The ownership of Rancho La Merced is very much in concurrence with Envision Festival’s beliefs about the importance of permaculture and community in our world today and going forward, and it is up to us as a cohesive Envision community to respect the land on which we gather, and leave it in as good if not better condition than we came to it in. Act With Respect & Leave NO Trace.Envision Festival has a goal of generating ZERO waste. This means that the intention is to minimize volume sent to the landfills as much as possible. Accordingly, the Envision Festival production does not allow any landfill materials of any kind to be distributed at the Festival. If every one of the 7,000+ people at Envision only generated less than a small shopping bag of landfill material over the course of the festival, collectively we really wouldn’t be making that big of an impact. We can also apply this logic to everyday life on Planet Earth. Below are some helpful tips about minimizing your waste impact while preparing for and being at Envision: -Bring reusable everything! Especially a water bottle, utensils, and beverage mug. -Don’t bring disposable glow sticks, styrofoam, excessive plastic shopping bags, packaging, or anything else that is non-recyclable or compostable. If you bring any plastic shopping bags, use them for your campsite trash, and keep the rest to use later on. They are small, light, and useful to have a stash of while traveling. -A common landfill item is cigarette butts. NO CIGARETTE BUTTS ON THE GROUND. If you find yourself smoking filtered cigarettes at Envision, at least do your part for the earth by making sure that each and every extinguished butt winds up in a Landfill bin! We think this is a very reasonable expectation, rather than mindlessly tossing it onto the ground. We can do better!! -When you are leaving Envision, all participants are encouraged to bring their SORTED campsite trash to our designated Exodus Sorting Station at the main gate. We prefer that all waste accumulated at the festival is brought to us, so that we can sort through it further and make sure recyclable and compostable materials don’t wind up in a landfill. Keep landfill materials in one bag, mixed recycling in another, and deposit any cardboard and compost in event Burnables and Compost bins, respectively. -Please do not leave any trash whatsoever at your campsite or anywhere else on the Envision site. As a member of the Envision community, respect the land on which we gather, and keep your campsite clean. When you leave, be truly sure to do a thorough inspection of your space for even the smallest foreign material. There should be NOTHING there that wasn’t there when you arrived. -DO NOT bring small plastic bottles to Envision! DO BRING a reusable water bottle, and a 1 or 2 gallon water jug for a campsite drinking water reserve! In the context of global water issues worldwide, Envision Festival has its own set of water-related limitations and considerations. As you may or may not have heard or experienced, Envision has historically struggled to ensure that the water flow is continuous and uninterrupted for the entire duration of our festival. While it is undoubtedly our intention to keep the water flowing unceasingly, the demands of the thousands of Envisionaries that gather for our yearly celebration puts undue stress on local water tables. This is an environmental fact. While we will certainly have adequate reserves on hand for Envision 2016 due to increased backup drinking water storage infrastructure, it is up to you as a participant to ensure that you are very aware of your water use while at Envision Festival. Bring a reusable water bottle with you to Envision, and plan on being able to refill it as needed with free potable water. While we want to discourage the use of small plastic water bottles at Envision and beyond, it is a good idea to bring a 1, 2, or 5 gallon water jug with you, which you can then refill each day and leave at your campsite as a reserve. This is ALWAYS good practice when you are at a festival, and especially while traveling in Central America. It is up to YOU to ensure your body stays hydrated and replenished in our tropical environment! Envision’s compost toilets are much better for the environment than portable chemical toilets, and are very simple to use, whether or not you have encountered them before. So please, if you need to poop, don’t hesitate to use one! If you are interested in learning more about compost toilets or any other environmental initiatives being taken by Envision stop by the Eco Hub in The Village! Ladies: If you are currently on your menstrual cycle, Envision presents a new service called the “Moon Pod”, which is designed specifically to be a space where you can more easily clean and care for yourself while at the festival. It is located within the women’s Nature Urinal area near The Village. Education Envision Education presents an array of imaginative, educational, transformative workshops – with a focus on health + wellness, community healing, food systems, and the power of innovation. Dive deep and join us for a diverse range of interactive learning experiences that embody the core principles of Envision. They have curated these workshops, skill-shares, and panel discussions as a platform to expand our shared wisdom and knowledge, engage each other in meaningful conversation on the values of our community, and explore the potential for creative collaboration. Featured Educational Speakers: 1. Storytelling: Weaving Threads of Meaning Panelists: Guadalupe Urbina, Ian Mackenzie, Gabriel Meyer, Christine Raine, Tara Ruttenberg, Vicki Rox, Edgar Ortiz We are the co-authors of our experience. This conversation on storytelling will trace and weave the threads of global narratives that promote cross-cultural participation. How does our language shape the world? What is the connection between story and empowerment? How do we collectively shed the false narratives that keep us from thriving together? 2. Post-Captilalism: What Now? Panelists: Ed Zaydelman, Alexa Clay, Michel Bachmann, Nadav Wilf, Calgary Brown, Dinaz Stafford, Stephen Brooks The systems we know are broken; NOW is the most important time in history to gather tribe leaders and visionaries. For the ecosystem builders of today to shape the world of tomorrow. We gather to exchange valuable wisdom, lessons, and actionable methods to create community and cultivate a culture of abundant living. Now that we’ve assembled, what systems do we create to realize our shared visions?3. David Avocado Wolfe With over 22 years of dedicated experience and having hosted over 2750 live events, David has led the environmental charge for radiant health via a positive mental attitude, eco-community building, living spring water, and the best-ever quality organic foods and herbs. He teaches that inspiration is found in love, travel, natural beauty, vibrant health, and peak-performance.Lineup List: David Wolfe Guadalupe Urbina Matt Black Dinaz Stafford Kaypacha Ian Mackenzie Kip Anderson Rhea Mehta Gabriel Meyer Alex Lightman Ali Shanti Stephen Brooks Marc Tobin Deva Presence Nadav Wilf Christine Raine Vicki Rox David Block Calgary Brown Jackie Knetchel Justin Faerman Nadav Wilf Adrian C Neil Christiansen Vir McCoy Patricio Torres Christopher Gardner Jaquy Ynvason Ari Eisenstat Philipe Lewis Bhavani Jaroff Jason Lauvre Tara Ruttenberg Michel Bachman Ian-Michael Herbert Derek Razo Chelsea Robinson Alexa Clay NuMundo The Zendo ProjectWords by B.Getz, with additional reporting from Jill TrAshley and Annie ColemanPhotos by Adam Straughn
Tonight, a host of incredible musicians will descend upon The Hall At MP in Brooklyn, NY for “Get Out And Vote For Bernie,” a benefit show for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. With the New York primary happening the following day, music-lovers will gather in the hometown of presidential candidate Sanders to promote awareness, and direct suggested donations toward the campaign.The funk fusion group Kung Fu will be hosting the festivities, with very special guests Jon Fishman (Phish), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company/Allman Brothers Band), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Kat Wright on vocals, Jason Hann of SCI/EOTO, and DJ Logic. Local band LoveDeep will be opening the evening with some tunes. On top of all the music, comedian/activist Jamie Kilstein will be talking about Sanders and his campaign. More information regarding special guests can be found here.The night gets more exciting with the addition of a live stream, available on YouTube for anyone who isn’t able to attend the event. Tune in below at 7pm:Live Stream Show Schedule (subject to change): 7:00 PM (eastern time Zone): Stream Starts 7:15-7:30 LoveDeep (local Band opener) 7:30-8:00 Jamie Kilstein (comedian/activist) talking about Sanders and his campaign. 8:00-9:15 Kung Fu and Phriends: Set One9:15-9:45 Set break from DJ Logic9:45-11:00 Kung Fu and Phriends: Set TwoDetails about the event can be found here. You can also contribute to the Bernie Sanders campaign by visiting his website.
Mick Jenkins is an up-and-coming hip hop artist, and he recently released a new single and music video for his song “Drowning”, which features instrumental and jazzy hip hop group BADBADNOTGOOD. The song is the lead single from Jenkins’ forthcoming debut record, The Healing Component, due out on September 23rd.The song is a powerful one, and features Jenkins discussing the current state of racial relations in our country, quoting the late Eric Garner when he says, “I Can’t Breathe.” The message is a stark contrast to the plucky loop that BADBADNOTGOOD adds as the song’s beat. Listen below:The video matches the tone with a slave-time era odyssey, with Jenkins playing a slave who is almost killed by two white man, before escaping and exacting a form of revenge. Watch the video for “Drowning” below, and for more info on how to order Mick Jenkins’ forthcoming album, click here.
In the year before his death in 1970 at the age of 27, Jimi Hendrix convened a new power trio called Band of Gypsys with drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox–the group with whom he planned to forge a new path for his musical career. The band made their live debut at The Fillmore East for a 2-night, 4-show run over New Year’s ’69-70, where they planned to record an album that would fulfill his obligations to a former manager and allow him the freedom to move forward with his music unshackled. While fans were unsure what to expect from this new-look Hendrix group, the shows were a huge success.Concert promoter Bill Graham called the shows “the most brilliant, emotional display of virtuoso electric guitar” that he had ever heard. In total, the band performed and recorded 24 different songs, comprised of new material written by the group as well as unreleased Hendrix demos like “Machine Gun” and “Izabella”, but inconsistent recordings led Hendrix and engineer Wally Heider to whittle the Band of Gypsys album down to just six tracks. After the Fillmore run, the Band of Gypsys would play just one more show (at the Winter Festival For Peace in 1970) before disbanding due to Hendrix’s increasingly untenable drug abuse. By the end of that year, Hendrix had passed away. Band of Gypsys was his final record.The album showed a new direction for Hendrix, with deep, improvisational explorations and notes of driving funk, R&B, and soul that would go on to influence countless artists over the ensuing decade and beyond. To this day, as new generations of music fans come of age, many wistfully wonder to what heights the revolutionary guitarist could have risen on his new trajectory had he not tragically left us so soon. Band of Gypsys stands as a brief taste of what could have been.Some of our favorite musicians are coming together to play tribute to this final Hendrix era.On February 24th, pedal steel master Roosevelt Collier, along with guitarist Rob Compa (Dopapod), bassist Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and drummer Isaac Teel (TAUK) will perform a very special Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys tribute at American Beauty NYC (tickets are available here). The show will feature the group’s take on the Band Of Gypsys’ eponymous 1970 live album, along with other classics from Hendrix’s legendary catalogue. To prepare you for the performance, we’ve gathered five memorable tributes to Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys by some of our favorite bands for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!“Power of Soul” – Umphrey’s McGee – 9/21/11“Power of Soul”, originally titled “Power to Love”, is one of the songs Hendrix brought with him when he started Band of Gypsys. The tune was emblematic of a change in Hendrix’s songwriting at that time, as he moved from the playful humor of his early work and toward a strident new sense of self-examination. You can watch Umphrey’s McGee performing “Power of Soul” at their 9/21/11 show at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE below (via YouTube user mattcastaway):“Machine Gun” – Widespread Panic – 2/23/16Generally regarded as the highlight of Band of Gypsys, “Machine Gun” is an anti-war protest epic that draws on Hendrix’s early blues aspirations, but incorporates new improvisational approaches and tonal textures that help paint a vivid picture in the mind of the listener. You can watch Widespread Panic perform “Machine Gun” (as well as War‘s “Four Cornered Room”) at their 2/23/16 show in Norfolk Virginia below:“Who Knows?” – Ben Harper – Live Eurockéennes de Belfort 2008“Who Knows?” served as the opening number for both the second and third show at the Fillmore. Band of Gypsys’ characteristic mix of improvisation and R&B/funk elements is clearly evident in the song, framed by Cox’s economical funk-blues bass line and Miles’ steady drum beat. Below, you can watch pro-shot footage of Ben Harper performing “Who Knows?” at France’s Live Eurockéennes de Belfort in 2008 (via Vimeo user silva):“All Along The Watchtower” – Phish w/ Buddy Miles and Merl Saunders – 10/22/96On 10/22/96, Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles (as well as Jerry Garcia collaborator Merl Saunders) joined Phish at Madison Square Garden for an encore performance of “All Along The Watchtower”. The Bob Dylan-penned song was recorded by Hendrix in his heyday, and his version remains the seminal rendition of the song–a classic performance in the pantheon of rock n’ roll. While Band of Gypsys never actually performed the tune, Phish used Miles’ presence as a learning opportunity, following his lead and channeling the Band of Gypsys sound. Below, you can watch the Phish guys soak up Miles’ wisdom during a backstage rehearsal session, as well as fan-shot footage of their live performance of the song (via YouTube user Lawrence Blumenstein). Don’t miss Live For Live Music and American Beauty Present: A Tribute To Hendrix Band of Gypsys featuring Roosevelt Collier, Chuck Jones, Isaac Teel, Rob Compa, and more on Friday, February 24th. Get your tickets here! Tribute to Band of Gypsys (Full Video) – Roosevelt Collier, Adam Deitch, Ron Johnson, Jennifer Hartswick – 7/13/14Finally, you can get a taste of what’s to come on February 24th with full-show footage of Roosevelt Collier’s last Band of Gypsys tribute at BB King’s Bar and Blues Club in New York City on 7/13/14 with Adam Deitch, Ron Johnson and Jennifer Hartswick (via YouTube user LazyLightning55a):
Def Leppard and Journey will hit the road together later this year for a nearly six month co-headlining tour. The outing is slated to kick off on May 21st before taking them across much of the United States and Canada.According to Rolling Stone, Def Leppard got the idea to book co-headlining tours with other popular acts from their heyday after seeing the success of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson’s 2006 joint tour. Since then, the band has hit the road with other ’70s and ’80s rock bands like Poison, Cheap Trick, and KISS. In addition to announcing their 2018 tour, Def Leppard has made their discography—everything from 1979’s The Def Leppard EP to 2015’s Def Leppard—available via online streaming services for the first time.Tickets for Def Leppard and Journey’s co-headlining tour will go on sale Saturday, February 3rd.Def Leppard and Journey Tour Dates:5/21 Hartford, CT @ XL Center5/23 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center5/25 Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium5/26 Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center5/28 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena5/30 Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena6/01 Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre6/02 Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena6/05 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena6/06 Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena6/08 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live6/09 Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center6/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center6/13 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden6/15 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center6/16 Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena7/01 Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park7/03 Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/04 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest7/06 Memphis, TN @ FedExForum7/07 North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena7/09 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center7/11 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center7/13 Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park7/14 Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field7/16 Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena7/18 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center7/19 Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena7/21 Denver, CO @ Coors Field7/23 Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena7/25 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center7/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field7/28 Fargo, ND @ Fargodome8/11 Boston, MA @ Fenway Park8/13 Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater8/15 Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena8/17 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center8/18 Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena8/20 Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena @ The BJCC8/22 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center8/24 St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium8/25 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena8/27 New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center8/29 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center8/31 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center9/01 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center9/05 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater9/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena9/08 Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena9/21 San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park9/23 San Diego, CA @ Petco Park9/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena9/26 Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena9/28 Portland, OR @ Moda Center9/29 Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre10/01 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena10/04 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center10/06 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
This evening, a pair of Phish summer tour dates briefly appeared on Ticketmaster before being removed. The leaked dates show Phish performances at Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavillion, formerly known as the Susquehanna Bank Center, on Tuesday, August 7th and Wednesday, August 8th. This would mark Phish’s first performances at the waterfront venue since 6/10/11. If they’re following similar schedule as recent years, the Tuesday-Wednesday run will likely come between weekend runs at other venues, indicating a return to a conventional tour structure after an abnormal year in 2017.Keep your eyes peeled for the official 2018 Summer Tour announcement, which is surely coming very soon…***Update: Phish’s 2018 Summer Tour is officially announced.***[Screenshot via Phish Tour 2014 group on Facebook][Cover photo via Jeremy Scott]
On June 8th and 9th, the Ardmore Music Hall will host a massive two-night fundraiser celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead and its extended family. The event is hosted by Wavy Gravy, the iconic social activist and beloved clown for the Grateful Dead, and will double as the lovable figure’s birthday party. Titled Unlimited Devotion: A Rex Foundation Fundraiser, the two-day extravaganza will see performances by Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, John Kadlecik, Jeff Austin, Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, and many more.Furthermore, in addition to a stacked musical lineup, the weekend will have a number of non-musical activities celebrating the Dead for attendees to enjoy, including art exhibits, panels, and specific VIP experiences. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Rex Foundation, the Grateful Dead’s non-profit, and Camp Winnarainbow, Wavy Gravy’s summer camp for kids. Over the past two years, the event has raised over $50,000 for Wavy Gravy’s charities of choice.For the musical lineup, on Friday, June 8th, the Ardmore Music Hall will host performances by Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling & Friends, the Wavy All-Stars (featuring John Kadlecik, Dan Lebowitz [ALO], Reed Mathis [Golden Gate Wingmen], Jay Lane [RatDog/ Primus], and Hayley Jane), and Everyone Orchestra (led by Matt Butler and featuring Steve Kimock [RatDog/Zero], Eric Krasno [Soulive], Todd Stoops [Electric Beethoven], Natalie Cressman [Trey Anastasio Band], John Morgan Kimock [Mike Gordon], Pappy Biondo [Cabinet], Robyn Sylvester [RatDog], and Hayley Jane).The next day, on Saturday, June 9th, the musical celebration will continue with sets from Rooster Conspiracy (featuring Eric Krasno, Todd Stoops, Reed Mathis, and Jay Lane), Jeff Austin Band (with special guest Pappy Biondo and Hayley Jane), and the Gravy All-Stars (featuring Steve Kimock, Dan Lebowitz, Robyn Sylvester, Jeff Austin, Natalie Cressman, Matt Butler [Everyone Orchestra], John Morgan Kimock and Pappy Biondo). Saturday will also see a late-night performance paying tribute to the Grateful Dead by Splintered Sunlight, a special “Grateful Brunch” (an intimate live music experience featuring Steve Kimock and others), and the Ramble On Panel (a Q&A with Wavy Gravy and other special guests). Both GA and VIP single-day and two-day passes are available on the Ardmore Music Hall’s website here. For those opting to go the VIP route, the VIP package includes a signed screen-printed event poster; exclusive Grateful Dead art exhibit (Scott Shapiro’s Grateful Dead Collection featuring 75 framed and mint condition pieces of Grateful Dead artwork plus classic concert posters); private balcony access with seating/viewing area; a 3-hour open bar; and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Riot Fest has announced their initial 2018 lineup. For this year’s Chicago original Chicago edition of Riot Fest (it has since expanded to Denver and Toronto), Douglas Park will transform into a punk rock and beyond concert haven from September 14th through 16th. This year’s lineup is topped by Blink-182, Beck, and a third headliner TBA.There will also be performances from Incubus, Young the Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Bleachers, Atmosphere, Flogging Molly, Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Underoath, Matt and Kim, the Jesus Lizard, Sum 41, and Julian Casablancas & the Voidz.Riot Fest’s initial lineup is rounded out by the Front Bottoms, Twin Peaks, K.Flay, Suicidal Tendencies, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, the Wonder Years, Digable Planets, Liz Phair, Cat Power, Gary Numan, Killing Joke, Hot Snakes, Wolfmother, Moose Blood, SWMRS, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, JD McPherson, Reignwolf, Lagwagon, Pussy Riot, FEAR, Andrew W.K., GWAR, the Aquabats, Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, Face to Face, the Exploited, the Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, Conflict, Piebald, Adolescents, the Avengers, Cobra Skulls, HEALTH, Calpurnia, Kevin Devine, the Frights, the Districts, Arkells, the Audition, Spitalfield, Flor, Speedy Ortiz, Bully, Lower Class Brats, Total Chaos, the Fever 333, Direct Hit!, Mom Jeans., Mannequin Pussy, Pronoun, Beach Goons, the Bombpops, Badflower, Save Face, Super Whatevr, Beach Bunny, No Small Children, featuring Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue.The second wave of artists is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Information about Chicago’s Riot Fest can be found here. Check out the full lineup below.
Earlier this month, Dead & Company finally arrived on all major streaming services. The popular Grateful Dead-inspired spinoff band comprised of original Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti announced their new “Digital Concert Series” rollout earlier this month. The fan-friendly initiative will see shows from their fall 2017 and winter 2018 tours gradually uploaded to all digital and streaming services every Friday over the next few months.Dead & Company recently shared a “Best Of: Live Shows” Spotify playlist, featuring 23 band-selected tracks from the seven D&C shows currently available on Spotify. The playlist is compiled of tracks from the band’s three shows at their 2018 Playing In The Sand destination event, as well as cuts from stops on their 2017 fall tour in Hartford, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Columbus. The playlist description promises newly added content every week, as Dead & Company will continue unveiling music through all major streaming services.Dead & Company’s “Best Of: Live Shows” playlist is highlighted by a 17-minute exploratory rendition of “Eyes Of The World” from Hartford, a deep, 18-minute take on “Playin’ In The Band” from Mexico, Dead & Co. live debuts of “Deep Elem Blues” and the Oteil Burbridge-led “If I Had The World To Give”, and so much more.Listen to Dead & Company’s Spotify playlist below, and make sure to check back weekly for regularly updated content.Dead & Company – “Best Of: Live Shows”Fans can click here to learn more about the digital rollout of the show recordings and reference the schedule below to see when each performance(s) will arrive in the coming months. Upcoming Digital Concert Series Releases:February 1stCapitol One Arena, Washington, DC (11/21/17)Spectrum Center, Charlottesville, NC (11/28/17)February 8thMadison Square Garden, New York, NY (11/12/17)Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (11/14/17)February 15thFrank Erwin Center, Austin, TX (12/02/17)American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX (12/01/17)February 22thBB&T Center, Sunrise, FL (2/26/18)Amway Center, Orlando, FL (2/27/18)March 1stPhillips Arena, Atlanta, GA (11/29/17)Smoothie Kind Center, New Orleans, LA (2/24/18)March 8thTD Garden, Boston, MA (11/17/17)TD Garden, Boston, MA (11/19/17)View Upcoming Releases[H/T JamBase]
Sitar virtuoso. Spiritual guide. Political leader. Humanitarian. Cultural icon. There is no shortage of ways to describe influential Indian musician Ravi Shankar.Shankar’s musical diplomacy helped bring Eastern music and cultural ideology to mainstream Western culture, mentoring high profile artists like George Harrison of The Beatles. Shankar’s influence led to Indian instruments and musical styles permeating popular music throughout the 1960s as he toured the U.S. and Europe with his own various live projects. Today, on what would have been Ravi Shankar’s 100th birthday, we honor his musical legacy with a look back at one of his most famous performances.In June of 1967, Shankar made his way to Monterey, CA for the Monterey Pop Festival for his first major American performance. To this day, the landmark three-day event remains to one of the most famous popular music concerts of all time, and also showcased the first major U.S. performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who, the first large-scale concert for Janis Joplin, and the debut of a young soul singer by the name of Otis Redding.Despite the abundance of incredible performances at the festival which would go on to shape a generation of fans, Shankar’s set remains one of the most memorable. Accompanied by his tabla player Alla Rakha, Shankar delivered an entrancing performance, showcasing his unparalleled technical skill and unique sound. The set was released in November 1967 as a live album, Live: Ravi Shankar at the Monterey International Pop Festival, which went on to be the best-selling record of his long career.Watch video of Shankar’s performance at Monterey Pop below, featuring some incredible crowd footage from the iconic event:Ravi Shankar – Monterey Pop Festival 1967[Video: Afwan Floyd]