Joe Russo‘s love affair with the Grateful Dead and their extended catalog continued on Friday night, as the energetic drummer hosted a unique tribute to Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales‘ 1971 jazz-fusion album Hooteroll? at the Capitol Theatre. The show, billed as “Hooteroll? + Plus”, focused primarily on the jazzy album, as well as other like-minded recordings. Russo recruited Stuart Bogie (reeds/flute), Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Dave Harrington (bass), Kevin Kendrick (vibraphone/percussion), and Jordan McClean (trumpet) for the tribute.In addition to the eclectic mix of covers, the band debuted an original tune by Joe Russo that is expected to appear on his solo album that Russo’s been working on with collaborators Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman. Dubbed “Song For Buddy,” it was the opening song of the second set, and you can watch it below.Watch the entire “Hooteroll? + Plus!” show below, as recorded by nugs.tv.Setlist: Hooteroll? Plus! | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/7/17I: Morning In Marin (Garcia/Wales), Vox Humana (Carla Bley), Uncle Martin’s (Garcia/Wales), Da Birg Song (Garcia/Wales), Unfinished Sympathy (Gary Burton), DC – 502 (Garcia/Wales)II: Song For Buddy (Russo), Up From The Desert (Garcia/Wales), Spiral Dance (Keith Jarrett), One A.M. Approach (Garcia/Wales), A Trip To What Next (Garcia/Wales), What I Say (Miles Davis)E: South Side Strut (Garcia/Wales)
Very few people have innovated modern music like Lester William Polsfuss, more affectionately known as Les Paul. Not only are his guitars prized by many musicians worldwide, but some of his techniques in both recording and musicianship were incredibly inventive and ahead of his time. We salute the late great Les Paul today, on what would have been his 104th birthday.Les Paul was self-taught, learning how to play guitar and rising through the ranks as a country musician. He quickly found a home in the jazz community, working with Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby on new hit songs. Paul became fascinated with the process of recording, and Crosby eventually sponsored his work. Tape delays, multi-track recordings, phasing and more were all ideas pioneered by Paul throughout his career.Though injuries plagued Les Paul in his later career, the man continued to perform every Monday night with a jazz trio at the Iridium in New York, NY. He even won a Grammy award at age 90 for his work on the album Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played!Les was a true musicians musician, revered by any of the countless legends that fans might recognize. In honor of Paul’s birthday, we picked one of the most legendary blues musicians to have ever lived, B.B. King, to show the enormous level of respect given to the legendary Les Paul.Enjoy this footage of Les jamming with B.B. King, David Gilmour, and Eddie Van Halen to celebrate this special day. Enjoy![Video: Acoustic World]
For the past three years, New Orleans stalwarts Dumpstaphunk have traveled from The Big Easy to The Big Apple on the night before Thanksgiving to help New Yorker’s ring in the holiday season with a night of bass-heavy funk tunes, fun tribute sets, and amazing special guests. In 2014, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall and company hit B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square with special guests Eric Krasno and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. In 2015, they brought Phunksgiving to Port Chester’s beloved venue, The Capitol Theatre, and they invited Cyril Neville, Fishbone, and Dust Rays featuring Capt’n Kirk from The Roots to the party. Last year, the band moved to the friendly confines of American Beauty and delivered a set of 1970s funk classics, with Kraz and Taz both showing up for their second Phunksgiving, while former Dumpstaphunk drummer and The Nth Power founder Nikki Glaspie also lent her talents to the stage for a few tunes.Dumpstaphunk Celebrates Phunksgiving With 70’s Covers, Special Guests, & More [Photos/Video]This year, the holiday tradition will continue in Brooklyn. On Tuesday, November 21st, Dumpstaphunk will bring Phunksgiving to Brooklyn Bowl for a funk throwdown with special guests Southern Avenue, the high-energy upstarts currently taking the live music scene by storm. If previous years of Phunksgiving are any indication, the band certainly has a few tricks up their sleeves as well. After all, you never know who might show up at Phunksgiving!– SHOW INFO –Show: Live For Live Music & Brooklyn Bowl Present The 4th Annual Phunksgiving With Dumpstaphunk w/ Special Guest Southern AvenueVenue: Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249)Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017Tickets: $20 – On Sale HereEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets!
Canadian pop-soul artist ColinResponse is set to release his new self-titled, six-song EP on October 27th, 2017. With a style and swagger reminiscent of a mix between Bruno Mars and André 3000, ColinResponse presents a full, dance-worthy sound backed by his five-piece band, including bass, guitar, drums, keyboards, trumpet, and saxophone. Hailing from Toronto, ColinResponse has been steadily gaining international momentum as a pop-soul artist and performer. As a well-trained multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, bass, guitar, piano, etc.) with close to 100 live performances under his belt, ColinResponse has shared the stage with industry heavy-weights, including Kardinal Offishal, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wyclef Jean and Erykah Badu, to name a few.ColinResponse has stood out from the competition on several notable platforms, including placing second in Shaw TV and Fontana North’s Urban Star televised talent search competition and first in the industry-vetted and fan driven Hennessy Artistry’s International Talent Quest, where his “She Dances in the Rain” (from his upcoming EP) beat out over 2,000 applicants around the globe.With excitement towards his upcoming release, ColinResponse explains, “This album is a representation of my entire life up to this point. The music is a culmination of everything I’ve learned, it’s everything I’ve ever felt-the hurt, the joy, and the laughter. I made this album to empower people – to bring people together – to let people know that someone else has also felt those same things alongside them.”Today, ahead of the October 27th release of his self-titled EP on October 27th, ColinResponse and Live For Live Music are proud to premiere the official music video for the first track off the ColinResponse EP, “#YouAlreadyKnow.” The music video for the track, which compiles thrilling footage from recent live performances, also features an interesting and strangely prominent visual theme: a T-shirt that the artist wears throughout with Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas‘ face on it.Colin explained the origins of the Fergie shirt inside joke in a comment ahead of the video’s release. “We shot this video on tour, and literally the night before our last show, Fergie released her new song with the exact same name…’You Already Know,’ explains the singer. “I was like ahhhh Hell Naw! How you gonna play me like that Fergie!?
Earlier in March, Neil Young and his backing band, Promise of the Real, announced that they had a new album due out later in the month, which would serve as the official soundtrack for the upcoming Western film, Paradox. The film was written and directed by actress Daryl Hannah and follows a band of cowboys and outlaws who “pass the days digging for treasure while they wait for the full moon to bring its magic, the music and let the spirits fly.” In addition to creating the soundtrack, Young stars in the film and plays “Man in the Black Hat”, acting alongside members of Promise of the Real as well as Willie Nelson and Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah.You can listen to the recently released Neil Young soundtrack below, and watch Paradox on Netflix.
The life and musical career of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby will be the topic of a new documentary produced by seasoned music journalist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe, according to a report from Variety. A.J. Eaton (pictured above with Crowe and Crosby) will direct the new film, with Crowe’s Vinyl Films producing and BMG executive producing and providing the bankroll. As Billboard notes, “In addition to producing the documentary, Crowe has conducted multiple interviews with Crosby that will cast a new light on the artist, whose career includes stints in The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as a vibrant solo career.”Explains Crowe in a statement,David Crosby has been near the forefront of music and social change for the last four decades. Now 76, he’s forging a new path by seeking out younger musicians and trying to make a mark in a world now so different from the generation he came to define in the 60’s. … It’s a raw and moving portrait, rough edges and all. We’re also so proud of the work being done by our wonderful director A.J. Eaton who’s been filming Croz for the last several years.Crowe’s career has always hewed closely to the world of rock and roll. Starting from a young age, he was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone Magazine. Following his move to the film world, he eventually won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his semi-autobiographical rock and roll comedy/drama, Almost Famous, in 2000.For BMG, who released Crosby’s 2017 LP, Sky Trails, this is the music-oriented entertainment company’s latest push into more film-based content. According to Variety, their first foray into film was a documentary about Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. They also have a number of other music-facing film projects in the works.[H/T Variety]
Today, Keller Williams announced that he will bring his PettyGrass tribute project to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas for a matinee show on Saturday, November 3rd prior to Phish’s fall tour closer at the MGM Grand Garden Arena later that evening. The early show joins an impressive lineup of shows at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas that week, including The Motet‘s late-night performance on Wednesday, October 31st and The Disco Biscuits‘ three-night run of late shows on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.A venue pre-sale is taking place on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 am PT (presale password: PETTYGRASS). Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, May 24th at 10 am PT.Created in the wake of Tom Petty‘s sudden death last fall, PettyGrass features Keller Williams and bluegrass quintet The Hillbenders performing Tom Petty covers “in a rollicking bluegrass style.” The new project has its origins in a number of Tom Petty covers that Williams put together for a Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals benefit back in 2015.As Williams explained in a statement when the project was announced,There is nothing like a room full of people singing along to the same song. With [Petty’s] untimely passing, these songs have been pushed to the forefront of my mind and it seems like as good a time as any to celebrate, publicly, the music of Tom Petty. Luckily, The Hillbenders share my passion for this music and it just so happens that they are kick ass pickers who have amazing attention to detail. These Petty songs lend themselves quite easily to bluegrass and by the end of the night, the audience will more than likely be singing in harmony.”Before hitting Sin City, Williams and The Hillbenders will take PettyGrass on the road this summer for a series of festival dates, including performances at Candler Park Music Festival, Redwood Ramble, Floyd Fest, Rhythms on the Rio, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Suwannee Roots Revival, Utopiafest, and more. For a full list of Keller Williams’ upcoming shows, PettyGrass and otherwise, head to his website.
Today, Papadosio has released a brand-new single dubbed “Distress Signal”, an electronica-leaning single that is a welcome addition to the band’s catalog following their last full album two years ago, Pattern Integrities. This latest tune finds Papadosio pushing its boundaries, with the five-piece out of Asheville, North Carolina, offering a truly standout track that is remarkable for its spaciousness and that will likely become a superb exploratory vehicle in live performances.This newest track, “Distress Signal”, opens with a rhythmic and repetitive electronic riff, one that underlies the song and propels the track forward. A dramatic start to the song, eventually, Anthony Thogmartin offers his powerful, reverb-heavy vocals as the band continues to add layers into the mix. A next step in the evolution of the band that is known for its adventurous explorations, the tune is simultaneously sparse and alive with a pulsating energy. As “Distress Signal” lands into its chorus, its tone changes, deepening with a darker tinge, before landing in an open, ambient bridge—one that likely will be used as a jumpoff point for deep improvisations in Papadosio’s live performances.As Anthony Thogmartin explained to us,The beginning of the sequence you hear in this song is my first modular patch recorded after getting the first five make noise modules of this system we used in a bunch of new tracks. We had a great time moving from the sequence into a full-fledged song. It was a fun process.Live For Live Music is proud to premiere Papadosio’s brand-new single, “Distress Signal”. Take a listen for yourself below before the single is released on major streaming services on June 15th. For more information on the band, head to Papadosio’s website here.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This summer, Papadosio has a busy touring schedule prepared, with the band’s summer schedule kicking off at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a joint show with Umphrey’s McGee. From there, the band has a number of festival appearances planned—including at Camp Bisco, Werk Out, Summer Meltdown, and Resonance Festival—in addition to a number of theater and club dates for their own headlining summer tour with Higher Learning. Check out the band’s upcoming schedule below and for ticketing, head to the band’s website here.Upcoming Papadosio Tour Dates:July 6 @ Red Rocks | Morrison, CO^July 13 @ Camp Bisco | Scranton, PAJuly 14 @ Great South Bay Music FestivalAug 2 @ The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival | Thornville, OHAug 4 @ Summer Meltdown Festival | Darrington, WAAug 22 @ Soul Kitchen Music Hall | Mobile, AL*Aug 23 @ Last Concert Cafe | Houston, TX*Aug 24 @ Mohawk Austin | Austin, TX*Aug 25 @ Trees | Dallas, TX*Aug 29 @ Varsity Theatre | Baton Rouge, LA*Aug 30 @ Druid City Music Hall | Tuscaloosa, AL*Aug 31 @ The Mill & Mine | Knoxville, TN*Sept 1 @ The Blind Tiger | Greensboro, NCSept 2 @ Music Farm | Columbia, SC*Sept 20 @ Resonance Festival (4 Sets) | Legend Valley, OHSept 28 @ Pier 17 | New York, NY**Oct 5 @ Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL^^^ w/ Umphrey’s McGee* Summer Tour w/ Higher Learning** w/ STS9^^The Big Weekend w/ Emancipator EnsembleView All Tour Dates
The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Kokkalis Program on Southeast and East-Central Europe, which strives to support individuals committed to invigorating the public sector in Southeastern and East-Central Europe by providing fellowships for study at HKS, will host a four-day HKS executive training program May 31-June 3 titled “Leading, Innovating and Negotiating: Critical Strategies for Public Sector Executives.”The program, designed exclusively for senior professionals in the public and nonprofit sectors in Southeast and East-Central Europe, will offer participants analytical and problem-solving tools that are critical for advancing individual and organizational goals and vital for generating, managing, and leveraging innovation in an era of growing global complexity.Administered by the Kokkalis Program, the executive training program will take place in Athens, Greece, at the Athens Information Technology institute (AIT).The deadline for applications is April 26. For more information and application instructions, visit the HKS Executive Education Web site.
Open a book to read. Gaze at a painting. Listen to music.For centuries, these private acts were at the heart of scholarship in the humanities, the cluster of academic disciplines that study the human condition.But 160 years ago, scholars began to think of literature at least as a cultural artifact subject to quantitative interpretation. In the 19th century, vocabulary-counting schemes were used to investigate the authorship of St. Paul’s writings and the plays of Shakespeare.Then came computers, and with them a growing desire to apply computational power to the humanities. Starting in 1949, an Italian Jesuit priest named Roberto Busa enlisted the aid of IBM computers to produce an index of the 11 million words of medieval Latin in writings by Thomas Aquinas and others. A flurry of interest in literary concordances followed, ushering in the first age of digital humanities.But now we are in the age of Digital Humanities 2.0, according to authorities at a recent panel of the same name, held at the Barker Center on Feb. 10 and sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.Future digital scholars will explore the meaning of a single work, figure, or period by layering text with images, audio, film, 3-D artifacts, markups, and other multimedia resources housed — often untouched — in archives around the world.Emerging models of such scholarship represent a “rich moment,” said panel moderator Jeffrey Schnapp, a Harvard professor of Romance languages and literatures and the founder 11 years ago of the groundbreaking Stanford Humanities Lab.Today, Schnapp directs the metaLAB (at) Harvard, a cross-University center for investigating new forms of digital scholarship. He called the center “a cluster of experiments” and “an invitation” to Harvard’s community of scholars — all of them poised at this new digital frontier.MetaLAB is hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where Schnapp is a fellow. (He is also a visiting professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.)Humanities 2.0 will offer up new “plausible genres for scholarly exchange,” said Schnapp, and they will likely share four features:The “animation” of archives: to process, preserve, distribute, and link archival material in a way that recognizes “visualization as a core feature of humanities scholarship,” he said. “The linguistic will take a visual turn” in this new scholarship, said panelist Peter Lunenfeld, a design and media arts professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).“Artifactual knowledge”: ways to layer 3-D artifacts and other images into more traditional narrative forms. Archives have expanded their collections, yet access is limited to these vast cultural repositories. Digital tools can “break up this logjam,” said Schnapp.“Thick mapping”: adding geospatial layers to arts and humanities scholarship. MetaLAB is incubating Zeega, an open-source tool kit that enables immersive multimedia projects. It’s being developed, in part, at Harvard. And panelist Todd Presner, a comparative literature professor at UCLA, introduced his 10-year project HyperCities, a way of presenting urban histories that layer old conceptions of place with new, interactive ones. “It’s a very, very rich way of thinking about place,” he said. “This is not ‘thin mapping’ anymore.”“Literary genomics”: a way of using “vastly expanded data sets” to investigate literature and other cultural treasures, said Schnapp. (As reported in the journal Science last year, a team of Harvard researchers used a 500 billion-word data set from 5.2 million Google-digitized books to analyze word occurrences between 1500 and 2008.)Despite these new tools, digital humanities remains “a complement to traditional practices of scholarship,” said Schnapp, not a way to displace them.But digital humanities will require rethinking what being an “author” means, panelists said. In a world known for scholars toiling in jealous solitude, the humanities may adopt a collaborative concept already common in the sciences: multiple authorship.How do you give credit for a digital project that uses new software, peer-reviewed literature, oral histories, and a stew of other inputs? “It raises huge questions,” said Presner, who described one project that had 18 authors, 12,000 lines of code, and other creative layers.Back when digital humanities meant using computers to count words, there was a “pleasure in explicit regimes” of quantitative scholarship that once belonged only to the sciences, said Johanna Drucker, an information studies professor at UCLA.But in a realm that is now so versatile and visual, the digital humanities have to find ways to express the ambiguity at the heart of so much culture.“Things that are subtle and complex,” said Drucker, “take longer to understand.”