The inaugural Fool’s Paradise is set to bring the heat to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on April 1st and 2nd, with genre-bending music, artist-led excursions, musical workshops, yoga, and more just steps from the ocean. The festival’s lineup is jam-packed, featuring Lettuce, GRiZ, Goldfish, Vulfpeck, The Nth Power, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (George Porter Jr. + Neal Casal + Ivan Neville + Eric Krasno + The Shady Horns) and a whole lot more!When the music ends at the Amphitheatre, some late night ragers are going down across the street at the Elk’s Lodge. On April 2nd, a very special late night show brings the two-day event to a close, while also bringing the mysterious Fools For Funk supergroup to life. The long-awaited lineup for Fools For Funk includes: Adam Deitch (drums, Lettuce/Break Science), Adam Smirnoff (guitar, Lettuce), Cory Henry (keys/bass, Snarky Pupppy), Nigel Hall (vocals, keys), Weedie Braimah (percussion, The Nth Power), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet, Lettuce/Shady Horns), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone, Lettuce/Shady Horns) and special guests TBA. What a way to close out the weekend!Tickets for the late night shows are available here for just $25. The full late night lineup includes Vulfpeck and Break Science on Friday, as well as Goldfish and The Fools For Funk on Saturday.Additionally, limited camping options and VIP hotel packages are still available, but they’re moving fast! More information can be found on the official Fool’s Paradise website.Fool’s Paradise Late Night Lineups:Friday, April 1:VulfpeckBreak ScienceSaturday, April 2:GoldfishFools For Funk Supergroup ft. Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Cory Henry, Nigel Hall, Weedie Braimah, Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis
Among the many great sets scheduled for Northwest String Summit, the Yonder Mountain String Band led tribute to the classic 1975 album Animals by Pink Floyd was easily one of the biggest highlights. Bringing out special guests, the band faithfully played the music of Animals, fueled by their one-of-a-kind bluegrass twinge. By all accounts, it was a great set of music.Fortunately, the band has shared footage of their rendition of the song “Sheep.” They nail it! Watch the group at work, streaming below.Keep on rockin’ it, Yonder!
Beloved bluegrass titans Greensky Bluegrass made their way to the Lafayette Theater in Lafayette, IN, playing their hearts out in a great two-set performance along their fall tour. The band is set to release their new album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted next week, and the energy from the new music has been palpable in the live setting. Feeding off of the energy from their rabid fan base, Greensky opened up with “Miss September” and brought out classics for a night to remember. They even slipped “Casual Wednesday” into the setlist, a nod to their hump day celebration.Fortunately, Phierce Photo was on hand to capture some of the magic from last night’s show. Check out the setlist (as annotated by Andrew Sturtz of Camp Greensky) and the photos, below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Lafayette Theater, Lafayette, IN – 9/14/16Set 1: Miss September, Don’t Lie, Tied Down, No Idea, Broken Highways, Gumboots, Forget Everything, All 4Set 2: The Four > Freeborn Man, Windshield, Cold Feet > New Rize Hill > Casual Wednesday > What Happened to Jim, Fixin to Ruin, Tarpology > One Slip > Tarpology > One Slip > TarpologyEncore: Dustbowl Overture > Wheel Hoss
During the New England Festy in September, a little known band by the name of Lau was on the bill for Sunday’s line-up. Many attendees scratched their heads wondering who this mysterious act was, and once they began their set, people poured to the stage area to catch their unknown sounds. This musically brilliant trio is comprised of Kris Drever on vocals and guitar, Martin Green on accordion, wurlitzer, keys, and various electronics, and Aidan O’Rourke on fiddle.Hailing from Scotland, and formed in 2004, they introduced their hauntingly addicting melodies to audiences across the pond this summer for the first time. Live For Live Music caught up with them following their set to learn more.L4LM: What brought you stateside? So many music fans have never heard of you until recently. Tell us more.Lau: We’ve played in the UK and Europe for quite a long time, and we haven’t done quite a lot of shows in the U.S., for one reason or another. We started a new relationship with some people over here recently so we had the chance to put together a couple of weeks tour. This is our first U.S. tour. We’re here to play and let everybody know we exist and do our thing. And to promote our new record, The Bell That Never Rang.L4LM: How many records do you have out there?Lau: This is our fourth studio album. Plus, we have a live album and a couple of collaborative EP’s. We have quite a lot of music out there. We’ve dipped in and out of North America over the last eight years or so for festivals and the like. This is the first tour with a team behind us, a new record to promote, and lots of nice gigs and festivals to do. It seems this bluegrass Americana scene has embraced us, which is lovely.L4LM: What do you think of the reception your band has received from fans here in the U.S. so far?Lau: We were always told, years ago, that our music would fit into this sort of jam band scene. We just haven’t really had an opportunity, until now, but people just seem to really get it, which is cool. We’re not a typical Scottish folk band. We kind of wander off, in certain ways, and the fans here are familiar with those wanderings. This was only our second festival, but we feel the love. We’d love to come back.L4LM: There’s one particular instrument that fans are curious about. Tell us more about this unique piece you incorporate into the music.Lau: We have an instrument that we built which is called ‘moorag.’ We just like finding noises really, so we spent a lot of years finding noises on our own instruments. Then we started looking around to other places to make noises with, so eventually building something made sense. We’ve had a few contraptions in the past, and a mild understanding of electronics, and some disregard for personal safety. Most of the noises are actually generated by us, just not necessarily at that moment in time. So what ‘moorag’ does is manipulate samples, as there also is a computer involved. All of our samples we do make. We like the idea of things that we’ve made in the past, but the idea of playing to backing track doesn’t seem appealing. It seems kind of stifling, and it would also mean that we would have to play everything exactly the same every time. It’s good to build stuff. We like making things. When we’re at home we have slightly more stuff. Can’t bring it all on the plane.Over the last ten years, each of our sound palettes have been expanding. Martin has just taken it a little bit further than the rest of us. There’s something nice about us all gathering around it [the moorag]. It’s a nice way to start the show. We like the physical proximity to each other. It’s quite unifying.When we started, there was none of that stuff. We were an acoustic band, more or less. Occasionally, we revisit some bits of that material. It’s quite interesting going from this thing where there’s so many different sensors happening at the same time, down to just the acoustic trio. We try to make it feel like it’s all part of the same band and, because of all the extra stuff that has grown up with us over the last ten years, both of those line-ups do sound like the same band, despite having wildly different sonic palettes. I don’t think, unless we’ve kind of grown from the acoustic trio to the supplemented thing, we could get away with that.L4LM: Your unique incorporation of expanded sound brings a huge energy to the stage that gets thrown out into the crowd. Take us deeper into this concept.Lau: Tim Matthew, our sound engineer, has spent a lot of time getting our instruments to sound better, and bigger. That has made a big difference to what we can do. We don’t really ever truly play acoustic. It doesn’t really work. I think that once you’ve decided there’s going to be a speaker and a microphone in the chain, then you’re paying a lot of attention to the noise that comes out of the speaker, because that’s what people hear. It’s been useful to us because it’s a sort of artificial noise that comes out of the PA, not necessarily through the use of effects, but how close things are miked and trying to get as much body as possible.It’s a good journey. We keep finding new things. Spending time to make sure we get all of the sonic elements to work right so it’s not too far outside of what the band’s sound is anyway. It’s reassuring to know that we can sit down, without any of the extra things that we’ve added, like the electronics and the pedals, and still make high quality music that sounds like us. When you take everything away, it’s not a huge difference.We’re having a really great time. Very well organized festivals, very friendly. A lot of musicians from a festival in Scotland, called Celtic Connections, brings in a lot of Americans. We’ve become friends with a lot of musicians from over here, so it’s nice to see them. We did a guest spot with Alison Brown and Garry West at Fresh Grass Fest. They did a tribute concert to The Band, so we went up and did a song for them. There were people we knew there from Scotland. The more we play music, and the more we travel, the more we bump into people all over the place. It’s a nice family. It’s nice to see those American musicians in America. We normally see them in Scotland in January, which is not their natural habitat.For more information on Lau, please visit their official website.Words by Sarah Bourque.
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh generally hits a few venues over the course of a year, but he ended 2016 with a rare trip outside his typical haunts – and outside the continental 48 as well. Lesh brought his Friends over to Hawaii, playing shows in 50th state on December 29th and 31st. For both shows, Terrapin Crossroads Grahame Lesh, Scott Law, Ross James, Jason Crosby and Alex Koford performed with Phil.The show on the 29th took place at the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, HI, opening up with a fun “Jack Straw” and treating fans to lots of Grateful Dead classics throughout. With songs like a “Help > Slip > Franklin’s” combination and a fun “New Speedway Boogie > The Other One > New Speedway Boogie” sandwich, there’s no denying that this was a great performance!Check out the full audio and setlist from 12/29 below, courtesy of Jam Buzz.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center | Kahului, HI | 12/29/16Set I: Jack Straw, Like A Rolling Stone, Deal, Tennessee Jed, Bertha, West LA Fadeaway, Uncle John’s BandSet II: Jam > Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, Unbroken Chain, Dark Star, New Speedway Boogie > The Other One > New Speedway Boogie, Playin’ In The BandEncore: Donor Rap, RippleThe Grateful magic continued on New Year’s Eve, when the band opened up with “Shakedown Street” and continued with some of the band’s most exciting music. They brought out hits like “Estimated Prophet” into “Eyes of the World,” “Terrapin Station,” “Scarlet/Fire”, “St. Stephen” into “The Eleven” and so much more. The New Year’s show was also three sets, and the countdown took place leading into the third set. The band launched fireworks and balloons at the stroke of Midnight, and also welcomed a dancing Terrapin mascot on stage, before jumping into “Sugar Magnolia” to get the crowd really rocking. You can see the full third set video, and more highlights, in the embedded players below. Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Honolulu Theatre | Honolulu, HI | 12/31/16Set I: Shakedown Street, The Music Never Stopped, Ramble on Rose, Box of Rain, Wharf Rat, Box of Rain (reprise), A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna FallSet II: Althea, Estimated Prophet, Eyes of the World, The Wheel, Terrapin Station, I Know You RiderSet III: Sugar Magnolia, Scarlet Begonias, Fire on the Mountain, St. Stephen, The Eleven, St. Stephen, Not Fade Away
Tedeschi Trucks Band wrapped up a three night run in Chicago last night, but the magic didn’t stop there! After the show at the Chicago Theatre, the leading couple of TTB – Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks – made their way over to Legends to jam with the legend himself, Buddy Guy.Guy introduces the musicians by saying some good friends dropped by “unexpectedly,” explaining that he knew Tedeschi before he even met Trucks back in the day. “When you come to Legends, you don’t know what you’re gonna get,” said Buddy Guy in their introduction. “We’re gonna jam the fuck out,” he said with a smile.The band then dropped into Muddy Waters’ “She’s Nineteen Years Old,” jamming on the staple for a 15+ minute blues jam. The sit in ended with Tedeschi reaching around Mr. Buddy Guy and shredding a few licks on his patented polka dot guitar. What a great moment!While full video of the performance has been taken down, the venue has shared pro-shot video of the evening’s highlight, check it out below!
Load remaining images With increasingly unstable tensions abroad and tax day looming, it’s safe to say that everyone is in need of a diversion. Luckily, the jubilant crowd at Headliners Music Hall got that and more when Elephant Revival and openers Dead Horses came to town on Friday evening for a sold-out performance at the Louisville music venue. Elephant Revival helped those in attendance forget their struggles with a night of captivating and emotionally resonant music that spanned the emotional spectrum.Since their inception, Elephant Revival has made it their mission to imbue their genre-bending songs with a message of hope and human connection. The band is dynamic, oscillating from whispers to thunderous crashes, as they take audiences on musical journeys each night that can elicit tears and then laughter within moments of one another. They accomplish this impressive feat thanks to the diverse span of the idiosyncratic voice meticulously crafted by the band.Our own Rex Thomson has put together a series of videos from the show to illustrate how each member contributes to the entrancing whole. But before we get there, let’s start with the evening’s opening act, Dead Horses. Hailing from Wisconsin, the trio is powered by the startling power of vocalist Sarah Vos. Vos’ emotional delivery and engaging stage presence serves as a lightning rod for listeners that is impossible to ignore. Steeped in old-time vibes, the stripped-down, single-mic performance method of bluegrass outfit Dead Horses still manages to impress, in large part due to their innovative songwriting. Check out their set-closing rendition of their single “Ain’t Got Time,” with special guest Charlie Rose of Elephant Revival on banjo below.“Ain’t Got Time”Though some were sad to see Dead Horses go, the anticipation for Elephant Revival was palpable in the room. This was the band’s first headlining gig in Louisville a few years, and folks were interested to see how the band had progressed in that time. With a roster addition and loads of new material, there were new dynamics to see and appreciate.Before we get into the individual spotlights, let’s start with something the whole band wanted to say together. Elephant Revival has always tried to seek out and support causes that resonate with them. The recent upsurge in refugees from war and terror is a terrible reality, one that needs to be addressed by all of us and one that is being championed by the Colorado-based ensemble. While wishing for peace, we need to help those displaced by the realities of conflicts around the globe. Elephant Revival recently filmed and released a music video for their song “When I Fall,” off their latest release Petals. All proceeds from the sales of digital downloads of the video are being donated to the National Network Of Immigrant And Refugee Rights (check out more about this most worthy cause here). Listen to Elephant Revival perform the tune on Friday below.“When I Fall”The Charlie Rose-penned “Sea Monster” starts off our focus features. Rose works some intriguing banjo sounds into the mix by adjusting turnings as he plays. Lyrically ,the song is a lament for the ever increasing islands of plastic waste that litter the oceans and a call to arms against waste. His vision fits well into Elephant Revival’s long-standing views on reducing, reusing, and recycling as the only sane way to help lessen our noxious impact on Mother Earth. Give a listen to the song below.“Sea Monster”As Bonnie Paine goes, so does Elephant Revival. Her angelic voice and multi-instrumental skills are intrinsic to the band’s sound and spirit. While she is a important ingredient to any performance by the band, her lilting voice and bow work on the musical saw during “Season Song” was one of the more poignant moments of the evening.“Season Song”Bassist Dango Rose handed off his four-string stand-up bass to take up the mandolin lead for a bucolic take on “The Pasture.” During his introduction of the song, he quipped that the fresh green rolling hills that lined their drive across Kentucky had reminded him of the tune. The evocative melody makes it easy to close your eyes and imagine yourself wandering the fields in the warm breeze of summer. Try it as you listen to the tune below.“The Pasture”Bridget Law mixes many roots elements from the mountains to the Isle of Ireland and beyond. Her ability to switch between lush chords and lightning leads on the fly is a powerful element in the Elephant Revival periodic table of goodness. Watch as she takes the reigns and leads the band in a whirling and twirling sonic ode to joy itself.“Fiddle Tune”Singer-songwriter Daniel Rodriguez has a predilection for writing song about movement and transformation. His contributions to Elephant Revival always stir the mind and body with a trademark sonic call to action. Watch below as he blends his playing with an aching, heartfelt drive to push past limitations on the delightful song”Spinning” below.“Spinning”Each of the songs shared above may feature one member more prominently than others, but first and foremost Elephant Revival is a band. Their cohesion as a unit is one of their hallmarks. Their comfort with each other and the lack of ego in their group dynamic makes it remarkably easy for them to welcome guests to the stage. Having spent so much time eagerly sharing the spotlight among themselves, the band is very adept at letting guests at the wheel of the powerful machine they have built. To close out the evening Elephant Revival welcomed Dead Horses back to the stage for an all smiles sing-a-long rendition of their ode to the magic of women. With a pair of recent births among their extended families, Rodriguez noted that the song meant more to him now than ever before. Check out the show closing silliness below.“Grace Of A Woman”Like all good things the show had to end, and Headliners was filled with cheers and shouts of undying love. Life itself is made special by its limitations. Beauty fades and moments pass. In those transitory moments between birth and death, we are offered a chance to experience moments that transcend the mundane and give us a glimpse of how wondrous the gift we share is. The true magic of an Elephant Revival show is how often and resoundingly you are reminded of how our different strengths can be merged to create something far greater together than could ever be accomplished alone.
You can watch fan-shot footage of Taz’s sit-in on “Surprise Valley” below via YouTube user Sean Roche:You can also listen to the entire set below (including audio of both Brandon and Marcus’ sit-ins, taped, transferred & seeded by Ted Gakidis) via PanicStream. Stream below (uploaded by Jam Buzz):The Peach Music Festival wraps up today with sets by Joe Bonamassa, Mike Gordon, and more, as well as another headlining performance from Widespread Panic.SETLIST: Widespread Panic | The Peach Music Festival | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 8/13/17Henry Parsons Died > Love Tractor, You Got Yours, Waiting For The Bus > Jesus Left Chicago, Big Wooly Mammoth > Pilgrims > Party At Your Mama’s House > Ribs & Whiskey, Cease Fire, Surprise Valley#, (Marcus intro) > Me & The Devil Blues*, Life During Wartime*Encore: Lawyers, Guns and Money# w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on guitar* w/ Marcus KingTelefunken ELA M260/AKG ck8(PAS) > Zoom F8(24/48)Taped, Transferred & Seeded by Ted Gakidis[Cover photo via Andrew Blackstein]Fans of Brandon “Taz” Niederauer can see him and massive list of other talented artists at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 23rd and 24th. The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico (moe.), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Joel Cummins and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) and so many more!For a full list of artists, head to the event’s website. To get the low-down on the various band lineups as they are rolled out, check out our Guide To All Brooklyn Comes Alive Band Formations (So Far, and keep an eye out for further band announcements and other big Brooklyn Comes Alive news over the coming days! Last night, Athens jam heroes Widespread Panic played their first of two headlining sets at The Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. The performance was part a fully-loaded Saturday lineup including a Gov’t Mule & Friends performance with John Scofield, two sets of Umphrey’s McGee, two sets of Aqueous, The Marcus King Band, Spafford, Galactic, Fruition, Mungion, Eric Krasno Band and more, in addition to the festival’s all-star tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks featuring Chuck Leavell, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Duane Trucks and a long list of extended Allmans “family” members.Peach Fest Hosts Legendary Tribute To Gregg Allman And Butch Trucks, Widespread, Mule, And More [Photos]Panic’s set featured a heavy helping of fan-favorite originals, including a particularly fiery “Big Wooly Mammoth” > “Pilgrims” > “Party At Your Mama’s House” > “Ribs & Whiskey” run that served as the meat of the set. The single-set performance also saw the band channel their inner ZZ Top by covering the first two cuts off 1973 classic Tres Hombres: “Waiting For The Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago.”Peach Festival Sees MMJ Cover ABB, Lettuce With Chaka Khan, And More [Video/Audio/Photo]But perhaps the most notable highlights came at the set’s back end, when the band welcomed two of the finest young guitarists in the game–Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Marcus King–to join them onstage in turn for a pair of thrilling sit-ins, each of them making the most of their opportunities to trade licks with Jimmy Herring. First, 14-year-old Taz joined the band for an extended take on “Surprise Valley,” the opening cut from their 1999 LP ‘Til the Medicine Takes. Next, as the crowd roared with approval for the small 6-string superstar, vocalist John Bell remarked that the band would continue their “little jam session,” announcing “…ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Marcus King!” The 21-year-old South Carolina bluesman helped the band through thrilling renditions of Robert Johnson standard “Me and the Devil Blues” and Talking Heads‘ “Life During Wartime” to close the set. Finally, the band returned for a staple encore cover of Warren Zevon‘s “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” to cap a top-notch performance.
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are a powerhouse couple, both of whom are banjo virtuosos renowned the world over. Previously, the duo won a Grammy for Best Folk Album for their first joint album titled Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, which was released back in 2014. Today, Washburn and Fleck announced that they’d be teaming up once again for a new joint album dubbed Echo in the Valley, which is due out on October 20th via Rounder Records.As the lead single off their upcoming release, the pair has released the single “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” their artistic response to the anxiety many Americans have experienced given the political climate since the 2016 presidential elections. As Fleck explained to Rolling Stone, “‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’ is a direct response to the election cycle. Not only did I hate what was happening, but we both have very good friends and family who felt the opposite. When the election happened, some us were so shattered we couldn’t function normally. That’s what inspired this song. We can’t let current events take away our hope or our desire to see the world move in a positive direction. And we can’t deny our friends who disagree with us.”Washburn riffed off this idea in the article, stating, “This song is a mantra for me, a mantra that helps me process the divisiveness of the recent elections and of the way the media represents current events. . . . I believe we need to cut through the noise of ratings-driven media and not let it suck us into deeper misunderstandings. We need to keep our heads up, listen with compassion, and find the way through.”You can listen to Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s latest single, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” below, and snag a copy of Echo In The Valley when it’s released later in October. [H/T Rolling Stone; Photo: Jim McGuire/Courtesy of Kid Logic Media]
Sloss Music & Arts Festival will return to Birmingham, AL from July 14th – 15th, bringing along a number of exciting performers for the ride. The 4th annual Sloss Fest will see performances from a diverse spread of headliners, including Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and GRiZ. Also performing the event are St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Vance Joy, The War On Drugs, Moon Taxi, Louis The Child, Vic Mensa, Lany, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and Margo Price.The lineup has a lot to offer for fans of all genres, with Hippie Sabotage, Jai Wolf, Quinn XCII, PVris, Trippie Redd, Nikki Lane, Big Freedia, Waxahatchee, Brent Cobb, and many more. With 44 bands, 4 stages, and 2 bands, you won’t want to miss this year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival.You can see the full announcement below, and head to the festival’s website for details.The 2018 Sloss Music & Arts Festival lineup includes:Chris StapletonArcade FireJason Isbell and the 400 UnitGRiZSt. Paul and the Broken BonesVance JoyThe War on DrugsMoon TaxiLouis The ChildVic MensaLANYRainbow Kitten SurpriseMargo PriceHippie SabotageJai WolfQuinn XCIIPVRISTrippie ReddNikki LaneBig FreediaWaxahatcheeBrent CobbWhite ReaperThe Spencer Lee BandMorgan SaintWaldenSuper Doppler*repeat repeatMatt MaesonThe BrummiesPatrick DroneyArlieJoel Madison BlountFlagshipSeasick Records StageDead FingersCaptain KudzuHeath Green & The MakeshiftersShocksLove MoorLady LegsWill StewartTaylor HunnicutEnter To Win A Pair Of 2-Day VIP Passes Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>