Music Festivals That Actually Have Really Good Food

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



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David Bowie - New Music to be Released by 2017

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

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

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East Coast music festivals to catch this summer

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

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Clearwater Festival cancelled in 2016 due to financial trouble

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

Announcement from the website:


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

The digital music industry New and interesting music is harder to find than ever | The Economist


Keeping up with popular music’s latest trends has never been easy. In the 1980s and 1990s the Billboard 200, America’s singles chart, featured 500 different artists a year, while 30,000 new albums would hit the shelves annually. Only fanatic listeners could sift through mountains of mediocrity to find occasional unpolished gems. In 2015, such a task would be impossible: the output of albums has doubled, while Billboard’s rankings contain twice as many artists.

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Performers at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival aka #JazzFest

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival runs for two weekends. Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snoop Dogg are among the 2016 headliners.


The list of performers include: Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison, Nick Jonas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Julio Iglesias, J. Cole, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Flo Rida, My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Maxwell, Irma Thomas, Janelle Monáe, Jonny Lang, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Gov’t Mule, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends, Arlo Guthrie, Mavis Staples, Boz Scaggs, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Isley Brothers, Aaron Neville, Chris Botti, Grace Potter.. Alpha Blondy, Elle King, Galactic, Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Rhiannon Giddens, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with Art Neville, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Better Than Ezra, Los Lobos perform La Pistola Y El Corazon, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Punch Brothers, Taj Mahal, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Anders Osborne, The Lone Bellow, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Tribute to B.B. King, Tribute to Allen Toussaint, John Hammond, Elvin Bishop, Mystikal, Jazmine Sullivan, CeCe Winans, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tab Benoit, Terence Blanchard, Davell Crawford, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Freedia, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings... Donald Harrison, Jr., The Dirty Dozen, The Black Lillies, Dédé Saint-Prix of Martinique, The Garifuna Collective of Belize, DeJohnette·Coltrane·Garrison, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists, John Boutté, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Ricky Dillard & New G, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Glen David Andrews, Buckwheat Zydeco, Naturally 7, Cyril Neville & SwampFunk, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste’s Funk Revue, Henry Butler & Jambalaya, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians... Imagination Movers, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Christian Scott, Walter Trout, Joe Lovano US Five, Pine Leaf Boys, Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Royal Teeth, Lost Bayou Ramblers with special guest Spider Stacy, Herlin Riley Quintet, Sweet Pain featuring Chico Ramos and Supa G of Belize, Hot 8 Brass Band, Creole String Beans with guest TK Hulin, Sweet Crude, Eric Lindell,.. Nicholas Payton & Afro Caribbean Mixtape, Geri Allen: The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, Corey Harris Band, Heads of State with Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Al Foster, and George Mraz, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton featuring Henry Butler, Butch Thompson, and Dr. Michael White, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Creole Wild West, Semolian Warriors, Ninth Ward Hunters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Young Men Olympia Aid, Untouchables, The Furious Five, Uptown Swingers, Men of Class, and Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.

In addition to the lineup announcement, tickets are also on sale.

1st Weekend Single Day Tickets (April 22, 23 & 24)
2nd Weekend Single Day Tickets (April 28, 29, 30 & May 1)

Early-bird advance ticket: $60 through February 2
Regular advance ticket: $65 from February 3 through April 21
Gate Price: $75 (each ticket valid for any single day of the weekend)
Child’s ticket: $5 (available at the gate only, ages 2 – 10, adult must be present with child)

Big Chief VIP Experience
The Big Chief VIP Experience is the most luxurious way to enjoy the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A limited number of tickets are sold (first come, first served).  The Big Chief VIP Experience often sells out – patrons are encouraged to purchase early to avoid being shut out.  Premium ticket package includes Festival admission with re-entry privileges; access to special viewing areas at major Festival stages and in some tents; access to a VIP Hospitality lounge; special access to restrooms and beverage concessions; parking, if desired; and more.

Get more info and updates at nojazzfest.com

OOPS Who's playing Jazz Fest 2016? Some early hints and tidbits

Who's playing the Jazz Fest in 2016? Here are some clues gathered from the intertubes




Legendary folk singer Paul Simon was performing in New Orleans, Louisiana last night, when he started talking about how much he loved the city. Playing Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Simon reportedly told the crowd that he would be coming back for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2016. source: theneworleansadvocate


Bob Seger recently gave an interview saying that he was going to go on his Bucket List tour in 2016 with a planned stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. source: radio


Michael McDonald's first public concert in 2016 will be at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in late April. It will be his first appearance at the popular two-week festival since the late 1980s. source: omaha


Jack DeJohnette Trio w./ Ravi Coltrane & Matt Garrison. ECM Records listed DeJohnette, one of the best and most influential jazz drummers, on its website. source: ecmrecords

The Meters will Reunite In NOLA during the Fest for a show at the renovated Orpheum Theater. source: jambase

Other Rumored Artists to play the Jazz Fest: Ben Harper, Gregg Allman, Van Morrison and Modest Mouse

So when do we see the actual schedule for the 2006 Jazz Fest? Get your red sharpie out and circle Tuesday, January 19th! This year’s official announcement is a few days later than the 2015 announcement. Jazz Fest’s producers were likely letting the ink dry on deals with major acts’ and coordinating schedules.
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