Last night, Neil Young and Promise of the Real (which features Lukas and Micah Nelson) played in Leeds, U.K.’s First Direct Arena. The group dusted off a song from the rocker’s back catalog that hasn’t been played in 48 years – that’s 1968, for the record. “If I Could Have Her Tonight” appeared on Young’s 1969 self-titled album.Young started off the number by saying, “This is a song that you probably never even heard in your life….but that’s ok”, before playing the bust out. The group also debuted the track “When You Dance I Can Really Love“. Check out the second live version of “If I Could Have Her Tonight”, courtesy of M. Steiner:Neil Young + Promise of the Real Setlist – First Direct Arena – Leeds, U.K. – 6/10/16After the Gold Rush Heart of Gold Comes a Time The Needle and the Damage Done Mother Earth (Natural Anthem) From Hank to Hendrix Out on the Weekend Unknown Legend Wolf MoonWords (Between the Lines of Age) Winterlong Walk On If I Could Have Her Tonight Down by the River Powderfinger Cowgirl in the Sand Mansion on the Hill Love to Burn Rockin’ in the Free World EncoreWhen You Dance, I Can Really Love Fuckin’ Up [via Jambase]
11. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (2006) – The Flaming Lips:This cheerful hit song doesn’t seem like a political song, but it most certainly is. “If you could blow up the world with the flick of a switch, would you do it,” Wayne Coyne asks in the opening verse. “If you could make everybody poor just so you could be rich, would you do it?” Rumors had circulated following the song’s release, suggesting that the lyrics were written about president George W. Bush, however singer Coyne has made it known that the lyrics are written about the abuse of power in general, and not about Bush in particular. Either way, this song is an essential addition to this list.“With all your power, what would you do?”10. Rich Man’s War (2004) – Steve Earle:In 2004, Country singer/songwriter, Steve Earle released his Grammy winning anti-war/anti-Bush record, The Revolution Starts Now. Since the early 2000’s, Earle had completely pulled back the shade on his staunch Leftist views, and he certainly didn’t walk on eggshells about it. The title track was used in promos for the controversial new Michael Moore film of the time, Fahrenheit 9/11, but “Rich Man’s War” also strikes a deep and noteworthy chord. As of recent, he has continued his progressive fight with a song called “Mississippi, It’s Time,” a song about the removal of the Confederate Flag as the state flag. All proceeds of the song went to the Southern Poverty Law Center; a civil rights organization located in Montgomery, Alabama.9. Ignorance Is Bliss (2004) – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains:One of Les Claypool’s many side-projects, Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains consisted of Claypool, Buckethead, Brian ‘Brain’ Mantia and Bernie — no, not that Bernie — Bernie Worrell. Claypool gets extremely political in this song which hurls daggers at George W. Bush. “Straight from the video store, Billy’s marching off to war. I heard they called our Lady Liberty a greasy little whore. Well, the market’s on the boil, we’re down a couple quarts of oil, and the President’s reacting like an old near-sighted mohel.” Definitely a priceless nugget of the Claypool catalogue.8. Moneyland (2008) – Del McCoury Band & Friends:Del McCoury’s Moneyland album was a colossal collaboration of musical kinfolk, with contributions from artists such as Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby and more. The title track is a scathing attack on Wall Street and corporate greed. The lyrics embody everything the Occupy movement was all about. “It’s a pity to see, when the land of the free, turned out to be, nothing but a free-for-all. If you got big dough, you’re freer than most, ‘cause your freedom goes up, with the size of your bankroll,” sings McCoury. “It’s a money disease, it’s a thing called greed, and it feeds on those who need the money most, in Moneyland. It ain’t so funny when you ain’t got no money, in Moneyland.”7. Freedom (2002) – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe:Beginning with some spoken word poetry that paints images of slavery and oppression, the song then launches into a dynamic and energetic jam. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe raises the roof while raising some important questions. “What is freedom when it comes at a cost?” The politically-charged poetics of Saul Williams and Michael Franti are added to the mix as well, and bring the unbridled energy of this song to life. It’s a freedom-loving political party — no pun intended.6. Alright (2015) – Kendrick Lamar:Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly was not only a groundbreaking hip-hop album, it was a musical milestone. It’s one of those albums that flawlessly encapsulates the culture, politics and overall spirit of a particular time and place. With the Black Lives Matter movement in full swing, and an historic election season just about to begin; this record was a defining moment in hip-hop history. Music has always been a reflection of what is happening in society, and when anti-police-brutality demonstrations were spreading across the nation, protesters began chanting the refrain from the spirit-lifting hit track, “Alright.” “We gonna be alright — we gonna be alright,” the young protesters would often chant. It was a beautiful snapshot in a time of defiant perseverance. The universal language of music spoken directly in the face of appalling oppression. Pure beauty.5. Let’s Impeach The President (2006) – Neil Young:In 2006, toward the latter end of the George W. Bush administration, Neil Young rush-released this Grammy nominated protest album of what he would call “metal folk protest music.” The album was called Living with War, and much like his protest classic “Ohio” from June of 1970, this record was written in an incredibly short amount of time, and rushed to release. Young’s urgency to release the record wasn’t a surprise, as he has always been known to be extremely passionate regarding social, environmental and political issues. With the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at their most bloody, this record was a bold and rebellious call for peace during a time of shameless nationalism and seemingly endless confrontation.4. Bu$hleaguer (2002) – Pearl Jam:Remember, folks — Eddie Vedder was against the war way before it was cool. Back in 2002, the war drums were pounding with deafening force, and any voices of dissent were often quickly quelled by jingoistic jeers and the insufferably vociferous chants of U.S.A. — U.S.A. — U.S.A.During the Riot Act tour, Vedder would regularly perform their song “Bu$leaguer” while wearing a rubber George W. Bush mask, which was often met with boos from the audience who were obviously too swept up in patriotic pro-war pride to think twice about what we all were getting ourselves into. However, in times such as these, there are always those few rebellious voices, such as Vedder’s, that go against the grain, and open our eyes and minds to a more righteous way.3. Rich Man’s World (2011) – Immortal Technique:Immortal Technique’s “Rich Man’s World” from his 2011 album, The Martyr, as well as the Occupy This Album compilation is, in all seriousness, the Mount Everest of songs about corporate greed. This truly could’ve been the official anthem for the Occupy movement, if there was one. Every single lyric punches you in the face with unchecked defiance. Sung from the perspective of the 1%, these highly insidious lyrics will make your blood boil, enough to inspire you to take to the streets and demand for ourselves a better world. The song begins with a monologue from the 1976 satirical film, Network, then explodes into the rapid-fire, tongue-twisting vocal delivery that so naturally flows from this political hip-hop heavyweight. Every word is worth listening to.2. When the President Talks to God (2006) – Bright Eyes:From the brilliant lyrical mind of singer/songwriter Conor Oberst comes this exceptionally-crafted folk song which eviscerates former President George W. Bush. “When the President talks to God, are the conversations brief or long? Does he ask to rape our women’s rights, or send poor farm kids off to die? Does God suggest an oil hike, when the President talks to God?” sings an impassioned Conor Oberst. The ominous twang of acoustic guitar only adds to the poignancy of the lyrics, which cut right through to the bone. “When the President talks to God, does he ever think that maybe he’s not? That that voice is just inside his head, when he kneels next to the presidential bed? Does he ever smell his own bullshit, when the President talks to God?”1. Ohmerica (2016) – The Claypool Lennon Delirium:We’ll end with the most recent. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, which is made up of Les Claypool (Primus) and Sean Lennon (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) is without a shadow of a doubt, going to go down as one of the greatest records of the year. This track, primarily sung by Lennon, is a politically-charged psychedelic work of mastery. It’s a cleverly-crafted attack on government secrecy and mass surveillance. “We’re reading your mail, and tapping your phones, and if you don’t like it, we’ll send in the drones” sings Lennon, with echoing remnants of his father lingering within. Claypool is the yin to Lennon’s yang, as this first collaboration of these two modern-day psychedelic Goliaths is a mind-blowing musical excursion not to be ignored.These twenty songs are just the tip of the iceberg, as far as finding important and meaningful political music goes nowadays. But if you’re looking for a place to start, these songs are a highly-encouraged suggestion.Whether it be the old folk songs that sang for worker’s rights, the anti-war protest songs of the 60’s/70’s, the societal and systemic slammings of the 70’s/80’s punk rock scene, the feminist riot grrrl bands of the 90’s, or the twenty songs listed above; music will always be there to serve as a mirror image of the world in which we live. Music is all about connection. When art and rebellion are combined, the result is absolutely dazzling. Whether you realize it or not, these songs connect us all. And when we all become one, we are capable of anything.So, I’ll close with four simple yet accurate words of Mr. Zack de la Rocha of the late great, Rage Against The Machine: “Anger is a gift.”Written by Joseph Conlon “Dangerous times demand dangerous songs,” said Tom Morello in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. We couldn’t agree more.There is a very good reason why Morello, along with B-Real from Cypress Hill, Chuck D from Public Enemy and Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine decided to form the supergroup Prophets of Rage. The world needs the protest music of the kind created by these artists now more than ever. Prophets of Rage are taking the summer of 2016 by storm, and with the return of these songs comes with it the reinvigorated interest in what Morello likes to call, “Rebel Music.”In June of 2015, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave/The Nightwatchmen) created Firebrand Records; a record label specifically geared toward artists with a political and social conscience. “The label gives you one-stop shopping for all your rebel music needs,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone last year. “In these troubled times, successful social movements always require a great soundtrack — and we aim to provide it.”Rock n’ roll and politics have always gone hand-in-hand. From the struggles that are ingrained in rock n’ roll’s blues roots, through the protest songs of the 1960’s and the punk explosion of the late-70’s, to this very day. Rock n’ roll music has always been there to protest, subvert, rebel and to rage against social and political injustices.These are no doubt very political days in which we live. Yet at times, it seems as if the popular music, which traditionally is there to reflect turbulent times such as these, has been mysteriously absent in recent years.During the 1960’s and 1970’s, rebel music defined a generation. From pioneers of the early-60’s folk scene such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Phil Ochs — to the anti-war songs of the latter end of the decade and early-70’s; politically conscious popular music changed not only an entire nation, but the entire world. It proved that music with a message, if given a proper platform, was a force that could create real change. And it is this kind of force, that gets people in positions of power uncomfortable.After this time, radicalism predominantly faded away from popular music in America. While the 80’s and 90’s had their fair share of incredibly important protest songs, it was nothing compared to the tsunami of consciousness created by the counter-culture of previous decades. By the late-90’s, in a world of musical plasticity, it seemed there was nowhere left to go for meaningful music. The circling of the drain only continued after 9/11, and the dark days of the second Bush administration. This was a time when subversive music was frequently banned from radio and other media outlets, and at times removed from circulation altogether. Bands like Rage Against The Machine, Rammstein and System Of A Down were forced to cancel tours and/or had their songs and music videos banned from radio and television. Even good ol’ American groups like The Dixie Chicks were put on blast because of their anti-war stance. These were indeed terrifyingly Orwellian times.As a result, meaningful rock n’ roll had all but disappeared from the mainstream. Pre-packaged, manufactured pop stars would dominate the popular music world for nearly two decades. However during this time, there remained an undercurrent of musicians and artists who decided to keep their political conscience alive and thriving. This article serves to highlight some of the best politically-charged music from the post-9/11 era. The music that despite being outshined by the florescent glow of mainstream pop slop, continues to be the ever-living heartbeat of integrity and rebellion that still pumps vigorously through today’s rock music scene. This is a 20-song list (in no particular order) of some of the standout tracks from the past 15 years that kept the fires of art and rebellion burning strong.20. We Don’t Stop (2003) – Michael Franti & Spearhead:Musician, activist, poet, singer/songwriter Michael Franti has never been one to shy away from social and political issues. This funky anti-war anthem from his 2003 album titled Everyone Deserves Music was ahead of it’s time with it’s impervious war-resisting message. The upbeat get-up-and-jump pace and hip-hop styled lyrics create a treasure trove of brightly composed poetic brilliance. Give it a listen!19. No More (Live) (2008) – Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper:Just two days before the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Eddie Vedder along with Iraq War veteran Thomas Young hand-selected a collection of both current and classic anti-war songs, to create a compilation album entitled Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran. The record also served as a soundtrack for the 2007 documentary Body Of War. Veteran Thomas Young called the assortment of songs his “personal soundtrack for Iraq.” “The songs that I selected for the record were tracks that inspired, motivated, and at times, literally saved me over the past few years” Young said. “No More” was the one and only song on the record specifically written for the film. It is a song that Eddie Vedder has personally dedicated to Iraq War veteran Thomas Young; who has since become a spokesperson for IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War).18. Marching on Ferguson (2014)- Tom Morello:In wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, which came as a result of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in the summer of ‘14, Tom Morello rushed this single out to the masses. Standing in unflinching solidarity with the protesters of Ferguson, this song was a fierce protest song reminiscent of the old days of Rage Against The Machine. All profits from the single were donated to the cause of bailing Ferguson protesters out of jail and supporting the frontlines of the budding Black Lives Matter movement.17. We Called It America (2009) – NOFX:Love them or hate them, California’s NOFX is responsible for some of the last remaining great punk rock out there. Not to mention the political lyricism from the hedonistic singer/bassist known as Fat Mike. There are lots of selections to choose from, but this track from the band’s 2009 album Coaster deserves your attention. With lines like, “Remember when America had a middle-class and an upper class? That was way before the exodus. That was the America that we thought was number one,” it would be a shame to overlook this gem of late-2000’s punk rock.16. Dear Mr. President (2010) – Fitz and the Tantrums:Fitz and the Tantrums have changed their sound a lot over the years, but in 2010, they released their neo-soul masterwork Pickin’ Up The Pieces. The entire album is worth a listen, but this hit track was also an important political statement. “Dear Mr. President,” a song about poverty, addiction and economic inequality struck a chord with present day troubles many people are living with. You can truly hear the fire in lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick’s belly as he fervently sings the culminating line “Dear Mr. President, put your foot down!”15. Road to Peace (2006) – Tom Waits:“Road to Peace” is an anti-war song from Tom Waits’ three-disc masterpiece known as Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. The song tackles the hot-button Israel/Palestine conflict with a blunt and poetic brilliance that could only come from the prosaic mind of Tom Waits. “Maybe God himself is lost and needs help. And he’s lost upon the road to peace.”14. Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher) (2010) – Gogol Bordello:Since the early 2000’s, multi-cultural gypsy punks, Gogol Bordello have built themselves a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting bands to see live today. This is no doubt, by and large, thanks to charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, who’s untamed spirit and electric personality could give an adrenaline rush to a dead man. This track off of their seventh album Trans-Continental Hustle, speaks for the unheard voices of today’s immigrants. With rabble-rousing energy and truth-telling lyrics like, “In corridors full of teargas, our destinies change every day. Like deleted scenes from Kafka, flushed down the bureaucratic drain. But if you give me the invitation, to hear the bells of freedom chime. To hell with your double standard, we comin’ rougher every time,” this song carries with it an extremely powerful message, which should resonate deeply with all people of the world.13. Evolve (2003) – Ani DiFranco:When you examine the words of Ani DiFranco’s “Evolve” from her 2003 album of the same name, it becomes abundantly clear DiFranco had her finger on the pulse of the counter-culture message of the time. From environmental concerns, to marijuana, to prisons, to religious fundamentalists, to war and corporate greed; “Evolve” covers all the bases. Not to mention, Ani’s infectious vocal performance and impeccable guitar work which is nothing short of remarkable.12. Boom (2003) / B.Y.O.B. (2005) – System of a Down:It was tough to choose just one song from System of a Down‘s latter years. Following the band’s post-9/11 hiatus, Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan returned with a vengeance. “Boom,” from their comeback record Steal This Album is an incredibly compelling and moving anti-war opus. “Modern globalization, coupled with condemnations, unnecessary death, matador corporations puppeting your frustrations with a blinded flag, manufacturing consent is the name of the game, the bottom line is money, nobody gives a fuck, 4,000 hungry children leave us per hour from starvation, while billions are spent on bombs, creating death showers.” You can’t get more in-your-face than that.“B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bombs)” is the standout single from their 2005 double-release Mezmerize/Hypnotize. Arguably one of the most popular rock songs of the year, this track was a rare anti-war smash hit, in a time where most music of this ilk was being swept under the rug. “Why don’t presidents fight the war, why do they only send the poor?” begs a wailing Serj Tankian as the song builds to a ferocious conclusion.
John Mayer is killing it right now. Just passing his one-year anniversary of joining up with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti as the “Company” to original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart‘s “Dead”, the bluesy guitarist and singer seems to be having an amazing time on stage. The positive energy that follows The Dead and their related projects seems to have signaled a shift in Mayer’s attitude, as he seems to have toned down his focus on his celebrity and turned up his focus on his musicianship.Mayer sat down with Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke to talk about his first summer tour with Dead & Company, his acceptance into “Dead” culture, his desire for Phil Lesh to sit in with the band, and the advice that Phish‘s Trey Anastasio gave him backstage at last summer’s Fare Thee Well concerts.See below for a few choice quotes from the interview.On expanding the setlist to include more Grateful Dead songs this summer:I’m really keen to check out “Dire Wolf” and “High Time”. Bob mentioned “Box of Rain”, and I said, “Do I need to reach out to Phil, get his blessing?” And he said, “Absolutely not. Phil would love it.” The great thing is that its one of those rock-solid core songs that happens to be in my range vocally – but also in my range metaphysically.On how the band members pick who sings each song:Bobby is singing “Dark Star.” The delegating of songs falls into two rules. If Bobby sang it originally, Bobby is still singing it. If Jerry sang it, if my vocal range can get it, I usually go for that song. And it’s really sweet. There are a couple of songs Bob wants to hold on to half of the blanket with, so there are some songs that we share.Discussing his interaction with Trey Anastasio backstage at Fare Thee Well:[Trey told me that] “this doesn’t belong to anybody. It doesn’t belong to you or me or anyone else.” It was loud backstage. There was a drum solo happening [laughs]. But what a sweet guy, who in the middle of his break during one of the most intensive concerts anyone has played, when I asked him about his guitar, he takes it off, puts it around my neck and says, “Check it out.”It’s the pay-it-forward thing. Someone instilled that in him. He helped instill that in me. And when there’s another guy coming up, I’ll be putting the guitar around his neck.Click here to read the full interview between John Mayer and Rolling Stone!
Couch Tour continues for Grateful Dead fans, as the powerhouse Dead & Company super-group will be live-streaming their two-night run from the famed Alpine Valley in Elkhorn, WI. The shows take place this weekend on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th.The Grateful Dead played Alpine Valley twenty times in the 80’s, and the venue became a Midwestern fan favorite. With HD and Standard options available, two-night passes being offered, and a bundle that includes a download of the show, Dead & Company are pulling out all the stops for fans to experience their first shows at one of The Dead’s most storied venues.Find all the details for the webcasts here.
Last night, Gov’t Mule brought their Smokin’ Mule tour to CEFCU Center Stage, a beautiful riverside venue in Peoria, IL, on a gorgeous summer night. The one set show brought it all that has been happening on the tour: Mule favorites, choice covers, and sit-ins from members of Blackberry Smoke.Southern-rockers Blackberry Smoke opened the show when the sun was still shining brightly on concertgoers. Their brand of music was certainly a nice pairing with Gov’t Mule. They played songs such as “One Horse Town” and even jammed a solid Bob Marley tune in “Three Little Birds”. They did a great job as an opener.By the time Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Jorgen Carlsson, and Danny Louis took the stage, the sun had set beyond the river. The night was dark and ready for Gov’t Mule. They opened up with an energetic “Slackjaw Jezebel” to fans’ delight. As they continued with their set, Mule’s consistency of musicianship was completely present in the show. With the venue being on the Illinois River, a massive fifty-foot barge slowly passed behind the stage. As if in a perfect moment of jam-world synchronicity, as Haynes belted out “Brighter Days,” the barge, probably hearing the awesome music of Mule, shined an incredibly bright light on the scene from the middle of the river, causing the crowd to go crazy. Perhaps in a nod to the passing vessel and its beacon of light, it seemed as if Haynes belted out even stronger, “Long for brighter days far behind me…” It was a cool moment of the show.The foursome only played harder, edgier, and better from that point out. One of Mule’s oldest songs, “Left Coast Groovies,” was played flawlessly. “Unring the Bell” was another highlight of the show. After the singing faded and it went to the jam, Haynes’ guitar solo took the music to another level. His ability to hit notes that speak to your soul was on full display during the jam. As has happened before in the song, he even included the famous guitar riff from “Shakedown Street” in the jam. Afterwards they slowed things down with a powerful “Endless Parade,” one of their slower tunes but one that packs a lot of energy. The end of the set brought the reggae/dub side of Mule with “I’m a Ram” which included a segment of the Beatles’ “Love Me Do.”As has been the standard for the encore slot of the Smokin’ Mule tour, the band brought up guitarist Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke to help them play some well-known hits. The encore of Peoria reckoned back to Halloween 2014, when Gov’t Mule played two shows dubbed “Young Mule.” Neil Young’s “Cowgirl in the Sand” was the first song played, and though it certainly was played well, it took a back seat to the song that followed. As soon as the band began Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” the crowd went absolutely ecstatic. One of the most iconic rock-and-roll songs of all time was a great way to end the night. And if that weren’t enough, the song contained Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” jam sandwiched inside. It was a fantastic way to end the night. The Smokin’ Mule tour continues tonight in Des Moines before heading out west to Red Rocks and California.Check out a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Ojeda Photography, as well as the setlist.fm setlist.Edit this setlist | More Gov’t Mule setlists Load remaining images
One of the most exciting announcements in recent memory was the announcement of a John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring tour to come at the end of 2017. The tour will see McLaughlin playing the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra for one farewell journey, and will see support from Herring and his band on each night of the run. The two guitarists have promised an extended collaborative encore for each night of the run as well, only adding to the magic.The only down side to this announcement is that the tour is not scheduled until the end of 2017. To keep us excited, McLaughlin recorded a video to the Huffington Post talking about the tour! We can’t wait for these performances. Check out the video, below.Huffington Post also included a great 2015 jam session with John McLaughlin and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, and Jimmy Herring. Watch below and enjoy!
With so many festivals today, many artists have found success by curating their own events, catered to their loyal fanbase. Shovels & Rope are the latest to follow this trend, putting together a stacked lineup of Americana greats for the first annual High Water Festival. Taking place at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC, the two day event will run from April 22-23rd, and will feature headlining sets from The Avett Brothers, The Shins and Shovels & Rope.The full lineup continues with a number of great artists, including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Dawes, Jump, Little Children, Lucius, Margo Price, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Deer Tick, JD McPherson, John Moreland and so many more. You can see the full lineup poster below.Tickets are on sale now, and all information can be found on the official website.
On December 31st at Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN, a brand new musical event is set to change how the Twin Cities celebrate New Year’s Eve forever. The inaugural SnowtaNYE is an experiential multi-stage indoor music festival featuring heavy hitters like Big Gigantic, Tipper, Infected Mushroom (DJ Set), Waka Flocka Flame, Prof, Hippie Sabotage, Bobby Raps and DJ Abilities, as well as an audience of passionate music fans making the pilgrimage from 30+ different states! The event’s performances will be spread across two massive convention halls, as well as a third stage and VIP lounge.According to festival organizers, “This is the first event of it’s scale & complexity for both the Minneapolis Convention Center and the state of Minnesota in general. We are creating a 21st century festival experience complete with everything from carnival rides to VR demos. A massive multi-genre music lineup coexisting with a fully immersive and interactive environment is definitely where the future lies for these types of events.”While the exciting artist lineup is the event’s focal point, the SnowtaNYE organizers have much more than music in store for the fans. The event’s attendees will be able to enjoy an indoor ferris wheel, a giant slide, a skateboard demo from Cal Surf & 3rd Lair, pop-up art galleries, virtual reality demos, and so much more. Finally, the event will reach its climax as the clock strikes 12, with the largest, most involved New Year’s countdown production in Minnesota history. “The production for the countdown to midnight is going to be incredible… I can’t say much on it, but it will definitely far exceed anything Minneapolis or most of the Midwest has witnessed at an indoor festival.. lots of surprises!”, they go on to explain.For all those people who are not content with one night of celebrating the onset of 2017, the festival will also include two separate pre-parties at two brand new Minneapolis music venues on the night of December 30th, with DRAM heading up the bill at Music Hall MPLS and Michal Menert and Desert Dwellers leading the lineup at The Lex.SnowtaNYE represents a significant budding alliance between two major players in the Minneapolis music scene–TC Presents, one of the city’s leading EDM promoters, and Rhymesayers Entertainment, who bring their hip-hop flavor to the party.You can win tickets to the event–and check out this exciting preview video–by checking out SnowtaNYE’s Facebook contest below:For more information, or to purchase tickets to this sure-to-be magical event, head to SnowtaNYE’s website.
For the past few weeks, Greensky Bluegrass has welcomed fellow folk musicians Fruition on tour. The two bands each put on impressively soulful sets individually, and have been collaborating at a majority of their double-billed shows. That run ended last night at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, with Fruition delivering a strong opening set before handing the stage over to Greensky.Greensky would return the favor in the middle of their first set, as they welcomed out Fruition’s Jay Cobb Anderson for a rendition of “Fixin’ To Ruin.” Fellow Fruitioners Kellen Asebrook and Mimi Naja came out next, lending a hand on “Jaywalking” and “Death Comes Knocking” to set The Vic ablaze! After the collaborative fun, Greensky closed out the first set with a fiery take on “Living Over.”Set two featured more great Greensky jams, including an opening “Take Cover” that included a performance of “Go Cubs Go.” The Cubs anthem was first played by Greensky after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, and was certainly brought out in honor of the team’s hometown. They also covered Prince and Pink Floyd in the second set, closing things out with a major medley that included “Time” into “Leap Year” into “Breathe Reprise” into “Leap Year” again! The night closed with a tease-heavy rendition of “Don’t Lie” as an encore, with the band teasing all of the songs from the first set, in order!Check out some video highlights below, as well as the setlist and a full gallery from Phierce Photo. Greensky will resume touring next Friday, February 17th, with a performance opening for Umphrey’s McGee in Asheville, NC. Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | The Vic Theatre | Chicago, IL | 2/11/17Set 1:DemonsCry HolyWhile WaitingKerosene (1)Past my PrimeFixin to ruin (2)Jaywalking (3)Death Comes Knockin (3)Living OverSet 2Take Cover >Go Cubs Go >Take CoverBurn ThemThe Four (4) >Hold On >When Doves Cry (1)Wings for Wheels (5)Old Barns (5) (6)Clinch Mountain Backstep >Time (7) >Leap Year >Breathe >Leap YearEncoreDon’t Lie (8) (9) (10) (11) (1)(1) – w/ Reuben’s train tease(2) – w/Jay Cobb Anderson(3) – w/ Jay Cobb Anderson, Mimi Naja, Kellen Asebrook(4) – foxy lady tease(5) – w/ Kellen Asebrook(6) – New Barns arrangement(7) – Demons tease(8) – Teased all first set songs in order(9) – Norwegian wood tease(10) – 1999 tease(11) – I’m a little tea pot tease[Setlist compiled by Andrew Sturtz of Camp Greensky] Load remaining images
The setlist is posted below, courtesy of the Ween Appreciation Society, as well as a full gallery from Erik Kabik.Setlist: Ween | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 2/17/17Set: Don’t Shit Where You Eat, Can’t Put My Finger On It, Golden Eel, The Stallion Part 3, Gabrielle, I Got A Weasel, You Fucked Up, Tick, The Stallion Part 2, Woman and Man, Your Party*, Pork Roll Egg & Cheese, Japanese Cowboy, Transdermal Celebration, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony, Object, Back to Basom, Tender Situation, Powder Blue, You Were The Fool, Johnny On The Spot, Mr. Richard Smoker, Nan, Zoloft, Ocean Man, Demon Sweat^Encore: Fiesta, Pollo Asado*Angelo Moore – Saxaphone^Gener on Keyboards & Without Glenn Load remaining images Back in Las Vegas, NV for the first time since 2005, Ween settled into the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas for the first a three night run. The mayhem started from note one, as the band opened up with “Don’t Shit Where You Eat” and kept the tunes rocking all night long. The band treated fans to takes on “The Stallion Part 3” and “Part 2,” as well as fan favorites like “Pork Roll Egg & Cheese,” “Transdermal Celebration,” “Mister Would You Please Help My Pony” and more.One of the big highlights of the night came on the song “Your Party,” when saxophonist Angelo Moore (of Fishbone) joined the band on stage. Gene Ween would also play keyboards on “Demon Sweat” to close out the set, before returning for a two song encore of “Fiesta” and “Pollo Asado.”Check out some videos below, courtesy of ikwil70 on YouTube.