Maurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but the Grammy-Award-winning trumpet virtuoso has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. More recently, he’s dedicated his time entirely to a solo career, featuring a stellar band blending hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk-inspired beats from all over the map.On Thursday, May 5, he’ll be bringing the band to Bric House for a very special night of music, showcasing his original music including several new tunes off his upcoming album, The Mood, which is due out in June.Maurice Brown Performs Two Tracks From Upcoming Hip-Hop/Jazz Album [Watch]The full band includes Brown on trumpet and vocals, Chelsea Bartaz on tenor sax and vocals, Antoine Katz on bass, James Francies on keys, and Jeremy “Bean” Clemmons on drums. More information about the free-show can be found here.You can also find Maurice “Mobetta” Brown performing the music of Prince alongside Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Louis Cato (Late Show With Stephen Colbert), and Hayley Jane, with fellow horn players James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) and Ian Gray (Swift Technique) this Friday at The Hall at MP. More information can be found here.
With a new album due out on June 24th, The Avett Brothers continue to build anticipation by rolling out some singles in advance. After sharing the title track last week, the band has graced us with another serving of True Sadness: a song called “Ain’t No Man.” While the song was debuted a couple months ago, the new video premiered today by NPR Music gives the track some extra flavor.The video takes place at an airport, because, as Scott Avett explains, the song is “about a character who is dealing with fear and his journey to do what he was born to do.” Despite witnessing the malaise of the airport scene; once he gets through to the gate, Avett is met with a celebratory chorus of singers. Even NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson makes a cameo in the video as the airline pilot, right before Scott meets his brother Seth Avett on the flight.Watch the uplifting video below:[H/t NPR Music]
It’s been an exciting 2016 for Roots of Creation, powered by the band’s triple album Livin’ Free that debuted at the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae charts. The album itself featured tons of new material, with additional remixes and reworkings for nonstop enjoyment. The six-piece reggae rockers continue to tear it up on the road as well, and the new music takes on a whole new life in the live setting.Today, we’re excited to premiere the very first music video to accompany the album release. With award-winning director Jeff Pliskin following the band on tour, RoC rocks hard and welcomes special cameos by members of Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Reel Big Fish, and Tunnel Vision. The song of choice is a great tune called “Struggle,” and this particular version is also the remix created by Sublime’s own Ras MG, who only adds to the energy of the track.Singer/guitarist Brett Wilson goes in depth about the new release: “We are beyond ecstatic to team up with L4LM to premiere Roots of Creation’s first official music video off our new triple album Livin’ Free! Shooting ‘Struggle (Ras MG remix)’ with Jeff ‘Jeffro’ Pliskin (Raised Fist Propaganda) all over the East Coast was an unforgettable experience. The video is a glimpse into the balancing act of having a family and being an independent touring musician. This is real life. No actors. Every time I watch the video it makes me tear up. It’s a reminder of how lucky we are to do what we love as a job, have so much support, and know so many amazing people. It’s also a reminder of how far we have come and how far we still need to travel. All the peaks. All the valleys. The highs and lows of the human experience are amplified on the road. Jeffro captured the emotion of the song and brought it to life visually. The struggle is real. Our fists are raised. RoC has taken Root and is ready to grow!”Watch the new video for “Struggle,” streaming below.For more on the album, you can check out our review here. Roots of Creation will tour all through the month of September, with dates all over the country! Check out the band’s tour schedule here.[Photo by Josh Coffman]
When moe. and Yonder Mountain String Band decided to team up for a special three show run, the bands could not have picked a more perfect venue for their traveling circus than Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. The unique concert site is a colorful circus tent erected at the bottom of a ski slope, welcome the two groups’ fans with style. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, area residents and fans from across the country to dance the night away to a fun fusion of bluegrass and jam.In the middle of their busiest run of the year, moe. came in with a full head off steam from a series of well received shows across the Midwest. With a set list that showcased the band’s diversity, moe. once again showed why they are one of the most reliably entertaining bands on the scene. You can never be sure what kind of show you’ll get, but you can rest assured you will leave fully entertained.Guitarist Chuck Garvey had a wonderful evening, with some stellar glass slide work on a dark and bluesy “White Lightning Turpentine” and a rousing vocal lead on fan favorite “Bullet.” Six string slinger Al Schnier was all over the place musically, with rocking takes on the best/worst birthday song ever, “Mexico,” and wicked solos and some spider monkey like stage climbing antics to fire up the crowd.Bassist Rob Derhak served as a sonic and visual center to the evenings fun and games. Grinning his mile wide grin he held down the bit time end admirably, funkily slapping his bass with precision and force in perfect balance. His ability to explore is granted by his excellent rhythm section partners, percussionist Jim Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico.With his impressive mallet work on the marimba and xylophone allowing him to be a more melodic force, Amico shouldered the responsibility of holding down the pocket. Though he was tasked with the sacred task if keeping the beat alive, Amico still found time to provide copious fills and flourishes throughout the night. A trancey-dancey “Yodelittle” showed the band at its best, with everyone taking a moment to make the song their own before passing the lead baton.With a double bill of bands that have a history of collaborations it was no surprise when the two newest members of Yonder, Allie Kral and Jake Jolliff were brought out for a wild and looping take on “32 Things.” Jolliff showed the picking skills that made him a welcome addition to Yonder, while Kral continued her never ending game of musical cat and mouse with her friend Schnier.After playing an entire Pink Floyd set a few weeks ago, moe. has been peppering choice Floyd covers to their sets, and brought the house down with their choice of encore, “Have A Cigar.” While Garvey showed an impeccable ability to mimic David Gilmour, Schnier had a bit of fun with the lyrics, changing the famous question posed in the tube to ask “Which ones moe.?”After two hours of blowing minds and entertains the crowd of all ages those in attendance might now have known which one was moe., but there were a fully aware of what the band was capable of, and sorely sad when the lights came up.Starting the evening off with a bang, Yonder Mountain String Band have become favorites of the area fans, having played packed shows under the Big Top in the past. Greeted by resounding cheers from the already-full house, Yonder brought the audience to their feet with crackling renditions of some of their newest tunes alongside cherished classics.Banjo plucker Dave Johnston led the band through a loose, funky version of recent release title song “Black Sheep.” Not to be outdone bassist Ben Kaufmann brought a vital energy to his rendition of “Criminal,” emoting through his vocals with a the passion he could muster.As always, guitarist Adam Aijala was a study of contrasts, with his serene demeanor disguising the intensity of his concentration. Allie Kral’s aching, soaring bouts of fiddling fury alternately drew cheers and looks of astonishment from the appreciative audience.Chuck Garvey came out to add a jazzy tone and a smiling counterpoint to Aijala’s straight sound on “Remind Me” as well, during Yonder’s set. When the two bands decide to see how much fun they can have sharing the stage, the real winners are the fans, and those lucky enough to be under the Big Top got to see a high wire act unlike any other. The worlds of jam and bluegrass aren’t that far apart, and moe. and Yonder bridge that gap beautifully.Check out full setlists and a gallery by Rex Thomson, below.Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield, WI – 8/31/16Set: Southern Flavor, Criminal, Black Sheep, All Aboard, New Dusty Miller, All Aboard, Night Out, Sister Golden Hair, Remind Me*, Around You, My Gal* = w/ Chuck GarveySetlist: moe. at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield, WI – 8/31/16Set: The Road, Assfinger > Kyle’s Song > Mexico, Same Old Story, Understand, White Lightning Turpentine, Yodelittle > Opium, Silver Sun, 32 Things*Encore: Have A Cigar, Bear Song* = w/ Allie Kral, Jake Jolliff
Generally speaking, Sesame Street, Hamilton: An American Musical and McLovins shouldn’t belong in the same sentence. Unless you’re arbitrarily listing cool things, the long lasting children’s TV show, the phenomenon Broadway production and the up and coming band from Hartford, CT seemingly have little in common. That is, except Bill Sherman.Through many twists of good fortune, the multi-talented musician, songwriter and producer went from collaborating with his college friend Lin-Manuel Miranda to landing a dream job as the Music Director on Sesame Street to connecting with McLovins’ drummer Jake Huffman, creating a wonderful musical web in the process. With the McLovins’ upcoming Ugly Christmas Sweater Party coming up on December 17th at American Beauty in New York, NY, the Grammy-award winning producer sat down with us to talk about his diverse resume.Read on for this exclusive interview with Bill Sherman below, and find tickets for the McLovins’ Ugly Christmas Sweater Party here.L4LM: Tell us about your work with the McLovins. How did you connect with them?BS: The short answer for that is, Jake Huffman, the drummer for McLovins, is my ex-wife’s sister’s boyfriend. He’s sorta become like a family member to me. We became friends; he started writing songs for me for Sesame Street, and I produced his solo record. It became a situation where I had been talking with a friend of mine from high school, his name is Mike Novick – he had a similar progression of life and work as me. We lost touch and then reconnected and were looking for something to do together. I told him about Jake, I told him about the music, and then all of a sudden we were managing the McLovins!It was this crazy, weird, natural progression, and then we produced their last record, and we’ve been trying to open doors for them and get them heard by as many people as possible. It’s been super fun. I’ve gotten to know other members of the band really well, they’re all wonderful musicians and they have such a great connection.It’s interesting. I went to Wesleyan University and they went to Hart, right down the street, and it’s such a different concept of music there. I was a music major but I was really into West African music and I didn’t do well in the simple music courses. Those guys are killing all of the music courses with these really heavy jazz backgrounds, but the way they apply it to what they’re doing is really interesting to me. They’re really good songwriters and they really feed off each other well.It was really fun to be in the studio with them, watch that happen. While they’re a really fantastic live entity, the way that they write songs and create in the studio is equally as interesting and equally as fun for me to be a part of.L4LM: What was the process like in the studio with such different backgrounds?BS: It’s interesting, we’re working on another record right as we speak. The process is the same, where – they’ve been on the road for months now, and they write from the road and send me demos or sketches of songs and ideas. We’ll send demos back and forth, and they set up a new demo studio in their basement. We’ll keep on going back and forth until we’re happy.The last record was done over about a week total, but we did three or four songs here, and then we’d wait a couple weeks, and then three or four songs here. With this one, we’re trying to write as many songs as possible, and then whittle it down to the best twelve. It’s been fun, I think their songwriting abilities, and what they’re writing about, has matured in a way that’s really interesting. As a songwriter myself, Jake and I – Jake’s sort of the head lyricist- we go back on forth on what should we be writing about now. Given the crazy political landscape we live in right now, there’s a lot of fodder to be written about at this point.L4LM: You mentioned that the band is touring a lot. Are you going to make it to the Ugly Sweater party?BS: I will, of course. I do love a good Ugly Sweater party. I need to up my Ugly Sweater game. We try to do one big event every six months in the city, just to keep that line open, and this is that. I’ve never been to this venue, so I’m excited to see it. They do really well in New York, it’s a bit of a hometown audience. The last show was at Mercury Lounge, and it was really fun to open other people up to their sound, and watch them control a New York crowd. It’s always great.L4LM: How’s the new album coming?BS: Good! I’m guessing it’ll be out by spring or summer of next year. There are four of five tunes that are happening. When you’re writing a whole bunch of songs, you get four good ones, and every other song on the record needs to be as good as those four. We’re in that phase, figuring out what the best twelve songs are. It’s an interesting process to see what the content is about, now that we’re in this crazy new political structure. How that’s affecting songwriting, what’s important to be writing music about now.Their sound keeps on maturing and changing a bit, too. They grew up in the jam scene and their maturing into something that’s more poppy and indie than that. The songwriting and songs have been evolving as well. This next record’s going to be real interesting to see the band’s new solid direction.L4LM: Speaking of this political climate, I know you are one of the producers on the Hamilton album. What did you think of their recent encounter with Mike Pence?BS: Like anything these days with politics, there are so many different sides to it. I’m happy that they said something, and I think what they said was the correct thing to say. I think the interesting argument is, is that the right venue to do it in? But really, why is this in the head of the news when so many things are happening? I think all of those questions are valid, and that, in turn, feeds my “what the fuck is going on” mentality. All of those arguments make sense to me, and all of the craziness makes sense to me too.Overall, it’s an interesting time to be an artist. Everybody is trying to figure that out. We haven’t had a lot of protest songs recently. In the days of the Vietnam War, people were writing protest songs. In the past few years, people didn’t really do that. Now people are writing protest songs. Entertainers and musicians and artists are becoming activists again, in a way that they haven’t really been in a long time. So it’s an interesting thing to be a part of.Also, as a songwriter, you are just constantly debating on what the best way to do that is without alienating anybody, but also trying to take a stand or say something that you would be proud of.The Hamilton thing is nuts, period. Before the whole Mike Pence situation, but I’m proud of my friends. I think what they said was right. They weren’t attacking him, they were saying, “these are the people that are in this family, this community. Can you defend us too?” I think that’s a good statement, that doesn’t bother me. I think that’s right.L4LM: Obviously Hamilton is the biggest Broadway sensation, possibly ever. What was it like working on that album? You worked with Lin-Manuel Miranda on In The Heights too, right?BS: Yeah. So Lin’s been my best friend since we were in college. We went to Wesleyan together. He was the best man at my wedding; I was the best man at his wedding. We lived together for a really long time, we’ve been best friends forever.We worked on In The Heights, and I arranged it with some of our friends. We made the In The Heights record, and that was great. Then I worked on The Electric Company and Sesame Street with PBS, and then Hamilton came around. They called me and they wanted some help producing the record with The Roots. Who would really say no to that?The process was great. I don’t know how much you know about cast recordings. It’s a weird thing. Usually when you make a Broadway cast recording, it happens in a day or two. The orchestra comes in, they record the music. The singers come in, they sing the music. It’s two days, and they mix it for about a week or two, and then it’s done.Hamilton took almost a month and a half, from tracking to mixing to mastering, which is never something that happens. Atlantic Records, who is signed on to put it out, were really committed to making the Hamilton record a “record record” as opposed to just being a cast recording. We were in the studio with Questlove and all of these other guys, figuring out how to make it pop and zing a little harder, and make it really sound like a hip hop record as opposed to just sounding like a Broadway record. If you listen to it, it really does. It was a way to take the theatricalness of it all, but really make it a record that you’d want to listen to.L4LM: How did The Roots get involved with it?BS: One of the guys at Atlantic in A&R who’s been a hip hop impresario for many years, he championed Hamilton after seeing it early on. He brought in The Roots, who saw Hamilton and were so struck by it that they signed on immediately.Funny enough, I’ve become fairly good friends with Ahmir [Thompson], with Questlove, and he does this radio show for Pandora called Questlove Supreme, and I am a co-host of his radio show. He’s a big fan of Sesame Street, so he’s written songs for me for Sesame Street and I am on his radio show, so we’ve become really good friends. Initially they just got involved because they were into Hamilton and they wanted to make an impact, and they had never worked on a cast recording and it was something that interested them a lot, so they signed on. It made a lot of sense.L4LM: I’m personally just a huge fan of Hamilton, and how well it comes across as a standalone hip hop album.BS: Well thank you, I appreciate it. It’s a fascinating thing. I work for Sesame Street, and so I meet people whose kids love Sesame Street equally as I do meet people who love the Hamilton record. It’s a weird thing that they’re in the same social group, it’s very funny to me.But yeah, it’s unbelievable what it’s doing for people, and how much they’re learning about American History, for God’s sake. It’s fantastic. I tell people when they ask me about it. It’s like strapping yourself in this hurricane, holding on as tight as you can, and wherever the hurricane takes you, you just go.We produced this record, we won all of these awards. People seem to really be into it. You get to work with these great people, and the cast was wonderful, and blah blah blah. Here we are.L4LM: When you started on it, was the Hamilton mania as strong as it is now?BS: It was off-Broadway, we were getting ready to do it. Rehearsals for Broadway is usually when the cast recording is made, so we did that in August or September of last year. Then it opened some time in September.The buzz about that show was never little. It was pretty great. It wasn’t insane yet, but once the record came out it got more and more insane. It became gold and then platinum really fast, and now it’s double platinum. I’ve produced a bunch of records and written a lot of songs, but a platinum record! It’s ridiculous. I got a platinum record sent to me in the mail. I was like, “Mom, look at that!”L4LM: Do you have any favorite moments or songs working on the Hamilton cast recording?BS: My two favorite songs in that whole show are “The Battle of Yorktown” – my friend Alex who arranged and orchestrated it did such a bang up job – and I like “Guns and Ships,” because of Daveed [Diggs]. I also play in this group called Freestyle Love Supreme, which is this hip hop improv group. We make up hip hop songs, and Chris Jackson (who plays George Washington) is in it, and there’s a bunch of other guys who are involved in Hamilton that are in it. One is Daveed. I always love to listen to his voice. When he does the rap in “Guns And Ships”and he just floors it, it’s just really incredible.Have you heard his group clipping? He raps in this avant garde, noise, hip hop group where there are these dudes that make beats and he just raps like a lunatic over the top of it. Their album is spelled CLPPNG, and it’s super dope. You should check it out.L4LM: I will! Now you’ve mentioned Sesame Street a couple times, that just speaks to your unique resume. How do you balance it all?BS: I’ve been really lucky. I’ve been the music director for eight years, and it’s the craziest job ever. Even the days when I don’t think it’s crazy, then it gets really crazy all of a sudden. It’s the longest running television show in the history of the universe. I always tell people that, there’s a few things we have in common. We all pay taxes and we all grew up on Sesame Street. It’s this one defining thing. You can talk to somebody who’s 50 or talk to somebody who’s 10, and everybody has this relationship with Sesame Street.These songs that I’ll write on a given Tuesday, by Thursday they’ll be somewhere in India. Somebody will have listened to them and they’ll have learned how to read or learn an emotion. I don’t realize the impact that it has until either someone tells me about it or I can usually see it.I’ve had this weird resume. It’s been the things that have fallen in front of me, or the things that I’ve tried to put myself in the position to work on. They’re all weird and eclectic, but they all sort of somehow make sense one way or another. It’s as weird as can be!L4LM: I have to ask. What was it like meeting Elmo for the first time?BS: It’s pretty surreal. I think the thing that was more surreal for me is that, when you walk onto the set of Sesame Street… When I talk about it, I always say it’s sort of like walking into the Oval Office. I’ve never walked into the Oval Office, but I assume it’s kind of the same thing where all of the air leaves you, and you can’t believe where you are. That’s how Sesame Street is! You see the 123 steps and Hooper’s Store and all this other stuff!You go there every day because it’s your job, and then you bring somebody to the set. Seeing someone having that experience for the first time is really fun to watch. They cannot believe what’s going on! That just happened recently with Jake Huffman from the McLovins. He’s been writing songs for years for Sesame Street but just came last week and walked onto the set. He turned pink and couldn’t believe where he was. It was really moving and wonderful.L4LM: Have you had any cool experiences with musical guests on Sesame Street?BS: The first year I started working there, I wrote a tune for will.i.am, which is called “What I Am?”. This big song I wrote in my first year is now this benchmark that I’ve been trying to live by ever since. At this point, I’ve written tunes for just about everybody who’s out there. There was Bruno Mars, there was Ed Sheeran, One Direction, John Legend, and Common, some other rap people.When I was growing up and I was in college, I was a huge Dave Matthews fan. He came on the show, and he’s become a decent acquaintance of mine. It’s cool to have access to all of these people and some of my heroes. That part of it is really cool, I’ve really written songs for just about everybody at this point.L4LM: What are you working on now?BS: Well Sesame Street is in production now so we’re headlong into that, and the McLovins record is on the way for early next year.L4LM: Right on, well thank you so much for taking the time!Enter to win tickets to the McLovins Ugly Christmas Sweater Party below:
New Orleans-based future funk act Naughty Professor has just announced a run of dates, which includes a headlining show in New York City on Thursday, March 23rd at American Beauty. With the release of 2016’s In The Flesh, the group catapulted into the spotlight, garnering the respect from fellow Big Easy musicians and acts such as George Porter Jr., The Revivalists, Galactic, and Rebirth Brass Band (purchase tickets here).Naughty Professor ft. David Shaw (The Revivalists) “Stray”: The release of the single “Stray,” which features David Shaw, lead singer of The Revivalists, further cemented the respect of their NOLA brethren, as the 6-piece group combines complex compositions with the ability to improvise and take things to another level. Elements of the group’s jazz influence can easily be heard, but those futuristic funky stylings are what make any Naughty Professor show a good ol’ fashioned party!Yesterday, the group shared the hot new single “Darker Daze” which features Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2na and NOLA-based vocalist/guitarist Dexter Gilmore. The track is the second single released off Naughty Professor and Chali 2na’s fortchcoming collaborative album, Identity, which is set to be released in 2017. The album will feature special guest spots from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Benny Bloom (Lettuce), Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and more.Naughty Professor ft. Chali 2na “Darker Daze”:Naughty Professor is on the rise, and this American Beauty show in NYC is going to be a NOLA party of epic proportions! Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, January 20th at 1pm EDT and can be purchased at the following link.– Show Info –Artist: Naughty Professor with support TBDVenue: American Beauty NYCDate: Thursday – March 23rd, 2017Ages: 21+Tickets: $12.50adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE)
Vinyl is making a huge comeback, despite the accessibility of music online. Developers have figured out a way to quantify record production by inventing a robotic solution to modernize the traditional process. Everything is controllable and programmable from their new software.Chad Brown, CEO of Vinyl Technologies, Corp. explains, “Just because something is older does not make it inferior. The only difference between our records and the records from the 1970’s is that our records are flatter, and sound a little bit better.”These robots have the ability to press vinyl in about 30 seconds. Learn more about the process in the video below:[via WIRED]
Organ Freeman is the funk of the future. The band mixes a jazzy disposition with a healthy dose of funk, and they sound like a combination of Soulive and The New Mastersounds, with a dash of Vulfpeck thrown in for good measure. Their passion for the music is clear each time they pick up their instruments, with every show a unique musical adventure.Last year, Organ Freeman performed a memorable set at The Hall at MP as part of Brooklyn Comes Alive. This show doubled as the band’s first-ever performance in the New York area, and they certainly impressed, turning in an awesome showcase of their special brand of progressive jazz. The band released a pro-shot video of their sludgy funk tune “Verve” from this set, and it’s the perfect representation of everything that makes Organ Freeman great. It exhibits their tight playing and their exciting improvisation, all delivered with ease, as the musicians clearly feel comfortable together on stage.Check out the video of Organ Freeman playing “Verve” at the 2016 Brooklyn Comes Alive below.And if you aren’t already, get hip to their self-titled 2015 record: The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
The second set brought “Ja Junk” which segued into “Cut The Cable” and into “Dump City.” Then, the band played a version of Sturgill Simpson‘s “Call To Arms,” a traditionally country song turned rock. The second set closed with “1348,” before returning to the stage for a “Hajimemeashite” with a “Ja Junk” reprise. You can watch some video highlights below, courtesy of YouTube users Mark Kearns and Adam Perlstein. Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Observatory North Park | San Diego, CA | 3/19/17I: Bad Friday, Walletsworth, Mantis Ghetts, Mantis, Example 1, Draconian, Reelin’ in the YearsII: Ja Junk, OG Cut The Cable, Dump City, Call to Arms (Sturgill Simpson), Slacker, Miami Virtue, Eat, 1348E: HajimemashiteEnjoy the gallery below, courtesy of Zack Blum and Paul Citone! Umphrey’s McGee played the last night of their West Coast leg at The Observatory North Park with show-openers Spafford. The up-and-coming band has been on the rise as of late, earning sit-ins from Brendan Bayliss in their hometown of Tempe, Arizona, and Kris Meyers last night in San Diego to perform a cover of Michael McDonald‘s “Taking It To The Streets.” Then, Andrew “Red” Johnson of Spafford joined Umphrey’s McGee during their headlining set to play “Example 1.”You can watch the show-opening jams, which began with an “All My Friends,” from Spafford in the video below, courtesy of TourGigs.Setlist: Spafford | The Observatory North Park | San Diego, CA | 3/19/17All My Friends > Bee Jam> Galisteo Way > Taking It To The Streets*, Electric Taco Stand, Plans*w/ Kris MeyersUmphrey’s McGee stepped up for an opening “Bad Friday,” before heading into a “Walletsworth” that put money toward a ripping “Mantis Ghetts” > “Mantis” > “Example 1” with a Mantis reprise. Andrew “Red” Johnson joined in for “Example 1,” marking the first member of Spafford to join Umphrey’s on stage. The first set closed with “Reelin in the Years” by Steely Dan.You can watch the show-opening “Bad Friday” below, courtesy of TourGigs, followed by full-video of Red’s sit-in for “Example 1.” Load remaining images
Wielding a psychedelic-painted Fender Squier and blessed with a falsetto that could shake Stonehenge, Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Harts electrifies pop with both musicianship and showmanship. His second full-length album and stateside debut, Smoke Fire Hope Desire, is due out July 21st on Washington Square/Razor & Tie. To celebrate the release, Harts will embark on a series of exclusive dates beginning at Milwaukee’s Summerfest on July 7th. The tour touches down in LA, NYC, Chicago, Washington D.C. and more.About the new album, Harts admits, “It’s a play on that old saying, ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. I added a positive second line, ‘Where’s there’s hope, there’s desire.’ That phrase really sparked the whole context, which means hope and desire are a direct response to smoke and fire. There’s a lot of sadness and trouble in our world, but there’s still a lot of love being born.”The GQ Australia Artist of the Year (2016) relies heavily on his early influences of pop, funk, and good ol’ rock and roll. Even the late, great Prince personally invited Harts to Paisley Park Studios proclaiming, “He reminds me of how I was at that age.”Harts (born Darren Hart) is a one man show with no external producers or other collaborators. The upcoming album’s 14 tracks came to life in his bedroom studio with the virtuoso acting as an architect building, playing and recording every single note. The lead single, “Peculiar” flaunts a hummable guitar solo between orchestral horns, slinky bass and an urgent and chantable refrain. Live For Live Music is excited to share the live version of “Peculiar” below, live from Brisbane.Listen to the studio version below:Harts Summer Tour Dates:July 7th – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee SummerfestJuly 17th – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot HollywoodJuly 18th – Anaheim, CA @ The Parish at House of Blues AnaheimJuly 21st – Centre Hall, PA @ Karoondinha Music & Arts FestivalJuly 29th – Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park FestAugust 2nd – Washington D.C. @ DC9August 4th – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu NecktieAugust 5th – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory