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British rock heavyweights The Who have announced that they’ll be playing two shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and they’ll be performing a full, acoustic version of their incredible groundbreaking rock opera “Tommy.” The band will play two sets each night, opening both shows with ‘Tommy’ and closing with a set of greatest hits material.These shows are in celebration of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey‘s charitable organization, Teenage Cancer Trust, which raises money to help younger people who have cancer. The Teenage Cancer Trust will be celebrating it’s 100th shows during this event, making the occasion doubly worth celebrating. The two shows will take place Thursday, March 30 and Saturday, April 1, 2017.The Who have also announced a few U.K. tour dates along with these special shows. These additional shows–in Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, and Birmingham–are make-up dates for last year’s cancelled tour, and lucky fans will now get to experience parts of the the acoustic “Tommy” set as a reward for their patience.See below for tour dates:[H/T JamBase]
Collaborations are a mainstay of the Catskill Chill Music Festival, and with so many great bands descending on the fest’s new home in Lakewood, PA, the mood was ripe for jamming. One of the most exciting collab sets was that of Pink Talking Fu, a full band collaboration between Pink Talking Fish and Kung Fu. Not only did the two bands get together, but they treated fans to an awe-inspiring celebration of two late legends, Prince and David Bowie.The set came after a classic Pink Talking Fish show, which saw Kung Fu’s guitarist Tim Palmieri sit in for a handful of songs. The Pink Talking Fu set featured the full rosters from both bands, opening with “Musicology” and alternating between the two catalogs for a great set of music. Transitions like “Fame” > “1999” set the show apart!The tribute also featured some very special guests, as Hayley Jane came out to sing “Under Pressure” and Turkuaz’s Shira Elias joined for “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” Both female singers would return for the finale, as the band played “Purple Rain” and “Memory Of A Free Festival” to close things out. What a show!Fortunately, thanks to taper Keith Litzenberger, we can listen to full audio from this action packed set. Tune in below![Photo via PTF Twitter // Andrew Blackstein]
The Blue Note Jazz Club was the place to be this weekend, as the New York branch of the famed club chain hosted some incredible music on Friday and Saturday. The main show was a celebration of Chick Corea’s birthday with John McLaughlin, Victor Wooten and Lenny White. After those jazz chops cooled down, it was up to The Nth Power to keep the party raging throughout the night.The two night run happened on December 9-10, with the Nth Power treating fans to two late night masterpiece sets. The band is touring on the heels of their recently released To Be Free live album, and brought that energy in full force to the Blue Note.Check out the full setlists and a photo gallery below, provided by Capacity Images.Setlist: The Nth Power | Blue Note Jazz Club | New York, NY | 12/9/16Set: Altar Call, Freedom, Thirsty, Only Love, Joy, Truth, Holy Rain, More & More, Devotion, Right NowEncore: Take My SoulSetlist: The Nth Power | Blue Note Jazz Club | New York, NY | 12/10/16Set: Joy, Right Now, Change Gonna Come, Truth, Holy Rain, Thirsty, Only You, More & More, Walk on WaterEncore: Take My Soul Load remaining images
For 44 years running, Telluride Bluegrass Festival has brought the best and brightest to Telluride, CO, reveling in the majesty that is folk and bluegrass music. This year’s lineup is no exception, as many favorites – old and new – will return to the festival once more.At the top of the billing is Sam Bush Band, Brandi Carlile and Dierks Bentley with the Travelin’ McCourys. There will also be sets from Dispatch, Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Bela Fleck & Chris Thile, Elephant Revival, Punch Brothers, Hot Rize, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas Band and so many more! There’s also a special Telluride House Band assembled for the occasion, with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton & Stuart Duncan all participating.For more about the annual bluegrass event, head here. You can see the full lineup announcement below!Telluride Bluegrass Artist Announcement* Sam Bush Band* Brandi Carlile* Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys* Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Bela, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart* Dispatch* Yonder Mountain String Band* Greensky Bluegrass* Bela Fleck & Chris Thile* Elephant Revival* Punch Brothers* Hot Rize* Peter Rowan* Jerry Douglas Band* Tim O’Brien* Chris Thile* Sarah Jarosz* The East Pointers* Fireball Mail
Last night, moe. hit the Calvin Theatre to close out the Northeast segment of their winter tour. After smoking shows in Pennsylvania on Thursday and Vermont on Friday, the band was dialed in for last night’s performance in Northampton, MA.The first set kicked off with “Defrost,” which dropped directly into “Punchline.” “Prestige Worldwide,” a fairly new tune that was debuted this December at The Capitol Theater followed this set opener. To close at the first set, the band moved through “Four” into “Seat of My Pants” with a massive and masterful transition, before finishing off the set with “McBain.” While the band could have kept going and were tuned in with beautiful segues for the end of this set, Rob Derhak ultimately pointed to his watch at the end of “McBain,” and the band left for set break following this song.The second set was fiery and a nonstop assault from moe. The first half contained a massive “Pit” sandwich, with the band opening with “The Pit,” then moving into “Deep This Time,” and back into the “The Pit.” Keeping going on with this theme, moe. immediately dropped into “Recreational Chemistry” before finishing off the five-song “Pit” sandwich with the third and final “The Pit” of the evening. With another skillful transition, the band hit “Tubing The River Styx” before “Assfinger” and closing out with “Brent Black,” during which Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin shared Jim’s set up for a portion of the second set’s closing number. As a send-off for the evening, the band opened the encore with “Letter Home” before ending the performance and this leg of their winter tour with “New York City.”You can watch videos of “Seat Of My Pants” > “McBain” (in two parts) below via the band’s Facebook page, as well as fan-shot clip of “Prestige Worldwide” via YouTube user the ruff:“Seat of My Pants” > “McBain” “Prestige Worldwide”[Video courtesy of youtube user, the ruff]Setlist: moe. | Calvin Theatre | Northampton, MA | 4/2/2017 [courtesy of Marc O’Shea]Set 1: Defrost > Punchline, Prestige Worldwide, Four > Seat of My Pants > McBainSet 2: The Pit > Deep This Time > The Pit > Recreational Chemistry > The Pit > Tubing the River Styx > Ass Finger > Brent BlackEncore: Letter Home, NYCThe band will pick back up on February 17th at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works to kick off a southern run. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.
Following his Grammy Award ceremony performance with A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak moved on to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with his fellow collaborator Knxwledge. The dynamic duo performed “What More Can I Say” from their NxWorries collaboration’s 2016 album Yes Lawd!. The performance is unlike most live concert experiences, as it features the musicians, supported by a full string section, acting out the themes as if in a music video. This performance only strengthens our argument that Anderson .Paak is amongst our new favorite artists. Watch below:
Today, funk favorites Lettuce have announced the addition of jazz legend John Scofield and soulful rocker Marcus King to their already stacked Red Rocks lineup. With Turkuaz, The Russ Liquid Test, and special guests Ghostface Killah, George Porter Jr., and Cyril Neville already on the bill and more TBA, this is sure to be the most power-packed Rage Rocks yet!In honor of the exciting addition of Scofield and King, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to go for free! Winner will receive:-Roundtrip Flights for two-Hotel Room for two-Two VIP Tickets to Rage Rocks-Official PosterEnter below, then share to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!
Over the weekend, Pretty Lights anonymously sent 50 lucky #PLFamily members a FedEx package with a wooden USB drive filled with 20+ unreleased live “flips” and soft announcement materials for Pretty Lights (Live)‘s return to Red Rocks Amphitheater and Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL. Details for Northerly Island’s episodic festival have today been shared by promoters Silver Wrapper, who are also presenting the inaugural Island of Light festival in Puerto Rico.EXCLUSIVE: Pretty Lights Details The Vision Behind NOLA Pop-Up Parade, Shares Insight On New AlbumOn August 18th-19th, Pretty Lights (Live) will hit Northerly Island with special guests The Floozies, Big Wild, Soul Rebels, Chali 2na, CloZee, and Maddy O’Neal. General On Sale begins Friday, May 19th at 11am CST right here. Check it out:In a recent interview with Derek Vincent Smith, he confirms there will be a total of eight of these events, including the recently announced The Gorge Ampthieatre weekend and the returns to Red Rocks Ampitheatre and Northerly Island. Two weeks ago, he hosted a surprise second line parade and pop-up show in New Orleans so demonstrate the direction of Pretty Lights.The massive production on Sunday doubled as a celebration and a music video shoot for Pretty Lights’ newest single, “The Sun Spreads In Our Minds,” which we can officially expect to hear next month. The song is also the lead track on the upcoming Pretty Lights album—his first official release since 2013’s A Color Map Of The Sun. More information can be found here.[photo by Phierce Photo]
On Friday night, Phil Lesh returned to Colorado for the first time in four years, playing the Fox Theatre with his Terrapin Family Band and nailing down one of three shows across this weekend at the intimate Boulder venue. The last time that the Grateful Dead bassist came to Colorado was back in 2013, when he played two nights with Furthur at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Since then, Lesh has cut back significantly on his touring schedule, instead opting for dates closer to home and at his iconic San Rafael venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Despite a fairly long time away from the Centennial State, Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band — composed of Lesh’s son, Grahame Lesh, as well as Ross James, Jason Crosby, and Alex Koford — did not miss a beat, putting on an energized performance at the 660-person venue.Watch John Mayer Join Phil Lesh & Friends In 2015 For A 1977 Tribute Concert [Full Show Video]To kick off the first set, the ensemble opened with “The Music Never Stopped,” perhaps as a nod to the time Phil Lesh spent away from Colorado, then switching to “Big River,” making for two high-energy numbers to start the show. The group sounded tight, as they moved through the first set, with a particularly solid “Viola Lee Blues” that aired on the side of rock-centric and David Crosby’s “The Wall Song” (a song played by the Crosby, Stills, & Nash musician, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and Mickey Hart back in 1970 as “Jerry Garcia and Friends”) toward the end of the set. For the second set, the ensemble came back with a non-stop string of numbers to start things off, moving through “Playing In The Band,” “Unbroken Chain,” “Dark Star,” “The Other One,” then back into “Dark Star,” ahead of “Stella Blue.” After the ballad and a brief pause, they picked things up with “Sugar Magnolia” into “Scarlet Begonias,” ahead of the final song of “Throwing Stones.”Phil Lesh & Friends With Bob Weir, Jim James Solo, And More Lead Sound Summit 2017 LineupLesh himself spoke on the energy of the room was palpable during the start of his traditional “Donor Rap,” which came ahead of the encore, noting that “It’s been a long time, but this little place is really nice. I remember doing some rehearsals here many years ago, and I always liked the feel of it. I thought that was really confirmed tonight.” The group then ended the night with “Truckin’” into “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad.” You can listen to the full audio below, courtesy of Gerry Gladu.[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]