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    The All Good Festival has just announced the lineup for this summer’s 16th annual installment of the jam-heavy event which is set to take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio on July 19 – 22. Heading up All Good 2012 will be the Allman Brothers Band, Bruce Hornsby and Bob Weir with special guest Branford Marsalis, Phil Lesh & Friends and The Flaming Lips.

    Previous All Good Festivals were held at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia. The 2012 edition of the fest will be the first one held at Legend Valley. As with past All Goods, there will be no overlapping sets. Here’s a look at the full initial artist announcement…

    Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Flaming Lips, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby featuring special guest Branford Marsalis, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lotus, G. Love & Special Sauce, Galactic, Shpongle presents The Masquerade, Mickey Hart Band, Trampled by Turtles, SOJA, Railroad Earth, Papadosio, The Werks, The Wood Brothers, Lettuce, The Lumineers, Everyone Orchestra, The Rex Jam

    Tickets go on sale this Friday at Noon EST for $159.

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    Last month we mentioned that after sitting on a shelf for well over a year, Epic Records was finally going to release Fiona Apple’s first album of new material since 2005′s Extraordinary Machine. While we still await an official release date, the singer-songwriter has announced a short tour, her first since 2007, that will kick off on March 15 with an appearance at Pitchfork’s  official SXSW showcase in Austin. Apple’s six-date tour will include stops in Chicago, DC, Atlantic City, Boston and two NYC shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall Of Williamsburg on March 23 and 26 respectively. Tickets for the entire run will go on sale this Friday, February 24.

    If you’re not into a night with Fiona Apple, then maybe you’ll be interested in hitting one of these recently announced tours…

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    Last week when AC Entertainment and Superfly Presents dropped the initial lineup for the 11th installment of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, one of the acts that immediately caught our attention was Spectrum Road – an impressive  super group consisting of legendary bass player Jack Bruce (Cream), keyboard wiz John Medeski (MMW, The Word), guitar-virtuoso Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana (Lenny Kravitz, Santana). Our first thoughts were that the band was potentially a one-off, but today Billboard filled us in a bit more on the details. The quartet, which was formed to pay homage to jazz drummer Tony Williams, and named themselves after his track Spectrum Road, and will release their self-titled debut on June 5 via Palmetto Records, and make their official live debut at the fest on June 9, as the kick off to their U.S. tour.

    Finally, following in the news that folklorist Alan Lomax’s comprehensive collection of field recordings are now available for online streaming, comes word that John Peel’s extensive music collection will also be heading to the web. The legendary UK DJ and producer, who past away in 2004, amassed a collection of  “25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs”, which will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service being organized and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC. According to NME, The Space will run from May to October across a variety of digital platforms, with the intent to ” digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection, which users will be able to interact with and contribute to, while viewing Peel’s personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians.”

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    Tune in to your local PBS station this weekend for an episode of Austin City Limits featuring two Texas singer/songwriters: Hayes Carll and Robert Earl Keen.

    Friday, February 24 [All Times ET]

    • Rush – Time Machine Live in Cleveland [Palladia 8PM]
    • We Are Augustines on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Puscifer on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC Midnight]
    • The Joy Formidable on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]

    Saturday, February 25

    • Kid Rock on Artists Den [PBS]
    • Robert Earl Keen / Hayes Carll on Austin City Limits [PBS]
    • Foo Fighters – Live From Wembley [Palladia 2PM]
    • Maroon 5 on Saturday Night Live [NBC 11:30PM]

    Sunday, February 26

    • 311 – Live in Chicago [HDNet 10:30PM]
    • MGMT – World Stage [Palladia 4PM]
    • Arcade Fire – World Stage [Palladia 5PM]
    • U2, BB King, Paul Simon – Glastonbury 2011 [Palladia 8PM]
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    Over at the recently re-launched JimmyPage.com, the Led Zeppelin guitarist is celebrating the 37th anniversary of Physical Graffiti’s release by sharing a trio of “sketches” from that time.

    Take a listen to guitar-only workings of the riffs from Wanton Song, Ten Years Gone and Sick Again from Led Zeppelin’s epic double album…

    [via @ravenval]

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    Plenty has changed with The Shins in the five years since the release of their last studio album. The Portland-via-New Mexico-based act, has essentially become the sole property of lead singer James Mercer, who replaced the rest of the band with all new members. On March 20, Mercer & Co. will release their fifth studio album, Port of Morrow, which coincidentally will also be their major label debut. Earlier this week The Shins released the Wes Anderson-inspired music video for the album’s first single – Simple Song. Let’s check it out…

    The ShinsSimple Song

    The Shins will head out on a lengthy world tour on March 22, which includes high profile festival stops at Coachella, Sasquatch! and Bonnaroo, but prior to all of that they will be the musical guest on the March 10 episode of Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by Jonah Hill.

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    Chris and I are avid fans of cheeseburgers in every way, shape and form. We’ve tried the majority of “best of” burgers in New York City, and are always on the hunt for the next diamond in the rough.

    When The Village Voice posted an article showcasing what they considered the 11 Best Burgers of NYC in 2011 recently, we noticed that one of the restaurants nominated, Dean Street, was located two blocks from our apartment. Naturally, we had to see for ourselves how their burger ranked against our favorites in the city. Chris was kind enough to take over photog duties for this article.

    Dean Street Cafe

    [Photo from deanstreetbrooklyn.com]

    Dean Street has a nice ambience–a jazz band was playing in the front room. They also have an open kitchen in the back dining room. The service was good and the space cozy. Chris marveled at how an eatery like this would be packed in Manhattan, but given that we were in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, we had room to spread out.

    We started off with one of our favorite local craft beers, Kelso India Pale Ale, which exploded with hoppy flavor.

    Kelso IPA

    After reviewing the menu, we noticed quite a few options outside of burgers and beer. We started with a pair of appetizers–Fried Calamari with Marinara Sauce, Brisket and Duck Liver Boudin Balls with Mustard and Pickled Veggies.

    Dean Street Boudin Balls

    Dean Street Fried Calamari

    I admit we hesitated ordering calamari, as after our amazing dining experience at Parm, we knew it would be hard to top–or even match–that phenomenal squid. Unfortunately, we were right. The texture was rubbery, the flavor fell a little flat, and it was your standard calamari.

    The boudin balls, on the other hand, were delightful. They reminded us of Spanish croquettes with their soft and creamy bites. A dab of spicy mustard added a perfect punch to these tasty balls.

    Although Chris and I went to Dean Street to try their acclaimed Bacon Cheeseburger, we also ordered Pan Roasted Chicken with Scallion Mashed Potatoes and a side of Brussels Sprouts.

    Dean Street Bacon Cheeseburger

    Dean Street Pan Roasted Chicken

    Dean Street Brussels Sprouts

    Ironically, our least favorite of these three dishes was the bacon cheeseburger. It was very good, but the chicken and brussels were surprisingly fantastic. The burger had all the right elements–charbroiled buns, perfectly cooked beef, crispy bacon and melty cheddar, but we’ve admittedly had many burgers equally delicious.

    The menu description for the sprouts was simply ‘Brussels Sprouts.’ It really should’ve read ‘Brussels Sprouts with copious amounts of Maple Syrup and Bacon’, as we were happily surprised by the addition of these ingredients. They weren’t as crispy as some of our favorite versions, but the flavors were nailed.

    When we cut into the pan roasted chicken, our mouths began to salivate–the crunch on the skin was perfect. Each bite was tender and juicy, and the skin was delicately seasoned. Adding to the dish were the uber whipped scallion mashed spuds with creamy mushroom gravy. The chicken and potatoes topped the gravy, so as not to ruin the wonderful crisp on the bird–great idea.

    At the end of the meal, it was apparent that Dean Street had instantly become one of our local go to establishments. We look forward to trying their brunch in the near future as well. I recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to hang out with friends and nosh in Brooklyn.

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    Ticketing industry leader Ticketmaster has finally unveiled its iOS app for iPhone, iPad and related Apple devices just in time for the summer concert season. It appears Ticketmaster took the look and feel of partner company Live Nation’s app and added the ability to scan the user’s music collection to generate a list of events they might be interested in.

    Up until a few weeks ago Live Nation app users had the advantage of not having to enter a Captcha code, but currently for both apps you do have to enter that code which is even harder to see on a small screen than on a desktop. Just as with the Live Nation app, Ticketmaster app users can get onsale updates about events and find out about last-minute tickets. We’ll be interested to see what kind of luck users have with the new app for high-demand onsales. Head to the App Store to download the Ticketmaster app for free and be sure to keep us posted on your experience(s).

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    Soulive’s upcoming Bowlive III run of shows at Brooklyn Bowl continues to look better with each passing day and each new announcement about who else will join the core band members at the ten show run. Today, the band revealed that the members of Lettuce who aren’t in Soulive will join the group at their March 6 and 7 performances.

    Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff Explains

    Soulive also announced the opening acts for seven of the shows. Rahzel will open on March 1, the Alecia Chakour Band will open on March 2, the Nigel Hall Band will open on March 3, Zach Deputy will open on March 6 and 7, Hall and Chakour will open on March 9 and The London Souls will handle opening duties on March 10. Here’s a look at what we know so far about this run…

    ARTIST LINEUP:

    T 2/28 John Scofield
    W 2/29 John Scofield
    R 3/1 Rahzel & Karl Denson + ?uestlove Bowlive Train
    F 3/2 Karl Denson & Jennifer Hartswick
    S 3/3 Marco Benevento & Jennifer Hartswick
    T 3/6 Lettuce, Zach Deputy, Skerik, & Allen Stone
    W 3/7 Lettuce, Skerik & Zach Deputy
    R 3/8 Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, George Porter Jr. & Billy Martin +?uestlove
    F 3/9 George Porter Jr.
    S 3/10 TBA

    OPENING ARTIST LINEUP:

    R 3/1 Rahzel
    F 3/2 Alecia Chakour Band
    S 3/3 Nigel Hall Band
    T 3/6 Zach Deputy
    W 3/7 Zach Deputy
    F 3/9 Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour
    S 3/10 The London Souls

    Bowlive III kicks off on Tuesday at Brooklyn Bowl and runs through March 10.

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    Last week we all got to have a listen to a track from Jack White’s upcoming solo debut, Blunderbuss, which is due to hit shelves on April 24. For this week’s Mix Tape we’re going to take a chronological stroll through the works of White as he plays guitar, piano, drums and even a little bass.

    Leading off is Let’s Shake Hands, a single released prior to The White Stripes self-titled debut in 1998. Then, we head over to Jimmy The Exploder – the first track off that self-titled 1999 LP. Moving to 2000, we mellow out with the Zeppelin-esque I’m Bound To Pack It Up from the De Stijl. From 2001′s White Blood Cells we get a little bit country with Hotel Yorba. Things get a bit more mainstream with 2003′s Elephant, so it has to be Seven Nation Army that gets the nod from that album. Also in 2003, White contributed a few tracks to the soundtrack for Cold Mountain including Wayfaring Stranger.

    2005 saw a hit with My Doorbell from Get Behind Me Satan. Also in 2005, White co-wrote Go It Alone on Beck’s album Guero – White also got to play bass on the track. 2006 saw the first record from The Raconteurs and we have the Jack White screamer almost-title-track Broken Boy Soldier. One of my favorite White Stripes songs of their later era is You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As Your Told) from the last White Stripes LP, 2007′s Icky Thump. Getting to some of White’s work behind the piano, we have a track from the second Raconteurs record, Consolers of The Lonely, and the track is You Don’t Understand Me. In 2008, White collaborated with Alicia Keys on Another Way To Die.

    In 2009, White started playing the drums in The Dead Weather and wrote the song I Cut Like A Buffalo for the group’s debut album – Horehound. Another year, another album from The Dead Weather (Sea of Cowards), this time we have the first track, which White is co-credited writing, entitled Blue Blood Blues. Last year, White provided vocals on a few tracks of Danger Mouse and Daniele Lpupi’s Rome including Two Against One.

    And that is the journey that takes us to Love Interruption, the first track we have to listen to from White’s upcoming solo LP.


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    Welcome back Rex Thomson, aka Rex-A-Vision, a senior contributing writer for our friends at Honest Tune, to review a recent Yonder Mountain String Band and Infamous Stringdusters performance.

    Words & PhotosRex Thomson

    Yonder Mountain String Band brought 3/4ths of their lineup, and all of their bluegrass passion, to the Marathon Music Works in Nashville for a night of guest stars and pure intensity. With bassist Ben Kaufmann taking a few nights off to spend time with his wife and their newborn, the guys from Yonder reached out to their opening act for the first leg of their Cabin Fever tour and borrowed The Infamous Stringdusters’ Travis Book to cover the deep end and even croon a few numbers.

    Yonder wasn’t content to stop at one guest bassist however, especially with their show taking place in Music City itself. Famed session and touring bassist Bryn Davies sat in for a couple of tunes, as did Alan Bartram of the Travelin’ McCourys and Del McCoury’s Family Band making the night a cavalcade of stars and high energy music that had the entire sweltering crowd dancing to the point of exhaustion.

    In a city with more performance venues per square mile than most any other in America, opening a new hall is a daring proposition, but the less than year-old Marathon Music Works seems to have a long future ahead of itself. A high exposed ceiling and unobstructed sight lines made watching the music enjoyable, and the sound was crisp and focused, unlike many other converted spaces which can sound boomy and indistinct. The Infamous Stringdusters took the spacious stage and wasted no time winning the crowd over with their opener, Metal.

    Over the last few years the ‘Dusters have built a rabid following as they relentlessly tour the country even hosting their own festival, simply known as “The Festy” in Virginia. Dobroist Andy Hall stretched every note to its breaking point, while banjo player Chris Pandolfi played with a razor’s edge style that cut through the mix. Guitarist Andy Falco alternated between manic leads and lush fills, while fiddler Jeremy Garrett sang and bowed with an ease and a smile that tied it all together. Taking the lion’s share of the work for the evening was the aforementioned Travis Book, who not only played bass for the Stringdusters’s set, but a majority of the Yonder show as well. Book’s smiling prescence, deep musical chops and sweet singing voice served him and the night’s music in good stead, and made him the MVP of the evening.

    The Yonder Mountain String Band’s fanatical followers, known as the “Kinfolk,” fill every show with crazed dancing energy, joyous expressions and a sense of revelry that is hard for any band to match. The near electric connection with the band starts with frontman and mandolinist Jeff Austin. Austin’s playful approach to performing, with twisted facial expressions, gangly dance moves and on mic silliness belie his deadly earnestness when picking on his instrument. His focus is locked in, and what his body does while his mind is locked on making his fingers fly is beyond his control.

    In contrast, the serene Adam Aijala seems to be transported to a different plane of existence while he strums and leads the band with a soulful style that infuses Yonder shows with a depth that makes each performance unique. Banjo player Dave Johnston displays a distinct control over his instrument, shying away from the harsh, cutting nature of the instrument and blending it in smoothly to the mix, covering percussive needs as well as taking the lead duties when desired. Together with Book on bass, all four players covered the vocal duties, mixing a setlist of Yonder classics, old time standards and even a smoking hot cover of the Allman Brothers Band’s Whipping Post thrown in for good measure.

    With Kaufmann out of action for a few shows, the aforementioned Bryn Davies, friend of the band, and touring bassist for a number of country and Americana acts popped in to take up the vacated bass chair for a pair of songs. As noted by Austin, the visibly pregnat Davies was actually performing as a duo. Alan Bartram, botanist turned bassist, sat in for a pair of tunes as well, even lending his voice to a number. Andy Hall sat in the entire first set, filling out Yonder’s already thick sound with bent notes and earnest fills that seemed as if they had always belonged.

    The second set saw Jeremy Garrett lend his fiddle to Yonder, sawing away and playing alternately playful and sorrowful notes to accent each tune. From Yonder’s opening salvo, Dawn’s Early Light, to their last gasp – a two song encore of Death Trip into Freeborn Man that featured an entire band sit-in from The Infamous Stringdusters, the crowd and the band rose and fell as one, with the music taking the listeners on an inner and outer journey that left all in attendance smiling, tired and ready for more.

    Yonder Mountain String Band 2/10/2012 Setlist

    Set One: Greeting, Dawn’s Early Light > Cuckoo’s Nest, Spanish Harlem Incident, I’ll Stay Around, Deep Pockets, Going To The Races, You Win Again, One More, Steep Grade Sharpe Curves

    Set Two: Ripcord Blues, Another Day, No Expectations, Don’t You Lean On Me, Blue Night, Corona, Winds Of Wyoming, If You’re Ever In Oklahoma > Whipping Post > If You’re Ever In Oklahoma

    Encore: Death Trip, Freeborn Man > Wheelhoss > Freeborn Man

    The Infamous Stringdusters 2/10/2012 Setlist

    Set: Metal, Far I fall, Hitch, Home, Get It, Black Rock, 3 X 5, Fire, No Time

    Here’s a full gallery of Rex’s photos from YMSB/Infamous Stringdusters in Nashville…

    Yonder-Dusters yonder-dusters (2) Yonder yonder dusters 3 Travis Book Sringdusters Jeremy Garrett Jeff Austin Jeff Austin 2 IMG_0498-1 IMG_0490-1 IMG_0254-1 IMG_0229-1 IMG_0224-1 Dave Johnston Chris Pandolfini Bryn Davies Andy Hall Andy Hall art Andy Hall (2) Andy Falco Alan Bartram adam aijala
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    Grassroots organization HeadCount has put together an event called “The Bridge Session” that will feature Bob Weir jamming with a band assembled by Scott and Bryan Devendorf of The National at the Furthur / Grateful Dead guitarist’s TRI Studios on March 24. The event will be webcast live free of charge, with Disco Biscuits bassist and HeadCount co-founder Marc Brownstein set to emcee.

    Bringing together leaders of the jam and indie worlds, The Bridge Session “aims to bridge the gap between people of various tastes and viewpoints.” This one-time-only performance will feature a setlist containing both Grateful Dead and National tunes as well as cover songs with a political slant. GD lyricist John Perry Barlow will lead a roundtable discussion at setbreak that will “focus on issues that potentially unify people of divergent ideological perspectives – specifically, getting money out of politics and protecting the First Amendment.” Viewers can send in their questions for the panel via Twitter.

    Scott Devendorf is reportedly working on a Grateful Dead tribute album that will feature indie acts. Last year we put together a list of artists and songs we’d like to see on that album.

    For those looking at attend the event, HeadCount will sell 40 tickets to benefactors wishing to make tax deductible donations of $1,000 or more. Contact HeadCount at TheBridgeSession@headcount.org to buy these ducats or for more information.

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    UPDATE: February 25 – YouTuber Cleantones has taken this video and given it a makeover using soundboard audio. We’ve changed out the old video for the new one in this post.

    This past Friday, February 17, marked the 22 anniversary of Phish’s headlining performance at the University of Massachusetts’ Student Union Ballroom in Amherst, Mass. To celebrate the occasion, one of the producers of the event, Positronic Dave of Positronic Design, has uploaded nearly an hour and 45 minutes worth of footage from that evening to YouTube.

    [via BluebirdDaze]

    Containing nearly the whole show, this video gives Phish fans a glance at the band’s formative days and their early touring setup which saw LD Chris Kuroda utilizing an extremely basic light rig consisting of three banks of eight par cans each. The musicians each had much less equipment then they would even a short two years later, but that didn’t stop them from displaying the talent and originality that would propel them to big things in the future. Highlights include a gorgeous version of Harry Hood, an intense You Enjoy Myself complete with a vocal jam based on The Ocean by Led Zeppelin and a ferocious Trey solo that ends the Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > AC/DC Bag pairing. Take a look…

    Phish – //Possum, Bathtub Gin, Divided Sky > Sloth, Bouncin’, YEM, Golgi, Reba, Oh Kee Pa > AC/DC Bag, Squirming Coil, Harry Hood, Carolina, Mike’s > I Am Hydrogen//

    Timeline

    00:00:00 Possum (cut)
    00:02:08 Bathtub Gin
    00:09:29 Divided Sky >
    00:21:19 The Sloth
    00:26:09 Bouncing Around the Room
    00:29:55 You Enjoy Myself
    00:45:53 Golgi Apparatus
    00:50:48 Reba
    01:03:35 The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony >
    01:05:17 AC/DC Bag
    01:12:09 The Squirming Coil
    01:18:03 Harry Hood
    01:30:27 Carolina
    01:33:36 Mike’s Song >
    01:40:53 I Am Hydrogen
    01:42:29 Credits

    According to the description left by the uploader, the band gave their permission for the show to be filmed. Widespread Panic and Gene Matthews opened for Phish that night for a triple-bill that was produced by David Caputo of Positronic Design, The SEO Company in association with The Weekly News and UMass Radical Student Union and Social Thought and Political Economy Department (STPEC).

    Thanks to Dave for sharing a glimpse at an important time in the band’s development.

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    Sorry President Obama, I think last night’s tribute to the blues, in the form of a memorial concert for late bluesman Hubert Sumlin, might have your recent event at The White House beat. A who’s who of legendary musicians including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jody Williams, Henry Gray, Eddie Shaw and James Cotton came together with younger stalwarts Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Todd Mohr, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Gary Clark Jr., Quinn Sullivan and Susan Tedeschi to pay their respects to Sumlin at the Apollo Theatre.

    [The Encore via LadyMusic777]

    The show – billed as Howlin’ For Hubert – started with a video tribute to Sumlin, who passed away in December. Clapton delivered an acoustic Key To The Highway with James Cotton to kick off the actual performances. Next, Cotton welcomed Todd Mohr out and then the Big Head Todd singer played a song with improvised lyrics about Hubert. This was followed by a segment featuring Jimmy Vaughan singing Six Strings Down and then Kenny Wayne Shepherd took the stage with Chicago bluesman Jody Williams for a version of Williams’ Lucky Lou. Second generation bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks and Louisiana native Lonnie Brooks combined powers for Sweet Home Chicago before Chicago blues tenor saxophonist Eddie Shaw and piano player Henry Gray tackled Sittin’ On Top of The World. Gray and Shaw stayed out and brought on Elvis Costello for a take on Howlin Wolf’s Hidden Charms. Up next was HT fave Warren Haynes, who teamed up with harmonica player Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds for You’ll Be Mine. For the grand finale of the first set, Haynes was joined by Gibbons and Wilson on Wolf’s I Asked For Water and Mister Highway Man.

    Warren Haynes and Kim Wilson – You’ll Be Mine

    Wilson returned to kicked off the second set with Who’s Been Talkin’, backed by the house band of Ivan Neville, Billy Flynn, Steve Jordan, Danny Korchmar, Larry Taylor, Willie Weeks, Kim Wilson and Barrelhouse Chuck Goering. Keb Mo made his Apollo debut next on Howlin’ With My Baby and Commit A Crime. From there, Derek Trucks came out with Jimmy Vaughan to lead the band through Meet Me At The Bottom. Derek’s wife Susan Tedeschi got in on the act for How Many More Years and Three Hundred Pounds of Joy.  After that, Guy was joined by his 12-year-old protege Quinn Sullivan before Robert Randolph and Wilson performed Hoochie Coochie Man with Buddy. Guy’s segment concluded with Beggin’ You Please featuring Shemekia Copeland on vocals.

    Buddy Guy w/ Robert Randolph and Kim Wilson – Hoochie Coochie Man

    Gary Clark Jr. stole the show at The White House last week with Catfish Blues, so it was no surprise the Austin-based musician led off his segment with the Robert Petway tune. Towards the end of the set Clapton returned to accompany Clark Jr. on Shake For Me, Little Baby, Forty-Four and Goin’ Down Slow. Keith Richards took the stage at the end of the set for a Little Red Rooster with Cotton and then a Spoonful featuring EC and Cotton.

    Keith Richards and Eric Clapton with James Cotton – Spoonful

    The encore saw the evening’s performers, over 30 musicians in all, combine their talents on two songs Sumlin played often with boss Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning and Wang Dang Doodle. Howlin’ For Hubert was a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America. While it didn’t have the sitting president singing, last night’s show featured many of the same musicians who performed at The White House on Tuesday night and then some. What a fitting send off for the blues legend.

    Eric Clapton – Forty-Four

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    Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana recently signed on with the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for a two-year residency at the casino’s House of Blues that will include 80 shows per year. Santana spoke with the L.A. Times about the run, which will feature performances billed as “Greatest Hits Live: Santana – Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today” and shared insight about how the shows will be structured.

    The 64-year-old axeman told the Times that he plans to “create some experimentation” by stepping into the “unknown” during a setlist-less mid-show segment for which he will call upon some friends. “To me, the unknown is inviting African musicians to join us, or Buddy Guy or Derek Trucks or Ben Harper, people from Phish, Warren Haynes — that’s what ‘Tomorrow’ is bringing to the House of Blues.” Phish opened for Santana during the Summer of 1992 and again for a swing through Europe in 1996.

    “I call it a living laboratory,” he said. “We play the beginning [of a set] and we play the end, but in the middle, we’re going to create some experimentation so you can witness a backward flip into the unknown. In other words, there’s no set list in the middle. We will create something so you can just close your eyes and go on a journey with us.”

    [LA Times]

    This isn’t Santana’s first foray into the world of Vegas shows as he finished a two-year run of shows referred to as “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits” this past November at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s The Joint. Las Vegas’s House of Blues, with a capacity of 1,500,  is much smaller than The Joint, which holds 4,000. Carlos tells the Times he looks forward to staying put in Vegas and aims to return to the studio for a grand total of three albums.

    As you can imagine, tickets won’t be cheap. Members of Santana’s fan club will be able to purchase tickets for $172.50 a pop through the fan club’s website. Tickets for the first batch of shows, which kicks off on May 2, go on sale through the fan club this Monday, February 27, at 10AM PST.

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    Funk-rockers Galactic returned to Terminal 5 in NYC last night with special guest Corey Glover in tow. Our pal Sunil was on hand and has posted four exceptional videos on YouTube including this horn-heavy take on the song that put Glover on the map – Living Colour’s Cult of Personality…

    Galactic w/ Corey Glover – Cult of Personality

    Other highlights which Sunil caught on video were NOLA’s Soul Rebels Brass Band jamming with Galactic on Karate, an upbeat take on Ha Di Ka and the timely Ash Wednesday Sunrise.

    Galactic heads to Boston’s House of Blues tonight with Steel Pulse & The Soul Rebels.

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    Last week a slew of the best blues musicians around descended on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a special concert hosted by President Barack Obama honoring the genre, as a long standing American tradition. The show featured a incredible all-star line-up of musicians from the last 60+ years, with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Trombone Shorty, Warren Haynes, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Keb Mo, Gary Clark Jr. and Shemekia Copeland taking the stage at The White House to perform with the house band that was directed by the legendary Booker T. Jones. The show, which was webcast live, will be broadcast tonight on PBS as a special called Red, White and Blues as part of their ongoing In Performance At The White House series (check your local listings for the exact time and channel).

    In anticipation of the two-hour special, whose set list can be seen here, The White House has uploaded a pair of fantastic and intimate backstage performances from HT faves Warren Haynes, who does a solo take on River’s Gonna Rise from his most recent solo effort Man In Motion, and husband and wife tandem Derek Truck and Susan Tedeschi doing an acoustic run through of the blues classic Rollin’ and Tumblin’, a tune that was made famous by Muddy Waters. Let’s check them out..

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    While we first fell in love with Lissie’s brand of soulful, sun-baked folk-rock all the way back in December of 2009, the singer-songwriter seemed to really grab people’s attention with a series of diverse and radically rearranged cover songs from the likes of Kid Cudi, Metallica and Lady Gaga. Last week, Lissie released the six-song EP, Covered Up With Flowers via Fat Possum, and dropped the video for her slow burner take on the Fleetwood Mac break up classic – Go Your Own Way.

    LissieGo Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

    Lissie has a handful of upcoming live dates, which includes a high profile appearance at the newly expanded Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

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    Jimmy Fallon will pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen with a week-long musical celebration of the Boss bookended by two appearances by the man himself and the E Street Band. Springsteen will appear on the program Monday and Friday sandwiching tribute performances by Kenny Chesney on Tueday and Elvis Costello on Thursday. Plans for Wednesday night have not been revealed yet. Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball, will be released March 6 and he will launch a world tour in Atlanta on March 18. Friday’s episode, which marks the third anniversary of Fallon’s tenure as host, will feature Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as the only guests.

    Monday, Feb. 27 [All Times ET]

    • BB King, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger + More – Red, White & Blues [PBS]
    • Chiddy Bang on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Lyle Lovett on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Mariachi El Bronx on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Steven Tyler on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 12:05AM]
    • Bruce Springsteen on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Tuesday, Feb. 28

    • Radiohead: The King of Limbs [Palladia 7PM]
    • Young Jeezy featuring Ne-Yo on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Estelle on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Mona on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Kenny Chesney on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Wednesday, Feb. 29

    • Run DMC: Biography [BIO 8AM]
    • Jack Johnson: En Concert [HDNet 1:30PM]
    • Robert Glasper Experiment w/Lupe Fiasco & Bilal on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Romeo Santos on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Wallpaper on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 12:05AM]

    Thursday, March 1

    • Nicki Minaj on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 12:05AM]
    • White Rabbits on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Chickenfoot on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Elvis Costello on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
    • Judas Priest: Behind the Music Remastered [VH1 Classic 1AM]
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    Continuing along with a look back at jambands of the past, this week’s Stormy Monday features Bad Hat, the short lived jazz band featuring drummer Jon Fishman and guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish along with mandolinist Jamie Masefield and bassist Stacy Starkweather.

    [Photo via Phasinated.com]

    It was an interesting time for the Phish boys to delve wholeheartedly in that direction as 1994 was the last year of playing smaller venues with any regularity, and the jazz material that was common, though never quite a staple, in setlists had fallen away. Included here from the beginning of set two at Middlebury College is a long, spacey version of So What followed by some banter and nice jazzy version of Magilla. The recording runs a little hot at moments, but it’s definitely worth a listen. Enjoy!

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