Yesterday was Jerry Day, which celebrated the 76th birthday of Jerry Garcia. To commemorate the Grateful Dead guitarist and his legacy, Garcia family members Keelin Garcia and Manasha Garcia launched a new label named after the legendary musician. Dubbed the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, the organization is “a mission-based company inspired by musician and artist, Jerry Garcia” and will release music and art, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. As the website notes, Garcia considered himself “an artist, that played music.” And so he continues to live on through both his music and his art.To celebrate the launch of the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, the organization released a limited number of free downloads of Garcia’s solo acoustic “Ripple” from 1982’s Capitol Theater show in Passaic, New Jersey. As the official Jerry Garcia website points out, “Jerry only played one date (early & late shows) solo. Feeling uncomfortable alone on stage, he made sure that [bassist] John Kahn joined him for his next scheduled show. He never played alone on stage again.”Remastered by audio engineer Joe Gastwirt, the one-and-only solo “Ripple” recording was limited to 2,500 free downloads, but will be made available on most digital music services soon for all to enjoy.In addition to the music, the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC is offering a limited edition museum quality giclee of Garcia’s watercolor painting, titled “Ripple” as well–going on sale at Terrapin Stationers on August 3rd. According to the organization, a portion of the proceeds from the art piece will support ocean preservation.Check out the watercolor painting, “Ripple” by Jerry Garcia, below. See more art from Jerry Garcia here.For additional information on the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, head to their official website.
On Wednesday night, the iconic ’90s rock act Pearl Jam began their brief U.S. run of “Home” and “Away” shows, which will see the band mount a brief run of stadium shows in different cities in the wake of their first pair of performances in their native Seattle, WA in five years. The “Home” portion of Pearl Jam’s U.S. summer swing kicked off last night with their first of two “Home” performances at Seattle’s Safeco Field. Given the weight of the performances—the fact that it took place in the band’s hometown, that the show marks the first stop of a highly anticipated tour—Pearl Jam pulled out all the stops, with a number of special surprises planned for the capacity crowd.For night one in Seattle, Pearl Jam offered up an expansive 33-song setlist, split across one main set and a customary double encore. With the proclamation that “We are Pearl Jam. We are from Seattle, Washington. I guess that must mean that we’re home” early in the evening, the band continued to focus on the salient theme of “home,” giving particular attention to Seattle’s issue with homelessness, notes Rolling Stone. As the band explained when the announced these hometown performances, they have pledged to donate at least $1M worth of proceeds from the shows to aid the area’s homeless population. Frontman Eddie Vedder offered an anecdote about meeting a homeless vet in Seattle before launching into the band’s classic hit “Even Flow”, which was followed up with a cover of The Beatles’ “Help!” and the group’s similarly named original, “Help, Help”. He also imparted some ispirational sentiments to the crowd, noting “We can solve this issue together. This city can prove to the rest of the nation that if it can happen here, it can anywhere.”Pearl Jam – “Help” [The Beatles cover], “Help, Help” [Video: mfc172]After the band’s main set, which featured take after take on fan-favorite Pearl Jam classics in addition to covers of Neil Young‘s “Throw Your Hatred Down” and Little Steven‘s “I Am A Patriot”, the group performed a heavy-hitting encore. First, Pearl Jam opened with their debut cover of The White Stripes‘ beloved hit “We’re Going To Be Friends”, a tune which was dedicated to teachers and the band members’ children, with Vedder’s daughters joining the band on stage along with two of their teachers who wore Seattle Mariners jerseys with the name “VEDDER” emblazoned on the back.Pearl Jam – “We’re Going To Be Friends” [The White Stripes cover] [Video: mfc172]Later in the first encore, Pearl Jam welcomed out a “great friend of the band… and also one of Barack Obama‘s favorites in the world”, famed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, for a rendition of her own “Again Today”, a tune off Carlile’s 2003 We’re Growing Up. For their second encore, the band pulled heavily from other rock greats in addition to their own material. After opening with “Wasted Reprise” and “Better Man”, the group offered a cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Comfortably Numb” ahead of their own “Alive”. Drawing from The Beatles and Neil Young’s catalogs for the second time in the night, Pearl Jam ran through The Beatles’ “I’ve Got A Feeling” and Young’s “Rockin’ The Free World” before ending the night in full with “Yellow Ledbetter”.Pearl Jam w/ Brandi Carlile – “Again Today”[Video: mfc172]Pearl Jam wraps up their two-night stint at Safeco Field with another sold-out show on Friday, August 10th. For more information on Pearl Jam’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pearl Jam | Safeco Field | Seattle, WA | 8/8/2018Set: Long Road, Release, Low Light, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Corduroy, Go, Do the Evolution, Mind Your Manners, Throw Your Hatred Down [Neil Young cover], Lightning Bolt, Given to Fly, All Those Yesterdays, Even Flow, Help! [The Beatles], Help Help, Black, Setting Forth, I Am a Patriot [Little Steven], PorchEncore One: We’re Going to Be Friends [White Stripes cover, debut], Nothing as It Seems, Let Me Sleep, Breath, Again Today [Brandi Carlile cover with Brandie Carlile], State of Love and Trust, RearviewmirrorEncore Two: Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Comfortably Numb [Pink Floyd cover], Alive, I’ve Got A Feeling [Beatles cover], Rockin’ The Free World [Neil Young cover], Yellow Ledbetter[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Last Tuesday, Organ Freeman—the West Coast-based power-jazz/funk trio composed of Erik Carlson, Rob Humphries, and Trevor Steer—announced their return to Brooklyn, NY’s Knitting Factory for a headlining performance on Saturday, December 22nd, as part of their upcoming 2018 winter tour.For those who are unfamiliar, Organ Freeman is one of the most talented young bands in the contemporary funk and jazz scene. Based in Los Angeles, Organ Freeman has been making a name for themselves over the past few years with their slick and impressive live performances. It should come as no surprise that the band has spent extensive time cutting their teeth on the road with two of the best bands in live music: Umphrey’s McGee and Turkuaz.Organ Freeman w/ Mikey Carubba – “Don’t Eat Your Fingers” – 5/27/2018[Video: Organ Freeman]Organ Freeman has played in New York City several times before supporting The Main Squeeze, Twiddle, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in addition to an appearance at the 2016 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive. However, this upcoming Brooklyn show marks Organ Freeman’s second headlining show ever in New York City. The band made hit the Knitting Factory with The Turkuaz Horns for their NYC headlining debut in April of this year.See below for more information on Organ Freeman’s upcoming Brooklyn performance as well as the full listing of tour dates for their upcoming 2018 winter tour. To grab your tickets for their upcoming Brooklyn show, head here. For more information on the band, head to their website here.Date: Saturday, December 22nd, 2018Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Organ FreemanVenue: Knitting Factory – 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211Times: Doors – 7:00 PM / Show – 8:00 PMEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
moe. is celebrating Halloween on Saturday, October 27th, at The Fillmore Philadelphia with a special video game-themed “night at the arcade.” For fans that can’t make it, the band is offering a live stream via nugs.tv, available in SD and HD webcasts here.In order to get fans in the gamer spirit for Halloween, the band recently launched Buster Brawl, an NES-style 8-bit video game in which the user plays the titular flying pig from the band’s “Buster”. The band encourages fans to “Grab your Mountain Dew and mozzarella, get that perfect amount of grease on the joystick, test your skills at Buster Brawl to make sure you are properly ready for Vintage Video Game Night right here on the .org!!!” Try your hand at “Buster Brawl” on the band’s website now.While moe. was forced to take last Halloween off as bassist Rob Derhak received treatment for cancer, moe. has celebrated Quentin Tarantino films (2016), Star Wars movies (2015), The Big Lebowski (2014), and more in the past. This year’s video game theme should make for another special All Hallows Eve with moe.!For a full list of moe.’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Over the past few years, the children of the late Frank Zappa have been locked in an ugly, public feud over the handling of their father’s estate. Recently, according to a statement from the Zappa kids–Moon Unit Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, and Diva Zappa–it looks like the siblings are finally ready to bury the hatchet and work together.The Zappa Family Trust has approved a new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beer collaboration, Zappa Wild Stache IPA, which will be available at a variety of breweries, liquor stores, and restaurants. Zappa Wild Stache IPA features a wild hop cultivated by CLS Farms “as untamed as Zappa’s musical leanings.” Sierra Nevada purchased the entire 2015 crop of the wild hop.Head to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Locator to find a spot nearest you that carries the new Zappa-themed brew.[H/T Jambase]
New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and music fans around the country will have a plethora of live music options to pick from to help bid the fairest of adieus to 2018. Popular jam acts like Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and Oteil Burbridge & Friends are just a few of the notable bands who will close out their New Year’s runs with climactic performances on December 31st.Fans who won’t be attending those shows will still get the opportunity to enjoy some televised performances via CNN, which will air its annual New Year’s telecast led by hosts Anderson Cooper and notable Dead & Company supporter Andy Cohen. The telecast will feature a previously-confirmed performance from punk princess-turned-pop queen Gwen Stefani. Today, CNN announced that Stefani will now be joined by Keith Urban, Patti LaBelle, and music-loving comedic superstars Dave Chappelle and Jack Black.CNN is hoping the addition of the four notable performers will be enough to draw viewers away from Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which will air on ABC and scheduled to feature appearances from pop artists ranging from Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Christina Aguilera, Foster the People, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Weezer, and many more. The nationally-televised program should also make for a pretty interesting night of music, jokes, and all-around jubilee as the broadcast will be filmed from a location near Times Square to capture the big ball drop in New York City.Chappelle will be coming in from Las Vegas, where he and Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer will have hosted the latest edition of their Controlled Danger duo show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena the night prior. Fans should be on the lookout for Mayer to potentially show up and surprise his pals Andy and Dave, as he’s known to do from time to time.Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen – CNN New Year’s Eve – 12/31/2017[Video: TheWarmingStore]Fans can tune into CNN’s celebratory broadcast when it starts at 8 p.m. ET on Monday night.[H/T Billboard]
Newport Folk Fest continues to build up to its return to Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on July 26th-28th this summer. On Wednesday, event organizers announced veteran rock guitarist and singer Warren Haynes has been added to the 2019 lineup, to perform on Friday of the festival.Related: Newport Folk Announces “Mavis & Friends” Concerts To Celebrate Mavis Staples’ 80th BirthdayHaynes now joins an impressive 2019 NFF lineup which already features Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Benmont Tench, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Tweedy, Kacey Musgraves, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Maggie Rogers, Sheryl Crow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more. It’s worth noting that the three-day festival, which is famous for its live collaborations and surprise sit-in’s, is still in the process of unveiling its lineup of performers, so fans should keep their eyes and ears open for more announcements coming as summer quickly approaches.As the event does with all of their performers, Haynes’ involvement means Newport Festival’s Foundation has made a donation on behalf of a charity of the artist’s choice. In Haynes’ case, the festival has made a donation to Little Kids Rock, a non-profit which teaches kids how to perform, improvise, and compose using the popular styles that they know and love.“Knowing how influential music has been in my life, its upsetting that due to lack of resources like instruments or teachers, many children don’t have the access to music education,” Haynes added in a statement to go with his involvement in this year’s event. “Little Kids Rocks helps remove the barriers standing between many students and their dreams of being able to learn about and play music.”Fans can head to the festival’s website for tickets and general info for this year’s event.
Veteran rock band Perpetual Groove is celebrating the release of their new album with a music video for “Part Three”. The new tune acts as the opening track from their self-titled studio effort, which is out today on Harmonized Records.Related: Perpetual Groove Plots NYC Blowout As Part Of Fall TourThe video brings fans and viewers backstage with a mix of behind-the-scenes footage showing band members living out what can be an awfully fun life on the road as a touring musician. The dreamy rock tune plays throughout while members of Perpetual Groove and their crew are seen going about their routines in the moments leading up to one of their concerts. The smooth melodies of the song are amplified as it’s played alongside slow-motion video footage, allowing for the listener to take in “Part Three” without causing overstimulation from a visual standpoint.Watch the brand new video for “Part Three” below.Perpetual Groove – “Part Three”[Video: Perpetual Groove]“‘Part Three’ was always what we wanted to open the album with,” the band shared in a statement to go with the relaxing new rock track. “The song starts with a melodic motif that will be familiar to our fans but evolves sonically to a place that sets the tone for the rest of the album. This was a song that continued to grow and change during the process of making the album but wasn’t fully realized lyrically until near the end of the recording process. Lyrically, it is some of Brock’s most personal and best writing.”Fans will get the chance to hear “Part Three” live when Perpetual Groove returns to the road later this year for a run of tour dates beginning again on July 12th in Wilmington, NC. The tour will continue well into the fall months before wrapping on November 23rd in Atlanta, GA.It’s worth noting that the band has released Perpetual Groove on CD, and, for the first time ever, on vinyl as well. You can stream Perpetual Groove in its entirety below:Perpetual Groove – Perpetual Groove – Full AlbumFor ticketing and more information, head to Perpetual Groove’s website.
Harvard Law School (HLS) Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95, a leading scholar on the legal and policy issues surrounding the Internet, has been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) as professor of computer science. Zittrain is a co-founder of the University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.“Jonathan’s appointment is a critical step in fostering stronger ties between HLS and SEAS,” said SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray, the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor of physics. “Given the complexities of issues such as the security and privacy of data and medical records, open access scholarship, and the changing nature of digital identities — from social networks to gaming avatars — understanding the connections between law and technology is increasingly important. We believe that by leveraging the strengths of both our Schools, Harvard will become a leading player in this exciting interface.”The author of “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It,” Zittrain’s scholarly work bridges theory and experiment, prototyping tools for and on the Internet. His concept of the shifting roles of public and private institutions is the intellectual underpinning for StopBadware, a large-scale empirical study of the flow of Internet malware online.“I am delighted that through Jonathan’s work, we are able to foster strengthened ties to the Engineering School,” said HLS Dean Martha Minow. “Jonathan’s work has long drawn upon his background in computer science, and his groundbreaking analysis combines legal, political, and technological analyses in helping to shape and reassess the quickly changing field of cyberlaw. His new appointment to SEAS strengthens his work, offers new opportunities for collaborations between our Schools, and deepens Harvard’s commitments to creative and comprehensive thinking about the challenges and opportunities of this digital age.”To read the full story.
Gavin Creel, the two-time Tony Award nominee (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will be in Boston giving concerts and master classes for the weekend. He is an actor, musician, human rights activist and a great leader – leading the Hair tribe to marches in Washington D.C. and NYC. He is a respected advocate for the LGBT community and co-founder of Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of the theater community fighting for marriage equality…. and he just released his new EP “Quiet,” which in its first week broke onto the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. Creel will be doing a Q&A at OBERON that is free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 3, at noon. For more information, log on to www.cluboberon.com. Read Full Story