The Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival recently announced a stellar lineup, featuring some of jam, funk, and livetronica’s finest. Hosted by The Magic Beans, the festival will feature performances from Electron, The New Deal, RAQ, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Spafford, a special 2-set performance from New Time Elastic, a group featuring SCI’s Michael Kang, Jason Hann, and Michael Travis with Jamie Shields from tND.Set to take place from June 10th-12th at a new site, the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club in Westcliffe, CO, the combination of a beautiful site and killer lineup certainly has us intrigued. We were able to sit down with Festival Director Ryan Noel, who is also a production assistant with The Disco Biscuits and tour manager for The Magic Beans, to discuss Beanstalk. Read on below, and find more info about the festival here.L4LM: What are you most excited about this year at Beanstalk?RN: I’m excited for the whole thing! My partner, Scott Hachey, and I get to book the music we love, so we’ve put together a lineup that we’re super pumped about. Since I also work for The Disco Biscuits, it’s always such a pleasure for me to have some of those guys out, and for the 2nd year in a row, we’ve done that. They’ve been so supportive of Beanstalk and it really means a lot to me that they’re always so willing and eager to be apart of it.L4LM: How did the New Elastic Time supergroup come together?RN: On April 20th, 2013, a girl that I was seeing at the time, who is a huge SCI fan, said she was going to see this supergroup called New Elastic Time. They sold out the Gothic Theatre in Denver, and I never heard of it again. When we started throwing this festival, Scott and I really started to make the super groups a major part of our event. Last year, I remembered about New Elastic Time — and kept it in my back pocket. We always want to have something “cheesey” every year so when we came to that portion of the booking, I decided to reach out to Jason Hann and Michael Kang to see if we could get it to work, and we did! We’re super pumped to have them coming out, and Kang back for the 2nd year in a row!L4LM: Tell us a little about the new location. RN: The new location is beautiful. A little different — but beautiful. Westcliffe sits on the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains – about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Denver – or an hour and a half west of CO Springs. This place has breathtaking views — one of the view places in CO where you can see 5+ 14ers. You really feel small when you’re there. We’re very excited with the new location and we think our fans will be too! One location means no more annoying shuttles! Camping will be a very short walk from parking; with the concert bowl and our side stage in the middle. Our fans are so creative; we know they’re going to turn this place into a beautiful little community for 4 days with the way they all will set up their campsites.L4LM: Which of the up and coming acts do you think will really blow people away?RN: Spafford is an up and coming act we’ve brought in this year from Arizona, that I think people are going to leave talking about. Very groovy and jammy; which is obviously what we love the most! We brought in Brothers Gow from San Diego two years ago and that was a band a lot of people left talking about — and I see Spafford doing that this year.L4LM: The Magic Beans are starting to really gain some steam on the national scene. Why should they be on people’s radars?RN: For me personally, I love to see a band get out there and take chances with their improvising. With the new addition of Chris Duffy, bassist, it really has brought out a new beast of jamming. It allows Scott and Casey to explore and feel the jams out. That’s what it’s all about for me. So for anyone that really loves a jamband — they’re just that. And are doing a damn good job. I also love how they go in and out of different genres throughout a show — they get a little grassy, a little funky, back in to some rock n roll, back in to funk, and so on. Can appeal to a lot of different tastes.The Magic Beans Make Debut With New Bassist In Keystone, CO Throwdown L4LM: Can we anticipate any additional announcements?RN: We will have more announcements soon, about camping, RV passes, and things of that nature, so our fanbase is fully prepared for our new home. But as for our lineup – it’s set in stone now!*** With Early Bird and Tier 1 prices already sold out, Tier 2 tickets are currently on-sale at a very reasonable price of $145. Purchase tickets for Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival HERE ***
Relentless Beats and Global Dance are presenting Arizona with the second annual Global Dance Festival at the Rawhide Western Town. This spectacular event is taking place on November 19th, 2016. Make sure to arrive with your kandi cuffs on and boots tied tight because the night is going to be a long one filled with energized ravers looking to get down with the heavy bass drops.This year’s lineup sure is a wild one! Headlining the festival is the well-known and respected Lorin Ashton, better known under his stage name Bassnectar. Other headlining acts include NERO (Dj Set) and Galantis. DJs such as Alison Wonderland, Datsik, Herobust, Lee Foss, Louis the Child, Mat Zo, Valentino Khan, and more will also be throwing down at this year’s event. With a line up like this, your sure can’t afford to miss out.Aside from the music, you will have a blast exploring this western town and its western vibes. Food vendors will be there to serve up some freshly made grub for all you hungry headbangers. Tickets are on sale now for $89…. More information is on the festival’s website. See you there!
Today, the legendary soul singer Al Green turns 71. The Reverend a staple of soul music and gospel, and has been since the 1970’s, when he solidified himself as a powerful force in the music world with hits such as “Take Me To The River,” later covered by The Talking Heads to gain even more notoriety and critical acclaim, and “Let’s Stay Together.” Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and later took the 65th spot on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. You can check out a few choice covers of some of our favorite acts covering Al Green live, further illustrating the reach that The Reverend had on the music we know and love today. Happy Birthday, Mr. Green!Phish covering “Rhymes” – Comcast Center, Great Woods, Mansfield, MA 6/7/2011[Courtesy of Youtube user Nevaklass]Tedeschi Trucks covering “Old Time Lovin” – Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise 19, 10/28/2012[Courtesy of Youtube user Blues .Dude]Gov’t Mule with Ty Taylor & Nalle Colt of Vintage Trouble covering “Take Me To The River” – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO, 11/15/2013[Courtesy of Youtube user Martin Bundy]
If you’ve spent even the smallest amount of time on social media this weekend, you’ve undoubtedly heard tell of Fyre Festival, the upper-crust Bahamian destination festival organized by rapper Ja Rule and his 25-year-old entrepreneurial partner Billy McFarland. The luxury event, heavily marketed via Instagram as an A-List event for A-List audiences, promised attendees a private Bahamian island locale with high-end accommodations, gourmet catered food, slips for guests to moor their yachts, and a host of other amenities characterized by their lavish excess. High-profile acts like Blink 182, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Lil Yachty, and more were set to perform. During a pre-event site visit, Ja Rule made a toast to the organizing team about the coming celebration: “To living like movie stars, partying like rock stars, and fucking like porn stars.” You can watch the event’s flashy announcement video below:However, as attendees started to arrive on Friday, reports began to surface that the actual conditions on the island were not quite as advertised. Reports from early arrivers included tales of bare-bones accommodations, roadside piles of trash and mattresses, no running water or sewage, and unfinished construction throughout the festival grounds. The gourmet meals promised to attendees amounted to a couple slices of bread with a slice of cheese on top: However, while the comedians were joking about taking the festival organizers to court, today brought news that the attendees don’t have as much of a sense of humor regarding this weekend’s FUBAR Fyre Fest: One of the attendees has filed a $100 million class action lawsuit agains Ja Rule and McFarland, citing that they subjected their festival-goers to “dangerous conditions.” In the official legal complaint, the plaintiff states that “this outrageous failure to prepare, coupled with Defendants’ deliberate falsehoods in promoting the island ‘experience,’ demonstrates that the Fyre Festival was nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning…Defendants intended to fleece attendees for hundreds of millions of dollars by inducing them to fly to a remote island without food, shelter or water — and without regard to what might happen to them after that.” The suit continues, “The festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees — suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions — that was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.” You can read the entire document here.Festival organizers have yet to comment on the suit, but needless to say, after royally screwing the pooch on virtually every possible level with the inaugural Fyre Festival, it’s going to be an uphill battle for them to clear these legal obstacles and get back on their feet for Fyre Festival 2018, which–bafflingly–still seems to be in the works.[h/t – Rolling Stone][Cover photo via TMZ/Getty Images] One would-be attendee from the UK told The Daily Mail that she was warned not to come after hearing reports on the conditions from friends who arrived early: “He was absolutely gutted. He said the place was a complete dump, just a rain soaked mud bowl,” she said. “There was basically nothing there. The boutique tents hadn’t been put up, The stages were tiny. He said there was filth everywhere and more worryingly really fierce dogs running about. He said angry locals had started threatening people as well. He said basically it was worse than a refugee camp.” Flights into and out of the island were eventually cancelled, leaving scores of festival-goers stranded and forced to take refuge at the island’s airport.By Friday evening, the festival was officially postponed, with organizers promising to help fans get home safely and offering refunds (or, comically, tickets to “Fyre Festival 2018”). The days that followed saw an increasingly ridiculous stream of reports about the nightmare that was Fyre Fest. The masses threw around allegations that the whole event was an elaborate scam. The Internet had a field day with the disaster, basking in the schadenfreude of seeing the “super-rich” Fyre Fest target audience thrust into refugee-type conditions.You may be asking yourself, with conditions as they were, how did organizers allow the event to go on at all? According to one person on the team in an interview with NY Mag, the actual, practical situation seemed utterly lost on those in charge. During a last-minute meeting to discuss potentially canceling the festival before it started, one unnamed exec brushed off the serious concerns of the staff with the same hubris and delusions of grandeur that marred the entire operation: “Let’s just do it and be legends, man.” Yeah. Can’t make this shit up.Ja Rule spoke up to apologize to attendees (and simultaneously assert to everyone that “THIS IS NOT MY FAULT“), and McFarland wrote a long note about the Fyre-ey shitshow, calling this “the worst day of his life,” and chalked the whole mess up to the organizers being “a little naive” (read the whole note here).Comedians Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island even chimed in on the nightmarish situation, revealing that they have been working on a movie about a music festival gone horribly wrong, and joking that they might sue Fyre Festival for stealing their idea: As Rolling Stone reported, “Chaos ruled all facets of the festival: Luggage was simply thrown out of the back of a truck, feral dogs ran around the festival site and there were few security guards or festival employees on-site to assist attendees. Fyre victims have turned to Reddit to share their experiences, with one person posting that they witnessed “one guy [who] got punched out by security and they took his wallet.’”
Over the weekend, Lotus returned to Colorado for a performance at the Boulder Theatre on Friday ahead of their annual pilgrimage to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Across the two performances, Lotus was in truly proper form, offering fans a chance to experience the group at their finest. On Friday night, the band put on an outstanding sold-out show in Boulder with a focus on older songs from their catalog and cross-song jamming, while Saturday saw an energized and crowd-pleasing performance at one of the most iconic venue’s in the country with support from Nosaj Thing and Com Truise that effectively eclipsed Lotus’ past Red Rocks shows in recent years.Lotus To Release First-Ever Concert Film Next Week Of Red Rocks 2014 Talking Heads TributeFor old-school fans of the group, Lotus’ show at the Boulder Theatre was the hands-down highlight of the weekend. With Red Rocks the following night, Friday’s show was already poised to be a strong performance—the band could vary the setlist away from songs that are more “Red Rocks friendly” with appeal across a larger audience, plus the group tends to thrive during more their more intimate shows. Almost as if they were using Boulder’s show as a thank-you to their dedicated fans, Lotus laid out a throwback show for the ages, putting on a truly stellar show at the 850-person venue.Members Of Biscuits, UM, Lotus, & The Motet Add Jen Hartswick & Natalie Cressman To BCA SupergroupAt the start of the show, a long line to get into the sold-out theatre still wrapped around the block. As fans trickled in, Lotus came out with a non-stop opening combination of “L’immeuble”, “Lucid Awakening”, and “Drunken Giraffe”. Keeping things jazzy and loose, the three songs are all well-loved older tunes, with “Drunken Giraffe” making an appearance on 2006’s The Strength Of Weak Ties. This set opener would also come to be indicative of the rest of the show. Across the performance, Lotus chose to forego performing tracks from their most recent albums, instead, mostly playing songs that were first debuted during the early to mid-2000’s.After a brief pause, Lotus started in on a fast-paced “Contagion,” which eventually moved through a trancey transition back into “Lucid Awakening”, which was built into a climactic and shred-heavy peak. “Caywood” off 2003’s Germination was up next, showcasing some of the finest that Lotus has to offer with its beautiful and harmonic guitar riffs. From there, the group laid into the heavier, funk-infused “Blender” before performing “Bug Love”, a smooth new tune that was debuted during Lotus’ festival, Summer Dance, over Labor Day Weekend. Finally, to close out the first set of the weekend, Lotus hyped up the audience with “Age Of Inexperience,” which saw the rhythm section lead the song into a super heavy bridge before accelerating through to the song’s close.“Caywood” Coming back after set break with an energetic and bubbly “Wax”, Lotus then moved into “Faceblind”, another new song that was debuted at Summer Dance this year, which features a propulsive and tight groove and characteristically pristine guitar work from Mike Rempel. Following this new song, a spacious “Arupa” eventually made a triumphant transition into the fan-favorite “Umbilical Moonrise”, which showcased Rempel at his finest. Coming out of “Umbilical Moonrise”, the group changed their tone, opting for a heavier sound with a cover of Ratatat’s “Cream On Chrome”. To close things out, the band moved back into their more traditional sound with “Bubonic Tonic,” which saw Luke adding vocals via a talkbox. The high-octane jam of “Bubonic Tonic” eventually led into a soaring rendition of “Gilded Age” to close things out, with this song serving as an unexpected show closer as the group was coming up fast on the strict midnight curfew and didn’t have time to get into an encore.“Wax” Setlist: Lotus | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 9/16/2017Set One: Spiritualize, Neon Tubes, Opo > Flower Sermon, When Our Nerves No Longer Twitch, In An Outline, Greet The MindSet Two: Wax, Faceblind, Arupa > Umbilical Moonrise, Cream On Chrome, Bubonic Tonic > Gilded AgeYou can check out photos from both nights of Lotus’ Colorado run below, courtesy of Ali Baker. Lotus | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 9/15/2017 | Photo: Ali Baker [Video: Matt Huston]Coming back after set break, Lotus opened set two with “Giffard’s Airship”, a laid-back and spacious number from the group’s famed Space Disco set around Halloween of 2016. The syncopated “Blue Giant” off The Strength Of Weak Ties and the funk-flavored “Philly Hit” came next before a jammy segment that ran through “Comptroller”, “In The Bliss”, and “Juggernaut”. To round out the second set, Lotus went deep on a rendition of the mellow and smooth “Kalea” before closing out the set by peaking the energy with “Suitcases” off 2004’s Nomad. Following the set’s close, the Boulder Theatre was thunderous with applause before the group returned with an encore of “Invincibility of Youth” and a cover of Shuggie Otis’ “Strawberry Letter 23.”Setlist: Lotus | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 9/15/2017Set One: L’immeuble > Lucid Awakening > Drunken Giraffe, Contagion > Lucid Awakening, Caywood, Blender, Bug Love, Age Of InexperienceSet Two: Gifford’s Airship, Blue Giant, Philly Hit > Comptroller > Into The Bliss > Jugg, Kalea, SuitcasesEncore: Invincibility Of Youth, Strawberry Letter 23With the crowd-pleasing instant classic Boulder show behind them, Lotus set their sights on Red Rocks Amphitheatre the next night. Both Com Truise and Nosaj Thing served as more laidback electronic openers, which ultimately highlighted the energy that Lotus brought to their headlining performance. In past years, Lotus has welcomed guests to join them during their Red Rocks shows, such as during their Talking Heads tribute set in 2014 and last year’s show that featured a number of guest vocalists from Eat The Light, though this year was a welcome change with the group offering up two sets of straight Lotus sans guests.Off the bat, Nomad‘s jubilant “Spiritualize” got the show started on the right foot. The group encountered some technical difficulties after moving into “Neon Tubes”—Luke Miller’s keyboard was malfunctioning and the band bailed on the song after just a few moments. Instead, Luke switched over to guitar and the band dropped into “Opo”, giving techs a chance to get his keyboard back in order before they built the song into a frenzy and then segued into “Flower Sermon,” with Chuck Morris’ pseudo-xylophone solo being one of the highlights of the set ahead of a drop into a galloping accelerated jam to close out the number. The only song off their new album that was played during the weekend, the feel-good “When Our Nerves No Longer Twitch,” followed, before “In An Outline” and a set-closing and heavy “Greet The Mind.”“Spiritualize” Lotus | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO | 9/16/2017 | Photo: Ali Baker Load remaining images Load remaining images
Twiddle wrapped up their west coast tour in Salt Lake City at the State Room on Tuesday night, delivering their signature sounds with a four song first set and an appropriate “Ghostbusters” second set closer. While the band chose not to conform to a collective costume theme, they celebrated the Halloween holiday with an extra spooky version of “Indigo Trigger” to close the first set. With most of the setlist pulling from their recent PLUMP track lists, the Vermont-based quartet included “Gatsby the Great”, as well as “Doinkinbonk” and “Apples” from 2011’s Somewhere On The Mountain in their battle of the jams. Closing on a high note with their energetically charged “Juggernaut”, Twiddle concluded their west coast fall dates in style. Next week, they’ll resume tour in Boston, MA with three nights at the Paradise Rock Club before continuing up and down the east coast. Check out Twiddle’s full schedule here.Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis Announces Solo Tour and Free Download of New SongSee below for a setlist via Brendan William on iTwiddle, as well as a full gallery of Twiddle’s Halloween celebration from State Room in Salt Lake City, courtesy of Paul Citone.Setlist: Twiddle | State Room | Salt Lake City | 10/31/17I: Gatsby The Great, Doinkinbonk, New Sun, Indigo Trigger *II: Enter, Orlando’s, Nicodemus, Apples, Lost in the Cold, GhostbustersE: Juggernaut* – Halloween tease Load remaining images
“Hey kids! Looking to make the transition from deadhead to danfan but don’t know where to begin? Here’s how it goes,” reads the top of a page from the deepest depths of SteelyDan.com. It’s not the kind of Web 1.0 relic you’d expect to find buried on the acclaimed jazz-rock duo’s official site, but its a gem nonetheless.So what is this Deadhead/Danfan Conversion Chart, exactly? Well, it’s more or less what it sounds like. The page is split into three columns, with a first column offering something associated with Grateful Dead fans, a last column offering something associated with Steely Dan fans, and a middle column suggesting a transitional item to assist Deadheads on their journey to Danfandom.For example, one row goes from “sense of oneness” to “sense of despair” to “sense of entitlement.” Another goes from “narcotics misdemeanors” to “DUI” to “money laundering, illegal campaign contributions.” Most of them are similarly hilarious, somehow finding a way to simultaneously mock and pay tribute to both fanbases.Related: Grateful Dead Studio Albums Ranked Worst To BestAccording to the Wayback Machine, the Deadhead/Danfan Conversion Chart was created back in July 1997, when the internet was still in its infancy. It was also a weird time for fans of both bands too—only two years after the death of Jerry Garcia and just three years before Steely Dan would make their big comeback to recorded music with 2000’s Two Against Nature. Yet for some reason, the chart makes a lot of sense. Perhaps its because the Dead and the Dan had utterly divergent approaches to creating music. Perhaps its because, despite these differences, they often had a lot of overlapping fans anyway. Or maybe it’s just good writing. Regardless, the Deadhead/Danfan Conversion Chart is sure to give you a few chuckles.Here’s a screenshot of the chart, but you can check out the real deal here:
Andy Frasco, the larger-than-life personality that fronts Andy Frasco & The U.N., recently launched a new podcast in March called Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast with his boisterous, emcee co-host, Yeti. Having previously hosted Marcus King, Karl Denson, Keller Williams, Eric Krasno, and Birdcloud, for the sixth episode of this new venture, Frasco and Yeti decided to look at the “men behind the curtain.”In episode six of Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast, Frasco and Yeti interview renowned talent buyer and co-president of AEG Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest Don Strasburg and Live For Live Music’s own founder Kunj Shah, who is also a partner at Plexus Entertainment Group. As Andy Frasco noted in a press release, “I wanted this podcast to show the inner workings of the entertainment business… The hard work it takes to make it, the trials/errors and the craziest things that happen to people when they take the road less taken.”All episodes, including the latest podcast with Strasburg and Shah, are available now on Apple Music, Spotify, and Stitcher. In the future, Frasco and Yeti will interview Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Mike Dillon (Billygoat & Les Claypool), Peter Shapiro (Relix & Brooklyn Bowl), Dan Sterling (Writer for The Daily Show/ The Interview), Michael Rapaport (Actor), Chelsey Goodan (Activist), and many more, so stay tuned! Check out the podcast’s website here, and listen to this newest podcast below.
Earlier this month, John Mayer shared a new single, “New Light”, marking his first release since his 2017 album, The Search For Everything. The song is a breezy earworm which, as Mayer noted, satisfies his “summer bop” persona. Today, the multiple Grammy-winner shared a new video for the track—although it might not be exactly what you’d expect from a world-famous pop star. As Mayer noted in an Instagram post this morning:I needed to make a video for New Light but nobody could agree on a budget, so I went to a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos. Link. In. Bio.Turns out, Mayer wasn’t lying. The video begins with what looks like a decades-old karaoke title screen from “Celebrity Status Music Video Service” announcing the next “client, “John Mayor”, performing “New Light”. As the title screen disappears in a retro cheesy diamond swipe, it reveals Mayer standing in front of a green screen-generated Manhattan skyline. After a moment of looking confused, he states emphatically, “I’m John Mayer, and I’m ready to be a star!”The rest of the video follows in kind, as an amusingly bashful Mayer—dressed in his finest tattered and stained pajamas—inserts himself into stock footage clips via green screen, going from “highway,” to “fun in the sun,” to “office receptionist,” to “fireworks,” to “Grand Canyon” and further into the great, random beyond. Watch the hilariously low-budget video for John Mayer’s “New Light”—labeled as “Premium Content!”—below. Premium content indeed, John Mayor. Premium content, indeed.John Mayer – “New Light” (Premium Content!)[Video: John Mayer]As of now, no information has been shared regarding whether or not there is more solo music coming from John Mayer, but we’re hoping he has more new music on the way. Until then, you can catch him on the road with Dead & Company this summer. For a full list of Dead & Company’s upcoming tour dates, head here.
Today, the ninth-annual Envision Festival announced the 2019 music lineup. The four-day music and arts festival will return to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on a gorgeous beach adjacent jungle in the paradise of Utiva from February 28th to March 3rd. The event will be headlined by GRiZ and Tycho (DJ set), both of whom will perform sunrise sets.On the Sol Stage, the talent includes Trevor Hall, The Floozies, La Chiva Gantiva, Santos Y Zurdo, Frikstailers, and more. The Luna Stage will be fronted by CloZee, Nicole Cruz, Random Rab, Grouch In Dub, Deya Dova, and more. The Lapa Stage will be headed by Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Sabo, John Acquaviva, and more. Full lineup below.Said Josh Wendel, Envision Festival founder, of the announcement.Coming into our 9th edition, we really wanted to step up our game. We created a diverse and extremely strong gathering of well-established international artists and local emerging talents. Without a shadow of a doubt, we are proud to announce the best lineup in the history of Envision!The creative and conceptual process behind our stages is another core element of our production and identity. We create a 360-degree sensorial experience not only through high-class music, but also intricate visuals and captivating performances. The unbreakable bond between some of the most talented woodcrafters and local bamboo builders is reflected in all our creations, and we’re honored to share the love and the care behind our designs. Each stage will be an entirely new build this year, and we can’t wait to share them with you!Check out the lineup below, and head to the event website for more information.