With a confirmed list of 40+ artists schedule to perform over the coming months, Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre will reopen its doors on September 4th. Though no artist has been confirmed for that date as of yet, artists currently scheduled to perform include Bob Weir, The Roots, My Morning Jacket, Umphrey’s McGee, Fiona Apple, Warren Haynes, Galactic, moe., The Moody Blues, Buddy Guy, amongst others.The iconic theatre has hosted legendary acts such as the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Derek and the Dominos, and David Bowie, and has acted as a practice space for Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. It originally opened in the 1920’s as a vaudeville theatre, and was revamped as a performance space in the 1960’s, only to be closed shut down in 1976 after a village ordinance banned live music after 1am. It was reopened by local developer Marvin Ravikoff in the 80’s and used mainly for musicals and plays, but did host a few concerts in the 90’s, one of those shows being a Phish concert.Brooklyn Bowl co-founder and publisher of Relix magazine, Peter Shapiro, is the driving force behind the renovation of this historic theatre. He approached Mr. Ravikoff two years ago, had the vision of what this venue could once again become, and after massive renovations and installations of state-of-the-art light and sound equipment is set to have some of the best acts in music grace this stage once again. The Bowery Presents, which has partnered up with Shapiro, will be handling booking of the 1,835-capacity theatre.Though the venue doesn’t currently have a confirmed lineup for the opening night on September 4th, it is safe to assume that whichever act gets booked to do the honors will be the right one, as this project has been carefully planned and well thought out. Stay tuned for more details. For now, take a look at the current schedule.Capitol Theatre Schdule, thus far:09/4 TBA09/7 The Roots/Bob Weir solo (A Benefit for HeadCount)09/8 Hugh Laurie with The Copper Bottom Band09/9 Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang09/14 The Roots/Dirty Dozen Brass Band09/15 Big Gigantic09/19 J Geils Band09/21 The Roots/Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe09/22 Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Robert Cray09/25 Dirty Projectors09/27 David Gray09/28 The Roots10/03 Regina Spektor10/06 Galactic10/09 Ben Folds Five10/10 Fiona Apple10/11 Warren Haynes Weekend10/12 Warren Haynes Weekend10/13 Blues Traveler/Spin Doctors10/17 Umphrey’s McGee10/20 Psychedelic Furs w/ The Lemonheads feat. Juliana Hatfield10/25 Al Green10/27 Indigo Girls with full band11/08 Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group11/09 moe.11/10 Justin Townes Earle11/20 Ray LaMontagne11/23 Strangefolk11/24 Strangefolk11/27 The Moody Blues11/28 The Moody Blues12/27 My Morning Jacket12/28 My Morning Jacket12/29 My Morning Jacket12/30 Steve Miller Band12/31 Steve Miller Band01/11 Roger Hodgson of Supertramp01/18 Guster02/02 Citizen Cope04/13 Herbie Hancock
Justin CharlesWhen Avicii announced that Radio City Music Hall would be the host of his New York City tour stop this fall, many fans were understandably skeptical. Radio City is a legendary in the minds of New Yorkers, however it is most famous for hosting it’s annual Rockettes Christmas show and seated events like the NFL Draft and the MTV Video Music Awards. How would several thousand extremely excited young music fans react to being confined to a seat during a full set of electronic dance music?The answer is about exactly how you would expect. Organized chaos. Young adults decked out in neon filled the nearly 6,000 person capacity theater. Ushers heavily guarded the rows, and for the most part people danced wildly within the confine of their row. It was quite the sight to behold – thousands of being flailing the arms and jumping around, yet unable to move forwards or backwards. For all of the pre-show concerns, once Avicii’s massive stage set up was revealed to the crowd and the lights were dimmed, it seemed that no one seemed to mind the unorthodox seating arrangements.Before anything else, much credit must be given to Avicii and his visual production team. The stage set up was absolutely massive – earlier this year Avicii debuted a giant head that he would DJ atop of, while a massive array of lights project all sorts of images onto the stage. Words cannot accurately describe it – it truly is a sight to behold and is worth the ticket price alone. While Avicii gets a lot of flak from hardcore electronic fans whom see his productions as too main stream or safe – the producer does deserve a lot of credit for being forward thinking, pushing boundaries, and exceeding expectations with one of the better stage set ups this side of Amon Tobin.That is all not to say that Avicii musically disappointed. Far from it. His set weaved in between his own classics like ‘Seek Bromance’ , newer hits like ‘Sunshine’ which was co-produced by David Guetta, and some favorites from other artsits that are dominating the airwaves like Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. He constantly teased some of the more memorable songs from his repertoire before changing the pace and dropping something else, keeping the capacity crowd on their feet. He even experimented with some progressive dubtep towards the end of his set, much to the delight of the crowd. By the time the familiar opening chords of Zombie Nation’s ‘Kernkraft 400′ blared through the house speakers, it seemed like the crowd had been given everything they expected and more. One word you could not use to describe the set would be safe.For all the confusion of seeing a DJ in a seated venue, it was really a remarkable feat for an electronic artist to accomplish. Avicii has seemingly lead a charge this year in trailblazing a path for electronic artists to fully enter the mainstream, for better or worse. He brought in the New Year to huge demand at Pier 94, an ‘outside the box’ idea for a venue. In March, he brought Madonna on stage with him at Ultra to huge controversy. Over the summer, he became the first EDM artist to take over the main venue at the Revel in Atlantic City. And now he has christened Radio City Music Hall, one of America’s premiere theaters, as an EDM-friendly venue. It can only be assumed that 2013 will be a similar year for the Swedish superstar as he continues his dominance over the EDM genre.
311 frontman Nick Hexum is delving out on his own with his new solo project, The Nick Hexum Quintet. The band features Hexum and his brother Zack Hexum (guitar, keys, sax, backing vocals), Gary Novak (drums, percussion), Luke Miller (keyboards), and Andrés Rebellón (bass).According to an interview with Alternative Addiction, Hexum explained that the project originated as a jam band between the two Hexum brothers, but as the music evolved, the duo realized they were developing enough material for a full album. The album, My Shadow Pages, was just released yesterday (October 1st).The Nick Hexum Quintet is scheduled to play three shows at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on October 6th, 13th, and 20th.My Shadow Pages is available via iTunes.Nick Hexum Quintet “Super Natural”:
Legendary DJ and a pioneer of house music, Frankie Knuckles, died on March 31st, 2014. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to him in a letter thanking him for his impact and contributions to the music and culture of Chicago.DJ David Morales recently posted the tribute to his Facebook, you can view it below:-Brittney Borruso www.facebook.com/rockstella[via OkayPlayer]
This year’s Catskill Chill featured a bevy of tribute shows, including an illustrious Sly & The Family Stone tribute from Brooklyn’s funk army, Turkuaz. The band always injects awesome energy into their live performances, and this was no exception. With special guest appearances from Chuck Jones and Eli Winderman of Dopapod, the band moved through Sly & The Family Stone’s catalog with soulful elegance.Now, you can check out the full show below, courtesy of the honorable Robbie Cox (via Archive.org.):Turkuaz’s Sly & The Family Stone Setlist:01 You Can Make It If You Try02 In Time03 Love City04 Family Affair05 Babies Makin’ Babies06 guest intros – Eli and Chuck from Dopapod07 Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) *08 M’Lady09 Skin I’m In10 Sing A Simple Song11 Let Me Have It All12 Everday People13 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)14 I want To Take You Higher15 encore chant16 Back To Normal (Turkuaz Original)*with Chuck Jones and Eli Winderman of DopapodEnjoy!!!
The ever-soulful Janelle Monae lived out all of our childhood fantasies, appearing on the timeless Sesame Street to sing “The Power Of Yet,” a tune written by Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman. In it, Monae gleefully dances with Sesame Street’s iconic characters, urging them to learn from their mistakes to achieve their goals.The riveting performance from Monae, who is an exceptionally talented soul singer, is just one of many guest musical appearances on Sesame. The long list includes notables like Dave Matthews, Erykah Badu, Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and so many more. We highly recommend checking out this Wikipedia list of Sesame Street guest stars, as the talent seems endless.Below, check out “The Power of Yet” with Janelle Monae:
Joshua Tree Music Festival in Joshua Tree, California has announced their 2015 lineup. The “family friendly global music experience in the magical mojave” will be headlined by The Polish Ambassador and feature talent from 15 different countries. More info and tickets can be found here. Peep the lineup below.
Rising singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has been touring with Ryan Adams in the UK lately, and the two have been known to collaborate on stage, as well as swap covers of each other’s songs. Recently, Adams took on Prass’ “You Fool” in Brighton, while the two later collaborated on Adams’ “Oh My Sweet Caroline” and “Come Pick Me Up” in Leicester. Watch fan-shot footage below.
HeadCount, organizers of the Participation Row charity booths at the “Fare Thee Well” Grateful Dead concerts, has revealed that they raised over $750,000 in total revenue for the 17 participating charities.The biggest item up for auction was a guitar, played by Bob Weir for the song “Row Jimmy” in Santa Clara, CA, and signed by all seven members of the “Fare Thee Well” band. The winning bidder of the Weir guitar spent $526,000 on the item, even though the initial bidding started at $5,000.You can read more about the HeadCount Participation Row here, including all 17 charities that profited from this wonderful auction.
Promoter Paul Peck has a new endeavor in the works for this Spring. Named the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, the event will take place March 4-6 at Florida’s Sunshine Grove and will feature 80+ artists, bands and DJs across five different stages.Bonnaroo Reveals Dates For 15th Anniversary Celebration In 2016Okeechobee will feature a unique SuperJam set involving artists from all across the festival bill. COO of Soundslinger and former curator of the Bonnaroo SuperJam, Paul Peck, is heading up the effort. Peck explains, “We believe that the festival culture in the US is at a crossroads. People are looking for meaningful festival experiences and events where they can connect with a true sense of inspiration and community. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will offer something truly special. Sunshine Grove is the most naturally beautiful festival site in the country and we’re transforming it into a magical new world of music, food, art, and creativity. I can’t wait to share with fans what we’re cooking up.”Check out this great introductory video posted by the festival below and stay tuned for more details from Okeechobee: Note: An earlier version of this article claimed that Paul Peck was a promoter of Bonnaroo. Later, we learned that, while Peck curated the Bonnaroo SuperJams for many years, he is no longer involved with that festival.