Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s self-described “fiery funk extravaganza,” is sprinting into their ninth year at full speed. With the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley backed by the group’s bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, and driving guitar and keys, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship, and pure feel-good fun. Plus, with their recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, Swift Technique is commanding national attention.PREMIERE: Swift Technique Defines Contemporary Funk With “Lucky Bump” Music VideoIn the last year, the nine-piece outfit’s unique blend of funk, soul, rock, and hip-hop, along with their relentless showmanship including more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. The band has already made waves with the release of their single “Lucky Bump” and the Soul Train-style music video that came along with it.Recently, the band also a second single, “Reason To Be,” off their latest studio effort. Says trombone player Ian Gray, “‘Reason To Be’ is an inspirational soul anthem with vocal performances that will surely uplift your spirit and put a smile on your face. Never getting too far from their roots, the tune also features the band’s signature tight horns and heavy funk-rock riffs. The message of this track can’t be denied and fits right alongside all the classic soul songs it draws influence from.”Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere the new video for Swift Technique’s “Reason To Be.” You can check out the video below. You can see a list of upcoming Swift Technique tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website. Plus, keep an eye out for Swift Technique’s upcoming New Year’s and 10th anniversary plans, which will be announced in coming weeks.Upcoming Swift Technique Performances:7/28 Camden, NJ – XPonential Music Fest8/12 Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse at FTC *8/26 Boston, MA Rocks – On Concert Cruise10/7 King of Prussia, PA – KOP BeerFest Royale* – with Lettuce
Vulfpeck has officially announced a new album Mr. Finish Line, due out November 7, 2017. The record is promised to include “10 Indi Bangers from the band that recorded Newsbeat,” a nod to their 2014 Fugue State. The video lists the following contributors: frequent vocal contributors Antwaun Stanley and 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, Game Winner keyboardist/vocalist Charles Jones, vocalist Theo Katzman, 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.Many of these names are familiar to the Vulfpeck catalogue, though a few names stand out as new and exciting. James Gadson, Bootsy Collins, Coco O., and Michael Bland are all first-time Vulf contributors, and will likely make the band’s 7th product their most ambitious release to date. Following last year’s The Beautiful Game, 2017’s Mr. Finish Line is finally taking shape after a huge year for the band. Last summer saw the quartet playing festivals nationwide, while this summer sees the group on an internationally sold-out tour. A band that thrives in their own continuous change, Vulfpeck has evolved to prove why they’re still a low-key, low-volume band in 2017. Watch the announcement trailer below, and pre-order your own copy today:Stratton recently sat down with interviewer Allegra Rosenberg for a “State of the Vulf Union” address, and discusses the progress the band has made over the past year or so, including their meteoric rise in popularity over recent months and how that affects their live show. While the pair discusses a number of topics, ranging from the more administrative, behind-the-scenes workings of Vulfpeck to the way the group approaches both live performances, collaborations, and the studio, one of the biggest takeaways from the interview is Stratton’s hints about what to expect from Vulfpeck’s upcoming studio effort due out in the fall. Watch the full interview below:
With its neon-clad marquee, the historic Kimo Theater in downtown Albuquerque is a sight to behold. From the street, the exterior is a blend of adobe architecture adorned with a Native American motif, ranging from faces to pictographs. The interior is even more ornate, and the theme follows throughout: each pillar and the walls and ceiling conjure feelings of entering a sacred, rather than performance, space.Hudson Supergroup Featuring Scofield, Medeski, And More Hitting The Road Behind New LP [Stream/Dates]With the approaching all hallows eve, this past Thursday saw a strange band of monsters creep into the Southwest—monsters of jazz that is. Among them were a spiritualist, invoking structure with magical sticks and skins, an upright man who had octopi for hands, and two mad scientists holding degrees in the fusion of electricity and discord—namely Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield. This conglomerate billed as Hudson presented an unexpected twist to a number of soundtrack tunes from the 60’s and 70’s on the final stop of their thirteen-city U.S. tour.The eight-song single set clocked in at about two hours and was composed of most of tracks on Hudson’s self-titled debut album, including Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow” and “Castles Made of Sand”, Bob Dylan’s” A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”, and the Joni Mitchell encore,” Woodstock”. Also included were the originals “Hudson”, “El Swing”, “Dirty Ground”, and “Tony Then Jack”. On paper, setlists have been standard, with only minor changes, such as the absence of The Band’s “Cripple Creek” on this night. As one would guess, being there each night was anything but standard. Hudson’s show was filled with those moments where the improvisation and changes would get so far out there that when the main theme or melody of the outset tune was referenced, many thought in reflection, “I completely forgot what song that was.”In speaking to one fan who had been with Hudson throughout October, he stated that “this final night was completely unlike any of the other shows [he] had seen on the tour”, and went on to explain that he felt that “the band probably omitted Cripple Creek so that they could further stretch out the rest of the tunes.” This aspect was reflected in the onstage setlists with “Cripple Creek” crossed out. When asking Medeski about the use of a standard set, he remarked, “By using an unchanging setlist, we are able to keep the focus on improvisation rather than making decisions on stage. Improvisation is what we came here to do.”The BandJack DeJohnetteBending place and space, this septuagenarian shaman showed that chronology is subjective as he swung, shuffled, and drove time throughout the evening, presenting patterns and angular dismay. This legend proves the theory that you are only as old as you allow yourself to be, handling the band’s vocals, both in song and backstories, while setting the measure and connecting visually and acoustically with the other members.Larry GrenadierWhether on bow, standing tall against his accoutrement, or slumped over the body of the wooden beast, this man’s ability for chord forms on the fly seems more mythical than mastery. His ability to shift between the simple and complex provided the audience with delight, as Grenadier’s subdued affect, except for the occasional devilish grin, kept the audience’s focus on his hands, where the number of his digits is still in question.John MedeskiSet atop his revolving pillar, Medeski revealed his prowess for the hypnotic and jarring on the Hammond, as well as skilled sublime power on the grand, with often a hand on both as he mixed his aural concoctions. His glimpses under stern brow across the stage to his fellow magicians reflected both his intent and madness. As leader and follower, this PhD of the psychedelic contributed to the invocation, in both singularity and the hive mind.John ScofieldThe bearded wizard began the set from his stooled perch, guitar in hand, as he watched the cohort open the benediction of the performance. When he finally descended, six-string staff in hand, unleashed were heads and improvised incantations that had the sorcerer under closed eyes, swaying with swirling alchemy, and mouthing the chant of notes his fingers were transcribing.When the lights finally came up, most who had arrived for the ceremony remained, their eyes widened and faces washed with expressions of altered states. Terms and phrases like “ridiculous, mesmerizing”, and “did that just happen?”, echoed throughout the auditorium as witnesses gathered in small groups recounting the performance. Using the term “supergroup” may be putting the experience lightly, but that stated, it is unsure that this formation may tour again in this capacity. For those lucky enough to see Hudson, this particular night gave a new meaning to New Mexico’s moniker The Land of Enchantment.Setlist: Hudson | The Kimo Theater | Albuquerque, NM | 10/26/17Set One: Wait Until Tomorrow, Hudson, El Swing, Castles Made of Sand, Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall, Dirty Ground, Tony Then JackEncore: Woodstock Hudson | The Kimo Theater | Albuquerque, NM | 10/26/17 | Photos by Jake Sudek Load remaining images
2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of a little British rock band you might have heard of by the name of Led Zeppelin. The band would go on to become one of the most popular acts of their era, and continue to influence new generations of artists to this day.When Led Zeppelin broke up on December 4th, 1980, it was a direct result of the tragic death of their remarkable drummer, John Bonham, though growing tensions between band members and their respective egos had been slowly building for years prior. The band’s living members (guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, and bassist/0rganist John Paul Jones) have continued to make music with various projects, but Led Zeppelin has remained largely dormant since then, aside from a handful of shows like Live Aid 1985, their ill-fated reunion show in 1988, and the one-off Celebration Day show at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2017 with the late Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham, filling in on drums.However, with the band’s 50th anniversary on the horizon, many fans have speculated about how they might acknowledge this meaningful milestone. Now, a new interview with Jimmy Page conducted by the Academy of Achievement has once again stoked the embers of speculation about LZ50. In the video interview, Page states, “There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard,” before adding that, “next year will be the 50th year, so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”The prospect of new, unreleased Zeppelin material for the band’s 50th anniversary is surely exciting. However, despite wide speculation by fans, recent statements from Plant have seemed to indicate that he does not plan to reunite with Page and company onstage to commemorate the anniversary. As he told he told The Daily Telegraph this past Fall, following the release of his new solo record, Carry Fire, “You can’t ever really go back It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.”So for now, fans can get excited for some new Zeppelin material to commemorate the band’s 50th, and keep their fingers crossed that a live reunion might still be in the cards. Never say never…Watch Jimmy Page’s full video interview with the Academy of Achievement below via the Academy of Achievement YouTube page:[h/t – Billboard]
On Sunday, August 27th, LOCKN’ Music Festival wrapped up with one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. Affectionately known as phil.moe, the Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh teamed with the jam band heavyweights of moe. for a special guest-filled set, that also featured a rotating cast of musicians including The Revivalists’ frontman David Shaw, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, and trumpeter Michael Girardot, as well as Grahame Lesh (Midnight North), vocalist Nicki Bluhm, and Grateful Dead guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir.The phil.moe set took on a special meaning that weekend because, ahead of LOCKN’, moe. had announced an indefinite hiatus, canceling their performances from August onward, save the special LOCKN’ set. The hiatus was spurred by moe.’s bassist, Rob Derhak, who at the time was seeking (successful!) treatment for oropharyngeal cancer. Though Derhak was sadly unable to make the LOCKN’ performance, the moe. bassist was there both in spirit and in the form of a tiny robot, which buzzed around on stage and ensured that Rob could be there on-stage for moe.’s collaboration with Phil Lesh on Sunday night. Appropriately nicknamed the “rob.ot,” the tiny robot had a picture of Derhak taped to it and was equipped with a camera, so Rob could stream the group’s emotionally charged set from the comfort of his home.The phil.moe set opened with the Grateful Dead classic “Box Of Rain”, kicking off the set in celebratory style. While the beginning of the number saw some technical difficulties with Lesh experiencing feedback problems, the song settled into itself, triumphantly marking the start of a truly special show. Today, Relix has released video of phil.moe’s take on “Box of Rain” at LOCKN’ 2017. The video was released in celebration of moe. and Phil Lesh’s recently announced, collaborative run at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California, from June 29th to July 1st, as part of moe.’s upcoming summer tour. You can check out the video for yourself below, and hear full audio of the phil.moe set here. [H/T JamBase]
Jerry Garcia would be turning 76 years old on August 1st. His birthday is more worthy of celebration than ever, so, on August 17th and 18th, the Jerry Garcia Birthday Band will get together for two nights in Vail. Following last year’s 75th birthday celebration at Red Rocks, the tradition will continue with longtime Jerry Garcia Band members Melvin Seals, Jacklyn LaBranch, and Gloria Jones with their musical co-conspirators and friends, Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic).Returning to under the stars in Colorado, the Jerry Garcia Birthday celebration will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, a spectacular outdoor venue with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. The special two-night birthday run also coincides with the annual Colorado Classic, a circuit race for elite cyclists.A limited number of two-day and single day tickets will be available via the Jerry Garcia Fan Ticketing page beginning at 8 a.m. MT on Monday, June 4th. An Enhanced Experience option, which includes a pre-show gathering, photo with members of the Garcia Family, and a limited-edition screen print by Status Serigraph, will also be available. General on-sale begins at 10 a.m. MT on Friday, June 8th, via AXS.com. For more information, head to the event’s website.
This coming Thursday, June 7th, 2018, the late, great Purple One himself, Prince, would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Now, a group of Prince fans in his native Minnesota is planning a three-day event to celebrate the tragically departed music legend’s birthday and to officially dedicate a mural and other new memorials.The three-day Prince birthday event is set to begin on Thursday in Henderson, MN, where various scenes from Prince’s iconic 1984 movie, Purple Rain, were filmed. Henderson resident Joel King is spearheading the celebration along with fellow fans from Maryland, New York, and elsewhere in Minnesota. King, in particular, has a personal connection to Prince and his legacy, having worked as a camera operator on Prince’s last film, Graffiti Bridge, and on some of Prince’s music videos.He also frequently works as a volunteer to show the many Prince-related sights in Henderson to visiting fans. As one of the event’s organizers, Cinzia Inzinna of Rochester, New York, explains to the Mankato Free Press, she initially visited Henderson with the intention of finding “places off the beaten path that were connected to Prince.” She found the “hidden gem” of a town and was particularly blown away by King’s enthusiasm. “You instantly feel the love he has for Prince,” Inzinna says of King.The free three-day Prince birthday gathering will feature Purple Rain location bus tours, a screening of Purple Rain, meet-and-greets with Prince’s family, dedications for a beautiful engraved stone memorial bench, and live music from over a dozen local acts. Portrait artist Moises Suriel has come from New York to paint a mural depicting Prince leaning on a “little red Corvette”on the wall of a downtown Henderson business. The town will also dedicate an honorary “Purple Rain Road,” complete with an official street sign. A stone bench and sign celebrating Prince have been placed nearby and also will be dedicated during the celebration. For a full itinerary of events, head here.The Prince Estate recently announced an upcoming symphony tribute project curated by Questlove, dubbed 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, which will tour throughout September and October of this year.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Today, Louder Than Life has announced its 2018 lineup, adding a third day to its rock-oriented lineup. The three-day festival, which takes place in Champions Park, in Louisville, Kentucky, calls itself the “World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival,” gaining the reputation from its expansive “Bourbon World” that samples spirits from a number of local Kentucky distilleries. For its fifth year, Louder Than Life is scheduled to return to Champions Park from September 28th to 30th.On Friday, headliners of the festival include Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, and Breaking Benjamin. Louder Than Life will also host performances from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Seether, Skillet, and more. On Saturday, September 29th, the festival will see sets from Godsmack, Bush, Sevendust, Gwar, and others. Closing the weekend out on Sunday, September 30th, the festival will offer its most accessible lineup of the weekend, with sets from Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Ice Cube, Primus, Billy Idol, Action Bronson, Clutch, Asking Alexandria, Yelawolf, The Sword, and more.You can snag tickets for Louder Than Life when they go on sale on June 8th via the festival’s website.
The Big Melt, the brand-new multi-band concert event at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO, has announced several exciting additions to their inaugural lineup featuring members The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, Brazilian Girls, Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Break Science, Ghost-Note, and Pretty Lights Live Band, among others. The new event has also revealed partnerships with celebrated non-profit organizations HeadCount and Conscious Alliance.Pedal-steel guitar legend Robert Randolph and hypnotic saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) will both join Eric Krasno & Friends at The Big Melt. Randolph and Benjamin will help round out Krasno’s previously-announced lineup of Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on keys, Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note) on drums, and MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note) on bass.Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince has also added Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze) and Ziek McCarter (Con Brio) to their impressive The Big Melt band lineup. The two dynamic vocalists will join the all-star band featuring Joey Porter, Lyle Divinsky, Ryan Jalbert, Drew Dayers & Parris Fleming of The Motet alongside Ghost-Note members Robert Sput Searight, MonoNeon, and Nate Werth. The band will also feature vocalists Adryon De Léon (Orgone, Matador! Soul Sounds) and Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia) as well as Magic Beans keyboardist and Purple Party Musical Director, Casey Russell.In addition, The New Mastersounds guitarist, Color Red Music label boss, and Denver music scene hero Eddie Roberts will join J.E.D.I.: Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised for their performance at The Big Melt. Roberts, who signed J.E.D.I. to his label earlier this year and recently released the band’s first single (featuring fellow Big Melt star Dominic Lalli) will add guitar to the band’s already-stacked lineup featuring Michael Kang and Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation), and Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live).The Big Melt has also announced the addition of a HeadCount-sponsored DJ Booth featuring the incredibly talented DJ and turntablist, Chris Karns. Karns, a crucial member of Pretty Lights Live Band, is a former World and USA Battle Champion at the DMC World DJ Championships, a three-time Redbull Thre3style Champion, and a finalist on VH1’s Master of the Mix. Karns will DJ at the HeadCount booth during set breaks on the main stage, as well as during the event’s VIP pre-party.In addition to the newly added artists, The Big Melt has announced that SIRIUSXM personality Ari Fink will be on hand to host and MC the event. As the Program Director and curator for SIRIUSXM’s Jam On and Pearl Jam Radio stations, Fink is one of the industry’s most influential taste-makers. He spearheaded the creation and execution of Phish and Dave Matthews Band‘s celebrated SIRIUSXM pop-up channels in 2018, and he constantly has his finger on the pulse of the live music community-at-large.Finally, The Big Melt will partner with Conscious Alliance, who will bring their ‘Art That Feeds’ food drive to The Fillmore Auditorium. They will be offering a limited-edition poster for The Big Melt in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned soups, pasta, canned fruits & vegetables, and more. Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low sodium, health-oriented, and organic.Tickets to The Big Melt are available via Live Nation. Tier 1 tickets are already sold out, and Tier 2 tickets are moving quickly. Prices will increase to Tier 3 pricing one week from today on Thursday, March 7th. Grab yours today!
On Saturday night, Mike Gordon returned to The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA for the third show of his four-night tour-closing run. Phish fans were in for a real treat when band member Trey Anastasio emerged for the second half of the two set show.Mike Gordon and his solo band kicked off their second set with “I Am Random” before welcoming up the night’s surprise guest. Anastasio joined in for MGB originals “Victim”, “Peel”, “Acid Man”, “Crazy Sometimes”, “How Many People Are You”, and covers of Jon Cleary‘s “Got To Be More Careful” and Flaming Lips‘ “Are You A Hypnotist?”. For the encore, Mike Gordon Band and Trey Anastasio performed an electric version of Aerosmith‘s “Sweet Emotion”.Check out some fan footage from the surprise collaborations below: Mike Gordon’s solo tour continues tonight, Sunday, March 24th, at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. For a full list of Mike Gordon’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: Mike Gordon | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA | 3/23/19Set I: Whirlwind, Equilibrium, Sleep To Dream -> My Favorite Mistake, Tropical Rocket, Noon To Noon, Angatta, Jam*, Sughn Never SetsSet II: I Am Random, Victim^ > Peel^, Got to Be More Careful^, Acid Man^ > Are You a Hypnotist?^, Crazy Sometimes^, How Many People Are You^Encore: Sweet Emotion^* with Mike and his daughter Tessa tossing out “I Am Random” pins to the crowd^ with Trey Anastasio