Prince doesn’t let out much about himself. In fact, part of what makes him Prince is his unique level of mystery. Though over the last couple of months, he’s provided a level of intimacy with fans during his Piano & A Microphone tour, telling stories and performing songs from a career-spanning setlist.According to Rolling Stone, Prince will be publishing a memoir due out in the fall of 2017. Publishers Spiegel & Grau describe the autobiography as “an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work.” From the artist who has ultimate control over sharing his music, we look forward to reading what The Purple One shares in his writing.Prince Has Allowed Us To Watch His Mystical Cover Of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’The book’s working title is “The Beautiful Ones” and was announced by Prince himself at an event in New York City on Friday night. “This is my first [book]. My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this,” Prince told the audience, according to ABC News. “We’re starting from the beginning from my first memory and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl.”Watch Prince Destroy Solo On Beatles Cover With Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, And MoreThe memoir is said to feature the “people, places and ideas that fired his imagination” and will hopefully give light to the chapters of his life that inspired so many years of timeless music. “Prince is a towering figure in global culture and his music has been the soundtrack for untold numbers of people — including me — for more than a generation; his creative genius has provided the musical landscape of our lives,” said Executive Editor of Spiegel & Grau Chris Jackson. “Millions of words have been written about Prince — books and articles, essays and criticism — but we’re thrilled to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty, and poetic voice.”It’s an exciting time to be a Prince fan.
Beloved P-Funk/Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell has been in the prayers of his supporters of late, after his family revealed to fans that he was battling stage four lung cancer. Shortly after that announcement, an incredible cast of musicians banded together for All The Woo In The World, a benefit concert to raise money for Worrell’s treatments. With performances from David Byrne, Bootsy Collins, Living Colour, Jerry Harrison and more, the mood of the benefit was certainly one of hope.David Byrne, Meryl Streep, And So Many More Perform At Benefit For Bernie WorrellDespite making a large donation to Worrell’s ongoing fundraiser (donate here), it seems the funk legend is not doing well. According to the most recent update, Worrell has a tumor that has paralyzed his vocal cord, making it incredibly difficult for him to even speak. While Guitar Center has donated a microphone and amplifier for Worrell to project his voice without straining, the keyboardist will be actively treating the tumor this week in hopes of shrinking it.Let’s send our thoughts and prayers to the Worrell family during this difficult time. Read the update below:
Easily one of the highlights of any Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is the SuperJam. Each year, the festival brings together a group of talented and eclectic musicians, united under a common musical theme, and gives them total sonic freedom. This year’s SuperJam has just been announced, and it’s looking like a fun one!The theme will be “Heart, Soul & Spirit: A Tribute To Tennessee,” the state that has housed Bonnaroo for its 15 year reign as one of the premier music North American music festivals. Leading the charge will be Kamasi Washington, and a number of great players will be involved, including Miguel, GRiZ, Devonte Hynes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Eric Krasno & The Shady Horns, Allen Stone, Vulfpeck, The Internet, Chicano Batman, and Lizzo. The festival also promises that more names will added soon!Taking place on Saturday, June 11th, this is one set you won’t want to miss. Catch the full festival schedule here, and you can see the SuperJam announcement below:
When the Bear Creek Music Festival called it quits last year, longtime fans of the jam festival were devastated. Fortunately for them, the festival recently announced a relocation to New Orleans, under the new name Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival, with a stellar lineup taboot! Scheduled for September 30-October 1, the new festival will be held at Mardi Gras World in NOLA.The festival has finalized their lineup with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Bernard Purdie & Friends (featuring Pete Shad, Brian J & Ivan Neville), The Budos Band, “Green Is Beautiful” A Tribute to Grant Green featuring Eddie Roberts, The Heavy Pets, Honey Island Swamp Band, Russ Liquid, Gravity A, Cha Wa, Boukou Groove, Pirate’s Choice, Smoke & Bones and Doombalaya!These exciting additions round out the already-packed list of performers, including The Flaming Lips, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce (x2), Soulive, Foundation of Funk (ft. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, John Medeski and Eddie Roberts) (x2), Dumpstaphunk (x2), and so many more.Tickets for Bear Creek Bayou increase on Sunday at midnight, so we urge you to get yours today. Peep the full lineup below!
Last week, Big Gigantic rocked fans with their fifth studio album, Brighter Future. With contributions from rapper Waka Flocka Flame, jazz singer Angela McCluskey, MC Logic and singer/trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick, there’s no shortage of great musical offerings on the new release. To keep the momentum going, the band has an exciting new bundle for Brighter Future to share with their fans.As Big G released their entire discography on BitTorrent last year, the band’s new Brighter Future release is coming back to the platform. The new bundle is packaged with a two lyric music videos for “The Little Things” and “Miss Primetime”, single artwork, a full video from the band’s Red Rocks performance in 2015, and a 10% coupon for any merchandise in the band’s store.You can check out the new bundle below:You can access the full bundle, which is downloadable for free, right here.
Beloved soul ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band have been touring seemingly non-stop in 2016, and it looks like they aren’t slowing down any time soon. The band has just revealed seven new tour dates into 2017, as reported by concert database website JamBase.TTB will tour throughout the Southeast for their new 2017 dates, including shows at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL on January 13th, the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN on January 26th, the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN on January 28th and the Johnny Mercer Theatre in Savannah, GA on January 29th. The band’s schedule also includes a three-night run at the famed Ryman Auditorium from March 2nd to 4th.Watch Full-Length Video Of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Two-Song Encore With Chris RobinsonFor tickets and more information, head to the TTB website for details.
Gorillaz are performing their first concert for the first time in five years today in a secret location. The band is premiering their long-awaited new album, Humanz, before it is formally released on April 28th. Tickets for this concert were no doubt hard to lock down with all the hype around the band’s return and their new material. Luckily for us, the band has been live-streaming footage from the show sporadically to keep fans from around the globe dialed in to what’s going on. You can check out the live-streamed clips below, and keep an eye out on Gorillaz’s Facebook feed for more videos as the night goes on.
Throughout their 30-year career, the Grateful Dead performed an enormous amount of material. From their first shows to their last, the band was always looking for new material to keep things engaging for their loyal legion of Deadheads. Interestingly, two of their well-known songs were debuted on this very day—May 13th—exactly six years apart.Any Grateful Dead fan will tell you about the legendary show played on 5/8/77, but loyalists will take things one step further, commenting about the overall pristine quality of the band’s spring run during May of 1977. Among the many shows played on the spring ’77 tour, the performance at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL on this date (5/13/77) has the unique distinction of featuring the debut performance of “Jack-a-Roe”. The beloved folk staple has been known by many titles, and is estimated to date back to the 1830s. Whether it’s “Jack Monroe”, “Jack Munro”, “Jack The Sailor”, or any of its various names, the song quickly became a staple of live shows.Grateful Dead – Auditorium Theatre – 5/13/1977[Audio: Jonathan Aizen]Setlist: Grateful Dead | Auditorium Theatre | Chicago, IL | 5/13/1977Set 1: The Music Never Stopped, Ramble On Rose, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil, El Paso, Jack A Roe, Looks Like Rain, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The MountainSet 2: Samson & Delilah-> Bertha, Estimated Prophet, Drums-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad-> One More Saturday NightE: U.S. BluesJust a few years later, the Dead continued to see their fanbase growing with each passing performance. Among the many memorable concerts played in 1983, the one at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA is something of a fan-favorite. Not only is the band returning to the Bay Area with an abundance of energy, but they took the opportunity to debut a new, Bob Weir-penned tune, “Hell In A Bucket”. Interestingly enough, the song was initially called “Enjoying The Ride”, and quickly became a favorite for sets in the 1980s, 90s and beyond.Grateful Dead – Greek Theatre – 5/13/1983[Audio: Rango Keshavan]Setlist: Grateful Dead | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA | 5/13/1983Set 1: Cold Rain And Snow -> Greatest Story Ever Told, West L.A. Fadeaway, Hell In A Bucket, Loser, Little Red Rooster, Bird Song, Let It GrowSet 2: China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet -> Eyes Of The World -> Drums -> Space -> Throwing Stones -> The Other One -> Wharf Rat -> Around And Around -> Good Lovin’
Over the past year, I’ve worked as Live For Live Music’s videographer, traveling around the country to film and share videos of countless concerts. As 2017 winds to an end, here is the first part of a two-part series dedicated to collecting my favorite clips from the past twelve months. Enjoy!Plus, check back tomorrow for part two of the series. Also, in 2018, I will be focusing more of my energies on raising money for children stuck in months-long hospital visits. Click here for more information and to donate.The Nth Power | “NYE Countdown” > “Right Now” | 12/31/2016 | Hometeam RallyI started the year off with a bang with The Nth Power at the Hometeam Rally New Year’s Eve Festival in Florida. The band brought out some special guests including the promoters for the countdown before kicking back into their call-to-arms classic “Right Now.”Galbraith Group |”Jam” | 1/14/17 | Spirit Of The Suwannee Music ParkHaving attended so many shows at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park over the years, I have become familiar with the members of the Galbraith Group. Recognizing their smiling faces made this blues jams all the more appreciated at the start of the year!Lettuce | “Kron Dutch” | 1/14/17 | Spirit Of The Suwannee Music ParkLettuce has put on some amazing shows at The Spirit Of The Suwannee, but their back-to-back shows in January were easily among their finest.moe. | “Haze-Wicked Awesome” | 1/27/17 | The Plaza Livemoe. jumped off Jam Cruise ready to rock Florida. At their show at The Plaza Live in Orlando, they brought out a fun and very descriptive of their recent journey in this two-song jam that seemed to capture the essence of the atmosphere they had just departed. Enjoy!Greensky Bluegrass |”Just To Lie” > “Past My Prime” | 2/9/17 | Madison TheaterIt might have been bitter cold in Eastern Kentucky but the Madison Theater was packed to the gills and sweltering by the time Greensky Bluegrass took the stage.Yonder Mountain String Band | “She Smiles Like You Have Always Been A Friend” | 2/1/17 | Bijou TheatreYonder Mountain String Band bassist Ben Kaufmann took advantage of my filming and a simulcast to send a message to his son who was watching on a Facebook live feed. That mission accomplished Kaufmann, alongside guitarist Adam Aijala, proceeded to finish their set within a set with an acoustic take on “She Smiles Like You Have Always Been A Friend”, a rarely played gem.The Mike Dillon Band | “Seeing The Dead” | 2/12/17 | Cosmic Charlie’sSometimes things go wrong when filming live shows. To help combat this, I use multiple sources for audio and video whenever I can. In this particular case, I was compelled to release the audio, as the story of Mike Dillon telling the story of the first time he saw the Grateful Dead was too good to keep to myself, despite only having a static still of his face.moe. | “Not Coming Down-Wormwood-Opium” | 2/19/17 | SweetWater BreweryAn unseasonably warm outdoor show at the SweetWater Brewery in Atlanta saw moe. happy to shed their coats and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. They were enjoying themselves so much you just knew they were going to do something special and the “Opium” jams in this clip are just that!Dumpstaphunk | “Sledgehammer” | 3/4/17 | Funk Fest Punta GordaDumpstaphunk jamming Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer” was one of my favorite moments from Funk Fest.Fruition | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” | 3/18/17 | Anastasia Music FestivalThe first annual Anastasia Festival was a blast of St. Augustine sunshine. Portland, Oregon’s finest, Fruition, took full advantage of the cheeriness in the air with this bubbling with joy rendition of the Motown classic, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.Sam Bush | “Old Joe Clark” | 3/18/17 | Anastasia Music FestivalOne of the founding fathers of the “New Grass” movement, Sam Bush, has built himself a reputation as one of the friendliest and easiest-to-work-with innovators on the scene. Countless bands like Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder have followed in his wake, and this rendition of “Old Joe Clark” show the master in proper form.Tornado Rider | 3/25/17 | Suwannee Spring ReunionFavorites of the Spirit Of The Suwannee festivals, Tornado Rider does a spot-on kids’ set that delights all ages. But, by nightfall and after tucking in most of the youngsters, the more adult-themed set cheerfully goes off the rails. Watch and learn!Verlon Thompson | “Magnolia Wind” | 3/25/17 | Suwannee Spring ReunionAs much a storyteller as a music man, Verlon Thompson moved many a heart with the story behind the song “Magnolia Wind”, which he expertly weaved into the performance itself. This was a master class in how to not only perform but truly entertain a crowd each show.Rev. Jeff Mosier | Amazing Grace | 3/26/17 | Suwannee Spring ReunionThe later fiddler Vasser Clemons was honored with a Sunday morning goin’-to-church set at the Suwannee Spring Reunion. The Rev. Jeff Mosier took point for the project, and his rendition of “Amazing Grace”, along with the tale of the tunes origins was a moving moment of musical history and a top highlight of the year.Lettuce | “Slippin’ Til Your Satisfied” | 3/31/17 | Fool’s ParadiseFunkmasters of Lettuce followed up their previous appearance in this list of top moments with a second high point. Having grown to the point where they host their own festival, it was heartening to see that not only were they refusing to rest on their collective laurels—they were still pushing their boundaries.The Main Squeeze | “Message To The Lonely” | 4/1/17 | Fool’s ParadiseWatching bands like The Main Squeeze progress is one of the best parts of my gig. Seeing the band’s raw hope and emotion take new audiences by the heart and not let go is always a joy to behold.The Flaming Lips | “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Part One)” | 4/6/17 | Major RagerI got a front row spot to see what I could capture during the Flaming Lips’ appearance at the Major Rager festival, and between the inflatable fish men, confetti, and bad-ass performance skills of the Flips, I got some of the coolest visuals of the year during this show.The Freight Train Band | “Hot Lanta-Trouble No More” | 4/19/17 | WaneeThis emotional tribute to the late Butch Trucks by his own children and a crack band of friends and other family at the Wanee Music Festival earlier this year was highly emotional and completely enthralling. Easily a moment I will never forget.The Trey Anastasio Band | “O-o-h Child” | 4/21/17 | WaneeIn this clip, one of the finest guitarists alive, Trey Anastasio, takes the time to slow it down and just have fun with a song built around a loving vibe. The end result is a looping bit of joy that had the crowd dancing in the sun.moe. | “Mar De Mar-George-Time Ed” | 4.27.17 | La Petit Theatremoe. scheduled themselves a special three-night run in New Orleans for Jazz Fest’s first weekend, the first night being a special show only for folks buying tickets to all three nights. The venue overestimated the amount of room for the band’s equipment truck, necessitating the transfer of the gear by smaller vehicle and on foot. Watching the crew joke and laugh as they worked their asses off made filming and sharing the clips all the sweeter.The Daze Between Band | “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain” | 5/3/17 | One Eyed JacksNot all of these clips were selected for joyful reasons. The “Daze Between Band” was formed for the original idea of throwing a big jam party before the kick off to the second weekend of Jazz Fest, but with the passing of Butch Trucks it became a time to honor him. Then, without warning, Col Bruce Hampton died onstage in front of some of the participants the night before show time.Shell shocked, we received word that the sold-out show would become a tribute to not just Trucks and Hampton but all the lost lights along the way. Though many things went wrong on the filming side of things, it was all worth it for the chance to help those reeling from the news to give a musical farewell to some of the best.MJ Vs Stevie Jazz Fest Late Night | “The Way You Make Me Feel” | 5/7/17 | The Howlin’ WolfIt’s become a tradition for the late-night series of shows that Live For Live Music sponsors during NOLA Jazz Fest end with a back-and-forth showcase showdown between the catalogs of icons Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Under the guidance of Lettuce and Shady Horns trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, this year saw singer Nigel Hall take the vocals on a stellar rendition of Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” that had the crowd in full voice and all smiles.Aqueous | “Kid Charlemagne” | 5/25/17 | Summer CampAqueous is some of the cream-of-the-coming-crop of jam bands. Seeing them share the stage with Vinnie Amico from moe. and Joel Cummins from Umphrey’s McGee for such a spirited take on the Steely Dan classic “Kid Charlemagne” was truly impressive.moe. & Twiddle | “Friend Of The Devil” | 5/26/17 | Summer Camp Music FestivalThis special acoustic team-up of members of moe. and Twiddle was in promotion of the musicians’ then-upcoming (but eventually canceled due to illness) Colorado run. Thanks to the wide-angle lens, I was able to really capture the vibe of the performance and the chemistry between fans and musicains.Keller Williams | “Eyes Of The World” > “Best Feeling In The World” | 5/25/17 | Summer Camp Music FestivalThere are several artists who have made Summer Camp an annual chance to connect with their fans, and Keller Williams is at the forefront of that pack. Thanks to the plethora of bands he works with, you never know exactly what to expect, as this blend of a classic Grateful Dead tune and one of his own finest tracks shows.
Foo Fighters were originally scheduled to christen the new Fillmore New Orleans stage for their grand opening celebration, on February 15th and February 16th, 2019.Today, the band announced that they must postpone their Fillmore New Orleans shows until May 15th and 16th “due to a band member injury”. Foo Fighters note that all tickets for the original dates will be honored in May. Refunds are available at the point of purchase until the end of day on Monday, February 18th for those who are unable to attend the new dates.The rock band shared a brief message to their fans, explaining, “The band apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the rescheduling. They regret that they will no longer be able to christen The Fillmore New Orleans, but promise to bring it in May.”Due to the unanticipated Foo Fighters postponement, Coheed and Cambria will be the first to play the new Fillmore Nola with a scheduled performance on Monday, February 18th.The New Orleans venue will be the newest addition to Live Nation’s Fillmore brand, which already includes rooms in Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Silver Spring, MD; Detroit, MI; and Philadelphia, PA. Considering its location, The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will showcase local architectural styles, such as wrought iron gates and gas street lanterns.The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will also include a Lobby Bar, BG’s Lounge, and a VIP room named after original Fillmore impresario, Bill Graham. In addition to the concert area, the venue will feature an array of private event spaces for corporate gatherings, weddings, private dinners, and more.Head to The Fillmore New Orleans website for more information a full list of upcoming scheduled performances.