Chris MeyerOn October 11th, a bevy of Vermont musicians will join together to raise money for the third Hug Your Farmer Benefit Concert. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the Vermont New Farmer Project, which is a University of Vermont Extension program that educates, informs and assists aspiring farmers in Vermont. Jon Fishman will be joined by a laundry list of performers, including Guster’s Ryan Miller, Ray Paczkowski, Bob Wagner, Joshua Panda, Steve Hadeka, Matt Hagen, and many others.The music for the event will pay tribute to the Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary, and will take place at Higher Ground. The initial Hug Your Farmer benefits had performers playing an assortment of classic rock covers, while the second paid tribute to the late Levon Helm.For tickets to the event, check out this link: http://www.hugyourfarmer.com/
It was announced earlier today that Prince will make his return to New Orleans’ ESSENCE Festival July 4th weekend. While no other artists have been announced as of yet, past performers include Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher, Beyoncé, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Roots, Rebirth Brass Band, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Kanye West, and many others.Known as “the party with a purpose,” is an annual music festival which started in 1995 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ESSENCE magazine, which is a publication aimed primarily at African-American women.Prince, who also performed at ESSENCE in 2004, has been popping up all over the radar recently, as he recently announced a three night run at Mohegan Sun later this month.http://www.essence.com/festival/
After a year of writing and recording, electrojazzy band Big Gigantic have announced that their new album, The Night is Young, will be released in February of 2014. Furthermore, they will be touring nationwide in support of the new release, including two shows starting tonight at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom to ring in the New Year.Tickets for the 30th are still available here, and New Year’s Eve tickets are available here.For those who have never seen Big G, catching one of these 2014 shows is a priority. The band is comprised of two members, Dominic Lalli, a producer/saxophonist, and Jeremy Salken, a drummer. Both have extensive musical backgrounds creating an intriguing, infectious musical blend.You can preview “Touch the Sky” from the new album, right here, right now:Is that groovy or WHAT?Here is the full list of 2014 Tour Dates:2/12 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD (w/ Manic Focus)2/13 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI (w/ Manic Focus)2/14 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN (w/ Manic Focus)2/15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI (w/ Manic Focus)2/16 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, MI (w/ Manic Focus)2/18 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT (w/ Gladiator)2/19 – State Theatre – Portland, ME (w/ Gladiator)2/20 – House of Blues – Boston, MA (w/ Gladiator)2/21 – 9:30 Club – Washington D.C. (w/ Gladiator)2/22 – T.B.A.2/23 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC2/25 – The Plaza – Orlando, FL2/26 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL2/27 – The Coliseum – Tallahassee, FL2/28 – T.B.A.3/1 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC3/2 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville FL3/4 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS3/5 – George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR3/8 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
This Sunday, April 6th, Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season. Sigur Ros will make a cameo on the show and have recorded a version of “The Rains of Castamere”. The song, written by George R.R. Martin, soundtracked the Red Wedding episode.Their version will be made available April 13th via Amazon. You can stream a preview here.The song was previously covered by The National for an episode in season two. You can watch their version below:-Brittney Borruso www.facebook.com/rockstella[via Consequence of Sound]
Update: A second attendee of this weekend’s Mad Decent Block Party in Columbia, MD has died, according to InsideNova.com. The attendee was a 17-year-old high school senior.A 20-year-old has been pronounced dead and a 17-year-old is in critical condition following this weekend’s Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD. 20 in total were taken to the hospital, with most cases appearing to be drug related.Tyler Fox Viscardi of Raleigh, NC was escorted to a local hospital around 9 PM on Friday for an apparent overdose, and passed away a short time later. Police also issued 50 citations for under age drinking and arrested three: for assaulting a police officer, domestic assault, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.Mad Decent Block Party is a traveling festival headed up by Diplo’s label Mad Decent.
Phil Lesh & Friends has announced a special “4/20 House Party” at Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, celebrating the marijuana-themed holiday. Lesh will be performing with a cast of Keller Williams, Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby and Alex Koford.Additionally, Stu Allen & Friends and Scott Law Electric Band will perform before Phil & Friends, making for a great night of musical entertainment. Not to mention the delicious BBQ dinner (with vegan options) that comes with admission!Tickets and more information are available via the venue’s website.
Schwartz left the band shortly after they recorded Fatboy (1992), so naturally the band chose to play one of their Fatboy classics, “Don’t Fuck With Flo,” for the sit-in. moe. will return to the Saranac tomorrow night, and have a great summer tour lined up, including a spot at the Stone Pony with TAUK in August.Check out last night’s setlist below:Setlist: Friday, June 19, 2015, moe., Saranac Brewery, Utica, NYSet I: Tailspin > Bearsong, Hoppy Hour Hero, Mar-DeMa > Y.O.Y. > George > LazarusSet II: Don’t Fuck With Flo*, Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > meat., White Lightning Turpentine, Blue Jeans Pizza > Downward Facing DogEnc: Billy Goat, LowNotes: * with original drummer Ray Schwartz moe. kicked off a two-night stint at the Saranac Brewery in Utica, NY last night, playing an energetic set that even included a “Hoppy Hour Hero” as a salute to the venue. The band was also greeted by a surprise guest, as original moe. drummer Ray Schwartz replaced Vinnie Amico for the first song of the second set.
If you were watching the Conan O’Brien Show last night, you were treated to one of the most bizarre televised performances ever. An unlikely pairing of Boy George and Jack Black teamed up for a cover of The Doors’ classic “Hello, I Love You”, with none other than founding Doors guitarist Robby Krieger on guitar!Perceptions of a Door: Interview with Robby KriegerYou can watch the video below, courtest of TBS and Team Coco:
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival will return to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this October 2-4. The FREE event will feature more than 100 musicians spread out over 7 different stages during the weekend, and is surely not to be missed if you’re going to be in the Bay area.The first ten artist announcements are as follows: Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs, The Stone Foxes, Ben Miller Band, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Monophonics, Leftover Salmon, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Chicano Batman, Pokey LaFarge. You can listen to a medley featuring all 10 performers here.Stay tuned for updates, as the festival will be revealing additional musicians in the coming weeks.
Load remaining images The set also featured a sit-in from Todd Stoops for the first song of the second set.Thanks to nugs.net, we now have full, pro-shot video of the concert: Browse some more photos from the event, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein: Full gallery below: After Cabinet got the crowd riled up, Twiddle took the stage for two sets of exciting jam music. The four-piece band from Burlington, VT just wrapped up a tour with The Werks, and are just days away from releasing their new album, PLUMP. The band brought some of their best for two full sets, including an segment featuring guitarist Mihali Savoulidis on acoustic. Two great bands descended on the Brooklyn Bowl last night, December 5th, as Cabinet opened up and Twiddle closed it down for an evening of jammin’ live music. Twiddle’s two-night run concluded in fine form, bringing out their big time jams for an enthusiastic Brooklyn crowd.The show all started with Cabinet, as the Pennsylvania bluegrass band got to work. These guys mean business, pouring powerful Americana energy in each song. The six-piece crew blends improvisation with great folk songwriting, and the result is always something fierce. When they hit the stage, it’s always fun.