READ: Get more Sprint Cup headlines WATCH: Victory Lane: David Ragan 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Earnhardt Jr. is third in the standings with 324 points. Last week: It has to be a great feeling to finish 17th behind Dave Blaney and then move up a spot to third in the standings. He’d be even closer to second-place Carl Edwards had he held on late, when he was in the top 10 on a restart with 10 to go. What he said: “We were on that inside lane and weren’t going forward. We were going backwards. Everybody was going by on the outside, and when it’s three- and four-wide, you can’t really go up. I don’t know.” This week: In 18 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Earnhardt has three top-fives and seven top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Earnhardt ranks ninth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.6. Last year: Earnhardt wrestled with a loose car throughout the duration of the race, and he also had to overcome a pit road speeding penalty. But he stayed out of trouble enough to be on the lead lap late — where he wasn’t early in the race — and salvaged a 17th-place finish. It was his fourth consecutive year finishing outside of the top 10 at Darlington.4. Clint Bowyer (No. 15)Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Bowyer is fourth in the standings with 316 points. Last week: At the midway point of the race, Bowyer was in sixth place, one spot ahead of Edwards. During the rain delay, was quoted on the FOX broadcast as saying. “I’m ready to go back racing or get the hell out of here.” Option two would have been better for Bowyer, who was penalized and sent to the end of the crowd on Lap 190 for missing a lugnut. Still, he managed an 18th-place finish out of it. What he said: “That was not the day we were hoping for. We had a great PEAK Motor Oil Toyota and I thought I waited it out and put myself in position for the win, but I got caught up in the final big mess. I hate that for the PEAK folks – we really wanted to give them a great finish today. I also would have loved a chance there at the end, but this is restrictor plate racing and unfortunately this happens sometimes at the end of a plate race. We’ll be better next weekend in Darlington.” This week: In seven career starts at Darlington Raceway, Bowyer has one top-10 and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Bowyer ranks 21st out of 49 drivers with an average place of 19.3. Last year: Down a lap early in the 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500, Bowyer was the beneficiary following a caution of Lap 176 (of 368) and stayed on the lead lap for the rest of the race. Bowyer, who started 26th, finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place. It was the driver’s best finish at Darlington since 2007. Bowyer acknowledged after the race that Darlington isn’t one of his best tracks, and that he was happy to leave in 11th place. 5. Brad Keselowski (No. 2)Penske Racing, Ford Where he stands: Keselowski is fifth in the standings with 314 points. Last week: Keselowski was not pleased with his 15th-place finish. That makes two consecutive finishes out of the top-10 for the reigning champion (33rd in the Toyota Owners 400). He did move up a spot to fifth in the standings because of Kasey Kahne’s wreck, but he now trails Jimmie Johnson by 69 points. This week: In four career starts at Darlington Raceway, Keselowski has one top-five and two top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Keselowski ranks 16th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 16.3. Last year: Want an example of just how resilient Keselowski and his team were during 2012’s run to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship? Take a look at the Darlington race in which Keselowski, with an ill-handling car, repeatedly brushed the wall and at one point was three laps down. But the driver kept driving, the crew team kept making changes, and eventually Keselowski steered the No. 2 to a 15th-place finish, getting back on the lead lap and gaining 10 spots over the final 100 laps. 6. Kasey Kahne (No. 5)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Kahne is sixth in the standings with 299 points. Last week: One day after nearly winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Kahne looked to have a car to challenge for the Sprint Cup victory. But on Lap 44, Kahne, while in second place, attempted to move down the track heading into Turn 1. Kyle Busch was attempting to move up the track, and he bumped Kahne, which triggered a massive crash. The No. 5 Chevrolet was done for the afternoon and, being one of the few crunched cars unable to get back out on the track, finished 42nd. What he said: “Felt the No. 18 pushing me and next thing I know I was spinning. You just can’t push with these cars. We learned that at Daytona, he was pushing me and spun me in the wall and then happened again, so that is what it is.” This week: In 10 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Kahne has three top-fives, four top-10s and four poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Kahne ranks seventh out of 49 drivers with an average place of 11.1. Last year: Kahne led 33 laps and recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish at the track by placing eighth. The driver said his only minor complaint was his pit stop times, but it didn’t ruin his night — he helped celebrate team owner Rick Hendrick’s 200th career victory.7. Aric Almirola (No. 43)Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford Where he stands: Almirola is seventh in the standings with 293 points. Last week: Almirola rode to a 10th-place finish, which came as a big victory him. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver extended his current Series-best streak of top-10 finishes to four in a row and earned his highest finish ever at a superspeedway in Cup competition. Not only that, he sits in seventh place in the standings, with no reason to think he won’t stay there. What he said: “I saw a chance at the win, and I had to take it. Before the rain delay, we ran good most of the race. We were sitting 11th when the red flag came out. That was hard to swallow. If the race finished there, it would have been a good points day for us, but we were so close to another top-10 that it was hard not to want to go back racing. When we had the overheating issue, it looked like we weren’t going to make it a fourth top-10. But, Todd (Parrott) and all the guys worked hard during the caution and fixed the problem.” This week: In one career start at Darlington Raceway, Almirola finished 19th in 2012. In the past eight years at Darlington, Almirola ranks 22nd out of 49 drivers with an average place of 21.1. Last year: Almirola earned plenty of stripes in his first foray into Darlington. With his No. 43 blackened by the end of the night, Almirola vowed to learn from his 19th-place showing. 1. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with 383 points. Last week: Despite a third-place finish by Carl Edwards, Johnson only saw his points lead over the Roush Fenway driver decrease by two — thanks to a fifth-place finish of his own. It was his fifth top-five finish and seventh top-10, both of which are tops in the Series. What he said: “It was obviously a very good day for our Lowe’s Chevrolet. We had a very fast car and I felt like we were a player all day long, and that’s awesome.” This week: In 14 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Johnson has three wins, seven top-fives and 10 top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Johnson ranks fifth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 10.7. Last year: Johnson’s first win of the year was a historic one for Hendrick Motorsports. The No. 48 Chevrolet, after a handful of near-misses throughout the season, sped away from the pack over a series of late restarts to take the checkered flag and give team owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career victory. The victory added to Five-Time’s sparkling resume at “The Lady in Black.”2. Carl Edwards (No. 99)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Edwards is second in the standings with 342 points. Last week: Edwards was primed to take his second victory of the season before that three-and-a-half hour delay, leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as cars pulled into the garage for cover. No driver was less pleased to see blue skies, but it still worked out reasonably well for Edwards. A third-place finish behind two non-Chase contenders might as well be first. What he said: “That was crazy. I blocked everybody I could. I was doing everything I could. I blocked Matt and I thought, ‘Oh, we’ve got it.’ And then I saw Jimmie coming and I blocked him and I thought, ‘Who is that back there?’.” This week: In nine career starts at Darlington Raceway, Edwards has three top-fives and six top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Edwards ranks 10th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.8. Last year: When a late wreck set up a green-white-checkered finish, Carl Edwards was running in the top 10 and had a decision to make. Then-crew chief Bob Osborne called the No. 99 Ford into pit road to take four tires. Edwards, who later said he agreed with the move, lost some ground, but gained back those spots over the final two laps to finish seventh. READ MORE: WATCH: Big wreck at ‘Dega Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Stenhouse Jr. is 16th in the standings with 256 points. Last week: Like Truex, Stenhouse was hit with a pit road penalty on a late green flag stop that proved costly. Still, the rookie driver positioned himself well towards the end of the race and ran successfully with teammate Carl Edwards for most of the race and finished 13th. This week: Stenhouse Jr. has no starts at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jamie McMurray (No. 1)Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: McMurray is 15th in the standings with 267 points. Last week: With 10 laps left, McMurray had the pleasure of running in the top 10 behind Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman and Marcos Ambrose. It looked like he’d have a chance to move up, but instead finished in 23rd and lost three spots in the standings. Next week: In 12 career starts at Darlington Raceway, McMurray has three top-fives, five top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, McMurray ranks 13th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 14.6. Junior up to third, Kahne drops three spots to sixth after accident 8. Paul Menard (No. 27)Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Menard is eighth in the standings with 290 points. Last week: Menard was holding on strong in sixth place on Lap 51, but ended up in 26th, four laps down. Still, because of the even-rougher races of Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle, Menard moved up two spots in the standings to eighth and remains the highest Richard Childress Racing driver in said standings. What he said: “Our CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet was fast today at Talladega Superspeedway. We avoided trouble early on and were able to run up front. Unfortunately, we overheated and had to spend some time in the pits putting us behind. We never gave up and where able to avoid ‘The Big One’ at the end to gain some spots. It was a long day in the rain, but we were able to gain a spot in the points, so we’re happy with that.” This week: In six career starts at Darlington Raceway, Menard’s best finish is 13th in 2012. In the past eight years at Darlington, Menard ranks 32nd out of 49 drivers with an average place of 26.2. Last year: Menard led the Richard Childress Racing contingent with a 13th-place showing in the 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500. It was Menard’s highest finish at the track in his career and his second top-15 in six starts at the track.9. Kyle Busch (No. 18)Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Busch is ninth in the standings with 285 points. Last week: Busch took the blame for triggering a 16-car incident on Lap 44 that sidelined several contenders in the Aaron’s 499. The No. 18 Toyota got too close to Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet, sending it spinning into the wall and collecting a wave of cars in the process. The wreck looked eerily similar to the one from the Daytona 500. What he said: “I don’t really know what happened. I know I got in the back of the 5 (Kasey Kahne) and I guess I was trying to go to the outside of him, but he just moved up in front of me and I wasn’t expecting it and I tried to go to the outside of him and before I could get to the outside of him I got in the back of him. I just hate that I caused a hell of a melee for everybody.”This week: In eight career starts at Darlington Raceway, Busch has one win, two top-fives and four top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Busch ranks fourth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 10.0.Last year: You knew it was a good race for Busch when the driver acknowledged that he didn’t get his first stripe until past the midway point. Busch earned his second-best finish in eight career starts at Darlington, finishing fourth. Only his 2008 win was better. He also helped Joe Gibbs Racing to a banner day, as all three JGR cars finished inside the top 10.10. Greg Biffle (No. 16)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Biffle is 10th in the standings with 280 points. Last week: It was another difficult week for Biffle’s team. For the second consecutive race, the No. 16 team wasn’t close to finishing on the lead lap. Biffle was collected in a multicar wreck and finished 36th. What he said: “We were trying to be cautious, but that didn’t work.” This week: In 12 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Biffle has two wins, two top-fives, five top-10s and two poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Biffle ranks third out of 49 drivers with an average place of 9.8. Last year: Biffle started on the pole but finished 12th after getting passed multiple times in the waning stages of the race.Related: More on Biffle, Coca-Cola Racing Family Jeff Gordon (No. 24)Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolett Where he stands: Gordon is 14th in the standings with 269 points. Last week: Despite being involved in a few wrecks and spending most of the day a lap down, Gordon enjoyed some beneficiary benefits to remain relevant and pull out an 11th-place finish and earn 34 points. This week: In 32 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Gordon has seven wins, 18 top-fives, 21 top-10s and three poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Gordon ranks first out of 49 drivers with an average place of 8.3. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. 12. Kevin Harvick (No. 29)Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Harvick is 12th in the standings with 276 points. Last week: One week before Talladega, Harvick said his team was due for some good luck. And he was right — the No. 29 rolled to Victory Lane at Richmond. But bad luck returned at the 2.66-mile track Sunday when Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet was caught up in a mega-wreck less than 45 laps into the 188-lap race. He finished 40th. What he said: “I feel like this race was a flashback to Daytona (International Speedway). We had a great run last weekend, and I was really hoping that we could carry that momentum into this weekend, but we didn’t have a chance to make it to the end. I’ve got to thank the Budweiser team for working so hard to try and get us back on track. Wish we could have had a better result, but that’s part of superspeedway racing.”Next week: In 16 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Harvick has two top-fives, and five top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Harvick ranks 19th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 17.3.Last year: The good (Harvick’s driving performance) and the bad (his car’s handling) canceled each other out in 2012. The result was a middle-of-the-road 16th-place showing after Harvick started 23rd. He had worked his way into the top 10 late, but a spate of cautions necessitated multiple restarts, and the No. 29 was in no shape to keep up with some of the better cars in the field. According to NASCAR Loop Data, Harvick ranked first in green flag passes (109) in last year’s event.Five in the rearview mirror …Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56)Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Truex Jr. is 13th in the standings with 269 points. Last week: Truex’s seventh-place finish is just another in a string of four consecutive strong races that have vaulted the Michael Waltrip Racing driver to 13th overall and in position to compete for a Chase spot. Had he not been hit with a pit road penalty late in the race, that finish could have been even higher. This week: In seven career starts at Darlington Raceway, Truex Jr. has one top-five and three top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Truex ranks eighth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.5. READ: Latest on Kenseth penalties 11. Matt Kenseth (No. 20)Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Kenseth is 11th in the standings with 279 points. Last week: Despite his eighth-place finish, Kenseth still earned 38 points after leading a dominating 142 laps (next highest was Jimmie Johnson at 16). He had a chance for his third win, as he led the crowd to the green flag on the final restart. Still, improved to 11th in the standings, holding on strong to one of the two Wild Card spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. What he said: “It could always be worse I guess. Am I disappointed? Yeah, I’m really disappointed.” This week: In 19 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Kenseth has one top-five, eight top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Kenseth ranks 15th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 15.6. Last year: Darlington isn’t one of Kenseth’s best tracks, but perhaps he made a big gain last year. Winless in 19 starts, Kenseth charged through the field late to finish sixth, his best showing since 2008 — and Kenseth’s team felt he would have finished third or fourth if not for a green-white-checkered finish. Kenseth has just one top-five at the track, but has finished sixth three times. Kurt Busch (No. 78)Furniture Row Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Busch is 20th in the standings with 231 points. Last week: Busch was in third place with 10 laps to go before a huge wreck that saw him roll and land on top of Ryan Newman’s car forced him to a 30th-place finish that kept him from gaining traction in the standings. This week: In 16 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Busch has two top-fives, five top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Busch ranks 17th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 16.9.
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Music fans have began their descent on Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD for the annual Hot August Music Festival. Today, for one day only, the festival will host performances from an awesome lineup of musicians that includes Thievery Corporation, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Revivalists, Cabinet, Samantha Fish, LITZ, and Eastman String Band.As jams will be playing all day, taper and regular L4LM contributor Will Urquhart will be on the scene providing an approved live audio stream throughout the celebration. With two stages running all day, there won’t be any shortage of music! Check out the live stream embedded here, and you can see the full schedule below.Urquwill is on MixlrHot August Music Festival Schedule11:30 AM – 12:30 PM LITZ12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EASTMAN STRING BAND1:00 PM – 2:30 PM THE REVIVALISTS2:00 PM – 3:30 PM SAMANTHA FISH3:00 PM – 4:30 PM LEFTOVER SALMON4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CABINET5:30 PM – 7:00 PM JOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEAD6:30 PM – 8:00 PM RAILROAD EARTH8:00 PM – 10:00 PM THIEVERY CORPORATION
New York hip-hop legends RUN-DMC have filed a lawsuit against corporate retail giants Walmart and Amazon for $50 million, according to a report by TMZ. The group claims that the two companies are selling various merchandise products with their famous logo illegally, and have been for years.The lawsuit goes as far to say both companies have worked in collusion with other companies (who are also part of the lawsuit) for years to sell, advertise, manufacture, and distribute products such as hats, t-shirts, glasses and other various items with the RUN-DMC logo, which the group claims is extremely valuable.If they win the lawsuit, it really would be Christmas in Hollis.[via TMZ]
Greensky Bluegrass have just revealed plans for a 17 date spring 2017 tour engagement, which will see the band travel across the country from March 9th through April 1st. The run will start at both South Carolina Music Farm venues (Columbia and Charleston x2), before heading through the Midwest and emerging on the West Coast.The band is already in the throes of a successful winter tour, after releasing their new album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted in the later part of 2016. You can see the band’s new tour schedule below, and head to their website for ticketing details. The pre sale for these new dates starts on Monday, January 23rd at 10 AM Pacific, with the general on-sale the following Friday, January 27th.Greensky Bluegrass Tour Dates3/9 – Music Farm Columbia – Columbia, SC3/10-11 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC3/12 – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN3/15 – The Canopy Club – Champaign, IL3/16 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO3/17 – Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI3/18 – Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN3/21-22 – Belly Up, Aspen – Aspen, CO3/23 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT3/24 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT3/25 – The Pub Station – Billings, MT3/28 – Knitting Factory [Boise] – Boise, ID3/29 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR3/30 – Showbox Presents – Seattle, WA3/31 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR4/1 – WinterWonderGrass Festival – Olympic Valley, CA
In their first year of eligibility, Pearl Jam easily garnered enough votes to find their way into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With the induction ceremony coming up on April 7th, the band will be honored by another legendary Hall Of Famer – Neil Young. As Pearl Jam regularly covers Young’s music, this will be a meaningful way for the two artists to share their respect for one another.Though, Pearl Jam’s induction has caused controversy among previous drummers who were not in the original or existing lineup. With founding member Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron in line to be formally inducted – alongside frontman Eddie Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready – past drummers Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlin, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons were all left out.Abbruzzese expressed his concern to Facebook recently, saying: “I challenge anyone to justify why I am not worthy of a place in the history of Pearl Jam.” The drummer, known for his tenure with PJ from 1991-94, continued, “The official reason given from the RRHOF makes it bullshit. It make my years of hard work appear to be worthless towards the success born of the formative years of Pearl Jam. This is simply not the case. The milestones and the success obtained during my period in the band… The Grammy, AMA’s, MTV Awards, over 20 plus million albums sold. MTV Unplugged performance. SNL twice, etc. Over 275 shows.”He even nudged his former bandmates to do the “right thing.” He says, “They can’t justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not. If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat … They will do the right thing.”Pearl Jam has officially responded to this matter, recruiting Abbruzzese and all other former drummers to join them at the induction ceremony next month. They write:“While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortuante to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years.”“Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlin, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs. Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill.”You can read Pearl Jam’s full letter below.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame goes down April 7th in Brooklyn. A pre-recorded telecast will then air on HBO on April 29th.[H/T CoS]
The Brooklyn Bowl is celebrating their 8th anniversary with fourteen shows over 8 nights in New York City. The beloved Williamsburg venue will host a variety of artists over the eight-night run, signifying the eclectic tastes they provide concert-goers with every night of the week. Billed as A Brooklyn Blast! Celebrating 8 Years of Brooklyn Bowl, the series will go from July 1-2 and July 5-8.The New York establishment is the parent to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and London, and the brainchild of promoter Peter Shapiro (Relix Magazine, Fare Thee Well). The concert venue, bowling alley, and Blue Ribbon restaurant is not only the home to eight years of successful operation but also the longstanding walls to some of Brooklyn’s greatest musical memories.To celebrate the club’s anniversary, each night of the series will see a different lineup of performers, with genres varying from Indian world fusionites Red Baraat; indie garage rockers Diarrhea Planet; French producer Fred Falke; the ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson with Who’s Bad, a tribute to the 90’s with CRAZY SINCE DA 90s; the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra; a tribute to the Grateful Dead with Half Step; Delicate Steve and the Band of Changes featuring Chris Harford, Scott Metzger, Jon Shaw, and Joe Russo; up-and-coming pop-rock funk act Ripe; electronic producer Gigamesh; Stooges Brass Band; pop sensation Robyn Party; and traditional Bowl Train DJ sets with Talib Kweli and jazz and hip-hop artist Pete Rock to close Thursday nights.The venue is offering a special 8 Night Pass for a rocking $70. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 24 at 10AM here. See below for the full schedule.Brooklyn Brewery Presents: A Brooklyn Blast! Celebrating 8 Years of Brooklyn Bowl6/29 Red Baraat: tix6/29 Bowl Train w/ Talib Kweli: tix6/30 Diarrhea Planet: tix6/30 Fred Falke: tix7/1 Who’s Bad: tix7/1 CRAZY SINCE DA 90s: tix7/2 Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra: tix7/5 Half Step: tix7/6 Delicate Steve: tix7/6 Bowl Train w/ Pete Rock: tix7/7 Ripe: tix7/7 Gigamesh: tix7/8 Stooges Brass Band: tix7/8 Robyn Party: tix[cover photo by Phierce Photo at Brooklyn Comes Alive]
Amoramora has been saving the world with rock ‘n’ roll since 2016. Every live show is guaranteed to blast you off into a cosmic dance party and features an ever-changing blend of psychedelic jams, funk, bluegrass, African Highlife, and beyond. Fueled by high-energy improvisation, the undeniable joy this quartet shares onstage and offstage is reflected by their devout and growing fanbase, The Amorons. Based out of Boulder, Colorado, the band is proud to be sharing the stage with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, opening up their Flocktober Fest at the Boulder Theater this Friday, October 6th. Read on to hear what Amoramora’s lead guitarist Danny Evans had to say about the group’s origins, influences, and where they’re headed!Live For Live Music: Let’s start from the beginning. Tell me a little bit about the formation of Amoramora?Danny Evans: We all kind of met in college at CU Boulder. Tommy Veronesi (drums) and I were fiddling around with different people—by the end of 2015, we got everything set and started playing heavily. 2015 was a heavy writing year for us. It was a period when we really worked on our setlist-staples and our heavy-hitters. In 2016, things really took off, and we started touring. We had a trio for about a month including Eric Levine (bass/trumpet), and then met Michael Lenssen ( trumpet/EWI/keys/percussion) through the CU jazz scene, since Eric is a graduate of the CU School of Music, having studied jazz trumpet.L4LM: With all of this positive growth, how do you think your style and sound have developed over the past year?DE: Oh my goodness. [laughs] It has literally been our biggest year of growth, and Amoramora’s sound is changing more than ever. We began the year with Lenssen just bringing the keys onstage, and now he plays keys and trumpet at the same time and will switch to EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). Lenssen runs multiple synthesizers through it at once, creating sonic textures that would normally come from a keyboard with his mouth. We’ve learned so much more bluegrass, and the jams have just gotten longer. Since we played so much this year, we’ve gotten to tickle every corner of the jam band world.L4LM: It’s not all that common to see a four-piece band messing around with so many different instruments. What influences your guy’s unique sound?DE: I can honestly say and feel confident speaking for the other guys that Miles Davis is a really big influence on our music. Having two trained trumpet players in the band, you know it instills that mindset of playing, performing, practicing, playing together as a band. You hear it a lot in Miles Davis’s quotes thrown around. We also really like the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead—we really developed a love together for bluegrass, and from time to time, we’ll listen to hip-hop. As a band, we want to give someone an experience that contains all of our influences and just rages.L4LM: Particularly pertaining to you, what’s the most challenging thing about being a self-managed band?DE: I’d say the hardest part is switching from, like “Okay, we’re about to book tours” to practicing and playing shows on the road. By the end of 2018, I will have booked four full tours, and Amoramora will have hit both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans twice. It’s kind of like, when do I get to just be Danny, pick up the guitar, and write some songs? We personally have to book the shows and deal with the venues regarding all matters, so we’re really doing everything still. L4LM: What does playing the Boulder Theater mean to you, as a Boulder resident and graduate of the University of Colorado?DE: It’s enormous! It’s the biggest theater in town, and I’ve seen some world-class musical acts there plus some of my personal favorite shows ever. A lot of incredible shows that I even didn’t attend but have listened to have happened at the Boulder Theater. So, it’s a big night for me and for the band. I don’t know, I feel like it’s a big night for the Boulder scene. It seems like there’s a new theme going on in town. Younger bands are starting to tour and break out. We have a lot of great bands out here, and I just think it’s great how a band like Pigeons can look into a scene like that and say, “We’re going to support the locals and go with this big Flocktober gig.”L4LM: Absolutely, it seems like the Fox and Boulder Theaters have a theme of supporting local talent.DE: Yeah, they’ve always been there to help us and support our vision, and we couldn’t be more thankful. Everyone at the venues are part of our family now.L4LM: Before we wrap this up, if you could give one piece of advice to an upcoming nationally touring act, what would it be?DE: Practice, and, I’d like to say, make sure that you’re being original. The thing about this improvisational music scene is this: People want to hear groundbreaking music. They want to hear sonic textures that are really going to tickle their brain in different ways that they haven’t necessarily felt before. I think it’s important to break out new instruments and be multi-instrumentalists. Being truly original has gotten so washed out with cover bands and this and that, and you really have to fight to make sure that you’re doing your own thing.L4LM: Well, thank you so much for taking this time to speak with us, Danny. Best of luck this upcoming weekend and this upcoming fall-touring season! L4LM: So, you guys are making your first Boulder Theater appearance, opening for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong who are on the rise and in the spotlight in the scene. How did this all come to fruition?DE: Honestly, I was probably just as surprised as you when we got the call. I mean, after Amoramora sold out the Fox Theatre, I think Z2 Entertainment was looking for another opportunity to get us in with the Boulder scene. With such a heavy upcoming touring schedule, a lot of gigs where we would’ve liked to link up didn’t work out, so this is really the perfect possible outcome! I’ve bumped into Pigeon’s management from time to time around Colorado, and I think they thought, “Let’s give these guys a shot.” We are truly blessed to open up such an awesome night, rage, and play with a band that has put in so much hard work over the years. I’m from Virginia and used to hear about Pigeons Playing Ping Pong playing my friends fraternity parties. It’s crazy we’re now playing the Boulder Theater with them on Friday.We’ve played with a bunch of different acts, but Pigeons have this really nice organic following that genuinely loves the band and love the music. It’s really cool to be able to dip our toes in that water. Meeting people, selling tickets, and getting the stoke up for the show has been a really fun experience. There are definitely gonna be a lot of special people there who really like Pigeons.
We asked some of our favorite musicians for a song that says patriotism from any perspective. What we got back is pretty special. You can listen to the full playlist on Spotify below, plus check out the listing of which artists nominated which songs.Enjoy the tunes, and happy 4th of July everybody! Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band): “American Patrol” – Glenn MillerScott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead): “This Land Is Your Land” – Sharon Jones and The Dap-KingsRuss Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band): “Freedom” – Jimi HendrixOliver Wood (Wood Brothers): “Flag Decal” – John PrineDave Watts (The Motet): “Living in America” James BrownDuane Betts: “Back in the U.S.A.” – Chuck BerryMarco Benevento (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead): “Fireworks” – Marco BeneventoTom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead/Ghost Light): “Monsters/Suicide/America” – SteppenwolfNeal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Circles Around The Sun/Hard Working Americans): “Purple Mountain Jamboree” – Hard Working AmericansPaul Barrere (Little Feat): “America The Beautiful” – Ray CharlesJordan Fairless (Spafford): “Wheels” – CAKEAron Magner (The Disco Biscuits): “Freedom 76” – Ween
Over the weekend, The Disco Biscuits performed three late-night shows at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. This wasn’t the first time that the Biscuits played a late-night run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas during Phish‘s run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and it certainly won’t be the last. Fans from all over the country flew in to witness what they expected to be three nights of madness. Well, they got what they were looking for.The band kicked things off on Thursday night with “Confrontation” > “I Feel Love” (Donna Summer) > “Confrontation”. It was a good way to ease the Phish fans in attendance into the Biscuits and their style of playing. Next, “After Midnight” > “Basis For a Day” > “Necromancer” > “Basis For a Day” contained some of the best trance-fusion of the night. The final “Basis” jam was blissed-out while still possessing high energy “untz,” but it was only the first night and the band had a lot more to offer fans during the sets that followed.The Disco Biscuits kicked off the second set of night one off with one of their classics, “Crystal Ball”. Keyboardist Aron Magner took the lead during the improvisation, which produced a handful of thoroughly exciting moments. Next up was “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line” > “Tempest” > “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line”, a hands-down highlight of the night. The band was clicking and pushing musical boundaries in a way that is now expected by their fans. It’s segments like this that keep the band’s diehard fans coming back for more. The sandwich featured some tasteful riffs from guitarist Jon “Barber” Gutwillig, and bassist Marc “Brownie” Brownstein was right behind him. They ended the second set with a Las Vegas-appropriate cover of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds”.Night 2 started off with a cover of Prince’s “1999”. The Biscuits did the classic song justice and they laid down some premier space funk during the jam. A twenty-six-minute version of “Astronaut” came next, marking one of the most ferocious improvisational highlights of the run. “Jigsaw Earth” > “Triumph” > “Jigsaw Earth” followed, serving as a prime example of the Biscuits’ use of contrast. It got dark and heavy, but also bubbly and light-hearted showcasing opposite ends of the spectrum of their musical range.The following featured just three songs, starting off with a twenty-one-minute version of Men Without Hats‘ “Safety Dance”, a classic cover that’s been in their repertoire for years. As the band gets older, songs like “Little Betty Boop” have truly begun to shine, and they executed this one with patience and purpose. “Spraypaint” closed out the set with twenty minutes of power that echoed throughout Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. They encored with “Floes”, a song written by their original drummer Sam Altman. All in all, Night 2 was good—but the best was yet to come.The third and final night of the run was by far the best of the bunch. The jams got deeper and the band was communicating on a near-telepathic level. The “Little Lai” > “Fifth of Beethoven” got the crowd warmed up and pumping, and the “Digital Buddha” > “Pilin’ It Higher” > “Abraxas” > “Digital Buddha” that closed set one was easily the best segment of the entire run. From blissco to relentless drum n’ bass, the entire band was soaring—they could not miss. If you missed the run, go back and listen to this chunk at all costs.Trance-fusion is a style of music that can be replicated, but only one band can execute it at the highest level, and that’s The Disco Biscuits. The final set of the weekend started with a twenty-two-minute rendition of the Gutwillig classic, “Hot Air Balloon”. That jammed straight into an inverted “Bernstein and Chasnoff”, an impressive change-up for hardcore fans as the song is usually used as a drop-segue. Next came one of Brownstein’s new songs, “Miracles”. A lot of fans have mixed feelings about the song, but the lyrics are strong and it has continued to earn its stripes as a jam vehicle. This one got dark and dirty before transitioning into Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell”. And then… boom! The band jammed back into “Hot Air Balloon” to bookend the set. Finally, the band encored with LCD Soundsystem’s “Home”, which made its way back through “Run Like Hell” to close out the run with style and swagger.In all, this was a successful weekend that definitely outshined the previous Worchester run, but the best is still yet to come. Their shows at The Palace Theater on November 23rd and 24th are going to give fans an example to see top shelf fall Biscuits. After that, the band has a three-night run in the mountains of Colorado at a brand-new venue in Frisco, followed by Holidaze, an event whose potential for greatness is self-explanatory. But the most anticipated run of them all is their return to Philadelphia for New Year’s Eve over four nights at The Fillmore starting on December 28th. The Disco Biscuits are playing more and more dates, and whether you love them or hate them, go catch one and witness their live show. There is nothing else like it in the scene.You can watch full pro-shot video of The Disco Biscuits at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on November 2nd below via the band’s YouTube page:The Disco Biscuits – 11/2/18 – Full Show[Video: The Disco Biscuits]For a full list of The Disco Biscuits’ upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/1/18I: Confrontation-> I Feel Love-> Confrontation, After Midnight-> Basis for a Day-> Neck Romancer-> Basis for a DayII: Crystal Ball, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Tempest-> Little Shimmy in a Conga Line, Suspicious MindsE: Munchkin InvasionSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/2/18I: 1999-> Astronaut, Jigsaw Earth-> Triumph-> Jigsaw EarthII: Safety Dance-> Little Betty Boop (inverted)-> Spraypaint VictoryE: FloesSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 11/3/18I: Little Lai-> Fifth of Beethoven, Digital Buddha-> Pilin’ it Higher-> Abraxas-> Digital BuddhaII: Hot Air Balloon-> Bernstein & Chasnoff (inverted)-> Miracles-> Run Like Hell-> Hot Air BalloonE: Home-> Run Like Hell