This Wednesday, February 24, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the 16th installment of the In Performance At The White House series, honoring iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles. The special event will include performances by contemporary artists Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher with Rickey Minor serving as executive music director. In Performance At The White House was started by President Obama in February 2009 and has also honored musicians Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Carole King along the way. In addition, the series has celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month, marked Black History Month with performances featuring the music of Motown, Memphis Soul, the Blues, and the Civil Rights era, and has also highlighted everything from Gospel and Country music to Broadway and the American musical.Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance At The White House is scheduled to air this Wednesday at 7 PM via The White House’s website, and you can stream it through the L4LM LiveList Channel below: Check out the full schedule of upcoming shows on the L4LM LiveList Channel, and be sure to head to LiveList and see what there is in store! L4LM’s LiveList Channel Schedule (all times local) read more
Just a few weeks ago, Lettuce brought some all-star friends together for a two-night celebration at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL, packing the venue with groups like Vulfpeck, GRiZ, The Nth Power and so many more. Dubbed Fool’s Paradise for its coincidence with April Fools’ Day, both nights of music were highlighted with monster sets from the funk gurus themselves, Lettuce.Thanks to Human Being Media, who was on hand to capture the entire weekend festivities, we have some truly immersive footage from the band’s set. Not only can we witness a killer drum solo from Adam Deitch, but we can watch it in 360-degree virtual reality! While the best way to watch the action would be with a VR headset, you can simply drag the embedded video with your mouse and enjoy from any angle imaginable.Check out the 360-degree Deitch drumming below:How cool is that?! Stay tuned for more innovative footage from Fool’s Paradise and Human Being Media, coming soon! Be sure not to miss Lettuce’s upcoming performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, as they’ll be headlining the “Rage Rocks” performance with sets from The Wailers, Manic Focus and Grandmaster Flash. More information about that show on June 10th can be found here. read more
Beloved funk rockers Vulfpeck have shared the latest video from their 2015 album, Thrill Of The Arts. The song of choice is “Smile Meditation,” a wistful instrumental that features Tyler Duncan playing lead melody on a whistle, along with the guitar. The lighthearted tune is supposed to mimic the rate of breathing, and the shapes that appear in the video are meant to guide one’s breathing rate.As the band says, “breathe w the shapes.” Set aside a few minutes and enjoy this new video, streaming below.Vulfpeck has a busy summer ahead, with shows at Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Lockn’, Brooklyn Bowl and more! Don’t miss the funksters near you.
Two of the funkiest cats in the business, Turkuaz and The New Mastersounds, have just announced a major fall tour schedule together. The bands will be co-headlining at venues nationwide, with dates spanning from October through December. It’s a great time to be a fan of these groups, as we can only hope for collaborations and exciting twists at every stop along the way.Brooklyn funk army Turkuaz has been on a roll throughout 2016, picking up steam on the heels of their 2015 album Digitonium. The story is similar for British funkers The New Mastersounds, who released Made For Pleasure in 2015 and haven’t stopped since! Both bands amaze in the live setting – you won’t want to miss this tour when it comes to town.To celebrate the new tour, the two bands are releasing a joint 7″ disc that includes each band covering a song from the other’s catalog. Of course there are special guest collaborators from each band on the other’s studio venture, making for a fun musical experience that is sure to give fans a great taste of this double billing.Check out the full tour schedule below!The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Fall 2016 Tour Dates 10/06 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre10/07 Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre10/08 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre10/09 Aspen, CO Belly Up10/12 Austin, TX The Parish10/13 Houston, TX The Secret Group*10/14 Dallas, TX Club Dada*10/14 Eureka Springs, AR Hillberry Music Festival^10/15 Eureka Springs, AR Hillberry Music Festival*10/15 Tyler, TX Stanley’s^10/16 Dallas, TX Sundwon @ Granada^10/18 New Orleans, LA Joy Theater 10/20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live10/21 Jacksonville, FL Mavericks Live10/22 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing 10/27 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater*10/28 Buffalo, NY Iron Works*10/29 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom*11/09 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up11/10 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom11/11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore11/12 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre11/13 Tahoe, NV Crystal Bay Casino11/15 Bend, OR The Domino Room 11/16 Eugene, OR Hi-Fi Music Hall11/17 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom11/18 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre11/19 Sandpoint, ID The Hive11/20 Missoula, MT The Top Hat 11/23 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze11/25 Chicago, IL Park West 11/26 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre11/27 Kalamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery^11/28 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern^ 11/30 Burlington, VT Higher Ground12/01 Boston, MA Royale12/02 New York, NY Terminal 512/03 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall12/04 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall12/06 Saratoga Springs, NY Putnam Den12/07 Rochester , NY Anthology 12/08 Pittsburgh, PA The Rex Theater12/09 Washington DC 9:30 Club12/10 Philadelphia, PA TLA12/11 State College, PA The State Theatre12/13 Richmond, VA The Broadberry12/14 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre12/15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West 12/16 Nashville, TN Exit/In12/17 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel *Turkuaz only^The New Mastersounds only read more
Though The Beatles‘ story essentially ended when John Lennon was assassinated in 1980, perhaps no musicians will ever have a stronger cultural impact in the world. Thus, it’s no surprise that a studio collaboration between the band’s two surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, is creating quite a stir.After the two were photographed in the studio together, Starr’s publicist confirmed that the legendary bassist was contributing to an upcoming album. Starr later posted about the session on Twitter:Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love. ???? pic.twitter.com/Z5kpyLLlkO— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 20, 2017They were also joined by Eagles guitar great Joe Walsh!And look out Joe W. came out to play what a day I’m having peace and love. ?????? pic.twitter.com/8xQt2j5OLn— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 20, 2017The Beatles members have been periodically active in each other’s lives, having last worked in the studio together for Starr’s 2010 album, Y Not. The two also performed together at the 2014 Grammy’s, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first television appearance in the U.S.. Let’s hope more Beatles collaborations are on the way soon![Photo via Rolling Stone // Getty Images] read more
Just a few weeks ago, Papadosio floored us with a great lineup for their Re:Creation Red Rocks, bringing along SunSquabi, Desert Dwellers and Supersillyus for a magical evening at the famed Morrison, CO venue on May 6th. Not only that, but Papadosio has aligned live artwork from Alex & Allyson Grey, with stunning visuals from Jonathan Singer to enhance the scene.Today, Papadosio has only built out their exciting lineup, adding producers Eliot Lipp and an-ten-nae to set up and rock out during set breaks. That means this will literally be a non-stop party from the show open to close, with music and visual entertainment abound!Check out Papadosio’s video announcing the new performers, below.Papadosio’s Re:Creation Red Rocks is set for May 6th, 2017, and details can be found on the AXS website. You can see the event artwork below. read more
The return of Jamiroquai is probably the best thing to happen in 2017 so far. Any bit of music we get from them is godsent. So far, Jay Kay & Co. have released two new tracks “Automaton” and “Cloud 9” – both are stellar additions to their already amazing library. It’s always nice, though, to go back in their catalogue and enjoy the songs that made them what they are today.Full Video Of Jamiroquai Performance From 20 Years Ago Has Surfaced [Watch]The group, who take their name from a native American tribe, has now shared a pro-shot video of “Seven Days in Sunny June” from their 2005 Dynamite record. It only gets us more excited for their upcoming European tour, which starts this June in London, and sees the band tour throughout November.
Up and coming jam acts The Jauntee and Cycles just came off a co-headlining tour with one another, which featured powerful original sets from both bands, as well as plenty of cross-pollination with members taking turns sitting in with each other throughout the course of the tour. Both bands have been working hard the last couple of years, hitting the road as much as possible, refining their sound, flying off the handle from an improvisational standpoint, and delivering some eye-opening performances along the way.With fans driving and flying hours out to follow these bands on the run, we’ve compiled an interview with Cycles guitarist Patrick Harvey and The Jauntee bassist John Loland to see what they thought of the tour. Here is what they had to say….L4LM: Overall how do you think the tour went?Patrick Harvey: The tour went well. It really flew by.John Loland: I think the tour went extremely well. Our personal best. We played very well and had great turnouts at pretty much every show. No problems. Great tour.L4LM: Did you guys end up getting along with each other?PH: It turns out the Jauntee guys are A+ dudes…some of the most down to earth and laid back guys I’ve met. Touring can get overwhelming at times and their easy going attitudes made all the difference.JL: The Jauntee and Cycles got along together extremely well. I expected us to get along well, and it far exceeded my expectations. It was all love, all tour.L4LM: There were quite a few different sit-ins between members of both bands, can you tell me about your favorite one?PH: “Fame” (David Bowie cover) from Indianapolis and “I’ve Got a Secret” (Cycles original) from Boulder. It’s way too much fun playing with them. It’s like you throw any idea at them and they just run with it, total freedom. There’s a very good vibe on stage with Caton (guitar, Jauntee). We get along well and play well together (we have the same birthday, same year too).JL: It was great watching Caton and Tyler play with Cycles. They all crushed it. It’s cool to see/hear members of your band play while you’re not playing. You can pay extra attention to them. But I’d say my favorite sit in was when Pat sat in with us on “Fame” in Indianapolis. I love watching Pat play guitar, so being able to watch him play while contributing to the music was awesome. Plus, the crowd was eating all of it right up. Lots o’ fun.L4LM: Did watching the other band play inspire or influence your own playing at all?PH: Yes, very much so actually. I was just listening to one of the recordings yesterday, our Lazy Dog (Boulder, CO) set i think. There was this one moment at the end of The Ruminator where i was thinking, “Wow.. The Jauntee has really rubbed off on us!” Those guys will not stop until an awesome jam is made. I had heard it before from friends but after watching them every night discovering these new places and themes, it was confirmation. Also, gave me faith for improvisational music in the future.JL: I was inspired by Cycles. Especially as a bass player. Tucker (bass, Cycles) is a bad, bad boy. Also, I feel like I watched them grow a lot (as a band, musically) in a short time. So that in itself was inspirational.L4LM: There are some stark differences between the styles of each band on this tour. Do you think that your fans enjoyed the other band and vice versa?PH: Yeah, I think so. We compliment each other really well. Where we tend to get dark, heavy, and intense, they do a lot of really tasteful, dynamic, jazzy stuff.JL: I do think each bands’ fans enjoyed the other band. In Denver a lot of Cycles fans came up to me and praised The Jauntee. And I heard a lot of my friends who are Jauntee fans praising Cycles. Like you said, we do have differences, but together we make a great pair and I look forward to working with them in the future.L4LM: Did you learn any lessons from the other band about touring?PH: I learned that if you believe in your sound you will bring the gear to make it happen. Tyler (keys, Jauntee) pulls out all the stops: Hammond, Leslie, Moog(s), Nord, Rhodes…you get the idea. They all help him out and help each other load the gear. It was impressive to see. They are pros and have been doing this for some time.JL: No ‘lessons’ per say. But It was really encouraging to see another ‘band of brothers’ much like us. Again, it was all love, all tour. We’ve played with a number of acts in which this sort of comradery isn’t as strong and it was refreshing to see that with a band that we were on the road with for so long. It makes touring a lot smoother!!L4LM: What was your favorite city you stopped in and why?PH: I enjoyed the whole tour, but i loved Indianapolis, Chicago, the sold out Stanley’s Cinci show and Minneapolis.JL: I have to say, Nederland is one of the coolest places we’ve ever been to. It was beautiful. The people were beautiful. Frozen Dead Guy Days is an amazing festival.L4LM: Would you guys like to play with the other band again? Can we expect to see that being announced anytime?PH: Most definitely.JL: I think we all agree that we would all like to play together again. I’d say keep your eyes out for a show or two being announced!L4LM: What is the best hybrid name you can come up with for the two bands?PH: The Jauntsicle / The JyclesJL: We talked about it. It comes down to “Jauntycles” (pronounced Jaunt-icles) or “Cycee” (pronounced “sigh-key”) Tucker and I chose Jauntycles because it sounds like part of a new sexual, reproductive organ spawned by the two bands.L4LM: Who would you nominate (from the other band) as MVP of the tour and why?PH: Erwin, our agent, for putting this whole thing together. Also Caton for his incredible parking skills!JL: This is hard honestly. I’d say Tucker. He sings well and often, drives a lot, kills the bass, and is overall driven. The other guys are all driven too though. So yeah, it’s hard to choose. but I’ll go Tucker!L4LM: Thanks for your time guys. Best of luck with everything in 2017!Be sure to check out Cycles and The Jauntee‘s and Cycles Facebook pages for all upcoming tour dates and additional information.[All photos courtesy of Ryan Lewis Photography] read more
The SummerStage schedule is here! Every year, New York hosts the SummerStage series, bringing hundreds of artists to Central Park and various outdoor venues across the city for a series of concerts; a majority of which are free. Today, SummerStage revealed their full line-up for 2017, which spans from May 17th to September 13th. The series kicks off on May 17th with a performance by Gov’t Mule and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which seems to us like they’re getting off on the right foot.The rest of the line-up is diverse and contains a little something for everyone. Also on the list to perform is Umphrey’s McGee, Aqueous, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Bob Moses, GZA, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Wax Tailor, Digable Planets, Tank and the Bangas, The Revivalists, White Denim, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band, and many other musical acts.You can check out the full lineup here and watch the season trailer SummerStage put together below! read more
As excitement builds for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead‘s debut performance at the storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre this Saturday, April 9th, the live Dead favorites have announced a new addition to their schedule: two nights at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on July 21st and 22nd. There will be an online Facebook pre-sale for the run tomorrow, April 26th, at noon eastern here. Keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page, where they will post the necessary pre-sale code prior to that time. The general on sale will begin on Friday, April 28th at noon here.Russo and company are no strangers to the venue, which Jerry Garcia famously indicated as on of his favorite rooms to play in. They closed out 2016 with two nights in the Port Chester room on 12/30 and 12/31.On 12/30/16 at the Cap, featuring a special guest appearance from Alecia Chakour, the band drilled through Grateful Dead classics along with a rendition of “The Weight” by The Band, and debut a cover of “Hood Doo Voo Doo” by Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie. The band has shared the soundboard audio from this performance, which you can enjoy below:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/30/16Set 1 (8:45PM – 10:12PM)King Bee Jam + ->The Eleven @ (All) >BIODTL # (SM) >Feel Like A Stranger (SM) >Cumberland Blues $ (All) ->The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (AC)Estimated Prophet (SM) ->Space ->Bird Song Jam + ->Day Tripper % (TH) ->Bird Song ^ (TH) ->King Solomon’s Marbles & ->Bird Song Reprise + (TH)Set 2 (10:49PM – 12:??AM)Til The Morning Comes + (All + AC) ->Passenger + (SM & AC) ->Viola Lee Blues * (All) ->Jam ->Uncle John’s Band (All) ->Becky @@ ->Uncle John’s Band Reprise (All) ->Viola Lee Blues Reprise (All) ->Hoo Doo Voo Doo ++ (SM) ->Lovelight * (AC) ->Shakedown Street ## (TH) >Throwing Stones $$ (SM)ENC: The Weight (All + AC)AC is Alecia Chakour (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on Vocals+ – First Time Played by Almost [email protected] – With at Throwin’ Stones Tease (TH)# – 30 Beat BIODTL for Dec 30th$ – With Feel Like A Stranger & Hoedown (Aaron Copeland) Teases (MB) & a Lovelight Jam (Band)% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Beatles Cover, Unfinished, 2 verses were sung^ – With a Day Tripper (The Beatles) Tease (MB)& – Unfinished* – With Cochemea Gastelum (Dap Kings) on Bari [email protected]@ – Benevento Russo Duo Cover, not played since 2015-10-03, a gap of 46 shows. Basically only Joe & Marco played on this song.++ – Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead.## – With a MB Piano Solo, an On The Road Again Tease (Band), a “That’s All” (Phil Collins) Tease – I think, it might be something else (Band) & an unknown jam (Band) that I may be able to figure out.$$ – With an Unknown Tease (TH)[Setlist via Peter Costello // Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Facebook][Cover photo via Stephen Olker][Cover photo via Stephen Olker] read more
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