When they say “the music never stopped,” they really mean it. Live for Live Music is proud to present an exciting Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performance, coming in hot on the heels of the Grateful ensemble Dead & Company after their performance at Folsom Field on July 3rd. KDTU will hit the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO, just a short distance away from the Dead & Co show. Denson has seen continued career growth in recent years, most notably when he was called into action on tour with the Rolling Stones. 2016 has seen Denson busier than ever, working on new music with the esteemed Greyboy Allstars ensemble. However, it’s Tiny Universe that Denson is most at home, commanding his own band with a fiery passion. Whether its original music, Prince tributes, or more, there’s no shortage of good time grooves whenever the KDTU come to town!Denson is also no stranger to Grateful Dead late nights, as his band hosted an outrageous party in the wee hours of the morning after Fare Thee Well last summer in Chicago. Check out more about that show here.With the band set to pack their funky punches, don’t miss out! Tickets and more information about this exciting show can be found here.Show InfoKarl Denson’s Tiny UniverseBoulder Theater // Boulder, COJuly 3rd post-Dead & CompanyDoors @ 11 PM // Show @ 12 AM // 18+Tickets hereEnter to win a pair of tickets below!
In just a few short weeks, Chillfam will once again be reunited at the glorious Catskill Chill Music Festival. Taking place in the beautiful Minglewood, PA, the fest’s new home will usher in a new beginning of sorts for the esteemed annual event, as the new site offers more creative options for the ultimate festive experience.Take, for example, the Late Night Hall, a newly-added fifth stage that will accommodate the jams until the wee hours of the night. With sets from artists like Goldfish, The Chillfam All-Stars, PartiWerks (aka Particle and The Werks) and more, the Late Night Hall looks to be a great addition to the Catskill Chill festivities! The festival will also host a Thursday night pre-party for the first time ever, with music from Aqueous, Jimkata, Twiddle and Trakstar!The full four day schedule can be seen below. Catskill Chill runs from September 22-25, and will see headlining sets from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Mike Gordon on Friday, Keller Williams Grateful Grass and Lettuce on Saturday, and Greensky Bluegrass and Electron on Sunday! Tickets are available now but moving quickly, so head here for all the details!
Kat Wright and The Indomitable Souls are playing New York City’s American Beauty on tonight, February 23rd, along with local acts Joanna Teters and LoveDeep (purchase tickets here). To get excited for the show, she shares a live video for “Marvelous” from her new album By My Side. It was recorded on September 17, 2017 at Grace Potter’s Grand Point North Festival on the Burlington, VT waterfront.We recently sat down with Kat to discuss all things musical inspirations, life in Burlington, and her Indomitable Souls. Join us tonight, but first watch this new video:
Beginning Friday, July 21, fans of Umphrey’s McGee and Lettuce can now experience content from both bands in VR environments thanks to social music VR platform Endless Riff. Endless Riff is a virtual reality platform that provides new ways for fans to experience live, recorded, and self-captured music together. A “virtual music festival,” Endless Riff allows music lovers to consume, communicate, and bond over live performances, archived concerts, and exclusive “b-roll” content within existing, former, or new virtual venues. Using networked VR tools, the platform offers content across a broad variety of capture technologies including 2D, 3D, and 360-degree video.After signing in to the Endless Riff platform via an Oculus Rift headset, users will be able to watch an exclusive band-curated Umphrey’s McGee “umVR” video playlist and Lettuce’s “funkumentary” Let Us Play in immersive, social 3D environments, where they can interact with their friends and fellow fans in real time.“Enjoying music is always more fun with friends, and that’s especially true for artists like Umphrey’s McGee and Lettuce, who have hardcore fan bases traveling all over the world to see them live,” said Mark Iannarelli, CEO of Endless Riff, in a press release. “With the Endless Riff VR platform, we can offer Lettuce and Umphrey’s fans a brand new twist on that experience in which friends, family, and other music fans can join together no matter where they are, providing invaluable opportunities to connect and share their love of the music.”The 16-song “umVR” playlist features versions of Umphrey’s favorites hand-selected by the band including “Puppet String,” “All In Time,” and “Booth Love,” as well as unique covers and a handful of the humorous videos that have become synonymous with UM over the years.“Umphrey’s McGee has always tried to be on the frontline of new technology relating to music, such as the interactive UMBowl and S2 events where fans texted directions to the band mid-performance,” Kevin Browning, Manager of Umphrey’s McGee, said. “There are so many new possibilities with VR and music, and given how dedicated and community-driven the Umphrey’s fanbase is, letting fans experience the band’s favorite collection of videos together in a virtual setting was a no-brainer.”Filmed over a 6-month period, Let Us Play documents Lettuce’s intense touring schedule and the creation of their 2015 album, Crush. Footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road are all included in the 45-minute film, providing a well-rounded portrait of the band, their life, and what it takes to write, record, and promote a top-notch funk album.“One of the main lessons I took away from my six months with Lettuce is that this band and their music are really all about community,” said Let Us Play director Jay Sansone of Human Being Media. “That’s why this film is a perfect fit for Endless Riff’s VR platform, which will amplify that feeling with its virtual movie theater. I’m excited that fans of my film can now experience it in a new way, and hope it will further enhance their understanding of and appreciation for this band.”Watch the trailer below, and view the whole thing here!Endless Riff is currently available in open beta in the Oculus Rift store, where users can watch curated playlists with friends (via life-like avatars) within the interactive app. The company plans to offer a variety of branded content experiences along with the virtualization of cherished music venues from across the globe, beginning with New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall this spring.Endless Riff will be available on additional devices later in 2017. For more information, please visit the website.
Louisville, KY’s Forecastle Festival is known for its great taste in music, delivering impressive and diverse lineups on a yearly basis. Embarking on its 16th year at sea, the the festival will return this July 13-15, 2018, led by Grammy-winning and nominated artists, including Southern rocker and Kentucky native Chris Stapleton, prismatic indie rockers Arcade Fire and alt-rock icons Modest Mouse. The three-day celebration of music, arts and activism will take place at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville, KY.Additional musical acts include Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Houndmouth, The War On Drugs, Father John misty, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett NF, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Louis The Child, T-Pain, Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, Vic Mensa, Oh Wonder, Punch Brothers and Rainbow Kitten Surprise will also round out the top slots. The lineup continues with Lucero, White Reaper, Hippie Sabotage, Hiss Golden Messenger, Khruangbin, and many more.Forecastle stands out for its inclusive, multi-genre lineup, though it draws from many of the same names as Sloss Music Festival’s lineup that was revealed earlier this morning. See below for the full lineup, and visit the Forecastle website to learn more about GA, GA Plus, and VIP weekend passes that go on sale Friday at 10am ET. The Forecastle 2018 lineup includes:Chris StapletonArcade FireModest MouseJason Isbell & The 400 UnitHoundmouthThe War on DrugsFather John MistyVance JoyCourtney BarnettNFJimmy Eat WorldKurt Vile & The ViolatorsLouis the ChildT-PainJenny LewisMargo PriceVic MensaOh WonderPunch BrothersRainbow Kitten SurpriseLuceroWhite ReaperHippie SabotageTeddy Abrams and friendsPVRISQuinn XCIIAJRI’m With HerJai WolfHiss Golden MessengerKhruangbinWestside Gunn + ConwayTyminskiColony HouseSAINt JHNBerhanaBrent CobbRon GalloMorgan SaintSpencer Lee BandMatt MaesonDevon GilfillianArlieBiyoFlagship
Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Miguel, Tyler the Creator, Jaden Smith, The Internet, Twin Shadow and more will perform in Brooklyn when Afropunk Festival returns on August 25th and 26th. Slated to take place in Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park, the gathering will once again feature two days of music, food, art, and activism. Other acts on the bill include Willow Smith, Denzel Curry, Ibeyi, Jamila Woods, Lolawolf, Fantastic Negrito, and H.E.R. Afropunk’s full lineup can be found here. Additionally, the festival has announced a new “Buy One, Give One” initiative that will give one ticket to a New York City-area youth for every ticket sold. More specifically, those tickets will be given out to young people who have participated in local art programs like Recess Art and Young New Yorkers. Tickets for Afropunk Festival are now on sale.In related news, Afropunk also unveiled the lineup for its Carnival of Consciousness, which is scheduled to take place in Atlanta on October 13th and 14th. That event will feature sets from N.E.R.D., Benjamin Booker, The Internet, Wicked Wisdom, Noname, Little Simz, Serpentwithfeet, Yves Tumor, and Karl Faux. Ticketing information for Carnival of Consciousness is not yet available.
On Friday, April 13th, Steve Parish, a longtime roadie for the Grateful Dead, will participate in a virtual Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session to answer questions from fans and curious folk. The Q&A will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. (PST) on the Grateful Dead subreddit. Most recently, the Grateful Dead subreddit hosted an “Ask Me Anything” chat with Donna Jean Godchaux on March 30th, though has also tapped former Grateful Dead keys player Tom Constanten, hippy icon Wavy Gravy, Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally, and more over the last few months to connect with fans.Steve Parish was a primary member of the Grateful Dead family for over three decades, first joining the band as a roadie and friend in 1969, eventually taking on the role of Jerry Garcia’s trusted gear handler and the manager of the Jerry Garcia Band. Over the years, Parish grew particularly close to Jerry Garcia, and the two forged a close friendship. Parish served as best man at Garcia’s wedding, spent hours by his bed in 1986 during Garcia’s coma, and was the last friend to see Garcia before his untimely death in 1995.In 2003, Parish wrote Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead, an autobiography following his time with the Grateful Dead. Composed of behind-the-scenes stories and filled with insight as to what it was like to be part of the Grateful Dead crew, the book follows Parish from his earlier years in Queens getting busted selling acid to finding the Grateful Dead, becoming part of their family, and witnessing both the triumphs and tragedies of life on the road.You can head over to the Grateful Dead subreddit on Friday, April 13th, from 6 to 8 p.m. (PST) to ask your questions to Steve Parish.[H/T JamBase]
Lotus has had a number of big announcements for fans this week. Yesterday, the jamtronica all-stars announced an intimate two-night run at Colorado’s scenic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, which will take place this fall on September 21st and 22nd. On the heels of this exciting new run, today, Lotus has announced additional artists as support for their annual Summerdance festival, which will take place from August 30th to September 2nd at Garrettsville, Ohio’s Nelson Ledges Quarry Park.In addition to three nights and six sets of Lotus, the band has tapped a number of fan-favorite performers, new and old to help fill out the bill. Per tradition, Summerdance will host a number of spin-off groups and side projects from Lotus’ band members—including Octave Cat, which features the band’s Jesse Miller plus Dopapod‘s Eli Winderman and Charlie Patierno; Luke The Knife, a DJ set from Lotus’ Luke Miller; and a special DJ set from Lotus’ Mike Greenfield. In addition to a yet-to-be-announced headliner on Thursday, Summerdance will also see performances from Broccoli Samurai, Muscle Tough, Consider The Source, and Magic Beans.For more information and for ticketing for Lotus’ annual Summerdance celebration, head here.
On Saturday night, Phish returned to Rosemont, IL’s Allstate Arena for their second of three nights in the Chicago area this weekend. Following a heater two-set performance Friday night, including an 18-minute take on “Mercury” in the first set, and a top-notch “Tweezer”, Phish returned to the Windy City arena for another red-hot rock and roll affair. If these past two nights are any indication of what’s to come next week in Las Vegas, fans better buckle up and get ready for blastoff.Phish jumped into “Stash” to open the first set, last played in the opening slot three summers ago, at Bend, OR’s Les Schwab Amphitheater in 2015. Following up last night’s high energy dance party, Trey Anastasio was noticeably “on” and took “Stash” on an exploratory ride, with Page McConnell following closely behind, laying down some delicate work on the grand piano. After taking a brief pause, Page initiated the opening recorded line for “The Dogs”, as Trey quickly took charge into an aggressive rock-fueled guitar riff. “The Dogs” led way to “Blaze On”, as Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon quickly found each other to lead the way into a bubbly, funk-fueled excursion.With Anastasio picking up the pace, Phish took “Blaze On” into deep type II territory, as Gordon hammered away at a ferocious bass line. Anastasio continued to push the bar, adding a tease of “Dave Energy Guide” into the mix, before bringing “Blaze On” to a halt with a peaking guitar solo. Next, McConnell took no time to dive into the opening tinkering piano riff of “Water in the Sky”, with the quartet showcasing their impressive vocal harmonies along the way. As “Water in the Sky” faded out, Trey worked his way into the fluttery opening riff for “Ya Mar”, with Mike continuing to dazzle the Allstate Arena with his thunderous bombs.Phish launched into “Vultures” next, with Trey and Page bouncing back and forth off of each other’s delicate improvisation. The band’s precise and hearty take on “Vultures” led way to “Roses Are Free”, as lighting designer Chris Kuroda showered the crowd with psychedelic rainbow patterns, with his intricate rig’s patterns bouncing off of the venue’s ceiling. Fishman signaled for “46 Days”, laying down a cowbell-heavy beat for Anastasio to build off of. Anastasio navigated through a series of evolving, explosive guitar solos, with Gordon and McConnell adding the perfect touch to Anastasio’s final peak. Phish smoothly segued into “David Bowie”, as Fishman laid down the groundwork, chipping away at his hi-hat. Moving out of the song’s main theme, Trey took the lead, with Page locking in with his dark and evil guitar work. As “Bowie” continued to peak, CK5’s lights absolutely obliterated the Allstate Arena, before Trey took one final ferocious solo, bringing Saturday’s first set to a close.Following a brief set break, Phish returned to the stage, opening their second set with “Moma Dance”. The band took their time with a bit of an extended intro, which led way to a groovy jam, as Gordon took charge on his five-string Modulus bass. “No Men In No Man’s Land” was next, and last night’s “NMINML” took a hell of a ride into deep type II territory. Anastasio set up a progressive theme revolving around a three-note riff, as the band continued to move forward, diving head-first into some raw rock n’ roll.Last night’s “No Man’s” developed into a multi-faceted beast, as Gordon laid down some sticky bombs heading into a slower, melodic segment. The jam slowed down for a brief period, with Fishman continuing to hold down a steady back-beat. Anastasio sprinkled a washy effect on the evolving behemoth of a jam, accompanied by a hint of McConnell’s plinko work. The quartet pushed forward into a tenacious, ripping guitar segment, as Trey brought “No Men In No Man’s Land” to the ultimate grand finale peak.Phish took an extremely quick jump straight into “Steam”, slowing down the pace to catch their breaths after a near half-hour of strictly improvisational work. “Steam” took a blissful ride, as Trey triggered the jam into a major chord-led theme, chock full of impressive interplay between Page and Trey. “Steam” came to an abrupt halt, as the band moved into “Chalk Dust Torture”. Mike let it all hang out, paving the way for Trey to focus in on a soaring peak. “Fuego” was up next, as Page and Trey chased after each other around Mike’s earth-shattering bombs. A tender take on “Joy” followed before a “Suzy Greenberg” dance party brought the set to a close. Last night’s “Suzy” was ripping, as Page brought it all home, tickling the ivories like a madman. Phish returned to the stage for their encore with a roaring take on The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll”, played in honor of the fifth anniversary of frontman Lou Reed’s untimely passing.Phish fall tour continues with the band’s third and final performance at Allstate Arena tonight. For a full list of Phish’s upcoming dates, head to their website here.Setlist: Phish | Allstate Arena | Rosemont, IL | 10/27/2018Set One: Stash, The Dogs > Blaze On, Water in the Sky, Ya Mar, Vultures > Roses Are Free, 46 Days > David BowieSet Two: Moma Dance > No Men In No Man’s Land > Steam > Chalk Dust Torture, Fuego > Joy, Suzy GreenbergEncore: Rock and Roll
Load remaining images Twiddle concluded their two-night “Frendsgiving” run at the beloved Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Saturday night with a two set performance with support from the Eric Krasno Band. The show on Saturday followed an impressive Friday night concert which featured Twiddle and the Kitchen Dwellers trading off a mix of sit-ins and cover jams. On Saturday, it was Krasno and company’s turn to rock out with Twiddle, as both jam outfits piled their equipment onto the stage for a night full of music that could only be experienced at a venue with as much history and memorable moments as The Cap. The performances of both bands were even streamed live via Relix for fans who were still out of town on Thanksgiving break to enjoy from the comfort of mom and dad’s makeshift concert couch.The night began with Eric Krasno and his band delivering a wonderfully powerful rock performance beginning shortly after the 27:30-minute mark in the video below. The popular guitarist and his band powered their way through an opening set that could have easily gone well into the night, but definitely helped set the stage (plenty of pun intended) for the night of music from Twiddle that followed shortly thereafter.The members of Twiddle took the stage following an introduction by robots (you can watch that at the 1:51 mark in the video below). Twiddle’s return to the New York venue comes just a few weeks after they shared the stage with Phil Lesh & Friends for night one of the Grateful Dead bassist’s Phil-O-Ween concerts late last month. The groovy jam band began their own performance on Saturday night with “Tiberius” off of their 2007 Natural Evolution of Consciousness album, which would remain the recurring musical theme for the entire first half of the show. The band would weave in and out of the up-tempo tune while mixing in “Mamunes the Faun”, “Orlando’s”, “Amydst the Myst” and “The Box”, before bringing the set to a heavily spacey and energetic end in with “Tiberius”.Set two started with one of the band’s newer songs, “River Drift”, before welcoming vocalist Matisyahu to the stage to help them perform “Latin Tang”. “Machine”, “Beethoven & Green”, and “Apples” came next, followed by a cover of The Beatles‘ “Rocky Raccoon”, before closing things out with their familiar combination of “Hatti’s Jam” > “When It Rains, It Poors”. The band would also return for a one-song encore of “Juggernaut” to close out what was certainly a successful holiday weekend at The Cap.Twiddle w/ Eric Krasno Band [Full Show] – Capitol Theatre – 11/24/18 [Video: Relix]The two Capitol Theatre shows wrapped up the band’s busy fall tour that began back on October 23rd. Twiddle will be back in action later next month with a pair of New Year’s concerts in Boston starting with a show at the Paradise Rock Club on December 30th, followed by the House of Blues on December 31st. Limited tickets for both shows remain, and can be purchased here.You can check out a gallery of photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Adam McCullough.Setlist: Twiddle | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 11/24/18Set One: > Tiberius > Mamunes the Faun > Tiberius > Orlando’s > Tiberius > Amydst the Myst > Tiberius > The Box > TiberiusSet Two: River Drift, Latin Tang*, Machine, Beethoven & Green, Apples, Rocky Raccoon**, Hatti’s Jam > When It Rains, It PoorsEncore: JuggernautNotes: *with Matisyahu** Beatles CoverTwiddle with Eric Krasno Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 11/24/18 | Adam McCullough Photo: Adam McCullough Photo: Adam McCullough