Obviously, most Americans are carefully watching the ongoing Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Thus far, a number of persons—George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort, and, most recently, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn—have been indicted through the investigation, with more indictments anticipated to fall in the coming weeks.This Twitter Takedown Of Donald Trump, Set To The Lyrics Of “Atlantic City”, Is F****ing HilariousRecently, TV personality and late show host Jimmy Fallon offered up his own stance on the recent flurry of indictments, taking on the persona of American musical hero Bruce Springsteen during a bit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. As Fallon impersonated the Boss, he sang a parody of the classic Christmas tune “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, instead appropriately changing the tune into “Robert Mueller’s Coming To Town”.Watch Donald Trump Frown Through This French Marching Band’s Tribute To Daft PunkWith lines like “You better not run, you better not cry, you better not lie to the FBI”—a reference to Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos’ charges of false statements under oath—Fallon warns of the ramifications of perjury. Check out the video for yourself below, and from Live For Live Music to our readership, Happy Holidays.
With a landmark year of Phish now in the books, one of the most talked-about subjects in the Phish Universe has been the band’s new light rig. After using a setup with fixed spotlights and a mechanically-manipulated multi-part LED screen, Lighting Designer/Director Chris Kuroda and his team broke out an entirely different rig in 2017. They nixed the screens, and devised a new design that put smaller sections of the rig on individual sets of ropes with pulleys, allowing them to shift formations, create marionette-style dynamic paths, and more. The new lights have been a huge hit with fans, many of whom feel that this iteration of the rig is Phish’s best ever.In a newly-released interview with The Light Side podcast, hosted as always by experienced lighting designer and experienced audio engineer Luke Stratton (Dopapod, Thievery Corporation), Chris Kuroda and his team–including Associate Designer and Programmer Andrew Giffin, and Lighting Crew Chief Terry Smith–dig deep into the inner workings of Phish’s light rig. Recorded at Front-of-House and backstage inside Madison Square Garden during the band’s historic 13 night Baker’s Dozen residency, the new podcast interview delves into Gif and Terry’s “origin stories,” the inner workings of programming the lighting and automation systems for the light rig, and Kuroda’s secret tricks for lighting the “You Enjoy Myself” vocal jam, a particularly Phish-y segment where he is known to do some of his most mesmerizing work. The new segment is the second part of the two-part interview conducted this past summer (Listen to part 1 here).The Light Side is available at lukestrattondesigns.com/thelightside and on iTunes, Google Play, and Sound Cloud.You can listen to Part 2 of The Light Side’s two-part interview with Phish’s lighting crew below via The Light Side’s SoundCloud page:You can also revisit the first part of the interview here:[Cover Photo via The Light Side]
On Sunday night, following Widespread Panic‘s third of four performances at Panic En La Playa, those in attendance enjoyed a late night set from The Cleaners, an incredibly talented collaboration comprised of axe masters Eric Krasno and Marcus King on guitar/vocals, Kevin Scott on bass, Duane Trucks of WSP on drums, and DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander of the Marcus King Band on keys. The set also saw guest appearances by New Orleans legend Cyril Neville (percussion) and rising singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson (vocals).The Cleaners worked through a fun array of classic rock n’ roll, reggae, and jazz covers including Billy Cobham‘s “Stratus” (which Krasno frequently plays with Soulive), Bill Withers‘ “For My Friend”, the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Dreams”, soul-jazz standard “Compared To What” (dedicated to Col. Bruce Hampton by King), The Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain”, Peter Tosh‘s “Legalize It”, Bob Marley‘s “Soul Shakedown Party”, Jimi Hendrix‘s “Manic Depression”, oft-covered Little Milton classic “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, Buddy Miles‘ “Them Changes” (later recorded with Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys as “Changes”) and a set-closing “War Pigs” > “Luke’s Wall” from Black Sabbath‘s Paranoid (1970). They also ran through a soulful version of Eric Krasno Band original “Unconditional Love”.You can listen to The Cleaners’ entire performance below thanks to taper Z-Man, uploaded to SoundCloud by Jam Buzz:Setlist: The Cleaners | Panic En La Playa Siete | 1/28/18Set: Stratus, For My Friend, Dreams, Good Man, Unconditional Love, Compared To What*#, Scarlet Begonias*@ > Fire On The Mountain* > Legalize It* > Soul Shakedown Party* > Manic Depression*, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#@, Them Changes > War Pigs > Luke’s Wall* With Cyrille Neville on percussion# With ? on [email protected] With Leslie Mendelson on vocalsBand members: Eric Krasno, Marcus King, Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott, Deshaun “D’Vibes” AlexanderGuests: Cyrille Neville, Leslie Mendelson, saxophone (?)[H/T Jam Buzz; Cover Photo: Dave Vann/Panic En La Playa]
Over the weekend, Lettuce finished off their Beyond The Clouds tours with a packed two-night run at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky, with Kung Fu. Notably, Hi-Tek, a Cincinnati-based rapper joined Lettuce during one of their performances, truly tapping into Lettuce’s hip-hop roots, which the band laces with tight-knit funk and celestial jazz. You can check out photos from both nights via Doug Siegel Photography below.Photos: Lettuce | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 3/30-31/2018 | Credit: Doug Siegel Photo: Doug Seigel Load remaining images
Dumpstaphunk has a tradition of delivering crowd-pleasing, super funkified cover sets at the Wanee Music Festival and yesterday’s Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute was no exception. The tree lined amphitheater was frenetic thanks to the bouncing bass, as the hordes of fans getting down to the sounds of Ivan Neville‘s outfit was pumping through the massive stacks of speakers flanking the stage. Though their might have been a lyrical miscue or two, the band had the feeling on lockdown and everyone in earshot was grinning from ear to ear at the nostalgic wave of jams getting pumped out.Drawing from Chili Peppers’ iconic Blood Sugar Sex Magic album, Dumpstaphunk dedicated the second half of the set to a handful of that disc’s most beloved tunes. Ivan Neville told a quick anecdote about sharing recording studio space with Peppers drummer Chad Smith last week. When Neville told Smith his band was preparing to cover the Chili Peppers classics, Smith apparently said, “Do it right!”, and Dumpstaphunk clearly took that advice to heart.Reinterpreting songs so well known to the audience might be daunting to some, but Dumpstaphunk took it in perfect stride. It helps when you have a bassist as fluid and powerful as Nick Daniels III on hand to help bring Flea‘s insane bass lines to life. Guitarists Tony Hall and Ian Neville nailed John Frusciante‘s slinky leads. Frontman Ivan Neville did his level best Anthony Keidis impersonation but, as he jokingly noted during a song break…”These songs have a lot of words man.” He might not have been up to speed rapping lyrics as adeptly as Keidis, but the groove was definitely in the Peppers spirit!Dumpstaphunk covered eight Chili Peppers tunes…”Give It Away,” “My Lovely Man,” “Mellowship In Slinky B Major,” “Righteous & The Wicked,” “Suck My Kiss,” “Funky Monk,” “If You Have To Ask” and“Power Of Equality” for a wildly excited Wanee crowd. In a weekend that already saw Roosevelt Collier drop a stellar tribute to Jimi Hendrix on night one, Dumpsta knew the bar was set high and they cleared that hurdle with plenty of room to spare with their set. You can check out the full-length videos below. Enjoy!“Give It Away”“Power Of Equality”“Righteous & The Wicked”“Funky Monk”
NorCal Cannabis Cup serves as High Times’ long-running regional marijuana industry trade show. Earlier in the month, the festival—slated for June 2nd and 3rd at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA—announced its initial musical lineup, which includes performances by Phil Lesh & Friends, Blues Traveler, and Arrested Development. Today, NorCal Cannabis Cup has added even more musical mayhem to the weekend with the announcement that G. Love & Special Sauce will also be joining the event’s two-day musical lineup.NorCal Cannabis Cup notes that it has a number of exciting announcements coming up this week, so keep your eyes peeled for who else is expected to join this solid lineup of festival heavy-hitters. However, the musical lineup is not the only thing draws attendees to Santa Rosa. Rather, as High Times notes,In addition to the incredible musical lineup, there will be tons of other entertainment—live art murals, a Ferris wheel, amazing food pop-ups and much more. … Vendors will be selling the hottest, most innovative products, visual artists from Black Light. Visuals will be doing trippy body painting, and, of course, tons of freebies and swag will be raining from the stage.You can grab your single-day and two-day tickets to see Phil Lesh & Friends, Blues Traveler, Arrested Development, and G. Love at the NorCal Cannabis Cup here.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Recently, synthesizer manufacturer Moog Music Inc. has denounced the 25% tariffs on Chinese electrical circuit boards and components by U.S. President Trump, which will take effect on July 6th. The company has noted that the tariff will increase the cost of building a synthesizer, putting the company at a disadvantage against other international manufacturers and threatening jobs among U.S. synth makers. With many U.S. companies priding themselves on being made in the U.S., those companies may be forced to relocate outside the country or have the bulk of their production done in China.As noted by Moog, 50% of all the components with a Moog synthesizer are from China. With such a high percentage of components coming directly from China—and therefore subject to the new tariffs—it’s easy to see why Moog and other U.S. synth companies will struggle to stay competitive with the tariffs enacted. Immediately, the tariffs could cause layoffs and force individual businesses like Moog to fold. In the long term, the tariffs could threaten the viability of production of U.S.-made synthesizers. These tariffs will not affect completed synthesizers that were fully made in China and exported to the U.S.Recently, the North Carolina-based company posted an open letter on its website, calling for fans and customers to speak out against the tariffs and write to state representatives to convey their opposition. As they explained,We need your help. A U.S. tariff (import tax) on Chinese circuit boards and associated components is expected to take effect on July 6, 2018.These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments, and have the very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas.There is one thing all of us can do together to try and stop this: Write to our elected officials.They also attached a fully written form letter for advocates to use, which notes that Moog synthesizers have been used by Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, and many others. You can check out the full form letter below, and head to Moog’s website here for full instructions on how to get involved.Dear (Congressman or Representative):I am writing you on behalf of Moog Music, a company of 100 employee-owners, based in Asheville, North Carolina. I am urgently contacting you about the recently announced 25% tariff on Chinese goods.In case you are not familiar with Moog, they manufacture the world’s leading analog synthesizers used by artists including but not limited to Michael Jackson,The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder and many others.Roughly half of the circuit boards and associated components for Moog’s instruments come from China. This tariff would significantly limit their ability to manufacture synthesizers, and could put many of their employee-owners out of a job.As an employee-owned company with a 60-year legacy in American manufacturing, Moog constantly strives to keep a balance between domestically- and internationally-sourced parts, so that they can continue employing people from their local community in Asheville, North Carolina.Moog sources circuit boards from US suppliers whenever possible, paying up to 30% over the price of the same circuit boards made overseas. However, whether they buy circuit boards in the US or overseas, the majority of the raw components still come from China. Therefore, Moog will be unable to avoid this substantial cost increase because of the tariffs.These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building Moog instruments, forcing them to lay off American workers and will require Moog to move some, if not all, of their manufacturing overseas.I do not want to see the end of Moog’s 60-year legacy in American manufacturing. I do not want their employee-owners left without jobs. I want American workers to continue have the opportunity to support their families and their community.I implore you to convince the President that these Chinese tariffs cause serious damage to American workers like those at Moog and to rescind them immediately.Thank you,(Your Name)[H/T Ask Audio]
The latest artists to be added to the Mempho Music Festival lineup are DJ Logic and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), who will both perform at the Incendia / Orion Dome on October 6th and 7th, 2018. Nestled in the heart of Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee, the two-day camping (and glamping) event will see headlining performances from Beck, Post Malone, Nas, Phoenix, and Janelle Monáe.Also performing Mempho Music Festival are Mac DeMarco, Milky Chance, Rich The Kid, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Juicy J, Lucero, and a very special Stones Throw set, headed by Chuck Leavell and featuring Rolling Stones members Karl Denson, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Darryl Jones, and Tim Ries. The Bar-Kays, Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, Danny Barnes’ Space Program, and a tribute to Royal Studios, featuring William Bell, Bobby Rush, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy, & Hi Rhythm will also all be performing. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will be on site as an artist at large.The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ Logic, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip-hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.A vanguard in his own right, Rob Garza has consistently pushed conceptual frontiers. The San Francisco-based producer and co-founder of Thievery Corporation has maintained a prolific career owing to his ever-evolving taste and diverse influences based off the cultures and styles encountered during his travels. Constantly inspired by his surroundings and experiences, Garza’s artistic foresight has always supported a fundamental motif of connecting people through music. As a solo artist, Rob Garza infuses his own adept house and nu-disco artistry into every one of his productions, boasting a specific style that is perceptive, powerful and globally-stimulated.DJ Logic and Rob Garza will both be holding down the Orion Dome at Mempho Music Festival, produced by Incendia. As Incendia’s website notes, “Incendia is a concept borne of the love, appreciation for, and possibilities that lay within the nature of a simple flame. Marrying the worlds of design, art, and science, a breathtaking environment has been created, thanks to the mathematical grace and precision of the geodesic concept coupled with the application of a proprietary fire-capturing technique.” Check out the magic of the dome below:[Video: Incendia Fire Domes ]Mempho Music Festival is the first major music festival held in the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park, which plays host to a diverse range of outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, zip lining, horseback riding, and more. Building off Mempho Fest’s inaugural year, in 2018, the festival will offer multiple live music stages and an interactive dome that melds together the worlds of music, art, science, and design.This year, Mempho Music Festival has partnered with CID Entertainment to provide VIP and Super VIP experiences, including on-site camping and glamping options. For more information on packages, head to the official website.
For nearly thirty years, Lenny Kravitz has been making waves in pop culture with a tried and true prescription of peace, love, and rock n’ roll. The man formerly known as Romeo Blue has been hitting the road hard in support of Raise Vibration, his eleventh full-length studio LP recently released to strong and spirited reviews. Bringing a well-rehearsed band and greatest hits setlist to the San Francisco scene, on Thursday, October 4th, Kravitz made his regular Bay Area tour stop, performing to a two-thirds full Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.Taking the stage twenty past nine to an atypically subdued Bay Area assembly, the erstwhile veteran retro-rager and core members of his band immediately cranked out what might be his biggest hit, 5’s saccharine-guitar rock anthem “Fly Away.” It’s hard to believe this song is twenty years old, but it certainly got people’s attention as they scurried towards the stage or their seats in the balcony. The bandleader stormed the platform atop the drum riser and immediately assumed the rock god pose while ripping guitars rang out in every direction. The band was locked in early and quickly segued into the Beatles-eque “Dig In”, off 2001’s multi-platinum certified Lenny. From the very beginning of the set, a few thing were crystal clear; firstly, at 54 years young, the son of Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker hasn’t lost a step, a hair, gained a pound or a wrinkle. He quite simply might be the sexiest man alive, and that mojo is workin’ overtime when he prowls a stage. After a largely forgettable “Bring it On” (Its Time for a Love Revolution), a horn section stepped onstage right and joined the fray, and the vibe immediately launched skyward. Lenny and company, now bathed in canary lights, uncorked the massively-popular “American Woman”, The Guess-Who track that Kravitz reimagined to great success for the Austin Powers movie franchise. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way” – 10/4/2018 [Video: theoldwillow65]After stomping through the chunky “American Woman” groove for a good while, Lenny threw it over to Ludovic Louis for a masterful trumpet solo, and his contribution set the room ablaze. Soon enough, Lenny had directed the troupe into a slow, deliberate, impassioned reading of Peter Tosh’s iconic call to revolution, “Get Up Stand Up”, a song and mantra so very appropriate in these tense and troubled times. Bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, the late David Bowie’s low-end technician for many years, really bent down low to mine a proper steppin’ razor rumble, while drummer Franklin Vanderbilt laced up the One-Drop riddim just right. Louis was electrifying on the trumpet, blowing ethereal melodies into the night. The horn section was rounded out by two saxophonists; Michael Sherman was in a supporting role all evening, while LK band veteran Harold Todd serenaded the auditorium with searing solos throughout. Todd goes back to the roots of the funk-rock/jazz-funk scene in SoCal, where he was making records with DJ Greyboy (peep the credits on albums Freestylin and Land of the Lost) while Karl Denson handled sax for Lenny’s first two albums and tours. Shortly thereafter, Denson and DJ Greyboy teamed up, and Todd would join Kravitz’s band, where he’s been crushing the game for 25 years. Keyboardist George Laks has also been on the freedom train with Lenny for many moons, and on this night he would shine on Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, and the occasional analog synth textures.After the Kingston vibes subsided, on “It Ain’t Over til It’s Over” (Mama Said) Lenny turned back the clock to 1991. He delivered a nuanced run through his omnipresent paean to former wife (and mother of daughter Zoe Kravitz, a talented artist in her own right) Lisa Bonet. This wildly-popular song is clearly an homage to soul icons that have come before him, however this is undeniably Kravitz’s voice and his lane. The chill zone continued as he grabbed the acoustic for a couple of ballads, “Just Can’t Get You Off of My Mind” never really connected and was mercifully short, but the titanic “Believe” that followed was a revelation of sorts. One of many beloved slow jams found on 1993’s Are You Gonna Go My Way, “Believe” still manages to make singing about accepting Christ as your savior sound crazy, sexy, and cool… especially coming from a half-Black, half-white, half-Jewish, half-Christian dreadlocked rock star. Speaking of torrid, lusty energy onstage, he followed “Believe”’s priestly-benediction with a luscious reading of 5’s riveting “I Belong to You,” among this writer’s favorite songs in the canon. For 25 years, virtuoso guitarist Craig Ross has been Lenny’s wingman and secret weapon. Buried beneath an enormous afro, clad in bell-bottoms and butterfly collars, and wielding only the finest in classic Gibson Les Paul’s and SG’s, Ross absolutely slays the stage each and every night with the type of rock n’ roll bombast and swagadelic attitude that provides the bandleader with a perfect foil. More than any other song, this kinetic kinship between the lead axeman and his boss is evidenced on “Always on the Run”, the best song found on a nearly perfect album, 1991’s Mama Said. Sadly, this rendition would be a short one, and BGCA was robbed of the ten-plus minutes of Swag Olympics that is usually “AOTR” outro jam. Lenny seemed to prioritize signing several t-shirts and vinyl from the audience, over captaining even one mercilessly-crunk stomp sesh. Nonetheless, Craig Ross came to the Bay to ball out on lead guitar, and this much weight, he did lift.Lenny Kravitz – “American Woman” – 10/4/2018[Video: Live Concert]“Where Are We Runnin’” (Baptism, 2004) gave way to “The Chamber”, the ornate and emotional opus found on 2014’s Strut. The latter took on a Blondie-esque aura, oozing early 80’s Lower East Side, most certainly a (welcome) departure from the pop drivel that proceeded it. “The Chamber” was quite possibly a nod in ethos and texture to the dearly departed Prince, who was a dear friend to Kravitz for nearly two decades.To close the set, Kravitz chose the pop single “Again,” much to the chagrin of many in our area. Yet the entire swollen contingent returned for a lengthy encore excursion into the title track of Lenny’s debut album, 1989’s Let Love Rule. The song that first put Kravitz on the map, where he has remained both on the charts and in our hearts. Fans belted out the chorus over and over again while each horn player took a ceremonial solo; Kravitz jumped in the audience, ran around the floor being chased by women, reappearing up in the balcony for another round of choruses, before racing back onstage to close the jam. As expected, the re-dreadlocked steeziologist strapped on the ever-ready Flying V and leaned on his trusty compadre Mr. Ross for a fiery rendition of the title track to 1993’s humongous smash LP Are You Gonna Go My Way. The skeletal band that remained onstage tore through the classic jam with reckless abandon, displaying a youthful energy that might as well been the same as when the song first took the culture by storm a quarter-century ago.Lenny Kravitz remains the epitome of an iconic rock star from the halcyon era of loud guitars, big hair, funky fashion, and heaping slabs of mojo. For my first Lenny show in a dozen years, this writer would have preferred more jams, less radio hits, and just a couple of rarities or chestnuts, not to mention the phenomenal, empowering title track to the brand-new LP Raise Vibration. With that said, the man is a contemporary pop star, and he’s gonna play the lowest common denominators and most popular songs; so the setlist was really to be expected. It was also performed masterfully, with vigor, panache and more than a touch of class. We can only hope that when Lenny finally releases his long-awaited, all-funk, blaxploitation concept album Negrophilia, he hits the road for some smaller rooms and unpacks a few deeper cuts for the forever faithful.Leaving the stage to a thunderous roar, Lenny left us with this gem: “We are ALL made out of love, to love. We are ALL of the same source.” Setlist: Lenny Kravitz | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | San Francisco, CA | 10/4/2018Set: Fly Away, Dig In, Bring It On, American Woman (The Guess Who cover) > Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover), It’s Enough, Low, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, Can’t Get You Off My Mind, Believe, I Belong to You, Always on the Run, Where Are We Runnin’?, The Chamber, AgainEncore: Let Love Rule (extended jam), Are You Gonna Go My Way
Tedeschi Trucks Band recently stopped by radio host Howard Stern‘s New York City SiriusXM studio to record a pair of tunes on The Howard Stern Show. Tedeschi Trucks Band’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show is currently streaming exclusively through SiriusXM’s app.Husband-and-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s 12-piece rock outfit crammed into Stern’s studio, with Stern and his longtime staff member Fred Norris listening along. Tedeschi Trucks Band worked through an electric take on “Hard Case”, off of the band’s recently released SIGNS album. Drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson were so short on space that the rhythmic duo had to play standing up. TTB also offered up a cover of Derek & The Dominos‘ “Keep On Growing”, a fan-favorite tune that the band regularly delivers in their live setting.Stern offered up some banter throughout the recent recording session, as he gave Tedeschi Trucks Band high-praise and was reminded of the Allman Brothers Band. Stern seemed to be a little confused with his ABB history though, as he referenced Derek Trucks being original drummer Butch Trucks‘ son (Derek is Butch’s nephew).Watch clips of Tedeschi Trucks Band performing “Hard Case” and “Keep On Growing” below, and head to SiriusXM’s app to check out the entirety of the performance.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Hard Case”[Video: The Howard Stern Show]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Keep On Growing”[Video: The Howard Stern Show]Tedeschi Trucks Band heads across the pond for their spring European tour beginning on Tuesday, April 2nd in Paris, France. For a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.