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Bonnaroo SuperJam 2014 feat. Derek Trucks, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal, Ben Folds, etc.

Bonnaroo SuperJam

Bonnaroo SuperJam group shot by Re:FreshMedia

Derek Trucks Bonnaroo Superjam
June 14, 2014 – 12am
Manchester TN, @ That Tent – Bonnaroo Music Festival

SBD > webcast > Cool Edit Pro > WAV > CD Wave Editor > dbpoweramp > MP3


01. Intro by Hannibal Buress
02. Eleanor Rigby [The Beatles cover]
03. Keep On Growing [Derek & The Dominos cover]
04. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring [Traffic cover]
05. Darlin’ Be Home Soon [The Lovin’ Spoonful cover]
06. Kissing My Love [Bill Withers cover]
07. Respect Yourself [The Staples Sisters cover]
08. Everybody’s Gotta Change Sometimes [Taj Mahal]
09. I Can’t Turn You Loose [Otis Redding cover]
10. Statesboro Blues [The Allman Brothers Band cover]
11. These Arms Of Mine [Otis Redding cover]
12. Space Captain [Matthew Moore / Joe Cocker cover]
13. You’ve Got A Friend [Carol King / Donny Hathaway cover]
14. Signed, Sealed, Delivered [Stevie Wonder cover]
15. What Is And What Should Never Be [Led Zeppelin cover]
16. Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) [Stevie Wonder / Aretha Franklin cover]
17. Tell Me Something Good [Rufus & Chaka Khan]
18. Shining Star [Earth Wind & Fire cover]
19. Sing A Simple Song > I Want To Take You Higher [Sly & The Family Stone cover]

Derek Trucks – guitar
Susan Tedeschi – guitar, vocals
Tim Lefebvre – bass
JJ Johnson – drums
Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell – drums
David Hidalgo – guitar, vocals (Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring)
Eric Krasno – guitar
Nigel Hall – keys, vocals (lead vox on Respect Yourself, You’ve Got A Friend & Shining Star)
Kofi Burbridge – keys, flute?
The Shady Horns: Ryan Zoidis (sax), James Casey (sax), Eric Bloom (trumpet)
Alecia Chakour, Jasmine Muhammad, ?Mark Rivers? & Mike Mattison – background vocals
Willie Weeks – bass
James Gadson – drums (enters on t6)
Adam Deitch – drums (enters on t6)
Saunders Sermons – vocals, trombone (on Kissing My Love)
Taj Mahal – guitar, vocals (on t8 to t11)
Anthony Hamilton – vocals (on These Arms Of Mine & Signed Sealed Delivered)
Ben Folds – piano, vocals (on Space Captain)
Chaka Khan – vocals (t14 to t17)
Andrew Bird – ??
Karl Denson – ??

Group photo by Re:Fresh Media.
Live shots by John Partipilo / The Tennessean.

The Roots & Brass Heaven – 2007 Tour

The Roots & Brass Heaven – Game Theory > Star > Sing A Simple Song > Long Time > I Ain’t No Joke > Get On The Good Foot (3/11/07 NYC @ Nokia Theatre)

Back in early 2007, The Roots went on tour with a 4 piece brass band named Brass Heaven. In my opinion, this tour was the absolute apex of The Roots as a touring unit.

The setlist was awesome, with covers of tunes by Sly Stone, Rakim, James Brown, The JBs, Kool & The Gang, The Police, The New Birth and even Ram Jam’s “Black Betty.”

The energy on these shows was just through the roof. Questlove had a glow in the dark, black and white camo drum kit and even brought out a small trap kit to play at the front of the stage for the JB’s portion of the show. They closed each show with a 15 minute funked out version of The New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” (this arrangement eventually morphed into the arrangement used for the title track on the Roots last album, How I Got Over) complete with a Soul Train Line with each and every band member dancing through.

The track at the top of the page is the first 20 minutes of the show (taken from an excellent audience recording, courtesy of It’s All The Way Live). That track begins with The Roots & Brass Heaven marching into the theatre from the back, unamplified, in New Orleans street parade fashion.  Note Black Thought’s dead on recital of Rakim’s “I Ain’t No Joke” verses (& the pitch perfect recreation of the horn stabs of The JB’s “Pass The Peas,” which Eric B. & Rakim sampled for the original track).  Also, don’t miss the subleties that the sousaphone adds to the bottom end throughout.

The Roots & Brass Heaven – Gimme Some More > Way With Words (2/20/07 Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ)

This second track is from the middle portion of the show (taken from a SBD source). It begins with a workout on The JB’s “Gimme Some More,” played by only Brass Heaven & Questlove (playing at the front of the stage on a small trap kit).  This segues into the re-entrance of the full Roots band and the performance of an unreleased tune, roughly titled “Brown Sugar Jawn” aka “Way With Words.” The tune is based on the music of D’angelo’s Brown Sugar with Black Thought’s “Way With Words” verses on top.

Big thanks to sol-exposure for the Tuba Gooding Jr. pic. Check out her site, as she has many great live music pictures.