Beloved jazz-fusion outfit Garaj Mahal will play their first shows in the United States in seven years. The group—comprised of Fareed Haque (guitar), Kai Eckhardt (bass), Alan Hertz (drums), and Eric Levy (keys)—reunited for a set at Canada’s Element Music Festival last summer, but now they’ve decided to bring the fun to Colorado.According to a Facebook post from Eckhardt, Garaj Mahal will take the stage May 10th, 11th, and 12th, though no details regarding the venue or venues have been released. Eckhardt’s full post reads:A Garaj Mahal reunion was the most unlikely thing until we unexpectedly received a generous offer from our Canadian fan base last year. After serious negotiations against all odds, Garaj Mahal took to the stage in Canada last summer.To our surprise everyone was in great musical shape thanks to all of us diversifying our musical background with many projects, both national and international while on hiatus.Playing our first series of concerts in the United States was made possible again by our fan base and promoters in Colorado who kept the flame alive. I was apprehensive about a comeback after almost 8 years until I realized that our live concerts on archive.org had received 1.5 million downloads. We are thankful to all of our fans for keeping the music going strong and for making us put aside our differences to bring the Garaj Mahal funk back to the stage in 2018. We look forward to seeing you all again May 10, 11 and 12 in Colorado!The doors of the Garaj have re-opened and together we shall “ride it to the top!”Much love and respect to all of you,-Kai EckhardtEnjoy this video of Garaj Mahal playing “Witch Doctor” at Mystic Hot Springs: [H/T – Jambands.com]
Chicago prog-jam quartet Mungion has announced an extensive fall tour! Following their first-ever headlining tour this winter, the four-piece will embark on a 25-date journey through the northeast and the midwest–sharing stages with The Motet and Aqueous along the way.Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion has quickly made a name for themselves as rising stars of the improvised music landscape. Composed of Justin Reckamp (guitar/vocals), Joe Re(keyboards/vocals), Sean Carolan (bass/vocals) and Matt Kellen (drums/vocals), the band is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational abilities, offering up a raucous and joyous sound that’s guaranteed to have you smiling ear-to-ear and leave you wanting more.Kicking off at Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, Ohio on September 26th, Mungion will hit Cativo in Pittsburgh, PA (9/27); King’s Rook Club in Erie, PA (9/28); and Meeting of the Minds in Schuylkill Haven, PA (9/29). From there, they’ll shoot back over west to Hi-Fi in Indianapolis, IN (10/1), before linking up with The Motet at El Club in Detroit, MI (10/3) and heading to Elevation in Grand Rapids, MI (10/4); Concord in Chicago, IL (10/5); and Madison Theatre in Covington, KY (10/6) with the Colorado funksters. This portion of the tour will conclude with a headlining gig at Diamond Ball Room in Louisville, KY on October 7th.On October 24th, Mungion and Aqueous will share the stage at Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT to kick off their northeast tour together. From there, the two bands will hit Higher Ground Lounge in Burlington, VT (10/25); The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA (10/26); The Hollow in Albany, NY (10/27); Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY (10/31); Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ (11/1); Union Stage in Washington, DC (11/2); and The Foundry in Philadelphia, PA (11/3).On November 29th, Mungion will link back up with The Motet for shows at Turner Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI (11/29); First Ave in Minneapolis, MN (11/30); and the Waiting Room in Omaha, NE (12/1). From there, they’ll once again join Aqueous for a brief run through Colorado, hitting Hodi’s in Fort Collins (12/5), Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs (12/7), and the Fox Theatre in Boulder (12/8).For tickets and more information on Mungion’s upcoming fall tour, head to the band’s official website.
Florence + The Machine made a stop at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night, with saxophone extraordinaire Kamasi Washington handling the evening’s opening duties. The British indie rock band is amidst a worldwide tour in support of their latest studio effort, High As Hope. Washington was a contributor on the recent album along with Jamie xx, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Kelsey Lu.Florence + The Machine, led by frontwoman Florence Welch, opened up their set with “June” off of the new album, and mixed up new and familiar material all night. “South London Forever”, “Big God”, “Patricia”, “100 Years”, and “The End Of Love” were all played, also off of the new 2018 release, High As Hope. Fan-favorites “Delilah” and “What Kind Of Man” brought the set to a close, with the biggest surprise of the night coming next.For their encore, Florence + The Machine invited up Kamasi Washington along with his band mates, trombonist Ryan Porter and trumpeter Igmar Thomas, to assist the band on horns. Florence Welch and company opened up the encore with “Big God” off of High As Hope, and then brought the evening to a close with “Shake It Out”, the Grammy Award-nominated song off of Florence + The Machine’s 2012 sophomore album, Ceremonials.Watch fan-shot footage of Florence + The Machine with Kamasi Washington and company below:Florence + The Machine w/ Kamasi Washington, Ryan Porter, and Igmar Thomas – “Big God” – 10/9/2018[Video: Gregory Marcus]Earlier in the summer, Florence + The Machine stopped by SiriusXM to perform a special four-song series, as well as answer a variety of questions. Watch the in-studio performances of the band’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” and the newly released tune “Hunger”.Florence + The Machine – “Silver Springs” (Fleetwood Mac cover)[Video: SiriusXM]Florence + The Machine – “Hunger”[Video: SiriusXM]Head to Florence + The Machine’s website for upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.[H/T Jambase]
Derek Trucks started performing live at the age of 11 years old. After exploring different musicians he met between tours and studio sessions, Trucks founded The Derek Trucks Band in 1994 at the age of sixteen. Bassist and vocalist Todd Smallie was the first to officially join the band, with drummer Yonrico Scott, keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, vocalist Mike Mattison, and percussionist Count M’Butu eventually following to form the core band.A 16-year-old Derek celebrated Halloween unlike most teenagers in the early 1990’s, by performing a live concert at Lake Boone Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. While Smallie was in the band for the performance, the rest of the players were temporary and not listed in this recording. As you can hear in the tapes below, Trucks was always surrounded by the best.The setlist is mostly old blues covers, with a few instrumental jams that show off a young Trucks’ early skills as a guitar virtuoso.Listen to the Derek Trucks Band perform their first-ever Halloween show in 1994 below:Derek Trucks Band – Lake Boone Country Club – 10/31/1994[Audio: Derek Trucks Band]
David Byrne reads the reviews outlets write about his shows. He must have read at least one, anyway, as he just released a new live EP whose title is borrowed from a line in an NME write-up of his American Utopia tour: The Best Live Show Of All Time.The tour, which takes its name from the title of Byrne’s recently Grammy-nominated new album, has circled the globe all year, garnering unanimously glowing reviews every step of the way. From the start, David Byrne has also thought highly of his latest spectacle, describing his American Utopia tour as “the most ambitious show [he’s] done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense” (see photos here).You can purchase the new EP via Nonesuch here. The new live EP is also available to stream as bonus content on Byrne’s newly released deluxe edition of American Utopia, and features live cuts from his September stop at Brooklyn, NY’s Kings Theatre. Below, you can check out the EP’s announcement video and listen to the new live tracks as part of the American Utopia deluxe edition on Spotify.David Byrne – Best Live Show Of All Time EP – Announcement VideoDavid Byrne – American Utopia (Deluxe Edition) – Full Album[H/T NME]
Concerts, festivals, and raves continue to remain popular and relevant for music fans worldwide. At the same time, some artists start to prefer doing their job without being filmed by their own fans during the show. Despite the fact that there are very few acts that require this type of privacy, soon there will be very few performers who can tolerate the filmingPast: no cell phones anywhereThousands of years before our world became populated with an information-fueled society, Homo sapiens were divided into different branches of primitive tribes. One of the early distinctive features of most of those tribes became early forms of music within their cultural rituals. Centuries later, composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert played pivotal roles in establishing a new era of music would go on to change the world forever. It was a point in history when music became no longer just a tool for certain occasions, it became the main event capable of gathering people only for the sake of it. Audience appreciation for live music has grown significantly, thanks, in large part, to the overall quality in the craft over the centuries. The sounds of commercial music became a lot more melodic, memorable, narrative-based, and beautiful. It could now be played with piano or an entire orchestra. It was a lot different from the sounds of the war drums accompanied by the wind instruments.People back then appreciated the spontaneity of live, melodic-based music being performed by trained professionals, but the experience was expensive very rare. By 1860, the very first audio recording was captured in time. Fast forward 160 years, and we find ourselves in the world of entertainment as we know it today.Concerts provide a place which forcibly gathers and mixes two groups of people: those who want to stay in reality, and those who prefer to stay back and forth in the loop from reality to its virtual version. Many musicians became reasonably displeased with visitors who dedicate part of their attention to capturing the performance on their mobile devices for a number of reasons, and as a result, artists have begun to respond accordingly…Present: no more cell phones at SOME placesArtists including Till Lindeman, Jack White, and Donald Glover prefer to take phone restriction to the highest level during their performances. In order to do so, they’ve turned to a company called YONDR. Since 2014, YONDR has produced lockable pouches designed specifically for restricting the access of phones in designated areas. The procedure is simple–A visitor gives his phone to a total stranger who puts it into a case, locks it and gives it back without dropping or damaging it. After the show, a visitor can get his case opened by the same person or his colleague.A Berlin venue known as Berghain chooses another way of keeping audiences closer to an artist and further from their cellphones. owners of the German nightclub decided to do so by simply putting a sticker on the cameras of the visitors. That way they technically implement their “No-Cameras” policy instead of no-phone policy. The latter strategy is a bit more mindful of the audience’s safety in case of an emergency, as attendees can hold onto their phones without the need to interact with a stranger one more time on your way out.In comparison with phone cases, sticker option is more liberal. There is, however, one more alternative to regulate this “concert privacy” issue, and it is based on trust. Bands like A Perfect Circle and Puscifer (projects of Maynard James Keenan) proved that none of these limitations are necessary for the show to go on without bright cameras in the air. Before the show, the announcer warns the audience about the no camera policy at least four times (twice before opening band and twice before the headliner). Of course, some information will leak (mostly from balconies or sideline seats), but so did other footage of performances back in the 1990s. The difference between today and the fan-shot videos from two decades ago is that no cellphones can be seen in the crowd. Due to the risk of being ejected by security, the venue is lightened with no phone lights when it gets dark. Over the last few years, venues around the world started to become darker and darker…Future: no more cell phones in MOST placesSimilar to the circular flow of popular music genres, concerts without the over-abundant use of phones will make a comeback at some point. Although this time it won’t be the decision of music fans. In one form or another, the concept of living in the moment during the concert will take over the masses because of these three reasons:1. One of the main habits of the mobile information age is a strong desire to capture information as soon as one feels a need to document it. When people are being deprived of the ability to receive a certain pleasure, they tend to want the forbidden object or phenomenon a lot more than they did initially. Therefore, when bands will start to disallow filming, their audience’s desire to concentrate on their performance and music will increase significantly.2. Artists will infect their colleagues with the desire to have a more engaged crowd.3. None of the artists who decided to try no phone policy changed their minds after seeing the difference of the crowd’s attention. That is why numbers of bands or performers who stand for this way of doing things will not decrease.Fans of the artist will have no other choice. They will either miss out on seeing their favorite bands and resort to hearing stories about how special the show was without phones, or they will play by the rules. When audiences gradually start to notice the betterment of live atmosphere, they will (hopefully) voluntarily give up their filming habits to better concentrate and appreciate the performance even more than previous generations did.Of course, the technological level of society’s development will reach the point when it is capable to film without cameras or cell phones. Some artists will presumably continue searching for ways to keep their performances phone-free for the attendees who prefer a tech-free experience, and the growing need to have a completely present audience might even match the fans’ desires of capturing said performance.[About Author: I am Zack Hargrove. 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On Wednesday night, Gary Clark Jr. stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform a track off his stylistically diverse new album, This Land, officially released last Friday. For his Tonight Show performance, Clark pulled out This Land‘s defiant blues-rock anthem, “What About Us”. You can watch the high-energy performance below:Gary Clark Jr. – “What About Us”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Gary Clark Jr.’s Tonight Show appearance is the latest in a recent string of late-night TV performances in support of This Land. Last Saturday night, Clark made his debut as the Saturday Night Live musical guest, performing renditions of “This Land” and “Pearl Cadillac”. He also hit The Late Show with Stephen Colbert back in January to preview “Feed the Babies” with help from Jon Batiste ahead of the album’s release.Related: Gary Clark Jr. Officially Releases Stylistically Diverse New Album, ‘This Land’ [Listen]Fans will get the chance to hear all the new material featured on This Land when Clark heads out on his 2019 spring tour beginning with an opening night at the Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, Florida on March 9th. Tickets for the tour are available on Gary Clark Jr.’s official website here.
On Sunday, Umphrey’s McGee wrapped the west coast leg of their 2019 winter tour. Following their guest-filled performance in Seattle on Saturday, Umphrey’s kept the party going with a concert at The Hive in Sandpoint, ID to close out the weekend on a strong note.The prog-rock outfit started Sunday’s performance with “Triangle Tear”, a choral harmony-heavy tune from their 2018 surprise album, it’s you. The first half of the show kept rolling with a trio of nonstop songs starting with “Loose Ends”, and continuing into “Kabump” followed by an 18-minute performance of “Mail Package”. The band continued with “The Linear”, the opening track from their 2014 album, Similar Skin LP, before going right into “Upward”, the closing track from it’s you. The first half of the show came to a close following performances of “The Fuzz” into “Higgins”.Related: Umphrey’s McGee Releases “Push & Pull” Video From New SiriusXM ‘Jam Files’ Session The band returned to the stage to open the second set with “40’s Theme”, before diving into a pair of lengthy jams including a 30-minute “Utopian Fir” and a 20-minute “Puppet String”. The second set continued with “Den”, followed by “Front Porch”. The show’s one-song encore featured Umphrey’s revisiting one of their go-to heavy psychedelic covers of The Beatles‘ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”.Fans who couldn’t make it to Sunday’s show in Idaho can listen to the audio below to hear the performance in full.Umphrey’s McGee – The Hive – 3/10/2019[Audio: Mark R. Smith]The band will get the next few weeks off for some rest before the tour picks up again on March 21st with a show at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets to their upcoming 2019 performances.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Hive | Sandpoint, ID | 3/10/2019Set One: Triangle Tear, Loose Ends > Kabump > Mail Package, The Linear > Upward, The Fuzz > HigginsSet Two: 40’s Theme, Utopian Fir > Puppet String, Den > Front PorchEncore: I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (Beatles cover)
Phil Lesh & Friends have announced an upcoming two-night run at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, set to go do on April 19th and 20th.For the upcoming two-night run, Lesh has recruited guitarists Al Schnier (moe.) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), drummer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and multi-instrumentalists Jason Crosby and Alex Koford. Phil Lesh & Friends’ show on Friday, April 19th will take place at night in the Grate Room. The following day, Saturday, April 20th will be a special afternoon performance at Terrapin’s Beach Park.Tickets to Phil Lesh & Friends’ upcoming Terrapin Crossroads run are on sale now here.For a full list of Lesh’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.
Load remaining images As festival season dances from the spring months right on into June, events like the Roots Picnic in Philadelphia continue to keep music fans dancing well into the first part of summer.The 2019 edition of the annual event took place on Saturday with a day full of music at The Mann at Fairmount Park. Host band The Roots welcomed local fans for their headlining set celebrating the 20th-anniversary of their 1999 Things Fall Apart album. The event also featured performances from Tank & The Bangas, H.E.R., 21 Savage, Queen Naija, City Girls, Blueface, Ari Lennox, Moonchild, Black Thought & J.Period Live Mixtape featuring Yasiin Bey, and many more.While this year’s Roots Picnic wasn’t without a brief scare when false reports of an active shooter caused some chaos and even injuries, the event still included a day’s worth of fantastic performances to continue the festival’s reputation as one of better mid-sized events along the east coast.Scroll down to revisit some of the moments from this year’s Roots Picnic via the photo gallery below, courtesy of photographer Sean DiSerio.Roots Picnic | The Mann at Fairmont Park | Philadelphia, PA | 6/1/2019 | Photos: Sean Diserio