This weekend, what started out as celebration of David Bowie’s music has become a living, breathing tribute to the legend himself. When The Music Of David Bowie was first announced for April 1st at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY, impresario Michael Dorf intended for the performances to capture the momentum of Bowie’s recently-released album, Blackstar. “The Music Of” has paid tribute to legends like The Who, Paul Simon, David Byrne and more in recent years.Just one day later, news broke that Bowie had passed away from a long battle with cancer. Suddenly Dorf’s musical celebration became a tribute, as more and more artists were eager to perform Bowie’s influential music as a way of bidding the Thin White Duke a farewell.“The unexpected death of David Bowie has turned this tribute, which we have work on for the past 7 months, into a poignany celebration of his music by his friends, peers, and fans,” reads the event website. “We are all deeply saddened by this news. The timing of our public on-sale date was bizarre in its timing and the show is taking on many more emotions. RIP David and may God’s love be with you…”It’s no surprise that tickets sold out practically instantaneously, as the event boasts performances from Mumford & Sons, Blondie, Pixies, Michael Stipe, J Mascis, Rickie Lee Jones, Esperanza Spalding, The Flaming Lips, Ron Pope, Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer & Anna Calvi with Kronos Quartet, Ann Wilson, The Roots, Cat Power, The Polyphonic Spree, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan, Holy Holy, Donny McCaslin Group with Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and Tony Visconti. Fortunately, the foundation has teamed up with Skype to provide a live stream of this Friday’s show.Fans can donate to access the stream, and the suggested minimum donation is $20. You can find more information here.Thanks to our friends at LiveList, you can also stream the show through the L4LM Channel of their stream database. Check it out below: You can check out the full listing of shows on the L4LM LiveList channel below:
Month: March 2021
For fans of the Allman Brothers, the last two years have felt just a little off without the band’s annual run at the Beacon Theatre. While all of the band’s esteemed members have kept themselves busy, it’s hard to imagine any musician not wanting to reunite with the ABB members should the opportunity arise.According to bassist Oteil Burbridge, that reunion may not be too far off. Burbridge spoke to JamBase about his role in Dead & Company, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, and more, but there was an intriguing question about the ABB that has our eyebrows raised.When asked if Burbridge missed the Allman Brothers band, he responded, “Honestly, not really. It needed to end when it did. It wasn’t feeling good anymore by that point. At least not to me anyway. I also get to play with Butch [Trucks], Jaimoe, Marc [Quiñones] and Jack Pearson pretty regularly so I still play those songs, it’s still in my life. We obviously needed a break from each other. Everyone is still on the road playing just not with each other, so you do the math.”Then, Burbridge spoke about a potential reunion spearheaded by founder Gregg Allman, though it seems there has been little follow up in a couple months. “Gregg [Allman] texted all of us right before the last Wanee about trying to put something together next year but I haven’t heard anything since then. I told him that I was down for it. I guess enough time has passed for him.”We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for these great musicians to get back together and play the classics, if only for one more time. You can see the full interview here.
Earlier last week, we reported on a missing persons case involving a fan who was heading to Saratoga Springs, NY to see Phish over July 4th weekend. Jason Czech, 39, was reported missing on July 2nd, after leaving for the Phish run on July 1st. He had not been heard from or seen since, and, while many were hoping that Czech had simply gone on tour, it appears the reality is much more tragic.According to new reports from Branford Police Department Captain Geoff Morgan, Czech’s car was discovered near his hometown in Meriden, CT, along with the body of a deceased person inside the vehicle. A full medical examination will be necessary to confirm the identity of the body, but it is assumed to be Czech’s, considering the circumstances. We’ll be sure to update this article as this story develops. Our hearts go out to Czech’s loved ones during this difficult time.[Via Meriden Record Journal]
Vulfpeck was the first band to perform at this year’s LOCKN’ Festival, and they surely impressed with their brand intricate, funky music. Opening with “Conscious Club”, Jack Stratton immediately started the banter as the band kicked into gear, and the fun didn’t stop throughout their hourlong set.The Vulf worked “Fugue State”, “Rango II”, “My First Car”, and “Cory Wong” into the set before inviting out frequent collaborator and explosive performer Antwuan Stanley for an excellent mid-set breakdown. “Funky Duck” got the crowd really riled up, while “1612 and “Wait for the Moment” gave Stanley an opportunity to showcase his impressive vocal range. Perhaps the highlight of the show, Stanley closed out his portion of the set with a fun cover of “Peg” by Steely Dan, a cover in Vulfpeck’s repertoire that really resonated with the classic-rock-appreciating crowd at LOCKN’.After Stanley left the stage, Vulfpeck finished their set with a series of their biggest songs. “Back Pocket” made for a big sing-a-long moment, with Theo Katzman leading the crowd through an impressive three-part harmony. Then, it was finally Joe Dart‘s turn to take center stage, and he absolutely crushed his feature on “Beastly”. Dart is beyond talented on his Fender Jazz bass, and he showed off his talent with an awesome, “Jungle Boogie”-inspired solo on “Beastly”. “Christmas in L.A.” came next, giving and Katzman and the crowd another opportunity to interact by fittingly turning “LA” into “VA” for the song’s chorus, giving the state of Virginia a nice little shout out. Vulfpeck finished their first set with “It Gets Funkier”, giving the excited LOCKN’ audience a chance to funk out one more time before Vulfpeck gave way to Umphrey’s McGee.Watch full video of Vulfpeck’s glorious debut at LOCKN’ below, courtesy of YouTube user micapaw groove.Setlist: Vulfpeck at LOCKN’ Festival, Arrington, VA – 8/25/16Set: Conscious Club, Fugue State, Rango II, My First Car, Jam, Funky Duck, 1612, Wait for the Moment, Peg (Steely Dan cover), Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas in L.A., It Gets Funkier
Many musicians have dreamed of an opportunity to feature an original piece of music in a major motion picture. Though he realized it was an outside chance, that didn’t stop moe. guitarist Al Schnier from writing and producing his own original song to be used for the Quentin Tarantino movie, Django Unchained. With the band gearing up for a Tarantino-themed Halloween show in Philadelphia, PA (find tickets here), Schnier was eager to introduce the song not only to his fellow bandmates, but to his band’s legion of devoted followers.We’ll let him tell the story…“In the Spring of 2012, I had the unique opportunity of submitting a song for consideration for the new, unreleased Quentin Tarantino Western that would be released in several months. I realized that my chances were slim, but the prospect of it even being considered was too good to pass up.The initial version came from something I had been playing on acoustic guitar recently. I submitted a short, uptempo version that was a cross between a surf song & something like a Booker T instrumental.I was shocked when they came back and told me they liked it, and wanted me to make some changes. They wanted to hear a slower, twangier version, with a bigger build up. This is version 2, which has more of a Spaghetti Western / Soundtrack feel.Unfortunately, they ‘went in a different direction,’ and my song never got used. I never won the Academy Award for Most Unlikely Musician To Win An Academy Award For A Demo He Made In His Home Studio. But the cool thing is, we get to use it now. Now that moe. is exploring the weird world of Tarantino for our Halloween show at The Fillmore, in Philadelphia, this seemed like the perfect time to bust this out.We wanted you to hear this song in its infancy before moe. got its hands on it. Who knows how it’ll wind up? A 5 minute rocker? 15 minute powerhouse? 30 minute epic meltdown? We’ll see…Hope to see you all in Philly at The Fillmore.”Without further ado, listen to both versions of the song that Schnier wrote for Django Unchained, exclusively via L4LM!moe. is gearing up for their exciting Tarantinoe. Halloweenoe. run at the Fillmore Philadelphia, running from October 28th and 29th. The possibilities are endless! Tickets are still available for this exciting two-night excursion, and can be found via the band’s website.
A Tribe Called Quest turned the music world on its head when they recently announced they would be releasing their first new album of original tracks since 1998’s The Love Movement. What Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi White put together after the unfortunate passing of founding member Phife Dawg earlier this year is We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.The 16-track album features the “blueprint” of what the group was working on before Phife passed, along with guest spots from a slew of incredible talent including Busta Rhymes, André 3000, Jack White, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Consequence, and even Sir Elton John.Take a full listen to the album below:We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Tracklist:Disc 101. The Space Program02. We The People…03. Whateva Will Be (feat. Consequence)04. Solid Wall of Sound (feat. Busta Rhymes and Elton John)05. Dis Generation (feat. Busta Rhymes)06. Kids… (feat. André 3000)07. Melatonin (feat. Jack White)08. EnoughDisc 209. Mobius (feat. Consequence and Busta Rhymes)10. Black Sposmadic (feat. Consequence)11. The Killing Season (feat. Talib Kweli and Consequence)12. Lost Somebody13. Movin Backwards (feat. Anderson .Paak)14. Conrad Tokyo (feat. Kendrick Lamar)15. Ego (feat. Jack White)16. The Donald (feat. Busta Rhymes)
The new PBS series “Blank on Blank” has done an excellent job of turning audio clips into vibrant animated video featurettes. We recently shared a previous installment of their series, highlighting an interview with Bob Dylan in 1962. The latest showcases American legend Leonard Cohen, with a poetry reading from 1974.Cohen reads his surreal poem “Two Went To Sleep” in the interview, at the request of interviewer Kathleen Kendal. The poem is from Cohen’s first poetry book, published in 1956, and Cohen reads the work in his tranquil voice. He also recalls the origins of 1967 song “Sisters Of Mercy” in the interview, a classic from his repertoire.Watch the new episode of “Blank on Blank,” streaming below.
As Bruce Springsteen continues his tour through Australia, one 14 year old fan named Nathan Testa couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see his idol in concert. Testa not only skipped school to catch Springsteen at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, but held up a sign proudly stating that fact. The sign also included that Testa wanted to come on stage and play “Growin’ Up” with Springsteen, something that The Boss took him up on.“Do you know the song?,” said Springsteen. “You know it on guitar? Well, come on up!” And thus, this happened:Amazingly enough, this isn’t a one time experience for the young Testa. Three years ago, he also worked his way onto the stage to jam with Bruce Springsteen at the age of 11. Three years later, Testa has all but cemented his reputation in the eyes of The Boss. Springsteen said, “I have seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Nathan Testa!”Springsteen does have a long history of inviting fans on stage to perform with him. Watch him dance with an 89-year-old grandmother from this article written in February 2016.[H/T Daily News]
This Friday, August 11th, we get ready to celebrate Turkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba‘s third annual Birthday Bash. The show, which will take place at Brooklyn Bowl this time around, always boasts the incredible talented friends of Carubba from the greater jam and funk scene’s, along with impressive collaborations, sit-ins, and some choice song selection throughout the entire two set performance (purchase tickets here).As per tradition, Carubba has recruited some of his closest friends and musicians to celebrate his birthday in style, including members of Snarky Puppy, Trey Anastasio Band, Allen Stone, Turkuaz, and more. Those who’ve attended in years past are familiar with the fact that this night is notoriously one of the best of the year, so don’t miss out on what’s to be the best yet.L4LM’s own B.Getz caught up with the drummer to discuss how the birthday bash tradition began, the charitable aspect of the evening, and asking friends and other musicians that he has met over the past year to join in the festivities:“I basically put a bunch of calls to some of my favorite people to watch play, and they all said, ‘Yes.’ It started like that and has evolved into something I love. We give the proceeds to charity when we do it. What it’s become now is sort of a reflection of my year that just passed in terms of the relationships I’ve made, the relationships I’ve nurtured, the people that I’ve played with, the music that I’ve heard and enjoyed. Also, when it comes down to song selection, people might not know the actual ins and outs, but the songs I pick are definitely a reflection of what has been going on in my life.”EXCLUSIVE: Turkuaz’s Michelangelo Carubba Dishes On His Upcoming All-Star Birthday BashSome of those names on the confirmed lineup that will join Carubba are the just announced additions of Snarky Puppy/Ghost-Note drummer Robert “Sput” Searight and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds bassist Josh Myers, along with previously announced TAB trumpeter and vocalist Jennifer Hartswick, Allen Stone keyboardist Steveland Swatkins, Snarky Puppy members Nate Werth, Justin Stanton, Mike Maher, and Chris Bullock. The list doesn’t stop there as fellow Turkuaz brothers and sisters Craig Brodhead, Shira Elias, and Sammi Garett, and singer-songwriters Ryan Montbleau and Chris Jacobs are also on tap to make some musical magic happen on this jubilant evening. Expect an additional surprise or two to make their way on stage for the celebration. This is an annual party that you will not want to miss!Tickets for the show are currently on-sale here. For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Event page at this link.Michelangelo Carubba’s 3rd Annual Birthday Bash Full LineupMichelangelo CarubbaRyan MontbleauCris JacobsJennifer HartswickRobert “Sput” SearightNate WerthJosh MyersCraig BrodheadShira EliasSammi GarettSteveland SwatkinsJustin StantonMike MaherChris Bullock+ More
The inaugural Canyon Jam at Colorado’s iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre features several of the jam scene’s “Next Phase” of bands, including Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’. The two-day event takes place on September 8th and 9th, and is looking to be an annual affair boasting some of the jam scene’s top young talent. With the event just several weeks away, we decided to catch up with members of each band on the lineup in this new Live For Live Music interview series dubbed Road To Canyon Jam.Why The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Is One Of The Most Coveted Scenic Venues In The CountryOur first four installments of the “Road To Canyon Jam” interview series featured conversations with Cycles’ guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood, drummer Rob Houk of Buffalo-based jammers Aqueous, Spafford bassist Jordan Fairless, and Organ Freeman’s Trevor Steel. In our latest installment, we bring you a conversation with guitarist Justin Reckamp of rising Chicago jam favorites Mungion from late last month. Since then, you’ve likely heard a fair amount about Mungion, after their tour van and trailer–containing all their gear, lights, and other equipment–was stolen in Detroit. As the band explained in a statement, “Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood, we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors we piled up in a hatchback and drove 6 hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!”A matter of days before setting out on their first headlining tour, the band’s entire infrastructure literally disappeared overnight. However, the Chicago community, and the music community at large, banded together to help Mungion in their time on need, raising over $30,000 to replace their gear and their transportation with help from a successful GoFundMe campaign, a local benefit show in Chicago, and even a spot on NBC News Chicago about fans’ supportive response to the situation. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Mungion is hitting the road for their first headlining tour as planned, starting Thursday night, 9/7 in Denver followed, of course, by their highly-anticipated performance at Canyon Jam.As we get ready to jam with Mungion at the Mishawaka this weekend, check out his thoughts on the “yams,” the exceptional music scene in Colorado, and the thrill of playing such a storied, scenic venue.Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Live For Live Music: The nature of Canyon Jam centers around the art of the “jam.” What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients to make up a solid improvisation?Justin Reckamp: Well over here in camp Mungion, we believe that our most magical “yams” (a.k.a. Mungion’s jams) happen when we are all actively listening and reacting to one another. If each person in the group is truly in the moment, then it usually happens seamlessly. Within certain sections of our tunes, we try and move together, hopefully creating different themes as a collective, and taking the music to different places from the night before. This is when the real fun begins.“Sticking the landing” is something that doesn’t always happen when we’re trying to yam in the live setting, you have to remember that even if a yam tanks, no one is going to get hurt. A huge part of it is just about falling on your face and getting back up, and hopefully learning a thing or two from the journey alone. Don’t be too quick to judge though… Sometimes what we think are bad yams are our audience’s favorite moments. One more thing, if you’re thinking then you’re stinking. Don’t be thinking about what you ate for breakfast or how poopy the drive to the next gig will be. That’s bad for business.L4LM: Because Canyon Jam is in its first year and given the location and the lineup, what are you most excited about for Canyon Jam?JR: We’re all really excited to play at such an amazing venue with some of our best buds. Mishawaka looks like an amazing place to play, and I’m sure that alone will have a positive impact on the music. Great people, great music, great scenery…It’s a win-win for everyone.L4LM: In their earlier years, bands like The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, and STS9 performed at the Mishawaka. Do you ever put any thought into bands that have played iconic venues before you and how that relates to your own career?JR: We’re just really happy to play at some of these iconic venues so early in our career. We have an amazing team of people in camp Mungion and are grateful for all these amazing opportunities. Just trying to keep the torch burnin’.L4LM: The Mishawaka is known for its intimate and gorgeous setting. How does a venue’s vibe affect how you go into a performance?JR: There’s definitely something special that happens when we play outside venues. Breathe in that fresh air, take in our surroundings and turn it up to 11. We love all the outside feels. All of them!L4LM: Playing Colorado, in general, always seems to bring out the best in bands. Why do you think that is?JR: Colorado is the mecca for the jam band scene and that is no secret. There is a rich jam culture in Colorado and it’s apparent at the shows. People come out and boogie down on a Tuesday night like it’s nothing but a peanut, and that is a rare occasion. We have A LOT of love for the Colorado fam. Can’t wait to be back there!Friday Schedule:6 pm – Doors8 pm – 9 pm – Moves at Midnight9:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Mungion11 pm – 1 am – Main SqueezeSaturday Schedule:4 pm – Doors6 pm – 6:40 pm – Jus Sayin’7 pm – 8 pm – Cycles8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Organ Freeman10 pm – 11:30 pm – Aqueous12 am – 2 am – Spafford