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Beloved rockers Ween continue to roll out tour dates as part of their reunion, as the band has performed in Colorado, New York and more for their first shows since breaking up in 2012. With dates on the docket for Bonnaroo, MusicFestNW’s Project Pabst Festival, Lockn’ and more, the band has added two more performances to their schedule.On October 14-15, Ween will hit the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for two nights in San Francisco, CA. The shows mark Ween’s first appearance in the Northern California city since 2009, and tickets can be requested here between now and Wednesday, May 18th at 5 PM Eastern. The general ticket on-sale will begin on Friday, May 20th, at 10 AM Eastern. More info here.In celebration, take a look at our recap from the final NYC performance at Terminal 5, here.
Next weekend, Dead and Company will make a highly anticipated New York appearance at iconic Citi Field in Queens, home of the New York Mets.While the Dead have played countless concerts in the NYC area throughout their thirty year career, there have only been a handful of shows in Queens. The band’s very first trip to the New York City borough came in 1969 – incidentally the same year that the Mets amazed baseball fans everywhere by winning the World Series. Check out audio from their July 12, 1969 performance at the NY State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park, below.Tickets to 6/25 & 6/26 are available for purchase here, but Live for Live Music is giving you the chance to win four seated tickets to the upcoming Dead & Company at Citi Field on Sunday, 6/26! Enter below, then share to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!
After bringing their Grateful jams throughout the country, Dead & Company will fill out the remainder of their summer tour with a few performances along the West Coast. Starting this Friday, July 22nd, the Grateful Dead permutation will perform in Portland, OR before heading to The Gorge Amphitheatre on Saturday, followed by a series of dates throughout the state of California.For those who can’t make it out to the performances, the band has you covered with official live stream webcasts. Four of the six upcoming shows will be live streamed, including this Friday and Saturday, as well as the tour closing run at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA on July 29th and Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on July 30th. All packages and information is available from nugs.tv.Considering just how fun the band’s tour has been thusfar, we can’t wait to catch these shows!
Saturday night in Boston was smoking hot as Dead & Company wrapped up the east coast leg of their tour at Fenway Park. While Donna Godchaux was the special guest on stage inside the park all night, the after show across the street was just as incredible. Boston’s Bearly Dead performed at The House of Blues for a music hungry crowd that sold out the show in a matter of minutes. The show was in such demand that hundreds of people lined the street outside hoping to get in, even after every ticket was gone.The members of Bearly Dead are Tyler Brooks and Brian Sayers on drums, David Becker on bass, James Owens on vocals, Milt Reder, Jeff Vetstein and Nick Swift on guitar, Andrew Johanson on keys, and Liz Ann Biggar on vocals. However, Saturday’s performance featured very special guest Steve Molitz, keyboardist for Particle. Needless to say, the stage was crammed with musicians as the venue was packed elbow to elbow with dancing fans ready to keep the party going. Fans were treated to one giant super set that ran over two and a half hours, without a break. Molitz was relentless and pulled out all the stops during the set. The energy in the room was simply magical, as the music flowed seamlessly from one song to the next. The smoking hot set list blew the crowd out of the water. In a nutshell, fans that were lucky enough to get in the door were not disappointed and left with exhaustion from the nonstop vibes. When in Boston, make sure to catch this energy packed band, guaranteed to keep you dancing the night away. For more information on Bearly Dead, please visit their Facebook page.Setlist: Bearly Dead at The House of Blues, Boston, MA – 7/16/16Set: Don’t Let Go, Beat It On Down the Line, New Speedway Boogie, Greatest Story Ever Told, Eyes of the World, Viola Lee Blues>Cumberland Blues, Music Never Stopped, Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain, Jack Straw, I Need a Miracle, Alabama Getaway, Brown Eyed Women, It Takes a Train to Cry, Hard To Handle, Terrapin Station, Lovelight, The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion).Photos courtesy of Sean BemandWords by Sarah Bourque. Follow on Twitter.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 16 months, you know that the 2016 presidential primaries have been, for lack of a better word, a shit-show. Both ends of the political spectrum have been caught up in questionably moral politics and been the target of an unusual amount of hostility, even for an election year. But while the bare knuckle battle for the next presidency rages on, let us not forget about that guy who still runs the free world. Whatever you think about the job he did in the Oval Office, we can all agree that he is, by every account, a seriously cool dude. As we learned in high school civics class, one of the roles of the US President is acting as Chief of Party. This morning, Obama made it known that he’s also Chief of THE Party, dropping two 2016 Summer Playlists via Twitter, one for the daytime and one for when the sun goes down. You can check out the tweet below, including festival lineup-style track listing graphics for each playlist–and they’re pretty amazing: The daytime mix contains more upbeat, happy tracks from a wide range of artists, including Wale, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sara Bareilles, Jay Z, Common, Aloe Blacc, Nina Simone, Nas & Damian Marley, Prince, Beach Boys, Gary Clark Jr., and more. The nighttime list includes tracks by Aaron Neville, D’Angelo, Tower Of Power, Mary J. Blige and Method Man, Billie Holiday, Fiona Apple, Chance The Rapper, Lizz Wright, Anthony Hamilton and others. You can stream them both now and party like POTUS.
Load remaining images Spafford continued their meteoric rise through the ranks of the jam scene last night as they played a huge show to a packed audience at Philadelphia’s Milkboy. The capacity crowd was rabid, going wild for each and every song and loudly singing along all night long. For an up-and-coming band to play a city for the first time and be met with such a reaction must be a dream come true, and that excited energy was certainly palpable throughout the evening.The band started things off with “Virtual Bean Dip”. The reggae-tinged “Leave The Light On” came next, which was followed by a raging run from “All My friends” into “Bee Jam”. The heartfelt shuffle of “Hollywood” provided a great breather before the anthemic speed-funk of “Ain’t That Wrong” picked things up tremendously. Soaring versions of “The Postman” and “Palisades” brought the set to a close. For the encore, the band showcased their diversity, with the straight-ahead rock of “Galisteo’s Way” and the super-funk of “Funkadelic”Check out a full setlist from the evening’s show, as well as a full gallery from Alex Buschiazzo at 215 Music, below.Spafford’s next show is at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ. After that, they link back up with Umphrey’s McGee to continue their tour together, reuniting just in time for Joshua Redman to hop on the tour. With every show a milestone for this young band, this is sure to be a huge weekend for Spafford.Spafford shows are now available to stream on LiveDownloads.com and Nugs.net.Setlist: Spafford | Milkboy | Philadelphia, PA | 1/24/2017Set One: Virtual Bean Dip > Leave The Light On, All My Friends > Bee Jam > Hollywood, Ain’t That Wrong, The Postman > Palisades > Galisteo’s WayEncore: Funkadelic > People
The String Cheese Incident got to dig their toes in the sand on day two of Los Muertos con Queso, as the Colorado-based jam group performed their first two sets of the weekend throughout the day yesterday. The band got to work early with a daytime set, opening up with the theme-appropriate “Lester Has A Coconut” before covering Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.”Where the day time set was filled with lighthearted Cheese, the band dug deep into the pocket for a jam friendly second half. The show notably featured a cover of Allman Brothers’ “Jessica,” a staple of SCI’s repertoire, played in honor of the late Butch Trucks. The set also featured a big “Way Back Home -> Believe” and ended up with “Rollover.”Check out some video clips from the performances! SCI members Kyle Hollingsworth, Michael Travis and Jason Hann also joined the Los Muertos portion of the evening during the Grateful Dead sets – you can read more about that here. Check out String Cheese’s full setlist from last night, below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Los Muertos con Queso | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/26/17Daytime Set: Lester Has a Coconut, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Born On The Wrong Planet, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Falling Through The Cracks, Little Hands, Restless WindSunset Set: Believe, Way Back Home -> Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Valley of the Jig, Looking Glass -> Jessica, Rollover[Photo and setlist via SCI Twitter]
One of the most highly anticipated sets on Jam Cruise this year was the return of the Benevento Russo Duo. After years of sheer inactivity, with an occasional rare appearance, fans were treated to a full set on the boat. And The Duo delivered “The Set,” with crazy visuals to go along with it. Check out fan footage from Adriennenne of the two performing “Becky.”Benevento Russo Duo, Karl Denson, & Many More Highlight Jam Cruise Day Two [Gallery]Benevento Russo Duo Setlist – Jam Cruise 15Jam > 9X9, Play Pause Stop, Sunny’s Song, Best Reason To Buy The Sun, Jam > Something For Rockets, Scratchitti (w/ Skerik), Welcome Red, Echo Park, Walking Running Viking, Hate Frame > Mephisto > Faith > Mephisto > Four Sticks (Led Zeppelin) > My Pet Goat, Becky[via Jambase][cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]
Late last year, we ran an interview with moe. guitarist Al Schnier that touched on a number of topics, including how he came to write music for the 2014 Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.“Two or three years ago, I did a bunch of the music for Puppy Bowl. I had to make up a bunch of the fight songs for Puppy Bowl, and I did the music for the halftime show. Their halftime show “guest superstar” was YouTube sensation, Keyboard Cat. Keyboard Cat was gonna be out there, and I had to re-create a Bruno Mars song as if Keyboard Cat had created it. So basically the Keyboard Cat version of the Bruno Mars song, as if the Cat was being backed up by a ripping band of puppies. So I had to go and reproduce the Bruno Mars song as if Keyboard Cat was playing the melody. And they were like “So this is good, but can you make it sound…worse? somehow? Have you seen the Keyboard Cat before? Make it sound more like he’s just hitting the keyboard with his paws” and I was like “OK!”. So I had to go back and make it sound like the keyboard was being played with fake paws, and they ended up using it in the halftime show. It was one of the most surreal things.”Enjoy this surreal moment in Schnier’s life, below.Enjoy both Bowls (Puppy and Super) tonight!