Yesterday, we broke the tragic news that Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson had passed away at the age of 71. Today, there’s even more tragic news, as the Santa Monica Police Department confirmed that Emerson’s death was a suicide, as reported by Billboard.According to reports, Emerson had been battling with depression, as well as a degenerative nerve disease in his right hand that made it near-impossible to perform music. He was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica.For more on the life and music that Keith Emerson brought into this world, read this article. Rest in peace, Keith Emerson. We’re sending out thoughts and prayers to all of Emerson’s loved ones through this difficult time.
Morning FattyThe tongue in cheek name sets the stage perfectly for Morning Fatty’s upbeat ska/reggae flavor, letting people know that there is fun on the way. Though obviously influenced by Americanized ska/reggae groups like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid, the band has put a decidedly individual stamp on the genre. Crisp and crunchy guitar lines snake through a very thick, wide bass that bobs with a joyful buoyancy, bringing smiles to the faces of happy fans. The band isn’t afraid to sail into the dub bass area of the spectrum, and the hypnotic beats have captured many in its funky wake. Their video for the song Street Pharmacist is below to get you ready for the funky good time to come at Fool’s Paradise.LoveChunkThree piece rockers LoveChunk have made quite the name for themselves in Florida. Emerging from Jacksonville, the band’s potent sound continues to captivate whenever they hit the stage. Yearning vocals and catchy progressions put them in the realm of rockers like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, making their music all the more exciting. Check out their songs here.With all this great music at the festival and late night after shows, not to mention the one of a kind artist excursions, fine dining, historic sight-seeing opportunities and the fact that Florida is a perfect place to escape the winter blues, Fool’s Paradise is a perfect way to start the summer outdoor music season. For tickets and information about all the exciting fun to be had at the Fool’s Paradise Music Festival, click HERE and come be a part of history! From April 1st to 2nd, Fool’s Paradise will take over St. Augustine, FL with some funky mayhem, bringing a stellar line up of top acts and talented up and comers. While Lettuce, GRiZ, a Chris Robinson led super jam with George Porter Jr. and Ivan Neville (among others), Vulfpeck, Goldfish and The Nth Power bring the established star power, that isn’t the whole story. The great state of Florida is doing more than just host the two day festivities, it’s sending a few of its up and coming bands like The Groove Orient, Herd Of Watts, Morning Fatty and LoveChunk to the main event. They’ll even be hosting late-night throwdowns, dubbed “Fool Moon”, at the local watering hole (and grilled cheese emporium) Planet Sarbez. While most folks are already familiar with the big names set to rock their worlds, we wanted to spotlight some of the incredible local talents.The Groove OrientHarry Ong, bassist and vocalist for Groove Orient, recently spoke to us about the exploding music scene in his home state. “There’s lots of stuff going on in Florida to be proud of, there’s a lot of great bands, and festivals as well, and venues like the Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park.” When asked to give folks an idea of what to expect at a Groove Orient show, Ong summed it up in one word, “variety.”It’s an apt description, as the band seems to effortlessly flow from traditional rock and roll to funky, infectious funk rhythms and jams that have everyone in ear shot moving and grooving. Audiences up and down the eastern seaboard are expanding as Groove Orient has shown the dedication and talent it takes to build a fan base that can get them to the next level. The band is expanding their reach as a band later this year, taking their first journey west to areas of Colorado and points in between. The future looks bright for this sunshine state quartet. Check out their song Bananas below, and don’t miss them during the Fool’s Paradise.</p><p><strong>Herd Of Watts</strong></p><p>Another staple of the Florida jam scene, Herd Of Watts has built a solid reputation for delivering a high energy blend of dance-able rocking jams by delivering funky shows night after night.<strong> </strong>A crowd favorite with national appeal thanks to their many appearances at festivals at Suwannee, Herd Of Watts manages to sound like a ten piece band with only four members. A lot of this is accomplished by their keyboardist <strong>Matthew Strok</strong> with lush fills and horn samples adding to the bands jammy aesthetic. Matt’s brother <strong>Ben</strong> handles the guitar duties with a strongly lyrical playing style and the rhythm section provides a punchy platform for everyone to do their thing. Their wide name recognition has gotten them several high profile opening slots that they’ve taken full advantage of to win many hearts and minds. Watch their entire set from Bear Creek 2014 below, and check out their live show at Fool’s Paradise.</p><p><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/xVQTfIu3FUg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>Herd Of WattsThanks to their many appearances at The Spirit Of Suwannee Park festivals, Herd Of Watts has gotten their music out to a wide audience, who continue to be impressed with their deceptively large sound. Thanks to the fills and horn samples employed by keyboardist Matt Strok, the four piece band sounds like a ten piece funk-rock juggernaut. Matt’s brother Ben Strok plays guitar with a mix of emotional fret board pyrotechnics and precision that expands nicely on the solid platform built by the rhythm section. With numerous choice opening slots highlighting a packed tour schedule, Herd Of Watts is building their reputation the old fashioned way…giving everything they have, night in and night out. You can watch their entire set from the last Bear Creek Music Festival below, and onstage at the upcoming Fool’s Paradise.
Legendary New Orleans musician Aaron Neville has an album, Apache, coming out July 15 and it’s currently available to stream. The record was produced by Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, and also features Lettuce’s Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Gregg Allman keyboardist Peter Levin, among other familiar favorites.A poet at heart, the 75-year-old icon explains the significance of the title in a recent interview with Billboard. “When I was a teenager and playing football in the sun, my skin would turn red. They used to call me Redskin or Red Apache or whatever, Apache Red. That name stuck, so I decided to go with that for [the title].” The word “Apache” is also tattooed across Neville’s back. The whole album is a testament to his journey’s work, telling tales of his youth and growing up in New Orleans with his famously talented and musical family. Read more about the album’s single, “Stompin’ Ground” here.You can stream the full album below, courtesy of NPR’s ‘First Listen’:
Phil Lesh will make his highly-anticipated debut at the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk this week, bringing an esteemed lineup of “Friends” for the two shows. From September 14-15, Lesh will be playing with Jackie Greene, all of Soulive (aka Eric Krasno, Alan Evans, and Neal Evans), Karl Denson, Jason Crosby and The Shady Horns (Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis). What a lineup!Though the new Amphitheater is a beautiful spot and will pair perfectly with the Grateful Dead catalog, there is an alternative for fans who can’t make it. Today, nugs.tv has announced a full live stream from the two-night run, so you can enjoy the Grateful grooves from your very own couch!For more information on the webcasts, you can head here for night one and here for night two, or check out the full package bundles available from nugs.tv.
Load remaining images When Greensky Bluegrass and Leftover Salmon both plotted their fall tours, fans in Louisville, KY initially had to choose between the two bands on September 15th. Fortunately for all, both groups recently announced the decision to merge their two distinct performances, instead joining forces for an all-out bluegrass celebration at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville.Cereus, a Nashville-based band, opened up the night with a great set, before Salmon came on and delivered a great set of their classic tunes. Greensky followed, and even found time to welcome out guitarist Billy Strings mid-set. Strings was initially set to open for Leftover Salmon, but his set was ultimately cancelled due to the decision to merge the shows. The emerging talent impressed those in attendance with a great sit-in on “For Sure Uh Huh” and “Hit Parade Of Love.”The real highlight of the show came in a collaborative set to close out the night, as both bands appeared together for a five song set with an encore. The set included “Big Railroad Blues,” and ended with a steamy version of “Frederico” with GSBG’s Dave Bruzza on drums.Check out the full gallery of images from John J. Miller Photography images below, with all Salmon and Greensky setlists listed as well!Setlist: Leftover Salmon at Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY – 9/15/16Mama Boulet, All Nite Ride, Aquatic Hitchhiker, Rag Mama Rag, Gulf of Mexico, Better Day, Tuna Pas Aller, Doin’ My Time, Euphoria, High Country, Get ‘er Rollin, Dance On Your Head, Hollerwood, Up On The Hill Where We Do The BoogieSetlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY – 9/15/16Letter to Seymour, In Control, Last Winter in the Copper Country, Demons (1), Blood Sucking F(r)iends, Merely Avoiding, For Sure Uh Huh (2)(3), Hit Parade of Love (2), When Doves Cry, Take Cover, Past My Prime, Living Over(1) Lyric change “Lucas White and Sturtz”(2) With Billy Strings(3) Dave Bruzza on drumsSetlist: Greensky Bluegrass and Leftover Salmon at Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY – 9/15/16I’m Still Here, Big Railroad Blues, Fastest Song, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Frederico (1)E: Get No Better(1) Dave Bruzza on drums
Load remaining images Yesterday, the finest jam-band music festival that Memorial Day weekend has to offer commenced—Summer Camp Music Festival. Located in central Illinois, the festival ushers in summertime in a glorious fashion. This year, Summer Camp has brought yet another amazing lineup to the music fans who travel from across the country to attend. Although the Thursday pre-party doesn’t hold music on the festival’s two main stages, yesterday, there was plenty of music to keep everyone happy and make sure the party started off properly.Twiddle was one of the bands that graced the festival on this opening night. Demonstrating their genre-spanning prowess, they went from reggae to metal to straight rock in their hour set. “Lost in the Cold” featured a piercing piano solo by keyboardist Ryan Dempsey. They played a new song as announced by guitarist Mihali Savoulidis. It rocked and was well received by the crowd. Favorite “Jamflowman” showed up in their set as well. Another band to rock the opening night was Spafford. After a lineup change, this was one of the first times the band played with new drummer Cameron Laforest. The man behind the kit stood his ground and definitely flowed with the other members. That was really good to see. Some of the highlights of their set included an opening “The Postman” that was exploratory and a mid-set “The Remedy” that was really fun.The last main act of the night featured Nahko and Medicine for the People. Spreading his positive words of social justice issues, Nahko Bear entertained the crowd throughout the entirety of his set. At one point between songs, he noticed someone in the crowd who he thought needed security assistance. However, it was a bunch of fans going crazy because a man had just successfully proposed to his girlfriend. When Nahko realized what was going on, he gave a big laugh, confirmed she said yes, and gave the new couple a nice shout-out. It was a great festival moment. The band continued with their eclectic sounds, with band members extending songs with trumpet solos, violin solos, and the drummer rapping. It was a fun set.Last night’s pre-party was absolutely a success. Across the night, fans were also treated to performances by Aqueous, Keller Williams’ Kwahtro, Manic Focus, Dumpstaphunk, Tauking McGee, The Marcus King Band, and more. If this line-up only marks the pre-party, then you know that Summer Camp has a lot in store for the next three nights. You can check out photos from Summer Camp’s Thursday pre-party below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.
Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band made their way to Jacksonville, FL for their scheduled gig opening the city’s brand new Daily’s Place Amphitheatre. The city’s faithful came out in droves to witness the Jacksonville-native band open the beautiful new venue, and fans waxed nostalgic about watching young Derek Trucks cut his teeth as a child in the city’s music scene. As one older fan told the local NBC affiliate, “We saw Derek when he was 11 years old down at the Crab Pot down at Jax Beach.” You can watch the local Jacksonville news segment about the opening of the new venue below, via First Coast News.However, what was supposed to be a celebratory event took on a bittersweet atmosphere, as it came just hours after the world heard the news that Gregg Allman, the iconic founder of the Allman Brothers Band, had passed away at the age of 69. Of course, the connections between Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Allmans runs deep: Derek Trucks‘ uncle, the late Butch Trucks, was a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, and helped facilitate Derek officially joining the band in 1999.The emotional weight of the evening was apparent from the get-go, as the band came out and opened the show with a cover of the Allman’s “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” from their 1972 classic, Eat A Peach. For the next couple of hours, the band had the audience in the palms of their hands in every respect, from the powerful horns in “Don’t Know What it Means,” to the band’s joyous cover of Derek and the Dominoes’ “Keep on Growin’,” to Susan Tedeschi‘s masterful vocal range on “Bird on the Wire,” to a beautiful “Midnight in Harlem” and a ferocious “I Pity the Fool.”Things got emotional once again during the encore, as Tedeschi walked on with just keyboardist Kofi Burbridge and talked about all the friends she’s lost recently, including Allman, Butch, Leon Russell, Col. Bruce Hampton. “It’s been a rough year,” she said. “It’s getting really difficult to deal with.” She then launched into a gorgeous version of Russell’s “Song for You” that got the tears flowing once again. Next, Trucks and the rhythm section came on and launched into a wistfully celebratory version of the Allmans’ live staple “Statesboro Blues,” during which the band fell silent and watched as Trucks played a solo version of “Amazing Grace,” clearly struggling to keep it together. Finally, the band closed out the performance with a powerful rendition of “Bound For Glory”You can watch fan-shot footage from the show’s encore here (skip to 6:00 to hear Derek’s emotional solo rendition of “Amazing Grace” in honor of his fallen Brother).The band heads to Orlando tonight for a show at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with support from Jon Cleary. For tickets, or for information on all of TTB’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo by Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union][via Jacksonville.com]
The 2017 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival begins in earnest today, but as always, the party in Manchester, TN has already been raging for days now as event staff and production personnel prepared the Farm for this year’s festivities. Earlier today, local news outlet Knoxville News Sentinel reported on that a Bonnaroo attendee was arrested on the festival site yesterday with 1,000 total doses of various “hard drugs.”According to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, a 45-year-old New York man was observed sitting under a shade tent when deputies say they saw items that appeared to be narcotics in his possession. The man threw the various items behind him as the deputies approached in an attempt to conceal them, but when he stood up to greet them, he reportedly had “a bag of mushrooms hanging from his waistband.”Authorities searched him further and uncovered, according to the arrest warrant, 27 “molly” pills, 22 bags of mushrooms, roughly 1000 hits of LSD, 20 bags of cocaine, and a chunk of black tar heroin. However, upon closer observation, it became clear that none of the “drugs” found were actually drugs. They were all just elaborate fakes made to look like various different narcotics for the purpose of selling them to drug-seeking Bonnaroovians.As the arrest warrant says, the man “told deputies that he was ‘doing God’s work by selling fake drugs.’” Despite the fact that all of his “drugs” were not actually drugs at all, the man was still arrested and charged with multiple counts of “possession of counterfeit controlled substances.”Stay safe out there, kids.[h/t – Relix]
Chicago rockers Wilco have announced 13 dates for their Fall Tour schedule. The band will embark on their journey at Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 22, and continue on through Kansas City, Tulsa, Santa Fe, with five shows throughout Texas including El Paso, Marfa, Austin, San Antonio, and Irving. On the heels of their 2016 Schmilco release, Jeff Tweedy and the band will make stops in Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Asheville to close out their Fall run. More dates are expected to be added.Tickets to Wilco go on sale this Friday, July 21. A presale will open on Wednesday, July 19 at 10AM local time.Wilco Fall TourSept 22 — Pinewood Bowl Theater — Lincoln, NESept 23 — Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland — Kansas CitySep 24 — Brady Theater — Tulsa, OKSep 26 — Santa Fe Opera — Santa Fe, NMSep 28 — Abraham Chavez Theatre — El Paso, TXSep 29 — Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love — Marfa, TXOct 1 — Bass Concert Hall — Austin, TXOct 2 — Tobin Center for the Performing Arts — San Antonio, TXOct 3 — Irving Music Factory — Irving, TXOct 5 — The Orpheum Theatre-Memphis, TNOct 7 — Alabama Theatre — Birmingham, ALOct 8 — The Fox Theatre — Atlanta, GAOct 9 — Thomas Wolfe Auditorium — Asheville, NC[photo by Stephen Olker]
On February 2nd, Aqueous was posted in Philadelphia, supporting hometown heroes The Disco Biscuits during their Thursday performance. Aqueous’ opening set was short and sweet, with the New York-based groove rockers focusing on quantity over quality, offering five songs with a focus on extended each song through their characteristic and well-loved jammy improvisations. After moving through their own numbers, “Origami,” “Willy Is 40,” and “Aldehyde,” the group landed in a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure,” a song that was heavily played in 2015 and bringing back the number after more than a year since it was last played during The Peach Music Festival in 2015. To top off their set, Aqueous closed with “Don’t Do It,” a song that has frequently made its rounds in their setlists since its debut nearly two years prior on February 5th, 2015, in Greensboro, North Carolina.Clocking in at over twelve-minutes, Aqueous’ rendition of “Don’t Do It” from their Fillmore set showcases the band in proper form, with the quartet initially offering a tight and heavy groove and rock-solid harmonies and sultry lead vocals from guitarist Mike Gantzer. As the song shifts gears and takes on a more metal-influenced sound, Gantzer’s guitar work becomes more percussive before again returning to a more dance-oriented and propulsive jam. Eventually deteriorating and becoming somewhat spacey, Aqueous charges to the song’s finish with synthy effects galore ahead of the tune’s heavy ending. You can check out Aqueous’ rendition of “Don’t Do It” below, courtesy of the band’s Youtube channel, AqueousBand. Aqueous Tour Dates:9/1 & 9/2 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *9/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam Mishawaka Amphitheater9/12 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry9/14 – Madison, WI – The Frequency9/15 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/16 – Indianapolis, IN – Mousetrap9/22 & 9/23 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music & Arts Festival9/30 – Canton, NY – Java Barn10/24 – Wilmington, NC – Calico Room10/25 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House10/26 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House10/27 – 10/29 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween10/31 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco11/1 – Nashville, TN – High Watt11/2 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall11/3 – Covington, KY – Octave11/4 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street11/15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom11/16 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall11/17 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café11/18 – Ferndale, MI – Otus Supply* dates w/ Umphrey’s McGee