All Good Presents hosted the first Merryland Music Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD over the weekend. They brought together an impressive lineup, and the venue’s new turntable stage meant an almost nonstop two days of music with only five to ten minutes between bands and no overlapping performances.Day one had String Cheese Incident headlining with two sets, preceded by Lotus, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, TAUK, Protoge and ELM. Day two saw Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Grace Potter, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, Langhorne Slim & the Law, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, and Cris Jacobs Band.You can listen to several sets from the festival below, thanks to taper Will Urquhart:[Cover photo via Merryland’s FB Page/Jordan August Photography]
Load remaining images Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their 12-piece to the White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN for an epic night at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, with opening support from the North Mississippi Allstars and Los Lobos. While the last few performances in their Wheels of Soul tour have included special guests, like Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, Luther and Cody Dickinson, and more, last night’s TTB performance kept it all in the family — though Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi both made their way to the Los Lobos stage before taking the stage on own. The band kept it tight with fan-favorites “Don’t Know What It Means” and “Let Me Get By” off the their most recent 2016 release, while keeping songs like “Midnight in Harlem” and “The Storm” fresh on deck. It wouldn’t be a Tedeschi-Trucks concert without throwing in some bluesy covers, like “The Letter,” “Goin’ Down to Mexico,” “I Pity the Fool,” and Derek’s own “Swamp Raga.” The night was capped with “Are You Ready,” by Sly & The Family Stone, and “Fire and Rain,” by James Taylor. Enjoy these photos from the night, courtesy of Phierce Photo.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, Indianapolis, IN – 7/27/16Laugh About ItDon’t Know What It MeansThe Letter (The Box Tops cover)Let Me Get ByRight on TimeGoin’ Down to Mexico (ZZ Top cover)Swamp Raga (The Derek Trucks Band cover)Midnight in HarlemBound for GloryColor of the Blues (George Jones cover)I Pity the Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)The StormEncore:Are You Ready (Sly & The Family Stone cover)Fire and Rain (James Taylor cover)[Setlist via setlist.fm]
Longtime fans of the Summer Camp Music Festival were on edge yesterday, as an article in the Commercial-News reported that the festival was cleared to set up shop on a new site during the same Memorial Day weekend as years past. Though the Commercial-News article didn’t specifically name Summer Camp, fans recognized its description from the scheduled dates, as well as the festival’s parent company, Progressive Innovations, LTD.That article stated that the festival was coming to the Kennekuk County Park, site of the former Phases Of The Moon Festival, and roughly two hours driving from the festival’s current location at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. Naturally, longtime fans of Summer Camp were a bit concerned about the relocation of their festival, ultimately forcing founder Ian Goldberg to make a statement about the situation.The festival indeed confirmed that they were looking into Kennekuk County Park as a backup, as their relationship with Three Sisters Park has become particularly tense. Goldberg assures that no decision has been made yet, stating a “profound love” for Three Sisters. The Kennekuk site appears to be a last resort, but a measure that they would not have taken if there wasn’t a possibility for relocation.You can read Ian Goldberg’s full statement below.Summer Camp Family,As there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there due to press coverage of a public meeting, I wanted to set the record straight. At this time, there has been no decision made to move Summer Camp from Three Sisters Park.It is no secret that we have long been having troubles with our current venue. We are currently engaged in a legal case over material terms of our existing contract with them. Although we have made our best efforts at dialogue and to find a mutually agreeable resolution, we have been unable to resolve those issues to date.As such, we have had to move forward with alternative plans in case the issues are unable to be resolved. On Wednesday night, the Vermillion County Conservation District approved a draft contract to allow us to hold festivals at the Kennekuk County Park outside of Danville, Illinois.It has been reported that this means we are moving Summer Camp to Kennekuk County Park. At this time, that decision has not been made. We are very excited by the potentials of this great park and the welcome we have received from all involved in the Danville area. We are continuing to examine all options for use of this great space.Should our attempts to resolve our issues with Three Sisters Park prove futile, there is the possibility that Kennekuk could become Summer Camp’s future home, however, that decision is premature at this point.Like all of you, we have a profound love of our current home. I married my wife there. And when she passed, we created a memorial for her there. If we are forced to make a move, you can trust it will be because we all can no longer feel welcome in this space.If we are unable to resolve our issues, you can also trust that Kennekuk County Park is an amazing space filled with lakes, trees and beautiful open spaces ready to welcome and embrace everything that Summer Camp has come to stand for. Or, it possibly will be home to a new and different event at some time in the future.So for the moment, I ask that you ignore any rumors and speculation about what is going on, and wait to hear from us once we work through these issues.Thanks and much love,Ian GoldbergFounder and DirectorSummer Camp Music Festival
Load remaining images The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed their first of two nights at the United Center in Chicago, IL on Friday night, delivering the standard setlist of hits and throwbacks that make them one of the greatest touring bands in rock and roll. The band returns to the sports arena tonight.By total coincidence, photographer Chad Smith (hilariously the same name as the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer) was on the scene to capture the glory. Check out the setlist and gallery below!Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers | United Center | Chicago, IL | 6/31/17Intro Jam, Can’t Stop, Snow ((Hey Oh)), Otherside, Dark Necessities, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Right on Time, Don’t Forget Me, Go Robot, Californication, Aeroplane, Sick Love, Sir Psycho Sexy, They’re Red Hot, Higher Ground, I Could Have Lied, By The WayE: Let Me Roll It, Goodbye Angels, Give It AwayRed Hot Chili Peppers | United Center | Chicago, IL | 6/30/17
The Marcus King Band Welcomes Eric Krasno To Help Kick Off Insane Peach Fest Saturday [Full Audio/Video]
Last weekend, on August 12th, The Peach Music Festival hosted an almost comically stacked daily lineup including Widespread Panic, two sets of Umphrey’s McGee, two sets of Aqueous, The Marcus King Band, Spafford, Galactic, Fruition, Mungion, Eric Krasno Band and much more.Peach Fest Hosts Legendary Tribute To Gregg Allman And Butch Trucks, Widespread, Mule, And MoreAmong the busiest artists on Montage Mountain on Peach was 21-year-old Marcus King. The young guitarist lent his “psychedelic southern rock” sound to the evening’s highly-awaited All-Star Tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks (led by Chuck Leavell and featuring Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Duane Trucks and a long list of other extended Allmans “family” members) as well as Gov’t Mule & Friends‘ fantastic performance with John Scofield, Widespread Panic’s John Bell and Jimmy Herring, and a slew of other beloved musicians. Below, you can watch King and Jack Pearson join Gov’t Mule for The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” at The Peach below via YouTube user Sean Roche:Family And Friends Of The Allman Brothers Reunite At Peach Fest For Gregg & Butch Tribute [Audio]But while King always puts on an exciting exhibition when he guests with other bands, he always shines the brightest when leading his full 6-piece outfit, The Marcus King Band, which he did to thrilling effect on the festivals Mushroom Stage in the earlier hours of the afternoon. In addition to extended renditions of many of the tracks from the band’s critically-acclaimed self-titled 2016 album, King and company welcomed Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce, Eric Krasno Band) to help him add extra six-string texture to fan-favorite tune “Rita Is Gone.” Watch video of Eric Krasno’s sit-in on The Marcus King Band track “Rita Is Gone” below, via YouTube user Sean Roche:You can also listen to full audio of The Marcus King Band’s Peach Festival set from 8/12/17 below, via taper Ted Gakidis:Next up for The Marcus King Band is an appearance with Gov’t Mule and Yonder Mountain String Band at the storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this Saturday, August 19th. For a full list of upcoming tour dates for The Marcus King Band, head to their website. [Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G. (Instagram: @PhiercePhoto)] If you loved seeing Eric Krasno sit in with The Marcus King Band, don’t miss Kraz and the massive list of other talented artists at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 23rd – 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico (moe.), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Joel Cummins and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) and so many more!For a full list of artists, head to the event’s website. Two-day GA and VIP tickets are available now.,If you loved seeing Eric Krasno sit in with The Marcus King Band, don’t miss Kraz and the massive list of other talented artists at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 23rd – 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico (moe.), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Joel Cummins and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) and so many more!For a full list of artists, head to the event’s website. Two-day GA and VIP tickets are available now.
John Williams has been an integral part of the Star Wars franchise since he scored the series’ first installment—retroactively titled A New Hope—in 1977. Since then, the five-time Academy Award-winner has composed the music for eight Star Wars films, in addition to music for other iconic franchises like Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Home Alone.However, it appears the 86-year-old movie music legend will be throwing in the Star Wars towel after the series’ ninth episode is released in 2019. In a new interview with California radio station KUSC, Williams explained that he’s ready to end his work with sci-fi juggernaut. As he told the station: “We know JJ Abrams is preparing one [Star Wars movie] now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”Williams’ change of pace won’t come as a huge surprise to Star Wars fans, who got their first taste of a non-Williams Star Wars score when Rogue One, with music composed by Michael Giacchino, was released in 2016. Their next taste will come when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this coming May with a score by John Powell.With a whopping 51 Oscar nominations under his belt, Williams is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history (trailing only Walt Disney). Some of his other notable compositions include the scores for Stephen Speilberg favorites such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List, and Jurassic Park as well as classics like Fiddler on the Roof, Born on the Fourth of July, The Poseidon Adventure and the original Superman film.[H/T – ClassicFM]
Greensky Bluegrass brought their signature blend of bluegrass, psychedelic rock, and pure unadulterated love to the Aiken Bluegrass Festival, presented by Friends With Benefits, for a wild headlining set to close out the second day’s tunes. As with every other band that had graced the stage prior, Greensky was in prime condition and inspired by the jubilant crowd, ultimately delivering a truly remarkable show. As with Leftover Salmon‘s closer the day before, the atmosphere was cracking with energy despite a little rain. Once Greensky got going, they rolled through wild extended takes on songs like opener “King Of The Hill” and late-sets jams “All Four” and “Leap Year”.One of the most impressive parts of any Greensky show is the near-perfect intertwining balance these five men have managed to find, making their smooth transitions and sonic stepping look so much easier than it is. Though the staccato sound of the banjo can easily overpower other instruments, Michael Bont can dial himself back or cunningly blend into the mix between bursts of laser-focused rolling leads. Bassist Mike Devol serves as the heartbeat of the band and somehow managed to drive his tone deeper and deeper with each passing moment. His traditional partner in the percussive heart of most bluegrass set-ups, mandolinist Paul Hoffman, dazzled, but it was his big-as-the-sky vocals that truly mystified the audience.When Hoffman wasn’t singing to the stars, guitarist Dave Bruzza split time at the mic—his gruff but pleasingly distinct voice matching his serious playing skills. Swirling above it all was drop-steel wizard Anders Beck, swooping in to deliver achingly beautiful whoops and squeals to go with his dexterous runs. These five musical voices, idiosyncratic as they are, circled through each other, looping until they reached near-infinite heights. With performances like the one they offered to the damp but joyous crowd at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival, it’s clear why Greensky Bluegrass has become the go-to closer for so many fests this summer. While up-and-comers like Billy Strings are breathing fresh life into the “jamgrass” scene, Greensky Bluegrass serves as the unpredictable musical mayhem at its very heart. We’ve got a few of the show highlights below for you in video form, including the aforementioned extended “Dustbowl Overture” filmed by our own Rex Thomson. Enjoy!Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Aiken Bluegrass Festival | Aiken, SC | 5/12/2018Set: King Of The Hill, Room Without A Roof, Into The Rafters, Dustbowl Overtures, Run Or Die, Reverend, Hit Parade Of Love, All Four, Less Than Supper, Leap Year“Dustbowl Overture>Run Or Die” “Room Without A Roof”“Into The Rafters”
BIG Something Brings Sunsquabi, TAUK, Cory Wong, & More Together For The Big What? Festival [Photos]
Load remaining images Although being a smaller, regional festival, The Big What? put itself on the map as one of the must-attend grassroots festival on the east coast. Hosted by North Carolina rockers BIG Something, the festival had it all: great vibes, great music, and a great environment. Perhaps most importantly, it had all the necessary permits and clean, fresh potable water (creating a great opportunity for those who were unable to attend Phish’s Curveball over the same weekend).The festival, located just outside of Pittsboro, NC, was nestled on a beautiful and pristine private property. Keeping it under 2,000 attendees, the intimacy and close-knit community of the fest was ever-present. Some of the sets included a fun ninety minutes from Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, a very danceable show by Funk You that featured an amazing rendition of Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting”, and a wet set from folk rocker Becca Stevens.Some of the bigger acts raged just as much as the opening bands. Sunsquabi brought their brand of electronica to the main stage and didn’t let up for their allotted ninety minutes. They were jamming so hard that they blew out the stage’s power for a brief couple of seconds. Nonetheless, the band was relentless and finished off the set in strong fashion. Cory Wong, known for his association with Vulpeck, brought his band for a very memorable post-midnight throwdown. His brand of funk elicited nothing but dancing bodies in the crowd. However, his set was remarkable for more than just the top-notch musicianship. Wong brought it all– entertainment, history, and education of musical theory. Besides talking about Serbian folk music, 25/8 time signatures, and his smooth jazz radio mustache, Wong and his bandmates were able to squeeze in some music, including the title track of his brand-new album The Optimist.TAUK played the last night of the festival, and they did a great job of mixing old and new tracks. Opening with the older “Sweet Revenge,” they then played two tracks of the Shapeshifter EP, “For Laughing Out Loud” and “Premises.” The new songs sounded great in the repertoire and they were even able to sneak in “Convoy” off their forthcoming sequel Shapeshifter II: Outbreak before some lightning warnings caused the crowd to disperse to their cars for a while.Of course, the festival is put on by BIG Something, so they were the ones headlining the whole event. The band was the only band to play all three nights, and they certainly made sure to leave quite the impression for all in attendance. Their Friday set was highlighted by the theme of Waldo. The entire band (along with many in the crowd) donned the signature red-and-white stripes of the cartoon character. Their version of “Wildfire” off their newest album The Otherside was extremely tight. The highlight of the set though was when they brought out Cory Wong to play a fantastic rendition of Prince’s “1999.” The following night, they were cruising in their musical delivery when again there was more lightning, and thus they also got shorted.The seventh annual Big What? festival was nothing short of success. Despite the lightning, rain, and mud that came with Saturday, festival attendees absolutely had a great time. The intangible good vibes that are always sought at festivals were undoubtedly present throughout the weekend. And for a small portion of the crowd, who had planned on going to a slightly larger music festival in New York the same weekend, solace and happiness was found with each other and what BIG Something and the rest of the artists were able to bring. This is one smaller fest that is definitely worth checking out next summer.The Big What? Festival | Shakori Hills Community Arts Center | Pittsboro, NC | 8/16-18/2018 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda
Phish returned to Albany, NY last night to complete their tour-opening two-night stand at the Times Union Center. After setting the table with a high-octane first night of Fall Tour, Phish turned in a confident–but somewhat safe–performance on night two in Albany, though the show certainly featured plenty of improvisational fireworks.Set one started off with the “Crowd Control”, making its second appearance of 2018 and only its eighteenth performance all-time. It didn’t take long for the familiar guitar riff from “Chalk Dust Torture” to kick things into a higher gear, and the band delivered a particularly strong version. Just as the song seemed to be coming to an end, guitarist Trey Anastasio deviated from the song’s typical conclusion and pushed the band into pure improvisation. The unexpected jam moved into an ethereal space, rapidly gaining momentum as Phish charged forward to create a truly unique moment and a clear early show highlight.Following “Chalkdust”, the band cooled things down with the Round Room ballad “All Of These Dreams”, another rarity that has only been performed twelve times since its debut. Page McConnell brought the energy back up when he started the ever-reliable “Wolfman’s Brother”, and Phish turned in a strong version of the funky favorite. An atypical early show “Scent Of A Mule” was a welcome surprise, having last appeared during “Boston Cream” night of the band’s Baker’s Dozen residency in 2017.Well-played versions of “NICU” and “Gumbo” kept things moving, before the band launched into “Steam”, which featured a psychedelic jam with guitar stabs from Anastasio and powerful drumming from Jon Fishman. The quick and goofy “I Didn’t Know” followed, with Fishman delivering his famous and increasingly rare vacuum solo. Phish closed out set one with “Bathtub Gin”, with McConnell leaning into his baby grand to inspire some solid full band improvisation, helping to guide the band to a glorious peak.Set two started with, the funky, relatively new rocker “Set Your Soul Free”. The band quickly moved past the song into a dark improvisational space, with Fishman and bassist Mike Gordon pushing the band deeper into type II psychedelia, all while Anastasio turned to his delay pedal before pushing forward with a confident lead. The transition into “Birds of a Feather”, however, was rough, with Anastasio seriously missing on the song’s opening guitar lick, while also singing the song’s first verse in the wrong key. The band recovered from these flubs with a powerful version of the song, with a strong and driven jam section.The multi-sectional epic, “Mercury”, continued the trend of dark jams, with Gordon’s wet bass sound encouraging another round of psychedelic stabs from Anastasio and some serious organ work from McConnell. The jam eventually fizzled, with the band dissolving into ominous ambient sounds before starting “Light”. This version was quick out of the gates, with confident playing from the whole band, as they consistently built towards several huge peaks on another strong version of the Joy jam-vehicle.A particularly strong version of “The Wedge” preceded “Wading In The Velvet Sea”, the second late-second-set ballad in as many days. While the song was played well, the placement (as always) was questionable at best. The beloved Gamehendge rocker “Wilson” was Phish’s version of an apology, turning the volume to eleven for a raging version that brought the energy in the room back up in a major way. Phish harnessed that energy and put it into “Slave To The Traffic Light”, which saw the band deliver a typically blissful jam as they brought the second set to a close on a high note.For their encore, Phish started things off with a fiery version of the blues party rocker, “Julius”, after which Anastasio expressed his gratitude to the crowd for a great two nights, explaining that they loved playing at the Times Union Center and that it felt “like a hometown gig”. Surprisingly, the band then started up “Rocky Top” and the band worked through a quick version of the beloved bluegrass standard to bring the show to its end.While night two in Albany may have come short of the ambitious risks taken on night one, Phish fans should certainly be excited by how the band is playing and for what’s to come over the next two weeks.“Chalkdust Torture”[Video: Gregory Marcus]Following this two-night-stand at the Times Union Center, Phish continues their fall tour this weekend with a three-night run on hallowed grounds at The Mothership, Hampton Coliseum. The band follows that up with a two-night stand at Nashville, TN’s fan-favorite venue, the Ascend Amphitheatre, a three-night stand at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, and then a four-night Halloween run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.Phish | Times Union Center | Albany, NY | 10/17/2018Set I: Crowd Control, Chalk Dust Torture, All Of These Dreams, Wolfman’s Brother, Scent Of A Mule, NICU, Gumbo, Steam, I Didn’t Know, Bathtub GinSet II: Set Your Soul Free > Birds Of A Feather, Mercury > Light, The Wedge, Wading In The Velvet Sea, Wilson, Slave To The Traffic LightEncore: Julius, Rocky Top
John Fogerty has added an exciting new show to his 50 Year Trip tour featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band and Grace Potter, set to take place at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 18th. The show will fall on the final day of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, at which Fogerty performed with Creedence Clearwater Revival on the same grounds back in 1969.The performance will come as part of Bethel Woods’ celebration of Woodstock’s 50th, which also includes performances by Ringo Starr, The Edgar Winter Band, and Blood, Sweat, & Tears on Friday, August 16th and Santana and The Doobie Brothers on Saturday, August 17th.Bethel Woods members will receive exclusive pre-sale access to tickets beginning today, June 4th. To learn more about becoming a member, head here.Tickets for John Fogerty, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Grace Potter at Bethel Woods will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 7th at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.Fogerty is also scheduled to perform at Michael Lang‘s Woodstock 50 event at Watkins Glen, though the fate of that festival remains uncertain amid legal, financial, and logistical drama.John Fogerty himself even spoke about the festival, which has been promoted as the “official” Woodstock 50th anniversary event—though tickets have still yet to go on sale. As he told Rolling Stone in early May, “I wouldn’t want to speculate. I’m just a guy who plays guitar and is ready to show up. It’s not my job to know about the selection of artists or permits. But it’s a shame. They postponed announcing the tickets, and I remember reading a while ago that they didn’t have some of the permits. That just blew my mind. You’d think it would be the first thing you’d do and not the last thing. You got the sense there was some shakiness to this whole thing. But the first Woodstock happened more by people wishing for it to happen than any effort of a great organization.”Now, however Woodstock 50 shakes out, Fogerty will get his chance to perform in honor of the half-century anniversary of the iconic festival.For a full list of upcoming John Fogerty tour dates, head here.