Frank Zappa left behind a wonderful musical legacy, but, as we all know, his family legacy is a bit muddled. Through fights with his brother Ahmet Zappa, elder brother Dweezil Zappa was forced to change his Zappa Plays Zappa project name to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, and finally again to just Dweezil Zappa.The various legal proceedings have left Dweezil with few options, as he’s been hit with cease and desist letters at various steps along the way. Naturally, taking after his father’s tongue-and-cheek sensibilities, Dweezil Zappa named his upcoming schedule the “Cease & Desist Tour.” Not only that, but he’s released this awesome shirt parodying the situation.The merch was just released on Dweezil’s website, and can be found here. We can only hope the brothers put this behind them and focus on what matters most: the music.
Pitchfork Music Festival is set to celebrate its 11th year in Chicago’s Union Park over the weekend of July 15-17th. Since 2006 Pitchfork Fest has been a midsummer haven for indie music fans from near and far. Over the years the festival has remained great largely due to how little it has changed. Artists take to the simply named Red, Green, and Blue stages that are all located a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other. Most importantly, the expertly curated lineup runs the gamut from jazz to pop to folk acts that are consistently praised on the festival’s namesake website.The Pitchfork Festival has been known for consistently promoting local Chicago acts over the years. This year is no different, especially on Friday evening. Chicago band Whitney will be opening up the Blue Stage their brand of sunny indie rock. After rising from the ashes of the Smith Westerns the group has gained considerable acclaim for the debut album Light Upon the Lake. Shortly thereafter garage rock favorites Twin Peaks will take to the Red Stage. The band will also be present throughout the weekend in beer form thanks to their Goose Island collaboration dubbed Garage Lager.This year’s lineup will heavily feature top notch jazz acts, especially on Sunday afternoon. Early on, Sun Ra Arkestra will carry the torch of their legendary namesake founder Sun Ra who founded the group over 60 years ago. Kamasi Washington will be performing cuts from his incredible double album The Epic to show why he and his band have become one of the most sought after festival acts of the year. Later on, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Thundercat will be displaying his skills as one of music’s premier bassists.The top of the bill features a few unique sets that will be hard to catch anywhere else. Experimental Canadian rock band Broken Social Scene have been mostly dormant the last couple years and Friday is one of their only scheduled sets of 2016. Indie folk icon Sufjan Stevens has to have been on Pitchfork’s wish list for years and Saturday night the wish will be granted with a rare festival closing show. Before Stevens takes the stage the weekend’s potentially greatest treat comes in the form of Brian Wilson celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ Pets Sounds with a full performance of the album. Hearing the classic album with a Chicago summer sunset as a backdrop is sure to be hard to top.In addition to great music Pitchfork also gives music fanatics the chance to knock out some shopping. Hosted by the American Poster Institute and Speedball, Flatstock gathers premier show poster artists to sell their wares. Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) will conduct a record fair featuring collectible vinyl sold by labels, record stores, and private sellers. Bookworms in attendance need to be sure to stop by Book Fort, an interactive book fair with several independent publishers, presses, and literary organizations as well as authors conducting live readings. Those with kids in tow will enjoy a visit to the Old Town School of Folk Kids Music Area where the tykes can interact with an array of musical instruments and begin their journey to become a Pitchfork Festival Green Stage headliner.For more information on Pitchfork Music Festival visit their official website.
For the first time since the Grateful Dead’s final performance, Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger” guitar will be played at a public performance. The esteemed guitar was primarily used by Garcia from 1979 to 1989, though problems with his “Rosebud” guitar forced the mid-show switch. Since that day, “Tiger” has not been seen publicly, though the guitar did get some recent exposure.When Dead & Company recently visited San Francisco, “Tiger” owner Jim Irsay recruited San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy to reacquaint the band members with the guitar. Though John Mayer never played the Garcia guitar publicly, the trip marked the first appearance for “Tiger” in San Francisco in over 20 years. Technician Steve Parrish literally wept when he was reunited with the instrument, and Peavy’s friends even brought the guitar to Terrapin Crossroads for a visit with Phil Lesh.You can read more about the “Tiger” adventures in this feature piece with Peavy. With the big “Tiger” trip on everyone’s minds, it did not take long for Irsay to find a guitarist willing to take the guitar into the spotlight. Fittingly, that man will be Warren Haynes, who has been performing a series of Jerry Garcia Symphonic Tributes throughout 2016. Haynes has been using Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar, another famed axe from the Dead guitarist’s arsenal, but this upcoming performance is something special. Not only will it take place at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Not only will JGB member Melvin Seals be performing with the band. It’s also scheduled on August 1st: Jerry Garcia’s birthday.Jim Irsay is lending the guitar for this performance so the public can experience and appreciate this historical artifact. Along with Chris McKinney, who is President of The Irsay Collection, Jim Irsay’s goal is to both preserve and promote the legacies of these beautiful instruments. Irsay also recently purchased a guitar from Prince’s arsenal. Says Irsay, “The love of music and the arts is something that’s really special to me… By collecting some of the most important artifacts of art and music history, I’m able to preserve them so they can be experienced and appreciated forever.”We can’t wait for what is sure to be a magical performance!
PBS will be broadcasting the “GRAMMYS Salute to Music Legends” as part of their “Great Performance Series” on Friday, October 14th. This particular concert showcases an all-star cast including Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, as well as Earth, Wind and Fire, Herbie Hancock, and more.This supreme cast of musicians joined forces earlier this year in Los Angeles to honor The Recording Academy’s 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The PBS special will feature tribute performances and never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the recipients contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.Find out when the special will broadcast on your local PBS station right here.According to PBS, the full list of performances include:This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award™.Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from the presenters, the star-studded event features performances byPatti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy Garcia and The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J’Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Martina McBride, Magnolia Sisters, and JD Souther. Other presenters include Jimmy Jam, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Crosby, LL Cool J, Don Was, andDavid Foster.Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane takes fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success. Standing in for legendary frontwoman Grace Slick (who is present to accept her award) is GRAMMY®-nominated rock songstress Cathy Richardson.Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz has made a living recording, preserving, selling, and celebrating the music he loves —music that formed the fabric of both American and international culture. Paying homage to the multifaceted and uniquely talented producer/businessman will be six-time GRAMMY winner and fretboard virtuoso Ry Cooder, Chicago bluesman GRAMMY nominee Henry Gray, and Cajun music jewels and GRAMMY nominees Magnolia Sisters.Paying tribute to three-time GRAMMY winner and four-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Celia Cruz — internationally known as the “Queen Of Salsa” — are Latin GRAMMY nominee Lucrecia and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Andy García, who will bring his Cuban musical group, Andy García And The CineSon All Stars, to the stage.Six-time GRAMMY winners Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most important and innovative musical forces influencing music and popular culture across generations, offer a roof-raising performance.A salute to 10-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from GRAMMY and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs and GRAMMY nominees Martina McBride andJD Souther.The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):Linda Ronstadt“Faithless Love” (JD Souther)“Gritenme Pledras del Campo” (Lila Downs & Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano)“Blue Bayou” (Martina McBride)Fred Foster“Me & Bobby McGee” (Kris Kristofferson & Shelby Lynne)“Oh Pretty Woman” (Shelby Lynne)John Cage“Water Walk” (Anthony Parce)“The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs” (J’Nai Bridges)Ruth Brown“Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” (Patti Austin)Jefferson Airplane“Somebody to Love” (Jefferson Airplane)Medley: “Embryonic Journey”/”Come Back Baby” (Jefferson Airplane)Celia Cruz“Guantanamera” (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)“Quimbera” (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)Run-DMCMedley: “King of Rock”/”Rock Box”/”Peter Piper”/”My Adidas”/”It’s Tricky”/”Beats to the Rhyme” (Naughty By Nature)Chris Strachwitz“Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest” (Ry Cooder & Henry Gray)Medley: “Blues de Voyage”/”Magnolia Hop” (Magnolia Sisters w/”Ry Cooder)Herbie Hancock“Nuance” (Herbie Hancock w/Wayne Shorter)Earth, Wind & FireMedley: Intro/”Shining Star”/”Celebrate”/”In the Stone”/”Fantasy”/”September” (Earth, Wind & Fire)“That’s the Way of the World” (Earth, Wind & Fire Encore)
Day two of the new Desert Trip Festival in Indio, CA took place last night, treating those in attendance to performances by Neil Young + Promise of the Real and Paul McCartney. To see two of the most iconic forces in rock and roll – Young and McCartney – must have been quite the experience. To see them play together must have been out of this world!Indeed, that is what happened last night. The night started with Young’s two-hour-long opening set, which featured a number of Young’s classic hits like “After The Gold Rush,” “Heart of Gold,” and a show-closing “Rockin’ In The Free World.” Afterwards it was Macca’s turn, and the former Beatle delighted with hits from his lengthy career.The most special moment of the night came when McCartney brought Young out on stage, and the two joined forces for a three-song collaboration for the California crowd. They started with “A Day In The Life,” the famed Sgt. Pepper’s track, before going into “Give Peace A Chance” and “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”Fortunately, a number of videos have surfaced of the collaboration! Watch below…A Day In The Life (via Fake Fan on YouTube)Give Peace A Chance (via Sri Kothur on YouTube)Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? (via Fake Fan on YouTube)Both setlists can be seen below. Desert Trip concludes tonight, October 9th, with sets from The Who and Roger Waters.
Bob Dylan was chosen to receive the Nobel Prize In Literature back on October 13th. It took about two weeks before the poet/songwriter acknowledged his honor. “Isn’t that something?,” he said, before opening up a bit more. “It’s hard to believe… amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?” The ceremony for his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature will take place on December 10th in Stockholm, Sweden.While Dylan had once planned to attend the gala, he has since stepped away from that decision. According to the BBC, he sent a letter to the Swedish Academy informing them that he will be unable to attend the ceremony “due to existing commitments.” He acknowledged that he felt “very honored” for the award and wishes he could accept it personally. Though, he is still required to deliver a Nobel lecture between now and next June. We look forward to hearing what the literary genius has to say about this award, and hopefully, provide some insight into the thoughts of 75-year-old Bob Dylan.
As many fans gear up to see Snarky Puppy at their inaugural GroundUP Music Festival, those in the know are also highly anticipating the debut of Bokanté. The new project is spearheaded by Snarky Puppy’s de facto leader, Michael League, along with an all-star cast of musicians from the GroundUP family and more.League tells us that the new band is a “weird combination of West African music, Delta blues, and Led Zeppelin (with lyrics in Creole and French) made up of musicians and friends from all over the world.” Bokanté will have a new album out in May via GroundUP, but has shared their very first video for the song “Jou Ké Ouvè” today. Watch below.Bokanté already has plans to tour the world in 2017, with dates planned in USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, and South America. The band has quite the diverse cast of musicians as well, with players spanning three generations and hailing from United States, Sweden, Japan, and Guadeloupe/Canada. Not only that, but its members have performed with the likes of Paul Simon, Salif Keita, Yo-Yo Ma, Kirk Franklin, Carly Simon, Esperanza Spalding, David Crosby, Joe Lovano, Sting, Karl Denson, Maria Schneider, Gretchen Parlato, Danilo Perez, Lalah Hathaway, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Assad Brothers, and many more.With all of that in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Bokanté translates to “Exchange,” signifying the free flow of ideas between the band’s multicultural members. Take a look at the band’s lineup, below.BokantéMalika Tirolien – vocalsJamey Haddad – percussionAndré Ferrari – percussionKeita Ogawa – percussionChris McQueen – guitarBob Lanzetti – guitarRoosevelt Collier – lap and pedal steel guitarsMichael League – baritone guitar and bass
It appears that alt-J has some major plans in store for this summer. After previously revealing their place on the Panorama Music Festival lineup, the band has announced plans for a brief summer tour from July 27th through August 9th, as well as the release of a new album, Relaxer.The new album is due out June 9th, and features eight original tracks from the band. Their first release since 2014 has been highly anticipated, and as such, the band got the ball rolling by releasing the first single. You can listen to the band’s new song, “3WW,” below.The band writes in a statement, “We’d like to thank you for your patience over the last year or so. After finishing touring ‘This Is All Yours’ in December 2015 we took a long break. Thom released a solo album; Gus opened a restaurant; Joe has been watching a lot of films. We hadn’t set a time limit on our time off but by August 2016 we were ready to get back into the studio. The result is our third album, RELAXER, and we are really excited for you to hear it.”See posters detailing the new album art and forthcoming tour dates, below. [Photo via Benjamin Adams Photography]
Born in New Orleans and raised in nearby Algiers, Terence Higgins personifies New Orleans drummer swag. With one foot in the Second Line and brass band traditions and the other in just about any type of stank he can find, the man they call “Swampgrease” is among the tastiest and most versatile players on the scene today. From Ani DiFranco to Warren Haynes to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, you can also find him bringing that Nigerian funk all the way down to BrasiNOLA; Higgins is called upon to power the groove train behind of any number of high-profile performers, always dripping in Crescent City Crisco. The stalwart drummer keeps a tight calendar; yet Terence was gracious in taking a few moments chop it up with L4LM’s B.Getz on a myriad of topics. The duo touch on the NOLA Crawfish Festival, Jazz Fest schedule tetris, the NCF Funk Squad, Bayou Gypsies, Joe Marcinek Band, and collaborating with the new generation of rhythm assassins in The Wahala Boys. L4LM: Terence! What’s good? Thanks for the time, my man. I know it’s about to be Jazz Fest if I’m talking to you! So much to discuss! So, let’s start off with the big midweek event, the second-annual NOLA Crawfish Fest (tickets here), if you don’t mind. I know you’re pretty dialed in with Shaggy; tell us of your experiences with crawfish boils and playing music, you know, the stories of years past, and why you good people like to do that sorta thing down in New Orleans.Terence Higgins: Well you know crawfish is a main event in New Orleans! I mean, we look forward to crawfish season, which usually kicks off sometime in December actually, late, and runs through late May, I think. You know, we love it. We look forward to that time of year and it’s Jazz Fest too, and that coincides with the crawfish season. I think I met Shaggy back when a few years ago. He was running with the Anders Osborne clan, and we would always cross paths on tour or at an event, and I found out he did the big crawfish boils. We had a really good connection and I would play with Anders sometimes, if I was available, if he needed a drummer, but that was my connection with Shaggy I think even before crawfish came into the picture. Then, once I figured out he threw the crawfish boil, we were friends already. He asked if I would be interested in playing one of them. I think one of them was a Shaggy boil or Mud Bug Madness or something, but it was one of those all-star lineup events with George Porter and other local favorites, and that’s how I got connected with the crawfish boil scene. Me and Shaggy have been connected ever since. They are always a blast, and I look forward to them every year.L4LM: Yeah, he put together a super group for you guys this year. I’ll tell you, that NOLA Crawfish Fest Funk squad with George and Krasno and Medeski, you cannot ask for much more than that, right? Murderers’ row, that is.Terence Higgins: Yeah, so we kind of put this thing together first during a Warren Haynes Christmas jam. Shaggy saw us and said, “We have to have that group at Crawfish Fest,” and we were like, “If we can make that happen, let’s do it.” We were back and forth with all of our schedules and the days we could perform, so we found a time we were all available. We were able to get the same band together that did the Haynes Christmas jam: me, Kraz (Eric Krasno), Medeski (John Medeski), and Porter (George Porter), and we had a bunch of special guests at the Christmas jam, and it’s probably going to be like this at Crawfish Fest . . . though not saying Bob Weir is goin’ to come jam! But definitely some special guests. So we had to figure out a name for the band, and I think we threw a few around but Shaggy came up with the Funk Squad and you know, NOLA Crawfish Fest Funk Squad, and we all dug it. (Tickets available here) L4LM: Yeah, it’s wonderful to hear everybody’s story as it pertains to crawfish boils: the food, culture, and music together vibin’ to the funky stuff. Well, you’re not just doing that NCF Funk Squad gig, obviously. I’m looking at your schedule, and you have one day off in fourteen days. Some days you have two, even three, gigs. I’ve seen you play a Swampgrease crawfish boil, and I know how you get it in down there. What’s up with that Mad Skillet gig with Medeski, Kirk Joseph, and Will Bernard. Can you talk about that project? I’m definitely checking for that show.Terence Higgins: That all started out with me. I mean, I’ve known John Medeski forever—we became friends after we made a record, and Kirk Joseph is a friend of mine through the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I had played a little bit with Will Bernard off and on, and we had always talked about doing a project together (with Will). It turns out Will did a thing call the Blue Plate Special during Jazz Fest, and he called me in one year to play that gig. Well, John Medeski does that project so he kind of took it over and asked us to do a recording with him, and we formed a little bit of band called Mad Skillet. We have done a European tour, played some festivals together, so it’s kind of a thing. We have a record in the can, might come out soon, so Mad Skillet, it’s turning into kind of a thing for us.Terence Higgins: We have a regular Jazz Fest event scheduled at The Little Gem Saloon on Wednesday. Yeah, so I will high tail it after the Crawfish Boil to Little Gem, then after Little Gem, I go to leave to go to d.b.a. to play the Bayou Gypsy gig, which is another project I have been doing with Roosevelt Collier and Tony Hall for the last three or four years. Its kind of like a Hendrix Experience based off the Band of Gypsies record.L4LM: I saw that the inaugural year at d.b.a. the first time you did that. It was real tight with Roosevelt and the Bayou Gypsies. Man, you are really all over the place—this is some real Jazz Fest-schedule Tetris! What’s that? A Denver hit, with Ani DiFranco? Wow. Jet setting to Colorado in the middle of Fest? Do tell.Terence Higgins: I feel like this schedule is a little bit light. There are a lot of shows I had to pass up on. Usually, every day is like that Wednesday, with the three. It’s weird because I had to pass on a lot of gigs due to scheduling conflicts. I have been working with Ani DiFranco, and she has a lot of one off’s that take me to Denver and one to E-town, and then I come back. The last Sunday of Jazz Fest, I have to fly out to Memphis for her, which is weird, because I never like to leave town during Jazz Fest, but with her, you know, it’s one of my gigs, so I got to honor it. That kind of knocked me out of the loop a little bit, with some gigs. I had the Wahala Boys, which is an afro-funk project I’m working on, a bunch of late-night hits, some Boom Boom Room stuff I had to pass on, but, you know, I don’t mind a little bit of a light schedule too, ’cause I am doing this big thing at the Saenger Theatre May 6th, which is New Orleans is Waiting for Columbus, which is a tribute to Little Feat. With that gig and all the rehearsals, it’ll make up for what I’m missing.L4LM: Well, that’s a one-of-a-kind performance. Those mega-tributes at the Saenger are always inspired, reverent productions from top to bottom. Last Waltz, Dr. John, they all go big every year there. I want to back track a little to the Wahala Boys. I did an interview with my good friend, Luke Quaranta, and he is real stoked on the Wahala Boys project. He told me a little bit, but I was wondering if I could get your spin on it.Terence Higgins: What happened was, we were checking out seventies African funk music that I have this collection of, from friends that have passed me stuff. I stumbled upon this rare African Nigerian seventies, really rare funk stuff, and posted about it on Facebook. Raja Kassis—we have been talking about playing together forever but never got to—was like, “Man, I love that! Let’s do a project.” So it was kind of from me posting a song on Facebook that he picked up on. This happened about a year ago or so, and we never could schedule it, but we came up with the name Wahala Boys, finally booked our first gig, and it was just ridiculous. We had like two rehearsals, and we had Weedie (Braihmah) playing percussion. The whole premise was to tie in the funk with a New Orleans spin and the African thing, so it is coming together. We played a gig recently, and, man, we felt like we were transported to Africa 1969, 1970. It was like people were dancing, smiling, and the music was just so powerful. Those rhythms are so hypnotic and put you in a trance. The percussion is so intense, so I am really excited for Wahala Boys.L4LM: You and me both! Both of your descriptions of the Wahala Boys are right up my alley. And no shocker that Raja is in the middle of all that stuff, goin back to the Antibalas, up through the current NOLA stuff he puts together. You and Luke both said similar things, about bringing that West African Nigerian Funk with a little bit of a New Orleans twist, especially with you driving the rhythms. It’s bound to be full of heaters! Terence Higgins: Yeah, you know, I gravitate to those all those types of rhythms naturally, but from being from New Orleans, we already have that Zig, Second Line, and you know, we got that swing. There’s another project that I am doing called BrasiNOLA, which is a Brazilian spin of Wahala Boys sort of. We are blending Brazilian fusion that’s sung in Portuguese but blending it with a New Orleans funk spin. It’s very interesting to watch it develop. It’s turning into to another cool project that I am doing, another that is pushing the envelope a little bit. We can only do so much of that New Orleans funk before we start expanding to other genres. I feel like African and Nigerian is already dialed into the fabric of New Orleans, so you know, it’s easy to put in those styles and make it real.L4LM: Fascinating, global sounds come home to the Crescent City. Really amazing, conceptually, and vibe-wise too. I’m real stoked for Wahala Boys. Reaching back for traditions and steadily pushing cultures forward, that’s pretty awesome to be a part of, yeah?Terence Higgins: Exaaaaactly, and dealing with the cast. The musicians are incredible. They are already (Raja and Luke) deep into the African language. Some of the other projects they have would just blow your mind.L4LM: Pirate’s Choice, Weedie Braihmah and the Hands of Time, The Fu Fu All-Stars, that krewe is all about waking the town.Terence Higgins: Yeah, and then they pulled me into that circle, which enhances what I do. I already know all these rhythms, so now I am having to utilize it and interpret in my way and to the drum kit and apply what I know to it. It really fascinates me.L4LM: Yeah, and looking at your schedule, you are all over the map, not just geographically. Right after Ani is Tab Benoit, musically, couldn’t be any further apart, but there you are in the middle. I wanted to spotlight someone that people don’t know a lot about yet, and that is Joe Marcinek Band. Wondering if you might talk more about him and what y’all are doing.Terence Higgins: You know what? That’s a new connection there. When I do Christmas Jam, I went out that night to hear Frank Scofield with Joe (Marcinek), and Alvin Ford Jr. was playing with him too. I sat in, and Joe was like “Man, I would love to get you to play with one of my setups,” ’cause he does Joe Marcinek Band and he pulled together a little super group. He called me up a few times after that to make some gigs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do them because of my schedule, but we we’re putting together stuff for Jazz Fest. We’re doing a late-night set at the Maple Leaf the second weekend with me, him, Nigel Hall, and Nate Edgar, and that’s something we collaborated on to fill that date. He called me back later and asked if I would do his gig on Thursday, so actually it’s my first inaugural Joe Marcinek Band gig for me. Noah Young is also playing. He is an incredible bass player for New Orleans. He plays with Naughty Professor and I think a percussionist from a jam band, from String Cheese Incident, Jason Hann!L4LM: Oh, right, Jason Hann. That just got announced this morning. He is a very versatile player, like yourself, from the jam to the electro to the world music, too. Very talented cat and super nice guy, too! So, Joe Marcinek put this all together?Terence Higgins: Yeah, there it is. He texts me about the project, and I was available so I said yes but didn’t really know who was involved. That’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes, I’ve never played with a musician before or never met them before, and we just make it happen. Looking forward to doing that show with Joe and to see him in New Orleans and break him into the Jazz Fest scene.L4LM: I was stoked to see you on the hit because your name is a little bolder font. People will see your name and want to check out Joe Marcinek Band even more. That Leaf hit looks great. Anytime you see Nigel and Nate back together and at the Leaf—man, that’s a beautiful thing. So kudos to Joe for pulling you and them together up there for that. I want to give you some time to talk about whatever else you’re doing; anything you want the good people who Live for Live Music to know about?Terence Higgins: Well, I am working on music for another Swampgrease project, and that involves Nigel Hall and Calvin Turner from the last record we did. I’ve also been working on this thing called Trio Electric; it’s kind of like an electronic improvisational trio, where we just sample a bunch of stuff, figure a bunch of loops and I loop it and play. The musicians just kind of jump in and vibe on it. It kind of started with me and Roosevelt doing this thing called Electro Rage, which was one of our late night Jazz Fest sets. It turns out to be, like, really, really cool ’cause everything we would do was based off my samples. We could just create stuff, but you got to have the cats and musicians around that can hear how to develop the music as it’s happening and while we are playing live. The inaugural group was me, Roosevelt and Marco Benevento on keyboards. Marco is like a mad scientist when it comes to arranging and retaining that information and making a song—making improvisational stuff have structure, even though we have never played it before. So that’s kind of how the Trio Electric project is for me. I’ve been talking to some guys about producing that stuff, but that’s what I am working on now, that and Swampgrease.L4LM: Word. Marco is definitely on some Doc from Back to the Future shit sometimes, tweaking and freaking the jams. Damn, Terence, no wonder both Adam Deitch and Luke Quaranta shouted you out as the man! Clearly, you are getting it in on so many levels, and doing it with integrity and hella swag, I might add. I’ll see you at the Crawfish Fest and one or two other hits next week.Terence Higgins: Alright man, good to talk with you. Thank you for reaching out![Special thanks to Funk It Blog for the incredible video footage.]
Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 9/2/2017Set One: Le Blitz > Plunger > North Route, Anchor Drops, Uncommon > 2×2, The Linear > GlorySet Two: Domino Theory, Phil’s Farm > Robot World > Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, JaJunk, AugustEncore: Bad Friday Today, Umphrey’s McGee released a new video of Jake Cinninger sound-checking the song “Glory” ahead of Umphrey’s September 2nd performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri. The performance was the last of three shows the group performed over Labor Day Weekend, all of which were webcast with the proceeds going to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. In this newly released video shot and edited by C.J. Strehlow, Jake Cinninger runs through the opening guitar lines of the song. During the video, fans can get a little glimpse of the band’s shenanigans as Brendan Bayliss, and later Ryan Stasik, come up behind Cinninger, hilariously staring blankly past their bandmate, who to his credit barely bats an eye, before the two wander off.Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes moe.’s Jim Loughlin, Busts Out “Fame” For Old School Set In Atlanta [Audio]On September 2nd, Umphrey’s McGee performed “Glory” as the first-set closer, moving into the tune coming out of “The Linear,” which heavily featured teases of the later number. Give a watch to Jake Cinninger’s soundcheck of “Glory” below (plus to the silly antics from his Umphrey’s bandmates), then take a listen to the full show below, courtesy of djphrayz, to compare the soundcheck to Umphrey’s full rendition of the number later in the night.