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Fans of The Disco Biscuits won’t want to miss Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner performing as [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits with Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee at Brooklyn Comes Alive this October 22nd. With members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod on deck, this year’s event is sure to be an incredible musical celebration. [Get tickets here] Last night marked the opening of City Bisco, a three night run that will take The Disco Biscuits throughout the New York metropolitan area with two nights at the intimate Irving Plaza and a third, final night at the new Coney Island Amphitheatre. While seats are still available for the amphitheatre show, the two club shows sold out almost immediately, adding an aura of excitement for the lucky fans who made it inside for opening night, especially since the band will not be returning to NYC for New Year’s in 2016.The Biscuits have been playing out of their mind of late, and came out in full force during their opening night in NYC. The band packed their two sets with so many classic tunes, opening with “Therapy” before veering into “Abraxas,” then back into “Astronaut” and returning into “Therapy.” It was “Save the Robots” that closed out the first set, packing four songs into a full jammed out set of music.The second set only brought more classics, with the opening “Rainbow Song” and a “Confrontation” sandwich that featured “Spacebirdmatingcall” and “I-Man” segued in the middle. They ended the second set with a blistering “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.,” and finished out the show with an encore performance of “Once The Fiddler Paid.”Fortunately, as the show was broadcast by Uphoric TV, we have full video of the Biscuits’ performance at Irving Plaza. Tune in and watch the band at work, streaming below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Irving Plaza, New York, NY – 8/18/16I: Therapy-> Abraxas-> Astronaut-> Therapy, Save the RobotsII: Rainbow Song, Confrontation-> Spacebirdmatingcall-> I-Man-> Confrontation, M.E.M.P.H.I.S.E: Once the Fiddler Paid[Photos by Andrew Scott Blackstein, setlist via tDB on Facebook]
For the second night in a row, Keller Williams sold out the little heavenly nook of a venue up in Bellvue, CO known as The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. With the Friday night festivities acting as a bluegrass hoedown w/ guests such as SCI’s Keith Moseley, as well as Jeff Austin, Saturday night was dedicated strictly to the funk, as Williams brought along More Than A Little and support from Andy Frasco & The U.N.What can’t be said about Frasco and his band of maniacs? These guys literally have more energy than a nuclear reactor. There is no formal setlist, everything is performed off the cuff, and most of the set you will find Frasco behind the piano, standing on the piano, jumping around on stage, or inviting everybody in attendance to join along in the clear and present good times that are being had by he and his bandmates.A particularly rowdy version of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Proud Mary” (though this was clearly Tina Turner‘s rendition) had booties shaking, while a cover of Rage Against The Machine‘s “Killing In The Name” had everybody screaming “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” to end the set. If you’re not familiar with Andy Frasco & The U.N., do yourself a favor and not only give them a listen, but more importantly go see this band live, especially if you need a jolt of energy in your life.Keller came out all dressed up in a black suit and ready to bring some sleek, funky grooves to The Mish with his more than capable backing band More Than A Little. His set featured some favorites such as “Freeker By The Speaker”, Rick James‘ “Mary Jane”, and the Jerry Garcia Band tune “My Sisters & Brothers (Promised Land)”, the latter of which featured Frasco on the keys and singing along with backup singers Tonya Lazenby Jackson and Sugah Davis. The Grateful Dead‘s “Feel Like A Stranger” kept the Deadheads in the crowd more than pleased, along with a spectacular version of the Talking Heads‘ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” that was truly apropos given the majestic location of the event.Another great night at The Mish, as the concert season winds down for the 100th season with upcoming shows from Jackie Greene, Beats Antique, and MarchFourth! among others (check out upcoming dates here). Check out some video from Saturday’s show below: [photo courtesy of Dylan Langille – ontheDL Photography]
For the fifth show in a row, Widespread Panic has given fans a taste of Black Sabbath’s music. Panic has worked Sabbath covers into every encore along this leg of their fall tour, which of course winds into a three-night Halloween run at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO starting tomorrow (October 28th). What started in the three-night Milwaukee run extended to Minneapolis two nights ago, and emerged again during last night’s encore at the Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA. Widespread Sabbath.The show even got started on an interesting note, as the band opened their show with “A of D” and “B of D” together for only the third time ever, and the first time since 11/09/07. The band still hasn’t repeated a song on their fall tour, for the record, and kept things loose with tunes like “Glory,” “Better Off” and more. They ended the first set with the Guess Who cover “No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature,” and kept the energy high with a great second set full of big jams. The run from “Pleas > Big Wooly Mammoth > Proving Ground > Drums > Honky Red” was electric, and a great “Protein Drink / Sewing Machine” closed out the set proper.Last Friday, WSP busted out “Fairies Wear Boots” in their encore. The next night, “Sweet Leaf” got the call, and Sunday featured “Children Of The Grave” for the first time in years. The band kept things interesting on a Tuesday in Minnesota by debuting “Electric Funeral,” and last night it was the song “Warning” that got the final encore call. “Warning” was technically written for the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, but a well-known cover of the song appeared on the very first, self-titled Black Sabbath album. Widespread Panic debuted the song for the fanes in Ames, treating them to a final Sabbath song to close out the great performance.Check out full audio from the show below, courtesy of Jam Buzz.WSP has tonight off before they head to Broomfield, CO for three nights. Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA – 10/26/16Set 1: A of D, B of D, Glory, Better Off, Jack, Airplane > Aunt Avis, You Should Be Glad, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature (63 mins)Set 2: Walkin’ (For Your Love), Weight of the World, Pleas > Big Wooly Mammoth > Proving Ground > Drums > Honky Red, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine (77 mins)Encore: Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Warning (15 mins)Notes: Only the 3rd time ‘B of D’ has followed ‘A of D’ (4/08/89 & 11/09/07); ‘Warning’ first time played (Aynsley Dunbar); 5th consecutive encore featuring Black Sabbath
Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar posted a mysterious teaser video that saw him hint at a 12/16 date in Brooklyn. This morning at 9:30AM, Billboard revealed that the seven-time Grammy Award winner and master of all things hip-hop would be performing a secret show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg this coming Friday. The show will be intimate, with a 550-person capacity, unlike the arenas he’s used to selling out.Tickets went on sale thirty minutes after Billboard’s announcement, and are now completely sold out. However, if you aren’t able to attend the event, the show will be streamed live through Kendrick Lamar’s Facebook as well as American Express’s.Lamar’s partnership with AmEx comes at the end of another hugely successful year for the rap phenomenon, who won five out of eleven nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards for To Pimp A Butterfly, coming after two wins for good kid, m.A.A.d city. Get psyched for the future of Kendrick Lamar with his most recent surprise project Untitled, Unmastered:
In mid-September, Lotus returned to the Centennial State for a two-night run along the Colorado Front Range. On Friday, September 15th, the band hit the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado, for a special show chock full of throwbacks ahead of their headlining performance at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater the next night on Saturday, September 16th.Lotus Throws It Back In Boulder And Down At Red Rocks [Photos/Videos]For old-school fans of the group, Lotus’ show at the Boulder Theater was the hands-down highlight of the weekend. With Red Rocks the following night, Friday’s show was already poised to be a strong performance—the band could vary the setlist away from songs that are more “Red Rocks friendly” with appeal across a larger audience, plus the group tends to thrive during more their more intimate shows. Almost as if they were using Boulder’s show as a thank-you to their dedicated fans, Lotus laid out a throwback show for the ages, putting on a truly stellar show at the 850-person venue.Lotus Announces Thanksgiving And New Year’s Eve Plans“Drunken Giraffe” came during the start of the first set of the Boulder Theater show, topping off the three-song, nonstop show-opening sequence of “L’immeuble”, “Lucid Awakening”, and “Drunken Giraffe”. “Drunken Giraffe” is off Lotus’ 2006 release, The Strength Of Weak Ties, and this string of songs clued fans into the theme of the night, as the band mostly forewent tracks from their most recent albums, instead, mostly playing songs that were first debuted during the early to mid-2000’s.You can watch Lotus’ recently released video recap of their already-legendary Boulder Theater performance below.[Photo: Ali Baker]
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday to deliver a take on “You Worry Me”, the lead single from their new album, Tearing at the Seams. The move marked the Denver-based rock band’s first appearance on the program since they made their television debut with a rendition of “S.O.B.” that went viral (and helped push them into the mainstream) back in August of 2015.These days Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are performing in support of their sophomore LP, which was released on Friday. The success of their 2015 debut and the anticipated success of their new release has turned the band into an international touring act, and they’re gearing up for a run through Europe after they wrap up a pair of SXSW gigs in Austin this week.Additionally, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats just announced a new run of American tour dates, though these are no ordinary shows. The group will hit the road with Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello, Alsion Kraus, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many more as part of the Nelson’s annual Outlaw Music Festival. You can read a list of those dates here, but make sure to check out the video of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ Tonight Show performance below.Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]
Few bands in recent years have experienced growth as steady and sustained as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The jam-funk quartet first came together in the dorm rooms of their alma mater, the University of Maryland, and has gradually sprouted into one of the jam scene’s biggest touring attractions, selling out revered clubs and theaters nationwide and earning slots at countless major festivals.At the same time, they’ve also grown their own festival, Domefest. Started by lead guitarist Jeremy Schon as a one-day event during their senior year of college, Domefest has blossomed into a three-day camping event, with its 9th-annual iteration scheduled for May 17th through 19th.“The band started for fun, and it continues for fun,” explains vocalist/rhythm guitarist Greg Ormont. “We started in the dorm room just to become friends and goof off after going out and stuff. And I think we’ve always kept that honest, genuine appreciation for playing music with each other on the larger stages that we’re playing now.”Just like the band, Domefest—named after the domed roofs on the original event grounds—began with an organic combination of fortunate circumstances nine years ago and has evolved gradually into a beloved tradition in itself, despite the various potential trappings of sustaining a small-scale festival over the course of many years. All the while, Pigeons has amassed a passionate following—affectionately known as “The Flock”—which continues to grow larger and more fervent with each show.In many ways, that steady, sustained growth can be traced to the prevailing attitude of the band. Explains Ormont:As long as every show is better than the last, we’re moving in the right direction. … It’s just really been all about the fun, and pushing yourself to be your best self. That’s something I think you would do no matter what job you have, or what life you’re leading. I think that’s just a good way to approach your passions. You almost can’t lose if you’re giving it your all and you’re having fun doing it.Ahead of the 9th-annual Domefest this month, Live For Live Music’s Andrew O’Brien caught up with Greg Ormont and Jeremy Schon of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong to talk about the story behind the festival, what it’s like to pull double-duty as both performers and organizers, and how exciting musical moments like their recent one-song set came together.Andrew O’Brien: Now that your spring dates are winding down, next up on the docket is your own festival, Domefest. This will be your 9th Domefest, which might surprise some people since that surely pre-dates Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s more widespread fame in this scene. How did Domefest get started?Jeremy Schon: When we were at the University of Maryland, I was involved in the Maryland Music Business Society, a student organization which was started by me and Greg’s roommate, who we lived with for many years. I was our concert director, and a big thing I wanted to do with that club was to throw a day festival. It was very challenging to pull it off on campus. We didn’t have any funding, but we found this cool property that was 15 minutes away from our college campus, and the owner was super into us doing something there, so we decided we’d do something small.Then, at the last minute, we managed to get some funding from the school as one of their student groups. It was not a big sponsorship, but it was something. That made me think, “Okay, I can actually do things a little bit better.” I really owe it to them—it helped kinda start the whole thing. Because I didn’t have, like, a dollar. [laughs]Greg Ormont: And obviously, he had been to a few festivals, and had a good time there and wanted to replicate it.Jeremy: A big inspiration was definitely going to music festivals myself, starting with Bonnaroo, and then All Good. Then, I finally went to Camp Barefoot in 2009, which was the first small festival I went to. I was blown away by the intimacy, by the vibe. When the opportunity came to do Domefest, I wanted to capture that feeling as much as possible and introduce people to new music that they might not have known before, as I was introduced to tons of new bands at Camp Barefoot.Greg: Fortunately, Jeremy has really great taste in music and is able to pick these up-and-coming bands, some of which you might not have heard of, but our fans all love listening to them at Domefest. So I think we’ve gained that trust from the fanbase where they look at the lineup, maybe they know a few bands, maybe they don’t know all of them, but they trust that at Domefest, they’re all gonna be great bands, good people, and it’ll be a great time. Which is really exciting, because that gives Jeremy a little more leeway on picking certain bands that might not have a great following yet in our area, but he believes in them and he wants to show our friends.Andrew: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong was already up and moving at that point, but did you necessarily start it as a “Pigeons Festival,” as a “vehicle for my band?” Or was it something separate?Jeremy: It honestly evolved into that. It was May 1st, 2010, when we had the first Domefest. [Pigeons] were just really getting started. We had been a band for maybe just about three years at that point. You know, we were obviously a core band [on the lineup] from the start, but I didn’t really think of us as a headliner. We just weren’t a headliner nearly at that point in [the band’s] life.But we eventually realized after about three years that no matter who the headliner we were bringing in was, we were still one of the main draws of the festival. It sort of just made sense to make it a little more Pigeons-centric and help the two grow alongside each other, because, obviously, Pigeons started developing momentum as Domefest developed momentum. I brought in Greg to help produce the event with me after the third or fourth year—I can’t keep track—because I needed someone who shared in the artistic vision and detail-oriented nature of all the aspects of throwing a festival.Brady Cooling | Domefest 2017Greg: The first Domefest was the first music festival that I ever attended, which is kind of crazy when you think about it. I didn’t do anything to organize the festival for the first few years. I would see that Jeremy was always working and sending emails and stressing over details and be like, “Man, this is like a lot of effort. I’m curious as to what the payoff is.” And then I experienced it first-hand, and it was a life-changing experience.I think that’s another reason why I was so on-board and behind this message once I joined the Domefest team. It just had such a profound impact on my life that I wanted to have that happen to my friends and even people I don’t know, to just have them experience that. It’s amazing to have that eye-opening experience and then be able to keep the tradition going. It kind of has always been just from Jeremy taking the lead, putting things on the way we like it. And it hasn’t failed us yet.It’s an incredible thing to be able to do. We don’t take it lightly… and at the same time, we take it really lightly. [laughs] You work hard behind the scenes and then you get to enjoy the show, but once you’re playing music and you’re onstage, that’s the fun.Andrew: It is definitely impressive that it’s you two handling the nuts and bolts of putting on the festival. That’s not always the case when bands “host” a festival.Greg: Like Jeremy said, it’s a ton of work. It is wonderful to see when everyone’s there, but I mean, Jeremy and I are working on Domefest about nine months out of the year, every single day. We are masters of Google Drive, spreadsheets, emails. We live our lives online when we’re on tour as Domefest approaches. Sometimes our fans have been like, “I heard at Domefest, you’re actually working. You’re not being prima donnas, not doing anything.” And I’m thinking to myself, “I mean, someone has to throw the festival.” You know what I mean?We literally organize everything. We’re the ones emailing and speaking to everyone who’s coming, and we see it through. As we get closer and closer, it becomes pretty intense juggling touring with Pigeons and, you know, lining up our staff and volunteers and vendors and making sure everything’s ready for the festival. And, at the end of the festival, if our cleaning crew has left and we see cigarette butts on the floor, we pick them up. Every year, we’re able to do a little bit less of the nitty-gritty stuff like picking up cigarette butts. [laughs] It takes a bit of sacrifice, but there’s nothing sweeter than seeing all your friends with that smile on their face at the festival.Brady Cooling | Domefest 2017Andrew: That personal touch you put into Domefest surely comes across to the fans, and probably has a lot to do with the event’s long-term success. You have to make it a tradition, make it something people look forward to in and of itself, not just for a specific band or set. That may be the biggest key to surviving as a festival, particularly a small festival.Greg: I definitely agree. Domefest has really blossomed into something special with that in mind. People go every year—it’s like their kind of spring kick-off to the festival season. Last year, we had our first wedding on the festival property, which was beautiful! All of their vows were, like, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong lyrics, saying, like, “Ever since I saw you, I knew you’d be my ‘Julia’,” and it was really sweet. The year before that, some of our friends got engaged at Domefest. People are doing bachelor parties this year. … It’s definitely an honor to have those things happen at our festival, and I would be surprised if Jeremy expected that nine years ago when he started this thing—that people would be getting married at Domefest. That’s really special.Jeremy: It definitely blows my mind. I never expected to be doing a ninth edition of the festival, that wasn’t even a thought in 2010. It never really dawned on me that this would become a thing.Brady Cooling | Domefest 2017Andrew: Another way you showcase your attention to detail with Domefest is with the inclusion of “Undercover” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong sets. At last year’s Domefest, you did a “Dead Phish” set, and mixed Grateful Dead and Phish songs with your own. Any hints on what’s in store for Domefest “Undercover” set?Greg: We love doing themed shows, especially around Halloween and New Year’s Eve. This last New Year, we did a Disney theme, “DisNYE”. It was so much fun. We actually had that idea brewing for like three years. Just the “DisNYE” made sense and, obviously, their music is incredible.A lot of the time, we try to pick a theme that will help us grow as musicians. One of our earliest themes was a Motown theme in Baltimore that really was like a crash course in songwriting, especially in the funk category. And we learned a lot doing the Disney thing. We have a lot of really good ideas that are in our back pockets that we’ll be un-rolling over the next few years. … We’re never trying to just sit on anything—”Okay, we just did the Disney set? What’s next? We just finished this year’s Domefest? What’s next?”—and I think that drive really keeps it interesting for us, and it keeps it interesting for our fans.Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 12/31/17Andrew: A lot of times, small festivals have trouble sustaining over long periods for a variety of reasons, but you guys have managed to not just survive, but thrive and grow. The same could be said about Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. In just the last few years, you’ve gone from playing small rooms in minor markets to selling out multi-night runs in revered theaters around the country. Do you have any thoughts on that sustainable but rapid growth and the reasons behind it?Jeremy: I think a big thing for us was that we always had this drive to push forward musically and professionally—to make our show better. Every time people see us, we want to have tightened-up songs. We want to have tightened-up jams, or make jams looser, in some ways. We’re never complacent on the product, so to speak. We always want to be better. We want to constantly improve, in big ways and in little ways. Since day one, that’s been our attitude. … I mean, we work hard. We put a lot into it. A lot more than meets the eye, I’d like to think.Greg: Similarly, with Domefest, we’ve tried to be very patient and realistic as we grow and gain more attendees and fans and stuff. Sometimes, the smaller festivals, they’ll have a few successful years and then they’ll get a little too big for their britches, try to bring on some huge headliner, and try to jump from “small festival” to, like, “humongous festival.” And we’ve seen a lot of festivals kind of crash and burn with that approach.Fortunately, Jeremy has had the foresight to sort of slowly build the lineups and trust in the process that people are there to see great music, not necessarily an enormous nationally or internationally-touring band. They just want an escape in the woods, to see some of their favorite bands, and, hopefully, catch some new ones. And as a result, Domefest is looking like it will sell out this year for the first time at this location. But it’s not our first time selling out Domefest. We’ve just had smaller locations in the past, and we like to slowly make it to that point and grow at a normal, natural, patient pace.Andrew: What about your approach to planning Domefest is different now than it was nine years ago?Greg: Over the years, Pigeons has played hundreds of festivals, small and big. So at this point, we’re really just kind of putting on the festival that we would want to go to, both as an attendee and as a band. So the bands make new fans, and attendees make new friends, and the camping is comfortable, and the staff works hard to make sure everyone’s happy and has everything they need. That whole mindset of “what would we want to experience at the festival” or “what would we want to experience at a show” is what we pour into Domefest and all of our Pigeons Playing Ping Pong concerts. I think that’s one reason fans are so strongly into it and getting [Pigeons] tattoos and stuff. We’ve always tried to reflect our fans and what they would want and, in that, what we would want.Also, from the Pigeons side of things, after the show, we still love to talk to the fans and go out and sign stuff if they want us to, or just have a drink with them and get to know them better. And I think our fans appreciate that. Rob Chafin from The Werks told me a long time ago to “stay, homie,” and that was the best advice I’ve ever gotten. [laughs] You know? No matter what’s going on, just stay homie, be yourself, relate to the people around you, and appreciate what you have. So we definitely appreciate where we’re at, and we’re definitely pushing ourselves to be at our best at all times, whether it’s writing new songs, whether it’s working on jams, or even just on spreadsheets, phone calls, and emails.Andrew: Speaking of working on jams, you guys did a bit of particularly notable jamming recently at Port City Music Hall, when you stretched out “Funk E. Zekiel” for an entire, hour-plus, single-song set of improvisation. Was that something you really planned to do ahead of time?Jeremy: That wasn’t the plan for that day. At all…Greg: We had a setlist written, but we didn’t play it. [laughs] And keep in mind, this also was a Sunday show… Apparently, you’re not supposed to miss any of those…Andrew: I’ve heard that, yeah…Greg: The sound was really good the night before. Kind of just on a whim, we said, “Let’s start with this song, and if it’s not going great, we can close the song and play our set, but if it’s going well, let’s take it out there and see where it goes.” … And fortunately, there weren’t many stale moments. And I think we all recognized as a group that if we reached the end of one section, one of us needed to make a move to change up the groove or change up the feel or the chords and let whoever’s playing most confidently at a transition point push it in a new direction.Jeremy: A big thing about doing a super extended jam like that is that it puts us in a very vulnerable place to the fans. You know, like, we’re gonna make mistakes [laughs] … There’s usually one moment where someone doesn’t know what’s happening. If we were really nitpicking, and it was during a [regular] song, we’d be like, “Oh my god, we totally screwed that up!” But when you’re in a free-form improvisational moment, there’s no such thing as a wrong note. You could hit something that sounds bad for a second, but then you figure it out quickly.Andrew: And it becomes the tension that leads to a release. It’s all part of the puzzle.Greg: We jam at all of our shows. The majority of our concert is improv. This particular jam was just wide open, in the sense that sometimes when we’re jamming in a song, we’re aware of where we need to end up. If we’re gonna go back and close that song or if we’re gonna transition to the next one, you kind of need to be in the right key, or build toward the right chords, things like that. That’s what made this experience different—the fact that there was no destination in the jam made it all the more special.And then what was really exciting was we found ourselves, about an hour in, floating around the key of “Funk E.”, the song we had started with, and we found our way back to it. That was really cool because that was not necessarily the plan. There was no plan. But the fact that we were able to close it was inspiring for us as a group and made it that tight one-song set.Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 4/28/17Andrew: Definitely. It’s like in the movie, The Prestige, what Michael Caine’s character says about magic tricks: It’s not enough to just make something disappear. You have to bring it back to earn the applause…Greg: That is such a great reference! There are some fans who take their notepad out, and they write down the set so they can post it in our Facebook group, The Flock. One of the kids’ notes was really funny. It was like “Funk E. … Is this still ‘Funk E.’? … ‘Holy shit, what’s going on?’” It was a good one. I’m really happy we made it unscathed, relatively, and were able to experience it and add that to our resume, of sorts. We are always pushing ourselves to do something different, to do something more. This was something we’d never done before, and I look forward to the next thing we haven’t done before.Andrew: Speaking of the next things you haven’t done before…You were supposed to make your Red Rocks debut last year with moe., and obviously Rob Derhak got sick and that got postponed. Now Rob’s better, moe.’s back in action, the show’s rescheduled, and you’re finally heading to play Red Rocks…Greg: Allegedly. I mean, we’re scheduled for it again. [laughs] … After experiencing getting the Red Rocks offer and then having it be taken away, for very good reason, it made me realize that you only “play Red Rocks” once you’ve actually played Red Rocks. So…[laughs]…July 12th, we’re both very stoked, and once it’s in the books, we will revel in it.Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 7/23/17Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 7/23/17Pigeons Playing Ping Pong‘s 9th-annual Domefest takes place May 17th – 19th. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the festival website.
Dave Grohl is one of the most entertaining men in rock and roll. On Tuesday night, Foo Fighters returned to Sweden for the first time since Grohl suffered an onstage injury there during 2015 performance. Always the showman, Grohl hired a look-alike stuntman to take the stage in his place to start the show and recreate the fall, pranking the unwitting Swedish crowd. After a few moments of stunned confusion, the real Grohl sauntered out onstage—safe and whole—to the amazement of the audience.The humorous antics at Foo Fighters’ return to Sweden brings one of the most rock and roll sagas in recent memory full circle. Grohl is known for giving all of himself to his performances—to his fans—at each and every show. Sometimes, that comes in the form of surprise guests and audience participation, from pulling an 8-year old drummer or a Kiss superfan up onstage to rock with the band to welcoming his young daughter for a duet on an Adele song.Sometimes, Grohl’s unapologetically rock and roll attitude takes a toll on his body, but he just doubles down by powering through and laughing all the while. At Foo Fighters performance in Sweden in June 2015, Grohl accidentally tumbled offstage during the concert and suffered a serious leg injury. However, Grohl was not satisfied to leave his fans out to dry, and after receiving some immediate medical attention, he returned to the stage with a doctor in tow to finish the performance seated while the doctor manually held his leg in place. As Grohl said when he retook the stage that night, “I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream.” Rock and roll.Following that show, the Foo Fighters were forced to cancel a number of dates while Grohl received medical attention for his broken leg. However, he was back sooner than anyone expected, making his return at the Foos’ 4th of July blowout for their 20th anniversary at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. While he was still immobile from the injury, Grohl performed from a massive “throne,” complete with lights and a big Foo Fighters insignia. He went on to complete the band’s North American tour—quickly renamed the “Broken Leg Tour”—from his throne while images of his X-ray, him and his doctor, and more were displayed on large screens onstage. He later lent the throne to Axl Rose for his Guns N’ Roses reunion show in April 2016 after Rose suffered a similar injury. Rock and fuckin’ roll.Below, you can watch video clips from both the original Swedish show, where Dave Grohl broke his leg, and last night’s show where they made light of the ordeal with the help of a stuntman:Real Dave Grohl Falls Off Stage In Sweden [6/7/15][Video: Fredrik Eriksson]Fake Dave Grohl Falls Off Stage In Sweden [6/5/18][Video: Rock Feed][H/T Billboard]
The Motet has announced their annual “Hometown Hustle” in Denver, Colorado, this week. On the heels of the band’s celebratory Red Rocks show earlier in the month, the Colorado-based funk masters have announced that their highly anticipated Hometown Hustle will return to Denver’s Ogden Theatre on November 16th and 17th, with support from Escort and Cory Wong and Antwaun Stanley of Vulfpeck.The Motet has carved out ambitious plans for 2018. In July, the group will host their inaugural Motet on the Mesa Festival, which will take place in Taos, New Mexico, on July 27th and 28th and feature support from Break Science, SunSquabi, The Suffers, TAUK, Organ Freeman, and Mama Magnolia. Before their Hometown Hustle, the band will also embark on a four-night West Coast run, with their Halloween show serving as a late-night post-party for Phish’s Las Vegas Halloween blowout.Tickets for The Motet’s Hometown Hustle go on-sale this Friday. For more information and ticketing, you can head to the band’s website here.