Umphrey’s McGee continue to impress on their West Coast March run, stopping at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR for a fiery performance. The group wasted no time getting to work, opening with “Dump City” and raging through the first set with versions of “In The Black” and “Go To Hell.” One of the first highlights from the show came during “Nemo,” when guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger joined keyboardist Joel Cummins for an all-out keyboard jam. What fun!Another big bust-out was a cover performance of Ween’s “Transdermal Celebration,” which the group debuted during the Godboner set with Gene Ween at Summer Camp Music Festival (watch the full set here). Since we don’t have footage from last night’s second-ever performance of the Ween song, we’ll have to settle for the debut version:The rest of the show continued to impress, with jams like “Triple Wide > Speak Up” and a “1348 > Made 2 Measure > 1348” medley. Umphrey’s McGee continues their spring tour with a second night in Portland, OR, tonight, March 13th.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/12/16Set One: Dump City, In The Black, Go To Hell, Nemo > Keyboard Jam* > Nemo, Push The Pig, Make It Right, Uncle Wally, HindsightSet Two: Transdermal Celebration, Triple Wide > Speak Up, 1348 > Made 2 Measure > 1348, Piranhas, 2nd Self, Le Blitz > Educated GuessEncore: Booth Love > Upward* Brendan & Jake on keyboards
Legendary NBA player Bill Walton is something of an icon in the Grateful Dead universe, as the 7-foot center has been attending Dead shows for decades. He’s even taken on a more prominent role in the scene as of late, helping to champion the Fare Thee Well reunion celebrations last summer and appearing for Dead & Company’s New Year’s Eve stunt in Los Angeles, CA.Hopefully Walton’s fateful puff of the giant flying joint on NYE will make it into Walton’s new memoir. Titled Back From The Dead, Walton’s new book was released yesterday, March 22nd, and chronicles his tenure as a professional basketball player, alongside his extreme passion for the Grateful Dead.According to the Amazon description, “This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.”One quick peek into the table of contents, and we see the first chapter is called “One Way Or Another, This Darkness Got to Give,” a famed lyric from the Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie.” “Feel Like A Stranger,” “Help On The Way, “Eyes Of The World” and more also make appearances as chapter titles.You can find out more about the book, and purchase it, via Amazon.
Dave Matthews came out swinging at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ last night, playing songs familiar, new, and everything in between. The show featured a major bust out early on, as the band broke into “Fool To Think” for the first time since 2013 (204 shows). They also debuted a brand new song, the fourth of this summer, called “Plastic Girl.”“Plastic Girl” is most likely slated for the new DMB album, which assumedly will feature the three new songs in rotation this summer: “Bob Law,” “Bismarck,” and “Samurai Cop.” You can check out video of the new song below, courtesy of Kyle Handville on YouTube.The show also featured a jazzy sit-in from Greg Osby towards the end of the set, accompanying on saxophone for “Warehouse,” “Lover Lay Down” and “Grey Street.” Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
In the middle of a huge European tour in support of his new album Rattle That Lock, former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour recently performed at Freedom Square in Wrocław, Poland, where he busted out the Meddle classic “One of These Days” for the first time since 1994. Now, Gilmour has released pro-shot footage of the performance, and it is truly epic.The video shows Gilmour and his band, including Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, performing the intense track with huge smiles on their faces and an undeniable excited energy. Gilmour plays percussion before moving to a Lap Steel Guitar, and he showcased his virtuosity with several exciting solos throughout the song.Check out full video below, courtesy of David Gilmour’s YouTube channel.
Umphrey’s McGee started their August run in Kansas City last night, bringing their progressive improv mastery to The Crossroads for a night of big time jams, fun segues, and a heavy-hitting setlist that packed a punch. With The Main Squeeze opening up the show, fans who hit the famed venue were in for a night of great music.After an awesome opening set from The Main Squeeze, Umphrey’s opened the night with the driving build of their intro track “Nipple Trix”. The band quickly moved from the intro into their raging first track from Anchor Drops, “Plunger”, which eventually wound its way into old-school fan-favorite “Slacker”. After the high-energy opening, Umphrey’s kept it going with back-to-back tracks from 2014’s Similar Skin, playing the album’s title track, and then a fun version of “No Diablo”. Umphrey’s then whipped out one of their classics, delivering a high-energy version of “Miss Tinkle’s Overture”. The band finished their first set with a run from the funky tune “Deeper” that landed on a perfect and fun cover of Toto‘s “Rosanna”.After a short break, Umphrey’s returned to the stage firing on all cylinders, kicking things off with a raging version of “Domino Theory”. The heavy rock vibes continued with an excellent take on “Puppet String”, which went unfinished as it eventually morphed into the raging multi-section instrumental track “Smell the Mitten”. “The Linear” came next, and the band used the song’s dance vibes to launch an impressive improv segment. Eventually, the familiar opening guitar chords of Umphrey’s masterpiece “Bridgeless” rang out, and the band segued into the fan-favorite with ease. Set two came to a close with a great pairing of the jazzy “Sociable Jimmy”, which masterfully wound its way into the disco-laden slow-jam “Booth Love”, which featured a pronounced “Another Brick In The Wall” tease.Umphrey’s opened their encore with a fun take on “2nd Self”, building up the energy one more time before dropping back into “Puppet String”, completing the song and bringing the epic show to it’s conclusion.Photos provided by Tara Gracer Design & Photography, and the full setlist and gallery can be seen below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Crossroads, Kansas City, MO – 8/3/2016Set 1: Nipple Trix > Plunger > Slacker, Similar Skin, No Diablo, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Deeper > RosannaSet 2: Domino Theory, Puppet String > Smell the Mitten, The Linear > Bridgeless, Sociable Jimmy > Booth LoveEncore: 2nd Self > Puppet String with Another Brick In the Wall (Pink Floyd) jam(Setlist courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s) Load remaining images
The first time I stepped into the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park was circa 2009, when our now partner and dear friend Paul Levine of Purple Hat hosted Jennifer Hartswick and I as an acoustic duo version of Van Ghost for Bear Creek Music Festival. Right away, I knew the park was special. I was stricken by its natural beauty & energy, and started dreaming of how & when the Silver Wrapper team could contribute to the incredible history, community and portfolio of events held there in the future. Fast forward to 2012, Paul and I were both on Jam Cruise talking about how to bring that dream to fruition, and by the following year of 2013, the first Suwannee Hulaween was alive and on the map.The original ethos between Leif, Paul and I was to create an experiential event & curated concert that all three of us would want to attend, even if we weren’t producing it. Our goal was to stay true to our roots in the jam band world, and also cater to the diverse music fanatics we consider ourselves. We set out to program a show with music that would compliment the String Cheese Incident (and their team), who graciously invited us to turn their annual Halloween show (which had previously bounced around the country for over a decade), into a full blown annual festival for a 3 year plan at the same site. We knew that if it didn’t take off by that point with this country’s chaotic and murky waters in the festival space, it wasn’t meant to be. As the story unfolded, each year the crowd sizes, the musical line up, and Spirit Lake (our dedicated space to transform the forest around the lake in the middle of the campgrounds with world class art installations), outgrew the year before it. Going into this year’s fourth installment of Hulaween, we are beyond humbled and grateful at the insane level of artists & fans’ loyalty to our vision for the show, the park, and community we’ve deemed the #HulaFam. It’s truly like nothing else any of us have ever experienced in our careers, and we plan to continue the tradition for as long as we are capable of with a passion to always improve upon the overall fan experience on every level from the year before it. This year, we are capping the sales to only 20,000 fans, with again, an expanded Spirit Lake. We are also adding a brand new stage into an area that has never been used in the park. We programmed what we consider to be a perfectly balanced line-up of progressive and relevant musical artists while staying true to our roots and fanbase that helped grow Hulaween into this beautiful creature it has become. I put together this playlist of over 50 songs and nearly four hours of music for your listening pleasure to take an audible journey into the different sounds you’ll be able to catch around the park all weekend from the headliners down to some of the pre-party acts. Play it from top to bottom, or on shuffle as Hula-Radio. Please enjoy it, share with your music loving crew, and plan to join us for what is sure to be another magical Halloween party in Northern FL this October!With gratitude, love, & respect from our whole family,Michael BergYou can check out the full Suwannee Hulaween lineup below, and head here to purchase tickets!
I grew up around hip-hop, although peripherally. My family is (partially) quite comfortable because of my father’s role in the development of hip hop in the 80s and 90s, as he was the co-founder of Profile Records, home to artists such as Run DMC, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, DJ Quik, Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde, Camp Lo and many others. As such, I felt a closeness to hip-hop, but in reality it took me many years to understand it, let alone to find the truest artists of the genre. I went through my Eminem phase, my Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg phase, and of course, who could forget my G-Unit phase. It wasn’t until I discovered the neo-soul movement of The Roots, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and Common that I truly understood the power of what hip-hop could be. All of these artists discuss real issues on their records, bringing an almost sociological approach to their music, often creating true poetry while discussing the injustices of the world around them. None of these artists would exist without the earth-shattering influence of A Tribe Called Quest.ATCQ pioneered socially conscious hip-hop by just being themselves. They weren’t militant, they weren’t mean, they weren’t aggressive; in actuality, they represented African-American intellectualism. Their portrayal of the African American experience is connected with many who were searching for an alternative to the ultra-left militance of Public Enemy and the ultra-angry violence of N.W.A. Not to knock those groups–who affected change and pushed the conversation incredibly in their own right–but ATCQ spoke to a certain type of person, and they rode that wave, paving the path for so many other socially conscious thinkers who were looking for an outlet. Unfortunately, the group broke up in 1999 due to issues with their record label, and have been mostly dormant since then.Thankfully, after an eighteen-year lay-off, A Tribe Called Quest have returned. Following the tragic death of founding member Phife Dawg in March, group leader Q-Tip got together with the remaining members of the group and decided to move forward with the release of one final album, containing many tracks that he and Phife had been working on in secret for a potential comeback album. Q-Tip brought back Jarobi White, as well as Busta Rhymes and Consequence, alongside an amazing collection of special guests such as Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, Sir Elton John and Jack White, and the result is one of the most important hip-hop albums in years, up there with Lamar’s instant-classic To Pimp A Butterly. We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service is a master-class in socially conscious conversation and a continuation of Tribe’s spotlight of the African-American experience in this country.This album is filled with musical nostalgia. The members of ATCQ trade verses with ease, flowing in and out of each-others rhymes with perfection. Hip-hop simply doesn’t sound like this anymore, and it’s certainly refreshing to hear this throwback to an older era. The beats on the record are decidedly focused on live instrumentation, with lots of live-sounding bass, guitar, and piano parts creating a grooving vibe that permeates throughout the album. We got it from Here…also includes some fun samples, with Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” heavily sampled on “Solid Wall of Sound”. The classic children’s film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is also sampled at the end of the album’s opening track, “The Space Program”. In an out-of-left-field collaboration, Jack White pops up on two tracks on the album, adding his trademark guitar playing to “Lost Somebody” and “Ego”The message of the record, however, is clear. ATCQ continue their discussion of the negativity of the African-Americans experience in this country. The album opens with “The Space Program”, which contains an unmistakable discussion of racial inequality. Honestly, the song’s lyrics explain the message more than my words ever could:Imagine for a second all the people are colored, pleaseImagine for a second all the people in povertyNo matter the skin tone, culture or time zoneThink the ones who got it would even think to throw you a bone?Moved you out your neighbourhood, did they find you a home?Not safer, probly no place toThe song’s chorus is also an unmistakeable message to African-Americans around the country.Tryna go left and not rightGotta get it together foreverGotta get it together for brothersGotta get it together for sistersFor mothers and fathers and dead niggasFor non-conformers, won’t hear the quittersFor Tyson types and Che figuresLet’s make somethin’ happen, let’s make somethin’ happenLet’s make somethin’ happen, let’s make somethin’ happenA powerful opening statement from a group that hasn’t released music since 1998. A Tribe Called Quest come back and immediately push for progressive and thoughtful togetherness. This message serves as a mission statement, with the rest of the record pushing this theme.On track two, “We The People”, the message is made even more clear, right from the song’s opening lines.We don’t believe you ’cause we the peopleI’ll still be in the rear, yo, we don’t need youYou ain’t a killer nor good, young nigga, moveWhen we get hungry we eat the same fucking foodIt is almost unfathomable that, in 2016, we are still talking about inequality in this way. It’s crazy to think that things have gotten worse since the group’s debut in 1990. Missing from these opening tracks is the typical humor from ATCQ’s previous records. This album has no “Buggin’ Out”, or “Award Tour”, or “Jazz (We Got)”. It is filled with introspective and honest conversation about racial inequality that we need to be having as a country. With death and injustice the main themes of the album, there seems to be no room for jokes on this record. The opening tracks reflect an anger and disbelief in the current climate in this country. “We The People” has an unmistakable message, and once again I’ll let the song’s chorus deliver what my words could never provide.All you Black folks, you must goAll you Mexicans, you must goAnd all you poor folks, you must goMuslims and gays, boy, we hate your waysSo all you bad folks, you must goThe rest of the album is, thematically, more of the same. I don’t think it’s a surprise that ACTQ chose to release this album two days after the divisive presidential election, especially considering the candidacy of Donald Trump, the most racially divisive politician of our modern era.The album is filled with this kind of messaging. “Whateva Will Be” touches on the unjust prison system in America:So am I ‘posed to be dead or doin’ life in prison? Just another dummy cauught up in the system unruly hooligan who belongs in Spofford Versus gettin’ that degree at Stanford or Harvard“The Killing Season” discusses the perils of racial injustice and the thick skin African-Americans are forced to grow in response to the society around them:Things haven’t really changed, been dormant for the moment Marks and scars, we own it, only makes for tougher skin Helps us actualize the actual greatness held within Been on the wrong team so much, can’t recognize a winHonestly, every track has elements of philosophical greatness and deep thought delivered from ATCQ’s standard left-of-center belief system.Guest verses from Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak are all on-topic social commentaries as well. On “Kids”, Andre sends his “condolences to niggas that got erased, I pour out some liquor on the cops’ graves”. His delivery, flow, and message are a perfect fit for ATCQ, leading to The Roots’ drummer Questlove suggestion that the group invite him to be a full time member.On “Conrad Tokyo”, Lamar bluntly states “Toleration for devastation, got a hunger for sin / Every nation, Obama nation, let the coroner in / Crooked faces, red and blue laces for the color of men”.Perhaps the best guest-appearance on the album, Anderson .Paak delivers an all-too-real verse, where he states:They wanna see my downfall Turn a good day into a downpour Thorns in the crown and the cross I bear Why they wanna see me hangin’ like a towel somewhereHe continues the conversation with a second verse later in the track, proclaiming: Moving backwards never, that was never the plan Can I vent? I was content being my own man Up until that night, ill faded, walking home, I was faded Cocos races on my wrist like he was clapping his hands How demeaning y’all, who could be blind to racism?No review of this album would be complete without a special shout out of Phife Dawg’s contribution to the record. Clearly doubling as a tribute to their fallen brother, Phife Dawg is front and center on many of the tracks, delivering his thoughts on remaining himself, the influence of the media, and Donald Trump, all with his the lyrical expertise for which he was known throughout his career. The rest of the group touches on his death on the final track “The Donald”, with Busta Rhymes rapping:Phife Dawg, whatagwan with the crew?Nuff ting, that’s why me had to come throughPhife Dawg, you spit wicked every verseThe north said respect the Trini man firstRhymes actually adopts a Trinidadian accent at several moments throughout the record, a true homage to the “Trini Gladiator” Phife Dawg.The record is a reminder of the potential power of hip-hop, and specifically the group of thoughtful rappers that make up A Tribe Called Quest. “Who could be blind to racism?” It’s a powerful question that I’m not sure there is a simple answer to. The best thing that can be done to understand this album is to hear it with your own ears. Below, you can stream the entire record, and I encourage any fans of hip hop, social justice, or just good music to give it a listen (or two, or three).
It’s no secret that our society’s views on marijuana have relaxed significantly over the past decade. More than half of the 50 states currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. Most recently, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all passed measures in November legalizing recreational marijuana. California’s Prop. 64 measure allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.But while the law has changed its tune about weed in California, many of the state’s large-scale music events–like Coachella–still don’t officially allow pot on their grounds–That’s where WeedMaps, the self-described “Yelp of marijuana dispensaries,” comes into play. Along with Talent Resources, the tech startup is planning a 420-friendly event just down the road from Coachella to provide festival-goers with a legal VIP weed “oasis” in the desert.[photo via TMZ]The companies have purchased a nearby compound to host the event, which sources say will play host to “two grow houses, a greenhouse, and 5 geodesic domes to test different strains from GenX, Brass Knuckle and West Coast Cure.” The TMZ exclusive also states that each of the domes pictured above will offer a different “pot experience,” including vaping, edibles, regular old toking, and basically any other method you can dream up.[h/t – TMZ][Cover photo via Herb.co]
This morning, news broke that Chris Cornell passed away last night after a show in Detroit. The Soundgarden/ Temple of the Dog/ Audioslave frontman meant a world to the alternative rock and grunge music scene, with a voice that carried distinct individuality across decades and genres. As the tributes begin to pour through the Internet, a message from Warren Haynes pulls at our heart’s strings as we, too, now wonder what Cornell’s voice would have sounded like in a Gov’t Mule record — which Haynes says was once a possibility in the Shout! recording sessions.Read the note below:Damn! Another great loss-way too soon. Great singer, great songwriter, great front man. After not really connecting with most of the music that immediately preceded it I thought it was a breath of fresh air when the scene came along that was bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains. This music was real-being created by people with something to say who were gonna say it regardless of what the current state of the music business and audiences thought. Just turns out that it was so strong that they changed everything by doing what felt natural without second guessing how it would be received and by giving a voice to a whole cross-section of people who were looking for theirs. That’s true art!I didn’t really know Chris. We communicated via email at one point because he was on my short list of singers that I reached out to during the making of Shout! I was very excited that he was interested and that he was even thinking of writing lyrics for one of the songs to create a “real” alternate version which I was very excited about as I’ve always dug his lyrics. As happens so often in the music business, life prevails. He received some bad news involving a family tragedy and wasn’t able to do it and I will always wonder what it would have sounded like. “Say Hello to Heaven”. Maybe not be the interpretation he intended, but fitting. -WH
The New Mastersounds most recent album, Made For Pleasure, was made all the sweeter by the powerful vocals supplemented by longtime friend and collaborator Charly Lowry. Unfortunately, Lowry is in a truly somber medical situation—the young songstress is in dire need of a kidney replacement, with the situation becoming a matter of life and death.To aid their friend and fellow musician, The New Mastersounds have stepped up to support Lowry, taking on the role of “Living Donor Champion.” The band is currently calling on fans to look into becoming living kidney donors, with the hopes that they may be able to find a match for the talented young vocalist. The band has started a Facebook group dubbed “Funky Friends For Charly”, which supporters can join here. Those interested in becoming a living kidney donor can contact UNC Medical Center at Chapel Hill (Phone: 984-974-7568 / E-Mail: [email protected]).Help get the word out about Charly’s situation, and consider becoming a living kidney donor today.