Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the one of a kind Serenity Gathering festival has been forced to relocate from Lake Hemet Campground to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. The new home is a fortunate one, as Joshua Tree is known to be one of the most beautiful national parks in California, and will provide for the perfect location to house this festival.Held from March 17-20, Serenity Gathering will still see performances from Shpongle, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Emancipator and Del The Funky Homosapien, among dozens more artists on the lineup.See the full lineup below, and find tickets and more information here.
Premiere funk band Lettuce continues to turn head with their infectious sonic blend. With their 2015 release Crush and their inaugural festival Fool’s Paradise blowing fans out of the water, the sky’s the limit for this exciting crew.Today, the group has added an incredible number of tour dates to their schedule, performing nationwide throughout the summer. Their biggest tour runs from late September through early November, when the funk ensemble hits a number of great venues across the country. Fans will be getting down to the funk stylings of Lettuce, and we couldn’t be more excited.Before the fall dates even take hold, the band has an exciting show coming up at The Paramount Theatre, marking their headlining debut on Long Island. Don’t miss this exciting performance on July 8th; tickets can be found here.Check out the full tour schedule below, as well as a chance to win tickets to the Paramount show! Lettuce “Sounds Like A Party” Tour Dates:JUL 02 HIGH SIERRA QUINCY, CAJUL 03 HIGH SIERRA QUINCY, CAJUL 08 THE PARAMOUNT HUNTINGTON, NYJUL 09 LEVITATE MUSIC FESTIVAL BOSTON, MAJUL 15 CAMP BISCO SCRANTON, PAJUL 29 LOLLAPALOOZA CHICAGO, ILJUL 30 BOTTOM LOUNGE CHICAGO, ILAUG 04 THE WERK OUT THORNVILLE, OHAUG 06 VERTEX BUENA VISTA, COAUG 07 OUTSIDE LANDS SAN FRANCISCO, CAAUG 27 LOCKN’ ARRINGTON, VASEPT 04 STRATTON MOUNTAIN MUSIC STRATTON, VTSEPT 20 TOAD’S PLACE NEW HAVEN, CTSEPT 21 LUPO’S HEARTBREAK HOTEL PROVIDENCE, RISEPT 22 TRALF MUSIC HALL BUFFALO, NYSEPT 23 THRIVAL FESTIVAL PITTSBURGH, PASEPT 28 NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE CHARLOTTE, NCSEPT 29 WORKPLAY BIRMINGHAM, ALSEPT 30 BEAR CREEK BAYOU NEW ORLEANS, LAOCT 01 BEAR CREEK BAYOU NEW ORLEANS, LAOCT 04 MINGLEWOOD HALL MEMPHIS, TNOCT 05 THE INTERNATIONAL KNOXVILLE, TNOCT 06 MUSIC FARM COLUMBIA, SCOCT 07 MUSTANG MUSIC FESTIVAL COROLLA, NCOCT 08 GREENFIELD LAKE AMPHITHEATER WILMINGTON, NCOCT 11 LAFAYETTE THEATRE LAFAYETTE, INOCT 12 THE CANOPY CLUB CHAMPAIGN, ILOCT 13 THE PAGEANT ST. LOUIS, MOOCT 14 CROSSROADSKC KANSAS CITY, MOOCT 28 THE ORANGE PEEL ASHEVILLE, NCOCT 29 SUWANNEE HULAWEEN LIVE OAK, FLNOV 02 SAM’S BURGER JOINT SAN ANTONIO, TXNOV 03 WAREHOUSE LIVE HOUSTON, TXNOV 04 GAS MONKEY DALLAS, TXNOV 05 EMO’S AUSTIN AUSTIN, TXNOV 06 CAIN’S BALLROOM TULSA, OKNOV 09 HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL LOUISVILLE, KYDEC 01 DOMINICAN HOLIDAZE PUNTA CANA, DRJAN 20 JAM CRUISE 15 MIAMI, FL
The String Cheese Incident pulled out all the stops for their July 4th celebration, hitting Atlanta’s Chastain Park Amphitheatre for the second straight night. With guest vocalist Rhonda Thomas, Cheese busted out some classic covers, newer material, and the debut of a little Vulfpeck tune called “Funky Duck.”Vulfpeck continues to pick up new fans in 2016, bringing an infectious blend of funk and groove. One of those new fans must be a member of Cheese, because their cover of “Funky Duck” was on point. With Thomas on stage to channel the vocals of Antwaun Stanley, who sings lead on Vulfpeck’s album version of “Duck,” String Cheese absolutely nails the rendition. Bonus points to Kyle Hollingsworth for holding it down on the keys.The show also featured a great first-set closing “Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours),” and also saw the band break out into their new song “Believe” and “Sweet Spot” with Rhonda Thomas. SCI also worked in the classic Allman Brothers instrumental “Hot ‘Lanta” into an outside medley, sandwiching the Atlanta-themed song between “Outside and Inside” and “Let’s Go Outside.” With an encore that featured a killer “Black Clouds” and a show-closing “America the Beautiful,” this was a truly spectacular way to celebrate July 4th.Thanks to taper Dillon Fries, we can listen back to this great performance! Tune in below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA – 7/4/16Set One: Valley of the Jig, Got What He Wanted > Dudley’s Kitchen, Sometimes A River, Turn This Around > Smile, Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours)*Set Two: Believe*, Sweet Spot*, Funky Duck*, Farther, Howard, Outside and Inside > Hot ‘Lanta > Let’s Go OutsideEncore: Black Clouds, America The Beautiful** = w/ Rhonda Thomas
Full audio has emerged from Saturday night’s epic String Cheese Incident show at Red Rocks. During night two of their traditional three-night run at the storied venue, SCI pulled out all the stops with awesome versions of “Best Feeling” > “Rain” and “Sirens” > “Desert Dawn”.However, the night reached its apex when they invited opener and rising saxophone god Kamasi Washington to the stage for a ridiculous cover of John Coltrane‘s “Impressions” that wound its way into an explosive, high energy take on Sly and the Family Stone‘s “I Want To Take You Higher,” which also featured a sit-in from Sheryl Renee.Check out the full audio from String Cheese Incident’s incredible second night at Red Rocks below, courtesy of taper Cheese Cadet Audio!Notes: * = w/ Kamasi Washington (Tenor Saxophone) ^ = w/ Sheryl Renee (Vocals) # = w/ Brandon Coleman (Keys), Tony Austin (Percussion), Miles Mosley (Vocals), And Patrice Quinn (Vocals)[Photo by Dylan Langille/found on String Cheese Incident’s Facebook]
Update 11:58 PM ET: Phish just welcomed Bob Weir out for six full songs in Nashville. Full details and Periscope video here.It’s been 16 years since Bob Weir and Phish played together, but it seems that is changing tonight!Weir has been on his “Campfire Tour,” and is scheduled to perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN tomorrow night. Meanwhile, Phish is kicking off a two-night run at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN tonight. With both artists in town tonight, fans have been hoping for some sort of collaboration tonight during Weir’s off night. It seems that’s in the cards.According to many reports, Bob Weir was playing with Phish during their soundcheck. Check out this video, which clearly features audio of Phish with Weir accompanying in vocals. The video features a extended jam rendition of “Walkin’ Blues,” a blues standard that Weir has been singing for years.Here’s another shorter version, just in case the FB video gets taken down.Fans who are in the Nashville area have also been confirming the news with reports of the soundcheck.Bob weir sound checking with #Phish #NashvilleGet on my level!!!!!! ????— PhishAllDay (@TNTroutBumTN) October 18, 2016 [Photo via Chad Anderson from Dead & Company in Hartford]
On February 24th and 25th, renowned drummer Eric Bolivar will be hosting the “Bolivar’s Bay Area Jam” celebration at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, CA. Joining him are a host of extremely talented musicians from the area, including Jennifer Hartswick from The Trey Anastasio Band on trumpet and vocals, Wil Blades on keys, Will Bernard on guitar, Victor Little on the bass, and the Jazz Mafia Horns providing accompaniment as well. These shows promise to be two incredible fun performances, so don’t miss out!Bolivar is synonymous with the San Francisco scene, having learned drums from the age of 4. He emerged through that scene and eventually began touring with various projects, building a reputation as one of the best drummers in the business. He’s played with everyone from OK Go to Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to The Indigo Girls and more! Don’t miss a chance to Bolivar to return to his San Francisco roots with an all-star lineup of musicians.For tickets to these two shows, head to the venue’s official website.
Back in March, Relix announced their first-ever Live Music Conference, a one-day event at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl that would bring together leading figures from the music industry to lead panels and discussions on the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the live music business and how it pertains to venues, festivals, publicity, management, technology, non-profits, and more. We’ve been counting down the days until the inaugural Relix Live Music Conference, and finally that day has arrived.EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Bowl’s Talent Buyer Talks Relix Live Music Conference And Tricks Of The TradeModerators for the conference include Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group), Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off), and Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group), with presentations from Andy Bernstein (Headcount), Justin Bolognino (META.is), and so many more. While speakers for today include include Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC), Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management), Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT), Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly), and more.To close the evening, there will be a very special conversation with Relix founder Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone), followed by a happy hour, and performance from The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen.For those who don’t have a chance to make it to the sold-out conference in person, you can click here to order a live stream of the Relix Live Music Conference at the Brooklyn Bowl, courtesy of nugz.tv. See below for today’s full schedule (EST).Relix Live Music Conference Schedule9 AM – Doors (Light breakfast + Coffee)9:30 – 10:15 AM – Talent Buying Panel:– Moderator: Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’)– Speakers: Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC)10:20 – 11:05 AM – Publicity Panel:– Moderator: Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management)11:10 – 11:25 AM – Activism: presentation by Andy Bernstein (Headcount) 11:30 – 11:45 AM – Ticketing: presentation by Josh Baron (Songkick) 11:45 – 12:45 PM – Break for lunch12:55 – 1:40 PM – Management Panel:– Moderator: Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off)– Speakers: Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT)1:45 – 2:00 PM – Technology: presentation by Justin Bolognino (META.is)2:05 – 2:50 PM – Festivals Panel: Presented by Ascend Insurance Brokerage– Moderator: Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly)2:55 – 3:40 PM – Keynote: Presented by Access IndustriesA conversation with Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone)4 – 6:00 PM – Happy Hour6:00 PM – All attendees are invited to attend The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl
Today, Pink Talking Fish has announced even more dates for their already busy start to 2018. Following a brief winter tour from mid-January to the start of February, the group will hit the road hard starting in March. After the group’s winter tour culminates with a highly anticipated tribute to Pink Floyd’s The Wall at The Capitol Theatre on February 10th, the band will embark on a coast-to-coast spring tour.In addition to nearly two dozen new tour dates, Pink Talking Fish’s spring tour will see the group perform in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day for the second year in a row. Other highlights include an Allman Brothers Band tribute at the legendary Wanee Music Festival, a 4/20 show at Ardmore Music Hall, and a full West Coast run, marking the group’s first time in the Pacific Northwest. Upcoming Pink Talking Fish Tour Dates12/29: Portland ME at AURA *12/30: New York NY at Irving Plaza ^12/31: Worcester MA at The Palladium %1/12: Plymouth NH at The Flying Monkey1/13: Mount Snow VT at The Snow Barn +1/18: Roanoke VA at 5 Points Music Sanctuary1/19: Richmond VA at The National1/20: Norfolk VA at The NorVa1/27: Jay VT at Jay Peak Resort2/01: Crested Butte CO at Public House2/02: Taos NM at Taos Mesa Mothership2/03: Denver CO at Cervantes Other Side2/10: Port Chester NY at The Capitol Theatre $3/08: Buffalo NY at Buffalo Iron Works3/09: Pittsburgh PA at The Rex Theater3/10: Columbus OH at Woodlands Tavern3/11: Detroit MI at The Magic Bag3/13: Davenport IA at River Music Experience3/14: Milwaukee WI at The Miramar Theatre3/15: Madison WI at High Noon Saloon3/16: Minneapolis MN at First Avenue3/17: Chicago IL at Park West3/18: Kalamazoo MI at Bell’s Eccentric Café3/22: Killington VT at The Pickle Barrel3/23: Portsmouth NH at 3S Artspace3/24: Sugarloaf ME at The Widowmaker4/19: Live Oak FL at Wanee Music Festival ^4/20: Ardmore PA at Ardmore Music Hall4/21: Saratoga Springs NY at Putnam Den4/25: Phoenix AZ at Last Exit Live4/26: Ocean Beach CA at Winstons OB4/27: Los Angeles CA at The Mint4/28: Mill Valley CA at Sweetwater Music Hall4/29: Nevada City CA at Crazy Horse Saloon5/02: Eugene OR at Hifi Music Hall5/03: Portland OR at Star Theater5/04: Bend OR at The Domino Room5/05: Seattle WA at Nectar Lounge* Double Bill with Kung Fu^ Pink Talking Fish: Tied To The Whipping Post – performing the music of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, Phish AND The Allman Brothers% “Big Ball Jam” – An evening of nonstop music featuring Pink Talking Fish, Keller Williams, Percy Hill and Bearly Dead+ PTF is Bowie – performing the music of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, Phish AND David Bowie$ Pink Talking Fish: The Wall – A full rendition of the classic Pink Floyd album “The Wall” with Phish & Talking Heads songs intertwined through the album cuts. Featuring special guests from Turkuaz, Dopapod, Percy Hill and more.[Photo: Sarah Bourque]
On June 24th, 1997, Ween released their sixth full-length album through Elektra Records. The Mollusk, known for its psychedelic darkness and heavy progressive rock influence, is a favorite amongst Ween fans. The album market only their second time recording in a professional studio and the first time Dean and Gene Ween welcomed a traditional band,including current keyboardist Glen McClelland, to record. Dean once commented that it was also his favorite ween album and that it was the “only record that I ever felt really confident about.”With songs like “Mutilated Lips, “The Golden Eel,” “Cold Blows the Wind,” “Buckingham Green,” and “Ocean Man,” The Mollusk takes charge as one of the more definitive records in Ween’s thirty-plus-year history. What started as a middle school friendship has certainly blossomed into a collective sound that will forever brown across the speakers of music history. All hail the mighty Boognish!Ween’s performance of The Mollusk on WahWahThe Mollusk [Full Album]Ween recently added a new crop of fall tour dates. For a full list of upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.
Ten years ago, the task of bringing together Harvard’s many centers and departments under the umbrella of human rights studies seemed daunting. So daunting, in fact, that a University-wide committee was created to bolster the mission and monitor its progress.“The idea of integrating human rights across the University at the time seemed a rather ambitious, even fanciful one,” Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard’s adviser on human rights education, told a crowd at a private reception on Tuesday evening (Oct. 12). The question then, Bhabha recalled, was “Why should we integrate?”The buzzing room at the Harvard Faculty Club was proof that the University’s human rights community has largely bypassed any initial problems with collaboration. But the evening’s speakers, including Bhabha, raised an even bigger question: Where does one go after initial success?The decade-old University Committee on Human Rights Studies was disbanded in June, having largely achieved its goals of promoting cross-disciplinary research and creating human rights-centered courses for undergraduates. In that light, Tuesday’s annual reception — normally a networking opportunity for visiting scholars, faculty, and students — became a tone-setting event for the next phase of human rights scholarship.“The Harvard community’s commitment to human rights has changed dramatically since I arrived here 30 years ago, and it warrants celebration,” said speaker Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School. “The opportunity to build bridges across the University is what makes this moment so propitious. If we can leverage the efforts that are already going on in particular places at this University, I think there’s no stopping us.”The Human Rights Program at the Law School, along with the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, will maintain leadership roles in Harvard’s work on human rights. In addition, Bhabha will head a new University-wide human rights directorate to oversee collaborative efforts.Speaker Allan Brandt, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, echoed Minow’s commitment to human rights.“In my relatively weak role — I wish I were more powerful — I want to do everything I can in the year ahead to further this agenda,” Brandt told the crowd. Human rights work “reminds us that universities can never be ivory towers,” he added. “It links policy and practice to material outcomes for people around the world.”Jennifer Leaning, director of the FXB Center; Caroline Elkins, chair of the Committee on Ethnic Studies; and Charlie Clements, executive director of the Carr Center, also gave brief remarks before the crowd dispersed into clusters of chatter.Elkins addressed undergraduate education in human rights, an area in which Harvard is working to meet student demand. While there is now a secondary concentration in human rights available, Elkins said, Harvard College offers only 12 of the University’s roughly 250 courses that discuss the subject.“We have to think deeply about the needs of our students,” Elkins said. She called for the hiring of more permanent faculty engaged in human rights work to provide students with consistent advising and mentorship.Now that the original committee’s work is done, Bhabha said later that evening, she hopes to focus on securing funding for faculty research and for Scholars at Risk, a program that brings persecuted intellectuals from around the world to Harvard for a yearlong research fellowship.“I think human rights at Harvard is evolving in the right way,” Bhabha said. “I’ve never believed it should be a ghetto of its own.” Rather, she said, the study of human rights should serve as a lens through which to view many fields, from health to housing design to foreign policy.At least one scholar echoed Bhabha’s sentiment.“In the first nine years of my research, I was living in an intellectual vacuum,” said Siddharth Kara, the author of “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery.” “It was consciousness-raising, telling horror stories.”Kara is now a fellow of the Carr Center’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, where he is grounding his years of international fieldwork in law and economics. The opportunity to experience other disciplines’ approach to human rights “has been immensely helpful,” he said. “Being here has helped evolve my own thinking.”