Did I say one? Better make it two. While Dead & Company trounced Dallas this past Friday with a meaty rocker of a show, Saturday night in Austin received a more deliberate performance befitting the band’s early era of improvised exploration. Which was better? Well, that depends on the opinion of the most opinionated fans in music. But we can all agree that for one weekend there was a seventh flag flying over Texas: the Freak Flag.
An ever-changing visionary, Matisyahu has mastered the art of blending reggae, funk, hip-hop, and soul into a one-of-a-kind artistic experience. Currently touring in support of his 6th studio album Undercurrent, Matisyahu has brought his friend's Common Kings and Orphan along for the ride on the second leg of the Broken Crowns Tour.
The longtime bass player of the Eagles, Timothy B. Schmit, headlined a classic rock marathon at the ornate Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. Just getting to the event was a chore for music fans, as the entire block of Wilshire Boulevard directly in front of the teapot has been shut down for a massive construction project.
The Emerald Cup, the premier outdoor medical marijuana competition, is an annual gathering of the cannabis tribe and a celebration of the fall harvest. October’s disastrous wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties have devastated the cannabis community, friends and colleagues of The Emerald Cup ranging from loss of property and crops, to loss of life.
The Dead & Company concerts that were postponed due to John Mayer’s emergency appendectomy have been rescheduled for February 24th in New Orleans, February 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, and February 27th in Orlando. Tickets for the original shows will be honored at these newly announced 2018 dates. Should ticketholders choose to seek a refund, they will be available at point of purchase.
It was a spare crowd that greeted the band when they took the stage to play “Shakedown Street” but it grew pretty quickly. It seemed to me that a hundred people even on the last day of November was a fairly low turnout. Ashland is invariably a “slow show” crowd and soon afterward there was at least a couple hundred. They were treated to a show that was also a slow burner.
Award-winning guitarist STEPHANE WREMBEL, specialized in the Django Reinhardt style, will release The Django Experiment III on his own Water Is Life Records on January 23, 2018, which marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of Reinhardt, who is widely considered one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century.
After a triumphant return to the UK last week with another stint of sold-out shows including London Islington’s Assembly Hall, US sensation Nahko has released the official video for his latest single ‘Be Here Now’. The track is taken from his eclectic new album My Name Is Bear, which was released in October.