Phish Summer Tour 2012

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I’m not really too sure why Phish will never come to Houston, or anywhere around here for that matter. They continually play the same venues on the east and west coast and in the the mid west, but have never returned to the Bayou City since being reunited in 2009. Until then, I’m gonna have to shell out loads of plane fair or gas money to see my favorite band. Pretty lame if you ask me. Oh well, I love them that much that it really doesn’t matter. Looks like I’ll be headed towards the midwest for this run, catching them at some of my favorite venues including Alpine Valley, Deer Creek (now Klipsch Music Center) and Blossom. Anyone hitting any of these dates?

Check out all of the tour dates after the jump if you couldn’t catch them all in that super sweet Fishman work-out video.

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Old Settler’s Music Festival 2012

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Old Settler’s 2011 – photo by HashBrowns

Festival season is still a few months away, but now is the time of big decisions. Artist line-ups are dropping every single day, and with that we all have to figure out just where and when we’ll be traveling based on how good or bad the roster of bands are. Wakarusa just dropped their full list of bands, and it’s looking pretty nice, but another local festival was announced kind of under the radar. Old Settler’s Music Festival, which takes place south of Austin at the Salt Lick Pavilion, will feature a slew of great Rock, Americana and Bluegrass over the weekend of April 19-22. Headliners include indie folksters Iron & Wine, big-voiced singer songwriter Amos Lee, southern rockers Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and newgrass champions Railroad Earth.

A bunch of other bands will also be making their way down to the 25th anniversary of the festival. Check out the full line-up after the jump.

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Chris Gray Day

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This upcoming Saturday, Houston’s first festival of the year is going to take place in the Main street compound of The Continental Club and Big Top Bar from 10 in the morning all the way until they close their doors at the end of the night. The festival is a benefit concert for my good buddy and boss at the Houston Press Chris Gray, who suffered a major heart attack back in late October, and is now dealing with a heap of growing medical bills. Gray has made it back to his full music loving self, and plans to return to his post come February, but for now we can celebrate his health with a walloping day of music this weekend. Tons of great bands have stepped up to play this event which Gray partially curated, including a recent addition of the one and only Hayes Carll who we caught not long ago at House of Blues.

The tickets are a minimum donation of $20, and you can pick those up either here or when you arrive at the door on Saturday. Remember to get there early to try and bid on one of several great auction items which will include signed pieces of merch from the likes of Willie Nelson, Wilco, Steve Earle, Local Natives and Charlie Louvin as well as a bunch of other great music related stuff.

It should be a great day of music which you can start planning with the full schedule that you’ll find after the jump.

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Wakarusa 2012 Initial Line-up Announcement

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Wakarusa 2011

Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival released yesterday the first of three rounds of line-up announcements for this year’s event. The line-up includes Pretty Lights, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio, and G. Love & Special Sauce.

This year’s event continues on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas and runs from May 31 to June 3.

Get your tickets pronto, friends. I’m already excited about this year.

The rest of the line-up will be announced on the festival’s facebook page on January 12 and 19.

Check out the complete list of artists after the break.

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Via Colori 2011

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This upcoming weekend features one of my favorite events of the year. Mixing music with art is always a good time, but even better when it features a host of Houston’s best bands as well as a form of art that is not your normal everyday stuff. The best part is that it’s completely free! Via Colori is a street chalk art event that features some incredibly talented artists working for two straight days to bring some eye-popping masterpieces to the asphalt surrounding Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston. While you wander the streets to see some of the amazing pieces of work, you can also hop from stage to stage while drinking a beer, or dining on some quality bites from vendors around the park. Saturday, November 19th, features a cultural mix of great Houston talent including Klockwork, The Zydeco Dots, Solero Flamenco, Ceeplus Bad Knives, Jerk Store and The Texas Toast among others. Sunday, the 20th, features a Houston indie-scene’s who’s who with the likes of Roky Moon And Bolt!, Sideshow Tramps, Benjamin Wesley, Ancient Cat Society, Spain Colored Orange, The Literary Greats, Andrew Karnavas and Two Star Symphony.

My friend over at The Center For Hearing And Speech, the beneficiary who puts on the yearly event, books all the bands, and I can definitely tell which day she personally picked over which day she had to pick to make her bosses happy. Doesn’t matter, should be a solid event all weekend. I’ve always enjoyed myself at Via Colori over the years, but this year definitely promises to be the best one yet.

You can check out the full schedule of bands after the jump.

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2nd Annual HomeGrown Music Festival

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This weekend, downtown Dallas will be transformed to celebrate all things local with the HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival. Not only will there be booths featuring local artist and businesses, but there will also be two stages with some of the best music from the area. Some of the bands playing include Seryn, Slobberbone, Astronautalis, Ishi, and Neon Indian. It’s a great lineup, and only $15! I’ll definitely be there, and highly recommend others to join in as well. Dallas doesn’t do festivals often, but this one has a lot of promise. See the full line-up and schedule after the jump.

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Arcade Fire – Sausage’s Top Videos

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This weekend, The Arcade Fire will invade Dallas. Next week, they will invade Win and Will Butler’s former hometown, The Woodlands, suburb of Houston and a huge inspiration for their latest album, The Suburbs. Everyone here at Breakfast on Tour is extremely excited, as they put on one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. The first time I saw them was at Mary Jane’s Fat Cat in Houston in 2005 shortly after their Funeral release. Seeing them play in that tiny venue with a only a hundred or so others was overwhelming and completely incredible. Since then, I have easily been able to say they are my favorite band.

In honor of this event, I have collected 10 of my favorite videos of theirs. See one here, and check out more after the jump (in no particular order).

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