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John Medeski’s Mad Skillet announced fall 2019 tour dates in the Northeast and the South.
The lineup for the inaugural Into The Woods Music Festival features Leftover Salmon, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet and many others.
John Medeski’s Mad Skillet will mix headlining shows and dates supporting The Motet in February 2019.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Charles Bradley, J Mascis, The Revivalists, Donna The Buffalo, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Rhett Miller, Fleet Foxes and The Beatles.
The supergroup John Medeski’s Mad Skillet will soon release their debut studio album and unveiled the single “Invincible Bubble.”
Keyboardist John Medeski will lead supergroup John Medeski’s Mad Skillet on their first-ever U.S. Tour this fall.
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About Will Bernard
A Berkeley, CA native and recent Brooklyn transplant, guitarist Will Bernard began playing and recording on an international level as a member of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble, who made their recorded debut with Don Cherry on MULTIKUTI (A&M 1989). Since then Will has participated in a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. In the 90s Will recorded and performed with many projects under the direction of acclaimed producer Lee Townsend and worked with groups ranging from the Hindustani-influenced Jai Uttal to the political hip-hop group the Coup. The most successful of these projects was the group T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose sophomore album IF FOUR WAS ONE was nominated for a Grammy in 1997.
Will broke out as a bandleader in 1998 with the release of MEDICINE HAT (Antilles/Polygram), showcasing his expert chops and flair for funky, bottom-heavy soul-jazz. He then followed up with two self produced albums on his own label, Dreck to Disk, before finding a new home on Palmetto Records.
Will’s debut recording for Palmetto Records, PARTY HATS, was released February 20, 2007. Matt Balitsaris, President of Palmetto Records, welcomed Will: “We’re psyched to have Will Bernard in the Palmetto family. He’s a soulful player who writes groovy tunes with a distinctive point of view. PARTY HATS wants to live in your car.” PARTY HATS was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for best contemporary jazz album.
BLUE PLATE SPECIAL, Will’s follow-up Palmetto recording, includes performances by Stanton Moore, Andy Hess and John Medeski. The album is scheduled for release on September 30th 2008, rounding out a prolific and momentous year for Will Bernard. As a player and composer, Will contributed to Bernard-Emer-Lackner-Ferber whose recording NIGHT FOR DAY helped to launch artist-run label Brooklyn Jazz Underground in April 2008. Following that, ROCKAMOVYA, comprised of Bernard, members of Groundation and reggae legend Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, was released in June 2008 on Young Tree. Will also toured extensively supporting PARTY HATS and the Stanton Moore Trio’s second Telarc release EMPHASIS ON PARENTHESIS.
As a touring artist, Will Bernard has been gaining steady momentum, performing in his own band or as a member of the Stanton Moore Trio, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Groundation, and numerous other lineups. The Will Bernard band has performed at The Monterey, North Sea, SF Jazz, Bumbershoot, Be-Bop and Brew, Montreal, Vancouver and The High Sierra festivals, as well as clubs across the country and through Canada. They have opened for Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, Jimmy McGriff, The Funky Meters, John Scofield, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Ziggy Modeliste and the Charlie Hunter Quartet.
Dead & Company wrapped a two-night stand at Wrigley Field in Chicago with a second set featuring “Spanish Jam” and more.
Gov’t Mule teamed with Lukas Nelson, Arleigh Kincheloe, The Better Half Singers and more for a tribute to the original Woodstock on Saturday night at this year’s Mountain Jam music festival.
Phish highlighted their Friday night headlining set at Bonnaroo with a healthy dose of cosmic disco, while leaning in on a number of their most well-known jam vehicles.
After a multi-year hiatus, Gov’t Mule made their Mountain Jam return count on Friday night at Bethel Woods in Bethel, New York.
Dead & Company fit their debut version of “To Lay Me Down” into the setlist on Friday night in Chicago at Wrigley Field.