The legendary knight himself, Sir Paul McCartney, took a moment from his performance at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN to pay tribute to the late great musical royalty Prince. With McCartney scheduled to play in Prince’s hometown, fans were certainly hopeful that McCartney would honor Prince, and the Beatle did just that. During the performance, McCartney busted out a cover of “Let’s Go Crazy,” the opening track to Prince’s 1984 album Purple Rain. McCartney has shared video footage of the cover below:The Prince tribute came out of McCartney’s famed solo track, “Hi Hi Hi,” and you can watch how the whole thing went down via fan-shot footage from mjanovec below:Thank you for the music, McCartney. RIP Prince.
This past weekend at Philly’s Ardmore Music Hall, guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Wolf!, RANA) took to the stage for a very rare acoustic set, during a celebration for Wavy Gravy’s 80th Birthday. After opening the set with The Band‘s “Ophelia”, Metzger’s 40-minute set ran through songs from the Grateful Dead catalog, including the original “Throwing Stones”, and songs the group covered over the years such as “The Race Is On,” “Me & My Uncle” and “Katie Mae.”ALO Teams Up With Steve Kimock On Prince Cover at Wavy Gravy’s 80th Birthday PartyHe ran through a couple of Nick Lowe numbers, and got a little candid with the crowd, calling himself a “sensitive guy” before playing the love song “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”, and ended his set with a cover of Vincent Thompson‘s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”. The entire set was filmed by Chris Cafiero. Check it out below:Scott Metzger Acoustic Solo Set – Ardmore Music Hall – 6/11/16Ophelia, The Race Is On, Me & My Uncle, Katie Mae, I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll), Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day, Throwing Stones, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickShowcase Sets:RIPEOrgan FreemanArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Supergroups:The All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans, Alan Evans[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Marc Brownstein, Aron MagnerReed Mathis and Electric BeethovenJoe Russo, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, & Andy HessDRKWAV: John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & SkerikThe Nth Power Presents Earth, Wind & Power ft. Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny SadownickJason Hann’s RhythmatronixA Tribute To J Dilla: Borahm Lee, Nate Edgar, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Stu BrooksTim Palmieri & Friends: Dan Edinbugh, Jen Durkin, Rob Somerville, Alan EvansNatalie Cressman Presents: Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, Samora PinderhughesThe Coomes Brothers Ft. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Adam Smirnoff & The Shady HornsRoosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down Ft. Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, Adrian TramontanoManic Focus & FriendsMore information on Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here. This year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive features an incredible roster of over 50 performers, including members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more. The festival revealed the details behind the first unique collaboration to come out of this artist listing, as Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee are teaming up with The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner for a one-time-only collaboration called [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits.Says Brownstein of the project, “Playing with Adam and Borahm is a dream come true. These are two of the best musicians in the entire live and electronic music scene, and they have pushed the envelope to evolve the way people perceive what is possible to accomplish musically.”The show will be featured at the Brooklyn Comes Alive festival, set for October 22, 2016 in the heart of Williamsburg. The event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius.Merging together the worlds of electronic, hip-hop, psychedelic grooves and heavy jams, the once-in-a-lifetime [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits collaboration is not to be missed! Adds Deitch, “Marc and Aron went from playing the Wetlands in the 90s, to curating one of the biggest and coolest festivals in the world, Camp Bisco! They have always had one foot in the electronic sound, and one foot in the jam!”Tickets for Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
Meet Rob Drabkin: graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. With the intention of becoming a doctor, Drabkin has strayed far away from his scientific approach and has instead become a well-established musician in Denver, Colorado.His focus quickly changed after a family trip to New York. “My Dad played Jazz full time for 30 years before he got into medicine. On that trip, we re-connected with his old musician friends, and it was inspiring to see them giving their lives to music night after night for so many years. That was the night I dropped science and dedicated myself to music. After that moment, I spent every possible minute singing and honing all of the songwriting skills that I could.” He adds, “It’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but I had an epiphany while watching the Broadway musical Chicago. I decided right then and there that I didn’t want to work in a research lab for the rest of my life and that I wanted to pursue music full time.” He took to Denver’s music scene quickly, and set his career into motion.Drabkin’s newly released single, “Someday,” is a smooth, comforting track that provides a new plateau of possibilities. “We too often forget that love is ever-present. We share it with each other through laughter, smiles, and sympathy. We can find it in everything and we can also create it in the smallest, most unassuming moments of our lives. I wrote this song for those moments. All we can do is keep being kind and have the courage to choose love in every decision we make,” he explains. Watch the official music video below:In “Someday,” Drabkin’s lyrical talents show his listeners that you can take whatever you might endure, and turn it into a way to express yourself. Although the Colorado native has an impressive list of musical achievements, this song serves as an opportunity to start his career from scratch.“When I decided to translate this song into a video, director Dillon Novak pitched the story of people on a train or metro car. My immediate thought was to feature the New York City subway. This felt right to me because I really can’t imagine a better cross-section of society. The beauty of the subway, is that it doesn’t have one identity. Instead, it is a constant mix of race, religion, class, gender, etc. It doesn’t matter where the people are going, it matters that they are moving forward together. As I navigate New York City with my guitar and an old Polaroid, I choose to see life through a different lens. From an act of kindness, to an old love, and the innocence of a child, each moment captured is a compelling reminder that love is where you look for it,” Drabkin tells us.Catch Rob Drabkin in a city near you! Head to his website for tour schedule.
Guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan has been on a rocket ship to stardom since the day he first picked up a guitar at the age of 3. By age 6, he was featured on Ellen, and by age 8 he had been taken in as a protégé of blues elder statesman Buddy Guy. He’s been on a wild ride ever since, performing with legends like Eric Clapton and BB King, playing top festivals around the world, and being featured on virtually every major TV show including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, a recent segment on CBS Saturday Morning, and more.Now, at age 18, Quinn has just released his third studio album, Midnight Highway. On the heels of his album release, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the brand new music video for his single “Something For Me”:Says Quinn of the tune, “Something For Me was one of the first songs we recorded for this new record. It starts with a swampy slide intro and takes you back in time for a few moments and then brings you right back to today with a modern interpretation of the Blues. We really stretch out musically on this one, paying tribute to some of my idols and their influence on the way I approach the guitar.”Quinn Sullivan’s new album Midnight Highway is out now via Mascot Label Group. You can purchase the album here. For information on upcoming shows and more, visit Quinn’s website.
Last Thursday, Deadheads took over movie theaters across the country during the special 4/20 screening of The Grateful Dead Movie for its 40th anniversary. In addition to movie, fans got a sneak peak at the highly anticipated, new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, directed by by Amir Bar-Lev and produced by Martin Scorsese and a viewing of a new mini-documentary titled The Grateful Dead: Cornell ’77. The mini-documentary runs a little under ten minutes and is focused on the legendary Dead show on May 8th, 1997 at Cornell University’s Barton Hall in Ithaca, New York.The mini-documentary has interviews with fans who share their experiences at the famed show and who describe what made the Cornell ’77 show so electric. You can check out the documentary below, which was shared on the Grateful Dead and Rhino Records, while you wait for Long Strange Trip to be released to the general public via Amazon streaming services later in the year.
All good things must come to an end. Also, all terrible things must come to end. Objectively, Kid Rock’s puzzling Senatorial campaign falls in the latter camp, but at least it’s finally over (we hope). On Tuesday morning, the Michigan Senate hopeful and Pimp of the Nation took to SiriusXM’s Howard Stern and clarified his political intentions, noting that his recent campaigning was a joke and promotional tactic for his upcoming album, Sweet Southern Sugar.Kid Rock Might Be Running For U.S. Senate Because Everything Is TerribleBack in July, Kid Rock announced a potential bid for Michigan’s Senate with the hilarious website, www.kidrockforsenate.com, which didn’t have much on it except for a gift shop for campaign gear, an unsettling picture of Kid Rock with a taxidermied deer, and a GIF with some shitty turns of phrase around the double meaning of the word “party.” At the time, Consequence of Sound looked into the website and saw that it was hosted on Warner Bros.’ website, meaning it was most likely that “the rocker [was] parlaying recent speculation into a marketing opportunity for a new music project.”Pimp Of The Nation: Watch Kid Rock’s Ridiculous Senate Campaign SpeechNow, months later, after Rock has collected an unknown but probably stupid amount of money from fans stoked to see him in office, the wannabe cowboy formally confirmed that his senatorial campaign was a joke. Despite being a marketing ploy for his new album, Rock’s fake campaign did gain a lot of attention, earning actual endorsements from the White House, bigoted melting cheese curd Steve Bannon, and former New York Governor George Pataki. However, Rock definitively told Stern, “Fuck no I’m not running for Senate. Are you fucking kidding me? Who fucking couldn’t figure that out?” He continued to say that announcing the run was “the worst advice that I ever gave myself, but it’s been the most creative thing I’ve ever done, and I got to see everyone’s true colors.”However, while Rock says that it’s clear that his political campaign was a joke, legally, the waters were muddied when he began collecting money for campaign gear and directly stated that he was running for Senate (so pretty much immediately). As it turns out, you can’t pretend to campaign for political office ironically. As noted in an article by Vanity Fair, Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at the nonpartisan political watchdog organization, Common Cause, explained, “Regardless of whether Kid Rock says he’s only exploring candidacy, he’s selling ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ merchandise and is a candidate under the law. This is campaign finance law 101.”During Rock’s interview with Stern, he also shed some light on how the idea for him to pretend to run for office came to be, noting that a fan told him to run earlier this year. With the idea incepted into his mind, he elaborated on what came after, noting he thought, “fuck it, let’s get some signs made… we start going with it. Everyone gets their panties in a bunch. I have people who work for me, they’re on the in, I’m like, ‘fuck no we’re not doing it, but let’s roll with it for a little while. This is awesome.’”[H/T Billboard]
Photo: Matt Rea Eric Krasno played a last-minute show at the Blue Note in New York City, NY with his E3 Organ Trio late last night, welcoming an exciting group of very special guests. The E3 Organ Trio itself consists of drummer Eric Kalb and organ player Eric Finland, with Krasno on guitar and vocals. Last night’s show was billed with guitarist John Scofield, one of Krasno’s “all-time heroes,” as a special guest.However, as the night went on, the crowd was treated to surprise appearances from Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, Trey Anastasio Band saxophonist James Casey, Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin, guitarist/vocalist James Gray Dawson VIII, and vocalist Victoria Canal.The night prior, Dave Matthews Band wrapped up their two-night run at Madison Square Garden, where he welcomed Eric Krasno on Friday night and James Casey on Saturday night, in addition to Warren Haynes, Jon Faddis, Mark Whitfield, and Ron Blake. With the whole gang in town, Krasno’s last-minute Saturday show announcement seems less like a coincidence, and more like an orchestrated attempt to gather some of his most talented friends to jam in one of NYC’s most legendary rooms.Eric Krasno’s E3 Organ Trio only debuted over the summer, with Saturday night’s performance marking their third ever. With the core band holding it down, the special guests rotated through a setlist full of jazz standards and celebrated covers.Photographer Matt Rea was on the scene to capture the magic, which you can check out below along with the setlist.Setlist: E3 Organ Trio | New York, NY | 12/1/876, Big Brother, That’s Alright, Boozer, Hey Joe, Elizabeth Reed, All About My Girl, Hottentot, Jan Jan, For Granted, Bring It On Home Load remaining images
Today, ahead of their four upcoming sold-out New Year’s run shows, set to take place from December 28th–31st at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Phish has shared a lighting time-lapse from their July 28th, 2018 show at Inglewood, CA’s Forum, and features audio of “46 Days” from their November 3rd, 2018 show at Las Vegas, NV’s MGM Grand Garden Arena.Phish’s lighting and motion programmer / associate lighting designer Andrew Giffin orchestrated the time-lapse video, as lighting director Chris Kuroda brought his magic to Southern California’s beloved red velvet seated venue over the summer.Watch Phish’s new lighting time-lapse video below:Phish – “46 Days” Lighting Time-Lapse[Video: Phish]Setlist: Phish | The Forum | Inglewood, CA | 7/28/18Set One: Julius, Suzy Greenberg > Timber Ho!, Soul Shakedown Party, Kill Devil Falls, 555, Your Pet Cat, Tide Turns, No Men In No Man’s Land > Bathtub GinSet Two: Gotta Jibboo > Fuego > Birds of a Feather > Meatstick > Soul Planet > Wingsuit > CavernEncore: Sparkle > Character Zero
The eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019. Dark Star Orchestra, the festival host band, will perform three full, two-set shows over the course of the Memorial Day weekend event.Today, the festival has added Midnight North, Jeff Mattson & Friends, Cris Jacobs Band, Dino English & The Progfusionals, and The Sweet Lillies to complete their 2019 lineup.The full Dark Star Jubilee lineup also includes previously announced artists Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, and The Mighty Pines.Dark Star Jubilee tickets are available here.