Sport’s young rising stars spotlighted DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 7, 2013) – Filled with prospects coming from Nevada to Georgia, from Canada to Mexico, and a number of hometowns in between, NASCAR unveiled today the 2013 driver roster for NASCAR Next program at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.NASCAR Next, an evolution of the Next9 initiative that began in 2011, is an overarching industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars – and bolster fan recognition around talent that will grow into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mainstays. In addition to competing on various NASCAR series across the country, drivers in the program will participate in several media and promotional activities throughout the next 12 months. Ryan Gifford (24, Winchester, Tenn.)The NASCAR Drive For Diversity product became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in 2010. Kenzie Ruston (21, El Reno, Okla.)As a rookie, has three top-five finishes in five career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts and recorded the highest finish by a female driver in series history with a third-place effort in April at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway. “This program has made great strides in a short time,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR vice president, industry services. “The evolution of NASCAR Next builds on that success with the influx of young, talented drivers continuing throughout all of NASCAR’s racing series. This program provides a platform to help foster their growth within our sport, and introduce these young and talented drivers to NASCAR fans who will likely be hearing more about them in years to come.”This year’s NASCAR Next group ranges from 15 to 24 years of age, represents three countries and 10 U.S. states from Nevada to Connecticut. They have amassed 32 NASCAR touring series wins and one series title. The multicultural group represents a diversity in geography (10 different U.S. states, in addition to Canada and Mexico), with racing backgrounds from asphalt to dirt and open wheel to stock car.The team was assembled through a thorough process that included separate nominating and voting panels. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and possess the skillset to realize that goal.Additionally, each driver in NASCAR Next must be actively competing in a NASCAR touring or weekly series – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East or West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series or NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors also are eligible providing they are in the first full-time season in their respective series.Former NASCAR Next members that have moved on to success in NASCAR’s national series include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr.The NASCAR Next members for 2013-14 are: Dylan Kwasniewski (18, Las Vegas, Nev.)The 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year and 2012 series champion is competing for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title this season. Michael Self (22, Park City, Utah)As a relative newcomer to stock-car racing, he is a bona fide NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title contender and has four wins in last 13 series starts. Ben Rhodes (16, Louisville, Ky.)as driven his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model to podium finishes this year at the UNOH Battle At The Beach in Daytona and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown in Richmond, while also making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut. Cameron Hayley (16, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)The NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner at inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway in February is a K&N Pro Series West championship contender. Chase Elliott (17, Dawsonville, Ga.)A two-time Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he had a win and 15 Top 10s and has two top-five finishes in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season. “The evolution of NASCAR Next builds on that success with the influx of young, talented drivers continuing throughout all of NASCAR’s racing series.”—Jill Gregory, NASCAR vice president, industry services Ryan Preece (22, Berlin, Conn.)A two-time championship runner-up in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with five career wins and 12 poles and is a top competitor in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series’ Modified Divisions in Connecticut. Brett Moffitt (20, Grimes, Iowa)Has 31 top-five finishes in 52 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts and is among the series’ all-time leaders in wins and poles. Ben Kennedy (21, Daytona Beach, Fla.)Has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins in five starts this season and will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in August at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Gray Gaulding (15, Colonial Heights, Va.)The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie set series records for youngest pole winner and race leader in April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Jeb Burton, (20 years old, Halifax, Va.)Four top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season with three pole wins as a rookie. Daniel Suarez (21, Monterrey, Mexico)A product of the NASCAR Driver For Diversity program, competes fulltime with Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and is a title favorite in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series.
Beloved music festival Austin City Limits turns 15 this year, and they are celebrating in true style. Today, the festival has revealed their 2016 lineup, packed with a number of talented artists across a wide array of genres. Taking place from September 30 – October 2 and October 7 – October 9 in Zilker Park, the festival will see headlining sets from Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, and LCD Soundsystem.The full lineup includes Major Lazer, Kygo, Willie Nelson, The Chainsmokers, Flume, Chris Stapleton, M83, HAIM, Cage The Elephant, Schoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club, LL Cool J, Band of Horses, Young the Giant, Local Natives, Foals, Die Antwoord, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Cold War Kids and more! Additional noteworthy artists include Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak & THe Free Nationals, DJ Mustard, St. Paul & The Broken Bonds, Bob Moses, Break Science, The Wombats, Bombino, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and so many more.The full lineup can be seen below, and more information can be found here.
Last weekend, Tedeschi Trucks Band made their way overseas for an appearance at the Holland International Blues Festival in Grolloo, Netherlands. The festival featured a multi-talented lineup with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, JJ Grey & Mofro, Ana Popovic and more! With so much star power in one place, it’s no surprise that a collaboration between legends occurred.As the headline suggests, Raitt welcomed out TTB leaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi during her set, bringing the soulful musicians out for a rendition of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery.” A staple of the TTB live sets, “Montgomery” felt right at home during the performance, and Raitt’s band was more than up to the task for the performance.Thanks to Erwin C. Karst, we have full video of this glorious musical moment. Watch it below.A post from TTB shows the band’s reverence for Raitt, saying that the collaboration was a “lifelong dream.” It’s heartwarming to see Tedeschi Trucks display such humility and grace in everything they do. Keep on rocking it TTB!
After years of performing as Zappa Plays Zappa, guitarist and Frank Zappa son Dweezil Zappa recently announced that he was no longer allowed to tour under that moniker. Instead, he changed the name to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, hoping to avoid the controversy by properly identifying himself and his father.However, it seems that Dweezil Zappa was hit with a cease and desist order, compelling him again to change the name. Henceforth, Zappa Plays Zappa is now officially… Dweezil Zappa. The kicker, however, is the name of his upcoming tour. It’s now Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the [email protected]&k He Wants! — the Cease and Desist Tour. No, really.The tour itself runs through July, starting on the 1st in New Mexico and ending on the 22nd in Tromso, Norway. It’s no secret that there has been bad blood between Dweezil Zappa and his brother Ahmet Zappa. In fact, both published open letters to the other addressing the family’s grievances, dragging the problems into the open and explaining their frustrations. From a neutral standpoint, it’s hard to say which is right.Dweezil addressed the name change, saying:When there is an injustice what do you often see people do? They rally together, make signs and shout in the streets so that people can hear about the injustice they are suffering.Since the efforts to deal with this ZFT matter privately have been met with threats I have been put into the position to have to share the story publicly and stand up for myself by figuratively walking the picket line with a sign that says ZFT Don’t Tread On Me!The last thing I want is for any of this drama to overshadow my Father’s music. His commitment to excellence and his integrity have always been a guiding light for me.I understand there may be some public confusion about all of this. Multiple name changes etc. I also understand that this drama may be a turn off to people.At the end of the day I believe my father’s music deserves to be heard not silenced. I will now be playing it with an even stronger resolve than ever before under the name my father gave me:DWEEZIL ZAPPARegardless, we look forward to seeing Dweezil Zappa play whatever the [email protected]%k he wants.[H/T LA Times]
Beloved Grateful Dead tribute Dead & Company has not only impressed us on stage, but continues to do so off the stage as well. The group donated to LGBT rights activist groups after a performance in North Carolina, and has hosted a “Participation Row” charity celebration at each of their many summer tour stops.Today, the band has partnered with D’Angelico Guitars to take that charity effort to the next level, creating custom guitars for the band, as well as for a handful of major stops along the tour. The unique guitars are hand painted ang signed by the entire band, and will be auctioned at specific stops on the tour: Citi Field in New York (June 25 & 26), Folsom Field in Boulder, CO (July 2 & 3), Alpine Valley in Elkhorn, Wisconsin (July 9 & 10) and Fenway Park in Boston (July 15 & 16).The funds will then go towards the 10-15 charities at each Participation Row, furthering a number of important causes near and dear to our hearts. Participation Row is organized by HeadCount and REVERB, each of which is founded for an incredible cause. The full gallery of guitars and signings can be seen here.Don’t miss Dead & Company and Participation Row on the road! Check out the tour dates below, as well as a chance to win tickets to the Dead & Company show on June 26th!Dead & Company TourJune 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJune 23 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube LiveJune 25 – New York, NY – Citi FieldJune 26 – New York, NY – Citi FieldJune 28 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity TheatreJuly 02 – Boulder, CO – Folsom FieldJuly 03 – Boulder, CO – Folsom FieldJuly 07 – Clarkstown, MI – DTE Energy Music TheatreJuly 09 – Elkhorn, WI – Alpine Valley Music TheatreJuly 10 – Elkhorn, WI – Alpine Valley Music TheatreJuly 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara PavilionJuly 15 – Boston, MA – Fenway ParkJuly 16 – Boston, MA – Fenway ParkJuly 22 – Portland, OR – Moda CenterJuly 23 – George, WA – The Gorge AmphitheatreJuly 26 – Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows AmphitheatreJuly 27 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train AmphitheatreJuly 29 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota AmphitheatreJuly 30 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline AmphitheatreWant to win tickets to see Dead & Company next Sunday, June 26th at Citi Field? Enter below!
Check out the setlist for the ongoing concert below!Edit this setlist | More David Gilmour setlists While we’ve been fawning over David Gilmour’s first performance at the ancient Anfiteatro Romano Di Pompei for the first time in 45 years – and the first time with an audience in nearly 2,000 years – Gilmour proved he had more tricks up his sleeve. Not that he needed to surprise fans at the momentous concert, but the Pink Floyd guitarist busted out a Dark Side Of The Moon rarity for the first time since 2006.“The Great Gig In The Sky” was last played by Gilmour on May 31st, 2006, making its performance all the more special. Check out some clips of the “Great Gig” below, and head here for more posts from the venerated venue.
Coming up October 13-16 in Darlington, MD, Luna Light Music & Arts Festival already boasts a stacked lineup of performers including Medeski Martin Benevento & Russo, Tipper, The New Deal, Electron, Dopapod, MAGO (Medeski/Martin), CIA (Parnell, McGuire, and Aucoin of the Disco Biscuits & Particle), American Babies, Pink Talking Fish and more. Today, another wave of artists has been released. Rounding out the lineup are Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, LTJ Bukem, Muscle Tough, Flux Capacitor, Bunk Buddha, and Birocratic.With Marco Benevento, Holly Bowling, and The Hornitz as artists-at-large, the three-day weekend is sure to be packed with surprises. In addition to the musical lineup, the festival boasts nearly 60 performances, workshops, visual artists, and lectures on six unique stages powered by Funktion One Sound Systems.Darlington is located one hour from Philadelphia and 45 minutes from Baltimore. There are camping, cabin, and plenty of VIP options. You can see the full billing below, and find tickets here. More festival info can be seen here.
Keller Williams has just released an extensive list of Fall and Winter tour dates that will see the multi-instrumentalist play in various formats throughout the country. Williams will play a number of dates solo, while several others will be played with both his KWahtro project (ft. Gibb Droll, Danton Boller, and Rodney Holmes) and fellow one-man bander Zach Deputy. As previously announced last week, Keller will play Denver, CO’s Fillmore Auditorium on Oct. 29th with Grateful Grass, and will be joined by The Infamous Stringdusters, as part of the latters’ Big Top Halloween extravaganza.Fan club tickets are currently available via Keller’s website. You can see the full schedule below.Keller Williams Fall/Winter Tour DatesOctober 13 Stuart, FL—Terra Fermata*October 14 Winter Haven, FL—Jessie’s Lounge*October 15 St. Augustine, FL—Magnolia Fest*October 20 Charleston, SC—Charleston Pour House*October 21 Charleston, SC—Charleston Pour House^October 22 Athens, GA—The Georgia Theatre+October 27 Bozeman, MT—The Eagles Ballroom*October 28 Missoula,MT—The Top Hat*October 29 Denver, CO—The Fillmore Auditorium-November 3 Hermosa Beach,CA—Saint Rocke+November 4 San Diego, CA—Belly Up+November 5 Tempe, AZ—Marquee+November 10 Columbia, SC—Music Farm+November 11 Charlotte, NC—The Neighborhood Theatre+November 12 Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel^November 17 Houston, TX—White Oak+November 18 Dallas, TX—Granada Theater+November 19 Austin, TX—Scoot Inn+January 19 Eugene, OR—WoW Hall^January 20 Portland, OR—Wonder Ballroom^January 21 Seattle, WA—Nectar Lounge^(*) Solo(^) KWahtro(+) KWahtro w/ Zach Deputy(-) Grateful Grass ft. The Infamous Stringdusters
Back on this day, the 17th of October, in 1998, Phish played an all-acoustic set at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The single-set performance was part of Neil Young‘s annual Bridge School Benefit show, which also featured performances from the legendary rocker himself, along with R.E.M., and the Barenaked Ladies.The set featured debuts of “Sleep,” “Never,” and “Driver,” and an a cappella version of “Free Bird” (first time played in 338 shows – 6/19/94). The “Harry Hood” jam featured an extra special sit-in from the event host, and Young stayed on for a performance of “Helpless” with the Vermont Quartet to end the set.Thanks to Jam & Psych on MV, we can watch pro-shot footage of this milestone performance. Tune in below.Setlist: Phish at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA – 10/17/98SET 1: Carolina, Sleep, Never, Possum, I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome, Free Bird, Driver, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood > Helpless Debut; acoustic. Acoustic. Acoustic; Mike on banjo, Page on acoustic bass. Acoustic; unfinished; Neil Young on guitar. Phish debut; acoustic; Neil Young on guitar and vocals.[via Phish.net]
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead put on a show for the ages last night, as they brought 2016 to a close with an epic New Year’s Eve performance at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The band filled the three-set show with a large helping of classic Grateful Dead material, impressive improvisation, and a few fun surprises that made for a truly special evening.Almost Dead started things off with a New Orleans-style march, as a horn section marched to the stage through the crowd. The New Orleans March led right into “Reuben & Cherise”, and that really got things going, with Tom Hamilton expertly leading the band through the Jerry Garcia-penned tune.Watch “New Orleans March” into “Reuben & Cherise”, courtesy of nugs.tv.After a few minutes of jamming, the band moved swiftly into the beloved Buddy Holly classic “Not Fade Away”. After some interesting improvisation, the band kept it moving with one of the most exciting pairings in the Grateful Dead catalog, “Help On The Way” and “Slipknot!”. The band eventually moved into a cover of The Band‘s “Life Is A Carnival”, after which the band took their first breather of the evening following an exciting opening hour of music.After a short break, Almost Dead picked things back up with a touching take on Phil Lesh‘s “Box Of Rain”. After finishing the emotional number, the band launched into a jam that eventually wound its way into one of their best songs, “The Music Never Stopped”, during which Nicole Atkins emerged. This song has been a standout for the band nearly every time they’ve played it, and they delivered another top-notch version on this night.Watch the jam in “The Music Never Stopped”, courtesy of nugs.tv.Another favorite followed as the band jammed into a stunning version of “Eyes Of The World”, which eventually moved into “Dancing In The Streets”, which saw Atkins return to the stage. The band was surely on fire during “Dancing In The Streets”, harnessing the energy in the room brilliantly and providing a huge dance party for all at The Cap. The band took a quick time-out before turning in a remarkable “Truckin’” into that rocked The Cap to its core one more time before set two came to a close.To kick off the third set, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead started off with a “Drums” segment that featured special guest Sunny Jain. The percussion segment then flowed into a feature for the Masada Horns. The horns led the band towards midnight, at which tons of balloons dropped and the band kicked right into a feel-good version of “Good Lovin’”. The band brought things to another level with their spot-on performance of the “Terrapin Suite”, a fitting way to start the new year. A heartfelt “Wharf Rat” followed, eventually flowing into a high-octane version of “Loose Lucy”. The band completed the third frame with a run through the beautiful “Sugar Magnolia” / “Sunshine Daydream” pairing.For the encore, the band briefly took off their Grateful Dead hats and put on their Led Zeppelin hats, making a surprise appearance as their Bustle In Your Hedgerow counterparts with a lights-out performance of “Kashmir”, which once again saw Nicole Atkins join the band on vocals. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead then finished the show with a fun take on “One More Saturday Night”.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead take two weeks off before hitting the road for a quick run through the South in mid-January.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/31/2016Set 1: New Orleans March > Reuben & Cherise > Not Fade Away > Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Life Is A CarnivalSet 2: Box of Rain > The Music Never Stopped* > Eyes Of The World > Dancing In The Streets*, TruckinSet 3: Drums > Midnight Countdown > Good Lovin’ > Terrapin Suite, Wharf Rat > Loose Lucy, Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine DaydreamEncore: Kashmir*, One More Saturday Night*With Nicole Atkins