Today marks a special day for one of Endless Boundaries’ favorite acts out there on the touring circuit. Umphrey’s McGee would take the stage at Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, IN ten years ago (January 23, 2003) and this would mark the first live show with drummer Kris Myers. He stepped into the new role after former drummer, Mike Mirro, decided to step down and attend medical school.
Former Champions have offered up a free live album called Pastiche today featuring selections of live shows this month. These include the band’s stop at Doc Taylors in Virginia Beach on January 3rd, Cary Street Cafe in their hometown of Richmond on January 8th, and Hannah’s Haus in Beaufort, North Carolina on January 11th.
Yesterday, Phish and JEMP Records announced their latest Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with the benefit release of their performance at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on May 3rd, 1993. According to the band:
There’s a lot of excitement about this release already and we are so glad to be able to offer it as a charitable endeavor in keeping with our tradition of successful benefit downloads from years past. These include the Headphones Jam (Harbor House of New Jersey), Katrina Relief (Tipitina Foundation and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation), Haiti Relief (Red Cross/Haiti and Partners in Health) and Japan Relief (Peace Winds America/Japan) as well as the WaterWheel Vermont Flood Recovery Fund which receives proceeds from the 9/14/11 livephish.com download.
Moe.rons will be happy to hear about an old soundboard surfacing to the interwebs from Moe’s performance at Slippery Rock University’s Ski Lodge on November 2nd, 1996 in Slippery Rock, PA. According to the taper, Lenny Stubbe, it was “the most memorable of the 15 [moe] shows he attended in 1996″.
Michal Menert continued his free elements release series yesterday by releasing Part II – Quite Earth featuring Mux Mool which carries a chill beat coming in at 80 BPM. Grab your free download here and be sure to grab Elements: Part 1 – Fire – Slivers of Light for free here. Don’t miss Michal Menert coming up at Refuge PDX and Bisco Inferno later this month. For more tour date information, check out MichalMenert.com.
While you await the release of the new Lotus album, Build, check out what the boys did 11 years ago on today’s date (January 9th, 2003) at Billy’s in Grand Rapids, MI. This is pure vintage Lotus busting out double-digit improvisational time lengths on every track except the encore. Basically a must-have for your music collection.
Lotus is set to drop their new studio album, Build, on February 19th via SCI Fidelity Records. In anticipation of the release, the band has generously offered up their second single, Kodiak, for a free download.
Greensky Bluegrass had one hell of a year in 2012 and aren’t slowing down anytime soon. The band played this past Thursday night at the Pour House in James Island, South Carolina as a minor tune-up for their spot on this year’s Jam Cruise which sets sail today.
Among the fine original improvisation during the evening, they busted out plenty of covers for the crowd as well including C-Lo’s “Fuck You”, The Allman Brothers Band “Midnight Rider”, Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece”, and Jimi Hendrix’s “Wind Cries Mary”. Download, share, and enjoy!
STS9 posted three live samplers from their opening night of the 2012 New Year’s run at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado dubbed “Time Within Evolving Living Vehicle Earth”. Fans can download (below) Monkey Music, EB, and So It Goes courteous of 1320 Records. For those who’d like to purchase the entire show or New Years run can head over to 1320records.com.
The band has also recently announced a new album due out during their 2013 Spring Tour and will be the Sunday headliner to this yea’s Snowball Music Festival. Watch the videos below for more information.
MP3 OF THE DAY: Mr. Blotto Recreates Grateful Dead’s Famous Cornell 77′ Show For 2012 Christmas Show
Mr. Blotto picked up a previous tradition of theirs for “All Dead Show on Christmas Night” to recreate the legendary Grateful Dead show from Cornell University on May 8th, 1977. A true present for those who attended this year’s holiday show at Cubby Bear in Chicago.