Florida rock n’ rollers The Groove Orient has announced a major tour schedule, powering through the Southeast this Spring and teaming up with bands such as The Bright Light Social Hour, Earphunk, Voodoo Visionary, Kaleigh Baker and Oxford Noland. With performance at festivals such as Fool’s Paradise,Moonstone Music Festival, Orange Blossom Jamboree and Purple Hatters Ball, this group is only growing bigger and better!Check out footage of the group from Orlando, FL back in May 2015:This band’s high energy live performance and musicality makes The Groove Orient a must see act! Catch them at Fool’s Paradise or one of the tour dates listed below, and for more information, visit the band’s official website.The Groove Orient Tour Dates3/1 Jacksonville, FL Blue Oyster3/11 Winter Haven, FL Jessies Lounge3/17 Athens, GA Nowhere Bar w/ Oxford Noland3/18 Asheville, NC One Stop w/ Voodoo Visionary & Oxford Noland 3/19 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5 w/ Voodoo Visionary3/23 Gainesville, FL High Dive w/ Earphunk3/24 Tampa, FL Crowbar w/ Earphunk3/26 Orlando, FL The Social w/ Earphunk3/31 Dunedin, FL Dunedin Brewery w/ Voodoo Visionary4/1- 4/2 St. Augustine, FL Fool’s Paradise Festival4/8 Gainesville, FL High Dive JJ Grey After Party4/9 Cape Canaveral, FL Victory Casino Cruises4/16 Winter Park, FL WPRK’s Fox Fest4/22 St. Petersburg, FL Ringside Cafe4/23 Treasure Island, FL Ka’ Tiki4/26 Knoxville, TN Preservation Pub Widespread Panic After Party 4/27 Greenville, SC IPA w/ The Bright Light Social Hour4/28 Black Mountain, NC Pisgah Brewery4/29 Wilmington, NC The Whiskey4/30 Savannah, GA Barrelhouse South5/1 Orlando, FL Moonstone Festival5/19 5/22 Brooksville, FL Orange Blossom Jamboree6/17 6/19 Live Oak, FL Purple Hatters Ball w/ Kaleigh Baker
Last July, for a second consecutive sell out year, thousands of attendees had the festival experience of a lifetime along the banks of the Eel River on the Mendocino / Humboldt County Line. Northern Nights Music Festival returns to the historic Cook’s Valley Campground July 1517, 2016 behind California’s picturesque Redwood Curtain.Northern Nights has hit the ground running in 2016, in preparation for the 4th year of #NNMF. The festival announced GRiZ as their main headliner, with performances from Amon Tobin/Two Fingers DJ Set, Claptone Immortal Live, The Knocks, Troyboi and more! You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the NNMF website for tickets and more information.Check out some stunning shots from Northern Nights, courtesy of Jesse Rather:
After an exciting performance at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival that saw the band welcome former singer Donna Jean Godchaux, the Dead & Company crew made their way to Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH for a great performance that saw an exciting band debut. The band has been firing on all cylinders of late, and their fourth show of the year continued that exciting trend.The group opened the show with Bob Weir taking lead on “Hell In A Bucket,” rocking the exciting tune and letting folks enjoy the ride. John Mayer got a turn on lead vocals with “Brown Eyed Women,” adding his cool take on the classic. A pair of “cowboy” songs followed, with “Me And My Uncle” segueing into “Big River.” The band stretched their legs a bit on “Sugaree,” and kept the jam going for a punchy “Jack Straw.” “Mississippi Half-Step” finished off a great first set.It was the second set where Dead & Company really let loose, starting with their first ever performance of “Box Of Rain.” The Phil Lesh-penned American Beauty song was on the band’s short list for new debuts this summer, and Mayer did the song justice with his lead vocals. From there, the band dove into familiar waters with the rockin’ “Viola Lee Blues,” which would ultimately frame the set. After a folky “Uncle John’s Band,” the group brought out a “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” combination.After the “China/Rider,”, the group descended into “Drums” and “Space,” going into distant atonal regions before returning to “Viola Lee Blues.” They brought the set down with an emotional “Stella Blue,” taking its time and truly delivering, before bursting into a celebratory “Sugar Magnolia.” After the “Sunshine Daydream” section and a brief pause, the band rocked one more time with a classic “U.S. Blues.” You can listen to full audio below, courtesy of taper Rob Krall.Check out the full setlist, below.Setlist: Dead & Company at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – 6/16/16Set 1: Hell In A Bucket (bw), Brown Eyed Women (jm), Me And My Uncle (bw)> Big River (bw), Sugaree (jm), Jam> Jack Straw (bw jm), Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (jm)Set 2: Box Of Rain (jm)> Viola Lee Blues> Uncle John’s Band (bw jm)> China Cat Sunflower (bw)> I Know You Rider (jm bw)> Drums> Space> Viola Lee Blues, Stella Blue (bw), Sugar MagnoliaEncore: U.S. Blues (jm)Want to win tickets to see Dead & Company next Sunday, June 26th at Citi Field? Enter below![Image via GoldenGoddess1969/Instagram]
Great news, concertgoers! After Ticketmaster delivered customers tons of vouchers redeemable for two free tickets after losing a huge Class Action lawsuit, the list of eligible shows and venues were revealed yesterday. To the chagrin of many fans around the country, all of the shows were at Live Nation-owned amphitheatres, most of which are not located near major metropolitan areas.Well, fear not, as it seems Ticketmaster have been forced to add more shows and venues to their list, with additions popping up for several venues run by Live Nation’s House Of Blues subsidiary in New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, and more.Admittedly, the shows are a mixed bag, but with the vouchers remaining active until 2020, it seems there will be tons of opportunities for fans to use these vouchers. Here’s to hoping all of our favorite bands play Live Nation venues in the next four years, so all of our vouchers can go to good use, and we get retribution for our years of abuse-via-Ticketmaster!
Starting tonight at 9 PM, Lettuce’s killer set from Lockn’ Festival will be broadcast on Qello Concerts for free. Simultaneously, Let Us Play, the official Lettuce documentary, will be available with a subscription to Qello, the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries.The 45-minute film, directed by Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music, merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with some of the funkiest music around.You can watch Qello on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and more (click here for a full list of devises). Qello has thousands for shows spanning 10 decades and every genre. Click here to begin your free seven-day trial.
The news we’ve been expecting all summer is finally here: Phish‘s thirteenth studio album, Big Boat, will be released on October 7th. The band hasn’t provided much information yet–just a quick teaser video revealing the album’s name and release date. Check out the video below:The band caused a stir among net-savvy fans earlier this afternoon when they changed their Facebook cover photo to an unexplained image of clouds. While the subtle tease didn’t give away any information, it signaled net-savvy fans that an announcement was imminent. Considering the fact that the band has been steadily debuting new material since last summer, as well as the recent addition of eight of those songs to the BMI registration list, fans had been expecting a new studio album for some time.Phish finally pulled back the veil on their new release just hours later, posting the teaser video (including the album name and release date) and cover art. The album title refers to lyrics in one of this summer’s many new songs, “Friends”, debuted on 6/29/16 in Philadelphia. We are sure that the band will release more details soon, but for now, we can be excited that it’s now official: fresh Phish will be served next month.
Anderson .Paak is unstoppable. After his incredible collaborations with Dr. Dre on his 2015 album Compton, .Paak started a global assault on the music industry, delivering his huge breakthrough album Malibu before appearing at what seemed like every major music festival around the world. The artists has combined hip-hop and R&B with funk and punk, essentially creating a new genre along the way. His drumming is determined and tight, and his band, The Free National, easily move from one genre to the next in the live setting – ultimately creating a vibe that pretty much everyone can get down to.Now, Anderson .Paak is preparing to move in a new direction, as he will be releasing a new album with Kendrick Lamar producer Knxwledge under the name NxWorries. The duo actually released an EP a few weeks before Malibu dropped, and this new LP is an expansion on the project that they started last year. The new album, entitled Yes Lawd, is due out on October 21st on Stones Throw Records, and will feature nineteen tracks, seventeen of which are brand new, never before-heard recordings. “Link Up” and “Suede” both made the cut from their original EP.The duo have also released their first single from Yes Lawd, called “Lyk Dis”. Paak’s crooning vocals mix perfectly with Knxwledge’s sultry, J. Dilla-esque beat, and the result is a smooth, catchy and introspective R&B number. Check out “Lyk Dis” below, and also check out the music video for “Suede”, originally released in August 2015.
This has been a truly divisive election season, with candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump engaging in a glorified, seemingly-never-ending grudge match. Well, fortunately, on November 8th, the election will finally come to a close, as people across the nation will go out and vote for the candidate of their choice.Once you’ve voted, head on over to Brooklyn Bowl for a very special election-night performance by the Everyone Orchestra. The event, dubbed “Soundtrack to History”, will be presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company in conjunction with HeadCount, and will feature a who’s who of jam icons that will be musically interpreting the election results in real time. The results and the mood of the crowd will be used as a muse for improvisation that is unlike any show that has come before it.Matt Butler will of course conduct the band, with Steve Kimock, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Vinnie Amico of moe., Jay Jennings and Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy, Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic, Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band, and former The Motet frontman Jans Ingber on the impressive bill. Several unannounced special guests slated to make an appearance as well.HeadCount founder and Co-Chair Marc Brownstein explained that “we’re giving fans a chance to have a shared musical experience on a night they may remember the rest of their lives. We’ve always wanted to do something like this and Everyone Orchestra is a perfect musical outlet to make it happen.” You can learn all about HeadCount in this recently-published feature on the important, bipartisan voter registration group.Sounds like an amazing way to spend election night! Tickets can be purchased at this link starting Friday, October 14th at 10am EDT.
When the world you’ve known burns down around you, what do you do? Guitarist and songwriter Dave Simonett of bluegrass outfit Trampled By Turtles faced this reality as he stood among the ashes of his 10-year marriage that had just ended, a relationship that started when he was just 19. Looking for some kind of catharsis, Simonett retreated to an isolated cabin in northern Minnesota for a week. He took pens, paper and a commitment to capture his turmoil in song. The end result was the grouping of songs that end up on Furnance, Simonett’s latest release under this solo moniker Dead Man Winter.Like spring buds popping up through the smoldered destruction from a forest fire, Furnace represents new beginnings for Simonett in a number of ways. It is the first time he chose to detail an intimate part of his life in such vivid, literal terms. It is the first time he approached songwriting with a different process. Probably most consequently, it is the first time he’s put his bread and butter band Trampled By Turtles on hiatus in 14 years to devote his time to a solo project. And for many fans of Trampled By Turtles, it will be the first time they’ve heard Simonett plug in and jam with a full, electric band, something he did with great frequency before Trampled took off.Furnance is as varied sonically as the various emotions that swirled around Simonett in his winter cabin. “This House Is On Fire” is a lonely, country ballad about the beginning of the end of his relationship, while “Destroyer” is a sprightly, folk rock number with flashes of the Traveling Wilburys shining through the melody. “I Remember This Place Being Bigger” is a quiet, soft meditation that lifts like fog over a lake, one of the prettiest sounding songs Simonett has ever recorded. The end of the album closes in the electric embers of “You Are Out Of Control,” with guitars, organ and drums raging together in dissonance until they finally flicker to an end, like a fire whose exhausted it’s fuel and burned itself out.The album is a pivotal statement from Simonett as both a person and an artist and Live For Live Music was fortunate enough to talk with Simonett over the phone about the album. Down to earth and genuine, our conversation went from recording Furnance with his new band to Trampled By Turtles’ friendship with Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass to how he wants to grow up and be a ski bum. Read the full interview below.L4LM: You are releasing Furnace as Dead Man Winter. The album itself captures a significant part of your life in your divorce. But just as an artist who is tasked with making music, what was significant about this album for you?Dave Simonett: I guess a couple things. The subject matter is one simply because this really is the first time I’ve written a whole record that was really literal about something that happened in my life, you know what I mean? So it was a little bit of a departure from how I’d worked before. Secondly, just kind of a little bit of a break from Trampled By Turtles and doing something with some different guys and different instrumentation. Everything was kind of new I guess, like starting a new band almost.L4LM: Before you took your hiatus with Trampled, had you been pining to revisit sounds you had been making before the band took off? You had had your own electric band beforehand.DS: That was a big motivator for sure. I always have done that, even when Trampled was super busy I’ve always had a side project or something and in the last few years it’s been different formations of this band. But I did want to actually release the record and go on tour. Logistically that was just impossible for me to do when Trampled’s touring, cause I got kids at home, whatever, everyone’s got other shit going on. To try and fit a record and a tour in between Trampled’s busy times was just not going to work. So in order to properly do this thing, it took us having to come off the road for a little bit.L4LM: How does that feel being on your own again?DS: It’s a mix. There’s a certain amount of excitement for a new thing, and creatively, the longer you do something the harder it is to keep it fresh; a relationship, a band, whatever it is. So on that side of things it is really exciting. But it’s got it’s own level of stress and it’s in an arena that I haven’t really worked professionally in for a very long time, like hiring a band and having it be my thing as opposed to being a part of a group. Even just getting ready and getting the tour lined up has been interesting and I’ve learned a lot already. But mainly I’m just excited to do it.L4LM: Was the story captured on Furnance, the dissolution of your marriage, was that too personal to be told in a group setting?DS: No I don’t think it was, not necessarily. I think it was more two things coinciding. The material was there so I had that, but at the same time, I had the desire to make a record with a different group. I think it was just timing. I don’t think I would have had a problem making this a Trampled By Turtles record if that’s where I was in my head. The Trampled guys are family so I can do anything with them and I can share anything with them, but it just worked out that way.L4LM: You went out to a cabin for about a week to write these songs. It had been something you’d never done before in terms of your writing process. What prompted you to do that, to go off by yourself, if you had never done it before? Was that on a recommendation from someone or were you just trying something new?DS: It was more of the latter. I had these songs or ideas for songs, I had most of the material boiling in there. But I was having a lot of trouble getting it out. I wrote songs and recorded them and it just wasn’t working. Where I went, in northern Minnesota specifically, but really anywhere in that kind of setting in solitude in the woods in the winter, that’s kind of my peaceful place to go. And I wasn’t in a peaceful place inside so it seemed like the logical thing to do. Got out of the city and just focused. I turned the phone off and just wrote. I kind of always squeezed in songwriting when I could; I think a lot of people work like that. You’re in a van and writing stuff down on a napkin, or for me, I’ll put the kids to bed and stay up late to write. I had time but I never devoted days to do it and it was a really rewarding experience. I’ve actually done it since then too. It’s a little bit intimidating sitting down and saying I’ve got to write for four days, but once I got in the groove it was amazing how freely stuff came out.L4LM: I was a child of divorce and I’m wondering, if you were a child of divorce, how did that frame your thinking during that time? DS: Yeah I was, my parents split up when I was 14 or 15 years old. Because it wasn’t necessarily a foreign entity to me I probably had an opinion of what it was, but it was completely inaccurate. I don’t claim to be unique in this experience; I know tons of people who’ve been through divorce. I guess I don’t really know how it shaped it. I don’t want to say that’s any kind of reason why it happened, but I don‘t have anyway of knowing. But I don’t think it helped (chuckles).My kids definitely went through some stuff, but they’re both very young, five and three now, so they were three and one-and-a-half. So in their world they didn’t have a lot time with us together and they don’t even really remember. So it’s almost merciful in that respect.L4LM: I wanted to talk little bit about specifics on the album. How did you get the musicians together? Two that stand out are guitarist Erik Koskinen and pianist Bryan Nichols. They added some great texture to the songs throughout. DS: Thank you. Those are all really good friends of mine from Minneapolis. I play music with these guys off and on in various things. I play on their recordings, they play on mine, for years. It’s part of a group of guys who play in town together and I have tons of respect for all of them, so it was kind of easy. I’ve been playing Dead Man Winter shows for once in a great while, every six months or something, and lately these have been the guys I’ve been calling to play with me. So everyone on the record was my first choice and everyone was able to do it, so it was pretty organic I guess.L4LM: Do you play any electric guitar on the album or do you stick with the acoustic?DS: I do a little bit of guitar. Man, I love playing the electric guitar. Actually this is the second version of this record that I made. I made a whole other record initially that I ended up scrapping. It had a bunch of different songs on it and some of these same tunes worked up in a different way. But it was all electric guitar.L4LM: That would be a cool thing to hear. It actually leads into my next question. The last song, “You Are Out Of Control,” is probably the biggest departure on the album in terms of the music I’ve ever heard you release. I love it, it is so electric. When I was playing it, it kind of melded into this Dead Meadow song that was next. What was the recording process for that?DS: What is on the record was the first time we ever played the song together. I had the idea for the first part and I knew I kind of wanted it go on for a while, but that was it. So we just started playing and went out. That was actually the only time we’ve played that song together, that take is the only time (laughs). It was just right time, right place in the studio. Everyone just kind of went with whatever they wanted to do and we didn’t feel like we needed to try again.L4LM: I’m always curious of this of artists who write their own songs. These are songs that obviously come from a very emotional place and raw place. How much of the origin of the song do you revisit when you play it live? In other words, if you wrote a song about your dog dying, how much do you relive on stage and how much is it just a song you wrote and are now performing. DS: It’s probably right in between the two. The songs I wrote are now from over two years ago, but I also haven’t really played most of them live so I don’t really know. It’s not going to be water works on stage or anything like that. Making the record was an emotional thing, but once you get on stage, your playing these tunes every night. Just being on stage your brain is in so many places. Your trying not to screw up, your thinking about the actual performance and content a little bit more. It’s actually probably a lot easier, a least for me, it’s not the same for everybody. It’s a lot less emotional now.L4LM: You’re about to go on tour here for the record, your going through April I believe. Once the tour ends are you going to move on to different things or are you going to work this for a little bit? DS: We’re going to be playing through the summer and we’re looking into some fall things as well. I’ve been doing some touring by myself as well, which has been really fun. Past the record cycle, however long that lasts, I don’t really know. The Trampled guys are going to get back together and see where we are at creatively and if we’re going to make a record when I get back. It’s kind of an unknown right now.L4LM: You mentioned you’ve been on a couple solo tours. I saw that you recently went on tour in December with Trampled’s banjo player Dave Carrol. It looked like a lot of fun, just some guys cruising around drinking beer, smoking weed and going skiing. What was that like?DS: (Laughs) It was a blast man. We’ve done it the last three years now. He lives in Steamboat Springs and we just spend a week or ten days or something just cruising around mountain towns in Colorado, it’s the best. I mean, Dave’s one of my best friends and it’s just easy touring, just the two of us driving around in his truck. Really really informal, really low key and its honestly just getting on stage and playing with your buddy. I love doing it, it’s really healthy.L4LM: Now, you’re also kicking off your tour in February at a ski party. How big of a skier are you?DS: Yep, I’m a ski bum (laughs). When I grow up all I want to do is ski.L4LM: What are your favorite mountains?DS: I’m actually at a resort right now, Lutsen, up in northern Minnesota, which is one of my favorites. It’s not on the scale size wise or elevation wise to Colorado, but it’s a great place. Dave and I skied at Steamboat when I was last out there, that place is great. I think one of my favorites I’ve been to a couple time is Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.L4LM: That’s where I’m from.DS: That’s great. I love it out there. The snow’s great, you usually get a ton of it, the weather’s awesome, it’s just great.L4LM: One more question for you. Trampled by Turtles was an introduction for me to contemporary string band music, which led to Greensky, Yonder, Travelin McCoury’s, Infamous Stringdusters, all of that stuff. Actually the first time I saw you was when you went on a joint tour with the Stringdusters in Washington D.C. I’m just curious what your relationship is with other string bands like yourselves?DS: Those two in particular, Greensky and Infamous, are all great friends. We’ve played a lot of music together through the years and we’ve all been doing this for about the same time. We’ve played smaller shows back in the day and bigger shows now and both those bands are probably our closest friends we have in that scene for sure. I mean every time we see each other at festivals its a great thing. All very cool dudes, just traveling the road together.L4LM: Thanks so much for hopping on the phone and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your time on the mountain. Dead Man Winter’s Furnace is out this Friday on January 27th, and the full tour dates are listed below. You can also find more information on the Dead Man Winter website. Dead Man Winter Tour DatesFeb 3 – Lutsen, MN – GNDWIRE Records Ski PartyFeb 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueFeb 17 – Fargo, ND – The AquariumFeb 18 – Duluth, MN – Pizza LuceFeb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon SaloonFeb 21 – Philadelphia, PA – The Boot & SaddleFeb 23 – Cambridge, MA – The SinclairFeb 24 – New York, NY – Bowery BallroomFeb 25 – Washington, D.C. – The HamiltonFeb 26 – Charleston, WV – Mountain StageMar 9 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public HouseMar 10 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst TheaterMar 11 – Chicago, IL – Schubas TavernMar 20 – Bozeman, MT – The Filling StationMar 21 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat LoungeMar 23 – Seattle, WA – Tractor TavernMar 25 – Portland, OR – Aladdin TheaterMar 27 – Arcata, CA – Humbrew’sMar 28 – San Francisco, CA – SlimsMar 29 – Los Angeles, CA – The EchoMar 30 – San Diego, CA – Soda BarMar 31 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent BallroomApr 1 – Santa Fe, NM – The BridgeApr 2 – Colorado Springs, CO – IvywildApr 4 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Last summer’s Desert Trip at The Empire Polo Club was one of the most talked about music festivals in North America. Organized by the creators of Coachella, the event was catered to an older demographic and was suited to provide the most comfortable VIP experience to a crowd seeking to relive their younger years with a massive lineup of all-star classic rockers. Affectionately dubbed “Oldchella,” the organizers of the inaugural event hosted Paul McCartney, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Roger Water. Last year’s demand was so high, that they added a second weekend. However, Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett has confirmed that the event will not return in 2017.“We’re not doing Desert Trip this year,” the Coachella founder tells Billboard. “We loved 2016 Desert Trip — that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we’ll do something similar.”While the rumor mill has been circling with speculations about a Led Zeppelin reunion — which started from a cryptic post on Robert Plant‘s website that read “Any time now…” — those hearsay have been put to rest, and we can at least say that they will not be reuniting for Desert Trip in 2017.The 2016 Desert Trip grossed $160 million over both weekends, and attracted 75,000 people each weekend with ticket prices ranging from $399 to $1,599. It’s safe to say this decision was made with good intentions, and the powers behind Stagecoach will continue to host next-level events all over the country. Their next big event is the Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, California, June 24-25, with headlining performances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons.