Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/18/16Set 1: Mental Breakdown> Sometimes I’ve Won, Nothin’ But A Breeze, Near Me, Blue Collar Blues> Wheel Hoss> Blue Collar Blues, If It Hadn’t Been For Love, Around You> Robots> Around You Set 2: Traffic Jam> I Second That Emotion> Traffic Jam, Love Before You Can’t, Sister Golden Hair, This Lonesome Heart, Years With Rose> Finally Saw The Light, Fingerprint, Summer In The City, Scent Of A Mule> Only A Northern SongEncore: White FreightlinerCheck out a full gallery of photos from our own Rex Thomson below Load remaining images Yonder Mountain String Band brought their never ending road odyssey to Portland, Oregon’s fabled Crystal Ballroom last Friday, March 18th for a homecoming show for their two newest members. Mandolinist Jake Jolliff was all smiles as he worked the crowd before the show, greeting friends and family members with smiles, hugs and promises of wonderful music to come. Illinois transplant and fiery fiddler Allie Kral was happy to be in her new home town, even if it was just for the night. The site of Yonder’s visit, the Crystal Ballroom, has seen every type of act imaginable in its hundred plus years of existence, starting as a dance hall and vaudeville stage before hosting thousands of concerts from some of music’s most legendary acts, from Tina Turner to some of the first shows from the Grateful Dead. Though the past belonged to many, this night belonged to Yonder and they weren’t planning on letting go.Yonder left nothing to chance, utilizing their tried and true blend of crowd favorite originals, inventively reworked covers and instrumental interludes that ranged in tone from transcendental to furious. Bassist Ben Kaufmann handled most of the stage patter as usual, using his “Aw Shucks” demeanor to effortlessly connect with the crowd and repeatedly thank them for their support. Adam Aijala and Dave Johnston, Kaufmann’s fellow original members shared not just the vocal duties on the nights tunes but the wide, satisfied smiles that rarely left their faces as they rocked through the night’s songs. Their deceptively mellow demeanor belied the intricate and passionate fret board work the pair demonstrated all night long. Kinfolk favorites “Traffic Jam” and “Robots” were complimented by inspired takes on America‘s “Sister Golden Hair,” The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer In The City,” Phish’s “Scent Of A Mule,” The Beatles’ “Only A Northern Song,” and a crowd pleasing, boogie down sing-a-long version of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles’ “I Second That Emotion.”The 2.0 version of Yonder has gelled into a remarkably varied ensemble, capable of bringing a sense of newness to their older material and an unpredictability to the direction of their newest songs. Kral’s majestic, droning chords during “Around You,” the closer to the first set of music, were counterpointed with an eastern modality plucked by Johnston that seemed more at home in some distant, mystical land than at a bluegrass show. Jolliff, whose speed and dexterity can transition from a slow simmer to an overflowing boil seemed to relish the opportunity to play for so many familiar faces and he made each solo a memorable event. Fellow newcomer Allie Kral’s emergence as a powerful vocalist in her own right has added yet another dimension to Yonder, and her all out assault on the encore rendition of the bluegrass standard White Freigtliner had the near capacity crowd on their feet and begging for more. Thought the show was sadly over despite their cheers, since the Yonder Mountain String Band will be back to the area for the Northwest String Summit in just a few short months, they won’t have to wait too much longer for another chance to dance up a storm. The night got started by another act destined for the stages of Horning’s Hideout during the String Summit, Washington’s Polecat. This five piece Americana bluegrass fusion wasn’t afraid to get things riled up, though they were also adept at painting trance like sonic landscapes. Their drummer Karl Olson managed to stir the mix gently and unobtrusively, while still being able to ring the thunder, a much needed talent in a band that wants to vary their sound as much as Polecat does. They showcased a number of songs from their forthcoming album, as well as tunes from their previous releases. Loyal supporters were treated to a couple of special guests, with Kat Fountain on harmonica and Paul from MarchFourth! on trumpet to help make a memorable set even more impressive.
If you missed this year’s Friendly Gathering, Vermont-based jammers Twiddle made sure that fans who couldn’t make the Timber Ridge, Vermont happening still got a glimpse of their infectious sound. The band piled into a vintage Airstream mobile recording studio, dubbed the FrendShip, to connect with fans across the world. Two fans were selected to Skype the band during their performance, and follow them up with some questions. Watch Twiddle perform “Daydream Farmer” in the Airstream below!
Virginia-based quartet Threesound is quickly emerging on the live music scene, seamlessly blending various genres to create a fresh and engaging sound. The band always delivers a groove, whether its the bursting melodic guitar lines or tight rhythm section leading the charge. Ever since 2011, Threesound has impressed listeners with infectious live performances and catchy songwriting, landing them on bills with groups like Twiddle, TAUK, The Main Squeeze and more.Ever eager to take things to the next level, the band has a brand new album called Different Spaces due out on September 12th. We’re excited to share a fresh cut from the new release, as Threesound has given us the exclusive premiere on their new video for the track “Bumblebee.”Says singer/guitarist John Hayes, “Bumblebee was written like other songs we’ve written in the past, the guitar and drums came first and lyrics second. Bumblebees themselves are a vital part of the natural world; I used to have conversations with a friend about that and he was conveyed their importance to the world, and that stuck with me.”Watch the brand new video, streaming below.Like what you hear? Then don’t miss Threesound on the road! You can see their full touring schedule below, and find out more about the band on their Facebook.Threesound Upcoming Tour Dates9.3 | Stuart, VA | Front Porch Fest9.17 | Winchester, VA | Valley Fusion Festival9.17 | Rock Camp, WV | Pink Moon Festival9.24 | Harrisonburg, VA | Clementine 10.7 | Raleigh, NC | The Pour House Music Hall10.22 | Richmond, VA | The Camel11.11 | Indiana, PA | Brown Hotel
Back in 2008, three young musicians posted a video of themselves absolutely shredding one of Phish’s more complex tunes, “You Enjoy Myself” (YEM). The video received widespread attention in the jam scene, particularly fueled by a post that appeared on Phantasy Tour. Having surfaced around the time that the movie Superbad came out, the teenage sensations gained the title “The McLovins“, which has since stuck.“We first uploaded the YEM video on Sunday, November 30th, 2008,” explains drummer Jake Huffman. “We had just recorded it and I was so excited that right after practice was over I cut the video and uploaded it to YouTube. The next morning I had about a thousand new emails and my phone wouldn’t really turn on. By the time I got to school in the morning (I was in 10th grade) the video had gone viral though a phish fan website (Phantasy Tour) and it had well over 10,000 views. Through that video, we received a bunch of inquiries to play across the country, and because our parents were cool they let us play all over the Northeast.”“We set off from that point with good momentum,” Jake continues, “and soon found ourselves playing big events like Gathering of the Vibes and Nateva Music Festival, always bumping into people mentioning the YEM video as their first introduction to our band.”Nearly a decade later, the band continues to strategically use digital media as a driving force for their content.“With the YEM video,” bassist Jason Ott adds, “we started off with one camera and literally overnight we realized the potential, and how many people we could reach to hear our music. It motivated us to figure out new way to produce content.”“The goal has always been to connect with fans,” explains Jake, “so that when they come to our shows they feel like they already know us. Whether that’s with cover tunes, originals, van sessions, or a video from tour shot on the side of the road, we always find that fans are most engaged with us as a band when we are pushing ourselves to create original content in the band’s collective voice.”“In the past few years we have branched out from just putting out music videos and have started creating content that reflects our personality as well as our music,” continues keyboardist Atticus Kelly. “For instance, the #AtticusFacts manifests our collective sense of humor, and also serve to give a personal touch for each show, city by city.”“I think it’s important to try and communicate with all people on social media so they know we are listening,” concludes guitarist Justin Berger.Enjoy this video for a new tune called “No Limit,” and be sure to catch the McLovins Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at American Beauty NYC on 12/17 (get tickets here).
The String Cheese Incident always goes big for New Year’s Eve, and this past year at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO was no exception. The band made their end-of-2016 one to remember by taking the stage in full tuxedos with Cirque de Soleil-style performers and a floating merry go round!As these performers flew through the air, the band played both “You’ve Got The World” and “Just One Story” to the delight of fans in attendance. Fortunately for those who haven’t gotten to experience this magic (or for those who want to re-experience it!), the band has shared pro-shot footage of their “Just One Story” routine.Check out the new video, streaming below.[Photo by Jake Sudek]
The five night run of Voodoo Dead ended last night at the Ardmore Music Hall, as the elite ensemble of Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Oteil Burbridge, Wally Ingram, Papa Mali and Jackie Greene united for a series of funky performances. The energy was electric as the band worked through mostly Grateful Dead music, with a few surprises along the way. After an opening set from the High & Mighty Brass Band, the Voodoo Dead crew got to work with an opening “Crazy Fingers,” before settling in with hits like “He’s Gone” and “Big Railroad Blues.” The band managed to work in a number of non-Grateful Dead covers as well, including The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Eleanor Rigby,” as well as “One Way Out,” “After Midnight” and “In The Midnight Hour”Fortunately, thanks to LiquidSilverStreams, we can watch the full performance below. Check out the videos and the full setlist here!High & Mighty Brass Band:Set One:Set Two:Setlist: Voodoo Dead | Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 2/12/17I: Crazy Fingers, Big Railroad Blues, He’s Gone, One Way Out, Jack Straw, Don’t Let Me DownII: Help on the Way> Slipknot!> Hey Pocky Way (w/Low Rider and Iko teases), After Midnight> Eleanor Rigby> After Midnight, Shakedown Street, Deal, In the Midnight HourE: Stella Blue[Setlist via David Zaius/FOJC]
Last weekend, The Infamous Stringdusters rolled into the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA for a wild Saturday night performance. The band is firing on all cylinders these days, fresh from the release of their early 2017 album Laws Of Gravity. The five piece, comprised of Travis Book (bass), Andy Falco (guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Andy Hall (dobro) and Chris Pandolfi (banjo), work soulful harmonies and melodies into each and every one of their songs. It’s a true pleasure watching them at work!Thanks to photographer Brandon Weil, we can share a full gallery of images from the show. Check it out, below! Load remaining images
Texas bluesman Gary Clark Jr. has a slew of surprises in store for fans in early 2017. Earlier this month, the guitarist announced the impending release of a new live album, North America 2016 (a follow-up to his 2014 live release Gary Clark Jr. Live) and shared a video for the album’s first single “The Healing.” The new album is comprised of recordings from various dates throughout Clark’s extensive 2016 tour.Gary Clark Jr. Announces New Live Album Release, Shares “The Healing” [Listen]On Friday, Clark released his second video from North America 2016–this time of him performing “My Baby’s Gone” underneath swirling, psychedelic moving illustrations. You can check out Gary Clark Jr.’s brand new music video below via the artist’s YouTube page:Gary Clark Jr. – North America 2016 — Full Track Listing1. Grinder (Live)2. The Healing (Live)3. Our Love (Live)4. Cold Blooded (Live)5. When My Train Pulls In (Live)6. Down To Ride (Live)7. You Saved Me (Live)8. Shake (Live)9.Church (Live)10. Honest I Do (Live)11. My Baby’s Gone (Live)12. Numb (Live)North America 2016 will be available in full on March 17th. For more information, or to pre-order the album, visit Gary Clark Jr.’s website.
Dopapod 2017 Upcoming Tour Dates:03/31 Philadelphia, PA: Theatre Of Living Arts04/01 Philadelphia, PA: Theatre Of Living Arts04/05 Portland, ME: Port City Music Hall04/06 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground04/07 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club04/08 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club04/09 Fairfield, CT: The Warehouse @ FTC04/12 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt04/13 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom04/14 Detroit, MI: The Magic Stick04/15 Grand Rapids, MI: The Intersection04/18 Urbana, IL: Canopy Club04/19 St. Louis, MO: Ready Room04/20 Lexington, KY: Cosmic Charlies04/21 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge04/22 Atlanta, GA: Sweetwater 420 Festival04/25 Wilmington, NC: The Throne Theatre04/26 Carborro, NC: Cat’s Cradle04/27 Charlotte, NC: Neighborhood Theatre04/28 Richmond, VA: The Broadberry04/29 Baltimore, MD: Soundstage06/09 Stephentown, NY: Disc Jam Music Festival06/10 Boulder, CO: Fox Theatre06/29-30 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival07/01 Ozark, AR: Highberry Music Festival07/15 Berryville, VA: Pasture Palooza08/04 Thornville, OH: Werk Out Music & Arts Festival08/06 Loveland, CO: Arise Music Festival08/10 Scranton, PA: Peach Music Festival Dopapod, the four-piece jam quartet from the Northeast, drops their highly anticipated new live album, II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II, today. This latest release compiles soundboard recordings from their most recent tour and is a followup to their first live compilation, I Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was I, which was released six years ago in 2011. This new live release features fourteen choice cuts from throughout Dopapod’s 2016 fall tour as well as their brief stint in Colorado during January of this year. It also includes the song “Trickery,” a relatively new Dopapod tune that hasn’t made it onto any of their studio albums as of yet.To get us all hyped for II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II, Dopapod has been kind enough to share with us the first peek at a brand-new pro-shot video of the seventeen-minute “FABA” from the new live album. The video was shot by videographer extraordinaire MKDevo on December 30th of 2016, during Dopapod’s New Year’s two-night run at The Madison Theater in Covington, KY.You can watch the instrumental goodness that is “FABA” below, then pop over and pick up Dopapod’s new live album here. Also, you can check out the full track listing for II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II and Dopapod’s upcoming tour dates below the video. Dopapod’s II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II Track Listing:1. Trapper Keeper > Mudwalkin’ > Trapper Keeper (1/29/17 – Frisco, CO)2. Priorities (11/17/16 – Stroudsburg, PA)3. FABA (12/30/16 – Covington, KY)4. Hey Zeus! Que Tal? (12/9/16 – Iowa City, IA)5. Nerds (12/14/16 – Ann Arbor, MI)6. Psycho Nature > PLSS > Psycho Nature (1/29/17 – Frisco, CO)7. Vol. 3 #86 (12/14/16 – Ann Arbor, MI)8. Trickery (12/15/16 – Kalamazoo, MI)9. PIcture In Picture (12/30/16 – Covington, KY)10. Present Ghosts (11/17/16 – Stroudsburg, PA)11. STADA (11/18/16 – New York, NY)12. Bluetooth (12/2/16 – Charleston, SC)13. Blast (12/2/16 – Charleston, SC)14. Bubble Brain (12/2/16 – Charleston, SC)
Load remaining images It’s hard to know how to feel after last night’s Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. For nearly four hours, different combinations of world-class musicians graced the Fox stage with the Colonel, performing joyous renditions of classic rock and blues covers along with seminal Bruce Hampton material to a packed house (and countless more via live stream) in honor of the Colonel’s 70th birthday. It was a joyous celebration; a highly potent, awe-inspiring display of musicianship; a moving show of respect and admiration for one of the most influential performers of his generation.Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonEven before Hampton collapsed during the show’s encore, this was a performance of epic proportions, a night of music that would be talked about for years to come. Many of the jam scene’s most talented and respected players–including John Bell, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Karl Denson, Jimmy Herring, Chuck Leavell, John Popper, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer and so many more–came out to pay their respects to a the jam scene elder statesman.From the almost overwhelming musical star power featured throughout the night, to the stranger-than-fiction manner in which the evening ended, Hampton 70 instantly became one of the most meaningful, beautiful, tragic, stupefying rock concerts that has ever occurred. Until the end of time, people will talk about the night that Colonel Bruce Hampton gathered the best and the brightest for one final, incredible performance, and left it all on the stage. An iconic occurrence on the timeline of music history. A truly legendary send-off.Listen to a full audience audio recording of the show below:Hampton 70 – 5/1/17 – Full Audio[Audio: Daniel Kopp]You can check out the full artist lineup and setlist from Hampton 70: A Celeration of Col. Bruce Hampton below (provided from soundcheck, so not totally accurate), as well as a beautiful gallery of photos from the surreal event courtesy of photographer Dave Vann.SETLIST: Hampton 70: A Celebration Of Col. Bruce Hampton | Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 5/1/17Intro“There Was A Time” (Jon Waterhouse, Bruce Hampton, Tyler Neal, Darren Stanley, Carter Herring, Johnny Knapp, Matt Slocum, Ike S.)“Sing About It” (Oliver Wood, Darick Campbell, Duane Trucks, Emil Werstler, Matt Slocum)“Postcards From Hell” (Oliver Wood, Darick Campbell, Duane Trucks, Kevin, Emil Werstler, Matt Slocum)“Feeling Good” (Oliver Wood, Darick Campbell, Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott, Emil Werstler, Matt Slocum)“Oh Pretty Woman” (Jake Peavy, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Duane Trucks, Kevin, Ike Stubblefield, Denny Walley, Horns, Yonrico Scott)“Shake Your Hips” (Jake Peavy & Taz, Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott, Ike Stubblefield, Denny Walley, Horns, Yonrico Scott)“Workin’ on a Building” (Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Jeff Mosier, John Popper, Duane, Kevin Scott, Emil Werstler, Matt Slocum)“Black Bottom” (Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Jeff Mosier, John Popper, Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott, Emil Wrestler, Matt Slocum)“She Caught the Katy” (Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Jeff Mosier, John Popper, Duane Trucks, Kevin, Emil Wrestler, Matt Slocum, Jeff Sipe, Horns, Jon Fishman)“When You Come Back Next Time You Gotta Stay” (Kevin Lead) (Kevin Kinney, Hardy Morris, Todd Snider, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Duane, Emil, Slocum, Tinsley,)“Stupid Preoccupations” (Hardy Lead) (Kevin Kinney, Hardy Morris, Todd Snider, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Duane, Kevin, Emil, Slocum, Tinsley, Schools)“Play a Train Song” (Todd Snider lead) (Kevin Kinney, Hardy Morris, Todd Snider, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Duane, Kevin, Emil, Slocum, Tinsley, Schools)“Rip This Joint” (Peter Buck lead)/Karl Denson solos (Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Karl Denson)“Compared to What” (Sipe & Fish) Karl D solos (Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Karl Denson)“Good Morning Lil Schoolgirl” (Tinsley (Sipe & Fish) Karl D solos (Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Karl Denson)“More Trouble Everyday” (Fish & Trucks) HORNS (Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Karl Denson)“Jessica” (Fish & Trucks) (Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell, Peter Buck, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Karl Denson)“Time is Free” (John Bell, Jimmy Herring, Duane Trucks, Dave Schools, Matt Slocum, Chuck Leavell, Jeff Sipe)“Throndossa” (JB, Jimmy, Duane, Schools, Slocum, Chuck Leavell, Jeff Sipe)“Smokestack Lightning” (JB, Jimmy, Duane, Schools, Slocum) (Chuck Leavell) (Derek and Susan) (Falcon)“Don’t Cry No More” (JB, Jimmy, Duane, Schools, Slocum) (Chuck Leavell) (Derek and Susan) (Falcon) (Horns)“Yield Not to Temptation” (Bruce Hampton, JB, Jimmy, Duane, Schools, Slocum) (Bruce) (Derek and Susan) (Horns) (Falcon)“Fixin to Die” (Bruce Hampton, JB, Jimmy, Duane, Schools, Slocum) (Bruce) (Derek and Susan)( Fishman)“Don’t Go in the Room” (Bruce Hampton, Duane, Kevin, Emil, Slocum, Fishman)“Space is the Place” (Bruce Hampton, Duane, Kevin, Emil, Slocum, Warren, Fishman) (Horns) (Maybe Fishman)I’m So Glad (Bruce, Duane, Kevin, Emil, Slocum, Warren, Fishman, Horns)ENCORE:“Col.Bruce’s Military Ensemble” – EVERYONE (led by Sipe)“Turn On Your Lovelight” – EVERYONE, (sung by Oliver Wood, Susan Tedeschi, Bruce Hampton, TAZ, John Popper solos)[Cover photo by Dave Vann]Hampton 70: Col Bruce Hampton 70th Birthday Celebration | Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 5/1/17