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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

“If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!”

I like pudding. Apparently so does Roger Waters. He has just announced that he will be doing a solo tour, performing songs off the famous Pink Floyd album ‘The Wall.’ It’s going to be just like the old days….aaah. Refreshing.

The tour will run for thirty six shows. It will begin in Toronto, Canada on September 15 and finish up on December 13 in Anaheim, California. According to the New York Times, each performance of ‘The Wall’ will feature a 35-foot-tall, 240-foot-wide wall on stage. It will also have a full band and some intense videos.

Some people have been asking themselves why Roger Waters is doing this tour. On his website, he writes a letter to his fans: “This new production of  The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.”

For tour dates and all other information on ‘The Wall’ tour, visit Roger Water’s website.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s finally here! Last night, the famous jam band Phish released their long awaited summer tour dates. Fans were eager to get the dates to plan their summer tour schedules. All across the web, rumors were buzzing about possible dates for months.

Actually, the rumored dates I had previously posted weren’t too far off.

The summer concert series will kick off on June 11 in Chicago and will wrap up August 18 at Jones Beach, NY. The tour has 29 stops along its journey, all of which won’t let down fans. If you’re looking for some advance ticket sales, check out Music Today. (That will go on until March 26 at midnight.)

Here they are —

June:
11 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
13 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
15 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Pavilion at Harbor Center
17 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
18 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
19-20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
24-25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
26-27 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
29 Canandaigua, NY CMAC

July:
1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
2 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
3-4 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park

August:
5-7 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
9-10 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
12-13 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
14-15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
17-18 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach

This announcement of their summer tour also comes with a secondary announcement. They will now have their own 3D movie, called Phish 3D. The movie will consist of footage shot during Phish’s Festival 8, a 3 day festival that happened over this past Halloween and covered numerous Rolling Stones songs. It will be released some time this April. Visit the website to sign up for more information as it becomes available.

Well, I’d say Phish fans are certainly getting their jollies this month. Now, let’s see how fast those tickets sell out!

UPDATE 3/25/10: An official trailer for Phish 3D has just been released. Check it:

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today the schedule of upcoming events from Jazz at Lincoln Center was announced, sparking much excitement from fans of the jazz entertainment world.

This season, the series will not only feature great jazz performances, but will also offer educational opportunities and broadcasts as well. The most famous of the educational opportunities is most likely WeBop, a session where parents and children can gather and experience different jazz instruments and artists. The interesting aspect of this entertainment is that guests are invited to take part in the action!

The 2010-2011 season will focus on different types of jazz from all around the world, including traditional New Orleans jazz and Afro beat jazz. Main headliners of the season are well known artists Chick Corea and Chucho Valdes.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center press release highlights some of the events from the series:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts include band’s first-ever collaborations with Chick Corea and Ute Lemper.
  • New Visionary Voices series in Rose Theater features Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves and Sweet Honey In The Rock.
  • New Jazz & Popular Song series, curated by Michael Feinstein, director, in The Allen Room.
  • Double bills featuring Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis; and Ahmad Jamal and Lee Konitz.
  • Concerts feature the music of Sarah Vaughan, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and Earl Hines and Wynton Marsalis.

These are just a select few of the concerts being held this season. For more information on the series or to order tickets, please visit the Jazz at Lincoln Center website.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Tickets for the 14th annual All Good Music Festival went on sale at 12 noon today. They will sell at tiered prices, meaning that when the first and cheapest round of tickets sell out, the next tier, which is more expensive, will go on sale.

For those of you who don’t know about the fest, some explanation in necessary. The now 4 day music festival takes place each summer in Masontown, West Virginia. The small town welcomes music lovers from all over the country to its wide expanse of farm land.

A fishbowl view of the music mountain.

As you pull into the beautiful mountain top, you park your car and unload all your stuff. One of the best aspects of this festival is that you get to camp out right on the land the performers are playing on. Check out the great mountain view, set up your tent, cook yourself a burger on your portable grill, crack open a beer, then head to the main stage to catch a show.

From most areas around the main stage area, the walk from campsite to music is only 2-5 minutes. All along the way, there are delicious and often healthy options for food if you opted not to bring your own. There are also many bathroom facilities on the mountain.

And the whole time you’re there camping, act after act performs on the festival’s stages. It’s really a great experience for music lovers.

The lineup this year hasn’t been fully released yet, but here’s who signed on so far:

  • Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
  • Widepsread Panic
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Dark Star Orchestra
  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
  • Lotus
  • Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
  • Railroad Earth
  • Rebelution
  • The New Deal
  • Perpetual Groove
  • Cornmeal
  • Fox Knox Five
  • The Macpodz

Keep checking the festival’s lineup page for more artist updates.

The first round of tickets for a three day pass costs $129. For a four day pass, first round prices start out at $144. For tickets, visit the All Good ticket page.

(3/7/10) UPDATE: It has just been announced that a few more acts have been added to the list of performers — Keller Williams & The Added Bonus, Bassnectar, Garage A Trois, The Travelin’ McCourys, Dr. Didg, and the Lee Boys.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove 

Last Saturday night, I strolled on down to the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg to see one of my favorite bluegrass jam bands play. Railroad Earth, of Stillwater, New Jersey, has been playing and perfecting their sound for years around the area, as well as across the country.
 

All the boys of Railroad Earth minus Mike Carbone. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

The band opened with a stellar, upbeat “Drag Him Down” but then backed off the high uppity bass and focused on some slower songs, particularly “For Love.” I can appreciate the vibe they were trying to set, but it kind of ruined the mood a little. People were psyched up to see the show. RRE started with an upbeat song, then played slow songs for almost the entire rest of set one. It was definitely a tease.However, at the end of set one, the band went into a bumpin’ version of “Head” which always gets a crowd going. As Todd Schaeffers vocals screeched out, the audience sang back to him and threw up their hands each time he repeated the call. Thank the bluegrass gods for making them play this song. I think it was the highlight of the concert.

 

 After intermission, they came back with more chill vibes. Not to say I was disappointed by this, but I was just ready to dance, that’s all. It’s kind of hard to dance to music without a strong, up beat. Here’s the complete set list:
 
 Set 1: Drag Him Down>For Love>Seven Story Mountain>Old Man and the Land>The Hunting Song>Shockenawe Mountain Breakdown>Head
 
Set 2: Where Songs Begin>Walk Beside Me>Luxury Liner>Jerusalem Ridge>RV>Warhead Boogie>New Jam (SHJ)>Moonshiner
 
Encore: Genesis>Bringin’ My Baby Back Home
 
The lights were awesome — Every time I go to the Sherman Theater, their light shows get more and more advanced. Different hues of reds, blues, and yellows washed over the audience as they bopped up and down to the music. At times, the lights seemed to take on a mind of their own, zipping back and forth from the stage to the audience.
 
The only other thing I will have to mention is something I usually have no complaints about at the Sherman: the sound. While most of the instruments sounded in tune and jacked up to the right volume, I felt that the bass was way too overblown. Walking up to the side of the stage, the speakers literally produced wind everytime the bass was plucked. The result was a muddled effect, of which I was unhappy with.
 
This was the second show in a row that Railroad Earth played at the Sherman Theater. They usually play two nights every year around Thanksgiving. Not that I didn’t like the show, but I think next time they should focus on their boppin’ bluegrass beats a little more. I will leave you with some good clips I got:
 
 
 
And if you’re feeling frisky, you can read about the time I interviewed Railroad Earth’s lead singer Todd Schaeffer. Click here.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s finally happened to me after all these years. That’s right, I finally went to my very first Phish show ever! Let’s just say this — I went on Tuesday night. It is now Friday and I can’t stop daydreaming about it, listening to my live Phish albums, and wanting to go back for more. This band has had a lot of time to perfect their shows…and they certainly have.

After releasing their first album in 1986 and touring for nearly twenty years, the band went on a haitus, a break that was much needed for certain members who had started overdoing the drugs (I won’t mention names here.) Nonetheless, that time gave them all a time out and a chance to think about what they wanted for the future of their music. Now they’re back, armed with a slick light show and some seriously funky beats.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The crowd in the Wachovia Center Tuesday night was ridiulously large. I never knew venues of that size existed until now. (I also never would have guessed I would end up with a club box seat complete with my own private bar, bathroom, and sitting area.) Everyone in the entire place seemed to be grooving simultaneously, with smiles and good vibes permeating the walls of the arena.

Here’s the setlist from the November 24 Philadelphia show:  

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture>Bathtub Gin>Cities>Camel Walk>The Curtain With>The Wedge>The Moma Dance>Reba>Golgi Apparatus>Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

Set 2: Possum>Down With Disease>Twenty Years Later>Harry Hood>The Mango Song>Mike’s Song>Simple>Slave to the Traffic Light>Weekapaug Groove

Encore: A Day in the Life

From the very first note of Chalkdust, I knew I was in for something great. When they went into a real funky Moma Dance, I was in heaven. Everyone was singing along with Reba one minute then, jamming out to Possum, then going into a free fall whirlwind of musical pleasure when they heard A Day in the Life.

Phish’s sound has certainly gotten stronger over the years, and I don’t see this band disappearing any time soon. They are loved by too many fans, have too much talent, and have the drive to keep on keepin’ on. I don’t even know which song was my favorite…they were all wonderful, amazing, beautiful, great. Check out my videos from the show by clicking on the song names below:

The Moma Dance

Simple

Weekapaug Groove

A Day in the Life (Encore)

If anyone I work with happens to read this post, I’m sorry, but I just might have to quit my job and go on tour with Phish. 🙂

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Well, gee. I didn’t know Willie Nelson had his own Sirius satellite radio station. The old timer’s radio spot is called Willie’s Place and you can find all of his favorite music, including his own.

Help Willie Nelson in his campaign to save farms. Photo from 1019rxp.com.

Help Willie Nelson in his campaign to save farms. Photo from 1019rxp.com.

Tomorrow, Willie will be playing all of Farm Aid 2009 in its entirety on the station. The event will kick off at 2 pm, so make sure you’re near your satellite radio (or your friend’s or family member’s). Some of the featured performances will be from Willie himself, along with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and Wilco.

So what is Farm Aid, you may ask. The concert is put on every year to promote awareness for farming communities and local farms. Too many farmers are forced to sell their land or cannot farm during hard times, especially like the hard times we have experienced this year. 

This will be the twenty-fourth concert since the idea was first brought to light in 1985. The concert was originally started by Willie, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp.

Willie Nelson also has his own thoughts on Farm Aid. Give his Farm Aid letter a read.

The Farm Aid website (linked above as “Farm Aid 2009”) also has information on how you can donate, if you’re so inclined to do so. What these musicians are doing is a great thing to help give back to a community that needs help. Without farms, where would we get our delicious fruits and veggies, milk and cheese, hamburgers and hot dogs? (OK, I’m going a little overboard, but you get the point.)

Tune in to Willie’s Place tomorrow at 2pm for a great bunch of performances. It’s all for a good cause!

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