Six Chair Productions has announced the lineup for the 2017 Festival at the Farm, taking place at Prowse Farm in Canton, Mass. on September 16 and 17, 2017. Lettuce and Brett Dennen will top the bill on Saturday, September 16, along with Lee Fields and the Expressions, The Ballroom Thieves, Julie Rhodes, Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas, LuxDeluxe, and Dwight and Nicole. On Sunday, the festival will feature The Wood Brothers and Martin Sexton, along with Ryan Montbleau, The Marcus King Band, Kat Wright, Session Americana, and Sean McConnell. Family-favorite Josh and the Jamtones will perform on both Saturday and Sunday.Festival at the Farm is a weekend-long celebration, with live music and a focus on great food and unique experiences for all ages. In addition to the music, Festival at the Farm will host locally-sourced and inspired food vendors, culinary workshops and demos from local chefs including Chef Postal, an onsite farmers market featuring local farmers and non-profits connected with the farm-to-table and organic food movements, backyard games and a craft vendor marketplace.“With Festival at the Farm, our goal is to give music fans of all ages the chance to escape the everyday, to enjoy a weekend of live music, and experiences focused on simple pleasures and good times,” says James Macdonald, founder of Six Chair Productions and producer of Festival at the Farm. “We are thrilled to have Lettuce, Brett Dennen, Martin Sexton, The Wood Brothers and so many more join us for this event. It’s going to be amazing and we can’t wait to see everyone there.”More information and tickets for the festival are currently available here.
Load remaining images The Australian-based John Butler Trio is currently on an extensive tour through North America, working their way through number of headlining concert dates and festival performances, much to the delight of fans who have eagerly awaited their return. Already known as a force in the music world with a delightful blend of rock that appeals to jam sensibilities and unreal musical skills that frequently leaves onlookers with their jaw dropped, the trio will be bringing their music to the masses between now and September 12th.John Butler Trio’s most recent stop was at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, where the band played through favorites “Better Than,” “Used To Get High,” and “Ocean.” Butler and co also performed a new song, “Bully,” which was released the same day and played live only once before at Royal Oak Music Theater last Saturday, 8/19/17. Listen to the studio version below:Photographer Adam McCullough was on the scene at last night’s show, and provided the gallery below.Setlist: John Butler Trio | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 8/25/17Cold Wind, Betterman, I’d Do Anything (Soldier’s Lament), Hoe Down, Better Than, Used To Get High, Pickapart, Ocean, Blame It On Me, Don’t Wanna See Your Face, Bully*, Ragged Mile (Spirit Song), ZebraE: Losing You, Livin’ in the City, Funky Tonight*New song, live debutJohn Butler Trio | The Capitol Theatre | Photos by Adam McCullough | 8/24/17
Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist and co-founder Bob Weir was honored with the “Music for Life” award at the National Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) annual trade show in Anaheim, CA yesterday. The award was presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lammond, who sat down with Weir to discuss the iconic musician’s 50+ year career. When introducing Weir, Lammond acknowledged, “The Grateful Dead inspired a movement by taking incredible risks musically, culturally and in terms of how they approached the music business. They did so out of a passion for music making and, as a result, continue to inspire musicians to this day.”“If you’re always going for it, the muse is always leading you in some direction,” Weir said during the talk. “If you have faith in your muse, you’re going to get somewhere — if you put shoulder to the wheel. Every artist of any stripe is a storyteller, and the way you weave it together represents what makes life worth living.”A few hours after receiving his award, Weir took the stage at the D’Angelico Guitars booth on the other side of the Anaheim Convention Center. There he was joined by Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band), Jay Lane (RatDog), Paul ILL (Disreputable Few), and Isaiah Sharkey (D’Angelo/John Mayer) for a half acoustic, half electric set that featured a few songs from his 2016 solo album Blue Mountain as well as a number of tunes from the Grateful Dead canon like “Jack Straw,” “Lost Sailor,” “West L.A. Fadeaway”. You can check out most of Weir’s set from the first day of the NAMM trade show below”[Video via D’Angelico Guitars’ Facebook page]Next month, Weir will head to Riviera Maya, Mexico for Dead & Company‘s inaugural Playing In The Sand destination event, followed by a run of three make-up dates in New Orleans, LA, Sunrise, FL, and Orlando, FL following their cancellation due to John Mayer‘s emergency appendectomy during the band’s 2017 Fall Tour. The band has also announced a full summer tour. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the Dead & Co website.[Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images]
In mid-July, The Peach Music Festival commenced, kicking off one of the most highly anticipated music festivals of the summer. To open the festival, fan-favorite rising-star artists like Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Marcus King Band, Turkuaz, and Twiddle were all on hand, welcoming fans across Thursday evening. Given the consistently high-caliber collaborations the festival hosts each year, it came as no surprise when various musicians joined forces, making for truly rare collaborations.However, one of the most buzzed-about sets of The Peach Music Festival this year was Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Thursday night show. As to be expected at festivals where numerous artists are on deck before and after their sets, the Baltimore-born funk-jam act took advantage of the musicians who were joining them on the Thursday lineup for The Peach. After electrifying takes on “Whoopie” and “Porcupine” to start the set, Pigeons invited out The Royal Horns—the young standout horn section for The Marcus King Band—for the group’s energized classic “F.U.”, with the horns’ presence hinting at another special guest who would join the band later in the evening.With the departure of The Royal Horns, the band moved through two additional fan-favorite numbers, “Havana” and “Julia”, easily enrapturing the crowd with their fun-loving and propulsive sound. However, one of the truly standout moments of the set was the band’s take on “Lightning”, which saw the group welcome Marcus King. Predictably, the performance was exactly as you’d expect, with Pigeons guitarist Jeremy Schon and the young guitar prodigy going off and exchanging fiery solos during the song’s jam portion.Continuing with the momentum built during Marcus King’s surprise sit-in, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong launched into a “Fade Fast” sandwich, using the tune to house two energetic and nostalgic tracks from The Jungle Book that the band debuted during their Disney-themed New Year’s Eve show in Covington. Jamming through “Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”, the band eventually jammed back into “Fade Fast” before closing out their performance at The Peach Music Festival in full with a rendition of “Fun in Funk”.Today, much to the delight of fans, The Peach Music Festival has released a pro-shot video of Marcus King’s sit-in with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for the song, “Lightning”. Check it out below! You can also watch a full stream of Pigeons’ explosive set below, courtesy of Michael Liacos.“Lightning” with Marcus King[Video: The Peach Music Festival]Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PA | 7/19/2018Set: Whoopie, Porcupine, FU*, Somethin’ 4 Ya, Havana, Julia, Lightning^, Fade Fast > I Wanna Be Like You > Bare Necessities > I Wanna Be Like You > Jam > Fade Fast, Fun in FunkNotes: * The Royal Horns sit in | ^Marcus King sit inPigeons Playing Ping Pong – The Peach Festival 2018 – Part 1 Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – The Peach Festival 2018 – Part 2
19 years ago today, during the second night of a two-night stand at George, WA’s iconic concert venue The Gorge Amphitheatre, Phish debuted two songs (both previously performed by Trey Anastasio Band) that remain staples of their live shows to this day. First, towards the end of the first set, the band broke out “Heavy Things”. By the end of that tour, “Heavy Things” had become a setlist fixture, and is still one of the few Phish songs to receive some semblance of radio popularity. It was also the song that the band chose to have broadcast on national TV from their Y2k blowout at Big Cypress.Arguably the more exciting of the two debuts came during the second set, when the band segued out of a set-opening “Wolfman’s Brother” into TAB favorite “Sand”. The song entered the Phish repertoire with a bang, as Trey laid into the song’s infectious groove with a full-on hose assault, clocking in at over 18 minutes long. You can listen to the “Sand” Phish debut at the Gorge below:The full show audio can also be streamed below, for those in need of a good funky way to end this Sunday, and the full Phish.net setlist is posted as well.Setlist: Phish at The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA – 9/11/1999Set 1: Tube > Funky Bitch > Limb By Limb, Dogs Stole Things, Punch You In the Eye, Billy Breathes, Heavy Things, Guyute > FreeSet 2: Wolfman’s Brother -> Sand, Meatstick -> Maze, Prince Caspian > Harry HoodEncore: When the Circus Comes Phish debut. Concluded with an atypical, repetitive ending.Trey teased Long Tall Glasses in Limb By Limb. Heavy Things and Sand made their Phish debuts at this show. Hood concluded with an atypical, repetitive ending.
At 3:30 in the morning on October 1st, 2008, Phish posted a short and sweet message to their fans.Phish returns to the stage for three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009. …The band intends to announce additional touring in 2009 early next year.As many of you know, Phish broke up in 2004 after playing together for nearly 20 years. Longtime fans assumed the worst—that they would never see Phish again. It took four years for the band to decide to reunite, as the group started planning a reunion in 2008. The message of three shows at the Hampton Coliseum was incredible news to stunned fans nationwide, who were completely oblivious to the band’s intentions. Phish was back.The band announced their run with a short video depicting an artist painting an interpretation of the famed Hampton Coliseum structure. Watch below.Phish Reunion Announcement Video[Video: Phish]A few months later, Phish opened those shows with “Fluffhead,” and it’s been a wonderful ride ever since. Ten years, three albums, and hundreds of shows later, fans new and old can all be thankful for this band’s return.Phish Reunion Show – “Fluffhead” – 3-6-09[Video: notmkdevo]
Last night, Gov’t Mule returned to Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle for their annual Halloween celebration. The band previously hinted through their social media outlets that their Mule-O-Ween show would include, or at least incorporate Black Sabbath’s 1970 heavy rock album Paranoid. Warren Haynes and company’s two-set show last night included a heavy dose of Gov’t Mule staples during the first set, as well as the entirety of Sabbath’s Paranoid album played from front to back.Gov’t Mule opened the first set with “Stone Cold Rage”, before working through a seamless segue of “Revolution Come Revolution Go”, “Mule”, and “Monkey Hill”, which included an ending segment of The Beatles’ “She’s So Heavy”. Mule continued to work through staples “Larger Than Life”, “Game Face”, and “Lay Your Burden Down”, before closing the first set with “Brand New Angel” off of 2006’s High & Mighty.Following a brief set break, Gov’t Mule returned to open the second set with a frequent cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. The band then worked through the next seven tracks off of Sabbath’s Paranoid, debuting live renditions of “Paranoid”, “Planet Caravan”, “Iron Man”, “Electric Funeral”, “Hand Of Doom”, and closed the second set with “Rat Salad” smoothly flowing into “Fairies Wear Boots”. Gov’t Mule’s encore began with a take on “Swede Leif Solo”, highlighted by Jorgen Carlsson’s mind-bending work on bass, before the remaining three members emerged to joined in on “Sweet Leaf.” Haynes and company then offered up “Into The Void” and “Solitude” off of Black Sabbath’s 1971 album Master Of Reality. The band closed out their four-song encore with a cover of “Snowblind” off of Sabbath’s 1972 album Vol. 4.Gov’t Mule – “War Pigs”[Video: Richard Vining]Gov’t Mule – “Paranoid”[Video: Got Mule?]Gov’t Mule – “Planet Caravan”[Video: Got Mule?]Gov’t Mule – “Iron Man”[Video: Richard Vining]Gov’t Mule – “Sweet Leaf”[Video: Got Mule?]Next up for Gov’t Mule is a show in Pittsburgh on October 30th, followed by a two-set affair in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Halloween proper. Gov’t Mule will round out their fall tour with a three-night run spanning November 1st through 3rd, with stops in Madison, Grand Rapids, and Cleveland.For a full list of Gov’t Mule’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website here.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 10/27/2018Set I: Stone Cold Rage, Revolution Come Revolution Go, Mule > Monkey Hill > with She’s So Heavy ending Larger Than Life, Game Face, Kind Of Bird, Lay Your Burden Down, Brand New AngelSet II: War Pigs, Paranoid*, Planet Caravan*, Iron Man*, Electric Funeral*, Hand Of Doom*, Rat Salad* > Drums > Rat Salad, Fairies Wear Boots*Encore: Swede Leif Solo > Sweet Leaf, Into The Void*, Solitude*, Snowblind** concert debut
The HighWomen, a relatively-new supergroup comprised of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby, has been announced as the latest act set to perform at this year’s Newport Folk Festival.With the addition of The HighWomen to the 2019 Newport Folk Fest lineup poster on Wednesday, the quartet will join previously announced including Warren Hayes, Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Benmont Tench, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Tweedy, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Maggie Rogers, Sheryl Crow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more.As the event does with all of their performers, The HighWomen’s involvement means the festival’s charitable arm has made a donation on behalf of an organization of the artist’s choice. This time around, festival organizers have made a donation to She Is The Music, an industry-wide movement which actively works to increase opportunity and visibility for women currently working in music, as well as developing the next generation of women to join the industry and seek leadership role.The announcement on Wednesday comes a day after Carlile announced the 2020 edition of her Girls Just Wanna Weekend destination event, which will feature performances from Sheryl Crow, Lake Street Dive, Patty Griffin, Lucius, Wanda Sykes (Comedy Set), KT Tunstall, Jade Bird, Amanda Shires, and Yola. Carlile also celebrated the arrival of her new music video for “The Mother” on Wednesday as well.Fans can head to the Newport Folk Fest website for general info for this year’s event, but tickets are for the 2019 festival are sold out.
A 30-point, nine-rebound effort by co-captain Jeremy Lin ’10 may not have been enough to help the Harvard men’s basketball team defeat the University of Connecticut (UConn) in their 79-73 loss to the No. 13-ranked Huskies on Dec. 6, but it did earn the senior guard his second Ivy Player of the Week award this season.Lin, who also recorded three steals and two blocks, shot 11 for 18 from the floor and played all but three minutes in the game.The 6-foot-3 guard’s performance came just days after recording 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the Crimson’s 85-64 blowout of Rice (Dec. 2).Lin currently ranks third in the Ancient Eight in scoring, seventh in rebounding, second in steals, and fourth in blocked shots.Off to its best start since the 2002-03 season, Harvard is beginning to look like an Ivy League contender with an undefeated home record (4-0) and an overall record of 6-2.Tonight (Dec. 9) Harvard will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on the Boston College Eagles in a rematch of last year’s shocker, in which the Crimson upset the No. 17-ranked Eagles by a score of 82-70.
Lewis (Lew) Law, 77, former director of computer services for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), died in Belmont on Feb. 14 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.Law was born and educated in England, graduating with a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Birmingham in 1953. After working with the British Civil Service in Malvern for five years, he and his wife, Margaret, whom he had married in 1957, decided to explore the other side of the Atlantic. Initially, they spent two years in Hamilton, Ontario, where Law worked on radar systems for Canadian Westinghouse. In January 1961, the two moved to Cambridge, Mass., intending to stay two more years. Those two years quickly turned into 49.Upon moving to Cambridge, Law joined the staff of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator, a joint Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology project. In 1963, he was made head of the electronics group, working on projects to keep the accelerator competitive with new technology.In 1972, Law received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, and a year later he became director of technical services in the newly built Harvard University Science Center, turning it into a working building for lectures, laboratories, and classrooms.During the early 1970s, Law became increasingly involved with computer hardware. Along with assistant professor of computer science Chuck Prenner, he introduced the then very new UNIX operating system to Harvard, making the University one of the first places to use the system outside of Bell Laboratories, where it had been developed as an in-house system. He was also one of the five founding members of USENIX, the UNIX users group, which is now a nationwide organization. He was a valued member of the USENIX board until 1986.In 1975, Law was instrumental in initiating the first undergraduate time-sharing system at Harvard. This system, which allows more than one user to use a computer system from multiple terminals, it was based on a PDP-11/45 machine, with 10 teletype machines used as terminals. This system was the forerunner of today’s extensive operation in FAS. When the drive to network computers began, he was involved in the creation of FASNET, a network that included the Science Center, most of the Harvard science departments, and the Harvard Law School. This network enabled students to work with their instructors online and heralded the introduction of e-mail to FAS.By 1977, Law was made associate director of the Science Center and in 1984 the title changed to director of computer operations for FAS. In 1988, the position was upgraded to director of computer services. Law retired in 1992.Outside of Harvard, Law’s avocations were sailing, both dinghy racing and large boat cruising, skiing, and skating.He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret, two sisters and a brother, in England.