Last night, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh closed out their six-date “Bobby & Phil Duo” tour with a spectacular, sold-out final performance at the Chicago Theatre. As the did the previous night, the Grateful duo welcomed Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, as well as tour percussionist Wally Ingram, for the entirety of the second set. The show’s setlist, heavily geared towards pre-hiatus Dead material, was comprised almost entirely of songs that had been played in New York or Boston. However, what the show lacked in surprises, it thoroughly made up for in execution.The first set opened with a bouncy “Cumberland Blues”, followed by “Tennessee Jed”. The first “Alabama Getaway” of the tour came next, as one of the Dead’s most radio-friendly rock-n-roll songs was uniquely interpreted by the duo. The other highlight of the first set was the set-closing “Cassidy”. This version was masterfully stretched out, and when they finally reeled the jam back into the last chorus, they had generated plenty of vigor to power the “flight of the seabirds.”The second set was filled with vintage, pre-1974 Grateful Dead numbers with Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and Wally Ingram in tow for the duration. “Crazy Fingers” opened the second set, followed by a chugging “New Speedway Boogie”. As the crowd sang along with the band, “this darkness got to give”, Phil responded with a smile and an approving nod.The rest of the set saw one seamless stretch of music, with each successive song flowing into the next. A spacey “Mountains of the Moon” slowly morphed into “Cryptical Envelopment”. From there, “Let It Grow” built up plenty of energy before once again slowing down and moving into “The Other One”, which rainbow spiraled round and round for north of ten minutes before melting back into the end of “Cryptical Envelopment”.Uncle John’s Band was perfectly played, harkening back to the album version which predominantly features acoustic guitars. Finally, the band ended the set with an emotional “Days Between”. This really has become a song in which Bob has mastered over the last couple of years, and as he sang the poignant lyrics one could hear a pin drop in the theater. The beautiful performance on this song, in particular, as well as the show and tour as a whole did not go unnoticed by the two founding Dead members, who shared a hearty embrace upon finishing the tune.Smiles were everywhere but the biggest ones were shared by Bob and Phil. If the music wasn’t enough, for almost the entirety of the second set there was a little boy running, crawling, and wiggling back and forth on the stage behind Wally. It was fairly entertaining when the band finished the set and it was Phil who, instead of taking a break, took to running and chasing down the toddler, fulfilling “grandpa” duties.With one final encore to play, the duo started just as they began: No frills, no gimmicks, just Bob on guitar and Phil on bass. “Brokedown Palace” always fits perfectly in the encore slot, and this beautiful rendition by the two founding Dead members was uniquely moving. One can only hope that this won’t be the last time these gentlemen play together in this format.Check out videos from the Bobby & Phil “duo” tour finale below, and see a gallery of photos from the show below via Daniel Ojeda.Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Cumberland Blues” – 3/11/18[Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Lazy River Road” – 3/11/18 [Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Crazy Fingers” [Pro-Shot] – 3/11/18[Video: Nugs.tv]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “New Speedway Boogie” – 3/11/18 Photo: Daniel Ojeda Photography Load remaining images [Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Uncle John’s Band” – 3/11/18[Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Let It Grow” – 3/11/18<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: Scott Sigman]Setlist: Bob Weir & Phil Lesh | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/11/18Set One: Cumberland Blues, Tennessee Jed, Alabama Getaway, Loose Lucy, Lazy River Road, The Maker, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, CassidySet Two: Crazy Fingers, New Speedway Boogie, Mountains of the Moon, Cryptical Envelopment > Let It Grow > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Uncle John’s Band > Days BetweenEncore: Brokedown PalaceSet two featured Wally Ingram, Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, and Teresa WillaimsBob Weir & Phil Lesh Duo w/ Wally Ingram | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/11/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Daniel Ojeda
Ween will return to the road in late July for a series of tour dates in the Ohio and Northeast. The outing will come roughly seven weeks after the band’s June run through Missouri and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.Ween will get started at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre on July 24th before swinging through Express Live in Columbus, Ohio, the next night on July 25th. Next up will be Stage AE in Pittsburgh on July 27th, with dates at Buffalo’s Art Park on July 28th and Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park on July 29th closing out the run.Pre-sale tickets for the newly-announced shows will go on sale Wednesday, April 4th, at 10 a.m. ET (use password “GUAVA”). Tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, April 6th.Ween Summer Tour Dates6/2 Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant6/3 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre6/5 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre6/6 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre7/24 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH*7/25 Express Live – Columbus, OH*7/27 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA*7/28 Art Park – Buffalo, NY*7/29 Waterfront Park – Burlington, VT** newly-announced date
Jamiroquai buzz has grown to a fever pitch over the last year-and-change. First came the release of Automaton in March, 2017, the band’s first new album after years out of the spotlight. They then set out on a world tour to support the new release–with a notable absence of any U.S. performance. Now, Jamiroquai’s American performance drought is about to end: The band will play their first stateside show in 13 years this weekend at Coachella, followed by a handful of confirmed performances in San Francisco and New York City. They’ve also been hinted at as headliners for this year’s Suwannee Hulaween.Return Of The Space Cowboy: Why Jamiroquai Playing The U.S. Has Everybody On Cloud 9But just as this new chapter in the story of Jamiroquai was beginning, an earlier chapter ended sadly. One year ago today, the band’s founding member/ex-keyboardist Toby Smith (pictured above, right) passed away at the age of 46 after secretly battling cancer for multiple years. As we prepare, at long last, to begin the first batch of Jamiroquai U.S. performances in more than a decade, we remember the late keyboardist who helped create the funk phenomenon…Toby Smith, Founding Member/ex-Keyboardist of Jamiroquai, Dead at 46By: B. Getz[Originally published April 12th, 2017]Toby Smith, founding member/former keyboardist of Jamiroquai, has died at the age of 46. Smith, along with singer Jason Kay and bassist Stuart Zender, formed the band in 1991 and released their first single, “When You Gonna Learn?” in 1992. The singer is survived by his wife and children.He retired from the band and touring in 2002 after a decade behind the Fender Rhodes and walls of analog synths. Smith spent his remaining years in semi-seclusion; a private person to begin with, he was a doting father, husband, and recording engineer in the studio he helped build. No official cause of death has been released as of press time. [Note: The cause of death was later revealed to be a years-long battle with cancer.]The first five Jamiroquai albums featured prominent songwriting and virtuoso musicianship from Smith. Emergency on Planet Earth (1992), The Return of the Space Cowboy (1994) and Travelling Without Moving (1997) saw Zender and Smith unite for freakishly inventive, mouth-watering jams. After Zender left the band in 1998, Smith and Kay steered the ship on records Synkronized (1999) and A Funk Odyssey (2001). Smith then abruptly departed the band on the eve of the Funk Odyssey World Tour, just before the band returned to the US for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 10, 2001.Jamiroquai – “Too Young To Die” We reached out to a longtime Smith/Jamiroquai fanatic, keyboardist Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven for some words on a fallen hero: Oh man! What a loss – Toby was a huge influence on my playing – his vibe on those monster tracks like Cosmic Girl and Canned Heat and of course the massive hooks behind Virtual Insanity… madness! Not many people know he was a co-writer with Jay Kay for their biggest hits – gone way too soon! RIP TobyA note from the author B.Getz: As a pianist, fan, journalist, and somebody who looked up to Toby Smith for a variety of reasons, I am personally devastated by this loss. His effortless way of making tall, lanky, curly-haired dudes be cool went a long way with me in my youth. His tasty, classy playing on the seminal records remains timeless (“Just Another Story” is STILL unreal, 22 years later), and his contributions to the songs and vibe that make early Jamiroquai remain relevant decades later, will definitely not be overlooked nor forgotten. Please enjoy some of my favorite videos of Toby Smith’s time in Jamiroquai.Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan, 10/10/1993[Courtesy of Mathijis de Graaf]Glasgow, Scotland, 4/30/1997[Courtesy of funkandrockcity]Montreux Jazz, Montreux, Switzerland, 7/12/1995[Courtesy of Zsolt Horváth]Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, 11/18/1999[Courtesy of SerpicoBerserk]Fila Forum, Milan, Italy, 10/12/2001[Courtesy of The Tribe With The Vibe]RIP Toby Smith- 1970-2017 [From official fan-site Funkin.com]
Tedeschi Trucks Band have added another date to their upcoming Wheels Of Soul Tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band. The decidedly Southern lineup will now swing through Atlanta on July 14th for a concert at the historic Fox Theatre.As previously reported, this year’s Wheels Of Soul Tour will kick off at the Daily’s Place Amphitheater in Jacksonville, FL on June 29th. The outing will last exactly one month and feature stops in much of the Southeast, East Coast and Midwest before wrapping up with a two-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks Ampitheatre on July 28th and 29th.2018 will mark the fourth edition of the Wheels Of Soul Tour, which typically finds TTB teaming up with a variety blues and soul-oriented acts. Past editions have included Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Hot Tuna, The Wood Brothers, North Mississippi Allstars, and Los Lobos.“We all draw from some of the same roots,” Derek Trucks said in a statement. “But we also share a different perspective than your typical southern rock bands do. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Truckers’ songwriting. It’s an honest take on the world we live in.”“It’s been fun getting to know Marcus and watching him develop,” Trucks added. “He sat in with us at the Beacon and it will be great to have a chance to collaborate more on stage over the summer”“It’s going to be something different for us, for sure.,” King told Live For Live Music earlier this year “We’re definitely going to try and translate our intimate vibe into those larger venues and shows. It’s going to be a challenge but it’s one we’re all very open to and super excited about.”Tickets for the newly-announced Atlanta show will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 27th. Pre-sale tickets are available now.Wheels Of Soul Tour:June 29 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place AmphitheaterJune 30 Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa AmphitheaterJuly 1 Charleston, SC – Volvo Car StadiumJuly 3 Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJuly 6 Hartford, CT – The Xfinity TheatreJuly 7 Gilford, NH – Bank of NH PavilionJuly 8 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity CenterJuly 10 Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PACJuly 11 Vienna, VA – Wolf TrapJuly 13 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut CreekJuly 14 Atlanta, GA – Fox TheatreJuly 15 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union AmphitheatreJuly 17 Buffalo, NY ArtparkJuly 18 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank PavilionJuly 20 Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @White River State ParkJuly 21 Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphiteatre @ Freeom HillJuly 22 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music CenterJuly 26 St. Louis, MO – Fox TheatreJuly 28 & 29 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Bob Dorough, the composer behind the catchy numbers on Schoolhouse Rock!, passed away this week at the age of 94. Even if folks didn’t know his name, inevitably, they have heard one of his compositions, which wrapped up succinct educational lessons into catchy tunes with clever lyrics. Schoolhouse Rock! first came to the air on Saturday morning in the early 70s, running until the mid-80s before getting a revival from 1993 to 1999. While the show’s heyday was decades ago, the charming numbers have stuck with generations of kids and still see frequent use in the classroom. Many thanks to Bob Dorough for the little lessons he imparted to us. To commemorate Dorough, let’s revisit some of our favorite classic Schoolhouse Rock! numbers. Enjoy, and rest easy, Bob.“Conjunction Junction”[Video: Disney Educational Productions]“3 Is A Magic Number”[Video: MrRiggyRiggs]“I’m Just A Bill”[Video: Disney Educational Productions]“Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla”[Video: dawemmy]“Verb: That’s What’s Happening”[Video: dawemmy]
Voodoo Dead has announced two Colorado shows this fall, which will take place at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, Colorado, on November 9th and 10th. The lineup, consisting of Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, Jackie Greene, and John Kimock, honors the music of both New Orleans and the Grateful Dead.Regularly performing over Jazz Fest’s two illustrious weekends, Voodoo Dead has rarely found itself outside of the Big Easy. After standout shows in Washington D.C., New York City, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania, last winter, the band found themselves wowing fans on Jam Cruise 16, with two guest-heavy performances featuring collaborations with Roosevelt Collier, Jen Hartswick, Tom Hamilton, Kat Wright, and others. With an eager fan base across the country, the sought-after supergroup has decided to take their talents out to the Rocky Mountains.With the recent announcement that Dead & Company’s last performance in 2018 will be at LOCKN’ in August, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti find themselves with more time on their hands. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of Voodoo Dead’s touring plans for 2018.Tickets for the Gothic Theater shows go on sale this Friday, July 13th, at 10 a.m. (MT) via AXS ticketing.“Jack Straw”[Video: LiquidSilverStream]
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. During Brooklyn Comes Alive this year, the one-day jam-packed festival will host a special tribute to iconic rock artists we lost in 2017: Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman.The special set will see an all-star cast of musicians come together to pay their respects to these three musical legends, including young guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who was mentored by Hampton, Trucks, and Allman from an early age. For this special performance, Taz will serve as the set’s musical director and will be joined by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and The Meters bassist, George Porter Jr.; acclaimed Lettuce guitarist, Adam Smirnoff; founding drummer of Col. Bruce’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jeff Sipe; Gregg Allman’s organ player for the Gregg Allman Band, Peter Levin; and former American Idol contestant and current vocalist for Taz’s solo band, Elise Testone.We caught up with the young bandleader to hear more about the Brooklyn Comes Alive set he put together this year and exactly what makes it so special. Read a brief history of Taz’s relationship with Bruce, Butch, and Gregg, and then check out Live For Live Music‘s interview with Taz below the break.In addition to the band members, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has independently interesting relationships with all three of the musicians being honored in this set. He met Butch Trucks, who was the first musician to take him under his wing, at the inaugural Roots Rock Revival in 2012 at the age of eight, marking the first time Taz really captured an audience outside of his own bedroom. It wasn’t much later that he was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, quickly going from Internet sensation to in-demand collaborator. Within only a few years, Taz has played with virtually all of his musical heroes and bands, including Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Gov’t Mule, The String Cheese Incident, The Revivalists, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and many more.One of Taz’s very first sit-ins was the Gregg Allman Band at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2014, just days before he boarded his first-ever Jam Cruise—a definitive turning point in his young career—where the then-10-year-old played “Whipping Post” and “Hot ‘Lanta” to a sold-out crowd. Just a few days after, Taz met the cosmic Col. Bruce Hampton on Jam Cruise 12 and they quickly became friends.Col. Bruce had a sense for talent, which is made obvious through his musical sponsorship of Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, and countless other fearless players. His spiritual guidance was incomparably influential to these masters, and Taz was his next project. Bruce taught him “no ego” early enough to forbid any sort of unnatural developments in the fame-induced atmosphere that surrounds him.Aside from their musical connection, the two shared the camera for an independent film Here Comes Rusty last year. They were great friends, and Bruce’s last gift to Taz was to place him center stage for what will be remembered as one of the most magical, meaningful nights of rock and roll, Hampton 70. Not only did Taz wail through three or four of the best-sounding solos of the night, but he did so between Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes: his two biggest guitar heroes at the prompting of his mentor, Col. Bruce.Those in attendance could feel the profound power that was being passed from teacher to student, especially during the moment that Bruce collapsed to the ground, surrounded by his closest friends and family, and left this Earth. The “Grandaddy of Jam” left behind all his musical children in one place, and they all know now that Taz is the Truth—the next chapter of this scene.So, to honor Butch Trucks, Gregg Allman, and Col. Bruce Hampton—three of the jam scene’s greatest heroes who all passed away in 2017—is especially close to heart for Taz.Kendall Deflin: Tell us a little bit about your process in how you put this band together for Brooklyn Comes Alive.Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: Well, it was kind of an easy process. Brooklyn Comes Alive came to me with this idea about doing a tribute show to all the artists that we’ve lost, and I was thinking about those musicians and the people that they’ve influenced. It was a pretty easy decision because all of the musicians that I picked, I look up to, especially Jeff Sipe, who is just an amazing drummer. George Porter Jr. is also a virtuoso himself, so the fact that they both even said “yes” to playing with a 15-year-old kid… That’s insane to me.Adam Smirnoff is probably one of my favorite living funk guitarists right now. Peter Levin as well. He’s such a great keyboard player, and he’s played with everybody from Gregg Allman to the Blind Boys of Alabama. The fact that he took the time to say “yes” and wants to jam out is just mind-blowing. I mean, I just can’t wait to jam with all those guys.KD: You clearly have a good relationship with these musicians to the point that you probably consider them friends. Let’s talk a little bit about your relationship with each person on the lineup.Taz: George Porter Jr. was the first person to let me sit in with him. It was in New Orleans at like two in the morning at Tipitina’s, and a great rock photographer, Sidney Smith, was in contact with him—I’m going to guess I was probably 10 at this point. So, Sidney asked George Porter Jr. if he would let me sit in. I hadn’t done anything at this point. I was just a bedroom player.I didn’t really know who George Porter Jr. was by name until I got there, and my dad was like, “Brandon, he is The Meters.” I had already known The Meters, so I was just mind boggled. I got there at midnight, which was like the latest I’d ever been up in my life. I was kind of falling asleep backstage, and then as soon as he called me up, I was just wide eyes. I was up there, I was awake, and I was having fun. My dad was mind blown that I was even awake at two in the morning, but we jammed and it was fun.Shmeeans, I met him for the first time on Jam Cruise. I had recently—probably the October of that year—gotten into Lettuce from Sirius XM’s Jam_ON radio station, because they were always playing Lettuce. I just thought it was a really unique sounding band, you know, kind of a funk-soul band that I had never heard anything like before. So we went on Jam Cruise just to have fun and listen to some music, or so I thought. Then, they asked me to come up and play, which was crazy and I got up there and played.Those guys are just so supportive, and I’m forever grateful for them letting me play. I’ve played with them a couple times after that and Shmeeans has just been so awesome, bringing me under his wing and showing me how to really play the guitar because he’s just so amazing at the rhythm stuff. He has so many cool ideas, neat ideas, and I just love the way he portrays them in Lettuce, so I just can’t wait to play with him and see what he’s doing.The Jeff Sipe connection was through Colonel Bruce Hampton, which makes it extra special because, I mean, Colonel Bruce Hampton mentored so many people. I sat in with Aquarium Rescue Unit at The Capitol Theatre [in Port Chester, New York] at their last Capitol Theater show. He was there playing, and I just remember… I remember being so, so inspired and mesmerized by his drumming and everything that he was doing. So, we got his contact info, and I saw him at the Hampton 70 and at Town Hall in New York City with the Jimmy Herring, John McLaughlin thing. I talked to him after the show—that’s after everything with Colonel Bruce happened—and he was just open arms. I was grateful for that. When we contacted him, he’s like, “Yeah, I’ll do it”, which I didn’t think was going to happen because he’s a rock star—like he’s played on some of my favorite records of all time and the fact that he said yes is just amazing.Peter Levin I met through Gregg Allman, which is another special thing because I played with Gregg Allman Band right before I was going to go on Jam Cruise 12. He was there, I talked to him a little bit, and we just instantly hit it off. We exchanged contact info. I’ve played with Peter a couple times since then, and in New Orleans a couple times, and with the Blind Boys of Alabama. He’s just been such an amazing guy. I saw him on Rock Legends Cruise a couple months ago, and we were hanging out there, and I was watching him with the Devon Allman Project, and he was ripping it up. He was just so amazing, so I thought with the Allman Brothers connection that I would invite him and he said yes. So that was really cool.Elise Testone and I met at probably two in the morning at Jazz Fest a couple years ago when I was doing a thing with Doug Wimbish [Living Colour] and Eric McFadden [P-Funk] at 30 x 90 on Frenchman Street, and she sat in for a song. It was the same thing. I thought she was amazing. My dad and her exchanged contact info. I mean she was on American Idol, so she’s just a bonafide singer. She’s amazing, and then the opportunity came up to where she could sing in my band and I asked her and she said yes.She’s given me so much advice, and she’s just such an amazing singer and such an amazing songwriter. We’ve written a couple songs together so she knows a lot that I do, and she clicks with me a lot on the singing standpoints. So I asked her to come in and sit in or play with us or sing with us and she said yes. It’s going to be awesome.KD: What are you most excited about for this set?Taz: I’m most excited to jam with all these amazing musicians and for the fans to see it. It’s going to be an amazing show, and I can’t wait to connect with all these musicians. We’re already working on the setlist, and it’s going to be a cool show.KD: The set is billed as a tribute to Bruce, Butch, and Gregg. How will you honor these influences outside of the set?Taz: Outside of the music and outside of the songs themselves, we will honor these musicians that we’ve lost and that we all love by taking what they brought to the table as musicians. I mean playing with such utmost intention and playing with their soul 110% every song, and we’ll try to convey that the best we can by making everything new and fresh and by getting into people’s minds about how important these rock and roll pioneers really were.KD: These three musicians all had such unique influences on you. What did Colonel Bruce teach you about life?Taz: Colonel Bruce taught me to always do what makes you happy and what makes those around you happy, and he was the one that taught me to always play with intent. Just always pay attention to the other musicians and make sure they are happy with you and make sure that they are okay and make sure that everything is going smoothly, because nobody wants to be miserable playing music. Music is a thing to escape from all of the things that go on in the world. I mean, he taught me to just be fully invested in the music.KD: What was the most important thing that Butch Trucks taught you?Taz: The most important thing that Butch taught me is to have fun while you play music and to go out and listen to different songs and listen to new artists. Mash, collide everything that you can possibly learn about different styles of music and bring them into your playing and make your playing unique. That’s what he taught me. He also taught me to go out and listen to other people, like go to new concerts where you’re not playing and listen to other artists just play. Since then, I’ve gone to a lot of them, just because he said that and it’s already helped me so much with life and playing. He was the one to teach me that.KD: What advice did Gregg Allman leave you with?Taz: Gregg left me with the advice to always… How do I say this? Gregg taught me to always be thankful of your friends and to always make sure that the fans are happy. He taught me to meet your fans and worship your fans and just make sure they are having a good time, because he would always do that. I mean, he would be tired after a three-plus hour show with two or three sets and go out after an Allman Brothers concert and sign every single playbill, every single CD, every single everything. He would meet all the fans, take pictures, for like an hour.I was just mesmerized by that as a nine-year-old just seeing him and just seeing him going up to all his fans and telling them “Thank you for coming” because I know he’s a bonafide rock star. Most rock stars would just bypass all the fans and not care. He really did care about his fans. I’ve taken that by example, and I try to sign everything that my fans want after shows and meet with them and take pictures with them and hang with them after shows. He was really the first person to teach me how to do that, and be respectful to the people that help further my career outside of the business.Last year at Brooklyn Comes Alive, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer served as an artist-at-large and participated in “The Road Goes On Forever: The Music of the Allman Brothers Band” with members of moe., Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Gregg Allman Band, and more. Watch this show-stopping version of “Whipping Post” below, and get excited for what’s to come.The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.
The Peach Music Festival will return to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA from July 25th through 28th, 2019. Today, the Peach announces the first phase of its annually huge lineup.Headlining the 2018 Peach Music Festival will be two sets of Phil Lesh & Friends, featuring Warren Haynes, John Scofield and John Molo; two sets of Trey Anastasio Band; three sets of The String Cheese Incident; and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.The Peach party will continue with Moe., Greensky Bluegrass, Lotus, Blues Traveler, Lettuce, Stephen Marley, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (2 sets), Marcus King Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Billy Strings, the Allman Betts Band and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, fitting choices for the festival that was founded by the Allman Brothers Band in 2012.The impressive lineup is rounded out by Aqueous, Ghost Light, Larkin Poe, Magic City Hippies, Fruition, BIG Something, Andy Frasco & The UN, Southern Avenue, Organ Freeman, Kitchen Dwellers, Mungion, Hayley Jane & The Primates, and many more.Sounds like a fun weekend to us! Check out the first phase lineup below, and head to the Peach Fest website for details.
Today, Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk, has released her first new collection of music in 12 years, Hello Happiness, via Diary Records/Island Records, the new label formed by Major Lazer founder and Grammy-nominated producer Switch and artist/songwriter Sarah Ruba Taylor. The new release—her first since 2007’s Funk This—comes on the heels of this week’s announcement that Chaka Khan will head out on an extensive co-headlining tour with Michael McDonald this summer.As the album’s announcement press release notes, “Hello Happiness is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production. With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans.”Jam fans will also notice a familiar name on the album’s songwriting credits. Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman is credited as a co-writer on Hello Happiness track “Don’t Cha Know” for the organ, synth, and clavinet work he contributed to the recording.You can stream Chaka Khan’s new album below:Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness – Full Album Khan first collaborated with Switch and Ruba Taylor as a potential featured artist on a different project. Inspired by the power of both her voice and personality, the duo suggested working on an original Chaka Khan album—something which she didn’t have in mind. However, she was soon convinced when she heard some of Switch and Ruba Taylor’s songs, which coincidentally were influenced by Chaka Khan but written for their own project.Khan released the album’s first single, “Like Sugar”, in June of last year as a limited edition release for 2018’s Record Store Day. The Kim Gherig-directed music video that came along with it received extensive acclaim and nabbed two recognitions at the U.K. Music Video Awards. You can watch the music video for “Like Sugar” below:Chaka Khan – “Like Sugar”[Video: Chaka Khan]For more information about Chaka Khan’s new album and upcoming tour dates, head to her website here.
On July 5th and 6th, Phish will return to Boston, MA’s Fenway Park, the iconic home field of the Boston Red Sox, for a two-night run as part of their 2019 summer tour. The shows will mark Phish’s second and third performances at Fenway after their one-off debut at the ballpark 10 years ago on 5/31/09.Phish at Fenway Preview Video – 2009[Video: Phish]In honor of Phish’s return to Fenway Park in 2019, the Red Sox will celebrate the band with a special “Phish Night” on Monday, June 24th, the week before the two-night run. The Red Sox’s “Phish Night” announcement, which begins with the “Tweezer”-referencing line “won’t you step into the Fenway,” notes that the first 1,500 ticket purchasers for the 6/24 game against the Chicago White Sox will receive a limited-edition pennant designed by Phish to commemorate the special event. Ahead of the game, local Phish tribute act Pardon Me, Doug will play a special set on nearby Jersey Street.You can grab your tickets to Phish Night with the Red Sox here. For Groups of 20 or more or other questions, contact Travis Pollio at 617-226-6790 or email@example.com.At Phish’s 2009 Fenway performance, the band opened the show with a pre-game-style rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the pitcher’s mound, clad in Red Sox jerseys. While the band themselves are not included in Fenway’s Phish Night announcement, they do not have a show scheduled for that evening as they make their way from Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME—a route that takes them right through Boston on June 24th. Will Phish make an appearance to reprise their National Anthem performance at the Boston Red Sox’s Phish Night? We’ll have to wait and see.See below for a full list of Phish’s upcoming summer tour dates. For more information, head here.Phish 2019 Summer Tour6/11 Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO6/12 Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO6/14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN6/16 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN6/18 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON6/19 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH6/21 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC6/22 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD6/23 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD6/25 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME6/26 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME6/28 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ6/29 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ6/30 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ7/02 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY7/03 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY7/05 Fenway Park, Boston, MA7/06 Fenway Park, Boston, MA7/09 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT7/10 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT7/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI7/13 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI7/14 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI8/30 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO8/31 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO9/01 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, COView Phish Summer Tour Dates[H/T Relix]