Life with deer in the winter time; always on the alert for danger! (Jim Knox)Keeping a bond between siblings! (Jim Knox)Trying to get the best to eat! (Jim Knox)Deer are always on the move! (Jim Knox)Mourning Dove while visiting my parents in East Wilton. (Gary Bickford)I found this image in a pile of snow at the edge of the parking area at the Fitness Center in Farmington. When the light is right and the snow is right, there is usually a picture somewhere. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin/New Sharon)Feathery branches of new fallen snow. (Jane Knox)Gentle quiet. (Joe Hall/Farmington)Relax and enjoy the fresh new snow. (Joe Hall/Farmington)Hey, can you keep a secret (Joe Hall/Farmington)Snowy road on Orr’s Island. (Jane Knox)New fallen snow. (Jane Knox)A slumbering village on New Meadows River. (Jane Knox)
Planning Board Chairman, Clayton King presented Mrs. Tracy with a plaque in recognition and appreciation of her 22 years of dedicated membership on the Planning Board.FARMINGTON – Longtime Planning Board member Donna Tracy retired recently after serving on the board for 22 years.Tracy started out working in the Town Office before running for a seat on the Planning Board. She said she’s always been interested in town politics and was specifically interested in keeping up to date with what was going on. In recent years, Tracy said the growth of the marijuana and the solar industries brought big changes to board’s usual list of tasks.“The times are changing and you just gotta change to go with the times,” Tracy said. “It’s been an excellent group to work with right straight through.”Tracy will turn 85 years old next month, and expects that her days living on her farm won’t change much. Though the decision to leave the board was a difficult one, Tracy said she wanted to open the seat up for someone younger to get involved.“I kinda miss going down for meetings. I’ve always loved my town, and I’ve always wanted to see it go in the right direction,” Tracy said.
While Widespread Panic was wrapping up their winter tour with a killer performance at the Civic Center in Savannah, GA (Watch highlights here), it seems local police were working on a performance of their own. The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, ran an undercover operation at the concert, ultimately arresting eight fans on felony drug charges.The agents actually attended the concert, where they were able to purchase controlled substances like LSD and heroin, as well as a cannister of nitrous oxide. The report in Savannah Now indicates that US currency and a vehicle were also seized in the operation. The report also features this damning parking lot photo:Naturally, the connection between drugs, law enforcement, and Widespread Panic conjures the memory of Troy Goode, who lost his life after being restrained by authorities outside of a WSP show last summer. More on that story can be read here. When law enforcement and live music cross paths, the result is never pretty. That’s why organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance exist, to get people help without damning them for their actions.If you’re heading to a concert, be safe!
moe. came to New York, NY this past weekend, playing three nights at the Big Apple with shows at Stage 48 and the PlayStation Theater. Among hte many highlights from the three days of music were two major bust-out classic rock covers, including a version of Neil Young’s “Down By The River” for the first time since 2002, as well as Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva” for the first time since 2003.The covers are certainly exemplary of the band’s overall devotion to their fanbase, eager to pull out all the stops for the New York audience so close to their roots. Since celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015, moe. has been playing some of their best music, including a Star Wars-themed Halloween for the ages.Thanks to Mike Maciunski, we have full video of the encore “Bodhisattva,” following the traditional announcements section from guitarist Al Schnier. Watch “Al.nnouncements-Bodhisattva,” below:You can also check out fan-shot footage of “Down By The River” by following this link. If you can’t get enough of this 3/18 show from the PlayStation, there’s full audio as well, courtesy of taper Brian V. Enjoy:
The recently-formed supergroup The New Stew, featuring all-star members from Living Colour, The Lee Boys, The Aquarium Rescue Unit and more, has been captivating audiences with their soul drenching, funk heavy tribute to the great music of Bill Withers by performing the 1972 album Live At Carnegie Hall in its entirety! The band made its way to the Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, May 9th, and have two more shows coming up in Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA.Watch All-Star Musicians Join Forces For ‘Lean On Me’ At Bill Withers Tribute ShowThe New Stew includes Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic) on vocals, Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) on Lap Steel/ Pedal Steel, Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood) on percussion, Dave Yoke (Susan Tedeschi Band, Dr. John, Scrapomatic) on guitar, Jared Stone (Stone’s Stew) on drums, and Matt Slocum (Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Lee Boys) on piano. Enjoy full audio from the rockin’ Brooklyn show, thanks to taper Eric McRoberts:Here’s a fan-shot video of “Better Off Dead”:The New Stew Tour Dates5/11 Wed- The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC5/12 Thu – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Seminal Rock band Guns N’ Roses are officially back on tour. After the shocking January announcement that Appetite for Destruction-era members Slash and Duff McKagan would rejoin the band for a few shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and two headlining shows at Coachella, fans have been chomping at the bit to see the band hit the road on a proper tour. Well, fans got what they asked for last night, as Guns N’ Roses played an incredible show at Detroit’s Ford Field last night to kick off their 25-date “Not In This Lifetime” stadium tour, as originally reported by Rolling Stone.Famous in more recent years for their absurdly late start times, Guns N’ Roses actually took the stage two minutes early at 9:43pm, possibly a tongue-in-cheek reference to their past transgressions, and definitely as a sign that they were ready to blow the roof off the place. The band opened with “It’s So Easy”, before setting the audience afire with their Appetite for Destruction hit “Mr. Brownstone.” GNR ran through most of their most famous tunes, as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Rocket Queen,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “November Rain,” and “Nighttrain” were all played throughout the evening, leaving the crowd in awe as they got to experience this long-broken-up band playing one hit after another. Singer Axl Rose impressed throughout with his ridiculous vocal range, and Slash melted faces with his incredible guitar playing, including a show-stopping cover of “Love”, the theme from The Godfather that served as a de-facto intro to “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.Guns N’ Roses have always included a series of covers in their sets, and they are a band that always knows how to make the tracks their own. Last night’s show showcased some of their best covers, as the band busted out “Live and Let Die” by Wings, “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan, and “The Seeker” by The Who.Watch Guns N’ Roses tear apart their classic “Welcome to The Jungle” below, courtesy of YouTube user VideoGremmie:Watch video of Slash rip up “Love (Theme from The Godfather)” before leading the band into “Sweet Child O’ Mine” below, courtesy of YouTube user Andy Schupbach:Watch GNR play their epic ballad “November Rain” below, courtesy once again of VideoGremmie:Watch the finale of “Paradise City” below, courtesy of YouTube user Uncle Sam – Alive In Detroit:Check out the full setlist below, and welcome back to the road Guns N’ Roses!Setlist: Guns N’ Roses at Ford Field, Detroit, MI – 6/23/2016Set: It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Chinese Democracy, Welcome to the Jungle, Double Talkin’ Jive, Estranged, Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings cover), Rocket Queen, You Could Be Mine, Raw Power, This I Love, Civil War, Coma, Speak Softly, Love (Theme from The Godfather/Andy Williams), Sweet Child O’ Mine, Better, Out Ta Get Me, Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover), November Rain, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover), NightrainEncore: Don’t Cry, The Seeker (The Who cover), Paradise City
While no one could have ever been prepared to say goodbye, the Allman Brothers Band officially closed their doors in October of 2014. It was difficult for everyone, including the members of the band, to call it the “end.” While virtually every member of the band is still touring in some capacity, the seven members have yet to share the same stage since.At the 2015 Peach Music Festival, Butch Trucks & Friends were billed to play. He put together several members of the Allmans and some other all-star musicians who had relationships with the band for one mind-blowing set, that had everyone walking away in pure disbelief. The energy on that stage was unlike anything the ABB had experienced in years, and according to Butch, it felt much like the earlier days of the NOLA Warehouse back when Duane Allman was alive.Now officially called Les Brers, original drummers Butch and Jaimoe are fully committed to bringing their energetically-charged band on the road, after their successful return to the Peach and headlining slot at Wanee Music Festival. The band is complete with ABB’s latest rhythm section, including bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. Before them, stand guitar master Jack Pearson, who played with the Allmans from 1997-99, his guitar mate Pat Bergeson, along with longtime collaborator Bruce Katz on keys, and Lamar Williams, Jr., son of bassist Lamar Williams who played with ABB from 1972-76, belting the vocals. The show is a complete force that you wouldn’t believe unless you saw it for yourself.With the first leg of their tour almost over, it’s worth looking back on some spectacular moments shared by these eight members. Between the Allman Brothers originals and some traditionally-covered classics, the ABB blood runs thick. Thanks to these dedicated fans, we can relive some of the glory:Mountain Jam @ House of Blues Boston 9/9/16, via YouTube user suseaBlue Sky @ House of Blues Boston 9/9/16, via YouTube user suseaPlease Call Home @ House of Blues Boston 9/9/16, via YouTube user suseaHold What You Got @ House of Blues Boston 9/9/16, via YouTube user suseaDimples @ House of Blues Boston 9/9/16, via YouTube user suseaJust An Expression @ House of Blues Boston 9/9/16, via YouTube user suseaI Can Fix It @ House of Blues Boston 9/9/16, via YouTube user suseaWhipping Post @ Hampton Beach Casino 9/8/16 via YouTube User Paul DesnoyersAin’t Wastin’ Time No More @ Hampton Beach Casino 9/8/16 via YouTube User Paul DesnoyersJessica @ The Ridgefield Playhouse 9/7/16 via YouTube user DiablagatoTonight, Les Brers will bring their September run to a close at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Vermont. They’ll return to the road in October for five dates. You can also catch bassist Oteil Burbridge performing at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive festival, as part of All Brothers Band and the Earth Wind & Power tribute set. More information can be found here.Les Brers 2016 Tour:10 SEP PARAMOUNT THEATRE, RUTLAND, VT12 OCT BROOKLYN BOWL, BROOKLYN, NY13 OCT WELLMONT THEATRE, MONTCLAIR, NJ14 OCT FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA15 OCT CHAMELEON CLUB, LANCASTER, PA16 OCT NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY, WESTBURY, NY[photos via @maudcabot]
Buffalo based quartet Aqueous continue to impress fans with every move, playing some of the best live performances that captures the group’s unique penchant for songwriting. The band will continue to capitalize on that effect, as they just kicked off an extensive fall tour and will release a brand new album, Best In Show, next Friday October 14th.On Best In Show, the quartet expertly displays their unique ability for meticulously crafted arrangements with soulful lyrics and a dynamic musical range, while maintaining their signature dual rock guitar onslaught, anthemic choruses, melodic synth lines, and a tight rhythm section that always gets the party going. Guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist David Loss speaks to the excitement captured on Best In Show, saying, “Although Aqueous is primarily a live touring band, I feel that we all work very well in the studio environment; you can be creative in different ways and I like that the possibilities are endless. Personally, recording ‘Best In Show’ was a unique experience because I got to really explore my role on keyboards more than I ever had previously, and it was cool to challenge myself like that, and also to utilize some classic instruments to capture the sounds I was hearing just right. Ultimately, if someone had never heard Aqueous, I’d definitely give them ‘Best In Show’ because it showcases so much of what we have to offer as a band.”Each track on the four-song EP showcases a diverse and powerful side to the band’s ever-evolving sound. “I really like the song selections on this EP, they encompass the many facets of the band’s sound,” said bassist Evan McPhaden, “We touched on soul, pop, prog, dance and rock which makes for a really fun and enjoyable listen.”With Aqueous out on the road and Best In Show coming out shortly, the band has offered up a very first taste of the new release. We’re excited to offer up a stream of “Random Company,” which you can hear below.Now that rocks! Drummer Rob Houk shares his take on Best In Show, saying “As the new guy in Aqueous, I was enthralled with how much focus, dedication and care that goes into AQ’s studio process, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited with this album and to make music with such a great crew.”Guitarist Mike Gantzer says, “I’m really proud of the work we did on this project, it feels like a definitive step forward in our band’s sound, and the vibe is really great on the whole album, which I attribute to the fact that the vibe was really great while we were making it! Everyone in the band crushed their parts and stepped their game up, and I think the sound is really cohesive throughout. We had a blast and put our all into making Best In Show, and I’m psyched for people to get down with it.”Fortunately, fans can get down with Aqueous throughout the fall, as the band is touring extensively in support of Best In Show. The band will celebrate the album’s release with a two night run at their hometown Buffalo Iron Works venue, with support from BIG Something and Natalie Cressman on October 13-14 respectively. All tour and album details can be found on the band’s website, and a teaser for the album as well as the full tour schedule can be viewed below.
The Big Blues Bender will return to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, from September 7-10. This year’s lineup includes Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, and Anders Osborne along with Shemekia Copeland, David Bromberg, Doyle Bramhall II, Curtis Salgado, Eric Gales, Mike Zito, and so many more.Artists at large for the 2017 installment include Jason Ricci, Nick Schnebelen, Billy Price, Sari Schorr, Anne Harris, Michael Ledbetter and Monster Mike Welch. Check out the full lineup announcement video below:For more information about tickets and travel information, head to the festival’s website.Full lineup: