On Friday night, Primus continued their tour with a performance at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. To end their show, the trio invited frequent collaborator and friend Dean Ween—also known as Mickey Melchiondo—of Ween fame to join them for their encore of “Southbound Pachyderm.” Ween, who was already in attendance of the performance, hopped on stage for this final number, shredding through the heavy, thirteen-minute show-closing jam.Ween Plays Their 1997 Album “The Mollusk” In Full For Oregon Crowd [Videos] [H/T JamBuzz] The collaboration was a surprise though certainly not unprecedented. In the past, Les Claypool and Deaner have frequently traded sit-ins, with last year alone seeing Melchiondo guesting with The Claypool Lennon Delirium in August while Claypool joined The Dean Ween Group back in June. Outside of the realm of music, Claypool and Gene are also known for their long-standing friendship, including their love of fish (no “Ph”).Take a listen to Friday’s collaboration between Primus and Dean Ween below, courtesy of Beavis.
The music world took a major hit when inspirational soul singer Charles Bradley succumbed to a long battle with cancer this past September. The Daptone Records singer found fame late in life, but was always a shining light of positivity throughout his life. Known as the “Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley was backed by His Extraordinaires, who toured with him for the last several years. In October of last year, the iconic musician announced that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer and had canceled his tour dates, later returning to the road this past summer with an extensive tour. Earlier in September, Bradley was forced to cancel his upcoming tour dates after the cancer had spread to his liver.Watch Tank And The Bangas Dominate Pickathon Music FestivalAfter over a year of cancelled show dates, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires found themselves in the forest at Pickathon for his second-to-last show on Earth. NPR Music has shared the footage from this performance, as part of their ongoing Woods Series, showcasing Bradley’s rousing style, heart-gushing character, and inimitable musical presence. The 68 year old performer is severely missed.Watch Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires perform “Lovin’ You Baby” live at the Pickathon Woods Stage from his album No Time For Dreaming from August 2017.We miss you, Charles Bradley!
On Tuesday, February 27th, Cory Henry hosted a last-minute birthday party at New York City’s Nublu, inviting friends and fans to come join him for an intimate celebration. Having decided to throw himself a birthday party the night before, word of this jam session didn’t make its way around New York City until 9 pm on Monday night. The “jam” started with DJ Alissia (also known as Al Boogie or Baby Z) spinning some dope funk and old-school hip-hop beats on the 1s and 2s. The larger “NewBlu”, a spinoff of the original Nublu Classic, had a fun atmosphere in anticipation of the birthday boy hitting the stage. During the DJ set, the ever-gracious and friendly Cory Henry walked through the crowd, thanking anyone he passed for showing up to celebrate his birthday. It was a helluva way to start what would be a fun night.Once it was the birthday boy’s time to shine, Cory Henry opened his performance by addressing the crowd, thanking everyone for coming out on a Tuesday night despite the late announcement. The music began with a nearly 30-minute version of “Superstition”, with Cory imparting to the crowd that “when you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer!” From there, the band launched into a 30-plus minute version of the Michael Jackson classic “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Cory was clearly having a good time on stage, at one point singing out “whiskey and gingers” for him and his vocalists as they performed. Two female guest vocalists came up on stage to sing backup, adding some lovely harmonies.From there, the three-piece did a funky version of John Legend’s “Ordinary People.” The clear highlight of the night was when singer Chris Turner came on stage to do a lilting and beautiful, jazzy version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” During the jam, trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown joined the band and destroyed a trumpet solo, adding a fabulous sound to the track. The night continued with Cory inviting singer Abby Smith on stage. Before the end of the party, Brett Williams joined Cory at the keyboard rig, and the two of them went to town, keeping the crowd rocking into the wee hours of the morning.
Umphrey’s McGee continued their ongoing tour behind their 11th studio album, it’s not us, with a three-night stint at the unusually intimate (for them) Belly Up Aspen in Aspen, CO on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.Wednesday’s first frame started big with “Resolution” and continued to impress with a big mid-set “In The Kitchen” and a monster set-closing “Bridgeless” (video). Set two highlights included an opening “Phil’s Farm” featuring some Snoop Dogg teases, a top-notch “Booth Love” > “Nothing Too Fancy”, and more before a “Slacker” encore closed things down.Night two kicked off with “Mantis” (video) and “1348” followed by the first “Kabump” of 2018, which stretched to nearly 18 minutes in length and included a jam on The Roots‘ “The Next Movement”. After the “Half Delayed” that followed, Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger picked up acoustic guitars for “Gone For Good” and the it’s not us tune “You & You Alone”. Set two was packed with highlights, including a “Puppet String” jam that featured “Soul Food II” teases and found its way into “Yoga Pants” (featuring an extended “Drums” jam) and “Upward” before landing back in “Puppet String”. Other highlights included the enormous, 22+ minute “JaJunk” that closed the set and a cover of David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance” that the band delivered for their encore.Finally, Umphrey’s McGee hit Belly Up for one final show on Friday night (video). After beginning with “North Route” and “Make It Right”, the band moved into a centerpiece “Draconian” that spanned more than 18 minutes in length. New tune “Whistle Kids” came next, followed by a big “Day Nurse” and a classic “Walletsworth”/”Bad Friday” combo to close the set. The final set was a mix of old and new, as it’s not us tune “It Doesn’t Matter”, 2015 semi-obscurity “Stinko’s Ascension”, and new heavy-hitter “The Silent Type” began the frame before favorites like “Wappy Sprayberry” and “Nothing Too Fancy” led into the big finish: The Who‘s “Baba O’Riley”.You can check out the setlists for each of the three shows and find the link to download the shows via UMLive below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO | 3/7/18Set One: Intro > Resolution, Room to Breathe, Looks, In The Kitchen > Cemetery Walk, BridgelessSet Two: Phil’s Farm, Booth Love > Nothing Too Fancy > Driven to Tears, Attachments, Remind MeEncore: Slacker unfinished with Gz and Hustlas (Snoop Dogg) teasesPurchase via UMLive: 03.07.2018, Belly Up, Aspen, COSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO | 3/8/18Set 1: Preamble > Mantis > 1348, Kabump, Half Delayed, Gone for Good, You & You Alone, Black Water, Speak UpSet 2: Dump City, Puppet String > Yoga Pants > Drums > Upward > Puppet String, Got Your Milk (Right Here) > Mantis, JaJunkEncore: Let’s Dance with The Next Movement (The Roots) jam with Brendan and Jake on acoustics with Soul Food II teasesNotes:with Everybody Wants You (Billy Squier) tease before Got Your Milk (Right Here)Purchase via UMLive: 03.08.2018, Belly Up, Aspen, COSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO | 3/9/18Set One: North Route > Make It Right, Draconian, Whistle Kids, Day Nurse, Walletsworth, Bad FridaySet Two: Doesn’t Matter, Stinko’s Ascension, The Silent Type, Mail Package, Wappy Sprayberry > Nothing Too Fancy, Baba O’RileyEncore: Much ObligedPurchase via UMLive: 03.09.2018, Belly Up, Aspen, CO
BIG Something is currently gearing up for the release of their fifth full-length studio album, The Otherside, which is due out on April 20th and serves as a follow-up to the band’s well-received record, 2017’s Tumbleweed. If you haven’t heard of the six-piece powerhouse jam act out of Burlington, North Carolina, they’re certainly one to keep your eye on. In addition to being tapped as support for the likes of Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, The B52s, and others, BIG Something continues to climb festival lineups and curate stronger and stronger lineups for their own festival, The BIG What?Composed of Nick MacDaniels (Guitar, Vocals), Doug Marshall (Bass), Josh Kagel (Keys, Trumpet), Casey Cranford (Sax, EWI), Jesse Hensley (Lead Guitar), and Ben Vinograd (Drums), the six-piece ensemble offers up an infectious sound that draws on rock, pop, funk, and more. With roots in improvisation, BIG Something’s live shows take the group’s extensive catalog and transform it, stretching and segueing in between tunes in an innovative way that will impress even the stodgiest and most traditional of jam band fans. Today, BIG Something debuts a brand-new tune, “Smoke Signal”, off the upcoming The Otherside. Sitting squarely in the center of the eight-song album, “Smoke Signal” stands out for its slinky and laidback feel. At points, the song is haunting, playing off the song’s mellow groove and sometimes unsettling lyrics, which are a wonderful offering from MacDaniels. A saxophone solo from Cranford is another highlight of the tune, solidifying the smokey jazz-club imagery the tone of the song invites. As “Smoke Signal” continues, it builds to a shred-heavy peak featuring Hensley before the song ends with a reverb-heavy decrescendo.Drummer Ben Vinograd had this to say about the song:You can listen to BIG Something’s “Smoke Signal” below. If you like what you hear, you can snag The Otherside on April 20th via the band’s website here.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Upcoming BIG Something Tour Dates: 3/27 – Durango, CO @ The Animas City Theatre3/28 – Frisco, CO @ The Barkley Ballroom3/29 – Denver CO @ Bluebird Theater3/31 – Teton Village, WY @ Village Commons4/3 – Bozeman MT @ The Eagles Ballroom4/4 – Missoula MT @ Top Hat Lounge4/5 – Sandpoint ID @ The Hive4/6 – Sandpoint ID @ The Hive4/7 – Seattle WA @ Tractor Tavern4/10 – Boise ID @ Neurolux4/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Elevate4/13 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ Schmiggity’s4/14 – Fort Collins CO @ Hodi’s Half Note4/18 – Montgomery, AL @ Capri Theatre4/19-21 – Live Oak, FL @ The Wanee Festival4/27 – Wilmington, NC @ The Big What? Wilmington4/28 – Wilmington, NC @ The Big What? Wilmington5/5 – North Charleston, SC @ Trondossa Music & Arts Festival5/25-27 – Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival5/31-6/2 – Minden, WV @ Mountain Music Festival6/15 – Augusta, GA @ Sky City *6/16 – Birmingham, AL @ Slicefest6/21-24 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival6/28-7/1 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival6/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues **7/14-15 – Telluride, CO @ The Ride Festival7/15 – Telluride CO @ The Night Ride @ Sheridan Opera House7/19-22 – Scranton, PA @ The Peach Festival8/16 – Pittsboro, NC @ The Big What?8/17 – Pittsboro, NC @ The Big What?8/18 – Pittsboro, NC @ The Big What?8/25 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival* w/ Too Many Zooz** w/ Umphrey’s McGeeView All Tour Dates
The Werks have been on a non-stop grind in 2018, constantly touring, hosting their own independent and wildly successful Werk Out Festival, and working on new music. The band just debuted their first new single since the release of their 2017 album, Magic. “Stars Collide” is a funky dance groove, with catchy lyrics and a slice of that Studio 54-era disco club vibe via the tune’s well-placed string-arrangement sample. This latest song has the makings to lift off in the live setting.The Ohio-based jammers continue to grow as songwriters in the studio and as a live touring act, with a seemingly endless amount of energy to tour the country. The Werks have a full slate of shows throughout the rest of 2018 and will end the year at the Cutting Room in New York City on December 28th and Union Stage in Washington D.C. on December 29th with Moogatu, before joining Twiddle at The House of Blues in Boston, MA, on New Year’s Eve.Over the last decade, the group has transcended out of their funk-rock roots to become one of the most multidimensional improvisational bands in the jam scene today. With regards to “Stars Collide,” the group shared the following message, “Love can happen in an instant and last forever, just like when stars collide and create gold. This dance anthem captures the magic of that moment, the exhilaration you feel when you know you’ve found the one.”Live For Live Music is proud to feature The Werks’ newest single, “Stars Collide”, below. For the band’s upcoming dates and ticket information, visit The Werks’ website.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Werks 2018 Tour Dates:10/19 Grand Rapids, MI – Stache @ The Intersection w/ Trifocal10/20 Lansing, MI – The Loft w/ Stormy Chromer & Sherman Gepherd10/26 Cleveland, OH – The Agora w/ Manic Focus, Golf Clap, Capyac, Wanyama10/27 Covington, KY – Madison Theater w/ Hyryder10/31 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street w/ The Manor & Friends11/1 Buffalo, NY – The Iron Works w/ Ponder11/2 Erie, PA – King’s Rook Club11/3 Detroit, MI – Otus Supply w/ Act Casual11/9 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater w/ Flux Capacitor11/10 Huntington, WV – V Club w/ the kind of thieves11/21 Dayton, OH – The Brightside w/ Community Service11/23 Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside w/ Sun Stereo11/24 Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside w/ Flow & Friends12/27 Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar12/28 New York, NY – The Cutting Room12/29 Washington, D.C. – Union Stage w/ Moogatu12/31 Boston, MA – House of Blues w/ TwiddleView All Tour Dates
Today, Citizen Cope announces his first album in seven years Heroin and Helicopters, set for release on March 1st, 2019 via RainWater Recordings, and in partnership with Thirty Tigers. Heroin and Helicopters is comprised of 11 new, original songs all written and produced by Cope, also known as Clarence Greenwood.Citizen Cope came up with the title Heroin and Helicopters after an encounter with Carlos Santana, who has been a Citizen Cope fan since before their 2002 collaboration on his rework of the Cope song “Sideways.” Santana attended a Citizen Cope show at San Francisco’s Fillmore, when he told Cope to “stay away from the two H’s – heroin and helicopters,” saying both had fatal results for people in the music industry. To Cope, the quote reflected a larger pattern in society – a metaphor for addiction and instant gratification, both themes that thread throughout his forthcoming studio release.Ahead of Heroin And Helicopters’ upcoming release, Citizen Cope has shared the lead single off of the album, “Justice”, which Cope recorded in the same Washington, D.C. studio where he cut his hits “Bullet And A Target” and “Son’s Gonna Rise.”Cope notes,”I have never really experienced what Justice is. Our definition is more like revenge or payback, but I have seen love create miracles and overcome hate.”Listen to Citizen Cope’s new tune “Justice” below:Citizen Cope – “Justice”[Video: Citizen Cope]For more information and to pre-order Heroin And Helicopters head here.
Back in 1998, The Disco Biscuits were starting to settle in to their “trancefusion” stylings and putting on some epic performances that lasted for what seemed like hours on end. The Philadelphia-based band became a staple at NYC’s iconic venue The Wetlands during this time period, at many times testing the patience of the staff due to their penchant for pushing on and playing into the wee hours of the morning.This was most evident during a 2-night run at the venue leading up to their New Year’s Eve show at Silk City Lounge in Philly. During the first night, the Biscuits played a 4-hour marathon to a sold-out house, which acted as a post-Phish MSG celebration that went until 5 am. “Run Like Hell > Shem-Rah Boo” got things warmed up rather early on, along with the debut of “Above the Waves,” as well as a standout 25-minute version of Frank Zappa‘s “Pygmy Twylyte,” that witnessed some incredible psychedelic jamming which led into the proper ending of “Run Like Hell.” “Magellan” made an appearance during the four-song encore, and “Mr. Don” brought the evening to a close.Take a listen to the 12/29/98 Wetlands show below, courtesy of taper John Madigan.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Wetlands | New York, NY | 12/29/1998Set 1: Pat and Dex, Run Like Hell* > Shem-Rah Boo, Smoothie King, Morph Dusseldorf, Mulberry’s DreamSet 2: Norwegian Wood, Above The Waves**, Barfly, Trooper McCue, Bazaar Escape, Basis For A Day, Boogie Stop Shuffle, Little Shimmy In A Conga Line, Pygmy Twylyte > Run Like HellEncore: Plan B > Magellan, Wet, Mr. Don*with1999 fakeout**first time played
Today, Chris Stapleton has announced an extensive 2019 summer/fall tour featuring support from The Marcus King Band, Margo Price, Brent Cobb, Brothers Osborne, Kendell Marvel, and more.The tour will kick off on July 9th at Allentown, PA’s PPL Center and continue throughout the end of July and beginning of August with King and Price. On August 15th in Erie, PA, the support lineup will shift to The Marcus King Band and Brent Cobb for a seven-show run that will take Chris Stapleton and company through the end of August. The tour will resume in October and run through early November with help from Kendell Marvel, Brothers Osborne, and more.Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 1st. Sign up for exclusive pre-sale access at StapletonFanClub.com. Fan club pre-sales begin Tuesday, Jan 29th.The newly announced All American Road Show dates come in addition to a mix of festival appearances and other gigs that will keep Stapleton busy throughout the early months of 2019. For a full list of upcoming Chris Stapleton shows, head to his website. For a list of the newly announced performances, see below.Chris Stapleton – All American Road Show – 2019 Tour Dates July 9 – Allentown, PA*July 19 – Omaha, NE*July 25 – Bangor, ME*July 27 – Canandaigua, NY*August 1 – Charleston, WV*August 9 – Holmdel, NJ*August 10 – Burgettstown, PA*August 11 – Columbia, MD*August 15 – Erie, PA^August 16 – Grand Rapids, MI^August 17 – Toronto, ON^August 22 – Wichita, KS^August 23 – Little Rock, AR^August 24 – Bossier City, LA^August 29 – Huntsville, AL^October 3 – Springfield, MO+October 4 – Oklahoma City, OK#October 5 – Memphis, TN+October 10 – Jacksonville, FL#October 11 – Tampa, FL#October 12 – West Palm Beach, FL#October 17 – Charleston, SC+October 18 – Virginia Beach, VA+October 19 – Greensboro, NC+October 25 – Peoria, IL+October 26 – Kansas City, MO+November 1 – Greensville, SC+November 2 – Louisville, KY+*with Margo Price & The Marcus King Band^with Brent Cobb & The Marcus King Band+with Brothers Osborne & Kendell Marvel#with TBA & Kendell MarvelView Tour Dates
Bruce Springsteen has officially revealed his plans for his first new album in five years, Western Stars. The new solo record is due out June 14th via Columbia Records. The announcement comes after days of posting gradual visual hints to his social media accounts The album marks Springsteen’s first collection of new, original songs since 2012’s Wrecking Ball. He also released an album of covers and re-worked originals, High Hopes, in 2014.As The Boss notes in a press release, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It’s a jewel box of a record.”The announcement press release also notes that “the 13 racks of Western Stars encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.”Related:Bruce Springsteen Delivers Surprise Performance At Cancer Benefit In New York City [Watch]As he told Variety late last year, the new album is “influenced by Southern California pop music of the Seventies. Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don’t know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in mind. It gave me something to hood an album around; it gave me some inspiration to write.”Much like his previous two albums, Ron Aniello produced the album alongside playing bass, keyboard and other instruments. Western Stars features work from over 20 musicians including original E Street Band keyboard player David Sancious and violinist Soozie Tyrell as well as organist Charlie Giordano, who currently plays with the group. Jon Brion, who’s best known for his work with Kanye West and Fiona Apple, also contributed plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa to the album. Springsteen’s wife and E Street bandmate Patti Scialfa is responsible for the vocal arrangements on four songs and contributes her vocals on several others.Springsteen has kept his focus on his solo work of late, as he spent much of the last two years in New York performing his one-man Springsteen on Broadway show.Bruce Springsteen will release the first single from the album, “Hello Sunshine”, at midnight tonight, so keep an eye out for that. You can check out the full track list for the album below.Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars – Album Track Listing1. Hitch Hikin’2. The Wayfarer3. Tucson Train4. Western Stars5. Sleepy Joe’s Café6. Drive Fast (The Stuntman)7. Chasin’ Wild Horses8. Sundown9. Somewhere North of Nashville10. Stones11. There Goes My Miracle12. Hello Sunshine13. Moonlight MotelView Track Listing