Pet de Kat Krewe

If there is a brass band, zydeco band or a funky New Orleans R& B band playing within earshot, you can be sure that the Pet de Kat Krewe will be out there hooting and a hollering

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 would bump into each other at live music events around the country, local parties began and grew rapidly. Before long a krewe was formed and Jazz Fest parties hosted.

Discovered by thousands during the 1993 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the krewe was dubbed "Worldwide Festivalists" and attracted more festivalists. While striving to leave the disorganized group in a freeform style, the PDK may be at live music clubs and festivals and maybe not. We dance on our own schedule, if the beat of the drum matches the dance step, it's either by coincidence or a stumble. But the curious still gathered and in 2002 the Pet de Kat Krewe was invited to appear on the Folk Heritage Stage as an official part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A Jazz Folk Lore panel put together by the NOJ&HF comprised Beatle Bob, PDKK's Big Chief Pony Dancer and Marisol, Economy Hall's "Second Line" Eddie, and Jack the "Tutu Man" who leads the Watermellon Sacrifice at the Fais Do Do stage.

The Purple Board

The cyber kat fever began in the 1990s on the Jazz Fest purple board and our web traffic frequently crashed the servers. 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 backyard parties.


How Music Festivals Shape Cities

From Coachella, Glastonbury, and Stagecoach to Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, and Ultra, music festivals clearly play a role in the economies of cities. They bring in huge numbers of tourists and revenue, attract large audiences, create significant platforms for musicians, and help to build city brands.

In his new book, Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and Newport, Jonathan R. Wynn—a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst—explores the rising “festivalization” of our culture.

In preparation for Music/City, Wynn developed his own participant observations by visiting these cities and festivals and conducting over 100 interviews with musicians, festival promoters, city leaders, and more.

Read more at city lab


2016 Festival Season. Choices. Choices. Choices.

The 2016 Festival Season is near. That time of year when tough decisions are made by Worldwide Festivalists. Graphs drawn. Spreadsheets created. Maps plotted. Do you go to Festival A or Festival B — or better yet, skip A and B and you can go to Festival C, Festival D, and Festival E.

Is more better? Is it logistically possible to go to two or three regional festivals in a weekend? Do you take off in April and go on festival tour until July? You knew there'd be some choice, some sacrafice. Maybe you didn't realize how complicated it is to be a festivalist.

A number of articles were published this week about the upcoming festivals, and here is a random sampling...

Kaitlyn Brown, The Volante, writes in Verve Blogs
Music festivals offer great getaway for music lovers

Dan MacRae writes in Uproxx
Sort Out Your 2016 Major Music Festival Options With This Helpful Video Guide

Maria Sherman & Thomas Nassiff write in fuse
22 Music Festivals You Need To Attend In 2016

Arminta Wallace writes in The Irish Times
What's on: The festival guide for 2016: Ireland guide to the best arts events and festivals

Come party with Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley & Many more, right on the beach!
April 15-17, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Top 10 Music Festivals: Winter 2016 Power Rankings

Everyone has a favorite season. Some people like spring, when snow melts and flowers bloom. Some people are into autumn, with all the leaves changing colors and apple cider and shit. I personally like Season of the Witch (2011), the fantasy adventure film starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. My close second favorite is festival season, and if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance it’s one of your favorites, too. Lucky for you and I, this year’s festival season is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory.

Read more at CoS


Music Festivals That Actually Have Really Good Food

There are plenty of reasons why rallying for multiday music festivals is worth it. (Hint: they all involve food.) Linked below are six festivals serving up tasty dishes. Because no one can listen to a roster of bands for 72 hours straight when they're hangry.

Read more on Pop Sugar


David Bowie - New Music to be Released by 2017

Three days after the recent death of David Bowie, the British singer’s longtime producer, Tony Visconti, said in an interview with Rolling Stone that Bowie had been planning a new album shortly before he died and had written and recorded demos of at least five songs.

The news of the unreleased music from Bowie provided some comfort for the millions of fans still mourning the singer. But Visconti’s revelation also prompted questions among fans and even people who knew Bowie well and did not want his publicly available work to end with his last album, Blackstar, which was released two days before his death on January 10. What other products of Bowie’s often highly productive imagination are in his archives?



East Coast music festivals to catch this summer

There ain’t no cure for the wintertime blues, so start looking forward to the sounds of summer. Many of the biggest music festivals of the year have already released lineups and tickets.  Here are the best music festivals to check out on the East Coast.

Read more on The Daily News


Clearwater Festival cancelled in 2016 due to financial trouble

Croton, New York's annual Clearwater Festival will not be returning this year. The Clearwater environmental organization, which was founded by the late Pete Seeger and puts on the festival, is in financial trouble, and though revenue from the festival would help them, they're saying it will be too expensive to put together right now.

Announcement from the website:

We are saddened to announce that Clearwater will not be holding its Great Hudson River Revival this year. As you may have heard, the sloop is undergoing its largest restoration ever. It is a restoration that costs $5,000 a day and will run until at least June 2016. We must take this time to focus our effort on making sure the boat can sail again this year. The sloop Clearwater is the foundation of our organization, the vessel that brings people to the Hudson River and an inspiration to all who love her. Our work to protect the Hudson River is still our primary mission.
While we will not be having a Revival this year, we will be holding a number of smaller fundraising concerts and events up and down the River throughout the year, and hope to have a larger riverside concert in the fall. Stay tuned and please join us!
If it were not for our members, volunteers, vendors, artists, and many supporters, there would not be a Clearwater. We appreciate your unwavering support as we navigate this difficult time. We ask you to stay with us so that we can Float the Boat and come back stronger next year with a celebration truly worthy of 50 years and an incredible Great Hudson River Revival in 2017.