Watch an entire New York City music festival live in VR | engadget

NextVR and Live Nation are getting pretty good at covering concerts in VR compared to others, and now they're amping up their ambitions. In partnership with Citi, they'll broadcast the Global Citizen Festival live in VR from New York's Central Park on September 23rd, with performances by The Chainsmokers, The Lumineers, Big Sean, Alessia Cara and others. They're also presenting "Backstage with Citi," with access to artists, bands and producers not available to concert-goers.

Virtual reality still can't compete with the real thing, but thanks to its use of 6K RED cinema cameras and cutting edge VR production tech, Next VR has generally won over critics. It launched a partnership with Live Nation last year, and the companies have already broadcast concerts by Coldplay, Anthrax and others. NextVR has also collaborated with the NBA, broadcasting free highlights and selling VR games by subscription and à la carte.

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Day for Night 2017 Lineup Is Here to Brighten Up Your December

While all the other suckers are out Christmas shopping, Houston’s Day for Night Festival will be churning out kick-ass music over the weekend of...

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Keeping It Cool: The SnowGlobe 2017 Lineup is Here!

Always keeping us warm on chilly winter nights, the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival in California has announced their 2017 lineup. The New Year’s Eve...

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Today in music: On this Day September 18, 2006

73 year old country singer Willie Nelson and four members from his band were charged with drug possession after marijuana and magic mushrooms were found by police on his tour bus. Police had stopped the tour bus near Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Today in music: On this Day August 15, 1955

Elvis Presley attended a meeting in Memphis with his manager Bob Neal, Colonel Tom Parker and Vernon Presley, at which a new contract was signed that named Colonel Parker as "special advisor" with control of virtually every aspect of Elvis' career. Parker was not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. He was a flamboyant promoter whose pre-Elvis experience included shows called The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys and was a veteran of carnivals, medicine shows and various other entertainment enterprises.

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Ben & Jerry's Honors Phish with Limited Edition Flavor

We’re Honoring Phish With Limited Edition Flavor, “Freezer Reprise” to Mark Their 13-Night Run at Madison Square Garden

We could not be more excited that our neighbors from Vermont, Phish, are playing a historic 13-night run of shows — dubbed the “The Baker’s Dozen” — at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This calls for a real celebration, and since we already have Phish Food to enjoy, we thought we’d honor the band with a new very Limited Batch donut-themed flavor: Freezer Reprise.

The flavor, sweet cream ice cream with a vanilla glaze, chocolate donut swirl, chocolate donut pieces, and fudge fish, will be available at the opening night of the run, July 21st, at an event just outside Madison Square Garden and on August 6th at a special webcast of the concert at Three Needs Taproom & Brewery in Burlington, VT. So start making your plans, because this flavor won’t last long!

To commemorate this special flavor, we’ve partnered with artist Jim Pollock to create a limited edition t-shirt. This t-shirt will be available for a limited time at the WaterWheel Foundation inside Madison Square Garden during the 13-night run of shows, as well as right here on our own site.

All proceeds from donations for the flavor and sales of the limited edition t-shirt will benefit the WaterWheel Foundation, Phish’s charitable organization.

Today in music: On this Day June 01, 1975

The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever US tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ronnie Wood joined The Stones on tour for the first time, replacing Mick Taylor.

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III Points Festival 2017 Lineup: Gorillaz, The xx, Richie Hawtin

The III Points Festival just revealed their fifth annual lineup with headliners Gorillaz, The xx, Nicolas Jaar & Richie Hawtin. The three-day fest takes...

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2929 Lepage in Faubourg St. John | Advocate

The wonderful feature of living in the Bayou St. John neighborhood is that you can walk or ride your bike along the peaceful bayou – and then, once a year, you can just walk yourself over to Jazz Fest –…
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Video of sign language interpreter at Snoop Dogg's Jazz Fest performance goes viral; watch video here | Advocate

It’s not easy to upstage hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, especially at one of his own shows. But after his New Orleans Jazz Festival performance, it’s a video of a sign language interpreter, not the rapper himself, that has gone viral,…
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2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest attendance: approximately 425,000 | Advocate

Attendance for the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival totaled approximately 425,000, organizers said Wednesday.
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Music Tastes Good 2017 Menu Will Feature Ween, Slater-Kinney, Ride, Of Montreal, and Charles Bradley

Music Tastes Good Festival will return in 2017 with another massive two-day festival of food and music. Taking place from September 30-October 1st, this...

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Jump Into the Hopscotch 2017 Lineup With Solange, Future Islands, and Run The Jewels

The Hopscotch Music Festival (September 7-10, 2017)  out of downtown Raleigh in North Carolina has just announced the lineup to their eighth annual show. Solange,...

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The Meadows Music Festival 2017 Lineup Featuring Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Gorillaz

The Meadows Music Festival will return to Queens for a second edition from September 15-17, 2017. The newly announced lineup includes. JAY Z, Red...

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The Meters, Trombone Shorty close out the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest | Advocate

The old and new schools of New Orleans music closed the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at opposite ends of the Fair Grounds on Sunday.
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After a slow start, Stevie Wonder finds his groove at 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest | Advocate

Fans had to wait a whole year to hear Stevie Wonder at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Then he made them wait a few minutes more.
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Topsy Chapman dodges the spotlight from 'One Mo' Time' to Jazz Fest's Economy Hall | Advocate

Singer Topsy Chapman doesn’t send out press releases or chat up music critics. “I’m kinda incognito,” she said. “I want to work, but I don’t want a lot of attention.”
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Keith Spera: The sun shone down at Jazz Fest on Earth Wind & Fire and Dave Matthews | Advocate

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is built to run when it rains. But the festival runs a whole lot better when it doesn’t.
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DIY Jazz Fest food strikes again: the Asian Cajun soft shell crab po-boy | Advocate

This wasn’t supposed to happen, but I have no regrets and I’d definitely do it again.
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With illness behind him, chief champions old-school Indian ways at 2017 Jazz Fest | Advocate

Lil Charles Taylor, longtime big chief of the White Cloud Hunters, dazzled the crowd Friday at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in his blue and purple Mardi Gras Indian suit, adorned with three-dimensional patches of butterflies.
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Austin City Limits Music Festival Announces 2017 Lineup!

One of the last major lineups of the year, Austin City Limits, has finally been revealed. Surprise addition Jay-Z will top the bill along...

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Perfect day at Jazz Fest? Sunshine, warm temps as party continues at Fair Grounds | Advocate

Clear skies and warm breezes will greet music fans Friday at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
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Keith Spera: Darius Rucker, Widespread Panic, Tower of Power cap off cool, muddy day at 2017 Jazz Fest | Advocate

Following the previous night’s deluge and a surprise shower in the morning, proper footwear was essential Thursday at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Waterproof boots – shrimp or hiking – were the sensible choice.
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Herb Alpert draws a crowd with classic brass sounds at Jazz Fest 2017 | Advocate

Even on the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s traditionally mellow Thursday, with unseasonably chilly and damp weather to boot, the Jazz Tent wasn’t quite big enough for the crowd attracted by trumpeter and music-business legend Herb Alpert.
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Jazz Fest feast! More food picks from our critic, from light bites to a timely hangover remedy | Advocate

The food at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival isn't just there to fill you up. It's a big part of the heritage in the festival's name.
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Cuban connection: revamped Preservation Hall Jazz Band rolls out Havana-inspired 'So It Is' CD at Jazz Fest | Advocate

In 2015, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed in Cuba at the Havana Jazz Festival. The musicians eventually left Cuba, but Cuba never really left them.
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Got boots? Prepare for muddy Jazz Fest as Week 2 kicks off after heavy storms | Advocate

Rain boots will be in style at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival today as the Fair Grounds dries out from Wednesday's heavy thunderstorms.
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For Debbie Davis, the bustle of springtime is welcome | Advocate

For singer Debbie Davis, Jazz Fest season brings a familiar hustle and bustle.
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Keith Spera: Music after dark during 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest's second weekend, beyond | Advocate

The second weekend of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is even more overloaded with nighttime options than the previous weekend. Things quiet down a bit after the festival ends, but this being New Orleans, there's still music…
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Famed bassist/producer Don Was returns to Saenger during Jazz Fest for all-star Little Feat tribute | Advocate

Throughout his prolific, decades-long career, Don Was, a bassist by trade, has produced dozens of albums by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, the B-52s and his own band, Was…
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Pitbull bailed, but Tom Petty and Lorde starred in a partially salvaged Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz Fest | Advocate

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival engaged Mother Nature in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship on Sunday, and won. Pitbull, however, lost.
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Jazz Fest opening delayed until Sunday afternoon due to bad weather | Advocate

Bad weather will delay the opening of Jazz Fest on Sunday.
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Maroon 5, Usher and the Roots topped off the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest's first Saturday | Advocate

At suppertime Saturday, the lines at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s food booths were short. Just about everybody, it seemed, was stationed at one of the three main stages for a strong trifecta of closing acts: Alabama…
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Fans, family remember Pete Fountain in 'Ancestors' procession at Jazz Fest 2017 | Advocate

Beverly Fountain, Pete Fountain’s widow, leaned over and planted a kiss on the portrait of her husband unveiled Saturday in the “Ancestors” area of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival grounds.
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2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest brings Cuban flair, flag to Fair Grounds, | Advocate

It took hours and hours of work to make sure that people attending the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year could dance to Cuban music in the center of the Fair Grounds.
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From smooth soul to something Phish-y, a laid-back day at the Gentilly stage at Jazz Fest 2017 | Advocate

Overcast and breezy weather made for a relaxed and pleasant kickoff to the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, on its first weekday.
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Harry Connick Jr. was both a New Orleanian and an entertainer on the 2017 Jazz Fest's opening day | Advocate

Late in his closing set on the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's opening day, Harry Connick Jr. once again reiterated his hometown bonafides. He recalled being tutored as a boy by eccentric, troubled New Orleans piano genius James…
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Help for Jazz Fest Withdrawals #jazzfest

How to deal with Jazz Fest Withdrawals. Besides 'go to Jazz Fest'...

Once you accept that you are going to miss Jazz Fest, you are going to have to deal with Fest withdrawals. These can range from headaches in the form of "why aren't you going to Jazz Fest" questions to intense cravings for crawfish bread and spontaneous dancing at awkward times.

Here are some top tips to deal with Fest withdrawals – you can do it! First time missing Fest? Remember you have a lot of people who care about you and are here to help.

Immerse yourself in WWOZ and good food then taper off slowly.

If your body has been so used to the abuse you give it at the end of April and beginning of May, don't go cold turkey. Around the beginning of April start catching a lot of music. Eat obscene amounts of food. Taper down gradually until First Friday.  Going cold turkey may be too much of a shock to your system for you to be able to control your inner Festivalist.

Start by cutting down the variety of music. This may seem extreme but starting with that will make your other changes easier to make. Cut down portion sizes and spices. Remember, gradually is the key.

Do Something Else. Read an Ikea assembly guide. Roll newspapers into logs. Hang out at a pet shelter.

Occupy yourself at times when you would normally be dancing and craving Cissy Strut. Go out at night, without sunglasses. Go to sleep—before sunrise. Refocus your energy into something productive. Refinish your floors. Clean out the refrigerator.

Drink Water. Okay, too drastic, you can skip this step for now.

Sometimes you might think you have a craving, but it turns out to be gas. Allowing ourselves long periods of silence could lead to cravings. Make sure you keep music playing, and carry music with you at all times, even if it's a best of The Beatles mix.

Keep a range of healthy snacks available to you. Just in case. Don't cook up jambalaya or think a boil will get you through this. Find something that is healthy, and make small portions. Don't start a hot sauce or poboy debate online.

Deep fried is not the answer.

A top trick to help with Jazz Fest cravings is to pick a Neil Diamond song and play it on repeat. It may sound awful, but it is a great way to purge and reduce symptoms, also helps those on a juice diet.
Find Support. There's a "Not Going to Jazz Fest" group online

If you are really feeling the pressure, find a few people you are comfortable with and see if they'd help you and do the Alligator and chant the Watermellon song.

Make sure your friends and loved ones are aware of what is going on as you face this mountain. It can be very hard and you may be moody and also feeling abandoned, so the support of someone can be crucial.

Remember that the First Friday is the hardest.  The dread will subside by Second Sunday.

What's new for Jazz Fest food? Cuban dishes working their mojo and a beignet brunch | Advocate

If you’ve been to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival a few times, you probably already have your favorite dishes. Plenty of people know exactly what they’ll get when they walk into the Fair Grounds and beeline to those…
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Die-hard fans ready for week of music, food as Jazz Fest kicks off, 'you just can't beat it' | Advocate

It was 1977 when Nancy Davis went to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the first time.
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As 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest opens, staffers plan for rainy weekend weather | Advocate

The forecast for the first day of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is cloudy but rain-free. The rest of the weekend, not so much.
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Jazz Fest artwork -- and kitties -- have a cozy home in Bywater | Advocate

It wasn’t long after they were married that Nurhan Gokturk and Bridget Cameron started looking for a place to buy. Both thought they wanted to live Uptown — until the price point scared them off.
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Playing with Jazz Fest food: the best of the DIY fest food mash ups | Advocate

Last year at Jazz Fest I tried a little experiment. What would happen if I combined different dishes, or even different parts of dishes, from various food vendors for new creations?
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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2017: Check out the scene at the Fairgrounds | Advocate

The 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest is sure to provide good food and great music for hundreds of thousands of visitors over its two-week span.
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Jazz Fest book tent lists author signings at the Fair Grounds this weekend | Advocate

The Book Tent is staffed by the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. All proceeds go to local literacy programs.
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Meatless meals at New Orleans Jazz Fest, best vegetarian dishes | Advocate

Food is a big part of the heritage in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and it’s a major fixation for many fest fans.
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Light, cool Jazz Fest food picks | Advocate

Food is a big part of the heritage in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and it’s a major fixation for many fest fans.
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Digging in to Jazz Fest food: our critic's picks, best bargains, big bites, vegetarian options and more | Advocate

If you’re the type of Jazz Fest fan who walks through the gates with specific dishes in mind, this year is for you.
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New Orleans Jazz Fest poster artist Francis X. Pavy captured the Meters in their funky, early '70s glory | Advocate

As a Lafayette teenager in the early 1970s, visual artist Francis X. Pavy fell under the spell of pioneering New Orleans funk band the Meters. While still in high school, he saw multiple performances, and Meters records were around the…
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From congas to costumes to cigars, Jazz Fest 2017 celebrates the real Cuba | Advocate

Cuba has become more accessible in recent years, yet the country remains a mystery to most Americans. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival offers guests the chance to explore Cuba’s art, music and food at the Cultural Exchange Pavilion…
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Harry Connick Jr. on his 10-year absence from the New Orleans Jazz Fest: 'It feels like yesterday to me' | Advocate

Harry Connick Jr. was surprised to learn 10 years have passed since he last performed at his hometown New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Granted, he's been busy.
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New Orleans food, music events keep the party rolling between, before and after Jazz Fest | Advocate

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival goes on for seven days. But “Jazz Fest" has become more like its own season in New Orleans, one that's full of events that stretch the party beyond the Fair Grounds and across…
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