Last weekend, Florida favorites The Heavy Pets brought an incredible set to the AURA Music Festival, playing an 80’s tribute set that included some fun musical moments throughout. The five piece welcomed a number of guests for the set, including TAB horn players Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman, alongside Alison Paige Hilley, Robert Smiley, Daniel “Quinto” Naval, and John Provenzano.The show opened with “Electric Avenue,” of course, and featured a sit-in from Mike Mineo and Ben Smiley (of the Main Squeeze) on Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.” Later, Mike Dillon joined in for a cover of The Clash’s “Rock The Casbah,” and festival creator Daryl Wolff got in on the fun, adding some keys to A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran So Far Away.”The show also included covers of David Bowie, Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, R.E.M., Prince, A-ha and more! Listen to the whole show, as taped by Butch Almberg, below:Setlist: The Heavy Pets Tribute To The 80’s At AURA Music Festival, Live Oak, FL – 3/6/16Set: Electric Avenue > 1999, Let’s Dance, Synchronicity II > Take On Me, Steppin Out > Touch Of Grey, Another One Bites The Dust*, Call Me Al > Rock The Casbah**> In Your Eyes > Everybody Wants to Rule The World, I’m Coming Out > Holiday > Give It to Me, Blinded Me With Science > I Ran So Far Away***, This Is The Place, It’s The End Of The WorldBand: Jeff Lloyd, Mike Garulli, Jim Wuest, Jamie Newitt, Tony D’Amatowith special guests Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Alison Paige Hilley, Robert Smiley, Daniel “Quinto” Naval & John Provenzano.*w/ Mike Mineo & Ben Smiley. **w/ Mike Dillon. ***w/ Daryl Wolff.[Cover photo by Jason Koerner Photography]
Nashville based Funk/R&B group The Aquaducks are releasing a new single today, entitled “Bill’s Toupee.” Inspired by James Brown, “Bill’s Toupee” is an uptempo funk tune with a comedic edge that features catchy guitar lines as well as a tongue-in-cheek perspective on what it means to be a poor musician.“The track really has a throwback vibe. I love the way old school funk artists didn’t take themselves too seriously, making the lyrics just as fun as the music. I like to think that we captured that attitude with Bill’s Toupee,” said the band’s guitarist, Thomas Baxter. Drummer Andrew Fleming added “The process for writing and recording was an absolute blast. At the end of the day, it is just an all around fun song to perform. There are lots of little puns and jokes in the lyrics that the listener may notice on the 2nd or 3rd listen.”The Aquaducks have delightfully shared a stream of “Bill’s Toupee,” so listen in below:In addition to the single, The Aquaducks will be recording a full length live album at The Basement East in Nashville on April 19th, as well as releasing a music video for “Bill’s Tupee” and another single later on in April. Be sure to catch The Aquaducks at a show near you this spring!The Aquaducks Tour Dates3/31 Barley’s Taproom – Knoxville, TN4/1 – The Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC4/2 – The One Stop – Asheville, NC4/9 – Mayday Brewery – Murfreesboro, TN4/14 – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN4/15 – Clyde’s On Main – Chattanooga, TN4/16 – Nowhere Bar – Athens, GA4/19 – Basement East Live Album Recording – Nashville, TN4/29 – Newby’s – Memphis, TN
Last night, beloved Americana group The Avett Brothers took a moment to pay tribute to the late great musician Prince. There’s no denying that the Purple One’s legacy stretches far and wide, with bands from practically every genre coming forth and paying their respects through music, reflections, and more.The Avetts performed their staple “Pretty Girl From Annapolis,” when they suddenly worked in an interlude of the Prince classic “When Doves Cry” in the middle of the song. The emotional moment was brief, but powerful all the same.Watch fan-shot footage below, courtesy of YouTube user DCRANGERFAN:RIP Prince. We miss you already.[H/t JamBase]
[Photos by Erika Goldring] Fans attending a Stevie Wonder tribute show led by Irvin Mayfield at the House of Blues in New Orleans last night were treated to the surprise of their lives when the legend himself decided to pop in for an appearance. NOLA favorite Trombone Shorty was also along for the ride. The pair joined along with Irvin Mayfield & NOJO’s “Living for the City – The Songs of Stevie Wonder” to close out Jazz Fest weekend two on Sunday, May 1st.Stevie Wonder Leads ‘Purple Rain’ Sing-Along During Jazz Fest Storms, Plays Surprise Late NightWonder came on stage and played through a brief medley of his classics with the band, including an extensive harmonica jam. He then paid a tribute to Prince with an a cappella version of “Kiss” as the audience joined in on the sing-a-long, much to Wonder’s delight.He briefly left the stage, then returned to speak to his audience about his vision of America, even throwing in a stab at Donald Trump. “America is already great and has always been great,” he proclaimed, “And we should all share a message of positivity.” Men have had enough time running things, he went on to explain, and the time has come to put a woman in charge.The special show came to a close with Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” followed by Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”.Only in New Orleans!
Breckenridge Brewery has announced its initial lineup for their 2016 Hootenanny, which will take place at its brewery in Littleton, CO on Saturday, July 9th. Headlining the event will be Robert Randolph and the Family Band, who will be joined by Larry and Jenny Keel w/ Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon, Head for the Hills, and local Colorao acts Zolopht, Grant Farm, We Dream Dawn, Sweet Lillies and Caribou Mountain Collective. An additional headliner is scheduled to be announced mid-June.A special allotment of 200 tickets can be purchased at the $26 anniversary price, which also include access to a late-night celebration featuring Robert Randolph and Zolopht at Cervantes Masterpiece in Denver. The show will also benefit Conscious Alliance, a local non-profit that helps to fight hunger.To purchase tickets, click HERE.
Spirits were high in Saratoga, NY this weekend as beloved jam band Phish performed their regular Independence Day weekend run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. After last night’s performance came to a close, the party moved over to the Putnam Den, where Pink Talking Fish took the stage after hours to pay homage to Phish, Pink Floyd, and the Talking Heads, seamlessly fusing tunes from the three legendary bands to create an entirely unique, never-before-seen mashup setlist.Setlist: Pink Talking Fish at Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY – 7/2/16The Curtain > Girlfriend Is Better > Young Lust > Walk Away > Burning Down The House, Guyute > Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Guyute, Life During Wartime, Colonel Forbins Ascent > Echoes > Psycho Killer > Famous Mockingbird > Time > Halley’s Comet > Houses In Motion > Echoes > Gumbo, What A Day That Was > EclipseE: Character ZeroPhotographer Chad Anderson was on the scene to capture the late night action. Check out a gallery of shots below.——TONIGHT: Head over to the Putnam Den after Phish @ SPAC for Cosmik Playground: A Funky Tribute To Frank Zappa ft. Ed Mann (Zappa Band), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), Dan Lotito and Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source), plus special guests ShwizZ. Get tickets here or at the door. Load remaining images
CashorTrade isn’t just your #1 source for face value second-hand tickets on the Internet, but they can hook you up with tickets too! The ticket trading website has just announced a major prize package for all those phans heading to Colorado to catch Phish performing at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.Lucky winners will receive (2) three-day passes, as well as a ton of CoT swag: a gold membership, hat, t-shirt, and koozie! Not only is there great goodies to win from CashorTrade, but the site will be hosting a booth outside of Dick’s and featuring live music from the Colorado jam group Cycles on Saturday, September 3rd. Don’t miss out!You can find out how to enter the contest by heading to Grateful Giveaway.
Next Wednesday, October 19th at NYC’s The Marlin Room at Webster Hall, the Songs of Love Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personalized uplifting songs, free of charge, for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges – will deliver an all-star lineup made up of Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Jackie Greene, Scott Metzger, Marc Quinones, Peter Levin, Shawn Pelton, and Brett Bass for what is sure to be a special night on many different fronts.The show, which is also the 20th anniversary celebration of the foundation, will feature the music of the Allman Brothers Band performed by this incredible lineup. The performance will feature two sets, the first being a “Duane Allman, Muscle Shoals Style” set, with the second seeing the band perform the Allman’s Live at the Fillmore East.For this particular event, Songs of Love will be helping to support Josie Johnson: “We are proud to celebrate our 27,000th song by honoring the adorable 4 year-old Josie Johnson. Josie is one of 200 people in the world born with the genetic disorder, Foxg1. The entire audience will participate in a live recording of a milestone ‘song of love’ for Josie.” For Josie’s Foxg1 fundraiser, head to this link.This is great music for an even better cause.Purchase tickets to the Songs of Love Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration here.
This is not a drill. Q-Tip has confirmed that a new album from A Tribe Called Quest is not only recorded, but it’s set for release on November 11th.A new release has been rumored for the last couple of months, after Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid confirmed that the group’s members had been recording a new project in an interview. No details were given at that time, however, leaving fans hopeful but ultimately clueless as to when this album would be on the way.Today, however, we have the full story. Q-Tip posted an image on Facebook, explaining that the group’s reunion performance on The Tonight Show last year ultimately inspired them to record new music. Though the band suffered a tragedy in the passing of Phife Dawg, they were able to capture new and “pure” verses from the legend.Check out the full story from Q-Tip, below.We can’t wait!!!
Widespread Panic’s guest-filled New Year’s celebration is only a few days away, and the band’s loyal fans could not be more excited. Though the band has two shows booked in 2017, at Wanee and SweetWater 420 festivals, members of the group have publicly stated that they intend to take the year off from extensively touring. With that in mind, each and every performance in the later half of 2016 has an added significance that made them unforgettable shows.One such unforgettable memory was the band’s three night stand in Milwaukee, spanning October 22nd through the 24th. The band lit up the Riverside Theatre with their energetic Southern rock, treating fans to their classic originals and a bevy of Black Sabbath covers leading up to Halloween.To get fans excited for the shows ahead, Panic has shared pro-shot footage of their “Pigeons” performance on the second night of the Milwaukee run. Filmed and edited by Andy Tennille, be sure to kick back and enjoy this great jam that’s featured below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI – 10/22/16Set 1: Pigeons, Cotton Was King, Ain’t No Use, Tall Boy, Gradle, Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, 1 x 1, Henry Parsons Died (58 mins)Set 2: Sell Sell, Thought Sausage, Radio Child, All Time Low, Blight > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Drumz > Second Skin > Rebirtha > Space Wrangler (94 mins)Encore Me and The Devil Blues, Sweet Leaf* (13 mins)Notes * LTP 2.23.16 Norfolk, Va