The inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival is set to take place April 25-27, right in the midst of Jazz Fest. With top-notch talent from George Porter, Jr., Anders Osborne, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Papa Mali, Honey Island Swamp Band, Neville Jacobs, and dozens of other local favorites in various supergroup formations, plus 5,000 lbs of hot boiled crawfish from Chris “Shaggy” Davis the NOLA Crawfish King, the event promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom.The three-day event will conclude with the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off, where twenty teams will compete for the best crawfish boil determined by a panel of NOLA celebrity judges. This year’s celebrity judges will include NOLA rockers Anders Osborne and Dave Malone of The Radiators and Raw Oyster Cult, award-winning chef Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie, renowned chef Kristen Essig, Al Scramuzza the original “Crawfish King”, and Miss Louisiana 2016 Maaliyah Papillion. The cook-off will go down on Wednesday, April 27th. If you would like to participate as a cook please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Osborne is a staple on the NOLA music scene and nationally, playing everywhere from Jazz Fest to Jam Cruise. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films and he appeared in an episode of HBO’s Treme. Malone rose to prominence with The Radiators and now performs in Raw Oyster Cult with John “Papa” Gros of Papa Grows Funk. He has performed and collaborated with a number of high profile acts over the years, including Warren Haynes, Maceo Parker, David Hidalgo, and Greg Allman.Zimet is a popular local chef at award-winning Boucherie. Zimet was a “Chopped” champion in 2012 and Boucherie has racked up its fair share of accolades over the years, including “Best New Restaurant” in New Orleans Magazine in 2009. Essig started both Cavan, a new Magazine Street restaurant from the owners of Sylvain, and French Quarter bistro Meauxbar. At the moment she is looking forward to pursuing new ventures in 2017.Scarmuzza, 90, is widely regarded in New Orleans as a local legend and ran the well-known Louisiana establishment Seafood City for 45 years. The old local character popularized crawfish in New Orleans when he started perfecting his boil recipe in the 1950s.Papillion is a 21-year-old college student planning to pursue a PhD in Psychology. She is actively involved in several charities, most passionately as a partner with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) striving to educate citizens on the issues of safe and responsible driving.General admission to the festival includes one beer and a guaranteed minimum of two pounds of crawfish with all the fixings. Single day passes will be available, but a three-day pass is the best way to enjoy the full hometown experience. A limited amount of VIP passes will also be available, allowing full 360° access to a festival experience. Get tickets and more info at nolacrawfishfest.com.
Final Update: The full lineup was revealed and can be found in our coverage here.Update: 5:45pm ET: The String Cheese Incident will make their return to the festival next year.Update 4:45 PM ET: Greensky Bluegrass and Umphrey’s McGee have also been added to the 2017 LOCKN’ lineup.Update 4:00PM ET – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Tauk, Margo Price, The Suffers, The Marcus King Band, and Los Colognes have also been added to the bill, in addition to The Avett Brothers, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Keller Williams, Brandi Carlile, Moe., Gov’t Mule, Eric Krasno Band, John Butler Trio, and JJ Grey & Mofro.Update 2:00PM ET – Moe., Gov’t Mule, Eric Krasno Band, John Butler Trio, and JJ Grey & Mofro have also been added to the bill, in addition to The Avett Brothers, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Keller Williams, and Brandi Carlile.Update 1:00PM ET – Keller Williams and Brandi Carlile have also both been announced for the 2017 LOCKN’ Festival, in addition to The Avett Brothers and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead who were revealed in the initial announcement.Check out the full lineup announce graphic featuring all four artists here:After a triumphant year in 2016, LOCKN’ has revealed their plans for the 2017 event! Today, the festival has revealed initial plans for their festival, announcing that both The Avett Brothers and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead would be performing at the festival. LOCKN’ 2017 is scheduled for August 24-27 in Arrington, VA.The festival seems to have reverted to its old marketing technique of revealing artists in small increments, so be prepared for many more announcements from the beloved jam scene event. You can find more information here.
Beloved band Greensky Bluegrass got to work at the Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis last night, hitting the Midwest venue as the second stop along their extensive winter tour. The band has been energized of late from their recently released 2016 album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, and even had some extra oomph from their recent inclusion on the 2017 Bonnaroo lineup.The band wasted no time getting down in Indy, opening up their show with “Wings For Wheels” before turning into their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” and “Time.” They included their classic tunes like “The Four”, before ending the first set with “Past My Prime.” The second frame only brought more fun to the venue, as the band covered The Beatles’ “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” within the song “Reuben’s Train.” They did another cover sandwich later on in the set, sandwiching the Smokey Robinson classic “I Second That Emotion” within “Broke Mountain Breakdown.’After an encore that included a dedication to Jon Rosenberger, the band bid their fans a fond farewell. You can see the full setlist below, as compiled by Camp Greensky’s Andrew Sturtz, as well as a full gallery of images by Phierce Photo.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | The Vogue Theatre | Indianapolis, IN | 1/12/17Set 1: Wings for Wheels > Breathe > Time, Handguns, Old Barns (1), Living Over, The Four (2) > Eat My Dust, What’s Left Of The Night, Past My Prime (3)Set 2: Dustbowl Overtures, Into The Rafters, Reuben’s Train > Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? > Reuben’s Train, Bottle Dry, Salty Dog, Merely Avoiding, Broke Mountain Breakdown > Second That Emotion > Broke Mountain BreakdownEncore: Reverend (4), Clinch Mountain Backstep(1) – New Barns arrangement(2) – Walk on the wild side tease/quotes(3) – Eye of the tiger tease(4) – dedicated to Jon Rosenberger Load remaining images
Dweezil Zappa joined Jimmy Kimmel‘s band Cleo and the Cleotones last night at the Hollywood television studio set of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Without ever fully engaging in a complete song, Dweezil helps the house band rock in and out of show breaks with covers of AC/DC‘s “Black In Back,” the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Whipping Post,” and Frank Zappa‘s “Willie The Pimp.” Special guests of the show include Will Arnett and Gabrielle Union!Watch clips of his late night jamming below:Fans of Frank Zappa might remember his mind-blowing cover of “Whipping Post” from the early 1980’s. Watch it here if you haven’t already!
Last night, The String Cheese Incident returned to the stage at Crystal Bay, NV’s Crystal Bay Club for their second of three nights in the beautiful, ski lodge-like wood-paneled room. The venue has served as a perfect stop for String Cheese on their current Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival Tour, which has seen the band head to their favorite ski towns for a series of intimate Incidents (including a ski-up show on the side of a mountain last weekend in Telluride and much more).While not much media has surfaced yet in the way of video content from this show, you have enjoy an assortment of fan-shot clips below via Instagram: The band returns to the Crystal Bay Club tonight for the final show on their Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival Tour. Lucky for us, the Cheese never rests for long–the band will be back in action on April 5th for the first of two nights at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, or to purchase tickets, head here.You can live-stream audio from tonight’s Tahoe finale via Live Cheese mixlr.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Crystal Bay Club | Crystal Bay, NV | 3/18/17Set One: Miss Brown’s Teahouse, The Road Home, Cottonmouth, Eat My Dust, Walls of Time, Late In The Evening, Falling Through The Cracks > BeautifulSet Two: Just One Story > Search, Until The Music’s Over, My One And Only, Hi Ho No Show, Turn This Around > Nothing But FlowersEncore: The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)[Cover photo via ontheDL Photography]
Rocker, record producer, and Third Man Records founder Jack White is always keeping busy, whether he’s working on music with projects like Dead Weather or The Raconteurs, releasing solo material, or welcoming other artists into his Nashville studio. It had been a while since we’d heard from White, so the surprise release of his new single “Battle Cry” yesterday isn’t truly all that surprising. Listen to the anthemic 2.5 minute track below:The track is a typically-ripping Jack White guitar romp, with the only vocal portions coming in the form of sparse chants and athletic grunts. “Battle Cry” was written specifically for a new promotional film from baseball bat company Warstic, of which White is a partial owner. White himself also appears in the film alongside MLB all-star Ian Kinsler. The YouTube description for the video explains what’s going on in the action-packed one-minute clip entitled “Warcry: The Battle of the Hawk & the Raven,” which you can view below via the Warstic YouTube page:“A professional baseball player (Ian Kinsler) battles to get his mind right in the locker room before a big game. He struggles to find focus as the crowd noise outside the locker signals the impending war. We see inside the inside the psyche of the hitter.The hitter is taunted by a raven spirit, played by a dark, shadowy trickster-type figure (Jack White), who plays mind games with the hitter. He challenges his faith. Does he really believe in himself? Is he fearless? Does he have the grit to endure the war? The Raven brings thoughts of fear (represented by fire) to escalate the perceived magnitude of the game. The Raven gets the hitter hyper-focused on past struggles in a training session, where he can’t get his mechanics synced up. The hitter is shown getting frustrated to the point of screaming at his bat as the Raven flashes images of death (skull) a to cloud the hitter’s fate.A hawk spirit, represented by a Southeast Woodlands Native Hunter (Thosh Collins), sets out from his campsite in search of the hitter’s heart and mind. He carries the the power of higher perspective and clear site to quiet the hitter’s thoughts and help the hitter locate his mark. As the hawk pursues him faster, and gets closer, the hitter regains belief. The hitter selects and inspects his weapon (bat) and his confidence increases. He rises, and walks down the dark tunnel toward the arena. At the end of the tunnel the hitter is taunted one last time by the raven. The hitter directly acknowledges the raven’s existence, (fear), but passes by without hesitation and steps onto the field hungry for a kill and focused on his task. As the hitter and hunter draw their weapons, the hitter’s mind is calm, and thru his steady breath the hunter spirit is called forward. Hitter and hunter are now one thought. Warrior. The game slows down for the Warrior as his focus comes to a razor sharp point. As the warrior raises his weapon (bat and arrow), the raven turns and walks away having accomplished his goal of transforming the hitter’s mentality from the hunted, to the to the hunter. We end with a war cry by the warrior.”“Battle Cry” will also be released on limited edition, one-sided, gold colored 7-inch vinyl for Record Store Day 2017 (April 22nd).[h/t – Consequence of Sound]
Trent Reznor and company have officially released the latest Nine Inch Nails‘ EP, ADD VIOLENCE. The 5-song EP is available digitally – download or stream HERE – with limited edition physical copies set for a release in September via NIN.com. This current set is the second in a trilogy of EP’s that the group will release, following the first Not The Actual Events that came out in 2016.NIN already debuted two tracks from the album, the 80’s synth-laced “Less Than,” and the more dark, brooding “This Isn’t The Place.” An earlier press release described, ADD VIOLENCE, the second installment of the trilogy as, “The sonic palette expands significantly from Not the Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance. The narrative arc linking the three records begins to emerge through the disassociated lyrics and the provocative and clue-filed cover artwork and accompanying physical component.”Panorama NYC: The Future Of The Festival ExperienceNine Inch Nails has a few select festival dates this summer, including headlining spots at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest this coming weekend, and New York City’s Panorama Festival on July 30th. Take a listen to the new collection of songs below:Nine Inch Nails – 2017 Festival Dates7/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest7/30 – New York, NY @ Panorama Festival9/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest10/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Fest
Load remaining images On Wednesday night, the Duke City received a royal visit. Hosting one of the historical greats, the Kiva Auditorium held court for the legendary Herbie Hancock. Brought by the irreplaceable AMP productions, the promise of this night’s performance drew a crowd of all ages who attentively listened and shined in wonder of Hancock from start to finish.Although using an established, undeviating setlist for this tour, there is nothing standard about the music being played. Clocking in at just under two hours, Hancock & Company are delivering a single set and encore that swings the spectrum of new and old pieces by this master of jazz and fusion. Consisting of only six songs, each piece reached double digits in length and was executed precisely, even to the most learned jazz aficionados in the house.Although most reviews give a blow by blow detailing of a performance, this experience was one that would fall under the category of ineffable and would remain short even still if every expression in the book were used. What made this concert stand in such a way were of course the pieces as well as the performers.The BandVinnie Colaiuta & James GenusFor over four decades, Vinnie Colaiuta has literally played with everyone from every genre and continues to do so. Watching him perform, it is a wonder that no one has given him the nickname “The Train” as he incessantly chugs along, keeping perfect time, and maneuvers the twists and turns of whatever track he is driving. His face constantly mimics the energy of his contribution and each tune ends in an ear-to-ear grin dripping with sweat. His foundational counterpart, James Genus, is a monster in his own right. This behemoth is frequently found with eyes closed as his expression takes on various forms, from twisted grimace as he digs in deeps to kid-like smile as he acknowledges his place in the wonder that is this band. His fingers unremittingly gait the 5-string bass and the man ceases to take a break or lay back unless the piece calls for it. The pairing of these two is complete and their complexity compliments the group and creates a base that their band mates can rely on.Lionel LouekeHailing from Africa, this pauper-to-prince musician is a sight to see and a valued contributor to this line-up. Like his band mates, he is relentless in what he is playing and never loses the sound of where he is in the mix. His shifts from support to principal and back again comes off as effortless. Of all the players, with maybe the exception of Colaiuta, he has more rock star persona in his being as he animates in body, facial expression, and dance moves throughout his performance. Often under closed lid and with grand beam, he mutedly sings the notes while he plays them and he throws his lashed guitar about, putting every part of himself into the constructs. It is no wonder that Hancock selected this man and references him as “being more than one person as he performs.”Terrace MartinComing from jazz roots, this Los Angeles hybrid emanates talent on a number of levels. From writer to rapper, to producer to actor, this multi-instrumentalist leaves nothing lacking from his side of the stage. Juxtaposed to Hancock, Martin adds vocal and keyed support and also shines on alto sax, the brass being almost as reflective as the sound radiating from the bell. He is by far the most stoic in his affect, but this aspect does not lessen the aptitude he brings to the stage and the audience certainly recognizes this apparent humility in the youngest associate in this firm.Herbie HancockRinging in at 77 years young, from free jazz to fusion, this maestro’s love for the craft remains obvious, demonstrated by smiles at his own creations, the fabrications of his fellow players, and his insanely honed and relevant chops. He works as both leader and follower and conducts with the ears of an elephant. For even those who do not consider the fusion works as jazz, no one can deny that when sincerely listening to his inventions that what he rolls out is sublime and crafted by the soul.“Chameleon” was the final tune of the night and everyone recognized it from the start, not only by the intro, but also by Hancock’s return to the stage, Keytar in hand. This funk anthem was not cut short or played out of need for an encore, but stood alone and would have no matter where it laid in the set. The vitality of this septuagenarian demonstrated that one is only as old as they let themselves become. This was revealed by not only Hancock’s ability to carry this ten pound instrument around the stage for twenty plus minutes, but as the tune ran its final climb, Hancock jumped up and down, feet leaving the stage, repeatedly and in time. At the tune’s close, after waving to the standing ovation, Hancock, after two hours, literally jogged off stage as if these were the days of Davis.The recommendation here is that if this tour is coming anywhere near you, GO SEE IT! The structure, the improvisation, and the chance to see musicians of mythical proportions will not disappoint and gives a listen into what is the foundation of so many of the modern day bands that fans follow around the country in search of catching the IT moments. Long Live The King!Setlist: Herbie Hancock | Kiva Auditorium | Albuquerque, NM | 8/16/17Overture, Actual Proof, Come Running To Me, Secret Source, Cantaloupe IslandE: ChameleonHerbie Hancock | Kiva Auditorium | Albuquerque, NM | 8/16/17 | Photos by Jake Sudek
Last night, GRAMMY-winning Chicago hip hop artisan Chance The Rapper joined Stephen Colbert on The Late Show as the evening’s musical guest. For the national TV appearance, Chance decided to opt against his original song choice at the last minute and go with a band new, unheard track instead. As he explained to Colbert before his performance, “I was gonna [perform] ‘Grown Ass Kid,’ an unreleased song from Coloring Book, and then I called on Saturday and said, I can’t do ‘Grown Ass Kid’ anymore for reasons I don’t want to talk about. We had to come up with a song in a matter of days, and I wanted to do something fresh. I’ve been in the studio a lot lately; I’ve been cooking up some yammers. I premiered ‘Angels,’ the first new song off Coloring Book, here, so I was like, why not do another new song for you guys here tonight?”Chance The Rapper Debuts Original Poem, Covers Stevie Wonder In NPR Tiny Desk Concert [Watch]The new song, whose title was not indicated during its debut performance, continued the gospel and jazz influences that permeated his award-winning smash hit 2016 album, Coloring Book. Hewing closer to the mindful spoken-word poetry he showed off during his recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert than to the hip-hop bangers he originally made his name on, the song features three verses of nostalgic rhymes delivered in his signature rasp over a finger-picked jazz guitar line. Crooner-guitarist Daniel Caeser took vocal duties for the performance, helping to lend the song an earnest R&B sensibility as the rest of Chance’s 7-piece backing provided harmonious sonic texture.Jamila Woods, Chance The Rapper Help CHI Students Challenge Grim Depictions Of Their City With “LSD”Watch Chance The Rapper debut a new, as-of-yet untitled song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below via the Late Show’s YouTube page:For more information on Chance The Rapper’s various upcoming projects and performances, head to his website.
“Busted, down on Bourbon Street,Set up, like a bowlin’ pin,Knocked down, it gets to wearin’ thin,They just won’t let you be…”Of course, the talented members of Almost Dead are no strangers to the Jazz Fest scene. But with the band’s exciting leap from the Joy Theatre to the Mardi Gras World Ballroom this year, the party will undoubtedly expand and become another strong tradition for years to come.As the excitement builds for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s 2-night run at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom during Jazz Fest, enjoy this 40+ minute video of the quintet performing “Throwing Stones ~ Stella Blue ~ Music Never Stopped” last year in New Orleans on 5/7/17 via JoeRussos AlmostDead on YouTube: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead just wrapped up a six-night, sold-out run dubbed “Fall Ball III” at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City. The juggernaut Grateful Dead tribute quintet celebrated the success of the two-weekend Brooklyn run with the announcement of nine more shows in 2018, including their annual shindig in New Orleans during the second weekend of Jazz Fest.The band started playing two-night runs at NOLA’s Joy Theatre in 2015, and triumphantly expanded to three nights in 2017. For their 2018 return to the crescent city, Joe Russo, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, Marco Benevento, and Dave Dreiwitz have planned their biggest Big Easy celebrations yet: On Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will take over Mardi Gras World Ballroom in the Port of New Orleans. The new venue, whose capacity is more than triple that of the Joy, marks a huge upgrade for fans traveling to experience the inspired music scene of New Orleans during Jazz Fest. The party just got a whole lot bigger, and on May 4th and 5th, the space is getting hot!Live For Live Music will be hosting a special pre-sale for JRAD’s 2018 Jazz Fest late nights on Thursday, October 19 from 10am – 10pm CT (11am – 11pm ET). Use password “LIVEJRAD” to access the pre-sale. Tickets for Friday 5/4 can be found here, and Saturday 5/5 here. General on-sale for the New Orleans shows will be on Friday, Oct 20 at 2pm EST. These tickets move fast, don’t miss out!The music and mythology of the Grateful Dead runs deep in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The band played there countless times over the course of their career, including the fateful trip in 1970 that resulted in the majority of the band and crew being arrested after having their hotel rooms raided for drugs during their performance.Remembering The Time The Grateful Dead Were “Busted Down On Bourbon Street” In 1970Strapped for cash for legal fees, the band played an additional last-minute show the next night, and literally passed around a donation bucket to help clear their names. The charges were eventually dropped, but the incident lives on forever in Dead lore, immortalized in the lyrics to their famed road warrior epic, “Truckin’”: [Photo by Dave Vann]