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View all articlesView all videos FULL SERIES COVERAGE Earnhardt Jr., who has developed a passion for BBQ cooking, toured the family-owned restaurant’s huge BBQ fire pits with Hard Eight Pit BBQ Owner & President Chad Decker and the duo shared their BBQ tips with more than 130 guests in attendance, all while helping raise more than $32,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter.“Every time I come to Texas, it’s always fun,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “You guys (Texas Motor Speedway fans) are so welcoming and just make me feel like part of the family.”A visit by NASCAR’s most popular driver to Roanoke, nicknamed the “Unique Dining Capital of Texas,” included a hero’s welcome as throngs of fans lined North Oak Street of downtown Roanoke for Earnhardt Jr.’s arrival. Led by a police escort, AAA Texas 500 Chevrolet Camaro pace car and Wild Asphalt Circus vehicles, Earnhardt Jr. rode in the bed of a Texas Motor Speedway Chevrolet Silverado similar to NASCAR pre-race parade laps, waving to fans as well as curious onlookers en route to Hard Eight Pit BBQ.Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch officially welcomed Earnhardt Jr. to his quaint town of 6,500 by presenting him with a key to the city and a special proclamation that announced Oct. 3, 2013, as “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day.” “I’m really humbled,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I want to thank the citizens of Roanoke for allowing me to come here. This is the kind of town we like to come and visit when we’re traveling to all these different race tracks and staying in the motor coaches every weekend. These are the kinds of places we like to get out to because this place is just like home, it’s a small town. It’s just like Mooresville (N.C.) to me.”Earnhardt Jr., a passionate grill master when he is not behind the wheel of his No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, made the perfect student for Decker’s BBQ 101 demonstration. To make sure Earnhardt Jr. looked the part of an official grill master, Decker presented him with a customized black chef’s coat that featured the driver’s iconic No. 88 and “Pit Master” embroidered on the back, Texas state flag on the sleeve and the Hard Eight Pit BBQ logo and Jr. on the front.His lessons included a tour of Hard Eight Pit BBQ’s massive fire pits and grill that featured an array of smoked meats, including brisket, ribs and steaks. Earnhardt Jr. also got into the action as he learned how Hard Eight Pit BBQ grills its signature rib eye with onions to perfection. “We cook some brisket and do ribs every once in a while,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We’ve had a lot of good and bad results, but that’s what it’s about. I enjoy it because it is real similar to preparing a race car for a weekend of racing. There is a right way to do it and there are steps and a process. I enjoy it, plus it is something that lasts the entire day. You start in the morning getting the smoker ready and you are cooking the meat for hours on end. It’s something you get your friends and families together and enjoy an entire day.”Earnhardt Jr. fans traveled from as far as Houston and Baytown for the one-of-a-kind event and Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas was a big winner thanks to their support. Guests had an opportunity to purchase charity raffle tickets for an opportunity for the ultimate upgrade of their seats and join Earnhardt Jr. for dinner at his personal table. Dana Kirby, of Keller; Pam Bailey, of Addison; Shelley Head, of Gainesville; Randy Kleam of Bridgeport; and Ann Clark and Judie Kochenower, of Houston, were the big winners as they got to rub elbows with Earnhardt Jr. in addition to other VIP perks for the evening.A live auction brought in more than $23,000 for the SCC-Texas Chapter for only a handful of unique items, including an autographed, race-used Goodyear tire from his No. 88 Chevrolet that ran in April’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway; pre-race parade laps with him for the upcoming AAA Texas 500; autographed racing shoes and an autographed vintage Earnhardt Jr. 1998 NASCAR Busch Series No. 3 ACDelco championship car die-cast.The most sought-after auction item proved to be the opportunity to serve as an “Honorary Pit Crew Member” for Earnhardt Jr. at the Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500. The experience, courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports, included access to the drivers’ meeting, private tour of the No. 88 hauler, pit crew shirt, pre-race photo with Earnhardt Jr. by his car, and watching a portion of the AAA Texas 500 from Earnhardt Jr.’s pit box. With the experience selling for $8,500, Earnhardt Jr. doubled down and offered a second “Honorary Pit Crew Member” experience to the other bidder that lost out and sold the pair for $17,000.A trip to Texas Motor Speedway remains one of Earnhardt Jr.’s favorite stops on the NASCAR schedule considering the historical significance the 1.5-mile speedway has played in his career. Texas Motor Speedway was the site for his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series victories, coming in the 2000 DIRECT500 and 1998 Coca-Cola 300, respectively.Texas Motor Speedway has served as one of his stronger tracks throughout the course of his 15-year career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Along with his victory in 2000, he has earned 12 top-10 finishes, which places him in a tie for fourth-most all time among Sprint Cup Series drivers.“This place has always been special to me having won the first races down here in the Nationwide Series and the Cup Series,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Texas is a great race track. We’ve had great success here. The surface of the race track has aged really well and the drivers really appreciate that. You can use all kinds of different grooves in the corners.”Earnhardt Jr. was asked if Texas Motor Speedway would be a strong candidate in the future to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale for the crowning of the champion.“I think it would be exciting,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “This is a great market here for us. We always seem to get great support from this area. The fans have really latched on to the race track and made it their own. I think it would be awesome if the season ended here. It’s tough to pick the perfect track at the end of the year, but Texas is definitely on that list.” Sold-Out ‘BBQ Pit Stop With Dale Jr.’ Event Fetches More Than $23,000 In Live Auction Of Earnhardt Jr. Items FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 4, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pit stops traditionally consist of four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel, but on Thursday evening his pit-stop service included fueling up with brisket, chicken, ribs, pork chops and jalapeno sausage.Earnhardt Jr., visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to promote the upcoming AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, played host to a sold-out “BBQ Pit Stop with Dale Jr.” fan event to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter at Hard Eight Pit BBQ in Roanoke, Texas. View all photos
The new Radiohead album has been in the works for years, and the anticipation for a new release has only been growing throughout the recent months, weeks, and days. The band first discussed the album years back, and got fans even more excited when they said they’d be performing new music at various festivals and tour dates. Between the leaflets mailed to UK fans and the band’s decision to delete their website and social media presence, it has seemed that a major announcement could happen at any moment.While we still don’t have the title or release date for the new album, Radiohead has officially released the very first single. Titled “Burn The Witch,” the song has been teased many times in the past, but now finally sees a full release. Complete with a clay-mation-looking music video, the song is Radiohead’s first since 2011’s King Of Limbs.Feast your eyes and ears on “Burn The Witch,” below:The band has also added some artwork to their Facebook page:
In the wake of Prince‘s death earlier this year, there has been an outpouring of admiration for the artist from around the music industry. Countless artists have paid their respects to the Purple One onstage since then, but the upcoming tribute concert at St. Paul, MN’s Xcel Energy Center will be the biggest celebration yet.After long delays in planning, the official all-star salute to Prince promised by his sister Tyka Nelson will finally take place on October 13th. The lineup for the show is stacked with A-List talent including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh, Luke James, Bilal, Mint Condition and Prince-connected acts Morris Day & the Time, Judith Hill, Liv Warfield, the New Power Generation led by Morris Hayes, and members of 3rdEyeGirl. More artists are slated to be announced as the event approaches.After initially shooting for the Minnesota Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium (with its 50,000 purple seats), concert organizers finally settled on the smaller Xcel Energy Center. Still, the event is expected to raise more than $1 million for Prince’s estate. According to concert organizer L. Londell McMillan in the Star Tribune, “It’s not about the money. It’s about celebrating his life and music and bringing people together and love for Prince.”Tickets go on sale on Monday at 10am at the Xcel Center box office, buy phone at 800-745-3000 and on Ticketmaster. Prices haven’t been announced yet but McMillan said they will start at $19.99.[h/t – Star Tribune]
For over one hundred years, the Chicago Cubs have not been able to win a World Series championship. The team has been competing against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series this year, marking their first time playing in baseball’s final series in over 70 years. Still, in true heartbreaking Cubs fashion, the team lost two games at their home Wrigley Field, which is why they needed some help in the third and final Wrigley game.Now, we’re not saying that Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder magically changed the outcome of a baseball game, but the Cubs won last night and Vedder sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch – two things that happened for the first time this World Series. Also, the Cubs put their last pitcher in during the top of the 7th, and he stayed and pitched through to the end of the 9th. Coincidence? Maybe…Watch Vedder, the die-hard Cubs fan, leading Chicago in the baseball classic, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” below.Perhaps it’s also worth mentioning that Phish played at Wrigley Field for the first time this year too…Game six of the World Series is set for tomorrow, November 1st, but will take place back in Cleveland. Can Chicago pull it out, or will Cleveland keep their curse alive? We’ll have to wait and see.
Yes, along with Pink Floyd, were the founding fathers of progressive rock, a musical genre that still flourishes today. Both bands were on my turntable daily during the 1970s and were revered by my generation. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery… Yes had many who followed in their footsteps (ie. Gentle Giant, Starcastle, Genesis, King Crimson). All the imitators were good, if a tad pretentious, and none hold up as well as Yes. In the end, Yes just wrote better songs.The Yes catalog is extensive and holds up very well. The Yes Album, Fragile, Tales from Topographic Ocean, 90125, Relayer are a few worth noting. However, their best album is Close to the Edge. It is a tour de force that any jam or Prog Rock fan would embrace today. One of true marks of greatness is originality. While 99% of music is derivative, Yes crafted their own unique sound. Not that being derivative it’s a bad thing (Zeppelin and the Stones have a foundation based on the Chicago Blues sound). Yes consisted of very talented musicians. Jon Anderson with his distinctive soprano voice on lead vocals, Steve Howe on guitar, Rick Wakeman on keyboard, Bill Bruford on drums and the recently departed Chris Squire on bass.In 1972, Yes was flying high. Coming off a critically acclaimed album Fragile with their monster hits “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper”, Yes was poised to take it to the next level. They discovered that the fans really enjoyed the longer song formats. Jam fans today are used to songs over 10 minutes in length, but in the early 1970s most songs were under 4 minutes. 40 years ago, radio stations ruled the popular music industry. They dictated what was played and even the length of the songs. Radio stations insisted that songs be kept short so more songs could be played in an hour and more commercials could be inserted. In 1968, the Beatles purposely made the song “Hey Jude” over 7 minutes just to aggravate the radio stations.Yes recognized that the longer song format gave them the opportunity to explore various musical themes. An “AHA” moment for sure that brought the classical music discipline to modern rock music. Yes was no doubt miffed when asked to make a radio version of the song “Roundabout”. At a little more than 3 minutes, the “commercial” version of ”Roundabout” is a weak substitution for the magnificent 8 minute album version. Eschewing the attention that bands received on AM radio, Yes took a decidedly less commercial approach and would never again succumb to outside ‘non-music’ interests.When Yes went into the studio in 1972 to make a statement. The result was Close to the Edge. It only contained 3 songs: “And You and I”, “Siberian Khatru” both around nine minutes. But the title track “Close to the Edge” is a 4 part symphony that is a broad canvas of intricate instrumental exchanges highlighted by Anderson’s sublime and poetic vocals. His voice in a near soprano range, was the perfect fit for the band.From the Yes website, Jon Anderson: “It’s very representative of what I think is the Yes style. We experimented a lot, but we also had the talent to back it up – it wasn’t just solo after solo. We told stories and created moods. It was all very daring and wonderful.”When the album was released in September 1972 it bested Fragile on the charts reaching #3 in the US and #4 in the UK. Timing in life is everything and in 1972, FM radio came into its own as well as college stations. Yes got the airplay on the less traditional venues and their success and fame really took off.A further exploration of the title track Close to the Edge shows real innovation. It is split into four movements:The Solid Time Of ChangeTotal Mass RetainI Get Up, I Get DownSeasons of ManFrom the band’s website are some more fascinating revelations from their front man. From the 1st movement, The Solid Change of Time, Anderson offers the following insight:“I had been listening to an album called Sonic Seasoning by Walter Carlos, who’s now Wendy Carlos (inventor of the Moog Synthesizer), and it gave me the idea for this sound effect that came from outer space. It came towards you and then bang! – the band started charging. At first, there’s this wonderful musical chaos, and then we have the guitar riff.“The idea of the chant was key to the song. [Sings] ‘A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace/ And rearrange-da-dada-dada-dada-da-da-daa.’ It’s a rhythmic thing. I worked that out with Steve.“The band started playing, and I said, ‘Guys, maybe you should be doing something more syncopated instead of a straight-on beat.’ So while Bill and Chris worked on a drum and bass thing, I looked at Rick and said, ‘OK, how fast can you play?’ And, of course, he could play very fast. The whole idea was to make it musically entertaining even before we put the voices on.“For lyrics, I did a rough sketch of the whole piece, but as the sections came together, that’s when I rewrote the words. It took about three or four revisions till everything was there. It’s all metaphors. Simply put, ‘A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace’ – that means your higher self will eventually bring you out of your dark world.”The effect is overwhelming and you are confronted with a solid wall of sound. The journey begins.On the 2nd movement, Total Mass Retain, Anderson offers the following:“We’ve laid the foundation of where we’re going to go, and now we’re into the second part. This is about the relaxation of life and being close to the edge of the realization of our universal experiences. That’s what the song is starting to explain.“This part flows. It shows you that you have to let music guide you. It’s best to open up and not force the situation. Everything will come to you.From the 3rd movement, I Get Up, I Get Down. The band slows down the musical pace and we get really splendid vocals. Anderson again:“We have the ‘the I get up, I get down’ part before it goes into a beautiful ocean of energy. You’ve gone through nearly 10 minutes of music that’s very well put-together, but then you want to let go of it. You relax a little bit.“The song came about because Steve was playing these chords one day, and I started singing, ‘Two million people barely satisfy.’ It’s about the incredible imbalance of the human experience on the planet.“The vocals came together nicely. I’m a big fan of The Beach Boys and The Association – such great voices. Steve and I were working on this, and at one point he said, ‘I have this other song…’ And I said, ‘Well, start singing it.’ And he went [sings], ‘In her white lace, you could clearly see the lady sadly looking/ saying that she’d take the blame for the crucifixion of her own domain… ’“When I heard that, I said, ‘Wait. That’s going to be perfect! You start singing that with Chris, and then I’ll sing my part.’ We have an answer-back thing.In the end, the title track is a stunning musical composition worthy of the same scrutiny as a Beethoven symphony. However, not to be overlooked are the 2 songs from side 2 of the album“And You and I” starts with Steve Howe’s splendid 12 string work. Then it moves to Wakeman’s soaring work on the Moog and Mellotron. Not to be overlooked are the splendid harmonies led by Jon Anderson backed by Chris Squire’s vocals. The lyrics are just a trippy as the music.“…Oh, coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth Cords are broken locked inside the mother earth They won’t hide, they won’t tell you Watching the world, watching all of the world Watching us go by And you and I climb over the sea to the valley And you and I reached out for reasons to call…”Like “Close to the Edge”, “And You and I” is broken into 4 parts…a mini-symphony so to speak.Chord of LifeEclipseThe Preacher, The TeacherApocalypse.The 3rd and final track “Siberian Khatru”, featuring trippy lyrics, complex time signatures and complex rhythms, is divided into multiple sections, with alternating vocal and instrumental passages. The song progresses in various solos by Howe and Wakeman. Lyrics are truly non-sensical, which is part of its overall charm.In the end, Close to the Edge remains one of the top albums from the 1970’s. It is still fresh and original and its overall allure remains as enticing as the day it was released. I implore you to listen and promise you will be captivated and enthralled.
Last night, the trivia gameshow Jeopardy tested contestants’ knowledge of My Morning Jacket, providing the name of singer Jim James and asking them to identify his band. As the $1000 question in the category, “Jacket Required,” Alex Trebek read this statement to close out the category and the round: “The American Mustache Institute once interviewed, Jim James, founder of this Louisville-based alt-country band.”While we might have some questions about their classification of My Morning Jacket, we’re still into this shoutout. You can check out the clip below, which was posted on the My Morning Jacket Twitter last night.
MOE. – 2018 TOUR DATESFeb. 2 Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY * with Kung FuFeb. 3 Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NYFeb. 16 State Theatre – Portland, MEFeb. 17 State Theatre – Portland, MEFeb. 23 Palace Theatre – Albany, NY * with AqueousFeb. 24 Palace Theatre – Albany, NYMay 25-27 Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, ILJul. 12 Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO[H/T JamBase] The last couple of weeks have been extraordinarily exciting for moe. fans, as bassist Rob Derhak confirmed his return to the band after completing treatment for oropharyngeal cancer, announcing that he is officially cancer free. moe. have since announced several concerts in 2018, including two nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on February 2 & 3, 2018, two nights at the State Theatre in Portland, ME on Feb. 16 & 17 and a return to the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY on Feb. 23 & 24. moe. will also make their way back to Summer Camp Music Festival on May 25-27, then head to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12, 2018 this summer. These shows are the first back together since moe. announced their hiatus in July, when Derhak was first diagnosed.Summer Camp Announces Phil Lesh, moe., Umphrey’s, & Everyone Orchestra For 2018Today, the band shared a photo of their rehearsal in Yarmouth, Maine on Instagram, writing: “We cleaned out the old barn & dusted off the cobwebs. Great to be back together for a few days working on some new songs. (Jim was here too, but recuperating when this pic was taken). Happy Holidays!”Happy Holidays, indeed! New songs from moe., who last released No Guts No Glory in 2014, is extraordinarily good news–as it promises more from moe. in our foreseeable future. Check out the band’s post below:
Load remaining images San Diego-based dub rockers Slightly Stoopid celebrated their fourth annual Closer To The Sun destination event at the New Sapphire Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico earlier this month. Offering four nights of music on the beach, a poolside stage perfect for afternoon sets, and a palapa for late night shows, there’s nothing quite like Closer to the Sun! On top of three shows from Slightly Stoopid, fans were delighted to two shows each from SOJA, Stick Figure, J Boog, Fortunate Youth, and The Expanders. With special guests G. Love, Chali 2na, Don Carlos, and Rashawn Ross on deck, the experience fulfilled the ultimate musical paradise. There’s truly nothing like the experience of being surrounded by awesome new friends of the Closer to the Sun community, digging your toes in the sand with a drink in your hand–all while watching your favorite musicians perform.Photographer Dave Vann was on site capturing the magic, as you can see in the full gallery below.Closer To The Sun 2017 | Puerto Morelos, Mexico | Photos by Dave Vann
Ben Harper and blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite have announced a follow up to their Grammy-winning 2013 collaborative album, Get Up!. The 10-track record, No Mercy In This Land, is due out on March 30th.Harper and Musselwhite have also announced an extensive series of North American and European tour dates in support of their new album. The run will kick off with a two-night album release run in San Francisco before the duo heads across the pond for all of April. Harper and Musselwhite will then return to the United States for a number of spring and summer dates, including two-night stands in Solana Beach, CA, Toronto, Cambridge, MA, and New York City.Fans can pre-order No Mercy In This Land here, and tickets for the tour are slated to go on sale Friday, January 26th. You can check out the trailer for the new album below.Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Tour DatesMarch 30 San Francisco, CA—The FillmoreMarch 31 San Francisco, CA-—The FillmoreApril 3 Glasgow, UK—Oran MorApril 6 Manchester, UK—Academy 2April 7 London, UK—Shepherds Bush EmpireApril 9 Amsterdam,—ParadisoApril 10 Berlin—HuxleysApril 11 Cologne—Live Music HallApril 12 Luxembourg—Den AtelierApril 14 Brussels, Belgium- La MadeleineApril 23 Milan, Italy- FabriqueApril 25 Geneva—Salle des FetesApril 27 Barcelona—BartsApril 30 Lisbon—Aula MagnaMay 3 Madrid—La RiveriaMay 7 Los Angeles, CA—TroubadourMay 8 Los Angeles, CA—TroubadourMay 12 Solana Beach, CA—Belly UpMay 13 Solana Beach, CA—Belly UpMay 28 Toronto, ONT—Mod ClubMay 29 Toronto, ONT—Mod ClubJune 3 Cambridge, MA—The SinclairJune 4 Cambridge, MA—The SinclairJune 8 New York, NY—The Bowery BallroomJune 9 New York, NY—The Bowery BallroomJuly 29 Detroit, MI—St. Andrews HallJuly 30 Chicago, IL—Thalia HallAugust 1 Saint Paul, MN—Palace TheaterAugust 3 Denver, CO—Gothic TheaterAugust 27 Santa Cruz, CA—The Catalyst[Photo: Erik Kabik]