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With so many festivals getting rained out in recent years, Live From The Lot has planned ahead! The Philly-area festival was hosted by the Ardmore Music Hall, with plans for music performed in the venue’s parking lot. Scheduled for this weekend and running from May 20-22, the outdoor fest has announced that all Saturday programming will now be moved to the Electric Factory venue. According to the press release, the Ardmore was just not large enough to hold all of the many musicians scheduled to perform this Saturday, but fortunately E-Factory was able to step in at the last minute and save the day!You can read the fest’s full announcement below for any specific planning details. The show must go on!Hey all – We’re so excited for what will be a very special Live From The Lot weekend. As you may know, the forecast for this Saturday in Philly is very bleak; we’ve consulted 2 meteorologists and have been checking every weather site obsessively. The predictions are clear: 1-2 inches of rain and 60 degrees, enough to make the day very uncomfortable, with the possibility of a forced cancellation- which we do not view as an option given the incredible talent coming to town.Here’s the call: all Saturday programming will be moved indoors to the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. SUNDAY WILL REMAIN IN ARDMORE AS SCHEDULED, where we expect sunshine and a tremendous celebration. We are so thankful that our friends at EF are available and willing to accommodate; we feel confident that this is the best case scenario for all involved, especially the artists and all of you, the fans!As a team we have worked tirelessly over the past 48 hours to make the best and most informed decision, with the ultimate goal of prioritizing the weekend-long experience for everyone. Moving inside The Ardmore Music Hall was not an option given the amount of musicians and capacity of the space, nor was tenting the parking lot. We’re stoked to have the entire Philadelphia music community coming together to pull this off, and especially grateful for the Electric Factory as a welcoming host; that is a tremendous blessing. We hope you will all understand and support this decision, and rally behind us and the incredible bands that will be performing.What you need to know:Our amazing production team is going to build a 2nd stage in the Electric Factory- unprecedented!- to ensure that ALL performers get to play as scheduled.The Everyone Orchestra show (Sat. 5/21, 10:30 PM) will take place at the Electric Factory, following Snarky Puppy, on Saturday night. Tickets are available online and will be available at the Electric Factory box office the day of show for $15.Our Ardmore Music Hall team will of course be there to celebrate with everyone and help create a magical experience; we’ll bring our small venue vibe to the famed Factory space in numerous waysVIP tickets will remain as advertised, as we have worked with the Factory to create a space that delivers on all of our promises from reserved seating, to a private bar, and much moreRe-entry will be allowed, just as it will be in the parking lot in ArdmoreElectron w/ Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, on Friday night 5/20, will take place as scheduled in Ardmore.We thank you for your excitement and support, and cannot wait to beat the rain and enjoy an amazing weekend with everyone.Game on!
It used to be that every March the Allman Brothers Band would play a string of shows throughout the month at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This was the same month that the Brooklyn Bowl would host Soulive for their annual “Bowlive” concert series, which always promised an array of special guests that would play deep hours into the night over two weekends. If you were lucky, you got to attend both.While neither of those annual events took place this year, the memories remain as some of the best nights of music in the scene. Never will there ever be a surprise better than having guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes walk into the Brooklyn Bowl at half past midnight to play with fellow jammers Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, Alan Evans, and whoever else Soulive had billed for the evening. It could have been anyone from George Porter Jr. to Robert Randolph, as every evening was packed to the brim with exciting guests. With the Allman Brothers shows often overlapping with Bowlive, there was never telling what night anyone would show up. The element of surprise is truly something special in these cases.Let’s relive some of those magical moments with these videos from the past:“Thrill Is Gone,” Soulive feat. Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes 3/8/13“The Sky Is Crying,” Soulive feat. Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph, Saunders Sermons 3/8/13“Soul Serenade,” Soulive feat. Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi 3/12/10“A Change Is Gonna Come,” Soulive feat. Derek Trucks, Nigel Hall, Ledisi, Matt Owens, James Casey 3/10/12“One In Seven,” Soulive, feat. Derek Trucks 3/8/13“Manic Depression,” Soulive feat. Derek Trucks and Nigel Hall 3/10/12“Aint No Use,” Soulive feat. Warren Hayes, George Porter Jr., The Shady Horns 3/14/14“Come Together,” Soulive feat. Warren Haynes and Brandon Niederauer 3/22/14“How Sweet It Is,” Soulive feat. Warren Haynes, George Porter Jr., Nikki Bluhm 3/14/14“He Bite Me,” Soulive feat. Warren Haynes, George Porter Jr. (3/14/14) Bowlive 2014 Set 3 with Soulive, George Porter Jr, Nikki Bluhm, Shady Horns, and Warren Haynes 3/14/14
On Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, Buddy Guy performed at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, with support from Jeff Beck. Young guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer was in the crowd, taking a night off from his School of Rock The Musical gig, and enjoying the evening with two of his favorite musicians. Niederauer has played with the majority of his idols, from Gregg Allman to Warren Haynes, and George Clinton to Gary Clark Jr., among others, though he’s never played with Mr. Guy before.As Buddy roamed the audience on a wireless microphone, as he does, he passed by the teenage guitar phenom, handed him a guitar pick, and said “strum,” to which Niederauer responded, “I can play.” The next thing you know, ten minutes later, Taz was up on the stage, strapped into one of Buddy guitars and playing the blues alongside one of the greatest living legends of our time as he looked on in amazement.Watch as the two go back and forth trading melodies in the video below:Buddy Guy Jams with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – 7/20/16[Video: Rock, Roots, & Blues – Live!]
New York City is a bustling metropolis of amazing eats, sites, sounds and beyond. With the String Cheese Incident’s upcoming run at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre August 13-14, we decided to chat with band member Michael Kang about his favorite spots to hit when he comes to NYC, as well as a hilarious NYC memory.Favorite Eats: -Nyonya (amazing Malaysian in Little Italy)-Soup Dumplings in Chinatown (there are a bunch of good places)-Momofuku in East Village (David Chang’s original)Favorite Venues:-Irving Plaza-Radio City-NuBlu-Brooklyn BowlFavorite Sites:-Central Park for nature-SOHO for people watching-East Village for hanging with friends-Natural History Museum for the OG museum experienceFavorite Memory:My favorite NYC time capsule moment is when we played Radio City for New Years and ended up running around with a bunch of friends after the shows fully decked out in New Year’s costumes. We started at NuBlu to hang with The Brazilian Girls and then ended up in the West Village at some all-night rave and didn’t emerge until almost noon on New Year’s Day. We were all pretty hungry, so we ended up going to Chinatown to get soup dumplings for lunch still dressed from the night before. Seeing our crew having soup dumplings dressed in crazy costumes next to the regulars in Chinatown was a sight to behold!String Cheese Incident hits the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn 8/13-8/14. Get tickets here, or enter to win them below:
With this year’s Magnolia Fest making its way over to the beautiful St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida, not only is the festival bringing a solid one-day lineup of JJ Grey & Mofro, Keller Williams, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more, but the location is about as good as it gets. St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, let alone in Florida itself (purchase tickets here).With its super laid-back beach vibe (the venue is literally a short walk to the gorgeous beaches), St. Augustine also has the privilege of calling itself the oldest city in the United States, as explorer Ponce de León landed here on his journey to find the Fountain of Youth. It’s definitely a great place to spend the weekend, kick back and relax on the beach, have a few cold cocktails and delicious food at one of the many bars and restaurants along beach side, and check out some incredible music while you’re at it.With a lineup featuring Florida’s own JJ Grey & Mofro, who is from just up north in Jacksonville, you know the southern blues and rock is going to be on full display this evening. Add in the solo smorgasbord performance that Keller Williams puts on and things are beginning to heat up. The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the best bluegrass bands in the land these days, always delivering the goods at every show they step on the stage for.Rounding out the lineup will be Zach Deputy, who will provide those sweet, soulful island vibes that will sound perfect in this beach setting, in particular. English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg will bring his folky-punk pub-rock protest songs that will wake your ass up. Sara Lee Guthrie (yes, daughter of Arlo Guthrie) and Johnny Irion provide some rootsy folk to complement the rest of the lineup, while local up-and-coming duo This Frontier Needs Heroes round things up for the full day of music.For additional event and ticket information, check out the following link.P.S. Flights to Jacksonville are super cheap right now, if you are looking for a long weekend getaway to the beach and aren’t within driving distance. Just sayin’….Win A Pair Of Tickets:
Earlier today, festivities at The Festy in Arrington, VA were brought to a halt after a propane tank exploded on a funnel cake truck on the festival ground, causing a fire that spread to engulf adjacent food trucks, according to witness reports.Newsplex, the local CBS affiliate station, has reported that one person was taken to the UVA Medical Center for injuries, although the person’s condition was not disclosed. Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets ambulances and fire trucks were already on the scene at the festival and able to respond to the fire right away.The Festy reached out to its audience via Facebook, advising attendees to return to their campsites while the situation was being assessed. They recently posted an update saying that the performances would recommence at 4 with Elephant Revival at the Blue Ridge Bowl stage, which is separate from the main festival grounds where the explosion occurred.Emergency Services continue to assess the damage. We’ll update you as more information becomes available. We hope everyone on site in Arrington is safe![Photo Credit Ross Winecoff]
When super producer Danger Mouse and composer Daniel Luppi came to Jack White to write lyrics for a project they were working on, White acquiesced. With the songs not being his own, he had a difficult time grasping the concept. It was the first time in his career that he would actually write something for another artist. So, what did he do? He “quit” his job and began driving around Nashville with a handheld recorder, listening to the instrumental versions of songs and just singing anything that came into his head.As he drove around, one particular arrangement came together, which went on to become the song the “The Rose With the Broken Neck.” In April of 2015 at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, WY, during his Acoustic Tour, White performed the song. Video of that performance has been released, which features White, Lillie Mae (mandolin), Fats Kaplin (fiddle), and Dominic Davis (upright bass) playing a beautiful and haunting version of the track. Take a listen below.Purchase Jack White Acoustic Recordings: 1998 – 2016 here.
Vermont jam band Twiddle spent the weekend at the historic Capitol Theatre, treating fans to back-to-back doses of their reggae-tinged jam rock. The band has been on a real tear in 2016, taking their improvisations deeper than ever in fun-filled live showings. The two night run at the Cap was no exception!The first night of the show featured a hearty helping of Twiddle’s original music, including well-known tracks like “Daydream Farmer” and “Jamflowman”. There were some fun jam antics during “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” as well, and members of the opening band, RAQ, chimed in to support throughout the show. Keyboardist Todd Stoops would sit in on “FRENDS Theme”, and he returned with Chris Michetti and Scotty Zwang for the encore of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.”Fortunately, thanks to taperchris, we can listen to the full audio from this wonderful show. Tune in below!
On Monday, October 31st, Greensky Bluegrass got the Halloween festivities going with a matinee performance at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, playing an afternoon set before Phish’s at the MGM Grand. With many fans in town with the sole purpose to see Phish, Greensky opted to don their own musical costume for the phans in the audience. Though playing Phish’s music is certainly in their wheelhouse, Greensky instead played a full set of songs that Phish covers to keep their crowd dancing for a wild performance.Whether it was the regular Phish covers like “Funky Bitch” or “Rock And Roll,” or the more obscure selections like Pink Floyd’s “Time” or Grank Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band,” there was no denying the sheer fun and energy from the set. Fortunately, taper ToddHodulik has offered up a full stream of the performance for our listening pleasure.Check out the full audio from the GSBG’s Phish cover show below![Photo taken by On The DL Photography, via Greensky Bluegrass’s Facebook Page]