Month: March 2021
Tasked with the seemingly impossible, filmmaker Alex Winter has begun the process of chronlicling the life and times of the inimitable Frank Zappa. As previously discussed, the new movie Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa will tell the definitive story of Zappa’s life, pulling out amazing footage from the fabled Zappa Family Trust.Unfortunately, despite being granted access to the family’s vault, Winter is running into trouble actually financing the project and preserving the vault itself. That’s why Winter launched a Kickstarter for the project, enabling Zappa fans to contribute and make this film project a reality.The funds raised from Kickstarter will not only go to making the movie, but to literally restoring the family archives, which are “crumbling against time,” according to Winter. Considering that the Vault has not been archived, and the contents are falling apart, any support you can send will seemingly go a long way. Plus, there are some really cool benefits for contributors, including some personal effects of Zappa’s and a chance to record in his personal home studio. Of course, if you’re willing to go the extra mile, you can actually buy the house for a sum of $9 million.More about the movie can be found here, and the Kickstarter link is available here.
Just a few days ago, Gregg Allman scared fans with a series of show cancellations, which eventually led to the full cancellation of the remainder of his summer tour. Citing “serious health problems,” Allman was checked into the Mayo Clinic and ultimately cancelled all of his tour dates through October, including the Laid Back Festival, Peach Festival, and a run of shows with ZZ Top.Fortunately, a new update shows that Allman is out of the hospital and on the mend. To prove how well he’s doing, Allman’s son Devon posted a photo of his father drinking a milkshake after leaving the hospital. While Allman never announced what was ailing him, we are just glad to hear that he’s doing ok, and that he’s on the road to recovery.Though the post has since been removed, check out the screen shot below:We’re looking forward to seeing Gregg Allman back on the road as soon as possible. Get well soon Gregg![H/T JamBase]
Grateful Dead fans have spent a lifetime following the works of Bob Weir, and now, it seems, the Americana Honors & Awards will too. The upcoming awards ceremony has named Weir their Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, marking a 50+ year career performing music drawn from the Americana catalog.While the Grateful Dead aren’t quite Americana, their music is richly steeped in the roots of the folk tradition. Weir especially has drawn from these influences, taking the lead on songs like “I Know You Rider,” “El Paso,” “New Minglewood Blues” and so many more. Not only that, but his forthcoming solo album Blue Mountain features an acoustic selection of new Weir originals, which he has called “cowboy songs” many times.We’re quite happy for Mr. Weir to get the recognition that he deserves! The 15th annual ceremony will be held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on September 21st. Weir has also added a second Chicago date to his tour, tacking on one additional performance at the end of the run.[H/T Rolling Stone]
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are synonymous with Los Angeles and Southern California. With that in mind, they are the perfect band to help the SoCal area welcome the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams back to the area. The Chili Peppers have cooked up something special to welcome the Rams home after a 21-year absence, as they will perform a special, thirty-minute pre-game set at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Sunday.The band’s bassist, Flea, had this to say about the return of the Rams: “Since I was a little boy, I’ve taken joy in the beauty of the Rams. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1972, I was getting uprooted from my home and I thought, ‘Well, where I’m going they’ve got the Rams. It’s going to be all right.’”The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring in support of their recently released, Danger Mouse produced album The Getaway.Enjoy this full concert footage of RHCP Live T in the Park Festival from earlier this year:
Since early this past Spring, hundreds of different groups of indigenous Americans and countless civilian demonstrators have flocked to Standing Rock Indian Reservation to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline’s scheduled construction poses a direct threat to the safety of Standing Rock’s lone water supply, the Missouri River. Protests have escalated in size and severity over the course of the year, with tensions between law enforcement and demonstrators escalating to extreme and increasingly physical levels. The movement’s rallying cry #StandWithStandingRock has slowly but surely captured the nation’s attention, urging solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe–and, in a more general sense, indigenous people as a whole–in their fight to protect their community’s water supply.As the #NoDAPL movement pushes forward, countless artists have used their platform to urge the public to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, from Neil Young, to Dave Matthews, to Kamasi Washington, to Oteil Burbridge. Today, a very special #StandWithStandingRock Benefit has been announced for December 12th at Brooklyn Bowl, from which all proceeds will go to support the ground efforts of the Standing Rock community.The show will be headlined by Immortal Technique, with help from TV on the Radio‘s Kyp Malone, Holly Miranda & Invisible Familiars, The Skins, Constant Flow, Diane Birch, and Cole Ramstad. The event will also appropriately feature a number of indigenous performances, including the Redhawk Dancers, Pua Ali’ilima o Nuioka, Shinnecock Youth Council, Youngblood Singers, Ori Manaea, Robert Borrero, Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli Aztec, and Standing Rock International Indigenous Youth Council, with a special DJ set by St. Lucia.You can purchase tickets for the #StandWithStandingRock benefit, and find more information here.
The title Long Strange Trip seems fitting, as it’s been years since a Grateful Dead documentary project was announced featuring director Amir-Bar Levy and producers Martin Scorsese and Eric Eisner. The documentary was initially planned to coincide with the Dead’s 50th anniversary in 2015, but was continually sidelined. Now, however, Deadline reports that the new documentary has been added to the Sundance Film Festival lineup.This will be the world premiere of Long Strange Trip, which is set for the film festival between January 19-29. No word yet on the specific date that Long Strange Trip will be aired, but the festival is set to return to Park City, Utah.The long-awaited documentary will chronicle the band’s 50 year history and more, including tons of footage from the Grateful Dead archives. Justin Kreutzmann, son of drummer Bill Kreutzmann, was also involved with the project.We can’t wait for the wide release of this documentary![H/T JamBase]
This morning, Mysteryland announced an exciting lineup for their 2017 event, set to take place June 9th-12th at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, former home of the iconic Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. The festival will feature headlining sets by LCD Soundsystem, G-Eazy, and Major Lazer, as well as performances by a talented cast of electronic and hip-hop acts including Big Gigantic, RL Grime, Run The Jewels, A-Track and many more. You can check out the full lineup below:For further information about Mysteryland 2017, or to purchase tickets, visit the event’s website.
After spending three nights at The Capitol Theatre for his 77th Birthday, Phil Lesh has just announced that he will return to the Port Chester, NY venue for two more nights this spring. On May 26 & 27, the Grateful Dead bassist will recruit a crew of “Friends” to come out and jam originals and covers in the historic theatre.Tickets go on sale this Friday at 12PM. Stay tuned for more announcements on who the “Friends” will be, and head here for ticketing information.[cover photo by Marc Millman]
Hudson Supergroup Featuring Scofield, Medeski, And More Hitting The Road Behind New LP [Stream/Dates]
Earlier this year, John Medeski, John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, and Jack DeJohnette announced the inception of a brand new supergroup project, Hudson, named after the Hudson Valley, NY area which all four musicians call home.The members of Hudson originally came together in 2014 to perform at the Woodstock Jazz Festival. According to DeJohnette in an interview with DownBeat, “There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley. There are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak—something that emerges from our shared environment and our shared surroundings.”Adds Medeski, “The Hudson Valley puts the gentle beauty and power of very old mountains and an incredible river estuary within reach of one of the most powerful, international, creative centers in the world—New York City. I think each of us, in our own way, uses these forces as tools to keep us creative and growing.”“The musicians who migrated up this way from the City were not escaping the music,” explains Grenadier, “They were looking for a way to go deeper into it. The space and the atmosphere of the area create an ideal place to find the music within. We all travel and play so much around the world that when we are home, we’re in a place that’s full of quietude and we have room to search for the beauty and space within music.”You can trailers for the new Hudson outfit featuring each individual band members’ thoughts on the music and the area that inspired it below, via Medeski’s Facebook page: Last week, after much anticipation, the band released their self-titled debut, Hudson, which you can listen to in full below:Now, in the wake of their album release, the band is heading out on an extensive tour, which will see them play a number of prominent jazz festivals this summer (Ottowa, Saratoga, Toronto, Montreal, Newport, Detroit) before embarking on an extended run of theater shows this fall. For a full list of upcoming Hudson tour dates, see the graphic below. You can find more information about Hudson’s summer/fall schedule and purchase tickets to any of the shows here.
One of the undeniable highlights of the recent Suwannee Hulaween was the rare communion of drummer Joe Russo and keyboardist Marco Benevento as The Benevento/Russo Duo. The two originally met as middle school classmates, and have been playing music together for the better part of two decades. Most recently, they’ve taken the live music circuit by storm as 2/5 of “more-than-just-a” cover band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead–a project conceived as a one-off tribute that has blossomed into one of the most successful and in-demand outfits on the touring circuit.The Best Things We Saw At Suwannee Hulaween 2017But before JRAD was even a thought, “The Duo” was already turning heads. As we’ve seen with Almost Dead over the past couple years, The Duo started as something small (a weekly residency in a small sub-room at New York’s Knitting Factory) and grew into something massive and exciting and uncharted. Russo and Benevento released a string of critically acclaimed albums, toured the nation with their core duo, and even added various talented musicians to the equation for extended stretches, including touring for a time as “G.R.A.B.”, featuring both Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and Phish bassist Mike Gordon (who reprised his collaboration with The Duo at the end of their Hulaween set).The Duo launched the careers of both Joe and Marco into the stratosphere, and their music still defies expectations of just how much sound can come from just these two guys. The two still dabble in The Duo’s material during JRAD shows on occasion, but aside from a surprise set at a minuscule Brooklyn brewhouse late last year, a highly-touted slot on January’s Jam Cruise, and a single club date at Brooklyn Bowl in February, The Duo hadn’t played as “The Duo” in more than 8 years before their highly anticipated set at Suwannee Hulaween 2017.Phish’s Mike Gordon Joins The Benevento/Russo Duo For First Time In 11 Years At Hulaween [Full Video]Though the Gordon sit-in grabbed most of the headlines about the rare Hula Duo show, the band showcased their innately tight and communicative partnership throughout the set–showing no signs of rust, playing to the others’ strengths. Throughout their all-too-short evening set, the two musicians’ happiness, excitement, pure joy, was apparent to everyone in attendance. As Marco commented near the the end of the performance, with unmistakable sincerity, “That was very special.” But he didn’t have to tell that to the crowd for them to know. They could see sit on Joe and Marco’s faces…As a Sunday treat, check out a selection of highlights from The Benevento/Russo Duo’s unforgettable set at Hulaween, via videographer Rex Thomson. Let the improvisation heavy fireworks they displayed echo out for you from beyond the last note and into eternity!:“SOBA”“Sunny’s Song”“My Pet Goat”[Track title unknown (holler if you know!)]“Becky”“Play, Pause, Stop”“Scrachitti”[Cover photo via Rex-a-Vision]