Pet de Kat Krewe - Worldwide Festivalists, established 1992

The Pet de Kat Krewe (PDKK or PDK) is a loosely disorganized group of music fans who seek out great festivals, support live music and have been dubbed a professional audience. Founded in 1992 by a group of South Florida music fanatics who shared an audience at live music clubs. When the group started spotting each other at events around the country, a krewe was formed. Discovered by thousands during the 1993 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the krewe was dubbed "Worldwide Festivalists."


The Purple Board

The cyber kat fever began on the Jazz Fest purple board and quickly spread worldwide.  Kats are still hanging out on the latest incarnation of the Jazz Fest board, and can also be spotted on Twitter & the PDKK Facebook group.

Gatherings of the Krewe 

In addition to the Jazz Fest gathering, various chapters of the krewe will host a party or organize a gathering for a regional festival. These gatherings include post Fest parties (aka Jazz Fest survivor parties), a Nola'tober gathering in New Orleans, halfway to Fest parties and ongoing local get togethers just because we feel like it.

7.08.2015

Did you know that music festival wristbands possess alarming levels of bacteria which can pose a deadly risk?


The problems arise because thousands of music lovers continue to wear the bands for months as a fashion item - with many flaunting up to five at a time.

Microbiology professor Alison Cottell found they had around 20 times more bacteria than clothes, reports mirror.co.uk.

Read more on Hindustan Times.
Beware! Music festival wrist bands has its health hazards
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Beware! Music festival wrist bands has its health hazards

7.03.2015

WHEN THE MUSICIANS once and forever known as the Grateful Dead take the stage in Chicago this weekend to cap a two-city, five-show 50th anniversary run, Deadheads the world over will have myriad ways to join the fun. As with any high-profile event these days, fans can tune in to pay-per-view streams and satellite radio feeds, watch theatrical simulcasts, or attend any number of viewing parties.


What sets the band’s “Fare Thee Well” gigs apart isn’t that these options are available, but that they exist in large part because of the Grateful Dead itself: The group and its associates pioneered rock concert broadcasts, making it a regular practice starting with a show at the Carousel Ballroom in 1968.

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Call Them Hippies, But the Grateful Dead Were Tech Pioneers
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Call Them Hippies, But the Grateful Dead Were Tech Pioneers

6.29.2015

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Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well: 5 Hours of Intermission Music Written for 50th Anniversary Shows

The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well run, which kicked off Saturday, June 27 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., brought out the jams in a big way -- not just onstage, but during the hour-long set break.
That's when fans got to hear original music composed by Neal Casal and a group of musicians he recruited and (jokingly) named Franklins of the World. He got the gig after Bill Kreutzmann's son, Justin, a noted filmmaker who curated the visual component during set break, asked him to come up with a minimum of five hours of original music to soundtrack the nightly Fare Thee Well time-out.
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LiveList - Live From the Lot - Day 2 Highlights
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LiveList - Live From the Lot - Day 2 Highlights

6.28.2015

I Think I Love You
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I Think I Love You

6.16.2015

AXS TV Announces Firefly Artists and Hosts for Music Festival Broadcast June 19 to 21, Starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Each Night



The Firefly Music Festival makes its national television debut on AXS TV with 17 hours of coverage over three days from Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21. Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, AWOLNATION, Bastille, Sublime with Rome, Hozier, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Dirty Heads and more perform as part of AXS TV’s broadcast beginning nightly at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

AXS TV has named Carla Marie and Anthony from the nationally syndicated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on iHeartRadio” and the “My Day Friday” podcast as co-hosts for the weekend’s TV festival broadcast. The pair will be on site to guide viewers through the weekend, hosting wraps and exclusive artist interviews during the Firefly broadcast.

View AXS TV’s Firefly artist line-up, broadcast schedule is subject to change.
AXS TV Firefly Artists and Hosts for Music Festival broadcast
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AXS TV Firefly Artists and Hosts for Music Festival broadcast

6.14.2015

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Musician Dr. John, talks his new Louis Armstrong tribute album.


Dr. John has long been considered the living embodiment of New Orleans' vibrant culture. Throughout his career—from his roots as a session musician in the 50s, playing with legends, to his still-distinctive sound today—his music has transcended genres. He's well known for his classic "Right Place, Wrong Time" and has won multiple Grammys, written an autobiography (Under a Hoodoo Moon) and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His latest project, Ske-Dat-De-Dat...The Spirit Of Satch, honors the music of the late, great Louis Armstrong.


 Read more at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/musician-dr-john-2/
Dr John interview with Tavis Smiley
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Dr John interview with Tavis Smiley

6.12.2015

Ornette Coleman, the American saxophonist and composer who liberated jazz from conventional harmony, tonality, structure and expectation, died early on Thursday of cardiac arrest in Manhattan. He was 85.


Coleman was an American icon and iconoclast — a self-taught musician born poor and fatherless in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1930, who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the Japanese Praemium Imperiale, two Guggenheims, a MacArthur, honorary doctorates and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master honor.

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Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85\
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Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85\