Amid a constant barrage of rumors, Guns N’ Roses have announced their very first performance of 2016. The rock band is slated to appear at Coachella, and has a major summer tour planned, but the new announcement will be their first show with Slash and Axl Rose in 23 years. The group is performing tonight, April 1st, at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA.Billed as “not an April Fool’s joke,” the first performance promises to be quite the intimate experience, and tickets are being sold as non-transferrable wristbands at the club itself for only $10. Of course, the line is already so long that anyone reading this won’t be able to get them, unfortunately, but it’s still quite intriguing to hear that the group is performing together once again.After 23 years, it will be interesting to see what songs GNR decide to pull out of their repertoire. For more about the show announcement, head to the band’s official website.
Seven years ago while visiting New Orleans in the springtime, Seattle native Colin Lake met his future wife in the airport. The meeting sparked a cosmic chain reaction that would change his life forever. Overwhelmed by the gravity that seemed to be drawing him to the city, Lake moved to town less than a year later and his passion and innate feel for roots music would find fertile ground from which to spring. While his powerful vocal style and soulful touch on the guitar and lap steel owe heavily to countless blues greats, it’s Lake’s knack for song craft that sets him apart from almost anyone in that genre. Lake’s latest album, One Thing That’s For Sure, captures the songwriter’s unique musical vision, delivering penetrating lyrics with soul and gritty sincerity. On the album’s eleven original songs, Lake sings of love and longing, truth and transcendence, hope and struggle. These are love songs, but not just in the romantic sense — these are songs that celebrate love’s well earned triumph over fear and tread the territory where light and shadows meet.To share the music from his new release, Lake was able to rent out the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mid-City of New Orleans, LA, where he and his crew set up shop and recorded performances of a number of songs from Lake’s catalog. After premiering “One Thing’s For Sure” a few weeks ago, Lake decided to go in a new direction for the second film in the series. “For the second Mt. Calvary Sessions video, we cover one of my favorite songs and one that never seems to go out of fashion. It’s a soul song that gets across on a lot of levels. I just really like singing it and for this recording we brought in three wonderful New Orleans singers – Dana Abbott, Robin Barnes and Vegas Cola – along with my pal Myles Weeks to really bring it alive.”Watch them play “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free,” by Billy Taylor & Dick Dallas, below:The series is presented by NOLA Brewing, and Colin Lake will be appearing at the upcoming NOLA Crawfish Fest featuring performances from George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne and more. Scheduled in the days between Jazz Fest weekends from April 25-27, and with thousands of pounds of crawfish from Shaggy, The Crawfish King, this is one show you won’t want to miss. More information can be found here.“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free”Colin Lake – vocals, guitarMyles Weeks – bassVegas Cola – vocalsRobin Barnes – vocalsDana Abbott – vocalsCredits:Audio engineered and mixed by Michael Seaman of Listen Up! StudiosRecorded at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, New Orleans, LA on January 8th, 2016.Mt. Calvary Sessions logo by Scott W. WilliamsVideo produced by ABIS ProductionsDirected by: Sam Radutzky Camera Operators: Sam Radutzky and Zac Manuel Edited by Sam Radutzky Color Correction: Sam Radutzky and Nicole Cobb
Load remaining images Last night’s All-Star Prince tribute was wildly successful in providing a dance party to be remembered for the ages. The night opened with DJ Logic, who satisfied all the funk souls with deep tracks and smooth grooves before the All-Stars hit the stage. Running through the classics, “Raspberry Beret,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and digging deep into “Lolita,” “Nothing Compares 2 You,” Brooklyn’s The Hall at MP was blasted with never-ending Prince love. The All-Star Prince band came together in a heroic light, with Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), and Louis Cato (Late Show With Stephen Colbert) holding ground. The horn section featured a powerful trio, with James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) on saxophone, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Wyclef Jean & more) on trumpet, and Ian Gray (Swift Technique) on trombone. Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter, Mayteana Morales of The Pimps of Joytime, Hayley Jane of Hayley Jane and the Primates, and Nephrok of the Nephrok All-Stars shared earth-shattering vocals throughout the night, turning the room purple with a sense of wonderment. The band was hot, to say the very least.In an attempt to do justice to the eternal greatness of Prince, the All-Stars traveled from all corners of the map to join together and combine their creative juices into one mack-daddy of a performance. The level of professional musicianship was out-of-this-world and the vibes were infinitely contagious. Pro-shot video is on it’s way, but for now you can enjoy these fan-shot clips:“Kiss” with Ziek MCCarter and Mayteanna Morales on vocals:“Love Bizarre” with Nephrok and Mayteanna on vocals and impromptu Outkast “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” horn sectional:Thanks to photographers Dino Perucci and Jay Sansone, you can relive some of the night through the photos in the gallery below!All-Star Prince Tribute:I Wanna Be Your Lover, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette, Cream, Let’s Go Crazy, DMSR, Lolita, Nothing Compares 2 You, A Love Bizarre, Kiss, Bambi, Purple Rain
Last weekend, Dopapod put on quite the musical celebration at the Disc Jam Music Festival. The band welcomed a full horn section from the band West End Blend, as well as frequent collaborator Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) on percussion. The five additional musicians brought some added energy to some Dopapod classics, as well as some choice covers throughout the set.Thanks to mk devo, we have some glorious 4K HD quality videos from the performance. Check out some highlights below!NerdsPsycho NatureFrench BowlingNew JamesLet’s hope Dopapod gets together with a horn section again soon!
We send our love to the Talking Heads and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard legend, as well as all of his loved ones, friends, family, and more. Sending you the best, Bernie. There is some unfortunate news to share about funk legend Bernie Worrell, as his wife continues to update on his health status via social media. Worrell was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer in an announcement that was shared earlier this year, and has been collecting funds in hopes of releasing one final album.Throughout the year, Worrell’s condition has only worsened, though he has made a handful of appearances at performances. There was even a benefit concert thrown in his honor, called “All The Woo In The World.” Unfortunately, though many have sent their support through any means possible, it seems that Worrell is in his final days. Read the two most recent updates on Worrell’s health, below.
On June 22, 1969, The Grateful Dead played a show at New York City’s iconic Central Park, performing along with Hot Tuna, Joey Covington, and Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Ban. While this nearly 50-year-old audience recording is, of course, not of the highest quality, the band’s incredible playing powers through the static, delivering the magic as always.The show features some early renditions of classics like “Me & My Uncle” and “Casey Jones,” both of which would later appear on Workingman’s Dead. The set included Pigpen-led classic covers of Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle” and Bobby Blue Bland’s “Turn On Your Love Light,” as well as a psychedelic medley with “Dark Star > The Other One > Saint Stephen > It’s a Sin.”Check out the full show recording, streaming below.
L4LM: How was it being a special guest with Vulfpeck for their first-ever festival gig?AS: I was very honored to accompany the crew because not only was it their first-ever big festival gig (as Vulfpeck), it was a first for me as well! I didn’t quite know what to expect, but one thing I knew for sure was that I’d be surrounded by some of my closest friends, doing what we love to do. One of the great pleasures of the Vulf-world (including the other frequent collaborators, etc) is that the off-stage experience is just as awesome as the onstage experience. We’ve all known each other for a very long time, so no matter where I join them, it’s alway bound to be a good time…so that, paired with warm weather, good food, positive vibes, what more could you ask for?? Just play it cool…it’s what you gotta do.L4LM: You are the only artist to return to Fool’s Paradise (besides Lettuce), except this time you’ll be there as an artist-at-large, performing with many of the bands on this year’s stacked lineup. We’re super psyched for that! What are your thoughts? AS: I’m stoked to be back this year, especially as an artist-at-large, alongside the legendary Oteil Burbridge! The lineup is phenomenal and I look forward to some very sweet jams! A lot has happened since last year’s festival and I feel there are some caged ducks looking to be set free and funkified…that’s what we’re going to do! It’ll be special.L4LM: Are there any dreams you’re after, or bucket list experiences you’d like to get out of this year’s event? AS: Honestly, my goal is to grow as a musician and to have fun! These are two of the main reasons I’m excited to participate this year. My collabs with others, especially Vulfpeck, have really strengthened me as a musician. As much as you sing/play with others, you also learn to listen and support more, which creates an even better musical atmosphere. So I’m looking forward to some fun and fulfilling jam hangsL4LM: If you had the time to explore a little bit of St. Augustine last year, what was your favorite part of the city?AS: I actually didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to last year, unfortunately. I’m hoping to dive more into St. Augustine’s rich history this time around. I’ll be begging folks to show me around ?L4LM: You’ll be playing mini-golf with Jesus Coomes (Lettuce) and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), along with a lot of your fans! How good is your putt-putt game? AS: I haven’t gone out for putt-putt in a while, so my game may be a little shot-shot. Whatever the case, I’m always up for a challenge, JESUS AND LYLE!! I’m super psyched to be with the fans…maybe they’ll offer up some tips in exchange for a riff! Fool’s Paradise is just around the corner! We’re gearing up for a weekend with Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large. On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a funk-fueled dance party – with so many surprises in store!We’re especially excited to welcome back Antwaun Stanley, who flew in as a surprise special guest for Vulfpeck at last year’s inaugural event. In addition to Lettuce, he’s the only returning artist for this year’s fresh new lineup. He won’t just be sitting in with the bands, but the Funky Duck himself will also be leading a round of mini-golf with Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky [sign up here!].With so much to come, Live For Live Music caught up with Antwaun to discuss all things Fool’s Paradise. Read below for his reactions to the exciting events to come!Live For Live Music: Tell us about your experience at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise!Antwaun Stanley: Singing at Fool’s Paradise last year was nothing short of amazing! Having the chance to meet and jam with some of the best players in the game left me speechless. One of the highlights was when Cory Henry jumped on stage and let loose on “Wait For the Moment” on the first night, then joined in the next day to jam on “I Wish.” So many incredible musicians and music lovers filled the yard and I was just lucky to bear witness, let alone be a performer.
Dark Star Orchestra have revealed plans for their fifth annual Jam In The Sand, returning to the all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, January 18-22, 2018. While the days are open to the beach and enjoying everything the resort has to offer, the nights are reserved under the stars with Dark Star Orchestra, along with very special guests Hot Tuna and Rumpke Mountain Boys. The Grateful Dead tribute band will perform two-set shows on each of the four consecutive nights, while the rest of the lineup will perform three shows. Expect several collaborations across the board!Packages for Jam In The Sand include four nights at the Jewel Paradise Cove Resort, which includes luxurious accommodations from guest rooms to butler-service suites; all meals and snacks at 6 restaurants; unlimited Premium Drinks at 6 bars; daily Activities and Entertainment; enhanced water sports activities center featuring sunset cruises, glass-bottom boat tours, reef snorkeling excursions; Hobie Cat and non-motorized water sports; complimentary green fees at the (18) hole championship Runaway Bay Golf Club; complimentary WIFI resort-wide; weekly; dive-in Movies; fitness center training and a myriad of classes, a Paracourse (Fit Trail®) that spans the entire property with strategically placed workout stations; airport transfers from Montego Bay Sangster International Airport, along with all the music you could possible want. All information can be found here.Returning Jam In The Sand-ers are open to Pre-Sale tickets, which begin Monday May 22 at 10AM EST right here. Public On-Sale begins on Wednesday, May 24 at 10AM EST here.[photo by Suzy Perler on Jam In The Sand website]
Last night, Umphrey’s McGee threw an excellent party for their tour-closing show at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, with SunSquabi again providing support and warming up the crowd with their patented Colorado electro-funk. Umphrey’s headlining performance was filled with all sorts of curiosities, nuances, and unique UM minutia that really showed that the band’s sum is greater than all parts, making for a show that will be talked about for many years by the Umphreaks in attendance.Umphrey’s McGee Fits Double Pink Floyd Cover Into “1348” Sandwich In Wisconsin [Photos]Umphrey’s wasted no time in starting the show, opening with a straight-away “Educated Guess”—no “Jazz Odyssey”, no jamming, just conventional power chords. “Spires” had some good jams, and it gave way to a tasty segment of “Out of Order” and a rare “Space Funk Booty”. The elegiac and underplayed “Weight Around” provided a powerful breather before the set closed with a heavy “Puppet String”, with the crowd bobbing their head in unison during the choruses of the tune. Umphrey’s McGee’s first set was standard good.Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s first-set opener, “Educated Guess” here.However, Umphrey’s McGee’s second set was absolute fire, with the band deciding to cut loose and not to hold back. The looseness and camaraderie of the band were on full display, which translated to a great vibe for the rest of the show. The set itself didn’t go as planned, as there were multiple changes to the setlist. Normally, when the band ends up cutting “Nopener”, “Nothing Too Fancy”, and “Pay the Snucka”, fans are going to be disappointed. However, what UM ended up playing couldn’t have been any better, and all songs in the second set got a proper treatment.“Dump City” started the second set off on a rather psychedelic path. “Nopener” was cut in favor of “Resolution,” and it’s replacement offered a true improvisational journey with a couple distinct jams, including one based around Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” before the majority of the band cut out to allow guitarist Jake Cinninger a chance to take the jam in a harder and darker direction with a metal-inspired vibe. Eventually, the other guitarist Brendan Bayliss brought “Resolution” back to a more melodic ending, which was easily his best solo of the weekend.Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s second-set opener, “Dump City” here.The instrumental “Professor Wormbog” followed and clocked in at over ten minutes. For this version, after what would normally be the last chorus of the song, Umphrey’s McGee ran through the whole song again at quadruple the speed, adding a one-minute version of the song after the original rendition. “I Ran” was a great cover that began with a “Celtic Alleluia” intro. Cinninger was blabbering lovingly about keyboardist Joel Cummins, and the bromance displayed during this intro was highly entertaining. A solid version of “August” closed out the set, complete with a keys jam that featured Cinninger alongside Cummins. It was great and, in retrospect, an obvious foreshadowing of the encore.Umphrey’s McGee played an amazing show, but they definitely saved the best for last. Joel was the first to walk out on the stage for the encore, but he immediately walked to Bayliss’ spot and donned a guitar. The rest of the band followed, all heading to different instruments—Andy Farag took over the drumset, Cinninger manned the keys, Ryan Stasik and Cummins rocked guitars, Bayliss wielded the bass, and Kris Myers took the spotlight with the microphone.Despite being stationed at different instruments, the members of Umphrey’s McGee proceeded to flawlessly execute a raging rendition of The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” and the grins on all their faces proved that they were possibly having the most fun out of anybody in the venue. It’s hard to pick one, but I would have to say the MVP of the encore was Joel. He was having way too much fun rocking the guitar, and despite not playing the keys, he was not of his element at all and looked like a regular rock guitarist up there.“Sabotage” [Video: Marian Moon]With a full instrument switch in gear, the band thanked the crowd and ended the tour. The show, especially the encore, will undoubtedly go down in Umphrey’s McGee lore. The band will next be playing in Colorado for their New Year’s run. Last night, the band showed they’re ready to close out 2017 with a bang.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 11/4/2017Set One: Educated Guess, Spires, Out of Order, Space Funk Booty, Hangover, Mullet (Over), The Weight Around, Puppet StringSet Two: Dump City, Resolution, Stinko’s Ascension, Professor Wormbog, I Ran, AugustEncore: Sabotage Umphrey’s McGee | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 11/4/2017 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images
Photo: Andrew O’Brien Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicked off a three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday with an exciting performance that included covers of the Jewish folk song “Hava Nagila” and The Lion King’s “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”. We’ve got the full setlist and a photo gallery below.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 5/3/18Set One: Whoopie, Somethin’ For Ya > Havana > Spacejam > The Hop > F.U., Fortress, Porcupine, Hava Nagila > SchwanthemSet Two: Too Long > Upfunk > Hyrule > Upfunk > Drums > Upfunk, Dawn A New Day, Kiwi > I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Burning Up My Time > Condenser > Su Casa > Condenser, DocEncore: Sail OnPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 5/3/18 | Photos: Andrew O’Brien Load remaining images Photo: Andrew O’Brien