The lineup for this year’s Envision Festival is awe inspiring, bringing musicians from genres across the board together for a one of a kind experience. Best summarized in our review from earlier this year, Envision takes place on the pristine shores of Uvita, Costa Rica. From February 23-26, 2017, artists and fans from around the world will gather once more and enjoy this blissful experience.The location certainly is beautiful, but no festival can truly be complete without an all-star lineup. Envision will feature sets from Opiuo, Autograf, Rising Appalachia, Pantyraid, Ott., Papadosio, and Goldfish as headliners, but the party doesn’t stop there. Random Rab, Acid Pauli, Blond:ish, Nicola Cruz, Systema Solar, Govinda, Martyparty, Of Porcelain, Zach Deputy, The Funk Hunters and so many more will be in attendance for Envision 2017.Furthermore, Envision has revealed performance artists, yoga and workshop leaders and more for their annual event, so there’s no reason to miss out. You can find tickets and more information about Envision on their website, and see the full second wave announcement below.
Jam Cruise made its triumphant return to Miami, FL on Wednesday, January 25th, and along with it came the traditional post-Jam Cruise shows. The Motet and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe wasted no time getting down for some funk at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, playing to a crowd of weary Jam Cruisers and local South Floridians – all thirsty for the funk.The Motet laid the groundwork for the evening with a 90-minute set chock full of originals, led by energetic front man and lead vocalist Lyle Divinsky. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s set featured appearances by Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk, as well as a sit in by Motet keyboardist Joey Porter on the new KDTU joint, “So Real”. As the Tiny Universe set evolved, the band progressed into some choice covers and closed the show with an ethereal “Fearless” by Pink Floyd and a hopped up “Showbiz Kids” cover by Steely Dan.Check out some highlight videos from the show below!Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Fearless” and “Showbiz Kids”Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Ivan Neville – “Let A Woman Be A Woman And A Man Be A Man”Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Joey Porter – “So Real”Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Funky On My Back”You can also listen to full set audio from the show here!The last of the Jam Cruise 15 after party events takes place tonight, Thursday, January 26, with a performance by Neville Jacobs at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL.Videos provided by our good friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS.Photos by Brett Witten Photography.
British quartet The New Mastersounds will hit Brooklyn Bowl this spring for three nights of balls-to-the-wall funk music. The band will actually perform four shows in three days, with performances scheduled for May 11th, 12th, and 13th, alongside a special family-friendly Rock and Roll Playhouse show during the day on May 13th. Thursday the 11th will find the band joined by Erik Deutsch Band, while Friday and Saturday’s performances will both exclusively feature the New Mastersounds’ brand of aggressive funk music.You can find more information on these shows and purchase tickets to all four performances at the following links: May 11th, May 12th, May 13th (daytime), May 13th
The inimitable Al Jarreau has passed away. Just four days ago, the famous singer announced his retirement from touring, following his admittance to the hospital for exhaustion. A message on his social media channels suggested that he was “slowly getting better,” but it seems things took a turn for the worse over the weekend, and Jarreau passed away this morning at the age of 76.Jarreau was a seven-time Grammy Award winner, winning awards in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories. He got his start in the late 1960s as a singer in various jazz bands before he released his debut album in 1975, the internationally successful We Got By. Jarreau would release twenty albums in total over the course of his career, and he toured constantly, performing over fifty concerts in 2016, including an appearance at the White House.To honor of Al Jarreau after a life and career filled with music, check out a few of his greatest moments below. You’ll find his debut album We Got By, arguably his most commercially successful single “We’re In This Love Together”, “Hot News Blues”, a song he recorded with Chick Corea on the album Secret Agent, and “We Are The World”, which features Jarreau as one of the lead voices of the star-studded cast of vocalists (Jarreau delivers the classic line “…and so we all must lend a helping hand.”).“We Got By”“We’re In This Love Together”“Hot News Blues”, Chick Corea feat. Al Jarreau“We Are The World”Rest in Peace, Al Jarreau.
One of the biggest breakout acts of 2016 was The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the unanticipated but fully appreciated collaboration between Les Claypool and Sean Lennon that produced one of the best albums of the year, Monolith of Phobos. While there’s no telling how long Claypool’s side-projects will ever stick around, we do know that there’s more coming from the band in 2017 – as they will be playing Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Summer Camp Music Festival both in May.Today, The Claypool Lennon Delirium announces that they will be releasing an exclusive Record Store Day 10” on transparent green vinyl that features four cosmically psychedelic covers, including “Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, “Boris the Spider,” by The Who, “The Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, and “Satori” by Flower Travellin’ Band. The release will be available in record stores nationwide on April 22. Check out the announcement below:
[Photo: Rex Thompson]Hard Working Americans 2017 Tour DatesJune 30 Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 1 Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 21 Bloomington, IN @ The BluebirdJuly 22 Chicago, IL @ The Great LawnSept 21 Houston, TX @ Hobby Center *Sept 22 Dallas, TX @ Music Hall at Fair Park *Sept 23 Austin, TX @ The Moody Theatre (sold out) *Sept 24 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Tower CitySept 26 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads SaloonSept 27 St Louis, MO @ Delmar HallSept 28 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle TheatreSept 29 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music HallSept 30 Gatlinburg, TN @ Sugarlands Mountain FestOct 1 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln TheatreOct 4 Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponta Vedra Concert HallOct 5 Atlanta, GA @ Variety PlayhouseOct 6 Birmingham, AL @ Iron CityOct 7 Memphis, TN @ Festival in Memphis TBANov 3 Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium *Nov 4 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre *Nov 9 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre *Nov 10 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre *Nov 17 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater ** supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band Formed in 2013, Hard Working Americans is a well-seasoned all-star group composed of Dave Schools and Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, Todd Snider and Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Aycock. Today, the veteraned ensemble announced that they’d be releasing their second live album, We’re All in this Together, on the heels of their 2016 studio release Rest In Chaos and following up their first live album The First Waltz, which was released back in 2014. We’re All in this Together will drop later in the summer on August 4th and contains thirteen live tracks, the majority of which were culled from Hard Working American’s 2016 tour in promotion of their sophomore release, Rest In Chaos. As noted by Relix, this latest live album heavily pulls from the group’s performance at Birmingham, Alabama’s Iron City on August 19th.The Hard Working Americans Put In The Effort On ‘Rest In Chaos’ [Stream/Review]To coincide with the announcement, the band also premiered their cover of Chuck Berry’s “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)” in the same Relix announcement. You can watch Hard Working Americans’ cover of Chuck Berry below, and head to iTunes or Amazon to pre-order We’re All in this Together. You can also catch Hard Working Americans on the road, with their 2017 tour kicking off at High Sierra Music Festival next weekend. From there, the group has one-off dates in July before their tour kicks into high gear in the fall, terminating with a number of West Coast dates supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band. You can check out their tour dates for yourself below.
The Isley Brothers and Carlos Santana effortlessly merge their sounds on their collaborative new album, Power Of Peace. This combination of a legendary vocal-based group and one of history’s most fiery guitar players is straight off any audiophile’s wishlist. While projects combining such long-standing musical forces sometimes fail due to issues with vision and ego, that is surely not the case here. It’s possible that Santana’s prior successes on the charts with a variety of diverse artists have helped hone him into a fearless wandering gun. However, Power Of Peace truly seems as though it’s the result of two musical families coming together.Celebrate Carlos Santana’s 70th Birthday With His Phil Lesh & Friends At LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]Founding member Ronald and younger brother Ernie Isley have been making music together for decades, and their bond is bordering telepathic. While Carlos Santana and his wife, Cindy Blackman, haven’t been together nearly as long, the two certainly seem to operate on the same wavelength. While the Isley Brothers helped fuse rock, soul, and funk into a chart-topping sound, Carlos Santana was wowing future collaborator Ernie Isley at Woodstock.Nigel Hall Releases Catchy Isley Brothers Cover With QuestloveAny worries about the Power Of Peace conceptually are alleviated on the pace-setting opening track, “Are You Ready.” Blackman sets an aggressive tone for Ron Isley‘s impassioned rendition of the question at hand. The mix of guitars is quite obviously strong in Santana’s direction, though Ernie does sneak some licks in while holding down tight rhythm work. Check out that track and the rest of the album in the video link below, then check out our continued thoughts on the project below.As always, any note played by Santana demands attention, but his style is clean enough to allow Ron Isley plenty of room. The covers from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Chambers Brothers and other all-star creators give the core band and their cast of collaborators plenty of opportunities to do what they do best. The familiarity of the material on the album also sets the table for a follow-up collaboration with new original material—Santana has been open about the fact he’s been composing.Closing Power Of Peace with a lengthy rendition of Billie Holiday‘s “God Bless The Child” allows each creative voice a chance to shine one last time. Like previous tracks, the tempo build and the crescendo are straight out of both artists’ playbooks and strike a chord deep in the psyches of longtime fans and fresh ears alike. The harmony of these artists comes as much from their shared attitudes on life as their musical passions. Their like-minded views on the power of love and transcending to higher states meld so easily that it would be a crime if this is last we hear from these legends.
With Dick’s nearly upon us, Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom has announced a pair of funky Phish late-nights. On Saturday (Sept. 2nd) and Sunday (Sept. 3rd), Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch and guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff will team up with NOLA legends Ivan Neville (keys) and Nick Daniels (bass) of Dumpstaphunk to keep the party going late into the night.These four incredibly skilled and decorated musicians are no strangers to each other. They have all played in various formations with each other many times over the years. With the Lettuce guys bringing Brooklyn style and the NOLA team providing the classic Crescent City flavor, this collaboration is bound to deliver Voltron-level funk fire to Denver’s post-Phish faithful.Tickets for the Neville/Deitch/Smirnoff/Daniels after-parties at Cervantes’ The Other Side on Saturday, 9/2 and Sunday, 9/3 are currently available here. For event updates and additional info, join the Facebook Event page.
The Simpsons is a staple of American culture. As longest-running prime-time television series, since its debut in December of 1989, the animated program has become iconic, gaining critical acclaim and dozens of awards in addition to the millions and millions of viewers who’ve seen the show in the last near-thirty years. In May of this year, the show wrapped up its 28th season, and the show has already been renewed for a 29th and 30th, ensuring that the show will run through to 2019. However, today, the news broke that The Simpsons’ composer, Alf Clausen, had been fired from the long-running show.Alf Clausen has been with the show for 27 seasons, with his 35-piece orchestra becoming an integral part of the show. During his tenure with The Simpsons, which started during the show’s 1990-91 season, Clausen has scored over 560 episodes and received two Emmys (in 1997 and 1998) in addition to 21 additional nominations since 1992—making him one of the most-nominated composer in Emmy history with 29 nominations under his belt.In a statement to Variety, Clausen noted that the show was “seeking a different kind of music,” though this reasoning is at odds with series creator Matt Gorening’s long-standing insistence that Clausen’s orchestra be used from the start of The Simpsons. While a Fox representative declined to comment on the matter to Variety, others have speculated that Fox unceremoniously fired Clausen and his orchestra as a means to cut on costs, as maintaining a 35-piece orchestra for the program has cost the network millions. Regardless, The Simpsons has consistently been a cash cow for Fox, so their release of one of the most decorated and beloved composers in television history is somewhat befuddling.Clausen’s final season, the 28th seasons of the show, has already aired, so The Simpson’s upcoming 29th season, which is slated to air on October 1st, will be the first without the composer. Thanks for all your work over the years, Mr. Clausen! While he’s sure to be able to find work elsewhere, he’ll be missed on the program for sure.
Ivan Neville To Celebrate 30Amp Circuit “Songbook Award” With Special Intimate Show During Jazz Fest
Today, Ivan Neville has announced a very special performance during the 50th annual edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In honor of his vast contributions to the New Orleans music world over the course of his 40+ year career—and in celebration of Neville’s 60th birthday later this year—musical non-profit 30 Amp Circuit has announced Ivan Neville as the first-ever recipient of their Songbook Award, “an honorarium for artists who have created a lifetime’s worth of songs, performances and unique musical memories, but have never received the level of public support that their artistry warrants.”This unique distinction will be celebrated with a performance at New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, Le Petit Theatre, on Thursday, May 2nd. The intimate celebration, billed as Ivan Neville Piano Sessions: Through The Ages, will be preceded by authentic New Orleans cuisine and drinks at Dickie Brennan‘s fabled Tableau restaurant, which sits next to Le Petit Theatre in the heart of the French Quarter.Earlier in the day on May 2nd, Ivan and his band, Dumpstaphunk, will open for The Rolling Stones at Jazz Fest’s main stage on what will surely prove to be one of the most memorable days in the event’s five-decade-long history. Two hours after the fairgrounds close, the doors to Le Petite Theater will open for a VIP experience to kick off Ivan’s Songbook Award celebration at Tableau, followed by a journey through Neville’s musical history in songs, stories, and a parade of his friends and musical collaborators including Cyril Neville, Ian Neville, and other guests to be announced.Proceeds from the event will benefit WWOZ, The New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, and host organization 30 Amp Circuit. For those unfamiliar, 30Amp Circuit is a Philadelphia-based music and arts 501(c)3 not-for-profit company established to collaborate with artists and other organizations by commissioning, recording, distributing and promoting culturally relevant and important musical works; curating community driven, socially relevant live music events; and investing in youth-based educational initiatives and cross-cultural exchange. At the core of this three-pronged vision is their 30Amp Circuit—a network of artist services programs, embedded at a local, national and international level. You can learn more about 30Amp Circuit and the story of their inception on the organization’s website.Tickets for 30Amp Circuit Presents Ivan Neville Piano Sessions: Through The Ages are available here.