Last Friday, February 26th, Anders Osborne came out firing for his first-ever headlining performance at the Capitol Theatre. Osborne has had a strong beginning of 2016, and has a new album called Spacedust & Ocean Views due out early this year. In celebration, Osborne brought his New Orleans-influenced sound to the famed Port Chester venue, with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies on as support.Naturally, fans who were keeping their fingers crossed for an Osborne-Hamilton collaboration got their wish, as the JRAD guitarist linked up with Osborne during the middle of his headlining set. Hamilton joined in for “Back On Dumaine,” an Osborne original, before segueing into a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Bertha.” Watch video below via Sean Roche:The band also covered Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War,” seen below:Check out photos from the night, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein: Load remaining images Setlist: Anders Osborne at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 2/27/16Set: 5 Bullets, Pleasing You, Big Talk, Lafayette, Back On Dumaine > Bertha > Masters Of War, Pontchartrain > Coming Down, Windows, Move Back To Mississippi, Charlie Parker, Me And Lola (?)Encore: The Lucky One, It’s Gonna Be OkayCheck out Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography‘s full gallery below:
Holly Bowling delivered a smashing set for AURA Music Festival over the weekend, mixing Phish, Grateful Dead, and Disco Biscuits favorites for a Saturday morning celebration at Suwannee. She also debuted a few new ones, including a full version of tDB’s “Magellan,” “Wharf Rat,” and “Terrapin Station.”Bowling was also on hand for Pink Talking Fish’s performance earlier in the weekend, where she provided some additional keyboard accompaniment for “Weekapaug Groove.” You can watch that one, right here.Thanks to our friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS, we have some stellar audio of Holly Bowling’s solo set from the festival. Tune in below:Setlist: Holly Bowling at AURA Music & Arts Festival, Live Oak, FL – 3/5/16:Set: Silent in the Morning *, Fly Famous Mockingbird, Help on the Way* > Slipknot! > Magellan ** > Terrapin Suite# > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower*** > Wharf Rat#@ > Squirming Coil &# first time performed by Holly* Terrapin tease** unfinished*** Magellan [email protected] Terrapin, Chinacat & Confrontation teases& Terrapin & Magellan teaseWatch Holly Bowling Cover The Weeknd In The Middle Of A Phish Song [Full Show Audio]Be 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 the Disco Biscuits playing “Scarlet Begonias > I Know You Rider” with Tom Hamilton. There’s more to come too!
With the Purple Hatter’s Ball just a few short weeks away, it seems like a fine time to reflect upon of the reason behind the festival…honoring the late Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. Rachel was a regular attendee at events held at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park, and a bright light on the festival scene. Sadly, an arrest led her into being strong-armed into a role as a confidential informant, ultimately resulting in her tragic murder at the hands of drug dealers.The tragedy was reported in newspapers and magazines around the country, and even resulted in a piece on 20/20. Thanks to the tireless work of her parents, a new law was passed in the state of Florida that cleaned up the ways police could represent themselves and the situation to confidential informants. Now, thanks to the efforts of her mother Margie Weiss and promoter Paul Levine, the foundation in her name has been granted full non-profit status, and work is underway to continue policy reforms on a national level.With national acts like The Floozies, Papadosio and The Polish Ambassador playing alongside some of the bands from the region that she loved so much, like Dubconscious and Catfish Alliance, the Purple Hatter’s Ball looks to be a wonderful way to celebrate the life and the positive and lasting effects Rachel’s loss has had on the world. Our own Rex Thomson caught up with “Mother Margie,” who shared the tales of her loss, seeing her daughter’s spirit manifest in a myriad of ways, and her work to make sure something this senseless never happens to another parent again.Live For Live Music: Do you have anything you’d like to say before we get into the interview proper?Mother Margie Weiss: I do. I’m the proud, loving mother of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. People call me “Momma Margie.” L4LM: Can you remember the first time your daughter visited the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park?MMW: The first time she was seven, and we were visiting White Springs down the way a little bit. There was singing and there was art and she basically grew up around it. I have a beautiful picture of her in a beautiful tie-dye picking wild flowers off the side of the road. When she returned she came back with three of her friends, one of whom I still keep in touch with regularly. After that, because I was such a free spirit and she was growing up apart from me a bit, I was surprised to learn from her friends that she was such a festival girl. All the photos they showed me were always of them all hanging on each other, hugging and smiling. They were always smiling, but Rachel’s smile was always the biggest.L4LM: Was finding out she was such a music fan a surprise to you?MMW: She was always passionate about everything. She played flute for five years, and piano for five years or so as well. I still have her flute, and her father has the piano. Her last big passion before she died was cooking…she loved cooking for all her friends.L4LM: It seems like Rachel had a lot of friends.MMW: Everybody loved her. At her funeral there were 850 people there, and at least a hundred of them came from Tallahassee where she had been living. She always made friends very easily. She made new friends and kept the old. There was so much love for her, for the music and the Suwannee…a lot of love for just this whole northern Florida area.L4LM: No parent should ever have to bury their child. It’s hard to imagine what you went through.MMW: I was in shock for two years. She was murdered. It was…so insane…so bizarre….that something like that could happen. Just…it was too much. Too much.L4LM: This is obviously difficult to talk about.MMW: It never seems to get easier. Morningstar meant shining light on a new day, and that sums her up perfectly. What really cemented the meaning and the purpose of how her life ended came to me when a friend and I walked out of the office where I was working, and there was the most complete and perfect rainbow there’s ever been. There’s been a spiritual component to her loss… a lingering residue of her touches our lives, her father’s and mine. Sometimes it seems like all we have to do is show up somewhere and good things start to happen. That’s Rachel, looking after us, making this world better.L4LM: That’s beautiful.MMW: It’s been seven years now, and her spirit is guiding me on my path. There’s a lot of studying I need to do, things to learn. There’s assistance I can offer people, and assistance I need to reach out for. One thing I know in my heart, that Rachel’s life showed so clearly, is that we all need each other. In the end…I realized that I need to dedicate myself to the goal of never letting this happen to another young person. L4LM: It seems like you’ve followed through on that vow.MMW: The Rachel Law strengthens the national laws. Ideally it was to create CI (Confidential Informant) reform. There’s so much corruption going on within law enforcement. I believe law enforcement is important and it protects people, but we need to protect our children…ourselves too. When I grew up, it seems like there was more integrity among them, but that was probably just my perception. During the civil suit trial, the DEA did not even testify. It was like to them…Rachel didn’t even exist. Yet I was told the thirteen-thousand dollars that was found in her purse with the wiring from her police handler was from the DEA…as was the helicopter on the scene. And yet they all lost her…and so did I. I did not even know how she died until six weeks later… when I got her death certificate. I was at my mother’s house when I read it. It was… unnerving. She died of five gunshot wounds.I still did not know where or how it happened. I didn’t learn how it happened until the murder trial, a year and a half later. But before that trial we got the first, watered down version of the Rachel Law for the state of Florida for how to fairly deal with confidential informants. A lady came to me, Sarah Stillman, a journalist and an associate professor in foreign correspondence. She had written this amazing article called “Throwaways” that ran in the New Yorker and my daughter was in it. L4LM: Was this the start of your crusade to enact legal reform for the confidential informant laws and regulations?MMW: Yes. In the article she wrote about how police use these kids. It was called “Throwaways” for a reason, because that’s exactly how the police has treated these children they’ve used. That’s sadly how it happens. Scared kids get talked into assisting the police department or some law enforcement agency for some smaller crime, and then gets sent into a much larger, much more dangerous situation. Initially my daughter was arrested for having less than an ounce of pot…and she received a death sentence. They didn’t know the background of the person who shot her…who was an informant. They didn’t do their research, and when they lost her during the surveillance, she lost her life. Initially, they even tried to blame the whole tragic situation on her. There was no training. Being an informant is like being a non-entity…a throw away. You have no training, no understanding of the situations you’re being put into and no real business being there. You’re coerced through fear of some sort of inflated sentence that the police tell you you’re facing. They tell the informant they know what sort of sentence they’ll be facing, but they’re not the courts, they’re not the judge and they damn sure aren’t the jury. So many times the consequences they’re threatening these kids with will never come to fruition. They’re so much better off just saying no.L4LM: Do you feel like becoming an advocate for reform is something you have to do?MMW: Totally. As her mother, I’m her spokesperson, her advocate and I am just trying to make her death have some meaning. I get goose bumps when I talk about her like this. When I’m in the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park for events like the Purple Hatters Ball…it’s like she’s hovering right over my shoulder. Everybody, all throughout the festival tells me they feel her all around them.There’s a different vibe to the park during the Purple Hatters Ball. People look out for each other a little more, they hug each other a little longer…it’s really a beautiful thing to see Rachel’s spirit infuse these people. The kids running around the Purple Hatters Ball have such a glow to them…it’s beautiful to see. L4LM: What do think of the argument that she committed a crime, and this was all her own fault.MMW: First of all…people who use drugs when they’re young…it’s a phase. They’re exploring their boundaries, and it’s a phase most of them grow out of. Secondly…the drug laws in this country are absurdly over the top and we’re now seeing them being changed around the country. But in the end…learning life lessons like these should not end in death.So that’s where my cause began. It’s about safety. I want to make this society and world of ours a safer place. I truly believe the Rachel’s Law, as it gets strengthened and solidified across the country. I’m hoping this will eventually help, along with all the rest of the sad stories of police brutality in the news, lift the lid off the corruption in the police departments across the country. And don’t let anyone tell you they can’t afford to pay for these reforms. If agencies like the DEA and the CIA can hide money for the evil that they do, I’m sure we can afford it.The powers-that-be need to look at where their priorities are, and where they should be. In the mean time, I get through Mother’s Day each year with my memories, my crusade and the kind messages from all of Rachel’s friends and the love she’s inspired in the world. Watching her friends grow up and make something of their lives has been so wonderful… and I just wish Rachel had the chance to do the same. Every kid I’ve known through her and met since they started honoring her memory in the park by naming tents, stages and now a festival in her honor are better people now…and as a mother I’m proud to think my daughter is, in some small way, a part of that.L4LM: It’s a wonderful thing you’ve done, taking this tragedy and using it to try and make the world a better place.MMW: There’s three things I’ve learned from all of this that stand out. One, love is like a buffing cloth, removing the tarnish from one’s soul and helping them to shine. You love your work, you love your family, the festivals and the memory. If you’re not shining up the people you love, and basking in their love then you need to look at your life and see if there are any changes you can make. The second is how we’re all connected. It all comes back to that rainbow I mentioned earlier. The rabbi who got her body to us so quickly…he saw that same rainbow. The OB-GYN who delivered Rachel…he and his wife saw that rainbow. Her two best friends who were standing behind me at Rachel’s funeral saw it…one of them even had a picture of it on her cell phone. When I was at the bereavement center, the counselor had it on her phone as well. It’s those moments that let me know we’re all in this together, and that even though Rachel is gone from this world, she still unites us from beyond. It gives me such goose bumps talking about this right now.Finally…it’s to trust god and the universe to help make things happen. It’s like the butterflies we release every year at the Purple Hatter’s Ball. Her friends are always saying they see butterflies when they’re searching for the right answers. The Rachel Morningstar Foundation is finally a full non-profit. We’re looking to set up a national conference to help others join the fight, and as I have been working and seeking answers I keep getting these signs and people keep stepping up to help. It’s magical, really. I see this love as a snowball…rolling down a hill and just getting bigger and bigger.L4LM: Well…thank you for taking the time to speak to us, thank you for all you’re doing for the community and thank you for the gift you gave us all in the form of your daughter. Her life may have ended soon, but you have done a wonderful job helping her memory live on.MMW: Thank you. The echoes of my love for Rachel are never going to stop…and hopefully they’ll reach others and lift them as they have me.To buy tickets the Purple Hatters Ball, Click HERE. To donate to the Rachel Morningstar Foundation, click HERE.
The words Haight-Ashbury conjure a magical musical time for those dialed in to that subculture. Indeed, that neighborhood of San Francisco, CA essentially birthed the counterculture movement. Thousands of peaceful protestors found their way to San Fran, hitchhiking across the country in search of a better tomorrow. While the area still preserves the legacy of that movement, the city of San Francisco is apparently taking things a step further.According to SocketSite, the famed district will join some of San Fran’s historic areas as one of the city’s Landmark Districts. The city documents say the following about the decision to bestow the honor on Haight-Ashbury.The district is significant for its association with the events of the counter-culture movement, when this area of San Francisco served as the nation’s epicenter for “hippies” and their anti-establishment lifestyles, which included psychedelic drugs, rock music, free love, and an anti-war ethos.Defined by the Summer of Love in 1967, the period of significance for social associations could span through c.1960-c.1970. Architectural significance would extend from the c. 1880s to c.1970 and would be due to the high concentration of intact Victorian-era architecture, including original storefronts spanning many decades and many extant counter-culture-era alterations to the district.Considering some of the greatest rock music was born from the Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana and more, the cultural value of the district certainly earns its spot among the landmark districts of the city. By making the city a landmark district, this also opens the door for Haight-Ashbury to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. Exciting!
Recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan is releasing a box set of live recordings from next Friday, and now you can listen to several tracks from the collection. The album, called “Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings”, were recorded a mere one year after Dylan “went electric”, and showcase the singer/songwriter and his compatriots in The Hawks (later known as The Band) taking folk music and turning it on its head while on a tour that criss-crossed the world. The box set is a whopping 36-discs long, so get ready to listen to hours and hours of classic live Bob Dylan material.Below, take a listen to a selection of fifteen tracks from the huge box set, courtesy of NPR’s “First Listen” series.
Today, Athens, GA road warriors Widespread Panic officially announced the details for the 2018 edition of Panic En La Playa, their annual beachside destination event. The 7th installation of Panic En La Playa will take place January 26th – 30th, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. In addition to four full two-set shows from Panic, the event will feature a talented lineup of late-night super-jams and “Solo Sunset Shows.” The late-night schedule for the Cloud 9 Adventures-produced event includes a pair of truly star-studded collaborative performances: the NOLA-flavored “Playa Allstars” (Eric Krasno, George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Terence Higgins, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis) and the “Zambi Allstars,” presumably a tribute to the late Col. Bruce Hampton featuring several of his past collaborators (Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Matt Slocum, Rev. Jeff Mosier, and Eric Krasno).Watch The Daze Between Band’s All-Star Tribute To Butch Trucks & Col. Bruce Hampton In NOLANorth Carolina-based sextet Big Something will also perform a late night set. The solo sunset performances will feature several of the most sought-after performers on the road today, including David Shaw of The Revivalists, Marcus King of The Marcus King Band, and singer-songwriter Cris Jacobs.The event allows fans to enjoy some of their favorite artists in a tropical setting without ever pulling out their wallets, as all drinks, food, concerts, and activities/excursions (like zip-lining, a trip to Tulum’s Mayan ruins, and more) are included in the ticket price.Widespread Panic Welcomes Marcus King To Cover “Mountain Jam” At Wanee [Video]Those who have attended Panic En La Playa in past years will get first crack at tickets for the 2018 event when loyalty pre-sale begins on July 10th. Public on-sale opens at 12pm Eastern the following day, July 11th. For more information on Panic En La Playa Siete, head to the event website.Although Widespread Panic proclaimed last year that they would be significantly cutting down on their famously extensive touring schedule in 2017, the band has a number of dates on the books including weekend runs at Red Rocks this coming weekend, St. Augustine Amphitheatre in July, Las Vegas at the end of October and more, as well as several festival headlining sets this summer. For a full list of upcoming Panic dates, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via WSP Facebook]
EXCLUSIVE: Infamous Stringduster Andy Hall Talks The Festy, Roosevelt Collier Collab Album, And MoreBy admin on
There aren’t many artists having a busier 2017 than Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters. Hot on the heels of the band’s recent studio project, Laws Of Gravity, the Dusters have just released a career-spanning live album, are preparing a cover song EP and, just for fun, Hall decided to finish his side project studio album with fellow slide player Roosevelt Collier. Oh…and we are just a couple months out from The Festy, The Infamous Stringdusters’ own curated festival that promises another weekend of music and fun for the whole family in picturesque Virginia!The Infamous Stringdusters Break Free On “Laws Of Gravity” [Album Review/Stream]Even with all that on his plate, Hall seemed remarkably relaxed in his recent chat with Live For Live Music as he looked back and forward at what will likely end up being the busiest year of his already remarkable career. Check out the conversation below:Live For Live Music: You’ve got a live disc out now. In these taper friendly days what was the thought in doing a full-fledged live release?Andy Hall: That’s a fair question. I thought the same thing myself over the last few years, but over time a few things have become apparent. First of all, it gets curated by the band, specifically. It is a best-of, based on our opinion. Other people may make their own playlists, but this is us, taking stuff from all our album, in the order of their release.People can really get a good sense of what the material sounds like live. When people listen on things like Spotify it stands out more than things on Nugs.net or Archive. And this is professionally mixed and recorded with that in mind. Not that the other shows don’t sound awesome. This is just a step up in all regards between song selection, recording and performance. It’s an artistic thing, sure, but also for practical reasons.Check out a fun recap of the band’s whole live release mashed up into a single medley below:L4LM: The last album, Laws Of Gravity, did really well, and the Stringdusters have shown themselves to be remarkably prolific. Does this live album mean new material is piling up and a new studio album is coming soon as well?AH: We have something coming pretty soon, actually. We are doing all different kinds of things. We had a new studio record come out, like five, six months ago. Then we released the live record, and we have another of our Under Cover discs. That’s songs that we play live that are also cover songs.It’s kinda fun the way we do it. We do it all in one day in the studio. We set up a bunch of mics, go in, play songs that we have been playing live and have meaning to us one way or another. You wouldn’t hear all these songs together if you came to one of our shows, but it is fun having them in one place. So that will basically be our “Under Cover II” and we should have that out in a couple months.Additionally, we are always writing towards another project. But we want to give this batch of material a chance to air out, and honestly, we want to recharge and catch up after making it all. We are still riding high on Laws Of Gravity and Laws Of Gravity (Live), so it has just been a steady stream of content from us lately.L4LM: You just hit on one of the big challenges facing bands these days. It seems like the trend is to constantly be bringing something out. In this rush to produce, are you tempted to do more short-form things, like singles and EPs, or do you still thing album length projects are the way to go?AH: We love doing albums, even though physical packages like CDs aren’t really popular anymore. Making an entire album of songs, artistically–for us at least–is still the best for us to progress and get new material out there. That type of long form project, that goal, it’s a good inspiration, a reason to keep going.And sure, we do stuff like the Under Cover thing. I don’t think we would do an EP of original material though. A single? Sure. But if you are gonna go to the trouble of making an EP you might as well wait until you have enough material and just go for it.The release of an EP just doesn’t seem to be a big deal. It doesn’t have the same appeal as a full album, for various reasons. We like our songs, and we want them to reach as many people as they can. Releasing a single makes a lot of sense, particularly if it has a message, that spoke to the time.But we love making albums. It’s the goal. The way we look at them shifts, though. We did one a while back called Ladies And Gentlemen. And we never figured we would play those songs much live. But on Laws Of Gravity, we were definitely looking to have songs for the road. For each project we have different purposes.L4LM: Plus, as a touring live band it must be nice knowing you gave a whole bunch of material you could pull out if the time was right and you had some guests.AH: Yeah! There is all this stuff we don’t play live. Part of that is we had female singers on Ladies And Gentlemen and we don’t feel as much ownership on those songs. We kinda gave up the reins and went along for the ride. That material doesn’t necessarily represent what we want to do in concert.L4LM: Sounds like time to add a new member to the band!AH: Ha! That’s not really gonna happen, but we did love touring and always love playing with Nikki Bluhm. She kinda became an unofficial member of the Stringdusters then.Check out Nikki Bluhm’s sit in with the Dusters from their most recent Jam Cruise appearance:L4LM: So this year is the tenth anniversary of your first album release, right?AH: The band really began in 2006. We actually had a EP we released on the Sugar Hill label to sort of tide us over until we got our first album done.L4LM: All this new material is really welcome to your fans, who are among the most rabid in the scene. When did you start to see signs that you were garnering such devotion?AH: It definitely took a while. Like I said, we started playing in 2006 and it wasn’t until we really started opening for bands like Railroad Earth or Yonder Mountain String Band. Growing up, we were fans of the Grateful Dead, and we certainly knew that there were people who dedicated themselves to a band. Obviously we hoped we could get to that kind of thing, though we certainly don’t expect to see that level of response.Like jam bands, we vary our set lists and work on making each show it’s own thing. I feel like a story-line emerges, a complexity that people can dive into. They remember circumstances, periods and so on that they can find different things they can appreciate within. Being able to change…WANTING to change is important.For us, one thing that both helped us and hurt us is that we weren’t fully developed as a band for the first couple years. Honestly, I feel like just in the last year or so we have turned a corner as far as our live shows go. A lot of bands come out fully developed. Look at Led Zeppelin. When they first started, they were like a fully finished band.It has been a longer process with us, and want to keep developing together. It seems to be working. As we progress, we feel we are growing as a band we are seeing more and more people at our shows. We never had a big break or song. Our process is to keep refining ourselves as a band and hope that resonates with people.L4LM: So you weren’t content with all this content you’re whipping up with your Duster buddies and have carved off some time to make a slide-centric album with pedal steel maven Roosevelt Collier! What was the thought behind that project?[Photo via Jason Charm Photography]AH: It was pure fun! Roosevelt and I became friends through the slide. Slide guitar is a weird instrument and slide players tend to seek each other out. Because we come from two totally different musical worlds, it was really interesting to share our perspectives. Rosie comes from sacred steel and I come from bluegrass and I just ate it up. It has been wonderful getting to know and learn from Rosie.EXCLUSIVE: Roosevelt Collier And Andy Hall Let It Shine On “This Little Light Of Mine” Slide Guitar DuetHe came out to Denver for a show and I booked a studio for a day and I said let’s go in and see what happens. We just went in, showed each other a couple tunes from our respective backgrounds, and wrote a couple little things together. Then, next time he came out, I got us a couple more studio days and it our little cultural exchange just kind blossomed into this.L4LM: Is this part of a concerted plan to take over the slide scene? Should Anders Beck and Robert Randolph be worried?AH: Yeah, totally. We don’t want anyone else playing these things but us. [laughs] No, really I just wanted learn this whole new approach to playing my instrument, and it was the same for Rosie. Neither of us what that familiar with what the other was doing and it was very interesting to add this knowledge and sound into what I already knew. In the end, I just wanted a chance to sit with Roosevelt for a few days and steal all his licks. [laughs] This turned into a good excuse to do that.Besides, Anders is on the album. He lives near the studio and came in for one of the songs. It was a blues riff that we ended up playing together as a three part harmony. I think Greensky Bluegrass had just finished three nights at The Ogden, so he was a little exhausted, but he came in and did a stellar job.L4LM: So I guess Robert Randolph should just hope next time you book a studio near his house.AH: Yeah, that would work. As long as there is a story there. It’s weird. This album didn’t start with any real effort or intention. It just kinda unfolded as we went along. I’ll do anything that comes out that easily.Catch a sample of Andy & Rosie’s collaboration below:L4LM: We’re getting close to The Infamous Stringduster’s curated event, The Festy. I’m coming for the first time this year…what should I expect?AH: Earlier, when we were talking about how much our fans…and we in the band are invested in what we do…all that love is reflected in every part of The Festy. There is a real family vibe to the gathering and it is all in the context of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. There is a strong bluegrass following in that area besides our own fans.The Festy is held at the Blue Ridge Bowl now, the same place as LOCKN’. It’s probably some of the best camping you can experience, in this lush, rolling hills and greenery setting. This year in particular, there is a strong bluegrass feel to the lineup, though we have some cool left field and throwback acts. We have Ani Defranco and I am very excited to see her.Of course you have us, and The Travelling McCourys, Jerry Douglas and more. It’s a great mix of acts and a great community built around it. I am pretty sure after a few hours you will feel right at home.Watch husband and wife duo Bela Fleck and Abi Washburn join the Dusters onstage at last years Festy below:L4LM: There is a strong female representation on The Festy’s lineup this year. Was that a conscious decision?AH: Oh yes. I think The Festy has been that way from the start. Sometimes you can look at an entire line up for a festival and not see a single lady on it. It’s always been a focus, honestly. We want to bolster that as much as we can. There are so many great artists and we think everyone and every style should be represented.L4LM: Well, everything works better when we all work together. Speaking of work, I want to thank you for taking a break from all of your to chat with us! Looking forward to all this exciting stuff on the way!AH: It was my pleasure. Hope to see you all out there soon.Don’t miss The Festy Experience, The Infamous Stringdusters’ curated festival at Blue Ridge Bowl in Arrington, VA from October 5th – 8th, 2017. For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, head to The Festy Experience’s website.[Cover photo by Dave Vann]
On Friday, Umphrey’s McGee took to Cincinnati, Ohio, kicking off a two-night run at the Taft Theatre. The energy of the show was particularly triumphant, given that the band’s highly anticipated new album, it’s not us, had finally been released to the public earlier that day. During the performance, the group welcomed brass band The Cincy Brass to join them on two tunes to close out their first set, including their debut cover of the theme of the 1981 movie, Chariots Of Fire, written by Greek composer Vangelis. The Cincy Brass joined the group for the final two songs of set one: first, the Chariots Of Fire theme followed by the group’s own “Partyin’ Peeps”. Following the debut Vangelis cover, the group landed in “Partyin’ Peeps”, with Umphrey’s giving the full brass band time to show off their skills during an extended jam based around the traditional number, “When The Saints Go Marching In”. Another highlight of the set was Umphrey’s rendition of The Beatles’ “Flying”, marking the first time the song had been played since November 7th, 2014 and ending a gap of 295 shows.“Hangover” > “Chariots Of Fire” > “Partyin’ Peeps”[Video: iccuspunk]The six-song second set allowed the band to really expand upon their jams with a couple of relatively rare songs and the debut of a new song off it’s not us composing set two. “Amble On” was played for the 10th time ever since its debut in Chicago in 2013, reappearing for the first time since March of 2016. The tune also contained a jam built around Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place”—while Umphrey’s hasn’t formally covered the Radiohead song in full, previously Joel Cummins has played the number during his own solo piano sets.Watch Joel Cummins Of Umphrey’s McGee’s Gorgeous Piano Rendition Of A Radiohead ClassicUmphrey’s also dusted off their take on the Allman Brothers Band’s classic hit “Jessica”—a cover that they performed regularly from 1998 to 2001 but that has fallen out of their regular rotation in the years since—after almost exactly a year since it was last played during a performance in New Haven. However, given that the band’s eleventh album had been released earlier in the day, the group set aside time during the tail-end of set two to show some love to their new release, offering up their debut rendition of “Whistle Kids” before closing out the set with their well-loved original “Pay The Snucka”. The band closed the night out in full with a two-song encore of “Orfeo” into “All In Time”.“Orfeo” > “All In Time”[Video: iccuspunk]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Taft Theatre | Cincinnati, OH | 1/12/2018Set 1: Bathing Digits > Bad Friday, Example 1 > Flying > Example 1, Plunger > Anchor Drops, Search 4, Hangover > Chariots of Fire  > Partyin’ Peeps Set 2: All In Time > Amble On  > 2×2, Jessica, Whistle Kids , Pay the SnuckaEncore: Orfeo > All In Time last time played, 2014.11.07 (295 shows) |  debut, Vangelis; with The Cincy Brass on horns and percussion |  with The Cincy Brass on horns and percussion; with When the Saints Go Marching In (trad.) jam |  with Everything In Its Right Place (Radiohead) jam |  debut, original
Trey Anastasio Band’s Ray Paczkowski underwent surgery on Friday after doctors discovered that he was suffering from a brain tumor. The keyboardist, who also comprises one half of Soul Monde (with TAB drummer Russ Lawton), is currently in the hospital recovering.As Trey Anastasio’s Monday, March 19th post reads:Hi friends,After a few months of experiencing headaches and nausea, Ray ended up in the emergency room not long ago. It was discovered that he had a brain tumor.He went into surgery on Friday and is expected to make a full recovery. His family is with him, and I was able to visit with him last week. He was in good spirits, despite the situation.We are all hoping, praying and sending him mountains of love and best wishes. We love you Ray! Get well soon!!#loveforthemilkmanPaczkowski—affectionately known as “The Milkman” on account of the 10+ years he spent working on a dairy farm—began touring with Trey Anastasio Band in 2001. Since then, he’s contributed his keys to a variety of Anastasio projects like The Octet, The Dectet, and Dave Matthews & Friends.Paczkowski’s diagnosis and surgery came in the midst of an ongoing Soul Monde tour, which was scheduled to bring him and Lawton around much of the Northeast in March. Earlier this month, the pair postponed their Rochester and Syracuse shows due to illness, and it’s fair to assume that their March 22nd show in Brooklyn and their March 24th show in Hartford, CT will not be taking place. Additionally, there is currently no word on whether or not Paczkowski will be joining Trey Anastasio Band when they embark on their spring tour in mid-April.We wish Ray Paczkowski all the best in his recovery and can’t wait to see him onstage once again when he’s healthy and ready to perform.
Lou Reed is a legendary figure in the mythology of rock and roll. He released more than 25 albums over the course of his career as a solo act and with The Velvet Underground, winning a devoted following with his poetic lyrics, experimental guitar playing, and distinctive New York City grit. In a new animated clip, decorated record producer/engineer Sean Slade tells his story about an “explosive” incident in the studio with Reed. As Slade explains,His gear was always the best and most expensive, because he was an international rock star. He had these wonderful custom-made monitors, and he made the studio take their monitors aside and put up his monitors. We’re doing an overdub with a big power chord, and he’s got this monster pedal board. … So he hit the power chord and it feeds back and it creates this lovely feedback in the beginning, and then the acoustic part comes in. And then, suddenly, something happened and the assistant engineer started to scream—literally scream. I looked up and I saw that he had hit a pedal, and he increased the volume exponentially. What had happened was, he had shoved the meter totally into the red, and smoke started to pour out of the tweeters in the monitors because we had it set up for one level, and he increased the volume so much that the system just couldn’t handle it. The engineer thought we were going to break the tape board, so he reached over to turn the tape recorder off, and I literally grabbed him and said “no, no, no, don’t touch it, don’t touch it.” Smoke’s pouring out. He gets it done, we stop the machine, and we look at each other like, “Oh god, What do we do?” So I say, alright, let’s be men, so I walk right in and say, Lou, we blew up your speakers.And he said “Oh… Did it happen when I hit the pedal?” And I go, “Yea.” And he goes, “Did you get it on tape?” And I said “Yes.” … He didn’t care that we blew up the speakers. In fact, I think he was secretly pleased.You can watch the animated Lou Reed story as told by Sean Slade below:This animated Lou Reed story comes as the fourth part of Berklee Online’s Master Track series, each of which includes narration from one of the Berklee Online Masters in Music Business and Masters in Music Production programs. Additional videos in the series feature Prince Charles Alexander (Commercial Vocal Production) reminiscing about how it wasn’t until he recorded the Notorious B.I.G. that he learned to appreciate hip-hop; Susan Rogers (who will be teaching Psychoacoustics in Music Production) reminiscing about an exceptionally busy day in the life as recording engineer for Prince; and E. Michael Harrington (Music Business Law) sharing how he helped bring the Civil Rights-era anthem, “We Shall Overcome” into the public domain. You can watch all the videos in the series here.Rest in peace, Lou Reed.