These days, it seems as though there is a new festival popping up just about every day in every corner of the country. With the market so saturated, what sets one festival apart from the rest of them? We took an in-depth look at the upcoming Vertex Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado to determine what makes it special, and why it should be at the top of your radar this summer.1. Seasoned VeteransBrought to you by Madison House Presents, the force behind Electric Forest and Rothbury, Vertex already has nearly a decade of top-tier, expertly curated festival experience under its belt. The producers have been searching for the perfect festival site for 20 years, making sure it has everything to properly carry out their vision, so you know this won’t be your typical rookie first-year fest. 2. On-Site Vacation VibesThe site comes equipped with a beach, featuring a wading pond and island bar, that hosts live music throughout the day and a Silent Disco all night. Nature vibes are rampant throughout the site, surrounded by 360 degree mountain views, a creek running throughout the festival, tons of greenery, a star observatory with telescopes, and plenty of hammock zones.3. Off-Site Field TripsTo make this even more of a destination event, the fest provides plenty of options for off-site excursions. Go white water rafting down the scenic Arkansas River amidst breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, hike through the ghost town of Hancock, play a fun game of disc golf, or just take a free shuttle into the town of Buena Vista to explore its many restaurants, outdoor apparel shops, and bakeries. You really can’t go wrong.4. Go LocalThe town of Buena Vista is a hidden gem, located just a couple of hours outside of Denver. Vertex is truly a festival by Coloradans, for Coloradans, with a focus on local vendors and everything carefully placed and curated. Oskar Blues, Eddyline and Elevation are just a few of the local and hyperlocal craft beers that will be offered.5. The Music, Of Course!Vertex’s stand-out lineup taps into a wide array of genres and really nails the crossover scene. With two sets of Trey Anastasio Band, Alabama Shakes, Odesza, Gramatik, Lettuce, The Revivalists, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Graham Nash, Anderson Paak, Emancipator Ensemble, and tons of other acts across electronic, jam, funk and beyond, there is something for just about everyone.**Get tickets and all ticketing information for Vertex Festival here****Enter to win a 4-person crew pack + hiking field trip below!**
Though Eric Clapton has recently spoken about being sidelined from performing due to muscular issues, that doesn’t mean he won’t be sharing gems from his rich archives. The guitarist has just announced a new live album release, titled Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale. The recording captures Clapton and JJ Cale together at the iPayOne Center in San Diego, CA, performing on March 15, 2007. The album is due out on September 30th via Reprise/Bushbranch Records.The album will be released via CD or vinyl, but the vinyl can only be picked up via Eric Clapton’s website. Not only is JJ Cale featured on the album, but guitarists Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, and so many more great musicians are on the recording. To get you in the groove, Clapton has shared the video for “Anyway The Wind Blows,” featuring Clapton, Cale, Trucks, and Bramhall.Watch “Anyway The Wind Blows,” streaming below.You can see the full album tracklisting and musician personnel, listed below.Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale – Tracklisting1. Tell The Truth2. Key To The Highway3. Got To Get Better In A Little While4. Little Wing5. Anyday6. Anyway The Wind Blows7. After Midnight8. Who Am I Telling You?9. Don’t Cry Sister10. Cocaine11. Motherless Children12. Little Queen Of Spades13. Further On Up The Road14. Wonderful Tonight15. Layla16. CrossroadsLive In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale – MusiciansEric Clapton: Guitar & VocalsJJ Cale: Guitar & Vocals (Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)Doyle Bramhall II: Guitar/Backing VocalsDerek Trucks: Slide GuitarWillie Weeks: BassSteve Jordan: DrumsChris Stainton: KeyboardsTim Carmon: KeyboardsMichelle John: Backing VocalsSharon White: Backing VocalsRobert Cray: Guitar & Vocals (Track 16)
Yesterday, we learned that Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg would be teaming up for a new VH1 program called Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party. Billed as a cross between a cooking competition and variety program with celebrities, the two personalities seem like a peculiar choice to host a show together.That is, until you consult the tapes. Snoop made an appearance on Martha Stewart’s show back in 2008, and the results are downright hilarious. Watch the duo as they hilariously banter and make mashed potatoes together. “My homegirl Martha and I have a special bond that goes back. We’re gonna be cooking, drinking, and having a good time with our exclusive friends,” Snoop Dogg told Variety. “Can’t wait for you to see how we roll together!”Watch this clip for yourself – you’ll be glad you did.We can’t wait for the new show!
On the heels of their new album release, STS9 brought the heat to Georgia for two great nights of music. With The Universe Inside due out on September 2nd, the band played an exciting two-night run that saw them debut some of their new music in the live setting, and play an exciting “Axe The Cables” set on the second night of the run. When STS9 axes the cables, they go all out for their acoustic celebrations, and this time the band pulled out all the stops by recruiting a live choir to accompany them on “The Universe Inside,” as well as the two-night run’s finale, “Under Pressure.”Fortunately, thanks to YouTube user JMar, there are full videos of the first night’s show, the Axe The Cables set from night two, as well as the exciting encore of “Under Pressure.” Check out the videos below, as well as full setlists provided by The Church of STS9.Watch full video of the August 26th, 2016 performance.Watch full video of the “Axe The Cables” set on August 27th, 2016.Watch the “Under Pressure” encore from August 27th, 2016.Setlist: STS9 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA – 8/26/16Set I:Really Wut? –4 Year Puma Metameme – Tap-InCrystal Instrument* PoseidonYou Don’t Say – MarchSet II:Black Satin^ –DanceF. WordTotemDidn’t Cha Know^^What is Love?Instantly –Nautilus – Instantly When The Dust Settles Reprise – Edge of Seventeen%Ramone & EmiglioEncore:King Pharaoh’s Tomb* = Rent Tease^ = Miles Davis Cover^^ = Erykah Badu Cover** = Instantly Tease% = with Maureen MurphySetlist: STS9 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA – 8/27/16Set I (Axe The Cables):Golden Gate*The Paint*ASAAItzamana*118*Scheme Reprise*AimlesslyThe Universe Inside^*~$Set II:CLE intro > RentWika Chikana Shock DoctrineNew Dawn New Day VaporsMoonsocketsGive and Take^~Set III:Get Loud^~KamuyGlogli Love Don’t Terrorize>>Let’s Groove ~World Go RoundSchemeInspire Strikes BackEncore:Under Pressure~^$* – First time Axed~ Maureen Murphy on vocals/First time played^ First time played$ Featuring Live Choir
Jimi Hendrix debuted his Band of Gypsys, featuring Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, back on New Year’s Eve of 1969. The group played two shows on Dec. 31st and another two shows again on Jan. 1st at iconic New York City venue the Fillmore East.The first of those four legendary shows just received a proper release on Sept. 30th via Sony/Legacy, and is titled Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69. The show features an 11-song setlist, with a debut of the track “Ezy Rider” (take a listen below), courtesy of WSJ’s Speakeasy blog.Producer John McDermott discussed the days leading up to the new trio’s first shows, “The band did rehearse, spending days at Baggies Rehearsal Studios in New York City….Nothing fancy, just a place for the group to work out the repertoire that Jimi wanted to premiere at the Fillmore East shows.” Purchase the album here.Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 TracklistPower Of SoulLover ManHear My Train A Comin’ChangesIzabellaMachine GunStopEzy RyderBleeding HeartEarth BluesBurning Desire[via Wall Street Journal]
You can also catch a full audio recording below, thanks to Neil M.The band also recently hinted at plans to record new music and tour in the future; we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for that! The unlikely tale of Circles Around The Sun continues, as the group designed to create setbreak music for the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary concerts has sprung to life. The music was so well received that the band’s four members, Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, Mark Levy and Dan Horne, knew they couldn’t put it down. Despite telling us that they had no future plans to play live last year, the band made their official debut at Lockn’ Festival, and brought that same live energy to The Hamilton in Washington, DC last night for their first-ever headlining performance.Fortunately, videos from TimeZonerTV captured the band at work! Watch as their groovy instrumental tracks come to life in the live setting, below.
4. Best Place To Smoke A Joint:Max- Riverside ParkCorey- Rooftop in Chinatown/Little ItalySmiley- Rivergate AptsRob- The Torch of the Statue of Liberty5. Favorite NYC Memory:Max- Being BornSmiley- Rocks Off Boat CruiseCorey- Driving Into Times Square the Night of Hurricane NemoRob- Sharing a Bill With Morgan Freeman6. The First Thing You Do When You Get To NY:Smiley- Soundcheck because we’re always running lateMax- Blast “NY State of Mind”Help them make new memories tonight at Bowery Ballroom! Get tickets here. 2. Best Pizza Spot:Max- Sal and Carmine’sReuben- Any Dank Dolla sliceCorey- CarveSmiley- ArtichokeRob- Domino’s 3. Favorite Music Venue:Smiley- Brooklyn BowlMax- Madison Square GardenCorey- Rockwood Music HallRob- 42nd Street subway platformReuben- Fat Cat Funk favorites The Main Squeeze are making their return to NYC tonight for a funk-fueled rager accompanied by up-and-comers Organ Freeman! It’s all going down at The Bowery Ballroom beginning at 9 PM sharp. The double dose of high-energy dance grooves is sure to warm up this chilly winter night. Tickets are still available here or at the door.We caught up with the recent LA transplants to find out their favorite spots to hit when they return to the Big Apple.1. Favorite Bagel Spot:Smiley and Corey- NY Bagel and Cafe on 34th and 1st Max- H & H Bagels Rob- Dunkin’ Donuts
String Cheese Incident just premiered the music video for “My One And Only” via Creators/Vice. The song is off of String Cheese’s latest album, Believe, which was released last month, and also features the Bonnie Paine from Colorado’s Elephant Revival in addition to Cheese’s resident keyboard wizard Kyle Hollingsworth on vocals. The new video for “My One And Only” is a digital mixed-media project combining video, illustration, and digital animation created by Solar Cabin. The end project is gorgeous to take in, perfectly complementing the ethereal nature of the song with its whimsical watercolor-inspired imagery.The String Cheese Incident Spread Love In New “Believe” Album [Review/Stream]In the premiere on Creators, artist Jason Denton of Solar Cabin gives some insight into the creation of the music video: “We initially interpreted the song as an expression of the longing a person feels when they are on the road for an extended time. . . . While experiencing the beauty and wonder of the larger world, you can never quite shake that longing for home and the loved ones you miss.”This statement echoes Hollingsworth’s own account of the intention behind “My One And Only, as he told Relix in an interview last month,”I love [Bonnie’s] voice. I think it’s so unique and I wanted to showcase her vocals. When I got together with her, I didn’t really have the lyrics done. So I hit her up and she was like, “Sure I’ll help you write lyrics as well.” So we got together, and she came up with the chorus and I started working on some of the verses. We talked about being on the road a lot and missing our loved ones back home. So we worked out the melodies and went through it together, and she improvised the whole last half of the song.”String Cheese Incident Shares Two Pro-Shot Videos Of Intimate Boulder ShowsYou can watch the final result of the collaboration between String Cheese Incident, Bonnie Paine, and Solar Cabin in the breathtaking video of “My One And Only” below.
Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing” Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead or Alive” You can check out the full list of nominees for 2018 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame below:Bon Jovi ^Dire Straits ^Moody Blues ^The Cars ^Nina Simone ^Kate BushDepeche ModeEurythmicsJ. Geils BandJudas PriestLL Cool JMC5The MetersRadioheadRage Against the MachineRufus featuring Chaka KhanSister Rosetta TharpeLink WrayThe Zombies^ Chosen as 2018 inducteeYou can watch Rock & Hall of Fame President & CEO Greg Harris announce the 2018 inductees here. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – “Up Above My Head” Nina Simone – “Feeling Good” Today, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2018 inductees: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, The Cars, and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be given an Early Influence award. This year’s class is predominantly made up of older acts; Bon Jovi is the only band from this year’s crop to have started their career after the 70’s. Simone, the powerhouse singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist whose work continues to be directly referenced and reimagined in modern music by everyone from Michael Buble to Kanye West, was born in 1933 and passed away over a decade ago. Somehow, the immensely influential Simone had not been nominated since her first year of eligibility in ’86. Gospel star and widely recognized rock & roll influencer Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915 – 1973) dates back even further than Simone, and was recognized after a surge in interest in her work and legacy over the last decade.Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2018 Induction NomineesThe induction ceremony, which traditionally includes performances from the inducted bands, offers a unique opportunity for reunions for several of the inducted bands. Dire Straits hasn’t performed in any incarnation since their split in 1992, and frontman Mark Knopfler has yet to indicate whether or not he’s open to the idea of a reunion performance and the induction ceremony. The Moody Blues are willing to reunite with their original keyboardist Mark Pinder, who left the group in 1978, and original flautist/vocalist Ray Thomas, who left the band roughly 15 years ago. “The spirit is always willing,” says current singer Justin Hayward to Rolling Stone, ” I miss them both, particularly Mike Pinder because he was the guy that brought me into the group.”Bon Jovi, however, is already primed and excited for a reunion with former guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such at the Rock Hall induction. “They are a huge part of us,” drummer Tico Torres tells Rolling Stone, “We’d love it if they played with us.” Confirms keyboardist David Bryan, “You’ll see the current lineup and then see the original. It should be a fun night.”The Cars reunited after a 22-year break in 2010 to cut the new LP Move Like This. They had a very brief tour and have been completely inactive since playing Lollapalooza in August of 2011. They have not yet made any indication regarding plans to perform at the induction.In order to be eligible for induction in 2018, each of the nominated acts had to have released their first commercial recording at least twenty-five years earlier, meaning that all of the nominees this year made their commercial debut by 1992 or earlier. The list of nineteen acts nominated for induction in 2018 included a broad spectrum of styles and genres. Radiohead was nominated this year in their first year of eligibility, but did not punch their ticket to Cleveland on their first ballot.The nominees were voted on by a collection of over nine-hundred artists, historians, and other key people in the music industry. The voting body then selected their choices for induction based on a number of factors such as musical influence, career length and depth, and music in and of itself, including parameters such as “innovation and superiority in style and technique.”The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vote also included a fan vote aspect, with the collective results of their fan poll counting as one vote within the deciding body. Fans overwhelmingly supported Bon Jovi in their vote.The induction will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 14th, 2018. An edited version will air later on HBO and there will be a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Ticket details will be announced in the near future.Congratulations to all of the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. And to the 12 inducted artists that did not get the nod, as well as the long, long list of deserving artists who continue to get snubbed (that’s another conversation for another time). Your fans love you and thank you for your award-worthy work that keeps us singing and dancing through life.Check out music from each of the inducted acts below:The Moody Blues – “Forever Autumn” (via EssentialDegnities) The Cars – “Just What I Needed”
Florida’s own pedal-steel guitar hero, Roosevelt Collier, closed out the Wanee Music Festival‘s Wednesday pre-party in wild style last night with a set of covers dedicated to his musical heroes, including Jimi Hendrix and the James Brown Band. Collier used his sacred steel sound to take the crowd to church and worship at the altar of the greats who inspire him. The passion he feels for the material gave his performance an energy somehow beyond the already-amazing power he always brings to the stage.Speaking of stages, Roosevelt Collier was practically on home turf at the Spirit Of Suwannee Amphitheatre stage. From his time with The Lee Boys, his own acts, and the fact that he lived not five miles from the Park for years, Collier couldn’t be more comfortable and it showed. Though Roosevelt spent most of the show bending the string of his pedal steel guitar into submission, he popped off his stool and roamed the stage several times to watch his bandmates throw down. Though his backing band was tight, the stage got a bit more heavy with talent when special guests Bobby Lee Rodgers and Isaac Corbitt joined in for a wild 23-minute take on the James Brown Band classic “Pass The Peas.” We’ve got that song as well as a pair of Hendrix tunes, “Power Of Soul” and Manic Depression”, for you folks in the clips below.Fans walked away from Roosevelt Collier’s performance euphoric and beyond excited for the insane music this weekend at the Wanee Music Festival. Single day tickets are still available, and with Phil Lesh and Widespread Panic leading the charge, there is surely lots more to come from the festival—Live For Live Music will be bringing you all the video highlights you can handle! But for now, let’s check out the mayhem Roosevelt Collier set from last night!“Manic Depression” (Jimi Hendrix)“Power Of Soul” (Jimi Hendrix)“Pass The Peas” (The J.B.s)