The California folk-rock band Midnight North has a new album, Under the Lights, on the way. Under the Lights will be the group’s third album and is out tomorrow, June 16th. Consisting of Grahame Lesh (vocals, guitar), Elliott Peck (vocals, guitar), Alex Jordan (vocals, organ), and Connor O’Sullivan (bass), Midnight North’s latest album was written following their first Midwest and East coast tour and captures the excitement during and following that period. The band’s Americana sound taps into Lesh’s father’s jammy Grateful Dead roots while also creating a sound of their own, infusing their own Western and blues influences throughout the album.Under The Lights includes 11-original tunes combining a country and rock-tinged sound directly influenced by life on the road. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips), with Under The Lights, Grahame Lesh and his band Midnight North create an fresh blend of rock and Americana that evokes past masters in the form like Graham Parsons and The Band. With smooth and heart-swinging harmonies, gritty and resonate lyrics, and rock-steady chops that share true tales of the road, the album is full of variety.EXCLUSIVE: Grahame Lesh Talks Midnight North, His Famous Father, And Twiddle LoveLive For Live Music is excited to share this next milestone in Midnight North’s career by hosting the band’s album stream ahead of tomorrow’s release. “This album is the culmination of growth – two years of writing, touring, and learning both about ourselves and from the amazing musicians we’ve been lucky to be around,” says Grahame Lesh. “We took a lot away from hanging and making music with folks like Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Nicki Bluhm, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, and obviously all of our musical community in the Bay Area and at Terrapin Crossroads. Then with invaluable help from DSB (David Simon-Baker), we were able to translate what we’d written and heard in our heads and combine it with what we’d worked out through all those live performances – we tightened the songs up, focused on the melodies and harmonies, and made sure the stories that we were telling came first. All of that made for an album that we’re definitely really proud of and can’t wait for people to hear!”Listen to Midnight North’s Under The Lights below, exclusively through L4LM:Midnight North will be celebrating the release of their new record with a hometown show at Great American Music Hall coinciding with the album’s release date. Special guests include the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, guitarist Scott Law, and songstress Victoria George. Additional summer appearances are below, including an exciting appearance at LOCKN’ in late August.MIDNIGHT NORTH SUMMER DATES6/16 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA7/28 – Tumble Down – Burlington, VT7/30 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY8/2 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC8/3 – Jams On The Sand – Asbury Park, NJ8/4 – Bear’s Picnic – Millmont, PA8/5 – Petaluma Music Fest – Petaluma, CA8/25 – Lockn’ Festival – Arrington, VA
The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is hosting its annual auction at the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall on Tuesday, April 23. Auction proceeds go directly toward supporting PBHA’s Summer Urban Program (SUP), a network of 12 student-run summer camps that benefit more than 800 children in Boston and Cambridge.This year’s event honors Mel King, Boston educator, social activist, and community organizer, and his wife Joyce.The silent auction will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with more than 70 items along with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and musical entertainment leading up a live auction featuring MIX 104.1’s Kennedy Elsey from Karson and Kennedy. Tickets are $40 in advance $45 at the door.PBHA is an independent, student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit at Harvard University that each year engages 1,500 students in more than 80 service programs benefiting 10,000 people in Greater Boston.SUP meets several critical needs and is one of the largest and most affordable summer program for youth from low-income families in Boston and Cambridge. In addition to serving approximately 800 local children, SUP camps offer summer employment to another 100 at-risk high-school students from the same communities as the camps. The camps provide academic enrichment and afternoons devoted to field trips, teen jobs and leadership development. Camps in neighborhoods with a history of violence between them come together for weekly relationship building, and all 12 camps unite for a midsummer celebration planned by the high-school-age counselors.For more information.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has hit a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities, registering 73 deaths as protesters took to the streets for a second day to denounce strict lockdown measures put in place to curb an exhausting surge in infections. The health ministry said Tuesday the number of new virus-related deaths in a day climbed above 60 for the first time, bringing the total number of deaths in the small country to nearly 2,500. Daily infections have soared in recent weeks and hospitals have struggled with COVID-19 patients, reporting near full occupancy of ICU beds. Nearly 286,000 infections have been recorded since last year.