One of the biggest stars to come out of New Orleans in recent years is undoubtedly Trombone Shorty, as the masterful trombonist hit the ground running with his feel-good music and appearances on Treme, Studio 60, and even the recent Peanuts Movie! He also hosts the annual Shorty Fest, held at the New Orleans House of Blues during Jazz Fest season, with the 2016 edition coming on April 28th. The Shorty Fest lineup includes a who’s who of performers, including The Revivalists, New Breed Brass Band, Ivan Neville, MainLine, Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians, Foundation Academy students led by Erion Williams, Edward Lee and Julian Gosin from The Soul Rebels, and students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.Tickets for the 4th annual Shorty Fest can be found here! All proceeds go to the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which preserves the musical heritage of New Orleans by passing it down to the future generations.
Last weekend marked the annual Jungle Jam festival, bringing a great lineup of jam-oriented musicians out of Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. One of the lineup highlights was certainly Oteil & Friends, a packed super jam collective led by Dead & Co/Allman Brothers/Aquarium Rescue Unit bassist Oteil Burbridge.Oteil packed Jungle Jam with some great friends, as the roster included keyboardist Jason Crosby, guitarists Scott Murawski and John Kadlecik, and drummer Jeff Sipe, with whom Burbridge was bandmates in the ARU. The group played multiple shows, including a tribute to Bob Marley on opening night. You can stream that show here.On the second night, the group performed a tribute set to the Grateful Dead. This must have been expected when you consider the lineup, with Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, frequent Grateful contributor Jason Crosby, and Burbridge’s newest gig with three of the core four surviving members. The show was nothing short of excellent, as the group opened with “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider” and dusted off hits like “Scarlet/Fire” and “Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World.” The band closed out with a ripping version of “Bertha,” putting a cap on a performance that fans were truly grateful to witness.Listen to a full stream of the show below, courtesy of taper Phil Simon:
With vinyl sales on the rise, its no surprise that companies are trying to create innovative new products to accompany the music craze. At the forefront of this is the company VYNL, who made headlines for offering the first vinyl subscription service to consumers looking to branch out and listen to new records. Now, the company has a new exciting product on the way: TRNTBL.The vowel-less product is the first-ever wireless record player, allowing you to pair the turntable with wireless speakers via Bluetooth or Airplay. Furthermore, you can pair the player with Sonos or Spotify for some advanced listening options, including high-quality streaming and live listening sessions.With two color options, black and creme, the TRNTBL looks to be a new innovative way to pair vinyl music with 21st century technology. Due out in summer 2016, you can find more information here.
When the Bear Creek Music Festival called it quits last year, longtime fans of the jam festival were devastated. Fortunately for them, the festival recently announced a relocation to New Orleans, under the new name Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival. Scheduled for September 30-October 1, the new festival will be held at Mardi Gras World in NOLA. Today, they’ve released a stellar initial lineup.The lineup sees The Flaming Lips at the top billing, with tons of great acts scheduled throughout the weekend. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce (x2), Soulive, Foundation of Funk (ft. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, John Medeski and Eddie Roberts) (x2), Dumpstaphunk (x2), The Floozies, Lotus, Nth Power, Papadosio, Earphunk, Zigaboo Modeliste & The Funk Review, Tony Hall’s New Orleans Soul Stars Tribute to James Brown, Chali 2na & The House Of Vibe, Zach Deputy, and Flow Tribe!Not only that, but an impressive roster of artists at large with Pee Wee Ellis, John Medeski, George Porter Jr., Chali 2na, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Skerik will be featured at the festival. There’s also an official pre-party, with sets from Soulive & Friends, OG Gat (ft. Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore & Skerik), Naughty Professor w/ Chali 2na, and Pirates Choice.You can see the full lineup below, and head here for more information!
Last weekend marked the start of The String Cheese Incident’s summer tour, as the group played for three nights at the famed Electric Forest festival. On the second night, the band made it a point to pay tribute to two musicians whose 2016 deaths loom large in our hearts: David Bowie and Prince. Both have incredible musical legacies, and Cheese called on saxophonist Karl Denson to pay tribute.String Cheese opened up their tribute with a cover of Prince’s “Kiss,” before calling on Denson for a run of songs that included Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” and Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Watch and listen along to some of the magic below, courtesy of YouTube user Tom Heinrich.There’s also a full audio stream available of the show, which can be found here.The full setlist from the Saturday night show can be seen below!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI – 6/25/16Set 1: BollyMunster, Song In My Head > Dudley’s Kitchen, Sweet Spot, Falling Through the Cracks, Turn This Around > Can’t Wait Another Day, BeautifulSet 2: Believe, Stop Drop Roll, Kiss (Prince) > Let’s Dance* (Bowie) > Let’s Go Crazy* (Prince) > Space Oddity* (Bowie), Search, Valley of the Jig > Kinky Reggae, Colliding, Jellyfish > Just One Story* w/ Karl Denson[Photo via Faces of Festivals]
The Democratic National Convention came to a dramatic close last night, with thousands of balloons descending on the room in celebration of Hillary Clinton’s nomination for the presidency. With the Clintons on stage, former President Bill Clinton seemed to be enjoying himself quite a lot with the newfound balloon influx on stage.Cue the music! notmkdevo has been on point with his Phish/National Convention mash-ups over the last two weeks, and this new video is no exception. During the 90’s, Phish debuted a concept called the “Big Ball Jam,” where giant inflatable balls were passed out around the crowd. Each ball represented a band member, who would jam along with the motion of the big ball as it was passed around the crowd. With a little editing magic, one of these “Big Ball Jam” tracks makes the perfect audio companion to a montage of Bill Clinton having fun with balloons.Without further ado, here’s the “Big Bill Jam” for you to enjoy. Happy Friday!
Load remaining images Beloved producer Shpongle has remained relatively quiet in 2016, only emerging for a handful of performances throughout the year. One such performance came last Friday, October 21st, when Simon Posford hit the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. Shpongle always puts a strong emphasis into all aspects of his performances, and this was no exception.The night started with Desert Dwellers and Ott., each delighting the crowd with their unique sonic blends. Shpongle’s set was highlighted by vivid displays with costumed performers, acrobatics, lasers, incredible visual displays, and, of course, high-energy dance groove music.Check out a full gallery of beautiful images from the performance below, courtesy of Ali Baker.
Seu Jorge is such a unique artist. His acoustic covers of David Bowie, performed exclusively in Portuguese, have a captivated audiences ever since his breakthrough performance in Wes Anderson‘s quirky cult-classic film The Life Aquatic. With the unfortunate passing of David Bowie earlier this year, Jorge decided to take his beloved covers on the road for a special tour, in celebration of the music and artistry of the Thin White Duke. The “Life Aquatic Tour” has been stopping in cities across the country, giving fans in America a unique opportunity to see the Brazilian artist live and in person.Last night, Jorge stopped by Town Hall in New York City for a powerhouse performance of songs from throughout Bowie’s career. Opening with “Ziggy Stardust”, he worked through re-arranged versions of “Changes”, “Starman”, “Rock and Roll Suicide”, “Suffragette City”, “Life On Mars?” and more. One of the true highlights of the show was an emotional performance of “Space Oddity”, which you can watch below, courtesy of LazyLightning55a.If you have a chance to see Jorge on one of his remaining tour dates, don’t miss out! Click here to check out tour dates on Jorge’s website.
On Friday, December 16th, residents of Denver, CO, have the opportunity to enjoy a great evening of music while giving back to their community. Make It Groovy Productions and Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom will be throwing the second annual Dance of the Sugar Plum Deepness, a soiree that spans two venues and that benefits the Denver Rescue Mission. The evening consists of two-parts, with attendants being treated to a swanky gala dinner event at the Savoy at Curtis Park in the earlier part of the night before a ride and admittance to Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship over at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom.The formal portion of the evening occurs at the Savoy at Curtis Park, where guests are encouraged to dress to the nines for a meal provided by Blue Note Catering, ballroom dancing lessons taught by Katie Scotten, and live music. The house band for the dinner, the Band of Deepness, includes a selection of Denver’s finest musicians, such as Emily Clark, Tanya Shylock, Matthew Walton, Dan Schwindt, Alex Johnson, Tim Philpott, Adam Revelle, Nicholas Gerlach, and Jon Gray, who will be bustin’ out holiday songs straight out of the 1920s.After dinner and dancing, Elevate Rides will provide a shuttle from the Savoy to Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom for Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship. Formerly a staple of the Denver music scene as the singer for the Motet before moving to Oregon, Jans Ingber will be returning to Denver, CO, and has gathered a solid crew of musicians to throw down some funk jams for the late-night portion of the festivities. The Fellowship will include Isaiah Sharkey (Anderson. Paak) on guitar, Sharay Reed (Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan) on bass, Steveland Swatkins (Allen Stone) on keyboard, Jarrod Lawson, and Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights Live Band, Dumpstaphunk) on drums.Emily Clark, one of the organizers of the event and singer with the Band of Deepness, had this to say about the event: “It’s hard not to notice the homeless population in Denver; we see it every day. This event is our way of giving back to the neighborhood in our own way, and we’re so grateful for all the people who are coming together to support a good cause.”Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Cervantes’ website. More information about the Denver Rescue Mission, the charity the event benefits, and how it serves the Denver homeless population can be found here.
New Orleans is a melting pot for incredible music year-round, so of course New Year’s is no exception. Electronic pioneer Pretty Lights will be hitting the Big Easy’s Mardi Gras World Ballroom with the live band for a highly anticipated two-night run, 12/30-12/31. He’ll be bidding goodbye to 2016 and ringing in 2017 with friends Curren$y & The Soul Rebels, Manic Focus and Chris Karns on night one, followed by Emancipator and Maddy O’Neal on night two.We’re teaming up with PL to fly you and a friend out to experience the magic that will be Pretty Lights’ NYE run. One lucky winner will receive the ultimate prize package, including flights, hotels, VIP tickets and more!Winner Receives:-Round-Trip Airfare for Two to New Orleans, LA (Continental US Only)-(2) Nights of Hotel Accommodations for Two in New Orleans, LA-(2) 2-Day VIP Passes for December 30th & 31st to Pretty Lights at Mardi Gras World Ballroom *Contest ends on Thursday December 15th at 11:59pm CDT* VIP Pass Includes:-“Skip the GA Line” VIP-Only Entrance Lane-Exclusive VIP Balcony Viewing-Commemorative PinEnter below, then follow the instructions for sharing to increase your chances of winning. Winner will be chosen on Friday, December 16th. Good luck![Cover Photo by Matt Andersen]