May 29th marks a particularly enjoyable anniversary in the history of the Grateful Dead, as the band’s 1971 concert at the Winterland Arena would forever be known as the “Acid Punch Show.” While the Dead’s musical performance was certainly memorable – as were many from this golden era of the band’s career – it was the crowd that makes this show that much more memorable.According to the story, some people snuck in two garbage cans full of spiked cider in through the backstage doorway, with a guard’s permission, and passed them around inside the venue. With New Riders Of The Purple Sage and more on the bill, the psychedelic grouping certainly inspired the acid test of the evening. Thus, the “Acid Punch Show” was born.A number of people describe the scene outside the venue from the night, with one particularly poignant quote to summarize the rowdy affair. A user named “Saint Michael” on Dead.net says, “[my] starkest memory was coming out of the show and seeing this naked guy on top of a car howling at the moon with San Fran’s finest standing there laughing with each other waiting for him to come down.” What a party!On the other side of things, 21 people were unfortunately hospitalized after unknowingly drinking some of the cider and experiencing hallucinations. While the people were all fine in the end, promoter Bill Graham did briefly run into trouble with the city for this stunt. Fortunately for Graham, no one was ever able to tie the “Acid Punch” to the venue itself, and the case was dropped.Without further ado, sit back, relax, and raise a glass of punch (with or without LSD – that’s up to you) to the storied “Acid Punch Show” from May 29th, 1971. Incidentally, this was also the first time the Dead played Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land.”The Archive.org recording can be heard below.
Classic performers Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago have announced a major US tour, teaming up for a 15-date run dubbed the Heart and Soul 3.0 tour.“Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire… The Heart and Soul Tour has thrilled audiences across the USA,” Robert Lamm of Chicago said in a statement. “Now it will be an honor to bring this celebration to our fans in Canada, finally! And it’s our honor once again to share the stage with our brothers.”Philip Bailey of EWF added, “There’s a saying that goes, ‘if it’s not broken there is no need to change it,” Indeed, the powerful magic of Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire works for both bands and fans alike. Here we go again!”The tour will kick off on October 19th in Rochester, NY and work its way across the North of the continent, stopping in the Northeast and Canada before heading to Oregon, South Dakota, and Montana. With these two bands joining forces, there’s no telling what magic will unfold. You can find more information about ticket sales via Live Nation.Check out the full tour schedule below.Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire’s Heart And Soul 3.0 TourOctober 19Rochester, NYBlue Cross ArenaOctober 20Albany, NYTimes Union CenterOctober 22Providence, RIDunkin Donuts CenterOctober 23Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun ArenaOctober 26Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless ArenaOctober 28Montreal, QCBell CentreOctober 29Hamilton, ONFirstOntario CentreOctober 30London, ONBudweiser GardensNovember 2Winnipeg, MBMTS CentreNovember 4Calgary, ABScotiabank SaddledomeNovember 5Edmonton, ABRogers PlaceNovember 7Vancouver, BCPepsi Live at Rogers ArenaNovember 8Eugene, ORMatthew Knight ArenaNovember 11Sioux Falls, SDDenny Sanford Premier CenterNovember 13Billings, MTRimrock Auto Arena
Just a few months ago, an incredible array of artists banded together and released Day Of The Dead, an epic collection of Grateful Dead tributes. One of the peppier takes on the Dead’s catalog came from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who reworked “Shakedown Street” into a tight funky whirlwind. After performing the song on Conan, it seems UMO just couldn’t get enough of their new cover, and worked up a music video for it as well.The new music video for “Shakedown Street” sees the band in a bizarre, dreamlike world, left open-ended for the viewer to interpret. Directed by Business Company, this otherworldly video only adds to the unique interpretation of the tribute.Watch “Shakedown Street” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, streaming below.
As Americans everywhere are waking up to the stark realization that Donald Trump was actually elected to be our next President, supporters of Democratic party hopeful Bernie Sanders can’t help but ask the question “what if?” When you consider the collusion between Hillary Clinton and former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz, it’s easy to see why Bernie supporters feel cheated now more than ever.It’s no surprise, then, that one of Bernie’s biggest supporters – Phish drummer Jon Fishman – has vocalized his disappointment once again. After taking aim at the “fucking sociopath” Donald Trump last week, Fishman has set his sights on the DNC for actually letting Trump win.In a new Facebook post, Fish says, “Well, thank you Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and the entire DNC crew for fucking our entire country over with your shortsighted stupidity, elitism, lying, cheating, greed and arrogance.”You can read his full post below.Well, thank you Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and the entire DNC crew for fucking our entire country over with your shortsighted stupidity, elitism, lying, cheating, greed and arrogance.And thank you Hillary Clinton for loving your country so much that you too were willing to lie and cheat to no end in order to win in the primaries.Because of the failure of both Clinton and the DNC to accept the challenge Sanders presented on a level playing field the DNC ended up fielding its second best candidate this time instead of its best.Hillary was never a woman of the people and sucked at selling herself as such.Trump is no man of the people either, but he sure knows how to sell it.Bernie actually is a man of the people.Had Bernie been the democratic candidate the American people would have ultimately been able to tell the difference between the salesman and the real deal. Both Hillary Clinton and the DNC’s dishonest and selfish actions prevented that scenario from ever occurring. Otherwise, in all likelihood we’d all be celebrating an incoming President Sanders, which I think even Hillary herself would prefer to the current outcome.The RNC let the vetting of the primary process yield the best candidate it had to offer. Though many of us didn’t think it was very good, it still was the actual best they had. The DNC did not allow that process to occur, and as a result ended up fielding its second best candidate. Regardless, the DNC and Hillary Clinton were so arrogant as to think they could win with second best.Turns out also that all the alarm about third party votes siphoning off Hillary votes was unnecessary. She lost all by herself.Well, here’s to hoping I’m as wrong about Trump being a fucking sociopath as the DNC was thinking they could cheat their chosen candidate into the Oval Office.
Lettuce is currently on an extensive winter tour, giving them imperative opportunities to take in their diverse surroundings and turn them into the mix of sound and inspiration they are so well loved for. When Adam Deitch (drums), Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar), Neal Evans (keys), Nigel Hall (keys, vocals) and The Shady Horns’ saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom are on the same stage, great, firing things happen – such as been the case for the last 25 years! Their excellence was furthered this weekend in Seattle, Washington when the funk powerhouse hit Showbox Presents with their show-stopping live set.The career-spanning setlist saw deep cuts like “Kron Dutch,” “Ghost of Jupiter,” with special guest Skerik, “Lettsanity,” “Madison Square,” and more in addition to their 2015 Crush favorites “Get Greazy,” “Force,” and “Phyllis.” The set also included several unreleased tracks like “Requiem,” “Morning Mr Shmink,” “Purple Cabbage,” and more from their ever-expansive catalogue of psychedelic funk and electronic grooves. Thanks to taper Eytan, you can relive the wonders of Lettuce in Seattle below with full show audio:Setlist: Lettuce | Seattle, Washington | Showbox Presents | 3/9/17Requiem > Get Greazy, Morning Mr Shmink, The New Real, Kron Dutch, Ready To Live, Chief, Purple Cabbage, Ghost Of Jupiter (Skerik), Lettsanity, Shmink Dabby Kane, Madison Square, Gogo (Juicy) > Dr. Digglesworth, S.L.A.P.E: Force -> PhyllisFor fans of Lettuce, you can catch them at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. The guys will also be leading several artist excursions, like sailing, mini-golf, and even a ping pong tournament to raise money for charity! Head here for more information.
The instrumental jazz-rock fusion quartet TAUK have already had a big year, extensively touring in promotion of their latest studio album, Sir Nebula, during the start of the year, and later in celebration of the re-release of their breakthrough album, Homunculus, on vinyl (which also included three bonus tracks on side D from their Sir Nebula studio sessions). Today, the band announced that they’ll be closing out 2017 with a three-day run for New Year’s Eve. Ahead of New Year’s Eve, TAUK will hit the Charleston Pour House in Charleston, South Carolina on December 28th and 29th. After a day off on December 30th, TAUK will head south for a New Year’s Eve celebration at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia.Support acts for TAUK’s New Year’s Eve run will be announced in the following months, as well as for the band’s annual hometown TAUKsgiving show. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve run will go on sale this Friday at 10 am (EST) via the band’s website here. Plus, don’t forget to check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.[Photo: Ojeda Photography]TAUK 2017 TOUR DATES9/20/17 – Mainstage Morgantown – Morgantown, WV *9/21/17 – Bell’s Eccentric Café – Kalamazoo, MI *9/22-9/23/17 – Resonance Music & Arts Festival – Thornville, OH9/24/17 – The Miramar Theatre – Milwaukee, WI *9/26/17 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA *9/27/17 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE *9/28/17 – Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO *9/29/17 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO *9/30/17 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO #10/01/17 – Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO #10/04/17 – Neurolux – Boise, ID %10/05/17 – Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT %10/06/17 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA %10/07/17 – Star Theater – Portland, OR10/08/17 – Hi-Fi Music Hall – Eugene, OR &10/11/17 – Lost On Main – Chico, CA &10/12/17 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA &10/13/17 – Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA &10/14/17 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA w/ Cory Wong10/15/17 – Last Exit Live – Phoenix, AZ10/18/17 – Sam’s Burger Joint – San Antonio, TX @10/19/17 – Trees – Dallas, TX @10/20/17 – Antone’s – Austin, TX @10/21/17 – Last Concert Café – Houston, TX +10/25/17 – Republic NOLA – New Orleans, LA =10/26/17 – Bourbon Street Bar – Auburn, AL >10/27+10/28/17 – New Mountain Theatre – Asheville, NC ~10/29/17 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL10/31/17 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA (supporting Perpetual Groove)11/02/17 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA ?11/03/17 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD ?11/04/17 – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA ?11/24/17 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY12/01-12/05/17 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DR12/28+12/29/17 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC12/31/17 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA* w/ Earphorik# w/ Skydyed% w/Yak Attack& w/ Klozd [email protected] w/ Naughty Professor+ w/ The Share Fire= w/ Dynamo> w/ Little Raine Band~ w/ ShwizZ (27) and Deaf Scene (28)? w/ Broccoli Samurai
In 1991, Ween released 23-track staple record The Pod, their second studio album after GodWeenSatan: The Oneness. Dean and Gene Ween were in their early 20’s and exploring themselves musically, while also maintaining their raging personalities. Any concert at Tribeca’s Wetlands Preserve was a night for the books, so when the duo came to town, things got extra brown. This particular performance included “Captain Fantasy,” “Tender Situation,” “Cover It With Gas and Set It on Fire,” and two attempts at “The Goin’ Gets Tough From the Getgo.”Watch their full performance from October 12, 1991, below, courtesy of J. Parish.Setlist: Ween | The Wetlands Preserve | New York | 10/12/1991Squelch the Weasel, Stacey, Captain Fantasy, Boing, Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, Puerto Rican Power, Tender Situation, Seconds, Reggaejunkiejew, The Wind, The Goin’ Gets Tough From the Getgo (unfinished), Cover It With Gas and Set It on Fire, Sketches of Winkle, You Fucked Up, Fat Lenny, TickNotes: Goin’ Gets Tough attempted twice
Following a fiery opening night full of coconuts, chloroform, some wicker and some cork, Phish set the roof on fire for Night 2 of their 13-night Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As promised, Phish distributed donuts to the first batch of lucky fans that entered the World’s Most Famous Arena. Saturday’s flavor: Strawberry.Appropriately sticking to the night’s theme, Phish got the ball rolling by singing a beautiful a cappella rendition of the Beatles 1967 hit “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Yes, the song was one of the first discussed by fans galore after the bands daily donut announcement, but to open the show with the beauty in such fashion was a pleasantly delightful surprise. After making their way back from center stage, the band continued with the night’s theme launching into a straightforward “Halley’s Comet,” asking the question of the night, “How would you like to have your thick strawberry goo?”“Strawberry Fields Forever”Up next was a somewhat-rare unfinished “Moma Dance,” which headed deep into funk-heavy Type-2 territory, bringing fans back to the glorious extended jam that took Saratoga Performing Arts Center by surprise over the 4th of July weekend this past summer. Last night’s 17+ minute funk voyage marked the longest jam of the show, flawlessly segueing into the blissful waters of “Breath and Burning,” which Trey Anastasio penned on the beaches of Mexico following the bands inaugural Riviera Maya excursion in 2016. Following a badass rage with Page (McConnell) at the dying of the light, the band showed no signs of slowing down, hopping into a high-flying “Funky Bitch” that concluded a 3-song segue for the ages.After a well-deserved moment to catch their breath, the band delivered a palatial “Mound,” with Mike Gordon leading the way through the old-school fan favorite off of Phish’s 1993 masterpiece Rift. Full of meaty Mike-bombs and exquisite guitar work by Anastasio, the room was furiously bouncing, as it was all made so crystal clear that the band would be firing off on all cylinders as they leaped into 2017’s first “Foam.” This marked only the second time the bubbly jam has been performed over the past four years. This segment of debatably the best first-set of tour continues our series entitled, Why You Really Just Have To Go To All The Shows.A resplendent “Roggae” brought the circus of light to the Big Apple, before set one came to a halt with a tear-jerking “The Squirming Coil,” marked by Page McConnell’s rapturous piano solo finale.Our four favorite Vermonters wasted no time, kicking it into high-gear with the summer’s second monster “Down With Disease.” The band dug deep into the pocket, as Jon Fishman led the way with a beat so steady that it left no room for fans to focus on anything but the tenacious jam vehicle that blasted off deep into outer space. Seemingly fitting, Chris Kuroda demonstrated his jedi skills behind the light rig, tilting the beast diagonally to resemble a space ship, taking Madison Square Garden on one of many mind-boggling rides that we will continue to see as Phish’s illustrious 13-night run keeps on rolling.“Down With Disease”Next up was a complete curveball, with a funkified Phish debut of the 1971 Shuggie Otis classic “Strawberry Letter 23.” If these donuts are not making you go nuts, take a deep breath, collect your thoughts, and get ready to savor the tantalizing flavors that Phish has promised to bring to the table throughout the entirety of The Baker’s Dozen. A standard but emphatic “Birds of a Feather” took flight before the band took McConnell’s “I Always Wanted It This Way” for its longest and deepest journey since the band debuted the Big Boat gem Fall 2016. Dancing on a 2001-esque jam, Anastasio hopped behind Fishman on the Marimba Lumina, and the pair eloquently hammered out a percussion breakdown, with Fishman busting out MORE COWBELL!“Strawberry Letter 23”[Video: LazyLightning55a]A sweet and soft “All Of These Dreams” came out of the closet for the first time since 2010, showcasing what the future holds for bust-outs galore the remainder of this monumental three weeks in Phishtory. An oddly placed “Split Open and Melt” followed towards the end of the second set, before Phish candidly blew the roof off of the Garden, jumping back into “Down With Disease,” leaving the room absolutely stunned. The last fully executed “Down With Disease Reprise” was 12/11/97 in Rochester, NY, unless you would consider 2/16/03’s “DWD>Seven>DWD” from Las Vegas. Saturday night’s reprise was a mighty experience, either way. The Rolling Stones “Shine a Light” closed second set out, and the strawberry goo mudslide of a night ended in grandiose fashion.Phish busted out their second three song encore of the tour, following last night’s fruit theme with a juicy cover of Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia,” followed by a Talking Heads‘ “Cities” that made it clear Phish has indefinitely found themselves a city to live in. “My Sweet One” brought the first Saturday night of Phish’s 13-night residency to a close, with Trey pausing during the last line, giving fans over a minute to applaud and salute these four triumphant warriors.It may still take some time to process this beauty, but just remember, everything’s right so just hold tight as we float away into the blimp a lot. Get ready for a red-velvety Night 3, and as always, NEVER MISS A SUNDAY SHOW!Hot Takes From Night 2:REPEAT WATCH: Still at zero, and seemingly headed deeper and deeper into Phish’s mondo catalogue.DONUT FLAVOR: Strawberry (“Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Halley’s Comet”, Strawberry Letter 23”)WE TIRED YET?: Are you kidding me?! This is just the beginning!!!SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 2 | Madison Square Garden | New York City, NY | 7/22/17I: Strawberry Fields Forever, Halley’s Comet > The Moma Dance > Breath and Burning > Funky Bitch, Mound, Foam, Roggae, The Squirming CoilII: Down with Disease, Strawberry Letter 23 > Birds of a Feather, I Always Wanted It This Way > All of These Dreams, Split Open and Melt > Down with Disease > Shine a LightE: Peaches en Regalia > Cities, My Sweet One Phish debut; a cappella. Unfinished. Phish debut.[Cover photo: Andrew Blackstein]We’ll see you back here tomorrow, when we’ll revisit Baker’s Dozen Night 3, as we re-sample all the donuts on our way back to the Garden for New Year’s Run 2017-2018. For a complete list of pre-show plans and late-night after-parties, check out our guide here.13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/21/17 Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 2 | Madison Square Garden | New York City, NY | 7/22/17 Load remaining images In just 12 days, Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. Over the years, The Garden has become the de facto home court for the Phish from Vermont. To date, the band has played the storied midtown room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable shows they’ve ever played. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. But that list was made before the Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG over the course of 17 days featuring nightly donut flavors, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to each evening’s respective donut “theme” and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, that ended with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York.Much of the excitement of the residency came from figuring out the game as it went along. By the thirteenth night, we were all experts on the Baker’s Dozen: We were making informed setlist guesses based on pastry flavors, hoarding our souvenir beer cups (anyone else have a cabinet full of those bad boys?), confidently debating the virtues of one concourse spicy chicken sandwich vs. the other. On the Monday morning following the run, we gushed about the impressive amount of material covered (230+ different songs) as we proudly surveyed the thoroughly baffling results of these 13 nights in NYC. But on Night 1, nobody knew much of anything. We didn’t know that the donut flavors held deeper meaning. We were skeptical of the band’s ability to play 13 shows with no repeats. We were totally unprepared.Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesGoing back over the music of the Dozen is an extensive undertaking, and it’s been tough to know where to start in the months since, let alone how to rank these shows among the rest of Phish’s decorated history at MSG. So with the band’s historic summer at the Garden in the rearview and another four Phish MSG shows squarely in our sights, we’re celebrating this year’s Phishmas by reliving the magic of the Dozen one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted. By the time we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, it’ll be time to add four more shows to the list, rounding out 17 in ’17–the biggest and baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. Merry Phishmas, kiddos…NIGHT TWO: STRAWBERRY7/22/17(Review by Sam Berenson)
3. Shira Elias Hosts Karl Denson, Corey Frye, & More During Stand-Out Jazz JamShira Elias is a force to be reckoned with as a singer for the funk powerhouse Turkuaz. During her jazz jam last night at the Bliss Lounge, she also proved that she’s a formidable bandleader. From soulful covers of Erykah Badu to more classic jazz and R&B tunes, she organized a top-notch performance from start to finish. While her show was packed to the eaves with fans and numerous musicians stopping by to check it out, she invited out the likes of Karl Denson, Nigel Hall, DJ Williams, Kenneth Crouch, Corey Frye, Alvin Ford Jr., and more.4. Roosevelt Collier Invites Robert Randolph, Nigel Hall, Erica Falls, & More To Ring In The SunriseAs the night wound to a close, Roosevelt Collier kept the party going until sunrise during a jam-packed all-star super jam. Collier compiled an all-star crew to keep the party going, including sit-ins from Robert Randolph, Nigel Hall, Erica Falls, and members of Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, Galactic, and more. It was truly one of the can’t-miss sets of the boat, and we loved the group’s takes on Rufus & Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good” and their gospel-esque jams to close out the set.5. Voodoo Dead Turn On Their Love LightAfter their performance on the Pool Deck’s main stage, Voodoo Dead returned for an encore preformance yesterday at the Stardust Theater. With a lineup of George Porter Jr., Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock, Dan Lebowitz, and Tom Hamilton, the group laid high-energy takes on classics from the Grateful Dead catalog. It’s hard to see this group of all-stars perform and not be blown away by the immense amount of talent on stage, and it’s clear that the band was thoroughly enjoying their time together. Highlights of the set included the set-closing combo of “Turn On Your Love Light” into “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”.6. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Rage The Late NightPigeons Playing Ping Pong have undoubtedly been blowing up in recent years, and based on their performance in the Spinnaker Lounge, it’s clear why. The band was dialed in from their starting take on “Porcupine” and kept their high-energy funk-based jams tight through to Pizazz‘s “Doc” and “Melting Lights”. While it was a fun-loving show from start to finish, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s take on Prince’s “1999” was a standout moment.[Cover photo: Jason Koerner/Jam Cruise Facebook] On Wednesday, January 17th, Jam Cruise 16 set sail from Miami, beginning a five-day musical excursion that will detour through Central America and the Carribean before returning to port on January 22nd. Following a jam-packed day at sea on Thursday, on Friday, Jam Cruise kicked into high gear following a pit stop at the boat’s first destination, Roatan, Honduras.Mid-afternoon, after all the cruisers returned to the ship from Roatan, The Main Squeeze started off the night’s festivities with a raging sail-away set. From there, the yellow-themed night offered up top-notch performances by Voodoo Dead, Lotus, Galactic, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The New Mastersounds, and The Marcus King Band, plus surreal jam sessions hosted by Roosevelt Collier and Shira Elias.With three or four sets of music running simultaneously throughout the night and into the early morning, it was impossible to catch everything. However, here’s a list of six of our favorite moments from Friday, day 3, of Jam Cruise 2018. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more coverage from the Norwegian Jade.1. Lotus Drum Jams Through A Speaker IssueAfter Lotus’ late-night set on the first day, expectations were high for the group’s performance on the Pool Deck main stage. The group rose to the occasion and then some, with a groove-oriented set drawing heavily from the band’s older catalog. Ahead of the set, Director of Artist Programming Annabel Lukins reminisced about the band’s long-standing history with Jam Cruise, including the fan-led movement years ago, GLOTS—an abbreviation for “Get Lotus On The Ship.”While the set was stellar from beginning to end, highlights included a laidback take on “Spaghetti” that segued into “Flower Sermon” and the show’s blissful set closer, “Umbilical Moonrise”. However, the true stand-out moment came during “It’s All Clear To Me Now”, when a technical issue caused the speakers to cut out just as the jam was reaching its climax. Proving that the group is composed of class acts, the entire band seamlessly segued into a extended percussion jam as the issue was fixed. As the speakers cut back in mid-percussion jam, Lotus quickly picked up where they had left off, dropping straight back into the song’s peak. 2. The Main Squeeze Rages Their Sail-Away SetAfter a quick stop in Roatan, Honduras, The Main Squeeze got the party started early with the first set of the day at the Pool Deck’s main stage. This is the rock-funk band’s first time on Jam Cruise, and they certainly rose to the occasion, delivering a set chock full of funky and gritty rock tunes. The band’s charismatic frontman Corey Frye offered up soulful vocals and easily captivated the packed crowd from start to finish. Highlights of the set included the group’s cover of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” as well as the group’s surreal set-closing cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. During “War Pigs”, just as the song hit its shred-heavy climax, it started pouring rain. While many fled to the outskirts of the deck to seek cover from the downpour, the band raged on and the fans who remained center stage celebrated the show’s triumphant close.
A newly-announced symposium will examine the unique sub-culture associated with jam bands. Billed as “Sharing in the Groove: Jam Music & Culture Through the Years,” the one-day gathering will offer “a chance to hear from the jam community across disciplines, from those working behind the scenes to those approaching the music and culture from academic perspectives.” Sharing in the Groove will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington, VT, a city that has some serious jam band history of its own (hint: Phish). Many of the scheduled speakers are people who have written about the jam band community from an academic and/or cultural angle, such as Melvin Backstrom (The Music Played the Band: The Jamband Genre and Musical Sociality) and Taraleigh Weathers (How to Rock Your Life: Maintain the Magic of Live Music in Your Everyday Experience). Other speakers include Brando Rich of CashOrTrade and Kevin Statesir of Burlington venue Higher Ground.”I’m looking forward to framing jam band discourse in a symposium setting,” says symposium organizer Isaac Slone. “We will hear from those involved with different eras of jam culture and will pass the mic as much as we can to drive a holistic discussion. Talks will range from exploring the anarchist aspects and attitudes that can be found in Phish’s music and career to learning about the development of facets of our scene like CashorTrade.”In addition to the speakers and panelists, Sharing in the Groove will also feature a set of music as well as an after party. Tickets for the event are currently on sale, and more information can be found via the Facebook event page.