Since being a finalist on The Voice, Michigan singer/songwriter Joshua Davis hadn’t had much time for his own music. While he relished the opportunity for national exposure, Davis is now back at doing what he does best; creating. Davis just recently announced the release of a 7″ single with the new song “Always Going To Be Here,” backed by the B-side “Let Me In.”Davis spoke about the process transitioning from contestant to songwriter, saying, “After The Voice, it was such a joy to record again on my own terms. It was a joyful, fluid, organic process and I hope that comes through on the tracks.” He continued, saying “I wanted to release these songs on vinyl because it’s what we listen to at home… Records force us to be more thoughtful about our music. You can’t just hit shuffle and go on cleaning the house, you’ve got to give it its own space… These are love songs. They’re all heart. I wanted the production to be stripped down and allow that to shine through. I’m honored to be able to play and record with some of best musicians and people in the world. They make it easy.”Check out a promotional video made for the release below:
One of the biggest musical takeaways from last year’s Fare Thee Well celebration of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary wasn’t from the Grateful Dead at all, but the soundtrack that played between sets at each of the five performances. Headed up by Neal Casal and a band that he assembled for the project, Circles Around The Sun, the new music was so in demand that it was eventually made into an official release.Back when we interviewed Casal about the project last year, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Hard Working Americans guitarist was skeptical that the band would ever perform live. “I don’t really know how it would translate,” said Casal. “It’s everyone’s favorite background music at the moment, but if you brought that music to the foreground and actually shined a spotlight on it, I don’t know what it would be. I don’t know what kind of show it would make. I don’t know if audiences are really ready to hear a number of twenty minute instrumental songs.”Fortunately, audiences at Lockn’ Festival were indeed ready for the experience, and fans flocked to the somewhat-hidden The Woods stage for the band’s debut, a full year and change after their music played at Fare Thee Well. The combination of the psychedelic music and well-manuevered lighting created an all-around breathtaking experience for everyone in attendance.The band, composed of Casal, bassist Dan Horne, drummer Mark Levy, and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, navigated through a selection of their original compositions for the two-hour-long set. As fans found their way over from Phish’s headlining set, the live debut of Circles Around The Sun entranced Lockn’ attendees in a mystical musical world.Watch two clips from the set below, courtesy of CFinn816 and Tom Kunath on YouTube. Let’s hope this band plays more live shows in the future, as this music is too good not to be heard in the live setting. You can spin the full Circles album below.
Fiyawerx and Winter Circle Productions have announced an absolutely insane double-bill that will bring some of the biggest names in funk to New Orleans on Halloween weekend. Billed as “Monsters of Funk”, the Joy Theater will host an almost-too-good-to-be-true supergroup featuring Bernard Purdie, Oteil Burbridge, Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band horns. The Motet round out this impressive lineup, bringing their awesome “Mixtape 1979” set to the funky occasion.Expect a night filled with fun covers, unique collaborations , and a whole lot of horns. The “Monsters of Funk” show will take the stage at the Joy on Saturday, October 29th, and you can purchase tickets at this link.
Get your dancing shoes ready, because Kind Grass 2 is coming in hot! Taking place on Friday, November 4th at the Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH, the one-day festival is packed to the brim with top-notch artists from the folk/bluegrass scene.The fine folks at Woodlands Productions have put together a great lineup, with Rumpke Mountain Boys headlining the night. The Larry Keel Experience, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Kitchen Dwellers, and Cowboy Hillbilly Hippie Folk are all performing as well, providing some groovy bluegrass music from cover to cover. With two stages and music running from 6pm through 2am, there’s nothing stopping you from coming out and getting down! Not only that, but the festival will be offering $3 pints of SweetWater 420 all night long.Tickets for the event are on sale now, and you can find them here. The full lineup can be seen below.
Progressive jam experts Umphrey’s McGee continued their winter tour last night, delivering another classic performance at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA. The show featured Umphrey’s at the top of their game, with a number of interesting transitions, big moments of improvisation, epic covers, and two sets filled with some of the best songs from their extended catalog.To start set one, Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss emerged with acoustic guitars strapped on, to the delight of the entire audience. They kicked the show off with a quick take on the Reel To Real soundtrack’s lead single, “Gone For Good”, before they started up “Where Is My Mind” by the Pixies. “Great American” came next, with its beautiful jazz fusion vibes acting as the perfect launchpad for improvisation. The band took their chance, stretching the song out before landing on “The Pequod”, a rarity that only gets busted out a few times each year. The band eventually transitioned back into the end of “Great American”, bringing the surprise acoustic segment to a close.Umphrey’s then turned the energy up with perfection as they launched into the progressive rocker “Wappy Sprayberry”. “Wappy” is one of Umphrey’s biggest songs, as they constantly deliver impressive versions of the multi-sectional jam vehicle. This version was no different, moving in a few different directions before the band kicked into another progressive favorite, “Believe The Lie”. The set then ended with an impressive run from the dance-happy “Nothing Too Fancy” into the fan-favorite “Syncopated Strangers”, which eventually transformed into into the instrumental throwdown of “Dump City”.Set two started with another huge favorite in “2×2”. One of the band’s best and most complex songs, Umphrey’s split the song into two parts, with the final portion of “Syncopated Strangers” showing up in the middle of the song. After the impressive set two opening segment, Umphrey’s started up another old favorite in the anthemic “August”. “Robot World” followed, eventually moving into “Resolution” and then finally “Bad Poker”. To close out the set, the band started up the intro to their beloved “Divisions”, but that turned out to be a fake-out, as Umphrey’s ended up performing a huge version of “All In Time”.For the encore, the band dug deep into their catalog of covers, busting out “Miss Gradenko” by The Police for the first time since 2013, a gap of 341 shows. After running through the cover, the band leaped at the chance for some more improv, building towards an impressive peak that eventually turned into the final segment of “Nothing Too Fancy”, certainly a high energy way to end this fantastic night of music.See below for a full setlist from the evening. Also, you’ll find a clip of “Robot World”, courtesy of 215Music‘s YouTube channel. Umphrey’s McGee continues their tour this Thursday with a show at the College Street Music Hall, where they’ll be joined by Joshua Redman and opening act Spafford. Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Penn’s Peak | Jim Thorpe, PA | 1/22/2017Set One: Gone For Good^, Where Is My Mind^@, Great American^ -> The Pequod^ -> Great American^, Wappy Sprayberry -> Believe The Lie, Nothing Too Fancy -> Syncopated Strangers -> Dump CitySet Two: 2×2 -> Syncopated Strangers -> 2×2, August, Robot World -> Resolution -> Bad Poker, All In Time*Encore: Miss Gradenko# -> Nothing Too Fancy^ with Brendan and Jake on acoustic [email protected] by the Pixies# by The Police*With “Divisions” fake-out intro
There are not many bands that are as hot as Greensky Bluegrass at this moment in time. The band from Kalamazoo, MI has taken the bluegrass and jam scenes by storm and have shown a knack for writing incredibly catchy songs, led by the smooth vocals of mandolinist Paul Hoffman.The group delivered yet another masterful performance this past Wednesday night at Philly’s Union Transfer. Full audio of the show has surfaced, thanks to taper Rich Stoler via Archive.org. Take a listen for yourself.Greensky Bluegrass Setlist – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA – 2/1/17Set 1: Dustbowl Overtures , Past My Prime, Broken Highways, Run or Die, Through the Trees * Atlantic City, Tied Down, Old Barns (1), Wings for Wheels (2), Kerosene (3)Set 2: No Idea (4), White Freightliner Blues, Hold On > Tarpology (trap door) > Could You Be Loved > Tarpology , “Dels our Friend”, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, Merely Avoiding , Hit Parade of Love, Casual Wednesday (5), Beauty of My Dreams, Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox (6)Encore: For Sure Uh Huh (7) Miss September*Written by Michael Bont on this date – 16 years ago.(1) for real. old barns.(2) dedicated to dennis(3) ‘let it grow’ tease(4) bruzza sings “we’ve been getting stoned all day”(5) with fruition(6) ‘1999’ teases(7) ‘miss september’ teaseThanks to Rich Stoler, and to Laura Hood-Hadsell for the setlist and song notations.
The intimate and bucolic 4 Peaks Music Festival will return to Bend, OR this summer, bringing great music and more from June 15th through the 18th. The festival has just revealed their initial lineup, with performances scheduled from moe., Railroad Earth and more!The great lineup continues with bands like The Infamous Stringdusters, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Matt Schofield, Sierra Hull and more! For more about the intimate vibes and great music that 4 Peaks Music Festival has to offer, check out our comprehensive gallery and review from last year.Check out the full lineup announcement below, and head to the festival’s website for details.
Hybrid tribute fusion band Pink Talking Fish settled into Nectar’s last night, playing the first of three shows at the famed Burlington, VT venue. For the occasion, Pink Talking Fish decided to keep fans in suspense for each night, not revealing the themes until they took to the stage. Night one was thusly revealed to be “PTF Is Bowie,” as the band worked songs by David Bowie into their familiar repertoire of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish.They also welcomed some special guests for the occasion, as singer Hayley Jane helped out on lead vocals for a handful of songs, and the band also featured saxophonist Matt Dolliver. Below, you can see a couple of videos from the night, including a duet on “Under Pressure” with Hayley Jane and keyboardist Richard James. That song segues into the Talking Heads’ hit “Take Me To The River,” and you can also see a video of “Life On Mars?” with Hayley Jane on vocals, below. Videos courtesy of Benny Tucker.“Under Pressure > Take Me To The River”“Life On Mars?”Setlist: Pink Talking Fish | Nectar’s | Burlington, VT | 3/2/17Set 1:Let’s Dance>Twist>Thank You For Sending Me An Angel*Money**>Golden Years>Gotta JibbooShine On You Crazy DiamondUnder Pressure***Take Me To The River***David BowieSet 2:When The Tigers Broke Free>Mike’s Song>Slippery People>Fame>Slippery PeopleWish You Were Here/Space Oddity Mashup>I Am Hydrogen>What A Day That WasLife On Mars**One Of These Days>Heroes>Weekapaug GrooveE: All The Young Dudes****w/ Runaway Jim tease**w/ Matt Dolliver on sax***w/ Hayley Jane on vocals
Chicago prog-jam favorites Mungion have announced their 2017 headlining Fall Tour schedule. The band will begin at the newly formed Globe Hall in Denver, CO, play dates throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio, with several stops in their home state of Illinois, before heading East to take on Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusets, finally concluding their run in Vermont. These dates are in addition to their already scheduled appearances at Night Lights Music Festival in Sherman, NY, the inaugural Canyon Jam at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellevue, CO, and Thornville, OH’s Resonance Music and Arts Festival.Mungion Showcases Tight Jamming On Ambitious Debut Album, ‘Scary Blankets’ [Listen]The 4-piece has been causing quite the stir since their inception in 2015, consistently selling out their hometown shows within a matter of hours. The band, which features Justin Reckamp (Guitar/Vocals), Joe Re (Keyboards/Vocals), Sean Carolan (Bass/Vocals) and Matt Kellen (Drums/Vocals). They have already toured with the likes of moe., Everyone Orchestra, Here Come The Mummies and Spafford, to name a few, and have played national festivals like Suwannee Hulaween and Summer Camp Music Festival.Tickets for all newly announced dates are on sale beginning today at 12 noon EST. For information on specific dates, head to the band’s website.You can get excited for Mungion’s fall tour with this incredible studio rendition of “Sloob Syndrome” from their debut album, Scary Blankets:See below for a full list of upcoming Mungion tour dates:Mungion Fall 2017 Tour Dates8/26 – Sherman, NY – Night Lights Music Festival9/7 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam @ The Mishawaka9/13 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown9/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews9/21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/28 – Stevens Point, WI – The Encore9/29 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder10/18 – Columbus, OH – Notes10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Octave10/20 – Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub10/21 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club10/27 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s11/4 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe11/8 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache11/9 – Ferndale, MI – Parliament Room at Otus Supply11/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop11/11 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club11/14 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works11/15 – New York, NY – American Beauty11/16 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall11/17 – Allston, MA – Great Scott11/18 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s[Cover photo via Aaron Bradley]
Vulfpeck recently wrapped up a sold-out European tour that followed three nights at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel. The band’s success is palpable, and continued over the weekend with their first of two performances at Austin City Limits. To kick off their week in Austin, the funk quartet performed two late night performances at Emo’s. Billed Vulfpeck w/ Joey Dosik, the fivesome took the opportunity to perform their newest single “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” from Vulfpeck’s upcoming seventh studio album, Mr. Finish Line.The original recording of “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” is a methodically soulful ballad sung by featured guest pianist/vocalist Charles Jones, though it was sung live by featured guest Joey Dosik who frequents with the band for their live performances. Even better, keyboardist Woody Goss stood up to perform the saxophone solo–a rarity–surprising fans beyond belief. Watch the live debut of “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” below, courtesy of Lefferson Jam:Watch the official music video for “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” below:The excellent new track marks the second to be released by the band since the announcement of Mr. Finish Line, following the cover of Mocky‘s “Birds of a Feather, We Rock Together” sung by Antwaun Stanley that they released a few weeks back. The band hasn’t indicated whether the singles will be included on the upcoming album. In the past, they have released several covers and singles that have not made it onto official LPs.Vulfpeck Shares First Track, New Music Video Featuring Antwaun StanleyAccording to the video the band released along with the album’s announcement, Mr. Finish Line will feature “10 Indi Bangers from the band that recorded Newsbeat,” a nod to their 2014 Fugue State tune. The album will feature a long list of contributors, including Stanley, Jones, Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik (who bandleader Jack Stratton recently revealed will be taking lead vocals for his first Vulf tune) and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong. These talented players will, as always augment the core Vulfpeck quartet (comprised of Stratton, Joe Dart, Woody Goss, and Theo Katzman).Vulfpeck has one more performance this Friday at Austin City Limits before concluding their scheduled shows for 2018.