Jam Cruise is very well-known to bring the funk year in and year out, and this past cruise was no different. In remembrance of Prince, they have just released video of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performing “Head,” with Con Brio frontman Ezekiel McCarter during the band’s main stage set on the top deck.Jam Cruise Announces New Ship, Destinations & More For 2017 EventDenson and his Tiny Universe are no strangers to the Purple One, as they have performed the icon’s 1980 album Dirty Mind on several occasions, and will do so once again on April 28th at Howlin’ Wolf for a special Jazz Fest late night performance with The Motet. Check out the new footage of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/ Ezekiel McCarter’s performance of “Head” from this past year’s Jam Cruise:
An incredible tribute to Prince went down last night at the BET Awards. After the Billboard Music Awards‘ less-than-stellar tribute by Madonna, the BET Awards promised an incredible and fitting tribute to The Purple One for their awards ceremony, and they certainly did not disappoint. With performances led by The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monaé, Maxwell, and Shelia E. throughout the evening, the event truly honored the late Prince in all the best possible ways.Just a heads up, BET sets all of their videos to Auto Play mode. For best results, pause the following videos and listen to them one at a time!For the first tribute of the night The Roots delivered a perfect one-two punch, opening the tribute with the sultry Erykah Badu on “The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker”, followed by Bilal and his freaky dance moves on “The Beautiful Ones.”Up second was Stevie Wonder, who brought Tori Kelly with him to sing “Take Me With U”. Kelly then moved to guitar as Jennifer Hudson emerged for an absolutely show-stopping version of “Purple Rain”.Later in the evening, Maxwell performed the ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U” after performing a single from his new album (skip to 2:35 to watch “Nothing Compares 2 U” below)Then, Janelle Monaé absolutely brought the house down with a four-song medely of “Delirious”, “Kiss”, “Pop Life”, and “I Would Die 4 U”.Finally, former Prince protégé/band-leader/fiancé/ Shelia E. closed the show with an epic tribute to her fallen mentor and collaborator. Originally billed as a collaboration between Sheila E. and D’Angelo, the reclusive R&B man pulled out of the performance at the last minute, leaving her to lead the set on her own. She exceeded expectations with an electrifying performance of some of Prince’s most high-energy songs: “Let’s Work”, “U Got The Look”, “A Love Bizarre”, “The Glamorous Life”, “America”, and “Baby I’m A Star”. She busted out some of his signature dance moves with Jerome Benton from Morris Day & The Time, played both drums and guitar, and owned the room while channeling the man himself. Shelia E. ended the performance holding one of Prince’s signature purple guitars to the sky, while tears streamed down her face. To see so many artists perform the music of Prince which such passion and joy, we have to tip our cap to the BET Awards for going above and beyond to get the best artists who could truly channel Prince’s vibe and legacy.
Load remaining images Lockn’ Festival continued with another full day of music on Saturday. The morning started off with Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass. Jeremy Garrett, of the Infamous Stringdusters, provided a mean fiddle to the morning set. He had that rosin screaming as it danced across the well played strings. Andy Falco pounded out the chords on the guitar, as the group sang the lyrics with a smile. It was a perfect way to get the venue to wake up on a high note. The main stage opened a half hour later due to the last minute cancellation of Brandi Carlile, as the first act was pushed up to 12:30. Opening main stage was the first of this year’s two Rockn’ to Lockn’ winners, DJ Williams Projekt. Talk about a funked out powerhouse. This group was heavy on the bass and back brass line. Every tune was crammed with nuggets of intense beats. They were joined early on by Samantha Reed for a performance of The Doors’ “Light My Fire.” They had a strong, positive reception from the crowd. Expect more from this band down the road.Moon Taxi came out balls to the wall. Guitarist, Trevor Terndrup, was full of energy and jumped on a speaker to perform early on. They wasted no time getting down and dirty in the early afternoon. They were charged up and on full blast. “Year Zero” was a ripper of a jam. The song just took off and had a mind of its own. Midway through their set, they took the audience on a crazy musical journey that built the hell up before cooling down and heading into blast off mode. These guys raged their set non-stop. A little jazzy key melody eased its way in before building the vibes to full on extreme mode back into “Cabaret.” “Mercury” splashed into the set list and how appropriate this song was for the heat baking the venue. They casually strolled into “All Along The Watchtower” before shredding the hell out of the song. Keyboardist, Wes Bailey, went ape all over the ivories and took no prisoners by shredding the tune into a thousand pieces. They closed their set with “Morocco”, followed by fan favorite, “All Day All Night.” The crowd joined in towards the end of the song to bring it home. Talk about an incredibly steamy closing song for their set. If you’ve never heard Moon Taxi, do yourself a favor and check them out.As the last notes were being dropped from Moon Taxi, the stage rotated right into the first notes of Twiddle. Keyboardist, Ryan Dempsey, enjoyed the rotation standing on his chair with toes just barely touching his keys. These guys were ready to go. An extra microphone set up hinted at a surprise guest to join in. Slight technical difficulties made the stage crew quickly act to fix the sound situation with guitarist and lead singer, Mihali Savoulidi‘s microphone. Once the situation was remedied, they went into an extensive jam that curved around tones bordering on psychedelic vibes. After dropping sick tunes to start their set, Keller Williams joined in to perform his song “Best Feeling.” It got super funky, down and dirty as they rolled into it. Michael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal” became an improvisational work of art. Rolling from reggae funk to down and dirty ripping jams, this band instantly gained new fans from their first set of the festival. They will be performing once again on Sunday afternoon.The stage rotated to bring out the funkiest of grooves in the afternoon. Galactic, with Lee Oskar, rolled out and instantly went right into some tasty deep funk. Forget about sitting on your ass, Stanton Moore is only one of the best drummers out there and pulls the beats out of clouds of energy, setting the grooves on fire. The horns just blew the beats out of the water and exploded in an endless jam that went for miles. The crowd was already sweating but their tunes busted the seams, drenching people in energy they were pouring out. At one point, Moore used his tambourine to help pull out one of the most incredible drum solos. He would tap it and slide it along both the cymbals and drum heads, while using a drum stick with the other hand. He then switched up to using drum brushes before going back into full use of his sticks. One of his drums fell over mid solo, but stage crew was quick to respond and get his set corrected. Erica Falls whipped out one seriously incredible vocal performance when she joined the group on stage. Her vocal control was simply stunning, and her voice an absolute pleasure to drink in the ears. Lee Oskar, the harmonica master himself, was tremendous on his harps. Wow. Hands down one of the hottest performances of Lockn’ so far.Hard Working Americans came around for the crowd next. They grabbed the set by the balls and unleashed a fury of pounding tunes throughout. Guitarists, Neal Casal, and Jesse Aycock gingerly strummed their way through each tune, having the audience think it may be a light song then, without even realizing, the melodies would become fully charged and rock out with wicked intensity. Todd Snider’s growly vocals added to the dynamite group, and perfectly matched the tone of the instruments. Raw, rough, rock and roll, hands down.Phil Lesh and Friends went on later than scheduled, keeping everyone on their toes as to when the set would begin. Lesh was joined by Jon Fishman and Page McConnell of Phish, Anders Osborne, Joe Russo, and the Infamous Stringdusters. The packed stage of musicians opened the show with “Scarlet Begonias.” The mix of fiddle and bluegrass tones really added a flair never heard with Phil & Friends before. Russo and Fishman pulled out a double duty drum solo early on in the set, however the crew was still getting the sound dialed in.Watch full set video, courtesy of Tom Rowles.After a brief moment of sound correction, “Dire Wolf” popped its head, with McConnell’s gentle keys shining through. This version gave the feel of being in a dusty bar in the old west during the gold rush. “Uncle John’s Band” got the whole place dancing and joining in song. The field was jam packed and the energy was top notch. With so many musicians on stage, it was hard to know where to look first. They took the tune on a quick paced ride around the notes, creating a magical journey.As if there weren’t enough musicians on stage, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi joined the group making for one very packed stage. The super group busted out “Mr. Charlie,” as Tedeschi took the lead on vocals before taking “Sugaree” on a breezy trip through the song. Trucks does what Trucks does best and made the tune sound seamless as he went into a remarkable slide guitar jam. The fiddle in the background added touches of beauty throughout.Osborne sat out for the few songs while the power couple joined, but once they got off stage, he joined back in. The crowd was going nuts when they slammed into “Shakedown Street.” Osborne was visibly having a blast on stage as he danced around, all while keeping a giant smile on his face. “Terrapin Station,” for the finish, was absolutely insane. What happened on stage was tearjerkingly good. So goddamn good. An absolute top fan favorite, the venue could not believe they were closing with such a magical tune. The band bowed and the crowd deafeningly cheered to the super group that just blew everyone away. Tedeschi Trucks Band came up next, continuing the intense evening of sick musical acts. Their set was crammed with high energy tunes. Tedeschi belted out her powerful vocals to “The Letter,” followed by “Laugh About It,” featuring Trucks’ cutting loose and tearing up the strings on his guitar. They slowly slid into “Within You Without You,” building it up with mystical tones only to roll into a solid, drum heavy beat.The hot set continued with a heavy brass “Just As Strange,” which featured a fast paced soulful vibe. Kofi Burbridge busted out the flute, adding a delicate tone throughout the tight melody. Trucks was sweating his ass off in the heat, as he dripped all over his guitar. The flawless build up of energy that is plucked from the musical heavens, and spills out of his strings, is unbelievably intense. Then he brings the energy down to a trickle without even trying. The man is a guitar genius.Stream the full audio of the set below, courtesy of taper opsopcopolis.My Morning Jacket headlined for the evening on the main stage. The show started off on a high note with “Victory Dance.” The band wanted to make sure the venue was heating up again, as cooler air was finally rolling in. “Off The Record” had the crowd shouting the lyrics to the band. Guitarist and frontman Jim James really tore into the vibe and his vocals amped up the energy for the evening. Burt Bacharach’s song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” was made into an entirely new version of jam awesome. The packed venue was singing along. Bassist, Tom Blankenship, looked seriously dapper in his vest and tie throughout the evening. “State of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” was overflowing at the seams with energy, screaming to be unleashed. The build up was calm and smooth, with keyboardist Bo Kester, starting out on piano, followed by an intro of all instruments one at a time. The energy built and built, until the song went on blast off into the sky. It was insane. Their set also included covers of some of the greatest artists this world has recently lost. Prince’s “Purple Rain” and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” honored these two legends appropriately. “One Big Holiday” closed the killer set and had the venue going insane! For those who had never seen My Morning Jacket, they were blown away. One of the, if not THE, hottest set of the festival so far.Stream the full audio of the set below, courtesy of taper opsopcopolis.Following the end of the evening on the main stage, Super VIP attendees were treated to an intimate Hard Working Americans show. The set began with a rocking, in your face “Opening Statement,” an extensive jam that turned into another dimension with trippy vibes floating around the waves of notes. Within the musical journey, Phil Lesh and Phish’s Mike Gordon joined Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools. A golden trifecta of bass players. Bass bombs and deep tones reverberated throughout the floor, and the crowd, could feel every note being dropped. Susan Tedeschi joined in for a performance of “He’s Gone.” Stuff of legends happened last night. Late night on the Blue Ridge Bowl featured Lettuce. They provided super trippy melodies for the late night crowd as they played until about 3:30 in the morning. Out in the Woods Stage, Khruangbing, followed by a second night of “Jazz & Woods,” featuring DJ Logic, filled the forest with nuggets of crisp tones and late night vibes. Saturday was absolutely nuts with the mega acts that performed. Let’s see what the fourth, and final day has in store. Stay tuned!For more information on the Lockn’ Festival, please visit their official website.Words by Sarah Bourque. Follow on Twitter.Photographs by Sam Shinault Photography.
Last night, Widespread Panic continued their run of shows in Florida by opening up a two-night stand in St. Augustine, FL. Playing at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Panic delivered a top-notch show with a very special surprise at the end, as the Florida-based husband and wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi emerged for the two song encore to close out the night.Panic’s show opened up with “Hope In A Hopeless World,” and featured hits like “Glory,” “Cotton Was King,” “Tail Dragger” and more in the first set. A fun highlight came in the second set, when Steve Lopez joined the band on shaker for a cover of War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness.” After a “Chilly Water” jam that included a “Drums” breakdown, the band ended the second set and proceeded into the grand finale of the evening.When WSP returned for the encore, John Bell addressed the crowd and jokingly said, “we found this sweet little vagrant couple out there on the street, and we’re letting them play a few tunes. That’s how rock and roll does and is!.” From there, they launched into a jammy version of blues standard “Good Morning School Girl,” with the four-guitar attack of Tedeschi, Trucks, Bell and Jimmy Herring rolling in fine force. They finished up the show with a version of Joe Cocker’s “High Time We went,” which you can watch below courtesy of Fred Ramadan.Listen to the full audio from the show below, courtesy of Chris from Jam Buzz.The collaboration was reminiscent of Derek & Susan’s recent sit in with Panic, which came aback in April of this year. Watch the pro-shot video here. Panic will close out their fall run with one more show in St. Augustine, tonight.Check out last night’s full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL – 9/23/16Set 1 Hope In A Hopeless World, Glory, Worry, Cotton Was King, C Brown, 1×1, Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Tail Dragger (62 mins)Set 2 Postcard > Impossible > Slippin’ Into Darkness*, St Louis, Rock, Proving Ground > Jack > Chilly Water > Drums > Chilly Water (75 mins)Encore: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl**, High Time We Went** (24 mins)Notes * w/ Steve Lopez on shaker** w/ Derek Trucks on guitar; Susan Tedeschi on guitar and vocals
Last Saturday, October 1st, future-funk all-star GRiZ took Red Rocks Amphitheatre by storm for his second sold out show at the iconic amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. His dedicated fan base known as ‘GRiZ Family’ showed up in numbers early in the day while embodying GRiZ’s overarching message of “Show Love, Spread Love.”Hugs, high-fives, and good vibes were in abundance from the minute the gates opened and the love carried all the way through the last note played at the after party at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, also headlined by GRiZ. Coming fresh off the release of Good Will Prevail, his fourth full-length album which made it to #12 overall album on iTunes on release day, his return to Colorado was sure to be full of surprises. While expectedly playing a few tunes for the first time live and offering VIP remixes specially crafted for the event, GRiZ also had a number of special guests appearances, which added an extra dimension to the show.In addition to Ida Hawk singing on several songs, other guests included Kevin Donahue of SunSquabi on guitar and Ivan Jackson from Brasstracks on trumpet. The night began with a smooth performance by Detroit duo Gosh Pith as the stands filled quickly, followed by Artifakts who brought some electronic hip-hop beats into the mix alongside drummer Ben Ricker. The Brooklyn based band Brasstracks had direct support duties, bringing their own unique flavor of horn infused remixes and originals which played well into GRiZ’s saxophone laden jams which would come next. Natalie Cressman also sat in during the set, lending her skills as a trombonist to the band’s electric mix.GRiZ opened the show with a surprise saxophone intro perfromed above the sound board and surrounded by fans before slipping through the crowd onto the stage for the first big drop alongside guitar player/singer Muzzy Bear. While mixing through songs new and old, the Detroit born producer could be seen grooving across the stage and pouring his heart into his saxophone leads atop his DJ table.In one of the most interesting turn of events, flames lit up the stage while GRiZ played a heartfelt solo that brought him to his knees before running back to his controller to deliver as huge drop as flames shot toward the sky. By the end of the performance, GRiZ had a call and echo with the crowd, having fans yelling at the top of their lungs “I believe, all we need, in this world, is more love.”One thing is for sure, GRiZ is all about the good vibes which could be why Colorado is now a second home for the 26-year-old label head of All Good Records. Although our memories are still fresh from this year’s special show, we are already looking forward to next year’s “GRiZ Rocks.” Load remaining images
Flashback to ten years ago. It was October 21, 2006. Widespread Panic was in the midst of their fall tour, when they stopped for one night in off-the-beaten-path Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. That one show blossomed into a deep and very fun relationship between the band and the venue.Now, on the 10 year anniversary of Panic playing the Riverside, they return again but on slightly different terms. The shows sold out in a matter of minutes. The band has claimed that this will be their last full-fledged tour for a long time, if not forever. Night one of the Riverside run was everything that fans expected, a great way to mark 10 years of playing this incredible venue. Last night’s show brought another stellar performance.Panic opened with “Pigeons” before a rocking “Cotton Was King” followed. “Ain’t No Use” allowed for bass player Dave Schools to let his fingers do some dancing on the frets of his bass. Following along his notes played for this song was fun. “Gradle” was great to see in the middle of the first set, and The Band’s “Ophelia” and “The Shape I’m In” got the crowd very excited once more. The set closed with a rousing version of “Henry Parsons Died.”An energetic “Sell, Sell” opened the second set. The energy continued throughout the set, as did the good vibes. Anyone at the show knows that there were a lot of Cubs fans in attendance, and you didn’t have to look too hard to find people checking scores during the show. Even Schools noted this and mentioned how Harry Caray would be proud when the band clinched their World Series berth.At that point the band really stretched out “Blight,” taking it to a spacier and more ambient jam. Keyboardist JoJo Hermann was striking some piercing notes on the keys before getting really dark, and then going into “Bear’s Gone Fishin.” It was a really good transition. After a great “Drumz” led by Duane Trucks and Sunny Ortiz, the band continued bringing fire. “Rebirtha” was a standout version, and “Space Wrangler” had some great visuals to go along with the music.For the encore, the band again decided to dip into their rarely-played Black Sabbath covers for the second time in two nights. After playing “Me and the Devil Blues,” the band launched into a rocking version of “Sweet Leaf,” busted out for the first time since 2/23/16. The band had played “Fairies Wear Boots” on night one. It’s very possible there could be another Black Sabbath cover to end the Riverside weekend!With one more show in the run, Panic is sure to bring it this Sunday night. Check out the full PanicStream setlist, below. A full gallery of images by Ojeda Photography appears below as well.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI – 10/22/16Set 1: Pigeons, Cotton Was King, Ain’t No Use, Tall Boy, Gradle, Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, 1 x 1, Henry Parsons Died (58 mins)Set 2: Sell Sell, Thought Sausage, Radio Child, All Time Low, Blight > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Drumz > Second Skin > Rebirtha > Space Wrangler (94 mins)Encore Me and The Devil Blues, Sweet Leaf* (13 mins)Notes * LTP 2.23.16 Norfolk, Va Load remaining images
After months of voting, the six inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 have been announced! The Hall seems to have included something for everyone, as the inductees range from alternative to hip hop to progressive rock and beyond.The six artists chosen include: Tupac Shakur, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Yes, Joan Baez and Pearl Jam. For artists like Pearl Jam and Tupac, this marks their first possible entry into the Hall. Meanwhile, legends like Baez and Yes have waited years to be awarded such a prestigious honor, though this was Baez’s first nomination.Though some may argue that including a hip hop artist isn’t really rock and roll, it certainly doesn’t come without precedent. Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and more have all been previously included, and some argue that hip hop embodies the energetic elements that rock set forth.Few can argue that the other five nominees are undeserving, as Baez is legendary in folk, Yes and ELO were renowned British rockers, and Journey has racked up countless hits in their career. Of course, Pearl Jam has remained a vital rock band for the last 25 years, and are certainly deserving of the honor.The six artists will be officially inducted on April 7th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Hall will also award Nile Rodgers with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in music.
Dopapod spent their New Year with friends Aqueous and Consider the Source at the beautiful Madison Theater in Covington, KY. It was a glorious two-night celebration that saw the up-and-comers rock their hardest from 2016 to 2017. Of the many highlights was Dopapod’s cover of “Lateralus” by Tool. With Tool now officially playing at least two dates in 2017, the cover feels more appropriate now than ever.With Eli Winderman singing the parts of Maynard James Keenan, Rob Compa playing the rock-heavy licks of Adam Jones, Chuck Jones thumping hard on bass, and Neal “Fro” Evans holding it down on drums, Dopapod did Tool justice in this amazing cover.Watch Dopapod play “Lateralus” by Tool, courtesy of the great MK Devo:
Every time that Matt Butler brings together our favorite artists under the banner of Everyone Orchestra, it’s sure to be a treat. The format ensures that each night is a completely different experience, and artists and fans alike can’t help but love the freedom and collaboration these performances bring. This weekend, Matt Butler and the Everyone Orchestra hit Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO, for a stellar two-night stand.For this iteration, Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident, EOTO) held it down on drums, and Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) and Mihali Savoulidis (Twiddle) were featured on guitar, with Mihali also taking the lead on vocals at points. From Dopapod, Chuck Jones and Eli Winderman sat in on bass and keys respectively, and to represent Turkuaz, Shira Elias and saxophonist Josh Schwartz both sang vocals. Josh Schwartz was also joined by Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit) on sax during the second set.Thanks to the taper theSpaceFish, you can now check out what this special mix of amazing musicians cooked up as Everyone Orchestra. Full audio from Friday night can be heard below.
The all-star tribute to Alanis Morissette‘s iconic album Jagged Little Pill, which will also act as a benefit concert for Planned Parenthood, has added The Pimps of Joytime’s sensational singer Mayteana Morales to its already incredible lineup. The show is set to take place on Friday, February 17th at NYC’s American Beauty. Morales will join a lineup that features femme fatale’s such as Jennifer Hartswick (TAB), Shira Elias and Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), backed by fellow Turkuaz bandmates Michelangelo Carubba and Craig Brodhead, Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), and Sasha Brown (formerly of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds). This fantastic roundup of talent will perform one set of Jagged Little Pill, as well as one set of jams.All-Star Musicians To Join Forces & Raise Money For Planned ParenthoodUnfortunately, due to a personal obligation, Sister Sparrow frontwoman Arleigh Kincheloe is no longer able to perform at the event.This is sure to be a very special celebration of not only Morissette’s classic 90’s album, but the extremely important issues of women’s rights and continued funding for Planned Parenthood. The non-profit organization provides high-quality and affordable health care and education for both women and men that would otherwise not have proper access to such care.Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional show information and updates, check out the Facebook Event page.