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Load remaining images Funk powerhouse Deep Banana Blackout made a rare appearance this past weekend, bringing an all-out dance party to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Saturday, February 20. Fans were treated to a bevy of older hits from the band, as well as a memorable cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”. The band remains tight as ever after all these years while delivering heavy jams and raging funk.Moon Hooch opened up with an energetic, horn-heavy performance to set the tone for the evening.Photographer Catherine Conroy was on the scene to capture all of the action. View some of the shots below, with a full gallery at the bottom.
Load remaining images There’s a difference between a string of shows and a run. A string of shows, during which is how many of us take in live music, allows you to drop in and capture a moment in time, and then go separate ways after the music has played to the end. A run or a residency let’s everyone- patrons, service staff, security, merch employees, and of course the band, get to know each other and build a relationship that over the course of the run can develop beyond the boundaries of catching a show just for one night. Familiarity lends to intimacy, and when it’s right that can lead to love.There was a lot of love last night at the Brooklyn Bowl.Ending their three night run of the Freaks Ball, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead played a show that had all the hallmarks of their skills on display. The first set started differently than the previous two evenings, which each opened with a jam section, as they launched straight into “Big Railroad Blues.” This rocker got the crowd moving and shaking, and then during the outro got real slinky and groovy as they transitioned to “Mason’s Children.” Ferocious Joe Russo was attacking the drums with purpose and pointed aggression. “Mason’s” had tremendous energy and, in the middle of the song, got into a deep jam that departed from the structure and had some spooky elements to it, before it built back up into the song’s finale.Violinist Katie Jacoby then joined the band for “Friend of the Devil.” This wasn’t the really slow version of the song that the Grateful Dead played often, but it wasn’t the quick folk song version that the Dead played in their 1970’s acoustic sets either. There was a shuffling beat, and the song was just downright pretty. The violin fit in perfectly; this version was as appropriate for the Opry as for the Bowl.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Open Up The Freaks Ball In Style [Review/Gallery]As Katie Jacoby left the stage, the band started a jam that had Tommy Hamilton driving and Marco Benevento right next to him pushing and pushing. This jam kept building in intensity until the friendly chords of “I Know You Rider” set in. The room was at such a frenzy when they got to the lyrics, and everyone sang along. By the time the end of the song came there was a feeling of achievement, as if we all had worked to it together.Out of “Rider” came a jam that was a little spacey but also pointed, which went into “St. Stephen.” They stretched out the intro jam to the song as Benevento played a solo on his Rhodes that built the intensity towards the first verse of the song. The jam leading into the bridge of the song got psychedelic- a lot of reverb and echoes. When finally reaching the end of the song, the band kept jamming- following the trance like groove they had discovered earlier. This got real jazzy, reminiscent of Return to Forever and Bitches Brew era Miles Davis.Katie Jacoby returned to the stage, and helped the band go into the “At a Siding” section of “Terrapin,” through the final stanzas of the song. Katie Jacoby’s playing gave a feel of Mahavishnu Orchestra to the song, and made the build-up at the end worthwhile to close out the set.Last night’s set break from DJ Cochon de Lait was a perfect set break; covers of great songs, all with a high funk and danceability factor. Three different times during conversations with three different different people, it came up how great the music being played was and that it was helping to make the evening as fun as possible. DJ Cochon de Lait has made that playlist available, don’t be shy to get down to it.After set break the band came back for their closing frame at the Bowl, and during this set they left it all out there. The set started with a jam that lead into a country-esque version of “Cassidy.” During the jam in the middle of the song all of the band members were locked in, eyes closed, and listening patiently to each other. It was a truly organic moment of band chemistry. Tommy Hamilton then built the jam and brought it to a memorable peak. The explosive ending of the song gave way to some mellow playing that coalesced into “The Wheel.”Joe Russo’s Almost Dead really makes you appreciate the lyrics. By the time they got to “The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down…,” the anticipation had EVERYONE was ready to help sing along. It’s a unique skill that allows for that to happen continuously through a show. During “The Wheel” was an interlude of the Tom Hamilton’s American Babies original song “Joeline,” which fit perfectly and gave Hamilton some extra push as he again peaked a jam and got everyone bound to cover just a little more ground.The outro jam was again mellow and psychedelic- almost drifting. Giant smiles abound as they found their way into the familiar opening of “He’s Gone.” During the song there were more full band jams where everyone’s skill was on display together. The song ended like a fade out on a record and a reggae beat emerged from the drums. The transition into “Estimated Prophet” was so smooth. The jam got a bit eerie at the end, as “Eyes of the World” kicked in. At this point it was clear that these songs weren’t just about the end of a set, but about ending a residency at your home and making sure that everyone knows nothing was left on the table.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Welcomes Horn Section For Spectacular Brooklyn ShowEveryone got a chance to shine during “Eyes,” as Benevento took a solo on his Rhodes that built frenetically. Scott Metzger built his solo so patiently that when the peak of it came the eruption in the room kept it going and going. Dave Dreiwitz got a chance to stand out, and keep the groove with lush fluid tones. By the time the song ended and they reached the set closing “The Music Never Stopped,” Joe Russo was thundering away while drenched in sweat. The song had an explosive end that left everyone exhausted and exuberant.Peter Shapiro, promoter and owner of the Bowl then took to the stage to for a knighting ceremony. With a giant sword that had the date of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s first ever show on it (the band was birthed at a Freaks Ball at the Bowl in 2013), he led the crowd as in unison all the members (including Sir Joe Russo) were officially named Knights of the Bowl. It was such a genuine feeling of love in that room at that time- I’m a happier person having been there for that.For their first song as knights of the land, they launched into a bone shaking version of “One More Saturday Night” that no one wanted to see end. As the band left the stage, DJ Cochon de Lait got the groove going again, starting a dance party that went late because no one wanted to leave this place. What a run this was.All photos courtesy of Mark Dershowitz. The full setlist can be seen below, with notes from Peter Costello on the performance:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 3/26/16Set 1 (9:43PM – 10:56PM)Big Railroad Blues (TH) ->Mason’s Children @ (All)Friend Of The Devil # (TH) I Know Your Rider (All) >Space ->St Stephen (All) ->Terrapin Suite PT 2 #$ (JR)Set 2 (11:40PM – 1:00AM)Jam >Cassidy (SM)The Wheel (All) ->Joeline % ->The Wheel Reprise (All) ->He’s Gone (TH) ->Estimated Prophet (SM) ->Eyes Of The World (TH) ->Music Never Stopped (SM)E: “Knighting Ceremony” &One More Saturday Night (SM)@ – First Time Played by Almost Dead. PhilRAD played it at the Cap.# – With Katie Jacoby ~ Violin$ – From “Terrapin Transit” to the end. Finishes the 2016.03.25 version. With an unknown tease (MB)% – First Time Played, American Babies Original, only the refrain was sung. From the album Flawed Logic, check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oStHvWi51Wg& – Before the encore, Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro took the stage, & presented the band with an sword engraved with the date of their first gig (2013-01-26 at Brooklyn Bowl) and made the legendary knighting of Joe Russo (http://www.sirjoerusso.com/) official. Shapiro named them Brooklyn Bowl Royalty as follows “We, The freaks Of Brooklyn Bowl, hereby anoint Dave, Scott, Tommy, Marco, And Sir Joe Russo as Knights, Birthed at the Bowl & and dedicated to Rock & Fucking Roll”. Props to Jake Szufnarowski for his invaluable role in creating, supporting, & nurturing the legend of Sir Joe Russo.What a run. Thanks to all for everything & to Brooklyn Bowl for always being our home at home & treating us like family literally from day one!Full gallery of images via Mark Dershowitz: read more
The last-ever performances as the Grateful Dead took place in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary last summer, with two nights in Santa Clara, CA and three more the subsequent weekend in Chicago, IL. For five days, the world shared in the Deadhead passion, with transcendental shows at Levi’s Stadium and Soldier Field.It seems that the moment may live on longer than we anticipated, as a Virtual Reality company called Jaunt Studios, based out of Silicon Valley. With the Grateful Dead’s performances in Santa Clara just a short drive away, the band allowed them to experiment with the cutting edge recording equipment. Of course, the Dead have always been about experimentation; even in their equipment. From the Wall of Sound and beyond, the Dead have always kept an open mind. According to a report in Rolling Stone, a 12-minute VR video of “Truckin’” made its premiere at the elite Tribeca Film Festival. Jaunt president Cliff Plumer said, “You’re not just looking at a screen… With VR, you can look anywhere. If you weren’t able to get a ticket or lived in a part of world where you can’t get access to these concerts, this is the next best thing.”The technology works with five cameras – three on stage and two in the crowd – to allow viewers to essentially look in all directions. The report describes the experience, saying, “you’ll find yourself standing almost directly in front of the stage, only a few feet away from Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Trey Anastasio. (You can see, up close, the moment when Lesh looks at Weir for a nudge when it’s time to launch into the bridge.) Look behind you (and up and down), and you’ll see the stadium full of dancing, cheering Deadheads as well as cameramen and security guards.”While the entire Santa Clara shows were captured – a total of nine hours of footage – only “Truckin’” debuted at the festival. Fortunately, the band and studio are in talks to release more of the footage. As VR technology becomes more accessible, having the opportunity to watch those shows in such an immersive environment will be nothing short of incredible.Until then, we’ll have to settle for regular, two-dimensional YouTube videos:[Via Rolling Stone] read more
This past Saturday night, NOLA funk-jam staples Galactic finished their two-night run at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl, playing to a sold out crowd. After an opening set from the Dead 27s, Galactic took the stage for a blistering 90+ minute set. Captivating vocalist Erica Falls joined the band for ten songs, including The Pointer Sisters‘s “Going Down Slowly” and fan-favorite Galactic originals “Higher and Higher” and “Dolla Diva”. Dead 27s lead singer Trey Francis also joined the band onstage, lending his vocals to a rousing rendition of Baby Huey‘s classic “Hard Times”. You can listen to full audio of the show below, courtesy of taper Matt Moricle:Galactic continues their summer tour with a two-night run in Nantucket, MA on July 26th-27th.
LOCKN’ Festival is for built around the concept of collaboration. The non-stop music and top-notch musicians make the environment ripe for fun and unique moments, and on Thursday night, the festival’s opening night, LOCKN’ placed Umphrey’s McGee and Ween in back-to-back slots, giving fans an almost inevitable feeling that a cross-over would happen.Back in 2012, when Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) announced his departure from Ween, the frontman famously threw some shade at Umphrey’s, saying that Ween “was/had turned into some Umphries McGee bullshit and I love Ween too much to see that happen.” Of course, all was forgiven in 2015 when Gener sat in with Umphrey’s at Summer Camp Music Festival for a set as God Boner, which saw UM backing GW for a full set of Ween classics. Gene Ween also spent time during his Ween hiatus performing the music of Billy Joel, as he truly has the vocal range to master the pianist’s catalog.One year later, the love fest between Gene Ween and Umphrey’s continued, as Gener made an awesome appearance on stage with Umphrey’s at LOCKN’ Festival over the weekend. GW hit the stage towards the end of Umphrey’s set, appearing mid-way through a “Puppet String” sandwich to lead the band through a cover of “The Stranger” by Billy Joel. The choice made sense, as UM wasn’t going to play a Ween song right before their set, and God Boner had covered “The Stranger” in their last performance.To say it felt triumphant is an understatement. Umphrey’s impressed the LOCKN’ masses on Thursday night, and Gener’s appearance with Umphrey’s showed that he shares in the collaborative spirit of LOCKN’ and made for a great way to kick off the weekend.Watch full video of “The Stranger” into “Puppet String” below, courtesy of YouTube user William Corcoran read more
GRiZ is hosting a slammin’ New Years Eve celebration at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC on December 31st. Dubbed “The Getdown”, GRiZ will be joined by friends Papadosio, G Jones, and Freddy Todd for “the raddest New Years Eve funktion this side of the sun.” Tickets go on-sale at 12pm ET here.According to a post from Papadosio, there’s a chance they’ll also organize something for the night before in their hometown territory. So stay tuned!
Last night, fan-favorite tribute act Pink Talking Fish kicked off the Southeast leg of their fall tour at The Charleston Pour House in Charleston, SC. The Charleston crowd was excited for a set of PTF’s usual Phish–Talking Heads–Pink Floyd fusion, but in light of the previous night’s election results, the band took the opportunity to lace their carefully crafted setlist with some clever political commentary.Set 1 featured songs and lyrics that were a commentary on Trump’s future presidency. Obvious choices like “Wilson”, “Run Like Hell” and “Big Business” spoke for themselves. Other songs had particularly appropriate lyrics, like “Making Flippy Floppy” (Our president’s crazy, did you hear what he said), “Mother” (Mother should I run for president? Mother should I trust the government), and “Pigs (3 Different Ones)” (Hey you White House, ha ha charade you are.) The band even played into a commonly misheard lyric in “Halley’s Comet”, blending the phrase “Hell is coming” in with the song’s titular refrain before opting for “Chalkdust Torture” to close the set, in honor of Trump’s statement about supporting water-boarding torture methods.While the music of the first set was on point as usual, the band knew the tongue-in-cheek commentary may have bummed some fans out. So for set two, PTF delivered some contrast, playing all songs with lyrics about positivity and light. “Nothing But Flowers”, “Free”, “Fearless” and “You Enjoy Myself” were obvious statements on this theme. The band even incorporated the “it doesn’t matter” refrain from Phish’s “Bug” into “Fearless”. Both “Naive Melody” and “Harry Hood” gave the crowd an opportunity to belt out some feel-good lyrics.The encore was dedicated to the new President Elect: “Mexican Cousin” got a rise out of the audience as a hat-tip to Trump’s controversial immigration stance and desire to build a wall along our southern border. “Burning Down The House” was both a dance party and a hopeful plea that the new president doesn’t bring the White House down in flames. Finally, Led Zeppelin‘s “Good Times Bad Times” closed the show with a message of endurance, no matter what happens in the days to come.Pink Talking Fish is back in action tonight at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA.Setlist: November 9th, 2016 – Pink Talking Fish – The Pour House – Charleston SCSet 1: Run Like Hell> Making Flippy Floppy*> Wilson> Mother> Wilson> Psycho Killer**> Halley’s Comet***> Pigs (3 Different Ones)> Big Business, Chalkdust TortureSet 2: Nothing But Flowers****> Free> Fearless> Bug Outro%> This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), You Enjoy Myself> Speak To Me> Breathe> You Enjoy Myself%%^> Love – Building On Fire^, Comfortably Numb> Harry HoodEncore: Mexican Cousin> Burning Down The House, Good Times Bad TimesNotes: *w/ Rift tease, **w/ Exodus tease, ***w/ “Hell Is Coming” lyric,****w/ The Lizards tease, % ending vocals and solo, %%w/ Groove Is In The Heart tease, ^ w/ Burger Time vocalsSet 1 was a commentary on the previous day’s Election Results; Set 2 was filled with song titles and lyrics that embodied inspiration and good feeling; Encore was dedicated to the President Elect, Donald Trump. read more
Hipnic IX will return to beautiful Big Sur this May 19-21 at the Fernwood Campgrounds. The Mother Hips and (((folkYEAH!)))-curated event is stacked with some amazing bands and musicians like Jackie Greene, Jonathan Richman, Chuck Prophet, Vetiver, and more. The three-day camping festival, now in it’s 9th year, is known for impromptu jams, bust-outs, and guest appearances at shows. Combined with camping, lots of cooking, and surprise shows, it’s definitely an intimate experience that’s hard to get anywhere else.“Hipnic offers a super unique experience – bringing amazing live music into one of the most beautiful areas of the country,” said (((folkYEAH!))) founder Britt Govea. “We’re really excited about this year’s lineup from top to bottom, and being in such an intimate venue gives the festival a very communal sense. People cooking, sharing meals, and one-of-a-kind musical experiences all set to the backdrop of Big Sur.” Doesn’t get much better than that!More information is available on (((folkYEAH!)))’s website. read more
During the end of March, electronic jam all-star group Electron will be hitting four dates across Colorado. Recently, it has been announced that Dance Party Time Machine will be joining them for the March 25th show, a super group that invites notable musicians to join together to explore dance hits from across the decades.The Electron shows, which bring together Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner from The Disco Biscuits, Mike Greenfield from Lotus and Tom Hamilton from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and American Babies, are already set to be scorchers, with the supergroup, affectionately referred to by Brownie as “the best band that doesn’t exist,” picking up steam as a unit in-and-of themselves.All the members of Electron will be holding it down within the diverse and expansive line-up of Dance Party Time Machine, a massive annual genre- and time-spanning affair that calls Colorado home. In addition to the member of the Biscuits present in Electron, fellow bandmate, Allen Aucoin will be joining the line-up. The line-up will also feature a variety of local Colorado musicians and is set to see more artists jump aboard in the coming weeks. Dance Party Time Machine will ultimately feature 25-30 musicians rotating in and out throughout the show, so you never really know what to expect.The two stacked performances, Electron and Dance Party Time Machine, will kick off their Colorado run at The Gothic Theatre in Denver on Thursday, March 23rd. After one night at The Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, the tour will take-over Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, the place where Dance Party Time Machine began. To close out their Colorado dates, Electron will head to Frisco, where they’ll spend Sunday night at The Barkley Ballroom. Tickets for Cervantes’ show are available here, tickets for the Aggie Theater are available here, and tickets for the Barkley Ballroom are available here, with tickets for the Gothic to be released to the public soon. read more