Veteran musician and producer Eliot Lipp is gearing up to release his 9th studio album, Come To Life (Old Tacoma Records, Pretty Lights Music) in May 2016. After more than a decade living in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York (but equally home on the road), the intrepid producer returned to his roots in the Pacific Northwest before recording the album, much of which came together over a single inspired weekend.Returning home provided Lipp with new inspirations for his blend of sampledelic funk and techno inspired hiphop beats. The mossy green woods and snowy mountains of the Pacific Northwest were essential to the ambiance and texture of the sounds. The result is a digital landscape filled with beautiful analog creations.“The music I make is a soundtrack to my life,” explains Lipp. “I made this record to help me stay positive while life was being a little rough on me. I discovered a therapeutic power in music I never knew existed.” Come To Life is a musical journey all the way through. The album showcases many different musical styles, and shows off Lipp’s musicianship. “Somewhere between the instrumental hip-hop on my first records and my more recent dance floor inspired beats, I found that a certain funk in all of that remains consistent. This new album is about an awakening so I felt it was important to dig back in to my musical past for inspiration. I came back with some well rounded electronic grooves.”In anticipation of the new album, Lipp has shared the track “You Think” with L4LM! Listen to the premiere, below:With Come To Life on the horizon, Lipp will hit the road for several dates across the country with Blockhead, as well as Late Night Radio and SuperVision. Be sure to keep up at Lipp’s official website for up to date info, album news, and tour date announcements.
The song “Ghost” has long been a fan-favorite of Phish fans, and many will argue that the version performed on May 22nd, 2000 is one of the best of all time. Coming towards the end of a six-song second set at Radio City Music Hall, this type of jam is striking at the reason that fans get into Phish. The band draws you in with the sing-song lyrics, then kicks into gear with some jamming. In this particular version, it’s Mike Gordon and Page McConnell that take the lead in the initial jam, a slow-building funk jam with some cosmic synth accentuation. Spacey cow funk at its finest.If it ended there, it would nonetheless be a satisfying jam. When Trey Anastasio turns on the heat about 15 minutes in, all bets are off. Anastasio is shredding until there’s no tomorrow, starting off with a pentatonic groove before riffing on some new progressions and taking the group in new directions. It’s some disco funk, somehow both ambient and energizing at once. Give the major jam session a full listen below, courtesy of astavely56.Setlist: Phish at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY – 05/22/2000Set 1: My Soul, Chalk Dust Torture, Billy Breathes, Heavy Things, Back on the Train, Split Open and Melt, Sparkle > Horn, Bathtub GinSet 2: Bouncing Around the Room > David Bowie, Sand, The Mango Song, Ghost > Rock and RollEncore: Bug > Golgi Apparatus
Legendary bluegrass musician Dr. Ralph Stanley passed away on June 23rd, at the age of 89. The banjoist played professionally for 70 years, beginning his career in 1946 and playing regularly until his death. He passed away after a long battle with skin cancer.Dr. Ralph Stanley formed one of the first well-known bluegrass bands, the Clinch Mountain Boys, in 1946. They started out playing Bill Monroe songs, before eventually writing their own original music. Along with his brother Carter Stanley, the band continued to see a rise in popularity and eventually caught a record company. Unfortunately, Carter passed away in 1966 from complications from cirrhosis, leaving Ralph to decide whether to perform by himself. When fans urged him to continue, he did.Nearly anyone familiar with the bluegrass genre knows Stanley’s signature banjo playing style, as the man continued to carry on the earliest folk traditions for his entire life. He was awarded a honorary doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN, and has been inducted into the Bluegrass and Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fames. His version of ‘O Death’ was also used in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou.Rest in peace Dr. Ralph. Our hearts go out to his friends, family, and loved ones at this difficult time.
Load remaining images Widespread Panic delivered two shows at Bend, Oregon’s Les Schwab Amphitheatre over Independence Day weekend, giving Pacific Northwest fans a solid one-two punch before the band lightens its tour schedule next year.Longtime collaborator and Oregon-based Jerry Joseph was tapped to open both shows with his band The Jackmormons. Widespread Panic has recorded several of Joseph’s songs over their 30-year career, and it was fitting that he not only opened the shows, but was also a key component in some standout moments that occurred over the weekend.Widespread Panic kicked off their two-night run in Bend with “Pigeons” and the first set included many tried and true tunes such as “Henry Parsons Died” and “Hatfield” along with the fun newer song “Street Dogs For Breakfast.” Jackmormons’ bassist Steven James Wright joined the band on guitar for a cover of Neil Young’s “Vampire Blues” to end the first set.Saturday’s second set included more classics like “Space Wrangler” and “Conrad,” and the first rendition of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” in 87 shows. Jerry Joseph come out to play guitar on Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” and stayed to play and sing his own song “North” to end the set.“Aunt Avis” and “Porch Song” ended the show.Sunday marked another beautiful day in Bend, with people floating and paddling in the nearby Deschutes River, enjoying the beautiful sunshine.During The Jackmormons’ opening set, Widespread Panic percussionist Sunny Ortiz joined The Jackmormons for “Giraffe.” Joseph dedicated a ripping version of “Climb To Safety” to the late Michael Houser, ending his hour on stage in strong fashion.On Sunday, Widespread Panic picked up where they left off the previous night, opening the show with “Disco” and working through some of their classic songs. Fans sang along with Widespread staples like “Wondering,” “Holden Oversoul” and the set closing “Fishwater.”The second set opened with “B of D” and explored some newer tunes like “Cease Fire” and “Jamais Vu” but focused mostly on older songs from their catalog like “Goodpeople” and “Bust It Big.” Jerry Joseph came out to once again help seal the second set. This time they covered Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer” for the fist time since October of 2009 – or 462 shows, for those keeping track. Joseph and John Bell shared lead vocal duties, and Jackmormons drummer Steve Drizos sat in on percussion. “Cortez” led into “Chainsaw City” and once again the second set closed with a Jerry Joseph song. The chorus from Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” was also sung in the middle of “Chainsaw City.”Panic reappeared, and offered up “Blue Indian” and “Action Man” to serve as the encore for this strong two-night run.Check out setlists and a full gallery of Greg Homolka Photography‘s images, below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/2/16Set 1: Pigeons, Henry Parsons Died, Send Your Mind, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Hatfield, Steven’s Cat, Gradle, Vampire Blues*Set 2: The Take Out, Space Wrangler, Conrad, Blight > Fixin’ To Die . Pusherman > Drums > Maggot Brain** > North ***Encore: Aunt Avis, Porch Song* w/Steven James Wright on guitar** w/Jerry Joseph on guitar*** w/Jerry Joseph on guitar and vocalsSetlist: Widespread Panic at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/3/16Set 1: Disco, Glory, Wondering, Can’t Get High, Dyin’ Man, Holden Oversoul > Worry, Tie Your Shoes > FishwaterSet 2: B of D, Good People > Bust It Big > Stop/Go > Drums > Cease Fire > Jamais Vu > Proving Ground, Cortez The Killer*, Chainsaw City*Encore: Blue Indian, Action Man*w/Jerry Joseph on guitar and vocals; Steve Drizos on percussion Setlist: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/2/16Supernatural, Giraffe, Peace In Our Day, Cosmic, Pink Light, Savage GardenSetlist: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/3/16K-line, Weird Blood, Yellow Ribbons/Powder Finger, Giraffe*, Think On These Things, Climb To Safety*w/ Sunny Ortiz on percussion
The debut edition of the Bear Creek Bayou Festival took place last weekend, bringing a glorious day of funk to New Orleans music lovers. After hours, fans made their way over to The Republic, for a special “Funk Court” late night hosted by electrofunk duo, The Floozies.New Orleans is one of the world’s music meccas, and brothers Matt and Mark Hill welcomed a number of special guest performers for the show. Keyboard legend John Medeski, sax demon Skerik, and Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and Ryan Zoidis all joined in the party for a packed house celebration. The Flooizes Live Band had the walls shaking and the dance floor packed, as the laser lit spectacle shined from the stage.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the festivities, giving us an unique look into this special collaboration. Enjoy!Here’s the full band closing down the first set with an down and dirty jam:After the set break, The Floozies started things off jamming and slowly reintroduced their guests. Here’s Skerik and Ryan Zoidis joining them for some looping jams that had the crowd raging:We can’t wait to catch these musicians at Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd, with 50+ musicians spanning three venues in the heart of Williamsburg. All four of the live band members from this show, including John Medeski, Jesus Coomes, Skerik, and Ryan Zoidis, are featured players on the BCA lineup! Between the DRKWAV set to some of the funky tributes and jams that are scheduled throughout the day, this is going to be one seriously fun day of music! Check out more information here.
To say that NY-based rock fusion act TAUK is on a recent tear is a severe understatement. Currently on tour in support of their latest release, Sir Nebula, the quartet headlined Fort Collins, CO venue The Aggie Theatre for a sold-out performance that featured support from The RunniKine and Moves At Midnight.A solid first set saw TAUK open with material from 2014’s Collisions, including “Mokuba” and “The Drop,” before turning their attention to material from Nebula. “Program Select” found the band embracing electronic elements with an initial sonic bomb drop that melted inside your ears before the group found a serious groove that makes it difficult to not get down.Alric “A.C.” Carter definitely stood out on the evening, taking some truly beautiful leads on the keys. Matt Jalbert has quickly become an impressive lead guitarist in his own right, with tendencies that bordered on the line between prog-rock and straight up metal. There is absolutely no denying that Isaac Teel is an absolute monster behind the kit, while Charlie Dolan is clearly a student of the bass, holding down serious groove at all times.“Rainwalk”:“Rainwalk” is another example of a heavy groove that makes you want to dance, but at the same time headbang. A dichotomy that the gentlemen of TAUK not only embrace, but actually flourish off of. Take first set closer “Dead Signal” from 2013’s Homunculus, for example; it’s undeniably heavy, but carries with it all the elements of some serious jam.The second set started where the first left off, with new number “Informant” delivering the message loud and clear. Being the on the road the last two weeks, you can see that the quartet is locked in and fully loaded. “Tumbler” featured slick interplay between Jalbert and Carter, while “Mindshift” was more like mind-blowing. “In The Basement Of The Alamo” ended the second set in proper fashion, before the group came back out for an encore that featured a brief interlude into a dark cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter.”TAUK is on a massive Fall tour that will take them through New Year’s. For more dates, check out the band’s website here.Full second set w/ encore:Setlist: TAUK at The Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO – 10/14/16Set I: Mokuba, Weenus, The Drop, Program Select, Rainwalk, Waver, Dirty Mouth, Sunshine, Dead SignalSet II: Informant, Home To Me, Sweet Revenge, Afro-Tonic, Tumbler, The Spot, Mindshift, In The Basement Of The AlamoEncore: Darkwing > No Quarter** Led Zeppelin cover
In advance of JAZZ IS PHSH’s album pre-release party and Thanksgiving celebration at The Cutting Room in Manhattan, NY on Saturday, November 26, 2016, JAZZ IS PHSH drummer Adam Chase shared some insight on the records that had the biggest impact on him as he considers what kind of impact he hopes the JAZZ IS PHSH record will have on its listeners.“As we are putting the finishing touches on the debut album for JAZZ IS PHSH, He Never Spoke A Word, (appropriately named, considering it’s an all instrumental record), I have been thinking about the albums that had the biggest influence on me as a musician,” he explains. “This is not a list of albums that I would claim are necessarily the best albums of all time or anything like that. These albums are simply the records that had the biggest impact on me growing up as a musician. The main qualifier for the list for me had to do with how obsessed I was with the record. If I listened to the album enough times that I could scat out and sing every part, every instrument on the album, it made the first cut. (Kind of like how I can recite every word from The Big Lebowski).”So here it is:10 ANIMALS – PINK FLOYDWhen it comes to Pink Floyd, most would suggest Dark Side Of The Moon is the bands best album, and deservedly so. I would not suggest otherwise. However, for me, Animals was the record that got me to get stuck in a loop. The way the album flows seamlessly from one song to the next, telling an important story of political corruption with masterful ease was enough for me to listen to it on repeat. 9 DELOUSED AT THE COMATORIUM – THE MARS VOLTAThis record came out while I was in high school. It was a tale of a man that overdoses on drugs and goes into a comma for a week; which unfortunately hit close to home for me. As a drummer and lover of concept albums, this record had it all. John Theodores’ drumming and Fleas’ bass playing stood out to me and of course Cedrics’ vocals are unreal. I was obsessed with the record. Anything Rick Rubin touches is worth a listen.8 THRILLER – MICHAEL JACKSONThriller came out when I was 5 months old. The songs were played everywhere that year. Some of my first memories are of songs from this record. It didn’t hurt that it stayed popular throughout the 80’s and still today. Like most people that survived the 80’s, I know every word to every song and thanks to Weird Al, “Beat It” and “Eat It” can blend seamlessly when my brain decides to turn on the radio. Quincy Jones was on fire (always is) as a producer and arranger and with Paul McCartney, Eddie Van Halen, and Steven Ray (on the bathroom stomp board – whatever that is?) and a ton of other great musicians and engineers, this record deserves it’s place as the highest selling record of all time.7 MIDNIGHT VULTURES – BECKBeck has so many great records, can’t say if this is my favorite or not. It certainly got a lot of mixed reviews, from being considered one of the worst albums of all times to being considered one of the best albums of all time. This is, however, the record that had the biggest impact on my sense of performance and arrangement. I have performed this record with The Chase Brothers years ago and for good reason. With odes to Grand Master Flash, David Bowie, Prince, and The Velvet Underground, the album earned its place in my musical rotation for over a decade.6 KIND OF BLUE – MILES DAVISMiles Davis, Bill Evans, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley. Together these guys made magic with this record. My obsession with the record happened immediately after the first time I heard it. Every note is perfectly placed, every scene is perfectly painted…it is a true masterpiece. One of the things that always stood out to me the most was Bill Evans use of space in his piano playing. 5 MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR – THE BEATLESThe Beatles are tough for me to choose favorites with when it comes to making sense of their records. Some people would choose the White Album, some Abbey Road. Both were obsessions for me, however, Magical Mystery Tour definitely had me tuned in the longest, if for nothing more, “I am the Walrus” is a life changing experience when you hear it for the first time (and the hundreds of times that quickly follow).4 CALIFORNIA – MR BUNGLECalifornia came out with high school. To me the genius of the album cannot be over stated. It’s Mike Patton and Co. at their best. With that said, I lost a lot of friends that thought I was weird after forcing them to listen to the record with me. Seriously though, the record has so many styles and compositional elements that are executed to perfection. It changed the way I looked at how writing music could be approached.3 A GO-GO – SCOFIELD, MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOODThe first collaboration between John Scofield and Medeski, Martin and Wood was my personal favorite. Though I have enjoyed them all. For the first record you would think they had been collaborating for years. The album flows so well and is so tasty from top to bottom, I don’t think there is a moment in the day that I wouldn’t want to hear those songs. I was 16 years old when the album was released and may have been one of the first records that I took the time to properly transcribe for drums. 2 ROXY AND ELSEWHERE – FRANK ZAPPAI don’t think I have met a musician that I haven’t discussed this record with. “Echidna’s Arf” and “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing” alone are enough to blow the mind of a listening ear. The masterful compositions, performed exquisitely by the likes of George Duke, Don Preston, Bruce Fowler, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Chester Thompson, Ruth Underwood…(I should name every player on the record, but I will stop there for now). If you haven’t listened, stop what you are doing and put it on. Take note of George Dukes’ Rhodes solo and Bruce Fowler’s Trombone Solo in “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing.”1 RIFT – PHISH My freshman year of high school I took theater arts as an elective (or whatever its called). One of my assignments was to memorize song lyrics or a poem and perform it as a monologue. My monologue was the lyrics to the title track of my favorite Phish album, and the most influential album on my development as a musician “Rift”. The concept record conveys the experience of a man dreaming of the rift forming between himself and his girlfriend. The imagery is rich and dark and accompanied by some of the most impressive musical compositions ever written. What sets “Rift” a part for me from other album like “Roxy and Elsewhere,” is the depth that exists when you start to dissect the music and it’s compositions. With a masterful fugue in “All Things Reconsidered” to brainy and playful exploration in “Mound,” this record hits on all levels. While some of the inspirational moments in musicianship on the other records inspired me, the rubrics cube of composition on this record had me working hard to figure out the polyrhythms and compositional patterns. A great example is the break down that happens in “It’s Ice” before the piano solo. While many of the records come close and some of them even have better elements of musicianship and musicians with better overall chops. The full package of this record has had it sitting as my number one for a long time. JAZZ is PHSH Tour Dates:11/26 — The Cutting Room — New York, NY12/11 — Shaka’s Live — VA Beach, VA12/12 — The Blind Tiger — Greensboro, NC12/13 — The Pour House — Charleston, SC12/14 — Smith’s Olde Bar — Atlanta, GA12/15 — Southland Ballroom — Raleigh, NC12/16 — Harvester Performance Center — Rocky Mount, NC12/17 — Salvage Station — Asheville, NC12/18 — The Broadberry — Richmond, VA[Cover photo by Ron Adelberg]
Fresh off a recently-completed fall tour, funk artists Lettuce have returned with a fresh batch of tour dates in 2017. The band just released a new EP, Mt. Crushmore, filled with funky classics unused from their 2015 Crush album. Make no mistake, these new songs rage as hard as any fresh Lettuce cuts, and were in full force during the two-night EP release party in New York.While Lettuce still has a few shows left to play in 2016, including Dominican Holidaze and a two-night New Year’s run with TAUK, the band has set their sights on 2017 with an extensive tour announcement. They’ll kick off the 2017 dates with two nights at the Brooklyn Bowl on January 3rd and 4th, before heading all through the country. The first leg of the tour ends with Jam Cruise, and the second leg runs from February 22nd through March 19th.Check out the full tour schedule below!LETTUCE TOUR DATES:November 26 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumDecember 1 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic @ Dominican HolidazeDecember 30 Portland, ME @ State Theatre – w/ TAUKDecember 31 Boston, MA @ House of Blues – w/ TAUKJanuary 3 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn BowlJanuary 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn BowlJanuary 5 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living ArtsJanuary 6 Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubJanuary 7 Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubJanuary 8 Richmond, VA @ National TheaterJanuary 10 Wilmington, NC @ Throne TheaterJanuary 11 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln TheaterJanuary 12 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music WorksJanuary 13 Athens, GA @ Georgia TheaterJanuary 15 Charleston, SC @ Music FarmJanuary 17 New Orleans, LA @ The RepublicJanuary 18 Mobile, AL @ Soul KitchenJanuary 19 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus LandingJanuary 20 Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise 15February 22 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue TheatreFebruary 23 Grand Rapids, MI @ The IntersectionFebruary 24 Chicago, IL @ Vic TheatreFebruary 25 Minneapolis, MN @ First AvenueFebruary 26 Omaha, NE @ SlowdownMarch 1 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie TheaterMarch 2 Aspen, CO @ Belly UpMarch 3 Aspen, CO @ Belly UpMarch 4 Park City, UT @ Park City LiveMarch 7 Missoula, MT @ Wilma TheatreMarch 9 Seattle, WA @ The ShowboxMarch 10 Portland, OR @ Roseland TheaterMarch 11 Portland, OR @ Roseland TheaterMarch 15 Tahoe, NV @ Crystal Bay CasinoMarch 16 Tahoe, NV @ Crystal Bay CasinoMarch 18 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram BallroomMarch 19 San Diego, CA @ Music Box
We’ve seen a lot of great shows from Pink Talking Fish over the last few years, as the hybrid tribute fusion band continues to make a name for themselves by fusing the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. The group has given us interpretations of Gamehendge, Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals and so much more, but their newest concept performance looks to be their most exciting yet.Not only will the band headline at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, for the first time, but they’ll do so with special guests to the tune of the Talking Heads’ famed film, Stop Making Sense – with Pink Floyd and Phish included, of course – on February 3rd. Tickets here. Says bandleader Eric Gould, “We have created many concepts within our concept at this point in the PTF journey. The albums are extremely exciting because the performance gives a double sided pleasure of experiencing the album in its entirety live while also witnessing something unique with the songs intertwining.When thinking of these ideas, we’ve always known that Stop Making Sense would be a beast once we added the Phish & Pink Floyd Songs throughout the piece. It’s a long and high energy track list as is. Adding the other bands into the mix turns this into a 3 plus hour marathon. As a result, we have been waiting for a special event to make this happen. Headlining The Capitol Theatre is the perfect time to unleash this experience.”Not only will Stop Making Sense be played, but the band will bring on a number of special guests for the occasion, including Leo Nocentelli of The Meters, The Turkuaz Horns, Shira Elias & Sammi Garett of Turkuaz, Jen Durkin of Deep Banana Blackout, Jon Braun of Start Making Sense and Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu will all be joining Pink Talking Fish for the show.Says Gould, “We knew that this concept would benefit from a spectacle. The film concert had the band get bigger and bigger during each song on the front end. We didn’t want to do exactly what they did because part of our philosophy in PTF is to provide a fresh experience. We decided to bring on a variety of special guests and treat it “Last Waltz” style.The Cap knew we were playing with Jen Durkin over NYE and they love her so that was an easy one. We love the Turkuaz crew and the stars aligned since they tour so much but happened to have this time off. Adrian from Kung Fu has been involved with PTF on multiple occasions. Our booking agent suggested Leo Nocentelli. I gave him a call and we had a fantastic conversation about the show and life and him playing with Bernie Worrell. He is very excited to be a part of this.Jon Braun of Start Making Sense is so good and we are really excited to collaborate with him. Who knows? He may even break out the big suit!”Not only are there are a ton of special guests, but the unique project Electric Beethoven will also be on as support. “Those musicians are amazing. PTF has played with Stoops on a few occasions and I go way back with Reed. They are brothers in the “unique tribute” ride as well so the bands will connect well together.”With the special guests in place, the stage set, and the album selected, the band and their fans know that they’re in for a long night ahead. “I’ve had a lot of experience with the marathon set and I love it,” says Gould. “My longest performance was at Bonnaroo 2003 with Particle. We took the stage at 3AM and ended the set over 5 1/2 hours later after 8:30AM. There is a zen that you achieve once you are involved in a performance that reaches beyond the average “long” set for a show. Something sets in and there is no rush. The music that comes from this is a gem.”So what can we expect from this performance? Well, aside from all of the goodies mentioned in this article, the band certainly has a few tricks up their proverbial sleeves. “Are there surprises? Oh yes. But I’ll never tell! This is going to be a musical celebration and a marathon journey. My hope is that the audience experience for this show takes them on a path of endurance and joy. The design of this show will have constant excitement and will provide a roller coaster of inertia.He concludes, “Performing live music is amazing. Creating a special event that is a larger than life spectacle takes the excitement through the stratosphere. What’s great about this collection of characters is that the full experience, both on and off stage, is going to be a blast. Artists from different bands often get together like this at festivals but it is rare when it is centered around a theatre concert production. We are ready and eager to bring this energy to The Capitol Theatre!”You can find more information about this event here, or enter to win tickets below.
Though Umphrey’s McGee has been performing without guitarist Jake Cinninger for the past few days, the remaining band members have kicked into overdrive to bring things up to speed. Last night, UM hit Rochester venue Anthology, playing to a packed house as a five man band.The group got rocking with “Domino Theory” and more, but one of the biggest treats of this January tour has been the addition of saxophonist Joshua Redman. The master improviser has only fueled the fires of Umphrey’s McGee’s jam-friendly music, and his addition to tracks like “The Linear,” “Example 1,” “Make It Right” and more has helped the band shine brightly. He returned in the second set as well, jamming to the tunes of “Upward > 1000 Places to See Before You Die > Similar Skin.” He also stayed on for a fun cover of “Lively Up Yourself” by Bob Marley, accentuating the reggae tune with his horn soaked grooves.The show also featured a “Front Porch” that sandwiched the band’s first “Muff II: The Revenge” since 12/20/13 – a gap of 311 shows. They closed out the night with a two song encore, playing “Orfeo” and “Waiting Room” to send the fans home smiling. You can catch full audio of last night’s show below, courtesy of taper opsopcopolis.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Anthology | Rochester, NY | 1/29/17Set 1: Domino Theory, Loose Ends > Turn & Dub, Yoga Pants > The Linear, Example 1, Make It RightSet 2: The Triple Wide, Upward > 1000 Places to See Before You Die > Similar Skin, Lively Up Yourself, Robot World > Front Porch > Muff II: The Revenge > Front PorchEncore: Orfeo, Waiting Room with Joshua Redman on saxophoneNotes:entire show without Jakelast Muff II: The Revenge 12.30.2013 (311 shows)[Photo from The Tabernacle, 1/14/17]