In December of 2014, beloved actor Bill Murray found himself in a crowded bar called the Three Muses on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, LA. The house band, led by trombonist Glen David Andrews, decided to treat Murray to a familiar tune, and busted out in a performance of “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., best known for its role as the movie’s theme song.While the story made the rounds at the time, it wasn’t until Andrews posted the video last night were we able to see how it went down. Thanks to a YouTube user only known by Daniel, we can watch Murray’s reaction as a NOLA brass group surprises him with the theme music. You can also see Jon Favreau sitting near Murray, enjoying the festivities.“It was one of the most exciting moments of my career, to be sitting next to Bill Murray with him smiling and them playing ‘Ghostbusters’ to him from like 10 feet away,” Favreau said in an interview with Mashable. “Then he leaned over to me and he was like, ‘You know, Jon, you really need a theme song.’ He really got a kick out of it.” What fun![H/T NOLA.com]
This Friday, funky rockers Smoke N Bones will take the stage at 30/90 Degrees in New Orleans, LA in celebration of their brand new album! Titled Amplify, the five piece crew continues to pick up new fans and put on exciting performances, even getting to play at the Bern Fest in support of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders earlier this year.Not only will the band play Amplify in its entirety at the show, but they’ll be joined by special guest Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce, Shady Horns) for some of the performance. Bloom is featured on the new release, as is trumpeter Mark Levron. With the sonic force of Amplify coming in hot, there’s no telling just how much fun this show will be!Check out some seriously funky promo for the show:Not only that, but the show is absolutely free! Just don’t forget to pick up a copy of Amplify while you’re there, to show your support for these funky up and comers. With four-part harmonies and creative original music, the sky’s the limit for Smoke N Bones. You can find out more about the show here.Smoke N Bones is:Mykia Jovan – VocalsBilly Franklin – Guitar, VocalsKyle “Astreaux” Cripps – Sax, KeyboardsDoug Dietrich – Bass, VocalsKyle “Shabram” Sharamitaro – Drums, Vocals
With a major summer tour kicking off in June, beloved parody artist Weird Al made his way to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to build up some anticipation. Weird Al’s Grammy-winning 2014 album, Mandatory Fun, featured some fantastic takes on hits like “Royals” by Lorde, “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and, of course, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke.Titled “Word Crimes,” Yankovic’s version of the song makes fun of common grammar mistakes in place of Thicke’s raunchy lyrics. Watch “Word Crimes” from last night’s episode, below:Weird Al’s Mandatory World tour kicks off on June 3rd, and the full dates can be seen here. You can also watch his Colbert interview, below.
Grateful Dead fans are sure to remember Dear Jerry, the all-star tribute to Jerry Garcia that featured all members of the Dead’s surviving Core Four and pretty much everyone else from the jam scene as well. The creators of Dear Jerry recently announced an official audio/video release for fans everywhere, and celebrated that announcement with a video of “Touch Of Grey” from the performance.Today, the Dear Jerry folks have returned with a new video. Ahead of the October 14th release is a new video of “Friend Of The Devil,” featuring Bob Weir and Grace Potter singing the Garcia & Hunter classic. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we can watch the emotional performance in the stream below.Says Potter of the performance, “The skeletal body of that song will never change, and the way that it makes you feel will never change, but you can play it a million different ways… We’re going to tweak it out a little bit, get a little weird.”For more on the new Dear Jerry release, head here. The full tracklisting can be seen below.Tracks:“The Wheel” / “Uncle John’s Band,” Phil Lesh & Communion“Shady Grove,” David Grisman“(I’m A) Road Runner,” Peter Frampton“Deal,” Buddy Miller“Sugaree,” Jorma Kaukonen“The Harder They Come,” Jimmy Cliff, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann“Fire On The Mountain,” Jimmy Cliff, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann“Help On The Way” /” Slipknot” / “Franklin’s Tower,” Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids“Scarlet Begonias” / “I Know You Rider,” The Disco Biscuits, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids“Loser,” moe.“St. Stephen,” O.A.R.“Bertha,” Los Lobos & Bob Weir“Brown-Eyed Women,” Trampled By Turtles“Shakedown Street,” Yonder Mountain String Band“Friend Of The Devil,” Bob Weir & Grace Potter“Tennessee Jed,” Eric Church“Morning Dew,” Widespread Panic“Touch of Grey,” Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann“Ripple,” Full Ensemble
On Friday night, during a late-night Resonance Fest performance at Legend Valley in Thorville, OH, progressive jam rockers Dopapod took on a special tribute to Pink Floyd for those in attendance. The set featured truly old-school tracks such as “Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict” from 1969’s Ummagumma, along with “Bike” from Piper At The Gates of Dawn (1967), and “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” from A Saucerful of Secrets (1968).Classics like “Echoes”, “Welcome To The Machine”, a set-closing “Run Like Hell” rounded out the performance nicely. The show also marked Dopapod’s first since reuniting with former drummer Neal “Fro” Evans, getting fans excited for future shows with the funky drummer ahead.Check out full audio of the performance, courtesy of taper Douglas Zupan:Dopapod is hitting the road hard next month with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The co-headline tour will feature full sets from both bands, covering most of the eastern half of the country. Check out the full schedule below. Tickets and show information can be found at both Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong‘s band websites.For fans of guitarist Rob Compa and keyboardist Eli Winderman, you can catch the Dopapod members play a very special set with Roosevelt Collier, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), and Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) at Brooklyn Comes Alive. The complete festival lineup features members of Dead & Co., String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and so many more. Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.Dopapod ‘Pink Floyd’ Setlist – Legend Valley – Thornville, OH – 9/23/16Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A PictEchoesBike >Young LustFearlessSet The Controls For The Heart Of The SunWelcome To The MachineSheep >Run Like Hell
It’s been a whirlwind year for the Jon Stickley Trio! On the tail of their 2015 fan funded and independent release, Lost at Last, the band has just released a brand new 5-song EP, Triangular, and a Kickstarter campaign to help them head back into Echo Mountain Recording Studios with Producer Dave King (Of The Bad Plus). King also produced Lost At Last last year.With the success of Lost At Last, it’s no surprise that the band is so excited to get their new music out to the people. Music from Lost At Last was played worldwide, and the band was able to perform at over 100 festivals and venues across the country in support of it. The group continues to find new followers, and with both the new Triangular album and the future unnamed project, the music will only propel them forward!Stickley and his band are eager to head into the studio in December to record this new full length album, but they need our help. The band launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday that will run through 11/11, with a fundraising goal of $28,000. The band says, “We’ve set our goal at $28,000, which is substantially less than what the realistic costs add up to, because we understand that this is a group effort, and we are a part of that group!”Anyone that donates $5 or more toward the new full length album will get one song from Triangular as an immediate download. The track is called “Blackburn Brothers” and it is a funky trio version of a tune Stickley originally wrote with his brother Jeff while down at the Carolina coast. It features expressive solos by Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett, syncing up with their signature, on point unison melody playing at the end. The song also highlights a danceable, somewhat-Latin drum beat.We’re excited to host the premiere of “Blackburn Brothers,” which you can stream below! You can also download the track with a $5 donation on the Kickstarter page, and download the full Triangular EP with a $10 donation.The full Kickstarter funds will go towards the recording, mixing, mastering, and pressing of the new album, as well as promotion in print and radio. Stickley says, “This was such a huge part of the success of Lost at Last and since we didn’t plan for it last time, we added it in this time around.” They’ve also budgeted in album art, photos and graphic designs that will all be a part of the new album as well.Don’t miss an opportunity to bring this album to life by showing your support! You can also catch the band on the road, with tour dates running throughout the end of 2016. For more information, you can head to the Trio’s website.Jon Stickley Trio On Tour 201610/14 Fri – PLC Land Jam – Carolina Theatre – Greensboro, NC*10/15-16 Sat-Sun – Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL10/17 Mon – Beaches Museum History Park Chapel – Jacksonville, Fl10/20 Thu – NC State Fair – Raleigh, NC10/21 Fri – House Concert – Durham, NC10/22 – Cat’s Cradle- Carrboro, NC11/2 Wed – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL11/3 Thu – The Ale & The Witch – St. Petersburg, FL11/4 Fri – Fogarty Community Media and Arts Center – Sarasota, FL11/5 Sat – Arts Garage – Delray Beach, FL11/9 Wed – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL11/10 Thu – Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL11/11 Fri – Point Ybel Brewing – Fort Myers, FL11/12 Sat – The Funky Buddha – Boca Raton, FL11/13 Sun – Fifth and Thomas Kitchen – Tallahassee, FL12/7 Wed – WDVX Tennessee Shines @ Boyd’s Jig & Reel – Knoxville, TN12/30 Fri – The National – Richmond, VA ^12/31 Sat – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC #* w. Ricky Skaggs^ w. The Infamous Stringdusters# w. The Honeycutters[Photo via Heather Hambor]
Tonight, The Disco Biscuits, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), and Michal Menert will join the party, along with second showings from Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, and Goldroom. Photos provided by Noble Visions.STS9 | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/2/2016Set: To The World >> Nautilus, Kabuki, New Dawn New Day, Itzamana, Click Lang Echo, We’ll Meet In Our Dreams, Golden Gate, Give & Take, From Now OnUmphrey’s McGee | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/2/2016Set One: Miss Tinkle’s, Cemetery Walk I, Ringo, Example 1, Wappy Sprayberry > Speak Up > Cemetery Walk IISet Two: Der Bluten Kat > Cut The Cable (OG) > Der Bluten Kat > I’m On Fire > Der Bluten Kat, In The Kitchen, Night Nurse > Bad Friday, The FloorEncore: I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Load remaining images The second day of Dominican Holidaze is now complete with a blazing success. The destination event, held at the Breathless & Now Onyx Resort in Punta Cana, makes sure to diversify their offerings with artist-led excursions and unique concert experiences across the board. If fans weren’t doing yoga on the beach or playing water basketball with The Floozies, they were probably enjoying a poolside set from Goldroom.As the sun went down, STS9 kicked things off on the beach stage, followed by funk veterans Lettuce, psychedelic jammers Lotus, hard-rocking Umphrey’s McGee, with a late night set from Manic Focus.
With only a handful of Ween dates announced for 2017, Mickey Melchiondo Jr. is kicking off the New Year with ten dates with his solo band, which is to feature a rotating cast of characters. In support of his recent release The Deaner Album, The Dean Ween Group will hit Boston, Providence, Brooklyn, New Haven, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and Dallas between January 17 and February 4th. Tickets can be purchased here.Get psyched for their tour with a good listen of The Deaner Album:
On Valentine’s Day, Syracuse-based hip-hop band Sophistafunk released Real Vibration, their newest collection of material, featuring seven high-quality cuts as well as their seven corresponding instrumentals. The trio, made up of keyboardist/bassist Adam Gold, drummer Emanuel Washington, and MC Jack Brown, have made a name for themselves in a live music scene that appreciates–though often doesn’t heavily feature–hip-hop by taking an eclectic approach to their music. Explains Brown, “Our style blends funk, soul, and jam music with East Coast hip-hop flows, which are known for wordplay, rhyme schemes, and lyricism. The music is about similar themes as Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Talib Kweli, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, and hopefully it inpires more people to get down with the message of peace and unity.”The group has kept busy over the past few years touring with funk and jam bands like The Motet, Orgone, EOTO and Dumpstaphunk, among others, helping cement themselves as a sort of “hip-hop band for the jam fan.” As Brown explains, “You know, back in the day on the northeast scene, you always had hip hop artists collaborating with the jam bands and funky musicians of the era. I think it’s because the positive, conscious message of underground hip hop has always resonated with the psychedelic music community. For example, there were groups like Granola Funk Express that spawned on the festival circuit and carried the torch for both movements. [Adam Gold] was a teenager going to the Wetlands in NYC around this time. Through the years over there you’d have The Roots playing downstairs, or Soulive, and so many others laying the foundation for what we now consider ‘jam,’ ‘live EDM,’ and ‘neo-soul’. Remember, the so-called ‘genres’ that people buy on the internet are not born independently. This was all happening at the same time, often in the same rooms, on the live music scene, which was – and still is – a living, breathing organism.”Real Vibration perfectly embodies Brown’s assessment of Sophistafunk’s unique sound, featuring seven tracks worth of blunt-ride beats and Internet-age paranoia and resistance. Funky protest track “Translucent” offers itself as a “musical solution to mass pollution,” with Brown delivering biting bars that evoke the style of heady underground MCs like Atmosphere‘s Slug. “This Life” sees Brown shine some light on the outfit’s musical DNA–part funk and jam, part beats and bars–as he proclaims “I love live music” over a 90s-style back beat.The socially conscious “No More War” dips into the chaotic paranoia of our social media society, as sparse funk interspersed with digital fills mirrors the chaos of today’s world, before well-placed horns bolster the song’s “we gotta love each other” refrain.“Make Em Clap” continues on the album’s conscious themes, as Brown proclaims, “I’m not a rapper, I’m an activist”–though lines like “esoteric eloquence/Still I stay relevant” show that there’s room for him to be a bit of both.“Duke of Errl” tells the saga of “dabs,” sampling sound bytes of TV news PSA’s warning parents about the perils of marijuana concentrates. Toking-up is far from an unusual topic in hip-hop, but few artists have hit the relatively new wax trend head-on like Sophistafunk does on this track. They approach the topic with equal parts enjoyment for its pros and restrained caution for its cons, with extra pep added by layered horn fills courtesy of Andy Frasco & The U.N.‘s Ernie Chang. Brown even earns extra “heady points” shouting out The Lot (“You can find me on Shakedown Street”).The album rounds out with title track “Real Vibration,” a slow jam laden with enthrallingly spacey synths. It serves as an appropriate coda for the LP: laid-back vibes, mindful rhymes, and THC-infused good times. Take a dab and press play. This is one session you definitely want to get down on.
Photo: Phierce Photo Lotus and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been out on the road together for the last few days, turning heads each with their unique brand of improvisationally-influenced music. Whether it’s the funky rock approach of Pigeons or the smooth electronic influences of Lotus, both bands know exactly how to keep fans engaged when they’re on stage. Both bands continue to evolve with experience, as Pigeons are planning a new album release later this year and Lotus just released their first ever album with vocals on every track. With the two bands going back to back at Express Live in Columbus, OH, you can bet that this was a great night of music!Check out a full recording from the Pigeons’ set, courtesy of taper mott77.You can see the full gallery of images from the night below, courtesy of Phierce Photo, as well as a video recap from the performance. Load remaining images