__________________________________________________________________________________________ READ: Post-Pocono driver reports Next win will be 1,000 for manufacturer at NASCAR national series level Bayne has three career victories across both the Cup and Nationwide series. Ford has a combined 999 wins in Cup, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.There are no guarantees, but Ford officials already have a banner celebrating win No. 1,000 waiting to be unveiled, just in case.“They told me when we were getting off the plane this weekend we were going for the 1,000th win and for some reason we love getting those milestone victories,” Bayne said Friday at Michigan International Speedway. “I feel kind of bad because those guys worked hard to get 599 (in Cup) and I came in and got the 600th, and then I did get to contribute to another one of the 199 (in Nationwide) before last weekend, but it’s so cool to be a part of Ford.”Bayne qualified 25th Friday for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Qualifying for Saturday’s Alliance Truck Parts 250 is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. ET.Riding a streak of three straight top-10 Nationwide Series finishes, Bayne has climbed from 12th to ninth in points in the past three races.His team, which won back-to-back titles with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is beginning to come around, he said.“We just needed to stick to the basics, not try too hard and just realize that other teams have gotten better this season,” Bayne said. “What Ricky had might not work for me and don’t be so scared to change the cars. I was like, ‘Man, this car won here last year, I’ve got to leave it alone.’ I was kind of scared to change things. I’d give feedback, but I wanted to stay with the basics.”The Iowa win “really helped” open him up to making changes, he said. After Stenhouse won three consecutive races there, the team struggled when Goodyear changed the tire combination.“So I knew we’d have to work on the package,” Bayne said. “We went there with the mindset, ‘let’s rip this thing apart, change everything on it and get it dialed in.’ We got it fixed for me, (got) what I needed and it paid off.”JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith leads the points standings, with Sam Hornish Jr. (Penske Racing) second and trailing by 23 points.Justin Allgaier (Turner Scott Motorsports), Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) and Elliott Sadler (Joe Gibbs Racing) round out the top five in the standings.Bayne trails Smith by 80 points. He says he’s confident his team, led by crew chief Mike Kelly, can make up the deficit. The group, he said, has remained focused.“After coming off of two championships it would be easy to get down if you had a couple bad races,” Bayne said, “but they stayed motivated and didn’t let that snowball. A lot of that is because of Mike Kelley’s leadership and the guys on the team want to win races.READ MORE: READ: All news from Michigan READ: Michigan Paint Scheme Preview FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos Related: Nationwide Series qualifying order | Full coverage from Michigan | Weekend scheduleBROOKLYN, Mich. — When it comes to big moments, Trevor Bayne seems to find himself in the right place at the right time.In 2011, he became the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest event, capturing the Daytona 500 a day after celebrating his 20th birthday.It was the 600th victory in the series for Ford Motor Co. and ended a lengthy drought for the legendary Wood Brothers Racing organization.A week ago in Iowa, Bayne was making milestone news again. His NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was No. 200 in the series for the automaker. READ: Power Rankings Week 14
The Marcus King Band has added a number of tour dates to their 2016 calendar. Hailing from Greenville, SC and spearheaded by 19-year old blues guitar player Marcus King, MKB is coming off a re-release of their 2014 album Soul Insight on vinyl and are currently in the studio working with Warren Haynes on their sophomore effort.19-Year-Old Marcus King Talks Family, Friends And The Future Of His Music [Interview]Including several festival appearances scheduled like SXSW, Mountain Jam and the All Go West Music Festival held in neighboring Asheville, NC, MKB will return to New York for three nights, March 2nd at the Rockwood Music Hall, March 4th at Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre and March 5th at The Haunt in Ithaca. MKB will also play in support of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and TAUK at the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on April 17th.Check out the Marcus King Band’s complete tour dates below:Marcus King Band 2016 Tour Dates3/1 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint 3/2 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall 3/4 Port Chester, NY @ Garcia’s 3/5 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt 3/15-20 Austin, TX @ SXSW 3/24 Tupelo, MS @ Blue Canoe 4/2 S. Wimauma, FL @ WMNF April Fools Jam4/8 Huntington, WV @ V Club 4/9 Columbia, SC @ Canalside Park 4/15 Charlotte, NC @ Smoke Joe’s Cafe 4/17 Black Mountain, NC @ Pisgah Brewing Company* 5/21 Springfield, MO @ Stomp The Blues 5/28 Long Creek, SC @ Chattooga River Resort 6/2-5 Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam6/11 Tyron, NC @ Blue Ridge BBQ Fest 6/25 Asheville, NC @ All Go West Music Festival7/8 Nesopeck, PA @ Briggs Farm Blues Fest* With Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and TAUK
Load remaining images Gov’t Mule and moe. teamed up last night for a cathartic double bill of incredible jams that had massive power chords and arching blues-tinged jams ringing off the encircling sacred stones of Red Rocks. The legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre is celebrating 75 years of outstanding performances in one of live music’s most revered site, and last night was yet another impressive chapter in the venue’s saga. If the majestic views didn’t take the audience’s breath away, then the fret board fireworks surely did.The combined guitar fire power from all three acts was enough to make even the most rabid fan smile in contentment at the end of the evening, and Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule brought the heat early and never let up. Opening with a fierce “Railroad Boy”, Mule seemed to be feeling the sound and the crowd out and lighting the fuse on a explosive set. Raising the expectations for the night to come were the early set inclusion of fan favorites “Banks Of The Deep End” and the always moving “Soulshine.” There was even a bit of fun included in the evening’s set list as Mule and moe. traded covers, with moe. nailing “Thorazine Shuffle” before Mule ripped a monstrous version of moe.’s “Opium.”With the crowd now firmly in their palm, Mule put on a clinic. As always, out in front, Warren Haynes was the perfect representation of the southern flavor, with his sweet voice and guitar tone working in perfect harmony. Thanks to the clean, warm tone of Haynes’ sound, the precision of his playing gains an otherworldly power when amplified as expertly as it was that breezy Thursday night. Whether bending notes with a glass slide or twisting the string beyond belief Haynes wrung every last drop of heart and soul from any guitar lucky enough to feel his touch. Blissed out faces throughout the crowd spoke all the words needed as wave after wave of blues power poured out of the stacks of speakers and the fingers of the guitar icon.Backing the blues fury from the man on stage right was a rhythm section that never seem to lose each other no matter how far drummer Matt Abts and bassist Jorgen Carlsson stretched the beat. Danny Louis provided soaring organ runs and a counterpoint to Haynes on the vocal end that, as always, filled in any and all cracks and crevices with the groovy sonic glue that helps Mule’s songs elevate to the majestic heights they so often occupy.A pair of lost souls were gone but not forgotten over the course of the evening. It’s been two years since Brian Farmer passed away, and that sad anniversary’s recent remembrance infused the proceedings with a heightened sense of emotion. From the aching sorrow of Haynes playing to the joyous emotion of the encore, a stage packing jam with members of Blackberry Smoke and moe. joining Mule for a sky high version of “I Shall Be Released.” The departing crowd seemed to be walking on the clouds themselves as voices called out in the night with shouts of thanks and appreciation that rang out long and strong.Enjoy some fan-shot footage from YouTube below:One Of These DaysSoulshineI Shall Be Releasedmoe. opened their Colorado visit with a thunderous first half of their classic “Rebubula” with the second half waiting for some future show, possibly their upcoming Boulder show.The night’s set list featured a larger than normal selection of their more classic tunes like a dark and chilling “Lazarus” and “Captain America” that were dedicated to the memory of the second spirit gone but not forgotten, Glenn Roberts. Roberts was a long time friend of the band and a fixture at shows on the east coast before relocating west. Having always been close with their fans, moe. took the opportunity to honor the love they and the scene in general had known and lost.With some of the more cherished songs being played, it seems only fitting that the moe. standard “Brent Black” featured some of the evening’s most jaw dropping displays of musicianship from the band.Guitarist Chuck Garvey seemed hell bent on pushing his distortion tinged runs into the danger zone before settling down and following the rest of his axe wielding compatriots off stage to give the percussive partnership between Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico a chance to show their dynamic mastery at it’s finest. After being the last man standing for a wild trip around his kit, Amico settled back to welcome back bassist Rob Derhak.Derhak took his place at the center of the stage and delivered a bass slapping display that reminded everyone within earshot of the frenzied sonic fury he can unleash whenever he feels the urge. Continuing Derhak’s strong night, he was warmed up for a ripping “Billy Goat” that saw Garvey and his partner in guitar crimes Al Schnier trade truly awe-inspiring solos as the tempo rose higher and higher. After a mighty peak and a reeling step back into a simmering lull the band launched into the reprise sing-a-round with a welcome zeal that was infectious. The applause was long and well earned as fans were buzzing about the next night’s theater show to come.Thanks to Flarcus for speedy editing and sharing of moe.’s set you can hear the fun for yourself below:Representing Hotlanta with a southern rock sound as fiery as the temperatures down Georgia way right now Blackberry Smoke brought a funky spirit to the stage and quickly showed how they had earned their way onto their current tour with Gov’t Mule.Charlie Starr fronts the band with a laconic jam sense that disguises his passion and intensity. Surrounded by a rock solid players on every instrument the band has been making noise and gaining fans on this tour and with each show they play. With such a solid foundation of fans already made and waiting for a quality band in their style, the future is bright for Blackberry Smoke.The ghosts from all ages haunt the walls of the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheater, though there is no reason to have any fear. The spirits present are there for the same reason the living are…to share the magic that can be made when musicians paint emotional portraits of love and energy on the sonic spectrum.Check out a full gallery of shots from our own Rex Thomson below.Edit this setlist | More Gov’t Mule setlists
As part of an ongoing effort to help those affected by the devastating floods in Louisiana this summer, Music For Relief, a nonprofit dedicated disaster relief and environmental preservation, has launched a campaign called #LouisianaStrong that brings artists, event organizers, and music industry executives together to help the cause.#LouisianaStrong includes multiple different music-related campaigns to benefit victim relief. On the initiative’s website, you can enter donation-based contests to win a variety of VIP “experiences” at different concerts and events, including Desert Trip, Blink-182‘s upcoming Irving, CA show, Voodoo Music + Arts Festical, III Points Festival.The campaign also includes a portion called “Download To Donate”, which rewards any donation of $5 or more with a download of an 18-track #LouisianaStrong compilation album. The multi-genre project features several unreleased tracks including Bassnectar‘s 2015 remix of “Roustabout” by Beats Antique and Reed Mathis‘ new Electric Beethoven project, as well as a song from Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Crossroads house band, San Geronimo.The #LouisianaStrong compilation also features original songs by Gramatik, Citizen Cope, Boreta of The Glitch Mob, Dumpstaphunk, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The New Mastersounds and more.Click here to donate to the cause and download the compilation.Full Track Listing:01 Rising Appalachia & the Human Experience – Mississippi Song02 Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven – Thunderstorm03 Gramatik – Anima Mundi ft. Russ Liquid04 Shana Halligan – Something Real05 Boreta of The Glitch Mob – Honey Heart06 Z-Trip – Fury ft. Jack Dangers07 Beats Antique – Roustabout [Bassnectar Remix 2015]08 Born Dirty – Butter [VIP]09 Citizen Cope – Lifeline (Figure Remix)10 Moondog Matinee – Bourbon Street11 Dirtwire – The Well ft. Rising Appalachia12 Jake Houston – Hold Me13 San Geronimo – Better Days14 The New Mastersounds – Monday Meters15 Nahko & Medicine for the People – Build a Bridge (Live)16 Whitney Myer – Somehow17 Dumpstaphunk – They Don’t CareBonus 01 – Megan Slankard – Big Heavy (Richard Xavier Remix)Bonus 02 – Cane Hill – When The Evil Go East
By all measures, 1977 was a banner year for the Grateful Dead. The year featured some of the most storied and time-tested performances in the band’s decades-long touring career, with the ’77 spring tour alone including some of their best performances before Jerry Garcia‘s death. Books have been written, films made, and countless words exchanged discussing the group’s Cornell University’s Barton Hall performance on 5/8/77, the near-consensus most famous show the band ever played. Then there’s the following evening’s incredible show at War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo (5/9/77), which is frequently used as an argument as to why Barton Hall is actually overrated (i.e. “Cornell ’77 wasn’t even the best show that week, man”). The two shows that preceded Cornell—at Boston Garden in Boston, MA (5/7/77) and Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, CT (5/5/77)—have also reached hallowed ground in the Grateful Dead archives. And the Dead’s historic year on stage in 1977 extends far beyond that single magical week in early May. Just listen to their 5/22/77 at The Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, FL. Or the San Francisco shows at the Winterland Arena in June. Or the Chicago shows on 5/12/77 and 5/13/77. Or their show at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ that Fall. The list goes on and on.And then, of course, there’s the Grateful Dead’s 1977 studio masterpiece, Terrapin Station, the band’s first album after their mid-70’s hiatus and arguably the most impressive and far-reaching album of their career. The songs and imagery established on Terrapin Station went on to become central pieces of live shows and Dead culture. The dancing turtles with tambourines from the album’s cover now adorn t-shirts, bumper stickers, breweries, venues, and the like. Tunes like Bob Weir original “Estimated Prophet,” performed in a complex, irregular meter, showcase the band’s hard-won rhythmic superpowers. The title medley that makes up the LP’s entire B-side (originally dubbed “Terrapin Part 1,” but frequently referred to as the “Terrapin Suite”) is easily the band’s most significant composition, with iconic melodies and lyrics that came to Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter in separate jolts of inspiration on the same day during a Bay Area lightning storm. The Terrapin Suite’s first three parts were reworked as a live number behind drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart‘s rhythmic arrangement and went on to become the most precious of jewels in the Dead’s live crown, the emotional centerpiece of any set in which it appears. Whatever your personal connection is to Terrapin, if you are a fan of the Grateful Dead, it’s more than likely that this album has moved you brightly in one way or another.Bob Weir And Phil Lesh To Perform “Terrapin Station” In Its Entirety At LOCKN’[LOCKN’ photo via Joshua Timmermans]This summer, in celebration of Terrapin Station‘s 40th anniversary, Weir will reunite with founding bassist Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band, as well as vocalist Nicki Bluhm, to recreate the album in its entirety at LOCKN’. With the LP’s milestone birthday and this one-time-only performance by Phil and Bobby rapidly approaching, we talked to some of our favorite musicians—including Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule), Grahame Lesh (Terrapin Family Band, Midnight North), Vinnie Amico (moe.), John “Barber” Gutwillig (Disco Biscuits), Neal Casal (Circles Around The Sun), Marcus King, and “Scrambled” Greg Ormont (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)—about Terrapin Station, its legacy, and its influence on them as musicians.What comes to mind when you think of the Grateful Dead’s Terrapin Station, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year?[Neal Casal photo via Jay Blakesberg]Neal Casal (Circles Around The Sun, Chris Robinson Brotherhood): “Terrapin Station reminds me of that great mid-to-late 70’s period when musicianship, technology, and songwriting all came together to turn record making into high art. The bar was so high at that point in terms of the way records were performed, engineered, and mixed. It’s a truly classic record that has aged beautifully and still sounds fresh today.”Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule): “The song ‘Terrapin Station’ is probably my favorite Grateful Dead song. Very infectious and completely unique—it defies categorization. I also love ‘Estimated Prophet.’”Grahame Lesh (Terrapin Family Band; Midnight North): “I mostly just think of the amazing songs that fill that album and how under-appreciated the entire thing seemed before this big anniversary. The entire band was at the top of their game when they made Terrapin Station, and despite anything the band members might say about not being a studio band, this is one of many ridiculously great collections of songs that they put out—highlighted by the ‘Terrapin Suite,’ of course.”[Marcus King photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.]Marcus King (The Marcus King Band): “When I think about ‘Terrapin Station,’ my first thought is turtles with tambourines—mainly because I love turtles.”Vinnie Amico (moe.): “I’m old! Time flies. Also, that is one of my, if not my favorite, Grateful Dead studio records.”Greg Ormont (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong): “‘Terrapin Station’ always makes me think of my dad because it’s his favorite Dead album. The song itself is damn near perfect. Once you hear the opening chords, you know you’re in for a wild ride for the next 15-30 minutes, which is rare these days. What particular songs/sections/aspects of the album stand out to you and why?[Warren Haynes photo via Joshua Timmermans]Casal: “The ‘Terrapin Suite’ is just an absolutely masterful piece of composition and performance, the likes of which no one is even coming close to these days. It boggles the mind how they put the whole thing together and how long it must have taken to perfect it. I’ve always wondered how long it took for them to learn it and what the process of recording it was like. It must have been incredibly intense.”Haynes: “I really like the way the songs take the listener on a journey through different musical sections, some of which are very unexpected. That’s something I enjoy doing in my own music as well.”Lesh: “It changes each time I listen! I still think that version of ‘Estimated Prophet’ stands out as another highlight—there aren’t many great, hooky songs like that in 7/8 time signatures, and even fewer where the time signature helps it be that great instead of being a gimmick. The entire ‘Terrapin Suite’ is amazing to me as well because of its completeness. It’s rare to hear the whole thing performed, but when it is, it’s pretty stunning to think about the ambition that brought the entire Suite into the world.”King: “‘Estimated Prophet’ is a tune that comes to mind often when thinking about drum sounds for the studio. There is a presence about this particular record that lets you know exactly where you are.”Amico: “‘Estimated Prophet,’ ‘Samson & Delilah,’ ‘Passenger,’ and ‘Terrapin Station’ all stand out to me as great songs. ‘Estimated’ is in an odd meter, which makes the song very interesting to play and listen to. ‘Samson’ has a great drum groove and ripping solos by Jerry. ‘Passenger’ also has a great Jerry riff, and ‘Terrapin’ (the whole suite) is one of the prettiest yet most complex compositions that the Grateful Dead ever wrote in my opinion.”[Greg Ormont photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.]Ormont: “I’m a big fan of any opening lyrics that truly set the mood, and there’s just something about “let my inspiration flow in token rhymes suggesting rhythm” that I absolutely love. I guess it’s the calm before the storm.” John “Barber” Gutwillig (Disco Biscuits): “It makes me think about my ex-girlfriend. Whenever I’ve sang this song, she was always the lady with a fan. And she never forgave me for hesitating. ‘Which of you to gain me, tell, will risk uncertain pains of hell? I will not forgive you if you will not take the chance.’” What do you feel is the significance of Terrapin Station in the canon of the Grateful Dead and in American music as a whole?[Barber photo via Stephen Olker]Casal: “It’s one of the great rock records of all time, no question about it, if just for the Terrapin Suite alone. I’d say it holds a very high place on the list of great Dead records, and it’s a master class in songwriting and record-making for any young musician to study.”Lesh: “I’ll leave that to the musicologists! I know that I love this album, and I’m not alone, obviously, since we’re celebrating its 40th birthday.”Amico: “I think it is one of the prettiest songs that the band has ever written and was a staple in their live performances since it came out. I always enjoyed the show when they played ‘Terrapin.’”Barber: “It feels like the epic culmination of years of making great music by those guys. I feel like the Grateful Dead really made American folk music, and this is a kind of obscured and metaphoric accomplishment in that sense.”In what ways has “Terrapin” (either the album or the song, either live or recorded) affected you as a musician and/or music fan?[Vinnie Amico photo via Jay Blakesberg]Casal: “The song and record have affected me greatly, both as a musician and a fan. It’s taught me to strive for the highest level of beauty and creativity I can achieve, no matter what I’m doing. That’s what the best pieces of art do for us. They inspire us to aim higher and find the poetry in our own lives and pay it forward.”Lesh: “This happens with every Dead song I learn, but figuring out each and every one of these tunes has really been a learning experience for me. For example, the ‘Terrapin Suite’ is long and complex, but the ‘simpler’ part—’Lady With A Fan’—teaches you a lot about modes and melody. You can play the same scales over each chord. And learning to sing Estimated Prophet is a master course in vocal phrasing!”Amico: “The album and the song were both very influential on my drumming. ‘Estimated’ is one of the songs that taught me how to groove and improvise in odd meter. ‘Samson & Delilah’ embodied the rhythm section and really showed how well two drummers could work together to form such a driving groove. And ‘Terrapin Station’ was such a beautiful song, and so well written that was integral in my ability to arrange songs.”Barber: “As a musician, it sets the bar very high, especially in a melodic sense and in epic scope. As a fan, it’s an easy choice when wondering what to listen to.”Do you have any comment on Bob Weir and Phil Lesh reuniting to perform Terrapin Station in its entirety at LOCKN’ this summer?[Grahame Lesh photo via Doug Clifton]Casal: “I’ll be there with bells on, can’t wait to hear it! We’re fortunate that Phil and Bob are still here with us to perform this historic music.”Amico: “I wish I were going to be there to see it. I hope they kill it.”Ormont: “Needless to say, I’m really excited to see that set, but I’m probably not as pumped as my dad!!”Barber: “It makes me happy that I’m playing LOCKN’ this year too [with the Disco Biscuits].”Lesh: “Well, it’s pretty freaking cool that I’ll get to be on stage with them! I can’t wait. No other comment, but it’s going to be a great set for sure!”[UPDATE – 7/27/18]: As we celebrate the 41st-anniversary of Terrapin Station today, check out pro-shot footage of Bobby, Phil, Nicki Bluhm, and the Terrapin Family Band’s aforementioned 40th-anniversary performance of the album at LOCKN‘ 2017:Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, & The Terrapin Family Band w/ Nicki Bluhm – “Terrapin Station Suite” [Pro-Shot][Video: Relix]
The Infamous Stringdusters will be hitting the road this fall, with just under twenty dates falling across October through December. The bluegrass act kicks off their tour with an appearance at Hillberry Festival in Eureka Falls, Arkansas, on October 13th. From there, The Infamous Stringdusters will join up with friends Leftover Salmon for a show the next night at Old Rock House in St. Louis, Missouri. Ahead of Halloween, the Dusters will hit Colorado for two nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver on October 27th and 28th.Leftover Salmon Reveals 2017 Fall Tour DatesIn November, the group’s first run of the month sees the group play Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Madison, Wisconsin; and Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively. By way of a performance at Detroit’s St. Andrew Hall on the 14th and Pittsburgh’s Rex Theatre on the 15th, the Infamous Stringdusters will work their way eastward, eventually arriving in New York for shows in Buffalo and New York City on November 16th and 17th.The Infamous Stringdusters Tap Drive-By Truckers, Sam Bush Band, & More For Their Festy ExperienceAfter near a month off, the Infamous Stringdusters will head south of the border, returning to Strings & Sol in Puerto Morales, Mexico across December 8th through 11th. After returning stateside, the Dusters finish out their tour with a three-night southern run, with dates at the Revelry Room in Chatanooga, Tennessee, on December 14th; Music in the Mill in Hickory, North Carolina, on the 15th; and the Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina, on the 16th.[Photo: Brandon Weil]
Increasingly, sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment has flooded the news following the viral #MeToo movement as well as with a recent flurry of accusations against celebrities. However, it’s not just high-profile personalities who have overstepped boundaries or committed acts of sexual violence against unwilling participants. Rather, being the victim of inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact is an insidious occurrence for a large portion of the population during daily life, and both men and women can share stories of being inappropriately touched at shows. Thus, a new initiative called GrooveSafe, started by Ashley Driscoll, has come about, with the goal to increase awareness about consent and physical contact at concerts.Swedish Musical Festival Bans Men To Fight Sexual Assault At ConcertsLive music is meant to be a safe haven for all folks, and more often than not, it is. However, while going out and seeing shows frequently is an uplifting and spirit-invigorating experience, occasionally there are people who take advantage of or are unable to abide by the laws of common decency within the free-spirited atmosphere. Regardless of whether drugs or alcohol is involved, it’s basic respect to not touch people when they don’t want to be. With GrooveSafe, the organizations goal is to stop this unwanted touching at shows, showing that it’s not normal to be grabbed or groped unwillingly at any point during the day, but especially when enjoying music.As detailed in a write-up by NYS Music, when asked about how to prevent unwanted contact at show and what GrooveSafe is all about, founder Ashley Driscoll said this: “Unfortunately, prevention is a difficult word. The main goal of GrooveSafe is to spread awareness that these sorts of behaviors are happening all the time, all around us. I believe change in behavior starts in understanding how truly unwanted these advances are. Our true goal is to become obsolete someday. Nothing would make me happier than to go to a show and not have to constantly look over my shoulder and just be able to watch the show in peace. This is a difficult question because it is not as simple as going in groups or wearing a certain thing or another. Females and males alike should be able to look, feel and be whatever or whoever they want without being touched by a stranger or sometimes even a friend in a manner that they have not agreed to or have not welcomed.”GrooveSafe currently has plans to get a website up and running and in the future will be selling merchandise that reiterates the point that everyone should be conscious of how they interact and make contact with fellow fans at concerts—including looking out for others who may be in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation but don’t know what to do. You can donate to this worthy cause via PayPal (email@example.com). As always, have fun out there, and make sure you do your part to ensure the people around you are having a good time too.
Today, outlaw country legend Willie Nelson has announced the first leg of his 2018 Outlaw Music Festival Tour, featuring nine stops with an incredible rotating lineup featuring Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head & The Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Wild Feathers, JD McPherson, Delta Rae, and Particle Kid.The tour’s first leg will make stops at amphitheaters in Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Cincinnati, OH, Noblesville, IN, Detroit, MI, Little Rock, AR, Dallas, TX, and The Woodlands, TX between late May and early July. More artists and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.“We had so much fun on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour last year that we decided to do it again! See y’all out on the road this summer,” says Willie Nelson in a press release.“Family. That’s what this touring group of artists, fans, and friends are when we come together for our annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour. I am thrilled to continue this journey with Willie, this extraordinary group of performers, and Live Nation,” says Keith Wortman, CEO of promoters Blackbird Presents.“This started out with a one-show storyboard two years ago. Now, you can hear, feel, smell and immerse locally in that joyous exuberance,” says Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President. “Outlaw is really just a celebration of everything Willie, which the Picnic has been for decades.”Willie Nelson was forced to cancel several tour dates earlier this year, so the news of the coming large-scale tour is encouraging in regard to his health.Tickets for the Outlaw Music Festival Tour go on sale this Friday, March 16th at 12 p.m. local time. For tickets and more information, head to the event website. For a full list of artists slated to perform at each of the first nine stops on the festival tour, see below:
“Busted, down on Bourbon Street,Set up, like a bowlin’ pin, Knocked down, it gets to wearin’ thin, They just won’t let you be…”While New Orleans is generally known as a laid-back, easy-going city–with no open container laws and bars that never close–the city’s law enforcement has always been strict about certain things, including drugs. On January 31st, 1970, The Grateful Dead found this out the hard way when their hotel was raided and the entire band got arrested on drug charges. However, the experience would go on to influence the lyrics of “Truckin’“, one of the Dead’s most iconic songs.Following their performance at The Warehouse with openers Fleetwood Mac, the band and crew returned to their hotel rooms to find the police waiting for them. As Lenny Hart (Mickey Hart‘s father and the band’s then-manager) explained to Rolling Stone shortly after the 1970 arrest, “It was very peculiar, and it seems like they set them up. [The cops] were waiting when they got back from their concert. They had a warrant and had already searched the room when the band got back. Nothing was found on any of the people except stuff they had prescriptions for. Everything they claim to have found was in the room, they said. But nobody in the band knows where any of it came from. It wasn’t their stuff. The Grateful Dead are normally very cool and cautious.”Continued Lenny, “The cops made it extra heavy for us, too. They detained the band, handcuffed them all together and lined them up in front of the building for press photos. The cops were enjoying it, just getting their own thing on. They ended up having to spend eight hours in jail; even though the bail was ready right away, they hassled them that long.” All of the 19 people caught in the raid were booked for possession of some combination of marijuana, LSD, barbiturates, amphetamines, or other dangerous non-narcotic drugs. Mere possession in Louisiana then carried a penalty of 5 to 15 years in prison.Every member of the Dead except Pigpen and Tom Constanten (who left the band immediately after the New Orleans incident) was included in the bust, along with several members of their entourage and some local associates. An added bonus for the New Orleans police was the capture of Owsley Stanley, then a tech for the band as well as a well-known LSD producer; “King of Acid Arrested,” boasted the local newspapers.The bust did not come as too big of a surprise to the band. A few weeks earlier, their friends in the Jefferson Airplane had been raided while staying at the same New Orleans hotel for their own performance. Furthermore, when the Dead arrived in the Crescent City earlier that day, they were told they could face some issues, both at the airport (when they were given the name of an attorney in case something happened) and at the hotel before the show (when Jerry Garcia was warned by staff to stay clean as a raid was likely). This led many in the band to feel like they had been set up.In the audio below, Garcia talks about the incident and the band’s treatment by the police, saying “They had great fun with us, the southern cops. The had just what they wanted: hippies. Oh, boy.” Listen to the full segment via YouTube user Scott Free:As the 1970 Rolling Stone article explained, “New Orleans police seem to fear that their good town will become the next Haight-Ashbury, and maybe they feel that way with some reason. The fact is, New Orleans is starting to burst out. Head shops and boutiques are springing up all over, and there’s a lot of long hair walking the streets.”After posting bail money, the Dead were almost out of funds. They added an extra show in New Orleans and persuaded Fleetwood Mac to stay for the additional performance as well. At the gig, a bucket was passed around the audience to collect some additional cash for legal expenses. Most of the charges from the New Orleans bust were eventually dropped, but the incident went on to make a lasting impact on Grateful Dead lore.Don’t miss The Daze Between Band featuring Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), and Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), w/ special guests John Medeski & Tom Hamilton at One Eyed Jacks (5/2) and Marcus King & DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander at The Howlin’ Wolf (5/3) in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. For more info click here, to purchase tickets click here for 5/2 and here for 5/3. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.
Today, word has spread rapidly through entertainment media that Maroon 5 has been selected to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, set to take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on February 3, 2019.As Variety notes, “Reached for comment, an NFP rep tells Variety, ‘It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.’” A rep for Maroon 5 could not immediately be reached for comment. In the time since breaking the rumor early this afternoon, Variety has added an update to their original article clarifying that the news had been confirmed by two separate sources. Neither the band, the NFL, nor the sponsor has given confirmation of the news.Back in 2015, Maroon 5 frontman and longtime The Voice coach Adam Levine said he and his band were very interested in performing during the highly coveted halftime show. At the time, he told Howard Stern on-air that his group “very actively want to play the Super Bowl.” Now, it appears they might be getting their chance.The Super Bowl Halftime show has long been one of the most desirable bookings for the world’s biggest artists, but has notably changed directions in recent years, moving toward current pop superstars in place of seasoned rock veterans. Performers this decade have included Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé (twice), Bruno Mars (twice), Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and more of their A-List ilk, and more than a few have been fantastic. But if you read down the list for the decade that preceded it—the 2000s—it paints a notably different picture: The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, as well as Prince.Last year’s Super Bowl pop star was Justin Timberlake, who put on a glitzy performance featuring extensive, elaborate choreography alongside a mashup of many of his most famous tracks. The performance also included an arguably off-the-mark tribute to Prince that had fans debating for weeks afterward. You can read more about Justin Timberlake’s controversial Super Bowl Halftime Show tribute to Prince here.Maroon 5 is in the midst of an extensive tour in support of their late-2017 release, Red Pill Blues. For a list of their upcoming dates, head here.[H/T Variety]