It is with a heavy heart that we report on the end of All Good Music Festival & Campout. Over the last twenty years, the festival has been a mainstay for the jam community, hosting performances from The Allman Brothers, Keller Williams, Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, Yonder Mountain String Band and countless others. While All Good Presents still has plans to host individual shows, as well as a two-night showcase at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the festival circuit will truly mourn the loss of such a memorable annual event.The festival founders, Junipa Contento-Süslü and Tim Walther, penned the following note announcing the end of All Good:It is hard to believe that nearly 20 years have passed since our company began. With many talented bands coming through the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area, Tim Walther and I (Junipa Contento-Süslü) took it upon ourselves to begin a promotion and production company to focus on and heighten the awareness of a relatively new and burgeoning genre of music. Our love for this scene plus hard work and dedication led us to produce club shows and ultimately camp-out music festivals showcasing a weekend of the hottest touring bands, with the flagship event being the All Good Music Festival & Campout commencing in 1997.We felt it was important to create an annual destination where like-minded fans could share and experience in the fusion of music art and camping within a safe and supportive community. We wanted people to come away transformed, just as this rise of musical rhapsody had transformed us. From humble beginnings at Wilmer’s Park to the magic and life changing experiences of Marvin’s Mountaintop we are forever grateful for the opportunity to spearhead and cultivate All Good Festival with beautiful landscapes, ground-breaking artists, the best supporting crew in the industry and undoubtedly the most kind and avid fans.With that said and with a heavy heart we are announcing today that we are retiring the All Good Music Festival and Campout. We want to thank each of you for your support of live music, your love for our community and for sharing and creating everlasting All Good memories. This is not an end to the musical journey we are on, but the turning of a page sparking a new course for presenting the music we love.Please stay tuned for the unveiling of a two-day All Good Presents celebration of music, community and arts set to take place on July 9 and 10 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Meanwhile check out the multitude of All Good Presents club shows, featuring established and emerging touring acts at your favorite venues such as; 9:30 Club, Rams Head Live, Gypsy Sally’s, The 8×10, The Hamilton and more.We look forward to seeing you at the next show.Yours truly,Junipa Contento-SüslüTim WaltherAll Good Presents
Hundreds of funk fans and music lovers flocked to Brooklyn Bowl last night for a special Prince-themed edition of Questlove’s weekly Bowl Train residency. The Roots drummer had not planned to appear on this particular evening, with Talib Kweli scheduled to sub in. However, once news of Prince’s death broke, he felt inclined to honor his longtime friend with a proper tribute.The Bowl was “the most crowded” many frequent attendees had ever seen the venue, with an all-out disco dance party ensuing. Quest weaved in and out of B sides and hits, starting slowing with an orchestral version of “Purple Rain”. The crowd lost it when they heard the guitar opening from “Kiss”, and it was a giant party from there on out. Chris Rock and Craig Robinson (The Office) were even in attendance to honor of the Purple One.Fittingly, Questlove streamed Finding Nemo on all TV screens – a nod to the time Prince fired him from a DJ gig at a club, then proceeded to play the children’s film on screen.
There’s no denying the keyboard mastery of John Medeski. Whether its the psycehdelic jazz fusion of Medeski, Martin & Wood, the gospel soul of The Word, or even his recent sit-in with Antibalas at the Brooklyn Bowl, the man is an undeniable talent. This time around, he’s lending his talents to a new group called Saudade, alongside members of Deftones and Bad Brains.The full lineup features guitarist Dr. Know, of the hardcore punk group Bad Brains, as well as Deftones’ vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno. Mackie Jayson and Chuck Doom complete this eclectic lineup, and the band has also released their very first track. Titled “Saudade,” the eponymous tune is beyond epic.Listen to “Saudade” below, and visit the band’s new BitTorrent page to download the band’s song and video. You can also join a mailing list to find out more information about this new exciting group.
Next weekend, July 30th-July 31st, the one and only NOLA Crawfish King Chris “Shaggy” Davis will celebrate his 45th birthday in style by hosting Shag Fest, a two-day event featuring some of New Orleans’ finest musicians. The event, to be held at d.b.a., will feature a tribute to Jerry Garcia, a funky superjam, and more. On Saturday, Gravity A and Papa Mali will team up with some very special guests for Gravity Mali Dead, paying respect to Garcia, whose birthday falls two days later on August 1st. Sunday’s lineup features the “Shag Fest Super Jam”, comprised of Eric “Benny” Bloom, Big D Perkins, Eric Vogel, Terrence Higgins, Joe Lawlor, June Yamagishi, and more. Tickets are available for $15 at the door. Every ticket comes with a free beer. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Last night, the Chicago Cubs clinched their first World Series appearance in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to two. The band naturally celebrated in fine fashion last night, and welcomed a very special guest into their festivities: Eddie Vedder.The longtime Cubs fan and Pearl Jam frontman was filmed getting some beer poured on his head by pitching coach Chris Bosio.Check out some more coverage of this great celebration below. Congrats to Cubs fans everywhere!
Any music fan will tell you that a concert is the best place to be for Halloween. While some fans are making their way to Vegas to catch Phish, other New Yorkers won’t be able to make that journey across the country. Fortunately, The Hall At MP has catered a great night for October 31st, with a live performance and a streamed one shortly thereafter.The night will start with Elise Testone, as she leads an all-star “Haunted Houses Of The Holy” tribute to Led Zeppelin. The lineup is stacked with talent, including Kung Fu’s Tim Palmieri and Adrian Tramontano, as well as Jed Lingat, Trey Cooper and more TBA! Tickets for this show can be found here.With so many fans in the building, The Hall At MP has announced a free webcast of the Phish performance in Las Vegas, NV to be live streamed immediately after the Zeppelin show. While the show is technically free to attend, The Hall has suggested a $10 donation, with all proceeds going to the Phish fan-led charity group The WaterWheel Foundation.What could be better than some great live music, followed by three sets of the highly-anticipated Phish performance, on Halloween night?! More information can be seen in the posters below, and tickets for the “Haunted Houses Of The Holy” performance are available here. You can also RSVP for the Phish webcast by following this link.
Ween continued their good vibes comeback tour last night, as they kicked off a three-night run at the beloved Port Chester, NY venue, the Capitol Theater. The band performed a multi-night run at Terminal 5 back in the spring, but that venue doesn’t come close to the special place that The Cap holds in fans hearts. Needless to say, fans were pumped for this weekend to arrive. A holiday run in the friendly confines of The Cap seems to be just what the doctor ordered, as Ween delivered on night one, turning in a career-spanning setlist that showcased their deep catalog and musical diversity.The band started things off with a fitting pair of openers, “Exactly Where I’m At” and “Flutes of Chi” from White Pepper. “Spinal Meningitis” followed, before the weirdness of “Happy Colored Marbles” took over the room. “Nan”, from their classic GodWeenSatan: The Oneness was up next, and the band kept things going at an almost ferocious pace from then on. “Roses Are Free” made a fun mid-set appearance, and Ween peppered “Boys Club”, “Tender Situation”, “I’ll Be Your Johnny On The Spot”, “What Deaner Was Talkin’ About” and more throughout the twenty-six song setlist. The set ended with keyboardist Glenn McLelland on tambourine, as Gene Ween took over keyboard duties for a memorable run through “Demon Sweat”.Watch “What Deaner Was Talkin’ About” into “I’ll Be your Johnny On The Spot” from The Capitol Theater, courtesy of YouTube user LazyLightning55aThe band closed things out with a one-two-punch encore of”Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)” and “I’m Dancing In The Show Tonight” that left fans satisfied as they exited the venue, excited for what’s in store the rest of the weekend. In total, the band drew from twelve different studio albums, showing off the many different sides of Ween’s diverse catalog. Ween will return to the Capitol Theater tonight for the second show of their three-night run.
Load remaining images Yonder Mountain String Band sent off 2016 with their annual New Years run at the Boulder Theater. The Colorado-born band’s two-night stand in Boulder this year was a departure from last year’s four-night decade-themed run, instead favoring more traditional Yonder setlists. Featuring a healthy mix of classic songs and new tunes off their upcoming album due out next year, the band was in proper form to welcome in the new year. However, Yonder’s propensity for playful and masterfully done covers still rang true, with some of the highlights of the shows being a monster cover of the Talking Heads “Girlfriend Is Better,” covers of Ween’s “Mister Richard Smoker” and “Piss Up A Rope,” a first-night encore opener of King Harvest’s “Dancing in the Moonlight,” and the ever-popular cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” to close out the weekend.Members of The Railsplitters joined Yonder on stage during the second set of Friday night, with Dusty Rider sitting in during the cover of the Talking Heads’ “Girlfriend is Better” and Lauren Stovall leading vocals during “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms.” Night one also saw the live debut of a new track, “Take A Chance on Me”. “Bad Taste” and “Chasing My Tail” are also new tunes off the album, though previously played in 2016.To welcome in the new year, the first set of the 31st featured a giant “On The Run” sandwich, which accounted for the majority of the latter half of the set. Following “I Know You Rider,” the band kicked off the massive sandwich with “On The Run” into Phish’s “Scent of a Mule,” before laying down “Wheel Hoss” and a jubilant cover of Ween’s “Piss Up A Rope.” Yonder then skillfully worked back out through “Scent of a Mule” and closed out the first set on a high with a return to “On The Run.” The set also featured a paired down “Checkout Time,” with only Adam Aijala on guitar, and Adam, Dave Johnson, and Ben Kaufman working the vocals.The countdown into 2017 fell after a cover of “Sister Golden Hair,” originally by the band America. Jay Elliott joined Yonder on a drum kit after the countdown, and the band moved into the electric portion of night, which spanned until the end of the set, with their final song choice being a return to the Dead’s catalog with “Touch of Grey.” The electric set had the whole band in high spirits to welcome in the new year, though Adam Aijala, in particular, was clearly lovin’ shredding the electric guitar.For their encore, the band returned to the stage to finish out the night in traditional Yonder fashion. Upon return, however, sans electric instruments, Adam jokingly lamented the return to acoustic, saying “I hate to say it but going from electric back to this feels like ‘plinky plink.’” Ben quickly quipped back with something along the lines of, “Not everyone can have hair like slash Adam.” Despite the joking about the rockin’ electric set, the band did not hold anything back for their encore. They sent off the night right with a nonstop sequence featuring “Casualty” sandwiching “New Dusty Miller” before transitioning straight into “Crazy Train,” a crowd-favorite frenetic cover that had attendants leaving the venue wanting more.You can peruse the setlists for yourself below, as well as check out photos from the weekend in the galleries below, courtesy of C. B. Klein.Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO – 12/30/16Set 1: Rambler’s Anthem > Kentucky Mandolin > Left Me in a Hole, Troubled Mind, Winds of Fire > Bad Taste, I’m Holding You, All Aboard > Not Far Away > All AboardSet 2: Finally Saw the Light, Girlfriend is Better (1), Eat In Go Deaf Eat Out Go Broke, Chasing My Tail, Rollin In My Sweet Baby’s Arms (2), Richard Smoker, Love Before You Can’t, Landfall, Take A Chance On Me (3), Only A Northern Song > Sidewalk Stars > Only A Northern SongEncore: Dancing In the Moonlight, Idaho1=Dusty Rider of the Railsplitters on banjo2=Lauren Stovall of the Railsplitters on vocals3=first time playedSetlist: Yonder Mountain String Band, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO – 12/31/16Set 1: All The Time > You’re No Good > All the Time, Complicated, Check Out Time, Wind & Rain, Kobe the Dog, Rider, On The Run > Scent of a Mule > Wheel Hoss > Piss Up A Rope > Scent of a Mule > On The RunSet 2: Angel > Robots > Years with Rose, Angel, Alison, Sister Golden Hair, Countdown, Rubberband (1) > Fingerprint (1), Pigs (1), Touch of Grey (1)Encore: Casualty > New Dusty Miller > Casualty > Crazy Train1=Jay Elliott on drums, electric
Never ones to remain idle, rock and roll torchbearers Gov’t Mule have just revealed a five show run through the Southeast. The shows come directly after the band’s scheduled performance at Wanee Festival, and seem to be pointing directly towards the Jazz Fest festivities. The famed New Orleans festival has yet to announce a lineup.The five night run is set from April 23rd through April 28th, with stops in South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana, including a late night show on April 28th at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. There are also shows with The Record Company and Soulive on the docks, so don’t miss out!You can find tickets and more information on the Mule website, and see the full schedule below.Gov’t Mule New Spring Tour Dates4.23 at Peace Center in Grenville, SC4.24 at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL4.26 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN4.27 at Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL4.28 at The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA++with Soulive
Umphrey’s Mcgee made their way to Oakland, CA’s The Fox Theater earlier this month with rising Arizona jam quartet Spafford. After two sets of straight shredding, the Chicago-based rockers closed the second set with a cover of Metallica‘s “…And Justice For All” that has been within the circuits of discussion ever since.Thanks to TourGigs, you can watch pro-shot footage of the performance below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Fox Theater | Oakland, CA | 3/11/17Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Attachments, Bridgeless > 2nd Self, Wappy Sprayberry > Rocker Part 2, Kid Charlemagne > BridgelessSet 2: Hurt Bird Bath > 2×2, 1348 > Hajimemashite, Ringo > 1348, …And Justice for AllEncore: Day Nurse > The Floor