Pearl Jam will bring their rockin’ and rollin’ 25th anniversary tour to Wrigley Field tonight, for the first of a two-night run at the historic Chicago Cubs stadium. Pearl Jam’s last shows were actually at a stadium – Fenway Park – but the band has strong ties to Wrigley. Eddie Vedder has sung “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” there, band members have thrown out first pitches, and much more.Though the Wrigley run doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, the band was in town a night early and set up shop at the bar Murphy’s Bleachers across the street. Fans lined up through the streets to watch the festivities, but by all reports the sound quality was fairly poor from street level. The band’s impromptu performance was recorded however, and will most likely wind up in a package of live footage chronicling the band’s 25th anniversary tour or their visit to Wrigley Field.You can watch some Periscope footage of the impromptu performance below. We can’t wait to see what Pearl jam has in store for the rest of the weekend![Photo by Murphy’s Bleachers//Instagram. H/T DNAInfo]
The Rolling Stones are rocking as hard as ever these days, gearing up for their new blues-based studio album to be released on December 2nd. Titled Blue & Lonesome, the Stones have been supporting the new album with some great shows, including two big sets at the recent Desert Trip festival. The band returned to Las Vegas last night, hitting the new T-Mobile Arena with their patented brand of rock and roll.Check out the setlist and a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Erik Kabik. Edit this setlist | More The Rolling Stones setlists Photo: Erik Kabik Photo: Erik Kabik Photo: Erik Kabik Photo: Erik Kabik Load remaining images
With the return of Phish’s Riviera Maya destination festival, fans who aren’t flying down to Mexico now have a chance to catch some of the action! The band has announced webcasts for each of their three shows in Mexico, which are set for this Friday, January 13th through the 15th.The webcasts will be accessible through LivePhish, and all of the information can be found here. Enjoy!
Returning to The Gorge Amphitheatre from May 26th through the 28th, the famed Sasquatch! Music Festival has revealed their 2017 lineup. The festival will see headlining sets from Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean and Chance The Rapper, with dozens more announced for the three day event.The full lineup features The Head and the Heart, The Shins, MGMT, Phantogram, Mac Miller, Bonobo, Rufus Du Sol, Kaytranada, Big Gigantic, Charles Bradley, Vulfpeck, Bob Moses, Car Seat Headrest, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Foxygen, and so many more! There’s also an exciting lineup of comedians for the event, including Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata, and more.Tickets and more information for the festival can be found on their website, and the full lineup announcement can be seen below.
Over its eight-year existence, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival has become one of the summer’s elite festivals, with a built-in local base that brings in thousands of people from all over the country. And while the overall musical diversity of the fest has expanded over the years to include a myriad of genres, co-producers/promoters Silver Wrapper, React Presents, Cold Grums and Metronome have stayed true to their core demographic in securing a mixture of top talent from the electronic, jam, and hip-hop scenes. Set to take place from Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3, 2017, this year’s NCMF looks to be the best yet.Friday’s festivities will see back-to-back performances from Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz, with another headlining set from Gucci Mane. Also performing on Friday are Bonobo (Live), Lil Dicky, Lettuce, and BADBADNOTGOOD. Another surprise guest will be announced at later date, along with The Russ Liquid Test, Harrison Brome, Websterx, Akenya, and Chicago’s resident laidback DJ Edamame.On Saturday, reggae prodigy Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, instrumental electronic rock ensemble Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and champion of Chipotle and wild bass heaters Carnage will close out the evening in extraordinary style and spectacle. Day 2 will also see live sets from Big Boi, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Manic Focus with his accompanying live band. Attendees can also look forward to Paul Malone, Don Diablo, Tank and the Bangas, A Tribe Called Red, Whethan, Spafford, SunSquabi, London On Da The Track, Goldfish, Saint Wknd, and Carlile.Finally, eclectic alt-rock heroes Ween, iconic electronic composer Tipper, and a soon to be announced “special surprise headliner” will close out the weekend on Sunday. Day 3 will also be graced by performances from Skepta, Hippie Sabotage, and three more surprise guests. Other acts include Destructo, The Cool Kids, Elephante, Electric Guest, Late Night Radio, Vallis Alps, Kasbo, and Chicago’s own Rich Jones.North Coast’s five surprise artists, painters for the heralded Live Graffiti Area and DJ lineup for the Silent Disco and the House Dome will be revealed over the coming weeks. More information can be found on the festival website. See below for the full announcement:[Photo by Phierce Photo]
“There was just some kind of magical connection this night between the band members and the band and the audience – some texture, or some type of cosmic or celestial force is in the room.”“This show is, was, and always will be Mecca.”“…the single best rock performance anywhere, anytime, by anyone.”Today, the Grateful Dead officially premiered Cornell 5/8/77, their new 5-LP (vinyl), 3-CD special release of sound engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson‘s soundboard recordings from the storied performance. Betty’s soundboards were transferred and restored by Plangent Processcs, and the package features artwork from Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike and and in-depth essay by Greatful Dead historian Nicholas Meriwether (the author of the quotes above).Why Is 5/8/77 Considered The Grateful Dead’s Best Performance?The official release of this show has been eagerly anticipated since that very night, as the fateful performance at Barton Hall in Ithaca has become known as perhaps the greatest Grateful Dead show (and transitively, some would say, the greatest rock concert) ever played. You can listen to the new Cornell 5/8/77 release below via Spotify:As the “description for the new release on iTunes notes:The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.Last week, at the Dead’s annual nationwide “Meetup at the Movies,” the band debuted a mini-documentary covering the historic show at the Ithaca, NY university and, particularly, the fans who were lucky enough to be in attendance. You can watch the mini-doc below:
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has announced a new play at The Fillmore in San Francisco on November 25, affectionately dubbed “Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Presents Eat A Bunch Of Peaches.” Known for his genre-spanning excellence in tributes, the Rolling Stones saxophonist and his nineteen year old band will perform the music of the Allman Brothers Band. The show’s theme is seemingly a nod to ABB’s 1972 Eat A Peach album, as the font also indicates Allman Brothers-esque praise. KDTU typically taps a slew of special guests for these tribute-type shows, though none have yet to be announced. White Denim will open the show as support.Tickets go on-sale this Friday, September 29 at 10am PST.Eat A Peach is the third studio album of the Allman Brothers Band. It is also arguably the most renowned collection of songs to the band’s repertoire, including studio classics like “Melissa,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” and “Blue Sky,” as well as staple live tracks like, “One Way Out,” “Trouble No More,” and the thirty-minute “Mountain Jam.” The album was released on February 12, 1972 by Capricorn Records, and was the final record to include guitarist Duane Allman, who died four months earlier in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24.The album’s title came from Duane Allman’s response to an interviewer’s question: “How are you helping the revolution?” Duane replied, “There ain’t no revolution, only evolution, but every time I’m in Georgia I ‘eat a peach’ for peace.” Read more about the album here.
Soul-revival sextet The Other Brothers are one of New York State’s hottest rising bands. Every Other Brothers show is a family affair, as their family-like fan base continues to grow with each successive performance. Recently, the band has been making waves with their impending debut EP, Jones,whose Saturday, September 30th premiere will be celebrated with their sold-out album release show at American Beauty NYC. They have the biggest cult following in The Hudson Valley, and the reason behind their fans’ enthusiasm is easy to comprehend after just one listen to the new EP: Every Other Brothers show inevitably turns into a family affair.The Other Brothers Prove Their Might With A Great Hometown Performance [Review]One of the album’s lead tracks, “A2W,” is a funky track whose name is a ganj-ified acronym for “Addicted To Weed.” In the brand new music video for the track, Owens sings about his affinity for the herb over a bouncing hip-hop/funk-inflected groove with a blunted swagger, toking up in a multitude of ways before ending up at a raging party. As he explains about the track, “Upon first listen, ‘A2W’ stands strongly as a tongue-in-cheek party track, seemingly promoting a careless life of drug-infused debauchery. However, with closer inspection, the wrung-out desperation of the protagonist is revealed.”Whether or not you were familiar with the band before, this video leaves you craving a burn session with the Brothers as soon as possible. The song has more depth to its meaning that one might see with the naked eye, but that only partially dulls the clear fact that these guys know how to get the funk down.Watch the official video for The Other Brothers’ “A2w” below, exclusively on Live For Live Music:Jones was recorded at the Art Farm in New York and mixed/mastered at the legendary Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, and the energy conveyed by this up and coming funk/soul/rock act on their first official release is palpable.The Other Brothers have been fighting the good fight for live funk music since 2012, and lead singer Chris Owens and his band have frequently drawn comparisons to soul-funk immortals like Stevie Wonder and D’Angelo. The band has also shared the stage with a host of talented artists, including the likes of Vulfpeck’s Theo Katzman and Joe Dart.Watch The Other Brothers perform Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” with Theo Katzman and Joe Dart at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY below:Thanks to their loyal and ever-growing fan base, in addition to their unique songwriting and engaging live performances, this group of musicians is poised to establish themselves as consummate talents in music industry for years to come.For more information on The Other Brothers, or to check out a list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Upcoming Other Brothers Tour Dates:10/14 Foam Brewers Burlington, VT10/27 BSP Kingston, NY w/ Breakfast for the Boys11/4 Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY11/22 Thanksgiving Eve @The Hollow Albany, NY12/9 Snugs New Paltz, NY
If you really love jam bands, you need to have a sense of humor. It’s part of the package. To fully appreciate the music and the often ridiculous scene surrounding it, you have to be able to laugh about it. As Brett Siddell, professional comedian and card-carrying jam band enthusiast, explains,It’s part of it. It’s such a big part of it. If you took out comedy from our scene, it’d be a disaster. It’d be horrible. Everyone too serious and insular and even mean. With humor, it’s this beautiful, silly, friend-making, lovely situation, with music as the soundtrack. We just kind of wanna highlight how damn funny some of this stuff is. It’s just so clear to us. And I think it’s clear to a lot of other people.The “we” he’s referring to is Wokes with Jokes, a team of comedians staging standup comedy shows which highlight the hilarity of the jam band scene. The group of comics, which features Siddell, Walker Berry, Ariella Wallen, Pamela Mahler, and MC Richie Alfson, is preparing to mount their latest show, “Wokes with Jokes: Standup Comedy about The Disco Biscuits and The Scene“, on Saturday, April 21st at Philadelphia’s Liaison Room before The Disco Biscuits hit the stage for their final night at The Fillmore.And yes, that’s “Wokes,” not “wooks.” Explains Siddell,“One of the first comments we got when we posted about this was ‘that’s not how wooks is spelled.’ Several things: First, of course, I know how to spell ‘wooks,’ I’m doing a wook-based comedy show! Secondly, there is this concept of ‘woke’ now too, I’ve even heard it in noun form here and there. A ‘woke’ is someone who says something like ‘I only eat grass that died naturally with its friends and family around it for lunch. And then do a bump off a toilet for dinner. And breakfast.’ More importantly, it’s off by a tiny bit to catch your attention, like Lyft, or Grindr, or Dwyane Wade. So it’s a little off, which is what attracts people. And also…um…it fucking rhymes!”Doing standup comedy about the jam band scene—joining two of his biggest passions—has been a goal of Siddell’s since 2011, when he and fellow Wokes with Jokes comedian Walker Berry brought a play-out boombox with a microphone to Mayan Holidaze in Mexico. As Brett explains,We’d bring it to the hot tub and put a huge ten-foot sombrero on and do standup. And just like this project, people didn’t understand what was going on for a little bit—they didn’t get it—until they listened for a second, and then they were dying. So ten years ago, or so, is really the inception of it, and we’ve just been trying to piece this together with more formality ever since then.While the idea for jam band standup dates back the better part of a decade, Siddell’s love affairs with both music and comedy go back much further. Says Siddell,I’ve been doing standup comedy for close to 20 years … And then in 2002, halfway through college, I went to High Sierra Music Festival to see The Slip. But I didn’t really know about any of this world at all. I saw The Slip play the late-night tent at High Sierra, and then this band Sound Tribe Sector 9 came on, and I was like, “Okay, I guess,” you know? And I was completely floored. Now we’re used to all that stuff. But I didn’t know that anything like that even existed.He continues,Flash forward a little bit, and I’m into both. I love comedy. I make a living doing comedy–I do that on the radio at Sirius XM–but I’m also so into this world. There’s an old motto of writing, which is “Write what you know.” And in terms of comedy, I was sort of sitting there debating all day because of that, because I’d go up onstage in New York City and be like, “Do you guys wanna talk about people on ketamine at all?” … These people don’t know what I’m talking about. I guess I’ll talk about banking? I don’t know…“Now, it’s kind of a meshing, things that I have experience in and love and find a lot of funny things in, and something I have been working at for close to two decades now, which is standup comedy,” notes Siddell. He adds,Why I say how long I’ve been doing standup so much…I think when some people think about what we’re doing, they think it’s just some funny kids on the lot…Which we are, I’m not gonna deny that. But we are all professional comedians that also will be going for it from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and just be killing that the whole time…And if you laugh hard enough at that, which most of us do, you’re like, “Well what’s the other avenue for this? You can’t just be in the pit all the time!”Siddell is confident that this particular brand of comedy is perfect for the scene it lovingly roasts. “This scene, as you know, is rife with criticism. And that’s fine, you know? … But what I really think is fascinating…is if there’s anything people love more than the music in this scene, it’s talking shit about the scene!” he says, laughing. He continues,It’s so fascinating and so crazy to me and so hilarious, that to not expose that sort of hypocrisy would almost be a comedic fault. We love this stuff. Love. Love, love, love. … I think whoever’s confused or questioning whats going on, or if they think it’s like a roast…It’s kind of a roast, in the way that you’d roast your uncle. Jeffrey Ross, the roastmaster, the guy who’s synonymous with roasting now, his book is called I Only Roast The Ones I Love. That’s kind of the policy, even, of roasting.Just like big fans love to talk shit about their favorite band, people would love to talk shit about this whole concept. Brett explains, “I’d say [the response to Wokes with Jokes has been] about 4/5 positive and 20% negative, without seeing it. Because there’s 20% of people who have written, like, ‘Why the hell would I go see somebody make fun of my band?’ …And that’s the whole thing we want to make fun of! [laughs] Like, that’s exactly who I want to talk about.”Brett uses dessert to illustrate the comical nature of uptight fan criticisms: “You’ll be like, This apple pie is so delicious!’ And the guy next to you says, ‘Fuck this apple pie. I haven’t seen good pie since ’94.’”Siddell and company have now put on several sold-out performances, including shows focused on the Phish scene during the Baker’s Dozen. They also recently staged an Umphrey’s McGee-themed Wokes With Jokes during the band’s recent 20th anniversary run at New York’s Beacon Theatre, which was attended by bassist Ryan Stasik and, according to Brett, the entire Umphrey’s road crew. Explains Siddell,This was a big deal for us for a lot of reasons. Umphrey’s are friends of ours… There’s a new comedy club right across the street from The Beacon. This seemed like it was gonna be a home run. But it went even better than we really could have imagined because Stasik shows up, and the full crew. I mean, like, they did soundcheck and then they all came to our show. … Of course, they wanna come laugh about the band–it’s kind of like laughing at the boss! And Stasik…if you had to pick one [guy in the band] to come join in, you pick the silly bassist. Of every band! It’s like, let’s not overthink this. Let’s have the nicest, best-looking guy in the band. (Kris, I’m sorry, you’re close, but it’s Stasik).He openly appreciates Stasik letting the jokes roll off his back, a trick he has no doubt learned countless times over performing for opinionated jam band fans for 20 years. Siddell recognizes that he’s up against the same hard-to-satisfy crowd and the same potential criticisms that face the bands he jokes about. He muses, “I had one friend tell me, ‘You have really set yourself up for a bad reaction! They hate what they love, and they don’t even like you!’”But like the pro he is, Siddell seems unfazed. In fact, he seems to relish the challenge. “I guess final thoughts would be: If you’re curious, or even if you hate the idea, come,” he says, “Come shit on it. Come shit on it just like you shit on your favorite band.”At the end of the day, it’s all love. Wokes with Jokes just wants you to accept that and learn to laugh at yourself…ya damn wooks.Wokes with Jokes: Stand-Up Comedy About The Disco Biscuits and The Scene will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Liaison Room in Philadelphia, PA ahead of the Disco Biscuits third night at The Fillmore Philadelphia. **Grab your tickets here**
Summer Camp Music Festival—set to take place from May 24th through 27th at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois—has finalized the lineup its the 2018 VIP Lounge. In addition to VIP bathroom and shower facilities, premium camping and parking, special VIP viewing areas at the main stages, Red Barn Late Night tickets, and festival merchandise, VIP ticket holders will gain entrance to a special VIP Lounge with exclusive performances. The 2018 VIP Lounge lineup includes (in alphabetical order): Aqueous, BIG Something, Break Science, Cherub, Easy Riders, EOTO, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, Jen Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Duo, Keller Williams, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce “Jam”, The Main Squeeze, Mike Dillon’s Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Spafford, Sun Stereo, TAUK, Tyler Childers, Victor Wooten, and The Werks. Learn more about Summer Camp’s VIP package here.Yesterday, the festival also announced the lineup for the Red Barn Late Nights. The night of Thursday, May 24th, will see performances from Umphrey’s McGee and “Nailed It!!“, a special one-time tribute to Nine Inch Nails featuring Ryan Stasik and Jake Cinninger (Umphrey’s McGee), Jason Huber (Cherub), Brock Bowling and Matt Harris (Zoogma), and Eliot Lipp. On Friday, May 25th, a jammy pairing of moe. and Twiddle will hit the Red Barn after hours. On Saturday, May 26th, the late-night crowd will be treated to sets by STS9 and Keys N Krates (DJ Set). Finally, on Sunday, May 27th, Diplo and Liquid Stranger will round out the late-night festivities.However, due to the limited capacity of the Red Barn, Summer Camp Music Festival Late Night Shows require an additional ticket. The only way to fully guarantee tickets to these shows is with a VIP Upgrade Package, which are on sale now via the festival website. Festival weekend GA passes are also still available.Summer Camp Music Festival’s VIP Lounge and late-night shows will follow the event’s regular programming. This year’s gathering will once again feature three nights of Umphrey’s McGee and three nights of moe. as well as sets from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Slightly Stoopid, Tipper, RL Grime, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Opiuo, Spafford, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Action Bronson, Papadosio, EOTO, LeftoverSalmon, Lettuce, Keller Williams, Guster, Mija, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Beats Antique, Aqueous, BIG Something, Break Science, Kung Fu, Lawrence, The Main Squeeze, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Pink Talking Fish, TAUK, Sun Stereo, Maddy O’Neal, The Werks, Zoogma, Zeke Beats, Jen Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many more.