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One of the major stories to break in the 50th anniversary saga of the Grateful Dead last year was a major documentary project, produced by the famed Martin Scorsese. Scorsese’s long history in documenting legendary musicians made this particular film quite appealing, though little has been said about it since the initial buzz.That’s all changing, however, as the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival will host the first preview of the film, along with a panel discussion about its creation. Directed by Eric Eisner, the documentary is said to cover everything from the very beginnings all the way until last year’s “Fare Thee Well” celebration, but little else is known.The preview will screen at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, on April 9th at 2:30 PM. Further events include screenings of Grateful Dawg, chronicling Jerry Garcia and David Grisman’s relationship, American Epic, starring Jack White, T-Bone Burnett and more, and the new Miles Ahead biopic about Miles Davis. For more information, head to the Asbury Park Press website.[H/T JamBase]
And the fight for the independent music festivals and promoters continues. Today, sources revealed that the Governor’s Ball Music Festival which takes place at Randalls’ Island in New York City has succumbed to the fate that so many face, being bought out by Live Nation as a majority stakeholder. Earlier this year, AEG Live announced the Panorama festival, also set to take place on Randall’s Island, which was direct competition to both Governor’s Ball and Live Nation’s claim on the New York City festival scene. Panorama seemed to be the perfect storm that served up Founders Entertainment (promoter of GovBall) right into Live Nation’s lap.The Governors Ball Music Festival Reveals 2016 LineupApparently in the final stages of closing this deal, the acquisition of GovBall by Live Nation would be a major win in the North American market for the largest worldwide entertainment company that is in direct competition with AEG Live, who own the rights to Coachella, Electric Forest, Firefly, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and a number of other major festivals. In an interview earlier this year when discussing partnering up with one of the two major players, Founders Entertainment partner Jordan Wolowitz replied, “We’ve shown that, right now, we don’t need to [partner] — yet. Who knows what the future may bring.” Looks like that future came along pretty, pretty, pretty quickly.[via Billboard]
The 6th annual Grateful Dead “Meet-Up At The Movies” is coming up quickly, hitting theaters nationwide this Wednesday, May 11th. For the uninitiated, “Meet-Up At The Movies” brings Deadheads together to watch film footage of the Grateful Dead, simulcast at movie theaters everywhere. This year will feature unreleased footage from a potent Dead show at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, MA, held on July 2nd 1989.1989 is certainly one of the prime years from the Dead’s later era, with Brent Mydland showcasing his skills on the keys throughout. In anticipation of this week’s showing, the Dead have shared footage of “Truckin’” from the performance. Premiering on EW, keep on truckin’ with this great video below:You can also watch previously-released clips of “He’s Gone” and “Tennessee Jed” by following the links. For more info about “Meet-Up At The Movies,” head here.
From September 23-25, a number of top musicians descended on Las Vegas, NV for the annual Life Is Beautiful Festival. With headlining sets from bands like Mumford & Sons, J. Cole, Major Lazer, The Lumineers, G-Eazy, The Shins, Empire Of The Sun, Bassnectar, Jane’s Addiction and more, not to mention an incredibly stacked lineup from top to bottom, the festival was a great celebration of music!Fortunately, photographer Erik Kabik was on the scene and provided an extensive photo gallery from the three-day affair. Check it out below! Load remaining images
There’s no denying the funk energy in Freekbass‘s style, as the bassist has been working with some of the best throughout his career. Recently, Freekbass told us about his work with Gary “Mudbone” Cooper, a songwriter who has been featured on tracks by P-Funk, Bootsy’s Rubberband and more. He’ll tell you the story of how “Mudbone” connected him to legends in the funk field, and how he came to cover his classic tune, “Let’s Go All The Way.”One of the most important people to introduce me into the Funk family was vocalist/songwriter Gary “Mudbone” Cooper. Muddy was part of the original Bootsy’s Rubberband, and has been on many important album and singles by George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubberband, and many others. He was the person that first introduced me to Funk legends Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell. As well as being one of the original members of the Funkmob family, Muddy also has the distinction of recording a Top 10 hit in both the US and the U.K. as part of his groupSly Fox, “Let’s Go All The Way”.When I was driving back from a series of shows on the East Coast a few months ago, I heard “Let’s Go All The Way” on the radio. Although it is a pop-type song, it has so many elements of the funk in it which is why I think it had such a crossover and mass appeal. Plus, it was very personal to me since Muddy was the writer and performer on it. It felt full-circle to my career and life journey. I thought it would be really special to record it , but before that could go forward I wanted to have Mudbone’s blessing first.I called him up and told him how I would love to try putting my spin back on the track , and to see if it would be ok with him if I was to record his pop-masterpiece. He immediately said yes, and I felt so honored and lucky to have a chance to record this. To add to the ‘full-circle’ aspect of the tune, keyboardist Razor Sharp who tours with me now, was in the original touring band of Sly Fox when they toured to promote the song.Next we talked to my label, Ropeadope about the idea of releasing the single for the Holidays along with a new video (directed by Ted Mandell). Ropeadope was all about it, and along with the video by Ted, who had the idea of doing a bit of a homage to the original video, we had this funky video-single in bring in the funky New Year with!Check out the premiere of the new video below, exclusively via L4LM:To grab a copy of the single from Ropeadope, head here. You can also see Freekbass’s tour schedule, copied below.Freekbass Tour DatesDECEMBER-Saturday, December 17: Zanzabar / Louisville, KY-Thursday, December 29: Preservation Pub / Knoxville, TN-Friday, December 30: The Loft / Columbus, GA-Saturday, December 31: Dunedin Brewery / Dunedin, FLJANUARY-Sunday, January 1 : Terra Fermata / Stuart, FL-Friday, January 6: Mousetrap / Indianapolis, IN-Saturday, January 7: Lamasco / Evansville, IN-Thursday, January 12: Founders Brewing Co. / Grand Rapids, MI-Friday, January 13: Old Crow / Middletown, OHFEBRUARY-Wednesday, February 1: Scarlet & Grey : Columbus, OH
Load remaining images The Soul Rebels brass band has become known for their love and appreciation for hip hop. They often invite hip hop legends, such as Rakim and Talib Kweli, to perform with them, and they even have a project called “De La Soul Rebels” where they pay tribute to the iconic rap trio. Their annual multi-night run at Brooklyn Bowl has been a breeding ground for this love for hip hop, as they’ve continuously performed with iconic rappers at the beloved venue.On Thursday night, the Soul Rebels invited Rakim and Melle Mel to join them on stage, and last night’s performance one-upped that lineup with a ridiculous roster of New York-centric special guests. Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest, Consequence (also a part of the extended ATCQ family), Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, and cult heroes Mobb Deep all hit the stage with. It was an unforgettable night of New York hip hop, with Tribe and Mobb Deep hailing from Queens, and Wu-Tang a by-product of Staten Island. Of course, the Soul Rebels added their funky New Orleans flavor throughout the proceedings.Thankfully, photographer Andrew Scott Blackstein was on hand to capture all of these hip hop legends in one place at one time. See below for a gallery of his photos from the show. The Soul Rebels with Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, Consequence, Raekwon, and Mobb Deep
Setlist via Peter Costello: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/30/2016Set One (8:45PM – 10:12PM): King Bee Jam + -> The Eleven @ (All) > BIODTL # (SM) > Feel Like A Stranger (SM) > Cumberland Blues $ (All), The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (AC), Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Space -> Bird Song Jam + -> Day Tripper % (TH) -> Bird Song ^ (TH) -> King Solomon’s Marbles & -> Bird Song Reprise + (TH)Set Two (10:49PM – 12:??AM): Til The Morning Comes + (All + AC) -> Passenger + (SM & AC) -> Viola Lee Blues * (All) -> Jam -> Uncle John’s Band (All) -> Becky @@ -> Uncle John’s Band Reprise (All) -> Viola Lee Blues Reprise (All) -> Hoo Doo Voo Doo ++ (SM) -> Lovelight * (AC) -> Shakedown Street ## (TH) > Throwing Stones $$ (SM)Encore: The Weight (All + AC)Notes:AC is Alecia Chakour (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on Vocals+ – First Time Played by Almost [email protected] – With at Throwin’ Stones Tease (TH)# – 30 Beat BIODTL for Dec 30th$ – With Feel Like A Stranger & Hoedown (Aaron Copeland) Teases (MB) & a Lovelight Jam (Band)% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Beatles Cover, Unfinished, 2 verses were sung^ – With a Day Tripper (The Beatles) Tease (MB)& – Unfinished* – With Cochemea Gastelum (Dap Kings) on Bari [email protected]@ – Benevento Russo Duo Cover, not played since 2015-10-03, a gap of 46 shows. Basically only Joe & Marco played on this song.++ – Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead.## – With a MB Piano Solo, an On The Road Again Tease (Band), a “That’s All” (Phil Collins) Tease – I think, it might be something else (Band) & an unknown jam (Band) that I may be able to figure out.$$ – With an Unknown Tease (TH)Full Show Audio[Photo: Ellison White] On Friday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released their 96th edition of Rad Tracks, with this latest video featuring pro-shot video of their rendition of “Cumberland Blues” from their performance at The Capitol Theatre on December 30th, 2016. That night’s performance at The Capitol Theatre kicked off their two-night run at the historic Port Chester, New York venue following a show at Brooklyn Bowl the night prior. With the group properly primed ahead of their New Year’s performance, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s tore through the show. “Cumberland Blues” was featured at the center of the first set following “Feels Like A Stranger,” and throughout the eighteen-minute song, keyboard extraordinaire Marco Benevento heavily teases the previous tune. Eventually, the band moves into a full-blown “Turn On Your Lovelight” jam before moving into “The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion),” which featured Alecia Chakour of Tedeschi Trucks Band on vocals.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Soundboard Featuring Alecia Chakour From Sunshine Music FestivalYou can watch the recently released pro-shot video of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s rendition of “Cumberland Blues” below, courtesy of the band. For those antsy to hear the rest of the performance, you can check out a recording by nico11104 below as well. You can catch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead back in action at the Capitol Theatre when they return to the Port Chester venue for two nights across July 21st and 22nd.Cumberland Blues
Tomorrow, September 28th, Bob Lanzetti, guitarist of three-time Grammy Award Winning jazz/funk collective Snarky Puppy, will officially release his debut solo album, Whose Feet Are These That Are Walking. The album’s core band is a quartet featuring Lanzetti on all guitars, Philip Sterk on pedal steel guitar, Matt Aronoff on bass, and Jordan Perlson on drums, with special guest appearances from Lanzetti’s Snarky cohorts Michael League, Cory Henry, Nate Werth, Marcelo Woloski, Justin Stanton, Mike Maher, among others throughout the album.Compared to his work with Snarky Puppy, which leans more towards textural funk and ambient compositions, Bob Lanzetti’s solo album is differentiated by his emphasis on melodies and blues-heavy guitar solos. “I started writing most of the music probably 4-5 years ago,” explains Lanzetti. “At that time, Snarky Puppy was touring constantly. I think my initial desire was to do something totally different than Snarky Puppy. Maybe just to create a balance in my musical life [laughs]. To that end, a lot of the music to me feels like songs that you could imagine a singer singing. At the time, I was listening to a lot of stuff like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson. A lot of classic country. So that definitely made its way into some of the music. What I wanted to do was combine elements of some of those classic country recordings and songwriting styles with improvised moments. I wanted to think of my guitar as a lead singer, that would sometimes jump out of that ‘lead singing’ role and become more guitar-istic.”***You can listen to the new album below exclusively though Live For Live Music*** On “B,” the band methodically establishes a rock solid floor before expanding the collective sound with a crystal clear guitar line. Lanzetti quickly throws in a much warmer, fuzzier-toned accompanying line as counterpoint to the first, adding a challenging aspect to the track. The sense of movement and realization that permeates “B” will cause even the most casual listeners to turn their full attention to the pyrotechnic blues-guitar display.“Happy Stranger” slows the oscillation of the opening track with deep, mournful, big-sky notes, slow and arching. Softly singing voices accompany the track, adding a sonic girth that matches the expansive guitar phrasing. Once the table is set, Lanzetti takes full control, his jubilantly arching guitar licks crying from the center of the dry and dusty soundscape. At its heart, “Happy Stranger” is a waltz, and the dance floor it sets itself upon is the noble soil of the plains.Scratchy intro percussion gives an Americana vibe to “Frances,” with a rolling snare further increasing the focus on stellar percussion of Jordan Perlson. Earnest bluesy guitar from Sterk on pedal steel gives Lanzetti room to experiment. The production on the entire album is a near perfect balance of control and minimalism, and “Frances” raises the bar for the tracks that follow.“Ivory” finds Lanzetti and company ready to turn up the tempo and get to rocking. Merging a jazzy, vaguely Latin beat with a sixties, mod-esque guitar line the Fierce, forceful and driven. Rising and falling rhythms, wild echo laden effects and a sense of urgency quickly set “Ivory” apart from the songs it follows. The building intensity of the song imparts a sense of Lanzetti having a point he desperately wants to make.“Caroline No” sees Lanzetti returning to the wide open soundscape mentality established earlier on the disc. Echo and reverb thicken his tone almost beyond the ears ability to accept. The song itself takes on an air of a spiritual as organ fills and sof chords seem to float gently down a sunny stream. The mixture of gospel timbre and vast musical mesas make “Caroline No” a perfect song for those lazy afternoons of summer.“Anoynomous” is guitar-based fusion of jazzy space and rock sensibilities with the rhythm section ready to provide a pocket and splashes of color as needed. Broken into free-flowing sections, the song honors both ends of the dynamic evenly. It unexpectedly collapses into a psychedelic morass of theremin-styled waves of sound that give the feeling of broken thoughts. While the result would be schizophrenicin less competent hands, the use of previously established elements sets up the introduction of the new sonic components brilliantly.“Jenny Is A Donkey” is a return to the southwestern vistas to close the piece. Following the fireworks of the previous track, the reedy organs and crisp percussion perfectly accompany Sterk’s drawn out pedal steel sound. Lanzetti has one last, impossibly clean and cutting guitar line to add, and each note seems to entwine itself through the sonic weave the rest of the players have untied to create.In setting out to explore new territory, Lanzetti manages to establish a whole new sandbox for himself to play in for the years to come. When artists break new ground for themselves the real winners are us, the lovers of music itself. You can check out Bob Lanzetti perform at the Independent Bar and Kitchen on November 7th in Dallas, Texas as part of Mark Lettieri’s residency. Don’t miss out!Bob Lanzetti’s new album, Whose Feet Are These That Are Walking is available for pre-order here.
On Friday evening, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their ongoing winter tour with a stop at City Auditorium in Macon, GA, the ancestral home of the Allman Brothers Band–a group to whom TTB is inextricably tied. Guitarist Derek Trucks, in addition to being the nephew of longtime Allmans drummer Butch Trucks, played with the band from a young age through their final shows in 2014, an extended residency at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. Keeping with that tradition, Tedeschi Trucks Band has co-opted the tradition of extended Beacon residencies (this year, they celebrated their 25th Beacon show, and followed that up with two more for good measure).With a scheduled performance in Macon on their list of tour dates, many wondered how the band would acknowledge the Allman connection on Friday night. After a thrilling if standard performance, that question was answered with a standout “Whipping Post” set closer, the Macon crowd roaring in approval as Derek wailed away.You can watch a clip of TTB’s “Whipping Post” closer in Macon below via YouTube user EBlaier:“Whipping Post”You can also watch an assortment of other audience clips from the performance below:“Sugaree” “I Pity The Fool” via EBlaier“Bound For Glory” Tedeschi Trucks Band continues their tour tonight with the first of two shows this weekend in Asheville, NC. For a full list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band dates, or to buy your tickets, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Tedeschi Trucks Band | City Auditorium | Macon, GA | 1/19/18SET: Anyday*, Don’t Know What It Means, Let Me Get By, Right On Time, All The World, Leaving Trunk**, Volunteered Slavary^, Midnight In Harlem, Shame, Angel From Montgomery > Sugaree, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free^^, I Pity The Fool&, I Want More, Whipping Post$ENCORE: Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Bound For Glory*Derek & The Dominos cover**Sleepy John Estes cover^Rahsaan Roland Kirk cover^^Bill Taylor cover&Bobby “Blue” Bland cover$Allman Brothers Band cover[Cover photo via Steve Rose, from Oakland 11/10/17]