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Whenever Phish comes to Saratoga Springs, NY for their annual romp at SPAC, you can be sure there will some late-night festivities downtown at Putnam Den. Florida jam-rockers The Heavy Pets are no strangers to the late-night Phish scene, and for the first night of the SPAC run, get ready for an 80’s Dance Party!The Pets will be playing host to a throwback set of some of your favorite 80’s classics. Expect a little Prince, David Bowie, A-Ha, Flock of Seagulls, Tears for Fears and some other goodies as special guests The Hornitz, vocalist Hayley Jane and percussionist Ryan Clausen (Hayley Jane and the Primates), the Magnaterrestrial Dancers and more join in for what is sure to be a throwdown on this first night of Phish-y celebrations.Tickets for the 80’s Dance Party are $12 in advance, and $15 day of show and are currently on sale. Get tickets HERE.
The legendary Gregg Allman has been touring relentlessly in 2016, but it seems he’s fallen ill. The famed Allman Brothers Band founder was scheduled to perform in Wilmington, NC tonight, but has unfortunately cancelled his performance. A press release stated that Allman is “feeling under the weather and will not be able to perform.”Allman also posted the following note to his fans: “North Carolina, y’all have always been good to me. Thank you for understanding. I’ll make it up to ya.”In lieu of Allman’s performance, his band will be playing at the Greenfield Amphitheater for free. Tickets will be refunded at the box office, or exchanged for tickets whenever the makeup date is scheduled. More information can be found in the local Port City Daily publication.
Many Grateful Dead fan has had keyboardist Brent Mydland on their mind this week, as the late musician passed away on July 26th of 1990. Mydland was a defining aspect of the Dead’s sound during the 1980’s, adding both his songwriting and unique vocal range to the Dead’s iconic sound.With Mydland on everyone’s mind, it was keyboardist Robert Walter that had the unique privilege of honoring his legacy. Walter was performing at Terrapin Crossroads with The Greyboy Allstars on July 27th and 28th, hitting the beloved venue founded by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Seeing Walter use the actual Hammond B3 played by Brent Mydland, at Lesh’s venue, must have been quite the emotional moment.Considering Walter plays in the Greyboy Allstars, Mike Gordon’s solo band, and his many projects in New Orleans, we can only assume he was more than up to the task. The Greyboy Allstars hit Guitarfish Festival this weekend; don’t miss out!
Just a couple months ago, newly-reunited group LCD Soundsystem hopped on the destination festival train with their very own event called Beach Vibes. The getaway festival was scheduled for January 27-29 in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and was to feature sets from Hot Chip, Run the Jewels, Holy Ghost!, Poolside, Juan MacLean and more.Today, however, we’ve learned that the event has been completely canceled, with organizers saying that it “was not coming together in the way that it was envisioned.” They’ve even gone as far as to remove all traces of their social media accounts. You can read the festival’s full statement from their website, posted below.Beach Vibes, a destination event produced by CID Presents, has been canceled. The event was originally slated for January 27 – 29, 2017 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.The event was not coming together in the way that it was envisioned, and all parties have agreed that putting on an event that is less than 100% would be a disservice to the fans and bands alike. Therefore, canceling the weekend-long event is in the best interest of all involved.Fans who purchased all-inclusive packages will be refunded in full, including related airfare expenses, and will receive direct communication from CID Presents in the coming days.We’re sorry to hear that this didn’t work out for LCD Soundsystem, CID Presents, and the fans who were eager to make this journey. We did recently get a report that LCD was cancelling tour dates to work on a new album, so it is possible that is a factor in this decision – but that is purely speculation. We’ll be sure to update when more information is available.[H/T Relix]
Load remaining images Livetronica fusion duo Big Gigantic closed out their fall tour last night, bringing the music of their new music Brighter Future to a packed house at the The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Big Gigantic has been the brainchild of drummer Jeremy Salken and saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli, and the duo continue to incite major dance parties with their infectious beats and melodies.With support from Illenium, last night’s show was a crazy celebration! Fortunately, Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography was on hand to capture the scene at last night’s set. Check out his gallery of images below!
Steve Kimock is currently on tour with a stellar band, including Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Vega, and John Kimock. The four are currently in Japan, playing last night in Umeda, Osaka, tomorrow in Tokyo, and Sunday in Yokohama. Audio from their two sets at Umeda CLUB QUATTRO has emerged, featuring special guest vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson. Listen the full performance in the two videos below, thanks to Tomohiro Makita. Kimock also shared live video from the eclectic performance, which you can view below: Here’s the setlist from Kimock’s Facebook page:
The Internet: Loved seeing you at High Sierra this year! Did you & Trey decide to not be a “guest” during each others’ sets on purpose??? Also, do you prefer indoor venues or festivals??Mike Gordon: Trey and I were there on different days, and giving each space, but we did talk, and this weekend we’ll both be in the same town, so you never know!The Internet: What does OGOGO stand for?Mike Gordon: Only good ostriches get Ovaltine.The Internet: Aside from OGOGO, what is your favorite palindrome?Mike Gordon: Amy must I jujitsu my ma?The Internet: When working on a record do you enter the studio with Pre written material or do you hit record and see what happens and let things develop and build the song that way?Mike Gordon: I have done the latter but it’s much more about the former: when we got in the room with Shawn, we had already done a lot of experimenting on tour, at Signal Kitchen, at my home studio and sessions with scott where we pushed and pulled at various ideas and so really there was a lot of prep. We came in with 34 songs, chose 13 for the record and worked with those (Phish chose one of the 34 – “Waking Up Dead”).The Internet: Is it pronouced O-G-O-G-O, Oh-go-go, ahgogo, og-ogo?Mike Gordon: UH GO GOThe Internet: Who would be your dream musician to guest with you or vice versa?Mike Gordon: Buddy Rich, Etta James, Jerry Garcia, Steve Gadd, Trilok Gurtu, Johnny M Kimock, Emily Elbert, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Natalie Prass, Lowell George, Inara George, Forest George, Curious GeorgeThe Internet: No question, just thanks for everything!Mike Gordon: You’re welcome, but also thank YOU, and thanks to all of the online community who jumped on here tonight to get involved with this chit chat. Only two hours and change until OGOGO is released, and I’m so giddy with excitement that y’all will be able to hear what we had so much fun making. Friday will be a celebration for me. I raise my glass to everyone. Thanks so much Cheers!!!!!!!OGOGO is available today wherever records are sold or streamed. On September 22nd, Mike Gordon and his solo band will begin their tour in support of the new release at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to Mike’s website.[Cover photo via Chad Anderson] The Internet: What is your favorite bass to use, and what bass did you use for this new album?Mike Gordon: I used the Moire 2 bass on every song except Steps, for which I used the studio’s own vintage Precision…fEnder prEcision!The Internet: Did you try all 13 donuts during the Baker’s Dozen? They looked fabulous.Mike Gordon: I did and my fav was strawberry.The Internet: When you are, say, minutes 15+ into a jam, what’s going through your mind?Mike Gordon: Could be different things, but ideally the mind has shut off and is floating in the mush of notes and patterns everyone has clumped in together…Or – “hey, i wonder if those edamame dumplings are still in the band room” — just kidding. That’s not ideal.The Internet: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not on tour?Mike Gordon: Coffee shops with my laptop, waverunner with Tessa, crema with Julia, songwriting with skawt [as in Scott Murawski]…and date night with Sue.The Internet: Where did you film the video for “Yarmouth Road?”Mike Gordon: In LA, near parts of LA, with an LA film crew, under the guidance of Phillip Andelman.The Internet: Who are your biggest bass influences?Mike Gordon: Entwistle, Bootsy, Phil, Jaco, Stanley, Paul Jones, ahm, Oteil…The Internet: Tell us about the lipstick during Baker’s Dozen and the inspiration…Mike Gordon: The inspiration is 100% Simon Lott, Robert Walter‘s drummer, and a great New Orleans musician. He’s got the vibes and the sticks.[Photo via Andrew Blackstein]The Internet: What are your feelings on being the “weird” one? Do you like it? Hate it? Is it really Jon Fishman? (Also, do you ever feel guilty when you kill a mosquito? It’s like, “you were going to make me itch for a little bit and that meant the instant I saw you my entire existence was focused on killing you,” but then again, I don’t itch right now). Your thoughts on any of that?Mike Gordon: I like being the weird one. Normal is overrated. Though I have streaks of normal in me. Recently I killed a mosquito and felt a twinge of “hey, what is that bug thinking, while heading toward the reincarnation – into walrus”The Internet: Do you see yourself having any more collaborations with Leo Kottke?Mike Gordon: That particular dude was here in this room for a few days, so I wouldn’t be shockedThe Internet: If i only have a bass amp, no pedals, and want to get similar tone as yours…Mike Gordon: Crank up around 600hz – a lower midrange, my friend. Turn down 4k. Use a pick. Mute with your palm. Find your Voice.The Internet: Has there ever been an occasion where Mike said “yes?”Mike Gordon: No.The Internet: Will “The Reel” be touring with you again?Mike Gordon: You bet your **$&$&# it will – The Reel – that is the thing that allows all y’all to play along with the band, sometimes even to “play the band.”The Internet: If I touched the reel during your last tour, does that count as jamming with you?Mike Gordon: Yes it certainly does – we are jam mates, my friend. Seriously.The Internet: I’d like to know the similarities and differences between recording an album with your band, and with Phish… and if you personally get more fulfillment out of one or the other…Mike Gordon: Honestly I get a lot of fullfilment out of both. With my situation i have to be planning a million little details, and then turn off that part of the brain to lose myself in it. I love getting to do both of those things back and forth. I like getting to write all the songs with Scott and then be the same two people, with our bandmates and producer, in the studio seeing it to fruition, and then on stage. A lot of full circle cycling… Today, Mike Gordon officially released OGOGO, the Phish bassist’s 5th solo studio album. Ahead of the album’s release, Gordon took to social media to answer fans questions about everything from the pop influences on OGOGO, to the Baker’s Dozen, to the future of both Phish and Mike Gordon Band. Below, you can read some of the best and most interesting things we learned from Mike Gordon’s pre-OGOGO Facebook Q&A:While you read, you can stream Mike Gordon’s new album in full below via Spotify:
My Morning Jacket is currently taking a break in 2018, but frontman Jim James is clearly staying busy with his own agenda. Last month, Jim James released his third solo album, Uniform Distortion, via ATO Records. The all-original record–which got its name “because [Jim James] feels like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information”–was celebrated last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jim James and his band performed “Throwback” for the live television performance, and then a rendition of “No Secretes” for an online exclusive. Only a handful of audiences have seen these new songs performed live since the new album’s release, so fans can check out James’ new rock vibe in the videos below:“Throwback”“No Secrets”Next up, James will be embarking on a unique, career-spanning solo acoustic concert tour, beginning November 2 at Los Angeles, CA’s Cathedral Sanctuary. The tour will visit historic theaters and performing arts centers across the United States, culminating with a November 21st homecoming show at Louisville, KY’s much-loved Louisville Palace. The dates will see the acclaimed My Morning Jacket frontman—accompanied by longtime touring drummer David Givan—perform a career-encompassing repertoire. Special guest Alynda Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff will serve as support on all dates.Jim James 2018 Upcoming Tour DatesNOVEMBER2 – Los Angeles, CA – Cathedral Sanctuary3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater9 – Chicago, IL – The Vic10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre13 – New York, NY – Town Hall14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre16 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre19 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle20 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center21 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville PalaceView All Tour Dates
Photo: Vic Brazen Photo: Vic Brazen Over the weekend, the Ossipee Music Festival returned to Hiram, Maine, with a stellar cast of folk and bluegrass artists tapped for across the festival’s four days. On Saturday, July 28th, the festival accelerated to its close with a jam-packed day of music from local artists and renowned nationally touring fan-favorites including The Wood Brothers and Billy Strings.With fans stationed at the venue day and night and taking full advantage of the overnight camping, the festival quickly took on a communal vibe. Attendees brought their instruments out in abundance, with campsites hosting picking parties and jam sessions late into the night and early into the morning. Per festival tradition, this joint camaraderie extended to the performers as well, with various acts taking full advantage of the talented on musicians on hand.Ahead of The Wood Brothers’ headlining set on Saturday night, the young and talented Billy Strings warmed up the stage after an already-full day of music. It was the first time many in the audience had gotten a chance to see the high-octane guitarist perform, and needless to say, fans were blown away.Setlist: Billy Strings | Ossipee Music Festival | Hiram, ME | 7/28/2018Set: Slow Train, Home of the Red Fox > Little Maggie, Dust in a Baggie > Thirst Mutilator > Dealing Despair, Turmoil & Tinfoil, Ain’t Nothin to Me, Pyramid Country > While I’m Waiting Here > Meet Me at the Creek > Train Train, On the Line > Train 45However, Billy Strings would later return to the stage during The Wood Brothers’ performance, helping the band out their standout encore of “Get Out My Life Woman”. With Strings on an electric guitar, the augmented band shredded through the Allen Toussaint cover, marking the perfect end to the evening. However, ahead of this encore, The Wood Brothers similarly impressed and were clearly on their game, offering a mix of classic tunes and newer material. Other highlights of their set included a cover of Tom Petty‘s “You Wreck Me” and a rendition of “Luckiest Man”, which saw the entire crowd singing along to its final verse and chorus.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Ossipee Music Festival | Hiram, ME | 7/28/2018Set: Chocolate on my Tongue, Tried and Tempted, Keep Me Around, Loving Arms, Sparkling Wine, One Drop of Truth, Postcards From Hell, Laughin’ or Crying, One More Day, Angel Band, The Muse, Sing About It, ShooFly Pie, Happiness Jones, *You Wreck Me, Luckiest Man, Honey JarEncore: +#Get Out My Life WomanNotes: * Tom Petty cover | + Allen Toussaint cover |# With Billy Strings on electric guitarYou can check out photos from the Ossipee Music Festival below, courtesy of Vic Brazen.The Wood Brothers & Billy Strings | Ossipee Music Festival | Hiram, ME | 7/28/2018 | Photo: Vic Brazen Load remaining images