Entries tagged with: Joe Russo
photo by Rachael Pony Cassells
Cass McCombs released the rarities comp A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc last month, and he's got new material on the way that he'll preview some of at his upcoming Bowery Ballroom (1/7) show in NYC. He talked to Relix about it:
You are currently working on a new studio album. Would you say that project continues the jammy, Grateful Dead feel of your recent work?He also said he's been recording in New York and LA with past collaborator and Dead Family associate Joe Russo, longtime band members Jon Shaw and Dan Lead, and producer Rob Schnapf (Kurt Vile, Beck, Elliott Smith). He says he'll "definitely be trying out some of the new songs" at the Bowery show, and regarding the live lineup it's Cass, Jon, Dan, and...
I would say it is a continuation of that groovy shit. The songs maintain that Dead influence. What I love about the Dead--you see it on their early posters. They were "Grateful Dead Dance Concert." That's built in into what they're trying to do. Even on the slowest tunes, like "Stella Blue" or whatever, people are still dancing. You know, you take your shoes off, and you fucking get your rocks off. Whether it's slow or fast, you can dance to it, find the groove. That's what I learned.
Jesse Lee has been playing drums with us now here in New York. Ryan Sawyer, another drummer and percussionist--I don't even know how to describe his role--will be with us. We're trying to get some people to play with us onstage. Soldiers of Fortune, who are old buds, are opening for us in New York, and I am hoping Matt Sweeney and Mike Bones and all of those dudes will sit in. It's going to be cold outside--at least I hope so given the weather recently--and I hope people can come warm each other up. That's the idea--this wintertime orgy.Tickets for the wintertime orgy are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Enter to win, below.
Right before the Bowery show, Cass also plays the Bernie Sanders benefit happening Wednesday (1/5) and Thursday (1/6) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn with Jana Hunter, Okkervil River, Will Sheff, Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine, Frankie Cosmos and many more. Daily lineups will be announced day-of. Tickets are still available.
That Relix interview also talks about Cass' love of Phish and his collaboration with Phish's Mike Gordon on "Texas" (which appears on that new rarities comp). Phish just played four MSG shows and their 1995 live album A Live One is one of the albums getting a 33 1/3 book this spring. Author Walter Holland will discuss it in NYC on Saturday (1/9) at City Winery. Tickets are available. The Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead is getting a 33 1/3 this spring too, as is Blondie, Geto Boys, Sleater-Kinney, and New Kids on the Block.
The Relix interview also mentions that Cass McCombs and Joe Russo are contributing their cover of "Dark Star," which they played at Max Fish in 2015, to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album. Check out a clip of that song from the Max Fish show, below.
David Johansen's alter-ego Buster Poindexter does a Cafe Carlyle residency from September 29 to October 10. Tickets are on sale now.
David Johansen will also be in conversation with NY1's Budd Mishkin on September 21 at 92Y. Tickets are on sale.
92Y also hosts a conversation with Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty discussing his new memoir Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music on October 6. Tickets are on sale.
Electronic jam band The Disco Biscuits do a New Year's Eve run at Best Buy Theater on 12/30, 12/31, 1/1 & 1/2. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Disco Biscuits members also team up with members of Lettuce, Soulive, Trey Anastasio Band, Living Colour, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Lotus, Snarky Puppy, Ween, RAQ, Kung Fu, Medeski Martin & Wood, Soule Monde and more for Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 26. More info and tickets here.
Tickets to the I'm With Her (aka Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan) shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on ale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Brooklyn polyrhythmic pop collective Superhuman Happiness will release their new album Escape Velocity on September 18 via Royal Potato Family (pre-order). The new album features contributions from Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, who band leader Stuart Bogie has worked with when playing with Arcade Fire, and Grateful Dead family associate Joe Russo. The album includes seven songs, four of which you can stream now: "Middle Ground," "Super 8," "Catch A Break," and the brand new "Drawing Lines," which premieres in this post.
The band also has upcoming shows, including a release party in their hometown on September 19 at Knitting Factory with People's Champs, Teeel and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...
Craig Finn at the Space at Westbury - 5/19/15 (photo via Beth Shorr)
While Tad Kulber is off touring in Courtney Love's band, his Hold Steady bandmate Craig Finn is currently on the road opening for Jason Isbell, and Craig's also sharing the stage with some interesting people. His current band is Joey Russo (of Furthur, Benevento Russo Duo, Cass McCombs, and much more), Cass McCombs' longtime bassist Jon Shaw, and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Dawn Landes, Trixie Whitley, Yellowbirds, etc). Craig's tour began last week in Florida, but his first two shows with that band happened in the NYC-area this week. First they hit Long Island's Space at Westbury on Tuesday (5/19) and then Westchester's Capitol Theatre last night (5/20). Tonight (5/21) they're in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony (without Jason Isbell) which is a members only event for Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 The Night. More details at wbjb.org. Updated Craig Finn dates are listed below.
Craig will also return to NYC soon to appear at the IFC Center on June 4, where The 78 Project Movie will be screening. The movie "is a road trip across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. One blank disc. In one 3-minute take." After the screening, Craig will cut a record to 78 himself, in front of a live audience (like Sondre Lerche did with the 78 Project at Rough Trade on Record Store Day). There will also be a post-film discussion with producer Lavinia Jones Wright & director Alex Steyermark. Tickets are on sale.
List of Craig's dates, below...
the whole crew (via)
The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.
We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.
Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...
Cass McCombs @ Bonnaroo 2014 (via American Songwriter)
(Like Yoko Ono,) Cass McCombs loves to play small, secret, private shows around town. You can't blame him. He needs to still be able to headline 600+ capacity venues like Music Hall of Williamsburg, but sometimes wants to practice in front of a smaller audience. That's what Cass did at the now defunct Bar 4 at least twice in the past, and what he did with bandmate Joe Russo a week ago at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook to get ready for Bonnaroo. Check out two Instagram videos from the secret Brooklyn show where I'm told he played to "about 20 people", below. You can watch a video from Cass's 5/22 Music Hall show, down there too.
American Songwriter was at the actual Bonnaroo performance and writes:
Cass McCombs has a secret weapon on tour with him, Joe Russo. If you know that name I could probably just quit writing right now and you'd get the picture. But for those not familiar with the former Benevento-Russo Duo drummer (who plays with everyone from Furthur to Morning Teleportation in his spare time), he is one of the most accomplished and entertaining drummers in music today. Russo has his hands in so many cookie jars, it's hard to say how many times he's played the farm, but he's certainly no stranger. He filled the tall shoes of John Bonham at last year's Bonnaroo with his Zeppelin cover band, Bustle In Your Hedgerow.Cass's full band is Joe Russo on drums, Dan Iead on guitar/pedal steel, Jon Shaw on bass, and Will Canzoneri on keys.
Which isn't to take anything away from McCombs. If any complaint can be made about Russo it's that he's... distracting. But it's hard to distract from the great material that made up Cass McCombs' set.
Embracing his jammier side, McCombs lead his band through several breezy, grooving tracks. But the band knew when to pick up the energy, and fan favorites like "County Line" were the highlight of this set.
Cass will not have a band with him at all when he becomes the DJ for the Starred show at Baby's All Right tonight (6/20).
California can catch Cass live when he opens for the War on Drugs at the Glass House (10/1) and Fonda Theatre (10/3).
As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.
After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.
The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).
And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.
In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.
Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.
And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.
Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?
Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...
As you probably know, New Jersey was hit really hard during Hurricane Sandy and in an effort to help one of the victims, Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo of Ween) is hosting a benefit concert in Asbury Park (home of the Stone Pony which did survive the storm). Dean writes...
Like a lot of people I know it's hard to figure out where to best donate money and resources right now. To this end I've just arranged a benefit concert for my good friend Nick Honachefsky who lost his home and all of his worldly possessions in the storm. I'm hosting a benefit concert at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ onDean is also working on his first solo album, which will feature Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Guy Heller, Claude Coleman, Chuck Treece, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland, Joe Kramer, Andrew Weiss, Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, and more guests that he's worked with over the years. In addition to featuring on the album, Josh Homme is also producing it. The above picture is of Dean Ween at the recording sessions for his new album with Joe Kramer and Chuck Treece (via Facebook).
Sun Nov. 11Wed, Nov. 28--"Dean Ween and Friends" featuring Claude Coleman, Glenn McClelland, Chris Harford, Dickie Moist, and the all of the usual suspects to help Nick get back on his feet. The evening will feature new music and old music by Moistboyz, Chris Harford, Jimmy Wilson, members of Ween, etc. More specific details to follow. Also, there is a fund set up for Nick at this address.
UPDATE: The date of this benefit has changed.
A video of Dean Ween and some of his friends jamming is below...
Levon Helm lost his long battle with cancer on April 19, and his life and legacy will be celebrated at a couple of upcoming events, starting with a show by The Band tribute band The The Band Band at BB King's tonight (5/8). A portion of ticket sales will go to The American Cancer Society in honor of Levon Helm.
Brooklyn Bowl is hosting "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down": A Celebration of the Life and Music of Levon Helm on June 4. Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger and Joe Russo (of Zeppelin tribute band Bustle in Your Hedgerow and other projects) form the core of the tribute, with special guests including Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), members of Guster, members of The Felice Brothers, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, and Tom Hamilton of American Babies. Tickets are $20 and on sale now, and proceeds will go to benefit Helm's "The Barn" studio.
Dave Dreiwitz meanwhile can be found tonight (5/8) at City Winery backing... Michael Moore, and Wednesday (5/9) backing Aaorn Freeman aka Gene Ween at 92YTribeca.
The flyer for the Brooklyn Bowl event is below, as is video of Bruce Springsteen's recent live performance of The Band's classic "The Weight."
Gene Ween @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)
The Gene Ween Band (Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo) will be touring in December.Tickets are on sale for a December 18th show at Highline Ballroom in NYC. Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the show happening one day earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All dates and more ticket info below...