Gramatik made a long-awaited reappearance in Philadelphia last Friday, February 26th certifying the event as something certainly not to be missed. Selling out Philly’s newest and most talked about venue, The Fillmore–in relation to the iconic San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium–the Brooklyn-based, Slovenia born producer, Denis Jašarević revealed his latest album, Epigram, in its complete, lustrous entirety to 2500 eccentric musical souls.Known for producing eclectic electro-chill compilations incorporating swing, hip hop, funk and dubstep, Gramatik notably established an earnest, global following with his 10+ albums over the past 8 years. Fillmore’s audience was anxiously prepared for this illustration of an evening of brilliance especially after hearing of Jašarević’s successful European Epigram tour last Fall and of his first North American show on the tour last week.Friday’s schedule was stacked with four engaging openers and two guest performers. NYC based producers, Jenaux and Brasstracks kicked off the night’s festivities following with Chicago acid-jazz/house producer, DJ Mark Farina and NYC DJ/Producer, Jai Wolf. Jai Wolf radiated very chill-wave, dreamscape sounds remixing artists like Odesza and even Fetty Wap before leading into Gramatik’s highly anticipated two-hour set.Rolling right into some fresh, gritty hip hop, Brooklyn rapper/producer, Adrian Lau took the stage with Jašarević just after midnight and introduced them both saying, “This shit is special right here” and segued skillfully into the new track, “Satoshi Nakamoto.” The crowd was immediately thrown into a perfect union of elation and renegade brazenness as a multitude of infectious sounds permeated every inch of the 100 year old building. Jašarević’s guitarist, Andrew Block was a main attribute to the euphoric contrast, instantly gratifying every sensation by fusing heavier, electrifying notes with his sensual guitar solos.One of Gramatik’s distinctive musical traits is integrating French styled swing and live horns, so naturally his trumpet player performed a magnetic Gatsby-like track similar to his Street Bangerz series all while images of Guy Fawkes mask, aka the V for Vendetta mask, flashed on screen. The visuals and stage lighting throughout his set were truly definitive of Jašarević’s art and personality–precise, yet lighthearted–exhibiting faces like his idol, Nikola Tesla and an illusory, glitchy robot prevailing his walk to the song’s rhythm.Amongst playing his new Epigram material, Gramatik also executed an enthralling remix of Moby’s “Honey” and Hermitude’s popular track “The Buzz,” constantly keeping his fans dazed and desirous for more. It was then when R&B singer Orlando Napier walked on stage that the 3-D pixeled fireworks behind him actually seemed to be originating and reflecting from our eyes and not from the computer generated screen. Napier, also hailing from NYC, sang the first track off the Epigram EP called “Native Son” and layered it around Gramatik’s raucously appealing “Illusion of Choice” song off the 2012 #digitalfreedom EP.Jašarević finished his night’s phenomenal performance with a characteristic, groovy guitar laden track off Epigram as purple and orange lights blitzed around the concert hall. Faces everywhere were beaming as all of the talented musicians came back together on stage to thank us while David Bowie’s “Fame” enlightened our over joyous ears. Gramatik’s presence in Philadelphia brought such a wonderful gathering of people together celebrating an artist who clearly appreciates and portrays a vast diversity of music from all over the “genre spectrum.” Let’s hope he returns rather quickly.Check out more photos from the evening, courtesy of Sean DiSerio:
Beloved rockers My Morning Jacket are en route to re-releasing their acclaimed 2003 release, It Still Moves. The new album will feature remixed and remastered cuts of the original tracks, as well as three previously unreleased songs from the same sessions, and a bounty of early demo versions of the majority of the songs on the album.In anticipation of the new release, which is due out on May 27th, the band has premiered the demo version of hit song “Golden.” The song takes on a new life in this early demo version, which premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Tune in below.Check out the full tracklisting below.My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves Re-Release TracklistOriginal Album:1. Mahgeetah2. Dancefloors3. Golden4. Masterplan5. One Big Boliday6. I Will Sing You Songs7. Easy Morning Rebel8. Run Thru9. Rollin Back10. Just One Thing11. Steam Engine12. One In The Same Bonus Material:13. En La Ceremony14. Grab A Body15. That’s Too Bad16. Mahgeetah (Demo)17. Dancefloors (Demo)18. Golden (Demo)19. Masterplan (Demo)20. I Will Sing You Songs (Demo)21. Easy Morning Rebel (Demo)22. Run Thru (Demo)23. Rollin Back (Demo)24. Steam Engine (Demo)25. One In The Same (Demo)My Morning Jacket Tour Dates5/26 – Indianapolis, IN at Farm Bureau Lawn, White River State Park *5/28 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^5/29 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre *8/25-28 – Arrington, VA at Lockn’ Festival * w/ The Barr Brothers^ w/ The Fruit Bats
While Phish has been hard at work getting a new studio album ready before summer tour starts, little is known about the new release. While Trey Anastasio recently revealed that the album has all new material and would be produced by Bob Ezrin, little else has been said about the project.One exciting detail emerged today, however, as Hamilton drummer Andrés Forero discussed the new release in an interview with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Forero met the members of Phish when the band caught Hamilton after their New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden. He talks about how friendly Anastasio was in their initial encounter. “He was so sweet,” Forero says. “He said, ‘My name is Trey, this is my wife and this is the rest of my band Phish.’”Forero said he didn’t realize who Anastasio was at first, but he quickly figured it out and got back in touch. “I have three of their albums, but I didn’t know what they looked like,” Forero says. “That night I sent an email and apologized. He sent one back and said, ‘I’m glad you didn’t know who I was,’ and invited me to play on three tunes on their new album. One was a 15-minute piece with classical percussion. Even though I double majored in college in classical and jazz, it’s been a while for me. Of course, I agreed to do it.”A 15-minute piece with classical percussion!Forero explained that, once he got working with Phish, there was a strong chemistry and he kept going. “We had such a synergy between us, near the end Trey said, ‘There’s only one song you haven’t played on.’” So he contributed to that final song as well!Could Forero make an appearance with Phish on tour? It’s a possibility. “You know, we’re gonna have to play this stuff live sometime,” Anastasio told Forero.We can’t wait to find out more about Phish’s new release![H/T JamBase]
Railroad Earth has announced a pair of Thanksgiving-weekend shows at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. The annual run, once again billed as “Horn O Plenty Getwaway,” will take place on 11/25 and 11/26. These shows will, as always, feature special guests, to be announced at a later date.If you purchase tickets through their Fan Club, you will receive a free live download of the shows once they’re finished. Otherwise, head to the band’s website to get your tickets now.Railroad Earth’s current summer tour will make its way to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 16th as part of a two-night, multi-venue CO run.
October has been a tough month so far for The Wood Brothers and Medeski Martin & Wood. It has also proved that the bands are adept at making the best out of bad situations. The tumultuous times started on October 9th, when The Wood Brothers’ show at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, NC was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. True to their nature, the ensemble dodged the weather warnings and headed to Augusta, GA to play an intimate show at the Southbound Smokehouse for fans and evacuees of the storm.Just a few days later, bassist Chris Wood of both band was hospitalized in Charleston, SC. After undergoing emergency surgery earlier in the week, we are happy to hear that Chris Wood is on the mend! While he is recovering, shows scheduled for both of his bands have been retooled in the coming weeks.In response to the cancelled tour dates resulting from the medical emergency, the Wood Brothers are working to reschedule the dates for April 2017. For their set this weekend at Hangtown Musical Festival in Placerville, CA, guitarist Oliver Wood and drummer Jano Rix will continue their appearance as planned and are inviting some friends along for the ride. Ric Robertson from the Rondo Rigs will stepping in for Chris Wood on bass, and the band has already announced some special guests who will be stopping by, including Joe Craven, Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), and members of the Infamous Stringdusters.The festival has also replaced a scheduled Medeski Martin & Wood set with a performance hosted by John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, featuring Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (tuba), Will Bernard (guitar) and Billy Martin. Dubbed Medeski Martin & Mad Skillet will perform “a dynamic mix of MMW tunes and hard-hitting grooves.” Find out more info here.Meanwhile, the scheduled Medeski Martin & Wood shows at NYC’s le Poisson Rouge have been rescheduled to January, but some exciting shows are still on tap for this week in lieu of those performances. John Medeski will be playing with The Campbell Brothers tomorrow, October 19th, and Medeski will also team with Billy Martin and Nels Cline (of Wilco fame) for a performance on October 20th. More information about those shows can be found here.Hopefully, the Wood Brothers be back on the road soon, and we’re sending good vibes and healing thoughts their way. You can check out their website for more information and tour updates.
After hitting The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA last night, Twiddle surprised fans everywhere with a huge announcement of a show at Terrapin Crossroads tonight, February 26th. The Vermont jam band also revealed a very special guest, none other than venue proprietor and Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh.The show marks the second high profile jam scene sit-in with Twiddle in recent memory, as the band was recently joined by Phish keyboardist Page McConnell at their Tumble Down Festival event last summer. Twiddle’s Ryan Dempsey told us the full story behind that collaboration, which you can read about here.Twiddle’s performance at The Fillmore was an opening set for Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO). There, they treated fans to a six song set full of original material. Check out the setlist below, courtesy of uTwiddle.Setlist: Twiddle | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA | 2/25/17One Set: Amydst The Myst > Polluted Beauty > Moments > Beethoven and Greene > Apples > Lost In The ColdShow Notes: This set was a support spot for Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO). After the set was done it was announced the band would be playing the following day at Terrapin Crossroads, the venue famously owned by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. It was also announced Phil Lesh would be sitting in with the band. “Apples” contained a “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson) tease.
Southern Avenue has got our attention! The Memphis quintet packs a big punch of soul, blues, and gospel to their home city, expanding from tradition with a youthful spirit and dynamic energy of their own. The band recently won two Blues Blast awards, New Artist Debut Album and Sean Costello Rising Star Award. In celebration of their recent success, the band announced a Fall Tour and shared “Freedom,” a track included as a digital bonus on their self-titled debut LP. Signed to the famed Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Southern Avenue’s recently released self-titled debut reached #1 on the iTunes Blues chart, #6 on the Billboard Blues chart and is consistently a Top 40 album on Americana radio stations from coast to coast.Southern Avenue’s Fall Tour will begin on September 1 in Charleston, West Virginia and explore the country throughout the rest of the year. The band will make festival appearances at Peoria Blues & Heritage Festival in Peoria, IL, Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, NV, International Gumbo Fest in Jackson, MS, Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, IL, the inaugural Mempho Music Festival in Memphis, TN, Suwanee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL, and more. Southern Avenue will also perform in support of JJ Grey & Mofro at The Steeple in Mobile, Alabama and The Texas Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Then, they will tour in support of Spafford for dates in Nashville, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lawrence, and Omaha. From there, Southern Avenue will play two shows with Walker in Athens and Charleston, before staggering out their own headlining shows the rest of the month. Check out the full band’s schedule below, and head to their website for more information.Listen to “Freedom” below:Southern Avenue Fall Tour9/1 Live on the Levee Charleston, WV9/2 Peoria Blues & Heritage Festival Peoria IL9/3 Beale on Bway St. Louis, MO9/5 Globe Hall Denver, CO9/7 Big Blues Bender Las Vegas, NV9/8 Big Blues Bender Las Vegas, NV9/10 Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Guerneville, CA9/13 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA9/14 Winston’s San Diego, CA9/16 MIM Museum Phoenix, AZ9/21 Levitt Shell Memphis, TN9/22 Live After 5 – Knoxville Museum of Art Knoxville, TN9/23 International Gumbo Fest Jackson, MS9/28 Buddy Guy’s Legends Chicago, IL10/4 The Steeple Mobile, AL*10/5 The Texas Club Baton Rouge, LA*10/6 Mempho Fest Memphis, TN10/7 Riverside Sounds Concert Series Roswell GA10/13 Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, AR10/20 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN **10/26 Suwanee Hullaween Live Oak, FL10/28 The Attic Tampa, FL.10/31 The Parish at House of Blues New Orleans, LA**11/2 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge**11/7 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS**11/8 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE**11/10 The Foundry Athens, GA #11/11 Charleston Pour House Charleston SC #11/16 Stubbs Jr Austin, TX11/17 McGonigal’s Mucky Duck Houston, TX11/30 Knuckleheads Kansas City, MO12/1 Uncle Bo’s Topeka, KS12/3 Colorado Blues Society Longmont, CO* with JJ Grey & Mofro** with Spafford# with Waker
Live Nation has announced a new initiative that will fund female-founded live music businesses, dubbed The Women Nation Fund. The Women Nation Fund’s purpose is to provide access to wealth and resources for underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the concert promotions, events, and festival space.The official website explains their motivation:As Live Nation continues to strive for gender equity and diversity across our Concert business, we have found that there simply aren’t enough female-founded festivals or female promoters to draw on. The Women Nation Fund will help address this issue by identifying, funding and growing the available pool of female-led festivals, events and promotion companies.In order to qualify for The Women Nation Fund, a team of International Live Nation female executives—with expertise in promotion, booking, technology, ticketing, and PR/marketing—will evaluate businesses that are in their early stages, are founded by females, and provide a product or service in the live event space. Then, if your business is selected for funding, “you will be given access to Live Nation resources such as industry and company contacts and mentorship across our lines of business and functional areas.”The team of International Live Nation female executives includes Anna Sjolund (Co-Managing Director/Head Promoter, Live Nation Sweden), Amy Corbin (Promoter, C3), Virginia Davis (Founder, G Major Management), Amy Howe (COO, Ticketmaster), Lesley Olenik (VP, Touring), Maura Gibson (President, Front Gate Tickets), Kelly Chappel (VP, Touring) and Carrie Davis (Chief Communications Officer).For more information on The Women Nation Fund, head to the official website.
Back in February, Phish announced that their 11th festival, Curveball, would be headed to Watkins Glen International in New York from August 17th to 19th. At many of Phish’s past multi-day festivals, the band has hosted 5K races, and Curveball will be no different. Today, Curveball has announced the return of the JEMP Records Store, which will carry a “vast array of vinyl releases from the band’s catalog from years past including Billy Breathes, A Live One, The White Tape, Junta, Lawn Boy, Rift, A Picture of Nectar and side project pressings.”In addition to Phish’s previously released work, the JEMP Records Store will also feature an exclusive vinyl release of the band’s 1997 live album Slip, Stitch and Pass. The record will be available on vinyl for the first time at Curveball, pressed on two color splatter (blue and purple), foil numbered LPs. Each vinyl will come with a Limited Edition “Slip, Stitch and Pass” screen print by Drew Millward. If there are any left at the end of Curveball, the remainder of the limited Slip, Stitch and Pass LPs will be made available at Phish Dry Goods and in stores (though stores won’t have colored vinyl) later this year.Furthermore, the JEMP Records Store will be equipped with vinyl listening stations and copies to pick up, open, read, feel and “smell (they mostly smell waxy)”. Though, if you are worried about having wax at a festival in New York state in the middle of August, the announcement says, “Fear not! We will have a cold-storage merch check like we did at Magnaball to keep your vinyl records in air conditioning all weekend.”For more information on Curveball, which is scheduled for August 17th to 19th in Watkins Glen, NY, head to the festival’s website here. Check out the full announcement below:
Fort Collins, CO-based bluegrass outfit WhiteWater Ramble recently released their first single in six years, “Hollow”, ft. The Infamous Stringdusters‘ Chris Pandolfi on banjo.WhiteWater Ramble is the heartproject of Patrick Sites on mandolin and vocals, who brings a rotating cast of musicians together, but primarily partners with guitarist Damon Wood, formerly of the James Brown Band.“Hollow” is a heart-wrenching new ballad accompanied by an intense and powerful music video. Recently named one of Colorado’s Top 10 bluegrass bands, WhiteWater Ramble has spent the last several years touring, playing tribute shows around Colorado, and honing their stand-out “dancegrass” amalgamation of styles, but with this cinematic short story, they tell a tragic tale of two lovers and bring new meaning to the song’s lyrics.Patrick Sites shared his thoughts on the new tune, stating,This is a completely new dynamic, lineup and focus for us. The energy is far different than ever before and I’ve never been so nervous, scared and excited all at the same time. For the first time in the band’s history, I was really the driving force behind the project as both a writer and producer, which allowed me to reflect on the world around us. The single deals with a tough subject matter but is incredibly relevant because of our daily news cycle related to violence from guns. I’ve tried to tell a traditional bluegrass murder ballad lyrically but then putting that into a modern concept with a cinematic video. “Hollow,” along with other forthcoming singles will challenge viewers both the lyrically and visually.Watch WhiteWater Ramble’s new single “Hollow” below:WhiteWater Ramble ft. Chris Pandolfi – “Hollow”[Video: Whitewater Ramble]For ticketing information and a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to WhiteWater Ramble’s website here.WhiteWater Ramble Upcoming Tour Dates:Dec. 14, Timber and Torch, Steamboat Springs, CO – Acoustic Apres Ski ShowDec. 22, Ullr’s Tavern, Winter Park, CODec. 27, Agave, Avon, CO performing “The Grass Waltz” – A Tribute to the BandDec. 29, The Woodcellar, Evergreen, CODec. 31, New Terrain Brewing Co, Golden, COJan. 4, River Run Lodge, Sun Valley, ID – Apres Ski ShowJan. 4, Whiskey Jacques, Ketchum, IDJan. 5, River Run Lodge, Sun Valley, ID – Apres Ski ShowJan. 11, Snake River Saloon, Keystone, COJan. 19, Schmiggity’s, Steamboat Springs, COJan. 20, OP Rockwell, Park City, UTJan. 24, Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO ft. DJ Fullmetal w/ support from Grassfed and Feed the DogJan. 26, The Lazy Dog, Boulder, CO w/ Feed the DogJan. 31, The Cooperage, Milwaukee, WI w/ Feed the DogFeb. 1, Mill Creek, Appleton, WI w/ Feed the DogFeb. 2, Warren Station, Keystone, COView All Tour Dates