Day 7: Tuesday, May 14 in Brooklyn, Mich. Day 2: Thursday, May 9 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The NASCAR Foundation and the NASCAR industry celebrate the 10th Annual NASCAR Day today at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the final stop on the “Ten Days of Giving” tour. This special day is an unprecedented celebration of drivers, corporate partners, media and fans uniting with The NASCAR Foundation to support a range of charitable causes that are relevant and meaningful to those within the NASCAR family.“We are proud of the NASCAR industry’s contributions to communities through NASCAR Day over the past 10 years,” said Betty Jane France, chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation. “The industry has responded as we envisioned, when we began the foundation, helping us raise almost $12 million for various charities, with an emphasis on children’s causes. These funds have helped more than 100,000 children through numerous organizations including those participating with the tour.”As part of the day’s festivities, The NASCAR Foundation is hostied a celebratory cake-cutting ceremony in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway that included appearances by NASCAR drivers and industry representatives. Additionally, the foundation presented a check to Victory Junction for $3,385,454 symbolizing donations collected for the camp over the past 10 years of NASCAR Day. Day 9: Thursday, May 16, Charlotte Mecklenburg schools On day four of the tour, The NASCAR Foundation and Darlington Raceway honored Stephanie Decker and her family with an all-inclusive VIP race experience. Decker, a mother of three, lost both her legs after a tornado ripped through Henryville, Ind. in 2012 and leveled the Decker’s home. Stephanie shielded her children from the house as debris fell on top of them, and as a result, the kids escaped the disaster unharmed. The Stephanie Decker Foundation’s mission is to assist children in need of prosthetics and to help others gain access to leading edge prosthetics. Decker was part of the traditional recognition of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers’ mothers during pre-race festivities. While on stage, The NASCAR Foundation presented The Stephanie Decker Foundation with a $5,000 donation. As part of the day, the Decker family also met various drivers including Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman and David Stremme. On day seven of the tour, The NASCAR Foundation presented the Boy Scout Troop 4322 of Brooklyn, Mich. with a camping stove to help the scouts in the troop earn the cooking merit badge. The cooking merit badge introduces principles of cooking that can be used both at home and in the outdoors. Scouts who earn this badge will learn about food safety, nutritional guidelines, meal planning and methods of food preparation, and will review the variety of culinary (or cooking) careers available. Boy Scout Troop 4322 gives back to the community in various ways: trail beautification on the Falling Waters Trail (Local Bike Path); construction of a nature path at a local elementary school; and assistance with a canned food drive to help local food banks. Since 2010, the troop has also partnered with The NASCAR Foundation to raise funds during race weekends at Michigan International Speedway. Wednesday, May 8: Atlanta, Ga.Thursday, May 9: Winston-Salem, N.C.Friday, May 10: Daytona Beach, Fla.Saturday, May 11: Darlington, S.C.Sunday, May 12: Kansas City, Kan.Monday, May 13: New York, N.Y.Tuesday, May 14: Brooklyn, Mich.Wednesday, May 15: Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalists citiesThursday, May 16: Charlotte, N.C.Friday, May 17: Concord N.C. On day nine of the tour, students from Sedgefield Middle and Reid Park Academy were surprised by The NASCAR Foundation with 100 tickets to the NASCAR Camping World Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17. NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Johanna Long and Parker Kligerman were in attendance to talk to the kids and answer questions about the sport. Students were identified through a partnership with Communities In Schools, a local non-profit aiming to increase graduation rates in students across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. Day 4: Saturday, May 11 in Darlington, S.C. On day eight, The NASCAR Foundation surprised all past Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Finalists with donations for their charities. The eight charities that were surprised include 2012 award finalists’ charities Autism Academy of South Carolina (Lorri Shealy Unumb), Camp Sunshine of Sebago Lakes (Ron Eby), Starlight Children’s Foundation (Michael Jackson), Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (Ali McDonough) as well as 2011 award finalists’ charities Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (Robert Weaver), PBJ Connections, Inc. (Brenda Doner), Bridge of Books Foundation (Patty Aber) and Autism Speaks (Jake Bernstein.) On day two of the tour, The NASCAR Foundation and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma partnered with Joshua’s Friends Foundation, Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Brenner Children’s Hospital and the Winston-Salem Police Department and surprised third grade elementary students from The Downtown School in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Joshua’s Friends Foundation kids with 100 bike helmets. RCR pit crew members Josh Sobecki, Cruz Gonsalez and Sam Abney also were in attendance and spoke about the importance of wearing helmets at their job as well as answered questions about the importance of head injury prevention and helmet safety.Day 1: Wednesday, May 8 in Atlanta On day three of the tour — and as part of National Nurse’s Week — The NASCAR Foundation expressed their appreciation to the many individuals who provide care to the children in the Speediatrics Unit at Halifax Hospital. The NASCAR Foundation treated the nurses at the unit to a celebration that included delicious treats as well as neck and shoulder massages. Employees from NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation donated baked goods and their time to decorate the unit with a NASCAR Day theme. On day six of the tour, The NASCAR Foundation and employees from NASCAR’s New York City office surprised the children served by the New York Center for Children (NYCC) with a NASCAR-themed party including new art supplies and backpacks filled with NASCAR toys and goodies. In addition, Pocono Raceway gifted the children and their families with 100 “Kids Day” tickets that are good for admission to the racetrack on Saturday, June 8. NYCC is a child-friendly center providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families and also offers professional training programs on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The playroom gives the children a fun, safe place to play and interact when they come to the Center for therapy sessions. The partnership between The NASCAR Foundation and NYCC first began when NASCAR employees in the New York Office dedicated a renovated playroom at the Center in 2011 in memory of NASCAR New York employee Pam Royer who passed away from breast cancer in 2009. Day 5: Sunday, May 12 in Kansas City, Kan. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. NASCAR Foundation celebrates anniversary with events across the country Click here to get your pin. Day 1: Friday, May 17, Charlotte Motor Speedway On day five of the tour, The NASCAR Foundation, along with NASCAR driver and Kansas City native Jennifer Jo Cobb, surprised mothers staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHCKC) with beautiful, fresh flowers in honor of Mother’s Day. RMHCKC reduces the burden of childhood illness on children and their families by creating a caring and uplifting environment and providing comfortable lodging convenient to a health facility. In 2010, The NASCAR Foundation, in association with Sprint, supported the RMHCKC through its seventh annual NASCAR Day celebration by donating a playground for the children at the facility in honor of Tom Murphy, former board member of The NASCAR Foundation and Sprint Vice President of Corporate Brand Marketing, who was tragically killed in 2009. Day 3: Friday, May 10 in Daytona Beach, Fla. On day one of the tour, The NASCAR Foundation visited the George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club and surprised kids with a new flat-screen TV as well a gaming console and various NASCAR video games for the club’s activities room. The Foundation was joined by Coca-Cola Company, a longtime partner and supporter of The NASCAR Foundation and of the Boys & Girls Clubs. The Foundation also celebrated Coca-Cola’s 10th year of support totaling over $500,000 in donations to The NASCAR Foundation. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley participated in the day’s activities and played video games with the kids on the new television. Atlanta Motor Speedway also joined the celebration and donated race tickets for the kids to attend the track’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 race this fall.___________________________________________________________________________________________ The NASCAR Foundation and many throughout the NASCAR industry will come together on Friday, May 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate the 10th Annual NASCAR Day. “This exciting Ten Days of Giving tour reflects an overall expansion of the NASCAR Day initiative, which is perfectly aligned with our original ambition for The NASCAR Foundation,” said Betty Jane France, chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation. “Through the years, the growth of NASCAR Day has paralleled the growth of the foundation. That has increasingly enabled us to do more to help communities throughout the U.S.”This special day is a celebration of drivers, corporate partners, media and the sport’s millions of fans uniting with The NASCAR Foundation to support a range of charitable causes relevant and meaningful to those within the NASCAR family.Camping World, the Official Outdoor and RV Retailer of NASCAR, has joined the cause this year and will make the limited edition pin, designed by NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist Sam Bass, available now until May 17 at Camping World SuperCenters nationwide for a $10 donation to The NASCAR Foundation. Go online to CampingWorld.com/stores to find a location near you. NASCAR fans and supporters can also pick up their collectible pins at track during select race weekends or online at NASCAR.com/foundation.For the first time, The NASCAR Foundation launches a “Ten Days of Giving” tour that includes philanthropic activities in several markets across the country. At each stop on the tour, beginning May 8 in Atlanta, Ga., and culminating on NASCAR Day in Charlotte, N.C., the foundation will partner with various organizations to deliver surprise acts of kindness. Day 6: Monday, May 13 in New York Day 8: Wednesday, May 15 with Betty Jane France Humanitarian finalists
Every year, hundreds of thousands of dance music fans make the pilgrimage to Miami Music Week, where every hotel pool, bar, and restaurant gets turned into a makeshift nightclub. There are hundreds of parties throughout the week, but only a few manage to really stick out from the pack. Here’s the best of the best of Miami Music Week 2016.SiriusXM Music LoungeYear after year, SiriusXM broadcasts live from its Miami Music Lounge, this year taking place at the 1 Hotel. Bigger and better than in previous years, the 1 Hotel allowed space for a massive stage on the beach, more access for the general public, and an insane line up each day. The first day, hosted by chill house pioneer Kygo, started off a little more low key with sets from Robin Schulz, Felix Jaehn, and ending with a surprise b2b set from Thomas Jack and Kygo. The second day picked up the pace with a ‘main stage’ vibe, with the likes of Above and Beyond, Martin Garrix, and a closing hour set from Armin Van Buuren. The last day featured the most anticipated set of the week, a legendary b2b set from Eric Prydz and Deadmau5 that was much buzzed about the entire week. The entire time, top artists are hanging out side stage conducting interviews for SiriusXM, making this one of the coolest and most exclusive events of the week.[Via @sxmelectro]Above and Beyond @ RC Cola PlantEach year, the guys from Above and Beyond throw one party that seems to get bigger and bigger as the years go on. This year, they took over the RC Cola Plant in Wynwood, turning the huge area into what could have passed for a festival. The huge production with CO2, confetti, and over the top lighting may have been the best late night production of the entire week. While most parties head inside after 11pm, there was something amazing about hearing Above and Beyond’s classic songs like ‘Sun and Moon’ and ‘We’re All We Need’ in a massive field during a late night.[By Julian Cassady – via Above & Beyond]Eric Prydz x Cirez DOne of the few events to sell out way in advance, Eric Prydz’s main Miami Music Week event released very few details – and they didn’t need to. The superstar DJ has a hardcore legion of fans that would be the dance music equivalent of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Deadheads’, analyzing set lists and touring with the DJ. The mere mention of ‘Cirez D’, Prydz’s techno alter ego, was enough to flock his fans to the MAPS Backlot for a three hour set of Prydz’s dirty beats. Performing a masterful set with tracks from all of his aliases – Eric Prydz, Pryda, Cirez D, Tonja Holma – Prydz, as expected, kept the crowd hooked with deep cuts and a bunch of new tracks that have yet to be ID’d, which always gets his fans worked into a fix. Oh, and there were lasers – tons, and tons of lasers. Jamie Jones’ Paradise MiamiWith Above and Beyond and Eric Prydz both performing within walking distance at the same time, Jamie Jones luckily pushed his party until the wee hours of the morning – 10 am to be exact. This was the closest thing to a true warehouse party I saw all weekend and it was an incredible production. The huge line up of DJs included names like The Martinez Brothers, Skream, Steve Lawler, Lee Foss, Bob Moses, and of course Jamie Jones, keeping a packed crowd and awesome beats going until the very early morning. There was never a dull moment inside, and when you were finally ready to leave as the sun came up, you got hit with another stage, freshly erected right outside the venue, where Jones and friends were spinning yet again as you either exited, or began the next phase of your party in the outside world.[Via Jamie Jones]HARD MiamiGary Richards’ HARD has built one of the most dedicated brands in dance music behind the strength of the cult like Holy Ship and his Hard Summer festival in Los Angeles. HARD Miami has become an annual gathering of these fanatics, boasting a diverse line up of DJs like Boys Noize, Justin Martin, Jauz, What So Not, and a live performance from 2 Live Crew that kept this party absolutely banging across two completely different rooms. The Dirtybird duo of Shiba San and Justin Martin kept one room bumping for a while with signature Dirtybird sounds, while Gary Richards himself, aka Destructo, closed down the party with a legendary set that will surely go down in HARD history – the DJ booth was absolutely slammed with superstar DJs that all seemed to flock for this closing set, you could spot everyone from Deadmau5 to DJ Snake to Snailz to Jauz to Boys Noize taking over the decks at some point. It was the closest thing to Holy Ship on land.[Via Hard Presents]Get LostCrosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus has made quite the name for himself by performing unique sets in unique locations. He’s beloved by the Burning Man community, he’s the Master of Ceremonies of the Day Zero festival in the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, and he’s the curator of Miami’s massive Get Lost party, which has gained fame over the past few years by being Miami’s only 24 hour party. Starting at 5am on Friday night and ending at 5am Saturday, Get Lost acts as a Friday after hours, a Saturday day party, or a Saturday night. Appropriately, Get Lost refused to release any set times in advance this year, hoping attendees would, well, Get Lost in the music and explore new surroundings. The only confirmed set was that Sasha would kick off the festivities with a three hour set at 5am on Friday night, providing an incredible late night. With three different rooms to explore full of more CO2 than you could imagine, tons of lighting and production, you really could ‘get lost’ within this venue just discovering new nooks of music. This is one of the most unique parties throughout the entire week.[Via Crosstown Rebels]
With such a diverse musical and improvisational offering, it’s no surprise that the jam band Phish has inspired a number of artists over the years. The group has so many artistic followers that an organization, PhanArt, has been in place for this important aspect of the community. Between book releases, galleries and more, PhanArt continues to represent some of the most awe-inspiring images ever created in the Phishy realm.Perhaps one of the more innovative releases from PhanArt was announced today, as the group released an official coloring book. At only $5.00, the coloring book not only contains a number of creatively Phish themed images, but all proceeds will go to support the Mockingbird Foundation! Check out some examples from the book, including the Famous Mockingbird, Lizards, and more below:With art from Andrew Abis, Bryan Boj, Eric Hanson, Jiggs, Ryan Kerrigan, Lizzy Layne, Drew Suto and Terry Werner throughout the nine pages, there’s really no reason not to pick up a copy. You can find it here!
Last weekend, the worlds of Vermont jam bands Twiddle and Phish crossed paths at Twiddle’s inaugural Tumble Down festival. During the second night of the festival, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell emerged during the second set, joining Twiddle for a rendition of their original song “When It Rains It Poors.” The band also had pianist Holly Bowling on stage with them, who had been performing between sets, and who continued to compliment Twiddle’s music when they returned to the stage.The Phish/Twiddle cross-over was certainly a surprise to many. Ryan Dempsey, the keyboardist of Twiddle, told us the story of how this came to be. We also spoke to Holly Bowling, who told us just how blown away she was by the experience. You can read their stories below:Ryan Dempsey: We had heard that Page might be on the guest list, and he showed up 20-30 minutes before the show. I actually met him while I was wearing a tutu!The fans made a bet that if they got this many likes, this many comments, blah blah blah, that I’d have to wear a tutu on stage. So I was like “OK, I gotta do that now.” So I had just left my trailer out back, and my manager’s like “Ryan, this is Mr. Page McConnell, would you like to meet him?” And I was like, “Hey Page…. I’ve wanted to meet you my whole life, and its funny that it happens to be with me in a tutu.” And he’s like “Dude, you are rocking that tutu!” So I’m like ok, he’s cool, he’s cool.I had rules—like don’t ask for a picture, and just leave him to his space, give him the room, and don’t get too up in his face or anything. But I was like well, now that we’ve met, do you mind if my photographer takes a picture of us? And he said, “Hell yea.” I said, “Page it was really nice meeting you,” and then I left him alone.So we played our first set, and he was coming out back, and he came to me and said, “Hey, that was really good, I liked the sounds you were using on the Moog and stuff.” He said, “I’m staying for Holly, and maybe one or two more songs and I gotta head out, but it was really nice meeting you…”Holly was playing in our intermission, and she had no idea Page was there. So she ends with “Squirming Coil,” you know, with Page’s huge solo that she had written out completely. Page goes up on the stage and starts filming her, and she doesn’t even know it. And he’s filming her taking his solo, big smile on his face. When she was done with “Squirming Coil,” he came back down. I went over and said, “I have to ask this, but IF you would like to sit in, it’s totally cool. I know you just got off tour, and you’re relaxing, but that would mean the world to us.” And he’s said, “Yea, yea, absolutely I’ll sit in.” And I was like, “oh my god.” The band’s like “I probably broke the rules on that one”, but you know what… if I hadn’t have said anything, he wouldn’t have sat in!So he asked “What song do you wanna do?” I jokingly responded with “Harry Hood,” but he starts laughing and says “no, no, what about one of your songs?” I said, “Well the first one on the list is ‘When It Rains It Poors,’ which is our most popular song,” He asked “What key?” and I said, “C,” and he goes “Ahh all the white keys!” So I said, “it’s C E Am F, but the E has…” and he says “the A-flat”, just comes right in and finishes my words, and he’s like “Ok, I got that.”And then when we were doing the song, I went up to Holly—she started the song—and I went up behind her and I’m like “Page is coming out to play with us right now.” She gives me this look that’s like “shut the fuck up.” So yeah, during the solo portion we gave it to Page, and yea—it was pretty amazing.We also had a chance to chat with Holly Bowling about her experience playing with Page McConnell. Here’s what she had to say:I had no idea it was going to happen. I ran into Page earlier in the day backstage and got to meet him, which I was pretty psyched about. So I knew he was around but he had mentioned he wasn’t sure how long he was staying so I wasn’t sure if he was going to be there during my set.I haven’t been nervous onstage in a long time, but I was surprised to feel a little bit of that last night. Only during the Phish songs! But I kept wondering if Page was still around and wondering how he’d feel about hearing his music played and whether he’d like it or not. Especially during Squirming Coil! As I was playing that one, it kind of hit me that Page might be out there somewhere listening and I had to try not to think about it and just stay in the music. Little did I know he was standing side stage!When Mihali came up to join me onstage, he came over and whispered “I have a surprise for you!” so at that point I’m wondering what’s going on but I still don’t know and we’re in the middle of a song so I can’t try that hard to figure it out. Then when Ryan came up he whispered to me too, “I think Page is gonna come up and play with us.”Not sure if I kept a straight face at that point or broke into a huge grin, but I was obviously pretty excited.Phish has been such a huge part of my life both musically and personally over the years. So to not only get to play their music while Page is listening but then to realize he’s about to walk onstage and sit down behind the keys… Yeah. I’m still smiling.Thanks Page!Watch the pro-shot video of this exciting collaboration below, courtesy of Frendly Presents![Photos courtesy of Dave DeCrescente and Greg Horowitz’s Tumble Down Gallery]
Life just isn’t the same without the Allman Brothers Band. While virtually all members of the band are still playing, it’s a shame that they aren’t doing it together. Lucky for us, however, we have Les Brers.Led by original drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with the most recent bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quiñones, the band has only performed a number of times and has been described as a “youthful” resurgence of the ABB.Vocalist Lamar Williams Jr., the son of past bassist Lamar Williams, brings a new energy to the stage, alongside former ABB slide guitarist Jack Pearson, guitarist Pat Bergeson, and frequent collaborator / keys master Bruce Katz. With so much Allman Brothers’ blood on the stage, one might call it the 2016 incarnation.In addition to their recently announced fall tour dates, they’ve added a night at the esteemed Brooklyn Bowl in New York. Tickets go on-sale on August 19th right here, so don’t sleep on it.Enjoy this performance of “Dreams”, featuring some interesting guitar work by Pearson, from this weekend’s Peach Music Festival, courtesy of Rock, Roots, & Blues – Live!Also, check out members of Les Brers join The String Cheese Incident for a very special “Allman Brothers’ Family Incident” performance from Peach right here.Les Brers Tour Schedule9/7: The Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT9/8: Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH9/9: House of Blues – Boston, MA9/10: Paramount Theatre – Rutland, VT10/12: Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Great North: Music and Arts Festival, Minot, ME – 9/10/16I: Reactor-> The Champions-> Mr. Don-> Reactor, MagellanII: Pygmy Twylyte (w/ Ed Mann)-> House Dog Party Favor-> Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Tricycle (w/ Scotty Zwang)-> Little Shimmy in a Conga LineE: Home Again[Photo via tDB Facebook, taken by Jake Wisdom Photography] After a great first night at Great North: Music and Arts Festival, beloved jam outfit The Disco Biscuits returned to the festival on Saturday, September 10th for another glorious two-set headlining performance. The band let it all hang out for the three-hour performance, as they started things off with a four-song first set and brought out some special guests to make night two memorable.After the first set only featured four songs, “Reactor,” newer song “The Champions,” “Mr. Don,” and “Magellan,” the Biscuits had some fun with a few friends at the festival. Percussionist Ed Mann joined the Biscuits for a cover of Frank Zappa’s “Pygmy Twylyte,” before the band broke into “House Dog Party Favor” and “Little Shimmy In A Conga Line.” From there, former Dopapod drummer Scotty Zwang joined the fray, adding his percussive touch to the Biscuits’ song “Tricycle.” Finally, the band returned to “Little Shimmy” and ended the set from there.With just a little more time, the band ended their Great North run with an encore of “Home Again,” as the crowd cheered in delight for the fan-favorite selection. Fortunately for us, the band has shared pro-shot videos of the whole affair, for your viewing pleasure below. You can see the full setlist below as well.
Load remaining images Photo: Phierce Photo Phish turned in an instant-classic performance last night at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN. When it was realized that that both Phish and Bob Weir would be playing in a Nashville on the same date, fans of both Phish and the Grateful Dead hoped that some sort of collaboration might occur. When word got out that Weir had performed “Walkin’ Blues” with Phish during their soundcheck, fans were certainly excited to see Phish welcome their first member of the Grateful Dead to their stage since 10/6/2000. However, no one could have predicted that Weir would walk on stage in the middle of the second set and stick around for six songs, yet that’s exactly what happened, creating one of the most special and unique moments in Phish history.Before Weir’s appearance, there was a first set to play, of course. The band started things off with a a song that’s always welcome in the show-opening slot, a short-but-sweet “Chalk Dust Torture”. “Blaze On” followed, and the band used it as an early opportunity to stretch their improv muscles out. Phish kept it moving with “Ghost”, which seems to have found a comfortable spot in the first set this year. Phish has now performed the trusty funk tune four times in the first set in 2016. “Lawn Boy” was up next, perhaps a fitting tribute to the beautiful green grass setting of the Ascend Amphitheater.Phish continued the set with the non-stop vocal attack of “Halley’s Comet”. As soon as the band reached the song’s typical jam section, Anastasio started up “Sand”, keeping the excited crowd bouncing along with another party anthem in the first set. “Sand” featured the first real jam of the night, with the band connecting to swiftly build the energy to a peak. The band quickly worked through Big Boat song “Tide Turns” before “46 Days” brought the energy back up. Mike Gordon and Page McConnell really connected on this track, locking in perfectly to allow Anastasio a platform from which he could explode, showing off some of his old-school “machine gun” guitar skills.The band once again slowed things down with the third Big Boat song of the set, “Breath and Burning”. “Limb By Limb” was an excellent choice to pick things back up. After a spirited run through the song’s verses, the band immediately launched into a fun improv segment, with Jon Fishman moving the beat around his kit with ease as Anastasio and McConnell intertwined for some exploration. As the song came to a close, Fishman kicked into a high energy version of “Cavern”, which surprisingly dropped into an uptempo and funky version of “2001”. After the song’s first peak, the band settled into a patient bit of improv, with McConnell leading the way with on his clavinet before Phish brought their second set to it’s conclusion.The band returned to the stage for set two with a song that typically closes out sets, “Julius”. Anastasio showcased his fireworks on the guitar during this blazing version, that eventually fizzled out into “Fuego”. “Fuego” was played only two shows ago in Charleston, and Phish made quick work of the song, with Anastasio aborting what could’ve been a standout version of the song to begin “My Friend, My Friend”. “MFMF” is always a rager, and the energy really picked up during this song as the band wound towards its ominous peak.The pre-show rumors were then confirmed, as Bob Weir waltzed on stage with his guitar, and subsequently led the band through a blissful version of “Samson & Delilah”. This was Weir’s first appearance with Phish since he sat in for a three-song encore on 10/6/2000, and this was Phish’s first on-stage guest since Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman joined them during their run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2014.[Video via TheKamherst//YouTube]Weir stayed on stage as the band transitioned into “Twist”, providing rhythm guitar and adding to the core while he and Phish delivered one of the most memorable versions of the song in recent memory. Bobby locked in perfectly with Gordon and Fishman, and the band launched into true type II territory. Weir seemed to have his moment in the sun with each member of the band, taking time to lock into rhythms created by each member, truly listening and jamming with Phish. To describe this moment as “huge” would be a complete understatement, as Phish and Bob Weir turned in a fifteen-minute improv master-class with “Twist”.[Video via Phierce Photo on Live For Live Music // YouTube]Fans assumed that Bobby would sit in on one, maybe two songs, but the next song completely blew everyone’s collective mind, as Weir remained on stage and lead the band through Anastasio’s emotional new Big Boat song “Miss You”. His vocals were a bit rough at points, but, honestly, who could hold it against him? Bob Weir sang lead vocals on a Phish song, and that should be enough to send a shiver down any fan’s spine.[Video via zmanatl // YouTube]After “Miss You”, the band reprised their cover of “West L.A. Fadeaway” with Weir. The crowd was absolutely floored by the sludgy rock song, with Anastasio and Weir leading the band, trading guitar licks with confidence and ease.[Video by TheKamherst // YouTube]The night perhaps reached its unbelievable apex when “Playing In The Band” followed, and, honestly, at this point no words can do the excitement justice. Anastasio sounded marvelous playing this song again, but the whole band shined here, as they were focused and powerful throughout the Grateful Dead classic. Phish and Bob Weir took “Playing In The Band” out into space, delivering another tasty moment of improv, with Weir energetically holding down the rhythm while Fishman and Anastasio pushed the band further and further away from the song’s form. Finally, they returned to the groove to complete the almost thirteen-minute version of the song, finishing the set and leaving the Nashville audience absolutely stunned at what they had just witnessed.[Video by runaway jr // YouTube]The encore break provided a much needed time out for band and fans alike after the insane, Grateful Dead-tinged second set. When they finally did come back out for their encore, Weir was still with them, and joined in on a fitting and euphoric cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Quinn The Eskimo” that certainly left everyone jumping for joy.[Video by phunguy // YouTube]Phish’s first night in Nashville was, for lack of a better word, epic. After years of downplaying association with the Grateful Dead, the Fare Thee Well concerts opened things up for more collaborations between the Phish and Grateful Dead camps, however, no one was expecting the special, improv-heavy performance that occurred last night. Phish performed almost a full set with one of the Dead’s core members, and performed several songs from the Dead’s storied live catalog. This show will immediately enter the pantheon as one of the most important shows in the band’s history. Wow.Phish returns to Nashville tonight to complete their mid-week two-night run, assumedly without Bob Weir as he will be performing at the Ryman Auditorium tonight. Check out full audio from the show, as well as the full Phish.net setlist and a photo gallery from Phierce Photo below.[Video courtesy nognuisagoodgnu // YouTube]Phish | Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN | 10/18/2016Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Blaze On, Ghost, Lawn Boy, Halley’s Comet > Sand, Tide Turns, 46 Days > Breath and Burning, Limb By Limb > Cavern > Also Sprach ZarathustraSet 2: Julius > Fuego > My Friend, My Friend, Samson and Delilah, Twist > Miss You, West L.A. Fadeaway > Playing in the BandEncore: Quinn the Eskimo  Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar and vocals. Bob Weir on guitar. Bob Weir on guitar and vocals. Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar.
Beloved group Thievery Corporation has a sound that is totally their own, fusing electronic elements with live instrumentation and a team of powerful vocalists. Led by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, Thievery has just announced plans to release a new album, The Temple of I & I, on February 10th, 2017. You can find the pre-order here.To get fans excited about the new release, Thievery has revealed a brand new single from the album. Titled “Letter To The Editor,” the track is a downtempo display of Thievery’s prowess that we’ve all come to know and love. According to KCRW, who are hosting the premiere, the new album was recorded entirely in Port Antonio in Jamaica. There, the band tracked up to 12 hours per day, drawing from local influences to accentuate their Latin sound.Turn up the volume and listen to Thievery Corporation’s new single, “Letter To The Editor,” below.[Via KCRW]
The Hoxeyville Music Festival has just announced its 2017 lineup. The festival will be bringing a bunch of bluegrass favorites to Wellston, MI, over the course of August 18th through 20th. Rounding out the headlining spots for the festival are Greensky Bluegrass (2 Nights), Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Sam Bush Band, and Fruition. Other favorites such as Joshua Davis, Larry Keel Experience, Rayland Baxter, Billy Strings, Shook Twins, and Jon Stickley Trio will also be making appearances at the intimate Michigan festival. Tickets for the Hoxeyville Music Festival as well as more information about the late-summer event can be found on the festival’s website.
After two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Eric Clapton is forced to postpone the second pair of shows at The Forum in Los Angeles. According to his website, Slowhand is under the weather with bronchitis and the west coast shows are postponed to mid-September, in addition to his previously-scheduled September shows. Read the full statement below:Due to severe bronchitis and under doctor’s advisement, Eric Clapton is rescheduling this weekend’s two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles. The Saturday March 25th show will now be held Wednesday, September 13th. The Sunday March 26th show will now be held Monday September 18th . He is very sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to these shows. Ticketholders can retain their tickets for the new dates or refunds will be issued at point of purchase. In addition, Clapton will play the already scheduled two shows at The Forum September 15th and 16th.Get well soon, Eric Clapton!