If you go to WFUV‘s website at www.wfuv.org right now you can listen to the Elvis Costello & The Roots show from last night at Brooklyn Bowl. The broadcasts starts at noon today. The “one night only” show was a celebration of the release of the collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, which was released today.As JamBase reports, “the two acts focused on material from Wise Up Ghost, but also threw in the occasional cover and some of Costello’s best-known songs. Vocalists La Marisoul and Diane Birch also guested at different points during the lengthy set. Exceptional fan-shot video of most of last night’s show has already surfaced thanks to Larry Rulz. Watch Elvis Costello and The Roots’ take on ‘Pump It Up’”:
Back for a 5th year in Thornville, Ohio, The Werks will be hosting their annual Werk Out Music and Arts Festival! This year’s production boasts a bevy of jam, psychedelic, and experimental rock bands, both new and old. Get ready to enjoy three nights of The Werks, and two sets each from the likes of Papadosio, Future Rock, Dopapod, ZOOGMA, and Zach Deputy. Other great highlights are performances from Emancipator, Phutureprimitive, Buku, Everyone Orchestra, and The Main Squeeze. In addition, three awesome tribute bands are on the bill: DJ no DJ (A live band tribute to Daft Punk), This Must Be The Band (A tribute to The Talking Heads), and a Tribute to Pink Floyd (with members of The Werks, Papadosio, and Dopapod).The festival, which takes place from August 7-9, recently announced a “Werking Man” competition, where judges will be evaluating various art installations at campsites, with winners taking home four VIP tickets to The Werk Out 2015. The festival’s current VIP packages include an “OG STATUS” laminate pass, access to a Chill Lounge with a private chef, access to VIP-only bathrooms and showers, exclusive viewing areas, exclusive performances, band meet & greets, and conveniently located campsites. Single-day tickets, weekend passes, and VIP passes are on sale here.Full Lineup:The Werks (3 Nights)Papadosio (2 Nights)EmancipatorCrizzlyFuture Rock (2 Nights)ZOOGMA (2 Nights)Dopapod (2 Nights) A Tribute to Pink FloydZach Deputy (2 Nights)Toubab KrewePhutureprimitiveEveryone OrchestraRumpke Mountain Boys (2 Nights)DJ noDJ (A Live Band Tribute to DAFT PUNK)This Must Be The Band (A Tribute to The TALKING HEADS)UV Hippo (2 Nights)Jahman Brahman (2 Nights)The Main SqueezeBukuAttak & CarmaThe MacpodzJaden Carlson BandIndigoSunSassafrazAliver HallBroccoli SamuraiSubterranean House BandHigher LearningElectric Orange PeelGlowstik WillyMojofloEminence EnsembleE.L.M.Thunder St. ClairDopeadellicHeady RuxpinThat Freak QuincyNessVlex & JeopardyTacticCulminationBMASSToadnuggzGet Weird Visit the official festival website for more information! Check out The Werks’ full set from Camp Barefoot 2012: Here’s a video of Papadosio‘s set from the 2013 Werk Out Festival:
Fiyafest happens on the 2nd Friday of JazzFest and raises funds for The Roots of Music and this year featured two stages and a special indoor VIP stage. After Fiyafest most attendees boarded the Creole Riverqueen for a thrilling sonic excursion down the MIssissippi River. Later, at the Publiq House, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress performed with Carly Myers and Karl Denson. Meanwhile, at Cafe Istanbul, Rising Appalachia performed an unannounced 2nd set due to the energy the crowd brought to the room. These enchantresses sing from the heart and can handle stringed instruments with finesse and grace. It’s always nice to hear a banjo if you can during JazzFest. Taking the stage at just before 4am was The Nth Power at The Maple Leaf. Playing until the venue made them stop, this is probably the newest and freshest band on the block; emitting songs that are expressions of who they are as people – it is a breath of fresh air from the bands that aim for a particular sound and don’t use the music as a vehicle for expression. “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music” at the Saenger Theatre was a star studded affair. The room has a ceiling that imitates the night sky, and the soldout crowd underneath it was filled with locals and cagey jazzfest veterans. It was a textbook PARTY throughout the entire event. The show began with NBC’s Brian Williams introducing announced special guest Bruce Springsteen who traded verses with Dr John during opener “Right Place, Wrong Time”. From there, Dr John left the stage and it was revolving door of guests paying tribute. Nearly every performance invoked full body goosebumps including Cyril Neville’s spirit stirring rendition of “Indian Red”, Allen Toussaint on “Life”, and John Fogerty pulling out the Gary U.S. Bonds song “New Orleans.”. Widespread Panic busted out of of Dr John’s funkiest songs, “Familiar Reality”, off of his album ‘Sun, Moon, & Herbs’ (an album that features Eric Clapton on slide guitar and Mick Jagger as a backup vocalist). The show closed with a special-guest packed rendition of the classic “Iko Iko,” popularized by Dr. John himself. Check it out: The Bear Creek All-Stars late night show at One Eyed Jacks on Wednesday night has become a can’t miss annual event. The lineup was bigger and better than ever this year, featuring Cyril Neville, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels, Ian Neville, Nigel Hall, Alecia Chakour & The Shady Horns. Though the lineup was epic, the sonic soundscape was a bit too muddy when backing guest vocalists, but the groove was never lost; so goes the territory of superjams. Ivan Neville and Cyril Neville trading vocal duties was a lot of fun. After opening day at the fairgrounds, Preservation Hall Jazz Band also held its first of seven ‘Midnight Preserves’ concerts, which raise money for The Preservation Hall Foundation. Not much has changed in the historic room that is Preservation Hall, the aesthetic combined with music in the midnight hour is a recipe for timelessness. The band performed songs from their recent release “That’s It!” as well as standards like “Go To The Mardi Gras” – even infusing it with call and response “We’re gonna jump / And shout / We’re gonna tear this mother out!” The days between Jazzfest weekends are also known as the “Daze Between” and rightfully so. A weekend at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can take a lot out of you, so a breather between weekends is welcome, but that doesn’t mean the great music stops! Monday Night saw the Blue Nile host its annual Frequinox gig. The crowd of mostly locals and those in it for the ‘long haul’ made for a fun environment; the room really began to boil during “Express Yourself” as dancing and smiles spread throughout the Blue Nile like wildfire. Before taking a setbreak, the Infamous Stringdusters were announced as the evening’s special guests and would perform a few songs by themselves, including “Sitting on Top of The World” – Hearing only stringed instruments and harmonies, un-amplified, inside the hall, was an acoustic treat. The two bands later performed together; the small room of about 100 people all hollered when Jeremy Garret’s fiddle went toe-to-toe squeal-for-squeal with 81 year old Charlie Gabriel’s clarinet. Afterward, the bands marched into the courtyard behind the hall and played for the moon and stars. Later, uptown, Galactic was just getting started at Tipitina’s, where they would play until sunrise. Check out this video of the band playing “Black Dog” at 2 AM, with guest vocalist Maggie Koerner. Thursday Night at the Maple Leaf was the trio of Johnny Vidacovich, Marco Benevento, and George Porter Jr. The three are all fully capable of backing up and taking the lead and the way they passed the spotlight around was a musical treat. They stormed through instrumental versions of sngs like “Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Fever”. Meanwhile, at the Royal Family Ball, Soulive played a set with Maceo Parker before new age funk stalwarts, Lettuce, took the stage dressed like they were auditioning for Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Though the crowd was too big for most clubs in New Orleans, it wasn’t quite big enough to fill up Mardi Gras World, so the sonics suffered a bit, but a crowd wanting to dance doesn’t have their good time dampened by things that are out of their control. The set swelled into an amazing hyper active “Chocolate City” which segued into “Busting Loose”, which Lettuce crushes. After a big day at the fairgrounds, complete with Phish’s first JazzFest appearance in nearly 20 years, Saturday night saw new New Orleans resident, Eric Benny Bloom, along with Wil Blades, Adam Deitch, and Eric Krasno throw down an impressive set of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder tunes. A swinging “Way You Make Me Feel” and a hard hitting “Billie Jean” were the highlights. Enough can’t be said for Eric Benny Bloom’s ability to front most of the vocal melodies through his trumpet making the room pop with the peaks of his solos. The high water mark of the first weekend took place at the Joy Theater, a great room for live music with a general admission floor and a seated balcony. The Word performed a two-set scorcher. The first set contained only instrumentals, including a great outing of “Ride Me High” by JJ Cale. Luther Dickinson would grab the room by the balls with a guitar solo before letting go and letting the room be washed away into the bliss of John Medeski’s organ or Robert Randolph’s pedal steel. Randolph pulled out all of his tricks, playing with the entire pedal steel rig resting behind his neck. The second set featured possibly the greatest washboard solo of all time from Cody Dickinson. It started with him sending the washboard through some cool effects before the star studded sit-in affair began. Randolph moved to the drums, Eric Krasno walked on stage guitar in hand, Luther Dickinson moved to the bass, Roosevelt Collier sat down at the pedal steel, and Nikki Glaspie sat down on keys next to Medeski. Eventually, Robert Randolph picked up a slide guitar behind Roosevelt and Cody moved back to the drums. On the final note of this super super jam, Cody Dickinson’s cymbal went flying off of his stand. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrated its 45th year in 2014. While the food and sonics of the fairgrounds are unparalleled, some argue that the truest light of JazzFest shines in the darkness of night. The following is a personal musical highlight reel of one man’s late night adventures over the course of 11 nights of JazzFest. The first Thursday, before the festival even began, played host to Stanton Moore Trio at The Blue Nile. Drummer Stanton Moore, flanked by Robert Walter and Will Bernard, thanked the crowd for finally making this annual jazzfest gig a soldout event. After DJ Kevvy Kev spun a perfect selection of tracks during setbreak, The trio reemerged and were joined for a few songs by Nigel Hall and Eric Krasno. From raucous rockers to soft heartfelt displays of emotion (see: Aaron Neville singing “Please Send Me Someone To Love”) this is one of the greatest concerts this writer has ever attended. When the DVD of this show comes out, buy it. Later, at dba, Roosevelt Collier held court for an all-night Jimi Hendrix tribute while The Whip cracked backbones at Blue Nile. At around 6am on the Blue Nile Stage, the band left and DJ Kevvy Kev started spinning while Adam Deitch hopped on Stanton Moore’s drum set and, like a junkie for the groove, put an extra punch in every track Kevvy kev put through the speakers. Uptown Wednesday night at Tipitina’s, Brownout paid tribute to Black Sabbath. Lead singer Alex Marrero channeled his inner Ozzy and Ronnie James Dio throughout the set. After a few songs he would change his guayabera shirts and pants color schemes before culminating with a jacket that had tassles hanging down from both arms. A few doors down at The Maison, DarkWave was performing. A sinister trio consisting of Skerik, John Medeski, and Adam Deitch, DarkWave was quite possibly the prize of the Daze-Between. Roosevelt Collier made an appearance on stage and around time for a typical setbreak, the band showed no signs of slowing down. Medeski faced some adversity in his organ’s sound completely failing at times, at its worst it prompted a great Skerik & Adam Deitch duel before Medeski’s organ came back online and skerik blew down the melody to “Acknowledgement” from John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. Some people in attendance were visibly moved and disturbed by the wild and psychotic grooves and melodies DarkWave emitted; overhearing people headed for the door, eyes wide, declaring “this is too fucking weird,” for this writer, is the ultimate sign that one is in the right place. It felt as though they would play all night but the show eventually had to end so Medeski could make a 4:30am flight. But not before Skerik gave all the props in the world to Medeski for persevering through playing a wounded organ and letting everyone know “There is no melodica in the darkness.” The Little Gem Saloon played host to The Fantastic Four featuring Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Robert Walter & The Shady Horns. After opening with Funk Inc’s “Kool Is Back” the band tore through rare grooves and dance numbers backed by the genius of Adam Deitch’s drumming, which fueled every project he played with all week to new heights. Words By: Scott T As the show ended, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe stormed the stage at Tipitina’s where an all night dance affair transpired; culminating with a beautifully nasty tribute to the music of Rick James. A funky send-off to a great 11 days of New Orleans music.
(Images by Benjamin Adams Photography) The North Mississippi Allstars are a bluesy, soulful rock ’n’ roll group that surely throws down with high-energy promoting talent and extraordinary improvisation. These folks came from a few miles Westward to Birmingham, AL on December 20th, delighting a filled Iron City venue.Lead guitarist Luther Dickinson features blues-infused riffs with his brother Cody Dickinson backing him on drums. This band of brothers were joined by Lightnin’ Malcolm (bass) and a female keyboardist as well. Interestingly, Luther Dickinson would switch between bass and guitar mid-song, in a continuous instrumental roundabout. This feature kept audience members engaged in the performance as the musicians displayed their instrumental flexibility.Memorable songs from the show included “Mississippi Bollweevil,” “Teasin’ Brown,” and “Shake,” songs that filled the air with buzzy guitar and complex rhythms. For a live showing, North Mississippi Allstars were a fun bunch to watch on stage as they brought tunes to life, getting people to dance along with them. Their command and deep respect for electrified blues makes the show much more enjoyable, as each clearly appreciates time on tour. Massive solos and tasteful noodling reference musicians that made the genre what it is today and the power displayed by the four truly remarkable.
Whether it’s actually real or not, the ‘sophomore slump’ is certainly a well-discussed trend in musical offerings. It’s that gap between a band’s stunning debut and its lackluster follow-up, and according to a new study, it’s very real.To start, the people at Concert Hotels pulled from the “100 Best Debut Albums of All Time” list that Rolling Stone released in 2013. They took the rating statistic for those albums, provided by Album Of The Year, and compared the scores of the debut and sophomore album for each listed. Now, this method may be a little biased, considering they started with the 100 Best Debut Albums list, but the results show that 66% of artists had a higher score on their first album than their second.There were some that increased, including The Talking Heads, Run DMC, and The Beastie Boys, but the majority of them did decrease in rating. You can view the results yourself with this interactive widget below:Click image to open interactive version (via Concert Hotels).
Fresh of his recent Grammy domination, British pop singer Sam Smith has revealed a string of US tour dates that span much of July and August. The dates focus mostly on the Midwest and Southern regions. Tickets go on sale February 27.Sam Smith Summer 2015 Tour Dates7/17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival7/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena7/20 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena7/21 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena7/23 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena7/24 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion7/26 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival7/27 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center/Cleveland State University7/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center7/30 – St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena8/4 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre8/5 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center8/7 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival8/8 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre8/11- San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center8/12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena8/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center8/15 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center8/17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Surprise! Members of funk act Lettuce will continue their NYC takeover with a pair of back-to-back shows at the Blue Note, serving as Nigel Hall’s backing band. Hall will be celebrating the release of his debut solo record, Ladies and Gentlemen…Nigel Hall, which dropped November 13 on Eric Krasno’s Feel Music Group. Purchase it here or stream it below.Lettuce is in particularly high spirits upon the release of their latest studio effort, Crush, and just wrapped up two outstanding performances at NYC’s PlayStation Theater. The packed house can attest to the fact that these guys are destroying the game harder than ever, constantly pushing boundaries and exploring new territory with their unique brand of psychedelic rage funk.Forming Like Voltron, Lettuce CRUSHES The Game [Album Review]Lettuce will join Nigel for the two shows at the Blue Note tonight, Monday, November 16, at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM.Get Tickets – 8:00 PMGet Tickets – 10:30 PMKeep the party going with Lettuce tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/17 at the premiere of the official Lettuce documentary, Let Us Play, a Live for Live Music production, at the Angelika Theater in NYC. Limited tickets remain for the 7:00 PM showing. Get them here.Ladies and Gentlemen…Nigel Hall:
The incident began about 4:30 p.m. when a Horseshoe Lake resident called to report a neighbor who was burning without a permit. Full Story: Horseshoe Lake man shoots Ashland firefighter Rodger Alley, a longtime member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department, was shot in the arm by Stanley Bjorkman, a resident of Horseshoe Lake. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where he was treated and released. ASHLAND, Neb. A Horseshoe Lake man shot and injured an Ashland firefighter and was shot by a State Patrol SWAT team after a two hour standoff on Wednesday. Injuries are non-life threatening, suspect shot by police after two-hour stand-off Horseshoe Lake is a residential area near Wildlife Safari Park and Interstate 80 in Cass County. Bjorkman, 58, was burning leaves in an open area at his home at 1091 Smitty Lane at the entrance to the peninsula at Horseshoe Lake. With winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour, Bjorkman’s neighbor, Doug Peters, called the Cass County Sheriff’s Department to report the fire. Peters is the public works director for the City of Ashland.
Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) recently announced a nationwide expansion of its Campus Voices project, an effort started last fall allowing college students to share their experiences and activities tracking the people and events of the 2008 presidential race. The institute has now expanded the project to serve as a place where students across the country can voice their opinions and report on the different ways young people are politically engaged and active on their campuses and in their states. The Web site also includes all the information students in any state would need to register and vote in November.The new general election version of the Campus Voices project now includes schools across the country, and students at Harvard and 18 other colleges and universities have already begun capturing perspectives on political engagement and the race for president on their campuses via their own original video, photographic, and written reports posted to http://www.campusvoices.org. The national effort recently kicked off at the Democratic and Republican national conventions, where Campus Voices students undertook engaging interviews — now available online — with dozens of elected officials, delegates, members of the media, campaign strategists, and young people active at both major political events.“After watching youth voter turnout double and triple in numerous states during this year’s primaries and caucuses, we know young people are already playing a big role in this election,” said IOP director and former mayor of Nashville, Tenn., Bill Purcell. “The Campus Voices project will amplify the young voter’s voice in the presidential campaign process and hopefully inspire even more students to participate in 2008.”The project is intended to provide a new venue for students to share information and to highlight how important courting younger voters will be to campaigns. In the past two national elections, younger voter turnout increased markedly, and Campus Voices is part of the institute’s effort to expand participation further. Approximately 10 million votes were cast in the 2006 midterm elections by 18- to-29-year-olds; this demographic group also cast slightly more votes than seniors aged 65 and older in the 2004 elections, according to exit polls.The initial Campus Voices project was created in collaboration with The New York Times in October 2007, when Harvard undergraduates traveled to New Hampshire to observe and follow the candidates, campaigns, and events of the 2008 New Hampshire Primary, then published their video and written dispatches and reports on the project’s Web site.
Sam Nunn, former Democratic senator from Georgia (1973-97), is well known as an eminence in the realm of U.S. security policy.But there was a time when he was just a young lawyer who had never been abroad — or even north of Washington. Just a few months out of law school, he was working as a staff attorney for the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. His boss asked him to fill in for him on a three-week tour of NATO bases in Europe.The timing was significant: October 1962, in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis — “the most dangerous moment in human history,” as it has since been called.The young Nunn got a top-secret daily security briefing during his travels, which took him, at one point, to Ramstein Air Base in Germany at the peak of the crisis. There he met with the U.S. Air Force four-star general who, sitting a few feet from an impressive array of communications equipment, told Nunn that if he received orders to deploy his nuclear-armed aircraft, he would have just seconds in which to respond — to get them up into the air before Soviet jets took them out on the ground.“That was my introduction to the possibility of nuclear war,” Nunn told a Harvard audience last week at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum of the Institute of Politics. “It made a huge impression on me, and I made a decision then that if I ever had an opportunity to help reduce the nuclear dangers and to raise the nuclear threshold, so that everybody would have more time before they undertook this kind of God-awful, almost planet-ending kind of military response and action, I would try to do it.”Nunn was at Harvard on Oct. 17 to deliver the first Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace. The lecture took the form of an interview by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and was followed by questions from the floor.Robert S. McNamara himself, secretary of defense from 1961 through 1968 and now 92 years old, was present at the lecture with his wife, Diana, and was given the honor of asking the first question from the floor: “Do you think it’s practical to organize an international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons within five years?”In January 2007 Nunn joined with William Perry, secretary of defense under President Clinton, and two former secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, to write an article published in The Wall Street Journal calling for “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons.” At last week’s Forum, Nunn acknowledged that this vision, put forth by a quartet that Allison called “four of the bluest chips in the national security business,” would take some time to achieve.“It won’t happen within five years,” Nunn said in response to McNamara’s question. “Right now we can’t see the top of the mountain. We’re going to have to get to the base camp.”Nunn has also been active in efforts to secure “loose nukes” through the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which he chairs with TV mogul Ted Turner.Among the other points Nunn made:The need to slow things down“We’ve got to get weapons off hair-trigger alert,” Nunn said. “We’ve got to work with Russia on warning time. It makes no sense for them to have only a few minutes to decide whether to fire all their nuclear weapons.” He also noted that over the past 10 years, Russia has dropped the “no first use” policy for nuclear weapons.The need to include RussiaNunn was sharply critical of the United States, Europe, and Russia for failing to devise a Euro-Atlantic security architecture that includes Russia. Noting that some analysts seem to believe that Russia needs to be isolated, Nunn commented, “Look at the map and see how you’re going to isolate Russia. That’s a joke.”Rethinking NATONATO needs to rethink itself, and bring its military and political sides back into sync, Nunn said. “We’re bogging down in Afghanistan.” Moreover, the possibility of admitting Georgia or Ukraine, or even Russia, to NATO raises numerous questions that haven’t been thought through, he said. “How are we going to defend Georgia? What about Ukraine?”After the collapse of the Soviet bloc, he said, “we used NATO to signal you’re accepted in the West.” Had the European Union, a nonmilitary organization, been used to send that signal, it “would have changed the psychology” of the region, Nunn said.Missile defenseNunn distinguished between missile defense, which he supports, and “star wars,” which he does not. He also noted that had the United States taken up the Russian offer to base part of its missile defense system on Russian soil, there would have been an opportunity for constructive diplomacy in other ways.He noted pointedly, “We haven’t seen what we paid Poland” to win its cooperation on the missile defense sites. If the United States has had to give Warsaw security assurances going beyond Article 5 of the Atlantic Charter, that suggests that NATO is losing credibility.Pakistan“Pakistan is probably the most dangerous country on the face of the earth,” Nunn said. Its archrival, India, is also nuclear-armed, and has an advantage in conventional weapons.