DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Exploring an opportunity that could additionally change the face, and the future, of road racing, GRAND-AM Road Racing and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Tuesday night announced a license and cooperation agreement with the Internationale Tourenwagen-Rennen (ITR e.V.), which administers DTM racing.The collective goal is a North American version of DTM, the popular German touring car series. Representatives from all three organizations gathered for the announcement during a press conference at the InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel’s Gotham Ballroom, an event highlighted by GRAND-AM founder Jim France and ITR Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht signing the agreement. The earliest the new series would begin would be 2015, possibly running as part of United SportsCar Racing event weekends. United SportsCar Racing was announced March 14 as the name of the new series resulting from the merger of GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. IMSA will serve as the sanctioning body for United SportsCar Racing, which also was announced on March 14.“On the heels of our United SportsCar Racing and IMSA announcements, reaching this agreement adds to the momentum we’re experiencing right now,” GRAND-AM President and CEO Ed Bennett said.“The next steps in this process will involve further discussions with various automotive manufacturers, whose commitment to this concept is essential if a North American DTM-style series is to become reality.”If realized, a North American version of DTM would join the current Europe-based DTM and Japan-based Super GT platforms. DTM is administered by ITR e.V., Super GT by GT Association (GTA). ITR e.V. and Super GT agreed last October to a cooperation starting in 2014.“The new technical regulations and the formed partnerships represent — for the first time in the history of the sport — a global platform for the manufacturers involved,” said Aufrecht, “a platform offering them the opportunity to race — on the same technical basis and with the best global promoters as guarantee for a competitive and attractive platform — in the core markets of North America, Europe and Asia.“In addition to the six German and Japanese manufacturers — Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan and Toyota — which are already involved, the new cooperation quite obviously also offers a new and extraordinary field of activity for the American premium manufacturers such as Cadillac, Lincoln or Dodge SRT within the framework of future motorsport programs. Now, we have to inform and thrill them together with our new partner GRAND-AM/IMSA and encourage them to get involved.”Said GTA Chairman Massaki Bandoh: “The new partnership between the parties will further increase the value of DTM, GRAND-AM, IMSA and SUPER GT. This would be the opening of the doors for globalization of GT/Touring car races. We have to take this opportunity to cooperate with each other.”European automobile manufacturers responded optimistically to news of the agreement, acknowledging the importance of the U.S. market to their businesses and the direct link DTM-style racing would create with consumers. “This offers the opportunity to use the Audi RS 5 DTM in a premium race series not only in Europe but in Asia and North America too, in the future,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Audi AG’s Board of Management member, technical development. “For Audi as a globally operating company, this development represents an exciting and interesting option.” Jens Marquardt, BMW’s motorsport director, said his organization “welcomes the planned cooperation between DTM and GRAND-AM/IMSA. It represents another important step on the way to the internationalisation of DTM. We as BMW are extremely open-minded, regarding these plans. The North American market represents the biggest market area for BMW in general — and the biggest market area for BMW M vehicles, too. BMW has got a great motor-racing tradition in the USA and therefore, we are truly happy about the prospect to also see DTM vehicles racing in the USA, in the future.” “For Mercedes-Benz, the U.S. represents the biggest market area worldwide,” said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “We are particularly delighted about the long-term cooperation deal between DTM and GRAND-AM/IMSA. Thanks to the technical basis agreed upon, we will be offered the opportunity to use our DTM cars to also demonstrate the competitiveness of our brand on U.S./North American race tracks, in the future.” Sports car racing legend Hans Stuck, now the president of Germany’s motorsports governing body, Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB), considers the current DTM competitive environment a template for success.“If you want to hold motor-racing events in car nations such as Germany or the U.S., your grid must feature cars that have what it takes to fascinate the crowds,” Stuck said. “The technical DTM regulations that were developed by DMSB in close cooperation with the car manufacturers involved – Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – combine this guideline with an extremely high safety level that also represents an international benchmark. We are delighted that these regulations will be used not only in Europe, in the future, but also in Japan and the U.S.” ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. Alliance’s goal: North American version of German touring car series
Earlier this month, a 10-track collection of previously unheard Jeff Buckley demos were released, entitled You And I. Recorded shortly after he was signed to his label in 1993, the unheard demos sat forgotten for over 20 years, and feature mostly covers, varying from The Smiths, to Bob Dylan, Sly & The Family Stone, Bukka White and Led Zeppelin, as well as a few musical rarities and two original songs. Today, a new music video for Buckley’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman” has been released, as created by interactive media company Interlude and Blind design studios. Unlike a traditional music video, this one is entirely interactive, giving viewers complete control over the love story’s narrative. By clicking different story cells as they pass through the screen, the scene changes. There are 73 different story cells to click on, with around 1 sexdecillion possible outcomes (that’s 1 with 51 zeros). Spend The Next 52 Minutes Inside A Young Jeff Buckley’s Head With ‘You And I’ [Full Album Stream/Review]The music can also be controlled by clicking different story cells. The song starts out with a young Buckley’s voice and a guitar, but can add over 16,000 different combinations of musical choices, from a piano to an entire orchestra with a choir. This unique platform allows for the originally stripped-down cut of the song to be experienced endlessly different each time.“The goal of this video is for both existing and new fans to enjoy many ways of experiencing the music, and for each individual audience member to return over and over to be involved with the emotion differently each time,” Yoni Block, Interlude CEO and co- founder, tells Mashable.Part of what makes the old recordings in You And I so spectacular is their true nature. The interactive music video platform gives fans the opportunity to experience Buckley’s music in a more diverse setting, as the artist left this Earth much to soon only four years after his career truly began.Jeff Buckley’s Previously-Unreleased Recording Of The Smiths Surfaces With New Music Video“Jeff Buckley fans have always felt a strong personal connection with his music, which should be especially true with the incredibly intimate recordings on You and I,” explains Legacy Recordings president Adam Block.“We hope this video will be a moving way to extend that personal connection by allowing people to express themselves and how the song makes them feel in almost endless ways.”Take a spin:[via Mashable]
Details continue to emerge about a mysterious new project called Electric Beethoven, helmed by Tea Leaf Green/Billy & The Kids bassist Reed Mathis. After appearing on the Jam Cruise lineup, Mathis continues to drop hints about the band on a daily basis. Described as “Classical Dance Music,” we continue to learn about new contributors to the project. Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Cochrane McMillan, Clay Welch and Joe Russo have all been featured on the band’s Instagram page, but today’s hint has us particularly excited. It appears that Phish bassist Mike Gordon is involved as well.You can listen to a clip from one of the band’s songs featuring Mike Gordon, below. While it’s unclear whether Gordon will be involved with any live performances, his bass playing is certainly a warm welcome to any album. Considering that this release seems to be modernized versions of Beethoven classics, we’re beyond excited to learn more about this group.
Live for Live Music is proud to present a special all-star tribute to Prince, set to take place at Denver, CO’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Friday, July 8th. Billed as “When Doves Cry,” the lineup is made up of Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Dave Watts (The Motet), Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit), Gabriel Mervine (The Motet), and singers Nephrok (The Nephrok All-Stars), Cory Baker, Tanya Shylock, and Emily Clark.“Prince performed music that he believed in and never worried about being cool in the eyes of those around him. He is a true artist that encompassed all walks of style and musical influence. His guitar playing and production were perfect ingredients to his delicious musical recipes,” said guitarist Marcus Rezak. “I love playing his music; the full experience of his lyrics and sexualized persona is just incredible.”A limited amount of $10 early-bird tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased HERE. $15 GA tickets will be available after that, with $20 tix available day of show.Watch full set footage from the last “When Doves Cry” tribute, which was held at The Hall At MP in Brooklyn, NY last month.Full details can be seen on the poster below, and you can click the image to find out more information.
Supergroup Prophets Of Rage made their live television debut last night, bringing their brand of political rap/rock to Jimmy Kimmel Live for a raucous performance. The band, consisting of Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford alongside Chuck D. of Public Enemy and B. Real of Cypress Hill, performed two songs: RATM’s epic “Killing In The Name”, followed by the band’s first new single, the self-titled “Prophets of Rage”.The new song is a re-working of the Public Enemy song of the same name, as the band augmented the song with new music and lyrics from B. Real.Watch videos of both songs from Prophets of Rage on Jimmy Kimmel Live below.Watch Prophets of Rage perform “Killing In The Name” on Jimmy Kimmel LiveWatch Prophets of Rage perform their self-titled new single on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Ohio-based jammers The Werks have announced a Winter addition of their hometown The Werk Out Festival. The two-night “Winter Werk Out” will be held on February 3rd-4th at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH. The host band will play both nights and be joined by a solid lineup of artists.The Werks Announce Two New “Werk Out Festival” Offshoots Along Extensive 2017 Tour ScheduleJoining The Werks will be The Floozies, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Honeycomb, Vibe & Direct, Lespecial, EGi, Peridoni, and Ghost Gardens. Additional artists will be announced further down the road. A limited allotment of $30 advanced two-day passes are currently available, with each individual day priced at $20 in advance.A special $70 Two-Day VIP Pass is also available, which includes a VIP viewing area, private cash bar, an autographed poster, and more. For more details check out TheWerkOutFestival.com.The Werks also announced a Werk Out West Music & Arts Festival from March 17th-18th in Denver, CO, which has yet to announce a lineup. Stay tuned for more details on that.
Tickets for the run go on sale next Friday, April 14th via Ticketmaster.For a full list of Panic’s upcoming scheduled dates, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via Daniel Ojeda] While it has been well-documented that Athens rock stalwarts Widespread Panic will be “slowing down” the scope of their famously rigorous touring schedule in 2017, there is still plenty of Panic on the books in the coming months. The band is scheduled to headline some of the biggest jam-friendly events of the 2017 festival “season,” including the upcoming Wanee Music Festival, “hometown” Georgia festival Sweetwater 420 Fest, the iconic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, stacked summer favorites like LOCKN’ Festival and The Peach Music Festival, and more. Last month, Panic announced the return of their annual Red Rocks Amphitheatre run in June, where they will surely continue their 50+ show sellout streak.Today, Widespread Panic has announced that they will perform a three-night run in Las Vegas from October 27th – 29th at the Park Theater in the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino to celebrate Halloween. The run was announced via an Instagram post from the band’s account:
Over its eight-year existence, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival has become one of the summer’s elite festivals, with a built-in local base that brings in thousands of people from all over the country. And while the overall musical diversity of the fest has expanded over the years to include a myriad of genres, co-producers/promoters Silver Wrapper, React Presents, Cold Grums and Metronome have stayed true to their core demographic in securing a mixture of top talent from the electronic, jam, and hip-hop scenes. Set to take place from Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3, 2017, this year’s NCMF looks to be the best yet. Today, they’ve upped the bill with the lineup additions Primus, bass favorites Ganja White Night, Chicago’s own Autograf and Grammy-award winning duo Bob Moses. See below for the weekend’s full breakdown.Friday’s festivities will see back-to-back performances from Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz, with another headlining set from Gucci Mane. Also performing on Friday are Bonobo (Live), Lil Dicky, Lettuce, and BADBADNOTGOOD. Another surprise guest will be announced at later date, along with The Russ Liquid Test, Harrison Brome, Websterx, Akenya, Chicago’s resident laidback DJ Edamame, and now Autograf.On Saturday, reggae prodigy Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, instrumental electronic rock ensemble Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and champion of Chipotle and wild bass heaters Carnage will close out the evening in extraordinary style and spectacle. Day 2 will also see live sets from Big Boi, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Manic Focus with his accompanying live band. Attendees can also look forward to Paul Malone, Don Diablo, Tank and the Bangas, A Tribe Called Red, Whethan, Spafford, SunSquabi, London On Da The Track, Goldfish, Saint Wknd, and Carlile.Finally, eclectic alt-rock heroes Ween, iconic electronic composer Tipper, and a soon to be announced “special surprise headliner” will close out the weekend on Sunday. Day 3 will also be graced by performances from Skepta, Hippie Sabotage, and three more surprise guests. Other acts include Destructo, The Cool Kids, Elephante, Electric Guest, Late Night Radio, Vallis Alps, Kasbo, Chicago’s own Rich Jones, and now, Primus, Bob Moses, and Ganja White Night.More information can be found on the festival website. See below for the full announcement:
On Wednesday night, Soulive returned to New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl for the 7th edition of their residency at the famous venue dubbed Bowlive, which sees the group joined by a number of unique special guests during each performance. For the inaugural show of their eight-night residency at Brooklyn Bowl this year, Soulive members Eric Krasno, Alan Evans, and Neal Evans were joined by multi-instrumentalist Karl Denson and guitarist Steve Kimock, coming together to put on a fiery performance to start Soulive’s run. Though not originally billed, Bobby Vega and Leslie Mendelson were also announced to perform last night’s show ahead of the event, rounding out the all-star crew.Eric Krasno Band Adds Phish Late Night Show With Brandon “Taz” Niederauer BandAs is appropriate with Steve Kimock, a guitarist with roots in Grateful Dead history, and Karl Denson, who recently wrapped up a run with Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, on hand, as reported on setlist.fm, the augmented lineup played through a number of Grateful Dead tunes, including “West L.A. Fadeaway” and “Scarlet Begonias.” Tonight, Soulive continues on with the second night of their residency, which will see Doyle Brahmall II and Ron Artis II join the group to perform Rubber Soulive in its entirety, while over the weekend, Soulive will be joined by Antwaun Stanley, The Snarky Horns, Sam Kininger, and The London Souls, in addition to performing a special “Bowlive for Kids” set on Saturday afternoon.Watch Bob Weir And Eric Krasno Join Steve Kimock & Friends In CaliforniaYou can check out photos from last night’s performance below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Scott Blackstein. You can also head over to the Soulive website here for more information about this year’s Bowlive residency and to snag tickets to its upcoming nights. Load remaining images
Sunsquabi are proud TUNES ambassadors for the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation. SunSquabi and Oskar Blues team up to spread a love of music by hosting music workshops and donating instruments to public school programs in need. In order to support these ongoing efforts, $1 from all tickets sold for the show at the Fillmore Auditorium will go to benefit the foundation. In conjunction with this show, Sunsquabi members are teaming up with CAN’d Aid to host a music workshop and instrument donation for Title I schools in the Denver area. To learn more about the CAN’d Aid Foundation and their work, visit www.candaid.orgEnter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets Below! SunSquabi has released their first official live recording to date. After years of holding back on releasing live shows, the band is now ready to unveil Live in Boulder. The show was recorded in its entirety at the Fox Theatre on Feb. 4th, 2017 and features a 90-min musical odyssey mixed with the energy of their hometown crowd of Boulder, CO. The set list features tracks from Deluxe EP, Odyssey EP, Anytime EP and includes special guests throughout the show.The band has been playing shows at the Fox Theatre since their inception and will forever be the venue they hold dearest in their hearts–making this release a special one. “It only felt right to put out our first official live release with the Fox Theatre,” says Kevin Donohue (guitar, keys, production). “This is where it all started and it’s a really cool feeling to be able to share that energy with listeners.”Look for more live releases to come from SunSquabi in the very near future!SunSquabi Taps The Russ Liquid Test, Escort, Defunk, and Flamingosis For Biggest Show YetSunSquabi is performing at Fillmore Auditorium, Saturday November 11th. Presented by Griz’s All Good Records, SunSquabi will be joined by The Russ Liquid Test (New Orleans, LA), Escort Live Band (Brooklyn, NY) and Defunk (Canada) with special guest Flamingosis to round out the bill with tweener sets all night.All Good Records and SunSquabi have curated the November 11th show to cultivate a full-blown dance party with some of their favorite acts performing today. As one of the scene’s most renowned live acts, and in anticipation of their upcoming performance at the Fillmore, SunSquabi is excited to bring in a full concert experience with their largest and most immersive audio and visual production ever.Colorado has seen SunSquabi grow from supporting artists at the Fox Theatre in Boulder to playing the world renowned Red Rocks amphitheater 3 years in a row. Standing at the forefront of the epicenter of the electro-funk scene in Colorado, the trio have championed the thriving genre as one of the culture’s integral live acts. In 2017, SunSquabi took their live show across North America, to festivals from Summer Camp to Electric Forest to Camp Bisco, and are thrilled to bring it all home to their home town fans on November 11th. Tickets are on sale now!Listen to SunSquabi’s Live In Boulder below: