Scene and Heard

Umphrey’s McGee with Conspirator to Play Iroquois Amphitheater

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 31, 2012
Umphrey’s McGee
with Conspirator
Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30pm
Gates 6:30pm
Iroquois Amphitheater / All Ages
Tickets On-Sale Friday, June 8th, 2012 AT 10 AM
Tickets are Advance $22.50 & $25.00 DAY OF SHOW

Tickets available at,
The Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, M-F) 
or by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX 

Umphrey’s McGee: Fans who have followed Umphrey’s McGee for any period of time know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you’re going to get, and Umphrey’s always delivers. How else can a band be relentlessly innovative in both music AND fan relations for 13+ years? The latest expected twist arrives in the form of their newest studio album (and first with ATO Records) ‘Death By Stereo’ (9/13), the follow up to 2009’s ‘Mantis.’ ‘Mantis’ surprised fans with a collection of music never before played, and surprised the music industry with an innovative marketing campaign that catapulted the album PAST the Heatseekers chart, debuting at #62 on Billboard’s “Top 200” chart without any radio play or television appearances. 

 “Our live show is malleable and every night is its own thing, where you never know where things are going to go,” keyboardist Joel Cummins explains. “People aren’t used to us playing three-and-a-half to four-minute songs back to back, so this album is a completely different experience than our live show, which is certainly something we were trying to do.” 
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Upcoming Coors Light Summer Concert Series shows…..

6.14 Gov’t Mule with Dr. John & the Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary
6.16 Corey Smith with American Aquarium
6.23 The Black Jacket Symphony presents Led Zeppelin IV
6.29 David Gray
7.19 Tedeschi Trucks Band 
8.5 Rufus Wainwright with Adam Cohen
8.9 Kris Kristofferson
8.11 Brandi Carlile 

All shows are All Ages and Tickets may be purchased at,
The Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, M-F) 
or by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX 


Aerosmith Debut Brand New Single “Legendary Child” With Performance on American Idol

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 31, 2012

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith

“Legendary Child” Single Available Now on iTunes


New Album Music From Another Dimension out August 28, Available Now For Pre-Order


Tour Kicks Off June 16


Aerosmith premiered their brand new single “Legendary Child” by performing the song live on the season finale of American Idol on May 23.


“Legendary Child,” available now on iTunes, is the first single from Aerosmith’s long-awaited new album. Music From Another Dimension will be released August 28 and is available now for pre-order on iTunes.  The track listing is below.


Eager to bring the new tunes to fans across the country, Aerosmith will hit the road for The Global Warming Tour this summer.  The tour kicks off on June 16 in Minneapolis.  A full list of dates is below.


Aerosmith are one of the most popular rock bands of all time and have an impressive legacy, having sold over 150 million records worldwide with 55 total Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum certifications and even 1 Diamond certification for their Greatest Hits collection.  The band have also won numerous awards including 4 Grammy Awards, 10 MTV Video Music Awards, and 7 American Music Awards.  Aerosmith were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.



Music From Another Dimension tracklisting

1. What Could Have Been Love

2. Beautiful

3. Street Jesus

4. Legendary Child

5. Oh Yeah

6. We All Fall Down

7. Another Last Goodbye

8. Out Go the Lights

9. Love Three Times a Day

10. Closer

11. Shakey Ground

12. Love a Lot

13. Freedom Fighter

14. Up on the Mountain



The Global Warming Tour

6/16     Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

6/19     Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

6/22     United Center, Chicago, IL

6/27     Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

6/29     Times Union Center, Albany, NY

7/1       Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

7/3       Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA

7/5       The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

7/7       Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

7/10     Laval Nature Center, Laval, QC

7/12     Festival d’été de Québec, Quebec City, QC

7/14     Salmon Festival, Grand Falls, NL

7/17     TD Garden, Boston, MA

7/19     TD Garden, Boston, MA

7/21     Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

7/24     Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ

7/26     Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA

7/28     American Airlines Arena, Dallas, TX

7/30     Toyota Center, Houston, TX

8/1       Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

8/4       Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

8/6       Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA

8/8       Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA


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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 31, 2012



(May 23, 2012 – New York, NY)  Bieber Fever is taking the world by storm yet again!  As millions of fans count down the days until the June 19 release of his fourth studio album, BELIEVE, platinum- selling pop singing sensation Justin Bieber announces a headlining tour of North America. The “Believe” Tour, presented by AEG Live and featuring Carly Rae Jepsen as special guest through January, will begin September 29th in Glendale, Arizona at the Arena and blaze a trail through morethan 45 cities before wrapping up in Miami, Florida on January 26, 2013 at the American Airlines Arena.  (Please see complete tour itinerary below.)


Justin Bieber’s Fan Club Presale will begin at Noon local time on Wednesday, May 23rd. Log into or join now with a Quarterly or Yearly Membership Package in order to get first access to tickets for the North American Tour! Through joining, fans will receive a pre-sale access code which allows the purchase of up to 4 tickets for up to 4 shows on the tour plus some exclusive Bieber merchandise. For more information, go to


American Express will offer a pre-sale to U.S. residents May 24th through May 31st and Canadian residents May 24th through May 30th. General public on-sales will follow on June 1st for Canadian residents and June 2nd for U.S. residents.


A number of VIP packages will also be offered on the upcoming tour.  In addition to great seats, VIP packages can include Meet & Greets and photo opportunities with Justin Bieber, autographed memorabilia, exclusive VIP merchandise and much more!  For more information on VIP packages, please visit


Additionally, $1.00 from each ticket will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a charity which works tobuild schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.  The goal is to build 15 schools around the world for needy children. Details at


As part of the “Believe” Tour, U.S. and Canadian residents ordering tickets online will have the opportunity to pre-order a digital copy of Justin Bieber’s BELIEVE album with every ticket purchased.  BELIEVE takes flight on the wings of “Boyfriend,” its first worldwide smash single, which hit #1 at iTunes the second it was released, and set a world-record for debuting #1 on iTunes in 32 countries.  The “Boyfriend” video has shattered all YouTube records since its MTV premiere (on May 3rd). The clip generated 8 million views in its first 24 hours, and has garnered over 44 million views to date. BELIEVE is Executive Produced by Scott “Scooter” Braun and Usher Raymond IV, and track producers include Max Martin, Mike Posner, MdL,Diplo, Hit-Boy, The Messengers, Zedd, Rodney Jerkins, and Justin’s vocal producer, Kuk Harrell. The album features guest appearances by Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Big Sean.



Sep 29             Glendale, AZ               Jobing.comArena                   On Sale June 2

Sep 30             Las Vegas, NV           MGM Grand                             On Sale June 2



Oct 2               Los Angeles, CA         STAPLES Center                     On Sale June 2

Oct 3               Los Angeles, CA         STAPLES Center                     On Sale June 2

Oct 5               Fresno, CA                  Save Mart Center                    On Sale June 2

Oct 6               Oakland, CA                The Oracle Arena                   On Sale June 2

Oct 8               Portland, OR                Rose Garden                           On Sale June 2

Oct 9               Tacoma, WA               Tacoma Dome                 On Sale June 2

Oct 12             Calgary, AB                 Scotiabank Saddledome          On Sale June 1

Oct 15             Edmonton, AB             Rexall Place                             On Sale June 1

Oct 16             Saskatoon, SK            Credit Union Centre                 On Sale June 1

Oct 18             Winnipeg, MB              MTS Centre                             On Sale June 1

Oct 20             Minneapolis, MN          Target Center                          On Sale June 2

Oct 21             Milwaukee WI              BMO Harris Bradley Center     On Sale June 2

Oct 23             Rosemont, IL               Allstate Arena                        On Sale June 2

Oct 24             Rosemont, IL               Allstate Arena                         On Sale June 2

Oct 26             Kansas City, MO         Sprint Center                           On Sale June 2

Oct 27             St. Louis, MO               Scottrade Center                     On Sale June 2

Oct 29             Dallas, TX                    American Airlines Center        On Sale June 2

Oct 30             Houston, TX                Toyota Center                         On Sale June 2



Nov 1               Memphis, TN                FedExForum                            On Sale June 2

Nov 2               Louisville, KY              KFC Yum! Center                     On Sale June 2

Nov 4               Philadelphia, PA           Wells Fargo Center                 On Sale June 2

Nov 5               Washington DC           Verizon Center                        On Sale June 2

Nov 9               East Rutherford, NJ     IZOD Center                            On Sale June 2

Nov 10             Boston, MA                 TD GARDEN                            On Sale June 2

Nov 12             Brooklyn, NY               Barclays Center                      On Sale June 2

Nov 20             Pittsburgh, PA             CONSOL Energy Center          On Sale June 2

Nov 21             Auburn Hills, MI           The Palace of Auburn Hills      On Sale June 2

Nov 23             Kanata, ON                  Scotiabank Place                     On Sale June 1

Nov 26             Montreal, QC               Bell Centre                               On Sale June 1

Nov 28             New York, NY             Madison Square Garden         On Sale June 2



Dec 1               Toronto, ON                 Rogers Centre                         On Sale June 1 (at noon)


January 2013

Jan 5               Salt Lake City, UT        EnergySolutions Arena           On Sale June 2

Jan 7               Denver, CO                 Pepsi Center                            On Sale June 2

Jan 9               Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center                             On Sale June 2

Jan 10             N. Little Rock, AR        Verizon Arena                          On Sale June 2

Jan 12             San Antonio, TX          AT&T Center                           On Sale June 2

Jan 15             New Orleans, LA        New Orleans Arena                On Sale June 2

Jan 16             Birmingham, AL           BJCC Arena                            On Sale June 2

Jan 18             Nashville, TN               Bridgestone Arena                  On Sale June 2

Jan 19             Greensboro, NC          Greensboro Coliseum             On Sale June 2

Jan 22             Charlotte, NC               Time Warner Cable Arena       On Sale June 2

Jan 23             Atlanta, GA                 Philips Arena                           On Sale June 2

Jan 25             Orlando, FL                 Amway Center                        On Sale June 2

Jan 26             Miami, FL                     American Airlines Arena         On Sale June 2


About Justin Bieber

With worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million units, Justin has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years.  He has over 43 million Facebookfans, more than 22 million Twitter followers, and over 2.9 billion YouTube views – he is far and away the most popular YouTube artist of all time, and received the 2012 Billboard Music Award for Social Artist of the Year.


BELIEVE follows Justin’s #1 Christmas album, Under The Mistletoe, which was his third #1 Soundscan debut in just 18 months, making him the first solo artist in Billboard history to chart three #1 albums before his 18th birthday (on March 1st).  Prior to Under The Mistletoe, My World 2.0 entered Soundscan at #1 in 2010 (containing “Baby,” ranked the #1 most viewed YouTube video, currently over 738 million views); and Never Say Never: The Remixes entered at #1 in 2011, the soundtrack to the highest domestic-grossing concert film in U.S. history.



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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 24, 2012
Today’s the day Everybody’s Talkin’ , the second album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, is available in stores and online retailers everywhere.

Only a few short months after winning a GRAMMY for their debut albumRevelator, the release of this 2-CD live album adds to TTB’s growing reputation as a powerful live act. The album features  original TTB songs, including a previously unreleased gem in “Nobody’s Free,” as well as nods to the band’s inspirations with covers of Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Bill Withers and Joe Cocker, Everybody’s Talkin’  illustrates the spirit and flow of a TTB concert. From the swells of “Midnight in Harlem” to the incendiary “Learn How to Love” and “That Did It,” right on through “Darling Be Home Soon” and the near-whisper coda of “Wade in the Water,” Everybody’s Talkin’ is a journey for the mind and a work out for the soul.

Each member of the powerhouse band gets their moment to shine in the spotlight, but it’s those moments when all 11 players are locked in together and driving the songs forward that the full power of Tedeschi Trucks Band is revealed. There’s show-stopping vocals and brilliant solos throughout, but the quality of the recording allows for a revelation or two on each listen. Turn it up loud and dig in to Everybody’s Talkin’. Special thanks to all the fans who pre-ordered and helped to get Everybody’s Talkin’ on the Billboard Blues charts and in the top ten of Amazon.

Available almost anywhere that sells music now (available in France/U.K./Ireland on June 4).

TTB Official Store
Barnes & Noble

Everybody’s Talkin’

Produced by Derek Trucks
Mixed by Jim Scott
Engineered by Bobby Tis

Disc 1

1. Everybody’s Talkin’
2. Midnight in Harlem (Swamp Raga Intro with Little Martha)
3. Learn How to Love
4. Bound for Glory
5. Rollin’ and Tumblin’
6. Nobody’s Free
7. Darlin’ Be Home Soon

Disc 2

1. That Did It
2. Uptight
3. Love Has Something Else to Say (With Kissing My Love)
4. Wade in the Water

Tedeschi Trucks Band:

Derek Trucks (guitar)
Susan Tedeschi (guitar, vocals)
Oteil Burbridge (bass guitar)
Kofi Burbridge (keys, flute)
Tyler Greenwell (drums, percussion)
J.J. Johnson (drums, percussion)
Mike Mattison (harmony vocals)
Mark Rivers (harmony vocals)
Maurice Brown (trumpet)
Kebbi Williams (saxophone)
Saunders Sermons (trombone, vocals)


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 17, 2012

Lady Antebellum

Nashville, TN – May 16, 2012 – Seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum and thousands of generous fans joined together at Louisville, KY’s KFC Yum! Center tonight to raise more than $285,000 for the Henryville, IN community.  All proceeds will be distributed through the New Hope/Indiana Bankers Association for the Disaster Relief Fund.
The group hosted a private prom event with Henryville High School’s Juniors and Seniors where they surprised the students a with an acoustic performance, which was followed by an arena concert open to the public.
“This event started as an idea we had in the studio last year to crash someone’s prom,” explains Lady A’s Hillary Scott.  “We had no idea at the time it would fill such a need. We are amazed by the support we’ve gotten from our fans, sponsors and the press.  This is one of the proudest moments in our career!”

Lady A and ABC’s JuJu Chang visited Henryville High School earlier today where they toured the devastated school that is currently under construction and planning to reopen this fall. The community’s inspiring story and highlights from the day will air tomorrow on Good Morning AmericaWorld News Tonight with Diane SawyerNightline, ABC Radio and on ABC affiliates across the country. Additional national and local media supporters will air special content from the event throughout the week. For more information, visit

In March, Lady Antebellum began a contest offering fans a chance to OWN THE NIGHT with a private concert at their prom. The trio unanimously chose the community of Henryville, IN for their story, resilience and unity following devastating tornados.  Lipton also came on board to help with the event in the spirit of their “Drink Positive” and “Live Positive” message, a campaign that Lady A already supports. Fans who weren’t able to attend the concert, but would still like to contribute towards the cause can make a donation here:

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum


Lady Antebellum


Forecastle adds Artist to Lineup

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 9, 2012


Be the Official Forecastle Photographer!

Don’t forget to submit your live-event photos to Talenthouse for a chance to be our Official Festival Photographer! Deadline for entries is May 10.


Watch MMJ on Bonnaroo365!
For one week only, starting today at Noon EST, tune in to Bonnaroo365 to relive the magic of My Morning Jacket’s epic 2011 performance! We’re a mere two months away from making our own unforgettable moments on the banks of the Ohio, so grab those tickets early and soak in the excitement!


New Artists Announced!
Forecastle is pleased to announce more additions to this year’s lineup!

Reggae standouts Rebelution had the highest debut of their relatively young career this year with Peace of Mind. The massive triple album debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200, reaching #1 on the Reggae and Independent charts. They’ll bring the funk and provide all you Forecastle faithful with a serious dose of rocksteady.      

Singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn is a master of the clawhammer banjo and pairs traditional folk elements with far-flung Eastern sounds. The results feel both strangely familiar yet unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. She’ll be performing with long time collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch at Forecastle 2012.

Trixie Whitley combines heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics with towering vocals on her emotionally-charged songs. In 2011, as a member of producer Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, she captivated audiences worldwide and is currently finishing up her solo debut. Don’t miss your chance to see her on the shores of Waterfront Park.

Headliners of our presenting CoSigns SXSW party, Cloud Nothings join the lineup along with Lower Dens who recently dropped their new album, Nootropics. While Grimes will no longer be joining us due to a scheduling conflict, Kelly Hogan, Keys N Krates and Cherub will be in attendance making some glorious noise!

We’re thrilled about our new additions and that we’ll be seeing them in just over two months! Stay tuned for more additions coming soon, plus kick off and after party details!


Spin Magazine – “Top 101 Things to do in America”
Outside Magazine – “Top 15 Outdoor Festivals in the Country”
The Discovery Channel – “The Cream of the Crop of Summer Festivals”

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Built To Spill Summer Tour comes to Headliners Music Hall

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 9, 2012

For Immediate Release:






May 7, 2012 – (Burbank, CA) – Built to Spill have announced that they will extend their current summer tour into the fall with dates scheduled around the recording of a new studio album that will be released by Warner Bros. Records next year.


In addition to previously announced dates in June, including the Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island in New York, Built to Spill will also appear at the High Sierra Music Festival in July, followed by a series of headlining shows beginning at the end of August and continuing through September.


Built to Spill released their most recent album, There Is No Enemy, in October 2009. It was the band’s first album since 2006’s You In Reverse. Previous studio albums include 2001’s Ancient Melodies of the Future, 1999’s Keep It Like A Secret, and their major-label debut, 1997’s Perfect From Now On. In 2012 Built to Spill still remain an influential force in compositionally intelligent, lyrically thoughtful, melodic, guitar-centric rock music:


“Built To Spill CEO Doug Martsch is alt-rock’s Thomas Pynchon, holed up in a remote studio and issuing immaculate artworks when he damn well pleases. Their components are all about simple, melodic beauty, writ large – prog rock for pop purists.” – Rolling Stone


“Boise’s answer to Crazy Horse…they still flourish.” – Spin


“Built To Spill has been leading the resurgence of indie-guitar rock virtuoso for 20 years now. Doug Martsch conducts an orchestra of feedback like a lightning god bringing the storm. As ever, Martsch proves capable of anthropomorphizing a bent string and imbuing it with more emotion than many bands’ vocals and lyrics.” –Alternative Press


Built to Spill’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

06/21     TBS

06/22     Boston, MA                   Paradise

06/23     Philadelphia, PA             Union Transfer

06/24     New York, NY                   Governors Ball Music Festival @ Randall’s Island

07/08      Quincy, CA                    High Sierra Music Festival

08/24     Salt Lake City, UT          Urban Lounge

08/26     Columbia, MO                        The Blue Note

08/27     Des Moines, IA                 Wooly’s

08/28     Toledo, OH                   Mickey Finns

08/29     TBS

08/30     Portland, ME                 The State Theatre

08/31     TBS

09/01     TBS

09/02     TBS

09/04     TBS

09/05     Baltimore, MD                        The Ottobar

09/06     Charlottesville, VA         Jefferson Theater

09/07     Raleigh, NC                   Hopscotch Festival

09/08     Charleston, SC                      The Music Farm

09/09     Jacksonville, FL                      Jack Rabbits

09/10     Orlando, FL                   The Social

09/11     Ft. Lauderdale, FL          Culture Room

09/12     St. Petersburg, FL          State Theatre

09/13     Atlanta, GA                    Variety Playhouse

09/14     Nashville, TN                  Exit/In

09/15     Louisville, KY                       Headliners Music Hall

09/18     Madison, WI                The High Noon Saloon

09/19    Minneapolis, MN            First Avenue

09/20    Omaha, NE                   Slowdown

09/21    Denver, CO                   Bluebird Theater

09/22    Bellevue, CO                 Mishawaka Amphitheatre

The Wallflowers Return With Highly Anticipated New Album For Release This Fall On Columbia Records

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 9, 2012


Select Tour Dates Announced to kick off in July!


Los Angeles, CA MAY 8, 2012—The Wallflowers have announced they are back in the studio and putting the finishing touches on a long-awaited new studio album that will be released by Columbia Records this fall. Currently recording in Nashville at Dan Auerbach’s (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with Wallflowers’ longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup. The album is being produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey(Bruce Springsteen, The Shins).


The Wallflowers have taken their deep history and defining sound into new territory with the release of their upcoming album. The new record has the band doing what it does best while continuing to find new ground to cover.  “It’s been a while since we’ve felt this energized and creative. We haven’t changed our stripes so much as we’re continuing to redefine the animal,” said Jakob Dylan.


In addition to their new album, The Wallflowers have announced a series of tour dates that will kick off in select U.S. cities in July (please see dates below). On these dates the band expects to give fans a preview of the new material, which finds them rediscovering their sound while reflecting the varied influences they have accumulated over the years.


Formed in Los Angeles, The Wallflowers rose to fame with their 4x platinum album Bringing Down The Horse, which featured four top charting singles including “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight,” “The Difference,” and “Three Marlenas.” The two-time Grammy Award winners went on to sell over 7 million records worldwide with a series of critically acclaimed albums before going on hiatus in 2007. During the group’s break from recording, Jakob Dylan released two solo albums, which also garnered significant praise,  2008’s Seeing Things and 2010’s Women and Country.




The Wallflowers Tour Dates

7/20    Firefly Music Festival, Dover, DE

7/24    Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (on-sale Friday, May 11th)

7/25    The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (on-sale Friday, May 11th)

7/27    Schubas, Chicago, IL (on-sale Saturday, May 12th)

9/23    De Luna Fest, Pensacola, FL

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Gov’t Mule coming to Louisville!

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 9, 2012
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Gov’t Mule and special guest Dr. John
& The Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary
Thursday, June 14th at 7:30pm
Gates 6:00pm
Iroquois Amphitheater / All Ages
Tickets On-Sale Friday, May 11th, 2012 AT 10 AM
Reserved Seating Tickets are $40, $35 and $29.50

Tickets available at,
The Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, M-F)
or by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX 

Gov’t Mule: Balancing evocative songs and expressive improvisation, Gov’t Mule is a band rooted in both the personal and musical chemistry between its members. “It’s not one of those groups that can make a change overnight,” explains founding guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes. It is only after six months of rehearsing, jamming, and hanging out with bassist Jorgen Carlsson that he has been added to the band as their new permanent bass player, replacing Andy Hess, who joined in 2003
Dr. John: is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford. During that time he also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona Dr. John The NIte Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Locked Down is his 2012 album that features The Black Keys’ guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach as guitarist, background vocalist and producer.


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 3, 2012

(May 1, 2012, Los Angeles, CA) – Confirming widely circulated rumors, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana announced today that he will direct and produce a feature Documentary film, SOUND CITY about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California. The film was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The console, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.

Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City, the film will showcase the amazing history of the studio, focus on the albums recorded there that went on to change the world, discuss the human element of music in an age of technology, and feature performances from many of the artists that called it “home”.

Grohl’s personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana’s breakthrough album, “Nevermind”. Selling over 30 million copies worldwide, “Nevermind” changed the entire musical landscape and forever altered the course of Dave Grohl’s life.

Roswell Films, a division of the Roswell Records label that releases Foo Fighters music, will distribute the film. Key personnel involved with the film include Producer/Director Dave Grohl; Editor Paul Crowder (Dogtown & Z Boys, Once In a Lifetime, Riding Giants); and Writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, Once In a Lifetime, The Tillman Story). The film is also being produced in conjunction with Jim Rota, John Ramsay, and Therapy studios.

Speaking to both the art of music and the art of filmmaking, Grohl crafted the letter below to share his vision for the film. Information and future announcements related to the film can be found at, @soundcitymovie,