Last Monday, Snarky Puppy won their second Grammy Award of “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” for Sylva with the Metropole Orkest. The previous week, they released their Family Dinner, Vol. 2 LP, a follow-up to their first Grammy Award-winning piece. It’s an incredibly exciting time to know Snarky Puppy, to say the least.The “Family Dinner” series feature selected vocalists for a typically all-instrumental band, broadening the dimensions and allowing for some fun with one of the tightest bands on the road. Leading up to the official street release, the band has quietly released a total of five studio-recorded videos in support of the new record.Their most recent release, “Soro,” features Salif Keïta (known as “The Golden Voice of Africa”), and Brazilian instrumentalists Carlos Malta (pife & flute) and Bernardo Aguiar (pandeiro). The tribal-esque, evolutionarily funky 8:30 track was recorded in Bamako, Mali to accommodate Keïta and the three backing-singers who were unable to fly to the states for recording. You can hear the rest of their collaborations on Family Dinner, Vol. 2 today.Snarky Puppy feat. Salif Keïta, Carlos Malta, & Bernardo Aguiar – “Soro”Also from the series, are:Snarky Puppy feat. Chris Turner – “Liquid Love”Snarky Puppy feat. Becca Stevens & Väsen – “I Asked”:Snarky Puppy feat. Susana Baca and Charlie Hunter – “Molino Molero”:Snarky Puppy feat. David Crosby – “Somebody Home”:
With the exception of Derek Trucks, virtually every member of the Allman Brothers Band attended the Wanee Music Festival this weekend in Live Oak, FL. After a killer Widespread Panic show, which included a sit-in from Warren Haynes, attendees made their way to the Mushroom Stage for some after-midnight Allman Brothers jams by the new supergroup Les Brers.Named after the second track from the famed 1972 Eat A Peach album, Les Brers is a continuation of the Allman Brothers Band, but with a freshly revitalized approach. The group’s roots run extremely deep in Allman Brothers blood, with over half of them being members of the since-retired, forty-seven-year-old southern rock band.In addition to the original drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, the band is complete with ABB’s latest rhythm section, including bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. Before them, stand guitar master Jack Pearson, who played with the Allmans from 1997-99, his guitar mate Pat Bergeson, along with longtime collaborator Bruce Katz on keys, and Lamar Williams, Jr., son of bassist Lamar Williams who played with ABB from 1972-76, belting the vocals.Perhaps one of the best sets to come out of the weekend, Les Brers showed Wanee’s Mushroom Stage that the road indeed goes on forever.The set lasted nearly three hours and included ABB classics “Dreams,” “Jessica,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” and “Whipping Post,” along with non-traditional, jammed-out renditions of Dr. John‘s “Gilded Splinters,” and Muddy Waters‘ rendition of “The Same Thing,” which featured a very special guest appearance from former Allman guitarist Warren Haynes.Watch “The Same Thing,” featuring Warren Haynes below:“Dreams”Thanks to taper Butch Almberg, you can stream the full audio here:Also from Wanee, you can watch videos and stream the audio from these very special performances: Gov’t Mule with Jack Pearson, Billy & The Kids with Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, Joel Cummins with Kung Fu, Umphrey’s McGee’s mash-up set, Warren Haynes sit-in with Widespread Panic for ZZ Top covers, and Karl Denson with Melvin Seals & JGB. Enjoy!Setlist: Les Brers at Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak, FL – 4/15/16:Set: Hot ‘Lanta, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Just An Expression, Trouble No More, Les Brers, The Same Thing*, Please Call Home, Anyday, Hold On What You Got, Dreams, I Can Fix It, Jessica, Gilded Splinters, Every Hungry Woman, In Memory Of Elizabeth ReedE: Whipping Post* = w/ Warren Haynes
Last week, we heard an outraged Dweezil Zappa publicly oust his brother Ahmet for charging him an “exorbitant fee” to perform the music of Frank Zappa, and forcing him to change the band of his Zappa Plays Zappa band. In a new open letter, Ahmet Zappa tells his side of the story, and takes a much more moderate and understanding tone than his brother.In the letter, Ahmet says that the “exorbitant fee” was simply $1 per year, and that Dweezil blew things well out of proportion in his New York Times interview. “You’ve only been told that you can’t keep using the name without agreeing to a fee of $1 per year, which you’re fully aware of, but never mentioned in your interviews,” said Ahmet in his open letter. Not only that, but the family apparently has no problem with the band name either. “Fact: You can absolutely keep touring under the name Zappa Plays Zappa,” he says. “You could do it tomorrow, and honestly, I hope you will. You’re a fucking guitar god and in my opinion one of the best guitar players in the world. You do an amazing job playing our father’s music with total integrity. Your tours help keep Frank’s name alive, just like the work Gail and I have done through the ZFT.” It’s nice to see Ahmet trying to bridge the gap between brothers.Another shrewd point made by Ahmet: Dweezil gets paid by the Zappa Family Trust. “When the ZFT does have profits, we split them between the four of us. I’m getting enough heat on social media that I’m betting a lot of people don’t realize that you also receive funds from the ZFT. Even when you do pay fees to use the Zappa name, and sell Zappa merchandise, you receive a portion of the profits from it.”The letter also mentions that he has tried to hold family meetings, but Dweezil has declined the opportunity to do so. “I’ve been reaching out to you for months. I even tried to set up a family meeting so we could discuss all of our family issues, but you repeatedly said you couldn’t fit it into your schedule, and that you weren’t available to attend without your lawyers present.”It’s a sad state of affairs, and hopefully these two can put their differences behind them. Read the full letter below:
In tragic news, 22-year old singer Christina Grimmie from ‘The Voice‘ was shot and killed last night after an Orlando, FL performance at The Plaza Live Theater with the band Before You Exit. While meeting with fans to take pictures and sign autographs after her appearance, a gunman walked up to the former contestant of NBC’s hit program and opened fire, according to Orlando police spokeswoman Wanda Ford.Ford went on to say that Grimmie’s brother, Mark, immediately tackled the unidentified shooter before he could harm other innocent bystanders, but not before he shot and killed himself. Grimmie was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to the the gunshot wounds. “It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” her publicist Heather Weiss said in a statement.Her ‘Voice’ coach, Adam Levine, took to social media to express his thoughts and condolences, “I’m sad, shocked and confused….We love you so much Grimmie. This just isn’t fair.”Our thoughts and prayers are with Christina Grimmie’s family during this time.[via CNN]
Last Sunday, June 12th, an all-star crew of musicians assembled around an exciting The Nth Power performance at the Highline Ballroom in New York, NY. The band not only gave fans a great set of music, but brought out some phenomenal guests for a star-studded three-song encore performance.After treating fans to some of their Abundance classics, the group welcomed out a truly all-star roster that included Ivan Neville on vocals, James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band/Animus Rexx), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz), Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz), and Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz). That lineup jammed out two classic covers, “Peg” by Steely Dan and “Fantasy” by Earth Wind & Fire.”The band then brought out Turkuaz’s Shira Elias and Michelangelo Carubba to help finish the show with another EWF staple, “Serpentine Fire.” Check out videos of all three encore songs below, courtesy of The London Souls Historian.PegFantasySerpentine FireSetlist: The Nth Power at Highline Ballroom, New York, NY – 6/12/16Set:Holy Rain (dedicated to Orlando Victims)Right NowOnly LoveThank YouOnly YouSpirits (Remix)Soul SurvivorHomeEncore:Peg w/ Ivan Neville (vocals) + James Casey tenor sax, Natalie Cressman trombone, Chris Brouwers trumpet, Josh Schwartz baritone sax, Greg Sanderson tenor saxFantasy w/ Ivan Neville keys + vocals + James Casey tenor sax, Natalie Cressman trombone, Chris Brouwers trumpet, Josh Schwartz baritone sax, Greg Sanderson tenor saxSerpentine Fire w/ Ivan Neville keys + vocals + James Casey tenor sax, Natalie Cressman trombone, Chris Brouwers trumpet, Josh Schwartz baritone sax, Greg Sanderson tenor sax + Michelangelo Carruba percussion, Shira Elias vocals
Load remaining images Beloved jammers Widespread Panic returned to Las Vegas, NV last night, kicking off a three night run at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Panic has made Vegas a regular stop for multi-night runs along their summer touring, never failing to pull out surprises and more for the occasion. Last night was no exception, as Panic welcomed members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to add some potent brass magic to their classic tunes.The show opened with “Who Do You Belong To?,” letting Panic work through a number of classic originals like “Thought Sausage,” “Radio Child” and more. It was baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis who first appeared, joining the band on “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” to end the set. In set two, it was five of the dirty twelve who came out and jammed, including Gregory Davis, Kevin Harris, Efrem Towns, Kirk Joseph and Roger Lewis. They came for an extended jam session, including the debut of Professor Longhair’s “Go To The Mardi Gras.”Watch “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” below, courtesy of YouTube user farawaybro.After a great version of “Red Hot Mama,” the horn section and band members left the stage for a “Mini Drums” segment, before returning for “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” and Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” The set ended with “Chilly Water,” and a double encore of “Honky Red” and “May Your Glass Be Filled” ended the night in style.Check out the full setlist from PanicStream, as well as a photo gallery from Erik Kabik.Setlist: Widespread Panic at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/8/16Set 1 Who Do You Belong To?, Thought Sausage, Radio Child, Bear’s Gone Fishin’, You Got Yours, All Time Low, A of D, Pilgrims, Pickin’ Up The Pieces*, Stop Breakin’ Down Blues* Set 2 Little Kin, Pleas > Saint Ex > Rebirtha > Go To The Mardi Gras**, Red Hot Mama** > Mini Drums > I Walk On Guilded Splinters** > Use Me**, Chilly WaterEncore Honky Red, May Your Glass Be Filled Notes * w/ Roger Lewis on Baritone Sax (DDBB)** w/Gregory Davis, Rodger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Efrem Towns, Kirk Joseph (DDBB)[Inverted intro into ‘Saint Ex’; FTP ‘Go To The Mardi Gras’ (Professor Longhair)]
Beloved alternative Canadian rockers Arcade Fire made their way back to their home country last month, performing a headlining slot at the WayHome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. Interestingly, the band chose a distinctly American song for their setlist, covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” as part of their introduction to the original song, “Keep The Car Running.”Despite the distinctly American themes, it seems like Canadian fans of the Canadian band were getting down on the Boss cover, as evidenced in the video footage that recently surfaced. You can watch this bizarre and uplifting scene below, courtesy of Kyle Rose on YouTube.The full setlist can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More Arcade Fire setlists
October 18th, 2016 marks the 90th trip around the sun for the legendary Chuck Berry, the guitarist who essentially invented rock and roll music. While most nonagenarians would be spending the day at the nursing home, Berry has astounded fans with the announcement of a new album!For the first time in 38 years, Chuck Berry has put together a brand new release. Titled CHUCK, the album will feature original music by Berry, dedicated to his wife of 68 years. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” said Berry in a statement. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”The album will come out in early 2017 on Dualtone, and will feature accompaniment by Berry’s two children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), as well as Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist of forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums). Considering that Chuck Berry essentially created rock and roll music, a new release from him at age 90 is simply stunning.For more information on this new release, head here. You can see the album artwork below.
Saturday night witnessed a throwdown of epic proportions at Fort Collins, CO’s The Aggie Theatre as hometown acts SunSquabi, along with support from VibeSquaD and DYNOHUNTER, put together a non-stop, funk-fueled dance party. With a sold out show, the crowd showed up early raring to go and didn’t stop until the final note was played.With strong sets from both DYNOHUNTER and Aaron Holstein‘s VibeSquaD, the latter returned to the stage with SunSquabi to fill in for recent addition Josh Fairman, who was playing a gig with his other group Analog Son. If you ever need a sub on bass, Holstein is as good as it gets, as the Zilla bassist can hold it down with anybody in the funk and electronic scenes.Squabi opened up with “Squabcat,” which provided some early fuel in the set for a crowd that had already depleted some of its tank from the opening sets. “Pygmy Up,” the recently released collaboration with The Russ Liquid Test, which was further evidence of why this trio is making a serious name for themselves around the country. The group brought out special guest saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach (formerly of Turbo Suit) to provide some horn power on “Dexter,” while “Odyssey” – SunSquabi’s track with GRiZ from their most recent release – is a monster track in and of itself.The hits kept coming as “Get Down” went into a super funky “Voodoo Child” jam that Jimi Hendrix would have most certainly grooved to. The band’s remix of Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine‘s “Conga” saw The Aggie erupt into a salsa party. “Deluxe” brought Gerlach back out for a double sax duel against DYNOHUNTER’s Clark Smith. SunSquabi ended the night with “Pablito” for one last getdown, on what was a wildly successful evening front to back. Check out video from the performance below.“Dexter” w/ Nicholas Gerlach“Conga” (Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine remix)Setlist: SunSquabi | Aggie Theatre | Boulder, CO | 1/21/17SquabcatPygmy UpBubsDexter *AnytimeOdysseyTequila MockingbirdGet Down > Voodoo ChildDeluxe ^ZappE: Pablito* w/ Nicholas Gerlach on sax^ w/ Nicholas Gerlach on sax & Clark Smith (DYNOHUNTER) on sax[Thanks to Sam Silkworth at Silky Shots for the photos]
A Tribe Called Quest will be hitting the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, Colorado. The performance will be part of the hip-hop group’s tour announced last November, which Q-Tip noted would be their final tour as an ensemble before ultimately packing it in “for the rest of our lives” following Phife Dawg’s death in March of last year. Tribe will perform Red Rocks on August 10th, which will be the first and potentially last time A Tribe Called Quest plays the epic venue. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 AM via AEG.