Best Cover: Umphrey’s McGee – Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”Umphrey’s McGee‘s two sets at Thursday night’s pre-party offered some of the best music played all weekend at Hulaween. Their first set was filled with classic, fan favorites, such as “40’s Theme” and”All In Time,” super-charging the crowd and prepping them for a wild second set. The band delivered the goods, with electronic-leaning songs “The Triple Wide” and “Day Nurse” offsetting the alt-metal of “Remind Me” and “The Floor.” The highlight of the set, however, was the band’s jaw-dropping cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd. Led by Jake Cinninger‘s ability to re-create David Gilmour‘s iconic guitar sound, this cover is as authentic as it get, and was one of the most talked about moments of the weekend by anyone who was there.The F*ck Sh*t Up Award: Run The JewelsRun The Jewels‘ Saturday night set at Hulaween was best described by Killer Mike‘s opening statement when he and El-P took the stage to Queen’s “We Are The Champions.” After stoking the fires of competition by congratulating his University of Georgia Bulldogs on their defeat of the local University of Florida Gators earlier that day, he made their mission clear: “We’re Run The Jewels, and we’re here to fuck shit up, Suwannee!”And fuck shit up, they did: The conscious hip-hop tag team brought their high-octane live show to the Amphitheatre Stage, and damn near burned the place down. The energy was on another level from any other performer throughout the weekend. Their mix of political messaging with clever rhymes and huge beats whipped the crowd into a frenzy time and time again. Needless to say, it was one of the wildest sets of the weekend.Rookie Of The Year: SpaffordSpafford laid down two excellent sets for their debut appearance at Suwanee Hulaween. Their set at Thursday’s pre-party featured a huge “Leave The Light On”, a nasty transition from “America” into “The Reprise”, and a firey “Electric Taco Stand”. Their late night set on Saturday evening at the Spirit Lake Stage, however, was even better. Ridiculous set-opening versions of “The Postman” and “Todd’s Tots” proved to be just a warm-up, as Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits then walked on stage, joining the band for an extended segment that took “Mind’s Unchained” into Spafford’s arrangement of “Mad World” by Tears For Fears. The impressive cover was played impeccably by Magner, who slotted right in on the keys next to Red Johnson for the standout jam of the weekend. Even Magner’s Biscuits bandmate Marc Brownstein was feeling the collab, starting an “it’s a Maaag-neeer” chant from the crowd over the band’s song-ending “it’s a maaad world” refrain.Best Tribute: String Cheese Incident – Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me”Hulaween may be filled with tons of different music, but it certainly felt like String Cheese Incident’s festival on Saturday evening, when the band delivered three sets on the main stage, capped off by their Halloween-themed cover song spectacle. In keeping with tradition, String Cheese offered third set filled with covers by a variety of treasured artists such as Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, and more, hewing closely to this year’s “Night of the Loving Dead” theme–with each song containing the word “love.”The String Cheese Incident Covers Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, More In “Love” Set At HulaweenHowever, the most love-filled moment seemed to be the band’s cover of “You Wreck Me” by the recently-deceased Tom Petty. Petty & The Heartbreakers were natives of Gainsville, Florida, which is about seventy miles south of Suwanee. When the band jammed out of “Song In My Head” into “You Wreck Me”, it was one of the most memorable moments during the festival, giving a true nod to both Petty and the local music fans in the area and around the world who loved him.Best Suwanee Family Moment: Lettuce Late NightThe Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park is a special place to a lot of people. At this point, it’s been hosting music festivals for years, and over the years certain bands have fostered a strong bond with the local crowd and the park’s staff. Lettuce is one of those bands, having played the festival grounds countless times, including every iteration of the now-dormant Bear Creek in addition to several Hulaween’s. As such, when the band took the Amphitheatre Stage Friday night for a late night set, there was a special vibe in the air and the packed crowd went appropriately bananas. Lettuce’s set showed why they are one of the best in the game, but also why they mean so much to the fans at Suwanee.Best DJ Set: Claude Von StrokeMr. Dirtybird himself, Claude Von Stroke graced the Spirit Lake Stage for a late night set, and his set was one of the most interesting offerings of the weekend. Sticking with House and Techno music, Von Stroke offered an excellent counterpoint to acts like Bassnectar and GRiZ, and provided some of the best underground sounds of the festival.Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Set-Closing “Shakedown Street” At HulaweenBreakthrough Performance: Tank & The BangasThis band has it. Their soulful, energetic, funny, emotional, complex performance at the Amphitheatre Stage was one of the best of the weekend. The 2:00 PM set was packed, with many making it their duty to enter the festival early to catch the winners of this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The many that made it to were rewarded with a fresh and unique live music concept that really resonated with the Hulaween crowd.EXCLUSIVE: Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas Contemplates Inspiration, Poetry, And ConfidenceTank is a star, a true front-woman who knows how to work a crowd. The Bangas really cook and know how to bob-and-weave between the musical styles that comprise their sound. This band has the potential to be a true powerhouse, and their abilities were on full display at Suwannee Hulaween.Best Visual Experience: Spirit LakeSpirit Lake, Hulaween’s visual art experience, was truly impressive. A mixture of lasers, fire-breathing metal structures, a functioning stage, a silent disco with two DJs at a time, and Incendia, a fire-spitting stage with underground electronic music ran all weekend long. There were giant images projected over the lake, and a madman with a water jetpack and a LED-covered costume putting on a show a few times throughout the weekend. The visuals were overwhelming and disorienting but in the best of ways. Kudos to Andrew Carroll for curating of one of the best art elements at any camping festival.Best Rock Performance: Portugal. The ManAmongst a sea of jam, funk, bluegrass, and electronic music, Portugal. The Man carried the torch for rock music at Hulaween. They offered up a master-class with their mind-melding sound. Their set was incredible, and they proved their reputation as one of the best live bands on the planet. [Honorable mention: Ween closing down the Amphitheatre Stage on Sunday night].Best Reason To Miss Portugal. The Man & Party Your MF Ass Off: Andy Frasco & The U.N.When it comes to a festival as packed with talent as Suwannee Hulaween, there are inevitably difficult decisions to be made. With only so many hours in a day, and multiple acts playing at the same time, you’re always going to end up missing something cool. On Sunday afternoon, Portugal. The Man played Amphitheatre set at the same time that Andy Frasco & The U.N. were scheduled on the Campground Stage, the smallest stage at the festival. But in the world of Andy Frasco, there’s no such thing as small stages–they’re just more intimate spots to stage his trademark unhinged parties.Beginning his set with just a handful of die-hards in attendance (including a crew of lovely ladies decked out in tie-dye Andy Frasco panties, whom Andy dubbed the “Panty Brigade”), Frasco proceeded to dive headfirst into rage-mode, passing joints back and forth with the crowd, chugging from a bottle of Jameson’s, and leading his crew of party animals through a ridiculous performance.From his quick-witted jokes, to the skillful soloing of his band, to his “Wookie Bar Mitzvah” (where he brought a chair into the crowd to do the Horah), to a memorable sit-in from Tauk‘s Isaac Teel (drums) and Arlic Carter (keys) featuring a big game of “freeze dance,” Frasco dissuaded any notions of leaving early to catch the end of Portugal. The Man from the moment he stepped onstage. By the time his set was finished, he had attracted a sizable crowd. Andy Frasco was born to be the life of the party, and it was impossible for anyone passing by not to stay and join the fray.Silent Disco Standout: Jody LitvackSometimes, you just gotta know how to have a good time, and that’s what Jody Litvack showed at the silent disco on Friday night. Full of funny moments and funky beats, Litvak’s disco-centric set and goofy antics were just what the doctor ordered at 3:00 AM.Storytellers Award: Greensky Bluegrass’ “Hey, Thanks, That Guy Breakdown” tribute to EDM fan who found Greensky at last year’s HulaweenGreensky shows are always heavy on the running jokes. There are several songs in their repertoire that always signal the beginning of some special shenanigans. One such song, “Broke Mountain Breakdown,” begins with dobro-master Anders Beck telling the bands fans, or “campers,” a story about how the instrumental was conceived and written. Each time it’s played, the story changes. And as the story changes, so does the “name” of the “Breakdown.”On Thursday night, Greensky Bluegrass closed down the Spirit Lake stage with a special late night performance, and the evening’s “Breakdown” was preceded by a Hulaween-specific story. Beck regaled about an EDM fan he had just met who discovered his love for bluegrass after stumbling upon Greensky’s “beautiful sounds” at Hulaween last year. As he explained, he ran into the kid this year at Suwannee, and the kid thanked him for “changing his life” with their music. So in honor of the “guy that may be walking by,” Beck thanked the new bluegrass convert with the “new” song he wrote about the interaction, dubbing it the “Hey, Thanks, That Guy Breakdown.” From there, the band matched the “beautiful sounds” of the bluegrass “Breakdown” with the “fuckin’ scary sounds” of an extended “Bring Out Your Dead” to cap one of the most memorable musical segments of the weekend.It wouldn’t surprise us in the slightest if Greensky Bluegrass’ pre-party late night set converted another new crop of bluegrass fans this year… This past weekend, musicians, artists, and costumed revelers descended on The Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, for the 5th annual Suwanee Hulaween. Building off host-band String Cheese Incident‘s long-running cover-centric Halloween tradition, promoters Silver Wrapper Presents, Paul Levine, and the amazing dedicated staff at Suwanee have transformed Hulaween into one of the best festivals on the calendar. A combination of factors—the right venue (the incomparable Suwanee), time of year (fall hoodie season), holiday (Halloween), and hosts (SCI)—have allowed this festival to grow organically, and as a result, this year’s event marks the first ever sell-out at the music park, with Suwanee hosting 20,000 fans for the weekend this year.With the hype behind this festival reaching fever pitch, the team behind Hulaween delivered in a major way, with incredible music and art around every corner. To try and commemorate it all, we’ve put together another edition of our Festival Awards, focusing on all things Hulaween. See below for the results and relive the magic of Suwanee Hulaween 2017!MVP: Marco BeneventoMarco Benevento was all over Hulaween. He played two sets at the Amphitheatre Stage with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Thursday night’s pre-party, a set at the brand-new stage The Patch with his solo band (featuring up-and-coming bass star Karina Rykman), and then a final performance back at the Amphitheatre Stage with his batterymate Joe Russo for an ultra-rare appearance as the Benevento/Russo Duo (even more ultra-rare was Mike Gordon’s guest spot during the end of their set; more on that later). Marco was on fire on the keys for all four of his sets, and looked like he was having the time of his life. The joy that he brings to the stage is a pleasure to watch, and he inspires the musicians around him to elevate themselves—a rare combination that made him one of the more special artists at Hulaween.Best Special Guest Appearance: Mike Gordon with The Benevento/Russo DuoFor a portion of Phish’s break-up period (2004-2009), bassist Mike Gordon moved to New York City, where his path intertwined with two young musicians who were making a name for themselves in the city’s vibrant local music scene: drummer Joe Russo and keyboardist Marco Benevento. The up-and-coming pair’s ambitious improvisations meshed well with Gordon’s style, and the pair quickly invited him to sit in with their band. From that first show, a musical relationship was born. Gordon would go on to sit in with the band several times in New York, tour with them extensively as a trio in 2005, and bring them along for the ride with his Phish bandmate Trey Anastasio as the opening act for a lengthy Phil Lesh & Friends amphitheater tour in 2006, playing as G.R.A.B.Gordon and The Duo amicably split ways not long after that, and as the years went by it seemed that their paths had diverged for good—that is, until Friday evening at Hulaween. Following an incredible performance from The Benevento/Russo Duo, Joe and Marco’s drum and keyboard risers parted like the Red Sea, and the Phish bassist (who had performed with his Mike Gordon Band on that same stage just a few hours earlier) emerged between them out of a smoke machine haze. The trio blasted Hulaween into the stratosphere, with Benevento creating wild soundscapes before leading the band through “Scratchitti”–the first song on which Gordon joined The Duo more than a decade ago. It was a moment plucked out of time—one of those special, had-to-be-there, euphoric moments that can only happen at a music festival like Hulaween. As Marco remarked sincerely when the song was through, “That was very special.” And he wasn’t wrong…Best New Band Member Addition: Mike Gordon – Emily Elbert & Madi DiazFresh off his Fall solo tour, Mike Gordon brought a new-look band to his set at Suwannee Hulaween, featuring guitarist/vocalist Emily Elbert and keyboardist/vocalist Madi Diaz. The ladies stacked Gordon’s performance with a second keyboard, rhythm guitar, and expanded vocal harmonies, adding a revitalized layer of intricacy to the set, which featured tracks from OGOGO and Overstep, a fantastic version of Phish crossover “Yarmouth Road”, and a memorable cover of Aerosmith‘s “Sweet Emotion”. Mike’s newly announced winter tour dates will feature his regular touring band, but we sincerely hope that Emily and Madi return to the fold at some point in the future. That was too much fun not to try again… A very happy Halloween to one and all, and a big thank you to everyone involved–and everyone who came out to join the party–for a truly unforgettable weekend. Until next year…
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has steadily grown in popularity throughout their existence. Touring extensively, the band has won a devoted nationwide fanbase and gone from playing small rooms to headlining large theaters in a matter of just a few years. This weekend, Pigeons will head to Colorado for a three-night, three city run. Tonight, they’ll stop in Vail to perform at the 36th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. On Friday, March 9th, the band will head to Durango for a performance at Animas with Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. Finally, on Saturday, March 10th, Pigeons Playing Ping Ping will head to the state’s capital for a performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. The Saturday Ogden show will mark the band’s first-ever headlining performance at the storied theater.Today, ahead of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming Colorado run, the band has released a new pro-shot video from their sold-out October 6th, 2017 date at the Boulder Theater, their last show in the Centennial State. Watch pro-shot footage of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s “Fortress > Time To Ride” from 10/6/17 in Boulder, CO below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Fortress > Time To Ride” – 10/6/17[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]Pro-shot video of the full 10/6/17 performance is also available now via Nugs.net. For more information, or to grab your tickets to any of Pigeons’ upcoming Colorado shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Flocktoberfest | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 10/6/17Set 1: Too Long > The Liquid, ZydekoSunny Day > The Hop > F.U.^, Whoopie* > 1999* > Whoopie*Set 2: Pop Off, Henrietta*, Poseidon*, Offshoot* > Pink Panther* > Offshoot*, Penguins* > Funkijam* > Upfunk*, Fortress* > Time To RideEncore: HorizonNotes:^ w/ Casey Russell (Magic Beans) on keys* w/ Chuck Morris (Lotus) on percussio
Holidaze announced their 2018 lineup and location, and we’re stoked as ever for the winter festival. Year after year, the Holidaze tradition blows us away with their stacked lineups and ongoing sense of community that’s uniquely crafted at the intimate destination get-away. Scheduled for December 12th through 16th, the four-night event is returning to Puerto Morelos, Mexico to the Now Sapphire Resort and Dreams Resort & Spa—where Cloud 9’s Strings & Sol event has also taken place in years past—and will be tapping some of our favorite acts to join them including fan-favorite veterans of the festival and newer faces to keep things fresh.Topping the newly dropped lineup are host band STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, and The Disco Biscuits, who are each slated to perform three full-set shows, taking place right on the beach under some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Holidaze veterans Lotus and Orchard Lounge will also join the lineup, as well as newcomers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Ghost Light—each performing two shows throughout the event. Every show is guaranteed to be an extraordinary experience for fans, set in a variety of unique venues, including the beach main stage, poolside gazebo, and an open-air palapa—all steps away from guest rooms and all-inclusive amenities.Venturing into its 12th year, the event continues to take it to the next level by maintaining its intimacy and bringing fans experiences that extend beyond the music, found only at Holidaze. Curated experiences include interactive artist-hosted activities and workshops, poolside competitions, theme nights, an autograph signing, morning yoga, charitable day of service, and so much more. Guests also have the opportunity to book select off-site excursions to explore the beauty and culture of the surrounding Mayan region extending from Cancun to Tulum.The event is all-inclusive, with a variety of room selections (including some stage front and oceanfront suites), an array of all-inclusive dining options, fully equipped fitness centers, world-class spas, and unlimited drinks at bars throughout the properties and the concert area. Check out the full lineup below, and head over to Holidaze’s website for more information and booking.
Gorillaz set at Denmark’s famous Roskilde Festival was cut short on Saturday evening after Del the Funky Homosapien took a fall off the stage during the set-closing performance of their smash hit 2001 collaboration, “Clint Eastwood”. As The Independent reports, the song was intended to be the last of their performance, but Del unexpectedly slipped just a couple lines into his first verse (“Finally, someone let me out of my cage; Now, time for me is nothing ’cause I’m counting no age”).The animated group’s human mastermind, Damon Albarn, immediately rushed over to see if Del was alright, the beat still blaring. After the music had stopped and an uncertain pause had ensued, Albarn stepped to the microphone to issue an unfulfilled goodbye to the Danish crowd. As Albarn explained,Thank you so much for a beautiful, beautiful night. Unfortunately, we’ve had a… uh… I don’t know yet. Listen, guys. There’s a strange bit here…You know, unfortunately, Del, like, slipped down there. It’s a really weird way to end a beautiful night, but he’s gonna be okay. We have to finish now, so thank you so much for a beautiful night. See you again soon.It seems as though Del is okay, though certainly injured from his tumble. As he explained on Twitter, You can see crowd-shot footage of Del’s stage fall and Albarn’s address to the audience below.Del the Funky Homosapien falls offstage, Damon Albarn addresses the audience[Video: thatguy]Gorillaz are coming off the release of their newest album, The Now Now, which features a number of guest appearances including Snoop Dogg and Jaimie Principle on the single “Hollywood”. You can watch the video for Gorillaz’ Snoop-assisted “Hollywood” here. See below for a full list of Gorillaz’ upcoming tour dates.Gorillaz 2018 Upcoming Tour Dates07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Upcoming Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]
Say hello to Southern California’s newest music festival, Same Same But Different (SSBD), coming September 22nd and 23rd, 2018. This inaugural two-day music & arts festival will celebrate the end of summer in a jaw-dropping setting and feature a diverse range of multi-genre musical acts that build in energy throughout the day.On Saturday, performances from Lettuce, Boombox, Through The Roots, The Family Crest, and more will take place across the festival’s two stages. Then on Sunday, headliners The Floozies, will be joined by KNOWER, Moon Hooch, Dirtwire, Capyac, and more. Performances will alternate across the two stages allowing attendees to experience each artist on the lineup without having to choose between overlapping set-times.Same Same But Different is as much about the music and arts as it is about the location. SSBD will take place at the picturesque Lake Perris Recreational Campgrounds, located just outside of Los Angeles and San Diego. Recognized as one of Southern California’s most beautiful campgrounds, Lake Perris Campground sits above it’s namesake lake and offers a variety of water recreation including swimming, fishing (shore, pier, and boat), boating, sailing, waterskiing, and scuba diving. Attendees will also be able to explore the location’s natural wonders along dedicated hiking, biking, and equestrian trails within the park, as well as enjoy festival yoga and meditation courses. This perfect weekend getaway will even feature an art-zone where guests can participate in one-of-a-kind art classes and live art installations.Festival organizers Peter Eichar and Brad Sweet explain, “we wanted to create an intimate music festival that we would personally want to attend; something to fill the gap between huge mega-festivals Southern California is home to, and smaller niche festivals that are usually genre specific.” Eichar continues, “We know what it’s like to spend an entire paycheck on a festival weekend only to get there and be stuck in the back of a massive crowd. We want to provide an alternative to that experience without sacrificing the quality of music and the overall vibe.”To purchase tickets to Same Same But Different, please visit the event website.
Jennifer Hartswick Upcoming Tour Dates*newly announced dates bolded8.5Jen Hartswick & Nick CassarinoNewport Jazz FestivalNewport, RI8.8New Orleans SuspectsNarrows CenterFall River, MA8.9New Orleans SuspectsBrooklyn BowlBrooklyn, NY8.10New Orleans SuspectsThe HamiltonWashington, DC8.11New Orleans SuspectsArdmore Music HallPhiladelphia, PA8.15Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyWoodlands TavernColumbus, OH8.16Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyHi-FiIndianapolis, IN8.17Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyMartyr’sChicago, IL8.18Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyFounders BreweryGrand Rapids, MI8.19Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyOtus SupplyFerndale, MI8.28Nth PowerTerminal WestAtlanta, GA8.29Nth PowerCedar Street Social ClubMobile, AL8.30Nth Power / Umphrey’s McGeeJoy TheaterNew Orleans, LA8.31Nth Power / Umphrey’s McGeeMoody TheaterAustin, TX9.1Nth Power / Umphrey’s McGeeHouse Of BluesDallas, TX9.2Nth PowerLast Concert CafeHouston, TX9.7Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoIdea WorksMansfield, OH9.8Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoDavid Shaw’s Big River Get DownHamilton, OH9.15Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoJazz On 2nd AveNiwot, CO9.20Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoRoyal RoomSeattle, WA9.21Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoJack London RevuePortland, OR9.22Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoTalent BarTalent, OR9.23Jennifer Hartswick Band w/ Bobby Vega & Nick CassarinoSweetwater In The SunNovato, CA9.25Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoBoom Boom RoomSan Francisco, CA10.9Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoWorld Cafe LivePhiladelphia, CA10.10Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoCutting RoomNew York, NY10.11Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoAcoustic CafeBridgeport, CT10.12Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoRed RoomBoston, MA10.28Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoSuwannee HulaweenLive Oak, FLView Upcoming Tour Dates Today, the powerfully versatile Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) has announced an upcoming fall tour with frequent collaborator Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) in support of her upcoming solo album, Nexus.The tour will make stops at various clubs and festivals across the country this September and October including newly confirmed performances in Ohio, Washington, Oregon, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts in addition to previously scheduled stops at David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, Sweetwater In The Sun, and Suwannee Hulaween.Nexus, Jennifer Hartswick’s latest solo LP, features contributions from Cassarino as well as six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. As the album announcement noted, on Nexus, Hartswick delivers “a powerful and vulnerable performance from the depths of her soul.” The album’s official release will coincide with the tour’s opening night on September 7th at Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio. Nexus is available for pre-order now via Jennifer Hartswick’s website on vinyl along with various custom merch packages.See below for a list of Jennifer Hartswick tour dates with Cassarino and a variety of other projects. For more information, head to Hartswick’s website.
Innovative Giving Enhancement (IGE)‘s fourth-annual Music and Art Immersion Community in Barcelona, Spain, is currently underway. The yearly event brings a crew of talented musical ambassadors to foreign destinations where they cross paths with a broad range of multi-genre European artists for ten days filled with immersive international improvisation and collaboration. Lauded music photographer Jay Blakesberg and New York Times best-selling Allman Brothers biographer Alan Paul will be bringing you daily updates on the happenings of the 2018 IGE Music and Art Immersion Community via Live For Live Music. You can check out today’s entry from Barcelona below: Yesterday’s highlight of the IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community with The Music Never Stopped, a ticketed event at the large club Sala Apolo, had over 400 Barcelonans in attendance.The Everyone Orchestra, conducted by Matt Butler, opened the night with an hour-long set that featured IGE regulars Eric Krasno, Greensky Bluegrass’s Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman, Holly Bowling, and Jason Hann of the String Cheese Incident on drums. Added musicians included bassist Pete Shand of the New Mastersounds, vocalist Dirga McBroom and a special guest Barcelona horn section of Roger Mir and Pol Omedes.Butler’s Everyone Orchestra is based around everyone taking the stage with a clean slate, creating group improvisations from note one, with Butler offering directions on a whiteboard and iPad to both musicians and crowds. They played an hour-long set that wowed the crowd, ending with a call and response between band and audience.After a short changeover, the core musicians of the trip took the stage for a two-hour set of music of the Grateful Dead, marching on and off the stage in various configurations that included Grahame Lesh, Holly Bowling, Scott Law, Elliot Peck, Butler, Hann, Krasno, Hoffman, Beck and Ross James, supplemented at times by Spanish guitarist Damia Timoner. They opened with Lesh belting “Bertha” and moved through “Ramble On Rose”, “Easy Wind”, “China Cat Sunflower”, “I Know You Rider”, “Friend of the Devil”, “Cassidy”, “Brown Eyed Women”, “New Speedway Boogie”, “The Music Never Stopped”, and an all-hands-on-deck “Ripple” that became an audience sing-along.Taking it all in from the side of the stage, The New Mastersounds’ Shand smiled and shook his head. “It’s like church, isn’t it?” he asked. It was, of course, a rhetorical question.—Alan PaulYou can check out Jay Blakesberg’s photos from day six of IGE’s 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community below. Check back tomorrow for another entry in Alan Paul and Jay Blakesberg’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community diary, exclusively on Live For Live Music. Load remaining images
Boz Scaggs’s career has come full circle. Starting out as a bluesman with the likes of Duane Allman on guitar, Boz moved to the center in the mid-Seventies with the pop and even disco-tinged monster hits of Silk Degrees. He’s touched all the bases ever since, but returned to his roots in American music with 2013’s Memphis, a superb collection of R&B covers, and the deep-South sounds of A Fool to Care two years later. His latest effort, Out of the Blues, completes the trilogy and brings him back to the twangy blues sound upon which he built his reputation.Touring in support of the new album, Boz and crew arrived at New York’s venerable Town Hall on Wednesday, November 14th. Boz has always been a great performer, blending his unmistakably smooth vocals with a full complement of first-rate musicians. His current band maintains that high standard, with Mike Miller accompanying him on guitar along with a group of multi-instrumentalists on percussions, bass, keyboards, and sax. Boz is also a far better guitarist than even some of his fans recognize, from blues picking to jazzy fills and harmonics that add nuance and texture.Starting out with “Jojo”, “It’s Over”, and “Georgia”, the band delivered some of the hits the audience had come to hear before moving into the bluesy tunes that are Boz’s current focus. “I recorded with several Texas blues players for my new album,” he said, “and one of them is here with us tonight.” Wearing a white cowboy hat, Doyle Bramhall II joined the party and immediately took things up a notch. “Rock and Stick”, “I’ve Just Got to Know”, “The Feeling is Gone”, and “Radiator 110” were all hard-rocking cuts that sounded fresh in the hands of a tight and talented band.Returning to his own catalog, “Harbor Lights”, “Look What You’ve Done to Me”, and “Lowdown” led into a set-closing “Lido Shuffle.” No Boz Scaggs show is complete without “Loan Me a Dime”, and Doyle returned for the encore, taking his turn on lead guitar and trading licks with Boz and Miller. Complementing the familiar hits and blues were the encore covers of lively R&B classics such as “Sick and Tired of Fooling Around with You” and “You Can Never Tell” that sent everyone out of Town Hall dancing and literally high-fiving one another.Boz Scaggs + Doyle Bramhall II – “Sick And Tired Of Fooling Around With You”[Video: speechino]Boz closed his current tour the following night in Bensalem, PA, but is scheduled to be back on the road in the spring. Catch him if you can. Photo: Lou Montesano Load remaining images
The Shed, as it has been bluntly named, is a new, soon-to-be-opened multi-purpose arts center located in the industrial Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan. The 200,000-square-foot modular building is scheduled for a grand opening this coming spring on April 5th, and hopes to offer New Yorkers with a wide range of entertainment and artistic-based programming for its inaugural season in 2019.The Shed’s artistic director and chief executive, Alex Poots, recently shared details on what New Yorkers and tourists can expect out of the massive new performance space in its first year. The Shed’s 2019 schedule will feature over a dozen exhibitions, performances, and lectures from both well-established and emerging artists. The new venue hopes to be more than just another music or performing arts center, as it looks to include a rich diversity of programming including theatrical productions, dance, visual art, poetry, film, classical and pop music. The building itself will feature a pair of column-free galleries, a 500-seat theater which can be subdivided into multiple spaces, rehearsal rooms, and the McCourt space which can be covered with a moveable shell. The Shed cost an impressive $475 million to build, with $75 Million coming from former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg alone. Anyone else got that kind of cash laying around? Didn’t think so.The Shed NYC – Interior Design Plans[Video: Dezeen]“We wanted this to be a building that could bring parity across pretty much all art forms,” Poots mentioned in a new report with the New York Times. “People like opportunities, not instructions.”The main headline one is presented with when visiting The Shed’s website is a mission statement reading, “Made to commission, produce, and present the full spectrum of performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture.” According to The Shed’s 2019 schedule, 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen will present the first in a series of concerts called “Soundtrack of America” for the venue’s opening day. Other scheduled events and exhibitions to take place this spring and summer include “Reich Richter Pärt,” an art installation by Gerhard Richter and music by Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt; An “Open Call” project, which presents various works from 52 emerging artists from around the city; A kung fu musical titled “Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise”; And a theatrical concert performance courtesy of Björk.New Yorkers and inquiring tourists can visit The Shed’s website for more info on what to expect in its inaugural year.[H/T New York Times]
In the three years since its inception, the volunteer Green Team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education — 15 students, faculty, and staff — has made significant strides. Beyond the Larsen classroom project, the Green Team has:Launched a recycling program that includes clearly labeled and conveniently located recycling bins throughout the campus. Additional efforts focus on improving recycling in the café, common areas, and offices.Started a sustainable food-service program, using materials that are compostable as well as reusable. One highlight: The exclusive use of organic coffee.Diverted more than 200 gallons of food scraps and paperware to composting bins during Commencement 2010.Overseen sustainable facility improvements. The installation of low-flow restroom fixtures saved 800,000 gallons of water last year (2009). The conversion of the Longfellow Hall boiler from oil to natural gas reduced the campus carbon footprint. (The conversion was a coordinated effort with the adjacent Radcliffe campus and University Operations Services.) The School won a Harvard University Green Carpet Team Award for this project.Installed solar panels on the roof of the Gutman Library. This is the School’s first renewable energy project, and will help reduce the School’s annual electricity use.Started Green Team campaigns. Included are an annual freecycle event; zero-waste events; composting programs; and a “Green Your Scene” campaign — public service announcements to encourage students, faculty, and staff to make environmentally conscious decisions.Recorded the highest percent participation in the Sustainability Pledge administered by Harvard’s Office for Sustainability.— Harvard Graduate School of Education