Pink Talking Fish founder and bassist Eric Gould sat down with L4LM to discuss his favorite tribute acts in the music scene today. Gould founded Pink Talking Fish in 2013, coming up with the idea and penning a potential setlist fusing the music of Phish, Talking Heads, and Pink Floyd. As he described it in a recent interview, one look at the setlist, and he said to himself, “oh my god, this band has to happen.”Todd Stoops, Grateful Dead Set Added To Pink Talking Fish’s NYC Concert Cruises[Cover photo courtesy of Bryan Lasky]I love performing in a Tribute Act. I engulf myself with music that I value at the highest levels of love and respect. Then I have the pleasure and the honor of performing to an audience who shares my enthusiasm and trusts me to add personal creativity into the mix. It takes a certain personality in a musician to put together a Tribute Show that honors the original acts and transports the audience to that place where they feel most at home. My favorite Tribute Acts have this dedication but also add a slice of originality, giving the audience fresh footprints on the platform of the music they love. The Jam Scene is all about a sense of adventure through music and, therefore, is the perfect place for these unique Tribute Acts to live and thrive.While I haven’t heard every Tribute Band in the jam scene, here are some of the ones that get me excited:10. The Z3 featuring Ed Mann – Funky Takes on Frank Zappa: Led by Tim Palmieri and an allstar cast of characters in the Northeast scene, this group uses the music of Frank Zappa to create funked out jam vehicles. Zappa alum, Ed Mann, adds a classic sound to the flavor of the band.9. DeadPhish Orchestra: “A seamless web of Phish and The Dead to split open and melt your face”: This Colorado quartet combines the jamband giants into one experience. The setlists are creative and bandleader, Ted Tilton, adds to the fun by re-naming combinations like Playin’ in Suzy Greenburg’s Band and YEMberland Blues.8. The Motet: Yes, this band plays original music. However, they have also earned their place in the tribute genre. They have created and brilliantly executed tribute shows such as 1975 Mixtape, Funk Is Dead, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson and more. These guys are one of the few bands that have blurred the lines of category and that is exciting to me.7. Bustle In Your Hedgerow: Instrumental Led Zepplin with an edge! The jam scene needed this one. Paying tribute to the Titans of Rock and Roll while also exploring the jam within makes this outfit a diamond in the rough.6. Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute/HmfO: A Hall and Oates Tribute: When PTF formed I was surprised that the Talking Heads material was the most challenging to pull off. This band masters the simplistic layers that embody the complex whole. It’s a beautiful collective. Classy that they often open for themselves with their Hall And Oates alter ego. Bravo, Gents!5. Melvin Seals JGB: This one is another gray area, since Melvin was a part of JGB for so many years. I want to give him some love here though, because he carries the torch for the JGB sound like none other. The spirit is there. The energy is that perfect mix of feel good soul and vibrant bounce. Life is just a little bit better with JGB around.4. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: These guys cracked the code: A Grateful Dead show with an X Factor that appeals to the young, fresh and hip audience. The music is alive and full of high energy. The surface of this concept was scratched with Jazz Is Dead about a decade ago but this is the act that is taking it to the streets. Has GD gone metrosexual?!3. Easy Star Allstars: Although this band writes original music, the success of their career has been in the tribute realm. Dub Side Of The Moon is probably the most popular tribute album in the world. The work they have done putting their creative stamp into the music of Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles and more is an inspiration to artists of all levels. The live show is happening and the media synergy is wildly entertaining.2. Zappa Plays Zappa: I remember the day Frank passed away. Crushing. It makes me happy that Dweezil carried on the family torch. Just like his dad, he has found some of the most ridiculous players alive to perform some of the most ridiculous music ever written. We are a better world with a live show out there that does justice to Zappa’s music.1. Dark Star Orchestra: DSO has many accolades. They have harnessed the sound of The Grateful Dead. They have recreated many and most of the classic setlists from the past. They have performed many more live shows than The Grateful Dead in much less time. These are not the reasons why I picked them as #1. The reason I deem them the best Tribute Act in the Jam Scene is because they pay tribute to more than just the music. They pay tribute to the culture.The fact that DSO is carrying on the spirit and opportunity for the Deadhead culture to continue with the touring experience is a blessing to our scene. Shakedown Street lives on. The ride will continue to be enjoyed. Tour is one of the last great American dreams in existence. The power and adventure in Tour is the richest treasure in this scene. As The Dead perform their final shows together this year, it is a pleasure to say “Thank you, DSO, for keeping the most precious asset of our scene alive and well.”Be sure to check out Pink Talking Fish and ShwiKus Plays P-Funk At Phunk The Winter!, February 7th at the Gramercy Theatre. Here’s a killer “Divided Sky > Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Pigs” from PTF to get you in the mood:Honorable Mentions:Shafty – Portland’s Tribute To Phish: These guys keep current with all the new material that comes out and write setlists like The Disco Biscuits with inverted songs and other tricks. It is always exciting to see what they will do next.California Voodoo – An Honest Interpretation of Widespread Panic: The WSP energy is alive in Kansas City. Close your eyes and you will hear JB through the vocals of Scotty McCormick Jr. KC is a big Panic town and these musicians bring the heat and create a fantastic WSP experience.7 Below – A Tribute To Phish: This band prides themselves on owning the complex Phish material and performing it with precision. Want to hear a flawless Reba? Want to hear YEM>Bowie>YEM>Bowie? Go see 7 Below.Dead Floyd: To combine The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd is to climb a spiritual mountain. Both bands harness an intimate depth and deep power. These gentlemen from Colorado do it justice.
by Dennis BurckThrough a series of raffles and a hypnotist show, Farmington High School students are fighting for Farmington Public Schools students who are homeless and in need.The school’s student council raised $2,760 during their Charity Week, with 100 percent of the funds going to Operation Common Good. The charity will use the funds to provide food, clothing, field trip and other expenses associated with healthy school life.Farmington High’s student council recently presented a check for $2.760 to Operation Common Good. (Dennis Burck)According to Farmington Public Schools homeless liaison Hatty Ligon, there are 168 homeless kids enrolled in the district. She said she is helping one family get their car repaired with funds raised for Operation Common Good.“They are in my car right now. I’m taking them to go pick up their car,” she said. “So Operation Common Good was able to give them a little bit of money to help with the car repair.”Student council member Hanna Anderson said, “You never know what’s happening in someone else’s shoes. They could be the person sitting next to you in class. We are taking that initiating step to do something for people.”“We have helped kids in ways you can’t even imagine; kids who can’t get rid of lice… little kids that go to school every day and get sent home every day because they can’t get rid of it,” said Dr. Tera Shamey, founder of Operation Common Good. “So, we hire lice men to clean out their house and get them what they need so the kid gets to go to school.”“It is so hard to be poor in Farmington,” Shamey added. “I live in downtown Farmington. I have no idea that a mile away there are people who struggle with food and the basics.”“I think that it’s really important to help those people and give them those opportunities that the rest of us take for granted,” student council member Kate Bird said. “You really don’t know who is going through what.”With summer approaching, said Shamey, Operation Common Good’s focus on clothing and field trips will be replaced with an emphasis on food.“For the summer, the seasonal item is food because our kids don’t have free lunches,” she said. “Twenty percent of our kids are on free lunch and what that translates to is hunger.”Shamey said that the bulk of the fundraising work is thanks to Farmington Public Schools students.“The best part is the kids and they know what they’re doing it for,” said Shamey. “They know there are kids sitting in their classes that don’t have food and can’t go on the field trip. They know it, they own it and they run with it. It’s amazing.” Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Two days ago, Sport reported that Arsenal are ‘gaining more strength every day’ to sign Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho. Mundo Deportivo journalist Miguel Rico now states the Gunners are the ‘best placed’ side to take the 28-year-old.Kia Joorabchian, the former Liverpool star’s agent, has been ‘working for months’ to help the Brazilian return to the Premier League.Joorabchian, who has a ‘great relationship’ with Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi, has negotiated with Mikel Arteta’s side for Coutinho’s transfer.This led to rumours of Mattéo Guendouzi being offered as part of the deal for Coutinho. However, the La Liga giants have made it clear that they are not interested in the Frenchman.Embed from Getty ImagesQuique Setién’s were initially willing to let the player go out on loan (with a loan fee, plus Coutinho’s full wages taken care of). Rico now claims the Catalan club want, and need, ‘money and only money’ for the South American.Apart from Arsenal, Leicester City and Newcastle United are interested in the attacking midfielder, but none of them have taken the final step for his signing. Coutinho’s on loan at Bayern Munich and he will be with the German side until the end of this season’s Champions League.It’s stated twice that Arsenal are the ‘best placed’, and negotiations for the player’s transfer continue.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoCNN with DBS BankHow Essential Businesses Are Surviving A Global PandemicCNN with DBS BankUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystCould Accessible Trade Financing Be the Key to Unlocking High Trade Growth in Emerging Markets?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndo