Looking Back At The Inaugural Editions Of Five Renowned Festivals

first_imgIf all this talk of the magic that can be found exploring the unknown has you ready to for an adventure, there are still a few tickets left for this weekends Fool’s Paradise in St, Augustine, FL. With funk super stars Lettuce playing a special set with GRiZ, Chris Robinson bringing George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville and Neal Casal out for a once-in-a-life time set, Snarky Puppy‘s Corey Henry acting as artist-at-large and so many more opportunities to catch the unexpected, if you don’t go you’re risking a lifetime of knowing, “you weren’t there.”Tickets and information about Fool’s Paradise are available HERE The Summer Camp Music Festival grew out of the Summer Sessions touring jam band concert series stop in Peoria, IL, by the father and son team Jay and Ian Goldberg. The senior Goldberg started booking shows in the Illinois area in 1971, and his son brought his love of the Grateful Dead and the jam scene with him. The younger Goldberg and his college friend Don Sullivan had enjoyed working with the band moe. on their previous concert series, and decided to pitch putting on a similar event at the location of the Summer Session, Three Sisters Park. The senior Goldberg was instantly sold, and Summer Camp was born.The band moe. had worked with the Goldbergs on multiple occasions at this point, and were their first choice to serve as the host band for the festival. The band readily agreed, and Memorial Day weekend was selected to give everyone the best chance to attend. Besides moe., bands like Ekoostik Hookah, JGB featuring Melvin Seals, ulu, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and more were selected to kick off one of the first real jam band festivals. Ticket prices were low and energy was high that first weekend. Attendance was higher than expected thanks to good weather, great tunes and the festival’s prime site between several major cities. By the time the weekend had ended the production team was already planning for round two.Over the years, Umphrey’s McGee was added as a second host band, and the entire festival has grown into an event that regularly attracts close to 30,000 people for close to a hundred bands a year spread out over a variety of stages. That growth is a direct result of the seed planted fifteen years ago by a father, a son, and a group of friends who wanted to share the music they loved with like minded people. But none of it would have happened it it wasn’t for the fans who decided to take a chance on something new.Here’s moe. with fellow Summer Camp veteran Allie Kral performing “Plane Crash”:Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – 2002Festival founder Ashley Capps and the brain trust at Superfly Productions set out to give people a great time when creating their version of the music festivals that they had come to love. Finding a massive farm to host their event in Manchester, TN, the partners pulled together some of the biggest names in the jam scene, including Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Phil Lesh, Galactic, moe., Ween, Keller Williams, String Cheese, Gov’t Mule and many more for a non stop party that sold out fifty thousand tickets in two weeks.Anticipation was high for those heading into the festival, and, once inside, the fans caught their first glimpse of Bonnaroo’s now iconic arch, and beyond it the massive main stage that had been built for the occasion. Though the sun was hot that weekend the bands were even hotter, from the first moments to the final notes there was a sense that every band was giving it their all. Galactic brought the spirit of Jazz Fest to the farm, moe. played straight through the night, Ben Harper sang in the light while Anastasio wailed in the dark. The grounds were filled with art installations, the food and art vendors were varied and unique, and despite some trouble with traffic, the operation went smoothly.After the festival, word spread like wildfire of the amazing performances, zany environment and welcoming vibe.  The next year saw an increased capacity, as the fest edged past the 70,000 mark, though again increased demand made tickets quickly disappear.  That pattern of growth and sellouts has held through to today, as Bonnaroo is now America’s largest camping festival. The festival’s lineups have evolved with the times as well, to the delight of some and the lament of saddened early fans. Though still a presence on the bill, the jam bands have seen their dominance give way to a more broad range of acts and a level of star power, like rapper mogul Jay-Z, Skrillex, Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Radiohead, metal heads Tool and Slayer, all the way to the rocking polka parodies of Weird Al Yankovic. Bonnaroo has grown into a way for music fans of all tastes to come together, with opportunities for adventurous minds to sample artists from around the world and dance together under the Tennessee skies.Let’s check out the pair of performances from the first Bonnaroo that bookended the weekend. First off, here’s a cover of King Crimson’s “Thela Hun Ginjeet” from Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade’s opening salvo:The final set of the weekend belonged to Trey Anastasio. Watch “Push On Til The Day,” below:Mountain Jam – 2004The WDST radio station started broadcasting in April of 1980, offering a free form mix of music to the upstate New York area listeners. The station has served a trusted friend to the community, earning the nickname Radio Woodstock and thousands of devoted listeners. Gary Chetkof, owner of the station, was looking for a good way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his beloved station, and, along with legendary Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, the idea was born to throw a celebratory daylong festival. Knowing that they needed to stay close to the station, a ski resort on Hunter Mountain, just two hours north of New York City, was chosen for the festival.Deciding to keep the lineup tight and rockin’, the bluesy Gov’t Mule was joined by three other bands, jazz mavericks Medeski, Martin and Wood, sacred steel purveyor Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Australian born world music impresario Xavier Rudd. The day was a resounding success. Longtime listeners were delighted to not only pay homage to the station that had provided them with so much wonderful music over the years, but also to celebrate with them at a festival full of great music.The decision was quickly made to make this an annual event, and in the days and years since the festival has grown from one day to four and from four bands to dozens. Acting as a host, Warren Haynes and his band have taken every opportunity to set their party apart from the last while keeping the spirit of rock and roll alive at its core. While WDST continues to promote the festival and its own local concert series, Mountain Jam has grown beyond anything they ever dreamed. Now, like the station itself, Mountain Jam has become a guardian of rock, a trusted ally for music fans looking for a chance to jam on into the night. Grace Potter joined Gov’t Mule for an exception rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman,” which you can check out below. Everything has a beginning. No matter how ancient a tradition, there was always a time when it was brand new. There was a first time the sun rose, a first time we fire sparked to life, and a first time we raised our voice in song. This weekend marks the debut of Fool’s Paradise, bringing musical curators Lettuce to St. Augustine, FL with GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Vulfpeck, The Nth Power, and Goldfish. Music fans are getting a chance to get in on the ground floor of something new and exciting. With a lineup heavy on improvisational bands, every song will be a new thing; a unique creation of the moment that can only exist in that time and that place. Over the years, many festivals like Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have become institutions. Before they became household names, however, they were fledgling entries full of promise and possibility. With Fool’s Paradise fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the other notable festival debuts that have happened over the last few decades, and look at why they shouldn’t have been missed either. Look at the following entries as cautionary tales, warning you of the level of magic you could miss by not taking a chance.New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival – 1970When a city known for its music and festivals sees one rise above the rest like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival managed to, you know that it must be something special. Now known as one of the biggest annual gatherings of seemingly every musician in the world, Jazz Fest spilled out of its humble beginnings to include two consecutive weekends, with hundreds of bands on their grounds’ endless stages, as well as an entire city full of after shows and parties. But when they first opened the gates, they weren’t interested in booking the biggest names; they wanted the best players.George Wein and his company, Festival Productions, established a solid reputation with their work on the Newport Jazz Festival, and upon receiving the contract to put together the new festival in New Orleans, he wanted to keep the focus on talent. Wein put together an advisory committee of music scholars and scoured the clubs for talent to fill the stages. Following his guiding vision of showcasing and encapsulating the spirit of the indigenous music forms, Wein and his team brought in a broad spectrum of regionally influenced acts, including Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, The Meters, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino, brass band parades, Mardi Gras Indians, and actual street performers who had caught their eye. In all, over seven hundred musicians played the first year of Jazz Fest. The only set back is that only 350 people attended.Obviously the first year’s light turnout was just the beginning, as now hundreds of thousands flock to the Big Easy for a ten day celebration of music and life itself. In announcing the festival, Wein stated, “The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival represents a new and exciting idea in festival presentation. This festival could only be held in New Orleans because here and here alone is the richest musical heritage in America.” He also noted, with great prescience, “New Orleans, in the long run, should become bigger than Newport in jazz festivals. Newport was manufactured, but New Orleans is the real thing.” History has shown how right he truly was.Since filming the event wasn’t a priority in the first year, let’s watch a bit of the Tedeschi Trucks Band set from last year’s Jazz Fest:Telluride Bluegrass Festival – 1973The Telluride Bluegrass Festival was born in a very real way, out of the birth of our nation. The small Colorado mountain town of Telluride had begun its life as a mining outpost, but in the early seventies, it was seeing a boom in tourism dollars thanks to the opening of a ski resort. After some of the more rowdier newcomers caused several incidents during the 1972 Fourth of July Celebration, town elders decided to cancel the following year’s festivities. This didn’t sit well with the townspeople, and dedicated Telluride native, Scott Brown, decided to do something about it. He offered to plan the celebration and foot the bill, raising money and enlisting local volunteers. To help make a break from the more competitive nature of the previous years, he decided to make it more family friendly and bring in a bluegrass band to get the people dancing.The spirit shown amongst the town that day convinced Brown there was potential for more than just a fireworks show with a band in his community. Brown’s first lineup featured the Black Canyon Gang, Jeff Cerwinski, Jim Cynbell, Denver Bluegrass Band, Fall Creek, Normal Heights Lounge Lizards, Sunset Harmony Boys, and Steve Westphal. With family activities, craft and food vendors throughout, Telluride Bluegrass captured the spirit that had made his previous gathering such a success. Wandering the festivities, Brown knew that there was a need for events that unite people, and a tradition was born. Over the past 43 years, what Brown and his friends started has grown into the most prestigious bluegrass festival in the country.  Each year an all-star house band is selected from attendees, with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer being regular participants. The best and the brightest descend on this sleepy mountain town once a year to share stories and the stage with their contemporaries in the most idyllic setting imaginable in front of a teeming crowd of serious fans.   No footage of the first Telluride exists, but there is some incredible video of The Telluride House Band showing why they’re among the best of the best below:Summer Camp Music Festival – 2001last_img read more

Wilco Announces U.S. Summer Tour Dates

first_imgBeloved rockers Wilco have revealed a number of new dates for their 2016 touring. On the heels of their acclaimed 2015 release Star Wars, the group has revealed a handful of dates to complement their already-busy summer tour schedule. Spanning from June 1-4, and again from August 13-30, the band will hit venues throughout the country (and Canada too!)These are the only US dates on the band’s schedule for the summer months, as the group has plans to travel throughout Europe and Asia for most of the year. With a show at Mountain Jam and more, there’s no reason to miss out.Check out the band’s schedule below (note that their Mountain Jam set is actually 6/3 and not 6/2), and head here for more details.Wilco Full Tour Schedule06-01 Charleston, WV – Clay Center *06-03 Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam06-04 Philadelphia, PA – The Mann ^06-16 Bergen, Norway – BergenFest06-17 Oslo, Norway – Norwegian Wood06-18 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival06-19 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival06-22 Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival06-24 Kotor, Montenegro – SeaRock Festival06-26 Białystok, Poland – Halfway Festival06-29 A Coruña, Spain – Palacio de la Opera07-01 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain – Vida Festival07-02 Madrid, Spain – Jardines Del Botanico07-04 Ferrara, Italy – Piazza Castello #07-05 Rome, Italy – Villa Ada07-08 Brugge, Belgium – Cactus Festival07-10 Dublin, Ireland – Iveagh Gardens %07-23 Yuzawa, Japan – Fuji Rock08-13 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Interstellar Rodeo08-14 Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Amphitheater &08-16 Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC &08-17 St. Louis, MO – The Fabulous Fox Theatre &08-19 Madison, WI – Breese Stevens Field #08-20 Minneapolis, MN – Hall’s Island #08-21 Chicago, IL – Jay Pritzker Pavilion08-30 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden10-27 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique10-28 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique10-29 Düsseldorf, Germany – New Fall Festival10-30 Stuttgart, Germany – New Fall Festival11-02 Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Koncerthuset11-03 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene11-04 Stockholm, Sweden – Annext11-05 Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany – Rolling Stone Weekender11-07 Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom11-09 Utrecht, Netherlands – TrivioliVredenburg11-10 Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who Festival11-12 Milan, Italy – Fabrique11-14 Vienna, Austria – Museumquartier11-15 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus11-16 Paris, France – Casino de Paris11-18 Manchester, England – Albert Hall11-19 London, England – O2 Brixton Academy* with Angel Olsen^ with Richard Thompson# with Kurt Vile and The Violators% with Lucinda Williams& with William Tylerlast_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Welcomes Jimmy Herring, David Sánchez In Atlanta

first_imgHot along their 25th anniversary tour, Dave Matthews Band brought their iconic grooves to the beautiful Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA. The show featured a number of classic tunes from the band’s rotation, including “Warehouse,” “Minarets” and more. The big highlights from the show, however, were the two guest musicians that came out during the night: Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring and Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican saxophonist, David Sánchez.Herring joined in first, coming out for a three song run that started with the tour debut of “Raven.” The group continued through “Satellite” and “Sugar Will,” with Herring jamming all the while. After bringing out “Grey Street” and “Crash Into Me,” two DMB favorites, the band welcomed acclaimed saxophonist David Sánchez, to join them on a “Jimi Thing > Sexy M.F.” combination.Watch Herring in action on “Sugar Will,” courtesy of Thomas Trainer, below.The show also featured the tour debut version of “Halloween” as the finale, which hadn’t been played since 10/30/2015. Check out the “Ants Marching > Halloween” encore below, courtesy of Jeffrey Lewis. DMB continues their tour tonight, May 29th, at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO. Check out the full setlist from last night, below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists [Photo by fredweaveriv/Instagram]last_img read more

Full Video Of Phish’s Night Two At Saratoga Has Emerged [Watch]

first_imgLast night, Phish continued their raging summer tour with the second of three nights at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. The show was highlighted by some great jamming throughout, including Trey Anastasio playing Fishman’s marimba lumina and a wicked “No Men > Fuego > Light -> Golden Age > Taste” to start the second set.Full Recap: Phish Brings Several Tour Debuts And All The Jams For Night Two In SaratogaIt was a great performance in the midst of a smoking summer tour! Thanks to DrFunkenstein2k, we can share full show video from the performance! Tune in below.If you’re heading to SPAC tonight, be sure to stop by the Putnam Den after the show for a late-night Frank Zappa tribute. Percussionist and long-time Zappa band member Ed Mann will be spearheading a funk-filled tribute to his late bandleader, billed as Cosmik Playground, and will be joined by some of the jam scene’s best, with keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), bassist Dan Lotito and special guest guitarist Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source). All the details can be found here!The full setlist from last night’s show can be seen below, thanks to Phish.net.Setlist: Phish at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY – 7/2/16Set 1: Crowd Control, 555 > Seven Below > Back on the Train, Army of One, Divided Sky, Martian Monster[1] > Rift, Water in the Sky, 46 Days, Walls of the CaveSet 2: No Men In No Man’s Land > Fuego > Light -> Golden Age > Taste, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Julius, A Day in the LifeEncore: Bouncing Around the Room, Run Like an Antelope[1] Trey on Marimba Lumina.Teases:· Sleeping Monkey quote in Back on the Train· No Men In No Man’s Land quote in Lightlast_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Covers The Band’s “Ophelia” In Newly Shared Video

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead is the hottest Grateful Dead tribute out there today, honoring the Dead’s legacy while making the songs their own, showcasing the incredible abilities of the talented band. While they usually stick to the Dead at their shows, this skilled group of veteran musicians sometimes throws a surprise tune into the set, as they did at Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground this past Valentine’s Day when they pulled out a cover of The Band‘s classic “Ophelia”.As part of their ongoing “Rad Tracks” series, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared a pro-shot video of “Ophelia” > “Althea” from the show at Higher Ground, shot and edited by Foggy Notions Productions. Check it out below:Fans of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead can come see Joe Russo and Scott Metzger perform at Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd! This one-day festival brings together once-in-a-lifetime collaborations by members of your favorite bands. This year’s artist lineup also includes Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Alan Evans (Soulive), Neal Evans (Soulive/Lettuce), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Roosevelt Collier, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Skerik, Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), Holly Bowling, and many more, as well as special showcase sets from RIPE and Organ Freeman. The event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Visit the event website for the full lineup, and to purchase tickets before they’re all gone!last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Plays Full 80’s Music Set For “Stringier Things” At Hulaween

first_imgSetlist: The String Cheese Incident at Suwannee Hulaween, Live Oak, FL – 10/29/16Set One: Rhum ‘N Zouc -> Restless Wind, I Wish, Turn This Around, Joyful Sound, Can’t Wait Another DaySet Two: Would I Lie To You?, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Upside Down, She Blinded Me With Science, Let’s Groove Tonight, White Wedding, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Love Shack, 80’s MedleysSet Three: Colorado Bluebird Sky, Sweet Spot, Sometimes A River, Believe, Miss Brown’s Teahouse, CollidingEncore: Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours The String Cheese Incident returned to Suwannee Hulaween last night, playing the second of two shows at their beloved festival. The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park came alive for the festival, installing incredible art exhibits and even a floating holographic pumpkin for all to enjoy.Cheese, in turn, matched the festival’s enthusiasm with a three-set Halloween performance for the ages. While the first and third sets were certainly filled with standout renditions of The String Cheese Incident’s classic material, the band brought their A-game for a full second set of just 80’s covers.After a “Welcome To The 80’s” introduction, the band started with Eurhythmics’ “Would I Lie To You?” The band continued with The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go,” before Diana Ross’s “Upside Down” had the fans really rocking. The song was obviously a reference to Stranger Things, which featured “The Upside Down” as a counterpart to the normal world. It was a Stringier Things performance, after all.  Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science” came next, only adding to the madness of this fun set.Cheese took the set into a funkier direction with Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove,” before busting out a couple of 80’s rockers in Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” and The B-52’s “Love Shack.” Finally, a medley of 80’s covers, including Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House,” ended the set.Watch “Burning Down The House” below, via Hulaween’s FB Page.Check out some footage from Stringier Things below via Instagram. The full show setlist follows.last_img read more

Lettuce Brought Their Inimitable Psychedelic Funk To Brooklyn Bowl For Two Awesome Shows [Recap/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Andrew Blackstein Lettuce is a changed band. While they’ve always been an incredibly funky and tight musical powerhouse, the fact remains that they have developed a new, more psychedelic style as of late. Given their road warrior status over the past two years, it makes sense that the band would push things in new directions. However, I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the full-band attack that went down at Brooklyn Bowl over the past two nights. Lettuce was off the charts during their two-night stand at The Bowl, delivering amazing songs, ambitious improvisation, and an infectious energy that was simply undeniable.It’s important to note that this is a band that truly feeds off each other. Jesus Coomes holds it down tremendously on the bass, connecting with each member of the band as he provides the ultimate rhythm. His solid playing allows for drummer Adam Deitch to stretch things out, weaving between different styles and pushing the band into new directions at every turn. A great example of this was on “Phyllis”, which got the treatment on night two, moving from funk to drum ‘n’ bass to go-go and then back again as perhaps the standout improvisational tune of the run.With Eric Krasno and Neal Evans nowhere in sight, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and Nigel Hall were let loose on the crowd, and they seriously brought it. Shmeeans is one of the best (if not THE best) rhythm guitar players in the business, but his emergence as a lead man in Lettuce is truly impressive. His solos were sublime, and his jamming skills are top notch. Hall, a former guest vocalist of the band who was relegated to a few songs per evening, has been showcasing keyboard skills that not many knew he had. His creative and on-point playing has breathed new life into Lettuce. Of course, he still showcased his awesome vocals, with excellent covers of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears and “Express Yourself” by Charles Wright, as well as high-energy takes on “Sounds Like A Party” and “Do It Like You Do”.At this point, there’s no hiding that The Shady Horns are Lettuce’s secret weapon, their ace in the hole that completes the band’s sound. Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom are certainly an odd couple, with Bloom a ball of explosive energy while Zoidis is probably the coolest customer in the band. When paired together, these two are the perfect yin and yang, and songs like “Squadlive” and “Lettsanity” wouldn’t be the same without this dynamic duo. Each night, Hall made sure to shout out Zoidis and Bloom and give them a small feature, and it proved to be some of the most exciting moments of the run. Their creative approach and locked-in attitudes are unrivaled, especially Zoidis’ work with his effects pedals during the band’s several moments of improv. When Maurice “Mobetta” Brown hopped on stage towards the end of night two, he and Bloom had a field day chasing each other’s tails, pushing each other to new heights with each note played.Check out full audio from night two, courtesy of taper Matt Moricle.All in all, Lettuce continues to push themselves in new directions, and it’s totally exciting to watch them grow into these new musical spaces. The band is on fire, and if these two nights at Brooklyn Bowl were any indication, their upcoming winter and spring tour dates should be must-see events. See their full schedule here.See below for setlists from both nights nights of Lettuce at Brooklyn Bowl, as well as a gallery courtesy of photographer Andrew Scott Blackstein.Lettuce | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 1/3/2017Set One: Blast Off, The Dump, Yakatori, Purple Cabbage, Go-Go (with Juicy tease), Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Slippin, Squadlive, Madison Square, Express Yourself, Remember The Children, The ForceEncore: Sounds Like A PartyLettuce | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 1/4/2017Set One: Mt. Crushmore (w/ Evil Wu tease), Salute, Fly, Suppit, Phyllis, Back In Effect, Does Your Mama Know, Ready To Live, Blaze, Lettsanity, Trillogy, Chief, By Any Shmeeans NecessaryEncore: Do It Like You Dolast_img read more

Listen To Phish’s Debut Version Of “Prince Caspian” From This Day In 1995

first_imgSummer tours are always the breeding ground for new Phish material, as the band typically takes a few weeks (or months, in 2016) off to work on new songs. We recently spotlighted two Phish favorites, “Waste” and “Character Zero,” that were debuted in June of 1996, but this Phishtory feature goes back one year further to a little tune called “Prince Caspian.”While “Caspian” would eventually sail his way onto the late 1996 album release Billy Breathes, the Narnia namesake had some trouble finding his footing in the earliest days. The slower song was a better fit for arena rock than Phish’s complex improvisation, though the band was able to stretch the tune out in later renditions. The first-ever version sounds similar, yet somewhat different from its current form. The false-ending and longer jam sections weren’t added until ’96.Of course, “Prince Caspian” took on a new life in summer of 2015, during Phish’s Magnaball Festival. It’s interesting how a twenty-year old song can take on such energy while still remaining in regular rotation.The debut show itself is some classic 1995 Phish, opening with a rare gospel cover called “Don’t You Want To Go?” that hasn’t been performed since the year of 1995. There’s some “Ha Ha Ha,” some “Runaway Jim,” a great “Tweezer -> Lifeboy” in the second half, and many more Phish gems. Fortunately, you can listen to the whole 6/8/95 show below, thanks to fromtheaquarium.Setlist: Phish at The Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT – 6/8/95Set 1: Don’t You Want To Go?, Ha Ha Ha > Runaway Jim > Guelah Papyrus, Mound, Fast Enough for You, Reba[1], Prince Caspian[2], Chalk Dust TortureSet 2: Simple > Rift > Free > Bouncing Around the Room > Tweezer -> Lifeboy > Poor Heart > JuliusEncore: Good Times Bad Times[1] No whistling.[2] Debut.Teases: Third Stone From the Sun tease in Runaway JimNotes: Runaway Jim contained Third Stone from the Sun teases. Reba did not have the whistling ending. This show marked the debut of Prince Caspian. This gig was originally scheduled for the outdoor Wolf Mountain Amphitheatre in Park City; due to a late spring snowstorm, the day before the show took place it was moved to the indoor Delta Center.Don’t miss Live For Live Music’s official Baker’s Dozen late night shows!last_img read more

Listen To Phish Lay Down A 27-Minute ‘Ghost’ Funk-Fest On This Day 20 Years Ago

first_imgWhile Phish has just kicked off their historic thirteen-night residency at Madison Square Garden, it’s still a joy to look back at their storied history. When Phish was on in 1997, they were on a whole different level. The band toured relentlessly during that era of their career, with their performance at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, constituting a show no one would soon forget. Their 7/23/97 itself is chock full of highlights, including one of the best “Julius” performances ever in the opening spot. The show also features an unusual “You Enjoy Myself” in the second set, that moved from a jam section reminiscent of “Scent of a Mule” into a bust out “Rocky Mountain Way” jam session, eventually concluding the set with “Chalk Dust Torture.”However, when fans talk about 7/23/97, it’s the “Ghost” that comes to mind. The 27-minute version really grooves through the many instrumental themes of Phish’s repertoire, gliding from porno funk to melodic to dark to feedback. It’s quite the testament to Phish’s ability to jam, as the whole thing flows cohesively through the different themes. This is some top-shelf Phish.Listen to the 27-minute version of “Ghost” below, courtesy of astavely56.You can also check out full audio from the show below, courtesy of fromtheaquarium, as well as the Phish.net setlist below.Setlist: Phish | Lakewood Amphitheatre | Atlanta, GA | 7/23/97Set 1: Julius, Dirt, NICU > Dogs Stole Things > Ginseng Sullivan, Water in the Sky, Limb By Limb, Split Open and Melt, Billy Breathes, PossumSet 2: Punch You In the Eye, Ghost > Sample in a Jar, You Enjoy Myself[1] -> Rocky Mountain Way Jam > Chalk Dust TortureEncore: FrankensteinNotes: Ghost included Spooky and On Your Way Down teases. YEM included a Jeopardy! theme tease, a very unusual SOAMule-like jam segment, and did not have a vocal jam. Chalk Dust included Rocky Mountain Way teases.last_img read more

German TV Pulls Roger Waters Concert Sponsorship Citing Antisemitism

first_imgGerman public broadcast corporation Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) recently announced that it will not sponsor former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ upcoming concert at Cologne, Germany’s Lanxess Arena on June 11th, 2018. WDR pulled its sponsorship of the Roger Waters concert following a public petition led by a German Jewish woman, Malca Goldstein-Wolf, that urged the local public broadcast network to “not to grant support with public money for…an antisemite” received 1,500 signatures.Before 2013, the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that fights against antisemitism in the United States, defended Waters, a leading figure in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, against accusations of anti-semitism. However, after the former Pink Floyd frontman, in an interview, compared Israel to Nazi Germany, the Anti-Defamation League changed its stance, stating that Waters’ “comments about Jews and Israel have gotten progressively worse over time. It started with anti-Israel invective, and has now morphed into conspiratorial anti-Semitism.”Tom Burhow, head of WDR took to social media to explain the broadcast company’s sponsorship pull, noting, “I tell you, since it’s important to me that you should know how important your feelings are to me: sponsorship of the concert is cancelled. Please regard my clear decision as a personal message of trustworthiness and understanding.”[H/T JTA; Photo: Chad Anderson]last_img read more