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Cold days getting you down? Good news is festy season is just around the corner…well almost. Following Phish’s recent summer tour announcement, fans are getting an added bonus with the announcement that they will headline 2016’s Lockn’ Fest, alongside support from Ween and My Morning Jacket. The four-day, jam-centric event, which takes place on Arrington’s Oak Ridge farm August 25-28, will include Charles Bradley, Gary Clark Jr., Galactic, White Denim, Umphrey’s McGee and more.
General admission and VIP tickets – along with on-site camping, RV, hotel and shuttle packages – go on sale Friday, February 19th at noon EST via the fest’s website. Lockn’ will also feature locally sourced food, craft beer, biking and hiking tours, daily yoga and other activities. Stay tuned to Green Up Music for more updates!
Tickets on sale February 19th at 12pm EST via LocknFestival.com
Close your eyes and imagine that your best friends bought a house in the mountains with a killer backyard on the banks of a rambling river. Now imagine that they decided to build a pint-sized log stage in that yard, complete with lights and sound. Last but not least, they added a bar and a place to get grub. Now, all summer long, they’re inviting your favorite bands to come, play, and drink beers in this backyard oasis.
Sounds like an amazing dream, right? Well in the Poudre Canyon just north of Fort Collins, Colo., this dream is reality.
We’ve lived in Northern Colorado for nearly nine years now (holy cow!) and although we’ve enjoyed music in many iconic venues, from Red Rocks to the Filmore, we had never ventured up the road to visit Mishawaka Amphitheater. Although I’d heard tales of this awesome venue from friends, there was never a time or artist that worked for us. Until a few weeks ago.
My partner, Eric, and I have followed moe. for almost two decades–from the Southeastern U.S. to the Caribbean and back again. So we were stoked to learn that they were planning a short tour in Colorado in early June, and what do ya know? One of the shows would be at the Mish.
Built way back in 1916 by musician and motorcycle-traveling adventurer Walter S. Thompson, the Mish was initially a dance hall. Over the decades it has changed hands and been other things, like a resort and restaurant.
The Mishawaka as you see it today was reinvigorated in 2010 by Dani Grant and her husband Matt Hoeven, an entrepreneurial music lover from Fort Collins who remains focused on maintaining the authenticity and character of the venue and surrounding lands that have so enthralled audiences and performers.
And enthralling it is.
The day of the show we made our way to a central location in Fort Collins to meet up with other moe.rons headed to the show. To reduce traffic in the delicate canyon, and ensure save travels for those imbibing at the show, the Mish offers shuttle rides to and from the venue for a nominal fee. The bus ride was fun, with lots of chatting between passengers and a feeling like we were all going to summer camp.
Once we arrived it was amazing to see how intimate the Mish truly is. Perched on the side of the road, as close to the river as you can get without getting wet, the amphitheater legally holds only 752 people. There are no seats, although you’re allowed to bring camping chairs if you set them up at the back. Otherwise, it’s first come, first served.
There are two bars and a full-service restaurant available to show-goers as well, and prices are very reasonable. Those who shell out for VIP tickets are allowed to view the performance from one of two elevated decks that provide a clear shot of the stage and a place to sit. Recycling bins and restrooms facilities (port-o-potties) are plentiful.
The show started as soon as night fell, and watching the pretty lights bounce off the trees and canyon walls was beyond incredible. moe. certainly rose to the occasion and gave a great show under the stars, mixing old favorites with new tracks from their just-released album.
moe. Setlist – 6/13/2014 at Mishawaka Amphitheater
I: Downward Facing Dog, Deep This Time, It, So Long > Yodelittle > The Bones Of Lazarus > Yodelittle, Zed Naught Z
II: Smoke > Moth, Opium, Darkness >(nh) Same Old Story, Runaway Overlude, She
If you’re in Colorado, or planning to be anytime soon, I highly encourage you to check out the upcoming events at Mishawaka Amphitheater. Come enjoy the area’s abundant camping, rustic cabin retreats and many recreational pursuits including rafting, cycling and hiking, and then see a killer show at the end of the day!!
Very special thanks to Caitlin, Philip, Josh, and Julie for facilitating our first visit to the Mish.
All Images © 2014 Beth Buczynski. All rights reserved.]]>
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced the 2014 lineup for the seventh annual Outside Lands Festival (Full lineup listed below). This year’s festival takes place August 8 – 10, 2014 in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, April 10, at 10am PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department.
One of Green Up Music’s favorite green festivals, OSL has a proven track record of outstanding environmental protection efforts and we look forward to sharing this year’s highlights. Outside Lands is also known for it’s culinary treats and supplying it’s thirsty guests with a huge selection of tasty adult beverages, including micro-brewed beers and a slew of local wines.
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival returns this summer led by hip hop royalty, Outkast; 21st century rocker, Jack White; and alt-rock renaissance man, Beck. The three-day music celebration, now in its 12th year, will take place July 18–20, 2014 at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River, framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.
The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Spoon, Nickel Creek, Dwight Yoakam, Twenty One Pilots, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Local Natives and Gary Clark Jr., plus more than 40 others round out the lineup. Louisville-based post-rock outfit, Slint, will also reunite for their first hometown show in nearly 10 years. A full list of confirmed acts can be found below.
A limited number of weekend passes go on sale this Friday, March 7 at noon EST at ForecastleFest.com, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Weekend passes start at $144.50 plus applicable service fees. VIP experiences, travel packages and payment-plan options will also be available. Full details are available at forecastlefest.com/tickets.
The Bourbon Lodge, Forecastle’s slice of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, will return in 2014 with a full lineup of bourbon offerings, bourbon education, a bourbon-inspired culinary experience and much more. Fans of bourbon will have the option to purchase advanced Bourbon Lodge memberships with their weekend pass through Ticketmaster.
A full list of activities will be announced soon, including the Kentucky Landing, a new feature which will offer a variety of craft beer breweries, local food trucks and a selection of non-profit organizations and craft vendors selling Kentucky-made goods.
Highlighted in Rolling Stone as “one of the coolest festivals in America” and acclaimed by American Songwriter as “a rock and roll paradise,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved from a small community event into one of the country’s premier festival destinations.
The event offers an immersive experience that’s distinctly Louisville—beyond the first-class musical lineup—highlighting the region’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, exhibited by the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.
Single day passes and late-night show tickets, along with the daily schedule of artists and late-night events will be available soon. For more information on Forecastle, visit forecastlefest.com. Check out tracks from Forecastle artists here.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 7 AT NOON EASTERN VIA FORECASTLEFEST.COM
The confirmed Forecastle 2014 lineup includes:
Band of Horses
Twenty One Pilots
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Gary Clark Jr.
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Trampled By Turtles
JJ Grey & Mofro
Sun Kil Moon
Sharon Van Etten
The Black Lips
Nightmares On Wax (live)
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
The Soul Rebels
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Hurray For the Riff Raff
Blue Sky Black Death
Young & Sick
Last night marked the official start of Real Estate’s US tour, in celebration of their most recent album, Atlas, to be released March 4th on Domino Records. Despite semi-significant technical difficulties and what appeared to be some awkward tension between Alex Bleeker and Martin Courtney, Real Estate would overcome the obstacles to pull off a strong start to their tour and a two-night run at The Independent. Both shows sold out well in advance, proving Real Estate to be one of the most highly anticipated bands of San Francisco’s 2014 Noise Pop Festival.
Just after 10pm Real Estate hit the stage and the tangible anticipation to hear Atlas live was satiated with the immediate taste of something new. Opening their set with “Crime”, which in an ironic twist of fate set the tone for a night tinged with mishaps and Bleaker’s mid-set plea to the crowd, “are you still with us?”, was a perfect place to start. Pulling us in with a sweet melancholy that is so familiar to Real Estate, “Crime” is simultaneously heartbreaking and potentially hopeful of reconciliation: “I don’t wanna die alone and uptight / Stay with me / All will be revealed”.
As the set progressed and technical issues continued to arise, undeniable frustrations were apparent on stage, yet the crowd couldn’t be deterred. Amps on the fritz didn’t stop these fans from rejoicing in the light of both old and new songs, filling the rainy night with soft tones and tenderness brought forth from Real Estate’s beachy, nostalgic sound. And if the tunes weren’t quite perfect, yet, a new backdrop mirroring the album cover allowed for a beautiful display of color and warmth on stage that kept everyone captivated and focused.
Bassist Alex Bleeker brought a continuos stream of laughter and joyous moments to the set, expressing repeatedly his deep love for San Francisco and clearly enjoying his wine, eventually passing the bottle along to fellow band member Matt Mondanile. It felt like a subconscious nod to the cathartic “Step Right Up (Pour Yourself Some Wine)” from Bleeker’s 2013 release How Far Away.
“April’s Song” was one of my personal highlights of the evening, a seductive expression of contentment, this instrumental was perfectly executed and well placed in the set. A much needed moment of lightness after a rocky start, I was pulled in deep, eyes closed and body swaying. Forgetting my place in time and just letting the music take hold. I was reminded that it’s these moments of pure enjoyment that keep me spending my hard earned dollars on live shows and new vinyl.
Coming off a short European tour and traveling from New York to San Francisco barely 24 hours after playing Atlas live in its entirety as part of NPR Music’s First Listen Live series, these boys were clearly a bit weary. But as the band returned to the stage for the encore everything seemed to fall perfectly into place. Coming together the best they had all night, Real Estate finished the set off strong with “Beach Comber” and “All the Same” mingled with elegant jams that had the crowd swooning.
In the end, the set included the full track listing of Atlas, giving everyone in attendance the chance to hear these new songs outside of a digital download or live stream. Atlas is undeniably a solid and beautiful third release from Real Estate, taking the listener on a journey through heartbreak and regret but somehow always providing comfort – a perfect pairing of melancholy lyrics and uplifting instrumentation.
I expect that the tour will only get stronger as they continue to get comfortable with the live renditions of Atlas. Tonight’s sold out show will no doubt be another crowd pleaser as Noise Pop continues at The Independent and venues across the city.
Bonus of the night: Getting the new LP a few days ahead of the official release. I’ve already given this album quite a few listens in the weeks leading up to last night’s show, but this gray weekend in San Francisco provides the perfect backdrop for spinning some new vinyl. I think we can all agree there’s just something about listening to a record, especially on a rainy day, that will never be matched by any of the various digital avenues for music consumption. I’m certain Atlas will prove to be the perfect soundtrack to my latest literary adventure with Tolstoy.
Atlas can be purchased at Domino Records here.
Real Estate plays tonight at The Independent, supported by The Shilohs and SF locals Dominant Legs. SOLD OUT.
Tonight Bonnaroo announced the full 2014 lineup via a half hour B.L.A.M. (Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon) webcast. Rumored headliners Elton John and the controversial Kanye West were confirmed. The two hour B.L.A.M. pre-show showcased past Bonnaroo performances, including My Morning Jacket and Phish covering the well-loved and greatly missed Lou Reed.
2014 Bonnaroo Lineup:
Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 22nd at noon EST! Visit Bonnaroo.com for more information.]]>
In response to Super Typhoon Yolanda, David Byrne announced this week, Here Lies Love, The Concert for the Philippines to take place Monday, November 25th, 8PM, at Terminal 5 in New York. Typhoon Yolanda, reported to be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land, made landfall in the Philippines on November 7th. Although the full extent of the damage and loss of life is yet to be assessed, the impact has been catastrophic.
From David Byrne:
This past spring and summer, a musical I had been working on for years called Here Lies Love ran at The Public Theater here in NY. It takes place in the Philippines, and it follows the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines. The first song sung by Imelda begins with the words ”When I was a young girl in Leyte.” The show is about the resiliency of the Philippine people—that sentiment couldn’t be more timely.
Upon hearing about this tragedy, the cast contacted me about doing a show to raise money for relief efforts. Most of our cast is Filipino, and all of us feel the same way. It’s personal for all of us. We all dropped whatever we were doing and this concert version of the show will happen in one week—Monday, November 25th, 8PM, at Terminal 5 here in New York.
You can get tickets here. All proceeds will go to recovery efforts that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières are doing in the Philippines.
We’ll be doing a concert version of the show—this won’t be the same immersive, interactive experience as the theatrical version. But we’ll do EVERY song, in order, with the original cast and costumes—plus I’ll be helping out and singing as well. The show is wall-to-wall songs. If you didn’t see or hear the production, now is your chance to hear it and at the same time to do something for the survivors in the Philippines. Wear comfortable shoes!
We’ve pulled this together incredibly quickly. Thanks, of course, to the cast and crew, The Public Theater, Bowery Presents (who have graciously donated this venue), Todomundo and The Philippine Embassy.
Tickets are still available here. If you can’t make it, David Byrne asks that you consider making a donation.
Today, Mr. Byrne shared images from his trip to Tacloban in 2005 as part of his research for Here Lies Love. The images show a stark contrast from the devastated Tacloban of today.
Outside Lands organizers announce that a limited amount of Single-Day GA and Single-Day VIP tickets to the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival will go on sale Wednesday, June 26 at 10am PDT via www.SFOutsidelands.com. The world’s only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone called “one of America’s best,” will once again take place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park August 9 – 11, 2013. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department.
The single-day artist lineups have been confirmed — the full breakdown is below. Friday features the legendary Paul McCartney closing out the evening, as well as Pretty Lights, The National and D’Angelo, who is back after taking a 12-year break from the stage. Saturday includes one of the first performances by Nine Inch Nails since their 2009 tour, and also features Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jurassic 5. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will cap off the festival weekend on Sunday, which also boasts sets by Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, Daryl Hall & John Oates and many more.
Outside Lands is also announcing additions to the 2013 lineup. Confirmed additions are Baauer, Rhye, Griz and Cherub. The DJ lineup for The Dome by Heineken has also been finalized with the following highlights including Stanton Warriors, The Plump DJ’s, Krafty Kuts, DJ Pierre, Lazy Rich, Gene Farris, DJ Sam Spiegel (NASA) and much more.
The Outside Lands Single-Day Music Lineup is below:
Band of Horses
Twenty One Pilots
The Plump DJ’s
All Good Funk Alliance
Nine Inch Nails
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Young The Giant
The Head and The Heart
The Tallest Man on Earth
Gary Clark Jr.
The Mother Hips
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
The Soft White Sixties
The Lone Bellow
DJ Shotnez (Balkan Beat Box)
DJ Sam Spiegel (NASA)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Willie Nelson & Family
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Matt & Kim
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Kurt Vile and the Violators
Camper Van Beethoven
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Kopecky Family Band
Little Green Cars
The Easy Leaves
Sleight of Hands
Tonight El Ten Eleven will demonstrate their instrumental artistry at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA. The band has been touring almost non-stop for the last eight years and has worked on many influential projects, such as creating the entire score for the Gary Hustwit film, Urbanized. El Ten Eleven, fresh off the release of their first remix album, Transitions Remixed (Transitions was released in 2012), will be opening for musician and producer Bonobo (AKA Simon Green). Tonight promises to be a musically charged evening full of beautifully complex yet danceable tunes.
Despite the absence of lyrics, their latest release, their fifth studio full-length album, may be the most personal to date. “Tim and I have been through a lot in the past couple of years,” Dunn reflects. “We’ve both been divorced, moved to different cities, Tim went through some really dark times, I got remarried and had a kid … for a while things were uncertain and we threw ourselves into the new record and it called for more than just short pop structures.”
Thus, the title track, “Transitions,” which clocks in at over ten minutes long, is a twisting journey of sublime unpredictability. But the band’s ability to write catchy, emotional hooks hasn’t been lost.
rmed with merely a doubleneck bass/guitar, drums and a dizzying array of foot pedals, the band creates complex, deeply felt music, from scratch, onstage, with no help from laptops, click tracks or additional musicians. They utilize multiple looping pedals to create songs that sound as though they are being played by at least six people. Most first-timers to an El Ten Eleven show are stunned that the band is a duo.
Since the band’s inception in 2002, the band has always just been two people who produce their own records. That attitude of self-reliance has also manifested itself in the band not signing with a label, despite numerous offers. “We licensed our first record to Bar None,” Fogarty explains. “And while they were super cool people, we thought we could do as good a job as they did by ourselves.” Thus Fake Record Label was born. Though the name was originally a joke, FRL has turned into a bona fide label with marketing, distribution and publicity. And this year signed its first artist other than El Ten Eleven: Girlfriends.
“We’re really excited about using our success to help out other artists we love,” Dunn adds.
Part of that success has come to El Ten Eleven from the world of television, radio and film. Shows including “The Real World,” “All Things Considered,” “Market Place,” “Chopped,” “CSI Miami,” “The Glenn Beck Show,” “the MTV Video Music Awards” and a Lexus commercial (to name but a few) have utilized the band’s recorded repertoire. But the most notoriety has come from Gary Hustwit’s award winning design documentary trilogy. “Helvetica,” “Objectified” and “Urbanized” featured music from El Ten Eleven and original score from Dunn.
“The reach of those films has been incredible. Our fan base has definitely grown because of them,” says Dunn.
And the fans should heartily embrace the aforementioned Transitions. Songs like “Yellow Bridges” (the first single, which is a nod to the yellow bridges in Fogarty’s hometown of Pittsburgh, with a video made by award winning English surreal animator Cyriak) will satisfy the rabid fans of El Ten Eleven’s first album with its emotional waves and flowing structure. But songs like “Thanks Bill” (a nod to Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson) show the band evolving to include hip hop elements like 808 drums and even more technically difficult looping.
Even ETE’s now expected humorous song titles make an appearance with “No One Died This Time!” Dunn explains, “Every time we’ve made a record it seems like someone we are friends with or someone in our family dies. That’s why we’ve had dedications to them with song titles like “Connie,” “Bye Mom,” “the 49th Day,” “Bye Annie,” “Bye Joe,” etc. But this time, no one died!”
True to form there’s also a cover song: Duran Duran’s “Tiger Tiger,” “John Taylor was one my biggest influences as a bass player,” says Dunn.
ETE was out on the road debuting some of these new songs at festivals such as Camp Bisco and Capitol Hill Block Party this past summer. And with the release of Transitions, the band has continued on with its road warrior approach with a full 6-week national headlining tour this past fall followed by their annual winter tour of the west coast and Colorado. Now, the band prepares to head out for 2 full months of touring this Spring which consists of 6 weeks of headlining dates combined with 2 weeks of opening up for British electronic act Bonobo. In many markets now, they are graduating from clubs to theaters. “More transitions!” laughs Dunn.
April 2013 saw the first release of official remixes of El Ten Eleven’s music in the form of the Transitions Remixed album. Remixers include artists such as Com Truise, Max Tundra, Steed Lord, Amp Live (of Zion I), MAD V (formerly of Villains), D33J, Odd Nosdam, and more.
El Ten Eleven, Bonobo w/ Erykah Badu at 8PM
982 Market Street
San Francisco CA 94102
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Shelby Thompson, originally posted on Bust Magazine on April 3, 2013.
If you’re a Beastie Boys fan, chances are you know how much the boys like food. And what’s “cheaper than a hot dog with no mustard”? FREE. In response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of the Rockaways, Beastie Boy Michael “Mike D” Diamond, and his restaurateur friend, Robert McKinley, partnered with local community to bring the Rockaways free food.
Mike D told GOOD,
“Rob and I went out [to the Rockaways] very shortly after Sandy. We saw right away all these people living without any power, without any businesses being open, and therefore, no food. We saw the immediate need for warm food, but we didn’t have time to put together a long-term cohesive plan, we just had to react quickly. We quickly saw, to get a lot of people fed and to have something warm we needed a truck.“
Thus, Rockaway Plate Lunch was born. To date, the truck has dished out over 19,000 “hearty and flavorful” meals including all your daily essentials – meat, veggies, and rice & beans -with a side of hot sauce, please.
Now that the Rockaways are finally gaining traction after Sandy, Rockaway Plate Lunch hopes to revitalize the local economy by eventually employing residents to run the food truck. It’s not going to be easy to go from a free meal to a paid one, but Mike D and his associates are dedicated to helping ease the transition.
“Restaurants aren’t just about what happens in the kitchen: there’s social media, social media marketing there are so many careers that exist, but nobody has explained [it] to all of these kids. So we’re in the process of involving some of the kids we’ve met out there first hand, and some of the local pastors and clergymen as well as the Congressman’s office to figure out the best way to pool those resources. And if we can be part of a movement we can help inspire that kind of local tourism that’s going to mean a lot for their economy out there.”
For more information on how you can help, visit Waves for Water.
Images via GOOD.
Shelby Thompson lives and works in New York City as a Freelance Writer, an intern for BUST Magazine, and Business Manager for Tomorrow Lab. Shelby is an avid music fan, cyclist, yogi, and foodie. She keeps her wheels spinning by reading up on fun things happening in NYC, trying to get to them all, and hosting a wide array of friends from around the US who want to do the same.
Check out what Shelby’s into here.