Ravens linebacker in the spotlight at Daytona 500 Ray Lewis, the recently-retired two-time Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, waved the green flag as the honorary starter to begin the 2013 Daytona 500. The certain NFL Hall of Famer spoke to the media before the event at Daytona International Speedway.Q: Ready to be the official starter?Lewis: “I’m a little nervous. I actually had Brad (Keselowski) … he texted me on the way in. He said the one rule is, don’t drop the flag. So I guess I can’t drop the flag. But I’m excited.” Q: You’re here at the Daytona 500, as are rappers 50 Cent and T.I. What does that say about the NASCAR fan base? Lewis: “The things that we actually indulge in are just overwhelming at times. We’re just real art fans. It’s not just football, just music. We like everything — basketball, lacrosse, hockey, anything. Anything that really challenges a person’s athletic side and mental capacity. So being here today is an awesome experience I think for all of us, because we get to see a totally different world than our world. Our world is different. You see these race cars, and it’s like — wow. To be able to control machinery like that — I actually drive my car fast, but not as fast as they drive here.”Q: How did your relationship with Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski begin?Lewis: “Honestly, with me and Brad, he got in contact with me a few months ago, and he’s following my last ride. He came to a couple of my games, and I caught a glimpse of how he’s always watching my videos and really inspired him in different things. So that’s when me and him really started to have a conversation with each other. From there it just turned into a friendship.”Q: Do you and Keselowski stay in touch? Lewis: “We texted each other with motivational things and I kind of send him a heads-up about what I’m doing, and he’s kind of followed my ride all the way through. That’s kind of the way the relationship has gone. On my way in, I was just telling him, ‘Do what you do. Stay calm and have fun doing what you do.’ So we just have conversations like that.”Q: Your son recently committed to play football at your alma mater, the University of Miami. Ready to enjoy being a dad in your retirement?Lewis: “I’m retired and ready to enjoy life, and ready to tailgate and do all those things. So it’s probably one of the most exciting things. Winning a Super Bowl was awesome, don’t ever get me wrong. But watching my son walk into college in another month or so will probably be the most amazing thing I’ve probably ever done.”Q: You’re used to being in the spotlight in the NFL. How does that compare to being at the Daytona 500? Lewis: “In my world, I’m very comfortable because I kind of know my world. But raising the flag, I might be a little nervous. I don’t really know. I might be a little nervous, so I will squeeze it very hard when I’m holding it. But honestly, it’s going to be good time. I’m really here just to get these guys going and just really watch the respect of what they’re going to do, and getting out there to everything they can to be crowned champion. Just to be a part of it, just to be around it, is an awesome experience.” ___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.
Classic East Troy, WI venue Alpine Valley Music Theatre just approved a major change, converting one of their massive parking lots into a 25.5-acre campgrounds to accommodate fans at the struggling venue. According to Alpine Valley representatives, ticket sales at Alpine have been lower in recent years, and having the camp sites would be a good way to entice fans to attend multi-night runs at the storied grounds.The new campgrounds would hold roughly 550 camp sites, including 45 RV areas, for up to 3,324 people. While the zoning conversion will mean a decrease in the venue’s capacity by a full 9,000 people, Alpine would still be able to hold over 28,000 people for concerts; more than enough, considering the venue is having a hard time selling tickets and enticing performers as is.“You guys have all seen our attendance numbers drop down, our show counts drop down,” said general manager Brian Rutowski in a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We’re trying to rebound, change with the times, and bring back a facility that has been a great asset in the area and allow people to come in and enjoy shows more frequently.”The change comes after 18 months of negotiations between the county zoning board, the sheriff’s department and Live Nation. Alpine Valley used to have camping on site, but the report says that local residents were uneasy after some incidents when camping was allowed during past Grateful Dead runs at the venue in the 1980’s. “There were some bad scenes, as far as people parking their car in the middle of the road or camping in people’s backyards,” said Mark Campana, co-president of North American concerts at Live Nation.Only a handful of bands, including Dave Matthews Band, Dead & Company, Zac Brown Band, and Jimmy Buffett, have shows scheduled at Alpine this summer. The addition of camping is sure to bring an exciting new energy to the storied venue!
We can’t wait for this run! Panic and Umphrey’s are no strangers to one another, having most recently collaborated on a run of dates last summer. You can watch a couple highlights from the June 21st, 2015 performance, including a version of The Who’s “Eminence Front” by UM ft. Jimmy Herring and Jojo Hermann, as well as a version of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” by Panic featuring Brendan Bayliss. Jam groups Widespread Panic and Umphrey’s McGee have a rich history of sharing the stage together, and today they’ve announced something of a reunion. Following a recent announcement that UM would open for WSP on September 16th, Panic has extended that run to a second date on September 15th at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre.
Get ready for “A Great Night in Harlem”! The 15th annual benefit concert, which raises money for the Jazz Foundation of America, has pulled together an impressive lineup for this year’s event at the Apollo Theatre. Topping the bill is Dr. John, who will receive the Hank Jones Award that evening, as well as the the elusive John Mayer Trio.The trio, featuring Dead & Company man Mayer, famed session bassist Pino Palladino, and drummer Steve Jordan, will return to the stage for the first time since Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in June 2010. The band has been in the studio prepping Mayer’s new solo album, so we’re hoping to hear some new material at this show!Also on the lineup is pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, blues guitarist Robert Cray, and famous actor, singer, and harmonica player Bruce Willis. The concert will take place on October 27th, and tickets are on sale now via this link.
Lettuce | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/13/2017 | Photo: Phierce Photo Detonating on Saturday, May 13th, Lettuce’s second annual Rage Rocks performance at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is already the stuff of legend. Predictably, the Royal Family extravaganza was a mighty display of funk, soul, jazz, and fusion muscle, creating an evening brimming with explosive jams from Lettuce and their fantastic friends. Guests included Marcus King, John Scofield, and New Orleans royalty George Porter Jr. and Cyril Neville for two sets of chunky, greasy Lettucefunk, as well as opening hits from JRocc, Turkuaz, and The Russ Liquid Test.Lettuce Rages Red Rocks With Ghostface Killah, George Porter Jr., John Scofield, And More [Photos/Videos]However, the most buzzed about collaboration of the evening was Ghostface Killah’s emergence to kick off Lettuce’s second set. The reclusive Wu-Tang emcee, sorcerer of the non-sequitur, and among the most cherished and respected personas in hip-hop, stepped into the Colorado night with authority, and their chemistry sparked electric from the very first verse. Taking the stage in Jedi robes after a haunting “Requiem” intro, Lettuce plus Tony Starks dove right into the chilling boom-bap of “Mighty Healthy”, the beloved deep cut from Ghost’s sophomore LP Supreme Clientele. It was nothing short of transcendental, as the band reproduced RZA’s voodoo metronome with tenacity. From there, Ghostface led the team into the timeless Shaolin anthem “C.R.E.A.M.”, and the crowd lost their minds chanting the classic refrain “Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’all.”Listen as Ghostface himself is blown away (“Oh Shit!”) as he realizes the band is playing the song’s sample source material (The Charmels “As Long As I’ve Got You”) underneath his rhymes. The rapper is equally amazed by the furious reactions from the Rage Rocks audience. Meanwhile, drummer Adam Deitch absolutely nails the drum programming on “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” solo-salvo from dearly departed Wu-heyoka Ol’ Dirty Bastard.Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Turkuaz, & More To Headline New Event Funk Of AgesThe Big Apple bully squad wasn’t done yet, milking one more classic from the collab that wasn’t even on the setlist: “Daytona 500.” The song represents a feverish display of emceeing from GFK’s 1996 debut Ironman, licking shots over Bob James‘ omnipresent scorcher “Nautilus.” To be raging second row at Red Rocks and hear my favorite band perform my all-time #1 Ghostface song with the man himself? In a word, deliverance! To quote the hero of the hour, Ghost-Deini: “Let’s f*ckin’ hear it for the Lettuce band!”Please enjoy this crisp audio of the Lettuce/Ghostface Killah Rage Rocks collabo courtesy of Upful LIFE. Words from B.Getz and a full gallery of pictures below, courtesy of Phierce Photography. Load remaining images
Panorama has just revealed an eclectic, pop-leaning lineup for their 2018 event, presented by Goldenvoice. Taking place from July 27-29 at Randall’s Island, the festival’s lineup features tons of star power for fans to enjoy. The summer-in-the-city festival will host The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, and The Killers as top-line headliners, followed by Migos, Father John Misty, The War On Drugs, Dua Lipa, SZA, Cardi B, Gucci Mane, St. Vincent, The XX, Odesza, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, and so many more. In addition, Panorama has made many fans proud by taking action to follow through on popular demand with a female-heavy festival lineup–particularly on Saturday, July 28th, when four of the five headlining acts are women (Janet Jackson, SZA, Cardi B, and St. Vincent).In addition to the music lineup, the creative curators at Panorama seek to exceed the boundaries of the traditional festival experience we have come to know using the latest and most innovative creative technologies available today. With six interactive installations in addition to a 360º virtual reality theater, Panorama is the only event in the world with such an immense digital experience and is leading the charge into the future of what music festivals can be.Some of the “x-factor” features of the festival include The Point, which is essentially a nightclub within the festival; The Lab, an interactive structure which provides an explosive audio-visual experience that must be witnessed in person to truly comprehend; and a 30′ tall, 170′ wide screen that adorns the Panorama Stage, allowing artists to bring along exhilarating visual displays to further enhance their sets for the festival’s attendees. After highly successful events in Panorama’s first two years, we can’t wait to see what the festival has in store for 2018!Tickets are available to purchase at limited-time pricing this Friday, February 2 at 10am ET. This limited-time pricing will be available until Saturday, February 3 at 11:59pm ET. Regular pricing will begin Sunday, February 4 at 12:00am ET. For more information about Panorama 2018, or to purchase your tickets, head to the festival’s website.
The Allman Brothers Band are gearing up to release a new compilation, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, a collection of the best performances culled from six shows in July and August 2003 and dedicated to Gregg Allman, who passed away in 2017. Set for release this Friday, June 15th, via the band’s Peach Records (Orchard distribution), the collection includes 36 tracks recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003, in Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; Darien Center, NY; Hartford; Charlotte; and Raleigh, with no song repeated. Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 also features special guest collaborations on four songs with Susan Tedeschi, Karl Denson, and Branford Marsalis.The 2003 iteration of the Allman Brothers Band included founding members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, percussionist Marc Quiñones, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and guitarist Derek Trucks—the same lineup that lasted through the band’s final run in 2014, marking the band’s longest-running lineup and most consistent in its live performances. According to a press release, “The band had just released their first album in 10 years, the Grammy-nominated Hittin’ The Note and were in top shape.”Their most recent form of promotion is the release of a rare version of the Warren Haynes/Gregg Allman penned ballad “Desdemona” from the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, New York on 8/02/03. Take a listen below:“It was a really good time period for the band,” Haynes, who is the Supervising Producer of the Peach Picks, told Billboard. “We had all the new material and we were reinventing a lot of old material and the band was on a high note at that point, so it just seemed like a good thing to go back and make [the recordings] available to folks.”“It’s really interesting to hear how energized the band was at that point in time,” Haynes continued. “Everybody was so psyched to make a new record and so proud of the record we had just made it just seemed like the band was really hitting its stride. Not having heard any of the stuff in a long time, when I went back to start listening to it. It was just really refreshing to get a snapshot of where the band was at that moment.”“It was a fresh outlook, or even a fresher outlook on the band’s legacy and what it meant for the band to still be touring and still be vibrant and still be breaking new ground and pushing itself,” Haynes recalled. “We felt that this is a band that’s been non-stop touring since the reforming in ’89, so we have to keep reinventing it. It became more and more important to us to just shake things up and do things as differently as possible on a nightly, weekly, monthly, yearly basis, and the entire organization — band, management and everybody — was down with that.”Haynes also told Billboard that “there’s talk” about releasing similar compilations from other eras of old vaults as well. “We’ll see where it all goes,” he said in the interview. “I’m interested to see some of the different time periods, but  was kind of a unique opportunity, I think.”Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for fans, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 will be available in an array of configurations. The full curated four-CD set will be offered, both physically and digitally. Each of the full six concerts will also be available for completists, and this marks the first time any of this music has been made available digitally. Recorded for the then-nascent “Instant Live” CD series (fans picked up copies of the concert immediately after the show as they were being burned on CD), these shows capture the group at full throttle.Cream Of The Crop 2003 tracklist:Disc One1) Don’t Want You No More2) It’s Not My Cross To Bear3) Black Hearted Woman4) Rocking Horse5) Hot ‘Lanta6) Old Before My Time7) Come And Go Blues8) Woman Across The River9) Desdemona10) The High Cost Of Low Living11) Hoochie Coochie Man12) RevivalDisc Two1) Trouble No More2) Midnight Rider3) You Don’t Love Me4) Who To Believe5) Stormy Monday6) Good Morning Little Schoolgirl7) In Memory Of Elizabeth ReedDisc Three1) Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More2) Worried Down With The Blues3) Statesboro Blues4) Stand Back5) Melissa6) Mountain Jam7) LaylaDisc Four1) Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’2) Done Somebody Wrong3) Gambler’s Roll4) Soulshine5) Who’s Been Talking6) Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright7) Wasted Words8) Dreams9) Whipping Post10) One Way OutView All Tracks
Recently, Widespread Panic‘s guitarists John Bell and Jimmy Herring appeared on Premier Guitar’s Rig Rundown, a video series hosted by Ted Drozdowski in which high-profile musicians explain the equipment and gear they use on stage. For this latest installment, Bell and Herring were also joined by techs Joel Byron and Paul Agostino, with all four members of the Widespread Panic family stopping by before the group’s second performance at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater over Labor Day Weekend.In the video, Jimmy Herring starts things off, showing Drozdowski his Paul Reed Smith guitar and walking the host through the various modifications before moving on to talk about his Fender Strat. The conversation continues with Herring explaining his amplifiers and how his volume pedals control his monitor mix. After Jimmy’s segment, John Bell shows off his Washburn guitar, then Drozdowski and J.B. discuss slides, amps, and Bell’s basic effect setup. John Bell’s tech Joel Byron appears to provide further detail on J.B.’s setup before the segment moves to focus on Dave Schools‘ bass tech, Paul Agostino, who speaks on how Schools’ rig was inspired by Phil Lesh in addition to breaking down Schools’ basses and pedals and discussing what effects were on hand for the Widespread Panic run in Nashville.You can watch Premier Guitar’s latest edition of Rig Rundown below, which features Widespread Panic’s guitarists John Bell and Jimmy Herring and techs Joel Byron and Paul Agostino.[Video: Premier Guitar][H/T JamBase]
UPDATE [12/13/18, 2 p.m. EST]: George Clinton & P-Funk have started rolling out the dates for Clinton’s final tour. There has still not been an official date release beyond the initial announcement of the tour, and the designated dates for the announced supporting acts have not been specificed. However, event pages for a number of 2019 shows have begun to appear on Facebook and various ticketing sites, including:January 11th at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, COJanuary 12th at Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NMFebruary 22nd at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MSFebruary 23rd at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Robinsville, MSMarch 9th at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MAApril 4th at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GAIn addition to the newly added continental U.S. dates, George Clinton and company will mount a four-night run at the Blue Note Hawaii (4/11–4/14). They also have a pair of late-April Australian performances on the books.Ahead of their highly awaited 2019 final tour with Clinton, P-Funk will play a string of dates in California this weekend followed by a pair of shows at House of Blues New Orleans (12/27, 12/28) billed as their final New Year’s performances. From there, the band will close out 2018 with shows in Chattanooga, TN (12/29) and Washington, D.C. (12/31).Ticketing information for George Clinton & P-Funk’s confirmed upcoming dates can be found on Clinton’s website.We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the “One Nation Under A Groove” continues to take shape.In April, George Clinton announced that he is going to retire from touring in May 2019. The Parliament/Funkadelic frontman, who turned 77 in July, has now officially announced his final outing, the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour, which will feature a variety of artist lineups to celebrate George Clinton’s final dates at the helm of the Mothership.Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton & P-Funk will be joined by Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, and Fishbone, all of whom are taking time out of their own busy touring schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, formerly-rainbow-dreaded funk, hip-hop, and rock & roll pioneer. The specific stops and dates for the tour have yet to be announced.The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently underwent pacemaker surgery. However, Clinton emphasized that the surgery had no direct influence on his decision regarding stopping touring. As Clinton notes, “It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”George Clinton Dubs Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar “The New Generation Of Funk Musicians”In January, Clinton revived his long-dormant funk outfit Parliament for the group’s first album in nearly four decades. Dubbed Medicaid Fraud Dogg, the record was a long-awaited follow up to the band’s 1980 LP, Trombipulation. The record’s titular track is slow-burning funk groove, female background singers, hand-clapping beat and a guest appearance by Geto Boys rapper Scarface, the song is a hodgepodge of sounds that harkens back to Parliament’s heyday while also embracing more modern musical styles. You can listen to the full 2018 Parliament album below:Parliament – “Medicaid Fraud Dogg”Head to George Clinton’s website for more information, and stay tuned for the announcement of the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour dates in the near future.
Gov’t Mule has announced special guests for their upcoming New Year’s Eve blowout show at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.On December 28th, Gov’t Mule will perform at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania with special guests Oteil & Friends. Then, Gov’t Mule will return to The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY for their annual celebration on December 29th, followed by their three set extravaganza on December 31st, where the band will be joined by guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Shawn Pelton. Greene and Pelton are no strangers to Mule Year’s, as the two sat-in with the rock quartet last NYE for their “The Rocking Mule Revue” set.Tickets for Gov’t Mule’s upcoming New Year’s run are still available here for all three performances.For a full list of tour dates and more information, head to Gov’t Mule’s website.