Fri, 05/17/2013 - 6:37 am

Interlocken, a 4-day music festival, with an emphasis on world class music, locally sourced food and sustainability, is confirmed to take place September 5 – 8 at Oak Ridge Farm at the foot of the Blue Ridge in Central Virginia, a mere 35 miles south of Charlottesville, and approximately 100 miles from both Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Furthur, Zac Brown, The String Cheese Incident, and The Black Crowes will perform. Many of the artists will be performing at Interlocken over multiple days, and will be featured in unique and exciting artist pairings - with additional artists to be announced soon.

Interlocken was created by industry veterans Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro. Frey founded the HORDE Festival while Shapiro owned New York City’s historic rock club, “Wetlands Preserve.” He also produced U2’s award-winning film U23D and currently publishes Relix Magazine as well as being the proprietor of Brooklyn Bowl and The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. With the pedigree of these two producers, Interlocken is set to be one of the country’s most unique and dynamic events. Frey and Shapiro’s sense for innovation and creativity together with the backdrop of this beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains is certain to make for an unforgettable weekend.

Interlocken was named for traditions central to both Frey and Shapiro: The inter-locking performances presented at Wetlands and the continuous uninterrupted music featured between the two stages at HORDE. Interlocken’s conceptual theme will touch all elements of the event: “when something ends, another begins.” This simple yet powerful ethos of sustainability will be integrated into camping, lodging, food, drink, transport offerings as well as specialized onsite activities.
 
“Most festivals these days are trying to be everything to everyone -- very eclectic with an emphasis on a large number of artists in various genres,” says Shapiro. “With Interlocken, we want to break away from that mold and create something more identifiable and distinct.”

Interlocken's two main stages will feature full two-hour sets that will run seamlessly from one to the other without breaks between performances, giving the audience a unique and singular experience as the music will be continuous throughout the weekend. The emphasis will be on quality over quantity, as fewer bands will be playing longer sets and many of the featured artists will perform multiple sets on different days.
 
After looking at several sites around the US, Frey and Shapiro decided upon Oak Ridge in Nelson County for its majestic beauty, size, and proximity to Charlottesville. Its infrastructure and acreage allow it to naturally accommodate mass gatherings. The estate has 4,800-plus-acres and is privately owned; it was originally deeded to two Bristol merchants by the King of England. The most well known owner was Thomas Ryan, a Wall Street financier, who used the property as a rural retreat and built a professional sized steeplechase racetrack for his horses and a private railroad station. After the Holland family purchased Oak Ridge in 1989, John C. Holland, Jr. placed high priority on restoring the Oak Ridge racetrack using reclaimed building materials. The festival will take place on that racetrack, which is the length of six football fields. The town of Arrington in Nelson County has a stop sign, a post office, a general store and a recycling center. Over the past 10 years, local craft breweries and, most recently, local hard cider distilleries, have joined several local wineries -- some dating back to the Thomas Jefferson era. Nelson County is a well-known destination for the outdoor recreation enthusiast and is becoming a hotbed of locally made small-batch craft spirits. The festival will offer general camping in the stunning surrounding Blue Ridge area as well as VIP camping inside the concert site.

“We are very excited to welcome the Interlocken festival to Oak Ridge,” says Oak Ridge owner Rhonda Holland.  “Several concert promoters have approached us in the past about using the track.  We have always been concerned about the impact that this would have on the surrounding community and the land.  Dave and Peter have a history of caring about the communities and land where they produce events.  We look forward to working with the Interlocken team for many years to come."

Since both Frey and Shapiro have a strong history of running environmentally conscious organizations, Interlocken will be a particularly green undertaking, utilizing carbon offsetting, locally sourced food, recycling programs and many more initiatives. The festival has engaged a person closely associated with the property who is a local sustainable food provider to help Interlocken source food, beverages and services from the Central Virginia.

“As a life-long concert goer, Peter has a fan-first approach to the events he produces and I think his audiences respond to that as they feel his respect and generosity,” says Frey. “He creates events that he would want to attend himself, and that really sets them apart from everything else out there.”

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:37 pm

Justin Townes Earle has announced additional tour dates in North America this fall, including shows in Nashville, Atlanta, and Dallas. These new dates follow his upcoming September and October tour in support of the imminent release of his new album, Single Mothers.

Justin Townes Earle’s fifth studio album, Single Mothers, will be released on September 9 on Vagrant Records and available for  pre-order the on iTunes now, which comes with two instant-grat tracks “White Gardenias,”(which Consequence of Sound calls “ (a song that) plays like a ballad for a runaway lover”) and “Time Shows Fools,” (which Vice hails as “beautiful and everything we love about Mr. Earle). Links to listen to each track, and preorder the album below.

Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana.  As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. “One day I just realized it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin laughs as he reflects on a life past and his new found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma

Justin Townes Earle On Tour:

9/16 Alexandria VA @ The Birchmere

9/17 Alexandria VA @ The Birchmere

9/18 Pittsburgh PA @ Mr Smalls

9/19 Rochester NY @ Water Street Music Hall

9/20 Cleveland OH @ Downtown Festival- House of Blues

9/21 Detroit MI @ The Majestic

9/23 Chicago IL @ The Vic Theatre

9/24 Madison WI @ Barrymore Theater

9/25 Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue

9/26 Lincoln NE @ Bourbon Theatre

9/27 Boulder CO @ Fox Theatre

9/28 Salt Lake City UT @ The State Room

9/30 Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom

10/01 Seattle WA @ The Neptune

10/05 Napa CA @ City Winery Napa

10/06 Los Angeles CA @ El Rey

10/07 Solano Beach CA @ Belly Up

11/07 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

11/08 Memphis, TN @ 1884 at Minglewood

11/09 Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall

11/10 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey

11/11 Austin, TX @ Emo's

11/13 New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre

11/14 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

11/15 Jacksonville, FL @ Colonial Quarters

11/16 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall

11/17 Charlotte, NC @ Mcglohon Theater

11/19 Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre

11/20 Nashville, TN @ The Ryman

11/21 Atlanta, GA @ Variety

11/22 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle

11/23 Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:50 pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band are among the signature acts to bring their fire and spirit to the Lockn' Music Festival. After performing at Lockn' in 2013 and 2014, they'll be back in September for year three, which makes them the ideal artists to launch a new music venue in a natural amphitheater setting at the festival site.

On Saturday April 18th , Lockn' will present a special performance by the group at the new Blue Ridge Bowl at Lockn' Farm. To honor their association with the festival, this is a FREE event for all Lockn' 2015 ticket holders.  Anyone who has already purchased, or purchases a Lockn' 2015  ticket before April 18th, will receive a free General Admission ticket to the Blue Ridge Bowl show.

"Peter Shapiro and I are thankful that so many people have already bought tickets for Lockn' 2015," says Lockn' co-founder Dave Frey.  "We hope Lockn' 2015 ticket holders will appreciate that this show will be free for them.  We're also announcing more Lockn' artists later in the week."

Tickets are also available to the general public and go on-sale Tuesday, February 3rd at 10am. VIP, GA, Student and Military tickets are available at  www.blueridgebowl.com or by calling 800-594-TIXX (8499).    

The Blue Ridge Bowl is Virginia's newest outdoor amphitheater located on Lockn' Farm adjacent to the historic Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. Both Lockn' Farm and Oak Ridge Farm are home to the annual Lockn' Music Festival.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:43 am

On Thursday, May 14, an extraordinary collection of music stars will come together at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, for the concert event of a lifetime, DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA, to honor one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time. The concert event will feature performances by: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & the Kids, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Eric Church, Greensky Bluegrass, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and Communion featuring Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale Friday March 13 at 10am ET via Ticketfly.com or by phone at 877-4FLY-TIX. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Merriweather Post Pavilion West Box Office Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm, or at the 9:30 Club Box Office. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 10th at 12pm ET through Thursday, March 12th at 10pm. For more information visit citiprivatepass.com. The Merriweather Post Pavilion parking lot will open at 3:30pm. Doors will be at 5:30pm and the show will begin at 7pm.

Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show.  Grammy Award-winner Don Was serves as music director, and will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. Was and Wortman recently teamed to produce large-scale concert events, music releases, and broadcast specials honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon HelmDr. John, Gregg AllmanMavis Staples and Emmylou Harris amongst others. DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional and digital media. The event will be co-produced by the Jerry Garcia family.

"It's exciting to have so many phenomenal artists performing in this special musical tribute to my dad, Jerry Garcia!" says Trixie Garcia. "DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA speaks volumes to Jerry's lasting influence in the ears and hearts of his fans and fellow musicians. Join us in celebrating the legacy that inspired so many."

"Jerry gave his heart, soul, and music to his band mates, fellow musicians, and to millions of fans around the world," said Wortman. "Whether playing in the Grateful Dead, his acoustic and bluegrass bands or his beloved Jerry Garcia Band, his songs made us happy just to be alive. As all of us in the extended Grateful Dead family embark on celebrating 50 years of their music, I can't think of a more fitting way to kick-off the festivities than by honoring Jerry and his songs at this extraordinary event. I am privileged and humbled to be working with theses artists to deliver such a special event to the fans - it will be unforgettable."

"Jerry made us fall in love with the possibilities of music," said Was. "Getting to play his songs with these artists is a dream realized for all of us."

FOR ALL SHOW DETAILS AND THE OFFICIAL SHOW WEBSITE PLEASE GO TO:

http://dearjerryconcert.com

#dearjerryconcert

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:49 am

LA rock quartet Dawes took to the Ed Sullivan Theater at the request of David Letterman himself Wednesday, April 22, to perform "Things Happen," the first single off their highly anticipated forthcoming full-length album titled All Your Favorite Bands (HUB Records, Tuesday, June 2). As a special gift to the show's parting host, Dawes also performed a touching rendition of the classic Warren Zevon song "Desperados Under The Eaves" immediately following the taping which will be available as a Web exclusive next week. Their appearance adds to an already storied Late Show With David Letterman run for Dawes who have performed on the show a number of times over the course of their four-album career. Check out the performance of "Things Happen" HERE.

Dawes have also recently announced their June and July headline tour in support of All Your Favorite Bands. The upcoming run will include appearances at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Tour, dates supporting Hozier, and headline performances with a host of supporting acts such as Langhorne Slim, The Lone Bellow, Gill Landry, Sam Outlaw, First Aid Kit and more. The general ticket on-sale starts today at 10 a.m. local time HERE.

Produced by David Rawlings at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN, All Your Favorite Bands is Dawes' fourth album and second on their own label. The album includes nine bracing new original recordings written by Taylor Goldsmith, except for the title track, which was co-written with Jonny Fritz. The album highlights the outstanding musicianship of Taylor (lead vocals, guitar), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, background vocals), Wylie Gelber (bass) and Tay Strathairn (keyboards, background vocals) that Dawes fans around the world have come to cherish. All Your Favorite Bands also features the vocal support of Gillian Welch and The McCrary Sisters, as well as David Rawlings on guitar and vocals, Richard Bennett on acoustic guitar and Paul Franklin on pedal steel. Pre-order the album at iTunes or visit http://www.pledgemusic.com/dawes for deluxe packages. NPR's "First Watch" premiered the new video for the album's first single, "Things Happen," and it can be seen HERE YouTube HERE.

Where in the past, Dawes developed their songs in the studio and took them to new heights as they evolved on the road, this time they decided to go in the opposite direction. Before going into Woodland Sound, they hit the road for two weeks of small club dates in their native California with producer Rawlings in tow. Night after night, the band road-tested the new material as Rawlings stood in the crowd taking notes. The five of them would discuss the set after each show and break the songs down, tear them apart and build them again so by the time they arrived in Nashville after a summer of touring opening for Conor Oberst and performing as his band, they were already stretching out and comfortable with them. The Rawlings production is raw and not overwrought, while the band's playing and signature group singing is meticulous, and Taylor's poetry is intuitive and piercing, as he uncovers nuances in people's relationships with each other and the world around them.

"Despite taking these songs on the road a little before heading into the studio, the only things we've ever been concerned with are honoring the songs and the inspired moments that come from truly playing together and reacting to each other," says Taylor. "With this new record, all the lead vocals, guitar solos, simultaneous piano and organ and of course bass and drums were all done at the same time. And listening back, we really felt like we were listening to the way we thought we sounded. And that's all we could ever want."

Dawes will be making the following North American appearances in support of All Your Favorite Bands this summer. Tour dates below.

JUNE
02 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
05 - Seaside Heights, NJ - Gentlemen of the Road: Seaside Heights Beach    
06 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre ~~
07 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage
09 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall ~~
10 - Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park *
11 - Indianapolis, IN - Farmer's Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
14 - Cincinnati, OH - Horseshoe Cincinnati (The Shoe) *
16 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion *
17 - Charlotte, NC - The Uptown Amphitheater at the Music Factory *
19 - Waverly, IA - Gentlemen of the Road: Wartburg College Athletic Fields
20 - Madison, WI - The Capitol Theatre ^
21 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant ^
24 - Dallas, TX - Annette Strauss Square at AT&T Performing Arts Center ^
25 - Austin, TX - Stubb's ^
26 - Aurora, IL - Two Brothers Summer Festival
27 - Peoria, IL - Limelight Eventplex ~~

JULY
07 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory &
09 - Calgary, AB - Republik &
10 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room &
11 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
12 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze Plaza #
15 - Sioux Falls, SD - Orpheum Theatre +
17 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Theatre &
18 - Appleton, WI - Lawrence Chapel +
20 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix &
21 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground &
24 - Camden, NJ - Xponential Music Festival
27 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage ◊
28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE (Outdoors) *
29 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadowbrook Amphitheater *
31 - Council Bluff, IA - Harrah's Hotel & Casino - Stir Cove

AUGUST
02 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks *
14 - Walla Walla, WA - entlemen of the Road: Whitman College Athletic Fields
21 - Salida, CO - Gentlemen of the Road: Vandaveer Ranch

SEPTEMBER
19 - Templeton, CA - Beaverstock
20 - Del Mar, CA - Kaaboo

~~ = Gill Landry support   
* = with Hozier   
^ = Langhorne Slim support
& = Sam Outlaw support   
# = Lake Street Dive and The Lone Bellow support
+ = The Lone Bellow support   
◊ = with First Aid Kit and Andy Shauf

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:17 pm

Lockn' Festival is excited to announce Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Carlos Santana.  Lockn' is also announcing the full 2015 line-up and daily schedule.  The four-day festival takes place September 10-13 on the beautiful Oak Ridge and Lockn' Farms in Arrington, Virginia.

Artist collaborations continue to be the highlight of Lockn', offering once-in-a-lifetime performances that may never be seen again.  These sets are often planned and rehearsed, but because the Lockn' artists are such masters of their craft, many are spontaneous and artist initiated.

Several artists perform two shows over two days fostering artists exposure to each other and the audience getting to hear some deep tracks.  This year Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, and Phil Lesh & Friends will make two unique appearances.  Phil Lesh & Friends performs one show with special guest Carlos Santana, Warren Haynes, Barry Sless, Rob Barraco & John Molo, and then a second show with Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, Eric Krasno and Tony Leone.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen: A Tribute to Joe Cocker hosted by Tedeschi Trucks Band and featuring original band members Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge with Dave Mason, Chris Robinson, Doyle Bramhall II and more.

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane featuring Rachael Price (of Lake Street Drive), GE Smith, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and others.

The String Cheese Incident will perform a special set with the legendary Doobie Brothers as "The Doobie Incident" presenting the classic catalog in a unique and unforgettable performance.

This year's lineup also features Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & The Kids with special guest Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey's McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Little Feat, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Chuck Leavell, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Soulive, North Mississippi Allstars, Anders Osborne, Melvin Seals & JGB with John Kadlecik, Hot Tuna, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Jayhawks, Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel, Galactic, Soulive, Deer Tick, Strangefolk, Moonalice, Fishbone, The Oh Hellos & more to be announced.

Lockn' is heralded by media, artists and fans alike as one of the best run and most unique festivals in the country.  Lockn' Festival features on-site camping, local food, craft beer, lifestyle events, biking and hiking tours, daily yoga, SoberLockn', family camping and so much more.

Tickets are on-sale now and for all the details - www.locknfestival.com

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:21 am

The Lockn' Festival presents an evening with Leon Russell on Saturday, July 11th at the new Locknwood stage on Lockn' Farm in Arrington, Va.

This exclusive FREE show is only open to Lockn' 2015 ticket holders. You must have bought or buy a Lockn' 2015 ticket by show time to attend.

Opening the show will be Charlottesville favorites and 2014 Rockn' to Lockn' winners Erin & The Wildfire.

To purchase Lockn' 2015 tickets and/or RSVP for your free passes to Leon Russell, visit www.locknfestival.com.

Leon Russell is best known as the band leader for Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and he will be performing with Mad Dogs and Englishmen, a Tribute to Joe Cocker, in an exclusive appearance at Lockn' 2015 along with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson and others.

Russell is a Grammy Award winning writer, producer and arranger whose music has been performed by Elton John, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Willie Nelson, George Harrison and so many more.

The 2015 Lockn' Festival will be held September 10­13th at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia and will also feature Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters, Phil Lesh & Friends with Carlos Santana, Jorma & Jack celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Incident featuring The Doobie Brothers with The String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more.

For more detail on Lockn' Festival, tickets and the exclusive free show with Leon Russell go to www.locknfestival.com.

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:43 am

Having just played a triumphant and powerful Bonnaroo performance this past weekend, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space are far from ready to stop touring in support of what many critics are calling his greatest solo album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch/Warner Bros). Records. Today, the band is announcing new fall dates, including two shows at Lockn' Music Festival, as well as rescheduled ones to make up for last week's postponed shows in Toronto, Detroit and Chicago. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled shows. The complete list of dates is below. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 19 at 10am EDT via robertplant.com.

lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar was named one of the top 50 albums of the year by NPR, which said, "At 66, the singer is still a majestic rock presence, at peace with the legacy of his hard-rock-defining band Led Zeppelin, while remaining relentlessly creative in his solo work. But on his 10th solo album, Plant does pause by those waters to consider the aesthetic, emotional and spiritual currents that have shaped his illustrious life. He finds himself, characteristically, not saddened but renewed... Not one of these songs sounds precisely like its source; that's the genius of this album. It lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past."

Plant described lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar as, "a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep." He continues, "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music..." The Sensational Space Shifters are Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.

The album received some of the best reviews of Plant's solo career, with the Wall Street Journal saying, "Robert Plant knows where rock's past begins and he's pulling it into the future," and the New York Times stating that "On lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, Mr. Plant often sings in an otherworldly voice: sustained, androgynous, balanced between serenity and ache." Pitchfork noted that "Lullaby sees Plant stepping up with his first batch of original songs in nearly a decade, answering his band's derring-do with some of the most bravely confessional writing of his career," while Noisey raved, "Plant's aged gracefully, growing into a sound that's more finessed and even, at times, elegant. These aren't the recordings of some old dude lost in a music studio messing around with the funny-shaped knobs on a mixer. Plant's still got it, using his experience and vision to blend sounds of the world with blues to form music that's weirdly cohesive and progressive, all supporting his distinguished and defined voice."

The Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters Fall 2015 tour dates are below:

 

September

10 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadowbrook Music Festival

12 - 13 - Arrington, VA - Lockn' Music Festival

15 - Toronto, ONT - Molson Amphitheatre

18 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

20 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

23 - Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 9:45 am

The Lockn' Festival is thrilled to announce that Jimmy Cliff will be returning to Lockn' Festival 2015. This will be a special collaborative set with Cliff sitting in with Lockn' Festival veterans Widespread Panic.

Jimmy Cliff delivered one of the audience's favorite sets in the festival's inaugural year 2013, with many describing it as a "religious experience" for them. The legendary Jimmy Cliff has one of the most recognizable voices in reggae. He is a Grammy award winning musician, actor, singer, songwriter, producer, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and a voice of power and conscience.

The 2015 Lockn' Festival will be held September 10-13th at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia and will also feature Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters (two nights), Phil Lesh & Friends with Carlos Santana, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a Tribute to Joe Cocker ft. Tedeschi Trucks Band, original tour alumni and many more, Jorma & Jack celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Incident featuring The Doobie Brothers with The String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more.

For more detail on Lockn' Festival and to purchase tickets go to www.locknfestival.com or call 1-800-594-TIXX.

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 1:01 pm

On Friday, September 11, 2015, Lockn' Festival presents an exclusive performance of Mad Dogs & Englishmen, hosted and curated by Tedeschi Trucks Band and featuring Leon Russell with many original members of the famed tour, as well as additional special guests, to take place at Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia. 

READ THE ROLLING STONE STORY HERE

In 2013, Lockn' Festival and Tedeschi Trucks Band began discussions to collaborate with Joe Cocker for a special event.  This planned collaboration would have brought together Tedeschi Trucks Band with Joe Cocker and some original members of Mad Dogs & Englishmen and other guest artists.

The idea was well received, but sadly, Joe Cocker died, after a long illness, in December 2014.  However, the idea has survived.

In his honor, Tedeschi Trucks Band will host Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, exclusive to the 2015 Lockn' Festival, to celebrate Joe Cocker.  This not-to-be-missed event will feature a lineup that must be seen to be believed.

Original Mad Dogs & Englishmen members include: Leon Russell (guitar and keyboards), Rita Coolidge (vocals), Bobby Jones (vocals), Claudia Lennear (vocals - 20 Feet From Stardom), Chris Stainton (keyboards - Eric Clapton, The Who), Chuck Blackwell (percussion - Everly Brothers), Bobby Torres (percussion), Pamela Polland (vocals - Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt), Matthew Moore (vocals) and Daniel Moore (vocals).

Special guests include: Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Dave Mason (Traffic), Doyle Bramhall II, Anders Osborne (Galactic),  Alecia Chakour (Warren Haynes Band), Shannon McNally and more.

The 2015 Lockn' Festival is September 10-13 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia and will also feature Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters performing 2 nights with 2 different sets, Phil Lesh & Friends with Carlos Santana, Jorma & Jack celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, Widespread Panic with special guest Jimmy Cliff,  Gov't Mule, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Doobie Incident featuring The Doobie Brothers with The String Cheese Incident, Little Feat, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more.

For more complete line-up and details on Lockn' Festival  www.locknfestival.com

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 1:48 pm

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady celebrate 50 Years of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE with special guest performances on Friday, September 11th at the Lockn' Music Festival. The festival made a teaser video that is available now.

READ THE DAILY BEAST NEWS STORY HERE

It was 50 years ago this summer that Jefferson Airplane formed and quickly established themselves as the progenitors of the infamous San Francisco psychedelic rock sound.

With historic performances at Woodstock, Monterey Pop Festival, Altamont and other theaters, arenas and stadiums throughout the world, Jefferson Airplane had many Top 10 hits, including "Somebody To Love" and  "White Rabbit", sold millions of albums in the late 60's and early 70's, and influenced generations of rock music fans.

In 1972, Jorma and Jack left the band for creative reasons and have toured as Hot Tuna ever since.

In an exclusive Lockn' Festival engagement, they will be joined by Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive), G.E. Smith (formerly of SNL), Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm Band) Jeff Pehrson (Furthur), Justin Guip (Hot Tuna), and very special guest Bill Kreutzmann of Grateful Dead on drums.

The 2015 Lockn' Festival will be held September 10-13th  at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia and will also feature Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters performing two nights with two different sets, Phil Lesh & Friends with Carlos Santana, Mad Dogs & Englishmen: A Tribute to Joe Cocker featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell, 11 original Mad Dogs members, Chris Robinson and more,  Widespread Panic with special guest Jimmy Cliff,  Gov't Mule, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Doobie Incident featuring The Doobie Brothers with The String Cheese Incident, Little Feat, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more.

For more complete line-up and details on Lockn' Festival  www.locknfestival.com.

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:50 am

Lockn' Festival presents Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters for an exclusive two-night engagement that will feature two completely different sets on September 12 & 13, 2015. Plant has never done anything like this in his career, and it will undoubtedly make for some unique and historical moments.

Plant and the Space Shifters are touring in support of what many critics are calling his greatest solo album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch/Warner Brothers), and the performances have been receiving raves across the globe. Rolling Stone said the band's Bonnaroo set was "one of the festival's must-watch gigs," and the Los Angeles Times hailed: "Reaffirming that the ever-adventurous Plant has used his legacy as a launching pad rather than a resting place, the singer and his band the Sensational Space Shifters fuse new and old material with bluegrass melodies, Celtic percussion, African fiddle, spooky electronica and mike-stand-twirling rock...they succeed in fusing an untouchable legacy with a passion for experimentation."

The 2015 Lockn' Festival is September 10-13th at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA, and

will also feature Phil Lesh & Friends with Carlos Santana, an exclusive performance of Mad Dogs & Englishmen featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell and other special guests, Jorma & Jack celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, Widespread Panic with special guest Jimmy Cliff,  Gov't Mule, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Doobie Incident featuring The Doobie Brothers with The String Cheese Incident, Little Feat, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and many more.

For more complete line-up and details on Lockn' Festival  www.locknfestival.com.

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:43 am

The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are the latest additions to the lineup at the Lockn' Music Festival. Weir will perform as the Featured Guest Of The Day appearing in unique Artist collaborations on Saturday, September 12th. Hart will curate a "deep rhythm experience" at Lockn's forest stage during two consecutive one-­of-­a-­-kind late-night presentations-tuning The Woods with sound, lights, and vibrations for unprecedented multi-­--sensory sets-and performing a third evening on the main stage with EOTO.

In addition to Weir and Hart, Lockn' Festival features their Grateful Dead bandmates Phil Lesh, performing with Carlos Santana, Chris Robinson, Warren Haynes, and others, and Bill Kreutzmann, who will perform with both Billy & The Kids and Jorma & Jack Celebrating 50 Years Of Jefferson Airplane.

"It is an honor to be invited to share the stage at Lockn' Festival with my musical brothers and sister, Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Phil's Band as well as my talented wife, Cindy Blackman Santana," Santana told Billboard magazine. "Each bring their own unique vision and touch that will make for a rainbow explosion of sound, resonance, vibration that will touch everyone at the center of their heart. I know my brother, Jerry Garcia, will be smiling down on us as we compliment and soar into the heavens to create a new landscape of light & love, where time, space and gravity disappears and it is just the music and your heart."

"After the magic of the 'Fare Thee Well' shows, we knew we had to figure out how to have Bobby and Mickey at Lockn'," said festival co-­founder/co-­promoter Peter Shapiro. "All four of the guys are coming to do their own thing, but just to have them all there with us in Arrington is sure to mean a lot to our extended Grateful Dead family."

The 2015 Lockn' Festival is September 10-­13 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia and will also feature Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters performing two alternative sets over two nights, Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2015 Celebrate Joe Cocker With Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell, eleven original Mad Dogs members, and many more, Jorma & Jack Celebrate 50 Years Of Jefferson Airplane, Widespread Panic with Jimmy Cliff, Gov't Mule, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Doobie Incident, Little Feat, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and many more.

For more complete line-­up and details on Lockn'ʹ Festival www.locknfestival.com

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:52 am

American Roots Festival, LLC (a subsidiary of Blackbird Production Partners, LLC) and Live Nation are proud to announce the American Roots Music & Arts Festival. North Carolina's own Eric Church, headlines two days of an extraordinary line-up of artists including Modest Mouse, Sheryl Crow, The Roots, Willie Nelson, Warren Haynes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chris Stapleton, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and Greensky Bluegrass. Additional performers and special events will be announced in the coming weeks. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC.

The festival will also honor Raleigh and the Triangle area community by bringing music fans together with local food, beer, & crafts vendors at The Taste of Raleigh Food & Brews Celebration, scheduledto take place at the festival throughout the weekend.

Artist fan club and Citi® cardmember pre-sales begin Thursday August 6 at 10am edt through Sunday August 9 at 10pm edt. For complete Citi® cardmember pre-sale details through Citi's Private Pass® Program, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.  

Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday August 10 at 10am edt at LiveNation.com, via the Live Nation app, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone 800-745-3000. A range of dynamic VIP and travel packages will be available.

"Raleigh has an energy that celebrates the best in music, food and arts, making it the perfect place to launch the American Roots Music & Arts Festival. This incredible line-up headlined by North Carolina's own Eric Church along with The Taste of Raleigh Food & Brews Celebration will give music fans and the Raleigh community an unforgettable experience,"says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Production Partners, LLC.

"The American Roots Music & Arts Festival will be THE event of the season," says Wilson Howard, President Live Nation Southeast. "We could not be more excited to present such an incredible line-up of artists headlined by North Carolina's own Eric Church.  Live Nation and Blackbird are thrilled to bring a two-day festival of this magnitude to the Triangle area community.  Don't miss out!

The American Roots Music & Arts Festival initial line-up announcement is:

Eric Church (2 Nights)

Modest Mouse

Sheryl Crow

The Roots

Willie Nelson

Warren Haynes

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Grace Potter

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Chris Stapleton

Railroad Earth

Leftover Salmon

Greensky Bluegrass

 

FOR ALL FESTIVAL DETAILS AND THE OFFICAL FESTIVAL WEBSITE PLEASE GO TO: http://americanrootsfest.com

#amrootsfest

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:53 am
Opening of Campgrounds Delayed Until Further Notice and Thursday Performances Canceled
 
Earlier this evening, a severe thunderstorm with high winds passed over Lockn' and caused damage to the festival grounds, particularly the parking and campground area. The good news is that no one was injured and the entire team is focused on cleaning up and preparing for a great festival. The unfortunate news is that we will be forced to delay the opening of the campgrounds and cancel Thursday's performances in order to give the team the time necessary to make sure the festival grounds are safe for both our guests and our artists. 

Despite the inconvenience the storm has caused, we count ourselves lucky that everyone is safe and that we have three great days of music ahead of us.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Stay tuned for new campgrounds opening times and other updates.

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:03 am

Campgrounds at Lockn’ to open first thing Friday morning

Lockn’ attendees are welcome in Lynchburg at:

  • River Ridge Mall, 3405 Candlers Mtn Rd, there is plenty of parking and restaurants.
  • James River Conference Center, 400 Court Street, there are restaurants and attendees are welcome to stay in the parking lot overnight.
  • The Hillcats Stadium, 3176 Fort Avenue (enter off Oakley), attendees are welcome to stay in the parking lot overnight.

There are available hotels in Lynchburg and Charlottesville. We will provide regular updates and appreciate your patience while we work to provide a safe event site & an amazing festival.

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 7:44 pm

Florida based "Tropical Indie Pop" sextet The Hip Abduction are set to release their sophomore full length album Gold Under the Glow on March 11, 2016.  The Hip Abduction place heavy emphasis on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni) mixed with dub-reggae bass lines and funky afro-beat percussion. Gold Under the Glow captures the high-energy of The Hip Abduction's signature sound but with an added indie rock twist.  In celebration of the new album release, to be distributed by ILS Group/Caroline/Universal, the band will be headlining an East Coast tour this spring.

Gold Under the Glow was recorded in Nashville this past summer and produced by Dabney Morris (Wild Cub).  With Morris at the helm, The Hip Abduction reimagined their energetic world/reggae vibe by infusing indie pop overtones. The new release will feature tracks "Come Alive", which can currently be heard on Sirius XM JamOn and "Before We Lose Our Minds", the album's first official single set to be released in January 2016. Gold Under the Glow comes as follow-up to their 2013 self-titled release, The Hip Abduction, which landed the band at #5 on the Billboard reggae charts.

Before diving into a headlining tour with stops in New York, DC, The Carolinas, Alabama, and Florida this March, The Hip Abduction will hit the road in early 2016 with The Expendables and Zach Deputy Band.  Upcoming tour dates can be found below with additional spring dates to be announced soon!

For the most up to date information please visit thehipabduction.com.

THE HIP ABDUCTION TOUR DATES

1/27/16 - High Dive | Gainesville, FL *

1/28/16 - The Culture Room | Ft. Lauderdale, FL *

1/30/16 - House of Blues Orlando | Orlando, FL *

1/31/16 - Mavericks Live | Jacksonville, FL *

2/3/16 - The Masquerade | Atlanta, GA *

2/4/16 - Music Farm | Charleston, SC *

2/5/16 - House of Blues Myrtle Beach | Myrtle Beach, SC *

2/6/16 - The Norva | Norfolk, VA *

3/4/16 - The Hall @ MP | Brooklyn, NY

3/5/15 - Dogfish Head Brewery Company | Rehoboth Beach, DE

3/6/16 - The Hamilton | Washington, DC

3/9/19 - Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC

3/11/16 - The Pourhouse | Charleston, SC

3/12/16 - National Whitewater Center Green River Revival | Charlotte, NC

3/13/16 - Zydeco | Birmingham, AL

3/14/16 - 30aticketing.com Presents at The Hub | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

3/16/16 - High Dive | Gainesville, FL

3/17/16 - Terra Fermata | Stuart, FL

3/18/16 - Jannus Live | St. Petersburg, FL

3/19/16 - Backbooth | Orlando, FL

3/20/16 - Slide Into Spring Festival | Fernandina Beach, FL

* w/ The Expendables, Zach Deputy Band

 

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 12:04 pm

Lockn' is very proud to announce the lineup for its fourth annual event. Phish will be making its first appearance at the festival with a two-night, four-set headlining slot on the Friday and Sunday of the weekend. This will mark the band's only festival performance in 2016. Ween, who are fresh off three reunion shows in Broomfield, CO that sold out instantly, will perform right before Phish on the Friday night. Another Lockn' first timer, the beloved My Morning Jacket will headline on the Saturday night.

"Phish has headlined their own festivals many times, but they have rarely played festivals with other bands performing," Lockn' co-founder Peter Shapiro told Rolling Stone. "So, this is going to be a big moment for their fans. To get to see Ween play right before Phish is the kind of unique musical moment that we created Lockn' for."

Also performing is an eclectic collection of some of the best live acts in the scene today, including: Joe Russo's Almost Dead on two different nights, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark, Jr., Galactic, Keller's Grateful Gospel, Lettuce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Turkuaz, Twiddle, Umphrey's McGee, Vulfpeck and White Denim. An array of additional artists will be unveiled soon. The four-day camping festival will take place from August 25-28 on the same beautiful Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.

General Admission and VIP tickets for Lockn' 2016 will go on sale this Friday, February 19 at 12 noon ET via http://www.locknfestival.com, as will on-site camping, RV and hotel and shuttle packages. Lockn' 2016 will take place August 25-28 and will henceforth take place on this final August weekend. The new dates will allow festival attendees greater access to hotels and RV rentals while easing stress on local government agencies, service providers, and the labor force required to put on such an epic event.

Along with its emphasis on musical invention and environmental sustainability, Lockn' also features an array of other activities, from on-site camping, locally sourced food, and craft beer to lifestyle events, biking and hiking tours, daily yoga, SoberLockn', family camping, and much more. Lockn' is also home to Participation Row, a Social Action Village that serves as host and hub for a variety of non-profits, facilitating action and other involvement by Lockn' Festivalgoers. Participation Row at Lockn' is sponsored by Qello Concerts, the largest streaming library of live concerts and music documentaries.

Widely praised by fans and media for being among the best run and uniquely creative festivals in the country, Lockn' 2016 is picking up where the 2015 event left off as it featured one of the most extraordinary bills in the festival's history with a line-up that saw several legendary artists performing two unique shows over two days, including Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring special guest Carlos Santana). Among LOCKN' 2015's other once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations were "'Mad Dogs & Englishmen: A Tribute to Joe Cocker,"' hosted by Tedeschi Trucks Band and featuring original band members Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge with Dave Mason, Chris Robinson, and Doyle Bramhall II, and "'Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane,"' featuring Rachael Price (of Lake Street Drive), GE Smith, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and others. The String Cheese Incident partnered with The Doobie Brothers as "'The Doobie Incident"' presenting the legendary band's classic catalog in an unforgettable one-set-only performance. In its history, Lockn' has also hosted Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, Wilco and many others.

From inception, Lockn' quickly established itself as a national festival on par with the best in the country. Now, with the announcement of Lockn' 2016's initial lineup, the festival continues to raise the bar for incomparable large scale creative programming as it cements its reputation as one of the premiere American concert events of the summer.

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:16 am

Florida based "Tropical Indie Pop" sextet The Hip Abduction are set to release their sophomore full length album Gold Under the Glow on March 11, 2016.  The Hip Abduction place heavy emphasis on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni) mixed with dub-reggae bass lines and funky afro-beat percussion. Gold Under the Glow captures the high-energy of The Hip Abduction's signature sound but with an added indie rock twist.  In celebration of the new album release, to be distributed by ILS Group/Caroline/Universal, the band will be headlining an East Coast tour this spring.

Gold Under the Glow was recorded in Nashville this past summer and produced by Dabney Morris (Wild Cub).  With Morris at the helm, The Hip Abduction re-imagined their energetic world/reggae vibe by infusing indie pop overtones. The new release will feature tracks "Come Alive", which can currently be heard on Sirius XM JamOn and "Before We Lose Our Minds", the album's first official single set to be released in January 2016. Gold Under the Glow comes as follow-up to their 2013 self-titled release, The Hip Abduction, which landed the band at #5 on the Billboard reggae charts.

For the most up to date information please visit thehipabduction.com.

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 1:45 pm

Eliot Lipp is a veteran musician and sound designer gearing up to release his 9th studio album, Come To Life (Old Tacoma Records, Pretty Lights Music) May 2016. After more than a decade living in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York (but equally home on the road), the intrepid producer returned to his roots in the Pacific Northwest before recording the album, much of which came together over a single inspired weekend.

Returning home provided Lipp with new inspirations for his blend of sampledelic funk and techno­ inspired hip­hop beats. The mossy green woods and snowy mountains of the Pacific Northwest were essential to the ambiance and texture of the sounds. The result is a digital landscape filled with beautiful analog creations.

"The music I make is a soundtrack to my life" explains Lipp.  "I made this record to help me stay positive while life was being a little rough on me. I discovered a therapeutic power in music I never knew existed."

Come To Life is a musical journey all the way through.  The album showcases many different musical stylings and shows off Lipp's musicianship. "Somewhere between the instrumental hip-hop on my first records and my more recent dance floor inspired beats, I found that a certain funk in all of that remains consistent. This new album is about an awakening so I felt it was important to dig back in to my musical past for inspiration. I came back with some well-rounded electronic grooves."

In anticipation of the album release, Lipp will hit the road for several dates across the country with Blockhead, as well as Late Night Radio and SuperVision.

Be sure to keep up at eliotlipp.com for up to date info, album news, and tour date announcements. 

[PRE ORDER NOW] 12" LPs and Cassettes will be available through Detroit's YHS Records, pre-order here.

ELIOT LIPP TOUR DATES

3.22 - Philadelphia, PA - Silk City*
3.23 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall*

3.24 - Boston, MA - Middle East*
3.25 - New York, NY - Slake*
3.26 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot*
3.27 - Montreal, QC - New Speak*
3.29 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlies*
3.30 - Louisville, KY - Zanzibar*
3.31 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall*
4.01 - Knoxville, TN - Concourse*
4.02 - Atlanta, GA - Iris Nightclub*
4.15 - Frisco, CO - Barkley
4.28 - Chicago, IL - 1st Ward @ Chop Shop∞
4.29 - St. Louis, MO - 2720™
4.30 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache™
5.04 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar*
5.05 - Los Angeles CA - Resident*
5.06 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom*
5.07 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge*
* w/ Blockhead
™ w/ Late Night Radio
∞ w/ Supervision

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:24 am

LOCKN' is excited to announce additions to an already stellar lineup, including EOTO, Hard Working Americans, Circles Around the Sun, Doobie Decibel System, Moon Taxi, Garcia's Forest and Donna the Buffalo. EOTO features members of The String Cheese Incident, Hard Working Americans includes members of Widespread Panic and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Doobie Decibel System has Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus), Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh & Friends) and Dan Leibowitz (ALO, Phil Lesh & Friends) in the band. Circles Around the Sun is a band that was put together by guitarist Neal Casal specifically to record just for the Fare Thee Well show intermissions. The results were so captivating and the audience response so overwhelmingly positive that the music was later given a proper release. Their appearance at LOCKN' will be their first live show ever.

The four-day camping festival, set to take place August 25 - 28 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA, is also presenting headliners Phish, who will be making its first appearance at the festival with a two-night, four-set slot on the Friday and Sunday of the weekend. This will mark the band's only festival performance in 2016. Ween will perform right before Phish on the Friday night. Another LOCKN' first timer, the beloved My Morning Jacket will headline on the Saturday night.

Also performing is an eclectic collection of some of the best live acts in the scene today, including: Joe Russo's Almost Dead on two different nights, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark, Jr., Galactic, Keller's Grateful Gospel, Lettuce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Turkuaz, Twiddle, Umphrey's McGee, Vulfpeck and White Denim. More artists will be announced soon.

General Admission and VIP tickets for LOCKN' 2016 are on sale now as are on-site camping, RV and hotel and shuttle packages.

Along with its emphasis on musical invention and environmental sustainability, LOCKN' also features an array of other activities, from on-site camping, locally sourced food, and craft beer to lifestyle events, biking and hiking tours, daily yoga, SoberLOCKN', family camping, and much more. "Garcia's Tent," a fan favorite at the previous two LOCKN's, will expand this year into its own environment, to be known as "Garcia's Forest."

LOCKN' is also home to Participation Row, a Social Action Village that serves as host and hub for a variety of non-profits, facilitating action and other involvement by LOCKN' Festivalgoers. Participation Row at LOCKN' is sponsored by Qello Concerts, the largest streaming library of live concerts and music documentaries.

Widely praised by fans and media for being among the best run and uniquely creative festivals in the country, LOCKN' 2016 is picking up where the 2015 event left off as it featured one of the most extraordinary bills in the festival's history with a line-up that saw several legendary artists performing two unique shows over two days, including Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring special guest Carlos Santana). Among LOCKN' 2015's other once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations were "'Mad Dogs & Englishmen: A Tribute to Joe Cocker,"' hosted by Tedeschi Trucks Band and featuring original band members Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge with Dave Mason, Chris Robinson, and Doyle Bramhall II, and "'Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane,"' featuring Rachael Price (of Lake Street Drive), GE Smith, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and others. The String Cheese Incident partnered with The Doobie Brothers as "'The Doobie Incident"' presenting the legendary band's classic catalog in an unforgettable one-set-only performance. In its history, LOCKN' has also hosted Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, Wilco and many others.

From inception, LOCKN' quickly established itself as a national festival on par with the best in the country. Now, with the announcement of LOCKN' 2016's initial lineup, the festival continues to raise the bar for incomparable large scale creative programming as it cements its reputation as one of the premiere American concert events of the summer.

 

The LOCKN' 2016 lineup to date is below:

Phish (Two Nights)

Ween (Two Nights)

My Morning Jacket

Plus:

White Denim

Vulfpeck

Umphrey's Mcgee

Twiddle

Turkuaz

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Moon Taxi

Lettuce

Keller's Grateful Grass

Keller's Grateful Gospel

Hard Working Americans

Garcia's Forest

Galactic

Gary Clark, Jr.

EOTO

Donna the Buffalo

Brandi Carlile

Circles Around the Sun

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (Two Nights)

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 8:14 pm

Blackbird Presents and Concord Bicycle Music are partnering to distribute three of Blackbird Presents’ most extraordinary concert events. The upcoming releases include “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” to be released via Concord Records and “The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration” and “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia,” both to be available via Rounder Records. All three will be available in a range of configurations, including CD, DVD, two-disc CD/DVD packages, and all digital formats. Blackbird is also poised to begin discussions with a range of broadcast outlets for these concert specials. Official street dates and complete tracklistings for all three releases will be announced soon.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Scott Pascucci and the entire Concord Music Group team at Concord and Rounder Records,” says Blackbird Presents CEO Keith Wortman. “They are the ideal partners to work with us in distributing our extraordinary releases to music fans of these artists around the world.

“Blackbird Presents consistently produces world-class artist tribute shows, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Keith and his team on these three projects,” stated Concord Bicycle Music CEO, Scott Pascuscci.

The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” a concert event honoring GRAMMY® Award-winning musical icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, was held at the historic Saenger Theatre in his beloved hometown of New Orleans. The evening featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen joining the Doctor for a raucous rendition of 1973’s classic hit, “Right Place Wrong Time.” From there Dr. John was joined onstage by a truly stellar lineup of friends and fans, including John Fogerty, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, Ryan Bingham, Warren Haynes, Aaron Neville among many others. The performers were backed by an all-star band led by GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was.

The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All- Star Concert Celebration” paid tribute to one of the most beloved singer/songwriters in the annals of American music at Washington, DC’s DAR Constitution Hall with such luminaries as Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Martina McBride along with many others took to the stage to honor Emmylou Harris. The iconic musician/producer Daniel Lanois, who produced Harris’ album “Wrecking Ball”, also took the stage to perform at this momentous occasion. GRAMMY® Award-winners Don Was and Buddy Miller served as music directors, leading an all-star backing band.

An extraordinary collection of artists came together at Columbia, MD’s Meriwether Post Pavilion for “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia,” honoring of one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of all time. The concert event – which kicked off last year’s Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebrations - saw a sold out house of more than 20,000 fans treated to performances by all surviving members of the band, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann in addition to performances by Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Frampton, Grace Potter, and many more.

About Blackbird Presents

Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events & festivals, broadcast series & specials, and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics. Blackbird’s productions center on the celebration of music legends and feature performances by today’s music stars creating unforgettable content.

Blackbird’s recent concerts, broadcast specials, and releases include “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings,” “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia,” “I’ll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris,” “Lynryd Skynrd: One More For The Fans,” “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music,” and “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal’s awe-inspiring performance of “Statesboro Blues.”

About Concord Bicycle Music:

Concord Bicycle Music is one of the largest independent, fully integrated recorded music and publishing companies in the world.

With offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville and Cleveland, Concord Bicycle Music is comprised of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company. Concord Music Group primarily manages the company’s recorded music activities, while The Bicycle Music Company oversees publishing and rights management.

Concord Bicycle Music is owned by Wood Creek Capital Management, Sound Investors, and seventy institutional and individual partners, including forty members of the company’s management team. Wood Creek is a leading investor in intellectual property assets including music, other copyrights, filmed content and patents and trademarks, with over $2.7 billion in committed capital.

Concord Bicycle Music’s portfolio of more than 10,000 active album recordings includes at least 369   RIAA certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum releases. Concord Bicycle Music’s songbook includes over 55,000 copyrighted works and more than 750 Billboard® chart hits.

The company’s celebrated family of labels includes Bicycle, Concord, Fantasy, Fearless, Hear Music, HighTone, Kidz Bop, Loma Vista, Milestone, Nitro, Prestige, Razor & Tie, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Telarc, Vanguard, Vee-Jay and Wind-up.

For additional information, please visit: www.blackbirdpresents.com and www.concordmusicgroup.com

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 9:16 am
LOCKN' has announced the "Friends" who will perform with Phil Lesh at this year's festival, including Jon Fishman & Page McConnell (Phish), Joe Russo (Joe Russo's Almost Dead) and The Infamous Stringdusters on Saturday, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood with a special guest sit-in by Gary Clark Jr. on Sunday. Saturday's Phil Lesh & Friends performance featuring Jon Fishman & Joe Russo will invoke the double-drumming spirit of the Grateful Dead.
 
The four-day festival will take place August 25 - 28 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA, presenting headliners Phish, who will make their first appearance at the festival with a two-night, four-set slot on Friday and Sunday of the weekend. This will mark the band's only festival performance in 2016. Recently reunited Ween will perform right before Phish on Friday night. Another LOCKN' first timer, the beloved My Morning Jacket will headline on Saturday night, playing their last shows of the year on the East Coast.
 
The LOCKN' 2016 lineup is below:
 
THURSDAY:
Ween
Umphrey's McGee
Vulfpeck
Joe Russo's Almost Dead (Blue Ridge Bowl Late)
EOTO (The Woods Late)
 
FRIDAY:
Phish
Ween
Peter Wolf (of the J. Geils Band)
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
White Denim
Vulfpeck
Turkuaz
Moogatu
Joe Russo's Almost Dead (Blue Ridge Bowl Late)
Circles Around the Sun (The Woods Late)
Donna The Buffalo (Blue Ridge Bowl Morning)
 
SATURDAY:
My Morning Jacket
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Phil Lesh & Friends ft. Jon Fishman, Page McConnell, Joe Russo & The Infamous Stringdusters
Brandi Carlile
Hard Working Americans
Galactic w/ Lee Oskar
Twiddle
Moon Taxi
DJ Williams Projekt
Lettuce (Blue Ridge Bowl Late)
Khruangbin (The Woods Late)
Keller Williams' Grateful Grass (Blue Ridge Bowl Morning)
 
SUNDAY:
Phish
Gary Clark Jr.
Phil Lesh & Friends ft. Chris Robinson Brotherhood w/ special sit-in by Gary Clark Jr. 
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
The Wailers
Twiddle
Doobie Decibel System
The Dharma Initiative
Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel (Blue Ridge Bowl Morning)
 
ALL 4 NIGHTS:
Garcia's Forest
Fri, 10/14/2016 - 2:30 pm

The Avett Brothers have released a video and a sneak peak of songs to be performed for their extraordinary upcoming concert event Dear Jerry: This Is 30! featuring special guest Warren Haynesone of two concerts honoring the music of Jerry Garcia coming to the DC/VA/MD area on October 14 and 15.

The once-in-a-lifetime concert event, produced by Blackbird Presents and the Jerry Garcia Family, will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Garcia's historic return to the concert stage by recreating a classic Jerry Garcia Band show from October 1986, plus performances of additional Garcia classics. The set list includes some of Jerry's most beloved songs and covers, including Mission in the Rain, Rubin And Cherise, Run for the Roses and Tangled Up in Blue.

"Jerry Garcia was one of the greatest interpreters of the modern American songbook. We are thrilled to perform these songs for Garcia, Grateful Dead and Avett Brothers fans at this very special concert event," said Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers. "It's always special anytime I get to perform with The Avett Brothers but being able to collaborate with them in performing this special Garcia show takes this to a whole different level," added legendary guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers/Gov't Mule/The Dead).

Dear Jerry: This Is 30! will take place Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Fairfax, VA's EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Tickets starting at $19.86 are on sale now via ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000and all Ticketmaster locations. For complete details go to http://dearjerrytwo.com/thisis30.

Dear Jerry: Let's Play 2 concert events kick off Friday, October 14, 2016 at Washington, DC's DAR Constitution Hall with an evening of performances highlighting material famously played by Garcia throughout his remarkable three-decade career. Jerry Uncovered: Exploring Jerry Garcia Through the JGB Songbook, a once-in-a-lifetime concert event, will showcase Garcia's voluminous range of styles, spanning rock to R&B, bluegrass to blues, with GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Don Was serving as Music Directors, along with a stacked lineup that includes Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, John Medeski and Raymond Weber.

JERRY UNCOVERED:

EXPLORING JERRY GARCIA THROUGH THE JGB SONGBOOK

OCTOBER 14 AT DAR CONSTITUTION HALL, WASHINGTON, DC

Warren Haynes

Alison Krauss

Jamey Johnson

John Medeski

Don Was

Raymond Weber

# # #

THIS IS 30!

A FULL PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSIC 

JERRY GARCIA BAND SHOW FROM OCTOBER 1986 & MORE

OCTOBER 15 AT EAGLEBANK ARENA, FAIRFAX, VA

The Avett Brothers 

Warren Haynes

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:21 pm

Theo Katzman has announced his brand new solo album Heartbreak Hits out January 6th, dropping the brand new single "My Heart Is Dead" from his forthcoming album. You may have heard Theo's name as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funky-powerhouse Vulfpeck, but with his upcoming 2017 release Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter. Heartbreak Hits follows Theo's 2011 debut record Romance Without Finance and features the single "Hard Work" which was released earlier this year.

Theo will also be releasing live videos of tracks off the album via Facebook. The first two live videos for singles "Hard Work" and "Good To Be Alone" have already reached 135k plays!

Additionally, Theo has launched a pre-sale for the album via Kickstarter which you can view here! | LISTEN TO "MY HEART IS DEAD" HERE

Bio:

If you've heard the name Theo Katzman recently, you probably know him as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funk band Vulfpeck. But with his upcoming 2017 release, Heartbreak Hits, Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter. A 10-song collection of musings on loss and letdown, Heartbreak Hits is a combination of personal vulnerability and imaginative songcraft. In the words of producer Tyler Duncan, "it's somehow a living dichotomy of tragic/comedic, serious/satirical, over-the-top/subtle, healing/hurting, and I love it.

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 7:16 am
LOCKN' is very proud to announce the initial lineup for its fifth anniversary event, which it revealed on Thursday by releasing puzzle pieces with artist names throughout the day, eventually culminating in the full initial lineup. More artists will be announced soon.
 
Named 2016's "Best Festival" by Garden & Gun, LOCKN' continues to raise the bar for incomparable large scale creative programming as it cements its reputation as one of the premiere American festivals.
 
Early Bird tickets are on sale now, where 4-Day General Admission, VIP and Super VIP tickets can be purchased for the lowest prices available, as well as Camping Passes and Travel Packages.
 
Tickets can be purchased at locknfestival.com.
 
The initial 2017 lineup is below:
 
Widespread Panic
Umphrey's McGee
Tauk
The Suffers
The String Cheese Incident
The Revivalists
Phil Lesh & Friends
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band performing the 40th Anniversary of Terrapin Station & more
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
moe.
Margo Price
Marcus King Band
Keller Williams
Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel
John Butler Trio
Joe Russo's Almost Dead
JJ Grey & Mofro
Greensky Bluegrass
Gov't Mule
Eric Krasno Band
Los Colognes
Brandi Carlile
The Avett Brothers
Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:21 pm

Desert Stars Festival is excited to announce the first wave of acts for their new spring time sister festival STARRY NITES on SATURDAY MARCH 18th & SUNDAY MARCH 19th, 2017 held on 42 beautiful acres in the mountains of Santa Barbara at LIVE OAK CAMPGROUND (4600 HWY 154)!

Round 1 Line Up:
THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
THE KILLS
THE DANDY WARHOLS
SHE WANTS REVENGE
BLACK MOUNTAIN
STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK (50 yr anniversary show)
VISUALS BY OBSCURA DIGITAL
THE KOLARS (HE'S MY BROTHER, SHE'S MY SISTER)
ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY
LUMERIANS
FEELS
CELLAR DOORS
DOWN AND OUTLAWS
SKY PARADE
NIGHTMARE AIR
GOON
THE BLANK TAPES
DOWN DIRTY SHAKE
MY DALLAS TEENS
DJ ZIA McCABE (DJ RESCUE)
DJ BILL GAZER
+ stay tuned for further lineup announcements!

4 STAGES / 35+ ACTS / DJ's / IMMERSIVE VISUALS / CAMPING ON SITE

WHERE:
STARRY NITES FESTIVAL @ LIVE OAK CAMPGROUND
4600 HWY 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

LIMITED EARLY BIRD PASS DEALS AVAILABLE HERE!

To celebrate the launch, Starry Nites are offering early bird deals and package offers through their PLEDGE MUSIC fundraiser or you can buy tickets through TICKETFLY beginning today.

For more information, visit:
www.starrynitesfestival.com

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 1:13 pm

Infinity Downs Farm, Central Virginia's premier outdoor concert and events venue, and home to the Lockn' Festival, The Festy Experience, and Blue Ridge Bowl amphitheater, is excited to present the initial 2017 calendar.  Tickets for all events are on-sale now at www.infinitydowns.com.

Saturday, April 22 - The Revivalists with special guests People's Blues of Richmond at the Blue Ridge Bowl.  7:00 pm.  Advance tickets $25.  Half-price for Lockn' 2017 ticket holders.  $12.50, if you bought (or buy) at 2017 Lockn' ticket free admission, if you bought (or buy) a Lockn' student or military ticket.

Saturday, April 29A Day At The Downs - Wildlife and Wine Festival featuring an evening with Bruce Hornsby.  A benefit for the Wildlife Conservation Center at 12:00 pm.   Wine tastings from Virginia wineries and mingle with the Bongo Antelope and other wildlife onsite to showcase the important work of The Wildlife Conservation Center. All day entertainment, and special evening solo performance with Bruce Hornsby at the Blue Ridge Bowl.

Saturday-Sunday, June 3 & 4-  Reebok Spartan Race - Virginia Super and Sprint Weekend.  Registration open.  With a longer distance than the Sprint and more obstacles, the Super will test your endurance, perseverance and grit. Spartan Race will bring 8-10 miles and more than 25 Signature Spartan Obstacles through tougher and more rugged terrain.

Saturday, June 17Nelson County Community Day featuring the Rockn' to LOCKN' finale.  12:00 pm Tickets $10.  Benefits The Giving Hope Foundation.  This annual family friendly event features local food, craft beer, wineries, family activities, vendors, and more.  Music from six local Virginia bands as they compete in Rockn' to LOCKN' finale. Fans vote to choose three winning bands who will go on to perform at the 2017 LOCKN' Festival.

Thursday-Sunday, August 24-27LOCKN' Festival returns for its 5th year at the Oak Ridge and Infinity Downs farms.  Tickets on-sale now. Four days of music, artist collaborations, food, craft beer, camping, outdoor activities and more. The Avett Brothers, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, The Revivalists, String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, Gov't Mule and 14 others bands already announced with more to be added.

Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8The 8th Annual Festy Experience returns to Infinity Downs Farm featuring The Infamous Stringdusters and the best in folk and Americana music, craft beer, local food, camping, outdoor and family friend activities.  Pre-sale tickets on-sale now with more artists to be announced.

Tickets for all events are on-sale at www.infinitydowns.com, and more events are expected to be announced.

Formally known as Nelson County Preserve, Infinity Downs Farm is a 387 acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, Virginia.  The former 225 year old tobacco farm was purchased in 2014 by the owners of the Lockn' Festival, and has already established a scalable and versatile venue featuring the Blue Ridge Bowl amphitheater, Garcia's Forest performance area in the woods, and plenty of open fields for parking, camping, and other outdoor accommodations.  In addition, miles of hiking and bike trails have been curated to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.  Infinity Downs Farm can be found at www.infinitydowns.com, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:46 pm

LOCKN' Festival has announced the next stage of competition in its annual "ROCKN' TO LOCKN'" contest, presented in partnership with Starr Hill and Virginia Tourism Corporation. Twenty Virginia-based acts have been selected to take part in an epic battle of the bands, with three finalists selected to perform at LOCKN' Festival 2017, taking place August 24-27, 2017 on the beautiful Oak Ridge and Infinity Downs Farms in Arrington, Virginia. Tier 1 Tickets are available now at www.locknfestival.com/tickets.

ROCKN' TO LOCKN' voting is underway now through Wednesday, March 1 at www.locknfestival.com/rtlvote. Fans can listen to the music of the Top 20 finalists and vote once per day. Everyone who votes will automatically be entered for a chance to win a pair of 4-day GA LOCKN' tickets.

The 12 bands with the most votes will go on to the next round with in-club performances and live in-person fan voting.  From there, the top six bands will perform at the Rockn' to LOCKN' finale on Saturday, June 17 at Infinity Downs Farms. Live performance and fan voting will play an important role in selecting the final top 3 finalists. The three winning bands will each win a spot to play live at LOCKN' Festival 2017 and receive a $500 performance fee.

 
ROCKN' TO LOCKN' 2017 - TOP 20
 
Adar
Afro-Zen Allstars
Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos
The Atkinsons
Bended Light
Big Mama Shakes
Born Crooked
Cultivated Mind
Delirious George
Devil's Workshop Big Band
FeelFree
Galaxy Dynamite
Jon Spear Band
Kendall Street Company
Mighty Joshua
Strong Water
Sun Dried Opossum
Threesound
Virginia Man
Will Overman Band
The Rockn To LOCKN winners will join one of the most exciting early line-ups in the LOCKN' Festival's five-year history, with announced artists including Phil Lesh & Friends 

and The Terrapin Family Band (performing the 40 

th anniversary of TERRAPIN STATION and more), Brandi Carlile, Widespread Panic, and The Avett Brothers. The eclectic bill also includes Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Keller Williams (solo and with Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel), Gov't Mule, moe., Umphrey's McGee, JJ Grey & Mofro, Eric Krasno Band, The John Butler Trio, Margo Price, TAUK, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Marcus King Band, Los Colognes, The Suffers, The String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, and The Revivalists. Additional artist announcements are coming soon

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please see 
for updates.
 
For regular updates and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com
Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:50 pm

New England based singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau has announced the release of his new album entitled I Was Just Leaving set for March 3rd.  The album, currently available for pre-order at Pledge Music was produced by New Orleans' Anders Osborne and recorded in January 2016.

In a first-of-it's-kind album debut, Montbleau  performed I Was Just Leaving in its entirety during a world-premiere performance via Facebook Live in partnership with Pledge Music and lifestyle brand Life is Good on Thursday, February 16th.  Fans can stream the archive performance on Ryan's Facebook page as well as The Life Is Good and Pledge Music page.  The album is available now for instant download at Pledge Music. The album will be released widely on March 3rd.

Ryan Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and bandleader for more than a decade, but with his new album I Was Just Leaving, the New England-based artist has truly arrived. Contemplative and richly emotive, the album offers a glimpse into the often-lonesome life of the relentlessly traveling troubadour, a strikingly single-minded existence too often clouded by the blur of constant motion. Recorded at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios over four days in January 2016 with producer Anders Osborne and engineer/mixer Mark Howard (known for his work with such icons as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and U2), the album marks Montbleau’s first full length release in the wake of a series of seismic personal shifts. Songs like “Bright Side” and the touching title track reveal a uniquely blessed artist who has truly found his voice, his gift for melody and a remarkably open-armed approach.

I Was Just Leaving marks a singular milestone for Ryan Montbleau, the moment in which this exceptional singer, songwriter, and performer has blossomed into a fully matured artist.

I’ve been planting these seeds for so long and it has all led up to this moment. It feels like finally the fruits of all my efforts are coming out. I’m still working hard but there’s an ease to what’s happening. I have a career that I’ve built, that I’ve earned. Now what’s fun is putting out the best music I can and seeing what happens.”

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:26 pm

LOCKN' Festival, in partnership with Starr Hill Brewery and Virginia Tourism Corporation, is excited to announce the top 12 semi-finalists in the 2017 Rockn' To LOCKN' competition. For the past two weeks, fans participated in a national online voting contest to listen and vote on 20 Virginia bands with the top-voted 12 bands moving to the next phase of the competition.  The grand prize of the Rockn' To LOCKN' contest is one of three coveted performance slots at the 2017 LOCKN' Festival held August 24-27th in Arrington, VA and a $500 performance fee. 

The Top 12 are:

Adar  -  (Charlottesville, VA)

Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos - (Norfolk, VA)

Big Mama Shakes - (Richmond, VA)

Devil's Workshop Band - (Richmond, VA)

FeelFree - (Alexandria, VA)

Galaxy Dynamite - (Norfolk, VA)

Kendall Street Company - (Charlottesville, VA)

Mighty Joshua - (Richmond, VA)

Sun Dried Opossum - (Lyndhurst, VA)

The Atkinsons - (Richmond, VA)

Virginia Man - (Fredericksburg, VA)

Will Overman Band - (Charlottesville, VA)

 

The 12 semi-finalists will move on to the next round of live playoffs and in-person fan voting.  Tickets for all club shows are $10 and are on-sale now.

The schedule is: 

Friday, April 14th at The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia.  Featuring:  Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos, The Atkinsons, Big Mama Shakes, and Mighty Joshua.  Doors open at 8pm.  

Get Tickets Here!

Friday, April 21st at The Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Featuring:  Sun Dried Opossum, Kendall Street Company, Adar, and Will Overman Band. Doors open at 7pm.  

 Get Tickets Here!

Friday, April 28th at The State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia.  Featuring:  Galaxy Dynamite, Devil's Workshop Big Band, FeelFree, and Virginia Man. Doors open at: 7pm.  

Get Tickets Here!

Live performance and in-person fan voting will determine the top six bands that will advance to the next round.  These six finalists will perform at the final competition on June 17, 2017 at Community Day at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia.  At the Community Day finals, bands will perform in front of a live crowd with in-person voting to determine the three bands headed to perform at LOCKN' Festival.

LOCKN' Music Festival is held annually on the last weekend in August at the Oak Ridge and Infinity Downs Farms in Arrington, Virginia and draws between 25-35,000 music fans from all over the world.   This year's lineup includes:  Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Tauk, The Suffers, The String Cheese Incident, The Revivalists, Phil Lesh & Friends, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band performing the 40th Anniversary of Terrapin Station, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, moe., Margo Price, Marcus King Band, Keller Williams, Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel, John Butler Trio, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, JJ Grey & Mofro, Greensky Bluegrass, Gov't Mule, Eric Krasno Band, Los Colognes, Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, and still more to be announced.

Tickets for LOCKN' Festival are on-sale now at www.locknfestival.com

For more details on Community Day and Infinity Downs Farm visit www.infinitydowns.com

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:15 am

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is excited to announce The Other, an all‐new experience devoted to dance and hip‐hop premiering at this year's installment. The 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place June 8 ‐ 11, held as always at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 750+‐acre farm and event space located just 60 miles south of Nashville in beautiful Manchester, Tennessee. Tickets including General Admission, VIP, and the brand‐new Platinum Pass ‐ are on sale now, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com.

Now even more Bonnaroovians will be able to dance the night away as the festival's legendary "Other Tent" has now been expanded to a fully immersive, open‐air stage. The Other will run all night with a mind‐blowingly diverse selection of dance, electronic, and hip‐hop heavyweights, with announced performers including Marshmello, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, D.R.A.M., Matoma, Louis the Child, Borgore, NGHTMRE, Getter, Snails,  Skepta, Illenium, Claude VonStroke, G Jones, OOKAY, Herobust, Ganja White Night, Rezz, Goldfish, San Holo, Haywyre, Vanic, Unlike Pluto, Barclay Crenshaw, Innanet James, Jason Huber, DJ Mel and Case Bloom.

Bonnaroo has long celebrated the wide‐ranging dance and hip‐hop scenes with cutting edge programming that showcases some of the hottest DJs and artists from around the globe. Previous festival favorites include such superstars as Skrillex, deadmau5, ODESZA, Flying Lotus, Tycho, Caribou, Jamie xx, and Bassnectar, among countless others.

"THE OTHER ‐ A NEW BONNAROO EXPERIENCE"

@ 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival LINEUP

Marshmello Big Gigantic Yellow Claw D.R.A.M.

Matoma Louis the Child

Borgore NGHTMRE

Getter Snails Skepta Illenium

Claude VonStroke G Jones OOKAY

Herobust Ganja White Night

Rezz Goldfish San Holo Haywyre Vanic Unlike Pluto

Barclay Crenshaw Innanet James Jason Huber

DJ Mel Case Bloom

The 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will once again feature the wide‐ranging scope of diverse artistry that fans have come to expect, with a spectacular array of musicians, bands, and comedians performing around the clock across 13 unique stages over the four‐ day multi‐stage camping festival. This year's edition will showcase over 100 artists, headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and, in an exclusive first‐ever Bonnaroo headline performance, U2 performing a set that will include a 30th anniversary celebration of their career‐defining 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. For complete details and regular news updates, please visit www.bonnaroo.com.

For more, please see www.bonnaroo.com.

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:23 am
LOCKN' is excited to announce new additions to the already fantastic fifth anniversary lineup, including Phil Lesh with special guest Bob Weir & The Terrapin Family Band performing the Grateful Dead classic from 1977 Terrapin Station in its entirety.  This is the first time Lesh and Weir have played together since 2015's Fare Thee Well concerts, other than a surprise set at Terrapin Crossroads in May 2016. Earlier this month, Weir also sat in with the Terrapin Family Band for another performance at Lesh's venue. Other LOCKN' artists announced this week include John Fogerty, The Disco Biscuits, Jim James, phil.moe. (Phil Lesh & Friends with moe.), Antibalas, Blackberry Smoke, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hiss Golden Messenger, Moonalice, The Record Company and Sinkane. The three Rockn' to LOCKN' winners will be added to the schedule in June following the contest finals.
 
"Having Bobby and Phil perform Terrapin Station together is one of those moments that we created LOCKN' for," LOCKN' co-founder Peter Shapiro told Rolling Stone. "I'm hoping it's a musical experience that Deadheads will be able to lose themselves into and then live on as a live recording that will create lasting magic for a long time after."
 
LOCKN' has also released the daily lineup for what is going to be a magical weekend August 24 - 27 at the newly named Infinity Downs Farm. The complete daily lineup is below. Formally known as Nelson County Preserve, Infinity Downs Farm is a 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, VA. The former 225-year-old tobacco farm was purchased in 2014 by the owners of LOCKN' Festival, and has already established a scalable and versatile venue featuring the Blue Ridge Bowl amphitheater, Garcia's Forest performance area in the woods, and plenty of open fields for parking, camping, and other outdoor accommodations. In addition, miles of hiking and bike trails have been curated to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Infinity Downs Farm can be found at www.infinitydowns.com, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:36 pm

Potions and Poisons (available May 12th) is the fourth studio album of original music from Head for the Hills, the Colorado based post-modern bluegrass outfit of Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen and Sam Parks. There’s no reinvention of the wheel here--no computer programmed banjo rolls or digitally arpeggiated fiddle lines. Instead we find Head for the Hills at the peak of their powers of musical alchemy, building little worlds of sound from the detritus of bluegrass, jazz, hip hop, folk and soul. Potions and Poisons is a look at the darker side of love, lust, and life; an examination of our affinity for and aversion to the things that make us fragile but human. Recorded at home in Colorado with the band’s go-to engineer, Aaron Youngberg (Cahalen and Eli, Martha Scanlan, Grant Gordy and Ross Martin), the record features appearances from Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival) on vocals and washboard, Erin Youngberg (Uncle Earl, FY5) on vocals, and a lush string section. Potions and Poisons is the most Head for the Hills record yet, and in the great tradition of bluegrass (and soul and folk and old time music), it delivers some bitter pills, but the ten new original songs are more than a survey of the human condition. This is reflective but buoyant music, restorative and full of vibrancy. 

Head for the Hills prides itself on defying expectation, turning neophytes into converts and genre purists exploratory listeners. Remaining true to the roots of bluegrass while simultaneously looking to it’s future prospects, the band makes music that reaches into jazz, indie rock, hip hop, soul, world and folk to stitch together cutting edge songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. More than a decade in and after thousands of miles, hundreds of performances, a handful of independently released records, 4 times awarded Best Bluegrass in Colorado via Westword Magazine, and one new mandolin player--Head for the Hills is at their absolute peak, firing on all cylinders and winning the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere they go. 

Head for the Hills have been bringing their music to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between--including Summer Camp Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, RockyGrass, DelFest, Northwest String Summit, Blue Ox Music Festival, FloydFest, Strawberry Music Festival and many more. The band has been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released beers with Odell Brewing Company and Sanitas Brewing, charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010), and was featured by CMT – Edge, who said; “Head for the Hills’ Blue Ruin effortlessly matches integrity against innovation.”

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:14 am

LOCKN' Festival is proud to announce a number of updates and exciting new additions to the festival this year, including special artist collaborations, new and improved festival layout, and an expanded Garcia's Forest with weekend-long programming. Now in its 5th year, LOCKN' Festival takes place August 24-27 at the newly named Infinity Downs Farms at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, Virginia.

LOCKN' Festival's primary setting will now be at Infinity Downs Farm, with the central venue encompassing both the main stage and Blue Ridge Bowl natural amphitheater, allowing more than 20,000 fans to enjoy non-stop music all weekend long with improved sight lines and easy access to all the incredible food, drinks, shopping, and social action activities. This new and improved venue location will be more accessible to all campsites, with additional shade and misting stations to provide extra respite in the event of heat, and will offer a more convenient patron experience. The venue location and streamlined layout will allow for more efficient and direct traffic access, making entering and exiting LOCKN' even smoother than ever before.

This year's LOCKN' features one of the most exciting line-ups in the festival's five-year history, highlighted by a once-in-a-lifetime headline set from Phil Lesh with Special Guest Bob Weir & The Terrapin Family Band performing The Grateful Dead's classic 1977 album, Terrapin Station, in its entirety. What's more, a series of unparalleled collaborations are also slated, with The Avett Brothers - in their long awaited LOCKN' debut - joined by Special Guest Bob Weir, Gov't Mule joined by Special Guest Ann Wilson of Heart, Moonalice joined by Special Guest Jorma Kaukonen, and Phil Lesh & Bob Weir joined by Nicki Bluhm for their Terrapin Station headline set. These unique pairings join an already stacked lineup that includes Widespread Panic, phil.moe. (teaming Phil Lesh & Friends and moe.) John Fogerty, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, moe., John Butler Trio, Gov't Mule, Brandi Carlile, The Disco Biscuits, Jim James (solo), Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, The Revivalists, Margo Price, Keller Williams (solo and with Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel), Margo Price, Brandi Carlile, Eric Krasno Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, TAUK, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Marcus King Band, Blackberry Smoke, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Record Company, Los Colognes, and The Suffers.

LOCKN's beloved Garcia's Forest has been expanded and, among other things, will feature a replica of Terrapin Station. The Porch at Terrapin Station will host unique nightly performances including Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Midnight North, and Nicole Atkins Band. "Piano On The Porch" morning presentations will highlight Melvin Seals, Holly Bowling, Danny Louis, and others. Additionally, Garcia's Forest will present a range of activities including daily yoga and more.

For complete details, ticket and camping packages, and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com.
 
Infinity Downs Farm is a 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, Virginia.  The former 225 year old tobacco farm was purchased in 2014 by the owners of LOCKN' Festival, and now features a scalable and versatile venue featuring the Blue Ridge Bowl natural amphitheater, Garcia's Forest performance area in the woods, and plenty of open fields for parking, camping, and other outdoor accommodations.  In addition, miles of hiking and bike trails have been curated to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. 
Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:49 am
Single-Day GA, VIP, and Super VIP tickets are on sale now for LOCKN' on August 25 - 28. Can't make it to LOCKN' for the full weekend? No problem. Come fill up on a full day of music, eats, activities, and more. Bring your bike and take a spin along seven miles of trails, dance under the trees in Garcia's Forest, and soak up the vibe of our truly special environment. 
 
This year's LOCKN' is going to be a special one, and we'd love to have you here with us. Buy your tickets now, and we'll see you in August!
 
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:27 am

Today, Yonder Mountain String Band releases their first new studio album in two years, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE, is undeniably the Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit’s most surprising, creative, and yes, energetic studio excursion to date. Songs like “Chasing My Tail” and “Alison” are rooted in tradition but as current as tomorrow, animated by electrifying performance, vivid production, and the modernist power that has made Yonder one of the most popular live bands of their generation. Melding sophisticated songcraft, irrepressible spirit, and remarkable instrumental ability, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE is a testament to Yonder Mountain String Band’s organic, dynamic, and intensely personal brand of contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana.

With its melodic flair, expert technique, and forward-thinking fervor, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE is a strikingly assured and well-crafted manifestation of Yonder’s matchless musical vision. Nearly two decades in, Yonder Mountain String Band is still utterly unto themselves, a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime combo whose inventiveness, versatility, and sheer imagination shows no sign of winding down.
Sat, 08/26/2017 - 1:25 pm

With “drama tinged folk that could raise the dead,” (The Deli Magazine) 5j Barrow have announced the release of their new EP, The Journey: Vol.1, this fall. The follow-up to their 2014 debut release, The Journey: Vol.1 was produced by the Grammy-nominated producer, David Mayfield.

Founded and fronted by singer-songwriters and Broadway actors, Eryn Murman and Jason Hite, 5j Barrow have built a loyal following on the streets of New York City. With performances everywhere from the open air of Washington Square Park to Rockwood Music Hall and the historic Apollo Theatre, they “draw sonic inspiration from acts ranging from Avett Brothers and The Civil Wars.” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine) In 2014, the band was named "Best Band in NY" after winning The Greene Space WNYC / WQXR's Battle of the Boroughs 2014. That year also saw the release of the “rollicking, energetic [record]” (Indie-Minded), From the Dim, Sweet Light.

“A delicious combination of genres” (For Us Not Them), 5j Barrow is completed by bassist, Drew Jones, and drummer, Gerard Canonico. Murman and Hite also frequently appear as a duo, as they will on their upcoming tour.

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 2:33 pm

Birds of Bellwoods have unveiled “Catching Up,” the new single from their forthcoming album, VICTORIA. The quartet have established themselves as one of Toronto’s most  unique emerging bands, with “skilled musicianship and strong vocal harmonies.” (New Canadian Music) The self-released EP, The Fifth, racked up accolades including a 2016 Independent Music Award and  an International Songwriting Competition prize.

Stephen Joffe (lead vocals / mandolin), Adrian Morningstar (guitar / vocals), Chris Blades (banjo / electric guitar / vocals) and Kintaro Akiyama (upright bass / vocals) came together when Joffe, going through a break-up, found refuge on Morningstar’s couch, pouring his heartbreak into collaborative songwriting efforts with his three friends. The chemistry born from this organic beginning is evident in Birds of Bellwoods’ songs and especially in their live performances. Self-described as sounding like “a folk band in a fist fight,” “the group has staked out a place amongst [Toronto’s] most talented emerging songwriters.”

(BlogTO) In addition to his work in the band, Joffe is an accomplished actor who will be seen this fall in the CBC / Netflix series, Alias Grace.

VICTORIA will be released on October 20th, with a release show on 9/23 at Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre. This debut full-length album continues to display Birds of Bellwoods’ “gripping compositions… meticulously executed and fantastically captured.”

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:12 am

Trout Steak Revival has announced the arrival of their third studio album, Spirit To The Sea, due out on Friday, Nov 3rd.

Spirit To The Sea expands Trout Steak Revival's repertoire beyond Colorado bluegrass without leaving behind the communal nature of the band’s origins. The new album is more diverse and inviting than their past albums, rolling out the carpet for new fans with many different tones, vibes, and topics underlying the songs. Whether listeners are in search of a deep connection with lyrics or simply need a good melody to dance to, Spirit To The Sea provides a mix of music that is a pleasure to relate to. Songs crafted out of love, fear, heartbreak, wonder, joy, and freedom provide a glimpse into the soulful depth of the individual members of Trout Steak Revival

Spirit To The Sea was produced by Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters. This is the second album that Pandolfi and Trout Steak Revival have worked on together. Pandolfi also produced the band's last album Brighter Every Day.

The Boot has premiered the video for the track 'Fall At Your Feet’. Get a taste of what's to come on the forthcoming album now!

Trout Steak Revival is currently on tour in the Southeast. They will head west stopping in markets like Portland, Seattle and Bozeman before returning home to the Front Range of Colorado for their official album release shows in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins.

Please visit troutsteak.com for all up to date info on the new album and tour!

Tour Dates:

Oct 6 @ Albino Skunk Festival | Greer, SC

Oct 7 @ Eddie's Attic | Decatur, GA

Oct 9 @ City Winery | Nashville, TN

Oct 26 @ Volcanic Theatre Pub | Bend, OR

Oct 27 @ W.O.W. Hall | Eugene, OR

Oct 28 @ Revolution Hall | Portland, OR

Oct 29 @ Nectar Lounge | Seattle, WA

Nov 1 @ Top Hat Lounge | Missoula, MT

Nov 3 @ Filling Station | Bozeman, MT

Nov 4 @ Filling Station | Bozeman, MT

Nov 10 @ Ophelia's Electric Soapbox | Denver, CO

Nov 11 @ Manitou Springs Memorial Hall | Manitou Springs, CO

Nov 17 @ Aggie Theater | Fort Collins, CO

Nov 18 @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO

Dec 1 @ The Fox | Boulder, CO

Jan 19 @ Sheridan Opera House | Telluride, CO

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:59 am

Rainbows and Waterfalls” finds Derek Vincent Smith—aka Pretty Lights—doing what he does best: blending the smooth sounds of old school funk and hip-hip with a next generation style that defies categorization. Shuggie Otis’ 1971 classic “Strawberry Letter 23” sets the foundation for the new track, which marks Pretty Lights’ first release since “Only Yesterday” dropped in March 2016. As a solo effort, it also represents a return to form for the Grammy-nominated producer, who Rick Rubin once called “the face and voice of the new American electronic music scene.”

Smith may have a well-deserved reputation for innovation in the studio, but his fresh approach to music has always been equally potent on stage. With the Pretty Lights Live project, he’s found a way to turn his electronic music shows into fully improvisational experiences like no other. It’s a unique vision that he brings to life with the help of Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), Chris Karns (turntables), Borahm Lee (keys) and Brandon Butler (keys) — a stellar group of musicians who have backed him in concert since the summer of 2016. Taking cues from early jazz musicians, Smith and his band make sure every performance is a unique adventure by injecting a healthy dose of improv into the equation. No song ever sounds the same twice.

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PRETTY LIGHTS LIVE NEW YEAR’S RUN

December 28: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ Too Many Zooz)

December 29: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ SoDown)

December 30: Minneapolis, MN - Snowta

December 31: Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (w/ Jade Cicada)

* 2 Day Passes Available in Detroit

Tickets, VIP Experiences, and lodging options (via CID Entertainment and Curadora) for 12/28-29 in Detroit and 12/31 in Philadelphia will be available via Pretty Lights’ direct-to-fan pre-sale. Early Bird VIP Presale begins Tuesday, October 24 @ 11am ET/10am CT.  GA Presale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, October 25th @ 11am ET/10am CT.

Fans are encouraged to sign up for the Pretty Lights mailing list (http://plmusic.pl/newsletter) to receive a pass-code for the pre-sale. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, October 27th @ 10am local time. Tickets for December 30 in Minneapolis, MN are on sale now.

Pretty Lights has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support organizations working to provide rapid emergency relief to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

For tickets and information: http://prettylightsmusic.com/tour

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:07 am

Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music. The GRAMMY® Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, folk rock, and more to create something original and all their own. OUT IN THE OPEN is perhaps Steep Canyon Rangers’ bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while in many ways getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to producer Joe Henry’s very traditional approach toward recording.

Steep Canyon Rangers have been expanding the parameters of bluegrass since coming together in 2000. Since then, the band has developed a remarkable catalogue of original music – predominantly co-written by Sharp and bassist Charles R. Humphrey III – that links them to the past while at the same time, demonstrates their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance.

With that goal in mind, Steep Canyon Rangers have in recent years begun collaborating with some of Americana’s most distinctive producers, working with top studio hands like Larry Campbell (2013’s TELL THE ONES I LOVE) and Jerry Douglas (2015’s RADIO) to take newfangled routes in crafting their ever-evolving approach. OUT IN THE OPEN sees the band teaming up with Joe Henry, an accomplished singer-songwriter as well as a 3x GRAMMY® Award-winning producer (Solomon Burke, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Carolina Chocolate Drops) with a particular affinity for American roots music.

In July 2017, Steep Canyon Rangers arrived at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, NC, an intimate studio facility built, owned, and operated by legendary producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active). Having not previously discussed Henry’s plans, the band was surprised to discover that their producer – with the invaluable help of engineer/mixer Jason Richmond – intended to record in classic fashion, with all six members singing and playing in a room with no overdubs. Though Steep Canyon Rangers had some trepidation, they promptly rose to the challenge.

In addition to the highly anticipated release of OUT IN THE OPEN, 2018 will also see Steep Canyon Rangers uniting with their local Asheville Symphony for a series of unprecedented live performances and the recording of yet another new album, once again pushing their increasingly distinctive music into unexpected terrain.

OUT IN THE OPEN is an undeniable milestone on Steep Canyon Rangers’ ongoing creative journey, its spirited, eclectic approach recasting the myriad sounds of string-based American music in their own unique image. As they fast approach their second decade, Steep Canyon Rangers are still moving forward, as ever searching for new horizons and musical vistas.

For all up to date news and information visit steepcanyon.com

Track Listing:

Farmers And Pharaohs

Let Me Out Of This Town

Out In The Open

Can’t Get Home

Going Midwest

When She Was Mine

Love Harder

Shenandoah Valley

Best Of Me

Roadside Anthems

Let Me Die In My Footsteps

The Speed We’re Traveling

Tour Dates:

November 16 – Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House

November 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

November 18 – Florence, SC @ Francis Marion Univ PAC

December 1 – Roanoke, VA @ Jefferson Center, Shaftman Performance Hall

December 2 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater

December 7 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head on Stage

December 8 – York, PA @ Capitol Theatre at Appell Center for the Performing Arts

December 15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino*

December 16 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center*

January 12-13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

January 18 – Fort Myers, FL @ Suncoast Arena*

January 19 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre*

January 21 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater*

January 27 – Asheville, NC @ Explore Asheville Arena

February 1 – Knoxville, TN @ the Bijou Theatre

February 2 – Newark, OH @ Historic Midland Theatre

February 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

February 8 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall

February 9 – Chattanooga, TN @ Walker Theatre

February 10 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Reynolds Auditorium

February 23-24 – Greenville, SC @ Peace Center*

February 25 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center*

March 1 – Billings, MT @ Alberta Bair Theater

March 2 – Bozeman, MT @ the Ellen Theatre

March 3 – Spokane, WA @ Fox Theater

March 4 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

March 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Sheldon - Concert Hall

March 15 – Saint Joseph, MO @ Missouri Theater

March 16 – Jonesboro, AR @ Fowler Center

March 17 – Dayton, OH @ Victoria Theatre

March 22 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater

March 23 – Gainesville, FL @ University of Florida

March 24 – Clearwater, FL @ Capital Theatre

March 25 – Naples, FL @ Artis Naples

April 6-8 – Squaw Valley, CA @ WinterWonderGrass Festival

April 19 – Washington, DC @ the Hamilton

April 21 – Orono, ME @ Collins Center for the Arts

April 27 – Richmond, VA @ Maudlin Center for the Arts

 

*w/ Steve Martin and Martin Short

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:37 am

A five-year old tradition of supporting local and national charities will be celebrated at Infiniti Downs on "Giving Tuesday," when the organizers of the LOCKN' festival will present checks totalling $37,210 to 17 non-profit organizations where were part of the festival's PARTICIPATION ROW social action village.

Starting back in 2013, LOCKN' created Participation Row by teaming up with a non-profit organization called

HEADCOUNT that promotes civic and community participation through live music events. Since its debut, Participation Row has raised over $190,000 for LOCKN's selected charities, and spurred LOCKN' patrons to take over 30,000 socially-conscious actions.

Following its success at LOCKN', HeadCount expanded the initiative to other festivals and concert tours, including the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary reunion concerts in 2015 and subsequent tours by Dead & Company In all, more than $1.4 million has been raised for charities through Participation Row, and nearly 100,000 actions have been taken.

At LOCKN', Participation Row has hosted or supported a total of 37 different organizations. This year, 17 charities participated, nine of whom are Virginia-based or represented by local chapters. Each will receive a minimum of $1,122.70.

The organizations also benefited from the opportunity to engage directly with festival attendees. Fans visiting Participation Row are prompted to take simple actions to support each cause. Anyone who takes four actions is then entered into a free drawing for a D'ANGELICO guitar signed by the LOCKN' headliners, and receive other treats like a free scoop of BEN & JERRY'S ice cream or a trial subscription to the streaming service QELLO. This year, LOCKN' attendees took at least 8,924 of these actions.

The fundraising component comes from a variety of sources including memorabilia auctions that HeadCount organizes at each event. This year's auction featured a D'Angelico guitar signed by approximately two dozen LOCKN' performers including Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Brandi Carlile, Warren Haynes, members of Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee and The String Cheese Incident It fetched $15,000..

Fans donated another $20,000 to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, a project of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, via a text-to-donate program featured on the festival's free webcast.

Klean Kanteen donated an additional $5,500 to Participation Row charities through sales of LOCKN'-branded, environmentally-friendly water bottles. Plus, LOCKN' attendees donated over 4,000 pounds of food to Nelson County Food Pantry, via a Participation Row food drive staged by Conscious Alliance. The Pantry also receives a share of the auction proceeds.

Other 2017 beneficiaries include Virginia-based organizations Lynchburg Humane Society, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, North Branch School, Wild Virginia, Park School, Crozet Tunnel Foundation, RecycleLife, and the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition. United Plant Savers, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, Giving Hope Foundation, Moms Clean Air Force, Love Hope Strength, and HeadCount also will receive donations.

2018 LOCKN' LUMNI Weekend Passes (8/24-26) and Festival Passes (8/23-26) go on sale on November 24th. Artists will be announced in early 2018. For regular updates and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com.

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:21 pm

In ongoing efforts to provide relief assistance to citizens in Puerto Rico facing devastation from Hurricane Irma and Maria, Pretty Lights Live will be streaming the PL sets for free on December 28-29 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI (10:15pm ET) and on December 31 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA (10:05pm ET) on the Pretty Lights Facebook page and the Pretty Lights YouTube Channel. A "donate" option will be available on each platform to contribute monetary donations to United for Puerto Rico. All donations from the streams will go directly to United for Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief efforts. $1 from all ticket sales in Detroit and Philadelphia will go to United for Puerto Rico (via Plus 1).

Pretty Lights Live ran a similar campaign earlier this fall for their September 29-30 Whitewater Amphitheater performance in New Braunfels, TX. That campaign generated an estimated $55,238 in contributions from live stream donations and $1 from each ticket sale went to assist Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.

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More on United for Puerto Rico

Mission: Provide assistance to individuals and small businesses devastated by Hurricane Irma and María; accelerating their recovery by supporting the reestablishment of their home, food & to satisfy their needs of shelter, food and health to help rebuild their lives, communities and Puerto Rico.

Main objectives of United for Puerto Rico:

Provide immediate aid to those with the greatest needs with the goal of meeting their basic needs, food, and health in coordination with institutions and FEMA and complementing the efforts of these and federal benefits available through FEMA.

Collaborate with NGO’s dedicated to serve the key groups identified in our mission since these entities have the structure, experience and capacity to be  more efficient in this endeavor.

Assist small business in communities with financial aid to help them resume operations.

Provide information on available federal assistance programs to the public in general and facilitate that the greatest number of individuals who quality for aid programs apply for available aid to leverage all the help that can be garnered for those in need.

To learn more: https://www.unidosporpuertorico.com/en

Pretty Lights Live 2017 New Year's Run

December 28: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ Too Many Zooz)

December 29: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ SoDown)

December 30: Minneapolis, MN – Snowta

December 31: Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (w/ Jade Cicada) – SOLD OUT

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:38 am

LOCKN' has officially confirmed its initial lineup and schedule for 2018. While many festivals have altered programming to suit their bottom line, LOCKN' proved itself true to its core fanbase with a week of well-received, crowd-pleasing artist reveals. Headlined by Dead & Company in a rare festival appearance, performing four sets over two nights, the four-day camping event will also feature: Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band performing two separate days), Sheryl Crow, Joe Russo's Almost Dead performing on two separate days, George Clinton & P-Funk, Umphrey's McGee (performing two separate days), Lettuce, Toots & The Maytals, Pigeons Playing Pingpong, Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real, Turkuaz, The Suffers and more. The full schedule is below. LOCKN' is set to take place in Arrington, VA, August 23 - 26, at Infinity Downs, LOCKN's 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A limited amount of LOCKN' 2018 Nice Price Tickets for go on sale tomorrow, February 9 at 12pm ET exclusively via locknfestival.com. The allotment is currently LOCKN's lowest priced ticket. They will sell out quickly and prices will then roll into Advance Tickets. This year, the festival will be offering a Three-Day Weekend Pass in addition to its traditional Four-Day Festival Pass. This new Three-Day Weekend Pass will allow those with tighter schedules to still see all the bands performing at LOCKN' for a lower price.

Last year, LOCKN' was applauded for its massive site upgrade as it took its famous Blue Ridge Bowl and expanded it for the first time to a newly centralized venue encompassing both the main stage and the Bowl's amphitheater, allowing the more than 20,000 fans to enjoy non-stop music all weekend long with improved sight lines and easy access to all the incredible food, drinks, shopping, and social action activities LOCKN' veterans have come to expect. The new and improved venue was more accessible to all camping sites, with additional shade and misting stations that provided extra respite from the summer heat and traffic routes were more direct and efficient as it made entering and exiting the festival smoother than ever before.

 LOCKN' 2018 LINEUP:

 THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Umphrey's McGee (2 sets)

Lettuce (2 sets)

Butcher Brown

Erin & The Wildfire

Jerry Dance Party

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (11pm)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Widespread Panic

George Clinton & P-Funk

Umphrey's McGee

Toots & The Maytals

Moon Taxi

Turkuaz

Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real

Band of Changes

Ghost Light

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (Midnight)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

Dead & Company (2 sets)

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Keller & The Keels

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Foundation of Funk

Big Something

Agents of Good Roots

The Suffers

Southern Avenue

People's Blues of Richmond

Lettuce Celebrates JGB (Midnight)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

Dead & Company (2 sets)

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sheryl Crow

Blues Traveler

Matisyahu

Spafford

Grateful Gospel w/Keller Williams

For complete details, ticket availability and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:09 am

The road to LOCKN' 2018 for local Virginia bands is heating up as the Rockn' to Lockn' voting ends this Friday, February 16. Presented in partnership with Sonicbids and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia-based acts have been invited to take part in an epic battle of the bands, with three finalists ultimately selected to perform at this year's LOCKN', taking place August 23 - 26, 2018 on Infinity Downs Farms at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, Virginia.

Twenty ROCKN' TO LOCKN' finalists will be announced on Monday, February 19; the leading 12 artists then move on to the Quarter Finals, with in-club performances and in-person fan voting slated for Friday, March 2 at Shaka's Live (2014 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451), Friday, March 9 at Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151), and Friday, Match 16 at The Jefferson Theater (110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902).

From there, the top six bands will perform at the ROCKN TO LOCKN' 420 Finals, slated for Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at LOCKN' Festival's beloved Garcia's Forest on Infinity Downs Farms. The three winning bands will each win a spot to play live at LOCKN' 2018 and receive a $500 performance fee. Rockfish Music is partnering with LOCKN' and will produce and release singles of the ROCKN' TO LOCKN' winners.

LOCKN' has officially confirmed its initial lineup and schedule for 2018. While many festivals have altered programming to suit their bottom line, LOCKN' proved itself true to its core fanbase with a week of well-received, crowd-pleasing artist reveals. Headlined by Dead & Company in a rare festival appearance, performing four sets over two nights, the four-day camping event will also feature: Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band performing two separate days), Sheryl Crow, Joe Russo's Almost Dead performing on two separate days, George Clinton & P-Funk, Umphrey's McGee (performing two separate days), Lettuce, Toots & The Maytals, Pigeons Playing Pingpong, Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real, Turkuaz, The Suffers and more.

Tickets for Lockn' 2018 are on sale now and can be purchased exclusively via locknfestival.com. This year, the festival is offering a Three-Day Weekend Pass in addition to its traditional Four-Day Festival Pass. This new Three-Day Weekend Pass allows those with tighter schedules to still see all the bands performing at LOCKN' for a lower price.

 For regular updates and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 4:15 pm

AC Entertainment and Drew Holcomb are excited to unveil the initial artist lineup for the 2018 Moon River Music Festival. This year's edition of the two-day event will feature 22 acts across two stages, taking place on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN on September 8 & 9. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10:00 AM EST, exclusively at www.MoonRiverFestival.com

The 2018 lineup features a specially curated group of artists including: The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Judah & The Lion, Trampled By Turtles, Margo Price, Mavis Staples, I'm With Her, The Dirty Guv'nahs, Joseph, The Secret Sisters and many more!

Tickets for Moon River go on sale this Thursday with a limited allotment of general admission weekend passes starting at only $99.50 + fees.

VIP weekend passes are available for $374.50 + fees and include:

Priority entrance lane into festival grounds

Premium Main Stage Viewing Area

Exclusive VIP Lounge and Hang area

Exclusive restroom and bar

Commemorative gift package

Exclusive VIP event Friday evening

Last week, festival founder Drew Holcomb released a statement about the festival's move from Memphis to Chattanooga and and the exciting future of Moon River:

Hello friends,

In 2014, we started Moon River Music Festival to showcase my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, in all of its underrated glory. For the last few years we have done exactly that, and brought people from all over the country to see Memphis and experience our incredible festival. We are very proud of what we have accomplished. 

As we outgrew the stunning and historic Levitt Shell, we realized we had an opportunity to dream, and we have set our sights on expanding the original vision of Moon River.

I have lived in various parts of Tennessee my whole life. I'm biased, but I think its one of the greatest places in the world. In our dreaming and searching for a new home, we realized we could showcase other parts of my home state, Tennessee, and we have found the perfect place, Coolidge Park, in downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga is primed for a music festival like Moon River, and the city has opened its arms to us. It is the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and one of the most beautiful cities in the region. Coolidge Park is right in the center of town, connected to one the world's largest pedestrian bridges, Walnut Street Bridge, overlooking the Tennessee River.

We can't wait for you to continue in this wonderful adventure with us. We will see you this Fall in Chattanooga!

-Drew Holcomb

For the latest news and updates from Moon River Music Festival, fans can visit MoonRiverFestival.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for the Moon River Festival newsletter.

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 2:22 pm

Carry Illinois, the indie-pop band founded and fronted by Lizzy Lehman, have announced the release of the new EP, Work in Progress, on 5/25/18. The band will celebrate the release that same day with a show at Cheer Up Charlies in their hometown of Austin, TX.

Work In Progress was co-produced by Carry Illinois and Grant Johnson (Calliope Musicals, Abram Shook, Feverbones, Bayonne), and is the follow up to 2017's, Garage Sale. Many of the songs on Garage Sale reflected the band's struggle to find the will to write and record after Carry Illinois' original bassist, John Winsor, took his own life. Lehman explains, "After John committed suicide in March of 2016, I decided that I no longer needed to shy away from the real struggles that I face. I decided that writing about it, singing about it, and performing with utmost strength and courage is what I need to do." After its release, Garage Sale gained critical acclaim, with praise from No Depression, Paste, Bitch, NewNowNext and more, earning Carry Illinois the title of Austin Monthly's Artist of The Month, May 2017.

On Work in Progress, Lehman continues to delve into deeply personal issues, displaying "a knack for connecting with her audience through lyrically revealing life in the rawest form." (Volup2) She touches upon topics that many can relate to, including coming out of the closet, her relationship with her body and mental health issues, including dealing with Winsor's suicide.

Lehman and her band-mates, guitarist Darwin Smith, drummer Rudy Villarreal, bassist Andrew Pressman and keyboardist Benjamin Rowe Violet spent the first part of 2018 writing and recording Work In Progress, which will be released independently on May 25th, 2018. The official release show will be that night, at Austin's Cheer Up Charlies, and a summer tour will follow.

More information: www.CarryIllinoisBand.com

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 1:24 pm

LOCKN' has long been hailed for presenting extraordinary artist collaborations and this year's hugely anticipated festival promises some of the most exceptional pairings in the 4-day camping event's already remarkable history. LOCKN' takes place August 23-26 in Arrington, VA at Infinity Downs, LOCKN's 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Headlined by Dead & Company in a rare festival appearance, performing four sets over two nights in their final live shows of 2018, LOCKN' will see Widespread Panic joined onstage by Margo Price (Friday, August 24); Toots & The Maytals will perform with special guest Taj Mahal (Friday, August 24); and Eric Krasno will sit in with Lettuce for their "Lettuce Celebrates JGB" set (Saturday, August 25). These unprecedented unions follow previously unveiled LOCKN' 2018 collaborations that will include Branford Marsalis joining Dead & Company for their very last live set of 2018 (Sunday, August 26); a once-in-a-lifetime pairing of Umphrey's McGee and Jason Bonham performing a set of Led Zeppelin classics (Friday, August 24); and Foundation of Funk celebrating 50 years of The Meters with George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, and others (Saturday, August 25).

As if all that weren't enough, LOCKN' will also feature: Tedeschi Trucks Band (performing two separate days), Sheryl Crow, Joe Russo's Almost Dead (performing on two separate days), George Clinton & P-Funk, Umphrey's McGee (performing two separate days), Pigeons Playing Pingpong, Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, Turkuaz, The Suffers, and more. The full schedule is below.

For the first time ever, LOCKN' is offering a Three-Day Weekend Pass in addition to its traditional Four-Day Festival Pass, allowing fans with tighter schedules to still see all the bands performing at LOCKN' for a lower price. Single-Day Festival Passes are also available. Forest Camping and Tent-Only Camping are both completely sold out. A limited amount of Student/Military tickets are still available. For complete details and remaining ticket availability, please visit locknfestival.com/tickets. 2017 saw LOCKN' introduce a new and improved festival layout at Infinity Downs Farm, with the central venue now encompassing both the main stage and Blue Ridge Bowl natural amphitheater, allowing more than 20,000 fans to enjoy non-stop music all weekend long with improved sight lines and easy access to all the incredible food, drinks, shopping, and social action activities. The new and improved venue location is more accessible to all campsites, with additional shade and misting stations to provide extra respite in the event of heat. The venue location and streamlined layout also allow for more efficient and direct traffic access, making entering and exiting LOCKN' smoother than ever before.

LOCKN' 2018 LINEUP:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Umphrey's McGee (2 Sets)

Lettuce (2 Sets)

Butcher Brown

Erin & The Wildfire

Firecracker Jam

Jerry Dance Party

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (11 PM)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Widespread Panic (w/Margo Price)

George Clinton & P-Funk

Umphrey's McGee (w/Jason Bonham)

Toots & The Maytals (w/Taj Mahal)

Moon Taxi

Turkuaz

Band of Changes

Ghost Light

Caitlyn Smith

The Fuzz Band

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (Midnight)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

Dead & Company (2 Sets)

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Foundation of Funk (Celebrating 50 Years of The Meters)

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Keller & The Keels

Big Something

Agents of Good Roots

The Suffers

Southern Avenue

People's Blues of Richmond

Disco Risque

Lettuce Celebrates JGB (w/Eric Krasno) (Midnight)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

Dead & Company (2 Sets) (2nd Set w/Special Guest Branford Marsalis)

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sheryl Crow

Blues Traveler

Matisyahu

Spafford

The Judy Chops

Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel

For complete details, ticket availability and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 1:51 pm

Today, Rob Garza releases his latest offering, Dissolve EP (Armada Music).  The tracks on the EP move and meld from full on dance party, to dark and hauntingly captivating.

Dissolve is robust offering of four tracks that were all “born of travel”, Garza explains. “A lot of the music materialized while I was in motion from one city to another. Most of the songs were written on trains, planes or hotel rooms while touring through Europe, each of which conjures up sounds that are percussive, deep and seductive. “Dubroja” invokes otherworldly Bulgarian chants merged with modern underpinnings. “Velvet Coffin” journeys through a dark subterranean underworld. “Dissolve” features the brilliant vocals of Fare, creating a mesmerizing dreamlike and haunting vibe."

About:

A tastemaker who’s been operating on the frontier of electronic music for over twenty years, Thievery Corporation co-founder Rob Garza is without doubt a man with a unique musical perspective. Always aimed at connecting people through music, the San Francisco-based producer’s artistry allows for musical expression in its finest form and that’s exactly what his four-track solo release on Armada Music builds on.

Redefining the parameters of quality dance music, Rob Garza’s Dissolve EP consists of four diverse, yet equally peerless productions. While first track ‘Dobruja’ offers a sense of mystery that coerces fans to feel music rather than “just” listen to it, ‘Your Calling’ calls upon colorful vocals and uplifting beats to blossom like a cherry tree in spring.The third single on the EP, ‘Velvet Coffin’, adds a bit of darkness and foreboding to the EP with a pulsating bassline that could prove seminal in the future of music. And last but not least, title track ‘Dissolve’ does exactly what the entire EP has set out to do: to excite, surprise and globally connect lovers of dance music under one pivotal denominator.

Known best as one half of the legendary, Grammy-nominated electronic music duo Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza shifted to another part of the electronic music spectrum as a solo artist. Sporting a signature sound that borders on House and Nu-Disco with hints of other influences mixed in, he is – and will remain – a staple in the electronic music scene who continually offers a fresh perspective on today’s music, either through his solo work or under his joint Thievery Corporation moniker.

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:50 pm

BoomBox has announced their new full-length record, Western Voodoo is set to release October 19th with single, “Selling Fun” releasing August 24th. “Western Voodoo may be the most musically diverse album the band has ever released,” front man Zion Godchaux explains; “There are only a few rules. It should be heavy groove. It should make you want to move.” BoomBox is widely known for their energetic live shows, and this record is a true testament to just that. In support of their upcoming release, BoomBox will embark on a 40-city US tour starting in early 2019, dates will be announced early this fall.

Listen to the new single “Selling Fun” HERE.

Since first emerging in 2004, founder, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Zion Rock Godchaux has been quietly seasoning this simmering recipe to perfection. However, it reaches a boiling point on his forthcoming 2018 fifth album, Western Voodoo. Frontman Zion Godchaux comments, “I’ve learned more about engineering and the technical aspects of recording. [This last year has] been a time of soul searching. I can follow any Ideas that I want to. So there’s a lot more organic instrumentation. I’m just trying to develop more sonic real.” Appropriately, he dubs the sound of Western Voodoo, “Dirty Disco Blues.” Within that realm, Godchaux fuses a funky strut with electronic energy and danceable swagger powerful enough to cast a spell of its own.

“You hear about different forms of magic around the world,” he goes on. “The West, in general, has its own voodoo influenced by the blues. That’s what shaped me as a musician growing up in this country. It’s hard to put in the words, but you know it when you hear it.” At the same time, the Muscle Shoals, AL native stays true to what attracted countless fans in the first place.

“I remain open to anything you would hear coming out of a boombox,” he explains. “There are a lot of different vibes and angles, but it still adheres to a universal rhythm. This new record is the most musical and varied, yet it’s tightly wound in respect to that syncopation. Overall, I’ve further developed the sound people are used to.”

In the end, the new music kicks off the brightest and boldest chapter yet for Godchaux. “Our best side is somewhat medicinal,” he leaves off. “All of the rhythms, melodies, and frequencies add up to these healing properties. I hope people feel rejuvenated and re-focused on some level when they hear us. That’s Western Voodoo.”

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 7:57 am

Following the success of their five-track Feel It Again EP, released last March (over ten million streams and growing), Irish brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor push on with the release of a new eight track mini-album, Bear Creek To Dame Street, which is being released on September 21st to coincide with them supporting fellow countryman Hozier on his sold-out North American tour this fall, as well as playing a handful of US headline shows of their own.

Called From Bear Creek To Dame Street, the album presents four brand new songs, recorded at Bear Creek studios in Seattle, with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy) at the controls. The other side showcases the brothers tearing through a quartet of their best known older songs, in front of an excited singalong crowd, live at The Olympia Theatre, on Dame Street in their Dublin hometown.

Currently winning over new fans on the European festival circuit in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Spain, Hudson Taylor can't wait to return stateside. Bear Creek To Dame Street will be released on September 14th, 2018.

For more information: www.HudsonTaylorMusic.com

HUDSON TAYLOR UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

(with Hozier, unless indicated)

Sept. 18 - Montreal, Canada - L'Olympia

Sept. 19 - Toronto, Canada - Rebel Complex

Sept. 21 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

Sept. 24, 25, 26 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre

Sept. 28 - New York, NY - The Loft at City Winery (Hudson Taylor headlining show)

Sept. 30 - Boston, MA - Haymarket at City Winery (Hudson Taylor headlining show)

Oct. 1 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

Oct. 2 - Washington, DC - The Lincoln Theatre

Oct. 3 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

Oct. 4 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd (Hudson Taylor headlining show)

Oct. 8, 9, 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

Oct. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe (Hudson Taylor headlining show)

Oct. 14 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee

Oct. 15 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park

Oct. 16 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre

Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

Oct. 19, 20 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre

Oct. 22 - Vancouver, Canada - Orpheum Theatre

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 5:30 pm

The Trews have released their sixth studio album, Civilianaires, today, September 14th, 2018, via Cadence Recordings. Civilianaires is the band's most fearless record yet with personal and political lyrics driven by a refreshing new sound.

With multiple radio hits drawn from their previous albums, plus several EPs, a pair of live records, and a retrospective, The Trews are among the most prolific, electrifying, and innovative rock bands. The Nova Scotia-bred, Hamilton/Toronto-based combo of singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley - songwriters all - has won universal acclaim for both their dazzling live performances and wildly accessible songs.

The Trews approached Civilianaires, their electrifying and wildly original follow-up to 2014’s The Trews, the way a contractor tackles a kitchen reno: tearing things down to the studs, then building out piece by new piece. “We’re almost in existential-crisis-mode if we don’t have new songs we’re excited about,” guitarist/songwriter John-Angus MacDonald says, “With us it’s always ‘What’s next?’ We’re most galvanized while we’re creating. And this new album is a completely fresh take on what we’ve done before.”

Civilianaires features production credits from up and comer Derek Hoffman (The Elwins, Seaway) and the legendary Bob Rock. The band also worked alongside Max Kerman from Arkells, who co-wrote and co-produced the album’s second single "Vintage Love," along with a co-write with Serena Ryder on the title track.

The band are currently winding down their summer tour and the official US release celebration for Civilianaires will be on October 2nd at New York’s City Winery. The band will be back on the road in early 2019 in support of the album.

More information: www.TheTrewsMusic.com

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 2:56 pm

Today, noted bluegrass group Town Mountain unveils “Down Low” featuring Tyler Childers, the third single from their forthcoming record. Late last year, banjo player Jesse Langlais and Childers teamed up to write what would become the closing cut for their forthcoming record, New Freedom Blues . "To me 'Down Low' has a Waylon vibe, which is a damn good vibe to have," Langlais says. "My favorite line in the song, which was a Tyler line, is, 'I've been getting into meanness on the dark end of the street.' Ahh, that's downright lonesome." The track is available today on Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Set for release on October 26, 2018 , New Freedom Blues and Town Mountain’s upbeat, live performances have been praised by outlets like the Bluegrass Situation, SiriusXM, No Depression, American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone, who recently named the group an Artist You Need to Know . Town Mountain will appear at IBMA and continue on a Southeast tour throughout November, proceeding a December tour with Tyler Childers (full dates below).

New Freedom Blues was recorded at Asheville's iconic Echo Mountain Studios with producer Caleb Klauder; the 11 tracks that comprise the album span the sum total of the band's eclectic influences, from traditional bluegrass to roots pop to hardscrabble honky tonk. The album also marks the first time the band brought a drummer – Sturgill Simpson collaborator Miles Miller – into the studio.

Town Mountain is Langlais, Barker, vocalist/guitarist Robert Greer, fiddle player Bobby Britt, and bassist Zach Smith. Since releasing their debut album Original Bluegrass and Roots Country in 2007, Town Mountain have made a name for themselves in bluegrass and roots circuits and have amassed a sizable catalog of original songs. They've toured with a who's who of like-minded artists, including Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others. Southern Crescent debuted at number four on Billboard's Bluegrass Chart, and held strong in the Americana Music Association's Radio Chart Top Forty for 10 weeks. In 2016, Town Mountain made their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing both at the Opry House and at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

GRAMMY winner, producer, and musician Buddy Miller said, “Town Mountain aren’t out to reinvent the wheel, they’re like a new set of the finest tires that gives you a new ride. There's no fat, no gratuitous notes, no extra stuff, just amazing songs, singing and playing from one of the best bands out there… or maybe they are the new wheel.”

Tour Dates:

Sept 28 – Raleigh, NC – IBMA

Oct 4 – Boone, NC – Boone Saloon

Oct 5 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

Oct 6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

Oct 12 – Washington, D.C. – Pearl Street Warehouse

Oct 13 – Charlottesville, VA – The Prism Coffeehouse

Oct 17 – Nashville, TN – Station Inn

Oct 18 – Nashville, TN – Station Inn

Oct 19 – Lexington, KY – The Burl

Oct 20 – Owensboro, KY – Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame

Oct 24 – Knoxville, TN – Boyd's Jig and Reel Pub

Oct 25 – Atlanta, GA – Smith's Olde Bar

Oct 26 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall

Oct 27 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall

Oct 28 – Harrisonburg, VA – Spirit of the Valley Festival

Nov 1 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar

Nov 2 – Indianapolis, IN – Duke's Indy

Nov 3 – Peninsula, OH – G.A.R. Hall

Nov 4 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival

Nov 9 – Roanoke, VA – Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

Nov 10 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater

Nov 30 – Greer, SC – The Spinning Jenny *

Dec 1 – Winston Salem, NC – The Ramkat *

Dec 11 – Tulsa, OK – Cain's Ballroom *

Dec 12 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall *

Dec 13 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall *

Dec 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre *

Dec 16 – Dallas, TX – The Rustic *

 

* with Tyler Childers

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 2:43 pm

Sister Sparrow has released the new single, "Bad Habit," off of her forthcoming album, Gold, out October 12th on Thirty Tigers. The single is the follow up to "Ghost" and the title track, "Gold." Listen HERE.

The new album, Gold, takes the classic soul-rock sound created by Sister Sparrow and her brass-fueled combo, The Dirty Birds, and turns it into something altogether new, a soul-blasted contemporary pop approach supremely suited for Kincheloe's immense voice and even greater vision. Produced and co-written in collaboration with Carter Matschullat (Chef'Special, Secret Weapons) at Brooklyn's DØØM Studio, the new album sees Sister Sparrow expressing herself like never before. The first single, "Ghost," was released in early August, accompanied by a unique "lyric" video featuring the lyrics displayed as emojis, which is already approaching 100K views on YouTube. An official video for "Ghost" will be released soon. Watch the lyric video.

In support of Gold, Sister Sparrow is currently on a major U.S. tour. It's already off to a strong start, with numerous festival appearances and a sold-out show supporting Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats at Thompson's Point in Portland, Maine. Full tour dates below.

For a taste of Sister Sparrow's live sound, check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert HERE.

SISTER SPARROW UPCOMING TOUR DATES

10/31 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

11/1 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewing Co.

11/2 - Ferndale, MI - Otus Supply - Parliament Room

11/3 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

11/8 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Music Hall Hartford

11/9 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts

11/10 - Albany, NY - Swyer Theatre, Empire Center At The Egg

11/15 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

11/29 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club

12/1 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza

12/5 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

12/6 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:39 am

On the one-year anniversary of his passing, The Lumineers today release their version of Tom Petty's "Walls." "Tom Petty is a musical hero of mine, and 'Walls' is such an incredible song," shares the band's Wesley Schultz, continuing "When I got married, my wife walked down the aisle to the song."

The band opened up for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers three times, but it was playing "Walls" in front of Petty that resonated most. The band performed the song at the annual MusiCares® Person of the Year Gala in 2017 where Petty was the honoree. "After we played," Schultz remembers, "Petty told me how much he liked and appreciated the version, which was a great honor. This is our way of paying homage to him."

All proceeds from the song will benefit MusiCares, a charity of the Recording Academy™, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

ABOUT MUSICARES:

A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.

For more information, visit www.musicares.org, "like" MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:49 pm

After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts - the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band

They will kick off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album and a worldwide tour that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The new album, which is slated to be released in the Spring of 2019, will be produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).

The new ABB will include Devon, Duane, Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), slide guitar virtuoso, Johnny Stachela and DAP percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum. 

Peter Levin (Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 player) and Chuck Leavell (former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist) will also appear on the record.

For all up to date news, and to purchase tickets please visit allmanbettsband.com.

Second Annual Allman Family Revival at The Fillmore

Returning for its second year in celebration of Gregg Allman's birthday, and all star family reunion is set to take place at The Fillmore in San Francisco. 

"I think that it's important that the music live on" Devon recently told Rolling Stone in an interview.

The evening will feature Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr., Luther and Cody Dickinson, G. Love, Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall, Ally Venable, Alex Orbison and Marcus King. 

Plus Brotherhood of Light, the "original San Francisco psychedelic show" (who are slated to tour with the new ABB in 2019) will be providing visuals and lighting for the evening. Brotherhood of Light has worked with several bands including The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and The Who.

Before the launch of The ABB in 2019, you can find Devon and Duane on tour through late February 2019 as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts. Ticket links and information for those shows can be found here.

Devon Allman Project w/ Special Guest Duane Betts Dates

Nov 9, 2018 | Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Dec 2, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ @ Music Instrument Museum Theater

Dec 4, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

Dec 6, 2018 | Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke

Dec 7, 2018 | Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage

Dec 8, 2018 | San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Allman Family Revival)  

Dec 9, 2018 | Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria 

Dec 11, 2018 | Bend, OR @ Tower Theatre

Dec 12, 2018 | Boise, ID @ The Olympic

Dec 13, 2018 | Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room

Dec 14, 2018 | Jackson Hole, WY @ The Mangy Moose

Dec 15, 2018 | Vail, CO @ Vail Snow Days with Shakey Graves 

Dec 16, 2018 | Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theater

Dec 26, 2018 | St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House

Dec 27, 2018 | Nashville, TN @ Exit In

Dec 28, 2018 | New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas

Dec 29, 2018 | Birmingham, AL @ Saturn 

Dec 30, 2018 | Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

Dec 31, 2018 | Macon, GA @ Grand Opera House with special guest Berry Oakley Jr.

Jan 20-24, 2019 | Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Gov't Mule's Island Exodus with Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Ron Holloway

Jan 28, 2019 | Park City, UT @ The Cabin (Devon & Duane acoustic @ Sundance Festival)

Feb 14-18, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Rock Legends Cruise VI with Roger Daltrey and Buddy Guy

Feb 20, 2019 | Stuart, FL @ Lyric Theater

Feb 21, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse

Feb 22, 2019 | Ocala, FL @ Reilly Arts Center

Feb 23, 2019 | Ormond Beach, FL @ The Pavilion at Destination Daytona

Feb 24, 2019 | Clearwater, FL @ Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival

Feb 25 - March 1, 2019 | Tampa, FL @ Keepin' The Blues Alive w/ Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd 

The Allman Betts Band Dates

Mar 28, 2019 | Torrington, CT @ Warner Theatre

Mar 29, 2019 | Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey PAC

Mar 30, 2019 | Plattsburgh, NY @ The Strand Theater

Apr 4, 2019 | Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

Apr 5, 2019 | Stowe, VT @ Spruce Peak PAC

Apr 6, 2019 | Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre

Apr 11, 2019 | Homer, NY @ Center for the Arts

Apr 12, 2019 | Newton, NJ @ Newton Theater

Apr 13, 2019 | Beverly, MA @ Cabot Theater

Jun 29, 2019 | New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home Festival

Sep 1, 2019 | Lakeville, PA @ Cove Haven Southern Rock Festival

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 1:24 pm

Ben Morrison (of The Brothers Comatose) has announced his debut solo EP, due out March 1 on AntiFragile Records. This EP will be followed by a second EP to be released later in 2019. With this new batch of music, Morrison has been able to push his creative boundaries and stretch songwriting  legs in a way that he was never before able to do. With the announcement, comes the release of the first single and a stunning music video to go along with it.

“The video we made was really fun. Friends of mine - The Rainbow Girls - sing background vocals on the new track “25 Miles” and I thought it would be great to get them in the video. I didn’t really have much of a concept so I called them up and they said to come out to their house in the sticks and we would play a game called stump. It’s an old carpenters game where you get a stump, a bunch of nails and a hammer…and you flip the hammer in the air, catch it and bring it down in one motion, trying to nail in other peoples’ nails. Last nail standing wins. I had the idea to turn the game into an old-fashioned kung fu battle, which found me and Vanessa May of the Rainbow Girls battling it out and me ultimately losing in the end. SPOILER ALERT. Whoops. It was really fun to make and I think fits the vibe of the song quite well.”

The Brothers Comatose, a familiar name in the roots and americana landscape, have been hitting it hard for the past 10 years, and now with some lineup changes the band is taking what they call a “palette cleanser”.

“We all needed to pursue our own things for a bit. Mine is to take that time and make as much music as I can and try some sonic exploration - something totally different than the thing I've been used to for the last 10 years in BroCo. So…I just booked some studio time and sat my ass down to write a bunch of songs. This change in the band has brought up all sorts of feelings in me and the only way for me to process all that stuff is to write.” says Morrison.

The EP will be recorded analog style to 2" tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco.

The choice to go analog was an easy one to Ben Morrison “When you’re recording to tape, you don’t have those fine-tuning details. You just have to play and sing your asses off in the studio. Sometimes you make mistakes, but some mistakes can be cool. It adds humanness to a record and I love that. Perfection is sterile and crappy.”

“My vision for this project is to explore the fringes of the music I've been writing that I wasn't able to explore fully with a string band. I've been working on lots of songs with different grooves - slow groovy crooner tunes and some uptempo rockers.

I kept asking myself why am I doing this thing? It’s kind of like my Rumspringa. Like the Amish do with their youth, letting them out into the world to experience all the different non-Amish facets of life. That’s what I’m doing right now.”

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 9:37 am

Superfly and A.C. Entertainment are excited to reveal the initial lineup for the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 18th annual four-day multi-stage camping festival will take place June 13 - 16, held as always at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Tickets - including General Admission (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day) and more - will go on sale Thursday, January 10, at 12 noon ET/11 am CT, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com/tickets. Bonnaroo has never been more accessible with GA ticket layaway plans available for just $47.

The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will see a truly extraordinary range of artists performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day event. Friday, June 14, will feature Phish (Late Evening Set), Childish Gambino, Solange, The Avett Brothers, Brockhampton, GRiZ, RL Grime, Beach House, GRiZ SuperJam, NGHTMRE, Gojira, Courtney Barnett, Girl Talk, AJR, Catfish And The Bottlemen, K.Flay, Anoushka Shankar, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Liquid Stranger, Deafheaven, Parquet Courts, Rival Sons, Ibeyi, Jade Cicada, Las Cafeteras, Cherry Glazerr, The Teskey Brothers, Medasin, Tyla Yaweh, Ducky, Monsieur Periné, Mersiv, and Crooked Colours.

Saturday, June 15, will include Post Malone, Odesza, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, The National, The Lonely Island, ZHU, Juice WRLD, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Gucci Mane, John Prine, Jim James (Full Band), Maren Morris, Gramatik, Shovels & Rope, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Quinn XCII, Clairo, Bishop Briggs, Hippo Campus, Space Jesus, Tokimonsta, Chelsea Cutler, The Record Company, SNBRN, Ruston Kelly, Whipped Cream, Rubblebucket, Little Simz, Memba, Deva Mahal, and DJ Mel.

Sunday, June 16, will see Phish (2 Sets), The Lumineers, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Illenium, Walk The Moon, Mac DeMarco, King Princess, Lil Dicky, G Jones, Trampled By Turtles, The Wood Brothers, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Princess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum), The Soul Rebels, The Lemon Twigs, Two Feet, AC Slater, CID, Dombresky, Bombino, Faye Webster, Ripe, Kikagaku Moyo, and Igloohost.

In addition, the lineup for Thursday, June 13, includes Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special Guests, Saba, Space Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump, 12th Planet, Sunsquabi, All Them Witches, Magic City Hippies, The Nude Party, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Comet Is Coming, Jack Harlow, Eprom, Caroline Rose, Donna Missal, Peach Pit, Hekler, and Dorfex Bos. The complete Bonnaroo 2019 lineup is below.

Bonnaroo has continually sought new ways to enhance the fans' onsite experience and the 2019 event will emphasize this with an array of remarkable new features and improvements. In 2018, Bonnaroo made significant upgrades to the site's communal areas, known as Plazas. Strategically located and well-lit public places throughout the campgrounds, Plazas include shade, free public Wi-Fi, showers, activities, charging stations, Clean Vibes Trading Post redemption centers, misting stations, medical, safety stations, information and portable restrooms.

NEW FOR 2019

This year's event features a "Sanctuary of Self-Love" campground experience curated by Hayley Williams of Paramore. Also, "The Yes Barn" presented by House of Yes and Little Cinema will once again feature jaw-dropping circus acts, mind-bending immersive cinema shows, wild theme parties, and Bonnaroo's first-ever Pride parade. And, located at Plaza 7, The Ville - presented in partnership with Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. and local maker-space Fort Houston - will showcase Music City's most creative, most entertaining and most delicious food with surprise performances, interactive and illuminated art installations, and late night fun. The ever-popular Grove, also at Plaza 7, will return in 2019, offering a shaded retreat during the days with art installations, hammocks and more. The evenings will see the beautiful tree-filled space transformed by Nashville's Fort Houston with more lights and inventive musical experiences than ever before. For more information, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/experience/camping-plazas. In addition, a pristine new wooded hangout is also being installed in a section of Bonnaroo's Eastern woods that has never been publicly available to fans before.

 With tickets purchased in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world, Bonnaroo is a truly universal event. Since its very first day, Bonnaroo has lived up to its responsibility as one of the planet's principal musical congregations by constantly pushing forward in its efforts towards environmental friendliness and sustainability. The only major event in the world with its own permanent solar array and compost waste on site, Bonnaroo has twice been recognized by the state of Tennessee, winning the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award as well as the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Pursuit of Excellence Award. Complete details, as well as Bonnaroo's annual report to the fans, can be found at www.bonnaroo.com/experience/sustainability.

In addition, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving as the philanthropic division of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, recently announced $236,000 in grant awards from its 2018 cycle. Formally established in 2009, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF) - administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee - supports nonprofit organizations that spearhead Tennessee-based initiatives with a mission of advancing arts, education and environmental causes. Since the inception of the festival in 2002, Bonnaroo and the BWF have generated more than $7 million in support, largely benefiting Manchester, TN, Coffee County and surrounding areas. Forty organizations received funding in 2018, including Musicians on Call, Notes For Notes, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children's Theatre, National Museum of African American Music, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, the Nashville Food Project, and more. For more information, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/information/get-involved/bonnaroo-works-fund.

THE COMPLETE BONNAROO 2019 LINEUP IS BELOW:

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special Guests

Saba

Space Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump

12th Planet

Sunsquabi

All Them Witches

Magic City Hippies

The Nude Party

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

The Comet Is Coming

Jack Harlow

Eprom

Caroline Rose

Donna Missal

Peach Pit

Hekler

Dorfex Bos

FRIDAY, JUNE 14

Phish (Late Evening Set)

Childish Gambino

Solange

The Avett Brothers

Brockhampton

GRiZ

RL Grime

Beach House

GRiZ SuperJam

NGHTMRE

Gojira

Courtney Barnett

Girl Talk

AJR

Catfish And The Bottlemen

K.Flay

Anoushka Shankar

Nahko & Medicine For The People

Liquid Stranger

Deafheaven

Parquet Courts

Rival Sons

Ibeyi

Jade Cicada

Las Cafeteras

Cherry Glazerr

The Teskey Brothers

Medasin

Tyla Yaweh

Ducky

Monsieur Periné

Mersiv

Crooked Colours

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Post Malone

Odesza

Hozier

Kacey Musgraves

The National

The Lonely Island

ZHU

Juice WRLD

Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Gucci Mane

John Prine

Jim James (Full Band)

Maren Morris

Gramatik

Shovels & Rope

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Quinn XCII

Clairo

Bishop Briggs

Hippo Campus

Space Jesus

Tokimonsta

Chelsea Cutler

The Record Company

SNBRN

Ruston Kelly

Whipped Cream

Rubblebucket

Little Simz

Memba

Deva Mahal

DJ Mel

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

Phish (2 Sets)

The Lumineers

Cardi B

Brandi Carlile

Illenium

Walk The Moon

Mac DeMarco

King Princess

Lil Dicky

G Jones

Trampled By Turtles

The Wood Brothers

Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers

Princess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum)

The Soul Rebels

The Lemon Twigs

Two Feet

AC Slater

CID

Dombresky

Bombino

Faye Webster

Ripe

Kikagaku Moyo

Igloohost

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:11 am

Bonnaroo Tickets - including General Admission (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day) and more – are on sale today now, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com/tickets.

LAYAWAY PLANS: During the purchase process, select "Layaway Plan" at checkout to put as little as $47 down and pay the remainder of your ticket in installments.

CARPOOL BONUS: Buy 4 GA tickets in one order and get 1 Car Camping Pass FREE.

LE BON TENTS: Bonnaroo has revamped its rentable tent and glamping options for 2019. More air conditioning options that ever before, and affordable packages starting as low as $50/night. For more information, visit https://www.bonnaroo.com/le-bon-tents/.

www.bonnaroo.com/tickets

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:45 pm

GRAMMY® Award winning artist Patty Griffin has announced a headlining tour beginning February 28 in Los Angeles, CA, making her way through historic venues across North America including The Town Hall in New York, NY, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Tickets for most shows go on sale next Friday, January 18. European dates and further North American touring will be announced soon. Full details, tour updates and much more can be found at www.pattygriffin.com/tour. The acclaimed singer's 10th studio recording and first-ever eponymous LP, PATTY GRIFFIN, arrives Friday, March 8 on her own PGM Recordings label via Thirty Tigers. 

PATTY GRIFFIN  is heralded by the powerful first track, "River," which premiered last Friday exclusively via People Magazine. "'Isn't she a river?' just kind of came out and the rest sort of followed," said Griffin. "Sometimes songs are like that. I wasn't really reaching for anything intentionally - just playing some chords with a feeling inside and there you go."

LISTEN TO "RIVER"

PATTY GRIFFIN represents an extraordinary new chapter for this incomparable singer-songwriter and immediately stands among the most deeply personal recordings of her remarkable two-decade career. The album - which follows 2015's GRAMMY® Award-nominated 

Servant of Love - collects songs written during and in the aftermath of profound personal crisis, several years in which she battled - and ultimately defeated - cancer just as a similar and equally insidious disease metastasized into the American body politic. Yet as always, like very few others, Griffin's power lies in how, as Holly Gleason in the 

Martha's Vineyard Gazette observed, "her songs seem to freeze life and truth in amber." It's in how Griffin can express the strikingly intimate while never making it about herself, all wrapped in sparse arrangements that breathe an incomparable force and import into her songcraft.

PATTY GRIFFIN 2019 TOUR DATES

FEBRUARY

28 - LARGO at the Coronet Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

MARCH

26 - Tipitina's Uptown - New Orleans, LA

27 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL

29 - The Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA

30 - Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN

31 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC

APRIL

2 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA

3 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

6 - The Town Hall - New York, NY

7 - The Music Hall - Portsmouth, NH

9 - Sanders Theatre - Cambridge, MA

11 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, Canada

12 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI

13 - Stuart's Opera House - Nelsonville, OH

14 - HI-FI Indy - Indianapolis, IN

16 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL

17 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN

19 - South On Main - Little Rock, AR

20 - The Heights Theater - Houston, TX

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 9:12 am

STAY WILD, the debut album from SONTALK, is set for release MARCH 15 from Sony Music Masterworks. Available now for preorder, the twelve-track collection follows the personal trials, tribulations and triumphs of JOSEPH LEMAY, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind SONTALK. Included with today's preorder is "I AM A MOUNTAIN," a multilayered, enveloping ballad detailing the before-and-after of a tumultuous relationship. Sonically, "I Am A Mountain" serves as the dynamic apex of Stay Wild, featuring a loping pace and persistent, driving beat that swells and crescendos to mimic the emotional rise and fall of a failing relationship - listen here.

"'I Am A Mountain' is a song with a few trajectories of meaning," says SONTALK. "On one level, it's a story about a mountain being exploited by a mining company. On another level, it's a story about a person with a heart of gold being totally used up by a parasitic individual. And on a third level, it's about how life seems to take the most out of the people with the purest hearts and the most good to offer the world. On Stay Wild, 'I Am A Mountain' comes at a point in the album where the main character is far from home and has come to a full understanding of just how much life has taken out of him."

By way of familial candor and visceral vulnerability, the twelve tracks comprising SONTALK's 2019 full-length debut album, Stay Wild, chronicle musician Joseph LeMay's journey of self-reflection, discovery, acceptance and, ultimately, growth. Throughout the creative process, LeMay's path spanned everything from frequent admittance to the psychiatric ward due to intense bouts with bipolar disorder and a suicide in the family to the birth of his son and ultimately, his creative awakening as SONTALK. In 2016, LeMay met producer Jeremy Lutito [Chuck Berry, Colony House] at the suggestion of engineer Logan Matheny. Together, they brought the vision of SONTALK to life, recording Stay Wild alongside Matheny at Big Light Studio.

Describing it as, "a series of open letters the main character leaves for his inner child," LeMay imbues his debut with moments of triumph and despair, tossing and turning between emotional extremes to create an openly honest dialogue with himself and listeners. The inner duality LeMay speaks of is a notion fully explored throughout the entirety of Stay Wild, an expansion of the emotional terrain covered by his introductory EP, SONTALK: Act I, released last April. On Act I, the lead single "I Am A War Machine," through jagged textures and frenetic rhythms, LeMay invokes a voice on the verge of mental unraveling while simultaneously realizing its volatility and gaining awareness.

The follow-up to Act I and lead offering from Stay Wild, "Baby, I'm Gone" fuses a stark and soulful vocal to sinewy acoustic guitar and a glitchy beat, with LeMay's haunting voice echoing with powerful passion and plaintive poetry. Rolling Stone named "Baby, I'm Gone" one of the 10 best new releases of the week, calling the track, "an evocative, compelling song about leaving negative feelings in the rearview mirror." Elsewhere the album is grounded by LeMay's powerful vocals and a delicate dissonance of multifarious sonic textures that range from distorted slide guitar transmissions, sequenced beats, vinyl samples and warm electronics. The result is a deeply emotional journey into LeMay's life, offering a therapeutic and universal wisdom meant to be shared for a long time to come.

"Whenever somebody lays themselves bare and is vulnerable, it's easier to empathize," concludes SONTALK. "My hope is that by being honest, I can give listeners something to hold on to. By reflecting, I'd love to help people with their own self-reflection. For others who have had experiences like I've gone through, I hope the music is a consolation. I'm reminding them they're not alone. This is just my version of a universal experience."

Today's album announcement arrives alongside the start of nearly 40 new tour dates for SONTALK, beginning with a U.S. run in support of Bronze Radio Return. SONTALK will celebrate the March release of Stay Wild with two major festival appearances, first at Savannah Stopover Festival and then making his SXSW debut in Austin, TX. He will hit the road again at the start of April, supporting artist Telekinesis on a month-long North American tour, with stops at renowned venues including Rough Trade (Brooklyn), U Street Music Hall (Washington DC), The Basement (Nashville), Café Du Nord (San Francisco) and more. For the latest in touring news and ticketing information please visit SONTALKmusic.com.

SONTALK - STAY WILD

TRACKLIST

1. Stay Wild

2. I Am a War Machine

3. Baby, I'm Gone

4. Ca Va & C'est La Vie

5. I Am a Mountain

6. One Day It's Gonna Break

7. Hosánna (God, Damn My Soul)

8. Jesus Honey

9. Hurt You

10. Kiss Me, Kill Me (Cover Me in Red)

11. The One Who Breaks Your Heart

12. Julian

SONTALK 2018-2019 TOUR DATES

January

29 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre*

30 - Charleston, SC - The Charleston Pour House*

31 - Orlando, FL - SoundBar*

February

7 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar*

8 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage*

9 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room*

March

7 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Music Festival

12-16 - Austin, TX - SXSW

April

1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court**

2 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge**

4 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.**

5 - Davenport, IA - The Raccoon Motel**

6 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club**

7 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon**

8 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**

10 - Detroit, MI - El Club**

11 - Toronto, ON - The Drake**

12 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz**

13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott**

14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas**

16 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade**

17 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall**

18 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room**

19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl**

20 - Nashville, TN - The Basement**

22 - Dallas, TX - Ruins**

23 - Houston, TX - Rockefellers**

24 - Austin, TX - 3TEN ACL Live**

26 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge**

27 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah**

28 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge**

30 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord**

May

1 - Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Big Room **

2 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios**

3 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's**

4 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret**

17 - Lacrosse, WI - Mid West Music Fest

* w/ Bronze Radio Return

** w/ Telekinesis

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 1:39 pm

Jim James has announced plans for a spring headline tour. The Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion tour - which sees James backed by his longtime live band - begins May 1 at Charleston, SC's Charleston Music Hall and then continues through the month. James - who has only just wrapped up a series of intimate European headline shows - will bring his first full band performances of last year's Uniform Distortion along with selections from his entire catalogue to U.S. festivals at Atlanta, GA's Shaky Knees Music Festival (May 4), Manchester, TN's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 15), Telluride, CO's Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 20-23), and Quincy CA's High Sierra Music Festival (July 4-7).

Spotify and jimjames.com presales begin Wednesday, January 30 at 10 am (local). Local presales follow on Thursday, January 31 at 10 am (local). All presales conclude Thursday, January 31 at 10 pm (local). All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, February 1 at 10 am (local). For complete details, please see jimjames.com/events.

In partnership with RPM, $1 from every ticket purchased for the Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion tour will benefit My Morning Jacket's Waterfall Project, whose beneficiary for this tour will be the Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6-8 from diverse communities to grow their imaginations through writing.

JIM JAMES 2019 TOUR

MAY

1 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall

3 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel

4 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Music Festival

5 - New Orleans, Joy Theater

8 - Houston, TX - Heights Theater

10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

11 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre

12 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre

14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

15 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall

17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

20 - Portland, ME - State Theatre

22 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre

23 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater

25 - Boulder, CO - Bluebird Music Festival (solo acoustic)

JUNE

15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

20-23 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival

JULY

4-7 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:05 pm

Partisan Records announces the release of Craig Finn's eagerly awaited new album, I Need A New War, arriving Friday, April 26. The third album in a trilogy (following 2015's Faith in the Future and 2017's We All Want The Same Things), I Need A New War once again sees Finn expertly chronicling our complex, often confusing, modern era, drawing deeply felt character studies about regular people trying to respond to extraordinary times, attempting to find connection whilst wondering how to keep pace with a world moving faster than they are. The LP further finds Finn focusing his lens on New York City - his home for the last 18 years.

"Going in, I saw this record as the third part of a trilogy," says Finn. "Thematically, this was the third group of songs that I had written about smaller moments -- people trying to stay afloat in modern times, attempting to find connection, achieving tiny triumphs and frustrating let downs in their day to day lives."

I Need A New War, Finn's fourth solo LP, was recorded throughout 2018 at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, both of whom teamed with Finn on his widely acclaimed previous solo releases. In addition, the album features musical contributions from many of his regular solo collaborators, including Kaufman, horn master Stuart Bogie (Antibalas), pianist Sam Kassirer, vocalists Annie Nero and Cassandra Jenkins, and drummer extraordinaire Joe Russo. 

"Perhaps forward motion is everything," says Finn. "The characters in the songs on this record, and the last two, are trying to keep up and keep their heads above water. They succeed or they don't, but their stories are the tales of their attempts at pushing ahead. And so, with my own push forward, I feel lucky and excited to be sharing these songs and stories."

The first song from the new record premiered on NPR today and is available now on all DSPs. "Blankets is a song about someone who has never gotten over a past love, and goes searching for her. But time is running out," says Finn.

LISTEN TO "BLANKETS"

PRE-ORDER I NEED A NEW WAR

Beginning today, fans can pre-order I Need A New War in physical and digital formats. All orders through Finn's D2C store include a bonus digital EP featuring b-sides and alternate versions from the album. Other items exclusive to the store include: a one of a kind, signed hardcover lyric book (featuring lyrics to all songs from FITF, WAWTST, INANW and photos by Dan Monick), signed vinyl, an enamel pin set, and more. 

Perhaps best known as the singer of The Hold Steady, Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New York City. With his highly descriptive lyrical style and a defining focus on narrative, Finn has crafted whole worlds for the people in his songs to exist within. After five critically acclaimed albums with The Hold Steady, 2012 saw Finn release his first solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, prompting The AV Club to write,  "As a solo artist, Finn has created a new world of characters and songs...working in new sonic territory while still sounding like the same old storyteller obsessed with falls from grace and calls for redemption."

Largely written in the wake of his mother's death, Faith in the Future earned four stars from Rolling Stone and ultimately, a top 10 spot on American Songwriter's "Top 50 Albums of 2015." "It's time to pay attention to Craig Finn, who made his mark as the frontman with the Hold Steady - an infectious, Replacements-style rock act from New York - but really steps up on his own," wrote the Boston Globe. "Finn's second solo album is packed with songs rich in street intelligence and wry humor."

Finn's remarkable third solo album, We All Want The Same Things, proved one of the most acclaimed releases of 2017 with inclusion on a wide range of high-profile year-end lists. "God In Chicago," the extraordinary centerpiece track that gives the album its name, was ranked #1 by American Songwriter on its "Top 25 Songs of 2017," noting, "We expect strong characters and compelling stories from Craig Finn, whether he's recording solo or with The Hold Steady. We even expect beautiful details and excellent location scouting. But we didn't expect a song as powerful, as specific, as lived in, as beautiful, as insightful, as risky as 'God in Chicago.'" The Guardian, In a four-starred rave, hailed We All Want The Same Things as "a deeply personal work from a master storyteller," while Paste simply declared the LP "[Finn's] most self-assured album...The subtler sense of musical adventurism he has come to embrace on his own work, make these songs essential."

Finn celebrated We All Want The Same Things by touring extensively throughout 2017. Highlights included an acclaimed headlining trek backed by his live band, The Uptown Controllers, as well as solo living room tours of the U.S. and the U.K. Currently traveling on a European tour alongside Brian Fallon, Finn will support I Need A New War with a North American and European live schedule, with dates set to commence in June. For updates, please visit craigfinn.net/tour.

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:49 am

Five years since their last album, Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are ready to embark on the next chapter of their remarkable story, with the release of the most ambitious music of their 20-year career together. Entitled Mettavolution, the band's new LP will be released April 26 via ATO Records and is available to preorder here. Tune in to a Facebook Live event from Rod and Gab's studio in Mexico today at 12 noon ET.

Three years in the making, Mettavolution brings together Rod and Gab's passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, then road-tested in South America and the USA in 2017, before more fine tuning and further tweaks on their Australian tour of 2018, a long list of new material has been distilled down to six new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions and one audacious, jaw-dropping cover song.

Rodrigo y Gabriela have shared a first taste of the album in the form of "Echoes", a cover of the Pink Floyd track, which takes up the whole of the second half of Mettavolution. Long-time Floyd fans, Rod and Gab lovingly pay homage to the prog-classic song off of the band's 1971 opus Meddle, while at the same time weaving their own golden threads into its timeless textures, to create something exciting, contemporary and unforgettable.

LISTEN TO "ECHOES"

PRE-ORDER METTAVOLUTION

Deep-rooted fans who discovered Rod and Gab through their 2006 self-titled breakout album have long recognized the Mexicans' mastery of their instruments. And while Rodrigo's shimmering, hummingbird flourishes hovering over Gabriela's extraordinary engine-room rhythm section are ever-present on Mettavolution, what sets this new record apart is the laser-guided focus on melody, energy and beat. There is not an ounce of excess baggage on the fresh, dynamic tunes that Rod and Gab present here, first on a white-hot side one that acknowledges the duo's thrash-metal roots back in Mexico City and then gives way to the aforementioned incredible new arrangement of "Echoes," inspiringly reimagined for two acoustic guitars.

Gab & Rod

Rodrigo and Gabriela: "We are big Pink Floyd fans. That track, specially the live in Pompeii version means a lot to us, we even made a huge visual reference in our video for "Hanuman." Besides that, the lyrics are even more relevant now than they were 45 years ago, the search for knowledge about ourselves, it's becoming a key element for survival these days, that's what evolution is all about at the end of the day."

 On working with noted producer Dave Sardy, the guitarists add: "Everything was ready for it, all the circumstances around the idea of agreeing to work with a producer came together right at the time we talked to Sardy. And our intuition was right. We talked to a lot of great producers before him but the conditions just weren't there. When we talked to Dave it just felt we had arrived." Recorded in Los Angeles, Sardy, -- best-known for his work with Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle and Band of Horses -- has helped Rod and Gab to a new recording career pinnacle.

Through relentless touring and terrific word-of-mouth support, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as a hugely in-demand live act, particularly in America, where they sold out the Hollywood Bowl (two nights) and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, both as recently as summer 2018. They have also sold out multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le Zenith in Paris and Radio City Music Hall in New York, not to mention venues in Australia, Japan and Europe. With career album sales well in excess of 1.5 million worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as globally successful artists who are eager to write new chapters in their already illustrious story

Rodrigo y Gabriela will be touring throughout the year. North American tour dates will be announced soon.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA UK/EU TOUR DATES

April

13 - Munich - Technikum

15 - Berlin - Columbia Theater

17 - Bourges - Printemps de Bourges

18 - Luxembourg - den Atelier

19 - Brussels - Cirque Royal

21 - Dublin - Olympia Theatre

24 - London - Roundhouse

25 - Paris - Olympia

27 - Chamonix - Musilac Mont Blanc (festival appearance)

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:29 am

Today, Fantastic Negrito shares the video for "A Boy Named Andrew" from his sophomore album Please Don't Be Dead. The release arrives ahead of the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards airing Sunday, February 10, where he'll celebrate his second consecutive nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Album."

On the release, Negrito states, "I was 'A Boy Named Andrew.' I grew up in foster care feeling like an outsider, and I wanted to write a song about it - about the real stories and real people I met that may not get their stories heard. The video was shot on location in Milan. We love Italy and the energy of the people there. It was directed by a talented 18 year old named Freddy Macdonald. Thanks Freddy for all your time and energy making this happen."

WATCH "A BOY NAMED ANDREW"

In a brand new story at Esquire, Negrito discusses his "forays into fashion, the style icons who made him, and the pieces that still move him."

"They would see me and just double over laughing, looking at me," Negrito says. "But they didn't bully me or beat me up. I don't know if people realize this, but the hood has lots of comedians. And this one guy walked up to me and he was like, 'What ship is you the captain of?' I still think about this to this day."

When you listen to Fantastic Negrito, you're invited to hear the story of life after destruction. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the midst of a rebirth that took him from the streets of Oakland to the Grammy stage. On the way he won the NPR Tiny Desk Contest and toured the world, playing alongside artists ranging from Chris Cornell to Solange to Sturgill Simpson.

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 2:32 pm

Head for the Hills--Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen--come out swinging and invigorated with fresh sounds on their latest EP, Say Your Mind. Recorded at Swingfingers Studios in Fort Collins (Colorado, the band brought a larger band than ever before, including drummer Darren Garvey of Elephant Revival, Vocalist Kim Dawson, Dobroist Todd Livingston, a horn section and more. The material reflects both the turbulent social rhythms of our current era and more timeless moments of joy, growth, and change—think #MeToo, the current body politic, and inequality, but also relationships, fatherhood and growing up.

Like a painter that starts in acrylic and graduates to oils, Head for the Hills is deeper and richer in their 15th year as a band, with a wider palette of sonic textures at their disposal.  Dorm room jam sessions have turned into a decade plus on the road--from humble coffee shops to theaters, festivals, roadhouses and clubs all across the country. Over time those sounds, and influences have crept more and more into the bluegrass beginnings of the band, morphing into the seasoned eclecticism of Say Your Mind. The new songs are quintessential Head for the Hills; genre-stradling, lyrically deep, and danceable, with a crew of collaborators bringing the best of Colorado acoustic, roots, and soul music together.

Head for the Hills numerous festival appearances include notables Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, South by Southwest, FloydFest, RockyGrass, DelFest, Summer Camp Music Festival, Blue Ox Music Festival, Northwest String Summit, Strawberry Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, Folk Alliance, Grandoozy and many more. The band charted on the CMJ Top 200 twice, has been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, and was awarded Best Bluegrass in Colorado four times via Denver’s Westword Magazine.

Their newest album comes out on March 22nd and the band is getting ready to play some dates later this month to celebrate.

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 7:52 pm

Guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela are thrilled to announce plans for a major American tour. The headline dates begin May 4 at Austin, TX's ACL Live at the Moody Theater and then continues into early June. In addition, the renowned Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo will make a series of top-billed festival appearances, among them Cleveland, OH's LaureLive (June 9). The new tour dates follow a previously announced European tour, set to visit Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, England, and France through April.

Gabriela Quintero

For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.rodgab.com/tour-dates.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA ON TOUR 2019

APRIL

13 - Munich, GERMANY - Technikum

15 - Berlin, GERMANY - Columbia Theater

17 - Bourges, FRANCE - Printemps de Bourges

18 - Luxembourg City, LUXEMBOURG - den Atelier

19 - Brussels, BELGIUM - Cirque Royal

21 - Dublin, IRELAND - Olympia Theatre

24 - London, ENGLAND - Roundhouse

25 - Paris, FRANCE - L'Olympia

27 - Chamonix, FRANCE - Musilac Mont Blanc *

MAY

4 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater

15 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre

17 - Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall

18 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre

23 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit

24 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre

JUNE

1 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre

2 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

4 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

5 - Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion

7 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Filene Center

8 - Cleveland, OH - LaureLive *

JULY

3 - Montreal, QC - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal *

9 - Bayfield, WI - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

* FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:00 am

Dayglo and Silent Partner Presents are excited to unveil LOCKN' festival's remarkable 2019 lineup. This year's edition of the four-day multi-stage camping festival features a number of extraordinary artist collaborations, once again affirming LOCKN' as one of the world's most exciting and unique summer gatherings. LOCKN' takes place August 22-25 in Arrington, VA at Infinity Downs, LOCKN's 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, February 16 at 12 Noon ET via LOCKNFESTIVAL.COM.

LOCKN' 2019 will showcase a truly amazing range of artists performing over the four-day event, with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Thursday, August 22, will feature Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Gary Clark Jr., Khruangbin, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Friday, August 23 will include headliners Trey Anastasio Band Feat. Derek Trucks alongside The Revivalists, Old Crow Medicine Show, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Melvin Seals & JGB, Moonalice collaborating with The Chambers Brothers, and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio.

Saturday, August 24, will see Anastasio returning the favor by joining Tedeschi Trucks Band during their headline set, topping a star-studded bill that also includes Vulfpeck, Oteil & Friends feat. Bob Weir with Devon Allman, Duane Betts & more, Twiddle, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Allman Betts Band, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, and Liz Cooper & The Stampede.

Sunday, August 25th, will be headlined by Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Feat. Susan Tedeschi, along with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, moe., St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine For The People, The Soul Rebels, Deva Mahal, and Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel.

In addition, LOCKN's beloved Garcia's Forest will feature an array of early and late shows throughout the festival weekend, with performers including Fruition, The Lil Smokies, and Town Mountain (Early Shows) and Galactic, Soulive, and Circles Around The Sun (Late Shows).

"With LOCKN', we try and keep things fresh while also keeping them kind of the same," says the festival's Co-Founder and Executive Producer Peter Shapiro. "We think it's fun to have musicians who have played the festival multiple times return for more. Most other music festivals change their line-ups year to year, without having acts play consecutive years, but we prefer to do things a little differently. That said, we are also excited to bring in some great bands that will be playing LOCKN' for the first time. And we have some cool collaborations that should reinvent the music while still keeping the soul of it, which, when it works, is magic and why we do the event."

LOCKN' is once again offering a Three-Day Weekend Pass in addition to its traditional Four-Day Festival Pass, allowing fans with tighter schedules to still see all the bands performing at LOCKN' for a lower price. Single-Day Festival Passes are also available. For complete details, please visit locknfestival.com/tickets.

LOCKN' FESTIVAL 2019 LINEUP:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Gary Clark Jr.

Khruangbin

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Jerry Party

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Trey Anastasio Band Feat. Derek Trucks

The Revivalists

Old Crow Medicine Show

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Melvin Seals & JGB

Moonalice w/ The Chambers Brothers

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

Tedeschi Trucks Band Feat. Trey Anastasio

Vulfpeck

Oteil & Friends Feat. Bob Weir with Devon Allman, Duane Betts & More

Twiddle

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Allman Betts Band

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Feat. Susan Tedeschi

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

moe.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Steel Pulse

Nahko and Medicine For The People

The Soul Rebels

Deva Mahal

Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel

GARCIA'S FOREST: EARLY SHOWS

Fruition

The Lil Smokies

Town Mountain

GARCIA'S FOREST: LATE SHOWS

Galactic

Soulive

Circles Around The Sun

Jerry Party

For complete details, ticket availability and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 10:53 am

The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has unveiled a series of incredible updates to its campground Plazas, ensuring that this year's event offers the most exciting and innovative camping experience anywhere. The 18th annual four-day multi-stage camping festival will take place June 13 - 16, held as always at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Tickets - including General Admission (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day) and more - are on sale now. Tier 4 tickets are nearly sold out but fans can lock in GA tickets for just $47 via ticket layaway plans. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/tickets.

Last year saw a phenomenal upgrade to Bonnaroo's communal areas, known as Plazas. Strategically located and well-lit public places throughout the campgrounds, Plazas include shade, free public Wi-Fi, showers, activities, charging stations, Clean Vibes Trading Post redemption centers, misting stations, medical, safety stations, information and portable restrooms. The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will see a variety of unprecedented experiences throughout the Plazas, including live performances and light-based art installations unlike anything previously seen in the festival's long, creative history:

Plaza 2 will be transformed into "Roo's Sanctuary Of Self Love," curated By Hayley Williams of Paramore. Bonnaroovians visiting the BougieRoo area will have the opportunity to get festival ready with hair styling by Good Dye Young, mini spa treatments, glitter stations and flower crowns. In addition, Services In The Sanctuary will offer feature everything from and nightly themed dance parties to alternative therapies and panels on mental health and self-love. Fans will also get a chance to win a makeover with style extraordinaire Brian O'Connor of Good Dye Young and meet Hayley Williams herself.

Among the new Plazas will be "Where In The Woods," located on the Eastern woods of Bonnaroo's campground, near both VIP camping and Plaza 2. "Where In The Woods" will transform the forest into an unforgettable magical landscape for late-night fun and daytime escape from reality. The Where Stage will feature DJs and surprise sets late into the night with an otherworldly dance floor.

Plaza 9 will be dubbed "Bayou Libre," curated by the New Orleans entertainment collective FREEWATER. An interactive experience inspired by the landscape and the spirits of the swamp, Bayou Libre will be a place where Bonnaroovians can relax in the shade during the day and experience parties late into the night. FREEWATER will bring musical acts as well as some secret performances from New Orleans-based artists featured on the main Bonnaroo lineup.

Plaza 7 will feature "Whiskey Jam At The Ville," curated by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and local maker-space Fort Houston. Located right next to The Grove, "Whiskey Jam At The Ville" will give festival attendees from all over the world a chance to sample the best in Nashville's live music, food, art, and so much more. Whiskey Jam, a local Nashville favorite for weekly live music events, will host a Wednesday night kick-off part and present surprise musical acts throughout the weekend.

Brooklyn's House of Yes and Little Cinema return to Plaza 3 in 2019, once again offering up thrilling performance spectacles and one-of-a-kind dance party madness. Dirty Circus will feature jaw-dropping circus acts, drag queens with fantastic feats of skill, while Little Cinema and Cinema Club will present mind-blowing interactive immersive screenings. The new Day Lounge and Night Owl Cinema series will also provide shade and late night entertainment. Bonnaroovians are also all invited to Plaza 3's opening night and closing night parties, as well as what will be a certain highlight of this year's event - the first-ever Bonnaroo pride parade. The festival has always provided a place of inclusiveness and innovation, though Bonnaroovians will now see the spirit manifest into a trail of radical expression in celebration of our right to exist.

The Grove at Plaza 7 is back again in 2019 with plenty of shade along with art installations, hammocks, and much more. At night, Nashville's Fort Houston will transform the beautiful tree-filled space into something even more special with the promise of more lights and experiences than ever before, including the return of "Tonalism," an all-night ambient music experience by DUBLAB. The "Tonalism" events will feature live performances and DJ sets in an environment transformed by light projections, art installations, and other various multimedia elements. Visitors will be encouraged to lie down and listen for a transformative and contemplative experience.

The Boogaloo Of Wonder at Plaza 6 will be Bonnaroovians' go-to spot for comedy performances, artistic exploration, and entertainment of all sorts. Lineup details and more will be unveiled soon.

The Tower at Plaza 4 offers attendees a convenient stop to or from their camp to grab food, crafts, coffee, and more. Located right near the entrance to Centeroo, The Tower will also host festival favorites like the Bonnaroo Census as well as inspiring art, and more.

Last, but very definitely not least, the newly revamped VIP Campground Plaza will feature air-conditioning, private bars, complimentary Wi-Fi, daily yoga classes, games, live video feeds of the festival performances, and some special surprises. Located close to Plazas 2 and 3, the VIP Campground Plaza is available exclusively to VIP patrons.

For updates, additional details, and much more, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/experience/camping-plazas.

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:30 am

Ben Folds and Violent Femmes have announced a very special summer co-headline tour, set to begin Sunday, July 28 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, and continue through the first half of August.

Artist pre-sale is Tuesday, March 5 at 10 am local time.  All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, March 8 at 10 am local time. VIP Packages will also be available for all dates. VIP packages feature a pre-show Meet & Greet and a Q&A with Ben, and a signed copy and excerpt readings by Ben of his soon-to-be-published memoir "A Dream About Lightning Bugs. A Life Of Music And Cheap Lessons. For complete details and ticket availability, please see www.benfolds.com/tour-dates and (www.vfemmes.com/tour).

BEN FOLDS & VIOLENT FEMMES DATES

July

28 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena

30 - Washington, DC - The Anthem

August

1 - New York, NY - The Rooftop at Pier 17

2 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage

3 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

4 - East Providence, RI - Bold Point Park

6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE Outdoors

8 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

9 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater

10 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

11 - Detroit, MI - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

14 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly Brewing Company

15 - Des Moines, IA - Water Works Park Amphitheater

16 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre*

*Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 11 at 10am CST in Kansas City

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:59 am

Trixie Whitley has revealed the video for "Long Time Coming," the second part of a visual trilogy leading to the release of her third studio album, LACUNA, due March 29, 2019. "Longtime Coming" and the initial track released last month, "Touch," are both available for streaming now at all DSPs. LACUNA was created in conjunction with Run The Jewels producer Little Shalimar, and sees Whitley pulling classic soul into a future world thru a fascinating, heady blend of hi-fi electronic sounds, hypnotic rhythms, and her trademark vocals with gut punching lyrics. LACUNA is available for pre-order now.

"Trixie Whitley is the real deal," says Little Shalimar. "A true artist, more concerned with mining deep emotional truths than fashions or conceits. Making LACUNA with her was deeply gratifying and I consider it one of the artistic highlights of my life. I'm very excited to share it with the world."

The music videos for "Long Time Coming" and "Touch" were created by Whitley with visual artist and creative director Hannah Marshall, known for her signature monochromatic aesthetic and her work with bands such as The xx, Florence and The Machine, Savages and Goldfrapp.

WATCH "LONG TIME COMING"

WATCH "TOUCH"

PRE-ORDER LACUNA

While the trilogy is a personal study of the space in-between, it unravels a slow-burning language of physical movement and focuses on the evolution from an individual to a collective sense of intimacy, trust, and all its liminalities in-between.

"For me the new album is all about perception, possibility and the imagination," says Whitley. "'Long Time Coming' is largely about the tension which can exist between two individuals. It is an ode to the departures and new beginnings which often occur at the same time, an observation of this rich yet challenging process we experience when going through changes and transitions. I've always been intrigued by the space between opposing elements which may seem like a void but contains a well of information - that's why I'm calling the album LACUNA."

Trixie Whitley will be touring Europe and North-America all year in support of LACUNA. The first string of dates was just announced and includes two shows at the renowned Ancienne Belgique in Brussels - one  of which is already sold out - as well as headline shows in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and Leeds. Trixie will also be joining dEUS as a Special Guest on their Ideal Crash Tour this spring.

For all confirmed dates and updates, visit www.trixiewhitley.com.

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 9:50 am

Jim James and The Claypool Lennon Delirium have announced plans for a summer 2019 co-headline tour. The two acts will join forces for nine dates across the United States and Canada - beginning June 21 at Salt Lake City's Eccles Theater and then continuing into early July.

"For over 150 years, the firm of Claypool and Lennon has been providing clients with only the finest in rock and roll delirium and stark raving madness. This summer, I am excited and honored to say that we will be teaming up to offer a brand new twist on one of the most time tested and proven methods for inducing beautifully swirling and whirling delightfully delicious delirium: the healing power of rock and roll!"  said James.

"Tour pairing is often a challenge in my world but I think we have a good package with The Delirium and Jim James. Jim's music, from my perspective, is palatable to the masses yet has just enough eclecticism to keep an oddball like me intrigued. I look forward to shambling around the country with him," said Les Claypool.

Presales begin Wednesday, March 6 at 10 am (local). Local presales follow on Thursday, March 7 at 10 am (local). All presales conclude Thursday, March 7 at 10 pm (local). All remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Friday, March 8 at 10 am (local). In partnership with RPM, $1 from every ticket purchased for the Jim James + Claypool Lennon Delirium Summer 2019 Tour will benefit My Morning Jacket's Waterfall Project, this time benefitting the Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6-8 from diverse communities to grow their imaginations through writing.

JIM JAMES + CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM

SUMMER 2019 CO-HEADLINE TOUR

JUNE

21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Eccles Theater

22 - Bonner, MT - KettleHouse Amphitheater *

24 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox

25 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom

27 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater

JULY

2 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues

3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

5 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheater

* = w/ Built to Spill

Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:12 pm

Amanda Palmer's new album, There Will Be No Intermission, is out now via 8 Ft. Records/Cooking Vinyl. Her first solo album in more than six years, There Will Be No Intermission is Palmer's third solo LP, and it's the multi-faceted artist's most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album's overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life's most ineffably shitty circumstances. Recorded over a single month in Los Angeles by John Congleton (who previously engineered and produced 2012's acclaimed Theatre Is Evil), There Will Be No Intermission was entirely crowd-funded, this time by over 14,000 patrons using Palmer's community hub on Patreon. There Will Be No Intermission could be heard last week in its entirety via NPR's First Listen, and is now available in stores and on all DSPs.

"The last seven years have been a relentless parade of grief, joy, birth and death, and all of it has galvanized me to the core: as a writer, as a woman, as an artistic servant," says Palmer. "I also had no idea that my 14,000 patrons - who held my hand through this entire process - would have the profound effect on my songwriting that they did. Everything feels inseparable now: my crowdfunding through patreon, the birth of our son, the election of Trump, two abortions, the Kavanuagh hearing, the death of my best friend, being in Ireland for the repeal, the miscarriage I had on Christmas day. I sat in a theater in London and watched Hannah Gadsby decimate the blurted lines between entertainment and naked truth, I saw the brave women of #MeToo standing up against their rapists, and I saw Nick Cave in concert and on record working through his grief using art as a necessary and generous tourniquet that others could re-use. They all reminded me to try harder and harder still to tell the real, unadorned truth.  I've seen how infectious the darkest truths are, when spoken without shame, and I felt like taking any other path would have been a cop-out."

To accompany the release of the new album today,  Palmer is sharing a video (directed by filmmaker Amber Sealey) for the song "Voicemail For Jill." The song is a searing and stark, classically-tinged piano song inspired by Palmer's lifelong role as both pro-choice activist and confidant for women (and men) who have gone through the complicated, often-hidden experience of choosing to have an abortion. The song - penned after a tour landed her in Dublin during the landmark referendum to legalize abortion - had been gestating for ages in her pile of song-drafts and was a "white whale of songwriting" according to Palmer, who has herself had three abortions and has "struggled for years to find the right way to write about the subject without sentimentality, preachiness or apology."

"We felt like it was really important to address the very pedestrian, and also beautiful and emotionally complex experience of what it's like when you're literally on your way to get an abortion," video director Amber Sealey says. "That experience on screen can be so loaded or dramatized, but we wanted to keep the visuals fairly grounded and real. What's it like when you're going to get an abortion and you walk past a woman with her babies? What does it feel like to be thinking about whether or not you should terminate a pregnancy while at work when you're seated next to a hugely pregnant woman. It's capturing those very important, and often very conflicting, experiences, and the duality that exists when you're just another person sitting on the subway, and yet you're about to go and do this thing that is often momentous for many women. We were not trying to say this video is what it's like for all women, everyone has their own stories, opinions and experiences surrounding abortion, but hoped to make women who have gone through it, or are going through it, feel not so alone. To know that even though they may feel alone, they are not alone. Not in their thoughts, not in their experiences, and not in their isolation. They may be traveling alone to the appointment, but energetically there are millions of women who support them and don't judge them and have felt what they are feeling."

"Voicemail For Jill" showcases Palmer on piano and vocals and features additional synthesizer and programming by Max Henry of the Canadian indie band Suuns.

WATCH "VOICEMAIL FOR JILL"

In addition to the LP, Palmer has partnered with the collaborative art-team Kahn & Selesnick (along with LA-based photographer Allan Amato and Iceland-based Artist Stephanie Zakas) to create a companion volume with over 60 theatrical photographic portraits taken mostly in and around the upstate New York home Palmer shares with her husband, writer Neil Gaiman. The portfolio - also titled There Will Be No Intermission - is available on her website and will also be sold at her hugely anticipated world tour, set to circle theaters around the globe in 2019-2020. See full tour details and info on how to buy the album and associated merchandise at amandapalmer.net

 AMANDA PALMER 2019 TOUR DATES

MARCH

21 - Detroit, MI - The Cathedral - Masonic Temple

22 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre

23 - Montreal, QC - Monument National - Ludger-Duvernay Theatre

 

APRIL

5 - Washington, DC - National Theatre

6 - Philadelphia, PA - Temple Performing Arts Center

12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre

13 - St. Paul, MN - The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University

19 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre

20 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre

 

MAY

10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

11 - Los Angeles, CA - Theatre at Ace Hotel

17 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Centre

18 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

30 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

31 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

 

JUNE

1 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre

6 - Vancouver, BC - The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

7 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

8 & 9 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (June 8 is SOLD OUT)

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 9:29 am

Fresh off three cruises and Island Exodus with Gov’t Mule and Lukas Nelson, The Allman Betts Band will kick off their world tour in NYC at The Brooklyn Bowl on March 27. The band will make their way across the US and will be making stops in Europe as part of their inaugural tour.

The ABB will also be making several festival appearances, including Mountain Jam, Back Home Festival, Ramblin’ Man Festival in the UK, Peach Music Festival, Lockn’, Big Blues Bender and more.

The tour will feature new music, as well as classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The new album, Down To The River is slated to be released in the Summer of 2019 and was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).

The Allman Betts Band is:

Devon Allman- guitar, vocals    Duane Betts- guitar, vocals

Berry Duane Oakley- bass, vocals   Johnny Stachela- guitar, vocals   John Ginty- keyboards

R Scott Bryan- percussion, vocals  John Lum- drums

DOWN TO THE RIVER 2019 TOUR

Mar 27, 2019 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

Mar 28, 2019 Torrington, CT @ Warner Theatre

Mar 29, 2019 Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey PAC

Mar 30, 2019 Plattsburgh, NY @ Strand Theater

Mar 31, 2019 Hopewell, NJ @ Hopewell Theater

Apr 2, 2019 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage

Apr 3, 2019 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage

Apr 4, 2019 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

Apr 5, 2019 Stowe, VT @ Spruce Peak PAC

Apr 6, 2019 Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre

Apr 9, 2019 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

Apr 10, 2019 Warrendale, PA @ Jergel's Rhythm Grille

Apr 11, 2019 Homer, NY @ Center for the Arts

Apr 12, 2019 Newton, NJ @ Newton Theater

Apr 13, 2019 Beverly, MA @ Cabot Theater

Apr 14, 2019 Plymouth, MA @ Plymouth Memorial Hall

Apr 25, 2019 Meridian, MS @ Riley Performing Arts Center

Apr 26, 2019 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Apr 27, 2019 Little Rock, AR @ Pulaski Community College PAC

Apr 29, 2019 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads

Apr 30, 2019 Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theater

May 1, 2019 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theater

May 3, 2019 Memphis, TN @ Graceland Soundstage

May 4, 2019 St. Louis, MO @ Atomic Cowboy Pavilion

May 6, 2019 Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theater

May 8, 2019 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater

May 9, 2019 Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre

May 10, 2019 Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater

May 11, 2019 Houston, TX @ Heights Theater

May 12, 2019 Austin, TX @ Mohawk

May 14, 2019 Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Theater

May 15, 2019 Albuquerque, NM @ National Hispanic Cultural Center

May 16, 2019 Tucson, AZ @ Fox Theater

May 17, 2019 Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater

May 19, 2019 Chandler, AZ @ Chandler Center for the Performing Arts

Jun 8, 2019 Garberville, CA @ Redwood Run

Jun 15, 2019 Utica, NY @ Stanley Theatre

Jun 18, 2019 Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage

Jun 22, 2019 Kokomo, IN @ Foster Park

Jun 23, 2019 McMinnville, TN @ Cumberland Caverns

Jun 25, 2019 Bristol, TN @ Paramount Theater

Jun 26, 2019 Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester PAC

Jun 27, 2019 State College, PA @ State Theatre

Jul 8, 2019 Ocean City, NJ @ NJ Music Pier

Jul 23, 2019 Cologne, GER @ Kantine

Jul 24, 2019 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Aug 11, 2019 Fargo, ND The Hall @ Fargo Brewing Co.

Aug 29, 2019 St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater

Aug 30, 2019 Fort Wayne, IN @ Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

Sep 1, 2019 Lakeville, PA @ Cove Ent Resorts

Sep 13, 2019 Colo Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center

Nov 1, 2019 Auburn, AL @ Jay and Susie Gouge Performing Arts Center

 

FESTIVALS

Apr 7, 2019 Reading, PA @ Berks Jazz Fest

May 18, 2019 Dana Point, CA @ Doheny Blues Festival

Jun 13-16, 2019 Bethel, NY @ Mountain Jam

Jun 29, 2019 New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home Festival

Jul 20, 2019 Maidstone, UK @ Ramblin' Man Fair

Jul 25-28, 2019 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music Festival

Jul 25-28, 2019 Breitenbach, GER @ Burg Herzberg festival

Aug 10, 2019 Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Blues Festival

Aug 22-25, 2019 Arrington, VA @ LOCKN' Festival

Sep 5-8, 2019 Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues Bender

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 7:23 pm

SONTALK, the latest project from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph LeMay, makes its album debut with today's release of Stay Wild [Sony Music Masterworks].  Available everywhere now, the twelve-track collection follows the personal trials, tribulations and triumphs of LeMay, culminating in an openly honest dialogue between himself and listeners.  Having already been met with critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound and Billboard, Stay Wild hints at the vastly expansive sonic and emotional terrain of SONTALK, whose conversation has just begun.

Tomorrow morning, SONTALK will make its first-ever broadcast television debut, performing three songs off the new record on CBS This Morning Saturday.  Starting tomorrow morning at 7:00am ET (NY), audiences can tune in to the broadcast, with SONTALK's performance slated to begin around 8:30am ET (NY).  Please be sure to check your local listings here.  CBS This Morning Saturday is the latest in what has already been a huge week for SONTALK, following a SXSW debut on Wednesday with performances at CoLLide's StubHub Sound Stage, ACL Bloody Mary Brunch, Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion, as well as High Road Touring and KGSR Radio's showcases.  SONTALK's slate of SXSW shows will continue into tomorrow with performances at The Brooklyn Country Cantina followed by Rachael Ray's 12th annual Feedback Festival, where SONTALK will join a massive lineup of performers including Bleachers, Big Boi, Lukas Nelson and more.

By way of familial candor and visceral vulnerability, the twelve tracks comprising SONTALK's 2019 full-length debut album, Stay Wild, chronicle musician Joseph LeMay's journey of self-reflection, discovery, acceptance and, ultimately, growth.  Throughout the creative process, LeMay's path spanned everything from frequent admittance to the psychiatric ward due to intense bouts with bipolar disorder and a suicide in the family to the birth of his son and ultimately, his creative awakening as SONTALK.  In 2016, LeMay met producer Jeremy Lutito [Chuck Berry, Colony House] at the suggestion of engineer Logan Matheny. Together, they brought the vision of SONTALK to life, recording Stay Wild alongside Matheny at Big Light Studio.

"A strong theme I was working through in these songs is an almost out-of-body experience where you see yourself do things you would never do, say, or feel," SONTALK explains. "That was how I felt dealing with being bipolar. The narrator is this guy who cannot justify himself or reconcile himself to explain his actions. That was me."

Describing it as, "a series of open letters the main character leaves for his inner child," LeMay imbues his debut with moments of triumph and despair, tossing and turning between emotional extremes to create an openly honest dialogue with himself and listeners.  The inner duality LeMay speaks of is a notion fully explored throughout the entirety of StayWild, an expansion of the emotional terrain covered by his introductory EP, SONTALK: Act I, released last April. On Act I, the lead single "I Am A War Machine," through jagged textures and frenetic rhythms, LeMay invokes a voice on the verge of mental unraveling while simultaneously realizing its volatility and gaining awareness.

Meanwhile, the follow-up to Act I and Stay Wild lead single "The One Who Breaks Your Heart" tempers sunny strumming and upbeat percussion with electronic flourishes and LeMay's emotional admission of remorse.  The track was immediately met with critical acclaim upon its release, with Consequence of Sound writing, "The beautiful folk rock number lowers a sturdy head against a bleak situation with steady guitar strums and LeMay's open, willful voice."  Elsewhere, "Baby, I'm Gone" fuses a stark and soulful vocal to sinewy acoustic guitar and a glitchy beat, with LeMay's haunting voice echoing with powerful passion and plaintive poetry.  Rolling Stone named "Baby, I'm Gone" one of the 10 best new releases of the week, calling the track, "an evocative, compelling song about leaving negative feelings in the rearview mirror."

Stay Wild is grounded by LeMay's powerful vocals and a delicate dissonance of multifarious sonic textures that range from distorted slide guitar transmissions, sequenced beats, vinyl samples and warm electronics. Two "lullabies" bookend the entire 12-song trip, beginning with the minimalist hum, sparse piano, and guitar cries of the title track "Stay Wild," whose lyrics, "express sincere hope to keep innocence alive-even if it's just a flicker."  Over the course of the album's trajectory is a deeply emotional journey into LeMay's life, concluding on "Julian," in which a warbly sample gives way to a soft croon that offers an uplifting close to Stay Wild.  Ultimately, the message of SONTALK offers a therapeutic and universal wisdom that is meant to be shared for a long time to come.

"Whenever somebody lays themselves bare and is vulnerable, it's easier to empathize," concludes SONTALK. "My hope is that by being honest, I can give listeners something to hold on to. By reflecting, I'd love to help people with their own self-reflection. For others who have had experiences like I've gone through, I hope the music is a consolation. I'm reminding them they're not alone. This is just my version of a universal experience."

SONTALK - STAY WILD

TRACKLIST

1. Stay Wild

2. I Am a War Machine

3. Baby, I'm Gone

4. Ca Va & C'est La Vie

5. I Am a Mountain

6. One Day It's Gonna Break

7. Hosánna (God, Damn My Soul)

8. Jesus Honey

9. Hurt You

10. Kiss Me, Kill Me (Cover Me in Red)

11. The One Who Breaks Your Heart

12. Julian

SONTALK 2019 TOUR DATES

March

12-16 - Austin, TX - SXSW

April

1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court**

2 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge**

4 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.**

5 - Davenport, IA - The Raccoon Motel**

6 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club**

7 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon**

8 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**

10 - Detroit, MI - El Club**

11 - Toronto, ON - The Drake**

12 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz**

13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott**

14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas**

16 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade**

17 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall**

18 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room**

19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl**

20 - Nashville, TN - The Basement**

22 - Dallas, TX - Ruins**

23 - Houston, TX - Rockefellers**

24 - Austin, TX - 3TEN ACL Live**

26 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge**

27 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah**

28 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge**

30 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord**

May

1 - Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Big Room **

2 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios**

3 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's**

4 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret**

17 - Lacrosse, WI - Mid West Music Fest

* w/ Bronze Radio Return

** w/ Telekinesis

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 8:21 am

After a run of successful headlining shows, as well as dates supporting Houndmouth earlier this year, indie icon Ben Kweller has announced a solo tour through the West Coast beginning with a festival appearance on April 13 in Dallas, TX, making his way through Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Denver, CO and more. Garage darlings The Technicolors will open in Arizona while LA's MainMan and NoiseCo comrades, Modern Love Child, will be opening all following dates. Tickets are on sale now. A complete list of tour datesare available below.

Touring in support of some of the strongest music of his career after an unintentional "hibernation," his new single "Heart Attack Kid" is available now along with a raucous video he made in collaboration with Robert Strange of Superorganism.

WATCH "HEART ATTACK KID" HERE

He didn't go away just because-he was fifteen minutes away from death. "We almost died," Kweller says. "Me, Lizzy, our two boys ... dead. We wouldn't be here if Liz hadn't woken us up that night."

Kweller is referring to an ill-fated trip to the mountains of New Mexico, back in 2013. The family went on what was meant to be a winter wonderland vacation and instead suffered acute carbon monoxide poisoning. As the months rolled on, Kweller began to battle depression as a result of the poisoning.

"I just didn't care-I didn't want to play music anymore," Kweller says. "I didn't want to leave my family's side, and for the first time in my life I was scared. When you almost die, everything changes, and all the unimportant sh*t disappears. Luckily, I kept writing songs and they got me through some really dark places. Eventually I had 50 ready to go but I was still reluctant to start the machine back up again. A close friend of mine called me up and said, 'Just come over and let's record something together. Even if it's just a demo, maybe it'll make you feel better.'"

That close friend was producer and songwriter, Dwight A. Baker (Misseo, Brandi Carlile). One thing led to another and the two ended up co-producing an entire album. The album is called, Circuit Boredom. News about the album's release will be coming soon. 

Catch Ben Kweller at one of the following shows:

APRIL

13 - Dallas, TX - HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival, Main Street Garden Park

16 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole

18 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

22 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

23 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre

24 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

26 - Seattle, WA - Barboza

28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater

MAY

1 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:21 am

Vevo announces the release of Matt Maeson's live performance for "Beggar's Song." The Chesapeake Bay area native took to music early, learning drums and guitar at a young age and eventually touring as a part of his father's prison ministry. Already struggling through a rebellious period in his late teens, the experience of performing at high security prisons and various other dark corners of society made a lasting impression on Maeson and helped realign his focus on a career as a singer/songwriter.
 
Melding bluesy indie folk and modern production, he began posting tracks on Soundcloud and eventually caught the ear of Atlantic affiliate Neon Gold Records, signing with them in 2016 and embarking on his first Communion-presented headlining tour that summer. He released "Beggar's Song" in early 2019, with EARMILK dubbing it "a medley of emotions with a catchy, powerful chorus that managed to somehow be self-depreciating and motivating at the same time." "Beggar's Song" is out now on all streaming platforms, and be sure to keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on YouTube.com/Vevo.

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 8:53 am

The String Cheese Incident are celebrating 25 years as a band all year long. To keep the party going, SCI are thrilled to release their newest single and video “I Want You.” This is the second single the band has put out this year, and follows the release of “Bhangra Saanj,” featuring Beats Antique.

This song was inspired by feelings for my wife. She’s been with me through thick and thin for 22 years and still brings out the best in me. The heartbeat of the track is the rhythm section of Keith on bass and Travis on drums who put down a beautiful foundation for the song. Thanks to our good friend Andy Hall from the Infamous Stringdusters (congratulations on your recent Grammy award). Andy’s slide guitar playing is always the most delicious ear-candy. Also a big thanks to our recording engineer Dros for his lush mix on this tune. I hope you enjoy it.” - Bill Nershi

For their 25th anniversary year, the band is hitting the road, for a limited number of tour dates, including stops in Aspen, St. Louis, New Orleans, Port Chester, Louisville and a three-night run at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. The band will also be playing at a handful of festivals including DelFest, Electric Forest, Peach Fest and FloydFest, plus more dates to be announced!

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT

25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

April 5 • The Belly Up • Aspen, CO [Sold Out]

April 6-7 • The Apres • Aspen, CO

April 19-20 • The Fabulous Fox • St. Louis, MO

May 2 • Orpheum Theater • New Orleans, LA

May 3-4 • Mardi Gras World • New Orleans, LA

May 24 • DelFest • Cumberland, MD

May 25-27 • The Capitol Theatre • Port Chester, NY

June 27-30 • Electric Forest • Rothbury, MI [Sold Out]

July 3-4 • Iroquois Amphitheater • Louisville, KY

July 5-6 • The Fox Theatre • Atlanta, GA

July 19-21 • Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO

July 25-26 • The Peach Fest • Scranton, PA

July 27 • FloydFest • Floyd, VA

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 5:18 pm

Vevo and Mumford & Sons announce the release of "Mumford & Sons - 12 Years Strong," an original documentary presented by Vevo, in addition to an exclusive live performance of "Forever." "Mumford & Sons - 12 Years Strong" presents behind-the-scenes insight into one the worlds' most esteemed bands, Mumford & Sons, as they take the audience on a personal journey during their US Delta tour.

The exclusive documentary shows the band visit and play intimate gigs at some of their favorite record shops in various cities including Nashville, Atlanta and Indianapolis, as a way to connect with their fans, 'We closed the doors a bit more and we lost the beauty of connecting with a smaller audience.'

The Vevo original also features a cameo from legendary Americana guitarist Jerry Douglas, who joins the band during a special performance. The band take a retrospective look back to their 2012 hit record Babel, documenting how much has changed and the impact it has had on their current record, Delta.

Vevo also showcases exclusive behind the scene shots of the band during their sold-out Delta tour and ends with an acoustic version of Mumford & Sons single "Wilder Mind." In the documentary they note: 'This tour is a celebration of collaboration. Whether that's a collaboration of the four of us and the audience or a collaboration of the audience members and themselves'

One of the most successful acts to come out of the 21st century's English folk revival, Mumford & Sons' agreeable fusion of bluegrass, folk, country, and rock found favor with audiences both at home and abroad. In 2008, the band released their debut EP, Love Your Ground. A 2009 follow-up EP, Cave and the Open Sea, caught the attention Island Records, and more importantly, Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs, who would go on to helm the band's debut long-player, the Mercury Prize-shortlisted Sigh No More which sold over a million copies, earning Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song. Their 2012 Dravs-produced sophomore outing, Babel, debuted at number one on the U.K. Albums Chart and the U.S. Billboard 200, and eventually took home that year's Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The group's third studio long-player and most stylistically diverse outing to date, arrived in early May 2015, and charted at number one in seven countries. The following year, during their South African tour, they recorded Johannesburg, an EP named after the city where it was recorded. In 2018 the band emerged with the single "Guiding Light," the first offering from their fourth effort, Delta, which was released later that year.

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 8:17 am

In late 2016, Charles Bradley faced his greatest challenge in a lifetime filled with challenges. A stomach cancer diagnosis earlier that fall forced him off the road at the peak of his career. Weakened by months of chemotherapy, facing a potentially life threatening surgery and confronting his own mortality, Bradley stepped into a home recording studio in Queens, NY and spontaneously created “Lonely as You Are.” 

Eyes closed and seated, Bradley listened to the looping track and began to speak and sing lyrics on the spot, expressing hope that “one day when God says well done” he’d be reunited in heaven with his mother, grandmother, and other loved ones. He concludes the cathartic recording with the statement: “I love you. And this is Charles Bradley. I hope this one day gets out to the world.”

Bradley’s hope is fulfilled with the release today of “Lonely as You Are” (with Bradley backed by Seth Avett and Mike Marsh from the Avett Brothers, along with co-producers James Levy and Paul Defiglia) to be followed in May by another track from that session, “Lucifer.” These are Bradley’s final recordings.

“Charles knew “Lonely as You Are” could comfort people and help them find a way to deal with their own loneliness. He was always looking for ways to make people feel better, even when he was confronting his own pain and suffering. He asked that “Lonely” be played at his funeral; he wanted to share it with the world,” says Executive Producer Morton Lorge, Bradley’s former co-manager (with his partner, current Def Jam EVP/GM Rich Isaacson).  

These sessions marked an improbable collaboration between Bradley and NYC recording artist, songwriter and producer James Levy. Working out of his Queens home studio, Levy was recording demos for a follow-up to a previous album produced by Guy Berryman of Coldplay and an EP released by Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. Levy shared the chorus and music of “Lonely as You Are” with Bradley, who wrote verses on the spot.

To finish the tracks, Levy and Lorge enlisted Nashville producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Defiglia, who had spent the previous five years recording and touring with the Avett Brothers and Langhorne Slim. Defiglia, who plays bass, piano and organ on both tracks, brought in Avett Brothers colleagues Seth Avett (acoustic guitar) and Mike Marsh (drums) for “Lonely.”

12 time Grammy winner Jay Newland mixed “Lonely as You Are” and two time Grammy nominee Alan Silverman mastered it. Giles Clement, of Nashville, shot the cover photo during the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. 

The Bradley-Levy-Defilgia collaboration lead to Somebody - a James Levy album produced by Paul Defiglia and recorded in Nashville. Songs of Love, the first release from that album, along with an official music video by Crackerfarm, will also be released by Innit Recordings, on May 10, 2019.

The remarkable against-all-odds rise of Charles Bradley since the release of his 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming has been well documented. Transcending a life in the streets, Bradley went from extreme poverty and homelessness to performing sold out shows and making national TV and festival appearances around the world, including at Coachella, Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, SXSW and many more. Poull Brien's 2012 documentary -- Charles Bradley: Soul of America-- gave a glimpse into how Bradley turned pain and heartbreak into joy and love. One of the great live performers of his time, Bradley’s 2016 appearance on CBS This Morning: Saturday was nominated for a 2017 Daytime Emmy award for “Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program.” In celebration of his amazing life and to commemorate what would have been Bradley’s 70th birthday, Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records in November 2018 released Black Velvet -- a collection of ten songs recorded during the sessions from each of his previous three albums, produced by Tom Brenneck and performed by the Menahan Street Band.

Innit Recordings is a record label based in NYC. Current artists include Lolawolf, James Levy and Crewshade.

LISTEN / SHARE: "LONELY AS YOU ARE"

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 10:20 am

Craig Finn's new album, I NEED A NEW WAR, is out today via Partisan Records. The third album in a trilogy (following 2015's Faith in the Future and 2017's We All Want The Same Things), I Need A New War once again sees Finn expertly chronicling our complex, often confusing, modern era. He draws deeply felt character studies about regular people trying to respond to extraordinary times, attempting to find connection whilst wondering how to keep pace with a world moving faster than they are. The LP further finds Finn focusing his lens on New York City - his home for the last 18 years.

I Need A New War is available now in physical and digital formats. All orders through Finn's official D2C store include a bonus digital EP featuring b-sides and alternate versions from the album. Additional exclusives include a one of a kind, signed hardcover lyric book (featuring lyrics to all songs from the trilogy, photos by Dan Monick and a foreword written by celebrated author and journalist Rob Sheffield), signed vinyl, an enamel pin set, and more.

Finn will perform "Something To Hope For" from I NEED A NEW WAR this coming Monday, April 29 on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He will also perform on CBS This Morning Saturday, May 4, an appearance that will include an in-depth conversation with Anthony Mason.

To celebrate the new album, Finn has plotted geographic references from his entire solo discography onto a map interface. Fans are able to browse the pins to learn more about the lyrical landmarks in his songs, complete with additional analyses from Finn himself and a Geo Game to play for exclusive merchandise.

I NEED A NEW WAR was recorded throughout early 2018 at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, both of whom teamed with Finn on his widely acclaimed previous solo releases. The album features musical contributions from many of his regular solo collaborators, including Kaufman, horn master Stuart Bogie, vocalists Annie Nero and Cassandra Jenkins, and drummer extraordinaire Joe Russo.

Finn recently announced live dates in support of I NEED A NEW WAR with shows backed by his touring band, The Uptown Controllers. The dates begin June 5 at TwangFest/Off Broadway in St. Louis, MO, and continue through the month. Tickets are on sale now. More shows will be announced soon. For complete details, please visit craigfinn.net/tour. Finn's performance of the record at Murmurr in NYC earlier this year is available to stream now on his YouTube channel.

CRAIG FINN & THE UPTOWN CONTROLLERS

TOUR 2019

JUNE

5 - St. Louis, MO - TwangFest/Off Broadway

6 - Evanston, IL - SPACE

7 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music

8 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café

9 - Milwaukee, WI - The Backroom @ Colectivo

11 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

12-13 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub

14 - Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall

15 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

OCTOBER

11 - Bristol, England - Exchange

12 - Nottingham, England - Bodega

13 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club

16 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute

17 - London, England - Olso20 October

20 - Dublin, Ireland - Sugar Club

22 - Antewerp, Belgium - Trix

23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

24 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow Skybar

25 - Berlin, Germany - Privitaclub

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 2:43 pm

ATO Records is excited to announce that the new Rodrigo y Gabriela record is out today. The duo's first album in five years, METTAVOLUTION marks the most ambitious music of Rodrigo y Gabriela's remarkable two-decade career and is one of NPR's top 6 albums of the week. Three years in the making, the LP embraces the duo's passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species, all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. The new single, "Electric Soul," was added to Spotify's "New Music Friday" playlist.

LISTEN TO "ELECTRIC SOUL"

Mettavolution? "Metta" is a Sanskrit word for the meditative condition that produces compassion and benevolence. It is a "practical state of mind" as well, according to Gabriela, "something you practice like an instrument to become a better citizen, in a more evolved place." Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, the music of METTAVOLUTION was road-tested around the world on tour in 2017 and 2018 before being recorded late last year in Los Angeles with multiple GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle, Band of Horses) behind the board.

METTAVOLUTION gathers six white-hot new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions - much of which acknowledge the duo's thrash-metal roots back in Mexico City - as well as an inspired, side-long cover of Pink Floyd's sprawling "Echoes" - originally found on 1971's MEDDLE - audaciously reimagined for two acoustic guitars. Rolling Stone recently hailed the 19-minute epic as a "Song You Need to Know," noting, "'Echoes' is such a signature song, it's hard to imagine anyone else doing it justice, yet somehow the Mexican acoustic-rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela landed on a brilliant interpretation...Like the original, the song is its own journey, and it's beautiful."

LISTEN TO "ECHOES"

The title track and first single, "Mettavolution" is currently #25 at Triple A radio. Rodrigo y Gabriela performed it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with dance choreography by David Byrne collaborator Annie-B Parson.

Rodrigo y Gabriela also performed the title track this week on BBC TV's The One Show to More than five million viewers.

WATCH "METTAVOLUTION" ON THE BBC

With career album sales now in excess of 1.5 million worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have undoubtedly established themselves as the planet's preeminent acoustic guitar duo, earning international acclaim and a fervent fan following with their awe-inspiring mastery of their instruments as well as a truly distinctive approach to melody, energy, and rhythm.

One of the world's most in-demand live acts, Rodrigo y Gabriela have spent much of their remarkable 20-year career performing on increasingly larger stages around the globe. Highlights include sold out shows at such legendary venues as New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles, CA's Hollywood Bowl, Morrison, CO's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London's Royal Albert Hall, and Paris, FR's Le Zenith, along with countless other theaters and concert halls in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA ON TOUR 2019

APRIL

27 - Chamonix, FRANCE - Musilac Mont Blanc *

MAY

4 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater

5 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Music Festival *

15 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre

17 - Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall

18 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre

19 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse

21 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount

23 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit

24 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre

JUNE

1 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre

2 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

4 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

5 - Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion

7 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap

8 - Cleveland, OH - LaureLive *

9 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

JULY

3 - Montreal Jazz Fest - Montreal, Canada *

5 - Ottawa Bluesfest - Ottawa, ON *

9 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, WI

10 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Theatre

12 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma

13 - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery - Woodinville, WA

14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater

16 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheater

18 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavillion

21 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery

23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theater

24 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts By The Bay

26 - Reno, NV - Harrah's Reno, The Plaza

27 - Park City, UT - Deer Valley Resort

28 - Denver, CO - Denver Botanic Gardens

* FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 5:15 pm

Slightly Stoopid and Cloud 9 Adventures announce the return of Closer to the Sun, the annual music vacation taking over the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya for four days and nights this December 5-9, 2019.

The schedule will feature three shows by Slightly Stoopid with two shows each from Dirty Heads, Stick Figure, and SOJA. Stephen Marley and Toots & The Maytals will join Closer to the Sun for the first time, with additional shows from Tribal Seeds and Fortunate Youth. Reggae legend Don Carlos with the Soul Syndicate Band (Celebrating 50 Years of Music) is another special performance that cannot be missed. Fans will also be treated to two Cut Chemist late night shows – one DJ set and an additional show featuring Chali 2na over the course of the four nights.

Extending far beyond the stage, the Closer to the Sun experience has cultivated a close-knit community of returning guests, first time attendees, artists, and hotel and event staff alike.  A wide range of casual artist hosted activities from morning yoga and poolside games to the beloved Closer to the Rim 3 on 3 basketball tournament – in addition to creative theme nights and guest chef activations - provides the ultimate vacation experience for all walks of life.

Closer to the Sun features multiple tropical venues so guests can enjoy their favorite artists in unique settings. Main stage acts will take place on the revered Concert Courtyard stage, providing top-notch production, exceptional acoustics, convenient all-inclusive bar service and specialty curated food throughout. Daytime and sunset shows at the Heaven Beach stage create unforgettable experiences watching shows from the Caribbean coastline or while floating in the water. Late night performances will feature artists with a full production on the Stairway to Heaven stage or in the Heaven Club equipped with hot tubs, multiple bars, and lounge areas to kick back and relax or dance the night away.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is a luxurious all-inclusive resort located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum with guest suites, meals, beverages, concerts, and activities all included in the event package price. Fans have access to an extreme sports center Woodward, which offers skateboarding, BMX biking, trampolines, ninja obstacle course, and more! Additionally, guests can use their Hard Rock Resort Credits for discounted treatments at a world-class spa and salon, plus complete access to a fully equipped fitness center.

Mexico in December is hard to beat

The Hard Rock offers a wide scope of room options surrounded by lush grounds and sparkling pools, including oceanfront and stage front suites. Guests can enjoy unlimited dining at a wide variety of restaurant options, including complimentary 24-hour room service. Unlimited drinks are available at a multitude of bars steps in proximity to guest accommodations and concert areas.

Closer to the Sun works closely with renowned charitable organization Positive Legacy, who integrates live music and service by taking actions that positively impact the local community and environment. There will be a Day of Service, encouraging artists and fans to participate in cultural connection in the local community as a way of giving back. In addition to the annual day of service, a silent and live auction will be held with all proceeds supporting the ongoing projects in the region.

Event Details are as follows:

Returning Closer to the Sun guests can book their all-inclusive suite during the Pre-sale on May 7, 2019. Following the Pre-sale there will be a Public On Sale, beginning May 8, 2019 at 12pm ET at www.closertothesun.com

Pricing for the all-inclusive packages at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya start at $1549 per person for Deluxe Gold rooms with various upgraded room types available. Look for announcements regarding artist-hosted activities, theme nights and community outreach with Positive Legacy in the coming months.

Closer to the Sun is brought to you by Cloud 9 Adventures. Cloud 9 Adventures is the premier provider of international concert vacations at all-inclusive resorts and on luxurious cruise ships, bringing bands and fans together in intimate settings, creating unforgettable memories & life-changing experiences since 2003. In addition to Closer to the Sun, Cloud 9 Adventures’ portfolio also includes The Avett Brothers At The Beach, Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend, Strings & Sol, Panic en la Playa (feat. Widespread Panic), My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday, Holidaze, Zac Brown Band’s Castaway with Southern Ground, Jam Cruise, and Holy Ship!

Cloud 9 Adventures – Changing the Live Music Experience, Changing the Way Fans Vacation

www.cloud9adventures.com

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 8:18 am

The Allman Betts Band has announced that their debut album Down To The River (BMG) will be released everywhere on June 28. The first single, “All Night” is due out on May 17.

Down To The River was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL and was produced by Grammy Award winning Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).

Peter Levin (Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 player) and Chuck Leavell (former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist) make special appearances on the record.

The Allman Betts Band kicked off their world tour on March 27 at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC then went on to sell out twelve of their first eighteen shows on the first leg of their world tour. The band is estimated to play around 200 shows during their World Tour.

The ABB is excited to announce that they will be joining musical legend, John Fogerty on tour for select dates later this summer in the Northeast including stops in Providence, RI, Portland, ME, Boston, MA and a performance at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. “Anytime you get to play with your heroes it’s a dream come true, but John Fogerty, that’s pretty special. We are beyond honored to share the stage with him on these upcoming dates,” says Betts. “As a longtime fan of CCR, I’m so amped up to do some shows with one of the best voices in rock music.” adds Allman.

DOWN TO THE RIVER 2019 TOUR:

May 6, Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theater

May 8, Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater

May 9, Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre

May 10, Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater

May 11, Houston, TX @ Heights Theater

May 12, Austin, TX @ Mohawk

May 14, Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Theater

May 15, Albuquerque, NM @ National Hispanic Cultural Center

May 16, Tucson, AZ @ Fox Theater

May 17, Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater

May 19, Chandler, AZ @ Chandler Center for the Performing Arts

Jun 8, Garberville, CA @ Redwood Run

Jun 14, Lowell, MA @ Lowell Summer Music Series

Jun 15, Utica, NY @ Stanley Theatre

Jun 18, Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage

Jun 19, Three Oaks, MI @ Acorn Theater

Jun 20, Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre Ballroom

Jun 21, Columbus, OH @ Express Live

Jun 22, Kokomo, IN @ Foster Park

Jun 23, McMinnville, TN @ Cumberland Caverns

Jun 25, Bristol, TN @ Paramount Theater

Jun 26, Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester PAC

Jun 27, State College, PA @ State Theatre

Jun 30, Winter Park, CO @ Blues from the Top

Jul 5, Westhampton, NY @ Westhampton Beach PAC

Jul 6, East Hampton, NY @ John Drew Theater at Guild Hall

Jul 7, Norwalk, CT @ Wall Street Theater

Jul 8, Ocean City, NJ @ NJ Music Pier

Jul 16, Munich, DE @ Backstage Hall

Jul 17, Luxembourg, LUX @ Rockhal

Jul 23, Cologne, Germany @ Kantine

Jul 24, Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Jul 29, Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle

Jul 30, Berlin, DE @ Lido

Jul 31, Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch

Aug 9, Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park*

Aug 11, Portland, ME Maine @ Savings Pavilion*

Aug 13, Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

Aug 15, New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall*

Aug 29, St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater

Aug 30, Fort Wayne, IN @ Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

Sep 1, Lakeville, PA @ Cove Ent Resorts

Sep 13, Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center

Nov 1, Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre

* w/ John Fogerty

FESTIVALS

May 18, Dana Point, CA @ Doheny Blues Festival

Jun 16, 2019 Bethel, NY @ Mountain Jam

Jun 28, Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival

Jun 29, 2019 New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home Festival

Jul 2, Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

Jul 14, 2019 Suwalki, Poland @ Suwalki Blues Festival

Jul 20, 2019 Maidstone, UK @ Ramblin' Man Fair

Jul 21, Peer, Belgium @ Peer Blues Festival

Jul 25-28, 2019 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music Festival

Jul 25-28, 2019 Breitenbach, GER @ Burg Herzberg festival

Aug 2, Notodden, Norway @ Notodden Blues Festival

Aug 10, 2019 Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Blues Festival

Aug 24, 2019 Arrington, VA @ LOCKN' Festival

Sep 5-8, 2019 Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues Bender

Sep 14, Telluride, CO @ Blues & Brews Fest

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 8:25 am

Sam Cohen releases "Man On Fire" from his eagerly anticipated album The Future Is Still Ringing In My Ears (30th Century) due May 17. Co-produced by Cohen with producer-artist Danger Mouse, The Future's Still Ringing In My Ears was heralded last month by the Stereogum premiere of "Something's Got A Hold On Me," as well as "I Can't Lose" on Consequence of Sound.

LISTEN TO "MAN ON FIRE"

Cohen will celebrate The Future's Still Ringing In My Ears with a North American tour supporting his friend and longtime collaborator Kevin Morby. Dates begin May 8 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA and then continue through a two-night-stand at Chicago, IL's Thalia Hall on June 7 and 8.

SAM COHEN ON TOUR 2019

ALL DATES w/ KEVIN MORBY

MAY

8 - The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, CA

10 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA

11 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA

13 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR

14 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA

15 - Imperial Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

17 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

18 - The Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO

31 - Town Hall - New York, NY

JUNE

1 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

2 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA

3 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA

5 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON

6 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI

7 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL

8 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL

Known both as founding member of Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds as well as for his distinctive work producing such artists as Morby, Benjamin Booker and Rhett Miller, Sam Cohen has long been hailed for his otherworldly brand of naturalistic psychedelia, rich with enchanting songcraft, blissed-out soul grooves, and visionary guitar work. The Future's Still Ringing In My Ears proves to be his most magical effort thus far, equally blessed by melody, melancholy, and depth. Predominantly the work of one man toiling away alone in his studio but sounding like a cast of many, songs like the album's stately opener, "I Can't Lose" - featuring a bass-and-drums loop created with The Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti - see Cohen taking stock of a maddening present and a potentially dark future with one-of-a-kind heart, warmth, and wit.

The Future's Still Ringing In My Ears was born out of a production session where Cohen was to collaborate with Danger Mouse on another artist's material. When the session fell through, Danger Mouse - a.k.a. Brian Burton - suggested they spend the studio time on some of Cohen's own material. Though Cohen had not written any songs since his acclaimed 2015 solo debut, Cool It, the sessions prompted him to begin putting pen to paper once again.

"Brian really helped me get motivated to make this record," says Cohen. "His support pushed me to get started, and to value myself as an artist. It came at a time when I needed to hear that from someone."

Recording at his own Brooklyn studio gave Cohen the luxury to record in haste and sculpt at leisure, imbuing songs like "Man On Fire" with exploratory synthesizers and truly transcendent guitars. Its slow gestation gave The Future's Still Ringing In My Ears even greater depth and power, its extraordinary melding of the handmade and homespun etched with artful exactitude and uncompromising vision.

"The only way to go on is to laugh at it a little, because the weight of it and the profundity of the problems can destroy you. What I want for this music is to connect with people struggling with these same thoughts and feelings. I want people to hear this and say, yes, this is all really heavy, and I also feel helpless, and we don't have any good answers...but we have each other. And this music sounds really good! It's all I can offer."

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 5:01 pm

This summer, Slightly Stoopid will bring along special guests Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and HIRIE.  2019’s North American route will take the band on 28 stops from California’s Pacific Ocean across the Atlantic seaboard, with additional dates to be announced including stops in Europe.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 2019 Tour
w/ Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds, Hirie

2019

MAY 25  Monterey, CA - Cali Roots Festival @ Monterey County Fairgrounds

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION 2109 TOUR

JUNE

JUN 01  San Diego, CA - Embarcadero Park

JUN 06  Saint Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

JUN 07  Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheater Festival Grounds

JUN 08  Cocoa, FL - Riverfront Park

JUN 09  Key West, FL - Key West Amphitheater

JUN 13  Baltimore, MD - MECU Pavilion

JUN 14  Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

JUN 15  Westbrook, ME - Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row

JUN 16  Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion

JUN 20  Asheville, NC - Salvage Station

JUN 21  Portsmouth, VA - Union Bank & Trust Pavilion

JUN 22  Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater

JUN 23  North Charleston, SC - Riverfront Park

JUN 27  Pittsburgh, PA - Highmark Stadium

JUN 28  Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

JUN 29  Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage

JUN 30  Utica, NY - Saranac Brewery

JULY

JUL 07  Cologne, Germany - Summerjam Festival

JUL 11  Bonner, MT - KettleHouse Amphitheater

JUL 12  Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden

JUL 13  Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater

JUL 14  Redmond, WA - King County’s Marymoor Park

JUL 19  Patchogue, NY - Great South Bay Music Festival

JUL 20  Garrettsville, OH - Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

JUL 21  Chicago, IL -  Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

JUL 25  Kansas City, MO - Crossroads KC

JUL 26  Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory

JUL 27  New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Amphitheater

JUL 28  Houston, TX - The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall

AUGUST

AUG 02  Avila Beach, CA - Avila Beach Golf Resort

AUG 03  Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre

AUG 04  Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl

AUG 15  Flagstaff, AZ - Pepsi Amphitheater

AUG 16  Albuquerque, NM - Villa Hispana

AUG 17  Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater

AUG 20  Benicassim, Spain - Rototom Sunsplash

AUG 21  Vienna, Austria - Afrika Festival Vienna

AUG 24  Heber City, UT - Reggae Rise Up

AUG 31  Placerville, CA - Dry Diggings Festival

DECEMBER

DEC 05  Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

DEC 06  Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

DEC 07  Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

DEC 08  Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock 

DEC 09  Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:26 pm

Long regarded as America's most environmentally friendly camping festival, the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is once again affirming its commitment to change and education with the announcement of this year's Planet Roo partners and programming. The epicenter of Bonnaroo's efforts towards sustainability and global consciousness, Planet Roo will feature a diverse schedule of activities, creating even more opportunities for patrons to make meaningful community connections and become more socially and environmentally responsible in the everyday.

 SEE PLANET ROO SCHEDULE & PROGRAMMING

An official project of the Bonnaroo Works Fund, Planet Roo is anchored by its world famous solar powered stage, now known as the HOW Stage. HOW will present an array of invaluable programming focused on increasing awareness, inspiration, and community engagement. A multitude of important non-profit organizations will explain their powerful missions and guide fans in how to make the positive impact inspired by Bonnaroo long after the festival has ended. For a complete list of participating partners and non-profit organizations (NPOs), please see www.bonnaroo.com/partners.

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo and its attendees have maintained a unique commitment to social issues since the festival's very beginnings, engaging patrons in important conversations amidst the festival's unceasingly positive atmosphere. The 2019 festival will focus on a number of crucial issues through one-of-a-kind events and presentations spanning mental health to sexual violence in the music industry. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence will present a series of events on the HOW Stage geared towards ending the American epidemic of gun violence, including "Unity Through Music," a DJ set by Aalaya Eastmond, a survivor and student activist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and an Executive Council Member from Team Enough, and "Moving the Movement: Gun Violence Prevention Starts with You," a conversation with some of the youth activists leading today's gun control movement.

A spectacular assortment of other HOW Stage activities are scheduled, all affirming the Bonnaroo experience as a very special hub of human interaction. Highlights include the Pre-Cardi Party hip-hop dance class (preceding Cardi B's Sunday's set on the Which Stage), along with several Sunny Trails Yoga sessions, performances by a host of Tennessee-based School of Rock students, and of course, the 6th annual Broo'ers Superjam, the best brewers-inspired dance party on site.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will host a national phone bank that will empower Bonnaroovians to call their governors and urge them to take climate action. With multiple phone stations, scripts and state-specific contact information readily available, attendees will be able to make their voices heard and express their concerns about their future in the face of the climate change to their elected representatives.

"Climate change will impact this generation more than any other before it-and they are not going to let their representatives turn a blind eye," said Nora Mango, Director of Marketing Partnerships at NRDC. "Together, our voices are a powerful instrument for change, and we are here to make sure they are heard. The enthusiasm at Bonnaroo is palpable, and so is the passion for a better future."

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Located within the hay bale building in the heart of Planet Roo, The Academy has long been an extension of the HOW Stage, perpetuating its mission of learning, doing, and being by offering a wide range of interactive arts experiences, including workshops in art, songwriting, percussion, henna tattooing, terrarium building, oceanography, and much more.

Bonnaroo's first-ever Radiate Positivity: Service Project Party will allow fans to finish their festival experience by joining The Nashville Food Project, Calling All Crows, Oxfam, and Eat for Equity to help build food baskets for The Nashville Food Project community. Set for Sunday, June 16 at 5:30 pm, the Radiate Positivity: Service Project Party will feature a live set from DJ Knova (of spoken work collective The 5thWoman) as well as some classic Bonnaroo surprise appearances. As if that weren't incentive enough, all participants will be entered to win tickets to next year's Bonnaroo.

As is tradition, BonnaROOTS Community Dinners will be held throughout the festival weekend. The annual locally-sourced sunset feasts - supporting Oxfam America and Eat for Equity - give festival attendees a chance to share a memorable meal alongside special guests like Bonnaroo's co-founders as well as artists, producers, activists, and others with an appetite for great food and conversation. BonnaROOTS Community Dinners tickets are now sold out.

Bonnaroo

A quintessential Planet Roo experience, The Bonnaroo Learning Garden allows patrons a dynamic space to learn how to grow their own food though hands-on training from knowledgeable farmers and volunteers.

Bonnaroo's long commitment to sustainability, environmental activism, and global consciousness is thanks to the monumental efforts of countless Bonnaroo patrons. The only event on the planet with its own permanent solar array and compost waste on site, Bonnaroo has been diligent in its pursuit of true sustainability since its premiere 2002 event. Complete details regarding 2018's sustainability efforts can be found HERE.

Refill Revolution @ Bonnaroo

2019 will mark the sixth year of Bonnaroo's remarkably successful partnership with Steelys Drinkware and the Plastic Pollution Coalition for the innovative Refill Revolution. Patrons can pre-buy a quality stainless steel beer cup with their ticket purchase or on site at any beverage stand with draft beer. Cups are $15 each and includes the durable cup (with to-go carrying strap) filled with a cold beer, plus an additional $1 discount off all subsequent refills made with the cup at beer stands throughout the remainder of the festival. Thus far, the efforts made by Bonnaroo and Steelys have led to diversion of more than 2 million single use water bottles and well over 150,000 single use beer cups.

Presented by Superfly and A.C. Entertainment, the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place June 13 - 16, held as always at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. This year's edition of the world-renowned four-day multi-stage camping festival will showcase a remarkably eclectic selection of top artists spanning innumerable genres alongside over 100 unique events and activities taking place on its one-of-a-kind campground Plazas, once again delivering the most inimitable and inventive complete experience of any festival anywhere in the world.

The Three R's: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"

For more, please see www.bonnaroo.com

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 7:12 pm

Coming off a 5th sold-out Caribbean sailing of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea this past February, Joe Bonamassa makes history with Sixthman, the industry leader in festivals at sea, by selling out another cruise in the same year in The Mediterranean. A waiting list is active for fans that would like to sign up should availability open for the five-day inaugural voyage sailing August 16-21, 2019 from Barcelona, Spain, to Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Valletta, Malta. The Mediterranean edition of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea will feature performances by Peter Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and dozens more Blues artists.

"This past year has been the best one of all of our cruises so far and we had such a great time," shares Bonamassa. "When we first started this thing 6 years ago, we never expected to get this far, but look at us now on already planning our 6th Caribbean Cruise and selling out two cruises in one year. It is really amazing and we have the fans to thank for supporting us. Also, it is important to mention that the (Keeping The Blues Alive) Foundation raised over $136,000 from this past cruise which is incredible, that is what this is all about."

Frampton's appearance on the festival bill makes this already unique voyage even more special. Recently, he announced his farewell tour making Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean his only European performance this year. After an illustrious career dating back to the late 60s, Peter Frampton will treat guests to two incredible live performances and intimate Q&A session.

Joe Bonamassa, who recently achieved his 21st #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart with the 2018 studio album Redemption, is no stranger to sold-out performances around the globe. He's on the road about 200 days out of the year and has sold out iconic venues like The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO, where he will return again this summer for two consecutive performances. His partnership with Sixthman reinforces that merging music festivals with the amenities of a luxury cruise vacation are the perfect union for bands and fans alike. This guest-focused approach has been the foundation of success for Sixthman, who is in its 18th year of serving fan communities on over 130 destination vacations at sea.

"Something incredibly special occurs when you bring together a group of like-minded fans on vacation who share similar passions," says Sixthman CEO Anthony Diaz. "In addition to dynamic performances from iconic artists such as the event's host, Joe Bonamassa, and others like Peter Frampton, the overall experience is fully immersive to the theme of the event. From rare on stage collaborations, meet & greets and panels with your favorite artists, our mission is to create moments and experiences that make life rock."

In addition to his renowed talent, Joe Bonamassa is known for giving back to the community that has embraced him, which is seen in his creation of the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation. The foundation, in support of music education, has raised nearly half of a million dollars, impacted over 60,000 students and provided relief for nearly 400 schools. More information or to make a charitable donation to the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation can be found at: https://keepingthebluesalive.org.

Blues fans are encouraged to join the waiting list for a stateroom aboard the Mediterranean voyage at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. Additionally, the 6th Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea in the Caribbean has been announced, sailing February 18-22, 2020 from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas for another four-day Blues-rock music festival. This year's genre-bending lineup features a stacked bill ranging from world renowned Blues greats and up-and-coming stars of the blues scene featuring Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Tommy Emmanuel, Tab Benoit, Reese Wynans and Friends, Doyle Bramhall II, Paul Thorn, Paul Shaffer Super Session, Living Colour, Mike Zito, Cedric Burnside, Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Brandon "Taz" Niederauer, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, Robert Jon & The Wreck, Jared James Nichols, Ally Venable, Ida Mae, any more to be announced!

Register for the pre-sale now as this is sure to be another sold out event -- bluesaliveatsea.com

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 9:03 am

Trey Anastasio will perform two solo acoustic shows at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall. The performances will take place on Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30. All tickets go on sale Friday, May 17 at 11AM ET. Tickets can be purchased online or via phone at 212-247-7800 (8AM-8PM). Tickets can be also purchased in person at the Carnegie Hall box office (Monday - Saturday 11AM-6PM and Sunday 12PM-6PM).

This marks Anastasio's second headlining appearance at the famed concert hall. The first was in September 2009 when he performed classic Anastasio compositions with the New York Philharmonic.

Yesterday, Anastasio, alongside global event distributor Trafalgar Releasing, announced plans to bring his feature-length documentary, Between Me and My Mind, to more than 300 movie theaters across North America for a one-night engagement on July 17. This announcement followed a critically-acclaimed, sold-out world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The 94-minute film captures Anastasio as he works through a deeply intimate song cycle that eventually lead to the Ghosts of the Forest album and tour. It also follows him as he and his bandmates prepare for one of Phish's legendary New Year's Eve shows at Madison Square Garden, culminating with an exhilarating and elaborately produced moment when the clock strikes midnight on-stage.

Last month, Anastasio released the Ghosts of the Forest album and took the band that made the album on a nine-date sold-out tour. Ghosts of the Forest was produced by Anastasio and engineered and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White). Rolling Stone described the album as full of "psychedelic guitar liftoffs, ambitious arrangements and deeply personal lyrics."

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:29 am

Superfly and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the return of the world renowned Grand Ole Opry to the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. An unqualified highlight of last year's event, the Grand Ole Opry will be back with another star-studded lineup, once again celebrating Bonnaroo's very special connection with its home state of Tennessee. The 18th annual four-day multi-stage camping festival will take place June 13 - 16, held as always at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN.

Set to headline the festival's opening night, Thursday, June 13, GRAND OLE OPRY AT BONNAROO will see performances from show hosts - and Opry members since 2013 - Old Crow Medicine Show, along with fellow Opry members Ricky Skaggs and Riders In The Sky, special guests Steve Earle, Morgan Evans, Ashley Monroe, Molly Tuttle, and Wendy Moten, the Opry Square Dancers, and famed Opry announcer Bill Cody. GRAND OLE OPRY AT BONNAROO will be broadcast live via opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, and the show's flagship home, Nashville's 650 AM-WSM.

"The Opry's inaugural trip to Bonnaroo last year was nothing short of amazing," says Sally Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment Group. "All of us fortunate enough to be part of that performance loved watching some of the world's biggest music fans connect with the Opry, many for the first time. It definitely was one of the highlights of 2018, and when we look at the line-up of artists who have signed on for next month's show, we have no doubt that performance is going to be just as memorable."

The Grand Ole Opry has rarely in its 93-year history taken its iconic show outside Music City, on those occasions visiting prestigious venues such as New York City's Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. GRAND OLE OPRY AT BONNAROO is just one of the several ways the 2019 festival will be celebrating its host community of nearly two decades. The upcoming event will see Bonnaroo partnering with Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and the local maker space Fort Houston to create The Ville (formerly The Grind). Located at Plaza 7, The Ville will feature local food, art and more, including Third Man Records, 8th & Roast Coffee, and Project 615. Additional Nashville-based offerings also include Farm to Taco Nashville and the legendary Prince's Hot Chicken, known worldwide as the original gold standard in hot chicken.

Tickets - including General Admission (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day) and more - are on sale now. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/tickets.

For more, please see www.bonnaroo.com.

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:32 pm

Bonnaroo is excited to make the first of several announcements for the world famous SuperJam at the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. An indispensable highlight of the Bonnaroo lineup, 2019's live all-star collaboration will be directed by superstar DJ, producer and saxophone colossus GRiZ and dubbed "G.O.A.T. - A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC LEGENDS SUPERJAM WITH GRiZ," featuring contributions from an array of top artists and legendary musicians.

Set for Friday, June 14 on the This Stage, the initial lineup for "G.O.A.T. - MUSIC LEGENDS SUPERJAM WITH GRiZ" includes the house band - Nikki Glaspie (Nth, Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce); Big Yuki (GRiZ Live Band); Owen Barry (GRiZ Live Band); The Naughty Professor Horns, ProbCause, Christopher Perrier (GRiZ, Trombone Shorty); plus Musical Director Stu Brooks (GRiZ, Dub Trio, Saturday Night Live) -- with performances from special guests such as Nicholas Petricca (WALK THE MOON); K. Flay; Hobo Johnson; Noah Kahan; Nahko; Sunsquabi; Deva Mahal; Jennifer Hartwick & James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band); and Jason Lindner, Mark Guiliana, Tim Lefebvre (The Rhythm Section from David Bowie's Blackstar). Additional special guests - both announced and unannounced - will join the fun, guaranteeing this year's SuperJam will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of community, epic grooves and unprecedented musical adventure.

For more, please see www.bonnaroo.com

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 5:37 pm

The Colorado based band, Trout Steak Revival has announced new tour dates for the Summer. The band will criss cross the country hitting notable festivals like Northwest String Summit, and Floyd Fest as well as playing several headlining shows including a performance at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, Colorado.

Up to date news and tour information can be found at troutsteak.com

TROUT STEAK REVIVAL 2019 SPRING & SUMMER TOUR DATES

5/17 Bluegrass in the Bottoms, Kansas City, MO

5/18 Bluegrass in the Bottoms, Kansas City, MO

5/21 Barley's, Knoxville, TN

5/22 City Winery, Nashville, TN*

5/23 Steady Hand Beer Co., Atlanta, GA

5/24 The Crimson Moon, Dahlonega, GA

5/25 Papa Joe's Banjo-BQue, Evans, GA

5/31 Campout for the Cause, Buena Vista, CO

6/1 Belly Up, Aspen, CO**

6/26 Vail Bluegrass, Vail, CO***

7/4 Gilpin County Fairgrounds, Black Hawk, CO****

7/6 Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellevue, CO*****

7/10 Pine Creek Lodge, Livingston, MT******

7/12 Sandpoint Summerfest, Sandpoint, Idaho

7/19 Northwest String Summit, North Plains, OR

7/20 Northwest String Summit, North Plains, OR

7/27 Floyd Fest, Floyd, VA

7/28 Floyd Fest, Floyd, VA

8/17 Dockside, Ottawa, IL

8/18 Hoxeyville Music Festival, Wellston, MI

* w/ The Sweet Lillies

** w/ Buffalo Commons

*** w/ Chain Station

****Members of Trout Steak Revival with special guest Bridget Law 

***** w/ The Lonesome Days + The Sweet Lillies

****** w/ Lena Marie Schiffer

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 5:51 pm

On the heels of a two-week tour supporting Gary Clark Jr. in Australia (where he joined Gary nightly for his encore), Hamish Anderson returns to the US to celebrate the release of his sophomore album, Out of My Head, produced by Jim Scott (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Wilco). Anderson’s musical chops go deep with this record. Rock and Blues Muse has also said of Anderson’s new release, “There are a lot of impressive young guitarists out there these days, but very few of them can match their physical dexterity with this much vulnerability and lyrical prowess.“

Hamish might not easily fit into a genre or a box, but he sets himself apart from the pack by exploring areas and combining genres that most do not.  And that’s just the way he likes it.

About Hamish Anderson’s Out of My Head:

After two years supporting Trouble, Hamish began writing his sophomore album Out of My Head with a sense of confidence that only comes around after all that goes into a debut album. For his second album, Hamish wanted to make it even more song oriented -- exploring melodies, hooks and choruses without committing to one specific genre. “I wanted to let the songs dictate what they wanted to be, so the record goes everywhere from blues rockers, soul ballads to more aggressive fuzzy rock and roll.” Americana, soul, pop, roots, blues, rock; that’s a lot of ground to cover, but Hamish does it with a natural ease that’s far beyond his years.  The mellow (“What You Do To Me,” “Damaged Goods”) and the upbeat (“No Good,” “You Give Me Something”) tracks on this record sit comfortably next to each other; all buoyed by a knack for clever, hook-driven songwriting and a clear, burning passion that drives the music from the first strum to the last.

Throughout the album, Hamish explores themes of alienation, defiance, unabashed love and observations on what's happening in the world -- themes that he hadn’t really explored in his writing before.  Hamish shared “I took a long time with the writing process, really trying to make something that to me feels like a complete piece. I still love the art of an album to give the full story.”

The result of that was a cohesive album which really shows that he took his time with the writing and didn’t rush the process. “Some songs were written just after the release of my debut album, but the majority of writing was done over the holiday break at the end of 2017. I went back home to Australia after a really busy year touring the US and suddenly when everything stopped for a minute, I just locked myself away and wrote.”

Hamish and producer Jim Scott worked in tandem on the arrangements of songs -- even more so than he previously had. Although some things stayed the same, for instance he still recorded live on the floor with the band playing; however, this time once they had the take, he and Jim would spend time exploring harmonies, sounds and textures that they hadn’t used before.

Throughout Out of My Head, the bass and drums are very prominent. Of course, there is still a lot of guitar, but this time around he wanted the rhythm section to be right up front -- even on ballads -- so everything has a really solid groove. Hamish was joined in the studio by drummer Johnny Radelat (Gary Clark Jr), bassists Chris Bruce (Doyle Bramhall II) and Aaron Stern (Curtis Harding), and keyboardist Jerry Borgé (Jonathan Wilson).

Ironically, despite the languid timeline for the writing and pre-production, the whole album came together quickly -- ten songs were completed in ten days which is a true testament to the union that Jim Scott and Hamish have built over these years.

The last track to be included is “Damaged Goods”, co-written with Rune Westberg (Beth Hart) who also produced the track. It provides yet another new poignant, stripped back, gospel- like sonic note for the album.

He has clearly set his sights on perfecting the song, and the larger vision of a cohesive album that is bound to take the listener on a soul-freeing experience.

Out of My Head released May 2019 on all formats.

HAMISH ANDERSON ON TOUR

USA

1 June - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up *support

6 July - Los Angeles, CA @ Redondo Beach Music Series

CANADA

12 - 13 July - Mont Tremblant, Canada @ Mont Tremblant Blues Fest

EUROPE

27 September - Einsiedein, Switzerland @ Mauz

28 September Oberentfelden, Switzerand @ Borom Pom Pom

2 October - Twist, Germany @ Heimathaus

3 October - Zaandam, Netherlands @ Flux

4 October - Dordrecht, Netherlands @ Bibelot

5 October - Drachten, Netherlands @ Iduna

6 October - Weert, Netherlands @ De Bosuil

8 October - Hagan, Germany @ Gaststatte Stock

9 October - Dusseldorf, Germany @ Pitcher

10 October- Norderstedt @ Music Star

11 October- Coppenbrugge, Germany @ Woodstore

12 October - Wredenhagan, Germany @ Cafe Scheune

13 October- Kristianstad, Sweden @ Kompakt Disk

14 October- Copenhagen, Denmark @ Mojo

16 October- Bratislavia, Slovakia Museum @ Obchodu

17 October- Chiemgau, Germany @ Blues Club Chiemgau

18 October- Ebensee, Austria @ Kino Ebensee

19 October- Schwabish Hall, Germany @ Anlagencafe

20 October- Schwabish Gemund, Germany @ Kkf

22 October- Vienna, Austria @ Rockhouse Bar

All tour info and up to date news at hamishandersonmusic.com

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:06 pm

Today, The Allman Betts Band released the first track “All Night” from their debut album Down To The River (BMG).

“It goes beyond the fact our dads were in a famous band and supersedes the whole 'sons of' thing. We're a band, and we're going to make sure everyone recognizes that." Allman told Billboard of The ABB.

Down To The River was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine) at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Peter Levin (Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 player) and Chuck Leavell (former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist) make special appearances on the record.

Down To The River

Motivated by classic recording techniques, and the vintage gear in the historic Alabama studio, they cut the album live. No computers. No digital editing. They tracked nine songs on two-inch analog tape, resulting in their debut album.

The Allman Betts Band “Down To The River” World Tour is already under way, and will feature nearly 200 tour stops including a handful of dates supporting John Fogerty. The tour will bring the band across the US and Europe for intimate headlining performances as well as several festivals including Peach Festival, Lockn’, Big Blues Bender, Telluride Blues & Brews, and many more.

Pre-Order Down To The River

DOWN TO THE RIVER TOUR:

May 17, Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater

May 19, Chandler, AZ @ Chandler Center for the Performing Arts

Jun 8, Garberville, CA @ Redwood Run

Jun 14, Lowell, MA @ Lowell Summer Music Series

Jun 15, Utica, NY @ Stanley Theatre

Jun 18, Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage

Jun 19, Three Oaks, MI @ Acorn Theater

Jun 20, Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre Ballroom

Jun 21, Columbus, OH @ Express Live

Jun 22, Kokomo, IN @ Foster Park

Jun 23, McMinnville, TN @ Cumberland Caverns

Jun 25, Bristol, TN @ Paramount Theater

Jun 26, Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester PAC

Jun 27, State College, PA @ State Theatre

Jun 30, Winter Park, CO @ Blues from the Top

Jul 5, Westhampton, NY @ Westhampton Beach PAC

Jul 6, East Hampton, NY @ John Drew Theater at Guild Hall

Jul 7, Norwalk, CT @ Wall Street Theater

Jul 8, Ocean City, NJ @ NJ Music Pier

Jul 16, Munich, DE @ Backstage Hall

Jul 17, Luxembourg, LUX @ Rockhal

Jul 23, Cologne, Germany @ Kantine

Jul 24, Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Jul 29, Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle

Jul 30, Berlin, DE @ Lido

Jul 31, Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch

Aug 9, Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park*

Aug 11, Portland, ME Maine @ Savings Pavilion*

Aug 13, Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

Aug 15, New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall*

Aug 29, St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater

Aug 30, Fort Wayne, IN @ Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

Sep 1, Lakeville, PA @ Cove Ent Resorts

Sep 13, Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center

Nov 1, Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre

* w/ John Fogerty

 

FESTIVALS

May 18, Dana Point, CA @ Doheny Blues Festival

Jun 16, 2019 Bethel, NY @ Mountain Jam

Jun 28, Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival

Jun 29, 2019 New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home Festival

Jul 2, Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

Jul 14, 2019 Suwalki, Poland @ Suwalki Blues Festival

Jul 20, 2019 Maidstone, UK @ Ramblin' Man Fair

Jul 21, Peer, Belgium @ Peer Blues Festival

Jul 25-28, 2019 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music Festival

Jul 25-28, 2019 Breitenbach, GER @ Burg Herzberg festival

Aug 2, Notodden, Norway @ Notodden Blues Festival

Aug 10, 2019 Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Blues Festival

Aug 24, 2019 Arrington, VA @ LOCKN' Festival

Sep 5-8, 2019 Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues Bender

Sep 14, Telluride, CO @ Blues & Brews Fest

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 5:24 pm

The Lumineers have released the music video for "Gloria," their first single from their upcoming full-length album III, out Sept 13th on Dualtone (an Entertainment One Company) in the U.S. and Canada, and Decca Records for the rest of the world. The new album is a cinematic narrative told in three chapters, with the songs from each chapter focusing on one primary character out of three generations of the fictional Sparks family. Each chapter will be released as an audio EP within the full-length album. The 3-song Chapter I audio EP was released in full this past Friday (5/17) and revolves around the family matriarch, Gloria Sparks. Subsequent chapters focus on Gloria's grandson Junior (Chapter II), and then her son Jimmy Sparks (Chapter III).

Each of the songs from The Lumineers' new album will also be released as individual music videos that collectively tell the visual story of the three generations of the Sparks family. In addition to the new "Gloria" music video, videos for the remaining Chapter I songs "Donna" and "Life In The City" will be released tomorrow (5/21) and Wednesday (5/22) respectively. All the videos are directed by Kevin Phillips and produced by Neighborhood Watch. Phillips is known for his films Super Dark Times and Too Cool For School. The videos for Gloria Sparks star actress Anna Cordell as Gloria and Josh Close as William (Gloria's husband).

III is the third album by two-time GRAMMY-nominated band The Lumineers, whose line up is original members and songwriters Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites plus Lauren Jacobson, Stelth Ulvang, Byron Isaacs and Brandon Miller. III follows two platinum albums the 2012 self-titled debut and the 2016 sophomore album Cleopatra. The single "Gloria", released April 4, quickly shot up to top ten at both the Triple A and Alternative formats, as well as the #1 positon on the Americana chart. The band has seen tremendous success at radio including 18 #1 hits on Triple A, Alternative and other radio charts, including "Ophelia" maintaining #1 for 13 weeks on Triple A. The Lumineers became only the second artist in history to hold the top slot on the Triple A chart for that length of time. The band has sold out tours across the world, with over 300,000 tickets sold on 2017's Cleopatra World Tour and ended with 27 sold out arena shows.

Starting in early summer, The Lumineers have plans to tour across the U.S. and Europe, including their biggest ever UK shows at The O2 Arena London, Manchester Arena, The SSE Hydro Glasgow, and dates across Europe including 3Arena Dublin, Le Zénith Paris and Verti Music Hall Berlin, as well as a string of festival dates that include Hangout, Bonnaroo, Tinderbox, Splendour in the Grass, Fuji Rock, Osheaga, Outside Lands, Sea.Hear.Now and more. Headline tour dates in the US and Canada have not yet been announced.

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:02 pm

Today, alt-country legends The Long Ryders announce they're heading back on tour in support of their critically acclaimed 30-years in the making comeback album, Psychedelic Country Soul, via Omnivore Recordings. The band's original line up, Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens, and Greg Sowders will hit the road starting September 11, 2019 in Louisville, KY. It's the band's first dates in the US since 2017.

Psychedelic Country Soul is a true and unique Long Ryders album that stands up with their classic records like Native Sons and the unforgettable single "Looking For Lewis And Clark." David Fricke in Rolling Stone named Psychedelic Country Soul among the top three released thus far in 2019. The new album was recorded in eight days at Dr. Dre's state of the art studio in Los Angeles with producer Ed Stasium helming the board. Even the band's old friends in The Bangles dropped by to sing harmonies.

The band recently completed a successful run of dates in Europe, where Black Country Rock wrote in a review of the London show that The Long Ryders were "A band that is perfect."

Tickets on sale May 24

For more information visit:  www.omnivorerecordings.com

TOUR DATES:

Sept 11 -- Louisville, KY -- Headliners Music Hall

Sept 12 -- Evanston, IL -- SPACE

Sept 13 -- Ferndale, MI -- The Magic Bag

Sept 14 -- Toronto, ON -- Horseshoe Tavern

Sept 15 -- Cleveland, OH -- Beachland Ballroom

Sept 17 -- New York, NY -- Rough Trade NYC

Sept 18 -- Jersey City, NJ -- WFMU Monty Hall

Sept 19 -- Philadelphia, PA -- The Locks at Sona

Sept 20 -- Washington D.C. -- Pearl Street Warehouse

Oct 3 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Roxy

Oct 8 -- Portland, OR -- Aladdin Theatre

Jan 29 -- Miami, FL -- Outlaw Country Cruise

Jan 30 -- Miami, FL -- Outlaw Country Cruise

Jan 31 -- Miami, FL -- Outlaw Country Cruise

Feb 1 -- Miami, FL -- Outlaw Country Cruise

Feb 2 -- Miami, FL -- Outlaw Country Cruise

Feb 3 -- Miami, FL -- Outlaw Country Cruise

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:34 am

Trojan Jamaica is excited to release the new video for the Rob Jevons remix of Bo Diddley's "Gunslinger" performed by reggae legend Big Youth, whose exuberant, eccentrically avant-garde delivery helped set the template for Jamaica's DJ-toasting in the 1970s, and paved the way for hip hop of the future. Instigated by label co-founder Zak Starkey and directed by Gabriella Blackwood, the raucous and colorful clip features other label co-founder Sharna "Sssh" Liguz and a bevvy of musicians and dancers exploding in a burst of psychedelic hypnotica all in service of this joyous dirty dub spaghetti western manifesto. Large Up premiered the video yesterday.

Starkey and Sshh recently announced the birth of Trojan Jamaica, a new frontline label, in partnership with BMG, endeavoring to bring newly-produced, Jamaican-made music to the world. March 29th heralded the debut track,  Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You," performed by Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru) and featuring the legendary reggae rhythm combo Sly & Robbie, as well as a stellar solo from Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The track was accompanied by a video which had its exclusive premiere via Rolling Stone.

Mykal Rose's "I Put A Spell On You" and the album version of Big Youth's "Gunslinger" are both featured on the forthcoming, groundbreaking compilation, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE, and was produced by the legendary Youth (U2, Paul McCartney, The Verve), at Trojan Jamaica Studios in Ocho Rios. More details to follow.

Trojan Jamaica arrives with a mandate to explore Jamaica's diverse musical legacy, from its African roots to the endless inspiration of classic and contemporary American soul, R&B and blues. With that goal in mind, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE sees such stars as Toots & The Maytals, Big Youth, Freddie McGregor, Phylea Carley, Kiddus I, Andrew Tosh, Sshh and Robbie Shakespeare taking on definitive songs by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Peter Green, and Johnny & Shuggie Otis. Backing throughout comes from a truly extraordinary line-up of legendary musicians, including Starkey (guitar), Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Tony Chin (guitar), Cyril Neville (drums), Michael Rendall (keyboards, organ) and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (drums, organ).

"It feels like we are at a pivotal moment in time with regards to the global relevance of roots rock & reggae," says Sshh. "I give thanks every day to the island, its people and the culture that we have been accepted and given the opportunity to share it with the world."

The story of Trojan Jamaica began in 2016 when Starkey - known for his superlative work as drummer in The Who, Oasis and Johnny Marr and the Healers, among countless other musical efforts - and Australian-born artist-musician Sharna "Sshh" Liguz united as SSHH, teaming up to reinvent such seminal songs as Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Get Up Stand Up," performed alongside Eddie Vedder and Carlton "Santa" Davis, George "Fully" Fullwood and Tony Chin of the pioneering reggae backing outfit known as Soul Syndicate. A video of the performance made its way to Jamaican entrepreneur Kingsley Cooper who immediately invited Starkey and Sshh to perform at the November 2016 opening of the long awaited Peter Tosh Museum in Kingston. Another invitation followed in 2017, inspiring the duo to begin work on what would soon become Trojan Jamaica.

BO DIDDLEY'S "GUNSLINGER"  (ROB JEVONS REMIX) PERFORMED BY BIG YOUTH

"We felt so warmly welcomed and at home in the musical community that we stayed and recorded all the music that has become Trojan Jamaica," says Starkey. "We're committed to presenting local artists together with international musicians who, like us, have been inspired by roots culture."

Starkey and Sshh were aided in their mission by GRAMMY® Award-winning rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, both of whom make indelible contributions throughout RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE. An array of genre-spanning session superstars were enlisted, including drummer Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers), guitarist Tony Chin (of the famed Soul Syndicate session outfit) and keyboardist Michael Rendell (The Orb, Pink Floyd). With Youth behind the board, Starkey and Sshh lead this extraordinary band through all new performances of archetypal American music which deeply inspired the reggae revolution but whose influence on Jamaican music and culture is often forgotten.

"I find both reggae music and American blues to be similar with a different approach," Starkey told the Jamaica Observer last year. "Very cleverly, Jamaican music is 'up' music with a serious message. US blues has a very similar message in the words but the music can be harder or more 'down', but both rock just as hard."

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:53 pm

Peter Lewis is set to release The Road To Zion a full-length album on July 16. Lewis also shares the song "Down By The Water" here. The new album is coming out on Omad, the boutique label of the album's producer John DeNicola.

Peter Lewis played a crucial part in the creation of that rare beast, the perfect rock & roll album: Moby Grape, a legendary union of guitars, voices and brotherhood made in a now-distant American age, the psychedelic San Francisco of 1967. Many miles later, Peter has made his best record as a singer, songwriter and spiritual explorer: The Road To Zion, new stories of wanderlust, fortune, trial and commitment that still carry the living glow and redemptive power of that great band.

Like his best songs for the Grape - "Sitting by the Window" on that first LP; "He" on 1968's Wow; the gorgeous Moby Grape '69 miniature "What's to Choose" - the day-glo-country twang of "Down by the Water" comes with a kick inside: the cycle of sorrow and lessons that, in time, lead to light.

Count the years on the way to The Road To Zion, and you find an astonishing statistic: It is only Peter's third solo album. But he never lost the path or mission. "I know we'll meet again, this you can rely on," Peter promises in the title track "The Road To Zion." Relish the searching and ringing guitars here, until the next time.

The Road To Zion

1. On The Road To Zion

2. Down By The Water

3. When I Think About Me

4. Nobody's Love

5. In This Place

6. Journey To The Crossroads

7. A Song For Kris

8. When I'm Gone

9. Only A Fool

10. Celebration Of January 24

11. The Gypsy

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 8:12 am

Today, The Allman Betts Band released “Shinin’“ the second single off their debut record Down To The River (BMG).

“‘Shinin” is a song about how love and devotion can lift you up so you shine brighter than you could alone. It is a song about gratitude and acknowledgement that real love can take you to the next level. I had a few ideas that I brought over to (collaborator) Stoll Vaughan to work on in Los Angeles right before we started the sessions in Muscle Shoals for Down to the River. We wrote this late addition and it fit perfectly with the list of tunes we had already put together. I’m glad it worked out the way it did.” Duane Betts told Rolling Stone Country, who had the exclusive premiere of the track. 

Down To The River was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine) at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Peter Levin (Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 player) and Chuck Leavell (former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist) make special appearances on the record.

The band was motivated by classic recording techniques, and the vintage gear in the historic Alabama studio, they cut the album live. No computers. No digital editing. They tracked nine songs on two-inch analog tape, resulting in their debut album.

“Shinin’” comes just weeks after a successful release of their first single and accompanying behind the scenes music video “All Night” - which exclusively premiered via Billboard.

The Allman Betts Band will head back out on the road after a short break amid their nearly 200 date touring schedule. The band is rapidly gaining a strong following across the country where they are performing to packed venues and selling out many of their shows. 

DOWN TO THE RIVER TOUR:

Jun 8, Garberville, CA @ Redwood Run

Jun 14, Lowell, MA @ Lowell Summer Music Series

Jun 15, Utica, NY @ Stanley Theatre

Jun 18, Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage

Jun 19, Three Oaks, MI @ Acorn Theater

Jun 20, Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre Ballroom

Jun 21, Columbus, OH @ Express Live

Jun 22, Kokomo, IN @ Foster Park

Jun 23, McMinnville, TN @ Cumberland Caverns

Jun 25, Bristol, TN @ Paramount Theater

Jun 26, Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester PAC

Jun 27, State College, PA @ State Theatre

Jun 30, Winter Park, CO @ Blues from the Top

Jul 5, Westhampton, NY @ Westhampton Beach PAC

Jul 6, East Hampton, NY @ John Drew Theater at Guild Hall

Jul 7, Norwalk, CT @ Wall Street Theater

Jul 8, Ocean City, NJ @ NJ Music Pier

Jul 16, Munich, DE @ Backstage Hall

Jul 17, Luxembourg, LUX @ Rockhal

Jul 23, Cologne, Germany @ Kantine

Jul 24, Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Jul 29, Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle

Jul 30, Berlin, DE @ Lido

Jul 31, Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch

Aug 9, Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park*

Aug 11, Portland, ME Maine @ Savings Pavilion*

Aug 13, Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

Aug 15, New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall*

Aug 29, St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater

Aug 30, Fort Wayne, IN @ Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

Sep 1, Lakeville, PA @ Cove Ent Resorts

Sep 13, Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center

Nov 1, Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre

* w/ John Fogerty

FESTIVALS

Jun 16, 2019 Bethel, NY @ Mountain Jam

Jun 28, Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival

Jun 29, 2019 New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home Festival

Jul 2, Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

Jul 14, 2019 Suwalki, Poland @ Suwalki Blues Festival

Jul 20, 2019 Maidstone, UK @ Ramblin' Man Fair

Jul 21, Peer, Belgium @ Peer Blues Festival

Jul 25-28, 2019 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music Festival

Jul 25-28, 2019 Breitenbach, GER @ Burg Herzberg festival

Aug 2, Notodden, Norway @ Notodden Blues Festival

Aug 10, 2019 Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Blues Festival

Aug 24, 2019 Arrington, VA @ LOCKN' Festival

Sep 5-8, 2019 Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues Bender

Sep 14, Telluride, CO @ Blues & Brews Fest

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 2:39 pm

Hamish Anderson’s new record Out of my Head has been out almost a month, and momentum for the Australian born/LA - based musician has never been higher. Hamish’s track “What You Do To Me” is number 54 this week on the Americana Singles Chart.

Hamish kicked off his 2019 with a two-week tour supporting Gary Clark Jr. in his home country, Australia, (where he joined Gary nightly for his encore). Hamish returned to the US in time to release Out Of My Head, which has since been garnering rave reviews globally. With several US, Canada and Europe tour dates on the books, and a new album under his belt, 2019 is looking to be a great year for Hamish.

HAMISH ANDERSON ON TOUR

(more dates announcing soon)

USA

1 June - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up *support

5 June - Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers

20 June - DTLA, CA @ The BLOC

26 June - Boise, ID @ Alive After Five

6 July - Los Angeles, CA @ Redondo Beach Music Series

CANADA

12 - 13 July - Mont Tremblant, Canada @ Mont Tremblant Blues Fest

EU DATES:

27 September - Einsiedein, Switzerland - Mauz

28 September - Oberentfelden, Switzerand - Borom Pom Pom

1 October - Belgium - De Zwever

2 October - Twist, Germany - Heimathaus

3 October - Zaandam, Netherlands - Flux

4 October - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot

5 October - Drachten, Netherlands - Iduna

6 October - Weert, Netherlands - De Bosuil

7 October - Norderstedt - Music Star

8 October - Hagan, Germany - Gaststatte Stock

9 October - Dusseldorf, Germany - Pitcher

11 October - Coppenbrugge, Germany - Woodstore

12 October - Wredenhagan, Germany - Cafe Scheune

13 October - Kristianstad, Sweden - Kulturkvarteret

14 October - Copenhagen, Denmark - Mojo

16 October - Bratislavia, Slovakia - Museum Obchodu

17 October - Chiemgau, Germany - Blues Club

18 October - Ebensee, Austria - Kino Ebensee

19 October - Schwabish Hall, Germany - Anlagencafe

20 October - Schwabish Gemund, Germany - Kkf

22 October - Vienna, Austria - Rockhouse Bar

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:40 am

Today, Jesse Malin announces Sunset Kids, his first studio album in four years, to be released August 30 via Wicked Cool/The Orchard/Velvet Elk. Sunset Kids, produced by Lucinda Williams and engineered by David Bianco and Geoff Sanoff, was recorded on both coasts between the two artists' touring schedules. It features two songs co-written by Lucinda Williams, as well, including the first single, "Room 13." "Room 13" is referred to as "the heart of the record, about those meditative moments far out of your comfort zone, where you're forced to reflect on the things that really matter," says Malin. Listen to "Room 13" here.

Jesse Malin, who the London Times says "writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction," and Lucinda Williams, whom Time named "America's best songwriter," first met at a New York City jazz club in the early 2000's, but it was when she invited Malin to see her open for what would be the final Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017 that talk of her producing the album first took shape.

 "From the early frontier days of hardcore in New York to all the punk rock and singer/songwriter touring," says Malin, "it's all been about survival and reinvention. I wanted to make an open-sounding record with the space to tell these stories. I like to write about characters and people I meet along the way. The dreamers, schemers, hustlers, romantics, lovers, leavers and believers."

The title Sunset Kids reflects the album's dedication to the people Malin lost during the making of this album, including its very own engineer David Bianco (Tom Petty Wildflowers), his lifelong friend and bandmate, Todd Youth, his father and other dreamers.

Other guests that appear on the album are Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who co-wrote and sings on "Strangers and Thieves," and singer songwriter Joseph Arthur who appears on three tracks.

Jesse Malin has tour dates in Europe in June and will be touring the United States in the Fall of 2019. Below is a list of all confirmed dates thus far:

June 04           Nashville, TN              Analog at Hutton Hotel

June 15           Brighton UK                The Haunt

June 16           Manchester, UK          Deaf Institute

June 18           Norwich, UK               Norwich Arts Centre

June 19           Oxford, UK                 The Bullingdon

June 20           Glasgow, UK              King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

June 21           Dublin, IR                    Whelans

June 22           Belfast, UK                 The Limelight 2

Sept 14            New York, NY            Webster Hall

Jan 29             Miami, FL                    Outlaw Country Cruise

Sunset Kids Track Listing:

1.   Meet Me At The End Of The World Again

2.   Room 13

3.   When You're Young

4.   Chemical Heart

5.   Promises

6.   Shining Down

7.   Shane

8.   Strangers and Thieves

9.   Revelations

10. Gray Skies Look So Blue

11. Do You Really Wanna Know

12. Friends in Florida

13. Dead On

14. My Little Life

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:14 am

Old Salt Union has announced their newest album Where The Dogs Don’t Bite - Out everywhere on Aug 16 via Compass Records. The band once again enlisted GRAMMY-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown to produce the follow-up to their self-titled Compass Records debut. The resulting album, Where the Dogs Don’t Bite, builds on Old Salt Union’s mixed musical backgrounds for a wildly entertaining and eclectic batch of songs.

Old Salt Union will be touring extensively throughout the rest of the year. The band is set to play several notable festivals this summer including Blue Ox Music Festival, Floyd Fest, and Roots N Blues N BBQ. The band will also be joining Son Volt on tour for select dates in June. 

All up to date tour info can be found at oldsaltunion.com

TOUR DATES

6/7 @ The Mishawaka | Bellvue, CO^

6/8-6/9 @ Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival | Pagosa Springs, CO

6/13-15 @ Blue Ox Music Festival | Eau Claire, WI

6/18 @ The Jones Assembly | Oklahoma City, OK*

6/19 @ Historic Scoot Inn | Austin, TX*

6/20 @ The Kessler Theater | Dallas, TX*

6/21 @ The Heights Theater | Houston, TX*

6/22 @ Red Stick Social | Baton Rouge, LA

6/23 @ Saturn | Birmingham, AL*

6/25 @ Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA*

6/26 @ Lafayette’s Music Room | Memphis, TN*

6/27 @ The Basement East | Nashville, TN*

6/28 @ Red, White & Boom | London, KY

6/29 @ Smoky Run Music Festival | Butler, OH

7/11 @ Pickin’ On Picknic | Saint Francisville, MO

7/12 @ Byrd’s Creek Music Festival | Crossville, TN

7/13 @ Barage Concert Series House Concert | Chattanooga, TN

7/19 @ Camp Euforia | Lone Tree, IA

7/20-7/21 @ Hiawatha Music Festival | Hiawatha, MI

7/25 -7/26 @ Floyd Fest | Floyd, VA

7/27 @ Capital Ale House Richmond | Richmond, VA

7/28 @ Purple Fiddle | Thomas, WB

7/30 @ John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts | Washington, DC

8/3 @ Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks | Bethlehem, PA

8/9 @ Basin Spring Park | Eureka Springs, AR

8/10 @ Lovegrass Music Festival | Sylvan Grove, KS 

8/20 @ Tuesday in the Garden | Rockford, IL

8/22 @ Alive After Five | Mankato, MN

8/23 @ Bend In The Road | Manchester, MN

8/24 @ Riverside Park | La Crosse, WI

9/4 @ The Bend Concert Series at Murphy Park | East Moline, IL

9/5 @ Gabe’s | Iowa City, IA

9/7 @ Hey Nonny | Arlington Heights, IL

9/8 @ Black Swamp Arts Festival | Bowling Green, OH

9/19-9/21 @ Walnut Valley Festival | Winfield, KS

9/27 - 9/29 @ Roots N Blues N BBQ | Columbia, MO

10/19 @ The Wander Down Music Festival | Makanda, IL

^w/ Jeff Austin Band, Tenth Mountain Division

* w/ Son Volt

The quintet — Ryan Murphey (banjo), Justin Wallace (lead vocals and mandolin), John Brighton (violin), Jesse Farrar (lead vocals and bassist) and newest member Graham Curry (guitar) have continued to hone and develop their sound through relentless touring, cultivating a steadfast fanbase drawn to their high-energy shows. Coming from varied musical backgrounds, Old Salt Union’s collective melting pot of styles and musical vocabularies informs their fresh approach to modern string band music and has helped to carve a unique niche for this Belleville, Illinois roots outfit. 

Farrar, nephew of Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, kicks off the album with “God You Don’t Need,” a hook laden ode to a relationship gone bad set against a tapestry of strings and an eerily compelling banjo melody. Label mate Bobby Osborne guests on “Tell Me So,” a nod to the bluegrass side of the band’s musical sensibilities featuring lead vocals and songwriting by mandolinist Justin Wallace. Violinist Brighton delivers the gypsy-tinged instrumental “Johann’s Breakdown,” which pulls from jazz and classical progressions, and Wallace delivers the haunting title track, “Where The Dogs Don’t Bite.” The dark, but heartfelt song features triple-layered guitar harmonies, stacked vocals and a group sing-along that recalls last call at a corner pub in the rust belt, a fitting closing to this musically diverse and compelling release.

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 12:11 pm

My Morning Jacket is proud to announce the release of THE TENNESSEE FIRE: DELUXE EDITION, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their now-classic debut album. The newly expanded edition includes all 16 original tracks alongside 16 previously unreleased and unheard, lost songs, demo outtakes, alternate versions, and more. THE TENNESSEE FIRE: DELUXE EDITION arrives via Darla Records on August 2, 2019. You can pre-order the record here.

Furthermore, My Morning Jacket will commemorate the momentous occasion with "My Morning Jacket Presents: A Tennessee Fire 20th Anniversary Celebration," a one-night-only live event set for Friday, August 9 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY where the band will perform the album in its entirety, along with songs from that era. A special pre-sale for all ticket holders for the band's performance at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens on August 10 will begin on Thursday, June 13 at 12pm local and ending Sunday, June 16 at 10pm local. Any  remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 17 at 12pm local. For complete details on tickets and VIP packages, please visit www.mymorningjacket.com/events.

"Wow. I cannot believe it has now been over 20 years since we recorded THE TENNESSEE FIRE on my cousin John's grandparents farm out in Shelbyville, KY in a little studio called "Above the Cadillac," says James. "What a life changing time that was for me -- a cosmic door opening to a new universe, thanks to the generosity of family and the spirits of music and connection, I have been so lucky to encounter. We tried to do as many fucked up things as we could that we loved and hoped folks would enjoy. We laughed a lot and we cried some too, ha. We are so grateful and humble that people are still enjoying it so many years later, and we also really love playing these songs live still after all these years, ha ha ha. We offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has listened since the beginning/jumped on along the way, and all the new folks just hearing the music and getting into it. Much has changed and shifted over the years in the world of My Morning Jacket both on earth and in other realms, and I am so grateful to everyone who has ever been involved with the band on any level that helped it grow. I am grateful for the joy and thankful to have learned some things from the pain/disappointments that I hope will help in the future. Love is music, music is god, god is love, and I feel so blessed to be able to share this thing called music with so many wonderful souls both as a musician and as a listener myself. There is so much wonderful music out there. Peace and love."

$1 from every ticket purchased for the band's summer tour dates will benefit My Morning Jacket's Waterfall Project, with beneficiaries including Access Reproductive Care-Southeast (ARC), GreenWave,  and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). For complete details, please visit www.mymorningjacket.com/waterfallproject

Hailed by The New York Times as "the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock," My Morning Jacket made a truly epochal debut with THE TENNESSEE FIRE. First released May 25, 1999 on Darla Records independent label, the LP immediately rocketed the Louisville, KY-based band to the forefront of American music. "My Morning Jacket arrived almost fully-formed," wrote Stereogum in 2018. "On THE TENNESSEE FIRE, a lot of their core elements were already in place. There were big, keening melodies that sounded like the wind rushing through the trees of a Southern forest, there were chiming guitars, and they were already taking their foundational DNA of folk and classic rock and mutating it. The band covered a lot of ground on their debut, from the shadowy anthem 'The Bear,' the swaggering and sinister beer-rock of 'It's About Twilight Now,' to the yearning 'Evelyn Is Not Real,' and the mournful closer 'I Think I'm Going To Hell."' Thanks to the homemade production, all of this comes together in a bleary, nocturnal document that sounds like MMJ telling ghost stories about some dark, mysterious thing they discovered out in the countryside... All these years later, it sounds like a perfect curtain rise on MMJ's career."

In addition to the My Morning Jacket summer dates, Jim James has announced plans for a busy summer on the road, including the "Jim James + Claypool Lennon Delirium Summer 2019 Tour," a co-headline run beginning June 21 at Salt Lake City's Eccles Theater and then continuing into early July. James is also slated for a number of headline shows, a pair of eagerly awaited dates alongside Anderson East - set for Tulsa, OK's Cain Ballroom (June 17) and Kansas City, MO's Crossroads KC (June 18) - as well as full band sets at such U.S. festivals as Manchester, TN's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 15), and Quincy, CA's High Sierra Music Festival (July 4-7). For dates and ticket availability, please visit jimjames.com/events

MMJ guitarist Carl Broemel will be equally busy with his own summer live schedule. Highlights include headline dates and a series of co-headline shows alongside Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), beginning in Kansas City, MO and making stops in Denver, Portland, OR and Los Angeles at the Highland Park Ebell. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.carlbroemel.com.

My Morning Jacket: Jim James (vocals, guitar), Tom Blankenship (bass), Patrick Hallahan (drums), Carl Broemel (guitar), and Bo Koster (keyboards).

MY MORNING JACKET

THE TENNESSEE FIRE: DELUXE EDITION

(Darla Records)

RELEASE DATE: August 2nd, 2019

TRACKLISTING

1. Heartbreakin Man

2. They Ran

3. The Bear

4. Nashville to Kentucky

5. Old Sept. Blues

6. If All Else Fails

7. It's About Twilight Now

8. Evelyn Is Not Real

9. War Begun

10. Picture of You

11. I Will Be There When You Die

12. The Dark

13. By My Car

14. Butch Cassidy

15. I Think I'm Going to Hell

16. Alabama Come Clean

Bonus tracks available on 2xCD (disc 2), LP (disc 3):

1. John Dyes Her Hair Red

2. Flew in on a Dead Horse

3. Yellow and Strobe

4. Lil Billy (Demo)

5. Evelyn is Not Real (First Version)

6. All This Joy Brings Different Feelings

7. Finger on the Frog

8. Gifts

9. Weeks Go by Like Days (Alternate Version)

10. Plasma Ball

11. Breathin' Afterbirth

12. Heartbreakin' Man (First Version)

13. I Think I'm Going to Hell (Two Meter Session)

Bonus tracks available via 2xCD (disc 2), DIG and download coupon with 3xLP:

1. If All Else Fails (First Version)

2. The Bear (First Version)

3. The Bear (Third Version)

MY MORNING JACKET

2019 SUMMER DATES

AUGUST

2 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

3 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre

10 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 9:44 am

Todd Snider has assembled a cast of friends to head out with him in September to play a few select shows on the continuation of his 'Cash Cabin Session' album tour. Dates include September 19 at The Grandel in St. Louis, September 20 at Medicine Stone Festival in Talequah, OK and September 21 at the Crosstown Theatre in Memphis. Snider will gather together with Hard Working Americans' bandmates Neal Casal, Jesse Aycock and Chad Staehly as well as welcome into the fold Nashville drummer Ken Coomer (Uncle Tupelo/Wilco). At the headlining shows in St. Louis and Memphis, Snider will perform one solo set and then play a full set with the new band. Look for more to come from this new ensemble.

Listen to Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3: https://ffm.to/cashcabinsessions

For music, tickets, and more info, visit toddsnider.net.

TOUR DATES:

Thur Jun 13 -- Syracuse, NY -- Westcott Theater

Fri Jun 14 -- Holyoke, MA -- Gateway City Arts

Sat Jun 15 -- Fairfield, CT -- StageOne at FTC

Sun Jun 16 -- Wilmington, DE -- The Queen

Tues Jun 18 -- Norfolk, VA -- The Norva 

Thur Jun 20 -- Charlotte, NC -- Neighborhood Theatre

Fri Jun 21 -- Atlanta, GA -- Variety Playhouse

Sat Jun 22 -- Chattanooga, TN -- Robert Kirk Walker Theatre

Sun Jun 23 -- Knoxville, TN -- Bijou Theatre

Thur July 18 -- Elkin, NC -- Reeves Theater

Fri July 29 -- Greenville, NC -- State Theatre

Sat July 20 -- Baltimore, MD -- Soundstage

Sun July 21 -- Trumansburg, NY -- Trumansburg Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival

Wed July 24 -- Hudson, NY -- Helsinki Club

Thur July 25 -- Portland, ME -- Port City Music Hall

Fri July 26 -- Newport, RI -- Newport Folk Festival

Sat July 27 -- Sellersville, PA -- Sellersville Theater 1894

Fri Aug 9 -- Iowa City, IA -- Englert Civic Theatre

Sat Aug 10 -- Hillsboro, WI -- People Fest

Sat Aug 11 -- Kalamazoo, MI -- Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Thur Sep 19 -- St. Louis, MO -- The Grandel

Fri Sep 20 --Tahlequah, OK -- Medicine Stone

Sat Sep 21 -- Memphis, TN -- The Crosstown Theatre

Sat Sep 28 -- Bogalusa, LA -- Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

Fri Oct 25 -- Livermore, CA -- Bankhead Theater at Livermore PAC

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:25 am

Renowned guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, bandleader and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller has opened up his voluminous archive of recordings for the first time ever to present a milestone 3CD + DVD box set. WELCOME TO THE VAULT covers Miller's genre-blurring six-decade career over 52 audio tracks, pairing a number of greatest hits and certifiable rock 'n roll classics with 38 previously unreleased recordings that span demos, rehearsals, outtakes, vintage concert performances and 5 newly uncovered original Steve Miller Band songs recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.

The accompanying DVD collects 21 live performances, among them legendary rare TV appearances and concert videos.

Steve Miller: Welcome To The Vault

WELCOME TO THE VAULT is accompanied by a 100-page hardbound book of photos, memorabilia and artifacts from Miller's personal collection, as well as an exclusive 9,000-word essay by renowned rock journalist David Fricke. Steve Miller Band's WELCOME TO THE VAULT, also available as a 52-track digital collection, arrives Friday, October 11 via Sailor/Capitol/UMe.

WELCOME TO THE VAULT is heralded by today's premiere of "Rock'n Me" (Alternate Version 1), a different take of the classic #1 hit from 1976.

 LISTEN TO "ROCK'N ME" (ALTERNATE VERSION 1)

AND PRE-ORDER WELCOME TO THE VAULT

Fricke writes in his liner notes: "Miller wrote 'Rock'n Me' with a different setting in mind. He was still without a working band when the English prog-rock giants Pink Floyd asked him to be their special guest at a massive festival on July 5th, 1975 at Knebworth, England. Miller called Lonnie Turner, Les Dudek - a guitarist in Boz Scaggs' band - and Doug Clifford, the former drummer in Creedence Clearwater Revival. They rehearsed for a single afternoon, working up a half-dozen R&B standards, a couple of Miller hits and a surprising debut, 'The Window,' an early version of which appears on WELCOME TO THE VAULT.

Steve Miller

"'But I knew what was going to happen,' Miller says. The Floyd 'were gonna put me on at sunset. There won't be any lights, and I'm just chum. I needed a song to rock the whole joint.' Miller showed 'Rock'n Me' to the band at practice; they played it live for the first time in front of 100,000 people at Knebworth. 'We closed with it, and it killed them,' Miller says proudly."

WELCOME TO THE VAULT opens in 1969 with the Steve Miller Band covering Little Walter's "Blues With a Feeling" at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, a previously unreleased 10-minute blowout unlike anything else in Miller's official studio or live catalog. Faithful to the form yet undeniably visionary, the track instantly sets the pace for what is to come. A turbulent "Super Shuffle" recorded live at Steve Miller Band's breakthrough appearance at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival, is fast followed by such previously unreleased revelations as an early version of "Going to Mexico" (originally found on 1970's NUMBER 5) as well as solo acoustic takes on BRAVE NEW WORLD's "Kow Kow Calculator" and "Seasons," recorded on the road in 1973.

The evolutionary sessions for 1976's FLY LIKE AN EAGLE and 1977's BOOK OF DREAMS - Steve Miller Band's "multi-platinum fusions of crisp funk and blues undercurrents, progressive-rock electronics and hit-single pith," according to Fricke - are captured via alternate takes including a striking view of "Fly Like an Eagle" as a 12-minute work-in-progress suite. WELCOME TO THE VAULT further includes a number of alternate version of iconic Steve Miller Band tracks mostly recorded prior to their commercial releases, and a recent big band reinterpretation of "Take the Money and Run" featuring fellow Texas guitar hero Jimmie Vaughan recorded live at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, where Miller is involved as a performer, educator and curator focusing on blues music.

Steve Miller

Indeed, the blues in all its forms can be heard throughout WELCOME TO THE VAULT, in versions of songs of Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and Otis Rush, as well as country and R&B variations like Roy Acuff's "Freight Train Blues" and Mickey and Sylvia's classic "Love Is Strange." Miller's own personal links to the lineage and history of guitar music are also prominently featured, including a 1990 version of Jimmy Reed's "I Wanna Be Loved," recorded with his close musical friend and godfather, Les Paul, during the electric guitar pioneer's famed Monday night residency at New York City's Fat Tuesday's.

WELCOME TO THE VAULT closes with a pair of landmark tracks also released here for the first time that include Texas blues guitar legend T-Bone Walker performing his 1952 hit, "Lollie Lou," on a tape made the year before in the Miller Family living room by Steve's father George, a passionate jazz and blues fan and home recording enthusiast. The collection finishes more than 60 years later with Miller himself performing "Lollie Lou" at "T-Bone Walker: A Bridge from Blues to Jazz," the December 2016 tribute concert curated by Miller at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Steve Miller

As if all that weren't enough, the WELCOME TO THE VAULT DVD features 21 incredible live performances, including rare footage from 1967's Monterey Pop Festival, a Dutch TV filmed performance of the Fillmore West from 1970, a 43-minute September 1973 concert at New York's Palace Theater broadcast on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (unseen since the '70s), an ABC In Concert performance with James Cotton (1974), a performance of "Abracadabra" from Michigan's Pine Knob from that album tour in 1982, and selections from Austin City Limits (2011), as well as Miller's intimate 1990 performance with Les Paul at New York City's Fat Tuesday's.

Long regarded as one of rock's most dynamic and creative live acts, the Steve Miller Band will team up with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a 36-city U.S. tour. Miller calls it "An Amazing Evening of Original American Music - Classic Rock Meets Classic Country." The trek gets underway June 13 at Des Moines, Iowa's Wells Fargo Arena and then travels through a two-night finale at Woodinville, WA's Chateau Ste. Michelle on August 30 and 31.

STEVE MILLER BAND

WELCOME TO THE VAULT

(Sailor/Capitol/UMe)

RELEASE DATE: October 11, 2019

CD 1:

1. Blues with a Feeling (Live) (1969) *

2. Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around - Alternate Version (1969) *

3. Super Shuffle (Live) (1967) **

4. It Hurts Me Too (Feat. Steve Miller Band) (Live) (1967)

5. Industrial Military Complex Hex - Alternate Version (1970) *

6. Living in the USA (1968)

7. Kow Kow Calculator - Alternate Version (1973) *

8. Going to Mexico - Alternate Version (1966) *

9. Quicksilver Girl - Alternate Version (1968) *

10. Jackson-Kent Blues - Alternate Version (1970) *

11. Crossroads (Live) (1973) *

12. Hesitation Blues (1972) **

13. Seasons - Alternate Version (1973) *

14. Say Wow! (1973) **

15. Never Kill Another Man - Alternate Version (Live) (1971) *

CD 2:

1. The Gangster is Back (Live) (1971)

2. Space Cowboy - Instrumental Version (1969) *

3. Space Cowboy - Alternate Version (Live) (1973) *

4. The Joker (1973)

5. The Lovin' Cup (1973)

6. Killing Floor (1975) *

7. Evil (Live) (1973)

8. Echoplex Blues (1973) **

9. Rock'n Me - Alternate Version 1 (1976) *

10. Rock'n Me - Alternate Version 2 (1976) *

11. Tain't it the Truth (1976) *

12. Freight Train Blues (1976) *

13. True Fine Love - Alternate Version (1975) *

14. The Stake - Alternate Version (1976) *

15. My Babe - Alternate Version (1982) *

16. That's the Way It's Got to Be (1974) **

17. Double Trouble (1992) *

18. Love is Strange (1974) *

19. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) - Alternate Version (1992) *

CD 3:

1. I Wanna Be Loved (Live) (1990) *

2. Fly Like an Eagle - Alternate Version (1974) *

3. Space Intro (1976)

4. Fly Like an Eagle (1976)

5. The Window - Alternate Version (1974) *

6. Mercury Blues - Alternate Version (1975) *

7. Jet Airliner - Alternate Version (1976) *

8. Take the Money and Run (1976)

9. Dance, Dance, Dance (1976)

10. Swingtown - Alternate Version (1976) *

11. Winter Time (1977)

12. Who Do You Love? (1984)

13. Abracadabra (1982)

14. Macho City - Short Version (1981)

15. Take the Money and Run - Alternate Version (Live) (2016) *

16. Bizzy's Blue Tango* (2004)

17. Lollie Lou (T-Bone Walker) (Live) (1951) *

18. Lollie Lou (Steve Miller) (Live) (2016) *

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDING

** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONG

DVD:

Monterey International Pop Festival - 1967

- Mercury Blues

- Super Shuffle

The Fillmore West - Dutch TV Show El Dorado (Pik-In) - 1970

- Kow Kow Calculator

- Space Cowboy

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert - 1973

- Star Spangled Banner

- Living in the USA

- Space Cowboy

- Mary Lou

- Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma

- The Gangster is Back

- The Joker

- Come on in My Kitchen

- Seasons

- Fly Like an Eagle

- Living in the USA (Reprise) 

ABC In Concert with James Cotton - 1974

- Just a Little Bit

Pine Knob, Michigan - 1982

- Abracadabra

Steve Miller and Les Paul at Fat Tuesday's - 1990

- I Wanna be Loved

- CC Rider

Live from Austin City Limits - 2011 

- Fly Like an Eagle

- Living in the USA

Steve Miller on tour this summer!

An Amazing Evening of Original American Music - Classic Rock Meets Classic Country

Featuring Steve Miller Band & Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

JUNE

13 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena

15 - Tulsa OK - River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove Margaritaville

16 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP

21 - Alton, IL - Liberty Bank Amphitheater Summer Concert Series

22 - Dubuque, IA - America's River Festival

24 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens

25 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium

28 - Rochester, NY - Rochester International Jazz Festival

30 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

JULY

1 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival*

12 - Prior Lake, MN - Lakefront Music Festival

14 - Duluth, MN - Bayfront Festival Park

16 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion

18 - Baltimore, MD - MECU Pavilion

20 - Lynchburg, VA - Riverfront Park Concert Series

21 - Bensalem PA - Xcite Center at Parx Casino*

24 - New York, NY - Pier 17

25 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

27 - Rangeley, ME - Rangeley Health & Wellness Pavilion

28 - Kingston, NY - Hutton Brickyards

30 - Selbyville, DE - The Freeman Stage at Bayside

31 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap

AUGUST

2 - Mashantucket, CT - The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino

3 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest

11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Resort and Casino

13 - Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom

14 - Vail, CO - Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre

16 - Billings, MT - Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion

17 - Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewery

19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden

21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

22 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre

24 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

27 - Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair

28 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Resort & Casino

30 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle

31 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle

* Steve Miller Band only

In addition, Miller will continue his exploration of the blues at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center with "Cannonball Adderley and The Blues," a spirited celebration of saxophone legend Cannonball Adderley. Set for Saturday, December 14at JALC's Rose Theater, the event will see Miller joined by vocalist Brianna Thomas and the Patrick Bartley Sextet, led by one of NYC's most acclaimed young saxophonists. Tickets and additional information can be found HERE.

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:59 am

Frameless Creative in association with ACT Productions and The Parker Company are proud to debut the lineup for the inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival, set for November 8-10, 2019. The brand new festival will be held on the shore of South Beach between 5th and 10th streets, adjacent to the beachfront Lummus Park and the iconic Ocean Drive.

Miami Beach Pop celebrates its home by reflecting the city's extraordinary cultural diversity with a groundbreaking selection of artists, spanning an incredibly wide range of genres and cultural backgrounds. Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee, and Kygo will headline the three-day festival, along with The Raconteurs, Juanes, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, The Roots, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Jessie Reyez, Bomba Estereo, Quinn XCII, Natti Natasha, Gryffin, Brytiago, Margo Price, Chelsea Cutler, Kim Petras, Two Feet, Lali, Magic City Hippies, Monsieur Perine, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Rauw Alejandro, Ashe, Magic Giant, Roosevelt Collier, Reignwolf, Cimafunk, The Hip Abduction, Zander, Steven A Clark, Spam Allstars, Richie Hell, Afrobeta, the Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble, and more to be announced.

"Miami Beach Pop is a celebration of one of the most extraordinary cities in the world," shares festival co-founder Paul Peck. "This unmatched, vibrant culture and iconic beach provide a rare combination of natural beauty and city excitement. The core purpose that drives the vision for this festival has been to celebrate the unity of human connection. We are honored to include artists such as Chance the Rapper and Jack Johnson, who are two of the most socially-conscious and inspiring figures in the contemporary cultural landscape".

The festival aims to connect artists and fans through shared moments of inspiration and is proud to present a showcase of musicians that champion positivity and connection. Miami Beach Pop will be the only North American performance of 2019 for Jack Johnson, an industry trailblazer for eco-conscious initiatives and practices within live music and beyond. Attendees of Miami Beach Pop can anticipate a forthcoming new album in July from Chance the Rapper, a champion of activism within public schools and mental health causes. Daddy Yankee's track record of global smash hits has reached a new peak with Con Calma, crossing over Latin and American pop fans alike. Global superstar and legendary Latin artist Juanes, performing in his hometown for Miami Beach Pop, has just been named the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, recognized for his own art as well as his activism and philanthropy.

3-Day General Admission and 3-Day VIPtickets will go on sale Friday, June 21 at 10AM ET / 7AM PT, exclusively at www.MiamiBeachPop.com. All fans are eligible to register for the Miami Beach Pop presale, guaranteeing exclusive early access prior to the general public on sale. In appreciation of the local community, Miami Beach residents are eligible to receive a 20% discount on General Admission tickets. Eventbrite is the official ticketing platform of Miami Beach Pop Festival. For more information about presale registration, ticketing, VIP offerings, and payment plans for Miami Beach Pop, please visit: www.MiamiBeachPop.com.

Culinary Host Michael Schwartz, a James Beard award-winning chef-restaurateur, will curate the culinary lineup at Miami Beach Pop Festival with a nod to the city's cross-cultural cuisine. Known for a fresh, simple, seasonal ingredient-focused approach, Schwartz's flagship location Michael's Genuine Food & Drink has been beloved by locals and visitors alike since 2007, and now joins The Genuine Hospitality Group's other restaurants, including growing pizzeria brand Harry's Pizzeria and Genuine Pizza. Schwartz will work collaboratively with Miami Beach Pop to select iconic local staples that represent Miami's delicious, diverse world of cuisine.

The vibrant three-day experience of Miami Beach Pop will spotlight sustainable event practices and provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle. South Florida is one of the most fragile, ecologically sensitive, and environmentally significant regions on our planet. The Festival is committed to working collaboratively with the City of Miami Beach, a global leader in efforts to mitigate the effects of sea level rise, through a comprehensive range of programs. Miami Beach Pop aims to eliminate single-use plastic from the festival through the sale of canned water, and with a reusable cup rental program alongside free water refill stations. Miami Beach Pop is a member of the BYOBottle campaign, an initiative led by headlining artist Jack Johnson. BYOBottle actively encourages festival attendees to bring reusable water bottles in another effort to reduce plastic waste, and provides water refill stations backstage for artists and at front of house for touring personnel. Food, beverage, and merchandise vendors at Miami Beach Pop will be held accountable by organizers to provide only recyclable or biodegradable utensils and related items. Additionally, the festival is dedicated to caring for our oceanfront home on the shore of Miami Beach. A volunteer program in partnership with Clean Vibes will activate cleanup efforts of the beach before, during, and after the festival. Miami Beach Pop has proudly announced a financial commitment that one dollar per ticket per day will be donated to local non-profit organizations that focus on sustainability education and change. Miami Beach Pop will provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to improve their own eco-conscious practices with the festival's ECOasis, featuring a variety of local organizations that care for different aspects of our environment.

Miami Beach Pop Festival

Attendees of Miami Beach Pop can indulge in a vacation or staycation with an immersive experience at one of the historic, art deco hotels along Ocean Drive, just steps away from the festival site. Hotel packages, including lodging and event tickets, can be purchased at www.MiamiBeachPop.com. Miami Beach Pop will provide attendees with a detailed travel and transportation plan, encouraging ridesharing and public transport to reduce the festival's carbon footprint, designed collaboratively alongside the City of Miami Beach to ensure a comfortable and safe experience for all festival guests and local residents.

For additional information regarding festival logistics, directions, and frequently asked questions, please visit: www.MiamiBeachPop.com.

THE MIAMI BEACH POP FESTIVAL 2019 LINEUP:

Chance The Rapper

Jack Johnson

Daddy Yankee

Kygo

The Raconteurs

Juanes

Maggie Rogers

Leon Bridges

The Roots

Nile Rodgers and Chic

Sean Paul

T-Pain

Jessie Reyez

Bomba Estereo

Quinn XCII

Natti Natasha

Gryffin

Brytiago

Margo Price

Chelsea Cutler

Kim Petras

Two Feet

Lali

Magic City Hippies

Monsieur Perine

DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire)

Rauw Alejandro

Ashe

Magic Giant

Roosevelt Collier

Reignwolf

Cimafunk

The Hip Abduction

Spam Allstars

Steven A. Clark

Richie Hell

Zander

Afrobeta

Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble

Sunday Gospel Service

Sol Jam feat. Nile Rodgers and Very Special Guests

All-Star Celebration of Bob Marley feat. Stephen Marley and Very Special Guests

Frost School of Music American Music Ensemble feat. Ben Folds

& More To Be Announced!

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:47 pm

The String Cheese Incident is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with Colorado-based craft brewery Oskar Blues. SCI and Oskar Blues have brewed up the brand new S.C.I.P.A.

The new beer will be available exclusively at the upcoming Dillon Amphitheatre and Red Rocks shows in July.

Tour info and up to date news available at stringcheseincident.com.

"We are super psyched to announce the first-ever String Cheese Incident collaboration beer! We’ve been really honing in this beer with Oskar Blues and I am really loving it, I hope you all will too! I can’t wait another day for an S.C.I.P.A.!"

- Kyle Hollingsworth (SCI)

“When I think about the heart of Colorado beer and music I think about Oskar Blues and The String Cheese Incident. The idea behind the beer was that we both wanted to create a crisp dry Brut-inspired IPA with low IBU’s and loaded with dank hop flavors and aromas. Just the perfect IPA for the summer and their outdoor shows.

- Juice Drapeau (Head Brewer, Oskar Blues Brewery - Lyons)

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:56 am

The String Cheese Incident have officially released their newest single "All We Got" which premiered exclusively via Billboard. The release of "All We Got" is accompanied by a visually pleasing animated video with direction from SCI. The inspiration and overall encompassing theme of "Disco Forest" is a nod to the band's upcoming, annually-hosted festival, Electric Forest.  The video showcases various different feels, just as the song does itself.

This is the third single the band has released this year, following "Bhangra Saanj" (ft. Beats Antique) and "I Want You" (ft. Andy Hall).  The String Cheese Incident is happily celebrating their 25th anniversary with new music, as well as new and unique endeavors that have never done before.  

SCI recently announced thei first-ever collaborative beer partnership with Colorado-based craft brewery Oskar Blues. The new beer (S.C.I.P.A.) will be available exclusively at the upcoming Dillon Amphitheatre and Red Rocks shows in July.

For The String Cheese Incident, the past 25 years have written a story that is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

SCI TOUR DATES

June 27-30 @ Electric Forest | Rothbury, MI

July 3-4 @ Iroquois Amphitheater | Louisville, KY

July 5-6 @ The Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA

July 16-17 @ Dillon Amphitheater | Dillon, CO

July 19-21 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO

July 25-26 @ The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PA

July 27 @ Floydfest | Floyd, VA

Sept 27 - 29 @ Cuthbert Amphitheater | Eugene, OR

Oct 2-3 @ The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Oct 4-5 @ Fox Theater | Oakland, CA

Oct 31-Nov 2 @ Stubb's | Austin, TX

Nov 7-9 @ Auditorium Theatre | Chicago, IL

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:52 pm

Willie Nelson, Blackbird Presents, Keith Wortman, and Mark Rothbaum are thrilled to announce, the addition of Saratoga Springs on September 7, 2019 to the "Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2019". The line-up includes Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne with more to be announced.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, June 28th 10 AM ET at ticketmaster.com. VIP packages including great seats and exclusive festival merchandise will be available. Citi is the official presale credit card of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 25th at 10AM ET until Thursday, June 26th at 10PM ET through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

"The second leg of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour with all my friends is going to be a blast," says Willie Nelson. "We'll see you out there this summer!" 

"Family. That's what this touring group of artists, fans, and friends are when we come together for our annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour. We are thrilled to announce the second leg with Willie and this extraordinary group of artists" says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents. 

The inaugural Outlaw Music Festival made its debut in 2016 in Scranton, PA featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and others. The sold-out show was so well received that Blackbird and Nelson decided to take their band of outlaws on the road as a touring festival in both 2017 and 2018. Last year, the Outlaw Tour hosted more than 200,000 fans in amphitheaters and arenas all over the country. From Willie Nelson to Neil Young to Bob Dylan to Van Morrison to Alison Krauss to Sheryl Crow to Sturgill Simpson to Margo Price, fans have shared unforgettable music memories and enjoyed unique vendor villages with local food, drinks, and shopping. VIP ticketholders got a front row experience and exclusive merchandise.

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:35 am

Fantastic Negrito is marking the one year anniversary of his GRAMMY® Award-winning album, PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD, with the premiere of a powerful new companion video. "The Suit That Won't Come Off" is streaming now at Fantastic Negrito's official YouTube channel HERE. A special closed captioned version of the video is also available to stream on Fantastic Negrito's official Facebook page with a donation link to the Braille Institute.

WATCH "THE SUIT THAT WON'T COME OFF"

Shot on location at the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, "The Suit That Won't Come Off" was directed by acclaimed 18-year-old filmmaker Freddy Macdonald - his third collaboration with Fantastic Negrito following "The Duffler" (shot on location at the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland) and "A Boy Named Andrew" (filmed at various locations in Milan, Italy). In addition, "The Suit That Won't Come Off" further showcases the remarkable work of dancer Odil Gerfaut and choreographer Angele Carole Chappuis, both of whom are visually handicapped.

"Our freedom comes when we face our fear," says Fantastic Negrito. "It comes when we embrace and celebrate what makes us unique. We grew up feeling like outsiders; a lost tribe. Sometimes isolated or ashamed about what was unique about us. We could not fit into society's repressed fantasies of how the world should look, how it should be. This song is for everyone that ever felt left out, not good enough, imperfect, ridiculed for being different a freak. I am you, you are me, we are we -- A tribe with love in our hearts."

"The Suit That Won't Come Off" is a yet another powerful song off of Fantastic Negrito's GRAMMY®-winning second album, PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD. The expanded edition of the 2018 LP Is available now for streaming and download via Cooking Vinyl and Blackball Universe.

Recently named "Best Blues Album" at the Libera Awards, celebrating independent music and artists, PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD undoubtedly ranked among last year's most important releases, with NPR's Bob Boilen presciently declaring, "Fantastic Negrito won a GRAMMY® for the 'Best Contemporary Blues Album' for 2016's LAST DAYS OF OAKLAND. PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD, with its intense fervor, should make that two years in a row." The New York Times' Jon Pareles hailed the album as "a cranked-up, slow-grinding attack on addiction and consumerism," while the Associated Press wrote, "Negrito puts himself in the middle of the fray with PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD, and offers his songs for the soundtrack of the lives of those who won't give up and are willing to carry on." "Echoes of Zeppelin, The Black Keys, and Jack White are as prevalent as those of Leadbelly or Son House," applauded Glide Magazine. "And, like the jazz artists mentioned, urban aspects of hip-hop, rap, and spoken word filter through as does R&B" Perhaps Entertainment Weekly said it best: "When you've been a small-time drug hustler, experienced a brush with death, a false start as a major label artist, and life as a busker, you're well-positioned to sing the blues - as Fantastic Negrito does on his incendiary, consciousness-raising new album."

Along with "The Suit That Won't Come Off," PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD includes the extraordinary singles, "Plastic Hamburgers," "A Boy Named Andrew," and "The Duffler," the latter of which earned fulsome praise from Rolling Stone: "With its greasy guitar stomp and falsetto vocal delivery, 'The Duffler' fills the middle ground between modern protest music for the political rally and sweaty, sexed-up baby-making music for the bedroom."

Long hailed for his electrifying live performances, Fantastic Negrito is currently in the midst of a truly epic world tour, with dates scheduled through the fall. Highlights include appearances at such legendary gatherings as the UK's Glastonbury (June 29 and 30), his hometown of Oakland, CA's Art + Soul Oakland (July 28), Chicago, IL's Lollapalooza (August 1-4), and Atlanta, GA's AFROPUNK (October 13), along with a range of international festival sets, headline dates, and a sold out show supporting Sting, set for September 2 at Taos, NM's Kit Carson Park. For complete details and ticket information, please visit fantasticnegrito.com/pages/tour.

Fantastic Negrito has spent much of the past two years on the road, including sold out headline shows, stage-stealing festival performances, and a series on North American and European tours supporting his great fan, the late Chris Cornell, as well as Cornell's legendary supergroup Temple of the Dog. 2018 saw major market headline shows (such as the PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD release event at San Francisco's historic Fillmore), dates supporting Sturgill Simpson, sets at such festivals as Arroyo Seco Weekend, Newport Folk Festival, and AFROPUNK FEST, and a spectacular full band performance and interview on CBS This Morning: Saturday, streaming HERE.

FANTASTIC NEGRITO ON TOUR 2019

JUNE

25 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium

26 - LantarenVenster - Rotterdam, Netherlands

27 - Doornroosje - Nijmegen, Netherlands

29 - Glastonbury Festival (The Other Stage) - Pilton, United Kingdom *

30 - Glastonbury Festival (Left Field Stage) - Pilton, United Kingdom *

JULY

2 - New Morning - Paris, France

4 - Festival R.Pop - La Roche Sur Yon, France *

5 - Festival Beauregard - Herouville-saint-clair, France *

6 - Cognac Blues Passions - Saint-laurent-de-cognac, France *

10 - Festival international du blues de Tremblant - Mont-tremblant, Canada *

11 - Theatre Granada - Sherbrooke, Canada

13 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA

14 - Green River Festival - Greenfield, MA *

18 - BAM R&B Festival - New York, NY *

26 - FloydFest - Floyd, VA *

28 - Art + Soul Oakland Festival - Oakland, CA *

31 - Saint Andrew's Hall - Detroit, MI

AUGUST

1-4 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL *

3 - Lincoln Hall (Lollapalooza Aftershow) - Chicago, IL

22 - Teatro Ibiza - Ibiza, Spain

24 - Greenbelt Festival - Kettering, United Kingdom *

31 - Santa Fe Railyard Plaza - Santa Fe, NM

SEPTEMBER

2 - Kit Carson Park - Taos, NM (w/Sting) SOLD OUT

4 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO

OCTOBER

13 - AFROPUNK - Atlanta, GA *

* FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:34 am

Molly Tuttle has shared the official music video for "Light Came In (Power Went Out)" from her debut album WHEN YOU'RE READY (Compass Records). Filmed in Nashville, TN, the "Light Came In (Power Went Out)" video was directed by Jason Lee Denton. Graced with a clear, true voice and a keen melodic sense, Tuttle has become a word-of-mouth sensation for her incredible flatpicking guitar technique and exhilarating live performances. Tuttle was named "Instrumentalist of the Year'" at the 2018 Americana Music Awards solely on the strength of her debut EP, RISE, and is also a two-time winner of the IBMA's "Guitar Player of the Year" award.

WATCH "LIGHT CAME IN (POWER WENT OUT)"

Tuttle began performing at a young age as part of a family bluegrass band with her father and brothers and moved to Nashville four years ago, broadening her musical tastes and building her musical community. Now fronting her own band, she continues to break boundaries and garner the respect of her peers, while selling out shows both here and in the UK. With WHEN YOU'RE READY, Tuttle gets to make the album she always dreamed of making, with a collection of genre-defying, personal songs that prove that she's more than just a virtuoso. Recorded in Nashville with producer Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers), WHEN YOU'RE READY is the perfect introduction to her astonishing range and versatility and establishes Tuttle as an artist with a long and exciting career ahead of her.

Following packed performances at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and legendary venues across the country, Tuttle continues her North American tour through August, including such highlights as Newport Folk Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, and as an opener for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on August 23 in Auburn, AL and August 24 in Greenville, SC.

LISTEN TO WHEN YOU'RE READY

MOLLY TUTTLE ON TOUR 2019

July 

12 - Winnipeg Folk Festival - Winnipeg, MB

17 - The Red Room @ Cafe 939 - Boston, MA

18 - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival - Oak Hill, NY

19 - The Soundry - Columbia, MD

20 - Lime Kiln Theater - Lexington, VA

21 - Mountain Stage @ Peoples Bank Theatre - Marietta, OH *with John Paul White

28 - Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI *with Billy Strings

August

18 - 3rd and Lindsley- Nashville, TN 

22 - Songbirds South - Chattanooga, TN

23 - Auburn University Amphitheater - Auburn, AL *opening for Jason Isbell

24 - Peace Center - Greenville, SC *opening for Jason Isbell

25 - Pisgah Brewing Company - Black Mountain, NC *with Old Crow Medicine Show

30 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO

31 - Four Corners Folk Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO

September

1 - Copper Country Music Festival - Copper Mountain, CO

12 - AmericanaFest - Nashville, TN

22 - Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival - Franklin, TN

27 - Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh, NC 

October

12 - Out On The Weekend 2019 - Williamstown, Australia

27 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK

29 - Bush Hall - London, UK

30 - St. Barnabas Church - Oxford, UK

31 - The Haunt - Brighton, UK

November

4 - Paradiso Noord - Amsterdam, NL

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 1:15 pm

Trojan Jamaica is proud to announce the release of the groundbreaking new compilation, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE, available July 12, 2019 at all music retailers and streaming services.

RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE marks the eagerly anticipated debut full-length LP from Trojan Jamaica, the new record label co-founded by musician-producers Zak Starkey and Sharna "Sshh" Liguz. The landmark collection is a stunning array of iconic artists performing classic blues, R&B, and early rock 'n' roll songs that first inspired the reggae revolution.

"The conceptual adventure that became a compilation, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE calls on the black cream of Jamaican artistry, generations of talent spanning decades," writes journalist, writer and musician Vivien Goldman in RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE's exclusive liner notes. "Completing a circle, the classic American blues songs performed here, bring out an intriguing tonality in this record's top-notch selection of already flavor-ful voices, familiar and brand new. This modern anthology throws down a creative challenge: how will today's great Jamaican artists, themselves descendants of captured Africans, reinterpret African-American blues songs written and sung by artists who are effectively their own long-lost family?"

Produced by Youth (U2, Paul McCartney) at Trojan Jamaica Studios in Ocho Rios, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE was preceded by a series of acclaimed track releases, including "Man of the World," written by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green and performed by the legendary Toots and the Maytals; Mykal Rose's stellar "I Put A Spell On You" (originally performed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins); and an exclusive Rob Jevons remix of Bo Diddley's "Gunslinger," performed by reggae legend Big Youth, all which are available now for streaming and download.

All three tracks are joined by vibrant companion videos, streaming now at the official Trojan Jamaica YouTube channel HERE. The official "Man Of The World" visual can be viewed HERE following an exclusive premiere via Rolling Stone, which raved, "Written by Peter Green and released in the pre-Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham days of Fleetwood Mac, 'Man of the World' is a slow, electric blues number about a world-weary man unable to find love. On their version, Toots and the Maytals kick up the tempo and anchor the track with a fresh, rocksteady groove. Frontman Toots Hibbert delivers a vocal performance that captures all of Green's anguish, especially in the way he wails the song's final line, 'And how I wish I was in love.'" In addition, the official "I Put A Spell On You" companion visual -- featuring a sizzling solo from Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin - is streaming HERE following its own exclusive premiere via Rolling Stone; the official "Gunslinger (Rob Jevons Remix)" video is streaming HERE following its debut via LargeUp.

WATCH "MAN OF THE WORLD" PERFORMED BY TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS

WATCH "I PUT A SPELL ON YOU" PERFORMED BY MYKAL ROSE

WATCH "GUNSLINGER (ROB JEVONS REMIX)" PERFORMED BY BIG YOUTH

Trojan Jamaica arrives with a mandate to explore Jamaica's diverse musical legacy, from its African roots to the endless inspiration of classic and contemporary American soul, R&B, and blues. With that goal in mind, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE sees such groundbreaking stars as Toots & The Maytals, Big Youth, Freddie McGregor, Phylea Carley, Kiddus I, Andrew Tosh, Robbie Shakespeare and Sshh, taking on definitive songs by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Peter Green, and Johnny & Shuggie Otis. Backing throughout the 13-track LP comes from a truly extraordinary line-up of legendary musicians, including Starkey (guitar), Sly Dunbar (drum), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Tony Chin (guitar), Cyril Neville (drums), Michael Rendall (keyboards, organ), and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (drums, organ).

"It feels like we are at a pivotal moment in time with regards to the global relevance of roots rock & reggae," says Sshh. "I give thanks every day to the island, its people and the culture that we have been given the opportunity to share it with the world."

The story of Trojan Jamaica began in 2016 when Starkey - known for his superlative work as drummer in The Who, Oasis, and Johnny Marr and the Healers, among countless other musical efforts - and Australian-born artist-musician Sharna "Sshh" Liguz united as SSHH, teaming up to reinvent such seminal songs as Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Get Up Stand Up," performed alongside Eddie Vedder and Carlton "Santa" Davis, George "Fully" Fullwood, and Tony Chin of the pioneering reggae backing outfit known as Soul Syndicate. A video of the performance made its way to Jamaican entrepreneur Kingsley Cooper who immediately invited Starkey and Sshh to perform at the November 2016 opening of the long awaited Peter Tosh Museum in Kingston. Another invitation followed in 2017, inspiring the duo to begin work on what would soon become Trojan Jamaica.

"We felt so warmly welcomed and at home in the musical community that we stayed and recorded all the music that has become Trojan Jamaica," says Starkey. "We're committed to presenting local artists together with international musicians who, like us, have been inspired by roots culture."

Starkey and Sshh were aided in their mission by GRAMMY® Award-winning rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, both of whom make indelible contributions throughout RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE. An array of genre-spanning session superstars were enlisted, including drummer Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers), guitarist Tony Chin (of the famed Soul Syndicate session outfit), and keyboardist Michael Rendell (The Orb, Pink Floyd). With Youth behind the board, Starkey and Sshh lead this extraordinary band through all new performances of archetypal American music which deeply inspired the reggae revolution but whose influence on Jamaican music and culture is often forgotten.

"I find both reggae music and American blues to be similar with a different approach," Starkey told Jamaica Observer last year. "Very cleverly, Jamaican music is 'up' music with a serious message. US blues has a very similar message in the words but the music can be harder or more 'down', but both rock just as hard."

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:34 pm

FRANK TURNER has announced details of his forthcoming eighth new album, NO MAN'S LAND, released on August 16th on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. With GRAMMY® winning producer Catherine Marks (St. Vincent, Local Natives) at the helm and featuring a dynamic cast of all-female musicians, NO MAN'S LAND is an album dedicated to telling the fascinating stories of women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked. "These stories should have been told already," says Turner of the album and its accompanying podcast series, "Tales From No Man's Land" which launches its first episode today. "And I suspect if they were men they would be better known."

PREORDER NEW ALBUM NO MAN'S LAND

LISTEN TO NEW PODCAST "TALES FROM NO MAN'S LAND"

The women featured on the album's 13 tracks come from across wide geographical and historical lines. There's Byzantine princess Kassiani (The Hymn of Kassiani), Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha'arawi (The Lioness), and Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie), an apocryphal drowned virgin whose face was used as the model for the medical CPR mannequin across the world ("You can't not write a song about a woman who died never having been kissed and then became the most kissed face in history," reasons Turner). There's the serial killer from the Deep South who plucked her victims from lonely hearts pages (Nannie Doss), the jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French (Nica Rothschild), a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bigham), the Wild West vaudeville star shot by a smalltown outlaw (Dora Hand). These are just a few of the fascinating characters who feature on No Man's Land and have long been ignored by the mainstream.

"It's bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other - history and songwriting," explains Turner, who can be found seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psychogeographical strolls when he's not packing out arenas or headlining festivals. 

First single 'Sister Rosetta' is about the unparalleled Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the most important and influential musicians in American History.  On it you can hear guitar breaks lifted from Tharpe's own back catalogue. "Which I found challenging, because she's a way better guitar player than me," admits Turner. 

Despite the record's implicit feminism, it doesn't see Turner's clambering onto any kind of soapbox. "It's not telling anyone what to do or how to live or how to be," he explains, prepared for a variety of different reactions to the project, including those who might be wondering if it's really his place to be singing songs of disenfranchised women. "If there was a crowded field of people writing songs about Princess Kassiani then I would see the argument for me bowing out, but there isn't," he states. "No-one else is writing these songs right now. That's why I want to share these stories." 

NO MAN'S LAND also includes perhaps the most revelatory song of Turner's career. Written in tribute to his mother, Rosemary Jane honors her grit and determination through the harder parts of his childhood.

No stranger to appearing on other people's shows, Turner's own podcast "Tales From No Man's Land" takes a deep dive into each song, like a sonic Cliffs Notes. Produced in collaboration with Somethin' Else content agency, it sees Turner talking to historians and experts at places important to the women on the record, from Jinny Bingham's coach house - which is now Camden's Underworld venue - to Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame which only last year honored Rosetta Tharpe, the Dodge City's Boot Hill Museum and Southwark's Cross Bones graveyard. Each finishes up with Turner singing an acoustic version of the song. "I'm not someone who believes in the supernatural, but there's definitely an imprint when you're at the place that was important to them," says Turner. "It feels like a nice honoring, and a way to say 'hey, we're still thinking about you'."

The first episode of the podcast is out now. There will be 13 episodes, releasing weekly and the podcast will be available from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast and all other podcast platforms.

NO MAN'S LAND

(Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records)

Tracklisting

1. Jinny Bingham's Ghost

2. Sister Rosetta

3. I Believed You, William Blake

4. Nica

5. A Perfect Wife

6. Silent Key

7. Eye of the Day

8. The Death of Dora Hand

9. The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead

10. The Lioness

11. The Hymn of Kassiani

12. Rescue Annie

13. Rosemary Jane

FRANK TURNER 

UK SUMMER TOUR DATES

JULY

4th Coventry Empire (Solo Show Benefit for Wayout Arts) 

5th Ashton Hall, Lancaster (Solo Show Benefit for Morecambe Food Bank)

6th & 7th King Tuts, Glasgow (Solo Show)

11th2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham

12th Wasteland Festival, Newcastle

14th Folk By The Oak Festival, Hatfield

AUGUST

3rd Wickham Festival, Fareham

4th Tunes in the Castle, Exeter

9th Cropredy Festival, Cropredy

22nd Cottingham Folk Festival (Solo Show)

25th Greenbelt Festival, Kettering

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:41 pm

Slightly Stoopid have put out an emotionally charged video for their song “One More Night”, off their latest album Everyday Life, Everyday People, which was released in 2018.

The video features vintage footage of the band over the last 20+ years, a retrospective of many milestones and collaborations in the band’s career, including performances from early days with Bradley Nowell (Sublime), Snoop Dogg (2009), Bob Weir (2011), Karl Denson, Sly and Robbie, Half Pint, and Pepper (2008). 

I’m excited for the release of the ‘One More Night’ video. This song takes you through the journey and trials of always leaving family and friends behind back at home. Life on the road is not always easy, and this song reflects the thoughts that go through my mind on the open road.” 

-Miles Doughty

Slightly Stoopid is currently on their "How I Spent My Summer Vacation 2019 Tour" with Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and HIRIE. After a trip to Germany to play the Summerjam Festival, their US tour will pick back up on July 11 in Bonner, MT.

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION 2019 TOUR

JULY

JUL 07 Cologne, Germany - Summerjam Festival

JUL 11 Bonner, MT - KettleHouse Amphitheater

JUL 12 Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden

JUL 13 Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater

JUL 14 Redmond, WA - King County’s Marymoor Park

JUL 19 Patchogue, NY - Great South Bay Music Festival

JUL 20 Garrettsville, OH - Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

JUL 21 Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

JUL 25 Kansas City, MO - Crossroads KC

JUL 26 Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory

JUL 27 New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Amphitheater

JUL 28 Houston, TX - The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall

AUGUST

AUG 01 Bakersfield, CA - Spectrum Amphitheatre

AUG 02 Avila Beach, CA - Avila Beach Golf Resort

AUG 03 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre

AUG 04 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl

AUG 15 Flagstaff, AZ - Pepsi Amphitheater

AUG 16 Albuquerque, NM - Villa Hispana

AUG 17 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater

AUG 20 Benicassim, Spain - Rototom Sunsplash

AUG 21 Vienna, Austria - Afrika Festival Vienna

AUG 24 Heber City, UT - Reggae Rise Up

AUG 29 Palmer, AK - Alaska State Fair

AUG 31 Placerville, CA - Dry Diggings Festival

DECEMBER

DEC 05 Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

DEC 06 Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

DEC 07 Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

DEC 08 Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock 

DEC 09 Riviera Maya, Mexico - Closer To The Sun @ Hard Rock

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 7:28 am

A few months after the Allman Brothers Band released their revered fourth studio album Brothers And Sisters, legendary frontman, vocalist, pianist Gregg Allman stepped out on his own with his masterful debut solo album Laid Back. Co-produced by Allman along with Johnny Sandlin, the collection of songs was a creative outlet where he was able to assume full control and explore his varying influences, including rhythm and blues and soul music. Exemplified by the album title's relaxed approach, the songs were a departure from his band's guitar-heavy sound in favor of gospel-tinged organs, slower tempos and a choir, all of which beautifully buoyed Allman's soulful, and at times, mournful vocals. On several songs he sounds like a man reflecting on the last few tumultuous years which included the deaths of his bandmates, brother Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, hard touring and incredible success. Of the album, NPR wrote, "It's amazing stuff, deep and intense yet nowhere near the decibel levels of his work with the band. Allman is amazing when he's belting his heart out about being tied to the whipping post. But he's equally compelling - maybe even more so - in a quieter space, when he's less fired up." Upon release in October 1973, Laid Back received positive reviews and peaked at number 13 on Billboard's Top LPs & Tape chart while "Midnight Rider" became a top 20 hit across North America. To support the album, Allman embarked on an unprecedented tour accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra comprising members of the New York Philharmonic, which was captured for posterity on 1974's The Gregg Allman Tour live album.

To honor this creatively fertile period in the late musician's life, Mercury/UMe are reissuing Laid Back in a variety of formats, including a remastered and expanded Deluxe Edition on 2CDs and digital, 180-gram black vinyl and a 180-gram limited purple and white marbled color vinyl edition. Allman's iconic live album The Gregg Allman Tour will also be released on 2LP vinyl for the first time since 1987. In addition to a 180-gram black vinyl pressing there will also be a limited color pressing on 180-gram grey and white marble vinyl. All releases will be available August 30 and are available for preorder now. The digital preorder of Laid Back includes an instant grat download of the unreleased demo of the Jackson Browne classic "These Days," which is also available to stream now.

LISTEN TO "THESE DAYS" DEMO

PRE-ORDER LAID BACK

PRE-ORDER THE GREGG ALLMAN TOUR

The new Deluxe Edition of Laid Back expands the original album, which features tunes like "Please Call Home," covers of "These Days" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," and a different take on the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider," to 34 tracks and includes 26 bonus tracks of previously unreleased or rare songs or new mixes. Early mixes of all eight songs are featured alongside the remastered album on disc one while disc two includes demos, outtakes, alternates and a breathtaking solo acoustic live performance of "Melissa" from the Capitol Theatre on April 13, 1974. The 2CD Deluxe Edition of Laid Back includes beautiful new packaging with unreleased photos and extensive liner notes by noted Allman Brothers Band historian John Lynskey. Tracks have been newly remastered from the original Laid Back analog album masters, as well as from analog and digital archival masters. Laid Back digital configurations will include HD 192kHz 24-bit and 96kHz 24-bit, Mastered for iTunes and standard streaming/download; while the Laid Back Deluxe Edition digital configurations include standard streaming/download and Mastered for iTunes.

Out of print on vinyl for over 30 years, The Gregg Allman Tour double LP, available on both 180-gram black vinyl and 180-gram grey and white marble vinyl, has been remastered from the original stereo analog tapes. This vinyl reissue mimics the original double LP with sides one and four pressed on disc one, and sides two and three pressed on disc two which optimizes playback for multi-disc turntables. Recorded over three nights at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 10 & 11, 1974 and at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey on April 13, 1974, Allman along with members of the band Cowboy (Scott Boyer, Randall Bramblett, David Brown, Chuck Leavell, Bill Stewart, Tommy Talton), and a 24-piece orchestra performed songs from his debut solo album Laid Back alongside several laid-back reworkings of Allman Brothers Band songs like "Stand Back" and "Dreams." The album also features spirited covers of "Turn On Your Love Light," "Are You Lonely For Me Baby" and the Elvis Presley hit "I Feel So Bad," as well as two tracks by Cowboy who take the reins with their songs "Time Will Take Us" and "Where Can You Go?," the latter featuring Allman on keys.The record is also notable for its inclusion of "Oncoming Traffic," a song that Allman said he was especially proud of and that wasn't featured on any studio releases. Digital configurations will include HD 192kHz 24-bit and 96kHz 24-bit, Mastered for iTunes and standard streaming/download.

Laid Back and The Gregg Allman Tour showcase a remarkable time in Allman's career when he set off on his own to explore a different side of his artistry where he was fully at the helm. Taken together these albums allow for an opportunity for fans to immerse themselves in the making of his solo album and the celebratory tour that followed.

LAID BACK DELUXE EDITION TRACK LIST

CD1

LAID BACK remastered

Midnight Rider

Queen Of Hearts

Please Call Home

Don't Mess Up A Good Thing

These Days

Multi-Colored Lady

All My Friends

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

LAID BACK early mixes

Midnight Rider (Early Mix)*

Queen Of Hearts (Early Mix)

Please Call Home (Early Mix)*

Don't Mess Up A Good Thing (Early Mix)*

These Days (Early Mix)*

Multi-Colored Lady (Early Mix)

All My Friends (Early Mix)*

Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Early Mix)*

CD2 

LAID BACK demos, outtakes & alternates

Never Knew How Much (Demo)**

All My Friends (Demo)

Please Call Home (Demo)*

Queen Of Hearts (Demo)*

God Rest His Soul (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)

Rollin' Stone (Catfish Blues) (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)**

Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)

Multi-Colored Lady (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)

These Days (Solo Guitar, Piano & Vocal Demo)*

Shadow Dream Song (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)

Wasted Words**

These Days (Alternate Version with Pedal Steel Guitar)

Multi-Colored Lady (Rough Mix)*

These Days (Rough Mix)*

God Rest His Soul (Rehearsal)

Midnight Rider (Rehearsal)*

Song For Adam / Shadow Dream Song (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)

Melissa (Live at the Capitol Theatre)*

* Previously unreleased

** Previously unreleased mix

LAID BACK VINYL TRACK LIST

Side 1

Midnight Rider

Queen Of Hearts

Please Call Home

Don't Mess Up A Good Thing

Side 2

These Days

Multi-Colored Lady

All My Friends

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

THE GREGG ALLMAN TOUR VINYL TRACK LIST

DISC 1

Side 1

Don't Mess Up A Good Thing

Queen Of Hearts

Feel So Bad

Side 4

Turn On Your Love Light

Oncoming Traffic

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

DISC 2

Side 2

Stand Back

Time Will Take Us*

Where Can You Go?*

Side 3

Double Cross

Dreams

Are You Lonely For Me Baby

* Performed by Cowboy

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 9:34 am

Today, Billy Strings has released his debut single “Taking Water” off the forthcoming album HOME (Rounder). Rolling Stone Country exclusively premiered “Taking Water,” calling it “gripping” and adding that Billy Strings is “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars.” 

Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting.

HOME is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, reshaping bluegrass into his own exceptional form, completely rewiring the aesthetic with elements of punk, country, folk rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether original and all his own.  

HOME is Strings’ second studio album and is due out on Sept 27. Pre order is available now 

HOME TRACK LISTING

Taking Water 

Must Be Seven

Running

Away From The Mire

Home

Watch It Fall

Long Forgotten Dream

Highway Hypnosis

Enough To Leave

Hollow Heart

Love Like Me

Everything’s The Same 

Guitar Peace

Freedom

Fall 2019 tour dates have recently been announced including several two-night stops in Atlanta, San Francisco, Portland, Carrboro, Charlottesville, Boston and Brooklyn. 

A full list of tour dates and up to date news is available at billystrings.com 

Billy Strings Tour Dates

7/12 Snowshoe, WV - 4848 Festival

7/18-7/20 Oak Hill, NY - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

7/24 Berlin, MD - Burley Oak Brewery

7/25 Scranton, PA - Peach Music Festival

7/26 Hiram, ME - Ossipee Valley Music Festival

7/28 Newport, RI - Newport Folk Fest

7/31 Piketon, OH - Pike County Fair

8/3 Buffalo, NY - Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival

8/10 Lexington, KY - Railbird Music Festival

8/16 Hamilton, OH - Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival

8/17 Cockeysville, MD -Hot August Music Festival 

8/18 Wellston, MI - Hoxeyville Music Festival

8/30 Beaver Creek, CO - VPAC Summer Concert Series 

8/31 Pagosa Springs, CO - Four Corners Folk Festival

9/1 Steamboat Springs, CO - Steamboat Summer Concert Series

9/5 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West 

9/6 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West 

9/7 Athens, GA - Georgia Theater 

9/11 Nashville, TN - Americanafest 

9/15 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre 

9/17 Salt Lake City, UT - Commonwealth Room 

9/19 Crystal Bay, NV - Crown Room 

9/20 San Francisco, CA - The Independent 

9/21 San Francisco, CA - The Independent 

9/22 Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Sol Music Festival 

9/26 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall 

9/27 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall 

9/28 Seattle, WA - The Showbox 

10/3 Paso Robles, CA - Barrel House Brew Co. 

10/4 Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room 

10/6 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival 

10/9 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom 

10/11 Eureka Springs, AR - Hillberry Music Festival 

10/13 Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole 

10/17 Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co. 

10/18 Austin, TX - Scoot Inn 

10/19 Houston, TX - Last Concert Cafe 

10/30 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre 

10/31 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel 

11/1 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle 

11/2 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle 

11/6 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa 

11/7 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater 

11/8 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater 

11/9 Washington, DC **Venue announce 7/16

11/10 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony 

11/13 Boston, MA - The Sinclair 

11/14 Boston, MA - The Sinclair 

11/15 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl 

11/16 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl 

11/19 Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom 

11/21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theater 

11/22 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall 

11/23 Covington, KY - Madison Theater

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:24 am

Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds is known for his musical genius and spontaneous creativity - composing a song with the National Symphony Orchestra live (http://bit.ly/BenFoldsNSOLive), collaborating with the likes of Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor and William Shatner, serving as a judge for five seasons on NBC's acclaimed a capella show The Sing-Off, being named the first-ever artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, being an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy. It's not been an easy road to get to where he is today, but the ups and downs are what Folds insists are essential for any artist. 

Now, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming-of-age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. In his first book A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS (*Ballantine hardcover goes on sale July 30*), he opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.

A native of North Carolina, Folds writes that as an infant his cradle was a cardboard box, while his family's mode of transportation was a doorless convertible jeep, where a 4-month-old Ben would sit in catapult position. He discovered his love of the piano in second grade, and from there we follow his journey to becoming the musician he wanted to be. 

Along the way there are great lessons - supportive music teachers pushing him, dropping out of college to start a real band (*drums were thrown into a lake at the University of Miami*). He puts it all out there, writing about the bad - a botched SNL performance where he couldn't even enjoy hanging out with Samuel L. Jackson at the after party; and the good - he and two other young men eventually forming Ben Folds Five. He paid his dues (*his polka career never quite took off*), while never giving up on his dream. A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS is as humorous as it is poignant, as observant/revelatory as it is compulsively readable.

Folds hits the road starting in late July for a cross country concert tour, featuring his book at every performance, as well as holding stand-alone book events along the way.

What you might not know about Ben Folds:

He is serving as Chairman of ArtsVote 2020 -- a major initiative of the Arts Action Fund and Americans For The Arts (the nation's largest grass roots arts advocacy organization with 400K+ members) to ensure that arts policy is a part of the political dialogue in the 2020 presidential and congressional races.

He is serving as the first-ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center where he curates special performances.

He is hosting a podcast series of interviews with the 2020 presidential candidates focusing on their positions regarding arts funding for our public schools and communities.

He will be attending both political party conventions in 2020 to present a policy paper on the arts (he was the only artist to speak and perform at both conventions in 2016). 

He once teamed up with renowned Broadway composers, playwrights, directors, choreographers and actors to create and perform a musical in less than 24 hours.

He once sparked an international grassroots campaign that saved the historic, iconic Studio A in Nashville from demolition.

He performed in the first ever live webcast on MySpace.

He once leaked on the internet an entire fake version of his album Way To Normal before the real album was officially released.

He is also an accomplished photographer whose work has been featured by National Geographic, in gallery showcases in Europe and Australia, and the focus of a documentary by the Kennedy Center.

He is the co-creator with Fred Rogers Productions of a new film/TV series currently in development that teaches kids about the building blocks of music.

Ben Folds is an American musician who has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, a classical piano concerto, and collaborations with artists ranging from Regina Spektor to William Shatner. Folds, who was also a judge for five seasons on NBC's acclaimed a capella show The Sing-Off, was named the first ever artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2017. He is an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy, serving on the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans for the Arts, and as chairman of the national ArtsVote 2020 initiative.

UPCOMING BOOK EVENTS

JULY

31 - New York, NY - The Strand @ The Cooper Union

AUGUST

5 - Pittsburgh, PA - White Whale Bookstore @ First Unitarian Church

7 - Winston-Salem, NC - Bookmarks @ R. J. Reynolds Auditorium

9 - Nashville, TN - Parnassus Books @ TBC

12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Literati Bookstore @ The Blind Pig

16 - Kansas City, MO - Rainy Day Books @ Unity Temple

SEPTEMBER

12 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Jewish Community Center

16 - Los Angeles, CA - Book Soup @ Regent Theater DTLA

21 - Dallas, TX - Dallas Museum of Art

OCTOBER

1 - Washington, DC - Politics & Prose @ Kennedy Center

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:46 pm

LOCKN' is excited to unveil its annual assortment of unprecedented artist collaborations. In addition to its already remarkable 2019 lineup, this year's edition of the four-day multi-stage camping festival will boast an array of truly extraordinary onstage partnerships, once again affirming LOCKN' among the world's most exciting and unique summer gatherings. LOCKN' takes place August 22-25 in Arrington, VA at Infinity Downs, LOCKN's 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. GA and VIP tickets are available now exclusively at www.locknfestival.com/tickets.

Among the just-announced collaborations are Soulive with The Infinity Horns, Vulfpeck's Cory Wong with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, John Kadlecik with Melvin Seals & JGB, The Soul Rebels with Steel Pulse, Blues Traveler's John Popper with Twiddle, and Mikaela Davis with Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Feat. Susan Tedeschi. Set for Saturday, August 24, Oteil & Friends will now feature Bob Weir, Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Melvin Seals, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Jen Hartswick, Nat Cressman, and Jay Lane. In addition, LOCKN's popular Piano on the Porch will include sets from the Doobie Decibel Duo, Cory Henry, and Joey Dosik.

As if all that weren't enough, Sunday, August 25, will also see guitar hero Marcus King collaborating with multiple artists throughout the day, joining a diverse range of musicians onstage whenever the chemistry strikes.

As noted, LOCKN' 2019 will showcase a truly amazing range of artists performing over the four-day event, highlighted by a number of already-announced artist collaborations. Thursday, August 22, will feature Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Gary Clark Jr., Khruangbin, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Midnight North, Audacity Brass Band and more.

Friday, August 23, will include headliners Trey Anastasio Band feat. Derek Trucks alongside The Revivalists, Old Crow Medicine Show, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Melvin Seals & JGB w/John Kadlecik, Moonalice collaborating with The Chambers Brothers, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, and Surprise Attack.

Saturday, August 24, will see Anastasio returning the favor by joining Tedeschi Trucks Band during their second set, topping a star-studded bill that also includes Vulfpeck, Oteil & Friends feat. Bob Weir with Devon Allman, Duane Betts & more, Twiddle feat. John Popper, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Allman Betts Band, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, and Free Union.

Sunday, August 25, will be headlined by Bob Weir and Wolf Bros feat. Susan Tedeschi in the second set, along with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, moe., St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Steel Pulse feat. The Soul Rebels, Nahko and Medicine For The People, The Soul Rebels, Deva Mahal, and Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel.

Each day, LOCKN's beloved Garcia's Forest will feature an array of early and late shows throughout the festival weekend, with performers including Fruition, The Lil Smokies, and Town Mountain (Early Shows) and Galactic, Soulive feat. Infinity Horns, and Circles Around The Sun (Late Shows).

Super VIP Tent performances will also take place each day, featuring David Shaw, Mihali, and Bob Weir and Wolf Bros on Thursday; Fruition, The Lil Smokies, Town Mountain, and J.E.D.I. feat. Aaron Johnston, Marc Brownstein, Aaron Magner, DJ Logic on Friday; Doobie Decibel Duo, Cory Henry, and Joey Dosik on Saturday; and special guest Marcus King on Sunday.

LOCKN' is once again offering a Three-Day Weekend Pass in addition to its traditional Four-Day Festival Pass, allowing fans with tighter schedules to still see all the bands performing at LOCKN' for a lower price. Single-Day Festival Passes are also available. For complete details, please visit www.locknfestival.com/tickets.

The complete 2019 LOCKN' Festival lineup is below:

GARCIA'S FOREST: EARLY SHOWS

Fruition

The Lil Smokies

Town Mountain

Jerry Dance Party

GARCIA'S FOREST: LATE SHOWS

Galactic

Soulive feat. Infinity Horns

Circles Around The Sun

Jerry Dance Party

SUPER VIP TENT SHOWS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 - SUPER VIP

David Shaw

Mihali

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 - SUPER VIP

Fruition

The Lil Smokies

Town Mountain

J.E.D.I. - feat. Aaron Johnston, Marc Brownstein, Aaron Magner, and DJ Logic

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 - PIANO ON THE PORCH

Doobie Decibel Duo

Cory Henry

Joey Dosik

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 - SPECIAL GUEST

Marcus King

# # #

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Gary Clark Jr.

Khruangbin

Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Midnight North

Audacity Brass Band

Jerry Dance Party

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Trey Anastasio Band feat. Derek Trucks

The Revivalists

Old Crow Medicine Show

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong feat. Cory Wong

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Melvin Seals & JGB w/John Kadlecik

Moonalice w/ The Chambers Brothers

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio

Surprise Attack

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

Tedeschi Trucks Band feat. Trey Anastasio

Vulfpeck

Oteil & Friends feat. Bob Weir with Devon Allman, Duane Betts & More

Twiddle feat. John Popper

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Allman Betts Band

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Free Union

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros feat. Susan Tedeschi

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

moe.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Steel Pulse feat. The Soul Rebels

Nahko and Medicine For The People

The Soul Rebels

Deva Mahal

Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel

For complete details, ticket availability and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:38 am

Vida Blue - Page McConnell - keyboard, vocals (Phish), Oteil Burbridge - bass (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), Russell Batiste - drums (The Meters), and Adam Zimmon - guitar (Ziggy Marley, Shakira) -- has announced the release of their first album in 15 years. CROSSING LINES arrives digitally Friday, September 20. The vinyl and CD version of the album will be released in October and can be pre-ordered at drygoods.phish.com. The album's first song, "Analog Delay," which Rolling Stone called a "psych-funk epic," is available digitally now and quickly reminds the listener that Vida Blue features one of the tightest and most creative rhythm sections working today.  As he has on past Vida Blue releases, McConnell eschews traditional piano and organ sounds and draws on an array of vintage keyboards to showcase his expansive songwriting. 

LISTEN TO "ANALOG DELAY"

PRE-ORDER  CROSSING LINES

CROSSING LINES was produced by McConnell at Miami, FL's famed Criteria Studios, and sees the original trio joined by the Florida-based Afro-Cuban-electronic septet Spam Allstars, as well as by new member Zimmon on guitar, who toured with the band in 2004. CROSSING LINES also features an exclusive cover illustration by McConnell.

Vida Blue, the band McConnell assembled in 2001 after attending shows by both Burbridge and Batiste, made their live debut with a New Year's Eve performance at New York City's renowned Roseland Ballroom before heading to New Orleans' Piety Street Recording Studios to record their self-titled studio album, VIDA BLUE, released to critical acclaim in June 2002. Vida Blue toured that year and the next, releasing THE ILLUSTRATED BAND in 2003.

Vida Blue will mark the arrival of CROSSING LINES with a very special series of live performances in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Port Chester, NY. Ticket pre-sales begin tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24, at 10 am (local); tickets for the September 18 show at Washington, DC's 9:30 Club go on sale Thursday, July 25; tickets for The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA (September 20) and Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre (September 21) go on sale Friday, July 26. For complete details and ticket availability, please see pagemcconnell.com.

VIDA BLUE TOUR DATES

SEPTEMBER

18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

21 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 5:15 pm

Spafford just recently finished an extensive Spring/Summer tour, and are excited to announce brand new Fall tour dates, dubbed the “Fall Into Place Tour,” the band will be traveling throughout the Midwest and mountain states. The band has also announced their four show New Year’s Eve Run, with two shows in West Hollywood and two shows in San Francisco.

The band is excited to announce that they will be offering exclusive VIP packages for the Nashville, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Denver, Santa Fe, Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, LA, and San Francisco dates.

Fans can purchase tickets for the newly announced tour dates beginning Wednesday, July 24, 10am local time through Thursday, July 25, 10pm local time via artist pre-sale at spafford.net.

Spafford is known for their astonishing improvisational ability, which they’ll use to play live off the cuff extended jams. Each song is a blank canvas, and Spafford paints a picture in real time each night with a musical palette known only to each other. It’s a private language comprised of their talent as musicians, and of their formidable catalog of influences - ranging from Steely Dan, electronic acts like The Crystal Method, to 90’s alt rock radio hits. The group is in high demand at music festivals like Bonnaroo and Firefly and consistently play sold out shows across the United States.

Every show is a sonic pilgrimage – the journey of a team of musicians so in tune with each other that a single note communicates intent and purpose.

All up to date news and tour info at spafford.net.

Spafford Fall Into Place Tour 

10/3 Louisville, KY

10/4-5 Nashville, TN 

10/8 Pittsburgh, PA

10/10-11 Baltimore, MD

10/12 Ithaca, NY

10/15 Bloomington, IN 

10/16 Ann Arbor, MI

10/17 Grand Rapids, MI

10/18 Chicago, IL 

10/19 Madison, WI

10/22 St. Louis, MO 

10/23 Omaha, NE

10/25-26 Denver, CO

10/29 Santa Fe, NM

10/31 Phoenix, AZ

11/1 Tucson, AZ

11/2 Flagstaff, AZ

New Year’s Run

12/27-28 West Hollywood, CA

12/30-31 San Francisco, CA

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:57 pm

Vevo announces the release of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real's live performances of "Bad Case" and "Where Does Love Go" off their new album 

Turn Off The News (Build A Garden). Lukas Nelson knows all about legacies, indeed he's been hard at work carving his own for most of his young but extremely eventful life. Balancing his work as the front man of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - an emergent and vital force in American music - with his regular gig as Neil Young's band leader and lead guitarist - and of course, the never-ending road alongside his father in Willie Nelson & Family - in song after song, on stage after stage, Lukas has sharpened the edges of his singular sound, one that nods to his influences while also pushing forward into uncharted territory. That original sound, straddling rock and roll, country, soul, folk and R&B, reaches a new high-water mark with 

Turn Off The News (Build A Garden), Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real's second full-length release for Fantasy Records.

Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) likewise arrives on the heels of Lukas' high-profile collaboration with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper on 2018's blockbuster film and soundtrack, A Star is Born. Lukas not only co-wrote and co-produced much of the film's multi-platinum, Oscar-winning soundtrack, he also worked closely with Cooper in crafting Jackson Maine's musical persona. In a classic case of art imitating life, Nelson, along with his real-life cohorts in Promise of the Real appear in the movie too, performing as Cooper's (Jackson Maine's) backing band just as they've performed with Young for years. Lukas, Gaga and Cooper recently won the BAFTA Award for Film Music, just one of the many accolades bestowed on the acclaimed project since its release.

That collaborative spirit runs throughout Turn Off The News (Build A Garden), whose songs include guest turns from Young, Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, Kesha, Shooter Jennings, Lucius, Randy Houser, Madison Ryann Ward, and Hunter Elizabeth.  Yet, whether it's the sweeping, Roy Orbison-influenced production of "Where Does Love Go," or the Traveling Wilburys' rootsy resonance on the irresistible, "Bad Case," ultimately it's Lukas' indelible songwriting that makes the songs on this album so special.

"Bad Case" and "Where Does Love Go" are now streaming on all platforms. Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on YouTube.com/Vevo

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:38 pm

Two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock sensation Joe Bonamassa today announces U.S. tour dates for spring 2020, as he gears up for his summer tour embarking on major venues across the East Coast and Midwest in North America. For the newly announced dates next year, Bonamassa leaves no fans behind, making stops through the South and Midwest with performances scheduled for multiple cities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho and Washington. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream.

Bonamassa is one of today's top live performers and his enthusiastic live shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers worldwide. His upcoming dates for the rest of 2019 and newly added shows for 2020 will be no exception! This summer, his tour kicked off yesterday, July 22nd at Nashville's trademark staple Ryman Auditorium and ends at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, where he'll play a one-of-a-kind celebration, both are venues that Bonamassa has previously sold out! Red Rocks includes two incredible nights of two very different set lists as he celebrates the five-year anniversary of his first-time performing there. Then his fall season include three nights at New York's incredible Beacon Theatre, amongst other iconic venues.

The 2020 performances will feature a signature selection from his vast catalogue, with classics, reinventions and fan favorites, backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman's Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Paulie Cerra (sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and two incredible backup singers, Mahalia Barnes and Jade MacRae.

With his most recent album, Redemption, Bonamassa achieved his 21st #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart. It's his most ambitious, barrier-breaking studio album yet. With over 30 albums to his credit thus far, including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, the living legend somehow always finds ways to reinvent his artistry.

As Bonamassa is currently in the process of writing his much-anticipated next studio album, audiences can expect to be surprised with some new tracks on his spring tour in 2020. As an artist who spends nearly 200 days a year on the road and his spare time writing new songs, Bonamassa is always curating new ways to diversify his craft, hitting the stage with fervor, and bringing awe and amazement to crowds everywhere.

Tickets for the newly announced dates go to pre-sale today and are on sale to the public July 26th via jbonamassa.com/tour-dates.

Today's announcement follows recent news of two sold-out festivals at sea as part of Bonamassa's Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, which greatly benefits music education across the entire nation, and their long-lasting partnership with Sixthman. This includes the 5th sold-out Caribbean sailing of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea in February this year, and the forthcoming maiden voyage in the Mediterranean set for August and 2020's upcoming Caribbean cruise. The Mediterranean edition of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea will feature performances by Peter Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and dozens more blues artists. Festival cruises are quickly becoming one of the most exciting musical experiences available for fans, being able to vacation and see some of today's biggest names all at the same time.

Catch Bonamassa as host of the weekly radio show Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa on SiriusXM's Bluesville at 6pm ET every Monday via SiriusXM channel 74. He explores all aspects of the blues music genre like never before and curates an eclectic mix of everything from legendary classics to historical deep cuts and modern hits.

For additional information, visit jbonamassa.com.

SPRING 2020 TOUR DATES

Thursday, February 13 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery PAC

Saturday, February 15 - Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium

Sunday, February 16 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, February 25 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

Wednesday, February 26 - Pensacola, FL - Saenger Theatre

Friday, February 28 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre

Saturday, February 29 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre

Monday, March 2 - Charlotte, NC - Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, March 3 - Chattanooga, TN - Memorial Auditorium

Thursday, March 5 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center

Friday, March 6 - Cleveland, OH - Playhouse Square

Saturday, March 7 - Cleveland, OH - Playhouse Square

Monday, March 9 - Rockford, IL - Coronado Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, March 10 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre

Thursday, March 12 - Green Bay, WI - Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, March 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre

Saturday, March 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre

Tuesday, March 17 - Boise, ID - Morrison Center

Thursday, March 19 - Spokane, WA - First Interstate Center for the Arts

Friday, March 20 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

Saturday, March 21 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 10:42 am

The Ballroom Thieves are coming off a weekend playing a handful of surprise pop-up sets at Newport Folk Festival and are thrilled to announce that they will be joining Caamp this fall for several West Coast dates including stops in LA,  Portland and Seattle.

The Ballroom Thieves - Calin "Callie" Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals) - mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country.

Nevertheless, a noticeable glimmer of light always peeks through.

TOUR DATES

9/10-9/14 - Americana Fest 

9/12 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In* 

10/15 - Phoenix @ The Crescent Ballroom w/ Caamp

10/16 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theatre w/ Caamp

10/18 - Santa Ana @ The Observatory w/ Caamp

10/19 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern w/ Caamp

10/23 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Caamp

10/24 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox w/ Caamp 

* Official Americana Fest Showcase

Connect with The Ballroom Thieves 

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Tue, 07/30/2019 - 11:03 am

The Allman Betts Band recently released the official music video for their single "Shinin'" - the video premiered exclusively via Classic Rock Germany.  The band is currently on their "Down To The River" world tour, in support of their debut record release.  The record - Down To The River was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Al, and was produced by Grammy Award winning Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).  

The band is currently finishing up the European leg of their tour.  They will head back to the US to join up with John Fogerty for select East Coast dates followed by a packed schedule that takes the band through the rest of the year. 

DOWN TO THE RIVER TOUR:

Jul 30 - Berlin, DE @ Lido

Jul 31 -  Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch

Aug 3 - London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Aug 9 - Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park w/ John Fogerty

Aug 11- Portland, ME @ Maine Savings Pavilion w/ John Fogerty

 Aug 13- Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion w/ John Fogerty

Aug 14 - Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean Music Hall

Aug 15 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall w/ John Fogerty

Aug 20 - Albany, NY @ Skyloft Music

Aug 21 - Falmouth, MA @ Coonamesett Ballroom

Aug 22 - Northampton, MA @ The Academy of Music

Aug 23- Somers Point, NJ @ William Morrow Muni Beach

Aug 27- Cleveland, OH @ HOB

Aug 28 - Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live

Aug 29 - St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater

Aug 30 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

Sep 1 - Lakeville, PA @ Cove Ent Resorts

Sep 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ MIM

Sep 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ MIM

Sep 13 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center

Sep 16 - Orlando, FL @ Eat to the Beat at Disney World

Sep 17 - Orlando, FL @ Eat to the Beat at Disney World

Sep 18 - Tybee Island, GA @ Tybee Post Theater

Sep 19 - Florence, SC @ Francis Marion University PAC

Sep 22 - Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre

Oct 19 - New Orleans, LA @ Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest

Oct 20 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon

Oct 22 - Walhalla, SC @ Walhalla Performing Arts

Oct 23 - Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall

 Oct 24 - Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Oct 25 - Fort Pierce, FL @ Sunrise Theater

Oct 27 - Pembroke Pines, FL @ Charles F. Dodge City Center

Oct 28 - Key West, FL @ Sunset Green

Oct 31 - Augusta, GA @ The Miller Theater

Nov 1 - Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre

Nov 3 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre

Nov 4 - Frankfort, KY @ Grand Theatre

Nov 6 - Morgantown, WV @ Metropolitan Theatre

Nov 15 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale w/ The Charlie Daniels Band

FESTIVALS:

Aug 2 - Notodden, Norway @ Notodden Blues Festival

Aug 10 - Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Blues Festival

Aug 16 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Ann Arbor Blues Fest

Aug 17 - Troy, OH @ Hope Well Music Fest at Fulton Farms

Aug 24 - Arrington, VA @ LOCKN' Festival

Aug 31 - Ellicottville, NY @ Rock Autism Music Festival

Sep 8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues Bender

Sep 14 - Telluride, CO @ Blues & Brews Fest

Sep 21 -  Frederick, MD @ Great Frederick Fair

Oct 18 - Natchez, MS @ Great Mississippi Balloon Festival

Oct 26 - Punta Gorda, FL @ Big Orange Music Festival

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

The Story of The Allman Betts Band:

In December of 2017, Devon Allman was ready. After a year of mourning the losses of his mother and father, Allman was ready to make music again. He deeply appreciated all of the condolences and well-wishes, but, respectfully, it was time to forge ahead.

Allman organized a concert at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco to honor the music and memory of his father, founding Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and singer, Gregg Allman, and also to debut his new band, The Devon Allman Project. A proverbial star-studded affair- with guests such as G. Love and Robert Randolph- the marathon performance also marked the beginning of a partnership with Duane Betts, son of founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist and singer, Dickey Betts. It was time, in that historic venue, to pass the spirit to this next generation. It was time to take all the lessons of the past, all their collective experiences, and make something new.

Betts recently had turned solo after a touring stint with folk-rockers Dawes, and would serve as an opening artist on the Devon Allman Project 2018 world tour, as well as joining Allman each night for a musical tip of the hat to their respective fathers. The year-long trek was the first to pair Allman and Betts, and saw the two tally nearly 100 dates at theatres and festivals nationally and internationally, including a summer leg in Europe, and notable appearances at Colorado's venerable Red Rocks amphitheater, the Peach Festival, Gov't Mule's Island Exodus in Jamaica, and a return to The Fillmore for the second annual, sold-out Allman Family Revival.

2018 provided them a certifiable proof-of-concept: Performing a repertoire gleaned mostly from their respective solo careers, as well as a handful of Brothers gems, the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts consistently drew audiences growing in size and enthusiasm with each successive leg.

Now, they were both determined to embrace a new challenge; to write and record new music that could someday join the classics; to wow new audiences; to form a new band. During off-days on the bus or in hotel rooms, Devon and Duane collaborated on new original material, inviting respected songwriter Stoll Vaughn for writing sessions on the road.

On the still-smoldering heels of the hugely successful Project world tour, Devon and Duane circled back to their roots for this ambitious next step. They called up their old friend Berry Duane Oakley, son of the Allman Brothers Band's founding late bassist, Berry Oakley, and floated the idea of joining them. The trio's musical friendship traces back to The Allman Brothers Band's 20th anniversary summer tour in 1989 when the three first met, and often sat-in with the Rock-And-Roll Hall of Fame inductees; teenage descendants rightfully joining a rock-and-roll legacy.

As well, they recruited seasoned players from the Project ensemble: slide guitar sorcerer Johnny Stachela, drummer John Lum, and percussionist R Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow). In November of 2018, they announced the formation of The Allman Betts Band.

For a subsequent world tour, they recruited keyboardist John Ginty (Dixie Chicks, Robert Randolph) to The Allman Betts Band. The band's first performance was March 26, 2019 - 50 years, to the date, after The Allman Brothers Band first jammed in Jacksonville, Florida. 

This is The Allman Betts Band.

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Tue, 07/30/2019 - 11:16 am

To mark its 50th anniversary, The Kinks today announce a special release of Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire - out October 25th on BMG, which includes previously unreleased track "The Future" - https://youtu.be/dTWrThdOcEU.

Without doubt, the Kinks 7th studio album is one of the greatest rock albums ever made, a near perfect example of Ray Davies' incredible storytelling ability in what was an innovation in 1969: a concept album. It's also poignant that a record based on the story of emigrating from the UK around its potential to enter the Common Market should hit its 50th anniversary right now. With Brexit on the horizon, the themes of 'Arthur' ring alarmingly familiar.

Arthur received unanimous acclaim on its release. Each of its 12 original album tracks is an absolute gem and all perfect examples of Ray Davies' intrinsic ability to weave a story around a song. In what was a golden period for the Kinks, Arthur followed another classic, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society when it was released on October 10th 1969.

Rolling Stone wrote: "Arthur is a masterpiece on every level. The Kinks supreme achievement and the best British album of 1969." Melody Maker was equally enthusiastic: "Ray Davies' finest hour......beautifully British to the core."

"I started Arthur before the end of Village Green." says Ray. "The albums piggyback one another because they are joined. I'd already written the song 'Arthur'. I think I wrote 'Australia' when I was still living at 87 Fortis Green so it was quite early on. I remember taking it over to Dave, he lived in Cockfosters at the time, and playing it to him. We were laughing at the irony in the line, 'nobody's got a chip on their shoulder'."

In the midst of the Arthur sessions, studio time was devoted to completing tracks for Dave Davies' proposed solo album. The idea had progressed in staggered intervals since the initial success of Dave's 1967 single, "Death Of A Clown" but, ultimately, never reached completion.

"One of the reasons the album wasn't finished was because I felt The Kinks' management and record company were forcing me too much," Dave reflects. "I felt very comfortable being in The Kinks and it seemed fulfilling to be part of a band. I didn't really want for more. I couldn't see the point."

Ray says; "Hearing Dave's songs again after all this time, I found them quite moving because they were like the back story of what The Kinks were going through at the time."

Reprise eventually scrapped the release by September 1969 and over the years, Kinks fans continued to obsess as to what Dave's album - which some referred to as "A Hole In The Sock Of," a working title Ray had jokingly thrown to a music journalist - might have contained.

Included in this anniversary edition are 4 CDs comprising of 81 tracks in total, 5 of them unreleased and 28 previously unreleased versions. These include 2019 newly remastered versions of the original album from HD sources (in its original track listing), mono and stereo single versions, B-sides, alternate mono and stereo mixes, rehearsal tracks, BBC mixes and the lost Dave Davies' solo album, with bonus tracks.

It also includes Ray Davies' compiled medley of unreleased demo tracks, 2 new recordings of Ray Davies with The Doo Wop Choir, "Arthur & The Emigrants" including one previously unreleased track, 3 previously unreleased "The Come Dancing Workshop Ensemble" tracks, and new Ray Davies remixes of "Australia" and "Shangri-La."

A 68-page softback book has also been included, featuring extensive essays by world-renowned Kinks experts, original cancelled Arthur play co-scriptwriter Julian Mitchell, and original album sleeve designer Bob Lawrie. There are also new interviews with Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory, as well as band photos, original release international cover artwork and printed memorabilia.

Four 7" singles from the album can also be found - "Drivin," "Victoria," "Shangri-La" & "Hold My Hand" (Dave Davies solo) - all reproduced with original international artwork. Finally, a bespoke, exclusive, metal & enamel Kinks logo pin badge is included for fans to wear.

THE KINKS ARTHUR OR THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE LIMITED EDITION, 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE BOX SET

- 88 TRACKS, INCLUDING 5 UNRELEASED TRACKS & 26 UNRELEASED VERSIONS

- 4 x CDs: REMASTERED MONO & STEREO ALBUM, SINGLES, B-SIDES, ALTERNATE TRACK VERSIONS, NEW DOO WOP CHOIR RECORDINGS, RAY DAVIES REMIXES & DEMOS MEDLEY, THEATRICAL & BBC TRACKS, 'LOST' DAVE DAVIES ALBUM

- 4 x REPRODUCED 7" SINGLES

- 68 PAGE DELUXE BOOK WITH ESSAYS, NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, RARE IMAGES

- REPRODUCED POSTERS & PHOTOS

- KINKS METAL PIN BADGE

https://thekinks.info

THE KINKS - ARTHUR BOX SET - TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

ORIGINAL STEREO ALBUM, 2019 REMASTER

1.        Victoria (Stereo)

2.        Yes Sir, No Sir (Stereo)

3.        Some Mother's Son (Stereo)

4.        Drivin' (Stereo)

5.        Brainwashed (Stereo)

6.        Australia (Stereo)

7.        Shangri-La (Stereo)

8.        Mr. Churchill Says (Stereo)

9.        She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (Stereo)

10.       Young And Innocent Days (Stereo)

11.       Nothing To Say (Stereo)

12.       Arthur (Stereo)

Bonus Tracks

13.      Plastic Man (Stereo)

14.      Victoria (Alternate Stereo Mix)

15.      Yes Sir, No Sir (Alternate Stereo Mix)

16.      Drivin' (Alternate Stereo Mix)

17.      Brainwashed (Alternate Stereo Mix)

18.      Australia (Alternate Stereo Mix)

19.      Shangri-La (Alternate Stereo Mix)

DISC TWO

ORIGINAL MONO ALBUM, 2019 REMASTER 

1.         Victoria (Mono)

2.        Yes Sir, No Sir (Mono)

3.         Some Mother's Son (Mono)

4.         Drivin' (Mono)

5.         Brainwashed (Mono)

6.         Australia (Mono)

7.         Shangri-La (Mono)

8.         Mr. Churchill Says (Mono)

9.         She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (Mono)

10.      Young And Innocent Days (Mono)

11.      Nothing To Say (Mono)

12.      Arthur (Mono)

Bonus Tracks

13.      Plastic Man (Mono)

14.      King Kong (Mono)

15.      Victoria (Alternate Mono Mix)

16.      Australia (Alternate Mono Acetate Mix)

17.      Shangri-La (Alternate Mono Mix)

18.      She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (Alternate Mono Mix)

19.      Australia (Australian Mono Single Mix/Edit)

DISC THREE

THE GREAT LOST DAVE DAVIES ALBUM PLUS

1.         This Man He Weeps Tonight (Stereo)

2.         Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Stereo)

3.         Hold My Hand (Stereo)

4.         Do You Wish To Be A Man? (Stereo)

5.         Are You Ready? (Stereo)

6.         Creeping Jean (Stereo)

7.         I'm Crying (Stereo)

8.         Lincoln County (Stereo)

9.         Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter (Stereo)

10.      Mr. Reporter (Stereo)

11.      Groovy Movies (Stereo)

12.      There Is No Life Without Love (Stereo)

 Bonus Tracks

13.      Lincoln County (Mono Single Mix/Edit)

14.      There Is No Life Without Love (Mono)

15.      Hold My Hand (Mono)

16.      Creeping Jean (Mono Single Mix/Edit)

17.      Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Mono)

18.      This Man He Weeps Tonight (Mono)

19.      Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter (Alternate Stereo Mix)

20.      Mr. Reporter (Alternate Stereo Mix)

21.      Groovy Movies (Alternate Stereo Mix)

22.      Lincoln County (Acoustic Mix)

23.      Hold My Hand (Alternate Take)

DISC FOUR

DEMOS, REHEARSALS, BBC & REMIXES

Part 1

1.         Arthur's Journey (Introduction)

2.         Australia (2019 Mix)

3.         Home Demos Medley, 1969: Arthur / Victoria / Some Mother's Son / Drivin' /

Brainwashed / Mr. Churchill Says (TV Premix)

Part 2

4.         Shangri-La (2019 Mix)

5.         My Big Sister (Theatrical Version)

6.         Stevenage (Theatrical Version)

7.         Space (Theatrical Version) (Full Version)

8.         The Future (Doo-Wop Version)

9.         Arthur (Doo-Wop Version)

 Part 3

10.      The Virgin Soldiers March

11.      Soldiers Coming Home (Instrumental)

12.      King Kong (BBC Mix)

13.      Victoria (Ray Davies & Band With The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble) (Stereo)

14.      Arthur (BBC Mix)

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 9:38 am

Jim James, founder and frontman of indie-rock band My Morning Jacket, joins the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Pops for a live performance of his upcoming new album. Led by Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams, the concert takes place on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

The concert features James and the NSO in The Order of Nature: A Song Cycle along with local chorus, The Capital Hearings. The first half of the evening spotlights the NSO in Mason Bates’s “Warehouse Medicine” from The B-Sides, Julia Wolfe’s Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, and Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo.

This concert coincides with the upcoming album release of James and Abrams’s collaboration on Decca Gold. Ticket buyers to this performance will be offered an exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase James’s new album, and will also receive a signed poster with their order.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets (from $29–$109) are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, online at kennedy-center.org, and via phone through Instant Charge, (202) 467-4700; toll-free at (800) 444-1324. For all other ticket-related customer service inquires, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.

ABOUT JIM JAMES

Jim James has spent the better part of almost two decades as the lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of My Morning Jacket. Through seven studio albums, My Morning Jacket has grown into one of the most acclaimed rock and roll bands in the world. The New York Times heralded the band as, “...the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock...” Their last three albums, 2008's Evil Urges, 2011's Circuital and 2015’s The Waterfall, each received Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album --the latter debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Alongside the band's recording and touring, James has maintained a steady, bordering on voracious, flow of work.

ABOUT TEDDY ABRAMS

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA POPS

The 2018–2019 season marks the National Symphony Orchestra’s 88th, and Gianandrea Noseda’s second as its music director. The Italian conductor serves as the Orchestra’s seventh music director, joining the NSO’s legacy of such distinguished leaders. Its artistic leadership also includes Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and Artistic Advisor Ben Folds.

Founded in 1931, the Orchestra has always been committed to artistic excellence and music education. In 1986, the National Symphony became an artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it performs year-round. The NSO’s community engagement projects are nationally recognized, including NSO In Your Neighborhood, an annual week of approximately 50 performances in schools, churches, community centers, and other unexpected venues; Notes of Honor, which offers free performances for active, veteran, prior service, and retired members of the military and their families; and Sound Health, a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its affiliated organizations. Career development opportunities for young musicians include the NSO Youth Fellowship Program and its tuition-free Summer Music Institute. For more information, visit nationalsymphony.org.

Popular offerings have ranged from performances on a barge on the Potomac River, to concerts on the Ellipse, and in National Parks around the greater Washington area. The 2011–2012 season was the first with Steven Reineke as Principal Pops Conductor. NSO popular programming—which ranges in genre from Broadway and American song to jazz and from film scores to Hip Hop to rock ‘n’ roll—takes place at the NSO’s principal performance venues: the NSO’s primary home, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Wolf Trap, and the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, with a subscription season featuring a variety of musical genres.

FUNDING CREDITS

David M. Rubenstein is the Presenting Underwriter of the NSO.

AARP is the presenting sponsor of the NSO Pops Season.

Patrons 30 and under and active-duty members of the military are invited to join the Kennedy Center’s MyTix program for special discount offers and chances to win free tickets. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org/mytix.

nationalsymphony.org

Kennedy-center.org

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 3:56 pm

Just a few weeks before Phish begins its traditional summer-ending three-night run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO, the band has announced a run of Fall 2019 tour dates. The seven-date tour begins with two performances at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI, and culminates with their first-ever three-night run in Charleston, SC at the North Charleston Coliseum. Additional highlights include a performance at Uniondale, NY's Nassau Coliseum -- the band's first since 2003 -- and a night at Peterson Event Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The full itinerary is below.

A ticket request period is currently underway at tickets.phish.com and will end on Monday, August 19 at 10am ET. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, August 23. Specific on sale information for each show is available at phish.com.

Next year, Phish will return to Mexico for its fourth "Phish: Riviera Maya", the band's destination concert vacation taking place February 20 - 23. A limited amount of rooms are left for the event -- more details can be found HERE. The four-day, all-inclusive event will see Phish performing for three nights on the beach in one of the world's most beautiful locations -- Mexico's Caribbean coastline.

PHISH

LIVE 2019

8/30 - Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO

8/31 - Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO

9/1 - Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO

11/29 - Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, RI

11/30 - Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, RI

12/1 - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY

12/4 - Peterson Event Center - Pittsburgh, PA

12/6 - North Charleston Coliseum - Charleston, SC

12/7 - North Charleston Coliseum - Charleston, SC

12/8 - North Charleston Coliseum - Charleston, SC

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 8:48 pm

Old Salt Union released a third song off their new album Where the Dogs Don't Bite, due out Friday, Aug 16 (Compass Records). 

Relix exclusively premiered the official video for the track earlier this week.  Jesse Farrar told Relix that "'Big Dreams, Small Talk' is the Old Salt dreamers anthem. Visualizing a grandiose future but stuck in the day-to-day "hey, how's the weather" chatter. Written almost in spite of most of our previous work - we decided to make the chorus' softer and more mellow than the verses. It was a nice juxtaposition to how we usually approach composing material."

Old Salt Union have continued to hone and develop their sound through relentless touring, and cultivating a steadfast fanbase drawn to their high-energy shows. Coming from varied musical backgrounds, Old Salt Union's collective melting pot of styles and musical vocabularies informs their fresh approach to modern string band music and has helped to carve a unique niche for this Belleville, Illinois roots outfit.  

Old Salt Union will continue their record release tour throughout the summer and into the fall.  The band will play a special record release show in Saint Louis at The Atomic Cowboy on Aug 16. OSU will also be making stops in Iowa City, Ann Arbor Denver, and Fort Collins as well as several festivals including Pickin' In The Pines,  Walnut Valley, Roots N Blues BBQ and The Wander Down Music Festival. 

Up to date information can be found at oldsaltunion.com 

OLD SALT UNION TOUR 

8/17 @ Atomic Cowboy | St Louis, MO

8/20 @ Tuesday in the Garden | Rockford, IL

8/22 @ Alive After Five | Mankato, MN

8/23 @ Bend In The Road | Manchester, MN

8/24 @ Riverside Park | La Crosse, WI

9/4 @ The Bend Concert Series at Murphy Park | East Moline, IL

9/5 @ Gabe's | Iowa City, IA

9/6 @ The District | Ankeny IA

9/7 @ Hey Nonny | Arlington Heights, IL

9/8 @ Black Swamp Arts Festival | Bowling Green, OH

9/13 @ Pickin in the Pines | Flagstaff AZ

9/19-9/21 @ Walnut Valley Festival | Winfield, KS

9/27 - 9/29 @ Roots N Blues N BBQ | Columbia, MO

10/4 @ The Castle Theatre | Bloomington, IL 

10/5 @ The Ark | Ann Arbor, MI 

10/19 @ The Wander Down Music Festival | Makanda, IL

10/24 @ Hodi's Half Note | Fort Collins, CO 

10/26 @ Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO 

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 8:53 pm

Trout Steak Revival has announced the first round of fall 2019 tour dates. Stops feature an appearance at IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as well as a handful of dates in the Southeast. The band has also announced that they will celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO with Wood Belly.

Whether listeners are in search of a deep connection with lyrics or simply need a good melody to dance to, Trout Steak Revival’s latest album, Spirit To The Sea provides a mix of music that is a pleasure to relate to. Songs crafted out of love, fear, heartbreak, wonder, joy, and freedom provide a glimpse into the soulful depth of the individual members of Trout Steak Revival

All up to date tour info and news can be found at troutsteak.com

Tour Dates:

8/14 Turf Club, St. Paul, MN*

8/15 Colectivo, Milwaukee, WI

8/16 Concerts in the Yard, Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, IL**

8/17 Dockside Bar and Grill, Ottawa, IL

8/18 Hoxeyville Music Festival, Wellston, MI

8/31 The Lariat, Buena Vista, CO

9/1 Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO

9/21 Carolina in the Fall, Wilkesboro, NC

9/24 Asheville, NC

9/25-9/28 IBMA, Raleigh, NC

9/29 Steady Hand Beer Co., Atlanta, GA

10/1 Callaghan's, Mobile, AL

10/2 House Concert, Jackson, MS

10/3 Levitt Shell, Memphis, TN

10/4 TBA

10/5-10/6 Crush Fest, Les Bourgeois Winery, Rocheport, MO

12/31 New Year's Eve, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO***

* with The Common Ground Company

** w/ The Steel Woods

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:10 am

Amanda Palmer has shared the official music video for “Drowning In The Sound,” which is lifted from her recently released album There Will Be No Intermission, her first solo record in seven years. The track addresses everything from climate change and the #MeToo movement to fake news, the internet and the American government; a reflection on the turbulent times we’re currently living through.

Directed, produced and edited by Michael Pope, the video stars choreographer Coco Karol who called it “a wish fulfilled to get to continue to make art and do motherhood,” as it gave her an opportunity to continue dancing while seven months pregnant. The symbol of Karol’s pregnant body and the urgency of the video tie to the wider themes of Palmer’s new album There Will Be No Intermission.

On the video’s release, Palmer says, “The overwhelming news about climate change, the politics of a woke and devastated internet, the isolation that everybody is feeling right now… how do you make a music video about that? Michael Pope and I have been co-creating video treatments for over fifteen years together, ever since we first sat down to write the treatment for "Girl Anachronism" for The Dresden Dolls, we've always bitten off more than we could chew, and this video was no exception. The set of the video itself was a healing space: all of these performers and crew gathered together to try to pull off something sort of impossible on a shoe-string budget. Coco, our choreographer and my new-found friend, was seven months pregnant when we shot the footage, and the whole cast and crew almost revolved around that baby inside her. She and I both experienced painful miscarriages a few years ago, and we took turns carrying each other through the dark. This project was a sort of a healing ritual for us both; and the whole crew and cast wanted this video to feel like the crossroads between brutal hopelessness and passionate hope, which is what everybody seems to be feeling nowadays.”

Following the release of There Will Be No Intermission, Amanda Palmer is currently embarking on her hugely anticipated world tour. The fourteen date UK run kicks off this October, which includes four dates across Ireland and concludes with three nights at London’s Union Chapel this December. The show itself features Palmer on solo piano and ukulele, with no band accompaniment; a night of graphic, honest, and funny storytelling and songs that Palmer claims is her “most human and vulnerable stage-show to date.” See below for a full list of dates. Tickets are available at amandapalmer.net

Out now via 8Ft Records/Cooking Vinyl, There Will Be No Intermission is Palmer's third solo LP, and it's the multi-faceted artist's most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense of it all. While the themes may be dark, the album's overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumphs in the face of life's most ineffably shitty circumstances. Recorded over a single month in Los Angeles by John Congleton (who previously engineered and produced 2012's acclaimed Theatre Is Evil), There Will Be No Intermission was entirely crowd-funded, this time by over 15,000 patrons using Palmer's community hub on Patreon. There Will Be No Intermission is now available in stores and on all DSPs.

"The last seven years have been a relentless parade of grief, joy, birth and death, and all of it has galvanized me to the core: as a writer, as a woman, as an artistic servant," says Palmer. "I also had no idea that my 15,000 patrons - who held my hand through this entire process - would have the profound effect on my songwriting that they did. Everything feels inseparable now: my crowdfunding through patreon, the birth of our son, the election of Trump, two abortions, the Kavanuagh hearing, the death of my best friend, being in Ireland for the repeal, the miscarriage I had on Christmas day. I sat in a theater in London and watched Hannah Gadsby decimate the blurred lines between entertainment and naked truth, I saw the brave women of #MeToo standing up against their rapists, and I saw Nick Cave in concert and on record working through his grief using art as a necessary and generous tourniquet that others could re-use. They all reminded me to try harder and harder still to tell the real, unadorned truth.  I've seen how infectious the darkest truths are, when spoken without shame, and I felt like taking any other path would have been a cop-out."

AMANDA PALMER

WORLD TOUR DATES

SEPTEMBER

4 - Meervaart - Amsterdam, Netherlands

6 - Admiralspalast - Berlin, Germany

11 - Alte Kongressaal - Munich, Germany

13 - Capitol - Offenbach, Germany

14 - Konzerthaus - Vienna, Austria

15 - Stefaniensaal - Graz, Austria

18 - Theaterhaus - Stuttgart, Germany

19 - Colosseum - Essen, Germany

20 - De Roma - Antwerp, Belgium

24 - Laeiszhalle - Hamburg, Germany

25 - Haus Auensee - Leipzig, Germany

26 - Hybernia - Prague, Czech Republic

27 - Conservatoire - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

OCTOBER

11 - Bremen Teater - Copenhagen, Denmark

12 - Södra Teatern - Stockholm, Sweden - SOLD OUT

16 - De La Warr Pavilion - Bexhill, UK

19 - St. David’s Hall - Cardiff, UK

20 - Corn Exchange - Cambridge, UK

23 - Opera House - Cork, Ireland

24 - National Concert Hall - Dublin, Ireland

26 - Ulster Hall - Belfast, Northern Ireland

27 - University Concert Hall - Limerick, Ireland

NOVEMBER

1 - Carnegie Hall - Dunfermline, UK

2 - City Halls - Glasgow, UK

3 - Royal Albert Hall - Manchester, UK

4 - Opera House - York, UK

7 - Tyne Theatre - Newcastle, UK

24 - Theatro Circo - Braga, Portugal

DECEMBER

5 - Union Chapel - London, UK - SOLD OUT

6 - Union Chapel - London, UK - SOLD OUT

13 - Union Chapel - London, UK

In addition to the LP, Palmer has partnered with the collaborative art-team Kahn & Selesnick (along with LA-based photographer Allan Amato and NY-based artist Stephanie Zakas) to create a companion volume with over 60 theatrical photographic portraits taken mostly in and around the upstate New York home Palmer shares with her husband, writer Neil Gaiman. The portfolio - also titled There Will Be No Intermission - is available on her website and will also be sold at her hugely anticipated world tour, which is currently circling theaters throughout the rest of the year and beyond. See full tour details and info on how to buy the album and associated merchandise at amandapalmer.net.

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 1:16 pm

Tow’rs have announced a 15-date late fall tour throughout the mountain states and West Coast.  The Flagstaff, AZ based band will begin their tour in San Francisco on Nov 9, and will travel up through the Pacific Northwest, to the Rockies, stopping at their home base in AZ, and then rounding out the tour in Southern California.  

Recently, the band had made the announcement that they would be releasing their fourth full length studio album. Pancakes and Whiskey exclusively premiered the first track and official video for “Water Under the Bridge” saying “The Flagstaff, AZ based band will be releasing their fourth album, New Nostalgia, on September 20th and we couldn’t be more pumped about it.” “Water Under the Bridge” is currently being featured in Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist, and has already received over 80k streams in under a month.

NPR highlighted the band in their 2019 SXSW “Austin 100” feature saying "every sound is impeccably rendered."

Tow'rs pride themselves in telling stories through music. To learn more - you must listen. 

TOUR

11/9 @ Hotel Utah | San Francisco, CA

11/10 @ Goldfield Trading Post | Sacramento, CA

11/13 @ Sunset Tavern | Seattle, WA

11/14 @ Wise Hall | Vancouver, BC

11/15 @ The Bartlett | Spokane, WA

11/16 @ Polaris Hall | Portland, OR

11/17 @ Neurolux | Boise, ID

11/18 @ Kilby Court | Salt Lake City, UT

11/19 @ Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO

11/21 @ Larimer Lounge | Denver, CO

11/22 @ Lulu’s Downstairs | Manitou Springs, CO

12/5 @ The Green Room | Flagstaff, AZ

12/7 @ Soda Bar | San Diego, CA

12/8 @ Bootleg Theater | Los Angeles, CA

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 8:10 am

Trey Anastasio has released a new acoustic song, “Sunset Days.” The song, taken from the final scene of his acclaimed new feature-length documentary, Between Me and My Mind, is available now on all streaming services.

LISTEN TO “SUNSET DAYS”

Directed by Steven Cantor, Between Me and My Mind is a deep, intimate look into the mind of Anastasio and captures him as he works through some of his most personal song ideas to date, placing his relationships with friends and family at its core. At the same time, the film also shows the musician preparing for one of Phish’s legendary New Year’s Eve shows at Madison Square Garden, culminating with an exhilarating, elaborately produced moment when the clock strikes midnight.

Hailed by Variety as a “highly compelling rock doc,” Between Me and My Mind had its sold out world premiere earlier this year at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Global event distributor Trafalgar Releasing, Stick Figure Studios, Believe Entertainment, and Live Nation Productions then presented the film on July 17 for one night only in more than 500 theaters nationwide. It reached the #1 spot for films showing on fewer than 1,000 screens, and also debuted at #9 for its overall box office performance.

In addition to releasing “Sunset Days,” Anastasio recently announced an upcoming solo acoustic tour that will culminate in a sold-out two night stand at New York City’s renowned Carnegie Hall on October 29 and 30. The tour gets underway October 15 with a sold out show at Geneva, NY’s Smith Opera House with additional tour highlights including a sold out performance at Nashville, TN’s Ryman Auditorium (October 27).

Prior to the tour, Anastasio will be among the featured performers on an upcoming installment of Live From Here with Chris Thile, set for New York City’s Town Hall on Saturday, October 12. Now sold out, the live radio show will also include performances from The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Tonight, Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) will headline LOCKN’ Festival, with special guest Derek Trucks joining the band for an exclusive second set collaboration. Anastasio will return the favor on Saturday, August 24, teaming with Tedeschi Trucks Band for another special second set. The event will be livestreaming for free.

WATCH THE LOCKN’ LIVESTREAM

Earlier this year, Anastasio released GHOSTS OF THE FOREST, available now via Rubber Jungle/ATO. Produced by Anastasio and engineered and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) over the span of just a few days at the Barn Studio in Vermont in April 2018, the album was praised by Rolling Stone as full of “psychedelic guitar liftoffs, ambitious arrangements and deeply personal lyrics.” GHOSTS OF THE FOREST was celebrated with this spring’s GHOSTS OF THE FOREST tour, an ambitious, nine-show run featuring unique production design from Abigail Holmes (Talking Heads, Roger Waters) that sold out every date well in advance of the project’s release. “Ghosts of the Forest lived up to high expectations,” wrote Glide, reviewing the band’s performance at Los Angeles, CA’s Greek Theatre.

The recent release of GHOSTS OF THE FOREST: BENEATH A SEA OF STARS captured the final GHOSTS OF THE FOREST show, held April 20, 2019 at the sold-out Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre. The remastered live recording is available for streaming now exclusively at all digital music outlets.

Next weekend, Phish wrap up Summer 2019 with its traditional Labor Day run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO, with three sold out shows set for August 30 – September 1. The band will then embark on a short, fall tour beginning with two performances at Providence’s Dunkin' Donuts Center on Nov 29 and 30.

TREY ANASTASIO

LIVE 2019

8/23 – LOCKN’ Festival – Arrington, VA *

9/21 – Bourbon & Beyond – Louisville, KY *

10/12 – Town Hall – New York, NY ** SOLD OUT

10/15 – Smith Opera House – Geneva, NY # SOLD OUT

10/16 – Victoria Theatre – Dayton, OH # SOLD OUT

10/18 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI # SOLD OUT

10/19 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN #

10/21 – The Pablo Center at the Confluence – Eau Claire, WI #

10/23 – Palace Theatre – Canton, OH #

10/25 – Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI # SOLD OUT

10/26 – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN #

10/27 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN # SOLD OUT

10/29 – Carnegie Hall – New York, NY # SOLD OUT

10/30 – Carnegie Hall – New York, NY # SOLD OUT

* Trey Anastasio Band – FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

** Live From Here with Chris Thile

# “An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio”

# # #

PHISH

LIVE 2019

8/30 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO – SOLD OUT

8/31 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO – SOLD OUT

9/1 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO – SOLD OUT

11/29 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI

11/30 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI

12/1 – Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY

12/4 – Peterson Event Center – Pittsburgh, PA

12/6 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC

12/7 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC

12/8 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 9:48 am

Robbie Robertson, Sebastian Robertson, and Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents are thrilled to announce the return of the highly acclaimed The Last Waltz Tour. This epic tour captures the excitement of The Band’s historic 1976 Thanksgiving concert at the famed Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco hailed as one of the greatest rock concerts of all time. 

The multi-city tour kicks off at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on November 5, 2019, and continues throughout November making stops at historic venues across the east coast. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10 AM (Local Time) at http://thelastwaltz.com. * Saint Augustine Amphitheatre tickets will go on sale September 13, at 10 AM. VIP packages, including great seats and exclusive merchandise, will be available. Tour dates and venues are listed below.

The Last Waltz Tour 2019: A Celebration of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert features a star-studded lineup led by GRAMMY® Award-winning guitar legend and vocalist Warren Haynes and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/musician Don Was, with Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, John Medeski, Terence Higgins, and Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns featuring the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint. Very special guests Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), Dave Malone (The Radiators), and Bob Margolin (Long time Muddy Waters guitarist who performed with Waters and The Band in the original Last Waltz) will be featured throughout the tour.

Over forty years ago, The Band performed their final concert to a sold-out crowd with a whos-who of Rock'N Roll royalty in attendance. “As far as farewells go, this one was major,” stated Rolling Stone Magazine in 2016 expose about the famed concert. The evening culminated with “Don’t Do It,” The Band’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Baby Don’t You Do It.” After the last note, Robbie Robertson, The Bands’ lead guitarist, songwriter and a founding member, said "Goodnight. Goodbye." walking off stage, forever immortalizing this epic event.

“It is such an honor that the musical celebration of The Last Waltz and The Band carries on today. Blackbird Presents and this extraordinary lineup of talent makes me proud to be a part of this ongoing and wonderful tradition.” Says Robbie Robertson.

The Last Waltz Tour: A Celebration of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert is an extension of Blackbird Present’s acclaimed 2016 two-night, sold-out concert event The Last Waltz New Orleans and 2017’s The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Tour which was praised by audiences and critics across the country. “You soon knew that The Band’s legacy would be well feted. Earplugs were required — for the crowd, not the band,” wrote the Huffington Post in its review of the show at the Orpheum in Boston, Massachusetts. "The last 30 minutes of The Last Waltz @SaengerNOLA was the best thing I've heard @jazzfest," said Keith Spera, music critic, The New Orleans Advocate.

“We are excited to be working closely with Robbie, Warren, Don and our incredible lineup of musicians and special guests on the latest incarnation of The Last Waltz Tour." Says Keith Wortman, "This year's tour will introduce fans to some very special never-heard-before arrangements of the classic hits from that Thanksgiving night in 1976.”

Tickets for The Last Waltz Tour go on sale Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10 AM (Local Time) at http://thelastwaltz.com. * Saint Augustine Amphitheatre tickets will go on sale September 13, at 10 AM.

THE LAST WALTZ 2019 TOUR DATES

NOVEMBER

5 - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY

6 - Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Basie Center - Red Bank, NJ

7 - Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH

8 - Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT

10 - Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA

11 - The Theater at Santander Arena - Reading, PA

14 - MGM National Harbor - Washington, DC

15 - Tower Theatre - Philadelphia, PA

17 - *Saint Augustine Amphitheater - Boston, MA

18 - Durham PAC - Durham, NH

20 - Stifel Theatre - St. Louis, MO

21 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICIAL TOUR WEBSITE:

http://TheLastWaltz.com

#thelastwaltz

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 8:38 am

Today, Billy Strings is releasing “Everything’s the Same” - the third song off the forthcoming record HOME (Rounder Records).  “Everything’s The Same” premiered exclusively via  Billboard earlier this week, and follows “Taking Water” and “Away From the Mire” - both released separately over the past several weeks. 

Strings’ genre-crossing music and energetic live shows are taking the Americana and roots scene by storm.   With more than half of his fall tour already sold out, it is apparent that Strings’ music is beginning to resonate with people on a large scale.    

All up-to-date news and tour information can be found at billystrings.com

Billy Strings Tour Dates

9/6 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West - SOLD OUT

9/7 Athens, GA - Georgia Theater - SOLD OUT

9/10 Nashville, TN - Americanafest (BMI Showcase)

9/11 Nashville, TN - Americanafest (Official Showcase)

9/12 Nashville, TN - Americanafest (Concord Showcase)

9/15 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9/17 Salt Lake City, UT - Commonwealth Room

9/19 Crystal Bay, NV - Crown Room

9/20 San Francisco, CA - The Independent - SOLD OUT

9/21 San Francisco, CA - The Independent - SOLD OUT

9/22 Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Sol Music Festival

9/26 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall - SOLD OUT

9/27 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall - SOLD OUT

9/28 Seattle, WA - The Showbox

10/3 Paso Robles, CA - Barrel House Brew Co.

10/4 Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room

10/6 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival

10/9 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

10/11 Eureka Springs, AR - Hillberry Music Festival

10/13 Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole

10/17 Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co.

10/18 Austin, TX - Scoot Inn

10/19 Houston, TX - Last Concert Cafe

10/30 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre - SOLD OUT

10/31 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel - SOLD OUT

11/1 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

11/2 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - SOLD OUT

11/6 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

11/7 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater - SOLD OUT

11/8 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater - SOLD OUT

11/9 Washington, DC- 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT

11/10 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony

11/13 Boston, MA - The Sinclair - SOLD OUT

11/14 Boston, MA - The Sinclair - SOLD OUT

11/15 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl

11/16 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl

11/19 Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom - SOLD OUT

11/21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theater - SOLD OUT

11/22 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall - SOLD OUT

11/23 Covington, KY - Madison Theater - SOLD OUT

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:49 am

The Allman Family Revival will be returning for its third year in celebration of Gregg Allman's birthday, This year the show is expanding to 3 nation-wide performances. San Francisco at The Fillmore, Denver at the brand-new Mission Ballroom and NYC at The Beacon.

A portion of the proceeds will go to School of Rock, to help fund after school music programs that are picking up the slack for the alarming lack of in-school music programs declining nationwide.

THE ALLMAN FAMILY REVIVAL 2019

DECEMBER 7 San Francisco @ The Fillmore 

DECEMBER 8 Denver @ The Mission Ballroom

DECEMBER 28 NYC @ The Beacon Theater 

The Allman Family Revival started as a celebration of music and life in honor of what would have been Gregg Allman’s 70th Birthday. It was a party at The Fillmore in San Francisco hosted by his son Devon Allman of The Allman Betts Band.

The first two years featured insane 4-hour long shows with epic jams and guests ranging from Robert Randolph, Luther and Cody Dickinson, Marcus King, Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall, G. Love, Brooklyn Allman ...and many, many more. All the feels were felt and this night has become a year end tradition and a fan favorite. People fly in from all over the world for this one.

After a warm up set The Allman Betts Band will invite guest stars onto the stage to sing a song they are famous for, and also a song from the Allman catalog. There will be a rotating cast of characters and some epic collaborations onstage culminating in a “all hands on deck” encore that proved to be a juggernaut at the first two Family Revival shows.

Tour

Oct 18 Natchez, MS @ Great Mississippi Balloon Festival

Oct 19 New Orleans, LA @ Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest

Oct 20 2019 Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon

Oct 22 Walhalla, SC @ Walhalla Performing Arts

Oct 23 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall

Oct 24 Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Oct 25 Fort Pierce, FL @ Sunrise Theater

Oct 26 Punta Gorda, FL @ Big Orange Music Festival

Oct 27 Pembroke Pines, FL @ Charles F. Dodge City Center

Oct 28 Key West, FL @ Sunset Green

Oct 31 Augusta, GA @ The Miller Theater

Nov 1 Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre

Nov 2 Tybee Island, GA @ Tybee Post Theater 

Nov 3 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre

Nov 4 Frankfort, KY @ Grand Theatre

Nov 6 Morgantown, WV @ Metropolitan Theatre

Nov 7 Blacksburg, VA @ Lyric Theatre

Nov 8 Richmond, VA @ The National

Nov 9 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre

Nov 10 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

Nov 13 @ New York, NY Beacon (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 14 Glenside, PA @ Keswick (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 15 Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 16 Waterloo, NY @ The Vine at Del Lago (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 17 Northampton, MA @ The Academy of Music

Dec 7 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Allman Family Revival)

Dec 8, 2019 Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom (Allman Family Revival)

Dec 28 New York, NY Beacon (Allman Family Revival)

Dec 30 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

Feb 5 St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater

Feb 6 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live

Feb 7 Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre

Feb 9 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Feb 13 Albany, NY @ Skyloft Music

Feb 14 Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean Music Hall

Feb 16 Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music hall

Feb 20 Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre

Feb 21 Anniston, AL @ Anniston Performing Arts Center

Mar 6 Phoenix, AZ @ MIM

Apr 23 Cleveland, MS @ Bologna Performing Arts Center

May 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theater

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 2:20 pm

Charles Bradley had a lot on his mind when he recorded “Lonely as You Are” and “Lucifer” during the final days of the Obama presidency. A stomach cancer diagnosis in the Fall of 2016 forced him off the road at the peak of his career. Weakened by months of chemotherapy, facing a life-threatening surgery and confronting his own mortality in a moment of political upheaval and uncertainty, Bradley was filled with ideas and energy when he stepped into a Queens home recording studio and spontaneously created “Lonely as You Are” and “Lucifer.”  

Shortly after “Lonely as You Are” was released, fans were invited to submit photographs, drawings and stories via social media using the hashtag #leftuslonely, to be used to create a music video. More than 500 submissions were posted and the resulting music video — a  compilation of fan contributions — is being released today.  The song, in which Bradley is backed by Seth Avett and Mike Marsh from the Avett Brothers, was co-produced by James Levy and Paul Defiglia. “Lonely as You Are” and “Lucifer” are Bradley’s final recordings.   

Also, out today via Innit Recordings is a limited edition 12” vinyl pressing of the two singles with instrumental versions, featuring the iconic cover photo shot by Giles Clement at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. 

The recordings showcase two sides of Bradley. In the heartrending “Lonely As You Are,” Bradley confronts unspeakable pain, mortality and hope  “Lucifer” — a soaring, uptempo soul jam filled with his Bradley’s trademark scream and joyful lyrics — finds Bradley celebrating life and love.  “When I look into your eyes and saw the great star, I knew I had a love right there. I wanna love you, love you, love you, love you.” 

“Charles knew what he wanted to say and he said it quickly. He wore his heart on his sleeve. A true singer,” said James Levy, who co-wrote the songs with Bradley and also co-produced the tracks. 

 The Queens, NY sessions marked an improbable collaboration between Bradley and Levy, who had worked most recently on projects with Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Tim Wheeler of Ash and Guy Berryman of Coldplay. Levy was recording demos for a new record when he connected with Bradley through their mutual manager. To finish the tracks, Levy enlisted Nashville producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Defiglia, who had spent the previous five years recording and touring with the Avett Brothers.  

The remarkable against-all-odds rise of Charles Bradley since the release of his 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming has been well documented. Transcending a life in the streets, Bradley went from extreme poverty and homelessness to performing sold-out shows and making national TV and festival appearances around the world, including at Coachella, Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, SXSW and many more. 

Poull Brien's 2012 documentary — Charles Bradley: Soul of America — gave a glimpse into how Bradley turned pain and heartbreak into joy and love. One of the great live performers of his time, Bradley’s 2016 appearance on CBS This Morning: Saturday was nominated for a 2017 Daytime Emmy award for “Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program.” 

In celebration of his amazing life and to commemorate what would have been Bradley’s 70th birthday, Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records released Black Velvet in November 2018 — a collection of 10 songs recorded during the sessions from each of his previous three albums, produced by Tom Brenneck and performed by the Menahan Street Band. Charles also appears on the “A” side of  Daptones’ 100th Forty-Five - “Hey Brother,” released in  June 2019. 

Innit Recordings is a record label based in NYC. Current artists include Lolawolf, James Levy and Crewshade.

LISTEN & SHARE: "LONELY AS YOU ARE"

LISTEN & SHARE: "LUCIFER"

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 2:15 pm

Activate Infinity ​is the second album from The Bad Plus since the remarkable pianist Orrin Evans joined the group in 2018. The album was recorded at Brooklyn Recording in New York City in May 2019. It was produced by The Bad Plus and engineered and mixed by Andy Taub. Activate Infinity will be released on CD and digital October 25. November 15 will see its release on vinyl. Pre-orders are available now along with a download of the first song, "Avail."

LISTEN TO "AVAIL"

PRE-ORDER ACTIVATE INFINITY

With their sights set on a new trajectory, combined with an abundance of spirit and creativity, The Bad Plus has produced one of their finest and most original albums to date. This is group music played with vibrant imagination and vigor. It’s real, deeply honest and personal. Their joy in music making together is clear and their vision is committed and democratic. With a new home on the British label, Edition Records, The Bad Plus is working with a renewed intent that will see them grow to new heights and continue to flourish.

The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals -- a democratic unit with a clear vision and a refusal to conform to convention. For the past 18 years, they have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent. In 2018, they announced a change of line-up that shook the jazz world, bringing pianist Orrin Evans into the group. The result instigated a new wave of excitement and anticipation within the band that re-energizing their sound and inspiration. ​This is The Bad Plus now and ​the music is the real deal - it’s honest, personal and deeply imaginative.

Their first album with the new line-up, ​Never Stop II,​ was self-released in 2018 and won huge critical acclaim building on the passionate fan base developed over the years. Remaining in control of their own destiny enabled the band to refocus on what they represented, to redefine their trajectory, to grow new roots and confirm their sound whilst remaining true to their original identity. Ultimately ​Never Stop II​ k​ickstarted a new era for the trio in a way they could not have foreseen.

Activate Infinity​ sees the journey evolve further with the start of their relationship with Edition Records, who together are working with foresight and passion, to allow the band to flourish and grow their own unique perspective, sense of creativity and character without restrictions or inhibitions.

It goes without saying that today’s society is profoundly unbalanced and uncomfortably divided. For The Bad Plus, however, ​Activate Infinity​ represents a place of sanity amidst the chaos: the freedom to express and say something personal and with meaning without being restricted or constrained by the powers that be. In this band the three voices act as one, sharing a common purpose and message. This is The Bad Plus in their most creative and expressive form.

With writing credits shared between all members, the music on ​Activate Infinity​ is protean yet focused, individually written but collectively produced. These are songs written with the freedom to explore and the titles represent the deep levels of imagination the band has become known for. Reid Anderson’s “​Avail” is a vehicle for exuberance; Orrin’s quirky and joyous ​“The Red Door”​ explores the space behind the red door, not the door itself; Dave King’s ​“Thrift Store Jewelry”​ is inspired by reclaimed treasure. Each has a message that is deeply personal, but universal.

This is The Bad Plus now: a band entering ​a new era, a period of intense creativity, renewed energy and excitement. As the title suggests, the trio show no sign of slowing down. The pursuit of creativity is on and they are searching for new trajectories. With an abundance of adventure and spirit, their joy of making music together is clear and paramount -- it’s their driving force and their ultimate purpose. The idea of a spirited and endless journey will inspire the band and their fans to activate infinity in countless rich and creative ways.

The Bad Plus will continue to tour the globe as they always do. New tour dates begin in South America in October. The first show stateside will be on October in Durham, NC. The last of the year will be in Los Angeles on November 10 before they head for a performance in Poland on November 12, culminating November 30 in Ferrara, Italy.

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 1:02 pm

Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing - Joe Bonamassa, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman announce the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II, sailing August 14-19, 2020 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France.

PRE-SALE SIGN-UP:

https://www.sixthman.net/account/presale/bluesaliveatseaeurope

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, and one-of-a-kind collaborative sets from blues legends. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world's most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera. In 2020, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, The James Hunter Six have already been confirmed and many more will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

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For the best selection of staterooms, fans are encouraged to pre-register for the sailing now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com as this sailing is expected to sell out. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

 A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line's signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 4:39 pm

Six years in the making, Is That So? is one of John McLaughlin’s deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with McLaughlin since they founded Shakti in the early ‘70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group. A preview of the album’s first song, “Sakhi,” that Relix premiered earlier today, is available now. Is That So? will be released January 17, 2020 via Abstract Logix.

LISTEN TO “SAKHI”

PRE-ORDER IS THAT SO?

“The idea for this album appeared in my mind early 2013,” says McLaughlin. “Shankar and I had been touring with Shakti and I was constantly inspired by his superb voice and gigantic talent. Even though I have studied the theory and practice of Indian music for years, I remain a ‘Western’ musician and one aspect of Western music is the magic of harmony.”

“From the outset in the early 1970’s, I constantly researched the possibilities of integrating harmony into the traditions of North and South India while at the same time keeping as close as possible to the melodic rules of the Raga system. However, the idea I mention above, was to abandon the rules of the Raga system completely and apply my own western harmonic liberty to the amazing voice of Shankar Mahadevan.”

"Before concerts, John and I used to dabble with free improvisations using Indian scales (Ragas) and different harmonies backing them”, says Mahadevan. “The whole texture, color, feeling and the canvas of the music excited us as harmonic content does not exist in Indian classical music. In the beginning, it was just a fun experiment, but it soon became larger than life and we knew we had to record it. When Zakir Hussain, the great tabla Maestro himself, agreed to play in the improvisational sections we knew this would take our recording to a new level. We could not have asked for more."

Is That So? is a a new concept in the meeting of musicians, singers, percussionists and the musical cultures of the East and West, taking the listener into unexplored musical horizons.

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 1:03 pm

Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced new US live dates for the fall, beginning in Sugar Land, TX, on November 15, and ending in Miami Beach, FL, on December 6, with a slew of dates throughout the Midwest and southeast in between. Rodrigo y Gabriela have been bringing their incendiary stage performance to fans across the globe in support of their latest album, METTAVOLUTION. The acoustic duo's first album in five years, METTAVOLUTION marks the most ambitious music of Rodrigo y Gabriela's remarkable two-decade career and was one of NPR's top 6 albums of the week upon release. Three years in the making, the LP embraces the duo's passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species, all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. 

Mettavolution? "Metta" is a Sanskrit word for the meditative condition that produces compassion and benevolence. It is a "practical state of mind" as well, according to Gabriela, "something you practice like an instrument to become a better citizen, in a more evolved place." Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, the music of METTAVOLUTION was road-tested around the world on tour in 2017 and 2018 before being recorded late last year in Los Angeles with multiple GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle, Band of Horses) behind the board.

METTAVOLUTION gathers six white-hot new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions - much of which acknowledge the duo's thrash-metal roots back in Mexico City - as well as an inspired, side-long cover of Pink Floyd's sprawling "Echoes" - originally found on 1971's MEDDLE - audaciously reimagined for two acoustic guitars. Rolling Stone hailed the 19-minute epic as a "Song You Need to Know," noting, "'Echoes' is such a signature song, it's hard to imagine anyone else doing it justice, yet somehow the Mexican acoustic-rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela landed on a brilliant interpretation...Like the original, the song is its own journey, and it's beautiful."

The title track and first single, "Mettavolution" garnered strong support at Triple A radio and was celebrated with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with dance choreography by David Byrne collaborator Annie-B Parson.

WATCH "METTAVOLUTION" ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

One of the world's most in-demand live acts, Rodrigo y Gabriela have spent much of their remarkable 20-year career performing on increasingly larger stages around the globe. Highlights include sold out shows at such legendary venues as New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles, CA's Hollywood Bowl, Morrison, CO's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London's Royal Albert Hall, and Paris, FR's Le Zenith, along with countless other theaters and concert halls in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA FALL TOUR 2019

November

15 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

16 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall

17 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Jones Assembly

19 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

20 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater

22 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee

23 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Paramount Theater

24 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre

26 - Joliet, IL - Rialto Square Theatre

27 - Louisville, KY - Brown Theatre

29 - McKees Rocks, PA - Roxian Theatre

30 - Harrisburg, PA - The Forum Auditorium

December

2 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center

3 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Civic Center Auditorium

4 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Gallard Center

6 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 4:31 pm

Jim James relishes the joy of singing in his new video for “Set It To Song,” the first single from his upcoming collaboration with composer/conductor Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra, The Order of Nature, set for release on October 18 via Decca Gold. Watch the video HERE.

WATCH "SET IT TO A SONG"

In this video directed by acclaimed Spanish artist Silvia Grav, Jim James, bathed in stained-glass light, sings to an audience that finds themselves moved to dance by the spirit of song. A roomful of dancers led by renowned choreographer and dancer Genna Moroni, move quirkily and gracefully, as James slips slyly between them, dancing. 

Says Jim James about this song, “I just wanted to sing about singing and how it feels so good to sing and just have music in your life. The whole (suite) is pretty serious so I just wanted to have a beautifully lighthearted moment.”

Teddy Abrams, who arranged James’ songs for orchestra for the record, said of the single, “I loved working on this setting, which combines a kind of French cafe style ...and several sections that are directly inspired by the great symphonist Johannes Brahms. I use a wide variety of shifting instrumental colors and percussion effects to heighten Jim’s darkness/daylight lyrics.”

The video highlights these lyrics as well, playing with the light of the stained-glass, oscillating between church-like and night-club.

Recently, Jim James and Teddy Abrams performed the full song cycle The Order of Nature at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra. NPR’s All Songs Considered featured the “magical collaboration” on the podcast, and Bob Boilen wrote of the performance it was “a positive and wonderful new work.” Consequence of Sound said of this song “it has the pace of a My Morning Jacket ballad with classical instrumentation and cinematic delivery…it’s a surprisingly moving number, even though it feels sunny around the corners, especially when James repeats, “Oh, it feels good just to sing.” 

Most recently, the innovative tandem announced additional select performance dates that will feature local orchestras. Those dates will include Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA with the Seattle Symphony on May 12, 2020, and Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, CO with the Colorado Symphony on May 15, 2020.

2020 DATES

MAY

12 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall w/the Seattle Symphony

15 – Denver, CO – w/the Colorado Symphony

The Order of Nature debuted April 6-7, 2018 as part of the Louisville Orchestra’s annual Festival of American Music. The second night’s performance was recorded and is what you hear on this forthcoming album, recorded in one take, no overdubs.

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 10:42 am

Vida Blue - Page McConnell - keyboard, vocals (Phish), Oteil Burbridge - bass (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), Russell Batiste - drums (The Meters), and Adam Zimmon - guitar (Ziggy Marley, Shakira) -- has released their first album in 15 years. CROSSING LINES arrives digitally today. The vinyl and CD version of the album will be released in October and can be pre-ordered at drygoods.phish.com. The album's first song, "Analog Delay," which Rolling Stone called a "psych-funk epic," quickly reminds the listener that Vida Blue features one of the tightest and most creative rhythm sections working today.  As he has on past Vida Blue releases, McConnell eschews traditional piano and organ sounds and draws on an array of vintage keyboards to showcase his expansive songwriting.

CROSSING LINES was produced by McConnell at Miami, FL's famed Criteria Studios, and sees the original trio joined by the Florida-based Afro-Cuban-electronic septet Spam Allstars, as well as by new member Zimmon on guitar, who toured with the band in 2004. CROSSING LINES also features an exclusive cover illustration by McConnell.

Vida Blue, the band McConnell assembled in 2001 after attending shows by both Burbridge and Batiste, made their live debut with a New Year's Eve performance at New York City's renowned Roseland Ballroom before heading to New Orleans' Piety Street Recording Studios to record their self-titled studio album, VIDA BLUE, released to critical acclaim in June 2002. Vida Blue toured that year and the next, releasing THE ILLUSTRATED BAND in 2003.

Vida Blue will mark the arrival of CROSSING LINES with a very special series of live performances. The first date at Washington, DC's 9:30 club happened already and two more are set to take place -- Philadelphia, PA tonight and Port Chester, NY tomorrow night. For complete details and ticket availability, please see pagemcconnell.com.

VIDA BLUE TOUR DATES

SEPTEMBER

20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

21 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 12:00 pm

What started off in the mountains & pine trees of Flagstaff, Arizona with a group of friends has now turned into an up-and-coming indie-folk band with a passionate, young following who cherish authentic, heart-felt songwriting. Today, Tow’rs is thrilled to release their new record, and fourth self-produced studio album  New Nostalgia.

Previously released tracks “Water Under The Bridge” and “Pink Confetti”  are both currently being featured in Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist.

Tow’rs have found a unique place in the musical landscape where they balance soul bearing quietude with string-infused folk-rock songs that bring life & relationships back in focus.

The band will head out on a West Coast tour later this fall.  Up to date news and tour information can be found at towrsmusic.com.

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 9:34 am

Billy Strings’ highly anticipated new album HOME (Rounder Records) is out everywhere today. Ahead of the release, the band shared three tracks from the record “Taking Water” - exclusively premiered via Rolling Stone Country, “Away From the Mire” - exclusively premiered by The Boot and “Everything’s the Same” - exclusively premiered by Billboard. In addition to a sweltering buzz of anticipation from fans and critics alike, Billy Strings’ fall tour has sold out in advance in nearly every market. Two recently announced shows at Denver’s Ogden Theater sold out instantly upon the on-sale time. 

Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. HOME, Strings’ remarkable second studio album, is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, reshaping bluegrass into his own exceptional form, completely rewiring the aesthetic with elements of punk, country, folk-rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether original and all his own.

PURCHASE / STREAM HOME 

HOME TRACK LISTING

Taking Water 

Must Be Seven

Running

Away From The Mire

Home

Watch It Fall

Long Forgotten Dream

Highway Hypnosis

Enough To Leave

Hollow Heart

Love Like Me

Everything’s The Same 

Guitar Peace

Freedom

Big Sandy

BILLY STRINGS TOUR DATES

9/27 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall - SOLD OUT

9/28 Seattle, WA - The Showbox - SOLD OUT

10/3 Paso Robles, CA - Barrel House Brew Co.

10/4 Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room - SOLD OUT

10/6 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival

10/9 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

10/11 Eureka Springs, AR - Hillberry Music Festival

10/13 Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole

10/17 Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co.- SOLD OUT

10/18 Austin, TX - Scoot Inn

10/19 Houston, TX - Last Concert Cafe

10/27 Suwannee, FL - Suwannee Hulaween

10/30 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre - SOLD OUT

10/31 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel - SOLD OUT

11/1 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - SOLD OUT 

11/2 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - SOLD OUT

11/4 Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center - What The Night Brings

11/6 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

11/7 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater - SOLD OUT

11/8 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater - SOLD OUT

11/9 Washington, DC- 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT

11/10 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony - SOLD OUT

11/13 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair - SOLD OUT

11/14 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair - SOLD OUT

11/15 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - SOLD OUT

11/16 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - SOLD OUT

11/19 Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom - SOLD OUT

11/21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre - SOLD OUT

11/22 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall - SOLD OUT

11/23 Covington, KY - Madison Theater - SOLD OUT

12/13 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre - SOLD OUT 

12/14 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre - SOLD OUT 

12/27 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater

12/28 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater

12/31 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection - SOLD OUT

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 12:19 pm

The International Bluegrass Music Association named Billy Strings New Artist of the Year, Guitar Player of the Year at its awards ceremony held last night (Sept 26)  in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. HOME, Strings’ remarkable second studio album, is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, reshaping bluegrass into his own exceptional form, completely rewiring the aesthetic with elements of punk, country, folk-rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether original and all his own.

BILLY STRINGS TOUR DATES

9/27 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall - SOLD OUT

9/28 Seattle, WA - The Showbox - SOLD OUT

10/3 Paso Robles, CA - Barrel House Brew Co.

10/4 Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room - SOLD OUT

10/6 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival

10/9 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

10/11 Eureka Springs, AR - Hillberry Music Festival

10/13 Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole

10/17 Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co.- SOLD OUT

10/18 Austin, TX - Scoot Inn

10/19 Houston, TX - Last Concert Cafe

10/27 Suwannee, FL - Suwannee Hulaween

10/30 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre - SOLD OUT

10/31 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel - SOLD OUT

11/1 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - SOLD OUT 

11/2 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - SOLD OUT

11/4 Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center - What The Night Brings

11/6 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

11/7 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater - SOLD OUT

11/8 Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater - SOLD OUT

11/9 Washington, DC- 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT

11/10 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony - SOLD OUT

11/13 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair - SOLD OUT

11/14 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair - SOLD OUT

11/15 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - SOLD OUT

11/16 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - SOLD OUT

11/19 Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom - SOLD OUT

11/21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre - SOLD OUT

11/22 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall - SOLD OUT

11/23 Covington, KY - Madison Theater - SOLD OUT

12/13 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre - SOLD OUT 

12/14 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre - SOLD OUT 

12/27 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater

12/28 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater

12/31 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection - SOLD OUT

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 8:36 am

Spafford have announced that they are releasing a new 5- song EP titled Gaff Tapes. Gaff Tapes is a collection of songs ranging in musical styles and characteristics that are unique and true to the band that Spafford is. The band will kick off their “Fall into Place” tour on Oct 3 in Louisville. As things are, indeed falling into place for Spafford.

“The entirety of the project is a journey through life as seen through the eyes of people who have lived very different lives yet found a common thread through music. This project was a true group effort and it brought us so much joy being able to go back to our roots and record and produce these on our own, in our own studio and homes. We poured our souls into creating something we’re all proud of - something that we hope speaks to the people who will listen to it.” 

- Spafford

Gaff Tapes is a mix of the many sounds, influences, and styles that Spafford has become known for - it’s about as organic and as “Spafford” as it gets.

Gaff Tapes Track Listing

Be Strange

Comfortable

Doghouse

Smooth, Relax, Down

Pretty Mama

Spafford is known for their astonishing improvisational ability, which they’ll use to play live off the cuff extended jams. Each song is a blank canvas, and Spafford paints a picture in real time each night with a musical palette known only to each other. It’s a private language comprised of their talent as musicians, and of their formidable catalog of influences - ranging from Steely Dan, electronic acts like The Crystal Method, to 90’s alt rock radio hits. The group is in high demand at music festivals like Bonnaroo and Firefly and consistently play sold out shows across the United States.

Every show is a sonic pilgrimage – the journey of a team of musicians so in tune with each other that a single note communicates intent and purpose.

All up to date news and tour info at spafford.net

Spafford Fall Into Place Tour 

10/3 Louisville, KY

10/4-5 Nashville, TN 

10/8 Pittsburgh, PA

10/10-11 Baltimore, MD

10/12 Ithaca, NY

10/15 Bloomington, IN 

10/16 Ann Arbor, MI

10/17 Grand Rapids, MI

10/18 Chicago, IL 

10/19 Madison, WI

10/22 St. Louis, MO 

10/23 Omaha, NE

10/25-26 Denver, CO

10/29 Santa Fe, NM

10/31 Phoenix, AZ

11/1 Tucson, AZ

11/2 Flagstaff, AZ

 

New Year’s Run

12/27-28 West Hollywood, CA

12/30-31 San Francisco, CA 

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 4:13 pm

Craig Finn will celebrate his upcoming European and U.S. tour with the release of “It’s Never Been A Fair Fight,” available now on Partisan Records along with an acoustic version of the song as its B-side. A powerful live performance video of “”It’s Never Been A Fair Fight” filmed earlier this year at a special concert performance at Brooklyn, NY’s Murmrr Theatre can be seen online.

LISTEN TO “IT’S NEVER BEEN A FAIR FIGHT”

WATCH “IT’S NEVER BEEN A FAIR FIGHT (LIVE AT THE MURMRR THEATRE)”

“It’s Never Been A Fair Fight” precedes a range of upcoming live dates surrounding Finn’s acclaimed new solo album, I Need A New War. The tour – which sees Finn backed by his touring band, The Uptown Controllers – begins October 11 at Exchange in Bristol, England and reaches the U.S. November 1 at Austin, TX’s Cactus Cafe Presents at the Texas Union Theater.

“‘It’s Never Been A Fair Fight’ is about the extreme difficulty of staying true to the rigid rules of a subculture as you get older,” says Finn. “The character in the song revisits an old peer and finds struggle and disappointment in the place he left behind. I’ve always really loved this song, and people seemed to connect with it on my acoustic tour with Brian Fallon. Excited to be sharing the full band version with the world.”

The dates in the U.K. and Europe are the first to feature The Uptown Controllers overseas and will see Finn play his first headline shows in Beligum, Netherlands and Germany. Laura Stevenson will be special guest on all of the U.K. and Europe shows.

On touring, Finn says, “I’m beyond thrilled to be bringing the Uptown Controllers to the UK and Europe for the first time. The band has developed into something very musically exciting, and is able to do much justice to the material on I Need A New War and the prior two solo releases. The Uptown Controllers are loose, lush, elegant and fun. We will be joined in the UK by our friend Laura Stevenson, who has been known to join us on stage. These shows will be very special. Following the UK/Europe we will be touring Texas and West Coast USA for the first time with this band lineup. We are greatly looking forward to all of it.”

The U.S. dates cover Texas and the West Coast, with I Need A New War singer Cassandra Jenkins as special guest on the shows. For complete details, please visit craigfinn.net/tour.

CRAIG FINN & THE UPTOWN CONTROLLERS

ON TOUR 2019

OCTOBER

11 - Bristol, England – Exchange *

12 - Nottingham, England – Bodega *

13 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut *

15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club *

16 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute *

17 - London, England - Olso20 October *

19 - Liverpool, England - Phase One *

20 - Dublin, Ireland - Sugar Club *

22 - Antewerp, Belgium – Trix *

23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso *

24 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow Skybar *

25 - Berlin, Germany – Privitaclub *

NOVEMBER

1 - Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe Presents at the Texas Union Theater **

2 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada **

5 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar **

7 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater **

8 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall **

9 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel **

12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios **

13 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door **

* w/Special Guest Laura Stevenson

** w/Special Guest Cassandra Jenkins

craigfinn.net/tour

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:48 pm

A limited number of tickets are available now at http://oysterhead.shop.ticketstoday.com/.  The ticket request period will end Thursday, October 17 at 9am MDT. Travel packages will also be available and will go on sale Wednesday, October 16 at 12pm MDT.  Full details are available here. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, October 19 at 10am MDT.  For more info click here.

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 5:50 pm

The Order Of Nature, the highly anticipated collaboration from acclaimed genre-bending solo artist Jim James, composer/conductor/music director Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra is released today via Decca Gold.

In celebration of the release, on October 19 at 2pm at The Club Car @ McKittrick Hotel, James and Abrams will discuss the album in a conversation moderated by pianist/bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste, followed by a pared down 3-song set. The following day, James, Abrams and members of the Louisville Orchestra will perform the entirety of The Order of Nature at Le Poisson Rouge at 8pm. Though the show is sold out, fans can watch the full show via Relix Magazine. Additionally, Jim James, Teddy Abrams and members of the Louisville Orchestra will perform “Back To The End Of The World” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, October 21.  

This “magical collaboration” (NPR) was born of a friendship between Jim and Teddy and the fertile music scene of their hometown of Louisville, KY. The Order Of Nature comprises brand-new songs penned by James and orchestrated by Abrams into cinematic, lush soundscapes that presents James’ voice and words in a whole new light. James’ and Abrams also include works from James’ solo projects (Uniform Distortion, Uniform Clarity, Eternally Even), as well as works by Leonard Bernstein and Nina Simone. 

Together, these songs make up an album that seeks to explore the absence of hate in nature. As James says in the album text, “Animals kill each other, but only out of hunger, while humans daily choose to hate – we choose to ignore the order of nature and that choice is wreaking havoc.” 

To that end, today James and Abrams release the video for “Back To The End Of The World,” which shows children in panic as their parents, in a state of hypnotized inaction, ignore the literal fires and flooding around them. James says of the video, “I really wanted the video to show the need for us to listen to the powerful voices of our young leaders if we want to make real progress on important issues like climate change... so that we can all work together towards true peace, prosperity, and longevity- for ourselves, future generations, and the planet with all its glorious forms of life.”

In May of 2020, James and Abrams will perform The Order Of Nature in Seattle with the Seattle Symphony (May 12, 2020) as well as Denver, CO with the Colorado Symphony (May 15, 2020). Earlier this year, they performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

JIM JAMES, TEDDY ABRAMS AND THE LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA

TOUR DATES

OCTOBER 2019

19 - New York, NY - The McKittrick Hotel

20 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

MAY 2020

12 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall

15 - Denver, CO - Boettcher Hall

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 2:19 pm

Cold War Kids have released a video for "Beyond the Pale," a new song from their forthcoming album NEW AGE NORMS, 1. The song, co-written with Mikky Ekko (Rihanna, Clams Casino), is a piano ballad that features lead singer Nathan Willett at his most emotionally bare as he shares the universal tale of a life spent on the road away from his family. The video portrays the frenetic yet fun lifestyle of being in a band on the road while the despair in the lyrics reshape how one sees these images.

WATCH "BEYOND THE PALE"

NEW AGE NORMS 1 arrives Friday, November 1 via CWKTWO/AWAL; digital and physical pre-orders – including CD and a white vinyl 12” pressed at 45 rpm – are available now. Produced by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, HEALTH, Foster the People), NEW AGE NORMS 1 marks the first volume of a three-album trilogy. The album – which features cover art by the Los Angeles-based band’s bassist, acclaimed artist Matt Maust – also features the song “Waiting For Your Love,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

LISTEN TO “WAITING FOR YOUR LOVE”

PRE-ORDER NEW AGE NORMS 1

The arrival of NEW AGE NORMS 1 was was announced earlier this summer by the first new music from Cold War Kids in more than two years, “Complainer” and “4th of July,” both available now at all DSPs and streaming services. In addition, “Complainer” – co-written with multi-platinum songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Rita Ora) and Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone – was also joined by a powerful acoustic version, “Complainer (Strings & Keys),” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. “Complainer” is currently top 20 at Alternative Radio and top 10 at Triple A.

LISTEN TO “COMPLAINER”

LISTEN TO “4TH OF JULY”

LISTEN TO “COMPLAINER (STRINGS & KEYS)”

Cold War Kids is currently on a major U.S. headline tour, the first leg of which began October 4 in Salt Lake City, UT and continues through late November. The tour will resume in 2020, with newly announced headline dates beginning January 16 at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom and then continuing through late February (see itinerary below). Highlights include two-night-stands at Seattle, WA’s Neptune Theatre (January 17 and 18) and New York City’s famed Webster Hall (February 4 and 5). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.coldwarkids.com

COLD WAR KIDS NORTH AMERICA 2019/2020

 NOVEMBER 2019

14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

15 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park

16 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim

17 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater

18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

22 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

JANUARY 2020

16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

22 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

23 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown

24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

25 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

27 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

28 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

29 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre

31 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

FEBRUARY 2020

1 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

4 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

5 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

7 – Richmond, VA – The National

8 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte

10 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

12 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom

15 – Austin, TX – Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 2:22 pm

The Lone Bellow – Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, Brian Elmquist – have announced the release of their long-awaited new album, HALF MOON LIGHT (Dualtone Records, an Entertainment One Company), the band’s fourth studio LP and first one since 2017. Out on Friday, February 7, 2020, HALF MOON LIGHT, produced by Aaron Dessner (The National) at his studio in upstate New York and featuring guitarist Josh Kaufman and drummer J.T. Baites, finds The Lone Bellow more vital than ever as the mighty combo push their acoustic storytelling prowess past new horizons, experimenting with textures and instrumentation to create their most sophisticated work to date. With HALF MOON LIGHT, The Lone Bellow have returned unified and invigorated with boundless ambition. To celebrate the announcement today, the band are sharing their indelible first single, “Count On Me,” a song that reminds us with soul-shouting intensity that it’s safe and important to lean on one another for survival. HALF MOON LIGHT is available for pre-order now.

Williams says: “After singing “Count On Me” together in the studio we walked outside and couldn’t help but think about the sense of camaraderie and kindness that seems to happen at our shows. Like strangers becoming neighbors wrapping their arms ‘round each others necks and saying ‘I got ya.’”

LISTEN TO “COUNT ON ME” 

https://thelonebellow.lnk.to/HalfMoonLight

https://youtu.be/NUvCZXd4d1o

PRE-ORDER HALF MOON LIGHT

Pre-order features limited-edition gold vinyl and autographed merchandise bundles HALF MOON LIGHT is an artistic triumph worked toward for years, earned not by individual posturing, but by collective determination and natural growth. With earthy three-part harmonies and songwriting as provocative as it is honest, the trio made up of guitarist Elmquist, lead vocalist Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Pipkin creates sparks that make a stranger’s life matter or bring our sense of childlike wonder roaring back. On HALF MOON LIGHT, The Lone Bellow mix light and dark to muster a complex ode to memory, a call for hope, and an exercise in empathy.

“I want it to bring comfort,” Elmquist says. “But it’s not all hard conversations. There’s a lot of light and some dancing that needs to happen...We try to invite as many people into the process to see what we can make together. I like that collaborative spirit and that freedom. Then, the songs speak for themselves.”

That wholehearted embrace of collaboration defines HALF MOON LIGHT. The record marks a return to recording in New York with Dessner, whom the band counts as both a hero and a comrade. “We already had a friendship with Aaron and a strong, shared understanding of our musical vision,” Williams says. “It’s really important to us to be a part of a community of musicians. We like the collaborative, communal way of making something. Aaron showed us a new way of trusting and collaborating. His idea of bringing in Josh and J.T. was such a beautiful gift. The meekness that these friends brought to the table was something that we will never forget. A sense of controlled fury. Lightning in a shoebox.”

 THE LONE BELLOW

“Aaron has a powerful quietness about him,” Pipkin says. “A lot of people I meet in the music industry have lots of bravado, and it’s something I have trouble believing. Aaron doesn’t have that. He is a joy to work with. A true friend."

For the first time, the band stayed where they recorded, sequestered from the world at Aaron’s studio in upstate New York. They fell asleep at night to the sound of coyotes howling and felt the freedom to fall into rabbit holes that would have otherwise been left unexplored. “We made this record in a place of joy and collaboration with our friends. We were trying to do something bigger than ourselves,” says Elmquist. “I think we’ve been wanting to make this record for a while now. It just hasn’t come together as perfectly as it did this time.”

In support of HALF MOON LIGHT, The Lone Bellow have confirmed a worldwide tour that will begin January 22 in London, England for two nights at the St. Pancras Old Church. North American dates begin February 12 in Los Angeles, CA for two nights at The Troubadour and continue through April 24 with their first-ever headlining show at the Ryman in Nashville, TN. The band will then head to Europe and come back to America for summer festival appearances. For updates and tickets, please visit thelonebellow.com.

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 7:35 pm

Ronnie Wood proudly presents his live rendition of the Chuck Berry track "Mad Lad," in honor of one of his greatest icons. This comes ahead of the release of the album Ronnie Wood with His Wild Five - Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry which will be released November 15th, 2019 by BMG.

Wood's extended live rendition of the 1960's instrumental classic features backing from His Wild Five band. With the adaptation providing a new take on the song, this title track is the perfect showcase of what the album has to offer.

Ronnie's Shepherds Bush Empire gig on November 21 sold out on the day the tickets were available. Another date was added at Birmingham Symphony Hall on November 25 and now a third date has been announced at Manchester Opera House on November 27. Tickets on sale this Friday, October 25 at 10am. Fans were also given the chance to see him up close and personal at a very exclusive gig at All Saints Church in Kingston Upon Thames. These tickets sold out in an astonishing 7 seconds!

Ronnie Wood with His Wild Five - Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry is available to pre-order here

A track from the album "Talking About You" is also available to stream here.

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 7:39 am

The Allman Betts Band has officially announced the full artist lineup for the third annual Allman Family Revival.

“These Allman Family Revival shows have become an annual reunion for our musical family.  This year, going from just one show in San Francisco to 3 shows including Denver and NYC is going to be epic.  The musicians that have signed on have really upped the ante.   We are so stoked to jam with our friends in Dad’s honor!” said Devon Allman.

Newly announced artists include JD Simo, Alex Orbison, Eric McFadden, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, Charlie Starr, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, G Love, Ally Venable, Lamar Williams, and Lily Hiatt.  Before the Revival shows, the band is touring extensively in support of their debut album Down To The River, released earlier this year via BMG, receiving extensive attention and praise around the world.

The current tour will see the ABB touring the US and internationally as the band is set to play the famed Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia.

The ABB has also recently announced that they will be supporting Gov’t Mule on Dec 27 during their New Year’s run in Philadelphia and then Lynyrd Skynyrd on New Year’s Eve in Dallas. “We are super excited to be joining our friends Lynyrd Skynyrd on NYE. They are legends and we can’t wait to throw down in Dallas” adds Duane Betts.

For all tour info and up to date news on The Allman Betts Band visit allmanbettsband.com.

ALLMAN FAMILY REVIVAL 2019

DECEMBER 7 San Francisco @ The Fillmore

DECEMBER 8  Denver @ The Mission Ballroom

DECEMBER 28   NYC @ The Beacon Theater

ALLMAN FAMILY REVIVAL LINEUP

Robin Zander

Eric Krasno

Charlie Starr

Todd Park Mohr

G Love

Luther Dickinson

Cody Dickinson

Robert Randolph

Jimmy Hall

Samantha Fish

Lamar Williams JR

Ally Venable

Jimmy Vivino

Alex Orbison

JD Simo

Eric McFadden

Lilly Hiatt

TAZ

*Some artists listed will not play all three shows.  Check with individual venues for local billing.

THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND ON TOUR

Nov 4 Frankfort, KY @ Grand Theatre

Nov 6 Morgantown, WV @ Metropolitan Theatre

Nov 7 Blacksburg, VA @ Lyric Theatre

Nov 8 Richmond, VA @ The National

Nov 9 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre

Nov 10 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

Nov 13 @ New York, NY Beacon (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 14 Glenside, PA @ Keswick (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 15 Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 16 Waterloo, NY @ The Vine at Del Lago (with Charlie Daniels Band)

Nov 17 Northampton, MA @ The Academy of Music

Dec 7 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Allman Family Revival)

Dec 8 Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom (Allman Family Revival)

Dec 27 Philadelphia, PA @  Met (With Gov’t Mule) 

Dec 28 New York, NY Beacon (Allman Family Revival)

Dec 30 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

Dec 31 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center (with Lynyrd Skynyrd) 

Feb 5 St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater

Feb 6 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live

Feb 7 Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre

Feb 9 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Feb 11 Syracuse, NY @  Wescott Theater

Feb 12 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

Feb 14 Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean Music Hall

Feb 16 Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music hall

Feb 20 Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre

Feb 21 Anniston, AL @ Anniston Performing Arts Center

Mar 4 Colorado Springs, CO  Pikes Peak Center 

Mar 6 Phoenix, AZ @ MIM

Apr 9-12 Tyagarah, Australia @  Bluesfest Byron Bay

Apr 23 Cleveland, MS @ Bologna Performing Arts Center

May 2 El Dorado, AR @ First Financial Music Hall

May 6 Florence, SC @ Francis Marion Univerisity PAC

May 9 Clearwater, FL @  Ruth Eckerd Hall

May 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theater

May 15 Lafayette, LA @ Acadiana Center (SOLD OUT)

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 4:39 pm

The road to LOCKN' 2020 has officially begun with today’s announcement of next year’s very special edition of the beloved camping festival. Set for June 19-21, 2020, the 8th annual LOCKN’ will be an all-star celebration of Phil Lesh’s upcoming 80th birthday, taking place as always at Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm, LOCKN’s 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, VA.

"I am honored that Peter and the LOCKN' family are throwing me the most special kind of birthday bash this year!" says Lesh. "It's perfect because I've had so much fun there over the years — not just playing, but also getting to hang out and spend time with good friends and collaborators, some of whom I have just met and others whom I have been playing with since this all began. We are going to have a lot of fun."

“We’re going to celebrate Phil’s 80th the LOCKN’ way,” says festival co-founder Peter Shapiro. “He means so much to all of us, and we really are determined to give him the best party he’s ever had. We want to celebrate the man and his music in the best way possible. No better way than on our farm in that setting.”

LOCKN' 2020

LOCKN’ ‘LUMNI 3-Day Festival Passes will be priced at $219 and available beginning Friday, November 8 at 8:08 AM ET. LOCKN’s newly revised Super-Easy Payment Plan offers fans a chance to purchase tickets for a deposit as low as $19.99 (plus fees), followed by more payment installments lessening each payment cost. 2020 ‘LUMNI Tickets go on sale Friday, November 8 at 8:08 AM (ET) (Promo Code: GR8TEFUL). CID Entertainment will once again be offering VIP and Super VIP perks that range from access to enhanced viewing areas and intimate performances by members of the festival lineup, to exclusive merchandise and hospitality throughout the weekend. On-site lodging options include glamping tents, RVs, tour buses and more and are available as an add on to festival passes. For the full list of premium offerings, visit https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/lockn/. For complete ticket information and much more, please visit www.locknfestival.com.

For the first time ever, LOCKN’ 2020 will be a three-day event. A special “Steal Your Thursday” add-on will be available for $30, allowing attendees to kick off their festival weekend on June 18 with an epic Main Stage “Jerry Dance Party,” the always-popular immersive psychedelic audio/visual experience celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, as well as LOCKN’s always enticing lineup of local food vendors, craft brewers, and much more. In addition, true LOCKN’ devotees can unite even sooner with the Wednesday Early-Entry add-on, allowing attendees extra time to enjoy the farm and prepare for the extraordinary music ahead.

The 2019 LOCKN' Festival was filled with memorable moments and historic musical partnerships, along with an ineffable spirit of energy and community that makes each year’s event more magical than the last. Fans can relive the experience with an official recap video, “The Feeling’s Forever at LOCKN’ 2019.”

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 5:34 pm

One of the most iconic names in modern blues music, Joe Bonamassa, received his 22nd No. 1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart this week with the new album LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE on J&R Adventures. The renowned artist, who Guitar World cites as "arguably the world's biggest blues guitarist," released the album on October 25th and has already seen an overflowing amount of praise from critics and fans alike.

LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE was recorded live at the landmark venue and features previously unreleased versions of tracks from Bonamassa's coveted No. 1 album BLUES OF DESPERATION

As a UNESCO Heritage Monument The Sydney Opera House sits alongside the Great Pyramids Of Egypt, the Great Wall Of China and the Taj Mahal. For those that have the honor to play a venue as sacred as the Opera House, they bring their absolute best to the stage. Bonamassa is no exception to the rule, always rising to the challenge and bringing his A-game, so the praised musician brought with him a band composed of some of today's best musicians and singers to support him in delivering a masterful concert to be cherished for years to come. This stellar band includes Late Night with David Letterman's Anton Fig (percussion), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass guitar), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (keyboards), Paulie Cerra (sax), and Lee Thornburg (trumpet), with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto on backing vocals.

The evening's celebration is available worldwide now with this special release of LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, compiled for a premium listening experience available digitally, on CD with beautiful packaging that includes a collector's booklet, and vinyl 180 Gram Double LP which features the exclusive bonus track "Livin' Easy."

Bonamassa is one of today's top live performers and his enthusiastic live shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers everywhere. LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE perfectly captures the incredible talents a man who's toured nearly every city, country, and major venue over the world, perhaps even twice over. Bonamassa is currently on tour in the US, following a string of international dates and two successful sold-out cruises (one Caribbean and an inaugural Mediterranean edition), with 2020's upcoming Mediterranean cruise nearly sold out already. Today, longtime fans and new listeners everywhere can hear what all the buzz is about with LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE.

LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE follows Bonamassa's 2018 release of British Blues Explosion Live, which marked his milestone 20th #1 album, and preceded his latest studio album REDEMPTION that took the blues world by storm later that year, bringing him his 21st #1 album on the blues charts. For Bonamassa, the music never stops, and the hit records keep coming!

For more information on LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, visit jbonamassa.com, and stay connected to what's coming up next from Bonamassa by following him on social media.

TRACK LISTING:

CD Tracklisting:

1. This Train

2. Mountain Climbing

3. Drive

4. Love Ain't A Love Song

5. How Deep This River Runs

6. Mainline Florida

7. The Valley Runs Low

8. Blues of Desperation

9. No Good Place For The Lonely

VINYL Tracklisting: (DOUBLE LP)

Side A

1. This Train

2. Mountain Climbing

3. Drive

Side B

1. Love Ain't A Love Song

2. The Valley Runs Low

Side C

1. How Deep This River Runs

2. Mainline Florida

3. Livin' Easy (BONUS TRACK)

Side D

1. Blues of Desperation

2. No Good Place For the Lonely

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 6:27 pm

Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing – Joe Bonamassa, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman announce the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II, sailing August 14-19, 2020 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France.

Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II is making waves with a new lineup addition. We are so excited to announce that Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull will join us in the Mediterranean! Don't miss your chance to catch them as well as an incredible lineup as we sail through Europe!

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, Meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, numerous artist collaborations and an exclusive Artist Super Session set led by Jimmy Vivino. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera. In 2020, Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, King King, Jimmy Vivino, The James Hunter Six, The Suffers, Selwyn Birchwood, The Cold Stares, Daddy Long Legs, Elles Bailey, Ben Levin, and Lakota John  have already been confirmed and more will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

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Less than 10% of staterooms are remaining and fans are encouraged to reserve now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 6:41 pm

Spafford have announced their Winter 2020 headline tour. The 39–date trek gets underway January 15 at Houston, TX’s White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs) and then travels the U.S. through early April. Among the tour’s highlights is a three-night-stand at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl, set for February 7-9 and including a very special acoustic only performance on February 9. The band will be joined throughout by an array of special guests, including The Iceman Special, Eggy, Cycles, Yak Attack, and The Jauntee. Presales and VIP package sales begin today at 10 am (local); General Admission sales begin Friday, November 15 at 10 am (local). For complete details, please see www.spafford.net/tour.

The marathon itinerary follows Spafford’s upcoming New Year’s Eve run, set for The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA (December 27th and 28th) and San Francisco, Ca’s Great American Music Hall (December 30th and 31st) – tickets and limited VIP packages are available HERE.

SPAFFORD WINTER TOUR 2019/20

DECEMBER 2019

27 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre

28 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre

30 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

31 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

JANUARY 2020

15 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

16 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub

17 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub

18 – Dallas, TX – Trees

19 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues New Orleans

22 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

23 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

25 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall

28 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn

29 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s

30 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre

31 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

FEBRUARY 2020

1 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

3 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger

5 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

6 – Boston, MA – Royale

7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

9 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl *

28 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern

29 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern

MARCH 2020

1 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern

4 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater

6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall

7 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall

10 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar

11 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar

13 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen

14 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House

17 – Park City, UT – Park City Live

19 – Victor, ID – Knotty Pine

20 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto

21 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge

22 – Sandpoint, ID – The Hive

24 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown

26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

27 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub

28 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

APRIL 2020

1 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews

4 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon

* An Evening with Spafford – Acoustic Only Show

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 6:53 pm

Bonnaroo is excited to announce that pre-sale GA, VIP and Platinum tickets for the 2020 event will be available on Black Friday, November 29 at 12 noon ET via Bonnaroo.com.

This year, Bonnaroo is selling more tier 1 priced tickets, giving fans an even better chance at getting the best prices. The festival has incorporated many more changes and upgrades to the Black Friday sales event this year as well.

See below:

Payment plans for GA tickets starting at $30 down:

Fans can split their entire purchase into multiple easy payments and get a GA ticket for as low as $30 down (Available during pre-sale). More info here.

New GA+ ticket:

This new ticket gives GA + attendees access to a brand new Centeroo lounge, air-conditioned bathrooms, exclusive bars and food vendors, and shaded seating areas.

Revamped VIP & Platinum programs:

A reorganized campground, more bathrooms and showers, as well as added amenities are some of the ways Bonnaroo is improving VIP and Platinum programs. More info here.

Faster Venue entry (more lanes, more tolls, less waiting):

Based on popular demand, Bonnaroo is adding tolls, security, and staff as well as shifting some campground layouts to get fans parked faster. Those who arrive earlier generally will be parked closer to the venue.

Stage Improvements to Which Stage and now The OTHER is going all night:

After 19 years, the festival felt it was time to give its second stage, aka the WHICH, a production makeover. Organizers will also now be programming the OTHER stage to go all night long, right to sunrise.

New "Darkroom" tents:

The festival will now be offering new "darkroom" tents. Many options come with power and air conditioning. More info here.

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 8:38 am

Acclaimed guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela have unveiled a spectacular new version of the Metallica classic, “Battery,” which will be featured on the duo’s upcoming METTAL EP, due from ATO Records on Black Friday, November 29, as a one-sided 12” vinyl Record Store Day First release, limited to 2,500 and available only at independent record stores. Side 2 will have an art etching. This companion EP to their latest full-length, METTALVOLUTION, sees Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero paying tribute to the icons of thrash metal with three previously unreleased covers, shedding light on some of their favorite foundational songs. Along with “Battery,” METTAL EP includes stunning new versions of Megadeth’s “Holy War” and Slayer’s epic “Seasons In The Abyss.” All three tracks were produced and recorded by Sanchez in Oslo, Norway and finished at the duo’s own Lumbini Studio in Ixtapa, Zihuatenejo, Mexico. METTAL EP was mixed by Jim Monti (Slipknot, Metallica, KoRN) and then mastered by GRAMMY® Award-winner Ted Jensen (Bring Me The Horizon, Disturbed, Halestorm) at Sterling Sound, Nashville.

“It's no secret that we love Metallica,” says Sanchez. “Master Of Puppets changed everything for us when we first heard it all those years ago.”

“We've played parts of ‘Battery’ in our live set for many years,” says Quintero. “We’re so happy to release our studio version in full for our fans. Thank you to the fans for coming with us on this trip, and eternal gratitude to Metallica for the incredible music.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela have long proclaimed the powerful influence of metal on their own groundbreaking music, including a rendition of Metallica’s “Orion” found on their now-classic self-titled second album from 2006. The track was later named by Loudwire among the top 5 on its “10 Very Diverse Covers of Metallica Songs – Ranked,” writing, “Having long admitted the influence heavy metal has had on their music, it’s no surprise that Rodrigo y Gabriela decided to pay their respects to Metallica…Their stunning take on Cliff Burton’s bass-heavy track from MASTER OF PUPPETS will forever shine as their crowning nod to ‘Tallica.”

What’s more, Rodrigo y Gabriela’s triumphant 2014 headline concert at Morrison, CO’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre saw them joined on stage by none other than Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo for an unprecedented “Metallica Medley“ comprising “Orion,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “The Frayed Ends of Sanity,” and “Battery.” The performance has since proven a viral favorite, earning more than 1 million individual views via the official Rodrigo y Gabriela YouTube channel.

2019 has already seen Rodrigo y Gabriela make a spectacular chart debut with their acclaimed new album, METTAVOLUTION, available now via ATO Records. The duo’s fifth studio LP and first album in five years, METTAVOLUTION entered Billboard’s “Americana/Folk Albums” chart at #1 with 1st week equivalents in excess of 11,000 – Rodrigo y Gabriela’s second best sales week ever. In addition, the new album arrived at #2 on Billboard’s “Rock Albums,” as well as #10 on “Top Album Sales” and #71 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200.

METTAVOLUTION also earned critical acclaim to match its popular success. “For Rodrigo y Gabriela, the meditation is actually in the swirl of notes and rhythmic strums that circle around their music,” wrote NPR’s First Listen. “And if we follow their lead, there is a meditative quality for the listener as well. METTAVOLUTION closes with a 19-minute version of ‘Echoes,’ Pink Floyd’s rock masterpiece famously performed live in an ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy. Like its masterful catalog, Rodrigo y Gabriela gives the music new life with just two guitars.” “METTAVOLUTION finds the duo locked back in,” wrote Glide, “and where their last record was dedicated to their influences, this time it is all about the visceral primal passion of playing and what originally connected them to music. The title track opener kicks a rock beat behind the guitar strums as the producer David Sardy loads up the bass, shaker and voice synths to propel the sound forward.” Pitchfork praised the album’s original material, writing, “The crunching ‘Terracentric’ and the blurrily agile lines on ‘Witness Tree’ move like hand-cranked cars on a slotted track, wound up by Rodrigo y Gabriela’s extremely athletic wrists and then turned loose. The dance break ‘Cumbé’ and its slower-breathing follower ‘Electric Soul’ simmer down a bit and lay out their chemistry more simply, to warmer and more pleasant effect, but the dominant energy in part one is fast, heavy, and relentlessly precise… METTAVOLUTION reassures that for as long as they’re around, Rodrigo y Gabriela will be echoing their influences as only they can.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela celebrated the album’s arrival with a spectacular performance of METTAVOLUTION’s title track and first official single, “Mettavolution,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, featuring exclusive choreography by Annie-B Parson (David Byrne, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson). “The duo are joined by a group of six dancers holding matching guitars who move in motion to the past-paced, lyric-free instrumentals,” wrote Rolling Stone. “As the musicians play faster and faster, the dancers leave their guitars behind and perform a choreographed dance behind the two. As the track comes to a climax, a several singer rise in the audience to intone alongside the quick-fire acoustic riffs.”

WATCH “METTAVOLUTION” ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

Rodrigo y Gabriela are currently traveling the world on the epic METTAVOLUTION headline tour, with U.S. dates scheduled through mid-December. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.rodgab.com/tour-dates.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019/20

NOVEMBER

19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

20 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater

22 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

23 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre

24 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

26 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre

27 – Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

29 – McKee’s Rocks, PA – Roxian Theatre

30 – Harrisburg, PA – The Forum Auditorium

DECEMBER

2 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center

3 – Asheville, NC –Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

4 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Gaillard Center

6 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach

MARCH 2020

12 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

20-21 – Monterrey, Mexico – Tecate Pa’l Norte Festival *

* FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:24 pm

The Ballroom Thieves - Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello, bass), Martin Earley (vocals, guitar), and Devin Mauch (vocals, percussion) - have announced their latest full-length album Unlovely will be released on February 14, 2020 via Nettwerk Records. With subject matters ranging from female empowerment and the destruction of patriarchy, to love in a committed relationship, to their fury about the current state of American leadership, this collection of tracks is the distillation of the band's personal and political passions.

Songs like “Vanity Trip” and title track “Unlovely” boil over with exasperation and disgust, rage and resentment running through every line in protest of today’s global status quo.

“I understand that many of us are tired of talking about what we call politics, and some don’t feel that songwriters should be writing about the state of the world,” says Peters. Adding, “but, it’s also personal, as my entire life has been negatively affected by the way things are run. Most of the people that have ever been in charge represent the tiniest piece of the American pie: the rich, straight, white, male, born in the USA slice. If a person is missing any or all of those titles, they are treated as less than worthy. After all this reprehensible American history, we can agree this place isn’t built for the rest of us, and the rest of us make up more than 99% of the people. We stood by and waited for change, we trusted that our leadership had our best interest in mind, that they weren’t just setting it up for themselves, but we were mistaken.”

As the first album entirely co-written by Peters and Earley, save for Peters’ song “Pendulum,” Unlovely is also a tangible reflection of their evolution from band members to life partners. “Figuring out how to write as a writing team has been something of an adventure,” says Earley. “We used to create songs more separately but found that we complement each other well in almost every sense of the word, including songwriting. Most of the songs I brought to the table were inspired by our dreadful news cycle but tend to involve some sort of hopeful or romantic spin, whereas most of Callie's songs are about smashing the patriarchy and destroying evil forever."

Incorporating musical styles that range from Motown to classic rock and metal, Unlovely maintains the recognizable, nostalgia-tinged sound of The Ballroom Thieves’ previous outputs while pushing a heightened brashness. Since the release of their first EP and debut full-length, A Wolf in the Doorway, The Ballroom Thieves have consistently and skillfully crossed genres, joining artists like CAAMP, Langhorne Slim and Shakey Graves to bridge the gap between folk, rock, and soul. With Unlovely, thanks in part to frequent collaborator Ariel Bernstein, the trio took it a step further and grew their instrumental arsenal, amplifying their signature energy and eccentricity. "Ariel has been a great friend of ours for years now," says Earley. "He's a talented musician, engineer, and unlicensed band therapist, so when we decided to expand our touring party, he was the unanimous first-round draft pick."

Engineered and produced by Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, Vance Joy), Unlovely was recorded in and around the northeast, predominantly at HearStudios in Camden, Maine.

 Following the release, the band will set out on a 26-date tour that kicks off with a headline show on March 3 in Boise, ID. The Ballroom Thieves will also join CAAMP for 10 dates on the East Coast, following a successful West Coast run with the band this fall. See the full dates below. Additional news and up-to-date tour information can be found at ballroomthieves.com.

It’s their unique brand of powerful and harmonious music, while never shying away from topics and ideas they are passionate about, that has charmed fans around the country. Their catalog has amassed over 85 million streams and they’ve gained a loyal live following, selling out shows and earning festival spots at Boston Calling, Newport Folk, Moon River, Mountain Jam, and Calgary Folk. Ultimately, Unlovely sets the stage for The Thieves to continue to impact listeners everywhere.

Unlovely will be available on CD, download, and vinyl. Additionally, the famed indie retailer, Newbury Comics will be selling an exclusive signed baby pink vinyl (to pre-order, click HERE).

THE BALLROOM THIEVES TOUR DATES

11/21 @ The Grand Theater | Ellsworth, ME

12/20 @ Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO^

12/21 @ Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO^

3/3 @ Neurolux | Boise, ID

3/6 @ The Crocodile | Seattle, WA

3/7 @ Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR

3/8 @ Volcanic Theatre Pub | Bend, OR

3/12 @ Bottom of the Hill | San Francisco, CA

3/13 @ The Satellite | Los Angeles, CA

3/20 @ The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA

3/27 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre | Millvale, PA*

3/28 @ Rams Head Live! | Baltimore, MD*

3/29 @ Asbury Lanes | Asbury Park, NJ*

3/31 @ Fete Music Hall | Providence, RI*

4/3 @ Higher Ground - Ballroom | Burlington, VT*

4/4 @ State Theatre | Portland, ME*

4/6 @ Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY*

4/7 @ Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY*

4/9 @ The Majestic Theatre | Detroit, MI*

4/10 @ The Sylvee | Madison, WI*

4/16 @ Terminal West | Atlanta, GA

4/17 @ High Watt | Nashville, TN

4/18 @ The Hi-Fi | Indianapolis, IN

4/23 @ Lincoln Hall | Chicago, IL

4/24 @ Redstone Room | Davenport, IA

4/25 @ 7th Street Entry | Minneapolis, MN

4/30 @ U Street Music Hall | Washington, DC

5/1 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY

5/2 @ Johnny Brenda's | Philadelphia, PA

^ w/ Lil Smokies

* w/ CAAMP

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:50 am

Snohomish, Washington based Fretland has just busted into the national music scene, but are already turning heads. The release of the official video for “Long Haul” is an intimate look of where Fretland comes from.  

“Our video for Long Haul is a celebration of our hometown of Snohomish, Washington. When you have a special connection to the community that helped shape you, it’s a love and nostalgia that never really goes away. Watching our town come together to make this video happen was just another reminder of why we feel this way. Really that feeling of pride and history is what we were wanting to capture so that anyone who shares that love for a town or place can share in it with us. “Long Haul” is a song about capturing all that love for wherever, whatever and whomever it’s been inspired by and then sharing it with the world. It’s boastful, it’s shameless, and it goes on and on,” Hillary Grace told American Songwriter. 

“Long Haul” is the first song to be released from the band’s debut album, which is due out in early 2020.  

Stay up to date on news and announcements at https://www.fretlandtheband.com

About Fretland 

The family quilt of Americana music is long and well worn. With stitches that took hold hundreds of years ago, the legacy of forlorn lyrics sung over spare, twinkling instrumentation depicting long nights, whiskey glasses and love that too often walks out the door extends further than any can remember. And it will continue well past anyone kicking up mud today. But with each passing sunset, we can see new patches added to the legacy. And the next name to be sewn in is FRETLAND.

The band plays songs that dash over hills, harmonize with the breeze and coax honey from tall trees. Founded by Hillary Grace Fretland, the group also includes the tasteful Jake Haber and subtle Luke Francis on bass and guitar and Kenny Bates on drums. FRETLAND’s self-titled, 11-track debut album, which is due out in early 2020, includes the epic, “Long Haul,” reflective, “Have Another Beer,” and the revelrous, "Friendly Fire." Their first single has already received high praise from The Boot and American Songwriter Magazine.

While still getting footing on their newest plateau, FRETLAND has lots to enjoy in the view behind them. The band corralled two sonic stalwarts for their first full-length record, including engineer Nich Wilbur (Angel Olsen, Black Belt Eagle Scout) and Seattle-area sage Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), who mixed the record. The band, rife with energy and momentum, has already created one of those strong foundations that allow for a long story to unfold in great detail and with much revelation.

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 9:51 am

Having just finished a global tour (including sold-out shows in the UK) with dates supporting Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Hiss Golden Messenger, as well as sharing the stage with Dolly Parton at Newport Folk Festival, Molly Tuttle has released an intimate new video for her song "Sleepwalking." The noirish clip was written by Tuttle, directed by Dylan Reyes and filmed at the Dive Motel & Swim Club in Nashville, TN, with Lillie Mae and Ivalee on strings.

"'Sleepwalking' is one of the more personal songs on the album," says Tuttle. "I wrote it by myself, digging into the anxiety I have felt for many years about the effects of climate change and the ever-rising cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I grew up). I wanted to symbolically incorporate my experience as a woman with total hair loss (Alopecia Totalis) into the video for the song, because that part of who I am also informed the lyrics, in a subtler way. I lost my hair early on in life, and at times that experience has made me fear change and hold onto the past. With the visual, I wanted to raise the question of what it means to 'be yourself' again after a part of who you are disappears. What do we cling to in times of change? Hopefully each person who watches what we made will find a personal meaning in it."

Sat, 11/23/2019 - 12:38 pm

The String Cheese Incident has announced a new single “Stories for Another Day” featuring Jim Lauderdale.  The track premiered exclusively via The Bluegrass Situation earlier this week.

“It was a pleasure to write with Jim Lauderdale again. Jim is one of the most prolific writers on the scene in Nashville today. The song ‘Stories For Another Day’ is a stream of conciseness from our afternoon together in Nashville. It was an honor to have him out to the lab to sing this one with us,” Bill Nershi told The Bluegrass Situation about the track.

The band has been celebrating their 25th anniversary all year long with a steady stream of singles including “Boo Boo’s Pik-a-Nik,” “All We Got” featuring Tony White, “I Want You” featuring Andy Hall, and “Bhangra Saanj” featuring Beats Antique.

SCI will close out the epic year with two sold-out shows at home in Denver at the new Mission Ballroom on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov 29 and Nov 30th.  Look out for more coming summer 2020. All news and up-to-date info is avail at stringcheeseincident.com.

Don’t forget to save the date for the new Hog Farm Hangout coming June 12-14, 2020!

About The String Cheese Incident

The past 25 years have written a story that is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident’s growth first started gaining momentum over two decades ago, when the Internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.

 Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of “making a band.” With the Internet as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information online, such as tour dates, release information, and other news, to their growing fan base. Rather than doing business on such terms as “the bottom line,” SCI put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band’s record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI’s “On The Road” series, where every show the band plays is made available for download on the Internet. Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development. Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to building a band.

 The String Cheese Incident’s commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage “Green” shows and tours. SCI’s support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and HeadCount. All the while, The String Cheese Incident has stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances. The list of SCI’s special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning’s Hideout, and holiday shows such as New Year’s and Halloween, have helped redefine the concert experience and has garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.

In 2017, The String Cheese Incident released "Believe" on SCI Fidelity Records, making it the second time the band collaborated with producer Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. Harrison also produced “Song In My Head” for SCI in 2014, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. “Believe” was recorded in the band’s newly founded HQ / studio in Boulder, dubbed the “SCI Sound Lab”.

STREAM / PURCHASE "STORIES FOR ANOTHER DAY"
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 3:41 pm

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated guitarist Julian Lage has set a busy winter schedule, beginning this week with a limited run of duo performances alongside fellow guitar icon Bill Frisell. The brief tour gets underway Thursday, December 5 at Los Angeles, CA’s UCLA: Royce Hall and then makes stops at Colorado Springs, CO’s UCCS: Shockley-Zalabak Theater (December 6), Taos, NM’s Taos Center for the Arts (December 7), and Scottsdale, AZ’s Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Virginia G. Piper Theater (December 8). For details and ticket information, please visit julianlage.com/tour.

Lage – who recently received his fifth overall GRAMMY® Award nomination and third consecutive nod in as many years – will next unite his extraordinary Julian Lage Trio (Lage, bassist Jorge Roeder and renowned Bad Plus drummer Dave King) for an eagerly awaited six-night residency at NYC’s famed Village Vanguard. The dates begin January 14 and continue through January 19; tickets are available now HERE.

"It is the greatest honor and privilege to perform at the Village Vanguard," says Lage. "And we are beyond thrilled to present the trio and new music for the occasion. The Vanguard truly is the greatest place to play or hear music in the world."

In addition, Lage and his trio will convene for three rescheduled December live dates, including Philadelphia, PA’s Johnny Brenda’s (December 18), Washington, DC’s Union Stage (December 19), and Old Saybrook, CT’s Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (December 20). $1.00 of each ticket sold for all three shows will benefit justice charities including SisterSong and Climate Justice Alliance, powered by RPM.

JULIAN LAGE

ON TOUR 2019/20

DECEMBER

5 – Los Angeles, CA – UCLA: Royce Hall *

6 – Colorado Springs, CO – UCCS: Shockley-Zalabak Theater *

7 – Taos, NM – Taos Center for the Arts *

8 – Scottsdale, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Virginia G. Piper Theater *

18 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s #

19 – Washington, DC – Union Stage #

20 – Old Saybrook, CT – Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center #

JANUARY

14 – New York, NY – Village Vanguard #

15 – New York, NY – Village Vanguard #

16 – New York, NY – Village Vanguard #

17 – New York, NY – Village Vanguard #

18 – New York, NY – Village Vanguard #

19 – New York, NY – Village Vanguard #

* Bill Frisell & Julian Lage Duo

# Julian Lage Trio

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 3:55 pm

As 2019 comes to a close Spafford are excited to share some never before heard explorative music that has been held near and dear to the band’s heart for nearly two years without seeing the light of day - until now.

The 47- minute extended jam is dubbed “Chapel Jam”. Fans can tune into the band’s Facebook page to listen to Chapel Jam on Thursday, Dec 5 at 5pm Pacific time.  Chapel Jam will be available on DSPs Friday, Dec 6.

Spafford is known for their astonishing improvisational ability and off-the-cuff extended jams, Spafford paints a picture in real-time each night with a musical palette known only to each other. It’s a private language comprised of both their talent as musicians as well as their formidable catalog of influences, spanning 90’s alt-rock radio hits to Steely Dan and The Crystal Method. Each and every Spafford show is a sonic pilgrimage, the journey of a team of musicians so in tune with each other that a single note communicates intent and purpose. Spafford is amongst the most creative and hard-traveling bands on the contemporary jam scene, performing countless sold-out headline dates along with high profile festival sets at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Firefly Music Festival, and many others.

About Chapel Jam:

January 2017 found the band touring the east coast for the first time, supporting Umphrey’s McGee for a big chunk of those dates. These were the biggest shows we’d played up to that point and we were grateful. Despite all the ‘what the hell is happening?-ness'

In the Spafford camp, we were mostly just excited. After a canceled gig in Rochester, we ended up staying at an old Mission-turned-Air BnB in Conesus, NY. Not totally sure what to do with a night off, we wandered around the property and explored what felt like an abandoned insane asylum before eventually deciding to walk our gear through the snow to the house so we could jam.

We set up in an old Chapel room downstairs. Nick was elevated on the altar, the rest of the band staged below. The music just kind of started playing itself and luckily Jordan made sure the recording was running. The music traveled. No real destination, no crowd.

Just some friends playing music in a bizarre old chapel, in the snow, in the middle of nowhere.

Sashi and Michael found a space on the nearby couch and Chuck was in the kitchen writing the words to what would become ‘Mind’s Unchained’.  We realized afterward that the van was stuck in the snow where we had parked to unload and Micheal had lost his wallet. We called a tow truck and found Micheal’s wallet a few weeks later in a road case.

We have come to call this experience Chapel Jam. It's something special we had been keeping for ourselves just for a little while. These days things are so instantaneous it felt alright to hold on to something secret.

But we’ll always share our secrets. EVENTUALLY.

SPAFFORD

WINTER TOUR 2019/20

DECEMBER 2019

27 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre

28 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre

30 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

31 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

JANUARY 2020

15 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

16 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub

17 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub

18 – Dallas, TX – Trees

19 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues New Orleans

22 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

23 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

25 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall

28 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn

29 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s

30 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre

31 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

FEBRUARY 2020

1 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

3 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger

5 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

6 – Boston, MA – Royale

7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

9 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl *

28 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern

29 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern

MARCH 2020

1 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern

4 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater

6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall

7 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall

10 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar

11 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar

13 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen

14 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House

17 – Park City, UT – Park City Live

19 – Victor, ID – Knotty Pine

20 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto

21 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge

22 – Sandpoint, ID – The Hive

24 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown

26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

27 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub

28 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

APRIL 2020

1 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews

4 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon

* An Evening with Spafford – Acoustic Only Show

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 11:19 am

Billy Strings has announced Spring 2020 tour dates that include four dates with special guest Molly Tuttle as well as two co-bills with Marcus King Band during New Orleans Jazz Fest. The Spring Tour headlining dates kick off on April 8th in Pittsburgh at the Roxian Theatre.

Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. HOME, Strings’ remarkable second studio album, is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, reshaping bluegrass into his own exceptional form, completely rewiring the aesthetic with elements of punk, country, folk-rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether original and all his own.

All up to date news can be found at billystrings.com.

BILLY STRINGS SPRING TOUR 2020

3/28/20 Tahoe, CA - Winterwondergrass Squaw

3/29/20 Tahoe, CA - Winterwondergrass Squaw

4/8/20 Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre #

4/9/20 Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre #

4/10/20 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore  #

4/11/20 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theater

4/12/20 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom #

4/14/20 Boston, MA - Royale

4/16/20 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall

4/17/20 Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall

4/18/20 Fort Wayne, IN - Clyde Theater

4/20/20 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore

4/30/20 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater *

5/1/20 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater *

 

# with special guest Molly Tuttle

* with Marcus King Band

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 5:12 pm

Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., held “Not So Silent Night,” a RADIO.COM event, in New York on December 5 at Barclays Center. The sold-out show, hosted by ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM), New York’s new alternative, featured musical performances by Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Cage The Elephant, Jimmy Eat World, Of Monsters and Men, Judah & The Lion, and SHAED.

“The holiday season has officially begun in the Big Apple thanks to two incredible back-to-back RADIO.COM events in support of the American Cancer Society,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Entercom. “We’d like to thank these talented performers for rocking out with New Yorkers at Barclays Center.”

“Not So Silent Night” was one of two Entercom New York holiday shows, along with New York’s Country 94.7’s (WNSH-FM) “Stars and Strings” the evening prior, which benefitted the American Cancer Society (ACS). In addition to the concerts, each station is hosting a Facebook fundraiser to benefit ACS. American Cancer Society has provided over 480,000 rides to treatments and over 475,000 nights of lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers during treatment, including accommodation in the Hope Lodge in New York City, wigs for chemotherapy patients and the ACS helpline, providing 24/7 free information, support and access to resources in addition to extensive, and life-saving research.

Trio SHAED opened “Not So Silent Night” in New York with “You Got Me Like,” and were followed on stage by Judah & The Lion with “Suit and Jacket” and their platinum hit “Take It All Back.” Of Monsters and Men sang “Little Talks” and “Alligator,” and Jimmy Eat World electrified the audience with “The Middle” and “Pain.” Cage The Elephant lit up the stage with “Shake Me Down” and “Ready to Let Go,” and Vampire Weekend rocked the crowd with “Diane Young” and “Harmony Hall.” Mumford & Sons closed the show with their hits “I Will Wait,” “Believe” and “The Wolf.”

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 2:49 pm

Young Irish singer-sonneteer David Keenan stokes the flames and turns up the heat ahead of his debut album release early next year with the sharing of new single “Unholy Ghosts.” The lyric video for the song is a stunning, unfolding animation by London-based Spanish film-maker Alejandra López Martín.

WATCH “UNHOLY GHOSTS” LYRIC VIDEO

The release of “Unholy Ghosts” rounds off an exciting year for the Dundalk native, which has seen him tour Ireland, the UK and Europe with both Hozier and Rodrigo y Gabriela, host a sold-out, five-night residency at the Irish Arts Center in New York City, sign with Rubyworks and record and ready his debut album, A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery, which will be released on Friday, January 10, 2020.

David Keenan is spending the days of Advent on tour around Ireland with his live band.

David Keenan - photo by: Rich Gilligan

“‘Unholy Ghosts’ is an independent state of its own reckoning that graciously allows me the liberty of hopping the wall from time to time. Once inside I am taken on a tour by a young man, living on the skids by his wits - or lack of - seeking solace amongst the forgotten few who still cling to the ankles of Beauty. Broken but proud, down and out, yet retaining pride and hope, a sense of real desire, ideals and aspirations.”

 - David Keenan

Sat, 12/28/2019 - 7:44 pm

Kyle Hollingsworth has released his new single “Tufnel's Retreat,” the first track off the forthcoming EP 2020 due out in February. The song premiered exclusively via Relix earlier this week.

“With the SCI six-month break coming up in 2020, I decided to branch out and develop some ideas on my own,” says Kyle. “I love the ability to try different styles and feels with my solo band, it helps me be centered with the mothership of SCI. With this EP, I was just throwing out a collection of songs that speak of where I am right now in my writing, just a fun project to bring in the new decade. From old school prog rock to '90s alt grunge...hope you enjoy it.”

Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident, starts the new decade with a fresh batch of songs. Appropriately titled 2020, Hollingsworth's new EP ranges stylistically from the Emerson, Lake & Palmer-influenced prog organ tune "Tufnel's Retreat," to West Coast Soul to hip album rock, available in February 2020 on SCI Fidelity Records.

“Tufnel's Retreat" was originally brought about with SCI at the band's famous studio, “The Lab," but finally came to fruition with the help of Hollingsworth's solo project. The heavy guitar, sweeping synths, and rock organs are reminiscent of the early days of Deep Purple or Edgar Winter Group. The track is a journey through many movements, from uptempo to swing to an almost fugue-like section, before it whips back again for the final rousing head. It's a trip worth taking!

Kyle Hollingsworth Band on Tour

DEC 30 @ Fillmore Auditorium w/ Umphrey's McGee | Denver, CO

JAN 23-24 @ Old Town Pub | Steamboat Springs, CO

JAN 25 @ Snowstalk 2020: A 2 Night Winter Affair | Frisco, CO

FEB 1 @ Gem & Jam Festival 2020 | Tucson, AZ

FEB 27 @ Klondike Mike's Saloon & Road House BBQ | Palmer, AK

FEB 28-29 @ Alyeska Resort & Hotel Alyeska | Anchorage, AK

MAR 7 @ Ullrs Tavern | Winter Park, CO

MAY 21-22 @ Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL

More dates to be announced! 

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 8:26 am

Today, Bonnaroo reveals the initial lineup for the 19th annual edition of the internationally acclaimed four-day multi-stage camping festival set to take place June 11 – 14 at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. The 2020 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will once again present an extraordinarily diverse bill featuring top artists spanning countless genres and stylistic approaches performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day event. Thursday, June 11 will include: Grand Ole Opry Feat. Special Guests, Andy Frasco, Larkin Poe, The Regrettes and more.

Friday, June 12, will feature: Tool, Miley Cyrus, Bassnectar, The 1975, Run The Jewels, Glass Animals, Young The Giant, Megan Thee Stallion, Tipper and more.

Saturday, June 13, will include: Lizzo, Flume, Oysterhead, Tenacious D, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, DaBaby, Seven Lions and more.

Sunday, June 14, will see: Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Leon Bridges, Young Thug, Grace Potter, Flogging Molly, Rezz and more.

The complete Bonnaroo 2020 lineup is below.

Tickets for Bonnaroo will go on sale Thursday, January 9, at 12 noon ET/11 am CT, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com/tickets. Options will include General Admission (4 Day), GA+ (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day), General Admission Camping & Parking, VIP Camping, Platinum Camping, and more. Once again, Bonnaroo is presenting an array of affordable options, with tickets starting at $35 down and accommodations available for as low as $70 per night. Car Camping Passes are priced at only $60 (plus fees) per car, not per person, allowing fans to both save money and reduce their carbon footprint by carpooling.

*****

BONNAROO 2020 – NEW AND IMPROVED

Throughout its history, Bonnaroo has listened to its fanbase and delivered improvements and enhancements to the festival experience year after year. 2020 will be no different, with more ticket options, new activities, site improvements including improved signage and navigation tools, on-site transportation options, additional info booths, additional Plaza programming and more.

NEW TICKET OPTIONS:

New ticketing options for 2020 include GA+, offering traditional General Admission along with exclusive access to a brand new Centeroo lounge featuring air-conditioned restrooms, exclusive bars and food vendors, relaxed shaded seating, and more.

CAMPING, TENT AND RV RENTAL OPTIONS:

Camping at Bonnaroo is hardly “camping” by most definitions of the word - it’s an endless adventure of discovery and human connection with your friends, and a key part of the Bonnaroo experience. Expect crazy surprises, unique adventures, and stories you’ll tell for a lifetime - this is NOT your average festival camping.

2020 will see an assortment of improved tent and RV rental options, including new darkroom dome tents (available with AC), convenient camping near The Grove, and more. For more information about camping, Tents & Glamping, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/tents and www.bonnaroo.com/experience/camping-plazas.

PLAZAS:

Bonnaroo’s campgrounds include hubs of activities and convenience, known as Plazas, and will return better than ever in 2020. Strategically located and well-lit public places throughout the campgrounds, Plazas include shade, free public Wi-Fi, charging stations, misting stations, showers, restrooms, medical and safety stations, information booths and most importantly, incredible programming for festival fans.

The Plazas are headed for their best year yet in 2020. Hayley Williams of Paramore will return to curate an improved “Roo’s Sanctuary of Self Love,” House of Yes will host Bonnaroo’s second annual Pride Parade, grab an eclectic slice of Nashville at The Ville, and much more still to be announced. 

Details on Plazas can be found at https://www.bonnaroo.com/experience/camping-plazas

VIP AND PLATINUM ENHANCEMENTS:

Bonnaroo’s VIP and Platinum guests will also enjoy a large number of upgrades, including a new VIP campground layout providing direct entry into the venue and the mound at the What Stage, with more convenient placement for amenities in the venue as well as additional showers and restrooms in the campgrounds. Platinum patrons will enjoy the best campground and amenities on the entire site, all in a new spot directly south of Centeroo. This year will feature all the classic Platinum amenities plus a dedicated Platinum vehicle entrance off Campground Road as well as a completely shaded and wooded campground with newly added access to the Artist Lounge. To learn more about VIP & Platinum, please see www.bonnaroo.com/vip-and-platinum.

Hailed by the New York Times as the summer event that “revolutionized the modern rock festival,” Bonnaroo continues to draw high profile media attention and critical acclaim with each passing year. “Bonnaroo 2019 found the festival’s identity again,” wrote Esquire, commending the “delightfully weird roster of jam bands, pop acts, dance music, country stars, and more.” “Bonnaroo roared back this year,” declared Rolling Stone in its annual “Bonnaroo 2019: 20 Best Things We Saw” wrap-up, while Consequence of Sound raved, “2019’s Roo got the ingredients right…a phenomenal celebration of music from hip-hop to rock and roll, Americana to EDM, and string bands to jam bands.” “Bonnaroo 2019 proved to be a return to form,” wrote Paste. “The Farm is still one of the best (or at least, most iconic) places to hear music in the country.” “While plenty of places have tried to replicate the ideal large, grassy field format,” enthused Uproxx, “no one does large and grassy quite like Bonnaroo…The festival itself had an aesthetic that translated across performers – and therefore across generations, demographics, and status levels – proving the event’s own personality has more influence on the experience than any artist who might play it…All in all, the whole festival was reminiscent of what’s going on in popular music, a finger on the pulse of what fans most want to see, but always spiked with a dash of Tennessee’s own flavor.”

THE COMPLETE BONNAROO 2020 LINEUP IS BELOW:

THURSDAY, JUNE 11

(in alphabetical order)

99 Neighbors

Andy Frasco

Big Something

Briston Maroney

Dabin

Devon Gilfillian

Ezra Collective

The Funk Hunters

HE$H

Kursa

Larkin Poe

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

MIZE

Scarypoolparty

S.P.O.C.K.

Sweet Crude

Taska Black

The Regrettes

Too Many Zooz

Zía

FRIDAY, JUNE 12

Tool

Miley Cyrus

Bassnectar

The 1975

Run The Jewels

Glass Animals

Young The Giant

Megan Thee Stallion

Tipper

Brittany Howard

Primus

Dashboard Confessional

Big Wild

Ganja White Night

Lennon Stella

The Band Camino

Wallows

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Turkauz with Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew: Remain In Light Turns 40

Ekali

Svdden Death

Still Woozy

Tones and I

Marc Rebillet

Yola

Lucii

ATLiens

Detox Unit

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Resistance Revival Chorus

Phutureprimitive

Luzcid

Altın Gün

PLS&TY

Mdou Moctar

Dynohunter

SATURDAY, JUNE 13

Lizzo

Flume

Oysterhead

Tenacious D

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

DaBaby

Seven Lions

Superjam: Sylvan Esso Presents WITH

Kevin Gates

Nelly Performing Country Grammar

TroyBoi

Dermot Kennedy

Subtronics

Denzel Curry

J.I.D.

Mandolin Orange

The Growlers

Billy Strings

Mt. Joy

Yaeji

Moody Good

EOB

The Marcus King Band

Wooli

Surfaces

Slowthai

Dr. Fresch

Hero The Band

Nilüfer Yanya

Jupiter & Okwess

William Black

Lick

DJ Mel

SUNDAY, JUNE 14

Tame Impala

Lana Del Rey

Vampire Weekend

Leon Bridges

Young Thug

Grace Potter

Flogging Molly

REZZ

Boombox Cartel

Greensky Bluegrass

The Struts

CAAMP

Oliver Tree

PEEKABOO

Morgan Wallen

LSDREAM

Pinegrove

Cuco

Saint Jhn

Orville Peck

Femi Kuti & Positive Force

Colony House

Bonnie X Clyde

Bill Frisell: Harmony featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts & Bergman

Elderbrook

Makaya McCraven

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 1:16 pm

Poolside’s first new full-length LP in three years, LOW SEASON arrives Friday, February 7th. LOW SEASON marks the first Poolside album to be wholly produced by founding member and visionary Jeffrey Paradise following the departure of co-founding member Filip Nikolic in 2017. The album – which follows 2017’s breakthrough second LP, HEAT – showcases Poolside’s classic daytime disco sound with a wider array of producers, songwriters and musicians. Paradise collaborated with Panama, Ben Browning (Cut Copy), Amo Amo, Psychemagik and various others on crafting the album. He was also joined in the studio by members of the extraordinarily powerful Poolside live band, including drummer Vito Roccoforte (The Rapture), bassist/vocalist Mattie Safer (The Rapture), percussionist Brijean Murphy (Toro Y Moi, U.S. Girls) and saxophonist/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Casey Butler (Pharaohs). 

 “LOW SEASON is an album that is sonically and lyrically akin to traveling to someplace tropical then finding the beaches empty and the weather uncertain – you venture down unexpected paths, discovering people and places on your journey that surprise you and provide you with a new perspective on life. While this might not be an experience you share on Instagram, it becomes a profound memory that inspires you for a lifetime. Sonically, while staying rooted in the electronic world, Low Season moves in an organic and human direction with guitars, pianos and hand drums weaving their way through every song. Lyrically, the songs dig deep and are personal and vulnerable. This album expresses all the ups and downs and highs and lows of life, love, loneliness, success, failure and the beauty in searching for something more.” – Jeffrey Paradise, Poolside

LOW SEASON is available for pre-order beginning today, with all pre-orders joined by an instant grat download of “Around The Sun” and previously released “Can’t Stop Your Lovin’.”

PRE-ORDER LOW SEASON

Poolside has announced today’s premiere of “Around The Sun” the latest single from their eagerly awaited new album, LOW SEASON. When writing “Around the Sun” Poolside set out to make a song that fits in the tradition of classic American songwriting from the late 60s to the 80s – the type of song that you could learn the chords to and play at a beach bonfire or sing to your significant other. The track – which features shimmering backing vocals from Los Angeles-based psych outfit Amo Amo – is available now at all DSPs; an official music video is streaming now.

“Lyrically it’s about the passage of time and the bittersweet experiences that you have over the course of the year,” says Poolside’s frontman Jeffrey Paradise. “I was personally feeling these things deeply and channeled them naturally into the lyrics. The song is not a lament but an acceptance and ultimately a celebration.”

BUY/STREAM ‘AROUND THE SUN'

WATCH ‘AROUND THE SUN’

LOW SEASON was first heralded last year with the acclaimed single, “Can’t Stop Your Lovin’,” available for streaming and download HERE. The single is accompanied by an equally irresistible companion visual that fuses the song’s message of passionate love to widespread PDA in the world’s most romantic city, Paris, France. Directed by Hala Matar (Vice, Interpol, Julian Casablancas) at locations including the Louvre, the River Seine, and the Paris Métro. “Can’t Stop Your Lovin’” has also been remixed by Neil Frances, The Undercover Dream Lovers, Katzu Oso and Sandy’s.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD “CAN’T STOP YOUR LOVIN’”

WATCH “CAN’T STOP YOUR LOVIN’”

Poolside will mark the arrival of LOW SEASON with an extensive European/UK run supporting Tycho in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. North American headline dates will be announced in the coming weeks. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.poolsidemusic.com.

POOLSIDE

EUROPE TOUR 2020

FEBRUARY

9 – Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller

10 – Stockholm, Sweden - Vasteatern

11 – Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Main Hall

13 – Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich

14 – Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall

15 – Paris, France - Elysée Montmartre

17 – Brussels, Belgium - AB Ballroom @ Ancienne Belgique

18 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

19 – Berlin, Germany - Huxley’s

21 – Warsaw, Poland - Praga Centrum

23 – Prague, Czech Republic - Roxy

24 – Budapest, Hungary - Akvárium

25 – Vienna, Austria - WUK

27 – Milan, Italy - Fabrique

28 – Bologna, Italy - Estragon

MARCH

1 – Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo

5 – London, UK – Printworks

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 6:41 pm

The Fox Theatre (Boulder), and Kyle Hollingsworth are throwing an epic birthday bash and EP release party on March 6th.  The party will feature Kyle Hollingsworth Band and The Magic Beans plus some special guest appearances and special beer for the evening. Tickets are on sale now!

Late 2019 Kyle announced a new EP titled 2020  to be released this coming February. “Tufnel's Retreat,” the first single from the EP was released on Dec 27.

Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident, starts the new decade with a fresh batch of songs. Appropriately titled 2020, Hollingsworth's new EP ranges stylistically from the Emerson, Lake & Palmer-influenced prog organ tune "Tufnel's Retreat," to West Coast Soul to hip album rock, available in February 2020 on SCI Fidelity Records.

FOX THEATRE + KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

FEAT. KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH BAND WITH MAGIC BEANS 

FOX THEATRE

Friday, March 6, 2020

Doors: 8:30 pm | Show: 9:00 pm

Tickets on sale at HERE

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 7:10 pm

Drive-By Truckers have unveiled the latest single from their much-anticipated new album, THE UNRAVELING. “Thoughts and Prayers” is available for streaming and download now following today’s exclusive world premiere via Billboard. The powerhouse track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now. THE UNRAVELING arrives via ATO Records on Friday, January 31; digital and physical pre-orders are now available.

WATCH “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS”

THE UNRAVELING was first heralded late last year by the bracing first single, “Armageddon’s Coming To Town,” available now for streaming and download. The track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now. “Armageddon’s Coming To Town” was met by critical applause upon its November 2019 premiere, with Rolling Stone writing, “Drive-By Truckers stare down the end of the world on their new song,” noting that the “ramshackle rocker…finds co-frontman Patterson Hood grappling with a deluge of confusion, dismay, uncertainty and guilt as he sings, ‘There’ll be no healing from the art of double dealing/Armageddon’s back in town again.’” Stereogum hailed “Armageddon’s Back In Town” as “a revved-up, world-weary rocker about dealing with the day-to-day hassles of traveling the United States while feeling like things are at a breaking point,” adding, “If 2016’s AMERICAN BAND focused on the declining state of the country, then THE UNRAVELING looks to get even deeper into an even more fucked-up state of affairs.”

WATCH “ARMAGEDDON’S COMING TO TOWN”

Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest-ever gap between new DBT albums – THE UNRAVELING was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block. “How do you put these day to day things we’re all living through into the form of a song that we (much less anybody else) would ever want to listen to?” says Hood. “How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can’t even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.”

The songs that eventually emerged are among Drive-By Truckers’ most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling the myriad horrors of our new normal through sincere emotion and unbridled heart. Indeed, “Armageddon’s Back in Town” takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day while the concluding “Awaiting Resurrection” dives headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by these troubled times.

“The past three-and-a-half years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen,” says Hood, “and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.

“While a quick glance might imply that we’re picking up where 2016’s AMERICAN BAND album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I’ve always said that all of our records are political but I’ve also said that ‘politics is personal’. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.”

THE UNRAVELING

The remarkable songcraft found on THE UNRAVELING receives much of its musical muscle from the sheer strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s almost 25-year history. The LP also features a number of special guests, including The Shins’ Patti King, violinist/string arranger Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile), and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Cody Dickinson, who contributes electric washboard to the strikingly direct “Babies In Cages.”

Hailed by Stereogum as “perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band,” Drive-By Truckers will mark THE UNRAVELING with an epic world tour, getting underway this Thursday, January 16, at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater and then continuing through late June. Highlights include a number of eagerly awaited two-night-stands across the US, international festival performances, and the annual HeAthen’s Homecoming, a sold out three-night extravaganza marking the 26th anniversary of Patterson Hood’s first visit to Athens, GA’s world famous 40 Watt Club (February 13-15). In addition, Hood and Cooley will visit Brooklyn, NY’s Rough Trade NYC for an exclusive acoustic performance, signing, and Q&A with renowned rock journalist David Fricke, set for Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 pm – entry is available only with advance purchase of THE UNRAVELING via Rough Trade NYC. For updates and ticket information, please visit the official Drive-By Truckers tour page.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

WORLD TOUR 2020

JANUARY

16 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater

17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

18 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

FEBRUARY

1 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC *

13 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (SOLD OUT)

14 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (SOLD OUT)

15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (SOLD OUT)

18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

19 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

22 – Boston, MA – Somerville Theatre

23 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

25 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

27 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

MARCH

12 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

13 – Chicago, IL – Metro

14 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre

17 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

18 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox

20 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

21 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

22 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre

24 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre

26 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater

28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

31 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater

APRIL

2 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

3 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn

4 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn

16 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

17 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

18 – Charleston, SC – High Water Festival #

21 - Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat

23 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

24 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

25 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

27 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

28 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

29 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

MAY

1 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

2 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees #

JUNE

1 – Raalte, NL - Ribs & Blues

3 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street

5 – Leeds, UK – Irish Centre

6 – London, UK – O2 Forum

7 – Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso

8 – Antwerp, BE – De Roma

9 – Köln, DE - Kantine

11 – Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus

12 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio

13 – Stockholm, SW – Sthlm Americana #

14 – Oslo, NO - Rockefeller

15 – Aarhus, DK – Train

19 – Azkena, ES – Azkena Rock Festival #

* Q&A w/David Fricke /Acoustic Performance/Signing – Patterson Hood & Mike Cooley Only

# FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 7:55 pm

The String Cheese Incident has announced their annual Colorado amphitheater Incidents at Dillon Amphitheater and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  Joining SCI at Red Rocks will be Tower of Power on Friday, Papadosio on Saturday and Leftover Salmon on Sunday.

An SCI Pre-Sale for all five Colorado Incidents will take place on Wednesday, 1/15 at 11am MT via stringcheeseincident.com/tour. SCI will offer a limited amount of 2-Day passes (Dillon), 3-Day passes (Red Rocks), and a first-ever 5-Day “CO Incident Pass” for both Dillon & Red Rocks! A general on-sale will happen Friday, 1/17 at 10am MT via AXS.

Following their 25th anniversary year, the band is jumping into 2020 with some big Incident announcements including the all-new Hog Farm Hangout, Electric Forest, The Peach Music Festival, Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, FloydFest, and now Dillon Amphitheater and Red Rocks.

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:16 am

Today, multi-platinum rock band Barenaked Ladies announce their extensive Last Summer On Earth tour of North America in 2020. Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket will round out the incredible lineup.

"We're looking forward to getting back out on the Last Summer On Earth tour," vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson shares. "Having Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket out with us is going to be a blast. That's a LOT of hits per night!"

Following their critically-acclaimed 2019 tour with Hootie & the Blowfish, Barenaked Ladies is ready to hit the road again and bring out all the fan favorites that have built them a long-lasting career and worldwide fanbase. The Toronto-based "cult fave" (Paste Magazine) -who have now sold over 15 million albums worldwide and earned multiple JUNO Awards and Grammy nominations- are also set to release new music in May of this year.

The tour will find Barenaked Ladies playing major venues all across North America, including stops at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Rocks, SummerStage in New York City and more, with the tour finale at Toronto's Budweiser Stage, with special guest Kim Mitchell also on the bill. These dates follow their string of shows in the spring throughout the UK, which will culminate with a sold-out show at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall.

This will be the 6th edition of the tour, founded by the band in 2012 - the year that the Mayan calendar predicted would be the last, hence the "Last Summer On Earth". Barenaked Ladies headline and bring some of their best friends and favorite bands along for a summer of good times, and of course, great music. Past acts include Cracker, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Blues Traveler, Guster, Ben Folds Five, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay, OMD, Howard Jones, Better Than Ezra, and KT Tunstall.

"We know the Mayan Calendar was wrong about the end of the world," adds Ed Robertson, "but could they have been THAT wrong?! C'mon out and rock with us like it's your Last Summer On Earth!"

VIP packages for Barenaked Ladies will be available which include premium seats and merch packages. The Gold packages will include pre-show soundcheck parties and meet-and-greet.

The band just launched Barenaked Bytes, the official Barenaked Ladies app. The app will have news, information, and merch. Fans who download the app will have first access to tickets and VIP packages starting January 21st at 10am local time, with the purchase of a Barenaked Bytes bundle. Fans who have previously purchased VIP packages will receive an exclusive code to purchase pre-sale tickets on January 22nd. More information about fan pre-sales can be found here.

Each ticket purchased will include a digital download of Barenaked Ladies' forthcoming album, which is due for release in May of 2020. VIP packages and album digital downloads may not be available in all venues.

For Last Summer On Earth 2020, Barenaked Ladies is proud to continue to partner with REVERB to make the tour more sustainable. Since 2004, Barenaked Ladies has worked with REVERB to reduce the environmental impact of touring while also giving back to local communities across the US and Canada.

All information on the Last Summer On Earth 2020 tour can be found at barenakedladies.com. Barenaked Bytes can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 8:09 am

Billy Strings has announced a four-date, Michigan-wide mini tour with his father, guitarist Terry Barber. Barber was hugely instrumental in forming Billy’s passion for traditional bluegrass. Whether sitting and picking around a campfire, listening to vinyl records together, or teaching young Billy a lick or two, Barber sparked a massive passion, and what would eventually become a way of life, for Billy Strings.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, 1/23 and fans can expect these shows to sell out fast.

About Billy Strings:

Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. HOME (Rounder Records), Strings’ remarkable second studio album, is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, reshaping bluegrass into his own exceptional form, completely rewiring the aesthetic with elements of punk, country, folk-rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether original and all his own.

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 4:43 pm

LOCKN’ has announced an extraordinary initial lineup for the upcoming special edition of the beloved camping festival. Set for June 19-21, 2020, the 8th annual LOCKN’ will be an all-star celebration of Phil Lesh’s upcoming 80th birthday, taking place as always at Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm, LOCKN’s 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, VA. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, January 23 at 12 noon ET via #.

LOCKN’ Festival 2020: Celebrating Phil Lesh’s 80th Birthday will see Lesh performing alongside an array of legendary friends and special guests over the three-day event, joined each day by a spectacular lineup of additional artists, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Lockn'

Friday, June 19, will feature Phil Lesh Quintet ft. Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco, John Molo (2 Sets), Brandi Carlile, Gov’t Mule, Goose, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, The Chain Gang ft. Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, Samantha Fish, John Ginty, & Berry Oakley, Jr. play Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Yola, Boombox ft. BackBeat Brass, and Grateful Shred.

Saturday, June 20, will feature Phil Lesh Quintet ft. Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco, John Molo with David Crosby (2 Sets), Oteil & Friends, David Crosby, Mike Gordon, Black Pumas, Garcia Peoples, Grateful Shred, and Kendall Street Company. In addition, Saturday night will feature an additional headline level act, to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Phil Lesh | Lockn'

Sunday, June 21, will include Phil Lesh with John Mayer and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 Sets), Leon Bridges, Electric Hot Tuna, Railroad Earth, MEUTE, The War and Treaty, Midnight North, and Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel.

For the first time ever, LOCKN’ 2020 will take place in June and be a three-day event. A special “Steal Your Thursday” add-on will be available for $30, allowing attendees to kick off their festival weekend on Thursday, June 18, with performances by Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Dark Star Orchestra and The Marcus King Band, along with an epic Main Stage “Jerry Dance Party,” the always-popular immersive psychedelic audio/visual experience celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. LOCKN’s always-enticing lineup of local food vendors, craft brewers, and much more will also be on hand. In addition, true LOCKN’ devotees can unite even sooner with the Wednesday Early-Entry add-on, allowing attendees extra time to enjoy the farm and prepare for the extraordinary music ahead.

Lockn' (2014)

As if that weren’t enough, LOCKN’s Garcia’s Forest will feature an array of early and late shows throughout the festival weekend, with performers including Circles Around The Sun, Ghost-Note, BoomBox ft. BackBeat Horns, Mapache, Ace of Cups and David Gans & Fragile Thunder.

LOCKN’ 3-Day Festival Passes will be priced at $259 and the newly revised Super-Easy Payment Plan offers fans a chance to purchase tickets for a deposit as low as $19.99 (plus fees). After the initial deposit, fans can make four easy payments over four months. CID Entertainment will once again be offering VIP and Super VIP perks that range from access to enhanced viewing areas and intimate performances by members of the festival lineup (including Phil Lesh, Jorma Kaukonen, and Keller Williams), to exclusive merchandise and hospitality throughout the weekend. On-site lodging options include glamping tents, RVs, tour buses, and more and are available as an add-on to festival passes. For a full list of premium offerings, visit www.cidentertainment.com/events/lockn. For complete ticket information and much more, please visit www.#.

The initial LOCKN’ Festival 2020: Celebrating Phil Lesh’s 80th Birthday lineup is below:

LOCKN’ FESTIVAL 2020: CELEBRATING PHIL LESH’S 80TH BIRTHDAY LINEUP

FRIDAY, JUNE 19

Phil Lesh Quintet

ft. Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco, John Molo (2 Sets)

Brandi Carlile

Gov’t Mule

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

Goose

Yola

The Chain Gang ft. Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson,

Samantha Fish, John Ginty, & Berry Oakley, Jr. play Rumours and more

Grateful Shred

SATURDAY, JUNE 20

Phil Lesh Quintet

ft. Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo w/David Crosby (2 Sets)

To Be Announced

 Oteil & Friends

David Crosby

Mike Gordon

Black Pumas

Garcia Peoples

Grateful Shred

Kendall Street Company

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

Phil Lesh & Joe Russo’s Almost Dead ft. John Mayer (2 Sets)

Leon Bridges

Electric Hot Tuna

Railroad Earth & Peter Rowan play Old & In The Way

Railroad Earth

MEUTE

The War and Treaty

Midnight North

Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel

“STEAL YOUR THURSDAY” JUNE 18

The Marcus King Band

Dark Star Orchestra 

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

“The Jerry Dance Party”

GARCIA’S FOREST JUNE 18-20

Boombox ft. BackBeat Brass

Circles Around The Sun

Ghost-Note

Ace of Cups

David Gans & Fragile Thunder

Mapache

SUPER VIP LOUNGE JUNE 19-21

Phil Lesh

Jorma Kaukonen

Keller Williams

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 4:22 pm

PHISH, today, is announcing its summer 2020 tour. The 27-date trek begins on the west coast with two shows at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR, and culminates with the 10th anniversary celebration of the band's Labor Day run at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. Other summer 2020 highlights include a two-nighter at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA, Phish's first-ever performance in Arkansas, and a special three-night run on the beach in Atlantic City, NJ. The full itinerary is below.

A ticket request period is currently underway at tickets.phish.com and will end on Monday, February 3 at 12 Noon ET. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 7. Specific on sale information for each show is available at phish.com. Both the Atlanta and Atlantic City concerts will feature a special “Foundation Ticket” option that will include early admission, a dedicated viewing area, a Foundation lounge and bar with unique food offerings, an exclusive merchandise pack and much more. A portion of proceeds from each Foundation ticket will benefit the WaterWheel Foundation and the Piedmont Park Conservancy in Atlanta and the Surfrider Foundation in Atlantic City.

In a few weeks, Phish will return to Mexico for its fourth "Phish: Riviera Maya", the band's destination concert vacation taking place February 20 - 23. More details can be found HERE – the event is fully sold out.

PHISH - SUMMER 2020

JULY

14 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena

15 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena

17 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre

18 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre

19 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre

21 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

22 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

24 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum

25 - San Francisco, CA - Chase Center

26 - San Francisco, CA - Chase Center

29 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP

31 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

AUGUST

1 - Atlanta, GA - Piedmont Park

2 - Atlanta, GA - Piedmont Park

4 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater

5 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater

7 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center

8 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center

9 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center

11 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center

12 - Hershey, PA   Giant Center

14 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Beach

15 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Beach

16 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Beach

SEPTEMBER

4 - Commerce City, CO - DICK'S Sporting Goods Park

5 - Commerce City, CO - DICK'S Sporting Goods Park

6 - Commerce City, CO - DICK'S Sporting Goods Park

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 8:07 am

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse, an extraordinary all-new concert recording featuring an array of Pink Floyd classics rarely performed by the band during its lifetime. The 22-track collection arrives April 17 as a double-CD/DVD package, double-vinyl, and on Blu-ray; pre-orders are available now. Additionally, the band today shares the song/video for "Fearless" as an exclusive video trailer.

PRE-ORDER NICK MASON'S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE AND WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE TRAILER:

WATCH "FEARLESS":

Also, in collaboration with Trafalgar Releasing and Sony Music Entertainment, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse will be coming to cinemas in selected cities worldwide for one night only on March 10, 2020. This theatrical event will also include a pre-recorded cinema exclusive Q&A with Nick Mason and the band where they will answer questions submitted by fans. Tickets are on sale now from NickMasonFilm.com.

Nick Mason - founding drummer and the only constant member of Pink Floyd since their 1965 formation - united Gary Kemp (guitar, vocals), Guy Pratt (bass, vocals), Lee Harris (guitar), and Dom Beken (keyboards) as Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets in 2018, fueled in part by the desire to perform the legendary band's pre-Dark Side of the Moon material, timeless songs which had not been played on stage in decades.

An invitation-only performance at London's Dingwalls was met by rapturous acclaim and followed by a sold out theatre tour of North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom. The band returned in 2019, including two sold out May shows at The Roundhouse - the historic Camden venue where Pink Floyd famously played on October 15, 1966, teaming with Soft Machine for an "All Night Rave" launching the famed underground newspaper, International Times.

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse captures what has proven a remarkable band all its own, infusing archetypal Floyd favorites with infectious passion, great power, and subtle restraint. From the garage band attack of "Arnold Layne" and "Vegetable Man" to the psychedelic journeying of "Interstellar Overdrive" and the mellow expanse of "Atom Heart Mother," "Fearless," and "Green Is the Colour," Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse brings to life music rarely heard onstage since Pink Floyd's halcyon first era, thrillingly revived for a new generation.

Mason - who last year was named as a "Prog God" at Prog Magazine's prestigious Progressive Music Awards in London, joining the ranks of such previously honored icons as Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Carl Palmer, and Steve Howe - will soon return to the road with Saucerful Of Secrets for the band's biggest tour schedule thus far. The "More Games For May Tour" - which takes its name from Pink Floyd's milestone 1967 concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall - begins this April with UK dates and a European run that includes visits to Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, and the Netherlands. North American dates will be announced soon - for updates and more, please visit www.thesaucerfulofsecrets.com.

Sun, 02/02/2020 - 5:17 pm

Denver-based bluegrass band, Trout Steak Revival have officially released their new album The Light we Bring.

The Light We Bring is the fifth studio album by the Colorado string band and their most organic offering to date. The choice to self-produce the album was an intentional effort by the band members to summon a camaraderie in the studio setting that echoes the band’s practices together on the road.

As both the artists and producer, they relied on themselves to deliver an album that was genuine in both its creation and presentation. The band’s inclusion of guest instrumentalists, including brass, woodwinds, and orchestral strings, enrich the album’s vibrancy. The variety of original songs crosses over countless genres and reflects diverse influences. The band’s self-reliance expanded even to the cover artwork, which features a chalk drawing of a high desert landscape by guitarist William Koster.

As the band’s sound has evolved over the years, so too has its albums, and The Light We Bring only furthers that truth. What started as a group of friends exploring mountain bluegrass is now a free-form and exciting exploration of indie, folk, and roots music, beckoning listeners to join the band on its musical journey.

The Light We Bring Track Listing

Through The Pines

Arrows In The Dark

The Heart Wants 

Loretta

Only A Moment

How To Make Love Stay

Johnny’s Dirge 

Home

The Way It Moves

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 10:42 am

The 2020 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is proud to unveil the artist lineup for this year’s “The Other,” the festival’s dedicated stage for dance and electronic music. The 19th annual edition of the internationally acclaimed four-day multi-stage camping festival takes place June 11 – 14 at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. 

Bonnaroo has long celebrated the wide-ranging dance and electronic scenes with cutting-edge programming that showcases some of the hottest DJ’s and Producers from around the globe. A fully immersive, open-air stage boasting more spectacular production effects than ever before, “The Other” will run all-night (until sunrise) with a remarkably diverse selection of dance and electronic music:

Thursday, June 11 will feature Dabin, Taska Black, The Funk Hunters, Kursa, He$h, Spock, ZIA, and Mize. 

Friday, June 12 includes Tipper, Ganja White Night, Ekali, Svdden Death, Lucii, ATLiens, Detox Unit, Phutureprimitive, Luzcid, PLS&TY, and Dynohunter.

Saturday, June 13 will see performances from Seven Lions, Troyboi, Subtronics, Moody Good, Wooli, Dr. Fresch, Williams Black, Lick, and DJ Mel.

Finally, Sunday, June 14 will feature Rezz, Boombox Cartel, Peekaboo, LSDream, Bonnie X Clyde, and Elderbrook.

The 2020 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will once again present an extraordinarily diverse bill featuring top artists spanning countless genres and stylistic approaches performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day event. Tickets for Bonnaroo are on sale now, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com/tickets. Options include General Admission (4 Day), GA+ (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day), General Admission Camping & Parking, VIP Camping, Platinum Camping, and more. Once again, Bonnaroo is presenting an array of affordable options, with tickets starting at $41 down and accommodations available for as low as $70 per night. Car Camping Passes are priced at only $60 (plus fees) per car, not per person, allowing fans to both save money and reduce their carbon footprint by carpooling.

THE BONNAROO 2020 “THE OTHER” LINEUP

THURSDAY, JUNE 11:

Dabin

Taska Black

The Funk Hunters

Kursa

He$h

Spock

ZIA

Mize

FRIDAY, JUNE 12

Tipper

Ganja White Night

Ekali

Svdden Death

Lucii

ATLiens

Detox Unit

Phutureprimitive

Luzcid

PLS&TY

Dynohunter

SATURDAY, JUNE 13:

Seven Lions

Troyboi

Subtronics

Moody Good

Wooli

Dr. Fresch

Williams Black

Lick

DJ Mel

SUNDAY, JUNE 14:

Rezz

Boombox Cartel

Peekaboo

LSDream

Bonnie X Clyde

Elderbrook

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 2:32 pm

The Ballroom Thieves - Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello, bass), Martin Earley (vocals, guitar), and Devin Mauch (vocals, percussion) - have announced their latest full-length album Unlovely will be released on February 14, 2020 via Nettwerk Records. With subject matters ranging from female empowerment and the destruction of patriarchy, to love in a committed relationship, to their fury about the current state of American leadership, this collection of tracks is the distillation of the band's personal and political passions.

Songs like “Vanity Trip” and title track “Unlovely” boil over with exasperation and disgust, rage and resentment running through every line in protest of today’s global status quo.

“I understand that many of us are tired of talking about what we call politics, and some don’t feel that songwriters should be writing about the state of the world,” says Peters. Adding, “but, it’s also personal, as my entire life has been negatively affected by the way things are run. Most of the people that have ever been in charge represent the tiniest piece of the American pie: the rich, straight, white, male, born in the USA slice. If a person is missing any or all of those titles, they are treated as less than worthy. After all this reprehensible American history, we can agree this place isn’t built for the rest of us, and the rest of us make up more than 99% of the people. We stood by and waited for change, we trusted that our leadership had our best interest in mind, that they weren’t just setting it up for themselves, but we were mistaken.”

As the first album entirely co-written by Peters and Earley, save for Peters’ song “Pendulum,” Unlovely is also a tangible reflection of their evolution from band members to life partners. “Figuring out how to write as a writing team has been something of an adventure,” says Earley. “We used to create songs more separately but found that we complement each other well in almost every sense of the word, including songwriting. Most of the songs I brought to the table were inspired by our dreadful news cycle but tend to involve some sort of hopeful or romantic spin, whereas most of Callie's songs are about smashing the patriarchy and destroying evil forever."

Incorporating musical styles that range from Motown to classic rock and metal, Unlovely maintains the recognizable, nostalgia-tinged sound of The Ballroom Thieves’ previous outputs while pushing a heightened brashness. Since the release of their first EP and debut full-length, A Wolf in the Doorway, The Ballroom Thieves have consistently and skillfully crossed genres, joining artists like CAAMP, Langhorne Slim and Shakey Graves to bridge the gap between folk, rock, and soul. With Unlovely, thanks in part to frequent collaborator Ariel Bernstein, the trio took it a step further and grew their instrumental arsenal, amplifying their signature energy and eccentricity. "Ariel has been a great friend of ours for years now," says Earley. "He's a talented musician, engineer, and unlicensed band therapist, so when we decided to expand our touring party, he was the unanimous first-round draft pick."

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