Load remaining images You don’t have to listen to Vulfpeck’s records or even hear their sound live to understand that there’s something special about this band—though either would be more than worthwhile. The audience, in its reaction to the music and interactions with the artists on stage, will tell you all you need to know about where this funky outfit from the University of Michigan is headed.The Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles was packed to the gills on a Thursday night, long before Vulfpeck took the stage at the 600-seat venue. They were treated to a splendid opener from LA native Joey Dosik to get things started.Dosik pulled a second tour of duty as a spot vocalist/keyboardist/sax man during Vulfpeck’s mind-bending, hip-swinging set.The group took great but worthwhile pains to put on an interactive show for a crowd that lead singer/drummer/guitarist Theo Katzman suspected was crawling with “industry” people. Time again, Katzman tested the audience’s musical acumen with a slew of call-and-response exercises.He scatted, and the crowd scatted back. When he needed a “G” for “Back Pocket,” folks in attendance gave it to him in perfect pitch. Then, when he wanted more backup for the chorus, he split the audience into thirds, assigned each a harmony part and transformed the paying public into participants in a makeshift chorale—and a beautiful one at that.Katzman and company took a similar tack to “Christmas in LA”, which they introduced with the sad news that this would be the band’s last show in town for a while. But rather than be glum about it, Vulfpeck once again whipped their fans into a three-part harmonic frenzy, enough to transport the Teragram Ballroom to some far-off tent revival.The band pulled plenty of other tricks, too. There was a spoken-word crowd chorale for “I Know Where to Go,” a dance lesson from Alice Stratton, the mother of Vulfpeck singer/keyboardist/drummer extraordinaire Jack Stratton; and cameos for the soulful vocals of Antwaun Stanley on “Funky Duck” and covers of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”As it happens, the crowd didn’t need any added encouragement to chime in at any moment. They repeated every word of every vocal track and reliably reproduced almost every note of the band’s instrumentals. Even Joe Dart’s face-melting bass jams, Woody Goss’ key tickling and Cory Wong’s guest work on guitar got their proper respect from the congregation.And for good reason. Vulfpeck proved to be nothing if not a collection of superbly talented—and, at least for Stratton and Katzman, versatile—musicians. Together, they put on a performance that deserved every ounce of pseudo-religious fervor that rose from the floor in front of them. What a show!Check out a full gallery of images, courtesy of Brandon Weil, below.
Guitarist Bob Weir has been deeply exploring the “cowboy music” side to his songwriting, which comes to light on the great new album Blue Mountain. Officially due out this Friday, Blue Mountain is Weir’s first complete batch of new songs in over 30 years, and highlights his affinity for acoustic-driven country music. That essence was in full display last night, when Weir sat down for an intimate performance at the famed Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA, to talk about the new album and play some selections of original music.Weir treated fans to a seven-song setlist, that opened with blues traditional “Walkin’ Blues” before a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” After playing title track “Blue Mountain,” Weir called on his collaborator Josh Kaufman to assist on the remainder of the set. Kaufman joined for “Only A River” and “Lay My Lily Down,” two songs from the new release, before going into a cover of the traditional “Peggy-O.” Finally, they closed the set with “Ki-Yi Bossie,” one last sampling of Blue Mountain.Watch the full video of the performance below:Fortunately, our photographer Steve Rose was on the scene to capture this marvelous event. Check out a full gallery of the performance, as well as the setlist, below. Load remaining images Edit this setlist | More Bob Weir setlists
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced a whopping six shows at Brooklyn Bowl for this March. Spread out over two weekends, the band will first hit the Bowl on March 9th-11th with their core lineup of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger. The following weekend, March 16th-18th, Almost Dead will return to the Bowl, this time with beloved Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge filling in for Dreiwitz, who will be performing with Ween in Chicago that weekend.With no Bowlive in sight for this spring, it seems that the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has now officially replaced Soulive as the annual spring house band at Brooklyn Bowl. This band always delivers the goods at their “home venue”, and one can only imagine how much they’ll be able to stretch things out with six nights to play around with. Fans of the Grateful Dead should be extremely excited for this sure-to-be-incredible run of shows!Thre will be a pre-sale on Wednesday, Jan 4th at 2:00PM, with regular tickets going on sale for all six shows on Friday, January 6th. Find out all the info you need at the Brooklyn Bowl website.
A new analysis about the state of music consumption in the United States during 2016 has been released by BuzzAngle Music, revealing that more music is being listened to by more people than ever before. While it’s certainly an exciting time for music, despite the industry’s physical and digital drops in sales, music is increasingly more accessible due to the availability of free/low-cost streaming services.According to the report, audio stream consumption increased from 82.6% to 250B streams in the last year. “Both album sales and song sales continued to decline but the transition to these new access methods has shown to provide overall growth and a sustainable business model for the future,” the report details.The overall consumption of music in the United States rose by a whopping 4.2% over 2015’s figures. Because of the ease that streaming services provide, over 28 million unique songs were played compared to seven million unique songs that were purchased. Beyond just being easy, streaming services offer a non-committed relationship between the music and the listener. It gives people the opportunity to taste before taking the bite, to see if they are interested before going any further. In a way, streaming services may have boosted the music industry to spread artists’ music to people that would have otherwise never been acquainted. It will be fascinating to see how this trend continues in 2017, and how it might perhaps affect live music ticket sales.You can read the full report, which includes statistics on consumption, top artists, albums, songs, and more, here.
Kansas City, MO-based rockers Captiva are gearing up for a big 2017, with their debut album due out this March. Comprised of JJ Ries (vocals, guitar), Pat McQuaid (guitar, vocals), Nick Riffle (bass), and Hank Wiedel (drums), the young group continues to turn heads throughout the Midwest, working their way from college campuses to small clubs to some major festivals and more!After releasing their self-titled EP in December of 2015, the band is set to go even bigger with their upcoming full length album debut. To get you in the groove, we’re excited to premiere the third single from the new release. Titled “So Psychedelic,” the new track is an ethereal groove that is sure to get you excited for more music to come.“Always dreaming of something beautiful, something so psychedelic. Ladies & gentlemen, the party begins…” Listen to “So Psychedelic,” below.For more on Captiva, be sure to head to their official website.
Load remaining images My Morning Jacket is currently on tour with Gary Clark Jr., with their most recent stop in Portland, Maine. Soaring through MMJ originals, Jim James led the band through two Jim James originals “A New Life” and “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.).” Gary Clark Jr. opened the show with his blues rock anthems at Thompson’s Point, completing a great night all around.Photographer Vince Brazen was on site to capture the magic, which you can enjoy in the gallery below.Setlist: My Morning Jacket | Thompson’s Point | Portland, ME | 7/11/17Set: Golden, A New Life, Circuital, Compound Fracture, Lowdown, I’m Amazed, Mahgeetah, Slow Slow Tune, Lay Low, Spring (Among the Living), In Its Infancy (The Waterfall), Tropics (Erase Traces), Believe (Nobody Knows), Off The Record, State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.), Dondante, Victory DanceE: Worldless Chorus, Evil Urges, Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2, One Big HolidayMy Morning Jacket | Thompson’s Point | Portland, ME | 7/11/17 | Photos by Vince Brazen
Run The Jewels will headline the inaugural Adult Swim Festival when the event takes over The Row DTLA in Los Angeles on October 6th and 7th.Unfortunately, we don’t really have a lot of details on the festival beyond that. The Adult Swim Festival website notes that the gathering will feature “many more music acts”, “comedy performances”, “previews of your favorite shows”, “exhilarating games” and “eye opening experiences.”One thing we do have is a new Run The Jewels music video starring the titular characters from Adult Swim’s hit show Rick and Morty. The new clip for the RTJ3 track, titled “Oh Mama”, was directed by Rick and Morty episode director/storyboard artists Juan Meza-León. Unsurprisingly, the video finds our protagonists engaging in the “high-concept sci-fi rigamarole” we all know and love.Run The Jewels is not the first major musical act to outwardly show to Rick and Morty. In the wake of the bizarre McDonald’s “Szechuan Sauce” phenomenon sparked by the show’s long-awaited season three premiere, Canadian DJ Deadmau5 spent north of $15K for a big jug of the coveted sauce on eBay, and proceeded to distribute it to his fans (along with more than 1,000 McNuggets) at a performance in Toronto.You can learn more about the inaugural Adult Swim Festival via the event’s website, where weekend passes for the inaugural event are now on sale. Watch the Run The Jewels/Rick and Morty music video below:“Oh Mama” – Run The JewelsIn related news, you can watch Cleveland-based outfit Broccoli Samurai cover the Rick and Morty theme music during their performance at Funk Fest in Punta Gorda FL earlier this month here.
Umphrey’s McGee has announced another self-proclaimed “fresh” new batch of tour dates for this summer. In addition to the previously confirmed May and June dates, the Chicago rockers will spend much of August on the road with Arizona rockers Spafford, as well as The Nth Power with The Spirit Horns (Natalie Cressman and James Casey of Trey Anastasio Band).After the tour opener at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, and a return to one of the band’s homes away from home at Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Umphrey’s McGee will head south this August for stops at the House of Blues Orlando, The Fillmore Miami Beach, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, and the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville. Following three big sets at LOCKN’ Festival, Umphrey’s McGee will hit The Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, Kentucky on August 25. Spafford will serve as the supporting band for the first five shows of the run.From there, The Nth Power and The Spirit Horns will help finish up the tour with a show in New Orleans at the Joy Theater, as well as the band’s debut at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, and House of Blues Dallas.A ticket pre-sale will take place Wednesday, March 28th at 10:00 am ET through Umphrey’s Ticketing, with public on-sale beginning Friday, March 30th at 10:00 am ET.
Taraleigh Weathers is a live music fan, journalist, social media influencer, and self-help guru who has dedicated her life to inspiring, entertaining, and helping others. Her popular workshops that teach other music lovers how to beat the “post-show blues” and live with intention, vulnerability, and authenticity have made her a staple of the festival scene and beyond. This year, she expanded her reach, publishing How To Rock Your Life: Maintain The Magic Of Live Music In Your Everyday Experience.As the book promises:Filled with entertaining, laugh-out-loud, inspiring, and vulnerable stories, been-there-done-that advice, playful exercises, and many references to Phish and the Grateful Dead, How to Rock Your Life will guide you to maintain the live music magic in your everyday experience. Just like you do when your favorite band is performing, Taraleigh will show you how you can channel the wildest expression of your authentic self on a daily basis, feel those unique music festival feels at home, and find the magic in even the most mundane and uncomfortable of situations. She’ll prove to you that it is indeed possible to surrender to the flow of the present moment before, during, and after the show.While Weathers has gained a cult following among some music fans for her down-to-earth and positive, life-affirming advice, she has also earned the support of big names in the music industry, such as Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge, who also wrote the foreword to her new book. As he describes, “The creative power of intention, visualization, prayer, hoping, loving, listening, letting go, being honest with yourself, curiosity, openness, patience, action, quietude, and forgiveness is boundless. Taraleigh sees this so clearly and teaches it in this book.”Similarly, Jay Blakesberg, the iconic Grateful Dead photographer and author of Hippie Chick, endorsed her work, noting, “Taraleigh radiates positive energy, and a sense of wonder while embracing the endless possibilities each new day brings!”Since the book’s publication in February of this year, Weathers has been on a promotional book tour, traveling the country and sharing some of the wisdom she’s learned. The tour started in Las Vegas at the Zappos Headquarter, where she also interviewed all the members of Twiddle and the Vermont jam quartet performed an acoustic set.Over the weekend, Taraleigh Weathers will be in New York City and speaking at two events. On Saturday, April 7th, she will give a talk at The Cutting Room ahead of a headlining performance by Yes Darling, a new side project of Hayley Jane and Ryan Montbleau. Then, on Sunday, April 8th, she will host the Rock Your Life Book Party at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3. This more focused event will feature a discussion, workshop, meet and greet, and performance by singer-songwriter and drummer Noah Lehrman and also includes a signed book with ticket purchase.Ahead of her two talks in New York City, Taraleigh Weathers shared with Live For Live Music,When you pour your heart and soul into something and then release that something out into the world, it’s really scary. I was more afraid of everyone reading it as opposed to no one. But everyone’s reading it, and I’m still here to talk about it. And the feedback has been incredible. When people tell me how my book helped them, I leak awesome out of my eyes (a.k.a. cry) every time because I’m so touched that they not only supported me, but they actually read the book and took time out of their day to tell me how it helped them.You can get tickets to Taraleigh Weathers’ appearance at The Cutting Room with Yes Darling on April 7th here and to the Rock Your Life Book Party on April 8th here. For more information on Taraleigh, her upcoming events, or her newly published book, head to her website here.
On Saturday night, Trey Anastasio Trio continued their tour, finishing up a two-night run at the Chicago Theatre. With two night’s scheduled in at this historic Chicago venue, the trio of guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Tony Markellis, and drummer Russ Lawton had the opportunity to settle into the venue and offer up an expanded collection of takes from Anastasio’s catalog. Offering up nine tour debuts, the performance saw a healthy mix of Trey Anastasio Band staples coupled with relative rarities for the trio/band.Starting things off with “46 Days”, a relative rarity for Trey Anastasio Band, the trio then moved into fan favorite, “Camel Walk”, ahead of “Heavy Things”, a song that Anastasio, Markellis, and Lawton debuted with Trey Anastasio Band in 1999. From there, the band hit renditions of “Cayman Review” and “Last Tube”, with the latter first getting its debut when the trio’s members were still performing under the moniker 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes two decades ago. From there, the band offered up the tour debut of “Anything But Me”, marking the first time that the number had been performed non-acoustically by a Trey Anastasio Band outfit. From there, the group closed out their first set with “Alaska” and another Trey Anastasio Band staple, “Simple Twist Up Dave”.“Alaska”[Video: Sojahsey1]Starting off set two, Trey Anastasio Trio returned with “Ghost”, followed up by “Corona” and “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan”. “Ghost”, “Corona”, and “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” have been performed this tour so far, with all those songs last performed during the second set of Wednesday’s show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last week. From there, the trio played “Prince Caspian” ahead of the Trey Anastasio band debut of “Shade” and a take on the beloved rarity “Windora Bug”. To close out set two, the trio offered up a take on favorite “Steam” before “Farmhouse” and “Bounce” closed out the set.“Corona”[Video: Sojahsey1]“Farmhouse”[Video: Sojahsey1]Keeping with the theme for the majority of this tour, Trey Anastasio emerged solo for the beginning of the encore—Anastasio did not perform a solo acoustic encore opener during the first night in Chicago, hinting at the fact that these special encores will only occur on the last night the Phish guitarist plays with his trio. Offering up acoustic takes on “Waste”, “Bathtub Gin”, and “Chalk Dust Torture”, Chicago got a good selection of Trey’s solo acoustic work before the rest of the trio emerged for a final rendition of “First Tube”.“Waste” (Trey Anastasio Solo)[Video: Sojahsey1]“Chalkdust Torture” (Trey Anastasio Solo)[Video: Douglas Norton]Setlist: Trey Anastasio Trio | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 4/21/2018Set I: 46 Days, Camel Walk, Heavy Things, Cayman Review, Last Tube, Anything But Me, Dark and Down, Drifting, Alaska, Simple Twist Up DaveSet II: Ghost, Corona, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Prince Caspian, Shade, Mr. Completely, Windora Bug, Steam, Farmhouse, BounceEncore: Waste, Bathtub Gin, Chalk Dust Torture, First Tube Trey solo acoustic.