Jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee will hit Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this weekend, spending July 2nd and 3rd at the famed venue over the holiday weekend. With support from a host of great artists, including Dweezil Zappa and Sinkane on night one and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Main Squeeze on night two, fans are in for two incredible nights of music.For those who can’t make it out to Red Rocks, UM has you covered. The band is teaming with TourGigs to present live streams for both nights, offering single show and two-show bundles here. There will also be looping playbacks for each stream, so you can get your UM fill for hours after each show, as well as On Demand viewings for 14 days after the shows.“We like to pull out the stops in Colorado,” writes Umphrey’s in a statement, “and these two nights will be no different.” We can’t wait.
Undiscovered artists, take note! BitTorrent has your back.The once-torrent website has taken a new approach with their musical offerings, teaming up with artists to release content bundles and letting the artists decide the price. Several artists have taken advantage of this program, including a recent live release from funk artist, Lettuce.BitTorrent is taking things a step further in the music community, launching The Discovery Fund to help promote undiscovered artists with cash grants that range from $2,500 to $100,000. You can read their description of the program below:You create it. You own it. We back it.We back creators. We don’t buy content. Because fuck content. Because music and film is more than that. Because outside voices need to be heard. The BitTorrent Discovery Fund is an open initiative dedicated to supporting a diverse group of creators seeking global distribution for uncompromising, original work.Through this initiative, we’ll partner with 25 creators; providing cash grants and promotional resources to help artists unlock new fans and build impactful releases.To find the guidelines and apply, head here.
Marcus King has been on a tear recently. The up-and-coming blues artist has been touring all over the country and in Europe as he continues to impress with his soulful vocals and genre-bending guitar playing. King has made tons of fans during his rise through the music world, but he received perhaps the ultimate compliment when Warren Haynes agreed to produce his new album.Haynes recently posted about King on Facebook, saying that, “Marcus is the first player I’ve heard since Derek Trucks to play with the maturity of a musician well beyond his age. He’s very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul music, and any timeless genres of music. You can hear the influences, but it all comes through him in his own unique way. He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa.”Extremely kind words from an icon like Warren, who is known for helping bring up-and-coming bands to the forefront. As King explains in the attached video, “I didn’t have many friends growing up, so I’d sit at home and play guitar for most of the day. I was in this really dark place, really hurting for a while. I don’t want people to feel alone, because I felt really alone – not having anywhere else to turn, except to music. If people can relate to that, then I’ve done my job.”19-Year-Old Marcus King Talks Family, Friends And The Future Of His Music [Interview]Check out the video that Haynes posted along with his nice words, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album, with Haynes, King and his band in the studio. The Marcus King Band’s new record is now available for pre-order here.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always had interesting music videos, but this new video for “Go Robot” might be the weirdest. The band uses the video to recreate several iconic scenes from the 1977 classic disco movie Saturday Night Fever, even filming several scenes in their video at several locations where SNF was filmed.Singer Anthony Keidis is the video’s star, and he really bares it all as he plays an almost-nude robot seeking acceptance in the world. He walks the streets, mostly ignored or disliked, before eventually ending up at a discoteque, where he is entranced by the lights and music and dance-moves. Eventually, he sees a female robot on the dance floor, and the two dance the night away having finally found each other.Check out the video for “Go Robot” below!
The Electric Beethoven album Beathoven came out last week, treating fans to jammed out interpretations of the 3rd and 6th Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Spearheaded by bassist Reed Mathis, the foundations of these interpretations were certainly laid down on the album, but they truly come to life in the live setting.The band has spent the last several months debuting this “classical dance music” material to the live setting, with a recent show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven, we can listen to the opening segment, a 17-minute “Finale” from Symphony No.3, remastered from the night’s soundboard audio.We recently sat down with Mathis to discuss the project.”I honestly think that this is the beginning of the most exciting and rewarding music of my life so far,” he explained. Read the full interview here.You can catch Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd, alongside 50+ artists at three beloved Brooklyn venues. With members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, The Disco Biscuits and more all performing, we can’t wait for this festival! All information about Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
One of the many beautiful things about musical getaways like Strings & Sol in Puerto Morelos, Mexico is that with such a concentration of artists in the same place, sit-ins abound. For last year’s Strings & Sol this past December, Yonder Mountain String Band took advantage of this fact, inviting Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass to join them on the track “Traffic Jam.” You can check out newly released pro-shot footage of this musical moment below, courtesy of Cloud 9 Adventures.
We’re sad to report that legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has passed away in an NYC hotel room at the age of 73. Coryell had a remarkable impact on jazz music, such that he was known as the “Godfather Of Fusion” for his longstanding work in the field. More than 50 years after his first recordings, Coryell was still very active, and had plans to tour this summer with his band, The Eleventh House.Coryell adeptly predicted the rise of jazz fusion music in the 1960’s, contributing to the rise of the groovy genre before many others would catch up. His work brought jazz in the public eye, merging it with all sorts of influences to great effect. In turn, countless guitarists cite Coryell as an influence, and he was even sampled by progressive hip hop artists like J Dilla and DJ Shadow.Renowned fusion guitarist John Scofield penned the following tribute to both Coryell and Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away over the weekend as well:To get a glimpse into Coryell’s style, we present to you the album Spaces, which features the guitarist paired with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Miroslav Vitouš and Billy Cobham.Rest in peace, Godfather of Fusion.
Great American Taxi transports listeners to the musical intersection of jam band, blues, rock and Americana on their new album, Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show. While it is said that “laughter is the best medicine,” good music is surely comes in a close second. For their latest release, Great American Taxi continue to show that, whoever has their hand on the wheel, the direction and destination stay the same.The twists and turns in the band’s lineup seem to have finally settled into a cohesive unit that is delivering a sound far greater than the sum of its parts. Not to say that newly minted front man Arthur Lee Land, guitarist Jim Lewin, keyboard player Chad Staehly and company ever strayed from the Gram Parsons spirit the band was forged to follow.“We Can Run” opens things up with a blast of honky-tonk blues that serves as a fitting introduction for new vocalist Land. There are similarities to former vocalist Todd Snider in tone, but similarities are just on the surface level. Songs like “Out On The Town” quickly help illuminate the more earnest direction of the band. It’s easy to see a more whimsical take on the tune with previous line-ups but the more heart felt approach presented here is impressive and distinct.The slow burn blues of “Sunshiny Days” shows a understanding of build and release that lets Land and Lewin trade some powerful licks over booming bass and drums. A groovy banjo intro to “All The Angels” is placed perfectly on the track listing, lifting the slowly darkening mood instantly. The religious iconography in the lyrics serve as sparse cover for the universal advice the band is doling out on the track. “Home” keeps the expansive vibe going with jazz brush drumming and banjo counterpointing lilting pedal steel guitar and fiddle that perfectly underscore the melancholy spirit of the tune.The title track, “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show,” comes on like a fever dream version of old-timey carnival music with a psychedelic twist for good measure. The wry songwriting on the album reaches a peak on “Like There’s No Yesterday” giving Jimmy Buffett some unexpected competition in the “Looking back on a life from a pirate’s perspective” sub-genre. Closing out the album, “Mother Lode” unwinds in a flat spiral, evoking a hopeful but weary look at the future.Over the course of Dr.Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show, Great American Taxi shows great comfort in a wide variety of song styles and sonic dimensions. Though past iterations have seemed to focus more on the person at the front of the stage this is the first effort that feels like a true group effort. If GAT can continue with this level sanctified mix of righteous music and insightful lyrical content, then let’s hope this configuration is here to stay.
In continuation of their 5th anniversary celebration, Terrapin Crossroads hosted Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang for the Wednesday night show. Unfortunately venue founder and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh fell sick with a cold, but recruited Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools to fill in on bass for the entire show.Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang were also joined by keyboardist Jason Crosby, vocalist Nicki Bluhm, Cass McCombs, Barry Sless, and drummers Mark Levy and Alex Koford throughout the evening. Thanks to YouTube User MarkoVision Films, you can watch both guest-filled sets below. Setlist: Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/8/17:Set I: Sittin’ on Top of the World (SL), Luxury Liner (NB), West L.A. Fadeaway (RJ, NB, AK), Million Dollar Bash (CM), Across the Great Divide (CM, NB), I Don’t Know You (SL, NB), Big Railroad Blues (RJ), Light Up or Leave Me Alone (AK) > New Speedway Boogie (AK) > The Other One (SL) > New Speedway Boogie (AK) > Light Up or Leave Me Alone (One Way or Another) > Light Up or Leave Me Alone (AK)Set II: China Cat Sunflower > (SL, CM) Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds > (CM) Help on the Way > (SL) Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower (SL, JC, RJ, CM, NB), Get It While You Can (SL, NB), The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion) (CM), Grievous Angel (SL, NB)E: Sin City (SL, NB)[via JamBase][cover photo via Instagram User @stuartlevinephotography]
Denver ice hockey team the Colorado Avalanche have announced a Grateful Dead Night on October 19 for their game against the St. Louis Blues. The event will include a performance from Shakedown Street ahead of the game in Coors Meadow, located outside of the Grand Atrium doors at the Pepsi Center. Tickets to the event include access to Shakedown Street’s live performance, in addition to an exclusive Colorado Avalanche/Grateful Dead replica jersey to the first 500 ticket buyers. Learn more here.[H/T Jambands]