Wanee Music Festival hosted some of the best jam bands in the game, with plenty of cross collaborations to keep the already unique lineup even more interesting. Kung Fu played a killer set on Saturday afternoon, welcoming Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins on keys for a “Joyride” > “Cars” jam, hours before UM would take the same stage for a late-night festival closing mash-up set.The performance was a musical highlight of the weekend, featuring fan-favorites “The Get Down, “S’all Good” and “Samurai.” You can listen to the full audio below, courtesy of taper Butch Almberg:Tomorrow, Kung Fu is hosting a “Get Out and Vote For Bernie” benefit concert at The Hall at MP, in Brooklyn, NY with special guest support from an all-star cast, including Phish’s Jon Fishman, Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge, and Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman, along with Kat Wright, Jason Hann of SCI/EOTO, DJ Logic, LoveDeep, and more. Additional details about the event can be found here.Also from Wanee, you can watch videos and stream the audio from these very special performances: Gov’t Mule with Jack Pearson, Billy & The Kids with Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, Warren Haynes with Les Brers, Umphrey’s McGee’s mash-up set, Warren Haynes sit-in with Widespread Panic for ZZ Top covers, and Karl Denson with Melvin Seals & JGB. Enjoy!Kung Fu @ Wanee Music Festival 4/16/16:Daddy D, Vroom, Paragon, The Get Down, Speed Bump Of Your Life, Hollywood, Joyride* > Cars*, Joyride, S’all Good, Scrab, Samurai* w/ Joel Cummins
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood have confirmed the release of their fourth studio album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, available July 29 through Robinson’s own Silver Arrow Records. The songs came into the studio as faint sketches and ideas, and were given life through the collective focus of Robinson’s incredible band.“It was an opportunity to see where our expression could take us. For us, when it comes to making records, the looser it gets the better,” says Robinson in a press release. “It’s all about taking our intuition and following it to where our ideas can really manifest themselves. This turned out to be the most spontaneous record I’ve ever been a part of.” The improv-driven masterpiece came as the result of a road-tested band who spent the last two years touring relentlessly and learning to understand each other musically before bringing everyone together for their first ever self-produced album.“All it takes is one good, small idea, and then if everyone’s focused and in the moment, a few hours later, you can have something that you realize you’ll be playing for as long as you’re making music,” Robinson continues. “I think when everyone’s aware that that’s the sort of magic that we’re looking for. More than any other session that I’ve ever been a part of, that’s how all of these songs were done.”The album’s first track is “Narcissus Soaking Wet,” which Robinson co-wrote with keyboardist Adam MacDougall. You can listen to the psychedelic, bluesy, toe-tapper below:Other songs that made it onto the album are “Ain’t It Hard But Fair,” “Oak Apple Day,” “Forever As The Moon,” “Leave My Guitar Alone,” and “California Hymn,” which you may recognize from the band’s touring setlists.Chris Robinson Brotherhood Debuts Emotional Prince And Bob Dylan Covers [Watch]“This band is about being a part of a community, it’s our little CRB culture,” explains Robinson. “These are our services when we play our music. And when it’s at its best, we feel like the music makes a connection with people that’s on a level that has nothing to do with commerce or nostalgia. There’s some other gravity that keeps us all together in those moments, and it’s representative of that kind of magic spell we’re chasing.” You can catch CRB on the road throughout 2016 in support of Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, with several summer music festival appearances, including Mountain Jam, High Sierra Music Festival, and Lockn’. They’ve also recently announced the addition of bassist Jeff Hill (Larry Campbell, Shooter Jennings), to their lineup. Check out the full tour schedule below! Additional details can be found on the band’s website.The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Summer Tour 2016:May 13 – Cherokee, TX – Cherokee Creek Music Festival June 2 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam June 4 – Atlanta, GA – Chandler Park Music & Food Festival June 5 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater June 6 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City June 9 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s June 10 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live June 11 – Austin TX – Scoot Inn June 12 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live June 14 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Hall June 15 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall June 16 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre June 18 – Bend, OR – 4 Peaks Music Festival July 1 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival July 15 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm July 16 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham July 17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room July 19 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre July 21 – Macon, GA – Cox Capital Theatre July 22 – Augusta, GA – Sky City July 23 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater July 24 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva July 26 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony July 27 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Onstage July 29 – Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse July 30 – Beverly, MA – The Cabot July 31 – Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey August 5 – Stowe, VT – The Rusty Nail August 6 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall August 7 – Newton, NJ – The Newton Theatre August 25 – Arrington, VA – LOCKN’ September 16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
Music festivals always seem to boast the most memorable experiences for both bands and fans alike. There is something about the immersive culture of the festival experience, from camping out with your friends for three or four days, to making new friends and connections over the course of the weekend. From the magic that happens on stage when your favorite band is locked in and playing their hearts out for a massive crowd, all the way to the little things like a simple look from a special someone, to that random dance party at a nearby camp that goes all night long. Whatever it is, festival life certainly a special experience. And The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival is no exception to that rule.Boasting what is arguably its best lineup yet, and taking place from August 4th-6th at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH, this year’s fest features headlining sets from festival hosts The Werks (3 nights!), STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, and a supporting cast that is made up of Lettuce, Dopapod (2 nights), Twiddle (2 nights), The Motet, Turkuaz, a special “Twerkapod: Tribute to the 90’s“, and much more. This year’s Werk Out is going to be the B-A-N-A-N-A-S, where many more special moments are sure to be created. With that in mind, we collected some of those special moments that fans have shared over the years. What memories will you make this year? (Get your tickets HERE!)Dillon Reif: “Best memory was being part of something that at the time I didn’t know was going to be so huge. Being there for their first year and continuing the tradition every year is my favorite memory. I met my fiance there three years ago. Everything about The Werk Out is a great experience and I can’t wait for it again!”Zac Peterson: “Sending our two friends out to see who could get the most signatures on their bodies. They were covered head to toe in sharpie for weeks lol.”Daniel Stephen: “Seeing the mighty collaboration of The Werks, Papadosio, Dopapod & Zach Deputy put Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig In The Sky” into reality for my friends and me. What a way to start off the weekend.”Pam McKinley: “Donna Jean and Dark Star Orchestra playing with The Werks in 2011 when The Werk Out was at Shawnee Caverns. The best ‘Shakedown Street’ that I’ve ever heard.”Denny Shivener: “So many amazing memories but what takes the cake for me personally is when Zach Deputy wore my handmade EL wire glasses during his stage set and again while he was jamming on the Further bus in 2014. Definitely made my weekend.”[photo courtesy of Joshua Timmermans and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]Sarah Leach: “Laying under a tree at The Werk Out 2015 watching the lasers reflect off the leaves. My guy grabbed me and told me he loved me (for the first time) and that I was the woman he had been waiting for. The woman he could spend forever with.”[photo courtesy of B. Hockensmith Photography and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]Haley Phelps: “Last year at the Werk Out when I looked at my friend and said ‘man they haven’t played ‘Duck Farm‘ yet this weekend, and I was really looking forward to jamming to that live. ‘Duck Farm’ immediately followed. Followed by a ‘Hey Jude‘ sing-a-long. Can’t really beat that. So many tears of joy were shed that night.”Julie Ann: “During the 2nd Werk Out on Saturday night during The Werks, I was standing in the crowd with a couple people who had just lost a friend very close to them and a friend that had just lost his mom to cancer. The Werks gave them a shout out and we took a moment of silence to remember the ones we’ve lost. The energy that set over the crowd was unbelievable. Although not everyone knew girl that had passed away, everyone in the crowd had lost someone special to them. So it meant something to everyone.”Chelle Shivener: “Watching 2 new friends get married on the Further Bus.”[photo courtesy of August J. Photography and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]Amanda Smiddy: “Last year after two total strangers offered to paint me and when they were done I looked in their mirror and written on top was the words ‘you are beautiful!’ When ever we see this picture we are reminded about how happy we were! So memorable… He had this printed on a blanket for me for Christmas! So now we are going to make sure the blanket goes to The Werk Out every year!”Hannah Elizabeth: “Cryder-Spaeth marrying Gavin M Spaeth in the jelly dome last year.”Marty Nesser: “I will never ever forget when The Werks closed with ‘Hey Jude’ in 2015. My husband, Kevin and I were in awe by this song. I play this song daily because my husband passed away unexpectedly last fall. I remember we held each other in our arms listening to this song.”Caitlin Styka: “Our neighbors had brought a full-sized trampoline to the festival, my favorite was bouncing on it during Papadosio‘s set while the sun was setting, it was beautiful and so much to take in!”Kevin Phelps: “Being able to funk out last year with Lettuce, then talk to them about how awesome their set was while Adam Deitch set up with Break Science.”Austin Ortberg: “2015 Werk Out was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I went with my best friend Ryan Spears and many other buddy’s and had the best weekend we’ve ever had and meet some crazy cool people to vibe with and help spread the love. Unfortunately, it was the last weekend we would ever spend together cause he was killed in a car crash the next week but he fell in love with The Werks and just all the good people and good times just as I did and I know his soul and spirit will keep rocking on. I’m just thankful enough to have our last weekend together jamming at the Werk Out!”*** For additional information and tickets, check out the festival website HERE ***[cover photo courtesy of Joshua Timmermans and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]
Last night, hip hop superstar Kanye West continued his Fall tour with a show at Madison Square Garden, his second show at the storied venue in in the past two nights. The tour has been getting interesting reviews since it launched two weeks ago, with Kanye performing on a stage that floats above the crowd and moves over the entirety of the floor, across the arena. Needless to say, I was eager to check this out for myself. Hip hop in arenas doesn’t always work out, but Kanye has proven time and again to provide unique concert-going experiences, so I went in with high expectations. As it turned out, this added element removed the frills from the concert. With no video screens or pyro to distract from the show, most of the performance was spent focused on the artist himself, trapped on that tiny stage for two full hours. In that sense, it was a beyond impressive showcase of Kanye’s true talent as an artist and performer: the entire audience was entranced and in a state of euphoria for the whole concert. Leave it to Kanye to re-invent the live show.When I arrived at the show, the venue was packed. Every single seat in the venue was filled, and the floor was one large open space. MSG usually splits their floor up into “East” and “West” sections, so being in one large area made the floor seem huge, and packed. When Kanye finally went on, he indeed entered the concert on a floating platform with lights underneath it. He would stay on the platform the entire concert, attached to its center by a metal rope that was in place to prevent him from falling off. When the music finally started, kicking off with The Life of Pablo track “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”, the crowd went absolutely insane, and the floor simply exploded with energy. People were moshing, people were jumping, and what seemed like the entire room was singing along to every single lyric.“Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2”, and the controversial “Famous” came next, and West simply had the crowd in the palm of his hands. The stage was moving left to right and back again, and the lights were underneath the stage, and not on him, lighting up the crowd as he moved above them. Kanye was essentially silhouetted by cell phone lights in the crowd, making for a cool visual effect. As the stage moved, some fans stood still, and some ambitiously followed the stage across the floor, adding the the mosh pit affect of the show. He quickly threw in covers of “Pop Style” by Drake and “THat Part” by Schoolboy Q, songs on which he has guest verses, before performing another Pablo track with “Facts”.The crowd went absolutely nuts for the next few songs, which are heavier and have harder beats. First up, Kanye covered “I Don’t Like” by Chief Keef, before setting the crowd ablaze with his Grammy-nominated hit “All Day”. The mosh pit really picked up for this song, and the energy went up even higher when “Black Skinhead” started up next. “Niggas in Paris” sent the crowd into a frenzy when it came next. Jay-Z, who was in the building with his wife Beyoncé, unfortunately did not hop on stage to perform this song with his partner in “Watch the Throne”.Finally, Kanye started up “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, his first true older track, coming from his 2007 album Graduation. The rest of the show would lean less on Pablo material and more from his older catalog, and from that point on the mosh pit atmosphere stopped and the floor felt like a huge nightclub. It was a slick transition that really paid off, as the venue seemed to fill with positive energy as the “greatest hits” portion of the night kicked off. “Power” came next, and at this point the lights were off the crowd and Kanye was lit by a spotlight, leaving him seemingly suspended in darkness. “Blood on the Leaves” and “Freestyle 4” followed, bringing the mosh pit vibe back one more time before the mega-hits continued.When “Jesus Walks” started, the huge light rig above the stage was revealed for the first time. It was massive, and seemed to have a few different sections that moved independently from each other. Although huge, the rig was simplistic, in that was a series of rows of lights that only used a simple palate of colors. They were more atmospheric than spectacle, and added to the minimalistic feel of the show instead of being overwhelming. “Flashing Lights” showcased the lights even more, as Kanye stood on his small stage while lights moved over him from one side of the stage to the other.At times the light would shift positions, moving down to create a pattern that would essentially trap Kanye on one side of the arena for a song or two while bringing the lights closer to the crowd. Because the crowd on the floor was so lit up, it was like an inspiration for everyone to go nuts. The floor was one of the most fun concert experiences I’ve had, as a result. Simply smiles, with everyone wanting to dance as hard as possible during their time in the spotlight. Kanye spent a good amount of time getting the crowd to sing along to his lyrics, and at points would seem to be rapping to specific people in the audience.At one point, Kanye pointed out his band, which consisted of a DJ, a synth player, and a singer, and it shined a light on the production involved in re-creating his music in the live setting. Sure, there were backing tracks being played by a DJ, but also the sound was augmented by vocals and synth playing with huge effects attached to them, giving the songs a different kind of pop that can only be described as loud. the loudness extended throughout the arena, as the sound system was based in the center of the room and not on one side or the other, giving the concert a surround sound feel (with extremely heavy bass).At times, Kanye knelt down to get closer to the rabid crowd, and at one point he laid down and reached his hand down, inspiring a number of people to try to jump and touch him. One lucky fan was able to reach Kanye during “Runaway”, and the whole audience went nuts. In that moment, it felt like that one fan was an ambassador for us all, connecting with this huge superstar for a moment. It was a cool gesture, given his artistic entrapment caused by the stage design. As “Runaway” started, Kanye boasted that this concert had sold more tickets than any other event in the history of Madison Square Garden, and, with no stage on the floor to take up space, it certainly looked and felt that way.If you have a chance to see Kanye West on this tour, and you even somewhat like his music: go. You will be completely surprised at just how captivating one man and a microphone can be.
Summer Camp Music Festival is truly one of the mainstays of the live music scene, as host bands moe. and Umphrey’s McGee never fail to organize a top tier event. Set to return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, the festival has revealed an exciting lineup for their 2017 event.Aside from moe. and Umphrey’s, the headliners for this year’s festival include Trey Anastasio Band, Primus, Run The Jewels, and Mike Gordon. Further entries include The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Destructo, EOTO, The Floozies, Ganja White Night, Hippie Sabotage, Keller Williams’ KWahtro, Manic Focus, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Rezz, Slander, Tommy Trush and The Wood Brothers.The good times keep going with this Summer Camp lineup, as artists like Eric Krasno Band, Escort, Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real, New Orleans Suspects, SunSquabi, TAUK, A Tribe Called Red, Twiddle, The Werks and White Denim come in at tier three. But there’s more in tier four! Amasa Hines, Aqueous, CBDB, Dead Horses, Jaw Gems, Kitchen Dwellers, The Lil’ Smokies, Maddy O’Neal, Marcus King Band, Organ Freeman, Ripe, Spafford, and Sun Stereo will also be playing at Summer Camp this year.This is only the initial lineup, so there’s going to be even more coming great music to be announced before the festival kicks off in May. You can see the full announcement poster below, and head to the Summer Camp website for details.
Dan Auerbach is making a name for himself as a solo artist in the presentation of his second-ever LP Waiting on a Song. Following his 2009 Keep It Hid, The Black Keys/The Arcs guitarist and vocalist is set to drop the record on June 2, 2017. Last month, he shared the album’s first single “Shine On Me,” featuring Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.Today, Auerbach shares “King of a One Horse Town,” which he wrote for “anyone who’s scared of the outside world.” In a press statement, he continues, “Anyone who’s afraid to go beyond their own block for fear of failure. It could be a drug dealer. A drunk. A professor. That’s a feeling any of us can relate to.” The song showcases the “old school” music that Auerbach plans to revitalize.Watch the music video for “King of a One Horse Town” below:Watch the music video for “Shine On Me” below: Waiting on a Song Tracklist:01. Waiting on A Song02. Malibu Man03. Livin’ in Sin04. Shine on Me05. King of a One Horse Town06. Never in My Wildest Dreams07. Cherrybomb08. Stand by My Girl09. Undertow10. Show Me
Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Father John Misty appeared as the evening’s musical guest. Josh Tillman and company are currently on tour in support of the new album Pure Comedy, and performed the single “Total Entertainment Forever” in support of such. For this performance of the song, he recruited Joe Russo to play percussion. The Joe Russo’s Almost Dead drummer can be seen on the upper right side of the stage playing the congas in this spectacular version of “Total Entertainment Forever.”Watch the song’s performance below, which begins with the lyrics “Bedding Taylor Swift / Every night on the Oculus Rift,” below:
The critically acclaimed Netflix original series, Stranger Things, came out on July 15th of last year and quickly made waves with its nostalgic 80’s aesthetic, impeccable casting, and its finely tuned blend of humor, horror, and suspense. Perhaps one of the most recognized aspects of the popular show is its opening theme, which captures the mystery of the series and its throwback setting with its stripped-down and unsettling theme songwith its menacing musical swells that work their way across the series itself. The original Stranger Things soundtrack continues with this vibe, and true to the 80’s vibe meticulously crafted in the show, will be coming to your home or car via cassette.Stranger Things Star Finn Wolfhard Plays Guitar On Mac DeMarco’s Shoulders In Atlanta [Video]The Stranger Things soundtrack — which features the music of Kyle Dixon and S U R V I V E — was released in two volumes, and both will be released on red cassette in addition to the vinyl box set released earlier this year and the digital streaming services they’re already available on. Each cassette continues to riff of the aesthetic of the show, with blood red cassettes, cases that are fashioned to look like VHS tapes (remember those?), and covers of the Strangers Things artwork that play off of the popular poster motifs that informed the promotional artwork of some of our favorite movies from the 80’s. The soundtrack cassette release is coming to the shelves on July 14th via Lakeshore, one day before the one-year anniversary of the Netflix original show, which should keep fans satiated (if they can figure out how to play them) until the second season of the show is released around Halloween of this year. Hilariously, though perhaps unsurprisingly, the cassette release of the Stranger Things soundtrack will be exclusively sold at Urban Outfitters, because, duh.
San Diego-area KAABOO Del Mar is celebrating their third year this weekend. Bringing a new kind of entertainment and arts experience, KAABOO is a voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and taste making events in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the Pacific. LiveList will power the live stream experience for those festival-goers that can’t make it this year by providing a weekend-long, 20-hour stream covering music, culture, art, and more. The 3-day interactive experience will feature performances, backstage interviews and more from over 20 internationally known artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, X Ambassadors, Jane’s Addiction, T-Pain, Jason DeRulo, DJ Diesel (Shaq), Machine Gun Kelly, Logic, and more. Additional segments will be hosted by Scott Russo of Unwritten Law, and will include interactive elements such as real-time polling and social hashtagging.Saturday’s lineup includes PiNK, Muse, Jane’s Addiction, Ice Cube, Logic, Garbage, The Wallflowers, Machine Gun Kelly, The Knocks, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lany, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Lost Kings, The Him, The Tubes, Sam Sparro, and more.Thanks to LiveList, you can live stream most of the festival in the video below: Sunday will continue with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Andy Grammer, +Live+, Milky Chance, T-Pain, Pepper, Pete Yorn, Trevor Hall, and more.LiveList is the largest aggregator of live music streams in the world, and with their expanding set of tools for content creators, the LiveChannel experience enables fans to actively engage around the shared live content with audiences from around the world; chatting, posting messages through hashtags, writing articles and engaging in real-time polls throughout the live experience.See below for the full KAABOO schedule.
As you can see in the movie, Ms. Howe is a passionate music educator, and her students love her for it. The students in Howe’s kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms are able to use the the instruments on varying levels. “I just felt so honored and empowered and I know my students felt the same way,” Howe said. “To say, ‘Hey, these people liked our school so much and our class so much that they choose us to give money too. You guys are musicians, you’re real musicians because these real musicians choose to honor that by giving you money.’”**Watch the video here**Thanks to the Mockingbird Foundation for all you do bringing music education to our nation’s future generations, and to Khara Howe for showing the kids of Winston-Salem the magic of music.To donate to the Mockingbird Foundation, head to the non-profit’s website.[h/t – WXII Winston-Salem] In celebration of Phish’s 13-show Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden this past summer, the board of the Mockingbird Foundation–a non-profit started and run by Phish fans to help promote youth music education–identified 13 of their favorite Phish shows and donated “miracle grants” to worthy music programs near where each show took place (learn more about the program here).One of those donations this summer, given in honor of Phish’s 11/23/97 show in Winston-Salem, was awarded to the music program Winston-Salem, NC’s Easton Elementary School. Enthusiastic young music teacher Khara Howe initially submitted the application for the grant to the Mockingbird, and when her proposal was accepted, she decided to spend the money on simple instruments for her students to use in hopes of instilling them with a lasting love of music.Earlier this week, local news station WXII aired a package about the grant, the Easton Elementary music program, and the positive effect it is having on the kids of the town.