LOCKN’ Festival is coming up on August 25-28, and we are beyond excited to get to Virginia for what should be one of the best weekends of the summer. On top of incredible headlining sets from Phish, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Phil Lesh & Friends, Gary Clark Jr., and Tedeschi Trucks Band, the festival has a ton to offer, from amazing food to awesome outdoors activities, and of course some of the best up-and-coming bands on the scene.Let’s take a look at everything we’re excited about at LOCKN’ this year, and get pumped to head to Virginia in just a few short days!1. WheelhouseBring your bike with you to LOCKN’, and you shall be rewarded with 15 miles of beautiful trails to ride on Oak Ridge Farm’s lush and expansive property. There will be guided tours provided by CAMBC and Red Bull athletes with beginner and intermediate options, and three ride times per day to choose from. The festival is encouraging bicycle use in general, and will also be providing bike racks around the concert site for convenient parking. You’ll even be able to rent your own bicycle for the weekend from Respect Cycles. Save your legs, hop on a bike, and enjoy the outdoors that LOCKN’ has to offer.2. Participation RowParticipation Row calls LOCKN’ its home, and, while it has moved on to have a presence at other events, the original incarnation lives on as the essential gathering of non-profit, non-partisan organizations who want to inform and engage voters in the festival world. This year, Participation Row will feature HeadCount, Conscious Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, NORML, Love Hope Strength and more, with 20 different organizations in total.The festival is once again partnering with Qello Concerts and HeadCount to bring Participation Row to LOCKN’. In an interesting move, the festival will hold a raffle that you will automatically be entered into if you complete four of the activities located in the Participation Row area. You could win a D’Angelico guitar signed by the festival’s headliners, or a free scoop of ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, and all people who finish four activities will win a free 30-day subscription to Qello Concerts. In a highly divisive election year, we need Participation Row to inform the masses and educate people as much as possible.HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein had this to say about Participation Row: “This is a chance for fans at LOCKN’ to get in touch with their powers as voters and what their votes really mean. But it will all be in a fun setting with no partisan agenda.”HeadCount is hoping to register over 500 voters at this year’s festival, so, if you need to register to vote, please make sure to stop by their booth at Participation Row while at LOCKN’!3. Circles Around The Sun’s Debut PerformanceThis Neal Casal-led project took everyone by surprise at last year’s Fare Thee Well celebration in Chicago. The Grateful Dead-inspired music was created specifically to be played during the show’s intermissions, and fans loved it so much that the project will now make its debut live performance at this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. Deadheads will be excited to hear these groovy instrumentals in the live setting for the first time, with the show fittingly taking place late night on The Woods stage. Casal will also be playing with Hard Working Americans on Saturday and Chris Robinson Brotherhood & Phil Lesh & Friends on Sunday, so he will be all over the festival, but if you want to see something truly special, make sure to stay up late Friday night to hear the psychedelic sounds of Circles Around The Sun.4. WaterLOCKN’Let’s face it. Summer music festivals can be really hot! With a full weekend of camping in the August heat ahead, LOCKN’ provides festival-goers with the ultimate opportunity to cool down: WaterLOCKN’. You can buy a relatively cheap $20 ticket to take a shuttle from the Trinity Church, located just across the street from the festival’s Main Stage grounds, to the Tye River for an hour long session of swimming and hanging with your friends. All proceeds go to local charities that help feed hungry children, and the program is 100% volunteer driven. Buses leave on the hour, every hour, but fans are encouraged to sign up at least one day early because the shuttles do fill up. The shuttles run from 11:00am to 4:00pm Friday and Saturday, and 11:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday.5. Garcia’s ForestDo you like Jerry Garcia? Do you like to dance all night long? Well then, you’re in luck, as Garcia’s Forest will be a new addition to LOCKN’ Festival this year. The festival has described Garcia’s Forest as “a late-night dance party featuring endless good vibes and a kaleidoscope of energy” that will feature the music of Jerry Garcia 100% of the time. This stage sounds destined to be a hit, and seems to be an early favorite for the best place to finish your night at LOCKN’. We can’t wait to get to Garcia’s Forest and dance to the sweet, sweet sounds of Jerry all night long!6. Local Virginia Food and Beverage VendorsLOCKN’ will feature tons of delicious local Virginia food vendors at this year’s festival. Blue Ridge Pizza, Got Dumplings?, Shenandoah Joe, and Carpe Donut are all from Charlottesville, Crazy Cakes is from Harrisonburg, Richmond Grapevine is from Richmond, The Southern Way Cafe and Gryffon’s Aerie are from Crozet, and those are just a few of the local options that you can expect to find. Make sure to stop by The Rock Barn, which is actually from Arrington, the town where LOCKN’ takes place, for some truly local meat products. Worry not, non-meat eaters, as Priya’s Now Serving will be on-site providing vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. There are a few other fun additions as well that come from out of state, including the awesome looking Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., festival-veterans Peace Love Tacos, and the absurdly fun dance party that is Ice Cream Disco.7. Festival DebutsLOCKN’ is all about big-time collaborations and unpredictable improvisation, but one thing the festival also does is break up-and-coming artists on the regular. This year’s festival has a bunch of great bands making their first appearance at LOCKN’, as the festival continues to keep a keen eye on what people are listening to. Besides Circles Around The Sun, Turkuaz will bring their brand of power-funk to the stage on Friday afternoon, and relative newcomers Khruangbin will play a set of their smooth grooves in The Woods late night on Saturday. The festival also has two of this year’s top buzz-bands, Vulfpeck and Twiddle, playing two sets each over the course of the weekend. The festival lineup is stacked, but these rising stars will all have huge moments at this year’s LOCKN’ festival.8. The LocationNestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, LOCKN’ offers a jaw dropping setting that enhances the festival’s vibe and atmosphere. LOCKN’ patrons will experience the ultimate natural high on LOCKN’s awe-inspiring farm with incredible views and natural wonders. On your way to the festival, you can even adventure through the Blue Ridge Parkway, offering magnificent mountain views, or sip and savor wine or beer at one of the award-winning wineries and breweries conveniently situated on the drive. Natural beauty goes a long way at festivals, and there’s no shortage of that at LOCKN’.9. Unexpected CollaborationsNo matter what, the most exciting part about LOCKN’ are the unexpected musical collaborations. With so much talent on site, and so many musicians that respect one another, the possibilities are endless, and has fans salivating at the prospect of seeing several of their favorite musicians play together. Will Mike Gordon or Trey Anastasio or Phil Lesh play with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead? Will Phish and Ween play “Roses are Free” together? Will Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman reprise his role as Billy Joel and perform “The Stranger” with Umphrey’s McGee? Will Derek Trucks sit in with My Morning Jacket? Will Jim James sit in with Phil Lesh & Friends?….Simply put, the LOCKN’ lineup is loaded with potential, and we cannot wait to see how it all plays out!10. The CommunityLOCKN’ has all the ingredients to be one of the best weekends of the summer. The positive vibes are undeniable as people prepare to make the trek to Virginia, and we can only imagine that we’ll have all the feels once everyone is on Blue Ridge Farm for a weekend of musical bliss. The community element is palpable at LOCKN’, and with Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Ween–all bands that have devoted and hardcore fanbases–joining the frey this year, we can’t wait for the melting pot of fans that only a festival like LOCKN’ can provide. Whether you are going to the festival with your best friends, or are attending the event solo, remember that every single person at the festival is there because they love music. In that sense, you’ll never be alone at LOCKN’!Check out more information about LOCKN Festival on their official website here, and scope the full music lineup below!
Over the last month, The Tragically Hip have been putting on a series heart-rending and emotional performances throughout Canada. That tour came to a close last night, as the band performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in their hometown of Kingston, ON.The tragedy of the tour comes from lead singer Gord Downie, who was diagnosed with an terminal brain cancer earlier this year. Rather than spend his final days in a hospital bed, Downie took the band on one final tour, celebrating life instead of waiting for death. That tour came to a monumental close last night, as all of Canada and music fans everywhere tuned in and watched The Tragically Hip’s final performance.The band even took time to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in attendance at the final performance. The band gave fans three encores, spanning their career with thirty original offerings over the course of the night. Watch the band bring out the song “New Orleans Is Sinking” in the official CBC Music video, below.The full setlist can be seen below, courtesy of setlist.fm.Edit this setlist | More The Tragically Hip setlists
Load remaining images [Video courtesy of Brosef Wilson]You can check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Vic Brazen.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Maine State Pier | Portland, ME | 8/9/2017Set One: Railroad Boy > Traveling Tune, Slackjaw Jezebel, It Hurts Me Too (w/ Ben Ellman), Sarah Surrender, Stone Cold Rage, Pressure Under Fire, I’m A Ram, Bad Little Doggie, Mr. High & Mighty, Fallen Down > The Other One Jam (w/ Stanton Moore) > Drums (w/ Stanton Moore) > Dark Star (w/ Stanton Moore & Rich Vogel) > St. Stephen Jam (w/ Stanton Moore & Rich Vogel) > Loser (w/ Stanton Moore & Rich Vogel) > Morning Dew (w/ Stanton Moore & Rich Vogel)Encore: Patchwork Quilt Yesterday marked the 22nd anniversary of the death of Jerry Garcia. Jerry’s impact on the music scene as we know it today was profound, with his presence still greatly felt now and for decades to come. In honor of the lost guitarist, yesterday, Gov’t Mule paid tribute by ending their set with five-song medley from the Grateful Dead catalog. The band fronted by Warren Haynes was performing at the Maine State Pier in Portland when they performed this special set along with the funk force that is Galactic. As such, Gov’t Mule’s tribute set saw sit-ins from members of Galactic, including Ben Ellman, Stanton Moore, and Rich Vogel. Such sit-ins were not necessarily out of character, however, as a few days prior, the two bands teamed up for a tribute for Jerry on his birthday on August 1st.Following Galactic’s own fiery set featuring vocalist Erica Falls, Gov’t Mule took the stage, opening their set with an opening combo of “Railroad Boy” and “Traveling Tune.” Previewing what was to come later in the evening, the band moved through “Slackjaw Jezebel” and moved into “It Hurts Me Too,” inviting out Galactic saxophonist Ben Ellman to join in for the number. As the more traditional Gov’t Mule setlist began to wrap up, a little over halfway through the set, Gov’t Mule started up “Fallen Down.” “Fallen Down” transitioned into a jam based off the Grateful Dead’s “The Other One,” which also saw Galactic drummer Stanton Moore come out to join the band for the jam and for the rest of the set.“Slackjaw Jezebel”[Video courtesy of Brosef Wilson]Now solidly in Grateful Dead territory, Moore stayed on for the rest of the medley, shining during the drum of the jam coming out of “The Other One.” “Drums” came ahead of a glorious segue into “Dark Star,” which also featured Galactic keyboardist Rich Vogel, who would similarly stay on until the last song of the set. By way of a “St. Stephen” jam, Gov’t Mule and friends landed in “Loser” ahead of a heartfelt rendition of “Morning Dew.” Following a short break, Gov’t Mule sans sit-ins finished out their show with a rendition of “Patchwork Quilt.”“Morning Dew” Gov’t Mule | Maine State Pier | Portland, ME | 8/9/2017 | Photos: Vic Brazen
Last month, the third annual Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three beloved venues in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski), bringing with it a stacked lineup featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, tribute sets, and all-star supergroups. Over one hundred artists were brought together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers, with more than thirty-five sets taking place across the festival’s two full days of music.Relive The Magic Of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 With This Set-By-Set BreakdownOne of the most talked about performances of the weekend was the tribute to the great Herbie Hancock, spearheaded by The Motet keyboardist Joey Porter. A frequently self-professed student of Hancock’s style, Porter managed to do uncanny justice to the vaunted keyboardist and bandleader, perfectly channeling the jazz-funk great’s playing and general musical aesthetic. Nate Werth was on fire, building off his Snarky Puppy band-mate Robert “Sput” Searight’s tight grooves to create sonic soundscapes that were rich and full. James Casey delivered solo after solo as Porter slapped at his keyboard with a giant smile on his face. The set also included a thrilling cameo from Maurice “Mobetta” Brown on trumpet–the first of several Mobetta guest spots on the day.The setlist didn’t stray far from the 1973 Head Hunters album, bookending the performance with “Watermelon Man” and “Chameleon” to a packed club. The honor, pride, and glee shined bright from the musicians faces as they played tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time with masterful versions of early-mid 1970s classics “Actual Proof,” “Palm Grease,” and “Hang Up Your Hangups.”Watch highlight videos from the Herbie Hancock below, with soundboard audio mixed by Eric McRoberts: Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive pushed the boundaries of a traditional music festival. By taking some of the most talented artists from our favorite bands and grouping them into dream collaborations–almost like a fantasy sports league–Brooklyn Comes Alive succeeded in creating a highly unique and memorable weekend of musical community and camaraderie that proved to be far greater than the sum of its (already fantastic) parts. Read our full recap here.Setlist | A Tribute To Herbie Hancock | Brooklyn Comes Alive | 10/23/17Watermelon Man *, Actual Proof, Palm Grease, Hang Up Your Hangups, Butterfly *, Chameleon **w/ Maurice Brown
Today, The Smithsonian unveiled a new a Kickstarter page seeking $250,000 to help fund the nine-disc Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. This anthology will be produced in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, plus an executive committee of hip-hop experts ranging from artists and producers, such as rappers Chuck D and MC Lyte, drummer Questlove of The Roots, and producer 9th Wonder, to industry veterans, music critics, authors, and scholars.Marking the third major anthology by the Grammy Award-winning Smithsonian Folkways Recording (which has previously created anthologies of American folk music and jazz), The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap will contain over 120 tracks released over the past four decades that showcase hip-hop as a musical, cultural, and social force in the United States and around the world. Though the track listing is not solidified, one can expect to see iconic numbers from old-school pioneers like the Sugarhill Gang as well as tracks from prominent artists of today like Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. This project is also notable, as it will be the first collection to include tracks from all of hip-hop’s major labels in addition to a number of independent record labels.The Smithsonian’s hip-hop anthology, in addition to being a non-starter for any hip-hop lover, also doubly serves as an educational tool. Across its 120 tracks, the collection will highlight “different social and political trends within the genre, such as police brutality, feminism, and Afrocentrism” in the genre, plus “provide a unique window into the many ways hip-hop has created new traditions and furthered musical and cultural traditions of the African diaspora.” The audio anthology is also accompanied by a 300-page book featuring critical essays, track-by-track notes, and never-before-published photographs fromNational Museum of African American History archives.As Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, noted in a statement, “The Kickstarter campaign to produce a hip-hop and rap anthology is one of the most important projects on contemporary history that the Smithsonian will ever undertake, because it shows that the Smithsonian’s work is as much about today and tomorrow as it is about yesterday.”He continues, “Hip-hop is a musical revolution that embodies the voice of an entire generation, and that’s why it’s important for the museum to partner with the hip-hop community and Folkways Recordings to tell this story. Hip-hop helps us to understand the power of black music and the impact of African American culture on the world.”While The Smithsonian is hopeful that it will reach its quarter-million-dollar goal for the project, the project’s organizers have also stressed that they will try to bring the project to life, even if it does not meet its funding benchmark. To incentivize fans to donate, for a pledge of $100 dollars, supporters can earn a copy of the compilation, which is scheduled to be released in December of 2018, plus an exclusive “9th Wonder Digital Remix based on Smithsonian Folkways’ catalogue.” For the maximum donation of $10,000 or more, avid supporters can earn a private tour led by Questlove of the museum.Donate to the Kickstarter for the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap here.
[Audio: Charlie Miller][Photo: Dave Vann] [Audio: Julian (Jools) Elliott]February 3rd, 1968 Today, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band—featuring guitarists Ross James and Grahame Lesh, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, and drummer Alex Koford—announced that they’d be performing a pair of shows next February to commemorate the anniversary of two stand-out Grateful Dead shows at the very same venue half-a-century prior. These shows will honor the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s own performances at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, on February 2nd and 3rd of 1968, falling exactly fifty years later on February 2nd and 3rd of 2018.Phil Lesh’s 10/30 & 10/31 Shows With Nicki Bluhm, Robert Randolph, And More To Be WebcastTickets for Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band’s upcoming run at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom go on sale on Friday, October 20th. You can also take a listen to the audio from the Grateful Dead’s original shows back in 1968 to get stoked on these upcoming 50th-anniversary performances.February 2nd, 1968
For forty-two years, Telluride has been a mecca for jazz lovers everywhere. This year is no exception, as the fundamental Telluride Jazz Festival returns once again with a killer lineup. Held in Telluride, CO from August 3rd-5th, the festival will feature headlining performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.The 2018 event will also see performances from Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, BADBADNOTGOOD, Turkuaz, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, GoGo Penguin, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, No BS! Brass Band, Nachito Herrera Trio – “A Night in Habana”, Polyrhythmics, Ty Morris & H.O.W, The Lao Tizer Quartet, Crescent Super Band, Stillwater All-Stars, Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble, J-Calvin, Hooligans Brass Band, The Inevitables, The McCarthy Trio and Telluride Jazz Adventure Academy Band.Tickets and more information are available here.
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The RIDE Festival | Telluride, CO | 7/15/2018Set: Reuben and Cerise > Throwing Stones > The Music Never Stopped > Brown-Eyed Women > Easy Wind > Help on the Way > Slipknot > Samson and Delilah, Bertha (w/ Chris Robinson)[H/T JamBase] Over the weekend, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead hit The RIDE Festival, offering up an evening performance on Sunday in the gorgeous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado.In the past, given the group’s lineup featuring sought-after musicians, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has needed to find substitutes for specific runs or shows—like when bassist Dave Dreiwitz was forced to miss the band’s debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre because he was on Ween tour, forcing Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge to sub in. Similarly, for JRAD’s sets at The RIDE, keyboardist Marco Benevento was unable to attend, and Leftover Salmon keyboardist, Erik Deutsch, rose to the occasion for the weekend and join the Grateful Dead-inspired act.Despite rain throughout the performance, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead offered up an energized performance, opening the show with “Reuben & Cerise”, seguing the set-opening tune gracefully into “Throwing Stones”—a number that Dead & Company had busted out during their own Colorado show on Friday night during the band’s two-night summer tour closer at Folsom Field. With an emphasis on exploratory cross-song jamming, “Throwing Stones” weaved into an upbeat and jubilant “The Music Never Stopped”—offering Deutsch the opportunity to flex and show off why he was chosen to sub in for Benevento.From there, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead dramatically dropped into “Brown-Eyed Women”, which was used as a launching pad for “Easy Wind” and then into a standout “Help On The Way” > a dark-infused “Slipknot”. Given the religious undertones of “Samson and Delilah” and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Sunday placement, the group took attendees at The RIDE to church with the fan-favorite number. To close out the set, the band invited out a special guest, Chris Robinson, who helped the band finish off the set with yet another classic, “Bertha”.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead with Chris Robinson – “Bertha”
Load remaining images Tumble Down Festival returned to Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront Park, for day two of the annual festival hosted by Vermont locals, Twiddle. Started in 2016, Tumble Down has quickly become one of Burlington’s favorite weekends of the summer, as Twiddle invites some of their favorite bands to make music along the banks of picturesque Lake Champlain.On Friday, a very special friend joined in the fun, as 2016 presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, took a moment to address the crowd before introducing Twiddle to the stage. Sanders is no stranger to Tumble Down, showing his love for the event and Twiddle last year, in a thoughtful letter addressed to the band. Saturday’s jam-packed musical marathon saw three sets of Twiddle, as well as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Ripe, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, GEM, and more.Tumble Down Night 2 Recap[Video: Twiddle]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s set was cut short due to weather, but that didn’t stop them from throwing down a funk-filled set for the Green Mountain State. “Penguins” got the show started off, with Greg Ormont taking the lead on vocals, giving Tumble Down Festival a taste of his hysterical stage theatrics. “Somethin For Ya” led way to a fast-paced and groovy “Funk E.”, with bassist Ben Carrey putting on quite the show, laying down some massively sticky bombs. Carrey and drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos seem to get tighter and tighter in the pocket together every show they play, and Saturday’s performance was highlighted by the pair’s mean rhythm section.Continuing with the funk, Pigeons dove into “Doc”, with guitarist Jeremy Schon laying down an impressive solo, firing off on all cylinders on his gorgeous PRS guitar. Ormont brought it back into the main theme of “Doc”, before transitioning into the breezy opening of “Horizon”. With Carrey thumping away on bass, Ormont set up the perfect rhythm riff for Schon to take the jam into deep improvisational space. As the jam came building higher, the weather also worsened, an issue that was at hand Friday night as well. As Pigeons Playing Ping Pong were playing “Fortress”, the band was unfortunately not able to play their complete set, and were abruptly cut short. Even a force as strong as PPPP aren’t able to control the weather, and fans were delighted with the tunes they did get to hear, despite a little disappointment.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Tumble Down Festival | Burlington, VT | 7/28/2018Set: Penguins, Somethin’ For Ya, Funk E., Doc, Horizon, Fortress (cut short due to rain)Saturday night concluded with three sets of Twiddle. The Vermont quartet took full advantage of their final opportunity to jam with the various guests on site for the festival. The first set was marked by an energetically-charged “Polluted Beauty”, which saw 15-year-old and frequent collaborator Brandon “Taz” Niederauer flexing his chops with one of his favorite bands. The first set closed with a beautiful “Hallelujah”, featuring vocalist Kat Wright.Soaring through back-to-back jams during their second set, Twiddle also welcomed out guitarist Grahame Lesh for their signature “Lost In The Cold”. Later on, Lesh and vocalist Elliot Peck returned to the stage for a “Hatti’s Jam” into “When It Rains It Pours” during the final set of Tumble Down. Thanks to taper edmund.edwards, you can re-listen to the majority of Twiddle’s three sets below.[Audio: edmund.edwards]Setlist: Twiddle | Tumble Down Festival | Burlington, VT | 7/29/2018Set One: Second Wind, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Polluted Beauty w/ Taz (guitar), Hallelujah w/ Kat Wright (vocals)Set Two: Orlando’s> Jamflowman> Hattibagen McRat> Orlando’s> Frankenfoote> Tiberius> Orlando’s> Carter Candlestick> Cabbage Face> Orlando’sSet Three: Lost In The Cold w/ Grahame Lesh, Apples, Hatti’s Jam w/ Graham Lesh (guitar) and Elliot Peck (vocals) > When It Rains It Pours w/ Graham (guitar) and Elliot Peck (vocals)You can view a gallery of photos from Tumble Down Festival in Burlington, VT below via photographer Bahram Foroughi.Tumble Down Festival | Waterfront Park | Burlington, VT | 7/28/2018 | Bahram Foroughi Photography
Electro-funk upstarts Exmag have announced their winter 2018 Glimpses of a Vision Tour, which will take them to several East Coast markets (and a few in Colorado). Of note, the band will hit Brooklyn’s famous Knitting Factory on December 7th alongside special guests, fellow live beat wizards Jaw Gems.Exmag has been making a name for themselves on the live circuit the past several years, emerging as one of the pioneers of a new wave of sophisticated electronic music. The group fuses elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, and R&B into a fresh and unique sound, helping them resonate with fans of many genres. Their take on electronic music is exciting and refreshing, as they push the limits of what the audience can expect at the crossroads of programmed beats, samples, and live instrumentation.Jaw Gems is the perfect match for Exmag. Exuding a similar ethos of combining thick, synthetic beats with funky musicianship, the Portland, Maine collective creates music with a hypnotic effect. They summon a sound that’s one part J-Dilla-esque hip-hop and one part Flying Lotus-esque experimental electronic music, with a dash of atmospheric vibe similar to the sounds of Radiohead. The band creates layers of audio using samples and loops before taking them to another level with synths and live instruments–providing a unique experience that is not to be pissed.Tickets for Exmag & Jaw Gems at Knitting Factory go on sale on this Thursday, October 11th at 3:00 PM EST at this link.See below for full info, as well as a full list dates on Exmag’s Glimpses of a Vision Tour.Date: Friday, December 7th, 2018Artist: Exmag w/ Special Guests Jaw GemsVenue: Knitting Factory Brooklyn – 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211Price: $15adv / $18dos — BUY TICKETSTime: Doors 11:30 PM / Show 12:00 AM