Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night’s baseball game. Tickets for the Senators game start at just $8, and all children ages 16 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear get a free Senators Hat and free passes to the Kids Play Area. For tickets, call 717-231-4444 or visit SenatorsBaseball.com. DOVER, Del. & LONG POND, Pa. – Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will square off on the diamond for the second straight year as both tracks announced the return of the Second Annual Celebrity Softball Game, featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 24 at the home of the Harrisburg Senators in Harrisburg, Pa. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 31-June 2, 2013 for the June 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the June 1 “5-hour ENERGY 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 31 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. In addition to Bowyer and Harvick, the rosters from each team will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests. Gates for the game will open at 4 p.m. with the game beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Bowyer and Harvick will throw out the first pitch for that evening’s 7:05 p.m. baseball game between the Harrisburg Senators and the visiting Reading Fightin’ Phils. The teams are the AA affiliates of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. Throughout both the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their respective NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races which take place on Sunday, June 2 at Dover and Sunday, June 9 at Pocono. As rosters are announced, they will be posted and updated at DoverSpeedway.com and PoconoRaceway.com, as well as on Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway and Facebook.com/PoconoRaceway, and on Twitter at @MonsterMile and @PoconoRaceway. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night’s baseball game. Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, will captain Team Dover, while Harvick, who pilots the No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS, will lead Team Pocono. In the inaugural game last year, Jeff Burton and the team from The Tricky Triangle narrowly defeated Carl Edwards and the Monster Mile after mounting a late comeback. A week later, NASCAR’s premier circuit visits Pocono Raceway for the June 7-9, 2013 “Fan Driven 400” race weekend, including the June 8 “Pocono 200” ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race and the June 9 “Fan Driven 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-722-3929 or visit PoconoRaceway.com. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick to lead teams in second annual celebrity softball game between Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway The tracks have also teamed up to offer an all-new ticket package that includes a ticket for each of the tracks’ spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races — June 2 at Dover, June 9 at Pocono — as well as a hot dog, beverage and souvenir program for each race. The package costs $158 as the Monster Mile and The Tricky Triangle are only 158 miles apart.
Last night, Pink Talking Fish hit the famed Nectar’s venue in Burlington, VT, bringing their blend of hybrid tribute fusion with covers of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish songs. The band bent their normal cover selection by working in two tributes to the late great Prince, with versions of “1999” and “Purple Rain” both coming through in the second set.The set started with Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House,” which segued smoothly into the funky Prince tune “1999.” Watch a snippet of “1999” below, courtesy of NYS Music:Listen to the whole “1999” cover below:From there, the band went into “Camel Walk,” before finding their way into Pink Floyd’s “Sheep.” “Sheep” had a “Life During Wartime” sandwiched in the middle, before a version of Phish’s “Mike’s Song > Weeakapaug Groove” that featured the Talking Heads’ “Houses In Motion” and Pink Floyd’s “Mother” in the middle. After a few more fun selections, the band ended the set by jamming from “Squirming Coil” into a solo piano version of “Purple Rain,” championed by keyboardist Richard James. Listen below:As bassist Eric Gould describes it, “very powerful stuff.” Check out the full setlist below:Setlist: Pink Talking Fish at Nectar’s, Burlington, VT – 4/21/16Set 1: Possum> Money> Crosseyed And Painless, Horn> Another Brick In The Wall> Psycho Killer> Another Brick In The Wall, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent> Shine On You Crazy Diamond> Fly Famous Mockingbird, Girlfriend Is BetterSet 2: Burning Down The House> 1999> Camel Walk, Sheep> Life During Wartime> Sheep> Mike’s Song> Houses In Motion> Mother, Weekapaug Groove*> Love – Building On Fire> Eclipse, Squirming Coil> Purple Rain**E: Wild Wild Life> Suzy Greenberg*w/ 1999 tease**solo piano and vocals by Richard James
Even though he has passed on from this realm, David Bowie is still leaving us with a multitude of surprises. According to a discussion on Reddit, a fan discovered that if you leave the gatefold sleeve artwork from the music legend’s latest album ★ Blackstar in the sun, the “black star” actually transforms into virtual field of stars.According to Jonathan Barnbrook, who designed the image, in an interview with Dezeen he stated, “A lot of people said it was a bullshit cover when it came out, that it took five minutes to design….But I think there is a misunderstanding about the simplicity.” And there certainly was, as this image is much more complex than most people gave it credit for.“This was a man who was facing his own mortality. The Blackstar symbol [★], rather than writing ‘Blackstar,’ has as a sort of finality, a darkness, a simplicity, which is a representation of the music.” Barnbrook explained some of the larger concepts tucked away inside those five black points, saying, “The idea of mortality is in there, and of course the idea of a black hole sucking in everything, the Big Bang, the start of the universe, if there is an end of the universe. These are things that relate to mortality.”[via Fact Mag]
Beloved jam band moe. continues to work their magic on the road, and today the group has announced a run of fall tour dates stretch throughout September and October. The jam group just spent three glorious days at their own Summer Camp Music Festival, treating fans to some powerful tunes and great covers throughout the weekend.Watch moe. Cover Pink Floyd & Talking Heads With SCI Keyboardist Kyle HollingsworthThe new dates focus on the Eastern US, starting with two nights in Chicago and working towards Pittsburgh and Ohio before heading to the Southeast, with stops in Richmond, Raleigh, Asheville, and more! The way this band is playing, these should be nothing but the best from moe.!moe.Ticketing is set to begin at noon on Friday, June 10th. You can see the schedule below.
Just a few days ago, funk fans everywhere mourned the loss of the great keyboardist Bernie Worrell. Among the many updates provided by Worrell’s wife, Judie Worrell, was a recent story claiming that George Clinton had not properly paid Worrell for his many years of work in Parliament Funkadelic.Today, Judie Worrell took her ire to the next level with a public rant against Clinton. The rant was seemingly stemmed by Clinton’s post memorializing the late great keyboardist, in which the P-Funk leader said “The world is a little bit darker and a little less funky without Bernie in it.” Judie Worrell, however, had a different story to tell.The rant talks about how Bernie Worrell asked for some of the money he was owed to help with his cancer treatment, and that Clinton never returned the call. Judie Worrell then goes on to talk about how the keyboardist essentially ignored Clinton at the recent fundraiser concert, and that a lawsuit is underway to try and reclaim those lost royalties.You can read Mrs. Worrell’s statement below.Somebody just sent this to me cause apparently george clinton has opened his lying yap again:“The passing of Bernie Worrell is a time of “sadness” for George Clinton, the founder of Parliament Funkadelic. “This is a huge loss,” said Clinton in a statement released late Friday, June 24. “The world of music will never be the same. Bernie’s influence and contribution — not just to Funk but also Rock and Hip Hop — will forever be felt. Bernie was a close and personal friend and this is a time of sadness for me personally. P-Funk stands with his family and fans alike in mourning this loss. The world is a little bit darker and a little less funky without Bernie in it.”FIRST of all, george, Bernie was a personal and close friend to YOU. YOU were never that to Bernie. Friends don’t lie and steal from friends. When he called you in January and left a message that he’d like just SOME OF THE MONEY YOU STOLE FROM HIM for his cancers, you NEVER even returned his call. So, *I* call you out on YOUR lies. Bernie left you standing on the stage at Webster Hall and walked off hand-in-hand with Falu to send YOU a message. (and, no, for once, I didn’t orchestrate that though I applauded his decision). Readers, know this: george clinton doesn’t “stand in mourning” with Bernie’s family, friends and fans because not a one of us wants anything to do with him. His time to make peace with Bernie was when Bernie was dying and reached out to him. I have no more time for george clinton’s lies and obfuscation. At Bernie’s request, when we finished “WOOniversal Truths” by Bernie & Judie Worrell, I am done with george. Once you read the 3rd and final installment — coming soon, YOU can make up your own mind as to who is telling lies. Cause, guess who has the bankruptcy papers that george pretends are “fictitious”. Why do I have them? Because Bernie and I sued george for the monies he owed Bernie. The only thing Bernie and I asked of you is this: don’t buy anything more from george clinton (CDs/DVDs etc.) because NOBODY BUT GEORGE GETS PAID — ever!!!!! george, prove me wrong: show us the payments you made to Bernie and the others over the years. As you can’t do that — go away cause, as I’ve told you before: Karma is a bitch and she’s coming for you.
For the third night in a row, Phish hit the glorious Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, wrapping up the run with a great celebration over Fourth of July weekend. The band has been on fire all summer long, bringing out an insane “Chalk Dust Torture” on night one and some serious heat on night two! How would fans fare for the Sunday finale?The show started with a slow funky “The Wedge,” letting Trey Anastasio warm up with some tight grooves. The lighthearted set continued with “Heavy Things,” but it was “Tube” that really kicked the band into high gear. They took the song for an extended jam, really bringing the energy to another level. Next up was “Sugar Shack,” the first Mike Gordon penned song of the night. Anastasio fumbled the song’s melody, but tightened things up for the finale. Page McConnell then took the stage with “Lawn Boy,” playfully singing lead and letting Gordo solo. The fun “Sparkle” made its first appearance, before rocking hard into “Sample in a Jar.”From there, the first set only got more intense, with Phish bringing out “It’s Ice” to raise the bar of excitement. They kept it up by dusting off “Guelah Papyrus,” and they really locked in on the instrumental section. A loose and nicely jammed “Ocelot” came next, keeping things playful before rocking into the classic “Scent of a Mule.” It was Jon Fishman who would be the MVP of the jam, finally taking a turn playing his marimba lumina for a true solo – the rest of the band, and crowd, watched Fish as he worked. The clear improvisational highlight of the set, Phish brought the song to a powerful conclusion. A truly raging “Possum” ended the set, inciting an uproar of crowd frenzy with its own energy.With a short break, Phish picked up set two with a bust out cover of Bob Marley’s “Soul Shakedown Party,” getting the crowd excited and ready for the party ahead. Next up was “The Moma Dance,” played in the 2nd set for the first time since 2009. The second set “Moma” took the song into totally unexpected waters. No particular band member ever took the lead, but the music was greater than its parts, moving through different ease with brilliant playing. The standout moment was followed by a smooth segue into a fiery “Twist,” bringing some funk to the SPAC crowds. They jammed out the song nicely, with Anastasio taking the reins. A heartfelt “Joy” followed before the third offering of 2016 debut, “Breath and Burning.” The band let loose, before erupting in the rock and roller, “Axilla.”With the energy up high, the band broke into “Theme From The Bottom.” Anastasio did mess up part of the song instrumental section, but the energetic jam captured the crowd with its dramatic finale. From there, it was a feel-good “Harry Hood” that came to take over the set. Phish let the jam flow gradually, starting off with a mellow pace and picking up speed steadily into the triumphant ending. It was “Show of Life” that ended the set on a emotional high note, played for the first time since NYE 2013 (84 shows). What a set!With lots of time left, Phish returned for one final song: “Rock and Roll.” The Velvet Underground cover put smiles on faces, wrapping up three great shows with a passion. Phish gave SPAC their money’s worth, playing a Sunday show full of surprises. With bust outs and jams in unexpected places – whoever called a “Tweezer” clearly didn’t know “Moma” could, and would, jam that hard – this was a true standout show. Never ones to brag, Phish closed the run by humbly singing “it was all right.” It sure was. Check out the full video below from DrFunkenstein2k.You can see the full setlist from Phish.net, below!Setlist: Phish at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY – 7/3/16Set 1: The Wedge, Heavy Things, Tube, Sugar Shack, Lawn Boy, Sparkle > Sample in a Jar, It’s Ice > Guelah Papyrus, Ocelot > Scent of a Mule, PossumSet 2: Soul Shakedown Party, The Moma Dance > Twist > Joy > Breath and Burning, Axilla > Theme From the Bottom > Harry Hood > Show of LifeEncore: Rock and RollNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Scent of a Mule featured Fish on Marimba Lumina
After wrapping up a tremendous performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive, the new and exciting project Electric Beethoven was set to cross the East River and play two nights in Manhattan, NY. As their album focused on the 3rd and 6th Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven, the band was set to perform one symphony per each night of the two-night run, with sets scheduled at The Cutting Room on October 25th and DROM on October 26th.However, it seems some last minute plans forced The Cutting Room to pull the rug out from Mr. Beethoven. The venue booked three performances by comedian Dave Chappelle this week, resulting in a cancelled Electric Beethoven performance. The Chappelle shows sold out within minutes, as fans have been eager to catch the comedian in his return to show business.To make up for the cancellation, Reed Mathis and co. have promised to play for at least four hours on Wednesday, treating those who can attend to a whirlwind spectacle of Beethoven, electrified. Tickets for that DROM performance are still on sale now, and can be found here.If you purchased tickets for this show through The Cutting Room’s website (via Ticketfly), you should have already been notified about a refund. If you purchased tickets for the cancelled show or a two-day pass through Live For Live Music (via Eventbrite), you will be contacted with information regarding the refund as well. If there are any issues, please contact [email protected]
Muscle Tough is Philadelphia’s premier Bizarro-Party-Funk trio. Formed in 2014 at TIME, the band has developed a sound that is a heavily improvised blend of modal jazz, funk, and psychedelia. Drawing from a widely diverse set of influences and a common love of sonic texture, their unique use of sound design and group-minded improvisation allows them to create eclectic original compositions, as well as stretch classic pop hits to new depths. In 2016 they released their first EP, Greasin’ Up The Mediocrity Wheel, and are close to finishing their first full length effort, “Magical Achievements”.The trio has just released their new single “Trump Dump”, described as “a politically inspired jam journey that we released just before the election” by drummer Joe Baldacci. “and now (unfortunately),” Baldacci continues, “its message still rings true.” The band has had a big year, sharing stages with Jon Fishman (Phish), Eli Winderman (Dopapod), Ian McGuire and Clay Parnell of CIA at the Philly Bernie Sanders Fundraiser at North Bowl, and with the Snarky Puppy horns and John Medeski at Lunalight.Check out the band performing an unlikely cover of The Weeknd‘s “The Hills” live in studio:Don’t miss your chance to see Muscle Tough live in the coming months. They will be at the Ardmore Music Hall with Maceo Parker on Feb. 19th, and will ring in the new year with a show at Philly’s Underground Arts with Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, West Philly Orchestra, Minka on New Years Eve! Tickets are available via the band’s website.
When you think Pink Floyd, the dulcet tone of the banjo probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind—unless you’re the Yonder Mountain String Band. For lucky attendees of the Northwest String Summit, Yonder decided to follow up last years well-received rendition of Animals with a take on the 1971 classic Meddle. Covering such an iconic album and doing it justice requires a little more instrumentation than a traditional bluegrass band has at its fingertips, even a psychedelic-tinged one like Yonder. Luckily for them, keyboardist Asher Fulero and drummer Jay Elliot, both of whom were a big part of last year’s success on Animals, tapped in once again. Together, the expanded Yonder Mountain line up put on an epic performance of ambient and psychedelic jams that channeled the original Pink Floyd numbers while still taking on a life of their own.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the mayhem of the weekend. You can check out his videos of Yonder’s Pink Floyd set below, so sit back, dim the lights, and hear what happens when one of America’s finest bluegrass bands decides to take on one Pink Floyd!“One Of These Days”“A Pillow Of The Winds”“Fearless”“San Tropez”“Seamus”“Echoes”
Currently supporting his 13th studio album Colors, Beck stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night. The American singer/songwriter brought the upbeat, The Weekend-esque “Up All Night” to the stage for an energy-fueled dance-off in showcase of his first album since Beck’s “Album of the Year” GRAMMY-winning 2014 set, Morning Phase.With only festival dates on the horizon, and only one U.S. appearance at iHeart Alter Ego in Los Angeles, CA, we’re taking everything we can from the alt-rocker’s live performance. Head to Beck’s website to stay up-to-date.Watch Beck perform “Up All Night” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon below: