Month: March 2021

Leftover Salmon Host The ‘Funkin Bluegrass Bash’ In Chicago: A Gallery

first_imgLoad remaining images The full gallery of photos by Kristine Condon Photography can be viewed below: Leftover Salmon hit Chicago this weekend, playing two nights at The Vic Theatre for the “Funkin’ Bluegrass Bash.” The run featured a bevy of special performances, including Dumpstaphunk and Bonerama on night one, and Love Cannon and The Travelin’ McCourys for night two of the action. As Salmon just celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2015, there’s just no telling how fun a night of music with that band can be!Check out photos from the second night event below, courtesy of Kristine Condon Photography:last_img read more

Meet Fiusha, The Band Who Brought Funk Music Back To Mexico

first_imgWhile the genre originated in the mid-to-late sixties, funk music lives on today as some of the most powerful forms of creative expression. It’s a window of music that only a certain kind of music enthusiast chooses to look through and see it for what it is, recognizing that while the music itself can be playful, it also represents a certain kind of attitude.It’s this attitude that Mexican funk band Fiusha thrives in, fully representing the sounds of their inspiration while staying true to their authentic selves. “You can definitely tell what our influences are, but we are definitely not trying to be like them,” explains keyboardist Eduardo De La Vara, or “Edo.” Inspired by the contemporary sounds of fellow-funksters Lettuce, Galactic, and Soulive, Fiusha’s sound incorporates an evolutionary attitude to the traditional concepts of funk, rock, hip-hop, and jazz influences. They catapult off conventional tones and aim toward the synthesizing elements that ultimately define their sound as different.“When we started this band, we were all going to music college, Berklee Internstional Networ (BIN), so that’s where all the academic jazz aspects came into play; but we were also all hard-rockers at the time.” The result of that combination maintained an edge and an attitude, while simultaneously incorporating the educational harmonic and melodic developments of jazz. “We’re neither rock nor jazz,” explains De La Vara. “But fortunately our music fits into both molds.”The combination of such academic mindsets, colored by the personality of their individual passions, resulted in Fiusha (a misspelling of the color fuchsia). While the band hails from Mexico City, their music is not distinctly Mexican unless you listen to their lyrics. Bilingual by nature, it’s the type of Spanish that they sing that might reveal their actual heritage. “We live different realities here in Mexico, especially in Mexico City,” explains guitarist Uller Ibarra. “The lyrics are pretty influenced by what we live day to day.” Their particular position in music welcomes the opportunity to bring awareness to various politic themes in their culture.“Our main theme is to not conform to anything, to not become a tool, or be part of a set system without making your own choices, without questioning what might not seem right,” explains De La Vara. “It’s not about going against everything just for the sake of going against everything, it’s about finding out what you’re about, who you are, what you believe, and ultimately what you want to bring to the world.” That’s what their most recent record Funk The Power! is all about. It’s the feeling that funk provides which ties this sense of understanding together. “For us, funk isn’t just a music genre; it’s a way of life. As long as you keep it funky, that’s genuine enough. As long as you’re being honest with your own beliefs, then it’s cool. We can jam and you can dance to our beat!” Stepping away from the confined walls of a songbook, Fiusha often includes guest musicians in their live performances and enjoy the improvisational freedom of these diverse settings. It’s that belief of contagious open-mindedness that defines the nature of both their sound and their lyrics. Funk Da Power! is Fiusha’s latest release, and it is in this body of work in which they masterfully blended hip-hop’s strength with funk’s delight, along with rock’s intensity, while also displaying musical and lyrical evolution. Listen to their title track below:Led by Uller Ibarra (guitar, vocals), Mauricio Suárez “Mou” (drums) and Eduardo De La Vara “Edo” (keys), the full band includes Jenny Beaujean (vocals), Alán Fajardo (trumpet), Fermín Fortiz (bass) and Fernando Su (percussion). It’s safe to say they are the true ambassadors of funk music in Mexico, having fostered an entire scene that follows in their footsteps.Check out some more of Fiusha’s live performances, fresh off their YouTube channel: Recently, Fiusha made a record deal with the international record label Ropeadope in their southern division. Fans can expect a new album this summer, while the band tours their local festival circuit, including an opening act for the one-and-only Chaka Khan. While having incredible success in their previous visits to New York City, Fiusha’s next step is to come back to the United States, and do as many shows as possible.If you haven’t already, show them some love on Facebook, give their music a listen, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Fiusha.last_img read more

Pro-Shot: Phil Lesh & Friends Perform Beautiful ‘Reuben And Cerise’ At The Capitol Theatre

first_imgThis weekend’s performances from Phil Lesh & Friends were truly special, featuring guitarists Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, alongside drummer Tony Leone and percussionist Alex Koford for a three nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. With John Medeski on Friday’s keys, Saturday and Sunday welcomed special guest Melvin Seals, longtime keyboardist for the Jerry Garcia Band. The two shows marked the first for Seals with the Phil Lesh & Friends ensemble, and the JGB player was warmly welcomed into the fold.Of the many special moments from the weekend was the Jerry Garcia classic, “Reuben And Cerise,” which played out immaculately with projections of the late Grateful Dead icon decorating the high walls and ceilings of the legendary theatre. Thanks to The Capitol Theatre, we can watch professionally-shot footage from that performance below:Stunning Jerry Garcia Projections During “Reuben and Cerise” at The Capitol Theatre from The Capitol Theatre on Vimeo.Setlist: Phil Lesh and Friends at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 5/29/16Set I: Jam > In The Midnight Hour wh > Pride Of Cucamonga pl, Reuben & Cherise wh > Dear Mr Fantasy wh, After Midnight ek > Cold Rain & Snow pl (wh)Set II: The Wheel pl wh ak > Just A Little Light wh (pl), Help On The Way wh > Slipknot! > Gotta Serve Somebody wh, Eyes Of The World pl > Whiter Shade of Pale wh, Fire On The Mountain whE: Not Fade Away pl wh ak[Setlist via FOJC]last_img read more

Singer Brian Johnson May Return To AC/DC After All

first_imgEarlier this year, longtime AC/DC fans were disappointed to hear that frontman Brian Johnson would no longer be able to tour with the band, else he would risk full hearing loss. Johnson has been performing with the band since 1980, and his absence forced the band to immediately postpone a number of scheduled dates. Not wanting to let down fans entirely, the band recruited Guns N’ Roses man Axl Rose for the role, and the Axl/DC experiment has raged on through Europe before an upcoming trip to the States.For AC/DC loyalists, the absence of Johnson has taken some getting used to. It seems, however, that Johnson may be making his grand return with AC/DC after all.According to a Rolling Stone report, Brian Johnson recently met with an in-ear technology specialist named Stephen Ambrose, who set up the singer with a new ADEL hearing technology. “It just totally works and you can’t argue with that. I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven’t heard for several years now. I can’t wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, [and] performing live music onstage.”The meeting with Johnson and Ambrose started with a YouTube video, where Ambrose and his 64 Audio team created a clip after learning of Johnson’s hearing troubles. You can watch the video below.We’ll keep our fingers crossed for an AC/DC with Brian Johnson, though Axl Rose might not be too happy about that, as he recently expressed interest in continuing his role with the band. However, with AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses both touring in 2016, it seems both Brian Johnson and Axl Rose will still have work to do in the live music scene.last_img read more

Happy Birthday Sir Paul McCartney: Celebrating His 77th With Ten Career-Spanning Videos [Watch]

first_imgToday marks the 77th birthday of one of the most prolific and legendary songwriters of the 20th century, Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle has written some of the most classic and timeless songs over the years, whether it was with John Lennon, Wings, or his solo career. Macca is a veritable songwriting machine that rarely stops, and he is still hitting the road and going strong, playing near three-hour shows exploring an entire career’s worth catalogue that anybody in their right mind would love to call their own.We decided to give a listen to a list of songs that McCartney has written over the years in honor of his birthday. Hope you enjoy!“All My Loving” (1963)[Video: Life Music]“Yesterday” (1964):[Video: 1963JWL]“Eleanor Rigby” (1966):[Video: The Beatles]“Helter Skelter” (1968):[Video: Dustin Smith]“Maybe I’m Amazed” (1970):[Video: Akira Kaji]“Band On The Run” (1973):[Video: Eagle Rock]“Live and Let Die” (1973):[Video: citycity49]“Say Say Say” w/ Michael Jackson (1983):[Video: lookforalaugh]“Dance Tonight” (2007):[Video: PAUL McCARTNEY]“My Valentine” ft. Eric Clapton (2012):[Video: Noisey]last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Announces Chucktown Ball Charity Golf Tournament

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee have announced some more details for their second annual “Chucktown Ball” event, which will take place at Riverfront Park in Charleston, South Carolina on September 22nd and 23rd. The event will feature two days of Umphrey’s, with Moon Taxi and Dead 27s joining the fun on friday night, and The Floozies, Dangermuffin, and The Hip Abduction supporting the band on Saturday night.Now, the band has announced “The Chucktown Ball Charity Golf Tournament”, to be played at the Wild Dunes Harbor Golf Course in Charleston. On Sunday, September 25th, Members of Umphrey’s and their management will join fans for an afternoon of fun on the golf course. Fans will be able to participate in a four-person team golf tournament, as well as contests like “longest drive”, “closest to the pin”, and “longest putt”. There will also be a cocktail party to cap things off at the end of the day.The event will support MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Find tickets or full info on the event here.last_img read more

‘Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective’ To Be Re-Released As 14-LP Vinyl Box Set

first_imgPreviously released as a CD box set in 2013, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective will now be reissued as a 14-LP vinyl box set. With only 1000 individually-numbered copies being produced, the 129 track collection is a necessity to all fans of the Allman Brothers Band, Skydog and the many records he was featured on. The music is supplemented by a 56-page booklet that includes rare photos, and essays by journalist Scott Schinder and Duane’s daughter, Galadrielle Allman, who compiled the collection alongside esteemed reissue producer Bill Levenson. Newly added to this 2016 edition are several previously unpublished photos of Duane, which will be featured on each LP sleeve.Rounder Records and PledgeMusic are teaming up for Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, which is available for pre-order here. The Super Deluxe Bundle features one of 50 limited-edition, numbered LPs in a custom printed Skydog shipping carton, a copy of Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman signed and individually numbered by Galadrielle Allman. Number in book will correspond with number on vinylbox, a leather slipmat, embossed with Skydog title treatment. A lithograph poster, an 8-panel postcard set, and a black & white photo. There are also Deluxe Bundle options available.Allman’s daughter and author of Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman, says in a press release, “The Skydog retrospective tells my father Duane Allman’s life story in the fierce and melodic voice of his guitar. From his earliest high school strivings to the stunning virtuosity he finally achieved, it is all here.  Being part of this project has deepened my understanding of who my father was, and he was remarkable. I hope it will do the same for all who listen. This collection deserves to be heard on vinyl, still the warmest and richest format there is.  I’m so proud it was possible.”There are only a limited amount of Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective LP editions left, so order now.last_img read more

Mickey Hart Announces 25th Anniversary Release Of “Planet Drum” & Plans For New Solo Album

first_imgHas it been 25 years already? Back in 1991, Grateful Dead percussionist/Rhythm Devil Mickey Hart released his seminal album Planet Drum to wild success and critical acclaim. The album, which featured world-renowned percussionists Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram, Babatunde Olatinji, Sikiru Adepoju, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Giovanni Hidalgo, won the first ever World Music Grammy after spending twenty-six weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts. The subsequent tour for the album took the drummers around the world playing to packed audiences on a nightly basis.This was a groundbreaking project, bringing together some of the greatest percussionists of our time. Now, Planet Drum is being re-released as a special 25th anniversary edition in December 2016, including three new tracks that Hart arranged with his frequent collaborator Hussain. The three tracks include “Sea of Showers,” which features Flora Purim and Babatunde Olatunji singing over a rhythm base that includes sounds ranging from a bullroarer to chimes, “Throat Games,” which is an all-globe scat-a-thon and “The Spot,” which is a sonic homage to the water gods.Hart had this to say about the Planet Drum project:“This experience was about people having the will to do it and wanting to come together…because many times, people from different cultures are reticent of getting together with powerful people from other cultures; it’s hard to share rhythm for some musicians who are tradition-bound.  In this case, these folks, they weren’t culturally bound by their rhythms; they were in the right place at the right time for a new gumbo, a new way of coming together, egoless, in the spirit, to have fun and record a classic 20th century gamelan, which has always been the carrot for me.  I always wanted to ring that bell.”In other exciting news, the label behind Planet Drum, Universal Music Group, has announced that Hart is entering the studio to put together an album of new material, with a the album set to be released at some point in 2017.Keep an eye out for more information on the 25th anniversary edition of Planet Drum and Mickey Hart’s forthcoming new album. You can head to Hart’s website for more details.last_img read more

David Bowie’s Former Bandmates Come Together For Tribute Performance In NYC [Videos/Photos]

first_imgThe full setlist, as well as a gallery can be seen below. All photos and videos are provided by Marc Millman.Setlist: David Bowie Tribute | Terminal 5 | New York, NY | 1/10/17Mike Garson intro on solo pianoRebel Rebel- Bernard FowlerLady Ginning Soul- Holly PalmerSorrow- Emme Gryner & Joe SumnerThe Man Who Sold The World- Jeremy LittleA Better Future- Emm Gryner & Chris HadfieldFive Years- Gaby MorenoWhere We Are Now- Holly PalmerLife On Mars?- Joe SumnerSound And Vision- Adrian BelewChanges- Mr HudsonRock And Roll Suicide- Gaby MorenoStarman- Mr HudsonDJ/Boys- Adrian BelewSpace Oddity- Gail Ann DorseySuffragette City- Living ColourAfraid of Americans- Living ColourWild Is The Wind- Gaby MorenoAshes to Ashes- Angelo MooreYoung Americans- Gail Ann DorseyWin- Bernard FowlerDiamond Dogs- Bernard FowlerFame- Adrian BelewFashion- Alex PainterGolden Years- Kate PiersonStay- Bernard FowlerAladdin Sane- Gail Ann DorseyZiggy Stardust- Brett HoolMoonage Daydream- Angelo MooreHeroes- Bernard FowlerEncores:Dead Man Walking- Gail Ann DorseyJean Genie- Bernard FowlerAll the Young Dudes- Mr HudsonUnder Pressure- Catherine Russell & Joe Sumner Last night, a troupe of former David Bowie bandmates joined forces for a special tribute to the Starman, which was held at NYC’s Terminal 5 on the one year anniversary of his passing. Bowie’s far-reaching legacy touched so many, and it was heartwarming to see an enormous cast of musicians uniting in his honor.The backing band for the night included a number of Bowie collaborators and associates, including guitarist Earl Slick, guitarist Adrian Belew (of King Crimson fame), pianist Mark Garson, bassist Gail Ann Dorsy and singers Catherine Russell and Holly Palmer. They were joined by a number of vocalists throughout the show as well, including Gary Oldman, Bernard Fowler, Mr Hudson, Angelo Moore, Gaby Moreno, Joe Sumner, Darren Criss (Glee), Kate Pierson (The B-52s), Emm Gryner, and Living Colour, as well as a few other musicians.Together they performed an incredible array of Bowie’s songs, including big hits and rarities. Check out two videos from the show’s encore, including “All The Young Dudes” and “Under Pressure”, sung by Mr Hudson and Catherine Russell & Joe Sumner, respectively. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Announces Special Jazz Fest After Hours Performance

first_imgKarl Denson is a modern funk icon. Each and every year, the saxophone legend descends on Jazz Fest with a few different projects, and he constantly delivers the tight power-funk that he has built his reputation on. His late night performances with the Greyboy All-Stars and his Tiny Universe are infamous, and very few players have shown the stamina and the passion that Denson has shown over the years. He is a true Jazz Fest legend.This year, with Jazz Fest weekend one in full swing, Karl Denson will bring his Tiny Universe to One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, April 29th for a special performance. This is sure to be a wild night filled with funky improvisation and true Jazz Fest excitement. With so many artists in New Orleans for the week, there’s no telling who might show up to join in on the funk. See below for full details for this sure-to-be-awesome post-Jazz Fest show with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at One Eyed Jacks!– SHOW INFO –Artist: Karl Denson’s Tiny UniverseVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Price: $36adv / $40dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 9pm / Show 10pm If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.last_img read more