Inclement weather in the New York area has forced beloved jam festival Mountain Jam to cancel all remaining performances for today’s schedule. The same weather that caused Governors Ball to cancel their entire Sunday lineup has caused Mountain Jam to make the same decision, as “severe weather” will make the performances unsafe.A handful of musicians had yet to perform at Mountain Jam, including Brandi Carlile, Third World, and The Avett Brothers. You can see the full statement from Mountain Jam, addressing refunds and more information, below.To Our 2016 Mountain Jam Attendees,We regret to announce that the remainder of Sunday, June 5th, at Mountain Jam 2016 has been cancelled, due to severe weather in the area. We are devastated to make this decision, but the safety of our fans, artists and crew always comes first.We need to evacuate the festival grounds immediately. We strongly advise you to leave the venue. If you choose to stay, please take shelter in your vehicles/RVs if they are immediately accessible, or in the Learning Center, Healey Brothers Hall or the Hunter Mountain Base Lodge. Please do not take shelter in your tent – it is not safe. Festival staff and police will inform you when it is safe to remove your tents/belongings from the mountain.All customers who purchased either a Sunday or multi-day ticket directly through the Mountain Jam website will receive a partial refund (including fees and shipping, if applicable). If you purchased a ticket at the box office, please retain your receipt and email email@example.com with your refund request. We are determining the method of refund and will be in touch with you directly regarding this process. At this time, we expect all refunds to be processed within 45 days of the event. All partial refunds will be based on the ticket price at the time of purchase.Only primary ticket purchasers will receive a refund. We apologize for any inconvenience, but if you did not purchase your ticket directly through the official Mountain Jam website or at the box office, we cannot handle refund requests.[Photo via Jennifer McKenn/Instagram]Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available, and thank you so much for your loyalty and patience. We hope to see you back in 2017 for a great show.
With the new Eat That Question documentary coming out soon, Frank Zappa’s daughter Moon Zappa spoke to MadeInHollywoodTV about what it was like growing up with a musical genius as a father. She talks about how committed Zappa was to his work, but paints a picture of him as a soft-spoken man who never raised his voice. “It was honestly like having the Dalai Lama or Jesus as a parent,” she says in the interview. She also talks about working with Zappa in the studio, even though it was in the middle of the night on a school-night!Watch the short clip below.
Yesterday was quite the night for Twiddle, as they hit the Canalside venue in Buffalo, NY to play a set opening for Dweezil Zappa. The band brought the heat for their hourlong opening set, playing a total of four songs to really stretch their improvisational legs.Among the many highlights from the hour of music was a sit-in from Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer, a Buffalo native and long time friend of the band. With Gantzer in tow, the band broke into “Apples” and “Indigo Trigger,” and thanks to Buffalo.FM, we can share great multi-cam footage of this awesome rendition of “Apples.”The night wasn’t over there, however, as Twiddle keyboardist Ryan Dempsey made his way out to Buffalo Iron Works for a jamming performance sitting in with The Heavy Pets. Dempsey lent his hand on the track “Bring on the Night,” helping The Heavy Pets cover The Police classic with style. Check out Buffalo.FM’s official video of the sit-in below.Twiddle keeps things raging tonight, July 8th, with an opening set for The String Cheese Incident. For fans of this band’s brand of jams, be sure to catch them at their inaugural Tumble Down Festival in Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park from July 29th-30th. Featuring Nahko & Medicine for the People, Turkuaz, Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers, and special guest Holly Bowling, this is one festival you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more are available via the band’s website!Setlist: Twiddle at Canalside, Buffalo, NY – 7/7/16One Set: Amydst The Myst, Apples, Indigo Trigger, The CatapillarShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. This was a free show. Twiddle opened for Zappa Plays Zappa. Their set was at 7:15pm EST. “Apples” and “Indigo Trigger” featured Mike Gantzer (Aqueous) on guitar.[Setlist via uTwiddle.net]
Never one to shy away from controversial issues, musician, actor, comedian, and LA Weekly columnist Henry Rollins (of Black Flag) published an editorial last week regarding the vastly different experiences of whites and blacks in America in the wake of the recent rash of gun violence incidents. As Rollins explains, “In light of the recent police shootings in Texas and the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, both killed by members of law enforcement — just the latest three of the many examples of obscene, needless deaths in America — one could conclude that all hell has broken loose and things are falling apart. I do not agree. Things are bad, but I would posit that they have been this way for as far back into American history as you want to go.” Rollins opines that the real difference in today’s racially-charged violence is simply that the technology has improved, so the unattractive reality that has been true for years is more visible to the masses. “Now that you can watch people die on Facebook, your evaluation of the facts and the sheer amount of information you want to deal with is up to you. But you can no longer say you don’t know what’s going on.”He propose that there are (at least) two versions of reality in America, experienced differently by whites and people of color. “If white America experienced a fraction of what black America deals with regarding law enforcement, incarceration, the court system, employment and countless other facts of life, they would immediately and collectively lose their minds. There are at least two different Americas. They have existed in an environment of almost unbroken mutual exclusivity. That’s over now.”Rollins goes on to detail some of his personal experiences that have contributed to this view, including an anecdote about his relationship with rapper Ice-T through their mutual involvement with the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991. “I was on the first Lollapalooza tour. It was one of the best summers of my life. I spent a lot of time hanging out with Ice-T. We talked almost every day. He is one of the most articulate and intelligent people I have ever met. I wish I had a teaspoon of what he’s got. I also spent time with his bandmates and crew. On days off, or when our buses would pull into the same place, we would eat together. All his guys wore gold. I have no idea what a necklace is worth, but it all looked expensive to me. When we went into places, white patrons and staff tripped on these guys. This is when I understood one of the reasons for the visible display of wealth. My whiteness assured them that I could pay for my meal. Ice-T and his guys had to demonstrate their ability to pay by literally wearing a show of wealth.”He ends by calling out the mainstream media and the government’s approach to this racial issue. “For the last week, I have heard politicians use a phrase that nauseates me whenever I hear anyone say it. The need to ‘come together.’ To that I say, ‘You first, motherfucker.’”Read the full column, as well as more of Rollins’ pointed editorials here.[via LA Weekly]
Now this is a real treat! A new, full-length video from Ween’s 7/13/12006 performance at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY has just appeared on YouTube. Thanks to user Wade Fedder, we can sit back and enjoy some classic Ween footage.Ween continues to impress fans old and new with their performances scattered throughout 2016. Next up for the recently-reunited group will be a performance at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN, on September 15th. You can see the band’s tour schedule here, and the full 7/13/06 setlist below.Setlist: Ween at Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY – 7/13/06Pork Roll Egg and CheeseThe HIV SongSpinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)Now I’m Freaking OutHappy Colored MarblesBananas and BlowTake Me AwayFreedom of ’76Transdermal CelebrationEven If You Don’tDark Globe*ZoloftVoodoo LadyThe Stallion pt 3Light Me UpBuckingham GreenMutilated LipsLeave Deaner AloneI’ll Be Your Jonny on the SpotSpanish Castle MagicTouch My TooterStroker AceCaptainOcean ManMister Richard SmokerPandy FacklerI Can’t Put My Finger on ItEncore:Did You See Me?What Deaner Was Talkin’ AboutSomeday*acoustic– Gener solo for Dark Globe– Spanish Castle Magic without lyrics
2016 has been a rough year for Gregg Allman. After a bout of pneumonia derailed most of his summer tour, fans were delighted at the announcement of a 20+ date fall/winter tour last week. However, that excitement has proven short-lived. The new tour was set to kick off this past Sunday with the first of ten November shows at NYC’s City Winery this past Sunday, but Allman was forced to cancel the first two shows due to a bruised vocal chord. Ticket holders received refunds, and Gregg’s band even played the shows anyway without their front man, free of charge, with the City Winery residency set to resume as planned tomorrow.Unfortunately, today Allman fans some more bad news: Gregg will not be returning to the stage tomorrow. Instead, he has postponed the NYC residency until July 2017, and has cancelled the remainder of the tour to take several months off and “focus on his health so he can return to playing live later in 2017.”In a statement, Allman continued, “This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long, time. I’ve been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it’s time for me to take some real time off to heal. Not making a show is a really hard decision for me because I want to play so bad, but it’s also hard on my partners and fans who make plans to be with me. I never want to put anybody in a bad spot. I’m so grateful for the people that I work with and for the fans that come to my shows and I want to be at my best for all of them. That means I’m going to have to wait until I’m feeling really good, not just good enough like I have been. Good enough isn’t working for us all.”The Gregg Allman Band led by music director/guitarist Scott Sharrard will perform historic Allman Brothers Band and solo Allman material as free concerts at City Winery to fulfill their scheduled obligations. On Wednesday, the band and a handful of special guests will play the Allman Brothers Band’s self-titled debut album and more, while on Thursday The Gregg Allman Band and guests will present a “Best Of The Solo Years” set in their absent bandleader’s honor.We wish Gregg all the best on his road to recovery, and can’t wait to see him when he’s back to 100% next year.[h/t – JamBase]
Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off a three night stand at the famed Orpheum Theatre last night, treating Boston area fans to their patented brand of soulful rock and roll. The show featured an opening performance from Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane fame, before TTB dug into a great set. Among the many highlights of the night was a collaboration between the two artists, as Tedeschi Trucks welcomed Kaukonen for a scintillating version of the blues classic, “Key To The Highway.” Check out the video below, courtesy of Sean Roche.Derek Trucks has recently spoken about his wholehearted commitment to the Tedeschi Trucks cause of late, and that energy was on full display at the Orpheum. Check out some more videos from Sean Roche highlighting the evening’s performance, including a powerful “Space Captain” encore and more.
Today, nine-piece funk powerhouse Turkuaz announced a new batch of Spring 2017 tour dates. The tour will cover uncharted territory for the band as the make their way through the South, stopping to headline the Easter Island Festival in Oklahoma and play Austin, TX’s Euphoria Festival alongside Pretty Lights, Chromeo, The Disco Biscuits, and more. The run also features performances in at Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL and wraps up with a two-night stand in New Orleans during Jazz Fest supporting moe. As was previously announced, after the main run the band will head to Red Rocks with Lettuce in early May, Bonnaroo in early June, and Northwest String Summit and Floyd Fest in July.In addition to sharing the new dates, the band has announced that rising L.A. instrumental trio Organ Freeman will be joining them for nearly 20 stops along the tour. With a potent funk sound and impressive musicianship, the addition of Organ Freeman adds an extra layer of excitement for the upcoming run of performances.You can check out a full list of dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of the shows, visit the band’s website.Turkuaz 2017 Tour Dates (* w/ Organ Freeman; ^ w/ moe.)03/02 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room03/03 Las Vegas, NV: Beauty Bar03/04 Phoenix, AZ: McDowell Mountain03/06 Steamboat Springs, CO: Schmiggity’s03/07 Frisco, CO: Barkley Ballroom03/09 Durango, CO: Animas City Theatre03/10 Telluride, CO: Sheridan Opera House03/11 Santa Fe, NM: Skylight03/12 Taos, NM: Taos Mesa*03/15 Davenport, IA: Redstone Room*03/16 Urbana, IL: Canopy Club*03/17 Columbus, OH: Woodland Tavern03/18 Columbus, OH: Woodland Tavern03/19 Kalamazoo, MI: Bell’s Brewery*03/21 Morgantown, WV: Mainstage*03/23 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt*03/24 Lancaster, PA: Chameleon Club*03/25 Stroudsburg, PA: Sherman Theater*04/06 Kansas City, MO: Knuckleheads Saloon04/07 Keetonville, OK: Easter Island04/08 Dallas, TX: Curtain Club04/09 Austin, TX: Euphoria Festival04/12 Fayetteville, AR: George’s Majestic Lounge*04/13 St. Louis, MO: Ready Room*04/14 Lexington, KY: Cosmic Charlies*04/15 Bloomington, IN: The Bluebird*04/18 Chattanooga, TN: Revelry Room*04/19 Athens, GA: Georgia Theatre*04/20 Charleston, SC: The Pour House*04/21 Live Oak, FL: Wanee Festival04/25 Oxford, MS: The Lyric*04/26 Jackson, MS: Duling Hall*04/27 Birmingham, AL: Saturn*04/28 New Orleans, LA: Civic Theatre^04/29 New Orleans, LA: Civic^05/13 Morrison, CO: Red Rocks06/08 Manchester, TN: Bonnaroo Music Festival07/14 Noth Plains, OR: Northwest String Summit07/28 Floyd, VA: Floyd Fest07/29 Floyd, VA: Floyd Fest
The rumors floating around the Summer Camp Music Festival of a possible moe./Twiddle acoustic set turned out to be true, as the merchandise tent filled to capacity on Saturday for a special “In-The-Round” jam session. Considering their upcoming collaborations at the returning moe.down Music Festival and upcoming collaborations at Red Rocks and the Boulder Theater, elements of each band gave delighted fans an epic sneak preview of some sure-to-be-excellent shows.After word of the potential surprise got out, it spread like wildfire. The tent was besieged with muddy fans who slogged through a small, quickly-drying lake that had formed after the torrential downpour that soaked the festival earlier in the day. After the cancellation of their afternoon set due to inclement weather, moe. had a surprise up their sleeve in the form of an acoustic jam with Twiddle’s .Twidddle’s Zdenek Gubb and Brook Jordan joined moe. drummer Vinnie Amico and guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey for a four-song mini-set that eventually turned into a surround-sound experience for the lucky fans in attendance. Luckily, our own Rdex Thomson, the mayor of moe.down himself, was on hand to capture the amazing goings-on up-close-and-personal! Check out the tunes from The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Johnny Cash below!“Stir It Up” — Bob Marley “Rocky Raccoon”– The Beatles “Friend Of The Devil” — The Grateful Dead“Folsom Prison Blues” — Johnny CashThere is still time to get tickets and get to upstate New York for three days of moe., Twiddle, Blackberry Smoke, Fishbone, Railroad Earth and many more. With that much talent on the bill there are sure to be more incredible collaborations like the ones included here! You won’t want to miss all the fun, so get your tickets soon, they’re going fast! Tickets for moe.down are available HERE.Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Passes + Meet & Greet To moe.down Below!
Jerry Garcia’s legendary “Wolf” guitar was auctioned off by Guernsey’s at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on Wednesday night, raising a whopping $3.2M to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. The winning bid was $1.6M from Brian Halligan, the HubSpot CEO and co-author of Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn From The Most Iconic Band in History, and it was matched by the previous owner. While the bidding war went on, the guitar was played by a group of “celebrated musicians” for one last hurrah.The evening’s bill was Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits, including John Scofield , Nels Cline (Wilco), Neal Casal (Circles Around The Sun, Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Cass McCombs, Dave Harrington (Darkside, Hooteroll? + Plus), Tom Hamilton (JRAD), Delicate Steve, Scott Metzger (JRAD), Jon Shaw (Bob Weir, Shakey Graves), Erik Deutsch (Hooteroll? + Plus), Alecia Chakour (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Eric D Johnson (Fruit Bats), Jonathan Goldberger (Red Baraat, Hooteroll? + Plus), and Cochemea Gastelum (Dap-Kings). Guitarists Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, and Cass McCombs all were gifted a chance to play the legendary Wolf throughout the night. It was a night of pure musical bliss, as you can see in the videos below, courtesy of nugs.tv.Wolf Presentation > Truckin’Jam > Help On The WayThe Auction, as taped by rdeal1999Eyes of the World, as taped by rdeal1999Stella Blue with Cass McCombs on Wolf, as taped by rdeal1999Truckin with Neal Casal on Wolf, , as taped by rdeal1999Garcia played with Wolf during the course of two decades of continent-spanning touring with The Grateful Dead. The beautiful guitar, which made its debut in 1973 during a Grateful Dead performance for the Hell’s Angels, was crafted by luthier Doug Irwin. After Garcia’s death, the instrument returned to Irwin, and in 2002, it was sold for $700,000, at that time breaking the record for most expensive guitar sale.All of the proceeds from the auction go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization that fights bigotry through education, litigation, and advocacy. As the previous owner said of the auction and of the guitar: “I’ve been a fan of The Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege. But the time is right for Wolf to do some good. My wife and I have long supported the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and if ever we needed the SPLC, we sure do need them now.”Check out the full gallery, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 5/31/17Set One: Truckin @ (SM), Dire Wolf @ (CM) > Eyes Of The World @# (NC) -> Stella Blue @$ (EDJ) > Wharf Rat @% (EDJ) > Bird Song @^ (CM), The Music Never Stopped @ (SM) -> Drums & -> Morning In Marin*[Auction]Set Two: Jam + -> Help on The Way + (TH) -> Slipknot! + -> China Cat Sunflower + (NC) -> I Know You Rider + (All), The Stranger/Two Souls In Communion @@ # $$ (AC) -> Jam @@ # -> Deal @@ # (TH) > Magnificent Sanctuary Band @@ (TH), I Second That Emotion @@ $$ %% (EDJ) > Lovelight @@ $$ (AC)Encore: ^^Terrapin Station (TH) > Throwing Stones (SM), Not Fade Away && (All) -> St. Stephen && (All) -> The Eleven && (TH & JR) -> St. Stephen && (All) -> Not Fade Away && (All)@ – Core band was Scott Metzger (Gtr & Vox), Neal Casal (Gtr & Vox), Jon Shaw (Bass), Erik Deutsch (Keys), Cass McCombs (Gtr & Vox), Billy Martin (Drums), Joe Russo (Drums & Vox)# – With Cochemea Gastelum on Sax$ – With Eric D. Johnson on Keys & Vocals% – With Eric D. Johnson on Guitar & Vocals^ – Contained a verse of “Shady Grove” (Doc Watson)& – Just Billy & Joe, band switch* – Core band was John Scofield (Gtr), Nels Cline (Gtr), Jonathan Goldberger (Gtr), Dave Harrington (Bass), Cochemea Gastelum (Sax), Billy Martin (Drums), Erik Deutsch (Keys), Joe Russo (Drums)+ – Core band was Tom Hamilton (Gtr & Vox), Neal Casal (Gtr & Vox), Dave Harrington (Gtr), Dave Dreiwitz (Bass), Erik Deutsch (Keys), Billy Martin (Drums), Joe Russo (Drums & Vox)@@ – Core band was Tom Hamilton (Gtr & Vox), Delicate Steve (Gtr), Dave Dreiwitz (Bass), Erik Deutsch (Keys), Joe Russo (Drums)$$ – With Alecia Chakour on Vocals%% – With Eric D Johnson on Vocals^^ – Core band was Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, Dave Dreiwitz, Erik Deutsch, Joe Russo&& – With Neal Casal (Gtr & Vox)[Setlist by Peter Costello]Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits | Brooklyn Bowl | 5/31/17 Load remaining images