The hub for the Midwest music scene, Chicago, Illinois houses some of the finest music venues in the region. The Vic Theater located in the Central Lakeview area is one of the top contenders in the well-known realm of Chicago venues. Built in 1912 the ostentatious five-story vaudeville house still has most of the original ornate wall sculptures within and accommodates 1400 people. The eclectic neighborhood is home to great restaurants, theater, and shopping. One of the greatest perks of the venue is the Vic’s parking garage directly across the street and the easy access to the train for ease to and from the venue.
Phish has confirmed that they will be playing at American Airlines Arena in Miami for New Years Eve. The band will play a four-night run, December 31 – January 3.
These shows will mark the first time that the band has performed in Miami since they last rang in the New Year there in 2009. The ticket lottery request period is currently underway and is set to wrap up on Sunday, September 28 at 11:59pm ET.
Greensky Bluegrass will ring in 2015 with a New Year’s Eve show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Tickets for their year-ending performance go on sale Wednesday, August 27 at noon with Early Bird tickets available for $25 here: http://smarturl.it/GreenskyROMT
The New Year’s Eve show caps a banner year for Greensky who are set to release their fifth studio record If Sorrows Swim on September 9 via Thirty Tigers. Pre-sale packages are on sale now at http://greenskybluegrass.com/store.
You can get a taste of the new record with this teaser video for the new record featuring interviews, footage of recording sessions and unique insights on the studio process at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgAj1PjpBzk. 2014 saw the band tour the nation three times while performing at such notable festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Telluride Bluegrass, DelFest, Northwest String Summit and many more.
Greensky’s nationwide Fall Tour kicks off September 10 in Buffalo, NY at the Town Ballroom with stops in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta while winding through every part of the country; peaking with two nights at the Ogden Theater in Denver, performing the Hulaween Festival in Live Oak, FL and ending their tour with a two-night stand at The Fillmore in San Francisco November 14 and 15.
Complete information on the New Year’s Eve show, their new release and Greensky Bluegrass’s Fall Tour is available at www.GreenskyBluegrass.com
December 31, 2013
The banner was updated: Â Widespread Panic â€“ 20 consecutive sold out shows.Â No one quite really knows what defines â€œsold out,â€ but the banner hangs in the rafters of Philips Arena nonetheless. And, as 2013 turned into 2014, this New Years Eve added that 20th notch with a bang.
In typical fashion, the band played three sets, the first of which was acoustic*. The asterisk is necessary, since it really signifies that John Bell performed seated with an acoustic guitar. The first set opened with a very special treat, a trio of Â Neil Young covers from the album Time Fades Away. The band opened with “Journey Through the Past;” even those not familiar with the song could not mistake it as a Neil Young cover, as JB has a beautiful way of covering his songs. Next up was “Donâ€™t Be Denied,” always a treat and always a crowd favorite.
When they moved into “Time Fades Away,” it left a lot of people wondering if it would be a full set of Neil. However, those hopes were short lived with the arrival of “And It Stoned Me.”
The second set brought increasing energy opening with a fun “Holden Oversoul > Who Do You Belong To,” and “You Got Yours” will forever be special, if not for the Mikey aspect alone.
As the New Year approached, Steve Lopez counted it down, fireworks exploded, confetti dropped, champagne was toasted, and “Auld Lang Syne” played over the PA. The energy escalated from there with Kool and the Gangâ€™s version of “Celebration,” with the crowd singing along.
The band came back in, and the third set started with something that fans have talked about for years. The opening notes from the Megablaster horns were unmistakable, and from the opening lyrics of “Burning Down the House,” the crowd was in full rage mode. The excitement was so high that most seemed to not care that the song’s execution was far from perfect. The vocal range of that song is hard to pull off anyway, but the tempo was a bit too fast and there was not a lot of coherence amongst the band and added horns. However, that was not really the point â€“ they finally played “Burning Down the House!”
The next cover of “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)” was played much better and was a very nice segue to keep the energy high while sticking to the party theme of the New Year. The rest of the set played out with “classic new” and “classic classic” Widespread Panic, with a well placed and well played cover of “Spill the Wine.”
They ended the show with “Ain’t Life Grand,” the song that was the standard first song of the New Year for many years’ past, and as the house lights came on, most did believe that life was grand.
Set I: Journey Through The Past^, Don’t Be Denied, Time Fades Away^, And It Stoned Me, Expiration Day, Pickin’ Up The Pieces*, Blue Indian, Climb To Safety
Set II: Holden Oversoul, Who Do You Belong To?, You Got Yours, Papa’s Home, Old Neighborhood**, Angels On High**, Devil In Disguise**, Tail Dragger**
Set III: Burning Down The House**^, Come On**^, Bust It Big**, Jack ~> Chilly Water ~> Surprise Valley, Pilgrims, Surprise Valley***, Spill The Wine****, You Should Be Glad**, Love Tractor
Encore: Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Ain’t Life Grand
* w/ Randall Bramblett on sax
** w/ the Megablasters on horns
*** w/ the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys
**** w/ the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys & Madison Smith, Eric Bice, John Switzer on percussion
^ First time played
Click the thumbnails to view more photos, courtesy photographer Michael Saba
Phish will return to Madison Square Garden for a four show New Year’s Eve run to ring in the new year.Â The band has played 27 shows to date at MSG. As with last year the floor at these four Madison Square Garden shows will be general admission.
Tickets go sale October 12.
Currently there is an onsale ticketing request period at tickets.phish.com/Â that will run until October 7.
PHISH NEW YEAR’S RUN 2013-2014
12/28 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12/29 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12/30 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12/31 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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Since Keller Williams first appeared on the scene in the early â€™90s, he has helped define the term independent artist. Looking at the diversity of his fall plans, you can certainly ascertain why. Look for Keller on tour through the end of the year in several of his various incarnations, including his newest collaboration â€“ The Travelinâ€™ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams â€“ debuting this fall at Magnolia Fest, Voodoo Music Festival, and others. Also announced today, a New Yearâ€™s run: beginning December 28 at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. Then on December 29 and 30 the show rolls to The National in Richmond, VA and Norfolkâ€™s NorVa respectively, with Keller Williams on stage for one set solo and one set with his project Kdubalicious, plus very special guests The Pimps of Joytime. For New Yearâ€™s Eve, Keller & The Keels ring in 2012 at Brooklyn Performing Arts Center in Wilmington North Carolina. All four venues will also host a Keller Plays for Kids matinee performance earlier that day. Visit kellerwilliams.net for information and tickets.
Also in December, Keller Williams releases his 17th recording, Bass, which is also Kellerâ€™s first-ever release playing only bass guitar. The lineup â€“ dubbed Kdubalicious for live shows â€“ features Keller on bass, Jay Starling on keyboards, and Mark D on drums. Additional details on the release of this reggae/ dub/ funk delight will be announced soon.
Brought together by equal parts mutual admiration and the desire to change the musical landscape while staying true to their roots, The Travelinâ€™ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams are a perfect – albeit unexpected – fit. The two have a lot in common after all: their high energy, ever-evolving live shows, their individual playing prowess, and their strong and unique song writing skills. Itâ€™s a perfect marriage of instrumental virtuosos, memorable songwriting, infectious musical camaraderie, and undeniable energy. And with both acts known to bring epic and spontaneous live collaborations to theaters and festivals across America â€“ The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams will take this collaborative spirit one step further, promising to bring something fresh and unexpected to the live stage.
Long considered one of the most unique and prolific live performers, Keller Williams brings his signature joyful spontaneity and infectious good humor to another of his recent incarnations: Keller Plays For Kids. A standout at Lollapaloozaâ€™s much-buzzed about â€œKidzapaloozaâ€ and a favorite Super Music Friend on Yo Gabba Gabba! Tour, Keller Plays For Kids heads into theatres in a handful of select markets this fall, including Washington DC, Brooklyn, and others. See below for Keller Plays for Kids details. Check out this Keller Plays for Kids feature on HDNet Movies KidScene: kellerwilliams.net/kids
The current list of confirmed dates is as follows:
Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25 Life Is Good Festival Boston MA KIDS show
Thursday, October 6 Harro East Ballroom Rochester NY
Friday, October 7 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY
Saturday, October 8 The Egg Albany NY KIDS show
Saturday, October 8 The Egg Albany NY
Saturday, October 15 Utopiafest Utopia TX
Friday, October 21 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak FL The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Saturday, October 22 9:30 Club Washington D.C. KIDS show
Saturday, October 22 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
Friday, October 28 Madison Theater Covington KY Deloween with Keller Williams, The Del McCoury Band, and The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Saturday, October 29 Jefferson Center Roanoke VA Deloween with Keller Williams, The Del McCoury Band, and The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Sunday, October 30 Voodoo Music Festival New Orleans LA The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Thursday, November 3 – Friday, November 4 The Pour House Charleston SC
Saturday, November 5 Georgia Theatre Athens GA
Thursday, November 10 Blind Pig Ann Arbor MI
Friday, November 11 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH
Saturday, November 12 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland OH
Friday, November 18 Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ
Saturday, November 19 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn NY KIDS show
Wednesday, November 30 – Thursday, September 1 The Abbey Theatre Durango CO
Friday, December 2 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM
Saturday, December 3 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff AZ
Sunday, December 4 Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas NV
Thursday, December 8 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT
Wednesday, December 28 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC KIDS Show
Wednesday, December 28 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC with Kdubalicious
Thursday, December 29 The National Richmond VA KIDS show
Thursday, December 29 The National Richmond VA w/ Kdubalicious and The Pimps of Joytime
Friday, December 30 The Norva Norfolk VA KIDS show
Friday, December 30 The Norva Norfolk VA with Kdubalicious and The Pimps of Joytime
Saturday, December 31 Brooklyn Performing Arts Center Wilmington NC with Kdubalicious and
Keller & The Keels
Saturday, December 31 Brooklyn Performing Arts Center Wilmington NC KIDS show
Monday, January 9 – Saturday, January 14 Jam Cruise 10 Fort Lauderdale FL Keller & The Keels
Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17 Jam in the ‘Dam, The Melkweg Amsterdam NL
Look for Keller Williamsâ€™ complete list of fall tour dates at kellerwilliams.net.