A late-March blizzard struck the state of Colorado yesterday, blanketing cities with as much as 24 inches of snow by some accounts. Denver, CO was hit with 19.5″ of snow, and the nearby Morrison, CO was absolutely covered by the blizzard conditions.As Red Rocks Amphitheatre is part of a state park, the venue is open for visitors even when there aren’t performances. Some winter sports loving fans made their way out to Red Rocks after the storm had cleared, using the venue’s natural slopes to ski freely through the mountainous range.Watch video of the skiiers at Red Rocks below, thanks to NicholasGianoutsos:
Last week, music fans everywhere mourned the death of Merle Haggard, who passed away at his home at the age of 79. Haggard spent a lifetime playing country music, and continued to work until his final days. Among his more popular releases was Django and Jimmie, a 2015 album featuring Haggard and Willie Nelson. While the pair only recently released an album, Nelson shares that he met Haggard at a poker game in the early Sixties, and remained friends ever since.In the editorial published in Rolling Stone, Nelson recalls, “We always had a lot in common. We both hopped trains as kids. We both got our starts playing bass in other bands before stepping out on our own. We’d both been married for the last 20 years. We both had our sons playing guitar with us. Over the years, we played a lot of dates, a lot of poker. He was a great audience for my jokes. I told him recently, ‘You know what you call a guitar player without a girlfriend? Homeless,’ and he laughed.”Nelson also talks about Haggard’s work ethic and dedication to his craft. “I always had a lot of admiration for him. He came onto the scene with a bang. He wrote more Number One songs than me, Kris [Kristofferson], anybody. He was a great one to follow. He was able to talk about his life in his songs intelligently and ingeniously, really.”He also says that his favorite song by Haggard is “Looking For A Place to Fall Apart,” and that Nelson’s band is currently “we’re finishing the tour in Merle’s honor. We’re getting through it.”It’s humbling to see such two musicians carry a strong band throughout their lives. RIP Merle.
Splash House is a city-spanning pool party and music festival hosted in Palm Springs, CA on June 10-12 and August 12-14. Celebrating the natural atmospheres of the tropic zone, the day events will be hosted by the Saguaro and Riviera Resort & Spa, with travel packages available to stay on site of the decadent pool and beach parties. After-hours will be at the Air Museum, and is a separately ticketed event going until odd hours of the night.This year’s festivities are bringing diverse lineups to each weekend. The June 10-12 weekend will host Odesza (DJ set), Jai Wolf, Guy Gerber, Justin Martin, Lee Foss, and many more, with late night entertainment from Flight Facilities (Decade DJ Set) and Justin Jay & Friends (live). The August 12-14 weekend has Gorgon City (DJ Set), Snakehips, MK, Hudson Mohawke, Bondax, and many more bringing the heat all day, with late night dance parties at the Air Museum with Rüfüs Du Sol and Claptone. Check out the full lineups on the below posters:June 10-12August 12-14All information about the double-weekend festival can be found here. Get pumped with this video:
McCullough was also involved with the music of Jesus Christ Superstar, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. He was also present in the studio while Pink Floyd was recording Dark Side Of The Moon, and famously uttered the line “I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time” at the end of the song, “Money.”Aside from his illustrious session work, the guitarist had released 11 solo albums throughout his career, including the 2012 release Shabby Road. RIP McCullough. Beloved guitarist Henry McCullough passed away today at the age of 72. McCullough was a prolific guitarist and musician, appearing everywhere from the iconic “Live and Let Die” theme song to Woodstock to Dark Side Of The Moon. McCullough was from Northern Ireland, and got his start in the burgeoning 1960’s psychedelic movement. He would later join Joe Cocker’s band, where he found himself the only Irishman to perform at the legendary Woodstock Festival. His career continued when he linked up with Paul McCartney and joined The Wings in the early 1970s. While McCullough was only featured on one album, Red Rose Speedway, his work on “Live And Let Die” is unrivaled.McCartney shared some words memorializing the late great guitarist. “He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humor… The solo he played on ‘My Love’ was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of the orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his.”
Legendary Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is set to release his new solo album, Blue Mountain, on September 30th. Weir’s release marks his first solo album in over 10 years, and his first batch of songwriting in over 30 years. This time, Weir reflects on his adolescence in Wyoming, referencing cowboys with acoustic guitars ablazing.Today, Weir has shared the first cut from the new release. Thanks to NPR’s All Songs Considered, you can listen to the opening track, “Only A River,” streaming below.The album features an extraordinary cast of musicians, including Josh Ritter, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner and Scott Devendorf. According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians also includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.Check out the full tracklist and tour schedule below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. What The Ghost Towns Know8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To CrossBob Weir Tour DatesSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016
Coming in hot to Tampa, FL from March 11th-12th, the Gasparilla Music Festival has put together an impressive lineup of top notch musicians. The announcement is truly diverse, with Ryan Adams and Cage The Elephant coming on as headliners, and artists like Ghostface Killah, Moon Taxi and Chronixx along for the ride.The lineup features a number of favorites, like The New Mastersounds, The Marcus King Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs, Have Gun Will Travel, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and more. You can see the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for details. They also plan on announcing more artists soon, so keep your eyes peeled to their pages for more information as it is revealed.
Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre continued its month-long celebration of the venue’s 25th anniversary with a double-header from none other than The Greyboy Allstars this past weekend. For the Saturday night performance, Karl Denson (sax/flute/vox/percussion), Robert Walter (keys), Chris Stillwell (bass, vox), Aaron Redfield (drums), and Michael Andrews/Elgin Park(guitar, vox) left no stone left unturned, as the group played on another level the entire night.The sheer talent of each individual member of the group was on full display, as the band made their way through their catalog of music with tracks like “Still Waiting” and “Deck Shoes” from 2007’s What Happened To Television?, as well as a set-closing “Quantico Va” from 1997’s A Town Called Earth. Other notable highlights on the evening were a debut of the Chris Stillwell written song “Twister,” and a smoking hot cover of Bob James‘ 1974 jazz number “Nautilus” (which was sampled by Ghostface Killah on “Daytona 500” from 1996). As Denson shined on the flute during the intro, Andrew and Stillwell brought that tough beat that the classic tracks is known for.“Bitch Inside Me” and “Bomb Pop” kept the vibe on the floor at pique levels, and a cover of The Beatles‘ “Taxman” was a great way to end the night. The Fox Theatre continues its month-long 25th anniversary celebration with upcoming performances from Big Gigantic, The Motet, The Magic Beans, From Good Homes, North Mississippi Allstars, and more. For a full schedule, check out the venue’s event schedule. The Greyboy Allstars Setlist (Unofficial) | The Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 3/11/17Les Imperials, Jungle Strut, Still Waiting, Driver 3, Smokin’ At Tiffany’s, Nautilus (Bob James cover), Wandering (w/ Mike on vocals), Corry’s, Twister (new song – Stillwell), Szabo, Deck Shoes, Don’t Chin The Dog, Mike Driver, Bitch Inside Me (Mike on vocals), Bomb Pop, QuanticoEncore: Taxman (The Beatles cover)[cover photo courtesy of Dave Vann – The Greyboy Allstars Facebook page]
Today is the day. It’s been one week since Gregg Allman passed away. While the funeral plans will be kept small and intimate, with a “no suit” rule, Gregg’s final wishes were to include his fans in the process. Fans who would like to pay their respects are asked to create a mile-long motorcade route between the Snow’s Memorial Chap and Rose Hill Cemetery, where he will be buried alongside his brothers Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. It is in this cemetery where songs like “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Little Martha” were written, and much of the band’s early history was spent.Allman Brothers Band Manager Says There’s More Music To Be ReleasedFurthermore, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House is hosting a street party on Vineville Avenue between Corbin and Rogers streets in Macon, Georgia. From 6PM – 11PM, the block that the original Allman Brothers Band spent many years living together on will transform into an epic celebration of life. There will also be a family-oriented jam on the Big House stage, featuring members of the Allman Brothers Band, the Gregg Allman Band, and their extended families and friends. With so many former bandmates in town to mourn their musical leader, there’s no doubt that this gathering will be of special accord. While the street party is open to the public, the museum and yard will be closed off.*Please remain respectful of privacy during this difficult time and refrain from asking for photos and autographs. This is a time to be together. We also ask that you do not take or post pictures of the burial site until after today’s events are over.*If you haven’t yet visited the Big House, make sure that you do at some point. You’ll see instruments, sheet music, personal photographs, clothes and other belongings once held by members of the originators of the 1970’s new sound dubbed “Southern Rock.” A walk through the house includes the instrument room where the band practiced, Duane Allman’s bedroom, Berry & Candace Oakley’s “casbah” and the kitchen where “Ramblin Man” was written. When the band sang “Please Call Home,” they were talking about The Big House. Come see it for yourself and relive the music, the vibe and the love shared by Allman Brothers Band fans worldwide. More information on the Big House website.
Load remaining images Marcus King had a busy weekend on the east coast! After two nights at the Brooklyn Bowl with Soulive in NYC, the 20-year-old guitarist, singer, songwriter took the Marcus King Band to Macon, Georgia for a sold-out show at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House. With the recent passings of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, the musical spirit at the Big House is especially heavy. Marcus King used the empty space to fill the air with his own being, undoubtedly following these southern rock pioneers while creating a sound of his own.Soulive, Scofield, Marcus King, & The Shady Horns Play “Liz Reed” And “Lovelight” At Bowlive Friday Night [Videos]Since officially breaking onto the scene a little over two years ago with his debut album Soul Insight, King has become highly regarded as the heir apparent to the southern blues and rock throne. With the endorsement and support of veteran axe men like Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes (both artists appear on 2016’s The Marcus King Band, and the latter produced every track), King’s ascension through the ranks of the live music community has been swift. The young guitarist plays with maturity well beyond his years and a keen sense for showmanship that simply can’t be taught. With a well-oiled and polished machine backing him, the Marcus King Band have truly impressed all audiences that they’ve played before.Soulive Goes Southern With Marcus King And George Porter Jr. At Bowlive Night 7 [Photos/Videos]King’s natural ability to take deeply personal experiences from his own life and put them out into the universe in song form was especially evident on Saturday night, as he performed an impressive setlist of originals while also honoring the music of the Allman Brothers Band with covers of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Dreams.”See the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Emily Butler.The Marcus King Band | The Big House | 6/17/17 | Photos by Emily Butler
We’ll be back with a full Friday recap, as the party continues on the grounds of LOCKN’ with sets from Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, John Butler Trio, Greensky Bluegrass, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and of course Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, later today. For a complete schedule, head to the festival website.For fans who can not attend the festival, a free LOCKN’ stream is available, courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s, Airstream, and YouTube, in conjunction with Relix and Headcount. Viewers are encouraged to make a donation, with proceeds going to the Heal Charlottesville Fund. Funds raised will go towards assisting local residents seeking trauma counseling, supporting victims involved in the car attack who need help with their medical expenses, and towards helping law enforcement to prevent future attacks. Click here for more information regarding donations, as well as how to link up to the live stream.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/25/17Shakedown Street, Gonesville, Uncle John’s Band, The Other One, Little Red Rooster (Howlin’ Wolf)#*, Terrapin Station, Truckin’, Cassidy, Help on the Way, Been Caught Stealing (Jane’s Addiction)#^, Brown-Eyed Women^E: Brokedown Palace*^#FTP by JRAD*w/ Nicole Atkins^w/ Jim James[cover photo by @jdcohenphoto on IG] Anything is possible at LOCKN’. With promoter Peter Shapiro behind the Arrington, Virginia festival, the man who reunited the surviving members of the Grateful Dead with Trey Anastasio for the 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows can make any assortment of dreams come true. During the late hours of Friday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead took the Relix Stage for their first of two late-night sets this weekend. Continuously straying away from a “traditional” set, the Grateful Dead-inspired quintet–Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, and Dave Dreiwitz–delivered a stellar showcase packed with curveball surprises.LOCKN’ Opens With Charlottesville Remembrance, Double Stacked Sets by Umphrey’s and String CheeseIn addition to the Grateful Dead reliables, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead debuted a cover of “Little Red Rooster” by Howlin’ Wolf, welcoming vocalist Nicole Atkins to the stage as the first guest of the evening. Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket who performed a solo set earlier in the evening, joined the stage for a shocking debut cover of “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction toward the end of the set. My Morning Jacket delivered one of the most memorable performances at the 2016 LOCKN’, so it’s no wonder the festival tapped James to return for a second year. James stuck around to help close the set with “Brown Eyed Women” before returning to the stage with Nicole Atkins for an emotionally-charged “Brokedown Palace” encore, blowing the minds of all in attendance in arguably the most exciting collaboration of all LOCKN’s time.Thanks to fan-shot video from rdeal1999, you can watch the Jane’s Addiction cover with Jim James below:Check out the following Instagram snippet from @whitneywangs of Friday night’s radness: