Melvin Seals joined Cats Under the Stars at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center for a special performance in Plymouth, NH last Friday, March 11th. The evening was a pre-party celebration for the upcoming Jerry Jam Festival to be held in Bath, NH from July 21-24. Cats Under the Stars includes Josh Dobbs on keys, Brian Harris on bass, Zach Nugent on guitar, and Joe Chapman on drums. Joining them for the evening were Heidi Harris and Devin Noel on vocals. The evening opened with a jamming warm-up-the-audience set by Otis Grove, a band from Boston who will also be performing at the summer fest.When Cats took the stage, the audience was brought back to 1964 with a cover Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is to be Loved by You.” Seals’ fingers danced around the keys as the band brought the venue into party mode for the evening. A slow jam created a calm mood as they eased into “He Ain’t Give You None.” The energy quickly picked up as the notes dove into an organ filled, guitar rollin’ “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox.” Harris slapped out bass tones, dripping of funky vibes, as Chapman kept the beat moving, taking the audience on a wild ride. Nugent’s smooth voice and sleek guitar slid right into “I’ll Take A Melody,” prompting the angelic vocals of Harris and Noel to be brought to the forefront as they filled the spaces with creamy tones. An upbeat “Strugglin’ Man” kept fans grooving with a sunshine-glow summery feel as Dobbs joined in for his first appearance in the set, before progressing into an easy “The Maker.” “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” was crammed with enthusiasm as Nugent took the crowd on an unrestrained trip through the melody. Seals prompted a playful back and forth with the organ and guitar, building the jam into an ever growing bubble of energy that was ready to burst at the seams. The improvisation took off to insane heights as the song progressed midway. The venue was dripping in sweat from the heat being thrown from the musicians. It was one scorching tune that had the audience reacting with whistles and screams of excitement.“Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)” brought the audience down with a chill vibe. Seals’ keys, once again along with Nugent’s crisp guitar, grasped the song with a melancholy tone. “Dear Prudence” brought Dobbs back to the stage, joining on the piano. This spirited melody had the audience participating fully, with lyrics belted out throughout the venue. This extended tune switched fans into high gear during their electrified performance.Instead of having set break, the band continued on for the evening as they transitioned into “Tangled Up in Blue.” “Midnight Moonlight” had the crowd on their feet, with arms in the air, as this song encored the evening. Tie dye shirts and Jerry Jam paraphernalia were in abundance at this pre-Jerry Jam performance. The evening ended on a high note, as festival tickets were given away to a pair of lucky fans.Any chance you get to see Melvin Seals, make a point to go. His magical presence on stage brings a warmth to every performance that sends fans on a trip back in time to the days of Jerry Garcia. Cats Under the Stars have a tight gig in place. Throw Seals into the mix and the music suddenly transports you to another place. What an extraordinary performance to celebrate the kick off for this summer’s upcoming Jerry Jam. For further information about Cats Under the Stars, please visit their official website. You can listen to full audio of the show below, courtesy of Scott Medeiros: Load remaining images Setlist: Cats Under The Stars w/ Melvin Seals at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, Plymouth, NH – 3/11/16Set: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), He Ain’t Give You None, Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox, I’ll Take A Melody, Strugglin’ Man*, The Maker*, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) > Dear Prudence*, Tangled Up In Blue*>Midnight Moonlight**Josh Dobbs joined on keysAudio by Scott Medeiros. Words by Sarah Bourque, follow on Twitter. Photos by Jeff Urquhart Photography, full gallery below.
Disco-influenced group Escort recently made their national television debut, hitting Last Call with Carson Daly during the 1:30 AM hour on NBC. At that late, uncensored hour, the band was able to perform one of their biggest hits, a tune affectionately called “Cocaine Blues.” With its infectious refrain of “Cocaine… running around my brain,” backed by a sultry rhythmic section, it’s no wonder this band continues to turn heads.Based out of Brooklyn, expect big things for Escort. If you missed the late night performance, be sure to stream it below:
Update 4/12/17: With the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival just around the corner (May 1-3 at Central City BBQ), we decided to revisit one of the standout sets of last year’s event!What do you get when you bring together thousands of pounds of crawfish, thousands of gallons of beer, and George Porter, Jr., Anders Osborne, Jason Crosby, Terence Higgins, Dave Malone and Billy Iuso? Well, in the case of the last set of the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival, you end up with a capacity crowd of smiling people eating, drinking and dancing!The new festival was held on the “daze between” Jazz Fest weekends, and the all-star lineup merged together with ease. Whether it was Radiators’ guitarist Dave Malone trading licks with NOLA staple Billy Iuso, or George Porter Jr.’s thumping basslines, or Higgins’ powerful rhythms, everyone in the capacity crowd was shaking it! The band even welcomed sit-ins from Jason Crosby and Anders Osborne throughout the set, only adding to the magic with their soul drenched musicianship.The band kept things loose and jammy, and no song went under ten minutes as the players took turns stretching the elements. Fortunately, we had our own Rex Thomson on hand to capture the magic at the NOLA Brewery. Without further ado, check out The Crawfish All-Stars at their finest!“Papaya”“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”“George’s Jam”“Them Changes”“Do or Die” The second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival will take place at Central City BBQ during the days between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3. This year’s lineup includes George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, and so many more! Get tickets and more info here.
The Electric Beethoven album Beathoven came out yesterday, treating fans to jammed out interpretations of the 3rd and 6th Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Spearheaded by bassist Reed Mathis, the foundations of these interpretations were certainly laid down on the album, but they truly come to life in the live setting.Fans in Buffalo, NY got a taste of that last week, when Electric Beethoven performed at the Buffalo Iron Works last Wednesday, September 28th. Improvisation is the name of the game, as the band merges composed sections with totally unique jamming. With Mathis, Todd Stoops, Jay Lane and Clay Welch all thoroughly committed to the project, this is just the beginning!Fortunately, we just received a lengthy video from the Buffalo show from strawberryIsland Dweller, which you can watch below.Electric Beethoven is set to make their debut in NYC at Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd, followed by two intimate club performances at The Cutting Room and DROM in Manhattan during the following week. For more about Brooklyn Comes Alive, which features a lineup with artists like Oteil Burbridge, Joe Russo, Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, John Medeski, and more, head to the official website. Information about the two performances in New York can be found here.
This past Friday night in Fort Collins, CO, fans packed Aggie Theatre to enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Phish. Two bands, Dead Floyd and DeadPhish Orchestra, brought the heat to the town affectionately known as “Fort Fun” with a non-stop show of classics from the three heavy-weight acts.Both Colorado-based groups brought plenty of jam to the table, with a little dash of some uptempo funk to a few of the number played during the evening (i.e. “Dead Floyd during “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2,” seen below). They also played around with each other’s setlists, as DeadPhish Orchestra began both “Dark Star” and “Slipknot,” with Dead Floyd finishing the songs during their own set.DPO setlist consisted of Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Cruel World,” a much welcomed “Lizards,” and a “Harry Hood > Bertha > Harry Hood”, the latter of which witnessed a “Goodbye Cruel World” refrain. All in all, a very creative set from the band out of Boulder.Highlights from the Dead Floyd set were a beautiful “Althea”, and a really well-played “Take It Back > Scarlet Begonias > Dark Star > Slipknot!” The lasers that the group brought along were a nice touch for the eyes to behold as the group went deep into some Pink Floyd numbers. “Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Not Fade Away” brought the evening to a successful conclusion as the crowd waltzed their way out onto the streets of “Fort Fun.”Check out some videos from the night below. All photos courtesy of Samuel Goldring.“Dark Star > Slipknot! > Happiest Days of our Lives > Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” “Not Fade Away”Dead Floyd Setlist – Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO – 11/4/16Casey JonesFearlessAltheaDogs of WarMission in the RainOne Slip >Here Comes Sunshine >Take It Back >Scarlet Begonias >Dark Star >Slipknot! >Happiest Days of Our Lives >Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 >Terrapin Station >Run Like HellEncore:Pigs (3 Different One) >Not Fade AwayDark Star was Verse 2 only, completing the First Verse performed by Dead Phish Orchestra.Slipknot! completed unfinished Slipknot! from Dead Phish OrchestraRun Like Hell contained a Crosseyed & Painless JamDeadPhish Orchestra Setlist – Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO – 11/4/16Goodbye Cruel World >My Friend My Friend >Help on the Way >Slipknot  >Tube >Franklin’s Tower >Tube >The Music Never StoppedLizards >Cumberland BluesWater in the Sky >The Wheel >Birds of a FeatherDark Star  >Harry Hood >Bertha >Harry Hood (Double-bill with Dead Floyd) finished by Dead Floyd 1st verse only DF played 2nd verse w/ Goodbye Cruel World refrain “Pigs (3 Different Ones)” Load remaining images
The 42nd season of Austin City Limits has been putting its best foot forward. With Paul Simon, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Alabama Shakes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, and so many more performing already, this weekend’s episode kept the stride strong.Folk rockers My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals both performed on the newest episode over the weekend. MMJ dove into “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”, “Victory Dance”, and “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, while Ben Harper led his newly reunited band through “Steal My Kisses”, “Shine”, “When Sex Was Dirty”, “Goodbye To You”, and “Where Could I Go”.You can watch the full episode below:[H/T JamBase]
A brand new video for David Bowie‘s “No Plan” debuted yesterday, aligning with both the artist’s birthday today and the one-year anniversary of his death this week.In the mysterious Tom Hingston-directed video, rows of televisions in the rain-slick display window of Newton Electrical – a nod to Bowie’s character in The Man Who Fell to Earth and Lazarus (the Bowie-penned musical that featured “No Plan”) – broadcast the lyrics to the song while an audience gathers and watches, transfixed, outside the store. The televisions also flash images of space travel, another ubiquitous theme in Bowie’s work.“No Plan” was one of the three of Bowie’s final recordings – along with “Killing a Little Time” and “When I Met You” – with the singer’s version appearing on the Lazarus musical cast recording album. To mark Bowie’s birthday, those three songs, along with “Lazarus” from Blackstar, have been repackaged as the No Plan EP, which is available now on streaming services. You can watch the video below, via DavidBowieVEVO:Happy birthday, Bowie, we miss you. The stars look very different today.[h/t Rolling Stone]
After revealing their involvement with the Fox Theatre’s 25th anniversary earlier today, The String Cheese Incident has confirmed plans for a major spring tour celebration. Through 13 dates, the band will hit venues in Colorado, Utah and Nevada for a Winter Carnival 2017 – Roots Revival tour.The shows will run from March 3rd at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO and run through the 19th at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV. Excluding the performance in Crested Butte, CO, all of the shows announced are part of multi-night runs from The String Cheese Incident. All of the venues chosen will be quite intimate, allowing for some up close and personal Cheese action!Take a look at the full schedule below. Tickets will be released via SCI Ticketing this Wednesday, January 11th at 11am MST, followed by a public on-sale on Friday, January 13th through venue outlets.
Load remaining images Ever since his days in The Motet ended, frontman Jans Ingber has toured with a rotating cast of musicians for the uber-fun Funk Fellowship performances around the country. The lineup he put together for the edition in Brooklyn, NY last Saturday, January 21st was truly impressive, calling on Rachael Price, Jennifer Hartswick, Steveland Swatkins, Alwyn Robinson, Chris Chew, Cheme Gastelum, Scott Metzger and Akie Bermiss for the show at the Brooklyn Bowl.The band incorporated music from a diverse offering of genres, including some pop, some soul, some classic rock and more. It was all funky, thanks to the smooth style of each and every member of the ensemble. Fortunately, Marc Millman was on hand to capture some photos and videos from the night. Watch some highlight moments in the embedded players below.Bee Gees – “Love You Inside Out”The Beatles – “We Can Work It Out”Bill Withers – “Who Is He And What Is He To You”Jill Scott – “You Don’t Know”George Michael – “Freedom! ’90”Full Audio – taped by Eric McRobertsA gallery from Marc Millman can be seen below.
To close out 2016, The String Cheese Incident held down the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO with some exciting collaborations. One such collaboration saw SCI work with the electronic duo Big Gigantic for a “Big Gigantic Incident” set on December 29th.As String Cheese gears up for a new album release and upcoming tour, the band dug into their archives and shared a video from that Big Gigantic Incident performance. With help from Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, the six members of String Cheese put down a rocking rendition of “Black Market” by Weather Report.Check out the cover in this new pro-shot video, shared below.