The last few years have been relatively quiet for longtime jam band Tea Leaf Green, but they’ve been playing at full force in 2016. The band previously announced a seven show run in Colorado, and began it last Thursday, February 25th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO. With a deep catalog, TLG brought out a number of their classic jams, opening with “Kali-Yuga” and rocking through an eleven-song playlist. Hot Buttered Rum provided opening support for what was a spectacular show.If you want to get down to the first 2016 show for Tea Leaf Green, stream taper Eric Wilkens’ audio below:Setlist: Tea Leaf Green at the Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO – 2/25/16Set: Kali-Yuga, Can’t Get High, Don’t Look Back, Hanging From A Tree, All Washed Up, Stick To The Shallows, Papa’s In The Backroom, I’ve Got A Truck, I’ve Been Seeking, Incandescent Devil, Penny Saved
Those phans who tuned into last night’s episode of The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story were greeted by an interesting surprise. The crime drama, set in 1994, featured some of the main characters at a local bar. Guess which band’s poster showed up in the background?Anachronistically enough, the poster was from Phish’s 2011 New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden. Whoops! So the real question here is, of course, which one of you guys brought your Phish poster to work on the set of People vs. OJ?While we’re on the subject, you can relive the infamous “O.J. Show” from 1994, as Phish was performing in Milwaukee, WI at the same time O.J. Simpson was being chased by police in his white Ford Bronco on June 17th. Listen to the “OJ’s Groove” below:Setlist: Phish at Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI – 6/17/94Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Glide, Split Open and Melt, If I Could, Punch You In the Eye > Bathtub Gin, Scent of a Mule, CavernSet 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sample in a Jar, Poor Heart > Mike’s Song -> Simple -> Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Harpua -> Kung -> Harpua, Sparkle > Big Ball Jam > Julius > FrankensteinEncore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top O.J. reference.Teases:· Theme from Mission: Impossible tease in Mike’s Song· Simple quote in I Am Hydrogen· Nellie Kane tease in Weekapaug Groove· Simple and Voodoo Child (Slight Return) quotes in HarpuaNotes: This is the infamous “O.J. Show,” played on the night of O.J. Simpson’s Bronco chase. 2001, Mike’s, Jim, Simple, Poor Heart, and Harpua all included references to O.J. Mike’s Song also included a Mission: Impossible theme tease and Hydrogen included Simple quotes. Weekapaug contained a Nellie Kane tease from Mike. Harpua included a Simple quote and Voodoo Child tease.[Setlist via Phish.net]
Frank Sinatra, Jr., beloved vocalist and son of the legendary Frank Sinatra, has passed away at the age of 72. Sinatra Jr. was an iconic voice in his own right, and was currently on tour when he was found dead, unexpectedly, in Daytona Beach, FL. The news was confirmed by his family.Sinatra Jr. was perhaps best known for his connection to his father. When the elder Sinatra passed away in 1998, many relied on Sinatra Jr. to carry on that important legacy. The son of Nancy Barbato Sinatra and the sister of Nancy Sinatra, Frank Jr. was practically born into a gene pool of extraordinary musical talent. Interestingly, in 1963, Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped at gunpoint by three armed men. The Sinatra family was forced to pay $240,000 for his return, and the three gunmen were later arrested for their crimes. The kidnapping became quite the scandal at the time, with some accusing Sinatra of falsifying the story for publicity. This was ultimately proven false, however.Sinatra Jr’s musical career was inspired, working with legends like Duke Ellington, Sam Donahue and more. He also made several television appearances throughout the years, including a spot on a Family Guy episode, and had hit records with songs like “Black Night,” “Believe In Me” and more.We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to the Sinatra family at this difficult time.
Artist Jim Pollock has been an important visual component of the Phish scene for the entirety of the band’s career, creating the album artwork for Junta and dozens of show posters throughout the year. Pollock’s unique linoleum technique and 19th century style makes his artwork instantly recognizable, and his talents have been used by countless artists, festivals and more throughout the last three decades.With Phish’s two-night run at Chicago’s Wrigley Field set for June 24-25, the local Galerie F has announced a very special ’30 Year Retrospective’ exhibit featuring Pollock’s work on display. There will also be a new design for the Chicago Cubs, to be released on June 15th!The exhibit will feature 500 of Pollock’s works over the last 30 years, with the option for fans to purchase some of the posters on display. It’s a great way to remember some of Pollock’s incredible artwork, as well as some of the events for which Pollock was commissioned.For more information about the exhibit, be sure to head to Galerie F’s website.
The Avett Brothers made their way over to CBS This Morning to celebrate their new studio record, True Sadness. Brothers Seth Avett and Scott Avett delivered energeticly heartfelt performances of the title track and the LP’s single “Ain’t No Man,” alongside band members Bob Crawford, Paul Defiglia, Tania Elizabeth, Joe Kwon and Mike Marsh, in addition to a throwback track, “Hand-Me-Down Tune” from their 2007 record Emotionalism. The band, which started as a two piece and has since grown enormously, are about to head out on their biggest tour yet, including stops at Madison Square Garden, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and multiple nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Enjoy this morning’s performances below:True SadnessHand-Me-Down TuneHear more about The Avett Brothers in their interview below:
Every Friday, jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee have been treating fans with a new track from their forthcoming mash-up album, ZONKEY. Umphrey’s McGee has worked live mash-ups into their setlists for the past few years, cleverly taking the music of multiple artists and fusing them in uniquely titled tracks. On November 11th, Umphrey’s will share their studio recordings of said mash-ups. So far, the results have been undeniably fun.Today’s release sees the band tackle the catalogs of Ween and Motörhead for a new song called “Ace of Long Nights.” With the music of “It’s Gonna Be A Long Night” (Ween) and “Ace Of Spades” (Motörhead) at their disposal, Umphrey’s has put together quite the fun segment of music. The song has only been played live twice before, both times in 2012, so this version sounds particularly fresh – especially considering the recent reunion of Ween.Check out the new track below, which premiered on Diffuser.fm earlier today.Umphrey’s just kicked off a three night run in Philadelphia, PA last night, and will be touring intermittently through the remainder of 2016. The band did recently announce a winter 2017 tour as well, one that includes support from sax man Joshua Redman and up and coming jammers Spafford. Details can be found here.
For months, we’ve been eager to hear what the Hart Valley Drifters are all about. The band’s recording from 1962 was recently discovered and remastered, capturing one of the earliest known recordings of a 20-year-old Jerry Garcia. With Robert Hunter and David Nelson in the band, this Bay Area crew would certainly go on to inspire and influence Garcia for the remainder of his life.Fortunately, we’re in luck, as the new Folk Time album is streaming in full via NPR Music’s First Listen program. NPR frames the album as a group of 20-somethings searching for true Americana music, rising past the notion of bluegrass into folk and beyond.Listen to Folk Time below, and judge for yourself.
Bootsy Collins is a beacon of funk. His work as the bass player for James Brown in the original version of his band The J.B.‘s, and later as the long-time bass player in foundational outfit Parliament-Funkadelic, has led to some of the most important music across the funk spectrum. When you are getting down to “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” or “One Nation Under A Groove”, you are rocking along to Boosty’s inimitable funk magic.With that in mind, when Bootsy showers praise on another funk band, his suggestion demands attention. When he shouts out our favorite modern funk band Lettuce, it’s cause for celebration! This weekend, when Lettuce stopped by SiriusXM Jam On for an in-studio performance, a fan posted a video of the session in a Facebook group called “Funk”. Bootsy took notice and took the time out of his day to post the video on his personal Facebook page. You can see his post below, and the video that inspired him: a lights-out performance of “Sounds Like A Party To Me” from their 2015 record Crush. It’s always amazing to receive praise from one of your idols. Coming off a successful new EP release, two hot shows in NYC and a kick-ass tour all-around, one can only imagine that all of the members of Lettuce are riding a wave of excitement and positivity right now! In the immortal words of Boosty himself, “Bootsy Baby!”
And footage of the new song. You can also head to this Periscope account to catch videos from the performance. Opening the night up was Joey Dosik, perhaps best known to our audience for his collaborations with Vulfpeck. Indeed, Jack Stratton and Theo Katzman were on stage as well, performing alongside Dosik for the opening set.[Photo by jenfar_81 // Instagram] With the recent announcement of his rollout plan for new album The Search For Everything, guitarist John Mayer surprised fans in Los Angeles, CA with a secret show at his favorite haunt, Hotel Cafe. Mayer has played there on a handful of occasions, including an all-star super jam and a recent appearance at a benefit show at the intimate dive bar venue.Last night, though, it was all Mayer, as the guitarist sang through a number of his original tunes new and old, and even welcomed comedian Dave Chappelle to the stage for some covers. The set included “Who Says,” “Big Shirt,” “No Such Thing,” “Dear Marie,” “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967,” “Stop This Train,” “In Your Atmosphere,” “Waiting on the Day,” “Love on the Weekend,” and new song “Move On, Getting Over.”See video of “No Such Thing” below.Watch Mayer and Dave Chappelle lead a sing-along to Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”.
SweetWater 420 Festival dove head first into the jam scene this year, and we couldn’t be happier. After previously revealing headlining sets from bands like Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Ween and more, the festival has doubled down and completed their lineup with so many more jam favorites.Taking place in Atlanta, GA from April 21-23, the festival has completed their lineup with moe., Talib Kweli, Dopapod, Break Science, Jackie Greene, The Werks, BIG Something and People’s Blues of Richmond, among many more. Other entries include Ron Pope, The Temperance Movement, SunSquabi, Voodoo Visionary, CBDB, Fortunate Youth and many more.You can see the full lineup below and head here for details. You can also see more details about moe.’s upcoming tour, which starts tonight, by heading here.