By Justin CharlesRemember ‘Return to the Bubble Kingdom’? The huge, end of summer warehouse party in Brooklyn hosted by Unicorn Meat NYC, featuring performances by Conspirator and Two Fresh among others, that promised tons of quirky visual features to excite guests. Along with ‘large scale art installations’, ‘choreographed performances’, and ‘holograms that float in the air above the dance floor’, a major selling point was a ‘black light reactive waterfall on the dance floor’.How do you get a ‘black light reactive waterfall’ into a Brooklyn warehouse? Apparently by filling a swimming pool with glow stick chemicals. Gothamist is now reporting that two 19 year old women, Rocio Marie Cabrera and Sarah Deodath, both of the Bronx, have filled a lawsuit against both the promoters and the owner of the warehouse. They claim the pool left them with permanent vision impairment.Update:Unicorn Meat has Released This Statment on Their Website:As a small event organization, we work hard to create diverse, entertaining, but ultimately safe parties for our clientele. It’s all about doing good things and having fun — for us and our clients. We have become a leading event company in Brooklyn by doing just that. We try to support not only ourselves, but also other talented musicians, performers, and visual artists, through our events.We understand that claims have just been made – with massive and unnecessary publicity, both online and in mainstream media — that two individuals were injured at one of our events. We are of course concerned, as we pride ourselves on sponsoring safe events. We have not been served with any papers yet or arranged counsel. We do not know the full details of the accusations. We do know that no one else has come forward with similar claims. Yet dozens of other people participated in the same activities that allegedly produced injury.We just found out about all this in the last 24 hours or so. It has been a chaotic situation for us. We have not had a chance to investigate the facts. We know nothing about the people who are complaining about what happened at the event, if anything. We don’t know whether there is any legitimacy to the claims. We do know that one of the people complaining lists her place of employment as a hair styling salon that also manufactures and sells their own products. Those products, such as hair sprays and gels, can cause eye irritations. We will want to investigate the possibility that she developed an irritation from her workplace or other location but we haven’t done this yet. We just don’t know – and, again, no one except the two people complaining has reported any similar issues to us. We do intend to respond to this litigation in a responsible, thoughtful, and professional way, with help from counsel.– From Alex Kay, owner. Twenty-four-year-old, New York area native who has developed a great reputation from providing others with fun and safe entertainment.
Livetronica favorites Lotus have announced dates for their upcoming winter tour, traveling from the East Coast to the South between December and March. The tour will be in support of their upcoming album, which as of now remains untitled.The band will hit New York City’s Best Buy Theater, as well as Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, as well as big stops in Baltimore for New Years Eve, and a two night Atlanta run to close the tour. Moon Hooch will act as support throughout the tour. Check out the full dates below.Lotus Tour: Winter 2012-2013November 30 Philadelphia, PA—Electric FactoryDecember 27 Chicago, IL—Riviera TheatreDecember 28 Chicago, IL—Riviera TheatreDecember 29 Millvale, PA—Mr. Small’s TheatreDecember 30 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head LiveDecember 31 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head LiveJanuary 24 Burlington, VT—Higher GroundJanuary 25 Boston, MA—House of BluesJanuary 26 New York, NY—Best Buy TheaterJanuary 27- Brooklyn, NY—Knitting FactoryJanuary 30 Syracuse, NY—The Westcott TheaterJanuary 31 Cleveland, OH—Beachland BallroomFebruary 1 Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak TheatreFebruary 2 Columbus, OH—Newport Music Hall (co-bill with Keller Williams)February 5 Grand Rapids, MI—The IntersectionFebruary 6 Bloomington, IN—Jake’sFebruary 7 Milwaukee, WI—Turner Hall BallroomFebruary 8 Madison, WI—Barrymore TheatreFebruary 9 Minneapolis, MN—Mill City NightsFebruary 12 Lincoln, NE—Bourbon TheatreFebruary 13 Fayetteville, AR
January 25, 2013Wellmont TheatreMontclair, NJ7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.tickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the venue box office (Fridays noon – 6pm and show days noon – 9pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 General Admission floor and General Admission Balcony January 23, 2013Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY6:30 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeATTENTION: Anyone who has valid tickets from the postponed October 28th Port Chester, NY show may use their tickets for the newly announced January 23rd Port Chester show. Those who cannot attend the rescheduled date may seek refunds at the point of purchase.Tickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online athttp://buy.ticketfly.us/lounge/event/153865?utm_medium=bks or charge by phone at 877-435-9849. This is an 18 and over show.$39.50 General AdmissionJanuary 24, 2013Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY6:30 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online athttp://buy.ticketfly.us/lounge/event/153865?utm_medium=bks or charge by phone at 877-435-9849. This is an 18 and over show.$39.50 General Admission January 19, 2013Landmark TheatreSyracuse, NY6:30 Doors, 7:30 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Landmark Theatre Box Office (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 2pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 Reserved January 20, 2013State TheatrePortland, ME7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office. The State Theatre Box Office will be open at 5pm night of show. This is an all ages show.$42.50 General Admission Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will return to the road in 2013 for an extension of his ‘Traveler Tour’. The short tour will kick off January 18th in Toronto, Canada and conclude January 26th in Albany, New York. Trey will also stop by the new Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York on January 23rd and 24th. The show on the 23rd will be the make up date for the previous show that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.Tickets will be available through a presale starting Friday December 7th at 10am, and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5pm, here. Check Trey.com for regular on sale times for particular shows. Complete dates are below.January 18, 2013Danforth Music HallToronto, Ontario, Canada7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 855.985.5000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Danforth Music Hall Box Office, 2 hours before doors on event days. This is an all ages show.$49.50 General Admission floor and Reserved Balcony January 26, 2013Palace TheatreAlbany, NY6:30 Doors, 7:30 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Saturday, December 15th at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 2pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 Reserved
Old Lotus Vibes, New Lotus Times– Erik JacobsonIn 2004, Lotus recorded their debut studio album Nomad at Mr. Smalls Funhouse in Millvalle, Pennsylvania; a small town just outside of Pittsburgh. The album features 9 tracks of the more jazzy, funky, atmospheric side of Lotus that many diehard Lotus fans like myself grew to fall in love with. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the historic venue, Lotus was booked for a two-night run. The band announced that on the second night, June 8th, they were going to recreate Nomad in its entirety. Wait, a sold-out 650 person capacity venue, my favorite band, and they are playing my favorite album? Sign me up! This show was sure to be one for the ages.The first set began with “Break Build Burn”, a track off of Lotus’ latest album Build. The sold-out crowd began to get down to synthesizers and horn samples from the group Rubblebucket. Next came “Middle Road”, a funkier song off of Build with smooth percussions from drummer Mike Greenfield and a funky bass-line and vocal samples. Out of Lotus’ newer material, this one features more of an improv section which allowed Mike Rempel to show his shredding ability as a guitar guru.Newer material continued to be the trend for the first set. I couldn’t help but smile during “The Oaks.” This song makes you feel all happy and bubbly as fans became a little lighter on their feet. “Debris” followed as Luke Miller laid down some spacey keys. This track featured some improvisation that was very different from anything ever heard in previous live versions of this track; a lot of crazy sounds and transitions from being electronic driven to guitar driven and back and forth. “Ashcon” followed, showing the more electronic, dubby driven sound that Lotus has evolved to over the years.The next song was “Intro to a Cell”, one from Lotus’ earlier days coming up in the scene. This one was a HEATER! Jesse Miller came out with some funky J-Bass jams and got the crowd grooving as Chuck Morris demonstrated his fluency on percussion and kept things going. Chuck was on point in this one, laying down percussion that was more than just fun to dance to. The first set ended with “Baby I’m Yours”, a cover by French producer Breakbot. Luke sang into a vocoder to recreate the lyrics as Lotus added their touch to the song. This was a good cover to end the first set.Now, the moment that everyone had been waiting to see. Everyone knew Lotus was going to play Nomad in its entirety, but no one was sure what way they would go about doing it. Everyone was happy to hear the second set open up with the first song on the album, “Suitcases.” You could feel the energy in the room as Lotus fans celebrated the arrival of Nomad. This guitar driven track was a nice change of pace from the newer, more electronic driven songs of the first set.A beautiful segue of the next three songs on the album would follow. Luke took a minute to explain how they wanted the drums to sounds like they were coming from further away during “Livingston Storm.” Out of all the songs from Nomad that were played, this version sounded the closest to the studio track. This would be the start to a very peaceful, relaxing song with guitar riffs from Rempel that put you in a meditative state of mind. The improv during this song took me to a different place, it was dubby at times, spacey at times, and was driven by guitars, eventually leading into “Spiritualize”. This song is a fan favorite, the name speaks for itself; providing a feeling of complete and utter bliss.Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better the band began to jam even more taking that spiritual feeling and breaking it down with wicked percussion, keys, heavy bass, and piercing guitar riffs. Out of this came “Plant Your Root”, and after even more jamming and improv the segue ended back into “Spiritualize.” And then things got really out of control. As Luke explained how the vocal samples from the song were recorded by Chuck, you could see a feeling of Love from the band members that I hadn’t seen in recent shows. You can’t spell ‘Lotus Vibes’ without ‘L-O-V-E’. This left fans a feeling of overwhelming joy….the funny thing was that the album wasn’t even half way through yet!A more down-tempo song, “Travel”, came next, which was played into “Greet the Mind” a funky-ass song that does an excellent job of switching up the tempo when one would least expect it. The next song began with Rempel playing a melodica, a wind instrument that one might describe as a combination of a keyboard and flute. He played this to start “Ball of Energy” a song that all Lotus fans know is a very rare one to get at a show.“Jump Off’, one of my personal favorites, followed and shows the jammy, wackier side of Lotus. This one had fans going hard, constantly changing up the mood and sending fans through the highs and lows of many different emotions. “Colorado” ended the set, a place than any nomad would love to call home. This peaceful, melodic utopia of a song left many fans with tears of joy. There was nowhere else in the world that any of us in attendance would rather have been. This was the icing on the delicious Nomad cake that Lotus had baked for us.The encore featured a new hip-hop song titled “Cloud 9.” This track is a remix of Lotus’ “The Surf” and features lyrics from MCs Ras Arcane and Cee Knowledge. “Behind Midwest Storefronts” would be the last song of the show. A really uplifting song with a post-rock feel to it; this guitar driven beauty was a perfect way to top off the night.Lotus has shown us that their sound has evolved into a more electronic direction, away from their more jazzy, funky, roots of the early days. We made the journey to Mr. Smalls to see that beautiful, jazzy, funky, atmospheric Nomad that we fell in love with. And what we got was that and so much more. We got the peaceful vibes created from Nomad and the high energy electronic elements in the improv of these songs. Lotus wanted to show their fans the direction that the band is going in, but at the same time wanted to show them that they haven’t forgotten about where they came from and why many of us fell in love with their music. This show was a near-perfect blend of old and new Lotus, and it will be a night to be remembered for years to come.[cover photo courtesy of B. Hockensmith Photography]Lotus from Mr. Smalls:
Every March, the famed Allman Brothers Band set up shop at the Beacon Theatre for an extended residency, typically playing around ten shows to the delight of older and younger fans alike. As the band enters its 45th year of music, founding member Gregg Allman is thrilled to have another opportunity to perform.In an interview with Rolling Stone, Allman showed his enthusiasm, saying that “going through the motions would be a real bore… We’re all still real into it.” They have scheduled ten concerts between March 7-22.The band is also planning to release some live concert footage in 2014, including February releases of Boston Common 8/17/71 and Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992. The August 1971 show is one of the last known performances by the divine slide guitarist, Duane Allman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident just two months later, on 10/29/71.They also plan to release a DVD, entitled Live at Great Woods, which captures the Allmans in 1991. While bassist Oteil Burbridge has left ABB for the Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman is still incredibly enthusiastic for the upcoming Beacon run. “These last few years, we do the Beacon and then we do one month on the road in the summertime and that’s about it. And then everybody goes off to their own respective solo bands. It’s getting more seldom that we get together, you know? It makes you really look forward to it.”Tickets for the Allman Brothers Beacon shows go on sale at 10 AM (ET) on January 10th. The dates of the concerts are listed below:March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)[Source: Rolling Stone]
What’s one way to put a modern twist on David Bowie‘s classic track, “Golden Years”? Give the controls to LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy. The electronic musician produced his own version of the groovy Bowie tune for the upcoming film, While We’re Young. The result: a xylophone-heavy, instrumental rendition that leads the film’s soundtrack. Listen below:The soundtrack also consists of an original Murphy track, “We Used To Dance.” While We’re Young is directed by Noah Baumbach and stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Beastie Boys‘ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz – check it out when it hits theaters Friday, March 27. This isn’t the first time the LCD Soundsystem frontman has covered the Ziggy Stardust creator. Murphy’s 10-minute version of “Love Is Lost” was included on Bowie’s 2013 album, The Next Day. While We’re Young Motion Picture Soundtrack Tracklist: 01. James Murphy – “Golden Years” 02. Antonio Vivaldi – “Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Continuo in D, RV. 93″ 03. Lionel Richie – “All Night Long (All Night)” 04. A Tribe Called Quest – “Buggin’ Out” 05. The Psychedelic Furs – “The Ghost in You” 06. Danny Kaye – “The Inch Worm” 07. James Murphy – “Only the Stars Above Welcome Me Home” 08. Haim – “Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)” 09. Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger” 10. Antonio Vivaldi – “Andante du Concerto Pour Flautino en ut Majeur (From the MGM film The Wild Child)” 11. Foreigner – “Waiting for a Girl Like You” 12. Paul McCartney & Wings – “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” 13. James Murphy – “We Used to Dance” 14. David Bowie – “Golden Years”
After delivering a crushing set at this year’s Jazz Fest, The Who have announced that they have to postpone the next three dates of their The Who Hits 50! tour. Roger Daltrey is reportedly battling swollen vocal cords and was advised to remain on vocal rest for the week.The scheduled performances that will be affected are Kansas City, St. Louis and Louisville. Rescheduled show dates will be announced shortly and we’ll be sure to keep you posted. Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored on the new dates.The Who is still scheduled to hit Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium on May 30th. Check out a clip from their Jazz Fest Weekend One Saturday closing set.
Words by Bob Wilson Photos by Wayne Herrschaft The current line-up of Twisted Sister is Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (lead/rhythm guitar), Eddie ‘Fingers’ Ojeda (lead/rhythm guitar), Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza (bass guitar), and Mike Portnoy (drums). A Concert To Honor A.J. PeroTwisted Sister brought “The Sound Of Thunder” tour, a concert honoring the memory of drummer A.J. Pero to the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, New Jersey on June 13th.With front man Dee Snider reminding one of a cross between Roger Daltrey and Phyllis Diller with serious abs, Twisted Sister were certainly visually quite a site to behold.The band went from the bars to the stars, and even found the controversial Snider testifying before the United States Senate back in 1985 with John Denver and Frank Zappa. Exalted by MTV to the (silver) stars and into America’s consciousness, the group followed in the footsteps of Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls. They had less makeup than Kiss, and more balls than your average Long Island bar band.Anthony Jude Pero died at the young age of 55 on March 20th, 2015 of a heart attack. A.J. was traveling on the tour bus of the band Adrenaline Mob on their way to a show. The drummer was rushed to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, but he could not be revived. A.J. would often come to dine with the roadies, and love to meet the fans. Guitarist Jay Jay French was quoted as saying, “The nice one died”. He loved the vocation he had chosen, and the people that surrounded him. It seems fitting that he passed on his way to rock, with the wheels of the tour bus rolling along.Twisted Sister performed an 18 song set, opening with What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You).The drum kit was handled studiously by Mike Portnoy, formally of Dream Theater and Adrenaline Mob. The band did not skip a beat, with highlights including Stay Hungry, The Beast, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll, I Am (I’m Me), and the band’s signature tunes We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock. Portnoy played a memorial solo with A.J. Up on the screen, while the audience chanted his name, and reacted with visceral emotion. While the drummer’s life was being celebrated, so also was the band’s history which started in 1972. The theme of the set list seemed to be aimed at defying Father Time, who the aging rockers have realized is a real mother. Both a CD and DVD are set to be released of the memorial shows. The first of the shows was held in Las Vegas on May 30th at the Joint Hard Rock Hotel, with Skid Row also on the bill.Tonight’s show was opened by Four By Fate, and Billy Mira and the Hitmen. Twisted Sister will hit a few dates around Europe, and return to the USA. Their last scheduled show this yearis on September 12th at the Grand Casino for the Grand Rocktember Music Festival III.
The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded and run entirely by Phish fans. A leading grant-maker in music education for children, having now made 274 grants in 46 states, totaling $918,093.40 total, the organization also serves as the primary provider of historical information about Phish and its music, and has since its inception 1996.The Foundation has recently announced thirteen new grants, totaling $75,000, to go toward music education for children. This year’s grants have exceeded almost one-third of the applicants’ requests, proving the ultimate generosity that comes from this particular community. Check out the impressive list of their newest grants, in support of schools, centers, and non-profit organizations in ten states below:$5,000 for instruments at Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Birmingham, AL)$4,000 for instruments at Boys and Girls Club of Vista (Vista, CA)$10,000 for instruments at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy (Chicago, IL) – doubled$5,000 for instruments at Hilo Intermediate School (Hilo, HI)$2,000 for instruments at Jesse S. Bobo Elementary School (Spartanburg, SC)$5,000 for instruments at Legacy Music Alliance (Salt Lake City, UT)$10,000 for staffing at Mainly Mozart, Inc. (San Diego, CA) – doubled$10,000 for scholarships at Manna House Workshops, Inc. (New York, NY) – matched & doubled$5,000 for instruments at Moreno Valley Unified School District (Moreno Valley, CA)$5,000 for scholarships at Philadelphia Chapter of The American Harp Society (Philadelphia, PA) – increased, matched, & doubled$5,000 for general funds at SoundStrings (Red Wing, MN)$5,000 for instruments at Southern Utah University Preschool & Teacher Education Program (Cedar City, UT)$4,000 for instruments at The Alberta School of Performing Arts (Tuscaloosa, AL)The lucky thirteen grantees were selected among a list of over 877 applicants, with requests totaling more than $2.5 million, via a highly competitive, two-tiered online application process. The Mockingbird Foundation is only as strong as its supporting community, so if you are one who wants to help reach even higher goals, head over to their website and be part of the movement today.[Via Mbird]
Employment Services, collaborating with a University-wide organizing committee, will host its ninth annual career forum on June 12. The event will be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St. and will be open to the public from 4 to 6:30 p.m.The career forum will open to internal candidates only at 3 p.m. Individuals must present a Harvard ID to gain admission during this period. Employees and recently laid-off employees will be able to receive individual attention from hiring areas at this time.This year’s forum will also feature the job search workshop “Standing Out to an Outstanding Employer,” as well as “Express Resume Review” and a variety of other job search resources. For more information about this event, visithttp://www.employment.harvard.edu.