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.”

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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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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!


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

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.