Last night, City of Hope, a charity benefiting cancer research, held its 2017 Spirit Of Life Gala, called “Music, Hope & Healing” at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. At the event, Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management and all around music business impresario, was honored with the Spirit Of Life award for his contributions to the charity. Amongst the many huge contributions that Capshaw has had to the music business is his longtime role as manager to Dave Matthews Band, whom he discovered in Virginia back in the early 90s and helped establish as a touring powerhouse. When Phish reunited in 2009, Trey Anastasio brought in his old friend Coran to be their new manager, and he has helped guide them back to prominence as one of the best and most unique touring acts in the world. As such, at last night’s event, both Trey Anastasio of Phish and Dave Matthews performed short acoustic sets at the City of Hope gala, before Preservation Hall Jazz Band finished the evening with a full set of music.Anastasio was up first, and he delivered newer material from the Phish catalog. “More” and “Miss You” from Big Boat were both performed, with the latter following a story about the City of Hope foundation’s focus on neuroendocrine cancer, which took the lives of both Trey’s sister, Kristy Anastasio Manning, and Phish and Dave Matthews Band’s longtime agent, Chip Hooper. “Miss You” was written for Kristy, and Anastasio dedicated the song to Hooper and his family. To close his mini-set, Anastasio performed a new song that was debuted in Las Vegas, dubbed “Soul Planet”.Trey Anastasio Band Keeps It Rolling In Santa Ana, Debuts Bob Marley Cover [Photos/Videos]Matthews, who is also Capshaw’s best friend, followed Anastasio, and he performed several of Dave Matthews Band’s biggest hit songs. He played “Bartender”, “Grey Street”, and “Don’t Drink The Water”. Before “Bartender”, Matthews joked that Capshaw had requested that song be played, but he couldn’t understand why because it wasn’t a radio hit. It was that kind of night.After both Anastasio and Matthews were finished with their small sets, Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage and wowed the crowed with their authentic New Orleans sound and passionate performing style. All around, it was a night filled with amazing music while helping to raise money for an excellent cause.Thanks to our good friend, Instagram hero @ragingruth, you can watch a few videos of Anastasio, Matthews, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Below you can find short videos of “Miss You” and Anastasio’s brand new song, as well as “Bartender”, “Grey Street”, and “Don’t Drink The Water” from Matthews, and a clip of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.Trey Anastasio – “Miss You”Trey Anastasio brand new songDave Matthews – “Bartender”Dave Matthews – “Grey Street”Dave Matthews – “Don’t Drink The Water”Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Today, Umphrey’s McGee announced that they’d be performing an intimate show at New York City’s The Cutting Room on January 18th, 2018. Backstory: An evening of conversation and music with Umphrey’s McGee, is a Storytellers-style performance presented by BackStory Events and Guitar World Magazine. The unique show will find the group preview their upcoming album, it’s not us, which is due out on January 12th. Attendees will also get the chance to witness a long-form interview hosted by New York Times best-selling author and journalist Alan Paul as well as participate in an audience question-and-answer.Tickets for this intimate performance go on sale at 2:00 PM EST at this link. If you hope to attend, be ready right at 2:00, as the venue only holds 240 people for seated events! Learn more information about BackStory: An evening of conversation and music with Umphrey’s McGee here.[Photo: Andrew Blackstein]
Today, String Cheese Incident announced the group’s return to the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon, for two nights in July, marking the Colorado-based jam band’s only West Coast shows outside of the band’s two nights of scheduled performances at High Sierra Music Festival. In 2006, String Cheese Incident performed a three-night run at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, though did not return to the venue until a decade later in 2016 during the band’s two-night run there in late July.This year, after the group hits High Sierra on July 5th and 6th in Quincy, California, String Cheese Incident will quickly shift gears, performing the next two nights, July 7th and 8th, at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene. A pre-sale for String Cheese Incident’s upcoming shows in Eugene will begin on Thursday, February 15th, at 11 a.m. (PST) via the band’s website. A public on-sale will start on Friday, February 24th, at 11 a.m. (PST). As noted by the group, a limited number of two-day passes for the run of Oregon shows will be available.
Last night, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real got some help from Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir at the second night of their two-show stand at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. The performance came as part of Promise of the Real’s stretch with singer-songwriter Tyler Childers on the ongoing “Stagecoach Spotlight Tour.”Following sets by Childers and tour supporting artist Lillie Mae, Nelson and Promise of the Real came out for their headlining performance with Weir in tow. The band opened with a rendition of the Dead’s “Althea” sung by Nelson, before Bobby took over on vocals for “West L.A. Fadeaway”. Finally, Bobby stayed at the mic for a rendition of Bob Dylan‘s “Maggie’s Farm”, a latter-day live Dead cover and a staple of various post-Jerry Garcia projects. While Weir battled sound issues with his instrument throughout the sit-in, his presence at the Bay Area performance was nevertheless appreciatively received.As JamBase notes, Weir and Nelson first performed together at a pair of recent tributes to Weir’s longtime friend and songwriting partner, John Perry Barlow, including Barlow’s free “Graduation From Meatspace” at The Fillmore and an additional event at Weir’s SweetWater Music Hall.You can watch full crowd-shot video of Weir’s sit-in below, via Facebook user Doug Clifton:Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real w/ Bob Weir – “Althea”, “West LA Fadeaway”, “Maggie’s Farm”Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real continue their leg of the Stagecoach Spotlight Tour tonight in San Luis Obispo, CA. From there, they head to the Big Easy, where they’ll play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, April 27th, followed by a set a Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 29th. For more information on Lukas Nelson & Promis of the Real’s upcoming tour dates, or to grab tickets to any of the shows, head to the band’s website.[H/T JamBase]
Animated hip-hop group Gorillaz had a very busy year in 2017. The band released their first studio album since 2010, Humanz, and have continued to tour the world in its support. This weekend, the band heavily hinted at another album, which had fans waiting on the edge of their seat for an official announcement. Today, the band officially rolled out the details of their sixth studio effort, entitled The Now Now, which is due out June 29th via Warner Bros. Records. On top of that, they’ll be touring North America.Produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford—who most recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino—the new Gorillaz album features three special guest contributors: George Benson, Jamie Principle, and Snoop Dogg. The latter two, Jamie Principle and Snoop, appear together on the track, “Hollywood”. Recorded at London’s Studio 13 in February, Gorillaz have shared the album’s art and tracklisting, which you can see below.Described by Damon Albarn as a “summer record”, The Now Now mostly focuses on his own vocals. “I thought I should make a record where I’m just singing for once,” he explained. “It’s pretty much just me singing, very sort of in the world of 2-D… I feel really good about it. I feel really really good about it.”Additionally, two songs and a music video have been released. Watch the official music video for “Humility”, featuring George Benson and starring Jack Black. You can also stream “Lake Zurich” from the new release below.“Humility”“Lake Zurich”[Videos: Gorillaz]In addition to all this, Gorillaz have announced new tour dates, including arenas in Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago, before returning to Los Angeles for another Demon Dayz Festival. Tickets for all the shows go on sale Friday, June 8th, at 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm EST via Ticketmaster. Head to the band’s website for more information.The Now Now Tracklist:01. Humility (feat. George Benson)02. Tranz03. Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)04. Kansas05. Sorcererz06. Idaho07. Lake Zurich08. Magic City09. Fire Flies10. One Percent11. Souk EyeView TracklistingGorillaz 2018 Tour Dates:06/01 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park06/03 – Mendig, DE @ Rock Im Ring06/09 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle06/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Sónar Festival06/21 – Chiba, JP @ Makuhari Messe07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Tour Dates
Today, the estate of Roy Orbison announced that the beloved singer/songwriter will mount an extensive North American tour this year. “Wait,” you might ask, “You mean the Roy Orbison that’s been dead for like 30 years?” Yes, that Roy Orbison—in hologram form. Dubbed In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert — The Hologram Tour, the run will pair a holographic likeness of Orbison with “newly recorded, never-before-heard, digitally remastered arrangements of his classics” for a tech-assisted audiovisual trip down memory lane.The new 28-date North American tour follows the premiere of the BASE Hologram-crafted digital Orbison this past spring in Europe. The Roy Orbison hologram run will begin on October 1st at Oakland, CA’s Fox Theatre and make its way across the country before finishing out with a run of shows in Florida from November 16th–19th. The estate-sanctioned hologram show will also mount the first-ever hologram residency at Branson, Missouri’s Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in 2019.The issue of musicians’ estates producing holographic performances by dead artists has been debated for several years now—at least since the time a Tupac hologram popped up at Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg‘s 2012 Coachella set and caused everyone to lose their collective shit. Since then, the idea of resurrecting dead icons for holographic performance has been a strange-but-real new space in live music production.This new development has been met with understandably uneven feedback. Some artists and artist estates seem to be jumping at the idea of the simulated performances. The Zappa Family Trust, for example, is in the process of producing a Frank Zappa hologram tour right now, with dates reportedly to be announced for late this year. Not everyone was happy with that decision, but it’s surely interesting enough to sell tickets to thousands of curious fans.Ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, drama arose surrounding the reported plan to use a Prince hologram during Justin Timberlake‘s Halftime Show, with many disgruntled fans pointing to an old interview in which Prince had called the concept of hologram jams with dead artists “demonic.” Justin didn’t end up using a Prince hologram, but rather a large projection (who knows whether that was always the plan or not?). The tribute garnered a lukewarm reception. While it was surely sincere and heartfelt, even Timberlake himself seemed unsure what Prince would have thought of it in a post-game interview with Jimmy Fallon.The whole incident further highlighted the precarious nature of the new hologram trend. Sure, it’s a cool concept, but is it right to communicate through the body and voice of an artistic icon if it’s not really their mind in control? Does that really matter? The hologram issue will likely remain a heated debate among music lovers for as long as it stays relevant—or at least until we’re all replaced by holograms and uploaded to the Cloud…or whatever.Until then, you can go watch the Roy Orbison hologram get its Princess Leia on this fall, or spend that time arguing with your friends about why you refuse to buy into the holo-hype. See a full list of dates below. For more info, or to grab tickets, head hereIn Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour 2018October 1 – Oakland, CA @ Fox TheatreOctober 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern TheaterOctober 6 – San Jose, CA @ City National CivicOctober 9 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumOctober 10 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumOctober 13 – Grand Forks, ND @ Chester Fritz AuditoriumOctober 16 – Denver, CO @ Paramount TheatreOctober 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst TheatreOctober 20 – Detroit, MI @ Fox TheatreOctober 21 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee TheatreOctober 23 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum TheatreOctober 24 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic TheatreOctober 26 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial CentreOctober 27 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon TheatreOctober 30 – Washington DC @ MGM National HarborNovember 1 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PACNovember 2 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie TheatreNovember 7 – Orono, ME @ Collins Center for the ArtsNovember 8 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn AuditoriumNovember 9 – Bensalem, PA @ Xcite Center @ Parx CasinoNovember 10 – Brookville, NY @ Tilles Center For The Performing ArtsNovember 12 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing CenterNovember 14 – Greenville, SC @ Peace Concert HallNovember 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox TheatreNovember 16 – Orlando, FL @ Walt Disney TheatreNovember 17 – Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts HallNovember 18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker PlayhouseNovember 19 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd HallView All Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]
Tonight, John Mayer is set to a play a special concert at Los Angeles’ iHeartRadio Theater. Tonight’s show will host friends and family, VIP’s, and contest winners, as tickets were never available to the general public for this intimate performance. Luckily for John Mayer fans, there’s an option to watch tonight’s concert for free. iHeartRadio will be streaming the performance via YouTube, starting at 7:00 p.m. (PST) here.John Mayer iHeartRadio Free Webcast[Video: iHeartRadio]Following this performance, next up for Mayer is a tribute event dubbed Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life, also featuring Action Bronson, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Domo Genesis, Dyan Reynolds, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, Miguel, Njomza, Schoolboy Q, SZA, Thundercat, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, and more at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on Wednesday, October 31st.The concert will benefit Mac Miller’s Circles Fund. The foundation notes that “in honor of Malcolm’s commitment to the arts, The Mac Miller Circles Fund will provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”Following Miller’s death, John Mayer posted a very heartfelt message on his Instagram about the young artist. Read his sentiments below:This was going to be Mac Miller’s year. He made a quantum leap in his music. That’s incredibly hard to do, to evolve and get better and more focused while your career is already underway. You don’t get there without a lot of work, and Mac had put the work in. I didn’t expect to play on his album the day he played some songs for me at his house, but when I heard “Small Worlds,” I gave it a short, chirpy little “yup,” which is the highest praise I can give a track. It means we don’t need to say another word, it’s going down. I grabbed the nearest guitar in the room and within a couple of hours we had finished a tune that made me so incredibly happy to have a part in, not to mention we established a nice little friendship. He was so funny I just kind of stopped typing “LOL” back in our texts. Mac was, to me, on permanent LOL status. I gave him whatever guidance I thought I had the right to, having been through the press ringer in the past and wanting him to understand that none of that noise could ever really take a bite out of the music he was about to put out.The last time I saw him, he was playing Hotel Cafe’ in Los Angeles for a crowd of 100 people. He was nervous, and honest about it with the audience. I thought that was so endearing, especially seeing as he would go on to play one of the best sets I’d seen in a very long time. His band was unreal. You gotta know that if you weren’t familiar with Mac Miller, you were about to be, whether you would have seen him at a festival, or a friend was going to catch a show and tell everyone they knew about it (like I did.) Mac put in the work. He made his best album and formed the band that was weeks away from becoming a breakout live sensation. Believe me when I say that. I send my love and support to everyone who knew him better, because what relative little I did, I just adored.[H/T Jambase]
You can watch The Disco Biscuits’ webcasts from Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas below as they air:The Disco Biscuits – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas Webcast – Thurs, 11/1/18[Video: The Disco Biscuits]The Disco Biscuits – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas Webcast – Fri, 11/2/18[Video: The Disco Biscuits]The Disco Biscuits – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas Webcast – Sat, 11/3/18[Video: The Disco Biscuits]The November performances will mark the band’s first shows in Las Vegas since October 2016, when they similarly stacked their schedule with Phish’s MGM run. You can watch pro-shot footage of the band’s 20+ minute “Helicopters” jam from their last trip to Las Vegas below:The Disco Biscuits – “Helicopters” – 10/28/16[Video: The Disco Biscuits]For more information about the Biscuits’ upcoming Las Vegas run, or to check out a full list of the band’s upcoming shows, head to their here. Next week, The Disco Biscuits will return to Sin City for three late-night performances at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas set to take place on Thursday, November 1st, Friday, November 2nd, and Saturday, November 3rd. The late-night shows coincide with Phish‘s Halloween run down the Strip at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, once again creating a time-tested after-hours live music opportunity for fans in town for All Hallows Eve.If you’re not heading to Vegas next week, you’re surely feeling a bit of FOMO. Luckily, today, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has announced that they will offer free webcasts of all three of the band’s upcoming Vegas shows via the band’s official YouTube page. Each night’s respective webcast begins at roughly midnight Pacific Time.
Phish (er, Kasvot Växt?) has already told us what space smells like—but what does it taste like? North Carolina-based brewers Bill’s Brewing Company are getting ready to show the masses. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 24th, Bill’s Brewing will debut their new Kasvot-inspired New England-style IPA: “This Is What Space Smells Like.”As the brewers note in their announcement of the new “This Is What Space Smells Like” IPA, “this New England-style IPA is packed with a molecular cloud of tropical aromatics and cosmic dust. Mosaic. Denali. Belma. THIS Is What Space Smells Like. Orbiting your area starting 1/24!”Bill’s will celebrate the release of their new IPA on Thursday with an official launch party at Bill’s Front Porch pub in Wilmington, NC featuring “specialty food flights, live music from Johanna Winkel (6:30–8:30), and $5 draft flights! Cans of this NE IPA will go on sale at the pub starting at 4:00!”Bill’s Brewing will double down on the promotion of their new Kasvot Växt-inspired IPA with an additional event at Wilmington’s Fermental on Friday, January 25th, featuring a can release, a tap takeover, and a beer garden film. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the new “This Is What Space Smells Like” IPA at the event will go to The Mockingbird Foundation.
Load remaining images Antibalas‘ 20th-anniversary tour rolled into Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on Friday, where the band was welcomed by a packed venue of fans who were more than ready to dance their way into the weekend. The horn-friendly Afro-frunk group treated those fans to a lively headlining performance which filled every corner of the popular Brooklyn venue with an abundance of rhythm, spirit, and unconditional energy.Related: Teach Your Children Well: Antibalas Celebrates 20 Years of Afrobeat Glory in OaklandFollowing an exciting opening set by the show’s support act Innov Gnawa, a local band which celebrates a mix of world music (primarily Moroccan), the 12-piece Afrobeat machine known as Antibalas took the stage to begin their nearly-two-hour performance right around 9:45 p.m. Though they were scheduled to begin at 9:30, their fashionably late start was led by singer Amayo, whose traditional on-stage attire and facepaint gave off just as much vibrant energy as the music itself.Throughout their headlining set, Antibalas filled the venue with music from their 20-year career as a mix of horns, guitars, bongo drums transformed Brooklyn Bowl into the best international dance club in the city.“Thank you for sticking with us!” Amayo said graciously over the microphone in sincere thanks for their ongoing 20th-anniversary run, before leading the venue in chant-like repetitions of “Deep-Unconditional-Love”. The singer, whose dreadlocks were tightly gathered in a multi-colored headwrap, continued to sprinkle the chant into his lyrics throughout the evening, allowing a flow of loving energy to spread throughout the audience, who were all just as busy dancing furiously as the band was playing. The performance continued with a mix of simply phenomenal horn solos courtesy of saxophonists Martín Perna and Morgan Price, as well as trumpet player Jordan McLean.Fans can relive the musical magic from Friday night’s performance via the photo gallery below, courtesy of Tom Coyote.Antibalas will continue their 20th-anniversary tour with another show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday evening. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets to their upcoming performances.Antibalas | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 3/15/2019 | Photos: Tom Coyote