At a mere 23 years old, the talented artist GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski) is taking the world by storm with his personal brand of soulful electro-funk injected with his secret weapon, the saxophone. Today GRiZ serves up a fresh new take on Lettuce’s “Slippin Into Darkness” with vocals by Jessica Griffiths. The young ingenue dices up the original song’s slick grooves with crunchy, jacking beats, all drizzled over with a soulful outpouring of GRiZ’s trademark groovy sax. Listen the official Lettuce remix below:On his upcoming Power In Numbers Tour with Pretty Lights artist Michal Menert and Late Night Radio this spring, GRiZ is set to bring his unique blend of electro-funk, old-school hip-hop, and of course, live sax to Milwaukee, Miami, Charlotte, Tampa, Tulsa, Dallas and more. The acclaimed producer will deliver genre-defying, never-before-heard music and outstanding production elements guaranteed to skyrocket audience energy to dangerous levels.GRiZ Power In Numbers Tour Dates:4/3/14 @ Marquette, MI | Northern Michigan University4/4/14 @ Fargo, ND | The Venue4/8/14 @ Lincoln, NE | Bourbon Theatre4/9/14 @ Iowa City, IA | Blue Moose4/10/14 @ Milwaukee, WI | Eagles Ballroom4/11/14 @ Grand Rapids, MI | Intersection4/12/14 @ Athens, OH | #Fest *4/15/14 @ Pittsburgh, PA | Rex Theatre4/16/14 @ Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theatre4/17/14 @ Charlotte, NC | Chop Shop 4/18/14 @ Charleston, SC | Music Farm4/19/14 @ Orlando, FL | Firestone Live4/20/14 @ Miami, FL | Grand Central4/23/14 @ Tampa, FL | The Ritz Ybor4/24/14 @ Jacksonville, FL | Freebird4/25/14 @ Pensacola, FL | Vinyl Music Hall4/26/14 @ Counterpoint Music Festival | Kingston, GA *4/29/14 @ Fayetteville, AR | George’s Majestic4/30/14 @ Columbia, MO | Blue Note5/1/14 @ Tulsa, OK | Cain’s Ballroom5/2/14 @ Dallas, TX | JMBLYA *5/3/14 @ New Braunfels, TX | JMBLYA *
Live for Live Music is excited to bring you a very intimate Lettuce show on Thursday, July 10th at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Joining Lettuce will be fellow Brooklyn natives and Gramatik‘s Lowtemp Recording Artist Exmag, bringing their soulful future funk to this pre-Hudson Project getdown, along with additional acts to be announced. A VERY limited number of VIP tickets are available, which will allow access to a private pre-party featuring a special Adam Deitch / Jesus (DJ set), a meet and greet with members of the band, a show poster, and discounted drink specials for $45 from 9:45-11pm at the Gallery in LPR. Hudson Project ticket holders can receive $10 dollars off VIP tickets by selecting the ‘Hudson Project Ticket Holder’ price and sending their order number to [email protected] Buy Tickets Here!
We had the great pleasure of doing a pre-Chill Q&A with Marc Browstein, bassist of the Disco Biscuits, Conspirator, and Electron for Live for Live Music. With Catskill Chill just one day away, we discuss Marc’s thoughts on performing dj sets, playing with friends from other jambands, and creating a Disco Biscuits city festival in his hometown. I want to thank Marc for taking the time to discuss his experiences in a few of his different musical projects. As a huge fan of his, this truly means the world.Wishing all you #Chillfam an incredible weekend at Camp Minglewood!– Lily Enchin L4LM- At Catskill Chill this weekend you’re playing in Electron as well as playing a DJ set. What do you feel are the major differences between preparing for a live band set versus a DJ set?MB- When I DJ, I play mostly, if not all, other people’s music. For me, DJing is about exploring new music, learning new styles, and just providing a soundtrack for a party. Preparing for a live show is different because it’s more about agility and fluidity of my fingers. It’s mostly about being well practiced, knowing how to play the songs of course, but the more you play leading up to a show, the better the show ends up being.L4LM- What kinds of factors are you taking into consideration for each type of musical performance, for example day time set versus night time set? MB- You get a vibe on the day of the show, and that is the ultimate driver for what ends up getting played. No matter how much you plan it out in advance, on the day of the show there is a force that tells you what to do. L4LM- Electron is one of your awesome side projects that features both you and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits, Tommy Hamilton of Brother’s Past, and Mike Greenfield of Lotus. What is it like playing with these guys, all from some of the top bands in the jamband scene and how does your chemistry on stage as a group compare to the chemistry you feel with the guys from the Biscuits or Conspirator? MB- The reality is that I’ve been playing with all of these guys for the better half of two decades. It’s like a language even though the way we communicate differs between the three bands. The thing about electron is that we have been doing this for long enough that it’s easy to tell when the next part is coming. Electron has great anticipation of sections of the jam, often led by the natural intuition of Mike Greenfield’s drumming. L4LM- On Facebook I saw that you are taking song requests for your DJ set- definitely a fun way to interact with your fans and allow them to be part of your creative process. But what DJs and/ or bands are inspiring you right now? Any names you feel L4LM readers should know about? MB- You’ve never heard of the music I listen to and neither have I for the most part.L4LM- So after all the excitement of Catskill Chill is over you, Magner, Barber, and Allen have the 3rd annual City Bisco to look forward to in your hometown of Philly. Can you tell us what it means to you to play in the city where the legacy of the Disco Biscuits began and how you feel the event has evolved since its launch in 2012?MB- You can’t understate how exciting it is to play at the Mann Center, which is the closest local venue to my neighborhood! But in 2014 we have been exploring some of the spots that have significant historical importance in the Biscuits world, and leading up to the Mann with shows at the Trocadero and the E Factory, both of which we may have played a few of our best shows ever, really highlight this trend. City Bisco is shaping up to be an incredible experience for all.
The New Deal decided to make their return to the live setting earlier this year, and after a successful summer of shows and festival appearances, the band has decided to keep the ball rolling into 2015. The Toronto-based trio of Jamie Shields, Dan Kurtz, and new drummer Joel Stouffer have announced 2 separate 3-night runs in January and February. The first will see the New Deal make stops in California at Los Angeles’ The El Rey Theatre, and San Francisco’s The Independent. In February, the group will perform in Colorado at the Belly Up Aspen, the Boulder Theater, and Denver’s The Ogden Theatre.The group also released their first studio track with Stouffer, titled “Sabotage the System.” Studio tracks are a fairly rare occasion for the group, so take a listen below and enjoy it!Live for Live Music had the opportunity to interview tND bassist Dan Kurtz recently. Check out what he had to say about the decision to come back, the new formation with Joel Stouffer, and looking ahead into 2015. Read the full interview here.The New Deal Winter Tour 2015:1/15 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre 1/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 1/17 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 2/26 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen 2/27 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater 2/28 Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre[via Jambase]
Afroman was taken into custody in Biloxi, MS last night, after allegedly punching a woman who jumped onstage and approached him. According to the report by TMZ, the “Because I Got High” singer was playing guitar when the woman hopped on the stage and started dancing near him. Afroman reacted by delivering a powerful punch, knocking the woman to the ground. He attributes his behavior to not getting high. Despite her bleeding and crying, Afroman continued to perform for a moment. That is, until the house lights went on and Afroman was arrested for assault. A statement released by Afroman’s team says that the musician didn’t know the gender of the fan, and blamed the venue’s security for letting someone on the stage in the first place. He was released after paying a $330 bond. Afroman posted on Facebook, “I apologize for my actions. I will be making a full formal apology and excepting full responsibility for my actions. I will address everything today on TMZ at 2 o’clock eastern time.”Here’s a video of the events:Update: Afroman apologizes!
With the final three Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ reunion concerts fast-approaching, two photos of the stage set-up from Soldier Field in Chicago, IL have emerged. You can see what the Dead are working with in the photos below: While the photos may initially draw concerns that those seated behind the stage will not be able to see the band, it should be noted that the stage is covered by a tarp to protect the equipment from any potential rain damage. Come this Friday, the stage will most likely be opened up and ready to host some of the most hyped up concerts of the year. It also looks as though the pit will be separated into two sides.For those heading to Chicago, be sure to check out our Complete Guide to Grateful Dead Chicago Pre- and Post- Parties for tips on all of the best live music events!
This Satuday, MATTE Projects is presenting a multi-level, multi-sensory experience, in the one day BLACK Music and Arts Project. The Brooklyn Hanger will be transformed into two distinct floors, a raw space dance floor on top, featuring a custom stage and light set up for the musicians, as well as a 15,000 square foot white walled basement, which will be divided into six distinct rooms, each with its own, unique visual artist.The main room has an eclectic music line up, featuring a DJ set from French producer Gessafelstein of Bromance Records, a live set from Jon Hopkins, as well as M.I.A collaborator GENER8TION and Kanye West’s creative director, FLAT WHITE. The basement will feature distinct rooms, with visual arts and interactive vignettes from artists Cara Stricker, Jesper Just, Toki Series, Virgil Abloh, and Zach Walker, along with DJ sets from Tummetott and Masha.This event promises to be a unique experience, tickets are available here.
Dead & Company continue to rock their fall tour, performing at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY, tonight, November 11th. To celebrate Veteran’s Day, the band has been playing a particularly patriotic themed show, opening with “Promised Land” and hitting “El Paso” and “U.S. Blues” in the first set. Thanks to our own Kendall Deflin, we have some live footage from the rail of this exciting show! Watch “El Paso”, “Althea”, “U.S. Blues”, “Sugar Magnolia”, and “Casey Jones” from the show, and stay tuned for further coverage tomorrow morning!“El Paso”“Althea”“U.S. Blues”“Sugar Magnolia”:“Casey Jones”:Setlist: Dead & Company At First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY – 11/11/15Set I: Promised Land (BW), New Minglewood Blues (BW), Bertha (JM), Here Comes Sunshine (JM), El Paso (BW), Althea (JM), U.S. Blues (JM)Set II: Viola Lee Blues (BW, JM) > Wang Dang Doodle (BW) > Viola Lee Blues (BW, JM) > New Speedway Boogie (BW) > Truckin’ (BW, JM) > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Dark Star > China Doll (BW) > Sugar Magnolia (BW)Encore: Casey Jones (JM)
Thievery Corporation. The name alone evokes a certain groove, a mellow-funky dance that earworms its way into your soul. It’s downright infectious, and last night, the band proved themselves with an exceptional performance at NYC’s Terminal 5.The band is a glorious collective of moving parts. Led by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, the band features an extraordinary cast of instrumentalists and vocalists that continue to keep the energy through the roof at all times.Since Theivery’s memorable Fare Thee Well pre-show in Chicago, which saw the band putting their eclectic spin on an entire set of Grateful Dead covers, fans have been hoping they would revisit some of the tunes. Fortunately, we were treated to an epic rendition of “Fire On The Mountain” last night. Check out some footage below, followed by images from the evening, courtesy of Patrick Hughes.“Fire On The Mountain”Photos by Patrick Hughes / Faces of Festivals: Load remaining images Full Gallery: