Beloved folk parody duo Flight of the Conchords have just made an exciting concert announcement, as the New Zealanders will hit the McKittrick Hotel for a five night run from June 1st through 5th. The band have a major reunion tour plotted for the summer, hitting major venues across the country for the 28-date tour. With the five-night run at the McKittrick, the Conchords will be able to test out their promised new material to an intimate audience.Flight Of The Conchords Confirm Reunion With 28 Summer Tour DatesThe run of shows comes just a few days before the tour is scheduled to begin, with a performance at the Capitol Theatre on June 9th. Tickets for the run unfortunately sold out quickly, but you can check the McKittrick website for any possible re-releases or other information.
From NYC subway busking phenoms to headlining national touring artist, its been a meteoric rise for Brooklyn’s dynamic Moon Hooch, who returns today with their most adventurous album to date, Red Sky. A forceful and intelligent gumbo of bulbous horns, stomping electronic grooves, and pulverizing funk, the terrific trio has returned to offer an updated flavor palette of their devilish menu in maniacal dance music. Like their previous two full lengths and the fantastic EP Eat Your Veggies, the songcraft and vibe of Red Sky mixes the flavors of jazzbo-chops, chunky funk grooves, and a not-so-subtle dose of untz. From baritone sax to contrabass clarinet, horn player Wenzi McGowen is a beast throughout the record, matching energy and personality with his partner in crime, horn player Mike Wilbur. Between this madness lies the metronome, the charging drummer James Muschler. Opening with the title track, it’s a full-blast bonanza, bombastic brass and a pulsating, punishing rhythm. Wilbur’s vocals on “Shot” are free-verse frenzy, while the duo blows heavy and Muschler blazes beneath. “Psychotubes” is punk’d up, metal-fueled fury with a bludgeoning beat. The band reaches back for another gear, and leaps into a crush-mode unlike any in their recorded history.“Low 5″ boasts the sexy R&B feels, without sacrificing an ounce of gusto.”Rough Sex” is what it sounds like; a disco-funk hop with salacious intentions that begs for the dancefloor. “Alien Invasion” is also as advertised, a tweaking, carnival-esque affair that smells of Skerik’s kitchen if he lived in Williamsburg instead of Seattle. The recording took place at The Bunker studio, and Brooklyn’s ethos is eminent throughout the sonic journey. This is a new downtown jazz. Despite its somewhat schizophrenic disposition, Red Sky‘s gorilla glue is the brotherly bond-in-bump among the three amigos. It is a focused, united front, where the sum of the parts clearly outshines the prodigious individual talents. By incorporating Ableton software and vintage analog synth into the equation, as well as Wilbur’s steadily elevating lyricism and singing, the possibilities for Moon Hooch on the back of this record are endless. The future is white light and mega-bright for this Big Apple conglomerate of crunk, it’s a joy to watch it glow. “I think ‘Red Sky’ is more focused than any of our past albums. We practice meditation and yoga, and I think that we’re more evolved as people than we’ve ever been right now. That evolution expresses itself as focus, and through focus comes our energy,” said Wenzl McGowen. Be sure to catch this band on the road this summer, including a stop at Beardfest in Hammonton, NJ. They’ll be appearing alongside Out Of The Beardspace, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Consider the Source, Splintered Sunlight, Stop Making Sense and more! Get more information here. The new album Red Sky comes out today, June 10th, and can be found on the band’s website.B.Getz
The first concert for the month of July at Red Rocks Amphitheatre was one to make. The lineup featured That One Guy, whose musical improvisation knows no bounds, Alex Gray, a well known painter who finished an incredible large canvas painting of Zoe Jakes in American glory, Shpongle, a Simon Posford DJ set, and the main event of the evening, Beats Antique.Waether can make or break a show, and the skies were cloudy with no rain in sight. Beats Antique opened with a new act featuring illuminated lanterns that cast intricate patterns across the stage. The song fit perfectly in their repertoire and had the crowd screaming as Zoe Jakes laid down her lantern on the ground and cuddled it.The night continued into typical story-telling performances with blow up creatures, electronic and transcendental accompaniment, and even a performance curtain, which the dancers cast their shadows on a white sheet to tell the story of a princess and an evil dragon. As the night progressed, the rain drops got heavier and more persistent. The crowd would not quit. Beats Antique continued to thrill the audience with new pieces such as Killer Bee which exhibited the lovely dancers with pom poms. Even though David Satori said management called it quits, the audience stayed behind and cheered for a continuation. The show went on, despite the rain.The feeling of togetherness was even evident to Zoe Jakes, whose family came to support her. A loving family photo finished the event with everyone in embrace. Listening to the whispers and excited voices at the conclusion of the night, attendees had an unique escapade with one of the most innovative musical groups in the United States. Happy faces and wide grins passed through the exits while a several intrigued individuals gathered around Alex Gray’s completed painting in awe. Load remaining images A full gallery of Tara Gracer Design & Photography‘s images below.
Dead & Company gave fans a tremendous performance at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre last night, playing the second night of a two night run through Southern California. After welcoming String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann for a great show at Irvine Meadows one night earlier, the band continued their fury with a jamming performance in Chula Vista, CA, with NBA legend and beloved Deadhead Bill Walton in attendance.The show saw the band open with creole favorite “Iko Iko,” before steering into the fun “New Minglewood Blues.’ American Beauty classic “Candyman” came next, before the group brought out their famed Johnny Cash cover “Big River.” “Friend Of The Devil” came next, before the band played the Ratdog song “Even So” for the second time ever this summer. The first time came earlier this year, as a tribute to the late Rob Wasserman. The jams continued with “Sugaree,” and the band closed out the set with “The Music Never Stopped.”Set two kicked off with a big time jam session, which wound its way into “Truckin’.” Another American Beauty classic! The band was loose and firing on all cylinders, with John Mayer really showing off his chops during the song. “Althea” came next, before a big “Estimated Prophet” saw Bob Weir really let loose on vocals. The group veered into “Playin’ In The Band,” another Weir classic, before letting the new Rhythm Devils, aka Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Oteil Burbridge, have some fun with “Drums.” The full band returned, including Jeff Chimenti, for “Space,” which then segued into a fun “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad” that saw Weir, Mayer, and Burbridge trading vocals.The band continued their set with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” and closed out set two with a powerful “Throwing Stones.” It was the Jerry Garcia classic “Black Muddy River” that concluded the show, sweeping up fans in its emotional shuffling groove. What a show!Dead & Company wraps their tour this weekend with two performances in Northern California on Friday and Saturday, July 29th and 30th. Check out some video, the setlist, and some great images from Steve Rose Photos, listed below.Sugaree (via 1bionicleking)Estimated Prophet (via LoadOffAnnie) Load remaining images Edit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlists
On what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 74th birthday, it was guitarist Warren Haynes who had the unique role of throwing the late Grateful Dead member a birthday party for the ages. Haynes, who has performed with the living members of the Grateful Dead on many occasions, has been touring a Symphonic Tribute to the late great Garcia. Last night, Haynes brought that concept to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with some added significance for the momentous occasion.Not only is Red Rocks itself celebrating 75 years of existence, but the venue also hosted the Dead for numerous performances during their career. The parallels continued, as Haynes made history by playing Garcia’s guitar Tiger publicly, for the first time since the Grateful Dead’s final performance in 1995. Of course, the majority of the Dead’s Red Rocks performances were during the period when Tiger was used predominantly, from 1979-1989. Adding to the occasion was the presence of Melvin Seals, a member of Jerry Garcia’s band and another torch bearing troubadour in the Grateful Dead community. Seals has performed with JGB for many years since Garcia’s passing, and even recently made his Phil Lesh & Friends debut earlier this year. Naturally, Haynes was playing guitar with the band for those performances at the Capitol Theatre.The Red Rocks performance featured three full sets of music, including two with the Colorado Symphony and a special third set with just the core band members. Haynes has assembled a top notch lineup for these tributes, including drummer Jeff Sipe, bassist Lincoln Schleifer, and vocalists Jasmine Muhammad and Jacklyn LaBranch. The band opened with a towering “Dark Star” instrumental and worked through two sets and an encore with the Symphony, letting loose on an array of Grateful Dead songs. The third and final set was more of a JGB tribute, with Melvin Seals helping to lead the charge. The band also welcomed Dave Bruzza and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass for the finale, a charged two-song punch of “Don’t Let Go” and “Deal.”You can watch highlights from the performance below, courtesy of Jerry Garcia on Facebook on YouTube user Jeremiah Rogers. The full setlist can also be seen at the bottom of the article, as reported by Philzone member gilman. Enjoy!Dark Star InstrumentalBird Song/Crazy FingersPatchwork QuiltI’m A Road RunnerStop That TrainThat’s What Love Will Make You Doiframe></p><p><strong><em>Fire On The Mountain</em></strong></p><p><iframe style=”border: none; overflow: hidden;” src=”https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjerrygarciaofficial%2Fvideos%2F858346720965043%2F&show_text=0&width=400″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”>LoserDon’t Let Go (w/ Dave Bruzza and Anders Beck of Greensky)Setlist: Warren Haynes Symphonic Celebration at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, COSet One: Dark Star Instrumental>Bird Song>Crazy Fingers, Shakedown Street, China Cat Sunflower, Scarlet Begonias, Morning Dew Set Two: Uncle John’s Band>West LA Fade Away, Black Peter>Drums>Touch Of Grey, Space>Blues For Allah>Terrapin Station>Slipknot>Terrapin Refrain>Terrapin Station Encore With Symphony: Patchwork Quilt, Ripple Set Three: Jam, Roadrunner, Stop That Train, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*, Fire On The Mountain*, Loser, The Harder They Come>Tough Mama>Don’t Let Go^>Deal^ *acc by Chris Daniels ^acc by Greensky Bluegrass guys
Nik Greeley & The Operators have released a brand new video for their blues-rocking new single “Stars”. The track is the first song in a series of singles and videos leading up to the release of their new EP coming this Spring 2017. The Operators feature Philly’s own Swift Technique “The ST’s” horn section, who recently sat in with Vulfpeck at The Electric Factory, along with Zach LoPresti and Sam Gutman of prog-jam up-and-comers Out of the Beardspace. Together, and behind the musical maestro Nik Greeley himself, is a smooth-grooving collective that fully avoids staying in any one genre. This new track “Stars” fully displays their diverse intentions with a lyrically-stirring, head-swaying ballad. The video follows Greeley through a bedroom conversation with the self, and features the full band backing the character’s sleepless night. “It’s an ode to the late night thinkers & dwellers. Those of us who tend to stay up late into the evening, watching bad TV and questioning our existence and the world around us, while also believing the universe has something greater for us,” explains Greeley. Live For Live Music is stoked to premiere the new music video, which you can watch exclusively below:You can download the track for free via Bandcamp or check out NG & The Operators in Philly on Wednesday November 16th for their release show with Darla (Release Show) and Roz and the Rice Cakes. If ever there was a chance to see them live, now is it. The band’s power is unstoppable in delivering juicy tunes, dance moves, and good vibes all around.
Gov’t Mule just won’t rest! A few days after paying tribute to all of the musicians who passed on in 2016, the band is looking forward to 2017 by getting to work on new music. The latest update comes from keyboardist Danny Louis, who confirmed that the band is currently in the studio hard at work on a new album.This falls in line with what Warren Haynes told us when we interviewed him back in August, saying “I’ve been doing a lot of writing, and Danny Louis and I will start doing some writing together here soon. Then the band as a whole will start writing together, and utilizing whatever happens on the road and rehearsal. I’m curious to see where it’s all going to go but I’m very psyched about it.” We’re psyched about it too!
– SHOW INFO –Artist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/ Special Guest Donald HarrisonVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Saturday, April 29thPrice: $36adv / $40dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 9pm / Show 10pmThe Nth Power Presents “WAKE UP & LIVE: The Music of Bob Marley” – One Eyed JacksLast year, local heroes The Nth Power took the tribute concept to another level, inviting a huge mix of top-shelf special guests to One Eyed Jacks for a tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, a project that was appropriately dubbed “Earth, Wind & Power.“ The show received rave reviews, as the band and special guests Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, Skerik, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and James Casey tore up a bevy of classic hits and beloved deep cuts, performing each song with precision and perfection. “Earth, Wind & Power” is back at Jazz Fest this year, by popular demand.Now, The Nth Power has announced their next great Jazz Fest tribute. After having shown off their impressive talent with “Earth, Wind & Power,” fans in New Orleans should be excited to learn about “WAKE UP & LIVE: The Music of Bob Marley.” The show, which once again will go down at One Eyed Jacks, will take place on Saturday, April 29th as a late night show. It will feature The Nth Power alongside special guests Cyril Neville, Raja Kassis of Antibalas, Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Shira Elias of Turkuaz, Rob Marscher of Jennifer Hartswick Band, Andrew “Da Phessah” Baham of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Boyd from Phantom Vanity, and Adam Joseph.– SHOW INFO –Artist: The Nth Power Presents “WAKE UP & LIVE: The Music of Bob Marley”Venue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Price: $25adv / $30dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 1:00 AM / Show 2:00 AM (technically early AM 4/30)Sunday, April 30thFu*k 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost – The Howlin’ Wolf2016 was one of the most upsetting years on record, as we lost so many amazing artists over the course of twelve months. Of course, New Orleans is the perfect place to pay tribute to these artists, and Jazz Fest is the perfect time. Dubbed Funk 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost, the tribute will explore the musical gifts all of the amazing artists we lost last year, such as Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, and more. While we’re glad the year is over, it’s time to look back and celebrate these wonderful artists.To pay tribute to these amazing musical icons, we’re bringing together Michaelangelo Carubba, Shira Elias, and Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, and Khris Royal and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown for an all-star tribute known as Fu*k 2016! Also slated to appear at this show is D.J. Williams of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Danny Mayer of the Eric Krasno Band, Steveland Swatkins of Allen Stone‘s band, and Turkuaz’s pink-haired vocalist Sammi Garett. The Turkuaz Horns will also be on hand to complete one of the most badass horn sections we can imagine.The Revivalists side project RumpleSTEELskin will open the night, while Brooklyn’s own The London Souls will perform a special super-late-night performance in The Den immediately following the Fu*k 2016 tribute set. Make no mistake, this is sure to be one of the biggest throwdowns during Jazz Fest!Tickets for this special late-night performance are on sale NOW at this link!SHOW INFO –Artist: Fu*k 2016: A Tribute To Artists We Lost featuring members of Turkuaz and The Motet w/ Support from RumpleSTEELskin + The London Souls (late night in The Den)Venue: Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Sunday – April 30th, 2017Price: $25adv / $35dosAges: 18+Tickets: Click HereTuesday, May 2ndEarth, Wind & Power / All Brothers Band / Organ Freeman – The Howlin’ WolfOn Tuesday, May 2nd, The Nth Power will bring together a slew of special guests to re-create their epic tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire tribute known as “Earth, Wind & Power”. This show was a smash hit at Jazz Fest last year, and received rave reviews at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive festival. It’s a euphoric tribute that dives deep into the catalog of Earth, Wind & Fire, as the band delivers deep cuts alongside some of the band’s mega-hits. The Nth Power has organized a ton of special guests for this show, with Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band, Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Farnell Newton, and Drew Sayers and Lyle Davinsky of The Motet all joining in on the fun.Earth, Wind & Power will be joined by Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Neal and Alan Evans, also known as the All Brothers Band. This is another band that made waves at Brooklyn Comes Alive, as well as up-and-coming funk act Organ Freeman. The Brothers collaborated for an EP earlier this year, though they’ve yet to present this project for public ears, but you can expect smooth layers of funk and jazz throughout the improv-heavy set. Oteil and Kofi will be playing double duty on this night, as both of them will also make appearances during Earth, Wind & Power’s headlining set.The ambitious and aggressive funk of Organ Freeman will add to this powerhouse bill as the opening act. Organ Freeman is fueled by the trio of guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys and organist Trevor Steer, and should immediately be put on your radar if it isn’t already.Additionally, a number of awesome musicians will gather in The Den to pay tribute to Allen Toussaint. The band, known as the “Allen Toussaint Jukebox,” will feature a full set of music from the prodigious songwriter’s illustrious career. The band will consist of Shira Elias and Michelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz, Sasha Brown from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds, and Eric Vogel from the Nigel Hall Band.Tickets for this special late-night performance go on-sale NOW at this link!SHOW INFO –Artist: Earth Wind & Power / All Brothers Band / Organ Freeman, w/ Allen Toussaint Jukebox (in The Den)Venue: Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Tuesday – May 2nd, 2017Price: $27.50adv / $35dosAges: 21+Tickets: Click HereWednesday, May 3rdThe Daze Between Band – One Eyed JacksThe “Daze Between Band,” boasts an impressive lineup of players from across the musical spectrum. Guitar master Eric Krasno is on the bill, as is Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge. Widespread Panic‘s Duane Trucks will be on drums, Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis will be on keys, and Scott Metzger will fill the second guitar slot, a role he currently occupies in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. When it comes to Jazz Fest, this is simply as good as it gets. The band will be joined by DJ Soul Sister, who will set the mood with an opening set. The band also expects a few surprise guests to join them throughout the evening.See below for full info for this show with the “Daze Between Band” featuring Eric Krasno, Oteil Burbridge, Duane Trucks, Danny Louis, and Scott Metzger.– SHOW INFO –Artist: The Daze Between Band featuring Eric Krasno, Oteil Burbridge, Duane Trucks, Danny Louis & Scott MetzgerVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017Price: $35adv / $40dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 11:00 PM / Show 12:00 AM (technically early AM 5/4)Megawatt: Afro-Dub Soundclash – One Eyed JacksA few years ago, Luke Quaranta of Toubab Krewe decided that it was time to put the spotlight on West African music, and from that seed, JuJu Fest was born. JuJu Fest is a world music mini-festival-within-a-festival concept that takes place across the city of New Orleans during the ten days.This year, one show in particular tops the bill with a killer lineup and an awesome theme. Raja Kassis, guitar player of modern Afrobeat legends Antibalas (and co-founder of JuJu Fest) reached out to Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights) and Josh Werner (Original Matisyahu band, Lee Scratch Perry, Wu-Tang Clan), two long time friends who all share a storied history playing Dub and Reggae music together, to create Megawatt: Afro-Dub Soundclash. This will certainly be an incredible night of dub, reggae and afro vibes that will hit The Maison on Wednesday, May 3rd. Joining them will be modern jazz/funk legend Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), master percussionist Weedie Braimah, local sax hero Khris Royal, and trumpet master Maurice “Mobetta” Brown. As if it couldn’t get any better, Megawatt will be fronted on vocals by none other than Bajah, a superstar in Sierra Leone affectionately know back home as the “Lyrical Bomber.” Bajah has been a frequent guest in years past of such acts as Break Science, Talib Kweli and The Roots, to name a few.– SHOW INFO –Artist: Megawatt feat. Raja Kassis, Luke Quaranta, Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Josh Werner, Weedie Braimah, Bajah, Khris Royal & Maurice “Mobetta” BrownVenue: The Maison – 508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 (technically early AM May 4th)Price: $20adv / $25dosTickets: Click HereTime: Doors 12:30am / Show 1:00amSunday, May 7thZigaboo’s 19th Annual Funk Revue + Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder w/ Organ Freeman – The Howlin’ WolfOn the final night of Jazz Fest, legendary drummer and co-founder of The Meters, Zigaboo Modeliste, will put on his 19th annual “Zigaboo’s Funk Revue” at the Howlin’ Wolf. The show will bring together some of the best special guests that the Big Easy has to offer for a funk music extravaganza that has become a quintessential part of Jazz Fest.Right after Zigaboo’s set, the powerhouse combination Adam Deitch, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and other musicians from the Lettuce family will come together once again for their special Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder tribute set. Making its third consecutive appearance at Jazz Fest, this awesome show will honor the classic catalogs of two of music’s most prodigious talents. The legendary Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder are artists whose music goes hand in hand with everything that the fest is about, namely music, celebration, and love.Organ Freeman will also be performing a super-late-night set in The Den after MJ vs. Stevie finishes up.Tickets for this special late-night performance are on sale NOW at this link!SHOW INFO –Artist: Zigaboo’s 19th Annual Funk Revue / MJ vs. Stevie Tribute / Organ FreemanVenue: Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date Sunday – May 7th, 2017Price: $25adv / $35dosAges: 21+Tickets: Click HereSee you in New Orleans! The 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is just around the corner, and we are so excited to announce our lineup of late-night shows for this year’s festivities! This year, Live For Live Music is making The Howlin’ Wolf it’s home base, with four awesome shows that are sure to keep you on your feet until the early hours of the morning. We’ve brought together some of the best players in the game to present some of the most eclectic lineups for a special Late-Nite After Jazz Fest series of performances.See below for full details on all four shows, including special guests, how to buy tickets, and more. See you in New Orleans!Saturday, April 29thBreak Science Live Band / The Russ Liquid Test / The Werks – The Howlin’ Wolf On Saturday, April 29th, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee’s Break Science will team up with members of Lettuce for a night of funky electronic hip-hop beats. Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Eric “Jesus” Coomes, and The Shady Horns’ Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis round out the live band lineup, giving this show an all-star cast that will deliver the ultimate New Orleans dance party.Break Science Live Band will be joined by local heroes The Russ Liquid Test, who released their 80’s-infused electro/funk album 1984 to critical acclaim in October 2016. Russ Liquid teams up with producer and accomplished brass player Russell Scott, guitarist Andrew Block, and drummer Deven Trusclair to deliver a groove-oriented sound that evokes the classic funk/soul/R&B stylings, but with a futuristic spin that compliments the evolution of each genre.The Werks will join in on the fun with two sets in The Den, between sets and after Break Science Live Band to keep the party going deep into the night.Tickets for this special late-night performance are on sale now at this link!SHOW INFO –Artist: Break Science Live Band w/ The Russ Liquid Test + The Werks (in The Den)Venue: Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Saturday – April 29th, 2017Price: $25adv / $35dosTickets: Click HereTime: Doors 10 pm / Show 11 pmKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/ Donald Harrison – One Eyed JacksKarl Denson is a Jazz Fest icon. His late-night shows in New Orleans always bring the heat, and you never know who might join him when he and his Tiny Universe take the stage during one of their infamous late night performances. This year, Denson will bring his brand of power-funk to One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, April 29th for a memorable weekend 1 show, and he’s just announced the addition of local saxophone legend Donald Harrison as a special guest for the performance.Harrison, who’s known as the “King of Nouveau Swing,” is more known in jazz circles for combining traditional New Orleans music with R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, and Rock. His addition to this show should leave brass fans salivating, as two of the most innovative and talented saxophonists will hit the stage together for a unique pairing that will inevitably make for a memorable night. Denson often throws fun covers into his set, so we can only imagine what surprises are in store when Harrison and Denson combine forces.
Late last month, David Nelson Band reported that Nelson had been diagnosed with colon cancer and would have to cancel several dates on their current tour.At the time of that announcement, the plan for the band’s three upcoming sold-out shows in Alaska was still in the works. Yesterday, the band confirmed their exciting contingency plan for the performances: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will fill in for Nelson for three nights of music in Girwood, Alaska from March 16-18! Weir will join members of David Nelson Band (Barry Sless, John Molo, Pete Sears and Mookie Siegel) in addition to Katie Skene.A longtime friend of Weir’s, Nelson co-founded New Riders Of The Purple Sage with Dead frontman Jerry Garcia in the early ’60s. Thanks to this time-seasoned connection, the unfortunate news for David Nelson Band fans in Alaska has just taken an exciting turn for the better!For more information, or to stay updated on all your David Nelson Band news, head to the band’s website.
moe. | Civic Theatre | 4/29/17 | New Orleans, LASet I: Akimbo > Happy Hour Hero, Timmy Tucker > meat., Jungle BoogieSet II: Yodelittle > Down Boy, Skrunk, Fearless > Deep This Time, Cosmik Debris, Recreational ChemistryEncore: Wind It Up, Late In The Evening, Burning Down The HouseSadly, a surprise fourth show at the legendary Preservation Jazz Hall had to be kept from the rank-and-file fans, and tickets were sold out without even announcing who was playing. That kept an ever-growing army of music lovers and moe.rons from swarming the legendary venue for one last chance to hear the music they had spent the weekend soaking in.With the going-ons in New Orleans at the tail-end of April used as an indicator of how moe. will be approaching the 16th moe.down starting at the end of this month, then fans undoubtedly are in for a treat. With such a massive time allotment, the band is sure to offer sets designed specifically for older fans, busting out songs that have been tabled from rotation and getting into the nitty-gritty of savoring extended jams. In turn, the group is sure to similarly welcome out many other musicians to share the stage with them, taking advantage of the close proximity a festival has to offer. Perhaps most importantly, at moe.down 16, just as it was for the group’s past New Orleans run, both the audience and the band are sure to find themselves energetically tuned into one another — one of the greatest benefits of three-plus nights with your favorite jam act.While moe. also acts as a host band for Summer Camp Music Festival, moe.down makes no pretense about why its many fans have gathered. The limited scope does also limit the attendance, but it also unites those in attendance in one glorious primary objective — three straight days of extended jams with their beloved five guys named moe. Tickets are still available for fans, new and old, to immerse themselves in the twin guitar-led attack that has delighted audiences for twenty-seven years now. So come join moe. for seven sets of serious jamming that will surely encompass the length and breadth of their legendary catalog with a crowd full of the most ardent and jamming fans imaginable! Tickets available here. “Happy Hour Hero”“Timmy Tucker>Meat”“Jungle Boogie”“Yodelittle>Down Boy>Skrunk”“Recreational Chemistry”“Fearless>Deep This Time”“Cosmik Debris”“Late In The Evening” Setlist: moe. | The Civic Theatre | New Orleans, LA | 4/28/17I: Brent Black > Bring It Back Home > Blue Jeans Pizza, Puebla > Brent Black, Waiting for the PunchlineII: Spine Of A Dog > Plane Crash, Tambourine, Downward Facing Dog, Brittle End, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking* > McBainE: Soul Man, Ophelia, Life During Wartime4.29.17, Civic Theater, New Orleans, LAAfter two nights of top-notch performing, the expectations for the third and final night of the run were incredibly high. Jazz Fest itself was in full swing, and many in attendance found their way to the main fairgrounds during the day for the wild selection of bands that unwittingly served as openers for the second round of the explosive collaboration that is moe.kuaz. Not content to simply repeat the fun of night one, moe. upped the ante with one more special guest, longtime friend and percussionist Mike Dillon, who was welcomed with open arms for one of the most emotionally moving musical passages of the weekend.The night once again saw righteous Turkuaz sit-ins on tunes from moe.’s catalog and from that of Paul Simon and the Talking Heads. However, moe. was “Fearless ” in their approach to other covers, throwing in tunes from Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa along the way. In the midst of the guest mania, Mike Dillon and Loghlin used a long stretch of “Recreational Chemistry” to engage in a wonderfully robust and intense game of follow-the-leader up and down the electrified Mallet Kat. After showing he had progressed to the point where there was nothing Dillon could throw at him that he couldn’t match, focus shifted to the front of the stage where the two brothers-in-arms shared a hug that is literally the heart of the song and their friendship made manifest. The dual bands played an appropriate “Burning Down The House” after lighting the stage on fire with their sonic pyrotechnics. While we could go on and on about the mayhem, it is probably for the best for you fine folks to watch the fun for yourselves below: Setlist: moe. | Le Petit Theatre | New Orleans, LA | 4/28/17Set I: Crab Eyes > Threw It All Away > Crab Eyes, Queen Of Everything, Mar-DeMa > George > Time EdSet II: ATL, Annihilation Blues, Don’t Wanna Be, Rainshine > Rebubula > Four > RebubulaEnc: Johnny Lineup, House Of The Rising Sun4.28.17, Civic Theater, New Orleans, LAAfter the cozy confines of the Petite Theatre, moe. and crew were more than happy to see the Civic Theater, a room with a stage large enough to accommodate their full rig and the additions of their new friends Turkuaz. The downtown venue was perfectly situated among some stellar restaurants and the hotels that many of their fans were utilizing to enjoy their Crescent City adventure. Bellies full of local delicacies like Crawfish, Étouffée, begniets, and more, fans recovered from the previous evening’s hijinx and were back and ready for more. After a mutually enjoyable love-fest sit-in session on Jam Cruise, the bands moe. and Turkuaz had been looking for opportunities to share the stage for a longer and more involved set of tunes. Thanks to their long history of bringing in other acts for similar jams, moe. was more than ready with a selection of rollicking, hook-laden covers and band staples to bring out various combinations of their many faceted opening act.Thanks to a wonderful warm up set from Turkuaz, moe. seemed to start very much ahead of the game on night two, and their aggressive setlist gave fans little chance to catch their breath. Check out the clips below to see and hear highlights from their first performance at the Civic Theatre, including band classics like “Spine Of A Dog” and “Plane Crash” alongside covers of tunes from such luminaries as The Rolling Stones, Sam & Dave, Talking Heads and The Band.“Bring It Back Home>Blue Jeans Pizza”“Waiting For The Punchline”“Spine Of A Dog>Plane Crash”“Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”“Soul Man”“Ophelia”“Life During War Time” After twenty something years of being a touring unit, highly successful and long-running bands like moe. are always looking for new ways to approach what they do. Perhaps one of the best ways to see moe. in full force and at its finest is during the group’s extended runs in a single location, which come in addition to the group’s numerous one-off shows during a tour. Such runs are a treat for performers and fans alike. Performers get the chance to delve deeper into their catalog than they normally would and get to have fun with it, often putting on a string of unique shows that allow for more depth, both in their song selections and the variety of jams. In turn, dedicated fans who make the entirety of the run are treated to a diverse offering of what moe. has to offer, feeling more connected to the group as it uses the multiple performances to its benefit and treats the audiences to special surprises not frequently seen during a standard tour.Of course, moe. long ago came up with the absolute best way to experience their music over a weekend with friends and famoe.ly — a weekend long event known as moe.down. Usually held in upstate New York at the Snow Ridge Ski Lodge near the end of summer, this year sees the festival return after a two-year hiatus on the Fourth of July weekend, making this year’s event extra-special for friends and famoe.ly who’ve been eagerly anticipating a return to moe.’s iconic festival. Though there are some stellar supporting acts on the line-up this year — including Blackberry Smoke, Fishbone, and Railroad Earth as well as some of the top up-and-coming jam bands on the circuit — the real attraction to moe.down is moe., who will play seven sweet, sweet sets over the festival’s course.Age hasn’t changed the energy moe.’s approach to performing multi-day runs or festivals at all, though their execution has gotten sharper with the passing of time. Listeners agree that moe. is in one of their most prolific and impressive eras right now, and the group has been for the last several years. Watching bassist Rob Derhak and the abandon with which he seems to approach the bass these days is a joy to behold. He isn’t going through the motions — he truly can’t wait to engage in his next lightspeed bass-slapping spree. Guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey have refined their tandem style of play beyond telepathy. Each instinctively knows where the other is going musically and has complete faith in the ability of the other to get where they need to go while doing it in style. That high-wire act is all made possible by the impossibly precise yet completely reliable drumming of Vinnie Amico. With the scattershot of percussive fills, vocals, and impressive gains on the mallet-based instruments by Jim Loughlin, this edge gives moe. the most well-rounded sound they have ever enjoyed. Seeing that level of comfort has reassured long-time fans that not only is the future still bright for the band but that runs like these are simply too special to be missed.Because moe.down has the benefit of being moe.’s own festival, the band has complete creative control to get real weird with it, perhaps bolstered by the fact that the crowd is there to see them, setting aside obligations of careers and kids to truly commit time to see the band that they love. The mutual love built over the years since the band’s humble beginnings inspires both the artists and their fans to truly embrace the value of multi-day runs. And for this year’s moe.down, the band is sure to outdo itself, as always, with the goal — similar to touring — to make each year something special and create an intimate, family vibe. As we gear up toward moe.down, let’s take a look at moe.’s recent three-day visit to the legendary live music mecca, New Orleans, coinciding with Jazz Fest to dissect their methodology in making a run something beyond simply three-in-a-row, shall we?4.27.17, La Petit Theatre, New Orleans, LAYou would be hard pressed to find a venue with a more prestigious history that the La Petit Theatre in the heart of New Orleans’ renowned French Quarter. The small size of the venue and the narrowness of the streets frequently necessitate that a majority of the equipment be carried a few blocks by hand. The band and their dedicated crew saw this as a price well-worth paying for the opportunity to perform in such a legendary room.The first night’s tickets were only available in advance as part of a three-show ticket, so the room was packed but not as bad as it would have been had it sold out via sales to the general public, which it surely would have as a simple standalone. The chance to see moe. in such an intimate environment was icing on the cake for the diehards who packed the theater. Knowing the crowd was well stocked with superfans allowed moe. to deliver some frequently requested tunes to the delight of friends and family. The always-requested “Four” ended up sandwiched between arguably the best known moe. tune, “Rebubula,” while songs that had fallen by the wayside like “ATL” were able to make much requested comebacks. Long-form jammers like “George” and “Time Ed” were given plenty of space to breathe and stretch while new tunes like “Don’t Wanna Be” were able to find their place alongside long settled classics.Thanks to Rex Thomson we have video highlights of all three nights to get a true sense of the dynamic range and individual flavor of each night. Take a tour through the first night with the selection of full song clips below:“Queen Of Everything”“Mar De Mar>George>Time Ed”“Annihilation Blues”“Don’t Wanna Be”“Rebubula>Four>Rebubula”