Formula 5, Upstate New York’s funk jam band, has announced a riveting tour across the Northeast for the Spring. The four-piece from Albany will be stopping in Vermont, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Connecticut throughout the run, performing alongside some talented musicians throughout.Between a five-night residency at Nectar’s to shows with Teddy Midnight, Gubbilidis, The Jauntee, Strange Machines and more, this is one tour you won’t want to miss. This band can seriously play! Check them out covering Phish’s “Sand” with Goose’s Rick Mitaronida on guitar from last week, February 20th, at B.R.Y.A.C in Bridgeport, CT.The full tour schedule can be found below, with tickets and more information available here.Formula 5 Spring Tour DatesMarch 2 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VT ^March 9 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VT !March 16 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VTMarch 19 – Madfest, SUNY PotsdamMarch 23 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VT &March 25 – Rock n Roll Resort, Kerhonksen, NYMarch 26 – Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY #$March 30 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VTApril 1 – Funk n Waffles, Syracuse, NY #April 6 – Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ #April 16 – Stella Blues, New Haven, CT %April 20 – The Hollow, Albany, NY @April 23 – The Monopole, Plattsburgh, NYApril 29 – King Neptune’s, Lake George, NY %May 5 –B.R.Y.A.C., Bridgeport, CTMay 6 – Stone Church, New Market, NH +^ with The Jauntee* with Zach Rhoads Trio! with The Original Q& with Gubbilidis# with Teddy Midnight$ with Loveport% with [email protected] with Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets+ with Strange Machines
For video game fans, there’s one adventure series that stands above the rest: The Legend of Zelda. The Nintendo series has captured gamers hearts from the earliest consoles, challenging players with unique dungeons and quests. While fans patiently wait for the new series release, there’s a way to experience Zelda like never before.Starting up this fall, The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses – Master Quest World Tour will bring the series’ iconic music to life. It’s a truly immersive musical experience that features an orchestra performing a four-movement symphony that weaves 30 years of Zelda music together, synchronized to gameplay on an 18′ x 32′ projection screen.To get a sense of the magic, check out footage from the sold-out show at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.The concept was developed in partnership with Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma and mythical composer and sound director Koji Kondo. Featuring music from Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening and more, fans of the Zelda series are going to love this unique experience.The full tour schedule can be found here; don’t miss out!
Beloved My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will play a short run of shows in California this Fall. Based around the singer-songwriter’s appearance at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, James will play four shows, making stops in in Pioneertown and Ventura before playing two shows in San Francisco.Twin Limb will provide support for the first two shows on the tour. They recently supported James in New York City as a surprise set in June, so expect some collaboration between the James and his openers.The first show in San Francisco will find James at the bluegrass festival proper, and the final show of the run will take place at The Fillmore with Monsters of Folk bandmate Conor Oberst on the bill as well.See below for all of Jim James’ new tour dates, and click here for full information from his website.Jim James Solo Tour DatesSeptember 28th – Pappy & Harriets – Pioneertown, CA w/ Twin LimbSeptember 29th – Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA w/ Twin LimbSeptember 30th – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – San Francisco, CAOctober 1st – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA w/ Conor Oberst & Miwi La Lupa
Returning to Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX from April 6-9, the annual Euphoria Music Festival has revealed the second phase of their stacked 2017 lineup. After previously announcing Alesso, Pretty Lights Live, The Floozies and more for their first phase, the festival has continued to pack their lineup with great artists from genres across the board.The new announcement is headlined by The Disco Biscuits, Wiz Khalifa, and Zeds Dead, but the party doesn’t stop there! Alan Walker, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mija, Spag Heddy, Yotto, CID, Grum, Manic Focus, Petit Biscuit, Ganja White Night, Evanoff, Ill-Esha and more are all included in the phase two announcement.Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein said, “We are excited to be kicking off the 2017 festival season with a stop at Euphoria this coming April.” Let’s hope that means more tDB festival performances will be announced soon!You can find all the info you need about Euphoria Music Festival by heading here, and the full phase 2 lineup announcement is featured below.
This month’s issue of Billboard Magazine has a particularly special note within the pages, sponsored and penned by John Mayer. The Dead & Company guitarist has been expressing gratitude to the music and culture of the Grateful Dead since he first started the gig in 2015, even calling it the best thing to ever happen to his career. Somewhat of a late-bloomer in this definitive style and genre of music, Mayer continuously finds new ways to let the fans know how grateful he is for these life-changing times.In a full page spread in Billboard, he writes quite simply,“To the band that changed my life, and for the music that keeps on coloring it in:Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your debut album.Forever Grateful, John Mayer”In March of 1967, the Grateful Dead released their debut album The Grateful Dead. The record included few originals, “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” and Jerry Garcia‘s “Cream Puff War,” along with some of their signature covers of “Beat It On Down The Line,” “Cold Rain and Snow,” “Sitting On Top of the World,” “Morning Dew,” “Viola Lee Blues,” and more.It’s no wonder John Mayer felt the need to attribute these career-shaping sounds, as he continues to carry the torch 50 years later while performing alongside original members guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Bill Kreutzman, and long-time percussionist Mickey Hart. The revitalized music is only accentuated through the bass wonders of Oteil Burbridge and the psychedelic keys of Jeff Chimenti. The six will hit the road again this summer. Check out the full schedule here!John Mayer will also be on solo tour this summer, promising an acoustic set, a set with the John Mayer Trio (featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan), and a set with his full live band as well. More information can be found here.See below for the page from Billboard Magazine:
With Phish‘s Baker’s Dozen run almost upon us, many phans are still figuring out where they’re going to stay for the duration of the residency. Thirteen shows in sixteen days is a tough proposition, and sixteen nights of hotel rooms in New York City is certain to put a dent in your wallet no matter what your budget. Thankfully, Mayor Bill DeBlasio has come up with a plan to house as many people as possible at Central Park’s famous Great Lawn.In a press conference focused on the new camping initiative, DeBlasio could barely contain his excitement at the influx of phans that will be hitting New York City this summer. “New Year’s with Phish is always a special time in our city, and we’re just so thrilled to have the band and their fans in our city for thirteen shows this summer,” DeBlasio said.He went on to explain that “when we heard that Phish would be in New York for so many shows this summer, we knew we were presented with a unique opportunity. With the warm weather that typically hits New York during July, we could provide some interesting housing options that would keep the shady element out of our city’s hotels while creating a special experience for the tens of thousands of traveling phans that will need a temporary home.”There is some fine print, of course. The city makes no promises about the safety of your belongings. DeBlasio explained that “…the Great Lawn will be like the campgrounds at Woodstock, never leave any of your valuables behind, always lock your tent, and whatever happens, happens. Whatever you do, take care of your shoes, am I right?”Camping spots will go on sale on April 11th, 2017 at the Central Park website. To ensure that only Phish fans make use of this special opportunity, they will be required to show their tickets at the entrance to the campgrounds. or risk being denied admission.
Load remaining images Voodoo Dead with Oteil Burbridge & Papa Mali | Republic NOLA | 5/7/2017 | Photos: Chad Anderson & Jeremy Scott On Sunday night (or really early Monday morning), the funky Grateful Dead tribute supergroup VooDoo Dead helped close out this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a show at the Republic NOLA. The supergroup composed of Steve Kimock (The Other Ones), Jackie Greene (Phil & Friends, The Black Crowes), George Porter Jr.(The Meters), Jeff Chimenti (of Dead & Co.), and JM Kimock (Mike Gordon Band) put on a special show for eager friends, paying tribute to the legendary Grateful Dead show at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8th, 1977, exactly forty years prior. In addition to this show already being special for the group, Voodoo Dead also welcomed two very special guests, Oteil Burbridge and Papa Mali, to join them. You can check out photos from their epic performance below, courtesy of photographers Chad Anderson and Jeremy Scott.
Returning to Loveland, CO for the fifth straight year, the beautiful ARISE Festival has announced a hard-hitting lineup for their 2017 event, going down August 4-6 at Sunrise Ranch. ARISE has continued to build a strong reputation within the Colorado scene, bringing incredible and diverse performers into a uniquely intimate and gorgeous setting. The festival has rounded out the headliner slots with Lettuce and SunSquabi, in addition to previously announced Atmosphere, Tipper, and Beats Antique.The festival has seemingly outdone themselves in 2017, boasting a lineup with exciting sets from Ani DiFranco, Rising Appalachia, Brother Ali, The Expendables, Dirtwire, Desert Dwellers, Dopapod, Brasstracks, and Late Night Radio. The lineup continues with featured appearances from bluegrass favorites The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, The Brothers Comatose, and The Grateful Ball featuring Jeff Austin, Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, and more. See the full lineup below:With eight stages of musical performances, plus more bands to be announced through May, the 5th Year Celebration of Colorado’s fastest growing music festival is sure to be the best yet.Recognized as more than a music festival, ARISE offers a range of activities such as workshops, enriching yoga classes, provocative documentary films and panel discussions, art installations, live painters, art gallery, performance artists and theme camps. ARISE also offers “interactive villages” including a Children’s Village, Food Truck Village, Vending Village, Healers Village, Hemp Village, Wisdom Village and a Solution’s Village, showcasing ecological and social justice solutions with practical on-site demonstrations designed to make our world a better place.More information can be found on the festival website.[Cover Photo by Eric Allen via ARISE Facebook Page]Enter To Win A Pair Of Weekend Passes Below!
Oteil Burbridge Sings Lead For “China Doll” During Dead & Co’s Shoreline Run Opener [Video/Full Show Audio]
Dead & Co | Shoreline Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 6/3/2017 | Photo: Matthew Rea Load remaining images Dead & Company are fresh into their summer tour, which kicked off over Memorial Day Weekend. This past weekend saw the Grateful Dead act hit the Hollywood Bowl for two nights before the first of two performances at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, last night. Perhaps, the stand-out moment of the two-set performance was “China Doll,” which was used as a vehicle to finally let Oteil Burbridge sing. The Allman Brothers / Aquarium Rescue Unit bassist had previously hinted that he would sing lead this summer. However, to the delight of fans, that moment came sooner than expected at the start of Dead & Co’s second set following in the classic opening pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider.” Burbridge’s stellar vocal debut with the ensemble is doubly impressive when considering it was a particularly difficult day for the musician, as his fellow band mate Gregg Allman was laid to rest across the country Macon, Georgia, a few hours earlier.Dead & Company Takes Hollywood Bowl On A “Dark Star” Space Voyage For The Ages [Video/Full Audio]Watch Oteil Burbridge sing lead on “China Doll,” courtesy of NalaThaBoxerOutside of the highly anticipated vocal debut of Burbridge, other highlights of Dead & Co’s performance that evening included the ever-popular “Viola Lee Blues,” which was lead in by show opener “Playin’ In The Band” with a particularly psychedelic jam through. “One More Saturday Night” closed out the first set, and though its position was uncharacteristic (the song has traditionally found itself used as a show opener, second set closer, or encore), the group’s performance of the night-appropriate song was a spirited way to end the first set. For the second set, standout moments included the seventeen-minute “Eyes of the World,” “The Wheel” which built out of “Drums” and “Space,” and the final number of the set, “Good Lovin’,” which the group noted on Instagram was originally supposed to be “Turn On Your Love Light.” You can check out videos and hear the full audio of the show below, as well as check out a photo gallery from last night, courtesy of Matthew Rea.[Photo: Erik Kabik]Setlist: Dead & Co | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 6/4/17I: Playin’ in the Band, Viola Lee Blues, Tennessee Jed, Here Comes Sunshine, Candyman, Me and My Uncle, Friend of the Devil, One More Saturday NightII: China Cat Sunflower, I Know You Rider, China Doll, Eyes of the World, Deal, Drums, Space, The Wheel, Looks Like Rain, Good Lovin’E: Black Muddy RiverFirst Set Opener, “Playing In The Band”Second Set Opener, “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”Listen to the full show audio, courtesy of Jeff Frank:
This week has certainly been a tough one, with the horrific shooting in Las Vegas during a three-day country music festival killing over fifty people, injuring over five hundred, and leaving the nation at large in grief and shock. The act of mass terror on Sunday evening in Las Vegas has now been named the largest mass shooting to ever take place in the United States, and people are still reeling following the tragedy. Because the attack took place at a concert, the shooting has also raised many doubts and concerns for music lovers, many of whom who are still wary following the unprecedented attack on a space that many of us find sacred.Austin City Limits Releases 1996 Video Of The Allman Brothers Playing “Midnight Rider” As Tribute To GreggThis Friday, Austin City Limits will return to Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, for the first of its two weekends running October 6th through 8th and October 13th through 15th. The huge festival is renowned around the country, with the event pulling huge names like Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Chance The Rapper, The Killers, and many more. Following the Las Vegas shooting, as CBS Austin reports, Austin City Limits is now offering refunds to those who are still shaken by Sunday’s events and do not want to attend.This announcement to offer refunds for the well-known music festival was paired with an update on how the Austin police and festival are working together to review plans to ensure attendees’ safety across the two-weekend event. As noted by the same CBS Austin report, more police will be on the ground during Austin City Limits—on foot, bikes, and all-terrain vehicles—and the department has made plans to secure all high-rise apartments and condos that sit along the park where the festival takes place.[H/T Jambands]