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With major tour plans set in motion for The Avett Brothers this summer, the folk-influenced group have announced the release of a brand new album. Titled True Sadness, the new work will be released on June 24th, and will feature a “contemporary chapter” in the band’s blossoming career.The announcement of the album comes with an emotional note, penned by Seth Avett. In it, the Avett brother talks about the band’s steady rise to fame, reflecting all the while. You can read Seth Avett’s note, posted on the band’s website, below:
It’s hard to imagine Suwannee Hulaween getting any better than last year… Until now! The festival’s first wave line-up announcements are here and are already promising a killer 2016. Taking over the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park October 28-30 for the third year, the so-far lineup includes headlining acts from… Top-knotch performances from … round out a perfectly diverse spread, bringing in the likes of electronic, funk, jamtronica, and good ol’ rock and roll. Watch All Of String Cheese Incident’s Incredible ‘Ghoul Train’ Halloween With GZA, Antibalas From Last YearIn addition to the stellar music experiences and totally unheard of collaborations, the park is adorned with mind-blowing art installations that will have you walking around Spirit Lake for hours finding more and more interests to get lost in. The three-day weekend is unlike anything else, and definitely not to be missed.More information on the poster below and also on the festival’s website. How will you spend your Halloween?
On September 1 and 2, NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl is bringing a pair of “Brooklyn is Dead” tribute concerts to celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead. The Terrapin Family Band will be headlining both nights, with music from Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Scott Padden, and Alex Koford, and more special guests to be announced.The cast of characters are sure to bring the liveliness from their Terrapin Crossroads roots to the Brooklyn scene, promising two nights of Dead-heavy jams, obscure covers, and fresh original music. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 26 at 10AM EST for both shows here. Don’t miss out!The show announcement comes as the latest in a series of tribute shows at the Bowl, including “Brooklyn Is The Boss” and “Brooklyn Is CSNY.” We’re excited to see what more the Brooklyn Bowl has in store.
On the third day of Bonnaroo, festival attendees were treated to a full day of good vibes, temperamental weather, and headlining performances from Pearl Jam, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and the highly anticipated “Heart, Soul, and Spirit: Tribute to Tennessee” late-night superjam set.Things kicked off with Bonnaroo veteran Jason Mraz who played a surprise set at This Tent to a packed crowd, singing along to all of his songs and starting the day off right. Lawrence Was came next on the Miller Lite Stage, winning over the overheated crowds with their soulful, funky music. Vulfpeck’s Antwuan Stanley was in the crowd enjoying the set, when Lawrence lead singer Clyde Lawrence gestured for him to join them on stage and he jumped on there for a fun vocal collaboration on their track “Oh No.” Other highlights included a bass-heavy cover of Sean Paul‘s “Sexy Ladies,” and a beautiful cover of Destiny’s Child‘s “Say My Name.”Elsewhere at the festival, country music’s fastest riding star, Chris Stapleton, brought his chill Nashville vibes to the What Stage, while Nathaniel Rateliff performed a set of tight and funky soul music on the This tent. Haim played the Which Stage to a sprawling crowd, with their Los Angeles vibes perfectly placed for sunset at Bonnaroo.Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse and Bonnaroo was then evacuated, forcing fans to run to their cars for shelter. While no heavy rain ever actually arrived, strong winds and huge lightning bolts forced the schedule to be shifted by an hour and fifteen minutes, allowing for every act to play their set. Unfortunately, it created some new overlapping sets, as the festival attempted to fit in all their previously scheduled performances.When the gates re-opened, the Claypool Lennon Delirium made their festival debut, performing a set of material from their new album, and impressed with their swirling, psychedelic vibes. The psychedelic love-child of Primus bassist Les Claypool and Beatles offspring was the perfect evening performance to lead into headliner Pearl Jam.When they took the stage, the night quickly shifted to a highlighting set of rock and roll. Playing a powerful selection of songs from throughout their impressive career, with classics like “Even Flow” and “Jeremy,” the band worked through an incredible set that satisfied the likes of many. The late-night continued with the exciting “Heart, Soul & Spirit: A Tribute to Tennessee” as led by Kamasi Washington. The band was hot, featuring a rotating cast of characters, including Miguel, GRiZ, Devonte Hynes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Eric Krasno & The Shady Horns, Allen Stone, Theo Katzmann, The Internet, Chicano Batman, and Lizzo. The setlist featured songs by Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, and plenty more choice sing-a-longs. Stephen Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child also surprised the jam-packed tent, pleasing the crowd for what was without-a-doubt one of the most anticipated set of the weekend.Bonnaroo continues for a third day with two headlining sets from Dead & Company, as well as Ween, Lettuce, Father John Misty, and more! Enjoy these photos, courtesy of Rex Thomson: Load remaining images
What do you think is inside the ‘Kitchen Cabinet’? To celebrate the kick-off of Twiddle’s Tumble Down Music Festival on July 29th, members of Cabinet and The Kitchen Dwellers are teaming up for a one-night-only collaboration of epic proportions. Following waterfront performances on Lake Champlain, the bands will continue the music over at the Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont. The Friday night showdown will feature a set from The Kitchen Dwellers, followed by a set from Cabinet, then the two bands will combine for a very special super-jam, promised to include originals from both bands, bluegrass traditionals, and some of your favorite covers. Special guests are promised to join in on the debut performance, so don’t miss out! Tickets are currently on sale here.Saturday night’s after-show at Higher Ground will see Twiddle’s Mihali & some very special guests. Tickets currently on sale here, with a venue capacity that’s sure to fill up quickly – so act fast!Enjoy this invitational video, featuring Cabinet’s JP Biondo, along with The Dwellers’ Torrin Daniels, Shawn Swain, Max Davies, and, of course, Joe Funk:Details on Tumble Down lineup below:
Montana-based bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers have announced a fall tour that extends from coast to coast. The tour will kick off at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, where the band will be joined by Spafford, before hitting the road in support of Twiddle for a number of dates throughout the western part of the country. Kitchen Dwellers will then head east for stops in Nashville, Buffalo, Burlington, New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. For more info and tickets, head over to the band’s website.November 11th will see the new-age bluegrass band make their way to NYC for a stop at American Beauty, presented by Live for Live Music. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 8/26 at 10 AM EST. Get them here.Kitchen Dwellers Fall Tour Dates:9/22 Boulder, CO @ The Fox Theatre %9/28 St Louis, MO @ Old Rock House*9/30 Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre*10/1 Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre*10/4 Durango, CO @ Animas Theatre*10/5 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club*10/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room*10/7 Victor, ID @ Knotty Pine*10/8 Bozeman, MT @ Eagles Ballroom*10/9 Missoula, MT @ Top Hat*10/12 Spokane, WA @ Red Room Lounge*10/13 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo*10/14 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge*10/15 Portland, OR @ Star Theater*10/16 Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall*10/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*10/22-23 Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Music Festival10/28 TBA10/29 TBA11/1 Nashville, TN @ Acme Feed & Seed11/2 TBA11/3 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club $11/4 Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern #11/5 Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewery $11/6 Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird11/8 Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works11/9 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt11/10 Burlington, VT @ Nectars11/11 New York, NY @ American Beauty11/12 Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards11/13 TBA11/17 Baltimore, MD @ The 8X1011/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts*11/19 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint% w/ Spafford* supporting Twiddle$ supporting Horseshoes & Hand Grenades# w/ Rumpke Mountain Boys, Larry Keel Experience, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
In 1994, a Grateful Dead fan by the name of “John” went missing from his family. In 2016, they were reunited.According to a new story published in the New Haven Independent, a heartwarming family reunion took place this week, connecting the missing fan with his family after 22 years. It all started when “John” walked into the New Haven Police Department last Saturday, attempting to turn himself in for an outstanding warrant. While the query for that warrant was in the system, a Putnam County sheriff who knew John’s family happened to notice it.The next few days were spent by the NHPD looking for John, who they had released to the city’s shelter programs. By this time, those officers had been made aware of the missing persons case. John’s family believed that he had gotten involved with an illegal marijuana operation in North Carolina, and stayed hidden for all these years out of fear.John’s mother gave the NHPD a 22-year-old photograph, and, once they found John, they showed it to him. He immediately recognized the younger version of himself, and soon after his family was summoned for the family reunion.Thus, 22 years after he went missing, this Grateful Dead fan finally found his way back home. What a story!
You don’t have to leave your house to watch Jam the Vote, one of the best nights in music history. The free live stream, hosted by non-partisan music festival voting organization HeadCount, was free to anyone that made a pledge to vote on Tuesday. The Capitol Theatre, the beautifully restored passion project of Brooklyn Bowl creator Peter Shapiro, brought a big taste of New Orleans to mobilize voters.The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, along with guitarists Sam Cohen and Joey Williams, served as the house band for over twenty guest artists covering an array of inspirational tunes. The show kicked off with a dubbed out cover of Bob Marley’s “Crazy Baldheads” by Matisyahu, Eric Krasno and Marc Brownstein. The show kicked into high gear for a powerful Funk throw down of “People Say” when Pres Hall’s horns joined forces with George Porter Jr, Eric Krasno, Joe Russo, DJ Logic, AND Ivan Neville all at once! As Pres Hall bass player and the event’s Musical Director Ben Jaffe said, “it’s like Jazz Fest up in here!”Several impressive women had standout cameos, including the Queen of Soul Irma Thomas, who delivered her classic “It’s Raining” followed by “B Flat Boogie”. The lovely Valerie June sang Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”, a sweet song quieting the massive crowd, only to have it shaken up by The Blind Boys of Alabama’s performance of “If I Had A Hammer” and their signature version of “Amazing Grace” set to the melody of “House of the Rising Sun.” The beautiful Nicole Atkins rewrote an election version “When They Go Low, We Go High,” which really made the brass section wail out some old school jazz.After Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert performed his seminal 2010 hit “Home”, there wasn’t a dry eye as Ben Jaffe explained to the audience how, back when the Hall opened 55 years ago, equal rights weren’t the law of the land. He implored the crowd, “all the musicians on this stage give our lives to you, we are here to make history and its up to all of us to go vote!”After a whirlwind three hours, the show reached a powerful crescendo of Arcade Fire’s Win Butler delivering a moving version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in The USA” as he played grand piano and thanked all immigrants for making this country what it is. The show ended with the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn belting out Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” followed by the full ensemble returning for a rousing Robert Randolph slide guitar infused “America the Beautiful.”You too can make history by pledging to vote when you watch the stream below. Get out there and jam the vote! You don’t have to leave your house to watch one of the best nights in music history. Go on! Click! Vote!Check out a full gallery from Jam The Vote, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography. Load remaining images
Beloved Grateful Dead tribute Dark Star Orchestra continues to amaze with their dedication to the Deadhead spirit, in both their musical output and rigorous touring schedule. Never ones to be off the road for long, DSO is already looking ahead and planning tour dates well into 2017.The band has just announced a run of 20 spring tour dates, mostly falling in the Midwest and Southeast of the country. The tour will start in Louisville, KY and head up to Indianapolis and St. Louis, before heading through Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and more. They’ll play Wanee Festival and SweetWater 420 Festival in the same weekend, before heading over to New Orleans for two nights at the Joy Theater. Those Jazz Fest late night shows are sure to be something special!Check out the band’s full tour announcement below, and head to their website for details. Dark Star Orchestra also recently revealed the initial lineup for their Dark Star Jubilee festival, which you can read more about here.Dark Star Orchestra Spring 2017 Tour3/30 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom3/31 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre4/1 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant4/3 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works4/5 – Greensboro, NC – The Carolina Theatre4/6 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center4/7 – Knoxville, TN – The International – Knoxville4/8 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company4/10 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford4/12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel4/13 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel4/14 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz Raleigh4/15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte4/18 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall4/20 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee Festival4/21 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm Columbia4/22 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater4/23 – Atlanta, GA – SweetWater 420 Festival4/27 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater4/28 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater2017 marks DSO’s 20th year on the road and the band is inviting fans for a VIP experience, including soundcheck viewing and poster signing at most shows, starting with Louisville, KY on March 30 – running through the 20th anniversary on November 11, 2017.This offer is limited to the first 25 fans in each market. For shows where DSO plays multiple nights, this offer is for the first night only.VIP Soundcheck/Poster Signing pass includes:-Exclusive pre-show access to the venue-Exclusive behind-the-scenes Dark Star Orchestra® Soundcheck Experience-20th year commemorative poster and poster signing with the band-20th year souvenir laminate-20th year sticker-and more.These VIP Soundcheck/Poster Signing passes are sold exclusively through our fan club ticketing on the Dark Star Orchestra website and are sold separately from the tickets providing entry to the show. These VIP passes do not offer entry into the show. These VIP passes are available now.