One of the songs from Neil Young and Promise of the Real’s epic 3 1/2 hour show last night @Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ 7/16/15. Thanks to Rick McGraw for posting this video.
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“A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop”, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Tato Melgar, Anthony Logerfo, and Corey McCormick (Camden, NJ 7/16/15)Friday, July 17th, 2015
by: Gary Graff
As Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson grew up with Neil Young around and feeling like “family.”
But he and the other members of his band, including younger brother and fellow guitarist Micah, are still pinching themselves about backing Young on his new politically charged new album, “The Monsanto Years,” and being on the road with the iconoclastic rocker this summer.
“It’s pretty incredible. It’s epic,” Nelson, 26, says by phone from the group’s tour bus. “I feel like there’s a natural flow between us, and that’s really nice. He’s a good friend and we look up to him, and it feels like we’re getting an experience that is beyond rare.”
It also brings things full circle for Nelson and Promise of the Real.
The group actually took its name from a lyric in Young’s song “Walk On.” Nelson met drummer Anthony Logerto at a Young concert during 2008 in Los Angeles and decided to start the group after that.
“I remember seeing (Young) playing there and just wanting to be out on that stage so badly and jamming like that,” Nelson recalls. “We started the band after that, based on our love for Neil. We would just jam Neil Young songs. I was writing a lot and we would play our own material, but Neil was a huge influence as well as my dad, Stevie Ray Vaughan, (Jimi) Hendrix.
“Now here we are, eight years later, still doing it — with Neil.”
Music, of course, was inextricably in Nelson and Micah’s DNA. A Christmas Day baby born in Texas to Nelson and his current wife, Annie, he was raised partly in Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles in 2007 study at Loyola Marymount University. He’d started playing guitar when he was 12, but remembers that “before I started playing music I wanted to be a professional swimmer, and then I got into skateboarding and was pretty good at that — but not good enough. Music just captured me, and I flew away and didn’t think about anything else.”
Promise of the Real has released two albums — 2010’s self-titled debut and 2012’s “Wasted” — as well as an EP, and has recorded a third, “Something Real,” that’s due out later this year. Lukas also played on his father’s 2012 release “Heroes” and frequently plays in his live band. “He’s very good,” Willie Nelson says of his son. “He’s got that young, fresh energy but he knows the tradition, too.”
Lukas, meanwhile, affirms that “any chance I get, I love being with my dad.”
“That’s the greatest feeling in the world, being up there with him. There’s nothing comparable to that — even being out here with Neil, which is the greatest experience in my life, in some ways. But it’s just a different feeling being up there with dad and supporting him.”
Promise of the Real’s connection with Young started with a impromptu performance with Lukas and Micah at last September’s Farm Aid concert. Young tapped the full band shortly after that to play with him at the Harvest Of Hope concert in Nebraska protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Backing Young at his annual Bridge School Benefit concerts the next month in California locked in the relationship, and then Lukas received an email from Young saying, “‘I got some songs. Do you want to go in the studio?’ We said ‘sure,’ so we spent six weeks doing that, and it came out great.”
Nelson says he and Promise of the Real are in total sympathy with the “Monsanto Years” slams against corporate greed, which single out Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Safeway and, of course, the Monsanto agrochemical company, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and Citizens United. But they’ve also been happy hitting the road and dipping deep into Young’s catalog, playing rarities such as “Hold Back the Tears” and “Out in the Wasteland” as well as Buffalo Springfield’s “Flying On the Ground is Wrong.”
All told, Nelson figures Promise of the Real learned nearly 80 of Young’s songs, rehearsing on its own for a solid week and a half before it even got in a room with Young.
“It’s amazing to be playing these older tunes and stuff he hasn’t done in years,” Nelson notes. “We all have a lot of reverence for Neil and are just in general awe. But I feel like the vibe out here is just perfect.
“They’re Neil’s tunes. He wrote them all. We’re going out there and just trying to be the best supporting band we can be. It’s a really great thing for us. We’re learning so much. We’re just trying to absorb all the knowledge that we can, and hopefully we’ll get to do it again.”
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Gary Graff is a longtime Detroit-area music critic and rock and roll reporter. Reach the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Gary on Twitter: @GraffonMusic.
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL – “Set Me Down on a Cloud” (High Sierra 2013) #JAMINTHEVAN
For those who like just a little country twang with their rock and roll, wait no more. LUKAS NELSON AND THE PROMISE OF THE REAL are an American rock n roll group based out of California. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs. Now at age 24, Lukas is building his following the old fashioned way by touring year round and delivering high energy performances to fans across the country. The band has performed more than 400 shows in the past 3 years and have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan.
Cody Canada was the lead singer of the Oklahoma based rock-country band Cross Canadian Ragweed, which sold more than 1 million records. Canada is now back in vintage form with his four-piece band The Departed. With a newfound energy and that Red Dirt swagger, CODY CANADA and the DEPARTED are touring in support of its lastest album,HippieLovePunk, and the show will also feature some Ragweed classics.
Thanks to Jenny Thompson, for capturing screen shots from the Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Show last night. The band performed with Lost Lonely Boys, in the State Room, in Salt Lake City, and the show was streamed live, which was so nice, because fans could watch it everywhere. I am really starting to like this streaming stuff.
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real will perform at the ARISE festival in Loveland this summer, August 7 – 9, 2015. Westword Magazine in Denver is having a contest to win two VIP tickets to the show.
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“Part Burning Man…Pure Colorado” —Denver Post
The ARISE Music Festival, featuring six stages of music, three days of yoga, workshops and camping in the majestic Rocky Mountains just outside of Loveland, CO. ARISE was recently named one of the top seven next-gen festivals in the nation by Buzzfeed
Located in Loveland, Colorado the ARISE Music Festival features 3 days of Music, Yoga, Workshops and co-creative experiences of all kinds. Surrounded by national forest, the festival takes place at Sunrise Ranch – an oasis in the heart of Colorado’s legendary Front Range. Featuring sweeping vistas and beautiful meadows, this magical and secluded landscape is a perfect container for participants to entertain and be entertained, be inspired, explore their creative potentials, connect with nature, stretch out, dive in, and dance. With a focus on conscious music, the ARISE Music Festival seeks performers in multiple genres and styles to keep the lineup diverse. You may find that you discover as many new bands at ARISE, as the number of bands you came to see.
Lukas Nelson, Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, Aaron Redner, perform at Benefit for Music Heals (May 26, 2015)Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
A Benefit for Music Heals International
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and Doobie Decibel System (Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, Aaron Redner (Hot Buttered Rum, Grateful Bluegrass Boys) and other California musicians will perform at A Benefit for Music Heals International on May 26, 2015. The concert will be at the Sweetwater Music Hall, in Mill Valley, CA
Tue, May 26, 2015
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$35 Advance/$40 Day of show/$60 VIP
The show is all ages.
Please join MHI and SWMH for A Magical Evening of Music Benefiting the Children of Haiti and to Support the Continuing Great Work of Sara Wasserman & Music Heals International.
by: Andy Greene
Last September, just before he took the stage at Farm Aid Neil Young was hanging out on his tour bus with Willie Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas. Out of nowhere, he asked if they wanted to come out and join him on “Rockin’ In The Free World” at the end of his set. “We were like, ‘Fuck yeah, dude,'” says Micah. “It felt great, like we’d been jamming together forever.”
Lukas and Micah both play guitar and have their own bands. Lukas, 26, fronts Promise of the Real, while Micah, 25, plays with Insects vs Robots and occasionally plays solo under the name Particle Kid. They have known Young as far back as they can remember. “He’s ‘Uncle Neil,'” Micah tells Rolling Stone. “But until a couple of Farm Aids ago, we never had a chance to just hang out and get a vibe from each other. At the same time, I feel like I’ve always known him forever through his music because it’s so honest.”
In the fall of 2007, Lukas met his future Promise of the Real bandmate Anthony Logerfo when they both caught Young’s show at Nokia Live in Los Angeles. “After the show, we went back to his place and went surfing in the night with a bunch of his buddies,” says Lukas. “I got stung by a stingray, and that night I had to sleep on his couch with my foot in a bucket of hot water to neutralize the [venom] protein. He brought me this huge pile of weed and I knew we’d be best friends after that.”
They called their new band, which features Logerfo on drums, Tato Melgar on percussion and Corey McCormick on bass, Promise of the Real after Young’s line, “Some get stoned, some get strange, but sooner or later it all gets real” from 1974’s “Walk On.” “We listened to Neil Young every day when we started the band,” says Lukas. “And ‘Walk On’ has always been one of my favorite songs.”
“Monsanto is the poster child for the problems we’re having with the corporate government,” Young recently said.
Two weeks after last year’s Farm Aid, Young and Nelson headlined the Harvest the Hope concert in Neligh, Nebraska to protest the proposed Keystone Pipeline. “We were playing as my father’s band that night,” says Lukas. “And Neil called us onto his bus and worked out a few songs he wanted to play with us. All of us just had a blast.”
The Bridge School Benefit came about weeks later, and once again Young called out Micah, Lukas and Promise of the Real to back him on a few songs. “We didn’t know that was going to happen,” says Lukas. “But we brought our instruments just in case he wanted us to join him. It went really well, but after that we didn’t talk for a while.”
Sometime in December, an e-mail arrived from Young. “He was like, ‘Hey, I wrote a bunch of new songs,” says Micah. “I want you guys to come do the record with me. Love, Neil.” They were stunned beyond belief. “I was so stoked,” says Lukas. “I can’t even describe how elated I was.”
The weeks passed and no plans came into place, but on January 7th, Rolling Stone asked Young about his next album at the International Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “‘I’m working on another album now that I’m going to be doing with Willie Nelson’s sons,” he said. It’s called The Monsanto Years. It’s an upbeat review of the situation.” The album is set for release in June, but at the time, this was news to more people than just Young fans. “That’s how we knew it was real,” says Micah. “With Neil, we’ve learned not to expect anything until it’s actually happening. Once it’s in print in the press and he said it, that was the moment where we knew it was for real.”
by: Katie Delong
MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are excited to announce the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2015. The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real (with special guest to be announced) will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 5th as the closing performance of Summerfest.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have joined forces and will release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years, on June 16th via Reprise Records. The politically/ecologically-charged album will be released via participating digital retailers and Young’s online music store PonoMusic.com, as well as on physical CD and vinyl in stores and on Neil’s official web store: http://neilyoung.warnerbrosrecords.com/.
Promise of the Real is an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), along with Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson, and Young on previous occasions. For the first time, they have recorded and will now tour together under the banner of the Rebel Content Tour. For further information on Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, visit: http://www.promiseofthereal.com/.
The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real will kick off on July 5th at Summerfest.
Every ticket purchased will include the choice of a standard physical CD or standard digital copy of his new album, The Monsanto Years. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates.
The Rebel Content Tour dates:
July 5 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
July 8 Red Rocks Denver, CO
July 9 Red Rocks Denver, CO
July 11 Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
July 13 Riverbend Music Center Cincinatti, OH
July 14 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
July 16 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
July 17 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
July 19 Champlain Valley Expo Essex Junction, VT
July 21 Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
July 22 Xfinity Center Great Woods, MA
July 24 Wayhome Festival Oro-Medonte, Canada
Tickets for the Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real on Sunday, July 5th go on sale Friday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. CDT and include Summerfest admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office in person and by phone at 1.414.273.2600, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1.800.745.3000 (live Ticketmaster Agent) or 1.866.448.7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line). Patrons may also utilize “ticketfast” at Ticketmaster.com to print barcoded concert tickets from home. Convenience fees may be added to all purchases.
PLEASE NOTE: To purchase Marcus Amphitheater tickets in person at the Summerfest Box Office on the day of the on sale, patrons must visit the temporary location at the Mid Gate on the corner of Harbor Drive and Chicago Street. Parking will be available across the street.
Summerfest fans get access to “Stay Connected” Pre-sales before tickets go on sale to the general public when they subscribe to receive Summerfest News email alerts at Summerfest.com, “Like” Summerfest on Facebook or follow Summerfest on Twitter. The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real presale will run Thursday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT or until pre-sale inventory has been exhausted.
Summerfest 2015 will take place June 24th – 28th and June 30th – July 5th from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, June 29th.
Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest. For more details, visit Summerfest.com.
Paul Rodgers will have anything but bad company surrounding him when he takes the stage on July 6 to close out the 14th edition of the Thunder Bay Blues Festival.
This year’s lineup has a little something for everyone, says Bob Halvorsen, who’s been scouring the music scene all winter long looking for the perfect mix of musicians to set the Lake Superior shoreline a-rockin’ this summer.
Rodgers, best-known as the front-man of ‘70s rockers Bad Company, will be joined by the likes of Johnny Reid and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who returns to the headlining stage after a seven-year absence.
Other well-known names include the Sheepdogs, former Glass Tiger singer Alan Frew and Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, who brings his solo act to Thunder Bay.
Lesser-known names sure to create electricity at Marina Park include Doyle Bramhall II, who shreds for Eric Clapton and spent time in the Arc Angels, and Lukas Nelson, son of country legend Willie Nelson and no slouch himself on the guitar.
It’s Nelson that has Halvorsen salivating to see.
“I always seem to have one who sticks in my brain, and this year it’s Lukas Nelson on Sunday,” Halvorsen said, admitting he didn’t like the first song he heard when first contacted by Nelson’s agent.
But not one to give up quickly, he clicked on another song and was sold in a heartbeat.
“I spent Sunday night going through YouTube watching his videos. There are two or three videos of him on the Letterman show and I was just absolutely star struck. The guy is an absolutely phenomenal guitar player,” Halvorsen said.
At the time he didn’t realize who Nelson’s famous father was, but the voice gave it away.
“Once you hear that voice, combined with that playing, it really is incredible,” Halvorsen said. “I really think people are going to be very, very impressed with Lukas Nelson.”
Organizer Trevor Hurtig said they’ve tried to diversify the Blues Festival lineup in recent years, bringing in the likes of Serena Ryder, 38 Special and Great Big Sea to appeal to broader audiences. But they’ve never strayed from the annual festival’s blues roots.
It’s a chance to expose both sides to different genres, Hurtig said.
“I don’t hear too many people coming down and saying, ‘Well, I only came for this artist and I didn’t enjoy anything else,” he said. “Most everybody tells us they had a great time and that they really enjoyed all of the music, even though they may have only come for one of the artists.”
Reid, Friday’s headliner, has played the Community Auditorium a couple of times and is almost always sold-out.
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