Unknown Mortal Orchestra kicked in a funky contribution to the massive 59-track Day of the Dead tribute to the Grateful Dead, treating listeners to an off-the-wall rendition of 1978 hit “Shakedown Street.” The album version of the interpretation goes heavy on the disco element, using funky guitar rhythms and synthesizers to bring a new life to the old classic.Last night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra joined a growing list of bands who have taken their Day of the Dead tribute to network television, including The National’s version of “Morning Dew” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (watch) and Courtney Barnett’s “New Speedway Boogie” on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (watch). The group played their “Shakedown” cover on the most recent episode of Conan.Check out the band’s funky “Shakedown Street” below!
In addition to his new album, Damian also has announced that his 3rd Annual Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise is now sold out. The cruise, set to sail on November 14, 2016 features performances from Damian, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Steel Pulse, Sean Paul, Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and more. If you missed out this year, they’re already selling tickets for next year’s cruise on the event website. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has released the first single off his upcoming album, due out sometime this year through Republic Records. Details about the as of yet untitled new album, as well as plans for a tour will be announced in the coming weeks. The new tune, titled “Caution”, features an uptempo beat with a lush string part behind Marley’s signature patois-laden reggae/hip-hop vocals. You can check out the new song below:
The third night of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s annual run at the Beacon Theatre in NYC commenced last night, with the band laying down a blistering performance full of original music and classic covers. To sweeten the pot of a Tuesday night jam, Tedeschi Trucks had Traffic guitarist Dave Mason on as opening support, who delivered a fun set of Traffic and solo material. Notably absent from Mason’s set, however, was his classic song “Feelin’ Alright,” setting the stage for a seriously grand finale.After Tedeschi Trucks opened their encore with Ray Charles’ “Night Time Is The Right Time,” the band took a moment to welcome Dave Mason to the stage. Mason appeared with his full band, and the 16-piece ensemble (12 of TTB and the 4 of Dave Mason’s band) got the place grooving with the opening notes of “Feelin’ Alright.” Interestingly, the version performed felt more like the Joe Cocker cover than the original Traffic release, but the crowd was dancing and singing along emphatically to the full band collaboration.Considering TTB’s recent tribute to Cocker, the band was as tight as can be, and really laid it down for an electric performance. Fortunately there’s video of the whole jam streaming below, courtesy of michael caldwell.
The music world continues to mourn the loss of drummer Butch Trucks, a Southern rock legend who was a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. What the Allmans started has been picked up by bands like Widespread Panic, who have thoroughly embraced the legacy of jammed out blues rock.Yesterday, in honor of Trucks’ untimely death, Panic reached into their archives and pulled out a pro-shot video performing the song “Jessica.” The famed Allman Brothers instrumental tune was featured on the Allman Brothers’ album Brothers & Sisters, and still remains one of their most vibrant songs to date. This particular version features Panic’s collaboration with Chuck Leavell, who actually played on the Allman’s studio rendition of the song. Panic’s drummer is also Duane Trucks, nephew to Butch.The band shared the video with a short and simple note: “In memory, respect and love of Butch Trucks.” Watch this beautiful performance below, as shared by Widespread Panic.
Suwannee Hulaween just posted a short, video revealing their 2018 dates…and a massive hint that points to Jamiroquai as their 2018 headliners. Toward the end of the video, the band’s familiar silhouette symbol briefly appears in the frame, suggesting that Jamiroquai will be performing at the sixth annual event. Watch the video below:Didn’t catch it? Give it another run through, and keep your eye on the space next to the alligator tail toward the end of the clip…Famous for their hits “Virtual Insanity” and “Cosmic Girl”—and respected for their deeper cuts—the British funk and jazz heroes recently confirmed a show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA on April 17th. Aside from their Coachella headlining performances (April 13 & April 20), these performances will mark the first time the group has played their own show in the United States since November of 2005.About a year ago in the middle of January 2017, Jamiroquai announced their triumphant return after years outside the spotlight. In March of last year, the group released Automaton, a follow up to 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star marking the band’s eighth studio album. To complement their new album, the funk favorites embarked on a global tour in 2017, hitting Tokyo and Seoul in addition to major cities across Europe. However, North American cities were conspicuously left off of Jamiroquai’s 2017 comeback tour, leading many to hope that 2018 will see the group hitting the U.S.After Coachella announced that Jamiroquai would perform at the 2018 California music festival, rumors of more North American tour dates began to grow as promoters on the West Coast, as well as band members themselves, heavily hinted at more headlining dates to come. The tactic of posting photos of the city with the Jamiroquai symbol was used for the later-confirmed San Francisco date and is currently being used to count down to the official announcement of a performance in New York.[Video: JamiroquaiVEVO]
Moon Hooch recently announced the release of a new EP, Light It Up, due April 6th. Today, the innovative horn-and-drum trio have released a music video for the album’s first single, “Acid Mountain”. Moon Hooch is in the midst of a nine-date West Coast tour that extends through the remainder of the month with The Accidentals and Turkuaz on select dates. The tour includes stops at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Wonder Ballroom in Portland and a two-night tour closer at Nectar Lounge in Seattle.The band will head to Europe in April for an extensive run that includes performances in France, Norway, and the UK before heading back to North America for the summer festival season, highlighted by an appearance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July. With over 40 dates ahead of them, Moon Hooch will have the perfect setting to present their new music in its freshest form.Recorded at the bucolic and tranquil Gnomehaus just outside of Burlington, VT, during a rare extended break from their perpetual touring schedule, Moon Hooch’s Light It Up presents three songs that the band has been perfecting in their live show over an extended period of time. Known for their raucous dance party-inducing performances, it’s only fitting that Moon Hooch capture that same raw primal energy in the studio. Co-produced by Tonio Sagan (Carl Sagan’s grandson), Light It Up delivers an intense 10-minutes of music. The EP’s first single and video “Acid Mountain” is out today, with a supporting music video, which you can watch below:[Video: Moon Hooch]MOON HOOCH // Tour DatesMarch 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom ^March 24 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall ^March 25 – Reno, NV – The Saint ^March 27 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall ^^March 29 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^March 30 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge ^March 31 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge ^April 3 – Lille, FR – L’AeronefApril 4 – Nantes, FR – StereoluxApril 5 – Rouen, FR – Le 106April 6 – Cenon, FR – Le Rocher de PalmerApril 7 – Puteaux – Paris, FR – Festival Chorus des Hauts de SeineApril 8 – Rambouillet, FR – L’Usine a ChapeauxApril 12 – Saint-Jean-De-Vedas, FR – Victoire 2April 13 – Marseille, FR – Le MolotovApril 14 – Cully, CH – Cully Jazz FestivalApril 15 – Annecy, FR – La Brise GlaceApril 19 – Oslo, NO – National Jazz VenueApril 20 – Trondheim, NO – DokkhusetApril 21 – Bodo, NO – SinusApril 24 – Skien, NO – FolqueApril 26 – Bergen, NO – GarageApril 27 – Kristiansand, NO – VaktbuaApril 28 – Gjoevik, NO – KulturhusMay 4 – Stavanger, NO – Mai JazzMay 5 – London, UK – RoundhouseMay 6 – Bristol, UK – TheklaMay 18 – Asheville, NC – Highland Brewery *June 7 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam FestivalJune 14 – Hammonton, NJ – BeardfestJune 15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland BallroomJune 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf ClubJune 18 – Fargo, ND – The AquariumJune 24 – Rochester, NY – Rochester Jazz FestivalJune 25 – Rochester, NY – Rochester Jazz FestivalJuly 1 – Montreal, QC – Montreal International Jazz FestivalJuly 6 – Saint-Denis-de-Gastines, FR – Au Foin de la Rue FestivalJuly 10 – Rotterdam, NL – North Sea Round TownJuly 21 – Stuttgart, DE – Jazz Open FestivalAugust 10 – Croydon, NH – Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival^ w/ The Accidentals^^ w/ Turkuaz* w/ Moon TaxiView All Tour Dates
The Big Melt, a brand-new multi-band concert event, will take place on Saturday, April 13th at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. The exciting new venture will see a massive list of artists from bands such as The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, Brazilian Girls, Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Break Science, Ghost-Note, Pretty Lights Live Band and more come together to create several unique, exciting bands and lineups.The inaugural The Big Melt will see a massive edition of JEDI: Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised featuring renowned mandolinist Michael Kang and percussionist Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident, guitarist Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds/Maador! Soul Sounds, bassist Ashish Vyas of Thievery Corporation, and keyboardist Borahm Lee of Break Science and Pretty Lights Live Band, led by drummer Aaron Johnston of Brazilian Girls. The new, shape-shifting project taps a rotating cast of characters with fully improvised material that typically infuses elements of afrobeat, jazz, electronic music and more.Following a high-profile sold-out debut performance at Denver venue Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Dominic Lalli’s Bluebird Quintet will mount their second-ever performance at The Big Melt. In addition to Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), the band features Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band) on keys, Gabe Mervine of (formerly of The Motet) on trumpet, Hunter Roberts on bass, and Dru Heller filling the drum chair. Lalli spoke to Live For Live Music about the Bluebird Quintet back in December, explaining that “it’s more of a group playing experience, where everyone has their roles, but we’re all working together to create these moments throughout the set and throughout each piece of music. To try to embody the music but at the same time find your own voice within that framework, while on the spot, improvising.”Following a sold-out Jazz Fest late-night that went until dawn and a packed headlining performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince will make its Denver debut at The Big Melt. Headed up by Colorado favorite and Magic Beans keyboardist Casey Russell, this edition of the Purple Party will once again feature enigmatic bass hero and former Prince bassist, MonoNeon, as well as mega-talented drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar) and his partner in crime and fellow Ghost-Note member, percussionist Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy). Fellow local heroes Joey Porter, Ryan Jalbert, Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming of The Motet will round out the band alongside percussionist Will Trask (Great American Taxi) and vocalists Adryon de León (Orgone, Matador! Soul Sounds), Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia), Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze) and Ziek McCarter (Con Brio).Rounding out the lineup is an Eric Krasno & Friends set which will see frequent collaborator and Lettuce keyboardist/vocalist Nigel Hall, as well as Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar) and MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note) perform alongside the master guitarist, in addition to special guests Robert Randolph on pedal steel and Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) on sax. Krasno is keeping a few cards up his sleeve, with several unannounced guests on deck to round out what will surely be a very special performance.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.The Big Melt will also feature visuals by Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, best known for their 2018 appearances with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as well as at several psych/alt-rock festivals like Desert Daze. Get ready for one of “the most complex and detailed oil light shows on the planet,” a style of visual wizardry synonymous with the psychedelic San Francisco music scene in the late-60s and early-70s. There are a few more surprises in store for The Big Melt, so look out for updates as we get closer to the event.Tickets to The Big Melt go on sale on Friday, February 1st at 12:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. MT at this link. A limited, discounted pre-sale with $20 tickets will be running starting for 24-hours on Thursday at 12:00 PM EST / 10 AM MT using the code “CELEBRATE”. Event: Live For Live Music & Live Nation Present: The Big MeltDate: Saturday, April 13th, 2019Artists: Eric Krasno & Friends, Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince, Dominic Lalli’s Bluebird Quintet, and JEDI: Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised feat. members of String Cheese Incident, Thievery Corporation, Break Science & More.Venue: Fillmore Auditorium – 1510 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218Tickets: General Admission – $20 (limited quantity) / $25 (limited quantity) / $29.75 // Reserved Seats – $49.75 (Limited Quantity) // VIP: $100 — VIP Includes an exclusive show laminate, early entry to the venue, a show poster, access to the pre-show VIP party featuring food, cash bar, and a hang with some of The Big Melt artists, and a dedicated viewing area at the front of the stage.Time: Doors – 5:00 PM
While his music remained successful, James’ reckless lifestyle gradually ran his career off the tracks. He continued to write and collaborate on new music with various artists throughout the 80’s and 90’s (including Eddie Murphy, Smokey Robinson, and The Temptations), but his solo career fell off considerably as his lifelong drug addiction problems worsened. To make matters worse, he received a three-year prison sentence after being convicted of kidnapping and torturing two women under the influence of crack cocaine.In 2004, after years out of the spotlight, James once again became a cultural icon with the help of Dave Chappelle and Chappelle’s Show. In perhaps the most famous comedy sketch on the most famous sketch comedy show of all time, “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories”, Chappelle’s Show writer Charlie Murphy tells a series of stories about his precarious experiences partying with James in his coke-fueled heyday. In the sketch, Murphy’s telling of the stories is interspersed with commentary by Rick himself, as well as full dramatizations of the action starring Chappelle as James. The episode has remained a frequently quoted relic of the fantastic Chappelle’s Show long after the show went off the air in 2005. You can watch parts 1 and 2 of Charlie Murphy and Dave Chappelle’s Rick James saga below, courtesy of Comedy Central: Later that year, James succumbed to a life of drug and alcohol abuse, passing away at the age of 56 from heart failure. James’ legacy is undoubtedly a mixed bag, but his infectiously catchy music and hilarious rendering on Chappelle’s Show ensured that he is one star the world won’t soon forget. At the dawn of the 1980’s, there was virtually no bigger name in popular music than Rick James. In honor of James’s birthday today, we remember the singer-songwriter-guitarist-showman via his most enduring musical works and his most notable periods of cultural influence.James burst onto the scene in 1978 with the release of his debut album Come Get It! via Motown offshoot Gordy Records. The album would go on to sell more than two million copies, but it was his 1981 album Street Songs (featuring hits like “Give It To Me Baby” and “Super Freak”) that catapulted James—and his sexual-yet-silly brand of funk—into the global consciousness. Below, you can watch James’ put on a show in the music videos for “Super Freak” (Come Get It!, 1981) and “Hard To Get” (Throwin’ Down, 1982), respectively, courtesy of RickJamesVEVO:
On Friday, The String Cheese Incident officially released their latest single, “Bhangra Saanj”, from their SCI Sound Lab. The track was initially premiered on Thursday via YourEDM.The new instrumental song is a first-time studio collaboration between The String Cheese Incident and experimental electronic fusion group Beats Antique. The two bands have close ties, regularly playing the same festivals throughout the year. The two acts originally debuted the song live together at Suwannee Hulaween in 2017.Beats Antique is notorious for pulling different influences from West African, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European music, and it is evident that the trio added an extra helping of their characteristic flavor on “Bhangra Saanj”. Jason Hann and Michael Travis lay down “Bhangra Saanj’s” foundation with a full-throttle beat, which is lathered with twangy fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. As fans have seen more and more in recent times, SCI did not shy away from adding elements of electronic music and different synthesizer effects during their most recent Sound Lab session.The String Cheese Incident Michael Kang shared his insights on the new track with YourEDM, explaining,For a few years now, I would run into David and Tommy at some random festival and the conversation would always end up with us expressing a desire to get together to produce a track.SCI’s Jason Hann added,The percussion part is me playing the Punjabi Dhol drums along with Middle Eastern doumbek and other percussion textures while Tommy doubles the accents on snare drum. Then I took the track to the SCI guys back in our Colorado studio to zero in on their parts. It’s a really different flavor of a song and the Beats guys have developed their own signature style to play off of.Beats Antiques‘ Sidecar Tommy also noted,We had the unique opportunity to collaborate with SCI – one of the hardest working independent touring bands in my lifetime! This track has become a mainstay in our live sets and can’t wait to unleash it!Listen to The String Cheese Incident’s new song “Bhangra Saanj” featuring Beats Antique below:The String Cheese Incident & Beats Antique – “Bhangra Saanj” On Friday, The String Cheese Incident will begin a three-night run of shows at Las Vegas, NV’s Cosmopolitan. For ticketing and more information on the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to SCI’s website here.
Major media outlets are this weekend reporting that President Barack Obama has selected Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) professor Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, to head the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Department of Health and Human Services.The reports have not been confirmed by either the White House or Dr. Berwick.Were he to be named Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, would oversee much of the implementation of historic and highly controversial health care reform act just passed and signed into law by Obama.In addition to his Harvard appointments, Dr. Berwick is President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Cambridge-based organization dedicated to improving patient care and the functioning of the American health care system.Here is the New York Times report of the expected appointment.Dr. Berwick, who trained as a pediatrician, is a professor of health policy and management in the department of health policy and management at HSPH, is also a clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and is an associate in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston.The author of more than 130 journal articles on health care policy, quality improvement, technology assessment, and related subjects He was the first “Independent Member” of the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, and from 1999 to 2001 served as chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Dr. Berwick was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry in 1997 and 1998. Co-chaired by the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Labor, the Commission was charged with developing a broader understanding of the issues facing rapidly evolving healthcare delivery systems and to help build consensus on ways to assure and improve the quality of health care.A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Berwick is also a cum laude graduate of HMS, and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, from which he earned a master’s degree in public policy.