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Currently celebrating their 20th anniversary, Washington D.C.-based bossa nova/dub/world music act Thievery Corporation has announced a special late-night performance at the Boulder Theater on Friday, July 2nd presented by Live for Live Music following the Dead & Company show right down the road at Folsom Field. You can find ticket information right here.Born out of a mutual love for Brazilian bossa nova, dub, jazz, and other styles of world music, DJ duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton went on to start their Eighteenth Street Lounge Music Label, followed by their first release Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi. The release of 2005’s The Cosmic Game saw the group collaborating with high-profile artists such as David Byrne, Perry Farrell, and Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) and solidified their reputation as one of the most innovative, genre-bending acts in the world.Bringing along a full live band with Rob Myers, Loulou Ghelichkhani, Natalia Clavier, Mr. Lif, Jeff Franca and Ashish Vyas, and others, Thievery Corporation is a full-on visual, auditory, and life experience to be witnessed. No strangers to the the Dead catalogue, at last year’s Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary shows, Thievery played a sold-out show at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, where they debuted their own unique covers of “Fire On The Mountain”, “Eyes Of The World”, “China Cat Sunflower”, “The Other One”, and more to a packed house. Since then, “Fire on The Mountain” has been in tight rotation.Watch Thievery Corporation’s “Fire On The Mountain” From AURA Music & Arts Festival, courtesy of CHeeSeHeaD Productions:This is a show not to be missed. Live For Live Music is excited to announce this special An Evening with Thievery Corporation late-night post-Dead celebration at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO on Saturday, July 2nd. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 20th at 10am MST. For additional show and venue information, check out the Boulder Theater website HERE. Doors are at 11 pm, and the show will begin at 12 am for some serious late night fun!For more late-night, post-Dead & Company action, be sure to check out the Tom Hamilton’s American Babies & Friends performance one night after, July 3rd, with special guests Marco Benevento, Oteil Burbridge and more TBA at the Fox Theatre! Tickets are on sale now for that show, and you can find more information about that show here.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy has an impressive list of accolades to his name. Any pitcher would be envious of his triple-crown season and Cy Young Award; any athlete envious of his two World Series rings. Grateful Dead fans, however, may be more envious of his connection to the band, its community, and a special guitar named Tiger.Before any of that, however, is the story of a man and his love of music. “I think anyone who listens to music a lot gets exposed to the Grateful Dead at some point,” he says, but pinpoints his fandom to his 2014 arrival with the San Francisco Giants. It’s a tale that is all-too-familiar for many of us, getting swept away in the Grateful Dead music and never looking back.“What really did it for me was going to Santa Clara [for Fare Thee Well],” says Peavy. “That whole experience was unlike anything else. I was coming off a serious back injury, and the healing power of that music really saved me.” Peavy also admits that, after attending the Saturday night show at Levi’s Stadium, he had to go back and see the Sunday night performance as well. There was one problem, however; the team was scheduled to fly out to Washington, DC that night. Peavy cleverly told manager Bruce Bochy that he needed to stay behind, in order to be with family. “I still don’t think it was really a lie,” he says with a laugh. He’s right, The Grateful Dead is family.Peavy has recently gotten some press in the Grateful Dead world for his connection to the famed Tiger guitar. Played by Jerry Garcia exclusively from 1979-1989, Tiger was also on hand at the last-ever Grateful Dead concert on July 9, 1995. The guitar is now in the possession of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who bought it at auction in 2002. With Fare Thee Well and Dead & Company revitalizing the Grateful Dead scene for a new generation, Peavy was instrumental in convincing Irsay to get the guitar into the hands of the faithful.“As Bobby said, ‘It’s what Jerry would have wanted,’” though the task has been easier said than done. Jim Irsay actually offered the guitar to Trey Anastasio to use during Fare Thee Well, but Anastasio replied that he had a specific rig setup and respectfully declined the invitation. It seems that the musicians who are filling that lead guitarist role don’t want to disrespect the instrument and the Deadhead loyalists.Still, that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed behind the scenes. One day after presenting it to the Dead & Company members before their show at The Fillmore, Peavy’s bandmate, Ben Jernigan and the guitar’s caretaker took Tiger over to Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. There, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh was performing a tribute to the year 1987 in Dead history as part of an ongoing series. As fate would have it, 1987 was one of the years that Tiger was in action.Jerry Garcia’s ‘Tiger’ Guitar Visits Phil Lesh At Terrapin Crossroads“It was Phil Lesh’s first time seeing the guitar in twenty years. It was amazing getting to reconnect the two,” said Ben Jernigan, bandmate of Peavy. Unfortunately, Jake Peavy himself was pitching the next night and couldn’t make it to Terrapin Crossroads, but he more than made up for it the following day. After a solid outing against the San Diego Padres last Wednesday, May 25th, the pitcher got some all-star friends together for a jam session with Tiger in tow. Musicians like Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Col. Bruce Hampton, Tim Flannery, Dan Lebowitz, Doug Pettibone and more on board for the festivities.“Stu has his rig set up in the exact same way as Jerry’s, and the tone was just incredible. When he plugged Tiger in and started playing ‘Stella Blue,’ the emotion in the room was indescribable.” The jam session also reunited Tiger with Steve Parrish, a guitar tech who spent years working with Garcia. “The guitar is in mostly the same condition as it was when Jerry last played it, so it was heartwarming to see Steve reconnect with his old instrument.”While Tiger most likely won’t make it out on the road with Dead & Company, it’s nice that Garcia’s classic instrument made it to the hands of his musical disciples. The guitar will, however, return to the San Francisco area for a planned benefit concert for the Jake Peavy Foundation and the Rex Foundation – a longtime Grateful Dead affiliated charity – on August 17th at The Fillmore. “We’re still in the planning stages for the event, but it’s looking like a number of great artists are going to come out and show their support.” Not only that, but Tiger will make it to the San Francisco Giants stadium, AT&T Park, for a Jerry Garcia Tribute Day on August 18th.There’s a lot of love between the Giants and the Grateful Dead, as both are cornerstones of the San Francisco area. Tim Flannery, a respected musician and third base coach for the team, has hosted Bob Weir and Phil Lesh to sing the National Anthem in recent years. The team also celebrated the Dead’s 50th anniversary with a tribute night last year, and the Jerry Day will keep that spirit alive. With all of those ties, it’s no wonder that Jake Peavy became such a Deadhead.Peavy’s ties to music date back to his upbringing in Mobile, AL, and he’s since started up an impressive guitar collection of his own. Among those of note are a ’55 Telecaster Sunburst with the lowest serial number known, a ’62 Stratocaster that survived a house fire, a ’54 Stratocaster that belonged to Eric Johnson, and a ’69 Goldtop Les Paul – the first year that the guitar maker used the mini-Humbucker pickup. All instruments can be viewed at dsscollection.comPeavy is a renowned musician in his own right, as he leads a group called the OUTSIDERS. Made up of some great local artists, the group got their start when Flannery asked Peavy to open for him at a benefit concert. “When Tim asked me to play, it was too good to be true. I couldn’t pass up a chance to get up on stage and play guitar for 900 people, so I got some friends together and figured out some covers we all knew. Some Grateful Dead, The Band… it was a really fun night.” Since then, Peavy put together something of an all-star lineup for a benefit back in January, with Jackie Greene, Jennifer Hartswick, Duane Trucks, Chris Spies, Kevin Scott and more. “The fact that these performances have all had a philanthropic theme makes the music even more special.”Watch Baseball Pitcher Jake Peavy Lead Jackie Greene, Jennifer Hartswick & More On ‘Sugaree’In addition to everything, Peavy recently opened a new recording studio in Mobile called Dauphin Street Sound, with the intention of bringing some more music to the Alabama city. “We were actually just looking to buy an office space, but the room we were looking at happened to have a recording studio in the back. Since then we’ve been trying to get it perfect, with special equipment designed specifically for the room.” The studio is something of a passion project, with Peavy looking to expand and eventually create a music district in the area. “Mobile has always had a rich history in music, and we just want to help it grow.”Between building up the Mobile music scene, playing with his own band, being an ambassador for one of Jerry Garcia’s prized guitars, championing the Grateful Dead community from within the San Francisco Giants organization, and pitching at the Major League level, it seems like there’s nothing Jake Peavy can’t do. Deadheads everywhere should certainly be thankful that Peavy has found his way onto the bus to never-ever land.[Big thank yous to Jake Peavy, Ben Jerrigan, Thomas Fowlkes, and Jay Blakesberg for the photos]
This past weekend, the 16th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival took place in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The day-time festival boasted an impressive lineup of Fabulous and Talib Kweli alongside hip hop legend Nas, who was backed by The Soul Rebels for a special collaborative set. The New Orleans brass band joined Nas for his entire set, and they put on an excellent performance with the Queens legend. Watch Nas perform “Halftime” with The Soul Rebels below, courtesy of Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival’s YouTube acccount.
You can’t help but grin when you hear that a band is named Organ Freeman. That grin turns into an all-out smile when you listen to their music, a soulful-yet-peppy blend of instrumental jazz fusion that takes no prisoners. It’s some serious toe-tapping jives, fueled by the trio hard at work: guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys and organist Trevor Steer.Like many bands comprised of tight-laced musicianship, Organ Freeman emerged from an intensive music program called the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Steer explains that the group “initially formed the group as more of an opportunity to experiment than a serious project while we were all students, and continued on as a creative outlet while we all played out as freelance musicians. It wasn’t until years later when we were presented with the chance to do a record that the band sort of morphed into what it is today.”That record was a self-titled collection, released at the end of 2015. The full process of recording the album wound up taking six months, due to the band members’ busy schedules. Carlson was working in Las Vegas full time, and “would drive back to Los Angeles, only on Tuesdays, to work on the record.” Talk about dedication! “It actually sounds alright,” says Humphreys. “I’m the absolute worst critic for anything I’m a part of.”There’s this undeniable synergy that takes hold when you put on the Organ Freeman debut album. From one funk groove to the next, it’s a toe-tapping odyssey from start to finish. The band’s influences belie their sound, as they cite the tightest of groovers. James Brown, Soulive, Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, D’Angelo are all mentioned at the drop of a hat, showcasing this band’s pure devotion to that in-the-pocket jam. Carlson takes us through what it’s like to write an Organ Freeman tune, saying that he and Steer “get together and form some harmonic and melodic idea. Trevor is more straight ahead funk type stuff whereas I like a lot more modern jazz, so he often has to reign me in. Then Rob comes in and seems to have a phenomenal idea to clean up our mess every time. He has a great mind for polishing a pre-existing idea.” Carlson concludes that “writing with Trevor and Rob has taught me a lot and has fostered some musical maturity.”Listen to the debut album, Organ Freeman, streaming via the Spotify player below.Of course, that musical maturity is countered by the band’s punny name. “We tend not to take ourselves too seriously as people,” says Steer, “and I think we would all feel a bit fake if we tried to make our aesthetic super deep and serious.” It’s Erik Carlson who gets credit for the name, as the guitarist was, naturally, watching Shawshank Redemption when he came upon the word play. The rest, as they say, is history.So what can fans expect when Organ Freeman takes the stage? “Expect a sincere set with a ton of energy,” says Carlson. “We care about our music and about each other. We take a lot of risks live because we trust each other’s musicianship. Heads will be bobbing; we can promise you that.”“More than anything,” adds Steer, “our live show is about energy. We definitely don’t hold anything back, and I usually find myself feeling a bit delirious by the time we walk off stage.”“We are all pretty emotive players and let our feelings in the moment take precedent over any other agenda,” says Humphreys. It makes for some seriously uninhibited performing, and we can’t wait for more.Watch footage of the band’s performance of “We’re On Our Way” in the studio. One big milestone for the group is their recent announcement on the lineup of Brooklyn Comes Alive, playing on a billing with a number of respected musicians in the scene. “I don’t think I could be more excited,” says Steer. “Not only is it our first show on the East Coast, but we’re sharing a lineup with some of our musical heroes. Personally, I remember stumbling across Soulive on MP3.com when I was 11 or 12 years old and becoming instantly hooked, so seeing our name next to the Evans brothers is definitely a trip. Couldn’t ask for much more.” Carlson adds that he’s “absurdly excited,” and that “all the guys on the bill are serious heroes of ours.”For fans of the Organ Freeman funk, fear not. The band also has a new record in the works, one that will be out “by early 2017” if all goes to plan.“Playing new material live is a big part of our tweaking process, so we’ll be using whatever opportunities we have to try out the new tunes,” explains Steer. “Overall, stylistically, the record will definitely fit in with the first record, but we have gotten better and more meticulous about our sounds and our arrangement.”The future is bright for Organ Freeman, as they continue to turn heads in a big way. As more artists and fans take note of the band’s style, there’s no limit to their potential. We can’t wait to hear more from this super funky trio!
Funky producer GRiZ is keeping the music coming, as he has just released another single from his new album Good Will Prevail. The new single, “Gotta Push On”, features some very special guests in Soulive/Lettuce/Eric Krasno Band man Eric Krasno and Brasstracks.Krasno takes a soulful turn on lead vocals, adding a few guitar flourishes here and there, while Brasstracks adds horns to GRiZ’s saxophone to create a full, jazzy, funky sound. The song has an uplifting, gospel-type feel that develops throughout, before the electronic production fades away and leaves a ragtime-esque piano sound with a choir belting out the positive-vibe-tinged vocals towards the end.Check out “Gotta Push On” below. To pre-order Good Will Prevail, which is due out this Friday, September 23rd, then click here.For fans of Brasstracks, you won’t want to miss them performing alongside members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more, at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive – in the heart of Williamsburg – with over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. [Get tickets here]
For fans of funk in Denver, CO, this weekend Cervantes was the place to be. Joey Porter, keyboardist extraordinaire, assembled his all-star ensemble, Joey Porter’s Shady Business, for a two-night run at the Other Side. Joined by fellow Motet members Lyle Divinsky on vocals and Garrett Sayers on bass, Joey Porter rounded out the supergroup with Robert “Sput” Searight of Snarky Puppy on drums, Nick Cassarino of the Nth Power on guitar, Dom Lalli of Big Gigantic on saxophone, and Natalie Cressman and Jen Hartswick of the Trey Anastasio Band on vocals and the trombone and trumpet, respectively.If this was not enough, Dave Watts, Ryan Jalbert , Drew Sayers, and Gabe Mervine sat-in as special guests on Saturday night, and together with Joey, Garrett, and Lyle threw a surprise performance with the full Motet line-up to open up the second set. The two songs they busted out marked the first time the Motet has ever played the Other Side, much to the delight of members of the audience who are unlikely to see the Motet perform such an intimate venue again in the near future.The dual-venue event also featured Moon Taxi, the popular indie-prog rock band from Tennessee, headlining the Masterpiece Ballroom both nights. Saturday night was supported by Colorado funk band, Analog Son, who threw down to a packed house and primed the audience for the rest of the evening with their high-energy performance. Guitarist Jordan Linit was frequently featured throughout, engaging the audience with his masterful and shreddy guitar solos. Of the band’s set, standout songs included “Black Diamond” and “Stomp and Shout,” two crowd favorites that got the ballroom grooving and getting down.From the start of the few songs kicking off Friday night, Joey Porter’s Shady Business established that they were ready to throw down for the weekend. “Everything Is Everything” kicked off a high-energy funk groove led by Joey that afforded the horns and Garrett Sayers each the space to show off a little and tease what could be expected from them for the rest of the weekend. The ladies of the Trey Anastasio Band took centerstage for the next two songs, with Jen Hartswick stepping into the role of Chaka Khan for a cover of “You Got The Love,” showing off her unreal vocal abilities followed by Natalie Cressman leading the vocals for “If I Ever Lose This Heaven,” a beautiful and sultry cover of the Average White Band.Lyle Divinsky, singer of the Motet, emerged toward the end of Friday’s first set, proving himself as not only a great hype man when fronting the Motet but, rather, whenever he steps foot on stage. The vocals he laid down in “Kissing My Love” and “What Is Hip?” to close out the first set were impressive to say the least, and his energy contagious as always. He also made sure to show love to the other players on stage, looking just as visibly stoked on others’ playing throughout the night.For the second set of Friday, Joey Porter, who had been primarily hanging back and letting others take the spotlight for the first set, truly shined. Leading the vocals on the talk box for “Love Having You Around,” Joey also took extended solos on the keys throughout the second set, bringing the entire night to a climax with his percussive culminating solo in “Blame It On The Boogie” to close out the night.While on Friday, the horns were stand-outs of the evening, on Saturday, Joey, Garrett, and Nick Cassarino were given more of a focus with extensive solos, particularly in the case of Nick Cassarino. Nick regularly stepped out from behind the horns to quite literally take center stage, often showing off his shreddy guitar stylings during “Footsteps in the Dark” and “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” as well as often taking the lead on vocals in tunes such as “Jupiter,” “Serpentine Fire,” and “Spanish Joint.”However, of the notable moments that occurred on Saturday, perhaps most exciting was the second set open because of its surprise factor as all the members of the Motet walked out post-set break. In addition to Garrett, and Lyle who were already established on the line-up, Joey welcomed Dave Watts on drums, Drew Sayers on sax, Ryan Jalbert on guitar, and Gabe Mervine on trumpet to join him, and the band then proceeded to bust out “Getting To Know You” and “Just Around the Corner,” two classic Motet tracks which were both played during the first night of the band’s Hometown Hustle at the Ogden Theatre last month. While the various members of the Motet have made appearances at Cervantes regularly, the band itself has not played the Masterpiece Ballroom in years nor the smaller stage on the Other Side ever, which made it a truly special, albeit brief, performance.Throughout the weekend, Grammy-Award winning artist Robert “Sput” Searight of Snarky Puppy kept it locked down on drums. His extensive features during Herbie Hancock’s “Actual Proof” on Friday and Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “Yearnin’ Learnin’” on Saturday were pristine. However, perhaps his greatest moments were during the weekend’s final encore, as he playfully accompanied Nick’s and Garrett’s final solos with technical expertise and grace.Joey Porter was able to assemble an unreal group of artists of the highest caliber musicianship this weekend in Denver. While initially established under the moniker “Shady Business,” assumingly as a reference to the first iteration of the group which featured Lettuce and Soullive’s Shady Horns, Porter’s group has taken on a life of its own, bringing together hyper-talented musicians from Colorado and beyond.Upcoming dates for the Motet can be found on their website. More information about and future shows of Robert “Sput” Searight can be found on the Snarky Puppy website. For more information about Nick Cassarino, check out the website for the Nth Power. Information about future Big Gigantic shows with Dom Lalli can be found here. Both Natalie Cressman and Jen Hartswick have their own websites which can be found here and here. To find out more about Analog Son, information can be found here.Setlist: Joey Porter’s Shady Business | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 12/2/16Set I: Everything is Everything, You Got The Love, If I Ever Lose This Heaven, Love the Life You Live, Across 110th Street, Kissing My Love, What Is Hip?Set II: Yearnin’ Learnin’, I Feel For You, Actual Proof, Love Having You Around, Slippin’ Into Darkness, That’s the Way of the World, Blame It on the BoogieSetlist: Joey Porter’s Shady Business | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 12/3/16 Set I: Steppin’ In It, Jupiter, Love Will Bring Us Back, Higher Ground, Blame It On the Boogie, Footsteps In the Dark, Hang Up Your Hang UpsSet II: Getting To Know You, Just Around the Corner, Remember the Time, Spanish Joint, Knock Yourself Out, Time Is On Your Side, Don’t Leave Me, You Haven’t Done Nothin, Serpentine Fire
One of the biggest breakout acts of 2016 was The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the unanticipated but fully appreciated collaboration between Les Claypool and Sean Lennon that produced one of the best albums of the year, Monolith of Phobos. The thing is, one never really knows the fate of Les Claypool’s many collaborative projects. Jam scene fans will point to Oysterhead as a prime example of a short-lived Les Claypool band, but he’s racked up a number of projects throughout the years. Holy Mackerel, The Frog Brigade, and Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains all come to mind when listing Claypool’s many efforts.Thus, the fate of The Claypool Lennon Delirium remained unclear, as the band hasn’t performed since hitting festivals like Suwannee Hulaween and Voodoo Music Experience back in October. With only one date on the calendar, New Year’s Eve, fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for the band’s return.Fortunately, Claypool Lennon is featured prominently on yesterday’s Summer Camp Music Festival lineup, which also features Primus as a headliner. Unlike the CLD, Primus is set for a number of performances in 2017, including Rock on the Range and Hellfest, in addition to two other headlining shows. Thus, it was quite the pleasant surprise to see that Claypool and Lennon will revive the Delirium once more at Summer Camp.Could this be the launching pad for another Claypool Lennon tour, or will this be a one-off show with no future plans? Only time will tell, but we’re excited for more of this in our lives…
Coming to Atlanta, GA from May 12-14, the fifth annual Shaky Knees Music Festival has just revealed a great lineup for their 2017 event. The festival will see headlining performances from The xx, LCD Soundsystem, and Phoenix, but the good times don’t stop there.The lineup includes such luminaries as Cage the Elephant, Pixies, The Shins, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors, Third Eye Blind, Portugal. The Man, Moon Taxi, Sylvan Esso, Dr. Dog, The Revivalists, Shovels and Rope, The Record Company, Temples, The London Souls and more!Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful event. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Load remaining images Robert Randolph & The Family Band are currently touring on the heels of their 2017 release, Got Soul (read the full album review here). After an uplifting performance at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins on Thursday, the band headed to Boulder last night. Their performance at the Fox Theatre as part of the Fox’s 25th anniversary month was one for the books, enrapturing the audience with their joyous blend of gospel, rock, and soul and by putting on an unwavering high-energy show. You can check out photos from Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s Boulder show below, courtesy of Alan Westman.
Hailing from Albany, NY, brand new ensemble outfit Wurliday brings together some of the most exciting, dynamic musicians in the live music scene for a lively injection of soul-funk goodness, direct to your ears. The latest brainchild of guitarist/songwriter Justin Henricks (Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan/The Chronicles), Wurliday is preparing for the May 12th release of their debut EP Bedtime Blazer, recorded and produced in the fall of 2016 by Alan Evans (Soulive) at his Iron Wax Studio in Millers Falls, MA.The band is very excited to feature Jennifer Hartswick on their debut single ‘Getting There’. The rest of the EP will be released May 12 and boasts an all-star lineup including Arielle O’Keefe (Girl Blue) and Tyrone Hartzog on vocals and Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Beau Sasser (Kung Fu), Paul Phillipone (West End Blend), Reed Sutherland (Mammal Dap) and Justin Henricks holding down the rhythm section.Live For Live Music is excited to premiere the retro animated video for Wurliday’s “Getting There” with lead vocals by Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) below:Says Hendricks of the track’s recording process, “I’ve been working on this project for some time now and decided to take a ‘Steely Dan’ type of approach to the record in calling upon some of the best musicians I know to do the session. The sessions were a ton of fun–people coming in and out including Beau Sasser, who takes the organ solo on this tune. From there everything blossomed and it really became a nice collaboration from a lot of great friends. Jen and I met on a short run of shows last year called “Super Jam.” I was ecstatic when I called on Jen to sing on this track and she agreed, I knew her voice and feel was exactly what the track called for.”For more information on Wurliday’s debut release Bedtime Blazer, head to the band’s website.