On December 8th and 9th, Grammy-Award winner and guitarist Dweezil Zappa, son of the prolific rocker Frank Zappa, will join forces with the University of Hawaii Hilo Jazz Orchestra for a string of shows at Hilo Performing Arts Center. The two dates will honor the fifth anniversary of the Hilo Jazz Orchestra’s annual fall concerts and will also see Zappa and the orchestra playing numbers from Frank Zappa’s immense musical catalog.Ahmet Zappa Fires Back At Dweezil Zappa About His Ongoing Battle With The Zappa Family TrustAs the orchestra’s musical director Trever Veilleux explained, Dweezil Zappa and the jazz orchestra—featuring over 25 singers and musicians, including an extensive horn section—will be “playing songs from many of Frank’s best-selling albums, like Hot Rats, Overnite Sensation, Apostrophe’ and Joe’s Garage. We are also going to throw in some of our favorite songs from the previous Zappa tribute concerts, including ‘Florentine Pogen’ and ‘Sofa.’” He continued, after noting that the orchestra has been practicing for four months in preparation for these special shows, “[The orchestra] work[s] incredibly hard over the course of the semester to bring our audience a tight, professional-sounding show… It is truly amazing what these young musicians can pull off.”Frank Zappa’s 1977 Halloween Run To Be Released As Box Set Tickets for the show are available online here.[H/T JamBase]
Herbie Hancock has announced a slew of west coast spring dates! Later this month, the jazz pianist will hit the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, CA. Then, Hancock will hit the road in March for five dates, including Seattle’s McCaw Hall, Portland, OR’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Oakland’s Fox Theater, Tucson’s Centennial Hall, and San Diego’s Balboa Theater, with additional dates on the way.Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s – with record-breaking albums such as Headhunters–that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. Rockit and Future Shock marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. In honor of his work, Hancock was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2016. Hancock is currently in the studio at work on a new album.Check out the upcoming tour dates below and head to the great Herbie Hancock’s website for additional information on tour dates and tickets.Herbie Hancock 2018 Tour Dates1/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Philharmonic3/1 – Seattle, WA – McCaw Hall3/2 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall3/4 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater3/6 – Tucson, AZ – Centennial Hall3/7 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
Today, Dead & Company guitarist and vocalist John Mayer hinted to fans about tonight’s show in Atlanta. In an Instagram story, the pop star turned Deadhead noted that “one of my favorite set list rarities is making an appearance” during the show. The Grateful Dead-inspired offshoot will perform at Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood tonight. The show comes ahead of Saturday night’s performance in Raleigh, North Carolina, at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.Since the band commenced their summer tour shortly before of Memorial Day Weekend at Mansfield, MA’s Xfinity Center, they’ve done so without a single repeat–also rolling out new tunes, live debuting “Alabama Getaway”, “Jack-A-Roe”, and Tampa Red’s “It Hurts Me Too” in the time since. For a breakdown of Dead & Company’s past tour setlist statistics, as well as a listing of predicted tour debuts this summer, head here.
Today, multiple Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper has announced an unprecedented month-long residency New York City’s iconic Blue Note Jazz Club. The run is set to run from October 2nd through October 28th, spanning 24 nights and 48 shows (two per night; one at 8 and one at 10:30).Robert Glasper’s Blue Note residency will feature a host of talented guests from the contemporary music world including Bilal, Terrace Martin, Christian McBride, Christian Scott, aTunde Adujah, Nicholas Payton, Chris Dave, Taylor McFerrin, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis, Walter Smith, Rodney Green, Justin Tyson, and more to be announced.The extended New York stint will also include a number of special performances, including R+R=Now (featuring Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, aTunde Adujah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin, and Justin Tyson), a tribute to Miles Davis dubbed Everything’s Beautiful, a tribute to Mulgrew Miller, and more. Additional special performances during the residency will be announced in the coming weeks.As Glasper tells Billboard about the residency,First of all, I couldn’t do this anywhere else. I came to New York tracking other people’s footsteps — and now it’s me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow. New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It’s the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz and quintessential, true hip hop; the only place I could have met these people and made this music. …So I wanted to make this month about pulling together the threads of my tribes… because I was in the right places at the right times, and the wrong places at the right times! And because of that we made a sound that infected the world. So I’m taking over the Blue Note to tell that story; my music milestones, in the place it all began. And I’m mad excited for it. See below for the full schedule of shows and the currently confirmed themes and nightly lineups. For more information, head to the Blue Note website here.Robert Glasper Blue Note NYC Residency ScheduleOctober 2-7: Robert Glasper with Chris Dave & Derrick HodgeOctober 9-10: Robert Glasper: Houston Nights featuring Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis & Walter SmithOctober 11-14: TO BE ANNOUNCEDOctober 16-17: Robert Glasper with Christian McBride & Nicholas PaytonOctober 18-21: Robert Glasper: Miles Davis Tribute “Everything’s Beautiful” with BilalOctober 23-24: Robert Glasper: Mulgrew Miller Tribute featuring Derrick Hodge & Rodney GreenOctober 25-28: Robert Glasper: R+R=NOW featuring Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin TysonView All Residency Dates
Today, David Byrne has announced that he will release the complete soundtrack to his 1986 foray into feature filmmaking, True Stories, for the first time ever. In addition to Byrne, True Stories stars John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Grey, Annie McEnroe, and more. True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will be released on Friday, November 23rd, via Nonesuch Records.David Byrne starred in and directed the film, which is based on real stories from tabloid newspapers. He once described the film as being “like 60 Minutes on acid.” Predominantly comprised of music by Byrne’s band, Talking Heads, several songs from the film went on to be featured in the Talking Heads album of the same name, which was released later that same year. Byrne also went on to release Sounds From True Stories: Music For Activities Freaks, which features a small selection of cast recordings from the film alongside several instrumental tracks.The forthcoming True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will mark the first time the music from True Stories will be released as it appears in the film. As Byrne notes in a tweet about the coming release, “I always imagined that the music written for True Stories should be heard as it is in the film. It makes the most sense this way.”The complete True Stories soundtrack will feature 23 songs from the acclaimed film, collected in one package in film sequence. The complete soundtrack set includes cast performances of “People Like Us” by John Goodman and “Dream Operator” by Annie McEnroe, among many others.David Byrne True Stories Complete Soundtrack Announcement Video[Video: David Byrne]To find out more information on David Byrne’s upcoming release of the complete True Stories soundtrack, or to pre-order the album, you can head over to his website here.
Phil Lesh was back at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Friday to celebrate his 79th birthday amongst a group of his musical friends and the always-faithful legion of Grateful Dead fans. Lesh was joined again for the second night of his three-show birthday run at the historic venue by an all-star backing band comprised of Benmont Tench, John Scofield, Jackie Greene, his son Grahame, and John Molo.Related: Phil Lesh Opens The Capitol Theatre Birthday Run With Lively Mix Of Grateful Dead FavoritesLesh and friends started the night with “Liberty”, the title track from Robert Hunter‘s 1987 solo album. The first half of the show continued with “Casey Jones”, followed by “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” featuring Phil on lead vocals, which transitioned right into a cover of Jerry Garcia‘s “Loser”. The band then returned to the Dead catalog to close out the first half of the show with “New Minglewood Blues” into “West L.A. Fadeaway”, followed by a lively rendition of “Bertha” featuring Grahame Lesh on vocals to send the audience into the set break. Fans can check out the video below to watch the band’s rendition of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” from Friday’s show.Phil Lesh & Friends – “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” – 3/15/2019[Video: Sean Roche]The birthday celebrations continued as the band returned to start the second half of Friday’s show with “Playing in the Band”, which transitioned right into “Shakedown Street”. The band jammed their way through the 1978 Dead disco tune before returning to “Playing in the Band”. The second half of the show powered on with the classic two-song combination of “Help on the Way” into “Slipknot!”, which then continued into “Mountains of the Moon”, the mystic, early-Dead tune from the band’s 1969 Aoxomoxoa album. Phil then returned to the mic to belt out his beloved ballad, “Unbroken Chain”, a fitting performance for the birthday boy who has spent his life “searching for the sound.”The second set came to a thrilling climactic end beginning with “He’s Gone” with Grahame and Jackie Green sharing vocals, followed by the psychedelic anthem, “The Other One”, and closing out with “New Speedway Boogie”. Fans can watch the video below to relive the second set performances of “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot!”.Phil Lesh & Friends – “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot!” – 3/15/2019[Video: Sean Roche]The band returned to the stage for a two-song encore beginning with a cover of The Crickets‘ “Not Fade Away” before sending the audience home on a touching note with a performance of “Ripple”. As expected, the night wasn’t without its share of birthday moments, which included a huge birthday banner hung from the front face of the venue balcony, and Grateful Dead-themed projections lighting up the upper walls of the old venue. Pete Shapiro also ended up making his way to the stage to present Phil with an enormous birthday cake, as the two shared a hug and a smile to close out the night. Lesh will return for the third and final show of his weekend birthday run at “The Cap” on Saturday night, where he’ll be joined by Tench, Greene, Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, Grahame Lesh, Molo, and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/15/2019Set One: Liberty (Robert Hunter cover), Casey Jones, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Loser (Jerry Garcia cover), New Minglewood Blues > West L.A. Fadeaway, BerthaSet Two: Playing in the Band (Bob Weir cover) > Shakedown Street > Playing in the Band (reprise), Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Mountains of the Moon > Unbroken Chain, He’s Gone > The Other One > New Speedway BoogieEncore: Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover), Ripple
Professional M.L.B. franchise the Chicago Cubs recently announced their second annual Grateful Dead night, scheduled to take place at the team’s game against the L.A. Dodgers on Wednesday, April 24th at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.In addition to a ticket to the game, fans who purchase the Cubs’ special ticket offer will receive a double-sided, seven-inch vinyl record featuring two live Grateful Dead cuts. Pressed at Jack White‘s Third Man Pressing in Detroit, Michigan, the limited-edition vinyl record is only available as part of this special ticket offer. “Side A” includes the Grateful Dead’s performance of “Brown-Eyed Women” at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on May 13th, 1977, and “Side B” covers the Dead’s version of “Cumberland Blues” from the same venue on October 22nd, 1971.Ticket holders are also invited to stop by Gallagher Way to enjoy a pregame concert by Mr. Blotto.The Cubs join fellow baseball teams the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Cyclones, as well as the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers, in celebrating the Grateful Dead and their music this year at sporting events.A portion of the Chicago Cubs’ net proceeds from Grateful Dead Night will be donated to the Grateful Dead’s Rex Foundation.Head here for tickets to the Cubs’ 2019 Grateful Dead Night.
The Rolling Stones have confirmed the rescheduled dates for their No Filter North American Tour.The tour, originally scheduled to run from mid-April through the end of June, was postponed in late March when Mick Jagger was forced to undergo a surgical procedure to place a stent in his heart. The postponement of the tour forced the band to cancel their highly-anticipated headlining slot at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Now that Jagger is healed up and ready to rock, the band has revealed their revised tour plans, which will see them stop in each of the cities originally included on the tour—including a newly-added show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on July 14th to make up for the missed Jazz Fest performance.The new dates will begin in late June at Chicago, IL’s Soldier Field and run throughout July and August before wrapping up at Miami, FL’s Hard Rock Stadium on August 31st.As the band explains in the rescheduled date announcement, “Tickets sold for the original date will be honoured – fans DO NOT need to exchange their tickets. Those who cannot attend the re-scheduled date can refund their tickets by accessing their Ticketmaster account. For transferred tickets, the refund will go to the fan who originally bought the tickets, once they have been transferred back. You can contact Ticketmaster with any queries here.Tickets for New Orleans will go on general sale Friday May 31st at 10 a.m. local time. The pre-sale for the Rolling Stones mailing list will run from 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29th to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 30th (local time).See a full list of the rescheduled dates below. For more information, head to The Rolling Stones’ tour page here.The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour Rescheduled DatesJUN ‘1921 – Soldier Field Chicago, IL25 – Soldier Field Chicago, IL29 – Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Ontario, CanadaJUL ‘1903 – FedExField Washington, DC07 – Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA14 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA*19 – TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville, FL23 – Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA27 – NRG Stadium Houston, TXAUG ‘1901 – MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ05 – MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ10 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High Denver, CO14 – CenturyLink Field Seattle, WA18 – Levi’s® Stadium Santa Clara, CA22 – The Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA26 – State Farm Stadium Glendale, AZ31 – Hard Rock Stadium Miami, FLView Rescheduled Tour Dates
Long-running Barcelona, Spain music festival Primavera Sound has announced that they will go global next year with the addition of a new event in L.A. Primavera Sound Los Angeles is set to take place on September 19th and 20th, 2020 at L.A. State Historic Park, and will be co-produced by Live Nation.The announcement of the new U.S. edition of the festival comes as 2019 edition of the flagship Barcelona event wraps up on Sunday. The addition of the L.A. event will coincide with the festival’s 20th anniversary.As Gabi Ruiz, one of Primavera Sound’s directors, said in a statement, “We have been thinking about Los Angeles for many years now, and the celebration of our 20th anniversary felt like the perfect timing for the decision of crossing overseas. Our goal is to bring the Primavera Sound spirit and vibe to cities with a similar feel: creative, colorful and welcoming. And with this, to give something new to the city, to show a new side and new possibilities to be built and harvested together. So it’s a dream to finally say: yes, it had to be Los Angeles.”“Primavera Sound is an inspiring tastemaker festival and we’re thrilled to be working with their Barcelona team in bringing it to Los Angeles next year. The festival is a forward-thinking exploration of music and culture, and it will offer a unique and powerful experience to connect with fans,” added Live Nation’s Brian Smith.While Primavera Sound has existed in some form in Barcelona since the early 90s, the first larger, multi-stage event took place in 2001. The festival has grown steadily from there. Today, it attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees each year with its demographically and stylistically diverse lineups.Past artist lineups at Primavera Sound have included Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Pavement, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, El-P, Pulp, Patti Smith, James Blake, Cat Power, Public Enemy, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Television, Devo, Enrique Morente, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem, Tindersticks, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Dinosaur Jr., New Order, Fuck Buttons, Swans, Melvins, Psychic TV, Spiritualized, The Cure, Bon Iver, La Buena Vida, Death Cab For Cutie, Iggy & The Stooges, De La Soul, Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Sigur Rós, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tame Impala, and many more.The new L.A. festival is part of a big 2020 push for the festival. In addition to the existing events in Barcelona and Porto, Portugal, the newly announced one in L.A., and their Primavera Weekend in Benidorm, Spain this November, the Primavera Sound website lists a mysterious fifth event. While the dates and location are all listed as “???,” the blurred-out image with which they’re paired looks a whole lot like London, England. For more on that, we’ll have to wait and see.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Harvard Business School economist Josh Lerner has spent much of his career studying innovation’s role in the economy.His book “The Money of Invention” examined the role of venture capital. “Innovation and Its Discontents,” cowritten with Adam Jaff, looked at how changes in intellectual property have hurt the process of innovation. His new book, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” examines why public efforts to boost entrepreneurial innovation so often comes up short…Read more here (The Wall Street Journal)