Rock and roll staples Little Feat are gearing up for some fun times ahead, as the group has just announced a handful of shows in the Northeast. While members Fred Tackett and Paul Barrere occasionally perform as a duo, this will mark the full band’s first shows in some time, and we couldn’t be more excited.Unfortunately, however, the run doesn’t kick off until September, so there’s plenty of time to build anticipation before the magic. The four-night run will see the band hit shows in Boston, Port Chester, Huntington, and Washington DC, bringing all of their classics to stage for an exciting round of performances.Check out the full schedule below, and head to the band’s website for details. Pre-sale for tickets begins tomorrow at 10 AM, and full on sale for tickets will happen this Friday, March 25th, at 10 AM.Little Feat Tour Dates9/8/16 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre9/9/16 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre9/10/16 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount9/12/16 – Washington, DC – Warner TheatrePresales are Wednesday at 10am > Thursday at 10pm.On sale to public Friday at 10am.[Photo via Little Feat FB]
Hip hop/electronica artist Lafa Taylor has taken an interesting approach to his newest single, reworking a popular train jingle in Tokyo into its own trap beat for a brand new release. Aptly titled “Tokyo Trap,” the song finds Taylor not only remixing the jingle, but laying down some raps over the newly-created beat.The result is an infectious new groove, which Lafa Taylor released as a single for your listening pleasure, below: There’s also a mini-music video released by Lafa Taylor, shot entirely on his phone! Stream it below: For more Lafa Taylor, be sure to check out our recent interview with the rising star from Envision Festival in Costa Rica. You can watch that here. Lafa Taylor – Tokyo Trap Mini Music VideoLafa takes Tokyo’s most popular train jingle and makes a trap beat out of it, then raps to it, then shoots a video for it with his phone. #Japan #magicmondayPosted by Lafa Taylor on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
[Béla Fleck & The Flecktones][Infamous Stringdusters][Punch Brothers][Sam Bush w/ Greensky Bluegrass][The Lil’ Smokies][Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Leftover Salmon’s Vince Hermann][Sam Bush Band w/ Del McCoury][Greensky Bluegrass][Infamous Stringdusters w/ Nicki Bluhm]Full Gallery: This weekend, bluegrass fans from all over flocked to one of the most breathtaking sites in the country, Telluride, for four days of magical music nestled amongst the scenic Colorado Rocky Mountains. The annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, now running for more than 40 years strong, drew bluegrass favorites and beyond such as Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Ryan Adams, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm, the Punch Brothers and more for a monumental weekend of laid-back vibes and fervent boogieing.Here are some of our favorite moments of the festival, with a full gallery at the bottom (by ontheDL Photography).[Del McCoury Band] Load remaining images
The funk never stops with Vulfpeck. After thoroughly impressing fans with their 2015 album, Thrill of the Arts, the band has had a breakout 2016 with stops at festivals like Fool’s Paradise and Bonnaroo, with plans to perform at Red Rocks, Outside Lands, North Coast Music Festival and more coming up this summer.The band also continues to put out exciting content to entertain their fans, including this brand new video from their studio session recording the song “Game Winner.” With guest guitarist David T. Walker and vocalist Charles Jones, the energy level is at an all-time high in this exciting new video.Check out “Game Winner,” streaming below.
Sisters Chloe Smith and Leah Song, along with percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown, have created a grassroots musical revolution with their band Rising Appalachia. The band’s folk-driven melodies are backed by a dedication to affecting positive change, using their nationwide touring to work with local communities across the country. It was Leah who coined the term “Slow Music Movement,” the campaign by which Rising Appalachia is able to give back and inspire real social change.We had the opportunity to check in with the band as they continue their battle against the wastefulness of touring, hitting like-minded festivals including the upcoming Symbiosis Gathering, which runs from September 22-25 (more info here). As Symbiosis co-owner Kevin KoChen explains, “we are participants in a movement that skews away from products and services owned by multi-national corporations. It’s common sense and a central tenet of permaculture, ‘earth care, people care, and fair share’.” Read on to learn all about the Movement, and everything going on with Rising Appalachia!L4LM: How were you inspired to create the “Slow Music Movement”? Was there a particular moment, or was it something that grew after spending years on the road?Leah: The Slow Music Movement was a term that I coined while I was prepping for a Ted X talk a little while ago. I wanted to discuss our ways of touring and moving through 12 years of music. Alternative touring has always been a priority of our music project. We tour independently and creatively, have remained self-managed, and have ALWAYS had a relationship with local communities on the ground as often as we can, but when we gave a voice and a title to that intention it became much more powerful. Hence the Slow Music Movement.The Slow Music Movement is an effort to bring in local outreach to each event, reduce single-use waste at shows, source farm-to-table food for backstage, and continue to create and promote sustainable touring practices within the music industry. It’s our effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots – that of public service- where musicians are not just part of a fast-paced entertainment world, but instead influence the cultural shift of communities as troubadours, activists, story tellers, and catalysts of justice.L4LM: Do you see this as the natural progression from your recent tour via train?Leah: Sustainable and alternative travel has been a part of our greater mission from the get go of Rising Appalachia… How can we create a music that reaches beyond the stereotypical bar and club scene and create a way to make music a social service and a public affair… Rail travel was such a natural extension of our investigations in alternative transit… Can rail travel in the US be a sustainable option, and can we use a resource that already exists to launch into a more reliable and publicly available mass transit option? That’s what the train tour was all about. David, our guitarist, got deeply invested in the research and leg work to actually make the tour possible.David: We have toured in other parts of the world via rail and have loved it immensely. We didn’t really know that train travel in the states was a real option until I read a Harper’s article about passenger trains a couple years ago (ironically, while on layover in an airport). Trains appeal to us because we want to ‘walk our talk’ – we have messages about “scaling down” in our music, encouraging folks to drive less, build local relationships, etc, and we want to keep it real as we become a better known and sought after band. The amount of driving and flying that most bands do is really unappealing to us, so its cool to find a means of travel that suits our values more. Pursuing a train based tour really seemed like a powerful step for us towards the kind of world we want to be living in.Biko: Our intentions in undergoing the rail tour was to see for ourselves what rail touring was like. Is it a feasible method of transportation? What does it feel like? This nation was originally built by rail, but most people alive today do not remember traveling the nation by train. If the young people of today are going to be inspired to ride trains, it will be because it seems like trains are a step forward… not because they are looking nostalgically backwards. The challenge facing the passenger rail industry today is to capture peoples imagination by how green rail travel is, and the implications it will have on our experience of travel in the future. We aim to inspire people with what rail travel is, and what it can be.L4LM: Tell us about some of the logistics behind the Slow Music Movement. What work is being done on the ground, and how does it happen?Leah: We work in strong partnership with a multitude of activist organizations…We have continued involvement in important campaigns along our touring routes, such as the “Love Water Not Oil” campaign with Winona LaDuke and the Ojibwe tribe last year working to educate the nation on pipeline proposals at the headwaters of the Mississippi river. We have worked for years with the School of Americas Vigil which is working to close down a federally funded para-military institute in Columbus, GA, tied to human rights abuses around the world. We have toured and worked in partnership with Mountain Justice initiates (putting an end to mountain top removal), dam removals, restorative justice work, and international arts education…among many other things. The lists are lengthy and we each have our own personal politics, but I think the main crossroads for us is using music as a tool and a catalyst for betterment in our communities, and as a platform for dialog around justice issues in our world. That means that the music is always available to be a resource for social change.And yes, we do see progress…in that Slow Movement kind of way. We see progress on a one-on-one basis, when a mountain is saved, or a new song learned, or a return to a landscape is written about. We see progress when someone comes up after a show and says “I want to use my voice for things I believe in” or “thank you because I haven’t danced like that for a long time because I was sick, and its powerful to feel my body move again” or “I decided to quit my job and go into at-risk-youth counseling and I thank you for the courage to make a difference”… or any of the myriads of things that we learn from our powerful fans about how they are each touched to make changes in their own lives. We all need that momentum from each other to live in a fully integrated way. That is the most valuable kind of progress.L4LM: What is the best way for someone to get involved with the Movement?Chloe: Reach out to us if we are coming to your town and lets get the conversation going early about what is happening locally. What initiatives are being pushed. What environmental or social justice movements need to be voiced or gathered around. If you are a local nonprofit or organizer, we want to hear from you ! We are also always looking to source local fresh farm food and apothecaries around our concerts in order to sustain our own health and wellness on the road, so send suggestions ! Rising Appalachia is invested in creating a larger network around our music that helps this massive burst of energy we create with music stay grounded and in service to things much larger than ourselves… which means all hands on deck.L4LM: How do you want to see the Slow Music Movement project grow from here?Leah: We hope for the Slow Music Movement to become a platform that will grow around our intentions to continue pushing music into many realms of grassroots organizing and old school public service, and will also provide a blue print for other artists to utilize for alternative music industry options. Alternative transportation options like trains, boats, horses, bicycles. Food that is sourced locally and grown with care and intention. A platform to share ideas and give voice to the many interwoven global concerns of justice and protection of all things wild. We hope that it will grow much bigger than us.L4LM: Musically speaking, what is your next step for RA after the success of ‘Wider Circles’? Is anything in the works?Leah: We are very content to still be playing the music in our collection, and it is still very fresh and inspiring to pull onto the stage. We are slowly cooking up new ideas with influence from trip-hop, hip-hop, and transformational funk.Currently, Arouna Diarra, an amazing folk musician from Burkina Faso, has been performing more and more frequently with us. He is one of the teachers of Biko who met him in Africa and studied with him here in the states. Diarra is amazing holder and curator of music and we look forward to artistically collaborating more and more with him. He’ll be with us at Symbiosis!Chloe: Collaboration will be key in the coming years. There is talk of remix collaborations in the future as well as EP’s with some favorite folk artist friends. Right now it is less about producing more Rising Appalachia albums and more about opening up our artistic circles and seeing what we can co-create with other artists. Wider Circles is indeed a potent album for the times still and we are loving diving into the depths of its sound and finding the hidden gems inside.
Has it been twenty years already? Phish released their classic album Billy Breathes on October 15th, 1996, and the album launched the band in new directions. Released during the height of the band’s most creative period, Billy Breathes contains absolute classics like “Free”, “Theme From the Bottom”, “Character Zero”, “Taste”, and “Waste”, marking a shift towards the band’s more generally-accessible songwriting.With that in mind, beloved venue Brooklyn Bowl has teamed up with Brookladelphia to put together the ultimate 20th birthday party for Billy Breathes. Twenty Years Later: A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Phish’s Billy Breathes will find six up-and-coming jam bands performing original sets of music, all while weaving the entirety of Billy Breathes into the night’s setlist. The bands–Aqueous, Jimkata, Teddy Midnight, Cousin Earth, Escaper, and Bad Faces–will divvy up the album and spread its songs throughout the night, with each band delivering their unique take on tracks from the classic album.The show will take place on Sunday, November 6th, and tickets are on-sale now (and can be purchased at this link). You can find more info on the show and the artists involved at Brooklyn Bowl’s website.We can’t wait to get to the Bowl to celebrate one of our all-time favorite albums!
Umphrey’s McGee returned to Charleston, SC last night, for the second night of their own Chucktown Ball. The southern city event started as a series of benefit concerts in Charleston last year, after a hometown mass shooting stirred band members who live in the city. This year, the band took the Ball to the next level, bringing on special guest musicians in a larger venue, the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. You can listen to Friday night’s performance here.Saturday night’s concert-goers were treated to an extreme evening of music, with electronic duo The Floozies kicking things off as the night’s support. When UM took the stage, fans were treated to an all-original set of music, including an extensive “Miami Virtue” into “Mad Love” jam. The first set closed with a fan-favorited “2×2” rocker, which featured teases of Eye of the Tiger’s “Survivor”, Pink Floyd‘s “Another Brick in the Wall”, and John Coltrane‘s “A Love Supreme”.The second set opened with a stand-out version of “Life During Exodus”, a mashing of Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” and Bob Marley’s “Exodus,” with Frank Zappa’s “City of Tiny Lites” and Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” The mashup is featured on their upcoming album, ZONKEY, which comes out this Fall. Sticking to the tease-heavy theme of Saturday night’s setlist, the band’s performance of “Bad Friday” included teases of Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean.”Toward the end of the set, the Chicago-based jam greats busted out “Rock The Casbah” for the 11th time in their nearly twenty year career. The Clash cover has not been performed by the sextet since September of 2015 at the Forest Park in St. Louis, MO. The Casbah classic led into a “Drums” jam, and then into the “Hurt Bird Bath” set closer, which incorporated teases of Bach‘s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, before Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage for a “Puppet String” encore.Come November 11th, Umphrey’s McGee will release ZONKEY, a new studio album that features recordings of the band’s famed mash up tracks. Having already released versions of “Life During Exodus” and “National Loser Anthem”, which features a mash-up of Radiohead, Beck, and Phil Collins, last night’s performance was pure indication that this release will be full of surprises.Following last night’s show, keyboardist Joel Cummins announced from the stage that the band will return to Atlanta, GA for a three-night stand at The Tabernacle over Martin Luther King weekend in January. He confirmed this statement with a tweet earlier today: Umphrey’s McGee @ Chuck Town Ball, North Charleston Coliseum North Charleston, SC 9/24/16:Set I: October Rain > Speak Up, Miami Virtue > Mad Love, Higgins, Preamble > Mantis, 2×2*Set II: Life During Exodus^, All In Time > Prowler > All In Time, Bad Friday^^, Rock the Casbah > Drums > Hurt Bird Bath^^^Enc: Puppet StringNotes: *with Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) jam and Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd) and A Love Supreme (John Coltrane) teases^with 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) tease^^with Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) tease^^^With Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) tease[Setlist via AllThingsUmphreys]
Gov’t Mule held court at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, Florida on Sunday night. The evening was marked by a spectacular sit in by Jason Bonham, son of legendary drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, to open the second set with a pair of Zeppelin classics “Since I’ve Been Loving You > No Quarter”. Sunday marked the 36th anniversary of Bonham’s untimely death.The first set was pure Mule thru and thru – the band stuck to its roots and played a full set of original music, highlighted with the likes of “Banks Of The Deep End” and “I’m A Ram” to close the set. As noted in the tapers section, “there were several hints of Zeppelin teases throughout the first set.”The second set opened with the aforementioned “Since I’ve Been Loving You > No Quarter” featuring Jason Bonham on the drum kit. Other set highlights included Mule’s take on Bob Marley’s “Lively Up Yourself” as well as a jam on the Grateful Dead’s “The Other One” with the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” lyrics segued into the Mule classic “Thorazine Shuffle” featuring some Santana “Oye Como Va” teases.Check out full audio, highlight videos, setlist and more below, all courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS!Banks Of The Deep EndI’m A RamSince I’ve Been Loving You / No Quarter (with Jason Bonham replacing Matt Abts)Lively Up YourselfThe Other One Jam/Thorazine ShuffleFull AudioSetlist: Gov’t Mule at The Fillmore, Miami, FL – 9/25/16Set 1:World Boss >Mother EarthMr. ManLarger Than Life >Monday Mourning MeltdownDevil Likes It SlowBanks Of The Deep EndLife Before InsanityI’m A RamSet 2:Since I’ve Been Loving You with Jason Bonham, without Matt AbtsNo Quarter with Jason Bonham, without Matt AbtsFool’s MoonLively Up YourselfFallen Down >The Other One Jam with Gimme Shelter lyricsThorazine Shuffle with Oye Como Va teaseEncore:Child Of The Earth
The band’s other Rose, banjo, mandolin and pedal steel player Charlie Rose, lent his rolling notes and soaring steel licks to the affair, enhancing the feeling of a sacred ritual being performed. Newly added touring percussionist Darren Garvey has shown great musical savvy in finding ways to enhance the band’s sound without changing the atmosphere that has won Elephant Revival a legion of fans across the nation.Guitarist and vocalist Daniel Rodriguez in particular seemed to be in fine spirits and even finer musical spaces, as his grins seemed to outnumber the notes he played. On tracks like “Spinning” and Sea Monster” he handled the lyrical duties with the same devotion to intonation he showed each chord and plucked note throughout the night. His partner in crime at the front of the band, however, stole the show with a bravura performance.Whether captivating the crowd while leading a reverential a cappella version of “The Raven,” coaxing haunting melodies out of a musical saw or driving the tempo with her stomp box, drums and washboard, Bonnie Paine did it all. Sharing the stories behind the mesmerizing music she revealed a slowly forming song cycle as the heart of some of her best loved compositions, promising delighted fans more in the series to come. Simply put, as Paine goes so does Elephant Revival, and as usual she went to the heart of listeners and immediately set up shop for the rest of the evening.The thunderous applause and heartfelt pleas for more kept the band from going too far before returning for a double encore that included the always invigorating ‘Grace Of A Woman” and it’s tribute to the power of women. In a band like Elephant Revival that so wonderfully blends the energy of the sexes, it is truly fitting to see them join their voices and skills together. In a male dominated field like the music industry, it is a welcome sign to see their brand of joy so well received by fans of all ages and genders. Elephant Revival has been winding their way down the Eastern seaboard, reverse tracking the path of the recent storms, bringing sunshine and positive vibrations to those in need. With a receptive crowd packing the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA last night eager to hear their brand of transcendental folk music, the band was ready to preach to the choir and convert fresh fans to their cause. Over the course of a set of delicate musical passages and rip roaring sing-a-longs, Elephant Revival did all that and more.Armed with fresh songs from their latest release, Petals, the band played an eclectic set that saw each member take the lead and run with it. Whether it was fiddler Bridget Law calling the tune on band classics like “Single Beds Are Made For One” or bass player Dango Rose showing off vocal skills to match his throbbing intonations on “When I Fall,” the name of the game was parity. Openers River Whyless, from Asheville, North Carolina showed a remarkably resilient and musically dexterous spirit throughout their set. Problems with their gear forced them to abandon their set list and the stage itself to take a special fully acoustic approach to their material. While not a true representation of what this home spun and intriguing band is capable of, the audience was nevertheless taken with their can-do spirit. It’s certain that all those in attendance were charmed by their energy and will be eagerly seeking out the band in the future.
Dumpstaphunk has just announced support and a bevy of special guests for their 3rd annual Phunksgiving Eve show in New York City on Wednesday, November 23rd at American Beauty (purchase tickets here). This is going to be one hell of a way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.Bob Weir Joins Ivan Neville And Dumpstaphunk At Sweetwater Music Hall [Watch]Joining Ivan Neville and his cast of NOLA-based funk brethren will be Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno, former Dumpsta member and current Nth Power drummer Nikki Glaspie, 13-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and the Steel Town Horns. Grammy Award-winning trumpet player/producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown will be bringing along his band SOUL’D U OUT to open up the celebration proper.With this lineup, it’s safe to say that this will be the best Phunksgiving Eve event yet. American Beauty is a more intimate venue, so don’t snooze on getting tickets for this special performance.Purchase tickets to Phunksgiving Eve on Nov. 23rd at American Beauty here.Join the Facebook Event page to get additional show updates and info here.Dumpstaphunk “Dancing To The Truth” from last year’s Phunksgiving throwdown:Maurice “Mobetta” Brown & SOUL’D U OUT – “Nighttime”: