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.

3.02.2015

Festival season is fast approaching and with an ever-increasing number of top-notch events popping up every year, tough decisions will have to be made. If you are going to invest in a (probably pricey) festival pass, ensure the best bang for your buck by attending a festival where scenic surroundings compete with the great tunes.


Here are 10 festivals where you can listen to sounds from international superstars and obscure local acts in locations as varied as ski resorts, remote islands and even geothermal spas. Read more on Paste Magazine
10 Breathtaking Music Festivals
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10 Breathtaking Music Festivals

3.01.2015

No need to fret about festivalgoers leaving unsightly trash at Singapore’s Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA), say organisers.


FMFA will be in Singapore for the first time at the Changi Exhibition Centre from 13 to 14 March. And promoter The Livescape Group has a plan in place to keep the venue litter-free. Earlier in January, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted a picture on Facebook showing an abundance of trash on the grounds of the Laneway Festival venue.

Read more at Yahoo Singapore

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Festival trash? First ever ‘Future Music Festival Asia’ in Singapore assures clean fun
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Festival trash? First ever ‘Future Music Festival Asia’ in Singapore assures clean fun

2.27.2015

Revenue is an important factor that keeps artists interested in having their work on these streaming services—one need look no farther than Taylor Swift and her disputes with Spotify to see what happens when an artist feels like he or she is getting a raw deal.


Ernst & Young worked with French record label trade group SNEP to figure out just where the all the money from these streaming services goes, and the results aren't that good for the actual music-makers.

Read more at pcmag
Labels, Not Musicians, Cashing In on Streaming Services
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Labels, Not Musicians, Cashing In on Streaming Services

2.20.2015

The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn’t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but “Come on-a My House” and “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? In The B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews—the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert—the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra.

The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It’s destined to become a classic of American musical history.


Available on Amazon.com
The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song
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The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

2.17.2015

Has the cold got you down? Thinking of taking a vacation, but not interested in spending time at a typical resort? Of course there are plenty of options, but have you ever thought of going somewhere warm for a music festival? Central and South America have seen some of the biggest growth in the industry when it comes to new festivals and famous ones that are looking to expand, and the best part is that most of them are held when America and Europe are cold and dark.


If you were looking for an excuse to get away, one of these might be it.

Read more at forbes.com
These South And Central American Music Festivals Could Make For A Perfect Winter Getaway
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These South And Central American Music Festivals Could Make For A Perfect Winter Getaway

Honoring Chuck Busch, founder of Mondo Kayo


As founder, captain and guiding spirit of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club, Chuck Busch, who died of cancer in 2002, left a legacy that continues to delight, amuse and inspire. “It’s a Joseph Campbell, follow-your-bliss thing,” he once said of his progeny, a Fat Tuesday phenomenon that offers visions of tropical abundance and spreads elation through music.

Read more at http://mardigrastraditions.com/chuck-busch/
Happy Mardi Gras! Remembering Chuck Busch, founder of Mondo Kayo
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Happy Mardi Gras! Remembering Chuck Busch, founder of Mondo Kayo

2.13.2015

While most of us have assuredly attended a festival or two in our time, the festival cruise is for many an as-yet uncharted piece of live music territory. This may soon change, as the success of several prominent music cruises around the world could soon see them become as ubiquitous as camping festivals.


The appeal of the festival cruise is obvious. It’s fun in the sun, surrounded by scantily clad dudes and dudettes, world-class artists and DJs playing or spinning tunes, which kicks off on a lavish cruise ship and ends on a tropical beach paradise. Basically, you get to live out your millionaire fantasy for a weekend.

Read more on tonedeaf.com.au
This Is What It’s Like To Go On A Music Festival Cruise
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This Is What It’s Like To Go On A Music Festival Cruise