Only four. In the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races that Kansas Speedway has hosted over the past 12 years only four drivers have ever visited Victory Lane there twice. No driver has ever won there thrice.And what an impressive foursome it is: Greg Biffle (2007, 2010), Jeff Gordon (2001, 2002), Jimmie Johnson (2008, fall 2011) and Tony Stewart (2006, 2009).This Sunday during the STP 400 (1:00 p.m. ET, FOX), will one of these four drivers breakthrough and become the first three-time winner in the track’s history or will one of the five past winners currently entered in the race (Ryan Newman, Joe Nemechek, Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth) come out on top or will Kansas welcome a first-time winner to Victory Lane? Denny Hamlin won the spring 2012 event, but will miss this year’s spring event after injuring his back in the race at Auto Club Speedway Biffle, Gordon, Johnson and Stewart would all like to become the first driver with three victories at the 1.5-mile track in Kansas City, but none could use the victory more than Stewart. After seven races, Stewart, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing and owns Eldora Speedway in Ohio, sits in an uncharacteristic 22nd place in the standings, 111 points behind leader Johnson. Biffle is currently third, 30 points back, while Gordon (-98) is 15th.Stewart is one of only nine drivers who have started all 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas. Outside of two back-of-the-pack finishes in 2007 and 2009 he has never finished lower than 15th. He has six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has had a rough start to the 2013 season with four finishes 21st or lower. His best finish so far came in the second race when he placed eighth. _______________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. In the aftermath of the tragic events that occurred during Monday’s Boston Marathon, Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) will show its support for the city of Boston with a “B-Strong” tribute this weekend at Kansas Speedway. All three Roush Fenway Ford Fusions will carry “B-Strong” decals during this weekend’s NASCAR event and RFR team owner Jack Roush has pledged to donate $100 for every lap the team leads during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.“When events occur such as what happened earlier this week in Boston, it is our nature to be overwhelmed with a variety of emotions,” said Roush. “To have to withstand an act of such senselessness and cowardice against innocent people is disheartening to us all. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire city of Boston.“As Americans we can all be proud of the way the city of Boston – and the entire nation – has banded together in the wake of this tragedy. We are proud of our Boston connections and feel privileged to be able to play a very small part in supporting the ‘B-Strong’ effort.” Enter Article Subhead FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is fast approaching, as the 15th annual edition of the prized event is set to take place from June 9-12 in Manchester, TN. With a few months to go, the festival has revealed the schedules for each individual day of the festival.Thursday will see a number of scene favorites, including The Floozies, Papadosio, Vulfpeck and The London Souls. Friday will feature the first headlining performance from LCD Soundsystem, as well as sets from artists like Tame Impala, Leon Bridges, GRiZ and more. Pearl Jam performs on Saturday, as well as the Claypool Lennon Delirium’s debut performance, Grace Potter, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams and a Superjam to be named later. Dead & Company perform two sets on Sunday, closing out the festival in style.Check out the full breakdowns below:
The String Cheese Incident settled into The Observatory North Park last night, playing the first of a two night run in San Diego, CA along their smokin’ March Madness tour. Now a few shows in, SCI is warmed up and ripping at the seams, playing their hearts out for the latest in a series of great performances.The show opened up with some traditional bluegrass, as the group wound in to “Lonesome Fiddle Blues” and got things cooking. Next up was the band’s song “Lost,” which featured a surprise cover of Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round In Circles” in the middle. The song hadn’t been performed since 2011, making it quite the bust out. More greatness was in store.After completing “Lost,” the group segued into “Far From Home” and brought out “Look At Where We Are” for the first time since October of 2015. After a tasty “Little Hands,” SCI brought out their next cover of the night, a version of “Freedom Jazz Dance,” a tune written by Eddie Harris and popularized by Miles Davis.The set also featured the debut of an original by keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, “Falling Through The Cracks,” perhaps indicating that the Hollingsworth song may find its way on the band’s new album. Finally, the first set closed with “Colorado Bluebird Sky,” which always brings a smile and a dancing groove to any room.The second set kept the energy alive, opening with “Come As You Are” and featuring a cover of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” as debuted during the band’s “Ghoul Train” set at Hulaween. Some great tunes came out in the second set, including “Piece of Mine,” “Betray The Dark, “Sweet Spot,” and a finale of “Under African Skies > Birdland > Texas.” Just some serious classic Cheese! With an encore of “Let’s Go Outside,” the group bid San Diego good night, eager to return for the second night of the run. They’ll do it all again tonight!Check out the setlist below, courtesy of SCI’s Twitter.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA – 3/15/16Set One: Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Lost > Will it Go Round in Circles* > Lost > Far From Home, Look at Where We Are, Little Hands > Freedom Jazz Dance, Falling Through the Cracks^, Colorado Bluebird SkySet Two: Come As You Are > Cold Sweat > Come As You Are, Piece of Mine, Betray the Dark, Sweet Spot, Under African Skies > Birdland > TexasE. Let’s Go Outside* Billy Preston Cover^ Kyle Original FTP with Cheese
Ever-funky quartet The New Mastersounds have announced the release of a brand new live album, The Nashville Session. Recorded at the Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville, TN, the New Mastersounds plugged in and got to funking, pure and simple. The band captured ten tracks spanning their 16-year career, and pressed them immediately onto vinyl.The new album will be released on April 22nd, with only 1,000 copies exclusively released on vinyl. As the digital format doesn’t drop until May 27th, these one-of-a-kind vinyls will serve as the only way to listen to The Nashville Session until further notice.“We made the decision to record in this context because our older tunes have been evolving over a decade and a half of live presentation as once-spontaneous improvised sections gradually became fixed into the live arrangements. Much of the change has come about since organist Joe Tatton joined the band in 2007,” explains drummer Simon Allen in a statement. “It was also the perfect time to capture the cheeky, spontaneous and confident energy of a live show at the point—straight off of tour—when the band was at the top of its game. As lovers of ’60s and ’70s funk and soul jazz, we have never much enjoyed the sound of modern digital live recordings. Somehow the balance of frequencies such recordings deliver is never what we crave; our music just makes the most sense to our ears and to our feet when everything is crunched onto tape, exactly the way the music that first influenced us was recorded.”The only non-original song performed was “In The Middle,” a James Brown track arranged by Grant Green. You can listen to “In The Middle,” here. Pre-orders for the album can be found via Pledge Music, and don’t miss NMS on the road! Tour schedule below:The New Mastersounds Tour Dates4/13 – Live Oak, FL – Wannee Festival4/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl *4/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl4/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (early show)4/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl4/17 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Wolf Den4/19 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall *4/20 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *4/21 – Fairfield, CT – Warehouse *4/22 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *4/23 – Schuylkill Haven, PA – Some Kind of Jam Festival4/24 – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage *4/26 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry *4/27 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger *4/28 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West *4/29-4/30 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theatre5/4 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies5/5 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom *5/6 – Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon *5/7 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In *5/27-5/29 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp6/2-6/5 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam6/23-6/26 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest6/30-7/3 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival8/5-8/7 – Loveland, CO – Arise Music Festival* w/ Moon Hooch
Taking over Chicago, IL from September 2nd through the 4th, the beloved North Coast Music Festival has just finalized their lineup with some tremendous additions. The festival previously revealed a stacked lineup with Bassnectar, Odesza, Zedd Logic, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and more, but today’s announcement goes one step beyond for this exciting event.The final lineup sees Umphrey’s McGee, Twiddle, TAUK, The Floozies, Matt & Kim, The Polish Ambassador and so many more added! Other newly added artists performing include Baauer, Brillz, Sam Feldt, Hotel Gardua, Justin Jay, Hermitude, Louis Futon, Jesse Royal, Allan Rayman, Michael Christmas and Jamila Woods.The festival has also announced some exciting additions, with the Heineken House and Silent Disco pumping beats for the dance-music lovers in the crowd. With such lineup diversity, it’s no wonder North Coast is a fan favorite for the Labor Day weekend festivalgoers.North Coast Music Festival Continues To Set The Bar For Lineup DiversityYou can check out the full lineup below, and head here for tickets and more information.
The biggest-name festival lineup of all time was almost even bigger. Desert Trip, also known by fans as “Oldchella,” almost added one more huge name to its already ridiculous roster. With a lineup consisting of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, it seems as good as it gets. However, Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411 reports that Led Zeppelin turned down an offer to play the event.Led Zeppelin most recently took the stage in 2007 at London’s The O2 Arena as a tribute to Atlantic Records’ legendary Ahmet Ertegun. While that show was fantastic and was met with acclaim from both critics and fans, lead singer Robert Plant has refused to book any other shows, as he simply seems to be over Led Zeppelin. Guitarist Jimmy Page has been dying to play, and apparently “really wanted to do” the Desert Trip gigs, and he “went crazy” after Plant refused.Event promoter Goldenvoice reportedly offered the band a whopping $14 million offer ($7 million for each weekend of the back-to-back weekends event). Apparently, each band on the bill is receiving that same money, meaning that Desert Trip is spending $84 Million on talent alone!That money might come in handy one day, as the band are currently in court for allegedly plagiarizing part of the intro from their famous “Stairway to Heaven”. Donald Fagen of Steely Dan recently gave an interview with the Los Angeles Times where he mentioned that his band was considering playing Desert Trip in 2017. If the event does indeed have a second year, one can only imagine the lineup they’d put together, and one can only hope that the song will not remain the same for Robert Plant.
Load remaining images Edit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlistsPhoto via String Cheese/Facebook, full gallery can be seen below. As Dead & Company’s summer tour winds down, the band is really pulling out all the stops for the fans. Now in their home state of California, the group hit the Irvine Meadows in Irvine, CA to give fans a seriously smokin’ performance. From the opening notes of “Cold Rain and Snow,” the band was locked in, with John Mayer and Bob Weir playing off of each other to perfection. With tracks like “Jack Straw,” “Bertha,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Loose Lucy,” “Big Boss Man,” and “Mississippie Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo,” the band kept things loose and bluesy during set one. The biggest surprise of the night came during the middle of the second set, when the band welcomed out The String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann during “Fire Of The Mountain.” Hann would stay on stage for “Fire On The Mountain,” “Dark Star” and “Drums,” joining the Rhythm Devils section with glee. Hann and Oteil Burbridge have collaborated in the past, and their reunion was quite fruitful on the Dead & Company stage.After the “Drums/Space,” the band segued into “The Other One,” “Stella Blue,” and closed out the set with “U.S. Blues.” A double encore of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Brokedown Palace” ended the show in style.Check out some video highlights, a gallery from photographer Brandon Weil, and the full setlist below:Dark Star (via Sal Paradise)The Other One (via LoadOffAnnie)
Just last weekend, jammers BIG Something held their annual The BIG What? Festival in Mebane, NC. With performances from Turkuaz, The Werks, Zach Deputy, Spiritual Rez and more, the festival brought together some incredible musicians, fans, and more for a weekend of musical celebration.Among the many highlights from the festival came immediately following funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, when the members of BIG Something appeared for a Big Pigeons Playing Something super jam! The short and sweet set featured Pigeons originals “Time to Ride” and “F.U.,” as well as some classic covers like “We Are Family,” “Get Down Tonight,” and “YMCA.” You can bet that the fans danced their asses off!Listen to the full collaborative set from last weekend’s festival, as well as the full Pigeons set, streaming below as taped by Marty Loving.You can also find more BIG Something recordings on their Archive.org page!Setlist: Big Pigeons Playing Something at The BIG What?, Mebane, NC – 7/21/16Time to Ride (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)We are Family (Sister Sledge)Get Down Tonight (KC & The Sunshine Band)YMCA* (The Village People)F.U. (Pigeons Playing Ping PongNotes:Set featured all members of both Big Something and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong* w/ Empire Strikes Brass HornsCover Photo by Rob Roane | Rob Roane Photography
Since Frank Ocean took the music world by storm with his universally acclaimed, Grammy-winning debut album “Channel Orange” in 2012, fans everywhere have been eagerly anticipating the superstar singer-songwriter’s next installment. After four years of rumored release dates, repeated delays, and endless speculation, the wait for the new Frank Ocean album had become as much of a topic of conversation as the album itself. Ocean even poked fun at the process posting a tongue-in-cheek picture of his “library due date slip” on his Tumblr page.This weekend, the introverted artist finally delivered on his promise of new material in a big way. On Thursday, he released a “visual album,” Endless, on Apple Music, then followed that up on Saturday night with an elaborate art magazine called “Boy’s Don’t Cry” (the rumored name of the new album), a video for new song “Nikes”, and the centerpiece of the weekend of releases, his long-awaited 17-track sophomore LP Blonde. Additionally, Ocean launched four pop-up shops in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London to distribute free copies of the “Boys Don’t Cry” and Blonde to blocks-long lines of eager fans.Endless is 45-minute visual concept album (think Beyonce’s Lemonade) featuring Ocean working in a warehouse to the soundtrack of 18 avant-garde new songs. Blonde (stylized as “Blond” on the album cover), is an enthralling 17-track album that shows the artist’s visionary songwriting and soundscape crafting in full effect. The album features a who’s-who of collaborators, including Andre 3000, James Blake, Kanye West, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and more. Ocean also sought the help of several of highly accomplished studio engineers, including Sam Petts-Davies (who worked on Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool) and Matt Mysko (Blake’s The Colour In Anything). After four years, we finally have new Frank Ocean, and judging by the quality, quantity, and diversity of this weekend’s collective releases, it’s clear it was worth the wait. You can stream Blonde in its entirety below:
Turkuaz kicked off a fresh run of tour dates with The New Mastersounds last night, hitting renowned venue The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA for a funky celebration. There, they were joined by the legendary Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, who emerged for a wild rendition of the hit song “Take Me To The River.”Thanks to Turkuaz’s Facebook live stream, we can relive this glorious musical moment. Watch “Take Me To The River” below.Turkuaz/New Mastersounds Fall Tour11/12 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre11/13 Tahoe, NV Crystal Bay Casino11/15 Bend, OR The Domino Room11/16 Eugene, OR Hi-Fi Music Hall11/17 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom11/18 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre11/19 Sandpoint, ID The Hive11/20 Missoula, MT The Top Hat11/23 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze11/25 Chicago, IL Park West11/26 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre11/27 Kalamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery^11/28 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern^11/30 Burlington, VT Higher Ground12/01 Boston, MA Royale12/02 New York, NY Terminal 512/03 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall12/04 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall12/06 Saratoga Springs, NY Putnam Den12/07 Rochester , NY Anthology12/08 Pittsburgh, PA The Rex Theater12/09 Washington DC 9:30 Club12/10 Philadelphia, PA TLA12/11 State College, PA The State Theatre12/13 Richmond, VA The Broadberry12/14 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre12/15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West12/16 Nashville, TN Exit/In12/17 Asheville, NC The Orange PeelDon’t miss Turkuaz with the New Mastersounds when the funky double billing heads to Chicago’s Park West on 11/25 and NYC’s Terminal 5 on 12/2!