The Disco Biscuits closed out the 7th AURA Music Festival last night. The band played two sets, holding nothing back in the Spirit of the Suwannee, a place they can pretty much call “Home” this time of year. The set opened with a nearly thirty-minute double nod to the Grateful Dead, welcoming Tom Hamilton for both “Scarlet Begonias” and “I Know You Rider.” The jams ensued, and Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) joined the party for a “Funky Town” dance extravaganza.“Scarlet Begonias”>”I Know You Rider”The second set kept the energy high, naturally so, with a “Home Again” > “Caterpillar” closer. Listen to the full show below:Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at AURA Music & Arts Festival, Live Oak, FL – 3/5/16I: Scarlet Begonias (with Tom Hamilton)-> I Know You Rider (with Tom Hamilton), Spacebirdmatingcall-> Pimp Blue Rikki-> Morph Dusseldorf (ending only), Funky Town (with Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman)-> SpacebirdmatingcallII: Morph Dusseldorf-> Mulberry’s Dream, Caterpillar-> Fifth of Beethoven, Home Again-> Caterpillar
Coachella Music & Arts Festival continues to press the boundaries of the festival experience. This year, they’re delving into technological realms, providing ticketholders with virtual reality headsets inside welcome boxes for the event.The VR headsets work with a special Coachella app, providing exclusive content to be experienced like never before. Users can currently witness images and interviews from last year’s festival through the VR headset, and the festival will be updating with new content throughout the event.Coachella occurs from April 15-17 and 22-24, and features headlining performances from Guns N Roses, LCD Soundsystem, and Calvin Harris on both weekends. So far, it’s unclear whether viewers at home will have access to the VR capabilities, though that would be quite the step up from standard webcasts.Download the Coachella VR app + try out the VR viewer in your Welcome Box.https://t.co/jWzsNediLw— Coachella (@coachella) March 9, 2016
Hailed as one of the funkiest bands North of the border, Toronto-based After Funk continues to blaze a trail for some of the juiciest grooves around. The band continues to rise through the ranks of the funk scene, sharing the stage with groups like Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, TAUK and more, powered by an undeniably infectious sound.Today, the group is presenting not only a fresh new video, but revealing dates for an extensive tour throughout the spring and summer. With shows throughout the Northeast and Colorado, funk fans would be remiss not to enjoy this band’s scintillating sound. Fortunately, we’re proud to premiere the band’s brand new video for their tune, “Rage & Chuff.” According to the band’s bassist Justin Bontje, “It’s about getting chuffy. Chuffy is a term that can describe anything that stands out as being radical. Acting out against socially acceptable behaviour by doing something rash, but hip at the same time. Being chuffy has to be executed with style and swag.” Watch the new video below:Keyboardist Yanick Allwood said about the video, “We wanted to do a performance video but still wanted to reflect the nature of the song. Its kind of punk funk… where can we destroy things and not get in trouble.” It’s simply smashing.You can catch After Funk on the road throughout the year at the following tour dates below. For more information about the group, hit their website. You can also stream their album, ‘Til The Sun Comes Up, via Bandcamp.After Funk Tour DatesMay 13 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ONMay 14 – Alchemy Rising Festival – Pataskala, OHMay 18 – Flour City Station – Rochester, NYMay 19 – Arch Street Tavern – Hartford, CTMay 20 – Middle East Corner – Boston, MAMay 21 – Penuche’s – Manchester, NHMay 28 – Sterling Stage Folk Fest – Sterling, NYJune 18 – River City Music Festival – Bellevue, NEJune 20 – Quixote’s – Denver, COJune 21 – Sancho’s – Boulder, COJune 22 – Owlsey’s – Boulder, COJune 23 – Quixote’s – Denver, COJune 29 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KSJune 30 – Bernanza – Bellevue, NEJuly 3 – Sour Beer Funk Festival – Gravenhurst, ONJuly 10 – Camp Creek – Pattersonville, NYJuly 23 – Gathering at Chaffee’s – Erie, PAJuly 29 – The Waterhole – Saranac Lake, NYJuly 31 – Wild Woods Festival – Croydon, NYAugust 6 – MESSTIVAL – Anagance, NBAugust 7 – Middle Ages Brew Fest – Syracuse, NYSept 9-11 – Great North Festival – Minot, ME
Earlier this week, Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man, and Broncho teamed up to help kick off the early season for NYC’s SummerStage concert series. Taking place in the world-famous Central Park, the three performers captivated on the beautiful spring evening with hours of incredible music.Portugal. The Man came out promptly at 7pm, wanting to beat the venue’s 10pm curfew. Their hourlong set leaned heavily towards selections from their recently-released Evil Friends record. Much like the albums, the songs bled one into the other in the live setting without any breaks. The band was rockin’ it from start to finish, thoroughly impressing with a great performance.Cage the Elephant’s set was full of energy, playing a fair amount of material from their new record Tell Me I’m Pretty. Singer Matt Schultz kept the crowd hanging on the band’s every note, running around the stage, screaming and jumping on the backs of his bandmates. Their anthemic tunes like “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” “In One Ear,” and “Shake Me Down” had fans dancing and crowd-surfing throughout the night. This was musical passion at its finest!Check out a full set of photos from the night, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography: A full gallery from Andrew Blackstein Photography can be seen below: Load remaining images
Nashville-based funk band The Aquaducks are releasing their debut full length album on October 21st, Live At The Beast. Recorded at The Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee; “Live at the Beast” captures the musicality and live energy of the band and showcases their diverse songwriting and musical influences. With eleven musicians taking the stage, “Live at the Beast” has a powerful sound and features some of the band’s staples such as, “Bill’s Toupée” and “Nightlife”.While we await the release of the full album, take a look at the video for “Rewind” now, and pre-order the full album on iTunes, CD, or Vinyl as early as September 23rd! You’ll get a copy of the new song when you do.For more info about the band, be sure to visit their official website.
Load remaining images Last weekend, Chicago featured some of the best musicians offering up electro-funky hip-hop soul music. Pretty Lights and his crew created the perfect weekend getaway for all, bringing his two-night Episodic Festival to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island alongside Tipper, G Jones, Emancipator, and Sunsquabi on September 23rd-24th.With the Chicago skyline at his back, Derek Vincent Smith lit up the city with a weekend that was nothing short of magical. The Pretty Lights live band is in a true groove these days, with Brandon Butler, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns helping to bring the music to life. Add in the spectacular light show from The Lazershark (Greg Ellis), and you’ve got yourself one incredible weekend of music.Watch some of the magic as Pretty Lights opens up his set, courtesy of Adam Straughn.PL and his band created an ephemeral and euphoric feeling that won’t soon be forgotten, bringing the funky beats back to Chicago once again. He took the crowd on two nights of a full sensory journey. Catch a glimpse of this magic in the photo gallery from ATS Photography and B.a.D. Photography, below.
There tends to be a lot of pressure surrounding New Years plans. Do you spend it with friends? Family? How do you make it special without having to dig too deep outside of your comfort zone? The Hometeam New Years Rally focuses on community, with a concentration on vibes – and just might be your perfect solution. What better way to ring in 2017 than surrounded by the people you love, the music that inspires you, and holistic workshops to cultivate change in our daily lives and practices?Celebrating their fifth year, the Hometeam New Years Rally is taking over Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, Florida from December 29th to January 1st. The gathering began as a way to showcase the array of talent in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and provide a safe and fun environment for all ages, but has evolved into a union and reunion that encourages all patrons to believe in their unique talents, find others with like-minded interests, and reignite passions that may have taken a back seat to their regular everyday lives. The event seeks to provide the perfect balance between the intimacy of a small festival, and the professional feeling and quality production of bigger events. There are several reasons to welcome the new year with the Hometeam, but here are five particularly special ones.5. The Location – The Maddox Ranch is family owned and operated in Central Florida. Without being too hold or too cold, it’s the perfect time of year to camp with your family and friends and enjoy the beauty of life. Yes, there will even be horses and a designated petting area as part of the full ranch.4. The Playshops – Aside from the music, there will be holistic playshops to spur the refresh button into the new year. The holistic playshops are brought to you by Rising Light and the Illumination Project.Festival organizers had this to say about what to expect from this year’s playshops, “For a lot of our patrons, the Hometeam New Years Rally is about more than just the music. It can be a transformational weekend for many, so we put a special amount of effort into fostering the holistic experience. We’ll be providing a variety of PLAYshops that promote sustainability, social empowerment, community enrichment and personal growth. Highlights include: Morning yoga all 3 days, Arts and Crafts, DIY Natural Health and Beauty Care, Tiny Homes and Simple Living, Community Songwriting with Este Loves and other Hometeam Heroes, and a Drum Circle Basics 101. The Hometeam realizes that the community we have built is important, and in order for that to prosper, we must create a positive and sustainable environment.”3. Coffee Shop Sessions by: Joose – Joose, known for their unique sound and mind-melting Herbie Hancock Tribute show, is a refreshing Fusion collective based out of central Florida. With influences ranging from Jazz, Funk, Latin, Soul, and Groove; this energetic live show experience is going to be the perfect way to start your day both Saturday and Sunday. Joose includes members from Come Back Alice, Holey Miss Moley, and Ajeva and is quickly becoming a crowd favorite in the region. You can listen to a live version of Joose’s original song “We’ve Got a Lot of Work to Do” from their performance at The Great Outdoors Jam on their website.The sessions will be held Saturday Morning from 10:30am – 11:30am and Sunday Morning from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Get up early and have some Joose with your coffee!2. The Family – The Hometeam New Years Rally is a family friendly event. Whether the kids are playing on the big down tree at the ranch, or at the Future Music Makers tent, they are sure to be enjoying themselves. FMM involves the kids, in combination with the musicians in order to form an inspiring learning environment. With workshops ranging from Music Lessons, to interviews with Artists of the festival, to jam sessions, the FMM tent is going to be packed with a lot of beneficial experiences for all ages. Additionally, kids under 12 get free entry and there will be designated areas for quiet family camping. There will also be plenty of family experiences offered, consisting of music and art workshops throughout the day! The familial community will only be continued for the teens, who get their own “Teens Only” lounge for after-dark hours. Bringing the family together is important, especially to ring in the New Year.According to festival organizers, “Hometeam is not just a festival… it’s a family. It’s an ever growing community of individuals whose shared love for music, arts, and good intention has become a launching pad for making dreams come true. While music is the common denominator that initially draws new patrons in, it’s genuine friendship and sense of family that has fueled our community to thrive and grow over the last 4 years. Whether you are a musician, an artist, a teacher, a lawyer, or just a fan of life, you will find not only acceptance, but uplifting support within the Hometeam.”1. The Lineup – The Hometeam is known for continuous artist collaborations throughout the weekend. You will see one-of-a-kind sets from all the bands that include multiple sit-ins built to create an entertaining show. A majority of these musicians are always playing and sitting in with each other on a regular basis, so hometeam feels like a big family reunion from the get-go. Not to mention Christian Ryan’s Year in Revue: A funk-filled and soulful reflection to the icons of music we’ve lost in 2016, Ajeva playing Santana, and After Funk playing Hendrix. The homage tributes always make for a sing-a-long marathon.To futher inspire the specialties, there are six artists-at-large this year, including Roosevelt Collier, Isaac Corbitt, Joe Marcinek, Christian Ryan, Mark Mayea, and Sara Phillips.With headlining acts from The Nth Power, Zach Deputy, and The Mantras, the New Years Rally will also feature specialty showcases from Roosevelt Collier’s Hometeam Getdown, the weekend inevitably rounds out to something special. Funk rockers The Fritz and Backup Planet will be on deck, with southern-gypsy-funk band Come Back Alice and bluegrass extraordinaires The Applebutter Express. The festival’s foundation is in Florida, so plenty of local bands will be on-site to represent, including Juanjamon Band, Holey Miss Moley, Displace, The Groove Orient, Heather Gillis Band, Savi Fernandez Band, Guavatron, and a whole lot more. Check out the lineup announcement video below!Check out the full lineup in the poster below:via GIPHY
Greensky Bluegrass rang in the New Year with two stellar shows at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, returning to the Royal Oak, MI venue for a fun-filled celebration. Over two nights, Greensky welcomed special guests and played their prized original material, with some choice covers tossed in as well. Riding high after the release of their 2016 album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, Greensky settled in and truly delivered. With a New Year’s countdown inside Prince’s “1999”, covers of Pink Floyd, Traffic, JJ Cale and more, these were two unforgettable shows.Fortunately, thanks to taper Todd Moore, we can listen back and enjoy these two great shows. Check them out below!
Last night, the power-funk collective known as Turkuaz continued their West Coast fall tour with an energetic performance at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. The band was firing on all cylinders, mixing material from their most recent release Digitonium, new songs the band is road-testing, beloved covers, and classic material from throughout their career. This performance also marked the final night of their run with Sudanese-American fusion artist Sinkane, who impressed with his mix of progressive rock, reggae, jazz, and funk. The singer and his band were tight and fun, with a highlight of their set being a reggae-fied verse of “Last Dance With Mary Jane” by the recently deceased California icon Tom Petty in the middle of one of their songs.Tourkuaz Diary #3: Turkuaz Hits Colorado And Reflects On Las Vegas ShootingAs the clock struck 10:30 PM, the venue’s house music got a little louder, and the music curiously went from Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” into “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G., Ma$e, and P-Diddy. One by one, the members of Turkuaz emerged in their instantly recognizable, color-coordinated outfits, and frontman Dave Brandwein launched them into a raucous version of the Digitonium track, “Doktor Jazz.” The band added two more tracks from the new album—”Percy Thrills The Moondog,” and “Digital Love”—before working their way through “If I Ever Fall Asleep,” a new song that has been performed a handful of times this year since its debut in March.Turkuaz Dominates Denver With Powerfunk Performance [Photos]Next up, the band utilized some tight choreography as they came to a full-stop right in the middle of “The Mountain.” The band stood there, frozen in place, before drummer Michaelangelo Carruba kicked them back into gear for a wild and energetic re-entry. Backup singers Sammi Garett and Shira Elias were absolutely on fire during “Coast To Coast” before fronting the ensemble for a soulful take on The Band’s version of the Marvin Gaye classic, “Don’t Do It.” Their powerful vocals are jaw-dropping, and each singer brought the house down again and again throughout the performance. It might be tough to follow that up, but they whipped out the Digitonium standout “Nightswimming” and kept the energy high for all in the room. “X.Y.Z. (Feelin’ Tough)” acted as a great and catchy change of pace. Brandwein’s effortless vocals and seamless harmonies with Garett and Elias, and baritone saxophone player Josh Schwartz really shined during this track.Turkuaz Shines Bright At Sold-Out Boulder ThrowdownAfter runs through “One & Lonely,” “Rule The World,” “The Generator,” and “On The Run,” Turkuaz invited out their good friend D.J. Williams from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Shots Fired. Williams famously was detained in Dubai earlier this year, going through a harrowing experience that won’t be soon forgotten. His appearance on stage brought a huge smile to the faces of Turkuaz, and he returned the vibes with an excellent guitar solo on “Holy Ghost.” Turkuaz worked one more Digitonium track into the set with “Gogo Mr. Dodo” before turning to their most cherished material to finish the set. “Back To Normal” whipped the crowd into a frenzy, “Future 86” was dripping with soul, and “Bubba Slide,” with its beyond funky bassline courtesy of bassist extraordinaire Taylor Shell, brought the set to a close with a bang.For the encore, it only seemed fitting that the band pay homage to Tom Petty, and they did just that. Guitarist/Keyboardist/jack-of-all-trades Craig Brodhead started up the familiar riff from Petty’s “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” which drew a huge roar from the crowd, and the band turned in a spot on and fun version of the cover. With the crowd on cloud nine, Turkuaz delivered one more track for the excited crowd—a rowdy version of their classic song “Monkey Fingers”—that brought the evening to a close.“Runnin’ Down A Dream” At this point, what is left to be said about Turkuaz in the live setting? They are powerful, soulful, funky, groovy, and visually entertaining with their colorful costumes and synchronized dance moves. All of the band members seem to have the time of their lives on stage, and that element shines through in the music they play. Their show at The Teragram Ballroom is a perfect example of their excellence, and one can only imagine that every night of the tour has that kind of atmosphere. Kudos to Turkuaz for continuing to be one of the best and most exciting live bands in the game!Turkuaz continues their tour tonight with a free show at Top Golf in Las Vegas with funky upstarts Organ Freeman. Admirably, yesterday Turkuaz announced that they opened that their show in Las Vegas tonight would be free following the tragic mass concert shooting in the city earlier in the week. In a post on Facebook, the group stated, “In light of the events that occurred in this past weekend, we’d like to open up Friday’s show in Las Vegas as a free show. We encourage donations to be made in lieu of a ticket purchase. Funds will be donated directly to victims of Sunday’s tragic event on the Las Vegas Strip.”[Photo: Bill McAlaine]Setlist: Turkuaz | The Teragram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 10/5/2017Set: Doktor Jazz, Percy Thrills The Moondog, Digital Love, If I Ever Fall Asleep, The Mountain, Coast To Coast, Don’t Do It*, Nightswimming, X.Y.Z. (Feelin’ Tough), One & Lonely, Rule The World, The Generator, On The Run, Holy Ghost^, Gogo Mr. Dodo, Back To Normal, Future 86, Bubba SlideEncore: Runnin’ Down A Dream#, Monkey Fingers* The Band cover^ w/ D.J. Williams# Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover
Over the past twenty years, Dark Star Orchestra has become one of the top Grateful Dead tribute acts, with the band making a name for itself for its famed recreations of past Grateful Dead shows live and in their entirety. The group is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, having performed a mindboggling 2,500 shows over the past two decades, which works out to an average of 125 shows per year.The road dogs of Dark Star Orchestra are currently in the midst of an extensive fall tour, with their eyes set on their upcoming shows at Montclair, New Jersey’s classic Wellmont Theater as they continue to celebrate their 20th year as a unit. The group will make their first appearance at the Wellmont Theater on Friday, November 10th, before returning once again for a Cosmic New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 28th. The venue will offer a special 2-day pass for both shows, which can be purchased here.Dark Star Orchestra Announces 2018 Winter TourDark Star Orchestra has gained a rabid following over the past two decades, with the group’s unique format becoming a guessing game for fans who are eager to predict which past Grateful Dead show the band will recreate each night. Just to name a few, in past years, DSO has recreated classic Grateful Dead sets from the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on 4/27/77; the famed Berkeley ’72 show just blocks away from the actual venue; and the Miami Arena show on 10/14/88, which featured covers of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Dark Star Orchestra has also earned a stamp of approval from a number of jam icons, with the group previously hosting sit-ins by former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzmann, and Donna Jean Godchaux, as well as Phish’s Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman. “Eyes of the World” from Mountain Jam 2014[via Mountain Jam Festival]Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra at Wellmont Theater on Friday, November 10th, can be purchased here, while tickets for the group’s Cosmic New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 28th, can be purchased here. Those interested in securing a special two-day pass for both shows can pick them up here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Dark Star Orchestra At The Wellmont Theater 11/10 Below![Cover Photo: Benjamin Adams Photography]