With a historic thirty-year career and countless ongoing iterations, there’s just no stopping the spirit of the Grateful Dead. Today’s announcement of an indie-rock, 59-track tribute album to the group all but cements their position in rock and roll lore, leading the pack and godfathering the jam scene as we know and love it today.Throughout their long career, the Grateful Dead debuted a total of 154 original songs (not to mention all of their covers). Just a few weeks ago, one database-loving Deadhead created the ultimate playlist featuring the debut version of every single original. With the help of that playlist, we wanted our fans to put their Grateful knowledge to the test.Check out this Sporcle quiz below, featuring the debut performance of each original song. Can you name them all? Good luck! While we discouraging cheating, we do encourage Grateful Dead listening. Check out the playlist here!
Wilson Pickett was born in Pratville, Alabama, 75 years ago today. A major figure in the development of American soul music in the 50s and 60s, Pickett carved out his sound by blending unique combinations of southern R&B, rock and roll, and gospel. He began recording in the mid-to-late-60s and was heavily praised within the walls of Stax, Fame, and Atlantic Record Studios for recording over 50 songs to cross top charts in the U.S. His live performances were legendarily full of passion and energy, catering to the lifestyles of the young and the free.Also known as “Wicked” Pickett, the R&B singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 for his undeniable impact on songwriting and recording. Mostly known for popularizing hits like “Land of 1,000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway,” Pickett truly made a name for himself with a song he co-wrote with Steve Cropper, “In The Midnight Hour.”In celebration of his life, let’s watch some of the best versions of “In The Midnight Hour”:Wilson PickettThe Grateful DeadB.B. King & Stevie Ray VaughanJefferson AirplanePhil Lesh & Friends ft. John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Bill EvansAnother great live version by Wilson PickettHappy Birthday and Rest In Peace, Wilson Pickett.
Funk aficionados The New Mastersounds have a run of shows set for this weekend, but the band hit a slight snag when drummer Simon Allen revealed that he would not be able to perform. Fortunately, the ever-funky Alan Evans has been tapped to fill in behind the kit, lending his soulful rhythms to the esteemed ensemble.The shows in question run from this Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th, with stops at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ, Rocks Off Concert Cruise in New York, NY, and the ARISE Music Festival in Loveland, CO.You can see the dates and the band’s announcement, below:The New Mastersounds Tour Dates With Alan Evans08.04 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ08.05 – Rocks Off Concert Cruise – New York, NY08.06 & 08.07 – ARISE Music Festival – Loveland, CO
Last night, Jack White took his performing to new heights with a great emotional showing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. White was there to support his new LP, Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, which was also released yesterday. Naturally, as the album picked out highlights of White’s acoustic career, the guitarist appeared on stage by himself, equipped with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a microphone.The performance was something of a rarity, as White has been on a hiatus from touring since April of 2015. Interestingly enough, the last five shows that White did play on his tour were all acoustic performances, though he was supported by other band members for those sets. The only other time White has been seen live was with The Dead Weather, playing drums for a one-song, one-off performance on the Colbert show. Watch that here.For the performance on Fallon, White played a medley of two White Stripes hits, “Love Is The Truth” and “You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket.” Watch the full video, courtesy of NBC, below.
Load remaining images This Saturday, Pimps of Joytime and Jans Ingbers’ Funk Fellowship brought the heat to the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Jans Ingbers’ Funk Fellowship kicked off the night right with a funky and soulful set, including an epic four-person drum break midshow, to warm up the crowd. When Pimps of Joytime made their way to the stage following the Fellowship’s performance, they started their set with a few acoustic numbers as a special treat for fans in their hometown. With the group sitting lined up across the stage, they moved through a handful of beautiful acoustic tracks before taking their positions across the stage and moving into a more traditional, funk-heavy Pimps’ set.You can check out a gallery from the evening below, courtesy of Alan Westman.
Metallica’s James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar launched Acoustic-4-A-Cure back in 2014 to fund research efforts for San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California. This year’s benefit concert is taking place May 15th at the Fillmore and will feature Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLaughcla, Steve Vair, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, and Dave Grohl (who will be sitting in for James Hetfield as he is away on tour), among other very special special guests, who will be performing acoustic sets with true once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations, and more.Tickets to the intimate event are limited to two per customer, and go on sale March 31 at 10AM exclusively through Live Nation. All proceeds go to funding research for children’s brain tumors. More information can be found on the event’s website.
Billy Strings Late Spring & Summer Tour 2017 Dates:May 11 Greenville, SC – Lyrics for Literacy at RevelMay 12 – 13 Aiken, SC – Aiken Bluegrass FestivalMay 18 Oberlin, OH – RiverdogMay 19 Pittsburgh, PA – James Street SpeakeasyMay 20 Scranton, PA – Susquehanna BreakdownMay 21 Blairstown, NJ – Roy’s HallMay 24 Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House Music HallMay 25 Martinsville, VA – Roosterwalk 9May 26 – 28 Cumberland, MD – DelFestJune 01 Charlotte, NC – U.S. Whitewater CenterJune 03 Canton, NC – Cold Mountain Music at Lake LoganJune 04 Winston-Salem, NC – Muddy Creek Music HallJune 08 St. Louis, MO – Bootleg at Atomic CowboyJune 10 Eau Claire, WI – Blue Ox Music FestivalJune 12 Calumet, MI – Calumet TheatreJune 16 Miamisburg, OH – Star City BrewingJune 17 Logan, OH – Duck Creek Log JamJune 23 Owensboro, KY – ROMPJune 23-24 Effingham, IL – Moccasin Creek FestivalJune 29-30 Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 1 Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre*July 6 Newport, KY – Southgate House RevivalJuly 7 Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s BreweryJuly 8 Frankfort, IL – Frankfort Bluegrass FestivalJuly 14 Oak Hill, NY – Grey Fox Bluegrass FestivalJuly 15 Mount Solon, VA – Red Wing Roots FestivalJuly 21 Lexington, KY – The BurlJuly 22 Masontown, WV – Deep Roots RevivalJuly 26 Livingston, MT – Pine Creek LodgeJuly 27 Missoula, MT – Top Hat **July 28 Stanley, ID – Sawtooth Valley GatheringJuly 30 Mt. Shasta, CA – Mt. Shasta Concert SeriesAugust 2 Eugene, OR – Axe & FiddleAugust 3 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre PubAugust 4-6 Happy Valley, OR – PickathonAugust 17 Sheboygan, WI – John Michael Kohler Arts CenterAugust 19 Chicago, IL – Navy PierAugust 20 Wellstone, MI – HoxeyvilleAugust 24 Norwich, NY – Chenango Summer Concert SeriesSeptember 1 Edgartown, MA – The Port HunterSeptember 2 Nashua, NH – RiverwalkSeptember 8-9 Sisters, OR – Sisters Folk Festival*with Trout Steak Revival**supporting Shooter Jennings Guitarist Billy Strings is jaw-dropping good, and the young player’s unparalleled energy and virtuosic playing continues to impress audiences far and wide. We identified him as one a rising star in our recent article, “5 Up-And-Coming Bluegrass Acts Poised To Take Over The Scene,” and we meant it. The 24-year-old never has won a whole bevy of fans across the country and has performed with the likes of Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Greensky Bluegrass’s Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck, and more while shared the bill with acts like Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, and Cabinet.Today, Billy Strings has expanded his already extensive spring and summer tour to 52 dates across May through to September. The tour winds across the country, offering a diverse sampling of performances at clubs, theaters, and festivals (including Aiken Bluegrass, Susquehanna Breakdown, DelFest, Grey Fox, Pickathon, High Sierra, ROMP, and Blue Ox), and includes a stop at the iconic Colorado venue Mishawaka Amphitheatre with Trout Steak Revival. You can check out his full touring schedule below, and watch Strings in action in the video below.
Coinciding with the release of Bambro Koyo Ganda, Bonobo released a slew of new fall tour dates, which will see the producer and DJ perform from coast to coast across the United States and Canada. The first show of the tour falls on August 23rd at New York City’s new venue, Brooklyn Steel. From there, the musician will work his way westward, hitting Seattle’s Paramount on September 18th, which kicks off the American West Coast leg of his fall tour. After a number of dates on the West Coast, Bonobo’s fall tour will end with a string of dates across Texas before a final date at Miami’s iii Points on October 13th. You can stream Bambro Koyo Ganda below, then check out Bonobo’s upcoming fall tour dates to see if he’ll be hitting a city near you. <a href=”http://bonobomusic.bandcamp.com/album/bambro-koyo-ganda”>Bambro Koyo Ganda by Bonobo</a> The producer and DJ Bonobo (aka Simon Green) had big news for fans today, with the release of a brand new EP dubbed Bambro Koyo Ganda and the announcement of an extensive North American tour that runs from the end of August through October. Bonobo’s Bambro Koyo Ganda is a three-song release that contains a new song “Samurai” in addition to two versions of its title track including an analog version of “Bambro Koyo Ganda.” “Bambro Koyo Ganda” features Innov Gnawa, and the tune was originally released on Bonobo’s latest full album, Migration, which was released in January of this year. In April, Bonobo released a music video for “Bambro Koyo Ganda,” which you can check out below. Bonobo Fall Tour Dates:08-23 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel08-24 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground08-25 Portland, ME – State Theatre08-26 Mount Tremblant, Quebec – Wanderlust08-29 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth08-31 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater09-01 Chicago, IL – North Coast09-06 Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen09-08 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater09-12 Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall09-13 Calgary, Alberta – Palace Theatre09-15 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl09-18 Seattle, WA – Paramount09-20 Portland, OR – Roseland09-23 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium09-27 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre09-28 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s10-03 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren10-04 Tucson, AZ – Ralto10-06-08 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits10-07 Austin, TX – Emo’s10-08 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater10-11 Dallas, TX – House of Blues10-12 Houston, TX – House of Blues10-13-15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits10-13-15 Miami, FL – iii Points
Earlier this week, Vulfpeck released their seventh studio record, Mr. Finish Line. While the album is largely the product of mastermind and bandleader Jack Stratton, Tuesday was the first time anyone in the band got to hear the tracks following the day they were recorded (in 1-2 takes) at the studio earlier in the year. Mr. Finish Line features vocal contributors Antwaun Stanley and Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, Game Winner keyboardist/vocalist Charles Jones, vocalist Theo Katzman, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik–leading vocals on his first-ever Vulf recording–and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong. The ten-track, guest-filled album furthers the unexpected brand of Vulfpeck and places itself right in line with the band’s growing trajectory.Ahead of the release, bassist Joe Dart sat down to discuss his perception of the band with longtime Vulf inquirer Allegra Rosenberg. Check out what Joe has to say about Vulcpeck, Mr. Finish Line, and his other projects in the video below!Stream the new album below:
While this turn of events is shocking, issues resulting from these new MPP renovations were not totally unforeseen. The plans were met with skepticism from local residents since their announcement in 2015. As local Maryland resident Carol Galbraith told the Baltimore Sun when the proposal was revealed, “Based on past performance and unresponsiveness during the summer to complaints about noise, I’m deeply distrustful of Merriweather and its owner, Howard Hughes. Just glancing at the new projected roof; I’m not an acoustical engineer, but [the sound level] is so bad the way the roof is now, raising it higher is going to, from what I can see, only make it worse. It’s designed to shoot the sound out to more people [who sit] up there [at the back of the venue].”Howard Hughes representative Brad Canfield also addressed resident questions and concerns regarding the 50-year-old venue when the plans were announced, saying he wants to respect the shed’s storied history and “do right by Merriweather.” Explained Canfield of the renovations in 2015, “We wanted to keep the character of Merriweather alive…This was actually a working farm from the 1800s to the mid-1900s. Not many changes have happened since [its opening]. We finally are ready to put shovels on the ground and redo Merriweather.”We’re thankful that nobody was hurt, and hope that this scary circumstance implores those involved with the renovations to take extra precaution with the construction of the new roof. We love Merriweather, and hope that fans from all over can continue to safely enjoy concerts there for years to come.[h/t – Baltimore Sun] It’s just two weeks into 2018, but it’s already been quite the eventful week Merriweather Post Pavillion. Since 2015, plans to renovate the classic shed have been in the works, centered predominantly around raising the pavilion’s roof from 33 feet high to 53 feet high. Builders have been hard at work executing these plans to prepare for a busy 2018 summer concert season. Early last week, the venue posted an image showing the old roof and the new roof side-by-side as seen from the same spot lawn. The caption jokingly asked if the reader could notice anything different. The drastic upgrade (coupled with circulating rumors of some summer Phish tour dates at the venue) immediately sparked excitement among music fans. [Note: The post containing the comparison image of the raised roof has since been removed, thanks to Scott Kennedy for saving the photo].However, the beautiful buzz of MPP speculation was critically harshed Saturday morning, when the venue gave word via Twitter that the raising of the roof had hit a little snafu–that is, the whole damn thing collapsed overnight due to extreme winds. You can read the venue’s accounting of the roof collapse in the image below:As the statement notes, nobody was hurt in the incident. The venue will rebuild and still plans on being ready for the opening of the summer concert season. In fact, they are choosing to look for the silver lining in the situation. Rather than raising the old roof, they will now build a brand new one specifically suited for its new specifications. And, as the MPP statement jokes, they’ve now got a head start on building a new roof: they get to save a bunch of money on demolition for the old one.