Edwards, Liddell Score GT “Hat Trick” in Camaro; Miller, Nunez Win GX For Mazda “It was mandatory [to win for Chevrolet in Detroit]. It was huge pressure for both of us. Starting from the pole, great deal, and we won the race.”—Max Angelelli ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. READ: Pit crew key as Hamlin claws back READ: Latest news from Dover READ: Kenseth, Johnson hopes wrecked in 600 DETROIT (June 1, 2013) – Calling it a “mandatory” victory in the shadow of Chevrolet headquarters in downtown Detroit, Max Angelelli drove the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP across the finish line 0.486 seconds ahead of 2012 Detroit winner Joao Barbosa to win the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle.The victory moved Angelelli and co-driver Jordan Taylor into the Daytona Prototype points lead by two points over No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP co-drivers Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney five races into the 12-race 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season.Taylor started from the pole position and the car never dropped lower than second in the running order at any point in the two-hour race. Taylor put the No. 10 machine into the lead for good on Lap 33 of 61, one lap before he pitted and gave way to Angelelli.It was the second consecutive Detroit victory for the Corvette DP and for Taylor, who earned a GT-class victory last year in a Camaro. It was Taylor’s fourth career Rolex Series class win and was the 23rd Rolex Series win for Angelelli.”It was mandatory [to win for Chevrolet in Detroit]. It was huge pressure for both of us. Starting from the pole, great deal, and we won the race. I’m happy to say we delivered and we executed perfectly. The guys during the pit stop did an amazing job from P1 and it’s thanks to them.”Barbosa and co-driver Christian Fittipaldi took second in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. Third went to No. 2 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley teammates Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow, who led 16 laps.The championship picture changed dramatically on the opening lap when Memo Rojas crashed the No. 01 Cessna-TELMEX BMW/Riley after contact from Gustavo Yacaman in the No. 6 Tuvacol Ford/Riley forced him to spin into the path of John Pew’s No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford/Riley. Rojas and co-driver Scott Pruett dropped from the Daytona Prototype points lead to fourth as a result.No. 57 Stevenson Automotive Group Camaro GT.R co-drivers John Edwards and Robin Liddell earned their third straight GT-class victory and gave Chevrolet a Motor City sweep of DP and GT. Edwards and Liddell were buoyed by quick pit work to take the lead after starting fifth in class on the 2.36-mile street circuit.”Hats off to the Stevenson guys,” Edwards said. “They really got us in the lead and I think you could see by the pressure I was getting at the end that if I had gone out in second place we probably wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you as winners. Those guys have done a fantastic job to give us three in a row.”Jeff Westphal and Alessandro Balzan took second in GT in the No. 63 Motorola Mobility Ferrari 458 Italia, enabling Balzan to retain the lead in the class point standings. Third in class went to polesitter Max Papis and co-driver Jeff Segal in the No. 61 Ferrari of Ontario Ferrari 458.Joel Miller and the No. 00 Visit Florida Racing Mazda 6 earned a second consecutive GX-class victory for the diesel-powered machine. It was the first career Rolex Series win for 17-year-old rising star Tristan Nunez, who co-drove to the win alongside Miller.”Unfortunately, I missed out for the first Mazda win at Atlanta, but I was in [the American Le Mans Series race] in Long Beach getting my first street course experience,” Nunez said. “I think that helped in favor in this race. It’s so great for my first pro win to be alongside Joel Miller.”READ MORE: READ: Harvick’s late charge leads to 600 win
Load remaining images The Disco Biscuits have been on a tear in Colorado, playing a great four-night run in the colorful state. The run started with three straight nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, before the band returns to the prized Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight to put Bisco Inferno to a finale.The band was in top shape last night, opening things up with a “House Dog Party Favor” and playing essentially a three song first set, sandwiching “Story Of The World” inside a “Caterpillar” jam. The second set was only five songs in total, opening with “King Of The World” and segueing seamless between “Mindless Dribble,” “Shem Rah Boo,” “Down to the Bottom,” and “Sound 1.” The band is on fire!Their encore brought even more fire, as they opened it up with Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell” and worked a “Tricycle” in the middle. What a show! Listen/watch the whole performance via this beautiful pro-shot video, streaming below.The Biscuits bring Bisco Inferno to a close tonight, June 4th, at Red Rocks! Check out last night’s setlist below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at The Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO – 6/3/16Set I: House Dog Party Favor, Caterpillar-> Story of the World (inverted)-> CaterpillarSet II: King of the World, Mindless Dribble-> Shem Rah Boo-> Down to the Bottom-> Sound 1Encore: Run Like Hell-> Tricycle-> Run Like HellCheck out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Courtney Harrington Photography.
Austin-based 10-piece ensemble Hard Proof brings together influences of African funk, world music, and jazz to create something unique. The group formed in 2008, only growing within the city’s vibrant music scene. Recently the band teamed up with Jim Eno (Spoon) and his Public Hi-Fi Records label, and are putting out their fourth release with them later this month. The Public Hi-Fi Sessions 3 is due out on June 24th, and can be pre-ordered here.Jim Eno spoke at length about the band. “I first saw Hard Proof at the Continental Club in 2012. It was an amazing show. The 10-piece band had a great feel and magnetic energy. I’d recently recorded the jazz band Dupree live to 1/2-inch tape, and it hit me that Hard Proof would be perfect for this type of project. To record live to tape, the band needs to be incredibly tight because no overdubs are possible, and no mixing occurs after tracking; the tracks are mixed as the band plays in real time. I was confident that Hard Proof could pull this off.”The band has more than pulled it off on their first two releases, and the third one only continues the band’s creative evolution. We’re excited to share one of these great tracks; a piece titled “The Break.” Trumpet player and songwriter Derek Phelps tells us about the new song, saying, “For ‘The Break,’ I was on a break from playing the trumpet due to a busted lip, but that helped me break through my writer’s block, and this tune is one of the first to come out of that.”Listen to the triumphant tune, below.For more on Hard Proof, be sure to check out their website.
While Dead & Company just spent two nights at the beautiful Alpine Valley Music Center, that didn’t stop guitarist John Mayer from checking out the newest mobile app craze: Pokémon Go. The new game puts users on a real life map to collect Pokémon and find Pokéstops, cleverly integrating classic Pokémon gameplay with modern day technology.As the band is on the road, why wouldn’t Mayer take the opportunity to collect Pokémon across the country? His addiction to the app may be on another level though, considering his recent Instagram post… Yeah, that’s $100 real dollars on Pokémon. He’s in it to win it.Since Mayer recently showed his bandmates Bob Weir and Mickey Hart what Snapchat is, will it only be a matter of time before the whole band gets in on the craze?
Live television performances are crucial for artists to showcase new material to a large audience, as Bob Weir will be doing this month on two upcoming CBS shows. The Grateful Dead guitarist will perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday, October 17 and again on Saturday, October 22 on CBS This Morning “Saturday Sessions”, according to a tweet by host Anthony Mason. It’s especially intriguing to see jam-band icons step into the light of late night television, as Phish did earlier this week. While members of the Grateful Dead have been appearing on television for decades, it still feels like a rarity to see such influential people in our world cross over into the other. With Bob Weir staying busy with his solo project, while Dead & Company take a break, we’re just happy to see the singer/songwriter doing his thing.Weir has also announced an exciting free live stream from his show this Sunday, October 16th, at The Capitol Theatre. Currently on his “Campfire Tour” in support of his recently-released Blue Mountain, Weir is accompanied by guitarist Steve Kimock, The National‘s drummer Bryan Devendorf and bassist Scott Devendorf, along with multi-instrumentalists Jon Shaw and the album’s co-producer Josh Kaufman. You can find the free stream here.The band is playing tonight in Upper Darby, PA at The Tower Theatre and then heads to Brooklyn, NY for two nights performance at The Kings Theatre.Bob Weir Blue Mountain Campfire TourUpper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016
Though LOCKN’ Festival has booked almost all of the major jam bands in this scene, the stalwarts from Buffalo, NY have remained difficult to pin down. After much speculation, Moe. has confirmed that they will be featured on the 2017 lineup of LOCKN’.The announcement comes after LOCKN’ revealed four artists earlier today, including Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Avett Brothers, Keller Williams and Brandi Carlile. It appears that artists will be revealing their presence at LOCKN’ throughout the day, so be prepared for exciting updates as the 2017 festival takes shape.LOCKN’ is set for August 24-27 in Arrington, VA, and more info can be found here.
Last night, Dead & Company returned to the Hollywood Bowl for their second of two performances at the prestigious LA venue. Following last night’s sobering security scare, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti came back to the storied amphitheater with a vengeance, determined to get the party back on track–and unsurprisingly, they delivered in spades with easily the best show of this young summer tour.The entire performance begs a second (or, for those not in attendance, a first) listen. Set one saw the band kick things off with In The Dark track “Hell In A Bucket,” before digging deep into the vault for a rendition of Junior Parker cover “Next Time You See Me,” a live favorite formerly led by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan during the Grateful Dead‘s early days. From there, the first set continued on a high note with an endlessly fun string of favorites: “West LA Fadeaway,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Red Rooster,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “New Speedway Boogie,” and “US Blues.” You can watch pro-shot video of the show’s first three songs below, via the band’s YouTube page:By set break, it was clear that the Hollywood crowd had the makings of a special show on their hands. The band was having fun, everyone’s tone was impeccable, they were pulling out incredible tunes. But the truly impressive second set that Dead & Co threw together defied even the highest of expectations.The excitement only grew as the band returned to the stage and eased into a funky “Estimated Prophet” which would ooze and vamp for almost 18 minutes (featuring some sly “Eleanor Rigby” teases from Chimenti) before sliding into “St Stephen.” While they may not be everyone’s bag, Mayer’s deft vocal harmonies were an undeniable highlight of the top-notch rendition, lending a fresh sound to the decades-old song. And that’s not to take away from his guitar playing in the song’s improv section, where his fiery blues licks propelled the jam in exciting directions.As “what would be the answer to the answer, man?” rang out through the bandshell, the blissful opening notes of “Terrapin Station” rose from the depths, adding another gold star to this already incredible set list. The silky “Terrapin” led into another highly sough-after Dead classic, “Dark Star,” which would prove to be the improvisational climax of the performance. Following the first verse, the spacey vamp began to get more and more percussive, and before the audience could blink, they were deep into a mind-bending “Drums” > “Space” which saw the band welcome String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann into the fray. Eventually, the “Rhythm Devil” show slowly began to take a more familiar shape, and the band returned to guide the jam back into “Dark Star” to finish the song’s 2nd verse.After the thrilling Dark Star Space voyage, Weir once again took the reigns for a joyous “Morning Dew,” the perfect emotional exclamation mark for a memorable night at the Hollywood Bowl. The “Not Fade Away” encore left the crowd exiting the venue chanting, clapping, and filled with love–and, safe to say, some newly spawned last-minute plans to hop “on the bus” and follow Dead & Company to Mountain View for their two-night run at Shoreline Amphitheatre this weekend.You can listen to full audio of Dead & Co’s 6/1/17 performance at Hollywood Bowl below, courtesy of taper Jeff Frank on archive.org.SETLIST: Dead & Company | Hollywood Bowl | Hollywood, CA | 6/1/17 Set 1: Hell In A Bucket, Next Time You See Me, West LA Fadeaway, Mississippi Half-Step. Red Rooster, Uncle John’s Band, New Speedway Boogie, US BluesSet 2: Estimated Prophet > St. Stephen > Terrapin Station > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Dark Star (second verse) > Morning DewEncore: Not Fade Away[Cover photo via Steve Rose]
Load remaining images Last night, August 28th, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats made their way to Morrison, CO for their first of two hometown performances at the storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The Denver-based band was scheduled to be supported by modern soul superstar Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, but the ailing Bradley was forced to cancel the band’s appearances at Rocks. Thankfully, fellow Daptones Records artists The Budos Band were able to fill the slot on short notice, and the show went on.You can see a full gallery of photos from the performance below via photographer Andrew Rios.Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and The Budos Band will reprise last night’s Red Rocks show with a second performance at the natural amphitheater this evening, with Budos Band taking the stage at 8pm and Rateliff & The Nights Sweats hit at 9:15. You can see a full list of the band’s upcoming performances below. For more information on what’s coming up for Rateliff and company, head to the his website.Upcoming Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Dates:SEP 1 FRI – Belly Up – Aspen, CO [SOLD OUT]SEP 2 SAT – Jazz Aspen – Aspen, COSEP 8 FRI – GarpFest (Folk Set) – Maquoketa, IA [SOLD OUT]SEP 9 SAT – GarpFest (Full Band Set) – Maquoketa, IA [SOLD OUT]SEP 10 SUN – Loufest – St Louis, MOSEP 11 MON – Express Live – Columbus, OHSEP 13 WED – State Theater – Ithaca, NYSEP 14 THU – City Folk – Ottawa, CanadaSEP 16 SAT – Farm Aid – Burgettstown, PASEP 17 SUN – Outlaw Music Festival @ BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJSEP 30 SAT – Pioneer Square (KNRK Oktoberfest) – Portland, OROCT 27 FRI – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FLOCT 28 SAT – Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – Tampa, FLOCT 29 SUN – Soul Kitchen – Mobile, ALOCT 31 TUE – Coca Cola Roxy – Atlanta, GANOV 1 WED – Alabama Theatre – Birmingham, ALMAR 2 FRI – 2-6 One Big Holiday – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO | 8/28/17 | Photos: Andrew Rios
There’s something Stepford-esque about many modern-day mass-market music festivals. Take some marquee artists who have recently released new albums, cobble together a few legacy reunions, throw in a hefty helping of up-and-comers, sprinkle on a slew of art installations–and, of course, Spicy Pie–and voila! You have a money-making machine for the weekend.(Not that there’s anything wrong with that, per se. Music festivals are awesome, and Spicy Pie is scrumptious.)For all its pejorative power, a Stepford house, like those that fill the rising suburbs of Las Vegas, can be a comfortable place to live, especially if the location is on point. So while Life Is Beautiful may not have been completely unique in its content, its execution and location set it apart.To be sure, there was plenty to do that was straight out of Sin City and the wider, wilder West. Both the Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soleil made their way over from the Strip to strut their stuff for the tens of thousands wandering into and out of the festival grounds on Sunday; like many major festivals, Life Is Beautiful allows in-and-out privileges—not to be confused with the privilege of eating In-N-Out. Filling the Art Motel this year were the colorful, interactive installations of Meow Wolf, an arts collective out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And though some of the art and much of the music at Life Is Beautiful wasn’t exclusive to this fifth-year festival in Downtown Las Vegas, that didn’t take away from the experiences themselves.Does it matter that Muse played “Dig Down,” its latest release, at Firefly and KAABOO prior to its electric set at the Downtown Stage on Saturday night? Is it important that HAIM went H.A.M. at three West Coast fests—ALT 98.7 Summer Camp in Long Beach, Bumbershoot in Seattle and Ohana Fest in Dana Point—with hits from its new album, Something to Tell You, before banging out standards old and new at the Ambassador Stage on Sunday? What about all the audiences around the world that have already rocked out with Blink-182’s new lineup or got down to Humanz, the Gorillaz’s spunky spring release?What made Life Is Beautiful, well, beautiful wasn’t just the eclectic lineup of bands, comedians, speakers, and chefs, but the setting they all shared. The sparkle of Fremont Street framed the festival grounds and beckoned to the crowds inside. The glow of Old Vegas, of long-ago go-to’s like the Golden Nugget and El Cortez, softened by the more grotesque outgrowths of that not-so-far-off stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard.The free gelato and sorbetto near the main gate, courtesy of Talenti, was a nice touch, too.In some respects, the booming art culture of Downtown Vegas was covered up or crowded out of the area to make way for the Life Is Beautiful and incoming festival goers. But a share of that overlay kept the spirit of the area’s quirky, creative “gentrevival.” And there was little the folks at Another Planet Entertainment and Wendoh deigned to do to shroud the bright, emotive murals already sprawled across some of the buildings.Good thing, too. Vegas can be (and often is) garish and overwrought. So, too, can music festivals. Both are prone to self-parody. Put them together, and it follows that those threats would grow exponentially.But at Life Is Beautiful, the over-the-topness of the two combined to create an experience that was at once enchanting and entrapping, enlightening and forceful, campy and conscientious. To call the festival Life Is Beautiful may be a bit on the nose, but in this case, it’s no less true or appropriate.[photo via Life Is Beautiful Facebook]
Phish and The Aquarium Rescue Unit were both staples of the early ’90s jam scene as members of the first H.O.R.D.E. tour along with Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, The Samples, and The Spin Doctors. Even before this iconic tour, however, the bands were friendly, having shared bills around the country and supporting one another in various regions. While many of the individual members of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit have sat in with Phish over the years, it was rarer that the entire ARU would join Phish on stage.However, on May 5th, 1993, the Aquarium Rescue Unit did just that, joining Phish on stage at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York, exactly 25 years ago today. After a rocking performance that featured some great work on classics like “Stash”, “It’s Ice”, and “My Friend, My Friend”, Phish launched into “You Enjoy Myself” to close out the second set. Instead of the traditional vocal jam that concludes the song, the group launched into a musical jam and welcomed a number of great guests to the stage, including Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, and The Dude Of Life. With Jon Fishman on vacuum, the nine musicians go to town on their instruments, inciting a full-on musical celebration.Listen to this monster jam session, via fromtheaquarium, below:Phish — Palace Theatre — 5/5/1993 — Full Show[Audio: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 5/5/93Set 1: Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Foam, Sparkle, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice > Glide > Maze, Golgi ApparatusSet 2: Runaway Jim -> My Friend, My Friend -> Manteca -> My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart > Weigh > Big Ball Jam > Ya Mar, You Enjoy Myself -> JamEncore: Amazing Grace, Cavern > Take the ‘A’ Train > Cavern Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Unfinished with no vocal jam. The Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Dude of Life. Fish on vacuum. Without microphones.Notes: It’s Ice contained a tease of Pop Goes the Weasel from Page and Maze contained Mission: Impossible theme teases from Page. The beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Trey dedicated Ya Mar to Sue on her birthday. Ya Mar subsequently included a Two Princes tease. YEM contained a La Marseillaise tease from Page and Yield Not to Temptation teases, did not contain a vocal jam, and was unfinished. The jam after YEM featured The Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Dude of Life, and Fish on vacuum. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. The soundcheck’s Funky Bitch Blues contained a Funk #49 tease.[Originally published 5/5/18]