Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to his representatives. The 79-year-old bassist performed with the Stones from the beginning in 1962, all the way until 1993.“Bill Wyman, former member of the Rolling Stones, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages,” the Rolling Stones’ rep said in a statement. “The Wyman family has asked for their privacy during this time. No further comment will be made at this point.”Wyman also conveyed a similar message to his fans: We’re thankful this cancer was detected early and that Wyman is already on the road to recovery!
Last Friday, May 20th, the Everyone Orchestra returned to Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC for yet another stellar performance in the nation’s capital. Matt Butler is joined by an outstanding lineup for this tour, featuring Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar (Lettuce), Jeff Franca on percussion (Thievery Corporation), Rob Mercurio on bass (Galactic), Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and vocals (Trey Anastasio Band), Natalie Cressman on trombone and vocals (Trey Anastasio Band), Cris Jacobs, whose birthday it was, on guitar and vocals (The Bridge), and Johnny Kimock on drums (Mike Gordon, K I M O C K).Those that are familiar with Everyone Orchestra know that they bring a 100% improv show, with Butler conducting the band and audience. It means attendees never know just what they are in for. There’s no trying to predict what the band will open or close with, who they’ll cover, or whether there will be a bust out. We just sit back and enjoy the ride. From purely an entertainment standpoint, these shows are some of the most interesting and exciting to watch.The next stop for this crew is Summer Camp Music Festival, but for now you can check out their entire DC show from taper Will Urquhart, below.
Forever tied to the sunny shores of California, the music of Sublime has inspired a generation of artists and listeners since its release throughout the 1990s. The band only existed for a short time, but their music lives far beyond its time, powered by the iconic vocals and guitar playing of the late great Bradley Nowell.Nowell was primarily responsible for bringing the reggae/ska influences to band members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh during the band’s formative years. Over years of organic growth, Sublime built a strong following in California. Their debut album release 40 Oz. To Freedom continued that trend, and local radio station KROQ picked up the song “Date Rape” to give the band their widest reach yet.While the band’s experimental second album, Robbin’ The Hood, was a commercial flop, the work done for the album cemented their fusion sound. With elements of rock and rap infused in their reggae sound, the Sublime phenomenon would soon take hold nationwide. Though they were invited on Van’s Warped Tour, the group was kicked off after a week for their unruly behavior.Still, the group was pressured into putting out a new studio album. In early 1996, the band began recording what would be their third studio album. The self-titled work has become their most identifiable, despite its tragic ending. On May 25th, 1996, Bradley Nowell succumbed to a heroin overdose and passed away at the age of 28.With the material recorded for the album, Sublime was released posthumously, and has since gone platinum five times over. It won the band national, and international, recognition, and propelled Sublime into the spotlight. With songs like “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Wrong Way,” “April 29, 1992 (Miami),” and more, it’s no surprise that Sublime was destined for greatness. It’s tempting to speculate as to where Sublime would have gone had Nowell survived, but the pages of rock and roll history have unfortunately already been written.It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Bradley Nowell left this Earth. In honor of the late legend, you can enjoy the band’s classic Sublime album, and watch some interview footage of the whole group just months before Nowell’s death. RIP Bradley Nowell.
If it sounds like a party, then it probably is one, because Lettuce has been absolutely destroying their Sounds Like A Party tour this fall. The band is locked in with their psychedelic funk vibes, and this tour has been one of their best to date.Fans at The Music Farm in Columbia, SC were treated to some fresh Lettuce last week, and the show did not disappoint! With smooth grooves of their 2015 release Crush, not to mention classics from their career and a choice cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up,” this was a rager in the truest sense of the word. It’s always a party when Lettuce comes to town!Check out a full gallery below from photographer Ellison White (recently recovered after a hurricane related power outage), and the full setlist below. Also included in the gallery are images from BYOG‘s after party at the nearby Tin Roof following the show (with Lettuce bassist Jesus Coomes in attendance), capping off a great funky night of music.Setlist: Lettuce at the Music Farm, Columbia, SC – 10/6/16Set: Silverdome, E-Pedal > Get Greazy, Chief, Blast Off, Dilla, Flu -> 7, Pocket Change, Back In Effect -> Lettuce Go Go, Don’t Be Afraid To Try, We’re A Winner -> Move On Up, The ForceEncore: Sounds Like A Party, Phyllis Load remaining images
Gypsy Sally’s hosted a release party for Cris Jacobs Band‘s new album, Dust to Gold on Friday, November 4th in Washington, DC. Jacobs, a local favorite and the former front man of The Bridge, has had what the Washington Post dubbed “an inspired year.” Shortly before beginning work on the album, he learned he would be a father and welcomed his daughter into the world only three weeks before Dust to Gold was released.Jacobs has become a staple at the Georgetown waterfront venue, with frequent performances both with his own group and other projects, like Everyone Orchestra and his annual “A Very Jerry Christmas” shows. The band seems to have settled into a consistent lineup, with Jacobs joined at Gypsy Sally’s by the same crew he recorded the album with; Jonathan Sloane backing up guitar, Todd Herrington on bass, and Dusty Ray Simmons on drums.They were thrown a curveball when Jacobs’ cigar box guitar (quite literally three strings stretched over a cigar box) stopped working. They’ve never played “Bone Digger” or “Turn into Gold” without it before, but the crowd was into it and those songs became the highlight of the night. As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, grab your six string and rip a mean solo.Thanks to taper, Will Urquhart, you can check out soundboard recordings of their full set.
Los Lobos are currently on tour, welcoming special guests to share the stage from city to city. After a four-night stand at City Winery Chicago, the band made it over to SPACE in Evanston where seventeen-year-old Althea Grace made quite the impression. Thea is one half of the duo Future Stuff, who can only be described as Tedeschi Trucks Band meets The White Stripes meets Shakey Graves. So when the young singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist took the stage, fans of Lobos were pleasantly pleased with the in-your-face indie blues that the young woman had to offer.The not-yet-old-enough-to-drive show-stopper led the band through KoKo Taylor‘s “Voodoo Woman”, a song choice inspired by the cover that Susan Tedeschi performs. (Also note the Derek Trucks red Gibson SG). Thea first played with Lobos when she was eight-years-old, so to see how far she’s come since then was a treat for all.Thea and her band Future Stuff have a lot to be excited about, including an upcoming tour to be announced in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and enjoy the video below:[Photo by Edward Spinelli]
The unfortunate news left Twiddle Lesh-less, but some Bay Area musicians stepped up and joined in for the occasion. Guitarists Dan Lebowitz and Grahame Lesh – Phil’s son – both made their way to sit in with Twiddle, as did keyboardist Todd Stoops. The band closed out their set with an all-too-appropriate cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World,” emotionally ending a great performance.Check out videos of “Every Soul” featuring Dan Lebowitz and Todd Stoops, as well as “Eyes Of The World” featuring Todd Stoops and Grahame Lesh, streaming below via Must Have Media. While things didn’t work out with Phil Lesh this time, let’s hope Twiddle can find a time to work with him again.Setlist: Twiddle | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 2/27/17Set: Earth Mama, Syncopated Healing, Dusk Till Dawn#, Every Soul#*, Latin Tang, Doinkinbonk!!!*, Subconscious Prelude, Eyes Of The World*^Encore: Hatti’s Jam > When it Rains, It Poors*# = w/ Dan Lebowitz* = w/ Todd Stoops^ = w/ Grahame Lesh[Setlist via iTwiddle on FB] Twiddle fans were certainly elated to learn that Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh would be joining the band at Terrapin Crossroads last night. That was the plan, at least, but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Today, High Sierra Music Festival announced several additions to the lineup for their 27th annual event, set to take place from June 29th – July 2nd, 2017 at the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds in Quincy, CA. The lineup additions include recent NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas, Colorado live-electronic trio SunSquabi, Grammy-winning nine-piece Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, and instrumental hip-hop foursome Butcher Brown.We’re particularly excited to see Tank & The Bangas added to the High Sierra roster, after they recently won our hearts with their powerful NPR Tiny Desk concert. As fellow scheduled High Sierra performer and Tiny Desk Contest judge Trey Anastasio remarked about the NOLA hip-hop/soul/R&B/spoken word outfit’s contest submission, “Tank and the Bangas is like a psychedelic joy rap explosion. Like a female Sly Stone teleporting into 2017 and landing in New Orleans. I love this video. It makes me want to be there.” But don’t just take Trey’s word for it–you can watch the full performance below:Nestled in Quincy, CA, the High Sierra Music Festival has been recognized for its trademark sense of community and annual traditions among festivalgoers and music lovers. The picturesque location, wide variety of artists, unique musical settings, and affordable prices have all combined to make High Sierra the ultimate, intimate festival experience. The festival features intimate artist “playshops,” an interactive Family Area, daily parades, fabulous food with no waiting lines, Yoga, Pilates and dance classes along with the opportunity to just relax and camp with good friends. With a full spectrum of music offered on multiple daytime stages and multiple nighttime venues, the High Sierra Music Festival is an anticipated yearly event and an experience for people of all ages.You can check out the full 2017 High Sierra Music Festival Lineup below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the festival’s website.
On April 28th, funky L.A.-via-Chicago quintet The Main Squeeze will make their way to Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre to celebrate the release of their stellar new album, Without A Sound. The album release party, presented by Live For Live Music, comes as part of the band’s nationwide spring tour in support of the new LP. According to guitarist Max Newman in an interview with L4LM, “This show’s going to be really sick. We’re in the process of doing all the live arrangements for our new tunes right now, and the way everything’s coming together has got us really excited.”The Main Squeeze Performs “Return Of The Mack” With Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley At Fool’s ParadiseExplains Newman, “In the studio, I can lay down three or four different guitar parts, we can lay down three or four different synths, we can do a real bass and a synth bass, we can do a real drum set and add some electronic, hip-hop drums to fatten it up, stuff like that. So the challenge of taking this stuff live is, ‘how do we still portray the songs with that energy, but with just our five pieces?’ Boulder will be a great showcase for all these new arrangements. The town’s got a great music scene, our management is based out of Boulder, so that’s sort of becoming even more of a hot spot for us.”Without A Sound serves as a musical snapshot for the band, capturing their experience of relocating from The Windy City to the City of Angels. “Really, the whole thing is meant to capture our experience of moving to Los Angeles,” says Newman, “We started working on music right when we got out here. We didn’t really have a specific plan to make an album, necessarily, but we got here and had two months before we went out on tour and sort of realized—let’s just fuckin’ do this! Let’s capture this moment of arriving in L.A. It’s never going to be our first time living in this new place again. We figured as soon as we go out on tour and come back, a lot of that energy of having new surroundings dissipates since tour is this crazy grind, so the whole project was just about capturing that fleeting feeling.”***You can purchase tickets to The Main Squeeze’s Without A Sound album release show at The Fox Theatre in Boulder on April 28th here.***So far, the band has released three singles from Without A Sound: the highway-cruising “405,” the heavy rocking “Get At Me,” and synth-funk jam “Sweat.” You can listen to all three tracks below via Spotify: Stay tuned on The Main Squeeze’s Facebook page for new single releases each Friday leading up to the Without A Sound tour. For a list of tour dates, head to the band’s website. The Main Squeeze’s new album, Without A Sound will be available worldwide on April 28th. The album is available for pre-order now. Purchase tickets to The Main Squeeze’s album release show on April 28th in Boulder, CO here.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo – Keith Griner]
Spafford recently took to New York City for a late-night performance at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. The sold-out show served as an after-party for the penultimate night of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden and kept the party going until early in the morning following “Boston Cream” night. The room was packed to the brim with people, and Spafford wasted no time, kicking things off with an energized opening combo of “All My Friends” and “Todd’s Tots” by way of “Bee Jam.”During their one-set performance, the group tore through an expansive setlist, with one of the crown jewels of the night coming early toward the start of their set with their eighteen-minute rendition of “Leave The Light On” following “Ain’t That Wrong.” From there, the group moved into the cascading “Salamander Song” ahead of particularly slinky rendition of “Backdoor Funk.” As Spafford moved into the second half of their show, the group threw out a “People” sandwich housing “Legend” before performing “Mind’s Unchained,” a relatively new song that was debuted back in March during a home state show in Arizona at Tempe’s Marquee Theater. To close out their packed Phish late-night, Spafford fired on all cylinders, with a non-stop sequence starting with “Weasel.” From there, the group transitioned through a triumphant “Palisades” and grinding “Red’s Jam” before making their way back into “Weasel.” They ended their set with a gorgeous rendition of “Beautiful Day” with a reference to the Bakers Dozen Phish run.To close out their show in full, Spafford started things off with a propulsive “America” with a particularly shred-heavy build toward its close featuring a “The Reprise” fake-out before the upbeat “Galisteo Way.” For their final number of the night, Spafford quickly locked into the slinky groove of “The Reprise” and finished the song out in full.You can check out the full show available now special, courtesy of Matt Vallo and MK Devo.Setlist: Spafford | B.B. King Blues Club And Grill | New York, NY | 8/5/2017Set One: All My Friends > Bee Jam > Todd’s Tots, Ain’t That Wrong, Leave the Light On, Salamander Song, Backdoor Funk, People > Legend > People, Mind’s Unchained, Weasel > Palisades > Red’s Jam > Weasel, Beautiful DayEncore: America > Galisteo Way, The RepriseSpafford // 2017 Tour Dates9/21 – 9/23 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music Festival9/27 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern9/28 – Baltimore, MD – The 8X109/29 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore9/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl10/1 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt10/3 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge10/4 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space10/5 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall10/6 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair10/7 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall10/8 – Albany, NY – Lucky Strike Social10/11 – State College, PA – State Theatre10/12 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar10/13 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub10/14 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig10/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme10/17 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre10/19 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall10/20 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge10/21 & 10/22 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall10/24 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre10/25 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club10/27 – 10/29 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween10/31 – New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues11/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon11/3 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs11/4 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Night Club11/5 – Dallas, TX – HoB Cambridge Room11/7 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck11/8 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room11/9 – Denver – CO – Ogden Theatre11/10 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre11/11 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall *11/14 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe11/15 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge11/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom11/18 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater12/1 – 12/5 – Punta Cana, DR – Dominican Holidaze12/29 – 12/31 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom* notes special VIP “All In” date, tickets not available separately