Last night marked the annual GRAMMYs On The Hill event, merging members of Congress and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in what can only be described by the word awkward. The ceremony was held to honor the Zac Brown Band, and brought a bipartisan grouping of Congress members together, bound by their appreciation of music.A number of artists were on hand for the event, including Smokey Robinson, Eddie Money, Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & The Gang, Yolanda Adams, Jim Lauderdale, and, as the title mentions, guitar slinger Warren Haynes.Haynes led a sing-a-long rendition of “The Weight” by The Band, which featured more than 50 Congress members singing the iconic tune. According to the report in WTOP News, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer were among those in the mix. Thus, the Pelosi-Haynes jam session.Watch a clip from WTOP below:
Austin-based LEVITATION Festival has been canceled due to severe weather and flooding, with conditions continuing in the near future. The festival was getting ready to host acts such as Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds in its entirety, Ween, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and many more over the course of the weekend.Event organizers, Reverberation Appreciation Society released a statement explaining the decision to cancel: “It is with great sadness that we must report that due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, #Levitation2016 has been cancelled” RAS stated. “The cancellation is due to dangerous weather conditions in the forecast combined with weather complications to the grounds and the Colorado River.”The area has been plagued with “high wind, large hail and tornado warnings, combined with high water levels from last week’s flooding.” The festival experienced difficulty last year with the weather as well, however the severity of the 2016 storms has been much worse up to this point. There has been a number of deaths reported, as well as millions of dollars worth of property damage. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Texas being effected by the storms.LEVITATION is offering refunds on all tickets and passes at the festival’s website.
The Robert Glasper Experiment is one of the most incredible live bands in the world. A combination of pianist Robert Glasper‘s excellent skills as an arranger and his band’s flawless improvisational ability, the band is truly unique, mixing elements of jazz, hip hop, R&B, and alternative rock to create their own distinct sound. The Experiment are known for their interesting covers, using songs by Radiohead and Nirvana as launchpads for wild improvisation. Glasper is the centerpiece of the bandon piano and keyboards, but the rest of the band is just as mesmerizing, with Mark Colenburg on the drum kit, veteran studio musician Derrick Hodge on bass, and the unpredictable Casey Benjamin on vocoder, saxophone, and keytar.The band’s multi-part, Grammy-award winning Black Radio series features a who’s-who of today’s soul and r&b legends, with stars like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Common, Jill Scott, Bilal, and Lalah Hathaway all making appearances on the successful project. The Experiment took the neo-soul movement of the late 90s and early 2000s and combined it with the progressive jazz of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, paving the way for a whole new era of crossover jazz artists like Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, and Terrace Martin. Of course, Glasper joined Washington, Thundercat, and Martin in the studio with Kendrick Lamar during the To Pimp A Butterfly sessions, helping add to the album’s authentic jazzy vibes.Below, check out Glasper and his Experiment performing a full, improv-heavy set of music. The performance, recorded at Bumbershoot Music Lounge at KEXP Radio in Seattle, WA, finds the band in a particularly playful mood, stretching a mere three tracks over the thirty minute period. First up is “I Can’t Help It”, followed by “All Matter”, and then a psychedelic cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana brings the set to a close. Experience the unbridled improv of the Robert Glasper Experiment below, courtesy of the KEXP YouTube Page.The Robert Glasper Experiment just released their new album, ArtScience, two weeks ago, and you can download the album here.
While many Grateful fans have found their way to John Mayer from his recent role in Dead & Company, the guitarist has long been converting music appreciators with his undeniable ability for playing the instrument. One of his most exciting projects is the John Mayer Trio, a group that places Mayer with the incredible rhythm section of Pino Palladino and Stephen “Steve” Jordan.That band was on hand for the “Great Night In Harlem” benefit concert in New York, NY, playing for the Jazz Foundation of America. Topping a lineup that included Robert Randolph, Robert Cray, Dr. John and more, the show marked the first full length John Mayer Trio concert in over six years!The band has been working on new music, as rumors have been swirling over their return. In an interview on Entertainment Tonight, it seems that Jordan revealed the album title to be The Search For Everything. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet.The show saw Mayer and his bandmates take on blues classics and Mayer originals, like the opening “Every Day I Have The Blues,” “Gravity” and more. Watch a handful of videos below. Setlist: John Mayer Trio at the Apollo Theatre, New York, NY – 10/27/16Every Day I Have The BluesVulturesGravityChicken In The Kitchen w/Robert CrayUnknown Robert Cray SongLet The Good Times Roll w/JMT, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, and others.[Setlist via John Mayer Knows Best group]
Check out the album cover below:Alt-J 2017 Tour Dates:06/16 – London, UK @ O2 Arena06/20 – Zagreb, HR @ InMusic Festival06/23 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival06/25 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival06/28 – Ferrara, IT @ Piazza Castello07/01 – St. Gallen, CH @ Openair Festival07/02 – Rotselaar, BE @ Rock Werchter Festival07/06 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival07/07 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival07/08 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda Festival07/09 – Macclesfield, UK @ Blue Dot Festival07/11 – Dublin, IE @ Trinity College Park07/14 – Salacgriva, LV @ Positivus Festival07/15 – Cluj-Napoca, RO @ Electric Castle07/19 – Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava07/20 – Wiesen, AT @ Out of the Woods07/23 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion07/28 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion07/29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Festival08/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacob’s Pavilion08/03 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater08/04 – St. Charles, IA @ Hinterland Festival04/05 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza08/07 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^08/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium08/09-16 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/09-13 – Newquay, UK @ Boardmasters Festival08/17 – Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival08/18 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival08/28 – Kiev, UA @ Artzavod Platforma08/30 – Moscow, RU @ Stadium Live08/31 – St. Petersburg, RU @ A209/02 – Stockholm, SE @ Popaganda Festival10/09 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall10/12 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater10/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird Sports Center10/15 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre10/17 – Calgary, AB @ Big Four Building10/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium10/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre10/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater10/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live10/25 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!10/27 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall11/03 – Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium11/04 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena11/06 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium11/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy Theater11/10 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason11/14 – Dallas, TX @ Pavilion at Music Factory11/15 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater11/17 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall^ = w/ Tove Lo and SOHN Alt-J recently announced their third studio album Relaxer, due out June 2, 2017. Having shared two songs already, the new material is seemingly well worth the wait since their 2014 This Is All Yours. Today, the band shares a music video for the alubm’s lead single “3WW.” They’ve also announced a fresh new batch of North American dates.The newly-added fall dates will see the alt-rockers hitting cities like Vancouver, Portland, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Nashville, Miami, and Austin, with exciting festival appearances at Panorama Festival in NYC, Lollapalooza in Paris, and NOS Alive in Portugal, among many others. Alt-J will also perform Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Tove Lo and SOHNCheck out the new music video for “3WW” and their recently-released “In Cold Blood” below:
Two weeks ago today, the world was shaken by the news of a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK following pop star Ariana Grande‘s performance. The attack left a gruesome scene, injuring more than 20 dead an roughly 50 more injured at a concert predominantly attended by young girls and their parents. The days since have continued to be chaotic and harrowing, as the world UK saw both stunning displays of empathy and humanity and further terror attacks in London this weekend, and concerts worldwide experienced frightening security scares.In a open letter to her social media followers in the wake of the attack, Grande had trumpeted the importance of not letting incidents like this deter you from seeking out live music, and emphasized the importance of live music as a way to come together and unite people amid differences: “Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us.” On Saturday, Grande returned to Manchester and a veritable who’s-who of A-list musicians for “One Love Manchester,” her star-studded charity concert to benefit the victims of the attack at her show on less than two weeks earlier. Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Mac Miller, and many more.The three-plus-hour show was held across town from Manchester Arena at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which included a section specifically set aside for attendees of Grande’s initial Manchester show. The show sold out in under six minutes, was webcast via BBC and on Ariana Grande’s YouTube page and, according to the Red Cross U.K., the benefit raised over 7 million pounds ($9 million), and with more to come after TV and merchandising deals are accounted for.Below, you can watch videos from the event, including Grande’s collaboration with Black Eyed Peas on their peaceful ’03 pop/hip-hop classic “Where Is The Love,” Liam Gallagher and Coldplay‘s collaboration on Oasis‘s “Live Forever,” and Grande and Miley Cyrus’ duet on 80’s classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” as well as the emotional climax of the performance–Ariana’s weighty solo rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.This touching and wildly successful benefit event was a touching show of unity and togetherness, with a message that screamed “we will not be defeated.” However, just hours later, another coordinated terrorist attack was perpetrated in the UK, this time at the iconic London Bridge in the nation’s capitol–not a concert, but a similarly high-traffic, tourist-heavy area in a major city. While this latest attack doesn’t diminish the statement made at “One Love Manchester”–that we, as a global community, will not go quietly–the fact remains that this violence can (and likely will) continue, so the good guys can’t stop either. One big show of unity and charity isn’t enough. We all have to continue to do everything we can to help shape a peaceful vision for the future–especially in a time of such turmoil and uncertainty like today.Ariana Grande “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”Ariana Grande & Black Eyed Peas “Where Is The LoveLiam Gallagher and Coldplay – “Live Forever”Ariana Grande & Miley Cyrus “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
David Ryan Harris has built quite the career for himself over the past three decades, with over six full-length studio albums under his belt and having performed with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, and Santana. The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has spent much of 2017 on the road with Mayer, holding down guitar duty alongside the Dead & Company guitarist. However, somehow, Harris has found the time to cut a new album in the last year, with his seventh studio album, Songs For Other People, to be released on Friday, June 23rd.Harris’ latest studio effort is a soulful work, on which the guitarist taps drummer Terrence Clark, keys player Zach Ray, and Grammy-winning producer Mike Elizondo on bass. Songs For Other People is a finely crafted album, offering seven tracks that merge pop sensibilities with tastes of soul, the blues, and more traditional rock. While there is clearly a lot of intentionality on Harris’ Songs For Other People, both thematically and musically, its creation was more or less serendipitous. Harris will be the first to admit that at the onset he never intended to create this 2017 release; rather, the songs were culled from his various collaborations over the year. He notes, “I had co-written written some songs intending to give them to other artists, and there were a few that just never found homes. The idea of singing these songs myself was something I’d though about for a little while and slowly I started to get excited at how wide open this project could be. There were no boundaries musically or thematically other than the fact that these songs are for and about other people.”While the creation of the album was untraditional, the idea of each of these songs being written for others is intriguing, especially when considering how coherent of a work it is. David Ryan Harris tells Live For Live Music, “For the first time in my career, I’ve written a record full of songs that aren’t songs about my life. I still feel connected to the stories even though they aren’t autobiographical. Initially, I was a little afraid that people might question the authenticity of the songs, because my normal m.o. is to write about myself. It’s been incredibly validating to have had people relate to the first two releases the way they have. I can’t wait for people to dig into the other songs.”Despite the ghostwriter-y roots of many of the songs, the album offers a solid glimpse into Harris’ sound, particularly highlighting his crisp vocals and catchy hooks. The lead two tracks “Fascinating” and “Coldplay” have already been positively received, though a deeper look at the album shows Harris’ innate ability to draw listeners in from the get-go, as evidenced on “Red Balloons,” a more rock-centric tune with a dramatic piano opening. Other highlights include “Kerosene,” whose mellow groove and mournful lyrics are perfectly complemented by Harris’ cascading voice, and “Average Joe,” which shows off Harris’ emotive guitar stylings.Live For Live Music is proud to premiere David Ryan Harris’ seventh studio album, Songs For Other People. You can take a listen for yourself below, and keep an eye out for Harris on the road. While he’s already sold-out an upcoming show at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on June 29th (with another date on June 30th added), expect new dates on the way next week. You can head over to his website or Facebook for more information. ‘[Photo: Shervin Lainez]
Last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their third annual Fall Ball, returning to Brooklyn Bowl in New York City for the second of their six-night run across this weekend and the next. During their show on Friday, the Grateful Dead-inspired five-piece debuted a new cover—Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, a number off the iconic singer-songwriter’s 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited—during the second set, with bassist Dave Dreiwitz taking on the vocal duties for the song.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Pays Tribute To Tom Petty In NYC [Video]This was not the only Bob Dylan tune performed during the evening, as the band kicked off their Brooklyn Bowl show with a rendition of “Shelter From The Storm”, a song that the Dead and Dylan played together on July 24th, 1987 during their shared summer tour and that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead debuted back in April as the show-opener for their performance at Colorado’s 1st Bank Center. Following “Shelter From The Storm”, Almost Dead moved into a cover of The Rascals’ “Good Lovin’” before laying out renditions of the Grateful Dead’s “Touch Of Grey” and “Fire On The Mountain”. By way of an unfinished “Cassidy”, the group transitioned into “Cumberland Blues”, with the massive jam working in references to both “St. Stephen” and “China Cat Sunflower”. To close out their first set, the band closed with a wistful “He’s Gone.”“Good Lovin’” Returning from set break, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened with a reprise of “Cumberland Blues”, looking back to the number that helped close out the first set ahead of “He’s Gone.” Before dropping their debut cover of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, the group gave a rendition of “Alligator” the proper treatment, taking their time as they jammed into the unexpected Dylan tune. From there, the band laid out a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Casey Jones” before taking a quick pause and then starting back up with the instrumental “King Solomon’s Marbles”. The non-stop sequence of songs to close out the second set saw the group hit “The Eleven” coming out of “King Solomon’s Marbles”, using an extended jam before landing in “Easy Wind” to finish out set two. As an encore, the band returned with a rendition of “Promised Land” to fully close out night two of their annual Fall Ball.“Cumberland Blues Reprise” You can take a look at the full setlist from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Brooklyn Bowl performance last night, courtesy of Peter Costello, and stay tuned for more coverage of the band’s third annual Fall Ball in the coming days.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 10/6/2017 Set One: Shelter From The Storm, Jam -> Good Lovin’ -> Touch Of Grey -> Fire On The Mountain -> Cassidy @ -> Cumberland Blues # -> He’s GoneSet Two: Cumberland Blues Reprise -> Alligator -> Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues $ (DD) > Casey Jones, King Solomon’s Marbles -> The Eleven -> Jam -> Easy Wind %Encore: Promised [email protected] – With St. Stephen & China Cat Sunflower Teases, Unfinished# – With a “Hoedown” (Aaron Copeland) Tease (MB)$ – Bob Dylan Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead, with “Like A Rolling Stone” And/Or ”Positively 4th Street” (Bob Dylan) Teases (MB)% – Opened with the final chorus sung first.[Photo: Scott Harris]
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered across the country on Saturday for March for Our Lives, a series of rallies protesting gun violence in dozens of major cities. Among those marching in support of the cause was Paul McCartney, who shared his thoughts on the issue with CNN’s Jason Caroll while participating in the New York City rally.“One of my best friends was killed by gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me,” he told the reporter.McCartney was, of course, referencing his Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who was murdered by a gunman outside New York City’s Dakota Hotel in 1980 (the building is located just a few blocks from where Saturday’s rally took place). McCartney was one of many musicians and performers who publicly voiced their support for March for Our Lives on Saturday. Common, Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus were scheduled to perform at the Washington, DC rally, which reportedly brought around half a million people to the nation’s capitol. Additionally, Taylor Swift revealed that she made a donation to the campaign, while R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe previewed a new song in support of the movement.[H/T – Variety]
Today, Vulfpeck shared the in-studio video from the band’s recording session of “Grandma” on 2017’s Mr. Finish Line. As one of the many collaborative tracks from the album, “Grandma” features legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, session drummer James Gadson, and cellist Gabe Noel. The song was written by frequent collaborator Joey Dosik, who also plays the Wurlitzer on the track. Antwaun Stanley, known for his powerful vocals on Vulf staples “1612”, “Wait For The Moment”, and “Funky Duck”, provided vocals on the heart-warming song, with Theo Katzman on guitar, Woody Goss on the organ, and Joe Dart on the Fender bass. Watch the newly released in-studio video of “Grandma” below:Vulfpeck – “Grandma” (feat. Antwaun Stanley, David T. Walker, James Gadson)[Video: Vulf]Following their sold-out shows at Tipitina’s in New Orleans and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, Vulfpeck has a break until this fall. The funk quartet will perform at North Coast Music Festival on September 1, then head to Brooklyn, New York for two nights at Kings Theatre on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. From there, Vulfpeck will head across the pond for shows in Copenhagen (Store Vega, September 25), Paris (3 Pom Prod, September 28), Dublin (Olympia Theatre, October 1), and London (O2 Academy Brixton, October 4). Tickets are all on sale via Vulfpeck’s website.