The Disco Biscuits closed out the 7th AURA Music Festival last Saturday with a raging two and a half hours of originals, covers, and extended jams. The band played two sets, holding nothing back in the beloved Spirit of the Suwannee, a place they can pretty much call “Home Again” around this time of year. The first set opened with a nearly thirty-minute double nod to the Grateful Dead, welcoming Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almot Dead) on guitar for both “Scarlet Begonias” and “I Know You Rider.” The jams ensued with a “Spacebird” > “Pimp Blue Rikkits” > “Morph” jam, until Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) joined the party for a “Funky Town” dance extravaganza, then closing with a “Spacebird” reprise.The second set kept the energy high, naturally so, with a “Caterpillar” > “Fifth of Beethoven” jam, ultimately bringing it all together with a “Home Again” > “Caterpillar” closer. Thanks to our friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS, we’re able to share some HD video footage of the band’s full set at AURA. Dig it below:Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at AURA Music Festival, Live Oak, FL – 3/5/16Set I: Scarlet Begonias*~I Know You Rider*. Spacebird~Pimp Blue Rikkits~Morph. Funky Town**~Spacebird.Set II: (joined in progress) Morph~Crystal Ball~Mulberry’s. Caterpillar~Fifth Of Beethoven, Home Again~Caterpillar.*w/ Tom Hamilton. **w/ Natalie Cressman & Jennifer HartswickBe sure to check out some of our other CHeeSeHeaD videos from AURA, including highlights like Thievery Corporation jamming out some Grateful Dead, theNEWDEAL’s full set, and Holly Bowling covering Phish, The Grateful Dead, and The Disco Biscuits. There’s more to come too!
This band rocks it! The full setlist can be seen below:Edit this setlist | More Tame Impala setlists Tame Impala always put on an exciting show, and there’s no denying that their rock-infused synth-pop psychedelia translates well into the live arena. Perhaps then it’s no surprise that the Australian band came out firing during their performance at Lollapalooza Brazil last weekend, playing a mix of new hits and old classics to delight fans from around the world.Check out pro-shot footage of the band rocking “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” and “Yes, I’m Changing” below, courtesy of Bruno Klinghoffer.
From September 30th through October 8th, New York City’s Beacon Theatre will be taken over by the glorious Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group has just announced a six-night residency at the storied venue, returning for the sixth straight year and for the first NYC performance since their showcase at the Apollo Theater earlier this year.The band has been on fire of late, ever since the release of their new studio album, Let Me Get By. The band continues to pack rockin’ soul in every tune, and even welcomed guests like Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons at Jazz Fest last weekend. Watch more from that set here.The six-night run will start on Friday, September 30th with support from Amy Ray, before a second night from TTB on October 1st. Dave Mason will support on October 4th, and Jorma Kaukonen will be on hand for October 5th. The final two nights, October 7th and 8th, will just feature the TTB members. All shows without supporting acts are slated to be two-set performances.Pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow, May 3rd, before the full on sale this Friday, May 6th, at 10 AM. Check the band’s website for details.[Via JamBase]
Twenty years ago, Washington, D.C- residents Rob Garza and Eric Hilton teamed up to form Thievery Corporation – a genre-bending, mind-twisting collective that mixed hip-hop, World Beat and dance music into a hypnotic soup of memorable songs and an unmatched live stage show. In the two decades since, they’ve never been shy about their decidedly left-of-center politics, and questioning the American political system. But they are still believers in Democracy at its core, so Rob, Eric and Thievery were kind enough to invite HeadCount to have a large role in their May 13th show at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado (Check out special ticket packages here, where you can watch the show from stage). At our invitation, Rob sat down with us for an engaging interview about his political viewpoints and how the 2016 presidential election offers some hope that there’s more than one path to elected office.This interview initially ran on HeadCount and has been reprinted with permission.HeadCount: How has your experience living in DC affected your views on American politics?Rob Garza: I think in a way it’s kind of made us more jaded toward the government in general. We have a lot of friends who come into Washington DC who are idealistic and have high hopes and end up being another cog in the machines so to speak. I think with us there’s the realization you can be elected as president and have all these great ideas, but in terms of really expecting change, your hands are tied. In terms of Congress, big money, banks, corporations, lobbying groups. It’s really a lot more difficult to get things done. So in a way it’s made us a little more weary of the political system.You mentioned money in politics. That’s obviously an issue that’s getting a lot of attention right now. What are your thoughts on that, and would you say that’s sort of a core, underlying issues that affects all others?Yeah it is. To me that is one of the most important issues being talked about – how the big banks and corporations affect American politics and funding different candidates and things like that. Even when it comes down to when you look at the media and the way that money and corporations affect the media as well. Look at something like the Iraq War and how complicit media was. You know, they’re talking about how Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, and people sort of believed inaccurately that somehow he was tied to 9/11. That sort of created momentum for this war in Iraq. Growing up we were taught media was would be the watchdog for the people and watch the government, but when you see all the big money in media, they’re almost another branch of the government. One thing when it comes to elections, sometimes you feel like coverage gets skewed toward certain candidates a little more. But the merging of government and big corporations is just very destructive to democracy as a whole.It’s certainly something a lot of people feel. What can a citizen do then? If someone wants to make a difference, what can they do?People feel powerless when it comes to the political process. I think that people being given options outside of the traditional partisan political systems – someone like Bernie Sanders who calls himself a socialist – is already stepping outside that box. I think it comes down to being more politically aware and socially conscious. Those are sort of like first steps. Finding candidates that you agree with. This interview is kind of hard because I totally don’t buy into the electoral process. When you look at something like the Iowa caucus and some of the delegates were chosen by coin toss. Some of these things have me sometimes skeptical about the electoral process. But I do think that just being aware is the first step. And then probably getting more involved on a local level. I don’t want to tell people who to vote for or who I’m voting for. But it is, for me, fascinating to see this grassroots swell of support for someone like Bernie Sanders who isn’t taking money from big corporate donors.Do you think, if anything, this election shows people that there’s more than one way? The conventional thinking is that the only way to win an election is to have a SuperPAC and have all these donors. Do you think maybe Sanders and also Trump have given people hope that there’s more than one way to get noticed?Yeah, I think that is the most important thing about this election. It’s providing proof that there are other ways and maybe ways we haven’t thought about before. That is something hopefully we can build on the for the future.Do you get the sense that your fans or people you meet at shows are more engaged and paying more attention than they have in the past?I feel like a lot of people are paying more attention. In terms of the amount of attention on the presidential debates and everything going on in the news. It’s definitely on people’s minds more. It’s strange being on the West Coast, living out here now – DC everyone is consumed with that – but living in a place like San Francisco, it’s definitely not like Washington D.C. But I think people are talking about a lot of things. You see a lot more on social media. I’d like to think that people’s sensibilities are changing, and people are becoming more aware. It definitely seems like we take steps forward — sometimes a step forward and two steps back kind of thing, but I think there is progress being made. Through candidates like Bernie Sanders or even Donald Trump, people are looking for alternatives to the status quo.What’s your feeling on the roles musicians play in pushing the national conversation forward?I think music foremost is a powerful form of communication. I don’t think that it always has to have something to say politically or socially. It’s [about] being in touch with feeling and spirit. But at the same time for me and Eric we were very really inspired by bands that did have something to say. Bands like The Clash and Pubic Enemy, Fugazi and Bob Marley. So it is a very powerful tool for communicating a message. At the same time I think it’s one of the easiest ways to introduce people to other cultures. With our music it’s a very global sound and we have singers from Iran, from Argentina, from Jamaica. Music is a very beautiful way of connection people and cultures. I think it’s just because for mine and Eric’s influences that we take it upon ourselves to talk about some of these political and socially conscious views through our music. We don’t want to necessarily tell you what to think… we want to make you think.With the attack at the Bataclan in Paris a few months ago. It certainly brought a lot o world issues closer to home for musicians. How did that affect you? Did it make you feel like walking on stage can be a risk?We definitely felt very sad about the attack. For us when it comes to being scared of being on stage I don’t think we’ve ever really thought of that. I saw some article your odds of getting killed in a terrorist attack are lower than getting killed by your own furniture in your house. That’s kind of what our record Culture of Fear was about – not putting yourself in that sphere. There’s a lyric in one of our songs that says “I’m more afraid of a credit card than a terrorist squad.” When you think of the day-to-day implications of a credit card and in a sense the slavery they have over our lives, as horrible and tragic as the terrorist attacks are, things that affect us on a day to day basis can be more harmful in the society we live in.You can catch Thievery Corporation on tour this Spring. For an unforgettable experience at Red Rocks on May 13th while supporting HeadCount, check out the special side-stage viewing opportunity.
Umphrey’s McGee returned for night two of their run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, bringing with them a flurry of newer songs and huge jams. After last night’s epic rager with Dweezil Zappa, Umphrey’s had Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Main Squeeze on the bill tonight, making for an exciting, three-pronged lineup of uptempo funk, energetic Grateful Dead jams, and several progressive masterpieces from the host band.Opening the first set with “Attachments”, which debuted at this year’s Holidaze event, Umphrey’s quickly transitioned to older material with a rare “Kabump”, making only its fourth appearance on a setlist in 2016, and it was one to remember as Jake Cinninger teased Funkadelic‘s “One Nation Under A Groove” during the tune. 2015 UMBowl track “In The Black” was up next, followed by the older “Example 1”, a song that dates back to UM’s pre-Cinninger era in 1998. After a run through the older tune, Brendan Bayliss switched to an acoustic guitar, and Umphrey’s went right back to the new stuff by playing “Gone for Good”, the single they debuted at January’s Reel to Real show. Bayliss kept the acoustic on for a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s beautiful “That’s The Way”, which was played last night for only the second time since 2013. The band closed the set with a classic combination of “Out of Order” into “All in Time”.Set Two began with the orchestral “Preamble”, which led into its traditional partner in the multi-sectional epic “Mantis”, which in turn led into another UMBowl 2015 track in “Make it Right”. “The Triple Wide” was next, with its thumping beats echoing off the rocks and bringing a party vibe into the show. The dance-heavy number wound it’s way through an impressive improv section that landed on the epic rocker “Puppet String”.Following “Puppet String”, fans were treated to the improvisational highlight of the evening, as Umphrey’s took “Hindsight” from 2014’s Similar Skin out for a walk. The improv fireworks continued with a huge run through a jam classic in “August”, which contained a “Jimmy Stewart” segment; this one peppered with lyrics from Bayliss’ songbook. “August” went unfinished, as the “Jimmy Stewart” segment bled into an incredible “Hurt Bird Bath”, bringing the second set to a close.For the encore, Umphrey’s started up with “Much Obliged”, which its funky beat and impressive guitar play. The song transitioned into a performance of The Who‘s “Join Together”, which featured Cinninger on harmonica for the fun debut cover that finished the show.Umphrey’s continues their summer with tour dates up and down the East Coast over the next few weeks. You can check out the full setlist from last night’s show, below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 7/3/16Set 1: Attachments, Kabump, In The Black, Example 1, Gone for Good, That’s the Way, Out Of Order > All In TimeSet 2: Preamble > Mantis > Make It Right, The Triple Wide > Puppet String, Hindsight, August > Hurt Bird BathEncore: Much Obliged > Join Together with One Nation Under a Groove (Funkadelic) teases with Brendan on acoustic with Jake on keys; unfinished “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics; unfinished debut, The Who; with Jake on harmonica
The show is still ongoing, but you can see the setlist as it updates below.Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists[Cover photo via jerrylesperance//Instagram] Pearl Jam is currently in the midst of their headlining performance at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, treating fans to a second great night of music from their incredible deep catalog. The band has been known to bring athletes on stage in years past, and even recently brought out some Red Sox alums for the show at Fenway Park. The show tonight takes the cake, however, as Pearl Jam brought out Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman during tonight’s show.Rodman came out during “Black, Red, Yellow,” pumping up the crowd during the song’s introduction and remaining on stage afterwards. You can watch it go down in the Instagram clip below.
While The Grateful Dead‘s 2015 50th anniversary shows were billed as Fare Thee Well, the spirit of the Dead has been as lively as ever over the last year, with solo projects like Bob Weir‘s solo Blue Mountain album and accompanying “Campfire Tour,” new iterations and rotating offshoots like Dead & Company and Phil & Friends, and various exciting collaborations (remember that time Bobby sat in with Phish?). Now, the band is commencing a new, large-scale reissue series.The first installment of this project–a deluxe release of the band’s eponymous 1967 debut album–will be available for purchase on January 20th. In addition to the original album, the set includes previously unreleased audio tracks from the Dead’s late-July 1966 Vancouver shows which are among the earliest live recordings of the band. The recordings capture the Dead’s early blues-y sound, before they kicked the psychedelia aspect into high gear toward the end of the decade.Today, the Grateful Dead shared audio of their performance of blues standard “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” from the July 29, 1966 Vancouver show, featuring harmonica and vocals from the late Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. Give it a listen below:We can’t wait for the Dead to continue to roll out classic gems like this one![via Entertainment Weekly]
2016 was a historic year for the concert ticketing industry, especially with President Obama’s notable decision to enact the BOTS Act forbidding the use of bot software to purchase tickets. In that spirit, the ticket company Ticketfly has teamed with the company Lyte to operate a secure marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets, fan-to-fan.“For many years I have mulled over how to best tackle the safe and secure resale of tickets for our clients and ticket buyers,” said Andrew Dreskin, Ticketfly’s CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “One that keeps the tickets in the hands of true fans, keeps control of the experience in the hands of our clients, ensures that the house is full for the artists, and renders obsolete scalpers who leach off the primary ecosystem. Lyte is that answer. We are delighted to be in business with these guys.”Ticketfly and Lyte will verify the exchange of tickets for sold out shows, thus working to reduce fraudulent ticket sales and keep tickets in the hands of actual fans. The partnership also serves to benefit artists by reducing the “no-show rate” of attendees, allowing musicians to play in front of more people for their performances. The Lyte/Ticketfly partnership will be launched at a handful of venues, including The Bomb Factory and Trees in Dallas Marathon Music Works in Nashville; Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco; and Whitewater Music Amphitheatre outside of Austin.You can find out more about Lyte by heading to their official website.
Live-electronica trio Yak Attack has been touring relentlessly around the country over the past year. Somehow, the group has somehow found the time to get in the studio to record music for their sophomore album, The Radiant Kind. With a release date of May 1st, the Oregon-based act is ready to drop some fresh funk, downtempo, jazz-laced beats on the scene, flashing their seriously creative technique.Recorded over the last year at B-Side Studios and The Map Room in their hometown of Portland, Dave Dernovsek (keys), Rowan Cobb (bass), and Nick Werth (drums) have been putting in serious work for this upcoming album. Yak Attack will celebrate The Radiant Kind with an album-release party at The Goodfoot in Portland on Saturday, April 29th. Check out the first single and title track from the album, “The Radiant Kind,” via Soundcloud below.[cover photo courtesy of Coleman Schwartz Media]
In less than two weeks, Brooklyn Comes Alive will arrive, bringing a bevy of unique super groups, tribute sets, and one-time-only jam sessions that the festival has become known for. This year, there will be tribute sets to the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Jamiroquai, and Herbie Hancock; unique one-off bands like moe.queous and Pow! Pow! Power Trio!; and jams hosted by Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Skerik, Dave Harrington, and more. On top of all that, there will be late-night sets from a variety of artists, including DJ Premier & The Badder Band, The Crystal Method, and KJ Sawka.At last year’s festival, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits wowed the Brooklyn Comes Alive audience with the debut of their [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits project with fellow electro-jam warriors Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee of Break Science. The project was received by an at-capacity audience, who went absolutely wild for [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits’ groove-and-synth-heavy electronic music and spot-on instrumental covers. The band was created specifically for Brooklyn Comes Alive, but in months since, has toured the Northeast, playing a number of huge festivals like Electric Forest and Camp Bisco.EXCLUSIVE: The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner Talks Prank War With Umphrey’s, Spotify, And BCAAfter setting the bar high last year, Brownstein and Magner are back with another impressive supergroup on Sunday of this year’s event. Simply titled “Brownstein / Magner / Cummins / Greenfield / Jalbert,” the players—The Disco Biscuits’ Brownie & Magner, Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee, Mike Greenfield of Lotus, and Ryan Jalbert of The Motet—make up a who’s who of the jam scene, with representatives from the vibrant musical hubs of Philadelphia, Chicago, and the front range of Colorado. Today, we have learned that two more powerful musicians have been added to the mix: Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman. These two female vocalists and horn players from Trey Anastasio Band will make up the supergroup’s horn section, though both will showcase their well-loved vocal talents as well.EXCLUSIVE: Joel Cummins Talks Umphrey’s/Biscuits Prank War And Post-World Series Hang With The CubsOne person who’s particularly excited for this set is Ryan Jalbert, who will be keeping the guitar duties locked down during this special super jam. Jalbert—who is making his Brooklyn Comes Alive debut this year—can typically be found on tour with rhythm funk champions, The Motet, or acting as the glue for countless super jams in Colorado. Jalbert has emerged as one of the go-to players in Colorado and is renowned for his skills as both a rhythm and lead player. He is also a skilled band leader, often charting out parts for his bandmates so everyone can stay organized while on stage.Jalbert tells Live For Live Music: “I’m honored to be joining this group of musical badasses at Brooklyn Comes Alive this year! I’m a fan of each of these guys as players but also for being all-around rad dudes. Between the five of us, we’re each contributing song ideas for an eclectic setlist, but the main goal is to keep it funky and allow room to stretch. All of these players have big ears and seem typically ready to let go and take chances, so I’m excited to see what happens. As always, I was thrilled to learn that we’ll have Jen and Natalie joining us to really push it over the top. This is my first time at this festival, but I’m super excited to come join a seemingly Jazzfest-esque Brooklyn musical take over with so many inspiring friends and peers.”Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive will turn three fantastic Williamsburg venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) and the surrounding city streets into a music lover’s game board for two full days on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey, and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.