Lockn’ in Arrington, Virginia, has been slowly revealing its line up over the past week, with yesterday bringing the news that Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will perform the entirety of Terrapin Station with the Terrapin Family Band during a special performance at the festival. On Monday, Antibalas, Blackberry Smoke, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hiss Golden Messenger, Moonalice, The Record Company, and Sinkane were added to the bill. Tuesday’s announcement added John Fogerty, and Wednesday added The Disco Biscuits to the list. Today, Lockn’ revealed its daily schedule, bringing to light even more special surprises for attendees of the festival.The daily lineup reveals that Jim James will be performing a solo set on Friday. phil.moe. will also be making their debut on Sunday, which will be a variation of Phil Lesh & Friends with moe. You can check out the full daily schedule below, and get your tickets to and more information about Lockn’ here.
D.J. Williams is performing a surprise homecoming show next Wednesday, June 14th, following his arrival home to the United States, with his solo group D. J. Williams’ Shots Fired — an all-star collective of funk musicians from across the scene. The celebration, dubbed “D.J.’s Deportation Celebration – a Welcome Home Party,” follows Williams’ detainment in the Middle East, which saw the guitarist of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe held over an issue at customs, and his subsequent release back to the United States.Slated for Interscope Records’ showcase room, The Peppermint Club, in West Hollywood, the night is sure to be a jubilant welcoming party for those who missed the musician while he was away. For D.J.’s Deportation Celebration, Williams will be joined by Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), Max MacVeety (Lyrics Born), Pete Griffin (Dr. John), David Veith (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) and Kenneth Crouch (Eric Clapton/Lenny Kravitz). In a statement, Williams said, “It’s been a hell of a ride to get here, but I’m back and ready to rage with my Shots Fired crew once again!” Tickets for this intimate, limited-space show at The Peppermint are on-sale now, with advanced ticket purchases encouraged. You can get tickets here.
Singer-songwriter and Dark Star Orchestra’s tour manager, Matt Reynolds passed away unexpectedly over the weekend, leaving those who knew Reynolds and the extended Dark Star Orchestra family reeling. Reynolds served as Dark Star’s tour manager for twelve years, serving as the man behind-the-scenes for their countless nationwide tours since August of 2006. Reynolds himself was a musician, melding Americana, country-rock, and the blues for his soulful numbers, and was tapped for this year’s Dark Star Jubilee at the end of May. In April of 2015, Reynolds released his debut solo album titled Been Long Gone, which was co-produced by Dark Star’s guitarist and studio engineer Rob Eaton and Ted Pecchio respectively.In a statement issued by the band, Dark Star Orchestra sent their condolences to Matt’s mother, brother, and sister and penned a touching tribute to their tour manager, crediting him as being the “behind-the-scenes beacon guiding us through success, tumult, and all points in between, usually with great humor, and always with gentle nature.” You can read Dark Star’s full statement on the loss of Matt Reynold’s here, and check out Reynolds’ music via his Soundcloud here. Fare the well, Matt. You will be missed.
Load remaining images Night twelve. It feels like just yesterday that this thirteen night run was on the horizon, as fans eagerly speculated about what Phish would do for this historic residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden. As the Baker’s Dozen progressed, each show became its own special donut, flavored with one-off covers, big jams, and, incredibly, no repeated songs. Each and every show has been relished among the adoring crowd, hailed as some of the band’s finest of their 34 year career.Now, we’ve arrived at the penultimate performance, and lots of heavy hitting song choices loomed over the final two proceedings. Not only that, but Saturday night’s performance was “Boston Cream” night; a show that fans have been eagerly awaiting since Page McConnell mentioned it in a 2007 Relix interview. Surely the cover of Boston’s “Foreplay/Long Time” would make its return. The band would obviously cover Cream. Lock it in.While most shows have started with a theme-appropriate cover selection, Phish wasted no time diving into their repertoire with a rousing rendition of Bob Marley‘s “Soul Shakedown Party.” The smooth reggae tones got the crowd loose and the band looser. The celebratory opening number gave way to a cover of the bluegrass classic, Bill Monroe’s “Uncle Pen,” with Trey Anastasio ripping through the song’s complex leads. The band went to Gamehendge for the next number, bringing out a rocking version of “The Sloth” to keep the party grooving.“Gotta Jibboo” saw Phish really get into their first jam of the night, as the whole band settled in for this first set fourteen minute groove fest. Once Page worked his magic on the grand piano, the jam shifted into high gear, and Trey raised the jam into a triumphant peak. After a brief discussion on stage, Mike Gordon took vocals on the band’s bizarre rocker, “Fuck Your Face.” The once long-forgotten number has had a revitalization in the 3.0 era, coming out of the woodworks to whip the crowd into a frenzy.With the energy at full throttle, the band started out innocently enough with a cover of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love.” Things quickly took a turn, however, as the end of the first chorus transitioned into Boston’s “More Than A Feeling.” It’s a Boston Cream medley! After running through some of the classic Boston tune, the band momentarily dove into what sounded like Cream’s “Tales Of Brave Ulysses,” before dropping into a jam on “Sunshine Of Your Love” once more. That quickly broke into “Long Time,” the second half of the famed “Foreplay/Long Time” that had been predicted – and that hadn’t been played since 1999. The chorus here was particularly interesting, as different band members sang choruses of “Long Time,” “Sunshine Of Your Love” and another Cream classic, “White Room.” The band finished up the medley with a return to the main riff of “Sunshine,” putting a cap on their “Sunshine Of Your Feeling” mash-up.After they finished, Trey joked that “Kansas Metallica” was going to be the final donut flavor. They promptly explained that the joke was “20 years in the making,” and that they basically planned the whole run for this “Boston Cream” extravaganza. It was truly a fun moment in the band’s residency, adding an extra layer to the one-off covers that have been a cornerstone of the Baker’s Dozen. Side bar: Umphrey’s McGee fans must have felt right at home for this.The set continued with its first cool-down moment, bringing back the Trey song “Frost” for only the second time ever, and the first since 7/17/13 (168 shows). My personal theory is that the song was a reference to the donuts themselves: the Boston Cream was actually the frost-ing instead of the filling. Likely a practical donut-making decision (read the NPR donut scoop for more), the mellow “Frost” was a fun reprieve for more high-energy songs to come.“Scent Of A Mule” immediately followed, with some excellent solos from Page (including a “Sunshine Of Your Love” tease) and Gordo before the song’s exciting finale. The third Jimi Hendrix cover came next, as the band rocked MSG with some pure “Fire.” Trey was wailing in true Jimi style, keeping the excitement high. “Alaska” followed, as Jon Fishman kept the pace for a bluesy funk jam that had everyone dancing. “Plasma” closed out the set, with Trey taking the lead throughout an energetic jam that peaked in fine fashion. The guitarist’s final notes again teased “Sunshine Of Your Love,” adding one last dose of Cream to the performance.With the “no repeat” rule in effect for the Baker’s Dozen, there were a handful of unplayed songs that came highly anticipated for the last two nights. Set two opened with one of these classics, as the blues-heavy riff of “Ghost” rang out through The Garden. Here we go. The whopping 21-minute take saw the band immediately lock into some thick funk, patiently building the energy through a pentatonic fueled groove. As the jam continued to gain momentum, the band subtly switched into a major key, allowing for some prime melodic improvisation from Trey and Page. Trey led the jam through countless emotional peak moments, continually upping the ante for a truly climactic conclusion. This was easily the jam of the night, as one might expect from a “Ghost” on the Twelfth Night.The jam ended in some deep dark tones, before breaking into the first “Petrichor” since the song’s dramatic interpretation on New Year’s 2016. Though this version didn’t have choreography, horns, or falling silicone raindrops, the band adeptly wove their way through the ornate composition. Trey gave the song a little extra mustard near its conclusion, bringing things up before dropping into another 3.0 favorite, “Light.” This version went down and dirty with Page leading the charge on the organ.As the “Light” jam ended, Trey strummed the opening chord of another Gamehendge classic, “The Lizards.” Another song highly anticipated for the last two nights, the band drew vigorous applause as they worked their way through the beautiful composition. They extended out the song a bit longer than usual, as is the new normal of the Baker’s Dozen, delighting fans with an all-time favorite tune.After treating fans to four songs in the first hour of set two, the band wrapped things up with a handful of shorter selections, including “The Horse/Silent In The Morning,” Bob Dylan’s “Quinn The Eskimo,” and “Rocky Top.” It’s tempting to pine for fewer total songs in the second frame, but each of these songs are quintessential in the Phish catalog, and did a great job keeping the energy high at MSG.The band returned for one more song, playing the ballad “Joy” as their encore. The message was loud and clear: “We want you to be happy.” Though this was one of the slowest encores of the run, the significance of the moment certainly left fans with smiles on their faces. If “Boston Cream” was the center of their Baker’s Dozen inspiration, then encouraging their fans’ happiness was an all-too-fitting finale for this penultimate donut theme.Of course, the message of “We want you to be happy” has been at the forefront of this run. Phish’s dedication to the craft of live music is second to none, and the Baker’s Dozen is the ultimate example. As a native New Yorker, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to see more Phish in the last two weeks than I ever could have imagined. They’ve approached this run with such passion, challenging themselves to surpass our wildest expectations, every single night. It has been, in a word, incredible.Thank you L4LM team, for giving me this (last minute) opportunity to, once again, share my love of Phish with your readers. Thank you Chris Kuroda, for consistently blowing my mind. Thank you to every single person I’ve met at MSG, for sharing in the groove. And of course, thank you Phish, for these legendary performances. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the Baker’s Dozen finale.Hot Takes: Repeat Watch: At this point, I have “More Than A Feeling” that night 13 won’t have any repeats. We’ve come this far, right?Today’s Donut: “Boston Cream” [“Sunshine Of Your Feeling,” the mash-up of Boston and Cream that we never knew we needed, with bits of “More Than A Feeling” (Boston), “Long Time” (Boston), “Sunshine Of Your Love” (Cream), and “White Room” (Cream). Am I the only one who heard “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” in there too? This page from the Zonkey playbook could not have been more fun.]We Tired Yet?: We’ve been to 12 Phish shows in the last 16 days. What do you think?SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 12 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/5/17SET 1: Soul Shakedown Party, Uncle Pen, The Sloth, Gotta Jibboo, Fuck Your Face, Sunshine of Your Love -> More Than a Feeling > Sunshine of Your Love > Foreplay/Long Time, Frost, Scent of a Mule, Fire, Alaska, PlasmaSET 2: Ghost, Petrichor, Light > The Lizards, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Quinn the Eskimo > Rocky TopENCORE: Joy Phish debut. Phish debut; incomplete. Incomplete.Tonight’s Donut: Glazed, pink glaze with rainbow sprinkles.[Photos by Andrew Blackstein]Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 12 | 8/5/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein
Since mid-July, Jimmy Herring has been on a tear with his latest project, Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip. The band is composed of Herring’s former Aquarium Rescue Unit bandmate, drummer Jeff Sipe, in addition to Jason Crosby on Wurlitzer and Rhodes, Kevin Scott on bass, and Matt Slocum on B3 Organ and clavinet. Making use of his newfound availability during Widespread Panic’s current touring lull this year, the exceptional guitarist’s new ensemble has a heavy touring schedule spanning through to December, with the act join forces with John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension for a late fall tour dubbed Meeting of the Spirits in November.EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Herring Talks New Band, This Year’s Losses, And The Unknown Future Of PanicAs Herring has previously noted in an interview with Live For Live Music, The Invisible Whip is focused on pulling from Herring’s work on previous records as well as new material and covers of well-loved artists by the band. Eschewing traditional genre classifications, he noted, “This thing is leaning towards — well, I don’t want to call it jazz. It’s definitely going to have elements of jazz, more so than the other bands that I typically will play in, just because there’s no vocals. And all of us as musicians love jazz, so there’s going to be some leanings towards that. It’ll still be rock though. It’s instrumental, so I guess that’s what its going to be. Instrumental, blues, rock, jazz, funk, American roots music with improvisation leaning toward the unknown.”Recently, the band released a new video via its Facebook of a live cover of Miles Davis’s “Black Satin” off his 1972 record, On The Corner. In the video, The Invisible Whip is joined by Ranjit Barot from John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension on drums, previewing what may be in store for audiences when the two acts meet up later in the fall for their joint tour. You can check out the video shot by Dillon Fries below. [Photo: Christian Stewart]
Earlier this month, Lake Street Dive released their new album, Free Yourself Up, via Nonesuch Records. Today, as part of the band’s continuing media push behind to new album, Lake Street Dive has released a new live video performance of new album track “Hang On”. The video was filmed by Alex Chaloff at Goosehead Palace Studios in Nashville, where the band recorded the album. You can listen to Lake Street Dive’s new live video of “Hang On” below:Lake Street Dive – “Hang On” [Live Video][Video: Lake Street Dive]Free Yourself Up marks Lake Street Dive’s second release on Nonesuch Records. The band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson, and recently-added keyboardist Akie Bermiss—produced the album themselves at Nashville’s Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler. Notes a press release, “To Lake Street Dive, the title, Free Yourself Up, is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of the band’s purpose. In many ways, it is their most intimate and collaborative record, with the band working as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs.”Lake Street Dive is currently on tour behind their new album, including upcoming shows with support from artists like Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Mikaela Davis, and Robert Finley. Up next for Lake Street Dive is a pair of performances in Utah and Nevada this coming weekend. The band will continue to tour heavily through most of the summer and again in the fall, giving fans all around North America plenty of chances to catch them in concert. Ticketing information for the upcoming shows can be found via the band’s website and you can order Free Yourself Up here. See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates.Lake Street Dive Tour Dates:June 1 – Ogden, UT Ogden Music FestivalJune 2 – Stateline, NV Montbleu Resort CasinoJune 19 – Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater – FREE SHOWJune 20 – Cleveland, OH House of BluesJune 21 – Charleston, WV Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West VirginiaJune 23 – Ottawa, ONT Ottawa Jazz FestivalJune 25 – Toronto, ONT Toronto Jazz Festival SOLD OUTJune 26 – Royal Oak, MI The Royal Oak Theatre ~June 28 – Rochester, NY International Jazz FestivalJune 29 – Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre ~June 30 – Tanglewood, Lenox, MA Live from Here w/ Chris ThileJuly 2 – Richmond, VA The National ~July 3 – Black Mountain, NC Pisgah Brewing (Outdoor Stage) ~July 5 – Baltimore, MD WTMD First Thursday (Free Show) >July 7 – Portland, ME Thompson’s PointJuly 8 – Marshfield, MA Levitate FestivalJuly 10 – Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall ~July 12 – Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art ~July 13 – Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse ~July 14 – Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse ~ SOLD OUTJuly 16 – New Orleans, LA House of Blues ~July 17 – Houston, TX House of Blues +July 19 – Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge +July 20 – Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory +July 21 – Austin, TX Austin City Limits, The Moody Theatre +August 30 – Grand Rapids, MI Frederik Meijer Gardens SOLD OUTAugust 31 – Lexington, KY Manchester Music HallSeptember 1 – Peoria, IL The Monarch Music HallSeptember 3 – Iowa City, IA Englert Theatre SOLD OUTSeptember 4 – Omaha, NE SlowdownSeptember 6 – Morrison, CO Red Rocks AmphitheatreSeptember 7 – Aspen, CO Belly Up AspenSeptember 10 – Bozeman, MT Bridger Brewing #September 12 – Missoula, MT The Wilma #September 13 – Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery #September 14 – Portland, OR Revolution Hall # SOLD OUTSeptember 16 – Templeton, CA Whale Rock Music and Arts FestivalSeptember 18 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 19 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 20 – Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern #September 22 – Glen Ellen, CA Sonoma Harvest Festival > SOLD OUTSeptember 27 – Oklahoma City, OK The Jones AssemblySeptember 28 – Columbia, MO Roots N Blues BBQ Festival >September 29 – Memphis, TN Levitt Shell >October 11 – London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireOctober 25 – Louisville, KY Brown TheatreOctober 26 – Milwaukee, WI Pabst TheaterOctober 27 – Chicago, IL The Riveria Theatre >October 29 – Indianapolis, IN The VogueOctober 30 – Madison, WI The SylveeNovember 1 – Nashville, TN Ryman AuditoriumNovember 2 – Columbus, OH Newport Music HallNovember 3 – Ithaca, NY The State TheatreNovember 5 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre >November 6 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre > #November 9 – Washington, DC The AnthemNovember 10 – Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre~ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear supports+The Rad Trads support# Robert Finley supports> Non-bundle dateView All Tour Dates
In early May, the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival was announced, which will take place at Austin, Texas’ Carson Creek Ranch from September 7th to 9th. In the initial lineup phase, the festival announced that it would host three nights of The String Cheese Incident, plus performances from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, The Motet, BoomBox, TAUK, and Marco Benevento.Today, the three-day jam music and camping festival has added 21 artists to its lineup, including numerous fan-favorite acts. Added to the Waterloo’s debut edition are Oteil & Friends (featuring Oteil Burbridge, Jay Lane, John Kadlecek, and Jeff Chimenti), Leftover Salmon, Easy Star All-Stars performing Dub Side of the Moon, Perpetual Groove, Orgone, Pimps of Joytime, Everyone Orchestra, BIG Something, Magic Beans, Tea Leaf Green, Austin Groove Project, Kalu and the Electric Joint, and more.Tickets for the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival—scheduled for September 7th through 9th at Austin, Texas’ Carson Creek Ranch—can be purchased on the festival’s website here. WATERLOO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 — MUSIC LINEUP:The String Cheese Incident (Playing all three nights)Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (JRAD)Oteil & Friends (Ft. Oteil Burbridge, Jay Lane, John Kadlecek, and Jeff Chimenti)Railroad EarthLeftover SalmonEasy Star All-Stars (Performing Dub Side of the Moon)The MotetBoomBoxPerpetual GrooveTAUKAustin Groove Project (Ft. Tameca Jones, Jackie Venson, Alesia Lani, The Peterson Brothers, D Madness and John D)Big SomethingEveryone OrchestraKalu and The Electric JointLos CoastMarco BeneventoOrgonePimps of JoytimeTea Leaf GreenMagic BeansMamafestaHard ProofBig Wy’s Brass BandMontuDeadeyeAmoramoraSour BridgesSarah Grace & The Soul*Note – Artists in bold are lineup additionsView Full Lineup
Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine has been back in the spotlight of late. In April, Prine released The Tree of Forgiveness, his first album of new material in 13 years. The ten-track LP was produced by Nashville vet Dave Cobb, who also served as the producer for recent records from Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and more. Today, John Prine becomes the latest artist to throw their hat in the ring for the ongoing Spotify Singles series, which typically sees musicians record one of their own songs as well as a cover of a song they love for a special release via the global streaming platform.For his Nashville Spotify Singles session, recorded at RCA Studio A, where he laid down The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine opted to record a beautiful acoustic take on classic Stevie Wonder ballad “I Just Called To Say I Love You” in addition to a rendition of “I Have Met My Love Today”, initially released as part of his 2018 album, The Tree of Forgiveness. You can listen to John Prine’s Spotify Singles tracks below via Spotify.John Prine – “I Have Met My Love Today”, “I Just Called To Say I Love You” [Stevie Wonder cover]<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>John Prine also recently announced his brand-new concert destination event, All The Best, set to take place in November 2019 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. In addition to four beachside sets by Prine, the event will feature performance by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kacey Musgraves, Iris Dement, I’m With Her, Lori McKenna, Amanda Shires, Paul Thorn, Tyler Childers, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Ruston Kelly, Gretchen Peters, and Keith Sykes, with more performers to be announced. For more information on John Prine’s new All The Best fest, head here.To listen to all of the previously released Spotify Singles sessions, head here.[H/T JamBase]
Colorado’s own Magic Beans have announced the lineup for their seventh-annual Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival at Bond, Colorado’s Rancho Del Rio, set to take place on June 27th–29th, 2019.Magic Beans will play three shows throughout the weekend’s festivities, along with headlining performances from fellow jam band favorites TAUK and Aqueous.Com Truise will perform a sunset set, along with Ghost-Note and Adam Deitch & The Midnight Marauders, featuring Lettuce bandmate Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, The Motet’s Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and trumpeter Gabriel Mervine.Beanstalk staples lespecial and Yak Attack will both perform late-night sets, after having both made huge moves in the last year. Last year, the Oregon-based live electronic trio treated fans to a late-night pop-up set on Saturday night following Magic Beans’ grand finale festival-closing set, so expect something extra-special from the Jedi musicians. Yak Attack drummer Nick Werth is the younger brother of Ghost-Note leader Nate Werth, presenting a nice opportunity for the brothers to potentially share some stage time.Cycles (x2), Exmag, The Sweet Lillies, Meadow Mountain, Part & Parcel, Formula 5, Dizgo, Goose, and Kessel Run round out the lineup, in addition to daytime DJ sets on the river by Galaxe, Tri-Tip, and Sundae Service.For more information on Beanstalk 2019, ticketing, and the upcoming full-lineup announcement, head to the festival’s website here.
In a new report published on by Billboard on Tuesday, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang issued new statements regarding the status of his highly-publicized Woodstock 50 festival, set to take place on August 16th, 17th, and 18th at Watkins Glen International.Since Lang’s confirmation of the 50th-anniversary festival in January, few details have emerged about the event. The lineup was initially scheduled to be released last month, and rumors have floated around in recent days about financial troubles facing the event. As the Billboard report notes, due to the fact the large-scale event is not being hosted by a major promoter, many of the artists approached to perform considered this a high-risk event and required full payment in advance. As of last Friday, representatives for several rumored artists reportedly told Billboard that they had not yet received payment.However, as Billboard noted in their report, inside sources have confirmed that Woodstock’s team has now wired “several million dollars” to various agencies for their artists’ fees. In addition, the report notes that Bonnaroo producers Superfly have been brought on to handle logistics for the event, and have confirmed that they’ve now been paid in full.“There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock,” Lang said in a statement to Billboard. “We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”As far as the specific artists set to play the festival, the Billboard report claims that “artists such as Dead & Company, Santana, The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Chance The Rapper will be performing at the festival.”However, it’s likely wise to take this list with a grain of salt. Despite citing anonymous sources from unnamed performers’ camps in parts of the report, the portion naming the artists above was not attributed to a specific source. That list mirrors widespread lineup rumors that have made the rounds in the weeks since the festival’s confirmation, and likely bears some level of accuracy.Regarding Dead & Company, John Mayer has an extensive solo tour set to run from the end of July through the beginning of September. However, there is a conspicuous gap in his schedule during the Woodstock weekend, so a Dead & Co appearance at the festival isn’t entirely out of the question.Carlos Santana has already confirmed a performance that same weekend as part of the competing Live Nation-produced Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration at Bethel Woods on August 17th. He also has a performance scheduled on August 18th at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. In addition, he had also previously confirmed a performance on Friday, August 16th at Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY—effectively blacking out any open dates during Woodstock 50—but that performance has since been canceled.This creates a potential opening for Santana to play Lang’s event at Watkins Glen on August 16th, although radius clauses from the other two performances in the area that weekend would likely try to block that potential play. According to a January interview with Rolling Stone, “He had been hoping to work with original Woodstock promoter, Michael Lang, on the official Woodstock 50 but decided instead to take part in Live Nation’s tribute.”Regardless of whether Billboard‘s reports regarding Woodstock 50 performers are true, we can likely expect an official announcement sooner rather than later. Following the eventual announcement of the lineup, the next big question to answer will be whether or not the bill can attract Lang’s projected 100,000 attendees to the event—a tough task for any event in today’s saturated festival market.We’ll just have to wait and see.