[H/T Jambands]If you’re a fan of Herbie Hancock, don’t miss this weekend’s Brooklyn Comes Alive! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive will turn three fantastic Williamsburg venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) and the surrounding city streets into a music lover’s game board for two full days on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! On Monday night, Grammy Award-winning producer Robert Glasper hosted a benefit concert called Help Houston Heal at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. Following the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and as Texas residents return to their homes, Help Houston Heal was meant to help this start this rebuilding process, with the proceeds going to go to two Hurricane Harvey relief funds—Bread of Life and Direct Relief. In addition to Glasper, a number of other well-known artists were on tap for the benefit, including Lupe Fiasco, Estelle, Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge, and more. During the performance last night, surprise guests Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington joined the ensemble for the evening, further augmenting the already tight lineup.Joey Porter To Lead Snarky Puppy, TAB, Motet Members In Herbie Hancock Tribute At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Interview]During last night’s performance, Robert Glasper live streamed portions of the show so that everyone could enjoy the epic collaborations going down. In the first video below, you can see Lupe Fiasco, Herbie Hancock, and Kamasi Washington riffing off one another during a jazzy extended improvisational jam heavily featuring the saxophonist and the rapper. In the next video, you can see Herbie and Chris Dave joined by Terrace Martin, flutist Elena Pinderhughes, and more. Finally, in the last video, you can see vocalist Estelle take charge with a moving and heartfelt performance. Check the videos below of the Help Houston Heal benefit concert last night in Los Angeles that was organized by Robert Glasper! ***Two-Day and Single-Day GA and VIP Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
Photo: Vic Brazen For Halloween this year, The Motet hit AURA Maine, laying out a special Halloween show for the Portland, Maine crowd. As is only appropriate for a Halloween celebration, the Colorado-based funk act focused on covers during the show, performing numbers by artists ranging from Earth, Wind, & Fire, Parliament, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, and more. However, the group also mixed in a healthy number of originals, with beloved tracks like “Truth” and “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed” also making the cut. Check out the setlist from the show below, plus a full gallery of photos from the evening, courtesy of Vic Brazen.Setlist: The Motet | AURA Maine | Portland, ME | 10/31/2017Set: EWF – Yearnin Learning, Michael Jackson – Remember the Time, Sly & The Family Stone – High On You, The Motet – Truth, The Fountain, EWF – Jupiter, Johnny “Guitar” Watson – Real Mother for Ya, Confunkshun – Ffun, Supernova, Funkadelic – Nappy Dugout, Get it Right, The Temptations – Shakey Ground, Ohio Players – Fire, Parliament – Unfunky UFO, Closed Mouth Don’t Get FedEncore: Confunkshun – Got to Be Enough, EWF – Mighty Mighty Load remaining images The Motet | AURA Maine | Portland, ME | 10/31/2017 | Photo: Vic Brazen
[Cover Photo: Phish From The Road] As we approached Phishmas 2017 and started to talk about how to celebrate this year, we started to try and dissect the Baker’s Dozen, figure out how the individual shows rank among the scores of classic performances they’ve given at MSG. We quickly found that to be a fool’s errand.The Dozen felt like one long show that we experienced gradually over 17 unforgettable summer nights in the City. 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.So it only felt right to extend this year’s Phishmas by an extra day and relive the Dozen as a complete set–sampling one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted: a very special Baker’s Dozen “13 Days of Phishmas” 2017. Now that we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’re primed and ready to head back to the Garden, visit the banner, make some more new memories, and round out 17 in ’17–the biggest, baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. You can get yourself extra excited for this weekend by going back through our Baker’s Dozen-themed 13 Days of Phishmas series below, featuring audio, video, real-time reviews and hot takes, retrospective reflections, setlists, artwork, and more. Merry Phishmas to all, and to all a good run!13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17Night 5 – “Powdered” – 7/26/17Night 6 – “Double Chocolate” – 7/28/17Night 7 – “Cinnamon” – 7/29/17Night 8 – “Jimmies” – 7/30/17Night 9 – “Maple” – 8/1/17Night 10 – “Holes” – 8/2/17Night 11 – “Lemon” – 8/4/17Night 12 – “Boston Cream” – 8/5/17Night 13 – “Glazed” – 8/6/17 It’s today! After months of anticipation, Phish will make their “triumphant return” to Madison Square Garden for their annual four-show New Year’s run beginning later tonight. As most fans know, MSG is (now, more than ever) the band’s de facto “home court.” To date, Phish has played the storied midtown Manhattan room 52 times, and among those 52 were some of the more exciting and memorable performances they’ve ever turned in.Most of Phish’s 52 performances at MSG have taken place over holiday runs, like the one on which we’re about to embark. 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. Going back through the annals of Phishtory and choosing just 12 to rank as the most memorable in a long, fruitful romance between the band and the Manhattan arena was an intensive undertaking.Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesThen 2017 happened. This summer, the band turned conventions and expectations on their heads with the Baker’s Dozen, an unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG featuring nightly donut-based themes, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to the flavor du jour and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, culminating 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.
On January 12th, Umphrey’s McGee—who are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band in 2018—released their latest studio album it’s not us. On Thursday evening, the Chicago-based, genre-bending progressive rockers released a captivating, out-of-this-world music video for it’s not us track “Forks”. Although the song is on their most recent album, “Forks” is one of the tracks from the album with a longer-standing history.A demo of the song was released with the bonus content of 2009’s Mantis, and Umphrey’s live debuted the tune at Summer Camp Music Festival in 2011 and played it somewhat regularly in 2011 and 2012 before bringing it back in 2016. The song was performed live for the first time since it’s not us came out, marking the eighteenth time the song had been played in total, in Asheville, North Carolina, on February 17th, and fans seemed to really enjoy the revived and reinspired tune after a 137-show gap.Today, the history of “Forks” deepens with the release of a brand-new music directed by Umphrey’s McGee’s own lighting director, Jefferson Waful. The video was shot in 4K with 24/96 hi-resolution audio, making for a stunning watching experience. Chock full of images from around the world and beyond, the video explores a post-apocalyptic scenario in which mankind is left without the comforts of modern technology after a solar flare—prompting jokes about “a light show so divine, it literally broke the internet.” You can watch the brand-new official music video for Umphrey’s McGee’s “Forks” below, courtesy of the band.
[Video: instagram user @foofightersteam via @meboudin]Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer and longtime friend Grohl, also joined the band later in the show for a cover of the Faces “Stay With Me”.Foo Fighters w/ Chad Smith – “Stay With Me”[Video: themeboudin]Next up for the Foo Fighters is a pair of sold-out performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Monday, July 16th and Tuesday, July 17th. For a full list of the band’s upcoming summer tour shows, head to their website. Last night, both famed actor John Travolta and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith joined the Foo Fighters at Wantagh, NY’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater.This was not the first time that Travolta has hopped onstage with the band. Back in April, during their headlining Welcome To Rockville show, the band had two very special guests line up for surprise appearances—John Travolta and Billy Idol. Travolta was watching Foo Fighters’ set from the side stage when Dave Grohl and company moved into a cover of the Grease classic “You’re The One That I Want”, a tune made famous by Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. After the out-of-left-field cover, Travolta emerged briefly to give Grohl a hug. Last night, the Foo Fighters again delivered a cover of the Grease classic “You’re The One That I Want”, with Travolta once again emerging onstage during the song, this time throwing down some of his epic dance moves from the 1978 film.Foo Fighters w/ John Travolta[Video: Mike Brunn]
On Friday, October 19th, a number of music legends will come together in Los Angeles to perform at Across The Great Divide, a benefit for The Americana Music Association and The Blues Foundation. Scheduled at the historic Ace Theatre, the night will see performances by Bob Weir, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, and Joe Louis Walker in addition to younger artists like Shemekia Copeland, Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, and Tash Neal. Jimmy Vivino, the leader of the house band for Conan, will similarly serve as the musical director and band leader for the house band at Across The Great Divide.“The Blues Foundation is most appreciative of UpperWest Music Group and Greg Williamson for creating an evening to celebrate the ties between The Blues and Americana music,” noted Barbara Newman, President and CEO of The Blues Foundation. “Each of our organizations and the genres we represent are intricately linked. While The Blues Foundation and the Americana Music Association have had a strong working relationship behind the scenes for many years now, I am especially excited for this opportunity to publicly spread the word of our missions together during what I know will be a unique and special night of music.”Added Greg Williamson, concert producer and founder of UpperWest Music Group in a statement, “It’s an honor to have a small part in helping the Americana Music Association and The Blues Foundation. … These two organizations represent some of the most significant artists in American music.”“The intersection of Americana and the Blues is a place of integrity, passion and love of American roots traditions. We are so grateful for Greg Williamson and UpperWest Music Group for their support and passion for the music we love. It’s a perfect partnership,” explained Jed Hilly, the Executive Director of The Americana Music Association.A pre-sale for Across The Great Divide will start on Thursday, August 23rd, at 9 a.m. (PT) via AXS.com. On Friday, August 24th, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. (PT).
Phil Lesh & Friends has announced a new two-night run at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, set to take place on January 23rd and 24th.Lesh has rounded up an all-star cast for the upcoming run including guitarists John Scofield and Scott Metzger, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, and drummers Alex Koford and Tony Leone.This Thursday, January 10th, Lesh will host a “Winter Hootenanny” with a cast of Terrapin regulars including Stu Allen, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Greg Loiacono, Cass McCombs, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Mike Pascale, Alex Koford, Scott Guberman, and Nathan Graham.Tickets for the upcoming two-night Phil & Friends run are on sale now here.
Last weekend, Phish rang in 2019 with a four-night stand at Madison Square Garden, where tens of thousands of fans heard the band play one of their strongest New Year’s runs in years. But for those fans in attendance who couldn’t hear the music being played, performance sign language interpreter Terri Reisinger was on hand to bring the lyrics to life.In a video shared on Reisinger’s Facebook page from New Year’s Eve, you can see her in action signing “Chalkdust Torture”—a song with notoriously fast-paced and out-there lyrics—like an absolute champ.As Reisinger noted in her post,What an honor to interpret for my favorite band I have been seeing for 25 years. Phish is the greatest Rock and Roll band out there and the energy they bring is sure to give you amazing feels! So blessed to show the lyrics and the sound to my phriend So he could share in the groove! Thank you Phish!!!Watch the clip below:Terri Reisinger Signs Phish’s “Chalkdust Torture” On New Year’s EveFor more information about Terri Reisinger and her engaging live music sign language interpreting, head to her website here.Related: 3 Heartwarming Soundcheck Stories From Phish’s NYE Run That Will Make You Love Them Even More
Kwee Boon Brandon Seah ’11 wants to teach his classmates a new way of listening. The Winthrop House senior practices the art of overtone singing, a technique that enables a performer to vocalize two notes at once. This week, Seah will give a class on the technique and says he hopes to pass on an appreciation of this central Asian vocal music to his fellow undergraduates.“In other cultures, people are aware of overtones in daily life,” he says. “I hope the participants in the class come away with different ears and learn to think of music in a different way.”Soundbytes: A sample of overtone singingSeah and his pupils are just a few of the undergraduates participating in nearly 100 activities —from stand-up comedy to public service — during Harvard’s inaugural Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW), Jan. 16-23. Erin Goodman, manager of Winter Break operations for the College, says that OWAW is a response to the new academic calendar and to student interest in programming during the downtime between fall and spring semesters.“The calendar change implemented in 2009-10 offered students a broader set of possibilities for Winter Break,” she says. “Many undergraduates said that they wanted to pursue activities that they wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to participate in during the school year. They also wanted an opportunity to build community and prepare for the spring term and the summer.”While many undergraduates will explore an area outside their regular studies, some are using OWAW to continue work begun in the classroom. Eric Hysen ’11 leads Hack Harvard, an “incubator for student life web applications,” most of which started as final projects for the Computer Science 50 (CS50) course. Hysen and his classmates hope that undergraduates who want an easier way to fill out financial aid forms, create study groups, or meet new people over lunch will soon find that “there’s an app for that.”“We provide resources, work space, and training for students who are working on web apps that improve student life,” Hysen says. “Participants are working in a collaborative work space that we designed after how companies like Google and Facebook set up their offices. The program will end with a public showcase of our work on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. in Fong Auditorium. During the spring semester, the Undergraduate Council will help promote the completed apps to the entire campus.”Most OWAW activities take place on the Harvard campus, but not all. Undergraduates in Phillips Brooks House Association’s alternative January break are on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico to help doctors from the Indian Health Service screen for hearing and vision problems, compile medical records, and pass on important information about clinics and resources. Organizer Angela Primbas ’12 says that she hopes not only to do some good for a chronically underserved population, but also to inspire a passion for service among her classmates.“We want to get students involved in domestic service,” she says of the trip, which receives some support from President Faust’s Public Service Fund. “We hope they see that inequality, social, and health problems don’t start at the United States border. There are people who need help here at home as well as abroad.”College officials say that it’s important to let students take the lead during OWAW because they drive the demand for Winter Break programming. At the same time, Harvard is offering classes and activities, in addition to those organized and led independently by undergraduates, faculty, and staff.“OWAW gives individual students a new forum to share some of their own interests, knowledge, and talents with their peers,” says Paul J. McLoughlin II, associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of Harvard College. “That said, the College and some departments across the University are planning courses, workshops, and other programs for students during OWAW. There are several courses being offered, some of which are supported by the President’s Innovation Fund, as well as arts intensives in theater, dance, and creative writing sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Office for the Arts.”“Stand-up comedy is really an extreme form of public speaking, which is one of the most terrifying things to people, but also one of the most important,” explains Jimmy Tingle. “Our class will help anybody to present themselves in school, at work, or whatever capacity moving forward.”Among the programs funded by the College during OWAW is the Stand-up Comedy Intensive, a series of classes led by nationally renowned political satirist Jimmy Tingle and comedian Jane Condon, named audience favorite during the 2007 season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Tingle says that the hands-on approach of the course — students write and perform their own routines throughout the week — will build confidence and teach skills valuable at Harvard and beyond.“Stand-up comedy is really an extreme form of public speaking, which is one of the most terrifying things to people, but also one of the most important,” he explains. “Our class will help anybody to present themselves in school, at work, or whatever capacity moving forward. And unlike an open mic night, students have the support of teachers and like-minded individuals to help them develop and improve.”Tingle says that he and Condon also hope to help students understand the role that comedy plays in life and society.“Look at Stephen Colbert. Look at Jon Stewart. Look at Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien,” he says. “Their work has a big influence on our culture. Pardon the pun, but the power of comedy is not something you can laugh at.”
In response to the winter storm moving through the area late Wednesday and early Thursday, the University has adjusted its normal staffing plans. For further details, see the Harvard University Emergency Page.