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Lockn’ Announces Phil Lesh’s Friends: Joe Russo, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, The Infamous Stringdusters, Chris Robinson Brotherhood +more

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Lockn’ Festival never disappoints, and this year is proving to be no different. Entering its fourth year as a festival, the organizers have switched things up a little bit. The likes of String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic are absent from the lineup for the first year since its debut in 2013, but in their place are Phish, Ween, My Morning Jacket, and more. Recently the festival announced that Phil Lesh would bring his Phil & Friends project to the …

Chris TartLockn’ Announces Phil Lesh’s Friends: Joe Russo, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, The Infamous Stringdusters, Chris Robinson Brotherhood +more
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Catskill Chill Adds Bitches Bloom, a Lettuce Miles Davis Tribute, +more

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Catskill Chill is gearing up to spend their first year in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, and their celebrating in a terrific fashion. The festival has recently added Lettuce to the lineup, including a very special ‘Bitches Bloom’ tribute to Miles Davis. The name plays on Bitches Brew, Davis’ classic jazz fusion opus, and Eric Benny Bloom, Lettuce’s trumpet player. Reed Mathis  and Electric Beethoven are also joining the Catskill Chill roster, with members of Primus, Ratdog, RAQ, Tea Leaf Green, and more joining the bassist …

Chris TartCatskill Chill Adds Bitches Bloom, a Lettuce Miles Davis Tribute, +more
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Suwannee Hulaween Adds Claude VonStroke, Brodinski, Washed Out, Twiddle +more

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Lots of big news out of the Hulaween camp today. The Suwannee festival has announced some great additions to the 2016 lineup, along with Thursday night’s pre-party which is proving to be better than ever. Joining the festival lineup is the likes of Claude VonStroke, Brodinski, Washed Out, Twiddle, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Travelin’ McCourys, and many more. The mixture of electronic music, jam, Americana, soul, jazz, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll is something that only the String Cheese Incident and …

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The String Cheese Incident Conquers Three Nights on the Red Rocks [Pictures, Setlists, Review]

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The String Cheese Incident concluded their three-night Red Rocks run last night, an extended stay at one of the greatest venues on the planet. Over the six sets played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the band dug deep to bring back oft-ignored classics, debuted covers, played new joints from their SCI Sound Lab project, and provided a wash of positivity over the concert-goers. Night One The lot filled up relatively early as anxious ticket-holders jump-started the weekend’s fun. As tailgaters …

Chris TartThe String Cheese Incident Conquers Three Nights on the Red Rocks [Pictures, Setlists, Review]
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BBQ & CHILL: Free Zach Deputy Concert This Sunday in Miami

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Zach Deputy has a voice that will warm you soul, put a smile on your face, move your dancing feet, and make you want to hug someone all at the same time. He is coming to Miami this Sunday, July 3rd, to get the holiday festivities started early. Wynwood Yard will be hosting a Zach Deputy concert and BBQ for free! Good music and BBQ is a pretty ideal Sunday. FREE RSVP HERE Concrete Beach Brewery will also be at …

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SHOW REVIEW: Robert Glasper & Taylor McFerrin Bring Plenty of Guests Out During Improv-Filled Blue Note Set

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Robert Glasper held a week-long residency at Blue Note last week, as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Over the course of his six-night stay, Glasper did shows with his trio, pianist Jason Moran, and the multi-talented Taylor McFerrin. Joining them for the entirety of the set was Bigyuki on bass synth and Marcus Gillmore on drums. The quartet began with a highly improvised version of “Already There,” a track off McFerrin’s LP Early Riser that featured Glasper and Thundercat. Glasper was …

Chris TartSHOW REVIEW: Robert Glasper & Taylor McFerrin Bring Plenty of Guests Out During Improv-Filled Blue Note Set
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SHOW REVIEW: Kamasi Washington Goes Off in Central Park

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  Kamasi Washington brought his band of insanely talented jazz/funk players to Central Park’s SummerStage this past weekend, playing about 100 minutes of their signature style in perfect conditions. The weather was gorgeous, not too hot nor cold, and as the sun set during the band’s dense set, it was clear we were all enduring a real treat. Since exploding past the jazz circuit virtually overnight, Kamasi Washington has been booked at pop festivals around the globe, hosting a super-jam at …

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SHOW REVIEW: Vijay Iyer Trio Dazzles at Jazz Standard

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  Vijay Iyer might have the most impressive resume of any modern jazz musician: his latest LP Break Stuff received universal acclaim, he is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015-2016 artist in residence, and his recent collaboration with Wadado Leo Smith also came highly regarded by just about anyone who talks about jazz music created in the 21st century. Not to mention he teaches at Harvard University… This week at Manhattan’s fantastic Jazz Standard, a wonderful restaurant and cozy basement jazz club, …

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Colin Stetson Forms EX EYE, Playing First Show at LPR This Friday

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Earlier this year Colin Stetson reimagined Henryk Górecki’s popular Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), resulting in an absolutely incredible blend of neo-classic, post-rock, and even some black metal blast beats and intensity. It seems as if Stetson is diving further down that rabbit hole with this new project, EX EYE, a quartet that also features Shahzad Ismaily on bass/synth, Greg Fox on drums/electronics and Toby Summerfield on guitar. The band has no music out, but have posted some excerpts from their …

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SHOW PREVIEW: Trentemøller Coming to LPR on September 26

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Danish producer Trentemøller is coming to Le Poisson Rouge in September. This stop is a part of a run of intimate venues in support of his upcoming album Fixion, also due out in September, before a tour of bigger venues in 2017. The first single from the record will be available on June 24th and is called “River In Me” and features Jehnny Beth of Savages on vocals. The full run of dates, which is listed below, also includes stops in Paris, Berlin, LA, …

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VIDEO PREMIERE: TATRAN on a Bushwick Rooftop

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Israeli’s TATRAN made the journey from the Middle East to the United States a couple weeks back, playing shows at Atlanta Jazz Festival and Time Square’s Iridium in NYC. During their stay in the Big Apple, the dynamic trio played a special show on the illicit Bushwick Rooftop, a last-minute pop-up orchestrated by the band and Tango Presents, a production venture that I’ve been working on to do some interesting jazz stuff in the borough. The performance lasted about an hour and …

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The Roots Picnic is coming to New York City, and bringing D’Angelo, John Mayer, David Byrne, Wu-Tang Clan +more!

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The Roots Picnic has grown in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the band, over the years, but this fall it will take a trip north to the current hometown of The Roots: New York City. Fortunately for us, The Roots Picnic has orchestrated an absolutely stacked lineup for the inaugural stay in the Big Apple. On October 1st, The Roots, D’Angelo, and John Mayer will headline, which has been rumored on certain blogs as one big jam of sorts, with support from …

Chris TartThe Roots Picnic is coming to New York City, and bringing D’Angelo, John Mayer, David Byrne, Wu-Tang Clan +more!
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Medeski Martin & Wood Announce 25-Year Anniversary Celebration Shows at Le Poisson Rouge

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Jazz fusion trio Medeski Martin & Wood will mark their 25th anniversary with two very special shows at Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge. As of late, the trio have been busy with a variety of other projects: Chris Wood plays with his brother in the blossoming Americana group The Wood Brothers, John Medeski has been staying busy with everyone from Phil & Friends to Antibalas, and Billy Martin recently debuted a new band called Bee Line. But on October 19th …

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SHOW REVIEW: Scofield / Mehldau / Guiliana Trio Debut at Blue Note

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Photo by Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times This week, a super-trio of John Scofield, Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana have come together to perform five nights of shows at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in Greenwich Village. Playing together in this configuration for the first time, the trio dove deep into each other’s compositions, expanding the song’s structures to the brim and beyond. The night began with “Wake Up,” a composition by Brad Mehldau that say Guiliana segue into an electronic …

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SHOW REVIEW: Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music and the Rockwood Improvisations

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Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood in 2012 // Image via Audio Femme Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music – the improv-based, experimental group – played Rockwood Music Hall this past weekend, bringing an incredible variation of sounds and styles to the intimate venue. After quieting the crowd with a wash of ambient noise, the group went into some dub/reggae stylings that loosened up the capacity crowd. Joining the band for about half of the set was eccentric vocalist Jeff Taylor, who showcased an …

Chris TartSHOW REVIEW: Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music and the Rockwood Improvisations