Core members of the band Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, will return to the road this Spring and Summer for a massive tour that’ll reach from sea to shining sea. The tour kicks off with a pair of shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on April 18-19 before making its way to NOLA for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 22.In addition, beginning June 7th at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, the band will be joined by longtime friend and British rocker Steve Winwood. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 26 and will be available here. Check out Steely Dan’s complete tour dates below:Steely Dan Tour Dates4/18 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre4/19 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre4/22 New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival4/24 Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC4/27 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre4/29 Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Events Center4/30 Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Event Center6/7 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*6/8 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*6/10 New Buffalo, MI @ Four Winds Casino Resort*6/11 Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly*6/13 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre*6/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre*6/16 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre*6/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl*6/19 Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace*6/22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center*6/23 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*6/25 Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena*6/26 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre*6/29 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre*6/30 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*7/2 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion*7/3 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion*7/6 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center*7/7 Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center*7/9 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*7/10 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center*7/12 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live*7/13 Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater** With Steve Winwood
Last night, Widespread Panic resumed their spring touring with a great show at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater, playing two sets full of the band’s classic tunes. While the whole show was a rockin’ affair, the band brought out a special guest in the second set to add some extra Southern flare.Guitarist Jason Isbell, who opened up the show, joined up with Panic for a jammed out rendition of J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High.” Isbell and Herring trade licks throughout this fun segment, keeping the energy level high with a great jam.Watch Isbell’s sit-in on “Ride Me High,” via LoadOffAnnie, below:Check out the full setlist via PanicStream below:Setlist: Widespread Panic at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC – 4/30/16Set 1 Travelin’ Light, All Time Low, Christmas Katie > Jack, Dyin’ Man, C. Brown, Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Honky Red, Red Hot Mama (64 mins)Set 2 Sell Sell, Cease Fire > Ride Me High*, Genesis, 1×1, Blight > Chilly Water > Drums > Porch Song, Blue Indian, Climb To Safety (92 mins)Encore Walkin’ (For Your Love), Heaven (11 mins)Notes * w/ Jason Isbell on guitar
Last night, Phil Lesh continued his run at the Capitol Theatre, playing the Port Chester, NY venue for the second straight night. The Gratefully inspired performance featured an exciting debut, with longtime Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals holding it down behind the ivories for the first time in Phil Lesh & Friends history. With Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno, Tony Leone and Alex Koford joining in the mix, the band was playing as fine as ever. The group opened with a bluesy “Alligator” before breaking out into JGB classic, a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come.” The show featured a lot of covers led by Haynes, including Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys,” Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” and The Beatles’ “She Said She Said.”Watch “Alligator > The Harder They Come” below, courtesy of Sean Roche. Check out some clips from the show, below. This band is set to do it all tonight as well, May 29th! Check out the full setlist below.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 5/28/16Set One: Alligator pl > The Harder They Come wh, Broken Arrow pl (wh), The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys wh > Midnight Rider wh, She Said She Said whSet Two: Jam > Playin’ In The Band pl wh ak > Let It Ride pl > Sunshine Of Your Love wh > Cosmic Charlie pl ak > Dark Star pl ak > Lady With A Fan pl > Terrapin Station pl wh (ak ) > Playin’ In The Band repriseEncore: One More Saturday Night, Lazy River Road[Cover photo via Marc Millman/Instagram] Set two was framed around a major “Playin’ In The Band,” as they opened and closed the set with the beloved tune. A number of great songs came between, including Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” and Grateful Dead classics “Dark Star” and the full “Terrapin Station” suite. The show ended with a glorious combination of “One More Saturday Night” and the Garcia-penned “Lazy River Road.”Full audio can be streamed here, courtesy of Keith Litzenberger.
LOCKN’ Festival co-founder David Frey has spent the last few decades making the music scene a better place for everyone. As a promoter, he’s booked thousands of shows and helped invigorate the festival scene with his other biggest claim to fame, the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, an event that featured bands like Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, and a little band out of Vermont called Phish. With his credentials firmly established, Frey has the freedom to work on projects that he cares about, and LOCKN’ is clearly a labor of love for the industry veteran.Our own Rex Thomson had a chance to talk with Frey about his past, the state of LOCKN’ and the craziest possible on-stage mash ups possible. Enjoy!Live For Live Music: You have a great “Everything happens for a reason” origin story for your career as a promoter. I understand it all started for you thanks to your band’s equipment getting stolen…is that correct?Dave Frey: Yeah. We had a van and all our equipment got stolen out of it. A local club was having a benefit for us and nobody was doing anything to promote it so I gave away some tickets at the local radio station and did fliers and stuff like that. The show ended up selling out.The night of the show the guy who booked bands for the club wasn’t there, but the owner was. He asked me if I could book his club for a week or two until he found a real booker. And I just never…I just never looked back I guess.L4LM: Do you ever look back and wish you had stuck with the music career?DF: No, not really. Like everything, it all comes down to talent, timing and luck. I wouldn’t say I was THAT talented, but I was capable. I certainly hadn’t had the timing or luck yet…there’s also lot of perseverance involved in making it as well.I like playing, I still do it for fun and to make my kids laugh. But I found I really enjoyed putting together shows as a promoter. That’s how I got started on this side of the business. Then I transitioned into being a talent agent. When I moved to New York, I got into the talent agent side for a while. Then I went back into promoting and got to work with Ron Delsener and Bill Graham. Then I became a manager and represented a few bands…I still do that.And then I got the call from my old buddy Pete Shapiro and he said he wanted to start something…and Lockn’ came from that.L4LM: You dropped a couple of amazing names with Ron Delsener and the Bill Graham a moment ago. How did you manage to work the two of the biggest promoters in the country?DF: I guess, like I said earlier, you just persevere until timing and luck arrive. I think it’s the same in any profession. That’s what happened to me, anyway. I was working really hard. It was all I was doing, all day. I was just persevering for awhile and then Ron Delsener noticed me and gave me a job as the junior booker, booking all the smaller bands for the clubs.And then…some of those little bands got big REALLY fast. That was bands like Nine Inch Nails, the Black Crowes…hell…GWAR. GWAR was pretty big in New York. That was my job. When I worked for Ron, I booked about 500 shows a year.That’s more than I could cover myself. I mean…that’s more shows than there are days in a year. There were nights when I would hit 2 or 3 shows in a night. Blues Traveler, Phish…those were bands I was booking at that point as well. I got them early.L4LM: Those last two bands you mentioned, Blues Traveler and Phish, they were part of the beginning of the H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) Festival you helped found, right?DF: Yeah, I was working for John Popper and Blues Traveler at that point. There was a meeting where we called together five bands that we knew who hadn’t been able to book fair sized summer tours. We just said “Listen…there is strength in numbers. Let’s try going out together.”It was all very organic and it actually all did start off with one big meeting. We got together in the old Bill Graham offices after Bill had passed. We were shuttering the offices and getting the building ready to sell. It was a sad time, but we all got together in the back room. Trey (Anastasio), Chris Baron, John Bell, Col. Bruce Hampton and everybody else and we all just said “Yeah, let’s do this!” It all came out of that one moment.But when it came to who was going to be liable, or who was going to write a check if the thing lost money everybody said “Oh, well that’s not us.” That ended up being John Popper and I. That is how we ended up owning it.L4LM: Let’s talk Lockn’. The fest is built around the concept of never letting the music end. Are you just anti-sleep?DF: No, definitely not. It’s more…we…and this goes back to H.O.R.D.E and what Pete [Shapiro] used to do at The Wetlands. We would have these back-to-back sets where Traveler and Panic, or Traveler and the Doctors would put their gear up at the same time and it was seamless. It would be say Spin Doctors for a hour, then Blues Traveler for an hour…and that would go on for six hours. That happened at Wetlands all the time. Pete would always encourage that.That carried over to when we started H.O.R.D.E. That first year we just put everybody on the same stage, but the second year we started carrying a second stage. So the music would go between two stages, but we never had two stages playing at the same time. It’s a personal preference. It makes the event more music-centric, to me.If you don’t like the band playing, it’s hard to escape them. If you aren’t digging a band there isn’t another stage to run to and check out something else. Invariably there is a band you like less than the others though, and that’s when we figure people will go get a beer or hit their camp sites perhaps.We only have one band at a time, and I think the bands appreciate it too. If they’re playing this nice mellow song and they get to a real quiet part, you won’t hear, say, Primus rocking out over the hill, y’know? It’s more respectful I think. That’s just something we like and that we are going to continue.You don’t find that at a lot of other people’s shows. There’s these conflicts you get when bands are playing at the same time. You can only check out half of one or half of the other. Also, it makes it so we have fewer bands. We don’t have 150 bands like some festivals. We only have 25 or 30 bands, tops. So it’s a lot more focused on the music, purposefully.We’ve been told that we should capitalize on the interest we’ve garnered and book a whole new slew of late night acts to draw in another huge segment of audience, but that’s not what WE want to do. We want to focus on rock and jam bands and let people really focus on the bands without any distractions.L4LM: You folks have managed to consistently top yourselves each year. Do you ever worry about making something so wonderful it can’t be beat?DF: Oh yeah, we do. But we have to just keep trying to raise the bar…or sometimes you have to realize there are different kinds of bars. This year is a very different year for us, and not intentionally. We have a lot of alumni bands who have different plans this year.Widespread Panic decided they wanted to play this market on their own, and not be with a bunch of other bands. String Cheese decided they wanted to play somewhere else. We’ve heard from some people who have said, “Hey, it’s not the same as it was.” And we’ve said, “Nope, it’s not. But we still hope you’ll like it, because these are still bands that we like a lot.”For all the hits and misses you have when you do something like this, in the end Pete and I are basically working towards making the shows that we’d like to see. The hope is that other people will want to see that show because…well…that is what makes it work. And that gives it a distinct personality.There’s a lot of festivals that have pretty similar line ups, and if you switched the names around people might not be able to tell. I think our show stands out, because we’re booking it. It’s just us. And that gives it a flavor, a personality that you just might not find at other shows.L4LM: This year you are bringing the kings of the jam band world, Phish, to the farm for two nights. How long has that been in the works?DF: Four years. It was a hard get. Phish rarely play events that aren’t Phish specific and we’re happy to have them with us this year.L4LM: Any hints you can give us about possible Phish-y collaborations?DF: Not yet. We’re letting that come from them, and they’re still thinking.L4LM: Speaking of collaborations, one of the hallmarks of Lockn’ is the incredible combinations you’ve pulled off, like Fogerty with Widespread, Carlos Santana as one of Phil Lesh’s Friends and the incredible Joe Cocker set that I’ve listened to a hundred times. How much fun is it to make your musical mash up dreams come true?DF: When it happens, it’s great! The thing about it is…it always starts as a suggestion. You just gotta ask. Some of the best collaboration ideas I’ve ever had and pitched to bands has gotten an “Absolutely not!” and then a click. But, like I always say…if you don’t ask you don’t know…that’s what I always say.Then somebody says yes, and it’s gets wild. Widespread Panic says yes to playing with John Fogerty and I’m like “Great! Now I gotta go talk John Fogerty into it!” That wasn’t easy either. Hopefully it is a signature thing that we can keep continuing. It’s so satisfying when it happens but for all the times it doesn’t happen..from our stand point..it’s just really challenging.People say “But you only book one show a year…” We try and really curate every little detail that we can.L4LM: One last thing on the topic of collaborations…I know you don’t want to spoil any potential future surprises, but do you take suggestions?DF: Sure. All the time. You got one?L4LM: Oh yes! Our site ran an April Fools joke announcement of a GWAR-Sting Cheese set that had people disappointed to find out it wasn’t real. So maybe we could get that to happen?DF: It’s funny because I was GWAR’s first promoter in New York and I got to know Dave really well before he passed. They’re really very cool people. They might be into it…they live in Richmond. They might be into it. They really haven’t played much as GWAR since Dave passed. They host the GWAR-B-Q where they get a lot of metal bands and meat. It’s barbecue and metal.L4LM: That sounds incredible!DF: Yeah, they get like 5-7,000 people who come out to it. I think if we ever got it to happen, String Cheese would have to be in effigy because they’re gonna end up decapitated or put through a cheese grater or something…L4LM: A String Cheese grater! That’s perfect! You just figured out the big finale!DF: It’s something I would have liked to see. I know Cheese likes GWAR, and I think they liked the idea because they reposted the link, I believe.L4LM: Beyond the incredible line-up, Lockn’ has, from what I’ve heard, the most amazing VIP upgrade values available. With so much competition for festival dollars, how important is providing upgrades like these?DF: I think all of it is important, no matter what ticket people buy. I seldom get to see any of my own show until I watch the playback afterwards because during it I am concerned with everything that happens from the lip of the stage forward making the customers experience as good as it can be. We’ve been really challenged these last couple years with growing pains in areas like parking, and then the bad weather last year that forced us to stop the show for a bit.The VIP part of the festival is run by CID and we are partnered with them. Basically, 8-10 percent of our audience goes VIP, depending on the year. The big draw for it seems to be location. You’re basically camped right next to the music.But again, to us, all of it is important. We work to make forest camping special, to make car camping special and so on. I think we had to do a lot of stuff that ended up being a little more cookie cutter than we would have liked last year, but that was all due to the weather. We had to rebuild the festival in like 16 hours, and our amazing crew pulled it off somehow, but that meant we had to let some other things go, sadly.I think the customer experience is really the most important thing, whatever level, and we try our hardest to make it the best possible.L4LM: Any message for the thousands and thousands of eager fans counting down the minutes to the first notes of Lockn’?DF: Well…the only message I have is thank you! We’re looking forward to seeing you all and we hope you all have a great time!L4LM: Thanks for taking some time to talk to us and for the magic you’ve helped create over the decades. We can’t wait for Lockn’!DF: Thanks so much![Photos by Dave Vann and Sam Shinault as indicated]
Twiddle will be spending Halloween weekend at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY! The three-night run spreads from October 27-29, and is sure to keep fans dancing their ways freakishly through the night. With supporting acts yet to-be-announced, it’s still a no-brainer to jump on these tickets fast — as Twiddle continues to sell out shows in the Northeast. There will be a very limited supply of 3-Day Passes available to the general public on Friday at 10AM here. Though their fan ticketing will go on-sale tomorrow at 10AM via Applauz. More information can be found on the band’s website. Don’t miss out!To get excited for the occasion, watch this full-video from Twiddle’s December performance at the Bowl with Cabinet over here.
Livetronica band Papadosio returned to the Park Street Saloon in Columbis, OH last night, playing the first of their two night Earth Night celebration. Papadosio’s annual Earth Night tradition has been a staple of their calendar for years, entreating fans to consider the planet through the power of musical displays. The band always puts on very special shows for the occasion, and this year was no exception.The first night of the two-night run saw Papadosio perform a Live PA set, in which they play a full instrumental show. These rare occasions are always a treat for the band’s loyal fanbase, and this was no exception. The instrumentals all come with clever song titles as well, like “You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Goat” and “There’s A Snake In My Bootsy Collins”. What fun!Check out photos and the full setlist below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.Setlist: Papadosio | Park Street Saloon | Columbus, OH | 12/16/16Set: How’s My Zenglish?, You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Goat, Guy Of The Tiger, Flibberty Gilbert, A Great Man Once Said… > Never Mind, Weekend at Bernie Sanders, Candy Cain & AbelEncore: There’s a Snake in my Bootsy Collins Load remaining images
Load remaining images Last night, Greensky Bluegrass began their New Year’s run at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI with a stellar night one. The band welcomed several guests, including Lindsey Lou on “Careless Whisper” during set 1 and Mark Lavengood & Josh Rilke on “Frederico” and “Butcher’s Girl” during the second set. You can check out a gallery of photos from the show below, courtesy of Phierce Photography.You can watch fan-shot footage of “Frederico” below via YouTube user Mike Coapman:The band closes out 2016 in Royal Oak tonight, before a major winter tour ahead. Check out the setlist, via Camp Greensky, below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Royal Oak Music Theater | Royal Oak, MI | 12/30/16Set 1: Letter To Seymour, In Control, Can’t Stop Now, Merely Avoiding, All 4, Miss September, Windshield, Careless Whisper (1), Living OverSet 2: Burn Them, Frederico (2), Butcher’s Girl (2), Radio Blues, The Four, Worried About The Weather > Dry County > Time, More Of Me, KeroseneEncore: Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox(1) – w/ Lindsey Lou(2) – w/ Mark Lavengood & Josh Rilke
Earlier this year, pioneering English prog-rockers King Crimson announced a full slate of highly-anticipated summer tour dates, dubbed the “Radical Action Tour,” their first North American run in three years. The band’s touring lineup will include founding guitarist Robert Fripp, as well as longtime collaborators Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone), in addition to singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four different drummers: Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin will also double as keyboardists, an arrangement Fripp referred to as the “Double Quartet Formation,” adding that the band is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”To coincide with the tour, King Crimson is putting out an EP featuring their performance of David Bowie’s “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. The tribute is particularly meaningful considering that Fripp played guitar on Bowie’s original recording of the song. Explains Fripp, “King Crimson performed ‘Heroes’ at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”Watch King Crimson perform “Heroes” in Berlin:The EP is slated for release on June 2nd, and will include performances of “Heroes” (recorded live at the Admiralspalast Berlin 12 Sep 2016), “Easy Money” (recorded live at Salle Pleyel Paris 3 Dec 2016), “Starless” (recorded live at Museumsquartier Vienna 1 Dec 2016), “The Hell Hounds of Krim” (recorded live at Museumsquartier Vienna 1 Dec 2016), and a radio edit version of “Heroes.”Rolling Stone just shared a full interview with Bill Rieflin that details the upcoming tour, their reasoning to tribute Bowie, and plans for the future of King Crimson. Read the interview here.For tickets to any of the upcoming King Crimson shows, or for more information on the tour or the new EP, head here.King Crimson 2017 Tour Dates:06/11 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre06/12 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre06/13 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre06/15 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery06/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre06/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre06/19 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre06/24 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre06/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre06/28 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre06/30 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Hall07/03 – Montreal QC @ Montreal Jazz Festival07/05 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall07/07 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron07/09 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre07/10 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre07/14 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/15 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/16 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/18 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/19 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan
Zac Brown Band performed at Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium on Sunday night. Just hours after news broke that Walter Becker had passed away, Brown and his band took the opportunity to pay tribute to the Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder with a performance of one of their greatest hits. After a few words of acknowledgement, Zac Brown Band impressively dug into a brief, harmony-centric version of “Reelin’ in the Years” that highlighted the song’s inimitable guitar riff. It was the first time the band played the Steely Dan classic. The tribute launched into the band’s original “Sweet Annie.”The Zac Brown Band set also included covers of Kings of Leon, Travis Tritt, the Allman Brothers Band, Brandi Carlile, Guns N’ Roses, John Prine, and Metallica. Special guest Caroline Jones also joined the band for “Tomorrow Never Comes.”Watch Zac Brown Band cover Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years” below, courtesy of Jim Powers.Listen to the original “Reelin’ in the Years” below:Setlist: Zac Brown Band | Hersheypark Stadium | Pennsylvania, PA | 9/3/17Keep Me In Mind, Homegrown, Use Somebody (Kings of Leon), As She’s Walking Away, Family Table, It’s a Great Day To Be Alive (Travis Tritt), Real Thing, Loving You Easy, Tomorrow Never Comes w/ Caroline Jones, Whipping Post (Allman Brothers), Beautiful Drug, Reelin in the Years (Steely Dan), Sweet Annie, Day That I Die, Toes, The Eye (Brandi Carlile), Start Over, Colder Weather, Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses), Chicken FriedE:All The Best (John Prine), Guitar Battle, Enter Sandman (Metallica)
In November of 2017, the critically acclaimed national radio show, A Prairie Home Companion–now known as Live From Here–broadcasted from San Diego Civic Theatre, inviting comedian Maria Bamford and musical acts Nickel Creek and Fantastic Negrito to appear during the two-hour program. One particularly special moment during the show was when Chris Thile with Richard Dworsky and The First-Call Radio Players (composed of Brittany Haas, fiddle; Chris Eldridge, guitar; Alan Hampton, bass; and Ted Poor, percussion) covered “Fugue State” off Vulfpeck’s 2014 album by the same name.With Chris Thile at the helm on the mandolin, the cover is truly a treat, particularly considering Vulfpeck’s meteoric ascent as one of the most-buzzed-about acts not only in the scene but in the music industry at large. Watch Chris Thile, Richard Dworsky, and The First-Call Radio Players’ cover of Vulfpeck’s “Fugue State” on A Prairie Home Companion below.[Video: A Prairie Home Companion]