Today, Bourbon & Beyond music, bourbon, and food festival has announced the lineup for its second-annual celebration on September 22nd and 23rd in Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. A truly standout lineup across the board, Bourbon & Beyond will see headlining performances from John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. However, the rest of the two-day event’s downbill is equally as impressive.Friday will also see performances by David Byrne, Sheryl Crow, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, Keb’ Mo’, JJ Grey & Mofro, Del McCoury Band, and more. On Saturday, leading up to Sting and Robert Plant, the festival will host sets from Counting Crows, Gov’t Mule, Kaleo, Blackberry Smoke, The Record Company, Don Felder, The Magpie Salute, and The Last Bandoleros. Furthermore, at Bourbon & Beyond’s “Bluegrass Situation” stage, across the weekend, performers like The Travelin’ McCourys, Ben Sollee, Billy Strings, River Whyless, Lindsay Lou, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will make appearances for sets of their own.In addition to this truly standout lineup for fall of 2018, renowned chefs like Tom Colicchio, Edward Lee, Aaron Sanchez, Stephanie Izard, Ray Garcia, and others will be on hand for culinary demos, while bourbon workshops and other activities are scheduled to fill attendees time when they’re not seeing music.Tickets for the second-annual Bourbon & Beyond go on sale on Friday, April 20th, at 12 p.m. (EST). For tickets and for more information about this truly exciting event, you can head over to the festival’s website here.
Load remaining images Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine On Friday night, Vulfpeck took to Morrison, Colorado, returning to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their headlining debut with support from Kamasi Washington and KNOWER. The venue, which boasts a capacity of just north of 9,500 people, was packed to the brim with people, having sold out earlier in the day. Throughout the show, spirits were high, as fans and folks on stage celebrated Vulfpeck’s triumphant feat.KNOWER, the electronic duo of Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, got the show off to a fiery start, setting the tone for the rest of the evening with their energetic live show and bass-heavy and eclectic sound. Somewhat similar to Vulfpeck, the group came into fame by releasing music online and steadily building a cult-like following. Thus, their attention to live performances was apparent, and the band did not disappoint as the venue steadily filled during their opening set.Up next was Kamasi Washington, the Los Angeles-based saxophonist who has largely been heralded as the new face of jazz music. His performance with his truly standout band went deep, offering a vibrant performance and using the show to forward a message of diversity and acceptance of one another. One of the highlights of Kamasi Washington’s set was the rendition of “Truth”, a complex number off Washington’s Harmony Of Difference, which was released last year. Noting that the tune had five different melodies that expertly weave together, Kamasi introduced the song by noting that “Harmony of Difference is a celebration,” later adding “Our diversity is not something to be tolerated, it’s something to be celebrated,” which was met with cheers from the audience.Following the huge close from Kamasi Washington, after a brief break, the members of Vulfpeck slowly took the stage, with each member getting a proper baseball-esque introduction as they ran onto the stage. The band, composed of Jack Stratton, Joe Dart, Theo Katzman, and Woody Goss, certainly did not disappoint, pulling out all the stops for their sold-out headlining Red Rocks debut. As such, frequent Vulfpeck collaborators like Cory Wong, Joey Dosik, and Antwaun Stanley were on hand for the majority of the performance, lending their own virtuosic music abilities to the mix, in addition to special guest sit-ins by Kamasi Washington, Louise Cole, and Charles Jones.After the band’s “Tee Time” introduction, Vulfpeck wasted no time, quickly transitioning to an immaculate rendition of “Fugue State”. Setting a tone for the evening, the group then moved into “Outro” and invited Kamasi Washington to the stage, who stole the show with his fiery saxophone solos. After a huge round of applause following Kamasi’s guest appearance, the band moved into a take on “Cory Wong” featuring, predictably, guitarist Cory Wong, before inviting out their second guest of the evening, drummer Louis Cole, for a huge drum solo during “Daddy, He Got A Tesla”.“Outro” with Kamasi WashingtonOff 2016’s The Beautiful Game, the band next offered up “Animal Spirits”, which housed a raging sax solo, before moving into the soulful and sultry Joey Dosik-led tune, “Running Away”. With the song serving as a quick break before the show kicked into high gear, it was a welcome reprise before Antwaun Stanley emerged to offer his beyond powerful voice and charismatic stage presence to takes on fan favorites “Game Winner”, “1612”, and “Wait For The Moment”. An energized cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” came next, much to the delight of the crowd, before the group offered up yet another fan favorite tune, “Funky Duck”.Sir Charles Jones, the soul singer and another past Vulfpeck collaborator, made his first appearance of the evening for a take on “Baby I Don’t Know”, one of his collaborative tune off Vulfpeck’s newest album, Mr. Finish Line. From there, bandleader Jack Stratton took centerstage, offering up one of his quirky “TED Talks” that have become a staple of Vulfpeck’s live shows. Hilarious and campy throughout, the talk served also an introduction for “Peck-A-Pella”, the band’s a capella alter ego, who performed their beloved rendition of “Back Pocket”.TED Rocks Speech > “Back Pocket” (Peck-A-Pella)Closing things out with bang, the group offered up three of their most popular songs, “Christmas In LA”, “Beastly”, and “Dean Town”. Vulfpeck is known for live performances featuring audience participation, and “Christmas In LA” saw Theo Katzman hit the front of the stage, leading the entire audience of nearly 10,000 in an extended sing-a-long, adding a delightful twist to the tune. As for the final two numbers of the set, the songs, in part, have become such beloved staples of the band’s catalog due to Joe Dart’s tremendous solos, and both “Beastly” and “Dean Town” gave the bassist time to unleash, proving why he is lauded as one of the best up-and-coming bassists in the music scene right now.“Christmas In LA”[Video: Kayleigh Boester]“Dean Town”[Video: TannerGibas]For their extended encore, Vulfpeck, with Charles Jones, came out for a take on “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together”, another new tune off Mr. Finish Line. In a surprising twist, the group then kicked off a “Wedding” set, featuring renditions of popular wedding band songs, including The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, The Four Seasons’ “December 1963”, Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”, mixed with the band’s own “The Speedwalker”. After this high octane string of feel-good tunes, Vulfpeck closed out their night in full with “It Gets Funkier”.“Wedding Set” Encore[Video: Kayleigh Boester]Setlist: Vulfpeck | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 4/27/2018Set: Tee Time (intro), Fugue State, Outro (with Kamasi Washington), Cory Wong, Daddy He Got A Tesla (with Louis Cole), Animal Spirits, Running Away, Game Winner, 1 For 1 / 1612, Wait For the Moment, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Funky Duck, Baby I Don’t Know (with Charles Jones), Jack’s TED Rocks speech, Back Pocket (Peck-A-Pella), Christmas In LA, Beastly, Dean TownEncore: Birds Of A Feather (with Charles Jones), I Want You Back, The Speedwalker > December 1963 > September, It Gets FunkierPhotos: Vulfpeck | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 4/27/2018 | Credit: Bill McAlaine
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham spoke publicly about his firing from the band for the first time on Friday night. Buckingham, who first joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, made the comments during a fundraiser for Mike Levin, a California Democrat who is running to represent the state’s 49th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.During his performance at the event, Buckingham used his platform to draw parallels between the infighting that led to his ousting from Fleetwood Mac and the turmoil that has defined American politics in recent years. As reported by Jeremy Roberts via Medium, Buckingham told those in attendance:“It’s been an interesting time on a lot of levels. For me, personally, probably some of you know that for the last three months I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This was not something that was really my doing or my choice.“I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective [a female fan shouts, ‘F **k Stevie Nicks!,’ prompting Buckingham to raise his hand]. Well, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that they’d lost their perspective. What that did was to harm — and this is the only thing I’m really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity — it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build [another admirer chimes in, ‘That you built, Lindsey’]. That legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.“Now, we also are at a point with our country in Washington where there’s been a loss of perspective. Mr. Dean [John W. Dean, President Richard Nixon’s White House Counsel and Watergate star witness who spoke earlier at the fundraiser] saw it first-hand 45 years ago. I think the difference was that perhaps there were more separations of powers. There was more potential for checks and balances in that loss of perspective. The loss of perspective we see now is indeed threatening to harm the legacy that is the United States.“In the context of that you’ve gotta think of what needs to be done. It is not gonna come from the top down — it is gonna come from the ground up. This is why we are here. And so, I am most honored and most pleased to have been asked in my own small way to help in that pushback which very, very much needs to happen in order to continue the legacy that we all have come to value. So, thank you for having me.”As previously reported, Buckingham was dismissed from Fleetwood Mac last month. The American guitarist and singer was replaced by The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who will join Fleetwood Mac on their upcoming 50-date tour. Longtime Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood both commented on Buckingham’s firing when that tour was announced a few weeks ago.You can watch a video of Buckingham’s speech at Friday night’s fundraiser below.Lindsey Buckingham comments on his firing from Fleetwood Mac[Video: Brian Larsen][H/T – Rolling Stone]
Beloved funnyman Will Ferrell has announced a charity benefit show dubbed “Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life”—and judging by the star-studded lineup he’s recruited, that billing could very well turn out to be true.The event, set to take place at Hollywood’s Greek Theatre on Saturday, October 6th, will feature appearances by the best and brightest in comedy and late night TV as well as an all-star musical lineup assembled by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and famous Will Ferrell look-alike Chad Smith. Ferrell has christened to one-time supergroup Chad Smith’s Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars.The list of comedic guests includes Jerry Seinfeld, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Zooey Deschanel, Kumail Nanjiani, Jerrod Charmichael, and more. Chad Smith’s MVP band lineup features Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brad Paisley, and Chris Martin (Coldplay).“Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life” will raise money for Cancer for College, a non-profit that “provides hope and inspiration to low-income, high achieving cancer survivors through the granting of college scholarships and by providing professional mentor services.”Watch Ferrell’s funny announcement video for the event below. As Ferrell—disguised as an excited fan in a hat, wig, and fake mustache—pleads, “I hope he does Ron Burgundy! That would absolutely bring down the house!” And if we’re talking old Ferrell movie callbacks, our money is on a reprise of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from Elf with Zooey Deschanel. A cowbell solo or two wouldn’t surprise us, either…Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life Announcement Video[Video: Funny Or Die]General public on-sale for Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life starts on Fri, Sep 21 @ 10:00 am PDT here. For more information on the sure-to-be-hilarious event, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Today, the new Fillmore New Orleans has announced that Foo Fighters will christen their stage for their grand opening celebration, set to take place on Friday, February 15th, and Saturday, February 16th, 2019. The two shows will feature support from a pair of fan-favorite New Orleans acts. On February 15th, Dave Grohl and company will be joined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, while the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will serve as support on February 16th.A pre-sale period begins tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9th, at 10 a.m. Central Time. General public on-sale for the newly announced shows begins on Friday, October 12th, at 10 a.m. Central Time. For more information on the new Fillmore New Orleans or to purchase your tickets to the Foo Fighters’ grand opening run once they go on sale, head to the venue website.Early this past summer, Live Nation announced plans to open a new branch of The Fillmore at Harrah’s Casino New Orleans, LA. The news of the new 2,000-capacity venue’s opening was initially announced during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the iconic Fillmore West in San Francisco.“New Orleans is a city with a proud musical heritage, and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music that this city has to offer,” said Ron Bension, president of Live Nation’s Club & Theatre group. “The venue’s industry-leading amenities and intimate 2,000-person capacity fill a gap in the market and will attract performers that often bypass the city, which will ultimately give audiences an even wider array of concert experiences to enjoy.”“It was important to Harrah’s New Orleans that we find the right partner to help us transform our second-floor space into a destination,” said Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment regional president-south and Harrah’s New Orleans general manager. “In a city where live music abounds from street corners to the stage, The Fillmore is a perfect addition to Harrah’s New Orleans and will create memorable experiences for both locals and guests.”The New Orleans venue will be the newest addition to Live Nation’s Fillmore brand, which already includes rooms in Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Silver Spring, MD; Detroit, MI; and Philadelphia, PA. Considering its location, The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will showcase local architectural styles, such as wrought iron gates and gas street lanterns.The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will also include a Lobby Bar, BG’s Lounge, and a VIP room named after original Fillmore impresario, Bill Graham. In addition to the concert area, the venue will feature an array of private event spaces for corporate gatherings, weddings, private dinners, and more.The Fillmore New Orleans Intro Video[Video: The Fillmore New Orleans]
On Wednesday, October 31st, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros continued their cross-country trek with their first of two nights at Chicago, IL’s Chicago Theatre. Bobby, drummer Jay Lane, and bassist Don Was kicked off the show with a first-set mix of Grateful Dead favorites (“Cassidy”, “Friend of the Devil”, “Weather Report Suite”, “Let It Grow”), RatDog cuts (“Even So”, “October Queen”, “Two Djinn”), and classic covers (“Queen Jane Approximately”, “Little Red Rooster”).The second set opened with Ratdog’s “Ashes and Glass”, which led into Roy Hamilton‘s “Don’t Let Go” and weaved back into “Ashes and Glass”. Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Smokestack Lightning” came next, followed by Bob Dylan‘s “All Along the Watchtower”. The second set closed with a trio of Grateful Dead songs, “Wharf Rat”, “China Cat Sunflower”, “I Know You Rider”.The trio returned to the stage to perform “Werewolves of London”, fittingly on Halloween, and returned once more to close the show with “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” by Bob Dylan.“Cassidy”[Video: nugs.tv]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour continues tonight, Thursday, November 1st, with another performance at the same venue. For a full list of their upcoming dates, head to Weir’s website here.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 10/31/18I: Cassidy, Friend of the Devil, Queen Jane Approximately, Even So, October Queen, Two Djinn, Little Red Rooster, Weather Report Suite, Let It GrowII: Ashes and Glass, Don’t Let Go, Ashes and Glass, Smokestack Lightning, All Along the Watchtower, Wharf Rat, China Cat Sunflower, I Know You RiderE: Werewolves of LondonE2: It’s All Over Now, Baby BlueBob Weir and Wolf Bros | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 10/31/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images
Anyone familiar with Phish’s 1997 Fall Tour will confirm that the band did in fact ‘Destroy America’ on a nightly basis during what’s considered by many as their greatest tour of all time. Performing some of the most mind-blowing and improvisational material of their career, the ’97 Fall Tour has so many highlights and notables, that it’s difficult to point them all out.Among the many standouts on Phish’s 1997 Fall Tour is a marathon-like, 59+ minute version of “Runaway Jim” from the Worcester Centrum Centre performed on this date 21 years ago. It’s the longest jam Phish has ever played from a song, excluding performances like the late night disco set at The Great Went, the Tower Jam at IT, Ball Square Jam at Super Ball IX, or the Drive-In set at Magnaball.Make sure you set aside a little time before you get into this one. Enjoy!Phish – “Runaway Jim” – 11/29/97[Video: Phishfunk78]Setlist: Phish | Worcester Centrum Centre | Worcester, MA | 11/29/97SET 1: The Wedge, Foam, Simple -> The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Sloth, Ginseng Sullivan, Saw It Again, Horn, Water in the Sky, David BowieSET 2: Runaway Jim > Strange Design > Harry Hood > Prince Caspian, Suzy GreenbergENCORE: Buffalo Bill, Moby Dick > Fire Almost an hour long. Trey imitated Robert Plant’s intro to Moby Dick from the album The Song Remains the Same.This Runaway Jim is one of the longest versions of any song ever played by Phish. It ran slightly under an hour and included Beauty of My Dreams, Harry Hood, and Super Bad teases and a strong Weekapaug jam where the entire melody of Weekapaug was played. Buffalo Bill was announced as Fish’s favorite song. Moby Dick was performed for the first time since February 19, 1993 (435 shows) and featured Trey imitating Robert Plant’s intro to Moby Dick from the album The Song Remains the Same.
Photo: Erik Kabik Load remaining images On Friday, December 7th, The Eagles performed at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. As rain poured down on the cheering crowd, the Eagles hit the stage for a memorable and powerful experience.The band last played Hawaii in 2005 at Blaisdell Arena, and last played Aloha Stadium stadium in 1995. This was their first concert in Hawaii since the death of Glenn Frey in 2016. Eagles band members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit introduced fellow band members, Frey’s son Deacon Frey who is “carrying on the tradition of his father and this music” and country superstar Vince Gill.The photos in this collection were shot during the 4 opening numbers: “Seven Bridges Road” (Henley, Walsh, Schmidt, Frey and Gill on vocals), “Take It Easy” (Deacon Frey lead vocals), “One of These Nights” (Don Henley lead vocals) and Take It to the Limit (Vince Gill lead vocals).
Greensky Bluegrass was at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Saturday night for a mid-weekend roots rock blowout with the third stop on their ongoing 2019 winter tour with support act Circles Around The Sun. The popular jamgrass band provided their New York fans with a mix of covers and new originals over the span of two headlining sets and an encore, which included live versions of Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, and The Allman Bros. Band classics.The first set of the night began with a rendition of “Demons” from their 2014 If Sorrows Swim LP, followed by the recently-debuted “What You Need”. The latter is one of the new songs set to appear on their forthcoming studio album, All For The Money. The set continued with a psychedelic three-song transition, starting with the more down-to-earth “Wings for Wheels” before tearing into one of their popular covers of Pink Floyd’s “Time” > “Breathe” Reprise. They then turned to “Kerosene”, the third track off of If Sorrows Swim included in the opening set, followed by another new song titled, “Ashes”. The band then returned to the If Sorrows Swim songbook one more time to play “Leap Year”, before closing part one of the show with one of their other anthemic new singles, “Do It Alone”.The second half of the show started with the five-piece introducing New Yorkeers to “All For The Money“, the title track for their soon-to-be-released album. They continued with a pair of tunes from Shouted, Written Down & Quoted with “Past My Prime” and “More of Me”, followed by a cover of Paul Simon‘s “Gumboots”. “Steam Powered Aeroplane” was played next, followed by another new song, “Murder of Crows”, and a pair of older tunes, “I’d Probably Kill You” and “Don’t Lie” from 2011’s Handguns. The band made sure to make their one song encore a memorable one, sending their New York fans home with a cover of The Allman Brothers Band‘s “Midnight Rider”, a nod to the legendary venue that hosted ABB 238 times, including their last show ever.Fans who couldn’t make it to Greensky’s show can tune into the video below to enjoy their tasteful rendition of the ABB classic ballad.Greensky Bluegrass – “Midnight Rider” (Allman Bros. Band cover) – 1/12/2019[Video: wklitz1]Greensky Bluegrass – 1/12/19 – Full Show Audio[Audio: TaperJeff]The tour will continue later this week, with their next scheduled performance at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky on Wednesday (January 16th). Fans across the country will have all of January and the first week into February to catch the band on their winter tour before they begin their presumable spring and summer concert runs, which will include stops at High Sierra and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals. Fans can click here for tickets to the band’s upcoming shows.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 1/12/2019Set 1: Demons, What You Need, Wings for Wheels > Time (Pink Floyd cover) > Breathe Reprise (Pink Floyd cover), Kerosene, Ashes, Leap Year, Do It AloneSet 2: All For The Money, Past My Prime, More of Me, Gumboots (Paul Simon cover), Steam Powered Aeroplane, Murder of Crows, I’d Probably Kill You, Don’t LieEncore: Midnight Rider (Allman Bros. Band cover)
Over the years, Kelly has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they were underage. He has consistently denied these accusations. Most of the cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, were settled out of court.The new charges come in the wake of the highly disturbing recent Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, which paints an extensive, graphically vivid picture of Kelly’s history of sexual abuse allegations, particularly by underage girls. Following the recent outpouring of allegations, the entertainment industry had already begun to turn its back on Kelly. A growing movement, marked by the hashtag #MuteRKelly, has been campaigning radio stations, streaming services, and other industry entities to remove Kelly’s music from their arsenals.In 2017, a BuzzFeed report claimed that Kelly had been keeping several young women against their wills as part of a “sex cult,” though he was not formally charged based on those allegations.This story is still developing.[H/T Chicago Sun-Times] For the better part of two decades, R. Kelly has been accused by countless women and young girls of sexual misconduct in a variety of forms, though he’s largely managed to avoid serious legal consequences. That appears to have changed today, as R. Kelly (full name Robert Kelly) has been officially charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving several women—at least three of them minors, according to multiple reports.As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, “A Cook County [IL] judge has approved a no-bail arrest warrant for embattled R&B superstar R. Kelly. … The alleged crimes span from 1998 to 2010, records show. The minors were between 13 and 16, prosecutors allege.”Michael Avenatti, a well-known attorney who said he recently provided a videotape of R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, applauded prosecutors for filing charges. As CNN notes, “The newly unearthed footage, which lasts 42 minutes and 45 seconds, is clear and explicit. … What is on the video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrested in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.”