The gates of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival opened for its first day on Friday afternoon with bright blue skies. With headliners Sting, Sturgill Simpson, and Steel Pulse topping the evening, the day was filled with rocking performances from Wayne Toups, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ron Carter Trio, Samantha Fish, Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, and many, many more.Aside from the diverse stage performances, genre-specific tents, and various performers on the race track, the overall vibe of Jazz Fest is accentuated by the cultural food offerings, the colorful costuming, and the artisan arts and crafts that line the festival’s walkways.Photographer Ronald Valle was on the scene to capture the magic that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as you can see in the full gallery below. Stay tuned for more photos from throughout the rest of the festival, and follow us along on Instagram for real-time posts!Live for Live Music will be in New Orleans this year for Jazz Fest, where we’ll be putting on a series of late night and daze between shows at clubs across town. You can check out our late night guide for a comprehensive list of what New Orleans has to offer during Jazz Fest, and you can take a look at our own late night calendar below. Load remaining images New Orleans Jazz Fest | Day 1 | 4/27/18 | Photos: Ron Valle
On Saturday night, following two webcast shows in New Orleans, LA and Austin, TX earlier this weekend, Umphrey’s McGee closed out their summer touring schedule with a performance at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX.The tour-closing performance saw Umphrey’s welcome some special guests to close out their first set of the night. First, the band welcomed the multi-talented Jennifer Hartswick to sing lead on Whitesnake‘s “Still of the Night”, marking Umphrey’s McGee’s first-ever rendition of the 80’s hair metal classic. From there, Hartswick grabbed her trumpet and remained onstage as the band welcomed her Trey Anastasio Band horn section cohort, saxophonist James Casey, as well to add a two-piece brass section to a cover of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer”. Watch a fan-shot clip of Hartswick singing “Still of the Night” below:Umphrey’s McGee w/ Jennifer Hartswick – “Still of the Night” [Whitesnake cover] You can listen to a full audience audio recording of Umphrey’s McGee’s 2018 summer tour closer in Dallas below:Umphrey’s McGee – 9/1/18 – Dallas, TX – Full Audio[Audio: Taped & Transferred by Don Olker; Uploaded by archive.org user Taper_Friendly]After a relatively brief hiatus from the road, Umphrey’s McGee will begin their upcoming 2018 fall tour on Thursday, October 4th at CrossroadsKC in Kansas City, MO. To check out a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | House of Blues | Dallas, TX | 9/1/18Set I: Looks, Higgins, The Triple Wide, Stinko’s Ascension, Triangle Tear, Still of the Night^, Sledgehammer*Set II: Nothing Too Fancy > Wife Soup, Resolution, Speak Up, In The Kitchen, Nothing Too Fancy, The Silent TypeEncore: Much ObligedNotes: ^with Jennifer Hartswick on Vocals; *with Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and James Casey on saxophone[H/T JamBase]
Electric guitar pioneer Dick Dale died at the age of 81 over the weekend. Dale, who began developing his own styles of playing the guitar with a healthy amount of reverb in the 1960s, would go on to leave a legacy as a musician who certainly helped define the instrument which would lead the way in most pop music compositions over the next half-century.Related: The Raconteurs Announce European Tour DatesAs customary these days whenever someone famous moves on to the next stage of their journey, Dale’s fans and colleagues took to social media to share their thoughts on the legacy left by the ground-breaking guitarist. Rock guitarist Jack White and members of the Beach Boys were just a few high profile artists who shared thoughtful posts about the late guitarist in the days since his departure.“It is saddening to hear of the passing of the incredible guitar player Dick Dale,” White shared in his personal post via Third Man Records‘ Instagram on Monday. “I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song ‘Nitro’ whenever I can. Sadly, I never got to meet him. A unique innovator of the guitar with pick melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was sixteen. That upside down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special. Dick Dale, King Of The Surf Guitar.”Former Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine also shared their thoughts and memories of their surf rock colleague.“I’m sorry to hear about Dick Dale passing,” Wilson said in a statement posted to his Facebook on Sunday. “Dick’s guitar playing was a big influence on all of us, and we covered ‘Misirlou’ on our ‘Surfin’ USA’ album in ‘63.”Jardine also added, “Dick Dale was an innovator. He helped Leo Fender develop a Fender amplifier with an 11 setting…lol. Carl and I enjoyed playing ‘Misirlou’, ‘Let’s Go Trippin” and other classics early in our career when we didn’t have enough songs to fill out a set. We played the Rendezvous Ballroom where Dick created the iconic surf sound that helped jump-start our career.”
The Rolling Stones are postponing their upcoming U.S. / Canada tour dates, including their highly anticipated appearance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.According to the band’s announcement, “Mick [Jagger] has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.” In a statement, Mick apologizes: “I’m so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets, I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on the road as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”Tickets to the upcoming Rolling Stones concerts will be valid for rescheduled dates, which will be announced soon.As for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, details about the Thursday, May 2nd lineup–which had required a separate, more expensive ticket to see the band perform–will be announced as soon as they are finalized. May 2nd ticketholders will receive full refunds and second weekend VIP packages will be adjusted.See both official announcements below: If you had plans to go to New Orleans for the annual Jazz Fest and your plans are now squashed, fear not! Live For Live Music will be hosting late-night shows for the duration of the celebration.
After an action-packed assortment of awesomeness, SweetWater 420 Festival in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park came to a resounding conclusion 0n Sunday with the second of two performances on the weekend for the leviathans of rock and roll, Widespread Panic.The weather warmed up as Easter Sunday proved to be a righteous end to a memorable festival weekend. The outdoor springtime shows proved to be a stark contrast from Panic’s recent Atlanta tradition of New Year’s Eve at the Fox Theater, and the crowd’s excitement could not be contained.From atop their SweetWater Main Stage altar, Widespread Panic opened the sermon with back-to-back covers, Van Morrison’s “Send Your Mind” followed by Jerry Joseph’s “Climb to Safety”. The latter tune features the lyrics “Baby, we can walk on water,” relevant to Easter as one of Jesus’s biblical stories. Returning to the band’s repertoire of originals, the Panics kicked it up a notch for a high-throttle “You Got Yours” from Bombs & Butterflies. The song has apocalyptic tones with the lyrics, “I’ve got my hole in the wall/ Somewhere I can go when the sky begins to fall.” Dave Schools echoed John Bell‘s vocals as Sonny Ortiz and Duane Trucks pounded the rhythms out with zealous passion before Jimmy Herring took the jam into overdrive.The slow, rolling introduction of the Grateful Dead‘s “Cream Puff War” whipped the audience into an unholy frenzy. Although “Cream Puff War” was one of the first covers that Widespread played, this marked just the third time in as many years that the band played the early Dead tune. Walking down the tarmac, the band loaded the attendees on an “Airplane” with mellow harmonies until the “Take Off Jam” took the aircraft to unprecedented altitudes. Nugs.tv did an amazing job with the split-screen, pro-shot video to capture the development of this high-flying jam.JoJo Hermann landed the turbulent ride into a jumping version of “Jaded Tourist”. JoJo manned lead vocals, but JB lent a helping hand with more Easter-relevant lyrics (“Walked up from the catacombs”). For those uninformed about the holiday, Easter was the day that Jesus resurrected from his tomb and walked among the living three days after his crucifixion and subsequent death. As JoJo’s keys faded out, Herring’s guitar picked up the guitar riff of “Pilgrims” and led the exodus into the Promised Land.To conclude the first set, Widespread Panic welcomed guitarist/singer/songwriter Jason Isbell to the stage for a knockout holiday special of covers. First, Isbell and Panic worked through ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago” before nailing a rendition of “I’m So Glad”. Like so many old blues songs, “I’m So Glad” has unknown origins but was first recorded by Skip James and subsequently adopted many other acts including Cream, Traffic, and the late Col. Bruce Hampton. Isbell—also on slide guitar—Herring, and JoJo traded some finger-licking good riffs throughout both tunes before walking off the stage for a chance to catch their breaths.Upon returning from setbreak, Widespread reanimated the audience with the classic instrumental “Disco”. Staying true to the band’s early gospel, the evolutionary “Conrad” ripped apart its cocoon like Jesus out of his tomb. JoJo’s synthesized keys redirected the musical revelation into J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High” before the band returned to their own catalog for a pair of originals.The band of brethren—onstage and off—bonded in spiritual camaraderie with “I’m Not Alone” from the band’s self-titled second album. The bass-heavy advent of the original jubilee, “Tie Your Shoes”, spiraled out of control until the bass notes of Winston Riley’s “Arleen” escorted the jam from purgatory through St. Peter’s gate into musical paradise. JB and Schools seemed to experience divine improvisational epiphanies that caused them both to speak in tongues in a display of divine intervention.With their minds still scrambled from the spiritual rendering, the band mixed up holidays and dove into “Christmas Katie” with the furious intensity before carrying over into another electrifying original, “Radio Child.” Dave Schools introduced pair of covers to round out the second set as Calvin Carter & Bobby Rush‘s “Bowlegged Woman” sizzled with “excitement on the side” before moving into Jerry Joseph’s “North”.Reappearing mystically on stage for their encores, Widespread Panic devoted their energies to glorifying Talking Heads‘ “City of Dreams”. As expected, the shouted lyrics “And in Southern U.S.A.” brought beatific cheers from the 50,000 devoted disciples in attendance. WSP continued down their own humble path for the ensuing encore “Porch Song” before concluding their 420 Fest weekend with the frenzied bang that is “Action Man”.Widespread Panic continues to spread the word of the swamps next weekend in North Charleston, South Carolina at their Trondossa Music & Arts Festival for two days (4/27, 4/28) alongside Umphrey’s McGee, The Wood Brothers, The Marcus King Band, and more. As always with this unstoppable band and their cult following, it’s never wise to miss a Southern show.For a full list of Widespread Panic’s upcoming tour dates, head here. Below, you can watch a full, pro-shot video of the Sunday SweetWater 420 Fest performance courtesy of Nugs.tv:Widespread Panic – Sweetwater 420 Fest – 4/20/19 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: nugsnet]As always, you can also listen to an audio recording of the performance via PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/21/19 Set One: Send Your Mind, Climb To Safety, You Got Yours, Cream Puff War, Airplane > Take-off Jam > Jaded Tourist, Pilgrims, Jesus Just Left Chicago*, I’m So Glad* (67 mins)Set Two: Disco, Conrad, Ride Me High, I’m Not Alone, Tie Your Shoes > Jam > Arleen > Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Bowlegged Woman, North (95 mins)Encore: City of Dreams, Porch Song, Action Man (17 mins)Notes * w/ Jason Isbell on guitar[‘Jesus Just Left Chicago’ LTP 10/20/17 Milwaukee (58 shows)]
Lotus has confirmed a show at The Caverns, the “world’s coolest venue” which fans might recognize from PBS’s Bluegrass Underground. The underground concert space in Pelham, TN will open its doors to Lotus fans for the first time ever this summer on Saturday, July 6th.Lotus Offers Career-Spanning Setlist, Covers Allman Brothers Band At Red Rocks Amphitheatre [Photos]The quintet’s only other currently scheduled dates at the moment include summer festival appearances at Chillicothe, IL’s Summer Camp Music Festival; Stephentown, NY’s Disc Jam Music Festival; Patchogue, NY’s Great South Bay Music Festival, and The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA.Due to the location of the concert, the band will be offering several tiers of ticketing options, from General Admission to VIP and a variety of hotel packages near the venue. For a full list of options, head over to the event website.A pre-sale for Lotus’ show at The Caverns begins tomorrow, Thursday, May 2nd at 11 a.m. (CST) using the code “cosmosis” here.Head to the band’s website for ticketing and more information.
The Revivalists frontman David Shaw has announced the 2019 edition of his annual Big River Get Down festival, which will return to his hometown of Hamilton, Ohio for its fifth year on September 6th-7th this fall.Related: The Revivalists Announce Red Rocks Show With Anderson EastThe 2019 event will take place at RiversEdge Amphitheater in the Ohio city, located 30 minutes north of Cincinnati. The first day of the festival will feature a satellite event in “An Evening With David Shaw,” featuring an acoustic performance from the singer/guitarist at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Day two on Saturday will feature a headlining performance from The Revivalists, in addition to sets from The War and Treaty, Brent Cobb, Southern Avenue, Neal Francis, and Chris Gelbuda. Access to “An Evening With David Shaw” will be available as part of the event’s JAM!LTON VIP Experience package.“Being able to come back to my hometown and host an event like this is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I started playing music,” Shaw said about his 2019 event via press release. “It’s exciting to see people from all over the country coming to my hometown to share this experience with us. The Big River Get Down is also a great way for me to give something back to a community that has given me so much. Hamilton has made great strides over the past several years, and I’m thrilled this event can lend a hand in the City’s ongoing renaissance.”Speaking of giving back, Shaw and his team donate all of the proceeds from the festival to the city’s 4th of July fireworks and RiversEdge Concert Series. Since the event began in 2015, David Shaw’s Big River Get Down has donated over $80,000 to the city of Hamilton.General admission tickets for David Shaw’s Big River Get Down at RiversEdge Amphitheater run for a very affordable $38 are now on sale at the event’s website.
The extended Phish family lost one of its own on Sunday when former crew member Leigh Fordham was killed in a truck accident. His death was reported in a Facebook post by a friend.Trey Anastasio shared some memories about Fordham in an Instagram post. You can read Trey’s tribute to Leigh Fordham below:I was so sad to hear about the passing of our friend and beloved former crew member Leigh Fordham. Leigh was truly a great guy, funny and cool, and he and I spent some long late nights hanging out on tour, and I have such great memories of those nights. I wrote the lyrics to 46 days on one of those nights, and I think I was just tapping into the feel and the spirit of those hangs, but I always felt a little weird singing that line, because the honest truth is that not only didn’t Leigh ever sell me out, he was probably the last guy on earth who would ever sell anyone out. He was a truly cool guy, and he asked about it a couple times. He was Australian, so I think he said something like “Hey Mate, I never sold you out!” and I replied, “but it’s such a cool line!” so we laughed and it stayed in. Leigh’s spirit was a huge part of our Phish family when he was on the road with us. He always made me smile when I’d see him at soundcheck. He will be missed. Our love goes out to Leigh’s family today.Phish – “46 Days” – 7/23/16[Video: Phish]Leigh Fordham’s name popped up in the Phish vernacular well before “46 Days” was debuted in 2003. On Halloween 1995, Fordham appeared onstage as part of Phish’s Quadrophenia costume set, where he sang Keith Moon‘s part on “Bell Boy”. The following year, during a supremely weird performance in Omaha on November 16th, 1996, Fordham’s name came up onstage once again. After an always-bizarre “Catapult” (featuring a scarf-waving interpretive dance from Mike Gordon), the band led into arena anthem “Axilla”, which ended with eerie shout-outs to the light crew that dwelled particularly long on one crew member—Leigh Fordham. The “Harry Hood” that followed continued the Leigh Fordham vamps (alternating with cheeky laughs from the band), in addition to a truly remarkable stretch where Trey wielded his noted Jedi powers to sustain a single note for nearly three full minutes, prompting uproarious cheers from the crowd.Phish – “Harry Hood” Featuring Leigh Fordham Shoutouts – 11/16/96[Video: chumprock]Rest in peace, Leigh Fordham…
Paul Farmer lives his life by one rule: the Golden Rule.Farmer, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, operates a clinic in rural Haiti. “If you were sick, you’d want someone to walk or be willing to walk five miles to see you,” he said in a 2003 e-mail from his clinic. “These patients do not live near roads. Someone has to go and see them. I think doctors should be among those willing to schlep a few miles (to see) a sick patient. Even if others disagree, I like doing it…”Read more here (Investors Business Daily)
The academic options can seem endless at Harvard, where each course can appear more exciting and challenging than the last. For a student, choosing a concentration, as majors are called at the College, is an exhilarating but potentially overwhelming process. Fortunately, each spring the Advising Fortnight makes all the departments and academic choices at Harvard accessible to freshmen during a two-week series of advising events.In Advising Fortnight, which started this year on April 5 and runs through April 18, Harvard’s 45 concentrations host information sessions, panels, and open houses where students learn about departments and committees.“The primary goal of advising, in my opinion, is to help an advisee explore, contemplate, and ultimately decide on what they are really passionate about,” said Robert Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and director of life sciences education. “The best advising is not simply about the immediate next step, it is also about the pathway and the doors that may open or close along the way.”Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office (APO) coordinates the logistics of all the events. Student input is essential to the Fortnight’s success, and the APO works with numerous undergrads to shape the format and programming and ensure that things run smoothly. Each concentration plans its own events to help students understand what a discipline studies and its methodologies.Advising Fortnight kicked off with a buffet extravaganza on April 5 in Annenberg Hall. All of the concentrations were lined up in long rows on one side of the dining hall tables, and students could drop by to speak with advisers.In addition to the concentration-specific events, the Fortnight also includes panel discussions with advisers from several departments covering broader fields such as the life sciences or the social sciences, so that students can compare different concentrations.“I was looking at psychology or social studies, and I knew that I wanted to do something in that realm. The panels are invaluable, so students can understand the decisions that they are making, take ownership of their decisions, and enjoy the academic experience,” said Kristina Dominguez ’10, a sociology concentrator who worked with the APO to plan this year’s Fortnight. “College is about a lot of things, but you have to enjoy your academics because it’s a huge part of the experience.”During the Fortnight, each first-year student must complete a required advising conversation. To do so, students participate in one of the concentration’s events or go to the concentration’s office hours to have a one-on-one conversation with an adviser. Advisers help students to narrow options and identify an area of study that sparks interest.“We’d like students to come away with some idea of the structure of the program, but also with an idea of what we might call the culture of the English concentration, and how they might fit in,” said Daniel Donoghue, John P. Marquand Professor of English. “Our three sessions offer different perspectives — from alums, from current concentrators, from the English Undergraduate Office — with the hope that students can find the information they need to make their decisions.”Advising Fortnight began five years ago, when the FAS faculty voted that concentration choice should take place during the first semester of the sophomore year, rather than the end of the freshman year. An amendment to that vote required students to have a “conversation” about choosing their concentration in the spring of freshman year. Because the Fortnight occurs at the end of the first year, and students choose their concentration the following fall, they still have time to plan and explore their options before making a final decision.First-year students vary widely in their certainty regarding their future concentration. Even students who think they know what they will concentrate in often reconsider their decisions.“Even though many students think they are going to do pre-med, it often changes after the first and second semester,” said Inge-Lise Ameer, assistant dean of Harvard College and interim director of the Advising Programs Office. “Even if they have decided on their concentration, there is a lot of decision making that goes on.”Freshman students who are certain of their future concentration will still find the Fortnight helpful, participants said.“I’ve been interested in psychology since the fourth grade, so today I’m interested in learning about lab work, thesis writing, and letters of recommendation,” said Esther Wu ’13 at the kickoff event. “I’ve also gotten advice on taking courses in other departments, which has opened my eyes to other possibilities.”