Nelly Detained After Drugs and Loaded Gun Found on Tour Bus

first_imgMichael HaskoorOn the night of October 10, 2012 Nelly’s tour bus was pulled over while crossing the border in Sierra Blanca, the same checkpoint where Fiona Apple was arrested for possession of hashish a few weeks ago in Texas. Per TMZ, 0.64 ounces of heroin, ten pounds of marijuana and a loaded .45-caliber pistol were all found in the rapper’s bus. One of border patrol’s police dogs had detected the drugs, initiating the search and seizure according to the police.Aside from Nelly there were six other passengers on the bus, one of which took responsibility for all of the contraband. Passenger Brian Keith Jones was then arrested and Nelly, as well as the others, set free. Nelly has not spoken on the incident since. The moral of the story is, don’t go and take a ride wit’ Nelly unless you plan on getting busted.last_img read more

Depeche Mode Kicks off The World Tour in North America

first_imgDepeche Mode returns to North America kicking off the tour supporting The Delta Machine in Detroit Michigan 8/22/13 at DTE Energy Music Theater, then jumping to Canada, New York, The South, and ending in California.PRE-ORDER OR PURCHASE DEPECHE MODE’S NEW ALBUM THE DELTA MACHINE ON AMAZON.COM BY APRIL 1ST AND RECEIVE EARLY ACCESS TO TICKETSTICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC ON APRIL 6TH AT 10AM AT LIVENATION.COM!“I’m really looking forward to getting out there and performing. There are so many die hard Depeche Mode fans who have been with us every step of this journey that I can’t wait to see. I also hope that we gain some new fans with the release of_ _Delta Machine, and I look forward to exposing them to a great Depeche Mode live performance,” said Dave Gahan.THE DELTA MACHINE WORLD TOUR –  NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATESThursday, Aug. 22 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music TheatreSaturday, Aug. 24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreTuesday, Aug. 27 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair**Sunday, Sep. 1 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian AmphitheatreTuesday, Sep. 3 Montreal, QB Bell CentreFRIDAY,  9. 6 BROOKLYN, NY                           BARCLAYS CENTER SUNDAY, 9. 8         WANTAGH, NY           NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATERTuesday, Sep. 10 Washington DC Jiffy Lube LiveThursday, Sep. 12 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at LakewoodSaturday, Sep. 14 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State FairgroundsSunday, Sep. 15 Ft Lauderdale, FL BB&T CenterWednesday, Sep. 18 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionFriday, Sep. 20 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy PavilionSunday, Sep. 22 San Diego, CA Sleep Train AmphitheatreTuesday, Sep. 24 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara BowlThursday, Sep. 26 Mountain View, CA Shoreline AmphitheatreSaturday, Sep. 28 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES CenterSunday, Sep. 29 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES CenterTuesday, Oct. 8 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky PavilionTOUR PRESALES:· CITI:Citi(R) cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 1st at 10 AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass(R) Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com [2].· Amazon.com:While supplies last eligible fans who pre-order or purchase Depeche Mode’s new album Delta Machine on or before April 1, 2013 on Amazon.com will receive a unique presale code good for early access to purchase up to two tickets for their upcoming North American tour. Early access using the presale codes is available between Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10 AM local time and Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10PM local time. Please note concert tickets and presale codes are subject to availability and the presale code does not guarantee tickets to the concert or price level of your choice.· FACEBOOK:Beginning today, fans can RSVP to the Facebook presale by clicking here [3] or visiting http://bit.ly/DMRSVP [3] for access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, April 4th, at 10 AM local time.· LIVE NATION MOBILE:Live Nation mobile app [4] users will have access to presale tickets on Friday, April 5th at 10 AM. Mobile users can text “LNAPP” to 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app. (Available for iOS and Android.)All presales end at 10 PM local time on Friday, April 5th.Prior to coming to North America, Depeche Mode will begin their European stadium tour in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on May 7th. They will perform 37 shows in 25 European countries, featuring appearances at Milan’s famed San Siro Stadium, the Stade De France in Paris, and Moscow’s Locomotive Stadium before wrapping up the European leg of their tour in Minsk, Belarus on July 29.last_img read more

Phish Forced to Cancel Tonight’s Toronto Show

first_imgDue to unsafe weather conditions Phish has been forced to postpone tonight’s show at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto to July 22nd. In a post on the band’s website the group officially announced the postponing, much to the dismay of both the band and the phans alike. Following Phish’s performance this past weekend at SPAC some phans drove 7 hours to see the band perform again, only to be told upon arrival that the concert is no longer going on. The band hasn’t played an international show in 13 years. This announcement wasn’t made until 6:30 p.m.The official statement explains the following:Due to insurmountable transportation and public safety issues resulting from the power outage in Toronto after severe downpours in the city, Phish’s performance tonight at Molson Canadian Amphitheare has been postponed. The show has been moved to Monday, July 22. All tickets will be honored at the new date. Refunds are available at point of purchase for fans who cannot attend. Phish has been greatly looking forward to their first Toronto appearance in nearly 13 years. Everyone involved worked tirelessly throughout the day and exhausted all options, but ultimately, public safety had to come first. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.While this postponing is unfortunate, phans still can look forward to their upcoming shows, including this Friday’s performance at Jones Beach. Don’t forget to come to Live For Live Music’s official after-party featuring Start Making Sense at Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh. Details about this show are attached below.last_img read more

Review: Global Citizen Festival 2013 With Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Kings of Leon and More

first_img[image via Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival]– David MelamedGlobal Citizen, a charity devoted to fighting extreme poverty, pulled out all the stops for their second annual Global Citizen Festival last weekend. Held in Central Park’s Great Lawn, on what proved to be an absolutely picturesque day, the festival was championed by talented musicians and their earnest plea to promote the charity’s noble cause. The simple union of music and philanthropy brought warmth to the hearts of the 50,000-plus in attendance. Last year’s festival raised $1.3 billion for Global Citizen’s fight against poverty, and, judging by the success of this year’s effort, one can only expect that this year’s festival will have a similar outcome.In lieu of purchasing general admission tickets, fans interested in attending the festival had to earn points by watching videos and signing petitions on the Global Citizen website. One could then redeem these points for entries in the ticket lottery, and hope to be selected (or buy VIP tickets). By this approach, Global Citizen was able to both raise awareness, and give music fans a free opportunity to witness some of the top performers in the industry today.The music began with Kings of Leon, who played a straightforward, energetic rock and roll show. Kings of Leon isn’t much for stage presence, as they barely interacted with the crowd, but their music spoke for itself. They opened the set with “Supersoaker, “the first track from their new album Mechanical Bull (which I reviewed last week, here). The full set contained several songs from the new album, and ended with their two most familiar hits, “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.”While the Kings of Leon set was played well, and enthusiastically, it seemed that their music was somewhat out of place with the festivities. It was enjoyable, sure, but Caleb Followill’s yearning “yooooouuuuuuu… your sex is on fiiiiiire…” felt slightly inappropriate, sandwiched between distinguished individuals speaking about world poverty. Nonetheless, their renditions of “Family Tree” and “Don’t Matter” aptly conveyed the excitement of Mechanical Bull to a live audience.Afterwards, Elvis Costello surprised the audience with an acoustic appearance. He played two songs, “Tripwire” and “(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” a Brinsley Schwarz cover that Costello popularized in the late 70’s. Costello’s solo performance was a touching display of his philanthropic nature.Next up was the R&B icon Alicia Keys, who dazzled the audience with her tremendous vocal prowess. She opened the set with “You Don’t Know My Name,” a Grammy-award winning number-one hit from 2003 that spurred excitement from Keys’s fans. Keys debuted a new song, “Better Me, Better You,” for the occasion, singing “I’m here to make a statement” triumphantly. She closed with “Empire State of Mind, Part II: Broken Down,” a nod to the New Yorkers assembled for the performance.  Keys’s soulful singing was inspired throughout the performance.During the next interlude between scheduled performers, the audience was once again treated to a surprise guest: Janelle Monáe. Monáe performed her song “Smile,” a soaring R&B number that rose to the occasion. Monáe’s voice hit peak after peak, rising and falling in her eloquent, soulful manner.Shortly thereafter, it was John Mayer’s turn to delight the audience of global citizens. Mayer started off the set with some fast-paced rocking tunes, including “Queen of California” and “Wildfire.” Mayer then introduced his next song as a Grateful Dead cover, and launched into the bluesy riff of “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad.” While the song is technically a standard blues song, Mayer did follow the Dead’s arrangement, using the blues jam as a vehicle for inspired guitar solos and call-and-response vocals.The final four songs of Mayer’s set are arguably some of his most well known, “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” “Waiting for the World to Change,” “Paper Doll,” and, the finale, “Gravity.” “Waiting for the World to Change” was very warmly received, given the song’s popularity and the context of the performance. It’s message of change resonated with the crowd, and helped to carry the philanthropic enthusiasm through the intermission and into the final performance of the night, Stevie Wonder.After an almost-excessive introduction by U2-frontman Bono (what would a charity music event be without Bono?), Stevie Wonder was greeted with overwhelming adulation from the audience. The band played the melody to “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” as Wonder thanked the audience, before donning a key-tar and singing the Marvin Gaye cover emphatically. This song segued into “Master Blaster (Jammin’),” which kept the global citizens smiling and dancing under the night sky.Stevie Wonder then stopped his performance to welcome the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. In his introduction of Ki-moon, Wonder said, “There are rock stars, and there are rock stars. I can assure you that the secretary general is a genuine rock star. He’s a rock star in the quest to bring hope to the hopeless, consensus where there is conflict, and peace and rights to those who suffer from hatred and despair.” Ki-moon returned the compliments, declaring Wonder as “an amazing United Nations messenger of peace.”The Global Citizen Festival is scheduled to coincide with the General Assembly of the United Nations, to allow for such awe-inspiring interactions as that between Stevie Wonder and Ban Ki-moon. Wonder declared, “we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime— because together, we can work it out, and we will reach our higher ground.” This, of course, provided the dramatic segue into Wonder’s emotionally-charged masterpiece “Higher Ground,” with chilling vocals by Janelle Monáe. The give-and-take between these established singers was a breathtaking musical moment.Wonder continued to perform hit after hit, including “Sir Duke,” “My Cherie Amour,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).” He played covers of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” with the latter invoking a particularly emotional response. He roused the audience with “Superstition,” and sent them off smiling with his set-closing performance of “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”The music of Global Citizen Festival 2013 was a success, but the festival itself has room to grow. There was a surprising lack of food and drink vendors, resulting in massively-long lines (my friend waited over two hours to purchase a bottle of water). But these infrastructure problems were overshadowed by the beautiful weather, venue, and music that the festival provided. There are few better ways to spend a sunny, early-Autumn afternoon than lounging in Central Park… that this charity event hosted live music from elite musicians AND raised money for the eradication of poverty ultimately made for an exceptional experience.Stevie Wonder performing “Imagine”:last_img read more

Foo Fighters to Perform for the First Time in Over a Year

first_imgFoo Fighters fans everywhere will rejoice at the news of the American rock band’s  return to the stage on December 13th at Mexico City’s 55,000 seat stadium, Foro Sol. The band, which has not played live since their last show at the Global Citizen Festival last summer, has hinted that this upcoming show will feature songs from their new album in the works, which is said to be a follow up of their 2011 album, Wasting Light.Opening the show will be indie rock band, The National, which might seem like an unusual mix with the rock-hard music of the Foo Fighters. Nonetheless, both bands have been known to kill it on stage, and we have no doubt that this show will showcase both the classic grunge soul of Foo Fighter’s frontman Dave Grohl’s voice, and the eerie and experimental sounds threaded in all Matt Berninger’s songwriting.–Stephanie D’Agnostinilast_img read more

Bangin’ Bluegrass: A Night with The Brummy Brothers

first_img“Not a worry or a care, everywhere you look around there’s magic in the air.” – Dave BrumbergOn a carefree Tuesday night, March 11th, the future of jamgrass was on display to a fervent and faithful crowd at the “playground for adults”, Brooklyn Bowl. The Brummy Brothers parlayed their extensive talents into a jam-laden set that left those in attendance satiated from their delightful musings. The joint was packed with energetic fans and more populated than any recent opening act in memory.The Brummy Brothers consists of New Jersey natives Dave Brumberg (bass), Eric Brumberg (mandolin), Russ Gottlieb (banjo) and Andrew Morris (guitar) who brought the banging bluegrass that left many breathless after a bout of bouncing to their bombardment of beats.  The tone was set early by “Potato” with “whooing” reminiscent of Mumford and Sons and serving as impetus for all to get starting “shaking their Brums.”   Versality is a trademark of this outfit as each player is equally equipped to pen songs and take lead vocal duties. Deep-voiced Morris has been known to create forty songs a week on the road. Morris added exquisite guitar-picking to underscore Dave Brumberg on the mic for “Cruisin.” The contagious harmony of “shining lights across the sea” was inspired and harkened mood memories of the conclusion of Wing’s “Uncle Albert.” The occasion of playing the greatest music venue in The Big Apple was not lost on the band. Andrew Morris stated, “It’s an accomplishment, it means that we are doing the right thing.” As the music exploded on stage and continued to evolve, it was so raucous that many bowlers behind the rail stopped mid-game to frolic in the fiery fray. The next highlight was a song written by the youngest member of the band, 21 year old Russ Gottlieb. A fine banjo player striving to reach the pinnacle of success in the tradition of idols Garcia and Fleck, the often laughing and smiling, but always head-bobbing Gottlieb penned “Cell Phone Blues.” It is a traditional bluegrass ditty complete with four-part harmony, a “cry cry cry” chorus including contemporary lyrics about a relationship gone awry, and expresses the angst of a man avoiding the answering of his cell phone when a specific girl calls. It was a up-tempo, toe-tappin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ fun aided by a monster mandolin solo by Eric Brumberg.  Another knee-slapper is “Bat Shit Crazy” which easily resonates with many men as a cautionary tale about an insane woman including a chorus guaranteed to be euphorically trapped in your soul for days. A greater depth of layered sound is attained by the professional play of Morris on the harp providing fills throughout.  As evidenced by many bands like CSN, the populace love male harmonies. Clearly, The Brummy Brothers have worked hard to sharpen their vocal prowess with exemplary results. Improved tone and the current mesh allows for tighter and crisper harmonies. A wonderful example of stellar harmony and showmanship is “600 Miles to Boston” which includes anthemic soaring vocals in a powerful mix. As a doll of Ernie, from “Bert and Ernie”, sat in reach of a water bottle on the amp in case he gets thirsty during the relentless driving and pounding, the bouncy rhythms continued to entertain the blossoming crowd.More than half of the songs performed are on the upcoming album, “On Our Way” which was produced by Railroad Earth‘s Tim Carbone. If one liked what they heard, they can purchase the new record once it drops on May 13th. Eric Brumberg is confident in the new material, “We are very excited about the new album. The album is a spectrum of songs spanning throughout our two years as a band that we feel best describe us and relate us to listeners old and new. Working with Tim was a great opportunity to learn how to refine our music and show the listeners what it is we are truly best at.” With veteran jamgrass stalwarts like Yonder Mountain, Cornmeal and Railroad Earth well into their second decade of performing, it is rewarding to witness a fresh batch of sounds from a multi-talented band clearly adept at successfully taking the reins of the genre into the bright future.  – Chadbyrne R. Dickens(photos courtesy of Scott Harris Photo)Set List: Potato, Cruisin’, Blue Ridge Blues, Hub City Hoedown, No Good, Cell Phone Blues, 60 Miles to Boston, Weed, Whiskey, Women, Quiet Life, Batshit Crazy, You Don’t Knocklast_img read more

Skrillex and Diplo To Play MSG For New Years Eve

first_imgEarlier today, Live Music Blog revealed a Ticketmaster leak, showing that Skrillex and Diplo would be performing on New Years Eve at Madison Square Garden. Here’s the image they released:Skeptics remained unconvinced, especially since the concert was not listed on the MSG calendar. However, the event remains posted on Live Nation, where a timer is counting down to a September 18th pre-sale.Of course, this means that Phish will not be playing MSG on NYE, despite having played there the last four years. Fans are speculating that the band will play New Years in Miami, but those rumors remain unconfirmed.Update: This concert is officially happening, as the following poster was revealed for the event:last_img read more

Time Warp Festival To Debut In US

first_imgTime Warp Festival, a leading electronic music festival in Europe, is coming to the USA for the first time ever. The festival will be held at the 39th Street Pier in Brooklyn, from November 28-29.Originating in 1994, Time Warp has attracted some of the biggest names in underground techno music. Starting in Mannheim, Germany, Time Warp has successfully expanded in Europe with editions in Italy (since 2011), Holland (since 2008), Vienna (2006), and Prague (2005). In 2014, Time Warp celebrates 20 years and as part of the anniversary celebrations, Time Warp’s 20 Year Tour had its first non-European destination with a debut in South America – Buenos Aires, May 30 & 31, to be followed by its North America two-day debut.The New York edition of the festival will include two state-of-the-art elaborately designed stages, with a stacked lineup of 19 of the most talented DJs and producers. Check out the full lineup below, and head to their website to find more information about tickets.Time Warp US Artist Lineup: Friday (in alphabetical order)Dubfire:liveHYBRIDJoseph CapriatiLucianoNo Regular Play LiveSonja MoonearThe Martinez BrotherstINIReSolute presents Connie, Lauren Ritter, Orazio RispoScissor & Thread presents Frank & Tony Time Warp US Artist Lineup: Saturday (in alphabetical order)Anthony ParasoleDixonDJ TennisJosh WinkPan-PotRichie HawtinSven VäthBlkMarket Membership presents Taimur & Fahadlast_img read more

Getting To Know: After Funk, The Grooviest New Band North of the Border

first_imgToronto based collective After Funk will be kicking off their spring and summer tour Saturday, April 18 at APK Live in London, Ontario. The power-funk quartet has a definitive sound with enormous texture. They’re a tight-grooving rhythm section that has an even mix syncopated instrumentals and soulful lyrical tracks.Since their inception in 2011, After Funk has exploded into the music industry which has earned them opening spots for some heavy-hitters in the festival scene including; Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu and The Nth Power. After Funk was selected as Electric Forest’s Instrumental Forester for 2014 where they were featured alongside groups like The String Cheese Incident, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Zeds Dead, Flying Lotus Stephen Marley and more.Drummer Jaime Rosenberg felt “After Funk’s origins can be traced back to 2009 when  bassist Justin Bontje and I were paired up as roommates at the University of Western Ontario.” Shortly thereafter, the jamming duo hooked up with keyboard and vocalist Yanick Allwood, signed up for two local battle of the bands, “and after only two weeks of playing together we won them both,” stated Rosenberg.“After a few months, we released a demo entitled “Soul’d” and began playing regional shows…then we added a horn section, percussion and a second guitarist (Phil Tessis). Currently, the band consists of Allwood, Rosenberg, Bontje and Tessis and are frequently joined by a horn section.With a definitive sound, the post-funk-fusion group released their self titled debut EP in January 2014, mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. The seven-track release, including a laidback intro with a jam-band feel, is energetic and filled with percussive textures from congas to up-tempo cowbell syncopation. The second track (after the into) “The Fugitive” is explosive and soulful. In contrast, the coming tracks, such as  “Busted” and “Tequlis” are centered around a recurring riff and tight rhythm. Reminiscent of the Head Hunters, “Busted” is infectious with screaming keyboard-lines and a crisp snare drum supporting ‘2 and 4’. Hear it for yourself and download it for free on After Funk’s website!Wait, Free? “Yes, Free,” said Rosenberg. “It’s similar to what Pretty Lights talks about – You don’t make money off of albums anymore.” In the mold of a digital age we are faced the the harsh reality of ‘if you don’t give it away, your fans will get it somewhere else.’ Rosenberg feels it is worth the risk because “if you can get people out to your shows it goes a lot further than the money you would make off of the album. We have an option for people to donate when downloading our album, and, in some cases, people have given upwards of 25 dollars for that one record,” said Rosenberg.When it comes to being a successful post-fusion band, “First and foremost, music is the key ingredient and in the music we play, funk is the common denominator. We work really hard, but you also need to be persistent,” said Rosenberg.Christopher Tory of Live Nation said about the band, “I first booked After Funk after they came highly recommended via the agent of a renowned internationally touring funk act. They blew me away live. Their thundering, original style features distinct, contemporary flavours mixed with all the necessary tried-and-true elements of classic funk, for an overall sound that grooves hard and moves audiences. These young virtuosos have a deep pocket and tremendous chops typically only exuded by bands twice their age. They are a kind, sensible and professional group of individuals to work with. A wonderful band in all respects.”Overall, After Funk is excited to be back on the road and be exposed to new music in The States. Tessis felt “the US in general has a much stronger funk/jam scene, so coming to The States is always great. We do well in Canada and have amazing fans who are very supportive but it’s a lot different. The crowd reaction is usually the same in both countries, but what differs is the overall amount people who support live music. Toronto is coming around though.”Ironically, the band’s biggest obstacle is getting over the border, in a van filled with gear and supplies for the road ahead. Touring internationally for After Funk is a true test to their love of music and fans.  There is a great deal of planning that goes into each tour and when traveling out of Canada each band-member is required to apply for a working visa, according to Rosenberg.Tour dates include:April 18th – APK Live – London, ONApril 23rd – The Rivoli – Toronto, ONApril 24th – The Brig – Port Dover, ONApril 25th – The Casbah – Hamilton, ONApril 30th – Rock n Roll Resort – Kerhonkson, NYMay 2nd – The Toucan – Kingston, ONMay 6th – Nectars – Burlington, VTMay 7th – TBA – Hartford, CTMay 8th – Wonderbar – Boston, MAMay 9th – The Spot – Providence, RIMay 13 – Scarlet and Grey – Columbus, OHMay 14th – The Thunderbird Café – Pittsburgh, PA * w/ Turbo SuitMay 15th – ColorDance Music Festival – Stewart, OHMay 16th – Paddy Flaherty’s – Sarnia, ONMay 17th – Come Together Festival – Durham, ONMay 21st – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY w/ Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty BandMay 22nd – The Cage – Toronto, ONMay 23rd – The Corktown Pub – Hamilton, ONMay 27th – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY w/ Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty BandMay 28th – Funk ‘n Waffles – Syracuse, NYMay 29th – The Kings Rook – Erie, PAJune 19th – Harry’s Hoe-Down – Starks, MEJune 20th – Buffalove Music Festival – Silver Creek, NYJuly 3rd – Willy Fest Music & Arts Gathering – College Corner, OHJuly 4th – Farm on Fire Music & Arts Festival – Kirkersvile ,OHJuly 30th – OpenMind Festival – Grenville, QCJuly 31st – OpenMind Festival – Grenville, QCMore with guitarist Phil Tessis:L4LM: What is it like establishing yourself as a Canadian Funk Band?PT: I feel like it might have been easier for us as Canadians to break into the scene in the US. This doesn’t so much have to do with where we’re from but more so that we waited to tour the states until a few years into the bands career. We had our incubation period playing mostly in Southern Ontario, so we really tightened up as a band before we started playing shows and festivals in the states. Breaking into the scene was definitely easier because audiences skipped the bands infancy and are seeing us already developed.L4LM: You have opened for groups like Lettuce, Snarky Puppy and Dumpstaphunk – What is it like to play with these bands? Are there any memorable experiences while playing with these groups?PT: There are too many memorable experiences. I’ve been listening to a few of these bands for years now. I’ve been going to see Snarky Puppy in Toronto since they first started coming here and playing at a jazz club called the Rex, so getting to open for those guys was great. Aside from the music the most memorable experiences were getting to hang with some of my musical inspirations. I’ve been listening and learning from Eric Krasno’s playing since I discovered Soulive when I was 15. So getting to shoot the shit with him and pick his brains after listening to this guy play for 10 years was a huge inspiration.L4LM: What are five ‘must haves’ while on the road?PT:  Water bottles, tent/sleeping bag/pillow, iPod, sunscreen and toll money.last_img read more

Roger Waters To Team Up With All-Star Lineup For Massive Benefit Concert

first_imgFormer Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters will team up with Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Sheryl Crow for a massive Music Heals benefit concert in Washington, DC on October 16. Proceeds from the event will go towards MusiCorps, a non-profit organization that supports wounded soldiers.Roger Waters Announced As Newport Folk Festival HeadlinerTickets go on sale this Friday, June 26th through Live Nation. Learn more about MusiCorps and their programs for wounded veterans here.Waters has participated in MusiCorps events over the years, playing with the organization’s Wounded Warrior Band. Watch them cover Levon Helm’s “Wide River to Cross” at 2012’s “Stand Up For Heroes” event below.last_img read more