Load remaining images Twiddle kicked off their Plumperdump Winter tour with a weekend of sold out shows, and the band carried that momentum into last Saturday’s show at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY. The night featured opening acts Universal Transit based out of the Adirondacks and Syracuse locals The New Daze. Both openers were very well received by the large crowd in attendance, and both got the party brewing for Twiddle.Twiddle wasted no time, jumping into a stellar version of the crowd favorite “Syncopated Healing.” The lyrics “Shake your booty to the music let the grooves make you crazy, May the rhythm of your body put your mind at ease” resonated throughout the crowd for the evening, demonstrated by the ladies in the front row particularly. The band slid into one of the highlights of the night, “Every Soul,” off of their new album PLUMP. (Read the review here). This version is a must hear, demonstrating the band’s talent for jamming; a testament to how far these guys have come. The building was exploding with energy after this version, and the band rode this energy right into “Carter Candlestick.” Up next was a new tune of PLUMP, called “Five,” which featured Mihali Savoulidis on acoustic guitar. “Five” slowed things up a bit and gave both the band and crowd a breather. “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” followed, and contained a “X-files” theme tease while showcasing Ryan Dempsey’s talents on keys and allowed Zdenek Gubb to dump his bass all over everyone lucky enough to be in attendance. A standard version of “Dusk ‘Til Dawn” followed “Remidi’s,” and featured Brook Jordan singing leading vocals. It’s not often that Jordan sings, so it’s always a treat to hear the drummer vocally. The band ended the set with the fan-favorite, “Doinkinbonk!!!.” This song was one of the first songs written by bassist Zdenek Gubb, and features some of the funkiest bass lines to really demonstrate his talent. This is another must hear version, and one of the best jams from the evening. The band stretched this version out and eventually they slid their way into a delicious “Funky Town” jam before segueing seamlessly back into “Doinkinbonk!!!.” Moments like this are what make Twiddle special and is a reason they are selling out venues all over the country. The guys weren’t quite finished yet, as the end of Doink segued into their elusive cover of The Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon.” Fans could be heard singing along with the band. “Rocky” morphed into a YEM-like vocal jam and put the band’s Phish influences on display. The show concluded with an encore featuring the bluegrassy tune “Hattibagen McRat,” sending fans out into the night begging for more. The band is heading out for another three night run next weekend at Buffalo, Clifton Park, and NYC, and the shows are sure to sell out, so don’t miss them!Peep the setlist below, via uTwiddle.Setlist: Twiddle at The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY – 2/20/16One Set: Syncopated Healing, Every Soul, Carter Candlestick, Five, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Doinkinbonk!!! > Funky Town > Doinkinbonk!!!, Rocky RaccoonEncore: Hattibagen McRatShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Plumperdump” 2016 Winter Tour. “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” contained a “X-Files” Theme tease. “Rocky Raccoon” ended with a vocal jam. Check out the full gallery of images below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography:
On a busy Saturday night in New Orleans, fans filled the legendary Tipitina’s Uptown concert venue to celebrate the return of Billy Iuso & Friends. Iuso, whose newest record, Overstanding, is still fresh from its release in 2015, brought together a new collective on this night, featuring Eddie Christmas (drums), Brad Walker (sax), Charlie Dennard (keys), and Dave Pomerleau (bass). All four of these talented musicians have played in various groups with Iuso over the years, and, as Billy hinted before the show, this would turn out to be a fun and loose outing. Filled with both new material and classic tributes to the deepest strands of funk, soul, reggae, blues, and rock to pass through New Orleans, Iuso and company created an unforgettable night filled to the brim with music.From the onset it was clear that Iuso and his loyal fans–affectionately called “BIRNouts” after his hometown group Billy Iuso & Restless Natives–generate a unique energy when together in a room. A thrilling opening of Funkadelic’s classic “Red Hot Mama” into “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” and then into the title track from his latest record Overstanding, fully charged the band up and caused infectious joy throughout the room. Iuso fearlessly led rolling grooves, gritty funk breakdowns, American rock swells, spacey jams, and bright, ringing anthems. It was a true collaborative, with Iuso frequently stepping back to allow each person on stage and their special guests to shine.“The band keeps getting bigger!” Billy exclaimed at one point, as he welcomed local rocker Mike Doussan and trumpet and sax players Mike Korbin and Dave Masucci to the stage. Teases, including the Grateful Dead’s “Terrapin Station” and Sly & The Family Stone’s staple “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”, were jokingly peppered in between blistering versions of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” and a loose and funky take on The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, among original gems like “Trippin’ Ova Dragons” and “Been Through Hell”.After Iuso and company brought the house down with a beautiful crescendo of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” he faced the audience to wish them peace and love, ensuring a terrific end with a high note for this Saturday night party. Simply put, Billy brings it. Catch him at the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival with his band, Restless Natives on April 26th, as well as with George Porter, Jr., Terence Higgins, Dave Malone, and special guest Anders Osborne as the Crawfish Fest All-Stars on April 27th. Setlist: Billy Iuso & Friends at Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA – 2/27/16 Set: Red Hot Mama>Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley>Overstanding, Shape I’m In*, She Moves That Way, Valerie, Chosen One, Last Train*, Do or Die>Don’t Let Me Down, Spanish Moon*, Trippin’ Ova Dragons, Been Through Hell>Miss You, What’s The Buzz, Let Me Have it All, Tom Thumb’s Blues*Dave P Vocals*with Mike Doussan on guitarTake a gander at the full gallery of images, from Rick Moore: Load remaining images
With the New York Presidential primary taking place today, April 19th, a number of beloved musicians took the stage at The Hall At MP last night for a “Get Out And Vote… For Bernie” benefit concert. With just days of planning, Kung Fu served as the backing band for a majority of the set, which featured sit-ins from Phish’s Jon Fishman, Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge, String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman, Kat Wright, and DJ Logic.The show started with local band LoveDeep (check them out here!), who rocked the party and got fans excited for the night ahead. After a brief but hilarious speech from political comedian Jamie Kilstein, Kung Fu took the stage and opened with Living Colour’s “Cult Of Personality.” Fishman and Cressman joined in towards the end of set one, performing a series of Frank Zappa tunes: “I Am The Slime,” “Son Of Orange County” and “More Trouble Every Day.” The set closed with Kung Fu’s song “Scrabb,” featuring a drum duel between Adrian Tramantano and Jon Fishman.After a setbreak with tunes curated by DJ Logic, set two brought some serious fire to the fans who were feeling the Bern. The band opened with Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” with Fishman, Burbridge, DJ Logic and Cressman all on stage. The same group played The Beatles’ “Revolution,” before Fishman swapped out with Hann for the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain.”The set continued as Fishman returned for “Come On, Come Over” by Jaco Pastorius, before Kat Wright and Bob Wagner performed on a version of Bob Marley’s “Burnin’ & Lootin’.” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” closed out the set.You can watch the full video of the festivities below:
May 3rd marks what would have been soul singer James Brown’s 83rd birthday. There’s a reason people referred to Brown as the “Godfather of Soul”; his voice was truly iconic. Through his sexy persona and sultry stage presence, James Brown was on a level all his own when it came to performing. Backed by the illustrious J.B.’s throughout most of his career, Brown excelled with hits like “Cold Sweat,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”There’s no denying the raw talent and energy that Brown exuded with each performance. In that spirit, we wanted to share live footage of a great James Brown show from 1968. The show came just one day after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and Brown’s performance was credited for helping to keep the peace in Boston. The live broadcast of this show literally helped put a stop to potential riots in the charged city. His music was just that powerful.Enjoy some glorious James Brown footage and help us wish the Godfather a happy 83rd!Setlist: James Brown at the Boston Garden, Boston, MA – 4/5/68“That’s Life”“Kansas CityMedley: “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”/”Lost Someone”/”Bewildered”“Get It Together”“There Was a Time”“I Got the Feelin’”“Try Me”Medley: “Cold Sweat”/”Ride the Pony”/”Cold Sweat”“I Got You (I Feel Good)”“Please, Please, Please”“I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)
Beloved funk band The Motet shocked fans everywhere at the end of last year, when they announced that Jans Ingber would be departing the band. Not wanting to break their stride, the funk ensemble from Colorado brought on Lyle Divinsky, who has been leading the band to new heights with his powerful vocal style. With plans to headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer, alongside Medeski, Martin & Wood andVulfpeck, the band has another exciting announcement to make: a new album.Jans Ingber On Leaving The Motet And His Future In MusicOn July 8th, the group will release Totem, their first studio release with Divinsky, as produced by Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno. They’ve already dropped the first single, “Damn!“, and today share a psychedelic journey through the album’s second single “Fool No More.” The previously unreleased track comes with an official video that brings the artwork of Totem alive for a funky-fresh animation. Check it out!
Corey Henry is a the essence of New Orleans personified, a certifiable G. No two ways about it, the NOLA-born and bred trombonist is not only one of the best kept secrets of the Crescent City, he is a shining example of a hometown success story. A longtime member of Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins’ BBQ Swingers, and currently Ben Ellman’s right-hand man in Galactic, for nearly four years Henry has been leading his own band Treme Funktet, and the venerable sideman-turned-frontman just dropped his solo debut Lapeitah.Released on Louisiana Red Hot Records, the album finds Henry incorporating his background rich in Bayou tradition, with fresh influences from the realms of funk and golden-era hip-hop. A testament to the staying power of Treme tradition as well as a nod toward the ever-changing hood’s future, Boe Money’s solo joint is chock-full of blazing horns, helping usher in a new age in Second Line serenade. Henry looks for inspiration beyond his grandiose city’s limits; a longtime fan of James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley, he originally created the Treme Funktet as a NOLA version of The JB’s. “To sound like Fred Wesley and the JB’s. I was thinking in that kind of direction. But the sound takes a life of its own. We just add our New Orleans spices to it.” Explaining the unusual album title, the trombonist offers a tribute to his father. When acting as a Second Line Grand Marshal, Oswald “Bo Monkey” Jones breaks out a particular brand of steppin’, one that Royal Players’ leader Anthony Bennett calls “Lapeitah.” So his son Corey decided that fiitedly, it would be an apt moniker for his homemade gumbo grooves. “We do our own style of New Orleans Treme funk, that of funk, New Orleans brass band music, a little bit of hip hop–inspired music, a little bit of soul and R&B. We try to mix everything and keep it real New Orleans.” said Henry. In 2012, Henry organized the Treme Funktet with the intention of holding down a steady hit at the Candlelight Lounge, as a favor to the owner, his cousin Leona “Chine” Grandison. The venue was looking to expand the music schedule, hoping to lure live music back into heart of the Treme. In a beautiful example of irony and things coming full circle, Henry’s band became wildly popular, so much so that Treme Funktet was eventually handed the reigns to a neighborhood institution, Kermit Ruffins’ Thursday night standing residency at Vaughn’s. “He turned it over to us and we’ve been holding it down ever since,” Henry told Offbeat. “We appreciate that because that was a big step for us as a band—thanks to the great Kermit Ruffins.” Though Henry stays busy with local icons Galactic, touring nationally several times annually, the trombonist looked toward Gotham City and brought in Pimps of Joytime bandleader Brian J. for songwriting collaborations on Lapeitah. As evidenced by so much within the Brooklyn-based Pimps’ prodigious output, J. is a huge proponent, and admirer of, New Orleans music. So it was a fortuitious twist of fate when the duo came together to make original songs. Henry explained: “That’s my main man right there! We’d been talking a long time about doing an album. We finally sat down and got in a creative space. He was masterful, integral, one of the big reasons this album happened. And he’s all over the record. He’s as much a part of this record as I am.” The album’s more than two dozen collaborators are a laundry list of longtime pals and peers. Boe Money makes sure to include Galactic saxophonist Ben Ellman and bassist Rob Mercurio, renowned tuba player Phil Frazier of the Rebirth Brass Band (with whom Henry cut his proverbial teeth in the game), saxophonist Greg Thomas of Parliament-Funkadelic, singers Erica Falls (currently touring with Galactic) and Cole Williams, and trumpeter/rabble-rouser Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown. This is an album that salutes the Treme; and also the eulogy for a fallen friend, Funktet member Trumpet Black. With that understanding, listeners will revel in this honest pledge of allegiance. Williams steps to the mic on “Tell Ya Mamma Nem” and “Baby C’Mon,” his weathered vocal going toe-to-toe with the jumping brass and bulbous basslines. Among the standouts on Lapeitah: Corey Glover, a vocalist who toured and recorded with Galactic (and is best known for singing with Living Colour) joins in on a reinvention of Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 Was 9.” Mo Betta and the dearly departed Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill team up on the hood-fabulous “Treme Life”, where Boe Money grips a microphone and gets his emcee on, name dropping NOLA-phonics like a the certified G that he is. Ushering in a new era at Vaughn’s, in the Treme, with Galactic, and beyond, Corey “Boe Money” Henry is a product of the Crescent City we can all get behind. His music is authentic, honest, and exciting; Lapeitah is all that jazz, and some lagniappe too. You can find the album on Amazon. B.Getz (Quotes from Offbeat, and The New Orleans Advocate)
The long awaited additions to the Suwannee Hulaween lineup are here! The beloved festival returns to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL from October 28-30, bringing seven sets of The String Cheese Incident along with headliners My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, Logic and so many more. Today, the festival has made some exciting additions, including a number of great artists to their lineup, a rocking Thursday night pre-party, and a brand new stage for the festivities!The new lineup additions include Claude VonStroke, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Washed Out, Brodinski, Louis the Child, The Travelin’ McCourys, Bonda, Larry Keel & Drew Emmitt, Twiddle, Quixotic, Too Many Zooz, SunSquabi, Louis Futon and more! Not only will these artists be added to the main lineup, but the festival will also throw a pre-party with Umphrey’s McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, EOTO & Friends, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Marco Benevento, Fruition, The Werks, GanjaWhiteNight, The Heavy Pets, Late Night Radio, Con Brio and more.Of course, the lineup is just one component of this great festival. This year, Hulaween is upping the ante with a brand new stage, and promises that their Spirit Lake art installation will be larger than ever before. With Cheese playing a Halloween-themed set, and theme nights, yoga, workshops, interactive activities and more, you won’t want to miss out.With only 20,000 tickets available, act quickly before Hulaween sells out. You can check out the full lineup on the poster below, and tickets can be found here!Suwannee Hulaween Full LineupThe String Cheese Incident (Three Nights)My Morning JacketDisclosure (DJ Set)LogicUmphrey’s McGeeSTS9Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet)RebelutionThe Claypool Lennon DeliriumGramatikLettuceGreensky BluegrassBoys NoizeClaude VonStroke*Anderson .Paak & The Free NationalsCharles Bradley & His Extraordinaires*Snarky PuppyRÜFÜS DU SOLBob MosesWashed Out*Louis The Child*Brodinski*Slow MagicThe RevivalistsKarl Denson’s Tiny UniverseFuture RockManic FocusIllenium*The Travelin’ McCourys*Bondax*The MotetLarry Keel & Drew Emmitt*Twiddle*Quixotic*Too Many Zooz*Thriftworks*SunSquabi*Louis Futon*Unlike PlutoPassafire*Marvel Years*Plyenso*Auto Body*Cofresi*Mungion (feat. Nicholas Gerlach)*Flightwave*Kill J*Artifakts*Spiritual Rez*Whetherman*Come Back AliceThe Fritz*El DubSavi Fernandez BandHigher Learning*Cure For The Common*Heather Gillis Band*AjevaPost PlutoElectric Kif*Kaleigh Baker & The Groove Orient*Savants of SoulBells and Robes*Aaron Lebos Reality*Juanjamon Band*MZG*Corbitt Clampitt Experience*Locochino*Galbraith Group*Thursday Pre-Party:Umphrey’s McGee (two sets)Greensky BluegrassEOTO & Friends*Kyle Hollingsworth Band*Marco Benevento*Fruition*The Werks*GanjaWhiteNight*The Heavy Pets*Con Brio*Flamingosis*Imagined Herbal Flows*Broccoli Samurai*Trae Pierce & The T-Stones*Future Vintage**Wave 2 artist
Umphrey’s McGee‘s guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger have been hosting their holiday show for fourteen years now. It’s amazing that it’s lasted this long, acting as both a reunion for local fans in Chicago and a destination event for any hardcore Umphrey’s fan around the country. The show always features a variety of deep cuts, alternate arrangements of fan-favorite songs, and a bevy of fun covers sprinkled throughout. This year’s show took place on December 10th at the long time home of their Holiday Show, the Park West.After an opening solo piano set by Umphrey’s keyboardist Joel Cummins that included his old-favorite “Orfeo”, the real festivities kicked off when Bayliss and Cinninger took the stage to perform “In The Kitchen”, a song synonymous with Chicago and Umphrey’s’ relationship with the city. A cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Going to California” followed, before Cummins re-emerged, with UM percussionist Andy Farag right behind him. Farag and Cummins would join Bayliss and Cinninger for the rest of the evening, fist delivering a few stripped down Umphrey’s tracks in “Cut The Cable”, “No Diablo”, “Water”, and “Booth Love”, before busting out Ween‘s “Transdermal Celebration”, Bob Marley‘s “Kinky Reggae”, Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire”, Sublime‘s “Santeria” and more. “Santeria” featured Brendan on piano, with a special guest spot from local lap steel guitar master Mike Racky.The encore included a fun take on Styx‘s “Come Sail Away” before they performed The Doors‘ “L.A. Woman” with some special Santa-specific lyrics added to the song. “Bittersweet Haji” and a cover of Mötley Crüe‘s “Home Sweet Home” brought the evening to a close.Thankfully, a number of videos from the performance have emerged, which have been embedded for your viewing pleasure. Check out videos of “In The Kitchen”, “Transdermal Celebration”, “L.A. Woman”, “Bittersweet Haji”, and “Home Sweet Home” below (courtesy of YouTube user Michael Jacobson), as well as a full setlist for the evening.“In The Kitchen”Ween’s “Transdermal Celebration”“L.A. Woman”, aka “L.A. Santa”“Home Sweet Home”Setlist: Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger’s 14th Annual Holiday Show | Park West | Chicago, IL | 12/10/16Set One: In The Kitchen*, Going to California*, Cut The Cable, No Diablo, Water, Booth Love, Transdermal Celebration, Gone for Good, Kinky Reggae, Ride On Pony, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, The Valley, I’m On Fire, Mama You’ve Been On My Mind, Santeria**, Watching The WheelsEncore: Come Sail Away, L.A. Woman*, Bittersweet Haji, Home Sweet Home* Brendan and Jake only**Brendan on piano and Mike Racky on steel lap guitar.***Special Santa-themed lyrics(Andy Farag on drums and Joel Cummins on keys on all songs from Cut The Cable on.)
My Morning Jacket continued their tropical getaway last night, playing the second of three shows at their One Big Holiday destination event. After a guest-filled affair on night one, MMJ settled in for some classic tunes and covers on night two. The show started off with “Tropics (Erase Traces)” from their most recent album release, The Waterfall, before digging out classics like “Off The Record,” “Outta My System,” and “It Beats 4 U.”The show also featured a number of fun covers, including Chuck Berry’s “You Can Never Tell,” Ray Charles’ “Night and Day,” Pink Floyd’s “Mother,” David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” and Prince’s “Sign O The Times.” There was even a collaboration with Lucius on the track “Wonderful (The Way I Feel),” really setting the stage for a great night of music.Watch a video of the band’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Mother,” streaming below courtesy of Kyle Hubbs. The full setlist can be seen below. [Photo via One Big Holiday on Facebook, taken by Dave Vann]
Bassist extraordinaire Thundercat has officially released his new album! Titled Drunk, Thundercat’s new album is a 23-track offering that fuses elements of funk, soul, hip hop, electronica, and jazz. It’s a mind-bending new release that engages from the first tracks and never lets go.The album features a number of collaborators, including Flying Lotus, Sounwave, Louis Cole, Zack Sekoff, Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Mono/Poly, Taylor Graves, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar featured Thundercat on his recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, helping to propel the bassist into the public eye. It’s nice to see the two continue to exchange musical ideas through collaborative efforts.The album is ultimately steeped in the roots of jazz fusion, but to call something “jazz fusion” is to leave the door particularly open ended. Tracks like “Uh Uh” particularly show off Thundercat’s technical skill as a bassist, but others air on the side of an intentional weirdness – perhaps due to the numerous electronica producers that Thundercat tapped for the release. His oddball style is seen heavily on “A Fan’s Mail,” where Thundercat says, “it’s cool to be a cat,” and proceeds to meow repeatedly on the track. Despite the weirdness, however, Drunk never loses its groove, maintaining a toe-tapping, head-bobbing pace on every song.Thundercat also sings lead on a majority of the tracks, giving Drunk an overall-soulful vibe with his high-register crooning. That vibe is only enhanced on the song “Show You the Way,” with Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins joining Thundercat for a one-of-a-kind contribution. That song is followed by “Walk On By,” which starts with a long soul introduction before introducing a verse from Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s contribution certainly stands out in the soulful track, though its definitely a slower pace than much of Lamar’s own music. Other songs, including “Drink Dat” with Taylor Graves and Wiz Khalifa, also fall into that slowed down soul hip hop style.All in all, Drunk is an expression of Thundercat’s flare for the unusual, marked by top notch production and execution. At times, the album seems to be pulling in all directions, but it’s anchored with the unmistakeable soul-drenched style that is Thundercat. Listen to the new album below and check it out for yourself!