Phish is providing fans with the ultimate couch tour experience this Halloween, as they’ve announced a webcast for all four nights of their run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The run starts this Friday, and finishes up with Phish’s highly-anticipated three-set Halloween show on 10/31.Today, the band has announced live webcast streams for each of the four shows through their LivePhish service. As always, you can choose to webcast individual shows, or purchase the whole set of four as a bundle. You can find all of the information here.Phish’s tour resumes tonight, October 24th, with a performance in Grand Prairie, TX. Stay tuned for a full recap and more after the show!
L4LM: Thank you very much for taking time to talk with us. Can you please tell us briefly a summary of you, your work and your career thus far?SL: My first job in a nightclub was 1986… it was brief glimpse into my future which would eventually become a lifelong career of working in nightlife and production. Starting in 1995, I was done with college and moved to NYC where I worked in nightclubs and started doing production. I ran the lighting systems at night during club operation and had a full schedule. Back then the systems were far less complicated than what you see today. Intellabeams with LCD controller, dataflash, Lite-Lab relay systems were all common back then. This was the time that the lighting industry started to see big changes. Going from multiple small controllers, to large format lighting consoles began to make headway into the nightclub world. I worked in many clubs back then… Webster Hall, Mirage, Life, Expo, Twilo, Roxy, El Morroco… just about anywhere that would hire me… ranging from running the show, to fixing the equipment. whatever it took to make ends meet. Fast forward to 1998, I started a production company specializing in light shows for raves and clubs. We were busy… for nearly 3 years we had at least 1 show a week… and sometimes more. Fast forward again to 2000, I was hired by Ultra Music Festival (long before it was the worldwide show it is now). I’ve been doing work for them ever since (now 17+ years). Fast forward again to 2001, I started doing design work for Insomniac… shows like EDC, Nocturnal Wonderland and all their other brands… all the while designing nightclubs home and abroad… It’s been an amazing journey so far and we haven’t slowed down a bit.L4LM: Tell us what goes behind planning a light show; how you decide what kinds of lights and colors and what inspires you.SL: Every show is different; every installation is unique. In these environments; there is no script, no way of knowing what comes next. When I’m running a show, it is based on what feels appropriate… if there is a video element, it is critical that the content on screen and the lighting are coordinated… its art mixed with science… so the art is subjective… the science is objective… so there is a dichotomy that needs to be addressed… that’s where having an understanding of production elements mixes with and understanding of “creating a show” comes into play.L4LM: Can you tell us about the time or moment that made you realize the most that lighting for live shows was what you wanted to do?SL: It’s quite an amazing feeling having control of a system… knowing that you are participating in the energy of the moment… the ability to move a crowd… make them take a step back… inspire people… when you’re standing in front of the console, it’s powerful… like a drug… once you experience that… you’ll always want to get back to that place. It’s been nearly 23 years for me, and it never gets old.L4LM: Please tell our readers more about your company SJ Lighting- what kind of individuals work for you, how many people, anything interesting about your brand?SL: SJ Lighting is the current incarnation of my career… my life’s work… My wife is my business partner… she handles all things “non-lighting” related… and I stick to business development and design… Currently we have 3 full time employees… we are very much a family over here… The projects we have the opportunity to work on are far from boring… we are designing nightclubs, music festivals, tours… it’s the ultimate creative environment. After this many years working with dance music related brands… we have developed a niche in the market. So, that said, we are known for the market segment… nightclubs and “raves” … I wouldn’t trade it for anything.L4LM: What was something you enjoyed about your recent work we viewed at EDC Orlando 2016?SL: EDC Orlando was a fantastic show… it’s been great seeing the show grow over the years… and additionally raising the production level each time. The circuit grounds stage was a design that was based off the concept of EDC Las Vegas… Having the production “surround” the audience really increases the energy level. The music was fantastic and the team that put it together went the extra mile to ensure that everything was 100%.L4LM: In your work process what keeps your creativity flowing and your mind inspired?SL: This is something I’ve been asked many times over the years… SJ Lighting designs approximately 75 stages per year… in addition to approximately 10 or more nightclubs a year… coming up with new ideas can be challenging… Perspective would be the word I would use to keep things going… it’s not just about the stage… its knowing your environment… on multiple levels… physically, mentally, emotionally… all of things come into play when designing something. Many times, my inspiration for a stage starts from something completely innocuous…. It could be a picture in a magazine… a cloud in the sky… an image on Instagram… keep your eyes and your mind open and you’ll get some amazing ideas.What about creating lighting do you feel you are most trying to create or communicate?I want to evoke a response… I want the audience to feel it in their bones… something physical… tangible… when I push the handle up that turns the lights into your face… I want you step back… I want you to feel the heat… when I hit the drop at the exact moment with the music… I want the hair on the back of your neck to stand up. It’s a symbiotic relationship… the lights, video, music and AUDIENCE… I want it feel right… like it makes sense.L4LM: What is the next few shows we can look forward to seeing more of your work?Shows: Dreamstate Socal, Dreamstate Mexico, Countdown, Factory 93, EDC Mexico… We are designing several new clubs as well… some of the recent ones that just opened are TIME in Costa Mesa and Nightingales in Hollywood. Hope to see you out there… we will be at the FOH control station… come say hi.
– SHOW INFO –Artists: Victor Wooten Trio, Emmitt/Thorn Duo, Band of Heathens, The Drunken Hearts, Coral Creek, Brad Parsons BandVenue: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom / The Other Side (2635 Welton St. – Denver, CO 80205)Date: Friday – March 24th, 2017Time: 7pm Doors / 8pm ShowAges: 16+Tickets: Tier 1 – $20 / Tier 2 – $25 / Tier 3 – $30 (purchase here) Denver, CO’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is teaming up with Live For Live Music and YarmonyGrass to announce a killer lineup for what is being dubbed The Drunken Hearted Medicine Show. The event will take place on Friday, March 24th, hosted by local favorites The Drunken Hearts, and will feature sets from the Victor Wooten Trio (ft. Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini), Band of Heathens, and the Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn Duo (of Leftover Salmon).Getting To Know Brad Parsons Through His Newly Released Album, “Hold True” [Listen]Rounding out this stellar lineup is Coral Creek and Brad Parsons Band for what is certain to be a full slate of incredible performances in one single night. Cervantes will open up The Other Side for this all-star extravaganza, with a ticket allowing attendees to check out performances in both venues throughout the evening.A limited allotment of $20 Tier 1 tickets are currently on-sale for The Drunken Hearted Medicine Show and can be purchased here, before the next tier kicks in. For additional show information and updates, join the Facebook Event page.
Just a few weeks ago, a collection of renowned musicians hit the road in honor of The Last Waltz and its 40th anniversary. The Band’s final performance has been well known as one of the best live shows of all time, and thus it required an all-star cast of characters to do it justice. Warren Haynes and Don Was led the charge on the first tour, and they’ve done it again with a great group of artists for another spring tour schedule!Touring from March 30th through April 15th, Haynes and Was will be joined by the likes of Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Terence Higgins, Danny Louis, and Mark Mullins, along with very special guests Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, and Bob Margolin. Dr. John was an original performer on The Last Waltz, so it will be quite special to see him celebrate the anniversary of such a momentous occasion. The horn section will also be using the same arrangements as composed by the late great Allen Toussaint.You can see the new tour dates below, and head to Warren Haynes’ website for details.The Last Waltz 40 Spring TourMarch 30 at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, TXMarch 31 at Revention Music Center in Houston, TXApril 1 at Stubb’s Austin in Austin, TXApril 2 at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TXApril 7 at The Fox Theatre in Detroit, MIApril 8 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OHApril 9 at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, ILApril 13 at THE ORPHEUM THEATRE in Los Angeles, CAApril 14 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in San Diego, CAApril 15 at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA
Spafford and Mungion are in the midst of their first-ever spring tour together, and it’s off to a smashing start. Last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, fans were treated to an exciting double bill that kept the room rocking and rolling in the right direction.With high energy performances showcasing their top-level musicianship, Mungion never stray too far away from each other and display impressive interplay between members. With a style that is easily danceable and laden with heavy grooves, Spafford is creating improvisational highlights on a nightly basis that are simply extraordinary. Together, they deliver an exciting new direction that gives the jam scene hope for a bright future.Spafford’s two set extravaganza gave fans in Brooklyn a chance to get acquainted with their impressive mix of originals and sing along Grateful Dead and Tears for Fears. To the surprise of all, Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) joined in for the first set-closing “Ain’t That Wrong.”Watch Todd Stoops join Spafford for “Ain’t That Wrong” in the video below:You can also enjoy full show audio from Matt Moricle below:SpaffordMungionTonight, they head to Hamden, CT at The Outerspace / Ballroom.Setlist: Spafford | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY | 4/13/17I: Slip and Squander, All In, Electric Taco Stand, Diana, Feel Like a Stranger , Ain’t That Wrong II: In the Eyes of Thieves, Mad World , Funkadelic > Galisteo Way, Beautiful Day > Leave the Light OnEncore: America (fake out pause) > The Reprise  The Grateful Dead w/ Todd Stoops on keys Tears for Fears with Long PauseSetlist: Mungion | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY | 4/13/17Disco Rice>Nuthead, Casual Titus>Myrtle, Ferris Wheel’s Day Off, Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic The Hedgehog Theme), Life During Wartime (Talking Heads cover)E: One Night StanEnjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Jeremy Gordon. Load remaining images
Photo: ATS Photography On Friday night, the legendary Metallica took to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, marking the group’s first show in Massachusetts in eight years. Massachusetts was the fifth stop in Metallica’s WorldWired Tour in support of the Californian band’s tenth studio album, Hardwired To Self-Destruct—a double-album that was released last November and features twelve new songs that pick up right where 2008’s Death Magnetic left off. (The deluxe edition also features a third disc with over a dozen live recordings from various shows).12-Year-Old Son Of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Debuts With Korn For South American Tour [Videos]Compared to the original all-thrash metal band they used to be, the band’s recent music displays an overall more balanced sound that lends itself to broader audiences, seemingly resulting in more album and concert ticket sales. Undoubtedly, Hardwired To Self-Destruct was a huge commercial success, debuting at #1 on Billboard 200 and taking the title of best-selling metal album of the year. Surprisingly, it was also the third largest album debut of all of 2016, proving that metal is certainly not dead. On the contrary, it is alive and well, reiterated by the boisterous Boston crowd that gathered at the New England Patriots’ home turf on Friday evening.Metallica Released Eleven New Music Videos Yesterday [Watch Them All]The show started with two songs off their new album, title track “Hardwired” and “Atlas, Arise!” before dropping into the classic “For Whom the Bell Tolls” off of the 1984 album Ride The Lightning. Metallica played three tunes from the band’s sophomore album, which went six times platinum and had a profound effect on the metal scene in America and across the globe. The remainder of the setlist weaved between hits of old and new and gave fans from all generations a solid representation of their discography. The band also played five songs from the self-titled album Metallica, often referred to as the “Black Album,” which features the infamous songs “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters,” both of which have become staples in Metallica sets over the years.Watch Metallica, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Enter Sandman” With Classroom InstrumentsIn a time where our nation seems to be more divided than ever, we are fortunate to have the often-thrashing and always-emotive music of Metallica to provide a soundtrack that allows us to let our aggressions in a socially acceptable way. That seemed to be the uniting theme as lead singer James Hetfield addressed the crowd: “It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you come from, what religion you follow, who you voted for. If you are here, you are Metallica Family.”If you ever had any doubt at how uniting this message can be, just look at the list of stadiums across North America that Metallica have been jam-packed with fans in black T-shirts and ripped jeans. Despite the “angry asshole” stigma metal fans sometimes get, the community showed its true colors Friday night, coming together and head banging to music new and old in complete harmony. It inspires hope in humanity to see sweaty tatted-up dudes in the mosh pits, helping each other of the ground and holding up lost wallets, phones, watches, and missing shoes—lots and lots of missing shoes. An occasional flying cup of ice cooled the crowd whether they liked it or not. On the way out of the gates, it was nothing but high-fives and hugs. The ‘Metallica Family’ is alive and well.Check out the complete set list below, along with the full photo album from photojournalist Adam Straughn (ATS Photography).Setlist: Metallica | Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, MA | 5/19/17Hardwired, Atlas, Arise!, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fuel, The Unforgiven, Now That We’re Dead > Full Band Drum Solo, Moth Into Flame, Wherever I May Roam, Halo On Fire > Kirk Hammet Solo > Rob Trujillo Solo (Chris Cornell Tribute), Motorbreath, Sad But True, One, Master of Puppets, Fade to Black (‘Eye of the Beholder’ intro), Seek & DestroyE: Fight Fire with Fire, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman (‘Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)[cover photo image by Josh Skolnik / Adam Straughn] Photo: ATS Photography Load remaining images
The inaugural Canyon Jam at Colorado’s iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre features several of the jam scene’s “Next Phase” of bands, such as Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’. The two-day event takes place on September 8th and 9th, and is looking to be an annual affair boasting some of the jam scene’s top young talent. With the event just several weeks away, we decided to catch up with members of each band on the lineup in this new Live For Live Music interview series dubbed Road To Canyon Jam.Why The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Is One Of The Most Coveted Scenic Venues In The CountryOur first two installments of the “Road To Canyon Jam” interview series featured conversations with Cycles’ guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood and drummer Rob Houk of Buffalo-based jammers Aqueous. In the latest installment, we had a conversation with Spafford bassist Jordan Fairless about what the Arizona four piece is looking forward to most on their road to Canyon Jam. Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page._____________________________________________________Live For Live Music: The nature of Canyon Jam centers around the art of the “jam.” What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients to make up a solid improvisation?Jordan Fairless: We’ve concocted a secret recipe for our jams over the last several years. Just like grandma’s secret recipes, ours don’t get shared too easily. We can share one key ingredient though: Thyme.L4LM: Because Canyon Jam is in its first year and given the location and the lineup, what are you most excited about for Canyon Jam?JF: None of us have ever been to the venue before and it is hailed as one of the Crown Jewels of the country’s outdoor music venues. It’s an honor to be invited to perform at such a prestigious venue.Spafford Shares New All-Improv Release, “Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience” [Stream]L4LM: In their earlier years, bands like The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident and STS9 performed at the Mishawaka. Do you ever put any thought into bands that have played iconic venues before you and how that relates to your own career?JF: It is definitely a rite of passage and an honor to be playing these iconic venues, you can feel the history in them. That has never really affected the way we play. We are always and will always be, unapologetically, Spafford.L4LM: The Mishawaka is known for its intimate and gorgeous setting. How does a venue’s vibe (or some other word) affect how you go into a performance?JF: The atmosphere a venue provides certainly plays its part for us. Although we are most affected by the crowd engagement from show to show, the real question is how are the fans reacting to the venues “vibe” which in turn reciprocates to our playing differently.L4LM: Playing Colorado, in general, always seems to bring out the best in bands. Why do you think that is?JF: It’s hard to say really. Maybe the elevation? Everything is different when you’re that high.Friday Schedule:6 pm – Doors8 pm – 9 pm – Moves at Midnight9:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Mungion11 pm – 1 am – Main SqueezeSaturday Schedule:4 pm – Doors6 pm – 6:40 pm – Jus Sayin’7 pm – 8 pm – Cycles8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Organ Freeman10 pm – 11:30 pm – Aqueous12 am – 2 am – Spafford[cover photo by Keith Griner of Phierce Photo; follow him on IG]
Watch the original music video below:[H/T Rolling Stone] Most of America watched today’s solar eclipse, whether from a state in the path of totality or from the comfort of their own live stream. The song choices have been on point across the board, with nods to “Dark Side Of The Moon,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Moonage Daydream,” and so many more. Of course, the karaoke favorite “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has been thrown into the mix, and was even performed live by the original artist Bonnie Tyler and DNCE on Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise.Hilariously, the 1983 classic was performed in two minutes and 40 seconds, the exact length of the 2017 solar eclipse. Now that the moon has officially passed across the sun, it’s a better time than ever to get down to the 2017 “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
Show Info:Bands: G-Nome ProjectVenue: Tonic Room – 2447 N. Halsted Street – Chicago, IL 60614Date: Thursday – November 9th, 2017Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets: $15adv / $20dos (Purchase tickets here) Israeli livetronica act G-Nome Project—composed of keyboardist Eyal Salomon, guitarist Shlomo Langer, bassist Zechariah Reich, and drummer Chemy Soibelman—has taken their local scene by storm, selling out venues in their hometown, all the way to Tel Aviv with their brand of electro-funk. However, the G-Nome Project does not always get the chance to make it stateside, so when they do, it’s always a treat. This fall, the group is embarking on a tour across the United States, with thirteen dates currently laid out. During this upcoming fall tour, the group will its triumphant return to Chicago, with a special performance at the Tonic Room on Thursday, November 9th. (Purchase tickets here).In an interview with L4LM earlier this year, Salomon describes the burgeoning Israeli music scene and the inherently American roots of jam music: “The Israeli music scene has actually been on an upswing. The indie scene has produced some great bands recently. Trance is huge here. So is Jazz and Pop. Here in Jerusalem, the city sponsors multiple huge pop-up street concerts each month. But that is usually all very mainstream music. I think there’s something inherently American about the jam scene. It’s not only lacking in Israel; it’s pretty much lacking everywhere in the world outside of America (and Canada). This was one of the things that inspired us to create G-Nome.” You can take a listen to the full audio of G-Nome Project’s performance at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont, on September 1st, 2015, to get a taste of the magic that’ll be going down in Chicago early next month. Tickets for G-Nome Project’s show at Tonic Room on Thursday, Nov. 7th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.
Hot Buttered Rum, the progressive five-piece bluegrass band out of San Francisco, California, is gearing up for a big year. With almost two decades under their belts, in 2018, Hot Buttered Rum will release their sixth studio album, Lonesome Panoramic. A follow up to 2010’s Limbs Akimbo, their self-titled release in 2014, and the trio of EPs released as The Kite & The Key in 2015 and 2016, Lonesome Panoramic was self-produced by the band; recorded at Panoramic House Studio in Stinson Beach, California, along the Panoramic Highway; and is slated for a July 20th release this summer.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, explained in a press release, “Lonesome Panoramic is the result of different thematic and stylistic threads that Butter has been chasing over the years: driving uptempo string band tunes, layers of dark lonesome drum grooves, letting things go, and embracing what we have.”Hot Buttered Rum has become a staple of the progressive bluegrass scene with their quick-paced and fiery blend of bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. With the addition of drums in 2008, the group cemented itself as a music festival favorite, regularly performing nationally renowned events like Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk, Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Northwest String Summit, and many, many more. Furthermore, the band’s hearty resume has led to some truly astounding collaborations, including playing with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, Kyle Hollingsworth, and others and being named “The Official Bluegrass Band of the San Francisco Giants.”With the release of Lonesome Panoramic on the horizon, Hot Buttered Rum has been generous enough to share with us a sneak peek at what to expect from their latest studio effort, which features cameo collaborations from ALO’s Zach Gill and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, The Coffis Brothers, and Rainbow Girls.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, noted to Live For Live Music,I wrote “Country Tunes & Love Songs” with the Coffis Brothers, Kellen and Jamie. To me, the opening chord progression invokes the subject matter of the song, so it wrote itself. Sometimes, good songs come from when you aren’t swinging for the fences, you just put a good swing on the ball and it finds a gap. We ended up producing it with a lot of strummy twelve-string guitar, with the memory of Tom Petty whispering in our ears.“Country Tunes & Love Songs” is the third track on the upcoming Lonesome Panoramic, marking one of the few songs on the new album on which the band’s multi-instrumentalist Erik Yates plays the dobro, rather than his trusty banjo. Tapping into the band’s more rock-oriented Americana side, the mid-tempo tune finds Keefe vocally accompanied by Kellen and Jamie Coffis (of The Coffis Brothers), who offer up blissful vocal harmonies.You can take a listen to the Live For Live Music premiere of Hot Buttered Rum’s “Country Tunes & Love Songs” below. “Country Tunes & Love Songs” will be formally released on the band’s upcoming album, Lonesome Panoramic, which is due out on July 20th via independent release. For more information on the album or the band, head to Hot Buttered Rum’s website here. You can also check out a full track listing for the new album below. Lonesome Panoramic Track Listing:1. You Can Tell 2:11 (Yates)2. Sittin’ Here Alone 3:14 (Keefe)3. Country Tunes & Love Songs (ft. The Coffis Bros.) 4:29 (Keefe, K Coffis, J Coffis)4. How Short the Song 3:27 (Yates)5. Treasure Island Blues 4:46 (Yates)6. Never Got Married 2:50 (Keefe)7. Spirits Still Come (ft. Rainbow Girls) 4:54 (Keefe)8. Sleeping Giants 5:04 (Yates)9. Leaving Dallas 4:31 (Keefe)10. When that Lonesome Feeling Comes 4:07 (Yates)11. Mighty Fine 4:25 (Keefe)12. The One that Everybody Knows 8:04 (Yates)13. The Deep End (ft. ALO) 4:55 (Keefe, Yates, Lebowitz, Gill)Guest Musicians:Jamie Coffis – vocals (3)Kellen Coffis – vocals (3)Rainbow Girls: Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, Vanessa May – backup vocals (7,13)Dan Lebowitz (ALO) – electric guitar & vocals (13)Zach Gill (ALO) – vocals (13)View All Tracks