After premiering in NYC and on Jam Cruise to widespread acclaim, Let Us Play, the official documentary from funk powerhouse Lettuce, is now available to purchase or rent on Vimeo.The 45-minute film, directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music’s Kunj Shah, merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with some of the funkiest music around.Watch the trailer below, and view the whole thing here! Lettuce will be headlining two nights at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise April 1st & 2nd along with Vulfpeck, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (ft. George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie & more), The Nth Power, and more.
The supergroup known as the Hard Working Americans have announced plans for the release of a new studio album, Rest In Chaos, the follow up to their 2014 self-titled album.Comprised of Todd Snyder, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock, HWA will release Rest In Chaos on May 13 through Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers, featuring 13 brand new original HWA songs.This news comes on the back of another announcement made by Snider via Facebook on February 1st, noting he will also be releasing a new live album and concert DVD to go along with a studio record sometime this year. Stay tuned for more details.Check out the track listing to Rest In Chaos below:1) Opening Statement2) It Runs Together3) Half Ass Moses4) Dope Is Dope5) Burn Out Shoes6) Roman Candles7) Ascending Into Madness8) Throwing The Goats9) Something Else10) Massacre11) The High Price of Inspiration (Guy Clark on guitar)12) Acid13) Purple Mountain Jamboree
The Allman Brothers Band just recently opened up their archives and pulled out a gem, as the band released Live From A&R Studios, a live radio concert held at A&R Studios in New York, NY on August 26, 1971. The performance featured a number of tributes to King Curtis, who had recently passed away after being murdered, and brothers Duane and Gregg Allman are in top form.Fortunately, the album is available to be streamed in full via Spotify. Tune in to the nine-track album below, which includes a number of classic cuts like “Statesboro Blues,” “One Way Out,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” and more.You can stream it below, or head to Spotify.
It seems Vulfpeck is enjoying their time in Colorado. The band is performing as support for The Motet and Medeski Martin and Wood at Red Rocks Amphitheatre right now, and they previously leaked news of a Saturday show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. You can find that announcement here.Two shows weren’t enough for the Vulf, as they’ve now added a third show playing again at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, July 24th. You can find tickets and more information here.
The truth is… you can’t make every show. Lucky for us in a high-tech world, it’s becoming increasingly easier to catch all of your favorite bands’ shows – without ever having to leave the living room! Such is the case with Umphrey’s McGee, who has just announced a slew of couch tour dates for their upcoming summer tour dates.In the event that you can’t make it to the band’s shows coming up next weekend, you can watch pro-shot footage live, courtesy of TourGigs. The run from August 3rd through the 6th will all be live streamed, with a VOD option to watch any show on demand for 14 days after it airs. Now you can UM whenever you want!According to the band, these will be the only shows live streamed in August, so don’t miss out! More information can be found here.
In preparation for their headlining Red Rocks performance on October 8th, The Floozies will be taking over Live For Live Music‘s Instagram today from Colorado.You can enter t0 win a pair of tickets to the Red Rocks show–which features Michal Menert, SunSquabi, and Russ Liquid–as well as a merch bundle and signed event poster below. Sign up here, and share to increase your chances of winning!And if you can’t wait til next month, The Floozies will be playing a special late-night show with an all-star live band after Bear Creek Bayou at Republic NOLA in New Orleans on September 30th. The show, billed as “Funk Court,” will feature John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Skerik, and Ryan Zoidis and Jesus Coomes of Lettuce. Tickets for “Funk Court” are available here.
Some interesting news from Jam Cruise today, as the seafaring festival has announced that Vulfpeck has cancelled their scheduled performance and will no longer be a part of their upcoming event. While no reason has been given, the festival has revealed that Twiddle will be added to the lineup in their stead. Twiddle performed on the previous Jam Cruise, as you can see in the pro-shot video below.The festival’s announcement simply cites “forces beyond our control” for the Vulfpeck cancellation. We’re sorry to see them leave the lineup, but the festival is still filled with favorites like The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Benevento Russo Duo, Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Motet, The Revivalists and more!You can see the Jam Cruise announcement below.
Singer/songwriter Jim James has stepped away from My Morning Jacket for the moment, and will soon hit the road in support of his new solo release, Eternally Even. Gearing up for that tour, James stopped by New York City radio station WFUV for an in-studio solo session. James plays songs and chats with host Alisa Ali during the half hour-long appearance, bringing his new protest music to light in the process.You can now listen to the full WFUV session, which was recorded last week, in the stream below.
Keep up the good work, Kamasi. The situation at Standing Rock Native American Reservation continues to worsen, as many who are there report the use of water cannons and chemical attacks on peaceful protesters during 25 degree weather. Musicians and celebrities have been rallying in support for Standing Rock, including rising superstar Kamasi Washington. Washington made his way to the North Dakota protest site, where he personally witnessed some of these inhumane attacks firsthand.Kamasi Washington posted the following to his Instagram to chronicle the events.
Pink Floyd‘s classic 1979 The Wall has been recreated into Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, and will make its United States premiere in July 2018 after having huge success in Montreal over the weekend. The Pink Floyd inspired production will see the 70-piece Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, eight soloists, and 48 chorus members perform the opera alongside baritone Etienne Dupuis, who starred the role in the debut Montreal production.Based on the Canadian production’s success, the Cincinnati Opera artistic director Evan Mirageas had this to say: “There is no question about the melodies. The discovery is how those melodies have been transformed into genuine ‘opera speak.’” Even Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters attended the Opéra de Montréal for the world premiere, saying “I sat there not expecting to be moved, and I was moved.” Last year, he told Rolling Stone, “It had been my experience that experiments in collaboration between the worlds of rock and roll and the worlds of symphonic music were generally disastrous and should be embarked upon with extreme trepidation,” so his reaction to the production is even more convincing.The United States premiere will make its debut at the restored Cincinnati Music Hall in summer 2018.[via Rolling Stone]