Glasper’s Everything’s Beautiful project comes on the heels of Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead. The pianist/producer also contributed several songs to the film’s soundtrack. Check out the trailer below: On May 27, jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper will release Everything’s Beautiful, a new album comprised of 11 reinterpretations of classic Miles Davis records. Glasper explains his methods and intentions in a mini documentary about the project published on the MilesDavisVEVO page: “I feel like I’m living in the spirit of Miles when I’m doing what I’m doing because I’m documenting my time period. I’m documenting what’s around me, I’m documenting who I am now, where music is now, and that’s kind of what this project about. It wasn’t about taking Miles and remixing him again, but it’s like, let’s do something to where we can take some of Miles’ ideas, shake ‘em up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things.”This goal of creating fresh musical ideas via modern-day reinventions of Davis’ sound owes a lot to the many contemporary collaborators on the album. The project includes performances by Stevie Wonder, Bilal, KING, and Erykah Badu. “What I want to portray with this,” says Glasper, “is Miles’ influence all the way up to now. You know, would he be working with Erykah Badu, with 9th Wonder, with all these people who are doing stuff now? And the answer is yes, I’m sure he would.” Badu adds her signature cosmic vocals to Everything’s Beautiful’s “Maiysha (So Long)”, reimagining Davis’s “Maiysha” from 1974’s Get Up With It. You can listen to both the original version and Badu’s beautiful tribute below:
If you are a fan of bluegrass and the art of pickin’ in and of itself, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has got an incredible lineup of some of the best artists in the traditional and progressive bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana scenes. With a four-day event set to take place on Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY from July 14th-17th, Grey Fox Bluegrass features a veritable who’s who lineup with a set from Béla Fleck & Chris Thile, Del & Dawg, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Steep Canyon Rangers, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, The Wood Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Elephant Revival and so much more.Béla Fleck & Chris Thile cover Radiohead’s “Morning Bell” (from Kid A) in 2007:With over 175 performances, some serious spur of the moment jam session, music and dance workshops, open mic’s, delicious food, and a stage dedicated to children’s entertainment, Grey Fox has a communal vibe and is very family friendly as well. For ticket and additional information, check out the festival website HERE.Grey Fox Bluegrass has released its daily artist schedule, which can be seen below:Thursday, July 14, 2016: The Steep Canyon Rangers • The Wood Brothers • Band of Ruhks • Lonely Heartstring Band • Front Country • Scythian • The Horse Flies • Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore • Mile Twelve • John Kirk and Trish Miller • Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers • Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar Showcase, and Host Band: Dry Branch Fire SquadFriday, July 15, 2016: Del and Dawg • Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester • The Del McCoury Band • David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience • The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor • The SteelDrivers • Trout Steak Revival • Lonely Heartstring Band • Front Country • The Stray Birds • Matuto • Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore • Rushad Eggleston • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • Compton and Newberry • The Mike + Ruthy Band • The Railsplitters • Charm City Junction • John Kirk and Trish Miller • Berklee College of Music Showcase and Host Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad.Saturday, July 16, 2016: Béla Fleck and Chris Thile • The Gibson Brothers • Sara Watkins • Della Mae • Donna The Buffalo • Mr. Sun • Sierra Hull • Elephant Revival • Lonely Heartstring Band • Rushad Eggleston • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • The Mike+Ruthy Band • The Railsplitters • John Kirk, Trish Miller & Quick Step • The Gather Rounders • Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar Showcase and host band, The Dry Branch Fire Squad.Sunday, July 17, 2016: ‘A Taste of Grey Fox’ Concert & Food Drive: Dry Branch Fire Squad • Della Mae • The Mike+Ruthy Band • The Stray Birds • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids • 2016 Grey Fox Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship Presentation
With the Republican National Convention taking place in Cleveland, designers of the 2016 logo incorporated both the party’s elephant logo and the city’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In doing so, however, they may have adapted the famed bird-on-a-guitar artwork that typified the famed 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair.When the promoters of Woodstock noticed the similarities, they had a message for the RNC:As your convention logo is strikingly reminiscent of our world-famous logo from the 1969 Woodstock Festival; why don’t you consider incorporating some of our Woodstock values into the RNC platform?Michael Lang, the co-founder of Woodstock Ventures, said, “Since Woodstock stands for world community, Woodstock does not endorse building walls between nations. Woodstock stands for equal rights; so we do not endorse prejudice or discrimination. Woodstock stands for equal opportunity for all of us; so we do not support tilting the playing field to favor a privileged few. If these principles, which Woodstock does not endorse, turn out to be the principles that make up the GOP platform, then our logo designs would be the only thing we have in common.”Obviously the values of the GOP and Woodstock are going to be drastically different. It is interesting that the two logos bear such a resemblance:Lang added, “For those of you who are part of a global Woodstock “nation”, for those of you who attended the first Woodstock Festival, or any of our subsequent festivals, this convention is an opportunity to remind your party of what the authentic Woodstock logo stands for. If you’re going to evoke our logo, please also evoke our values and support the changes in society that Woodstock has energized over the years. We have more in common than what sometimes seems to be driving us apart. Do your best to make sure the RNC is moving toward a better world for all.”What do you think? Are the logos similar enough to make a difference?
For fans of Dopapod, do not miss them on tour all throughout the fall! The band has announced a major tour with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Live for Live Music will be providing unique media coverage the whole time. You can see more details here, and check out the full schedule in the artwork below. Last weekend, Dopapod made their way over to Thornville, OH to perform at the annual The Werk Out Festival. Hosted by The Werks, a number of great artists from the jam scene all performed at this beloved event. Dopapod has been on a tear of late, emerging earlier this year with new music to accentuate their recently-released Never Odd Or Even
The Wood Brothers have announced their early-2017 Winter Tour. The tour will feature two legs, with the folk heroes playing a run of shows in the Northeast over the last two weeks of February before heading out west for two weeks in March. The trio, made up of brothers Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin, & Wood) and Oliver Wood, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. Check out the list of dates in the image below, released on the band’s Facebook page.Tickets for most of the performances go on sale this Friday, October 7th. For more information, visit the band’s website.
Beloved soul singer Marc Broussard recently released S.O.S. 2: Save Our Soul: Soul On A Mission, an album filled with covers of songs from the 50’s and 60’s. The new release has a special function, as 50% of all proceeds went to City Of Refuge – an Atlanta-based charity that does groundbreaking work for the homeless population of the city.The S.O.S. album was actually the second in a series released by Broussard, with the first album mainly picking on upbeat soul numbers from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more. The second dug deeper into the genres and pulled out hits from its earliest days.“About a year ago, when we decided to do SOS 2, we tossed around several themes like blues, soul and even yacht rock,” explains Broussard. “But something about this song “Cry To Me” called out like it needed to be heard by the world again. I couldn’t get away from it. I’ve followed my gut at every step during this process and hopefully it pays off because we’re gonna help a lot of people.”From there, Broussard got to work on S.O.S 2, putting together a beautiful album in the process. But he’s not done yet! “The plan is to release an S.O.S. album every year along with associated video content and leverage those through licensing and sales to help those in poverty.”We’re honored to premiere the first video in support of S.O.S. 2. Watch as Marc Broussard covers an Otis Redding classic, “These Arms of Mine,” in the video below..Says Broussard, “This is the first Otis Redding song I ever heard. I was 8 years old and my dad had just joined a new band and was learning a bunch of new material. I fell in love with Otis’ music that day and have only grown to love it more through the years.”Broussard will be playing these songs and his original material on tour throughout the month of November. You can see the full schedule below, and head to his website for more information.Marc Broussard Tour DatesNovember 3 – Atlanta, GA – City WineryNovember 4 – Nashville, TN – City WineryNovember 17 – Austin, TX – Music and Memories Benefiting Alzheimers Texas- The Moody TheaterNovember 18 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger JointNovember 19 – Dallas, TX – Granada TheaterNovember 20 – The Woodlands, TX – Dosey DoeNovember 26 – Charlotte, NC – “Heart and Sou” benefit concert @ Amos’ SouthendNovember 30 – New York, NY – City Winery (Holiday Show)December 23 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall Christmas Show*Marc + Ted Broussard (acoustic)
This morning, San Diego-area festival KAABOO Del Mar announced the lineup for their third annual event set to take place September 15th-17th. The festival will feature headlining performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!NK, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Muse, as well as sets by Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, DJ Diesel (aka NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal), Smash Mouth, The Motet, Lawrence and many more!At KAABOO, all guests receive an amenitized experience with access to the HUMOR ME comedy club; an on-site Contemporary Arts Fair in the indoor ARTWORK area, plus a display of outdoor murals and installations, gourmet food tastings, spa and relaxation reservations, and late night dance parties. GA ticket holders can also upgrade their passes to have access to a stateside pool at the event’s Grandview Stage. VIP passes include additional access to premier stage viewing areas, access to the Thursday pre-party, and more.“I am thrilled with this year’s extraordinary lineup and proud to be building on the success of our last two KAABOO Del Mar events,” says KAABOO founder and CEO Bryan Gordon. “We strive to curate an event that is multi-generational and diverse – something for all of our fans. When you look at this lineup, we have everyone from Alt Rock legends and bucket list icons, to today’s hottest hitmakers and incredible up-and-comers.”In only its third year, KAABOO Del Mar has carved out its name among national and destination music festivals by offering a curated feast for all senses. Conveniently located at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds in Southern California, the event features equal parts music, contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, and hilarious comedy.Three-day passes are available now via the event website. See below for a full list of artists scheduled to perform:KAABOO Del Mar Full Lineup:Red Hot Chili PeppersP!NKTom Petty and the HeartbreakersMUSEWeezerJane’s AddictionDavid GuettaIce CubeJason DeruloLogicAlanis MorissetteJackson BrowneAndy GrammerKeshaLiveX AmbassadorsGarbageMilky ChanceT-PainMichael McDonaldThe WallflowersDJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal)Machine Gun KellyPepperTimefliesPete YornThe Magpie SaluteSmash MouthThe KnocksDave MasonToad The Wet SprocketLANYEric Burdon and the AnimalsLost KingsLe YouthThe HimThe Tubes feat. Fee WaybillTrevor HallFishboneThe MotetThe ShadowboxersLittle HurricaneSam SparroKap SlapMartin JensenLed Zeppelin 2Emily WarrenLawrenceThe Stone FoxesOne DropSteevieWildDarenotsThe Last InternationaleAges and AgesMoonsville CollectiveArmorsLuna AuraJared & The MillEthan Tucker Solo AcousticThe Steppin StonesTristenCordovasLost BeachMamafestaJosh ArbourZeal LevinKira LingmanTrouble in the WindBarenaked Ladies – AMPLIFY VIP ONLYThe Dan Band – – AMPLIFY VIP ONLY
During this past weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion, Jim James made an appearance as one of this week’s special guests along with fellow musician Aimee Mann and comedian Hari Kondabolu. The My Morning Jacket frontman first joined host Chris Thile in the middle of the show, which was taped at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Fitzgerald Theatre, where the musician performed solo renditions of New Multitudes’ “Changing World” and Quincy Jones’ “Everything Must Change.” James later reemerged half an hour later for an interview segment before additional solo performances of James’ “Here In Spirit” and My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful.” To close out the show, Thile, James, Sara Watkins, Richard Dworsky, and The Show Band came together to cover Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who unexpected passing last week has made waves across the music community.Watch Trey Anastasio Pay Tribute To Leon Russell On “A Prairie Home Companion”You can listen to this weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion featuring Jim James here. James makes his first appearance around the 54-minute mark, and later around one-hour-and-thirty minutes in.[Cover photo: Andrew Rios; H/T Jambase]
Oteil Burbridge‘s long-awaited studio record, Water In The Desert, is here. The album was produced by David Ryan Harris (who spent much of 2017 on the road with John Mayer), and features some of Burbridge’s favorite players, including brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Lil’ John Roberts and Sean O’Rourke on drums, Mark Rivers and Alfreda Gerald on vocals, Dave Yoke on guitar and Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings.“I started writing the songs on this record about ten years ago,” says Burbridge, two-time Grammy-winning bassist, in a statement. “They are all songs about love in some way; finding out how to love yourself, hoping that another loved one will love you just as you are, believing in someone when they find it hard to believe in themselves, love gone wrong, or finally finding the “perfect fit.” I feel like every problem we have on earth in some way comes back to the lack of love. That’s really what this record is about.”“Let Oteil Sing” Campaign Brings $4K To The Gorilla Doctors Following Dead & Co’s 2017 Summer TourWith elements of funk, soul, jazz, and beyond, the concept of love is beautifully executed on the 9-track record. Even better, Oteil is bringing the music on the road with him next month for a mini Oteil & Friends tour. During his time off from Dead & Company, the bassist will be joined by JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, Primus/RatDog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane, former Nth Power and current Trombone Shorty percussionist Weedie Braimah, and vocalist Alfreda Gerald for a 9-date tour this November.While Oteil & Friends were previously slated to perform a sold-out show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on November 9, the show was rescheduled for Dead & Company’s appearance at Band Together: Benefit Concert For North Bay Fire Relief.You can purchase Oteil Burbridge’s fantastic new record, Water In The Desert, on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and listen to it below on Spotify:Oteil & Friends 2017 Tour October 31 — The Ardmore Music Hall; PANovember 1 — Pour House; Charleston, SCNovember 2 — Georgia Theatre; Athens, GANovember 3 — Salvage Station; Asheville, NCNovember 4 — Neighborhood Theater; Charlotte, NCNovember 5 — The Lincoln Theatre; Raleigh, NCNovember 6 — Fillmore; Silver Spring, MDNovember 7 — The Rex Theater; Pittsburgh, PANovember 8 — Soundstage; Baltimore, MD
Today, Bruce Springsteen announced a brand-new limited-edition and numbered vinyl box set of dubbed The Album Collection Vol. 2. The compilation stands as a follow-up to 2014’s The Album Collection Vol. 1, which cataloged Springsteen’s live and studio output from 1973 to 1984. With this new collection, Springsteen offers a sampling of live performances and studio recordings from 1987 to 1996 over the course of 10 LPs.As explained by The Album’s webpage:All four of Bruce Springsteen’s studio albums from this period were certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA, with three reaching the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. The Vol. 2 collection follows the 2014 release of Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984, which included newly remastered editions of the first seven Bruce Springsteen studio albums.The Album Collection Vol. 2 contains a number of classic albums and live recordings from 1987 to 1996, all of which have been newly remastered for vinyl by renowned engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s longtime engineer Toby Scott. The set includes 1987’s Tunnel of Love, 1988’s Chimes of Freedom EP, 1992’s Human Touch and Lucky Town, 1993’s In Concert/MTV Plugged, and 1995’s The Ghost of Tom Joad. Notably, the collection will also include the first-ever vinyl pressing of 1996’s Blood Brothers EP. As noted in the box’s description, “All of this material comes in recreations of the original packaging, accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from the period.”You can get Bruce Springsteen’s brand-new, expansive vinyl box set when it’s released on May 18th via Columbia/Legacy, with preorders beginning on March 30th.