Bonnaroo 2010 Initial Line-Up

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Slowly but surely, the folks over at AC Entertainment and Superfly Productions have been announcing bands via social networking sites MySpace and Twitter. Officially, many great acts have already been announced, but we still have several hours to wait until we see the full top to bottom line-up. So far the bigger acts include Jay Z, Dave Matthews Band, Kings Of Leon, Tenacious D, John Fogerty, Weezer, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side Of The Moon and Damien Marley & Nas. Several of my favorites have so far made the cut as well, including The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, The Black Keys, Jimmy Cliff, Phoenix, The xx, She & Him and The National.

I’ll try to do my best to update the line-up as Bonnaroo does, but for now check out the current artist list after the jump.

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Sign The Petition To Revive The Westheimer Street Festival

5:13 pm by

Westheimer Block Party Fall 2009

Westheimer Block Party Fall 2009

Recently, Chris Gray, Editor of the Houston Press Rocks Off blog, asked a panel of Houston music writers and scenesters about what they’d like to see happen to the Houston music scene in the year 2010. Many different answers came out, but one unanimous request was to do anything we can to revive the old Westheimer Street Festival in all its glory. For several years, Omar and the folks over at Free Press Houston have relentlessly worked at reviving it in a new incarnation with the Westheimer Block Party, but without the ability to close the streets surrounding Taft and Westheimer, they were forced to stop having the biannual event after the final one this last fall. Now, many people are working tirelessly to get the neighborhood of Montrose, the City of Houston and Mayor Annise Parker to back the closing of the streets for a properly managed reincarnation of the Westheimer Street Festival.

This is from Mark Martin, free-speech activist, former music promoter and long-time Montrose resident:

There is a serious effort in the works to reconstitute the old Westheimer Street Festival, with a projected launch date in October of this year. An online petition has just been launched, with the intention of gathering enough evidence of community support to convince the powers that be that the issue deserves to be re-addressed. The individuals involved in this effort have little to no involvement in the previous festival and are determined to avoid the management pitfalls and irresponsibility that plagued the old festival. Any help you can offer getting signatures onto the petition is hugely appreciated. If this can happen, it will be a huge boost to the Houston Music Community.

Everyone in Houston that loves live music, and/or the advancement of the arts in our city needs to sign this thing. You can find the online petition here. Do us proud Houston, it’s only for the better!

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Wakarusa 2010 Artist Additions Round 1

5:07 pm by

Wakarusa 2009: Friday

 

Just like last year, our friends over at Wakarusa have pulled out the big guns with their second round of artist announcements. Adding a true headliner in Widespread Panic, and big draws in prog-jamsters Umphrey’s McGee, garage blues rockers The Black Keys and sacred steel master and his group Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Wakarusa has stepped it up in a big way since their initial artist announcement. Also included in the newest group of bands are some of BOT’s favorites including State Radio, Todd Snider, Future Rock, That 1 Guy, Great American Taxi and Spoonfed Tribe. As always, Toast, Bacon and the rest of the BOT crew will be joining me in Ozark, AR for the 2010 edition of Wakarusa, and with these incredibly strong additions, I can guarantee you we’ll be partying our asses off. Check out the full list of additions to the Wakarusa line-up after the jump!

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Wakarusa 2010 Initial Line-up

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Another year has come and gone, and with that brings the beginning of festival season. I freaking love festival season! Many people are starting to make their spring, summer and fall plans, and because of that, festivals are now starting to announce their initial line-ups. Usually one of the first to announce their list of bands, Wakarusa has revealed to first group of names that will be taking over the festivals six stages throughout the weekend of June 3rd to the 6th. Included in the initial line-up are a slew of electronic, jam, bluegrass and roots bands who will be playing till all hours of the morning at Mulberry Mountain, the festivals second year at the Ozark, AR mountaintop venue. Topping the list are two electronic-based instrumental groups Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The Disco Biscuits, bands that are very similar in stature and genre, with both having a pretty die-hard following. Also making their way to Wakarusa for the 2010 event are reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid, Australian roots group John Butler Trio, harmonica master John Popper and 90’s alt rockers Blues Traveler and the first appearance of Zappa Plays Zappa after the torrential downpours canceled their set at Waka in 2007.

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The Video Omelette: Jan 10, 2008

5:44 am by

Wakarusa!

As you can tell, I am extremely excited about the initial artist announcement for this year’s festival. It should be fun to see who else is added over the next couple of months. This week my Video Omelette features some of the bands that I am most excited for on the 2008 line-up.

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Wakarusa 2008 Initial Artist Announcement!

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Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival announced its initial line-up today. Topping the bill are festival mainstays The Flaming Lips, making their second headlining gig at the Lawrence, Kansas festival. Many Wakarusa alumni such as the one-man extraordinaire Keller Williams, newly re-united Leftover Salmon, New Orleans funk band Galactic and up-and-coming electro-rock group Lotus are making an appearance, while new-to-the-festival acts like mandolin pioneer David Grisman, hip-hop stalwarts Blackalicious, soul stylist Betty LaVette and indie-pop act Dr. Dog round out the list.

 

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Midwest Meltdown!!!

5:19 am by

A new year here in the mid-west means cold weather. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of indoor activities going on that are bound to make you shake your ass. And that always warms you up, right? Here is a list of some of the shows going on in the heartland.

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Musings

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We made it out to the Continental Club tonight to check out Moses Guest. I was really impressed by their show. I have needed a fresh breath of “jammy” air for a while, and these guys certainly provided it. Stay tuned for a full review.

I am really excited about a few things going on right now with Breakfast On Tour. Recently we have been in contact with the crew at the Chompdown, which is a meeting of minds held annually at Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival as well as other outings. We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Chompdown to make this year’s event even better!

The first official chompdown took place at last year’s Wakarusa, and featured the Louisiana swamp-grass group Dirtfoot, as well as Grazgrove, a bluegrass group from Kansas City. The main feature of the event was, of course, breakfast. Many different people that gathered together on the Wakarusa Forum decided to start this event for the pure love of getting people together and forming new friendships (the breakfast and music were just an extra bonus!). Now with a few Chompdowns in the bag, the Chompdown crew and Breakfast On Tour are ready to help make this the best Chompdown yet! Stay tuned to the site for future information on the Chompdown, including date, time, location, bands, and breakfast items.

In other BOT news, we have some new contributors ready to make their Breakfast On Tour debut. We love to bring new perspectives to our musical fold, and with the addition of new writers it gives the reader many different varying opinions. Look out for the review of Gil Mantera’s show in Houston from one of our new contributors which might give you a completely different perspective from what Doughnut fed you earlier.

Keep reading the site for a whole bunch of new content.

We are ready to take off.

Until Next Time,

Eat Your Damn Breakfast!

-Eggs

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Inital list of bands for SxSW!

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The initial list of bands for this years South By South West music conference and festival was released yesterday. The Austin, Texas festival is filled with music reps, producers, publishers, etc. trying to discover the next big thing. Several hundred bands play on over 60 different stages throughout the city which pretty much creates general madness throughout the streets.

This years initial list features many up-and-coming acts as well as some of the bigger names that bring more and more people to this conference and festival every year. R.E.M., My Morning Jacket and Daniel Lanois lead the list of artists, with bands like Vampire Weekend, Jens Lekman and Tech N9ne filling it out.

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Led Zeppelin, Metallica at Bonnaroo?

3:59 am by

Rumor season has come early folks! Usually around January fake lineups from all of the major summer festivals start to pop up. Yesterday Billboard reported that Led Zeppelin are slated to play their first U.S. show in 30 years at this years Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The report also listed Metallica as one of the headliners.

 

 

Led Zeppelin and Metallica fit Bonnaroo’s recent mold of headliners. Last year The Police brought their reunion tour through Manchester, Tennessee to play Bonnaroo. This year it’s Zep’s turn. Last year Tool brought the first heavy rock sound to Bonnaroo’s main stage. This year its Metallica’s turn. Bonnaroo has come a long way since its inception in 2002. The first year of the festival featured many of the current mainstays in the jamband circuit including Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic, Ben Harper, String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams. The next couple of years the festival started to add different types of bands to its jamband core like The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes and Radiohead. Now in its seventh year, Bonnaroo has turned into a multi-genre festival that is known for its incredible lineups, this-only-happens-here collaborations and shows lasting until the wee hours of the morning.

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