Justin Ward

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Ad Ops Nerd. Living that San Diego life. Chicago born and raised.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has confirmed that their going extra big for their 50th Anniversary festival set for next year. UPDATE: the full lineup is here. The 2019 dates will be April 25-28 and May 2-5, and you better get booked soon before you miss out on all the accommodations in the city. And we can only...
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Yesssss! More from Phish as Kasvot Växt thanks to the official Phish YouTube channel and the LivePhish.com crew! Watch the opener from the epic Halloween 2018 Musical Costume set above or below, the ridiculously aptly titled "Turtle in the Clouds". https://youtu.be/-jNGnAcNj5I
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I'm slowly faceplanting my way back into real-life after the unbelievable Phish Fall Tour and the closer of four amazing nights in Las Vegas for Halloween 2018. And the band has already released one of the catchier songs that came together out of the Halloween costumed set where the band performed as Kasvot Växt, the "Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S."...
Wow. Big announcement from the festival organizers behind the Wanee Music Festival... THE TRADITIONAL WEEKEND FOR THE WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN 2019 FALLS ON THE SAME WEEKEND AS GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER AND PASSOVER. IT HAS BEEN THE WANEE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE IN THE PAST THAT MANY OF OUR REGULAR FESTIVAL GOERS DECIDE NOT TO ATTEND ON THIS WEEKEND, DUE TO THE HOLIDAY...
Phish finished up an absolutely thrilling Fall Tour with their final night here in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night. It's been a fun run here in Vegas front to back, with last night's show absolutely knocking it out of the park in terms of crowd/band energy. Quite the victory lap. What a fun show. SETLISTS:...
Phish just wrapped up their third night here at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. I've been loving the shows so far and glad I got to travel here to take them in, what a run so far. Tonight's was perhaps the exception in the best way possible, as both Set I and Set II both had...
Phish as Kasvot Växt, Halloween 2018 © Justin Ward
Night #2 setlist and other notes here!
Phish just finished off the first night of the 2018 Halloween Run, this time back again in Las Vegas for four nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. SETLISTS: NIGHT ONE | NIGHT TWO | NIGHT THREE | NIGHT FOUR The band announced via Playbill that they will be covering an album called íRokk by an obscure band called Kasvot...
Phish is about to take the stage for their third and final night in Chicago this year with the Sunday closer of the run at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The band is once again webcasting live from the show, so don't miss that and tune in over at LivePhish.com if you're down with couch tour like I am. Scroll down to...
Phish played their first night of three at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois last night, and our friend Fassbinder Photography was able to finally get granted access into the pit for his first Phish show he's ever shot. The band delivered a few standout moments to kick off the run, including a "Mercury" for the ages; even if...
Phish is following up their amazing Hampton Coliseum run in Virginia with two nights in Nashville, Tennessee at the Ascend Amphitheater. The band will be webcasting from the second night of the run, which they just announced they're giving away as a FREE couch tour webcast. You'll be able to tune in via Facebook and YouTube no doubt, but...
Well, this is unique! Phish is finally bringing their own merch game to the area at a show that probably sells the most merch overall -- the LOT! Phish Dry Goods will have an official MERCH POP-UP trailer outside of the venue this weekend (before doors open) by the fountain in front of Hampton Coliseum. The pop-up will will...
Phish has released a new version of their popular Live Bait tour promo series, this time with Live Bait 15 being a celebration of all things Phish in Mexico and helping to promote their upcoming Riveria Maya 2019 run. Scroll down for the track list and the link to go download this little collection while you decide whether or not...
NIGHT TWO SETLIST HERE Phish just wrapped up their first of two shows to kick off Fall Tour 2018 in Albany, New York. The band has played Times Union Center plenty of times before and it's clearly a venue the band feels comfortable in, and the tour kick-off was no exception. "Tube" easily got the most tweets exclaiming its greatness...
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has been releasing some new music as of late and today there was a debut of a new track via a Greenpeace protest! Broadcast at London's Marble Arch and matched with projections showing wildlife in Antarctica, the track, aptly titled "Hands Off the Antarctic", was just streamed live via Facebook and is embedded below. Thom Yorke...
Phish has announced that they'll be webcasting a bunch from this upcoming Fall 2018 tour, which kicks off tomorrow in Albany. Sadly the first two shows of the run won't get the full webcast treatment, but the band will be webcasting from LivePhish.com from this weekend's run at Hampton Coliseum. They'll also be doing the three shows in Chicago and...
Solange has just released a new album called When I Get Home, the first fullfollow up to the epic A Seat at the Table, one of my favorite albums in recent years. https://twitter.com/solangeknowles/status/1101262957462384641 She spoke with New York Times about what went into the process, including where she recorded (New Orleans, Jamaica, Topanga Canyon and Houston) and what she's shooting for...
Last night in San Francisco offered Grateful Dead fans the the first taste of the new Bob Weir & Wolf Bros band, his trio with legendary producer Don Was and drummer Jay Lane that starts a tour in Reno on Tuesday night. The show was a benefit at August Hall for Save the Redwoods and featured a mix of Dead...
Desert Daze kicked off yesterday and sadly it was plagued by some rough weather rolling through Southern California. It's a rare event to get rain so early in the season so you can't blame the festival for how they had to handle things, as lightning came through in force and required Tame Impala to cut their set short after only about...
Kanye West brought plenty of love last night on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Watch the two performances below. He did "I Love It" with Lil Pump and Adele Givens was being broadcast via video screen in the back. And well, he was dressed as a Perrier bottle, definitely one of my favorite sparkling waters. But Lil Pump was...
I was hoping nothing crazy would go down at this weekend's Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, but one of last night's closing set from Odesza featuring some unexpected pyrotechnics in the form of a rogue firework sending itself into the crowd. Check out this video on Twitter showing the explosion enter the crowd. https://twitter.com/bunbunBeDell/status/1044138272895594497 Thankfully the reports following the issue...
A fan spotted Mike Gordon of Phish with Ilana Glazer from Broad City this am, and this picture is officially breaking "the" internet (if you consider the intersection of Phish fans and Broad City fans to be unique enough to consider that as a fair extrapolation of the entire rest of the internet -- which I do). This picture above...
The Beastie Boys have announced a tour supporting the upcoming October 30th release of Beastie Boys Book (via Spiegel & Grau). Yes, that's right...Adam "Adrock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond will embark on the six-night slash four-city event tour they're dubbing Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct. YESSSSSSS! These will each be an intimate affair with readings from the...
Phish will re-release Billy Breathes on vinyl this upcoming October 26, right in the middle of the band's little fall tour ahead of their Halloween run. The 180g 2-LP audiophile black vinyl set is available with some good new #merch like t-shirts, turntable slip mats and other items in special bundles. You can pre-order here. It's sorta taking on a...
Phish has announced that the band is going back to Mexico! The return of Phish: Riviera Maya, the band's third time at the all-inclusive resort and concert vacation destination of Barceló Maya, set for the weekend of February 21-23, 2019. This year fans can once again stay at the main resort or at one of the other five selected hotel-resorts,...
Bob Weir is nicely rested after this summer's Dead & Company tour and final shows of the year at LOCKN' Festival. But as always the case with old Bobby, he almost never slows down for any meaningful amount of time anymore and he's booked to play in Mill Valley this weekend at the Sound Summit on Saturday, September 8. The...
The brilliant documentary of the Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip, is finally moving off Amazon Prime video and is set to be released on DVD right before this year's Holiday Season. 30 years. 2,300+ concerts. 12 members. 1 Long Strange Trip. Martin Scorsese’s Grammy-nominated doc LONG STRANGE TRIP: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD is coming to DVD and...
Paul Simon is putting out a new album this upcoming September 7th called In The Blue Light. The first of what we're able to hear from the album was recently released, which is the "Can't Run But" which was arranged by The National’s Bryce Dessner. Produced by Simon and Roy Halee, who have worked together since the 1960s, the album features...
Lady Gaga has confirmed the details of her 2018-2019 Las Vegas residency announced late last year. Everything kicks off this December 28th at what they're calling the new Park MGM resort, and the theater hosting the run will be the Park Theater. According to Rolling Stone, the residency will be two different shows, one of which is called "Lady Gaga Enigma"...
Bob Weir, rhythm and lead for the Grateful Dead, Dead & Company and Ratdog, has announced a new trio that will be touring this fall "exploring the songs of the Grateful Dead" featuring the bass of legendary producer Don Was and drums from frequent Weir contributor, Jay Lane. The 19-show tour will kick off with a show on October 16th...
SiriusXM has announced they'll be launching a short-run radio channel with Phish called Phish Radio this upcoming Friday, August 3rd. The iconic band Phish will launch their exclusive limited-run SiriusXM channel, Phish Radio, on Friday, August 3 on Jam On (Ch. 29). The channel will launch with a live concert broadcast from Atlanta, and a special program hosted by front-man...
Phish just announced that tomorrow night's show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium will be webcast for FREE via LivePhish.com. The show kicks off at 7:30PM PDT / 10:30PM EDT. Tune-in to the free webcast at webcast.livephish.com.
moe. has announced their Halloween 2018 plans and they'll be returning to Philadelphia to play The Fillmore and they're doing a videogame themed event! Grab your coins and join us Oct. 27th at The Fillmore in Philadelphia for a night at the arcade !!! A limited ticket pre sale begins tomorrow, July 24 at 10:00 AM EDT. ...
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Chicago is obviously a very special place to The Grateful Dead as so many special moments in the band's history took place in the Midwest city. And the local fans are a strong and loyal bunch, and it looks like my favorite hometown baseball team is going to capitalize on that action with their very own night celebrating the band! Chicago...
::: NIGHT THREE SETLIST ::: Phish will be taking the stage for night two of a three-night run the legendary Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington. The band will be webcasting tonight's show via Nugs.tv and LivePhish.com. Follow along below with the setlist as it rolls in or stream the show on Mixlr here. SETLIST: Phish @ The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA 7.21.18 Set I:...
Kraftwerk just shared this amazing video of their performance last night (July 20, 2018) at around 10pm local time when they beamed in ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst to their show the Jazz Open Festival on Stuttgart's Schlossplatz in front of 7500 visitors (and he was live from the International Space Station, mind you! An actual space lab!) The band did...
NIGHT TWO SETLIST Phish kicked off the first of three nights at The Gorge Amphitheatre up in George, Washington last night and delivered a stunning show for the fans in attendance and the fans on Couch Tour. The band was webcasting the show via Nugs.tv and LivePhish.com. https://twitter.com/sakuraYEM/status/1020492951900712961 SETLIST: Phish @ The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA 7.20.18 Set I: Set Your Soul Free*,...
Phish just wrapped up Night Two of Summer 2018 Tour, the second show from Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's Hotel and Casino. Last night's kickoff was a solid show, special-not-special because it's Phish but it was a solid outing with nothing jumping too far out as the highlight everyone needs to download today. Let's see what the band...
*** NIGHT TWO SETLIST *** Phish is about to take the stage for their first night in Lake Tahoe returning once again to the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's Hotel and Casino. Set right at the base of lake shore and right on the edge of Nevada and California lies the outdoor pop-up venue where, as you'll remember, the...
Phish has annonced their official plans for webcasting from their summer tour set to kick off tonight in Lake Tahoe. Sadly the shows that fans will see tonight are not being broadcast for the larger viewing world on #CouchTour, but we will get shows from the Gorge! Announcing the "I Saw It Again" Summer Webcast Pass Beginning this weekend at The...
Dead & Company is currently back on stage tonight at Albuquerque, New Mexico's Isleta Amphitheater. We're following along with the setlist tonight as it rolls in straight from Bob Weir and John Mayer's mouths. Scroll down to check out what the Grateful Dead boys are playing as they approach their final shows of the Summer 2018 tour. SETLIST: Dead & Company...
Tonight's set from Trey Anastasio's Classic TAB Trio (with Ray Paczkowski) from the sold out Levitate Music and Arts Festival will be live streamed for free online. Go to levitatemusicfestival.com or check out their facebook page to watch. The Trio plus Ray hit the stage at 8pm EDT.
Elvis Costello has announced a bit of sad news today; following a rare cancer diagnosis and surgery recently, he had tried to get on the road sooner than his doctors would have ideally hoped he would be. He published a lengthy note on his pages. I have to thank our friends attending last night's show in Amsterdam and those in...
Phish has released their official Summer Sampler of 2018 with the posting of Live Bait Volume 14 on LivePhish.com. Head over to their site to get your own download here. Live Bait Volume 14 - Harry Hood (8/2/97 Gorge Amphitheatre - George, WA) 18:11 - McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters (10/29/98 Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA) 11:45 - Wolfman’s Brother (9/24/99 South...
Festival funk rockers Chromeo is currently in the middle of a tour supporting their latest LP, Head Over Heels, but the duo just announced on Twitter this morning that they’re cancelling the Australian dates that they had coming up. We are truly sorry to announce that our upcoming July shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Splendour In The Grass have been...
"Welcome to the new Rolling Stone." Rolling Stone magazine has announced a bit of a makeover. The logo, the magazine, and the website are now all a bit cleaner. The magazine gets bold and glossy with more new music, more political coverage, and more of the best and brightest in pop culture. The logo changes can be seen below.
Fred Armisen got to fulfill a bit of a childhood dream of his when Devo rolled through Oakland, California where they were headlining the Burger Boogaloo festival. Fred was the band’s guest drummer for the night and showed up donning the classic "uniform" of the synth rockers of a jumpsuit and that stupid hat thing. Watch a clip of the band's...
The Grateful Dead have a storied history of welcoming guests to the stage as a big surprise to the fans, and tonight's Dead and Company show in Wisconsin at Alpine Valley featured a local guest that definitely surprised some folks, myself included. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver was the special guest. https://twitter.com/cornell5877/status/1010692956163067904 "Who is Justin Vernon?" Suddenly a lot of Deadheads tweeted...