On March 3rd, beloved trombonist Natalie Cressman will release a brand new solo EP. Titled The Traces EP, Cressman’s album is an emotional exploration through a fusion of electronic and traditional instrumentation techniques. Always the thoughtful and intricate composer, Cressman’s expressive solo career comes through in waves on The Traces EP, and provides a sharp contrast for those who might only know her as a member of the Trey Anastasio Band.A perfect example of the album’s sound comes on “Where We Started,” Natalie Cressman’s new single. She tells us more about the song’s origin:“Writing this song was very interesting because the first seed of ‘Where We Started’ came to me in the middle of the night. Sometimes I wake up from a dream with a melody in my head, or come up with lyrics when I’m trying to fall asleep. The pre-chorus in this song was one of those instances where I woke up with the sound in my head from a dream and made a quick groggy voice memo on my iPhone and went back to sleep. It was over a month before I found the memo and wrote the rest of the song around it.The majority of subject matter for the EP is centered around the various musings that come at the end of a relationship – the different emotions that bubble up unexpectedly when attempting to move on. This song is basically about regret, and thus, probably the saddest one on the album. It talks about how the end of the relationship hardly resembles the “open-heartedness” that the couple began with. My producer Ivan Jackson definitely shaped the sound a and changed up the groove to make it a bit heavier and yet ethereal at the same time. I love how he left the bridge so delicate though: it makes for a great and surprising contrast.”We’re honored to premiere this new wonderful track from Natalie Cressman’s new release. Stream “Where We Started” from The Traces EP, below.New York fans can celebrate Cressman’s new album release at American Beauty on Friday, March 24th, as she’ll be hosting an album release party in honor of The Traces EP . Find more information here, and you can catch all of her updates on the official Natalie Cressman website.
Satsang is a conscious music collective. With a unique blend of soul, folk-rock and hip-hop, Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change.The group is led by singer/songwriter Drew McManus, who’s music is fueled by a difficult upbringing and the peaceful life he’s since found living in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. He says, “I grew up in an environment where aggression, violence, abuse, and addiction were always present. It made me a lot of things; angry, sad, and ashamed. I hated my story and I was a slave to addiction. I tried for so long to hide from the reality of my story and the reality of how beautiful life could be.” It wasn’t until an intense spiritual experience lead Drew to break his cycle of addiction. “I had changed my entire outlook on everything… I began to realize that had everything not happened to me exactly like it did, I would not be exactly who/where/what I am right now.”That led him to delve deeply into songwriting, and the result has been the remarkable trajectory of Satsang. The band has toured the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more. That road also takes the band to their new studio album, Pyramids, which is due out next Monday, March 20th via Rootfire Cooperative.To get you in the mood for some new Satsang grooves, you can watch the official premiere of the band’s video for new song, “Beautiful Days,” streaming below.Says McManus, “Beautiful Days came to me after my first trip back to the city I grew up in. I felt that I had grown up so much and when I returned, a lot of the people I saw had not, and were not interested in any kind of growth. It began a whole thought process that led me down a list of sort of terrible things that had ultimately lead me to where I am now, and in that made me appreciate where I am now more than ever.”You can catch McManus and the whole Satsang crew on the road this spring, with dates both headlining and supporting Trevor Hall. The full schedule is below, and you can get all the information on the band’s website. Pre-orders for the album can be found via the band’s website or iTunes; don’t miss out!Satsang Tour DatesMar 02 – Bimbo’s 365 Club (supporting Trevor Hall) – San Francisco, CAMar 03 – Napa Valley Opera House (supporting Trevor Hall) – Napa, CAMar 04 – The Catalyst (supporting Trevor Hall) – Santa Cruz, CAMar 05 – Teragram Ballroom (supporting Trevor Hall) – Los Angeles, CAMar 16 – Arlene Theater – Minot, NDMar 17 – Icehouse – Minneapolis, MNMar 18 – Tonic Room – Chicago, ILMar 19 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WIMar 24 – 25 – Spring Up! Music Festival – St Louis, MOMarch 29 – Aspen, CO @ Belly UpMarch 31 – Vail, CO @ Vail Ale House (w/ World’s Finest)April 4 – Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern (w/ World’s Finest)April 6 – Bozeman, MT @ Filling Station (w/ World’s Finest)April 10 – Billings, MT @ UniquinoxMay 11 – Missoula,. MT @ Top Hat LoungeMay 12 – Spokane, WA @ Big DipperJune 21 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)June 22 – Lebanon, NH @Lebanon Opera House (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)June 23 – Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)June 24 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)June 25 – Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)June 27 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall (supporting Michael Franti & Spearhead)
Anyone who’s seen the Grateful Dead, or even listened to an old show, is familiar with the “Donor Rap,” the spiel Phil Lesh delivers at each show about the organ donor, Cody, who saved his live via liver transplant. Forever “grateful” for the new lease on life that Cody’s loss afforded him, Lesh takes his “Donor Rap” very seriously, encouraging people everywhere to sing up to be an organ donor so that they may save the lives of others like Cody did for him (“Repeat after me: If anything happens to me, I want to be an organ donor”). You can watch Phil Lesh perform his “Donor Rap” at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA below:Today, in an attempt to further urge the masses to register as organ donors, Lesh announced that hip-hop superstar and fellow California native Kendrick Lamar has been hired to perform the “Donor Rap” during all upcoming performances at his Northern California venue Terrapin Crossroads. Lesh spoke about the decision to bring Kendrick into the mix in a new interview with The Source, explaining “I’ve been doing the ‘Donor Rap’ for years, because obviously this cause is extremely important to me. But I was starting to feel like it was getting stale, and people weren’t responding to it as much as they used to. I guess that makes sense, though, when you think about it–I’ve been known to spit a few rhymes with the homies every now and again, but I wouldn’t claim to be a real ‘rapper.’ But Kendrick? Man, that kid’s got BARZ! I just know he’s going to take the Donor Rap to a whole new level. This shit is gonna be HOT. Bet on it.”Lamar declined being interviewed about the new gig, explaining that it’s not about him–it’s about Cody, and all the good that organ donors can do for the world. But we think he’s just being “Humble.”(Check out the powerful video for Kendrick’s new single “Humble” below):[Cover photo (Phil) courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein]
[Photo: Tucker W Mitchell] The Saturators are a Brooklyn/Harlem-based dance band that melds an astounding amount of genres to produce their own authentic and wholly unique sound. The group is made up of guitarist and producer Misha “Silky” Savage (Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions, PitchBlak family), MC Redddaz (Brittany Campbell, Jadon), musical director and bassist Aiman Radzi, and percussionist Theo Moore, though frequently taps additional musicians for live collaborations including Matt Compo (keys), Colin Taylor (drums), Jennifer Nasciemento (vocals and percussion), Will Sacks (production and bass), Doron Lev (drums), and Angel Acevedo (drums and percussion). Dubbed “wet music,” the Saturators pull on Harlem’s vibrant hip-hop scene and Brooklyn’s underground basement parties and mixes it with tastes of Dancehall, Sosa, Cumbia, and 70’s funk to create their danceable and upbeat tunes that are guaranteed to get bodies moving on the floor.The Saturators have a new album in the works, appropriately dubbed Wet Music, which is due out in June. Ahead of its release, the band has been kind enough to share with us their latest single, a swinging number called “Not For You” featuring Black Tie Brass on horns. Misha Savage describes the song as “a romp through the eyes of a boozed-up bar patron” with “the band narrating the endgame of someone who’s too trusting of liquid confidence.” With clear afrobeat aspirations, this latest song from The Saturators is definitely one that you’ll want to hear, particularly because of the track’s a compelling lyrical narrative and its grinding yet playful musical base.Live For Live Music is proud to present the premiere of the studio recording of The Saturators’ “Not For You” in addition to the official Sofar Sounds video of the group performing the number live. Check out the studio version and the live version of “Not For You” below, then head over to the band’s website here for more information about this fiery group of performers!
Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their Wheels of Soul Tour to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night. Along for the ride were The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna. While the entire run has been nothing short of special, Saturday night’s performance was especially meaningful as it marked the return to the very stage that several of the musicians shared with Col. Bruce Hampton on the night of his death earlier this year.Listen To Jon Fishman, John Bell, And More Talk About Col. Bruce From Hampton 70, His Surreal Final ShowTedeschi Trucks Band used the opportunity to honor their fallen friend through music, dedicating “Cry Me A River” to Col. Bruce Hampton during the band’s encore. Reports from the band’s crew confirm that Col. Bruce Hampton was very much there in spirit. The band also dedicated “Song For You” to keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, who is currently at his home in Atlanta, recovering from a massive heart attack, and taking this tour off from the road. The band’s entire set was an emotional rollercoaster, as the band played through “Midnight in Harlem” with a “Little Martha” introduction. “Little Martha” was written by Duane Allman and was often performed by Derek Trucks in the Allman Brothers Band to honor the fallen Brother. The husband and wife duo invited Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen (guitar), Jack Cassidy (bass), and Justin Guip (drums) to join for “The Sky Is Crying” immediately after.After a powerful “Made Up My Mind,” Tedeschi Trucks Band were joined by Oliver Wood (guitar, vocals), Chris Wood (bass), Jano Rix (keyboards), and Tinsley Ellis (guitar) for “Have No Shame” and “Sweet Virginia.” It was a spiritual experience for Susan Tedeschi to again trade vocals with Oliver Wood on the stage of the Fox Theatre, as their voices were the last to pulse through the room on the night of Col. Bruce Hampton’s death. Strong as ever, the musicians let love prevail. The set closed with “Whipping Post” by the Allman Brothers Band, another meaningful nod to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks who’d been buried in the same state earlier this year.It’s been a rough year for everyone, but especially the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Their performances has proven time and time again how medicinal music can be. Don’t miss the Wheels of Soul Tour in a town near you.Listen to Saturday night’s full audio below, as uploaded by Dfries81:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | The Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 7/15/17I Want More, Don’t Know What It Means, Keep On Growing, Midnight In Harlem (w/ Little Martha intro ), The Sky Is Crying *, Made Up Mind, Have You No Shame **, Sweet Virginia **, I Wish I Knew, I Pity the Fool, The Storm, Whipping Post (jam and final chorus)E: Song For You (dedicated to Kofi Burbridge), Cry Me A River (dedicated to Bruce Hampton), Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Bound For Glory* with Jorma Kaukonen (guitar), Jack Cassidy (bass), and Justin Guip (drums)** with Oliver Wood (guitar, vocals), Chris Wood (bass), Jano Rix (keyboards), and Tinsley Ellis (guitar)[photo by Vic Brazen]
Virginia’s own Kendall Street Company has announced a new tour date, as they’ll be returning to Brooklyn, NY for a performance at the famous Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. The show, set to take place on Friday, March 2nd, will also feature an opening set by up-and-comers South Hill Banks.Kendall Street Company formed in early 2013, when acoustic guitarist & vocalist Louis Smith and saxophonist Andrew Drehoff decided to expand upon their experiences as local musicians in the Virginia Beach music scene. The pair moved from Virginia Beach to Charlottesville to attend the Univerity of Virginia, and it was there that they harnessed their musical powers and formed a band of their own. With the addition of fellow University of Virginia students Brian Roy on bass and vocals, and Ryan Wood on drums & percussion, the band, which fuses psychedelic grooves with acoustic jams and indie and ska influences, quickly outgrew it’s Charlottesville roots and has turned into one of the best and fastest rising bands in the region, with a lights-out live show that continues to impress audiences up and down the East Coast. Over the years, the band has added several new members to the mix, with Andrew King on keyboards, Ben Laderberg on electric guitar, and Jake Vanaman on saxophone rounding out the band’s current sound.Disco Biscuits & Tauk Members To Debut New “TAUKing Biscuits” ProjectKendall Street Company burst out in a big way following their appearance at the 2017 LOCKN’ Music Festival, and the release of their album Space For Days, which was unveiled back in September.Tickets to Kendall Street Company with South Hill Banks at Knitting Factory are on-sale NOW at this link. See below for more info, and get ready to get down with Kendall Street Company on March 2nd!– SHOW INFO –Show: Kendall Street Company with South Hill BanksWhen: Friday, March 2nd, 2018Venue: Knitting Factory – 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PMPrice: $12.00 adv / $15.00 dosTickets: On sale hereEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
David Byrne is currently on tour in support of his most recent release American Utopia, his first solo album in 14 years. With an enormous tour including North American festival appearances at Coachella, Shaky Knees, Jazz Fest, Panorama, Sasquatch, Beale Street Music Festival, and more already on the books, Byrne has officially added another wave of dates, bringing his tally of upcoming shows from now until October over 100.The former Talking Heads frontman is bringing his new tunes on the road and keeping the familiar favorites in rotation. Recently described by Byrne as “the most ambitious show [he’s] done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense,” David Byrne’s current production is being regarded as one of the best on the road today (see photos here).The new dates will take David Byrne up and down the East Coast in September, with opening support from tUnE-yArDs. The new wave of dates will hit Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maine, South Carolina, and several cities in Florida before wrapping in Dallas, Texas. Click to see the full list of tour dates below, and head to David Byrne’s website for more information.David Byrne 2018 Tour Dates:Newly added dates in bold*03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/19 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Gran Rex03/20 – Montevido, UY @ Teatro de Verano03/22 – Porto Alegre, BR @ Pepsi On Stage03/24 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil03/26 – Curitiba, BR @ Teatro Positivo03/28 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ Km De Vantagens Hall03/29 – Belo Horizonte, BR @ Km De Vantagens Hall04/03 – Mexico City MX @ Metropolitan Theater04/05 – Monterrey MX @ Auditorio Pabellón M04/07 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara04/12 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Centre %04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall %04/17 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater %04/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Arts %04/19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater %04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/24 – Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House %04/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion %04/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts %04/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn %04/29 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival05/05 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium #05/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium #05/10 – Durham, NC @ Durham PAC #05/12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem #05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Arts #05/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater #05/16 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater #05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater #05/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater #05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #05/21 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #05/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater #05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater #05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival05/27 – Portland, OR @ Keller Audiorium #05/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center #05/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre #06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/05 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center #06/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Arts #06/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House #06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater #06/14 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre *06/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall *06/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall *06/18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo *06/19 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *06/20 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *06/23 – Prague, CZ @ Metronome Festival06/25 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival06/26 – Wien, AT @ Museumsquartier06/27 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom06/30 – Ewijk, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole07/03 – Paris, FR @ Days Off Festival07/05 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/11 – Oeiras, PT @ Cool Jazz Festival07/13 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live Festival07/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Cruilla Barcelona07/17 – Zürich, CH @ Theater 1107/19 – Ravenna, IT @ Ravenna Festival07/20 – Perugia, IT @ Umbria Jazz Festival07/21 – Trieste, IT @ Piazza UNita07/27 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival07/28 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion #07/29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival07/31 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #08/01 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts #08/04 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts #08/05 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center #08/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautcia #08/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall #08/10 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater #08/11 – Huber Heightes, OH @ Rose Music Center #08/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend #08/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater &08/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater &08/18 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium &08/21 – Sacramento CA @ Community Theater &08/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium &08/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl &08/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium &08/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater &08/28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater &09/07 – West Long Branch, NJ @ OceanFirst Bank Center ^09/08 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre ^09/09 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre ^09/11 – Portland, ME @ Merill Auditorium ^09/15 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium ^09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre ^09/23 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center ^09/26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater ^09/28 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts ^09/29 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore ^09/30 – Tampa, FL @ Mahaffey Theater ^10/06 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie ^% = w/ Perfume Genius# = w/ Benjamin Clementine* = w/ Laura Mvula& = w/ Ibeyi^ = w/ tUnE-yArdsView All Tour Dates
Since Nike took over ahead of last year’s NBA season, they have gradually rolled out various uniform “editions” for each team, beyond the traditional home, away, and alternate iterations. One such edition, the “City Edition” aims to honor the fans “whose passions help define each respective team’s identity.”As last year’s announcement of Nike’s “City Edition” NBA jerseys notes, “The Nike NBA City Edition uniforms represent insights and emotion from the court to the upper deck to the cities’ streets, in pursuit of a unique way to capture each team and its city in a way that respects the past and present of the clubs while also positioning them for the future.”Even beyond the obvious connection between Prince and the state of Minnesota, the artist was also a noted basketball player and fan. He played basketball throughout his childhood, and was good enough to make his high school’s JV basketball team as a freshman. …And then there’s the infamous Prince basketball story from Chappelle’s Show as told by Charlie Murphy, in which Charlie, his brother, Eddie Murphy, and their crew went back to Prince’s place after going out partying and got schooled by Prince and The Revolution in a pickup game. Chappelle most definitely took some creative liberties with that story, but several people close to the story have commented about its overall veracity.As Micki Free noted in a 2017 interview about the infamous story following Murphy’s passing,Charlie Murphy wasn’t lying. Everything that happened in that [“True Hollywood Stories” sketch] was for real. We went back to Prince’s house after the club. It was 1985, and there was a bunch of girls with Eddie [Murphy], myself, Charlie—rest in peace—and some other guys. And out of nowhere Prince says, “Do you guys want to play basketball?” We played three-on-three. I don’t remember if we changed our clothes, but I know for certain that Prince did not change his. He didn’t gear up to play. If anything changed beyond the blouses, it was his heels. Prince changed into some tennis shoes. All I remember is when Prince made that first shot, it was all-net. I’m looking at him make shot after shot, like, “What the hell?” Then at the end they really did make us pancakes—blueberry pancakes. And they were good! Hanging out with Prince was magical. In case you’ve been living under a rock the last couple decades and haven’t seen the sketch or heard the many jokes it spawned, you can check it out below:Chappelle’s Show – “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” – Basketball With Prince[Video: Comedy Central]Well done on these special uniforms, Nike and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Game… Blouses.[H/T Complex] No single person evokes the image of Minnesota quite as clearly as Prince. The late rock icon was born and raised in Minneapolis. He lived and headquartered his musical operations from his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen for much of his career. He recorded his troves of music, both released and unreleased, from his Paisley Park studio, and lived there until he was found dead in an elevator on the grounds on April 21st, 2016.In the wake of his death, the state of Minnesota has shown its appreciation for its favorite son in a multitude of ways, from murals to statues to an honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Now, the NBA‘s Minnesota Timberwolves are taking their turn at honoring the Purple One with their new Nike “City Edition” jerseys.The special edition uniforms, unveiled unofficially by Twitter user @TWolvesFRA, abandon the team’s usual blue and green color scheme for shades of purple and pink. They also use a typeface for the lettering that’s clearly reminiscent of the one used on the cover of Purple Rain. You can check out some leaked snaps of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ new Prince-inspired “City Edition” jerseys below:
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is gearing up for their first show of 2019 later this month, starting with a pair of shows at Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony (1/24, 1/25) and their debut at Port Chester, NY’s historic The Capitol Theatre. From there, the band will head south for a run of performances including their first stretch in Florida since 2016. Pigeons will also make their return to Chicago for their first headlining gig in the Windy City since 2017 and head to Las Vegas for a two-night stand supporting moe. at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in March, just to name a few. Tickets for all of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s newly announced spring tour dates are on sale now here. For a full list of PPPP’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website. The newly added batch of Pigeons performances includes stops at Cleveland, OH’s House of Blues on March 22nd followed by shows at Harrisburg, PA’s Capitol Room (3/28); Stroudsburg, PA’s Sherman Theater (3/29); Albany, NY’s Jupiter Hall (3/30); a two-night run at South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground Ballroom (4/4 & 4/5); Portland, ME’s State Theatre (4/6); and a two-night stand at Rochester, NY’s Anthology on April 12th and 13th. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has added nine new tour dates to their already extensive winter/spring 2019 tour. Mugion, Cycles, Goose, and Kitchen Dwellers will join PPPP for support on select dates.
On Saturday night, Umphrey’s McGee returned to Cincinnati, OH’s Taft Theatre for the second night of their two-night weekend run.Umphrey’s McGee opened up their first set with “Conduit”, which featured teases of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, before working their way into “Triangle Tear”. A one-two combo of “Nothing Too Fancy” into “In The Black” followed, with Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss trading off firey-hot guitar solos throughout the entirety of the segue. After a ferocious rendition of “Draconian”, the band delivered a noteworthy take of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, featuring Big Something’s Casey Cranford on EWI. To wrap up the first set, the six-piece brought back “Nothing Too Fancy”, triumphantly charging their way into setbreak.Umphrey’s McGee – “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”[Video: Mike Anuci]Following a brief break, Umphrey’s McGee returned to open their second set with a pairing of “The Silent Type” and “Wife Soup”, as the sextet quickly set the tone for the remainder of the Saturday night rock show. Following “Wizard Burial Ground”, Cinninger moved over to keys for “Miami Virtue”, allowing Brendan Bayliss to shine front and center. Umphrey’s McGee’s rhythm section consisting of Ryan Stasik, Kris Myers, and Andy Farag is an unstoppable force, and the trio flexed their chops in front of the midwest crowd.Last night’s “Miami Virtue” featured teases of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon”, before the band moved forward with “Upward”. An open-ended rendition of “Plunger” followed, with a cover of The Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” sandwiched in the middle, last played on January 28th, 2017. Umphrey’s McGee moved back into the main-theme of “Plunger” to bring their second set to a close. “Front Porch” served as Saturday night’s encore, as the band cleverly wove in teases of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and the Game of Thrones theme song, an appropriate placement for the cold, Cincinnati night.For ticketing information and a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Taft Theatre | Cincinnati, OH | 1/19/2019Set One: Conduit, Triangle Tear > Nothing Too Fancy -> In The Black, Draconian, Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Nothing Too FancySet Two: The Silent Type > Wife Soup, Wizard Burial Ground, Miami Virtue, Upward, Plunger > Don’t You (Forget About Me) > PlungerEncore: Front Porch with Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne) teases with Casey Cranford on EWI with Jake on keys; with Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) teases with Lose Yourself (Eminem) and Game of Thrones theme (Djawadi) teases