Each year at Summer Camp Music Festival, L4LM favorites Umphrey’s McGee perform a special private set inside of an on-site church. A part of the band’s annual UMVIP offering at Summer Camp, this “Church Set” has become a must-see for any hardcore Umphrey’s fan, as the band tends to feature deep cuts bust-outs throughout the show.Umphrey’s kicked off the set with fan favorite rarity “Professor Wormbog”, followed by “Mad Love”, a song that made its way out of one of their UMBowl “Raw Stewage” sets. Following only the 11th “The Weight Around” ever, the band brought out a heavy hitter with in their beloved “40’s Theme”. After heavy run through “Sludge & Death” for the first time in 54 shows, the band segued into the aptly titled “Go To Hell”, with a shortened solo piano version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Thank You” acting as the bridge between the two dark closing songs.Umphrey’s delivered a Church Set for the ages once again this past weekend, and you can relive it all with full video from the set below, courtesy of Shinepigeon/YouTube. The front-and-center point of view shows just how small and special this set can be. Yesterday, Umphrey’s McGee released their much anticipated documentary, Reel To Real, for streaming on Vimeo. Click here to purchase the documentary, and click here to read our review and Q&A with director Jefferson Waful.
On Saturday, @TubeJamUpdate finally got to post in the affirmative! Listen to the “Tube” in question, below, and bask in all of its Twitter-inspired jammed out glory![Photo by Brandon Weil] Social media has changed the way we exist as a society in monumental ways, affecting virtually every aspect of our daily lives. This, of course, extends to the fans’ relationship with the music and musicians they love. Phish is a prime example of this phenomenon: When the band started, there was no good large-scale method for fans to connect—the band gained popularity via tape trading.Eventually, as the Internet became more prevalent, discussion forums started, giving an active but relatively small faction of fans a platform for discussion. Today, virtually everyone is on social media, and in the last few years countless Phish-dedicated Facebook groups and Twitter accounts have sprouted up, connecting large groups of fans and providing platforms for people to instantly share opinions and information on a massive scale. These pages are almost exclusively not connected to the band itself in any way, and that’s what makes it so satisfying when something from Phish-Twitter or “Phacebook” reaches their ears, as it did at Saturday’s show in Chula Vista, CA.Phish Shows Off ‘California Love’ In Their Tour Closing Performance [Recap]While once upon a time funky Phish favorite “Tube” would get the improv treatment (listen to the 12/7/97 version for one of the best Phish jams you’ll find), the song has now been strictly a quickie for years. Since joining Twitter in 2014, user @TubeJamUpdate has had one question to answer—Did Phish finally jam out “Tube” again? Many of the account’s tweets have been jokes about the lack of a Tube jam, but the majority are just a simple answer to the question, which up until Saturday was always “no.” Only later did @TubeJamUpdate learn that the account itself was responsible for the jam! A user named Jordan Fogel tweeted out the story, saying that he and Steve Pollak, aka “The Dude of Life,” showed Trey Anastasio the Twitter account. The Phish guitarist apparently got a kick out of it, because he obliged, and now we have a jammed out “Tube” for it!Check out the story below.
Beloved Grateful Dead tribute Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is heating things up for the end of 2016, with recently-announced runs at the Brooklyn Bowl, Capitol Theatre and more. The band has also continued to put out a constant stream of content, and the newest footage to be shared by the band does not disappoint!Taken from the group’s July 2nd performance at the Belly Up Aspen, Almost Dead is firing on all cylinders as they work in debut covers of The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog,” Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter,” Bo Diddley’s “Hey Bo Diddley” and more! They also busted out “Touch of Grey” for the first time in 2016, and gave Marco Benevento a beautiful piano solo in “Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo.”Thanks to JRAD and taper Eric McRoberts, we have full audio from the show to share with you. Enjoy!Check out the full setlist below, as annotated by manager Peter Costello.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Belly Up Aspen, CO – 7/2/16Set 1 (9:45PM – ~11:10PMish):01. Jam ->02. Here Comes Sunshine @ (TH) ->03. Good Lovin’ (SM)04. Hey Bulldog # (SM/TH) >05. Viola Lee Blues (All) ->06. Space ->07. Bird Song (TH)08. My Brother Esau (SM)09. Brown Eyed Women (TH)Set 2 (11:30PM – ???):01. Jack A Roe $ (TH)02. Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream (SM) >03. Playing In The Band (SM) ->04. No Quarter Jam % ->05. Playing In The Band Reprise ^ (SM) ->06. Mississippi Half Step & (TH) ->07. Tennessee Jed (TH)08. St Stephen (All) ->09. Hey Bo Diddley Jam * ->10. St Stephen (All) >11. Touch of Grey + (TH)Encore:12. Big Railroad Blues (TH)13. One More Saturday Night (SM)@ – With “Fat Mama” (Herbie Hancock) teases, (MB)# – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Beatles cover$ – With “Hey Bulldog” (The Beatles) tease (TH)% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Led Zeppelin cover. Has been teased before, but this lasted long enough to note it as a jam.^ – (And since we are noting “No Quarter” as a jam separate from Playing In The Band, this becomes the) first time played by Almost Dead for “Playin’ Reprise”.& – ended with a Marco Solo that the band rejoined before the full segue into Tenn Jed* – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Bo Diddley Cover. Might have some elements of “Mona”, another Bo Diddley Cover, which would make sense, since both originals were recorded on the same day – Feb 8, 1957.+ Not played by Almost Dead since 2/15/15 at The Ogden Theater – 57 Shows
On the 31st of August, The Mantras are set to defy sonic boundaries with their brand new album release, Knot Suite. Based out of North Carolina, the five piece group continues to turn heads with their progressive jam offerings, touring relentlessly and keeping their material funky fresh in the live setting by incorporating their 100+ original song repertoire. With a host of new material flooding into setlists from the new album, it’s a truly exciting time to be a fan.The band today releases their second single from the new forthcoming release. Titled “Knot Suite,” the album’s title track shows off the band’s rock and roll sound as it builds into a rock and roll frenzy of epic proportions. The upbeat gem is a great addition to any summer playlist, so crank it up for the official premiere! We’re honored to have worked with the band to share this new jam with you… Listen to “Knot Suite,” streaming below.“We have been putting out a ton of live recordings over the past few years, but “Knot Suite” marks our first studio album since 2013’s ‘Jambands Ruined My Life,’” says drummer Justin Loew. “It’s also the first album that we have recorded, mixed, and mastered in-house, using our own equipment in our own studio. It was a challenging yet rewarding experience that we think resulted in a pretty damn good sounding album. It will be available via Bandcamp on August 31st and we are really excited for everyone to hear it… ” For those eager to preview the new release, you can head to the band’s Bandcamp page for pre-order and more information. You can also check out the debut single from the album, “Here We Go,” streaming below.The band will be on tour throughout September and October, so check out their tour schedule below! You can also find out more from The Mantras on their official website.
ZZ Top is cruising through their Fall tour like it’s nobody’s business. With dates lasting through the middle of November, the classic rock band is giving most of the East Coast some good love with stops up-and-down the coast. Last night, the trio stopped in Chattanooga, TN for an evening at the Tivoli Theatre. The bearded duo played through their stapled classics, along with some covers of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Foxy Lady”, Robert Petway‘s “Catfish Blues”, and Elvis Presley‘s “Jailhouse Rock”.Photographer Christian Stewart was on site to capture bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard, as they brought their sharp-dressed selves to the Tennessee throwdown. Enjoy the full gallery below: Load remaining images
The first posthumous release from Prince comes out today, and with it comes the first track released from his famous and mysterious music vault. The vault, located at his famed Paisley Park Complex, is said to contain a massive collection of unreleased music, with Prince and his various projects recording hours and hours worth of songs and jam sessions over the years. With his untimely passing this past April, the executors of his estate have opened the vault and plan on releasing new music with regularity, filling the musical void that Prince left behind.This new track, titled “Moonbeam Levels”, is a drum-machine-heavy pop-ballad, recorded during in 1982 during the studio sessions for his hit album 1999. The song was cut from the album, and, while it was considered for a few other future albums, never made it on an official release. Now, with the release of the new compilation album Prince 4Ever, “Moonbeam Levels” will see the light of day.The song was debuted during an episode of ABC News, which brought together a bevy of superfans to the Cutting Room Studios to hear the official recording of “Moonbeam Levels” for the first time. You can watch the video below (the song starts at 0:45)[H/T Consequence of Sound]
The great lineups at Red Rocks Amphitheatre keep on coming, as a bluegrass-fueled extravaganza was just announced on July 14th! The show will feature a double billing of Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon as the headliners, with support from Keller & The Keels for the show!The news comes straight after Railroad Earth’s three night run in Colorado, and is sure to feature a number of great collaborations between the three stalwart groups in the genre. This is sure to be a great night of music!A pre-sale for tickets begins tomorrow, January 24th, and will run through the 26th. The full on sale will then begin this Friday, January 27th. You can find more details via this AXS link, and check out the show artwork below.
Hot off a midwest and Colorado run, Boston’s own The Jauntee are touring the east coast again this summer. The dynamic, improvisational quartet have been stacking up the miles over the last few tours and this one is no different. The Jauntee will see return dates at venues like American Beauty in NYC, The Camel in Richmond, and Aisle 5 in Atlanta, and a bi-weekly residency in July at The 8×10 in Baltimore.The band’s long awaited return to Florida and a late-night set at this year’s Peach Festival have also been announced. Perhaps most exciting and close to home, The Jauntee will play a 2-night stand at The Bridge Sound and Stage in Cambridge which will be a live recording session for their follow up album to last year’s Excelsior. The band plans to release more on this intimate experience soon.A focus on live improvisation, setlist variety, and musical exploration means every show is different from the last, truly making The Jauntee a live act to see again and again. Check out their full tour schedule below:Summer 2017 Tour Dates04.29 – Green Mountain College – Poultney, VT06.08 – American Beauty – New York, NY06.10 – Canal Street – Reading, PA06.11 – Bourbon & Branch – Philadelphia, PA06.15 – Doc Taylor’s -Virginia Beach, VA06.16 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA06.17 – The Camel – Richmond, VA06.18 – The Whiskey – Wilmington, NC06.20 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC06.21 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL06.22 – High Dive – Gainesville, FL06.23 – Skipper’s Smokehouse – Tampa, FL06.24 – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL06.25 – West End Trading Company – Sanford, FL06.28 – Southbound Smokehouse – Augusta, GA06.29 – Barrelhouse South – Savannah, GA06.30 – Pisgah Brewing – Black Mountain, NC07.01 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA07.05 – The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD07.06 – Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA07.07 – Time & Space – Louisville, KY07.08 – Urban Artifact – Cincinnati, OH*07.12 – The Bridge Sound and Stage – Cambridge, MA$07.13 – The Bridge Sound and Stage – Cambridge, MA$07.14 – The Port Hunter – Edgartown, MA07.15 – The Port Hunter – Edgartown, MA07.19 – The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD07.28 – BRYAC – Black Rock, CT07.29 – Nectar’s – Burlington, VT~08.10-13 – Peach Fest – Scranton, PA09.08 – Laniakea Festival – College Corner, OH*Official Laniakea Festival pre-party w/ Cycles & Solecho$Live Recording Session~Official Tumbledown Afterparty w/ Lespecial
On Friday night, Widespread Panic kicked off their three-night stay at the legendary Fox Theater in Atlanta–nearby from where the boys began their historic careers in Athens, Georgia. The explosive six-piece powerhouse jam band opened with a delightfully slow cover of the Talking Head’s song “Heaven”–perhaps as a tribute to the many musicians lost this year, including the mentor of many Southern rock and roll acts, Colonel Bruce Hampton, who passed away after his 70th birthday celebration on the very same stage. John Bell croons hauntingly and the concluding lyrics foreshadow that “When this party’s over, it will start again, it will not be any different, it will be exactly the same.”The band continued with the crowd favorite “Climb to Safety” from the Til’ the Medicine Takes album, reminding everyone in the enthusiastic audience that “It’s no fun to die alone!” This heartwarming original was immediately followed by another original, a laid-back and leisurely rendition of “The Take Out” from their album Space Wrangler. A heavy bass thumpin’ “Rock” segued right out of the instrumental jam and provoked the crowd into a frenzy before slowing down the tempo once more for a casually, sentimental cover of “Walkin’ for Your Love.” The sextet followed with another plea for comradery with yet another original “I’m Not Alone” from their self-titled debut album. JoJo Hermann chimed in from his position at the keyboards to sing lead vocals on the rarely played original “Jaded Tourist” with John Bell assisting with backup vocals before delving into a voluminous cut of J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High” complete with a cryptic introduction–highlighting JoJo’s prodigious keyboard playing–and a ridiculous Jimmy Herring guitar solo. The band then segued directly into the saucy, boot-stompin’ party favorite “Love Tractor” to close the first set after seventy minutes of heated action.The second set continued the musical debauchery with an outstanding version of the original tune “Holden Oversoul” which was followed by the old blues standard “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”. Both tunes were last played in Las Vegas, with “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” being a part of the infamous Ladies’ Night on the eve of Halloween. Another original “Radio Child” came out of the Schoolgirl jam and as always “electrified!” The band didn’t stop for a break before delivering a perfect rendition of another track from their self-titled debut album, the crowd favorite, “Barstools and Dreamers.” A transitional jam emerged, a sonic musical nod to the great Col. Bruce Hampton, which linked “Barstools and Dreamers” with another original tune by the band, the guitar and drum call-and-response styled song, “Impossible.” The herky-jerky rhythm of “Sell, Sell” broke the short silence with John Bell wisely admonishing with the lyrics, “The next one will be the best one of the year!” Another call of brotherhood resounded with the affirmative melody of “Good People” initiated by Jojo’s keys, and followed by John Bell’s raw vocals and Herring’s filthy guitar licks–all united under the all-star rhythm section of Dave Schools, Sunny Ortiz, and Duane Trucks, who recently celebrated his 29th birthday. It’s another one of those tunes where you can physically feel the bond between the audience members (as well as “Climb to Safety” and “I’m Not Alone”), especially when John Bell sings, “We are the good people, the ones they told you about… Here are your waters, so drink, and be whole again.” Most of the band shuffled offstage as the birthday boy, Duane Trucks, and Sonny Ortiz banged away raucously, yet rhythmically on their percussion sets while the rest of the band took a quick breather. When the rest of the band reemerged, Schools’ opening bass riffs coupled with the tinkering of JoJo Hermann’s keys revealed the next tune to honor the late Vic Chestnutt with the eerie cover of “Blight.” Very appropriate to New Year’s Eve, another anthem to heavy drinking, “Blackout Blues” closed the set with JoJo belting out the lead vocals: “I woke up on your bed this morning, you were sleepin’ on the floor. Fallin’ in and out of bars on my own, pick my head up off the ground.” The lyrics seemingly characterize a typical morning on New Year’s Day following a night of heavy drinking and the subsequent blackout, and the rowdy audience responded with appropriate zeal.After a fleeting respite, the band resumed positions to entrance the waiting crowd with an immaculate performance of the rarely played “Dream Song.” This song, from the album Everyday, has not been played live since September of 2016. Check out a clip of “Dream Song” below, courtesy of The Note Eater:To finish the night of fervent energy, the band covered Jerry Joseph’s boisterous song “North.” The ensemble maintained a high level of professionalism throughout the entire evening and dug deep to finish the night with the same intensity. To paraphrase Jerry Reed in his theme song to “Smokey and the Bandit” and also to foreshadow what is still yet to come, “The boys are thirsty in Atlanta… And [they’ll] bring it back, no matter what it takes.”Watch “North” below, courtesy of YouTube user Fred Ramadan.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Carol Spagnuola.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Fox Theater | Atlanta, GA | 12/29/17I: Heaven (Talking Heads), Climb To Safety (Jerry Joseph), The Take Out > Rock, Walkin’ (For Your Love), I’m Not Alone, Jaded Tourist, Ride Me High (J.J. Cale) > Love TractorII: Holden Oversoul, Good Morning Little School Girl (Sonny Boy Williamson) > Radio Child > Barstools and Dreamers > Col. Bruce Hampton Jam > Impossible, Sell Sell (Alan Price), Goodpeople > Drums > Blight (brute), Blackout BluesE: Dream Song, North (Jerry Joseph)Widespread Panic | Fox Theater | Atlanta, GA | 12/29/17 | Photos by Carol Spagnuola Load remaining images
Whether or not you watch American Idol, you need to watch this incredible duet between contestant Dennis Lorenzo and Allen Stone from Monday night. The two shared the stage during the show’s Top 24 All-Star Duets, where contestants paired up with celebrity musicians to perform a duet before a live audience as well as judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie. During Monday night’s show, Lorenzo and Stone laid out a fantastic rendition of “Unaware” from Allen Stone’s 2011 self-titled debut album, with the duo’s performance ultimately receiving a standing ovation from all three judges, as well as the audience. “I don’t know if I’ll ever sing it alone again,” joked Stone after the duet.“To find that kind of chemistry, where you feel comfortable sparring with a duet partner of that magnitude and that skill, tells you where you are,” expressed Lionel Richie, the voice behind “Hello”, “Endless Love”, and “All Night Long”. He added, “I’m telling you, man… That was spectacular.”Country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan added, “You just stood up there with another seasoned artist and nobody could tell the difference between what was happening, it just felt natural!”Watch the incredible duet between Allen Stone and Dennis Lorenzo below:[Video: American Idol]In related news, Allen Stone recently released a new single “Brown Eyed Lover“. If you haven’t already, catch Allen Stone live at a concert near you. Head to his official website for a list of upcoming performances.