DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today that the $25,000 fine assessed to driver Denny Hamlin on March 7 will be settled per Section 12-3 of the 2013 NASCAR rule book after being informed by Hamlin that he will not appeal the penalty. Hamlin was fined after the sanctioning body determined he had violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing). NASCAR considers this matter closed. FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos Official statement regarding the status of Denny Hamlin ___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.
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Want a piece of Grateful Dead history? If you have $10.35 million to spend, you might want to consider buying the house currently owned by Phil Lesh. The Grateful Dead bassist just put his home in Marin County (outside of San Francisco, CA) up for that asking price, according to the New York Post.According to the report, Lesh bought the house in 2002 for $9.35 million. It was first built in 1906, but has since been updated, and features seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. Not too shabby!If you want to peek inside Phil Lesh’s home of the last 14 years, check out a couple images of the property posted on Zillow. There are more images available on their website as well.
Guitarist and vocalist Warren Haynes continued on to Lenox, Massachusetts over the weekend with his symphonic tributes to the late great Jerry Garcia. Accompanied by the Boston Pops at the Tanglewood Music Center, the celebration magnified justice to timeless songs like “Comes A Time” and “Uncle John’s Band,” and kept the fire alive in staples like “Scarlet Begonias,” “Shakedown Street,” and “Terrapin Station.”The “Warren Haynes’ Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration” is taking a month off for the rest of July, though Warren will be continuing on the road with his “Ashes & Dust” tour. The Garcia tributes will pick back up on August 1 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, then head back to the east coast for stops at Bethel Woods Center For the Arts, PNC Bank Arts Center, and NYC’s SummerStage on August 8th. Tickets remain here.Enjoy his most recent performance of “Blues for Allah”:Touch of GreyWarren Haynes’ Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration 7/1/16:Set One: Dark Star (Intro) > Bird Song, Crazy Fingers, Shakedown Street, Comes a Time, China Cat Sunflower, Scarlet Begonias, Morning DewSet Two: Uncle John’s Band, Doin’ That Rag, Touch of Grey, Blues for Allah, Terrapin Station, Terrapin RefrainEncore: Ripple
In an interview with The Wall Street journal, legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby revealed plans for the release of his fifth studio album, titled Lighthouse, due out October 21st. In anticipation of the album, the Crosby, Stills, & Nash member has shared the track “Things We Do For Love” (listen below). Crosby co-wrote much of the material with Snarky Puppy bassist Michael League. Crosby had this to say about the talented musician, “He’s an immensely talented musician. He was very sneaky, too. He didn’t tell me he could play lead guitar. He didn’t tell me he could sing. And he never told me he could write words. But when we sat down at my house, we wrote three songs in three days. I think the only person in my life that has been that good at writing and co-working with [me] is my son James. I love writing with someone else because the other guy always thinks of something you didn’t.”Lighthouse comes 45 years after his first solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name. The singer laments about that time period, and how some of his best friends and incredible musicians helped create that album:“I had a bunch of songs and I had only used two of them on [Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s] “Deja Vu,” because there were four writers. The joy of it was, I was having a very hard time emotionally. My girlfriend had gotten killed in a car wreck. I was pretty damaged from it. So I stayed in the studio. It was the only safe place I had. And my friends came. Notably, [Jerry] Garcia came just about every night. And [Phil]Lesh, and [Bill]Kreutzmann and other guys from the Dead, and Grace [Slick] and Paul [Kanter] from Jefferson Airplane, some guys from Santana and Quicksilver [Messenger Service] and other San Francisco bands. Of course Gram [Parsons] and Joni [Mitchell] and other friends of mine. They gathered around and helped me make that record in the most organic and loving way. It pretty much saved my sanity. I had something to do and somebody to do it with. It was a lifting force in a pretty tough spot.”Take a listen to “Things We Do For Love”:Lighthouse Tracklisting:1. “Things We Do For Love”2. “The Us Below”3. “Drive Out to the Desert”4. “Look in Their Eyes”5. “Somebody Other Than You”6. “The City”7. “Paint You a Picture”8. “What Makes It So”9. “By the Light of Common Day”[via The Wall Street Journal]
The Grateful Dead were no strangers to the music of Bob Dylan. Having toured with the folk legend, the Dead amassed a sturdy repertoire of Dylan covers to perform at their disposal. It seems that Dead & Company have followed suit, as the band continues to add new songs to their set lists this summer. Last night showed that Dead & Co still have more new song debuts in their pocket, as the group tacked on “Maggie’s Farm” in the middle of a great performance at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA.The band started out with a jam session that landed on “Hell in a Bucket.” With “Bertha” and “Liberty,” the band was off and running, before the cover of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” made its debut appearance. The rocking tune was a great moment and a highlight of the show, and tunes like “Cold Rain & Snow,” “Looks Like Rain,” “Row Jimmy” and “Throwing Stones” completed the set.The second set brought more fire, as the band opened things up after the break with “Shakedown Street” for the first time since Citi Field. After a fun “Uncle John’s Band,” the band played their second Dylan cover: “All Along The Watchtower.” A great “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” let the band jam out, and keep things weird during the “Drums/Space” segment. A cool down “Black Peter” followed, and “Johnny B. Goode” capped off a great set of music. It was Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour” that got the encore spot, played for the first time since New Year’s Eve. What a show!Check out some video highlights, and the full setlist below!Maggie’s FarmShakedown Street Edit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlists[Photo by Dave DeCrescente]
Late last year, Medeski Martin & Wood were set to celebrate their 25th anniversary with three shows at intimate NYC venue (le) poisson rouge. Those shows were rescheduled due to health issues with bassist Chris Wood, ultimately being pushed back until after the New Year. Though the 25th anniversary shows are now being held during the band’s 26th year together, the feeling was much the same, as the three renowned musicians took the stage with determination for the first of three nights yesterday.LPR is a venue that holds 700 people – certainly an underplay for a band as well respected as MMW. The sold out crowd was particularly enthusiastic, packing the intimate room but never stepping on each other’s toes in the process. As Medeski Martin & Wood emerged in the burgeoning NYC jam scene of the 1990’s, the intimate performance must have felt like a family reunion of sorts, rekindling the old flames with some great music, setting, and crowd.The trio opened the show with three members of the Ho-Chunk Native American tribe, who chanted and played percussion while simultaneously decked in Green Bay Packers jerseys. You can see them in the following photo.After the emotional opening performance, it was time for the musical odyssey that is John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood. The trio locked in immediately, as if no time had passed since their last performance months ago. Their music is a seamless blend that explores the realms of jazz, funk, ambient, avant garde and downright psychedelic sonic exploration. At times groovy and at other times cosmic, this was MMW at their finest. After 25(+1) years, they’re more than a band, but a instinctual musical unit that ebbs and flows to perfection.Songs played throughout the night include opening number “Think” and set one closing tune, “I Wanna Ride You.” The show also included performances of “Night Marchers,” “Shack Man,” “Buster,” “Jelly Belly,” “Chubb Sub” and an encore of “Just Like I Pictured It.” Below, check out a pair of videos captured from the event. Check out a full gallery from the show below as well, courtesy of Chad Anderson Photography. Load remaining images
Coming back out for the second set, the first song heavily featured the horns, with Nick Gerlach on saxophone taking the spotlight with some transcendent soloing before passing off to Gabe Mervine on trumpet. Highlights of the second set included a cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” during which Adam Smirnoff treated the crowd to some shreddy guitar stylings, and Will Trask and Dave Watts switching places, with Dave taking over auxiliary percussion and Will Trask holding it down on the kit.You can take a listen to the funk this crew was brewing up last night at Cervantes below, courtesy of Emily Clark. Last night, Dave Watts, drummer and bandleader of The Motet, and Scott Morrill, owner of Cervantes’ Masterpiece, threw a massive joint birthday party for themselves at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO. For their combined 90th birthday, the two celebrated in style, with Dave Watts bringing together his supergroup, Dave Watts & Friends, featuring Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company / Allman Brothers), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Gabe Mervine and Lyle Divinsky (Motet), Nicolas Gerlach, and Will Trask (Great American Taxi). Originally set to also feature Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) who ended up having to cancel last minute, Watts’ fellow bandmate from The Motet, keyboard extraordinaire Joey Porter, stepped in instead to help celebrate and hold it down on the keys for the evening.This stacked line-up of musicians certainly drew a crowd, as the Other Side was packed from wall to wall, and outside, there was a line curling around the block to buy tickets and gain entry. Following an on-point DJ set by Mikey Thunder with Fleeb on bass to get the crowd in the groove, this iteration of Dave Watts & Friends stepped out to the sold-out crowd and busted out an energetic instrumental number heavily featuring Gabe Mervine with some impressive trumpet solos right off the bat. While the first song set the tone for the night, with the emergence of Lyle Divinsky for the second song, the band truly dialed it in, with Lyle showing off his ability to build off and maintain a crowd’s energy and Ian Neville taking center stage with some soaring guitar solos.As the band moved through the first set, smiles abounded on stage and in the crowd, as the impressive collection of musicians on stage continued to throw down super funky tunes. Toward the end of the first set, Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds joined in on the fun, coming out to join these friends in celebration and sitting in for a sexy funk jam with a tremendous solo. After Eddie’s departure, the band moved into Carl Carlton’s “She’s A Bad Mama Jama” to close out the set, much to the delight of packed house.In keeping with tradition, during set break, a metallic pinata shaped like a disco ball dropped from the ceiling. The birthday boys, Scott and Dave, took center stage with sticks in hand. Dave Watts, however, was far too strong for the pinata, breaking it open with his first hit and showering the crowd with a variety of adult goodies ranging from condoms to plastic shooters to pre-rolled joints.You can watch Dave Watts do a number on the adult pinata below, video courtesy of Emily Clark. Also, check out this video via Paul McGinnis to get a glimpse of what the scene was like at Cervantes for the birthday bash.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson has surprised fans everywhere with the announcement of a major summer tour! Johnson has been largely quiet over the last few years, with his most recent tour coming in the summer of 2014. He has played a handful of shows since then, but this tour announcement marks his return to the road in a major way.Johnson will kick off the tour on June 2nd in Chicago, before heading towards the East Coast and ending the first tour leg at the Forest Hills Stadium in New York, NY. A month later, he’ll resume touring with dates up and down the West Coast, starting in Colorado and hitting spots like the Hollywood Bowl, The Gorge Amphitheatre and more. He’ll also spend two nights at the Santa Barbara Bowl, in honor of his alma mater – UC Santa Barbara.Johnson also details his new 30-minute documentary-style film, The Smog of the Sea, which demonstrates the destructive effects of plastic pollution on the world’s oceans. It’s currently available for stream right here. The subject, which the Hawaii-based surfer obviously feels very strongly about, inspired a new song “Fragments” featured in the film, which you can now listen to below:Read more about “Fragments” and The Smog of the Sea in this full interview with Rolling Stone. You can see the full tour schedule below, and head to Johnson’s website for details.Jun 02, 2017 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, ILJun 03, 2017 Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OHJun 04, 2017 Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ONTJun 07, 2017 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, MEJun 09, 2017 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MAJun 10, 2017 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJJun 11, 2017 Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MDJun 14, 2017 Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NYJul 14, 2017 Fiddler’s Green AmphitheatreJul 16, 2017 Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CAJul 17, 2017 Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CAJul 18, 2017 Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CAJul 20, 2017 Les Schwab Amphitheatre – Quincy, WAJul 22, 2017 The Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WAJul 23, 2017 Deer Lake Park – Burnaby, CANJul 26, 2017 Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CAJul 28, 2017 Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Amphitheatre – Stateline, NV
Dave Watts, drummer and bandleader of The Motet, has put together a special new collaborative side project dubbed Katharsis. For the project, Watts has tapped keys player Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven and RAQ, guitarist Marcus Rezak of Stratosphere All-Stars and Digital Tape Machine, and bassist Chuck Jones of Dopapod to join him. We’re super stoked on this new supergroup, which makes it debut this weekend in Denver. As Katharsis, these four lauded musicians in our scene will come together to create funk-rooted, psychedelic jams. Also, for each show, Katharsis will focus on improvisation and innovation, making their shows something you’re not going to want to miss out on.Dave Watts had this to say about how he and his Katharsis bandmates came together for the new project: “I’ve been wanting to start a project with Todd and Marcus for a long time. When I found out that Chuck was moving to Denver, it seemed inevitable that we would put something together. These are three of my favorite guys to hang with, and they all happen to also be absolute monsters on their instruments.” He continued, “Katharsis is the ancient spelling of a word that means the act of releasing a strong emotion through artistic expression. That emotion is the pure joy we feel when get to play together!”Katharsis will make its debut in Denver this weekend with two headlining performances at the recently opened Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple for the three-day May Daze Festival. The supergroup will close out Friday and Saturday night, though the festival will also feature performances by Shakedown Street, Dead Floyd, Artifractal, Milky Dubz, and more. You can get tickets for the event here, and head over to May Daze’s Facebook page or website page for more information on what’s going to be going down this weekend.
This past Thursday night at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO, the funk gauntlet was thrown down, as Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), along with Dave Watts, Joey Porter, and Garrett Sayers (of The Motet), and Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) paid tribute to one of the masters of jazz-funk and fusion, none other than Herbie Hancock. As Porter told the crowd, “This is our favorite music to play,” it was quickly realized early on in the first set that his statement was no lie, with the group putting on a collaborative clinic.The two-set show consisted of classic tracks such as “Heartbeat” (from 1975’s Man-Child), “Sunlight” (from the 1978 album of the same name), “Actual Proof” (off of 1974’s Thrust), and “Tell Everybody” (1979’s Feets, Don’t Fail Me Now), among others. Each member of the group displayed the skills necessary to pay homage to one of the OG’s in the jazz-funk scene, which is no easy feat. Porter utilized every key and knob on his setup, while Dom went off on some nasty sax solos. Watts and Sayers are undeniably one of the best rhythm units in the scene today, and Schwindt is essentially the sleeper of the group. He is straight filthy on guitar and deserves way more recognition than what he gets.The crowd responded to the two-set tribute with plenty of moving, grooving, and a whole lot of sweat. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night. The group plays Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom with Casey Russell’s Soul Shack tonight, July 29th (purchase tickets here). Check out video from the Aggie show, including video of the band performing the classic 1975 track “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” below: