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February 5, 2010
Sullivan Hall - NYC

The band returned to Sullivan Hall delivering an action-packed set spanning new and old repertoire including some songs that will be released on an upcoming EP. Check out photos from the show below. Special thanks to the staff and the folks at CEG.




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Minutes:

Mama Don't *
Walkin'
El Corazon Estalla
A Million Grains of Sand
Voodoo Lady **
Again
Bunnies


* = JJ Cale Cover

** = Ween Cover


January 8, 2010
Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY

The band made their 2nd appearance at Brooklyn Bowl on 1/8, playing an action-packed set in celebration of both Matt, and Emily's birthday's. The set included a medley of originals and covers, including Ween's "Vodoo Lady" and The Pixies "Where's My Mind" featuring Rob Ward from Food Will Win the War. Thanks to all who came out for the celebration and thanks to the great staff at Brooklyn Bowl!





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Minutes:

A Million Grains of Sand
Hey Bulldog *
El Corazon Estalla
Voodoo Lady **
For You
Where is My Mind # >Say it Ain't So ## >Where's is My Mind
Walkin
Stone Flower ^
What's Your Status in London?


* = Beatles Cover
** = Ween Cover
# = Pixies Cover
## = Weezer tease
^ = Antonio Carlos Jobim Cover/Santana (w/Happy Birthday tease)


December 11, 2009
Ace of Clubs - New York, NY

Licorice kicked off Buzz Universe’s annual “Jingle Jam” at the Ace of Clubs with their first acoustic performance. The group presented a new sound for their growing catalog of originals and covers - staples like “A Million Grains of Sand”, “Berry St.”, and “Stranger in a Familiar Land” took on new life. One fan likened “Stranger in a Familiar Land” to the rhythmic growth of Ravel’s “Bolero”. The band debuted some new covers including Ween’s “Voodoo Lady” as well as Gillian Welch’s “Miss Ohio” featuring special guest Rebecca Hart. The band next shared an acoustic rendition of their studio/home-base anthem “Berry St.” with a jam that lead into the bluesy Clapton cover of “Goin’ Down Slow”. Lott joined Buzz Universe on electric guitar to play on “You & Me” and “The Rock” and a cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”. Thanks to our hosts, the staff and thanks to all who came out to this special event.

Check out the review on Earvolution.com.
Also check out Dave's year end review of 2009 on Jambands.com.





Minutes:

A Million Grains of Sand
For You
El Corazon Estalla
Miss Ohio *
Stranger in a Familiar Land
Voodoo Lady #
Berry St. >
Goin’ Down Slow **


* = w/ Rebecca Hart on vocals and acoustic
# = Ween cover
** = Clapton cover/Traditional
% = Gillian Welch cover


September 29, 2009
Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY

The band made a triumphant debut at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bowl! Special thanks to all the great staff and all in attendance!





Minutes:

Mama Don't #
El Corazon Estalla
A Million Grains of Sand
Walkin'
Hey Bulldog *
Freeze
Seven Nation Army **
What's Your Status in London?

# = JJ Cale cover
* = Beatles cover
** = White Stripes cover


September 25, 2009
The Perfect Wife - Manchester, VT

The band returned to Manchester VT's Perfect Wife for a special night of music including 3 sets of Licorice! Thanks to everyone who came out to support the band, and a special thanks to the staff!


Minutes:

Mama Don't
El Corazon
A Million Grains
Goin' Down Slow
Name
Berry St
Montage
Crosstown Traffic


Hey Bulldog
Seven Nation Army
Walkin
Spain
Am Song
Freeze
Cheap Sunglasses


For you
La Isla
Stranger
Status
Bunnies
Spanish Castle Magic
Veg

September 6, 2009
Evolve Fest - Vernon, NJ


Crosstown Traffic
A Million Grains of Sand
Walkin
Mama Don't
El Corazon...
Freeze
Seven Day Storm
What's Your Status in London?

August 5, 2009
Rocks Off Cocert Cruise (Aboard the Half Moon) - NYC


The band appeared for the 2nd time on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Half Moon. The night was action packed starting off with a set by Rebecca Hart & The Sexy Children (featuring Licorice bassist Matt Epstein and Licorice Guitarist Dave Lott). See video of their set here. Licorice then took the stage and offered an amphibious barrage of rock to the energetic audience featuring the band teaming up with Rebecca Hart for a rendition of The Talking Heads "Take Me to the River". Special thanks to Bill and the Rocks Off crew as well as Reba Hart and the crew of the Half Moon.


Photo by Emily Lott

Photo by Jerry Lott


Minutes:

What's Your Status in London?
El Corazon Estalla
Mama Don't #
Walkin'
Take me to the River (w/ Rebecca Hart)*
Berry St
Seven Nation Army **
Freeze
Bunnies
A Million Grains of Sand

# = JJ Cale cover
* = Talking Heads cover
** = White Stripes cover


July 9, 2009
Union Hall - Brooklyn, NY


The band appeared for the first time at Brooklyn's Union Hall supporting The Brew. The set showcased a variety of material including the east coast debut of Walkin'. Special thanks to The Brew, David Poe, and the Union Hall staff.






Minutes:

What's Your Status in London?
El Corazon Estalla
7 Day Storm
Berry Street
Seven Nation Army
Walkin'
A Million Grains of Sand

# = Traditional (Eric Clapton Arrangement)


June 20, 2009
The Blue Note - NYC












Minutes:

Stone Flower * >
Waiting **
Seven Nation Army ***
Can Enable
Swisher
Scarab >
El Corazon Estalla
Goin' Down Slow #
Spain ##
Tchfunkta ###
It’s About That Time (from Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way) ^ >
What’s Your Status in London?

* = Antonio Carlos Jobim cover
** = Santana cover
*** = White Stripes cover (with references to Miles Davis’ “Black Satin” and “Tribute to Jack Johnson” in the Jam)
# = Traditional (Eric Clapton Arrangement)
## = Chick Corea cover
### = Stanton Moore cover
^ = Miles Davis cover



June 5, 2009
Telluride Jazz Festival - Telluride, CO






Minutes:

Stone Flower *
Montage
A Million Grains of Sand
Tchfunkta **
Spain ***
Freeze

* = Antonio Carlos Jobim composition
** = Stanton Moore composition
*** = Chick Corea composition

June 4, 2009
Fly Me To The Moon Saloon - Telluride, CO



Photo by Greg Aiello



Minutes:



Set 1

Crosstown Traffic *
A Million Grains of Sand
El Corazon
Berry Street
AM Song
Goin Down Slow **
What's Your Status in London?



Set 2

Seven Nation Army ***
Spain #
Sheep ##
Montage
Wine
La Isla Bonita ###
Freeze
Say It (Your Mom's a Vegeterian)
Cheap Sunglasses %
Have a Cigar ##

* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Eric Clapton arrangement
*** = The White Stripes cover
# = Chick Corea composition
## = Pink Floyd cover
### = Madonna cover
% = ZZ Top cover

June 3, 2009
The Eldo - Crested Butte, CO





Minutes:



Set 1

Crosstown Traffic *
A Million Grains
El Corazon
Berry Street
AM Song
Goin Down Slow **
What's Your Status in London?



Set 2

Seven Nation Army ***
Spain #
Bunnies
Sheep ##
La Isla Bonita ###
Stormy Monday (guest vox, Kevin) %
Montage
Freeze


Encores

E1: Have a Cigar ##
E2: Cheap Sunglasses %%
E3: Say It (Your Mom's a Vegeterian)

* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Eric Clapton arrangement
*** = The White Stripes cover
# = Chick Corea composition
## = Pink Floyd cover
### = Madonna cover
% = traditional Blues composition
%% = ZZ Top cover

June 2, 2009
Dulcinea's 100th Monkey - Denver, CO






Minutes:



Set 1

Montage
Goin' Down Slow *
Scarab
La Isla Bonita **
Seven Day Storm
Hey Bulldog ***



Set 2

Freeze
Spain ##
Walkin'
In a Silent Way ###
What's Your Status in London?
Sheep %
Tchfunkta %%


* = Eric Clapton arrangement
** = Madonna cover
*** = Beatles cover
# = The White Stripes cover
## = Chick Corea composition
### = Miles Davis composition
% = Pink Floyd cover
%% = Stanton Moore composition

June 1, 2009
Chipper's Lanes - Fort Collins, CO










Minutes:



Set 1

Come on (Let the Good Times Roll) *
Name
Hey Bulldog **
El Corazon Estalla
A Million Grains of Sand
Seven Day Storm
Freeze
Goin' Down Slow ***



Set 2

Crosstown Traffic #
A.M. Song
Have a Cigar ##
Berry St.
Stone Flower ###
Got to Get Better in a Little While %
What's Your Status in London?

* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Beatles cover
*** = Eric Clapton arrangement
# = Jimi Hendrix cover
## = Pink Floyd cover
### = Antonio Carlos Jobim composition
% = Eric Clapton cover

May 30, 2009
Cactus Jack's - Evergreen, CO





Minutes:



Set 1

Cheap Sunglasses *
The Duel
Montage
Goin Down slow **
Berry street
La Isla Bonita ***
Hey Bulldog #



Set 2

Sheep ##
El Corazon
Come On ###
Seven Day Storm
AM Song
Stranger
Stone Flower %
Name



Set 3

Got to Get Better %%
Swisher
Freeze
Wine
A Million Grains of Sand
Spain %%%
What's Your Status in London?

* = ZZ Top cover
** = Eric Clapton arrangement
*** = Madonna Cover
# = Beatles cover
## = Pink Floyd cover
### = Jimi Hendrix cover
% = Antonio Carlos Jobim composition
%% = Eric Clapton arrangement
%%% = Chick Corea cover


April 27, 2009
Blender Theater - NYC


In the band's first appearance at NYC's Blender Theater, the quartet delivered an action-packed set of music to open the night. Thanks to Mercury Landing and Band of Brotherz as well as the entire Live Nation staff.




Minutes:

TBA



April 16, 2009
The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ


The band appeared once again at The Saint for the Asbury Rising Concert Series presented by Phanphest. The set encompassed a variety of material spanning the catalogs of Licorice as well as those of Antoio Carlos Jobim and Eric Clapton.

Audio recordings from this performance will be available shortly for your listening pleasure.



Minutes:

Goin' Down Slow *
What's Your Status in London?
El Corazon...
Again
Am Song
Stone Flower **
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)***
Freeze


* = Traditional (Eric Clapton arrangement)
** = Composition by Antonio Carlos Jobim
*** = Jimi Hendrix cover




February 19, 2009
The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ


The band made their way to Asbury Park for another appearance at the Asbury Rising Concert Series presented by Phanphest at The Saint. Videos from the performace have been posted to Youtube for your viewing pleasure:

What's Your Status in London?


Freeze







Minutes:

Coming soon...



January 31, 2009
Santa Fe Cafe - College Park, MD


The band traveled to College Park, MD for their second appearance at Santa Fe Café. Performing to a packed house the band was well received by the college park audience. The band invited Mario D’Ambrosio to sit in on sax for “What’s Your Status in London?”, “Tchfunkta” and “Freeze”. Thanks to Geoff and the Santa Fe Café staff and to the Funky Monks!
Audio recordings from this performance will be available shortly for your listening pleasure.





Minutes:

What’s Your Status in London? *
Tchfunkta *#
Seven Day Storm
Goin' Down Slow ##
A Million Grains of Sand I & II
Bulldog +
Freeze *


* = Mario D'Ambrosio on Sax
# = Stanton Moore composition
## = Traditional (Eric Clapton arrangement)
+ = Beatles cover



January 30, 2009
Sullivan Hall - NYC


The band made an appearance at NYC’s Sullivan Hall performing a tight set of action packed material. The show included covers of The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog” as well as Eric Clapton’s arrangement of “Goin Down Slow”. Thanks to the SUllivan Hall staff, CEG, Simple and the Licorice promo team!



Photo by Lesley Bogdanow


Minutes:

What’s Your Status in London?
Berry St.
Seven Day Storm
Goin’ Down Slow #
A Million Grains of Sand I & II
Hey Bulldog ##
Freeze


# = Traditional (Eric Clapton Arrangement)
## = Beatles’ cover


January 24, 2009
Nectar's - Burlington, VT


The band stopped in Burlington for a Saturday night performance at Nectar’s. Battling icy conditions the band once again triumphed making it to the club un-scathed. Opening for Avi and Celia, the Licorice set, was heavily saturated in originals and provided the perfect stage to debut a new composition “Again”. The crowd was locked into the Licorice sound from the start and the band left the stage having made another strong impression in Burlington. Thanks to the Nectar’s staff and crew, and to Chazz for masterful maneuvering through the icy parking lot. The band would also like to congratulate Chazz in his promotion with Licorice, Inc. to the position of Associate Director of ED & HR. Keep up the good work!


Minutes:

Hey Bulldog #
A Million Grains of Sand I and II
Goin' Down Slow ##
Again *
Freeze
Montage
Berry St.
El Corazon Estalla
What's Your Status in London?


* = 1st Time Played
# = Beatles cover
## = Eric Clapton cover


January 23, 2009
The Perfect Wife - Manchester, VT


Licorice performed at The Perfect Wife in snow covered Manchester, VT - an amazing restaurant and tavern tucked away in a winter wonderland. The band played nearly three and a half hours of music mixed with originals and covers for people to get down to whether on the dance floor or at the foosball table. The set included Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening” in addition to David Bowie’s “Stay”. Special thanks to the staff at the Perfect Wife!
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Minutes:



Set 1

Goin' Down Slow #
El Corazon Estalla
Freeze
A Million Grains of Sand I and II
Swisher
Berry St.
Name
Hey Bulldog *



Set 2

Come On (Let The Good Times Roll) **
La Isla Bonita ***
What's Your Status in London?
Stone Flower %
Montage
Late in the Evening %%>
Tchfunkta
Cheap Sunglasses %%%
The Duel
Stay $
Say It (Your Mom is a Vegaterian)




# = Eric Clapton arrangement
* = Beatles cover
**= Jimi Hendrix cover
*** = Eric Clapton arrangementMadonna cover
% = Antonio Carlos Jobim composition
%% = Paul Simon cover
%%% = ZZ Top cover
$ = David Bowie cover


December 12, 2008
Red Square - Albany, NY


In the band's final performance of 2008, Licorice took part in a very special event: the “Jam For Chauny,” a and evening of music in support of Chauny, sister of Tiffany (owner of Red Square). Chauny was recently in a car accident sending her into a coma. Licorice along with Matt Durfee & Friends, Courtney Blackwell, and members of Nautilus helped raise money for her and her family. The band delivered a set including covers and originals alike – giving a positive energy to the people there. We thank all the people who came out and braved the post blizzard conditions, Tiffany for having us, and we send all of our love and wishes to Chauny and her family.



Minutes:


Hey Bulldog *
The Duel
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita **
Berry St.
Goin’ Down Slow #
What’s Your Status in London?
El Corazon Estalla
Freeze


* = Beatles cover
**= Madonna Cover
# = Eric Clapton arrangement


December 11, 2008
Castaways - Ithaca, NY


The band battled through the snow to make it to Ithaca for their first performance at Castaways. The band performed 2 action-packed sets including a mix of material celebrating the catalogues of the likes of Chick Corea and Madonna while showcasing some the band's recently introduced and re-crafted material. Thanks to all who braved the storm.






Minutes:



Set 1

Can Enable
Goin' Down Slow *
El Corazon Estalla
Swisher
Seven Day Storm
Stone Flower
Montage



Set 2

A Million Grains of Sand (I & II)
Scarab
Spain #
Bunnies
La Isla Bonita ##


* = Eric Clapton arrangement
# = Chick Corea cover
## = Madonna Cover


December 9, 2008
Sullivan Hall - NYC


The band performed a powerful set of material opening for The Lee Boys. The show opened with “The Duel” to kick things off before launching into a set with highlights including the recently added “Berry St”, and Eric Clapton’s arrangement of the traditional blues song “Goin’ Down Slow”. The energy was high from the start, but the band took it to another level closing the set with “What’s Your Status in London”, getting the Sullivan Hall crowd ready for The Lee Boys.
Next up were soulful and funky Lee Boys who appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien the previous night. About 5 tunes into their set, “Big Al” or Alvin Lee leaned over and invited Dave to play on the gospel/blues tune “Don’t Let the Devil Ride”. The interplay started immediately between Dave, Al and Roosevelt with a thick groove. Plugged directly into only a Marshall stack, Dave played with the soulful group exposing a slightly different, more blues and soul driven sound than usually played. The band then launched seamlessly into Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Someone to Love” with Dave still joining the group in an interplay that peaked high! Thanks to the Lee Boys, CEG, and the Sullivan Hall staff for a great night of music! Read more at Jambands.com.









Photos by Jennifer Schrader



Minutes:



The Duel
A Million Grains of Sand (I & II)
Hey Bulldog *
Berry St.
Goin’ Down Slow **
Freeze
What’s Your Status in London?


* = Beatles Cover
** = Eric Clapton arranged (traditional)


David Lott sat in with The Lee Boys on: Don’t Let the Devil Ride > Everybody Needs Someone to Love


November 1, 2008
The Blue Note - NYC


The night after Halloween this November 1, 2008, the band performed an all-instrumental jazz-fusion inspired electric set at the legendary Blue Note in NYC for their 9th appearance at the legendary venue. In the past, the band has performed their only acoustic set at the venue, played this past New Years Eve after the Chick Corea Elektric Band, and has played a variety of material on that stage making each show unique, catered to the Blue Note aesthetic. The show consisted of selections from Miles Davis, Chick Corea, John Coltrane, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Santana to originals that gave the band ample time and space to stretch out in front of the receptive late night crowd. Special friend Mario D’Ambrosio made his way to the show to join the band for several tunes throughout the night. The band met D’Ambrosio when opening for his band “Superland Stageband” in College Park, MD just a few weeks earlier. Mario fit seamlessly with the group on his effect-processed sax, and clean energetic soloing… Icing on the cake for a special set cooked up for one of the most special rooms in the music world.



Minutes:




Can Enable (Licorice)
Scarab (Licorice)
Swisher (Licorice)
Stone Flower (Jobim/Santana) >
Jam (Santana Lotus)
La Isla Bonita* (Madonna)
Sunny* (Bobby Hebb)
Spain* (Chick Corea)
In a Silent Way (Miles Davis)
Tchfunkta (Stanton Moore)>
Improv #74 (Licorice)>
Tchfunkta (Stanton Moore)
Afro Blue (Mongo Santamaria)*


* = w/ Mario D’Ambrosio on Saxaphone





October 2, 2008
Donegal Saloon - Kearny, NJ


Back at the Donegal for 2 electric sets with an acoustic Buzz Universe set in between to celebrate the release of their live album from the said venue. The quartet kicked things off early playing an extended first set which included rarities like “Can Enable” as well as new material like “El Corazon Estalla”. The set featured the likes of “Swisher”, Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar”, and the sonic mayhem known as “Scarab” (which opened with a truly spacey jam). The collective band vibe carried after Buzz U’s choice acoustic set (which included a very cool rendition of Traffic’s “John Barleycorn”).
Set 2 opened with the Clapton cover “Goin’ Down Slow” before continuing on with a number of barn-burners (including the timeless rock anthem, “Say It” (Your Mom’s a Vegetarian). Special thanks to the Donegal staff and Chris for his hard work and great sound… we are also humbly thankful to once again have shared the stage with our good friends Buzz Universe!



Minutes:



Set 1

A Million Grains of Sand (Pt. 1)
Can Enable
Berry St.
Have a Cigar *
Swisher
Name
Scarab >
La Isla **
El Corazon Estalla ***
A Million Grains of Sand (Pt. 2)



Set 2

Goin’ Down Slow ^
Say It (Your Mom Is a Vegetarian)%
Freeze
Hey Bulldog ^^
What’s Your Status in London?


* = Pink Floyd cover
** = Madonna cover
*** = 1st time played (Lyrics in Spanish)
^ = cover via Eric Clapton
% = Wonderful Tonight tease (no speech)
^^ = Beatles Cover





September 25, 2008
The Court Tavern – New Brunswick, NJ


The band made their first appearance in New Brunswick, NJ performing with The Dirty Drop , stretching out for a unique set comprised 50/50 of original music and covers. With an electrifying light show display accompanying the sounds, the stage was set for good times where tunes including Clapton’s “Going Down Slow” ZZ Tops “Cheap Sunglasses” and even Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” all made it into the rotation. Thanks again to The Dirty Drop and their crew as well as The Court Tavern staff and all the people who came out.



Minutes:

All Kings Fall
Montage
Going Down Slow *
Cheap Sunglasses **
Freeze
Have a Cigar ***
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita #
In a Silent Way > ##
What’s Your Status in London?


* = Eric Clapton cover
** = ZZ Top cover
*** = Pink Floyd cover
# = Madonna cover
## = Miles Davis cover





September 19, 2008
The Knitting Factory (Tap Bar) – New York, NY


When we planned a last minute spot at the Tap Bar in NYC’s famed Knitting Factory, we had no idea it would probably be our last in that great space that will soon relocate to Brooklyn. The band put together a spirited performance for the crowd to say goodbye, and as Dave put it “to new beginnings”. It will be missed, and it was one of the last great surviving spots in NYC to disappear from the downtown landscape. Special thanks to the Licorice family and all who came out for an evening with Licorice.



Minutes:

Say it (Your Mom Is a Vegetarian)
Crosstown Traffic *
Montage
All Kings Fall
Berry St.
Have a Cigar **
Scarab >
Freeze
La Isla Bonita #
Freeze
What’s Your Status in London?


* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Pink Floyd cover
# = Madonna cover



September 6, 2008
Santa Fe Café – College Park, MD


Shortly after their appearance on WMUC the band headed to College Park’s Santa Fe Café to open for the truly funky Superland Stageband. The Licorice set was comprised of high-energy originals mixed with cover versions a la Licorice all generating a huge respose from the great UMD crowd. Towards the end of the set, Superland Stageband percussionists (Adam L. Soffrin, Esq. and Budman) joined the band for an impromptu jam on the Licorice rendition of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita. Special thanks to Geoff Rifkin, Dominick, Superland Stageband, all of the staff at Santa Fe Café and the good people at UMD! Also a special thanks to our sound engineers that night who catered to our every need, made the sound a pleasure and ran a stellar lightshow. And of course, a Special UN-thanks to the Quality Inn for such a non-“Quality” experience.










Minutes:

Hey Bulldog *
A Million Grains of Sand I
Crosstown Traffic **
Montage
Silent Way *** >
What’s Your Status in London?
Have a Cigar #
Freeze
La Isla Bonita ## (w/ drummer/percussionist from Superland Stageband)


* = Beatles cover
** = Jimi Hendrix cover
**** = Miles Davis cover
# = Pink Floyd cover
## = Madonna cover



September 6, 2008
WMUC 88.1 FM College Park, MD @ University of Maryland


Heading straight into Hurricane Hannah on September the 6th, the band was intent on their mission to finally get their dues in College Park, MD, former stomping grounds of University of Maryland alumnus, keyboardist Chad (Michael) Dinzes. Driving head on into the hurricane, the band was intent on arriving in time for their appearance on WMUC 88.1 FM College Park’s “Electric Candle” with DJ Dominick. In addition to performing acoustically live on-air, the band also spoke about the EP and the joys of Licorice in general. Check out Electric Candle and other fine programming on WMUC 88.1 FM College Park, MD.



Minutes:

Berry Street
La Isla Bonita *
Freeze
Stranger in a Familiar Land
Bunnies
A Million Grains of Sand (I and II)


* = Madonna cover



August 20, 2008
Kenny’s Castaways, NYC


Licorice returned to its roots for a previously unannounced free show in New York City. David Lott (guitar), Joshua Bloom (drums) and Matthew Epstein (bass) performed without newly engaged keyboard player Chad Dinzes Thursday, August 20th at Kenny's Castaways. The group, which began as a trio, has not performed in this configuration since last November. While the first set remained relatively straight forward, the power trio brought the “power” for sure. Dave asked, “Have you guys ever heard of the Police?” Someone yelled back for the famous group and the band responded, “Yeah, well, we sound nothing like them.” Perhaps this was foreshadowing to their instrumental “Walking on the Moon” appearance, perhaps just witty banter. The second set however was a journey that started with a curveball as the band jumped into their cover of David Bowie’s “Stay” after a public exchange with the soundman via the PA system about the set break music and it’s influence on Bowie. “Stay” segued into a funky jam taking things beyond the normal structure. A rare show chock full of covers and original improvising, and a fine warm-up for what Licorice, the complete quartet, will bring to the table this fall!



Minutes:



Set 1

Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *
Name
Cheap Sunglasses **
Montage
Berry Street
Crosstown Traffic ***



Set 2

Stay ^
Scarab >
Walking on the Moon ^^
La Isla Bonita ^^^
Going Down Slow %
In a Silent Way #
What’s Your Status in London?


* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** =ZZ Top cover
*** = Jimi Hendrix cover
^ = David Bowie cover
^^ = Police cover (Instrumental)
^^^ = Madonna cover (Instrumental)
% = Eric Clapton cover
# = Miles Davis cover



August 2008
Relix Magazine


The band received high acclaim in the August 2008 issue of Relix Magazine for the new EP, A Million Grains of Sand. To read the article: click here.



July 30, 2008
Rocks Off Concert Cruise, NYC


The Half Moon left the dock from East 23rd Street and the FDR for a three-hour tour down the East River and around Governor's Island with incredible views of the city skyline, the Statue of Liberty and the "Waterfalls" exhibits. This set the perfect backdrop as Licorice took the stage opening for the acclaimed jamband The Heavy Pets. Beginning the festivities with a poignant set, Licorice raged through solid interpretations of original material mostly from the recent EP release A Million Grains of Sand as well as a handful of covers. At points the sea was angry (like an old man sending back soup at a deli) and the boat rocked intensely, but the band weathered through the chop delivering an action packed set. Special thanks to the crew of the Half Moon, Rocks Off and the gang!



Photo By Pietro C. Truba

For more pics visit: Relix - Eye Candy


Minutes:


Mama Don't *
All Kings Fall
Come On (Let The Good Time Roll) **
La Isla Bonita ***
A Million Grains of Sand (I&II)
Freeze
What's Your Status In London?


* = JJ Cale cover
** = Jimi Hendrix cover
*** = Madonna cover

May 29, 2008
Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ


The band made their first appearance at Hoboken NJ's Maxwell's. The evening started with a great set from Wonderlust. Licorice then jumped into a fun-filled set which included staples like "All Kings Fall", "Freeze", "Status", "Veg", etc... The set also featured covers including The Beatle's "Hey Bulldog", the band's rendition of "La Isla Bonita" (Madonna), and Boyz II Men's "End of the Road". Special thanks to everyone who was at the club, the staff and to Wonderlust for an excellent evening.



Minutes:


Hey Bulldog *
All Kings Fall
Goin' Down Slow **
Freeze
What's Your Status in London?
La Isla Bonita #
Say it (Your Mom is a Vegetarian)
End of the Road ##


E: Crosstown Traffic ###


* = Beatles cover
** = Eric Clapton cover
# = Madonna cover
## = Boyz II Men cover
### = Jimi Hendrix cover


May 10, 2008
Donegal Saloon - Kearny, NJ


The band headed back to Kearny, NJ for their third performance at the Donegal Saloon. The night started with a great set from Bugg Juice. Their energetic set even included a cool Elvis Costello cover "Peace Love and Understanding". Licorice then took the stage for 2 solid sets. Material included favorites from both the Licorice catalog and those of their predecessors. The show consisted of a range of songs, which included the likes of "The Duel", "All Kings Fall", and "Name" as well as staple covers like "Come On (Let the good times roll)", "La Isla Bonita", the Beatles' "Hey Bulldog" and David Bowie's "Stay". After a short set break the band came back with Eric Clapton’s "Goin' Down Slow” and a run of originals ending with the timeless rock anthem "Say It (Your Mom is a Vegetarian)". Special thanks to all the fans, family members, Chris, Kevin and Jenny from the club, and to Bugg Juice for a great night!



Minutes:



Set 1

Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *
The Duel
All Kings Fall
Hey Bulldog **
Stay ***
Name
La Isla Bonita ****



Set 2

Goin' Down Slow #
In a Silent Way ##
What's Your Status in London?
Freeze
Say It (Your mom is a Vegetarian)


* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Beatles cover
*** = David Bowie cover
**** = Madonna cover
# = Eric Clapton cover
## = Miles Davis cover


May 3, 2008
The Baggot Inn - NYC


Licorice played a special set in honor of The Baggot Inn's closing. After performing at the historic venue numerous times throughout the band's history it was only fitting to assemble a set to show our appreciation. The set featured tunes from the catalogs of such artists including: The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Tom Petty, Madonna, Boyz II Men and of course a number of Licorice originals. By the end of the night the crowd was on their feet singing the lyrics of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" thus painting a picture of how much we'll miss this great establishment. Special thanks to The Baggot Inn staff and to Rebecca Hart & TSC for a great night!









Photos By Emily Lott




Minutes:


The Last Time *
Cheap Sunglasses **
Freeze
Say It (Your Mom Is a Vegetarian)
Time to Move On ***
La Isla Bonita ****
End of the Road *****


* = Rolling Stones cover
** = ZZ Top Cover (dedicated to the memory of John Anthony, soundman at Baggot)
*** = Tom Petty cover, Dedicated to Seven Eleven Project
**** = Madonna Instrumenal Cover (W/Dan Barman on percussion)
***** = Instrumental Boyz II Men cover (w/ Dan Barman on Percussion and crowd signing)

April 23, 2008
Knitting Factory - NYC
Record Release Party



The band packed the house in celebration of the release of their first EP, A Million Grains of Sand. Performing the entire EP, tracks 1-7 as the first set, the band was joined by engineer/ co-producer Josh Kessler on guitar, and cellist Dave Eggar who also appears on the EP. The second set featured a number of crowd favorites including The Beatles' "Hey Bulldog" and the Licorice rendition of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita". Special thanks to Josh Kessler, Dave Eggar, Bill and the Rocks Off crew, The Knitting Factory staff, Robert Bloom (lights), Jerry Lott and Marty Dinzes (merchandise), our families, friends, supportive fans and of course to Buzz Universe for a great night!







Minutes:



Set 1


A Million Grains of Sand %#
Freeze %
What’s Your Status in London? %
Bunnies %#
All Kings Fall %
Name %
A Million Grains of Sand (Part II) %



Set 2


Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *
Hey Bulldog **
Say It (Your Mom's a Vegetarian) %
La Isla Bonita ***


* = Jimi Hendrix Cover
** = Beatles Cover
*** = Madonna Cover/Instrumental
% = WIth Josh Kessler on Guitar
# = With Dave Eggar on Cello

March 22, 2008
Nectar’s - Burlington, VT


No stranger to the great city of Burlington, VT, Licorice returned to Nectar’s to open for Roots of Creation. Flying out of the gate with an unorthodox approach to their set. Opening with a usual set closer, “What’s Your Status in London?” caught the audience right away with its explosive energy which boiled over into the Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog”, followed by “Freeze”. The jamming was concise and poignant… as next came “A Million Grains of Sand” before launching into their instrumental adaptation of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”. Next was the debut of the new alt-rocker “Berry St.” before playing “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)” a number from the great Jimi Hendrix. Action-packed renditions of “All Kings Fall” and “Montage” paved the way for the finale: Stanton Moore’s “Tchfunkta”. Thank you to Alex, Eli and the rest of the Nectar’s Staff and of course to Roots of Creation.







Minutes:

What’s Your Status in London?
Hey Bulldog *
Freeze
A Million Grains of Sand
La Isla Bonita **
Berry St. ^
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) ^^
All Kings Fall
Montage
Tchfunkta ****

* = Beatles Cover
** = Madonna Cover/Instrumental
^^ = Jimi Hendrix Cover
**** = Stanton Moore cover
^ = First time played, original

March 1, 2008
Mercury Lounge - NYC


The band made their debut performance at the Mercury Lounge sharing the bill with some excellent groups including: Mercury Landing, The Ex Caminos and Claire Wadsworth. The band played a late-night, action-packed set that included a medley of tunes from the Licorice catalogue in addition to some covers including The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog” and Pink Floyd’s “Sheep”. In a sense with these as well as the band's “What’s Your Status in London?” the set may have just possibly encapsulated a type of miniature-esque British Invasion tribute. Thanks to all the bands, the staff, a great audience, and especially to Corey Feldman for making the night a success!







Minutes:

Hey Bulldog *
All Kings Fall
La Isla Bonita **
Scarab
A Million Grains of Sand
In a Silent Way > ^
What’s Your Status in London?
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) ^^
Freeze
Sheep ^^^

* = Beatles Cover
** = Madonna Cover/Instrumental
^ = Miles Davis Cover
^^ = Jimi Hendrix Cover
^^^ = Pink Floyd Cover

February 8, 2008
Jambands.com: Showcase of "New Groove of the Month” Artists
Ace of Clubs - NYC

In poker, when one has 3 aces, one is holding "Aces Full". What could be a better theme for a night featuring three aces in the up and coming jamband scene? All formerly named "New Groove of the Month" by Jambands.com, three unique and talented bands (Bugg Juice, Buzz Universe and Licorice) teamed up to create an all jam night at NYC's Ace of Clubs. Marc Pincus, guitarist for Bugg Juice joined Buzz Universe during their set, and both Brian Ciufo and Stefanie Seskin hopped on the Licorice stage with their saxophones. Following power sets from Bugg Juice and BuzzUniverse, Licorice took the stage. After opening with the "Hendirx-y" adapted Beatles' cover "Hey Bulldog" the band launched into the title track from the upcoming EP, "A Million Grains of Sand" (Nos. 1 & 2). Next was the jazzy "Swisher" which transcended the room to an intimate jazz club vibe before the band covered "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)". The newest addition to the set, "Stranger in a Familiar Land" finally found it's rightful place on stage before the band moved into Madonna's "La Isla Bonita".
Friends of the band, Brian Ciufo and Stefanie Seskin of BuzzUniverse hopped on stage to join for some staple originals, "What's Your Status in London?" and "Freeze". The horn section added a nice texture to the Licorice sound (“pre-miniscent” to what you may hear on the upcoming EP). The band followed with the always-poignant "Bunnies" before playing the blistering “Say It (Your Mom's a Vegetarian)". As Dave Schultz from Earvolution.com put it “‘Say It (You’re Mom’s A Vegetarian)’ may build off a Blink 182 riff, but in Licorice’s hands it becomes a timeless rock anthem.” (Full Review @: Earvolution.com)
In a wild city that never sleeps, it was a night of great, artistic, inspiring fun. Special thanks to the Ace of Clubs, Buzz Universe, Bugg Juice, Mike Greenhaus, Adam Alperowicz, Jonathan Schwartz, Steve Bernstein, and to the audience who came to support us all! We look forward to the next time we can team up!





Photos By Ted Wong



Minutes:

Hey Bulldog ^
A Million Grains of Sand (I & II)
Swisher
Come On ^^
All Kings Fall Stranger in a Familiar Land
La Isla Bonita ^^^
What's your status in London? *
Freeze *
Bunnies
Say It (Your Mom's a Vegeterian)


^ = Beatles Cover
^^ = Jimi Hendrix Cover
^^^ = Madonna Cover/Instrumental
*= with Brian Ciufo and Stefanie Seskin on Saxophone from: BuzzUniverse

December 31, 2007
The Blue Note - NYC

Performing at the legendary Blue Note to kick off the first few hours of ‘08 the band brought an arsenal of originals and covers to keep the crowd rockin’ through the early morning. The Chick Corea Elektric Band with Dave Weckl, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal & Victor Wooten played two shows starting at 8:30 through the change of the New Year. Licorice took the stage at 2am to an energetic atmosphere. Playing just a few intricate bars of their arrangement of “In a Silent Way” they went on to open with “What’s Your Status in London”, before kicking into their rendition of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”, showing the Blue Note the party was certainly still going! After Dave noted, “This next tune debuted at the Blue Note in ‘78,” the band blindsided the audience with a rendition of U2’s “New Years Day”, a first time cover. Next up was “The Duel” which brought a nice Caribbean warmth to the room personified especially within Chad’s solo. The band ventured into another new cover with a somewhat “Hendrixy” approach, with The Beatles “Hey Bulldog” before moving on to the rarely played funky original “Wine” which peaked with a fiery guitar solo. The “Hendrix” truly emerged with the fitting cover “Come on (Let the Good Times Roll)”. “A Millions Grains of Sand”, the title track from the new EP was played in its entirety setting the soundtrack for a look back at the exciting year the band had. As the morning drew near, the band launched into David Bowie’s “Stay”. During the jam, Dinzes and Lott went back and forth, reciting lines from the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords’ mock song “Bowie to Bowie”. An energetic “Freeze” followed, then the jazzy instrumental “Swisher”, before the true finale of the show “Say It (Your Mom is a Vegetarian)”. Licorice came out in 2008 to re-state their musicianship, but also their wild sense of humor and twisted creativity. During Dave’s “rant”, a staple in “Veg”, backed by the lovely vocals of Chad and Josh, he said that “as we march into a new year, we tend to make ourselves resolutions, and then we ultimately break those resolutions, but try each year to set a standard and a goal to make that year better, however it was our contention that we focus on the constants to build upon, things that are timeless...” And thus, the “Timeless Rock Anthem” finished the set with the Blue Note crowd on its feet.

Happy New Year to all those who have supported us, worked with us, and who continue to do so! Happy New Year to those who may not have ever worked with us and may or may not! Special thank you to The Blue Note, Christian Verhalen, Mabili Kregg Ajamu, Tom (the Blue Note manager) and the entire staff for their accommodations and their great energy and spirits! Stay tuned for ‘08!






Minutes:

In a Silent Way (Intro) >
What’s Your Status in London >
La Isla Bonita *
New Year's Day **
The Duel
Hey Bulldog ***
Wine
Come On #
A Million Grains of Sand
Stay ## > Bowie to Bowie #* > Stay
Freeze
Swisher
Say It (Your Mom is a Vegeterian)


* = Madonna Cover (instrumental)
** = U2 Cover (first time played)
*** = Beatles Cover
# = Earl King/Jimi Hendrix Cover
## = David Bowie Cover
#* = Flight of the Conchords Cover/Tease





2008
Late night jams with Roy Hargrove, Trips around the Northeast and throughout Colorado, several new compositions and arrangements, weddings, new instruments and engagements, the band is primed for 2008, According to Earvolution.com’s list of things sure to be great, As though the life of the band has just begun, This is sure to be the biggest year for Licorice to come.



November 17, 2007
BAMcafé Live (Brooklyn Academy of Music) - Brooklyn, NY

With a refined sound and carefully crafted material, the time off has done the band good and has been no doubt productive. The room was grand, with ornate arched ceilings and by show time the room had filled in. The dim setting gave the large space a more intimate feel with a truly attentive audience. The band selected material that set the perfect mood and flow for the audience, including both new and old material like "A Million Grains of Sand" and "Montage", and covers like the rockin' "Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)", and the crowd pleasing "La Isla Bonita". The band debuted their first live performance of The Beatles' "Hey Bulldog". The tune has already been Licorice-ized, vamping on the deep rock groove created out of the end. This gave way to a spacey but connective exploration of Miles Davis’ "In a Silent Way" before segueing into "What's Your Status in London?”. The band then moved on to the playful "Freeze" before encoring with Eric Clapton's "Got to Get Better in a Little While", in which the band peaked with an electrifying finale, ending the tune as tight as a button to cap off a great evening of music. Without the help of Mabili Kregg Ajamu, the staff at BAM, the excellent production team, and the audience, the show would not have been the success that it was. In a prestigious yet really chill academic setting; Licorice is thankful for the opportunity to have performed at this great institution.





Minutes:

A Million Grains of Sand
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) ^
Montage
La Isla Bonita ^^
Bunnies
The Duel
Hey Bulldog *
In a Silent Way **
What's Your Statusin London?
Freeze


E: Got to Get Better in a Little While #

^ = Jimi Hendrix Cover
^^ = Madonna Cover (instrumental with Santana "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" Tease)
* = Beatles Cover (1st time played)
** = Miles Davis Cover
# - Eric Clapton Cover




November 8, 2007
Mexicali Blues Cafe - Teaneck, NJ

Teamed up with the guitar slingin' harmony singin' South Mountain Road, Licorice returned to Mexicali Blues Cafe for their 3rd performance at the venue while keyboardist Chad joined vocalist Kate Nauta and Hip-Hop star Ludacris for 3 days of gigging in the Dominican Republic. As the original power trio made their way back to Mexicali Blues they opened with a strong version of "Name" before moving into the instrumental "Can and Able" which had made few recent live appearances. "A Million Grains of Sand" began as an interesting arrangement with ambient loops and quietly phrased vocals, before ending as D.Lott broke a string and needed to repair. The bass and drum duo filled the space with the some fine locked down grooves, until the trio reformed to finish the set with "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)" and a rockin' and different sounding "What's Your Status In London?". Big thanks to South Mountain Pass for their kind equipment sharing and good times, and to Create a Vibe and Mexicali Blues for having us!





Minutes:

Name
Can and Able
A Million Grains of Sand
Bass & Drums Jam
Come On (Let the Good Time Roll) *
What's Your Status in London?


* = Jimi Hendrix cover




October 18, 2007
Donegal Saloon - Kearny, NJ

The band’s second appearance at Kearny’s Donegal Saloon was a perfect setting for a bit of a celebration after the Rutgers win over South Florida. The evening’s setlist included rare tunes, which saw the light of day like “The Duel”, the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” (with extended jam taboot), and the oldy but goodie “Wine”.
The first set felt flawless, each solo was meaningful and the band just kept getting deeper and deeper into jamming as a unit by the time they churned out “In a Silent Way” > “What’s Your Status in London?” to close the first set. It was evident even during the break that the energy had been built and primed for an eventful second set.
“Seven Nation Army” busted out as the second set opener in accordance with the party vibe and the band’s free-flowing spirit. It was the tune’s first appearance since August of 2005, and erupted into an extended improvised jam that left the origin of the White Stripe’s foundation, and took a new life, filled with bubbly funk bass and a pocket deep enough for the entire room to get inside. The jamfest only opened up further into “Scarab” and heads turned as the familiar sounds of “La Isla Bonita” made their way to shaking hips on the dance floor. The band then fired off some originals before dropping Pink Floyd’s “Sheep” on the bar elevating things even another notch, and the soulful “Bunnies” put the perfect button closing to the set. Feeling so good, and with a few partying souls wanting more, the band encored with Stanton Moore’s “Tchfunkta” which ventured into the band’s “Improvisation #74” which always ventures into new territory....





Minutes:



Set 1

Come On *
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand
Wine
The Duel
In a Silent Way **
What's Your Status in London?



Set 2

Seven Nation Army >+
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita ++
Name
Swisher
Freeze
Sheep +++
Bunnies


E: Tchfunkta #

* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Miles Davis cover
+ = White Stripes cover
++ = Madonna cover
+++ = Pink Floyd cover
# = Stanton Moore cover







Photo By Billy Page



September 8, 2007
The Angel Orensanz Foundation - NYC

On Saturday, September 8, 2007, the band and company attended founding Licorice member Sabriena Stone’s marriage to Lenny Simon at the beautiful and historic Angel Orensanz Foundation on NY’s Lower East Side. While the ceremony and party was packed with choice music, after Sabriena and Lenny both serenaded each other, Licorice and Sabriena took over the bandstand for a 2 song treat. Along with Stone the band ran through the vocalist’s favorite Licorice tune, “Freeze” followed by a fun rendition of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”. This marks the first wedding appearance since the Lott affair on 2/18/07 which was the band’s first together wedding appearance. Look for the band at future upcoming nuptials, and listen for the studio version of “Freeze” to appear on the band’s forthcoming EP release!




Minutes:

Freeze
La Isla Bonita *


* = Madonna cover









Photos By Emily Lott



August 24, 2007
The Blue Note - NYC

It's to Dave's love of Neil Diamond that we can entitle this entry and call the quartet's 7th performance at the Blue Note, "Hot August Nights" (see Neil Diamond discography for reference and make sure to listen to Holy Holly, a timeless rock anthem, much like another tune we know). On a hot and muggy August Friday night the group made their first NY appearance since June, taking the stage after legendary jazz bassist Dave Holland and his Sextet. Nothing was more fitting than to open with Licorice’s adaptation of Mile's "In a Silent Way". The band followed the opening medley which also included ‘What’s Your Status in London?” with a spacey cover of the Police’s “Walking on the Moon”. The next portion of the show was lifted from the arsenal of original material, which has matured over time, so much so that the band toyed with each tune keeping the loose vibe on stage where anything could’ve happened. The show ended with an energetic “Scarab” which segued into Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” leaving the audience calling for an encore… what they got was the sizzling Hendrix number “Come on (Let the Good Times Roll)”. Special thank you to Justin, Christian, Marc and the entire Blue Note staff… and to Dave Holland for being an inspiration to the entire band.




Minutes:

In a Silent Way * >
What's Your Status in London? >
Walking on the Moon **
A Million Grains of Sand
Name
All Kings Fall
Swisher
Freeze
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita ***

E: Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) %


* = Miles Davis cover
** = Police cover
*** = Madonna cover
% = Jimi Hendrix cover








Photos By Emily Lott



August 15, 2007
The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ

The Phanphest crew brought us back down to Jersey, and we're thankful for round two, as the band is slowly warming up to the scene, breaking into the vibe, and getting ears familiar with the sound. On a loaded bill with new friends Turtle Soup and old friends Codename, Licorice kicked the night off with their first appearance at the Saint. The band eerily began with spacey moment that held a drone just before Epstein (bass) and Bloom (drums) dropped their hard original take on Miles' "In a Silent Way". The short set was power packed with originals after the band's transition into "What's Your Status In London" from the Davis adaptation. "Status" was followed with "All Kings Fall", "Freeze" and the instrumental "Scarab" which hasn't made it's way to the stage since April. The set closed with a scorching "La Isla Bonita" to make way for Turtle Soup and Codename who took the Jersey crowd well into Thursday morning. Thank you to the Phanphest crew for their support, and for getting us involved with their community and the scene they work so hard to build! (and to Drew for workin' some serious light action) Thank you to the Saint for having us there, and for their kind hospitality, we felt at home. Thanks to Turtle Soup and Codename for the good times, and the good tunes. We'll be back JERZZ!




Minutes:

In a Silent Way * >
What's Your Status in London?
All Kings Fall
Freeze
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita **

* = Miles Davis cover
** = Madonna cover


August 3, 2007
Telluride Jazz Celebration - Raynier Stage at Elks’ Park - Telluride, CO

After a late night, action-packed performance the previous night, the band returned to the Raynier Stage at Elks’ Park for an early afternon set to cap off a week of performances in the great state of Colorado... Special thanks to the Telluride Jazz Celebration staff as well as the sponsors and patrons.



Photo By Rob Bloom



Minutes:

All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand
Freeze
In a Silent Way * >
What's Your Status in London?
La Isla Bonita **

* = Miles Davis cover
** = Madonna cover


August 2, 2007
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon - Telluride, CO

This year, at the band’s late-night Thursday show at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, the quartet was joined by another exciting collaborator, 2-time GRAMMY® winner and former Downbeat Readers' Poll winner (1995) Roy Hargrove.
After hearing the band’s adaptation of Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” Hargrove quickly hopped on stage to join the band as they segued into their scorching first set closer “What’s Your Status in London?”. After a short set break, Hargrove excitedly hopped back up on stage for the 2nd song of the second set, “Freeze”, which dropped into an afro-beat inspired jam. After several minutes of the tight groove, Hargrove Quintet drummer Montez Coleman (Bobby Watson, Russell Gunn, Rufus Reid) swapped out with Licorice drummer Josh Bloom, and Hargrove Quintet keyboardist Gerald Clayton (Michael Bublé, Diana Krall) switched out with Licorice keyboardist Chad Dinzes. The newly formed/ impromptu quintet of Roy Hargrove (trumpet), David Lott (guitar), Matthew Epstein (bass), Montez Coleman (drums), and Gerald Clayton (keyboards) then improvised their way through a deep house groove, having a great time as the delighted Telluride audience danced the night away. But that was not it for Hargrove who stayed until the end of the night and jumped back up for a few covers including Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening”, Stanton Moore’s “Tchfunkta”, and finally for a blazing Santana-inspired instrumental cover of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”. After the “Black Magic Woman” tease, Hargrove fired away with his trumpet going back and forth trading with Lott and Dinzes as the show closed up with a button tight ending.
At the following morning’s drum clinic hosted by long time Licorice friend Adam Deitch, Licorice drummer Josh Bloom hopped up on percussion for and afro-beat jam alongside bassist/ vocalist Esperanza Spalding and vocalist Toussaint (Soulive). It was a post-breakfast treat for the small audience in attendance.



Photo By Rob Bloom



Minutes:



Set 1

A Million Grains of Sand
Swisher
Come On (Let the Good Time Roll) *
Montage
Name
Stay **
In a Silent Way > ***
What's Your Status in London? (w/ Roy Hargrove)



Set 2

All Kings Fall
Freeze (w/ Roy Hargrove) >
Jam (w/ Roy Hargrove - Trumpet, Montez Coleman - Drums, Gerald Clayton - Keyboards, Matt Epstein - Bass, David Lott - Guitar)
Cheap Sunglasses +
Say It (Your Mom's a Vegetarian)
Late In the Evening > ++
Jam (w/ Roy Hargrove) >
Tchfunkta +++ (w/ Roy Hargrove)
Sheep ++++
La Isla Bonita % >
La Isla Bonita Reprise (w/ Roy Hargrove)

E: Got to Get Better In a Little While %%


* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = David Bowie cover
*** = Miles Davis cover
+ = ZZ Top cover
++ = Paul Simon cover
+++ = Stanton Moore cover
++++ = Pink Floyd cover
% = Madonna cover
%% = Derek and the Dominos cover

August 2, 2007
Telluride Jazz Celebration - Raynier Stage at Elks’ Park - Telluride, CO

Making a 5th consecutive appearance at The Telluride Jazz Celebration the band played the first of many sets to come within the next 2 days... The stage surrounded by a panorama of spectacular mountain views was the perfect setting to kick off another great year at the festival.



Photo By Rob Bloom



Minutes:

A Million Grains of Sand
Freeze
Name
Montage
What's Your Status in London?
La Isla Bonita *

* = Madonna cover


August 1, 2007
The Summit - Durango, CO

The band made their way to the great town of Durango for the first time embarking on a rather scenic trip... Opening with the new arrangement of "A Million Grains of Sand", the band quickly captured the audience's attention... The show ended with the band's first performance of Pink Floyd's "Sheep" since 8/5/2006. Thanks to Ben and to The Summit staff!



Minutes:



Set 1

A Million Grains of Sand
Swisher
Come On (Let the Good Time Roll) *
Montage
Name
Stay **


Set 2

All Kings Fall
Freeze
Cheap Sunglasses ***
In a Silent Way > +
What's Your Status in London?
Sheep ++


* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = David Bowie cover
*** = ZZ Top cover
+ = Miles Davis cover
++ = Pink Floyd cover

July 27, 2007
Dulcinea's 100th Monkey - Denver, CO

The band made their first performance in Denver showcasing a plethora of music througout the evening... The first set included a number of Licorice staples as well as the the band's rendition of the Miles Davis classic "In a Silent Way". The second set opened with the Paul Simon classic "Late in the Evening" (not played since 11/24/2006) which paved the way for an action-packed set of originals and covers... Thanks to Brent Hopper & Brittany Reilly for opening and to Jay and the Dulcinea's staff.



Minutes:



Set 1

Name
Montage
All Kings Fall
Freeze
In a Silent Way > *
What's Your Status in London


Set 2

Late in the Evening > **
Tchfunkta > *** Improvisation 74 > Tchfunkta
La Isla Bonita ****
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *****
The Duel
Stay ******
A Millions Grains of Sand
Cheap Sunglasses *******


* = Miles Davis cover
** = Paul Simon cover
*** = Stanton Moore cover
**** = Madonna cover
***** = Jimi Hendrix cover
****** = David Bowie cover
******* = ZZ Top cover

Summer 2007
Bushwick Studio – Brooklyn, NY

The band is currently in the studio working on the highly anticipated EP due out later this summer...





July 14, 2007
Bellstock 14

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, Licorice has certainly been showing a lot of love to upstate New York. Traveling back towards Woodstock they arrived for the second year in a row at the 14th Annual Bellstock Festival. Held every year by upstate music mogul Greg Bell in honor of his birth, there are a ton of performers from solo acoustic to bluegrass to late night jammers. Heading up early in the day the band got to enjoy the sunshine, the tunes, and Howard’s delicious BBQ. They took the stage after a great acoustic performance from Wiley Dobbs, and before good friends School Bus Yellow. After a tight “All Kings Fall” opener, the band utilized the festival forum to stretch out a bit, revisiting their adaptation of “In a Silent Way” (Miles Davis) which segued into the rocker “What’s Your Status in London?”. The set then took a breath with the newly arranged “A Million Grains of Sand” before the tune’s scorching finale. “Freeze” then filled the mountain breeze and perfect temperature and seemed to match the exact vibe that hung over this great little festival. The infamous Madonna cover “La Isla Bonita” made a stand-alone appearance to close the set (which ought to be named “La Isla Santana” with it’s “Black Magic Woman” tease and the band’s written ending). The perfect day, the perfect breeze, abundant sunshine and good times had by all. Thank you to Bellstock and all in attendance, School Bus Yellow, the NYS Tru-way, and of course Greg Bell.





Minutes:


All Kings Fall
In a Silent Way > *
What’s Your Status in London?
A Million Grains of Sand
Freeze
La Isla Bonita **


* = Miles Davis cover
** = Madonna cover

June 28, 2007
Lion's Den, NYC

With limited dates for the summer booked in hometown NYC, Licorice joined a dynamic triple bill with long time friends The Bridge and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Licorice kicked the night off with an unusually refreshing 8pm start where they stuffed an arsenal of original material into a 50-minute power set. After opening with a few staples and crowd movers, the band brought their rehearsal exploration of the new working tune “Stranger in a Familiar Land”, to the stage for a spontaneous, crescendo-driven jam. The improvised jam did justice to the emotional lyrics and carefully orchestrated sections of this new composition. As the set was nearing it’s end, the band launched into the crowd favorite “What’s Your Status in London”, before making an abrupt and exciting segue into the start of “Say It (Your Mom’s a Vegetarian)”. The crowd was all over it from beat one, and jumped right in with the band. ‘Veg” was dedicated to long time Licorice fans and friends The Hupperts, who were moving from NYC to North Carolina to spread the sounds down South! Thanks to the energetic crowd and to the Lion’s Den’s always amazing staff as we sent the Hupperts off with good energy, good times, and lots of love!

Minutes:


Name
Freeze
All Kings Fall
Stranger in a Familiar Land
A Million Grains of Sand
What's Your Status in London?
Say It (Your Mom's a Vegetarian)


June 14, 2007
Donegal Saloon - Kearny, NJ

Being a jamband does indeed have positive connotations, especially as it means being part of a supportive network and growing scene of creative people who help open doors, spread the music and offer a hand in creating opportunity for one another. Licorice is fortunate to be working in this scene and environment where there are great supporters, strong relationships, and genuine people… much like our good friends and rockin’ band Buzz Universe. Crossing paths several times recently, Buzz Universe and Licorice made co-bill appearance at Kearny, New Jersey’s Donegal Saloon. Celebrating their 2-year anniversary, we look forward to all of their expansion plans and for the growth of this great new venue! The set was contained and tightly executed. It was a showcase for new ears and for a growing venue and scene in that area. Special thanks to Buzz Universe for all of their support, and of course for their raging set! Thanks to the staff at the Donegal!

Minutes:


Montage
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand
Swisher
Freeze
What's Your Status in London?


June 1, 2007
The Knitting Factory - NYC

As summer crept near, the band headed back to the Knitting Factory to double bill with Long Island jamband Tauk. Highlighting their newer compositions and more atmospheric style, the band played a mesmerizing set really showcasing their range of styles from the swinging jazz of “Swisher” to the rock anthem “What’s Your Status in London”. “A Million Grains of Sand” has found it’s self, living comfortably in the live setting opening the set unusually mellow, but leading to it’s final epic chorus, picking up energy and the vibe in the room. Tauk played a super tight set to follow, and we look forward to hearing more from them! Special thanks to Rocks Off, the bartenders in Licorice t-shirts and all of the staff!

Minutes:


A Million Grains of Sand
What's Your Status in London?
Stranger in a Familiar Land
Swisher
Freeze


May 27, 2007
Dynamic Grooves World Music Festival - Northville, NY
The band made another early summer excursion upstate, stopping at Lapland Lake to regroup and spend a day on the lake before the Dynamic Grooves performance. As the bands for the Sunday schedule rolled in, so did the clouds, and by the time Licorice was sound checking, lightening was striking, the heavens opened and the set was cancelled.

May 20, 2007
The Catskill Mountain Music Fest/ Positive Mental Trip Fest II - Durham, NY

The band appeared at The Catskill Mountain Music Festival/ Positive Mental Trip Fest II for their first performance in Durham, NY. Organized by Luke from Positive Mental Trip, the festival featured many of the regional acts putting out solid jams and good tunes like our old friends School Bus Yellow, One Eyed Jack, Unexplained Bacon and of course Positive Mental Trip themselves. Though the weekend began rainy the clouds gave way to sun by Sunday allowing for great weather for the groups late afternoon set. Show highlights included All Kings Fall, Freeze, Swisher and A Million Grains of Sand (full set to be posted shortly). Special thanks to Luke and Positive Mental Trip.


April 20, 2007
The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival
The Knitting Factory - NYC

While the city pounded out music all over the place from Grand Central Station to the tiny East Village clubs, Licorice made their way back into The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival for the second year in a row. The tap bar seemed to have tapped into the height of the energy of the festival as the band teamed up with The Bomb Squad and old friend Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle . After The Bomb Squad dropped their bombs, Licorice took the stage with excitement and an explosive energy. Opening with “Say It (Your Mom’s a Vegetarian)”, which had not been played since 12/23/06 good ‘ol Licorice fans knew they were in for a good one. The energy built tune after tune and reached full force in the hair-splitting version of “What’s Your Status in London”. The crowd was left jogging in place for Mike Dillon’s barrage of energy. Special thanks to Rocks Off, the Knitting Factory, the Bomb Squad and our buddy Mike Dillon for a memorable night!



Minutes:


Say It (Your Mom's a Vegetarian)
Freeze
Scarab >
What's Your Status in London?
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand


April 14, 2007
Sully's Pub – Hartford, CT

Perhaps one of the first road trips in one vehicle, with no outsiders, just the band, as we headed into uncharted territories. The day began with a warm up in midtown NYC before all hopping in the car to head to Connecticut. Opening for the electronic deep house, local favorite Otherwise, the one-hour plus set had moments of near perfect execution with a tremendous energy. "Scarab" was presented in a new light as though it were a musical passage written to segue and introduce “What’s Your Status in London”. The room started to fill in by the second or third song and the crowd favorite “La Isla Bonita” (Madonna) brought many to the dance floor as the band made their way to the always captivating "Freeze". The set continued with a rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Come On" (Let the Good Times Roll) before ending with "A Million Grains of Sand", which has become more of a statement to the band's maturity, as well as a tiny view of what can be some truly powerful and unique things to come from the band soon.

The night continued with Otherwise dropping their sounds, and we thank them for their kind hospitality as our new friends. Special Thanks to Lena's Pizza and Sully's, as well as to the bar tender Tomer. Looking forward to getting back up to Hartford soon!



Minutes:


Scarab >
What’s Your Status in London?
All Kings Fall
Montage
La Isla Bonita *
Freeze
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) **
A Million Grains of Sand

* = Madonna cover
** = Jimi Hendrix cover


March 30, 2007
Red Square – Albany, NY

The band made their return to Albany, this time performing at Red Square for the first time… The band performed an action-packed set opening for local favorite School Bus Yellow. A special thanks to SBY and Greg Bell for a great night of music!



Photo By Brian Goldstein


Minutes:


Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *
Montage
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand
Improvisation 74 >
Scarab
What’s Your Status in London?
Freeze

* = Jimi Hendrix cover

March 29, 2007
Ace of Clubs - NYC

The group made a Thursday night appearance performing at the Ace of Clubs for the first time in over 2 years since the club’s conversion from the old ACME Underground… The night was a co-bill featuring 1 set of Buzz Universe followed by a Licorice set… In Buzz Universe’s set Dave Lott joined the band for an awe-inspiring rendition of the CCR classic Born on the Bayou… Special thanks to Buzz Universe.






Minutes:


Name
Montage
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *
AM Song
The Duel
A Million Grains of Sand
Swisher
All King Fall
In a Silent Way > **
What’s Your Status in London?

* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Miles Davis cover

March 17, 2007
Paul's Tavern - NJ
Phanphest Presents: Cabin Fever III

The band made a triumphant return to the great Garden State appearing at Phanphest’s Cabin Fever III at Paul’s Tavern… The band had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the Chad Bauer Band, Codename and U-Melt… Special thanks to Phanphest, all of the bands, and of course a great crowd, for a fun St. Patrick’s Day.



Photo By Chris Paul



Art By Crazyredbeard aka Jon Blake

For more info visit Crazyredbeard Productions


Minutes:


All Kings Fall
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *
The Duel
La Isla Bonita > **
What's Your Status in London?
AM Song
Freeze
A Million Grains of Sand


* = Jimi Hendrix cover
** = Madonna cover

March 10, 2007
The Knitting Factory - NYC

Licorice made their first appearance on the Knitting Factory’s main stage opening for The Breakfast… Starting the show with the crowd favorite “What’s Your Status in London?” the band was instantaneously on their way through a set of action-packed material… The set featured the public debut of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)”. Thanks to The Breakfast, The Knitting Factory staff and an energetic crowd for a great night of music.




Minutes:


What’s Your Status in London?
A Million Grains of Sand
All Kings Fall
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) *
AM Song
Freeze

* = Jimi Hendrix Cover


February 9, 2007
The Blue Note - NYC

Licorice made a triumphant return to the world-famous jazz club appearing for the 6th time at The Blue Note’s “Late Night Groove Series”. The performance showcased a variety of the bands original material and also included the band’s arrangement of the Miles Davis composition “In a Silent Way”. Special thanks to The Blue Note Staff.






Minutes:


Swisher
In a Silent Way > *
What’s Your Status in London?
Freeze
All Kings Fall
The Duel
Montage
A Million Grains of Sand
Scarab

* = Miles Davis cover

January 19, 2007
R&R - NYC

On the eve before the official closing of the well-known venue R&R, the band performed an action-packed set showcasing an array of the group's material including the debut of "Let it Go"... Special thanks to Mugdown and Session for a great night of music.

Minutes:


Freeze
AM Song
All Kings Fall
Let it Go *
What’s Your Status in London?
A Million Grains of Sand

* = First time played

December 23, 2006
Fontana's - NYC

The band took the stage at 10:20PM opening for Topaz who enlisted a special all-star line-up for the evening featuring: Joe Russo, (The Benevento/ Russo Duo), Borahm Lee (Matisyahu), Scott Metzger (Rana) and Justin Wallace (English Department). Licorice’s set kicked off with an awe-inspiring Improvisation 74, which paved the way nicely for an explosive set that featured many fan favorites. Special thanks to Topaz, Doc Ellis and CEG Presents.



Photo By Ted Wong

Minutes:


Improvisation 74 >
Montage
A Million Grains of Sand
In a Silent Way > *
What’s Your Status in London?
Freeze
All Kings Fall
Say It (Your Mom’s a Vegetarian)

* = Miles Davis cover

November 24, 2006
The Knitting Factory - Tap Bar, NYC
Apogee Records “Stages 2” Record Release Show
The band performed a late night set in front of an energetic crowd in celebration of the release of the new live double-disc compilation Stages 2. The show also featured The Brakes who also appear on the compilation. One of Jamaica's most adventuresome musicians, saxophonist Cedric "Im" Brooks (Bob Marley and the Wailers, Culture, The Skatalites, Ernest Ranglin, Rihanna) joined the band for a rendition of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”… Special thanks to Andy Steinberg and Apogee Records, Rocks Off Presents, and The Brakes for an action-packed night. Visit www.apogeerecords.com for more info.


Minutes:


A Million Grains of Sand
In a Silent Way > *
What’s Your Status in London?
Late in the Evening > **
Improvisation #74 >
La Isla Bonita ***
All Kings Fall
Got to Get Better in a Little While ****

* = Miles Davis cover
** = Paul Simon cover
*** = Madonna cover (joined by Cedric "Im" Brooks on sax)
**** = Derek and the Dominos cover





Photos By Ted Wong



October 13, 2006
The Knitting Factory - Tap Bar, NYC
Perhaps this performance was summed up best by Earvolution.com’s quote “1:00 a.m. Is The New 10:00 p.m.” The band took the stage at around 1AM sporting hockey masks appearing as if we just got off the bus from an intramural game at Chelsea Piers, but the fact of the matter was that it was Friday the 13th and Licorice was about to rock the face of The Knitting Factory’s Tap Bar. The action-packed set included fan favorites such as Overdue Blues and the long hibernating Radiohead cover “National Anthem”… Visit Earvolution.com to read a review on the show: http://www.earvolution.com/2006/10/schultz-in-city.asp

Minutes:


Overdue Blues
Freeze
National Anthem > *
In a Silent Way > **
What’s Your Status In London?
Got to Get Better in a Little While ***
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand
La Isla Bonita ****

* = Radiohead cover
** = Miles Davis cover
*** = Derek and the Dominos cover
**** = Madonna cover




Photos By Ted Wong

 

September 16, 2006
Lion’s Den, NYC
The Lion’s Den has become somewhat of a home for us... The familiar stage has a comfortable vibe, friendly faces, and a great crew who knows us. There is something about hopping back on that stage that feels so fun, and the audience was clearly ready to rage by the time we took the stage. It’s nights like these when we are able to pull out a cover we’ve tried maybe twice in rehearsal, and run through it nearly flawlessly… in fact Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” may be one of the most slamming in your face Licorice covers to date. Fists were pumping in the air with a militant-ness that no newspaper could possibly capture… perhaps it was the unprecedented move by Chad hopping off stage and sharing the mic with the audience as the entire room helped out with the words… The night capped off with a thrilling rendition of the “In a Silent Way” > “What’s Your Status in London?” medley.

Minutes:
Got To Get Better in a Little While ***
Overdue Blues
Freeze
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand
A.M. Song
Killing in the Name *
In a Silent Way **** >
What’s Your Status in London? **

* = Rage Against the Machine cover, First Time Played
** = Bed's too Big Without You by the Police teases
*** = Derek and the Dominos cover
**** = Miles Davis cover



August 10, 2006
Sin-é, NYC
It was a stormy night in NYC when Earvolution.com’s Summer Jam 2006 kicked off… As The Seven Eleven Project opened the evening playing some David Lott originals and Licorice tunes like “Who Knew”, and “The Duel” as well as some other collaborative tunes, the evening began to clear way. Licorice headlined the extravaganza bringing original flavor to a power packed showcase set which included some local fan favorites. “A Million Grains of Sand” was fresh to the ears of the New York audience and allowed for a crisp start to the band’s set… We had a short but sweet performance, something we haven’t really done in a while. Thanks to Jeff, Dave, and everyone who made the evening a great success!

Minutes:

A Million Grains of Sand
Improvisation #74 >
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita *
All Kings Fall
In a Silent Way ** >
What’s Your Status in London?

* = Madonna cover
** = Miles Davis cover



August 3-6, 2006
Telluride Jazz Celebration - Telluride, CO


August 3-6, 2006
Raynier Free Stage at Elks’ Park - Telluride, CO
We flew out of NYC somewhere around 5AM landing in Colorado in the early afternoon to begin our trip with a set at 4pm before playing a 2-set show later that night. The altitude barely affected us as the adrenaline and excitement got going right away. We bounced into town with “The Duel” in which we had moments where we found ourselves looking up and around, really appreciating the venue and privilege of playing there, dropping the Licorice sound right in the center of town and down Main Street. We had many familiar faces and good friends we’ve made over the years in sight, and Benji and Sammy made it to the stage as well! We presented strong, new material like “Montage”, “All Kings Fall” and “A Million Grains of Sand” enticing newcomers to join us that night, and sharing a bit of what our year was like for seasoned veterans. What seemed like a full day was only the beginning to an action packed weekend.

Minutes:

The Duel
Can and Able
Montage
Swisher
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand

 

August 3, 2006
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Telluride, CO
Performing that night at the Moon we were in good hands with Chris, Goat, Griper, and the entire crew as we played until the early hours of the next morning in front of an always-energetic crowd. Coming to the Telluride Jazz Celebration is always a true honor, especially this year where during the course of the weekend people would see and hear music from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Coryell, Soulive, etc… Thanks to all of the fans who came out that night to kickoff the fest, and a special thanks to one of the best crews around.

Minutes:
Set 1:
Overdue Blues
A.M. Song
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita *
All Kings Fall
Got to Get Better in a Little While **

Set 2:

Improvisation #74 >
In a Silent Way # >
What’s Your Status in London?
Stay ##
Freeze
Cheap Sunglasses ###
Say It (Your Mom is a Vegetarian)
* = Madonna cover
** = Derek and the Dominos cover
# = Miles Davis cover
## = David Bowie cover
### = ZZ Top coverTime Off (Licorice annual field-trip/ company picnic)

Time Off (Licorice annual field-trip/ company picnic)
We spent Friday “off” from playing, though certainly not off from the music. This was perhaps one of the first festival days in years where we were able to enjoy almost every performance in addition to the monsoon season mountain weather, the people, sights, and tastes of the town. Appetizers and Wine at Allred’s (one of the finest restaurant’s in the country!) Huevos Rancheros and Mariachi at Los Montañas. We got to enjoy multiple sets from Son Como Son, one of the most body shaking bands out there. We saw Larry Coryell, Lenny White and Victor Bailey playing “Born Under a Bad Sign”, “Footprints” and “Black Dog”. We got to see Herbie Hancock and his amazing band, performing “Actual Proof”, “Maiden Voyage”, “Cantaloupe Island” and many compositions from members of the band that floored the entire audience. We got to see Terence Blanchard and his Sextet at the Opera House at night; our moment of complete serenity amidst all of the sound we absorbed that day.

By the end of that day, we all met the likes of Victor Bailey, Lenny White, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Javon Jackson, Eric Krasno and Toussaint, amongst others in what turned out to be one of the most amazing days of live music any of us had experienced to date. We capped the day with a funky good time at the Moon with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Javon Jackson and David Gilmore where they played a memorable rendition of the Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack duet “Where is the Love” before running into “Flashlight” which was a perfect way to complete a great day of music. The next day in Telluride was nearly a repeat of the night before, with Soulive, Dr. Lonnie and crew and Terence Blanchardall playing on the main stage that day.


Licorice with Herbie Hancock
Photo by Bob Compton



August 5, 2006
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Telluride, CO
That Saturday night we had another action-packed show at the Moon in which such band staples came out including “Improvisation #74”, “Scarab”, “Sheep”, “Black Orpheus”, and “In A Silent Way”. A special thanks to Mike Sher who hopped on stage in the middle of a long jam for some energetic keys playing after Chad had sat in on a tune with his band during an earlier set that day. After our show we were hoping to catch some of the jazz icons at the festival at the late-night session at Los Montañas but alas we missed it having rocked out thoroughly for another late night at the Moon.

Minutes:
Improvisation #74 >
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita *
Montage
Got to Get Better in a Little While **
Prologue >
Jam (joined by Mike Sher on keys) >
Soul Sacrifice *** >
Theme from Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval) ****
All Kings Fall
Sheep #
A Million Grains of Sand
In a Silent Way ## >
What’s Your Status in London?
* = Madonna cover
** = Derek and the Dominos cover
*** = Santana cover
**** = Luiz Bonfá cover
# = Pink Floyd cover
## = Miles Davis cover


July15, 2006
Bellstock, East Jewitt, NY
Albany area promoter (and super nice guy) Greg Bell held his annual festival and birthday bash with a gathering of a few hundred music fans for 3 days of camping, pulled pork sandwiches, and a wide array of bands from all over the east coast. We took a day trip up the thruway (True-Way) to an all too familiar area (see the Barn Recording story in Chapter 1 of the Licorice Biography) to play after one of the heaviest rainstorms of the summer. “The sun has got to shine, on my guitar some day” we sang as we opened with the Clapton tune which set the tone for the party as the sun decided to shine after all. Dry attendees made their way out of their tents as the sound of “All Kings Fall” reverberated off of the land, woods and foothills beyond. Next up was a new original “A Million Grains of Sand” which made a strong debut transitioning nicely from the setting of the rehearsal studio to the stage… in fact it was one of the most memorable points of the summer. “Swisher” was the perfect next song getting people jumping as we made our way to the freshly re-worked “Montage” and a powerful version of “Freeze”. Next up was “In a Silent Way” with an orchestrated transition into “What’s Your Status in London?”… (Within the mini Miles-overture we cover three sections from “In a Silent Way” in shortened collage-like segments… contrary to the idea and structure of the album, which actually consisted of tape spliced together in pieces to create song forms). After the end of our performance we were able meet some of our new fans and even got to kick the soccer ball around before heading back to the city to prepare for our trip out west.

Minutes:

Got to Get Better in a Little While *
All Kings Fall
A Million Grains of Sand **
Swisher
Montage
Freeze
In a Silent Way *** >
What’s Your Status in London?
* = Derek and the Dominos cover
** = First time played
*** = Miles Davis cover



July 8, 2006
The Blue Note, NYC
Temperatures in the “concrete jungle” hung out in the mid 90’s or more, and down in the subway somewhere above 100 degrees for sure. The summer always seems to blend week into week, as the days always blend into the night until sleep.

The thought of our set in July at the Blue Note is sort of like the Kool-Aid Man bursting through a wall in one of his legendary commercial moments. It’s hard to conceptualize the energy and warmth that we felt within the intimate jazz room… yet after five times there, we have definitely achieved a comfort level and balance in accurately portraying who we are.

We came out swinging hard with the instrumental “Can and Able”, and a newer song: “All Kings Fall”, which paved a great foundation that night as we played as a locked unit. Jazz staples: “In a Silent Way” and the theme from the film “Black Orpheus” emerged with Licorice flavor. The theme from “Black Orpheus” was driven with a Latin-rock drive and heavily sustained guitar, which is rather different from the acoustic versions we learned from and love. While “In a Silent Way” itself is a very simple melody and almost shapeless form, we have created our own interpretation that falls into the stream of sound we are always working on. Interpretations are more important to us than “covers”. The influence we draw is more important to us when performing a song live than actually re-creating the original version of the song itself. “In a Silent Way” has become our own controlled “space” with a backbone, drive, and our own signature groove. Another new energy filled cover was the Derek and the Dominos tune “Got to Get Better in a Little While” which is sure to stick around for a while... Incorporating a plethora of odd time signatures, off-beat hits, orchestrated madness, and a keen ability to read each other’s next move, we found our niche and place at the Blue Note that night and were excited to be back for our fifth appearance at the world-famous club.

Minutes:

Can and Able >
All Kings Fall
Swisher
Montage
Freeze
Got to Get Better in a Little While *
Scarab >
La Isla Bonita **
Prologue >
Theme from Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval) ****
In a Silent Way *** >
What’s Your Status in London?
* = Derek and the Dominos cover
** = Madonna Cover
*** = Miles Davis cover
**** = Luiz Bonfá cover


Photo By Ted Wong

 

June 7, 2006
Licorice to Return to Telluride Again!
Fans are already lining up for Licorice's return to Telluride this summer, making their fourth consecutive appearance at the 30th Annual Telluride Jazz Celebration Aug 3-6 (www.telluridejazz.com). The line starts with our #1 fans Sammy and Benji!


Along side of names like Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, John Mayall, Terence Blanchard, Soulive, etc the band will perform at least twice throughout the weekend in honor of Telluride Jazz’s 30th birthday and in memory of the late James W. Ray, founder of the Raynier Institute & Foundation and No Wasted Notes, and true Licorice fan, supporter, and friend. Stay tuned to the site for performances TBA!


Jim Ray



PHOTO BY DAVID ZOLLER: www.zollerphoto.com
Benji (right) and Sammy (left) back for their 4th year too!



June 3, 2006
The Baggot Inn, NYC
Saturday night June 3rd, Licorice celebrated the release of a new compilation Live at the Baggot Inn at, fittingly, New York’s Baggot Inn. Licorice contributed its “Swisher” to the 16-song collection, which will raise money in memory of the club’s former soundman Jon Anthony, who recently passed away. 100% of the proceeds from the night and sales of the CD will be donated to Music Rising (http://www.musicrising.org/), an organization dedicated to rebuilding the Gulf Region note by note, in Jon's name. In a short but tightly executed set, the band ran through a high energy fast paced list of their finest. Highlights include the new and improved “Montage”, a soaring “Name”, and a sentimental dedication to a friend who had passed, Jon.

Minutes:
All Kings Fall
Name
La Isla Bonita
Montage
Status In London

May 20, 2006
Coda, NYC
The Reunion

There was a maturity, excitement, precision and cleanliness that came from the stage. Sabriena and Dave (after their successful Seven Eleven Project venture) have found themselves in a new partnership vocally, creating a level to the music that did not exist in Licorice’s debut incarnation. The energy was right, and the four took it upon themselves to throw an old fashioned party with some of their best and old school favorites. Without the vocal and piano presence of Chad Dinzes, who attended Sammy’s (his sister) graduation in Rhode Island during the show, the power trio exploded through a few originals before joining with Sabriena. It was only a taste of what will come, for when there is a collaboration as a quintet (which is sure to happen once if not often down the line)! We thank Sabriena Stone for leading us to victory! Special Shout out to Howie Schnee and his engagement! To read the review on Earvolution.com click here!

Minutes:
Name
Can and Able
Status in London
Sabriena intro
Synchronicity II*+
Stormy Monday *
The Duel*
Get Ready*++-->How Long*^
La Isla Bonita*^^
Who Knew*
Mystery Train*
Freeze*
Vegetarian *

E:
Time to move on% (Dave and Sabriena only)
Land down under*
• with Sabriena Stone
• + = Police cover
• ++ = Eric Clapton Cover
• ^ = Pointer Sister’s Cover
• ^^ = Madonna Cover
• % = Tom Petty Cover

May 12, 2006
The Stone Pony, Ashbury Park, NJ
The band was excited to get a chance to play the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the Boss’s home… Jovi… the shore… To everyone’s delight, the venue exceeds it’s hype with ample space, one of the best sound systems around, and the best staff in Jersey. Opening for regional favorite Dead cover band Splintered Sunlight, the quartet got a chance to test the stage, and audience with their short but sweet showcase.


“ Improvisation #74” is always a clue that the band is excited as they launched into an explosive groove and jam to kick things off that culminated in the introductory hits to “Brett Belias”. Standing in front of the stage was the closest thing to literally being placed inside of the sound itself, being surrounded on all sides by bass and rhythm with the clarity of each sound in proper proportion. The sound was huge! It carried out the open back of the club bouncing off the ocean and open beach just across the street. Standing outside was perfect in the late spring air, with the smell of the ocean, and the moon above.


“ Belias” had stretched into a deep rock saga. The jam dropped deep into the trenches of this neo-indie groove that rocks from the bottom rumbling layers to the growing peaks. It is evident that over time, the music has a life. It grows and changes, and with each new experience (especially ones like the Pony), the next level is only stronger. The audience was ignited as the room filled in, and by the time that “La Isla Bonita” was complete the crowd was tuned in completely. This was just in time for the “Status in London” to leave everyone in Asbury Park who made it, excited for Licorice’s return in the future.


Special Thanks to the staff and crew at the Stone Pony for making us so comfortable, and so at home, you are the greatest!

Minutes:
Improv #74-->
Belias
All Kings Fall
Scarab-->
La Isla
Status in London

April 22, 2006
Savannahs, Albany, NY
A year after the snowstorm had cleared, and Chad’s car was in it’s rightful place in the great Garden State, the foursome made it’s way back to Savannah’s for a well received, and warm welcoming Albany audience. After skipping a meal at the local Sushi joint, avoiding the National Karate event, RIP formal, and anything else the Crown Plaza had to offer, the band warmed up the stage with a few new originals. The new instrumental offering “Prologue” served as opener with it’s delicate and melodic introduction. Minutes later, as the tempo accelerates and Chad ignited his chops, the quartet crescendos into an Afro-beat inspired rhythm and an energetic tone for the evening.

As they fired their way through the new original “All Kings Fall”, Johnny’s bass cabinet blew, and there was a forced intermission. Once the problem was resolved, the band came back strong with Jimi’s “Crosstown Traffic” and took the audience on a musical journey from genre to genre around the world from the jungle, to the islands to the jazz clubs deep in the city; all in a night in Albany (See Setlist!)

Things to be noted: The new Crown Plaza beds, comforters, pillows and sleep aid CD = Genius. The Savannah’s staff and local promoter Greg Bell, some of the best in the business!

Minutes:
Prologue
All Kings Fall
(Break for technical difficulties)
Crosstown Traffic*
The Duel
Brett Belias
Swisher
La Isla**
Freeze
Status In London
* = Jimi Hendrix Cover
** = Madonna Cover

SUSHI ACROSS FROM SAVANNAH’S (PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSH BLOOM)

April 21, 2006
Green Apple Music Festival

Knitting Factory : Tap Bar, New York, NY
Making their first appearance in the Tap Room, the band flowed seamlessly through their original catalog adding their blazing rendition of Stanton Moore’s “Tchfunkta”. Improvisational highlights were in the newfound “All Kings Fall”, an early “Status in London”, “Scarab-->Tchfunkta” and the growing, crowd pleasing “Freeze”. The band seemed to be breathing as one, and moving and reacting as one. The energy was growing from Princeton, and moving in through New York City towards Albany, where it only intensified for a return back to New Jersey again in May.

Green Apple Won't Hype It, So Earvolution Will
“ Licorice's participation in this weekend's Green Apple Music Festival seems to have been consumed by the hype of the Festival itself. Let all in Earvolution's earshot know, as part of the GAMF, Licorice will be playing The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, NYC this Friday night April 21. Their set should start at 11:30.” - www.earvolution.com

Minutes:
Improvisation #74-->
All Kings Fall
Status in London
Montage
Scarab-->
Tchfunkta*-->
Improv #74 Reprise
Bunnies
Say It (Your Mom is Vegeterian)
Freeze
* = Stanton Moore Cover

April 14, 2006
Triumph Brewing Company, Princeton, NJ
On a foggy Friday night, of Easter weekend, the band made their way back to the heart and nostalgia of academia, into the ivy and historic town of Princeton, NJ. Playing at the Triumph Brewery, a local favorite (with coffee and cream stout taboot!) the band took to the carved out space in the corner of the room to create their show. As the first few songs passed and heads began bobbing, the volume rose steadily and the band made their way through several covers for a sweet Easter treat.

This was different from most Licorice shows in that the jamming was more precise and contained, while the execution of each song itself seemed to be the focus. Of course there were uncontained moments like the impromptu (never rehearsed) “Cissy Strut” and “Cheap Sunglasses’” “gangsta rap groove jam”. At midnight, the staff walked around the multi-leveled restaurant with sand buckets as the NJ smoking ban took effect. Cigars and cigarettes were extinguished while the band kept smoking through their sets. Milton Ruiz joined us as soundman extraordinaire, and for that we are forever thankful!

Minutes:
Set I:
Land Down Under*
Wine
A.M. Song
Walking on the Moon**
Who Knew
La Isla Bonita***
Set II:
Late in the Evening#-->
Tchfunkta ##
The Duel
Spanish Castle Magic^-->
Cissy Strut^^-->
Spanish Castle Magic
Swisher
Mind Overboard
Mama Don't^^^
All Kings Fall
Cheap Sunglasses%
Freeze

* = Men at Work Cover
** = Police Cover (Instrumental)
*** = Madonna Cover
# = Paul Simon Cover
## = Stanton Moore Cover
^ = Jimi Hendrix Cover
^^ = Meters Cover
^^^ = JJ Cale Cover
% = ZZ Top Cover

February 17, 2006
Lion’s Den, NYC
Crisp Licorice. Nothing better. Stated best by David Schultz on Earvolution.com, "While Lesh, Umphrey's and Grace Potter ruled Friday night's prime time, Licorice owned the night. Proving that the most innovative music gets played after midnight, Licorice capped a beneficent New York Friday with an exceptional after hours set at the Lion's Den."

Highlights included the debut of the new progressive barnburner "All Kings Fall" which exploded out, in perfect timing for the President's Day holiday. The band covered Eric Clapton's "Get Ready", which featured former band mate Sabriena Stone from 5th of July on vocals who sunk the Lion's Den down low, deep into the trenches of the New York night. The final applause evoked a fitting encore as Dave said, "There is only one encore." Nothing better.

Minutes:
Land Down Under*
Prologue/Interlude
Name
A.M. Song
Scarab >
All Kings Fall#
How Long**>
Get Ready***
Mama Don't ##
Freeze
Status in London

E: Say It (Your Mom is a Vegetarian)

* = Men at Work Cover
# - First time played
** - Pointer Sisters Cover (with Sabriena Stone)
*** - Eric Clapton Cover (with Sabriena Stone)
## - JJ Cale Cover

January 14, 2006
The Blue Note, NYC
On January 14th the band made its fourth appearance at The Blue Note “Late Night Groove Series”. Playing once again to a full house, the band blazed through a tight set that timed in at just over 2 hours. The night also marked the birthday celebrations of both Matthew Epstein and David Lott. Check out the review on www.Earvolution.com

Minutes:
Prelude (including the theme from Black Orpheus “Manhã De Carnaval” by Luiz Bonfá), Brett Belias, Swisher, What’s Your Status in London?, Bunnies , Can & Able, 7 Day Storm, Scarab> Walkin on the Moon (Police cover), Montage, Overdue Blues, Satin Retreat (based on Miles Davis composition “Black Satin”), Freeze


Photo By Ted Wong

December, 30 2005
Coda, NYC
With DJ Logic
On 12/30 Licorice and DJ Logic performed at Coda NYC, interchanging and intermingling sets into the wee hours of the morning. After Logic’s first set, Licorice took the stage and performed a mesmerizing set which included such staples as: “Improvisation 74” > “Brett Belias”, “Late in the Evening” (Paul Simon) > “Tchufunkta” (Stanton Moore), “Scarab” > “La Isla Bonita” (Madonna)… at the end of the set Licorice fell into a groove reminiscent of Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” and Logic joined the band before segueing into another great set of his own. At about 2:40AM Licorice once again took the stage and DJ Logic joined the band for a special rendition of Miles Davis’ “Black Satin” before heading back into the territory of “In a Silent Way”. The collaborations truly showcased the influence that Miles had on both Licorice and Logic. Licorice continued performing fan favorites such as “What’s Your Status in London?”, “Freeze”, and the Pink Floyd classic “Sheep”.

December, 22 2005
Nectar's, Burlington, VT
On the day of the Winter solstice the band awoke to a cold and sunny NY sky, as the grand metropolis lay nearly paralyzed by the first MTA strike in 25 years. Leaving over 8 million commuters to walk, share cabs, and freak out, the boys were more than excited to be leaving, at least for a while... good thing the gig was in Vermont! Making their way back to Burlington's famed Nectar's to kick off the Thursday night of the Christmas/Hanukkah Holiday Weekend. A suggestion from brother Rob Bloom inspired the A.M. Song that kicked the set off and got the energy moving for a crisp and explosive Brett Belias. The band then unleashed the debut of a new deep rock original entitled "Seven Day Storm". The music for the rest of the set was presented on a large soundscape, plush with layers, a true depth of sound, and inspired listening and improvisation. High points were often found in the jams themselves, such as Scarab, Freeze, and Status in London, as the cohesive sound locked into mechanical grooves giving way to spine tingling crescendos. Licorice was in control and was well received, making Burlington a favorite destination and performance place for the band. Special thank you to the Nectar's owners and staff!

Minutes:
A.M. Song, Brett Belias, Seven Day Storm*, Scarab-->La Isla Bonita, Swisher,
Freeze, Status in London**

*Debut
**Carol of the Bells Tease

December, 16 2005
The Bitter End, NYC
Chad's Birthday
Friday, December 16th marked an important milestone as keyboardist/ singer Chad Dinzes celebrated his 26th Birthday at the intimate Bleecker Street venue. Chad performed a number of his original songs and was joined by David Lott for some special renditions and duets.

Highlights included Chad performing a solo rendition of "Freeze" and calling out to band mate David Lott’s composition while he was in attendance in the audience. Lott then joined Dinzes on acoustic guitar for a Dinzes original "Mind Overboard". The two then launched into some funky improvising with a creative rendition of Seal's "Crazy" which had a jammed out segue into JJ Cale's "After Midnight". Chad finished the night solo, and strong making his 26th birthday one to remember.

Photo By Jenni Klein Design

November 25, 2005
Lucille's at BB King's, NYC
"Tryptophan on Ice"
The cold chill inspired some extra heat inside BB King Blues Club in Times Square during Thanksgiving Weekend. The club was buzzing with music heads coming from either Moe, or the Meters to catch some Licorice and/or Zilla in the main room. While creating heat was as primitive as rubbing two sticks together, Licorice was intent on creating fire. With a minimal sound system the band built a show out of the real musical bond that exists, and the energy that can come from sharing, talking and listening. As the houselights dropped Dave built the "Overdue Blues" pocket that the band so easily fell into and hung around in for most of the night. The show was a musical journey - and a physical one all the same, lasting an hour and a half straight, with virtually not a breath. We thank BB King's for their hospitality, we thank our friends and fans for their support, and Milton Ruiz for his brave and brilliant expertise in helping to create the right mix for the band and managing the vocal rig. Also a special thanks to Mr. Moran, Erica, Neil, and Mike for their support!

Minutes:
1st Verse of Swisher (Sound check)
Stage Banter
Overdue Blues>
Improvisation #74>
Scarab>
La Isla Bonita*
Bunnies
Freeze
Stay**
Cissy Strut+
What's Your Status in London?

*Madonna Cover
**David Bowie Cover (1st time played)
+Tease for fan screaming from Meters show

October 2005
Jambands.com
The band appears as “New Groove of The Month


September 30, 2005
Lion’s Den, NYC
The band opened for one of their heroes Bernie Worrell and The Woo Warriors. Playing for over an hour before the funkmaster, it was clear the boys were back on the home turf, and back on the Lion’s Den theme of anything goes. They brought out teases from beyond the grave, segues from Miles, and the great Sabriena Stone (www.5thofjuly.com) for the Pointer Sister’s Funk classic “How Long”. The stage was lit for Bernie Down the House.
Minutes - Improv 74>Wine>Windowsill (measures 214-232) >Scarab>In a Silent Segue>Status, How Long*, Say It (Your Mom Is A Vegetarian), A.M. Song

Photo By Ted Wong


September 15, 2005
Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ
The band ventured back to the Garden State, opening for U-Melt, setting the Thursday night tone by opening with the instrumental powerhouse “Can & Able” while slamming through a tightly executed transition into “Brett Belias”. Long awaited ballad “Bunnies” made its way out of the rehearsal studio and onto the stage in its new arrangement sending chills through the evening’s growing audience. The boys then took the crowd on a journey through Scarab?Walkin’ on the Moon, Freeze, and finally Status in London, before making way for U-Melt to take the audience cruising into the night. Special Thanks to U-Melt and all those who made it to Jerzzz! Shout out to U-Melt, New City, Jerz, Floyd in the Hizzle.

Late August - Early September
The band was in the studio recording “AM Song” for the new CD Sampler 3.14. Hear it today on the Taste Page!


August 20, 2005
Lion’s Den, NYC
Upon returning from The Telluride Jazz Celebration the band made a triumphant return to NYC continuing the thematic madness from their last performance at the Den. The band introduced some new tunes while paying homage to some of the greats, and some of their favorites. Opening with the new “AM Song” and “Wine”, the tone was set for the room to get up, and get ready. That’s when the band launched into a medley started by a fiery interpretation of Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” which led directly into an explosive version of “Scarab” with a dreamy segue that led into the timeless “La Isla Bonita” without a break. The boys then ripped through “Status in London” and then unleashed an old White Stripes favorite “Seven Nation Army”. The highlight of the night came from the band’s punk statement “Say it (Your Mom is a Vegetarian)” when The Cars’ “Just What I Needed” rocked the crowd back into the final chorus. The night was capped with crowd favorites and the original staple “Freeze” into Stanton Moore’s “Tchufunkta”. A crowd pleasing good time all around.


August 6, 2005
TELLURIDE JAZZ CLEBRATION 2005

Elks’ Park Side Stage, Afternoon set
The band woke to the breaking clouds and the cool Colorado air after a late night, and the rain stopped for the sun to shine down on Elk’s Park in the center of town. At just about noon, the band took the stage for one of their best performances of the summer, drawing the people of Telluride, all ages, bikes and carriages to hear some of the top highlights of the weekend: Scarab>La Isla Bonita, Swisher, Status In London, and Freeze. The sun was shining and heads were shaking old and young as fans made their way to the main stage for a new day of the festival’s music

On top of a mountain - Photo By Rob Bloom


Matt and Dave with legendary bassist Ron Carter
Photo By Rob Bloom



Photo By Rob Bloom

Jazz On Main, Late set
Minutes - Improvisation 74> Scarab> La Isla Bonita, In a Silent Way> What’s Your Status In London?, A.M. Song, Can & Able
Playing a fifth, and final surprise set in three days, Licorice erupted boldly almost at the peak they had left off from earlier that day. The band jumped musically right in with almost 40 minutes of straight improvised music that carried them all the way to the musical finale… fitting for a weekend of well executed, well documented musical exploration, growth, and synergy -- the setlist speaks for itself. The show was recorded and broadcasted by Telluride TV13 with accompanying post show interview!

Photo By Rob Bloom


August 5, 2005
TELLURIDE JAZZ CLEBRATION 2005
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
, Late Night set

Minutes - Mama Don’t, Brett Belias, AM Song, Scarab> La Isla Bonita, In a Silent Way> What’s Your Status In London?

After a few of the only hours they had off, the band hopped back onto the stage for a driving set before crowd and band themselves made their way to the Benevento/Russo late/late night set. Part of the band’s growth and maturation from the festival often comes from seeing the various artists they learn from, respect, and get along with. 2005 included Ron Carter, The Duo, Garage A Trois, John Scofield, County Road X, Adam Deitch, Bill Connors, Dave Holland, Charlie Mertens and Adam Bartczak Quintet, Lizz Wright, and more. Special thanks to Morgan Young, No Wasted Notes and The Raynier Institute, Telluride Jazz Crew: Paul, ET, Kathleen, Kristen, Jerry, and everyone! Also to Marcus, Bob Compton and all of our friends. Thanks for making each year better than the last. Special thank you to Jim Ray, for all his support and love. We love you, thank you for all you have done for us, and will miss you forever. Your spirit, soul and good nature will live in our hearts and grow in our music forever. Thank you, Jim. www.raynier.org


August 4, 2005
TELLURIDE JAZZ CLEBRATION 2005

Elks’ Park Side Stage, Afternoon set (Rainy day set)
Coming in on Thursday to open the town to the sound, Licorice took the side stage for one of two Thursday shows, to kick off the festival weekend. Opening the set with Epstein’s “Swisher” they let everyone in Telluride know that Licorice was back again! “La Isla Bonita” and “AM Song” brought heat to the chilly afternoon to warm up the weekend for non-stop Licorice action.

Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Late Night Show
Making their way back to “The Moon” for another long night, the boys acclimated to the altitude with their own giant breath of fresh music, or something like that. Each set was better than the next, but the first night layed a template for the weekends repeated highlights as each song grew with each performance.
Minutes - Set 1: Spanish Castle Magic (Hendrix), AM Song, Overdue Blues, La Isla Bonita (Madonna), Wine, Tchufunkta (Stanton Moore) – Set 2: Sheep (Pink Floyd), Scarab, Walking On The Moon (The Police), What’s Your Status In London, Freeze, Brett Belias, Say It (Your Mom’s a Vegetarian)

Photo by Bob Compton


July 31, 2005
The Baggot Inn, NYC
Recorded in front of a live studio audience for “The Best of The Baggot Inn” CD compilation, this very special intimate performance kicked off a busy week that would culminate in a total of 6 performances by the weeks end.

Minutes - Set 1: Name, Freeze, Brett Belias, Can & Able, The Duel – Set 2: AM Song, La Isla Bonita (Madonna), What’s Your Status in London?, Swisher, Overdue Blues




July 9, 2005
Lion’s Den, NYC
Minutes -
Sheep*
A.M. Song
In a Silent Way+-->
Status in London**-->
National Anthem#-->
Status in London
Name
Late in the Evening##-->
Tchfunkta++

* = Pink Floyd Cover
+ = Arrangement of Miles Davis Tune
** = with dedication to the victims in London
# = Radiohead cover
## = Paul Simon Cover
++ = Stanton Moore cover

Set II:
La Isla Bonita$
Wine
Freeze
Spanish Castle Magic%
Say it (Your Mom Is a Vegetarian)%^%^%^%^%

$ = Madonna Cover (Instrumental) w/ Black Magic Woman Tease
% = Jimi Hendrix Cover
%^%^%^%^% = With Lion's Den audience singing back "Oh No! Say It"


June 23, 2005
Smash Studios, NYC
The boys took the stage in Showcase 1 at their favorite rehearsal spot for an open house featuring a bill of talented clients, stellar chips and one hell of a makeshift bar. Playing a 3 song 25-minute life-stopping-re-arranging set, new ears shared an intimate experience with “A.M. Song”, “Can and Able”, and “Status in London”. Special thanks to Chicago and Matt McLean for sound, and to the band Insight for their support!

June 18, 2005
The Blue Note, NYC
Three time veterans made their way back to the legendary Blue Note, but this time with a surprise. Playing to a capacity crowd, again, Licorice unleashed their first ever acoustic mini-set. After a tremendous electric introduction with a fierce “Scarab” opener and a few more tunes, the band broke down into their acoustic instrumentation (djembe/percussion, acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, and bass). The mini set began with the new original “Who’s Laughing?”, as well as two older re-arranged tunes “Mind Overboard” and “Who Knew”. After their own rendition of the Brazilian composed movie theme from “Black Orpheus”, they began a version of “La Isla Bonita”. Half way through the instrumental Madonna cover, the band switched gears back to electric and took the Blue Note crowd raging into Father’s Day. Special thanks to all our fathers who were in attendance, and of course, Michael Strahan as well.

The Blue Note 6/18/05

May 14, 2005
Lion’s Den, NYC
As the buzz of Trey Anastasio’s new band sold out elsewhere, the after-show found its way to the Lion’s Den for a two-hour plus show of new and old Licorice. That’s right, two-hours plus. Definitely getting a handle on this “late night” concept. Yosi Piamenta joined the band with his signature-gnarling guitar for renditions of “Stormy Monday” and “Spanish Castle Magic” taking the room happily into Sunday.

April 22, 2005
Lucille’s at BB King Blues Club & Grill, NYC
Much to BB’s disappointment, the thrill just is not gone. In fact, after a late night set in Lucille’s at BB King Blues Club & Grill, it seems as though it has just begun. The band debuted several new tunes including “A.M. Song” and “Who’s Laughing” as part of the “all-night” Post-Hydra show (Hydra = Particle and Mickey Hart).

Lucille's, NYC – 4/22/05


April 7, 2005
Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ
Licorice made its first appearance in the Garden State in more than a year, performing with close friends 5th of July and Secret Government. Chad appeared somewhat emotional playing for his hometown crowd, but showed his friends and family the Jersey that’s made him master of smooth Jazz and cocktail ballad techno. The name of the club and accommodating artwork within, begged a Help->Slip opener, but maybe next time… maybe next time.

Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ– 4/7/05

March 12, 2005
The Bowery Ballroom, NY
After a successful trip through the Northeast the band returned to step onto one of the biggest New York City stages, and one of their favorite live venues (even to see music at). As the crowd filled in for a special reunion performance by Deep Banana Blackout, the boys peaked their way through a crowd lifting “Freeze”, and blew away the young funkateers with a tearing and soaring “Status in London” to close. Special thanks to Jen Durkin, The Fuzz, and the whole DBB crew! Word.

Bowery Ballroom, NYC – 3/22/05

February 26, 2005
Northeast Winter Blast Day #3
Burlington, VT - Mardi Gras Celebration
There must still be an echo of Chad in the streets, “Woo-hoo!”, while somewhere there is a man who is still in tears of drunken joy from Johnny’s command of the bass, and because of it he might never be the same. “Jim from Boston” has probably just re-hydrated himself (no matter when you are reading this), and we are still looking for the mystery woman who destroyed Dave in a lick-off using her only her leg as a guitar, no amp. After a parade through the cold, a competitive breakfast with Medeski, Martin and Wood, and the company of some of the best of friends, the band performed to a packed house at Nectar’s for the second night in a row. Their electrified originals like “Wine” and “Status in London” got the crowd moving while “Satin Retreat” entranced them in the deepest groove as the houselights came down. The 3 night run, ended with their exploration of Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening” which contained an added twenty-plus minute afro-beat inspired house jam that led into a version of Stanton Moore’s “Tchfunkta”, and if only he were there to see it! A road trip, and weekend to remember, with music that matched the energy of the room, and the entire city.

February 25, 2005
Northeast Winter Blast Day #2
After an interesting trip up to Burlington, Vermont (with the help of Thor, the same superhero who happened to also tow the kids from “Adventures in Babysitting”), the band arrived in Burlington, VT. The festivities were about to begin, when Licorice took the liberty of starting them just a tad early. They didn’t just play a set, they executed it; each rhythm so tight, it knocked the wind out of Burlington (OK, so no nothing knocks the wind out of Burlington). They introduced JJ Cale’s “Mama Don’t”, to light the night off, leading to their show-stopping rendition of Madonnna’s “La Isla Bonita”. Two fans say they even saw Johnny smile during the set, which opened up for the legendary Melvin Sparks to begin a very special Licorice 2-night run at the venue. MMMMM…gravy fries.


February 24, 2005
Northeast Winter Blast Day #1
There are few times in a young band’s life when one must take them aside to teach them about the lessons of band-hood, and the responsibilities. That the band may go through changes, may look different, sound different, may start to notice new things. Thus, after sitting Josh down and preparing him for puberty, we were in essence preparing even the entire band for something…. road trip. Start in Albany, leave after Licorice storms the pseudo-city, and drive through the night to arrive in Burlington, VT for a two-night run at the coldest Mardi-Gras celebration ever. The boys opened in Albany, for a jammin’ group called Rezi at Savannah's. The snow began just after the load in, and Chad’s alternator went somewhere after 1 a.m. Ah, I can smell the Green Mountains, or maybe that’s just the smell of 5 dudes sitting way too close for way too long.


February 11, 2005
Licorice performs live at Tribeca Rock, NYC. Thank you to those who made it through the wind and all the way down to the show where the band dropped the funk during Prince’s “Sexy Motherfucker” and displayed their chops and enlightening improvisation during “Status in London”, “Wine”, and the almost-always epic “Scarab”.


Early February 2005
While the quartet has been immersed in composition and rehearsal working on new music, they have also continued production on the upcoming DVD release due out later this year.

January 31, 2005
NYC TSUNAMI RELIEF JAM
BB Kings, NY

The band spearheads the NYC Tsunami Relief Jam raising over $13,000 for the American Red Cross. The night included performances by DJ Logic, Justin Wallace (Ulu), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Scott Metzger (RANA), Marco Benevento (Benevento/Russo Duo), Joe Russo, Oteil Burbridge (ARU, Allman Brothers Band), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Adam Deitch (John Scofield Band/Lettuce), and the Steve Kimock Band! Special THANK YOU to all volunteers, sponsors, musicians, fans and crews!


January 14, 2005
The Lion's Den, NY (Matt and Dave’s Birthday Bash) It was an action packed evening and start to 2005 as Licorice celebrated two important milestones: the birth of Matt, and the birth of Dave. Does that call for a Toto cover? We suppose so, Roseanna. Top hats off to The Dude of Life who also shared a 40th birthday and kicked off the celebration.


December 29, 2004
The Bitter End, NYC In their final performance of the year, the band played for an intimate weeknight crowd on Bleecker Street, performing their staples and of course their newer 2004 material (Status in London, Wine, etc). Beneath the surface were a few hints at some new material approaching! Everyone was in their best of holiday spirits and by the end of the show, everyone was ready for Licorice 2005.

December 16, 2004
The Lion's Den, NY ‘ Ol Licorice friend Sabriena Stone and her band 5th of July opened the festivities for Chad’s birthday bash. Dave and Chad sat in with the 5th of July for their original “Hudson River Blues”. A great time for all. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the birthday of our keyboardist Chad Dinzes, and especially to our friends 5th of July for opening up a great night of music.


December 9, 2004
Licorice opened at Tribeca Rock, NYC for the OM Trio’s final performance. Thanks to all who attended and were part of our DVD recording.
Special Thanks to Damien Drake for his direction and creative genius, and of course to band “brother” Robert Bloom for his masterful command of mist, smoke, weather, lights, lasers and more!

12/9/04 Tribeca Rock Club
Photo courtesy of Jenni Klein


November 27, 2004
The Blue Note, NY During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend the band played to a packed house for the second time this year at The Late Night Groove Series. The band took the stage one by one opening to Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way, which only opened the door to a night of serious improvisation. Sabriena Stone (5th of July) joined the band for harmonies on crowd favorite Who Knew, and to lead the band in the Pointer Sister’s “How Long”.

11/27/04 The Blue Note


November 21, 2004
“Jazz Influences” hosted by Marc Copeland welcomed the band to WFDU 89.1 for a live Sunday afternoon interview.

October 31, 2004
There was more than the Licorice inside your trick or treat bag this Halloween! Those who caught the parade also caught a special set performed by Licorice at the famous Bitter End on Bleecker St. With the band decked in costume (Josh – Muppet Show’s Animal, Chad- Elton Dinzes, Matt “Bootsy USA” Epstein, and Santana Lott) the band truly put on a show for all to enjoy! For a brief clip see our new Taste of Licorice page!



Mid-October 2004
Licorice made their rounds at a few new and a few of our favorite venues in October including: The Slipper Room, ACME Underground, and the Bitter End! Stay tuned for online samples and highlights from these performances on our SAMPLER 2.0 (now available FREE with the purchase of a Licorice T-shirt!) And visit our new Taste of Licorice page for mp3’s.

October 14, 2004
Licorice performed at The 2004 CMJ/ Relix Jamcase at The Lion’s Den in NYC. The event included performances by Matt Turk, Ten Mile Tide, Licorice, Jonah Smith, and The Bomb Squad. Thanks to Relix Magazine and The 2004 CMJ Music Marathon for making this event a success.


October 6, 2004
Another wild night at Tribeca Rock! Special thanks to Mike Dillon, his pig mask, and of course to Hairy Apes BMX (Hairy Apes BMX) for a great night. There was a ton of energy in that room! Thanks also to Rocks Off for making this event possible.


September 10 and 18, 2004
The band exploded back onto the New York scene for performances at The ACME Underground and The Bitter End. As the energy and the audiences seem to grow together, only the sky is the limit. Both of these shows were recorded so stay tuned for the FREE Sampler 2.0 installment featuring some of the most memorable moments!


August 12, 2004
Landing back on the East Coast after a successful run in Colorado, the band made their way to the next mountain town, Burlington, VT. Performing at Nectar's one day before Phish's final Coventry performance, the band sent several music fans away thinking more about what's to come, rather than what was ending. Thanks to all who made it to the show, and we look forward to making it back! (oh, and of course, special thanks to Phish . . . )


August 9, 2004
Playing the “unofficial” closing to the 2004 Telluride Jazz Celebration, the band played a 3-hour set at The Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, featuring Mike Dillon (of Hairy Apes BMX, Garage a Trois, Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, and Critter's Buggn') on vibes, tablas and percussion. We would like to thank No Wasted Notes, Mike Dillon, and the people of Telluride for making the show a long, energetic, engaged and moving good time!


August 6-8, 2004
Licorice landed at the 28th Telluride Jazz Celebration, for several memorable sets of music. The band's Sunday afternoon set included a tribute to Miles Davis featuring guest appearances by jazz fusion pioneer Larry Coryell (guitar), and Ben Polcer (trumpet, from Cloud Nine). We would like to thank the festival staff, volunteers and sponsors including the Raynier Institute and Foundation for all of their contributions and hard work. Click here to read the Licorice interview in Ground Beat!


July 9, 2004
Licorice would like to thank The Blue Note of NY and of course everyone in attendance for making our late night performance there such a huge, sold out success! Taking the stage at almost 1am, with not one empty seat in the house or bar, Licorice blazed through over 2 hrs of original music with some of the band's most memorable moments to date! The excitement in the room and the audience's energy only catalyzed a truly inspired performance that will go down as one for the books! Keep posted as it looks as though Licorice will be Blue again sometime in November or December!

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LICORICE: In sanskrit, it is called sweet stalk. The Greeks named it sweet root. And the Chinese, who may have known about it the longest, dubbed it gancao, which means sweet grass. The strong, dark candy, famous to me as the fastest way to colored saliva, was prized by entire civilizations centuries before Christ.

One thing is well established: Licorice, both the plant and the band made from it, is sweet. Many fans suggest it is 50 times sweeter than table sugar, though some researchers have placed it at more than 150 times sweeter than sucrose.

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