The legendary Beatle himself, Sir Paul McCartney, has revealed plans for an exciting “One On One” tour. With ten dates on the books and the promise of more to come, McCartney continues to outdo himself and put on live performances like none other.A press release explains that the new tour “promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle – and no shortage of surprises.” The tour kicks off with McCartney’s debut performance in Fresno, CA, and features stops in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Little Rock, and Sioux Falls. From there, McCartney will head to Germany, the country where the Beatles made their first claims at fame.The announcement also clearly indicates that these are the “first dates,” meaning there are plenty more to come. McCartney is a prolific performer, so we’re sure more dates will be added in the coming days. You can see the announced dates below, and head to McCartney’s website for more information. Tickets for all shows go on sale tomorrow, March 10th.Paul McCartney “One on One” Initial Tour DatesNORTH AMERICA:13th April: SaveMart Arena – Fresno, CA15th April: Moda Center – Portland, OR17th April: Key Arena- Seattle, WA19th April: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC20th April: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC30th April: Verizon Arena – Little Rock, AR02nd May: Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD GERMANY:28th May: Esprit Arena – Dusseldorf10th June: Olympic Stadium – Munich14th June: Waldbuhne – Berlin
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Phish at SPAC up in Saratoga Springs, NY has become one of the staples of summer tour over the years, and a place in which many legendary shows have occurred. Afterwards, the downtown area is flooded with heads looking for the late-night hang, and most of all some late-night music. Putnam Den has been one of the staples of the after-party scene over the years, and this year is no different as Pink Talking Fish has announced a performance on Saturday, July 2nd.All-Star Zappa Tribute & Heavy Pets 80’s Dance Party Slated For Phish SPAC After PartiesThe hybrid-fusion act that pays tribute to Pink Floyd, the Talking Heads, and Phish will be showcasing their seamless transitions from one song to the next, such as “Run Like Hell > Psycho Killer > Run Like An Antelope > Run Like Hell or Mike’s Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove”. Consisting of founder/bassist Eric Gould, keyboardist Richard James, guitarist Dave Brunyak, and drummer Zack Burwick, this is going to be great way to continue sharing in the groove into the late night after Phish.Tickets are $17 in advance, and $20 day of show. Purchase your tix HERE.
If you thought Lettuce partied hard this summer, then you haven’t seen trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom crush a dance floor in 1987. The six-year-old Shady Horn busts out some serious dance moves to Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” in this hilariously adorable video.Try getting this out of your head next time you see Bloom bust a solo:Lettuce embarks on their “Sounds Like A Party” fall tour this week! Hitting Catskill Chill, Bear Creek Bayou, Suwannee Hulaween, two nights at NYC’s PlayStation Theater, Dominican Holidaze, Jam Cruise, and more, there’s a good chance they’ll be flying through a city near you. Check out their full schedule below! More information on the band’s website.Lettuce Tour Schedule:9.20 – New Haven, CT9.21 – Providence, RI9.22 – Buffalo, NY9.23 – Pittsburgh, PA9.24 – Lakewood, PA9.28 – Charlotte, NC9.29 – Birmingham, AL9.30 – New Orleans, LA10.1 – New Orleans, LA10.4 – Memphis, TN10.5 – Knoxville, TN10.6 – Columbia, SC10.7 – Corolla, NC10.8 – Wilmington, NC10.11 – Lafayette, IN10.12 – Urbana, IL10.13 – St. Louis, MO10.14 – Kansas City, MO10.15 – Denver, CO10.26 – Baltimore, MD10.27 – Charlottesville, VA10.28 – Asheville, NC10.29 – Live Oak, FL11.2 – San Antonio, TX11.3 – Houston, TX11.4 – Dallas, TX11.5 – Austin, TX11.6 – Tulsa, OK11.9 – Louisville, KY11.11 – New York, NY11.12 – New York, NY11.26 – San Francisco, CA12.1 – Pantanal, Dominican Republic12.30 – Portland, ME12.31 – Boston, MAYou can also catch members of Lettuce, including drummer Adam Deitch, bassist Jesus Coomes, guitarist Adam Smirnoff, keyboardist Neal Evans, trumpeter Eric Bloom, and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd. With 50+ musicians from Dead & Co., The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The String Cheese Incident, Dopapod, and more, fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite musicians play in completely new, unique collaborations alongside some of the greatest. More details here.
Anyone who has seen Earphunk over the last few years knows that the band means business. With a progressive funk fusion that takes its roots in New Orleans music, we were saddened to hear today that the band will be breaking up after this weekend. Earphunk has been together since 2008, forming in NOLA, and they will appropriately end their tenure with one final performance in the Crescent City. That will come this weekend, at the Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival.Earphunk announced the news in an open letter to their fans, showing a brave optimism in the face of what is an unfortunate situation. Read the note embedded below:Dear fans, friends, and family,We are sorry to announce that our performance at this weekend’s Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival on Friday will be our final show together. We feel it is right that it will be at home in New Orleans as a part of the first festival we ever played. We have traveled throughout the entire country, made life long friends and we feel fortunate to have accomplished things as a band we never would have imagined when we first began. Please keep an eye out for our own individual endeavors as we move forward! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the constant love and support over these past seven years.With love, EarphunkWe’ve personally worked with the band on features and other content for many years, and are sad to hear this news. We’ll miss you, Earphunk.
Earlier this year, Brooklyn music lovers were shocked by the bankruptcy and subsequent closure of the popular club Verboten. The closing itself wasn’t so shocking – venues come and go all the time – but the exposé about the club’s demise featured sexual misconduct, harassment, and a severe failure to pay taxes to the New York State government.Despite those horrible circumstances, Verboten itself had a state-of-the-art sound system and the perfect setup for late night raging. Fortunately, Eddie Dean, the former owner of Pacha NYC, stepped in and purchased the space in an auction. Now, the club is set to reopen in November 2016, rebranded as Schimanski.Schimanski has just made their presence known through social media, where images of a pre-opening Halloween party and future November performances are coming to light. Check out the club’s sole post on Facebook, detailing their October 31st celebrations.It seems like Radio Slave, Waff, Volvox, Delta Funktionen, Sascha Dive, Mat Joe, Tiger + Woods, Breakbot, Monoloc, Eli + Fur, and more will all be playing Schimanski in the fall of 2016! Though a pre-opening is set for October 31st, it’s unclear who will be playing for that Halloween show. It’s also unclear when the venue will be officially opening, as it only says November 2016 on their socials.Regardless, it’s always exciting to have a new music space coming to the heart of Williamsburg! Check out more info about Schimanski on their website.[H/T Resident Advisor]
Chris Robinson Brotherhood have teamed up with (((folkYEAH!))) to present the third installment of Freaks for the Festival, a two day live music and camping event under the ancient redwoods and California coastal stars. The festival is set for April 21st and 22nd at the FernwoodCampgrounds in Big Sur, CA.The lineup includes four sets of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, David Nelson Band, Morgan Delt, Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang, Farmer Dave & The Wizards of the West, and DJ sets by Ben Knight.This will be the first time ever the festival will be held in Big Sur, with the first two installments held in Pioneertown, CA. Only 333 tickets will be sold to the event to ensure it is an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience. Camping passes for the two day festival go on sale Friday January 19th, 2017 at High Noon PST. More information can be found here.
Rock & Roll takes another legend with the passing of John Wetton, who lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 67 this morning. The singer/songwriter/bassist rose to fame with King Crimson from 1972-1974, then went on to form the band UK. He went on to form the supergroup ASIA, making commercial success with the 1982 hit “Heat of the Moment”. Also performing with Mogul Thrash, Family, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, and several other prog-rock acts, John Wetton’s impact on music will not be forgotten.A statement from his website details:Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.John had been planning to tour with ASIA for the band’s forthcoming US arena tour with Journey and following the success of his solo Studio Recordings Anthology, to continue working on the ongoing re-issue programme of his solo albums, via his own Primary Purpose label.John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them. John is survived by his recently wed wife Lisa and 18 year old son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.The very last studio song of John Wetton’s career was the closing track on the most recent and indeed final ASIA album “Gravitas” and included the profound lyrics “Think the best of me, till we meet again.”Asia-bandmate Carl Palmer, of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, also wrote:In honor of John Wetton, rock out to this music video of “Heat of the Moment”:[H/T JamBase]
Today, people across the northeast are locked down in their homes waiting out the wrath of Winter Storm Stella. From Virginia to Maine, schools and businesses are shuttered, highways are closed, and all flights into and out of the area are suspended. Blizzard advisory warnings have been issued in nine different states, and the unrelenting mix of heavy snow and frozen rain, rapidly accumulating ice, and gale force winds ensure that nobody here is going anywhere anytime soon.Stella may have messed with your plans today, but there’s no reason to let the storm get you down. Make a cup of hot cocoa, wrap yourself in a blanket, and turn your Stella Blues into Stella Bliss with this video of The Grateful Dead‘s entrancing rendition of “Stella Blue” from their October 17th, 1974 performance at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco, CA (courtesy of YouTube user friscobay01):The beautiful performance of the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter tune came as part of the Grateful Dead’s acclaimed five-night run at the Winterland Arena which marked the beginning of a two-year hiatus from touring. As with all the band’s performances in 1974, the show featured Owsley “Bear” Stanley‘s storied “Wall of Sound” PA system, which delivered particularly visceral audio quality. The shows were immortalized in 1976 in the form of The Grateful Dead Movie, a fascinating relic of one of the band’s most storied eras. You can listen to the whole show below via archive.org user Jonathan Aizen:
L4LM: You’re an NYC kid, so you know the feeling of being stuck in the brutal winters up here and needing to get away. You guys are heading out to Florida for Fool’s Paradise next week for some great music and some fun in the sun. Anything in particular you’re excited about for Fool’s?MN: Just being in that part of the country again is going to be great. We have a cool connection with Florida. One of our best sets that we’ve ever played was at Hulaween in 2013. It was this crazy set where it was right after the String Cheese Incident‘s main stage headlining set, and we were on the other main stage that you had to walk by to get back to the camping, so we amassed a huge crowd. Then it started downpour raining—and very few people left. And there was this kinda legendary “Whipping Post” that went down. Years later, people would be seeing us at a small club in some random city in Florida, and come up to us and be like “Dude. Whipping Post. Hulaween Set.” That’s just one of those things that you never forget. And we’ve just heard so many great things about Fool’s Paradise, and saw some really great footage from last year. Plus, we’re super stoked because Antwaun Stanley is gonna sit in with us! So that’s gonna be really dope–Corey [Frye] and Antwaun are a pretty crazy one-two punch vocally. [You can watch a short clip of The Main Squeeze’s epic “Whipping Post” cover in the rain at Hulaween 2013 below]:L4LM: Along the same lines of that “Whipping Post” story, I also got turned onto you guys years ago was from one specific song. In college, my buddy played me an early version of “Dr. Funk” that we would rock out to in the car every day. I loved the verse where the “Doctor” is talking to his over-eager “patient,” and the whole thing is worded as a clever metaphor for a “drug” dealer slingin’ the Funk. But I was always a little bummed that the version that made it onto The Main Squeeze LP significantly toned down that reference. Was that a conscious decision to sort of dull that imagery to make the song more palatable to mainstream audiences?MN: That’s good research right there, nobody’s ever really asked about that. And it’s definitely true. Some people like the First Drops (2011) version, and some people like The Main Squeeze LP (2012) version. First Drops was our first thing, and we kinda just threw it together. The LP was a bigger undertaking, and the thinking was, ‘let’s take the best song form the EP and put it on the album too, just to strengthen it and bolster the album.’There was the question of—should we just add the old track, or re-record it. We decided to re-record, since we’d grown so much as musicians at that point, and we were making the record in this one studio so we wanted to kind of unify the sound, added a new horns section. At that point, there was a conversation about those lyrics—were they too explicitly about, like “selling drugs?” We figured there was a way we could still talk about that, but in more of a double-entendre kind of way, like it’s “ear drugs,” or it’s music, or whatever it might be. But the old version still lives on. I’m pretty sure Corey just switches it up at shows—sometimes he sings the old version, sometimes he sings the new version. It’s just one of those things where both of them live on. I think he even does it based on where we are. If it’s, like, a rowdy college crowd, sometimes he’ll just throw that old verse in. [You can watch The Main Squeeze perform “Dr. Funk” with its original lyrics below as part of their 2016 Jam In The Van session]:L4LM: The Main Squeeze hits the road next month for a nationwide tour in support of the new album. We’re really excited to be presenting your album release show for Without A Sound in Boulder on April 28th. Do you guys have anything special planned for that one?MN: That show’s going to be really sick. We’re in the process of doing all the live arrangements for our new tunes right now, and the way everything’s coming together has got us really excited. In the studio, I can lay down three or four different guitar parts, we can lay down three or four different synths, we can do a real bass and a synth bass, we can do a real drum set and add some electronic, hip-hop drums to fatten it up, stuff like that. So the challenge of taking this stuff live is, ‘how do we still portray the songs with that energy, but with just our five pieces? Boulder will be a great showcase for all these new arrangements. The town’s got a great music scene, our management is based out of Boulder, so that’s sort of becoming even more of a hot spot for us.Don’t miss The Main Squeeze at Fool’s Paradise next week, and in a city near you this Spring. For a list of tour dates, head to the band’s website. The Main Squeeze’s new album, Without A Sound will be available worldwide on April 28th. The album is available for pre-order everywhere now.[The Main Squeeze slide down the 405 late-night dance party style in their single release video below]: There’s an undeniable allure to the age-old narrative of packing up and moving to Los Angeles to try and “make it.” Just ask Max Newman, guitarist for infectiously soulful five-piece The Main Squeeze, who recently made the move from the midwest out to the City of Angels to do just that. However, for every person who makes the pilgrimage to L.A. and finds success, there are countless others who fall short and fade away, chewed up and spit out by that L.A. pipe dream–“the greatest story ever sold.” We caught up with Max to chat about the ways the band’s move to to California affected their songwriting on their stellar new LP Without A Sound, their upcoming set at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL, the evolution of one of their fan-favorite tunes, and more:Live For Live Music: The Main Squeeze started out as a college band in Indiana and grew rapidly from there. Now you’re based out in California. How have you guys grown as a band and as musicians, going from being a college band to being a nationally touring act out of L.A.?Max Newman: The biggest shift has been realizing ourselves as songwriters. In college, it was always about having sick jams and raging shows. And it’s still about that, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to the studio, now we really want to make great songs, songs that people all around the world and from all walks of life can really connect to. So we’ve really focused on songwriting, really thinking about what the song means and what it’s supposed to convey and going with a more direct, ‘less is more’ approach in the studio. Because obviously, we have five insane musicians who could just play a mile a minute all over the whole track, so it’s a challenge sometimes, but that’s where our focus has been.L4LM: I’m excited to hear those results. What else can you tell us about the new record, Without A Sound? [*available 4/28, pre-order now here*] I’m sure this more focused approach to songwriting is paying dividends.MN: Yea, for sure. Really, the whole thing is meant to capture our experience of moving to Los Angeles. We started working on music right when we got out here. We didn’t really have a specific plan to make an album, necessarily, but we got here and had two months before we went out on tour and sort of realized—let’s just fuckin’ do this! Let’s capture this moment of arriving in LA. It’s never going to be our first time living in this new place again. We figured as soon as we go out on tour and come back, a lot of that energy of having new surroundings dissipates since tour is this crazy grind. So it was like a race to finish this before tour. We ended up recording everything before the tour, and did all the mixing and post production in the months following that. The whole project was just about capturing that feeling.L4LM: I’ve been grooving to your new single “405” off the new album Without A Sound all day. It reminds me of why you guys caught my ear in the first place years ago. There are so many bands out there that are great and put on amazing concerts, but then you leave the show and you can’t hum one of the songs, you can’t sing along to them, there’s not that one song you rush to go find and re-listen to when you get home. But you guys have always had those great songs, in and of themselves, and I think “405” continues that trend. Like you spoke about, the vibe for the band changed a little bit when you moved out to LA, and this is of course an L.A.-themed song. It’s even got a sort of 90’s west coast hip-hop vibe–windows down, riding through palm trees…MN: Definitely. That song is all about L.A.–the lyrics, the vibe, everything–and particularly about our personal experience moving to LA. It’s cool, because it’s both speaking fondly of the city and taking a little bit of a satirical tone. And you don’t even necessary catch that dual meaning unless you’re listening closely. So obviously a lot of it is easy to understand—we moved from Chicago to L.A., and it’s like “I’m never going back to the cold.” But then it can also be sort of an anthem for anyone who’s ever moved to L.A. to pursue success—“I’m never going home, I’m never getting older, I’m never letting go”. There are so many people who come here for this pipe dream—ourselves included—just trying to become something. You hear about it all the time. So it’s about that sort of popular L.A. narrative of coming here and trying to “make it.” But there’s always this interesting undertone, where it’s a constant revolving door here. So many people that come here leave within a few years, and it’s like—what happens to those people? For a while, the big line in the chorus was “the greatest story ever told,” and then the day before we went into the studio, we changed it to “the greatest story ever sold.” That was just this little piece of satire—L.A. is selling this insane life and dream to people, and its nothing against L.A., it’s just the nature of the beast. “Late night slide down the 405,” the 405 is a main highway in L.A., it’s the highway that leads to our house. And there’s no underlying meaning to that, it’s just a late night drive, just cruising to this. But that one little line flips the script, turns it into something a little deeper.[You can stream The Main Squeeze’s band new single “405” below]:
Earlier in the month, a crew of well-loved musicians gathered at Asheville Music Hall under the banner Marcus King, Justin Stanton & Friends. For this lineup, the young guitar prodigy, Marcus King, and Justin Stanton, who holds down trumpet and keys for Snarky Puppy, tapped some of their favorite musicians from the region and beyond to help celebrate the birthday of Empire Strikes Brass and Travers Brothership trombonist Kyle Snuffer while also doubling as a going-away party for The Digs and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra drummer Jaze Uries. Other musicians on the lineup for this massive super jam included Simon Thomas George (keys/moog; The Digs, Siamese Sound Club), Josh Clark (bass; Travers Brothership), Alex Bradley (trumpet; Empire Strikes Brass, Travers Brothership), Ben Colvin (saxophone; Juan Benavides Group, Pleasure Chest), and Marcus King’s bandmate in Marcus King Band, saxophonist Dean Mitchell.Recently, Barry2theB released a gorgeous pro-shot video of a song from the jubilant super jam. His video captures the super group’s collaboration on a cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly,” a number off Herbie’s 1974 album, Thrust. Marcus King, Justin Stanton & Friends rendition of the instrumental song features a similar fluid and sultry, horn-heavy introduction. As the song progresses, trumpeter Justin Stanton takes center stage with his own energized solo, effectively stealing the show at its onset, before Marcus King tags in and lays down his own frenetic solo, switching off the lead with Simon Thomas George on the keys. You can check out the video for yourself below. Enjoy!