first_img2016 is a big year for Dave Matthews Band, as the group that was formed in 1991 celebrates their 25th anniversary together. While the DMB celebrated in their own way – a major hometown benefit performance with new song debuts, bust outs and more – one site in New York will be holding their own celebration.The famed Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC’s SoHo district will run an exhibit from June 17th to July 10th, featuring images from throughout the iconic band’s career. Take a look at some examples from their website. With images from C. Taylor Crothers, Danny Clinch, Rene Huemer, Sam Erickson, and band member Stefan Lessard, this will be an unprecedented way to look back at the band’s cherished history.DMB resume their tour tonight, May 27th, at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC. The group recently announced that all proceeds from the performance will go towards local charitable causes that support the LGBTQ community.last_img read more

first_imgThe beloved and intimate music venue City Winery has announced a brand new festival to take place at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. The two-day festival, called City Winery Open, is the result of a partnership between City Winery and venue promoters Madison House Presents.Taking place on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, the event will feature an eclectic lineup of talent. Saturday features headliner Sheryl Crow alongside The Wallflowers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Deer Tick, and Wild Feathers, while Sunday will feature headliner Aretha Franklin alongside Gillian Welch, Dawes, Josh Ritter, and Houndmouth.The event will also feature 40 chefs from the New York Area, such as Marcus Samuelsson from Red Rooster, Daniel Boloud of Daniel and Bar Boloud, Drew Nieporant of Tribeca Grill and Nobu, and many more. Of course, it wouldn’t be a City Winery event without wine, so the promoters will be featuring over 75 top wineries from around the world at the festivalCity Winery CEO Michael Dorf had this to say about the fun and unique upcoming event:“Over the past eight years at City Winery, we have been blessed to cultivate relationships with stars in the worlds of music, food and wine that converge to create such a unique experience at our five locations around the country. The Open is our opportunity to express this vision at a much larger scale, with the same commitment to quality, in a two-day experience in our own backyard.”You can find more info on this cool new festival, including how to buy tickets, here.last_img read more

first_imgEric Krasno only surrounds himself with the best of the best in music business, including the up-and-coming talents that he includes in his own band – Eric Krasno Band. Behind the guitarist and vocalist are Danny Mayer (guitar), Deshawn Alexander (keys), Eric Kalb (drums), Mary Corso (vocals), and Stu Mahan (bass). Together, they present a soulful mix of originals and covers to the delight of their growing fanbase.The Eric Krasno Band recently toured with fellow blues rock & soul-stirring Marcus King Band, sharing the stages all through their east coast tour. On February 1, 2017, the bands joined forces in Asheville, NC at the New Mountain AVL to show off their skills with Marcus King (guitar, vocals), Justin Johnson (trumpet), and Dean Mitchell (saxophone) for a number of tunes, including a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree” and EKB original “Unconditional Love.” Thanks to Barry2theB, you can watch the full performance below:Setlist: Eric Krasno Band | New Mountain AVL | Asheville, NC | 2/1/1776, Torture, Jezebel, Never Know, Move Over, Please ya, Curse Lifter, Product, On The Rise, Blood from A Stone, Sugaree^, Unconditional Love^Eric Krasno Band will be performing a late-night performance at Fool’s Paradise, alongside Jaw Gems and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge. Krasno will also be performing with Lettuce on both nights during the main event. You can catch them at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. Head here for more information.last_img read more

first_imgThere is perhaps no artist more synonymous with the New York City borough of Brooklyn than iconic rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, among other things). His clever, vivid lyrics and unparalleled ferocious-yet-measured flow helped put Bedford-Stuyvesant, Biggie’s native neighborhood, on the map in the mid 1990’s. That was back when Brooklyn looked more like the violent frontier detailed in songs like “Warning” and “I Got A Story To Tell,” and less like the hipster-ized extension of lower Manhattan that we know today.As it has with virtually every neighborhood in the City, the forward march of gentrification has methodically changed the face of Brooklyn over the past two decades. As the costs of rent and real estate in heart of the city soar skyward, people are displaced and move further toward the outer boroughs like Brooklyn and Queens where costs are lower. Gradually, the influx of “transplants” transforms the face of a given neighborhood, as corporate interests recognize the paradigm shift and move into the new area. Prices in those areas go up in turn, and the people who had been living there are forced further outward–continuing gentrification’s ripple effect.Life After Death: Remembering The Notorious B.I.G. With Three Classic FreestylesWhile decreases in crime and the beautification of downtrodden neighborhoods are objectively positive effects of gentrification, they are underscored by the whitewashing of these areas’ unique native character. While Bed-Stuy was far from a desirable place to live in Biggie’s day, it is now a sought-after area for young, predominantly white tenants. The prices remain relatively reasonable compared to other areas in Brooklyn, and with the influx of the gentrifying population, the violent, dangerous aspects of the neighborhood have diminished considerably.As the city continues to change, natives across the 5 boroughs have made efforts to retain the character that once defined their given neighborhoods. In Bed-Stuy, several artists have painted large-scale murals to commemorate their native son The Notorious B.I.G. and show all who come through those streets that they haven’t forgotten where they came from. However, though art can often outlast gentrification for a time, the dollar still reigns supreme. Eventually, the fight for the soul of a neighborhood comes head-to-head with financial interests.This week, word has surfaced on the web that a towering Biggie mural painted on a building at the corner of Bedford Ave. and Quincy St. will be removed as the landlord adds extra windows to facilitate an increase in his property’s rent. The two-story high piece, entitled “King of NY,” was painted by Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman of art collective Spread Art NYC in 2015 and has drawn large crowds ever since. When they heard of the mural’s impending destruction, Spread Art NYC attempted to stop the painting’s removal, offering to pay the building owner $5000 (collected via donation) to stop the installation of the windows. However, their request was denied, as the building’s owner countered their offer with a $1250 monthly rate to keep the mural intact. The art collective explained the situation in an Instagram post, which you can read below: In an interview with DNAinfo, building owner Steve Berkowitz defended his position, citing reasons beyond the bottom line: “Let me rephrase the question: Why should I keep it?…I don’t even see the point of the discussion. I could demolish the building if I wanted to, I don’t need no permission from anyone except the DOB.” Berkowitz also cited alleged complaints by neighbors about the crowds it draws as a reason not to acquiesce to Spread Art NYC’s requests.The impending destruction of this piece of Bed-Stuy culture inspired the creation of a petition to protect the mural as an official landmark. According to the Change.org page for the petition, “This mural is very important to not just Brooklyn, but to music. The slain rapper, Notorious BIG is a symbol of Brooklyn, its history and the promise of hope for so many he inspired with his music. As the borough is currently in the midst of a mass gentrification and evolution, we still need to preserve the very things, specifically the art and culture that make Brooklyn, Brooklyn…By landmarking the building the landlord is unable to make any changes to the facade without permission from the Landmarks and Preservation Commission.”The petition’s organizer set out to gather 1500 signatures before a public hearing on the matter next month. The petition had been signed by over 3500 people by the time the Change.org campaign was officially ended by its organizer, who explained that she had ended the petition at the request of Spread Art NYC. “The organization has stated they are working on a solution to save the mural.”We wish Spread Art NYC the best of luck in saving this incredible piece–and we’re ready an able to lend a hand, just say the word. The sky is the limit![h/t – Pigeons and Planes]last_img read more

first_imgNorth Coast Music Festival | Friday, 2017 | Photo: Keith Griner (Phierce Photo) Load remaining images North Coast Music Festival | Sunday, 2017 | Photo: Keith Griner (Phierce Photo) Load remaining images North Coast Music Festival | Saturday, 2017 | Photo: Keith Griner (Phierce Photo) Chicago’s now-annual Labor Day Weekend music extravaganza, North Coast Music Festival, has finally come and gone, taking over Grant Park this past weekend and drawing an enviable and diverse lineup featuring some of the most beloved names from the electronic, jam, hip-hop, and reggae scenes and beyond. This year, the festival tapped a number of internationally renowned headliners to round out each of its three days, including Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz, STS9, Primus, Ween, Gucci Mane, Bonobo, Damian Marley, Carnage, Tipper, and Big Boi. However, it was not just these big-name draws that had fans flocking to the Windy City. Rather, North Coast Music Festival was able to draw in just as many attendees with its stacked down-bill, which includes Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bob Moses, Ganja White Noise, Autograf, Lettuce, BadBadNotGood, Tank and the Bangas, SunSquabi, Spafford, The Russ Liquid Test, and Manic Focus, just to name a few.You can check out some awesome photos from Chicago’s musical blowout this weekend at North Coast Music Festival below, courtesy of Keith Griner (Phierce Photo). Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgThis weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, Brooklyn Comes Alive will take over three Williamsburg venues within a five-minute walking radius—Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—with a bevy of unique supergroups, tribute sets, and one-time-only jam sessions. The unique homegrown two-day event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream collaborations and tribute groups and bringing to life artists’ passion projects with its hand-selected lineup featuring over 100 beloved musicians who have been carefully arranged into 35+ unique sets.We’re particularly excited about Octave Cat—an electronic side project featuring Lotus bassist Jesse Miller, Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman, and drummer Charlie Patierno—who will kick off Sunday’s festivities at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their set running from 4 to 5:30 pm (EST). 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 project is a product of serendipity—the two Philly area musicians first got together in May of last year, and, after finding a drummer to compliment the project perfectly, accidentally started the trio.New Lotus/Dopapod Collaboration Octave Cat Debuts Two Funky Tracks [Premiere]As Miller recalls, “I put various keyboards in front of Eli to play and kept a recording running as we went. Riffs and melodies from that session became the basis of both ‘Limber Up’ and ‘Spar.’ We had not planned on starting a new project, but the music seemed too good to leave to languish on a hard drive.” After explaining that Patierno is a perfect drummer for Octave Cat because he “captured a great groove and interesting sounds in his home studio,” Miller emphasizes, “With no intention, we had started a new trio.”Since Octave Cat’s inception in summer of 2016, the group has sporadically been making and releasing new music. After debuting the project during at Summer Dance last year, the group has also picked up occasional shows when its members’ busy schedules allow, with Octave Cat embarking on their first-ever mini-tour back in March of this year. You can catch a rare live performance from Octave Cat this Sunday, September 24th, from 4 to 5:30 pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg for the return of the annual Brooklyn Comes Alive! [Photo: Mike Ryan]Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

first_imgOn May 5th, 2018, Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band will play Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Colorado’s Leftover Salmon. Lesh hasn’t performed the esteemed Morrison, Colorado venue since September of 2013 with Furthur–making this a great return for the Grateful Dead bassist who’s played the venue dozens of times throughout his career. The return to Colorado also marks the second time performing in the state since the same Further 2013 show. In addition, the May event will excitedly mark the debut RRX performance for The Terrapin Family Band, which includes Lesh’s son, Grahame Lesh, as well as Ross James, Jason Crosby, and Alex Koford. Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band have been on the road more than ever in 2017, and it seems as though the trend will continue in 2018.Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, December 8 at 10am MT. An allotment of Salmon Fan Club tickets will be available Tuesday, December 5 at 10 a.m. MT until sold out. Stay up to date in the Facebook event page.Check out this Jam In The Van with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, performing “Uncle John’s Band” below:last_img read more

first_imgThe beloved reality show, Storage Wars, is set to welcome a very special guest this week—none other than John Popper of Blues Traveler. Though details about the episode are sparse thus far, Blues Traveler announced Popper’s involvement via Twitter post. You can tune into A&E for yourself and see what treasures (or trash) will be found on Storage Wars this week on Wednesday, January 17th, at 9 p.m. (EST/PT). [Photo: Wikipedia]last_img

first_imgThe LOCKN’ announcements just keep rolling in: Earlier today, the Arrington, VA-based festival revealed that George Clinton & P-Funk will perform on their Main Stage on Friday, August 24th, and now they’ve added funk favorites and LOCKN’ veterans Lettuce to the bill.Lettuce will bring two sets of their funky madness to the Main Stage on Thursday, August 23rd when they deliver alternating sets with night one headliners Umphrey’s McGee (Lettuce > UM > Lettuce > UM) to help get the weekend moving. The group will then reconvene Saturday, August 25rd for a very special tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band on the Relix Stage, billed as “Don’t Lett Go: Tribute To JGB.”As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. Other confirmed acts include Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Turkuaz. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.; Instagram: @phiercephoto]last_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Phish played their first of a two-night run at Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna Bank Center, the E Centre, and the Tweeter Center), returning to the venue for the first time since June 10th, 2011. Fans were eager to get back to the southern-New Jersey shed that Phish has played some noteworthy performances at in the past.Phish opened up the show with “Crowd Control”, as the Undermind gem made its 2018 debut. The set continued with a bouncy “No Men In No Man’s Land”, before Phish dialed things in and took “Blaze On” on a nice 11-minute romp, which included some noteworthy guitar work by Trey Anastasio. “Lawnboy” followed, a song that will forever be engraved in people’s minds after last summer’s monstrous excursion, giving way to Mike Gordon’s recently debuted “Infinite”, played for the second time ever. Keeping it old school, Phish worked through “Wilson”, “Roggae”, and “Rift”, which gave way to a rocking “46 Days”. A smoothly segued “Sparkle” into “David Bowie” brought the hot first set to a close.Moving to set two, Phish opened with a monstrous 24-minute “Down With Disease”, easily surpassing the previously three played renditions this summer. The jam was complex and intricate, veering in different directions throughout its path, with a Page McConnell-led power-rock segment; blissful, fluffy territory; and a hard-hitting Anastasio guitar build-up, leading to the culmination of one of the summer’s top jams. Meaty renditions of “Backwards Down The Numberline” and Big Boat‘s “I Always Wanted It This Way”, before the band took a breather with Anastasio’s delicate and heartfelt “Miss You”. The band continued to see the light between their minds, as Phish took “Light” on a length 16-minute voyage, before the classic “Mike’s Song”> “I Am Hydrogen”> “Weekapaug Groove” segue brought the Tuesday night heater to a close. The band encored “Show Of Life”, marking the Anastasio/Steve “Dude of Life” Pollak co-written ballad’s first appearance since 2016.You can watch pro-shot footage of Camden’s massive “Down With Disease” below:Phish – “Down With Disease” [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]Phish’s summer tour continues tomorrow with a performance in Raleigh, NC. They show will be webcast for free via LivePhish. For more information on upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Phish | BB&T Pavilion | Camden, NJ | 8/7/18Set One: Crowd Control, No Men In No Man’s Land, Blaze On, Lawn Boy, Infinite> Wilson> Roggae, Rift> 46 Days, Sparkle> David BowieSet Two: Down With Disease> Backwards Down The Numberline> I Always Wanted It This Way> Miss You> Light> Mike’s Song> I Am Hydrogen> Weekapaug GrooveEncore: Show of LifeNotes: Down With Disease was unfinished.last_img read more