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Last weekend some of bluegrass’ most talented musicians convened for WinterWonderGrass (WWG) in Avon, CO, the first of two WWG locations. Featuring giants of the genre like Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Elephant Revival, WWG has become a destination any fan of string music should have on their bucket list.Beyond his set Greensky Bluegrass, mandolin player Paul Hoffman served up a tasty solo set on Sunday of WWG Colorado, featuring tunes like “Beauty and Pain,” “What Happened To Jim,” and “Lose My Way,” as well as a debut of a tune called “While We’re Waiting” and a cover of Dawes’ “Someone Will.” Watch Hoffman’s entire set below:Setlist: Paul Hoffman at WinterWonderGrass, Avon, CO – 2/21/16Set: Reverend, Merely Avoiding, Beauty and Pain, What Happened To Jim, Lose My Way, While We’re Waiting, Fixin’ To Ruin, Someone Will
After years of work, the massive 59-track tribute to the Grateful Dead was released yesterday, May 20th. Titled Day Of The Dead, the five-plus hour tribute album features some incredible contributions from a diverse array of performers, including Wilco, Flaming Lips, Bruce Hornsby, Jim James, The War On Drugs, Fucked Up, Belá Fleck, The Lone Bellow, and more. You can find the Spotify stream here.To celebrate the new release, brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National were featured on CBS This Morning. With the Grateful Dead back in the public eye, and proceeds from Day Of The Dead going to Red Hot Organization, a charity that promotes AIDS/HIV research, there was certainly a lot to talk about.After the brothers were interviewed on the show, they assembled their band for a performance of “Peggy-O,” which they’d famously played live with Bob Weir in 2014. The show also featured a performance from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, who performed his cover of the Grateful Dead rarity “If I Had The World To Give.” You can watch videos of the Dessners’ interview and the two performances below.The National – “Peggy-O”Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “If I Had The World To Give”
New York’s Governors Ball, currently underway on New York City’s Randall’s Island, has announced that newly formed supergroup Prophets of Rage have been added to the festival’s Sunday lineup. The group, made up of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, and more, will hit the Bacardi House Stage at 6:30pm on Sunday. Prophets of Rage’s GovBall set will mark their third-ever performance, after making their debut in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Yonder Mountain String Band have released a new music video, and it is absolutely beautiful. Filmed using drones in Telluride, CO, the band plays their new song “Alison” while standing at the top of Bridal Veil Falls. The scenery is breathtaking, with amazing shots from the gorgeous and mountainous Colorado setting.The song is the first track to be released from YMSB’s upcoming new album–their sixth studio effort–which will be released in early 2017. The video comes as the band is preparing to hit Red Rocks for a celebratory night with Drive-By Truckers and Preservation Hall Jazz Band this weekend.Watch the video for “Alison” below![H/T – Rolling Stone Country]
Last night, beloved jam band Phish made their return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, playing the late night show in support of their recently-released Big Boat album. In case you missed it, you can watch performances of “Breath and Burning” and “Blaze On” here. While their performances were in line with our expectations, one detail seemed to have stuck out most for fans of Phish. Trey Anastasio’s shirt-choice, a $780 Gucci floral print silk duke shirt, immediately demanded the audience’s attention. As a result of this flower-speckled shirt, the Internet exploded in hilarious commentary. For kicks, we’ve gathered some of our favorite comments:“I never ever saw a shirt so tight”“We are so very sorry, but it went well with the shoes.”“Adult me is glad he’s happy and healthy. College me wants to kick him in whatever balls he has left.”“What are those, Bitcoin logos?”“Call him Ranch cause he’s dressing!”“Trey’s man blouse > Melania’s pussy-bow blouse”“Is Mike dressing Trey?”“Tuck’d.”“We have tuck’d in fly’s and ass!”“Ellen called wants her shirt back.”“We all paid for that in msg ticket prices.”“Jimmy Buffet called, he wants his shirt back!”“Maybe Page will get hammered and write a ditty about Trey’s new shirt. Trey’s Shirt > Chicks in the Front Row”“We like Trey’s new shirt … It’s so nice … He looks sharper than the dudes in the front row … He looks sharper than the dudes in the back row …”“Y’all were hoping for a Pepe Le Pew shirt bust out weren’t you. I know I was. But it’s nice Gordo let him borrow a shirt for the occasion.”“Yes it’ll be Dad Rock, yes it’ll be 4 mins and 30 seconds with no jam, and yes Trey is wearing a questionable shirt, but you all know you’re gonna stay up til 12:30 and watch the thing..”Abejefferson: “the fuck is he wearing”“Trey looks like Elizabeth Warren”“Looks like Trey raided Gordo’s closet”“Game: Blouses”“Trey looks like he bought that shirt at Prince’s yard sale.”“Looking like a goombah.”“Trey’s back in loud shirts? Fall tour’s gonna be fire.”“Is it Friday yet? Enough with the fore play” ….. *Phoreplay“Alright I give. That shirt makes the dad rock label official and earned.”“Those concerned with Trey’s shirt choice on Fallon need to be reminded of the past. this is but one questionable decision…”“Lets go make some pancakes.”“He looks like he’s about to bust out the sexiest Flamenco Guitar riffs.”“And his pants were equally as stylish.”“Are those pumpkins?“He’s no Ken Bone with fashion but whatever.”“Wtf? Lmfao…Treys trying to look like Dave Matthews”“Forget about all that — **what scarf will Mike be sporting tonight??**”“Who would have thunk it…? But I think Trey just out fashion-ed Mike tonight with his flashy shirt! :O Oh, no, he din’nt!!! [snaps]“The big question now becomes how will Cactus respond out on tour…? Belted Leisure Suits…? A Flowing Kaftan (Kaphtan?)…? Or, perhaps, some sort of a festive hat…? #PhashionWars” “Wait. So Trey was basically wearing the male version of the Pussy-Bow on Fallon last night?”“Did Page find this for him on Pinterest?”“Dude I’ve done a summer tour in the 90’s for less than that shirt cost”“A far cry from the Marvin the Martian shirt :(““Trey’s shirt is navy blue with red circles on it it. C’mon guys he is just making up for the lack of fish’s mumu”#shirtgate….what does it mean?!….“I want you to be flappy!”[H/T Phish Tour 2014]
Returning to Loveland, CO for the fifth straight year, the beautiful ARISE Festival has announced a hard-hitting lineup for their 2017 event, going down August 4-6 at Sunrise Ranch. ARISE has continued to build a strong reputation within the Colorado scene, bringing incredible and diverse performers into a uniquely intimate and gorgeous setting. The festival has seemingly outdone themselves in 2017, boasting a lineup with exciting sets from Atmosphere, Tipper, Ani DiFranco, Rising Appalachia, Brother Ali, The Expendables, Dirtwire, Desert Dwellers, Dopapod, Brasstracks, and Late Night Radio.The lineup continues with featured appearances from bluegrass favorites The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, The Brothers Comatose, and The Grateful Ball featuring Jeff Austin, Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, and more. With eight stages of musical performances, plus more bands to be announced through May, including three additional headlining acts, the 5th Year Celebration of Colorado’s fastest growing music festival is sure to be the best yet.Recognized as more than a music festival, ARISE offers a range of activities such as workshops, enriching yoga classes, provocative documentary films and panel discussions, art installations, live painters, art gallery, performance artists and theme camps. ARISE also offers “interactive villages” including a Children’s Village, Food Truck Village, Vending Village, Healers Village, Hemp Village, Wisdom Village and a Solution’s Village, showcasing ecological and social justice solutions with practical on-site demonstrations designed to make our world a better place.For more, be sure to visit ARISE’s website! You can see the full announcement below.
Load remaining images The String Cheese Incident returned to the Fox Theatre last night, playing the second of two consecutive sold out shows along their Winter Carnival run. The intimate setting made for an incredible first night of music, with the band offering up an acoustic set before performing their live album, A String Cheese Incident, in its entirety. Night two focused on classic Cheese, with the band putting together two solid sets of music.The band opened up with “One Step Closer” out of the gate before performing a cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” for the second time ever! The set was filled with standards from the band’s catalog, including “Blackberry Blossom,” “Outside and Inside” and “Just One Story.” They also played “Walls of Time,” for only the second time since 2010.Check out a video of “One Step Closer” below, courtesy of nugs.tv and SCI.The show continued with “Can’t Wait Another Day” to open set two, before the band broke out into the title track of their forthcoming album, “Believe.” They continued with “Rivertrance,” before playing another new song, “One And Only.” They would round out the set with big versions of “Bigger Isn’t Better,” “Round The Wheel,” and “Let’s Go Outside,” bringing the house down with some of their most well known songs.You can watch the video of “Can’t Wait Another Day” below, courtesy of nugs.tv and SCI.The band returned for an encore, coming out strong with both “Barstool” and “Texas.” It was a great night for all! See the full photo gallery from Elliot Siff Photography, below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 3/4/17Set One: One Step Closer, Ophelia, Blackberry Blossom, Walls of Time, Outside and Inside -> Just One StorySet Two: Can’t Wait Another Day, Believe, Rivertrance, One and Only, Bigger Isn’t Better -> Round The Wheel, Let’s Go OutsideEncore: Barstool, Texas
Today, The Meadows Music & Arts Festival announced the lineup for their second annual event, set to take place September 15th – 17th at Citi Field in Queens, NY. The NYC lineup is led by an NYC entertainment icon, Jay Z, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz. In addition, the hip hop-heavy lineup will feature Future, Bassnectar, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels, LL Cool J, M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Foster The People, Migos, Action Bronson, Big Gigantic, TV On The Radio, De La Soul, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lizzo, and many more. The announcement is sure to excite the Big Apple faithful, as a slew of big time hometown acts new and old slated to perform give the lineup a decidedly New York vibe.For more information and to purchase tickets, head to the event’s website. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, May 12th at 12pm EST, with a very limited allotment of Early Bird and Advance Price tickets available.[Cover photo via Billboard]
It’s safe to say that fans of the Grateful Dead are eagerly awaiting the release of Long Strange Trip, the new Grateful Dead documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The documentary will be formally released via Amazon Prime on June 2nd, with a number of live screenings ahead of the streaming release at movie theaters across the United States and iconic venues, such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre and The Capitol Theatre, on May 25th. However, even though the formal debut of the movie is just around the corner, fans are still devouring up the little tastes of the film that have been slowly being released over the past few weeks.Watch The Trailer For The New ‘Long Strange Trip’ Grateful Dead DocumentaryToday, a new clip from Long Strange Trip was released, and it’s one of the best yet. The clip, which was premiered on Consequence of Sound, outlines the various subcultures within the vast category that is Deadheads, and it’s an illuminating look at the diverse fanbase that congregated around the Grateful Dead. At just over a minute long, the clip likens the Dead’s fan base to a “mandala,” then describes how the various groups fit together, referencing Phil Zone and Jerry Side folks, spinners, Wharf Rats, tapers, and more—plus how their relationship with the music changed based on which group they fit into. Most interestingly, the clip talks about the “Deaf Zone,” where the hearing impaired would gather holding balloons to feel the music and watch the sign language interpreters convey the lyrics of the music. You can watch the clip for yourself below, and get excited for when Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip comes to a theater or venue near you (or, for those not close to one of the upcoming screening, a couch near you).