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With nature, comes beauty. Such is the case for The Gorge Amphitheater, nestled deep in the mountainous heavens of George, Washington state, and the home to scenic routes, wild animals, live music, and rainbows. When adding your favorite band to the illustrious mix, the experience becomes indescribably breathtaking and holds potential for creating some of the best memories on the planet. This past weekend, the mighty Phish took over the fabled venue for two nights (videos here); welcoming over 20,000 fellow phriends near-and-far to witness the beauty of the place. With a strong Tweezer-induced first night, and a slower, yet powerful Tweeprise-enhanced closer, the two nights at The Gorge proved well worth the travel for all those in attendance. With The Gorge as your background, it’s difficult to feel anything but lucky. Dead & Company will also be making their debut next weekend on 7/23, which will inevitably bring a similarly spiritual vibe to the already magical space.If you haven’t already heard “The Story of The Gorge”, you can get an idea of what makes this place one of the most special concert venues on earth in these photos, courtesy of Jordan Inglee. Follow him on Instagram and enjoy the gallery below. Load remaining images
After a few months of nervousness, Prince fans can now breath easy, as The Purple One’s famed Paisley Park studio and mansion complex will officially open as a museum this Fall. Following the singer’s tragic death in April, the fate of Paisley Park loomed large over Prince’s family, the trust that is handling his estate, and his many fans. Now, and fans can rest assured that the Chanhassen, Minnesota facility will be preserved, and on October 6th, the 65,000-square-foot complex will be available for public viewing.Paisley Park is filled with performance spaces, recording studios, and thousands of pieces of Prince memorabilia from throughout his career. Earlier this year, former band mate (and fiancée) Sheila E. stated that Prince had begun “gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle [at Paisley Park]. There’s pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never [seen]. There’s a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have ever played with him… It’s beautiful.”Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, released a statement through Bremer Bank (the bank in charge of Prince’s estate), about the exciting update:“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on. Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince’s world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place.”We can’t wait to go to Minnesota and tour Paisley Park!(H/T to Consequence of Sound)
Setlist: Sweating Bullets-> Rock Candy-> Pimp Blue Rikki, Konkrete, Caterpillar-> Neck Romancer-> Caterpillar Photographer Lauren Seaman was on hand to capture the magical splendor that Imagine had to offer. Check out some of her images below, as well as a full gallery! For three nights, Imagine Music Festival transformed the Atlanta Motor Speedway into a musical wonderland. With an aquatic fairytale theme, IMF brought headlining sets from artists like Adventure Club, The Disco Biscuits, Excision, Gramatik and so many more for an unforgettable weekend.You can watch some of the Biscuits set, streaming below courtesy of kelly dagaro. Load remaining images
Prog-jam favorites Umphrey’s McGee have announced their return to the Windy City for New Year’s Eve this year. Last night, while live-tweeting the setlist from their performance at the Windy City’s North Coast Music Festival, Umphrey’s delivered some surprising but head-scratching news: After playing their first 11 consecutive New Year’s Eve shows at various venues in their hometown of Chicago (from 2000-2010), the band moved their celebration to St. Louis in 2011, with 2012-2015 alternating between Atlanta and Denver. Chicago fans now have one more reason to celebrate as Umphrey’s will make their New Year’s homecoming in December. However, the band didn’t leave fans hanging with the fake announcement for long, posting a second tweet shortly after: We are still awaiting an official announcement (with venue details, etc.), but we’ll be sure to update you when the information becomes available. Sorry, Omaha.
So many American songs are about love and loss, and the road less traveled. It seems fitting that The Drunken Hearts, a band described as “An electrifying force of Americana music” (Grateful Web), would hit the road with that same force, and perhaps a little reckless abandon as well. This year has seen the band cover venues and festivals across the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast, and the West Coast getting its share in October, with a run of dates out to Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA.The Drunken Hearts’ drummer, Alex Johnson, shares a few words on the road and the band’s expansion out of their home state of Colorado. “The band definitely stayed close to home in the first couple years, building a fan base and focusing on writing and creating a solid catalog of original tunes. Then as we saw a solid foundation growing at home, we set our sights on the road, and that all kind of took off this year.”It certainly has, with their initial Midwest/Northeast tour this past May including venues such as the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, a sell-out show at the famed Nectar’s in Vermont, and Garcia’s in the Capitol Theatre to name a few. “That first tour was pretty wild,” says Johnson, adding, “We didn’t know what to expect heading to 100% new markets for the band, but the reception was more than we could’ve hoped for, so that was a great starting point.”Watch The Drunken Hearts’ appearance on the Jam In The Van series:As the year progressed, the band covered the Southeast beginning with two nights at Fayetteville Roots Festival in Arkansas, and all the way to the coast in Savannah, GA before driving through Hurricane Hermine to get to Florida. Johnson recalls, “I don’t advise doing that, but our steel player Cubby [Cody Russell], navigated the van through the storm like a pro.”Following that run, the band’s second leg back to the Northeast and Midwest begins next week at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on Wed. September 14th. The Drunken Drummer is ready to return, saying, “We can’t wait to get back up to the Northeast and Midwest. It’ll be our first return trip to those markets, and we’ll see a bunch of new and old friends, as well as play some amazing room, like Higher Ground in Burlington [Vermont] with our friends The Infamous Stringdusters.”Needless to say, it should be another fantastic run for a band on the rise.The Drunken Hearts full tour dates can be found on their website along with their recently released album, Love & Thirst. Check out the schedule for the new fall tour, below.[Cover photo taken by Jeremy Scott]
Currently on tour, the Wood Brothers made a stop at Studio Z of 98.9 WCLZ in South Portland, Maine. The Nashville-bred trio performed “Keep Me Around” and “I Got Loaded” from 2013’s The Muse, and a cover of The Band’s “Ophelia.” When brothers Chris and Oliver Wood and Jano Rix are given the opportunity to perform their infectious Americana/Folk rock tunes, they make sure to deliver 110%.Enjoy their newest radio session performances below:[Photo by Benjamin Adams]
PHO is an up-and-coming funk band based out of Minneapolis, which has been consistently rising the ranks in the jam scene with their energetic live shows, tight instrumentation, and genre-bending sound that blends funk, afrobeat, psychedelia, and more. While PHO has shared the stage with a bunch of bands we know and love, such as The Motet, Dumpstaphunk, Dopapod, TAUK, and others, the band caught their biggest break when the legendary and late Prince (!!!!!) caught one of their performances online and asked them to open for Larry Graham of Graham Central Station at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota.The seven-piece funk outfit is on the precipice of releasing their second album, two, which was produced by John Davis who has formerly worked with artists such as Lettuce, Eric Krasno Band, and Nigel Hall. To get us hyped for their anticipated album release, PHO has shared a never-released single off of two called “Still Waiting.” Guitarist Joe Paris describes the track as “a musical trip with dashes of afrobeat and psychedelia, with an outro that nods to the pumping synths of the Autobahn,” and keys player Patrick Horigan considers “Still Waiting” to be “a tribute to music around the world that is hypnotic, groovy, and cool” that is heavily inspired by the Talking Heads with Brian Eno, afrobeat, and krautrock. Check out Live For Live Music’s exclusive premiere of the track for yourself below.However, PHO has more goodies in store for fans. The band has also released a trippy new video for “Still Waiting,” which was created by Ross McEwen. The music video is a perfect accompaniment to the track, visually manifesting the psychedelic tone of the song and its recurring theme of travel. You can check out the premiere of this music video below. Plus, if you’re picking up what PHO is putting out, definitely take a listen to the first single off their first album, “Dr. Drake,” here. You can also find more information about PHO on the band’s Facebook page.
In honor of the 36th anniversary of musical and cultural icon Bob Marley‘s untimely passing, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has released a new limited edition flavor–“Bob Marley’s One Love.” The Vermont-based ice cream magnates have never been shy about their appreciation for ganja-friendly music, with flavors including “Cherry Garcia,” “Phish Food,” “Dave Matthews’ Magic Brownies,” and more.“Bob Marley’s One Love” is made up of banana ice cream mixed with swirls of caramel and graham cracker, along with chocolate fudge peace signs. The new flavor was developed in partnership with Marley’s family in order help the project helps further Bob’s peaceful vision for the world: A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jamaica’s One Love Youth Camp, a program run by the Bob Marley Foundation and Partners for Youth Empowerment, an organization that shows Jamaican kids how to use music, dance, and the arts to respond to the challenges in their lives and break down societal barriers.“Bob Marley stood for more than just music — he advocated for social change and inspired millions to think about peace, love, and equality,” says Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Jerry Greenfield in a press release. “Ben & Jerry’s has long strived to champion love and social justice, and by partnering with the Marley family we’re happy to play a small role in supporting Marley’s vision for a sweeter world.”Below, you can watch a video about the new Bob Marley Foundation/Ben & Jerry’s partnership, including a look at the One Love Youth Camp in action.[h/t – TODAY]
Yesterday morning, the world awoke to the devastating news that Chris Cornell, the singular vocal powerhouse behind era-defining Seattle grunge band Soundgarden as well as post-grunge supergroups Audioslave and Temple of the Dog had died at the age of 52. The singer was in the midst of a reunion tour with Soundgarden, and had finished a performance in Detroit just hours before his death, which medical examiners have ruled to be a suicide.Warren Haynes Pens Tribute To Chris Cornell, Says He Almost Recorded On “Shout!”Lat night, Umphrey’s McGee hit The NorVa in Norfolk, VA for their first of three shows this weekend. The top-notch performance featured numerous highlights, including an extended first set “Miami Virtue,” a cover of Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys “Power of Soul,” an excellent “Booth Love” jam, a stellar second set-closing “2nd Self” > “All In Time,” and a raging “Hajimemashite” > “Glory” > “Hajimemashite” encore.However, with Cornell’s death fresh in the minds of all in attendance–both onstage and in the audience–the shows most poignant moment came toward the beginning of the second set, when the band debuted a cover of Temple of the Dog’s 1991 hit “Hunger Strike” in the midst of a “Der Bluten Kat” jam. Delivered with sonic reverence to Cornell’s unique vocal tone, the tribute (sung by Brendan Bayliss and Kris Myers, as well as the entire crowd) offered a cathartic moment for everyone still reeling from the singer’s tragic passing.You can watch fan-shot video of the “Hunger Strike” cover in honor of Chris Cornell below, courtesy of YouTube user Mike Caruana:Thanks to taper opsopcopolis, you can listen to full audio of Umphrey’s McGee’s 5/18/17 performance in Norfolk, VA below:Umphrey’s McGee continues their weekend with a performance in Baltimore tonight, 5/19. For a full list of upcoming Umphrey’s dates, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | The NorVa | Norfolk, VA | 5/18/17 Set One: Bathing Digits > Rocker Part 2, Miami Virtue > North Route > Example 1, Power of Soul > Mulche’s OdysseySet Two: Der Bluten Kat > Hunger Strike  > Der Bluten Kat, Booth Love, Spires > We’re Going to War, 2nd Self > All In TimeEncore: Hajimemashite > Glory > Hajimemashite Debut, Temple of the Dog (In memory of Chris Cornell)[h/t – JamBase][Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith Griner]