• The String Cheese Incident Will Webcast Their Tour Opening Run In Boulder

    first_imgFans were beyond excited when The String Cheese Incident announced a series of intimate Winter Carnival performances throughout this month. Of course, with intimate performances comes the reality that tickets are harder to come by. Fortunately, Cheese has an option for those eager to check out their music this weekend.The band has announced webcast viewings of their performances on March 3rd and 4th at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, teaming up with Nugs.tv and Listen Up for the occasion. You can see the information posted in the flyer below, but that’s not all the news from the Fox!The venue is celebrating their 25th anniversary all throughout March, and they’ve just announced a limited edition partnership with Conscious Alliance for the festivities. Each performance will have 20 limited posters, designed by R. Marx, custom made for this one of a kind celebration. With all proceeds going to charity, this is truly a win-win. You can see the details in the Fox’s announcement below.[Photo by Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more

  • TAUK Blasts Through Colorado Run With Energized St. Patrick’s Day Show [Photos/Recap]

    first_imgLoad remaining images TAUK just wrapped up two nights along the Colorado Front Range, with a Thursday night performance at  The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins and a Friday night performance at The Ogden Theatre in Denver for St. Patrick’s Day. The four-piece showed some serious love to Denver and Fort Collins, bringing their high-energy blend of funk, jazz, progressive rock, and hip-hop to eager fans stoked on their return to the state. You can check out photo galleries of the past two nights. The first gallery features photos from TAUK’s Fort Collins show courtesy of Alan Westman, and the second gallery contains photos from their Denver show courtesy of Kaleigh Mathis. You can also read a review of TAUK’s Friday-night St. Patrick’s Day performance at the Odgen below, courtesy of Nate Etter. Tonight, the band heads to Durango tonight for their show at the Animas City Theatre.There are few better excuses to hit the town, knock a few back, and go see live music than St. Patrick’s Day. Friday night in Denver, jam favorites TAUK teamed up with two top-notch Front Range acts in Eminence Ensemble and Greener Grounds to put together a rowdy holiday bill at the Ogden Theater.Both local openers were fitting support to TAUK and had the venue filling in early with fans. The six-piece Boulder-based act Eminence Ensemble has soared to new heights in recent months with the addition of guitarist Taylor Frederick (YAMN), and the new lineup was firing on all cylinders back home after a West Coast tour. The band’s original material jumped around genres–soul, funk, blues—but the heart of EE was a deep-rooted respect for vintage prog-rock. On the contrary, Greener Grounds was quick to take things in a different, electronic direction. Driven by the synth of Jimmy Charles Dunstan Jr. and the four-to-the-floor backbeat of drummer AJ Gillman, the Denver-based dance party dove into deep trance jams for a short-lived but powerful set.By the time the headlining TAUK finally took to the stage, the crowd was primed. The band’s instrumental sound is uniquely theirs, a polished progressive product with deep chemistry between four talented young players: Matt Jalbert (guitar), AC Carter (keys), Isaac Teel (drums), and Charlie Dolan (bass). Jalbert’s melodic and often haunting guitar work crafts the sound, but in few bands does the drummer take on such a dominant and leading role. Sporting a fitting cutoff t-shirt of the famed drumming Muppet, The Animal, Teel truly was a beast behind the kit. His relentless attack and head-scratching chops center stage stole the show.Highlights included a sitar-laced “On Guard” on which Jalbert took the lead riff into spacey, uncharted territory, a mathy “In the Basement of the Alamo” that effortlessly jumped between six and four, and a grooving “Mindshift.” The band also threw in a few choice covers, Pink Floyd’s “Sheep” and an instrumental take of the Dropkick Murphy’s “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” that worked the St. Patty’s day crowd into a frenzy. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

  • Watch The Red Hot Chili Peppers Perform “Johnny B. Goode” In Honor Of Chuck Berry

    first_imgOn Saturday afternoon, news spread that Chuck Berry passed away at 90-years-old. By Saturday night, live performers everywhere were finding ways to tribute the Father of Rock and Roll. From Joe Russo’s Almost Dead to The Revivalists, bands around the world fit tributes into their own showcase to honor the legend and his influence on music. Red Hot Chili Peppers also paid tribute to Berry on Saturday night at their concert in Vancouver, performing “Johnny B. Goode” in his honor.The Chili Peppers’ performance of “Johnny B. Goode” led into their original “Me and My Friends” from their 1987 The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. Watch the electrifying performance below:The Red Hot Chili Peppers will play Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA before taking a few weeks off. They will return to the stage on April 12 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, then continue on their world tour through the summer. For tour date information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

  • EXCLUSIVE: Drew Emmitt Talks Leftover Salmon, New Record, And Neil Young

    first_imgL4LM: Sounds like this would be a good opportunity to practice.DE: Absolutely. But, between the two of us we DO already know a few songs.L4LM: How many times do you think you’ve played in the park?DE: Hmmm…good question. Between the Spring and Mag fests and all the other things…I mean…I think the first time was opening for Panic a long time back…like ten or twelve times? That is a moderately educated guess.L4LM: You’re known for your late night pickin’ parties in the park…any chance you will keep the party going after the show stops around a camp fire somewhere?DE: I would…Yes…most certainly. We’re actually staying there. We have accommodations IN the park. We will be out and about in the night.L4LM: You have a pretty busy July on the books, with shows in the mid-west at the start and at Red Rocks at the end of the month. Do you just like working the hardest in the hottest months or something?DE: July is busy but we have actually been taking it pretty easy this summer. We’re playing in Michigan this weekend, but thanks to some stuff like weddings and such we’re not going as heavy as in the last couple summers. We have been wall to wall, every fest imaginable all the time. We have a little lighter schedule, but it’s great. And we have some great stuff scheduled we are looking forward to. And obviously Red Rocks.But we are enjoying taking it easy from the road. It let us take time to record what will be our new record last month too. We’ve been knee deep in that, the recording and all. I’m pretty sure we are all enjoying the break. But July will be back to crazy.L4LM: What is the ETA on this new record? Soon we hope?DE: Not til next year. We are gonna really spend some time on it, then next year go big with it, build some tours around it. We’re gonna finish this year and then come back crazy strong next year?L4LM: We will be hitting the beach at Suwannee Saturday during the day. You thinking of grabbing your flip flops and joining the party on the sand?DE: I would imagine so. I’ve been to that beach, it’s nice. I know it has been very hot, so I think the thing to do is spend a lot of time in the water.L4LM: Well, thanks for taking some time to talk to us about all things Leftover. Sounds like there is a lot of cool stuff on the way!DE: You’re totally welcome. See you out there!“Reefer Man-Because I Got High” If you’re looking to throw a party, a solid first step would be to get multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt to come on out. Over the last few decades, the Leftover Salmon mandolinist, guitarist, fiddle player, occasional flutist, and singer has been the go-to example for being able to pick a quick bluegrass line or rock out to whatever the occasion insists. There’s also the strong chance his friend and Leftover Salmon band mate of nearly thirty years, Vince Herman, will tag along just to make a little mayhem. There isn’t much that Drew Emmitt hasn’t seen, heard, and lived through over the decades of life on the road but his experiences have only made him a wise man with the heart and energy of someone half his age.Leftover Salmon has had some time off from full-scale touring as they worked on material for their forthcoming new album. That hasn’t stopped the band from knocking out a few gigs and working in a quick visit to the Spirit Of Suwannee with Herman for next weekend’s Clusterpluck. With July comes a return to the busy life of a beloved band in high demand. Before the return to full-speed-ahead, Drew Emmitt sat down with our own Rex Thomson to discuss the new disc, their inspirations, and the influence they have had on others.Check out the highlights of their conversation below:Live For Live Music: In those first couple of band gigs from all the way back at the beginning, did you ever expect to end up joined at the hip to Vince Herman the rest of your professional career?Drew Emmitt: Ha! I didn’t know that was going to be the case but I did know that we had a great rapport with each other. I love making music with Vince. Standing onstage with him…he’s one of the funniest people I have ever met in my life and I instantly loved the chemistry between us.Whether I ever thought that thirty years later I would still be onstage with him making music together…I don’t know. But I am damn glad that is how it happened.L4LM: It’s funny…Leftover Salmon has been around for more than a quarter century but thanks to the newest guys in the band you are a fairly young act, minus you and Vince. Do you find it funny that you became the wise old men in a band you, yourself, helped found?DE: Yeah, that’s a really good point…somehow we became a really young band. In our lineup the youngest member is 28 years old. Our banjo player is 33, our keyboard player is 39. Then there is Greg, Vince and myself…I guess we’re the elders. It’s like we’re aging backwards as a band! Even though we’re sort of almost a new band, we are carrying on a thirty year tradition.L4LM: Leftover Salmon is big on honoring the past while making modern music. You’ve been doing some really fun covers of music icon Neil Young. Was he a hero of yours personally?DE: Definitely! All of us, I’m pretty sure, have a strong connection with Neil [Young]’s music. Also to add to that he sat in with us on the HORDE tour. He said Leftover Salmon was his favorite band on that tour. He came and watched our set every night on that tour. Vince finally went and invited him to sit in. Neil said he wanted to, but to not tell the rest of the band in case he couldn’t make it so they didn’t get too excited.So we have a personal history and energy with Neil. Last fall it got suggested that it would be cool to do an almost acoustic show before our shows with Los Lobos in Denver. I think it was our manager’s idea for us to do Neil Young’s Harvest in it’s entirety. We decided to learn it, we got some guests, like my brother who came in and blew some harp for us and we went for it. We did change things up a little but we tried to keep the arrangements as close as possible to Neil’s original ones.We enjoyed it so much we’ve recreated it a couple of times. We did it again at Wanee. He just did it again at DelFest, which was wild. We had Warren Haynes sit in with us on “Down By The River” and that went really great! Who knows…maybe we’ll end up doing that one some more down the line.“Heart Of Gold”L4LM: Neil Young has a tendency to…go on…and on…sometimes. Did you guys work out any contingencies for what to do if he took over your show when he came out?DE: I’d have loved it! He is one of the original jam band guys in that he could stretch a song out for a half hour and make it interesting. If he had wanted to play our entire show we totally would have let him do it! He’s Neil Young!I got to see him on the Rust Never Sleeps tour. He had those big giant fake amplifiers and big crazy mic…I think that was the loudest concert I have ever been to in my entire life. It was “ear bleeding” loud. It was crazy.It’s funny how a guy who is known for being such a wonderful acoustic guy can be so loud at the same time. I can really relate to that. I’m a bluegrass guy who also like to play rock and roll. That aspect of Young’s music footprint appeals to me as well.L4LM: Leftover Salmon does a wonderful job of crossing genres as you mention, and you’ve been doing this for basically thirty years. Along the way you have been influencing folks as Young did you. After your decades out there gigging you have influenced plenty of folks to pick up the guitar or mandolin. Do you ever reflect on those kinds of thoughts, or have other artists thank you for inspiring them?DE: Absolutely. It all comes from the Grateful Dead of course. The audience was out there, as they had showed.We basically started out when Widespread Panic did, a couple years behind Phish. We were playing venues about the same size as them, when they came out to Colorado we were playing some of the same bars. We started at a time when there weren’t really a lot of bands doing this, and there weren’t many bands playing bluegrass with electric guitars and drums. And nobody was doing it like we were doing it.When we hit the road, started gigging around the country, I think Leftover Salmon helped create that wave, that business model. Bands saw what we were doing when we came to their town and said “That’s all we need? We could just get a van or a bus and go out and make it happen? Cool.”L4LM: Who would you say followed your example first?DE: The first band that really followed in our footsteps like that was the String Cheese Incident. They have definitely let us know how much they tried to follow our example and how much they appreciated that. And for Leftover’s part we have always loved those guys as well.Then there are the Railroad Earth guys, Yonder Mountain String Band and those Greensky Bluegrass guys. Those guys all know we were out there slogging around the country really trying to do this, make this music a thing. But no matter what we did, in a way, you don’t want to take credit for it when they thank you.We were just out there having fun. We weren’t out there trying to build a jamgrass scene, we had bands following us in our slip stream, but we were just following bands like New Grass Revival, Hot Rize, Flying Burrito Brothers and even some aspects of the Dead and The Band. In a lot of ways we are just a link in that chain.We were there as the jam band scene was being born, and we created our own way of being part of that scene. And others have found that way works for them to and have definitely thanked us. So I guess, in a really long way to answer your question, people have definitely thanked us for what we do and yes, it has been really cool to hear. A lot of bands have said “Yeah, we wouldn’t have gotten to do this if you hadn’t decided to ride around on a school bus for a lot of years.”It’s nice to see these bands doing well, and for so long that they have found their way, and influenced others. It’s not just the sincerest form of flattery but it is wonderful to know the music is gonna go on.L4LM: You’re heading back to the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Florida alongside your partner-in-crime Vince Herman next week for the “ClusterPluck.” How’d you get roped into that?DE: Music promoter Paul Levine, who lives there in the park itself, has been a long time friend of Leftover Salmon. We’ve done many shows with him and he is always looking to get us down there to play. He got Andy Thorn and I down there last year for Hulaween.Levine is just a really good dude that loves to put together good combinations of artists and musicians and see what happens. He’s got Vince and I, The Keels, The Jon Stickley Trio…some other cool folks…Jeff Mosier…all of us are comin’ in to have a party for the people.L4LM: At Clusterpluck, you and Vince are billed as a duo. I know we can expect Vince to drag anyone and everyone out to play with you two, but will there be some solo stuff first?DE: I dunno how that will work. My thought is that is just gonna be a Clusterpluck the whole time. We have a couple straight duo shows booked for later this year though.last_img read more

  • Karoondinha Festival Tickets Will Be Honored At Deep Roots Mountain Revival On Same Weekend

    first_imgYesterday, Karoondinha Festival announced that their inaugural event has been put on hold. The brand new event was set to take place in less than a month (July 21-23) at Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park, and boasted an impressive lineup including Chance The Rapper, John Legend, The Roots, Odesza, Chromeo, Maren Morris, and more. However, yesterday’s report confirmed what most everyone had suspected: the financial well has dried up, so next month’s inaugural Karoondinha Festival has been put on hold. While ticket-buyers were given no definitive solution to this nightmare, a second-year music festival in West Virginia is providing alternative plans.Deep Roots Mountain Revival has announced that it will honor all tickets that were sold to the now cancelled Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival. Anyone that purchased weekend passes will be able to attend the three-day Masontown, WV festival featuring Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Lettuce, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, White Denim, and more. Day pass ticket holders may choose to attend either Friday or Saturday.In a statement posted on social media, Deep Roots Mountain Revival founder Claude Ryan had this to say:“Deep Roots Mountain Revival just learned that Karoondinha has canceled their event and we realize that it’s the ticket holders who are the ones that suffer. We never want to see another event fail, or watch the fans of the festival scene feel as though they received the short end of the stick.In an effort to shine a positive light back into a scene that is near and dear to our hearts, we will be honoring all Karoondinha weekend and single day passes at this year’s Deep Roots Mountain Revival, July 20-22, 2017 on Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV.”The second annual Deep Roots Mountain Revival coincidentally falls on July 20-22, 2017- the same weekend that Karoondinha was scheduled. For those Karoondinha ticket holders who would still like to enjoy a weekend full of top-tier music, camping, dancing, and relaxing with friends, Deep Roots Mountain Revival’s location is just three hours south of Centre Hall, PA, on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop.All three-day and four-day Karoondinha ticket holders will be able to exchange their passes for three-day general admission passes at the gate. Single-day pass holders may exchange for any of Deep Roots Mountain Revival’s general admission one-day passes. Karoondinha ticket holders will still be required to purchase parking passes for the event at the gate, or in advance on the Deep Roots Mountain Revival website (deeprootsmountainrevival.com). The festival is also in the process of creating day-of show upgrades for those who wish to join them for a full weekend, or want to enhance their experience with one of the festival’s VIP Packages.Tickets for Deep Roots Mountain Revival are still available. For questions on exchanging an existing Karoondinha ticket, stay tuned to the Deep Roots Mountain Revival website or email [email protected] Roots Mountain Revival 2017 Lineup:Brandi CarlileDr. DogLettuceJJ Grey & MofroMoon TaxiSam BushYonder Mountain String BandWhite DenimThe MotetThe SteelDriversDrake White and the Big FireTAUKThe Hip AbductionEric Krasno BandCabinetBilly StringsLarry Keel ExperienceTown MountainAQUEOUSThe Cris Jacobs BandUltraviolet HippopotamusTyler ChildersDead 27sForlorn StrangersQietJakob’s Ferry StragglersThe WoodsheddersI-VibesThe Kind ThievesPoor TatersMatt Mullins & The BringdownsDynamic MergerHalftime String BandThe Manor & FriendsMike Pushkin and the Loyal OppositionThe BoatmenSierra FerrellRachel EddyOptimus Rifflast_img read more

  • A Guide Through The First 10 Phish Festivals Ahead Of Curveball

    first_imgThis weekend, Phish fans from all over will converge on Watkins Glen, NY for Curveball, Phish’s 11th multi-day festival. Starting with The Clifford Ball in 1996, Phish festivals have taken on a mythology all of their own in addition to serving as the prototype for many of today’s larger music festivals. Check out a brief history of Phish festivals, #1–10.1. The Clifford Ball – August 16-17, 1996 – Plattsburgh, NYNamed after aviator event planner Clifford Ball (“a beacon of light in the world of flight”), the very first Phish festival, The Clifford Ball, was held at a former Air Force base about an hour outside of Phish’s hometown, Burlington, VT. With overhead aerial activity, on-the-ground carnival attractions, and seven sets of Phish, the concert brought a whopping 70,000 people and millions of dollars to the local economy.Phish brought in lots of musicians, including a classical violin quartet, a blues quartet, a choral quintet, guitar soloists, and the Clifford Ball Orchestra, who played some of Trey Anastasio’s favorite classical tunes. Phish played seven sets in total, including a 3:30 AM set on a flatbed truck in the middle of the parking lot.“Flatbed Jam”[Video: Phish]“The Lizards”[Video: Phish]2. The Great Went – August 16-17, 1997 – Limestone, MEJust one year later, Phish launched the sequel to The Clifford Ball, The Great Went. Over two days, Phish took over Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, ME, playing over 500 minutes of music across six sets and two encores.Some of the highlights of the festival: the world’s largest fire truck hosing down the audience, over 1,100 people posing nude for a photographer touring the country, another orchestra, one of the greatest “Bathtub Gin” jams you’ll ever hear, and the infamous disco set, where all four members of the band played keyboards/synthesizers for roughly an hour straight, beginning at 2 AM.“The Wedge”, “Beauty of My Dreams”[Video: silverchair97]“Bathtub Gin”3. The LemonWheel – August 15-16, 1998 – Limestone, MEReturning to the Loring Air Force Base in Maine, Phish brought back their festival back for a third consecutive year. Phish brought some theatrics with them this time around, orchestrating a long fuse setup that zig0zagged across the stage, leading along the perimeter fence until it reached a large elephant (reportedly) named Lee. Meanwhile, the band played “Baby Elephant Walk”, with Fishman on the trombone and Trey on the drums. The elephant hung around the festival grounds until at least 3 in the morning.The band also played an ambient instrumental set by candlelight in the wee hours of Sunday morning, improvising for nearly an hour. Listen below:“Ambient Jam”4. Camp Oswego – July 17-18, 1999 – Volney, NYPhish continued their summer festival tradition for the fourth summer in a row in 1999, bringing Del McCoury Band, The Slip, and Ozomatli out to the Oswego County Airport in upstate New York for Camp Oswego. Aside from playing five sets throughout the two days, Phish attempted to break a world record by coordinating a “Meatstick” dance with the ~65,000 in attendance. However, the Guinness Book of World Records (who were on hand) said that Phish did not break it. Check out a mini-documentary about the festival below:“A Trip To Oswego”[Video: thegreatboognish]5. Big Cypress –  December 30-31, 1999 – Big Cypress Indian Reservation, FLTo ring in the new millennium, Phish hosted largest millennium music performance in the world (more than: Sting, Barbra Streisand, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Eminem, Jimmy Buffett, Kiss, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Elton John), with 85,000 in attendance at Big Cypress National Preserve in southern Florida.The most notable achievement from the performance is the full seven-and-a-half hour set of music from Phish on New Year’s Eve, which lasted until sunrise on New Years Day. They even brought security guards to line the side of the stage, only taking breaks to use their onstage port-o-potty.Watch the magic unfold below:Big Cypress – The Long Set6. IT – August 2-3, 2003 – Limestone, METhe first festival in the ‘2.0’ era—and the band’s 6th festival overall—returned to the summertime, once again at Loring Air Force Base (the site of The Great Went and The LemonWheel). Once again, Phish was the only one at the festival, playing seven sets over the course of two days. They even played a 2:30 AM improv set at the top of an air traffic control tower, complete with dangling aerialists and a customized light show. The festival also featured all-time renditions of several songs including this epic “Chalkdust Torture” jam.“Chalkdust Torture”[Video: justin][Video: The Phish Jams]7. Coventry – August 13-15, 2004 – Coventry, VTCoventry was the infamous 2004 festival that marked what was, at the time, the end of Phish. The band brought between 65- and 68,000 fans for their final six sets of music, though the festival was plagued with disaster. Heavy rain throughout the preceding week left the festival grounds muddy and unmanageable, and many fans had to park along the highway. Some hiked over 30 miles to get to the festival. As a side note, the Phish organization paid for the entirety of the cleanup process, as fans inevitably trashed the local roads surrounding Coventry.The actual performances were remarkably sad, as the band handed out their trampolines during “You Enjoy Myself” and broke down crying during several songs, including Page McConnell tearing up during “Wading In The Velvet Sea.” Warning, this video is emotional.“Wading in the Velvet Sea”[Video: Bowa4141]8. Festival 8 – October 30 – November 1, 2009 – Indio, CAFortunately for all of us, the Phish story has a happy ending, as the band reunited five years later in 2009, and have been growing stronger and more innovative ever since. In their first year back, Phish announced a “save the date” for a mystery event, with states being removed individually from an interactive online map. Eventually, the location of California remained, and Festival 8 was held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, where Coachella hosts their annual event.As the festival surrounded Halloween, Phish delivered their customary musical “costume set,” covering The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street and calling on members of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings for the performance.Exile on Main Street Set[Video: highwaybill]9. Superball IX – July 1-3, 2011 – Watkins Glen, NYBack in the swing of things, Phish held another “3.0” festival at the Watkins Glen International, a racetrack near the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. It was the first musical event at the racetrack since Summer Jam at Watkins Glen in 1973, which featured The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band.The festival featured seven full sets from Phish over the course of three days, in addition to one hidden set in a self-storage building with surround sound designed as part of an art installation. Check out this great montage from the event:Superball IX Montage[Video: 0619Sean]“Storage Jam”10. Magnaball – August 21-23, 2015In 2015, following a highly praised summer tour, Phish returned to Watkins Glen for their 10th festival, Magnaball. One of the strongest festivals in years, Magna featured a “Mock Song” with altered lyrics that referenced past Phish festivals (“Clifford, Super, Magnaball…I’ve known them all”), an impressive “Bathtub Gin”, an all-time great “Tweezer” > “Prince Caspian” jam, and much, much more. In addition, the festival grounds featured a massive drive-in screen with “Magnaball” displayed across the top. Late Saturday night, Phish performed a nearly hour-long improv session behind the screen, which displayed an intricate visualizer as they played.“Tweezer -> Prince Caspian”“Drive-In Jam”[Video: thegreatboognish]11. Curveball – August 17-19, 2018…Only one way to find out. See you in Watkins Glen!last_img read more

  • Carlos Santana Joins Online MasterClass Teaching Staff

    first_imgGuitars make for great holiday presents. Learning the new instrument, however, can be difficult and intimidating at first, which is why having a knowledgeable instructor plays a key role in mastering the frets and six-strings simultaneously. Well, class is now in session folks, as guitarist Carlos Santana has joined the online education series MasterClass as the organization’s newest guitar teacher.The iconic guitar player took to Twitter on Thursday to announce his involvement with the online video series, which recruits well-known professionals across the creative spectrum to guide subscribers in learning their skill of interest through pre-recorded tutorials and lecture videos from the comfort of their own home. A new trailer promoting Santana’s new online classes show the famous musician riffing away on his guitar while explaining that he loves to teach in hopes of “watching humans unfurl their wings.”There are few guitarists more qualified to teach guitar than Mr. Santana. Regardless of how one feels about classic rock, Santana is a true rock guitar pioneer who has played everywhere from the original Woodstock to sharing concert billings with Phish. With over 50 years of professional playing in those hands of his, Santana should make for a wonderful teacher who is just as adamant about teaching folks the soulful impact of the guitar as much as he is with the technical fundamentals.“I’m so glad to be teaching you my way of life—music,” Santana mentioned in a statement shared to his Twitter on Thursday. “My first-ever online class isn’t only about playing guitar, it’s about how to connect your mind, body, and soul to create sounds that heal people. Join me on this journey.”Contemporary artists and composers who have taught their own MasterClass series include Tom Morello, Herbie Hancock, DeadMau5, Hans Zimmer, Armin Van Buren, and Christina Aguilera.A statement shared by MasterClass on the announcement of their new instructor also goes on to assure that “Students can expect to walk away with an introspective look at Santana’s unique approach to the guitar, ranging from how to write and carry a melody, and incorporate various genres into his music, to advice on leading a band, and even a guide to his expressive guitar faces.”Carlos Santana – MasterClass Official Trailer[Video: MasterClass]Fans and aspiring guitarists can learn more about how to sign up for Santana’s MasterClass by clicking here.last_img read more

  • Neil Young Continues To Rock After Organizers Cut Off Stage Audio At BottleRock Napa [Watch]

    first_imgNeil Young gave a new meaning to “Rockin’ In The Free World” during his headlining performance at Northern California’s BottleRock Napa festival over the weekend. Young and his band were nearing the end of their set on Saturday night when festival organizers directed their sound team to pull the plug on the audio coming from the stage PA in order to keep the event’s strict 10 p.m. curfew. Thankfully for fans, Young and company were determined to finish what they startedRelated: Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis Reschedules Show So He Can Go See Neil YoungAccording to reports, Young and his band were in the middle of performing their final song of the evening, “Rockin’ In The Free World”, when the sound coming out of the main stage P.A. was abruptly cut off. Fans appeared to be having a great time singing along to the classic rock anthem with Young and his band prior to the sudden ending of the live audio. Young could even be seen raising a glass in celebration while the crowd cheered on towards the latter half of the song’s 10-minute performance.Shortly after the moment of celebration, however, one of Young’s stage managers hustled onto the stage to whisper in the guitarist’s ear, possibly warning him of the impending audio shutdown. That didn’t seem to deter Young, who immediately stepped right back up to his mic to start back into the song’s chorus. The sound was cut off just a few seconds later, but the band kept playing on through their stage amps with vocal help from the singing audience.Watch the entire final performance of “Rockin’ In The Free World” below.Neil Young – “Rockin’ In The Free World” – 5/25/2019[Video: Brian Shields]Fans and festival goers will remember back in 2017 at BottleRock when the Foo Fighters‘ headlining set was also cut short due to the festival’s curfew.Other artists who performed at the event on Saturday included Pharrell Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Gary Clark Jr., Juanes, and Cyprus Hill, to name a few.[H/T Huffington Post]last_img read more

  • Aftermath of a world at war

    first_img War story Courtesy of VII Photo Agency Finding family Congolese children arrive at a temporary resting place before being reunited with their families by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Here, Ozias Kambale Pimo, 11, from Kiwanja, speaks about whether his parents are still alive. Photo by Ron Haviv Working with wounded A doctor works with an amputee patient in an Afghanistan medical facility. Photo by James Nachtwey Consider Mama Louise, a woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country that in a decade of civil war has suffered 3 million dead. Two years ago, rogue fighters killed her husband before her eyes. Then she was raped, as were her 81-year-old mother and her three daughters.Mama Louise was in a coma for 21 days, but emerged to start a new life counseling women hurt in similar ways.Her story is one of many told in “Our World at War,” a traveling exhibit of photos on display through Oct. 14 at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) South.“We do a lot of data” about war and its aftermath, said emergency physician Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), which sponsored the exhibit. “But nothing can quite capture it like images.”The images in the show, which are presented on handsome panels and accompanied by tersely stunning text, are powerful. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned five award-winning photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency to document the aftermath of recent conflicts. (Funding also came from the Newseum in Washington, D.C.)The photojournalists went to the nation of Georgia, where Antonin Kratochvil documented the little-known penumbra of the 2008 war with Russia.Franco Pagetti visited scenes of rebel fighting in Colombia. In Lebanon, one of his subjects was Hasniyye Yehia Tawiyyeh, who lost her husband and son after the 2006 Israeli invasion. Her stark, stolid portrait, “Loss Upon Loss,” is in the exhibit. “She let me get into her soul,” said Pagetti.His voice, and those of other photographers, is part of the exhibit’s looped video, which is itself a kaleidoscope of powerful images.James Nachtwey traveled to the Philippines, where in Mindanao rebels broke a ceasefire in 2008, sending 250,000 peasants fleeing into the countryside. They remain there, haunted and poor.Another of Nachtwey’s photos, from Afghanistan, shows an ICRC specialist in orthopedics bracing a bearded man who is propped upright on two new artificial legs.Christopher Morris went to Liberia, a country that until 2003 was rent by 14 years of civil war. The scars remain, he said, including endemic rape, child abandonment, displaced villagers, and the legacy of child soldiers.One of his images is of Liberian boys playing amputee football — soccer on a barren field. Most of the players are on crutches, one with a single, footless leg dangling. Another player, shoulders hunched, hops toward the ball on a prosthetic.Ron Haviv, a veteran war photojournalist, traveled to Haiti. One of his images shows a food stall in the shantytown of Cité Soleil. For sale were mud cakes mixed with salt and butter, all the “food” that some could afford on earnings of less than a dollar a day.For years, Cité Soleil had been a free-fire zone for rival gangs. One day, Roudeline Lamy was caught in the crossfire. Haviv photographed the young mother on the concrete floor of her shack. Next to her was her 3-year-old daughter, naked and paralyzed from the waist down. She was dropped the moment her mother was shot in the stomach.Haviv traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he met and photographed Mama Louise. Her face in the portrait is squeezed into the lower right-hand corner of the frame. All that shows is one haunted eye. Louise now counsels other women, “with an amazing resilience I find almost impossible to understand,” said Haviv, who was at the Harvard opening Sept. 9. “Every day, she relives her own trauma through the lives of others.”There’s still a role for photojournalism, he said, even in a world awash in images of horror that sometimes suffers from charity fatigue. Images such as those in the exhibit, said Haviv, have the power to influence minds, to change the lives of their subjects, and to remind viewers of the world’s most unpleasant realities.“It is high art to bring a reality here,” said physician and disaster-relief veteran Jennifer Leaning, director of Harvard’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights. Returning from chaotic and violent parts of the world, she said, “We try to tell the story,” but “there’s something about photojournalism that does it better.”The images in the exhibit are disturbing, said Deborah Jackson, CEO of American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, “but they are important. They remind us you just can’t forget.”Still, why war photos at Harvard? The academic environment “is an extremely important place to have this work,” said Haviv, now entering his 21st year as a photographer. For one, he said, the show can reach the minds and hearts of those who some day will go out and change the world.Links between academe and disaster-relief practitioners such as the ICRC are strong now, said Leaning, a former co-director of HHI, “and we are interested in stronger linkages.”That includes offering academic events related to the photo exhibit. HHI will host a panel called “Drawing a Distinction Between Civilians and Combatants” on Sept. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tsai Auditorium.Early next month at Tufts University, HHI will co-sponsor a three-day international conference on “crisis mapping,” an emergent pursuit that melds technology and human rights.HHI also will co-sponsor a panel called “Depicting Conflict: The Role of the Photojournalist,” on Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the CGIS Belfer Case Study Room.center_img Fleeing from violence On the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines, government forces have been fighting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for decades. The conflict has claimed thousands of lives. Despite a 2003 ceasefire, violence erupted in August 2008 forcing over 250,000 civilians to flee their homes. Photo by James Nachtwey Against all odds The Liberian national amputee football team, known as the Lone Stars, practice for their upcoming Africa Cup tournament in Abuja, Nigeria. Photo by Christopher Morris Daily bread Bakers work through a November night in 2008 in Tyre, South Governorate, Lebanon. During the 2006 Lebanon War with Israel, almost all bakeries in Tyre closed down. Thanks to the fuel and flour provided in part by the International Committee of the Red Cross, this bakery produced up to four tons of bread a day, enough to feed 100,000 people, both Palestinians and Lebanese. Volunteers worked in two shifts, 18 hours a day. Photo by Franco Pagetti last_img read more

  • Kuwait Foundation awards $8.1M gift

    first_imgThe Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) has given $8.1 million to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to support the continuation of the Kuwait Program at HKS’s Middle East Initiative. The gift will be used to develop leaders with the capacity to address the many challenging public policy issues facing the region. It will also fund research on issues of vital importance in the area, such as education, energy, and water.The gift extends a relationship between HKS and KFAS that began in 2000, when KFAS made a grant to support visiting specialists on the Gulf region, faculty research on Kuwait and the Gulf, customized executive education programs, and executive education fellowships. Since then, the Kuwait Program has provided support for 32 research grants; hosted visiting scholars on Harvard’s campus; conducted 13 customized executive education programs graduating 332 alumni; and granted 83 executive education fellowships, allowing participants from Kuwait to train not only at HKS but also at Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Graduate School of Education.The current grant will support, over a period of five years, a number of initiatives including a visiting scholars program; fellowships for students from the region interested in master’s degrees in public policy or public administration; faculty research; and executive education fellowships in existing programs and customized executive education programs. It will help the Middle East Initiative, part of the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, to further expand its support for research and leadership development in the region.“Through the Kuwait Program, the Kennedy School will deepen its engagement with the Gulf region and help educate leaders who will make a lasting impact in the area and throughout the world,” says David T. Ellwood, dean and Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy at HKS. “We are grateful for the gift to support the program and the many vital projects it advances.”“We hope it will also promote a much more intensive exchange among our students and the young people of the Middle East at a time of reform and hope in the region,” said Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at HKS. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“This important program will continue an ongoing relationship between the Kuwait Foundation and Harvard Kennedy School,” says Adnan Shihab-Eldin, director general of KFAS. “The program we are about to launch will build on previous success, expanding the scope to include a new visiting scholars program and fellowships for outstanding emerging leaders.”Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at HKS, says, “We are grateful for the Kuwait Foundation’s confidence in our expanding Middle East program. This generous gift will broaden our capacity to engage in research, executive education, and teaching on the Middle East and to bring leaders from throughout the region to our School. We hope it will also promote a much more intensive exchange among our students and the young people of the Middle East at a time of reform and hope in the region.”Harvard Kennedy School maintains an abiding commitment to advancing the public interest by training skilled, enlightened leaders and solving public problems through world-class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision-makers. The School offers the depth, reflection, insight, and excellence of ideas and teaching that can shape future leaders, affect public policies, and make an impact on people and their daily lives.last_img read more