The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes Reboot Their Concert Tour Into Fall

The Black Crowes Reboot Their Concert Tour Into Fall

The Black Crowes seem to be thinking that as long as the brothers Robinson aren’t fighting, they might as well put some more miles on the ol’ tour bus.

Well, really I have no idea what the state of the Robinson relationship is right now, but I do know they will continue an already busy year of touring with a slate of new dates that stretch almost to the end of the year. These new shows kick off with a show in Cooperstown, New York at the Brewery Ommegang on September 5. It’s rare that I get to report a show taking place in Cooperstown, so I’d like to take this opportunity to say that if you like both “She Talks to Angels” and baseball as much as I do — and you live near the area — you should treat yo’self to the Baseball Hall of Fame and a concert that day.

But that’s just the beginning, and the tour will continue on through a December 14 show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on December 14. In between those dates, the tour will meander around the U.S., hitting Birmingham, Alabama; Salt Lake City; Thackerville, Oklahoma; Boulder, Colorado; Seattle and Las Vegas, among others. A few stops on the tour will contain multiple concerts, including New Orleans (October 1-2); Denver (November 11, 13, 15) and Los Angeles (November 20, 22-23).

Before the newly announced tour departs, the band will be on a co-headlining tour with the Tedeschi Trucks band. The new trek is dubbed the “Lay Down With Number 13” tour, and also includes a few festival dates sprinkled into the headlining shows. These include Interlocken Music Festival and Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.

The Black Crowes haven’t released an album of new, original material since 2009’s Before the Frost… Until the Freeze. The group did, however, release a new live album, Wiser for the Time, back in May.


Neil Young, Black Crowes, Zac Brown Head to Oak Ridge Farm for Interlocken Fest

Neil Young, Black Crowes, Zac Brown Head to Oak Ridge Farm for Interlocken Fest

Organizers of the Interlocken Festival are making sure they are being noticed: the inaugural incarnation of the event will feature Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Black Crowes, Zac Brown and Widespread Panic.

The event will be held September 5-8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Va., which is about 35 miles south of Charlottesville, Va. and about 100 miles from both Richmond, Va. and Washington, D.C.

While a full schedule has yet to be released, thus far we know that Widespread Panic, Black Crowes and String Cheese Incident will each play two-nights of the festival Furthur, the band featuring formal Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will play three nights, with one of those nights being used to perform the classic album Workingman’s Dead in its entirety.

Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty will sit in with Widespread Panic during one of their two nights. That’s not a pairing I would have ever thought of, but it could produce a great set.

Zac Brown will be sans Zac Brown Band for his participation in the festival, and will guest with the String Cheese Incident during one of their performance, forming the debut of the Zac Brown Incident.

The event is clearly going after a certain type of music fan, and co-creator Peter Shapiro said in a press release that this was the original idea.

“Most festivals these days are trying to be everything to everyone – very eclectic with an emphasis on a large number of artists in various genres,” Shapiro said. “With Interlocken, we want to break away from that mold and create something more identifiable and distinct.”

To put it another way, if you like jam bands and you like other people that like jam bands, you’re probably going to dig this festival.

Oak Ridge Farm is a privately owned, 4,800 acre farm that will offer close camping options in the Blue Ridge mountains, as well as VIP camping inside the concert site.

Hangout Fest Review: Tom Petty, Black Crowes, The Roots

Hangout Fest Review: Tom Petty, Black Crowes, The Roots

We enter day two of our Hangout Festival coverage. Yesterday, we had a fantastic first day, highlighting the musical styling of The Shins, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kings of Leon. On Saturday, the heat we’d heard so much about finally arrived to Gulf Shores. It wasn’t quite the suffocating variety, but you finally knew you were in Gulf Shores as the sun roasted the pavement.

The crowds were definitely tighter on day two. The festival sold out of weekend passes about a week back, but I’m sure more than a few people made their way down to Alabama after work last night. Bands, like Bassnectar, packed the sand with a sea of bikinied bodies, writhing like it was a Vegas club at two in the morning. They had to send out for more sand to fit all the manic masses for Tom Petty. Space was at a premium, but no one seemed to mind.

The Roots took the Chevrolet stage at 4:45 with their unique fusion of jazz, hip hop and soul. The fans of Jimmy Fallon will instantly recognize the crew as the house band for the late night host. When the entourage hit the stage, they brought with them every instrument imaginable. Dare I say, they were the only band at Hangout with a tuba courtesy of Damon Bryson or you may know him better as Tuba Gooding Jr.

The Roots wasted no time showing off their musical vibe. It was a slick, full-bodied rhythm that had you moving in ways you didn’t know your body moved. The band wasn’t just innocent bystanders of the groove, but active participants. They couldn’t contain their bodies as they strutted, neck jutting, ass wigglin,’ letting the rhythm get them like Gloria Estafan always said it would. I think they were having more fun onstage than the audience was watching them break it down.

They nibbled from across their ten album catalog, drawing in songs from their most recent work, undun, as well as mining their classics. They weaseled in healthy snippets of classics from Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” to Guns N Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine.” It was that kind of set, and they pulled it off admirably. These guys are a lot of fun onstage with a great energy. Jimmy Fallon doesn’t know how good he has it.

The Black Crowes came to the stage next across on the opposite side of the beach. It was a moment a lot of Crowes fans didn’t know if they would ever experience. The band had called it quits in early-2010 as Chris Robinson moved on to form the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and the rest of the group was thrown to the musical winds. The band put an end to their indefinite hiatus this past December and has been on the road since March.

I don’t know that I’ve seen a happier man this week at Hangout than Chris Robinson. He was smiling from ear to ear, and just couldn’t contain himself. He was a bit more forlorn and serious when we last saw him as part of the Brotherhood at last year’s Beale Street Festival. Not only was he smiling, but he was dancing. Granted, it was a white man dance, but he was getting down with his bad self.

The band opened with “Twice as Hard,” and sounded like they haven’t spent a day apart. The Black Crowes were spinning out Southern Comfort Rock to the bikini brigade that littered the sand in front of them. As expected they were jam hounds from the start. “Stare It Cold” got a little out of hand, peeling off about twenty minutes lost in the groove, but for the most part they constrained themselves.

I hope that Chris Robinson has come to the realization that the Black Crowes is where he needs to be. He’s happy playing with these guys and musing on these classic tracks. The band has a great sound, and they are destined to mature into one of those iconic groups if the boys can find peace within each other.

Speaking of icons, Tom Petty has basically authored the book. He may be getting up there in years, but I’d say you’d be hard pressed to find an artist at Hangout who doesn’t look up to the man and what he’s done over his 36 year career. He brought his Heartbreakers band along for the ride.

Petty tipped his hat to The Byrds opening the set with “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.” It wasn’t the only time he’d pay homage during the set. He brought in the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” for a spin on the Ferris wheel, and pulled in “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” from his side group the Traveling Wilburys. It was a hefty set spanning 17 songs through the encore. He’d mine a lot of the hits like “I Won’t Back Down” and “Learning to Fly” which the fans went bezerk for. He dedicated “Free Fallin’” to all of the ladies stepping out on their men over the last 24 hours of Hangout.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers may have been making music for longer than some of the groups at Hangout have been alive, but their sound is as fresh as ever. Petty has a vibrance and seems to still have a bit of wonder onstage. It’s a mix of genuine love for playing in front of his fans and a thankfulness to have achieved heights he has in his long career. He channeled the energy of the tightly packed crowd and made them sing along with “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and had them dancing as he closed the evening with “American Girl.”

Tom Petty may not have been the most flamboyant performer nor had the most intensity of the acts we saw today, but he was the perfect anchor for Saturday’s line-up. He is the embodiment of where rock has been as well as where it’s going. His influence on the genre is immeasurable. His brilliant performance Saturday showed why he’s become a cornerstone in music and has remained a fixture for all these years.

It was a great day at Hangout. We may have gotten a late start on the day, but we saw three great bands which surpassed Friday’s acts. Our coverage is entering its final mile so join us tomorrow as we close out the weekend’s Hangout Festival with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Trey Anastasio Band and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Black Crowes Hangout Festival Setlist
Gulf Shores, AL : May 18, 2013

1) Twice as Hard
2) Sting Me
3) My Morning Song
4) Stare It Cold
5) Wiser Time
6) She Talks to Angels
7) Thorn in My Pride
8) Soul Singing
9) Remedy
10) Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
11) Hush

Tom Petty Hangout Festival Setlist
Gulf Shores, AL : May 18, 2013

1) So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (The Byrds)
2) Love Is a Long Road
3) I Won’t Back Down
4) You Wreck Me
5) Mary Jane’s Last Dance
6) Good Enough
7) Free Fallin’
8) A Woman In Love
9) I Just Want To Make Love
10) Tweeter and the Monkey Man (Traveling Wilburys)
11) Rebels
12) Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead)
11) Learning to Fly
12) You’re So Bad
13) I Should Have Known It
14) Refugee
15) Runnin’ Down a Dream
16) Don’t Come Around Here No More
17) American Girl

The Black Crowes Set Summer Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Black Crowes Set Summer Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Black Crowes are currently on their first tour since 2010, and now they’ve announced a summer tour along with the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

This is good news for fans of the Crowes, as the band tends to go on hiatus every couple years following a tour or two. But the new summer tour will kick off in Whites Creek, Tennessee – near Nashville – on July 19 at the Woods At Fontanel. The trek will then continue for nearly a month, finishing up on August 15 at Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester, Michigan. Other cities on the tour include Alpharetta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; Gilford, Massachusetts; Canandaigua, New York; Holmdel, New Jersey and Chicago.

This new leg ensures the Black Crowes will be on the road for the majority of this year. Their ongoing spring tour, “Lay Down With Number 13,” continues through a June 1 appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the group will undertake a brief European tour starting June 18.

The Black Crowes released a live album last month titled Wiser for the Time, though they haven’t released a studio album of new material since 2009’s Before the Frost…Until the Freeze. The band’s drummer Steve Gorman recently told Billboard that he was glad that the group no longer had to have a new album as a reason to tour. However, he does suspect some new material will come from the group’s shows this year.

“I’d be amazed if it didn’t,” Gorman said. “There’s always riffs and ideas and melodies around. Chris and Rich (Robinson) are always throwing ideas around; I’m sure there are some they’ll say, ‘That works better for my own thing’ and there are things that they both have that I know they go, ‘That’s better for the Black Crowes.’”

He also said the group has no timeline concerning any new releases, however.


Gather the Vibes 2013 Assembles Phil Lesh, Black Crowes, The Roots

Gather the Vibes 2013 Assembles Phil Lesh, Black Crowes, The Roots

Phil Lesh, The Black Crowes and the Roots are among the big names that will appear at this year’s version of the Gathering of the Vibes festival.

The hippy festival is set to take place over the weekend of July 25-28 this year at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The festival was founded to honor the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and has been held every year since 1996. The first incarnations of the festival were held at SUNY Purchase College before moving to Seaside Park seven years ago.

Phil Lesh & Friends will actually appear two nights at the festival. The ever-rotating cast of musicians in the group will this year include John Kadlecik, John Medeski, Joe Russo and John Scofield. Other acts appearing at the event include Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, John Butler Trio, Fishbone and many more. Additionally, there will be “Late Night Ragers!” with DJ sets by James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) and Rob Garza (of Theivery Corporation), among others.

More acts are expected to be announced soon, and a press release notes that more than 40 bands will play on multiple stages this year. Bridgeport, Connecticut is located 50 miles from Manhattan.

“Our 2013 lineup is a result of sorting through thousands of comments and surveys responses; we hope to deliver an experience that keeps our core fans happy while remaining diverse and current,” said festival founder Ken Hays in the statement. “It’s a model and approach that works for us.”

The Gathering of the Vibes festival is an all ages event that features a family camping area, kids corner and a “Teen Scene” that includes a “School of Rock Teen Vibes Stage.” The “Teen Scene” will feature instruction and jam sessions with some artists that will be performing on the main stage.

Peach Music Festival Features Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, Grace Potter

Peach Music Festival Features Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, Grace Potter

The Allman Brothers Band will bring back its Peach Music Festival this summer for the second year in a row, and the Black Crowes and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals join them as headliners.

The festival will be held at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain near Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 15-18 of this year. In addition to the headliners, the lineup features Jamioe’s Jasssz Band, Railroad Earth, Rusted Root, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Bob Weir & RatDog, among others. Weir is reforming with RatDog for the festival and also will perform a solo “brunch” set on Sunday. Other than that, the daily schedule hasn’t yet been nailed down, though it is known that the Allman Brothers will play two sets during the festival.

“The first Peach Festival was as great of a success as we could have asked for,” said the Allman Brothers in a press release. “The overwhelming response from both the audience and artists to continue has exceeded our expectations. We are very excited that Bob Weir & RatDog have decided to join us this year in Scranton along with many other talented musicians. Year two will be even better than the inaugural Peach Music Festival, we cannot wait to play Scranton again.”

The festival is presented by Live Nation, and Geoff Gordon, regional president of Live Nation Philadelphia, spoke about what fans can expect at this year’s festival.

“We’ve put together a festival that is a truly amazing outdoor summer concert experience: great music over multiple stages and camping in the mountains with some of the greatest fans in the world,” Gordon said in a statement. “If you didn’t come out last year, we hope to see you this summer at the Peach.”

Only four-day passes will be sold for the event, with no single-day tickets being made available.

The Black Crowes, Widespread, Snoop Lion Stack Wakarusa Festival Lineup

The Black Crowes, Widespread, Snoop Lion Stack Wakarusa Festival Lineup

The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic and Snoop Lion are among the artists that will appear at this year’s Wakarusa Music Festival in Arkansas.

This year’s incarnation of the festival will take place May 30-June 2 at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas. The festival has been announcing various pieces of the lineup throughout January, and released the full roster this week.

Additional artists performing at the festival this year include STS9, Galactic, GROUPLOVE, Of Monsters and Men, Dispatch, MUTEMATH, Wallpaper, Rebelution, Ozomatli, Gogol Bordello and Del the Funky Homosapien.

Four-day passes for the full event are on sales now and cost $154, and three-day and two-day passes will be available next month. The event features several camping options, including locations that cost less than the main venue camping and a “Sober Camping” site. VIP passes are also available, some of which include camping passes.

The Wakarusa Music Festival has been held every year since 2004. The event began as a festival held in Clinton State Park near Lawrence, Kansas, but moved after five years to its current home of Mulberry Mountain, which the festival’s website says is “where the beauty of nature synchronizes with the euphoric sounds of live music.”

“Each year since its relocation, Wakarusa has been graced by over a hundred world-class artists that continue to stir the musical interests of folks from all 50 states and beyond,” says the website.

In addition to the music, the Wakarusa also features a variety of additional activities including interactive art installations, live painters, and “dozens and dozens” of arts and crafts vendors. There is also hiking, fishing, canoeing and rafting available around the festival in the Ozark National Forrest. The festival even has a nine-hole disc golf course. Finally, a huge water slide and giant Ferris Wheel will be set up on the festival grounds.

The Black Crowes Return with Spring 2013 Tour Dates

The Black Crowes Return with Spring 2013 Tour Dates

The Black Crowes have announced that they will end the “indefinite hiatus” they have been on for almost three years now, and will hit the road next spring and release a new album to celebrate.

The group will kick off the new tour with a handful of dates in the U.K. at the end of March 2013. The first will be March 24 at the Manchester Academy in Manchester, followed by gigs at the O2 Academy in Birmingham (March 25), the O2 Academy in Glasgow (March 27) and two concerts at the HMV Forum in London (March 29-30).

Shortly after the final London date, the U.S. leg of the tour will kick off with a two night stand at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, N.Y. April 2-3. The tour will last just over a month before the band ends the trek with a performance at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts in New Orleans. In between, the group will visit New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and Nashville, among others. All of the tour stops at the cities listed (excluding New Orleans) will be two-night residencies.

The Black Crowes announced they would be taking a break in 2010 after a tour that celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band. That tour also supported the release of the group’s most recent album, Croweology, which was released in 2010 and primarily featured acoustic versions of songs from the entirety of the Crowes’ career.

The band will release Wiser For the Time on March 19, 2013 – that album is a live album and will feature 15 acoustic and 11 electric songs, all recorded during that 2010 tour.

Their last original studio album by the band was 2008′s Warpaint. That album was released after the group’s first extended hiatus, which lasted from 2002-2005.

Black Crowes Prepare One Last Tour Before Calling it Quits

Black Crowes Prepare One Last Tour Before Calling it Quits

The Black Crowes have been strumming their unique blend of Southern rock for the past 20 years and their road is growing thin. They are set to launch their “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” tour on August 13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it will hit more than 50 cities before wrapping with a six-night residency stay at San Francisco’s Fillmore. A full listing of Black Crowes tour dates can be found below. The upcoming tour is expected to feature three-hour set lists drawing from their full music catalog in full acoustic and electric brilliance. Tickets for the bulk of the dates go onsale through Ticketmaster on May 14 at 10am.

The split is dubbed as a “lengthy hiatus,” but if you listen to drummer Steve Gorman from a recent press release it sounds a bit more final. Gorman said, “We are all in agreement that this is the right time to spend time with our families, friends, outside musical and non musical projects and of course, our personal lives. So, we’re going out swinging with all we got.” The band will also be dropping a new album on August 3 entitled “Croweology” which is a double disk acoustic set that draws material from their across their career, strips it down and serves it up for consumption.

2010 Black Crowes Concert Tour
August 2010
13 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
14 – Walker, MN – Northern Lights Casino
15 – Apple Valley, MN – Zoo Amphitheatre
17 – Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheatre
18 – Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s Kansas City
20 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
21 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
22 – Columbus, OH – Promowest Pavilion
24 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
25 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
27 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
28 – Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove
29 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
31 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

September 2010
7 – Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
8 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10 – Charleston, SC – Family Circle Magazine Stadium
12 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
17 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre
18 – Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre @ The Music Factory
19 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
21 – Jacksonville, FL – The Florida Theatre
24 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre
26 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

October 2010
1 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage
2 – Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion
15 – Albany, NY – The Palace
16 – Salamanca, NY – Seneca Allegheny Casino
17 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
19, 20 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
22, 23 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
24 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
26 – Waterbury, CT – Palace Theatre
27 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
29 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Music Box @ Borgata Resort
31 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre Times Square

November 2010
2, 4-6 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre Times Square
10 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
12 – Pittsburgh, PA – North Shore Entertainment Complex
13,14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
16 – Richmond, VA – The National
17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
19, 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle

December 2010
3 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Auditorium
4 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
5 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
7 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
11 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
12, 14-15, 17-19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns with Pearl Jam, Van Morrison

New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns with Pearl Jam, Van Morrison

It’s hard to image as winter gets a firm foothold, but the sultry, spring New Orleans Jazz Festival is just around the corner. The festival is headlined by heavyweight music acts like Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes and My Morning Jacket. The 2010 edition of the New Orleans Jazz Festival marks the 41st running of the classic music event that features an eclectic blend of musical genres from rock and pop to gospel and blues.

The festival will take place over two weekends – April 23-25 and April 29-May 2 — at the New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course. This year’s edition of the festival drew crowds of 40,000 to see first time participant Bon Jovi among other acts.
Other big name acts that will be participating in this year’s festival include Elvis Costello, The Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, Jeff Beck and hundreds of other artists. In addition to featuring nationally known acts, the New Orleans Jazz Festival also highlights local musical acts as well as food and craft booths.

Tickets went onsale Tuesday (12/15) via Ticketmaster and range in price from $45 for a single day admission to $120 for a three-day package and $160 for a four-day on the second weekend. If you can stomach the sometimes abrasive heat, this event is one not to be missed.