Warren Haynes brought a lot of magic to Wanee Music Festival on Friday. The afternoon kicked off with Haynes joining Billy & The Kids for a “Deal” set closer, leading straight into Gov’t Mule‘s epic sunset set on the Peach Stage. Immediately after, Haynes joined Widespread Panic for a pair of classic ZZ Top covers, before heading over to the Mushroom Stage to reunite with members of the Allman Brothers Band in Les Brers.Gov’t Mule played a smashing set, featuring a “Rocking Horse” > “No Need To Suffer” > “Painted Silver Light” extended jam, before guitar master Jack Pearson joined in for a cover of Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Can’t You See.” In 1997, Pearson replaced Warren in the Allman Brothers Band when Haynes needed to focus on Gov’t Mule. It was 1999 when Pearson had to step away from the band to take care of his tinnitus, and Derek Trucks was phoned to join the legendary band.Pearson is currently playing in the latest project to come out of the Allman Brothers, Les Brers, along with several other surviving members of the band. It was a treat for everyone at Wanee to see Pearson and Haynes trade guitar licks on both stages over the weekend. Watch Warren’s performance with Les Brers and stream the full set here.Watch Jack Pearson join Gov’t Mule for the Marshall Tucker classic, courtesy of WardenJune:Thanks to taper Butch Almberg, you can stream the full audio here:Also from Wanee, you can watch videos and stream the audio from these very special performances: Billy & The Kids with Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, Joel Cummins with Kung Fu, Warren Haynes with Les Brers, Umphrey’s McGee’s mash-up set, Warren Haynes sit-in with Widespread Panic for ZZ Top covers, and Karl Denson with Melvin Seals & JGB. Enjoy!Setlist: Gov’t Mule at Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak, FL – 4/15/16:Set: Bad Little Doggie, Blind Man In The Dark, Rocking Horse > No Need To Suffer > Painted Silver Light, Can’t You See*, Endless Parade, Thorazine Shuffle* = w/ Jack Pearson
A full gallery from Ojeda Photography can be seen below: BoomBox hit the Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee, WI last night, treating fans to a hazy glaze of electrofunky tunes. The concert took place on 4/20, the marijuana appreciation holiday, and premiere head shop Atomic Glass set up shop right in the doorway.The night wasn’t about ganja, however, as the music flowed from one set to the next. Ben Silver of Orchard Lounge opened up, producing his beats with one arm in a sling. It was truly impressive, and he kept the crowd entertained with his determination. His grooves were dark and trippy.BoomBox came next, entertaining the crowd with songs like “Stereo and “Who Killed Davey Moore,” as well as material off their newest EP release Bits and Pieces. Throughout the entire show, the audience did not stop dancing! It was quite the performance.BoomBox continues their Bits and Pieces tour throughout the Midwest for the next week, before they start hitting the summer festival circuit. Don’t miss out; this band can groove! Load remaining images
Beloved drummer John Morgan Kimock recently sat down with us to go in-depth about his newest project, JMMY. A collaboration between Kimock and Alex Luquet, JMMY is unique in its creative direction from the drummer. While Kimock has played with Mike Gordon, K I M O C K, Everyone Orchestra and more, JMMY is his own creation.“I’ve been fussing around with infusing acoustic and electronic music since I was in high school, and wanted to take the jump moving it into a live context. There is an overall “role expansion” for a drummer in this age. A lot of my drummer friends are creating these amazing hybrid kits and triggering walls of sound, melodies, and in some cases make as much sound as a four-piece band,” said Kimock. He adds, “JMMY is a chance to experiment with these types on concepts and bring it into other bands that I play in.”With an EP called Partial due out later this year, Kimock has shared the first track from this exciting new release. Check out the video for “LowLands,” below shot and directed by Jason Gallagher:JMMY has three dates on the books, including a show supporting Congo Sanchez at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on May 4th, as well as shows at the Arch St. Tavern in Hartford, CT on May 5th and The Funhouse in Kimock’s hometown of Bethlehem, PA on May 6th. The last two shows will feature support from Mammal Dap, and DJ Discreet will be on hand for the May 6th show. Don’t miss out!You can also check out JMMY on Facebook, and if you ask them, they just might share a track with you!Check out Kimock’s busy tour schedule below:w/ VOODOO DEAD –4/30 – Republic New Orleans LA5/1 – Republic New Orleans LAw/ JMMY5/4 – Knitting Factory Brooklyn NY5/5 – Arch St. Tavern 5/6 – The Funhouse Bethlehem PAw/ GRIMACE FEDERATION5/13 – Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia PAw/ EVERYONE ORCHESTRA5/19 – Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn NY5/20 – Gypsy Sallys – Washington DC5/21 – Live at the Lot Ardmore PA5/22 – Musikfest Cafe Bethlehem PAw/ K I M O C K 6/2 – Ophelia’s Denver CO6/3 – Aggie Theater Fort Collins CO6/4 – Fox Theater Boulder CO
Last night, Pearl Jam continued their conquest North of the border, playing at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON in Canada. The band has been on a roll throughout their whole tour, continuously introducing new songs into the rotation with tour debuts at nearly every performance. Last night was no exception, as the group worked in three songs that had not been played in 2016, including “Big Wave,” “Parachutes,” and The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me.”The show started with the title track of Pearl Jam’s most recent album, “Lightning Bolt,” before grooving on classics like “Mind Your Manners” and “Do the Evolution.” Only towards the end of the first set did fans get to hear the bust out original “Big Wave,” which hadn’t been played since January 19, 2014.As is standard for Pearl Jam, the band broke out into not one but two encores. The first of two not only featured the first “Parachute” since October 1, 2014, but also the first performance of “Love Reign O’er Me” since November 24, 2013. The Quadrophenia finale is an incredibly emotional song, and Eddie Vedder’s voice added some extra flare to the classic rock ballad.The band also started the second encore with a debut cover of “All I Want Is You” by U2, but the song snippet quickly worked its way into “Wasted Reprise” and “Life Wasted.” The band finished it out with some classics, “Black” and “Alive,” before sending fans home with a version of Neil Young’s “Fuckin’ Up.” Another great show from Pearl Jam in the books!Check out some highlights:ParachutesLove Reign O’er Me (Partial)All I Want Is You/Wasted Reprise/Life WastedThe full setlist can be seen below:Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists
First, John Mayer sat in with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead last Friday in New York. Then Mayer sat in with Bob Weir earlier this week in Los Angeles. And now, to complete the circle, two members of Almost Dead made their way over to Weir’s performance in Upper Darby, PA last night. It seems like the circle is indeed unbroken.Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton were in attendance at the Tower Theater last night for Weir’s “Campfire Tour” performance, lending their talents for a particularly rousing rendition of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” to close the show. Russo actually contributed to the studio sessions of Blue Mountain, the recently-released solo album from Weir that he is currently supporting.Weir’s backing band includes a killer lineup of Steve Kimock, Jon Shaw, Scott Devendorf, Bryce Devendorf, and Josh Kaufman. The crew happily made room for Russo and Hamilton, who helped bring this exciting performance to a close. Watch the crew take on “Not Fade Away” in the video below, courtesy of Tom F on YouTube.Bob Weir comes to New York on his tour next, playing two nights at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY on Friday and Saturday (10/14-15) before heading to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Check out the full setlist from last night’s Weir show below.Setlist: Bob Weir at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA – 10/12/16Set I: Walkin’ Blues (solo), When I Paint My Masterpiece (solo), Blue Mountain (solo), Darkest Hour, Cottonwood Lullaby, Ghost Towns, Dark Hollow, GonesvilleSet II: Me and Bobby McGee, Mama Tried, He’s Gone, Althea, Playing in the Band > Looks Like Rain > Playing in the Band (reprise)E: Ki-Yi Bossie (solo), Not Fade Away*
Aqueous has been on the rise of late, playing–and selling out–bigger and bigger venues across the country and converting new fans left and right. However, for their submission to the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, the Buffalo-based quartet opted for a less prestigious stage–a non-descript, unfinished basement laundry room.The Tiny Desk Contest is an annual competition based on NPR’s long-running Tiny Desk Concert series, which brings a diverse stream of artists to NPR’s offices for intimate, stripped-down performances. The contest invites musicians to send a video of them playing an original song at a desk–any desk–the way they would if they were playing a real NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The winner of the contest (judged by a panel of experts including Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas, last year’s winners) will get the opportunity to play their own official Tiny Desk Concert, tour the U.S. with NPR and Lagunitas, and appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.As their entry into the contest, Aqueous performed a rendition of “Underlyer” behind a seriously distressed-looking desk. The band took the “stripped-down” aesthetic of Tiny Desk to heart for their submission: Keyboardist/guitarist Dave Loss, normally surrounded by a wall of keyboards and other gear onstage, has just one keyboard (set up on the top of the dryer) and his microphone. Drummer Rob Houk plays a three-piece kit (kick, snare, hi-hat). Guitarist Mike Gantzer delivers the vocals with audible passion and sincerity, and Evan McPhaden keeps the whole ship afloat with his air-tight underlying bass line. The intentionally sparse rendition of the slow-funk cocktail lounge groove hits its mark with style, clearly conveying the band’s talent and chemistry.Good luck to Aqueous and all the other musicians that entered this year’s 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. You can head here to check outAqueous – “Underlyer” – 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Submission[Video: AqueousBand]For info about Aqueous’s upcoming shows and more, head to their website.
Earlier in the year, The Peach Music Festival finalized its highly anticipated lineup for its 2018 edition, which will take place at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from July 19th through 22nd, almost a full month earlier than it has in previous years. Last month, the event confirmed their daily lineups, and last week, the festival announced their “After Midnight” sets.Today, The Peach Festival has further expanded their lineup, announcing their 2018 VIP sets. On Friday, the festival will host two VIP performances, including one solo set from Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee and one solo set from Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle. On Saturday, VIP attendees will be treated to sets from Pap and Po (also known as Pappy and JP Biondo of Cabinet), as well as Ghost Light, the relatively new project featuring Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang. Finally, on Sunday, the VIP schedule will be rounded out by a special set from Oteil Burbridge and Scott Metzger, who will also be performing together that day with Oteil & Friends.The festival notes that VIP tickets are almost sold out. Tickets for The Peach Festival and more information on the event are available now via the event’s website.
On Saturday night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong flocked to Newport, Kentucky, for their headlining performance at Paradise Music & Beer Festival at Wooden Cask Brewing.Following afternoon sets from SolEcho, Litz, Peridoni, and Ernie Johnson From Detroit, the band took the stage for the penultimate performance of the evening. The Pigeons party got started early as guitarist Jeremy Schon joined the band for a guest appearance.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took the stage at 10 p.m. for their first of two sets. The band kept things funky from the start, opening with “Funk E. Zekiel”. From there, they moved into “Landing”, which morphed into an improvised jam section and eventually found its way into “Funky House”, followed by “Live It Up” and “Sail On”. Next, the band welcomed out the horns section from Ernie Johnson From Detroit for an extra funky rendition of “Doc” before capping their first set with a “Burning Up My Time” that fed into a set-closing “Spacejam” > “The Hop” > “F.U.”Watch fan-shot footage of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong getting funky with the Ernie Johnson From Detroit horns below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong With Detroit Horns’ Ernie Johnson – “Doc”[Video: John Manley]After some set-break tunes from Peridoni, Pigeons’ second set kept the fan favorites coming. After a “Whoopie” opener, a “Time To Ride” > “Kiwi” > “Time To Ride” jam sandwich kept the set chugging along. “Fortress” was up next, followed by “Avalanche” and “Ocean Flows” to round out Pigeons’ second frame. Finally, in a nod to the event’s brewery locale, the band returned to the stage for an amusing “Drunk People” encore.This marks the second time in as many weekends that Pigeons Playing Ping Pong welcomed guest horns during a headlining set at a brewery festival. The previous Friday, June 22nd, the band welcomed saxophonist Rob Somerville (Deep Banana Blackout/Kung Fu) as part of their performance as part of Road Jam Music Fest at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT. For a full list of upcoming Pigeons dates, head to the band’s website.To capture the memorable night at Paradise Music & Beer Festival, Pigeons brought in photographer Keith Griner of Phierce Photo. You can check out his full gallery of vivid shots below.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | June 30th | Paradise Music & Beer Festival | Wooden Cask Brewery | Newport, KY | 6/30/18 Set One: Funk E Zekiel, Landing > Jam > Funky House, Live It Up, Sail On, Doc*, Burning Up My Time > Spacejam > The Hop > F.U.Set Two: Whoopie, Time To Ride > Kiwi > Time To Ride, Fortress, Avalanche, Ocean FlowsEncore: Drunk PeopleNotes: * w/ Ernie Johnson From Detroit hornsPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Paradise Music & Beer Festival | Wooden Cask Brewery | Newport, KY | 6/30/18 | Photos: Phierce Photo by Keith Griner Load remaining images
Load remaining images Karl Denson’s career is, in some respects, a microcosm of modern music history. The Santa Ana, California native found prominence as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band, co-founded the Greyboy All-Stars, has recorded with Slightly Stoopid and Blackalicious (among others), and currently plays in The Rolling Stones’ touring band.As a musical talent, however, Karl is in a universe all his own—and not as small as he would have you think. During a chilly March evening in Los Angeles, Denson showed just how expansive his skills and repertoire can be during a rollicking show with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at The Troubadour.Related: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Releases First New Album In Five Years Throughout their scorching two-hour set, Karl and company kept the crowd moving and grooving to a slew of funky, jazzy jams. To that end, the 62-year-old did much of the heavy lifting by way of a steady rotation of instruments. There was plenty of scintillating saxophone—both tenor and bass—on “Catchin’ Sparks”, in addition to their cover of The Stones’ “Under My Thumb” and the Afrobeat-heavy tracks “Rich Man’s Wife” and “Elephants”.When he wasn’t busy with brass, Karl used his inner-wind to belt out the stirringly rangy vocals on “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo”, “Shake It Out”, and “Mighty Rebel”. He continued the same effort on “Gossip” and “What If You Knew” from KDTU’s new album, Gnomes and Badgers. Anytime Karl’s hands were free, he was sure to be utilizing his shaker, smacking a tambourine, or even filling a prescription for more cowbell, as he did during “Satisfied”.Karl’s most impressive performance of the evening, though, may well have come on the flute. His work on the woodwind was extraordinary, with a particularly arresting display of circular breathing during a winding solo during the encore performance of Alan Evans’ “Have You Seen Him”.Still, as much musical space as Karl occupied, his universe left plenty of room for the rest of his band to shine. Besides his written contributions, Evans held down the group’s funky beats on the drums with aplomb. Chris Stilwell did his part to keep the grooves flowing by way of his bass. Chris Littlefield’s trumpeting was spectacular—the Scottie Pippen to Denson’s Michael Jordan on wind instruments—and took some turns on keys next to the exemplary board work of David Veith. D.J. Williams didn’t just look the part of a hipster Gary Clark Jr.–he played it on his guitar, too. Seth Freeman ripped his own guitar plenty, too, when he wasn’t mesmerizing the audience with his slide guitar abilities.Together, KDTU created a cosmos of sonic energy strong enough to permeate well beyond the bounds of West Hollywood that the Troubadour calls home. Come summer, Karl will be blending his versatile talents back into those of another band when he hits the road with the Rolling Stones on their own North American tour.So if (or when) you catch the Stones in concert on their No Filter North American Tour and notice a certain sax player wailing away behind Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and their cohort, just know that the man behind that instrument is as out-of-this-world from a talent perspective as anybody on that stage.Fans can check out the gallery below for a mix of photos captured during Thursday’s show, courtesy of Brandon WeilThe band’s 2019 winter-into-spring tour continues on Saturday with a scheduled performance at The Independent in San Francisco. Fans can head to his website for tour ticket info.Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | The Troubador | West Hollywood, CA | 3/14/2019 | Photos: Brandon Weil
Next month, Gov’t Mule will release a new concert film and live album titled, Bring On The Music, featuring pro-shot footage and recordings captured during the band’s April 2018 performances at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. On Wednesday, the band shared the first clips of footage to appear on the concert film, highlighting their impressive six-minute performance of “Life Before Insanity”.Related: Gov’t Mule Announces Late-Night Woodstock Tribute At Mountain JamThe newly-shared footage of Warren Haynes and company performing the song from their 2010 Mulennium LP gives Gov’t Mule fans the first taste of what they can expect to experience when the film and album both arrive on June 28th. Fans can watch the new footage in the video below.Gov’t Mule – “Life Before Insanity”[Video: Gov’t Mule]Bring On The Music – Live At The Capitol Theatre will feature more than two hours of video footage from the band’s 2018 performances in addition to interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes footage, photos, and more. Fans should click here to pre-order the live album and film ahead of its June arrival.Gov’t Mule is currently in Europe as part of their ongoing run of 2019 spring tour dates. The band’s upcoming tour schedule is set to continue well into the summer months. Fans should head to Gov’t Mule’s website for upcoming tour info and tickets.