Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:57 am

After the sun set on the Tedeschi Trucks Band's inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival, which featured performances by Dr. John and the Wood Brothers, Atlanta's rootsy rhythm & blues quartet Flannel Church hosted the fest's official after party just down the road at the Funky Biscuit. Drummer Duane Trucks and bassist Kevin Scott settled into a hard-hitting groove early, putting new frontman Marshall Ruffin's vocals on display in songs like "Tailor" and "Make It Rain", before surprise guest Susan Tedeschi joined in on a daunting cover of the Bill Withers classic, "Grandma's Hands" and the old gospel tune, "Wade in the Water." Flannel Church will return to Florida April 18-20 for an encore performance at the Wanee Music Festival hosted by the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.

For Flannel Church tour date information and studio recordings, visit www.flannelchurch.com.

About Flannel Church: Born from an infectious groove drummer Duane Trucks and bassist Kevin Scott discovered at an impromptu jam session in Atlanta's historic Little Five Points district, Flannel Church's lineup initially came together under the watchful eye of rock legend Col. Bruce Hampton. Fronted by vocalists Marshall Ruffin and Lawson Feltman on lead guitars, Flannel Church brings a hard-hitting gospel stomp to their soulful American blues. From swampy late nights on Frenchmen Street to blazing hot shuffles on the Carolina coast, the group leaves an indelible mark on listeners, ushering in a new generation of Southern roots music.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 5:48 pm

Something about San Francisco feels like a home-away-from-home for the Brooklyn-based Pimps of Joytime, whose infectious, funk-ridden grooves celebrate the simple joy of an all out dance party. The genre-bending ensemble was all smiles when asked about their upcoming back-to-back shows March 22 and 23 at the Independent. "There's something so liberating about the music culture there -- from the jump people are ready to get down," said Pimps of Joytime bandleader Brian J. "The Bay area has been a big supporter of what we do since almost the beginning. It was the initial buzz from our first shows at the Boom Boom Rooms that started us as a national touring act so, thanks San Francisco!"Fans can expect a few new tunes from the band's forthcoming studio album, in addition to classic jams from the PJT archives. With new drummer John Staten behind the kit and a fresh kick in their step, Brian J says their upcoming double-header at the Independent won't leave any note unturned. "Yea, it's gonna go down this tour. I'm really looking forward to getting out there and showing folks that the Pimps are stronger then ever."Both evenings begin with San Diego indie electro/hip-hop group, Vokab Kompany, around 10pm before the Pimps of Joytime lay down the business at 11pm.Weekend Residency at the Independent: The Pimps of JoytimeBrooklyn's genre-bending funk troupe treats San Francisco to a double-header dance partyFriday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23, 2013w/Vokab KompanyThe Independent628 Divisadero StreetSan Francisco, CA 94117(415) 771-1421Tickets: $20 advance, $22 doorShow 9pm, Ages 21+

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 4:09 pm

SXSW will spotlight more New Orleans acts than ever next week, a crop that spans everything from jazz, folk and pop to death metal, indie rock and bounce. At the top that list sits New Orleans' ambassadors of funk, Ivan Neville's DUMPSTAPHUNK.

No strangers to the national festival circuit, this is Dumpstaphunk's first appearance at SXSW in support of their new album, Dirty Word. Slated for a May 2013 release, Dirty Word tests the boundaries of funk music with a little help from Dumpsta's friends and family Art Neville, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Ani DiFranco and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on select tracks. Just in time for SXSW, the band recently released two new singles on their website, "Blues Wave" and "Raise The House" feat. Art Neville, Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass Band [Download WAV Files].

Another delicious treat for your SXSW calendar, this won't be your average showcase:

Friday, March 15: Madison House Review -- Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk feat. the Madison House Allstars*

  • Where: Holy Mountain Backyard, 617 E 7th Street
  • When: Midnight
  • Credentials with access: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Music Festival Wristband, Artist Wristband
  • All others: $15-20

Saturday, March 16: C3's 508 Virgin Mobile House, 6pm (private event)

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 1:43 pm

Just days before Dumpstaphunk celebrates their 10th Anniversary on the Gentilly Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalGambit Weekly's 25th Annual Big Easy Awards will honor the local funk ensemble Monday, April 22 with the "Ambassador of Entertainment" special recognition award for championing New Orleans music, culture and charity to new audiences nationwide. The event, held at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino, will also honor The Meters with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" and Anders Osborne as "Entertainer of the Year."

"Ambassador of Entertainment is an award that honors artists that are spreading the spirit of New Orleans outside of our local community, a liaison to the rest of the world that brings a national spotlight to the culture that we have here," Gambit Marketing Director Marie Lovejoy explained. "We felt that from their extensive touring schedule to far-reaching press in publications like Rolling Stone and charity concert supporting Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, Dumpstaphunk really brought New Orleans to new heights. They had a knockout year and represented our city in such a positive way to a new spectrum of audiences nationwide, that we're eager to recognize their success at this years awards."

"It's probably the most soulful place in the world, New Orleans" said Dumpstaphunk keyboardist Ivan Neville. "The people that live here and the culture our community creates is something that everyone should experience in their life. We are proud to call New Orleans home and share its positivity through our music every day."

In addition to the event's special recognition awards, the 2013 Big Easy Awards will also honor local artists in more than 20 music categories, for which Dumpstaphunk has been nominated as "Best Funk Band" alongside Galactic and Khris Royal's Dark Matter. The winners will be announced at the April 22 ceremony, which will also feature live performances from several nominated artists. For ticket information and reservations to attend the Big Easy Awards, call (504) 483-3129.

Dumpstaphunk’s Jazz Fest 2013 Performances

  • Friday, April 26: The Howlin’ Wolf, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27: Jazz & Heritage Festival Fairgrounds (Gentilly Stage), 3:35-4:40 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27: The Maison, 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5: Tipitina’s Uptown, 11 p.m.

 

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 1:43 pm

Equifunk announced Duane Trucks' band King Lincoln on the 2013 lineup yesterday, the same day that iTunes released their first self-titled EP. Here's the lowdown on the guys...Based in Atlanta, GA, King Lincoln is drummer Duane Trucks, bassist Kevin Scott and guitarist Lawson Feltman (all of Col. Bruce Hampton's the Pharaoh Gummit) with guitarist / soul singer Marshall Ruffin... the same lineup that performed at Bear Creek Music Festival last November.After a year of touring under the name Flannel Church (rotating guitarists included Shane Pruitt, Gregory Hodges, AJ Ghent and Ian Newberry, with frequent guest appearances by Roosevelt Collier) the former post-Bruce side project has evolved their sound and will move forward in 2013 touring under the name of their first EP.King Lincoln performs Friday, April 19 at Wanee under the name Flannel Church (which was confirmed before the recording and release of their LP). Their last show under the name Flannel Church will be at the Dogwood Music Festival in Moultrie, GA April 27.

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:40 am

Bridging the gap between festivities during New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk will host a Dirty Word preview party Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Louisiana Music Factory. Starting at 6pm, the heavyweight funk collective -- featuring Ivan Neville, Nick Daniels, Tony Hall, Ian Neville and Nikki Glaspie -- will treat fans to an intimate live performance, with the first copies of Dirty Word available for purchase in-store before the album drops worldwide later this summer.The poignant celebration falls on the week of Dumpstaphunk's 10th anniversary since they first stepped onto the Gentilly Stage as a group in 2003. The quintet has since evolved from simply a Jazz Fest side project into what Rolling Stone now calls "one of music's most prestigious modern funk ensembles."Dumpstaphunk's third studio release since they became a full-time project in 2006, Dirty Word offers new forays into blues, gospel, second-line, R&B and straight up rock and roll, with guest appearances by Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Skerik, the Groovline Horns, Art Neville, Ani DiFranco and Flea of the Red Hot Chili PeppersDirty Word also marks the studio debut of new drummer Nikki Glaspie, a staple presence at Dumpstaphunk’s live show since she joined the ensemble in 2011.Prior to Jazz Fest, Dumpstaphunk will also be honored at the 2013 Big Easy Awards with the special recognition honor of "Ambassador of Entertainment" for championing New Orleans music, culture and charity to new audiences nationwide.Dumpstaphunk Performances During Jazz Fest

  • Friday, April 26: Howlin’ Wolf (Parliament Funkadelic cover set), 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27: Jazz & Heritage Festival (Gentilly Stage), 3:35 - 4:40 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27: The Maison (special guest Page McConnell of Phish), 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5: Tipitina’s Uptown (10th anniversary w/guest horns Skerik, Natalie Cressman and Jennifer Hartswick), 11 p.m.

About DumpstaphunkA decade evolved from their debut at 2003's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.From annual performances at New Orleans' Jazz Fest -- "The colossal low end and filthy grooves they threw down from the Gentilly Stage must have set a Jazz Fest record for baddest bass jams ever." (Bass Player Magazine, 2012) -- to music rooms and festivals across the nation (Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, All Good, High Sierra, Hangout, Jam Cruise and Outside Lands to name a few), Dumpstaphunk continues to spread an unmistakably New Orleans groove with hard-hitting performances that dare listeners not to move.
“We always keep the spontaneity going, that’s something I love about this band," says Ivan. “We can funk it out with the best of them, but we also like to showcase how all sorts of music can come together and push the boundaries of what funk music is."Dumpstaphunk's summer 2013 release, Dirty Word, re-imagines their genre, holding true to the opinionated, vintage funk of Sly & the Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic, but with a modern edge that forays into gospel, blues, second-line, R&B and straight-up rock n’ roll. True to New Orleans tradition, Dumpsta’s friends and family Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band, Skerik, the Grooveline Horns, Art Neville, Ani DiFranco and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers kick the Dirty Word sessions up a notch.Ivan continues, "The whole record speaks to the righteousness of music. We’re not necessarily telling a specific story, but expressing how music makes things right for everyone in their own way. Our fans can feel that vibe and let it take them wherever they need to.”“We just hope to spread the good word through funk," adds Glaspie. "If we can create an escape, give people a reason to get down and forget their problems, then we're doing what we set out to do."For tour dates and to download two free songs from Dirty Word, visit www.dumpstaphunk.com

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 2:07 pm

Today, legendary New Orleans venue Tipitina's revealed the final billing of their Jazz Fest After Dark calendar, announcing headliner Eddie Roberts' West Coast Sounds performing Thursday, May 2 with special guests including Charles Neville and more to be announced.

The evening begins at 9 p.m. sharp with an opening set from The Bayou Gypsys, a new power trio featuring pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys), bassist Nick Daniels III (Dumpstaphunk) and drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) performing a special Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix cover set.

The Bayou Gypsys will also perform a 2 a.m. set at the d.b.a. the night before. However, Dumpstaphunk's other bassist Tony Hall will be stepping in for Nick Daniels that night, as Nick will perform with Dr. Klaw at the Bear Creek All Stars showcase around the same time at One Eyed Jacks.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.tipitinas.com.

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 12:45 pm

Announced today, West Asheville will bring together four of music's most creative and talented minds Thursday, July 18 when the Grey Eagle hosts a spontaneous super-jam featuring bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), his brother and keyboardist Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), pedal steel phenom Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys) and local legend, drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit).

Friends for years both on and off the stage, the veteran players are arguably some of each others' biggest fans. "The way that Oteil approaches the bass is so soulful -- he has a spirit to how he plays," Collier explained. "Oteil is on another level."

Whether touring together, or sitting in as a special guest when their paths cross on the road, individually the four have collaborated with each other countless times on numerous projects over the years. But on July 18, Asheville will be the first to experience this explosive quartet performing as a single, collective unit.
 
"Talk about a lineup," Oteil Burbridge said eagerly. "It doesn't get much better than that."
 
When asked what fans can expect from the July 18 super-jam at the Grey Eagle, Collier responded with a definitive, "I honestly don't know, and that's the whole point. Anything is bound to happen. A lot of amazing things can come out of a jam like this, and that's what people live for."
 
For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.thegreyeagle.com.

An Evening with Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, Roosevelt Collier & Jeff Sipe

Four Friends & Musical Madmen Converge in Asheville
To Host A Never-Before-Seen Super-Jam

 
Thursday, July 18
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Tickets: $12 / $15
Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:59 pm

Boasting the kind of ferocious funk collaborations you’d expect to find in New Orleans during Jazzfest, as opposed to the remote Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Equifunk sets itself apart this summer -- an unsuspecting gem among 2013 festivals.

For the past 5 years, Equifunk pioneered an all-inclusive two-day tradition at Camp Equinunk in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania. Essentially a summer camp getaway for adults, that combines the cost of lodging, meals, beverages and unlimited beer into one convenient and affordable ticket ($350 cabins, $225 VIP camping or $185 regular camping for the all-inclusive amenities).

"Each year our attendance has doubled, but it still keeps the intimate vibe we set out for," explained festival creator Eric Kamen. "We may look like a simple festival at first glance, but the joy Equifunk brings to that valley is so much more dynamic. The all-inclusive set up feels like you're are at someone's personal party -- to not have to carry your money around to get a drink or a bite to eat is an invaluable feeling. The pool scene in the afternoons is unreal, and at night the main stage exudes energy of club show within the ease of an outdoor environment." Kamen added, "We take pride in our lineup and really listen to our fans so each year they get the best possible experience."

2012 Equifunk Video Short

2013 Equifunkers will groove to performances by Soulive (featuring the Shady Horns and legendary sax man Maceo Parker), the New Mastersounds w/Artist at Large, saxophonist James Casey (Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band), Anders Osborne featuring John Medeski, JJ Grey & Mofro, Keller Williams with More Than a Little (his new funk band) and many more -- all while enjoying the perks of a poolside hang, outdoor sports activities and sharing good vibes among friends.

As a special treat to fans in its 6th year, Equifunk will offer its first-ever Sunday Series -- a full day of live music featuring Phish drummer Jon Fishman’s band Pork Tornado, never-before-seen supergroup the M&Ms (Stanton Moore, Maceo Parker, John Medeski, Papa Mali, Robert Mercurio & Marco Benevento), a superjam by the “Equifunk Allstars,” and sets from the Revivalists, the London Souls, the Heavy Pets, Mike Dillon Band and Main Squeeze.

Landmark Sunday Series

By popular request, 2013 will be the first year Equifunk presents live music on Sunday.

"Those two days flew by so fast, people didn't want to leave by Sunday," Kamen recalls. "Our attendees are so loyal, we were eager to evolve with them and make Equifunk better each year as it grows."

Starting early afternoon, the day's lineup boasts some of the weekend's most recognizable upcoming names in rock and jam, such as The Revivalists, The London Souls and The Heavy Pets. Sunday's talent also includes a special Equifunk All Stars super jam featuring Eddie Roberts & Pete Shand (the New Mastersounds) with Stanton Moore (Galactic), Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band) and James Casey (Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band), before an anticipated set from the M&Ms and Phish drummer Jon Fishman's side-project, Pork Tornado.

"I always wanted to book Pork Tornado at Equifunk," Kamen beamed. "I'm a big fan and thought their country-funk style was a perfect fit for what this festival was built on. When I heard they were available, I jumped on it immediately -- that's the kind of bill Sundays were meant for."

Equifunk’s new Sunday lineup comes as free gift to festival-goers in addition to their two-day all-inclusive pass. While meals and drinks are no longer complementary amenities on Sunday, a variety of craft beer, liquor and food offerings will be available for purchase all day as fans enjoy the final sets of the weekend and through gate close Monday.

More Than Just The Music

The grounds of Camp Equifunk enhance the intimate, funk-filled atmosphere presented on stage. Guests can hit up poolside parties with a waterslide, outdoor activities from tennis and softball to 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and yoga, and even more interactive events, including a fan vs. artist tennis match with drummer Simon Allen of the New Mastersounds, and a late-night campfire set with Marco Benevento.

The weekend's lodging accommodations are split between the Equinunk cabins located on the main campground and the Blue Ridge cabins located just a short walk away, with outdoor camping available at each.

Getting to the Funk

Equifunk offers a bus pass from New York City, where fans carpool to the festival grounds leaving Friday and returning Sunday or Monday for Manhattan. The shuttles run in either morning or evening shifts for $70 round trip or $35 one-way.

For more information, visit www.equifunk.com.

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 10:53 am

Equifunk, Pennsylvania's first all-inclusive music festival, celebrates its 6th anniversary August 16-18, 2013 in the heart of the Pocono Mountains at camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in rural Equinunk, PA. For as little as $185 total, around 1,500 guests will enjoy daily meals, unlimited beer, their choice of scenic camping or private cabin lodging, outdoor pool and sports facilities, and three full days of live music from cutting-edge funk, jam, soul and rock performers, such as Soulive, New Mastersounds, JJ Grey & Mofro and many more.

For the first time in festival history, Equifunk will offer a full extra day of live music on Sunday, announcing its landmark Sunday Series in 2013. Sunday's performers include Phish drummer John Fishman's country-funk side project Pork Tornado, cutting-edge New Orleans rockers The Revivalists and explosive New York trio, The London Souls, as well as a headlining set from The M&Ms, a new supergroup featuring the rhythm section of Galactic (drummer Stanton Moore and bassist Robert Mercurio) with John Medeski, Maceo Parker, Papa Mali of 7 Walkers and Marco Benevento. Individual day camping passes now available, scroll down for daily performer listing and pricing details.

The entire weekend lineup boasts the kind of ferocious funk collaborations you’d expect to find in New Orleans during Jazzfest. New York’s premiere funk-jazz organ trio Soulive will be joined by the legendary Maceo Parker, former saxophonist with James Brown, and the charismatic horn trio, the Shady Horns. The New Mastersounds will perform with special guest saxophonist James Casey (Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band), who will also join Sunday's superjam with the Equifunk Allstars -- featuring Eddie Roberts and Pete Shand (New Mastersounds), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band) and Mike Dillon. And fellow "Artist at Large" Arleigh Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will lend her slinky but powerful vocals to several stages throughout the weekend.

"We take pride in our lineup and really listen to our fans so each year they get the best possible experience," said festival creator, and former Equinunk summer camper, Eric Kamen. "Our fans are so loyal to the experience, we’re eager to evolve with them and make Equifunk better each year."

Equifunk’s lakeside campgrounds and on-site facilities ever-enhance the atmosphere presented on stage. Guests can hit up poolside parties with a water slide, outdoor activities from tennis and softball to 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and yoga, and even more interactive events, including a fan vs. artist tennis match with drummer Simon Allen of the New Mastersounds.

Bus passes are also available to shuttle guests to the campgrounds from New York City. The shuttles offer morning and evening departure times leaving Friday from Manhattan and returning either Sunday or Monday from the campgrounds.

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 3:45 pm

Today, Equifunk, Pennsylvania's first all-inclusive music festival, announces that fans will be able to relive music from the 2013 event exclusively on Phoncert, a new mobile phone app for iOS devices offering high quality audio streams from live music events.Phoncert streamed sets from Soulive, JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne and many more live from the Poconos Mountains August 16-18, and will now rebroadcast several of Equifunk's most memorable sets for fans to enjoy anytime on their mobile phones.First up, and now available, is Friday night's headliner, the New Mastersounds, whose performance features guest appearances saxophonist James Casey and members of Keller Williams' funk band, More Than A Little. Stay tuned as Equifunk and Phoncert announce more streams coming soon.8/16 New Mastersounds Setlist:Way Out West, Miracles, Confusion, MRG, Pure, Yo Mama, Each To Their Own, Talk Is Cheap*, Fastman*^, Summer Camp, You Mess Me Up, 33*, Idris*, Feva* * with James Casey^ with Francesca and Tanya from Keller Williams' funk band, More Than A Little

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 4:04 pm

In honor of National Recovery Month, thousands of recovering addicts will gather at the Roger Williams National Memorial next Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in downtown Providence at Rhode Island's annual Rally 4 Recovery -- a statewide street festival that creates a community of support for people in or seeking recovery from substance abuse. The outdoor event offers an afternoon of live music, food, inspirational speakers and outdoor activities for families, friends and fellow addicts to enjoy together in sobriety, as well as a wealth of access to resources and recovery programs throughout the state.

Last year more than 6,000 gathered at the free, all-ages event, and the 2013 Rally 4 Recovery will be web-streamed live, linking it to other rallies nationwide.

Celebrity guest speaker and performer Ivan Neville will share his experiences as one of the event's keynote speakers that afternoon, alongside David Mineta, the White House's Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Rally 4 Recovery's official Grand Marshal of ceremonies.

Neville has been open with fans and the press about his long-term recovery from addiction, speaking candidly with Rolling Stone about how alcoholism led him to miss a performance with the Rolling Stones early in his career [2012 Rolling Stone interview]. On August 15, 2013 he humbly celebrated 15 years sober, saying to fans in a Twitter post that day, "A miracle is when something impossible happens anyway .... That is me ... Blessed!!!"

Following the motivational panel, Neville's band Dumpstaphunk -- New Orleans' reigning ringleaders of funk -- will "Raise the House" with their heavy-hitting danceable grooves, performing new music from their New York Times-acclaimed release, Dirty Word ("I don't expect to hear anything funkier this year," Jon Pareles).

Rally 4 Recovery will also boast free eats and family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon, including bouncy houses, face painting, rides, crafts, a reptile show, rock wall and more. Shortly after Dumpstaphunk's live performance, the evening comes to a close with a candle-lit procession to WaterFire along the Providence River at dusk.

“We invite people in recovery, our families and friends from throughout the region to join us in Providence,” said Jim Gillen, Co-Chair of the Rhode Island Rally 4 Recovery committee. “There are over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. October 1st, millions of people with addiction and mental illness will be eligible for health insurance coverage. We will be celebrating this important victory by getting ready to enroll,” he continued.  

“We thank everyone who’s standing up for recovery, offering hope and opportunity for people who still need help to recover,” said Dona Dmitrovic, chair of Faces & Voices of Recovery’s board of directors. “When we recover, we benefit ourselves, our communities and the nation.”

Faces & Voices is the national organization coordinating Rally 4 Recovery events during September, National Recovery Month, and more than 100,000 people are expected to participate in recovery events throughout the state.

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 2:00 pm: Street festival and celebrations begin
  • 3:00 pm: Rally at the Main Stage
  • 4:00 pm: Ivan Neville speaks about his experiences in recovery
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Dumpstaphunk performs on the Main Stage
  • 7:00 pm: Torch parade to WaterFire

ABOUT RHODE ISLAND RALLY 4 RECOVERY
Entering its 11th year, Rally 4 Recovery has grown from a gathering of a few hundred people to a day-long celebration of recovery attracting more than 6,000 people in 2012. A memorial luminaria procession closes out the event as part of the city-wide WaterFire celebration. The event helps build an attractive culture of recovery in Rhode Island, with the belief that everyone has a right to, and is capable of, recovery from addiction to drugs, alcohol and mental illness. A state-wide coalition, led by people in recovery, plans each year’s rally and includes public and private sector treatment providers in addition to the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. www.rally4recovery.com

ABOUT FACES & VOICES OF RECOVERY
Faces & Voices of Recovery is the national organization of individuals and organizations joining together with a united voice to advocate for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Since 2007 Faces & Voices has helped organized walks, rallies, picnics and other events at hundreds of locations across the nation and around the world under the umbrella Rally for Recovery! to support longterm recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org

ABOUT RECOVERY MONTH
National Recovery Month is an annual observance during the month of September that is sponsored by the National Planning Partners in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. A listing of events around the nation and the world can be found at www.recoverymonth.gov.

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:47 pm

Tonight Phoncert, a new live music streaming application for iPhones and iOS devices, will broadcast Lettuce performing live from Stage 48 in Manhattan. Fans can download Phoncert free to their phones and listen from anywhere on the go, or stream online at www.phoncert.com/listen.Presented by Live for Live Music, the Hump Day rage starts at 8 p.m. with an opening set from the Nigel Hall Band before Lettuce hits around 10:15 p.m., performing a special set of classic tunes honoring legendary soul man, James Brown.Tickets to the live show still available, purchase HERE.About LettuceA mutual love of old school funk bonded a group of Berklee College of Music students back in 1992, and now, more than 20 years later, Lettuce has evolved into one of music's most pervasive modern funk ensembles. Coupling studio releases Outta Here (2002), Rage! (2008) and Fly (2012) with electrocuting live performances across the nation and overseas, there's no denying that Lettuce is one of the tightest groove juggernauts on the scene today. "We play music that reflects our way of life,” says bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, who is joined by fellow Royal Family ragers: guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, keyboardist Neal Evans, vocalist Nigel Hall, drummer Adam Deitch and the Shady Horns featuring Ryan Zoidis on alto sax, Eric Bloom on trumpet and James Casey on tenor sax. "We love that nasty funk, that undeniable funk... the funk of the ages."http://www.lettucefunk.com

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 4:38 pm

Starting tonight in Brooklyn, NY, Dumpstaphunk will join legendary soul singer Lionel Richie for several dates on his "All Hits All Night Long" 2013 fall tour, pairing the Grammy-winner's classic pop songs with the dirtiest funk New Orleans has to offer.

Dumpstaphunk will perform new music from their July 2013 release Dirty Word, supporting Richie coast to coast at concerts in Brooklyn, NY (Barclay's Center), Atlanta, GA (Chastain Park Ampitheater), Houston, TX (Woodlands Pavilion), San Jose, CA (HP Pavillion) and Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Bowl).

A decade evolved from their debut at 2003's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the heavy-hitting ensemble features Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Nick Daniels III and Nikki Glaspie. With two bass players, four-part vocal harmonies and a notorious live swagger, Dumpstaphunk will offer fans an infectious groove unseen since trailblazers like Sly & the Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic.

Richie is not the only star supporting the modern funk movement -- folk singer Ani DiFranco and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers both appear on the band's new record, along with their New Orleans friends and family such as Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band and Art "Poppa Funk" Neville [founding member of the city's pioneering funk band, the Meters, Art is the father of Dumpstaphunk guitarist Ian Neville and uncle to keyboardist Ivan Neville, son of Neville Brothers frontman Aaron Neville].

Dirty Word has earned universal praise since its July 2013 release -- "I don't expect to hear anything funkier this year," New York Times -- while debuting at #4 on the Billboard Blues chart and currently holding down the #2 spot on the Jambands radio chart.

Dumpstaphunk plans to release their first-ever music video for Dirty Word's "Dancin' To the Truth" when they return from a string of Australian tour dates leading into their west-coast run with Richie in October.

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 4:48 pm

Tonight Phoncert, a new live music streaming application for iPhones and iOS devices, will broadcast Melvin Seals & JGB performing live from the Beachland Ballroom in Cleavland, OH. Fans can download Phoncert free to their phones and listen from anywhere on the go, or stream online at www.phoncert.com/listen.The longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band celebrates his 60th birthday performing two nights at the intimate venue: tonight, with jam band Yosemight, and tomorrow night as part of a benefit for The Human Fund, cultivating creativity in Cleveland’s youth.Tickets to the live show still available, purchase HERE.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 2:10 pm

The Seva Foundation, a Berkley-based charitable organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness around the globe, will celebrate their 35th Anniversary with a benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.Hosted by Seva's charismatic co-founder, humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy, "Sing Out for Seva" will feature performances by five-time Grammy-winners, the Blind Boys of Alabama, New Orleans' heavy-hitting funk collective, Dumpstaphunk, legendary rock band, Hot Tuna, and several special guests.All proceeds from Sing Out for Seva will help fund eye surgeries around the world.In the past 35 years, Seva has restored eyesight to nearly 3.5 million people with programs reaching many of  the poorest corners of the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, India, Africa and Native American communities in the US. In some of these countries, Seva’s programs account for between 25% and 50% of all eye surgeries performed annually.Tickets to Sing Out for Seva are on sale now. General admission is $48 and VIP packages are available at $105. For details and more information, visit www.seva.org.About Seva Foundation:Seva Foundation is a Berkeley based organization founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians, and compassionate individuals, all dedicated to the prevention of blindness around the globe. Most notably among them are public health expert Dr. Larry Brilliant, spiritual leader Ram Dass, and humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy. In the past 35 years, Seva has helped restore the eyesight to nearly 3.5 million people with programs reaching many of  the poorest corners of the world including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, India, Africa and in Native American communities in the US. In some of these countries Seva’s programs account for between 25% and 50% of all eye surgeries performed.

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:11 pm

Last night in Miami, Roosevelt Collier and the Bobby Lee Rodgers trio opened for Widespread Panic at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. After two powerful sets, Widespread brought Roosevelt and Bobby on stage to shred the encore "Ride Me High."After Widespread left the stage, Bobby and Roosevelt continued the slide-heavy jams at the Fillmore, hosting an afterparty at the venue's smaller "Backstage" music room (free for anyone with a ticket stub) performing for about 300 people until about 1am.Tonight, Widespread Panic performs in Jacksonville, FL at the Moran Theatre.  Roosevelt Collier will host his own Jacksonville afterparty "Roosevelt Collier & Friends" just a few blocks from the venue at the Underbelly (113 East Bay Street) with his trio -- bassist Matt Lapham of Shak Nasti and drummer Anthony Cole of Mofro -- and special guest JJ Grey.Tickets to the Underbelly aftershow are $15, or $10 with a WP ticket stub. The night will kick off with an early set by Grandpa's Cough Medicine at 10pm followed by Roosevelt & friends around 11:30pm.* don't be surprised to catch Roosevelt on stage with Widespread again tonight as well!SETLIST: 11/5/2013 Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason TheaterSet 1: Wondering, Send Your Mind, Stop-Go, Solid Rock, Tail Dragger, Hatfield > Cotton Was King, Visiting Day, Thought Sausage > Travelin' LightSet 2: You Should Be Glad, Proving Ground, Pickin' Up The Pieces, Climb To Safety > Driving Song > Blight > Driving Song > Breathing Slow, Big Wooly Mammoth > Pleas, NorthEncore: Ride Me High** with Roosevelt Collier and Bobby Lee Rodgers

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 2:00 pm

Today, The Nth Power announces their debut national tour, hitting the road Dec. 3-14, 2013 for the first time since the underground ensemble joined forces in New Orleans less than a year ago.Finding a brief window apart from the bandmembers' various other touring projects, fans in Washington, DC; Greensboro, NC; Charleston, SC; Asheville, NC; Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Portsmouth, NH and Providence, RI will get a rare first listen of what could easily be the next marquee supergroup of soul music.Few artists pack as much punch in a five-piece, all-analog ensemble as The Nth Power. The formula starts with heavy-hitting drummer Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk , Beyoncé)'s deep pocket, explosive energy and silky vocals, compounded by bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body), whose quiet confidence lies in perfect contrast to the emphatic, funky low-end he creates. Next, Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band, John Scofield)'s unmistakable vocals and innate ability to preach with a keyboard hit the groove in full force. Over the top comes frontman Nick Cassarino (Jennifer Hartswick Band, Big Daddy Kane), oozing more soul in one finger than most guitarists could create in a lifetime, and with a voice that immediately wraps the room in sex appeal. West African percussionist Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, Kreative Pandemonium) is the final X-factor, creating a rhythmic symphony through the djembe that ties the whole equation together with undeniable finesse.Together, The Nth Power wants to change your life through a message of musical love and understanding -- one that will inspire you to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps. "Just know that when you hear this music, you're going to feel something -- you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," Braimah explained.December's tour follows the April 20, 2013 release of Basic Minimum Skills Test, a six-song EP the group unleashed on the streets of New Orleans during Jazzfest. There, early buzz about The Nth Power's transcendent live performances first took hold, and the band has since appeared on a handful of festival lineups, including Electric Forest and Gratitude Harvest Festival, as well as Bear Creek Music Festival this coming weekend. Currently recording at Music Shed Studios in New Orleans, The Nth Power plans to release a full-length album in 2014."The sound we create is built on a strong foundation of love," said Hall. "We're just getting started, the best is yet to come."TOUR DATES:12/03/13 - Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC12/04/13 - The Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC12/05/13 - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC12/06/13 - Asheville Music Hall - Asheville, NC12/07/13 - Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC12/08/13 - The Vinyl - Atlanta, GA12/10/13 - 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN12/11/13 - 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center - St. Louis, MO12/12/13 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL (w/Lettuce)12/13/13 - Sullivan Hall - New York, NY12/14/13 - Thirsty Moose Taphouse - Portsmouth, NH12/15/13 - The Spot Underground - Providence, RI

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 3:47 pm

On the eve of the 2013 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, a handful of world-class funk, jazz and rock musicians will converge on Patton Avenue, in the heart of downtown Asheville, Thursday, Dec. 12, hosting an all-star "get down" at the Asheville Music Hall.The incredible lineup begins with pedal steel master Roosevelt Collier of the Lee Boys, who will also be an honored special guest with the Aquarium Rescue Unit and other Christmas Jam performers throughout the weekend. Collier's slide-driven sacred steel joins the quick-witted guitar licks of Eddie Roberts, British jazz-funk frontman of the New Mastersounds. Tea Leaf Green bassist Reed Mathis (who recently performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien with Nicki Bluhm) creates the evening's deep-seeded low end, along with funk drummer John Staten of the Pimps of Joytime rounding out the infectious rhythm section. Over the top comes the feminine finesse of the Trey Anastasio Band horns -- trombonist Natalie Cressman and trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick, whose gospel-like vocals will reverberate through the walls of the Asheville Music Hall with resounding soul.Together, these six music lovers and friends will share their passion for performing with each other, and help Asheville welcome yet another weekend of unmatched live music during this year's Christmas Jam.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 4:43 pm

Dumpstaphunk has been forging a new path for funk music ever since the masters of New Orleans groove burst onto the stage at the 2003 Jazz & Heritage Festival. Today, in support of their new full-length album, Dirty Word (July 2013, Louisiana Red Hot Records), Dumpstaphunk brings their heavy-hitting party funk to life for the first time on film, announcing the music video debut of "Dancin' To The Truth."

Dancin To the Truth Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEWv5PElFlo&feature=youtu.be

The video features archival footage from traditional street celebrations of New Orleans, paying a nostalgic nod to the spirit and symbolism of the Crescent City, but with a modern edge delivered from the front row of a Dumpstaphunk concert.

"Every time Dumpstaphunk performs that song, we dedicate it to all the music lovers out there," keyboardist and vocalist Ivan Neville told the Wall Street Journal. "We're talking about the healing power and the righteousness of music, and where better to celebrate that spirit than in New Orleans?"

True to the track, the "Dancin' To The Truth" video couples archival footage of Mardi Gras Indians and candid images of locals dancing in the streets, with live clips from a Dumpstaphunk performance at the Howlin' Wolf during 2013's Mardi Gras celebrations. Its abstract interpretation intends to place the viewer within that experience, providing a brief translation of what it might be like to let loose with Dumpstaphunk down in New Orleans.

"The video reiterates that music is the truth. We are fortunate that there's still an audience out there that wants to hear music like this, from real musicians playing it live," Neville said. "But we also left a lot to the imagination, so that people can feel that groove and let it take them wherever they want."

Production on the "Dancin' To The Truth" video was spearheaded by Silverback and Hubtuit, with archival footage provided by local cinematographer Jay Newby (Big Chief Films). Additional footage by Jeff Pilskin (Raised Fist Propaganda) and Andrew L. Anthony (Best Coast Productions). Final edits, post production and special effects provided by Andrew L. Anthony (Best Coast Productions). Additional special effects by Motohiro Nezu.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:49 pm

Today, The Nth Power announces the second leg of their debut Thank You Winter Tour, illuminating audiences out West in Arizona, Colorado and Utah in late January and early February 2014, before ending on a warmer note with two performances at Best Fest in Costa Rica.Naming the tour in honor of their new single, "Thank You" (released Dec. 3, 2013) 2014's forthcoming performances will build upon a string of landmark live debuts in late 2013 -- including an acclaimed Saturday night set at Bear Creek Music Festival and December's twelve-show Eastern US debut, which garnered a highlight performance with Lettuce at Chicago's Concord Music Hall.Not yet a year old, this new passion project brings together five leading lights in the funk and soul universes to create a sound as distinctive as its message is profound.Video EPK: Welcome To The Nth PowerWith original tunes that share a global message of love and understanding, the ensemble features evangelist Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce) on drums, the good reverend Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band) on keys, shepherd Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body) on bass, bishop Weedie Braimah (Kreative Pandemonium, Toubab Krewe) on percussion and prophet Nick Cassarino (Jennifer Hartswick Band) on guitar.The Nth Power's three-part vocal harmonies evoke chills like a gospel choir, with uncanny instrumentation that layers flavors of world-beat, funk, gospel and jazz in the most seductive, yet ferocious manner. Together The Nth Power proves that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts."Just know that when you hear this music, you're going to feel something -- you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," said Braimah."Our sound is built on a strong foundation of love," said Hall, who also recorded on Pretty Light's 2014 Grammy-nominated album A Color Map of the Sun. "[The Nth Power] is one of the things that I'm most proud of out of everything that I've done... We're just getting started, the best is yet to come."

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:44 am

Today, the Pimps of Joytime announce a string of April 2014 tour dates in honor of their new single "Booty Text" and forthcoming 2014 studio album, Jukestone Paradise.

The exotic five-piece will bring their all-analog dance tunes up the East Coast to Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Burlington, VT; Syracuse, NY; Fairfield, CT; Boston, MA and New York, NY before Midwest performances in Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE and Minneapolis, MN.

The road warriors are currently charging the West Coast leg of their winter tour, which kicked off over Valentines' weekend with two sold-out shows in San Francisco, CA at the Independent.

Before heading out west, on Jan. 28, 2014, the Pimps of Joytime proudly announced their first single in more than two years, releasing "Booty Text" as a free fan download on their website, pimpsofjoytime.com. The clever holler back anthem is available on limited-edition vinyl 45s that feature a bonus "dubby mix" of the song, for sale exclusively on tour.

The vinyl release is the band's first, a nod towards the remix culture of their native Brooklyn. "Remixes are a huge part of the club culture because they reinterpret and often times revitalize the original. A song comes alive when you’re on the floor experiencing it with your people," said lead vocalist and guitarist Brian J.

"Booty Text" was also produced by Brian J, who has produced all of the band's albums as well as Cyril Neville's last solo record and Galactic trombonist Corey Henry's forthcoming work. In the past he's recorded most of the Pimps' instrumental parts himself, including percussion. But with the addition of new drummer John Staten, Brian J dabbles with live percussion in the studio for the first time on the group's forthcoming album, Jukestone Paradise. "[Staten] brings a lot of fire into the drums, he's a huge part of this record," Brian J explained. "Percussion is really important to me, and with him I'm able to mix them loud and powerful."

Set for release in 2014, Jukestone Paradise will usher the Pimps' most focused groove to date, threading heavy delta blues riffs with intoxicating rhythms and clever songwriting throughout. It will also feature an electrifying collaboration with Alex Toth of Rubblebucket. [Note: "Booty Text" not featured on Jukestone Paradise, single only]

The Pimps of Joytime perform next in Eugene, OR Thursday, Feb. 20 at Cozmic Pizza with special guest Myron & E.

Complete List of 2014 Tour Dates:

Feb. 19: Hood River, OR - River City Saloon +

Feb. 20: Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza +

Feb. 21: Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios +

Feb. 22: Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Room +

Feb. 25: Jackson Hole, WY - Pink Garter Theater

Feb. 26: Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room

Feb. 27: Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *

Feb. 28: Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *

Mar. 1: Steamboat Springs, CO - Gondola Plaza

Mar. 4: Snowmass, CO - Snowmass Village

Mar. 5: Telluride, CO - Fly Me To The Moon Saloon

Mar. 7: Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite 

Mar. 8: San Diego, CA - Mustache Bash Music Festival

Apr. 3: Baltimore, MD - 8x10

Apr. 4: Washington, DC - Gypsy Sally's 

Apr. 5: Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar

Apr. 8: Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Apr. 9: Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon

Apr. 10: Fairfield, CT - StageOne

Apr. 11: Boston, MA - The Church

Apr. 12: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

Apr. 16: Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern

Apr. 17: Chicago, IL - Cubby Bear

Apr. 18: Omaha, NE - The Hive

Apr. 19: Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze

+ with Myron & E

* with Dirty Dozen Brass Band

 

For more information, visit www.pimpsofjoytime.com

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:53 am

The Brooklyn-based Pimps of Joytime live and breathe an irresistible groove that blurs conventional genre boundaries, creating a highly engaging, funky party that you'd eagerly stumble across on the streets of New Orleans or in a New York nightclub.

Tonight in Washington, DC the soulful outfit kicks of a marathon 17-city April tour across much of the Northeast and Eastern US. At the shows, fans will experience the Pimps of Joytime's new single "Booty Text" and hear music from their forthcoming studio album, Jukestone Paradise, live in concert before anyone else. 

The Pimps are known for taking risks in the studio, ever since their debut High Steppin' (2007, Wonderwheel Records) surprised critics at NPR, saying, "This is funky. It has it all: soul, funk, punk, afrobeat, rap. I've not heard anything quite like it." A remix album followed, then in 2011 the group released Janxta Funk! (Wonderwheel Records), which captured their "part janky, part gangsta" groove and solidified the Pimps' place among a new wave of progressive funk artists. 

In the years since, the Pimps of Joytime toured almost nonstop coast to coast at major festivals like SXSW, Bonnaroo, All Good, Wakarusa and countless club dates -- more than 100 shows each year since 2012 -- steadily growing a devout fanbase that hinges on the thrill of the live show, and a desire for more.

This spring, fans will get that new chapter from the Pimps when they perform unreleased songs from Jukestone Paradise live on tour before the album's release in early fall 2014. The new record marks the studio debut of new drummer John Staten, who has been a staple on tour with the Pimps of Joytime for the last year, and also holds an incredible songwriting collaboration with Alex Toth of Rubblebucket.

"It's a more mature statement for us and speaks to how we've grown in the last few years," said lead singer and guitarist Brian J, who also doubles as producer on all the Pimps of Joytime albums. "In the past we've gone in a lot of different directions musically, but this record is more focused and takes you to a few distinct places -- it's harder, more blues-driven, and we can wait to see our fans' reaction at the show."

The April tour kicks off tonight in Baltimore, MD at the 8X10 and travels throughout major Northeast hubs including a hometown show in New York City Friday, April 12 at the Bowery Ballroom before the tour continues to the Midwest and Southeast.

For details and to purchase tickets, visit www.pimpsofjoytime.com.

April 2014 Tour Dates:

Fri, 4/4: Washington, DC - Gypsy Sally's 

Sat, 4/5: Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar

Tue, 4/8: Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Wed, 4/9: Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon

Thu 4/10: Fairfield, CT - StageOne

Fri 4/11: Boston, MA - The Church

Sat 4/12: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

Wed 4/16: Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern

Thu 4/17: Chicago, IL - Cubby Bear

Fri 4/18: Omaha, NE - The Hive

Sat 4/19: Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze

Tue 4/22: St. Louis, MO - Gramophone

Wed 4/23: Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter

Thu 4/24: Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm & Brews

Fri 4/25: Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn

Sat 4/26: Pisgah Brewing Company - Asheville, NC

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:28 am

In a world full of darkness and chaos, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light -- announcing their "Fall In Love" 2014 North American tour. The tour's western leg is highlighted by a six-date West Coast concert series with British funk fusionists, The New Mastersounds, which kicks off Sept. 23 in Seattle, WA, before headlining two nights in Portland, OR Sept. 24 and 25, two nights in San Francisco, CA Sept. 26 and 27, and ending in Santa Cruz, CA Sept. 28. 

The Nth Power brings together five seasoned talents from the funk, soul, rock, reggae and world-beat universes: guitarist and vocalist Nick Cassarino (Big Daddy Kane, Jennifer Hartswick Band), keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall (Lettuce, John Scofield, Pretty Lights, Warren Haynes), drummer and vocalist Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Dumpstaphunk), bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body, Rubblebucket) and 110th generation West African percussionist, Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe). 

Together, the fluid power and raw synergy of their vibe makes audiences want to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goosebumps. But at the core of that vibe is a deviously simple concept -- the healing power of love. 

“Our music is more than just music,” Glaspie said recently. “We’re on a mission to try to help people, and heal the world, and make people feel better about themselves, and just let them know that they are loved. There’s so much hate in the world, we feel that we can use this platform to make the world a better place.”

"Just know that when you hear this music, you're going to feel something -- you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," said West African percussionist Weedie Braimah. "With what's going on all over the world and on the news right now, people need to inspired by love now more than ever, and music is the universal language."

The Nth Power is currently recording their debut full length album, Abundance, anticipated for a March 2015 release date. The group put out an independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test, in April 2013 -- a year after they first joined forces in New Orleans for a late night Jazzfest performance on Patton Avenue. After a handful of brief tours and festival appearances since, The Nth Power comes full circle in 2014, sharing their powerful performances with a slew of new cities and venues across the country and overseas. 

Learn more from their mini-documentary, Welcome To The Nth Power.

"Fall In Love" Tour Dates:

9/18  Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

9/19  Park City, UT - The Boneyard *

9/20  Sandpoint, ID - The Hive 

9/23  Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge +

9/24-25  Portland, OR - Douglas Fir Lounge + 

9/26-27  San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall +

9/28  Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley +

10/3-6  Caloundra, AUS - Caloundra Music Festival

10/9  San Diego, CA - Winston's Beach Club 

10/10  Los Angeles, CA - The Mint 

10/11  Petaluma, CA - Zodiac's

10/15  St. Louis, MO - Gramophone 

10/16  Peoria, IL - Limelight

10/17  Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's 

10/18-19  Black Mtn, NC - Lake Eden Arts Festival 

10/20  Charleston, SC - Pour House

10/21  Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live 

10/23  New Orleans, LA - Maison on Frenchmen 

10/24  Houston, TX - Last Concert Cafe *

10/25  Dallas, TX - Three Links

10/26  Rockdale, TX - Art Outside Festival

11/13  Boca Raton, FL - Funky Biscuit

11/14-16  Live Oak, FL - Bear Creek Music Festival 

11/18  Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5

11/19  Athens, GA - New Earth Music Hall

11/20  Greenville, SC - Gottrocks

11/21  Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's by the Sea

11/22  Raleigh, NC - Pour House Music Hall

11/23  Richmond, VA - The Broadberry

11/26  Portsmouth, NH - Press Room

11/28  Providence, RI - The Spot

11/29  Allston, MA - Wonderbar

12/2  Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl

12/3  Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall

1/6  Miami, FL - Jam Cruise

 

* w/Orgone

+ w/New Mastersounds

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:11 am

Today, The Nth Power and Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles announce 16 additional tour dates on their co-headlined "Funkapower" Spring Tour, with new stops in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and on to the Mid-Atlantic in May and June.

The tour pairs a funky new solo project from Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy keyboardist, Cory Henry, with veteran soul dream-team, The Nth Power -- whose bandmembers have toured with Beyonce, Big Daddy Kane, John Brown's Body and Toubab Krewe. The two breakout groups will alternate opening and closing sets throughout their 33-city tour, which travels to 21 states throughout the Eastern US March 29-June 5.

The idea to join forces manifested shortly after The Nth Power and Snarky Puppy collided on Jam Cruise in January 2015, where The Nth Power celebrated their 100th live show together performing on the festival's main stage. Both groups' style and experience lent itself to such a beautiful pairing, which plans to blow audiences away with an awe-inspiring medley of mind-melting, intellectual, baby-making music.

"Cory [Henry] is seriously one of the greatest keyboardists of our time," said Hall, who cites legends like George Duke and Herbie Hancock as some of his earliest influences. "Just watching him makes me a better player. I can't wait to share the stage with him again."

The spring partnership marks the first national tour for Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, who will perform original music in the style of James Brown, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire. The Nth Power plan to showcase unreleased songs like "Only Love" and "Walk on Water" from their forthcoming full-length studio album, Abundance, as well as slow jams like "Only You" from their 2013 EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test.

Formed from an impromptu performance during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Nth Power -- drummer Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Dumpstaphunk), keyboardist Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band), guitarist Nick Cassarino (Big Daddy Kane), bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body) and West African percussionist Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe) -- exploded onto the live touring circuit in 2014, traveling more than 80 cities across the US and internationally to Costa Rica and Australia. Their melody-centric formula fuses elements of funk, gospel, reggae, psychedelic jazz and world-beat with three-part vocal harmonies and soulful lyrics that testify to the healing power of music.

Following the spring tour with Henry, The Nth Power kicks off festival season at Wanee Music Festival Apr. 18 in Live Oak, FL performing a special Steely Dan tribute set. Other 2015 festival appearances will include Summer Camp Music Festival May 21-22 in Chilicothe, IL; Dark Star Jubilee May 23 in Thornville, OH; Wakarusa Music Festival June 7 in Ozark, AZ; Telluride Jazz Festival July 31 in Telluride CO; Gathering of the Vibes Aug. 1 in Bridgeport, CT; Werkout Music Festival Aug. 7 in Thornville, OH; Camp Barefoot Aug. 21 in Bartow, WV and others TBA.

The Nth Power Tour Dates (Complete List):

3/27 Boca Raton, FL - Funky Biscuit

3/28 Dunedin, FL - Dunedin Brewery

3/29 Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House*

3/30 Athens, GA - Georgia Theater*

3/31 Birmingham, AL - Zydeco*

4/2 St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House*

4/3 Chicago, IL - Chop Shop & 1st Ward*

4/4 Lansing, MI - The Loft*

4/5 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom*

4/6 Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern*

4/8 Rochester, NY - Water St. Music Hall*

4/9 New York, NY - Cutting Room*

4/10 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall*

4/11 Providence, RI - The Spot Underground*

4/12 Washington, DC - Gypsy Sallys*

4/14 Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre*

4/15 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*

4/16 Asheville, NC - New Mountain*

4/17 Greenville, SC - Gottrocks*

4/18 Live Oak, FL - Wanee Music Festival

4/24-25 Albuquerque, NM - Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

4/26 New Orleans, LA - The Republic

4/28 New Orleans, LA - Howlin' Wolf

4/29 New Orleans, LA - Oak Street Block Party

5/4 New Orleans, LA - Blue Nile

5/14 Austin, TX - The Parish*

5/15 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Ballroom*

5/16 Dallas, TX - The Door*

5/18 Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall *

5/19 Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley*

5/20 Indianapolis, IN - Jazz Kitchen*

5/21-22 Chilicothe, IL - Summer Camp Music Festival

5/23 Thornville, OH - Dark Star Jubilee

5/26 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater*

5/27 Philadelphia, PA - Ardmore Music Hall*

5/28 Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs*

5/29 Fairfield, CT - Stage One*

5/30 Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot*

5/31 Northampton, MA - Hinge*

6/2 Baltimore, MD - The 8x10*

6/3 Roanoke, VA - Jefferson Center*

6/4 Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre*

6/5 Covington, KY - Cosmo's*

6/7 Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Music Festival

6/11 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre

6/13-14 Jackson Hole, WY - Contour Music Festival

6/16 Denver, CO - Larimer

7/2-3 Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival

7/31 Telluride, CO - Telluride Jazz Festival

8/1 Bridgeport, CT - Gathering of the Vibes

8/7 Thornville, OH - The Werkout Music & Arts Festival

8/21 Bartow, WV - Camp Barefoot 9 Music & Art Festival

* w/ Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:23 am

Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is transcendence, personified. "When you hear this music, you're going to feel something – you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," the band explains in their mini-documentary, Welcome To The Nth Power.

Forged from an impromptu collaboration during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the quintet conceives an other-worldly groove that draw elements of funk, jazz, gospel, reggae and world-beat to create musical energy of a higher power. Their melody-driven songs tap into a force that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with three-part vocal harmonies and lyrics that testify to the healing power of love.

The lineup brings together drummer Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Dumpstaphunk), guitarist Nick Cassarino (Big Daddy Kane, Jennifer Hartswick Band), bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body), keyboardist Courtney Smith, and West African djembe master Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Toubab Krewe) on percussion.

They returned to New Orleans to release their independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test (April 2013), which quickly earned airplay from the city's legendary radio station, WWOZ, and was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2013 by KDHX in St. Louis, MO. The Nth Power soon transitioned from part-time passion project to full-time touring machine. They have performed for major music rooms and festivals coast-to-coast and overseas, including Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Wanee, Bear Creek and Australia's Caloundra Music Festival. Their uplifting live set eventually caught the ear of Sirius XM Radio, which regularly airs live recordings on its "Jam On" rock station.

You can catch Nth Power this week:

Thurs, June 11 - Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Fri, June 12 - Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
 
Both shows featuring support from Yojimbo.
Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:57 pm

Riding the wave of their 2015 album release, Jukestone Paradise, today, the Pimps of Joytime announce a whirlwind 2015 Fall Tour.

Performing their latest Brooklyn-bred funk and dance tunes, the group's high-energy tour kicks off in Burlington, VT Oct. 1 at Higher Ground. Highlight performances will include Chicago, IL Oct. 9 at Martyrs', Phases of the Moon Music & Arts Festival Oct. 16 in Ozark, AK, Halloween at the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO Oct. 31, and the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA Nov. 14.

Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling—that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat; the sensation when the wide-eyed audience collectively elevates to the band’s tangible energy. With the 2015 release of Jukestone Paradise, the Pimps of Joytime raise the bar of their own potential with swagger to spare, crafting songs that ring out like the soundtrack for a ride through Brooklyn's multi-cultural neighborhoods, where their sound materialized. 

“It’s a sonic tapestry that’s representative of this time and place that we live in,” says lead guitarist and singer Brian J. “In terms of genres, everything has been done. But, not every combination has been done.”

Pulling Brian J’s deep discography of influences, the magic behind Jukestone Paradise sparked more than a decade ago, when he first penned anthems like “Sky” and “Freedom Dancer.” The album's recording sessions took the energy further, recording with the full band—dual female vocalists and percussionists Mayteana Morales and Cole WilliamsX, bassist and keyboardist David Bailis, and drummer John Staten—over looped riffs on-the-spot, culminating in signature tracks like “Red Golden” and “Body Party.” With the addition of a few friends like Ivan Neville, who adds New Orleans flavor to “Sky,” and Rubblebucket’s Alex Toth, who co-wrote the quirky and infectious “Dance Cardia,” Jukestone Paradise takes the group's undeniable musicianship to a higher plane. 

And that’s where the Pimps excel, by mashing up ‘70s funk with a house beat, and then pulling off the whole thing with a live band. In-house samples and creative effects (vocals run through a guitar amp, for example) ensure that every moment is rich with intrigue. For listeners weary of today’s DJ culture but eager to dance with abandon, the Pimps of Joytime is the antidote.

You might accurately call this Brooklyn-bred quintet a ‘post-genre’ band; a group whose sound—even within a single song—mirrors the diversity of our era’s wide musical tastes, like mashing up ‘70s funk with a house beat, or salsa infused hip-hop. It all goes into the Pimps’ pot, over a rich roux built on a foundation of groove.

Just as Brooklyn has changed in the decade since the Pimps landed there, so has the band’s sound. But as Williamsburg gentrifies, the Pimps of Joytime’s continuing multi-dimensional evolution keeps the borough’s true spirit alive.

Pimps of Joytime 2015 Fall Tour Dates:

10/1 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

10/2 Providence, RI - The Spot Underground

10/3 Seymour, CT - Smoke in the Valley @ Seymour Community Center

10/8 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub

10/9 Chicago, IL - Martyrs'

10/10 Kalamazoo, MI - Bells Eccentric Cafe

10/13 Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's

10/14 Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley

10/15 St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House

10/16 Ozark, AK - Phases of the Moon Music & Arts Festival

10/17 Jackson, MS - Martin's

10/18 Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre

10/21 Asheville, NC - New Mountain

10/22 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall

10/23 Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon

10/30 Fort Collins, CO - Hodi's Half Note

10/31 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre

11/4 Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live

11/5 Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room

11/6 San Diego, CA - Casbah

11/7 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

11/10 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant and Music Club

11/11 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's

11/12 Grass Valley, CA - Center for the Arts

11/13 Arcata, CA - Arcata Theatre

11/14 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

11/18 Eugene, OR - Hifi Music Hall

11/19 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

11/20 Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge

11/21 Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 6:28 pm

This Saturday, Sept. 12, The Nth Power presents the Third Annual Gratitude Festival, featuring a full day of live music and family fun on a gorgeous riverside locale in Little Compton, RI.

2015 Gratitude Festival-goers will experience a stunning 180 degree view of the Sakonnet River and the Atlantic Ocean while they enjoy the Nth Power's hand-picked lineup of live music on three stages. Highlight performances will include Jennifer Hartswick & Friends, Beau Sasser's Escape Plan, local favorites The Little Compton Band and more, with local food, art and activities for all ages. 

In the spirit of family and in anticipation of the group's forthcoming release, The Nth Power will welcome founding bandmate and soul professor Nigel Hall as a special guest during their headlining performance Saturday evening. Hall will be a featured guest on several tracks on Abundance when the new album drops this fall. 

A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit the Little Compton Wellness Center.  

Gates open at noon Saturday. Tickets are $30 advance, $35 day of show, $5 discount for students, veterans, and seniors, group rates available. Free admission for kids ages 12 and under. On-site camping is available for an additional $10.

For more info and to purchase tickets online, visit www.gratitudefestival.org.

Gratitude Festival Lineup: The Nth Power, Jennifer Hartswick & Friends, Beau Sasser's Escape Plan, The Little Compton Band, Hayley Jane, Otis Grove, The Monteirobots, Putnam Murdock, Rebecca Correia, Charlie Cover, DJ Nuggiez, The Neal McCarthy Problem, The Flying Dutchmen & MORE!

The Nth Power Tour Dates:

9/11 Clarks Grove, MN – Shangri-La

9/12 Little Compton, RI – Gratitude Festival

9/17 Fredericton, NB – Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

9/18 Hancock, NY – Catskill Chill Music Festival

9/23 Morgantown, WV – Mainstage*

9/24 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache

9/25 Indianapolis, IN – Moustrap

9/26 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club

9/27 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies*

9/29 Knoxville, TN – Concourse*

9/30 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre*

10/1 Richmond, VA – Broadberry*

10/2 Blacksburg, VA – 622 North

10/3 Covington, KY – Madison Theater

10/4 State College, PA – State Theatre*

10/5 Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern

10/7 Detroit, MI – Populux*

10/8 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge*

10/9 Kalamazoo, MI – Bell Eccentric Cafe*

10/10 Corolla, NC – Mustang Music Festival

10/11 Adams, TN – Creatures of the Night Festival

10/13 Fayetteville, AR – Georges Majestic*

10/15 Frisco, CO – Barkley Ballroom*

10/16 Aspen, CO – Belly Up*

10/18 Fort Collins, CO – Hodi's*

10/21 Dallas, TX – Trees*

10/22 Apache Pass, TX – Art Outside Festival

10/23 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Ballroom*

10/24 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina's Uptown*

10/27 Jackson, MS – Duling Hall*

10/28 Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center Playhouse*

10/29 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco*

10/30 Live Oak, FL – Hulaween

11/12 Providence, RI – Spot Underground*

11/13 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground*

11/14 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville*

11/18 Buffalo, NY – The Tralf*

11/20 New York, NY – Irving Plaza*

11/21 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)*

12/30 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium^

 

* with Dopapod

^ with Umphrey's McGee

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 6:15 pm

Florida's king of sacred steel, Roosevelt Collier, will bring his revolving superjam to the West Coast for the first time, announcing the California Get Down Nov. 5-7 in Northern California. With Collier front and center on pedal steel, the all-star lineup features bassist Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), guitarist Eric McFadden (Parliament Funkadelic Allstars) and drummer Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic) performing a free-flowing gumbo of electrifying grooves. The three-day run kicks off Thursday, Nov. 5 in Nevada City, CA at the Crazy Horse, followed by San Francisco, CA Friday, Nov. 6 at the Boom Boom Room with special guests Will Blades and Ronkat (P-Funk Allstars), before closing out the weekend Saturday, Nov. 7 in Chico, CA at Lost on Main.

Known for his legendary “jambushes” at festivals across the country, Collier has hosted a series Get Downs in Colorado, North Carolina and Florida over the past year. Pulling from his deep pool of musical brethren, Collier's superjams feature a rotating cast of talent, including members of String Cheese Incident, the Motet, Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Leftover Salmon and more.

After the California tour, Collier returns to Boulder, CO Thursday, Nov. 19 to host his third Colorado Get Down at the Fox Theatre, starring Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic), Joel Cummins (Umphrey's McGee) and Matt Lapham (Shak Nasti).

About Roosevelt Collier:

Soft-spoken by nature, South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Raised in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God gospel church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work. A master of the "jambush" Roosevelt has logged hair-raising performances with some of live music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers to Del McCoury, Widespread Panic to Yonder Mountain String Band, Snarky Puppy to Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. In 2015 he stepped out with legendary bassist Oteil Burbridge to form the Oteil & Roosevelt Band, whose gospel funk brand of Southern soul stunned audiences at festival like Summercamp, Delfest, Peach Festival and Magnolia Festival. Whether hosting superjams, guesting with national acts on tour or as an Artist at Large at festivals,  no matter what the context, when Roosevelt Collier takes the stage, the ear-to-ear grins can’t help but be contagious.

www.rooseveltcollier.com

facebook.com/rooseveltcollier

twitter/instagram: @RooseveltTheDr

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 7:37 pm

"I got news today that The 1up - Colfax suddenly decided to cancel all future shows, including the Colorado Get Down scheduled for this Fri & Sat in Denver. I just want to apologize to the fans, because this was a real shock to all of us, and encourage everyone to get their refund from the venue. Know that we are working hard to relocate the Denver shows for this weekend... and that Thursday night at The Fox Theatre in Boulder is still on! Please stay tuned, much love - Roosevelt"

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 12:12 pm

Brooklyn beat ensemble, the Pimps of Joytime, have tacked on a string of west-focused dates to their 2016 touring itinerary. Intriguing pairings with Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Leftover Salmon highlight the group's two-week run of the west this spring. Tickets go on sale today, Jan. 15 at 12pm PST.

It all kicks off Thursday, Mar. 17 with LA funksters Orgone at Tap It Brewery in San Luis Obispo, CA. The following night, the Pimps team up with New Orleans brass band Big Sam’s Funky Nation in Crystal Bay, NV, before another show with Orgone in Oakland Mar. 19. The group then heads north to headline Oregon dates in Ashland and Bend, before back-to-back nights with Colorado jamgrass act Leftover Salmon Mar. 25 in Boise, ID and Mar. 26 in Park City, UT. The final tour leg returns to California, headlining shows in Santa Cruz and Mill Valley for two nights, before concluding Saturday, Apr. 2 in Santa Barbara.

The Pimps will also hit several Northeast dates next month, with a hometown concert in Brooklyn Feb. 12 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg featuring local soul singer Kendra Morris. The eclectic dance troupe will also headline New England dates in Bridgeport and Cambridge, before joining forces with fellow funk collective Turkuaz Feb. 18 in Ithaca, NY and Feb. 20 in Ardmore, PA.

Touring in support of their new album, Jukestone Paradise, the Pimps of Joytime premiered the music video for Cut Off with Okayplayer back in November, and plan to release visual treatment for their new single, Dance Cardia (ft. Rubblebucket), next month.

Pimps of Joytime Tour Dates (Complete List):

2/12 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #

2/13 Bridgeport, CT - The Acoustic

2/18 Ithica, NY - The Haunt $

2/19 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

2/20 Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall $

3/17 San Luis Obispo, CA - Tap It Brewery

3/18 Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino +

3/19 Oakland, CA - The New Parish *

3/23 Ashland, OR - Ashland Armory

3/24 Bend, OR - Volcanic Theatre Pub

3/25 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory ^

3/26 Park City, UT - Park City Live ^

3/30 Santa Cruz, CA - Moe’s Alley

3/31 Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall

4/1 Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall

4/2 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant and Music Club

5/27 Napa Valley, CA - BottleRock

7/27 Floyd, VA - FloydFest

 

# w/ Kendra Morris

$ w/ Turkuaz

* w/ Orgone

+ w/ Big Sam’s Funky Nation

^ w/ Leftover Salmon

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 3:17 pm
Cali-funk soul machine Orgone drops "Do What You Came To Do" Saturday, April 16. Released through Colemine Records as a stand alone single, vinyl lovers can find the new track on special edition 45s, available at local record stores nationwide in Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Philadelphia and many more (lists of brick & mortar shops below).
 
Even better, Orgone's recent full length album, Beyond the Sun (2015, Colemine Records) was rereleased as a special edition double LP for vinyl collectors back in February. So keep an eye out for that while browsing your local music shop this weekend.
 
Anyone living outside of Orgone's distribution list can purchase directly from the band's website at www.orgonespace.com. "Do What You Came To Do" will also be available on iTunes.
 

Orgone Tour Dates:

4.16 St. Louis, CO ~ The Ready Room
4.17 Memphis, TM ~ Lafayette's Music Room
4.19 Charlotte, NC ~ Neighborhood Theatre
4.20 Asheville, NC ~ Asheville Music Hall
4.22 Nashville, TN ~ Acme Feed & Seed
4.23 Oxford, MS ~ The Square
4.25 New Orleans, LA ~ One Eyed Jacks
4.27 Austin, TX ~ Empire Control Room & Garage
4.29 Phoenix, AZ ~ Last Exit Live
4.30 Silverado, CA ~ Boogaloo Mountain Jam
6.02 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
6.08 Long Beach, CA - Federal Bar
6.10 Westcliffe, CO - Beanstalk Music Festival
6.16 Rye, CO - Sonic Bloom
6.18 Santa Fe, NM - Sante Fe Railyard Series
7.28 Cisco Grove, CA - Guitarfish

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 7:57 am

Just yesterday, just two days ahead of their Red Rocks debut, Brooklyn's Pimps of Joytime release their lighthearted new music video for "Dance Cardia."

Directed by Jean Shepherd, the video was shot on location in the band's hometown of Brooklyn, NY. It reveals frontman Brian J as "The Hustler" versus his childhood foil, "The People's Champ", as they converge for a climactic game of Jenga by the train tracks.

"Dance Cardia" is the last single from the Pimps' most recent LP, Jukestone Paradise (2015, Write Home Records). Brian J co-wrote the funky dance track with Alex Toth of Rubblebucket.

The Pimps premiered the video this morning through the Denver Post's music blog, Reverb, as a gift for their Colorado fans before they perform on the legendary Red Rocks stage for the first time as a group this Thursday, July 14.

"Colorado has been real good to us over the past 6 years. There seems to be a genuine appreciation for what we do out here," said Brian J. "It's a privilege to be invited to play the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater and we have our fans to thank for it."

Pimps of Joytime perform next in Telluride, CO tomorrow, July 13, headlining Telluride Mountain Village's free summer concert series at Sunset Plaza. Then they travel to Morrison, CO to open the Red Rocks show with Galactic and Boombox Thursday, July 14

Red Rocks Set Times
Doors 6:30pm
Pimps of Joytime 7:30-8:10pm
BoomBox 8:35-9:35pm
Galactic 10:05pm
Curfew 11:30pm
 
PJT Tour Dates:
7/13 Telluride, CO - Sunset Concert Series
7/14 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
7/15 Avon, CO - Agave
7/16 Snowmass Village, CO - Deaf Camp Benefit Summer Festival
7/28 Asbury Park, NJ - Jams on the Sand
7/29-30 Floyd, VA - Floydfest
7/31 Lancaster, PA - Long's Park Amphitheater
8/6 Bedford, PA - Wills Mountain Festival
8/11 Scranton, PA - Peach Music Festival
9/16 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *
9/18 Felton, CA - Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival
10/22 Rohnert Park, CA - Funkendank Oktoberfest ^
 
* with Greyboy Allstars
^ with Galactic, Big Sam's Funky Nation and The Dixie Giants
Sat, 07/30/2016 - 8:11 am

Sacred steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier will join David Shaw's Big River Get Down as a special guest artist at large when the one-day festival, presented by Miller Lite, commences Saturday, Sept. 10 at RiversEdge Amphitheater in Hamilton, Ohio.

Collier will join friends and festival headliners, The Revivalists, with a guest appearance on pedal steel guitar, as well as several other acts on the day's stacked lineup, which already includes The Wild Feathers, Maggie Koerner, The Temperance Movement, The Marcus King Band, and The Trongone Band.

South Florida's resident master of the steel guitar, Collier is known for his lightning fast slide work on the pedal and lap steel. Raised in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God gospel church, he built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys. In recent years, Collier as forged his own name in live music as one of the most sought-after guest performers in the jam scene today. A regular "Artist at Large," he has logged hair-raising festival performances with some of live music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers to Del McCoury, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, and his good friends in The Revivalists.

2016 marks the second annual Big River Get Down and the fifth consecutive year The Revivalists have performed at RiversEdge. For Shaw, hosting this festival in his hometown is about more than just a day of phenomenal music; it's an effort to make the City of Hamilton an even better place to live, work and play.  To help David accomplish this mission, all proceeds from the festival will be dedicated to the City of Hamilton's 4th of July fireworks and to provide additional free concerts at RiversEdge Amphitheater.

"This event is extraordinarily special to me because I believe that music can be the foundation and catalyst for big change and growth, said Shaw.  "Not just for the city, but for the people deep inside at their core.  When others from around the tri-state area get wind of what we're doing here, they're going to take notice. A city like Hamilton has a rich history filled with a lot of interesting characters, twists and turns.  I believe that the Big River Get Down will serve as a turning point for the city in terms of togetherness, morale and pride.  I can't wait to see what the future holds for both the City of Hamilton and the Big River Get Down. We're in this as one, we're in this together."

Big River Get Down Lineup Announcement

David Shaw and his band The Revivalists have garnered major national recognition lately. They made their national TV debut on the Today Show with their new radio hit "Wish I Knew You" and were named as one of Rolling Stone's "10 Artists You Need To Know". The seven-piece band's world-class musicianship is front and center at their renowned live shows as guitar, drums, pedal steel guitar, bass, saxophone, keyboard, and trumpet collide with enigmatic, lead singer/guitarist David Shaw's soulful, swaggering vocals to create a sonic imprint all their own. Boasting many sold-out shows, a #2 debut on the Billboard Alternative Albums Chart, and more than 4 million streams on Spotify, The Revivalists are quickly making a name for themselves with their eclectic Southern mix of jazz-funk grooves, blues rock grit, and warm melodies.
Thu, 04/11/2019 - 7:22 pm

There's something intangible about a first-time festival, and the community it brings together to celebrate the universal love language -- music. Suwannee Rising did just that last week, April 4-6, gifting roughly 3,500 visitors to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park with a brand new experience under the trees of Live Oak, FL. 

THe New Mastersounds

The event was a small miracle in and of itself, having little more than two months to transform from an idea to reality. Since the park's beloved Wanee Festival was absent from its April calendar for the first time since 2005, a new promoter stepped in to fill the void. Suwannee Rising's music lineup boasted a mix of jam, soul, rock and funk from artists like Lettuce, moe., New Mastersounds, Oteil Burbridge & Friends, Ghost Note, Dumpstaphunk, Melody Trucks Band, and more. 

Suwannee is a great place for kids of all ages

And while notes of Wanee jams often hung in the air, a palpable and funky energy reminiscent of the late Bear Creek Festival also made its presence known, sparking numerous artist collaborations and spontaneous sit ins throughout the weekend. Fans found their moment of zen at the festival's Sanctuary Tent joining in on morning yoga and guided couples massage. And those who popped for VIP enjoyed a private viewing area with its own bar and lounge. 

Melody Trucks | Suwannee Rising

Florida native Melody Trucks set the tone on Thursday, performing soulful southern originals and also paying tribute to her family's legacy and mentor Col. Bruce Hampton. She brought up vocalist Lamar Williams Jr. (son of Allman bassist Lamar Williams) for a powerful version of the Brothers' "Don't Keep Me Wondering." Trucks also made guest appearances of her own throughout the weekend, joining fellow Floridian Kaleigh Baker and Holey Miss Moley on vocals and percussion.

Oteil and Friends | Suwannee Rising

Friday night belonged to Oteil Burbridge & Friends, which featured Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around The Sun) and John Kimock (Steve's son & Mike Gordon Band). Paul Levine introduced the set by reminiscing about his love of Bear Creek, addressing the loss of Oteil's brother Kofi, and expressing his hopes for the future of Suwannee Rising. The group then performed an incredible set of classic covers from the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and the Beatles, among others. Later that night, Oteil returned to the main stage for a guest appearance with funk ragers Lettuce, who closed the night out Friday. 

Ghost Note | Suwannee Rising

Funk supergroup Ghost Note made a huge splash at Suwannee Rising. It was their first time on the festival grounds, though you'd never know it. Their Grammy-winning percussion duo, Nate Worth and Robert "Sput" Searight, made guest appearances with Lettuce Friday, while the group's flashy bassist MonoNeon jumped in with dirty New Orleans funk act Dumpstaphunk on "Up for the Downstroke" Saturday afternoon.

Dumpstaphunk | Suwannee Rising

In addition to the Melody Trucks Band, Florida natives Come Back Alice, LPT, Kaleigh Baker's Someday Honey, The Difference and The Fritz all represented for their state's vibrant music scene in style. 

Suwannee Rising | Live Oak, FL

The camping spirit also rang true at Suwannee Rising, as large group campsites from Wanee and Bear Creek came together for the first time. For those lucky enough to find it, one campsite dubbed the "Shelly Smith n Co's Dirty Poe Disco" boasted a fully rigged performance area where musicians would stop by. Orchestrated by bassist Matt Lapham of Shak Nasti and Roosevelt Collier Band, guest performers included Melody Trucks, Kaleigh Baker, members of Ghost Note and Lettuce, who played quietly so not to get shut down by park security as they jammed into the early morning hours. 

Lettuce | Suwannee Rising

All in, Suwannee Rising's warm sense of community and vibrant performances welcomed a brand new spring tradition that fans of the park should look forward to for many years to come.

Suwannee Rising | Live Oak, FL

Check out more photos from the inagural Suwannee Rising.

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 7:34 am

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/producer James Casey is pleased to announce the launch of Aux Chord (www.auxchord.live), an online music venue offering ticketed live stream events in the wake of COVID-19. Created by musicians for musicians, Aux Chord seeks to reduce distance as a barrier to enjoying live music. The site connects artists and their fans by creating a platform for online performances that emphasize quality audio, video and showmanship. 

Aux Chord will roll out its first event this Thursday, June 11 with a showcase starring Casey at 9 pm EST. Tickets are available for purchase now at www.auxchord.live, with other performances coming soon from Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino, Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini, Louis Cato and Erin Boyd.

Trey Anastasio Band | Brooklyn Bowl | 2019

“The goal of Aux Chord is to supply a place for the music community to continue to grow and thrive, and supply a place for music fans to be able to see great live music with great picture and sound,” Casey explains. “I doubt we’re the first to do this, and we definitely won’t be the last, but hopefully this can be a positive thing for the artists at large.”

Casey is a resident of New York City and touring member of the Trey Anastasio Band. Towards the end of February, he anticipated the pandemic’s potential to erase nearly a calendar year’s worth of concert dates for many artists like himself. In a brainstorm session with partner Ayla Cobb while quarantined, he decided that a proper online venue could be the solution. With the help of web developer Stephen Small, Aux Chord: A Live Streaming Venue was created.

The site offers a platform for musicians to showcase behind a paywall – a venue to perform on without asking for charity. Musicians who perform on Aux Chord will set their own ticket prices, and receive a majority of ticket revenues. All fees are nominal and transparent, with no gouging or high overhead.

James Casey

“Hopefully this can be a resource for musicians, especially independent artists, in a time where we honestly aren't able to perform and do what we've been working towards our whole lives. But what we can do is these live streams and create art for people to consume, especially considering that everyone is going through a whole lot right now,” Casey said. “This isn’t like going live on Facebook or Instagram and busking. The platform is about elevating that experience and really performing for the people. We’re putting on a show.”