Get pumped STS9 fans, your favorite band is hitting the road this fall! The jamtronica stalwarts will be hitting the Midwest and East Coast to promote their upcoming album The Universe Inside. Read more about the album, which will be released on September 2, here.The tour will start off in Minneapolis, MN at the Skyway Theatre and will wind its way towards New York for a tour-closing show at Terminal 5. In between, the band will hit venues like the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI, The NorVa in Norfolk, VA, and The Fillmore in Philadlphia, PA. The band will make high-profile appearances at both Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans, and Suwanee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL, as well as a few larger shows at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN and the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC. Of course, the band will return to the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA for a sure-to-be-raging Halloween show on 10/31.See below for the new tour dates, and click here for more information on each show. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am, local time.
Load remaining images Local Boulder/Denver based face-melters Eminence Ensemble came into the Fox Theatre for their sixth headlining gig at the historic Boulder venue, and with the first firing notes, everyone knew the time was near and mission clear. The sextet brought along many friends, including Will Trask (RunniKine), and the Lady and the Gentlemen horn section for a sit in on “Can’t Hide Love,” destroying their interpretation of the Earth, Wind and Fire tune.Guitarists Taylor Frederick and Justin Neely do an incredible job at sharing the lead role, and viciously traded-off solos throughout the entirety of the barn-burner. The show started off on a unique note, with a cover of the short Judas Priest rocker “Hellion.” Taylor Frederick was hot out of the gates with the cover, firing off notes like a machine gun. If you recall, back in 2012 ,Frederick won the “I Wanna Be In Moe.” contest, and joined moe. onstage at the Palladium in Worcester during their NYE run 2012.With such a heavy rhythm section, accompanied by bassist Zac Flynn, drummer Tanner Bardin, and percussionist Nick Baum, it’s hard to stop this 6-man train once the wheels start rolling down the track. Keyboardist Johnny Bosbyshell adds the perfect touch, and the band proved their seniority in the Colorado music-scene, tackling both new and old material all night long.The band debuted three songs last night, two of them being original, “Before You Settle Down” and “Flamethrower.” After weaving in and out of Eminence Ensemble favorites to an extremely responsive crowd, the band decided to throw an enormous curveball, and encored the show with a mind-blowing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Over the Hills and Far Away.” If last night’s show is any indication of the direction this band is headed, definitely mark your calendars for the next time they visit a city near you!Setlist: Eminence Ensemble | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 4/8/2017Hellion> Harembe, Forbidden Fruit, Door #3, Before you Settle Down, Night Hawk, Can’t Hide Love (Earth, Wind & Fire cover), Here’s Your Sine, Flamethrower>Gansta Jazz, Booty For Days, GravityEncore: Over the Hills and Far Away (Led Zeppelin cover)
Today, Arizona-based jam quartet Spafford released their newest project, Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience. Recorded in a single take at The Pound in Phoenix, AZ, this hour-long cut was entirely improvised, putting on wax what it means to be completely immersed in the moment, without expectation of what will come next. In the words of the band, “As a singular musician, one can only do so much. When we all come together, remove the ego, listen to each other, relax, and have fun, the end result knows no bounds.”Abaculus started on the hottest day of the summer in Phoenix, AZ. For Spafford, this summer has been a tireless grind, and after several uninspired rehearsals, the band took a day to themselves. What did they do on that day? As bassist Jordan Fairless shares, “We loaded up, went to the waterpark, and spent the day riding every possible ride in the park. It was a day of chili cheese dogs, lazy rivers, and a whole lot of laughter. It was the most fun we had been allowed all summer.”Spafford Tears Up Their Phish Late-Night At B.B. King [Video/Photo]At a loss for a direction to head in at their next rehearsal, Spafford took a step back and decided to go back to their roots. They held this particular rehearsal as a jam session, which is something they’ve done before; one person starts with a simple phrase or melody and everyone else is required to listen and find their part. No verbal or visual communication is allowed. After a game of “Nose Goes,” it was decided that guitarist Brian Moss would begin, and what came out of that day is now known as Abaculus.After an hour of improvisation among band members—with alternating leads, melodies and movements—the music came to a natural end. They all knew something special had just transpired, and Fairless felt compelled to mix and master the recording.“Abaculus” is defined as, “a small tile of glass, marble, or other substance, of various colors, used in making ornamental patterns in mosaic pavements.” Inn other words, a single “abaculus” is a single part of a much bigger work of art. The session resulting in Abaculus is an example of four musicians–Fairless, Moss, Red Johnson and Cameron Laforest—coming together and contributing their individual pieces to a much larger work of art.Beginning today, Abaculus is available digitally via AppleMusic and Spotify. You can listen to the full hour-long improvisational odyssey that is Abaculus below: You can check out a full list of upcoming Spafford tour dates below. For more information about the band or any of their upcoming shows, head to Spafford.net.Upcoming Spafford Tour Dates:8/10 – 8/13 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival9/2 – Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam9/21 – 9/23 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music Festival9/27 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern9/28 – Baltimore, MD – The 8X109/29 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore9/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl10/1 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt10/3 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge10/4 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space10/5 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall10/6 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair10/7 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall10/8 – Albany, NY – Lucky Strike Social10/11 – State College, PA – State Theatre10/12 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar +10/13 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub +10/14 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +10/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme +10/17 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre +10/19 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall10/20 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge10/21 & 10/22 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall10/24 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre10/25 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club10/27 – 10/29 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween10/31 – New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues11/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon11/3 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs11/4 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Night Club11/5 – Dallas, TX – HoB Cambridge Room11/7 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck11/8 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room11/9 – Denver – CO – Ogden Theatre11/11 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall *11/14 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe11/15 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge11/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom11/18 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater12/1 – 12/5 – Punta Cana, DR – Dominican Holidaze+ notes dates just announced, on-sale later this week* notes special VIP “All In” date, tickets not available separately[Cover photo via Chad Smith]
Pearl Jam unexpectedly dropped a new single yesterday, entitled “Can’t Deny Me”. Marking the band’s first original release since 2013’s Lightning Bolt LP, there is no supporting information that indicates whether this new track is a preview of the band’s next album or if it is part of their annual Holiday Singles series, exclusive to their official Ten Club fan club.“Can’t Deny Me” is most likely a knock on the current President, as Eddie Vedder sings: “You may be rich but you can’t deny me/ Got nothing but the will to survive,” “The country you are representing/ Condition critical,” and more political jabs that are seemingly directed at Donald Trump. While it streamed yesterday on Sirius XM’s Pearl Jam Radio, the full song is currently only available to Ten Club members. You can listen to the protest song’s preview below, or join the Ten Club here.“Can’t Deny Me” comes a week before Pearl Jam are set to head out on South American tour. This summer, the band is slated to perform in Europe, before they head back to North American for a series of stadium shows, dubbed “the Home Shows” in Seattle and the “Away Shows” at Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Missoula, Montana’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium.Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, the band’s first year of eligibility, Pearl Jam has sold nearly 32 million records in the United States and an estimated 60 million worldwide–earning their spot as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Check out the full tour schedule below.Pearl Jam 2018 Tour Dates:03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/21 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Maracana Stadium03/24 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil06/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome06/15 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival06/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena06/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena06/22 – Milan, IT @ I-Days Festival at Area Expo06/24 – Padova, IT @ Stadio Euganeo06/26 – Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico07/01 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena07/03 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena07/05 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/10 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau St. Jordi07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival07/14 – Lisbon PT @ NOS Alive Festival08/08 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field08/10 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field08/13 – Missoula, MT @ Washington Grizzly Stadium08/18 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field08/20 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field09/02 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park09/04 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Today, long-running Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra announced their 2018 summer tour plans. The tour will take the band down the road to their highly significant Red Rocks debut and beyond. The new set of dates starts with an extended run through California in the week leading up to Red Rocks, followed by an east coast run featuring stops in New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia.As previously announced, the band’s July 8th Red Rocks show will mark various milestones, including their debut at the beloved natural amphitheater and the 40th anniversary–to the day–of the Grateful Dead‘s storied 1978 performance there, which Dark Star Orchestra will be recreating.Additional Dark Star Orchestra summer tour dates will be announced soon. Tickets for all nights are available now at DSO Fan Club Ticketing. Click below for a list of Dark Star Orchestra summer tour dates. To get more information on the band’s full upcoming schedule, including their seventh-annual Dark Star Jubilee (set to take place at the end of May), you can head over to the band’s website.Dark Star Orchestra Summer Tour 20186/22 • Humphreys Concerts by the bay – San Diego, CA6/23 • Libbey Bowl – Ojai, California6/24 • Sunset Center – Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA6/27 • Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA (a SEVA FOUNDATION benefit)6/28 • Crest Sacramento – Sacramento, CA6/29 & 30 • The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA7/8 • Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO ( performing 7/8/78 in its entirety on its 40th anniversary)7/27 & 28 • Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH7/29 • Maine State Pier – Portland, ME8/3 • Frontier Field – Rochester, NY8/4 • Jay Peak Resort – Jay, VT8/5 • Bold Point Park – East Providence, RI8/8 • The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT (Acoustic Show)8/10 • Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk – Brooklyn, NY8/11 • Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ8/13 & 14 • Bottle & Cork – Dewey Beach, DE8/16 • Innsbrook After Hours – Glen Allen, VAView All Tour Dates
Bob Dylan has officially announced that he is launching a new whiskey company dubbed Heaven’s Door. The company is a partnership with Marc Bushala, a lifelong fan and liquor entrepreneur. According to a feature on the new endeavor in The New York Times, Heaven’s Door will sell a collection of three whiskeys including a straight rye, a straight bourbon and a “double-barreled” whiskey, retailing for $50 to $80 a bottle. Notes the Times, “They are Mr. Dylan’s entry into the booming celebrity-branded spirits market, the latest career twist for an artist who has spent five decades confounding expectations.”The business partnership blossomed after a trademark for the term “bootleg whiskey” was filed under Dylan’s name in 2015. Bushala’s own brand of bourbon, Angel’s Envy, had just sold for $150M, and he reportedly began “obsessing over this concept of what a Dylan whiskey could be.” Busala made contact with and was vetted by Dylan’s reps, and after a reaching a compromise over the name (“bootleg whiskey” was an appropriate nod to the oft-bootlegged artist, though not quite right for the top-shelf spirits market), Dylan agreed to Bushala’s business proposal.As The New York Times notes, Dylan is not simply licensing his name to the product: “He is a full partner in the business, Heaven’s Door Spirits, which Mr. Bushala said had raised $35 million from investors.“We both wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story,” Dylan recently shared with The New York Times. “I’ve been traveling for decades and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer. This is great whiskey.”“Dylan has these qualities that actually work well for a whiskey,” Mr. Bushala said. “He has great authenticity. He is a quintessential American. He does things the way he wants to do them. I think these are good attributes for a super-premium whiskey as well.”The Times story goes on to explain the characteristically Dylanesque nature of Bob and Bushala’s partnership on Heaven’s Door:Mr. Bushala said that over four or five meetings — always at Mr. Dylan’s metalworking studio in Los Angeles — and a number of phone calls, he had learned that his partner has a sophisticated whiskey palate. … Yet communication was still a challenge. Mr. Bushala and Ryan Perry, the chief operating officer, struggled to interpret Mr. Dylan’s wishes. Often they came in the form of enigmatic comments or simply glances.“Sometimes you just get a long look,” Mr. Bushala said with a laugh, “and you’re not sure if that’s disgust or approval.” … He and Mr. Perry recalled Mr. Dylan’s tasting a sample of the double-barreled whiskey and saying that something was missing. “It should feel like being in a wood structure,” he said.The regular bottle labels are each inspired by Dylan’s ironwork sculptures. In order to maintain Dylan’s original name for the whiskey, the company will issue an annual Bootleg Series in limited editions, in ceramic bottles decorated with his oil and watercolor paintings. The first, a 25-year-old whiskey, will be released next year and cost about $300.Read the full New York Times feature on Bob Dylan’s new Heaven’s Door whiskey here.
The details for the 8th-annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies have been announced. Presented by Fathom Events, the special one-night event on Wednesday, August 1st will see Deadheads nationwide head to their local theater to relive a show from the archives in its entirety: The Grateful Dead’s July 7th, 1989 performance at J.F.K. Stadium in Philadelphia, PA.The Dead stopped at the aging Philly stadium during their massive 1989 tour, and proved to be the [Jack] Straw that broke the old camel’s back. Just hours before the concert, city inspectors discovered piles of combustible materials, numerous electrical problems, and crumbling concrete, telling symptoms that the stadium was on its last legs. The show was allowed to go on, but proved to be the structure’s send-off: Six days after the Grateful Dead’s 1989 show, then-Mayor Wilson Goode condemned the stadium due to multiple findings by city inspectors that the structure was structurally unsafe and a potential fire hazard.Explains the announcement:The Philadelphia concert offers a snapshot of the Dead’s 1989 tour, where the band played to some of its biggest audiences ever. The band helped raze the aging stadium, thundering through “Hell In A Bucket,” “Little Red Rooster” and Bob Dylan’s “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again.”Many sitting at north end of the open-air stadium recall the concrete bleachers trembling during Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann’s drum duet in the second set. The show closed with another Dylan cover, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” the last song ever performed at JFK.“For nearly a decade now, fans have looked forward to the summer to get together with ‘family’ in movie theaters across the nation for the annual ‘meet-up,’” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt expressed in a statement. “We’re proud to partner with Rhino again this year to bring this special event, featuring one of America’s most treasured rock bands, to some of the world’s most devoted fans.”Head here to check what theaters near you are participating in the 2018 Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies and reserve your ticket today.Setlist: The Grateful Dead | J.F.K. Stadium | Philadelphia, PA | 7/7/89Set One: Hell in a Bucket, Iko Iko, Little Red Rooster, Ramble on Rose, Stuck Inside of Mobile, Loser, Let it Grow, Blow AwaySet Two: Box of Rain, Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain, Estimated Prophet, Standing on the Moon > drums > The Other One, Wharf Rat, Turn on Your Love LightEncore: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
On Friday, June 22nd, Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads will honor the Summer Solstice with “Telstar” night, a tradition that’s been honored since the San Rafael, California’s inception in 2012. The Grate Room will play host to the “Summer Solstice Telstar”, a supersonic band that will feature Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, guitarists Scott Law and Ross James, keyboardist Holly Bowling, and drummer Alex Koford.The Summer Solstice Telstar will “take the music wherever its meant to be,” according to the Terrapin Crossroads announcement. With psychedelic improvisation at the helm, this will be the perfect way to welcome the Summer Solstice. “Everything influences a Telstar’s direction, especially the audience,” the announcement continues, urging fans to “come be a part of the music.”For tickets and information, head to the venue website.[H/T JamBase]
The String Cheese Incident has a big year ahead of them. Following their three-night hometown New Year’s shebang and their International Incident destination event at Runaway Bay, Jamaica’s Jewel Paradise Cove last month, Michael Kang, Bill Nershi, Keith Moseley, Kyle Hollingsworth, Michael Travis, and Jason Hann are ready to face their celebratory 25th anniversary year head-on.As keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth told Live For Live Music late last year, “With celebrating 25 years, we really wanted to return to some of the places that have always been special to us and fun to play … those spots have always provided something a little extra for us as a band.”One such spot is Las Vegas, Nevada, where The String Cheese Incident will mount a three-night run at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan on February 15th, 16th, and 17th. The band’s previous Las Vegas runs have produced some explosively creative end results, from a three-set grand finale performance featuring an all-acoustic set with special guest Jack Rajca to a memorable pairing of “Turn This Around” and James Brown classic “Cold Sweat”.The String Cheese Incident – “Turn This Around” > “Cold Sweat” [James Brown cover] – Las Vegas, NV – 3/19/16[Video: The String Cheese Incident]This time around, The String Cheese Incident returns to Vegas over Valentines Day weekend, so you can be sure that affection and excitement will be in the air. This band is at their best when they’re feeling the LOVE, so don’t miss your chance to get together with those you care about most when SCI sets up their little old “love shack” in Sin City.Tickets for the majority of The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming shows—, including the three-night Las Vegas run on February 15th, 16th, and 17th—are still on sale here, so grab your tickets before it’s too late!In addition, you can enter below to win a free room at The Cosmopolitan and a pair of three-night passes for The String Cheese Incident’s Las Vegas run!Following their upcoming Vegas run, the band will head to Lake Tahoe, CA for another three-night stint at MontBleu Resort & Casino on February 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. The band will return to Colorado for an intimate performance at Aspen’s Belly Up on April 5th, followed by two headlining shows at Aspen’s inaugural The Après festival on April 6th and 7th. The String Cheese Incident’s 25th-anniversary schedule continues with a two-night stand at The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO on April 19th and 20th. From there, the band will head down to the Big Easy during the second weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for a trio of special performances including a show at The Orpheum on May 2nd and a pair of performances at Mardi Gras World with support from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on May 3rd and 4th.For a full list of The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.
Iconic vocalist Charles Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016. He was briefly able to return the stage for a number of shows, but a little over a year after his diagnosis—on September 23, 2017—Bradley passed away at the age of 68, having relished every moment in the limelight that eluded him for most of his life.On Friday, a new posthumous Charles Bradley single, “Lucifer”, was unveiled via Innit Recordings. Recorded in late-2016 while Bradley was undergoing cancer treatment, the singer’s final recording session of his fruitful life took place at producer James Levy’s home studio in Queens. “Lucifer” is the second release from the session, following “Lonely As You Are“, which was co-produced by multi-instrumentalist Paul Defiglia with acoustic guitar and drums by The Avett Brothers’ Seth Avett and Mike Marsh.Listen to Charles Bradley’s new posthumous single “Lucifer:Charles Bradley – “Lucifer”[Audio: Innit Records]