Influential and political hip hop group Public Enemy will perform a free concert in Brooklyn next week. Part of SummerStage, a concert series that brings free live music to public parks throughout New York City, P.E. will perform in Betsy Head Park in the infamous Brownsville neighborhood on Tuesday, June 21st. Brownsville is known for its high concentration of public housing, and it has some of the highest levels of gang activity and violence in the city. This is a unique opportunity to see a culturally important band performing in front of the oppressed peoples that they represent.To get hyped for Public Enemy’s return to Brooklyn, check out their induction to the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame from 2013, with a full speech by director and friend Spike Lee, and a high-energy performance by the band.This may be the only opportunity to see Public Enemy for a while, as frontman Chuck D. will be spending plenty of time on the road with newly formed supergroup Prophets of Rage. Check out full details for their tour here.
New Orleans rocker Billy Iuso is on a roll throughout the month of July, playing shows from Florida out through Colorado over several funky weeks. From July 15-17, beloved pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier will play the music of the Grateful Dead, with Iuso as his special guest, on a mini-tour of South Florida. Then, Billy and his Restless Natives (Eddie Christmas, Elmo Price, and Michael Burkart) will traverse the country off to the Rocky Mountains for six consecutive nights of funk, several of which feature Melvin Seals & JGB as support.Check out the full touring schedule below. More info and tickets can be found here.Roosevelt Plays the Grateful Dead w/ special guest Billy Iuso:7/15 Churchill’s Pub, Miami, FL7/16 The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL7/17 Terra Fermata, Stuart, FLBilly Iuso & Restless Natives:7/28 Barkley Ballroom, Frisco, CO7/29-7/30 Quixotes True Blue, Denver CO w/ Melvin Seals and JGB7/30 Cactus Jack’s, Evergreen CO (Afternoon show)7/31 Owsley’s Golden Road, Boulder, CO w/ Melvin Seals and JGB8/1 Alpenglow Concert Series, Crested Butte, CO 5pm
The inaugural Los Muertos con Queso went down last month at the Barcelo Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico to close out January in style. The beach-side event hosted The String Cheese Incident, Jackie Greene, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and the debut of a new project with Grateful Dead originals Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann, Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton, and Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools.The debut of this Dead-inspired super group was indeed a main focus, playing six sets throughout the weekend. It was unfortunate when Bob Weir had to miss two of the six due to a bad case of food poisoning, but the show went on. Thanks to YouTube user G. Couris, you can enjoy full sets from January 26 and January 28 in the videos below.1/26/17 Set I: Jam > Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle > Big River > Mississippi 1/2 Step1/26/17 Set II: Bertha, Birdsong, Loose Lucy, Eyes Of The World > Drums, Morning Dew, Shakedown Street1/28/17 Set I: Playing In The Band, Terrapin Station, New Speedway Boogie (with Jackie Greene)1/28/17 Set I Cont’d: “Mission In The Rain,” “Brown Eyed Women,” “My Brother Esau,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Let It Grow” and “Playing In The Band Reprise”:1/28/17 Set II: Help/Slip, Lost Sailor/Saint Of Circumstance, Dark Star>Drums (with Jason Hann and Michael Travis)>Dark Star, Not Fade Away.Encore: Brokedown Palace[Photo via Los Muertos Con Queso Facebook Page][H/T JamBase]
Last night, Guns N’ Roses brought their current world tour to Sydney, Australia. During the show, frontman Axl Rose surprised the audience by welcoming a special guest. “We’re gonna bring out a friend of ours,” said Rose, “Ladies and gentlemen, [AC/DC guitarist] Angus Young!” Young emerged to help the band run through a pair of AC/DC covers including “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Riff Raff.” You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance below, courtesy of YouTube user Guilherme Nunes Cunha Neto:Of course, this is not the first time that the worlds of AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses have crossed. Last year, when AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson had to back out of scheduled tour dates with the band due to hearing loss issues, the band asked Rose to fill in. The band went on to play a number of dates with Axl handling lead vocals.Guns N’ Roses will return to ANZ Stadium today for their second of two performances in Sydney. For a full list of upcoming dates, visit the band’s website.[h/t – Blabbermouth]
Yesterday, as part of their ongoing “SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS” video series, Summer Camp Music Festival shared pro-shot footage of Umphrey’s McGee from the 2016 edition of the Chillicothe, IL event. The video includes the “Wizard Burial Ground” > “Attachments” > “Wizard Burial Ground” segment that closed out the first set of their main two-set show from 5/28/16 (they performed a special VIP set earlier in the day).You can check out the incredible performance in the new video, streaming below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Summer Camp Music Festival | Three Sisters Park | Chillicothe, IL | 5/28/16Set 1: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Resolution > In The Black, Puppet String  > Wizard Burial Ground > Attachments > Wizard Burial GroundSet 2 All In Time > Puppet String, Ringo > 1348, Nothing Too Fancy > Phil’s Farm > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Daffodils > All In Time with Rocky George replacing Brendan on guitarUmphrey’s McGee will return to Summer Camp in 2017 for three days worth of performances alongside one of the best lineups of the summer festival season. If you can’t wait until then, the band will continue their early 2017 tour on March 1st at The Hive in Sandpoint, ID. For tickets and information on all upcoming shows, visit the band’s website.[Cover photo by Phierce Photo]
Colorado’s Sunsquabi has just released their latest single “Dexter,” which features a guest appearance from jam scene staple Nick Gerlach on saxophone. Gearing up for a massive 2017, Sunsquabi are kicking off the year with their highly anticipated sophomore EP ‘Deluxe’ still to come via GRiZ’s All Good Records. There is a reason the 3-piece is described as an ‘electronic hydro-funk experience,’ because their music literally flows like water.Yet another laid-back funk production, “Dexter” sees Sunsquabi fuse both organic and electronic instrumentation through the use of synth, drum kits, keyboard, guitar strums, saxophone, and more. An ample follow up to the EP’s thriving first singles “Pygmy Up” featuring Russ Liquid, and “Cinnamon” Feat. Late Night Radio, “Dexter” will be an instant favorite among fans of a more classic jam based Sunsquabi sound. Check it out:SunSquabi and Late Night Radio are teaming up for a night in NYC on 4/29 at American Beauty! Tickets available here. For their full tour schedule, head to Sunsquabi’s website or see the dates below.SUNSQUABI TOUR DATESMar 24- Blue Moose Tap Room -Iowa City, IAMar 25- Bottom Lounge- Chicago, ILMar 31- Brooklyn Bowl- Las Vegas, NVApr 13- The Bottleneck- Lawrence, KSApr 14- Club Dada- Dallas, TXApr 15- Empire Control Room- Austin, TXApr 16- Empire Control Room & Garage- Austin, TXApr 21- Druid City Music Hall- Tuscaloosa, ALApr 23- 420 Sweetwater Festival- Atlanta, GAApr 26- The Broadberry- Richmond, VAApr 28- Higher Ground- South Burlington, VTApr 29- American Beauty NYC- New York, NYApr 30- Wonder Bar- Allston, MAMay 03- El Club- Detroit, MIMay 04- The Miramar Theatre- Milwaukee, WIMay 06- Red Rocks Amphitheater- Morrison, COMay 26- Summer Camp Music Festival- Chillicothe, ILAug 03- Werk Out Music Festival- Thornville, OH
When the two great tastes of Manic Focus and the Break Science boys get together, there is no telling where they are gonna take the crowd. “Manic Science” exists somewhere in the middle ground of prior planning and living in the moment. The magic these two separate acts created at Fool’s Paradise needs to be seen to be believed.Brooklyn’s Break Science producers Borham Lee‘s keys and samples mixed with Adam Deitch‘s drum kit wizardry is more than enough inspiration to get any crowd bumping and jumping. The same can be said for the one man hurricane of sound, Manic Focus AKA John “JmaC” McCarten.Sharing the Fool’s Paradise stage last Friday with the exceptional talents of Organ Freeeman, Lettuce and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, the double threat of “Manic Science” emerged and showed that they were mightier combined than separate. The set was nearly break free as each concept flowed perfectly into the next. To present this incredible performance, we have split the show in half with the two videos that follow.
After a rocking “Pink Talking Fu Kuaz” set at Wanee, where members of PTF, Kung Fu, and Turkuaz played the music of David Bowie and Prince for a festival-closing performance on the Mushroom Stage, Pink Talking Fish are moving right along to play through their spring tour. The Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish cover band will continue to ride the high through summer, as they’ve announced an exciting summer lineup filled with festivals, beach parties, and pre/post events surrounding Phish, Dead & Company, and Roger Waters.The summer kicks off in Denver, CO with an event called “Pink Talking Fish: Pink Floyd Box Set Experience.” This will take place surrounding Roger Waters’ two-night run at The Pepsi Center. PTF will perform pre and post concerts and each show will display a different album concept where the band performs one of Pink Floyd’s masterpieces in its entirety, while intertwining Phish and Talking Heads songs throughout the album cuts. Albums performed will be Animals, Dark Side Of The Moon, Meddle, and Wish You Were Here.On 4th of July Weekend, PTF will bring their show to the beach with an outdoor concert in Rhode Island on June 30th and a two-night run deep into Cape Cod at The Wellfleet Beachcomber on July 3rd and 4th.PTF will be making stops at plenty of festivals throughout the summer, including The Peach Music Festival, Highberry Music Festival, Buffalove, and Jerry Jam. The band will also perform a special “PTF & Friends” set to close out the mainstage on the Sunday night of the Disc Jam Music Festival.Perhaps best placed late at night, PTF will perform plenty of late-night ragers around the country to keep the party going for the summer’s headlining acts. Dead & Company play at Wrigley Field in July and PTF will give an encore after-party performance at The Vic Theatre.They will also perform a Phish after-party in Pittsburgh at the beloved Rex Theater, as well as multiple events in NYC surrounding Phish’s Bakers Dozen run. NYC performances include a “PTF Are Dead” concept on Jerry Garcia’s Birthday, a classic PTF show at The Gramercy Theatre and a pre-party boat cruise on the afternoon of the final night of The Bakers Dozen.Here is a full list of upcoming Pink Talking Fish tour dates:SPRING TOUR:5/04: River Street Jazz Café in Plains PA – Star Wars Party w/s/g Flux Capacitor5/05: Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs NY – Road To Disc Jam Cinco De Mayo Party w/s/g Consider The Source5/06: The Paradise in Boston MA – PTF w/ The Giant Country Horns! w/s/g Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas5/11: Toad’s Place in New Haven CT – w/s/g West End Blend5/12 – 13: Portland House Of Music in Portland ME – 2 Night Run!5/26: Cosmic Reunion Festival in French Village MO5/27: Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas NV – Dead & Company After-Party!5/28: Strange Creek Music Festival in Greenfield MA – 2 Sets!SUMMER TOUR:6/02 – 04: Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple in Denver CO – Pink Talking Fish: Pink Floyd Box Set Experience – Performing 4 Pink Floyd Albums in 3 days on both indoor and outdoor stages6/09 – 11: Disc Jam Music Festival – PTF & Friends6/30: Paddy’s Beach Club in Westerly RI – Outdoor Beach Concert!7/01: The Vic Theatre in Chicago IL – Dead & Company Wrigley After-Party7/02: Highberry Music Festival in Eureka Springs AR7/03 – 04: The Beachcomber in Wellfleet MA – 2 Night Run on Cape Cod!7/14: Jeezum Crow Festival in Jay Peak VT7/19: The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh PA – Phish After-Party7/21: Jerry Jam in Bath NH7/23: Buffalove Music Festival in Franklinville NY8/01: The Cutting Room in New York NY – Phish After-Party: PTF Are Dead concept in honor of Jerry Garcia’s birthday8/04: The Gramercy Theatre in New York NY – Phish After-Party8/06: The Jewel Concert Cruise in New York NY – Phish Pre-Party Boat Cruise8/11 – 12: The Peach Music Festival in Scranton PA[photo by Capacity Images]
Brooklyn Comes Alive announced its massive artist lineup last week, with over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets across two days in the heart of Williamsburg. This year, the event is expanding to two days, September 23 & 24, and will take over three of Brooklyn’s premier venues—Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—all within a 10-minute walking radius. While figuring out which musicians will team up for one of the festival’s signature one-off sets has become one of the most fun parts of the Brooklyn Comes Alive experience, we’re ready to roll out some of the surprises. Brooklyn Comes Alive is proud to announce the first of many sets at this year’s event, a star-studded tribute set entitled “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band.”The Road Goes On Forever will bring together members of some of the biggest bands in improvisational music to pay homage to the earth-shattering impact of the music of the Allman Brothers Band. Joel Cummins and Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee will team up with Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico from moe., Nate Werth from Snarky Puppy, and a pair of musicians from Gregg Allman Band–bassist Brett Bass, and guitarist, vocalist, and musical director Scott Sharrard–to perform some beloved tunes from the Allman Brothers Band catalog.Special guests are also slated to appear throughout the set, including New York guitar prodigy and School of Rock The Musical star Brandon “Taz” Niederauer–who was mentored by both late greats Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks from an early age.When asked what the Allman Brothers mean to him, moe.’s Al Schnier stated:The Allman Brothers “At Fillmore East” changed the landscape of live rock music, & particularly the place of the guitar in an improvisational ensemble forever more. They somehow blended these very American elements of Jazz, Blues, & Soul into something uniquely theirs, yet timeless all the same. And that album, their sound became part of my DNA at an early age. To this day, the twin guitar combo in moe. would not be what it is if not for the path forged by Duane Allman & Dickey Betts.Joel Cummins, keyboardist extraordinaire for Umphrey’s McGee, was equally effusive about the Allman Brothers, explaining:The Allman Brothers are one of rock n roll’s most seminal bands in history, forging a path for many musicians today that have followed in their footsteps. As a keyboardist myself, Gregg Allman & Chuck Leavell‘s masterful work on organ & piano influenced the way I approach music. It will be an honor to pay tribute to a group of musicians Umphrey’s McGee loves and respects so much. Finally, Scott Sharrard had some touching words to share about his mentor and former bandmate, Gregg Allman. Sharrard was the musical director for the final eight years of the Gregg Allman Band, and also was a frequent collaborator of Allman’s in his later years, helping him to write new music and to shape his live show. Scott will serve as musical director for The Road Goes On Forever, and he had this to say about this set at Brooklyn Comes Alive:What Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks did was rain truth daggers of love and unity in every salvo of sound from the stage. One true note can slice into every heart. I believe this was their goal every time that they took the stage, I never saw them miss. It will be a pleasure to honor these founding members of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Alongside some friends, both old and new, we will do our best to “hit the note” at Brooklyn Comes Alive. The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler will join members of nationally-touring bands such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.Tickets Are On Sale Now!Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
Wildfires have been continuing to devastate Northern California, and across the country, people are stepping up to help those affected by the fires rebuild. San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, a beloved funk, jazz, and blues club across from the iconic Fillmore, has just announced that on Thursday, October 19th, the venue will be hosting a live music benefit for victims of the fire featuring five local bands. Tapped for the $10 dollar benefit show are the Bay Area’s own Sweet Plot, The Crooked Stuff, Adam Knight & Friends, Evan Lanam & The Live Oaks and Jamie Clark Band. In addition, the night will also see special auctions and raffles with all proceeds going back to victims of the fire.In addition to the bountiful live music that is meant to bring a little bit of joy into the community that’s been terrorized by fire, the night will also see special auctions and raffles with all proceeds going back to victims of the fire. The venue will also be accepting item donations for North Bay Shelters, with the items in need listed here. All proceeds from the event will go toward the American Red Cross with a designation to focus the money toward Northern California fire relief.The show starts at 8 pm and runs until 2 am, with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Come out this Thursday to help support a deeply important cause, and you can check out the raffle items below.Items for Raffle/Auction:$250 Gift Certificate to SafewaySafeway Gift Basket3D Printer$150 Gift Certificate to Warrior Within DesignsCustom Tie Dyes from Ben Jammin [Tie Dye Artist for the Grateful Dead]Festival Tickets to For The Funk of It [August 2018]Trey Anastasio Band Tickets at the Fox Theater Oakland2 Tickets to any show at The Fillmore SF2 Tickets to any show via BISS List2 Tickets to Atta Kid + Merch Friday 10.20 at Boom Boom Room2 Tickets to Dumstaphunk + Crooked Stuff Halloween at Sweetwater Music Hall2 Tickets to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress at Boom Boom Room November ’17TONS OF BAND MERCHTONS MORE CONCERT TICKETSTONS MORE PRIZESALL AUCTION + RAFFLE PRIZES go directly to helping the fire victims