43 years ago today, we lost co-founding member of the Grateful Dead, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. Best known for his prodigious blues and R&B acumen behind the organ, as well as his inspired harmonica playing and deep, soulful vocals, Pigpen was a pivotal member of the Dead in its most formative years, more or less the band’s main attraction before Jerry Garcia inserted himself as the leader that we’ve come to know and love.Martin Scorsese’s Grateful Dead Documentary To Preview At Film FestBy the end of 1972, Pigpen’s health had deteriorated to the point that he was no longer able to accompany the band on tour. Years of heavy drinking and a pre-existing illness had taken their toll on the young man. Pigpen played his final show with the Dead at the Hollywood Bowl on June 17, 1972 before succumbing to a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home months later.Listen To The Grateful Dead’s Debut Performance Of Every Cover In Their RepertoireIn remembrance of the late great Ron “Pipgen” McKernan, here are 10 videos that capture his brilliance and contributions to the early days of the Grateful Dead:“Big Boss Man” at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA – 7/16/66“Alligator” > “Drums” > “Caution (Do Not Step On Tracks)” at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA – 8/23/68“Turn On Your Lovelight” at Thelma Theater, Los Angeles, CA – 12/12/69“Smokestack Lightning” at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA – 2/8/70“Easy Wind” at KQED-TV San Francisco – 8/30/70“Operator” at Fillmore East, New York, NY – 9/18/70“Good Lovin’” at Dillon Gym, Princeton, NJ – 4/17/71“Hard To Handle” at Hollywood Paladium, Hollywood, CA – 8/6/71“Mr. Charlie” at Olympia Theatre, Paris, France – 5/3/72“He’s Gone” at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 5/10/72
Last night, Gov’t Mule opened up a spring tour schedule with a stop at the beloved Music Farm in Columbia, SC. The band came straight from Wanee Music Festival, where they had the chance to jam with Jack Pearson, and members Warren Haynes and Danny Louis joined Widespread Panic for one of their two performances at the Florida fest.While festival sets are always fun, there’s nothing quite like a band playing their own show. The group went deep into their catalog, opening with “Railroad Boy” and playing a potent “Mule” with a cover of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” sandwiched in the middle. The group also welcomed a number of guests to the performance, including Craig Sorrells, Marcus King, and Jack Mascari.Check out the full setlist from the performance below:Setlist: Gov’t Mule at The Music Farm, Columbia, SC – 4/18/16Set One: Railroad Boy > Mule > Who Do You Love? > Mule, Beautifully Broken, Whisper In Your Soul, I Believe To My Soul (with Craig Sorrells), Time To Confess, I Think You Know What I Mean > When The Levee Breaks > I Think You Know What I Mean, Stratus (with Craig Sorrells & Marcus King)Set Two: Grinnin’ In Your Face > Mother Earth > Lay Your Burden Down, Steppin’ Lightly, Trane > Eternity’s Breath > St. Stephen Jam > Reaper Withers Jam > Hope She’ll Be Happier (with Craig Sorrells), Don’t Step On The Grass Sam, I’m A RamEncore: Goin’ Out West (with Craig Sorrells, Jack Mascari & Marcus King)All photos and the full gallery below are provided by Ellison White Photography: Load remaining images
Phish-inspired collective Jazz Is Phish took the stage at the Ardmore Music Hall outside of Philadelphia, PA last night, playing a monster set for the phans in attendance. The group is known for their instrumental interpretations of Phish classics, and they did not disappoint, bringing out classics like “You Enjoy Myself” and “Ghost” to open the show.Among the many highlights from the Phishy performance was a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” coming in to close out the show in the encore position. The cover has been a staple of Phish’s repertoire since its debut in 1993, performed with drummer Jon Fishman on lead vocals. While Fishman sing-alongs are often played in jest, there’s no denying that “Purple Rain” is a fan favorite among Phish – and Fish – performances.With that in mind, Jazz Is Phish took the Prince classic and made it their own last night. Bassist Anthony Wellington spoke about performing with Victor Wooten at Paisley Park for Prince’s birthday, and reflected on the opportunity to meet Prince at the event. Watch how it all goes down below, thanks to Chris Cafiero:For fans heading to New Orleans for Jazz Fest this week, do not miss Jazz Is Phish’s performance on what we’re affectionally calling ‘Tribute Night’ at The Howlin’ Wolf. The late night show, held after the NOLA Crawfish Festival on April 26th (during the “daze between” Jazz Fest) features an all-star Amy Winehouse tribute, a set from Turkuaz playing The Band, a Phish-inspired set from Holly Bowling, covers from the Joe Marcinek Band, and Jazz Is Phish! What a night of music!For details about that upcoming performance, head here. Last night’s setlist can be seen below:Setlist: Jazz Is Phish at the Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA – 4/21/16Set: You Enjoy Myself, Ghost, Alumni Blues-> Letter To Jimmy Page -> Alumni Blues, Camel Walk, Meat, Brother, Lawn Boy, Dinner And A Movie, Fikus (Anthony Wellington Solo), 46 Days-> NICU, Michael Ray Solo, Weigh, Foam, CariniGolgi, AparatusEncore: Purple Rain
It’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers announcement we’ve all been waiting for! The funky rock band has just revealed plans to release a new album, The Getaway, on June 17th!RHCP have been talking about this new album for quite some time, as the group’s last studio release was 2011’s I’m With You. To celebrate the new release, the band has dropped the very first single, “Dark Necessities.” Led by a funky bass riff from Flea, the groove has us itching for more new music!Produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich, The Getaway can be pre-ordered here. Check out the tracklisting and upcoming tour dates for RHCP below. The Getaway Tracklisting1. The Getaway 2. Dark Necessities3. We Turn Red4. The Longest Wave5. Goodbye Angels6. Sick Love7. Go Robot8. Feasting on the Flowers9. Detroit10. This Ticonderoga11. Encore12. The Hunter13. Dreams of a SamuraiRed Hot Chili Peppers Tour Dates05/22 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range05/29 – Napa Valley, CA – BottleRock06/03-05 – Mendig Airfield, Germany – Rock am Ring06/03-05 – Nuremburg, Germany – Rock im Park06/08 – Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield Festival06/10 – Landgraaf, Netherlands – Pinkpop06/10-12 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – Novarock06/29-07/02 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival06/30-07/03 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival07/02 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter07/06 – Kiev, Ukraine – U-Park Festival07/09 – Moscow, Russia – Park Live07/10 – Perthshire, Scotland – T in the Park07/15 – Ottawa, Canada – Ottawa Bluesfest07/16 – Quebec City, Canada – Festival d’été de Quebec07/22-24 – Yuzawa-cho, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival07/22-24 – Jinsan, South Korea – Valley Rock Festival07/29-31 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Festival07/30 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza08/25 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Tennent’s Vital08/26-27 – Reading, England – Reading Festival08/26-27 – Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
Umphrey’s McGee has announced the exciting return of the Chucktown Ball. Just days after completing their two-night UMBowl run, Umphrey’s McGee has revealed plans for something of a hometown celebration in Charleston, SC, as a number of the band members currently live in the area. Taking place from September 23-24 at Riverfront Park, the two night run will see four full sets from Umphrey’s McGee!Not only that, but UM has announced a lineup of very special guests. On September 23rd, UM will rock out with Moon Taxi and The Dead 27s. One day later, they’ll get support from The Floozies, Dangermuffin and The Hip Abduction. This has the makings for a very special weekend of music! The band will also donate a portion of proceeds to MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, supporting a great cause within the community.Last year’s event was quite the celebration, as UM settled in for three solid nights of rocking music. By bringing in other artists and moving from The Music Farm to the outdoor Riverfront Park, UM is certainly taking this event to the next level. The band will be well rested too, as the Chucktown Ball comes a full month after the band’s final scheduled tour date, at LOCKN’ Festival from 8/25-28. You can see UM’s full summer tour plans here.As per UM’s website: Pre-sale and umVIP on-sale will begin on Tuesday, May 10, at 12:00 pm ET. During pre-sale, we will offer a limited amount of deeply discounted two-day early-bird tickets for $55.00. Snag these while supplies last. Public on-sale begins Thursday, May 12, at 12:00 pm ET. More information can be found here.
Vermont jam band Twiddle is currently out on the road, treating fans to their jam-heavy performing style. Fans who made it out to the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO got a taste of some of the band’s finest, as the band played two sets, each with only four songs. Every song played, excluding the encore rendition of The Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon,” easily passed with ten-minute mark, with jams stretching into the 20-minute territory on “Dr. Remidis Melodium.”With such a great performance thrown down in St. Louis, you know this band is itching to get back to Colorado tonight! The band will play four nights in the colorful state, including tonight and tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. They will then move to Durango & Grand Junction in Colorado, before continuing a tour that stretches through the Western U.S.. You can find tickets and more information about the band’s tour on their website.Listen to the extra-jammy performance from Twiddle, streaming below courtesy of taper Otterman.The full setlist can be seen below, thanks to uTwiddle.net.Setlist: Twiddle at The Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO – 9/28/16Set 1: Jamflowman, Indigo Trigger > Earth Mama, Zazu’s FlightSet 2: Syncopated Healing, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Honeyburste, Brown Chicken Brown CowEncore: Rocky RaccoonShow Notes: This show was a part of the 2016 Fall Tour. The Kitchen Dwellers opened the show. “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” contained a “Shakedown Street” (Grateful Dead) jam.
As far as modern rock and roll goes, few are as committed to the cause as Lady Gaga. The singer returned to her roots last night, performing at the 230-person capacity club The Bitter End in New York, NY, a city where she once cut her teeth in the earliest days of her career. Lady Gaga has pulled a lot of interesting stunts in her career, but her talent as a musician, singer, and songwriter shines above it all.Supporting her new album Joanne, Gaga has been touring dive bars across the country. She not only took the stage at The Bitter End, but the roof as well! Just after midnight in downtown Manhattan, Gaga appeared before the masses of those unable to get inside, and played encore renditions of her songs “Angel Down” and “Joanne.” Watch footage of the exciting performance below.
[Video via Kontagium // Article via JamBase] The Kitchen Dwellers are currently making their way cross-country and will end up in New York City this Friday, November 11th at jam-friendly venue American Beauty. The Montana-based bluegrass outfit will bring along Kung Fu guitarist Tim Palmieri, who will be playing an acoustic set, and The Upstate Rubdown for support on the evening (purchase tickets here).With the show just around the corner, full pro-shot video of their recent Boulder, CO show at The Fox Theatre has surfaced. The performance saw mandolinist Shawn Swain, bassist Joe Funk, guitarist Max Davies and banjoist Torrin Daniels joined by Leftover Salmon banjoist Andy Thorn towards the latter part of of the set on numbers such as “Reuben’s Train” and the John Hartford classic “Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie.”Thorn has been in the studio with the Dwellers producing their upcoming album. These guys are one of the best up and coming bluegrass/jamgrass outfits in the country. Don’t sleep on them!Purchase tickets for the Kitchen Dwellers NYC show here. For additional info and updates, check out the show’s Facebook Event page.Kitchen Dwellers Live at The Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO – 9/22/16:
Bob Weir has been on a tear recently—on Halloween, he performed with Dumpstaphunk, and over the weekend, he sat in with former Grateful Dead bandmate Phil Lesh, Midnight North, and members of Twiddle at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. In a moment of much-needed rest and relaxation, Bobby took to Instagram to share a hilarious video of Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Johnson in his new movie, LBJ, dancing with the music set to Alabama Shakes “Don’t Want To Fight No More”. Accompanying the video, Weir ominously advised: “Don’t eat the yellow acid…”Watch Bob Weir Get Funky With Dumpstaphunk On All Hallows Eve [Full Pro-Shot]Sure, this might not be the most pressing of news, but it certainly brightened our day. Check out the post for yourself below.
You don’t have to be born in the 80’s or earlier to know hits like “Thriller,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” or “Billie Jean.” And if you don’t, it’s time to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been living under. On this day, back in 1982 (November 30th, to be exact) Michael Jackson released his sixth solo album, Thriller, which went on to become the best-selling record of all time, certified 32x multi-platinum, and win eight Grammy Awards.Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones, was a veritable hit-maker, with Jackson penning four songs along with songwriter Rod Temperton creating three songs, including the album’s title track. It also featured guest spots from Paul McCartney (“The Girl Is Mine”), Eddie Van Halen and Toto’s Steve Lukather on “Beat It” (the former taking the ripping guitar solo), and the haunting spoken words of legendary actor Vincent Price reciting the closing lyrics to “Thriller” (easily one of the best videos ever created).While every music video of Jackson’s featured some of the best choreography known to man, the videos for “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and especially “Thriller” left a lasting impression on generations of future dancers and performers, including Usher, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, and more. They didn’t call him The King Of Pop for nothing. Let’s take a look at these classic songs and subsequent videos:“Beat It”:“Billie Jean”:“Thriller”:You can stream the album in full, below.[all videos courtesy of MichaelJacksonVEVO]