On heels of 2012 K&N Pro Series West title, driver takes his talents to Turner Scott Motorsports With a 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship trophy already sitting on his mantle, Dylan Kwasniewski will compete for another in the Pro Series East with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013, the driver announced Wednesday.”It is really exciting and an honor to join Turner Scott Motorsports, especially at this time when the organization has just announced their expansion,” said Kwasniewski, according to the official release. “Everyone I’ve met at TSM so far is dedicated and committed to results and performance. Moving from the West Series to the East is a natural progression for me as I continue to develop as a driver.”Backed by TSM, which also has NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series teams, Kwasniewski begins his 2013 campaign at the UNOH Battle at the Beach in Daytona. He was awarded placement in the race with his 2012 NKNPSW title.Kwasniewski has come a long way from competing in go-karts at the age of 5, moving up the ranks to become the youngest champion in track history in the Semi Pro Legend Car series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kwasniewski made his NASCAR debut in 2011, finishing an impressive fifth place in the NKNPSW final point standings despite not competing in the first race. Kwasniewski tallied two wins, two poles, eight top fives and nine top 10s. Not to be outdone by his performance from the previous season, 2012 was one for the record books. Kwasniewski recorded three wins, six poles, 12 top fives and 15 top 10s en route to becoming the youngest champion in NKNPSW history.“The chance to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports under the direction of Steve Turner, Harry Scott Jr. and veteran Mike Greci came up last fall,” he said. “I knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for me. TSM has consistently put the best equipment on the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I know they will do the same in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, giving me the best opportunity to win races and make a run at the championship this year.””Being able to add another young talent like Dylan to our portfolio of drivers for 2013 is great for this entire organization,” said Steve Turner, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports. “Not only is he (talented) on the track, but he is an amazing young man off the track. Everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports is looking forward to working with Dylan.”Details regarding Kwasniewski’s sponsor, crew and car number will be announced in the near future.
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Check out the full schedule of upcoming shows on the L4LM LiveList Channel, and be sure to head to LiveList and discover more live streaming concerts!L4LM’s LiveList Channel Schedule (all times local) For years, singer Ben Harper has made quite the impact on the music scene. Between working his own band, The Innocent Criminals, to performing with Charlie Musselwhite and more, there’s just nothing quite like Harper’s iconic sound. With a new album, Call It What It Is, due out on April 8th, Harper has been gearing up with some prime performances, including this session at the Skype Live Studio in Portland, OR.With Harper’s smooth vocals leading the way, this is sure to be one for the books!You can enjoy the Ben Harper’s performance beginning at 2 PM Eastern on the L4LM LiveList Channel, via the player below:
Suwannee Hulaween brought some incredible artists to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL last fall, as fans celebrated Halloween with artists like The String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights, Primus, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, STS9 and more. As the festival gears up to announce their initial 2016 lineup, fans can relive their 2015 experience with the festival’s new video.Watch the official recap below:—–Suwannee Hulaween 2016 is set to take place October 28-30 featuring performances from String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic ft. The Motet, Rebelution, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Gramatik, Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass and more. Check out the full Phase One lineup below.
Backwoods Pondfest scored a perfect 10 this year with another treasured festival in the books. Twin Pond Campsite in Peru, NY had their fill of music, art and community on August 4th-6th. Backwoods Pondfest has become more than just a festival since its start 10 years ago. It’s a safe haven for people of all dynamics to bask in the beauty of Upstate New York while enjoying a diverse, talented music lineup and continuous positive energy on an intimate level. It makes the festivalgoer feel important knowing that musicians travel just as far if not further to reignite the magic that returns each summer. The small festival gives the attendee a bigger responsibility to clean up and take care of each other, a role that is easily attained year after year.One of the best parts of Pondfest is the close proximity of everything. Twin Ponds offers woods camping, open field and family camping that is within earshot of the two stages. The lush green grass and relentless cleanup crew makes for a ‘once in a festival’ barefoot exception. Full Circle Music Productions continues to be a key player in the festival as promoter Derek Haviland says, “To me it’s an opportunity to work with people who genuinely want to bring people together around really good music, first and foremost. It’s not that easy to find that everywhere you go in this business.”Arriving on Friday evening, guests were greeted by the eerie travelling circus music by Bella’s Bartok. Their old world bohemian punk melodies signaled to the crowd that it was officially time to get weird. Thunder Body were eager to rock the main stage after drummer/vocalist Matthew O’Brian said they took a few years off to relax and make babies. The soul reggae tune of “Anger is Poison” laid out a wavy bass line as the crowd swirled in excitement with the promise of heavy touring to come.Nothing officially starts Backwoods Pondfest until Lucid plays their first set of the weekend on the woods stage. Lucid’s sound is a spicy maple syrup with jambalaya mixed in, a jazzy grass that is true to the backwoods of New York. The set brought Lucid family together as they were joined by Chris English on “Home” and founding drummer, Ryan “Rippy” Trumbull for wildly original rhythm.The necessary Grateful Dead tribute festival slot was phenomenally filled by Melvin Seals and the JGB. Led by Seals on the Hammond B-3 organ and keyboard, the gospel groove is thick with improvisational bluesy jams that loosen the crowd into psychedelic bliss. Syracuse natives and Pondfest veterans, Sophistafunk turned the woods stage into a hip hop dance club you’d find in New York City.Closing out the main stage was long time traditional Pondfest performers, Spiritual Rez. The entire set was a full velocity of reggae ska rock that energized the crowd for the rest of the festival. One of the highlights was having Hayley Jane jump in on vocals for a massive group sing-along of “Stand by Me” plus a standalone solo from Rob Cook aka the Washboard Tie Guy. The set was heighted by the lightening storm overhead that soon turned to torrential down pour forcing the music to end and everyone to seek shelter.After much regrouping and a clear sky, the music resumed with first timer Pondfester’s Tweed closing out the woods stage for a renewing set of electronica dance music. When interviewed about the storm, drummer Joe Vela and bassist Dan McDonald felt that spirits were high at their set as no one wanted to sit in their wet tents so you might as well get wet listening to good music. “We’re in good company with amazing musicians and bands. It has a super hometown vibe,” Vela said. Showcasing their original jump starters “Loup-Garou” and “RL WRLD” plus covering Ween’s “Monique The Freak” with guest keyboardist Scott Hannay was the ideal recipe to dance your shoes dry.The stormy night created a beautiful foggy sunrise that greeted day two of Backwoods Pondfest. There was a glorious breeze that helped the festival goers overcome the intense heat throughout the day with little to no rain. The music started with DoomF#@K, a raunchy punk band led by the badass Catherine Harrison-Wurster. The afternoon kept on rocking as Albany’s own four piece band, Formula 5, sent out waves of funky rock jams. The Honey Smugglers continued the chill vibes with a blended set of folk, jam grass and Americana with lyrics about drinking whiskey, dirt roads and simple smiles. Mister F turned up the heat at the woods stage as they supplied fast paced, progressive dance rock. Lucid’s saxophonist, Jaime Armstrong, provided a funky start to the set as Mike Candela later stepped in for a total shred fest.Backwoods Pondfest was crucial this summer in bringing together fans since Lucid had been on hiatus for most of the year. The uncertainty for the future of Lucid made their Saturday set so much more meaningful and memorable. The set had one of the biggest crowds of the weekend making it a family affair for everyone in attendance. It was quite the hootenanny as strong life blew into harmonicas and metal washboards pulsated. Fireworks shot over the ponds in grand celebration for the love of Lucid and the 10 years of hosting the annual North Country festival.The Blind Owl Band continued the night with strung out, aggressive acoustic blue grass. No stranger to the festival, BOB carry on the tradition of fast string picking, mountainous harmonies and heavy foot stomping. Pink Talking Fish Does Bowie was a superfecta party playlist. Their improvisational segues feed the curious jamband fan and bring a new appreciation for classic influential songs. All we needed was a bigger disco ball. Once again, Hayley Jane joined in for a ground shaking cover of “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads. Gang of Thieves has a distinctive stage presence from their wild outfits, unpredictable gestures and dirty funkified rock. The blaring horn section adds high kicking rhythm while vocals are smooth and steady. The Nth Power closed down the main stage with layers of deep south soul, big city jazz and a worldly grooves. Nikki Glaspie is a force of nature as she maintains a savage control on the drums while each musician shines a light through the madness.Festivals always seem to end too soon as Sunday morning suddenly gives way to reality. It’s no wonder that musicians and fans travel from all over the East Coast to the refuge of Backwoods Pondfest. The festival has worked hard these past 10 years to create a family friendly, fun seeking environment that continues to convey the importance of community and music. “The amount of time and stress that goes into throwing a weekend event like this, in a proper fashion, is mind blowing and sometimes, well sometimes it’s terrifying. To hear from people how special Pondfest is to them, year after year, is more than heartwarming, and that is absolutely the reason why we have continued this path. “– Lowell Wurster, Lucid[All photos courtesy of Laura Carbone]
A new festival is bringing the bluegrass to Florida, as the inaugural Anastasia Music Festival has just been announced! The three day event will head to the St. Augustine Amphitheater from March 16-18, bringing along a stellar lineup of folk and bluegrass favorites.The festival will see performances from The Del McCoury Band (two sets), David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush, Elephant Revival, Fruition (two sets), Cabinet (two sets), The Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCourys (two sets), Mandolin Orange (two sets), Sierra Hull, The Broomestix, Dustbowl Revival (two sets), Joe Pug, Jon Stickley Trio (two sets), Grits & Soul (two sets), Nikki Talley (two sets), Taylor Martin (two sets), and Steve Pruett as an artist-at-large. Still more artists are yet to be announced.Tickets and more information for Anastasia can be found here! Enjoy.
Tragedy struck on Christmas day, when beloved singer George Michael died in his home at the age of 53. His untimely death sent shockwaves through the music community, who has already seen their fair share of loss in 2016.In honor of George Michael, his former collaborator and Beatles legend Paul McCartney shared some moving thoughts about the late singer. “George Michael’s sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death. Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable.”George Michael and Paul McCartney formally collaborated on the song “Heal The Pain” in 2006, reworking the original 1991 version of the single with new contributions from McCartney. You can listen to their collaboration, below.The two also performed together as recently as 2005, when McCartney invited George Michael on stage for a rendition of “Drive My Car.” Check it out below.RIP George Michael.
Bassist extraordinaire Thundercat has announced the forthcoming release of his brand new album. Drunk, due out on February 24th via Flying Lotus’ eclectic Brainfeeder record label, will serve as a follow-up to 2015’s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam.In coordination with this announcement, Thundercat has released a brand new song from the record called “What A Fool Believes.” The single is a silky smooth and funky R&B ballad that harkens back to an older era. It features two out-of-left-field guest appearances from Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. What should be a bizarre pairing turns out to be a great fit, as their soulful vocals are a perfect match for Thundercat’s sultry and soulful track.In an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, Thundercat explained that Loggins and McDonald are “guys that I’ve listened to and where I felt that I’ve learned that honesty in music.” He called Kenny Loggins “one of my favorite singers,” and spoke highly of McDonald’s creative output in the studio, explaining that “one of the most beautiful moments of it was realizing how amazing Michael McDonald was. He would go through so many ideas and have so much to offer.”Check out Thundercat’s “Show You The Way” with Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins below, and look out for Drunk when it hits stores on February 24th.
Though 2017 is an off year for the Dave Matthews Band, its two leading guitarists – Dave Matthews and Time Reynolds – will sure be keeping busy. The duo just wrapped up a three night destination event at the Riviera Maya in Mexico, where they’ve contributed acoustic sets with big bust outs, debuts, and more for each night.Night three was no exception, with Dave & Tim bringing out songs that hadn’t been in their duo repertoire since the 90’s! Through a twenty song set and a double encore, the duo kept the fans in awe with great performances all night long. The show included so many bust outs for a Dave & Tim show, including “The Song That Jane Likes” (first since 3/14/99), “Raven” (7/15/12), “Dive In” (11/18/11) and more! They also played “You Might Die Trying” for the first time as a duo, and welcomed South African guitarist Vusi Mahlasela for the debut performance of a song called “Mother of Africa” as well.There were also plenty of Dave classics to go around, including “Gravedigger,” “#41,” “Typical Situation,” and “Tripping Billies,” the latter of which ended a Dave & Tim set for the first time since 1999. They would return for two encores, including a grand finale of “Stay (Wasting Time),” which was also the song’s first encore appearance at a Dave & Tim show ever! After all these years, it’s certainly inspiring to see Dave Matthews trying new things, and completely rocking them in the process.Check out a video of “Gravedigger” below, courtesy of 2002chow.You can see the show’s full setlist below, as annotated by DMB Almanac.Setlist: Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 2/25/17Set: Little Thing, Funny the Way It Is, The Song That Jane Likes, You Might Die Trying, Too Much, Where Are You Going, Raven, Dive In, Manfood, Gravedigger, Spaceman, Death on the High Seas, #41, Mother of Africa*, Everyday*, Squirm, Wing It, Help Myself, Typical Situation, Tripping BilliesEncore 1: Rye Whiskey, All Along The WatchtowerEncore 2: So Much to Say, Stay (Wasting Time)First time The Song That Jane Likes has been played by Dave & Tim since 3.14.99.First time Raven has been played by Dave & Tim since 7.15.12.First time Dive In has been played by Dave & Tim since 11.18.11.First time Help Myself has been played since 6.29.13 and first time by Dave & Tim since 12.9.10.First time Tripping Billies has been played as a closer at a Dave & Tim show since 1.20.99.First time Stay (Wasting Time) has been by Dave & Tim since 3.13.99 and first ever time in the encore at a Dave & Tim show.First time You Might Die Trying has been played by Dave & TimeFirst time Mother of Africa has been played ever* = with Vusi Mahlasela
Tickets for the show are available here. After the Grand Rapids show tonight, the next dates on the books for Break Science are a pair of performances at Electric Forest Festival next weekend and the weekend after. For more information and a full list of upcoming dates, head to Break Science website.While it will certainly be weird to see a Break Science show without Deitch, we can’t wait to hear how this one-off substitute collaboration between Kris Myers and Borahm Lee will turn out! Tonight, June 17th, 2017, Break Science is scheduled to perform at Grand Rapids, MI’s The Intersection. The electro-hip-hop duo is normally comprised of drummer Adam Deitch and keyboardist/producer Borahm Lee. However, according to a post on the duo’s Twitter page this afternoon, this evening’s show will look (and likely sound) different than usual: Due to unforeseen (and undisclosed) circumstances, Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee will handle drum duties at the Grand Rapids performance tonight in Deitch’s place.