Month: March 2021

  • With title on mind, Gaughan back in NCWTS

    first_imgAfter a successful eight-race stint in 2012, Brendan Gaughan will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2013.Gaughan will team up once more with crew chief Shane Wilson for a full season, this time in the Richard Childress Racing No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado.Last year Gaughan had four top-five finishes in eight starts. His best outing was a second-place finish in the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Gaughan also drove 10 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.Gaughan has completed six full Camping World Truck Series seasons since making his series debut in 1997. His best overall finish was fourth in 2003. Gaughan took a 26-point lead into series finale that year, but was involved in an accident that wrecked his championship hopes.That near miss was the driving point for the 37-year-old to return full-time.“I’m thrilled to be back in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series for a full season,” Gaughan said. “I would have been thankful to compete full time for Richard Childress Racing in any series, but returning to the trucks will provide me a second chance to go out and win the Truck Series championship that was stolen from me in 2003. I can’t wait to be reunited with my former crew chief Shane Wilson. … We’re going to do all that we can to get that championship we should have brought home years ago.”All total, Gaughan has eight Camping World Truck Series victories and 67 top-10 finishes in 195 starts. He and Wilson first teamed up for four races in 2000, and the duo has the type of steady relationship that is often the difference between wins and top-fives.“I’m looking forward to being reunited with Brendan,” Wilson said. “We have some unfinished business we need to take care of next season. With our resources from Richard Childress Racing, Brendan being a veteran Truck Series driver and our former history, I think it’s safe to say that we will be a very competitive team in 2013.” Former crew chief Shane Wilson also back on boardlast_img read more

  • Legendary NOLA Musicians Slated To Play Inaugural Crawfish Festival During Jazz Fest

    first_imgThe first-ever NOLA Crawfish Festival will welcome some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, food, and craft beer at the NOLA Brewery and Tap Room April 25-27, right in the midst of Jazz Fest season. Featuring talent from some of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Crescent City including George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, special guest Anders Osborne, and more, NOLA Crawfish Festival promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom.Presented by NOLA Crawfish King, Live For Live Music, and NOLA Brewing Company, the festival will bring together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, live music, and beer the city has to offer. The full roster of artists includes George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Papa Mali, Honey Island Swamp Band, Neville Jacobs, June Yamagishi, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Terrence Higgins, Brian Stoltz, Eric Vogel, Dave Malone, Johnny Sansone, Mike Zito & The Wheel, Colin Lake, Russ Broussard, and special guest Anders Osborne. Anticipate various superjams, exciting collaborations and surprise sit-ins, all in true New Orleans fashion. A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to The Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation, a local nonprofit whose mission is to raise mental health awareness through advocacy, education, and music.The festival will run from 3 PM-10 PM each day. Attendees can enjoy over 5,000 pounds of hot boiled crawfish prepared on-site by Chris “Shaggy” Davis and his NOLA Crawfish King staff, 20+ original varieties of ice-cold beer tapped straight from the source, and a specialty brew created just for the event. The three-day event will conclude with the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off, where twenty teams will compete for the best crawfish boil determined by a panel of NOLA celebrity judges.General admission includes one beer and a guaranteed minimum of two pounds of crawfish with all the fixings. Single day passes will be available, but a three-day pass is the best way to enjoy the full hometown experience. A limited amount of VIP passes will also be available, allowing full 360° access to a festival experience that you will never forget.More information and tickets are available at RSVP to attend here.ARTIST SCHEDULE4/25: Neville Jacobs (Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs, Tony Hall, Brady Blade), Honey Island Swamp Band, Mike Zito & The Wheel, Colin Lake, Johnny Sansone4/26: John “Papa” Gros Band (Brian Stoltz, Eric Vogel, Russ Broussard + special guest June Yamagishi), Papa Mali & Friends, Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, George Porter Trio w/ special guest June Yamagishi4/27: The MVP (Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, & Derwin “Big D” Perkins) + The 2016 NOLA Crawfish Cook-Off with NOLA Celebrity Judges + The Crawfish All-Stars (George Porter, Jr., Terrence Higgins, Billy Iuso, Dave Malone w/ special guest Anders Osborne)last_img read more

  • Why Vertex Knocked It Out Of The Park In Its Inaugural Year [Recap/Gallery]

    first_imgLoad remaining images This past weekend (August 5-7), the picturesque mountain valley of Cottonwood Meadows in Buena Vista, CO was graced with the debut of Vertex. This highly-anticipated festival fulfilled all positive expectations, thanks to not only the masterminds at Madison House Presents and AEG Live Rocky Mountains, but also the phenomenal festival staff and killer attendees.The inaugural festival’s jaw-dropping bill included huge names such as ODESZA, Gramatik, Alabama Shakes, Trey Anastasio Band, Duke Dumont, Emancipator Ensemble, Dopapod, Graham Nash, The Lennon Claypool Delirium, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Seven Lions. Other artists such as Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Big Wild, The Revivalists, Jai Wolf, and Fruition also brought the party in a colorful, energetic fashion.On top of the stellar musical acts, the festival environment was a dream. Thanks to the folks at Madison House Presents, the intimate festival, with around 8,000 attendees, hinted at a mini Electric Forest. Upon walking into the tree-soaked festival grounds, there were tiny houses galore, trippy lounge spots, and plenty of places to let your mind get a little lost.The smaller La Hacienda stage was nestled in the mini forest, providing the perfect chill spot during those lazy afternoons. At night, the forest transformed into a brightly lit wonderland, full of whimsy and as always, a little bit of crazy. There were two more stages just outside the forest walkthrough: the Cottonwood Parlor and the main Princeton Garden stage. Festival curators also ensured that attendees wouldn’t miss a single show by preventing any overlapping sets.There are a few features that made Vertex stand out among so many other festivals:First, the scenery was breathtaking. Buena Vista’s views are enough to bring a tear to even the most cold-hearted fools, and having the campgrounds nestled within a 360 degree view of the mountains was heavenly. Having the mountains greet you every morning is something everyone should experience at least once in their life.Second, there was the Bee Vee Beach Club, which held daily beach parties from 11am-2pm, and was open 24 hours a day. By day, the beach was filled with floats, hammocks, bumping music, and even a slackline set up over the water. By night, the placid water and festival-provided hammocks offered up the perfect wind down zone, where you could still hear the music at the main stage.Third, the daytime excursions really kicked it up a notch, offering attendees the option to go white water rafting, hiking, frisbee golfing, or exploring downtown Buena Vista. For the space nerds out there, there was also a massive 800 magnification telescope located right near the Tree Line VIP entrance. Clear sky willing, attendees could look at Saturn, Mars, numerous stars, and even had the chance to hold a meteorite.Fourth, the festival staff was unbelievable. Every day, a smiling staff member would stop by tents and pick up any filled garbage bags left at tents. This helped immensely at the end of the festival, because the mounds of garbage were nowhere to be seen. Every staff member at the festival was incredibly friendly and helpful, which in turn, urged attendees to share the love and take care of the space just as well.Lastly, the attendees were oozing positive vibes. Again, there was a symbiotic relationship between staff and attendees. Perhaps it was the intimate nature of the festival, or the vast age groups, ranging from young children, to twenty-somethings, to folks in their late 60’s. No matter the location, there was a relaxed atmosphere of people who were there to listen to great music.All in all, Vertex Festival definitely set the bar high. Between the amazing music, numerous off-site excursions, delicious food vendors, friendly staff, and community feel, this is a festival that is sure to grow in size. So be sure to get in on the action early next year – you don’t want to miss out!Photos by Sage Thomas. Full Gallery:last_img read more

  • Moe. Announces Quentin Tarantino Theme For Both Nights Of Halloween Run

    first_imgWhen moe. put together a Star Wars themed Halloween last year, fans had high hopes for the band’s return to The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Fortunately, the band has delivered another great movie-themed concept for this year’s run: Quentin Tarantino.As Tarantino has an incredible body of work, there’s no shortage of material to pull from his many films. Whether its the infamous Kill Bill theme or the classic “Stuck In The Middle With You” scene from Reservoir Dogs, this two night run is shaping up to be some of the best moe. yet! The band has also said the theme will carry through both nights, making this the band’s first-ever “double feature” Halloween.Watch the video that moe. released to announce their new theme, streaming below.For tickets and more information about the upcoming run, which will be held from October 28-29 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA, head here.last_img read more

  • Phish Puts Their “Martian Monster” Into The Freezer On Night One At MSG [Review]

    first_imgPhish kicked off their annual New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden last night, turning in an excellent performance at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”. With a varied setlist, spot-on playing, and several stand-out moments of improvisation, Phish showcased the best they have to offer in 2016. Playing in front of a sold out room filled with their most rabid fans, Phish wasted no time in getting down to business on night one in New York City.When the lights went down at 8:16 pm, Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell surprised the audience by walking to the front of the stage for an a capella opening number. The band quickly worked through the “Star Spangled Banner” as the crowd went absolutely wild. This was, after all, the first Phish show since the controversial presidential election, with this opening number possibly a nod to the current state of affairs in our country. After the patriotic opening tune, the band quickly shuffled back to their instruments and started “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan”, which was played with a ferocity and aggressiveness that set the tone for the rest of the evening. As the band played, lighting designer Chris Kuroda showed off a new set of lights that were positioned around the oval of Madison Square Garden, situated above the crowd. This new set of lights has a lot of potential, and definitely made more of the crowd feel like they were “in the light show”.Watch “The Star-Spangled Banner”, courtesy of LivePhish.After “Stealing Time”, Anastasio announced that the next song featured his “all-time favorite singer”, none other than Mr. Fishman. The band then launched into “Lonesome Cowboy Bill” by The Velvet Underground, a rare remnant from Phish’s Halloween cover of Loaded. This was the song’s first appearance since 7/1/2012, a gap of 177 shows. After the rare cover, Anastasio started the familiar building intro to “Free” with immediacy, using it as a welcome opportunity to blow off some steam, turning in a dark and driving version of the song. The beautiful ballad “Train Song” followed, before “Prince Caspian” brought things to another gear. Phish was locked-and-loaded during “Caspian”, which featured a short jam that faded into almost near silence, before the band built back up and exploded for a nice peak to close things out.“Roggae” has turned into a reliable jam vehicle in recent years, and it was nothing short of fantastic at MSG. Anastasio and Gordon linked up throughout the song, providing for an impressive moment of improvisational psychedelia. “Funky Bitch” came next, continuing its resurgence with its fifth performance of the year. “Funky Bitch” was only played once in 2015, so it’s nice to see that the fun Son Seals cover hasn’t fallen out of the band’s rotation. McConnell’s “Halfway to the Moon” popped up next, and it allowed for another moment of first set improvisation. The song has sneakily become a powerful jam vehicle in recent years, and Phish gave the audience a taste of just that at MSG, with a good five minutes of full band jamming that saw Anastasio in “machine gun Trey” mode.Next up was Taj Mahal‘s “Corinna”, making only its sixth appearance of the 3.0 era, and the song’s first appearance since 2012, a gap of 170 shows. “Stash” was up next, serving up some more early show jams for the excited audience. The band was fully prepared for this “Stash”, with the band expertly building tension until they hit the song’s peak. A tight and funky “Cavern” brought the set to a close.After a short break, Phish returned to the MSG stage for what can only be described as a classic second set. Filled with huge jams and beloved songs, there simply wasn’t a down moment in set two. “Wolfman’s Brother” started things off in a huge way, as the band turned in a thirteen-minute master class of improvisation. Anastasio was on fire as he led the band through the extended jam, bringing them to several huge peaks. The following “Golden Age”, however, was the standout jam of the evening. Stretching over twenty minutes long, the long, multisectional improvisation was a gem that will be remembered as one of the best and most patient jams of 2016. McConnell added tons of different patterns using his arsenal of keyboards, adding lots of texture and depth as the rest of the band built around him. Phish eventually dissolved into a sludgy, slow-moving blues section before Anastasio began the familiar introduction to “Simple”.Watch “Wolfman’s Brother”, courtesy of LivePhish.The sublime “Simple” jam was short but sweet, only lasting for a few minutes before “Chalk Dust Torture” started up. This was also a short version of “Chalk Dust”, but found “machine gun Trey” making a return, as Anastasio whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his wild playing. Next up was perhaps the most fun moment of the show, “Martian Monster”. The new favorite from Halloween 2014 has found itself as a platform for mashups on several occasions since its debut, having been mashed up with “Free” and “Skin It Back”, and on this night they combined the song with “Tweezer Reprise”. The crowd went wild when they realized what was happening, as Anastasio sang the lyrics “your trip is short” instead of the familiar “won’t you step into the freezer” refrain, barely able to hold back laughter as McConnell provided passionate impromptu backup vocals. Instead of completing “Tweezer Reprise”, Phish returned to the form of “Martian Monster” to finish things up neatly.A delicate and powerful “Wingsuit” came next, with the band turning in some awesome and exploratory psychedelic playing. Anastasio’s David Gilmour-esque playing on the song is always awesome, and the song has become one of Phish’s most reliable new songs, guaranteed to always reach a big and exciting peak. A fun romp through “Possum” followed “Wingsuit”, bringing an end to the second set in true Phish style. Led Zeppelin‘s “Good Times Bad Times” filled the encore slot, allowing for one more moment of balls-to-the-wall rock & roll in a night that was filled with it.Phish returns to Madison Square Garden this evening for night two of their four-night New Year’s Eve run. Check out their setlist from last night, below, courtesy of All photos appear courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein; a full gallery can be viewed below.Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/28/2016Set 1: The Star Spangled Banner, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Lonesome Cowboy Bill > Free, Train Song, Prince Caspian, Roggae, Funky Bitch, Halfway to the Moon, Corinna, Stash, CavernSet 2: Wolfman’s Brother, Golden Age -> Simple > Chalk Dust Torture, Martian Monster -> Tweezer Reprise -> Martian Monster, Wingsuit > PossumEncore: Good Times Bad TimesIf you’re attending the run, there are plenty of things to do in between shows. For fans of the jam, head to any of these concerts in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – SOLD OUT12/31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – tickets Load remaining imageslast_img read more

  • Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares SBDs From Saturday Night’s Show At Brooklyn Bowl

    first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead is currently between their two-weekend residency at the Brooklyn Bowl. As tradition, the band releases soundboard audio from past shows every Tuesday, dubbed Taper Tuesday. This week’s edition surprised fans with soundboard audio from the previous weekend’s concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City.The 3/11/17 show featured the return of “US Blues” during the encore, which hadn’t been played since their second-ever show, 100 performances ago. The band also debuted “Stella Blues Jam” in the second set, before heading into a special “He’s Gone” which featured teases of the Netflix original series Stranger Things. The themes continued during “The Wheel,” which heard the theme song from The Simpsons carefully mixed in. The second set ended with an electric “So Many Roads” and “Sugar Magnolia.” You can read the full show recap here.Thanks to taper Eric McRoberts and the band, you can listen to the full show below:Tomorrow, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns to the Brooklyn Bowl for three more nights of music – only this time, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge will be filling in for Dave Dreiwitz. We can’t help but imagine what this new lineup addition will sound like, and are looking forward to hopefully seeing more from their collaborations at Fool’s Paradise later this month.Check out the full setlist below, as posted by band manager Peter Costello.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | 3/11/17Set One (9:29PM – 10:32PM)Don’t Ease Me In (TH)Women Are Smarter (SM) ->China Cat Sunflower (TH) ->Feel Like A Stranger @ (SM)Mississippi Half Step (TH) ->Lost Sailor (SM) ->Saint Of Circumstance # (SM)Set Two (11:03PM- 12:30AM)Greatest Story Ever Told $ (SM) ->Moby Dick % ->Music Never Stopped Reprise Reprise ^ (SM) ->Greatest Story Ever Told Reprise &Candyman (TH) ->Uncle Johns Band (All) ->Stella Blue Jam * ->He’s Gone (TH) + ->The Wheel @@ (ALL) ->St. Stephen Jam ->So Many Roads ## (TH)Sugar Magnolia/SSDD (SM)ENC:Ripple $$ (TH) >US Blues %%@ – With an “Apache” (Jerry Lordan) Tease (MB): – With a Terrapin Jam (may become a separate track), Ruben & Cherise Teases (TH) & an “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles) Tease (TH)$ – With a Black Throated Wind Jam (may become a separate track)% – Unfinished (no drum solo). Led Zeppelin Cover, not played since 2015-04-22 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, a gap of 79 shows^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead, included lyrics& – Not played since 2015-02-17 State Theater, Portland, ME, a gap of 84 shows* – First Time Played by Almost Dead, included a short He’s Gone Jam at the beginning+ – With a “Stranger Things” (Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein from the band Survive) tease (MB). Yes, the Netflix series Stranger [email protected]@ – With “The Simpsons Theme” (Danny Elfman) teases (SM & DD) & Terrapin Teases (TH & MB)$$ – Not played since 2015-12-31 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA, a gap of 42 shows%% – Not played since 2013-01-26 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 100 shows. Dave broke a string on the Alembic & played his Gibson SG Bass for most of this.## – I strongly feel that Tommy’s solo at the end of So Many Roads was a homage to Slash’s solo in the Guns N Roses version of Knocking on Heaven’s Door. However, the Box Score is a place for facts & that’s just my opinion man. Want to see Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on the beach? Don’t miss their upcoming performance at the Fool’s Paradise event on March 31st and April 1st in St. Augustine, FL, with special guest keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will join hosts Lettuce and bands like The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.[cover photo from 3/9/17 by Jeremy Gordon]last_img read more

  • Bruce Springsteen Releases New Anti-Trump Protest Song With Joe Grushecky

    first_imgBruce Springsteen just released a new song called “That’s What Makes Us Great” with long-standing collaborator and Houserockers frontman Joe Grushecky. The song is in protest of Donald Trump, taking clear jabs at the 45th president of the United States and referencing him and his administration as “a con man with his crooks.” The new track, which features stanzas sung by Springsteen like “Don’t tell me a lie/ And sell it as a fact/ I’ve been down that road before/ And I ain’t going back” and “Don’t you brag to me/ That you never read a book/ I never put my faith/ In a con man and his crooks,” premiered this morning on Grushecky’s website and SiriusXM.This protest song has been in the works for a while, with Grushecky bringing the written song to Springsteen and asking if he’d be interested in collaborating for it. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that in an interview with Grushecky, the songwriter noted that Trump lost his support he moment he started making fun of special needs people.” He sent the finished song to the Boss, who agreed to collaborate on the song and then “gave it the Bruce treatment.”Bruce Springsteen has already made a name for himself as staunchly anti-Trump, with him previously noting an interview with Rolling Stone, that “The republic is under siege by a moron.” He also performed at a rally for then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before her loss and has covered other protest songs in concert and been vocal of his criticisms of the president, going on record as saying in the same Rolling Stones interview, “The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he’s done – not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.” [Photo by Brian Rasic/WireImage; H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

  • Eric Krasno Joins Gov’t Mule For “Sco-Mule” In Greenville [Video]

    first_imgEdit this setlist | More Gov’t Mule setlistsGov’t Mule 2017 Tour Dates:April 23 Greenville, SC @ Peace Center Concert Hall*April 24 Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center*April 26 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall*April 27 Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre*April 28 New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre**May 17 New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage^May 19 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater^May 20 Washington, DC @ Warner TheatreMay 22 St. Louis, MO @ The PageantMay 23 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown TheatreMay 25 Minneapolis, MN @ State TheatreMay 26 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst TheatreMay 27 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp FestivalMay 28 Cumberland, MD @ DelFestJune 29 – July 2 Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 15 Patchogue, NY @ Great South Bay Music FestivalAugust 1 Augusta, GA @ Jessye Norman Amphitheater^^August 3 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater^^August 4 Daniel Island, SC @ Family Circle Stadium^^August 5 Charlotte, NC @ CMCU Amphitheater^^August 6 Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre^^August 8 Lewiston, NY @ ArtPark^^August 9 Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier^^August 10 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music FestivalAugust 11 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion^^August 13 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE^^August 14 Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens^^August 16 Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at Great White River Park^^August 17 Des Moines, IA @ Brenton Skating Plaza^^August 18 Papillion, NE @ Sumter Amphitheater^^August 19 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre#August 22 Columbus, OH @ Express Live!##August 24 Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend##August 25-27 Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ FestivalAugust 26 Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater##August 27 Louisville, [email protected] Iroquois Amphitheater##* with Eric Krasno Band** with Soulive^ with Chris Robinson Brotherhood^^ with Galactic# with Yonder Mountain String Band & The Marcus King Band## with Blackberry Smoke[cover photo via @govtmule] Gov’t Mule kicked off their spring tour over the weekend at Wanee Music Festival, then headed off to the Peace Center Concert Hall in Greenville, South Carolina for their first of four nights with Eric Krasno Band. Just last week, Warren Haynes and company announced their 10th studio album Revolution Come … Revolution Go with the release of two new songs and a summer tour announcement.While none of the new songs appeared on Sunday night’s setlist, the Mule kept it fresh with a mix of originals and covers, including “I believe to My Soul” by Ray Charles, “I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” by Ann Peebles,” and “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.Warren also welcomed out guitarist Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive) during the first set for a special version of “Sco-Mule,” from the 2015 collaborative live album with John Scofield. You can watch a fan-shot clip from their collaboration below, courtesy of @headstrong_wayne:last_img read more

  • Dark Star Orchestra Enters Its 21st Year During Celebratory Show At The Paramount Theater

    first_imgOne day after their sold-out 20th-anniversary show at the Palace Theater in Albany, Dark Star Orchestra began Year 21 at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, New York.  The half empty room, which was built in the 1930’s, provided the perfect space for the kids to dance and shake their bones on a Sunday night in Northern Westchester. The initial thought process behind the band’s concept when they formed in 1997 was to recreate the music of the Grateful Dead by mimicking entire shows song for song. Over their 20-year span, Dark Star Orchestra has also written their own material but created hand-picked setlists to throw the crowd for a loop and keep extreme Deadhead statisticians on their toes.“Jack Straw” opened the show to thunderous applause from the audience but provided no clues as to which show Dark Star Orchestra planned on presenting for the evening. Taking the second spot of the set was “They Love Each Other,” which is another common first set entry. The first big clue for setlist veterans in the crowd came in the form of Brent Mydland’s “Never Trust A Woman,” an always reliable first-set blues number by the late, great band member. Rob Barraco channeled Mydland’s howling vocals and brought fans back to the 11-year period when the longest tenured Grateful Dead keyboardist frequently stole the show.“Row Jimmy” allowed Jeff Mattson to summon Jerry on lead guitar before the iconic 90’s cat-and-mouse interplay (see Dozin’ at the Knick) between Skip Vangelas on bass and Barraco on piano toward the end of the somber ballad. After another sizzling vocal execution by Borraco during “Blow Away”, the show was looking more and more like a late-80s, early-90s copycat set. Lisa Mackey (filling in as Donna Godchaux) threw the first curveball of the set by singing a show-stopping “It Hurts Me Too”, which hadn’t been performed by the Grateful Dead since May of 1972. Everyone from the fans on the floor to the members on stage was awestruck by her crisp and passionate vocals that sounded more like Janis Joplin than Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. While “It Hurts Me Too” may have peeled the paint off the Paramount, a smoothly placed “Althea> Deal” combo dropped in as the set-ending highlight of the first half, generating enough energy for the Sunday crowd to get through a long break.“Foolish Heart” off the Grateful Dead’s 1989 release Built to Last opened the second set with Mattson taking the lead on vocals. Another switch-up came during “Playing In The Band” when Mackey hopped on background vocals during the chorus. This phenomenon never happened during a show featuring Mydland-penned tunes, furthering the theory that the Orchestra had uniquely created Sunday’s set. “China Doll” eerily found its way into the seemingly haunted theater and lullabied the attentive audience into a dreamlike state.A flawless transition into “Uncle John’s Band” got the entire crowd back on their feet for a community sing-along.  The Workingman’s Dead studio version may have gotten thousands of hours of radio play over the years, but this extended psychedelic version gave extra meaning to the lyric “Won’t you come with me?” as the band took the small theater on an interstellar voyage.  Right around the 10-minute mark of “Uncle John’s Band”, it appeared that the six-piece might finally land the spaceship—instead, they dove deeper into an extra spooky “Drums>Space”. Dino English and Rob Koritz have been imitating Billy and Mickey since the early days of Dark Star Orchestra, and their fantastic improvisational ability shined as throughout. Mydland’s spirit reentered the venue one last time as “Dear Mr. Fantasy” rose from the ashes of “Space”.  The pensive and folkie “Black Peter” gave most of the attendees another chance to sit down before a rousing “Not Fade Away” closed the set.Most of the note-takers in the audience were satisfied to discover that the show was in fact created just minutes before the band played the first notes of the evening. Rob Barraco announced that they originally planned on recreating the July 19th, 1990 show from the Deer Creek Music Center. However, due to nearly half of the band members experiencing health complications, they decided to make some adjustments. The five tunes replaced from the original Deer Creek show were “Desolation Row,” “Picasso Moon,” “Promised Land,” “Victim or the Crime,” and “All Along the Watchtower”—Rob Eaton’s non-existent voice and Jeff Mattson’s common cold on Sunday night prevented those songs from being sung, eventually spurring Mackey to come out of the bullpen for vocal relief. A little sickness couldn’t stop the band from rolling on, and in the spirit of setlist improvisation, they kept the vibe alive. The show ended with the summertime favorite “U.S. Blues” ahead of the show-closing “Mr. Charlie,” another setlist stumper that the Dead hadn’t played since May of 1972.Dark Star Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Tour continues truckin’ through the Northeast culminating at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia to ring in the New Year.SETLIST: Dark Star Orchestra | Paramount Theater | Peekskill, NY | 11/12/2017Set I: Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Never Trust A Woman, Row Jimmy, Blow Away, It Hurts Me Too, Althea > DealSet II: Foolish Heart > Playing In The Band > China Doll > Uncle John’s Band > Drums > Space > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Black Peter > Not Fade AwayEncore: U.S. Blues, Mr. Charlielast_img read more

  • Warren Haynes, Devon Allman, Graham Nash, More Celebrate Gregg Allman In NYC [Videos]

    first_imgOn Wednesday night, New York City’s City Winery hosted a special tribute to the late Gregg Allman dubbed Southern Blood, which was also the title of Allman’s final record that was released posthumously this year. The Southern Blood concert served as a benefit show for the GRAMMY Museum as well as in collaboration with Rounder Records. The lineup included family and friends alike, including Devon Allman, Layla Brooklyn Allman, Warren Haynes, Graham Nash, Bill Gibbons, Alison Krauss, Luther & Cody Dickinson, Tommy Emmanuel, and Jackie Greene. The evening double served as the one year anniversary of the passing of Butch Trucks, founding member and original drummer of the Allman Brothers Band. With music of the Allman Brothers in the air, it was a beautiful evening of spiritual celebration.The celebrations opened up with a panel discussion with Scott Sharrard, Devon Allman, Layla Brooklyn Allman, and Luther & Cody Dickinson. Then, the evening breaks into song for an extended set of music that featured a rotating cast of musicians. Before closing the night with an anthemic “Whipping Post”, Scott Sharrard approached the mic to retell his experience in co-writing “My Only True Friend” with Gregg Allman before his passing. The song ultimately served as the exclamation point at the end of a best-selling novel.Thanks to Scott Gibson, you can enjoy videos from the entire night below:“Southbound” with Warren Haynes, Southside Johnny, Luther Dickinson, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“Midnight Rider” with Warren Haynes, Alison Krauss, Devon Allman, Tommy Emmanuel, Luther & Cody Dickinson, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“One Way Out” with Devon Allman, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“Blind Bats and Swamp Rats” with Layla Brooklyn Allman, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“Trouble No More” with Southside Johnny & Jeff Kazee, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“Hot Lanta” with Luther & Cody Dickinson, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“Love Like Kerosene” with Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“Just Another Rider” with Warren Haynes, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“A Song For Adam” with Graham Nash, Alison Krauss, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“Come And Go Blues” with Tommy Emmanuel, Alison Krauss, Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“My Only True Friend” with Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levin“My Only Trie Friend” story by Scott Sharrard“Whipping Post” by Scott Sharrard, Brett Bass, Shawn Pelton, Peter Levinlast_img read more