Today, Phil Lesh announced two new Phil & Friends shows at his famed music venue in San Rafael, California, Terrapin Crossroads. Ahead of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s performance at Terrapin Crossroads on February 2nd, the Grateful Dead bassist will host two shows on January 30th and January 31st featuring Karl Denson, Chris Gelbuda, Scott Metzger, John Molo, Robert Randolph, and Barry Sless.You can snag tickets for either of these Phil Lesh & Friends shows or Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe show here.[Photo: Bob Schultz]
Roughly 16 months after closing their “first chapter,” Minnesota-based string band Trampled By Turtles have announced their return to the studio and the stage. The five-piece outfit will get back in the groove on May 4th when they release their new album Life Is Good On The Open Road and kick off a two-night run at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN.Of course, the band’s comeback tour won’t end with a pair of Minnesota dates. The group will hit the open road for a two-leg tour through Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and West Coast, including two-night runs in Washington, DC and Chicago. Along the way, Trampled by Turtles will be joined by supporting acts Deer Tick, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Pines, Frankie Lee, The Oh Hellos, Dead Horses, Actual Wolf, and The Lil Smokies.In addition to announcing their return, Trampled By Turtles have also released “Kelly’s Bar,” the debut single for their forthcoming album. You can give the track a listen below. Ticketing information for the tour is available via their website.“Kelly’s Bar” Trampled By Turtles Tour DatesMay 4 St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theatre*May 5 St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theatre ^May 6 Madison, WI – Capitol Theater #May 8 Boston, MA – House of Blues **May 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer **May 11 New York, NY – Playstation Theater **May 12 & 13 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club **May 15 Raleigh, NC – Ritz **May 17 Asheville, NC – Highland Brewing Company **May 18 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium **May 19 & 20 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall ^^June 21 Tahoe, NV – Montbleau %June 22 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre %June 23 San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay %June 27 Seattle, WA – Woodland Park Zoo %June 29 Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheater %June 30 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom %July 19 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre !July 21 Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater $July 22 Bozeman, MT – Bridger Brewing $* – The Pines^ – Frankie Lee# – Dead Horses** – Hiss Golden Messenger^^ – Actual Wolf% – Deer Tick! – The Oh Hellos + Dead Horses$ – The Lil Smokies
HeadCount has announced a new addition to the Participation Row activism village on Dead & Company’s summer tour, which kicks off today in Mansfield, Massachusetts. March For Our Lives, the movement and organization started by high school students who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, will have a booth at each Dead & Company show on the band’s upcoming summer tour. Deadheads visiting the booth will have a chance to meet alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and take photos with messages encouraging people to vote.The collaboration started when Parkland students attended the Dead & Co. concert in Sunrise, Florida, and met the members of the band. Bob Weir encouraged the students to join forces with HeadCount in an impassioned speech about using this tragedy to affect real change. As he noted, “You kids are making quite a stir, and it’s focused. It’s not the kind of thing that anyone can argue with because you’re right.” He also made note to direct them toward HeadCount to help bolster their efforts. Watch Weir’s speech to the Parkland students below.Following their encounter with the Parkland kids at Dead & Company in Sunrise, HeadCount later conducted voter registration efforts at the March For Our Lives demonstrations around the country on March 24th, registering more than 5,000 people to vote just that day. In addition, student activist David Hogg worked with HeadCount to organize voter registration drives at more than 1,000 high schools in the last few weeks. Considering all the good that’s already been done by the Parkland Students’ and HeadCount’s efforts, making March For Our Lives a featured guest on Participation Row was a natural next step for Headcount.Explains HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein, “We know Bobby and the whole band were really moved by the Parkland kids, and working with these kids to organize voter registration drives has been an amazing experience for HeadCount. So bringing them on Dead & Co tour seemed like a perfect way to tie this all together.”The Participation Row activism village, co-organized by HeadCount and the environmental group REVERB, has been part of every Dead & Co tour dating back to the band’s debut in Fall 2015. March for Our Lives will be joined at various stops on the tour by “Dead Family” non-profit organizations including Wavy Gravy’s SEVA, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Owsley Stanley Foundation.Fans who take actions with three non-profits at Participation Row will also have a chance to win a signed D’Angelico guitar and receive a numbered, limited edition VOTE pin. The pins, designed in the style of the famous “LOVE” sculpture but with a Steal Your Face skull as the “O,” were donated by the Dead-centric accounting firm Schulman Lobel. A charity auction at each tour stop will also raise funds for the participating organizations. To date, HeadCount’s Dead & Co. auctions have generated over $500,000 for over 40 different charities.For further information on HeadCount’s voter registration efforts, Participation Row, and more, head to their website. For more information on March for Our Lives, head here.
The String Cheese Incident has a long-standing history with Boulder, Colorado, with many band members calling the majestic mountain town “home”. Last night SCI helped Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery celebrate its 25th anniversary with the Colorado Kind Festival, at the breathtaking Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO. Mountain Sun is a classic burger and beer spot on the east end of the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, clad with Phish, Grateful Dead, and String Cheese Incident posters as far as the eye can see. Cheese’s lasting friendship with Mountain Sun presented a perfect opportunity for the band to play their first show in Boulder County since 2017’s intimate Fox Theatre shows.Yonder Mountain String Band got the party started off with a sizzlin’ two-set show in the hot Colorado sun. Planet Bluegrass’s stage sits at the base of gargantuan cliffs, beside a river, setting up a must-see musical mecca for any live music fan. Yonder worked through old-school favorites and covers, sounding loose and comfortable, with Allie Kral and Jacob Jolliff trading off some ferocious solos. The near-capacity crowd soaked up Yonder’s sweet bluegrass, anxiously awaiting what the evening had in store.The String Cheese Incident opened up the first set with Kyle Hollingsworth’s “Can’t Wait Another Day”, with the hometown crowd singing along. Cheese’s high energy was apparent out of the gates, as Hollingsworth took matters into his own hands, laying down some delicate work on the keys. “Missing Me” was up next, as the six-piece focused in and took their time settling into the main theme of the tune. Michael Kang was on one last night, and laid down a massive solo, asserting his presence after being the lone SCI member to miss Mountain Sun’s All-Star jam Friday night. Hollingsworth poked fun at Kang, saying, “We found him. Kang’s here”.With the sun setting behind the picturesque mountain range, Keith Moseley steered the band into darker territory, leading into “Rivertrance”. With Michael Travis and Jason Hann setting up a solid backbeat, Kang let it rip on the fiddle, intently leading his bandmates through the trancey instrumental with no signs of slowing down. Kang and Hollingsworth got down to business, trading off fiery hot solos, with Hollingsworth playfully messing with intergalactic spacey-noises. “Rivertrance” last night was big and bold, as the Boulder, CO locals continued pushing the bar, with a hometime crowd showering the band with love and smiles.Bill Nershi took the reigns for a perfectly placed cover of Onus B. Johnson‘s “Purple Strains”, with Kang masterfully working in a delicate mandolin solo. The band moved into a newer tune, “Get Tight”, led by Moseley on vocals. The upbeat, pop-driven tune got some attention from Hollingsworth, as he dazzled the crowd tickling the ivories, with Nershi laying down some solid work on electric guitar.With Kang hyped and grinning from ear to ear, he shouted out, “How we doing out there”, before Moseley slowly dug into the bass groove for “Black and White”. Kang and Hollingsworth seemed to be feeding off of each other the entire night, playfully moving forward, before Kang belted out the opening verse. Although the baking sun was no longer a factor, Cheese kept things red hot, allowing Nershi to lead the band into a “Lovelight” jam, as the hometown crowd gave the band full approval, cheering for more. “Round The Wheel” brought set one to a close, reminding Colorado that ski season is right around the corner.With a brief moment to catch their breaths and have one of Mountain Sun’s mouthwatering craft beers, String Cheese Incident opened second set with “Believe”, the title track off their 2017 studio effort. Hollingsworth took a funky solo, before jumping into the recently debuted, politically-charged Michael Travis tune, “Illegal”. With Moseley locked in with Travis and Hann, Kang was flexing his improvisational muscles, taking things into deep jam-territory, with Hollingsworth following his lead.A cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “I Know You Rider” was next, led by Nershi, getting a helping hand on vocals from the energized hometown crowd. Mixing things up, Cheese hopped into Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up”, before kicking things up another notch and transitioning right back into “Rider”. Continuing with the covers, Moseley took the lead on New Riders of The Purple Sage’s “Panama Red”, with the biggest surprise of the night coming next.Inviting trumpet master Jennifer Hartswick on stage, the band dove head first into “Grazin’ In The Grass”, played for the first time since October 15th, 2004. With a baffled hometown crowd and a sense of amazement lingering in the air, SCI took Hartswick captive as Hollingsworth joked, and set sail with the Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody”. Adding another musical layer with a horn, the six-piece kept the energy high through the remainder of the show, ending the second set with a smoothly-segued “Jellyfish” into “Rollover”. With Hollingworth fiddling around with his talk box, Planet Bluegrass turned into an all-out dance party, as the band ended the night firing off on all cylinders.Hartswick has become a favorite guest of the String Cheese Incident over the years, and the band invited her back up for an encore of The Jackson’s “Shake Your Body To The Ground”. Hartswick led the way on vocals and then quickly took charge on trumpet, belting out a roaring solo, with the crowd dancing and singing along to the funk. After bringing the chorus back around once more, the band took a bow and thanked their hometown fans for such a phenomenal evening of music.Up next for the String Cheese Incident is a brief fall run, with stops at Hulaween, Philadelphia, and Worcester, MA. For more information and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Planet Bluegrass | Lyons, CO | 9/15/2018Set 1. Can’t Wait Another Day, Missing Me > Rivertrance, Purple Strains, Get Tight, Black and White > Lovelight Jam> ‘Round The WheelSet 2. Believe, Illegal > I Know You Rider > Stir it Up > I Know You Rider, Panama Red, Grazin’ In The Grass*, Naive Melody* > Jellyfish *> RolloverE: Shake Your Body** = w/ Jen Hartswick
There’s a new Aerosmith live album on Spotify, and it’s head-y as hell.The mysterious “new” album simply titled, Live Radio Broadcast, was recorded during a concert in front of Aerosmith’s hometown fans at The Music Hall in Boston back on March 28th, 1978, during the height of their commercial popularity and reckless drug use. Fans won’t find the album under the band’s official Spotify page, leading one to assume whether or not the band even knows of its existence, and who exactly had the ownership rights to add it to the popular streaming service in the first place. Regardless of how it appeared or who is responsible, the album represents a treasure trove of late-70s live recordings.The audio quality of the show is far superior to the band’s official album releases, notably their 1979 Live! Bootleg and Classics Live albums from the 1980s. The audio is loud, heavy, and authentic–exactly what you’d want out of an Aerosmith concert back in the 1970s. 1978 was an era when drugs were certainly playing a large role in the band members’ personal and professional lives, but not quite to the point yet where cocaine and heroin began working against them creatively. To put the performance into a wider rock history perspective, it is the Aerosmith equivalent to the Grateful Dead‘s famous 5/8/77 Cornell show or Rolling Stones‘ Ladies & Gentleman in terms of audio quality and on-stage chemistry from the band. Oh yeah, it’s that good. The album starts out with “Walk This Way”, one of the big singles from 1975’s Toys in the Attic featuring Joe Perry riffing away in sync with Brad Whitford with the help of a talkbox, which he would often use on that song back then. The opening performance is not too erratic or rushed as it sounds on Live! Bootleg. “Rats in the Cellar” is next, and its a dark and heavy version of the 1976 tune off of their Rocks LP, although the one downside of the recording is their traditional ending jam on that song ends abruptly. It does, however, swing right into the lively intro of “Big Ten Inch Record”, a Bull Moose Jackson blues tune which the band has used in their live set over the years. The recording really showcases Stephen Tyler blowing away on his harmonica during the intro and again in the solos, a talent of his which is greatly under-appreciated as a performer. Related: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Reportedly Hospitalized After Performing With Billy Joel At MSGThe album continues into a fantastic and rare live version of “I Wanna Know Why”, a proto-punk song off their from their then-new studio album, 1977’s Draw The Line. The track is both fun and swanky and really shines in the way the song was meant to be heard. It also comes with a nasty guitar solo courtesy of Whitford. They followed that up with a super funky rendition of “Sight for the Sore Eyes”, before heading into “Seasons of Wither” from 1974’s Get Your Wings. The lively version of their nature-inspired song helps it rise up to its potential as some expression of power-folk psychedelia. Their super hit “Sweet Emotion” came next, although there’s nothing too special about this performance that can’t be heard on their other live albums. “Lord of the Thighs” was played next, and could easily be considered the highlight of the show. That performance just reeks of pure 1970s Aerosmith ethos–Sex, Drugs, & Rock n’ Roll. Tyler’s voice drags along with those drawn out notes in the verse. All of a sudden Perry hits the gas and takes the listener into orbit with a great solo as he and Whitford go back and forth into a nearly seven-minute jam. “Chip Away At The Stone” features some cool and noticeably clear vocal duets between Perry and Tyler during the choruses. “Get The Lead Out” is next and sounds fine, but the next track, “Get It Up”, is another one of the album’s gems. It’s rare in the Aerosmith world to hear a live recording of “Get It Up” with such good audio quality. It’s a fun live version with Perry grooving away with his guitar slide, one skill he is very good at which he displays during a brief solo at the end.“Same Old Song and Dance” and “Milk Cow Blues” keep the show going, with the other Tom Hamilton giving his usual bass solo to close out the former.The album comes to a close with three powerhouse setlist regulars–their adrenaline-pumping cover of the blues standard, “Train Kept a’ Rollin”, “Draw The Line”, and “Toys in the Attic”. The performance of “Train” is fundamentally solid for fans who are into that song and comes with a really spacey ending solo from Perry. “Draw The Line” always gets the energy going, and this performance was no exception. Perry showcases those fantastic slide skills of his while Tyler’s voice is at its peak coming out of the solo and into the final run of the chorus line. The band’s quick performance to close the show with “Toys” is by far the best live version of the early punk tune found anywhere. Distortion pedals are active and roaring from both guitarist with a mix of crunch that is borderline maddening–completely over the top and excessive, making it the perfect set closer for Aerosmith circa 1978. The album is peak Aerosmith from a decade where many rock fans and critics consider the band at their best in the first era of their nearly 50-year career.
Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced their new album, Mettavolution, due out April 26th via ATO Records. Three years in the making, and five years since their last album, the Mexican acoustic rock duo have shared a first taste of the album in the form of “Echoes”, a cover of the Pink Floyd Meddle track, which takes up the entire second half of the seven-song album.“Mettavolution brings together Rod and Gab’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species,” a press release explains about the new album, “all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars.”The new album was conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, then road-tested and tweaked throughout the last two years of touring in South America, the USA, and Australia. In addition to their Pink Floyd arrangement, which pays homage to the prog classic song off the band’s 1971 opus, Meddle, the rest of the material is made up of six original Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions.“We are big Pink Floyd fans. That track, especially the live in Pompeii version means a lot to us, we even made a huge visual reference in our video for ‘Hanuman’,” the duo explains. “Besides that, the lyrics are even more relevant now than they were 45 years ago, the search for knowledge about ourselves, it’s becoming a key element for survival these days, that’s what evolution is all about at the end of the day.”Listen to the impressive, nearly 19-minute interpretation of “Echoes” below:Rodrigo y Gabriela – “Echoes” [Pink Floyd cover]<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Mettavolution Tracklist:1. Mettavolution2. Terracentric3. Cumbé4. Electric Soul5. Krotona Days6. Witness Tree7. EchoesView All Tour DatesRodrigo y Gabriela will be touring throughout the year. North American tour dates will be announced soon.RODRIGO Y GABRIELA UK/EU TOUR DATESApril13 – Munich – Technikum15 – Berlin – Columbia Theater17 – Bourges – Printemps de Bourges18 – Luxembourg – den Atelier19 – Brussels – Cirque Royal21 – Dublin – Olympia Theatre24 – London – Roundhouse25 – Paris – Olympia27 – Chamonix – Musilac Mont Blanc (festival appearance)View All Tour Dates
On a cold, slushy Wednesday night in Brooklyn, amid a week marked by both heartbreaking ends and exciting beginnings, Tedeschi Trucks Band made their way to Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s Howard Gillman Opera House to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, Signs.Marking their first release since 2016’s Let Me Get By, Signs was created as a reflection on the various devastating losses experienced by the group and its extended musical family over the last several years. Since late 2016, Tedeschi Trucks Band grappled with the deaths of mentors Leon Russell and Col. Bruce Hampton (whose cosmic curtain call is examined in Signs closing track “The Ending”) as well as Derek Trucks‘ uncle and original Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks and, soon after, Gregg Allman. As the band noted in a statement, “Signs reflects on the losses suffered by the band in the past few years while still finding cause for hope and celebration in the beauty of life and nature.”“How their passing affected me,” Derek told NPR ahead of the album’s release, “was that there was the wanting to do it right and wanting to carry on whatever parts I learned from them that I could carry on. The music they made was of a special time and place. I’m never going to recapture that stuff, but I’ve certainly been able to take the lessons I learned from them.”The events surrounding last Friday’s release of Signs added an extra layer of poetic melancholy to the album’s already bittersweet theme. The album’s confrontation of loss and heartbreak was compounded when Kofi Burbridge, the band’s longtime keyboardist and flautist, passed away at the age of 57—on the day the record was released. That night, Tedeschi Trucks Band played through the pain of this latest loss, in his hometown, performing the album in near-entirety in celebration of Kofi and his final release.In the days since, countless fans and fellow musicians have voiced their love, appreciation, and pain at the loss of Kofi Burbridge. By the time Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage for their official album release celebration in Brooklyn, the love and appreciation they’d experienced in the wake of Burbridge’s passing had strengthened what remains. While still reeling, the band channeled Kofi’s memory—and the memories of all the losses that inspired Signs—to deliver an emotional performance clearly colored by the lessons learned from these recent hardships.With flowers and a portrait of Kofi adorning the stage, the core of the band began the night with a rendition of Willie Nelson‘s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces”, a new addition to their repertoire that echoes their recent heartbreak (“Somebody pick up my pieces; I’m scattered everywhere; And put me back together; Put me way over there; Take me out of contention; I surrender my crown; Somebody pick up my pieces; It’s just me comin’ down”).From there, the band started into material from the new album, performing weighty takes on “Signs, High Times”, “I’m Gonna Be There”, and “When Will I Begin”. Next, Mike Mattison stepped to center stage to lead the band on with soulful sorrow through Bob Dylan‘s “Down In The Flood”, during which Trucks’ first mesmerizing solo of the night truly soared.Signs lead single “Hard Case” followed, rounding out set one’s selections from the new LP. The band closed the first frame with hard-hitting takes on go-to numbers “Bound For Glory” (featuring some spellbinding vocal work from Alecia Chakour), “The Sky Is Crying” (complete with excellent blues soloing from Susan Tedeschi), and a stellar “Idle Wind” featuring a Derek-led jam on “Rastaman Chant” and a delicate yet powerful drums segment.Following a brief intermission, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the stage with their pared-down 6-piece core for a rendition of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’”. “Don’t Know What It Means” came next before flowing into covers of The Box Tops‘ “The Letter” and Leonard Cohen‘s “Bird on a Wire”.The Signs numbers continued with “Walk Through This Life” and a powerful reading of the album’s tour de force, “Shame”, featuring an extended solo by interim bassist Brandon Boone. The “Midnight In Harlem” that followed was even more beautiful than usual, the crowd clearly connecting with the added emotion of this wistful rendition. Finally, the set reached its climax with the gospel-inflected one-two punch of Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk” and Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”. By the end of the set, the audience had their hands in the air praising the gospel of music as the tribal sounds coming from the stage kept the venue’s heartbeat intact.When the band returned for their encore, Susan made note of the hard week the band and its fans had endured but beamed with gratitude at the “outpouring of love” they’d felt throughout this fateful week and relished the opportunity to spend the evening connecting with their loving fans. Mark Rivers then stepped forward to take lead vocals on Joe Tex‘s “Show Me” as Derek directed the horn section with unusually animated enthusiasm.It was a heavy evening for everyone both on and off the stage. While the latest loss hung over the celebration, Tedeschi Trucks Band did what they do best—honor the memories of their friends and loved ones and use the lessons learned from them to forge a path forward.Below, you can watch a selection of videos and view a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Eric Gettler.“I’m Gonna Be There”[Video: Evan Pragliola]“Bound For Glory”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“The Sky Is Crying”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Idle Wind” (with “Rastaman Chant” Jam)[Video: HotF’nTuna]“The Letter”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Bird on a Wire”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Walk Through This Life”[Video: Evan Pragliola]View VideosNext up for Tedeschi Trucks is the second half of their four-night, two-weekend run at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd. For a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming shows, head to their website here.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY | 2/20/19Set One: Somebody Pick Up The Pieces, Signs, High Times, I’m Gonna Be There, When Will I Begin, Down In The Flood, Hard Case, Bound For Glory, The Sky Is Crying, Idle WindSet Two: Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Don’t Know What It Means > The Letter, Bird on a Wire, Walk Through This Life, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, Leaving Trunk > Volunteered SlaveryEncore: Show MeTedeschi Trucks Band | ‘Signs’ Album Release Show | Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY | 2/20/19 Load remaining images
Load remaining images This past weekend, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival closed out its 50th annual edition with another four-day weekend of amazing music, food, and NOLA culture.Thursday, May 2nd saw performance on the Fairgrounds by Dumpstaphunk, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Nicholas Payton and The Light Beings, Eric Lindell, Marc Broussard, and Widespread Panic, who welcomed George Porter Jr. during their headlining set at the Acura Stage.Widespread Panic Carries The Torch Into New Orleans’ Legendary Jazz & Heritage Festival [Videos]On Friday, May 3rd, the Jazz Fest crowds were treated to sets by Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, Gary Clark Jr., Los Lobos, Kamasi Washington, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Ani DiFranco (who welcomed Ivan Neville for a tune), Sonny Landreth, North Mississippi Allstars, Leo Nocentelli, Papa Mali & Friends, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, and more.Saturday, May 4th featured performances from Pitbull, Diana Ross, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, The Soul Rebels, and more in addition to a headlining set from Dave Matthews Band that saw the outfit recruit help from Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.Finally, Sunday, May 5th included performances by Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with the Nevilles, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, The Radiators, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, and much more.As is the nature of Jazz Fest, it was impossible to catch all the incredible music going on at the Fairgrounds throughout the weekend. However, photographer Adam McCullough captured a broad swath of the performers throughout the festival’s final four days. You can check out a selection of his photos from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019 weekend two below.New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | New Orleans, LA | Weekend 2 | 5/2/19 – 5/5/19 | Photos: Adam McCullough
In mid-April, Trey Anastasio and his new Ghosts Of The Forest offered up a performance at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre before rounding out their east coast tour with a pair of performances at the stunning United Palace in upper Manhattan.Trey Anastasio Discusses Plans For Ghosts Of The Forest Live Album On SiriusXMDuring a chat with SiriusXM JamOn host Ari Fink, Trey announced a special live recording plan for Ghosts of the Forest’s New York City shows. He explained,This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album.Although Ghosts of the Forest’s NYC shows are the only performances set to be included in the forthcoming live album (as far as we know), Anastasio continues to release live video footage from different shows throughout the brief tour. On Friday, after sharing “Ghosts of the Forest”, “Drift While You’re Sleeping, and “Friend“, Anastasio rolled out pro-shot video with “Sightless Escape” from Boston, which you can watch below:Ghosts of the Forest – “Sightless Escape” – 4/10/2019 (Pro-Shot)[Video: Trey Anastasio]Trey Anastasio Band (which features Ghosts of the Forest members Ray Paczkowski, Tony Markellis, and Jennifer Hartswick) is gearing up for a run of shows in late May before Trey and Ghosts of the Forest drummer Jon Fishman turn their attention back to their main project for Phish‘s 2019 summer tour, beginning with a two-night run at St. Louis, MO’s Chaifetz Arena on June 11th and 12th. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Ghosts of the Forest | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 4/10/2019Set: Intro, Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sightless Escape, Halfway Home > If Again, In Long Lines, There’s a Path Above, About to Run, The Green Truth, Beneath a Sea of Stars Parts 1 & 2 > Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Flight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Life Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble > Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 3 (blue)Encore: Brief Time, Pieces in the MachineThe Intro that debuted at this show was the fourth prerecorded piano intro played over the PA to debut on the Ghosts of the Forest tour.
About 900 fellow classmates and I spent a good portion of our time at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) fully engrossed with last fall’s presidential election.Walking to class, sitting in the HKS Forum, on a bench in the HKS Courtyard, over coffee, or over books, it was all we talked about.Witnessing the most electrifying campaign of our generation with classmates who were certifiable political junkies, and all deeply committed to public service, was an almost transcendent experience. And it could only have happened at the Kennedy School.I remember the debates, especially during the primaries. The passion of my classmates was matched by their abundant political knowledge, a breadth of experience working on and around the issues they discussed, and myriad connections to the political players involved.Some were absent for weeks at a time, leaving to field organize for Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama. It was not uncommon to read classmates’ writing about the campaign in a major publication or see them on the news discussing political strategy or the organizing work they were leading, all while maintaining their course loads.What touched me the most was the uncommon civility present at all times in our political dialogue. No shouting. No name-calling. No anger that a handshake and a smile couldn’t resolve.I was a Hillary Clinton supporter during the primary season, and one of only two black Clinton supporters at the School. This made me one of the more sought-after faux pundits at HKS. Classmates wanted to get inside of my head, and many wanted me to defend my stance. Some weeks, I’d spend hours debating the intersection of race, politics, and gender with members of the HKS community. But the discussion was never acrimonious. And I always learned to see things a bit differently afterward.I started writing about politics during the election, creating a blog to keep a record of evolving opinions of the campaign. I took classes at HKS with Luciana Herman, an adjunct lecturer in public policy, and Timothy McCarthy, an adjunct lecturer in public policy, history and literature, that allowed me to spend time finding and developing my voice as a writer. Guidance from those courses ultimately helped me to get one of my commentaries published, with an assist from an Institute of Politics fellow. Without the resources the Kennedy School provided, that opportunity might not have been available.I graduated in June with an M.P.P. I’m now a Kroc Fellow at National Public Radio, my job an outcome of my HKS policy-analysis exercise and an internship I had while a student. In my office, deadlines are hard, and the time to pontificate can be short, as with any news organization. Being where I am now makes me appreciate last year even more.A chance to talk about politics and policy, in a safe space, with time to really think, and with friends who care, is something hard to come by in our current political climate. Knowing that makes me even more aware of the value my education at the Kennedy School. Witnessing history is amazing. Doing it with class is rare.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at Jim_Concannon@harvard.edu.