READ: Pit crew key as Hamlin claws back ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. For the second consecutive weekend, Denny Hamlin claimed the Coors Light Pole Award, which comes with it the opportunity to have the first choice of pit stalls.Hamlin picked the first stall at pit out heading into Turn 1 at Dover International Speedway.Martin Truex Jr., a native of Mayetta, N.J., will take pit stall 10 at the first opening on pit road at his home track, the Monster Mile.READ MORE: READ: Harvick’s late charge leads to 600 win READ: Latest news from Dover READ: Kenseth, Johnson hopes wrecked in 600 Coors Light Pole Award winner Denny Hamlin gets the first pick of pit stalls
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MusiCares, the nationwide charity involved with assisting musicians in need, will be the beneficiary of a thoroughly exciting charity program organized by the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY. Titled artists + fans, the Bowl will be selling VIP packages that include meet and greets with artists, and all proceeds will support music outreach programs sponsored by MusiCares.The debut of artists + fans will occur this Thursday, March 24th, at the first night of the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead run. The band was eager to participate in such a program, and a limited run of only two VIP ‘Cares’ packages will be on sale for the show!Anyone who purchases a ‘Cares’ package will receive:-Two Tickets to the sold-out show on 3/24 at Brooklyn Bowl-One signed Joe Russo’s Almost Dead show poster-A VIP Brooklyn Bowl ‘Cares’ package for each ticket holder-Photo with the bandFor more information, head to the Brooklyn Bowl website.
Three years ago, the world lost one of the best piano players it had ever known. Facing the impossible task of keeping up with the insane mutterings of Jim Morrison, he not only crafted many of the iconic melodies from The Doors’ songs, but also kept the bassline steady with his other hand. That keyboardist, of course, was Ray Manzarek.Many casual music fans are certainly familiar with Jim Morrison, as his membership in the unfortunate “27 Club” all but cemented his place in the rock history books. The man is certainly deserving of the accolades; he knew how to command an audience. Whether it was drunken babbling, coherent singing or mystical philosophizing, all eyes were fittingly on Jim. It’s the unsung heroes of the band that deserve credit though, and none was more important than Manzarek.Manzarek and Morrison were the originators of The Doors, meeting at UCLA and sharing an interest in music. Morrison was the songwriter, and Manzarek translated his wild lyrics into cogent tunes. The partnership only grew creatively when the group found bandmates in Robby Krieger (guitar) and John Densmore (drums). By 1965, the group was performing regularly, and by 1967, they cut their first album, The Doors.Naming yourself after an Aldous Huxley essay about taking mescaline was quite the bold statement about the band’s ideology. Mysticism ran rampant throughout the music, sparked by the other-level mentalities of Morrison. It was Ray Manzarek that would ground The Doors in reality, allowing them to grow as musical artists while simultaneously giving Morrison the freedom of expression.Manzarek’s work was downright iconic. What is “Light My Fire” without the organ intro? “Riders On The Storm” without the silky synths slinking in the background? “When The Music’s Over” without its classic organ shuffle?The Doors were true music innovators, and no one was more pivotal to the band’s sound than Ray Manzarek. While today may be the third anniversary of his passing, his contributions to rock music will not soon be forgotten. RIP.When the music’s over, turn out the light…
Last month, Vulfpeck stopped by Sirius XM studios in NYC for a special performance on Jam_ON (Ch.29). They performed a number of songs for “The Jam Files”, including their own “1612”, “Fugue State”, and a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s “Boogie On Reggae Woman”.Bandleader and Volfmon Jack Stratton revealed to host Ari Fink the significance of “1612” in a segment, explaining: “I was subletting an Airbnb with a security code of ‘1612’ and it just kept coming up! People texting me, ‘What’s the code?’ Guys calling me, ‘Do you remember the code?’ It just occurred to me that 1612 was really happening in my life at that point, and I wanted to lend some significance to it with that song.”He continued, “I’m a big fan of number-based songs, lending significance to combinations of numbers. So I wanted to get into that world, too, get into that Wikipedia list of songs about numbers. Just a lot of goals coming together in that song.”It is also the vocal contributions of Sir Antwaun Stanley that really make the song come to life. “The beauty of Antwaun Stanley is you give him these somewhat absurd lyrics, but they sound like they were etched in stone with the virtuosity and commitment he has to the lyrics,” Stratton explains.Vulfpeck’s upcoming record, The Beautiful Game, is set to release on October 17. So far, the only song performed live is “Cory Wong”, a track named after frequent collaborator and guitarist Cory Wong. Cory played throughout Vulf’s multi-night NYC takeover, as did keyboardist Joey Dosik. Both are featured in the performance videos below!Theo Katzman uses the voice box to keep the rhythms a plenty during an Antwaun-led version of “Boogie On Reggae Woman”.Enjoy this stripped-down, smooth-groove rendition of “1612” unlike any version we’ve heard before, featuring Antwaun Stanley, Joey Dosik, and Cory Wong! Jack Stratton explains the significance of “1612”:Vulfpeck’s performance on The Jam Files will premiere at 12 p.m. ET on Oct. 10 and will replay throughout the week. Don’t miss out! This whole studio performance came just hours after keyboardist Woody Goss brought Live For Live Music on a birdwatching adventure through Central Park. Watch how it all went down here!After four shows across seas, Vulfpeck is back on American soil and returns to the stage this evening at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. The show is sure to be a good time, but will undoubtedly be extra funky with the addition of the Swift Technique horns. Photos and videos to come.
Jim James has been in the spotlight of late, recently wrapping up some major shows with My Morning Jacket at Lockn’, Hulaween, and Bridge School Benefit with Roger Waters. James is now set to support his recently-released LP Eternally Even, a protest album that decries the hate and violence so rampant in our society. With a major solo tour launching next week, James was the focus of a major interview that just came out in Rolling Stone.Though the majority of the interview focuses on Eternally Even, the conversation does naturally return back to My Morning Jacket. When asked about a new album that had been previously mentioned, James goes into detail about the band’s future studio plans.I’m on kind of a completely different path now for the next Jacket record. I pretty much have it written, but we just need to record it, which we’re gonna do in the spring. A lot of the stuff we did at the same time as The Waterfall – there’s still stuff I want to work on, but for some reason, my mind has shifted. After all the terrible shootings and stuff that happened, I wrote this song called “Magic Bullet,” which was something we did during The Waterfall that we released a few months back as this kind of violence-awareness, “stop the violence” song. There’s a song called “The First Time” that we recorded – I ended up working with that for the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s show Roadies. A couple of those things have seen the light of day. There’s so much music these days, and it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks. For the next album, we just have to get down to actually doing it, which we’ll do in March or April. I think we’ll probably do it in L.A., but I’m trying to figure all those things out.If the new release is as power-packed as The Waterfall, then we can’t wait to hear it!
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead drummer, you guessed it, Joe Russo, has just announced that he will join Darkside multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington and Yellowbirds guitarist/vocalist Sam Cohen for a special trio show at New York City venue Nublu 62 as part of the Nublu Jazz Festival. While this will be the trio’s first time performing together, both Harrington and Russo joined forces last year for a show at Three’s Brewing last November as Icy Bridge (check out video below).The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at 9pm. Purchase tickets here. For more information on the Nublu Jazz Festival, check the venue’s website.
Last night, Greensky Bluegrass welcomed the legendary banjoist Reverend Jeff Mosier during their performance at the Buckhead Theatre, treating fans to a rendition of the classic “Paul & Silas.” If that story sounds familiar, well, you may just be a Phish fan.As it turns out, the good Reverend joined Phish upon the exact same stage – back when it was called the Roxy Theatre – for a version of “Paul And Silas” on February 21st, 1993. Nearly 24 years later to the day (give or take a month), Greensky Bluegrass had the unique opportunity to revisit that same song with Mosier, only adding some special significance for those in the audience. Of course, Greensky’s version was more distinctly Americana, but both bands certainly did the song justice.Listen To Greensky Bluegrass Play A Full Set Of Songs That Phish Has CoveredThe show also featured a sit in from Billy Strings, an up and coming bluegrass sensation that added some heat to “Burn Them > Reuben’s Train > Burn Them.” Check out the full audio from the show below, courtesy of Z-Man.
Naughty Professor has finally announced their highly-anticipated new album Identity. Due out Friday, June 23, 2017, the band will bring these new tunes on the road during their upcoming West Coast tour this summer.The 6-piece future funk outfit, hailing from New Orleans, raises the stakes on this new album. Where their prior releases showcased the group’s knack for self-contained instrumentals, Identity finds the band teaming with a stellar assortment of more than a dozen cutting-edge collaborators, with David Shaw of The Revivalists, Ivan Neville, Benny Bloom, Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and others lending vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions. Additionally, Naughty Professor teamed up with Qmillion (Robert Glasper) to mix the record. The result finds Naughty Professor expanding their music into exciting new territory.“Stray” featuring David Shaw“Darker Daze” featuring Chali 2na1. Mirrors (feat. Cole DeGenova and Alexi Marti)2. Sugar Coat (feat. Chali 2na and Ivan Neville)3. Without A Trace (feat. Eric Benny Bloom)4. Stray (feat. David Shaw and Cole DeGenova)5. Do You Like Dragons (feat. Jason Butler)6. I Can’t Sleep At Night (feat. Dexter Gilmore)7. Through it All (feat. Sasha Masakowski and Cliff Hines)8. Venison Poetry (feat. Mike Dillon)9. Darker Daze (feat. Chali 2na and Dexter Gilmore)10. Stolen Ones (feat. Mykia Jovan)11. Psycho Switch (feat. Cliff Hines)12. Funk 4 Lunch (feat. Members of The Soul Rebels)Today, Naughty Professor reveal a ten-date tour through the American West, with shows in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah. All confirmed dates are below with more to be announced soon.Naughty Professor Tour Dates4/19 YLC Wednesdays at the Square w/ Big Sam’s Funky Nation New Orleans, LA4/27 Orpheum Theater w/ St. Paul and the Broken Bones New Orleans, LA5/2 Old Ironworks New Orleans, LA5/5 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Acura Stage New Orleans, LA5/5 d.b.a. w/ special guests Chali 2na, Nate Werth, & more New Orleans, LA5/7 Tipitina’sw/ Dumpstaphunk, DJ Soul Sister New Orleans, LA5/11 Martin’s Jackson, MS5/12 Scruffy City Hall Knoxville, TN5/13 Lafayette’s Memphis, TN5/26 – 5/28 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL6/16 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Kalamazoo, MI6/17 Taste of Randolph Street Chicago, IL7/6 O.P. Rockwell Park City, UT7/7 Crystal Bay Club Casino – The Red Room Crystal Bay, NV7/8 Lost On Main Chico, CA7/13 Winston’s Beach Club San Diego, CA7/14 Last Exit Live Phoenix, AZ7/15 Flagstaff Brewing Co. Flagstaff, CO7/16 191 Toole Tuscon, AZ7/20 Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio, TX7/21 The Parish Austin, TX7/22 Last Concert Café Houston, TX9/9 David Shaw’s Big River Getdown Hamilton, OH[Cover photo by Ellison White]