“We are confident in Turner Scott Motorsports and in Jeb’s ability on the track. We know that Jeb will represent Arrowhead with class and continue the Burton family tradition of excellence in racing,” said Kathy Farley, president of Sequoyah Brands. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Turner Scott Motorsports announced Wednesday that South Boston, Va.-based company Arrowhead has signed on for the 2013 season to support hometown driver Jeb Burton as he races full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time.The 20-year-old Burton, who is racing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, has made five Truck Series starts in his career, all last season. His best finish of eighth came last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Burton name is no stranger to racing — Jeb’s father Ward is a former Daytona 500 winner, and his uncle Jeff is a 21-time winner on the Sprint Cup tour.”I am so thankful to have the opportunity to represent Arrowhead in 2013,” said Burton. “We all have high expectations for the 2013 season, including capturing the Rookie of the Year title and competing for wins in NCWTS.” Burton’s announcement comes on the tail of a string of Turner Scott Motorsports news, including the rebranding of the team, the return of Justin Allgaier and sponsor Brandt and the hiring of Scott Zipadelli.Arrowhead is a disposable electronic cigarette made by parent company Sequoyah Brands. Hometown company will adorn the No. 4 Silverado
Eight percent increase in FORTUNE 500 companies involved in NASCAR since 2008 Nearly one-in-four (117) FORTUNE 500 companies use NASCAR as part of their marketing mix, according to an analysis of sponsors currently in the sport when compared to the magazine’s annual list released this month. For the second consecutive year, the number of FORTUNE 500 companies involved in NASCAR increased; and is an eight percent improvement over 2008. The analysis encompassed companies currently involved as a sponsor of NASCAR’s sanctioning body, teams, tracks and/or as media partners.“There’s a reason the number of FORTUNE 500 companies invested in NASCAR remains higher than any other sport,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s chief marketing officer. “Our fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports. Some of the world’s biggest, most recognizable and profitable brands utilize NASCAR as a critical and powerful part of their marketing mix because it works for their business.”Findings from a study commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna prior to the start of the 2013 season show that approximately one out of four NASCAR fans strongly agree that they support NASCAR sponsors more than sponsors of other sports.“The current sponsorship landscape is as competitive as it has ever been,” said Michael Waltrip, founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. “Our partners continue to choose to use our team to drive their brands because we have had success demonstrating value in their investment, proven by our recent partnership renewals with NAPA AUTO PARTS and other major corporations.”“Regardless of a company’s entry point into the sport, the demand for a quantifiable return on investment expands across all levels of sponsorship,” said Joie Chitwood III, president of Daytona International Speedway. “We take pride in delivering a best-in-class experience and valuable branding opportunities to a number of powerful companies on an annual basis.”To be eligible for the FORTUNE 500, a company must be based in the U.S. and publicly traded. Though many companies on the FORTUNE 500 utilize NASCAR as part of their business-building strategy to develop their customer base, strengthen market share, and increase value for their shareholders, only industry partners, media partners, and licensees involved in the sport were counted in the analysis. Companies invested in the sport solely as advertisers were not counted.Although being a FORTUNE 500 company is the gold standard of success for publicly-traded companies in the United States, there are several global corporations currently involved in NASCAR that were not included in the analysis because they do not meet FORTUNE’s criteria. A number of those blue-chip brands not qualifying, but are involved significantly in the sport, include MillerCoors, Mars, Toyota and McLaren. “There’s a reason the number of FORTUNE 500 companies invested in NASCAR remains higher than any other sport. Our fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports.”—Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s chief marketing officer
“Dreams” courtesy of Robin Reeves: Les Bres! W/ Butch Trucks Bruce KatzPosted by Heather Gillis on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 After an incredibly successful performance at Peach Music Festival last summer, Butch Trucks & Friends officially banded together as Les Brers. The band’s roots run extremely deep in Allman Brothers blood, with over half of them being members of the since-retired, forty-five-year-old southern rock band.In addition to Allman Brothers’ drummer Butch Trucks, the band is complete with ABB’s latest rhythm section, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones, as well as Jack Pearson, who played guitar from 1997-99, his guitar mate Pat Bergeson, Bruce Katz on keys, and Lamar Williams, Jr., son of bassist Lamar Williams who played with ABB from 1972-76, on vocals.Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge Shares His Grateful Dead, John Mayer ExperiencesAfter revealing their exciting returns to Wanee Festival and Peach Festival this summer, Les Brers announced they would also bring the show back to ABB hometown Macon, GA for a two-night run at the Cox Capitol Theatre, as a benefit concert for the Big House Museum. Last night marked the first of the two nights, where they fearlessly played Allman Brothers staples “Jessica,” “Dreams,” “Trouble No More,” “Blue Sky,” and “Whipping Post,” with smiles that extended from ear to ear. Butch Trucks Sings For The First Time In 45 Years, Covers Bob Dylan ClassicIn a post from Butch Trucks’ personal Facebook page, he wrote: “WOW!!!!!! Past two days have been full of Les Brers tweeking some songs but most of all jamming. Jamming like I haven’t jammed since before Duane died. We got something very serious brewing in Macon once again. We play tonight at the Cox Capital Theater and tomorrow night also. I would suggest being there if you are able. Just might be an historical event.” You heard the man. Tickets for tonight’s show available here.Now check out “Trouble No More” > “Blue Sky” jam, courtesy of young talent Heather Gillis, guitarist/vocalist of Butch Trucks & The Freight Train: Dreams solo and ending with Jack Pearson and the boys. If this don’t make the hair stand up on your head, you aren’t alive! Wanee peeps, this is epic! Lamar WilliamsPosted by Robin Reeves on Thursday, March 24, 2016 Butch and Oteil will also be hosting Roots Rock Revival, a 4-day adventure into the world of southern rock, as a pre-Peach-party, complete with daily musical workshops and late-night jams alongside North Mississippi Allstars brothers Luther Dickinson & Cody Dickinson, legendary saxophonist Bill Evans, the one-and-only Col. Bruce Hampton, as well as Roosevelt Collier, Bruce Katz, Sister Sparrow, and many more. Settled in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve, you don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity!Les Brers @ The Cox Capitol Theatre 3/23/16Hot ‘LantaGilded SplintersTrouble No MoreBlue SkyPlease Caall HomeIcan’t Fix ItEvery Hungry WomanAny DayDimplesDreamsJust An ExpressionAin’t Wastin’ TimeJessicaLes BrersE: Whippin’ Post[Photo from Butch Trucks Facebook page]
Newly formed supergroup Prophets of Rage has created quite the buzz since the project’s mysterious announcement two weeks ago. The group (made up of three of the four members of Rage Against Machine as well as Public Enemy‘s Chuck D, Cypress Hill‘s B-Real, and DJ Lord) launched a website featuring the new project’s mission statement as well as a countdown clock pointing to their official launch party, a show at L.A.’s Whisky-A-Go-Go this past Tuesday night.After Cypress Hill shared crowd-shot video of POR’s debut performance yesterday, full audio of the show has now emerged via YouTube user Ted Weitzman. Give it a spin!Check out the full setlist from the Whisky-A-Go-Go show below:Setlist: Prophets of Rage at Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA – 5/31/16Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy)Guerilla Radio (Rage Against The Machine)Bombtrack (RATM)Miuzi Weighs A Ton (PE)People of the Sun (RATM)Rock Superstar (Cypress Hill)Testify (RATM)CH/PE Medley (“Shoot Em Up” > “Can’t Trust It” > “Insane In the Membrane” > “Bring The Noise” > “I Ain’t Going Out Like That” > “Welcome To The Terrordome”)Sleep Now In The Fire (RATM)New Song (probably called “Shut Them Down”)Know Your Enemy (RATM)The Party’s Over (Prophets of Rage)No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn/Fight The Power (Beastie Boys/Public Enemy)Bulls On Parade (RATM)Killing in The Name (RATM)The Prophets of Rage website now has two new countdown clocks running–one counting down to their next show at The Hollywood Palladium in L.A. this Friday, June 3rd, and one pointing to a new update on Monday at 1pm. Excitement is high for this new collaboration, and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with the latest on Prophets of Rage as new updates unfold.
With the announcement of two new tour dates yesterday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead decided today would be a great time to release a new edition of their “RAD TRACKS TUESDAY” series. Installment #64 comes this year’s run at the Brooklyn Bowl, the band’s home venue. During their three-night stand for the Freaks Ball in March, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead let it all hang out for some great performances.The clip in question shows the band playing three songs segued together during the opening night of the run, including Grateful Dead classics “Hell In A Bucket” and “Shakedown Street.” The third song was a surprising selection, as the band broke out into the famed Allman Brothers instrumental “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” You can hear the crowd’s uproar when they get into it!Watch the “Hell In A Bucket > Shakedown Street > In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” jam session, streaming below:The full setlist from this Brooklyn Bowl opener can be seen below, and a full review is available here.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 3/24/16Set 1 8:43PM – 10:01PMJam ->Not Fade Away Jam @ ->Ruben & Cherise (TH) ->GDTRFB # (ALL) ->Hell In A Bucket (SM) ->Shakedown Street (TH) ->Space ->In Memory of Elizabeth Reed $Mission In The Rain (TH)Set 2 10:24PM – 11:43PM ishJam ->Truckin’ (SM) ->Born Cross-Eyed Jam >Bertha (TH) ->I’m Writing A Novel % (JR) >The Eleven (TH/JR) ->Mississippi Half Step (TH)E: Not Fade Away ^ (ALL)@ – First Time Played, no lyrics# – With an unknown tease (MB) & without the “WBYGN” ending, Segued directly into Bucket$ – First Time Played, Allman Brothers Band Cover. Bustle in Your Hedgerow covered it during the “Bustle Plays Other Shit” show on 2013-08-31% – First Time Played, Father John Misty Cover^ – With a “I’m Writing A Novel” (Father John Misty) tease (TH) and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson on turntables. Not Fade Away ended traditionally with the crowd clapping the beat & singing lyrics back to the band as they walked off stage. Then ?uestlove joined in, starting his DJ set by scratching the Not Fade Away beat on the turntables, in time with the crowd clapping & singing.
Phish were incredible at LOCKN’ Festival this past weekend. Positive vibes were in the air, to say the least, and the band turned in two rockin’ shows that fully showcased their prowess as the masters of improvisation.Friday night’s set featured mind-blowing versions of “Ghost”, “Bathtub Gin”, and “You Enjoy Myself” in the second set, turning in one of the best shows of the summer while blowing away any concerns that Phish would perform a lackluster “festival set”. Sunday’s show was more of the same, with a glorious “Light” followed by “Tweezer” and a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter” helping to bring an excellent weekend to a fitting close.See below for full phish.net setlists from both nights at LOCKN’, and check out full videos of both incredible performances courtesy of YouTube user DrFunkenstein2k. Phish will close out their summer performance schedule with three shows this weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.Phish | 08/26/2016 | LOCKN’ Festival | Oak Ridge Farm | Arrington, VASet 1: Wilson > Down with Disease, Free, Wolfman’s Brother, Tube > 555 > It’s Ice > Wingsuit, Simple, Space OdditySet 2: Punch You In the Eye > Blaze On > Fuego -> Ghost > Bathtub Gin > Backwards Down the Number Line, You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Character Zero Unfinished.Watch Phish’s first night at LOCKN’ in full below.Phish | 08/28/2016 | LOCKN’ Festival | Oak Ridge Farm | Arrington, VASet 1: Sample in a Jar, Martian Monster, Axilla > The Moma Dance > Halley’s Comet > AC/DC Bag, Fuck Your Face > 46 Days, The Line, Limb By Limb > Possum, First TubeSet 2: Carini > Chalk Dust Torture > Twist > Light > Tweezer > No Quarter > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Harry Hood > Tweezer RepriseEncore: Loving CupWatch Phish’s final night at LOCKN’ in full below.
Buffalo rising jam-stars Aqueous have released another awesome pro-shot video, as part of their recent weekly-release trend. After sharing videos of “Origami”, “Numbers and Facts”, and a cover of Radiohead‘s “Paranoid Android” from the same in-studio session, Aqueous have delivered a raging version of “Strange Times” that once again showcases their skills in the live setting. The band plans to release one more video next week, before releasing the whole session as a downloadable EP in the near future.Check out the video of “Strange Times” below, and enjoy the undeniable electric energy of Aqueous!Catch Aqueous and Mungion in New York City on 12/28 @ DROM for a Phish After-Party. Tickets available here.
On Saturday night, The Disco Biscuits returned to Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, marking the 9th installation of the group’s Red Rocks takeover dubbed Bisco Inferno. 2017’s Bisco Inferno was one for the books, with the Biscuits throwing down a fiery performance to close out their four-night Colorado run (led in with a three-night stand at the Ogden Theatre in Denver proper). To start their performance, the Disco Biscuits opened with the start of Queen’s classic number “Bohemian Rhapsody,” led in by a lyrical piano section by Aron Magner. However, the cover quickly tapered off, with the full band joining in and faking out the start of “Spaga” before moving straight into “Rock Candy.” Those caught off-guard by “Spaga” fakeout were not left disappointed, as the group closing out their accelerated first set, which was continually propelled by Allen AuCoin’s drums, by returning to the number, after jamming through “Rock Candy,” an inverted “Crickets,” “The Champions” (a relatively new song debuted at City Bisco in New York City at the end of the summer last year), and an inverted “Mulberry’s Dream.”The Disco Biscuits Kick Off Their Four-Night Colorado Run [Photos/Full Show Video]For their non-stop second set, The Disco Biscuits opened with “Save The Robots,” which featured Jon “Barber” Gutwillig teasing Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days” as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell, whose passing has greatly affected both musicians and fans alike over the past few weeks. From there, the group covered another fallen musical hero, David Bowie, with the ever-popular “Let’s Dance.” Following “The Great Abyss,” the group built out the song into “I-Man,” with “Hot Air Balloon” falling squarely in the center of the “I-Man” sandwich that closed the second set with a massive and triumphant return to the perennial Biscuits’ tune. The group then closed their performance on a high-note, with a spacey rendition of the alternatingly happy-go-lucky and heavy number “Munchkin Invasion” closing out the show. You can check out the setlist and the pro-shot video of the show below.[Photo: Andrew Rios]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/3/2017Set I: Spaga (Bohemian Rhapsody intro & fakeout)-> Rock Candy-> Crickets (inverted)-> The Champions-> Mulberry’s Dream (inverted)-> SpagaSet II: Save the Robots-> Let’s Dance-> The Great Abyss-> I-Man-> Hot Air Balloon-> I-ManEncore: Munchkin Invasion
Of course, we’re not surprised that The Disco Biscuits is the first band to pioneer this technological forefront. These are Ivy League men that we are dealing with, and the technohippies of The Biscuits are constantly on a journey to outdo themselves. Swoop the app here, and enjoy! For fans of The Disco Biscuits, it’s an exciting time. The group just kicked off their annual camping festival, Camp Bisco, and is free streaming all six of their sets across the weekend to those of us who can’t make it out this year. More importantly, however, is an announcement today that might have flown under the radar. The Disco Biscuits just launched an emoji app, and it’s everything you never knew you needed.The Disco Biscuits To Webcast Their Camp Bisco Sets For FreeIf you pop on over to www.tdbemoji.com or search The Disco Biscuits Emoji on the app store, you can download the app. Once you connect it to your phone’s keyboard, you can send surprisingly accurately rendered versions of Barber, Brownie, Allen, and Aron to all of your friends via text.The gang’s all here!Of course, what would a Biscuits’ emoji app be if it didn’t have the option to also spam your own friends with your very own chemical warfare brigade, astronauts, crickets, or helicopters?Apple butter toast is nice.A lot of shimmy in this conga line.Our one complaint about these new emojis is that the dog is not riding ‘gun for their “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.” emoji, instead driving from behind the wheel of what appears to be a Volkswagen Tiguan, but we’ll let it slide this one time.
Umphrey’s McGee will be celebrating their 20th year as a band in 2018, and it seems that the year will be filled with new music and lots of tour dates. The band has just announced that they will release a brand new album called it’s not us on January 12th., with more details on the new album coming soon. Umphrey’s has also announced a big tour in support of the new record that will take the band up and down the East Coast, with several multi-night runs in the mix in some of the band’s most cherished markets.Starting in Pittsburgh at Stage AE on January 11th, Umphrey’s will hit the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati for a two-night run, before making a grand return to New York’s beloved Beacon Theatre, where the band will stop for three consecutive nights, including their proper 20th birthday celebration on Sunday, January 21st. Umphrey’s will also play multiple nights at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, MI, and the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC, while throwing in stops in New Haven CT, Jim Thorpe, PA, Columbus, OH, and Washington D.C., where they’ll make a stop at the brand new venue The Anthem. The band will finish this leg of what should be a lengthy tour in support of it’s not us with a performance at WhigFest Music & Arts Festival in Tampa, FLThe band will be having a pre-sale for all of their upcoming 2018 shows starting on Monday, October 23rd. UMVIP packages for New York, Kalamazoo, and Asheville will also go on sale on October 23rd.See below for full details for Umphrey’s McGee’s 2017-2018 tour, and stay posted for more information on it’s not us.UMPHREY’S MCGEE TOUR DATES: *NEW DATES IN BOLD October 20 Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol TheatreOctober 21 Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol TheatreOctober 22 New York, NY @ Brooklyn BowlOctober 26 Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee HulaweenOctober 27 St. Paul, MN @ Palace TheatreOctober 28 St. Paul, MN @ Palace TheatreNovember 2 Cleveland, OH @ House of BluesNovember 3 Madison, WI @ Orpheum TheaterNovember 4 Madison, WI @ Orpheum TheaterNovember 9 Hermosa, CA @ Saint Rocke **NON-UM: Stickum feat. KrisNovember 11 San Diego, CA @ Winstons Beach Club **NON-UM: Stickum feat. KrisNovember 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge **NON-UM: Kweko feat. KrisDecember 1-5 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic @ Dominican HolidazeDecember 15 Chicago, IL @ Park West **NON-UM: 15th Annual Brendan & Jake Holiday ShowDecember 29 Denver, CO @ Fillmore AuditoriumDecember 30 Denver, CO @ Fillmore AuditoriumDecember 31 Denver, CO @ Fillmore AuditoriumJanuary 11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AEJanuary 12 Cincinatti, OH @ Taft TheatreJanuary 13 Cincinatti, OH @ Taft TheatreJanuary 19 New York, NY @ The Beacon TheatreJanuary 20 New York, NY @ The Beacon TheatreJanuary 21 New York, NY @ The Beacon TheatreJanuary 25 New Haven, CT @ College Street Music HallJanuary 26 Philadelphia, PA @ The FillmoreJanuary 27 Philadelphia, PA @ The FillmoreJanuary 28 Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 Columbus, OH @ Express Live!February 2 Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event CenterFebruary 3 Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event CenterFebruary 15 Washington, DC @ The AnthemFebruary 16 Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com ArenaFebruary 17 Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com ArenaFebruary 18 Tampa, FL @ WhigFest Music & Arts Festival