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Joe Russo's Almost Dead recently finished up a little jaunt out west with a set of West Coast shows that got crowds in both Los Angeles and San Francisco grooving on those old Grateful Dead classics recreated through the alchemy of music that Russo and Friends puts out night in, night out. I've still never officially seen a full...
The who's who of modern New Orleans funk is out on tour right now as the Voodoo Threauxdown, featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band. Our friend Jim Brock caught the bands as they filled up Los Angeles' Greek Theatre with the sounds of the Treme and he brought back...
In a recent podcast, producer Jay Sweet reflected on Newport Folk this way “if this festival for you is about the headliners, I don’t think this is your festival”. Not that the headliners were too shabby. Jason Isbell (with a David Crosby sit-in), Unannounced (aka., Mumford & Sons) and the closing Change is Gonna Come set, more than held...
Birthed of the 60's, the Haight, ingestibles and another time, before jambands became a thing, there was the Jefferson Airplane. A band I was too young to see live, but burrowed deep into me, nonetheless. I soared on Grace Slick's vocals and got interplanetary with Paul Kantner. But guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady were the instrumental beating heart...
Dead & Company's recent run of shows as part of their Summer Tour 2018 took them back home to California, where they've been preaching on the burning shores up and down the coast. Our friend Jim Brock caught them as they rolled through Los Angeles to play Dodger Stadium, a show that featured an absolutely blistering take on both...
Arroyo Seco Weekend is not fussy. The beer's quite good, the food more than a cut above and, yes, it felt like a day in the park with a rich soundtrack. The inclusive, relaxed setting and vibe made for one of most satisfying fest experiences I've had outside New Orleans. Goldenvoice worked out many of the freshmen kinks to...
With Arroyo Seco Weekend days away, here’s a quick look at some of the acts that might be under your radar but will be MUST-SEE before catching up with the likes of Robert Plant, Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Gary Clark, Jr. and the Pretenders. Spoiler alert, it’s Willow-centric… Typhoon This 11ish-piece outfit from Salem, Oregon is great way to kick off...
Best New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest ever? YES! But let's be honest -- it's always a tie between the most recent one and the next one. Jazz Fest 49 was no exception. Seven Fest days and 30 minutes of rain ☔. Unheard of. Unexpected discoveries? Check ✅. Food (and calories) I’m still working on burning off? Check ✅. Love in an elevator? Nevermind....
It's the year 23 AG (after Garcia). Dead & Co. are embarking on a stadium-centric Summer tour. Phil's Terrapin Crossroads has a full schedule, and at 78(!), Lesh shows no signs of slowing his roll while sticking closer to home and sprinkling in some East Coast tripping (including a few recent Phil and Bobby duet dates, with Trey as...
Festival behemoth AEG and Goldenvoice are at it again, but this time it's the follow-up to their inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend. A festival realized after years of negotiations with the city and citizens of Pasadena, that secured a 10-year deal at Brookside Golf Course, adjacent to the Rose Bowl. It's a family forward music festival with free entry for...
The last date of the Carry Fire Winter tour landed Robert Plant at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in DTLA. The tour has stuck to smaller venues (the Orpheum holds about 2,000) while drawing on a consistent setlist of multiple tunes from both Carry Fire and Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar, as well as a few quieter Zeppelin touchstones and...
I flat out think the Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of the best touring bands on the road anywhere. It’s not just the nimbleness of a 12-piece unit that can fly like a jazz trio, or the cauldron that launches Derek Trucks’ journeys, or the purr to a growl joy of Susan Tedeschi matching those Strat/Tele/Les Paul driven sparks. Tedeschi...
Newport Folk is about the words and the music. propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('livemusicblog_main_1'); }); Songs that stir and shake, songs you shake your ass to, songs that provoke, songs that matter... But it’s also about discovery of new voices and sounds, while not forgetting to pay tribute to the influence of founder George Wein and the guiding...
Goldenvoice's Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival wrapped up last weekend, and our friend Jim Brock went and covered both days (June 24th & 25th) giving us a look into the inaugural festival set in the "shady oaks and Brookside parkland next to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium". propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('livemusicblog_main_1'); }); Scroll on for his galleries...
The Revivalists may be from New Orleans, but their sound is much bigger than just their hometown. With four albums under their belts including 2015’s fine Men Amongst Mountains, every instrumental element of this seven-piece'r contributes mightily to the sum: David Shaw’s relentless energy and stage presence, Ed Williams snarling pedal steel, guitarist Zack Feinberg, Rob Ingraham’s sax, George...
KAABOO Del Mar was the most relaxed fest I’ve attended, and it has a great San Diego vibe. This is not a pop-up on dirt, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are first class. Musically diverse with a splash of New Orleans, a heavy does of roots and alt-country, tried-and-trues, funk and jammers, worldly influenced, indie heroes, local heroes, and a dish of...
Day three of Newport Folk Festival could have been a tad bit a letdown after surprise sets by My Morning Jacket on Friday and James Taylor on Saturday. So, expectations were high for '65 Revisited. I am a huge David Rawlings (and Gillian Welch) fan, and while the guests, including Robyn Hitchcock, John McCauley and Ian Patrick O’Neil of...
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival wrapped up last month and we've finally got all of our galleries in house thanks to our intrepid man-on-the-scene photographer Jim Brock. Covering a festival like this takes skill and plenty of stamina -- hell, even getting through Jazz Fest as a fan takes a lot of stamina in and of itself...
Wheels of Soul, one of the summer tours already turning up the heat, hit L.A.’s Greek Theatre recently and more than lived up to its billing. Featuring the triple threat of Doyle Bramhall II, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, it was a great night for blues, retro-soul and some serious guitar slinging. ...
After a brief delay we've finally wrapped up all of our New Orleans Jazz Fest photo editing and uploading, including this gallery from the weekday break in-between the two "official" Jazz Fest weekends when Tipitina's hosts an amazing event called Instruments A Comin'. Jim Brock was there that Monday night to catch the Tip's Interns, Galactic, Honey Island Swamp Band,...
Day Three from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival capped off the rainy and stormy weekend nicely. Our man Jim Brock got us shots from Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Delbert McClinton, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Michael Doucet, Shirley Caesar, The Deslondes, and last but not least, Pitbull. Check out the gallery below... —Editor
Day Two from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is in the books and it was another rainy, muddy day for festival attendees. Our man Jim Brock got us shots from Ryan Adams, Sonny Landreth, The Revivalists, John Legend, Dumpstaphunk, Cassandra Wilson, Robert Cray, and Kenny Garrett. Check out the gallery below... --Editor
While the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off yesterday with performances from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hozier, Wilco and Keith Urban all in charge of rocking the big stages, Mother Nature had different plans for the first day and sent through some crazy storms that ended up cutting the day short for festival attendees. Wilco got cut from...
The Southern Soul Assembly is not the horn-laden, Stax-driven sound the name might conjure up. Southern, most certainly, with Mark Broussard, Luther Dickinson, J.J. Grey and Anders Osborne covering that geographic territory. The soul is of a more personal nature; four stringers and singers, trading songs, telling stories and swapping licks. Now that's soul. The Assembly’s individual voices...
Tom Petty has been an L.A. boy for 40 years. He’s more than adopted the city as his hometown and the feeling is mutual; the crushing goes both ways. Petty and the Heartbreakers are pretty much synonymous with this town. So it was completely fitting that his current US tour ended here with two nights at the spectacularly renewed...
Few voices in rock stand as tall and as memorable as Robert Plant's. Whether it's the reverb drenched "aahs" in "Black Dog" or the screaming howl that caps "Whole Lotta Love", that voice is embedded into the brain of any music fan born before 1965, and then some. But Plant has rebooted himself more than a few times since...
Way Over Yonder returned to Santa Monica Pier a few weekends back and we've already posted our gallery from day one at the festival. Day two brought The Barr Brothers (who sadly we couldn't get shots of due to their early start), Lenny Goldsmith's New Old, The Lone Bellow, Jamestown Revival, Joe Pug, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Heartless Bastards, and...
Way Over Yonder returned to Santa Monica Pier a few weekends back and we were super excited to see some of the great lineup that the the team behind Newport Folk Presents curated for this great, mini-festival. Day one brought Bootstraps, The Far West, Houndmouth, The Wild Reeds, Moses Sumney, Joe Fletcher, Lucinda Williams, Little Hurricane, and Local Natives...
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This year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was just so incredible, and we're finally wrapping up our coverage day with shots from weekend two, day four, courtesy of our good friend Jim Brock. Head here for all of our previous coverage from the festival and look out for us in the po' boy line next year for...
Saturday was all about Bruce. Anticipation was appropriately high and Springsteen delivered big. Springsteen (plus horns) merged with the crowd throughout the show, giving the performance an even more personal feel; check out Keith Spera's excellent and very on point wrap up. Whether taking the "Saints Go Marching In" down to a whisper, digging into the hits or Seeger...
In case you've missed some of the action from New Orleans for this year's Jazz and Heritage Festival, we had people on the ground both first weekend and second weekend and the photos from our friend Jim Brock continue to blow us away. Here's his gallery from day two, weekend two. --Editor
Jazz Fest is in full swing for Weekend Two and our good friend Jim Brock is covering the festival for us from the photo pit. He sent us this gallery from yesterday's activity at the fairgrounds along with a few key highlights. --Editor No real "big" names, so a great day to go local. Stanton's Jazz...
The Mint’s annual NAMM Jam is a raucous Meters infused affair, and this year was no different. The core of original Meters guitarist (and Angelino) Leo Nocentelli, drummer Stanton Moore (an honorary Angelino given his frequent appearances) and monster bassist Bill “Buddha” Pickens, was augmented by NOLA’s David Torkanowsky on keys. This “Meters Experience” kicked up two late sets...
Dragon Smoke, the New Orleans funk supergroup comprised of Stanton Moore, Rob Mercurio, Eric Lindell and Ivan Neville, recently made a trek out West for a series of shows in California. Their first stop was in Los Angeles at The Mint and our friend Jim Brock was there to get photos from the show. Read on for...
Gov't Mule celebrated Halloween 2013 with a pair of special west coast shows last Wednesday and Thursday (Halloween proper). Night One notably featured Doors guitarist Robby Krieger at LA's Fonda Theatre before Mule-O-Ween moved up to Oakland. Following a full Mule set to open, Krieger joined for the entire second set that paid tribute to the legendary Los Angeles...
Anders Osborne went deep and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe embraced their inner Ray Charles for a wholly satisfying double bill at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre last Thursday. The two combined for 3 ½ hours of wall-to-wall intensity, stunning jams and a full on soul dance party. Osborne’s LA appearances are a rarity, made more of an event in...
Bluegrass is a lot of things. The high lonesome. Bill Monroe. Furious pickin’. Lots of strings. Acoustic instrumentation. What it traditionally isn’t is plugged in, horns, a drum kit, and rarely, a piano front and center with all those frets. The Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby performance at Royce Hall took the latter to heart...
The 6th annual Angel City Jazz Festival is as unique as the city that bears its name. Multi-venue, multi-media and highly eclectic, predictable only for its unpredictablilty. Not necessarily qualities you would attach to this tentpole town. This year mixed film with music, integrating episodes of the “Jazz in the Present Tense” project with live performances under the theme...
Saturday’s NOLA triple threat at The Mint was as close to Frenchmen Street as you can get on Pico Boulevard (in fact, last time Sanchez and company played the room in 2010, their gig was billed as the “Return of Frenchmen Street West”). But this evening was as much Napoleon or Carrollton Avenue as Frenchmen Street, with Jon Cleary...
Hearing Terence Blanchard in a room of about 150 heightens what is already a super attenuated musical experience. One that brings all senses to the fore and excites the brain. Such was the first of 2 intimate nights at The Mint last week, where the New Orleans native was touring in support of his latest project, Magnetic (Blue...
Master of the keys and Congressional leader Robert Walter took the 20th through its finely tuned paces at The Mint last Thursday, featuring generous portions of old and new material in support of his latest release Get Thy Bearings. Whether chomping down on his Fender Rhodes, emulating a syrupy B-3 or generating squelches and squeals that wouldn’t be out...
The Campbell Brothers were joined by Maria Muldaur for a rousing set at the Skirball Cultural Center for a Thursday night show last month. Muldaur was more roar than whisper and well matched with the Campbell’s scared steel, providing a generous helping of goose bumpy moments on a very balmy night (an instrumental take of Sam Cooke’s “A Change...
New Orleans multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton stopped in Los Angeles for an intimate Thursday night show at The Mint earlier this month and photographer Jim Brock was in the club to capture the gallery you can see below. - EDITOR
Stream / Download this show here Stanton Moore kicked off his 3rd summer residency at the The Mint (aka, "the best little club pound-for-pound” per Leo Nocentelli from deep in the second set) on Wednesday night alongside the aforementioned Meter Man and Bay Area-bred Wil Blades. Set One covered much of the groove-heavy-soul-jazz-funk of his un-Galaticfied releases (including 2010’s Groove...
The final Sunday at Jazz Fest is always, without fail, an extra magical day at the Fairgrounds and yesterday's sunny and cool ending to the annual Fest provided an exclamation point on another year for the event. For the seventh and final day, Jim Brock captured the action from the photo pits, covering Trombone Shorty closing it out...
After a soggy Thursday and Friday, Saturday marked a long overdue clearing of the skies and (slight) drying of muddy conditions that persisted at the track on days four and five (not dissimilar from what you saw yesterday at the Kentucky Derby, Go Orb Go!). Our man Jim Brock was able to capture some of the action at sets...
Jim Brock continued his extensive coverage of the Fairgrounds action at Jazz Fest 2013 on Friday, capturing sets by the incomparable Willie Nelson, the world's greatest dobro player Jerry Douglas, the soon-to-be defunct Papa Grows Funk and more. Continue back for continuous coverage from the Big Easy throughout the weekend and following the completion of the Fest tomorrow. Finally,...
Our intrepid photographer Jim Brock continues covering the Grounds at Jazz Fest 2013 managed to truck through the rainy and muddy conditions yesterday to capture some of the action yesterday. Continue below for shots from sets by the headlining Widespread Panic (setlist here), the legendary Patti Smith, Henry Butler, Glen David Andrews and more. Continue back for continuous coverage...

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