As previously reported, Phish drummer Jon Fishman led the charge on a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Philadelphia, PA last night. The voter registration drive was scheduled on the final day that Pennsylvania voters could register for Pennsylvania primary eligibility, and Fishman wasn’t about to let the cause go uncelebrated. A great lineup of musicians was put together, all in the name of great jamming.Fishman, along with Eli Winderman (Dopapod), Joe Baldacci (Muscle Tough), Ross Bellenoit (Muscle Tough), Jon Coleman (Muscle Tough), Clay Parnell (Particle), and Ian McGuire (CIA), rocked out for a great night of music at the North Bowl in Philly. Fortunately, we have some videos from the night to share.“Burning Down The House”Some further coverage, courtesy of We’ve Got It Simple:Here’s a full stream of the three hour event from 215music, for those who want to go more in-depth:
Load remaining images A cold, rainy evening was no match for Chicago’s warm-hearted cheers for Elephant Revival, who were playing the last show of their spring tour at Concord Music Hall for their last show of the tour last night. The five-piece band’s magical harmonies filled the venue with great music.The extended set of the night featured several guest appearances from the openers, Dead Horses and Old Shoe, as well as Chicago natives sitting on percussion, Bonnie Paine’s cousin on vocals, and even their tour bus driver! With everyone in tow, the band broke out into a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.”The first third of the set featured Elephant Revival’s familiar transcendental folk tunes, such as the song “Birds and Stars,” which holds soft sounds, emotional lyrics, and perfectly timed peaks. The band also expanded their repertoire by playing new songs like “Fall Again,” featured on the group’s recently-released album, Petals. Listen here.In the second section of music, the crowd was treated to an unique a cappella movement by the quintet, which required audience silence, and which featured numerous sit-ins on new Petals songs. The screams and love from the crowd made the band bashful and thankful for the recognition.The last third, was a well deserved encore with Bonnie Paine on cello as a lead, while the other band members slowly entered the stage to slowly join her. Fiddler Bridget Law described their next new song as a representation of a monarch butterfly swooping through the air, or acrobats soaring from trapeze to trapeze. The night was concluded with a classic number, “Grace of a Woman,” which was screamed out as a request earlier in the evening by a fan and the crowd unified to sing-a-long.What a night from Elephant Revival! Check out photos from the show below, courtesy of Tara Gracer:
Edit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlists It’s been an incredible summer for Dead & Company, who returned home to kick off a two-night run at the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA. Dead & Company got things started in San Francisco, packing the storied Fillmore venue for a surprise free performance ahead of the tour proper. Now, just two months later, Dead & Co brought it back to Northern California for a great show in Wheatland. With the Grateful Dead born out of the Bay Area, there’s always a certain magic when the band’s members return to the region. It’s a homecoming, if you will.Right off the bat, the band got things started with “Uncle John’s Band.” They kept things rocking with Grateful Dead classics throughout the first set, like “Tennessee Jed,” “Easy Wind,” and “Ramble On Rose.” The set continued with “Row Jimmy,” before having fun on the Jerry Garcia song, “Loser.” Finally, the band finished set one with a spirited “Touch Of Grey,” with Bob Weir and John Mayer trading vocals throughout.The second set saw the band really let loose, opening with the Weir combination of “Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance.” After a breezy “He’s Gone,” Dead & Company took the jams into “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider.” Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti laid down some soulful organ throughout, but after “Rider,” it was the Rhythm Devils of Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Oteil Burbridge that had their fun. With a psychedelic “Drums” into “Space,” the set rocked on when the band segued into “New Speedway Boogie.” A pair of old faithful tunes, “Morning Dew” and “Casey Jones” ended the show.The band encored with “Ripple,” filling the air with one sweet song before calling it a night. The band concludes their tour tomorrow night, July 30th, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Check out some video highlights, audio, and the full setlist below!Uncle John’s BandMorning Dew > Casey JonesLost Sailor/Saint of CircumstanceRippleFull Audio (via Quinfolk)
Sunrise Ranch outside of Loveland, Colorado is the first stop on the road to a better world. The first weekend of August for the last six years has brought people of all flavors to this beautiful little nook amongst tall, red layered rocks and rolling mountains. During sunrise, the festival grounds quiver with magic – how the adolescent sun peaks over the hills and glimmers off the reservoir, the devotional yoga practice overlooking the grounds, the friends sitting up, snuggled in their blankets and soaking up the moment. For just a few hours between when the starlit sky is overcome by the brilliant Colorado sun, the grounds are quiet enough for birdsong and the occasional acoustic guitar strumming.Come nine o’clock, contagious laughter pours out from the Healing Village’s Laughter Yoga. The StarBar jitters with brews for the sleep-deprived festival goers while vendors open up shop. All amongst the campsites are families, whether blood or by choice, munching on breakfast foods and sharing stories about the night before. There was an excitement that was collectively felt for the new day. Luckily, the first two days of this year blessed us with cool cloud-cover; the lack of sun didn’t ruin anyone’s smile. Since no one had their eyes glued to their cell phone, eye-contact actually existed as people meandered through the campground. Introductions and hugs went together frequently, as did dread locks and hula hoops.On day one, attendees flooded in, bringing their tents, tapestries, and good moods with them. The opening ceremony began with a parade through the campground with a marching band of animal-skin drums and proud vocals, all clad in white traditional clothing of several tribes. They led curious newcomers to the Eagle Stage, where they gathered in a communal circle around an altar comprised of feathers that once belonged to birds of prey, a massive conch shell, burning herbs, and other ceremonial objects. The microphone passed through many hands of people that had a message of peace, hope, and/or action. Those who had found themselves witnessing this soon saw themselves becoming a part of it. It was evident that the people that would receive this the most were right where they were supposed to be.An elder Lakota man asked of the audience, “Take these prayers with you. Bring them to all your friends that will be arriving later, make sure you let them know why we are all really here. Then, at the end of the weekend, take it out to your communities. Let us respect each other and this earth.” His words were ignited with passion and reverence. It set the tone for the whole festival, even though there were only a couple hundred people that witnessed this, the beauty of that moment rippled out to the rest of ARISE.The artists that had been brought to ARISE each had their own opportunity to spread a variation of this fundamental message. The Earth Guardians spoke about climate change, Rising Appalachia about being grounded, Ziggy Marley about unity, exclaiming, “We are the PEOPLE!” and raising a real, live industrial hemp plant above his head. Jurassic 5’s set touched on racism and overcoming hate, while Del the Funky Homosapien rapped about love. The Everyone Orchestra created a performance that literally included everyone; there was no escaping that synchronicity of those fifteen excellent musicians.Although there weren’t many lyrics at the Area 51 Stage, each electronic artist spoke truth through their music as well. During CloZee’s set, a man with a cowboy hat was digitally painting on a screen behind her, creating an entirely new dimension to her live production. Meanwhile, live painters lined up behind the various stages, each producing a piece of art that was like brain candy. Some images evoked alien-life, some with a whirlwind of color, and still others showcased political statements. Gazing at these images was like seeing their soul’s composition – so out of this world, so intricately expressive. Onstage, performers showcased themselves with fire dancing, aerial silks, hula hoops and even some burlesque. Their costumes ranged from traditional Native American dance attire to tight-fitted, sparkly leotards, to animal-like characters. Everywhere you looked, you saw someone in their genuineness.During the day, a walk around the entire festival is like a stroll through your own subconscious playground. Nestled in the campgrounds, the Wisdom Village provided an area for people to seek advice from an elder or to sit next to the sacred fire and spark a conversation with the fire-tender. Here, men could enter the Father Sun tent to seek wisdom and women could enter the Women’s Red Tent to be held in the feminine energy. Next door, the Healing Village was running workshops throughout the day for anyone to come and heal an aspect of themselves. In the Solutions Village and Community Action Island one could find a leader in social or environmental change to help them get involved in the movement. Perched at the top of the hill, the Gaia Yoga Sanctuary was always packed with practicing yogis. Workshops on shamanistic herbs, or uniting the divine energies of the masculine and the feminine, permaculture, ancient ceremonies, and everything in between created an atmosphere in the Workshop Tent that was transformative. Vendors lined the pathways with their organic goods, socially conscious business, hand-crafted, and locally sourced items. Incense was always burning a sweet scent from somewhere as the sun shined.As dusk set, glowing lotus tents were lit up by a color to represent the chakras, and within the tents there were Tibetan singing bowls and cushions to relax on. This space was designated for sobriety, and did not permit smoking of any kind, drugs, or alcohol. However, because ARISE is held on private lands, attendees that were of-age were free to toke up cannabis anywhere else besides the Children’s Village. As an effect of the loose rules on cannabis, alcohol was not a huge factor in the behavior of the crowd, which was certainly a nice change from the typical festival scene.By nightfall, ARISE morphed into a vortex of colors and creatures. A gigantic, LED paneled dragon rolled through the wide open field, welcoming any and all aboard. The Flaming Owl made another appearance to ARISE accompanied by a new addition of two gargantuan ants kissing made of metal. These sculptures stood aflame as soon as the sun went down over the horizon each night. Couples and friends snuggled up next to the warmth of the flames in the grassy field that overlooked the main stage and the plentiful LED flow toys seeming to magically zip through the air in meticulous motion. There was always plenty of room for more people to come lounge in the grass, and it never felt cramped or overcrowded anywhere – not even in the first few rows of people at the front of the Eagle Stage. Space-bubbles were respected, and this helped to keep tensions low.The people that call Sunrise Ranch their home, even those who call it home for just three days in the summer, have the utmost respect for that land and the people they are sharing it with. Each step in that sacred field feels like it has this ancientness to it. In every way, love was the common ground at ARISE. It stays true to its goal as a Leave No Trace event, and by the end of the festival, not a single piece of trash is left behind by the campers and volunteers. The staff was unyieldingly friendly, the organizers all share the vision of a co-created event, and every person on-site has the same goal of making the world a better place. When each of the attendees purchased their ticket, a tree was planted. Anyone who purchased a parking pass was surprised by a compostable paper embedded with perennial wildflower seeds. All receptacles had a hole for recycling, compost, and waste. The Oasis showers used gray-water recycling, and bags for recycling and bags for trash were handed out. Nothing was wasteful; everything was planned consciously.ARISE isn’t about the glamour of festivals. It’s not about the competition, or bigger numbers. ARISE is about the movement towards a healthy planet, socially and environmentally. This movement is so far above any need for rivalry, flamboyancy, or indulgence that many modern festivals boast. The community that showed up for ARISE feels passionately about this shift, and 2016 had its greatest turnout yet. ARISE is accumulating more peaceful warriors with each year. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are starting to make this movement move, and thousands are on the path to enlightenment that just happens to go through Sunrise Ranch during Colorado’s most magical event of the year. Written by: Jaelyn Kohl
Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists[Photo by phillyjim // Instagram] Before this summer even began, the Dave Matthews Band made a shocking announcement. The group not only gave fans an extended tour schedule, but revealed that they would be taking an extended hiatus from the road afterwards. The tour was a rigorous one, keeping the band on the road for a full four-month period, and with great ceremony the band rolled into The Gorge Amphitheatre for one final three-night run at the storied venue.The DMB has made The Gorge a Labor Day tradition for the last 11 years, hitting the famed George, WA venue for three nights at the end of every summer from 2006-today. Last night’s performance was extra emotional, as it marked the last DMB show for a very long time. Though Dave Matthews has a handful of solo and duo performances (with Tim Reynolds) on the books, the band stated that they would not be touring at all in 2017. So, it’s going to be a while.The show itself started off with “The Stone” and featured mega-hit “Crash Into Me” early on. The band worked in “Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)” and “The Idea Of You” in the first part of the set, before jamming into Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House.”The house was burnt down, and the hits kept on coming with “#41,” “Say Goodbye,” “So Damn Lucky,” “Minarets” and more. After a few more songs, the band closed out the main set with “Ants Marching.” With just a few minutes left, the DMB returned with two great selections, “Pig” and “Stay (Wasting Time).” It was a beautiful moment to end a great run of shows at the Gorge and a great summer tour. Until next time, Dave.Check out some clips and the full setlist, below.
All eyes are on the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO tonight, as Widespread Panic kicks off a three-night run to celebrate Halloween. Rumors are swirling around a Black Sabbath themed event, considering the band has included one song by the hard rockers in each of their last five shows.Widespread Panic has a long history of exciting Halloween shows, dating back to their earliest days in the 1980s. In 1987, the band played their first Halloween show in their hometown of Athens, GA, putting in an all-cover set that included tracks like “Let It Rock,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Black Sabbath,” “The Other One” and more. As the years went on, Widespread Panic got more elaborate with their themes, incorporating special guests, costumes and more. The band has used the holiday as a platform to debut covers, picking out classics from the rock n’ roll catalog on an annual basis.Fortunately, our friends at PanicStream have compiled all 26 of the Halloween shows between 1987 and 2015. Head over to their website and pick out your favorites!
This Halloween, Phish paid tribute to the late great David Bowie with a musical costume for the ages, delivering an excellent execution of his seminal album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. When the band passed out their traditional Phishbills, the album’s iconic cover art was front and center, with fans curiously noticing a prominently placed sign that reads “K. West” almost directly about Bowie/Ziggy’s head. While this isn’t necessarily new information, the distribution of thousands of Phishbills with the album cover on it got fans thinking about the connection between the beloved David Bowie and the controversial Kanye West. That was also fueled by John Mayer’s post, as the guitarist claimed he was planning to see Phish on Halloween and Kanye West the following night.Fans of both Bowie and West have been making this “K. West” connection since Kanye emerged as a powerhouse of pop music and culture in the 2000s. It turns out that the connection is a lot deeper than meets the eye (if you’re willing to go down the proverbial rabbit hole with us).When Ziggy Stardust was first released, fans had all sorts of theories as to what “K. West” stood for. Bowie told Rolling Stone in a 1993 interview that “People read so much into it, they thought K. West must be some sort of code for ‘quest.’ It took on all these sort of mystical overtones.” It turns out that “K. West” was the name of a furrier that has long-since closed, located at 23 Heddon St. in London. Upon Kanye’s ascendence (love him or hate him) to the top of the mountain of pop culture, fans started to put some pieces together.When David Bowie died in January, an old conspiracy theory from 2007 re-surfaced that linked the two artists together. The theory claimed that, while Bowie had predicted the rise of Kanye West via the Ziggy Stardust album cover, several of the album’s songs also referenced the rise of the mercurial hip hop superstar with eerie accuracy. In this hypothetical scenario, Bowie himself is Ziggy Stardust and Kanye West the album’s famous Starman. Starman takes over Ziggy’s mantel after his meteoric plummet from grace at the end of the record. On Ziggy‘s first track, “Five Years”, the end of the world is proclaimed, barring the arrival of the previously mentioned Starman to save humanity. Exactly five years and two days after the release of Ziggy Stardust, Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia.On David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, released just two days before his death, he pronounces the arrival of a “Black Star” replacing the leader of a group after his death.“Something happened on the day he died / Spirit rose a meter and stepped aside/ Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried/ ‘I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar!’”The third track from Blackstar, “Lazarus”, is named after the biblical character that Jesus Christ himself resurrects. On Kanye’s album Yeezus, his third track is titled “I Am A God”. Also, Kanye has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone dressed in Jesus garb. On Blackstar, the Blackstar’s first words on the album have him proclaiming that he isn’t a “gangstar”, which aligns with Kanye’s position as the ultimate alternative to gangsta rap, which was popular in the mainstream until his soulful, introspective, socially conscious style took over the genre.While all of these connections could be mere happenstance, it’s no question that West is heavily influenced by Bowie. Two hours after Bowie’s death, West was one of the first artists to speak out about the unique and creative superstar, announcing his love and inspiration that he drew from Bowie’s impressive body of work.David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016So, is Kanye Ziggy‘s Starman? Did David Bowie predict Kanye West as the next great and iconic musical superstar? Probably not. But the parallels between the two make for an interesting comparison. Kanye seems to currently be trapped in a Ziggy-like obsession with fame, rock ‘n’ roll, and the search for power. If you look back at Kanye’s first album, and consider where he is now, he seems to have become lost in a character that he created for himself in the public eye. What started out as a humble career based on unique production and hard work is now a celebrity behemoth that incorporates fame, money, power, and delusions of grandeur, all while pushing music as an art form into new and unexpected places…These are also the general themes of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.So what do you think? Did David Bowie predict Kanye five years before he was even born? Is David Bowie the John The Baptist to Kanye’s Jesus Christ? Is Kanye West the Starman…or is he just an overblown idiot that’s a star? We’ll let you be the judge!
You’re probably aware of the non-traditional approach to content-sharing that Vulfpeck is so famously known for. A new song or music video might land on your device in the perfect moment on a Wednesday afternoon, without any warning. Drummer/guitarist/singer/songwriter Theo Katzman is in the midst of rolling out his new solo album Heartbreak Hits, due out in January of 2017. He’s given several previews of what to expect using the Facebook Live tool, and today has shared a full-length acoustic performance of “Good To Be Alone.”“Heartbreak Hits is basically a concept album about heartbreak,” Theo told us in an interview last month. “It was my first time really feeling that in my life, and it was these multiple things. There was the heartbreak of the relationship, but there was also losing my dad, and my dreams of being this particular success of a writer-producer guy, and all these circumstances, so I really feel like I got somewhere with the record. I don’t want that to sound like a sob story, but who knows? Maybe it will, but the point is, I did have a bunch of personal struggle that went into these songs. I also kind of found a way to make them fun. I can’t totally explain it. There’s some stuff on it that is the deepest I’ve ever gotten towards expressing some of my dark feelings, and then there’s also some stuff where I’m just straight up laughing at some of my dark feelings, and there’s some stuff where I’m being really sarcastic about them. There’s some stuff where I’m totally serious and sincere, and I just feel really loving about it. It’s pretty manic in a great way, I think, and it’s all rock & roll to me.” Read the complete interview here.Watch “Good To Be Alone” from Heartbreak Hits:Heartbreak Hits is currently available for pre-order on Theo Katzman’s Kickstarter. The album includes fellow Vulfpeck members Joe Dart and Woody Goss, among other incredible musicians. From what we’ve heard so far, this is a side of Theo that we look forward to learning more about.
Walter “Junie” Morrison, founder and vocalist of the legendary funk band the Ohio Players, has passed away at 62 years old. Morrison’s contributions to the funk era outline his musical personality with hits like “Pain,” “Pleasure,” “Ecstasy,” and “Funky Worm.” His work with George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic lasted from 1978 to 1980 and saw him contributing to One Nation Under a Groove, Gloryhallastoopid, and Motor Booty Affair. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer and musician passed away recently, according to this emotional Facebook status.
This is the end of an era. Gregg Allman, at the age of 69, has passed away, reports Billboard. Only a few months after founding member and drummer Butch Trucks passed away, Gregg Allman has joined the great gig in the sky – alongside Butch, brother Duane Allman, and Berry Oakley.The Allman Brothers Band singer/songwriter/organist has been sick for quite some time, canceling tours for the last year or so while trying hard to recover his health and return to the road. The Midnight Rider loved nothing more than performing his life’s work, as he continued touring with the Gregg Allman Band even after the disbandment of the Allman Brothers Band in October of 2014.While the history of the Allman Brothers is quite tragic, it is what shaped American music today. Songs like “Melissa,” “Whipping Post,” “Midnight Rider,” and so on, are the rare breed of musical compositions that will last forever.Legend doesn’t even begin to describe Gregg Allman. His marks the definitive moment that the Allman Brothers Band is no longer.This hurts. Rest In Peace, Greggory.Here is the official statement from Gregg’s website:It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.The family suggests that tributes to Gregg can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.[cover photo by Phierce Photo]