Prince’s “Piano & A Microphone” tour will continue this Friday, March 4 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The venue, which holds 20,000 people will be in stark contrast to the intimate solo shows the Purple One has already hit on this tour, playing to small crowds in Australia, New Zealand and Oakland, CA thus far.Prince has upped the ante by hyping the show as a “can’t miss,” saying he will dedicate the first hour of his concert to “show off his b-ball skills” in a Twitter post. Oracle Arena is the home to the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. As many will recall from the hilarious Chappelle’s Show sketch featuring comedian Charlie Murphy, there is ample precedent of Prince being a pretty good hooper, so there could be more to this than we think.Tickets for Prince’s solo concert at Oracle Arena are on sale now and can be purchased through the venue’s website here.
Over the weekend, Steve Kimock brought together a top-notch band for three nights of music to the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. The band included Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company, Furthur, RatDog), Bobby Vega (Zero, KVHW), Leslie Mendelson, and Jay Lane (RatDog, Primus), promising even more special guests for every night.The audience was treated to a very special surprise guest appearance from Bob Weir on Friday, the 13th. The Grateful Dead guitarist played the majority of the first set, and the first song of the second set, performing both Grateful Dead songs and unique covers. He kicked into gear for “You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie),” by Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan‘s “Queen Jane Approximately,” before heading into GD classics “Dancing In The Streets,” “Bird Song,” and “The Other One.” He returned during the second set to perform “Blue Bayou,” popularized by Linda Ronstadt.Thanks to MarkoVision Films, you can watch video of the performances below:You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie)Queen Jane ApproximatelySetlist: Steve Kimock & Friends at Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA – 5/13/16Set I:Ice Cream (instrumental)You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie)Queen Jane Approximately (BW)Dancing in the Street* (BW, LM)Bird Song > (BW)The Other One > (BW)Bird Song (BW, LM)Set II:Blue Bayou (LM, BW)Nana’s Chalk PipeHillbillies on PCPTo Love Somebody (LM)Psycho Killer (LM)Ancient Astronauts** (JL, SB)Five B4 FunkE: Waiting for a Miracle (LM)* = Matthew Kelly ** = Sunshine Becker[H/T Deadheadland]
Any casual rock and roll fan is certainly familiar with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The band’s countless hits have been played all around the world, with tracks like “Free Fallin,” “American Girl,” “Refugee” and more defining an entire genre of classic rock music.With the resurgence of vinyl records in recent years, it’s no surprise that Petty would want to share his music on the popular format. Tom Petty – Greatest Hits was released on vinyl yesterday for the first time ever, since its 1993 release. The biggest selling album released by Petty & The Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits features so much great music by Petty.You can order the album here, and check out the tracklisting below.Tom Petty – Greatest Hits TracklistingDisc: 1 1. American Girl (Side A) 2. Breakdown (Side A) 3. Anything That’s Rock n Roll (Side A) 4. Listen To Her Heart (Side A) 5. I Need To Know (Side A) 6. Refugee (Side A) 7. Don’t Do Me Like That (Side B) 8. Even The Losers (Side B) 9. Here Comes My Girl (Side B) 10. The Waiting (Side B) 11. You Got Lucky (Side B)Disc: 2 1. Don’t Come Around Here No More (Side A) 2. I Won’t Back Down (Side A) 3. Runnin’ Down A Dream (Side A) 4. Free Fallin’ (Side A) 5. Learning To Fly (Side B) 6. Into The Great Wide Open (Side B) 7. Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Side B) 8. Something In The Air (Side B)
Premiere funk band Lettuce returns today with a brand new single, fresh from their forthcoming EP Mt. Crushmore. The band released the widely acclaimed LP Crush back in 2015, but they saved some tasty B-sides for a follow-up release. Due out on November 11th, Mt. Crushmore is the funky companion album we didn’t know that we needed!The first track, “The Love You Left Behind” played on the soulful side of Lettuce’s sound. Today, the band has released their second single from the new album. “Mt. Crushmore” is all funk, leading the listener on Lettuce’s prime psychedelic funk odyssey.You can listen to the new single, “Mt Crushmore,” below.Lettuce is currently on their fall tour, which closes out with a big two-night run at the PlayStation Theater in New York, NY from November 11-12. The shows will unofficially celebrate the release of Mt. Crushmore, with Red Baraat opening night one and The Floozies on night two. Tickets and more information here.
The semi-annual Record Store Day tradition will return on Black Friday, November 25th, entreating music lovers everywhere to head out to local record stores for exclusive releases. With just a few weeks to go, RSD has released the full list of albums that will be available for that one day only!There are dozens of albums available, and the full list can be found here. There are entries from Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Clark Jr., The Kinks, The Beach Boys, The Budos Band, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Sesame Street (yes you read that right – Sesame Street is releasing an Abbey Road tribute album!), Frank Sinatra, The Sugarhill Gang, Yardbirds, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Frank Zappa and so many more! Unfortunately, contrary to initial reports, the first-ever Grateful Dead single does not appear to be included in the list.With so many great options, there’s no excuse not to get some sweet new vinyl on Record Store Day!
Eminence Ensemble, the genre bending powerhouse out of Boulder, Colorado, are gearing up to finish their fall tour schedule with a bang. Having just finished up the last leg of their fall tour in Texas (including two shows with Perpetual Groove in Houston, and Dallas), they recently announced one last show to wrap up their fall tour in Denver, CO at Cervantes Otherside with fellow Colorado power trio Evanoff.This show is going to be extra special, as the band has just announced the addition of Taylor Frederick, who will be making his debut with the band at this hometown performance. Taylor is also known for his guitar/vocal work in Yamn, and was one of the winners of Relix Magazine’s 2012 “6th member of moe.” competition. (See the video below). With this huge move on Eminence Ensemble’s part, you can bet the addition of Taylor will not only bring the band to new musical heights, but further their improvisational experimentation.Watch Taylor sitting in with moe., below.Eminence Ensemble will hit Cervantes Otherside in Denver, CO on Saturday November 26th with Evanoff and UNFOLD_MUSIC, and you can find all the details and tickets here.
While the city of Denver has always had a lively music scene, one can easily say that Denver is in the midst of a sort of musical renaissance. With its breathtaking natural surroundings, vibrant community of artists, and the relatively recent introduction of the ultimate “x-factor,” legal weed, artists and fans alike have migrated to the Colorado capital at unprecedented rates. And with so much talent–and so many enthusiastic patrons of live music–all in one place, the possibilities for incredible collaborations are endless.Take this past Wednesday night, for instance. Adam Deitch had just returned home to Colorado after finishing up Lettuce tour in New York City last weekend. Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers of The Motet made their triumphant return to Denver after their nationwide Fall Tour with a 2-night blowout at The Ogden Theatre last weekend (featuring a set of their Halloween theme, Mixtape 1979) before heading west for a 3-night run in Oregon this weekend. But while they had a few days off from the road, these three stellar talents weren’t content to take time off from performing–not with so much talent on their home turf–so they convened their Deitch, Porter & Sayers trio side project for a mid-week performance at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox.The performance saw the band run through a list of funk, dub, and jazz-fusion grooves, including takes on covers like Stevie Wonder‘s “All Day Sucker”, Lafayette Afro Rock Band‘s “Hihache”, and Bill Withers‘ “Kissing My Love” (with special guest Lyle Divinsky of The Motet on vocals). The evening also featured Garrett’s brother and Motet tenor sax player Drew Sayers playing DJ, spinning dub and roots jams.Most cities don’t offer so much space-funk magic on their best night. But in Denver, it was just another Wednesday.You can watch crowd-shot video of “Hihache” and “All Day Sucker” below courtesy of YouTube user Adam Smith.“Hihache” by Lafayette Afro Rock Band“All Day Sucker” by Stevie Wonder“Kissing My Love” by Bill Withers ft. Lyle Divinsky of The MotetAfter their performance in Eugene, OR last night, The Motet continue their Oregon run with a show at Portland’s Revolution Hall tonight and Ashland’s Armory tomorrow. For tickets, visit the band’s website.Adam Deitch will be back in action next month with Break Science. Get the low-down on Break Science’s upcoming Live Band run at Brooklyn Bowl December 16th-17th here.
Los Lobos completed a run of show at New York City’s own City Winery last night, which featured guest spots from guitarists such as Marc Ribot, Wilco’s Nels Cline, and Jackie Greene. The East L.A./Sunset Strip band ran through numbers such as “La Bamba,” “When the Circus Comes to Town,” “Viking,” “La Venganza de los Pelados” (w/ Marc Ribot) and more.The band also ran through covers of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rattlesname Shake,” as well as the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” “Not Fade Away > Bertha,” both featuring Jackie Greene. Cline sat in during the encore on “La Bamba,” and “Hey Joe.” Check out video of the Greene sit-in below:“Not Fade Away > Bertha” w/ Jackie Greene:Los Lobos – City Winery – New York, NY – 12/19/16 SetlistSet 1: Someday, Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes, Manny’s Bones > Revolution, Rattlesnake Shake*, Chuco’s Cumbia,When The Circus Comes To Town, Let’s Say Goodnight, Ay te dejo en San Antonio$, Walking SongSet 2: Viking, Luz de mi vida, High Places, Why Do You Do?, Chains of Love, La Venganza de los Pelados, Georgia Slop, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’#, Not Fade Away > Bertha+Encore: La Bamba, Hey Joe^* Fleetwood Mac cover$ Flaco Jiménez cover# Allman Brothers Band cover+ The Crickets / Grateful Dead cover^ The Leaves cover[via Jambase]
Live For Live Music met up with Tommy Weeks, saxophonist for Sophistafunk and Funky Dawgz Brass Band, to talk about his latest musical endeavors. He sat down with us to discuss his current projects and to share what he’s got on the table coming up.Best known for throwing down the funk, he’s also involved in a new electronic music project known as Outlet Live, with Jon Belfontaine. Weeks went on to explain further about this new group. “He’s a producer up in New Hampshire. We just did a show on New Year’s Eve with Pretty Lights in New Orleans. It was awesome. That was our first show. We’re writing music, recording, we’re going to release an EP so that’s just another direction that I’m going in to expand my horizons.”Like a lot of musicians out there, to mix things up he also teaches on the side. “I have private students just in town where I live in Connecticut. With the Funky Dawgz, we have an after school music program at The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. It’s for underprivileged kids. We meet once a week and partner with Spread Music Now, who help make it possible for kids to come and participate for free with instruments. We teach them brass band music.We’re really lucky because Joey Peebles, who’s the drummer for Trombone Shorty, lives in Connecticut. When he’s not on tour, he comes and teaches with us as well. That’s just another plus, because he’s from New Orleans. We’re really fortunate to have a real rock star. He’s on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers right now, opening for them with Trombone Shorty. He’s pretty much at the top of the game.” Weeks also explained that he’s currently performing with several different acts at the moment. “I’m going on tour with Glen David Andrews, who’s from New Orleans. He’s another trombonist who’s actually a cousin of Trombone Shorty. I’m also playing for Sophistafunk, Funky Dawgz, Outlet Live, and the Glen David Andrews tour coming up. I’m trying to do as many things as I possibly can.”We met up with Weeks during the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, California. Also known as NAMM, we asked about his experience at this gigantic industry event. “This has been pretty insane. I did not think it would be like this. I was here last year and it was great, but, this year I feel like I knew where I needed to go and who I needed to talk to instead of being in shock walking around. I knew what to expect. I did some demonstrations for Theo Wanne mouthpieces, who’s my endorser. I had some great meetings. It’s been crazy.I saw Stevie Wonder. That was insane. I was walking out with my buddy towards the door in the saxophone section and there was a huge crowd of people gathering and we thought ‘that’s definitely someone famous.’ We walked over and it was Stevie. That made my whole trip since I saw Stevie Wonder in person.”Being involved with so many groups can make for a busy schedule. Weeks broke down the various shows he has coming up on his calendar. “My current tour schedule includes a CD release tour with Sophistafunk for their new album, Real Vibrations, as well as a couple shows with Funky Dawgz and Voodoo Dead. The second half of February I go on tour with Glen David Andrews, and in March we go down to Okeechobee Music Fest with Funky Dawgz. Then we’ll see what just keeps flowing in from there.”Please visit the web sites of Sophistafunk, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and Outlet Live for more information, as well as tour dates.Words by Sarah Bourque
Marc Ford has become one of our scene’s preeminent guitarists, building a name for himself after joining The Black Crowes in the early 90’s. Since then, Ford has continued to build a reputation for himself as a talented musician with a fruitful career both as a solo artist following the 2002 release of It’s About Time and in the number of bands and side projects he has helped shape. Across his long career, in addition to his tenure with The Black Crowes, Ford has worked with Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Federale, Booker T. Jones, Ivan Neville, and more. Most recently, The Neptune Blues Club—consisting of Ford, Mike Malone (vocals, harp, keys), John Bazz (bass), and Phil Jones (drums)—released The Vulture in October of last year. Front and center for this project are Ford’s hypnotic guitar stylings, which perfectly meld with the soulful blues numbers the group expertly tackles.Marc Ford Shows Off His Americana Credentials With This Set Of Songs From His Album “The Vulture”[Listen]In promotion of Marc Ford and The Neptune Blues Club’s latest studio endeavor, The Vulture (available on iTunes or Spotify), Ford hit up the “world’s first solar powered music discovery vehicle” for the latest live installment of Jam In The Van. The segment was shot on April 27th on their compound in Los Angeles, and during their performance in the intimate space, the group moves through three numbers off The Vulture—“Old Lady Sunrise,” “Ghetto Is Everywhere,” and “Shalimar Dreams.” Across the three songs, viewers get a full sense of Ford and The Neptune Blues Club’s range and versatility, with the group switching between a more laidback and gritty tone for “Ghetto Is Everywhere,” a twangy, Southern vintage sound for “Old Lady Sunrise,” and grinding old-school rock-n-roll for “Shalimar Dreams.” You can listen to the Live For Live Music premiere of these Jam In The Van renditions below, ahead of the videos’ official release tomorrow. Marc Ford and The Neptune Blues Club are currently on a thirty-date tour across Europe. Fans stateside are in luck, however, as Ford will embark on an extensive summer tour with The Magpie Salute—a group led by fellow Black Crowes’ bandmates Rich Robinson along with Sven Pipen, Joe Magistro, Nico Bereciartua, John Hogg, Charity White, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen—once he returns from his sojourn across the pond. You can check out the dates for The Magpie Salute’s American summer tour below. For more information about Marc Ford and his upcoming tour dates with his numerous projects, you can head to his website here.The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson Shares First Single From The Magpie Salute