The Disco Biscuits wrapped up a two-night run in Washington D.C. over the weekend, cementing their role as the pioneers of “jamtronica” to packed rooms at the 9:30 Club and D.C.’s newest venue, The Anthem. Today, the band announces a three-night run at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA for a hometown throwdown on April 19, 20, and 21. The “4/20” weekend will see the Disco Biscuits return to the beloved venue since their winter run in February of 2017. Having only opened in October of 2015, The Fillmore is quickly becoming a favorite of the 23 year old band–and is the home to some of their greatest jams.Check out some magic from their 2016 run, including a “Strobelights and Martinis> Air Song> Vassillios> Moshi Fameus” into “Magellan” for the ages, courtesy of the band. Discounted, 3-day tickets are available in the band’s BiscoTix Fan Club presale here. The lottery request period is now open and ends this Wednesday at 5pm ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10am ET.
Today, Summer Camp Music Festival has finalized the lineup of Red Barn Late Night Shows for their 2018 event, set to take place from May 24th through 27th at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois.Thursday, May 24th, will see late-night performances from Umphrey’s McGee and “Nailed It!!“, a special one-time tribute to Nine Inch Nails featuring Ryan Stasik and Jake Cinninger (Umphrey’s Mcgee), Jason Huber (Cherub), Brock Bowling and Matt Harris (Zoogma), and Eliot Lipp. On Friday, May 25th, a jammy pairing of moe. and Twiddle will hit the Red Barn after hours. On Saturday, May 26th, the late-night crowd will be treated to sets by STS9 and Keys N Krates (DJ Set). Finally, on Sunday, May 27th, Diplo and Liquid Stranger will round out the late-night festivities.As the festival explains, due to the limited capacity of the Red Barn, Summer Camp Music Festival Late Night Shows require an additional ticket. The only way to fully guarantee tickets to these shows is with a VIP Upgrade Package, which are on sale now via the festival website. Festival weekend GA passes are also still available.Summer Camp Music Festival’s late-night shows will follow the event’s regular programming. This year’s gathering will once again feature three nights of Umphrey’s McGee and three nights of moe. as well as sets from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Slightly Stoopid, Tipper, RL Grime, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Opiuo, Spafford, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Action Bronson, Papadosio, EOTO, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce, Keller Williams, Guster, Mija, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Beats Antique, Aqueous, BIG Something, Break Science, Kung Fu, Lawrence, The Main Squeeze, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Pink Talking Fish, TAUK, Sun Stereo, Maddy O’Neal, The Werks, Zoogma, Zeke Beats, Jen Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many more.
Over the past century, Coca-Cola products have flowed freely at sporting games, concerts, holiday shows, and other events at Madison Square Garden, and that is all coming to an end soon. Marking the end to a 100-year partnership with Coca-Cola, the iconic New York City venue will soon begin a new multi-year sponsorship and marketing deal with Pepsi, reports Billboard.MSG and its company’s long list of venues includes Madison Square Garden, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theatre, Inglewood, CA’s The Forum, and The Chicago Theatre in Chicago. In addition to these venues, Pepsi will now a sponsor Madison Square Garden’s affiliated sports franchises, including the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and the Westchester Knicks, as well as the annual Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes. Through the new partnership, Pepsi announced it will be a main sponsor of the annual iHeartRadio Z100 Jingle Ball, held at the Garden every December.James Dolan, the executive chairman/CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company said in a statement:“We are pleased to welcome PepsiCo to The Madison Square Garden Company. Both MSG and PepsiCo have built a collection of world-renowned brands, and have a passion for bringing people together through unforgettable live experiences. We are confident that this partnership will benefit our customers, as well as both of our businesses.”The companies said today that the partnership’s lead brands, Pepsi and Mountain Dew, will be creating “high-profile consumer activations and once-in-a-lifetime sports, music and entertainment experiences for fans at Knicks, Rangers and Rockettes events.”Dierks Bentley will play the first major concert at MSG under the Pepsi sponsorship, which will be held on September 8th. Most importantly, the next time you see Phish at the Garden, you can wash down that spicy chicken sandwich from section 119 with a Pepsi!
Happy Birthday Jeff Coffin! Today, Mr. Coffin turns 52, and we are so grateful for his contribution to the world of live music. Breaking on to the scene in 1997 when he replaced Howard Levy in Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Coffin has been a constant presence, turning in countless incredible performances with the Flecktones and now with Dave Matthews Band, and sitting in with countless artists along the way. To celebrate his 50th birthday, we put together a few videos of Coffin ripping it up with DMB, the Flecktones, Umphrey’s McGee, and more. Check out the videos below, and Happy Birthday Jeff Coffin!Watch Bela Fleck & The Flecktones perform “Throwdown at the Hoedown” at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2007, courtesy of YouTube user nevesh.Watch Dave Matthews Band perform “#41” (with a killer Jeff Coffin sax solo) at NYC’s Beacon Theatre in 2009, courtesy of YouTube user chlgksdnf.Watch Snarky Puppy perform “I Remember” featuring Knower & Jeff Coffin from their album ‘Family Dinner – Volume Two.Watch Jeff Coffin sit in with Umphrey’s McGee on “Higgins” at Bonnaroo 2008.Watch Jeff Coffin perform with Jazz is Phish on “46 Days” from Brooklyn Bowl in December 2015.
At the tail end of 2016, Jimmy Herring and John McLaughlin announced a joint tour dubbed Meeting Of The Spirits. Jimmy Herring—the exceptional guitarist of Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dead, Jazz Is Dead, and more—brought a new project, Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip on the road with him, while McLaughlin, the famed English guitarist and bandleader, performed music from Mahavishnu Orchestra days with his band, The 4th Dimension.With the expansive tour getting multiple extensions due to demand, each night, both musicians and their respective ensembles began by performing sets individually before finishing off the show with a collaborative, improvisational finale. Heralded as one of the finer tours to grace stages in 2017, fans can remember the “Meeting Of The Spirits” tour with a brand-new live album, Live In San Francisco. Recorded at the tour’s December 8th, 2017 stop at San Francisco’s famed Warfield Theatre, the album was originally set for a September 21st release, but has been shared early, much to the excitement of fans. As John McLaughlin noted in a statement when the live album was announced, “This recording of the final set at the Warfield Theatre brings to full circle the amazing advent of The Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971, and its renaissance on this night in San Francisco.”Added Herring, “Playing these timeless compositions with John and The Fourth Dimension was a life-changing experience!”John McLaughlin-Jimmy Herring – Live In San Francisco – Teaser Video[Video: Abstract Logix]Below, you can stream the album’s first of eight tracks, “Meeting of the Spirits”, and order your copy of Live In San Francisco now via Bandcamp:McLaughlin-Herring – “Meeting of the Spirits” – Live In San Francisco<a href=”http://mclaughlin-herring.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-san-francisco”>Live in San Francisco by McLaughlin-Herring</a>
Twiddle will head out on their extensive 2019 winter tour next week with an opening performance scheduled for January 30th in Fayetteville, Arkansas. On Tuesday, the band added five more concert dates to extend their upcoming tour, with new shows now scheduled to take place across the northeast come mid-April.The newly-added shows on Twiddle’s spring concert calendar includes stops at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, TC (4/12); Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH (4/13); The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA (4/19); Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY (4/20); And The State Theatre in State College, PA (4/21).Twiddle will be joined in support by Lespecial at the New Haven and Hampton Beach shows, and Gatos Blancos at the Stroudsburg and State College performances. There’s currently no support listed for the April 20th performance in Brooklyn, presumably because it’ll be 4/20 and Mary Jane is the only real support needed that evening.Related: Twiddle Shares Full-Show Audio From Boston Run, Pro-Shot Footage From New Year’s EveThe popular rock band originally from the Vermont area has kept busy in recent months as they gear up for what should be another exciting and jam-filled year in 2019. They spent a few nights at The Capitol Theatre back in the fall with help from Matisyahu and the Eric Krasno Band, and even appeared on the popular “Jam in the Van” performance series. More recently, Twiddle confirmed the 2019 return of their fourth annual Tumble Down Festival, which is set to take place at Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront Park on July 26th & 27th this summer. The band is also set to join up with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong later this year with a run of five shows in late April (following the newly announced dates) leading up to the two band’s co-headling show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 2nd.Tickets to the newly added April shows (which include two tiers of VIP upgrades at each venue) will go on sale starting this Friday, January 25th at 10 a.m. EST.
Jamgrass quintet Yonder Mountain String Band has expanded their upcoming 2019 summer tour, which will feature support from genre-bending string band Arkansauce.Yonder Mountain String Band will open up the second leg of their summer tour with previously announced performances at North Plains, OR’s Northwest String Summit on July 19th and 20th, followed by stops at Hartford, CT’s Infinity Music Hall and Bistro (7/24); Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony (7/25); McKees Rocks, PA’s Roxian Theatre (7/26); Baldwinsville, NY’s Paper Mill Island Amphitheater (7/27); Scranton, PA’s Peach Music Festival (7/28); Columbus, OH’s A&R Music Bar (7/31); Lexington, KY’s The Burl (8/1); Ann Arbor, MI’s The Ark (8/2); Kansas City, MO’s Crossroads KC (8/9); and a previously announced performance at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 16th along with John Butler Trio.A fan pre-sale begins this Wednesday, May 15th at 10 a.m. (EST). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 17th at 10 a.m. (EST).See below for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates. Head to Yonder Mountain String Band’s website for ticketing and more information.Yonder Mountain String Band 2019 Tour Dates (newly added dates bolded):5/23 & 24 Cumberland, MD DelFest5/26 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival5/29 Wichita, KS Wave5/30 Ozark, AR Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain5/31 Huntsville, AL SideTracks Music Hall6/01 Canton, NC Cold Mountain Music at Lake Logan6/02 Isle Of Palms, SC The Windjammer6/04 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage6/05 Newport News, VA Boathouse Live6/06 Rocky Mount, VA Harvester Performance Center6/07 Wilmington, NC Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews6/08 Greenville, NC The State Theatre6/21 Telluride, CO Sheridan Opera House6/22 Telluride, CO 46th Telluride Bluegrass Festival7/19 & 20 North Plains, OR Northwest String Summit7/24 Hartford, CT Infinity Music Hall and Bistro7/25 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony7/26 McKees Rocks, PA Roxian Theatre7/27 Baldwinsville, NY Paper Mill Island Amphitheater7/28 Scranton, PA The Peach Music Festival7/31 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar8/01 Lexington, KY The Burl8/02 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark 8/09 Kansas City, MO Crossroads KC8/16 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre View Tour Dates
About the Silk Road ProjectThe Silk Road Project is a not-for-profit artistic, cultural, and educational organization with a vision of connecting the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 as a catalyst to promote innovation and learning through the arts, the Silk Road Project takes inspiration from the historic Silk Road trading routes as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange. Under the artistic direction of Ma and the leadership of CEO and Executive Director Laura Freid, the project presents performances by the Silk Road Ensemble, engages in cross-cultural exchanges and residencies, leads workshops for students, and partners with leading cultural institutions to create educational materials and programs. Developing new music is a central mission of the Silk Road Project, which has been involved in commissioning and performing more than 60 new musical and multimedia works from composers and arrangers from around the world. About Yo-Yo MaThe many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as a soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography encompasses more than 75 albums, including 16 Grammy Award winners. One of his goals is the investigation of music as a means of communication and a vehicle for the migration of ideas; in 1998 he established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of cultural, artistic, and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study the cello at age 4, attended the Juilliard School, and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, including the 1978 Avery Fisher Prize, the 1999 Glenn Gould Prize, the 2001 National Medal of Arts, the 2006 Sonning Prize, the 2006 Dan David Prize, and the 2008 World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. In 2006, he was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended his appointment. In January 2009, at the invitation of President-Elect Barack Obama, Ma played in the quartet performance of John Willliams’ “Air and Simple Gifts” at the 56th Inauguration Day ceremony. The Silk Road Project will move its headquarters to Harvard University this summer, strengthening a partnership between the University and the world-renowned organization that promotes innovation and learning through the arts.Harvard President Drew Faust and Yo-Yo Ma ’76, the project’s founder and artistic director, today (April 13) announced that the relocation of the Silk Road Project from Rhode Island to Harvard-owned property at 175 North Harvard St. in Allston this July will enable new artistic and cultural opportunities at the University and in surrounding communities.“We will act as a working laboratory, exploring intersections between the arts and academics, seeking passionate learning across disciplines and cultures,” said Ma, the acclaimed cellist who founded the project in 1998. “I am thrilled that our partnership with Harvard has resulted in this renewal of our joint commitment to learning through the arts. I am looking forward to an exciting collaboration with Harvard faculty and students.”The Silk Road Project is a nonprofit artistic, cultural, and educational organization with a vision of connecting the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences. The announcement marked the second time Harvard has welcomed a major not-for-profit organization to Allston in as many months, and it represented a milestone in Faust’s initiative to better integrate the arts into the cognitive life of the University.“The Silk Road Project is a thriving example of how the arts enhance our understanding of the world,” said Faust. “This new, closer relationship between Harvard and the Silk Road Project will create educational opportunities that will benefit our local communities as well as our students.”The new partnership builds on the success of a relationship between the Silk Road Project and Harvard, begun in 2005, that has already inspired multidisciplinary college courses as well as numerous workshops and performances involving members of the project and Harvard undergraduate musicians. The new Silk Road Project headquarters’ location — in space shared with the Harvard Allston Education Portal — provides opportunities for further cultural collaborations that will benefit the Harvard community and its neighbors.The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma will give annual public performances at Harvard, and Silk Road Ensemble musicians and artists will be available to take part in classroom work on campus, through performance, discussion, and collaborative projects.The Silk Road Project’s move to Allston highlights Harvard’s ongoing stewardship of its properties and active engagement in Allston. In addition to today’s announcement, Harvard recently repurposed one of its properties to serve as a temporary community skating rink and announced that the world headquarters of Earthwatch, a leading scientific research and environmental education organization, was coming to the neighborhood.“The Silk Road Project and Earthwatch are great examples of the kinds of vibrant organizations we can bring to Allston,” said Harvard Executive Vice President Katherine Lapp. “These are not-for-profit organizations with priorities that mesh nicely with Harvard’s educational mission, and bringing them into the neighborhood opens up a world of possibilities for collaborations that will benefit the community.”Faust has raised the profile of the arts on the Harvard campus following the recommendations of a University-wide Task Force on the Arts that she named in 2007. The task force report encouraged new artistic programming and more opportunities for arts-making as a way of moving the arts already prevalent in the Harvard community closer to the curriculum. In the past year, 12 General Education and departmental courses and 15 freshman seminars integrated arts-making into their syllabi, and the number of venues for the practice, viewing, or performing of the arts online and on campus has increased. About the Silk Road EnsembleThe Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of internationally renowned musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists, and storytellers from more than 20 countries. Each ensemble member’s career illustrates a unique response to what is one of the artistic challenges of our times: nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in authentic traditions. Many of the musicians first came together under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma at a workshop at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 2000. Since then, in various configurations, ensemble artists have collaborated on a range of musical and multimedia projects, presenting innovative performances that explore the relationship between tradition and innovation in music from the East and West. The Silk Road Ensemble has recorded five albums and performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. “The interchange of music, art, culture, and ideas is the heart of our artistic programming and our educational work,” said Laura Freid, chief executive officer and executive director of the Silk Road Project. “Entering into this deeper relationship with Harvard and fully integrating into the Harvard campus will allow us to enrich our ongoing explorations of the Silk Road as a metaphor for cultural exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration.” About Harvard and the artsThe arts abound at Harvard. Blending theory, practice, and passion across a diverse curricular and extracurricular landscape, Harvard is home to a vibrant and dedicated community that celebrates, interrogates, and practices art. The arts require a prominent place at a research institution because they inspire creative thinking and leadership. As the December 2008 Task Force on the Arts Report said, a university that wants to be a place where dreams are born and exciting collaborations push the boundaries of knowledge must include the practice of the arts in the curriculum and embrace it as an integral part of intellectual life on campus.
Read Full Story Sheila Burke was chief of staff to Sen. Bob Dole, from 1986 to 1996, when he was Senate minority and then the majority leader. In 1995, she was elected as secretary of the Senate, the chief administrative officer of the U.S. Senate. Starting as a member of the staff of the Senate Finance Committee in 1978, she was responsible for legislation relating to Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs. Burke became deputy staff director of the committee in 1982 and deputy chief of staff to the Senate majority leader in 1985. She served as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2000 to 2007, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kaiser Family Foundation, from 1999 to 2008, serving as chair of the board from 2005 to 2008. She currently is a research fellow and faculty member, Harvard Kennedy School, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and a senior public policy adviser, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
For Tim Laman, mornings in the rain forest started early, before the night was truly done.Laman, an affiliate of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, typically woke well before dawn to search the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia for some of the world’s most spectacular creatures: birds of paradise. During 18 expeditions over eight years, he rose in the dark, hiked in the dark, and even climbed trees in the dark, all in order to get in place before the birds started the elaborate courtship displays for which they are famous.Photographer Tim Laman and a colleague set out to document all 39 birds of paradise species. Their work resulted in a book published by National Geographic. A link at the bottom of the story provides a time-lapse video of Laman unpacking the immense amount of equipment necessary to do the job.Laman, who received a doctorate in biology from Harvard in 1994, teamed with colleague Edwin Scholes of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to document all 39 species of bird of paradise. The birds, related to crows, evolved into an array of very different species, with striking plumage and elaborate courtship displays that have drawn attention from legendary naturalists, including Harvard evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr and 19th-century British explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.“Tim has just accomplished what so many ornithologists — including myself — can only dream about — to actually observe and record the behaviors of the entire diversity of birds of paradise,” said Scott Edwards, a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and curator of ornithology in Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. “This is a truly extraordinary feat, and the fruits of his labor will be a great benefit to both scientists and the general public.”Laman, who began photographing the rain forest during his doctoral work, first shot the birds in 2004 on an assignment from National Geographic magazine. It took several field seasons to complete the article, which was published in 2007. When it was done, Laman said, he and Scholes, the field scientist he’d been working with, decided to push on and try to document every bird of paradise species.A male red bird of paradise performing the practice of plumage display at a tree-top lek, where the males gather. The two central tail feathers, which are black and ribbonlike, have a plastic feel.“It’s striking how little research was going on about them,” Laman said.The two received funding from National Geographic, which this year published a book on their efforts, “Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds.” The book, complete with full-page photographs, shows the dazzling variety of color, shape, and texture in the birds’ plumage, from the almost impossibly long tail feathers of the ribbon-tailed astrapia, to the hairlike tail feathers of the twelve-wired bird of paradise, to the puffy yellow cloaklike plumes of the greater bird of paradise.The variety, mainly seen in males, is thought to be driven by sexual selection by females, whose plumage is less spectacular, and by the isolation of different species on smaller islands and in the valleys of the large but ruggedly mountainous island of New Guinea.“Ducks all kind of look like ducks, but birds of paradise have this incredible variety of forms,” Laman said.Though the project was driven by photography, Laman and Scholes recorded several scientific firsts, documenting the courtship displays of two species that had never been seen and making both audio and video recordings that may be of use to future researchers. Laman, who spoke Monday evening at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, said that in addition to the book, the two are preparing a half-dozen scientific papers for publication.A male blue bird of paradise foraging. One of its most unique characteristics is its upside-down courtship display.Each expedition took four to six weeks, Laman said. He typically rose before dawn so it would still be dark when he reached a blind near a site where males displayed regularly. He’d observe and photograph the males’ displays for several hours before heading back to camp. He’d return to the blind in the late afternoon to catch the evening displays before wrapping up for the night and returning to camp for dinner, a wash in a nearby stream, and a chance to download photos to his laptop.“The type of resource that Tim is collecting — high-quality digital photographs and video — will rapidly become as essential to integrative biological inquiry as traditional museum specimens have been,” Edwards said. “These are the collections of the future and like all collections need to be curated with care.”To view a time-lapse video of Tim Laman unpacking and repacking all of the gear necessary to complete his work in the field, visit his website.