The Bowery Presents
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - TWO shows

WFUV Presents

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - TWO shows

with special guests Allen Toussaint, Blind Boys of Alabama, Del McCoury Band, Ed Helms, GIVERS, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs - Late night DJ set, My Morning Jacket - THREE shows, Steve Earle, Tao Seeger, Trey McIntyre Project, Trombone Shorty, yasiin bey (FKA Mos Def)

Sat, January 7, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Carnegie Hall

New York, NY

$95, $75, $65, $50, $30

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band - TWO shows
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - TWO shows
with special guests Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B.

Allen Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious 40 years plus career in music. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac "Dr. John" Rebannac, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Eric Gale and the countless others.

His songs/productions have been featured in numerous films, including but not limited to, Casino, Moulin Rouge, and Maid in Manhattan. He served as musical director for the off Broadway play, Staggerlee, which won the prestigious Outer Circle Critics Award.

Toussaint career began in his early twenties when hired by the local Minit Records to supervise its recording activities, awaiting their arrival of Harold Batiste. Toussaint quickly accumulated an amazing string of hits for the label, producing, writing, arranging and often performing on tracks by Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, Chris Kenner, and Benny Spellman, putting his signature New Orleans sound on the map, an obvious continuation of the Domino/Bartholomew era.

Toussaint got his shot as a solo artist with a record for RCA. Two of his earliest tunes, “Java,” which became a mega-hit for trumpeter Al Hirt and “Whipped Cream," the Herb Alpert hit, became instrumental standards. Toussaint then went onto team up with Lee Dorsey, who was often backed by the funky rhythm section known as The Meters, turning out a string of hits that included Working in the Coalmine; Holy Cow; Ride Your Pony; and many others. Working in the Coalmine was then recorded by The Judds; Yes We Can became a smash hit by The Pointer Sisters; Sneaking Sally thru the Alley was recorded by both Robert Palmer and Ringo Starr. Toussaint continued to put his mark on the music business with his arrangements on LaBelle's hit, Lady Marmalade, continuing on with Patti through the early stages of her solo career. After establishing himself as one of the greatest songwriters, accredited to him by BMI Music, Toussaint was honored with a Grammy nominee for 1977's song of the year, Southern Night, performed by Glen Campbell. Years later Southern Night was featured on the MCA's Grammy nominated compilation CD, Country, Rhythm, and Blues, where Toussaint teamed up with Country legend Chet Atkins, to perform his hit.

His career has spanned over 40 years, all adding up to include being inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." After years of writing, producing, recording, arranging, performing and conducting, Toussaint's music is continuing on. Several of his songs are commercial themes, Yes We Can (Slim Fast) and Working in the Coalmine (WalMart). His productions are continuously sampled, introducing it to an entire new arena of listeners (Louie--ODB and Lady Marmalade (Christinia Augillara, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot). Songs Java and Southern Night have both been credited and cited for over 2 million airings. The most recent of Toussaint’s long list of honors and accolades is the Grammy nominated pop/vocal album of the year, The River in Reverse; Toussaint’s collaboration with Elvis Costello. As Mr. Toussaint Hurrican Katrina was the best booking agent and with that he has started to tour and perform before a whole new audience. The truly amazing part is there's more to come...
Blind Boys of Alabama
Blind Boys of Alabama
Formed some six and a half decades ago, The Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of the music industry. They predate Elvis, Little Richard and Al Green yet they are still at the top of the gospel charts and have earned impressive honors by winning consecutive Grammy Awards for the past fours years. Recently, they've recorded moving renditions of songs by everyone from Tom Waits to Prince side-by-side with their traditional material, and appeared as guests on record and on stage with an equally diverse array of artists, from Peter Gabriel to Ben Harper.
Del McCoury Band
Del McCoury Band
It's funny how a record comes together," says Del McCoury—and with fifty years of music-making already under his belt, he's a man who knows what he's talking about. "You get one song from here, another from there, and then you get one from out of left field, and you don't even know where it came from. This record, it was really fun to do, and I think the reason is because the songs were so different."

Del's not kidding about that "different" part, and it's a big reason why Family Circle, the latest on his own McCoury Music label, is so special—it's not only an enjoyable, exciting set of music, but an unmistakable sign that, at the age of 70, he's more ready than ever for a musical challenge. Others in his shoes might have stuck with the award-winning tried and true so brilliantly embodied in the epic Celebrating 50 Years Of Del McCoury, the McCoury Music boxed set issues earlier this year, but not this bluegrass legend. He may own Grammy awards and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies by the case full, he may play to enthusiastic audiences from Conan and Letterman to Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Merlefest, and guest with artists like the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band and country superstar Dierks Bentley, but Del's not resting on his laurels; it's just not the McCoury way.

That way has led Del through an unparalleled career in bluegrass. A product of the rowdy Baltimore bluegrass club scene in the late 50s, he jumped onto the national stage when he joined the music's original band, Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys in 1962, and though his memorable stint with the Country Music Hall of Famer was followed by several decades' worth of part-time band leadership as he worked logging industry day jobs and raised a family, his stature grew steadily within the tightly knit bluegrass community. When he moved to Nashville in the early 1990s—his now-grown sons in tow and in his band—to devote himself to a full-time career, he was rewarded with a flood of acclaim from that community, including an unsurpassed string of IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards. At the same time, his blend of musical integrity and open-mindedness, fierce intensity and easygoing charm and willingness to look for new opportunities to present his crackerjack Del McCoury Band to the world at large began to bring him new audiences, aided by public admiration from popular fellow artists like Elvis Costello and Phish.

By the time Celebrating 50 Years Of Del McCoury came out, then, Del McCoury, along with sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), long-time fiddler Jason Carter and bass player Alan Bartram had hit a groove that was both immensely successful and artistically rewarding—and yet it was at precisely that point, as Del began to think about his next album, that his sense of adventure began to take the upper hand. "I didn't really have anything in mind," he recalls with a trademark chuckle. "I just started looking through things I had that people sent me—people send me stuff all the time, I've got a box full of it. So got the box out and started listening, and I was surprised at some of the stuff that I found."

Among the songs that weren't surprising were entries from favorites like Shawn Camp, whose "My Love Will Not Change" has become a favored closer or encore on shows, and Billy and Terry Smith—Del's been recording songs of Billy's since the early 90s—but even there, it turned out there was room for a twist. "I didn't write any of the songs this time," he notes, "but it's a funny thing: I really liked that song of Billy and Terry's, but I got to thinking that it was a little short, so I wrote another verse for it and asked Billy if it was ok, and he said, sure—and then I wound up doing the same thing with a song that Jim Lauderdale had sent me. They had a different ending on the song, and it was kind of short, and I thought it would be better if I just came up with another verse for it. And then I saw Jim at a show, and I said, you know, Jim, I wrote another verse to that song and recorded it, I hope you don't mind. And he listened to it and said, yeah—it matches!"

Others given the familiar McCoury touch include West Virginian Alan Johnston's "Sweet Appalachia," the Alaskan story, "White Pass Railroad," a simmering "Revenuer's Blues," written by son Rob with long-time family friend—and country hit songwriter—Ronnie Bowman, and a nifty remake of a 40s movie song, "I Remember You," that Del got from country singer Slim Whitman, who grazed the charts twice with it. "Of course, I remember hearing Slim do it years ago," he says, "but then I think I heard it again on the radio. And sometimes, if I hear a song, I'll write the title down on a little piece of paper and stick it on the wall in the stairway at the house, and I had that one stuck on there. So I told my grandson, Jacob, see if you can get this song on the computer—and he downloaded it, and that's how I learned it."

For most of the rest, though, it's another story. "I kind of had to work on some of those, because they were so different from what I'm used to doing," Del admits with a laugh. "Like 'Does My Ring Burn Your Finger.' Someone told me it was a hit for Lee Ann Womack, but I heard it done by [soul legend] Solomon Burke on some kind of compilation of things by different artists—we had a cut on there, too—and I really liked it, but it took me a while to get, because the melody is so different. And then there's that song of Joe New's—I had met him back when he lived in Nashville, before he moved back to California, we did one of his songs a couple of records ago, and there's two of his this time, and one of them is called 'Barbaric Splendor.' I wasn't too sure about it at first, but the more I listened to it, the more I really liked it—there's a lot of mystique in that song, and that's the reason I recorded it—but that took some work, too."

Then there was "Hello Lonely—a "mystery song" that Del decided to record nearly at the last minute. "At the very end, I got to thinking, there aren't too many harmony songs on this album, I'd better see if there's something that needs some harmony vocals. And there was a CD sitting on my kitchen counter that didn't have a thing written on it—I didn't know whose it was at all. But I played it, and there was a real slow song on there that I thought, that'd be good for harmony at a fast tempo. And when I got to the studio, I got it out, and I was singing it, and Ronnie was starting to learn it, and then Jason walked in and said oh, that's my buddy there—I went to high school with the guy who wrote that. And I said, so that's whose song it is!"

Perhaps most surprising –at least for those who know him only by reputation as a keeper of the bluegrass flame—is Del's soulful cover of Mark Knopfler's "Prairie Wedding," given a wistful reading that, he says, came about mostly by accident. "My bass player, Alan Bartram, brought that in, and I remember, the guys were working it up in a hotel room somewhere when we were on the road. And they were doing it from listening to his record, which was in the key of C, and he sang it pretty low there. Well, I thought, I don't think I can sing it that low—but they've got the parts worked out already, so maybe I better sing it in that key! Because, you know, I really did like the song."

Yet while some might think that Del's new reach for left-of-center material was spurred by the younger generation of McCourys, and though he's quick to give son Ronnie credit for the instrumental arrangements—"all of the guys are good at that, but Ronnie usually takes the lead; he'll suggest things like all the playing the melody together that you hear in 'White Pass Railroad'"—Family Circle is arguably one of Del's most hands-on albums. "I guess I produced it," he says in a typically modest way. "With Ron and Robbie and Jason and Alan doing more on their own now with the Travelin' McCourys, I pretty much put this together on my own—and I really like it. I didn't start out to do something different, but that's how it turned out!"

Indeed, Family Circle is likely to turn more than a few heads, and open more than a few new ears. For while his love for the hard drive and mournful wail of classic bluegrass burns as brightly as ever, Del McCoury's still got a passion for great songs, no matter where they lead him—and a way of somehow still making them his own that's as fresh today as it was 50 years ago.
When GIVERS formed in 2008 in the sweaty dancehalls of Lafayette, Louisiana, they knew right away that they had something special. Crafted from the improvisational and dancefueled atmosphere of the area’s zydeco, cajun, and jazz cultures mixed with an affection for new wave, funk, and world music, the infectious results brought a quick rise to the spotlight for the young band. Soon after forming, a fortuitous opportunity to play a string of shows with Dirty Projectors arose, bringing them swiftly to the attention of listeners outside the southwest Louisiana region. Their debut album In Light was released two years later in 2011 on Glassnote Records, backed by extensive touring. During that time, they found themselves bouncing along a global festival circuit, making their national TV debut with Jimmy Fallon and performing alongside the likes of Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Carnegie Hall.

After an extended break from rigorous touring, the band met in the peaks of Beech Mountain, North Carolina to begin collaborating for their Sophomore album. Their nomadic approach to recording led them across the Smoky Mountains to the wintery hills of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin and back down to the placid lakes of south Louisiana, causing a transformation that led them to the surface of something new and unseen. This myriad of changing influences can be felt throughout the intricate and startling New Kingdom, their most recent work, set for release in Fall of 2015. There is an undeniable lushness and impelling willingness to experiment that is inherent in their sound throughout the album and can be seen as a testament to not only the richness of their influences but also to their exploratory nature. It is this adventurous spirit that Neil Young commented on, in his 2012 autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, saying, “They blew my mind…It sounded like they were in a complete other zone from the rest of music.” New Kingdom feels like a place that was indeed created with this type of trajectory—far away and hidden yet somehow drawing from a core of soul music that twirls and dances with experimental sounds. The entire album takes you someplace familiar while simultaneously informing you that this place is yet to be discovered. This coming year will be a great journey for all listeners visiting New Kingdom.
My Morning Jacket - THREE shows
My Morning Jacket - THREE shows
My Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced.

But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster were in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities.

“For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it,” said James, singer, guitarist and primary songwriter. “Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you’re up in the sky.”

“The story of the record really starts there,” said Blankenship, a founding member of the Louisville-based band.

Throughout its 16 years, My Morning Jacket has always had a healthy respect for living in the moment and the inherent mysteries of creativity. They gladly took the inspiration that Stinson Beach was offering and crafted a sparkling new album, “The Waterfall,” that touches on aspects of the band’s celebrated past while pushing forward with a giddy assurance.

There are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s “At Dawn” and 2003’s “It Still Moves,” the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s “Z,” 2008’s “Evil Urges” and James’ 2013 solo album, “Regions of Light and Sound of God” is clearly in effect.

“The Waterfall” sounds like history and decades colliding, like a record made by fervent music fans in search of that tingle up the spine. Inveterate music geeks will hear echoes of vintage rock and pop as MMJ continues to honor its influences without aping any of them; “The Waterfall” sounds like nothing else but also warmly familiar.

Notions of change crop up throughout the album, as does James’ longstanding exploration of spirituality. But there’s a crucial difference: On “The Waterfall,” there are fewer questions and more action. Spirituality has become grounded and made real. “I feel like I still don’t know how to explain anything,” James said, “but I feel like I’ve accepted that and I’m just trying to live.”

James began the sessions with nearly 30 songs and kept writing. The elevating “Believe (Nobody Knows)” opens the album with a summating blast of faith and acceptance but was the last song written.

“We did a ton of songs, so at the beginning there was no intention or focus,” James said. “It was like, let’s just go play these songs and figure out which ones fit. Once we did ‘Believe,’ that kind of tied the record together.

“What fused this record is, I feel like it’s a weird turning point for the universe. I feel like so many people I know are getting divorced or having kids. There’s so much change going on and I feel like, for me, that one chapter has ended. And if you’re looking at a book, there’s a hand flipping the page up and it’s in between the chapter you just finished and the one that’s getting ready to start.

“That’s kind of the sound of this record, and my life, the sound of the page turning and not being sure what’s coming next.”

My Morning Jacket arrived in California after an unusually long time apart. Following a lengthy tour behind 2011’s acclaimed “Circuital,” band members scattered. James recorded and toured behind his 2013 solo album, “Regions of Light and Sound of God,” while Hallahan recorded “Sound of Nowhere” with Spanish Gold.

Blankenship got married and moved to Nashville, and there were dozens of other projects, recording sessions, and marathon record nights in the wilds of Louisville, where James and Hallahan still live. Always a group of friends first, the reunion at Stinson Beach was the ideal combination of intense work and potent fun.

“It’s sort of the perfect situation for us to go to an isolated place, with some limitations and not many distractions,” Broemel said. “That’s how we work best. We kind of get on the same wavelength of happiness.”

“The freedom we went into this record with took a lot of the pressure off, as far as what to do and how to do it,” Hallahan added. “The mantra was anything goes, no stone unturned, it’ll be done when it’s done. And it’s not easy to pull that off with other people’s schedules. I mean, poor Tucker.”

That would be Tucker Martine, the Portland-based producer and engineer who also worked with My Morning Jacket on “Circuital.” The band has never used the same producer twice since its first two self-produced albums, but Martine and assistant engineer Kevin Ratterman have become integral parts of the team.

Martine oversaw two sessions in California, one at his own Flora Studio and another at Ratterman’s La La Land studio in Louisville.

But in the end, it all circled back to Stinson Beach.

“Out of all the places we’ve recorded, I think that place might have informed the record on a spiritual level more than any other,” Koster said. “If you listen to ‘Like A River,’ it just sounds like Stinson Beach.

The Waterfall is the latest in a career-spanning string of success beginning with the band’s 1999 debut album The Tennessee Fire and including 2008’s Evil Urges and 2011’s Circuital which each received GRAMMY ® nominations – the latter debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Steve Earle
Steve Earle
If you ever had any doubt about where Steve Earle’s musical roots are planted, his new collection, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, makes it perfectly plain. “There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” he states, “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.” So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, Texas. Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade but he acknowledges, “Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do. And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.”

In the 1970s, artists such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, Billy Joe Shaver and Tompall Glaser gave country music a rock edge, some raw grit and a rebel attitude. People called what these artists created “outlaw music.” The results were country’s first Platinum-certified records, exciting and fresh stylistic breakthroughs and the attraction of a vast new youth audience to a genre that had previously been by and for adults. In the eighties, The Highwaymen was formed by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Their final album “The Road Goes On Forever” released in 1996 began with the Steve Earle song “The Devil’s Right Hand.”

Steve Earle’s 2017 collection, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, is an homage to outlaw music. “I was out to unapologetically ‘channel’ Waylon as best as I could.” says Earle. “This record was all about me on the back pick-up of a Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The singing part of it is a little different. I certainly don’t sound like Waylon Jennings.”

“I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording [the 1975 masterpiece] Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town (Earle’s 1986 breakthrough album) wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs,” Earle recalls.

“This new record started because T Bone Burnett called me and wanted a specific song to be written for the first season of (the TV series) Nashville. It was for the character whose brother was in prison. So I wrote ‘If Mama Coulda Seen Me,’ and they used it. Then Buddy Miller asked me to write another one for the show and I wrote ‘Lookin’ for a Woman,’ which they didn’t wind up using. I’d been listening to Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes again, and I decided to start writing in that direction.”

The new songs include the gentle, acoustic folk ballads “News From Colorado” and “The Girl on the Mountain.” “Fixin’ to Die,” on the other hand, is a dark shout from the hell of Death Row. “The Firebreak Line” returns Earle to his pile-driving, country-rock roots. “You Broke My Heart” is a sweet, simple salute to the 1950s sounds of Webb Pierce or Carl Smith. “Walkin’ in L.A.” is a twanging country shuffle. The guitar-heavy “Sunset Highway” is an instant-classic escape song. And the deeply touching “Goodbye Michelangelo” is Steve Earle’s farewell to his mentor, Guy Clark, who passed away last year. “It was written right after me and Rodney Crowell and Shawn Camp and a few other folks had taken Guy’s ashes to Terry Allen’s house in New Mexico,” Earle says. “I was only 19 when I came to Nashville. Guy and Susanna Clark finished raising me. Guy was a great cheerleader for me.”

Earle is backed on the new album by his long time band The Dukes (guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney, and new members drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson). “We did the Guitar Town 30th-anniversary tour last year,” he said. “And that was perfect to write the last of the songs for this record. Because I had the band out there with me, and we could try out some stuff.”

“Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes was the template for the new album. And I’ve always considered that record to be really important. I consider his Honky Tonk Heroes the Exile on Main Street of country music.”

“I knew when I wrote ‘Walkin’ in L.A.’ that I wanted Johnny Bush to sing on it. I’ve known Johnny since 1973 when I was playing a restaurant in San Antonio. Joe Voorhees, who played piano for Bush, and I were stoned and hungry, so we went to Bush’s and raided the icebox in his kitchen. We’re sitting there, and Joe goes white and says, ‘John!’ I turned around and there was a .357 Magnum pointed at the back of my head. So that’s how I really met Johnny Bush. Years later, he signed an autograph to me that said, ‘Steve, I’m glad I didn’t pull the trigger.’”

Steve Earle’s third duet partner on So You Wannabe an Outlaw is Miranda Lambert. The two co-wrote their vocal collaboration “This Is How it Ends.” “I learned from Guy Clark that co-writing might lead me to write some stuff that I wouldn’t write otherwise,” comments Earle. “The song is Miranda’s title, and some of the very best lines in it are hers.”

So You Want To Be An Outlaw is dedicated to Jennings, who died in 2002. The deluxe CD and the vinyl version of the album include Earle’s remakes of the timeless Waylon Jennings anthem “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” as well as Billy Joe Shaver’s “Ain’t No God in Mexico,” which Jennings popularized as well as Earle’s versions of “Sister’s Coming Home” and “The Local Memory,” songs that first appeared on Willie Nelson discs. Nelson is his duet partner on the new album’s title track.

Steve Earle has turned many musical corners during his illustrious career. He has been equally acclaimed as a folk troubadour, a rockabilly raver, a contemplative bluesman, a honky-tonk rounder, a snarling rocker and even a bluegrass practitioner. This definitive Americana artist has won three Grammy Awards, for 2005’s The Revolution Starts Now, 2008’s Washington Square Serenade and 2010’s Townes.

He is also the author of the 2011 short-story collection Doghouse Roses and novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Earle has been featured as an actor in two HBO series, The Wire and Treme, and on stage in The Exonerated. His film work includes roles in such respected features as The World Made Straight (2015), Leaves of Grass (2009) and Dixieland (2015). For the past decade he has hosted the weekly show Hardcore Troubadour for the Outlaw Country Channel on SiriusXM Radio and he is a longtime social and political activist whose causes have included the abolition of the death penalty and the removal of the Confederate symbol from the Mississippi State flag.

Earle has collaborated on recordings with such superb talents as Sheryl Crow, The Indigo Girls, The Pogues, Lucinda Williams Shawn Colvin, Patti Smith, Chris Hillman, The Fairfield Four and The Del McCoury Band. His songs have been used in more than fifty films and have been recorded by such legends as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Baez, Carl Perkins, Vince Gill and Waylon Jennings (who recorded Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand” twice).
Tao Seeger
Music is in his blood. Fusing the folk styles of his family heritage with contemporary rock-n-roll, Tao Seeger’s music breaks all barriers of traditional folk bringing a unique and distinctive sound to the table.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Tao is the eldest grandchild of folk singer Pete Seeger. Tao spent his childhood in Nicaragua where his father, Emilio Rodriguez, was a war correspondent, making documentary films about the Sandinista revolution. With little access to pop music in Nicaragua, Tao cherished his AC/DC and Metallica cassettes as well as the two tapes he had of his grandfather’s music. Surrounded by the Nicaraguan revolution, here began the merging of rock'n'roll and folk music that would come to influence Tao in his musical career.

After nine years in Nicaragua, Tao returned to the United States and moved into the home of his grandparents, Pete and Toshi Seeger. Listening to his grandfather perform, Tao became frustrated with his grandfather’s poor Spanish and approached him. The legendary banjo picker turned the criticism around saying, “Well if it’s so bad, why don’t you help me out?” In 1986, a fourteen year old Tao joined his grandpa Pete at a Hiroshima Day rally in front of an audience of more than half a million people in Japan for their first concert together. Thus began the musical partnership between Tao and Pete that would take them around the world together.

Tao is co-founder of the folk/rock groups RIG (Rodriguez/Irion/Guthrie) with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and The Mammals with Mike & Ruthy Merenda. The Tao Seeger Band is a revolving cast of wonderful characters including Laura Cortese on fiddle and vocals, Jason Crosby on keyboards, Charlie Rose on pedal steel and banjo, Jake Silver on bass and Robin MacMillan on drums. Their music can be described as a fusion of rock'n'roll and folk with a “rootsy and psychedelic” sound. The newly formed band has performed at an impressive lineup of events including the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Folk Festival and The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders at Madison Square Garden where they stood in as the evening’s house band. Together they have also toured throughout the northeast and Denmark. You can catch the Tao Seeger Band on tour this summer and at the Mountain Jam festival, Hudson River Clearwater festival, Winnipeg Folk festival, Vancouver Folk festival and the Newport Folk festival.

In 2007, Tao was featured in the Emmy winning documentary film, Pete Seeger - The Power of Song, where he performed at Carnegie Hall with Arlo Guthrie in his annual Thanksgiving concert. In January 2009, Tao performed at the inaugural concert for Barack Obama alongside Bruce Springsteen and Pete in front of over 1.5 million people. An exciting day but the chilling temperature proved to be too much for his guitar, which cracked during their inaugural performance. However, Tao will always consider it his lucky guitar because the President Elect took the time to sign it, “This Land Is Your Land – Barack Obama.” The May 2009 performance at Madison Square Garden was filmed for the PBS series Great Performances and will be made into a DVD that will be released later this year. Recently Tao was approached by Sesame Street to write and record two original songs for Plaza Sesamo, the Spanish edition of Sesame Street, and star in their music videos.
Trombone Shorty
Trombone Shorty
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews' is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy rock show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars and audiences alike. With such an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock!
yasiin bey (FKA Mos Def)
yasiin bey (FKA Mos Def)
"Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years, it's a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment, and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name. but it's time to expand and move on."
Venue Information:
Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street
New York, NY, 10019