George Wein - founder of many events, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - will receive the Trustees Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences on Feb. 7, during GRAMMY Week. This is the same award received by New Orleanians Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint and Dave Bartholomew in recent years.
A call has been made for a new summer music festival to be launched in the city .
Hillhead councillor Ken Andrew will this week ask the city council to investigate setting up an event along the lines of the world famous South by Southwest Festival, in Austin, Texas, which has previously attracted bands such as the Foo Fighters, Stone Roses and Lady Gaga.
Launched as an industry showcase in 1987, it is now the largest festival of its kind in the world, attracting over 2200 performers and bands over four days.
The warmer months lend themselves to jumping around all day listening to rock and roll and electronic dance music, when younger patrons are out of school and everyone is looking for an excuse to be outside. But now summer is over, and with it go many of the popular music festivals across the US. While that’s a sad thought, that also means it’s time to start looking forward to next year.
The 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, more simply known to many a Voodoo Fest, promises an eclectic array of artists, whether we're talking live bands or electronica DJs, this weekend (Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2) in City Park. more on nola.com
A Mumford & Sons-like all-day music festival might be headed for Portland’s Eastern Promenade next summer, but it’s not known what the main acts will be.
Townsquare Media Portland will ask the Portland City Council on Monday to approve a music festival for the Eastern Prom sometime in August. The proposal from the company says the artists will be selected soon after the city approves closing off part of the Eastern Prom for the event and the date will be one the city and Townsquare Media Portland agree on.
Despite the Ebola scare which threatened a cancellation, the annual festival to honour Fela's memory recorded another resounding success, writes Nseobong Okon-Ekong.
The stakes continue to go higher in the annual festival - Felabration - conceived to keep the memory of iconic musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, alive. Arguably the only anniversary in Nigeria that runs a loaded eight-day package at multiple venues, the throng of revelers continue to multiply even as more participants and specialized features are added to the fare.
If a bar’s essence could pull up a stool, throw back a few shots and bare its byzantine soul, stories would have gone on forever and last call might never have come. But before dawn on Sunday, after decades as one of Miami’s oldest, grittiest and most rollicking taverns, Tobacco Road called it quits.
Standing a few paces from the Miami River, the Road, as its devotees called it, had a knack for pulling Miami’s opposites into its narrow confines. Prosecutors sat side by side with drug smugglers, models ambled past prostitutes, and blues legends shared space with unknowns of the music world.
It was a saloon with a pedigree. “The best dive possible, a real classy dive,” said Terry Peters, a 60-year-old regular. The Road held the oldest active liquor license in the city. (Above the front door was this promise: “Hot & Cold Running Liquor.”) But the two-story shotgun shack that housed Tobacco Road and its predecessors for nearly a century is about to take a tumble for modernity, a fall that echoes the story of Miami. High-rise construction cranes surround the tiny bar in what has become one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, underscoring the idea that in this city, the shiny and new almost always defeat the shabby but venerated.
The owners sold the property but were not supposed to leave until April. Then on Oct. 15, city officials posted a “repair or demolish” order on the bar’s rear entrance, and the city’s code inspectors broke with precedent from the days when about $200 could buy a reprieve, said Kevin Rusk, one of the owners. Faced with huge costs to comply with the mandate, the owners decided to close their doors for good.
As Sunday rolled around, bringing the Road’s final last call, Joel Rivera stood before a bleary-eyed crowd at 4:40 a.m., a megaphone in hand, sunglasses shielding his eyes. A blackboard behind the bar set the tone: “The End of Days.” “Does everybody have a drink in their hands?” asked Mr. Rivera, the tavern’s general manager, an optimist who is raising money with a partner to reboot the Road a block away, even as high-rise projects consume property nearby. The die-hards hoisted their cups.
“Rest in peace,” they shouted, tossing white paper napkins into the air. A new chant followed: “Free drinks! Free drinks!” Patrons followed Mr. Rivera outside as Tobacco Road’s neon sign was switched off.
Four thousand patrons attended the raucous farewell party, which drained the bar of all its beer and nearly all its liquor. (A newcomer’s naïve request for a relatively frilly mojito elicited the response, “Are you kidding?”) A roster of beloved local bands played for free, a tribute to a bar that had offered one of the best intimate spaces for live music, blues in particular.
During the bar’s modern-era heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, performers including John Lee Hooker, John Hammond and Koko Taylor played there. Others stopped by, too, sometimes unannounced — The Romantics, Joan Jett, Jimmy Buffett.
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“The place had a glow,” said Graham Wood Drout, the leader of Iko Iko, the Road’s onetime house band, which played a send-off set on Sunday morning. “You talk about genuine spirits, the things that happened inside those walls, good, bad and crazy. It’s all there in that space.”
That space, built in 1915 and now sagging, began with a wholesome enough facade as a bakery, according to a chronicle of the Road by Casey Piket, a blogger for Miami-History.com. Upstairs, a speakeasy did brisk business. Prohibition had arrived early in Florida (1914) and the bakery, positioned so close to the seamy banks of the Miami River, set in motion the property’s love affair with vice.
The building later served as a gambling hideaway, with roulette wheels and bird cages, as a gay bar with drag queens and as a faltering striptease joint. So sordid was its reputation that during World War II, the military barred service members from visiting the bar, then known as Charlie’s Tobacco Road, to hear its swing and jazz acts. In 1944, the place was raided and shut down for “lewd, wanton and lascivious” behavior.
A retired police officer bought it in 1977, then sold it in 1982 — when Miami was known for its race riots, refugees and cocaine cowboys — to young owners who turned it into a blues mecca for those drowning in disco.
The decadent and the destitute were equally welcome. Throughout the bar’s last week, the reminiscences flowed.
There were tales of Doctor Feelgood, prosaically known as William Bell, a skinny, old ex-con whose finger poke was so authoritative that the Road’s owners made him a bouncer. For times when the finger failed, he kept a knife or gun in his back pocket. He slept on the porch next door. There were stories about the prostitutes, the drive-by shootings and a stranger staggering down the street with a butcher knife in his back. One day an accountant, newly ensconced in a halfway house for the criminally insane across the street, strode into the Road and demanded a beer by repeatedly slamming a chisel into the surface of the 44-foot wooden bar. “You should have seen the place clear,” said Mr. Rusk, one of the three owners.
An electric cattle prod rested ominously behind the bar, a warning to unruly patrons.
After Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, was convicted on drug and racketeering charges, federal prosecutors celebrated in a room upstairs. The phone rang: President George H.W. Bush was on the line to offer congratulations.
Mr. Rivera is hoping the crowd will follow when he opens a new Tobacco Road, but sequels are often freighted with unrealistic expectations.
“The Road always represented the best part of Miami,” said Coz Canler, who for 30 years was the lead guitarist of The Romantics, as he sat near the stage and listened to bands play on the last night. “It was real. It even smelled like it. All that wood.”
Many bemoaned the transitory nature of the city. “We have no appreciation of our history here in Miami,” said Luis Prieto y Muñoz, a 32-year-old Miami lobbyist who first drank at Tobacco Road when he was 18. “And we’re not good at keeping it.”
But Patrick Gleber, 55, who was one of the bar’s owners, disagreed. “This is what Miami’s about,” he said. “The old makes way for the new.”
Performing live, for the last time: Afrobeta, JUke, "Mr Tobacco Road Pat De Leon, The Hoovers, The Jay Blues Band, Eric Vick, The Oski Foundation, The Hongs, The Electics, hosted by Mark Weiser Tobacco Road: 626 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 305-374-1198
The fourth and final Dave's Picks release of 2014 heeds the long awaited call for one of the best shows of the coveted year of 1977. A top candidate for release for many years, Grateful Dead archivist extraordinaire Dick Latvala wrote of 11/4/77, "this show must have destroyed everyone's mind, with the unique material ("Dupree's Diamond Blues" & "Aiko Aiko") and great performance. One can easily tell that this was a special occasion by the way Lesh carries on at the beginning of the 2nd set." His praise of the show, replete with plenty of "we should definitely mention" notes, continued from the day he received the tape all the way through the '90s, so you know this one stands the test time. We're sure you'll agree after just a few listens to an inspired "Let It Grow," an intense "Other One," an other-worldly take on "Stella Blue," and much, much more. And if that (for some strange reason) isn't enticing enough, we've rounded out the 3-CD set with over 75+ minutes of super hot material from Seneca College Field House, Toronto, 11/2/77. Also included are 75 minutes of material from the previous show on November 2, 1977 in Toronto. Pre-order the 3 disc set via the Dead’s website; it will be released November 1. Scanning Amazon for more Dead, here are some upcoming releases...
A list of best-selling new releases on July 16, 2014
There is a lot of great new music available. Blues from Keb Mo, classic rock from Led Zep & The Doors, and much more. This is a quick glance at Amazon's new releases on CD or Vinyl, and was never intended to be exclusive...
Campfire Outdoor Adventure & Music Festival Daily Lineup Released
Check out Campfire Outdoor Adventure & Music Festival artist lineup! Friday will be headlined by soul standout Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, and will also feature performances by Langhorne Slim & The Law, Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers, and Spirit Family Reunion. Saturday features Bronze Radio Return, You Me & Apollo, and Adam Ezra Group before headliners Delta Spirit take the stage (just a week before their new album drops!) Relax on Sunday with sets by Swear & Shake, Ballroom Thieves, and Ryan Montbleau before Lake Street Dive closes out the weekend.
Campfire Festival has also added excellent yoga workshops including an Upside Down Inversion Lab, Acrobatic Partner Yoga and Vinyasa Flows. Come back to camp with activities like Corn Hole Tournaments, a Photo Scavenger Hunt, and 5K race!
As I watched children dressed as Grateful Dead bears dance across the stage, I was sure the majority of the crowd around me was on some psychoactive substance. It was the Fourth of July, and I opted to spend it in a less traditional way — at a psychedelic music festival.
The festival was known as “Grateful Fest,” and the venue was Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio. The moment I’m recalling unfolded as Melvin Seals and JGB, the Jerry Garcia Band, jammed on stage.
Phish fans will once again flock to the greatest city in the world for a three night consecutive run on New York City’s Randall’s Island. The recreational oasis set in the middle of the concrete jungle will host the jam band carnival on July 11 – 13, with three-day and single day tickets still available.
There are great rewards to those who arrive early for the first ever run of Phish shows at Randall’s. The forecast is set to be partly cloudy in the 80s all weekend making for a great excuse to check out The Freezer.
It all happened pretty accidentally. I was growing up in Pennsylvania and trying to learn to play the guitar. I felt like if I applied myself to it, I’d actually get good at it. My natural fascination with the Beatles got me to first pick up the guitar. But I wasn’t, like, a Deadhead or anything. It wasn’t really what I was listening to or involved in that social scene. I was real into the Allman Brothers and Johnny Winter, but not so much the Grateful Dead.
Keller Williams' latest CD, "Funk," is being touted as a surprise album. Williams is known for playing acoustic music that often has leaned toward folk.
For Williams, the "Funk" album, which was culled from 2012 concerts with a band that includes bass, drums, keyboards and a pair of female singers, takes him back to his core influences and music that has always informed his acoustic guitar playing.
The annual Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Fancisco and two hours south of Arcata.
http://www.harlemartsfestival.com/ The Harlem Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary arts organization that produces performances throughout Harlem each year, culminating in an annual festival taking place the last weekend of June, that showcases local performers to inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem. It aims to promote arts education and literacy by implementing arts-related discussion forums, educational workshops, performance opportunities and activities for youth and family. This project is part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the spring and summer months. Founded in 2010, the Harlem Arts Festival takes place in the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Amphitheater and the surrounding park. The goal of the Harlem Arts Festival is to fuel the prosperity of our neighborhood and mark the Amphitheater as a world‐class cultural venue. We are interested in presenting artists across genres — dance, music, theater, and visual arts — whose work contributes to the contemporary and popular dialogue of the Harlem community.
Stages upon stages and music everywhere you turn. Yes, festival season is officially upon us. Coachella 2014 and New Orleans Jazz Fest have already come and gone, but there's still plenty of summer music festivals to go around. cbsnews.com
Every month on Music Festival Junkies, they run traffic numbers through a high-tech analysis providing us with The MFJ 50! So pull up some grass in the middle of the street and check out what happened during May... musicfestivaljunkies.com
For the first time, record sales aren’t enough to make an artist’s career, and they certainly aren’t enough to ensure success. The old music industry clung desperately to sales to survive, but that model is long gone... source: Elite Daily
With concert revenues increasing, EDM continuing to expand and companies like Live Nation creating new events every year, 2014's crop of music festivals might be bigger and larger than any to come before it. In order help make sense of the madness, Rolling Stone has compiled a list of 40 festivals taking place across the United States and Canada, beginning with Jazzfest in April and ending with TomorrowWorld in September, detailed what makes them unique and put together a list of the 15 must-see acts at each one. Get ready a few months of suntans, sun burns, loud music and plenty of Outkast. By Cady Drell, Sean McCabe, Nick Murray, Mosi Reeves, Katherine St. Asaph, Alexis Stephens, Christopher R. Weingarten, Killian Young rolling stone