The travelling musical circus that is Dead & Company arrived at New York’s Citi Field last night, and they brought a special guest and some serious jams with them. As the band emerged to tune their instruments and settle in for the beginning of the first set, Donna Jean Godchaux emerged and took a spot on stage between Oteil Burbridge and John Mayer. After joining the band for the first time for an incredible, festival-closing performance at Bonnaroo, Deadheads wondered if they’d see Godchaux again, and it turns out she is a secret-weapon of sorts for when Dead & Company plays to larger audiences. Citi Field’s spacious capacity of 45,000 qualifies as huge, so when the band hit the first notes of a show-opening “Shakedown Street”, it was met with a huge roar and a wave of dancing fans.After the fun “Shakedown” opener, the band switched gears to powerful versions of “Jack Straw” and “Althea”. Mayer’s guitar prowess was on full display during this opening run, as he absolutely destroyed every opportunity he had to make his mark, soloing his way through all three songs like a true champion of improvisation and sending the crowd into a frenzy multiple times as a result.Watch Dead & Company rip through “Jack Straw,” below.“Loose Lucy” and the plodding “Ramble on Rose” were up next, giving the crowd a big sing-a-long moment with Bob Weir, who was in great spirits all night, as he passionately lead the band as they jammed throughout the evening. Perhaps the highlight of the first set, however, was a sultry, swampy take on “Sugaree”. Mayer has really made this song his own while playing with Dead & Company, as the song is an excellent fit for his vocal range, and the bluesy tune is perfect for his style of guitar playing. Set One came to a conclusion with the band’s second-ever performance of “Passenger” and a rockin’ “Casey Jones” that turned on the the heat towards the end, and left the crowd excited for the fireworks that were on-deck for set two. Before walking off stage, Bob Weir made sure to mention Headcount and their Participation Row initiative taking place on D&C tour, as Weir told the audience to find their desk inside the stadium to register to vote.Set two started with the spacey, floating opening of “Dark Star,” and the band turned in a relentless, wild version of the famous jam launchpad. The trio of Mayer, Burbridge, and organist Jeff Chimenti were incredible together, weaving through the song with excitement as they built it to a climax. Suddenly, the band was playing “Friend of the Devil”, and the intensity of “Dark Star” turned into a huge moment for fans to catch their breath and sing along with the band. It was good timing, as the legendary “Scarlet Begonias” -> “Fire On The Mountain” combo was up next, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The night’s energy reached a peak as the band transitioned between the two songs, and the band performed the duo of classics with passion. The band built “Fire” up and out of nowhere a thumping beat started, and it was time for “Drums” > “Space.” The famous percussive segment started out with a bumping beat, which eventually dissolved into a Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart-led musical freakout.Out of the wild “Space” segment, the percussive opening of “The Other One” could be heard breaking through the madness, and Weir then led the band through the intense tune.After a beautiful version of “Wharf Rat”, Dead & Company closed out the show with a band debut from the Dead’s catalog, Weir’s classic political rocker “Throwing Stones”. The song was met with jubilation, and the “ashes, ashes all fall down” lyric could be heard being howled into the sky by the huge crowd.Dead & Company returned to the stage for a two-song encore that perfectly showcased the band’s diverse style. As Mayer emerged from the backstage with an acoustic guitar and, to the delight of the hometown crowd, a Mets jersey, the band played the beloved ballad “Ripple” to open the encore. After a final sing-a-long moment, the band closed things out with an up-tempo version of “One More Saturday Night”, which wasn’t exactly a surprise, but still left fans dancing wildly, given one last opportunity to dance before the unforgettable night came to a close.Dead & Company return to Citi Field this evening to complete their two-night-run.Setlist: Dead & Company at Citi Field, New York, NY – 6/25/2016Set One: Shakedown Street, Jack Straw, Althea, Loose Lucy, Ramble On Rose, Sugaree, Passenger, Casey JonesSet Two: Dark Star -> Friend of the Devil, Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain, Drums -> Space -> The Other One, Wharf Rat, Throwing StonesEncore: Ripple, One More Saturday NightCheck out a full gallery of photos from Chad Anderson Photography, below. Load remaining images
LOCKN’ Festival is only a few hours away, and we are bursting with anticipation. In years past, the festival has announced special collaborations, like John Fogerty with Widespread Panic and The Doobie Brothers with String Cheese Incident, or last year’s incredible Mad Dog & The Englishmen set hosted by Tedeschi Trucks Band. This year, besides the special Phil Lesh & Friends lineups on Saturday and Sunday, no special collaborations have been been announced, leaving fans with tons of questions as the festival approaches. LOCKN’ is the home of collaborations, so one can only hope that we’ll get to see some of the amazing musicians from Phish, Ween, My Morning Jacket, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce and more let loose at LOCKN’ and sit in with some of their favorite artists. We’ve been dreaming up what could possibly happen for months, so take a look below, check out some of the possibilities we came up with, and get excited for the first night of LOCKN’ featuring Vulfpeck, Umphrey’s McGee, Ween, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.10. The Shady Horns with Chris Robinson BrotherhoodThe Shady Horns seem to be everywhere these days! A healthy touring schedule with Lettuce along with seemingly weekly side-gigs with other bands in need of an expert horn section keeps this duo on the road almost constantly. Everyone from Umphrey’s McGee to Phil Lesh & Friends and Gramatik have used The Shady Horns to augment their sound, and we would love nothing more than to see Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom sit in with Chris Robinson Brotherhood to add some smooth trumpet and saxophone action to the band’s soulful sound. We got a taste of this combination back in April at Fool’s Paradise, when The Shady Horns joined Chris Robinson for his “Soul Revue” set. Check out full audio from that set below, and get a taste of Chris Robinson with The Shady Horns.9. Charles Bradley with TurkuazTurkuaz have been slowly growing out of the New York music scene for years, honing their craft as they transformed themselves into the power funk masters that they are today. They have an ability to move between genres, moving from funk to soul to r&b and classic rock in one fell swoop. The exciting up-and-coming band is sure to impress when they hit the LOCKN’ stage early Friday afternoon, and, with the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” aka Charles Bradley on site for a set with his Extraordinaires later in the day, it would be awesome to see Charles Bradley get up there with the much younger Turkuaz and rip up a few soulful tunes. Bradley and Turkuaz both have infections energy, and a collaboration between the two acts would be ridiculously fun.8. Jake Cinninger with VulfpeckVulfpeck are capping off their huge breakthrough summer with two shows at this year’s LOCKN’ festival. Booked for both Friday and Saturday, the funky band from Michigan are sure to bring their brand of music and humor that their fans have come to expect from them. Vulfpeck plays right before Umphrey’s McGee on Friday, and a guest spot from fellow Michiganian, UM guitarist, and three time LOCKN’ veteran Jake Cinninger would hopefully make the Vulf feel right at home in Arrington, VA. Cinninger’s guitar prowess is unmatched, and adding his incredible technical skills to songs like “Welcome to Vulf Records” or “Smile Meditation” would make for an excellent start to the weekend.7. Gary Clark Jr. with Tedeschi Trucks BandWhat happens when guitar gods collide? We found out a few years ago when Gary Clark Jr. and Tedeschi Trucks Band played a show together in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre. Derek Trucks sat in with Clark’s band, Clark sat in with Tedeschi Trucks Band, and both guitarist took ripping solos that echoed into the night sky all night long. With both Clark and Tedeschi Trucks Band on site at LOCKN’ this weekend, we’re expecting a repeat performance that is sure to leave the guitar-loving LOCKN’ faithful with huge smiles on their faces.Watch this video below of Gary Clark Jr. sitting in with Tedeschi Trucks Band during “I Pity the Fool” from the Greek Theatre on 11/1/2014, courtesy of YouTube user blisstanger.6. Gene Ween with Umphrey’s McGeeLast year, before Gene Ween (aka Aaron Freeman) reunited with Ween, he played a set at Summer Camp Music Festival with a band called God Boner (aka Umphrey’s McGee). The set featured Freeman and UM playing Ween classics like “Spinal Meningitis” and “The Grobe”, as well as a spot on cover of “The Stranger” by Billy Joel (at the time, Ween was touring a “Gene Ween Does Billy Joel” project). With Umphrey’s hitting the LOCKN’ stage just before Ween on Thursday night, we would love to see Gener make another appearance with the progressive masters of Umphrey’s McGee.Watch video of the full Gene Ween & God Boner set from Summer Camp 2015 below, courtesy of YouTube user izeoftheworldphotos5. Mike Gordon with Joe Russo’s Almost DeadIn a sense, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead wouldn’t exist without Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Gordo toured with the experimental/indie Benevento/Russo Duo when Phish was broken up, which eventually led him to recruit Joe Russo and Marco Benevento to play with him and Trey Anastasio in the summer of 2006. The shows were part of a co-headlining tour with Phil Lesh & Friends, that would see The Duo open, then play as the backup band to Gordon and Anastasio, followed by two sets of Phil & Friends each night.Lesh was so impressed with Russo’s playing on the tour that he eventually invited Russo to play in his band, and later brought him along to join his new project with Bob Weir, the beloved but short-lived Furthur. Russo was so enamored with the Grateful Dead catalog during this time that he recruited fellow Bustle In Your Hedgerow bandmates Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz (also of Ween) and Scott Metzger, as well Tom Hamilton (his former band mate in American Babies) to start Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and the rest, as they say, is history.It would only make sense for Gordo to make an appearance with his old cohorts, some ten plus years after he dragged them into this this mess in the first place!Watch the Benevento / Russo Duo with Mike Gordon in Athens, GA on 4/27/2005 performing a 53-minute version of Phish’s “Foam”, courtesy of YouTube user alexsh. 4. Trey Anastasio with WeenTalk about dreams coming true. This collaboration would be a must-see moment for any hardcore fan of either band, as the worlds of Phish and Ween are finally colliding this weekend at LOCKN’. After covering Ween’s “Roses Are Free” since 1997, it’s well known that Phish, specifically Anastasio, are big fans of Ween, and it seems that the members of each band are friendly with each other, having both risen out of the off-center alternative rock scene in the 90’s. Anastasio even went out of his way to publicly ask Ween to reunite while on stage with Phish at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH last summer, and it seems the message got through to the band, as Ween reunited shortly after Trey’s request.It would be awesome to see Ween play tribute to Trey’s dedication by inviting him on stage to play “Roses Are Free” with his buddies Mickey and Aaron.Watch Phish play “Timber (Jerry)” > “Roses Are Free”, and hear Trey Anastasio ask Ween to reunite on stage (skip to 12:50 to see Anastasio’s request). Video courtesy of YouTube user Bobby Scharff.3. Jim James with Phil Lesh & FriendsJim James is such a dynamic performer, he would be a good fit as a guest with anyone. However, a guest spot with Phil Lesh & Friends on a Grateful Dead classic would be perfection at LOCKN’. The singer’s unique and emotional vocal delivery would make several Dead songs sound excellent. Can you imagine James belting out a soulful “Althea”, or a rockin’ “Scarlet Begonias”? We sure can. Perhaps the best option would be “I Know You Rider”, a song that My Morning Jacket has performed in the past, including a memorable guest appearance by Lesh’s Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir at the 2014 edition of MMJ’s One Big Holiday festival.If James saunters out to the front of the stage to take lead during saturday’s Phil Lesh & Friends set, expect fireworks. Jim James does not disappoint, and he gives his all each time he’s out on stage. Even though they are headliners, My Morning Jacket are almost underdogs at this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. A band that has always hovered the line between the jamband and indie genres, My Morning Jacket’s appearance at LOCKN’ should cement them firmly on the side of improvisational rock. We expect James and co. to embrace this fully, and an appearance by Jim James with Phil Lesh & Friends would fit that mold perfectly.Watch My Morning Jacket perform “I Know You Rider” with special guest Bob Weir at their One Big Holiday festival in 2014, courtesy of YouTube user Benjy Eisen.2. Derek Trucks with My Morning JacketWhen the daily lineups for LOCKN’ were released, I’m not going to lie, the Saturday pairing of My Morning Jacket and Tedeschi Trucks Band had me salivating. With all of the potential combinations of artists at LOCKN’ this year, the thought of Trucks, arguably the best guitar player on the planet, and My Morning Jacket, one of the best live modern rock bands, collaborating is almost too much to consider. Trucks’ unique slide guitar playing would sound even better surrounded by MMJ’s Southern Rock/American/Psychedelic vibe. An appearance by Derek Trucks with My Morning Jacket would be a true musical highlight, and well within the spirit of collaboration that LOCKN’ inspires.1. Phil Lesh with PhishThis is the mecca. If LOCKN’ organizers are truly trying to re-create the magic of last summer’s Fare Thee Well concerts, then they better make sure that Phil shows up ready to play on Sunday night. Lesh, who will be performing his second set of the weekend with his Friends earlier Sunday evening, would be a home run special guest with Phish and would create a truly unforgettable moment in the band and festival’s history. Lesh has only performed with Phish once, during a show at the Shoreline Amphitheater on 9/17/99.After last summer’s joyous shows in Chicago that found Grateful Dead fans embracing Trey Anastasio like never before, it would only seem fitting for Lesh to continue the “torch-passing” by sitting in with Phish at the Grateful Dead-leaning festival. This appearance would mark another unifying moment for Phish and Dead fans alike, and we hope it comes to fruition on Sunday night.Watch Phish and Phil Lesh cover “Cold Rain and Snow” on 9/17/1999 at Shoreline Amphitheater, courtesy of YouTube user tdunski.Who do you think will jam together this weekend at LOCKN’? Let us know who you’d like to see play together!
Come October 17th, funky wonders Vulfpeck will release their newest full-length LP, The Beautiful Game. With the band just wrapping up a four-night run through New York from Wednesday – Saturday, fans have been dying to know what music will be featured on the new LP. Today, that changes, as the band has released both the full tracklisting and an excerpt of liner notes from the new album.The band did play one new song – titled “Cory Wong” – from the new album during their SummerStage performance, but have been tight-lipped about everything else thusfar. They also said, on Saturday night, that their performance of “Conscious Club” would be the last time it was played as an instrumental in America, leading us to believe that the version that appears in the new tracklisting has a fresh set of lyrics. This wouldn’t be the first time that Vulfpeck added lyrics to one of their older songs, as “Christmas In L.A.” made its debut as an instrumental on the 2014 album Fugue State before being lyricized for the 2015 album Thrill Of The Arts.In all, the new album has ten songs, eight of which are completely unfamiliar. It’s interesting that the band chose not to play any of them during their Brooklyn Bowl run, but the reward will come when listening to these new songs through fresh ears. The liner notes also indicate a number of featured guests on the album.Check out the tracklisting and liners below, courtesy of the Vulfpeck. You can also find more about the album on the band’s Kickstarter page.You can see the liner notes for the album below:
Funk fans everywhere are still reeling in the unfortunate passing of keyboardist Bernie Worrell, best known for his work with both Talking Heads and Parliament Funkadelic. Worrell’s work is extremely influential to funk music, as his synthesizer playing remains some of the most groundbreaking work in the genre. Not to mention how instrumental P-Funk was in developing the funk genre itself.Considering P-Funk’s role in music history, it’s no surprise that the band is featured in a new Smithsonian exhibit. Unfortunately, however, the new exhibit mostly spotlights Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, all but leaving out the Wizard of Woo from the display. One fan started a Change.org petition to get that changed, as obviously Worrell’s contributions to P-Funk were crucial. Worrell’s widow has even offered to donate one of his outfits from the P-Funk era for inclusion.Bootsy Collins sent out a message to fans encouraging them to support the new petition. Check out his post below. You can access the Change.org petition here. Fans of Bernie Worrell should also check out this all-star tribute to him, taking place as a late night party after the new Bear Creek Bayou Festival in New Orleans, LA on October 1st.
Premiere funk band Lettuce washed up on the shores of the Dominican Republic, as the band joined their jam scene contemporaries at the 2016 edition of this glorious tropical event. It doesn’t get much better than great music on the beach, and Lettuce certainly delivered a memorable performance at Dominican Holidaze last December.Fortunately, the organizers of Holidaze have been sharing videos from the event. After premiereing “Sounds Like A Party” with us early last week, Dominican Holidaze and TourGigs have teamed up to share the latest installment – “Do It Like You Do.” With Nigel Hall crushing vocals, Lettuce sounds as fresh as ever on this Fly track.Check out “Do It Like You Do,” streaming in the video below.Like seeing Lettuce on the beach? Don’t miss their upcoming Fool’s Paradise event on March 31st and April 1st in St. Augustine, FL. Lettuce will be hosting bands like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.[Photo by Josh Timmermans]
Since their inception in 2009, Wisconsin’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades has made a name for themselves through hard work, constant touring, and a true knack at writing solid folk and bluegrass songs. With roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band is able to take the basic elements of both musical traditions and turn out some seriously high-energy and progressive string music. And that ability will be on full display when Horseshoes & Hand Grenades comes to New York City’s American Beauty on Friday, April 28th (purchase tickets here).Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Talk New Music, Life On The Road And MoreHaving shared the stage with (as well as following in the footsteps of) other folk, bluegrass, and Americana legends such as Merle Haggard, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades continues in the tradition of pickin’, toe-tappin’, as well as barley-laced ale and whiskey drinking. With three studio albums under their belt, and a fourth on its way, take a listen to tracks such as “Whiskey,” “Weary Bones,” or “Stuck On Your Mind,” and you will quickly realize the sheer energy that this band brings to their music, and subsequently, the live stage.If you are looking to get some good old foot stompin’ in, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is the move. Tickets for their American Beauty show in NYC are currently on sale, and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.– SHOW INFO –Band/s: Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesVenue: American Beauty – 251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001Date: Friday – April 28th, 2017Ages: 21+Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets: $10adv / $15dosEnter Below To Win A Pair Of Tickets!
Kung Fu Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates9.9.17 Great North Music & Arts Festival – Minot, ME9.14.17 Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY9.15.17 River Street Jazz Cafe – Plains, PA9.16.17 Wormtown Music Fest – Greenfield, MA9.28.17 Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo NY9.29.17 Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH9.30.17 Three Heads Brewery – Rochester, NY10.5.17 Jewel Night Club – Manchester, NH10.6.17 Electric Haze – Worchester, MA$10.7.17 Harvest Ball – Starks, ME10.11. & 12 Green Parrot -Key West, Fl10.13 & 14 Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL^10.15.17 Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL10.26.17 The Fox Theatre – Boulder%10.27-28 Be On Key – Denver10.29.17 Taos Mesa Brewery – Taos, NM10.31.17 Winstons – Ocean Beach, CA*11.1.17 Teragram Ballroom – LA, CA11.3.17 The Fillmore – San Fran*11.4.17 Jam Cellars Ballroom – Napa, CA*11.5.17 Bluebird Loft – Stateline, NV*11.6.17 Crazy Horse Saloon – Nevada City, CA11.7.17 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR*11.8.17 HiFi Music Hall – Eugene, OR*11.9.17 Neptune – Seattle, WA*11.10.17 The Domino Room – Bend, OR*12.2.17 Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center – Greenfield MA$ After Funk opening^ One set Kung Fu, one set Steely Dan%Jive Tribe opening*supporting The New Mastersounds The funk-fusion masters in Kung Fu have mastered the art high-caliber songwriting focused on danceable grooves. This year, the band has been hard at work in their funk dojo, practicing their musical martial arts and working on some new original material to deliver to the masses. What has come out of those sessions is a collection of singles in a series dubbed Ninja Cuts. In lieu of releasing a proper album, the band will release random singles via the Ninja Cuts series throughout the remainder of 2017. Ninja Cuts is set to provide fresh, exciting original music to the scene in small but powerful doses, and its tracks are action-packed funk-fusion at its finest.Watch Roosevelt Collier Lead Members Of Snarky Puppy, Dopapod, & Kung Fu At Brooklyn Comes AliveThe the first Ninja Cut in the series, “Sfvendago,” was released back in July. Today, Kung Fu offers the second installment in the series with the official release of “Scorpion.” Recorded at The Boatyard in Cromwell, Connecticut, the track was written originally by Beau Sasser and showcases the band at its finest. “Scorpion” is characterized by catchy and deep classic funk stylings, tight grooves, and stellar horn features. As noted by guitarist and vocalist Tim Palmieri, “Scorpion is the first original tune by Beau Sasser and the introduction of that slow, deep funk Kung Fu needed.”You can check out the song via Spotify and an official music video by MKDevo below, as well as the group’s upcoming tour dates.
Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band played their first of three nights at the Orpheum Theater in Boston for their final run of 2017 with the North Mississippi Allstars as the opening support. The husband-and-wife led their 12 piece ensemble through a wicked mix of originals and covers for their headlining set, welcoming special guest guitarist Luther Dickinson toward the end of the set. After Tedeschi Trucks Band wowed their audience with an “Angel From Montgomery” into “Sugaree” jam, the North Mississippi Allstars guitarist/vocalist joined the fun for three choice numbers. Starting with “Leaving Trunk” by Sleepy John Estes, the blues continued with a cover of Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”.With Dickinson’s roots planted deep in southern blues, as the son of the late great Jim Dickinson, the pair of guitarists proved once again the connection between their family heritages. Dickinson stuck around for an 11+ minute version of “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” by the Allman Brothers Band, a group that distinctly connects Dickinson and Trucks beyond musicality. With Dickinson a former partner of the late Butch Trucks on his Allman Brothers-inspired camp Roots Rock Revival in upstate New York, and Derek’s bloodline to the band, the song choice felt especially meaningful for the evening.Check out fan-shot footage of the Allman Brothers collaboration below, as well as other highlights from the evening, courtesy of Jamey Klein:Rollin and TumblinDo I Look WorriedMade Up My MindBall and ChainAngel From Montgomery > SugareePart Of Me, Laugh About ItTedeschi Trucks Band will pick back up again tonight and tomorrow as their final shows of 2017.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 11/30/17Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Hambone Willie Newbern), Do I Look Worried, Made Up My Mind, Anyday (Derek and the Dominos), Ball and Chain, Don’t Know What It Means, Let Me Get By, Angel From Montgomery (John Prine) > Sugaree (Jerry Garcia), Leaving Trunk (Sleepy John Estes)*, Volunteered Slavery (Rahsaan Roland Kirk)*, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (Allman Brothers Band)*, How Blue Can You Get? (Johny Moore’s Three Blazers)E: Part Of Me, Laugh About It* w/ Luther Dickinson
On June 1st and 2nd, Purple Hatter’s Ball will return once again to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, Florida, for the eleventh straight year benefitting the Rachel Morningstar Foundation. Since the announcement of the festival’s lineup in March, fans have eagerly been awaiting this latest edition of Purple Hatter’s Ball, which features sets by Lettuce, Spafford, Breaking Biscuits, Toubab Krewe, The Heavy Pets, Roosevelt Collier Trio, Southern Avenue, and more. However, music is not the only thing that draws fans to the Suwannee for Purple Hatter’s Ball, as the festival has an extensive and diverse listing of yoga, healing arts, and other activities scheduled across the weekend.Today, the festival has announced the full schedule for its Yoga and Arts Village. On Friday, Purple Hatter’s Ball will host Vinyasa yoga flow, zen chakra purification, beginner’s hula hoop, intro to buugeng, and Kirtan. At nighttime, bring your instruments and collaborate with Aupaya and the Magick Solar Suitcases! Anyone can do it. Play an instrument, grab the mic, spit a rhyme, learn how to loop and scratch, or plug into the Suitcases. If you don’t want to play, be a part of the mix by asking any question in the world, which becomes the basis for the next original song. The only guarantee is weirdness. Step up to the plate and learn how easy it is to make a live electronic song on the spot without a laptop!Saturday will see workshops on Exploring Feminity through Movement, Permaculture, and the Law of Attraction, plus a number of yoga, meditation, and acro yoga classes. Following the permaculture class, where you will learn about organic farming and germinating seeds, Toubab Krewe will be raffling off one of their custom seed boxes containing eight vegetable varieties and a download of their new album, Stylo. Finally, before fans pack up and drive home, Purple Hatter’s Ball will host “Transcendence Sound Healing” and “Stretching and Creative Movement” on Sunday morning, June 3rd.You can check out the full schedule of activities and sessions at Purple Hatter’s Ball’s Yoga and Arts Village below, plus head here to see the full schedule of music happening this weekend at Spirit of Suwannee Park. Tickets for the music and camping festival are on-sale now and can be purchased on the event’s website here.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the world-famous Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course from Thursday, April 25th through Sunday, the 28th, and Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th. That’s right, both weekends will start on a Thursday and end on a Sunday, alleviating some of the crowded atmospheres that the first weekend is traditionally known for.Event organizers rolled out the lineup at a press conference this afternoon, which was kicked off by performances from Jazz Fest veterans—Germaine Bazzle, Ellis Marsalis, James Rivers, Little Freddie King, Johnny Vidacovich, George French and more, followed by speeches from event organizers, the foundation, the city’s Mayor Cantrell, Vice President of Shell, and more.On the second Thursday, May 2nd, The Rolling Stones will headline the event. There will be a separate ticket for the second Thursday event that will be limited to a comfortable amount. Tickets for the Rolling Stones day go on sale to Louisiana residents on Thursday at 9 am at the Superdome, then to the general public on Friday.The rest of the lineup will feature Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Santana, Pitbull, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles, Gladys Knight, John Fogerty, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Tank and the Bangas, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Gary Clark Jr., Irma Thomas, Doobie Brothers, The O’Jays, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, The Head and The Heart, Jimmy Cliff, Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute, Boz Scaggs, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rebirth Brass Band, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Big Freedia, Kamasi Washington, Rita Coolidge, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Better Than Ezra, Lauren Daigle, Dumpstaphunk, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues BAnd, Ani DiFranco, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Gregory Porter, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Shirley Caesar, The Radiators, The Robert Cray BAnd, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, North Mississippi Allstars, The subdudes, The Mavericks, Anders Osborne, Little Feat, Samantha Fish, Naturally 7, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kermir Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Sweet Crude, Boyfriend, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rance Allen Group, Sonny Landreth, Cyril Nevill’s Swamp Funk, Bonerama, Foundation of Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Bobby Jones & The Nashville Super Choir, Little Freddie King, The Soul Rebels, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and hundreds more.During the press conference, they also announced that there will be over 20 tributes to the city’s ancestors, including legends like Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Aretha Franklin, Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Mahalia Jackson, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, and more.All ticketing information, as well as daily lineups, for the 2019 Jazz Fest can be found via the festival’s website.