For Austin Dillon, it all begins with where he starts — whether that’s his performance this season in NASCAR Nationwide Series races, or his transition to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit next year.The Richard Childress Racing driver is coming off a runner-up performance Sunday at Iowa Speedway in which he led 207 laps before being passed late in the event by winner Trevor Bayne. As usual, the effort for Dillon began with qualifying, where he claimed a third consecutive pole position that improved his series-best starting position to 4.2. Driver going for record fourth consecutive pole in NASCAR Nationwide Series FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos”I feel like getting in the car I can go out there and hold it wide open for a lap or be in the gas for the longest.”— Austin Dillon Three straight poles place Dillon in a six-way tie for the Nationwide record, along with Bayne, Sam Ard, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip. Although the overall NASCAR national-series mark may still be a ways off — that one belongs to Mike Skinner, who scored eight straight on the Camping World Truck Series in 1995 — Dillon still has a chance to take ownership of the Nationwide record this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, where he won a pole last year.“We’re going to a track where I’m very capable of setting the car on the pole,” Dillon said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. His previous three poles have come at Charlotte, Dover, and Iowa, showing off flat-out speed that’s been one of Dillon’s strengths since his days racing on dirt.“I feel like qualifying has always been something, it just comes to me naturally from dirt racing,” he said. “I’ve sat on a lot of poles in dirt cars. One of my favorite things to look back on is, I set the pole for the World 100, one of the toughest dirt races out there, at Eldora. And qualifying has just been something that, I feel like getting in the car I can go out there and hold it wide open for a lap or be in the gas for the longest …. That’s been pretty simple for me, but right now it’s just making sure that we can do that throughout a run, and be fast over a long period of time.”None of Dillon’s poles have yet translated into victories — his runner-up result at Iowa was his best in a season that sees him fourth in points, 46 behind leader Regan Smith. But that early-race track position is still important, particularly in Nationwide events that are typically shorter, and often feature an assortment of moonlighting Sprint Cup drivers mixed in.“In a shorter race like the Nationwide Series races, you don’t have the opportunity to make many adjustments to your car,” he said. “So starting up front, and also having the No. 1 pit stall, is huge. Getting that early pick for a clean pit stall in and out makes your day a lot easier when you don’t have to deal with multiple cars around you when you come down pit road.”Those things may prove even more important next year, when the 23-year-old Dillon is expected to move up to RCR’s Sprint Cup program. This weekend he’s also running the Sprint Cup race at Michigan, in a No. 33 car that will have Shane Wilson as crew chief. It will be the fifth premier-series start this season for Dillon, who has made three of those in James Finch’s No. 51 car, all of it with an eye toward gaining experience and knowledge for next year.“Experience is huge, and running the Truck Series and the Nationwide Series, you don’t ever get that horsepower that you get when you get in those Cup cars,” said Dillon, the 2011 Truck Series champion, and a two-time winner on the Nationwide tour. The purpose of that experience is to give him something to build on when he moves into the premier series as a rookie in 2014.“I think most of all in these races we have this year, (the goal) is to run all the laps. It’s very important to gain experience throughout a full run,” Dillon said. “You go through lots of changes in a Cup race where you have many pit stops and changes, so the cars change a lot more over a long run. Just keeping up with those and making sure we don’t get out early in these Cup races, where we can’t use that experience to help us for next year. That’s really big, to finish these races and get that experience so you have a little bit of a notebook going into next year.”
Anyone who’s heard Lettuce knows that the group is extra funky. Now, the band is bringing the funk to you with an exclusive BitTorrent partnership, as part of the new “Lettuce Live” series. The free download series will see Lettuce share some of their prized content, and the first edition features so many goodies. Live shows, compilations, an animated “Lettuce Medley” video series, four videos from Red Rocks, and footage from the band’s recently-released Let Us Play funkumentary are all included!You can watch the full Let Us Play film here.For fans of the Lettuce funk, do not sleep on tickets for the band’s inaugural festival, Fool’s Paradise. Held from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL, the festival will see Lettuce perform an original show as well as a collaborative performance with beloved saxophonist GRiZ. Other performers include Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Break Science, Nth Power, Goldfish, Fools for Funk and so many more! Tickets are available here.Read the band’s full statement about the new BitTorrent bundle below, and access the download here.We’re teaming up with BitTorrent to introduce the first installment of the “Lettuce Live” series. This Funk filled bundle is bursting at the seams with exclusive content including two full unreleased live shows from our recently completed Winter Tour, Whit’s Picks vol. 1 (10 hand picked tracks from 2015-16 selected by Whit Hawkins), the premiere of our animated “Lettuce Medley” video series (Chapter 1), 4 full song videos from our headlining performance at Red Rocks (2015), 4 clips and movie trailer from our newly released funkumentary “Let Us Play”, Lost in Flight: The Fly Outtakes, “Phyllis” (Music Video), and a 15% off coupon for our online merch store! Best of all the entire bundle is downloadable FREE OF CHARGE!“The “Lettuce Live” series is about spreading Lettuce Funk far and wide, and this BitTorrent bundle is only the beginning. We’ll be consistently releasing new recordings as well as back catalog gems complete with video footage and behind the scenes content. STAY TUNED! We’d also like to express our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has supported Lettuce through the years, without you none of this could be possible. Lettuce Thank You!” -Lettuce
Twiddle is getting quite “Frendly” at the 2016 Frendly Gathering festival, scheduled for June 23-25 in Timber Ridge, Vermont. In addition to the Green Mountain State jam band, the initial lineup impressed with acts like Cabinet, Moon Hooch, Turkuaz, Marco Benevento, Trevor Hall, and a lot more.Today, the lineup expanded with three exciting new additions: Big Gigantic, Monophonics, and The Congress. The funk vibes will be strong at this year’s Gathering, but the jams will remain sufficiently Frendly with community efforts to create a lasting environment that is built upon kindness, generosity, and respect.Join The Frends Crew today. You can catch the full lineup below, and head to Frendly Gathering’s website for tickets and more information!Full Frendly Gathering Lineup:Twiddle | Big Gigantic | Monophonics | The Congress | Trevor Hall | Turkuaz | GIVERS | Moon Hooch | The Ballroom Thieves | LYNX & the Servants of Song | LYNX | Marco Benevento | Cabinet | Sinkane | Son Little | Eminence Ensemble | Jaden Carlson Band | Madaila | Helado Negro | Mariachi Flor de Toloache | Kitchen Dwellers | Natural Child | The Smooths | Into The Mystic: A Tribute to Van Morrison | Disco Phantom | Canyon Collected | Tommy Alexander | The High Breaks | Upstate Rubdown | Mal Maiz | AND MORE TO COME SOON!!!
Beloved rock band Tool has made a very exciting announcement, adding three new tour dates to what is otherwise an empty calendar. The band will perform three nights between October 24-28, playing in Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO, and Little Rock, AR.The band surprised fans by playing a run of shows throughout January 2016, touring alongside Primus through most of the Southern United States. It’s unclear why Tool only played shows in January, or why they chose to wait nearly 9 months to get back on the road for another run of shows. As of now, no support for the three shows has been announced.You can see Tool’s full announcement below, with ticketing information provided. All shows go on sale this Friday, June 10th, at 10 AM local time. There’s also information about VIP Packages, a new web store, and more! We’ll keep our fingers crossed that this is just the beginning of a major tour announcement!
One of the great things about being a Frank Zappa fan is the period installments of new, unreleased material from the vault. Despite family tensions, the Zappa Records label has announced two albums for release on July 15th. Frank Zappa For President and Crux Of The Biscuit are both on their way!In the throes of a heated presidential election, Zappa Records has released a collection of unreleased music composed by Zappa for the Synclavier. With these compositions and a number of politically-themed gems to be mined from the vault, the album is sure to be an ode to Zappa’s witty tendencies. The second album is a companion to ‘ (Apostrophe), with session outtakes, alternates, and live performances. Check out the tracklisting for each, below.FRANK ZAPPA: Frank Zappa for President1. Overture to “Uncle Sam”2. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It (Remix)3. Amnerika (Vocal Version)4. “If I Was President”5. When the Lie’s So Big (Live)6. Medieval Ensemble7. America the Beautiful (Live)FRANK ZAPPA: The Crux of the Biscuit1. Cosmik Debris2. Uncle Remus (Mix Outtake)3. Down In De Dew (Alternate Mix)4. Apostrophe’ (Mix Outtake)5. The Story Of Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow/St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast6. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow/St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (Live)7. Excentrifugal Forz (Mix Outtake)8. Energy Frontier (Take 4)9. Energy Frontier (Take 6 with OD’s)10. Energy Frontier (Bridge)11. Cosmik Debris (Basic Tracks Take 3)12. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow (Basic Tracks- Alternate Take)13. Nanook Rubs It (Basic Tracks- Outtake)14. Nanook Rubs It (Session Outtake)15. Frank’s Last Words…..
Soulful up and comers Lawrence prepare for their Central Park Summer Stage debut next Wednesday, where they’ll be supporting Vulfpeck along with Eric Krasno Band. Lawrence just wrapped their summer tour in support of debut album, Breakfast, produced by Eric Krasno. The extensive cross country tour included a stop at Bonnaroo, earning them “Best Bonnaroo Debut” in our Festival Awards, and continued the celebration with a two hour set at Camp Springer Music & Arts Festival in upstate New York.Thanks to the fine folks at Camp Springer, you can now watch pro-shot footage of Lawrence’s cover of Donny Hathaway’s classic “I Love You More Than You Ever Know,” live from the festival.Following their unforgettable set, Lawrence dropped by Camp Springer radio to chat. Listen below as they talk about working with Krasno and their surprise guest at Bonnaroo. You can catch a preview of that interview below, and be sure to visit the Camp Springer website for the full interview!
Longtime fans of the Summer Camp Music Festival have been on edge this years, with rumors circulating that the beloved Chillicothe, IL festival would change locations from the Three Sisters Park to the Kennekuk County Park, site of the former Phases Of The Moon Festival, and roughly two hours driving from the festival’s current location. The festival’s Founder and Director released a statement to address the concern, assuring that the rumors of consideration were true but a decision had not yet been made.Today, the festival excitingly confirms that the 17th annual Summer Camp Music Festival will take place at Three Sisters Park on May 26, 27, and 28 of 2017. Here is the official statement from Summer Camp Music Festival Founder and Director, Ian Goldberg, which opens the door to potential future ventures at the Kennekuk County Park.Dear Summer Camp Fam,I am pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with Three Sisters Park. Summer Camp Music Festival 2017 will again take place at its longstanding home in Chillicothe, Illinois.I know the past couple weeks have been a bit unsettling, and I greatly appreciate all the support we received from you.It was refreshing and inspiring to feel all your love. It again renewed my faith and commitment to doing what we do.I would like to thank the great people at Kennekuk County Park, The Vermillion County Conservation District, and the community in Danville, who, knowing the uncertainty of the situation, put untold hours into helping us devise a plan to move should it have become necessary. As I stated before, I am hoping that relationship will turn into fruitful ventures in the future.But again, most of all I must thank you, our loyal fans, for continuing to support this crazy journey we embarked on 16 years ago and for continuing to show that know matter the turns and twists, it all comes down to a love for the music and community that we have grown together.Much Love – Can’t wait to see you at Summer Camp 2017!!Ian Goldberg Founder and Director Summer Camp Music FestivalThe Summer Camp Music Festival will feature over 100 artists on 8 stages, including 3 days of moe. and 3 days of Umphrey’s McGee. On top of all the live music, festival-goers have access to on-site camping, late night shows, musician workshops, a non-profit village, unique arts & craft vendors, and tons of great food and beer.Advanced Early Bird 3-Day GA Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 14th at 10 AM CST right here. There will be a limited number of tickets available at this price, and once they sell out, the ticket price may go up without notice, the festival warns.
It is undeniable that piano wizard Marco Benevento is a busy man. When he is not behind the keys for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bustle In Your Hedgerow, the recently back in action Benevento/Russo Duo, or his own solo project trio, he is typically making more music at his home in Woodstock, NY.Benevento recently played a show with his trio of drummer Andy Borger and bassist Karina Rykman for a special live recording session at Applehead Studios to a sold-out audience, which will be released as a Woodstock Sessions album. The group has unveiled live video for “Heavy Metal Floating Upstream” (from Benevento’s album The Story of Fred Short) from the performance, which can be viewed below. The band is currently out on the road.[via The Key]
The last weekend of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is in full swing, with the Fairgrounds packed with performances by dozens of artists each day and the city alive with late-night performances running well beyond after the sun comes up. Yesterday, saw an abundance of incredible musicians grace the various stages across the Crescent City on Cinco De Mayo following the end of Friday’s official Jazz Fest performances for the day, and luckily, photographer Dave Vann was there to capture some of the action as it went down.As always, Jazz Fest Late Nights are expansive, and no amount of coverage could truly do the bounty of musical collaborations across the city justice, so we’ll just give you a taste of the musical insanity that was going down across the city. At the Orpheum Theater, Austin’s four-piece rock group White Denim took to the stage early, putting on a lively performance that got folks primed for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Denson and his Tiny Universe compadres planned a special performance in store—their tribute to The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. (a fitting tribute considering that Denson himself joined The Rolling Stones as a touring member back in 2014) with the group’s take New Orleans take on the classic album dubbed Exile On Bourbon St.—for the fans who made it out.Across the way, The Howlin’ Wolf was going off with the 15th Annual Bayou Rendezvous underway since 9 p.m. and no plans of stopping until after breakfast was served this morning. In addition to the all-star super-groups gathered for the evening to headline the event—Dr. Klaw featuring the Shady Horns and the Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars—a number of other big names were rounding out the other seven performance slots across the event’s two stages. In the wee hours of the morning, Orgone and Lebo And Friends—brought together by Dan Lebowitz of ALO and Steve Kimock fame and featuring Steve Adams (ALO, Nicki Bluhm), Stu Allen (JGB Band, Phil Lesh), and Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus)—were just starting their night around 4 AM. Photo: Dave Vann Orgone | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images The 15th Annual Bayou Rendezvous Takes Over The Howlin’ Wolf For Jazz Fest [Photos]A favorite of Jazz Fest Late Nights was also happening over at The Maison, Worship My Organ, a late-night tradition that brings together world-renowned organ players to team up and get into. Continuing again tonight, this year’s iteration featured organ wizards John Medeski of Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Marco Benevento of the Benevento Russo Duo, and Robert Walter of the Greyboy Allstars all holding it down on the Hammond B3. These three virtuosos were complimented by saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool), drummer Daru Jones (Jack White), and DJ Logic (John Popper Project).Check out our photo coverage of these awesome event below, courtesy of Dave Vann, and stayed tuned as a bunch more of Live For Live Music’s Jazz Fest coverage is coming your way. Load remaining images Load remaining images Load remaining images Lebo And Friends | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann White Denim | Orpheum Theater | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Exile On Bourbon Street | Orpheum Theater | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann Worship My Organ | The Maison | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/17 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images
Slovenian DJ/producer Benjamin Shock is most known for spinning house and hip-hop beats on radio shows and European underground labels as well as for a number of hip-hop artists. His first house track, titled “Get Down, was released by the German house label Discogalaxy on both vinyl and digital. Shock is also one-half of the electro/funk/ house duo called Fatnatikz — the other half is his good friend and fellow Slovenian, Gramatik. In 2014, Shock dropped “Feel Da Phunk,” which was the first of many singles he’s released via Gramatik’s Lowtemp label. In addition to the tracks he’s produced, Shock proved his versatility as a DJ when he won third place in the Burn Residency DJ Contest. “It’s really hard for me to play or produce only one specific style of dance music,” Shock said. “I like to keep my sets dynamic as well as in the studio. It all depends on the vibe and the crowd on the dance floor.”Gramatik Features Eric Krasno On Vocals And Guitar For This Collaborative New Track, “Recovery”Shock’s latest single, “It’s A Shame,” is featured on Lowtemp’s third installment of its compilation series, Lowtemporary, which is due out soon. Thanks to the soulful vocals of Swedish singer Marina Martensson and creative input from guitarist Teo Collori, “It’s A Shame” is a moody number with a chill vibe, reminiscent of Portishead or Massive Attack. As singer Marina Martensson noted about the song’s creation process, “The second I heard the beat and guitar playing, I started singing the words that would later become the verse more or less unchanged. The process was immediate.”Live For Live Music proudly premieres the latest from Benjamin Shock, “It’s A Shame” featuring Marina Martensson, below. You can also head over to Benjamin Shock’s Facebook or Soundcloud for more information about and tunes from the producer and DJ.