This summer, the annual Highberry Music Festival looks to be quite the musical celebration. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas from June 30-July 4, Highberry will fill the void of Wakarusa’s departure with a stacked lineup from top to bottom.With previously announced headliners like Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams and Papadosio, the festival certainly piqued our curiosity. Now, they’ve doubled down and added a handful of great artists, including the return of Buckethead to the festival circuit. The masked guitarist has not performed live since 2012, making this all the more special.The full lineup of additions includes Steady Flow, Spoonfed Tribe, Greener Grounds, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Isayah’s All-stars, Groovement, Henry & The Invisibles, The 1 oz. Jig, The Ozark Travelers, The Creek Rocks, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Smar T Jones, and Brother Leadfeather. Check out the full lineup below, and head to the fest’s website for details.Enter To Win Tickets:
Earlier this year, LOCKN’ impressed jam fans with a stacked lineup, featuring headlining sets from Phish, Ween and My Morning Jacket. The festival had promised lineup additions, and today they’ve delivered on that promise, adding a handful of artists to their 2016 lineup.The additions include EOTO, Hard Working Americans, Moon Taxi, Donna the Buffalo, Doobie Decibel System, Circles Around The Sun and Garcia’s Forest. Nice!The added bands feature a number of members from some of the major jam bands in the scene, including String Cheese percussionists in EOTO, Widespread Panic members in Hard Working Americans, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal in both HWA and Circles Around The Sun. This will also be the first live performance for Circles Around The Sun, the group that composed the music for setbreaks at Fare Thee Well.Neal Casal Talks Circles Around the Sun, The Album That Grew From Fare Thee WellOne puzzling entry is Garcia’s Forest, a band that seemingly has no back story. Obviously a reference to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, it’s unclear what this band will entail.In a recent interview with L4LM, festival founder Peter Shapiro spoke about the uniqueness that LOCKN’ brings to the table. “If you look at the other major festivals – and they’re great festivals, I’ve been to all of them and I love them – but if you took the name off the major festivals, and just looked at the lineups, it would be difficult to tell which one was which. I don’t think you’d be able to name which one was Outside Lands, which one was Lollapalooza, which one was ACL, which one was Bonnaroo, but you could identify LOCKN’.” Read more here.The festival also promises additional artists to be added, so be sure to check back for more updates!
While Todd Stoops is known for his funky keyboard styles, the performer is also associated with his Adidas tracksuits. That’s all changing soon, however, as Stoops has accepted an endorsement deal from Nike to wear their gear.“I’d been wearing Adidas for years, ever since my cousin gave me ten of their tracksuits for Christmas one year. I always tried to get them to sponsor me, but they missed out on the opportunity,” said Stoops. “Once Nike made the call, I knew it was too good of an offer to pass up on.”Stoops will be required to funk out in Nike uniforms at twenty super jams per year, as well as ten guest appearances with bands like String Cheese, Twiddle and more. While he wouldn’t tell us the specific value of the endorsement, it was “enough to burn all of my Adidas suits, that’s for sure.”We’ll certainly miss the Adidas days, and hopefully Stoops’ newfound endorsement won’t affect his playing![Via April Fools!]
Chris Robinson Brotherhood made their triumphant return to the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas last night, playing to a packed house for the Brooklyn venue’s Sin City offshoot. The Brooklyn Bowl in Vegas has been a favorite among musicians since its opening in 2014, attracting a number of incredible artists to its humble stage. After playing a three-night run there in 2014, the CRB returned in fine form last night.The band kicked off their show with a powerful rendition of “Leave My Guitar Alone.” The band rocked through a number of originals in the first frame, including “Someday Past The Sunset,” “The Music’s Hot” and so many more. They closed out the first set with a smokin’ rendition of “Hard To Handle,” the Otis Redding classic that was revitalized by Robinson’s former band, The Black Crowes.Set two brought more soul-rock glory, opening with “Shore Power” and working in a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” After a rockin’ “I Ain’t Hiding” closed out the second half, the band returned for an encore performance of JJ Cale’s “After Midnight.” They let it all hang out, indeed.Check out the full setlist, as well as a photo gallery from house photographer Erik Kabik, below:Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 4/25/16Set One: Leave My Guitar Alone, Someday Past The Sunset, Forever As The Moon, Oak Apple Day, Tornado, The Music’s Hot, Roan County Banjo, Hard to HandleSet Two: Shore Power, Meanwhile in the Gods…, California Hymn, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, Ain’t It Hard But Fair, Narcissus Soaking Wet, Tuff Mama, I Ain’t HidingEncore: After Midnight Load remaining images
Anyone hip to the groove is sure to love the band Ripe, as the Boston-based group continues to pick up new fans with amazing opportunities. 2016 has been a banner year for the band, as they’ve gotten to perform at festivals like High Sierra and Summer Camp, and even went on the road as support for G. Love & Special Sauce earlier this year. With a showcase set coming up at Brooklyn Comes Alive (more info here), we caught up with the band’s dynamic frontman Robbie Wulfsohn to learn all about the Ripe adventure.The band got their beginnings at the Berklee College of Music, when they met within just a few weeks of starting at school. “Within two weeks of getting to school, we were making music together at parties,” says Wulfsohn. “Two weeks after that, we realized we wanted to do this as a band, and then it snowballed from there.” It’s been five years since those early days, and the snowball only grows larger.Ripe settled in quickly as a seven-piece ensemble, backed by a diverse array of musical influences and styles. Part jam band, part funk, part jazz and part soul, the band draws from everywhere to give fans a high-energy performance from start to finish. “I want to appeal to Phish fans, and to D’Angelo fans,” says Robbie. When asked about the band’s genre, however, it’s all “dance music” at the end of the day.For a great taste of the band’s music, we turn to their recent session on the Audiotree Live video series. Audiotree is a artist-centric music company, with a popular live video series that pairs talented musicians with top-notch production. “They made it sound amazing, look amazing. They made us feel so comfortable. It’s wonderful to come into contact with people who care about the way that we do.” You can see the band’s awesome session, streaming in full via the playlist below.There’s an undeniable charisma that comes across in the band’s music, led by the dynamic presence of Robbie himself. Though the lead singer is a talented guitarist, he decided early on to let friends Tory Geismar and Jon Becker take the guitar duties for their shows. He talks enthusiastically about connecting with the audiences, to play off of them with total freedom on the stage.One particular frontman highlight for Robbie came months after the band’s tour with G. Love, during a subsequent performance at the House of Blues in Boston months later. “He challenged me to a freestyle battle, completely out of the blue. I rap battled G Love on stage for the first time! My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my body, but I think I was able to hold my own.”It’s moments like those that keeps Ripe moving in the right direction, as they got to experience a whole new world performing at big festivals this summer.“Most of the band grew up going to festivals as spectators, so to be able to contribute to that from the artist spot is truly something I’ve been waiting to do for as long as I can remember. Especially at High Sierra where everyone’s at equal playing field, you could go to the area back stage if you want a Coconut Water and there’s Thievery Corporation hanging out. The Turkuaz guys caught your set and are happy to see you and want to talk to you. Guys that I have been listening to, as long as, if not longer than we’ve been a band. We’re finally able to give back to people that like that kind of sound with the thing that we do, and it means so much to me.”We’re honored to have this emerging talent join a roster of artists like Joe Russo, Oteil Burbridge, Jason Hann, Aron Magner, John Medeski, Marc Brownstein and more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive. On October 22nd, 50+ artists will be descending upon Brooklyn for unique performances, spread across three venues. Says Robbie, “Looking at the list of musicians, I’m freaking the fuck out. It looks unbelievable. The more I find out about it, the more I enjoy it.”The future is looking bright for Ripe, as they continue to work on new music for their first full-length album. The band has two EPs previously released, both of which can be found on Spotify. So don’t miss Ripe when they come to town! We’ll be boogie-ing right there with ya.For more on Ripe, be sure to visit their official website.
10-piece soul/funk ensemble West End Blend continues to impress in the live setting, throwing it back with a retro vibe while keeping things fresh with an unrelenting energy. As the band continues to tour through the Northeast, they will also soon be releasing a brand new EP called Say Hey! next Wednesday, September 28th.The new EP looks to be quite the energetic release, as evidence by the debut single. We’re honored to premiere the track “Like Me” today, for all your funky needs. Enjoy it!The band has a lot of excitement on the way, as they’ll be hitting Hartford, Brooklyn (with special guests from Turkuaz) and Burlington for a run of EP release shows, with support from Hayley Jane & The Primates and members of Turkuaz and Dopapod. After the EP release run, they hit the road on a 10 day tour with The Nth Power. The week after that they will be joining Dopapod back in Burlington at Higher Ground as support, and The Blend Horns will join Dopapod again for another Dopapod Orchestra set (similar to the House of Blues Boston and Disc Jam sets). You can find all of this information and more on the band’s website!
The 2016 installment of “Fall Ball” has come to a close, after three nights of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead madness. The weekend saw the debut of an acoustic “Terrapin Suite” in the bowling lanes, special guest appearances from John Mayer, Chris Harford, and plenty of song debuts, as Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger once again showed their hometown crowd exactly why they are such a revered live band. Returning to their birthplace always brings a sense of comfortability for the Grateful Dead enthusiasts, but also an opportunity to expand on their already-adored interpretations.Thank to taper quinfolk, you can enjoy all three nights of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in the full show audios below:10/6/16:Set 1:Jam ->Good Morning Little School Girl @ (SM) ->Birdsong (TH) ->St. Stephen # (All) ->Fortune Teller $ (All) ->Morning Dew Jam % ->I Know You Rider ^ -> (All)Jack Straw & (SM/TH)So Long Jerry ++ (DD)Acoustic Mini Set (On the Bowling Lanes Stage)Candyman * (TH)The Race Is On + (SM)It Must Have Been The Roses * (TH)Uncle John’s Band * (All)Set II:Silvio @@ (SM) ->Wharf Rat ## (TH/All) ->Loser $$(TH) ->King Bee %% (SM)Unbroken Chain ^^ (JR) >Here Comes Sunshine (TH) ->Playing In The Band && (SM)E: Marco Solo ** ->Werewolves Of London (MB)10/7/16:Set I:Jam ->Tough Mama>Good Lovin’Dark Star>Greatest Story Ever ToldSo Many RoadsCassidyAcoustic:Jack-A-RoeDark HollowSet II With John Mayer:Cryptical Enevelopment>The Other One>Cryptical Enevelopment>New Speedway BoogieKing Solomon’s MarblesLet It GrowTouch Of GrayQuinn The Eskimo10/8/16Set 1:Blues for Allah jam >Eyes of the World >Minglewood BluesThe Wheel >Ramble On RoseMama TriedMorning DewSet II:Crazy Fingers >Truckin >OtherOne>TruckinMagnificent Sanctuary Band >Help on the Way >Slipknot >Estimated >Hippie Dream*E:He Was A Friend of Mine**Not Fade Away* w/ Chris Harford** Acoustic and quietFor fans of Joe Russo and Scott Metzger, be sure to catch them with Robert Walter and Andy Hess at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Featuring members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Disco Biscuits, Lettuce, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more, this one-day event is not to be missed. More information can be found on the event’s website.
Baseball fans know that October only means one things: the playoffs. As teams compete to become World Series champions, each game becomes more significant than the last. Thus, the stakes were high last night when the San Francisco Giants hosted the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park last night. Though the Cubs ultimately won the game – and the series – the festivities in San Francisco were kicked off by none other than bluegrass ensemble, Hot Buttered Rum.Hot Buttered Rum has been a mainstay of the San Francisco scene for years, treating fans to their soulful blend of bluegrass performing. The band has had the opportunity to perform at AT&T Park in the past, but opening things up before a crucial playoff game must have been quite the honor.We’ll let the band take it away… Enjoy!
Guitarist Scott Sharrard wants to release a new album. Not just any new album though, something that fans will find truly special. That’s why he wants to do it right, heading South to places like Memphis and Muscle Shoals with a history steeped in music.Best known for his role in Gregg Allman’s current band, Sharrard has been a career musician for over 20 years. With several albums to his name from various projects, there’s no denying Sharrard’s gifted guitarwork. That’s why he’s pushing it to the next level by bringing the recording process to Memphis and Muscle Shoals, but he needs our help.In a broken music industry, Sharrard is calling on fans to both support and participate in the process with a new PledgeMusic campaign. “We want to invite you to be a part of our team for this release,” he writes. “Let’s use this as an opportunity to get to know each other and build something special…together.”With fun benefits ranging from signed picks and albums to private performances and studio tours, this new campaign is a perfect way to show your support! Check it out here.
Earlier today, LOCKN’ Festival began their strategic reveal of this year’s lineup. With the initial announcement of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Avett Brothers taking part in this year’s festivities (set for August 24th-27th in Arrington, VA), organizers then revealed additional artists such as The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule, Moe., Greensky Bluegrass, John Butler Trio, and more.The festival just completed their lineup announcement, bringing Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, and The Revivalists into this year’s lineup. The jam heavy event will also feature the likes of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, TAUK, JJ Grey & Mofro, Eric Krasno Band and more.Check out the full lineup in the infinity poster below, and head here for more information!Lockn’ 2017 LineupThe String Cheese IncidentUmphrey’s McGeeWidespread PanicPhil Lesh & FriendsPhil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band (performing 40th anniversary to Terrapin Station)Gov’t MuleGreensky BluegrassJoe Russo’s Almost DeadKeller WilliamsThe Avett BrothersMoe.JJ Grey & MofroKeller Williams’ Grateful GospelPigeons Playing Ping PongTAUKEric Krasno BandThe RevivalistsMarcus King BandJohn Butler TrioBrandi CarlileLos ColognesThe SuffersMargo Price