Friday, August 22

Review and Photos: Snarky Puppy, Lettuce and The Nth Power - Stevie Wonder vs. Michael Jackson - Highline Ballroom - NYC - 8/13/2014

One of my favorite parts of living just outside New York City is the plethora of musical options available on a daily basis. There is always a show to dance the night away to and thanks to Live For Live Music, this past Wednesday evening was a perfect example of just that. Pairing members of Snarky Puppy, Lettuce and The Nth Power for a one of a kind battle of Stevie Wonder vs. Michael Jackson. 
The event was held at the Highline Ballroom which offered plenty of dance space for the night, as well as a wraparound balcony offering up a Birdseye view with the option of table service on first come first serve basis. The evening started off with its core crew made up of Cory Henry and Nate Werth both of Snarky Puppy as well as Eric Bloom, Adam Deitch and Adam Smirnoff of Lettuce. 
The music was tight throughout the evening as the musicians blended together beautifully while tackling some of music’s most popular and timeless classics. With an energetic and vibrant crowd that seemed ready to let loose from the start it was a full on party from the opening notes of “Living For The City” to the end of show closer “Boogie On Reggae Women.” 
The entire evening was one highlight after another, each song bringing a blissful solo or combined jam that perfectly exemplified the overall talent on stage. Adding a modern twist to songs such as “Remember the Time” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” was just a small part what was one of the most enjoyable tribute shows I’ve seen before. Adding to the already stacked lineup of the evening Nigel Hall joined in, passionately delivering his soulful vocals coming out several times over the course of the night to the delight of the entire audience. 
Other memorable moments included John Deitch, Adam’s father joining the band on percussion as well as Jay White, Cory’s brother adding in his beautifully laid vocals to the mix. The final highlight of the evening came with the encore as the extremely talented Nikki Gillespie of the Nth Power joined in for a killer “You Haven’t Done Nothin” and “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” 
The ending tune Boogie was the perfect way to close out a night in which those in attendance truly did boogie throughout the night. This one of a kind event was well put together and a huge success for all involved. Having the opportunity to witness some of today’s biggest talents pay tribute to two of the greatest performers the world has known was in itself a treat. Seeing the joy on their faces while feeling the passion they have for the musicians they were paying homage to pouring off the stage was something different all together.
Events like this allow not only the fans, but the band alike to share in some pretty magical moments. I for one look forward to what may follow down the road from Live For Live Music and all who were involved the evening.
Words and Photos: Chason Heins
 To find out more info about the bands whose member participated in this event follow the below
links: Snarky Puppy  Lettuce  The Nth Power
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Wednesday, August 20

Dates: EOTO - Fall Tour 2014

EOTO’s latest tour information, check out the official website at
EOTO just announced their fall tour dates including theater performances throughout the Midwest and Southeast through November of 2014. These pioneers of live EDM improvisation will hit the road armed with the latest musical and visual technology. They continue to add to their mesmerizing audio setup that pushes the boundaries between musical instruments and computer software all the while blurring the lines between studio production and live performance. TOUR DATES:
8/22  Mishawaka: Bellvue, CO
8/19-8/20 Infrasound Equinox Festival, Black River Falls, WI
9/25  Crowfoot Ballroom: Pontiac, MI
9/26  Concord Music Hall: Chicago, IL
9/27  Concord Music Hall: Chicago, IL
10/1  Bourbon Theater: Lincoln, NB
10/2  2720: St Louis, MO
10/3  The Rave: Milwaukee, WI
10/4   Canopy Club: Urbana, IL
10/8   TEMPT: Nashville, TN
10/9   Terminal West: Atlanta, GA
10/10  Zydeco, Birmingham, AL
10/11  The Nest, Miami, FL
10/31  Suwannee Hulaween, Live Oak, FL
11/21  Stage 48, New York, NY
11/28  Winstons, San Diego, CA
11/29  El Ray Theater, Los Angeles, CA
12/05  The Independent, San Francisco, CA
12/06  Cargo, Reno, NV
12/10  Parish, Austin, TX
12/12  Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
12/13  Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
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Tuesday, August 19

Dates: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - Fall 2014 Tour

Baltimore newbies and favorites to the jam rock scene head into August full steam with a nice swing tour!
8/16 - Scranton, PA - The Peach Music Festival
8/19 - Lansing, MI - The Loft
8/20 - Columbus, OH - Scarlet and Grey Café
8/21-23 - Bartow, WV - Camp Barefoot
8/26 - Corolla, NC - Sundog’s
8/27 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House
8/28 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House
8/29 - Greenville, SC - Gottrocks
8/30 - Ferguson, NC - Mantrabash
9/03 - Philadelphia, PA - Silk City
9/04 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
9/05 - Hancock, NY - Catskill Chill Festival
9/11 - Rock Camp, WV - Pink Moon Festival
9/13 - Greenfield, MA - Wormtown Festival
9/16 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
9/18 - Greenville, NC - Peasant's Pub
9/19 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's
9/26 - Boston, MA - Church
9/27 - Manchester, CT - Main Pub
10/01 - Providence, RI - The Spot Underground
10/02 - Northampton, MA - The Iron Horse Music Hall
10/03 - Starks, ME - Harvest Ball
10/04 - Burlington, VT - Nectar's
10/11 - Roanoke, VA - Martin's Oktoberfest
10/12 - Lafayette, GA - Fly Free Fest
10/22 - Blacksburg, VA - Sycamore Deli
10/23 - Boone, NC - Boone Saloon
10/24 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall
10/25 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House
10/29 - Harrisburg, PA - The Abbey Bar
10/30 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street

10/31 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Science Center
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Monday, August 18

Album Review: Goodnight, Texas: Uncle John Farquhar - August 5th, 2014 - Tallest Man Records

Goodnight, Texas 
 Uncle John Farquhar 
August 5th, 2014
 Tallest Man Records 
If there was ever a definition of true American music, Goodnight, Texas embodies that definition on all fronts. Not only is there music a divine combination of bluegrass, country, folk, Americana and indie rock, but the story behind the band and its name is truly all-American as well. The two primary songwriters, Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, first met in San Francisco and bonded over their mutual love of old wooden instruments and a vision of late nineteenth century blue collar America. While Wolf moved across the country to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the two friends continued to collaborate. The duo named their band Goodnight, Texas, after a tiny town in the panhandle of Texas, Goodnight, which is the exact mid-point in between San Francisco and Chapel Hill. As if that wasn’t enough, the band’s debut album A Long Life of Living was inspired by stories from the Industrial Revolution era in the Appalachian Mountains. Now, their second studio effort Uncle John Farquhar reaches a bit further back into the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Inspired by Wolf’s great great great grandfather John Farquhar, the album weaves the listener through tales of bank robbers, booze, travel and war with breathtaking harmonies and primarily acoustic instrumentation. The band also incorporates some unique instruments in Uncle John Farquhar. The intro track features a 70 second solo on the mandolanjo from Vinocur, which is also included in “Hello Nebraska,” and Wolf plays the baritone guitar in “Cold Riders,” while Vinocur plays it in “Knock ‘Em Stiff.” Uncle John Farquhar is a truly unique piece of work that is sure to knock you off your feet. The album is available now via Tallest Man Records and is a featured release on iTunes.
Review: Randy Harris 
3 Outta 5 Glowsticks!  
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Friday, August 15

Preview: Southern Brewers Festival - Aug 22-23 - Chattanooga, Tennessee

 Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual Southern Brewers Festival is set to take place on August 22-23 at the beautiful Chattanooga Riverfront in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the Tennessee River. The two-day event will feature over 45 breweries from all over the U.S., presenting over 100 different brews. But beer is not the only attraction at the festival. Each day will feature live music from some of the premiere jambands on the scene today. The first night will consist of a massive lineup, starting with up-and-coming bluegrass band Cabinet, then jam/funk veterans Soulive, and finally a headlining set from the progressive rock, jamband quintet moe. Cabinet has been steadily climbing the bluegrass ladder and is taking audiences by storm. Their blend of roots, bluegrass, country and folk provides perfect vehicles for instrumental jams and breakdowns. The trio that is Soulive helped to pioneer the combination of jambands and funk. Their massive live sets continue to stun crowds all over the world. Moe. may not need much of an introduction, but these gentlemen have been a staple of the jamband scene since the early 1990s. Today, moe. continues to bring in massive crowds and bring the heat with every show. The second day will begin with lap pedal steel guitarist AJ Ghent and his band, followed by southern rock veteran Randall Bramblett & Friends. AJ Ghent comes from a family with extensive history in the lap pedal steel area. His Great Uncle Wille Eason, his Grandfather Henry Nelson, and his Father Aubrey Ghent, Sr. pioneered the style known as “Sacred Steel.” Randall Bramblett played with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon in 2012, as well as New Year’s Eve opening for Widespread Panic and New Orleans JazzFest with Chuck Leavell. He was also included on Bonnie Raitt’s latest release. Next, bluegrass giants Greensky Bluegrass will kick off the night sets, followed by a massive headlining set from southern rock jam quartet Gov’t Mule. Greensky Bluegrass has gradually taken over as one of the premier bluegrass jambands in the country. Most recently, the band is fresh off of a massive Red Rocks show opening for Railroad Earth, and they are set to release a brand new album this September. Gov’t Mule, led by guitar virtuoso Warren Haynes, began in the mid-1990s as a side project of Haynes’ while he was playing for the Allman Brothers Band. 20 years later, the band has developed its own unique identity and attracted a flock of fans all of its own. The best part? There is only one stage, so there are no choices to make, and there is no chance of missing any of these amazing artists! What could possibly make this weekend better? Oh yeah, two-day tickets are just $40! Just Gov’t Mule or moe. alone can cost $40, and here you will get both, plus much more. While there is no camping available on site, the festival provides a list of preferred hotel partners on its website, and there are many affordable options nearby. Click HERE tickets and more info on the artists, beers, schedule and location. 
Each year the festival helps to benefit for Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. 
Words: Randy Harris
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Thursday, August 14

Review and Photos: Umphrey's McGee - Stone Pony Summerstage, Asbury Park, NJ, - Aug 10th, 2014

As a fan of live music the summer brings a much welcomed chance to see band after band make their way around the country playing one beautiful outdoor venue after the other. This past weekend Umphrey’s McGee did just that, rolling into one of my favorite local spots The Stone Pony for 2 sets of progressive rock at its finest. The Summer Stage offers fans a beautiful spot to catch a show and just so happens to be located directly across the street from the beach. This for me sets up a basically perfect day of fun and relaxing outdoors followed by a night of celebrating life with friends and live music.
As the sun was slowly setting behind the stage, Umphrey’s McGee began to emerge one by one taking the stage to a venue full of eager fans. The band wasted very little time greeting the crowd before diving into “You Got the Wrong Guy,” which quickly set the mood as they all but smacked their fans in the face with the pure energy of this tune. This transitioned seamlessly into a soaring version of fan favorite “40’s Theme” keeping the energy cranked to the max. The band seemed to be clicking perfectly throughout the evening, feeding off one another’s cues, moving around the stage effortlessly, interacting with each other creating a beautiful give and take of energy between themselves and the crowd. This was highlighted best with a beautifully crafted Bridgeless that saw the band travel through Hourglass, Nothing Too Fancy and one of my personal favorites, “Booth Love”, before offering their take on a Clash original, “Rock the Casbah.” As the song was coming to an end Jake put down his guitar and made his way over to Andy and Kris for a 5 minute percussion breakdown along with the help of band friend Ilya Stemkovsky. This gave the rest of the band a chance to sit back and enjoy the moment along with their fans before heading back into “Bridgeless” to close out the first set. 
The second set began with the powerful combo of “JaJunk” followed by “Wappy Sprayberry” that combined, clocked in at almost 30 minutes. “Live And Let Die,” a Paul McCartney and Wings original followed this killer combo making it the bands second cover of the evening. This well played version led perfectly into my favorite of the evening, “Utopian Fir.” With the set well underway, the Supermoon now glowing brilliantly overhead seemed to work seamlessly alongside the bands 7th member, Jefferson Waful. Blending his vibrant palate of colors and symmetric patterns perfectly with the evening’s glow creating one of the most visually stunning light shows I have ever seen. Closing out the second set band transitioned back into first set tune “Nothing Too Fancy,” beautifully ending the tune and closing out an impressive 2 sets of music. 
 As the band made their way back on stage for their encore Joel led the crowd in a spirited version of Happy Birthday for Brendan whose birthday was the following day. After the candles were all blown out the band jumped into “Front Porch” to close it all out. This version included a “Waterfalls” jam along with the songs chorus which emerged out of nowhere to the excitement of the crowd, who sang along the entire time. Brendan dedicated the song to Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez as the band went back into “Front Porch” to finish out the show. This is a band that truly seems to love not only what they do but their fans as well. Feeding off the energy of the crowd only to return tenfold in the form of pure musical bliss. This combined with a killer light show and their vast and ever growing catalog of covers and originals there is no reason this band shouldn’t be a must see if you haven’t yet experienced them live.
Words: Chason Heins
Photos: Mike Geller

08.10.2014 Stone Pony Summerstage, Asbury Park, NJ, USA
Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > 40's Theme, Walletsworth, Bridgeless[1] > Hourglass, Nothing Too Fancy > Booth Love[2], Rock the Casbah > Drums[3],Bridgeless
Set 2: JaJunk, Wappy Sprayberry > Live and Let Die, Utopian Fir[4] > Thin Air, The Floor > Nothing Too Fancy
Encore: Front Porch[5]

[1] with A Go Go (John Scofield) teases
[2] with Xxplosive (Dr. Dre) teases
[3] with Ilya Stemkovsky on drums and Jake on percussion
[4] with Back In Black (AC/DC) tease
[5] with Waterfalls (TLC) jam, including the chorus sung nine times
Notes: Front Porch was preceded by Joel leading the crowd in singing Happy Birthday for Brendan.

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Dates: Greensky Bluegrass - If Sorrows Swim Tour - Fall 2014

Coming Sept 9th, If Sorrows Swim
Fall Tour 2014
9/10 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
9/11 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
9/12 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
9/13 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
9/16 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
9/17 - Americana Music Festival - Nashville, TN
9/18 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA
9/19 - Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
9/20 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
9/23 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
9/24 - Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC
9/25 - Visulite Theater - Charlotte, NC
9/26 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
9/27 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
9/30 - Duling Hall - Jackson, MS
10/01 - 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN
10/02 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
10/03 - Vogue Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
10/04 - Resonance Music Festival - Pataskala, OH
10/22 - Wolly's - Des Moines, IA
10/23 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
10/27 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
10/28 - Sol Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM
10/29 - Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, NM
10/31 - Suwannee Hulaween - Live Oak, FL
11/01 - 11/02 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
11/05 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
11/06 - Top Hat - Missoula, MT
11/07 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
11/08 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
11/09 - Neptune Theater - Seattle, WA
11/12 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA 11/13 - Troubadour - W. Hollywood, CA
11/14 - 11/15 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
12/11 - 12/14 - Strings & Sol - Puerto Morelos, MX
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Dates: moe. - Fall 2014 (from sea to shining sea!)

Tour stalwarts moe. have announced a vast Fall Tour with shows on each coast and in between plus a very nice Halloween appearance at the annual Hangtown Halloween Ball in California
9/12 - Orono, ME @ Collins Center For The Arts
9/13 - Fredericton, NB @ Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
9/14 - Montreal, QE @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
9/16 - Toronton, ON @ The Mod Club
9/18 - Peoria, IL @ CEFCU Center Stage
9/19 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/20 - Cincinnati, OH @ Moonlite Gardens
9/21 - Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage
9/24 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/25 - Concord, NH @ Capitol Center For The Arts
9/26 - Westbury, NY @ The Space At Westbury
9/27 - Bridgeport, CT @ The Klein
10/24 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/26 - Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Halloween Ball
10/31 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/01 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
11/4 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
11/5 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
11/7 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
11/8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
11/9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

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Festival Update: Catskill Chill Music Festival - Hancock, NY - Sept 5th-7th, 2014 (Festy Map, Lineup Additions and Ticket Link)

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Tuesday, August 12

Preview: Stevie vs Michael feat. Adam Deitch, Eric Bloom, Nigel Hall, Adam Smirnoff & Cory Henry and more!

Live For Live Music has once again dreamed up a top notch show bringing some of the industry’s most talented musicians together for a special one night only performance at New York City’s Highline Ballroom August 13th. The event Stevie Vs Michael a tribute to 2 music’s biggest and most influential names. The band made up of Cory Henry (Keyboardist) from the Grammy Winning band Snarky Puppy with Nigel Hall (Vocals) from The Nth Power as well as Adam Smirnoff(Guitar), Adam Deitch (Drums) and Eric Bloom (Trumpet) all from the New York Funk powerhouse Lettuce. Putting a Super Group such as this together and then giving them 2 of the greatest catalogs of music from which to work is nothing short of brilliant and I for one can’t wait to see just how it all goes down. As for the specific details the event is 20 dollars in advance and 25 at the door which opens at 7:30 with a show time of 9pm. There is seating available on a first come first serve basis with a full dinner menu provided for a minimum of 10 dollars a person. The rest of the Venue will be standing room only as all tickets are General Admission. There is really nothing left to do but get your closest friends together and grab some tickets for what may be one of the funkiest nights of the summer.  
Words: Chason Heins
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