Month: March 2021

first_imgEver since his ever-unfortunate passing, the music scene has honored Prince with countless cover songs, concert tributes, and even in a second line down the streets of New Orleans. His discography is one that will last forever, as the Purple One’s music resonates as some of the best pop music to date. When a musician dies, their fans mourn the ending of an era. How can one live without more music from Prince?My Morning Jacket Brings Out Pres Hall Horns For Prince Tribute At Jazz Fest [Watch]Fortunately, a vault containing unreleased Prince songs was drilled open, according to ABC News, and the findings are enough to last another lifetime, and beyond. Bremer Trust, the St. Cloud, Minnesota, company was given temporary authority over Prince’s Paisley Park estate. Upon knowing the contents within, they were forced to drill open the vault because only the Purple One knew the code. “One day, someone will release them. I don’t know that I’ll get to release them,” Prince told “The View” back in 2012. “There’s just so many.” There’s reportedly enough music to release an album every decade for the next century. Susan Rogers, Prince’s former recording engineer, told “Good Morning America” that they “could put out more work in a month than most people could do in a year or more.” She also told The Guardian, that when she left in 1987, “it was nearly full. Row after row of everything we’d done. I can’t imagine what they’ve done since then.”Trey Anastasio Talks About The Night Phish Partied With Prince At Paisley ParkApparently the vault is a giant room in Prince’s Paisley Park with shelves that filled up with music very quickly. The door was sealed with a large purple spinning wheel and held the contents of Prince’s entire working career. So the question, now, is… When can we listen?With Prince having left no will, his family is currently fighting over the contents of his life. Where will this massive collection of unreleased Prince music go?[photo via CoS]last_img read more

first_imgThe Polish Ambassador‘s non-profit organization ActionDays.us organized a community action day at the 9th Annual Purple Hatters Ball at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. “What would our world look like if we were able to catalyze the energy of the millions of people that are attending music events world wide? What would happen if we used that energy to create community gardens, naturally built structures, water catchment systems, river cleanups, reforestation, all while educating people along the way?,” asked The Polish Ambassador, aka David Sugalski.The Polish Ambassador, ActionDays.us and The SOSMP Green Team banded together to produce the first-ever Purple Hatter’s Action Day at Suwannee, where attendees of the Purple Hatters Ball 2016 united to offset our impact to the land on which we gather to celebrate. Nearly one hundred light warriors came together on Thursday morning June 16th, collaborating on a variety of ecology restoration and waste management workshops that will propel this beloved music park into a sustainable future. Projects included renovating garden beds to build and clean up the soil for a food forest, upcycling dilapidated pallets into artistic waste sorting stations, and learning about bottle-bricking, creative waste stream signage, mycoremediation, and hugelkultur – and then doing it!The day officially began at 10:00am with an opening ceremony and inspiring words from ActionDays.us coordinator Danielle Gennety, who brought our hearts and minds together before separating into groups to distribute the tasks across many hands. While painters made signs and builders constructed, Leland Taylor, of local organization Great Southern Forestry, took the lead in the garden. Taylor is a permaculturist born and raised in the area, and he has dedicated his life’s work to sustainable farming. He oversaw the building of a massive hugelkultur bed in the park’s Butterfly Garden that will remediate the soil, adding nutrients and removing chemicals naturally over time.Participants dug up hundreds of pounds of railroad ties that leach heavy metals and toxins like creosote into the ground and water; initiating a many-years long process of land restoration for healthy food production. Soil samples were taken to send out for testing, then we hauled the remnants of tree trunks over to the garden beds to decompose, and layered fallen branches, straw, and compost with mushroom mycelium to clean up (remediate) the area. The goal here is to build a food forest, and to feed festival-goers with food grown on-site at SOSMP. The early results were tremendous, thanks to the stewardship of Taylor and the fired-up volunteers who are excited to find out the test results as well as to come back and test again at Hulaween.Action Days Workshop recaps:Hugulkultur with Leland Taylor of Great Southern ForestryUsed for centuries in Eastern Europe and Germany, hugelkultur (in German hugelkultur translates roughly as “mound culture”) is a gardening and farming technique whereby woody debris (fallen branches and/or logs) are used as a resource to restore depleted soil.Often employed in permaculture systems, hugelkultur allows gardeners and farmers to mimic the nutrient cycling found in a natural woodland to realize several benefits. Woody debris (and other detritus) that falls to the forest floor can readily become sponge like, soaking up rainfall and releasing it slowly into the surrounding soil, thus making this moisture available to nearby plants.Hugelkultur is simple in its essence: making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes raised garden beds filled with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, and more natural goodness. As the years pass, the deep soil of this raised garden bed becomes incredibly rich and loaded with soil life. As the wood shrinks, it makes more tiny air pockets – so the hugelkultur becomes sort of self tilling. The first few years, the composting process will slightly warm the soil, giving a slightly longer growing season. The woody matter helps to keep nutrient excess from passing into the ground water – and then returns it to the garden plants later.Bottle Bricking Workshop, led by Jill TrAshleyOne way to teach communities about the environment and zero waste is through the fun activity of making bottle bricks. We encourage bottle bricking as a skill that people take home with them, which in turn will significantly reduce our landfill waste, and turn it into a resource that can be used in the community.Building a bench with bottle bricks (originally pioneered by earthbench.org) is a great way to encourage the community to come together and use their “trash” for something useful and beautiful. These benches always include a truth window, a window to see that the inside of the bench is made of trash. Bottle bricking is the ultimate form of recycling and a great teaching tool. It gets us as a community thinking about how much plastic waste we generate each day, and questioning why we need all this waste anyway? It offers us a useful way to reuse this resource and turn it into a community gathering space. Hopefully, one day we will see (and sit on) Earthbenches onsite at SOSMP.Recycling and reusing pallets for waste stations, led by Dillon Bradley-BrownIf a used pallet cannot be repaired and reused, it must be recycled or sent to a landfill. The best option, of course, is pallet recycling. In the case of a used wood pallet that has reached the end of its life, the components are salvaged for reuse in other pallets or the wood is ground for use as landscape mulch, animal bedding, or wood stove pellets. At Suwannee, we used the leftover/damaged pallets to create waste stations; we then decorated them with colorful painting. These waste stations will be strategically placed throughout the music park as a hub for waste sorting and recycling, and hopefully one day, composting!Besides the amazing work that was accomplished by so many motivated volunteers, the themes of the day were communication, cooperation, and community. A disparate conglomerate of kindred souls came together; stories were shared, friendships were made, connections were solidified, food and laughter was in abundance. The Permaculture Day at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park was indeed a shining example of what people can accomplish when they come together for a righteous cause. The extended Suwannee and Purple Hat families are clearly proud to be affiliated with these organizations and efforts; people are anxious to see what the future holds for ActionDays.us, both for repeated returns to Suwannee and far beyond. I would like to extend a special thank you to Lindsey Bradley-Brown, both for her monumental efforts on site, and for navigating the necessary red tape to make this inspiring event come to fruition. Here’s to returning in October, for an action day at Hulaween!What They Are Saying:I reached out to some of the key players that co-created this wonderful action day at Suwannee, and asked for a few reflections.“Action Day at Spirit of the Suwannee was monumental. Seeing all the people that came together because they believe in this movement is a powerful statement about the shift occurring in our culture. I can’t wait to do it again!” Lindsey Bradley-Brown- SOSMP Green Team“What an honor it was to lead and teach a group of motivated minds. Being involved with Action Days was both an inspiration and opportunity to connect with folks with similar passions. I hope this is our first of many.” Leland Taylor, Great Southern Forestry“The Purple Hatters Ball is a shining example of what Action Days are all about. The people who come together at Spirit of the Suwannee for the music are also clearly in it for love of the place – the dedication to community was as live as the line up. Many of the people who showed up at this Action Day had stories of showing up at SOSMP for years already, in service to social justice for their fallen friend of the park. It was clear that this seed of preparing the soil will grow into a strong and healthy forest of food and family in the years to come.” Danielle Gennety, ActionDays.us“PHB kicked off with the first of many action days to come! A second home to thousands of us, we have exercised patience and intestinal fortitude over the years when it comes to how we can give back to a place that has given us so much in memories and connections that will last a lifetime. This day went down in Suwannee history for me personally as I plugged in and participated in such a genuine exchange of knowledge, collaboration and regeneration. To top it off my Suwannee family just got bigger. I thank David and the permaculture action movement for the opportunity to plug in over the years as we brought this movement (second) home where it will no doubt continue to flourish and impact the sustainable future of the SOSMP. I also thank the Suwannee family for being so dedicated and passionate to the culture we are co-creating on this land with every festival.” Jill TrAshley, The NOHM“A festival happens AND we harness the energy of the concert-goers to make our communities stronger, more resilient, more diverse, healthier, a more beautiful life-experience for all. Many times, I’ve witnessed what people can get done when they come together for a day’s work. I’m dreaming about what could happen when we’ve got hundreds of artists, and hundreds of thousands of fans pushing action days around the world.” The Polish AmbassadorWords by B.Getz, Photos by Rex Thomsonlast_img read more

first_imgColorado based jamtronica outfit Skydyed is set to make their debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this weekend, playing as part of the Global Dance Festival! It’s a great time to get down with Skydyed, as the group recently released their debut album, A Quantum Dream, earlier this year. The new release sees this group pushing their creative capacities to new heights, and it all comes together in the live setting.To get you in the mood for Skydyed’s big summer ahead, which also includes plays at festivals like Backwoods Music Festival and Sundown in Texas, we’re delighted to share some prime live footage of the band at work. Taken from their May 27th, 2016 performance at the Belly Up in Aspen, CO, this live footage of the band playing “Mind’s Eye” is sure to get you grooving. The Quantum Dream track is a great one!“Playing at Belly Up is always such a treat for us. The drive through the Rockies out to Aspen is absolutely gorgeous, the venue is top-notch, and the crowd always shows us love. Aspen definitely knows how to get down,” said Andrew Slattery. Check out “Mind’s Eye” from Belly Up below!And you can watch the full show video below:Since Skydyed’s debut in 2014, the electrifying trio has made big waves in the Colorado music scene, and today is poised as one of today’s hottest emerging live-electronic bands. With roots in rock, funk, and jazz, Andrew Slattery (bass and synth), Max Doucette (guitar and synth), and Shane Eagen (drums) create a dynamic musical journey that mesmerizes audiences with every performance. Intertwining organic live instrumentation with electronic production, soulful jams and profound break-beats, the band strives to spread positive vibrations through music.The band’s members come from diverse musical backgrounds, and together they have developed a deep appreciation for music’s power to transcend language and move people in mysterious ways, which is precisely what the band accomplishes on A Quantum Dream. Featuring high-energy, head banging tracks such as “Grow” and “Mind’s Eye,” as well as softer, mellow songs like “Endless Space” and “Mushroom,” A Quantum Dream truly takes the listener on a melodic journey through a multitude of emotions and sonic landscapes. With jams perfect for relaxation, partying, and everything else in between, A Quantum Dream is a truly imaginative creation that fulfills Skydyed’s artistic vision and redefines the boundaries of Live-Electronica.Don’t miss Skydyed on the road this summer! You can see their upcoming tour dates below, and find more information via their official website.Skydyed Tour DatesJuly 10 Global Dance Festival Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, COJuly 22 SubOctave Music Festival Houston, MNAug 5 Arise Music Festival Loveland, COSept 1 Backwoods Music Festival Stroud, OKSept 15 Sundown at Granada Dallas, TXlast_img read more

first_imgVermont jam band Twiddle just recently announced plans for an extended fall tour on the West Coast, but those weren’t the only fall dates that the band has in store. Today, the group announced a five-night run in the Northeast surrounding Thanksgiving, with two nights in Philadelphia from November 18-19, Portland on November 23rd, and Boston from November 25-26.Twiddle has been on a tear of late, wrapping up their first-ever Tumble Down festival just a few weeks ago. With sets at Backwoods Pondfest, The Werk Out Festival, and Peach Music Festival over the recent weeks, as well as two great nights in Wakefield, RI over the past weekend, it’s been nothing but good times for Twiddle and their ever-growing fan base. You can see the full Thanksgiving 2016 tour in the artwork below. For more details, head to the band’s official website.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the most talked-about sets from Jam Cruise 2016 was that of Electron’s, as the jammed out super group kept things grooving into the night with a “Fearless” Pink Floyd set. Electron features Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Tom Hamilton, and Mike Greenfield, and the group gets together for occasional performances like this magical one.The group brought their Pink Floyd tribute concept to Jam Cruise, where it was met with an incredible reaction. Thankfully, Jam Cruise has been sharing pro-shot videos from their voyage earlier this year, and have wrapped up the series with a stellar 20-minute version of Electron’s rendition of “Dogs.”Watch Electron take on the Animals classic on the open seas, in the video below.last_img read more

first_imgLoad remaining images Nothing idealizes New Orleans music more than a brass band, and few are more steeped in that tradition than the Rebirth Brass Band. Founded in 1983, Rebirth has always been a pinnacle of the NOLA brass sound, touring the world over with their celebratory style. That showmanship was on full display last weekend, when Rebirth took over the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA for two great performances!On October 21-22, Rebirth Brass Band let it all hang out! Check out a video and full gallery of photos below, courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.last_img read more

first_imgLoad remaining images This weekend, Brooklyn funk powerhouse Turkuaz performed a two-night New Year’s run at Fete Music Hall in Providence, Rhode Island. Dubbed “The Ball Drop,” the run featured support from Moon Hooch on night one and Kung Fu and West End Blend on New Year’s Eve.,For night one on Friday, Moon Hooch opened with guns-a-blazing. Full-on, in-your-face horns got the evening off to a proper start. Who knew horns could morph into an EDM vibe? These guys were nonstop energy, and promptly warmed up fans before the headliners took to the stage.Turkuaz walked on stage with their well known color-coordinated outfits, including their staple Members Only jackets, to the delight of fans. The band opened up the two-night run with “Murder Face” before a jazzy, funked-up “Bijou Drains (The Birddog)” slinked into “Gremlins.” The night was off to a hell of a start. “EFN” was a steamy jam knee deep in bass tones, and the crowd reciprocated with cheers when they busted out the tune. Craig Brodhead took off on a crushing electrical escapade with his guitar, bringing the melody on a spacey journey with Michelangelo Carubba‘s in-the-pocket drumming steering the ship.The ’70’s showed up as they cracked open a serving of rollerskating love with a sexy cover of Chic’s “Le Freak.” Another cover, The Box Tops’ “The Letter,” had everyone in the place belting out the lyrics. Sax player Josh Schwartz put down his instrument to take over the vocals for a soothing “Pickin’ Up Where You Left Off,” throwing the venue into a cyclone of massive joy. “M’Lady” closed out the first night on a high note. This fast-paced jam rolled along and kept the fans dancing their asses off.Night one was stuffed with mind-blowing horns, sweat-inducing, non-stop, danceable beats, and vibes that kept the energy high as a kite throughout the evening. Fans experienced face-melting moments around the venue as the air was filled with electricity. Nine-piece Turkuaz has a tendency to blow the roof off with their soulful, mesmerizing melodies that reach into the core of fans, grab hold and not let go until the last beat of the night hits. Night one was just the beginning. Turkuaz was guaranteed to have surprises galore in store for New Year’s Eve.Setlist: Turkuaz, December 30, 2016, Fete Music Hall, Providence, Rhode IslandMurder Face, Bijou Drains (The Birddog)>Gremlins, Snap Your Fingers, Slippery People, Digital Love, EFN (European Festivity Nightmare), Future 86, Electric Habitat, *Le Freak, Coast to Coast, Club Foot, The Generator, Everyone’s a Winner, %The Letter, Pickin’ Up (Where You Left Off), Ballad of Castor Troy, Lookin’ Tough Feelin’ Good, Babies Making Babies, M’Lady*Chic cover, %The Box Tops coverNight two of “The Ball Drop” saw Hartford, CT’s West End Blend kick off the New Year’s Eve extravaganza. The stage was crammed with 10 musicians, four of them horns. The big band did not disappoint, as they blasted the crowd with some heavy funk that heated up the joint, priming the venue for two more sets of intense music.The crowd outside the venue streamed in as Kung Fu took the stage. They took their set on a hypnotizing jaunt through funkafied notes and beats that had the audience jumping. This band, sandwiched between the other two acts, set Fete on fire, injecting attendees with infectious dancing grooves.Turkuaz took to the stage in their normal colors, but this time they were snazzed up with the men wearing suit jackets in lieu of their Members Only gear while Sammi Garett and Shira Elias showed off their own elegant, jaw dropping wardrobe. They wasted no time in getting things started when they took off with “Chatte Lunatique.” At midnight, streamers and confetti rained down on the crowd as champagne was brought on stage for the musicians. The traditional “Auld Lang Syne” was sung by the entire venue before they welcomed the new year with Steely Dan’s catchy “Reelin’ In The Years.”Heavily-played favorites “Tiptoe Through the Crypto” and “Digitonium” crept into the set before “Holy Ghost” cooled things off for a moment. Fans were on fire, dressed in outfits that ranged from straight up glitter to shiny disco ball suits. Happiness abounded on this first night of the new year. “Don’t Do It” flowed into “Nightswimming,” ensuring fans were getting the best of the best for the celebratory evening.Deep tones from the baritone sax opened up “Gogo Mr. Dodo.” Drifty guitar tones flowed throughout, and touches of psychedelia peaked in, but the melody stayed grounded firmly in hard funk. The stage got crammed once again as the West End Blend horns and Kung Fu came out to join in on Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” before heading into the final song of the night, Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer.”Turkuaz always brings high energy, infectious vibes, and multi-faceted levels of funk to the stage. They continue to grow more fans with each show. If they have eluded you so far, make sure to put them on your 2017 list of must-see live performances. For more information on Turkuaz, please visit their official website.Setlist: Turkuaz, December 31, 2016. Fete Music Hall, Providence, Rhode IslandChatte Lunatique, Percy Thrills (The Moondog), Old Lang Syne, Reelin’ in The Years#, Tiptoe Through the Crypto, 20 Dollar Bill, Digitonium, Holy Ghost, Doktor Jazz, The Mountain, Don’t Do It, Nightswimming, X.Y.Z. (Feelin’ Tough), Gogo Mr. Dodo, Bubba Slide, King Computer, Back To Normal, *You Can Call Me Al, %Sledgehammer#Steely Dan cover, *Paul Simon cover, %Peter Gabriel coverWords and Photos by Sarah Bourquelast_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Stevie Wonder made a guest appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He performed a medley of two love-struck originals to celebrate Michelle Obama‘s undeniable grace as our country’s First Lady. With help from The Roots, the Presidential Metal of Freedom recipient took to his piano to demonstrate his admiration for The First Lady in “Isn’t She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour”, which he unabashedly transformed into “My Michelle Amour”, changing the lyrics to sing “You’ll always be First Lady in our lives.”The room sang along in honor, with television personalities Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, and Jimmy Fallon alongside Michelle Obama during the touching tribute. At the end of his performance, Stevie explained one more time, “We love you, we love you! And your husband too, of course.”Watch the full performance below:last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s the first thing they tell you when you go to Mexico? Don’t drink the water! Apparently Bob Weir missed that memo last night, as Bill Kreutzmann explained briefly from the stage that the Grateful Dead guitarist was feeling under the weather from food poisoning and would not be performing.Obviously Weir’s shoes are big ones to fill, and the remaining band members, including Tom Hamilton, Dave Schools, Bill Kreutzmann and Jeff Chimenti, decided to welcome a rotating cast of collaborators in Weir’s stead. Throughout the two set performance, Jackie Greene remained with the band throughout the night, and Kyle Hollingsworth, Jason Hann and Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident all joined the band for some jamming in the “Eyes of the World > Drums > Morning Dew” segment of the second set.Despite Weir’s absence, the musicians made the best of the situation with a set full of Grateful Dead classics, including a “Scarlet/Fire” opener and some fun upbeat playing in John Phillips’ “Me & My Uncle” and Johnny Cash’s “Big River.” The second set also featured some grooves on “Bertha,” “Bird Song,” “Loose Lucy” and more, and the band encored with “Big Railroad Blues” to end the night.Check out the full setlist from last night, below.Setlist: Los Muertos Band | Los Muertos Con Queso | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/26/17Set IScarlet Begonias > thFire On The Mountain thRamble On Rose thMe & My Uncle jg >Big River jgMississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo thSet IIBertha thBird Song thLoose Lucy jgEyes Of The World* th >Drums*>Morning Dew* th ( solo piano intro Jc)Shakedown Street ( with Adam MacDougall ) thE: Big Railroad Blues th*Jason Hann percussion , Kyle Hollingsworth , Michael Travis ( String Cheese ) join [email protected] Bob Weir skipped show due to illness[Setlist via Erin Lippert of FOJC]last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: This news has been confirmed, thanks to a huge story that just ran in Rolling Stone. The Cornell ’77 release is one part of Get Shown The Light, an 11-disc set that includes shows on May 5th, 7th, and 9th, as well as the famed 5/8/77 performance.In the article, archivist David Lemieux says, “Since the moment that the board tape of Cornell began circulating in the late 1980s, its legend was instantly created. Although plenty of Grateful Dead shows have been called their ‘best ever,’ in the case of Cornell this statement is rarely contested. It’s long been a dream of everyone in the Grateful Dead organization to release the definitive version of Cornell, drawn from the master tapes, and we’re as thrilled as the fans are that this show is finally being released.”Why Is 5/8/77 Considered The Grateful Dead’s Best Performance?Listen to the “Morning Dew” from this release below, and head to the Dead’s website for more information. It seems as though the Grateful Dead‘s May 8, 1977 performance will be available soon on vinyl! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their legendary performance at Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Bull Moose lists the 5LP set available for pre-order, with the artwork matching the new look of Dead.net. The 5/8/77 performance has been noteworthy since the recordings started circulating years ago, but it’s been said that the source tape has been missing since the date of performance.In 2013, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux told Relix, “I do not know specifically but I have heard from many people that they know where it is and they know who has it and that’s fine. We’ve certainly made a note that we’d love to have it back as we would with any master Grateful Dead tape that we don’t have in the vault. But there’s really nothing we can do about it. We’re not going to pay for our own tape. That’s one thing I don’t think we’d ever do is to pay to buy them back and I don’t think they’ve been offered to the band in a long, long time. They know where we are, we’re easy to find and I think it has been made clear that we would love to have them back. Some people would just rather have the tapes in their closet than in the vault, but that’s fine. It is what it is. Again, there’s nothing we can do, we don’t lose sleep over it, but it is as it is.”It seems that the source tape has been recovered and restored by Rhino Records, according to a representative from the Bull Moose vendor. Though no formal announcement has come from the Dead, the detailed listing and matching artwork do seem to verify this exciting release! According to the sale page, the recording will release on 5/5/17.For now, listen to this recording, as uploaded by Jonathon Aizen, and reflect on why 5/8/77 is considered the Grateful Dead’s best with this essay.last_img read more