first_imgFULL SERIES COVERAGE “That should put the old myth about traffic issues away forever,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “Long lines of traffic are a thing of the past and the improved access along the speedway’s most important highway will certainly catch the attention of fans.”The near completion of the DFW Connector project, one of the most complex construction projects in Dallas/Fort Worth history, has untangled an eight-mile stretch of highways 114 and 121 that run through nearby Grapevine. The construction project has made steady progress in alleviating traffic problems since it first began in October 2009.The completion of the DFW Connector project in October also will provide improved traffic flow for fans traveling from Dallas and points west of Texas Motor Speedway.“We used to tell our Dallas fans to take I-35E North to Denton and then take I-35W South to the speedway,” Gossage said. “We don’t have any hesitation to tell fans now to take 114 West from Dallas all the way to the speedway. The improvements have made it smooth sailing for fans.”Road improvements also have continued to take shape closer to the speedway with the Highway 114 Construction Project and Highway 114/170 expansion project, which surpass a combined total of $53.3 billion.The Highway 114 Construction Project targets the stretch of highway west of I-35W and covers the road east of FM 156, including a key segment in front of Texas Motor Speedway. The $18 million project will expand the two-lane road into a four-lane frontage road and is set to be completed at the end of next year.The Highway114/170 expansion project will provide a revamped interchange to improve traffic flow and alleviate congestion at the intersection of 114 and Trophy Lake Dr. in Trophy Club. The project begins at the intersection of Business Highway 114 and continues west, just beyond Westlake Parkway and Trophy Club Drive. “We appreciate the hard work and ongoing efforts of the entire team at the Texas Department of Transportation,” Gossage said. “These projects go a long way in enhancing the fan experience.” View all photos View all articlesView all videos FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 23, 2013) – Road improvements totaling more than $1.1 billion along Highway 114 will provide substantial advances to the ingress and egress of traffic flow for race fans visiting Texas Motor Speedway.The improvements along Highway 114 – the speedway’s main thoroughfare for fans east of Texas Motor Speedway – have continued to take shape as some projects will reach completion by November’s AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tripleheader weekend while the balance will be complete before the April 2014 NASCAR race weekend. The additional lanes along Highway 114 are expected to further improve the traffic flow during the AAA Texas 500 weekend and beyond. last_img read more

first_imgThere isn’t anything quite like the experience of seeing Pearl Jam in the live setting. It is something akin to going to church, and last night’s show at Madison Square Garden was a testament to that assertion. With a completely sold-out Garden, the Seattle rockers took to the stage at approximately 8:30pm and delivered close to a 3-hour sermon that captivated everyone in attendance from beginning to end.The group opened the show by walking out to “It Happened Today”, an R.E.M./Eddie Vedder collaboration from the 2011 album Collapse Into Now. Once they got to rocking with “Go” and a vicious “Mind Your Manners,” it was clear that the crowd was hanging on to every single word coming out of Vedder’s mouth, and at times actually singing over the band! Twenty-five years into it, and the band is truly at the top of their game.“Release” was a cathartic experience in and of itself. One of the first songs that Vedder wrote with the rest of the band back in 1990, it resonates just as much as it did then and shows the undeniable connection between each band member. “Rats” and “Wishlist” both made appearances in the first set, while “The End” (possibly the original bust-out of the night), “Chloe Dancer”, and “Crown of Thorns” – a Mother Love Bone song – were all featured in the band’s 11-song encore – or second set, whatever you want to call it; either way it’s about as long as most other bands’ entire show.A surprise cover of the Doobie Brothers‘ “Taking It To The Streets > Whipping” was preceded by what Vedder, ever the storyteller, essentially called a dare from a friend and long-time fan that told him while Vedder is one of his favorite singers, he isn’t as good of a singer as “this other guy” aka former Doobie Michael McDonald. While Vedder explained “hey, we’re playing the Garden, this isn’t a time to fuck around”, he and the band acquiesced and decided to play the song.The second encore began with “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” off of 1993’s Vs., and continued the back and forth between the band and crowd. As the opening notes of “Alive” came from Mike McCready’s guitar, it left you wondering how much was left in the tank, not only for Pearl Jam but for the fans, as McCready shredded an absolutely blistering solo. And if “Alive” wasn’t the epitome of rock stardom played before a sold out show at the World’s Greatest Arena in the heart of New York City – with proposals taking place during the show, and stars such as John McEnroe and Phish’s Trey Anastasio in attendance taking in the spectacle – then let’s just politely agree to disagree.If this all wasn’t enough, Pearl Jam decides to follow that up with a cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ In The Free World”, with the lights in the arena completely on and a mass of people giving all they had back to Vedder, McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, and Boom Gaspar. Ending the evening on a mellow note with “Indifference” put the cap on the night, and sent us back onto the streets of New York ready to testify of the glory that is Pearl Jam. They return to the Garden this evening for what is sure to be another rocker of a show.“Taking It To The Street > Whipping”:“Release”:“Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town”:Setlist: Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – 5/1/2016It Happened Today  GoMind Your MannersCorduroyHail HailGiven to FlyLow LightReleaseEven FlowI Got IdIn HidingRatsDownWishlistJeremyDo the EvolutionWhy GoLukinRearviewmirrorEncore 1The End  Future Days  Off He GoesFootstepsChloe Dancer  Crown of Thorns  Unthought KnownTakin’ It to the Streets  WhippingBetter ManPorchEncore 2Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small TownLightning BoltBlackAliveRockin’ in the Free World  Indifferencelast_img read more

first_imgWhite RoomSetlist: moe. at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/29/16I: Baba O’Riley*#, Spine Of A Dog > Buster, Jazz Wank > RebubulaII: Recreational Chemistry, Kids > Down Boy, Silver Sun > Timmy TuckerEnc: White Room##{* w/ Allie Kral on fiddle# LTP > 3/29/08## FTP (cover – Cream)} moe. started out their final sets of the Summer Camp Music Festival by going big right out of the gate, opening up with a electrifying cover of The Who classic “Baba O’Riley” with special guest Allie Kral of the Yonder Mountain String Band. From the iconic first notes the crowd was vocal in their amazement at this rocking choice, but when Kral, fiery fiddler and Summer Camp stalwart, took the stage, the party kicked up to the next level.  She and guitarist Al Schnier traded off licks during a song closing jam that left the audience shell shocked. To bookend the evening, after the band thanked the crowd and their crew, the group delivered a stellar cover of Cream’s seminal tune “White Room.”  Luckily our own Rex Thomson (the current “Mayor of moe.down”) was on hand to film the proceedings and share with us all!Check out the mayhem below.Baba O’Rileylast_img read more

first_imgYesterday marked the 90th anniversary of Chuck Berry’s birth, which the legendary guitarist celebrated by announcing his first album in nearly 40 years. While the momentous news was a perfect way to celebrate, it didn’t preclude other artists from sharing their own tributes.Cue Widespread Panic, as the Southern jam group has long included Berry’s music in their setlists. The band honored Berry’s birthday by digging into their archives and pulling out a gem from 2001. On July 27th, 2001, Panic treated fans to a rendition of Chuck Berry’s hit “Let It Rock” in Pelham, AL. Yesterday, the band shared a crisp audio recording of that performance. They captioned it simply, “Happy 90th Birthday to Mr. Chuck Berry.”Listen to WSP’s “Let It Rock,” streaming below.Panic kicks off a fall tour this Friday, October 21st with a three night run at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI. The run will lead the band through a three-night stand in Colorado for Halloween, where they’re sure to go all-out for their fans. You can find all of this info and more on the band’s website.last_img read more

first_imgSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA – 10/21/16Set 1: Le Blitz -> 1348, Cut The Cable (OG) -> 1348, Wellwishers, Utopian Fir -> Stinko’s Ascension, Gone For Good*, Great American* -> Dim Sun* -> Great American*Set 2: Nothing Too Fancy > Push The Pig, JaJunk, In The Kitchen%, In Bloom (Nirvana, by means of Sturgill Simpson), August > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Attachments, Join Together* Acoustic% with Marc Brownstein replacing Ryan Stasik on bass Umphrey’s McGee continued their three-night stand at The Fillmore Philadelphia last night, keeping the energy alive after a great opening night performance. The second night of the run saw Umphrey’s take more outside-the-box chances, having fun throughout a great night of a music.Watch the official stream of opening song, “Le Blitz,” below.Among the many highlights was an extended acoustic run to close out the first set, with songs “Gone For Good,” “Great American” and “Dim Sun.” Another great moment came in the second set, when The Disco Biscuits’ bassist Marc Brownstein replaced Ryan Stasik for a jamming version of “In The Kitchen.” Brownstein is a native of the Philly area, and the history between UM and tDB dates back many years.The show concluded with a great two song encore of “Attachments” and a cover of The Who’s “Join Together,” which we can watch courtesy of 215music.last_img read more

first_imgVulfpeck consistently puts together some of the tightest funk-based instrumentals, drawing comparisons to The Funk Brothers and other motown backing bands of yore. Their leader, Jack Stratton, recently spoke about these comparisons and how best to use their music in a new interview with Stanford Daily.“I want people to perceive it as we put in the time to get tight as a rhythm section instrumentally, and now we’re ready to start backing up these amazing vocalists, provide a nice tight groove for them because we put in the work trying just on our own,” says Stratton. “I’m very excited about that, and it was kind of a part of the initial vision to be backing people up.”The interview then brings up the recent hip-hop/Vulfpeck mashup playlist that recently circulated, Vulfmatic (listen here), asking if Vulfpeck would ever back a hip hop artist. “We want to do some of that. I always thought we’d be sampled by now, but that’s just not happening. Yeah, I’m a big fan of Anderson .Paak and Knowledge and Kendrick Lamar’s new albums. So yeah, I’m open to it. I’m not too knowledgeable, so it would have to be someone else kind of calling the shots, but definitely.” He continues, “Yeah, we’re trying to get sampled somehow. I don’t know how it works. Some of this stuff, like Fugue State and basically that “Vulfmatic” record, proved it. [Our music] is great for sampling, so hopefully it’ll get in the hands of the right producers.”We’d certainly love to hear some Vulfpeck hip hop grooves! Let’s hope this happens, as it would make for some great music.last_img read more

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee and Spafford will be touring together for a few months starting on January 20, 2017 with two nights at The National in Richmond, VA, then through the Midwest, and again on the West Coast. Tickets for those shows can be purchased on Umphrey’s website. When Spafford isn’t on the road with Umphrey’s McGee, they will be doing their own winter/spring headlining tour dates that are on sale and can be purchased on their website as well.We touched base with Joel Cummins (keyboardist) of Umphrey’s McGee and Brian Moss (guitarist) of Spafford, who got to know each other with this interview conversation ahead of the upcoming tour. Read the fun conversation below!Brian Interviews JoelBrian: If you could play any other instrument in UM, which would be the most fun to play?Joel: I think the most fun instrument for me to play in UM outside of keys would be bass. There are a few reasons for this, #1 being that bass is definitely the easiest instrument to play in the band. I mean, how hard can one note at a time be? The other reason why that would be a nice lateral move for me is that I already know the chords to the UM songs (mostly) and I could add some harmonic flair to UM songs that have been the same forever. I can’t be the only one bored with our bass lines. So all of this would actually be great for the band. There are drawbacks though, I would have to stand for the entire show which could get to be a drag. It’s nice to be able to sit during the show but also to be able to stand when I want to. It’s still America, and I am free to sit or stand for the music of Umphrey’s McGee.My 2nd choice of a new instrument in UM would be percussion because then I wouldn’t have to worry about being the timekeeper, memorizing any lyrics or memorizing any notes I have to play. I could pretty much just do whatever I wanted back there the whole time. So that sounds pretty fun to me. That’s what Andy does for us, right? He’s behind me so I can’t see him.The other instruments sound like way too much work in UM. Not my bag.Brian: What show(s) are you most excited about on the up coming tour?Joel: As of today, we just announced that Umphrey’s will play a set of improvisation in Portland with Joshua Redman. So that show now rises to the top as far as anticipation for me. There’s also some pretty awesome food in town, which also gets me excited about Portland. The other weekend on the upcoming run that has me most excited is all of Michigan. Those shows are selling very well and will likely be some of the most energetic crowds we play for. Michigan rules. I’m also pretty pumped about Asheville. 3 nights in one of my favorite cities in the country at an arena. I think Spafford is doing late nights there? On the west coast, I’m pretty excited about finishing the tour with LA & San Diego- a hometown show at a great theater in the Wiltern + a new room we’ve never played before in a great area of San Diego, the North Park Observatory.Brian: Can we jam with you?Joel: This is up to you guys. We’re a 3 strikes and you’re out policy type band with our support, so if you haven’t used your 3 strikes by the 3rd weekend in the tour….. we’ll see, Brian. These strikes can be things like going over your set time, not being on time for load in, not being kind & gracious to our crew, us catching your friends trying to take beer from us backstage, one of your band members eating the crew’s post show food, etc…. these things have all actually happened. And with Dan Rucinski & Kunj in the mix we already know there are some serious character issues over in your camp. Keep it clean, guys.Brian: Will you jam with us?Joel: I’d love to. I’m very good at laying out for minutes at a time, which really opens things up. Also I’m a pretty good listener off stage.Brian: If you had an alter ego, what would be your name? Or do you have one and wish people would start calling you by that name already?Yes I do have a name that people call me already but I occasionally use that name for under-the-radar dinner reservations, hotel bookings and so forth. I will have to tell you that one in person. However, a different alter ego I created that I can share with you is the commissioner of the UM fantasy football league. He writes incendiary posts destroying all members’ of the league’s moves weekly. He’s also a very loathsome music critic. His name is Gunther Slamzinsky. That’s an alter ego I’m willing to share with the public, but I am really the opposite of that person in real life. So it’s more of a bizarro alter ego, or is that a double negative?Brian: Did you aspire to be in a successfully touring rock band as a kid?Joel: I aspired to be a successful major league baseball player for the Chicago Cubs as a kid. For many years, that seemed like a realistic goal considering how bad the teamsusually were. Not anymore. Happy to be a fan of the Cubs now. In fact, I’ve seen the 1st pitch and the last pitch of the year for the past 2 years in person. Winning the worlds series was pretty awesome. But if I wasn’t a musician, I’d also like to chase tornados for a living. I hear that’s fairly lucrative.Brian: Is Brendan’s amps really loud on your side of the stage?Joel: Brendan’s amps are actually not very loud, Jake owns the volume conversation. Jake is also a master at most things guitar, including how to achieve incredible clean & dirty tones. Yeah, his shit sounds good. Brendan’s tone is usually a nice, muddled tone dump that’s very difficult to make out for most of the night. We all really appreciate that about him when we’re trying to improvise and figure out what the hell he’s doing. I am the quietest band member of Umphrey’s McGee because I am so polite and aware of others’ sonic needs, really one of the politest musicians you’ll find.Joel Interviews BrianJoel: What’s the most important thing to keep improvisational music fresh within a band?Brian: To keep improv fresh in a band (or at least for us) is to keep studying, learning about each other on and off the stage, and to keep exploring different tonalities each instrument can provide. Open mind and open ears will allow for anything to happen. That’s the main reason why we haven’t got bored yet.Joel: Does Spafford use any visual cues to help guide improvisation as it develops?Brian: Spafford has no visual cues for the improv, only for cuing to the head or chorus of the next song. The meat and potatoes is all high risk, high reward. Sometimes it hits and sometimes it doesn’t, but in the end our lowest lows are not embarrassing and our highest highs are fantastic.Joel: What do you do when you hit a point in improvisation where all ideas have seemingly been exhausted? Or does this never happen?Biran: Sure, we definitely reach a point where we have nothing left. We call it “rage mode” and have been attempting to tame that beast for years. The hardest thing is sometimes that’s our fans’ favorite part, and mine :). But Spafford is all about being a team player and we feed off of each others energy very sensitively. If someone is not feeling it and you are, you’ll get a look and have to bail. It’s all good, so I think, “ok, wait till tomorrow night.”Joel: There aren’t many bands in the scene from Arizona. How does being from Prescott, AZ help define you as artists?Brian: There are actually a lot of bands from Arizona that are amazing. The truth is not a lot of touring bands ever visited Az over the years. So what started as music to fill a void became much more than that. We soon left to tour outside of Az and realized that we had people following us to other states. I guess that was the beginning for us. Also, Arizona is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived. It may take some time to appreciate its beauty, but lyrically and musically we have encompassed Arizona in the heart of every song we write. It’s like listening to The String Cheese Incident in Colorado, UM in Chicago or Phish in Vermont, it just makes sense.Joel: What’s been the most surprisingly positive gig Spafford has played?Brian: The most surprising show that I have encountered was a show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Country Saloon. There was not a lot of people there and I don’t remember us playing anything life-changing, but thanks to the Las Vegas Jam Band Society we were put in front of the new talent buyer for Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. I received an email a couple weeks later while we were recording our very first studio album and we got booked for Furthur after shows at this amazing venue. That turned into a three year stint of aftershows for Furthur and WSP which I think really helped get the band in front of a lot of people that were from all across the country. Those shows were some of the bands favorites and we still talk about them every bus ride. So yeah, a pretty shitty gig early on in our career (no offense Greg we love you) turned out to be the best show of our early career.Joel: Have there been any memorable train wrecks on stage for you guys?Brian: We’ve tripped circuits in a lot of places, set off a ton of fire alarms, missed notes, sang wrong lyrics, started songs in the wrong key, forgot to solo, had cables die, spilled beers on pedalboards, microphones smashed in mouth, blood all over the bass, said thank you to the wrong venue …but nah, none of these are train wrecks. It’s all part of the adventure.Joel: Any particular show with Umphrey’s McGee you’re most looking forward to?Brian: I’m looking forward to each and every show with UM. I can’t wait to see how the big boys do it. I’ll be taking notes.Joel: What’s the best concert or live show you’ve seen in the past year?Brian: Favorite show I’ve seen in the last year was Phish at Chula Vista. I was with my wife, my best friend and the band. Phish played great and I actually went in the pit for the first time in a while. I usually like to hang back and watch the fans, not the band.Joel: Name three bands or musicians that people probably haven’t heard of, but should know.Brian: I think everyone should know about Jeff Buckley, Josh Rouse and Don Cheek and the CheekTones. Buckley’s catalog expands well past Hallelujah, thanks Shrek, and should be consumed by everyone. He was ahead of his time both vocally and in songwriting. His story is complex and sad with all of “Grace” to thank now. Listen to it. Josh Rouse has been a huge part of my life since I went to college the second time. His song “It’s Good to Have You” was my wedding song and the entire “1972” album is one of the greatest albums front to back. Don Cheek is my Bob Dylan. His writing capability and balls on stage has revered him as the man who stole Prescott, Az from other musicians in town. That’s why I moved to Phoenix. Haha. But seriously, watch Spafford cover more from him in the future.Joel: Have you been to Havasu Falls & if so, should I go there?Brian: If you’re talking Havasupai Falls, no I have never been there. Actually I lived in Phoenix since 2004 and only visited the Grand Canyon once…in 2016…I know, shame on me. I’ve been busy playing in a band and being broken down on the side of the road. But let’s say this, if you wanna meet there let’s make a trip out of it. It’s been on my bucket list forever.Don’t miss Umphrey’s McGee and Spafford on tour together! You can see Spafford’s full tour schedule below, including all dates with both bands.last_img read more

first_imgThe annual Free Press Summer Fest is back with two days at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas. From June 3-4, 2017, the music festival will see headlining performances from Cage The Elephant, Lorde, Flume, and G-Eazy. Also performing will be Solange, The Shins, Tove Lo, Carnage, Post Malone, Grouplove, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Portugal. The Man, Rüfüs Du Sol, Cashmere Cat, Khruangbin, and many more.FPSP promises music all day long, the best bites around, and plenty to explore during their two-day musical celebration. Tickets are currently on sale. For more information, head to the event website. Check out the full lineup below:Get psyched:last_img read more

first_imgSTS9 will be hitting the road and embarking on their “Enceladus” tour in the fall, supported by Opiuo, SunSquabi, and Jade Cicada. Today, the group announced eighteen dates that will be a part of their fall tour, though a number of the scheduled performances on have been previously announced, such as a handful of festival appearances and their three-night run at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.The Enceladus tour opens on August 4th at The Gorge with a performance at Pretty Light’s episodic festival at the legendary West Coast venue. From there, STS9 hits Oregon Eclipse in Big Summit Prairie, Oregon, falling from August 17th through 23rd, which is a few weeks out from their next scheduled performance, a set at North Coast Music Festival in Chicago on September 2nd.In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Tribe will play at Red Rocks for a special three-night stand at the famed venue. On Friday, the group will play the entirety of Artifact, their 2005 release that was recorded across 2001 through 2004. The first night of the run will also see performances by Nightmares on Wax, El Ten Eleven, and Moon Boots. Saturday night, SUB-ID and Richard Devine will serve as support before Tribe puts on a more traditional show. To close out their Red Rocks run on Sunday, STS9 will play a special “Axe The Cables” acoustic set to end their celebratory weekend, along with Troyboi, LTJ Bukem featuring Armanni Reign, and Soul Clap.On September 21st, STS9 returns to the road with a show at Washington D.C.’s Echo Stage. The group will also perform at The Ritz in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 23rd in between two festival performances at Resonance Festival in Thornville, Ohio, and Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. A few days later, Tribe kicks off their East Coast run of the tour, with dates in Portland, Maine; Worchester, Massachusetts; Port Chester, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Norfolk, Virginia falling across September 27th through October 1st. The final two club shows of the tour will take place at The Mill And Mine in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 3rd and 4th. For their final show of the tour, the band will perform at St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida on October 7th.Pre-sale and VIP tickets for STS9’s fall Enceladus tour go on-sale tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th, and more information and ticket links can be found here.[Photo: Dave Vann]last_img read more

first_imgThundercat stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Halloween night to perform with Jon Batiste and Stay Human. The Grammy-winning bassist performed his original “Them Changes” off his recent Drunk release with the house band, as Batiste showed off his incredible skills on the keyboards. You can watch the full episode here, and the web exclusive performance of his hit track “Them Changes” here.Thundercat Brings His Oddball Jazz Fusion To NPR’s Tiny Desk [Full Video]Thundercat Teams With Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins In New Music Video [Watch]Drunk is a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the singer/bassist and finds a few of his friends joining him along the way including: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus.Watch Thundercat and Stay Human perform “Them Changes” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below:THUNDERCAT TOUR DATES11/11 De Oosterpoort, NL – Rockit Festival11/14 Glasgow, UK – ABC11/15 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall11/16 London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire11/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso11/18 Hamburg, DE – Überjazz Festival11/19 Antwerp, Belgium – Roma11/21 Paris, France – Elysee Montmartre11/23 Madrid, ES – Teatra Barceló11/24 Barcelona, ES – Apolo11/25 Milan, IT – Jazz:RE:Found @ Base11/27 Trento, IT – Jazz’ About @ Teatro Sanbapolis12/29 Chicago, IL – Civic Opera House with Hannibal Buresslast_img read more