Tomorrow night, April 3rd, join Umphrey's McGee for an intimate evening at The Vic Theatre as Umphrey’s McGee & Nothing Too Fancy Music present the Chicago premiere of Reel To Real. The archival documentary dives deeply into the early years of the band’s existence, culled from hundreds of hours of never-before-seen camcorder footage from the van & trailer days.
It’s been forty years since mandolinist and bandleader David Grisman began playing with his Quintet, a band that bended more genres into the bluegrass/acoustic idiom that ever before. His groundbreaking compositions sat nicely with the school of acoustic gypsy-swing first popularized in the United States by guitarist Django Reinhardt and fiddle player Stephane Grappelli. Entirely different than the “newgrass” music from his contemporaries John Hartford and Sam Bush, “Dawg” music was and still is truly a form of its own.
Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain, based in Asheville, NC, releases their 5th studio album Southern Crescent on April 1, 2016 through LoHi Records. Produced and engineered by GRAMMY winner Dirk Powell, the album was recorded in Powell’s studio The Cypress House in Breaux Bridge, LA. It was mixed by Mixed by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground in Greenbrier, TN.
2015 saw Glass Caves sell out most of their debut album tour, support Augustines, headline London’s Koko and appear at Dot to Dot and Isle of Wight Festivals amongst others. Not to mention a national tour for ‘This Feeling’. Not bad for a band who spent the start of the year busking in some of the very same cities.
One week into their spring tour, Yonder and opening act Polecat are hitting on all cylinders. When asked about up and coming artists Dave Johnston, founding member and banjo player for Yonder, said they haven’t jammed with Polecat – yet.
Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favorite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation.
Easy Star All-Stars have announced their 2016 spring tour: kicking things off with their annual 420 show at The Highline Ballroom in their hometown of NYC (on April 20, of course), the band then heads out to the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions for two more weeks on the road.
Umphrey’s McGee concluded their 2016 Winter West Coast Tour at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The tour has been highlighted by a variety of bust-outs, debuts and collaborations and this night would prove to be no different. The crowd began filtering in more than 2 hours before Umphrey’s McGee was ready to start, and those that did were greeted with a fiery opening set from Prog-rock all-stars TAUK