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Levon Helm
Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will open at Cinema Village on Friday, April 19 which is, sadly, the one-year anniversary of the legendary musician's passing. Synopsis:

Director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot over the course of two-plus years, ...[the film] shows Helm dealing with the burdens of renewed celebrity, continuing financial obligation and returning health problems. The man known worldwide for his soulful voice, as well as his singular and unparalleled drumming and multi-instrumental skills, permitted a camera crew inside his home to show the world an intimate side of his art and life.
Director Jacob Hatley and producer Mary Posatko will be around for post-screening Q&As at Cinema Village at the Friday (4/19)  7:10 PM showing, and the Saturday (4/20)  3:10 PM & 7:10 PM showings. Tickets are on sale now. The film will make it's way around the country after NYC. A list of cities and theater locations, as well as the trailer, is below.

Continue reading "'Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm' opening this week in NYC, elsewhere soon"

Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
Frank Ocean

The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.

The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.

And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."

Continue reading "Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bjork, Mumford, Black Keys, Jack White & more win & perform at Grammys (videos)"

Levon Helm at Summerstage, July 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Levon Helm

The great Levon Helm will be paid tribute on 11/19 at Hill Country (30 w26th St, Manhattan), when Catherine Popper (of Levon Helm/Jack White/Ryan Adams/Grace Potter's bands) will assemble Puss 'n Boots (which probably means Norah Jones) to lead a benefit at the venue. Levon's charity 'Keep It Going!' will be the receipient of the proceeds, a charity designed to keep Midnight Ramble, the studio and associated properties up and running. Joining Popper will be performances from Suzanna Choffel, Fredro Perry, The Cheating Hearts, and Bug & Bru (of The Defibulators). $20 gets you in.

This isn't the first time that a member of Grace Potter's band has been involved in a benefit; the frontwoman herself performed at a Levon Helm tribute show in early October.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals meanwhile, who just hit Austin, play a pair of NYC shows this week starting at Beacon Theater, tonight, 11/16 (tickets) and again tomorrow, 11/17 (tickets).

Meanwhile check out pictures from the Austin show.

Roger Waters at Yankee Stadium, July 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Roger Waters

Roger Waters has been added to the big "Love for Levon" tribute that goes down next week (10/3) at the Izod Center. The onetime Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist joins the likes of Gregg Allman, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Warren Hayes, Garth Hudson, Grace Potter and more in the all-star band that will celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm who lost his battle with cancer back in April. A full list of performers for "Love for Levon" is below.

Tickets are still available and please remember that the whole show is a benefit with net proceeds from the concert helping support "the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions." We are, however, also giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.

Continue reading "Roger Waters & others added to all-star 'Love for Levon' tribute with My Morning Jacket & more (win tix)"

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."

Continue reading "upcoming Levon Helm tributes w/ Benevento, Russo, Dreiwitz, members of the Hold Steady & many more"

Bruce Springtsteen, Prudential Center, 5/2/2012 (photo via legslambert)
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"10:44 p.m.: Band takes bows but doesn't leave stage. Springsteen walks to lip of stage, takes a sign that says "Play 1 for Levon," referring to the late Levon Helm of the Band. Says Helm had "one of the greatest voices in country-rock and rock 'n' roll." Plays the Band song, "The Weight," with an acoustic guitar. Other band members join in, and everyone in the building sings along. Horns sound great on this. Just a great, great tribute. I feel very lucky to be here right now." [NJ.COM]
After two shows at the Izod Center and two at MSG, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band played another area show, this time at the Prudential Center in NJ last night (5/2). Check out the full setlist, "The Weight" included, below.

Bruce is headed overseas later this month for some touring in Europe, but will start up again in North America this August. The new dates include two shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field and three more home-state shows at, another insurance company sponsored venue, the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford in September. Tickets are still available (so maybe the BOSS ACT is not as necessary as they thought). All dates and that setlist, below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen played Prudential Center (setlist), announced 3 more NJ shows & other dates"

John Fogerty with the Black Keys @ Coachella 2012
Fogerty

"...a special appearance from John Fogerty, making his Coachella debut (he's already co-headlined a night at Stagecoach). The Creedence Clearwater Revival legend, who played Woodstock alongside the Band back in '69, joined Dan & Pat for the day's second touching tribute to the late Levon Helm, with a warm and appreciative handling of "The Weight." Fogerty handled the final verse, Rick Danko's bit about Crazy Chester and Jack his dog; Auerbach called Helm, a crucial figure for roots-rock, "amazing and inspiring."

I had foolishly walked away to write this while listening to Explosions in the Sky at the Outdoor Theatre, which still smells like a 10-acre pot farm on fire well after that momentarily mesmerizing band left the stage. Things suddenly got quiet over here, I glanced to the right (thanks to a texted tip from faithful reader April McBride) and instantly caught the "take a load off, Annie" refrain ... then went SPRINTING back to the main.

It was SO worth the charley horse I have now. As was the Black Keys' finish, a ripping chant-along for "Lonely Boy" and another scorching finish with "I Got Mine." [OC Register]

Refused weren't the only ones paying tribute to Levon Helm at Coachella Friday (4/20). Watch the video of Fogerty covering "The Weight" with the Black Keys, below...

Continue reading "John Fogerty joined the Black Keys at Coachella for a Levon Helm tribute cover of "The Weight" (video)"

photos by David Andrako

Refused/Levon Helm RIP - Friday @ Coachella
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1

The second week of Coachella 2012 (and unfortunately not streaming online this time around) kicked off on 4/20 and continues today, Saturday, Record Store Day...

Once again this year, Record Store Day will be a big part of the festival and is on Saturday, April 21st! ZIA will be celebrating in style by having great music exclusives and special RSD pieces available at the ZIA tent.

Well over 200 Record Store Day Exclusive releases will be available this year and on sale at the Zia tent on the second weekend of Coachella (April 20-22). Zia will also have a limited amount of RSD Exclusives from prior years available both weekends.

Many bands performing this year at Coachella will be releasing Record Store Day Exclusive pieces this year including The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, The Hives, M83, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Refused, Miike Snow, Childish Gambino, Mike Watt, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr., Laura Marling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Real Estate, M. Ward, Death Grips, fIREHOSE and St. Vincent.

We will also have a few exclusives that will only be available both weekends of Coachella. First is At The Drive-In's amazing Vaya EP is being repressed on colored vinyl and will be limited to only 500 copies. Also Ximena Sarinana will be releasing a Coachella only 7" limited to 500. More exclusives are in the works so stop by and check us out.

ZIA Records will be offering shipping for items purchased over both festival weekends. ZIA will also have an option for customers who would like to have their items put on hold in the comfy, cool ZIA tent.

More info on Record Store Day at Coachella HERE. More info on Record Store Day in general, HERE

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Mazzy Star/Frank Ocean - Friday @ Coachella
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1

This week we're mixing up the photo coverage a bit. We wouldn't normally go to a festival Pulp is playing and miss them, but after seeing them at Coachella last week and two times in NYC, it seemed like it would be better to give others on the five-stage lineup a chance. That's also why you won't find any Black Keys (who were joined by John Fogerty), Madness and Amon Tobin in this post. Unlike last week though, you will find Explosions in the Sky, WU LYF, Frank Ocean & Yuck. No Hasselhof this time, but David did spot Richie Sambora checking out Gary Clark Jr.. More pictures from Friday (4/20), below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Week 2 - Day 1 pics (Mazzy Star, Refused, M. Ward, M83, Dawes, EITS, Kendrick Lamar, WU LYF & more)"

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today in NYC
* Marley
* Unsound
* Earth Day
* Tribeca Film Fest
* Woodstock '12 @ UCB East
* Lambchop @ The Bell House
* Chilly Gonzales @ The Bell House
* Graham Parker, The Figgs @ City Winery
* Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Radio City Music Hall
* The Greyboy Allstars, Wyllys @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Deer Tick, Turbo Fruits @ Stone Pony (NJ)
* Sun Araw, Pole, Inner Tube @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Kevin Hufnagel, Smother Party, Vaura @ The Stone
* MiniBoone, Lost Gloves, Tough/Luck @ The Rock Shop
* Shpongle, EOTO, Phutureprimitive @ Roseland Ballroom
* Fang Island, Woods, Mmoss, The Big Sleep @ Maxwell's
* Lucero, J-Roddy Walston & The Business @ Webster Hall
* Across Tundras, Mt. Olympus, With Knives @ Union Pool
* Lagos Disco Inferno, Frank Gossner, Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Negura Bunget, Haethen, Din Brad @ Cameo Gallery
* Bosco Delrey, Terry Malts, Xray Eyeballs @ Mercury Lounge
* Portugal. The Man, The Lonely Forest @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Yeasayer (DJ), Beacon (DJ), Suckers (DJ) @ Cameo
* Bonobo, DJ Nickodemus, Nappy G @ American Museum of Natural History
* Andrew Jackson Jihad, Joyce Manor, Treasure Fleet @ Knitting Factory
* DJ Dog Dick, The Dreebs, Hume, Haribo, Jazz Massagers @ Death By Audio
* Hull, Caltrop, Family, UV Pop, Lost Tribe, Plastic Flowers @ Saint Vitus
* Protest the Hero, Periphery, Today I Caught the Plague @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Giraffes, The Live Ones, 1-800-BAND, Atom Strange, Fire Club @ Trash Bar
* Puerto Rico Flowers, Rosenkopf, Anasazi, York Factory Complaint @ The Acheron
* Monolake, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Laurel Halo, Ital, Zemi17 @ Warsaw
* Cindy Lou Gooden, Lost Boy, Due Diligence, Speedy Ortiz @ Big Snow Buffalo Ldge
* Mega Bone, Slam Donahue, Side A Side B, Hey Guy, Peter Smolik, Jake Brown @ Shea Stadium
* Necrotic Disgorgement, Coathanger Abortion, Meathook, Death Sick, Parasitic Extirpation @ Cake Shop
* Gary Wilson, The Immaculates, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Slowdance, Mr. Fahrenheit, Bluetech, Random Rab, Skytree @ Glasslands
* Questlove, Jeremy Ellis, D.D. Jackson, Reggie Watts, Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, Deerhoof, Gray, Willis Earl Beal, Metropolis Ensemble @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Gaspar Claus, Bryce Dessner, Jessie Stein, Mauro Remiddi, David Moore, Remi Alexandre, Ben Greenberg, Andy LaPlant & Jessica Larrabee, Pedro Soler, Emil Bogdan @ Littlefield

Tomorrow is Record Store Day.

Check out Evillive for more metal.

Terry Malts plays Mercury Lounge tonight with Bosco Delrey and Xray Eyeballs.

Questlove's Shuffle Culture Fest concludes tonight. Read about last night.

Coachella is happening again, though it's not streaming this weekend.

A Willie Nelson statue is going up in Austin at 4:20 local time there. Head to Willie's site to hear a new collaboration with Snoop Dogg in honor of today's holiday.

The Bob Marley documentary is also opening today on 4/20.

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Sun Araw, here for Unsound, appear at their first of three events this weekend.

In honor of Levon Helm who passed away yesterday, Bon Iver covered "Ophelia" last night in San Francisco. Watch below...

Deer Tick, who were supposed to open for Levon Helm at Wellmont recently, play Asbury Park tonight.

What else?

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Levon Helm (photo by Chris La Putt)
Levon Helm

Two days ago Levon's family announced that he was in the "final stages" of a battle with cancer. Today the Times Herald-Record very, very sadly reports:

Levon Helm, Woodstock resident and drummer, the former leader of The Band, has died at age 71.

Helm died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

"We lost Levon at 1:30 today surrounded by friends and family and his musicians have visited him," said Larry Campbell, Helm's longtime guitarist and band leader. "As sad as this was, it was very peaceful."

Campbell, who has played with everyone from Bob Dylan to BB King, said his greatest honor was not only helping lead Helm's band, but knowing him.

"What I'm most proud of is he called me his partner," Campbell said. "For me to arrive at a place like that with a great man like him is the ultimate."

A true great is gone. He rocked right up until the very end. Rest in Peace Levon.

Continue reading "Levon Helm, RIP"

Levon

This hearbreaking message is posted on Levonhelm.com:

Dear Friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...

We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy

Levon was scheduled to play Wellmont Theater in NJ earlier this month but cancelled that day due to back injury. Originally announced as a postponment, Levon later announced that the show would not be rescheduled. Rolling Stone points out that "This past Saturday evening Robbie Robertson sent "love and prayers" out to Helm." We are all doing the same.

Levon Helm (more by Chris La Putt)
Levon

Sadly, tonight's Levon Helm show at Wellmont Theater in NJ (4/6), which was a make-up show to begin with, has been cancelled (postponed again) due to back injury (much like his March 30th Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom show was too). Stay tuned for more info. UPDATE: This statement has been posted:

Unfortunately, tonight's Levon Helm show at The Wellmont Theater has been postponed. Levon has had a slipped disk in his back this past few weeks as you may have heard, and despite daily therapy, it hasn't healed enough for him to move freely enough to travel or sit at the drums for any length of time. Levon would like to assure everyone that his health otherwise has been excellent as of late. Levon and the band have had a strong run of touring this past month and were very much looking forward tonight's show in Montclair with Deer Tick. Levon and the band are eager to get back on the road and hope to see all the fans soon. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.
Feel better Levon.

Deer Tick was supposed to be opening that show, but now won't be playing another show until their tour starts in MA on 4/19. All is not lost for Jersey though, tickets are still on sale for the show Deer Tick play at the Stone Pony on 4/20 with Turbo Fruits (who join Deer Tick on the road for over a month).

That Deer Tick/Turbo Fruits tour goes from NJ to Washington where Deer Tick are on the lineup of the 2012 Sasquatch Festival which is now officially SOLD OUT.

Speaking of festivals, Pitchfork Fest just added a bunch of bands to the lineup, and organized them by day.

Speaking of Jersey, Bruce Springsteen just played there on Tuesday and Wedneday, and plays NYC at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Check out some videos of Levon and Bruce playing together at the Stone Pony in the 80s, below...

Continue reading "Levon Helm show postponed; Deer Tick tour soon; Sasquatch sells out; Pitchfork Fest expands; Bruuuuuce"

Levon Helm

Now a three-time Grammy winner, Levon Helm, former drummer of the Band, took the award for best Americana album last night, with his record Ramble at the Ryman.

Unfortunately, Helm was unable to attend the awards show due to an undisclosed "medical procedure" which also forced the postponement of his February 10th show at the Wellmont Theater in NJ. He's also sitting out of the next Midnight Ramble. His site reads: "Levon will be undergoing a medical procedure that will necessitate his absence from the February 25th Ramble. We wish him the best and we know he will have a speedy recovery. We'll continue with the normal Ramble schedule with special guests joining the band." We also wish him the best and a speedy recovery!" The last Ramble happened on 2/4 (they've been on a break since).

Things are looking good though because tickets are already on sale for a makeup NJ show taking place April 6 at The Wellmont Theatre. All tickets purchased for the canceled performance will also be honored at the show in April. Levon's next scheduled show is March 2nd in MA. All dates are listed below.

Opening for Helm at Wellmont, is Deer Tick, who will also be headlining their own NJ show at The Stone Pony on April 20 (tickets).

All Levon Helm, and all Deer Tick tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Grammy-winning Levon Helm recovering from a procedure, schedules new NJ show; Deer Tick too (dates)"

Justin Vernon & My Morning Jacket before the Grammys (by dariusjagjag)
Grammys

Someone from Jagjaguwar tweeted the above picture not long before Justin Vernon shouted out "Jagjaguwar" to end his acceptance speech at the Grammys pre-show this evening (2/12).

Bon Iver won "Best Alternative Music Album", beating out Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People & Death Cab Cab For Cutie. Other pre-telecast winners include Adele, Foo Fighters (who beat Mastodon, The Decemberists and TV on the Radio), Skrillex (who won three already and beat Cut Copy, Robyn, Deadmau5 and others), Kanye West (who also won three already), The Civil Wars (who won two already and beat Fleet Foxes), Levon Helm, Alison Krauss, Tinariwen, Louis CK, Cee-Lo, and Booker T Jones who won "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for the 2nd time, and nervously thanked Biz Markie, Questlove, Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records), Matt Berninger (of the National), and Lou Reed.

Arcade Fire also won another Grammy already (for Best Recording Package).

A Numero Group Syl Johnson release was up for two Grammys but lost in both categories.

And that was just all the stuff they don't show on TV. The regular show with all the big awards (and possibly more for Bon Iver) starts at 8pm EST, Whitney Houston tribute included.

UPDATES:
* Jack Black makes "indie cred" joke that includes "Bon Iver" while introducing Foo Fighters
* Denise from PS22 in Adele commercial

Levon Helm at Summerstage in Central Park (more by Chris La Putt)
Levon Helm

The Band's Levon Helm will step outside of his weekly Midnight Ramble for a show at Wellmont Theatre on February 10th with Peter Wolf. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale Friday 11/18 at noon. The show, along with a pair of dates that he has lined up at Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY (11/18 and 5/25) are his only non-Midnight Ramble dates announced thus far. Full tour schedule is below.

Meanwhile, the Midnight Ramble continues this weekend with special guest Hook Herrera and on 12/3 Helm will welcome Jimmy Vivino (of Conan's Basic Cable band) and Dawes. Tickets for that show, and all others are still available (either seated or Standing Room Only).

Dawes will also head down to NYC & NJ that same week. Both Maxwell's shows, which Robert Ellis is opening, are now sold out though. You can catch Robert Ellis though during a tour with John Doe that hits City Winery on December 4th. For the X man, it's one of many gigs that will be keeping him busy through New Year's Eve.

All Levon and Dawes and Robert Ellis and X dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Levon Helm, Dawes, Robert Ellis & John Doe shows (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

"Dear friends, Yes. That was me singing with Levon Helm & Emmylou & so many friends in Central Park. One of those nights you hold onto." - Tift Merritt

Levon Helm

Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris and Hayes Carll played Summerstage last night (7/18). Pictures from that show are in this post.

During Levon Helm's set, David Bromberg played on "Tongue" (a Bromberg song that Levon recorded with him) and Emmylou Harris helped perform "Evangeline", and then Harris, Hayes, Bromberg, Joan Osborne, Tift Merritt, Shawn Colvin and others joined the band for a performance of The Band's "The Weight." We don't have pictures of that part, but you can watch a video of it below.

"The Weight", as usual, was the last song in Levon's set. You can check out the full written setlist below though note they actually opened with "Ophelia" and didn't play "Wheels".

Setlist, video and pictures below....

Continue reading "Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Hayes Carll & friends played Summerstage (pics, video, setlist)"

Mavis Staples @ the Bell House in January (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Mavis Staples

"Mavis Staples has no doubt about why the good Lord put her on this Earth.

"I was put here to sing," she said. "I was put here to spread the word. To bring ya'll a message. To inspire you. To motivate you. You know, that's what Mavis is about. That's my life."" [CBS News]

Mavis Staples is keeping busy. Currently on tour in Australia with the Blind Boys of Alabama (featuring Aaron Neville), she will perform at many festivals and special events betweeen now and the end of July. That includes the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA (May 22), Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Jacksonville, FL (May 29), Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY (June 4, one day after she plays with Levon Helm at his Midnight Ramble), Bonnaroo (June 12), Essence Music Festival in New Orleans (July 1), North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam (July 10), Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island (July 30), Lincoln Center Out of Doors in NYC (a free show on July 31st), and many more which are listed, along with a couple of clips from a recent CBS News interview, below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples playing festivals & other shows (dates)"

Emmylou Harris

Tickets vanished quickly from Emmylou Harris's upcoming intimate gig at Bowery Ballroom on April 26, her Hard Bargain release party. But now comes word that she'll swing back into the NYC area to play a bigger show this summer, and with the Levon Helm Band and Hayes Carll. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wed at noon for the 7/18 date at Central Park Summerstage, a benefit for free shows at the space.

Like Harris, Hayes Carll is also scheduled to play NYC at Bowery Ballroom soon. Tickets are still available for his 4/22 show that is part of a tour with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Shovels & Rope.

Hayes Carll played Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY earlier this year. Upcoming Ramble guests include Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Warren Haynes, Garland Jeffreys, Kinky Friedman, and Jeffrey Gaines. Tickets are still available for many of the weekly shows.

Emmylou Harris is also scheduled to play as part of two nights in celebration of Kate McGarrigle at Town Hall. Tickets are still available for both the 5/12 and the 5/13 show. Harris recently swung by SXSW to play shows in support of Hard Bargain, stopping in with the Carl Bernstein of the Indie Rock world (Ted Leo) for an IFC interview. Watch Ted discuss Black Flag with Emmylou who also performs, and all dates, below...

Continue reading "Emmylou Harris playing Summerstage w/ Levon Helm & Hayes Carll (and other tour dates)"

Sold Sound

"The 2011 Solid Sound lineup thus far: Wilco (Fri. & Sat.), the Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines, Here We Go Magic, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Pillow Wand (Nels Cline/Thurston Moore duo), Handsome Family, Liam Finn, Sic Alps, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Glenn Kotche, Pronto, the Autumn Defense, Comedy Cabaret curated by John Hodgman featuring Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman & Morgan Murphy, plus the return of the Story Pirates -- all at the largest contemporary art museum in the country with the backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts."
Solid Sound goes down from June 24-26 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Tickets are on sale now.

Jason Isbell at Bowery Ballroom(more by Fresh Bread)
Jason Isbell

Hayes Carll and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will team up for a string of co-headlining dates including Bowery Ballroom on April 22nd. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale at noon (1/26) and regular sale on Friday. Both Carll and Isbell are preparing to release new LPs in the next three months. Carll is prepping to release KMAG YOYO on 2/15 (preorder) and Isbell has Here We Rest due on April 12th.

The Bowery show is one of three NYC-area dates scheduled for Hayes Carll. He'll also appear at Montclair's Wellmont Theater on Feb 11th in support of Levon Helm Band (tickets) and at Housing Works on Feb 15th (the day that KMAG YOYO comes out, tickets). The day after the Wellmont show (2/12) Carll will head up to Woodstock to play Midnight Ramble with Helm, tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, Jason Isbell's OLD unit, Drive-By Truckers, will play Bowery Ballroom on Feb 15th, a much smaller room than they played in their last go-around. Tickets are on sale at noon. The show is one of two record release parties for Go-Go Boots, DBT's new LP which is available for preorder now. The second will go down on March 7 in LA at the Troubadour. Trade your email address for a download of "Used To Be A Cop" from Go-Go Boots now.

All tour dates and some video from Hayes Carll's performance on the Tonight Show a few days ago, are below.

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers playing Bowery (and LA), Jason Isbell touring w/ Hayes Carll (who is also playing w/ Levon Helm) "

Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo is spending the days leading up to Christmas on the road. He'll be in Norfolk, CT tonight (12/15) as part of a string of dates that will lead him to The Rubin Museum of Art on Friday (12/17). Tickets are still available. From there Escovedo will head to north to Woodstock to play a sold out show at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble on 12/18, and hopefully Helm will be in attendance:

Levon Helm, the longtime Woodstock resident, former drummer for The Band and two-time Grammy winner, has been hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.

Helm's manager, Barbara O'Brien, told the sold-out crowd at Saturday night's (12/12) Midnight Ramble house concert at Levon Helm Studios that the 70-year-old Arkansas native has been hospitalized in New York City. The show went on, with Levon Helm Studios Chief Engineer Justin Guip filling in on drums. Guip often sits in on a few tunes at each Ramble, the Saturday night shows Helm holds at his home studio several times a month.

"Levon came down with a little bit of a cold this week and because he's got COPD, a little bit of a cold to you and me is a lot more serious for him," O' Brien said. "...We took him to the hospital today. He's going to be fine. He's in the city. He's with his specialist, but he's not going to be here tonight....He is so upset that he can't be here." [Poughkeepsie Journal]

Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope Levon gets well soon!

On a related or should I say relative note, Alejandro Escovedo's neice Sheila E will be in NYC the day after Escovedo (on 12/18 while he is upstate) to play with her old friend Prince at the sold-out Madison Square Garden. Prince kicks off his NYC area run tonight (12/15) at the Izod Center in NJ. Tickets are still available.

Alejandro Escovedo dates and some videos below.

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Yelawolf crowd @ Terminal 5 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Yelawolf

Tickets go on general sale at noon for the December 30th Drive-By Truckers show at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still on sale for their New Years Eve show at Terminal 5 too.

Tickets for the Roots at B Bowl on New Years Eve are sold out, but you can still buy your way in to Questlove's DJ set taking place one night earlier after the Drive-By show..

The Pietasters play Brooklyn Bowl on February 12th. $5.00 Tickets are on sale.

The Funky Meters, which is the continuation of The Meters, Art Neville and George Porter included, will play three nights at Brooklyn Bowl in February. Tickets go on sale at noon for February 15th, February 16th and February 17th.

Yelawolf just played as part of a big Thanksgiving weekend bill at the big Terminal 5. You can catch him in a more intimate and headlining setting when he plays SOB's on December 22nd for just $10.

Nicki Minaj played a huge NYC show on Thanksgiving. She plays another one ON CHRISTMAS, but this time up at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx. Tickets are on sale.

Levon Helm just played two big shows at Beacon Theater in NYC. He and his band return to the area to play The Wellmont Theater in Montclair on February 11th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Bright Eyes show at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets are on presale for the upcoming Allman Brothers shows at Beacon Theater.

photos by Matthew Eisman

Levon Helm

At the Beacon Theatre [on Friday, 11/26], Levon was hoarse--at times he seemed to barely be able to talk. However, his band picked up the vocals, with him giving most of his energy to playing the drums and mandolin. At this stage in his career, all Levon Helm has to do is turn and smile at the audience to get a huge reception. He has that much charisma.

The [Bob] Dylan legacy was rich at Friday's concert. Levon was Dylan's oldest former sideman. Larry Campbell, Dylan's former lead guitarist, now plays and sings with Levon. Brian Mitchell, who played keyboard and accordion at the Beacon, can be heard throughout Bob Dylan's version of "Return To Me"... The connections of the music and people go on and on.

Opening and then playing frequently during Levon's set was Steve Earle, a prolific rock and country singer, songwriter and producer. Earle was simply fantastic, especially in a tribute to New Orleans that included This City and Mardi Gras. At Saturday's show, Earle will be replaced by Bettye Lavette. She has some big shoes to fill.-[Frank Beacham's Journal]

Levon Helm played Friday and Saturday at Beacon Theater in NYC over Thanksigving weekend. Steve Earle provided support for the first night. Betty Lavette assisted on the second.
"With just acoustic guitar and a little later a a bouzouki, Earle was an objective lesson on how to construct and perform a wow of a show. Steve, looking like a homeless Santa Claus, opened with sure shot "I Feel Alright" and continued with the manifest destiny sneer "You Know The Rest" and two songs later dug deep deep into his back catalogue and pulled out "Someday"." [rock nyc]
Hopefully Levon's throat isn't giving him too much trouble. More pictures from the Friday show, below...

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poster art via Emblem Studio
MMJ

WHAT. A. SHOW.

If I could have made it to any of the T5 shows (which I can't) it would have been TFF so I was so happy they played a bunch of tunes from that on Friday. They Ran had an incredible outro which some wailing falsetto. I've never been much of a Butch Cassidy fan, but this live version made me appreciate it so much more (the sounds Tommy was getting out of his bass were incredible). I was really hoping for a Dondante and it was great to hear this song after a few shows without it.

The encore was a thing of perfection for me, but hell the whole show was perfect! Phone Went West is a great song to "end" the show on before a rippin' One Big Holiday. I was right in front of Carl and got blasted with confetti during OBH, a great touch.

There was a point during the encore when I realized how wonderful my life was as I stood holding my woman watching my favorite band in the world play the best setlist I've ever seen.

LONG LIVE THE JACKET
[classicrocker623]

That review refers to the show My Morning Jacket played Friday night in Portland, Maine. The show marked the reopening of Portland's State Theatre, courtesy of Bowery Presents who will also host the band at Terminal 5 in NYC for five nights starting tonight.
FIVE NIGHTS @ TERMINAL 5 IN NYC
10/18 - MMJ plays The Tennessee Fire, Dungen opens
10/19 - MMJ plays At Dawn - Hacienda opens
10/20 - night off, Carl Broemel plays Joe's Pub
10/21 - MMJ plays It Still Moves - Elvis Perkins in Dearland opens
10/22 - MMJ plays Z - Holly Miranda opens
10/23 - MMJ plays Evil Urges - Everest opens
According to Bowery Presents, tickets are still available for the first two nights, but you can always try your luck to see if they put more on sale for the other nights too.

You can also try your luck winning a pair of tickets. I have one pair to "Tennessee Fire" and one pair to the "Z" show. Details below.

Before Maine, like Gorillaz before them, My Morning Jacket played an hour set "Live on Letterman". Watch the whole thing below.

Between Maine and NYC, My Morning Jacket stopped by Levon Helm's Ramble (Saturday night) where they played a 10-song set in addition to jamming with Levon. The setlist from that show, the Maine show (with videos), the Letterman show (with video), and contest details, below....

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LEvon Helm

The gradual return of Levon Helm to singing and performing since undergoing throat cancer surgery in 1998 had a tremendous payoff Sunday night (8/15) at the Greek Theater, where the Band's drummer and Southern spirit responded to an admiring crowd with a dazzling two-hour concert.

Helm's presence -- at 70, he's still a ferocious drummer -- was cheered as much as the top-notch music-making; this show was a celebration of a creative life, of multiple strains of American music and of one man's determined will to soldier through adversity.

Sunday's show at the Greek [in Los Angeles] is the farthest west Helm and his 10-piece band band, led by guitarist Larry Campbell, have traveled since Helm returned to performing a little more than six years ago. In early 2004, he converted his Woodstock, NY, barn into a concert venue for the so-called "Midnight Ramble," asking, essentially, for fans to come to him, where they would be treated to an informal musical gathering with his band and esteemed guests. -[Soundspike]

The above review comes from a Levon Helm Band appearance in LA in August (not long after Levon played Radio City Music Hall with Willie Nelson). The former member of The Band will return to NYC for two dates sectioned at Beacon Theater in November. They'll be joined by special guests Steve Earle (on 11/26) and Bettye Lavette (on 11/27). Tickets for the Thanksgiving weekend shows are currently on AMEX presale (11/26 here and 11/27 here), and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (9/17).

Those in the mood for a road trip can head to Woodstock to check out Levon Helm at one of his Midnight Ramble sessions. Taking place fairly often (sometimes weekly), the space will also host Steve Earle (10/9, 10/23) and My Morning Jacket (10/16, before they play Terminal Five x5) in the coming months.

Full tour dates and some vids of the man at Midnight Ramble are below...

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