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Big news out of California, as a federal jury has found Led Zeppelin not guilty in their plagiarism lawsuit.The suit, which debated whether their most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven”, was actually copied or influenced by the song “Taurus” by the band Spirit, has been going on since April. All three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, wound up testifying in the proceedings.The verdict was decided earlier today, shortly after the sides finished their closing arguments. The case had been pursued by the estate of Spirit’s original guitarist and lead songwriter, Randy California, who passed away in 1997.Plant and Page issued a statement, which you can read here:We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans’ support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.” – Jimmy Page and Robert PlantIn honor of their victory in court, take a look back at Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day from their reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena in 2007.
It’s been a long road for Widespread Panic, but the band has risen to the top time and again. Last night, the band had a true reason to celebrate, as the group played their 50th consecutive sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The truly impressive record started back in 1991, and was celebrated in a fashionable three day run this weekend.The run’s second night brought out all the jams, starting off with a “Holden Oversoul” > “JAM” > “Solid Rock” extended session, and closing the first set with a “Bust It Big” > “Impossible” > “Bowlegged Woman” dropper. Second set brought out a particularly special version of “Pleas” > “Saint Ex” and had the people of the rocks begging for more by the end of the thrillingly long and professionally executed second set. Welcoming Steve Lopez on percussion for “Arleen,” the band closed out with an earth shattering “Chilly Water.” The encore invited a “Dream Song,” “Heart of Gold,” “North” closer, bookending a night to be recorded in the Widespread Panic books. Check out some fan-shot footage from the night below:PleasChilly WaterHeart of Gold Check out the setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 6/25/16Set 1: Holden Oversoul > JAM > Solid Rock, B of D, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Jack > Thought Sausage, Bust It Big > Impossible > Bowlegged Woman (62 mins)Set 2: Pleas > Saint Ex*, Henry Parsons Died, Pilgrims > Driving Song > Papa’s Home > Chilly Water > Drumz (Mini) > Cease Fire > JAM > Driving Song, Arleen** > Chilly Water (89 mins)Encore: Dream Song, Heart of Gold, North (20 mins)Notes:* Inverted intro to Saint Ex ** Steve Lopez on percussion ‘The Other One’ jam out of ‘Impossible’; First ‘Dream Song’ at Red Rocks since 6/26/1997 per Everyday CompanionEntire show with Edie Jackson, sign language interpreter (#TeamEdie shirts for charity)[Photo via @widespreadpanichq]
Israeli livetronica act G-Nome Project has been making a name for themselves in the U.S. since their first shows on this side of the pond a couple of years back. This summer the group will be touring around the States, with a major play at Camp Bisco the weekend of 15th-17th. Along with those previously announced dates, G-Nome Project has announced a headlining gig at Chicago venue Subterranean on Saturday, September 17th, with support from local Chi-town trancefusion/jam act Chachuba. (Purchase tickets HERE)G-Nome Project is comprised of keyboardist Eyal Salomon, guitarist Shlomo Langer, bassist Zechariah Reich, and drummer Chemy Soibelman. The Jerusalem-based act have taken their local scene by storm, selling out venues in their hometown, all the way to Tel Aviv with their brand of electro-funk. Chachuba, a four-piece trancefusion/jam act from Chicago, made up of Nate Beitz (bass), Sean DiCosola (keys/production), Paul Feinstein (drums), and Jimmy Klimek (guitar/303), is able to transcend genres with heavy and melodic guitar riffs, synths, and funky beats. If you like to get down, don’t sleep on this show. It’s going to be a hot one!Show: Live For Live Music Presents: G-Nome Project w/ ChachubaVenue: SubterraneanDate: Saturday – September 17th, 2016Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets: $12adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE)
The Upstate New York-based band Driftwood continues to turn heads, fusing the worlds of old and new by bringing punk-rock sensibilities to classic bluegrass Americana instrumentation. Having formed in 2005, the band is truly dedicated to bringing their soulful music to the people with a rigorous touring schedule – they average over 150 shows a year!It’s an exciting time for Driftwood, as the group is set to release their new album City Lights on November 4th. The band, which features banjoist Joe Kollar, violinist Claire Byrne, guitarist Dan Forsyth and bassist Joey Arcuri, put their whole hearts and minds into City Lights, working like never before to perfect their studio approach.To get fans excited for the new release, the band has released a brand new video for the City Lights track “Skin and Bone.” Featuring footage from the band’s recent tours, “Skin and Bone” takes listeners on the Driftwood journey through life on the road. We’re excited to premiere this great new video below; enjoy!All four members of the band weighed in on “Skin and Bone” – read their thoughts below.Joe Kollar (Songwriter of Skin and Bone):Skin and Bone – This one came from a reflection I had of myself and life on the road in general. It touches on trying to keep perspective, forging ahead, and embracing the future…I’m realizing all the time about how connected I am to what I do and this song explores that.Making the album was a dream come true for me. I love the studio and using the studio as a paint brush or an instrument, which was a part of the intention of making this album ourselves. Because it was created in our home studio it allowed us to explore and experiment in ways that would not be feasible in a typical, pay by the hour studio. I’m very proud of what came out of the experience and am looking forward to hitting the road and supporting our very own creation!Claire ByrneThe “Skin and Bone” video gives viewers a little peak into our world beyond the stage. The “glamorous” life of a touring musician means days away from home and family, long hours of driving and a whole lot of down time. To endure such a lifestyle there needs to be a great deal of passion and dedication to your art. That is what the song “Skin and Bone” is about. It’s about knowing that you haven’t chosen the easiest path but that you love it enough to do it your whole life, you’re almost “stuck with it.” I like that this video goes between performing footage and road footage. It’s a great way to sort of glue all the pieces together for viewers, to give them a better idea of our lives. The video also seems to have a feeling of hope and I like that as well because I think the song has that undertone, too.The album “City Lights,” like our other albums, captures a moment in time. It is a sonic self-portrait of us in 2016. We chose to do this album at our banjo player Joe’s studio, Yellow Bike Studio. Working closely with a good friend on production, we laid down “meat and potatoes” of the album in about 5 weeks or so and from there began putting it all together and adding layers. “City Lights” was a fun album to make because the material has taken a step forward. I’m hesitant to say it has gone in a “new direction” because I think we’ve always been heading in the same direction, but it’s interesting to realize where exactly that is. With each album comes a great deal of growth and learning and I think this one marks a turning point for us. We took chances and basically wrote a couple of these songs in the studio. Now it’s exciting for everyone to hear the finished product, and to think about where the next one will go!Joey ArcuriOur song “Skin and Bone” is very much an anthem for us and for hard working people in general, who are driven and have their goals in mind. In a very literal sense the lyrics reveal aspects of performing, traveling, and doing all of that to “make them smile now”. On a personal level, we in Driftwood know how exhausting it is to spend hours in a vehicle, hours for load in and sound check, and then very naturally and selflessly brushing that all to the side and spreading the love and joy within us and our music. I believe the message in “Skin and Bone” can relate to most everyone’s situation, in one way or another, whether your job is music, legal, medical, service industry, whatever.“Skin and Bone” is the closing track on Driftwood’s newest album “City Lights”. We took a different approach with this album. Before the material was went to an engineer to mix, we recorded and edited all of it ourselves, with the help of a dear friend Chris Merkley, who produced it. Because of this process, we feel very connected to the album. The studio is always a self revealing place. You learn so much. This was definitely the case for the making of “City Lights”. What took way longer than the initial recording of the songs was the editing process (vocals, percussion, re-doing some parts, etc.). But through it all, we learned lots and love spending time with each other, which is integral for the well being of a working band. It’s a very exciting time, with the release date less than a month away. We are very proud of these new songs. And just like the message of “Skin and Bone”, we pushed through, set goals, and are hopefully going to make everyone “smile now,” with our finished product.Dan ForsythFor us, this album is a great accomplishment. For the first time, we recorded an album together and didn’t quit working until we were completely satisfied with the results. Just like being a touring band on the road all the time, records are way more work than you think they will be.. that is if you take the time to listen to the music and follow it wherever it needs to go. When you’re working with any group, it always takes some time to flow. It’s not easy for everyone to let go of outside forces and just focus on the music. This album was more about the music than anything else we’ve done. This album was more about the music than anything else we’ve done. We were also lucky enough to have our great friend Chris Merkley along for this endeavor. He really helped to keep us grounded.I love this video. The footage is mostly from the last year..all during the time we were working on this album. It was a crazy year, really busy. And what this video represents to me is the hard work and dedication the members of Driftwood have collectively put forth to make the band work. Or just simply put, for the love of music.Don’t miss Driftwood on the road, and be sure to get your copy of City Lights! The album is due out on November 4th, and you can see the full track listing and the band’s tour schedule below.City Lights Track Listing:1. Fishbowl2. City Lights3. Talkin4. Gasoline5. Lemonade6. The Waves7. Maria Constantina8. Too Afraid9. LostCause10. Skin And BoneTour Dates:November 4-Rochester, NY – Flour City StationNovember 5-Buffalo, NY – Iron WorksNovember 9-Stuart,FL – TerraFermataNovember 10-Melbourne, FL – JustOneMoreNovember 12-13-Brooksville,FL – Riverhawk Music FestivalNovember 16-Asheville, NC – The Grey EagleNovember 17-Charlotte, NC – Double Door InnNovember 18-Durham, NC – Motorco Music HallNovember 19-Charlottesville, VA – The SouthernNovember 25-26-Apalachin, NY – Random Steele TavernDecember 1-Cambridge, MA – Club PassimDecember 2-New York, NY – Union HallDecember 3-Philadelphia, PA – MilkboyDecember 8-Pawling, NY – Daryl’s HouseDecember 16-Pittsburgh, PA – Club CaféDecember 17-Vienna, VA – Jammin’ JavaDecember 29-30-Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
Reggae pioneers Toots & The Maytals performed in front of a capacity crowd at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday night, 11/11/2016. Led by frontman Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, one of the key figures in popularizing reggae music, the band took the audience on a 2-hour trip through their catalogue of ska and rock steady classics.Enjoy video highlights from Cheesehead Productions along with full-set audio from the show.“Funky Kingston”“54-46 Was My Number”“Monkey Man”“Sweet And Dandy”“Times Tough”Full show audio:
Music fans everywhere were crushed last Friday, November 18th, when beloved soul singer Ms. Sharon Jones passed away at the age of 60. Jones’ story was one of triumph, getting her first big break at the age of 40 and, years later, overcoming cancer and returning to the stage. Unfortunately, though that cancer returned late last year, Jones remained optimistic and still performed occasionally.With the shocking news of Sharon Jones’ death, the Los Angeles Times spoke with her bandmate in the Dap-Kings, Gabriel Roth, to learn more about her final days. Roth explained that Jones suffered a stroke while watching the 2016 Presidential Election, saying “Well, she’d been fighting fighting cancer for a few years now, and there’s been all kinds of stuff coming at her. But the thing that actually got her in the last couple of weeks was, she had a stroke watching the election results. After that first stroke she couldn’t move her leg, but she could still talk.I flew out and met her up in the hospital in Cooperstown, and I saw her and she told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke. She was blaming Trump for the whole thing.”Roth continues the story, explaining that on the following day, Jones unfortunately suffered a second stroke that left her unable to speak. However, “that part of her that’s singing, that part of her that made music and that loved music and that was musical just didn’t want to go. It was just so strong.” Even though she couldn’t speak, Jones was still able to hum along with the band. The entire group was at her side when she passed.We’ll miss you, Sharon Jones. Rest in peace.
Phish and their fans are gearing up for the thirteen-show-run known as the Baker’s Dozen, and everyone involved is wondering: Will anyone be able to make it through this thing in one piece? Sure, plenty of people have purchased thirteen-show packages, but is anyone else nervous that this insanely long residency at Madison Square Garden is going to have adverse effects on the average phan’s health?Apparently, Phish is worried too, and that’s why they’ve partnered up with CID Entertainment and New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital to offer special health care packages for the Baker’s Dozen run. Each package comes with a daily IV drip, B12 shots every Monday and Thursday, discreet on-demand STD and pregnancy tests, unlimited psychiatric evaluations, and one case of Heady Topper, provided by Alchemist Brewing.These health care packages are extremely limited and will run you $1200 to cover you for the entire Baker’s Dozen run. Due to heavy demand, an online lottery is now open at the band’s website and will run until April 20th.
Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Rooster Walk | Axton, VA | 5/27/2017Set: Old Barns, Worried about the Weather, Miss September, One Way Out *, Don’t Lie*, Just to Lie>Hold On, Working on a Building #, Could you Be Loved #, A Letter to Seymour, In Control, Can’t Stop Now , Johnny Buck Breakdown, Broke Mountain Breakdown>Yellow Eyes>Broke Mountain Breakdown,WindshieldNotes: * Marcus King on guitar, # Joey Porter on keys This past weekend was an emotional blur for many, with the holiday weekend hosting a number of major festivals and summer tour kick-offs and coinciding with the news of the legendary Gregg Allman’s passing on Saturday. Appropriately, across the various events this weekend nationwide, many musicians paid tribute to the late Allman brother, and at festivals, such tributes frequently included collaborations with other artists on hand. One emotional tribute was from Greensky Bluegrass, who performed at Rooster Walk in Martinsville, Virginia on Saturday, and whose set saw sit-ins by The Motet’s Joey Porter and Marcus King of The Marcus King Band.The Wailers, Greensky Bluegrass, The Motet, & More Perform The Rooster Walk [Photos]Greensky invited Marcus King to join them during a rendition of “One Way Out.” The number, though not written by Gregg Allman, became a staple of sets for both the Allman Brothers Band and for his various solo projects over the years, and was a fitting tribute to the late rock star. After “One Way Out,” King stayed on to join Greensky for a rendition of their song “Don’t Lie.” Later in their set, The Motet’s resident keyboard wizard Joey Porter came out to join the newgrass outfit for “Working On A Building” and “Could You Be Loved.”You can listen to Greensky Bluegrass’s performance at Rooster Walk below, courtesy of taperjeff.[Photo: Sam Shinault]
Load remaining images On Tuesday night, the alt-rock legends Modest Mouse took to the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado, for a walk-down memory lane for the many fans who packed into the venue, many of which who have been following the group since their inception in 1992. While the group most recently released the critically acclaimed Strangers To Ourselves back in 2015, the group’s setlist primarily focused on crowd pleasers from their earlier discography, such as 2004’s Good News For People Who Love Bad News, 2000’s The Moon & Antartica, and appropriate for the Colorado show, 1997’s The Lonesome Crowded West, including one of the highlights of the night “Doin’ The Cockroach” off The Lonesome Crowded West. You can check out photos from last night’s Modest Mouse performance in Denver below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Rios.