Month: March 2021

Jack White Rallies in Second Radio City Show

Jack White Rallies in Second Radio City Show

first_imgSam RosenbergRadio City Music Hall was buzzing Sunday night with gossip about the night before. Jack White, in the most diva way possible, stormed off the stage after playing less than an hour with no encore or reason presented to the crowd.  One story going around was he was heckled and got sour; others claimed it was cameras and flash photography in his face that bothered him. This man rocked Webster Hall in April, and sold out two shows at Radio City in minutes. The pressure was on to redeem himself to his loyal fans.The opening act, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three was fantastic!  The acoustic 4-some included two guitars, one upright bass and a bearded man on percussion, playing everything from snare to harmonica to washboard. Their music was an eclectic mix of Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, and tinged with their own old timey charm with tunes about whiskey, music, and family.  Between songs, Pokey LaFarge shared a joke or story and made transitions seems fun and friend, “You guys like raging harmonica?”  Yes, Pokey.  We do!Jack White took the stage at 9:10pm. He appeared with his all-female band, the Peacocks, beginning with a new song “Missing Pieces.” White’s new album is a studio gem and played on repeat on mp3 players and Spotify enthusiasts across the world since it came out in April. The tunes from this album are also great to hear live, even though Radio City does not make it easy to decipher White’s mumbled lyrics.His unique vocals and short songs make him a favorite for fans of many genres.  The first half of the set was fairly mellow, with his band almost overshadowed, as he didn’t start pushing the rock star moves until halfway through.He went into his own version of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” in seamlessly edgy rock & roll style. He definitely made it his own changing “Maggie” to “Penny” and fans barely recognized it as a cover. The crowd screamed and cheered the entire time.  White also played an amazing version of James Booker’s “Papa Was a Rascal” on the piano.Jack and the band choreographed a quick walk off the stage at 10:07 with guitar feedback filling the venue. The crowd was excited as he came back on for a 4-song encore at 10:11. Another show highlight was an energetic version of “Seven Nation Army” almost strategically placed in the encore; the same song waiting fans were singing the night before, after White has already walked off the stage. The people demanded it and he, in part, delivered. The last note of the show played at 10:27.Was this redemption?  Considering it is his fifth show in New York City in six months (Webster Hall, two at Roseland Ballroom, and Saturday and Sunday at Radio City), his level of professionalism is extremely suspect after this two-night run. It is not a good sign when you are watching the clock to make sure you get your money’s worth. He played 21 songs in 77 minutes, which is a huge step up from the night before, but for a venue like Radio City Music Hall and the cost of a ticket to see a show there, acts must deliver. The show was a good time; however, maybe he bit off more than he could chew at Radio City Music Hall. I put him on top of the list of “Acts that Thrive in Mid-Sized Venues” and will only see him again if he plays a venue where he can hear us sing along and we can receive his rock star energy right back.last_img read more

Disclosure Kicks Off Governors Ball With Pre-Party @ Output, 6/5

Disclosure Kicks Off Governors Ball With Pre-Party @ Output, 6/5

Nowadays, a three day music festival just isn’t enough. There’s too much excitement, you can’t sleep the night before, you need to start early. So last night, the night before Governors Ball takes over New York City with acts like Outkast, Jack White, and The Strokes, Output had the early hook up with a DJ set from international dance music sensation Disclosure.There may not be a musical act that’s blown up quite like Disclosure in the past year. The brothers from England have brough deep house into the mainstream, their debut album Settle being nominated for a Grammy on the heels of a handful of successful singles, including the megahit “Latch.” The last time these guys were in NYC, they sold out three consecutive nights at Terminal 5 along with two late night after parties, and were joined on stage by Mary J Blige, who also re-recorded their track “F For You” for release as a single. I don’t know how you can have a busier weekend than that.So, before taking the main stage at Governors Ball, the duo took to the decks at Output for a DJ set, packing the club to the brim with eager fans. While Disclosure is performing a live set at Governors Ball, their productions really do lend themselves best to a night club vibe. With productions based around booming bass, a deep house vibe, and soulful vocals, Disclosure’s forward thinking productions perfectly encapsulate whats ‘hot’ in dance music right now. Throughout their hour and a half set, Disclosure had the dance floor in the palms of their hand, weaving through their own productions and similarly produced house music. An extended remix of Breach’s “Jack” had the bodies itching to get closer to the DJ booth while singing the familiar refrain. It’s pretty incredible that these two young men, who have been only releasing music for less than four years, can put together such an incredible live set one night, and then completely flip the switch and control a dance floor as DJs – but thats exactly what Disclosue does night in and night out. read more

Sweetwater 420 Fest Adds Anders Osborne, Kyle Hollingsworth, and More

Sweetwater 420 Fest Adds Anders Osborne, Kyle Hollingsworth, and More

first_imgThe Sweetwater 420 Fest has added Anders Osborne, Kyle Hollingsworth, The Revivalists, and several others to it’s lineups. Previously announced for the fest, which will take place April 17th-19th at Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA, were Thievery Corporation, 311, Snoop Dogg, Primus, and Beats Antique.Tickets for the festival are currently on-sale HERE. Below is the full festival lineup.Sweetwater 420 Initial Lineup:Snoop Dogg311Thievery CorporationPrimusCage the ElephantSlightly Stoopidmoe.Gov’t MuleBeats AntiqueThe Wailers Anders Osborne The Revivalists The Wood Brothers Kyle Hollingsworth Band The London Souls March Fourth Marching Band Aerlast_img

Widespread Panic Announces Summer Tour Dates, Including Two Shows With Umphrey’s

Widespread Panic Announces Summer Tour Dates, Including Two Shows With Umphrey’s

first_imgWidespread Panic has announced a series of summer tour dates, including two shows with our friends Umphrey’s McGee in June! For the two shows, Umphrey’s will get to play a 90-minute set before WSP takes the stage. Check out our ongoing tour log with Umphrey’s McGee here.The June-July tour includes stops across the country, with three nights at Red Rocks and a headlining spot at The Ride Festival.Meanwhile, WSP kick off their spring tour this Friday, March 13th, with a show in Boise, ID. More information about the below dates can be found via the band’s official website.Widespread Panic Summer Tour 201506/16 – Artpark Amphitheater – Lewiston, NY 06/17 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA 06/19 – Stateside Amphitheater – Jay Peak, VT* 06/21 – StageAE – Pittsburgh, PA* 06/23 – Pinewood Bowl – Lincoln, NE 06/24 – Starlight Theatre – Kansas City, MO 06/26 – 06/28 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO 07/02 – 07/04 – Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX 07/11 – 07/12 – The Ride Festival – Telluride, CO 07/17 – Arkansas Music Pavilion – Rogers, AR 07/18 – BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove – Southaven, MS 07/19 – Forecastle Music Festival – Louisville, KY* = w/ Umphrey’s McGeelast_img read more

Stevie Wonder Pops Into Local NOLA Show, Sits In On Harmonica

Stevie Wonder Pops Into Local NOLA Show, Sits In On Harmonica

first_imgThis is why we love New Orleans.On Tuesday evening, Stevie Wonder brought his Songs in the Key of Life tour down to NOLA. The show was attended by a whole plethora of local celebrities and musicians. The following night was Stevie’s day off so he returned the favor by attending a local show at Sweet Lorraine’s featuring members of his band as well as Bill Summers, Donald Harrison Jr., Eric Benny Bloom, Kendrick Marshall and Chris Severin. Mr. Wonderful walked in during “Tell Me Something Good” (which Wonder wrote) as Bloom was beginning his trumpet solo.Bloom explained, “When Stevie walked in the room and sat down in front of the bandstand, I was onstage about to play a solo on ‘Tell Me Something Good’ and they cut me off and broke the band down to introduce Stevie. Then they introduced me and let me play the 1st solo for Stevie. He was doing his head shaking thing to some of the things that I was playing for him and the people. It was killin. Later on he did play harmonica and sing a bit over ‘Do I Do’ which I was playing on…I’m probably not getting the call for the gig though!”Eric Bloom’s Top 10 Albums Of All Time Later on in the evening he played harmonica on a tune and sang a bit over an instrumental version of “Do I Do.” Check out some fan-shot footage of the evening:last_img read more

Duran Duran Plot New Album With John Frusciante, Nile Rodgers and More

Duran Duran Plot New Album With John Frusciante, Nile Rodgers and More

first_imgNew wave band Duran Duran has announced that they will be releasing a new album this fall, their first since 2010. The band grew in popularity during the 1980’s MTV era, playing smash hits like “Rio” and “Hungry Like The Wolf.” Now, Duran Duran is back in a whole new way.Duran Duran signed with Warner Bros Records, and their as-of-yet untitled new album will be released in September. All we know so far is a list of contributors: John Frusciante (RHCP), Nile Rodgers (Chic), Janelle Monae, and Mark Ronson.This is actually the second time that Rodgers has worked with Duran Duran, as the famed producer collaborated with the band in 1986 on the track “The Wild Boys.” You can listen to that below:But, of course, what article about Duran Duran would be complete without “Rio?”last_img read more

Jay Z Slams Spotify And Tributes B.B. King In Surprise NYC Show

Jay Z Slams Spotify And Tributes B.B. King In Surprise NYC Show

first_imgJay-Z played a surprise show at NYC’s Terminal 5 this past Saturday for his Tidal subscribers. During a freestyle he was quick to respond to critics of the new music streaming service and bash his competitors.Jay-Z Launches New Music Streaming Service ‘Tidal’ With Jack White, Daft Punk And More“Jimmy Iovine offered a safety net / Google dangled around a crazy check / I feel like YouTube was the biggest culprit / Them niggas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get,” he rapped. “You know I came to this game independent, right? That’s true / Tidal, my own label, same difference / Oh, niggas are skeptical if its their own shit / You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions, you still bought those kicks / Spotify is nine billion and they ain’t say shit.”How Tidal Came Crashing Down“Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do / The only one they hatin’ on looks the same as you,” he continued. “It’s cool, I know they’re trying to bamboozle you / Spending millions on me to try to confuse you / I had to talk to myself, ‘Hov, you’re used to it’ / It’s politics as usual.”Jay’s soft side came out towards the end, when he paid his respects to the late B.B. King.“We just lost a legend,” he expressed. “As you see, we’re playing hip-hop, we’re playing rock, we’re playing blues. I mean, hip-hop incorporates all that shit. It’s only music, it’s all music; we just use different instruments. We lost a legend, B.B. King. And I just wanted to play something for him real quick, just to give him a moment of silence. You can put your lighter in the air, you can put your hand in the air. Just stand there and let’s get one moment of silence.” He then played a portion of “The Thrill Is Gone” before declaring, “Hip-hop is the blues.”Watch the full concert here.[Via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Debut New Song

Dave Matthews Band Debut New Song

first_imgDave Matthews Band currently have a summer tour underway and have already premiered one new song on one of Letterman’s final nights.Dave Matthews Says DMB Is ‘Trying Not To Suck’DMB premiered the new track, “Be Yourself”, in Raleigh, NC last night backed by the Lovely Ladies.Listen and judge for yourself here:last_img

The Del Family Keeps Getting Bigger At DelFest

The Del Family Keeps Getting Bigger At DelFest

first_imgDel McCoury and company hosted their 8th annual DelFest last weekend, bringing the best and brightest in the folk/bluegrass world out to a beautiful site in Cumberland, MD. There were no ‘Cumberland Blues’ here, just great people and fantastic music.It all started on Thursday May 21st, when Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their first set with a version of “Eyes of the World.” The cover, which was supposed to be played at Dear Jerry, absolutely melted the crowd. The weekend turned from rain to sunshine and the bluegrass kept coming.Friday day sets from The Larry Keel Experience and Sierra Hull set the tone for a beautiful day of music, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers kept things going with an energetic mid-day set.The headliners of the night were Railroad Earth and Old Crow Medicine Show on the main stage, with Greensky Bluegrass and Steep Canyon Rangers playing late night. There was no shortage of great music from these bands, keeping the festivites going until the wee hours of the morning.Saturday packed another day full of great artists and amazing music. Del & Dawg was one of the most talked about sets all weekend, and the two delivered a set to a reverent crowd.Later on, the much anticipated Jeff Austin Band brought so much energy to the main stage. However, The Travelinʼ McCourys closed the main stage with a visually phenomenal ocean adventure that complimented their music swimmingly. A sold out Saturday late night for Dead Winter Carpenters and Leftover Salmon brought out an enthusiastic crowd that got down hard for some Salmon.Sunday was another sunny bluegrass weather day that had the crowd out in force for bands like Hot Rize and Lake Street Drive. As the day went on, Dead Winter Carpenters took to the Potomac Stage, where they were joined by special guests from The Jeff Austin Band and Cabinet. When the Cabinet members came out, there was a cloud of dust that rose from the front of the stage from all the people getting down!The Del McCoury Band had two great sets over the weekend, and with Del popping in on other groups throughout the weekend, there was no way you could miss the legend performing live. Jeff Austin Band played a more mellow late night set on Sunday and the Travelinʼ McCourys closed the weekend out with another amazing set.This weekend of music really did have something for everyone. It was hard to fit in all of the wonderful music and activities that DelFest has to offer. From floating down the Potomac, to checking out lovingly crafted model trains at the Maryland & West Virginia Model Railroad Association, and sitting in on a mandolin workshop with David Grisman, Ronnie McCoury and Sierra Hull, or face-painting and puppet building over at the Kids Zone, there is something for everyone. DelFest brings together so many different people from all over the country, and all different ages as well. It’s a great family friendly fest with quality vendors and some of the best bluegrass out there. It isnʼt hard to see why people keep coming back to the Allegany Mountains to be with their “Del-Family” year after year.Photos by Charles Crawford, Words by Roberta Beekman Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Free Webcasts Announced For Pink Talking Fish Are Dead Chicago Shows

Free Webcasts Announced For Pink Talking Fish Are Dead Chicago Shows

first_imgDidn’t get tickets to the three sold-out Pink Talking Fish Are Dead concerts in Chicago, IL surrounding the Grateful Dead “Fare Thee Well” shows? Don’t worry, Gigity.TV has you covered!For the first time ever, Pink Talking Fish, the hybrid tribute fusion band that incorporates Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish songs into their setlists, will also integrate tunes from the Grateful Dead catalog into their repertoire. How they fit these new songs into their setlists is anyone’s guess, but we can’t wait to find out!Eric Gould Previews Upcoming Pink Talking Fish Are Dead ShowsGigity.TV will be on hand to provide live streams for all three shows, including the July 4th pre-party, July 4th after party, and July 5th pre-party. The pre-shows start at 3 PM, while the after-shows kick off around midnight (Central time). Get some!If you can’t make it down to Reggie’s for the shows, or to Gigity.TV for the live stream, be sure to catch PTF on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise in NYC on July 10th! The band will be playing on two cruises, one featuring Dead material and the other featuring keyboardist Todd Stoops! More information is available here.last_img read more