Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their three night run at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. last night, bringing the room an excellent blend of both new material and classic covers. With a powerful start to the night with Joe Cocker‘s “The Letter,” the jams extended into original Let Me Get By staples like “Don’t Know What It Means” and “Keep on Growing.”Newer to the setlist are Sly & The Family Stone‘s “I Cannot Make It” and David Bowie‘s “It Ain’t Easy.” Special guests for the night included Jefferson Airplane legend Jorma Kaukonen, who sat in for Bob Dylan‘s “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” and B.B. King‘s “I Pity The Fool” after opening the evening as the supporting act. Enjoy these fan-shot videos, courtesy of rangersdcfan:“It’s So Heavy”“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” w/ Jorma KaukonenListen to the full show below, thanks to opsopcopolis:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Warner Theatre, Washington, DC – 2/25/16 Set: The Letter, Don’t Know What It Means > Keep On Growing > Let Me Get By, It’s So Heavy, Anyhow, Within You Without You > Just As Strange, Sticks And Stones, Idle Wind* > Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright%, I Pity The Fool%, I Want More, I Cannot Make ItEncore: It Ain’t Easy, Bound For GloryNotes:* w/ Sahib Teri Bandi Jam, Drums, and Love Supreme Jam% w/ Jorma Kaukonen
While “Slowhand” Eric Clapton may not have made it only the “Oldchella” Desert Trip lineup with some of his classic rockin’ contemporaries, that hasn’t stopped the famed guitarist from working on new music. Clapton has a new album, I Still Do, out on May 20th – it will be his first release since a JJ Cale tribute album in 2014.In celebration of the new release, Clapton recently shared a new song, “Spiral,” on WSJ’s Speakeasy blog. According to the article, the song was completely improvised in the studio, lyrics and everything.Producer Glyn Johns said, “I have worked with many songwriters where stuff is written in the studio, but very rarely has an entire lyric come out like that… It completely blew me away.”Listen to the new Clapton jam, “Spiral,” below:
Walking into a capacity-filled, 100-year-old venue, Gregg Allman had once again come home to Macon, GA. The Cox Capitol Theatre has played host to many great shows over the decades, but this one was different.Due to a postponement of The Laid Back Festival in Atlanta on Saturday, May 7th, Gregg came to Macon to play for some of his biggest fans in the country, so many of whom have seen Gregg play shows since The Allman Brothers Band formed in 1969 and made Macon their home. The stories being told in front of the venue as the crowd waited for the doors to open harkened back to a simple time in rock and roll and life. “I saw them for free at Central City Park one Sunday afternoon in 1970 and it changed my life,” said one guest. Another mentioned seeing Duane Allman at The H&H Restaurant one day when the band was home from their relentless touring schedule.Fans of The Allman Brothers Band are a family. Referring to one another as “brother” or “sister” is part of the everyday verbiage within this tight-knit community. Citing shows they saw, moments in time and a spectacular story that has now become folklore of rock and roll is a true bonding experience. They discuss the excesses, the highs and lows, the major success and the impact on rock and roll touring that the Allman Brothers created and defined.This show marked Gregg’s return to Macon for the second time in 2016, and it sold out in under three hours. The legion of fans were notified about this show only two weeks prior to the performance, which shows how an icon like Gregg Allman can still pack the house.The band hit the stage just after 9:00 and launched into “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’” to warm up the excited crowd. The shimmering “Queen of Hearts” from Laid Back, Gregg’s first solo album, and the rollicking “I’m No Angel” were surrounded by Allman Brothers Band staples like “Black Hearted Woman,” “Hot ’Lanta,” “Please Call Home,” “Dreams,” and “One Way Out,” which were all triumphantly brilliant including a guest appearance by Charlie Starr of Black Berry Smoke. The passionate group of brothers and sisters sang along to every tune, and wild cheers of applause filled the hall as the show came to end with “Southbound,” two hours later.High fives, hugs, and screams of joy could be seen and heard as the house lights came up, marking the end of yet another epic Gregg Allman show. As the sidewalk filled with fans, it was evident that all of them were blown away by the performance. Crew members commented after the show that, “The band really brought it tonight!” Clearly, the group had stepped up to the high expectations of the die-hard Macon fans. In this area of the country, where The Allman Brothers Band name can be heard daily and memories from years ago are still fresh, Gregg Allman and his band made some new memories for all of those in attendance. Everyone is already looking forward to next time!Enjoy these fan-shot videos, courtesy of JamKLuB and Jimmy Moss.Sweet MelissaDreamsMidnight Rider
The Lumineers wrapped up their second consecutive sold out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last Wednesday, June 8th. Their meteoric rise over the last four years has been nothing short of amazing. When cellist Neyla Pekarek answered a Craigslist ad placed by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, history was made. The Lumineers are distilled Americana; they are nostalgia wrapped in enthusiasm. They are both familiar and fresh. Their music is a revival and Red Rocks is their church. When these hometown heroes headline Red Rocks, they bring the electricity. Denver is a unique musical landscape. Any band traveling East or West is seemingly unable to break free from the city’s immense gravitational pull. However, when it comes to bands who call the Front Range home, you’re more likely to find groups that fall into the jam category rather than pop. Over the years, the state has had its fair share of breakout acts, including The String Cheese Incident and more recently Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. The Lumineers are another, as the group just landed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 with their sophomore album Cleopatra.The Sleepwalkers started the night, powering their set with a refined Indie sound. Afterwards, SOAK – the stage name of a young woman from Northern Ireland named Birdie Monds-Watson with an angelic voice – performed next. Her fantastical subject matter had a whimsical tone, singing about “Dragons & Dinosaurs.” The SOAK trio played for about an hour, with her single “Sea Creatures” as an obvious highlight.After the sun set and a light mist filled the air, The Lumineers took the stage. They opened with the impressive travel song “Sleep On The Floor,” inviting us all to go on a journey. The band kept the crowd entranced with one of the hits off the new album, “Ophelia.” The Lumineers utilize riff heavy musicianship to create an approachable sound. They are catchy and unafraid to include an interjection or two so that fans can follow along.The fervor of the audience was utterly contagious, as The Lumineers have been blessed with a multitude of die-hard fans. As they continue to write more music and tour, that audience will only continue to grow. Before “Ho Hey,” Schultz asked if after this song everyone would put away their cell phones. Surprisingly, they obliged.The band continued by treating fans to the title track off Cleopatra, before The Lumineers went into the heartbreaking “Dead Sea.” After “Charlie Boy,” the entire band moved into the middle of the audience behind the soundboard. The spotlights blasted the band as they went through a pair of covers that included Sawmill Joe’s “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem” as well as Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” During the Dylan cover, Schultz actually ran through the crowd singing about ‘Orders from the D.A.’ as he eventually made his way back to the stage. Then he sang “Slow It Down” as an acoustic solo while the rest of the band headed back down.More fan favorites dotted the rest of the set, including “Submarines,” “Angela” and a powerful “Big Parade” that contained a not-so-subtle warning about voting for Trump. They finished up a fantastic set with “My Eyes” into the instrumental “Patience.”The Lumineers returned almost instantly for a four song encore that featured Wesley again taking the mic for a solo number with “Long Way From Home.” After the bouncy “In The Light” they ended the night with “Stubborn Love.” They’ve come a long way, but The Lumineers have managed to maintain the intimacy and authenticity that made them popular in the first place. If you get the chance to see them, go. Your soul will feel better afterwards.Check out the setlist from night one, as well as a full gallery from the Wednesday night performance from Fat Guerilla Productions, below.Edit this setlist | More The Lumineers setlists Load remaining images
Update: Friends and family are organizing a Second Line tribute in honor of Malinowski, and details can be found in this image below.We are beyond saddened to report on the death of keyboardist Stephen Malinowski, who passed away last weekend at the age of 25. Just a week shy of his 26th birthday, June 23rd, Malinowski will be remembered for his friendly persona and enormous musical abilities.Malinowski attended and graduated The Berklee College of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance studying with Bruce Katz and Dave Limina. During his time at Berklee, he was a member of many different bands. At school he was in the P-Funk ensemble with now bass legend Mono Neon, as well as the Bob Marley Ensemble with Tubby Love.His first out of school project was Blue Mountain Bustdown, a jam band from Allston, MA. The band consisted of Malinowski, Josh T. Carter now with Hayley Jane & The Primates, Ben Teters now of Palmslap, John Ellington, and Cory West. Blue Mountain Bustdown opened up for Dopapod, and even recorded their second album in the famed Dopapod Ridgemont House in Allston with guitarist Johnny Simon Jr.Malinowski was also a member of iLa Mawana who consisted of Hayley Jane, Greg Toro, Jesse Hayes, and now-Boston concert promoter David Rosen. He also played as a member of the house band for weekly reggae residency called The Hub Dub, which regularly performed reggae in Boston, and welcomed members of Dub Apocalypse, Tubby Love, Dan Africano of John Brown’s Body and Scott Flynn now of Pretty Lights and Odezsa. After his time in Boston, Malinowski moved to NYC and joined Brooklyn powerhouse band Turkuaz. With Turkuaz, Malinowski played many memorable shows, including their first ever performance at Mountain Jam. Malinowski then left NY to follow his true passion of being a New Orleans piano player. Once arriving in NOLA he continued to thrive, forming an organ trio called Solar Strut with Joe Gelini and Chris Alford. He played with Cha Wa Band, recently performing in Tokyo, and performed regularly with June Yamagishi of Papa Grows Funk. He was also the touring keyboardist for the globally touring blues star Ana Popovic. He recently played with her as far as Tokyo.Turkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba shared a few thoughts on his time with Malinowski. Read his eulogy below.“I heard the words, “Steve passed away”. A disorienting few seconds of white noise and confusion set in, and when my mind could function again, I wracked my brain to remember all the Steves in my life. There aren’t many, but the two or three I have are all very special to me. When it was made clear that Steve Malinowski had passed, the white noise and confusion set it again. We had to go on stage a few minutes later. Steve Malinowski was a special human being. He always had a smile on. Everything was always all good. He just wanted to play. He loved music so deeply and intimately, that it felt to me like he had this secret love affair with music that I still only dream of having. I remember driving to Turkuaz shows back in the day and he would put on Jessica by the Allman Brothers and pound out the piano solo on my dashboard with his hands. All the while wearing the biggest grin that his face could handle. He was such a sweetheart. He looked out for his friends. He was loyal. He would give the shirt off his back for you, even when he had but a penny to spare. I watched him do it countless times. The people that knew him and played with him, all felt his presence and purpose. He was a beacon of light and a bringer of joy. It comes as no surprise now that so many have come forward and echoed my very same sentiments. My time with Steve was similar to all of our friends’ time with him, Im sure. People that jammed with him once at a house party back at Berklee. People that are touring the world on the biggest stages possible. A soul like that comes around only so often. These sentiments are a testament to the man and musician he was. I’ll miss our long talks during long drives. I’ll miss his laugh. I’ll miss his smile. I’ll miss his music. Ill be forever thankful for him taking me to see Tedeschi Trucks Band for the first time. I’ll be forever thankful for having played so much music together. I’ll be forever indebted to the universe for allowing his light to shine so close to me. I’ll never take for granted the path that is illuminated by that light. That path is love. Rest in peace, Steve.Malinowski died in his home in New Orleans. Our hearts go out to all of his beloved friends and family during this difficult time.
UPDATE: Twiddle and Frendly Productions has shared exclusive pro-shot video of this sit-in! Watch it streaming, below.When Twiddle told fans that anything could happen at their inaugural Tumble Down Festival, they really weren’t kidding.On the second and final night of their Burlington, VT event, the band welcomed none other than Phish keyboardist Page McConnell to the stage. McConnell joined keyboardist Ryan Dempsey for some jamming on the Twiddle original tune, “When It Rains, It Poors.” The song also featured some work from pianist Holly Bowling, who helped open things up with a set-opening “Hatti’s Jam” interlude.The festival also featured sets from Nahko & Medicine For The People, Cabinet and more! You can see the full uTwiddle setlist, which also includes a sit-in from Scotty Zwang of Dopapod during “Lost In The Cold,” below.Setlist: Twiddle at Tumble Down, Burlington, VA – 7/30/16Set 1: Subconscious Prelude > Earth Mama, Brick Of Barley, Daydream Farmer, Second Wind, Indigo Trigger > Subconscious Prelude, Best FeelingSet 2: Hatti’s Jam -> When It Rains, It Poors, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Grandpa Fox, Lost In The Cold, Wasabi Eruption -> The BoxShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. This was the second night of the inaugural Tumble Down music festival. Cabinet opened the show followed by Nahko and Medicine For The People right before Twiddle. Holly Bowling played a tweener set. “Best Feeling” contained a “Smooth Criminal” (Michael Jackson) jam. “Hatti’s Jam” was started by Holly Bowling solo and slowly blended into a full band performance of “When It Rains, It Poors” featuring Holly.  “When It Rains, It Poors” featured Holly Bowling and Page McConnell (Phish) on keys.  “Lost In The Cold” featured Scotty Zwang (Dopapod) on drums. [Photo via Dave DeCrescente]
While the musicians wind up getting most of our attention, music fans have no shortage of love for the Lighting Directors! Operating the lights along improvisational music is no easy feat, and having a highly skilled LD can propel a band’s live show into a new dimension. It’s with that in mind that Dopapod’s Lighting Director, Luke Stratton, launched a podcast called “The Light Side,” focusing on this impressive craft.In the first episode, Stratton interviewed Jefferson Waful, best known for his work with Umphrey’s McGee. Today, he returns with a second episode, talking to Greg Ellis. Ellis is the LD for an artist who has lights in his very name, Pretty Lights. Naturally, being the LD for Pretty Lights comes with its challenges, but Ellis has succeeded in harnessing the Pretty Lights name in his luminescent displays. The two talk about Ellis’s background in lighting design, the history of equipment used in the show, and specific details on how Ellis and Pretty Lights are able to put on one of the biggest productions in the American EDM scene.Check out the new episode, streaming below!
Albany-based power trio Wild Adriatic are set to return with their newest album, Feel, on February 3rd, which looks to be the band’s most mature album yet. The band incorporates a wide array of styles, encapsulating soul, rock, motown and more, bridging them together through their earnest and expressive musical creations. After spending 175 days out of the year on tour together, Wild Adriatic has become a reckoning force of rock and roll.Tighter than ever, the band went into the studio to record Feel with the intention of putting their best foot forward. Travis Gray’s rich vocals and guitar playing, Rich Derbyshire’s in-the-pocket bass grooves, and Mateo Vosganian powerhouse drumming are all full display on Feel, as the power trio rocks through eleven new original tracks.With the new album due out soon, the band has offered up a taste with the newest single “Come Back Baby.” Check out the new tune, streaming below.The band tells us about the single, saying, ““Come Back Baby” was inspired by our search for simplicity. With this song, we expressly set out to write something that more appropriately featured Travis’ abilities as a soul singer. To achieve that goal, we felt that the “less is more” approach would work best with the music. Early demos of this song were just guitar, drums, bass, and Trav’s lead vocal but we always heard some light Temptations style backing vocals in the choruses and classic sounding percussion/horns to round out the sound. I love this song because it manages to sound as personal as it is. Travis’ vocals feel like they’re right there in the room with you and I love these kinds of WA songs where he really has a lot of room to emote.”Feel is due out on February 3rd, but can be pre-ordered through Pledge Music and iTunes. Be sure to catch this exciting up and coming band on the road as well! Full tour dates below, and more information can be found on the band’s website.Wild Adriatic Tour Schedule1/13 – Arch Street Tavern – Hartford, CT1/14 – Grizzly’s – Stratton, VT2/01 – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA2/02 – Mercury Lounge – NY, NY2/03 – Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville, VA2/04 – Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs, NY2/07 – High Watt – Nashville, TN2/08 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC2/10 – The Rock Boat – Tampa, FL2/16 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA2/17 – Martins – Jackson, MS2/18 – The Den @ The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA2/22 – Patton Alley Pub – Springfield, MO2/23 – Bootleg – St Louis, MO2/24 – Underground Lounge – Chicago, IL2/25 – Fountain Square Brewery – Indianapolis, IN3/01 – Frequency – Madison, WI
An inspiring new organization out of Chicago, The Funk Foundation, is using music as a catalyst to raise awareness and funding for a variety of important causes. Serving as both a consultant and a production company for music-based charity events, The Funk Foundation will incorporate their know-how of the music industry with the desire to bring about change to put on their own events and guide other organizations in doing the same.“There are two things that never fail to bring me joy: funk music and helping others,” says founder Eric Onesto. “Why not merge the two?”This Mardi Gras, on Fat Tuesday, February 28th, the foundation will host their inaugural event. Keeping with the funk mantra, the special evening will bring a 70s-themed roller disco to Fleetwood Roller Rink, just 10 miles from downtown Chicago. All proceeds will be donated directly to the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Illinois. Tickets can be purchased here. Buses will be provided to and from the Emporium Arcade, where Chicago-based funk favorites The Heard will perform late night.“I believe there is a moral bankruptcy in our society when it comes to the acceptance and treatment of mental illness throughout every corner of our country,” explains Onesto. “NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. I can’t think of a more admirable cause to contribute to for our first event.”While they will continue to spearhead their own independent events for various charitable institutions, the foundation’s next endeavor will be to work with specific organizations to support their needs and desires in the realm of fundraising and event production.The Funk Foundation originated as the name for Onesto’s Polar Plunge team in 2016. For two consecutive years, the team plunged into the icy waters of Lake Michigan to raise money for The Special Olympics of Illinois, this year placing first in the costume contest and raising $4,537 for charity.This Tuesday, Onesto invites you to don your fanciest disco attire and skate away the evening with some bangin’ tunes while raising money to support NAMI’s programs. Mike Bangles, aka Shazam Bangles, will be providing the music to get you moving. Buses will depart from Emporium Arcade, located at 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., at 7:00 PM and return at 10:30 PM, followed by a performance from The Heard.Tickets can be purchased here. Check out the event page for more info.
Atlanta’s largest EDM camping festival is back for its fourth year, and it’s slated to be bigger than ever. From September 22nd through September 24th, Imagine Music Festival will take over the Atlanta Motor Speedway with its six themed stages. The festival just dropped its first-stage lineup, and its shaping up to be quite a party. In addition to headliners Pretty Lights Live, Above & Beyond, Deadmau5, Tiësto and Gorgon City, the festival will be attracting a bunch of diverse acts from across the electronic-music world. We’re certainly stoked on the Amazonia Stage, which thus far has announced Pretty Lights Live, The Floozies, Ott, Jai Wolf, Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Bleep Bloop, Minnesota, among others.Tickets for Imagine Music Festival are available here, and you can check out the first round of artists announced below, with more artists coming in the future.