It’s been 43 long years since the original Santana lineup graced the stage, but you wouldn’t have known it from the band’s performance at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV last night. Santana recently announced that his original band, featuring musicians like Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums), would reunite for both a new album and a single performance.That performance took place last night in Vegas, as the original Santana band hit the stage and played songs both old and new for a wildly enthusiastic crowd. While the concert was taped for a TV special and subsequent DVD release, one fan filmed a couple highlights for us to share and enjoy.Watch clips of “No One To Depend On” and “Evil Ways” from the show below, courtesy of Blaise Sison:“No One To Depend On” “Evil Ways”The original Santana crew is set to release Santana IV on April 15th. You can stream their leading single, “Blues Magic,” right here.
Month: March 2021
moe.‘s barnstorming trip up the west coast stopped into Portland, OR last Friday, April 14th, for two sets of tunes that had the sold out Wonder Ballroom jamming the night away. It’s been a few years since moe. visited, outside of a quick radio promotion last year, and the people of the City Of Roses were lined up outside the venue for their return. The pent up need to see their favorite band had moe.rons buzzing in excitement over the jams to come. Adding to the excitement for the visit was the beloved Chris Robinson Brotherhood, who opened up the show and rocked the early arrivers.It didn’t take long for the band to deliver the first special moe.ment of the show, as the segue way from “Big World” into “Ricky Marten” was received with a rousing cheer as the floor dissolved into a full on dance party. The anthemic “Billy Goat” had fans belting out the battle cry chorus and head-banging to the aggressive jams. Closing out the set, the band delivered one of the stranger combinations of the West Coast run, following the classic “Spine Of A Dog” into “Buster” combination by playing into the much slower and down tempo “Cathedral.” While not something fans were ready for, it served as a perfect cool down to end the first musical stanza.Check out “Billy Goat” from the side of the stage in the video below:After a short break, moe. returned to the stage and unleashed a spacey, expansive take on the Al Schnier penned “Silver Sun.” The floating guitar notes descended into feedback howls while the rhythm provided the appropriate backdrops for each section. To anchor the second set, moe. served fans a 50 plus minute musical sandwich, with “The Road” serving as bookends to a wide spanning jam that took delirious fans all the way down to a dark, free wheeling version of “The Pit,” before visiting with one of the band’s most beloved characters, “Timmy Tucker.” Percussionist Jim Loughlin displayed his continuing evolution in the band, his intensive xylophone and vibraphone runs giving the music a bouncy, jazz-y dimension.Check out “Silver Sun” from the side of the stage below:The aforementioned Schnier, fellow guitarist Chuck Garvey and bassist Rob Derhak were demonstrably enjoying the evening. None of their amazing work would have possible without the nuclear clock precision of drummer Vinnie Amico, who, while shunning the spotlight, proves himself to be the most important person onstage with an unassuming grace that is always about doing the job for the job’s sake.Closing out the second set with the crowd favorite sing-a-long “Wind It Up” was a smart move on the band’s part, as it provided a vigorous, rallying point for the crowd to get behind. The two song encore of “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Downward Facing Dog” gave the capacity crowd a last chance to build and release through the massive waves of sonic force that moe. was laying down, and shake the floor once more. As the last notes rang out and the crowd begged for more to no avail, it was clear to everyone that the band should visit this corner of the country far more often.Setlist: moe. at the Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR – 4/15/16Set I: Big World > Ricky Marten > Billy Goat, Do Or Die, Spine Of A Dog > Buster> CathedralSet II: Silver Sun, The Road> Tubing The River Styx> The Pit> Timmy Tucker > The Road, Wind It UpEnc: Stranger Than Fiction, Downward Facing DogThe Chris Robinson Brotherhood started the night off right with a well received set of high energy southern blues-rock. Robinson and guitarist Neal Casal brought the guitar drawl out in a rocking manner, evoking but not aping past masters with energy and aplomb. Though the former Black Crowes frontman says that band is gone for good, the good will he created with that band has surely not faded, as “Hard To Handle” got long time fans up in arms and spirits from the very first note. “Narcissus Soaking Wet” showed a more rigid structure that worked well against the looser material that preceded it, and the fiery closer “Shore Power” gave the audience a satisfying finale to the first musical salvo fired from the stage that night.
In terms of soul-driven music, no three names are more recognizable than Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince. MJ was the “King Of Pop.” James Brown was the “Godfather Of Soul.” And Prince, well; he’s the Prince. Unbelievably, all three shared the stage in 1983. At first, just Jackson and Brown are on stage, but MJ whispers something into Brown’s ear and urges him to bring Prince up on stage. James Brown introduces Prince, and says to him, “Prince, you gotta do something.” So Prince gets a guitar, and as the horns drop out, the man digs deep and absolutely dominates it. From there, things only get wilder, as Prince takes off his shirt and really whirls the crowd into a frenzy during this funk-fueled jam. Don’t believe us? Watch it all go on down, below:———For a taste of two of the greatest musicians of all time, check out James Brown vs. Prince ft. the James Brown Dance Party (members of Trey Anastasio Band, Lettuce, Turkuaz, Kung Fu and more) and Swift Technique, next Wednesday, 6/22 at The Hall at MP in Brooklyn! More Info // Tickets
My Morning Jacket returned to Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, May 29th, playing the second of two sold-out shows at the historic Morrison, CO venue. Never ones to give fans a duplicate setlist, the second show featured no repeats from night one, and some intriguing song selections throughout the setlist.Opening with The Waterfall track “Compound Fracture,” the band kept the set rocking with classics like “The Dark” and “Off The Record.” They worked in their newest song, “Throwback (When We Were Young),” into the first half of the first set as well. The set included a couple of great debuts, including the first 2016 performances of “The Bear” and “O Is The One That Is Real.”Of course, the biggest surprise of the main set was a cover of Prince’s “Take Me With U,” from Prince’s Purple Rain album. MMJ has been steadily building up their repertoire of Prince songs, including a moving “Purple Rain” during night one. To bring out such a rare gem at a historic locale like Red Rocks must have been an incredible musical moment.The show’s encore saw the return of guitarist Johnny Quaid, who had joined in on night one and played through the entire seven-song encore. The band tore through classic tracks including covers of Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and Commodores’ “Easy.” The encore also saw a number of classic MMJ tunes, like the 2016 debut of “Holdin On To Black Metal,” as well as tracks like “Phone Went West,” “Wordless Chorus,” “Dancefloors,” and the finale, “One Big Holiday.”Watch some highlights below:Peaceful Easy FeelingPhone Went WestOne Big HolidayCheck out the full setlist from last night’s show, below.Edit this setlist | More My Morning Jacket setlists
The beloved rockers of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood have an exciting summer season ahead, especially with the release of their new album Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel on July 29th via Silver Arrow Records. With a number of performances lined up for the summer, the CRB won’t slow things down in the slightest, as they’ve just added another 20 shows through September and October.“This band is about being a part of a community, it’s our little CRB culture,” says Robinson in a statement. “These are our services when we play our music. And when it’s at its best, we feel like the music makes a connection with people that’s on a level that has nothing to do with commerce or nostalgia. There’s some other gravity that keeps us all together in those moments, and it’s representative of that kind of magic spell we’re chasing.”The new run of shows kicks off in September, running from Buffalo, NY throughout the East Coast and Midwest. The band will be bringing the music to the people all year round, and we couldn’t be more excited.Check out the full schedule of shows below.Chris Robinson Brotherhood Tour DatesJuly 1 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 15 – Charleston, SC – The Music FarmJuly 16 – Orlando, FL – The BeachamJuly 17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture RoomJuly 19 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State TheatreJuly 21 – Macon, GA – Cox Capital TheatreJuly 22 – Augusta, GA – Sky CityJuly 23 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheaterJuly 24 – Norfolk, VA – The NorvaJuly 26 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone PonyJuly 27 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head OnstageJuly 29 – Fairfield, CT – The WarehouseJuly 30 – Beverly, MA – The CabotJuly 31 – Plymouth, NH – Flying MonkeyAugust 5 – Stowe, VT – The Rusty NailAugust 6 – Hartford, CT – Infinity HallAugust 7 – Newton, NJ – The Newton TheatreAugust 25 – Arrington, VA – LOCKN’September 16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheaterSeptember 21 – Buffalo, NY – Town BallroomSeptember 23 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot BallroomSeptember 25 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland BallroomSeptember 26 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland BallroomSeptember 29 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman TheaterSeptember 30 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubOctober 1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubOctober 2 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott TheatreOctober 4 – Grand Rapids, MI – The IntersectionOctober 6 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century TheaterOctober 7 – Nashville, TN – Cannery BallroomOctober 8 – Columbia, MO – The Blue NoteOctober 9 – Omaha, NE – SlowdownOctober 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity TheaterOctober 13 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National CenterOctober 14 – Chicago, IL – Thalia HallOctober 15 – Madison, WI – Majestic TheatreOctober 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomOctober 20 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music HallOctober 21 – Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theatre
Phish has been on a roll, opening their 2016 summer tour with big show after big show. Beginning with a bust-out-laden show at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, MN, the band hit a two night home run in Chicago at the legendary Wrigley Field, played a fun Sunday show at the phan favorite venue formerly-known-as Deer Creek, and followed that up with back-to-back traditional multi-night runs at The Mann Center, and Saratoga Performing Arts Center, aka SPAC. Through it all, Phish have showcased the synced-up playing, deep catalog, fun covers, and impressive improvisation that the band is known for.As we prepare for Phish to close out the East Coast leg of their Summer tour this coming weekend, we took a look at the stats from the first nine shows of the tour, courtesy of International House of ZZYZX and phish.net, looking for any patterns, standout moments, or anything else of significance. What we found was a ton of songs, a number of big-time jams, and several mind-blowing bust-outs that show the band is still playing at the top of their game.“Twist” from Wrigley Field, 6/24/16Phish have played a huge number of songs on their summer tour so far. Having performed 149 unique songs over 9 shows, the band has opened up their catalog early and often this summer, making for some interesting setlists and big bust-outs. Their first show in St. Paul, MN saw the band eschew new material in favor of a bust-out-heavy show, anchored by covers of The Beatles‘ “Dear Prudence” and The Velvet Underground‘s “I Found A Reason”, which were both played for the first time since their respective bands were covered by Phish for Halloween shows in the 90s. “Dear Prudence” hadn’t been played in a whopping 796 shows, which easily makes it the biggest bust-out of the summer. All in all, the band played six songs that night for the first time in over 100 shows, and in following nights we saw the first “I Am The Walrus” in 229 shows to close out night two of the Wrigley Field run, and “Sleep Again” was played during the first night at The Mann Center for the first time in 224 shows.With so many unique songs being played, only a few were played twice, and a small handful made it into the rotation three times. New song “Breath and Burning” seems to be in heavy rotation with several early appearances, 2014 album title track “Fuego” has become a reliable favorite, Phish classic “Harry Hood” is always a welcome addition to any setlist, and the newer jam vehicle “No Men In No Men’s Land” continues to impress. In contrast to the four most-played songs, a whopping 104 songs were only performed one time. With 22 songs-per-show played so far, and an average of 11.5 unique songs being played each night, that means that each show, on average, featured a setlist where at least 50% of the set are rarities or deeper cuts. That is truly impressive! “The Moma Dance”, from SPAC night 3, 7/3/16Phish has played some standout jams on this tour, as they have already stretched 6 songs past the 15-minute mark this summer. Fans at SPAC this weekend were blessed with the two longest jams of the tour, with an impressive “Chalk Dust Torture” clocking in at 22 minutes and 37 seconds on Friday night, and Sunday night’s gorgeous 17-minute and 34 second masterpiece version of “The Moma Dance”. Wrigley Field saw a number of lengthy jams, with Friday’s “Down with Disease” and “Twist, and Saturday’s “Divided Sky” and “Fluffhead” (the first one in 52 shows) standing out as some of the best moments of the tour so far.One interesting note is the addition of the Marimba Lumina into the jam arsenal. What had typically been reserved for drummer Jon Fishman‘s solo on “Scent of a Mule” (which made one appearance during the first night at The Mann Center), Trey Anastasio has surprisingly jumped on to the percussive MIDI controller on three occasions, adding an interesting element to “You Enjoy Myself” during night 1 in Philadelphia, and during “Chalk Dust Torture” and “Martian Monster” during the SPAC run. Time will only tell if the Marimba Lumina will continue to be used so regularly by Trey during imrpov sections.“Chalk Dust Torture” from SPAC Night 1, 7/1/16Check out all the numbers below, and see for yourselves just how awesome Phish has been through the first nine shows of their summer tour.Shows9Venues5 – The Xcel Center, St. Paul, MN; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL; Klipsch Music Center (aka Deer Creek), Noblesville, IN; The Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA; Saratoga Performing Arts Center (aka SPAC), Saratoga Springs, NY.Songs Played198Unique Songs Played149Number of Songs Played One Time Only 104Song Played The Most Times“Breath and Burning”, “Fuego”, “Harry Hood”, “No Men In No Men’s Land” – 3 times each.Biggest Bust-Outs of Tour“Dear Prudence” (Beatles) – 796 shows – 6/22/16, Xcel Center“I Found A Reason” (Velvet Underground) – 493 Shows – 6/22/16, Xcel Center“I Am the Walrus” (Beatles) – 229 shows – 6/25/16, Wrigley Field“Sleep Again” – 224 shows – 6/28/16, The Mann Center“Pigtail” – 195 shows – 6/22/16, Xcel Center“Round Room” – 192 shows – 6/22/16, Xcel Center“Daniel Saw The Stone” – 140 shows – 6/22/16, Xcel Center“Uncle Pen” – 123 Shows – 6/22/16, Xcel CenterTimes Marimba Lumina Was Used:“You Enjoy Myself” – 6/28/16, The Mann Center“Chalk Dust Torture” – 7/1/16, Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center“Martian Monster” – 7/2/16, Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center“Scent of a Mule” – 7/3/16, Saratoga Springs Performing Arts CenterLongest Songs: “Chalk Dust Torture”, 22:37, 7/1/16, Saratoga Performing Arts Center“The Moma Dance”, 17:34, 7/3/16, Saratoga Performing Arts Center“Down with Disease”, 16:52, 6/24/16, Wrigley Field“Crosseyed and Painless”, 16:20, 6/29/16, The Mann Center“Fuego”, 16:04, 6/28/16, The Mann Center“Twist”, 15:13, 6/25/16, Wrigley Field“Divided Sky”, 15:08, 6/25/16, Wrigley Field“Fluffhead”, 14:59, 6/25/16, Wrigley Field“Harry Hood”, 14:50, 6/29/16, The Mann Center
Lotus‘ Luke Miller brought his Luke the Knife project to Fort Collins, CO’s the Aggie Theatre last night for a Saturday night dance session with Fun Factory and Nasty Nachos. Miller dropped some nu-disco/house-laden remixes from a myriad of diverse artists from across the musical spectrum.Highlights included choice cuts of Glass Animals‘ “Gooey,” Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams,” and the Talking Heads‘ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody),” which provided the perfect backdrop to warm yourself up on what was a rather brisk, Colorado night. Miller delivered some sleek, sexy and sensuous beats over a near 2-hour set that had everyone in attendance feeling the groove. Check out some video from Luke the Knife’s set below, and check out his Soundcloud page here.Glass Animals “Gooey”:Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” (4-minute mark):
In a lot of ways, 2017 seems to be a year of change for progressive jam legends, Umphrey’s McGee. When the band announced a three-night run at the Tabernacle in Atlanta this January, it unceremoniously signaled the end of their four-year tradition of playing New York’s famous Beacon Theater, to the dismay of many fans who had grown accustomed to the annual block of shows. At the time, the band claimed to be switching things up to avoid being too predictable. It was understandable, yet, many of their fans were certainly let down. Now, Umphrey’s McGee have announced the 2017 cancellation of perhaps their most beloved event for hardcore Umphreaks.Started in 2010, UMBowl was the go-to event for Umphrey’s megafans. It was a four-set performance that mimicked a football game, with each set acting as a “quarter”, and the encore acting as ‘overtime”. Each quarter had a different theme, ranging from fan-voted jams from years past, fan-selected covers and rarities, full sets of improv, and more. UMBowl was the show where you could relive your favorite piece of improv, demand a new song from the band, vote for a crazy out-of-left-field cover, and just generally experience the band pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone. It was a way for the band to interact with their fans while on stage, giving them the ability to have a say in almost every element of the show. The band always worked with Lighting Designer Jefferson Waful to add a unique video element, parodying movies like Forrest Gump and Almost Famous, and of course their infamous collaboration with ESPN’s Around The Horn television show.And now, UMBowl is no more. Yesterday, Umphrey’s released a statement on their website that revealed that the event would not take place in 2017. See the full statement below.While determining plans for UM shows next year, many of you have inquired about UMBowl. We have decided to take the year off from UMBowl in 2017. We’ll continue to focus on more multi-night events across the country as well a new original studio album. Rest easy knowing that we’re not hanging up our cleats permanently, UMBowl will be back.Umphrey’s fans across the country are sure to be upset by this news. However, one would have to imagine that the band and their management, known for their dedication and interaction with their fans, must have a few tricks up their collective sleeve in 2017 to make up for the lack of this beloved event. If there’s anything to learn from this announcement from Umphrey’s McGee, it’s to expect the unexpected.
William Onyeabor, known for pioneering electro-funk in Nigeria, has passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70. The mysterious man can be credited for bringing space-age disco and funk through the 70’s and 80’s, composing, recording, and manually pressing nine albums by hand, before becoming a born-again Christian. From 1985 until now, Onyeabor not only retired from the music industry, but refused to publicly discuss his work almost entirely. With many theories surrounding his whereabouts, the most recent Wikipedia claim is that he worked as a taxi driver in Ireland.More recently, Onyeabor’s music was revitalized through a compilation album organized by Talking Heads’ David Byrne, called Who Is William Onyeabor?. Byrne even went so far as to form a supergroup with Money Mark, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (The Rapture), Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange), Joshua Redman, The Lidaju Sisters, Ghostpoet, and Sinkane called Atomic Bomb!.Read more about William Onyeabor in the Facebook post below, as written by Luaka Bop:William Onyeabor is perhaps best known for his song “Better Change Your Mind,” which you can listen to below:Rest In Peace, William Onyeabor!
If you love listening to vinyl, then get ready to boost that pastime into the 21st Century with LOVE, the world’s first intelligent turntable. LOVE Turntable has created what they claim to be the first “Smart” turntable, with a traditional stylus controlled by a digital receiver. With an easy-to-use app, you can control your vinyl playing through a Wireless or Bluetooth connection!The technology seems to combine the best of the old and new, with a traditional stylus that can be operated from the convenience of your phone. Take a look at a short demonstration video, below.You can even use the app to navigate between tracks on the record, as the turntable scans the vinyl to identify track breaks and more. Seems pretty cool to us! You can find the Kickstarter campaign to pre-order the LOVE, here.