For those who can’t wait to see GRiZ, be sure to catch him at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise festival, performing a full live set with Lettuce for the first time ever. Aside from GRiZ-Lett, a hearty lineup including Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power, Goldfish, Cory Henry and more! It all goes down from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL, so don’t miss out on this exciting destination event. More information is available here. Last year, beloved saxophonist/producer GRiZ made his debut at the glorious Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It seems that he’s ready to return, as evidenced by a new video posted on GRiZ’s social media today. The promotional clip shows footage of GRiZ and the iconic Morrison, CO venue, with roman numerals “II” teasing a second performance on the rocks.Watch the clip below: soon….. Ohhh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit…….Posted by GRiZ on Sunday, February 21, 2016
For fans of Umphrey’s McGee, little else compares to the legendary status of UMBowl. The two-day event is set to take place on May 6th and 7th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV, including a “four-quarter” format for night one with four unique sets of music.The new video, released by Umphrey’s, showcases last year’s four quarters: Raw Stewage, All Request, Stew Art, and Choose Your Own Adventure, with each featuring spontaneous improvisation and fan interaction throughout. This year’s quarters have yet to be revealed.Enjoy the footage below:Umphrey’s McGee kicks off their West Coast tour on Thursday, March 10th, at The Hive in Sandpoint, ID!
The SummerStage schedule is here! Every year, New York hosts the SummerStage series, bringing hundreds of artists to Central Park and various outdoor venues for a series of concerts; a majority of which are free.Today, SummerStage revealed their schedule for the coming months. Spanning May 16th through September 23rd, a number of great artists are scheduled to perform! Check out some of our highlights below:SummerStage Concert Schedule Highlight5/16-17: Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man, and Broncho5/18: Rudimental and Gorgon City6/13: Barenaked Ladies, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Howard Jones6/18: Kamasi Washington6/21: Public Enemy and DJ Tedsmooth (Free)6/27: Indigo Girls (Free)7/20: Ryan Adams & The Shining7/24: Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords7/28: Lyfe Jennings (Free)7/30: Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Empress Of (Free)8/5: Terence Blanchard ft. The E-Collective (Free)8/8: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration ft. Warren Haynes8/13: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour9/23: Lucius, JD McPheron and Big ThiefYou can see the full schedule of events here.
Get ready for some bass in your face! Three of the most esteemed bassists in the jam world are teaming up for a very special performance at LOCKN’ Festival. Though the set will only be accessible to Super VIPs, the combination of Phil Lesh, Mike Gordon, and Dave Schools is sure to drop the jaws of any bass-loving fan. The three will perform on Saturday of the festival, alongside members of the Hard Working Americans.Gordon and Lesh recently teamed up for the Big Bass Bash at Terrapin Crossroads, where the two bassists performed some Grateful Dead songs with a handful of Phish tunes thrown into the mix. You can watch highlights and check out the full setlist from that show, right here.The “Steal Your Bass” set comes as part of the festival’s Super VIP Performance Lineup, which includes a Thursday night set from Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee, and Anders Osborne performances on both Friday and Sunday before Phish and during Phish’s set break. There will also be a late night Infamous Stringdusters set for Super VIPs as well on Friday night, and a DJ Logic-hosted dance party on Sunday night.Furthermore, the festival has announced that Anders Osborne will be joining the Phil Lesh & Friends lineup on Saturday. He’ll be playing with Jon Fishman, Page McConnell, Joe Russo and the Infamous Stringdusters.Tickets for LOCKN’ can be found on their official website, and you can see the Super VIP announcement below!
The Roots Picnic The Roots Picnic made its first-ever appearance in New York City’s Bryant Park this past weekend, and it was a great success all around. Usually taking place as a one-day event in June in Philadelphia, the Roots decided NYC needed some love, and blessing the city with a two-day version of the festival that boasted an impressive list of native musical heroes like, music icons, and a few of the Roots best friends. While the event had an emphasis on hip hop with a set by EPMD, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Black Thought and J.Period with NYC rap icons like Kool G Rap, and a performance by beat-master Swizz Beats, the lineup boasted a diverse mix of talent from across the musical spectrum, with Trombone Shorty (who brought out special guest Mystikal), X Ambassadors, Deerhoof, and comedian Neal Brennan all turning in stand out performances.However, it was The Roots who stole the show on both evenings. Starting at 7:30pm each night, the band played a 2.5 hour headlining set each night with a variety of incredible special guests. Saturday’s show featured a wild performance with John Mayer, D’Angelo, Common, Rahzel, Pino Palladino, and a brief appearance by Dave Chappelle, while Sunday’s show found the Roots backing up four iconic artists in David Byrne, Nile Rodgers (and Chic), New York’s own Alicia Keys and the Wu-Tang Clan (with a special appearance by comedian Amy Schumer to introduce the Wu). Both nights featured tons of huge hit songs that turned the Roots Picnic into something more reminiscent of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, a true collaboration of like-minded musicians all seeming to have the time of their lives up on that stage.Year one of the NYC Roots Picnic was a wild success, and we hope it returns next year for a second edition. Thankfully, we had photographer Bahram Foroughi on site to capture these images below! Load remaining images
As we all know, Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeast last weekend and devastated the area. One town hit particularly hard was St. Augustine, FL, home of the famed St. Augustine Amphitheatre. That venue was to be the site of the newly-relocated MagnoliaFest, which was set to take place this Saturday, October 15th, and was to feature a lineup that included JJ Grey & Mofro, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Bragg, Keller Williams and more.However, it now appears that the effects of Hurricane Matthew have put a damper on the MagnoliaFest festivities. In a new statement just released by MagnoliaFest organizers, it seems that the venue needs to be fully inspected by the state before it can reopen. As that inspection is still ongoing, the festival has been forced to cancel their events. This includes the late night party as well, scheduled for the nearby Elk’s Lodge.The festival has shared this information and outlined plans for ticket refunds in an open letter announcement to its fans. You can read that below.DUE TO EFFECTS OF HURRICANE MATTHEW, THE SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 20TH ANNUAL MAGNOLIAFEST EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLEDSt. Augustine, Fla. (October 12, 2016) – Due to the disastrous effects of Hurricane Matthew in St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach, the 20th Annual MagnoliaFest cannot take place on October 15 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. A full venue inspection is underway and must be completed prior to the Amphitheatre reopening to the public in its full capacity. Additionally, there is muchstrain to local services and infrastructure throughout the surrounding areas. All efforts throughout the area are focused on relief and rebuilding damaged areas.The Official MagnoliaFest After Party that was to be held at the Elks Lodge has also been canceled.Ticket refunds for The 20th Annual MagnoliaFest Celebrating the Stetson Kennedy Centennial are available at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre or Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices will be refunded at the Box Offices. Patrons that purchased tickets online or by phone via TicketMaster must contact TicketMaster for refunds. TicketMaster may be reached at (800) 745-3000.We’re disappointed that the 20th anniversary MagnoliaFest will not be able to happen, and hope that everyone in the area remains safe during this difficult time.
Through the ups and downs of the Allman Brothers Band story, one writer has stood by it all: Alan Paul. The biographer has spent years earning the trust of the Allman Brothers Band, and has been devastated after learning about the death of drummer Butch Trucks earlier this week. As music is healing, Paul will front his band, The Big In China Band, to host a special night of music at Suzy Que’s BBQ and Bar in West Orange, NJ tonight.“Butch was the Allman Brothers’ freight train heart and his sudden death is a shocking blow to the band’s entire extended community and fanbase,” says Paul in a statement. “He was a wonderful resource throughout the writing of One Way Out and after and his loss leaves a void not only in the music world but in my personal life. I am going to pay tribute in the best way I know how: with a night of music played from the bottom of my heart. I hope that others feeling the loss can join us in celebration of Butch’s music and the joy he brought so many for so long.”The band will be performing from 8:30-12:30, treating fans to classics from the Allman Brothers catalog. To get a glimpse of their style, check out this video of their “Blue Sky” performance.There’s no cover for the show tonight, but reservations are recommended. You can find more information about Suzy Que’s and the show by heading here. For those who can’t make it, Alan Paul is planning to host a live stream from his Facebook page as well. RIP, Butch.[Photo by Karl McWherter]
Fresh off Dead & Company tour, bassist Oteil Burbridge is still feeling the spiritual benefits of joining the never-ending tribe of the Grateful Dead. Fans most likely have some questions built up for Burbridge, and he’s now giving them the chance to ask them. Today on Reddit, Oteil Burbridge will host an “AMA” session on the Grateful Dead subreddit. The official time for the “Ask Me Anything” session is 3:00PM ET.Having taken his emotions to social media accounts since the inception of Dead & Company, it’s been a wild ride for fans of the O-Zone to see him blossom in so many directions. Burbridge sang three tunes throughout the 2017 Summer Dead & Company tour, which lasted from the end of may through the first of July, drew in nearly 500,000 fans and consisted of 20 concerts, 10 of which were sold out shows, in 15 cities, while simultaneously expanding his Grateful Dead bass catalog and proving his indispensable role to the whole nature along the way.Dead & Company Recaps Tour Success, Sets Attendance Record for Wrigley FieldThe efforts of the “Let Oteil Sing” campaign served with a dual purpose to raise money for the Gorilla Doctors, a non-profit organization saving wild gorillas–selected by Burbridge himself. And while the shirts probably had only a slight impact on the band’s decision to “let Oteil sing,” it was a glorious effort from his fans to bring the worlds of giving together. Read his reactions below.Rock An Official “Let Oteil Sing” T-Shirt, And All Proceeds Will Go To CharityThe last couple of months have been an emotional roller coaster, to say the least, so don’t miss the opportunity to ask Oteil Burbridge anything on the Grateful Dead subreddit. The official time for the “Ask Me Anything” session will be revealed tomorrow.
Aside from the other various members of the Grateful Dead, there is perhaps no musician has been more acclaimed for his work with Jerry Garcia than the late, great Merl Saunders. Saunders was one of the most soulful keyboardists/organists in the music world in the early ’70’s, commanding the Hammond B3 organ in ways that virtually nobody had before.Saunders began a partnership with Garcia in 1971 while collaborating at at San Francisco nightclub The Matrix. The two would go on to collaborate extensively over the years, with Saunders sitting in with the dead as well as serving as Garcia’s de facto solo career jump-off point when the two formed the Saunders/Garcia Band, which eventually became the Legion of Mary. The group recording a handful of albums and playing a litany of memorable shows together (including three officially released as part of the GarciaLive series) before Saunder’s exited the fold and the outfit evolved into the Jerry Garcia Band. However, Saunders and Garcia’s musical partnership would continue far past the dissolution of their early bands. Saunders continued to work with Jerry through his death in 1995, even taking lead in reintroducing him to his guitar after emerging from his diabetic coma in the summer of 1986.According to 199 Jerry biography Garcia by Blair Jackson, “Garcia said that working with Merl also taught him a great deal about musical structure: ‘He filled me in on all those years of things I didn’t do. I’d never played any standards; I’d never played in dance bands. I never had any approach to the world of regular, straight music. He knows all the standards, and he taught me how bebop works. He taught me music. Between the combination of Howard [Wales] and Merl, that’s where I really learned music. Before it was sort of, ‘OK, where do I plug in?’ I picked up the adult version of a music attitude from those guys.’As we remember Merl Saunders today on the anniversary of his death in 2008 at the age of 74, revel in the magic of Saunders/Garcia collaborations with this selection of live performances:Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA, 1972 w/ guest appearance from Tom Fogerty) via YouTube user Whoaduderighteous:Set 1: It’s No Use Expressway One Kind Favor Sick and Tired (with Tom Fogerty on Vocals) Down Around Biloxi That’s All Right, Mama The Night They Drove Ole’ Dixie DownSet II: It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry After Midnight “anyone here got a green triumph…” Money Honey Are You Lonely For Me ~*Wild JammingKeep the Merl/Jerry jams going, you can stream the 7/5/73 Garcia/Saunders show and the 12/14-15/74 Legion of Mary shows below via Spotify:
Dead & Company has announced 24 dates for their upcoming summer tour! Following their inaugural Playing In The Sand destination event on February 15-18th, Dead & Company will head to New Orleans on February 24th, Ft. Lauderdale on February 26th, and Orlando on February 27th to make up their rescheduled dates from John Mayer’s emergency appendectomy. The Summer Tour will kick off on Wednesday, May 30th in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the Xfinity Center and returning for two-night stands at iconic venues such as Citi Field in New York; Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin; Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, California; and Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, while also adding new venues, including Los Angeles’ historic Dodger Stadium and Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, to the tour.Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 26, at 10 AM local time through Ticketmaster, unless otherwise noted.To ensure that real fans get tickets, Verified Fan Registration will be available for all tour dates beginning today. Supplies are limited, so register today to become a Verified Fan to get access to pre-sale tickets. To register to become a Ticketmaster Verified Fan and get access to pre-sale tickets, click here! Registration closes Friday, January 19 at 6PM ET. Pre-sale opportunities will be available beginning Monday, January 22, at 10 AM local time.Dead & Company has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences & Seamless Packages on tour including a premium concert ticket with early venue entry, a limited edition, screen printed poster and a commemorative concert ticket and case beginning Monday, January 22 at 10 AM local time. For full package details, click here.You can see the dates below, and head to the band’s website for details.Dead & Company 2018 Tour2/15-18/18 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ Barceló Maya2/24/18 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center2/26/18 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center2/27/18 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center5/30/18 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center++6/1/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion++6/2/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion++6/4/18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center6/6/18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center++6/8/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood++6/9/18 – Raleigh, NC @ Coast Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek6/11/18 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center6/13/18 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre6/15/18 – New York, NY @ Citi Field**6/16/18 – New York, NY @ Citi Field**6/19/18 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center6/20/18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center6/22/18 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre6/23/18 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre6/29/18 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre6/30/18 – Eugene, OR @ Autzen Stadium7/2/18 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre++7/3/18 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre++7/6/18 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre++7/7/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium7/11/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater++7/13/18 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field**^7/14/18 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field**^All dates, otherwise noted, on sale Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time**Tickets are not available through Ticketmaster for these concerts++Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 27 at 10AM local time^Verified Fan Presale not available for Boulder, CO performances