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With their summer tour proper starting tonight, Dave Matthews Band has treated fans to some stellar pro-shot footage from a show held around this time last year. The band recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a hometown performance in Charlottesville, VA, but that show was a late addition to a previously-announced extensive summer schedule.As the music rolls on at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas tonight, DMB went through their archives to pull up a gem from May 16th, 2015 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX. The song of choice is “Rhyme and Reason,” jammed out to perfection by one of the funnest bands around!Watch the pro-shot “Rhyme And Reason” video from 5/16/15 below, courtesy of Dave Matthews Band:Considering DMB debuted three new songs at their 25th anniversary celebration, we can’t wait to see what fans have in store tonight! Full summer plans can be found here.
Tech giant Intel decided to go all out in their efforts to fire up viewers for the season finale of America’s Greatest Makers, their TBS reality series, by commissioning YouTube sensation/noted pyromaniac Colin Furze for a literal smoking bass solo and a guitar that doesn’t get set on fire…it sets things ON fire! The series featured 24 teams competing for a million dollar grand prize that required them to incorporate Intel technology inside an invention that somehow aided society. The teams presented their creations to a panel of judges that included Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who helped select the overall winning invention, Grush, a smart tooth brush that links with a mobile game app to help teach children to brush more thoroughly.With the finale drawing near, the show runners turned to viral video maker and gadgeteer extraordinaire Furze, who has turned everything he can get his hands on into some sort of firework laden spectacle of danger. While Furze has tricked out instruments in the past, it’s a wonder that he hasn’t indulged his pyromaniacal tendencies until now, but he was obviously savoring the opportunity. Sticking to the rules of the competition, he included circuitry manufactured by Intel, and even took the time to warm up for the flame throwing guitar by creating a bass guitar with a smoke machine and strobe lights.Check out his production process for the bass and guitar below:Smoking Strobe Bass BuildFlame Throwing Guitar BuildFinally, he put both instruments in the hands of people who could handle that sort of responsibility, took to the drum kit and produced one of the more dangerous jam sessions we’ve ever seen! Check out the carnage below!It’s something straight out of Mad Max: Fury Road! Let’s hope none of our favorite bands pick this up any time soon…
At Brooklyn Bowl this past Saturday, the venue threw a going away party for Peter Costello and his wife Amanda who are making a move from New York. Costello, who is Brooklyn Bowl’s production manager and has worked with Peter Shapiro dating all the way back to the Wetlands Preserve, also manages Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and is essentially the guy that makes sure everything is running properly behind the scenes.Watch Scott Metzger Cover Grateful Dead, The Band In Rare Solo Set [Full Video]For the couple’s going away party, guitarist Scott Metzger’s group RANA were slated as the headliner for the evening. It was the band’s first full performance (outside of an unannounced set at Three’s Brewing on 9/28/2015) since 2011. The New Jersey rockers, made up of Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead / Wolf!), Matt Trowbridge on vocals/keys, Andrew Southern on bass/vocals, and Ryan Thornton on drums/vocals, put on a two-set show that featured a guest spot from James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) on the tenor sax for “900 Numbers”, and Costello helping out on vocal duty during a cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Viola Lee Blues”.Listen to the show in its entirety, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts:Setlist: RANA at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 6/18/16 Set One: I Waste It Livin Was Easy Not So Mopso Good Book -> Mandy Moore The Legend Of Zelda Silver Not Gold -> Ring In The Sand -> Poop Jazz Fits Gerald -> Ring In The Sand -> I’m Comin’ Correct What Deaner Was Talkin About -> For Some Time Minka Malinka Charm Bracelet Set Two: intro/crowd Smile Replacements Do I Have To Ask? One Dear Son -> We Will Not Be Lovers Ghetto Queen 900 Numbers * banter – Costello appreciation Viola Lee Blues @ 84th Precinct Carbombed Again Buy Sell Or Break Backstage Pass outro/Pete Shapiro video Matt Trowbridge – Keyboards & Vocals Scott Metzger – Guitar & Vocals Andrew Southern – Bass & Vocals Ryan Thornton – Drums * w/ James Casey – Tenor Saxophone @ w/ Peter Costello – Vocals
Last night, Umphrey’s McGee and The Main Squeeze tore through the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis. For the first time, fans were treated to an exciting collaboration with TMS’s Corey Frye and headliners Umphrey’s McGee. The soul singer sat in for a cover of Mark Ronson‘s “Daffodilis” toward the end of the second set, making dreams come true for the home team of Chicago.Luckily there’s video of this exciting occasion, courtesy of The Main Squeeze’s Facebook page:The night was filled with contagious energy, with prog epic “Mantis”, reggae tinged classic “Higgins”, and a “Nothing Too Fancy” > end of “Mantis” first-set closer. Second set brought a scorching “Ocean Billy” “Cut The Cable” sandwich, before Frye took the stage for an unforgettable funk-pop performance. The night closed with an exciting “Live And Let Die” cover of Paul McCartney & Wings, which has only been played once previously this year, in April at The Major Rager in Augusta, GA.
Last month, Umphrey’s McGee delighted fans with an extensive winter 2017 tour announcement. The band had previously scheduled dates from January 13th through February 4th, hitting venues throughout the East Coast and into Michigan, as well as a three-night run in Asheville, NC from February 17-19 featuring Greensky Bluegrass. Today, the band has doubled down on their previous tour announcements, extending it into the West Coast with twelve new dates from March 1st through the 19th.The new tour dates begin with two nights at The Hive in Sandpoint, ID, and will continue with two more nights at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. Jam group Polecat will be accompanying for the Missoula dates, adding some funky fun to the UM run. From there they’ll hit Utah, before heading through Nevada, Arizona and California to close out the March run of shows.The second half of the tour will again see Umphrey’s McGee pair up with jam band up and comers Spafford, who continue to hold their own with a true penchant for improvisation. The band was recently featured as support for Lotus over two nights in Chicago, and was scheduled to open for Umphrey’s at eight of the twelve previously announced dates. They’ll hop on the tour on March 10th through its finale on the 19th. Spafford is also scheduled for a two-night post-Phish New Year’s run in New York, NY with The Magic Beans. Details here.Check out Umphrey’s McGee’s newly announced tour dates below, and head to their website for more information.Umphrey’s McGee Winter 2017 Tour DatesJanuary 13th, 14th & 15th – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GAJanuary 20th and 21st – The National, Richmond, VA*January 22nd – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PAJanuary 26th – College St. Music Hall, New Haven, CT**January 27th – State Theatre, Portland, ME**January 28th – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY**January 29th – Anthology, Rochester, NY**February 3rd & 4th – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI*February 17th & 18th – Exploreasheville.com Arena, Asheville, NC^February 19th – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NCMarch 1st & 2nd – The Hive, Sandpoint, IDMarch 3rd & 4th – The Wilma, Missoula, MT#March 9th – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UTMarch 10th – Montbleu Theater, Stateline, NV*March 11th – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA*March 12th – Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA*March 16th – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ*March 17th – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV*March 18th – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA*March 19th – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA** w/ Special Guest Spafford** w/ Special Guests Joshua Redman & Spafford^ w/ Special Guest Greensky Bluegrass# w/ Special Guest Polecat
Prince was a man of mystery, both in the public and private eye. He was a philanthropist, anonymously helping others for the sake of being generous. When the Purple One found out that Clyde Stubblefield had cancer fifteen years ago, with medical bills amounting to $90,000, he had his team call the “Funky Drummer”‘s wife to offer some help. He donated $80,000 and asked that his good deed be left out of the ears of the press.Stubblefield was one of Prince’s “drumming idols,” according to a member of Prince’s former charity team at Love 4 One Another. The respect was musical, as Stubblefield told Madison, Wisconsin’s News 3 that “He was very different. To help people, number one, that makes you different right there.” Perhaps the most beautiful part of this story is that Prince and Clyde Stubblefield had never actually met in real life. “I still don’t understand why,” Stubblefield concluded. We should all learn from Prince and continue his random acts of kindness in our own lives.[via Billboard]
When Coachella announced their lineup, it boasted one of the biggest “gets” in the festival’s history. Sure, huge, world-famous acts like Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar wee on the bill, but the real news was that pop superstar Beyoncé would headline both weekends with them. In recent months, Beyoncé revealed that she is pregnant with twins, however, she would still perform at the multi-weekend mega festival. Some fans were skeptical, given the circumstances, however, she turned in an incredible performance that mixed in visual art elements at The Grammy Awards that seemed to ease the concerns of fans nervous that she’d cancel her performances at Coachella.However, that comfort was short lived, as Beyoncé has now been forced to cancel her performances at Coachella 2017 due to her pregnancy, citing “doctor’s orders.” The festival has not announced a replacement act yet, but did announce that Beyoncé will honor her commitment to the festival by headlining the event in 2018. See below for a full statement from Beyoncé’s team, Parkwood Entertainment, and Coachella festival organizers Goldenvoice, courtesy of the Associated Press:“Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.”[Photo via Kevin Mazur via Getty Images]
Umphrey’s McGee continued the West Coast leg of their tour last night, hitting San Rafael, California, and Phil Lesh’s intimate and iconic venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Fans able to make the show in the 420-capacity room were treated to two delicious sets, with the first set opening with “October Rain,” video of which can be seen below courtesy of TourGigs. Other highlights of night included two jammed out sandwiches, one in the first set with “Similar Skin” and its return housing “The Triple Wide,” and the other using “Utopian Fir” to sandwich a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in the middle of the five-song non-stop opening sequence which kicked off the second set. You can also check out a full gallery of photos from the night, courtesy of Zack Blum, and the show’s setlist below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/12/2017Set 1: October Rain > Higgins, Rosanna > Prowler, Similar Skin > The Triple Wide > Similar Skin, No Diablo, The Weight Around, 40’s ThemeSet 2: In The Kitchen > Utopian Fir > Immigrant Song > Utopian Fir > Making Flippy Floppy, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Conduit > Make It RightEncore: Divisions with Brendan on acoustic incomplete with 24 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) jam Load remaining images
As you’ve likely heard by now, Tedeschi Trucks Band keyboardist/flautist/multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge had a heart attack this past Tuesday night. After suffering from an aortic aneurysm, the musician was taken to the hospital in Atlanta, where he underwent surgery to replace his aorta and repair a valve. Kofi’s brother (Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge) and family rushed to be by his side upon hearing of the medical scare.Kofi Burbridge Suffers Heart Attack, Is Currently Stable In AtlantaMembers of Tedeschi Trucks Band were with him throughout the entire ordeal, and have posted several updates since the initial health crisis. The group gave the most updated report with regards to his status just a few hours ago. According the the band’s Facebook post, “We are so happy to report the good news that our brother Kofi Burbridge is doing very well following his surgery and his doctors expect a full recovery.”While Kofi recovers and gets his health and strength back to return to the road, the group has announced that keyboardist Carey Frank–a relatively unknown young South Florida-native keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist based out of LA–will tour with the them throughout the rest of their Wheel of Soul summer tour dates.With a major health concern such as this, there is always a long road to recovery ahead. Until then, we wish the best of luck to Carey Frank in filling Burbridge’s massive musical shoes this summer, and we wish Kofi luck and the best of health as he fights his way back to the stage with Tedeschi Trucks Band, where he belongs. Check out the full statement from the band in the Facebook post below:Next up for the band is a run of performances with The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna, which picks up at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Guilford, NH next Saturday, July 24th. For a full list of upcoming Tedeschi Truck band tour dates, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via Kimberly Annette Photography]