Today, LOCKN’ Festival continued its act-by-act lineup announcement with the news that Spafford will be headed to Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia, this summer. The Arizona jammers will hit the festival’s main stage on Sunday, August 26th, at 2:30 p.m. ahead of performances by Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sheryl Crow, and Blues Traveler (plus one other act that has yet to be announced). This will mark Spafford’s debut at the high-profile music festival, scheduled for August 23rd through 26th of this year.Since the festival’s first lineup announcement—the highly anticipated news that Dead & Company would finally make its debut at LOCKN’ with four sets across Saturday and Sunday—the event has been slowly but steadily announcing a number of other big-draw artists on its bill. Spafford’s announcement comes on the heels of the announcement of two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel earlier in the day. For more information or to grab tickets to LOCKN’, head over to the festival’s website here. [Photo: Dave Vann]
On Friday, February 23rd, Aqueous will join forces with the recently returned moe. for a performance at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York. Given that both bands hail from Buffalo, New York, the upcoming performance is set to function as a homecoming of sorts, as both bands will return to the upstate New York region for the joint performance. No strangers to collaboration, Aqueous and moe. seemingly relish their hometown connection, joining forces for special performances when possible.Ahead of Aqueous and moe.’s upcoming performance in Albany, Aqueous has just released a video of the band’s original number, “Don’t Do It”, from their joint performance with moe.’s Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico at Brooklyn Comes Alive last fall. As Mike Gantzer told Live For Live Music ahead of their highly anticipated Brooklyn Comes Alive set:It’s an absolute honor to get the opportunity to share the stage with some of the moe. guys! Some of Aqueous’ most formative moments when we were young and aspiring/impressionable musicians were seeing moe. shows, and moe.down was actually our first ever festival that we attended growing up. We’ve always looked up to those guys, and the Buffalo connection we share makes it that much more special.You can check out the video of Aqueous, Schnier, and Amico performing “Don’t Do It” at Brooklyn Comes Alive below. Plus, check out Aqueous’ full upcoming tour schedule below, including a number of new headlining performances on the East Coast.moe.queous – “Don’t Do It”Aqueous Upcoming Tour Dates2/23 – Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre **3/22 – Baltimore, MD -8×10 !3/23 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva *3/24 – Richmond, VA – The National *4/13 & 4/14 – Rochester, NY – Flour City !4/20 – Erie, PA – King’s Rook Club !4/21 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt !4/25 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal *4/26 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall *4/27 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom *4/28 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue5/25 – 5/27 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival6/19 – 6/22 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival* w/ Papadosio** w/ moe.
Today, Widespread Panic has added two new dates in Memphis, Tennessee, at Mud Island Amphitheatre on June 29th and June 30th. These shows will come as an immediate follow-up to the band’s highly anticipated annual Red Rocks Amphitheatre run in Morrison, Colorado, which is scheduled for June 22nd through 24th. The band last played Mud Island Amphitheatre back in June of 2016, which marked Panic’s first show at the venue since 2008.You can snag tickets to Widespread Panic’s upcoming two-night run at Memphis’ Mud Island Amphitheatre when they go on sale on Friday, April 6th, at 10 a.m. (CT). For more information, head to the band’s website here.
Led Zeppelin isn’t letting a little thing like breaking up almost forty years ago keep them continuing their sales dominance. In fact, the one-time “Biggest Band In The World” is releasing their first entry for the annual Record Store Day event. The release—a new single of tunes handpicked by Jimmy Page—is coming on yellow vinyl featuring “Rock And Roll” on side A and “Friends” on side B. While longtime fans might be amazed at Zeppelin’s choosing to go the single route after all those years of disdain for the form, nothing should surprise them about the band wanting to control the way their music is released.Though the 45 doesn’t contain new material, that won’t stop the fervent collectors from snapping up the limited release as fast as they’re put on shelves, which shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with Zeppelin’s history. Some estimates place Led Zeppelin’s lifetime sales at somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 million records sold. Those numbers are even more impressive when you take into account that even their biggest hit, and arguably one of the greatest songs of all times, “Stairway To Heaven”, didn’t get its own single release.The members of Led Zeppelin have always worked to control how they release their music to the world, wanting to take away the preconceptions and biases that were being heaped upon them early in their career. In fact, they released their fourth and fifth albums—Led Zeppelin IV, though known to many as”Zoso” for the runic symbols on the covers, and Houses Of The Holy—untitled and unattributed on the outside packaging. While most bands and record labels would never even consider such a vague marketing strategy, Zeppelin laughed all the way to the bank with nearly 25 million copies sold to date.Robert Plant, the golden-tressed concept of a rock star come to life, was far more than just a lyric belting banshee—he was also a savvy businessman. He and his partners, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and the late drummer John Bonham knew that their deal with Atlantic Records was fair, but they wanted to have full control of their product. In 1974, the band, along with manager Peter Grant, formed Swan Song Records, an imprint whose material would be distributed by Atlantic.Led Zeppelin had spent the five years leading up to the founding of Swan Song making themselves the highest-grossing rock act in the world. Their mixture of incredible musicianship, unrelenting adoration by their fans around the world, and their drive to try and help other acts reach the same level positioned them perfectly to build a label that would work for the bands, instead of the other way around. With the example of The Beatles woes in attempting the same thing with their own imprint, Apple Records, Zeppelin strove to recruit bands they felt were as close to ready for stardom as possible.Peter Grant and the band always intended for the label’s stable to stay small with no more than four or five acts including Zeppelin. Though their first recruit, Scottish singer Maggie Bell didn’t generate much in the way of sales their second act, Bad Company, gave the label its first chart toppers outside of their founders. With Paul Rodgers leaving Free to front this new collaboration of heavy-hitters, including members of King Crimson and Mott The Hoople, Swan Song gained instant credibility.Swan Song filled out their stable with bands and artists like The Pretty Things, Dave Edmunds, Mirabai, Detective, and Sad Café. The Pretty Things managed to give the label their second-straight number-one release with the album Silk Torpedo, though the group has since fallen into obscurity. With the new release by Zeppelin the following year, Physical Graffiti, also hitting number one, it looked like Zeppelin had indeed learned the lessons taught by the late Apple Records. Unfortunately, as the 70s drew to a close, Led Zeppelin was worn down from the rock-and-roll lifestyle, and their participation and interest in the label followed suit. The passing of John Bonham in 1980 was not just the death knell for Led Zeppelin, but Swan Song as well.The label’s founders had much to be proud of though. Over the decade it existed, Swan Song released twenty-seven albums, including solo records from Page and Plant following the dissolution of Zep. In the following years, the band’s surviving members have worked with a plethora of young artists in a variety of capacities. Jones, in particular, has done great work producing albums by artists ranging from Paul McCartney to the Butthole Surfers, while Plant has regularly searched and embraced new talent in his backing bands for his headlining shows and tours.This new single, a call back to the glorious era when Led Zeppelin ruled the charts and concert stages of the world, isn’t going to change the music world, though it just might help connect fans with their local music sellers. For devotees of vinyl and the ritualistic manner in which they consume music, bringing home this new Zeppelin 45 will be a blast from the past and a rarity at the same time. As the opening salvo to what is sure to be a memorabilia-laden 50th-anniversary, Led Zeppelin is still breaking ground and likely returning to the place they know best: the top of the charts.If you love Led Zeppelin and will be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, don’t miss Z-Funk: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin & Parliament Funkadelic featuring Michelangelo Carubba & Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Rob Walker (The Main Squeeze), Chris Bullock & Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy) at The Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, April 29th. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here<; and for our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.
On Saturday night, multi-talented writer/actor/musician/entertainment Renaissance man Donald Glover (known in the music world as Childish Gambino) entered a rare club, becoming one of a short list of performers to serve double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Just as he does with all his various, separate projects, Glover put his best foot forward in both roles, showing that he doesn’t just do a bunch of different things–he does a bunch of different things really well.On SNL, Glover starred in his silliest, wittiest comedic form in the episode’s wealth of priceless sketches, and fully transformed into his Gambino alter-ego for his incredible musical performances, both of which were debuts. For his opening monologue, over smooth jazz in the key of D, Glover joked about being hung up on his two failed SNL auditions back in the day. Playing on the frequent comments about the breadth of his talent, he sang about how “I really can do anything” while asking cast members what they did for their auditions and failing at menial tasks with pronounced hubris.As a bit of self-aware commentary at the end of the monologue, Glover didn’t stray from the script customarily read by the host to welcome the musical guest, despite the unusual circumstances: “We have a great show for you tonight, Childish Gambino is here.” That distinction was proven valid throughout the show, as Donald, the Emmy-winning actor/director, and Gambino, the Grammy-winning musician, both shined in their respective, separate duties.Donald Glover – SNL Opening MonologueAmong Glover’s most amusing segments was a pre-canned sketch riffing on Kanye West‘s recent deluge of inflammatory public comments in a parody of the critically acclaimed new horror film, A Quiet Place. In the sketch, titled “A Kanye Place,” a group of would-be victims is attempting to sneak through a cornfield undetected by the monsters trying to eat them, but despite their attempts to stay quiet, Kanye keeps tweeting outlandish shit and they can’t help but talk about it–which turns out to be their downfall. It’s a sublime send-up of the media circus that’s surrounded West in the last couple weeks and the perplexing process the public has gone through of denouncing, deliberating, and endlessly debating the significance of this metaphorical dumpster fire. Check it out below:A Kanye Place[Video: Saturday Night Live]Serving as Childish Gambino in another pre-filmed clip, titled “Friendos”, Glover, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd portray a hilarious spoof of mumble-rap superstars Migos. Under the guise of a hot club banger music video, the Friendos do maintenance on their group relationship by going to therapy with Dr. Angela, played with a steely deadpan by Cecily Strong. A$AP Rocky even makes a surprise cameo. Watch the video below:Childish Gambino ft. A$AP Rocky – “Friendos“Glover also put on his Childish Gambino “mask” for a theatrically choreographed performance of a new track, his first since his universally-acclaimed 2016 album, Awaken, My Love! The performance was introduced by (and featured the dance moves of) Zoë Kravitz. You can watch the SNL debut performance of “Saturday”, the appropriately-titled new track, below:Childish Gambino – “Saturday”For Childish Gambino’s other musical performance, he debuted another new song, “This Is America”. The SNL video of that performance was not released with the others, but today he released an official music video for the track, which strikingly juxtaposes the joyful machismo and the harrowing violence and fear that come along with being a black man in America. The track also features backing vocals by Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo of Migos, Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi, and BlocBoy JB. Check out the music video below:Childish Gambino – This Is America[Video: Donald Glover]You can see an assortment of other clips of Donald Glover/Childish Gambino on SNL below. For more information on Childish Gambino’s upcoming tour dates, head here. Check out some more hilarious clips of Donald Glover on Saturday Night Live below:Cleveland Cavaliers Promo (Cut For Time)Barbie InstagramPrison Job80’s Music VideoLando’s SummitCourtroomDirty Talk
On July 17, 1968, The Beatles presented their animated musical fantasy film Yellow Submarine to the world for the very first time. Making its initial premiere at the London Pavilion on Piccadilly Circus, the film received huge praises of success from its multifaceted audiences. Critics and fans alike were eager to see the British rock band’s masterpiece, and it was positively accepted amongst all.Taking a real step forward incorporating animated motion as a serious art form, Yellow Submarine explores the concepts of Time, Science, Monsters, Nothing; and beyond. While fighting music-hating “Blue Meanings” and navigating the depths of the sea, the film incorporated Beatles hits like “Eleanor Rigby,” “A Day In The Life,” “All Together Now,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” to lead the characters through their picturesque journey.While apparently less-than-willing to be involved with such a film, The Beatles only participated in the closing scene, despite being promoted as actors in the film. In any such way, their compositions and performances led the beauty of the film through a smashing success that brought them back into the spotlight, after their trip to India and the recording of the White Album.Let’s take a “sail up to the sun” with this scene from the film:Yellow Submarine
Today, Native American organizations have come together to announce a free anti-voter suppression event featuring a headlining performance by Dave Matthews. The event will take place at Prarie Knights Casino & Resort in Cannon Ball, North Dakota this coming Saturday, October 27th.As an announcement post on the Dave Matthews Band Facebook page explains,In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on North Dakota’s new voter ID law, Native American organizations have organized the Stand-N-Vote concert. The event is free, on a first-come-first-served basis, and will be held on Saturday, October 27th at the Prairie Knights Casino in Standing Rock, ND and will feature Dave Matthews, Mark Ruffalo and Native American performers such as Auntie Beachress, Lakota Thunder and the Dancers of the Northern Plains, Scotti Clifford & Spirits Cry, and Prolific the Rapper.The law, upheld by the US Supreme Court just weeks before the election, requires that all IDs used at the polls include a street address – thereby disenfranchising the many Native American voters who only have a P.O. Box on their tribal identification cards. The intent of the event is to take a united stand against rampant voter suppression, not only in North Dakota, but nationally. The event is also intended help Get Out the Vote in the upcoming November 6 midterm elections, and to encourage native voters to get new tribal IDs so that they can vote in this election.Dave Matthews has never been shy about using his platform to help support political and humanitarian causes, from organizing clean water donations to residents of Flint, MI in 2016 to participating in a star-studded Concert For Island Relief in January of this year to mounting a fundraiser for Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich in April.Matthews was also notably involved in supporting the Standing Rock protests back in 2016, hosting a Stand For Standing Rock benefit to aid in the pushback against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This latest politically-minded performance continues Matthews’ connections to the rights of the native people of North Dakota.For more information about the Stand-N-Vote show, head here.[H/T Relix]
As The Marcus King Band continues their ongoing tour in support of their 2018 release, Carolina Confessions, the South Carolina-based outfit has announced a new crop of dates for the early months of 2019.On January 24th, guitarist/vocalist Marcus King and company will make their way to Columbus, TN’s A&R Music Bar. On January 27th, they’ll head to Madison, WI for a show at High Noon Saloon. From there, they’ll hit four different cities over the course of four nights, making stops at Peoria, IL’s Kenny’s Westside (1/29); Lexington, KY’s Manchester Music Hall (1/30); Blacksburg, VA’s The Lyric Theatre (1/31/19); and Newport News, VA’s Boathouse Live (2/1).Tickets for the newly announced 2019 Marcus King Band dates go on sale this Friday, November 30th. For ticketing information, head here.The new dates are far from the only shows on the docket for The Marcus King Band. The six-piece still has 11 more full-band dates on their calendar for the remainder of this year, and King is scheduled to appear as a guest at The Allman Family Revival in San Francisco on December 8th. To ring in 2018, Marcus King will once again join As The Crow Flies for a two-night run at The Capitol Theatre. In addition, amidst the new 2019 dates, the band will join Umphrey’s McGee as support for a pair of shows at Milwaukee, WI’s Riverside Theater.For a full list of The Marcus King Band tour dates, head to the band’s website here.
On Saturday, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre for their final show of the week. Between the D.C. weekend affairs, the 12-piece celebrated their album release in Brooklyn, New York with a phenomenal performance at Brooklyn Music Academy, which took an emotional turn just days after the loss of their own Kofi Burbridge. Following a scorcher of a show on Friday night, the band returned on Saturday with another mind-bending two-set performance.Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their first set with a cover of Dr. John’s “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” before working through two cuts off of 2013’s Made Up Mind with “Do I Look Worried” and “Part Of Me”. Up next was a well executed pair of newcomers with “When Will I Begin” and “Walk Through This Life”, followed up by covers of Bob Dylan’s “Down In The Flood” and Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”. Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their first set to a close with “Strengthen What Remains” and a 17-minute rendition of “Idle Wind”.For their second set, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned with “They Don’t Shine, their third SIGNS tune of the night, followed up by “High & Mighty”. The band then let their Allman Brothers Band roots show with their rendition of “Dreams”, allowing Derek Trucks to dazzle the crowd with some scorching guitar work. The band continued with a fan-favorite cover of Spooner Oldham’s “Sweet Inspiration”, highlighted by some beautiful vocal harmonizing between Susan Tedeschi and Mike Mattison. The 12-piece kept on chugging with originals “Made Up Mind”, “Shame”, and “Midnight In Harlem”, followed by a horn-heavy cover of “I Pity The Fool” and a set-closing high-energy take on “Bound For Glory”.A lone encore of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” brought the rocking two-set performance to a close.Listen to full-show audio of last night’s show below:Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/23/2019 (Full-Show Audio)[Audio: Alex Leary]Tedeschi Trucks Band continues their tour with performances at The Met in Philadelphia, PA; Birmingham, AL; Augusta, GA; and Asheville, NC ahead of their European tour this spring. For a full list of upcoming dates, please head over to the band’s official website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Warner Theatre | Washington, D.C. | 2/23/2019Set One: I Walk On Guilded Splinters, Do I Look Worried, Part Of Me, When Will I Begin, Walk Through This Life, Down In The Flood, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Strengthen What Remains, Idle WindSet Two: They Don’t Shine, High & Mighty, Dreams, Sweet Inspiration, Made Up Mind, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, I Pity The Fool, Bound For GloryEncore: With A Little Help From My Friends
Rev. Peter J. Gomes Memorial Service What comes after Gomes’ cousin Ceronne Daly, Ed.M. ’96 (from left), Eugene F. Rivers III, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Gov. Deval Patrick, and Harvard President Drew Faust make their way to the reception at the Faculty Club. Vergers Vergers Seth Moulton (left), HKS/HBS student, and Martin Wallner ’11 attend the memorial service for the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. Gov. Deval Patrick “We listened and we learned about life, faith, love and loss,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, “but mostly about how to be better people.” In harmony Attendees at Gomes’ memorial sang songs including “When the Perfect Comes,” an anthem that Gomes commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination. Smile Gomes’ good friend Cynthia Wight Rossano prior to the service celebrating Gomes’ life and ministry. The Memorial Church Memorial-goers stand during the procession of Gomes’ memorial. Friends in high places Eugene F. Rivers III, an American activist and Pentecostal minister based in Boston, attended the service. Hundreds of people crowded Harvard’s Memorial Church on Wednesday (April 6) to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who died in February at age 68.Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University, served there for 41 years. The nearly two-hour memorial service was filled with music, including “When the Perfect Comes,” an anthem that Gomes commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination. The service included many fond remembrances from longtime friends and colleagues for the man at the heart of Harvard’s spiritual life for so long.“It is heartening to look out and see so many people here, remembering a man who meant so much to us all,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “There was music in Peter,” she added, “a symphony of points and counterpoints. He rewarded close listening from a careful ear.”Former Harvard President Derek Bok, who helped to hire Gomes, said the minister arrived during the turbulent early 1970s, when many students were “at odds with the University, the society, the government.”But through his work, Gomes tried to build “a community of Harvard’s vast collection of busy people, all intent on their particular interests and ambitions.”Gomes became “a unifying figure,” said Bok, “whose love of the University helped us all to appreciate our being here even more.”Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. escorts Cynthia Wight Rossano out of the church following the memorial service honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Peter J. Gomes. Photo by Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe pews were jammed with dignitaries, colleagues, and friends from the Harvard community, as well as members of the church’s congregation, admirers, acquaintances, and former students.The Rev. Mike Mullany of the First Congregational Church in Adams, Mass., made the two-and-a-half hour trip with his son Ben for the memorial. Mullany, who took a preaching class with Gomes in 2000, recalled his influential teaching about the power and importance of scripture.“He used to talk about each passage being a diamond. You could hold it up and look at any facet and find something of value and truth … from whatever angle you came at it.”Though Gomes, who died Feb. 28, had held many titles and honorary degrees, was a formidable scholar, and authored many books, article, and papers, he was best known for his oratorical skills. He was widely considered one of the nation’s most distinguished preachers. His style and substance, whether at the pulpit or a party, carried a profound impact.“We listened to the music of his voice, his beautiful choice of words,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who met Gomes as a Harvard undergraduate during one of Gomes’ weekly teas. “We listened and we learned about life, faith, love and loss,” Patrick said, “but mostly about how to be better people.”Gomes, renowned for his humor and wit, would have appreciated the service’s many lighter moments.Faust drew roars from the crowd when she recalled his arrival to welcome her as Harvard’s first female president.“He came to my office, which was then still at Radcliffe, dressed in his regalia. It was for him a very serious occasion. He sat down and looked at me, and in that unforgettable voice of his, he said, ‘Madam, I come to pledge my fealty.’ What do you say back to that?”“He loved antiques, long, multicourse dinner parties with sparkling conversation, and rich old ladies,” said Patrick to waves of laughter.Patrick said Gomes, who was gay, conservative, and African-American, lived with courage, without labels, and “stubbornly on his own terms. By refusing to be put in anyone else’s box, Peter Gomes may have been the freest man I have ever known.”Patrick also recalled how Gomes first cautioned him against running for governor, fearful that the experience would break his spirit. Gomes, a Republican, then promptly changed his party affiliation so he could vote for Patrick in the primary.The service closed with the choral benediction by Johannes Brahms. “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” members of the Harvard University Choir past and present sang, “and renew a right spirit within me.” Photo by Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe service closed with the choral benediction by Johannes Brahms. “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” members of the Harvard University Choir past and present sang, “and renew a right spirit within me.”Ellen Adolph, a retired administrative assistant at Harvard Law School (HLS) who used to work with Gomes in coordinating memorial services for HLS faculty, attended the service to pay her respects, and to “think back again on what he was like and what he thought, to be reminded of him.”“He was someone to look up to, and to model oneself after. … He had such a humanity.” Friends and family Gomes’ cousin Ceronne Daly, Ed.M. ’96 (from left), Viana Daly, another cousin and godchild of Gomes, and Daniel Sanks, a close friend and former administrator at the Memorial Church, attended the service. Justin Ide and Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographers Choral The Harvard University Choir performs during the memorial service. The way we were Former Harvard President Derek Bok, who helped to hire Gomes, said the minister arrived during the turbulent early 1970s, when many students were “at odds with the University, the society, the government.” ‘Heartening’ glance “It is heartening to look out and see so many people here, remembering a man who meant so much to us all,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. Dorothy Austin Dorothy Austin, Sedgwick Associate Minister in the Memorial Church, speaks during the memorial service.