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It’s a tough time to be a fan of the short-lived power rock trio Cream. Though only together for a few years, the band produced some of the most iconic cuts of the classic blues rock era, electrifying tracks like “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “SWLABR,” a version of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” and countless others. Bassist Jack Bruce’s death in 2015 all but put an end to any hope of this exciting trio’s reunion potential.Then, earlier this year, Eric Clapton told reporters that he might not play guitar publicly anymore, after nerve damage has hindered his playing abilities. The latest news on the band is about drummer Ginger Baker, who is currently recovering from an open-heart surgery operation that took place last month. The 76-year-old also suffered a fall, one that has caused additional health problems.In The Mirror, Baker’s daughter Leda shared a recent health update. “He called the day after his surgery to say he was OK. Albeit a rather disoriented and unintelligible conversation he was at least awake and aware. The fall has resulted in swollen legs and feet which he is seeing his doctor about in the next day or so.” The drummer had to cancel a tour in February due to heart problems.The outlook for future Baker performances does not look good. “Although he is recovering, any performances in the near future seem overambitious,” said Leda. Still, she also says that he is “on the road to recovery,” so we’ll still stay optimistic and hope for the best.
The String Cheese Incident keyboardist and beer aficionado Kyle Hollingsworth announced his third annual Hoppy Holidays beer festival and concert, to be held at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on Saturday, December 3rd. Kyle will once again team up with the non-profit organization Conscious Alliance to help provide food and funding to impoverished communities across the nation this holiday season.In the event’s third year, Hoppy Holidays will feature performances from JJ Grey & Mofro and Kyle Hollingsworth Band, as well as a very special Bill Nershi & Kyle Hollingsworth Duet debut! Co-headlining with the exciting musical acts is, as always, the incredible beer on hand, with more than 30 craft breweries due to come together to for one of the season’s best beer festivals.Tickets go on sale this Saturday, August 13th, at 10am MT (12pm Eastern). To purchase tickets, or find out more about pricing, VIP packages, and more, visit Hollingsworth’s website.
Suwannee Hulaween is just around the corner, boasting one of the best Halloween lineups out there. With three nights of the String Cheese Incident, as well as performances from a diverse assortment of our favorite artists including My Morning Jacket, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic ft. The Motet, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Gramatik, Lettuce, and Greensky Bluegrass, plus spectacular and interactive art installations, this festival has it all.We want to give you the chance to attend the festival, VIP-style, with a little help from Greensky Bluegrass. The bluegrass favorites will perform a special private acoustic picnic set just for you! In addition, you’ll get all that a VIP package has to offer, including separate viewing areas, discounted drinks, golf cart shuttle service, pre-party access, and more.Enter below, then share with friends to increase your chances of winning. Get more info and purchase tickets to Suwannee Hulaween here.
[H/T Funny or Die] John Mayer has slowly earned the trust of the jam band community over the past few years after multiple tours with Dead & Company. At first, the announcement that Mayer would be hitting the road and playing Grateful Dead tunes with the band’s original members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart seemed out of left field—his pop reputation precedes him, and I think it’s safe to say that near everyone was nervous that he’d be able to rise to the occasion.Bob Weir & John Mayer Wish Each Other Happy Birthday In Adorable Instagram PostsHowever, touring with Dead & Company seems to have had a real and true positive effect on Mayer, who previously exhibited some of the less savory characteristics of stardom, and quite frankly, seemed kind of like a dick. Since embarking on the road with the band, Mayer has been outspoken about the profound influence both his bandmates and the Grateful Dead’s music have had on his life. Plus, we got to hand it to him—the dude really does shred, and it’s been awesome to watch him and Dead & Company grow together.Sorority Girls Freak Out When John Mayer Attends Benefit, Don’t Notice He’s There With Bob WeirIn the spirit of reflection and personal growth, let’s take a look at John Mayer back in 2007 just to see exactly how far he’s come. Comedy and satire site Funny or Die recently posted a hilarious of video of John Mayer from a decade ago in which the (at-the-time) pop starlet “explained” his music creation process. A caricature of himself with a couple of incredible one-liners, Mayer’s tongue-and-cheek portrayal of himself is worth a watch, if not only to have a laugh and feel good about having him along for the ride with us. Enjoy!
Last night, live electronic duo Break Science continued their five-night Colorado run with a performance at Boulder’s beloved Fox Theatre on Friday, February 2nd. The Boulder show marked the fourth of five Break Science dates in Colorado featuring production by Pretty Lights production designer Greg Ellis, a.k.a. Lazer Shark. The Boulder Break Science performance featured support from ProbCause and Lyfto.EXCLUSIVE: Lazer Shark Talks Pretty Lights, The Phoebus Cartel, And Re:CreationBelow, thanks to photographer Andrew Rios, you can enjoy a beautiful gallery of photos from Break Science’s 2/2/18 performance at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre.Break Science’s 5-night, 5-city Colorado run concludes this evening, Saturday, February 3rd, at Ullr’s Tavern in Winter Park, CO. For a full list of upcoming performances from Break Science, head to the group’s website. Break Science | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 2/2/18 | Photos: Andrew Rios Load remaining images [Cover photo: Andrew Rios]
On Wednesday night, conscious hip-hop tag-team Run The Jewels made their way to New York City’s iconic Ed Sullivan Theater for a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The duo, comprised of MCs Killer Mike and El-P, broke out RTJ3 track “Thursday In The Danger Room” for the Late Show appearance. Check out a video of the performance below:Run The Jewels – “Thursday In The Danger Room”[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]As Pitchfork notes, Killer Mike and El-P are gradually becoming The Late Show veterans over the past few years. Back in 2016, the pair appeared in a segment dubbed “The Halloween Wiggle”, where they performed a comically sexual All Hallows-themed rap, mirrored by Colbert’s slightly more innocent lyrics. Then, last holiday season, Run The Jewels appeared on the show for an amusing yuletide-oriented follow-up segment–”The Christmas Wiggle”–that saw them tie up Santa Claus and rap with Colbert once again. You can watch both the Halloween and Christmas Run The Jewels segments from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below.Run The Jewels w/ Stephen Colbert – “The Halloween Wiggle”Run The Jewels w/ Stephen Colbert – “The Christmas Wiggle”[Videos: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]RTJ recently released a new video for their RTJ3 track “Oh Mama” featuring original animation of the beloved stars of Adult Swim smash Rick and Morty in addition to announcing that they would headline the inaugural Adult Swim Festival in Los Angeles later this year. For more information on all of their upcoming performances and projects, head to their website.[H/T Pitchfork]
In 2017, Phish called on Philadelphia bakery Federal Donuts to help them realize their long-ruminating vision for the Baker’s Dozen. For each of the band’s 13 donut flavor-themed performances at Madison Square Garden last summer, Federal Donuts provided actual, edible donuts to the first fans in the door, adding yet another layer of excitement to the already-historic residency.The band’s 2018 summer tour is currently well under way, and while fans have enjoyed some excellent performances, the Baker’s Dozen donuts have remained simply a fond memory, a relic of a truly unique and memorable summer of Phish. However, as the tour makes its way toward Camden, NJ next week, just outside Federal Donuts’ home base in the City of Brotherly Love, the bakery is cooking up a special surprise for its newfound Phish faithful. From August 6th through August 8th, Federal Donuts will offer a special “Baker’s Reprise” assortment box featuring “six different donuts celebrating the return of Phish to Camden.” The “Baker’s Reprise” box will include familiar Baker’s Dozen donut flavors like Glazed, Red Velvet, Lemon Poppy, and Maple, as well as a pair of new Phish-y flavors, “Fluffhead” (topped with marshmallow fluff) and “Fishman” (a blue donut with a red ring of icing on top).You can pre-order your “Baker’s Reprise” box from Federal Donuts now and skip the line when you go pick them up during Phish’s Camden run. Pre-orders will be available for pickup between 8 am and 4 pm (3 pm in South Philly) at the Federal Donuts location of your choice each day.For more information on Federal Donut’s special “Baker’s Reprise” assortment box celebrating Phish’s return to Camden next week, or to check out the mouth-watering photos of the donuts included in the limited-edition box, head over to the bakery’s website.[H/T Relix]
Today, Billy Strings has added dates to his upcoming winter tour. The young guitar prodigy taking the bluegrass world by storm will kick things off on December 13th in Martinsville, Virginia, followed up with shows in Baltimore and Philadelphia on the 14th and 15th, respectively. From there, Billy Strings heads up to Stratton, Virginia, on December 16th before a stop at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on December 18th and Asbury Park, New Jersey, on December 19th. With two soon-to-be-announced shows on December 20th and 21st (the tour graphic notes these show will be announced on October 8th), Billy Strings will close out his upcoming late 2018 winter tour in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 22nd.For a full list of Billy Strings’ upcoming tour dates, head over to his official website.
Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) have announced an upcoming batch of dates that will see the dynamic duo navigate through Colorado’s most picturesque mountain towns.The duo will start out with a show at Denver’s Ophelia’s on February 21st, before stops bat Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel (2/22); Nederland’s Caribou Room (2/23); Crested Butte’s Public House (2/26); Vail’s Shakedown Bar (2/27); Buena Vista’s Lariat (3/2); and a final show at Steamboat Springs’ Old Town Pub on March 3rd.Nexus, Jennifer Hartswick’s latest solo LP, features contributions from Cassarino as well as six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. As the album announcement noted, on Nexus, Hartswick delivers “a powerful and vulnerable performance from the depths of her soul.” The trio joined forces for a special show at NYC’s intimate Rockwood Music Hall in October, and none other than Trey Anastasio came out to play some tunes with his longtime friend and collaborator.See below for a list of Jennifer Hartswick tour dates with Cassarino. For more information, head to Hartswick’s website.Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Upcoming Tour Dates:1.15 – 1.21.19JamcruiseInternational Waters 2.21.19Ophelia’sDenver, CO2.22.19The Stanley Hotel w. LettuceEstes Park, CO2.23.19The Caribou RoomNederland, CO2.26.19Public HouseCrested Butte, CO2.27.19Shakedown BarVail, CO3.2.19LariatBuena Vista, CO3.3.19Old Town PubSteamboat Springs, COView All Tour Dates