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Mayan Holidaze 2013 Set for December 16-20

Cloud 9 Adventures is proud to announce the details of the legendary Mayan Holidaze! In its seventh year, this long standing destination event in the Cloud 9 family (which also includes the always sold-out Jam Cruise, Holy Ship!!! Strings & Sol and Panic en la Playa), is a fan favorite featuring host bands The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 for four nights on December 16-20, 2013. Mayan Holidaze has taken place in a variety of exotic locations over its long history, last year making a pilgrimage to Tulum in honor of the Mayan shift in 2012. This year’s edition returns to the beautiful Now Sapphire in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 20 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, Now Sapphire is a first-class all-inclusive resort that boasts spacious suites, an incredible on-site spa and gourmet restaurants, and of course, stunning ocean views. Mayan Holidaze offers music fans a genuine luxury vacation relaxing on the beach with friends by day while listening to their favorite bands on the beach by night.

Each of the three hosting bands will play 3 shows by each band with details to be announced later in the year, along with additional support acts/special guests.

The all-inclusive luxury lodging packages for Now Sapphire are available for an intimate number of lucky fans. Check-in begins on December 16, 2013 and the music kicks off that night.

Event details are as follows:
There will be a pre-sale for returning Mayan Holidaze guests on April 23-24. If any rooms remain from the Pre-Sale the packages will go on sale to the general public beginning April 25 at 12:00 PM ET at www.mayanholidaze.com .

Packages for the all-inclusive resort starts at $1,299 per person, with oceanfront doubles starting at $1749 for per person. In addition, a select few Stage front rooms are being offered for fans who want to experience the shows right from the comfort of their own balcony overlooking the stage.

Look for announcements to come including artist hosted activities, ways of giving back to the community with Positive Legacy and more!

For fans who wish to extend their stay, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for those guests who want to add an extra day before and/or after the event for $189.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, 21 and 22, 2013 only. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.mayanholidaze.com .

*Pre / Post night rates are based on double occupancy. Presidential Suites are subject to different rates and must be booked with Cloud 9 over the phone, based on availability.

Umphrey’s McGee & Conspirator, 9/20/12

Umphrey’s McGee and Consipirator
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, TN
September 20, 2012



Memphis was treated to a tremendous double-bill of guitar solos, bass thumps, and drum beats when Umphrey’s McGee and Conspirator came to town on Thursday, September 20.

For several hours, the large crowd at Minglewood Hall danced their night away, driven by two of the strongest bands touring today. On the one hand, there was Conspirator, the “side project” by the Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner (keys) and Marc Brownstein (bass). The quartet opened the night in style, with a tremendous blend of rock and electronica.

But, the crowd was there for one thing – to get their collective faces melted by Umphrey’s McGee. UM did just that, from the get-go. From the opening notes of “Partyin’ Peeps,” the band had utter control of the room. There are few acts out there who are as diverse as Umphreys, a band who can shift from frenetic dance music to balls-to-the-wall rock, at times doing it in one song. They deliver every time out, and this fall stop was no different.


Umphrey’s Setlist

I: Partyin’ Peeps, #5> Much Obliged> Tribute to the Spinal Shaft, Loose Ends, Booth Love> JaJunk
II: The Floor> Bright Lights Big City, Nemo> Robot World> Nemo, Hangover> 2×2> Hangover> 2×2, FF> The Triple Wide
Encore: It’s So Easy, Nopener


Click HERE to download the soundboard recording of this show or HERE to download an audience recording.

At press time, there was neither a recording nor full setlist from Conspirator’s set. However, the band was on hand with UM in Nashville and that set can be downloaded HERE. 


Click the thumbnails to view photos from the show by Josh Mintz…

Umphrey’s McGee


Kick Rocks, 9/10/12

Kick Rocks
Brooklyn Bowl
New York City, NY
September 10, 2012



If the performance at the Brooklyn Bowl was any indication, the conclusion is clear: with Kick Rocks, Jon Gutwillig, guitarist and founding member of The Disco Biscuits, has found a “side-project” to rival that of his Bisco brethren, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner (Conspirator). But while Gutwillig is unquestionably the front man, one would be remiss to consider the ensemble to be all all about the Barber. Rather, the quartet that puts giants of the genre together, is a collective that is capable of rarely found fluidity in cases where four different people from four different successful bands are put into one outfit… especially when said outfit plays more than one gig together.  In short, and in what proved to be the most  discussed topic after the gig in Brooklyn, Kick Rocks is Mike Greenfield (drums- Lotus), Eli Winderman (keys- Dopapod), Clay Parnell (bass- Brothers Past) and as noted above, Jon Gutwillig.

But no matter how good the “pending supergroup” is, how well the different members’ sonic heritages blended with the others, how great the fan interaction was between the various stage-represented factions or even how much fun the four Side Kickers appeared to be having onstage, the longing for the Biscuits remained eternal amongst the vivacious dance and crazed hoots.

Afterward, those that had the guts openly shared their hope that the KR project will prove to be a source of rejuvenation for Gutwillig, a guy whose signature sound, in part, spawned a following that gave electronic improvisational rock a place to dine at the “jam” table; for the less optimistic: that the band’s less than warm moniker is not an odd and shitty way to part ways with those whose stylings complimented his more than any other’s ever could.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Andrew Blackstein



Biscuits, Skrillex, Lotus amongst 2012 Camp Bisco lineup


Camp Bisco, the three-day music and arts festival founded by The Disco Biscuits, follows up its record setting 10th anniversary by confirming the performer lineup for Camp Bisco 11, in Mariaville, New York this July 12-14, 2012. 

The 100+ performer lineup at the multi-stage camping festival includes: 


The Disco Biscuits; Bassnectar; Skrillex; Amon Tobin ISAM; Crystal Castles; Atmosphere; Big Boi; Shpongle presents The Masquerade; A-Trak; Lotus; Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set); Dada Life; Zeds Dead; Porter Robinson; Portugal. The Man; Big Gigantic; Bonobo (DJ set); Zedd; Mimosa; Daedelus; Holy Fuck; Mord Fustang; Break Science with Chali 2na; Kill the Noise; Rubblebucket; Gramatik; Tycho; Star Slinger; NiT GriT; Brothers Past; Archnemesis; El Ten Eleven; Craze; Alvin Risk; The M Machine; Zoogma; Eliot Lipp Live; 3LAU; Mansions on the Moon; Future Rock; Minnesota; The Knocks; Abakus; Thundercat; Shigeto; Ill-Esha; Killabits; Lance Herbstrong; Mux Mool; Orchard Lounge; Virtual Boy; DrFameus; Nick Catchdubs; Codes; JWLS; Star Eyes; Mindelixir; The Nadis Warriors; Paul Chambers; Inspired Flight; Freekbot; Alpha Data; Kung Fu; Manhattan Project; Rich Aucoin; HOTTUB; Xylos; Spiritual Rez; Bird of Prey; Revolvr and Michetti.


Additional details about this year’s festival will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Camp Bisco 11 will once again be held at the picturesque Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York. The venue is located approximately 30 minutes travel time from Albany, New York and sits on 200 acres of rolling, grass fields. Many of the improvements introduced to Camp Bisco 10 will return, including the second stage in the main field, surround sound system in the dance tents, and a local artists stage. Additionally,  Camp BIsco 11 will expand to include a third main gate for faster entrance into the grounds, improved dance tents with a greater capacity, wooded camping options, increased venue facilities, and long distance shuttles from Albany, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, New York City and Philadelphia.
General Admission tickets are on sale now for $170 and are available online at www.campbisco.net or by calling 1-877-4-FLY-TIX, as well as at all FYE stores in New England and select outlets in New York State. Depending on availability tickets can be purchased at the gate for $190. All-inclusive VIP Experience packages are available, starting at $399. VIP Platinum Experience packages are sold out for Camp Bisco 11.




Disco Biscuits release 2011 Inferno Video Series (preview full song videos inside)



Last May, The Disco Biscuits hit Colorado for Bisco Inferno, performing two back-to-back shows at Denver’s Ogden Theatre before heading to Red Rocks for their 3rd headlining performance at the venue in just as many years. The three Colorado shows featured heavy hitting setlists with a smattering of fan favorites and bustouts, and is the latest video offering from the band to capture the Bisco on the Rocks experience.


All three performances are now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and in three different digital formats (480p, 1080p HD, 1080p Ultra Quality) at TourGigs.com via the links below.


Professionally shot with partner TourGigs, video of the performances are available on DVD for $25 per show and Blu-Ray for $30 per show, in addition to digital formats that offer fans the option to purchase individual tracks for as little as $0.99 or a complete show starting at $15. There is a 15% bundle discount when all three shows are purchased together in the same format.


Below: Preview “Helicopters” from Red Rocks (May 28, 2011) &

M.E.M.P.H.I.S from Denver (May 27, 2011)


Where to find the shows:


5.26: http://tourgigs.com/show.html?id=4
5.27: http://tourgigs.com/show.html?id=5
5.28: http://tourgigs.com/show.html?id=6


The Disco Biscuits


The Disco Biscuits are an entirely different band today than they were when they first broke out of Philadelphia in the mid-90s. That’s not to say that they’ve abandoned their foundation, switched gears or set sail for distant shores. The Disco Biscuits are still very much the pioneers of “trance-fusion,” bridging the gap between electronic music and jam bands. They still remain rock pioneers whose soul belongs as much to marathon dance parties as it does to live improvisational journeys. They still employ emerging technologies to help them create music that is 100 percent human although, perhaps, not entirely of this earth.


TourGigs is an in-house production and distribution company that makes live concert videos available for purchase via Blu-ray, DVD and several types of digital downloads. TourGigs’ principal partner, Blastro Networks, has spent the past 11 years creating profitable music video websites that feature original productions and official artist videos. Blastro Networks’ content is spread across three genre-specific sites (Blastro.com, Roxwel.com & Yallwire.com); is available on Hulu, Verizon Fios TV, Roku & Dailymotion; and is viewed by over 20 million people each month.




The Disco Biscuits, 12/31/11

The Disco Biscuits (with Alpha Data & Future Rock)
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
December 31, 2011


The Disco Biscuits are known for special performances for New Year’s Eve and taking into account the fact that the band has rarely taken the stage lately, we knew that we had to have somebody at the gig in Chicago to capture the evening’s festivities. Plus, courtesy of Silver Wrapper, Honest Tune hosted two contests in the days that led up to the event, that definitely made us wish that we could be there.



I: Run Like Hell (1) > Tricycle > Orch Theme > Spacebirdmatingcall, Little Betty Boop
II: Confrontation (2) > Morph Dusseldorf (3), Astronaut, Helicopters (4), Little Shimmy In A Conga Line > Vassillios > Voices Insane > Little Shimmy In A Conga Line
III: Floes > My Lady Survives, Rock Candy (5) > Floes,  Crystal Ball, Kitchen Mitts, Highwire


NOTES: (1) dyslexic completion of 12/30 version; (2) dyslexic completion of 12/28 version; completes 12/30 version; (4) with countdown and “Happy New Year” lyrics;
(5) unfinished


To download the soundboard recording of this show, click here.
To download or stream an audience recording of this show, click here.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Chris Baldwin

A brief preview glance at an Honest Tune New Year’s Eve….

Looking back on an Honest Tune in 2011 is a very humbling experience. Thanks to our readers, the growth during the past year has been exponential. It is our constant hope that our gratitude shows through our continued and concerted efforts to bring the most compelling content, and to do so to the best of our ability as we strive to be your main source for reviews, interviews, exclusive video performances and a contest or two, here or there.

As we prepare for 2012, we are trying to go out with a bang by covering events across the country that hopefully are taking place in an area near you.

Here is coverage that we  will have for your viewing and reading pleasure we wind into 2012 and as the month of January gets into full stride, there will be a few extra special surprises that we are bursting at the seams to get on your computer screens! We invite you to tell us where you will be in the Facebook comment section below.


The Avett Brothers, 12/30/11 in Chattanooga, TN


2011 was quite the year for The Avett Brothers. From their most successful touring year to date to one of the most memorable Grammy moments in recent history when they took the stage alongside fellow folksters Mumford and Sons and arguably the greatest songwriter of all time, living legend Bob Dylan.

The DeGaetano  duo (Brian & Jill) will be on the scene in Chattanooga to do their thing and bring back the moments from what promises to be a spectacular evening of music.


Here is a look back at our Avett coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Amber Jennings, Brian DeGaetano and Ian Rawn


The Disco Biscuits, 12/31/11 in Chicago, IL


Catching The Disco Biscuits in 2011 has been like trying to find a needle in a Where’s Waldo? haystack. With Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner devoting the majority of their 2011 time to Conspirator, we caught up with them in Atlanta to discuss that project.

This said, we did manage to track the Biscuits down on a couple of the few stages that they graced: Camp Bisco and IDentity Fest.

Chris Baldwin will be out in full force as the Biscuits close out 2012 and though their future is uncertain — from our vantage point at least — the Biscuits never fail to bring down the house on NYE. (See: “Countdown Medley” from 2009)


Here is a look back at our Disco Biscuits coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Clint Bliss, Brad Kuntz and Andrew Blackstein


The Flaming Lips, 12/31/11 in Oklahoma City, OK


While every Flaming Lips gig seems like a NYE show for most bands, the Lips take the New Years Eve celebration to a whole new level of madness.

Julie Collins of Rose Mountain Photo will be on the scene to capture the event in a way that will be all her own.


Here is a look back at our Flaming Lips coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Brad Kuntz, Ian Rawn, Zach Mahone and Julie Collins


Perpetual Groove, 12/31/11 in Atlanta, GA


Perpetual Groove is closing out the year and opening up 2012 with a bang. Having welcomed back founding member, keyboardist Matt McDonald, PGroove is taking a step back to 1.0 while steadily looking toward 3.0. Set to sail on the 10th sailing of Jam Cruise, the band is starting fresh and, without a doubt, it is an exciting time to be a “perp” (Perpetual Groove fan).

Honest Tune closed down 2010 with a documentary and a few months ago, sat down with front man Brock Butler while he played a trilogy of deeply personal new songs.

PGroove never fails to put on a spectacular show for NYE and David Shehi will be in Atlanta to see how the caper comes down.


Here is a look back at our Perpetual Groove coverage from 2011 through the lens of David Shehi...


Tedeschi Trucks Band, 12/31/11 in San Francisco, CA


2011 is a year that the Trucks clan is sure to always look back on with a glimmer in their eyes. With their debut release, Revelator, critics hailed. It was the only album to make four out of six “Best of 2011” lists from the Honest Tune staff in the annual look back at yearly releases.

We spoke with Derek earlier in the year and the excitement in his voice when speaking about the project made it even clearer in regards to how much stock that the power-duo was placing in their ensemble.

The live shows have been just as spectacular and we have been fortunate to catch up with them at multiple stops.

Susan Weiand will be out at The Warfield in San Francisco to witness the Trucks bringing down the house.


Here is a look back at our Tedeschi Trucks coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Vernon Webb, Andi Rice, David Shehi and Ian Rawn


Umphrey’s McGee, 12/31/11 in St. Louis, MO


This year brought even more success to the progressive jam veterans, Umphrey’s McGee. With their most experimental album yet, Death By Stereo, Umphrey’s continues to shine across the country, topping bills and growing an already gigantic fanbase.

This band, that earned its Wheaties in the live format, has seemingly crossed a threshold… but the smart money isn’t betting on them slowing down anytime soon.

Brian Spady will be in Missouri for the three night stand that the UMphreaks have been clamoring to get to since it was announced.


Here is a look back at our Umphrey’s coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Brad Hodge, Ian Rawn, Rex Thomson, Chad Smith and Brian Spady


Widespread Panic, 12/31/11 in Charlotte,NC


Widespread Panic  did what few bands will ever do this year; they celebrated a 25th anniversary. The year also came with news that the boys would also be embarking on a hiatus through 2012.

It was a huge year for the veterans of the scene and we caught up with them at every opportunity, interviewing John Bell, Jimmy Herring and Dave Schools and covering shows from Athens to Red Rocks.

It wouldn’t be an Honest Tune New Year if Panic wasn’t on our bill and Brad Kuntz will be in Charlotte for a NYE performance that — as far as we know — will be the last until 2013.


Here is a look back at Widespread Panic through the lens of Ian Rawn, Susan Weiand and Amber Jennings


Video Update: And the winner of the 12/30 & 12/31 Disco Biscuits tickets is…



Here it is… the winner announcement for the 12/30 Disco Biscuits tickets. Tickets are still available through Silver Wrapper Ticketing. If you entered and did not win, keep in mind that we will hold another drawing for 12/31/11 tickets at 11:59PM EST on 12/30/11. For contest details, click here.


12/30/11 Winner Announcement

12/31/11 Winner Announcement

For more on The Disco Biscuits, visit www.DiscoBiscuits.com

For more on upcoming Silver Wrapper events, visit www.SilverWrapper.com

 If you didn’t win, have no fear… (at press time) there are a few remaining tickets. 



The Disco Biscuits, 12/26/11


The Disco Biscuits
Best Buy Theater
New York City, NY
December 26, 2011


For music lovers, the end of a year grants us some exciting opportunities to catch some great live shows. For the last three years The Disco Biscuits have played in New York City on or around their New Years Eve Run. Having set the bar high with past performances like the “Magellan” from 2008 that included a guest appearance by Matisyahu and the 2009 “Countdown Medley” — that featured a medley of portions of 10 songs during the celebratory countdown to midnight — it was hard for fans to go into the run without some expectations.

Unusually warm for a December in New York the Biscuits wasted no time blasting into a crowd pleasing “Plan B>Aceetobee.” Having a bird’s eye view from the upper balcony, it was apparent that the band and audience had no intentions using the first night of the three night run as a “warm up” show.

As the second set got underway with a very enjoyable stand-alone version of “Spraypaint,” the Philly boys were proving that there being a letdown was not going to be part of the script. Having not played many second sets in 2011, some were wondering what would come in the wake of the strict Identity Festival time slots. To that question, guitarist Jon “the Barber” Gutwillig, Marc Brownstein and company answered emphatically with a huge “Shelby Rose> Crickets> The Great Abyss> Crickets> Shelby Rose” palindrome.




I:  Resurrection > Plan B > Aceetobee* > You and I, Mr. Don
II:  Spraypaint, Shelby Rose > Crickets** > The Great Abyss > Crickets*** > Shelby Rose
Encore:  I Remember When
* Inverted (ending/beginning) ** Inverted (middle section) *** Unfinished



Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Andrew Blackstein



Enter here to win tickets to The Disco Biscuits NYE run

Just when we thought that we were done with giveaways for the year, there is yet one more awesome thing to give away, courtesy of Silver Wrapper!

Over the past year, The Disco Biscuits performances have become increasingly rare, to the point that many are pondering the band’s future.

Well, one thing is certain… The Disco Biscuits are prepping to blow the roof off of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, presented by Silver Wrapper.

Event Details:

Silver Wrapper is proud to bring in 2012 with The Disco Biscuits, as they will be playing 2 nights (December 30 & December 31) at the beautiful Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL with Future Rock & Alpha Data on 12/31, and with EOTO & Abakus on 12/30.  Doors will be @ 7:30 pm, Ages 17+ for both shows. Tickets are available online, and at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (for no Service Fees) located at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Don’t miss the Late Night events at House of Blues Back Porch Stage, on 12/30 as DrFameus & Elfkowitz take the stage, and on 12/31 as The Polish Amabassador & DJ Thibault keep you dancing til the wee hours.

And, if you can still hang on New Year’s Day, the debut performance of Gigantic Underground Conspiracy featuring Marc Brownstein & Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Dominic Lalli & Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic, Chris Michetti of Conspirator/RAQ & Ben Baruch of Underground Orchestra takes place on 1/1/2012 at Bottom Lounge.

To view the event or RSVP on Facebook, click here.

The Contest

What you are playing for:

1) You are entering to win a pair of tickets to The Disco Biscuits 12/30 and/or 12/31 performances in Chicago.

2) There will be two winners; one for 12/30 and one for 12/31. You can enter for both nights, but cannot win tickets for both.

How to enter:

1) After reading the eligibility requirements below, go HERE to enter for the pair of 12/30/11 tickets or HERE to enter for the  pair of 12/31/11 tickets.

How a winner will be chosen:

1) All of the entered names will be copied from the survey site and pasted into a computer generated random name picker. All of this will be videotaped so that nobody can cry foul. To see examples of us using this tool, click here, here or here. Unfortunately, we cannot get Col. Bruce to pick names out of a beer pitcher every time. We would be a lot cooler if we could.

2) The deadline for entry is Thursday, 12/29/11 at 11:59 PM EST (for the 12/30 tickets) and 12/30/11 at 11:59PM EST (for the 12/31 tickets)

3) Good Luck!

Eligibility requirements:

1) No previous or current Honest Tune editor/staff may enter.

2) Contributors may enter.

3) Only one entry per person (per date) will be allowed and IP Addresses are logged on the survey site.

4) Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and from within the continental United States.

The fine print: This contest and its management is the sole responsibility of Honest Tune. The contest is not endorsed or sponsored by The Disco Biscuits. Any costs associated with the event (included but not limited to: lodging, travel, food, parking) will be the responsibility of the winner. Honest Tune reserves the right to (at its sole discretion) disqualify entrants based upon lack of conformity to the entry process or other ineligibility as described in “Eligibility Requirements.”