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Jam Central Station 4.12.14: Break Science
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 04.12.2014

The explosion of the electronic music scene over the past five years has led to an influx of artists in the genre. They've come from various backgrounds and levels of experience to break out in a quickly growing genre. However, few artists were as prepared to lead the pack as drummer Adam Deitch. With over 20 years under his belt as a professional drummer and unparalleled experience, Adam Deitch has put Break Science at the forefront of modern live electronic music.

While many people say that they've been playing music for their entire life, in Deitch's case it's true. He's the son of two drummers and was playing in his parent's funk band from childhood. He branched out into hip-hop in the early 90's as both a producer and a drummer for local artists, including emerging artists like Erika Badu and Mos Def. He attended the Berklee College of Music, and from there began collaborating with a range of musicians in funk, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, and it was there that the roots for future projects such as Lettuce and Fatbag were planted. He performed as a member of John Scofield's band and as a member of the Average White Band as well.

Lettuce became Deitch's primary outlet as a songwriter starting in the late 90's. The band gained a strong following in the funk scene around the country and they released four albums starting in 2002. Deitch served as producer and primary songwriter for the band, and the members also continued to pursue other projects as well. Deitch continued to perform and produce with other musicians including Xzibit, Redman, 50 Cent, John Scofield, Ledisi, and many others during this time.

By the end of the 00's, Deitch began to focus on a new project. He was looking to blend his drumming and production work with in a new project, and he was also looking at what up and coming producers like Pretty Lights were doing. He teamed up with Borahm Lee to begin putting the vision together. The result was a blend of electronic and hip-hop, with heavy hitting beats, room to improvise, and some great guest vocals as well. Break Science burst on the scene and was quickly hitting the club and festival circuit, using Deitch's extensive history to get the band some breaks early on. In 2011 the duo released their debut EP Further Than Our Eyes Can See featuring guest appearances by Talib Kweli, Paper Diamond, Gramatik, and others.

2012 saw the release of their second EP, Monolith Code. By this time the duo was also touring with Pretty Lights, and they used the tour to play numerous Pretty Lights after parties. They finally released a full-length album in 2013. Seven Bridges was again very heavy on guest vocals including Redman, Citizen Chance, CX, and others. Lettuce also guested on a song, and Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic has a spot on the album as well. The success of this album, as well as their increased visibility from touring with Pretty Lights, has led to the band headlining their own shows and getting bigger crowds at festivals. The duo continues to work closely with Pretty Lights and Pretty Lights Music while still making their own path.

Lockin' adds artists
The Lockin' Festival added another round of artists this week. New performers include Umphrey's McGee, Wilco, Keller Williams Grateful Grass (featuring Keith Moseley & Jeff Austin) as well as Keller's Grateful Gospel, a new project featuring Keller's funk band More Than A Little along with Furthur's John Kadlecik, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The lineup already features Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Allman Brothers Band, and many other great acts. The collaborations coming from this event should be amazing.

Outside Lands announces lineup
This year's Outside Lands festival announced their lineup. The event, which takes place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, will feature many of the top-notch headliners hitting the festival circuit this year. The event will feature Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chromeo, John Butler Trio, and many other acts from all genres.

Gov't Mule will return to Grand Lido Negril in Jamaica on January 14-18 for their sixth Island Exodus event. No other details have been announced, but expect multiple nights of Mule, some solo Warren Haynes, and a handful of other bands and special guests.

Hoxeyville confirms lineup
After taking 2013 off, the Hoxeyville Festival will return this August. The event takes place in Wellston, MI and will feature Greensky Bluegrass doing two nights, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Steppin' In It, Airborne or Aquatic, The Ragbirds, The Crane Wives, and many other great bands.

Michael Franti & Spearhead announce Soulshine Music & Yoga Tour
Michael Franti & Spearhead announced the Soulshine Music & Yoga Tour this week. The band will head out with SOJA, Brett Dennan, and Trevor hall for the tour, which will feature the four bands as well as yoga classes.

June 19 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
June 20 Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theater
June 21 Berkeley, CA—Greek Theater
June 22 San Diego, CA—Open Air Theatre
June 24 Jacksonville, OR—Britt Pavilion
June 26 Vancouver, BC—PNE Amphitheatre
June 27 Seattle, WA—Marymoor Park
June 28 Bend, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheatre
June 29 Portland, OR—Edgefield
July 1 Missoula, MT—Big Sky Brewery
July 2 Sun Valley, ID—Sun Valley Center
July 3 Salt Lake City, UT—Usana Amphitheatre
July 5 Santa Fe, NM—The Downs at Santa Fe
July 6 Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 8 Kansas City, MO—Crossroads
July 10 Chicago, IL—First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 12 Des Moines, IA—Simon Estes Amphitheatre
July 13 Indianapolis, IN—Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White Lawn River State Park
July 15 Toronto, ON—Echobeach @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 17 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage
July 18 Boston, MA—Bank of America Pavilion
July 19 Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 21 New York, NY—JBL Live at Pier 97
July 25 Wilmington, NC—Battleship Park
July 26 Portsmouth, VA—nTelos Pavilion
July 27 Charlotte, NC—Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory
July 29 Boca Raton, FL—Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
July 30 St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
August 1 Atlanta, GA—Masquerade Music Park
August 2 Nashville, TN—The Woods at Fontanel

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers announce summer tour
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers will be heading on the road for a short tour this summer. The band will be performing a handful of dates, mainly in the south. They also announced the departure of longtime members Bobby Rood and Doug Derryberry and the addition of Ross Holmes and Gibb Droll.

May 9 St. Petersburg, FL—Taste of Pinellas at Albert Whitted Park
June 21 Peachtree City, GA—Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
June 22 Knoxville, TN—Bijou Theatre
June 23 Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
June 26 Manteo, NC—Roanoke Island Festival Park
June 27 Black Mountain, NC—Pisgah Brewing Co.
June 28 Ashland, KY—Paramount Arts Center
July 2 Selbyville, DE—Freeman Stage
July 3 Charlotte, NC—U.S. National Whitewater Center
July 5 Wilmington, NC—Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Wanee Festival
April 10-12, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Umphrey's McGee, moe., Lynard Skynard, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dumpstaphunk, and many others

Tortuga Music Festival
April 12-13, 2014
Beach Park
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Sheryl Crow, Train, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley, Brett dennen, Delta Rae, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, and many others.

Counter.Point Festival
April 25-27, 2014
Kingston Downs, GA
Performers include: Outkast, Pretty Lights, STS9, Foster the People, Krewella, Big gigantic, Thievery Corp., Griz, Shpongle, Moon Taxi, and many others

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 25-27 and May 1-4, 2014
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Phish, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, String cheese Incident, John Fogerty, Galactic, Avett Brothers, and many others.

Hangout Music Festival
May 16-18
Gulf Shores, AL
Performers include: The Black Keys, The Killers,Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, STS9, The Flaming lips, Modest Mouse, Zedd, and many others.

May 22-25, 2014
Cumberland, MD
Performers include: The Del McCoury Band, The String Cheese Incident, Ricky Skags & Bruce hornsby, Yonder Mountain String band, Railroad earth, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Summer Camp
May 22-25, 2014
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Zac Brown Band, Lotus, EOTO, The Devil Makes Three, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

Dark Star Jubilee
May 23-25, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, Galactic, Keller Williams & More Than A Little, Anders Osborne, The Werks, The Wailers performing Legend, and many others

The Ville
May 23-25, 2014
Clay's Park Resort
Lawrence, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of ekoostik hookah, Flether's grove, Tropidelic, Blue Moon Soup, and many others.

Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 23-25, 2014
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, MIA, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Neko Case, Violent Femmes, and many others.

Nelsonville Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014
Nelsonville, OH
Performers include: The Avett Brothers

June 5-8, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, STS9, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lettuce, Dr. Dog, Papadosio, and many others.

Mountain Jam
June 5-8, 2014
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Gov't Mule, Bob Weir & RatDog, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Umphrey's McGee, Pretty Lights, and many others

Governor's Ball
June 6-8, 2014
Governor's Island
New York, NY
Performers include: Outkast, jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Skrillex, Interpol, and many others.

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN
Performers include: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Zedd, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others

Snowmass Mammoth Festival
June 13-15, 2014
Snowmass Village, CO
Performers include: LEftover Salmon, chris Robinson Brotherhood, Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, The Motet, Bonerama, and many others

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Telluride, CO
Performers include: Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & The Colorado Symphony, Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Firefly Music Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Dover, DE
Performers include: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Weezer, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, and many others.

Electric Forest
June 26-29, 2014
The Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), STS9 (2 nights), Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, EOTO, Anders Osborne, The Revivalists, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Rising Apalachia, Zedd, and many others.

High Sierra
July 3-6, 2014
Quincy, CA
Performers include: Widespread Panic, STS9, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and many more to be announced

July 17-20, 2014
Sunshine Daydream Memorial Park
Terra Alta, WV
Performers include: Shpongle, Beats Antique, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, vibesquad, Janover 7 Resunator, Cosby Sweater, Aliver Hall, Broccoli Samurai, and many others.

Northwest String Summit
July 17-21, 2014
Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, The Motet, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others

July 18-20, 2014
Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY
Performers include: Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Nickel Creek, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Gary Clark Jr., Trampled by Turtles, JJ Grey & Mofro, and many others

July 23-27, 2014
Floyd, VA
Performers include: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many others

Gathering of the Vibes
July 31-August 1, 2014
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT
Performers include: Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, moe., Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits featuring Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, Ziggy Marley, Dumpstaphunk, and many others.

August 1-3, 2014
Grant Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, White Denim, Broken Bells, Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Forster the People, The Head & The Heart, Trombone Shorty, Chromeo, and many others.

Werk Out Festival
August 7-9, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: The Werks (3 nights), Papadosio (2 nights), Emancipator, Future Rock Zoogma, Dopapod, Zach Deputy, and many others.

Outside Lands
August 8-10, 2014
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
Performers include: Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chromeo, John butler Trio, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and many others

Arise Music Festival
August 8-10, 2014
Sunrise Ranch
Loveland, CO
Performers include: Galactic, Grateful Grass, Nahko & Medicine for the People, and many others

Peach Music Festival
August 14-17, 2014
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band (2 nights), Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists, Dopapod, The Infamous Stringdusters, papadosio, and others.

August 15-17, 2014
Wellston, MI
Performers include: Greensky Bluegrass, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Steppin' In It, The Ragbirds, and many others.

Camp Barefoot
August 21-23, 2014
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Beats Antique, Papadosio, Lettuce, Kyle Hollingsworth Band performing a tribute to Motown, Dopapod, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, and many others.

August 29-31, 2014
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY
Performers include: moe. (3 headlining nights), Lotus, O.A.R. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Soulive, Twiddle, Aqueous, and others.

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Wilco, Bob Weir & Ratdog, and many others.

Phases of the Moon Festival
September 11-14, 2014
Kennekuk County Park, IL
Performers include: Widespread Panic (2 nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

Harvest Music Festival
October 16-18, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR

Jam Cruise
January 6-11, 2015
Departs from Miami, FL

Island Exodus
January 14-18, 2015
Grand Lido Negril
Negril, Jamaica
Gov't Mule will host the event

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!


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