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With their March Madness tour in full swing, the String Cheese Incident blazed through Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA earlier this week, delivering a vintage Incident that included a swath of SCI originals, exciting covers and a guest sit-in by ALO’s Zach Gill.Gill first joined Cheese for a take on the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” towards the end of their first set, later emerging during the encore for Bob Dylan’s “Quinn The Eskimo.” This marked the second time in a week that a member of ALO sat in with SCI, as Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz joined the Colorado products on “The Harder They Come” two nights earlier. You can watch Zach Gill’s sit-in with SCI on “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” uploaded by grunzy below:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA – 3/13/16Set I: Search, Missing Me* > Dudleys, Farther^, Stay Through > Stir it Up > Stay Through, This Must Be The Place ( Naive Melody )+ > Song in my head > BeautifulSet II: Howard > Cosmic Love Jam > Howard, Bumpin` Reel, Miss Brown’s Teahouse, 45th of November, Sweet Melinda, Shine > Drums > RosieEncore: Quinn The Eskimo+* Boo Boo’s tease ^ LTP 7-29-07 + Zach Gill ( ALO )
Holly Bowling is rocking it on her spring tour! The classically-trained pianist continues to work Phish and Grateful Dead songs into her setlists, not only interpreting the songs for solo piano but also improvising on them, as well as scoring specific jams to create a one-of-a-kind musical experience.With an upcoming performance at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, NY this Friday, May 13th, Bowling has shared some incredible footage from a recent show to get us excited! The footage features Bowling performing “Sand” at the Starlite in Southbridge, MA earlier this week, playing on a 120+ year old piano and even reaching inside to create some inventive sonic grooves. It’s improvisational music at its finest!Well that rocked! We can’t wait to catch Bowling in New York this Friday, May 13th! For more information about the upcoming show at the Blue Note Jazz Club, head HERE!Setlist: Holly Bowling at Starlite, Southbridge, MA – 5/9/16Set One: The Curtain With, Pebbles & Marbles, Row Jimmy, Sand, Taste, It’s Ice *Set Two: Dark Star > The Other One # > Dark Star > Wharf Rat > Scents & Subtle Sounds > Cassidy, Eyes of the World (6.18.74), Harry Hood **Encore: Squirming Coil# first time performed by Holly (one verse only)* w/ Kid A tease (Radiohead)** w/ Taste fakeout at start & tease
The madness and mayhem of a MarchFourth live show has been distilled into pure sonic form on their latest release, Magic Number, and it’s quite an amazing feat. Primarily known for their senses shattering performances filled with costumes, acrobatics and costumed finery, the band is more than capable of delivering a solid collection of tunes. Stripped down to their sonic core, MarchFourth shows the big band sound of eras past is more than viable to modern day sensibilities.Listen to the album below, and follow along with our in-depth review below.Kicking things off with a brassy blast from the horn section “Call To Action” serves as just that for listeners, urging them to their feet and onto the nearest dancing surface. With Galactic sax man Ben Ellman serving as producer, you’d be right in assuming that the album is filled with horn melodies. Ellman corralled fifteen members of the band into New Orleans’ famed Parlor Recording Studio for an intense, compact recording session, resulting in concise, toe tapping numbers like the swirling and energetic opener.It would be easily understandable and even forgivable if MarchFourth filled Magic Number with rampaging instrumentals, but on “The Quarter Master”, the band slows the tempos and introduces a vocal sensibility that uses echo and chorus to accurately capture the band’s live sound. A vaguely mariachi tinged horn line and an explosively propulsive beat drives the title track while a wise examination of life’s ups and downs and the importance of watching out for each other is relayed. A wicked guitar solo erupts in the center of the track adding diversity and a wicked heaviness thus far untapped, adding fresh dimension and fury.You don’t reach out to one of the standard bearers of the Nawlins funk sound without hoping to add some of that delicious flavor to your own. Tracks like “Push It Back” show these influences, while still retaining the band’s independent spirit. The fuzzy guitar line of “Inventing The Wheel” and the methodically plodding drum beats provide a delicious dichotomy between the follow the leader brass line, before erupting in a harmonica led explosion.Wound throughout this disc are guest appearances by some of NOLA’s finest, who manage to lend spice without dominating the overall flavor of the band. Legendary drummer Stanton Moore lends his stick work throughout adding to the authenticity of the sound without ever overstating his presence. “Hot Stepper,” an universal dance tune that seems so perfectly suited to serve as sonic shorthand for party music in any film or TV project that one wonders how long it’s going to take for Hollywood to come knocking and shows off the percussionists additions to mix wonderfully.Thanks to the upbeat nature of the material, MarchFourth’s music is so intrinsically positive that it can’t help but elevate the listener’s spirits on a mental and spiritual level. No song more exemplifies their effect on the psyche than “Science,” whose lyrics urge you to free your mind and soul from the chains of society. The irresistible beat and dynamic arrangement allows each piece of the band to contribute to the composition with their own style, somehow seamlessly uniting for a pure slice of funky positivity.MarchFourth has much to be proud of on Magic Number. Their decision to go into the studio with a solid deadline and distinctive production plan has resulted in a tight, joyous album. Each song is a celebration of their musical identity, each note coming from a place that is wholly their own. Managing to be both idiosyncratic and universal is an impressive feat by itself, but doing it while maintaining a completely infectious spirit is a move that shows the maturity and comfort of MarchFourth. They are truly modern masters of the big band sound.
Load remaining images Rock and rollers Chris Robinson Brotherhood have been sharing their tunes along the West Coast, and brought the house down at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA last night, December 16th. The band was in fine form, dishing out tunes from their two 2016 albums, Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel and the accompanying EP, If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now. They played “California Hymn” and “Saturday Night In L.A.” for the local crowd, and sandwiched their whole second set with some fun on the song “Rosalee”. They closed out the night with a fun rendition of “Rock and Roll”, playing the Velvet Underground tune for a great encore.Check out the setlist and a full photo gallery below, courtesy of Steve Rose Photos.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Fonda Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 12/17/16Set One: Lazy Days, Roan County Banjo, Bandlands Here We Come, Clear Blue Sky, Sunday Sound, Meanwhile In The Gods…, California Hymn, Saturday Night In L.A.Set Two: Rosalee, New Cannonball Rag, Ain’t It Hard But Fair, Reflections, Leave My Guitar Alone, Forever As The Moon, I Ain’t Hiding, Narcissus Soaking Wet, RosaleeEncore: Rock and Roll
The Funky Meters hit The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, on Thursday evening, performing to a packed house eager to see the all-star roster of musicians gracing the Fox’s stage. Unfortunately, Art Neville was unable to make the show, though the disappointment this brought was alleviated somewhat with the announcement that keyboard wizard John Medeski would be subbing in for the legendary keys player. Despite these changes, The Funky Meters tore up The Fox Theatre, delighting the crowd with a dialed-in and precise musicianship reserved for only the greats. You can check out photos from the Funky Meters’ performance below, courtesy of C. B. Klein. Load remaining images
At Suwannee Hulaween, the bluegrass juggernauts of Greensky Bluegrass gave eager crowds a healthy dose of their brand of psychedelic mountain music. During the festival, Greensky performed two awe-inspiring sets: one to close out the festivities during Thursday night’s festival-opening pre-party and another mid-afternoon the following day on Friday. Check out our thoughts on Greensky’s Hulaween performances, plus watch select videos from their performance below!The Best Things We Saw At Suwanee Hulaween 2017Thursday, Late-NightUnlike many bluegrass acts that are frequently sequestered to exclusively daytime sets at larger festivals, Greensky Bluegrass closed down the surreal playground that is Spirit Lake on Thursday night. During Thursday’s late-night performance, the band offered a selection of longer-than-usual jams and edgy and dark murder ballads.Fans of all genres came together despite their standard musical preferences, in awe of the wall of sound produced by the band and particularly the plucky bass of Mike Devol. Between his bone shattering tone and Anders Beck‘s swirling flourishes on the drop steel guitar, it was easy for patrons to lose themselves in the set. Beck even shared a story of an EDM fan’s confession of falling in love with their music last year after hearing only a snippet of Greensky’s set last year.Another bonus feature of a late-night Greensky set is the stunning light work by the band’s stellar lighting wizard Andrew Lincoln. His work has evolved alongside the band into one of the most perfectly symbiotic relationships on the scene, period. Somewhere between the whirling sounds and rolling lights, the show transcended what was expected, instead entering a realm where anything is possible. Check out clips from their wild and woolly first show, and then we’ll take a look at how Greensky Bluegrass greeted the sun the next day!“Windshield”“Living Over”“Old Barns”“Breakdown>Bring Out Your Dead”Friday, AfternoonWith the sun high in the sky the next day, the guys in Greensky Bluegrass took to the Meadow Stage in shades and smiles on Friday afternoon. Mandolinist Paul Hoffman powerful vocals evoked deeply human emotions from joy to sorrow, truly captivating all listeners within earshot. Michael Bont and his magic fingers flew up and down his banjo’s neck, while Dave Bruzza strummed chords and leads with power and purpose. In stark contrast to the exploratory mayhem of the night before, Saturday’s day set was littered with happy tunes that, while still stretched out to heady lengths, retained a simple, irresistible joy. Take a listen for yourself below, but especially to Greensky’s pumping cover of Paul Simon‘s “Gumboots”.“Dustbowl Overtures”“Jay Walking > Gumboots”“Past My Prime”[Photo: Keith Griner]
Last weekend, the slinky and soulful disco powerhouse Escort posted up at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl for three dance-frenzied nights. The group is known for their high-octane performances. Certainly, these three highly anticipated Brooklyn Bowl show were no different, with the group offering up their characteristic hypnotizing live shows to get fans stoked ahead of the Thanksgiving break. You can check out photos from Escort’s fiery performances at Brooklyn Bowl below, courtesy of Chris Capaci.Escort Performs ‘Cocaine Blues’ On Debut National Television Appearance [Watch] Load remaining images Escort | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 11/18/2017 | Photo: Chris Capaci
The Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park has a packed lineup of tunes and events for the upcoming Suwannee Spring Reunion. With The Infamous Stringdusters leading the way at one of the most beloved music venues with David Bromberg Quintet, Donna The Buffalo, the Larry Keel Experience and Dar Williams, there is plenty for everyone to get excited about!Park veterans and new acts such as Billy Strings, Amy Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, The Grass Is Dead, Rev. Jeff Mosier and Biscuit Tragedy, Jon Stickley Trio, Front Country, Roy Book Binder, Grayson Capps, Ralph Roddenbery, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Nikki Talley, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, and Big Cosmo round out another amazing spring gathering in the venerated Florida home to bluegrass.While the Spring Reunion name may be new, the park has a long tradition of hosting a pair of spring and fall, family friendly events that are stuffed with workshops, picking parties on stage and off long into the night, fabulous food, and a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime!Suwannee Spring Reunion offers a multi-day Weekend Ticket that includes festival admission for four days of music, as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Early Bird Tickets are $130; Students and military with a valid ID are $120. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All tickets available HERE.
On Friday night, The Werks hit Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver for an intimate, sold-out performance as part of the group’s three-show Colorado run this weekend. During the show, The Werks treated the audience to two blissful sets, including sit-ins from a number of high-profile Colorado-based musicians.First up was singer Michelle Sarah, who lent her soulful vocals for the first set’s closing number, a cover of Jackie Wilson‘s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”. For set two, a major highlight was the band’s take on Gary Jules‘ iconic number “Mad World”, which saw drummer Jeff Franca (also known as Thievery Corporation’s Congo Sanchez) take over behind the drum kit while drummer Rob Chafin took center stage to sing the tune. Toward the end of the set, keyboardist Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven, RAQ) joined the crew for The Werks’ original number, “Galactic Passport”. Finally, to close things out, for the night’s high-octane encore of “Lights Out” off 2017’s Magic, the band invited a horn section comprised of trumpeter and trombonist Matt Wilkolak and Mark Wilkolak to augment the song.You can stream the entire show for free below via The Werks’ Bandcamp, or download it for a “name-your-price” cost. You can also listen to the full audio via The Werks’ SoundCloud page here.The Werks with Todd Stoops – “Galactic Passport” – 3/23/2018[Video: IZEoftheWorld]Setlist: The Werks | Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox | Denver, CO | 3/23/2018Set One: Better Than Before, Into The Moss, Cloud Hopper, Wide Awake, Moonset, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher Set Two: Drop > Nudie Jam , Mad World , Alive, Galactic Passport , Not AloneEncore: Lights Out  w/ Michelle Sarah on vocals “Elenor Rigby” tease w/ Jeff Franca (Thievery Corp) on drums and Chafin singing lead out front w/ Todd Stoops w/ Matt and Mark Wilkolak on trumpet and trombone<a href=”http://thewerks.bandcamp.com/album/live-ophelias-denver-co-032318″>LIVE @ Ophelia’s – Denver, CO 03.23.18 by The Werks</a>