Drummer and producer Adam Deitch is on a roll! His band Lettuce is riding high from the release of Crush last fall, the release of their new feature film, Let Us Play, and reaching new heights musically every time they take the stage. Come April 1st and 2nd, the band will take on their biggest challenge hosting their own music festival Fool’s Paradise, in St. Augustine, FL!Deitch is pulling triple duty at the fest, playing with Lettuce, his electronically-oriented project Break Science and the super jam Fools For Funk late night. We’re sure he’ll be sitting in with some of the great performers, like Vulfpeck, Nth Power, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, and more, throughout what is sure to be an incredible weekend of music at Fool’s Paradise.In the middle of his whirlwind life, Deitch took a few minutes to talk with our own Rex Thomson about the upcoming festival and all things funky! L4LM: Lettuce announced their own funk festival, Fool’s Paradise, in the beach town of St. Augustine. That’s exciting! How did you guys decide it was something you wanted to do?Adam Deitch: This is a dream come true. Our relationship, from the beginning, with Paul Levine, from the beginning, has been incredible. He’s become famous for putting on great festivals like Bear Creek. He always took special care of us at his festivals. He gave us breaks before we really started to get the push. He really believed in us, and he’s been one of our biggest supporters. Whenever we’ve be going through tough times, he’ll call each of us, individually, and cheer us up and tell us how great a Lettuce festival could be.Another person we know, Kunj Shah, presented a Lettuce tour with Live For Live Music and we became really good friends in the process. I told Paul that I’d like to join forces with Live For Live Music and Paul Levine’s incredible taste in putting together a festival. Paul was in, Kunj was in and we had Lettuce, and it just grew from there. Much props to Kunj and Live For Live Music and Levine for making this happen. They’re definitely the brains behind making Fool’s Paradise happen, and we’re very excited.L4LM: Curating a lineup is no easy task, but you guys managed to bring in acts from across the music spectrum. Up and comers like Vulfpeck, the growing juggernaut that GRiZ is becoming, Chris Robinson, George Porter Jr. and Ivan Neville jamming together…how’d you go about putting all of that talent together?AD: These are all friends that we’ve met through the years that we happen to love their music. We’re friends with so many artists, because we’ve all done so many different projects and shows with other people. We wanted to pick artists whose music we really, really enjoy. Vulfpeck are like the young guys that are brilliant and funky and they’re doing their thing.GRiZ, even though he’s an electronic artist, he is deeply rooted in funk and soul. He loves it and loves mixing old school blues and funk with modern electronic music. It’s different from Lettuce, but it’s funky and we dig his work. George Porter Jr., of course, is one of our idols, a guy we grew up worshipping, and I still can’t believe I know him. (Laughs) He’s one of the progenitors of funk bass. We’re really happy to have George there. in the end we picked music that we would like to see.L4LM: Makes sense. If I was picking bands I’d only pick ones I wanted to hear.AD: Right? (Laughs) And bands that we felt would our core Lettuce fans would dig and be totally into. So yeah, we’re very excited!.Check out Deitch with another Fool’s Paradise artist, Marvel Years, killing it at the Gem And Jam FestivalL4LM: One of the most exciting announcements about the Fools Paradise line up is the news that Lettuce and GRiZ are collaborating for a portion of his set. Are you looking at this as a extended sit in, or are you trying to create something new from the pieces of both?AD: GRiZ is gonna play his own music. We appreciate what he does and which is something different… we’ll do either two or three probably three or four or five GRiZ tunes, but with instruments. GRiZ decided that we should combine our strengths onstage, which is pretty cool, and a thing we could only do someplace like Fool’s Paradise. I think that’s going to be special, because GRiZ doesn’t perform like this too often. So, we’re excited to be part of this…it’s a funk band, totally. I think it’s gonna be really fun set of jammed out electronic tunes.L4LM: You’re pulling Late Night duty during Paradise as well, playing with your electronic band Break Science. Is there anything you have to do to change mental gears when you’re jumping from genre to genre?AD: Nah man, I’ve been doing this for so long that both styles are really a part of me. It’s just a part of my DNA.L4LM: Is there anyone on the line up besides GRiZ that you have in mind for collaborations?AD: I mean, which of these artists haven’t we collaborated with? Any artist we haven’t yet. We’ve been building up our community for years. We jammed with Vulfpeck when they came to New York, we’ve played with George and the amazing Chris Robinson…Kraz did a whole tour with him. The only band we haven’t collaborated with is Goldfish, and they have this just amazing mix of styles. They’re from South Africa, so we haven’t had a chance to mix with them yet.Photos And Videos Of Vulfpeck’s Crushing Sold Out Brooklyn Bowl FinaleL4LM: Since it’s your festival, will you just have the stage crew leave your kit onstage during the entire Fool’s Paradise weekend, so you can join in with any band at will?AD: (Laughs) Yeah, definitely. What we announced is only the beginning.L4LM: We recently talked with George Porter Jr. about his coming to Paradise to play with the Chris Robinson Soul Revue. In that interview he mentioned he was working on some recordings in New Orleans with you and Kraz. Anything you can tell us about that?AD: Me and Kraz have been talking to George for seven years about going in the studio and recording, and it’s going to happen soon. When they book it, I will be there. I’m totally looking forward to it. It’s gonna happen.L4LM: Nice timing on the setting of the festival, by the way. Nothing like spring in Florida after a long winter, right?AD: Oh man…I highly advise all the people tired of the cold to come down because the location in St. Augustine is plush. The music site is right by the ocean, and everybody should come out and enjoy the sun and listen to some killer music.L4LM: Lettuce’s most recent release, the very successful “Crush”, takes the classic spirit of funk in a very modern direction, tempo and production-wise. Was this a planned move, or just a result of where you were at the time of the recording?AD: It’s just the natural evolution of the band. We wanted to include all our favorite elements of recording that were developed in the sixties and seventies and then use some of the bass frequency, the bombast, the drums of the modern times. All different eras actually. The seventies groove things but with modern overtones. That’s just an example. With that record we got to stretch out and and have fun with it.L4LM: Well, just keep going in the direction you’re going. It’s sounding pretty good!AD: We sure will. We can’t stop this train.L4LM: The documentary “Let Us Play” about the recording of “Crush” just got its wide release. Do you feel like the film captured the band’s creative process?AD: Absolutely. We are so grateful to Kunj and Jay Sansone. Jay had a hard job, filming us just enough to get what he wanted but that we never felt like we were being watched or invaded by some foreign camera guy. It’s really nice…you’re seeing us VERY comfortable, in our element. I really feel like it was a successful video, and captured who we are as people. It didn’t glorify us or make us seem like we were anything we aren’t. It’s a very intense situation. We were very eager to be engaged and everything but when we get to the writing process in the studio, it’s intense. We get very serious and focus on the music for as long as we can.L4LM: Since your rise to prominence, you’ve been invited to teach and lecture at a variety of drumming clinics, workshops and festivals. Having studied music academically for so long, how does it feel being on the other side of the teacher/student relationship?AD: Well, both of my parents are college professors. My mom taught music for thirty years, I think. My father is a college professor of music and teaches a bunch of different courses. So, teaching is my thing. Teaching and learning are the same thing. When you teach, you still learn. You’re learning how other human beings learn, to see into their psyche. I’ve done clinics at the Berklee College of Music and it’s just a beautiful thing to share. That’s what life is about. I believe that everyone that has achieved any sort of success in what they love to do…it’s their duty to give back and teach. The more you teach, I feel like that’s a mark of success. When you bring people up when they are at a point where they needed some guidance. It’s just a beautiful thing to help people, and to watch them smile when they learn. I’ve done clinic tours all across Europe for my drum company. I’m in a different country every day, taking the train all across Europe holding clinics and teaching people my style of drumming. I really enjoy it and I love the process and teaching and learning. It’s fun. It’s all one and the same.L4LM: That’s a fairly respectable family tradition that you got from your parents.AD: They are very knowledgeable people who love to share their knowledge. They enjoy sharing it. They love to see you get it. Some people look at it wrong, and think their knowledge and their control over information makes them special. I’ve seen people like that. My parents are the opposite. They give away all their knowledge.L4LM: Are they coming down for a Florida vacation at the festival?AD: Oh, they’re absolutely coming.Check out Adam and his father Bobby getting down together in Jam Cruise’s Jam Room. (Poppa joins a minute or two in)L4LM: It’s safe to assume that at one of these clinics or workshops, you’ve gotten to meet some of your personal musical inspirations. Do you remember any of these that stood out?AD: Absolutely. As far as performing goes, getting to play with Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and the original James Brown horn section. Again, Paul Levine was instrumental in making that happen. That was a huge honor. We got to tour with Aaron Neville and he’s such an amazing singer, a legend. George Porter. All those guys are equals, and revered like they should be. On Jam Cruise we had this thing with Bernard Purdie who is still on the scene and still playing great at 85 years old. They’re the heart of the funk community and the soul community. It just gives us hope for bridging the gap between ages, our forefathers and the young bands coming up. We’re somewhere in the middle, which is a great place to be.L4LM: You and your Lettuce bandmates have been playing together for a while now and you’ve logged thousands of hours playing together. How often do they manage to surprise you, musically, during a show?AD: Yeah, it definitely is possible to surprise each other. We’re built on improvisation. Every night we’ll play the melody of a song and then maybe Shmeeans will start playing something differently. And play some amazing vibe that will shock us and move us all in a whole different direction then we played it on the record. There can be a switch at the drop of a hat, and we all have to react to that.At a certain point it might be that I get really quiet and inspire the band to do come down with me. It’s really all about those momentary decisions you make onstage that keeps the band fresh. That’s what keeps everybody inspired.L4LM: With as much improvisation as Lettuce features in their music, how much time do you spend going back and listening to shows? It seems like there are dozens of jams and ideas that could be spun out into their own songs happening every night.AD: Absolutely. We record all our shows. We finish the show, we relax for an hour, then we listen to the entire show. That’s always an enjoyable experience. We learn from what we did on the spot, and then create something like that for the next show, or expand on it or take it in a different direction.L4LM: Sounds like you’re a football team watching their film after the game.AD: Absolutely. We definitely watch our film!L4LM: Well, thanks for taking time away from your Fool’s Paradise preparations to chat with us! Looking forward to seeing what magic you have up your sleeves!AD: Thanks! This is something that we’ve put our hearts and souls into. It’s a dream come true, and we can’t wait to see everyone down there!Lettuce will be rocking the St. Augustine waves at Fool’s Paradise Music Festival in just a few short weeks! More information about Fool’s Paradise, which also includes Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Nth Power, Cory Henry, Goldfish, Marvel Years and more, can be found here.
On the eve of his untimely death, a special tribute concert to David Bowie was announced to take place at Carnegie Hall on March 31. By morning, the tribute became a memorial and eventually a second date was even added to accommodate the overflow of love coming from both artists and fans for the Thin White Duke.Slated to play the event are The Flaming Lips, Pixies, Cyndi Lauper, Cat Power, and R.E.M‘s Michael Stipe, who performed Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” earlier this week on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Also billed to play are The Roots, but as of last night, Questlove has expressed via Instagram that the “The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs,” Pitchfork reports.Evidently this decision comes from a debacle concerning equipment with another artist(s) at the event. “Mood. I’ve never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of ANY of my equipment (or my band’s equipment—-or resources or contacts or knowledge or ANYTHING),” he writes, “it angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated. (Believe you me I was about to get #TomPetty or #PettyWap or #PetRockAndCLSmooth or #BlackPetty or however you wanna roll wit it).” He adds that he is “keeping a level head and not being self destructive is a weak point I’m working on” and has some patience. “But we do NOT have patience for the #Bitchassness.” Preach, Questlove. We’ve got your back!
While Dead & Company’s tour doesn’t begin until June 10th, the band is itching to play! They’ve booked themselves a new late night appearance, scheduled for Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 10th. The band features three of the four surviving Grateful Dead members, including Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti.The late night show is the band’s second thusfar, having previously performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon back in February. There, they played two songs, “Brown Eyed Women” and “Shakedown Street.” Watch those videos here.The band seems as excited as ever to hit the road, as Mayer and Weir recently gave a teleconference interview to answer all questions about Dead & Company. There are all sorts of possibilities, including a potential album and many more tours ahead. Read some of that coverage here.For those who live in the Los Angeles area and want to attend the taping of Dead & Company’s Jimmy Kimmel Live episode, you can request tickets here. Dead & Company’s full tour schedule can be seen below:Dead & Company Summer 2016 Tour6/10/16: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion6/12/16: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival6/16/16: Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center6/17/16: Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center 6/20/16: Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion6/21/16: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center 6/23/16: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live6/25/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field6/26/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field 6/28/16: Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre7/2/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/3/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/7/16: Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre7/9/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/10/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/13/16: Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion7/15/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park7/16/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park 7/22/16: Portland, OR – Moda Center7/23/16: George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre 7/26/16: Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre7/27/16: Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre 7/29/16: Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre 7/30/16: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
The members of Phish have long been Prince fans, getting their start around the same time when Prince was peaking in his popularity during the 1980’s. While Phish has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain” many times over, and even “1999″ on New Year’s Eve 1998, the band’s ties to the Purple One run even deeper than covering his music.In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Trey Anastasio recalls a singular night – November 11th, 1996 – that Phish and Prince crossed paths. The entire band was invited to Prince’s Paisley Park mansion when they were in town for a show in Minneapolis.Anastasio recalls the intimate crowd, which included Ziggy Marley, Boyz II Men and a couple hundred others. “We were kind of standing in the corner,” said Anastasio. “One thing I remember is he didn’t serve cocktails, so in lieu of cocktails he served little Captain Crunch cereal boxes. I thought that was the coolest thing.” At the party, Prince plugged in and played some tunes with his band. Anastasio recalls the music vividly. “It was really cool. He was such a great guitar player, but people don’t point out he was a great rhythm guitar player. The band was playing this funky stuff. He had a woman singing with him, a kind of gospel singer, and she stepped out and started killing it. He stepped back, and I remember thinking that everybody tries to play like James Brown’s rhythm guitar player. Jammy guys do it a lot, and they all get it wrong, myself included. He was playing the most badass little rhythms with the drummer as soon as he got out of the spotlight. I was so fascinated by what he was playing. That’s when I noticed what a great guitar player he was.”He continued to muse over Prince’s musical abilities in the interview. “The guy had the best bands… They were unbelievable. And that’s a skill in itself. Zappa didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Prince didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Bandleading is an art form. I have a little bit of experience in this, and let me tell you, I always admire people who consistently have great bands. Prince had figured out a way to hire really unique, really talented, really tight bands. And it’s easy to get one. But try getting two or three. That’s different. It’s horrible that he’s gone. I was heartbroken. He was way, way too young.”While Anastasio never got to meet Prince, he was certainly in awe of his talents. “I don’t think he would have known who I was, but it didn’t matter.” He also called it “an unforgettable night.” RIP, Prince.
Get ready Rolling Stones fans, your dreams are about to come true. While in the middle of its successful run at Saatchi Gallery in London, England, the band’s incredible “Exhibitionism” has announced plans to come to New York City this fall. The Industria Superstudio, located in Manhattan’s beautiful West Village neighborhood, will host the 500-piece collection of music, art, design, film, and fashion alongside artifacts from the seminal band’s live performances starting in November.“Exhibitionism” is a collaboration with Australian-based iEC Exhibitions!, classic Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts, and curator Ileen Gallagher. The event is an immersive look at the career of the Rolling Stones, with a full recreation of their old recording studio, complete with original instruments and an interactive mixing board. The exhibition also fully recreates the band’s “Edith Grove” flat in London’s Chelsea neighborhood, where you can see real clothes, personal diaries, recordings, home videos, photos, and much more. The show will give you an inside look at the Stones and will even provide visitors with a ridiculous 3D, simulated experience that will give you the feeling of being backstage with the band, then walking on stage with them.While viewing all this Stones history, you’ll also be surrounded by a selection of amazing pieces by some of modern art’s greatest contributors, such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Shepard Fairey, fashion designers like Alexander McQueen and Prada, film clips from Martin Scorsese, and much more.Mick Jagger had this to say when they announced the event:“We’ve been thinking about it for quite a long time but wanted it to be just right and on a large scale just like planning our touring concert productions. I think right now it’s an interesting time to do it…It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of The Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”Guitarist Keith Richards added:“While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily just about the members of the band. It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a band, like as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that will make the exhibition really interesting.”This exhibit sounds amazing, and we can’t check it out when it comes to New York in November. Tickets don’t go on sale until September, but you can click here to sign up for the mailing list that will let you know when more info is available, or click here to go to the exhibit’s website.
Edit this setlist | More Arcade Fire setlists Canadian rockers Arcade Fire have some summer dates on the docket, but the band officially kicked off their touring with their first show of the year in Barcelona. After a two year absence from the road, the band hit the famed club Razzmatazz for a rocking start to great times ahead.The band brought out a number of their classic tunes throughout, spanning their catalog with passion. Though Will Butler recently mentioned that a new album could be out by early 2017, the band chose not to play new music. Still, they treated fans to an excellent performance and got the ball rolling for summer ahead.Check out some fan-shot videos from the show, as well as a full setlist, below:Ready To StartReflektorRebellion (Lies)My Body Is A CageNormal PersonWake Up
Yesterday morning, we were saddened to learn that the legendary Leon Russell had passed away at the age of 74. Russell was a prolific songwriter and musician for decades, as well as a regular collaborator with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. One of their most well-known performances together came at last year’s Lockn’ Festival, when Russell and many special guests joined TTB for their tribute to Joe Cocker, the “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” set.Russell was not only featured in the 2015 recreation of “Mad Dogs & Englishmen,” but he was also a performer and musical director in the original 1970 concert. Among the many songs played during that show, one of the stand-out tracks is the uplifting soul number, “Space Captain”. Tedeschi Trucks Band has been playing “Space Captain” for many years, but last night at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL, the song took on more significance. Played as the band’s opener, this was clearly a musical tribute to the late great Mr. Russell. And they nailed it!Thanks to YouTube user Rick Maddox, we can watch this moving rendition of “Space Captain,” streaming below.The band also shared this tribute to Russell before the show:
Veteran Colorado funk outfit The Motet dug Lake Tahoe, NV locals out of a snow-packed hibernation Friday night with a two-hour set of soulful radiance at the Crystal Bay Casino.Lake Tahoe has been buried under 24 feet of snow this January, a record-breaking snowfall that have kept the powder hounds more than happy on the mountains. But the snow dancing up to this point had mainly been done in the living rooms of happy skiiers and boarders trying to bring more of the white gold to the mountains. That was until The Motet’s Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Gabe Mervine (trumpet) and Drew Sayers (sax) came to north shore and packed the newly renovated Crown Room in the Crystal Bay Casino close to its 750-person capacity and threw the year’s best apres ski party so far.The Denver-based septet enjoyed a successful 2016 with the release of its spectacular studio album Totem and a continuous tour schedule that brought them back to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre and at festivals like Summer Camp and High Sierra. The band has also continued to solidify its sound behind new vocalist Lyle Divinsky, whose gargantuan pipes and powder-keg personality on stage has brought a new energy to the long-running outfit. The band had recently disembarked from Jam Cruise 15 the previous week and was using Lake Tahoe as the launch point to continue the party on the west coast.Man, what a party it was. The band started with the instrumental “Just Around The Corner” that Porter funked up with some quacks from his clavinet. Then Divinsky hit the stage like a firework and the energy of the place blew up on the soul-charging “So High” off of Totem, with Divinsky using the crowd’s energy to propel him higher into the stratosphere. They then quickly shifted gears into the tastefully sugary “Ain’t No Way” that rode Garrett Sayers’ buoyant bassline as Gabe Mervine’s trumpet and Drew Sayers’ saxophone shone through in bright solos. Divinsky bounced all over the stage belting his lines and dancing in feverish joy. He was in a dripping sweat two songs in and there was still a whole hour-and-a-half plus show left to pour himself into. Might as well have been four hours because it didn’t seem to phase the energized lead singer.Bottom line, Divinsky was a revelation up there on stage. I’ve never seen someone work so hard singing, dancing and playing to the crowd with such a large smile on his face. His voice had a powerful, soulful strength to it that could either flatten you out or raise you off your feet depending on what he wanted to do. He whipped hundreds into a frenzy on the furious “The Truth” and then got the whole crowd to slow it down and drop it down on the salacious rhythm of “Back it Up.” He was bursting with pleasant effervescence and it had an infectious effect on the crowd, who tried to get on his level the all night, though no one could match his two-hour soul workout in terms of length and intensity. But everyone sure had fun trying.The rest of The Motet was picking up what Divinsky was laying down and were the heart to the singer’s soul. Dave Watts is the only founding member still in the band and under his leadership and direction the band has morphed from an Afro-Cuban influence to a more classically soulful sound that draws on R&B and pop sensibilities in the vein of Rufus or The Staple Singers. All facets of the band’s playing were on display Friday night. “The Fountain” was a sulty funk number full of sensual mojo from Sayers’ low string, while “Rippin Herb” was a dexterous melody built on Watts’ vacuum tight drumming and dazzlings bursts of the horns and clavinet. The most rewarding musical journey was a transcendent space jam Watts and company rode out on the back of a riveting “Like We Own It,” one that saw the band ride an interstellar groove through atmospheric solos and from Porter’s keyboards and Jalbert’s guitar.At one point in the night after another lights out performance that left him reaching for a towel, Divinsky looked out at the sweaty chaos he helped created and gasped into the microphone with a heart full of joy, “You’re down for whatever the fuck, and I love you.” The feeling was mutual from the hundreds of faces smiling back at him.For fans of The Motet, you can catch them at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31& April 1 in St. Augustine alongside Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. Head here for more information.
The String Cheese Incident are kicking off their Winter Carnival 2017 – Roots Revival tour tonight at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO and will run through run through the 19th at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV. Excluding the performance in Crested Butte, CO, all of the shows announced are part of multi-night runs from The String Cheese Incident. All of the venues chosen will be quite intimate, allowing for some up close and personal Cheese action!In a new interview with bassist, and founding member, Keith Moseley, he reveals one of the many surprises the band has in store for this exciting run. “We have been rehearsing a bunch of stuff in a more acoustic format,” he tells The Marquee. “We are gonna try and do a lot of the first sets with drummers up front playing hand drums, Michael doing a lot of acoustic mandolin, me playing some stuff on upright bass, Billy exclusively on acoustic guitar, and Kyle on mostly piano instead of all the synths and organs and stuff like that. We are going to revive some old tunes from the playlist that we might have had in the rotation 20 years ago but haven’t played much since.”So there you have it! The band will be pulling some old songs out of the cabinet and returning to their acoustic formation during some of the next 13 dates. See below for their full Winter Carnival 2017 – Roots Revival tour.
Next week in NYC, members of The New Mastersounds and The Nth Power will come together to form an exciting new project, JUKEJOINT. While we know anything from this funky group of cats is guaranteed to be next level, we wanted to know exactly what this new venture would entail, so we caught up with bandmembers Nate Edgar, Nikki Glaspie, Joe Tatton, and Jeffrey Lockhart to find out what to expect at American Beauty NYC on March 15th.“You can expect us to be going in on some classic funk and deeper ‘B’ side cuts, and taking some musical chances with them,” explains Edgar of the experimental new project. “We will be drawing on the funk and soul side of things, with a few surprises along the way, of course. We will be taking this new opportunity to explore not only a catalog of music we know and love, but also playing in a more free and open way than we do in our respective main projects.”“We’ve been hand picking some wicked old funk tunes and putting together a set that will really get people’s groove going!” adds Tatton.As for the origin of the concept, Edgar explains, “A juke joint, being a place where people get together to get down, socialize and hang is the vibe we hope prevails with the music we will be throwing out there from the stage. And in turn we hope it’s the vibe we get back from the crowd! It’s an informal, yet throwdown vibe we will be sharing.”“I bumped into Nate at a gig in New York last year,” Tatton adds, “and we both said straight away we should get something like this together. Both of these kinds of music are well represented in Nth Power and New Mastersounds but from different angles, so we knew it would be a great, fun project.”The bandmembers are all clearly stoked to play with one another, and expressed their excitement at the prospect.”Knowing Nate and Nikki well from Nth Power I was really excited at the prospect,” adds Tatton. “I think it’s only when you put a whole new thing together that it opens up everyone’s playing and there’s a real buzz in the music. I can’t wait to jam and am really pleased to be sharing the stage with these guys next week.”“Nikki and I have always loved Joe’s vibe and playing,” says Edgar. “He’s a beast and is one humble man as well. At times we garnish him with the same name The Nth Power refers to me sometimes…the ‘Silent Killer’. We’ve all heard each other play so many times and have gotten to know each other from a bystanders’ point of view. It’s going to be a blast to get in there and play with the sounds we are so familiar with.”“And then there is Jeffery Lockhart,” continues Edgar. “He is one of the baddest guitar players on earth and has been a huge influence on countless musicians. He is one of Nikki and my ‘teachers’, so to speak, from our days in Boston. He is just a beast and can really reach and go for things that move the music, the musicians on stage, and the people lucky enough to be there to hear him. We have both played countless gigs with this cosmic man and look forward to reuniting with him in JUKEJOINT to continue the vibes of growth and community. It’s not often one can bring musicians together like this, and we can’t wait to share it with y’all!”See what the hype is all about on 3/15! Get tickets to JUKEJOINT at American Beauty NYC here.