Social Media is Ruining Music Festivals

I had been waiting more than twenty years to see Pearl Jam live, and last fall, the time had finally come...

It was an amazing experience -- right up until the moment a short middle-aged woman in front of me stuck her hands up to record the band's rendition of "Jeremy" for her Instagram account. Every fifteen seconds she'd hold up her phone, not only blocking my view but ensuring that she experienced what was obviously a favorite song, one she'd presumably paid a lot of money to see live, through the screen of her phone.

This experience is the obnoxious side effect of the connected world that we live in and one that frequent concert-goers have become accustomed to. What makes this instance different from the thousands that have come before it is that it was motivated by the organizers of the festival.


2015 Pet De Kat Krewe design


Introducing the 2015 Artwork, available on Cafe Press

Who - Festive Attire

The Who is playing Jazz Fest. Crazy? Next year, Pink Floyd and have the Cochon De Lait fly across the track?

Festival hears THE WHO


Big Chief Theodore "Bo" Dollis Funeral Arrangements

Big Chief Theodore "Bo" Dollis
Funeral Arrangements

Friday, January 30, 2015

Visitation: 4pm - 7pm
Free and Open to the Public
Music Tribute: 8pm ($15 Cover Charge)
at the
Carver Theater
2101 Orleans Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Visitation: 8am
Funeral Service 10am
at the
Xavier University Convocation Center
7900 Stroelitz Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Providence Park Cemetery
8200 Airline Drive
Metairie, Louisiana

NORD Lyons Center
624 Louisiana Avenue at Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Boyd Funeral Home 
5001 Chef Menteur Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70126


Indian Practice weekly Tribute to Big Chief Bo Dollis

Special "Bo" momentos, memories, and music
Every Sunday @ Handa Wanda's!
We will celebrate the Life, Times and Legacy of Big Chief Bo Dollis,  starting this Sunday (February 1, 2015) through Mardi Gras, St. Joseph Night and Jazz Fest.

Indian Practice starts at 8:30 every Sunday at
Handa Wanda's on Second & Dryades
2415 Dryades Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Which spring music festival has the best lineup? (Poll)

For fans of spring music festivals, the last few days have felt almost like Christmas never ended. But after the lineup announcements come the decisions.

Aside from the lucky few who can traipse from one event to the next, most of us have to make a choice. So the question is pretty simple: Of the major spring and early summer festivals that have announced their lineups so far, which one wins?


Is there too much music?

With the abundance of music at a listener's fingertips, Ivan Hewett asks if too much choice is making it harder for people to enjoy it

Music is like anything else that evokes strong reactions. There has to be light and dark, yin and yang. Hating music is fine, because it usually turns out to be hating this music rather than that.

Being indifferent to music is something else. That seems odd, as if there’s something missing in the soul. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is suspicious of Cassius because he hears no music. “The man that hath no music in fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils,” says Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice. “The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus.”

The notion that not liking music is a sign of moral turpitude might seem odd to us, but in Shakespeare’s time it was not.


2015 McDowell Mountain Music Festival | Phoenix, AZ

2015 McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Phoenix, AZ

March 27-29, 2015

Music fans listen up, the 12th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival presented by Deschutes Brewery proudly announces the lineup for 2015. Showcasing the weekend includes Widespread Panic, Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, Portugal. The Man and many more. The festival will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, March 27-29, 2015.

As Arizona’s only 100% non-profit music festival, McDowell Mountain Music festival is proud to continue its alliance with two local, family-based, non-profits beneficiaries: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center, which provides care for homeless families and unwedded mothers.

Ray Davies Looks Back At The Kinks 'You Really Got Me'

On Thursday Ray Davies Looks Back At The Kinks 'You Really Got Me' was a top story.
If I'd been accomplished I wouldn't have written it in the key I did, and I probably wouldn't have made that key shift, which was quite revolutionary but became common after we did it.


Bob Dylan: I'm happy being 73

Bob Dylan has discouraged older people from acting like they're young.

The rock musician is now 73, and is about to release his latest album Shadows in the Night.

And Bob said in his first interview in three years that while it has taken time for him to accept the ageing process, he is now happy to grow old gracefully.

Read more on music-news

Jazz Fest 2015 community outreach tickets

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Community Outreach Tickets

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Community Outreach Tickets program engages social service organizations to distribute thousands of free Jazz Fest tickets to those who can't afford them. The deadline is March 9.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation supports community involvement in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell by distributing thousands of free tickets to the world–famous festival of local music and culture.

As it has for many years, the Foundation’s Community Outreach Tickets program makes free Jazz Fest tickets available to those who otherwise could not afford to attend the festival.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Nonprofit organizations within the state of Louisiana that provide community services; must provide proof of federal 501(c) 3 or State of Louisiana nonprofit status
  • Religious organizations (with proof of nonprofit status)
  • Public and nonprofit private schools for grades 9-12 (with proof of nonprofit status)
  • Government agencies that provide services to the needy

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 9.

For more information, please contact the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Jazz Fest Grids are online

Jazz Fest Grids is back online

If you've been trying to get onto the Jazz Fest Grids site recently you may have noticed it ain't dere. The Grids are back and new gigs are being added as quickly as possible.

Words from the gridders:
We Are Up and Running
As most people are aware, the website was down the last few weeks because of a technical problem with our host. We thank everyone who expressed genuine concern about the fate of the grids, but we should be back to normal in a few days. However, please be aware there will not be any other new updates before Friday afternoon. We appreciate everyone's patience. - Neil & Bart

Apple’s $3B Beats Music deal made Dr. Dre the highest-paid musician in 2014

When Apple bought Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s Beats Music for a cool $3 billion last May, Dre secured the top spot on Forbes highest-paid musicians list for 2014.

Not only did he take home the most of any musician in history in one year, but Dre also out-earned the second highest earner, Beyoncé, who made a paltry $115 million by comparison. According to Forbes, it’s also the biggest disparity between the No. 1 and 2 spots ever.

Read more on Geek Wire

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster features Bo Dollis

Bo Dollis is the subject of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage poster.

The image of the official poster of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was released today. It features Big Chief Bo Dollis, who died this morning at age 71.

The poster was created by Randy "Frenchy" Frenchette, who is known for live painting during concerts, rendering works quickly.

Read more on Gambit

Bo Dollis, longtime Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, has died

Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis, the longtime Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, died at his home in New Orleans on Jan. 20, 2015, his son confirmed. He was 71.

Born Jan. 14, 1944, Dollis first exercised his powerful voice in church. Though his family was reluctant to allow him to join the Indian gangs that paraded in their Central City neighborhood due to their reputation for violence, he sewed a suit in secrecy and masked for the first time with the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians as a young teen. Soon after he joined the Wild Magnolias as Flag Boy and, by 1964, had risen to Big Chief.


Musician and activist Angélique Kidjo returning to Yale for talk, film screening

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer Angélique Kidjo will visit Yale on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 27 and 28 for two public events.

Kidjo will host a screening of “Mama Africa,” a film about African music icon Mirian Makeba, who was a major influence on Kidjo’s work. Kidjo will lead a post-screening question-and-answer session.

Read more on Yale News

8th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Organizers of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival announced that at least three WWE Hall of Fame wrestlers will be attending the 8th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival along with an Icelandic Surf Rock Band called “Brim”.

The WWE Hall of Famers will include: Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Honky Tonk Man and possibly others. Brooks Reynolds, Chair of the Iowa Bacon Board stated, “When Hacksaw Jim Duggan says he’s bringing some friends to your wrestling-themed bacon party, you just say ‘yes…sir’.”

With plans to fill all four levels of Hy-Vee Hall and Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, the one-day event will offer: extensive bacon sampling, bacon-inspired wrestling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen, bacon awards, live entertainment and international bacon fellowship.


Elvis at 80: 25 Chart Facts You Should Know About the King

Though it’s hard to imagine, Elvis Presley would have turned 80 on Thursday. To salute the King, here are 25 facts you should know about the man from Tupelo, Mississippi.

Read them on Yahoo Music

Musician learned the blues from the best

David Bromberg is a multi-instrumentalist who can play in multiple styles. Before taking off on a long solo career, he toured and recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Jerry Garcia.
Typically, a resume like that has a deep learning experience at its foundation. Bromberg, 69, got some of his lessons from a blues-picking legend, the Rev. Gary Davis.


Ten Killer Music Docs to Watch Out for in 2015: Kurt Cobain, The Damned, Billy Anderson, and More

Music is the subject of a fair percentage of the more than 1500 documentaries scheduled for release this year according to IMDb — and that number only includes those who have gotten their shit together enough to list their productions on IMDb. If even half of them follow through with their visions, 2015 should be a banner year for music documentaries. This year, filmmakers will explore topics including old-school audio formats like cassettes and 78s, the rise and fall of the brick and mortar retail business and the impact of the boombox on society at large. Megalithic acts like Kiss and Grateful Dead will net yet more screen time (the latter thanks to Martin Scorsese), but pioneering female artists like Filipino-American R&B singer Sugar Pie DeSanto and early electronic film composer Suzanne Ciani will also get a turn in the spotlight that may have eluded their careers.

Read more on noisey  (music by vice)

Ecstasy Levels Spike In Rivers Near Major Music Festival

Levels of the illegal drug ecstasy were found to have spiked in rivers near a major music festival in Taiwan that draws more than a half-million revelers annually. Researchers said they're concerned not only about widespread use of the drug at the festival, but its potential effect on aquatic life.

Another study found that the Belgian city of Antwerp had the highest traces of cocaine, amphetamine, cannabis, and ecstasy in sewage of more than 40 European cities tested.


In memory of Glenn "Glennski" Matkin, passed away 20 years at Jazz Fest

GLENN "GLENSKI" MATKIN November 6, 1957 - April 29, 1995

Miami resident and former New Orleanian, Glenn Matkin had a heart attack at the Jazz Festival on the afternoon of Saturday, April 29th and later passed away enroute to Mercy Hospital.

My last contact with Glenn is walking over to Terrance Simien where he was happily smiling and two-stepping with a few H.O.A. ladies. I left for the Beau Jocque show at the opposite end of the Fairgrounds where we were to meet later. When I picture Glenn, I will always see him with a great big warm smile.

Our memories of 'Glenski' will always bring a warm smile to all of us.

You'll always be in our hearts.
Steve Apple - Miami, Florida

A memorial was held for Glenski on the evening of Tuesday, May 2nd at the Howlin' Wolf on South Peters Street.

"A true friend, always having a
smile and a hug for everyone
who has had the privilege of
knowing 'Skiman'.

My son, Glenn Charles Matkin, died of a heart attack on April 29th, 1995 at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. He was 37 years old. -Charlie Matkin

Thank you for this opportunity to share with you one of my fondest memories of Glenn. (And a special thanks to Steve for keeping me in the loop.) Marisol Rivera (Miami)

I was in Tampa with my boyfriend Joe and friends, the weekend of April 7, 1995, for a Grateful Dead concert. On Saturday, April 8th, we met up with our "Cajun" friends for an outdoor music event that included the Iguanas, a Texmex band from New Orleans, and a Zydeco band (the name slips my mind). I tried to dance the two-step with Wayne Bridges, but I was too much of an amateur and couldn't help tripping up our feet. I felt sorry for Wayne, but was grateful he gave me a chance. I'm not a "petite" girl and sometimes I can't help trying to lead, but I'm not hopeless and somebody else besides me knew that. As I stood the next song out, I was approached by a brave, bear-size-of-a- man with happy eyes and a wonderful smile. Glenn to my rescue! He cinched my waste just right and had me two-stepping all over that parking lot dance area. Glenn sure did know how to lead! We stopped when the music stopped. We were breathless and wet with sweat, but the joy I felt at that moment still lingers within me. That was not my first dance with Glenn, but it was my last and I cherish that memory in my heart. I've been to many music events since and find myself remembering and missing Glenn. But you know, when the energy level reaches its peak and everyone is smiling, breathless and sweaty I feel Glenn is with us. If anyone ever sees me partnerless out on the dance floor they should not feel sorry for me or think me strange, because I never dance alone. In my heart, a wonderful man named Glenn always shares the dance floor with me.

Diana Ross to return to New Orleans' Saenger Theatre in February

Diana Ross, solo star and lead singer for Motown Records’ best-selling female group of the 1960s, the Supremes, will return to the Saenger Theatre on Feb. 28.

Ross has sold more than 100 million records and recorded 18 No. 1 hits. She previously performed at the Seanger in October 2013.

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Ultra Music Festival Officially Unveils 2015 Lineup

Ultra Music Festival has announced phase one of its Miami roster. Headliners include Bassnectar, Clear Bandit, Die Antwoord, Gorgon City, Kiesza, Krewella, Kygo, Netsky Live, Odesza, Porter Robinson, RAC, and Röyksopp.  UMF is planned for March 27-29 in Miami’s Bayfront Park.

Additional names include DJ Snake, Laidback Luke, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong, 12th Planet, Fedde Le Grand,  and more to be added.


Bonnaroo festival lineup 2015

BONNAROOVIANS: Announce the lineup. Get ready for the Bonnaroo lineup announcement megathon (blam!) Because this year, you announce the lineup! It's all going down on Tuesday, January 13th between 6-9pm EST.  Tickets go on sale, Saturday, January 17th at Noon EST.

Check out for lineup specifics.

How Steven Tyler and Rolling Stone Will Give Miller Lite a Marketing Seat at the Super Bowl

If you want to see Steven Tyler perform during Super Bowl weekend, it won’t be on stage during the halftime show. The Aerosmith singer will be a headliner at Rolling Stone magazine’s Super Bowl party the night before the big game.

Rolling Stone is one of several media companies looking to cash in on the large sum of money advertisers part with for Super Bowl buzz.

NBC, which is broadcasting the Feb. 1 game, is the biggest beneficiary of the ad barrage surrounding the Super Bowl. The network says it is charging about  $4.5 million per 30 seconds of air time during the game.

Read more on WSJ

Planning tips for 2015 Jazz Fest, including first and second weekend dates

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 has unveiled its music lineup - the starting gun for thousands who make the pilgrimage to this annual party, which unfolds over successive weekends in April and May.

In 2014, about 435,000 visitors walked through the gates, and most of them - whether locals or visitors - had practical questions about shuttles, parking, tickets, restaurants, hotels, and the stuff you can't bring through security.

We have some of the answers already - and expect to update our nuts-and-bolts coverage in the coming months.  Read more on

See also: Pet De Kat Krewe's Helpful hints for first timers and their Jazz Fest

Diverse Winter Jewish Music Concert to be performed at Temple Israel in Miami

The Winter Jewish Music Concert in Miami returns for its seventh year displaying the diverse talents of Jewish singers and instrumentalists from across the country.

The program consists of a full-length concert of the most innovative Jewish music around the world. Performers are coming from Michigan, New York, California and Washington, D.C.

People of all kinds will enjoy the concert because of all the genres of music being catered to, Mason said. This year’s program features world-famous cantor and operatic tenor Alberto Mizrahi; African-American Jewish opera-turned-Yiddish singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell; and contemporary Jewish singer/songwriter Peri Smilow.


Mother with Alzheimer's Comforted by Son's Guitar Tune

Mother with Alzheimer's Comforted by Son's Guitar Tune

Joe Fraley, a musician who lives in Alhambra, California, is slowly losing his biggest fan, because she can't remember who he is.

Though it's difficult to watch a loved one struggle with Alzheimer's, many are finding beauty in this video. In the clip, Fraley seems to relieve his mother's confusion for a few moments when he sings a song that includes the lyrics "You're right here, inside my soul."


Official Jazz Fest 2015 Talent Announcement and Video

2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival talent announcement

Jazz Fest - April 24 - May 3, 2015:

Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Chicago, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Widespread Panic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Steve Winwood, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Irma Thomas, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Spirit of Satch: Dr John interperts Louis Armstrong, The Radiators, Anthony Hamilton, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Cray, DumpstaPhunk w/Art Neville, Third World, Aaron Neville, Delbert McClinton, Angelique Kidjo, The Taj Mahal Trio, Estelle, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Tab Benoit, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Saesar, Galactic Featuring Macy Gray, and so much more!

Full details on

Authentic Blue Ridge at the Floyd Country Store

Our favorite feature is the monthly live radio broadcast, featuring the best old-timey music from around the Blue Ridge Mountains. The show is broadcast from inside the store and includes comedy quips, skits, jingles and authentic local bluegrass. Tickets are usually $10 in advance. Each radio show is streamed live and then re-broadcast by nearby local stations.

If you feel like shopping, the Floyd store features a variety of items particular to country living. You'll see plenty of enamelware, books and the occasional set of suspenders for your britches. Music is also available for purchase from local Blue Ridge musicians.

This store is worth the trip and Floyd is worth the stay if you choose to make it a weekend adventure. The Floyd Country Store is located about four hours from downtown, D.C.


Ozomatli live on Yahoo Screen

Tune in on January 10th to watch Ozomatli perform LIVE on Yahoo Screen! #

Bursting onto the L.A. stage with their first eponymously titled album in June 1998, by 1999, Ozomatli were touring with Carlos Santana and soon won the Grammy for "Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album" for 2001’s Embrace…

More on Yahoo

Ray & Dave Davies on 50 Years of the Kinks – Reunion or Not, They’re Still Busy

Ray & Dave Davies on 50 Years of the Kinks – Reunion or Not, They’re Still Busy (The Interview)

That unpredictability, and the varied nature of the band’s catalog, is on full display in a clutch of recent releases. There’s the 5-CD The Anthology: 1964-1971, as well as the first of what should be a long line of exciting releases under a deal with Sony, The Essential Kinks and high resolution digital releases of The Kinks’ catalog from the early-1970s onwards, as well as an expanded version of 1971s Muswell Hilbillies.

Read more on Rock Cellar Magazine

Asheville Music Hall in downtown purchased

New Earth MUZIQ has purchased the Asheville Music Hall, according to an announcement released Friday.

The New Earth MUZIQ team, which includes local resident Adrian Zelski, co-manager of Asheville's world-folk-soul group Rising Appalachia and partner in New Mountain Asheville and Athens, Georgia's, New Earth Music Hall, will celebrate the grand opening of the sister venue with a free show.

Read more on citizen-times

100 Concerts: One man's journey of life-altering, mind-boggling, hip-shaking, love-making, earth-quaking good times

100 Concerts

One man's journey of life-altering, mind-boggling, hip-shaking, love-making, earth-quaking good times and inspirational observations, all seen through the prism of the concert experience.  -- Read the blog, a work in progress.

Afghans Take The Stage At Kabul's Emerging Rock Scene

In his final postcard from Afghanistan, NPR's outgoing Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry, a former professional musician, dives into the underground music scene.

Inside, people are gathered for one of the open mic nights, where musicians from Afghanistan, from all over the world, will get on stage and take turns playing songs together.

from NPR

Why The Closing Of Williamsburg's DIY Venues Doesn't Really Matter

Though it's easy to write overly-sentimental obituaries for these venues -- and for Williamsburg itself -- that's not what we're interested in here. New York is full of people who like to romanticize earlier eras when "creatives had it better" and there will undoubtedly be plenty of folks who will do that to this neighborhood. But that's missing the point. While it's  disappointing that these venues are closing, it doesn't necessarily seem indicative of a larger cultural drain that Brooklyn's young, creative community has fallen victim to.

Where the DIY scene is concerned, it's never been about the actual spaces so much as it has been about the community of musicians, artists and creative minds that gather and produce in them.

Read more on papermag

2015 resolutions for the Austin music scene

We reached out to club owners, promoters and Austin music industry support folks to find out what resolutions they’d like to see Austin artists and fans making in 2015.

Stick around for a little bit after your set to see the band after you or arrive a little early to catch the band before you. Respect sound engineers, bartenders, door staff and crew! These unsung heroes work hard and help complete the circle of music viability in Austin. You may be on stage, but the show doesn’t start without them.
Read more responses on austin360

Music Festival Map

Music Festival Map from Music Festival Junkies.

Rock on! A look at suburban music venues in 2015

The city of Chicago may be king when it comes to live-music venues, but that doesn't mean local rock/pop fans can't find a good show closer to home.

Music venues located right here in the suburbs book all kinds of acts, from A-list talent to up-and-coming indie bands. As suburbanites look forward to the new year, the Daily Herald spotlights a number of prominent local venues and some key shows they'll host in 2015.


Madonna 'denied NYE venue'

Madonna was reportedly denied her first choice for a New Year's Eve party venue.

The 56-year-old Grammy-winner is rumoured to have had her sights set on ringing in 2015 at VIP members-only club Shoreditch House, which is located in East London.

But apparently her £100,000 offer to rent out the venue for a NYE bash was turned down.


Bowery Ballroom Leader Plans Music Club in Los Angeles

A Bowery Titan Puts Down L.A. Roots  

Bowery Ballroom Leader Plans Music Club in Los Angeles 

The Teragram is set to open in March after a $2 million renovation that will transform its space — a century-old former silent movie theater on the fringe of downtown Los Angeles — into a deluxe modern rock club with room for 600 people.

The brothers Brian, left, and Michael Swier in the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.
Credit Michal Czerwonka for The New York Times
The Teragram is set to open in March after a $2 million renovation that will transform its space — a century-old former silent movie theater on the fringe of downtown Los Angeles — into a deluxe modern rock club with room for 600 people. Set to compete against famed local music halls like the Troubadour and the Roxy, the Teragram is also the first West Coast venture by Mr. Swier, one of the New York’s most influential club proprietors.

He opened the Mercury Lounge in 1994 and the Bowery Ballroom in 1998, and both remain beloved by musicians and concertgoers for their pristine acoustics and cozy vibe; in 2013, Rolling Stone named the Bowery the No. 1 club in the United States.


These people want to know: “How has New Orleans music saved your soul?”

Boudin, a new storytelling project, wants to hear your stories about why our music is so special

A team of story collectors (the Boudin "Story Krewe," which includes Claire Bangser of NOLAbeings, Jon Greene, Marie Lovejoy and Greg Speck) have been gathering stories using a variety of platforms — audio voice recordings, voicemails, emails, written stories, photography and film — and with the best of them Hayes, Daniels and Callahan will create a play, which will run from April 15 to May 17. The production is timed to coincide with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a sponsor of the project. The play's location has yet to be decided.

Read more at bestofneworleans