READ: Full coverage from Charlotte “I believe that endurance sports car racing devotees the world over will take this historic occasion as another sign of the great momentum and true partnership the ALMS and GRAND-AM have achieved since the announcement of our merger.”—ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton READ: Johnson wins Sprint All-Star Race READ: Faulty transmission KO’s Keselowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2013) — North American sports car racing resides on the cusp of change, with the opportunity for greatness beckoning. What better place to amplify that conversation than the most renowned sports car race in the world? This year’s 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 22-23 will serve as the facilitator, showcasing some of the best drivers from both the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) and GRAND-AM Road Racing — 31 to be exact. Next year, ALMS and GRAND-AM will become one, known as United SportsCar Racing. The man heading the board of directors guiding USCR, GRAND-AM founder Jim France, will wave the French flag on the afternoon (9 p.m. ET) of June 22 to start the race. Let the talk begin. Storylines abound regarding America’s two, formerly competing sports car entities coming to the Circuit de la Sarthe this summer — starting with France, the son of Bill France Sr., the man who founded both NASCAR and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Bill France Sr. — known as “Big Bill” — may have loved stock car racing, but sports cars weren’t far behind. When he built a massive 2.5-mile track in 1959 in Daytona Beach, Fla., the facility’s name was no accident. Daytona International Speedway was intended to be just that: a track with worldwide cachet that attracted the world’s top sports car teams on certain weekends — mainly the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which will be held for the 52nd time in January.From the time the first shovel of dirt was unearthed in the late 1950s, Big Bill envisioned hosting major international sports car races at Daytona, and was always enchanted by Le Mans’ twice-around-the-clock test.Enchantment led to enterprise.In 1976, Big Bill worked with the Automobile Club de I’Ouest (ACO) to bring a special stock car class into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The one-time-only Grand International class had two cars — a Ford Torino driven by Richard Brooks, Dick Hutcherson and Frenchman Marcel Mignot; and a Dodge Charger driven by Hershel and Doug McGriff. Neither car finished — but who cared? There were stock cars on the course and in the flag stand at the start was another France waving the flag, Bill France Jr., Jim France’s older brother who at the time was NASCAR’s president.Bill Jr.’s wife Betty Jane France made the trip. Thirty-seven years later, the memories are vivid.“That was very special,” she recalled. “We brought the French flag back to America and then put it on display at Bill Sr.’s favorite restaurant in Daytona Beach, a French place called Chez Bruchez. They kept the flag up for as long as the restaurant was in business.”This June, history comes full circle as for the first time in the 90-year history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the start will have been given by two members of the same family.* * * * * *Appropriately on June 20 at Le Mans the starting flag will be presented to Jim France by Dr. Don Panoz — founder of the ALMS — in the presence of ACO President Pierre Fillon. Synergy and symbolism: Panoz is the vice chairman of the new sports car board of directors. The ACO recently gave official endorsement of the new United SportsCar Racing platform.Linkage to the French event was what Panoz had in mind in 1999 when he created the ALMS, which provided competitors with direct access to competing at Le Mans. The ALMS schedule includes the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans, a season-ending 10-hour race at Road Atlanta designed by Panoz in 1999 to capture the spirit of the European classic.With 24 Hours of Le Mans invitations annually given to its top competitors, the ALMS tradition at Le Mans continues next month, when seven cars representing five teams and a total of 23 full-time ALMS drivers are entered.“The significance of this honor bestowed by the ACO cannot be overstated,” said ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton. “It’s a reflection of the great relationship that’s been forged with Le Mans over the last 15 years and that I’m sure will continue to grow in the years ahead.”This year, Corvette Racing will chase its eighth class victory since 2001. Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook will drive for the two-car team competing in the GTE Pro class. SRT Motorsports will also field two cars in GTE Pro, a pair of Viper GTS-Rs, while Level 5 Motorsports competes for the third consecutive year in LMP2. Other single-car entries are from Rebellion Racing in LMP1 and Dempsey Del Piero-Proton, with a lineup including racer/actor Patrick Dempsey, in the GTE Am class.The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will be represented by one team — 8Star Motorsports in GTE Am — and eight full-time drivers including Ryan Dalziel, Bill Auberlen and Taylor.Some final perspective from Atherton: “I believe that endurance sports car racing devotees the world over will take this historic occasion as another sign of the great momentum and true partnership the ALMS and GRAND-AM have achieved since the announcement of our merger.”READ MORE: Jim France will start race, like brother Bill Jr.; ALMS’ link to race has rich 15-year history WATCH: Danica Patrick Press Pass ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned.
Electron made their two-night presence known at the Brooklyn Bowl last weekend. The jam-band, seriously-super-group is comprised of Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Tom Hamilton (American Babies, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits). With those four masters in the room, the weekend was anything but typical.Saturday night brought original Biscuits drummer Sammy “The. Dr.” Altman for a special sit-in, driving an inverted “Confrontation” into “Run Like Hell” (ending only) to close out the epic dance party that was the first set. The second half of the night brought the highly anticipated Pink Floyd “Fearless” set, catapulting off the vibes of the 1971 Meddle track and digging into classics like “Money,” which featured Sam Greenfield on saxophone, a lengthy “Dogs” > “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” > “Dogs” run, and of course, “Comfortably Numb.” Read L4LM’s full show review here.Thanks to audio-taper RichSteele, you can listen to the full set on Archive.org and below:Setlist: Electron at Brooklyn Bowl, New York, NY – 3/12/16Set 1: Plan B, The City > Kamaole Sands > Rock Candy > Confrontation(1) >< Run Like Hell(1,2)Set 2: Breathe, Fearless, Money(3), Hey You, In The Flesh > Run Like Hell(4) > Dogs > Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) > Dogs, Comfortably Numb, Mother, Us & Them(3) > Any Colour You Like > Brain Damage > EclipseEncore: Little LaiNotes: 1 – with Sam Altman on drums2 – ending only3 – with Sam Greenfield on sax4 – dyslexic version(ended in Set 1, started in Set 2)All of set 2 features Justin Mazer on guitar/vocals.
By now, most Phish fans know that the group spent the winter months working on a new studio album in Nashville. The quartet had debuted a number of new songs on the road throughout 2015, including catchy tunes like “Blaze On” and “No Men In No Man’s Land.” According to a new report in Rolling Stone, we may soon hear even more new material on the road.What Songs Could Make It Onto Phish’s Newly-Announced Studio Project?In a summer tour highlights article, Anastasio talks about how energized he’s been after Fare Thee Well and Phish’s 2015 tour dates. “By New Year’s, I just felt so loose… It reminds me of 1994, 1995. I kinda miss that.” He continues, saying “Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we all turned 50, but there’s a patience and a desire to really hear what the other band members have to say.”The brief profile also reads: ” Phish took that energy into the studio all winter, recording songs Anastasio expects to debut on the road.” New Phish music! We’re guessing a formal announcement of the band’s 13th studio album isn’t too far off.Read the profile below:Last summer, Trey Anastasio joined the Grateful Dead for their Fare Thee Well concerts before spending the rest of the year on the road with Phish. “By New Year’s, I just felt so loose,” he says. “It reminds me of 1994, 1995. I kinda miss that.” Phish took that energy into the studio all winter, recording songs Anastasio expects to debut on the road. “We’re firing on all cylinders,” says Anastasio. “Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we all turned 50, but there’s a patience and a desire to really hear what the other band members have to say.”[H/T JamBase]
Last night, Bob Dylan made his U.S. tour debut with a sold out performance at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Amphitheatre in Woodinville, WA. Dylan has an extensive summer tour in the works, on the heels of his recently-released Fallen Angels album (read the review here). After spending most of April in Japan, Dylan made himself at home in the States, working in new music with some of his old classics for the performance.The show started with Dylan’s 2000 hit “Things Have Changed,” before launching into “She Belongs To Me” from his 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home. The new albums pay tribute to songs from the American Songbook, and a track like “What’ll I Do” represents that era of classic music. Still, Dylan had time for his own originals, as evidenced by the “Tangled Up In Blue” and “Blowin’ In The Wind” entries on the setlist.At 75-years-old, it appears that Bob Dylan has still got it. Keep on rocking, Mr. Dylan. Edit this setlist | More Bob Dylan setlists[Photo by mattachak/Instagram]
The Les Paul Foundation has just created a brand new program to honor musicians who exemplify the spirit of guitar innovator Les Paul, and the first-ever award will be given to none other than Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir. Les Paul famously created his own brand of guitars and performed for countless years, and the Les Paul Spirit Award was just created in his honor to recognize artists who push the boundaries in engineering, technology, and music.Weir, who currently plays guitar with Dead & Company and operates TRI Studios, is a fitting choice for the award. Few bands are as innovative as the Grateful Dead. The award will be presented to Weir at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.“I cannot think of anyone more fitting to be honored with the first annual Les Paul Spirit Award than Bob Weir. Not only is he an extraordinary talent who has given us an amazing array of legendary music, but he is an innovator who understands music, technologies and the spirit of Les Paul,” said Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation. “If Les were still alive today, I have absolutely no doubt that he and Bob would be experimenting together at TRI Studios or at Les’ house and the results would be extraordinary.”Congrats Bobby! Dead & Company’s summer tour begins this Friday, June 10th, in North Carolina.
Back in September of 2016, the Grateful Dead‘s own Bob Weir came to Nashville for an unforgettable week. First, Weir sat in with Phish for the first time in sixteen years, joining the band for the majority of their second set in what can only be described as an instant-classic performance. Next, he and his band performed a stirring set at the Americana Music Awards, at which he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place at the famous Ryman Auditorium, which was the longtime home of the famous and influential Grand Ole Opry Country music radio program.As such, Weir made sure to pay proper tribute to one of the artists whose career was most associated with the Grand Ole Opry, Merle Haggard. Weir performed “Mama Tried”, a Haggard classic that also stands as one of the best covers in the Grateful Dead extended live catalog. Haggard passed away in April of this year, so this performance served as a touching moment, with Weir paid tribute to one of the artists who influenced him (and so many in the music world) tremendously. Weir’s new album, Blue Mountain, is a true storytellers-album, and he lets his country roots show in a way that connects traditional Country Music and Grateful Dead music under one big musical tent.See the video of Weir and his band performing Haggard’s “Mama Tried” below, courtesy of Austin City Limits, which will air ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 on PBS this Saturday, November 19th.
Jans Ingber, the infamous singer and hypeman formerly of the Motet, has shown time and time again that he knows how to throw a party. After moving to Oregon, residents of Colorado this weekend will be lucky enough to get down with Jans once again, and he’s bringing some world-class musicians along for the ride. Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship will be hitting Cervantes’ in Denver on Friday, December 16th (more info) then moving North to the Fox Theatre in Boulder for a second night of booty-shaking, soul-moving funk on December 17th (more info).To get prepped, we asked Jans for the low-down on the musicians he’s bringing together for the funk extravaganza. Here’s what he had to say about the unreal line-up he’s assembled for the weekend!Isaiah Sharkey – GuitarFrom D’Angelo’s band, Isaiah is one of the baddest young guitarists in this game. He’s got some clear Chicago gospel and jazz roots, and he knows how to lay it down. He also just played on Anderson. Paak’s and Corrine Bailey Rae’s newest records. Colorado, we gotta show him how we do it!Video of Isaiah Sharkey below courtesy of Kevin Wilson.Sharay Reed – BassYou may or may not know the name, but trust me when I say this dude is one of the baddest bass players alive. If you don’t trust me, do you trust Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, and R. Kelly? Because he plays with all of them too. And if you still have your doubts, then just watch the video below, and you’ll get it.Video of Sharay Reed below courtesy of HattieMacDSteveland Swatkins – KeysHe’s our boy wonder, cinnamon bear, talk box swag machine. When he’s not out touring with Allen Stone, he’s home in Portland making videos like the one below, which really shows you how he does. You know, man, he’s part of our funk family.Video of Steveland Swatkins below courtesy of the artistJarrod Lawson – Vocals, KeysI know Denver has been waiting for his return after he became a literal international soul sensation! Dude released his first album a couple years ago, and he straight blew up in Europe. He’s flying in from Portland, and we’re gonna be going so deep. Do not sleep, because this cat right here is one of the baddest soul singers in the biz.Video of Jarrod Lawson below courtesy of BBC Radio 1XtraAlvin Ford, Jr. – DrumsOne of the cats! So check it, he’s the current drummer of the Pretty Lights Live Band, and former drummer of Dumpstaphunk and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I don’t know what else you want me to say except that we are feeling blessed to have a New Orleans funk legend in the house.Video of Alvin Ford, Jr. below courtesy of Clayton Call DrumCamKimberly Dawson – VocalsThe girl can SANG! Ha, I know it, you know it, we all know it. She’s my good friend and just an all-around amazing artist from the Pimps of Joytime.Video of Kimberly Dawson with the New Mastersounds below courtesy of Dan SneiderLaDamion Massey – VocalsMan, I’m so stoked on this night. The chorus is gonna be too strong. LaDamion is another great friend and even better singer.Video of LaDamion Masey with Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship below courtesy of Jaden Carlson BandShane Endsley – TrumpetShane has been all around the world playing music. Somehow, I don’t know if you guys in Colorado recognize how lucky y’all are to have him. Kneebody is his group. He’s a super musical cat, and I’m feeling so honored to have him on the gig.Video of Shane Endsley below courtesy of KneebodyJonathan Lee Stewart – SaxThis dude is one of my best homies in Denver! Ha, he’s a bad boy right here. I mean he’s gotta be if he plays with SuperCollider, Devotchka and more.Video of Jonathan Lee Stewart courtesy of user youngtraneJans Ingber – Vocals, percussionHa! And that’s me. I’m that one guy. I got a pocket full of vibe, and I leave it all on the stage.Video of Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship courtesy of CrescendoPDXWe are beyond stoked to see Jans Ingber return to Colorado and check out the badass lineup he’s assembled for his two-night stand here. Tickets for the Friday show at Cervantes in Denver can be purchased here. Tickets for the Saturday show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder can be purchased here. Colorado residents who are in a giving mood this holiday season but still want to get down on Friday might be interested in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Deepness, a charity event benefiting the Denver Rescue Mission that includes tickets to Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship at Cervantes after.
With 2017 looking to be a light year for Phish, the band’s members – specifically Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio – have been announcing tour dates with their side projects. Anastasio has a number of dates on the books with his regular outfit, the Trey Anastasio Band, but the guitarist will also hit the road in true solo fashion for a mini tour this March.Anastasio will go solo for three acoustic performances in the Northeast, spanning from March 8th through the 11th. The shows will take place at Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA on March 8th, followed by Troy Savings Bank Hall in Troy, NY on March 10th, and finally The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH on March 11th. Ticket information, including pre-sale dates and more, can be found on Trey’s website.The Phish guitarist’s most recent solo acoustic engagement came on A Prairie Home Companion, where Trey performed by himself and with Chris Thile for the variety program. You can check out videos from that here. Additionally, Anastasio performed a solo acoustic mini-set for the acclaimed NPR Music “Tiny Desk” series, and you can watch that video below.Trey Anastasio Solo Acoustic Tour DatesMarch 8th: Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MAMarch 10th: Troy Savings Bank Hall, Troy, NYMarch 11th: The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
A newly released reel of The Grateful Dead from 1975 has emerged on archive.org containing what compiler Alan Bershaw believes “to be the first 1975 Grateful Dead studio session, with the musicians recording an embryonic version of the ‘Blues For Allah’ title track.” The twenty-two-minute recording is fully instrumental, and from the notes, only has the core members of the Dead present on the recording.The hard copy of the reel was labelled with the notations, “The First Day” and “January,” which are believed to refer to January 1st of 1975 or the Dead’s first recording session during the month or serve as a reference for the band or for Robert Hunter. While the recording has been in circulation before spliced into two parts, this new version remains uncut and of higher sound quality. Take a listen for yourself below, courtesy of uploader Matthew Vernon, and check out the full notes from the original reel-holder Alan Bershaw below.This reel contains what I believe to be the first 1975 Grateful Dead studio session, with the musicians recording an embryonic version of the “Blues For Allah” title track. Its also the earliest recording for what would become the “SNACK Jam,” that they’d soon begin rehearsing with additional musicians (Ned Lagin, Merle Saunders and David Crosby) the following month. This is not to be confused with any of the content on those February 1975 SNACK rehearsals for the Kezar Stadium gig, as Crosby and Saunders are not present here. It also does not match any other “Blues For Allah” studio outtakes tapes that I’m aware of. It’s questionable whether or not Ned Lagin is present here, but I only hear Keith Godchaux playing electric piano. This leads me to believe that this is just the core band with Mickey Hart back on board. There are no vocals, so Donna Godchaux is not present on this recording.The reel case only contains the notation “The First Day” and a date of “January.” I have a few theories for this notation. It could mean that it was literally the first day of 1975, as in January 1, 1975. I think a more likely theory is that it was simply the first day of 1975 studio sessions sometime in January. Bob Gurman, who I inherited this reel from, thought it was the actual working title of this composition, since it was still an instrumental and prior to Robert Hunter’s lyrics being written. I’ve also speculated that this could have been recorded as a guide reference for the band and additional Kezar musicians prior to those rehearsals. It may also have been recorded for Hunter as a template for writing lyrics. Or some combination of all of these possibilities… I should also add that I’m aware of another version of this recording. I also have a DAT that I think I received in trade from Steven Martin back in the early 1990s. That contains this same recording, but with it divided into two sequences, with a short break in the middle. On this reel, those two sequences are seamlessly spliced together. Despite this spliced version originating from the same two sequences, the reel sounds significantly better and has considerably more dynamic range than the two sequences found on the DAT.I’ve scoured through all known notation for 1975 Grateful Dead studio sessions, outtakes and rehearsals, but can find no mention or match to this particular recording – or of any January 1975 studio recordings for that matter. Surprising, since this is such remarkable quality. It very well may be the earliest recording of the Grateful Dead’s return following the 1974 retirement. Have a listen. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed. Alan Bershaw – January 2017Alan Bershaw – January 2017
Get ready for a day chock full of all things positive, bringing celebration, awareness, education, community, music, yoga and more in Ithaca, New York! The Friends of Cayuga Lake are presenting the very first annual Ithaca Reggae Fest, and it’s happening Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Rooting from the strongly held truth that “Water is Life,” Ithaca Reggae Fest was created to generate awareness around the sustainability and protection of Cayuga Lake — the longest of Central New York’s glacial Finger Lakes. The festival is essentially a spirited all-day bash devoted to the conservation of the lake through the promotion and education of Ithaca’s historical reggae culture and community. Start your Saturday with morning yoga at Stewart Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a full day of live music and water education through ’til 8 p.m. at night. Following the Stewart Park Festivities, festival patrons can catch Michael Franti at the State Theater from 8 p.m. through to 12 a.m. thanks to DSP Shows, then make their way to the official Ithaca Reggae Fest Afterparty at the Haunt from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.Live performances include John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, Thunder Body, The Analogue Sons, Root Shock, Bomb Pulse, DJ haMEEN, DJ Solar Lion (Harmonic Temple), and Stereo Ark Soundsystem. The festival just threw their official pre-party featuring Kevin Kinsella playing with the Crucial Reggae Social Club during Ithaca Beer’s FYAH IPA Release Party. This FYAH IPA will be the official “Festival Beer” of the day, so be sure to grab yourself a pint (or three) of this special batch local beer.The day is about much more than music, however. Festival attendees have the opportunity to attend talks by multiple prominent speakers relevant to the mission and drive behind the first Ithaca Reggae Fest. Speakers will include Chief Sam (Cayuga Nation), Svante Myrick (Mayor of Ithaca), Christian Shaw (Founder of Plastic Tides) and Walter Hang (Founder of Toxic Targeting).Another huge initiative Ithaca Reggae Fest is its plastic-free mission. All vendors and companies involved must use compostable service materials, so all beverages will be served in a reusable commemorative Klean Kanteen festival pint. Better yet, all guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles, which they can refill at the various water stations throughout the venue.With so much goodness — both in mission and musically — packed into a Saturday in Ithaca, it is safe to say the first Ithaca Reggae Fest will be a rip-roaring and awareness-driving day for humans of all ages and interests. Tickets and more information are available here and be sure to check out the complete lists of Water Protectors organizations, vendors, and sponsors below. See you June 24th at the first Ithaca Reggae Fest, New York!Water Protector OrganizationsCollaborating with us to provide education and opportunities for protecting and restoring the lake: Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Cayuga Nation, Hydrilla Task Force, Finger Lakes Land Trust, Community Science Institute, Floating Classroom, Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, Plastic Tides, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Friends of Stewart Park, Paddle ‘N More, New Roots Charter School, Yoga for the Earth, and more…words: B.Getz/Sydney Paschall