Hong Kong Music Festivals Are Beautiful, So Why Won't Anyone Go To Them?

Most festivals in the United Kingdom take place in a fairly non-descript field. The farmer kicks the cows out by the truck-load, and in come thousands of pilled up revelers, stamping their Huarache-shaped mark on the countryside. So it’s a given, really, that festivals halfway across the world take place in far more gob-smacking settings.

Take, for example, Hong Kong’s Clockenflap Festival. Over on the harbour-facing West Kowloon island, It’s the sort of place where you can watch New Order inflate the neon love balloon of ‘True Faith’ while, just across the water, the dancing electric tinsel of the Honkers skyline is stacked before you in all its pixel-perfect glory. New York has plenty-good real estate, but only Hong Kong is that densely packed that it turns into building Tetris. Here, the soft immersive wash of Blur’s The Magic Whip was born, and witnessing the place, it chimes quite perfectly. Just look at those skyscrapers above. Aren't they a beacon for the future of festivals in the East?

The thing is, though, whatever the delights of the backdrop, at street level, Hong Kong has never been interested in the rock festival as a thing. Bar a small expat scene, the culture of gig-going just isn’t established, much less of festival-going. So much so that when Clockenflap organizer Justin Sweeting first started, he had to put introductory section on his website for locals, like: ‘What is a festival?’ and ‘How should one behave at a festival?’. All the important questions for newbies to the scene.

Read more at noisey.vice.com

Why Are People Still Dying at Music Festivals?

This year's Australian music festival season has begun badly. It started on November 28 when pharmacist Sylva Choi died after drinking MDMA dissolved in water at Stereosonic in Sydney. Then, only one week later at Adelaide's Stereosonic, Stefan Woodward was rushed to the hospital after taking ecstasy, only to die hours later. These cases bring the number of drug-related deaths at festivals to a total of six nationally, since November last year.

So what the hell is going on? With so much information on mitigating drug risks for users, event organizers, and law enforcement, why are people still dying?

A recent study based on data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime showed that per capita Australian adults are leading the world in ecstasy consumption. But in European nations like the Netherlands, where party drugs are notoriously popular, similar stories don't seem so common.

In the case of 19-year-old Stefan Woodward, the police put the incident down to a dodgy batch of pills. This scenario has been of concern for many years. Individuals believe they're purchasing drugs containing MDMA, but instead they contain another psychoactive substance, such as PMA, which is similar in effect, but much more toxic and potentially harmful.

Read more on VICE

Tired Of Bland Music Festivals? Time To Visit India’s Own Woodstock Festival

With so many music buffs in our country, it is no surprise that music festivals have become an integral part of our culture. We all save up, apply for days off and plan ahead for our favourite music festival.

Well, here's a festival which not only has all the great things about music, but a lot more to offer.

Bacardi Enchanted Valley Carnival is a four day music festival which brings together its audience in a 'city' made just for music lovers.

This festival is India's first where you can pitch your own tent which makes it a music + camping trip, a raw experience where you are face-to-face with nothing but yourself with a great soundtrack playing every evening! 

Read more at Scoop Whoop

The Complete List: NPR Music's Favorite Songs Of 2015

These are the best songs of 2015, the ones NPR couldn't stop playing, the ones they shared, the ones thy kept close all year long.

Now they share the songs with us. Click on the "Launch the app!" link and you'll hear more than 400 songs in a dozen genres. There's a playlist made up of the very favorite song of the year from more than 50 public radio hosts, a pack of songs that will serve as a little party starter should you be in need, plus selections from veteran musicians and the year's best new artists.

There's so much here worth spending time with, from Adele to Zofo.

Gasparilla Music Festival Tampa, Florida

The annual Gasparilla Music Festival festival in downtown Tampa will take place in Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and Kiley Garden Park on March 12th & 13th, 2015, and will feature musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants. As part of its mission to support and promote music and education, the organization is involved throughout the year in several initiatives including providing scholarships and instruments to music students.

Read more at gasparillamusic.com

Indie For The Holidays - An Amazon collection of original and traditional tunes

Just in time for the holidays...

Amazon's collection of original and traditional holiday music written and performed by an array of artists, including Matisyahu, Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, Langhorne Slim and more. Also involved in the collection are Moon Taxi, Lisa Loeb, Fruit Bats, Ivan & Alyosha, YACHT, Rogue Wave and The LeeVees, which features Guster’s Adam Gardner.Amazon will also be premiering videos for the songs throughout the season, along with interview with the artists involved.

Gathering of the Vibes music festival to take 1 year off

The Gathering of the Vibes music festival in Bridgeport is taking a one-year hiatus. Founder Ken Hayes posted a note on the festival's site Friday saying he has decided not to pursue holding a festival in 2016.

Hayes' note assures us the festival will return and the hiatus is a "pause, an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the memories, explore new and exciting festival initiatives while planning our triumphant return in 2017."

Read more Gathering of The Vibes

These Are The Last Remaining Old School Mississippi Blues Musicians

Since 2008, photographer Lou Bopp has been capturing the now elderly men who constitute the Mississippi Delta Blues musicians of a previous era. With calloused hands, worn faces and twinkling eyes, the blues artists are living remnants of a bygone time, one of juke joints and fiery soul.

"As a photographer and part of my overall DNA, I wanted to go where most do not, could not, nor dare not venture," Bopp explains in his artist statement. "Their stories seem embedded in their skin, scent, hands, stares; they are draped in history."

Read more in Huffington Post

Bonnaroo 2016 Pre-Sale Begins Friday 11/27

Bonnaroo 2016 Holiday Pre-Sale Begins Friday November 27th, 2015 at Noon Eastern

The Bonnaroo Holiday Pre-Sale is back and bigger than ever! Beginning Black Friday, November 27th at Noon Eastern, a limited number of general admission tickets will be available for $299.50, plus applicable fees. Act fast because these specially priced tickets will only be available during our Holiday Pre-sale. Once that allotment has sold out, we will continue to offer a limited number of tickets at our regular GA Tier 1 price of $324.50 plus applicable fees. There is a limit of (4) general admission tickets per order.

Read more on http://www.bonnaroo.com/tickets

Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival 2016 Music Line-up announced!

Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival
June 3, 4 and 5, 2016
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta, New Jersey

The Grids are up! Introducing the 2016 talent lineup!

The funky Meters, Marcia Ball, Cowboy Mouth, From Good Homes, Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Amanda Shaw, Bonerama, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. Samantha Fish, David Greely Trio, The Revelers, Papa Mali, Flow Tribe, Brass-A-Holics, Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes Cha Wa, Zydeco Revelators, King James and The Special Men, 3 TBA's Master Workshops by George Porter Jr., Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary and Rockin' Dopsie Jr.

Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest in Augusta, New Jersey, brings the sounds and eats of NOLA to Sussex County. The annual three-day event is a celebration of New Orleans culture and boasts over 20 brass, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, jazz and delta blues acts as well as numerous purveyors of po-boys, beignets, jambalaya and of course, crawfish.

Get more info and the latest updates on crawfishfest.com

Po-Boy Festival 2015 in New Orleans

The 9th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
New Orleans, LA

Sunday, November 22, 2015
10am - 6pm

On Sunday November 22nd, 2015 the Oak Street business corridor in the neighborhood of Carrollton will be transformed into one of the most unique festivals in the world, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival! This event features some of the finest restaurants, artists and musicians in the Crescent City, all coming together in appreciation of one of New Orleans most distinct and delicious creations… The legendary Po-Boy Sandwich.

Over 40 different food vendors will be serving up their own take on this tasty classic while some of the best local bands in town provide the soundtrack.

On top of all the fantastic food and music, Po-Boy Fest is also excited to add the return of an Arts Market. The Where Y'Art Market will feature 25+ local artists with an eclectic array of  handmade and one-of-a-kind artworks.

2015 Music Lineup:

10-11:15: Pigeon Town
10:30-11:45: Sexual Thunder
12-1:15 Naughty Professor
12:30-1:45: Los Po Boy Citos
2-3:15: Tank & The Bangas
2:30-3:45: Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
4-5:30pm: Rebirth Brass Band
4:30-6pm: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

More info on poboyfest.com

The Oak Street Po-Boy fest is a uniquely New Orleanian festival, designed to honor the humble po-boy sandwich and to help revitalize the booming Oak Street business corridor. The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is presented by the Oak Street Merchants, Residents and Property Owners, a Non Profit organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining the economic visibility of the Oak Street commercial corridor. "MRPO" is committed to combating blight and deterioration, and maintaining streetscape improvements.

Rest In Peace Allen Toussaint

Heaven just got a new composer.

Legendary New Orleans musician and composer Allen Toussaint has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed Monday night at Madrid's Lara Theater.

Madrid emergency services spokesman Javier Ayuso says rescue workers were called to Toussaint's hotel early Tuesday morning and managed to revive him after he suffered a heart attack. But Ayuso says Toussaint stopped breathing during the ambulance ride to a hospital and efforts to revive him again were unsuccessful.

In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's also a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama at a ceremony in Washington DC.

He was one of NOLA's most influential, beloved and iconic musicians, having composed songs like "Working in the Coal Mine," "Mother-in-Law," "Fortune Teller," "Southern Nights," "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley," "Get Out of My Life, Woman" and dozens more. Toussaint's songs were recorded by Jerry Garcia, Ringo Starr, Little Feat, Robert Palmer, the Yardbirds, Glen Campbell, Bonnie Raitt, the Band, Warren Zevon, the Rolling Stones and many more.
From Jan Ramsey, Offbeat Magazine:
Allen was not just a friend. He was an extraordinary human being, and he touched my life personally in so many ways.
Obviously, his influence on New Orleans music and musicians, and his influence on the rest of the world was profound. Of any local musician and performer, Allen was probably the king and certainly one of the New Orleans-born musicians who actually made a damn good living from his music, specifically from songwriting/publishing (His gold Rolls-Royce’s license plate read “SONGS.”)
Furthermore, he was a prince among men. I never met anyone else in the music business that was so kind, humble, soft-spoken, and such the ultimate gentleman, with never a bad word to say about anyone.
I always told Allen that he should write his autobiography, or a memoir because he’d had such a very interesting life, but I don’t think he wanted to; maybe he didn’t think what he’d accomplished was so very important to the world (see what I mean about humble?). At one point (pre-Katrina) he told me that he had kept a daily journal almost all of his life (which was sort of exciting to hear). But that was lost during Katrina, along with everything else he owned and had worked on musically that was in his home and personal studio.
It’s hard to believe that I’ll never get to talk to him again, hear his mellifluous voice, listen to his stories, or see him again, in his beautiful tailored suits, expensive sandals with socks. Goofy. So Allen.  Read more on offbeat.com
Thanks for your positive influence and of course, the music. Rest in peace Allen Toussaint.

Dead & Company LIVE #NYC streaming video #AmexUNSTAGED Concert #GratefulDead #Gdead

John Mayer joins the remaining members of the Grateful Dead and form Dead & Company.
Find out how rock legends and one of music’s current stars came together

Watch the livestream of their #AmexUNSTAGED concert
Saturday, November 7 at 7:30PM ET

» Download the UNSTAGED app, Apple (US): http://amex.co/1Fy7CSw
» Download the UNSTAGED app, Google Play (US): http://amex.co/1h4TWm

And click on https://www.amexunstaged.com/ at 7:30pm EST to watch

Music fest continues to help uninsured musicians

When Russellville musician Kerry Gilbert was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, his friends and colleagues in the local music scene started a fundraiser for him to help with the singer’s medical bills.

The Kerry Gilbert Music Fest is in its third year, this year raising money for musician T.J. Beasley, who is suffering from a hernia, Crohn’s disease and diabetes.

Festival organizer Jon Hamilton said many musicians don’t have health insurance, so when medial problems arise they take a toll on more than just health.

Read more at timesdaily.com

Women’s music festival grows in its second year

Go big so nobody wants to stay home – that seems to be the motto of this year’s Northern California Women’s Music Festival.

In its sophomore outing, the event has nearly doubled in size and brought in national headliners. It’s a big step up from last year’s festival, which ran one evening and featured largely local performers.

Close to 40 acts are slated to play, mixing local talent with regional performers and touring musicians. The festival will stretch over two days now, opening the night of Friday, Oct. 23, and running throughout the day Saturday, Oct. 24 – culminating with a night of headlining musical acts.

Read more modbee.com

Krewe of Boo After Parade Costume Party 10/24/2015

KREWE OF BOO New Orleans 2015 After Parade Costume Party MONSTER MASH at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Saturday, October 24th 9pm-2am
with the Krewe of  Boo!'s FunkiFIYA. Featuring:
Zigaboo Modeliste, Ivan Neville,  Tony Hall,  June Yamagishi, Ian Neville, Big Sam, Khris Royal, and DJ OTTO.


More info on http://www.kreweofboo.com/parade-party/

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival sneak peek

GrassRoots Festival at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami Florida. The culture camp is February 14th to 17th, 2016. Instrument, Dance, Movement & Cooking Workshops
 Can't get enough of the sun, sand, music, and community?  Join us before the festival for four extra days of GrassRoots fun!  Our second annual Culture Camp is the perfect chance for you to immerse yourself in instrument, dance, movement & cooking workshops with some of the most talented artists in the GrassRoots community.

February 18th to 21st -- The Festival. Four days of music, beach camping, yoga.

Take a peek at the music line-up: The Family Stone, Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank & his Family Zydeco Band, Afrobeta, Telekinetic Walrus, Lanzallamas, Suenalo.  Read more  at http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/

Live music is far from dead

Ever since the dawn of Rock and Roll, it was impossible to achieve any scrap of success without being a kickass live band. Live shows were your chance to advertise and sell copies of your records.

Nowadays, since music is just a search and stream away on iTunes, Youtube or Spotify, the model has been flipped: artists use albums and singles as marketing tools to get fans to jump out of their seat, buy some tickets, and bask in the atmosphere of a live show.

In this new era, it’s easier to rise from the bottom to the top. More people like Chance the Rapper can become superstars. Musicians can make a career from making music for the sake of having fun and achieve success without even releasing a full LP...

Read more at Bowdoin Orient

New Orleans Advocate enhances its music coverage with familiar names | Advocate

Veteran Times-Picayune music writer Keith Spera is among four journalists moving to The New Orleans Advocate as the news organization continues to enhance its coverage of the city’s unique local culture.

They join more than two dozen former Times-Picayune writers, editors and photographers who have jumped to The Advocate since 2012, when The Times-Picayune announced deep layoffs and slashed its home delivery to three days a week.

The media outlet has since announced it is shuttering its longtime Howard Avenue office and will print the paper in Mobile, Alabama. It also has conducted two additional layoffs, the latest last month.

Read more via The Advocate

Spotify Playlists for moods and occassions

50 Shades of James Brown

Cookin with gas

Drive Time

For the Cool Kids

Funk in the trunk

Funky Friday

Funky Horns

Git Rite 2.3

Golden Sunrise


High n Dry

Mardi Gras Indians

Mourning a Friend

Move It

Nelson Mandela

New Orleans Louisiana

Pet de Kat Vol2

Punk Junk


Road Trip across Alligator Alley

Spring Chill

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday Almost Friday

Train Tues

Xmas Youle Have Fun


The Early Dirty Dozen Brass Band

I think we’re different than traditional New Orleans music. You know we wanted to play the music that we were growing up with. We were listening to avant-garde bands, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, things like that. We wanted to learn that kind of music and open up the music thing for some of the people. So they could hear something a little different and see how that works on the street. And basically, it just took off from there. -Roger Lewis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Photo © Historic New Orleans Collection.
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Jazz, Jams and Best of After-Hours Harlem

Bum be de BOMP. Be dop bop be da BOMP. Bum be de BOMP. It's impossible to hear the opening lines of Charles Mingus' version of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin" and not feel immediately patched into the energy and anger that marked the great bassist's career. Tonight that riff comes out of the massive baritone sax of Clare Daly, the fairy godmother of saxophonists, who blows with the fury of a tempest. She's part of one of my favorite horn sections in town, and her riff fills and thrills all of us gathered at the elegant supper club, Minton's.

Minton's was the birthplace of bebop, back in the 1940s. It's where Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lester Young developed the sounds that propelled the century. Then, in 1974, the place burned down, its history silenced in the ashes. Recently it was reborn with the help of Dick Parsons and chef Alexander Smalls, who also run the restaurant next door, The Cecil, named Best New Restaurant by this very magazine in 2014.

Read more at Esquire

Charles Manson vs. Woodstock: SPIN’s 1994 Cover Story, ‘Summer of ’69’

Consider these cataclysmic happenings. On June 28, 1969, a routine harassment raid by police on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village touched off several days of rioting, inaugurating the modern gay-rights movement. On July 19, on an island off Martha’s Vineyard named Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy deep-sixed his presidential hopes permanently when his car swerved off a bridge and into the drink; Kennedy escaped, but his companion, young campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne, remained trapped in the car and drowned. Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s stroll on the surface of the moon on July 20 neatly marked the end of the first era of human progress, as man physically reached past the confines of the earth to touch another celestial body and somewhere in Canada, Bryan Adams got his first real six-string, bought at a five-and-dime, and played it till his fingers bled.

The summer of ‘69, however, is most closely associated in the collective memory with Woodstock, the legendary concert festival that has come to symbolize the breakthrough of rock culture into the mainstream as an unchallenged commercial force. From August 15 to 17 in Bethel, New York, a sleepy rural hamlet 90 miles north of New York City, a 600-acre dairy farm and alfalfa field was transformed into what was advertised as the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair Presents an Aquarian Exposition.”

Read more on SPIN

Experience Austin City Limits Festival #ACL

Parsing the ACL Fest schedule for conflicts, surprises

For lovers of life-affirming music, the toughest choice comes Friday at 4 p.m. when Leon Bridges‘ sincere retro soul goes up against the incredibly moving Malian rock outfit Songhoy Blues. Bridges, who skyrocketed out of Fort Worth this year, became an overnight sensation capturing the imagination of the country. His South by Southwest shows were packed to capacity and garnered rave reviews. He will certainly draw the huge crowds as well he should, but it’s a shame Songhoy Blues will be overshadowed. The band, born out of the devastating conflict in Mali which found radical Islamists banning music, remix Delta blues and classic rock with glorious gusto. Their SXSW shows were amazing celebrations of life and spirit and anyone who opts to skip the Bridges crowds and get up close and personal with the should-be-superstars will be overjoyed with the decision.

Austin City Limits Festival is October 2-4 and October 9-11, 201 @ Zilker Park.

Read more at austin360.com

Bob Dylan's latest Bootleg Series release to cover his classic 1965/66 recordings

The latest installment of Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series looks set to be the most exciting set yet. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that The Cutting Edge 1965-66: The Bootleg Series Vol 12 will include demos, unheard versions and outtakes from Dylan’s “thin, wild mercury sound” period, which saw him release the albums Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.

Though there has been no official statement from Dylan’s camp or from Sony Legacy, the label that releases The Bootleg Series albums, the report seems credible, based on information the Guardian has seen.

Read more on The Guardian

Federal Judge Rules 'Happy Birthday' Is In The Public Domain

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that "Happy Birthday" should be in the public domain. Piano arrangements were copyrighted in 1935, but they apparently don't cover the lyrics.

Read more at NPR.org

New Orleans Means Music

excerpt from Offbeat Magazine 9/23/15 by Jan Ramsey:

Over the past few years New Orleans businesses who feature music have fought against neighborhood associations and aggressive plaintiff attorneys over the noise ordinance.

This isn’t new; some residents have always had issues with music (the great majority of residents in New Orleans don’t have issues with music; it’s only a vocal few). But there’s a coalition of well-heeled residents–and their respective neighborhood associations–who want to turn New Orleans into Anytown Suburbs USA.

This is particularly egregious, IMHO, in the so-called entertainment districts in the French Quarter, the Marigny, and I suspect, soon-to-come, the Bywater.

Keep reading the entire story on Offbeat.com

Voodoo - New Orleans 2015

Voodoo is a musical gumbo stirring together music, art, community, cuisine, and everything else under the sun and above the Louisiana swamps. Join The Ritual, October 30, October 31, November 1, 2015 in New Orleans.

Voodoo takes place in City Park, which is surrounded by many historic neighborhoods.We work closely with our Nola neighbors. We ask that you respect their quality of life. Do not block driveways and please use trash cans. Tell them hello, introduce yourselves and thank them for being gracious hosts. Do not park on Bayou St. John, the neutral grounds or medians, in front of driveways or anywhere that has a posted “No Parking” sign.

Voodoo attracts the mystics, madmen, femme fatales, gods, goddess, and music lovers of all kinds under one collective consciousness.  The Ritual.

Over the course of three days, your palette will hopefully expand as you hear, see, feel, touch, and smell everything Voodoo has to offer.

Read more at worshipthemusic.com

How To Balance Your Day Job With Your Music Career

Does going to your 9-5 and then playing a gig that night ever make you feel like a Clark Kent/Superman combo? Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day for both your full-time job and your musical duties? You’re not alone. Balancing a day job with a music career can be tricky on so many levels, especially when you’re so serious about your music – you want to be dedicating 100 percent of your time to it, but you need some way to pay the bills until you can get there.

You’ve likely encountered (or will soon encounter) the challenges linked below, so read on to learn how to handle each one without jeopardizing your day job or your music career.

Read more at tunecore.com

The Devil's Bite: A new video from Victor Wainwright

Blind Pig Records has released a new video from Victor Wainwright entitled "The Devil's Bite."  The song is a "cautionary tale" with macabre and mysterious implications about the dangers that lie in wait for the unwary.

"Wainwright relates a frightening warning to beware of forces that can do you harm, utilizing a vocal style straight from the Tom Waits school of singing," said Chicago Blues Guide.

Wainwright, two time winner of the prestigious Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year award, says about the video: "Consumed by lust and betrayed by trust, the protagonist soon learns the hard way that he's responsible for his own fate."

The song is a track from Boom Town, the latest studio release from Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots.  In the video Victor is accompanied on acoustic guitar by JP Soars, fellow co-founder of the roots music superstar group Southern Hospitality.

Read more at Blind Pig's website

5 must-own Juju records, Juju Through the Ages

Juju- the OTHER Nigerian music. Defined by loping grooves, call and response patterns that blur rhythm, melody, and meaning to the point of fusion, and a truly gorgeous instrumental palate, juju has an extraordinary amount to offer. But, primarily sung in Yoruba, dense with aphoristic content, and tied to a praise-singing business model that encouraged extensive catalogs, it can also be a tough nut to crack. Which is why we offer you, dear reader, our rough guide to juju, a collection of its crown juwels.
Read more on afropop.org

Catskill Chill Music Festival 2015 line-up announced

Catskill Chill Music Festival has announced the line-­‐up for “A Farewell to Minglewood” which will take place September 18-­20, 2015, in Hancock, New York. The Chillfam will come together for one last celebration at the much-­‐loved Camp Minglewood before the event moves to a new home in 2016.

At the top of this year’s artist line-­‐up is Lotus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Lettuce, Electron, The Motet, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Break Science, Turkuaz, The Werks, Particle & Fam, and George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners. The festival’s headliner will be announced on Monday, June 8.

As is tradition, the Chill will feature a number of tribute sets, which are always fan favorites during the weekend. Dopapod and Turkuaz will team up for Dopakuaz plays Studio 54, Twiddle offers up their electric take on Grateful Dead tunes, and the Chillfam All-­Stars will perform a Herbie Hancock Tribute, while Shwizz and FiKus join forces for ShwiKus plays the ‘80s.

Particle, the only band that has performed at every Chill since its inception, will have the honor of closing out the weekend at Camp Minglewood, bringing an all-­‐star cast of Chillfam guest performers on stage with them for the celebration.

While the performance schedule alone is reason enough to attend this annual event, it is the intimacy and unique grounds that make Catskill Chill one of the most highly anticipated festivals
of the season and this year is expected to sell out. With a limited capacity, no campsite is more than a few minutes walk to the stages and anyone can make their way up to the front for their favorite sets. Hosted at a secluded performing arts summer camp where childhood dreams merge with the music festival culture, the “Chillfam” as Chill’s loving community have coined themselves, bunk-­‐up in 16-­‐32 person sleep away camp-­‐style cabins, creating decorated theme camps intermingled amongst the campers. The festival also features free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly and an open mic.

Read more at catskillchill.com

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015

October 2-4 marks the 2015 rendition of one of the largest (and free-est) music festivals in the country. Be one of 750,000+ at San Francisco original own Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, or HSB for short is an annual free and non-commercial music festival held the first weekend of October in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Read more at hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville

For four nights, September 16-19, the Americana Music Festival will feature approximately 165 live performances at over nine music venues in the vicinity of downtown Nashville.

The Americana Music Festival & Conference, officially kicks off on Tuesday Sept. 15, with an Early Bird Kick-Off Bash presented by The Bluegrass Situation at 8 PM CT.

Additional opening night events will include the annual Australiana @ Americana event at The Bluebird Cafe and a special book signing by Jewel at City Winery Nashville, both at 6 PM CT. Jewel will also perform later that evening along with Donnie Fritts & John Paul White , JD Souther, and JD and the Straight Shot in the traditional showcase format. On the other side of Nashville, you will find the Eastside Throwdown – Sin City vs Guitar Town, bringing the community together from far and wide.

This years AmericanaFest also features two special separately ticketed events for the entire community. The Tribute to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (SOLD OUT) Monday, September 14 and the multi stage outdoor event at the Ascend Amphitheatre on Saturday September 19 featuring Loretta Lynn, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Nikki Lane, Tift Merritt, Valerie June and more.

The Americana Music Association works closely with those in our industry, whether artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers, etc. to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for our genre to achieve success both creatively and financially.

Read more at americanamusic.org/

Fantasy Fest 2015 Theme: All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show

Ladies and Gentlemen, Come one come all to Fantasy Fest 2015! Each year Fantasy Fest adopts a theme to help inspire out of this world costuming and bone chilling parade floats. This year's theme is “All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show”. You can explore the traditional Halloween route of goblins and ghouls, let your freak flag fly as the bearded lady or the infamous lizard boy, or hop aboard a UFO with your Martian friends. For those of you true ringmasters of creativity, combine them all for something eerily out of this world! Don’t be a human block-head. Get those costumes ready because this October, Key West will play host to thousands of haunted, interstellar freaks!

Fantasy Fest is an annual 10-day party in paradise for grown-ups. Started in 1979 by a small group of Key West locals, the party was created to bring visitors to the island in what was a typically quiet, but beautiful season. It worked. Fantasy Fest has grown every year since its inception and is now the wildest extravaganza around! Fun-loving revelers from around the globe bring their creativity and imaginations as they descend upon Key West each year in October for 10 days filled with costuming, parades, libations, and excitement!

Read more at fantasyfest.com

Apply to Perform at Jazz Fest 2016 (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)

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Jazz Fest’s Application Guidelines for Musicians Announced

October 1 Deadline for 2016 Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell (April 22 – May 1, 2016) will accept applications from bands wishing to perform at the 2016 festival through Thursday, October 1, 2015.

The mission of Jazz Fest is to promote, preserve, perpetuate, and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. Approximately 85% of the bands selected to play at the festival are Louisiana-based performers.

Competition for the remaining slots at the festival is highly competitive.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their application online before midnight on Thursday, October 1, by visiting the web site nojazzfest.com/apply

If you do not have access to the online application, press kits can be mailed or delivered to:

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell
Attn: Music Department
336 Camp Street, Suite 250
New Orleans, LA 70130

Who Are Jon Batiste and Stay Human? The 411 on Stephen Colbert’s Cool New House Band

Born into the New Orleans jazz family featured on the HBO series “Treme,” Batiste released two albums by the age of 17, and bagged both an undergraduate and a graduate degree the world’s most prestigious performing arts school, Julliard. He’s also the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and has collaborated with a number of impressive musicians, including Prince, Aloe Blac, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and released an album last year with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Batiste and Stay Human call what they do “social music.”

While at Julliard in 2010, Batiste and the band started taking their instruments onto the the New York subway—presumably for a change of pace from the high-brow academia they were immersed in.

Read more at Style Caster

Burning Man Fest Photos 2015

This Mega-Collection Of Burning Man Photos Will Either Leave You Planning To Go Next Year Or Glad You Stayed Home

LET’S SAY, for just a second, that so much of Burning Man turns you off. Let’s say that the appropriation of Native American symbols, the white-out level dust storms, and the swarming bugs give you a bad vibe. Then there’s no way these photos (with more and more surfacing by the second on Instagram now that revelers are headed back to cellphone range) will change your mind.

But if you’re on the fence — digging on the art, the smiling people, and the giant structures exploding in flames — then maybe these images will be your tipping point. Maybe they’ll have you reaching for your phone to send a mass text to some of your most free-spirited friends.

Read more at uproxx

The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour

Here We Go!
The Alice's Restaurant 50th
Anniversary Tour

Summer is winding down and ARLO & CO. are getting ready for one busy Fall 2015!
Arlo and his band are looking forward to getting back out on the road to continue the Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour. Plus we've got the lovely Sarah Lee Guthrie joining us to open the shows. We hope we see you out along the way!
September 25 City Winery Nashville Nashville, TN
September 26 City Winery Nashville Nashville, TN
September 27 City Winery Nashville Nashville, TN
September 29 Majestic Theatre Gettysburg, PA
October 1 Warner Theatre Erie, PA
October 2 Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA
October 3 Lorain Palace Theatre Kent, OH
October 6 The Paramount Rutland, VT
October 7  Flynn Center Burlington, VT
October 9  Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
October 10 Colonial Theatre Keene, NH
October 11 Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA
October 14 Dave Finkelman Auditorium Middletown, OH
October 15 Midland Theatre Newark, OH
October 16 Clark State PAC Springfield, OH
October 18 Yardley Hall @ JCCC Overland Park, KS
October 21 Wisconsin Union Theatre Madison, WI
October 23 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
October 24 Sheldon Theatre Red Wing, MN
October 25 O'Shaughnessy Theatre St. Paul, MN
October 29 State Theatre Eau Claire, WI
October 30 Paramount Theatre St. Cloud, MN
November 3 Englert Theater Iowa City, IA
November 4 Hoyt Sherman Auditorium Des Moines, IA
November 8 Harris Theater Chicago, IL
November 9 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor, MI
November 11 State Theatre Ithaca, NY
November 13 Zeiterion Theatre New Bedford, MA
November 14 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
November 15 Patchogue Theatre Patchogue, NY
November 17 Avalon Theatre Easton, MD
November 19 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
November 20 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ
November 21 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
November 28 Carnegie Hall New York, NY
November 29 NJPAC Newark, NJ

Hello Old Bill!
Recently Arlo had a hugely successful book signing at The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA where Old Bill, the famous Berkshire moose, currently resides. Old Bill is Arlo's latest children's book available now through Rising Son Records. 
Also available for digital download at iTunes and Amazon

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival 2015

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
Oct 16–18, 2015
Lafayette Square Park
540 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is - as Art Neville famously sang in The Meters' classic version of the Lee Dorsey song Ride Your Pony - the Home of the Blues. So for the 10th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, New Orleans groove masters The Funky Meters will team up with Ride Your Pony's composer, the legendary Allen Toussaint, and the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas.

And that's not all - not by a long shot. Two stages will feature a constellation of blues and R&B luminaries, including: Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Jarekus Singleton, Denise LaSalle, Kenny Neal, Swamp Dogg, Lurrie Bell, Mason Ruffner, Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Son Little and a reunion of Excello Records artists with Lazy Lester, Carol Fran and Classie Ballou.

This free event takes place Oct. 16-18, 2015, in New Orleans’ Lafayette Square Park.

Read more at jazzandheritage.org

The Outdoor Music Festival Boom

Zoe Mitchell on the Berklee College of Music – Music Business Journal recently wrote Over 32 million people in the US attend at least one music festival a year and more often than not travel 600 miles on average to get there. While the recorded music industry is in turmoil, experiencing live music is at a premium and sellers like Live Nation or SFX Entertainment Live are expanding into new sub genres like Electronic Dance Music (EDM) while brands like Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Heineken, and Miller Coors, ranked from the most to the least active, recognize the medium for its branding potential among the millennial generation.

Some of the bigger festivals in the U.S. by 2014 attendance were Coachella, in Indio, California, with 579,000; Austin City Limits, in Austin, Texas, 450,000; EDC Las Vegas 400,000; Lollapalooza, in Chicago, 325,000; and Ultra in Miami with 165,000. ‘Social’ here means putting boots on the field and few events anywhere can attract such massive audiences. Festival fans are evenly distributed: the age group 18-24, represents 24% of attendances; 25-34, 22%, and 35-49, 28%; the 50+ group, at 15%, tails off some.

Read more via Decoded Magazine

Live Music Events Makes Millennials Trust And Recommend Your Brand

Over the past several years, many brands have begun to understand just how important music is to their younger customers, and in an attempt to form stronger bonds with them and to introduce the brand to new audiences, the amount of money being spent on activations and sponsorships in the live music space has grown rapidly. Sponsoring live events can be tough for some companies, as there isn’t often a clear benefit, and knowing whether or not that money was well spent has long been a guessing game.

A recent study conducted by massive live promoter AEG and Momentum Worldwide, a marketing agency focusing on experiences in the music world, shows that when it comes to millennials, this is the place to be. The study looked at how the notoriously tough-to-reach age group feels about brands that do sponsor concerts, parties, and festivals, and there are some interesting insights that every brand should see before deciding where to send marketing dollars...

Read more via Forbes

Festival tech for live music lovers

It's summer and music is in the air.

Festival-goers are benefiting from new technology that lets you pay for drinks using your wrist and new earbuds that let you hear music better than ever.

No matter where you end up at the show -- whether in front of the stage or in front of a speaker -- you'll be able to control how you hear live music with new high-tech earplugs.

Doppler Labs is developing the Here buds that connect wirelessly to a smartphone app so you can control the volume of the performance and adjust the levels.

Read more via CBS