Gov’t Mule has revealed plans for their annual island getaway, Island Exodus 8, held in beautiful Runaway Bay, Jamaica at the Jewel Paradise Cove Resort. Set for January 14-18, 2017, Mule has enlisted the services of funk/jazz trio Soulive (x3) as well as singer/songwriter Nicki Bluhm, guitar prodigy Marcus King and renowned saxophone player Ron Holloway to come along for the ride.In total, Gov’t Mule will perform three nights (two sets a night) at Island Exodus 8, including a solo performance by Warren Haynes. The Marcus King Band will get things underway on Friday, January 13th with an “Exodus Eve” show that is not to be missed. Check below for all relevant ticket information.PRE-SALE & ON-SALE INFO:Island Exodus 7 Attendee Pre-Sale: Mon. March 21 @ 10a EDTAll Other Previous Island Exodus Attendees: Tue. March 22 @ 10a EDTGeneral On-Sale: Wed. March 23 @ 10a EDTAll “Repeat Mule-fenders” (previous attendees) will receive an email by the end of the day this coming Thursday 3/17 with a unique code which will allow them access to their corresponding early booking date.Visit Gov’t Mule’s website here for more information on Island Exodus 8.
The Werks are at the top of their game! Coming off a 2015 that saw the group release the concept album Inside A Dream, The Werks continue to impress with big time jams and great songwriting. Among the highlights from their set at the recent AURA Music & Arts Festival was their original tune “Duck Farm,” an upbeat number with some great guitarwork from Chris Houser.Thanks to the festival, we now have pro-shot, 4K/HD footage of this great jam! Check it out below:
The Phish that we know and love today got their start in 1985, when Page McConnell joined members Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and guitarist Jeff Holdsworth. From their earliest days at the University of Vermont, the group embraced the psychedelic improvisational culture that had been spawned by the Grateful Dead, taking that mentality in their own direction with elements of jazz, funk, and more.Compared to shows throughout the 90’s and beyond, the early days of Phish are poorly documented. None of the band’s followers in Burlington suspected their meteoric rise in the jam subculture, which makes this 1987 video footage all the more impressive. Filmed at what is believed to be a graduation party for Mike Gordon, the show performed on May 20th, 1987 was filmed in the backyard of friend Eric Larson’s house, capturing the group with long hair and tie-dyed backdrops.The show itself is most likely incomplete, but features some tunes that are still in the band’s rotation: “Wilson,” “Run Like An Antelope,” “Golgi Apparatus,” “Possum,” “Harry Hood,” “You Enjoy Myself,” and “Alumni Blues,” the latter of which featured members of The Joneses and Mental Floss, two bands that most likely performed at the party ahead of Phish. The video was widely circulated during the band’s formative years, introducing new fans to some setlist staples.So sit back and enjoy watching this very early Phish show, and who knows, maybe they’ll write a song called “Fuego” in another 27 years after this was filmed…Setlist: Phish at The Ranch, South Burlington, VT – 5/20/87Set 1: Wilson / Run Like an Antelope, Golgi Apparatus / Back Porch Boogie Blues / Lushington / Possum, Harry Hood, You Enjoy Myself, Alumni Blues
moe. took things over from there, rocking hard through classic originals “Not Coming Down,” “Wormwood” and “Moth” to open the show. They also welcomed Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis on the set closer, a jammed out version of “Timmy Tucker.” The band also brought out a special guest for set two, when they welcomed keyboardist Nate Wilson to the stage for “Lazarus,” as well as Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys.” The jam group closed out the night with a rocking “Captain America.” Load remaining images
A long time in the works, fans of Bob Weir now have the opportunity to listen to his full new album, Blue Mountain. Due out on September 30th, a full stream has just been released by NPR Music’s First Listen series. You can stream it below:The new album showcases the first batch of original Bob Weir songs in over 30 years, and features a bounty of incredible musicians, including Josh Ritter, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner and Scott Devendorf. According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians also includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.With the new release, Weir is also hitting the road for an intimate fall tour schedule. Check the full Blue Mountain tracklisting and Bob Weir tour schedule below.Check out the full tracklist and tour schedule below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. What The Ghost Towns Know8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To CrossBob Weir Tour DatesSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016
The three professional sidemen who stepped out of the shadows to form WOLF!, are back on the line with their new album, 1 (800) WOLF!. When destiny called guitarist Scott Metzger, bassist Jon Shaw and drummer Taylor Floreth to act as a backing band for an artist, they had no way of knowing they would end up forming a new band to fill the void by their prospective employer’s last minute no-show. With no plan, the trio was forced to discover themselves as a band in the heat of the moment. Between the crowd reaction to their efforts and the friendship already shared, the trio decided that maybe they were onto something.Listen to the new album below, and continue reading for the full review!The success of WOLF!’s first album, a self titled 2015 release, helped build the band a dedicated following and their follow up is certain to bring new fans into their pack. “Pork ‘n Slaw” kicks things off with a fitting encapsulation of the fun to come, showcasing jazz and rockabilly elements that will crop up in a variety of ways over the thirteen tracks total. The clean guitar tone on the tune gives a clear look at the work Metzger is doing, and it is a delight to see such skilled fret work on display so naturally.“Tomahawk Chop” runs the opposite direction, as Metzger’s guitar lines are so drenched in reverb you’ll expect your speakers to drip musical sludge. Echo effects give “You Are No Longer My Friend, My Friend” a sound that seems perfectly suited to ring out over a long and lonesome desert on some star filled night. Covering clean jazz, 50’s era garage rock and western music is a serous musical challenge that the rhythm section of Shaw and Floreth show themselves more than capable of handling.On tunes like the surf rock reminiscent “Furry Freedom” and “Whiskey Mister,” Floreth effortlessly cracks the whip and shows a deft precision that surpasses genre requirements. Such crisp percussion allows bassist Shaw to let loose his tone and the wide open mixes provide space for prominent near leads and heavy resonance. “Bohemian Grove” sees Shaw step into a shared lead with Metzger that he nails perfectly, snaking back and forth, evoking tinges of jazz and the sounds of the islands.Often trios find themselves limited in the amount of variety they can produce. Other acts have used sequencers and digital triggers, but not WOLF!. Showing a level of talent and execution that surely hearkens back to their studio work Wolf! manages to vary style and tempo in such a deft manor that each song is complete and unto itself. Another sign of the maturity and musical IQ is the brevity of the pieces themselves. A majority of the compositions presented here are less than two and a half minutes long, and to a one they leave listeners satisfied and ready for more.The brevity of the majority of songs on this disc makes the few longer tunes stand out. Album closer “All Dressed Up (Nowhere To Go)” constructs a rock solid blues foundation, with a riff built upon it as wide as the skies themselves. 1 (800) WOLF! is an impressive album from a trio of deeply talented and versatile musicians clearly enjoying the freedom they have to follow whatever musical whim strikes their fancy. Daring, varied and flawlessly executed, WOLF! raises the stakes with their latest release, and easily shatters expectations and sets the stage for what should be a long and wonderful road ahead.Be sure to catch Metzger at Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd, across three venues in the heart of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Metzger will be performing with Joe Russo, Robert Walter and Andy Hess, comprising one of the many wonderful super jam sessions at this unique event. With over 50 musicians on the lineup from bands like The String Cheese Incident, Dead & Company, The Disco Biscuits, Snarky Puppy and more, don’t miss your chance to see your favorite artists let loose! More information can be found here.
moe. kicked off an exciting two-night Halloween run at the Fillmore Philadelphia yesterday, as part of their “Tarantinoe. Halloweenoe.” shows. moe. has taken to turning movies into themed concerts, including The Big Lebowski and Star Wars in recent years. By putting the emphasis on director Quentin Tarantino, the group had a bounty of material from which to draw. The only question was, how would they pull it off?The night started with a debut cover of Dick Dale’s “Misirlou,” a la Pulp Fiction, before the band brought out their song “Crab Eyes” with rewritten lyrics. Re-named “Crazy 88,” the song was a reference to the Yakuza gang from Kill Bill Vol. 1. Watch that below, courtesy of 1Blackcard1 on YouTube.They kept the set going with The Meters’ “Cissy Strut,” played in Jackie Brown, before debuting the Al Schnier penned song “Django.” Schnier had written the song for a Django Unchained casting call, and though it wasn’t chosen, he finally unveiled the track in a premiere on Live For Live Music last week.The band then brought out the song “Stuck In The Middle With You” from Reservoir Dogs, and ended their set with “gimp.,” a parody of “meat.” that referenced a classic Pulp Fiction scene. Check out a snippet of “gimp.” below, courtesy of moe.The second set started off with a cover of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” a la Reservoir Dogs, which featured another moe. original parody called “Wolf Song” (aka “Bearsong”) in the middle. The Wolf is another classic Tarantino character from Pulp Fiction, and the band blended their original with the Tarantino movie well. After the conclusion of “Magic Carpet Ride,” the band treated their fans to a few classic moe. tunes, including “Buster” > “Jazz Wank” > “Four.” Finally, they closed the set with “Pussy Wagon,” a play off of their original “Paper Dragon” that referenced the opening scene of Kill Bill Vol. 1.Watch guitarist Chuck Garvey shredding in “Four,” per the band’s Facebook.With just an encore to go, the band returned and brought out another debut cover: “Woo Hoo” by 188.8.131.52.’s. The song is featured in Kill Bill Vol. 1 as well, and was an exciting way to get the encore started. Finally, moe. finished out the night with a classic cover in their arsenal, Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla.”Full audio of the show can be streamed below, courtesy of taper marcus.moe. will wrap up their Tarantinoe. run tonight, 10/29, with a return to The Fillmore Philadelphia. The band is also set to tour extensively this winter, with dates from January 19th through February 19th. Check out the schedule here. You can see last night’s full setlist in all of its glory, below.Setlist: moe. at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA – 10/28/16I: Misirlou*, Crazy 88^, Cissy Strut, Django#, Stuck In The Middle**, gimp.^^II: Magic Carpet Ride*** > Wolf Song^^^ > Magic Carpet Ride***, Buster > Jazz Wank > Four > Pussy Wagon^^^^Enc: Woo Hoo****, Godzilla* FTP (cover – Dick Dale) > Pulp Fiction^ alternate lyrics Crab Eyes# FTP – (original al. song)** FTP – (cover – Stealers Wheel) > Reservoir Dogs^^- alternate version of meat.*** FTP (cover – Steppenwolf) > Reservoir Dogs^^^ alternate lyrics for Bearsong^^^^ alternate lyrics for Paper Dragon**** FTP (cover – 184.108.40.206.’s) > Kill Bill[Photo by Paul Citone]
For both veterans and first-timers down at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, the “days between” (Monday through Thursday) can be equally exciting as the festival proper during the official weekends. With plenty of shows to choose from mid-week, including the 2nd annual NOLA Crawfish Festival with an all-star cast, fans get to see some of their favorite musicians collaborate with one another in various formats. One such show, dubbed the “Daze Between Band” (purchase tickets here) will feature Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno and Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge leading serious who’s-who of artists at One Eyed Jacks on Wednesday, May 3rd. And the lineup just keeps getting better and better.The latest additions to the Daze Between Band include both Snarky Puppy percussionist Nate Werth and The Motet singer extraordinaire Lyle Divinsky, joining a cast that includes drummer Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), keyboardist Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule), and guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead). Opening this star-studded affair will be DJ Soul Sister, who will be spinning some classic grooves to get things started off on the right foot.Kraz and Oteil have played together many times over the years, including jamming together at the most recent Fool’s Paradise festival down in St. Augustine, FL. Whenever the two come together, you know that some magic is going to be created. With a surrounding cast such as this one, the Daze Between Band is a can’t miss show. The band also expects a few surprise guests to join them throughout the evening.For the full roundup of Live for Live Music Jazz Fest late nights, click here.– SHOW INFO –Artist: The Daze Between Band featuring Eric Krasno, Oteil Burbridge, Duane Trucks, Danny Louis & Scott MetzgerVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017Price: $35adv / $40dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 11:00 PM / Show 12:00 AM (technically early AM 5/4)
Spafford has been steadily rising the ranks of the jam band scene this year, extensively touring as support for Umphrey’s McGee and wrapping up their own headlining tour recently before a summer chock full of festival dates. On Friday and Saturday, the Arizona-based band headed back to Phoenix, playing two sold-out shows at Last Exit Live, and it’s safe to say the boys felt good being home. After two magical jammed-out performances across the two nights, the group had something special in store for their hometown fans, with a massive encore on Saturday night that included the debut of a new cover, Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” off the band’s 2000 release Kid A.You can watch full streams from Spafford’s sold-out hometown throw down that spanned the last two nights below, along with setlists from each night.4/21/2017Setlist: Spafford | Last Exit Live | Phoenix, AZ | 04/21/17 Set One: All My Friends > Bee Jam > Midnight Rider* > Leave the Light On, Sweet^, Virtual Bean Dip > Todd’s TotsSet Two: Red’s Jam > Weasel > Palisades > Weasel, Crazy, It’s a Bunch, Catfish John%, WallsEncore: PlansNotes: *The Allman Bros Band / ^Gary Ukura / %Johnny Russell4/22/2017Setlist: Spafford | Last Exit Live | Phoenix, AZ | 04/22/17 I: The Postman, Mind’s Unchained, All In > Salamander Song, Into the Mystic*, Spell Yourself^II: Simon & Lilly, Electric Taco Stand, Ain’t That Wrong, Shake You Loose, Backdoor Funk > Slip & SquanderEncore: The Man%, Everything in its Right Place& > All OutNotes: * Van Morrison / ^ Don Cheek / % Brian Solo / & Radiohead – First Time Played
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, DJ Williams has had a harrowing year. After flying to the Middle East in April, the guitarist for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and his own solo project Shots Fired was detained abroad for a few weeks. The music community rallied around Williams while the case was settled, with the musician happily returning to the United States a month later. Since then, DJ Williams has returned and has been making his rounds with various musical projects. Today, Williams let fans in Colorado know that they can look forward to catching him live and in-person with the upcoming Colorado debut of his own DJ Williams’ Shots Fired.The project will see the guitarist joined by an ever-rotating cast of musicians from the scene, and for this upcoming run, Williams will be joined by his Tiny Universe bandmates, Chris Stillwell and David Veith. This iteration of Shots Fired also taps the Slightly Stoopid horns players, Daniel Delacruz and Andy Geib, as well as Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation, Kimberly Dawson from Pimps of Joytime, Max MacVeety of Lyrics Born, and guitarist Cris Jacob. DJ Williams’ Shots Fired will hit the Shakedown Bar in Vail on Friday, September 15th, followed by a performance at Ophelia’s in Denver the next night on Saturday, September 16th. Tickets for their Saturday show are available here.