Ground-breaking five-year partnership solidifies future TUDOR United SportsCar Championship READ: Race breakdowns: The Chase READ: Top 10 Chase moments The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today that TUDOR — an innovative and retro-chic brand — has been named entitlement partner for the next five years of what now will be known as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The IMSA announcement this morning precedes TUDOR’s official U.S. launch this evening during New York Fashion Week.“The 2014 season will feature the rebirth and revitalization of sports car racing in North America, and therefore it’s the ideal time to introduce a premium watch brand like TUDOR to our U.S. fans and partners, as well as further solidify our relationship with the international motorsports community,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “This is a natural progression of the fantastic relationship we’ve cherished for decades with our partners at Rolex.“In TUDOR, we have an optimal match for the Championship, as its brand attributes align with ours, specifically its Grantour collection that was created for sports car aficionados.”The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship extends ties of the prestigious Swiss watchmaking market to premier U.S. sports car racing dating back to 1959, when NASCAR Founder and IMSA Co-Founder Bill France Sr. and Rolex formed their initial relationship. Rolex will continue to serve as Title Sponsor of the annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, and Official Timepiece at Sebring International Raceway and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.“For years TUDOR has been inspired by motorsports,” said TUDOR Brand Manager Russell Kelly. “This new partnership between TUDOR and IMSA allows us to elevate our commitment to sports car racing. This is the perfect alignment between partners dedicated to performance and precision.”In 1926, Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf registered “The Tudor” brand and established Montres Tudor SA in 1946. From 2009 to 2011, TUDOR had a partnership with Porsche Motorsports as Timing Partner, and two years later, it began its collaboration with Ducati as global Timing Partner. Its affiliation with the FIA World Endurance Championship — which includes a race in Austin, Texas, alongside the American Le Mans Series race later this month — commenced this year.“Not only do TUDOR’s brand attributes of performance, prestige and elegance align with the nature and character of endurance sports car racing, but clearly, we are the only form of motorsport in which the race length is determined by time, not distance,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “Based on our mutual strengths, a watch and timing partner is a superb match for our series. We’re pleased that TUDOR recognizes that our passionate fans are absolutely the right clientele for them.”The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will debut next January with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. The complete 2014 schedule will be announced at a later date.MORE: READ: Fantasy preview: The Chase READ: Driver previews: The Chase
Last weekend, Railroad Earth played two sold-out shows at Portland, Oregon’s Revolution Hall.For the first night, Portland guitar hero Scott Pemberton rocked through a short opening set, capping it with an instrumental version of “Dear Prudence.” Pemberton and his unique brand of guitar sorcery have gained an ever-expanding audience, and he is always warmly received when he brings it back home to Portland. Backed by drums, bass, and percussion, Pemberton doesn’t really play the guitar so much as he wrestles with it, coaxing out a diverse array of sounds, going from jazzy funk to head-banging rock in the blink of an eye, wielding reverb as his secret weapon.Railroad Earth came out with “Chasin’ A Rainbow” and filled the clean-sounding Revolution Hall with drum-powered string music and swaying “Hobos.” The band’s songs and expression make for a happy audience, all eager to let the band know they are feeling the groove. The first set included “Bread and Water,” the slow rolling “Mourning Flies,” a well-received “Hunting Song” and ended with popular singalong “Long Way To Go.”Railroad Earth is made up of Todd Sheaffer (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar), Tim Carbone (violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (mandolin, Irish bouzouki, vocals), Andy Goessling (acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, dobro, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones, etc., etc.), Carey Harmon (drums, vocals), and Andrew Altman (upright and electric bass). As solid as ever, the now-classic Railroad Earth sound has garnered a large and loyal following.There are certain things that a fan can expect to see at their shows. Like Carbone and Skehan sending solos back and forth from opposite sides of the stage. Or Goessling playing instrumental hot potato, never keeping the same one in his hand for long. Electric or acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, pennywhistle or two saxophones at the same time, he does it all, and does it well. You’ll see Harmon’s wide grin behind the drums, and the loose concentration of Altman’s bass face. After Sheaffer delivers his lyrical verses, he’s likely to lean in and draw a very electric sound from his acoustic guitar.Opening the second set with the feel good favorite “Like a Buddha,” Railroad Earth was far from finished. They charged through a second set that included “Cuckoo Medley,” “Reuben’s Train,” “Hangtown Ball” and “Mighty River.” Scott Pemberton came out to add electric guitar during the set-closing “Seven Story Mountain.” A romping “Peace on Earth” encore closed the show and made sure the crowd was primed for the following night.Don’t miss Railroad Earth when they come to New York on March 5th, with support from Cabinet and special guest Danny Louis of Gov’t Mule! Tickets and more information can be found here.Check out setlists from both nights below, and a full gallery of images below.Setlist: Railroad Earth at Revolution Hall , Portland, Oregon – 2/26/16Set 1: Chasin’ a Rainbow, Bread and Water, Colorado –> Mourning Flies , The Hunting Song , Long Walk Home, Donkey for Sale , Long Way To GoSet 2: Like a Buddha –> Give That Boy a Hand, Cuckoo Medley, Said What You Mean , Reuben’s Train, Hangtown Ball , Mighty River , Spring-Heeled Jack, Seven Story Mountain*Encore: Peace on Earth* with Scott Pemberton on electric guitarSetlist: Railroad Earth at Revolution Hall , Portland, Oregon – 2/27/16Set 1: 420, Everything Comes Together, Saddle of the Sun, Old Man and the Land, Flower Between the Stones, Where Songs Begin, 1759 –> Grandfather MountainSet 2: Cold Water, Gold Rush, Black Bear, Elko, Warhead Boogie (A), Mission Man, Butterfly and the Tree (B), Bird in a House (B), Stillwater GetawayEncore: Take a Bow(A) with Scott Pemberton(B) with Scott Law Load remaining images
Snarky Puppy has announced their return with thunderous authority, unleashing a brand new studio album Culcha Vulcha for the first time in eight years on April 29. In the interim period, the band, (who this writer found at an early Bear Creek festival side-stage) has pretty much set the bar for what is possible when an enormous crew of progressive minded virtuosos set about a mission with collective focus. The seven, full-length live albums released over the last five years point to a prolific genius, among the most versatile bands in the universe. This is a group that cannot help but create dope, invigorating music; a regenerative process that has them back at the drawing board the moment they complete a record or tour. Originally connecting at the jazz program on the fertile grounds of the University of North Texas at Denton, the band stayed true to their hustle by recording Culcha Vulcha in their home state, at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX. The de-facto captain of this mammoth sea monster is bassist and principle composer Michael League, yet each of the other sixteen soldiers in the Snarky army brings a specific style and important contribution to the pup-gumbo. Their incredible vision and pristine execution has been rewarded by a rabid, steadily-growing touring following; and no less than two Grammy Award wins over the past two years. Their core sonic thesis is to attack and massage a multifaceted rhythm or groove, and then take it for a roller-coaster joyride through the minds, hearts and souls of a plethora of horn players, guitarists, percussionists and keyboardists, eventually arriving at a tremendous slab of nu-jazz, steeped in tradition yet channeling glories found deep inside new beginnings. Snarky Puppy has knack for tastefully introducing worldly traditions and authentic styles to their tunes. The journey begins at “Tarova,” finding the band in the Far East rhythmically, their ample percussion egging on some Deep Southern fireworks; we end up somewhere near Washington DC. Brazilian aromas power “Semente,” head-honcho League’s bass lines negotiating the well, far beyond twenty-thousand namesakes. Later, during the rambunctious “Grown Folks”, the brass heads and boogie grooves holler out to a new French Quarter with an intoxicating Second Line head, while the band cooks furiously amidst polyrhythms and sizzling melodies. Subtle, tasteful electronic soundscapes and an undeniable boom-bap feel inform “Beep Box.” The slow’d & throw’d composition embraces a futuristic ethos dripping in Cory Henry’s kaleidoscope synths, while the colors paint a dark, if mesmerizing canvas. This song is a controlled and focused intention, not unlike the Analog Future Band, but with more jazz feels, sacrificing zero thump. The sparse, vibey groundwork beneath Chris Bullock’s tasty flute licks create a foundation for a yet-unclaimed nation. There’s a clear nod toward beloved afrobeat on “The Simple Life”, yet there’s an aesthetic that reminds one of Fat Mama’s debut record Mammatus, this life the future that Sir Joe Russo and company were hinting at nearly twenty years ago. “Big Ugly” invokes Groove Collective in their heyday, albeit with more jazz chops and a clearly contemporary fabric. This mammoth song is an emotionally fitting album coda, as so many styles, instrumental voices. vivid colors, and brilliant ideas are on display; delivered to the audience with a panache and seriousness that belies their age. The choice tone in the way the trap kit is mic’d lends a vintage aura to a composition geared toward the next era of progressive music, and the bright future of this simply awesome conglomerate.Snarky Puppy is an ironclad unified theory, collection of virtuosos who’ve come together as one; traversing this dozen-year mission determined and packing authenticity, the avant garde, and incomparable heat. The music world has been served notice once again, and Snarky Puppy sets the bar the possibilities of what uncompromising art is in 2016. Listen to Culcha Vulcha below, courtesy of NPR First Listen, until its April 29th release:
An all-star cast of musicians are bringing their James Brown Dance Party to Brooklyn with a Purple twist! The esteemed James Brown tribute will also honor Prince with a “James Brown vs. Prince” performance at The Hall At MP on June 22nd. Stacked with a lineup that features members from Trey Anastasio Band, Lettuce, Turkuaz, Rubblebucket, Kung Fu and more, this looks to be a great night of music.The lineup includes vocalist Elise Testone, of American Idol and jam scene fame, Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz), Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu), Josh Thomas (Navasha Daya), Adam Chase (Jazz Is PHSH) and Matthew Chase (The Chase Brothers). With that many great musicians on one stage, the energy is sure to be electric.In addition, Philly-based funk band Swift Technique will be on hand to provide their own tribute to Prince, Polyvamp will open the show, and DJ Cochon de Lait will be spinning tunes between sets. Funky music lovers will be grooving from open to close with this great performance!Tickets for the show are available here; don’t miss out! They’re only $15 until this Friday, so act fast.Show InfoJames Brown Dance Party performs “James Brown vs. Prince” tribute!June 22nd // Doors @ 7PM // Show @ 8PMTickets here!Support from Swift Technique Presents A Funky Tribute To Prince, Polyvamp, DJ Cochon de LaitJames Brown Dance Party features:Elise Testone (American Idol)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz)Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket)Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu)Josh Thomas (Navasha Daya)Adam Chase (Jazz Is PHSH)Matthew Chase (The Chase Brothers)
In the middle of America yesterday, Widespread Panic brought their brand of southern rock to eager fans at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, NE. What ensued was a superlative Tuesday.The first set opened with a rocking “Glory.” The crowd was still trickling in, and those who were inside were then treated with a raucous “Greta.” Everyone was dancing and singing. Other highlights of the first set included “Shut Up and Drive” and “Tail Dragger.” They closed the first set with an energetic “Makes Sense to Me,” almost exactly sixty minutes after they began “Glory.”The second set continued right where they left off. “Weak Brain, Narrow Mind” was a great opener to the set. “Weight of the World” continued the high-energy start to the set. Perhaps one of the high points of the show was the “That Thang (Party at Your Mama’s House).” The instrumental tune ensured that everyone was dancing hard despite how hot it was inside the venue. The crowd especially went crazy when the image of a honeybee was produced on the LED screens. This was the same bee image from the show poster by Subject Matter Studio, and the crowd recognized it. As the song continued, the image of the bee started becoming wavy, much like a mirage, and this was perfect for the moment considering the temperature during the day before the show and inside the venue as they rocked out “That Thang.”The best segue of the night came when they went slowly and deliberately from the instrumental into “Ribs and Whiskey.” “Red Beans” was fun, and the “Surprise Valley > Drums > Surprise Valley” was great. The “Drums” really highlighted drummer Duane Trucks on the skins as even percussionist Sunny Ortiz stopped playing and just watched the former in amazement. “Proving Ground” was incredibly swampy and the set closed out with “Mr. Soul.”The band began the encore with “Me and the Devil Blues.” It seemed especially appropriate, at least the lighting. The band and stage were cast in a very red light. The red was very crimson, and perhaps they did this to match a certain group of Spreadheads present at the show. Anyone in the pit saw this red-shirted clan, and anyone in the balcony saw the shirts thrown onto the stage, littering the ground of the musicians. It was a red shirt that had the outline of Nebraska and said “paNic” inside, with a capitalized n for Nebraska. Even bassist Dave Schools said with a smile, “Those are some red shirts,” right before they cast the stage in red and began the song. Even keyboardist JoJo Hermann donned one of the shirts to salute the Nebraska Spreadheads. So they played the bluesy tune and ended the show with a crooning cover of Talking Heads’ “Heaven.” And that was the Tuesday night Widespread Panic show! As the back of those red shirts said, the show in Nebraska exemplified “The Good People in the Good Life.”Widespread Panic continues their summer tour tonight in Kansas City before heading to the storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three nights this weekend. Those shows will be webcasted here, so check it out!Check out the setlist, courtesy of PanicStream, and the full gallery by Ojeda Photography, below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Orpheum Theatre, Omaha, NE – 6/21/16Set 1: Glory, Greta > Walk On, Tickle The Truth, Worry, Shut Up and Drive, Tail Dragger, Flicker > Makes Sense To Me (60 mins)Set 2: Weak Brain, Narrow Mind > Weight Of The World, Solid Rock, I’m Not Alone, That Thang (PAYMH) > Ribs and Whiskey, Red Beans > Surprise Valley > Drumz > Surprise Valley > Proving Ground > Mr Soul (99 mins)Encore: Me and The Devil Blues, Heaven (16 mins)Check out the full gallery of images below. Load remaining images
Step inside the wild and funky minds of bassist Jesse Miller, keyboardist Eli Winderman and drummer Charlie Patierno as they form the infectious grooves of Octave Cat. The fusion trio started out of a mutual appreciation for vintage keyboards and analog synths between Miller and Winderman, and the two Philly area musicians got together last May to test the waters. “I put various keyboards in front of Eli to play, and kept a recording running as we went,” says Miller, “Riffs and melodies from that session became the basis of both ‘Limber Up’ and ‘Spar.’ We had not planned on starting a new project, but the music seemed too good to leave to languish on a hard drive.”Once the two realized they had something with their sound, the next step was finding a live drummer to complement it. Patierno was a perfect fit, as he “captured a great groove and interesting sounds in his home studio.” Miller continues, “With no intention, we had started a new trio.”The three have been working throughout the summer, working with Miller’s extensive collection of instruments and equipment. “We continued recording, writing, arranging and mixing relying heavily a slightly out-of-tune electric piano, a few Moogs, various tape delay machines, my modular synth and drum machine systems and our namesake synth, The Cat by Octave, a rare 70s synth that can be tough to keep in tune, but makes some incredible sounds.”“The music is funky, catchy, melodic, jazzy. There’s definitely inspiration from late-70’s fusion, but also some analog techno and dub approaches to the sound and arrangements.” Keyboardist, Eli Winderman adds (most importantly), “all the melodies can be sung with meow sounds.”Meow along with the band’s debut compositions, the songs “Limber Up” and “Spar,” streaming exclusively below!Octave Cat will make their live debut on September 3rd, performing at the SummerDance Festival at Nelson’s Ledges Quarry Park in Ohio!When not with Octave Cat, Jesse Miller can be found holding down the low end with Lotus and performing solo analog synth sets as Beard-o-Bees. Eli Winderman is the keyboardist for Dopapod, who are gearing up with a major fall tour with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in just a couple short months. Charlie Patierno is the touring drummer for pop artist Mike Taylor, and has also worked with groups like Blue Method, Melody Gardot and The Roots.For fans of Eli Winderman, you won’t want to miss him performing alongside members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, and so many more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive – in the heart of Williamsburg – with over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. [Get tickets here]
This Saturday, The Avett Brothers will pair with Warren Haynes for a unique undertaking, paying a wholehearted tribute to the late great Jerry Garcia this Saturday, October 15th. Garcia’s legacy is felt very strongly today, as musicians like Haynes and the Avetts descend from the traditions that were put forth by the Grateful Dead for their thirty-year career.The exciting “This Is 30” concert will see Haynes and the Avett Brothers recreate a full Jerry Garcia Band performance, capturing a thirty-year old show from October of 1986. Though the specific show isn’t specified, a handful of songs to be played were shared in a press release, including “Mission in the Rain,” “Reuben And Cerise,” “Run For The Roses” and “Tangled Up In Blue.”The Avett Brothers talk about the role that Garcia played in shaping their own music in an exciting video below. Tune in and enjoy.Dear Jerry 2: This Is 30! is set for this Saturday, October 15th at the Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax, VA. For tickets and more information, you can head here.
Virginia bluegrass virtuosos The Infamous Stringdusters have announced the details of their upcoming new album Laws Of Gravity, as well as an extensive tour to support it. Laws Of Gravity, set for a January 13, 2017 release via Compass Records, will see the band return to their usual five-piece acoustic lineup after having outsourced the vocal duties on their last album (2016’s Ladies & Gentlemen) to a talented cast of female singers including Joss Stone, Lee Ann Womack, and Nicki Bluhm, among others.Laws Of Gravity is pure-bred Stringdusters at their finest, with honest songs and a fresh yet familiar bluegrass/Americana/progressive feel. “You write what you know,” says guitarist Andy Falco, “We’re on the road all the time and there’s always gravity that’s keeping you grounded, and pulling you home. The themes on this album stem from things that happen out on the road, and the freedom we have to make music. There’s nothing freer than being on stage and making music. We’re telling these stories of musical nomads, all the stuff we like to do.”Banjo player Chris Pandolfi commented on the album’s recording process, saying “We had a lot of good energy stored up as we were getting into production, as well as a few more years of experience with the studio. We had much more of a vision for how we wanted this album to come together than we did with past projects. We know that capturing the live, collective sound always opens a door for the listeners, as opposed to building and crafting something that you can only make in the studio. We are a band. We play live, together, and more than any one song or achievement, this is what we do. Now we have an album that captures that.”The first single from the 13-track LP, “This Ol’ Building”, is available for download now for everyone who pre-orders the album on iTunes. The tune’s gospel-tinged grit and cautionary lyrics are highlighted by the skilled musicianship of the band–Falco, Pandolfi, Andy Hall (dobro), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)–and an infectious a cappella outro. You can stream “This Ol’ Building” below for a sneak peak at the new record:According to Falco, “I wrote ‘This Ol’ Building’ in the middle of what turned out to be the most polarizing and divisive presidential election of my time. It seems now to be a warning to come together. We must be united and try to understand each other. We must respect each other, listen to each other and help each other. Whether you see it as the country or the planet, ‘This Ol’ Building’ that we all love has a lot of life left in her, but we must live and let live and look out for each other. Then, and only then, it won’t come crumbling down.” The band has also released the full tracklisting for the album:Laws Of Gravity Tracklisting:FreedomGravityA Hard Life Makes A Good SongVertigoMaxwellBlack ElkThis Ol’ BuildingSoul Searching1901: A Canyon OdysseySirensBack HomeLet Me KnowI Run To YouIn conjunction with the new release, the band will hit the road in January for their 40+ date Laws Of Gravity Tour. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of The Infamous Stringdusters’ upcoming dates–including the Laws Of Gravity Tour and their remaining 2016 performances–head to the band’s website.
It may be a little early to start planning for the Holiday season, but a newly announced compilation album is getting music fans excited for a winter wonderland a couple months early. Today, Capitol Records announced their newest all-star holiday anthology album, Holiday’s RuleVol. 2, a follow-up to The first edition of Holiday’s Rule released in 2012.The album features a wide swath of incredible artists, beginning with a fresh studio recording of Sir Paul McCartney, late-night host Jimmy Fallon, and his house band, The Roots, collaborating on McCartney’s synth-and-jingle-bells Christmas classic, “Wonderful Christmastime.” The two have previously performed the song together along with The Roots on The Tonight Show, back in 2013. You can pre-order the album today to receive a pre-release stream or download of “Christmastime.”[Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images]The musical star power on the holiday compilation continues with tracks from Lake Street Dive, Norah Jones, Grace Potter, Roseanne Cash, The Decemberists and moreThe sequel to the 2012 album features 16 new pop, rock, mariachi, jazz and folk holiday tunes by the likes of Norah Jones, Grace Potter, Roseanne Cash, The Decemberists, Judah & the Lion, Lake Street Dive and some up-and-coming acts, including Albin Lee Meldau, Barns Courtney, Calum Scott and Kandace Springs.The original 2012 volume featured songs from McCartney, fun., The Shins, Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten, The Civil Wars, Calexico, Andrew Bird, The Head and the Heart, Punch Brothers and others.You can get a pre-release stream or download of McCartney, Fallon, and The Roots’ “Christmastime” from Holiday’s Rule Vol. 2 when you pre-order the album todayCheck out the full track listing below:Holiday’s Rule Vol. 2 Official Track Listing:1. Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots – “Wonderful Christmastime”2. Barns Courtney Feat. Lennon Stella – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”3. Albin Lee Meldau – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”4. Calum Scott – “It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas”5. Kandace Springs – “(Everybody’s Waitin For) The Man With The Bag”6. Norah Jones – “Peace (Live at the Sheen Center)”7. Grace Potter – “Christmas Moon”8. Rosanne Cash – “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas”9. Judah & The Lion – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”10. The Decemberists – “Jesus Christ”11. Lake Street Dive – “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”12. Flor De Toloache – “That’s What I Want For Christmas”13. Vera Blue – “A Winter Romance”14. MUNA – “Pipes of Peace”15. US Girls – “Blue Christmas”16. Andrew McMahon – “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”[h/t – Billboard]
Summer Camp Music Festival has become a beloved staple of the summer festival circuit. Taking place at the end of May over Memorial Day weekend, each year, the festival taps one of the strongest lineups of the summer. In 2018, the festival will return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, across May 25th through 27th. Today, Summer Camp revealed a handful of bands that will be performing the 2018 edition of the festival via a hilarious video featuring a number of friendly faces.Watch Matt Butler Conduct moe., EOTO, The Shook Twins, & More At Summer CampGrateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh first emerges, before the camera pans to Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe., who are loading up the back of a van. After a silly exchange, Phil Lesh asks to come along with the members of moe. to Summer Camp, and Grahame Lesh pops up asking to tag along. After the festival reveals that Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will serve as one of the headliners alongside moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, the camera cuts to Matt Butler sneaking into the vehicle, hinting that Everyone Orchestra will also make an appearance at the festival.Primus Rocks Classics And Previews New Tune At Summer Camp [Videos]You can check out the video for yourself below![Photo: Phierce Photo]