In addition to all of the incredible music and adventures, Summer Camp Music Festival offers attendees an opportunity to help make the world a better place…to Make A Difference. Each year the festival sponsors the Make A Difference program, helping to draw attention to the various good works being done through unique music experiences.This year, the festival offered an exclusive Make A Difference set with a twist… you had to earn your way in. Tickets were given out for participation in cleaning and recycling programs, and various other greening endeavors. There’s nothing like an incredible musical event to get people to make the world a better place. Seriously, what a reward!The Everyone Orchestra is the brainchild of Matt Butler, fulfilling his vision to bring musicians together to create wholly unique songs on the spot. The Summer Camp edition featured Al Schnier from moe., Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, Jennifer Hartswick of T.A.B., Tom Hamilton of American Babies and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic, Mimi Naja of Fruition, Daniel Lamb of March Fourth!, Nicholas Gerlatch and Chris Gelbuda of Van Ghost. With that kind of firepower at his fingertips, Butler was sure to blow minds while rewarding those who took the time to win their way into the show.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the opening number, which not only rocked the house but pain homage to the Make A Difference initiative in song. Enjoy!
Radiohead has always been a band that has embraced new technologies. The Oxford-based band is always looking for new ways to to interact with their fans. From their pay-what-you-want release of their album In Rainbows, to the BitTorrent bundle that frontman Thom Yorke used to release his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes project, the band is constantly exploring fresh and interesting ways to deliver content to their audience.At Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival, Radiohead took things a step further, as they encouraged the audience to use the Periscope app to broadcast the show to fans around the world. The band even released WiFi codes for fans to link up to so their streams could broadcast at a higher quality. Fans could acquire the WiFi codes by messaging the Twitter account @doorisnowclosed, and the band also promoted the special occasion on the band’s W.A.S.T.E. Central website with the following message:If any fans with tickets to Radiohead’s Secret Solstice show in Iceland today wants to set up their own Periscope stream of the show for the benefit of the rest of us, we have a few WiFi codes to hand out to help things run smoothly.Please send a DM to @doorisnowclosed on Twitter today with your Periscope handle. We will then be in touch with details on how to pick up your WiFi code at the venue. We can’t guarantee a code for everyone, but will do our best.Many of the band’s rabid fans followed suit, and several of the streams are still active and available for viewing, and some of them are pretty incredible. There’s one video of the band performing “Daydreaming” from their new album A Moon Shaped Pool, recorded by a fan in the front row. Another available video starts towards the end of “Daydreaming” and runs for an amazing 36 minutes as it shows the band performing “Decks Dark”, “Desert Island Disk”, and “Ful Stop” from the new album, before reaching into their catalog for a run of classics in “Weird Fishes / Arpeggi”, “My Iron Lung”, “No Surprises”, and “The Gloaming”. A third video is available from later in the show, picking up in the middle of the high-energy OK Computer staple “Paranoid Android”, and follows the band through it’s first encore of “Nude”, “2+2=5”, and “There There”, as well as the first song of the second encore, their smash hit “Karma Police”.It’s awesome to see a band buck the industry trend and embrace their audience in this way. Recently, bands such as Guns’n’Roses, Jack White, Prophets of Rage, and many more have been strong opponents of their fans using social media and recording/streaming during their performances. Radiohead has always marched to the beat of their own drum, and it’s great to see such a huge band understand what it means to give fans across the globe the opportunity to see them play special shows, especially with the band’s increasingly small touring schedule. Bravo, Radiohead, for connecting with people in such a cool way!
Load remaining images The String Cheese Incident settled into the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene, OR last weekend, spending two nights at the storied Northwest venue. Coming off of a great run at Red Rocks, SCI has yet to slow down, hitting two nights in Montana and one in Washington before starting this two night stand. With an opener of “Shine,” String Cheese was off and running.The first set featured a lot of interesting cover selections, including Allman Brothers’ “Jessica,” Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman,” and a jam on Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” in the middle of “Colliding.” They also playing James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” in the second set, and welcomed The Wailers’ Danglin Anglin for a version of “Exodus.” Of course, SCI played some of their own tunes as well, including new song “Get Tight,” and classics like “Howard” and “BollyMunster.”The second show featured more SCI classics, as they opened up with 2014 album title track “Song In My Head” and brought out tunes like “These Waves > Djibouti Bump,” “Stop, Drop, Roll,” “Texas” and more in the first set. The second set was an impressive display of jams, as the band essentially played five songs, “It Is What It Is,” “Smile,” “Impressions,” “Hotel Window” and “Sweet Spot.” The band also worked in a “Drums” segment after “Smile,” and welcomed Jeff Pevar during the remarkable “Impressions.” The two-song encore of “Can’t Wait Another Day” and “Shakin’ The Tree” closed out this top tier performance.You can scope the full setlists from the two night run below!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Cuthbert Amphitheatre, Eugene, OR – 7/23/16Set 1: Shine, Missing Me > Jessica, Farther, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Sweet Melinda > Hollywood Swinging > Colliding > Another One Bites The Dust Jam > CollidingSet 2: ¡BAM! > Cold Sweat > Howard > BollyMunster, Get Tight > Desert Dawn > Exodus1 > Colorado Bluebird SkyE: Don’t Let Go1 with Danglin Anglin (The Wailers) on vocalsSetlist: The String Cheese Incident at Cuthbert Amphitheatre, Eugene, OR – 7/24/16Set 1: Song In My Head, These Waves > Djibouti Bump, Hi Ho No Show, Midnight Moonlight, Falling Through The Cracks, Stop, Drop, Roll, TexasSet 2: It Is What It Is, Smile > Drums, Impressions1, Hotel Window, Sweet SpotEncore: Can’t Wait Another Day, Shakin’ The Tree1 with Jeff PevarPhotography by Jordan Inglee/Visual SuplexFacebook Instagram
Earlier this year, we spoke to famed concert promoter Peter Shapiro about a possible Brooklyn Bowl opening up in Chicago, IL. After rumors had been circulating for quite some time, Shapiro told us, “I’ve heard the rumors of Chicago too and…I don’t want to get into the formality of confirming, but usually when there’s smoke, there’s fire.”Naturally, we’ve been anxious to hear more about this potentially-planned venue, and today we have our first news about it! Details about the Brooklyn Bowl interestingly emerged in an article about a nearby burger location, called Kuma’s, that plans to open within the same complex.In a report published by the reliable Crain’s Chicago Business, the new Brooklyn Bowl venue will be in the Fulton Market area, and will be a part of a major three-story, 60,000-square-foot complex. Built by Complexity Properties, Brooklyn Bowl is spurring the construction project, and the burger place Kuma’s has officially signed on as the first tenant. Negotiations are underway with other potential businesses to fill the property.Kuma’s is uniquely themed for the complex, as the restaurant is known for playing heavy metal music and naming their burgers after famed metal bands. “Kuma’s heavy-metal theme and aesthetic will line up nicely with what’s going on in the building,” said Adriane Schwager, Convexity’s leasing and asset manager in the article.The burger place is planning to open in February 2017, so we may also have a release date for the venue as well! The Fulton Market area is also a burgeoning location, with new hotels and restaurants emerging, so expect the Brooklyn Bowl Chicago to fit right in among the properties. As all three current Brooklyn Bowl locations serve food from the famed Blue Ribbon company, Kuma’s will most likely be a separate entity, but hopefully the theme of music will permeate throughout the complex.We’ll be sure to update once more information is available about this Brooklyn Bowl Chicago complex![H/T Tomorrow’s Verse]
Load remaining images The Disco Biscuits wrapped up their three night run at The Fillmore Philadelphia yesterday, February 4th, playing the final night of their hometown stand for an enthusiastic crowd. The band kept the energy level high for all three nights, including a jam-packed opening night and a sit-in from the Swift Technique horns on night two.Night three was more of the same high energy performing, opening up the show with classics like “Morph Dusseldorf” -> “Saga” and “And The Ladies Were The Rest of the Night” -> “Magellan.” The band continued to play as guitarist Tom Hamilton appeared, and the whole group segued into a great cover of Bob Marley’s song “Exodus.” Hamilton would stay out for “Astronaut” as well, to close out the first set.Hamilton is no stranger to the guys from the Disco Biscuits, as he’s an active member of the super group Electron, which features Marc Brownstein and Allen Aucoin from the Biscuits as well as Mike Greenfield of Lotus. Hamilton’s band American Babies provided opening support on the night as well, getting the party started with their unique blend of jammy Americana joy.The Disco Biscuits kept the energy level high during set two, working in tracks like “Mindless Dribble,” an inverted “Crickets,” and a broken up “Basis for a Day” among the songs played. With an encore of “Hope,” the Biscuits left Philly fans satisfied after three great nights of music.Fortunately, thanks to the band, we can watch the full show video below.See the band’s setlist and a full gallery below, courtesy of Sean DiSerio.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 2/4/17Set I: Morph Dusseldorf-> Spaga, And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Magellan-> Exodus (w/ Tom Hamilton’s)-> Astronaut (w/ Tom Hamilton)Set II: Mindless Dribble-> Crickets (inverted)-> Basis for a Day (ending), Spectacle, Basis for a Day-> And the Ladies Were The Rest of the NightEncore: Hope
Setlist: moe. | Higher Ground | Burlington, VM | 2/3/17I: Captain America > Akimbo, Brittle End, CalifornIA > Bring You Down, Happy Hour Hero* > Silver Sun*II: Puebla >(nh) Crab Eyes, Yodelittle > Down Boy > Yodelittle, Y.O.Y > WaterE: Happiest Days Of Our Lives, Plane Crash* with Jamie Masefield[Photo via @davedecrophoto on Instagram] moe. dominated Burlington, Vermont’s Higher Ground last night for a sold out show. The band took advantage of their jam-centric surroundings by welcoming local mandolin player and founding member of the Jazz Mandolin Project Jamie Masefield for a number of songs, including “Happy Hour Hero” and “Silver Sun” to close out the first set.The second set was highlighted by a thematic “Yodelittle” that saw “Down Boy” sandwiched between, ending with a “Y.O.Y” into “Water” jam to close out. The band encored with “Happiest Days Of Our Lives” into “Plane Crash”. You can watch both sets below courtesy of the band’s Facebook page.
Blues Traveler is the latest act to be added to the lineup for this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. Currently comprised of singer and harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill, bassist Tad Kinchla, and keyboardist Ben Wilson, Blues Traveler is best known for their improvisational live shows. While commercially successful for songs like “Run-Around” and “Hook”, the blues/rock band is most recognized for playing a key role in the re-emerging jam band scene of the 1990s, as well as their efforts in leading the H.O.R.D.E touring music festival.Blues Traveler will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Sheryl Crow, Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has canceled her upcoming headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Her slot at the festival’s Acura Stage—scheduled for Saturday, April 28th—will be filled by replacement headliner Rod Stewart.Unfortunately, Franklin’s will be unable to perform at a number of other previously scheduled concerts as well due to doctor’s orders. A statement from the legendary singer’s management reads:Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months. She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to.As previously reported, this year’s Jazz Fest will also feature performances by Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffet, David Byrne, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Sturgill Simpson, Khaled, LL Cool J with DJ Z-Trip, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common Cage The Elephant, and many more. Plenty of Louisiana favorites will be on hand for the annual celebration as well, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, The Radiators, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Big Freedia, Rebirth Brass Band, Tank & The Bangas, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, and Better Than Ezra, among dozens of others.Jazz Fest will return to its longtime home at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course on April 27th – 29th and May 3rd – 6th. Tickets for the festival are currently on sale via the event website.We wish Aretha Franklin all the best. Rest up and get well soon!
Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets + Limited Edition Festival Poster & More!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> This year’s Levitate Music & Arts Festival will take place on July 7th and 8th in the beautiful seaside town of Marshfield, MA, with a musically diverse lineup of nationally touring headliners, including Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, The Head and the Heart, Stephen Marley, Rebelution, Greensky Bluegrass, Turkuaz, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Twiddle and more. (Purchase tickets here.)Levitate is showing the festival scene the sheer power of the terms grassroots and community. The festival actively features locally grown music acts, local businesses, and breweries and is paving the way for the festival scene to be more environmentally sustainable. With simple green concepts—including no plastic bags, limited single-use plastic, reusable water and beer cups, single stream recycling, and the expansion of the Germination Station (which educates both children and adults about growing your own food, plant and soil health, etc.)—Levitate is taking the ethos of building a better, healthier, and environmentally friendlier community to the next level and proving that when a community comes together, great things can be accomplished on a global scaleWe caught up with festival founder Dan Hassett to discuss this year’s lineup, the festival’s eco-friendly measure, and how the support of the local contingent has contributed to the overall success of Levitate Music & Arts Festival. Check out what he had to say below.Live For Live Music: Levitate Music & Arts Festival began as the 10-year celebration of the surf and skate shop in Marshfield. Given its immense success in just a few short years, what deserves the credit for the major growth of the event?Dan Hassett: Quality music and keeping it local. It’s an event I can genuinely stand behind and recommend to anybody. There are good people behind the event—my wife Jess, our staff, friends, family, partners, and everybody we hire and work with, as well as the town and the Fairgrounds—are all of the same mindset of having fun with the event and keeping it simple. It’s very refreshing and the fans appreciate it.L4LM: With a grassroots festival, it seems crucial to have support from the local community. How important has that been in the success of Levitate? DH: We’ve been fortunate to be able to make the event increasingly local on the ground level as it has expanded, and we have tremendous local support. We’re bringing national headliners to our hometown, but at the same time, we’re increasingly able to use the event to prop up and support other local businesses and vendors. We have more local bands on the event this year than ever before, and we’re really excited to have our first “HomeGrown Beer Tent” this year, which will feature eight of our favorite local beers, including our friends at Cisco Brewers, and local startups Stellwagen Brewery and Untold Brewery, with more to be revealed soon.The Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew (Live from Brick Lane, London)[Video: The Head and the Heart]L4LM: Top to bottom, this is a solid and well-rounded lineup. Anytime you can have Trey on the bill, you’re doing something right. How did it all come together for you this year, and what acts are you really stoked about? DH: Thank you, we appreciate that! Trey has been on our minds since we started the event in 2013. Once he was in, we felt great and had a blast curating the rest of the lineup. There’s not a single act that I’m not excited about on this lineup, but beyond Trey, it’s cool to have Stick Figure on board. They’re friends of ours and have done the event each year and helped it grow—and now they’re exploding nationwide, and it’s great to see.Slightly Stoopid, of course. The Head and the Heart is going to be massive. Lake Street Dive is an act I’m personally proud to have on the bill. I know for a fact that my wife and I will still be going to see them in 30 to 40 years. They’re a timeless act from our generation that has undeniable quality. Then, of course, the bands from our direct area—The Elovators, The Quins, Quadrafunk. These guys are leading the local scene, and I’m excited to see them crush it in front of thousands of fans.Trey Anastasio Band “Push On ‘Til The Day” – LOCKN’ Festival 2016[via LOCKN’ Music Festival]L4LM: Outside of the music, what are some things that should be on people’s radars at the fest this year?DH: We’re continuing to push our sustainability movement on site—no plastic bags, limited single-use plastic, reusable water and beer cups, single-stream recycling, etc. The town of Marshfield is currently in a debate about banning single-use plastic, so we’re using our event to show other businesses that this is the future, it is doable on a large scale, and if you’re standing against it, then you are on the wrong side of history.In addition, we’re excited to roll out our HomeGrown Beer area, expanded local vendors, revamped yoga area, and kids area. I can’t name all the great things on site, but I want to note that we’re greatly expanding our Germination Station, which is an area hosted by our friend Peter Scavongelli at Every Bloomin’ Thing that teaches kids and adults about plants, soil, and growing your own food. Kids get a chance to learn how to plant seeds, replant tomato plants, touch worms— he kind of stuff that kids should be doing. It’s a very simple concept that is in line with the ethos of the event and Levitate as a whole, and it’s a great opportunity to use the event as a tool to have a positive impact on future generations.Slightly Stoopid with Bob Weir & Karl Denson – “Franklin’s Tower”[Video: Slightly Stoopid]L4LM: Tell us a little about your own background and some live music experiences that got you involved in the scene.DH: My dad was always blasting the Grateful Dead, Steel Pulse, Neil Young, and endless great music from every decade. I distinctly remember waking up to all this music blasting in our family kitchen in Hanover on a regular basis or sitting in the back of his car with his music blasting on road trips. As I got older, I’ve gone through phases of listening to all kinds of music, including a lot of punk rock in my teens (which I still love).When my wife, Jess, and I started the Levitate Music & Arts Festival, I looked back at my dad’s music tastes and recognized that there was a timeless quality that served as a common denominator across all his music, regardless of genre. Now, I look for acts that have this same timeless quality, regardless of their popularity. I believe that bands with that quality will be successful and provide a great show for the fans, and I truly believe that within our lineups each year are the future Neil Youngs and Jerry Garcias.L4LM: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat, Dan. Best of luck at this year’s festival, and keep doing what you’re doing!Tickets for Levitate Music & Arts Festival are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. For those interested in camping options, here is more info.
This week, Disney shared the official trailer for its upcoming sequel to 2012 animated comedy, Wreck-It Ralph, set to the sounds of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by hitmaking French electronic duo, Daft Punk. The sequel, titled Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, follows the title character—an arcade game villain who’s trying to break the cycle and be a hero instead—as he ventures into the great unknown of the Internet. It stars John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph and Sarah Silverman as his sister, Vanellope, and is due out in theaters on November 21st, 2018.The music used in the trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2 appears to stay in line with the hit EDM-centric soundtrack from the first movie, which featured original music from acts like Skrillex, Owl City, and more, in addition to existing songs from a slew of other popular artists and a score composed by Henry Jackman. The soundtrack for Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Details regarding the soundtrack for the sequel have yet to be released.In addition to the music, the trailer takes satirical shots at various tropes, from Internet memes, to Disney’s generally-horrible treatment of its princesses in its narratives, to the clumsy title of the film itself. Check out the Daft Punk-soundtracked Wreck-It Ralph 2 trailer below:Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 – Official Trailer[Video: Walt Disney Animation Studios]We haven’t heard much from Daft Punk in the years since their smash hit 2013 album Random Access Memories, aside from a collaboration with The Weeknd on “Starboy” (2016) and subsequent Grammy Awards performance (2017). The pair has contributed to a handful of projects since then, and rumors of upcoming tours have spread on multiple occasions, but none have come to fruition.The film using one of their old songs really doesn’t give much of an indication as to whether Daft Punk is involved with the film’s soundtrack, whether Daft Punk is making music, or anything at all, really. But we’ll allow ourselves the slightest bit of excitement at even just the notion of new Daft Punk by way of Wreck-It Ralph.[H/T Consequence of Sound]