11/25/17 Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall11/27/17 New Orleans, LA, The Joy Theater11/30/17 Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre12/5/17 Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre12/6/17 Portland, OR, Revolution Hall12/8/17 San Francisco, CA, The Warfield12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA, Royce Hall-UCLA[Photo credit Ina McLaughlin]
Portland, OR’s Blind Pilot rolled through Fort Collins, CO’s Aggie Theatre on Tuesday night, with support from Chicago-based folk artist Ryley Walker. Playing to a packed house, the group opened up their set with “Like Lions” from their latest album And Then Like Lions, followed by “Go On, Say It” from their debut album 3 Rounds And A Sound.The songs lead singer/guitarist Israel Nebeker and company create come across as simple, singer-songwriter pieces, but are in reality intricately textured compositions. With lush sounds filling the space of each song, whether it be from the stand-up bass, organ, banjo, or xylophone, Blind Pilot is a collective of superbly talented musicians.“Joik #3” has an interesting story behind it, as Nebeker explained his Norwegian heritage, in particular that of the Sami indigenous tribes or Norther Scandinavia and their own line of musical storytelling or expression, better known as “joik.” “Moon At Dawn” is a beautiful song that creates a dreamscape of sorts with serene harmonies.For the last three songs of their set, Blind Pilot invited pedal steel player Jesse Bates from Quiet Life to bring his own unique sound to the set. As the rest of the band left the stage, Nebeker and Bates delivered a Western mountain vibe on “Just One,” with haunting echoes coming from the sacred steel.The full band came back on stage to finish the set with a rocking “One Red Thread,” that had the crowd hootin’ and hollerin’ something fierce. After a set-closing “Watt,” Nebeker came out for a solo rendition, sans microphone sing-along on “Bitter End.” Getting a room full of people to be completely quiet, let alone harmonize (and pretty successfully, at that) is a feat unto itself, but was accomplished on this evening. “New York” and “3 Rounds And A Sound” closed out a successful evening at The Aggie for Blind Pilot.The group continues their run through Colorado with Ryley Walker through this weekend, followed by tour-closer in Missoula, MT. Check out some video from the show below:
After much anticipation, the new album from Modern Measure is here! Titled For The Moment, the Atlanta-based jamtronica duo have put together a hot new release on 1320 Records. The album features 11 original tracks with collaborations from Jeffree Lerner of STS9, Kevin Donohue of SunSquabi, and JuBee from Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics.“For The Moment is about experiencing the music and everything life happens throws your way each day,” says the band. “This album is a collection of moments from our lives over the past three years.”The band has been working on the music for the new album since 2014, and really put themselves to the test with the unique collaborations. Modern Measure was able to record with Lerner in the Dominican Republic at Dominican Holidaze. Meanwhile, Kevin recorded his guitar part while on SunSquabi tour in Oregon, with JuBee’s session happening the day after the election in Atlanta. Jon Gutwillig (The Disco Biscuits) also helped produce guitar elements for the track “Daydream.”We’re excited to share this fresh new release! Stream Modern Measure’s new album, For The Moment, below.Modern Measure will be on the road in support of their new album throughout the year! The duo will soon hit the road for three weeks of dates, with stops in Knoxville, Asheville, Philadelphia, NYC, Burlington, and Boston to name a few. They will be joined by fellow 1320 Records artist and Denver native, Project Aspect, on the tour. In addition, you can catch Modern Measure at Shaky Beats Festival in Atlanta, GA, as well as Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. Don’t miss out! Keep up with the band on their official website.
On the second night, rumors circulated that Bob Weir, in town for performances on April 14 and 15, could make a surprise guest appearance. While this could not be confirmed (and Weir did not perform), Friday evening remained what was perhaps the busiest night for String Cheese Incident of the Austin swing. The band performed a short VIP set in the afternoon before launching into “Believe” in the first Saturday set, the title track off the new album. The Doors’ “L.A. Woman” and an experimental, electronic jam following “Joyful Sound” gave way to a patiently executed “Desert Dawn.”While Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” served as Saturday’s only encore song, the band closed the second set with tracks in sync with both the audience and the venue. Thursday night’s Talking Heads tease came full circle on Friday, when the bongo-infused “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” cover gave fans time to rest their dancing shoes, hug friends and high-five fellow fans. There wasn’t a live music fan in the crowd that wasn’t singing along. With songs seemingly tailored toward SCI’s Austin fan base, the band slowly worked its way into “Texas” which, for obvious reasons, also featured an audience singalong. To assume it would be the last song of the second set would too obvious (but wait, there’s more!). As a flawless transition led “Texas” straight to Austin resident Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” the collective yelling and cheering felt like a anniversary celebration to welcome String Cheese Incident back to ATX.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Stubb’s | Austin, TX | 4/14/2017VIP Set: MLT, Honky Tonk Heroes, Midnight Moonlight, Best FeelingSet One: Believe > Dixie Chicken Jam/Tease > Got What He Wanted > Talkbox Jam> Got What He Wanted > LA Woman > Remington Ride, Pirates, Get Tight, Betray the Dark, Close Your Eyes, One Step CloserSet Two: Group Hoot, Joyful Sound > Electronic Jam?* Whip It Tease? > Desert Dawn > Jam > Desert Dawn, Falling Through the Cracks, Hi Ho No Show, Flying, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), Texas > Whiskey River > Jam Encore: Could You Be LovedOn the last night, the band was riding the high from the weekend. “Let’s have some fun!” Michael Kang told the rowdy audience, before the upbeat bluegrass track “Johnny Cash” set the tone for the first set. The band proceeded to perform what was one of the best nights of the weekend for me personally in terms of both the set list and the performance itself, not to mention the kinetic interaction that flowed between the audience and the stage. As promised, fun is exactly what was had on stage (Jason Hann couldn’t be spotted without a smile on his face the entire weekend.) During the second set, which included the Eastern-style dance tune “Bolly Munster,” “Sirens,” “Big Shoes” and “You Got the World,” the band also seemed to tease “Morning Dew” before all-out iterations of “Ramble On” and fan favorite, “Rosie.” The overjoyed crowd’s vocal gratitude demonstrated a genuine appreciation for the evening, and for the weekend incident in general.While the initial encore (“Smile”) offered , the audience and the band members both appeared hopeful for one more song. And sometimes, wishes do come true (oh, the power of cheese) … Smiles continued to abound throughout the venue as the band assumed their positions for a final encore with “I Know You Rider > Stir It Up > I Know You Rider.” The lengthy last jam provided the signature Cheese vibe fans know and love about the eclectic band, and proved once again why it attracts music lovers from all jam band camps and walks of life. Following the electrifying performance, Austin funk band Mamafesta performed on Stubb’s indoor stage while String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann surprised another rowdy crowd a few blocks away, where he sat in with Colorado-based funk-fusion band Sunsquabi during their sold-out show at Empire Garage & Control Room.[Photo courtesy of the author]Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Stubb’s | Austin, TX | 4/15/2017 Set One: Johnny Cash > Dirk, The Walls of Time, Little Hands > Jam, The Road Home, Don’t Let Go (Isaac Hayes cover), It Is what It IsSet Two: Bolly Munster, Sirens > Jam > Big Shoes, You Got the World, Morning Dew Tease/Jam? > Land’s End, Ramble On, RosieEncore: SmileEncore Two: I Know You Rider > Stir It Up > I Know You Rider There’s nothing like the vibe before a String Cheese Incident show: it’s arguably one of the happiest places on earth. Whether or not you’re a bluegrass fan, the music appeals to fans of multiple genres—classic rock, country, jamtronica, tribal, reggae, Americana. Perhaps it’s the uplifting catalog of songs that bring such a positive experience, or the fact that live shows double as a family reunion for many fans. In this case, it was the perfect Central Texas temperatures that allowed for a smooth sailing weekend, and also the palpable excitement that hung in the air—especially considering the tour dates at Stubb’s was the band’s first three-night run in Austin since 2013. The weekend also marked the official release of the band’s new LP, Believe. Each of the three sold-out shows offered a blend of classic String Cheese Incident tracks, new songs, covers and jams. Thursday night kicked off the run in a celebratory manner with the feel-good favorite “Can’t Wait Another Day” followed by “Song in My Head.” The first set ended with “Beautiful,” but not before a “Miss Brown’s Tea House” jam that incorporated Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon.” The second set kept the energy going with “Come As you Are,” and then a jammed out “Outside and Inside.” “Rivertrance” and “Let’s Go Outside” were also highlights of the evening. A “Crosseyed and Painless” tease whetted fans’ palettes for some Talking Heads during a “Rhythm of the Road” encore, although they’d have to wait until Friday to hear a full cover of the iconic David Byrne-led group.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Stubb’s | Austin, TX | 4/13/2017 Set One: Can’t Wait Another Day, Song In My Head > Can’t Stop Now, Hotel Window, My One and Only, Miss Brown’s Tea House>Chameleon# >Miss Brown’s >Jam > BeautifulSet Two: Come As You Are, Outside and Inside > Jam > Just One Story > Jam > Rivertrance, Sweet Spot, Let’s Go OutsideEncore: On the Road Again, On The Road
Well, the dizzying annual affair that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is underway, thunderously charging toward its official close on Sunday. The days until the end of the weekend are packed with dozens of daytime performances at the Jazz Fest Fairgrounds and the venues across the city will continue to be stuffed ’til early in the morning with an insane amount of late-night performances by the hundreds of world-class musicians who have taken up residence in the city over the last week or so. Dave Matthews At Jazz Fest | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann The Revivalists At Jazz Fest | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vann Jazz Fest Round Two Kicks Off With Widespread Panic And George Porter, Jr. [Photos]On Thursday, the official Jazz Fest performances launched the second weekend of the massive event with a bang, seeing performances by Widespread Panic, George Porter Jr., and more officially welcome in the start of round two. Yesterday, on Cinco De Mayo, the crowd was similarly buzzing for Jazz Fest, and Friday’s festivities were kicked off by stunning daytime performances by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds–a joint performance that also saw the band welcome the legendary Jimmy Buffet to the stage, and later, trumpet player Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band–and The Revivalists. You can check out photos of these performances below, courtesy of Dave Vann.KDTU’s Tribute To The Stones, Worship My Organ, And More Hit Jazz Fest Late Nights [Photos]As to be expected, the party did not stop there. To hold down some of the many Jazz Fest late night’s on Friday evening, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, White Denim, and Worship My Organ (featuring John Medeski, Robert Walter, and Marco Benevento), all threw down across New Orleans in addition to the massive 15th annual Bayou Rendezvous, a huge event with nine performances across the Howlin’ Wolf’s two stages, including multiple giant all-star collaborations.The 15th Annual Bayou Rendezvous Takes Over The Howlin’ Wolf For Jazz Fest [Photos] Load remaining images Load remaining images
New York Times best-selling author and journalist Alan Paul is hosting a live interview with Robert Cray and Steve Jordan this Thursday at The Cutting Room in NYC. Alan Paul will lead the conversation, navigating through the blues, Memphis soul, Chuck Berry and much more.As the event notes, Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five GRAMMY wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (April 28, 2017/ Jay-Vee Records), the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound. Jordan and Cray met in 1987 while working on the concert film Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll, a tribute to Chuck Berry.You will learn all about this growing relationship at Thursday night’s live interview session. Tickets are available here.
[Cover photo via SF Chronicle, Lance Iversen] Oakland native vocalist Rick Stevens, a former lead singer for Tower of Power, passed away on Tuesday after a short battle with cancer.[photo via Rick Stevens website]Stevens, the second-ever lead singer of the ever-shuffling lineup, replaced Rufus Miller as the band’s lead singer after their first album, East Bay Grease. He came on to take over lead vocal duties for 1972’s Bump City, which gave the band their first taste of national success, particularly with hit single “You’re Still A Young Man.” He was then replaced by Lenny Williams for the band’s next album.In 1976, four years removed from the band and struggling with the weight of addiction, Stevens shot and killed three men during a dispute over a botched drug deal. A jury voted for his execution, but the California Supreme Court ruled not long afterward that the death penalty was unconstitutional and sentenced him to life in prison. Stevens spent 36 years in prison, where he detoxed, embraced religion and immersed himself in education programs at several state prisons.[Photo via SF Chronicle, Jerry Telfer]After being rehabilitated, Stevens was eventually granted parole in 2012, had sat in with his old band in a touching reunion in 2013 (and again a handful of times after), and was even working on a new project, Rick Stevens & Love Power, when he was diagnosed with cancer. He also made news when he returned to a California prison to perform for the inmates, with an inmate band, in an attempt to inspire the convicts to change the course of their lives after they are released.You can watch Stevens’ reunion with Tower of Power after being released on January 30, 2013 at Yoshi’s in the band’s native Oakland below (via billy box):Watch Rick Stevens perform “You’re Still A Young Man” after being released from his lengthy prison sentence at the 9th Annual Autism Benefit at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco in 2013 (via Zwhaler): You can also read the tribute to Stevens posted on Tower of Power’s Facebook page by bandleader Emilio Castillo and the remembrance posted by his current band below:
Sophistafunk has been steadily building a name for itself over the past decade, collaborating with everyone from the late Bernie Worrell to The Motet to Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power/Beyoncé) to Snarky Puppy. Known for their upbeat blend of funk, hip-hop, and dance music, the Syracuse-based band has earned a rabid cross-country fanbase with their energized live shows, tight musicianship, and captivating stage presence. Though formerly a trio composed of keys player Adam Gold, drummer Emanuel Washington, and emcee Jack Brown, recently, Sophistafunk augmented their lineup and took their sound to the next level by adding a new member, saxophonist Tommy Weeks of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.Saxophonist Tommy Weeks Talks Sophistafunk, Funky Dawgz & MoreIn addition to being featured as the house band on five episodes of Food Network’s Guy Grocery Games (show host and Flavortown mayor Guy Fieri called them his favorite band), 2017 saw the release of the group’s latest album Real Vibration, a masterful seven-track work that dropped back in February. Today, Sophistafunk released a brand-new music video for Real Vibration‘s powerful downtempo track, “No More War”. To complement the song’s calls for togetherness, the music video sees a diverse collection of friends and fans of the band come together, with each holding a lyric from the tune. As the song reaches its fierce breakdown, the visuals become more psychedelic, with classic images of war and footage of blooming flowers layered over live video of the band and their diverse fan base.Sophistafunk Writes The Theme Song For Guy Fieri’s “Grocery Games” Series [Watch]As emcee Jack Brown explained, “At a time of such divisiveness, we wanted to create an anthem that could bring everyone together.” He continued, “The time is right for a song like this. We need some more peace, love, and unity.”Sophistafunk Spins Conscious Rhymes With Heady Vibes On New Album Real Vibration [Review]Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the music video for Sophistafunk’s “No More War”. You can check it out for yourself below. You can also peep Sophistafunk’s upcoming tour dates below, or head over to the band’s website. Enjoy!Upcoming Sophistafunk 2017 ShowsFriday, October 27th at Funk ‘n Waffles Music Hall – Rochester, NY w/ SubsoilSaturday, October 28th at Funk ‘n Waffles Downtown – Syracuse, NY w/s/g Chris EvesFull calendar at www.sophistafunkband.com
The Disco Biscuits have announced a pair of late-night shows in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, set to take place on April 26th and 27th, 2019. The shows will take place at the brand new Fillmore New Orleans, set to open on Friday, February 15th, and Saturday, February 16th, 2019, with a pair of headlining performances from Foo Fighters. The new 2,000-capacity venue’s opening was initially announced during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the iconic Fillmore West in San Francisco.As noted by the band, a BiscoTix presale lottery is now open until Tuesday, October 23 at 4 p.m. (CST), with fans being able to choose between one or two-night passes. Head here for the 26th, and here for the 27th. Public on sale begins next week, Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. (CST) via Live Nation.Next up for the Disco Biscuits is a two-night run at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on October 19th and 20th, followed by a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. For more information on upcoming tour dates and tickets, head to the Biscuits’ website here.
On Monday night, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Butch Walker, Madisen Ward, and Desure were among the artists performing at a benefit concert in support of first responders and low-income families affected by the November Woolsey Fire in California.The benefit, which was held at Agoura Hills, CA’s Canyon Club was highlighted by a headlining set from Nelson, who welcomed Price midway through his set for a performance of his own tune “Find Yourself.” Nelson’s “Find Yourself” appears on his 2017 self-titled LP and features Lady Gaga on backing vocals. Last night’s rendition of the soulful song turned into a nine-minute jam, with Price adding her touch on vocals and tambourine. Nelson let it all hang out on guitar, as he impressively worked through multiple quick-witted solos, rocking the Southern California venue.Watch video of Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with Margo Price below:Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with Margo Price – “Find Yourself”[Video: DJRokyManson]In other news, Margo Price is set to sing the national anthem at this Sunday’s Tennessee Titan’s game at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.Head here for a full list of Margo Price’s upcoming tour dates, and here for Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real’s.[H/T Rolling Stone]