Month: March 2021

Watch Live: Whelen Southern Modified race

first_img MORE: WATCH: Kenseth, Logano have pit road problems Live from Charlotte Motor Speedway “Quote.”— Quote author READ: Kansas curse hits Busch again center_img WATCH: Patrick slams into wall on opening lap Watch: Whelen Southern Modified Tour race, 8:30 p.m. ET WATCH: Final Laps: Harvick wins at Kansaslast_img

Watch Bernie Worrell And Gov’t Mule Rule This ‘Cortez The Killer’ In 1999

first_imgThe best way to celebrate the life of keys legend Bernie Worrell is through his music. A pioneer of funk, having been involved in Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads in the early years, and continuing on with some of today’s greatest, he also frequented the stage with Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule.Check out this bone-chilling footage of the the Wizard of Woo performing Neil Young‘s “Cortez the Killer,” back in 1999 at Irving Plaza in NYC alongside Warren Haynes, Allen Woody with his double neck guitar, and Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan. Simply mind-blowing!Warren Haynes posted a thoughtful message to his Facebook page about the tragic loss in music, accompanied by a video of their “Killer Mosquito” performance:RIP Bernie Worrell!last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Rages In The Rain, Joel Cummins Plays Solo Piano Show At Summerfest

first_imgFor fans arriving early to Milwaukee’s Summerfest last night, there were plenty of options of live music options to choose from. Mr. Blotto and Led Zeppelin 2 were some of those options as they played before Umphrey’s. However, there weren’t just options at the festival itself. Right down the road at the Miramar Theatre, UM keyboardist Joel Cummins did his own thing. Dubbed Joel Cummins Piano Hour, the keyboardist displayed an intimate side to his musicianship before UM’s throwdown. All of it made for a great day of music and fun.The piano hour was absolutely exceptional. Local band Evergreen played some nice acoustic tunes, including Neil Young’s “Helpless,” to start the music off. After that it was all Joel Cummins. It was such a unique experience to see him stripped down to a grand piano in such an intimate setting. Most notable was seeing the excitement of Joel for the piano. He began the evening playing classical music, with each piece being precluded by some background information on the composers. Joel’s excitement and passion for the music was very apparent when he talked about some of his musical heroes like Dmitry Kabalevsky, Claude Debussy, and Miles Davis. After being jokingly booed when he announced he would stop playing classical tunes and bring the UM, Joel played staples like “Cemetery Walk,” “Wizard Burial Ground,” and “Kimble.” The former two were especially interesting hearing them sans the other instruments. He ended the show with Billy Joel’s Rootbeer Rag and then a “whimsical” version of Orfeo. It cannot be understated how cool of an experience the Joel Cummins’ Piano Hour was and hopefully this will not be the last one.From piano to full band, the main show was set to begin at 10:00. So for music fans who didn’t want to see Styx, Passion Pit, Michael Franti, or Pitbull, at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage was a band by the name of Umphrey’s McGee. They started at ten o’clock sharp and didn’t waste a minute until their long, single set ended when the clock struck midnight.They opened the set with “Similar Skin” before going into some jamming territory with “JaJunk.” They really stretched it out and before they could finish the song they instead went into “Wife Soup.” “Bad Friday” and “Wappy Sprayberry” were other tunes that contained quality improvisation. “The Linear” got spacey before returning to “JaJunk” to end the set. The best was saved for last as they encored with a massive “Ringo.” The song had two separate jams, one of which was reminiscent of “All Things Ninja.” It was a great way to cap the night.Now it would be remiss if I didn’t mention the rain. So to be clear, it was raining almost the entire set. And by raining, I don’t mean sprinkles; I mean absolute downpour. It was coming down cats and dogs, and I realized after about 30 seconds that the poncho I was wearing was going to do absolutely no good at keeping me dry, so off it went. If you embraced the rain like most fans did then the night really became magical. Looking out into Waful’s lights and just seeing the raindrops crashing hard to the ground was something Umphreaks who attended will not soon forget. It was a perfect one setter from Umphrey’s McGee with a little help from Mother Nature.   Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI – 6/30/16One Set: Similar Skin, JaJunk > Wife Soup, Bad Friday, Mulche’s Odyssey, Piranhas, Wappy Sprayberry > Cut the Cable, The Linear > JaJunkEncore: Ringolast_img read more

Van Ghost Recruits All-Star Musicians For New Album ‘The Ghost Unit’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgFor nearly a decade, Van Ghost has existed in the shadows; revealing themselves sparingly at select and special engagements from New York City to Costa Rica. The brainchild of Chicago music industry impresario Michael Harrison Berg, the extended Van Ghost band is a familial diaspora sprawling the continental 48; over the years, this collective has tread a road map in revival. In what might very well be the outfit’s swan song, Berg, Jennifer Hartswick and the current evolution of Van Ghost are finally unveiling The Ghost Unit, a magnetic collection that delivers huge hooks, heavy hearts, and heroic harmonies in abundance. An album in tradition and in spirit, the band employs several styles but collectively never strays far from the ghostly aesthetic.Listen to the album streaming below, and continue reading for an in-depth review of the new release.[Embed here]After an extended period of songwriting, often in tandem with the venerable Nashville/Chicago song factory Chris Gelbuda, in December 2014 Berg got the call: it was time to round up The Ghost Unit. He and Hartswick enlisted a veritable murderer’s row to manifest Van Ghost’s third album: longtime VG collaborators Natalie Cressman (trombone) and guitarist Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), SoCal drummer John Staten (ex-KDTU, Pimps of Joytime), guitarist Grant Tye (Sonia Dada), bassist Chris Chew (The Word, North Mississippi All-Stars), the multi-instrumentalist Chris Gelbuda, and Hartswick’s trusty keyboard foil Rob Marscher (Addison Groove Project, Matisyahu) all decamped to Westford, VT to record at the legendary The Barn studio.   With Phish’s engineer Ben Collette behind the boards and capturing the sessions straight to analog two-inch tape, the colossal crew spent five days recording fourteen songs, totally ensconced in their mission. For an enchanting week deep in the Green Mountains, the vibe in The Barn was communal, and at times spiritual; as the band connected in between takes with gospel sing-alongs harkening back to Cassarino and Staten’s childhood traditions. In summoning holy spirits, the band unknowingly adopted a practice that dripped onto the greasier funk arrangements, and seeped into the harmonies of the folkier numbers.  The record itself is a tremendous artistic statement, the earnest, rootsy, no-frills perspective resonates within the listener. Coming out of the gates with a massive slab of prominent pop, “Dead Radio Club” makes it clear that this is not a jam-band. Song craft is at the forefront of this focused endeavor, and the cuts are too crucial to be buried in a bunch of shredding. Don’t tell that to Cassarino though, whose opening bout of axe-slinging slays with a troubadour tone that is downright demonstrative. As the vocal harmonies swell behind him, Nicky Cakes ups the ante with every quotation and builds the opening number effectively. Hitting second is the contemporary mid-tempo funk of “Strength & Pain,” a confident stride down Steely Dan avenue, big, bright hooks and a monster chorus drunk on the feels. Marscher’s analog synth, propelled by sultry sax interplay courtesy of Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli, takes the tune off into the stratosphere. The alt-country reggae vibes that populate “Simplify,” co-written with Grant Tye, are matrimoniously adjoined with a giant pop refrain, a bombastic alchemy that belies the song’s niche, humble beginnings.  On earlier efforts like 2009’s Melodies for Lovers, 2012’s The Domino Effect, Berg’s admitted admiration for the likes of Wilco and Ryan Adams was evident, but the trajectory of Van Ghost’s folkie-Americana styles steadily broadened with each release. On The Ghost Unit, the adventuring achieves mightily, doing so on many fronts: musical, lyrical, emotional, and thematic. The songwriting and execution are indeed praiseworthy, yet this collective of players channel something serendipitous and spectacular, the sum of these prodigious parts dripping in some kind of special sauce.The Van Ghost project exists as a living, breathing testament to Berg’s bond with trumpet player, vocalist, and renaissance woman Jennifer Hartswick; on The Ghost Unit, their magnificent, decade-long partnership has never shone brighter. “Follow Me” is a Hartswick showcase, unleashing a chunkier funk than found anywhere in the Van Ghost discography. Again, a heavyweight hook and undeniable chorus cement the tune not only in their own ever-diversifying canon, but as a single that would find itself equally at home on Sirius Jam_ON or an adult contemporary playlist. The song was written specifically for Hartswick in mind, though it’s actually Cressman who sings the lead in the bridge.The empress affectionately known as J-HA is in full effect throughout the record, and some of the most exemplary performances of her career are found within The Ghost Unit. Case in point is the breathtaking, Gelbuda-penned “Fool for the Pain;” a steamy and seductive serenade that sees Jen emulating a late-70’s Stevie Nicks, all the while making the kiss-off entirely her own. Hartswick lures listeners into a lair of lucidity, while Berg and the boys caustically cook beneath her siren song.  There are a few selections that are, in their indie-alt-country roots, set apart from the rest of The Ghost Unit. It is the unmitigated genius of Chris Gelbuda at work; the talented singer-songwriter who has worked with Meghan Trainor and John Legend. Gelbuda plays all over the record, and lends his magic touch to collaborate with Berg a pair of choice country love songs. “I Ain’t Gonna Fight You, For You” could be a platinum Luke Bryan anthem, a scorn lover’s reality check, with an unforgettable refrain. Cassarino steps up with some muscular, lyrical guitar-work to accentuate the vibe, while the drums tastefully make the bed. “If It Ain’t Crazy” another pop-country Gelbuda/Berg gem, takes a detour from Nashville to New Orleans around the two minute mark, as Cressman and Hartswick’s brass tones hint towards a Second Line swagger, before Cassarino’s patented background croon redirects the tune back towards Music City, U.S.A, by way of Muscle Shoals. In the album’s most definitive juxtaposition, “ATX” follows with some grimy, sludgey, unadulterated arena rock that would have ZZ Top shaking in their platform boots. A powerful descending bridge and empowering, euphoric chorus, this song was made for air-guitar in the shower, and celebrating with hometown homies. After sitting on the album for over a year, Berg has finally decided that the time is now for the world to hear this piece of art, an album in the truest essence of the format. The Ghost Unit might be a final salvo for Berg’s vision as it pertains to Van Ghost; if indeed it is, then the record succeeds as a dynamic and defining document- confident, contemporary, relevant, and revelatory.   [Photos by Zach Nelson]last_img read more

Watch 15-Year-Old Jaden Carlson Jam With Twiddle In New Pro-Shot Footage [Premiere]

first_imgAt the beginning of October, Twiddle set up shop for two glorious nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. The run was highlighted by some big time jams, as well as a great collaboration with young guitarist Jaden Carlson. Carlson tours regularly with her band, The Jaden Carlson Band, and has performed with Twiddle in the past, as well as many renowned artists like Umphrey’s McGee, The Nth Power, Dopapod, TAUK and more. She also had the distinction of being the youngest performer to ever hit the Red Rocks stage at the age of 11, sitting in with Michael Franti & Spearhead.Carlson was called up to join on the Twiddle original “Be There” on October 1st, trading licks with guitarist Mihali Savoulidis for what amounted to a lengthy 17 minute jam session. Thanks to Kontagium Productions, we’re honored to share the pro-shot footage of this excellent jam session.Tune in to Twiddle’s “Be There” featuring Jaden Carlson, below.Both Twiddle and the Jaden Carlson Band are on the road throughout the remainder of 2016 and beyond. Check out Jaden’s tour dates here, and Twiddle’s here! The full setlist from this Ogden show can be seen below.Setlist: Twiddle at the Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO – 10/1/16 (via uTwiddle)Set 1: Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Bronze Fingers, Lost In The Cold, Grandpa Fox, Latin Tang[1]Set 2: Cabbage Face, Be There[2], Polluted BeautyEncore: Mad World[3]Show Notes: This show was a part of the 2016 Fall Tour. The Kitchen Dwellers opened the show.[1] “Latin Tang” featured Taylor Frederick (Yamn) on guitar.[2] “Be There” featured Jaden Carlson (Jaden Carlson Band) on guitar and keys.[3] “Mad World” featured The Kitchen Dwellers.last_img read more

“MJ Vs. Stevie” 2017 Brings Deep Cuts & Classics To Jazz Fest Closing Duel [Watch]

first_imgOnce again Lettuce’s Eric “Benny” Bloom, trumpet blower and very Shady Horn, brought together some of best friends in the scene for a dense journey into the fabled catalogs of a pair of musical icons. Dubbed “MJ vs. Stevie,” the works of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder were played in a back-to-back rotation that delighted casual fans and audiophiles alike. Other members of Lettuce, like beat master Adam Deitch and organist Nigel Hall, along with MonoNeon bassist of Prince‘s fabled backing band, Wil Blades, Andrew Block of the Russ Liquid Test, and more brought these songs to life in new and jazz-funk fusion ways to ring out the festival weekend in fine style.We’ll be taking a separate look at the deeply groovy opening set by the legendary Zigaboo Modeleste‘s Funk Review in the coming days, but for now let’s focus on the battle of the titans at the heart of the program. The inspired idea to host a back and forth sonic clash between twin soul titans Jackson and Wonder has again yielded spectacular results. Band leader Bloom deftly blended deep cuts and fan favorites to give a true snap shot of the bodies of work these giants have produced.Combined, the work of these two artists dominate a wide swath in the American collective psyche. From an insurgent heyday beginning at the ripe age of eleven, Stevie Wonder shrugged off adversity with a display of pure heart that didn’t have to be seen to be believed. On the other side of our imaginary squared circle is the King Of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, ready to defend his crown from the challenger.Though the adversarial nature of the “MJ vs. Stevie” title might lead people to expect a more compare and contrast style event, the performance was, as always intended, a celebration. Bloom and his cohorts re-scored several of the tunes to a far more jazz-y soundscape, transposing lyrical flow to instrumental voicing, seemingly effortlessly. For savvy fans paying attention to the nuts and bolts of the restructuring, there was a sense of all the right choices being made.There are plenty of wonderful moments to watch for in the videos below, particularly Bloom’s impressive trumpet work in the opening moments of “Human Nature” and throughout, Hall’s pure passion on the mic, and basically everything Deitch does. But, if you’re looking for sheer fun keep an eye out for The Nth Power‘s Nikki Glaspie’s surprise sit-in, with a liberal mixture of scat singing, drum kit usurpation, and general late night shenanigans.This show has become a beloved way to wind down the last evening of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for a devout bunch of music lovers for a reason. The laid back boogie vibe of musical exploration and the wide open jams it produces are a low key way to keep the party going for those with a few furtive sparks left in the tank. Hell, after MJ vs. Stevie tribute finished, LA’s Organ Freeman took the stage in The Den and rocked ’til dawn! But that’s a story for another day as well.For now let’s enjoy a bit of the back and forth flavor of the evening with six videos from MJ vs. Stevie, thanks to our own Rex Thomson. He was sure to give each artist an equal number of clips so as to capture the spirit of the battle that produced only winners, onstage and off. Enjoy!“Living For The City”“The Way You Make Me Feel”“You Haven’t Done Nothin”“Do You Remember The Time”“Rocket Love”“Human Nature”last_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Releases Music Video For “Bad Taste” Off New Album

first_imgJamgrass favorite Yonder Mountain String Band has just released a brand new music video for the song “Bad Taste” off their upcoming album Love. Ain’t Love. This newly released music video was filmed by Cinema Raven and shot in the gorgeous Telluride, Colorado, which is a locale beloved to many bluegrass and Americana acts because of the iconic annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival—Yonder Mountain will return to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this year for a festival slot on Saturday, June 17th as well as kick-off performances on Wednesday, June 14th at Telluride’s Mountain Village and later at the Sheridan Opera House.Watch Danny Barnes Team With Yonder Mountain At NWSS For Two Barnes Originals [Pro-Shot]The video for “Bad Taste” is ahead of the release of Yonder Mountain String Band’s new thirteen-track album, Love. Ain’t Love, which is due out June 23rd via Frog Pad Records. The album was recorded at Coupe Studios in Yonder Mountain’s home of Boulder, Colorado, and produced by longtime collaborator John McVey. You can check out the video for Yonder’s “Bad Taste” off of Love. Ain’t Love below, and pre-order the new album here.[Photo: Ojeda Photography]last_img read more

The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli To Lead Funk-Fueled Weekend At The Capitol Theatre

first_imgOn Friday, August 11th, and Saturday, August, 12th, Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre is hosting a funk takeover led by the founding guitarist of The Meters, Leo Nocentelli. The two-day event dubbed “A Weekend of Funk & Friends” will feature Nocentelli both nights along with a number of special guests. For the Friday show, Jen Durkin — who got her nickname “Pipes” while touring with Connecticut’s Deep Banana Blackout — will bring her act, Steal Your Funk, to Port Chester, New York, performing funkified renditions of Grateful Dead classics along with funk standards. The next night, Jaguar will take to Garcia’s. Jaguar is an upbeat funk ensemble featuring Michelangelo Carubba and Craig Broadhead of Turkuaz, along with Beau Sasser of Kung Fu. You can purchase tickets to this funk-fueled weekend on The Capitol Theatre’s website here.last_img read more

Marco Benevento & Moon Hooch Announce Fall Dates Together

first_imgMoon Hooch and Marco Benevento have announced a co-headline tour this October, and it’s sure to result in electrifying musicianship and ecstatic dance parties. Creating dance rock that’s at once visceral and cerebral by embracing songwriting and improvisation, Benevento and Moon Hooch offer two distinct visions for the future of “getting the party started.”The six date tour kicks off on October 20 at Underground Arts in Philadelphia. The run then heads south, including stops at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on October 21 and The Pour House in Charleston, SC on October 28. Tickets go on-sale Friday, July 14 at 10am ET. Check out the full tour schedule below!Moon Hooch and Marco Benevento Tour Dates:October 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground ArtsOctober 21 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubOctober 22 – Richmond, VA – The BroadberryOctober 24 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreOctober 25 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music HallOctober 28 – Charleston, SC – The Pour Houselast_img read more

Marilyn Manson Officially Postpones Nine Shows Following Onstage Injury In NYC

first_imgMarilyn Manson has officially postponed several of his upcoming tour dates after suffering an onstage injury last night at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. According to a statement from his camp, Manson’s shows from October 2-14 will be rescheduled. “Manson hopes to return to the stage soon, more details on upcoming shows to follow,” writes his representative. Following his injury, Manson was treated at a local New York hospital and plans to recuperate at his Los Angeles home. This was his second onstage injury in as many days, as he hurt his ankle the previous night in Pittsburgh as well.Marilyn Manson Crushed By Giant Gun-Shaped Stage Prop In NYC, Cancels Show [Watch]The injury occurred during Manson’s cover of the Eurythmics‘s “Sween Dreams (Are Made of This),” when he attempted to climb a piece of his stage set shaped like two large pistols, and the prop fell down on top of him. Stage hands quickly picked it up and helped him offstage. He was forced to cancel the remainder of the show. At the time, a rep for Manson told Variety, “Manson suffered an injury towards the end of an incredible NYC show. He is being treated at a local hospital.”“The shows from Boston, October 2 through Houston, October 14 will be rescheduled for a later date. Manson hopes to return to the stage soon, more details on upcoming shows to follow.” According to an announcement from The Paramount in Huntington, New York, tickets for Manson’s scheduled October 3rd performance will be accepted at the rescheduled date once it is determined, with no exchange necessary. For specific info regarding tickets for any of the rescheduled shows, contact the respective venues.Manson’s 10th album, Heaven Upside Down, will be released this Friday, Oct 6 via Loma Vista. To stay updated on Marilyn’s injuries and official announcements about the rescheduled shows, head to his website.We wish Marilyn Manson a very speedy recovery![via Deadline]last_img read more