Just a few months ago, guitarist Trey Anastasio took some time out of his solo band show to talk about a unique experience he had with the legendary Graham Nash. The story came right before TAB debuted “49 Bye Byes” in Brooklyn, NY, back in October, where he met Nash backstage at a concert.The punchline of the story was when Nash told Anastasio, “don’t fuck it up,” referring to Phish’s growing fan base and musical contributions. Fortunately, the group is still going strong.You can watch the video of the story and cover below:Naturally, when Relix had the opportunity to sit down with Graham Nash, they couldn’t help but ask him his motivation for the comment. Nash responded with nothing put superlatives for Phish and their scene.Nash said, “Of course—the legacy of Phish and the Grateful Dead has always been interesting, musically. But I recognized that Trey is a great, great guitar player and that Phish had the ability to go on and draw 100,000 people to a concert on a mere rumor. That kind of success—that kind of power in terms of communicating music to people who love it—that’s what I told him not to fuck up. He has that power, and he’s a great musician, of course.”The majority of the interview focused on Nash’s new solo release, This Path Tonight, as well as some reflections on the tenure of Crosby Stills and Nash. While the interview was published earlier today, it was seemingly conducted before Nash’s recent comments that all but ended the possibility for future CSN performances.At least he has good taste in music.[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]
In the wake of The Purple One’s death, musicians everywhere are coming together and celebrating Prince’s life and musical legacy. A collective of Connecticut musicians are bringing that spirit to The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT, as West End Blend has announced an exciting tribute to Prince.The 10-piece funk/soul crew will also welcome Rob Somerville (Kung Fu) and Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout) into the fold for what is sure to be a truly fun performance. Prince’s music lends itself naturally to the big band sound.It all goes down on May 19th at The Acoustic! You can find more information about the show here.
The Governors Ball Music Festival has officially announced the cancellation of their Sunday festivities. With thunderstorms forecasted for the afternoon, Governors Ball has taken the safest course of action, cancelling the festival entirely.Performers like Kanye West, Courtney Barnett, Gary Clark Jr., Chet Faker, Vince Staples, and a secret show from Prophets of Rage were all scheduled for today’s festival. Fans of GovBall will remember the overwhelming rain and mud that plagued the New York, NY event in 2013, which most likely influenced today’s decision.The festival posted the following message, detailing the cancellation:Sunday, June 5th of Gov Ball 2016 has officially been cancelled, due to severe weather and a high likelihood of lightning in the area. The safety of fans, artists and crew always comes first.All customers who purchased a Sunday ticket and Sunday transportation ticket through the Gov Ball ticketing page will receive a refund (including fees and shipping, if applicable) directly to the account used to purchase. All customers who purchased a 3-Day Pass and 3-Day Transportation pass directly through the Gov Ball Ticketing page will receive a partial/pro-rated refund (including fees and shipping, if applicable) directly to the account used to purchase.At this time we expect all refunds to be processed within 21 days. All partial refunds will be based on the ticket price at which the ticket was purchased.If the original card used for purchase has expired or been updated, the refund should still be processed through the account used to purchase. No additional action is needed by the original purchaser. If your credit card used for purchase has been canceled or is now expired, the bank or credit card company will normally reroute the credit amount issued to the current account or card for use. Please do not send any credit card or account information via email to [email protected] primary ticket purchasers will receive a refund. We apologize for any inconvenience, but if you did not purchase your ticket directly through the official Gov Ball website, we can not handle refund requests. Please contact the person / party you purchased your ticket through if you did not purchase your ticket directly through the official Gov Ball Ticketing site.This process takes time and all parties involved are working incredibly hard to expedite the process to ensure everyone that is entitled to a refund receives it as quickly as possible.Stay tuned for more information, and please bear with us. We are just as devastated as you.
Guitarist extraordinaire Gary Clark Jr. was scheduled for performances at both Mountain Jam and Governors Ball last weekend, touring behind his recently-released 2015 album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, he was forced to cancel his set at Mountain Jam and caused the festival to replace the time slot with a Warren Haynes solo performance. One day later he was ready to rock at GovBall, but that festival canceled its scheduled performances yesterday due to thunderstorm conditions.To make it up, the guitarist has announced a last minute performance at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY. Scheduled for tomorrow night, the show sold out almost instantaneously, but we’re still elated that Clark is doing something in the city for his loyal fans.
Universally acclaimed surrealist filmmaker David Lynch (of Twin Peaks fame) is curating a new music and arts festival in Los Angeles this fall, and the lineup is out of this world. David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, set to take place on October 8th and 9th at the Ace Hotel Theatre, boasts a roster of performance and presentations by incredible musicians, actors, and artists, from St. Vincent, to Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, to architect Frank Gehry, to past Lynch collaborators Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern. While the festival’s central creative vision is based on its esteemed curator’s work (including a Blue Velvet documentary and a screening of The Elephant Man), the majority of the event will be dedicated to showcasing the eclectic group of creative minds on hand. Check out the full lineup below:Music: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters; St. Vincent; Rhye; Jon Hopkins; Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith; Music From Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti w/ Sky Ferreira and Xiu XiuLectures: Frank Gehry; Mel Brooks; Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern; Blondie‘s Debbie Harry and Chris SteinPhotography Exhibits: David Lynch (curated by Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery); Chris SteinVirtual Reality Experiences: Chris MilkDance Choreography: Ryan HeffingtonDJ Sets By: Questlove; KCRW‘s Jason BentleyAll proceeds from the event will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation outreach program that Lynch has been committed to since 2005. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 24, at 10am, starting at $199 for a two-day general admission pass. To purchase tickets, and for more information about the event, visit the festival’s website.
Load remaining images Check out a full gallery of Erik Kabik‘s images below. Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas got a double dose of funky tunes last night, as perennial jammers Fishbone opened up for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic last night. Fishbone recently made a splash at Summer Camp Music Festival, and the group has consistently brought the great times for years. Of course, P-Funk is a legend of the genre, and George Clinton leads the pack like nobody’s business.Check out some choice photos from the night, courtesy of Erik Kabik.
On Saturday, July 9, the Marshfield Fairgrounds in Massachusetts had 10,000 people descend upon the venue for the third annual Levitate Music and Arts Festival, on an unseasonably cool summer day. With its roots firmly planted in the surf and skate scene, the sold out festival has grown by leaps and bounds over the course of its short time on the circuit.The festival not only featured music, but had a variety of activities around the grounds for attendees to take in. Yoga painting was offered in the afternoon, in which poses were created on large canvases set up on the lawn. A drum tent was available for kids to bang away and create their own music. Skate boarders had a ramp to flip and twist away on. Food trucks galore ran the edge of the festival, ensuring no one would walk away hungry. Vendors of all kinds lined the interior area between stages, offering a reprieve from the dancing while taking in some shopping.Three stages were on the grounds. Music would only be played on one stage at a time throughout the day, so attendees would not have to worry about missing their favorite band. Ron Gallo opened up the fest and performed under grey skies that teased at rain, but the clouds kept their hold on the weather. This band was a fusion of punk with rock and roll old school vibes that kicked up the heat and got the crowd moving. Next in line was The Movement, who opened up the fest at the second stage on the other side of the grounds. They brought heavy dosed reggae jams and kept the venue on their feet. Moon Taxi started off light and easy before blowing right into a massive jam. The heat from their instruments evaporated the light mist falling from the sky. At one point, Wes Bailey, on keys, took the performance on lift-off and successfully melted faces as he pounded at the ivories. When their set finished, fans were wide awake and crammed with energy.Twiddle flowed right into their hour long set after Moon Taxi dropped their last note. They rolled along with tight jams throughout. Mihali Savoulidis lit up his guitar and blew the doors off with crushing improvisation. Midset they noodled around on stage, throwing out teases, before storming into “Syncopated Healing.” Piano cooled things off with a pretty flow during “Hattie’s Jam,” before bringing the heat higher and higher. Their set did not disappoint the crowd as people danced elbow to elbow. The day was filled with hula hoops, skateboards, music and colorful people, which created a menu of tastes for the eyes and ears. The continuous music on three stages, with bands starting as soon as another one stopped, delighted the grounds with non-stop tunes for everyone. Overall, Levitate Festival is not one to be missed and should be added to your list for next year’s must see’s.Words by Sarah Bourque. Follow on TwitterPhotos courtesy of Taj Mulhall Photography, audio recordings all via taper Mark Van Blunk. Tribal, mystical tones brought Nahko and Medicine For The People to the stage. Words of wisdom and peace were spoken by singer, Nahko Bear, as their set opened before saying “now let’s rock the fuck out” and blazing into their performance. The sun heard his words and finally came out to light up the grounds, bringing a much needed reprieve from the chill in the air. Horns and violin added extra spice to the vibe. An extraordinarily moving intro for their song “Great Spirit” left the audience speechless, as a timely hawk soared in circles among the thermals above the stage. Their entire set kept the audience hypnotized and in awe.Bringing the audience back down to earth, Stick Figure wasted no time as they busted out reggae tones. A chill, laid back peaceful vibe was thrown out while painting yoga was happening at the back of the crowd. One festival goer brought a gigantic cardboard cut out of an NFL player on a stick and had it bouncing around to the tunes, as a Scooby blow-up balloon was twirled around the crowd. Good times were clearly being had by all.North Mississippi Allstars started off by slamming into a massive set full of high energy. The crowd was fueled by their intense tunes, crammed with jams that flowed from full on rocking to smoother blues.Lettuce blasted into their set and dropped the funk like nobody’s business. Guest guitarist, Jeff Lockhart, filled in while Adam Smirnoff recuperated in the hospital. Their jams kept the audience on their feet, as it was impossible to sit still while they took the stage. Special guest, Alecia Chakour, showed up to perform as she belted out the vocals to “Do Your Thing.” Chakour was more of an artist at large, as she made appearances throughout the day with several of the acts.Los Lobos rocked their asses off during their set. Deliciously wrapping authentic flavors into their tunes made for one hell of a great performance. The accordion switched up to a lively mood, only to compliment the rockin’ vibe they set off. Rebelution took fans on a chill trip through their melodies. The funkafied reggae beats had the crowd getting sore feet from all the dancing. Juicy jams were thrown back and forth with the horn section, featuring a playful “Count Me In.” The threatening rain continued to stay away as evening set in while the crowd retained a chill mood as funky beats poured out from the band.Headliner Tedeschi Trucks Band ended off the day’s events with a smoking hot performance. Early on, Los Lobos guitarist, David Hidalgo, joined the group for a triple guitar sensation. Sizzling jams between Derek Trucks and Hidalgo brought goosebumps to fans, before cooling down with tender tones, only to once again, take the notes on blast off. Guitarist Luther Dickinson, of North Mississippi Allstars, then joined the group for a slamming sensation and just tore it up. Susan Tedeschi, who grew up in the local area, dedicated George Jones’ country tune, “Color of the Blues” to her grandfather. Their set finished off with a bass bomb heavy funk/jazz tune, filled with mysterious horns and psychedelic vibes, stepping away from their usual expected melodies, before encoring with The Beatles, “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Load remaining images
Last night, Phish kicked off a three night run at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, playing an explosive show chock full of highlights. The jam band gave fans the first version of their classic Allen Toussaint cover, “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley,” stretching the tune out to nearly 18 minutes of pure funk joy. Gotta get away clean!Fortunately, for fans who weren’t there, a new video has surfaced that captures the full jam in all of its glory. Feast your eyes on this fan shot video of “Sally,” courtesy of TheKamherst, streaming below.Phish is set to do it all again tonight! Check out the full recap from last night’s show here.
Just last weekend, two extraordinarily soulful performances took Red Rocks Amphitheatre by storm, as Nahko & Medicine For The People opened up in support of The Avett Brothers at the famed Morrison, CO stage. The Avett Brothers are out on the road in support of their recently released 2016 album, True Sadness, and gave fans a hearty helping of the new release. Of course, the set mixed in new songs with old classics, spanning the Avett Brothers’ career with a passion. They also worked a handful of covers into their set, including a version of “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard in the encore.Thanks to photographer Conrad Meyer, we can share some crisp images from this exciting performance. Check out some snapshots and a full setlist, all posted below. Check out the setlist and a full gallery, posted below:Edit this setlist | More The Avett Brothers setlists Load remaining images
With so much anticipation surrounding a new Tool album, it’s easy to forget just how long that band has been a tour de force of rock music. The band formed in 1990, and perfected their sound over two years in the Los Angeles area. While they mostly practiced in private, the band did play locally, including a performance on October 7th, 1991 at the Hollywood, CA venue Club With No Name, opening for a band called Too Free Stooges.Though the band wouldn’t be signed until 1992, the group did perform two of their classic early songs, “Hush” and “Sober.” The former would appear on their major label debut Opiate, and the latter was featured on Undertow. This new video footage – which was uploaded by Ricky Oliphant – showcases the band in their very earliest days. Still, you can see the Tool’s musical magic with every note.Watch “Hush” and “Sober” from a Tool performance 25 years ago, streaming below.