Plumpty Dumpty tour is rolling on strong! Twiddle fans found themselves rocking out at New Mountain AVL in Asheville, NC last night, playing tunes from their new PLUMP album and more for an enthusiastic gathering. The show was packed with a number of highlights, including a guest appearance by local rapper Swank Rogers, who the band met earlier in the day. They also dedicated the first song of their encore, “Zazu’s Flight,” to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.However, the grand finale of the show made our headline for good reason. The group debuted a cover of a song that first appeared in an episode of Doug, a cartoon that ran from 1991-1994 on Nickelodeon. In the show, Doug was a major fan of a fictional band called The Beets, and one of the band’s songs was a tune called “I Need More Allowance.” Twiddle’s debut of “Allowance” caused quite the fan reaction!Thanks to taper Marty Loving we have full audio of the show! Listen in below:For Twiddle funk fans, make sure to catch the group when they make their Capitol Theatre debut on May 7th, with support from TAUK. The throwdown is sure to be an exceptional performance, and more information can be found here. Scope the setlist from last night below:Setlist: Twiddle at New Mountain AVL, Asheville, NC – 3/30/16One Set: Polluted Beauty, Wildfire, Subconscious Prelude, Beehop, Gatsby The Great -> Big Country -> Gatsby The Great, Collective PulseEncore: Zazu’s Flight, I Need More AllowanceShow Notes: This show was played as a part of the “Plumptydumpty” Tour. Ryan sported a wig he had bought earlier in the day for the entire show. “Beehop” featured rapper Swank Rogers whom the band met earlier in the day. “Zazu’s Flight” was dedicated to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.  “I Need More Allowance” (The Beets) was a debut.[Setlist via uTwiddle.net]
Australian electro-pop group Empire of the Sun have released another new single from their forthcoming album, Two Vines. The new song, “To Her Door”, is synth-laden ballad with dream-state vocals that features guitar playing from none other than Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. You can stream “To Her Door” below, courtesy of NPR Music.Empire of the Sun’s new album, Two Vines, is out October 28th. Other notable guests on the album include Wendy Melvoin, formerly of Prince‘s Revolution, and members of David Bowie‘s Blackstar backing band. You can pre-order the album at the band’s website.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Well this should be a fun one! On February 25th, 2017, at the famed Warfield venue in San Francisco, bassist Oteil Burbridge will make his debut with the beloved Melvin Seals & JGB. The bassist has spend the last year as part of the newest project to feature members of the Grateful Dead, Dead & Company. This will only allow Burbridge to take his appreciation to the next level.Melvin Seals has been faithfully carrying on the torch of Jerry Garcia’s solo project, which focuses on more of an R&B catalog of covers than Garcia’s original music. Expect Oteil to rise to the occasion, bringing his upbeat demeanor and lightning-bolt-shaped hairstyle into this wonderful band.The show will also feature original JGB vocalists Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones, as well as famed guitarist Stu Allen. This should be nothing short of excellent, with Allen’s faithful recreation of Garcia’s tone combined with original members of Garcia’s band, and Oteil Burbridge on the bass.Check out the artwork below, and head here for the details.
In 11 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy! On the second day of Phishmas, we’re taking you back to ’96. Despite the fact that the two-night stand was not a New Year’s run, Phish was not content to let an MSG run pass by without the proper pomp and circumstance–leading to a truly memorable performance on 10/22/96.The band kicked things off with “The Curtain” before opting for “Runaway Jim” instead of a “(With)” jam. After a brief pause, the band quickly ran through “Bouncing Around The Room” before a delivering a well-played “It’s Ice”. Next, Phish offered a breather–the fourth-ever performance of Billy Breathes ballad “Talk”.From there, the band served up an order of “Split Open and Melt” with some extra sauce (clocking in at nearly 12 minutes) and a high-energy “Sparkle” > “Free” segment before launching into a rocking “You Enjoy Myself” to cap the first set.Any time YEM ends set 1, fans have come to expect the second set be something special–and the second set on 10/22/16 most definitely fit that description. After a short-but-sweet “2001” opener, the band flowed into “Down With Disease”, which featured dextrous riffing from Trey throughout. Next, the crowd the crowd sang along with “Taste”, followed by fan-favorite “The Mango Song”, which reached its typically-ripping peak to great effect. After laying down some serious piano mastery on “Mango”, Page McConnell stepped out from behind the ‘boards to do his cocktail lounge singer schtick on “Lawn Boy” (with some alternate lyrics that may or may not have been intentional).If you’re not familiar with this show, you may be thinking, “Hey, this guy said this show was special, but we’re halfway through the second set and it seems pretty straightforward to me so far.” Fret not, astute phan, we’re about to get to the shenanigans.The show’s “fourth quarter” began to pick up steam with a raucous “Scent of a Mule”, played at a faster-than-usual tempo and with unhinged abandon by all four musicians, particularly McConnell. After about five minutes, the typical “Mule Duel” was preceded by a jazzy, synchronized (read: clearly rehearsed) surprise vocal jam with call-and-response crowd claps, guitar/keys riffs, and more for one of the most interesting “Scent of a Mule”s you’ll hear.“Mike’s Song” came next, signaling the start of what would go on to become a truly memorable “Mikes Groove”. After a down-and-dirty “Mike’s”, the band bled into a classic “Swept Away” > “Steep” pairing, before the Jon Fishman‘s driving drums and Mike Gordon‘s bass slaps lit the fuse for the customary “Weekapaug Groove”.Roughly 2 minutes into the “Weekapaug” audio recording, you can hear an audible roar erupt from the crowd, seemingly unprompted. In fact, what elicited the cheer was the appearance of a slew of lavishly-costumed circus performers (as well as Fishman’s mother, Mimi) to dance along with the performance. The circus freaks lent an undeniably festive element to the set’s final number, as the added energy from the dancers invigorated both the band and the audience for a truly memorable rendition of the classic song, earning this version the moniker “Freakapaug”. You can enjoy crowd-shot video of the whole “Mikes Song” -> “Swept Away” > “Steep” > “Weekapaug Groove” segment below, courtesy of YouTube user FieryBill:After taking their bows and clearing the stage, Trey Anastasio led the band back onstage for the encore with an announcement: “The fun’s not over yet, we’ve got a couple more friends who are gonna come out and play this last tune with us. Very excited about this, everyone give a warm hand for Mr. Buddy Miles and Mr. Merl Saunders!” The appearance of these two musical heavyweights understandably sent the crowd into a frenzy once again. Both Saunders (Hammond B-3 organ) and Miles (drums) had collaborated with a slew of highly influential musicians over the course of their respective careers (Saunders most notably leading the Saunders/Garcia Band with the Grateful Dead‘s Jerry Garcia, and Miles serving as the drummer for Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypsys). For their Phish debut, Miles and Saunders joined the band on their second-ever performance classic rock n’ roll standard “All Along The Watchtower”, written by Bob Dylan, popularized by Hendrix, and covered and interpreted by damn near every musician you listen to. The off-the-walls collab was a smashing success, with the circus freaks returning to add some extra flare to 1996’s last gasp of MSG Phish. Check out crowd-shot video of the “Watchtower” encore with Merl Saunders and Buddy Miles” below, thanks to YouTube user FieryBill:You can also watch some prime behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage with Miles and Saunders backstage at the Garden below, courtesy of YouTube user Lawrence Blumenstein:From fantastic playing, to theatrical antics, to a pair of very special guests, 10/22/96 stands among the most exciting performances Phish has ever delivered at the World’s Most Famous Arena.Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 10/22/96 (via phish.net)Set 1: The Curtain > Runaway Jim, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice, Talk, Split Open and Melt, Sparkle > Free > You Enjoy MyselfSet 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease > Taste, The Mango Song, Lawn Boy, Scent of a Mule, Mike’s Song -> Swept Away > Steep > Weekapaug GrooveEncore: All Along the Watchtower Buddy Miles on drums and lead vocals, Merl Saunders on keys, and Fish on Trey’s percussion rack.This Weekapaug, often referred to as the “Freakapaug,” included circus dancers and Mimi Fishman dancing around on stage towards the end. Watchtower (first since April 21, 1994, or 227 shows) featured Buddy Miles on drums and lead vocals, Merl Saunders on keys, and Fish on Trey’s percussion rack. The circus dancers also appeared for the encore.[cover photo via Glide Magazine]Stay tuned over the next ten days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the second day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me…Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96)and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)!Don’t miss out on any of the fantastic pre-shows and after-parties around NYC during Phish’s upcoming MSG New Year’s Run!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – tickets
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones just released all the stops on their three-week tour with 16 dates spanning across August this summer, adding to the six previously announced dates announced in March. Bassist Victor Wooten, multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, and percussionist Futureman (Roy Wooten) will make up the Flecktones joining Fleck this August. For many of the upcoming Béla Fleck & The Flecktones dates, the band will join forces with Chick Corea Elektric Band (consisting of John Patitucci, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal, and Dave Weckl), solidifying their co-headlined August tour that was announced back in November of last year.Béla Fleck and Chick Corea are no strangers to collaboration, with legendary jazz banjoist and pianist frequently touring together with one another in the past and teaming up for the 2007 shared studio album The Enchantment, which won a Latin Grammy, and its respective live album Two, which was released in 2015. However, this tour is different, with both jazz virtuosos will be bringing their own bands along with them for the ride. For the co-billed performances, each act will perform individually, though are expected to combine for collaborative encores at each stop.The tour is welcome news to Flecktones fans, who saw Béla Fleck & The Flecktones disband following their their summer 2012 tour for a lengthy hiatus. Though the group reconvened last summer for an extensive reunion tour, following the four-year drought, in our eyes, the more Flecktones the better. Fleck & The Flecktones hit the road on August 2nd with solo dates in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn ahead of their performance at Newport Jazz Festival on August 4th. From there, the crew meets up with Chick Corea Elektric Band for a number of Northeast dates. The joint tour heads west on August 12th with a performance at Michigan’s Lottery Amphitheatre before winding its way across the Midwest with stops in Ohio, Colorado, Utah, eventually ending with three dates in California from August 18th through 20th.The full touring schedule and tickets are available here on the Flecktones website. You can also watch the video below of Fleck and Corea rehearsing their song “Mountain” to get ready for August!Béla Fleck & The Flecktones August TourAug 2 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music HallAug 3 – Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! FestivalAug 4 – Newport, RI – Newport Jazz FestivalAug 5 – Albany, NY – Palace TheaterAug 6 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap – The Filene CenterAug 8 – Red Bank, NJ -Count Basié TheaterAug 9 – Kennett Square, PA – Longwood GardensAug 10 – Geneva, NY – Smith Opera HouseAug 11 – Chautaqua, NY – Chautauqua InstituteAug 12 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom HillAug 13 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterAug 15 – Denver, CO – Denver Botanic GardensAug 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red ButteAug 18 – Santa Rosa, CA – Green CenterAug 19 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain WineryAug 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
Last night, Dead & Company took to Boston’s TD Garden, kicking off Dead & Company’s two-night run at the TD Garden, with the group performing at the arena once again tonight. Confirming what many fans have been feeling since the Grateful Dead-inspired act’s performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, last night’s high-energy performance offered up yet another fine performance that underlines the immense growth of the group since its inception back in 2015. The setlist was well-crafted, perfectly mediating the energy of the crowd from the first song of the night, “Jack Straw”, onwards.Dead & Company Play “Uncle John’s Band” On The Late Show [Video]The first set—though really the entire performance—was chock full of crowd-pleasers, with a jubilant “Jack Straw” and slinky “New Speedway Boogie” dialed in from the get-go. The gorgeous, slower ballad “Althea” came next, serving as a quick respite before the band began to draw the energy back up with “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”. Building the energy to finish out the first set, the band shifted gears with their staple cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” before the beloved set-closing tunes “Sugaree” and a triumphant “The Music Never Stopped”.“Jack Straw”“Althea”[Video: Sean Roche]“Sugaree”[Video: Sean Roche]As for set two, Dead & Company returned with an opening “Scarlet Begonias”, making for a feel-good start after the break. A classic take on “Fire On The Mountain” came next, with the group again slowing things down for the third song of the set—this time in the form of the mournful “He’s Gone”. Before the show’s “Drums” & “Space”, the band led up to this beloved second staple with “Viola Lee Blues”, again using the lively spirit of the number to contrast with its prior and following numbers.“Scarlet Begonias”Out of “Space”, the band threw a curveball, offering up a cover of Miles Davis’ “Milestones”. Dead & Company debuted the cover earlier this year during their summer tour’s show in Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheatre on June 13th—however, the song itself served as the opening track on Jerry Garcia and David Grisman‘s 1998 acoustic jazz album So What and later made its way into The Dead’s and Ratdog’s live rotation. After the “Wharf Rat” moved through “The Wheel”, the group closed out the second set on a high note with a strong rendition of “Sugar Magnolia”. Returning for encore, the band offered up “Ripple” to truly call it a night.“Viola Lee Blues”[Video: Sean Roche]“Milestones” [Video: Sean Roche]Setlist: Dead & Company | TD Garden | Boston, MA | 11/17/17Set One: Jack Straw, New Speedway Boogie, Althea, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Big River, Sugaree, The Music Never StoppedSet Two: Scarlet Begonias, Fire On The Mountain, He’s Gone, Viola Lee Blues, Drums, Space, Milestones, Wharf Rat, The Wheel, Sugar MagnoliaEncore: Ripple[Photo: Phierce Photo] [Video: Sean Roche]“Wharf Rat”
Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band have announced an east coast Run For The Roses tour this March. The 20+ date tour includes three shows with support from Toubab Krewe, who recently announced a new album after a seven year gap, Terrapin Flyer, and The Travelin’ McCourys.The longtime JGB keyboardist continues to hold the torch of Jerry Garcia songs, and will bring the legendary songbook to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey to start the spring voyage. From there, Melvin Seals and JGB will make stops at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME, The Rusty Nail in Stowe, VT, and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth, NH.The band will cross paths and share the stage with Toubab Krewe in Ardmore, PA at the Ardmore Music Hall, before continuing on to The Cabot Theater in Beverley, MA, The Haunt in Ithica, NY, and JCC in Rochester, NY. The grooves will continue in Pittsburgh, PA at the Rex Theater, Columbus, OH at the Woodlands Tavern, and Indianapolis, IN at the Vogue Theater, before meeting up with Terrapin Flyer at Park West in Chicago, IL.The very next night, Melvin Seals and JGB will share the stage with The Travelin’ McCourys at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO. The March tour will conclude with stops at Founders Brewery in grand Rapids, MI, Salvage Station in Asheville, NC, Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC, 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke, VA, Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, NY, and Rock n Roll Resort in Kerhonkson, NY.You can buy tickets for all of Melvin and JGB’s upcoming tour dates via the band’s website here.
EXCLUSIVE: Inaugural ‘Central Jazz’ Taps Supergroups With Dumpsta, Galactic, Meters, Lettuce, & Motet Members
On June 9th, Central City, Colorado will host a proper New Orleans takeover during Central Jazz, a new music festival presented by Feyline, KUVO, Dazzle, and Central Presents. Channeling the super jams that abound during New Orleans Jazz Festival, Central Jazz has crafted an enviable lineup of supergroups and side projects featuring the likes of George Porter Jr. and members of beloved, high-profile musical acts like Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, The Motet, and Jerry Garcia Band.At the top of the bill is Dragon Smoke, a project consisting of Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Rob Mercurio (Galactic), Stanton Moore (Galactic), and Eric Lindell that was born during 2003’s Jazz Fest and rarely makes its way outside the confines of the Crescent City. The festival also plans to curate a super jam of high-profile musicians each year under the moniker NOLA Central All-Stars—this year the NOLA Central All-Stars will feature George Porter Jr. (The Meters) in addition to the entire Dumpstaphunk lineup of Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Alvin Ford Jr., Nick Daniels III, and Tony Hall.Outside of the NOLA Central All-Stars set, George Porter Jr., the iconic bassist from The Meters, will perform with one of his solo projects, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners. The festival has also tapped the Joe Marcinek Band featuring Melvin Seals (JGB & Melvin Seals), Tony Hall, and Joe Marcinek and will host the highly anticipated Colorado debut of the Adam Deitch Jazz Quartet. Following these main stage performances, the music will continue to run until 3 a.m. with a number of afterparties, including performances by Juno What?, a side project led by Joey Porter of The Motet and featuring Lettuce and Motet members, as well as local Colorado acts like Cycles and Mlima.The lineup also boasts a number of up-and-coming local acts in addition to Cycles and Mlima, including The Copper Children, The Midnight Club, and Christopher The Conquered. KUVO and Dazzle, keeping with the name of the event, have also curated local jazz acts for Central Jazz, including Venus Cruz and Adam Bodine Trio—the Adam Bovine Trio will be featured during a special morning brunch set hosted by KUVO Jazz.Central Jazz is a revival of the Center City Jazz Fest—a former music festival in the city that ran from 1976 to 1992. For the 2018 edition, the festival will feature four stages spread out across Central City, effectively taking over the entire town while encouraging patrons to explore all that the quaint and beautiful location has to offer. Free parking will be available to those who drive (Central City is a 30-minute drive outside of Denver and a 45-minute drive outside of Boulder), though other ride options will be announced in coming weeks.A kick-off event on Friday, June 8th, will be open to the public (21+) and hosted by Grand Z Casino. More information about Central Jazz on June 9th can be found at the event’s website here. You can snag tickets for the inaugural festival here.
Gorillaz have continued their busy week of announcements with the reveal of the lineup for their Demon Dayz LA festival, set to take place on October 20th at Pico Rivera Sports Arena & Grounds in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to a headlining performance by Gorillaz, Demon Dayz LA will feature sets by Erykah Badu, The Internet, DRAM, Little Simz, Kilo Kish, Ana Tijoux, Tony Allen, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Las Cafeteras, and Chulita Vinyl Club.The one-day festival will come on the heels of an extensive run of international tour dates scheduled to take place throughout this year. Demon Dayz LA will mark the second edition of Gorillaz’ festival, and the first to take place in the U.S. following last year’s inaugural edition in the U.K.This year’s busy schedule for Gorillaz also includes the upcoming release of their new album, The Now Now, set for a June 29th release via Warner Bros. Records. Below, you can watch the recently released official video for the album’s funky, synth-laced opening track, “Humility”, including a featured cameo from Jack Black.Gorillaz – “Humility” [Official Video][Video: Gorillaz]Tickets for all the shows, including Demon Dayz, go on sale Friday, June 8th, at 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm EST via Ticketmaster. Head to the band’s website for more information. Gorillaz 2018 Tour Dates:06/01 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park06/03 – Mendig, DE @ Rock Im Ring06/09 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle06/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Sónar Festival06/21 – Chiba, JP @ Makuhari Messe07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Tour Dates
On the heels of Labor Day Weekend’s summer-tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, today, Phish has announced the return of their four-night, all-inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which will return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2019 from February 21st to 23rd. The band started their destination-event tradition in 2016, and headed to Mexico once again in early 2017. However, the fan-favorite jam juggernaut did not return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2018.For the 2019 edition of Phish’s Riviera Maya event, the concerts will return to Barcelo Maya Beach, a resort that sits on a mile-long stretch of white sand featuring breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property. Furthermore, Phish and CID Presents have selected six of the region’s finest resorts for fans to stay at, with each resort offering a variety of restaurants, multiple bars, and daily activities, all included in your package price. A number of off-site adventures will also be available throughout the weekend, giving fans the opportunity to fully experience the Riviera Maya’s breathtaking natural beauty and rugged terrain during their destination music vacation.Each night, guests staying at the Barcelo Maya will take a short stroll to the beach to see Phish, while fans staying at the other associated resorts will be delivered to the concert venue via continuous, private shuttles. Once inside, guests can choose from an assortment of complimentary beverages and traditional fare (including a la carte tacos and fresh churros).Packages start at $1,713 per person and include four or five all-inclusive resort nights, admission into Playa Azul (the event’s one-of-a-kind venue), roundtrip airport transportation, and exclusive Phish merch packs for the run. An extremely limited amount of all-inclusive packages will be available at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. For more information and package details, please visit the event’s website here.For a taste of what’s to come, check out pro-shot footage of “Mercury” from Phish’s last trip to Riviera Maya in 2017 below:Phish – “Mercury” [Pro-Shot] – 1/14/17 – Riviera Maya, MX[Video: Phish]