This weekend, George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners have a two-night run at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California on Saturday and Sunday nights, with 7 Come 11 as opening support. They have just added Grateful Dead guitarist (and Sweetwater Music Hall owner) Bob Weir to the Sunday show as the special guest. Tickets are still available on the event website.The last time that George Porter Jr. and Bob Weir collaborated was with Dead & Company at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on February 25th, 2018. The funk pioneer and bonafide Crescent City icon provided a sturdy foundation for a spot-on rendition of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning”, even playfully growling his way through his portion of the lyrics. Porter’s magnetic playing eventually drew in Mayer, who went to toe-to-toe with the New Orleans bass master during his solo—a move the pair would repeat with the “Bertha” and “Sugaree” that followed. Watch the fan-shot video highlights below.Dead & Company w/ George Porter Jr. – “Smokestack Lightning”[Video: btragal]Dead & Company w/ George Porter Jr. – “Bertha”[Video: btragal]Dead & Company w/ George Porter Jr. – “Sugaree”
Australian singer-songwriter led John Butler Trio will return to North America for a 20-date coast-to-coast late fall tour. John Butler will be joined by longtime bandmates bassist Byron Luiters, and percussionist Grant Gerathy, in support of their upcoming studio album Home, due out September 28th via Nettwerk Records.John Butler Trio kicks off tour on November 16th at Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theater followed by a performance at Philadelphia, PA’s The Fillmore Philadelphia on November 17th. Up next is a stop at New York City’s The Beacon Theatre on November 20th and Boston’s Orpheum Theatre November 21st, before heading up to Canada for three shows in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.The trio will then head back into the U.S., stopping on November 27th at Ann Arbor, MI’s Michigan Theatre, Chicago’s Chicago Theatre on November 29th, and the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH on November 30th. John Butler Trio then heads through the South, followed by three stops in Texas, a stop in Tuscon, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and the tour closer December 15th at the infamous Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.John Butler explains on his website,It’s been 4 long years since we last dropped a JBT album. I want to say right now thank you for your incredible patience and your support throughout that time, be it coming to shows, buying an album, streaming a song or spreading the word. Whatever you have been doing it’s been amazing because there seems to be more and more of your wonderful faces out there when we hit the road and play live. So it’s almost that time again, Sept 28th to be exact when our next album becomes a reality. And today you get a glimpse and a taste of HOME the album, through the new single, also called HOME! I sincerely hope you like our first offering, something a little edgier, a little darker or modern than you maybe expecting, but fresh and forward sounding. There’s so much more to come and it traverses some wide sonic territory from the production on HOME to simple folk songs with a little twist and everything in between…For a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticket information, head to the John Butler Trio’s website here.
Today, in the wake of their final shows of 2018, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced 25 new tour dates for the coming year.Following their previously announced (and already-sold-out) three-night run at The Capitol Theatre in January, JRAD will return to the road for four shows in February including a stop at Atlanta, GA’s The Tabernacle (2/14); a two-night run at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO (2/15, 2/16); and a performance at Madison, WI’s The Sylvee (2/17).In March, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will hit Albany, NY’s Palace Theatre (3/1); Portland, ME’s State Theatre (3/2, 3/3); Jim Thorpe, PA’s Penn’s Peak (3/13); New Haven, CT’s College Street Music Hall (3/14); Montclair, NJ’s The Wellmont Theater (3/15); and Cleveland, OH’s Masonic Auditorium (3/16).JRAD’s only shows during the month of April will be a pair of New Orleans late-nights at Mardi Gras World during the first weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (4/26, 4/27). After taking most of May off, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will resume their 2019 touring schedule on the west coast with a performance at Eugene, OR’s Cuthbert Amphitheater on May 31st, followed by shows at Redmond, WA’s Marymoor Amphitheater (6/1) and Missoula, MT’s KettleHouse Amphitheater (6/2).JRAD tour will resume in July for a performance at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL on July 11th. In August, the band will play a pair of revered venues, with shows at Los Angeles, CA’s Greek Theatre (8/16) and Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks (8/29). Finally, the band will round out their 2019 schedule with a relatively busy September that will see them perform at Dallas, TX’s House of Blues Dallas (9/12); Houston, TX’s House of Blues Houston (9/13); Austin, TX’s ACL Live at the Moody Theater (9/14); Philadelphia, PA’s newly reopened The Met Philly (9/26, 9/27); and Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem (9/28).The 2019 tour announcement notes that the band’s September 28th performance in Washington, D.C. will be their final show of 2019. A band Facebook Pre-Sale will start tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th in three groups beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. ET, and 2:00 p.m. ET, respectively. Check the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Facebook page at the times noted above to get the pre-sale passwords for the various pre-sale groups. A general public on-sale will similarly begin this Friday, November 16th in three groups at noon ET, 1:00 p.m. ET, and 2:00 p.m. ET, respectively. UPDATE [Thursday, 11/15/18]: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead announced today that Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge will fill in on bass for their four-night run in February (2/14 in Atlanta, 2/15 and 2/16 in St. Louis, and 2/17 in Madison).Burbridge has long been the band’s go-to sub at bass when Dave Dreiwitz is otherwise disposed with Ween. As of now, no 2019 Ween shows have been officially announced. For more information about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s 2019 tour, head to the band’s website.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 2019 Tour DatesFriday, January 18, 2019: The Capitol Theatre ~ Port Chester, NY (Previously announced, SOLD OUT)Saturday, January 19, 2019: The Capitol Theatre ~ Port Chester, NY (Previously announced, SOLD OUT)Sunday, January 20, 2019: The Capitol Theatre ~ Port Chester, NY (Previously announced, SOLD OUT)Thursday, February 14, 2019: The Tabernacle ~ Atlanta, GAFriday, February 15, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSaturday, February 16, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSunday, February 17, 2019: The Sylvee ~ Madison, WIFriday, March 1, 2019: Palace Theatre ~ Albany, NYSaturday, March 2, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MESunday, March 3, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MEWednesday, March 13, 2019: Penn’s Peak ~ Jim Thorpe, PAThursday, March 14, 2019: College Street Music Hall ~ New Haven, CTFriday, March 15, 2019: The Wellmont Theater ~ Montclair, NJSaturday, March 16, 2019: Masonic Auditorium ~ Cleveland, OHFriday, April 26, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LASaturday, April 27, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LAFriday, May 31, 2019: Cuthbert Amphitheater ~ Eugene, ORSaturday June 1, 2019: Marymoor Amphitheater ~ Redmond, WASunday, June 2, 2019: KettleHouse Amphitheater ~ Missoula, MTThursday, July 11, 2019: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ~ Chicago, ILFriday, August 16, 2019: Greek Theatre ~ Los Angeles, CAThursday, August 29, 2019: Red Rocks Amphitheatre ~ Morrison, COThursday, September 12, 2019: House of Blues Dallas ~ Dallas, TXFriday, September 13, 2019: House of Blues Houston ~ Houston, TXSaturday, September 14, 2019: ACL Live at the Moody Theater ~ Austin, TXThursday, September 26, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PAFriday, September 27, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PASaturday, September 28, 2019: The Anthem ~ Washington, DCView 2019 Tour Dates
Dead & Company is getting ready to return to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their second annual Playing in the Sand destination event. Hosted by Dead & Company and partners CID Presents from January 17th–20th, 2019, Playing In The Sand will see band members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti perform for three nights on an intimate, white sandy Mexican beach, just feet away from the Caribbean.Joining Dead & Company for their beach extravaganza are legendary New Orleans-based funk act, Dumpstaphunk, and blues-rock sister act, Larkin Poe. The two bands will each play one set on the beach during the night that Dead & Company has off. The official schedule will be released closer to show.In addition to the music, the sold-out Playing in the Sand will offer guests an assortment of curated amenities such as all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport, an official Dead & Company Riviera Maya gift bag, and 24-hour concierge service. There will also be a slew of on-site activities such as yoga, tequila tasting, bowling and surfing, as well as a plethora of off-site adventures that allow guests to explore Mexico’s amazing natural treasures and sacred ancient history. For more information, or to start making your plans for Playing In The Sand, head to the event’s website.Beyond Playing In The Sand, Dead & Company have “off” until their summer 2019 tour, which includes multi-night runs at Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheatre; Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl; George, WA’s The Gorge; Chicago, IL’s Wrigley Field; Boulder, CO’s Folsom Field; and more. See below for the complete summer tour schedule, and head here for more information.Dead & Company 2019 Summer Tour Dates:FRI 31-May Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*SAT 1-Jun Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*MON 3-Jun Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl+TUE 4-Jun Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl+FRI 7-Jun George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre*SAT 8-Jun George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre*WED 12-Jun Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*FRI 14-Jun Chicago, IL Wrigley Field+SAT 15-Jun Chicago, IL Wrigley Field+TUE 18-Jun Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center*THU 20-Jun Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion*SAT 22-Jun Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium+SUN 23-Jun New York, NY Citi Field+WED 26-Jun Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live*FRI 28-Jun Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion*SAT 29-Jun Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood*TUE 2-Jul Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion*FRI 5-Jul Boulder, CO Folsom Field+SAT 6-Jul Boulder, CO Folsom Field+* American Express presale+ Citi presaleView All Tour Dates
May’s dual life of being an iconic musician and astrophysicist inspired the release of “New Horizons”, and serves as a tribute to the ongoing NASA New Horizons mission—which achieved the most distant spacecraft flyby in history on New Year’s Day. Snippets of spoken-word audio from the late Stephen Hawking are sprinkled into the new song as well. May and his surviving Queen bandmates have returned to the mainstream headlines in recent weeks thanks to the global success of Bohemian Rhapsody. Last week it was even announced that one of the band’s most beloved singles for which the film is titled after has become the most-streamed song of the 20th century. May continues, “I was inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the Hand of Man has ever reached – it will be by far the most distant object we have ever seen at close quarters, through the images which the space craft will beam back to Earth. To me it epitomizes the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit.” Brian May – “New Horizons”[Video: Queen Official] May has been teasing brief clips of the song’s audio through his Instagram over the past few week, which features both 80’s-sounding MIDI notation to contrast the bright and natural distortion of May’s guitar. Listen to Brian May’s first solo release in 20 years below: Queen guitarist Brian May has released his first solo single in 20 years with “New Horizons”, which premiered directly from NASA Control Headquarters in Maryland to start 2019 on a good note, literally. The famous classic rock musician teamed up with English lyricist Don Black for his first new entirely single recording since his Another World solo album arrived back in 1998. May shared some thoughts on his newest release, stating, “This project has energized me in a new way. For me it’s been an exciting challenge to bring two sides of my life together – Astronomy and Music. It was Alan Stern, the Project Instigator of this amazing NASA Mission, who threw down the glove last May. He asked if I could come up with a theme for Ultima Thule which could be played as the NH probe reached this new destination.”
Nirvana‘s Live At The Paramount Halloween concert will finally get its vinyl release on April 5th.. The famed concert, which took place at Seattle, WA’s Paramount Theatre on October 31st, 1991, was released in 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray to coincide with the 20th anniversary celebrations of Nirvana’s Nevermind album.The forthcoming Live At The Paramount vinyl will be released as a double LP, and also include a 12″x 24″ poster insert and a cloth VIP replica pass of those handed out during the original concert.NME also notes that a new book on Nirvana, Serving The Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain, is set for release in April. Written by the band’s co-manager from 1990-1994, Danny Goldberg, the book is set to chronicle Goldberg’s personal memories from the beginning of their partnership until Cobain’s death in 1994. It is also said to include interviews with Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic, as well as anecdotes from other family and friends.Speaking about the project last year to The Bookseller, Goldberg explained,I began to work with Kurt the year before ‘Nevermind’ was recorded and remained close to him until days before his death. In researching and writing ‘Serving the Servant’ I have been more often reminded of Kurt’s brilliance, his sense of humour and his kindness to most of those around him. He was so completely that no two people experienced the same person, but I hope I am able to add another dimension to Kurt’s legacy.[H/T NME]
Boston-based folk-rock quintet Hayley Jane and the Primates have announced their plans to begin an indefinite hiatus at the end of the summer. Since forming in 2007, the band—comprised of Hayley Jane, Justin Hancock, Josh Carter, Greg Smith, and Ryan Clausen—have become a fan-favorite in the ever-evolving live music scene, thrown down memorable tribute shows, released beloved studio work and so much more.The band has only five club dates left on their touring schedule before shifting their focus exclusively to festivals. On Thursday, March 21st Hayley Jane and the Primates are set to perform at Killington, VT’s Pickle Barrel, followed by a show on Friday, March 22nd at Saratoga Springs, NY’s Putnam Place. The five-piece will then play a two-night run in April featuring a performance at Allston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall on April 5th, followed by a show at New York City’s The Cutting Room on April 6th. The band will deliver their final club show before their hiatus at Peekskill, NY’s Paramount Theater on May 3rd.Read the band’s message below via their Facebook,Friends, Fans, and FamilyWe would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this time of transition. We are thrilled that spring has arrived and festival season is drawing near. Our spring-summer schedule is shaping up to be a busy one and we’ll be playing festivals all over the Northeast. With that in mind, we hope you will be able to make it out to one of these events as we have made the difficult decision to go on an indefinite hiatus at the end of the summer. This band has been a joy for all involved. It has also seen it’s fair share of speed bumps and difficulties as all bands do. We have decided, as a group, that it’s time for us to take a real break and turn our focus to other things in our lives that require more attention. There’s no way to truly express what your love, support, and loyalty have meant to us through the years and we hope that you understand that this has not been an easy decision. We know in our hearts, however, that it is the right one. We want to be clear that there is nothing but love and support within our group and we plan on ending this summer with an unbelievable bang. We hope to see you out there in the next few months to celebrate this extraordinary journey we’ve all been on together! We love you so much! And thank you again.With so much love,Hayley Jane and the PrimatesHead to Hayley Jane and the Primates’ website for ticketing information and a full list of their upcoming tour dates.
Ghosts of the Forest | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 4/4/19 | Photos: Vic Brazen On Thursday night, Ghosts of the Forest–Trey Anastasio‘s new project with his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, TAB members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson–made their exciting debut at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine.With a record due on April 12th and only the title-track released, fans have been salivating over the mysterious details of this new project. Almost every night of this eight-show run sold out almost immediately with very little information. And on night one, the curtain revealed exactly what the Phish frontman had up his sleeve.Production designer Abigail Holmes, whose work includes Stop Making Sense, collaborated with Anastasio on a beautiful, ever-changing backdrop, setting a psychedelic atmosphere for the band who sported gray and white polished clothing. The general consensus is that the spectacle matched the mood of the music in a thrilling way.The one-set performance featured 18 songs and a pre-recorded piano intro, all of which–besides “Ghosts of the Forest”–had never been heard before. With only nine tracks on the album’s tracklisting, this amount of new music came as a surprise to most.In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Trey had explained the meaning of the new album: “It was just personal songs I was writing”, before going on to describe the heartbreak he experienced last year with the death of his childhood friend, Chris Cottrell.He explained his emotional state, and his experience with death, when thinking up the new material:I sat for days with him with my acoustic guitar. He sat on the couch and he kind of drifted in and out of consciousness. It was powerful and scary, and also kind of beautiful. It sort of became [about], “Well, we’re all going there, we’re all here together in death and in dreaming, and we’re free of time.” I was thinking about my sister who also died of cancer, and my grandmother. We carry these people around with us.Executing the new record, due to the fact that it’s unlike any other music he’s released, was a different story with a different motive.He [Chris Cotrell] would have loved this record. He liked it when I ripped it on the guitar. Period. End of sentence. That’s it. The two of us used to listen to Jimi Hendrix incessantly. Like, every time we got together we’d put on Band of Gypsys. He’d come see Phish, and he liked sustain. So when I made this record after he died I just said that to Fish and Tony, “I’m just going to play a lot of guitar.” There’s no overdub crap for most of it. It’s real. This tour will be more of that. A lot more. The only thing I added was Jen and Celisse so I could have that vocal thing I love so much.And so, the new Ghosts of the Forest music was for Chris. But now, it’s resonating with a lot of fans in a new way. While not all of the new music made the record, apparently, it all fits into the same new, theatrical puzzle. It’ll be interesting to see what the next seven shows are like. Listen to the full-show audio of Portland’s opener below, and check out some fan-shot videos.Ghosts of the Forest | 4/4/19“Ghosts of the Forest”Ghosts of the ForestGhosts of the Forest“Pieces of the Machine”[Videos: Gregory Marcus]Ghosts of the Forest will continue tonight at The Met Opera in Philadelphia, PA, before heading on to Washington, DC; Albany, NY; Boston, MA; New York, NY (x2); and concluding in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA. Tickets are still available for both California Greek Theatre shows via Ticketmaster. For a full list of Ghosts of the Forest’s upcoming shows, see below. Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyView Tour DatesSetlist: Ghosts of the Forest | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 4/4/19What Made Me Thing (piano intro), Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sighless Escape, Halfway Home, If Again, In Long Lines, There’s a Path Above, About to Run, The Green Truth, Beneath a Sea of Stars I, Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Fight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Light Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble, Beneath a Sea of Stars II, Brief Time, Pieces in the Machine Load remaining images
Ae3 is preparing to release their new record, The Wild Root, due out this summer via Vintage League Music. The album is the band’s first release in five years since the 2014 arrival of Woodstock Sessions Vol. 1.On the album’s lead single, “Black Rider”, the trio comprised of Alan Evans (Soulive, Matador! Soul Sounds) on drums and vocals, Danny Mayer (Star Kitchen, Eric Krasno Band) on guitar, and Kris Yunker (Jenn Durkin Band) on keys works together to channel a powerful retro groove featuring a strong horn presence to pump the funk levels into overdrive.“‘Black Rider’ lays down a powerful, hook-laden groove about persevering obstacles in life by finding your inner strength,” Evans explains about the track. “Most of these struggles we go through… People on the outside don’t notice or just don’t care but in finding that inner strength and peace, one becomes a Black Rider. The Black Rider navigates the hardships of life with strength, precision, and grace in the shadows like a ninja.”Evans gets the animated treatment in the new video for “Black Rider”, as his projected physical makeup is created using the classic Ben-Day Dots comic book style to establish an orange-meets-beige color scheme. The animated Evans is the video’s featured subject before psychedelic shapes and overhead shots of a motorcycle rider take over the screen as the song continues to power along.Today, Live For Live Music is thrilled to premiere the new video for AE3’s “Black Rider”. Check it out below:Ae3 – “Black Rider”[Video: Vintage League]While “Black Rider” may be Evans’ attempt to navigate through the hardships of life with the stealth of a ninja, the drummer is hardly hiding in the shadows these days. The Trio will head to London, England later this year for a performance at The 100 Club on October 25th. Prior to that, Evans will team up with his Soulive bandmates for a six-show, two-weekend run at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl in July.Last month, Evans released his first-ever solo album, Nothing To Say, also through Vintage League Music. On the new solo project, Evans stepped out from behind to kit to perform the album’s vocal, guitar, and bass tracks.Head to Vintage League Music’ website for more info on the two new albums from Evans and his band. Stream “Black Rider” on Spotify below.Ae3 – “Black Rider”
Think only students fret at the start of a new school year? Think again.By the time September rolls around, Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty members have already spent months preparing their courses.“Students show up on the first day not expected to do anything, but faculty are expected to have an entire course planned out,” says Professor Judith Singer, senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Harvard University. “An enormous amount of the work of teaching takes place before you set foot in class.”In fact, before the previous year’s class has even graduated, faculty members are busy planning and meeting deadlines for fall courses. After months of prep, it is only natural that many faculty members get a case of first day jitters.“Of course I get nervous before the school year and excited as well for any class, but especially for those first few class sessions,” says Professor Monica Higgins. “I am a big believer in the importance of beginnings, so I try and pay close attention to my first interactions with students, especially in the classroom.”Prepping for the upcoming school year takes a lot of forethought. Typically, there is no prescribed curriculum for undergraduate or graduate teaching. Considering that the average course at HGSE meets 25 times in four months with the same group of students — that is a lot of time to fill, and fill wisely and well. Read Full Story