Last night was some history in the making, as the country of Cuba got their first-ever visit by The Rolling Stones. Just days after President Barack Obama promised to end embargoes, the Cuban people got to bask in the glory of true rock and roll. The legendary rockers took to the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, where they performed in front of roughly 500,000 enamored fans. As Rolling Stone describes it, “This was no ordinary concert. People hugged and shared looks of disbelief.” The fans were truly appreciative, as the Stones played one of the largest concerts ever on Cuban soil.The band opened with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and played so many of their hits through two hours of rockin’ music. They also welcomed out a local choir to start the encore, performing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and closing out the show with a song that defines rock music itself: “Satisfaction.”Watch highlights below, courtesy of various news outlets: Setlist: The Rolling Stones at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, Havana, Cuba – 3/25/16Set: Jumpin Jack Flash, It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It), Tumbling Dice, Out of Control, All Down the Line, Angie, Paint It Black, Honky Tonk Women, You Got The Silver, Before They Make Me Run, Midnight Rambler, Miss You, Gimme Shelter, Start Me Up, Sympathy For The Devil, Brown SugarEncore: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Setlist/quotes from Rolling Stone]
A video posted by Kristyn (@kristyn5527) on May 14, 2016 at 10:13pm PDT UPDATE 5/15 @ 6:30 PM: Red Hot Chili Peppers Share Optimistic Update On Anthony Kiedis’ HealthThe Red Hot Chili Peppers were to headline KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California last night, but had to last-minute cancel. 53-year-old Anthony Kiedis was reportedly rushed to the hospital for “extreme stomach pain,” according to Billboard. Instead, Weezer extended their set and Blink-182, who was not previously scheduled to perform at the festival, closed the show.The band broke the news to the festival-goers, who were audibly devastated to hear that the day event’s headliner would not be performing. Bassist Flea announced, “Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now and we’re unable to play this evening,” he said. “We are devastated about it. We’re really sad. We love you so much. We live to rock. …. But unfortunately there’s a medical thing that happened and he needed to deal with it.” Watch their announcement below: Drummer Chad Smith also tweeted about the situation: The Red Hot Chili Peppers are next scheduled to play the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California on May 17th.
The newest Grateful Dead supergroup, Golden Gate Wingmen, have announced a handful of exciting tour dates for summer 2016! The band features a number of Grateful Dead collaborators like Dead & Co’s Jeff Chimenti, Furthur’s John Kadlecik, RatDog’s Jay Lane and Billy & The Kids’ Reed Mathis.The band will kick off their summer touring with a show at The Peach Music Festival on August 12th, before heading to spots throughout the East Coast and Midwest. With eight shows scheduled between August 12-20, this band will really put the pedal to the metal for this week of jamming!You can check out the full schedule below.
The Rolling Stones have been hinting at announcing a new, blues-based album this week, and that’s exactly what they’ve delivered, as the band has revealed plans to release their first new record in eleven years. Called Blue And Lonesome, the record, due out on December 2nd, finds the band returning to their roots as men of the blues, covering several standards by some of the icons who originally inspired them.The Stones have included songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, and Little Walter on the album. Album co-producer Don Was said that “this album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.”Of note, the band brought Eric Clapton into the studio with them to capture some of his trademark blues guitar playing. Clapton appears on two songs on Blue And Lonesome, while other guests on the record include Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell and Matt Clifford, all of whom are members of the Stones touring band. With the Rolling Stones’ headlining appearance at the classic rock mega-fest Desert Trip over the next two weekends, it’s certainly possible that Clapton makes a guest appearance with his brothers in blues when they take the stage this Friday night.Below, check out a snippet of the opening track from the album, “Just Your Fool”, which was originally written and recorded by Little Walter. Also, see below for a full track list for Blue and Lonesome.Blue and Lonesome Tracklisting:01. Just Your Fool(Original written and recorded in 1960 by Little Walter)02. Commit A Crime(Original written and recorded in 1966 by Howlin’ Wolf – Chester Burnett)03. Blue And Lonesome(Original written and recorded in 1959 by Little Walter)04. All Of Your Love(Original written and recorded in 1967 by Magic Sam – Samuel Maghett)05. I Gotta Go(Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)6. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (feat. Eric Clapton)(Original recorded in 1971 by Little Johnny Taylor, composed by Miles Grayson & Lermon Horton)07. Ride ‘Em On Down(Original written and recorded in 1955 by Eddie Taylor)08. Hate To See You Go(Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)09. Hoo Doo Blues(Original recorded in 1958 by Lightnin’ Slim, composed by Otis Hicks & Jerry West)10. Little Rain(Original recorded in 1957 by Jimmy Reed, composed by Ewart.G.Abner Jr. and Jimmy Reed)11. Just Like I Treat You(Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in December 1961)12. I Can’t Quit You Baby (feat. Eric Clapton)(Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Otis Rush in 1956)
Tonight is the night that The Floozies take over Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado alongside electronic heroes Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, SunSquabi, Russ Liquid, and DJ Chicken Sammich. The stage just expanded to an even greater bill, as Jason Hann confirms a special sit-in. The String Cheese Incident percussionist says all he needs are “2 congas, a stool, and a Djembe” to join for the first half of the show.This will be the second time that Hann partakes in The Floozies electro-madness, as he previously filled in for drummer Mark Hill this summer at Peach Fest. Now better acquainted with the material, and with the full band on stage, tonight’s performance is sure to be the recipe for some future-funk greatness!Tickets to the event are available here. Check out the text message exchange below!Jason Hann is currently in Colorado touring with his Rythmatronix world music project. He’s bringing the group to NYC later this month at Brooklyn Comes Alive, with Oteil Burbridge, virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque (Sting, Joe Zawinul, Garaj Mahal), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven), and Afrocuban drummer Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdez, Sintesis) rounding out a complete bill of badasses. When we spoke to Hann about the new project, he excitedly described it as “global fusion music with a collection of badass musicians playing international grooves.” Learn more about the project here. Additional information about this year’s multi-venue, full-day event can be found here.
2016 has been a tough year for music fans, but there has been one shining light of late: A Tribe Called Quest’s We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. (Read the in-depth review here). Despite the untimely death of founding member Phife Dawg, A Tribe Called Quest released their final album last week, days after the Presidential election. The group’s swan song served as both a moving tribute to Phife, who is featured on the record, as well as an eye-opening call to fix social injustices in America.A Tribe Called Quest Are Planning One Final World TourThose two themes are at the forefront of ATCQ’s new video for “We The People….” The song itself deals with hatred towards social groups, and those issues come into the limelight in the newly released video. The clip also serves as a memorial for Phife, who is included by way of an animated graffiti artwork character. The group had artistically portrayed Phife during their recent appearance on Saturday Night Live as well.Watch the new video for “We The People….”, streaming below.
It’s almost April, and that means that Jazz Fest is right around the corner. There are so many amazing shows with incredible musicians on deck for the ten-day music extravaganza, it’s hard to know where to begin. One show that stands out from the pack is Fu*k 2016: A Funky Tribute To Artists We Lost, which will take place at the Howlin’ Wolf on Sunday, April 30th. The show will feature a mix of artists, from powerhouse funk outfits Turkuaz and The Motet alongside a slew of special guests like Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and Khris Royal, paying tribute to a variety of artists who passed away in 2016, such as Prince, David Bowie, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, George Michael, and more. On top of that, The Revivalists side-project RumpleSTEELskin is set to open the night. It’s a crazy lineup, to say the least.Now, the lineup has gotten even crazier. After the Fu*k 2016 tribute wraps up in the main room, Brooklyn power-duo The London Souls will hit The Den at the Howlin’ Wolf for an intimate performance of balls-to-the-wall Rock ‘n Roll. The Souls are known for their high-octane live shows, with energetic guitarist Tash Neal and virtuosic drummer Chris St. Hilaire having harvested an incredible ability to feed off each other and push each other while on stage. The two players are remarkably comfortable while in the spotlight, and it’s hard to believe that only two musicians can make that much noise. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why The Who have tapped the London Souls to open three shows for them this summer.One ticket will get you into the Howlin’ Wolf for all three sets of music. Come early for RumpleSTEELskin, rage the Fu*k 2016 tribute set with members of Turkuaz and The Motet, and stay until the early hours of the morning with The London Souls in The Den!– SHOW INFO –Artist: “Fu*k 2016: A Funky Tribute to Artists We Lost” featuring members of Turkuaz and The Motet, w/ special guest RumpleSTEELskin & The London Souls late night in The DenVenue: Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Sunday – April 30th, 2017Price: $25adv / $35dosAges: 18+Tickets: Click Here If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.
Year after year, the Peoria Riverfront Concert Series in Peoria, Illinois, just seems to get better and better. For more jam-inclined fans, this year’s series has some great lineups, which kicks off with hometown heroes and headliners The Way Down Wanderers and Steady Flow. Throughout July and August, the series will host performances from scene veterans and stalwarts Umphrey’s McGee, Michael Franti, and moe. and Railroad Earth. Take a look below at the upcoming Peoria Riverfront Concert Series schedule and the impressive players involved. It’s going to be a great summer in Peoria!July 15th — Way Down Wanderers and Steady FlowPeoria’s own five-piece folk-Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, will bring their high-spirited stage show to the hometown crowd on July 15th. The up-and-coming group has made waves across the music world, receiving nominations and awards for both their songwriting skills and live show. The Wanderers were able to tap The Avett Brothers’ Mike Marsh to produce the group’s 2016 self-titled debut album, which speaks volumes to their abilities. Joining them for their headlining appearance at the Peoria Riverfront Concert Series will be local independent funk act Steady Flow, who is known for bringing plenty of energy to their live shows, and has already played big-time festivals such as Summer Camp, Phases of the Moon, and North Coast Festival.Tickets: $12 adv/$15 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Event page here.The Way Down Wanderers’ “Wildfire”Steady Flow at Summer Camp 2016[via Instrumental Motion]July 23rd — Umphrey’s McGeeWhat can be said about Umphrey’s McGee that hasn’t been said already? The group has an uncanny ability to tap into just about any musical genre at the drop of a dime and are known for putting out some of the best progressive improvisation you can find in the world. This, plus their steady touring schedule, have made the gentlemen of Umphrey’s one of the tightest live acts in the scene today. There is a reason this Midwest act just completed their first-ever three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this past July 4th weekend — they just bring it night in and night out. This show will be a proper local rage for all to enjoy.Tickets: $32.50 adv / $35 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Events page here.Umphrey’s McGee — “2 x 2” at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on 3/30/2017 August 15th — Michael Franti and Spearhead with SatsangRebel roots rocker Michael Franti is no stranger to the jam scene, making appearances at just about every major festival in the U.S. and abroad, as well as touring alongside acts such as the aforementioned Umphrey’s McGee, plus The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Keller Williams to name a few. With music and lyrics promoting peace and social justice and addressing issues like climate change and other contemporary issues, Franti is a man on a mission to bring change to the world through his positive vibes and energy. Taking a page out of the social justice handbook is local Conscious Music Collective act, Satsang, who brings the roots-rock-reggae art of storytelling to the fold in support of the San Francisco-born Franti.Tickets: $30 adv / $35 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Events page here.Michael Franti’s “Summertime Is In Our Hands”Satsang’s “Story of You”August 18th — moe. & Railroad EarthThe icing on the cake for the Peoria Riverfront series of jam shows will be moe. and Railroad Earth’s doubleheader of improv-based music. The Buffalo, New York-based jam quintet and Americana-rock sextet out of Stillwater, New Jersey will team up for a joint tour at the end of the summer, and one stop will see the two groups deliver the goods to the Illinois faithful. moe. has been delivering their psychedelic rock stylings since 1989 and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon — especially given the fact that they revived their summer moe.down Festival this past weekend after a couple of summers off. The newgrass jams of Railroad Earth are perfect for any evening in the summer, as Todd Sheaffer, Tim Carbone, and company seemingly play at the top of their game night after night, which is an accomplishment in and of itself.Tickets: $30 adv / $35 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Events page here.moe. — “Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Opium > Making Flippy Floppy” at Summer Camp 2016Railroad Earth — “Hangtown Ball” at Red Rocks 2014With these performances tempting music lovers far and wide, the downtown Peoria Riverfront (check out more info here) should solidify those on the fence about making the trip. Peoria Riverfront is a fantastic area for a good hang prior to taking in some music. The downtown area is a major hub of activity with a market full of locally grown produce, meats, cheeses, and more; plenty of restaurants to grab a bite and drink from before the show; and local artists selling their own unique artwork, jewelry, candles, and more. You can check out the full list of Peoria Riverfront concerts by visiting the event’s website calendar.[cover photo courtesy of Rios.Photos]
Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Matisyahu, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks, and Brock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove. In the fifth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey discusses his relationship with the band Phish ahead of Twiddle’s three night run at Irving Plaza in NYC (tickets available here).Twiddle Announces Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Giant Country Horns, And More For NYC RunDempsey was surprised by fellow keys master Page McConnell at Twiddle’s inaugural Tumble Down in August 2016, when the Phish member emerged during the second set, joining Twiddle for a rendition of their original song “When It Rains It Pours.” Reacting to the unexpected sit-in, Dempsey told Live For Live Music: “Phish has been such a huge part of my life both musically and personally over the years. So to not only get to play their music while Page is listening but then to realize he’s about to walk onstage and sit down behind the keys… Yeah. I’m still smiling.” Read our newest interview with Dempsey below, and get excited for Twiddle’s three-night run during the Baker’s Dozen!Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Ryan Dempsey: When they got back together in 2009, we all went together and saw them at Great Woods in Mansfield, MA. I remember being so excited to hear how they would sound after being apart for so long. And even more excited that I was getting to see them again after thinking they were done for good.L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?RD: My words will fall short. Never has a band been more inspirational to me personally, to many of my friends, and to bands that I know. Their creativity is unmatched and continues to surprise me.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?RD: I’m not sure of the exact number but definitely over 50.L4LM: Do you have a favorite show, or most memorable experience?RD: One of my favorite moments was at a NYE show at Madison Square Garden during the “silent jam” in Divided Sky. There are not many bands who can make 50,000 people go that crazy over no sounds happening on stage. I remember tears went down my eyes because the energy was so powerful.I also had a great show experience with my fiancé after getting engaged at LOCKN’. Pete Shapiro gifted us Phish Guest passes and we got to view the show from the side stage with Phil Lesh. They played so many songs that are favorites of ours. We also got to meet the guys and they are all just genuinely nice and gracious people.L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?RD: Reba and FluffheadL4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?RD: This isn’t wild in the way you’d expect but I ran into the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at Festival 8 and they helped one of my buddies get into his Green Man suit. He didn’t even know it was them until after the fact when he turned around so it was great to see his reaction.If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)
Over the weekend, Hurricane Irma made disastrous landfall over the state of Florida, leaving 6 million people with property damage, flooding, loss of power, and lacking essentials. Widespread Panic were scheduled to perform their annual visit to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on September 15, 16, and 17. Thankfully because St. Augustine was not as severely affected as other Florida cities, Widespread Panic will still perform their scheduled dates. With this announcement, the band also asks that fans help the community by bringing non-perishable foods and monetary donations for Feeding Northeast Florida. Donations can also be made here.“Loss of power and flooding have created additional struggles for neighbors in the community who are already food insecure. If you are looking to help, your generous gift will help distribute food, water and supplies over the next few weeks to local families in crises. We urgently need your support to make this happen,” the band wrote in a Facebook statement.Widespread Panic Donates $176K Worth Of Instruments To Memphis Music ProgramsFans of Widespread Panic know how special multi-night runs are, but especially in St. Augustine. We’re happy to hear that the city is able to welcome the band and will host yet another year of WSMFP memories. For more Widespread Panic dates, head to their website.Enjoy these pro-shot videos from last year’s Widespread Panic run at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, courtesy of the band. [photo by Daniel Ojeda]