Phil Collins Announces First North American Tour In More Than A Decade

first_imgLegendary British rock drummer, singer, songwriter, and bandleader Phil Collins has announced that he will mount a major tour of North America for the first time in twelve years. The 15-date tour, billed as “Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet, Live!,” will see Collins play arena dates in major markets across the U.S. throughout October, in addition to dates in Montreal and Toronto. The run comes as a continuation of his 2017 and 2018 “Not Dead Yet Tour,” which saw the former Genesis drummer/vocalist play a number of dates in the U.K., Western Europe, and South America, in addition to recent dates in Mexico and Puerto Rico.The backing band for the limited North American engagement will include longtime touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Luis Conte, and Phil’s 16-year-old son, Nicolas Collins, on drums. The band will also feature a horn section and backup vocalists. The tour’s title comes on the heels of Collins’ recently-released memoirs, Not Dead Yet: The Memoir.Tickets for the shows go on sale May 15 for the general public at 10 a.m., preceded by a presale for Citi cardholders this Friday, May 11. You can check out a full list of Phil Collins’ North American tour dates below. For more information, head over to Phil’s website.Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet, Live! North American DatesOct. 05 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T CenterOct. 07 – Washington, DC – Capital One ArenaOct. 08 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo CenterOct. 09 – Boston, MA – TD GardenOct. 11 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada CentreOct. 13 – Newark, NJ – Prudential CenterOct. 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays CenterOct. 16 – Montreal, QC – Centre BellOct. 18 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans ArenaOct 19 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide ArenaOct. 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Target CenterOct. 22 – Chicago, IL – United CenterOct. 25 – Oakland, CA – Oracle ArenaOct. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden ArenaOct. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The ForumView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Watch Devon Allman, Duane Betts, & More Collaborate On Allman Brothers Classic “Blue Sky” At Volunteer Jam

first_imgVolunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie Daniels Live Album Track ListingDisc 1Trudy – Blackberry SmokeBrand New Star – The Oak Ridge BoysSweet Louisiana – Brent CobbEvangeline – Sara EvansSimple Man – Justin Moore(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks – Chris JansonTexas – Steep Canyon RangersMy Town – Eddie MontgomeryThe Legend of Wooley Swamp – Lee BriceBlue Sky – Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck LeavellMidnight Rider – Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck LeavellDisc 2Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd SkynyrdModern Day Bonnie and Clyde – Travis TrittIt’s A Great Day to Be Alive – Travis TrittDrinkin’ My Baby Goodbye – Chris YoungWe Had It All One Time – Ricky SkaggsLa Grange – Billy F GibbonsThe South’s Gonna Do It Again – AlabamaMountain Music – AlabamaTennessee Fiddlin’ Man – Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels BandThe Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels BandOne Way Out – All Star FinaleView Album Track Listing[H/T Rolling Stone] On Wednesday, March 7th, an impressive roster of artists came together for Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels in Nashville, TN. Charlie Daniels started the Volunteer Jam tradition way back in the early ’70s. Notes Rolling Stone, “A Tennessee tradition since 1974, this year’s Volunteer Jam celebrated Charlie Daniels’ legacy by shining a light not only on the songwriter himself, but the generations of Southern rockers who’ve followed in his wake.”Now, AXS TV has announced that they will premiere a TV concert special taped at the event on Sunday, August 19th, at 10 p.m. Eastern. Ahead of the airing of the concert film, Rolling Stone has shared a clip from the show of Devon Allman and Duane Betts (the sons of Allman Brothers Band members Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts) performing “Blue Sky” with a slew of high-profile players including mandolinist Sam Bush, songwriter Jamey Johnson, Blue Note Records president and decorated musician/producer Don Was, guitarist Audley Freed, and former Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell, which you can watch here. You can also check out fan-shot footage of “Blue Sky” from Volunteer Jam XX below:Duane Betts, Devon Allman, & More – “Blue Sky” [Allman Brothers Band cover, Fan-shot][Video: Teresa Cash]In addition to Allman and Betts, the event’s 20th installation in 2018 featured The Charlie Daniels Band, Chuck Leavell, Billy Gibbons, Blackberry Smoke, Ricky Skaggs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steep Canyon Rangers, Alabama, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Chris Janson, Eddie Montgomery, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Travis Tritt. Blue Note Records president and decorated musician/producer Don Was served as the show’s musical director, while Ken Wortman served as its producer.An audio compilation featuring the highlights from the day’s festivities will also be released as a two-disc live album later this year. You can check out the full track listing below. Pre-order your copy today via the Blackbird Presents website.last_img read more

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Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Guests, Debuts New LP Title Track In NYE Blowout [Photos/Full Audio]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass rang in 2019 on Monday night with their fourth and final performance at Chicago’s The Riviera Theatre.The first set of the evening saw Greensky welcome a number of rhythmic guests, as Guido Batista and Lucas White both joined in on woodblock for “Fixin’ To Ruin” and Keith Kinnear added some vibraslap to the set-closing “What You Need”.In addition to a mix of fan-favorite songs old and new, Greensky Bluegrass continued to introduce the material from their forthcoming album as they did throughout the run. This time, the band offered the live debut of the album’s title track, “All For Money“, to close the second set.Set three saw the band mix in a slew of covers as they welcomed the midnight hour, beginning with the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Midnight Rider”. After riding their own “Kerosene” into “Auld Lang Syne” as the clock struck midnight, the band continued into “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox”, which in turn found its way back to “Kerosene”. The always-amusing “For Sure Uh Huh” came next, followed by “Who Is Frederico?” After runs through “Whitehouse Blues” and “Past My Prime”, Greensky Bluegrass capped their final set of the run with a “Tarpology” sandwich featuring Van Morrison‘s “Into The Mystic” as the musical meat.After beginning their encore with “Drink Up and Go Home”, the band finally ended with a reprise of the “Quinn The Eskimo”-infused “Broke Mountain Breakdown” the band played on 12/29. Well, they actually ended with 5 reprises of “Broke Mountain Breakdown”, Anders Beck saying goodbye to the crowd in various ways as the band amusingly repeated the Breakdown again and again.You can listen to a full audio recording of Greensky Bluegrass’s three-set New Year’s Eve celebration below. You can also check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Dylan Langille (ontheDL photography).For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming shows, head to their website here.Greensky Bluegrass – 12/31/18 – Full AudioSetlist: Greensky Bluegrass | The Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 12/31/18Set 1: The Four > Train Junkie, Like Reflections, Freeborn Man (1)(2), I’d Probably Kill You (3), Tied Down, Fixin’ to Ruin (4)(5), Luckiest Man, What You Need (6)Set 2: Reverend, Leap Year, Working on a Building, No Idea, Courage for the Road, What Happened to Jim (7), All for Money(8)Set 3: Midnight Rider, Kerosene > Auld Lang Syne > Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox > (I’ve had the) Time of My Life > Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox (9) > Kerosene, For Sure Uh Huh > Who Is Frederico?, Whitehouse Blues, Past My Prime, Tarpology > Into the Mystic > TarpologyEncore: Drink Up and Go Home > Broke Mountain Breakdown Reprise (x5)(1) – Freebird tease(2) – Cluck Old Hen tease(3) – Lyric change “pretty sure Billy Strings was in there”(4) – w/ Guido Batista (woodblock)(5) – w/ Lucas White (woodblock)(6) – w/ Keith Kinnear (vibraslap)(7) – Leap Year tease(8) – FTP(9) – Auld Lang Syne teaseGreensky Bluegrass | The Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 12/31/18 | Photos: Dylan Langille (ontheDL photography) Screengrab via fan-shot live video Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Expand 30th Anniversary Summer Tour, Including Date With Billy Strings

first_imgBéla Fleck & The Flecktones initially announced their plans for a summer tour back in late January in celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary in 2019. On Friday, the quartet comprised of Béla Fleck, Howard Levy, Future Man, and Victor Wooten announced the addition of a few more performances for their summer run, including a show with rising roots-rock guitarist, Billy Strings.The latest addition to the band’s 2019 concert schedule starts with a show at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT on May 31st with support from Strings, in addition to performances at The Wilma in Missoula, MT on June 1st; The Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK on June 24th; and the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH on June 30th.As previously announced, the band kicks off their summer run of shows with a performance at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 30th alongside the Colorado Symphony, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Abigail Washburn. They’re also scheduled to appear at the 46th Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 21st.“It’s hard to imagine it was 1988 when I first put these guys together for an episode of Lonesome Pine Special,’” the band said in a statement to go with Friday’s concert announcement. “We went on our first real tour in ‘89, and have been at it ever since!”Related: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn Bounce Back With Banjo Brilliance At UCLA’s Royce HallPrior to the band’s summer tour, Victor Wooten will head out to perform across the central U.S. for a run of his own solo concerts beginning in Nashville, TN on April 15th. The two-week tour will continue until April 27th, after which he’ll link up with his Flecktones bandmates to begin prep for their anniversary run.Fans can head over to the band’s tour page on their website for the full listing of upcoming performances, in addition to ticket info.last_img read more

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PREMIERE: Aaron Johnston’s J.E.D.I. Releases Bebop/Drum N’ Bass Crossover Track, “Momento” [Listen]

first_imgOn Tuesday, Aaron Johnston’s J.E.D.I. debuted their latest track, “Momento”, the experimental project’s third monthly single release via Color Red. The brainchild of drummer Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls, David Byrne), J.E.D.I. features a rotating cast of talented musicians from across the live music scene. Along with percussion by Johnston, “Momento” features Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic) on sax, Borahm Lee (Break Science/Pretty Lights Live) on keys, Josh Fairman (SunSquabi) on bass.PREMIERE: J.E.D.I. Recruits Eddie Roberts, Borahm Lee, Garrett Sayers For Noir-Inspired Single, “Mr. Sneaky” [Listen]“Momento” is a crossover track that blends the virtuosity of bebop with a drum n’ bass backbeat. This release from Aaron Johnston’s J.E.D.I. on Color Red epitomizes every single aspect of the band’s acronymic name “Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised.” There’s the jazzy flavor reminiscent of Tony Williams in the Miles Davis fusion era. There’s a signature drum ’n’ bass tempo that will transport you to a London warehouse in the early 90s, and there’s plenty of improvisation—best highlighted by Dominic Lalli’s swelling saxophone solo. Above all, the track serves as a “momento,”—a sonic depiction of embracing the moment and a new keepsake that encompasses the past, present, and future in one.As Aaron Johnston explains of the track, “‘Momento’ incorporates lots of hard work and lots of talent. It’s an upbeat track that you can party to—an amalgamation of some of my favorite genres.”“Working with Borahm and Aaron was a great experience,” notes Josh Fairman, who serves as a Color Red partner and engineer in addition to his role in SunSquabi. “I had recorded the band with Garrett [Sayers] (The Motet) on bass for a few days, so I was excited to get to play with the boys. I ended up rocking a Moog Bass. Borahm had a catchy keyboard part and we just started jamming and it took a life of its own after that. By the time Aaron got done with post-production, it was on a new planet! Stoked to be collaborating with guys on this level who have set the stage for bands like SunSquabi.”PREMIERE: J.E.D.I. Shares Debut Studio Track Featuring Eddie Roberts, Borahm Lee, Dominic Lalli, Garrett Sayers [Listen]Adds Color Red founder and “Momento” co-producer Eddie Roberts, “We wanted to create some brand new sounds in this session, as the name suggests. Aaron came with some sketches built out of samples, and we recreated them whilst adding our own flavors to give it a live feel. We got a great vibe and workflow going over the three days.. that’s the beauty of the Color Red studio, plug in and play!”You can listen to “Momento” by Aaron Johnston’s J.E.D.I. below:Aaron Johnston’s J.E.D.I. – “Momento”[Video: Color Red]Music fans heading to New Orleans during Jazz Fest will get the chance to see a very special edition of Aaron Johnston’s J.E.D.I. live at One Eyed Jacks on Friday, May 3rd at 2:00 a.m. (technically early-morning May 4th).For this NOLA throwdown, Johnston has recruited bassist Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), keyboardist Borahm Lee (Break Science/Pretty Lights Live), bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), and DJ Logic as well as very special guests Michael Kang and Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident. Head here for more details.Tickets to J.E.D.I at One Eyed Jacks are on sale NOW at this link. For full show information, as well as poster art by artist Chris Bertetta, see below.Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019 (Technically early morning 5/4)Show: J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised) feat. Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live), and DJ Logic with special guests Michael Kang and Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Venue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street – New Orleans, LADoors: 1:30 AM / Show: 2:00amTICKETS: $30 Advance / $35 Day Of Showlast_img read more

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Jeff Tweedy Announces Free Solo Concert In New York City

first_imgWilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has announced a free upcoming solo performance at New York City’s Damrosch Park Bandshell, set for Friday, July 26th. The concert is part of the 2019 Lincoln Center Out Of Doors series and will see support from cellist and vocalist Helen Gillet.In April, Tweedy released his latest solo studio effort, WARMER, the companion LP to his acclaimed 2018 solo album, WARM. Tweedy also looks forward to reuniting with his Wilco bandmates for the first time since 2017 on June 5th in Knoxville, TN. The band recently announced their inaugural Sky Blue Sky all-inclusive weekend event scheduled to take place at Riviera Maya, MX’s Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on January 18th-22nd, 2020.Wilco Announces Sky Blue Sky Mexican Destination Event With Yo La Tengo, Sharon Van Etten, MoreThe four-day event, which is named after the band’s 2007 studio album, will feature three performances from Wilco throughout the weekend, in addition to scheduled sets from Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo, Kamasi Washington, Dr. Dog, The Autumn Defense, Durand Jones & The Indications, Calexico, The Comet Is Coming, Archi, and Wilco singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy.Seating for Jeff Tweedy’s upcoming free NYC concert is first come, first served, with concert gates opening one hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. (EST) start time.  Fans can head here for more information.last_img read more

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New Arboretum director hosts meet and greet

first_imgArnold Arboretum neighbors, colleagues, friends, and supporters are invited to meet the arboretum’s new director, William Friedman, and hear his plans for the arboretum. The arboretum will host two “meet the director” events, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required.Friedman, also the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, has established the Director’s Lecture Series in which nationally recognized experts will examine an array of contemporary topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science. Lectures are free and registration is required.last_img read more

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Helping the heart help itself

first_imgHuman trials of stem cell therapy for post-heart attack patients have raised as many questions as they have answered — because while the patients have tended to show some improvement in heart function, the stem cells do not appear to turn into heart cells or even survive.But in a featured paper published in the latest edition of the journal Cell Stem Cell, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) provide a solution to the puzzle — and what appears to be a new use for stem cells.The stem cells being transfused into the patients may not be developing into new heart muscle, but they still appear to be beneficial. Some stem cells in the bone marrow, called c-kit+ cells, appear capable of stimulating adult stem cells already present in the heart to repair the damaged tissue.What this means, in effect, is that the c-kit+ stem cells are functioning much as a drug might, stimulating the heart’s own repair mechanism.“It seems that heart muscle is being made from heart stem cells that are already there,” said Richard T. Lee, who led the new study. Lee, a Harvard Medical School professor of cardiology at BWH and leader of the HSCI Cardiovascular Disease Program, notes that “there have been some adult stem cells found in the heart, but it hasn’t been clear under what circumstances they are active, and how to turn them on.“The study explains why some forms of cell therapy are helping the heart even though the cells themselves don’t survive inside the heart,” Lee said.Up to this point, researchers working in regenerative medicine have envisioned two basic roles for stem cells: They can be used as treatments, to be given to patients to directly replace lost cells and repair damage; and they can be used to model diseases in the laboratory, and serve as targets for traditional drug discovery and initial testing. The Lee paper suggests a third role for these ubiquitous cells: At least in the heart, they can apparently stimulate other stem cells to repair damaged tissue. In a heart attack, heart muscle dies, reducing the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body. When that damage reaches a certain point, congestive heart failure, which is as lethal as many metastatic cancers, sets in.Results thus far from studies in humans — Lee’s study was done in mice — “have shown a small improvement in heart function, but a big enough improvement so there is potential to prevent heart failure,” Lee said.Lee said that the results in the mice, which had lost about 40 percent of heart function —the equivalent of a major human heart attack — showed “much better heart function when the stem cells were delivered.”Ideally, Lee said, researchers would like to find a chemical that would, like the c-kit+ stem cells, stimulate adult cardiac cells to repair heart attack damage.last_img read more

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With a simple coating, nanowires show dramatic increase in efficiency, sensitivity

first_img Read Full Story By applying a coating to individual silicon nanowires, researchers at Harvard and Berkeley have significantly improved the materials’ efficiency and sensitivity.The findings, published in the May 20, 2011, issue of Nano Letters, suggest that the coated wires hold promise for photodetectors and energy harvesting technologies like solar cells.Due to a large surface-to-volume ratio, nanowires typically suffer from a high surface recombination rate, meaning that photogenerated charges recombine rather than being collected at the terminals. The carrier lifetime of a basic nanowire is shortened by four to five orders of magnitude, reducing the material’s efficiency in applications like solar cells to a few percent.“Nanowires have the potential to offer high energy conversion at low cost, yet their limited efficiency has held them back,” says Kenneth Crozier, associate professor of electrical engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).With their latest work, Crozier and his colleagues demonstrated what could be a promising solution. Making fine-precision measurements on single nanowires coated with an amorphous silicon layer, the team showed a dramatic reduction in the surface recombination.Co-author Yaping Dan, a postdoctoral fellow in Crozier’s lab who spearheaded the experiments, suggests that the reason for the increased efficiency is that the coating physically extends the broken atom bonds at the single-crystalline silicon surface. At the same time, the coating also may form a high–electric potential barrier at the interface, which confines the photogenerated charge carriers inside the single-crystalline silicon.last_img read more

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