10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Miami Beach Pop Festival

first_imgThe inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival is gearing up for a three-day experience featuring music, food, and the vibrant setting and culture of the world-famous Miami Beach on November 8th-10th.Held on the sands of South Beach adjacent to the beachfront Lummus Park and the iconic Ocean Drive, Miami Beach Pop will feature a diverse lineup of world-wide artists spanning the genres of rock, Latin, R&B, dance, soul, country, reggae, jam and more across three stages—what’s not to love? But if you need a little more convincing, here are the top 10 reasons why you should go to Miami Beach Pop Festival.1) It’s located on Miami Beach.Known as one of the most iconic beaches in the world, Miami Beach Pop Festival rests on the warm, golden sands of Miami Beach, one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Music + culture + beach hangs = an unforgettable festival experience.[Photo: Luis Gomez]2) Its music lineup features “Once-in-a-Lifetime Sh*t.”The inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival lineup features a number of unique performances throughout during its three days. The festival’s Sol Jam will feature legendary artist and producer Nile Rogers and other special guests for a one-time-only set that’s not to be missed. Stephen Marley, son of iconic reggae artist Bob Marley, will also welcome a number of special guests when he pays tribute to his father’s music and legacy at Miami Beach Pop. In case that’s not enough to entice you, Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) will perform with the Frost School of Music American Music Ensemble for an orchestral performance to not miss!3) The diversity of its lineup reflects the character of the city.You won’t find every genre of music represented at many festivals, but that’s what makes Miami Beach Pop unique. This year, attendees can look forward to sets by Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee, and Kygo, along with performances by The Raconteurs, Juanes, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, The Roots, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Jessie Reyez, Bomba Estereo, Quinn XCII, Natti Natasha, Gryffin, Brytiago, Margo Price, Chelsea Cutler, Kim Petras, Two Feet, Lali, Magic City Hippies, Monsieur Perine, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Rauw Alejandro, Ashe, Magic Giant, Roosevelt Collier, Reignwolf, Cimafunk, The Hip Abduction, Zander, Steven A Clark, Spam Allstars, Richie Hell, Afrobeta, the Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble, and more.Taking place in the heart of Miami Beach, the festival plans to unite the South Florida community through partnerships with businesses, schools, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations.“Miami Beach Pop is a celebration of one of the most extraordinary cities in the world,” shares festival co-founder Paul Peck. “This unmatched, vibrant culture and iconic beach provide a rare combination of natural beauty and city excitement. The core purpose that drives the vision for this festival has been to celebrate the unity of human connection. We are honored to include artists such as Chance the Rapper and Jack Johnson, who are two of the most socially-conscious and inspiring figures in the contemporary cultural landscape.”4) You can party all day and into the night.Along with dozens of sets to dance to throughout the day, attendees will have time no time to waste as the music transitions into the night time. Miami Beach Pop attendees will have the ultimate beach party all day under the golden Miami sun and then bust out their best dance moons under the stars.5) Its food offerings are out of this world.Staying fueled throughout a festival is key, and Miami Beach Pop Festival has your culinary cravings covered. James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz will curate the culinary lineup for the three-day event. In a nod to the city’s cross-cultural palate, Schwartz will showcase both the finer side of dining and some of Miami’s hidden culinary gems, bringing in a selection of culinary partners from throughout the culinary scene of Miami through different pop-up restaurants, brands, and chefs. His own Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink has become a staple by locals and visitors alike since 2007 and will collaborate with Miami Beach Pop Festival to bring iconic dishes that represent the city’s delicious and diverse food scene. ¡Salud!“Michael is a legendary chef in the Miami culinary world and far beyond. He is known for his commitment to great, local ingredients and his deep love for a diversity of cuisines. Miami Beach Pop will host a food festival within a music festival. Just as we celebrate superstar artists, we are excited to showcase the same level of quality in curating this food lineup, and nobody knows the flavors of Miami better than Michael. The event is about connection and we can connect with other cultures through delicious food and flavors,” Peck said.6) You get to enjoy beach weather in November.Want to get away from November’s wet, cold weather? Escape to the Miami sun and warm your bones on the beach while dancing to dozens of sets by some of the world’s best musical performers. It’s the perfect little getaway we’ve all been dreaming about.7) It celebrates diversity and our connections as people of the world.Miami Beach Pop Festival is a celebration of diversity and connection. With the intention to create the most culturally diverse festival the world has ever seen, Miami Beach Pop Festival hopes to inspire and unite humans to connect to one another and the planet while dancing on the sand under the sun and stars. Language barriers do not separate us when we’re in the groove—all dance to the same rhythms and share the same spirit.“We all love the basic pleasures of life — a beautiful, natural environment like our home in South Beach, the experiences of our feet in the sand, and sharing moments of joy and inspiration. Dancing with other people surrounded by nature is a classic human ritual and a true celebration of connection. We hope attendees embrace the experience to connect through fresh air, music, food, and a beautiful sunny day and late night dance parties together under the stars. We are all connected to the planet and are drawn to the power of the ocean. Miami Beach Pop is a celebration our universal connection,” Peck remarks.8) You can stay in an iconic Miami art deco hotel.Miami Beach Pop attendees can indulge in a vacation or staycation with an immersive experience at one of the historic art deco hotels that line Ocean Drive, just steps away from the festival grounds. Stay and party in Miami’s tropical paradise and unwind at these world-class establishments. The festival offers several hotel packages, including lodging and event tickets right on their website.[Photo: Luis Gomez]9) It encourages education and sustainability in South Florida’s fragile ecosystem.South Florida is one of the most fragile, ecologically sensitive, and environmentally significant regions in the world. Miami Beach Pop Festival is committed to working collaboratively with the City of Miami Beach to offer a range of programs and eco-conscious practices through EcOasis to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools they need to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle and care for different aspects of the environment.Aiming to eliminate single-use plastic, the festival will sell only canned water that attendees can then recycle and reduce plastic water-bottle use and caps on the grounds. The festival will also provide a reusable cup rental program by r.Cup and feature free water refill stations. Being a member of the BYOBottle campaign, an initiative led by headliner Jack Johnson, the festival encourages attendees and artists alike to bring reusable water bottles to completely eliminate plastic waste.Additionally, all food, beverage, and merchandise vendors at the festival will be held accountable by organizers to provide only recyclable or biodegradable utensils and related items to its customers. Miami Beach Pop festival is currently in a volunteer partnership with Clean Vibes to activate cleanup efforts on the beach before, during, and after the festival to leave no trace.If that weren’t enough, Miami Beach Pop festival will donate $1 of every ticket sold to local non-profit organizations that focus on sustainability education and change.“Miami Beach Pop is a celebration of life. The festival takes place on the sands of the beach. It’s in a big way about basking in the power of the ocean, which of course is the source of life on the planet,” Peck said. “We are committed to being pioneers in sustainable event practices are a pillar of this festival not only how the festival is run and backstage, but also other fun and interactive ways though onsite experiences.”10) It lets you turn your holiday weekend into a festival vacation.Miami Beach Pop Festival will take place over Veteran’s Day Weekend, which means many people will have an extra day off on Monday. You can use that day for travel, or to relax and unwind after the fest. Either way, the holiday weekend aspect makes it that much easier for you to plan your trip to Miami Beach as a three-day weekend getaway.As co-founding partner and CEO Steve Sybesma explains, “This is truly a festival like no other. You can make this your festival vacation – or staycation – in America’s tropical paradise. The beautiful art deco area hotels will be filled with like-minded music fans and festival-goers, who can rediscover Ocean Drive, enjoy a morning swim in the ocean, dine at the many world-class restaurants in Miami Beach, and walk in and out of the festival, just a few steps away.”3-Day General Admission and 3-Day VIP tickets are currently onsale exclusively on the Miami Beach Pop Festival website. Below, you can enter to win two, three-day passes to Miami Beach Pop Festival.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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Galactic Announces 2019 New Year’s Eve Show With Southern Avenue At Tipitina’s

first_imgOn Monday, Crescent City funk favorites Galactic have detailed their traditional New Year’s Eve blowout at Tipitina’s, the venue they recently purchased after years of frequenting it both on stage and in the audience. Galactic will be joined by vocalist Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph at the New Year’s blowout. Memphis-bred blues and soul quintet Southern Avenue will handle the opening duties.Related: Stanton Moore Talks Galactic’s New Album, Buying Tipitina’s, & “Playing Like You Own The Place” [Interview]The recent release of their 10th studio album, Already Ready Already, marked the band’s first new studio LP in more than three years. On Already Ready Already, Galactic—comprised of  Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (saxophone/harmonica), and Richard Vogel (keyboards)—takes a more contemporary approach than fans have come to expect, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Big Easy funk roots.Galactic is offering a special VIP pass for the upcoming NYE hometown blowout, which will include food by Jacques-Imo‘s, open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight, a champagne toast, access to VIP side entrance to the venue, access to VIP viewing section, a signed limited-edition Galactic poster, and Tipitina’s merchandise.General admission and VIP tickets for Galactic’s New Year’s Eve performance go on sale this Friday, October 18th at 11 a.m. (CST) here.Head to Galactic’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.last_img read more

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The Marcus King Band Announces 2019 New Year’s Run

first_imgOn Monday, The Marcus King Band announced a four-night New Year’s run, which will see the band offer up performances across three Georgia venues to close out 2019. The news comes on the heels of King announcing the coming release of his Dan Auerbach-produced debut solo album, El Dorado, due out on January 17th, 2020 via Fantasy Records.Marcus King and his band—comprised of Jack Ryan (drums), Stephen Campbell (bass), Justin Johnson (trumpet/trombone/background vocals/tambourine), and Dean Mitchell (saxophones/pedal steel)—will kick off their New Year’s run with a performance at Macon’s Macon City Auditorium on December 28th. The band will then head to Augusta’s Miller Theater – Brian J. Marks Hall on December 29th. The MKB will ring in 2020 with two performances at Athens’ Georgia Theatre on December 30th and 31st.Tickets for The Marcus King Band’s four-night Georgia New Year’s run go on sale this Friday, October 18th at 10 a.m. (EST) (12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31).For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

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“Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert” Documentary Series Trailer Shared To YouTube [Watch]

first_imgA trailer for the new YouTube original documentary series about Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival entitled Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, was shared on Tuesday. It will examine the history of the iconic festival.Related: ‘Rex-A-Vision’, New Music Festival Docuseries, Releases Pilot Episode [Watch]The trailer’s scant 26-second runtime doesn’t allow for much explanation about the series, only that it will premiere March 31st of 2020, less than two weeks before the first of the festival’s two weekends. Other than that, the video boasts footage of shrieking fans attempting to jump barricades and an entire audience with their phones out, while the slogan “discover the moments that changed everything” flashes on the screen.A statement from YouTube expounds on the trailer, saying that the series will offer “exclusive, never-before-seen footage and interviews” from the festival. It will also provide an examination of the gathering’s beginnings and footage of performances from the past two decades including Billie Eilish, Kanye West, and more.The trailer comes on the heels of the full-lineup announcement from the landmark desert-glam festival, which includes Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, and many more playing over two weekends, April 10th-12th and 17th-19th, at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.Watch the trailer for YouTube’s Coachella documentary, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, below.Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert | Official Teaser | YouTube Originals[Video: Coachella]Coachella 2020 weekend one is sold out, but weekend two presale is now live here.last_img read more

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Chali 2na, Ghost-Note, More Join Nikkie Glaspie At “Peace, Love & Funk” Benefit Show [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images From Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu to the Boston Celtics and the world of software, the word “ubuntu” means different things to people all over the world. For those who gathered for the 11th annual Peace, Love & Funk fundraiser concert at The Mint in Los Angeles on the final Friday of January, the Nguni term was significant for more reasons than one.To start, there was a clear connection to Camp Ubuntu, the cause for which Nikki Glaspie, the powerhouse drummer-singer and leader of The Nth Power, and some of her most talented musician friends gathered to support. Proceeds from the evening—including ticket sales, an art auction and Nikki herself appealing to attendees for their largesse—went to the Harold Robinson Foundation, which partners with Camp Ubuntu to bring groups of marginalized students from South LA to the Angeles National Forest for three-day retreats at the Canyon Creek Complex.In spearheading the effort once again, Nikki also demonstrated the very definition of “ubuntu”—which translates to “I am because we are”—by packing a small space for a good cause.That includes the stage itself. While The Mint can comfortably accommodate a band in the 4-to-6-piece range, Nikki pushed the limits of what’s possible with as many as 17 musicians onstage at any given time. All told, more than 20 players cycled on and off through the set, including The Nth Power guitarist Nick Cassarino and bassist Nate Edgar, singer Amanda Brown, drummer Mike Mitchell, and a crowd of collaborators from Ghost-Note, among them Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth on percussion, MonoNeon on bass, guitarist Peter Knudsen, Jonathan Mones on alto sax, Mike Jelani Brooks on tenor sax, Dominique “Xavier” Taplin on the keys, and Sylvester Onyekiaja (a.k.a. Sly5thAve) on baritone sax and the ones and twos before, during and between sets.Related: Denver Comes Alive Spotlight: Soulive & Ghost-Note Connect As Ghost-LiveNot to mention a kid from Japan named Oto Nori, who sat in with the rhythm section toward the end, and Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na, who hosted the event and lent his own baritone bars to a rendition of the O’Jays’ “Give the People What They Want”.For the better part of three hours, that collection of creators came together for two brilliant sets of music comprised of songs that spanned the spectrum of funk, jazz, soul, and R&B. From Aretha Franklin’s “Jump To It” and Diana Ross’ “Change of Heart”, to the Bar-Kays’ “Traffic Jammer” and Michael Jackson’s “PYT”, Nikki and company kept the full house dancing and grooving to a slew of classics.And that was just the first set. After an intermission that featured Nikki sharing stories about Camp Ubuntu and Nick serenading the room with his original song, “I Will Never Leave You”—written about his experience at Camp Ubuntu—the rest of the ensemble returned to the stage for another extended run on tracks like Chaka Khan’s “Do You Love What You Feel”, Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U”, and Mick Jagger’s “Let’s Work”.Through it all, this not-so-ragtag band took turns soloing, dueling and jamming. The vibes vacillated between those of a relatively impromptu group (which this was, to a great degree) and a family that had played together for ages.Such is the magic and majesty of music, especially when it’s performed by people as talented as those Nikki enlisted for this show. They were there because she was, and vice versa, as was the case for each reveler inside The Mint for Peace, Love & Funk. Thus, in creating a sonic community for a reason bigger than entertainment, everyone came to embody the spirit of “ubuntu,” with the hope of passing it on to the next generation.Below, check out a gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Josh Martin.Fans looking to catch Nikki Glaspie perform in a collaboration setting akin to Peace, Love & Funk should head to Denver Comes Alive at Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO on January 31st. Glaspie will perform as part of the Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute To Art Neville & Dr. John set with Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, George Porter Jr., Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Kerik, and Big Sam. Tickets are available here.Peace, Love & Funk | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA | 1/24/20 | Photos: Josh Martinlast_img read more

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Kermit The Frog Shares Self-Isolated “Rainbow Connection” Video [Watch]

first_imgIt’s been comforting seeing musicians’ quarantine videos flood the Internet as coronavirus lockdowns continue. Seeing the artists we love play some music from the solitude of their homes has helped maintain a connection between the musicians who are currently not allowed to perform and the fans who are not allowed to leave home to see them. In a new video posted on The Muppets‘ YouTube channel this week, Kermit the Frog gets in on the new at-home video trend with a self-isolated performance of his seminal hit, “Rainbow Connection”.Related: Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves Perform “Rainbow Connection” Duet At The CMA Awards [Watch]Much like many of the videos we’ve seen pop up over the last month, the clip begins with Kermit, trusty banjo in hand, turning on his camera and settling into his seat in his “yard” for the performance. After finishing and taking a few deep breaths of fresh air and enjoy the sounds of the babbling brook behind him, Kermit walks up to the camera to shut it off. I don’t know about you, but it was just what I needed today. We’ll get through this, Kermit.Kermit the Frog – “Rainbow Connection” – “Quarantine” Video[Video: The Muppets]While you’re in the mood for some “Rainbow Connection”, you can also watch the newly-shared video of everyone’s favorite frog performing the tune with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James at Newport Folk Festival last summer below:Kermit the Frog w/ Jim James – “Rainbow Connection” [Pro-Shot] – Newport Folk Festival 2019[Video: Newport Folk Festival]last_img read more

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Watch Bruce Springsteen Join Dropkick Murphys During Fenway Park Livestream Concert [Full Show Video]

first_imgDropkick Murphys performed live for an empty Fenway Park in Boston, MA, on Friday, which saw Bruce Springsteen join in on two songs in an effort to raise funds for the Boston Resiliency Fund, Habitat For Humanity, and Feeding America.Related: Watch Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, SZA, More Perform On ‘Jersey 4 Jersey’ Virtual Benefit [Videos]Dubbed Streaming Outta Fenway, the two-hour concert kicked off after an introduction by the voice of the Boston Red Sox, Joe Castiglione. Tim Brennan (guitar), Jeff Darosa (guitar), Lee Forshner (bagpipes), Matt Kelly (drums), Kevin Rheault (bass), James Lynch (guitar), Ken Casey (vocals), and Al Barr (vocals) made their way to the infield right around 6:30 p.m. ET to jump into the band’s 28-song set.The first half of the performance included originals like “The Boys Are Back”, “The State of Massachusetts”, “Smash Sh*t Up”, “Tessie”, and “Rebels with a Cause”, along with a cover of Gerry Cinnamon‘s “The Bonny”. The second half of Streaming Outta Fenway saw Dropkick play the fan-favorite original “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” in addition to “Queen of Suffolk County”, “Out of Our Heads”, and “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya”. Cover selections for this portion of the show included John Newton‘s “Amazing Grace”, Johnny Thunders‘ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory”, and Brendan Behan‘s “The Auld Triangle”. It was towards the end of the set, however, where the band treated the viewing audience to the highlight of the night—a sit-in from The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen.Introduced by Casey and his memorable Boston accent, Springsteen joined in virtually for a take on the Dropkick original, “Rose Tattoo”. Springsteen traded verses with Casey on the song before the two harmonized on the choruses. Kelly then led them into the next song, an Irish music-inspired take on the Springsteen original, “American Land”, before Dropkick closed out the lengthy performance with “Until the Next Time”.Watch Bruce Springsteen join Dropkick Murphys with a video of the full concert below, and scroll down for a detailed setlist. Additionally, head to Dropkick Murphys’ website, here, to donate to the Boston Resiliency Fund, Habitat For Humanity, and Feeding America.Dropkick Murphys – Streaming Outta Fenway – [Pro-Shot, Full Show Video][Video: Boston Red Sox]Setlist: Dropkick Murphys | Streaming Outta Fenway | Fenway Park | Boston, MA | 5/29/20Set: The Boys Are Back, The State of Massachusetts, Captain Kelly’s Kitchen, Smash Sh*t Up, Sunshine Highway, The Bonny (Gerry Cinnamon cover), Sandlot, Tessie, Jimmy Collins’ Wake, The Fighting 69th, The Walking Dead, 4-15-13, Rebels with a Cause, Prisoner’s Song, The Warrior’s Code, The Auld Triangle (Brendan Behan cover), You can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover), Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding, Queen of Suffolk County, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya, Amazing Grace (John Newton cover), (F)lannigan’s Ball, Out of Our Heads, Dirty Water (The Standells cover), Rose Tattoo [1], American Land (Bruce Springsteen cover) [1], I’m Shipping Up To Boston, Until the Next TimeNotes:[1] w/Bruce SpringsteenView Setlistlast_img read more

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Watch Nathaniel Rateliff And Jon Batiste Collaborate On ‘Colbert’ [Videos]

first_imgBack in February, singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff teamed up with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert musical director Jon Batiste for a cover of the Sam & Dave hit “Hold On, I’m Coming”. Video of their collaboration was shared on Wednesday night’s broadcast of the late-night show, along with their rendition of “All Or Nothing” from Rateliff’s 2020 debut solo album And It’s Still Alright.The video of the pair’s take on the 1960’s R&B hit finds the two performing in close quarters, both maskless, as audiences fondly remember what life was like six months ago. Batiste tackles the infectiously upbeat rhythm on a grand piano while Rateliff contributes his own understated vocals while playing his acoustic guitar. While Rateliff’s soft-spoken singing style may be one of the hallmarks of his repertoire, even he can’t resist belting out the classic tune as he and Batiste team up for the chorus.Related: Nathaniel Rateliff Provides Unique Perspective In New “Time Stands” Music Video [Watch]In the bonus clip, shared online rather than during the live broadcast, a bit of between-song banter fosters the idea that this meeting was some kind of impromptu jam session, rather than a carefully choreographed media event. Yet there is a bit of levity in the scripted dialogue as Rateliff admits that even he turns to YouTube sometimes to try and learn songs. Even YouTube couldn’t teach Rateliff whatever obscure Eddie Arnold song he was trying to learn, however, so he just wrote “All Or Nothing” instead.Watch Nathaniel Rateliff and Jon Batiste’s collaboration on “Hold On, I’m Coming” and “All Or Nothing” below.Jon Batiste & Nathaniel Rateliff – “Hold On, I’m Coming” (Sam & Dave)[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]Jon Batiste & Nathaniel Rateliff – “All Or Nothing”[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]last_img read more

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Devendra Banhart Shares Dreamy Cover Of “Franklin’s Tower” [Listen]

first_imgDevendra Banhart put his own spin on the Grateful Dead classic “Franklin’s Tower” in a single released on Amazon Music last week. The cover comes as the Dead celebrates the 45th anniversary of Blues For Allah.The cover arrived just a little over a month since the release of the Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter’s latest EP, Vast Void. Banhart’s rendition of “Franklin’s Tower” features his touring band, with Nicole Lawrence (guitar), Jeremy Harris on (synths), and Gregory Rogove (drums, percussion).Related: Grateful Dead Studio Albums Ranked Worst To BestWhile Banhart may not be a familiar name to many in the sphere of improvisational music most closely associated with the Dead, it is clear he shows reverence for the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter tune. Although the runtime is a thorough nine-minutes flat, don’t expect any improvisation or long instrumental passages. Instead, Banhart slows the entire song down to at least half the speed of the Blues For Allah studio cut. The dreamy, synth-driven track ends up with the effect of a Grateful Dead lullaby album, in the best possible way.Listen to Devendra Banhart’s take on “Franklin’s Tower” via the player below or on Amazon Music. Scroll down to read his poetic statement that came with the cover.Devandra Banhart – “Franklin’s Tower” (Grateful Dead) More than everI find myselfFighting dreadWith the dead…We chose “Franklin’s Tower” for its opening line, one of my favorite opening lines of all time:“In another time’s forgotten spaceYour eyes looked through your mother’s face”This is the gift of the Dead,The paradox of personal universality…Wisdom found at the end of a maze,The bliss of unconditional love and acceptance…There’s a Dead for everyone…Through the pandemic, I go on daily immersions into Blues for Allah, marveling at Phillip Garris’s eerie and alluring cover art,Help/Slip/Frank guiding me through the weird underworld that the day has become, & I feel at once remarkably insignificant and the most precious thing in the universe, A wave, held in the ocean of my mother’s eyes… a child dancing, rolling away the dew…Knowing Help is indeed on the way…View Statement[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

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Happy Birthday To The Legendary Paul Simon [Videos]

first_imgPaul Simon, one of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century, is celebrating his 79th birthday today. The Newark, NJ-born musician spent his formative years growing up in Flushing, Queens. During elementary school, Simon met Art Garfunkel, with the duo eventually going on to form Simon & Garfunkel, and write hit folk tunes such as “The Sound of Silence,” “The Boxer,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “Mrs. Robinson.”Following Simon & Garfunkel’s initial breakup in 1970, Simon’s official solo career began with his eponymous album Paul Simon in 1972, which featured “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” and the reggae-infused “Mother And Child Reunion.” Perhaps his best-known solo album, 1986’s Graceland, saw Simon take a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, to play record with a number of African musicians in various musical stylings, including zydeco, mbaqanga, pop, and isicathamiya. What came out of those sessions back in the U.S. was Graceland, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1987 with “Under African Skies,” “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes,” and the title track, among others.Simon hasn’t let up much in his later years, touring with Bob Dylan, reuniting with Art Garfunkel several times, and releasing a number of new album, including 2000’s You’re The One, the 2006 collaborative album Surprise with super producer Brian Eno, 2011’s So Beautiful Or So What, and his most recent release in June of last year, Stranger To Stranger. With over 60 years of songwriting under his belt, to describe Paul Simon as prolific is almost an understatement. Let’s take a look at some songs from his storied career as we celebrate his 77th birthday today:Paul Simon – “You Can Call Me Al”[Video: PaulSimonVEVO]Paul Simon – “Late In The Evening”[Video: HD_AUDIO]Paul Simon – “Under African Skies”[Video: Paul Simon – Topic]Paul Simon – “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard”[Video:PaulSimonVEVO][Originally published 10/13/17]last_img read more

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