Get Ready for Wakarusa 2013

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I’m so in love with this video! Get ready for Waka Waka Waka 2013.

May 30th – June 2nd, 2013. Tickets on sale NOW at www.wakarusa.com

See you on the mountain!

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Thunder On The Mountain, a New Music Festival

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There’s a new music festival coming to you in 2013! From the folks that bring your Wakarusa, here comes Thunder On The Mountain, a country music festival set for June 6 – 8, just a week after Wakarusa, on the magnificent Mulberry Mountain, near Ozark, AR.

The lineup was release today, and it features Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Reckless Kelly, Thompson Square, and Arkansas native, Justin Moore.

In addition to these world class country artists, Thunder on the Mountain will feature camping, amazing food & craft vendors, world-class river floats, fishing, waterfalls, hiking, premiere RV camping and much more.

Tickets for Thunder on the Mountain will go on sale at 10 AM (CST) Tuesday, Dec 11 at www.ThunderOnTheMountain.com

Check out the full line up here.

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UTOPiAfest 2012 Preview

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If you’re looking for something to do at the end of the month, and love great live music, camping in the Texas hill country, and hamming it up with 1800 like-minded people, then UTOPiAfest is the right place for you. Bringing the likes of Dr. Dog, Jimmy Herring, Victor Wooten, The Wheeler Brothers, Toubab Krewe, Ben Kweller, Mexican Institute of Sound, Charles Bradley and White Denim among a bunch of others to a gorgeous plot of land outside of the quaint town of Utopia, Texas, it is assuredly going to be one hell of a time. We took the trip from Houston last year, and will now never miss another UTOPiAfest. The kind people who put on the festival are a pleasure to be around, and definitely know a thing or two about keeping their guests entertained throughout the entire weekend. With the ease of camping wherever you want, either close to the concert field, or up the hillside in the trees for a more secluded experience, you are still only a short walk from all of the action. Adding even more attractions this year, like a late-night silent disco, a host of great dining options and a merchandise tent run by the famed Austin record store Waterloo Records, 2012’s event is sure to be a great time.

With all that said, I’m mostly excited about the stellar line-up from the first bands on Friday afternoon all the way to the final notes of music on Saturday night. With a varied assortment of musical styles being represented, from Afro-beat to indie rock, Latin electro to bluegrass and roots music, jumping from stage to stage should be a great experience all weekend. Dr. Dog is obviously my biggest draw, but by far not the only reason I’ll be in attendance. Check out my picks for most anticipated sets of the weekend after the jump.

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Free Press Summer Fest 2012 In Review

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Free Press Summer Fest

Another year of Houston”s biggest party, Free Press Summer Fest, has come and gone, leaving a trail of hangovers throughout the town. I”m finally starting to shape up from what was one of the best musical weekends of my life. Living much closer to the festival this year than ever before (three blocks away from the gate), we had the opportunity to catch pretty much the full weekend of music from the opening notes of the Sideshow Tramps on Saturday morning until Pretty Lights shut things down with a firework display that matched the intensity of his set on Sunday night.

Read about the weekend and check out a bunch of photos after the jump

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Free Press Summer Fest 2012

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! The fine folks behind Houston’s annual music soirée, Free Press Summer Fest, have finally dropped the full line-up, and boy is it a doozy. Leading this year’s list of bands are bluegrass roots rockers The Avett Brothers, famed rapper and dope smoker Snoop Dogg, Texas country legend and equally famous dope smoker Willie Nelson, DJ extraordinaire Afrojack, bass heavy funksters Primus and a return from 2010 headliner The Flaming Lips who will be performing Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety. I’m pretty sure no-one saw such a strong list of entertainers heading to Eleanor Tinsley Park come June, but Omar, Jagi and all the other fine folks that work for both Free Press Houston and Pegstar have truly outdone themselves for their fourth year of the festival. Also playing the multiple stages over the course of June 2nd and 3rd are The Descendents, Major Lazer, Young The Giant, Portugal. The Man, Morris Day & The (mutha fuckin’) Time, Best Coast, Two Door Cinema Club, Turquoise Jeep, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Robert Ellis and a whole heaping helping of more great bands.

Check out the full kick-ass line-up after the jump!

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Forecastle X

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For some time now, I’ve told myself that I need to make it to Forecastle in Louisville, KY, but I’ve never made it. Ever since My Morning Jacket kind of made this festival their own, the line-ups have been progressively better and better. Today, came the announcement that My Morning Jacket will be joined for the 10th anniversary by the likes of Bassnectar, who will serve as Friday, July 13th’s headliner, and BOT favorite Wilco who will close things out on Sunday, July 15th. A solid list of bands will support the three headliners over the course of the weekend with Atmosphere, Sleigh Bells, The Head And The Heart and Jeff The Brotherhood on Friday, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Galactic and Dr. Dog taking the stage before Jacket on Saturday, and Neko Case, A-Trak, Deer Tick, Walk The Moon and Daedelus all on Sunday.

Check out the full line-up after the jump!

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Big Easy Express

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Last spring, we packed up and headed west for a one of a kind show featuring the likes of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Entitled the Railroad Revival Tour, the three bands took an old-fashioned train from Oakland to New Orleans, making six stops along the way to perform shows. While some bigger stops were closer to us on the tour, we headed all the way to far west Texas, to the small liberal town of Marfa to catch the tour at a really cool outdoor venue called El Cosmico. It was by far one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had, between my company, the venue, the ten-hour road trip and the bands involved, specifically the many collaborations throughout the show. After that magical performance, we all headed back to our real lives knowing that it would be quite some time before we could experience something just as cool as that.

Now, after almost a year, filmmaker Emmett Malloy will be debuting his take on the traveling festival with documentary featuring the entire week of the trip. The film will first screen next month at SXSW in Austin, TX, and while nothing has been announced about a widespread release, I have a good feeling you’ll be able to get your hands on it sometime soon. I can’t wait to check out all of the great footage that Malloy assuredly got along the way – between the many hours on the rails with nothing but their music, and the six incredible 3+ hour shows, I’m sure it will be stock full of gems. Check out the trailer.


In other news, the official website is quoted as saying, “We are currently planning the 2012 Railroad Revival Tour with a new lineup and some great surprises. Look for news about the second tour this coming January!” I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the 2012 edition. I highly doubt they can top last year, but I could also find myself very wrong once the line-up and train route comes out. Hopefully I’ll see you all there!

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Hangout Music Fest 2012

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For the past two years, I’ve been telling myself that I need to make it down to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the Hangout Music Fest. Now in it’s 3rd year as a festival, Hangout has announced it’s initial artist roster for the 2012 event which takes place May 18-20, and boy is it a good one. If anything, they built this festival for me. Seriously, the talent is basically a nice little chunk of my iPod. Leading the dance card, you have festival main-stay Dave Matthews Band and the one and only Jack White bringing his solo project, with one more major headliner promised to be announced later this week. While the festival has always swayed towards jambands, like the early days of Bonnaroo, this year has a wide variety of all types of music. Jambands are still highly represented with The String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, STS9, Michael Franti & Spearhead and G. Love & Special Sauce hitting the stages. A nice conglomerate of indie rock is also included with Wilco, The Flaming Lips who will be performing the classic Pink Floyd Album Dark Side Of The Moon in it’s entirety, Young The Giant, Dr. Dog, Cage The Elephant and Dawes. Bringing in the older concert goers, both Steve Winwood of Traffic and Spencer Davis Group fame as well as famed singer songwriter Randy Newman will be making appearances. Also, a dance tent will be featured this year being headlined by the likes of Skrillex and Paul Oakenfold.

I think I might try to make this one – being on the beach and packed with this many of my favorite bands, how could I possibly miss it! Check out the full line-up after the jump.

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Main Street Block Party In Photos

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Main Street Block Party 2012

Last Saturday, we headed down towards what is informally known as “The Island” for the second annual Main Street Block Party. Taking place inside and out of the Continental Club, Big Top, The Mink and Natachees, tons of bands graced the stages throughout the entire day and night. We caught a great headlining set from What Made Milwaukee Famous which featured an on point cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let ‘Em In” as well as a host of new songs which will be released on their up-coming album. We also witnessed top notch sets from the likes of Tax The Wolf, The Literary Greats, Caddywhompus, Prairie Cadets, Chase Hamblin Band, Featherface, Poor Pilate, Empress Hotel, The League Of Extraordinary G’z and a bunch more. It was a pretty solid day of music full of new discoveries, plenty to drink and a bunch of friendly conversations. I had a really good time at this year’s event, and am looking forward to seeing how they can make itl even better next year.

I took a whole bunch of pictures and a few videos from the event, check them out after the jump.

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Main Street Block Party

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The second annual Main Street Block Party is set to take place this Saturday, January 28, at what is informally known as “The Island.” Featuring a slew of bands playing across six different venues at Main and Alabama streets in Houston, Block Party will be the place to be all day. What Made Milwaukee Famous will make a rare Houston appearance, or rather a rare appearance for them at all these days. The rest of the line-up mainly consists of an upcoming wealth of Houston-based talent as well as some regional acts that’ve been gaining steam as of late. B L A C K I E, Tax The Wolf, Caddywhompus, Empress Hotel, The League Of Extraordinary G’s, The Handshake, Bang Bangz, The Prairie Cadets and The Literary Greats are all set to perform, as well as a ton of other great, upcoming bands.

I had the best of times at last year’s event which I was also shooting for the Houston Press. Check out my shots of the bands from 2011’s Block Party here and of the crowds here. Before that, though, check out the full line-up, including set times after the jump.

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