The Brooklyn Bowl will become the New Jersey Bowl for one night, as the Brooklyn, NY will host a Brooklyn Is The Boss tribute concert to Bruce Springsteen. The group Tom Hamilton’s American Babies will serve as the house band for the festivities, and a number of great musicians will join the group for a rocking night of The Boss’s greatest hits.Among those scheduled to perform are: Eric Deutsch, Jackie Greene, Ross James, and The Superslick Horns (Clark Gayton, Kevin Batchelor and Paul Vercesi), packing a punch for this musical celebration. It all goes down June 1st, so don’t miss out!For more information about the concert, head to the Brooklyn Bowl’s website.
Jam group Twiddle made their way to Colorado yesterday, coming in to town for a marathon performance at the Fox Theater ahead of their set opening for The Disco Biscuits at Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight, June 4th. The band played a full three set show to get ready, getting fans excited with some serious showmanship. Guitarist Mihali Savoulidis went acoustic for the full first set, and the band welcomed The Frendly Horns for set two. They even got support from Jeremy Salken on drums during the third set, going crazy for a great performance.Check out some great footage from the show, as captured by the band.Mihali Acoustic Set OneFull Set Two Video w/ HornsThere’s also a full audio recording that can be streamed below, thanks to taper GnarleyRoots.The full setlist from last night’s show can be seen below, courtesy of uTwiddle.Setlist: Twiddle at The Fox Theater, Boulder, CO – 6/3/16Set 1: Blueberry Tumble, Be There, The Catapillar, Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Subconscious Prelude, Brick Of Barley, Hatti’s Jam -> When It Rains, It PoorsSet 2: Complacent Race, Amydst The Myst, Latin Tang, Wildfire, Tiberius, Lost In The ColdSet 3: Mamunes The Faun, The Box, Earth Mama, Doinkinbonk!!!Encore: Collective PulseShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. The entire first set featured Mihali on acoustic guitar. The entire second set featured The Frendly Horns.  “Subconscious Prelude” contained a “Mary Had a Little Lamb” tease.  “When It Rains, It Poors” contained “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” quotes. “The Box” featured a drummer switch-out with Jeremy Salkin (Big Gigantic) sitting in for Brook. “Doinkinbonk!!!” featured a Brook / Honeycomb vocal jam.
Back from Europe, Vulfpeck had their first show on American soil last night at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Philly Native Son warmed up the crowd before the Vulf finally hit around 1am as part of the Project Pabst after-party special. The funk quartet was joined by some very special guests, including the “Funky Duck” himself Antwaun Stanley, and a full horns section.Local Philly extraordinaires Ian Gray (Swift Technique, trombone), Greg Rosen (Swift Technique, trumpet), Brian Blaker (Swift Technique, tenor sax, soprano sax), and Sam Greenfield (Electron, Stratosphere All-Stars, alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet) joined frequent collaborator Mark Dover (clarinet) to blow some extra life into “Back Pocket,” “1612”, “Funky Duck”, and “It Gets Funkier”. The funky five amplified Jack Stratton‘s dance moves to a new dimension, calling upon the 3,000 attendees finest claps galore. The vibes were plenty, the souls were loud, the energy was contagiously happening. To say we hope these horns are more heavily included in future Vulf-collaborations is an understatement.Among the many highlights of the hour-long set was the live debut of Theo Katzman‘s new single “Hard Work”, which presented itself after a number of Woody Goss compositional staples. Vulf provided the perfect musical background for the soul singer to deliver his new solo track in support of his upcoming record “Heartbreak Hits,” out this January.Furthermore, Antwaun Stanley made his United States debut of the Al Green track, “Simply Beautiful”. Played only once before in London earlier this month, Twaun took center stage to deliver this impeccable cover (watch at 31:30 mark of video below). A smooth groove with vocals that take you to a planet far beyond our own, the song was the perfect middle man between the anthemic “Funky Duck” and the sing-a-long classic “Wait For The Moment” (the prior of which demands a special mention for an unforgettable solo from Swift trombonist Ian Gray, and the latter featuring a stand-out clarinet solo from Mark Dover).Straddling the degrees between gospel, pop, soul, and straight up funk, the only way to move past the extremities was with the narrative pleasures of “Christmas In LA” and the bass-bombing aerobics of Joe Dart‘s “Beastly”. The horns returned for a set-closing “It Gets Funkier,” and alas, it did. Desperate chants for an encore ensued, but the venue did not allow.Thanks to YouTube user Chris Cafiero, you can enjoy the entire show in 4K:It Gets Funkier – 360° Stage View [via Karl McWherter]Vulfpeck @ Electric Factory 10/9/16:Outro, Fugue State, Birdwatcher, My First Car, Hard Work (Theo Katzman Song), Back Pocket*, 1612*, Funky Duck*, Simply Beautiful (Antwaun Stanley Song), Wait For The Moment, Christmas in LA, Beastly, It Gets Funkier**w/ Swift Technique Horns[Photos courtesy of Karl McWherter] Load remaining images
In addition to his exploits as a musical icon, the late Jerry Garcia was a prolific visual artist and painter, creating countless works of art over the years. However, as is the nature of fine art, it can only be appreciated to the extent that it can be accessed–and for years, many of Garcia’s works have sat in storage, unseen by the public eye. That is, until recently, when StraxArt, a technology company that specializes in digitizing works of fine art in order to preserve the pieces and make them available to masses, linked up with Jerry’s daughter, Trixie Garcia. One of the first major artists’ estates to sign on with Strax’s unique fine art digitization process protocol was that of Garcia, best known as the late lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead. In an effort spearheaded by Trixie, Strax assisted with the digitization of Jerry’s vast collection of original works, many of which had never been displayed.Strax Technologies, the parent company of the StraxArt brand, was founded to make thousands of works of art available to everyone by digitizing paintings, drawings, and the like and “streaming” the digitized artwork to various devices. The firm has thousands of photographs and works of fine art digitally captured directly from originals stored in its extensive database, and continues to grow its collection by working directly with artists and their estates to catalogue and present these timeless works of art for the digital age. However, as “poster people” will tell you, physical artwork is still very much in demand in 2017, so StraxArt expanded their offerings to include museum-quality printing and framing of their archived pieces.Explains Strax co-Founder Eric Singleton, “An amazing byproduct of the Strax process model is the ability to offer limited edition framed prints of Jerry Garcia pieces at a price that is accessible to everyone,” says Singleton, “It was crucial to our mission to make these available without any compromise on quality. We use pigment inks, sustainably sourced framing, 100% cotton museum quality paper, etc, for a true heirloom product that embraces the spirit of Jerry – one of the most important aspects of our mission.”Strax has continued to build the collection and make it available via a dedicated website, The Jerry Garcia Collection, which displays a wide range of these rare digitized Garcia originals and offers high-quality framed prints for sale. You can view the Jerry Garcia Collection now.Digitizing Jerry’s artwork proved to be an expansive and powerful process, as members of the Strax team were invited to key places where his work is being stored and given unprecedented access to the veritable treasure trove of material. “It was like walking into the private world of Jerry,” explains Singleton, “to hold in our hands so much of his original artwork, still in his art notebooks, was incredible.”Singleton continues, “Beyond his art were original song lyrics to some of the Dead’s most famous songs…old Gold records…I truly got choked up looking at them in front of us, we all did. There were many silent moments between us that day as we kept discovering more and more.” As they dove deeper into his body of work, the Strax team began to increasingly focus on the stories surrounding the art, interviewing artists and the people close to them to discover the context and inspirations for the various pieces.“Its remarkable how Jerry’s art seems to open a door to the past and bring it to the present for those close to him,” Singleton explains. “When discussing or looking at a work with a family member or friend, like Trixie or David Grisman, we are often rewarded with the story about why he painted a particular piece – where he painted it and what his inspiration was – in that moment you feel like he’s all around you, and its magical.”By capturing and sharing these intimate interviews, fans and collectors are able to learn what the artist was thinking, experiencing, and feeling as they created their art as a form of expression. Strax is one of the first firms to combine this unique storytelling with the artworks themselves, creating a special experience for the collector and fan.You can see Trixie Garcia speak about The Jerry Garcia Collection below:As StraxArt continues to uncover and digitize the massive Jerry Garcia Collection, it’s a good bet that they’ll uncover even more amazing work and incredible stories, continuing to fill the ever-present call for insight on the mind, work, and legacy of Jerry Garcia and beyond.You can view The Jerry Garcia Collection here. For more information on StraxArt and their various projects, head to their website.
As the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 28th in New York City draw closer, The Recording Academy, has announced the addition of several artists to the annual awards show’s bill of musical performances. The third and final round of artist additions include polarizing hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, Irish rock and roll heroes U2, and beloved pianist/singer/songwriter Elton John to their bill of musical performances. According to the announcement, Elton John will perform “one of his classic hits” with help from pop star songstress Miley Cyrus. Two nights after the show, John and writing partner Bernie Taupin will be honored at the taping of Elton John: I’m Still Standing –A Grammy Salute, a special set to air later in the year on CBS.Billboard reports that Lamar will open the show, just as he did at last year’s VMAs where he performed “HUMBLE.” and “DNA.” complete with a complex laser light show, sword-wielding dancers fully engulfed in flames, and warriors climbing a fiery trellis.In 2016, following the release of his widely-acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly, Lamar delivered a now-infamous performance at the GRAMMYs. After walking out as part of a chain gang, he performed “The Blacker The Berry” with his band locked inside jail cells.From there, Lamar lit into another controversial, politically charged anthem, “Alright”, which saw him perform the anti-police violence track in front of a raging bonfire.Watch video of Kendrick’s powerful performance at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards below:This performance followed his controversial “Alright” spectacle at the 2015 BET Awards, which caused FOX News personality Geraldo Rivera to take issue during a news broadcast. Lamar would later sample the audio of Rivera’s broadcast saying how hip-hop had hurt black youths in multiple tracks on his most recent album, DAMN., which is up for multiple honors at this year’s GRAMMYs.The Meters To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement AwardLamar, John, and U2 will join an already-announced roster of performers for the evening which includes Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Kesha, Bruno Mars with Cardi B, “Best New Artist” nominees SZA, Alessia Cara, and Khalid, “Record of the Year” and “Album of the Year” nominee Childish Gambino, “Song of the Year” nominee Logic, “Best Pop Solo Performance” nominees Lady Gaga and P!nk, “Best Country Album” nominee Little Big Town, Broadway veteran Patti LuPone, and Ben Platt, who won a Tony Award last year for his portrayal of the titular role in acclaimed musical Dear Evan Hansen.You can see a full list of categories and nominations for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards here.
This summer, Galactic will hit the road, joining up with Trombone Shorty for his Voodoo Threauxdown Tour. The tour, which was inspired by Trombone Shorty and Galactic’s vibrant shared hometown of New Orleans, kicks off at the beginning of August and will also feature Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band, and special guests Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Spanning from August 2nd to September 22nd, the tour will also make a highly anticipated stop at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.In addition to Galactic’s extensive tour dates with the Voodoo Threauxdown Tour, recently, the beloved funk act has also announced a handful of headlining dates of their own. Interspersed with their shared tour dates with Trombone Shorty and company, Galactic will perform at Fairfield, Connecticut’s The Warehouse on August 5th and at Westerly, Rhode Island’s Paddy’s Beach Club on August 9th. The iconic funk act also has plans to stop at Crystal Bay, Nevada’s Crystal Bay Club on September 13th and San Luis Opisbo, California’s Fremont Theatre on September 17th.You can take a look at Galactic’s sparse late-summer headlining dates below. For tickets or more information, head here.
Dark Star Orchestra has been a fan-favorite Grateful Dead-inspired act for decades. They are well-known road dogs, extensively and regularly touring the country and bringing their exacting recreations of specific Grateful Dead shows to the masses. Today, the band has announced their first stateside dates of 2019. The 12+ dates will bring DSO throughout the west coast, kicking off on February 7th in Seattle and winding down through Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona before ending at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on February 23rd.Ahead of all that, Dark Star Orchestra will host their seventh-annual Jamaican Jam in the Sand festival, taking place January 15th through 19th, 2019, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Featuring a beachside stage and located at an all-inclusive resort, the destination festival boasts four nights of Dark Star Orchestra plus two sets of The Wailers and three sets from Green Leaf Rustlers.Tickets for winter tour go on sale Friday. Head to the band’s website for more information. Dark Star Orchestra Winter Tour 2019Feb 7 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox At the MarketFeb 8 & 9 – Portland, OR – Roseland TheaterFeb 11 – Eugene, OR – McDonald TheatreFeb 12 – Ashland, OR – The Historic Ashland ArmoryFeb 13 – Paradise, CA – Paradise Performing Arts CenterFeb 15 & 16 – San Francisco, CA – The WarfieldFeb 17 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Harrah’s & Harveys Lake Tahoe South Shore RoomFeb 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las VegasFeb 21 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee TheatreFeb 22 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San DiegoFeb 23 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban TheatreView All Tour DatesIn addition to the band’s 2019 dates, Dark Star Orchestra has announced a handful of show re-creation themes for their upcoming fall tour on the east coast. While typically not announced in advance, these show re-creation themes will certainly get you excited on what’s to come from DSO. Check it out below! Head to the band’s website for more information.Dark Star Orchestra Fall Tour ThemesNov. 11 – Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA – the band is recreating a historic Massachusetts show (while celebrating the 21st year since the first-ever Dark Star Orchestra performance on 11/11/97 in Chicago, IL)Nov. 15 – State Theater – Portland, ME – the band is recreating a historic Portland, Maine area showNov. 16 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT – the band will recreate the infamous May 5, 1977 performance from New HavenNov. 17 – Palace Theater – Albany, NY – the band is recreating a classic Albany area showDec. 1 – The Anthem – Washington D.C. – the band is recreating a classic DC area showView All Tour Dates
Iconic singer/songwriter Jackson Browne has announced an upcoming four-night run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, set to take place on June 23rd, 24th, 26th, and 28th of 2019. Indie outfit Lucius will provide support for all four nights.Browne will be backed by a full band featuring bassist Bob Glaub, drummer Mauricio Lewak, guitarist Val McCallum, multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz, keyboardist Jeff Young, and vocalists Alethea Mills and Chavonne Stewart.Browne expressed in a statement, “‘I’m excited that I get to appear with Lucius this summer, and that my audience will have a chance to hear this great band. And of course, I’m really happy to have the chance to play for their audience too. My band and their band – these shows will be epic!”Tickets for Jackson Browne’s upcoming four-night Beacon Theatre run go on sale this Friday, December 14th at 11 a.m. (EST) here.For ticketing and more information on Jackson Browne’s upcoming tour dates, head to this website here.
Mike Gordon and his band—comprised of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist/organist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers—are gearing up for their show at New Orleans’ Joy Theater on Friday, and have sweetened the deal for those unable to attend to show.Fans at home are invited to join the fun with a free webcast beginning at 9 p.m. (CST). Head to nugs.tv or LivePhish.com to access Mike Gordon’s free webcast from the Joy Theater.moe. Announces Two-Night Colorado Run, Red Rocks With Mike Gordon & White DenimMike Gordon’s only other currently scheduled show with his solo outfit is the band’s debut Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance in support of moe., set for Saturday, June 1st. Fans should head here to grab tickets before they’re gone!
A week after an earthquake devastated Haiti, Harvard University affiliates have ramped up a combined medical and surgical aid effort in the battered island nation that is larger than that of any nongovernmental organization.The logistics required to coordinate medical assistance that broadly and quickly is likely to provide a helpful template in the future for harnessing the power of academic medicine to meet the demands of major disasters, officials believe.Fifty medical and surgical personnel have been deployed in Haiti in the last week from Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Harvard teaching hospitals have sent planeloads of medical supplies, including surgical and anesthesia equipment. More surgical teams are lined up to depart for Haiti Wednesday (Jan. 20).Partners In Health (PIH), a not-for-profit Harvard affiliate, has taken the lead in University-related medical aid. The group, co-founded by Paul Farmer, the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, operates nine medical sites in Haiti and has had a presence there since 1985.PIH has seven operating rooms at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, where 1,000 patients await surgery. The agency has been shuttling patients to other medical facilities in the rugged Central Plateau, two hours away, and has just opened a treatment center outside Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, with three more operating rooms.The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) are providing leadership for the United Nations “health cluster” and a U.N. field hospital. Such U.N. health clusters coordinate government, nongovernment, academic, and private organizations during medical emergencies.For the next week or two, “surgical needs will dominate,” said HHI’s co-director Michael J. VanRooyen, who is helping to coordinate Harvard’s medical resources bound for Haiti.Amputations and wound debridements are common, and crush injuries and infections are a major cause of mortality.Among the Harvard affiliates helping to send medical and surgical teams are Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital.After the initial response, VanRooyen said, the challenge will be to create temporary housing for the displaced, nurse the injured, and provide post-operative care.Large numbers of those who were displaced in Port-au-Prince, he said, “are living in the rubble.”The Haitian carnage is different from most earthquake disasters, said VanRooyen. It happened in a large city, where crushing injuries are a huge factor, but where surgical facilities are close by.Harvard’s medical authorities on the ground have begun to get word out on the conditions they have found in Haiti, despite spotty cell phone service and limited access to e-mail. Some physicians already have rotated through the country.Stephanie Rosborough, an emergency physician and disaster relief expert at Brigham and Women’s, was in Miami today (Jan. 19) after five days at a U.N. compound medical clinic in Port-au-Prince. Later today, she will be on a plane to the Dominican Republic, and will travel overland to Jimaní, a town on Haiti’s eastern border. There, Rosborough will help set up a post-operative medical camp.She had arrived in Port-au-Prince last Thursday (Jan. 14) from Santo Domingo by helicopter, a vantage that revealed the enormity of the destruction in the capital, where structures collapsed “like stacks of pancakes.” In the city, water was scarce even for doctors and other medical staff, said Rosborough. Everyone slept in or outside the same two vast plastic tents housing 150 patients at the U.N. compound.One day, she said, doctors performed 14 amputations using ketamine, a common drug for field surgeries, to anesthetize the patients. Crushing injuries, broken bones, and infections — even gangrene — were common, said Rosborough, a Cambridge resident who is director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Brigham.Many Haitians “have lost everything they have,” she said, and now many face life without limbs, or without family. “It’s heartbreaking.”Evan Lyon, a resident in internal medicine at the Brigham, spent his first 12 hours in the capital city last weekend assessing the need for emergency medical care.“Beyond the horror,” he wrote of his drive through Port-au-Prince Sunday, “one striking reality is that things are totally peaceful. We circulated … in the middle of everything until just now. Everywhere. No U.N. No police. No U.S. Marines and no violence or chaos or anything. Just people helping each other.”Lyon, once a teacher in Port-au-Prince, split his time for the last year between Boston and Haiti’s Central Plateau, where PIH has eight community-run clinics collectively called Zanmi Lasante.Jonathan Crocker, an internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, another Harvard affiliate, arrived at Zanmi Lasante’s flagship clinic in Cange on Sunday, and posted his impressions the next day.“Patients are dazed,” he wrote of the growing flood of wounded arriving from the capital. “The disruption to their families and lives is beyond description. Many of our injured patients are not mobile, have few resources, have no home to return to, and many have lost their entire families. We care for their wounds. We listen. We grieve with them.”“All Harvard hospitals continue to communicate closely with each other aroundissues relating to supplies and material support for PIH and other efforts,” according to the HHI Web site. “The level of coordination is a strong testimony to the solidarity of the Harvard system in support of Haiti and our partnering organizations providing relief.”PIH surgical teams are working in Cange as well as at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. PIH has become one of the largest medical and surgical nongovernmental organizations and one of the lead agencies for civilian humanitarian assistance in Haiti.Security and safety remain key concerns, but so far Harvard-affiliated medical personnel in the field report that Port-au-Prince has been generally peaceful, that logistics are improving, and that health workers are safe and well.As Lyon drove through Port-au-Prince in search of urgent emergency cases, he passed the city’s main central park, where almost 50,000 people were sleeping at night.“It was almost silent,” he wrote. “People cooking, talking, some singing and crying.”Despite hundreds of injured people lying on the ground, with “open fractures, massive injuries of all kinds,” he wrote, “people are kind, calm, generous to us and others.”But the stench of death was everywhere, wrote Lyon. “The city is changed forever.”Lyon oversaw the evacuation of four patients to U.S. hospitals, who may be the first Haitian nationals to leave for care in the United States, he said.Crocker wrote that the Cange operation is “incredibly busy,” especially as the wounded have begun to develop complications, especially sepsis and venous blood clots from immobility and trauma.“The Haitian medical staff of Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante and survivors of the quake are working with unimaginable valor and dedication, as many of them have lost several or most members of their family,” he wrote. “And yet they remain here, working tirelessly to provide care for others. They are the true heroes.”