Today, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper turns 53 years old. In honor of the harmonica master’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Popper stories from his decades-long career, as told in his 2016 autobiography Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell, written with Dean Budnick.The book touches on a number of amusing anecdotes, including a near-threesome with porn star Ron Jeremy and the time he congratulated Trey Anastasio on the birth of his first child with a literal truckload of diapers. The histories of Blues Traveler and Vermont jam titans Phish are certainly intertwined. The two bands and their various members have worked together on numerous occasions, most notably during the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour in 1992, which many people now view as the catalyst for the modern jam band scene. Their connections would extend beyond H.O.R.D.E. as well, with Popper joining Phish onstage a number of times in the early- to mid-90’s.While Popper and Blues Traveler admired Phish (Popper refers to Anastasio as “our Mozart”), the fact remained that the two bands were, in many ways, in competition for bookings. That friendly competition gave way to one of our favorite Popper/Phish stories. In 1997, Phish had a hold on Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve, but Popper wanted Blues Traveler to have the spot.As Popper writes,[Phish] had what’s known as a ‘first hold,’ and we had decided to challenge them for it… We put up half the money — it was over a half-million bucks — and they had 48 hours to respond, when they had to put all their money down.”Popper also timed the challenge to coincide with Phish’s trip to Europe, and the band and a majority of their representatives were in Scotland for the 48-hour window. The band’s accountant, however, was in town holding down the fort. Naturally, to distract him, Popper “sent a stripper every 15 minutes for eight hours to his office to read from Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Yes I Can’.”Through some frantic work, Phish’s accountant was able to muster up the $600,000 to reserve the gig with only two hours to spare. According to Popper, he never told the band who kept sending their accountant all the strippers, so they found out the news along with the rest of the memoir’s readers in 2016.You can grab a copy of Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell today to hear more fantastic stories from John Popper’s career. Below, you can watch Popper sit in with Phish in St. Louis, MO in 1996:Phish w/ John Popper – “Funky Bitch” – 11/15/96[Video: tdunski][Originally published 3/29/18]
Live music discovery app Bandsintown has announced the launch of its new subscription-based streaming service which will feature exclusive virtual performances from notable artists including Chromeo, Fleet Foxes, Jeff Tweedy, Flying Lotus, and more.Announced on Tuesday, Bandsintown PLUS will offer subscribers up to 25 live shows and more per month in HD video and audio from an impressive lineup of artists that also features Empress Of, Tycho, Joe Bonamassa, Little Dragon, Mt. Joy, Phoebe Bridgers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Soccer Mommy, Toro y Moi, Trevor Hall, and more to be announced. The “All Access Pass” subscription runs for a manageable $9.99 per month—a 7-day free trial included—which also comes with intimate Q&A conversations with artists along with access to watch virtual performances on other platforms.Related: Georgia Comes Alive Raises $170,000 For GA Voter Organizations, Reaches One Million Viewers“For the past year, we’ve been hungry for live shows and for a chance to support the artists we love. Bandsintown PLUS is an opportunity to break the barriers of cost and location that have historically hindered live music experiences,” Bandsintown managing partner Fabrice Sergent said with the announcement. “Now, with Bandsintown PLUS, live music can be more affordable, more accessible, and more approachable.”Since the shutdown of the concert and live events industry in North America last March, virtual performances—both real-time and archive video—have been the main option for live music for both artists and their fans. Music technology brands like Bandcamp and artists like Jon Barber (Disco Biscuits) have pivoted their own business models to launch their own concert streaming platforms in hopes of competing for viewership in the COVID-era streaming pool alongside websites like Nugs, FANS, and YouTube.Click here for more information on the new Bandsintown PLUS streaming service.
113 Views 2 comments Sharing is caring! Share Share The Dominica government and the State College are currently in discussions for modules to be offered to inmates of the Dominica State Prison. This was revealed by Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore during his presentation in Parliament on Wednesday 24 May 2017 regarding supplementary appropriation for the period ending July 2016 to April 2017.“We have started the process of negotiation with the state college so that we can develop modules in vocational skills so that the young men, having left the prison setting, would have gotten a skill to help them to make a contribution towards mainstream society,” Minister Blackmoore informed the House. He commended the management of the prison and the Ministry of Social Services for the accomplishment where inmates of the prison sat a Caribbean Examination Council’s examinations. On Tuesday 9 May 2017 fourteen inmates, whose age ranges from 18-25, were transported to the Dominica State College to sit the English exam. “Throughout my studies, every halfway house I went to in Canada or prison setting, every study will show that at least thirty percent of any prison population those persons are not hardcore criminals, so therefore we have to place more emphasis on correction and rehabilitation.”Moreover, Minister Blackmoore informed that money is being provided to the prison to enhance the security block “because prisoners have their rights too and in 2017 we have to ensure that the prison setting is at least humane”.Money is also being made available for a buffer zone on the compound, Blackmoore said. EducationLocalNewsTertiary Gov’t & DSC in talks to offer classes to inmates by: Dominica Vibes News – May 25, 2017 Tweet Share