These days I wish I was back in college but not for the reasons you might be thinking. To be a student at NYU or USC is pretty special right now.
On the east coast, NYU with the assistance of Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum are introducing Rock and Roll: An American Story (RRAAS), an interdisciplinary middle and high school curriculum that explores Rock and Roll from its roots in blues, country music, gospel, and R&B to its latest incarnations today.
Out west at USC, the university announced plans with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to develop an Arts Academy after a $70 million donation from the music heavyweights. The money will be used to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will enroll 25 students beginning in 2014.
Super pumped for our next installment of the Life Is Beautiful Downtown Las Vegas Music Showcase as we bring the party to Insert Coin(s). For May it’s all about the DJs and we’ve got a great lineup including Totescity, DJ Zo, Crykit, Byra Tanks, Personal Touch and Phoreyz. Plus we’ve got free video games from 7-10, a wicked cool video art installation by Space Cadets AV and $5 Red Bull drink specials.
If you’ve never been to Insert Coin(s), you must stop by. The gaming meets nightlife palace is one of my favorite places in Las Vegas and I’ll take you on in Frogger!
Not familiar with the Downtown Las Vegas Music Showcase? It’s a monthly event we hold at a Downtown Las Vegas venue that features homegrown talent right here in Nevada. All talent being showcased are vying for opportunities to perform at the inaugural Life Is Beautiful Festival taking place in Downtown Las Vegas October 26-27. Even more so, it’s an opportunity for locals to discover the talented musicians we have in town as well as the chance for the musicians to introduce their sound to the community all while spending time in some of the amazing venues we have Downtown.
I hope you can make it out tomorrow night, it’s going to be a fun one!
Come one, come all! Tonight we are filming our announcement video for Life Is Beautiful and need all your beautiful and smiling faces to be a part of the action! Details below but come make some history with us and don’t forget, the Festival takes place October 26-27 in Downtown Las Vegas!.
Awwww yeah! Bonnaroo has announced artist additions today and there are some big time acts now heading to the farm in June. We’re talking Empire of the Sun, Solange, ALO, The Polyphonic Spree, The Rubens, Delta Rae, Black Prairie, Bustle in your Hedgerow, Capital Cities, Houndmouth, James McCartney, Cat Martino, Mac Demarco, Maps & Atlases, On and On, White Lung, William Tyler.
Check out the stacked lineup for 2013 Outside Lands, August 9-11 at Golden Gate Park. C’mon Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Kaskade, Jurassic 5, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Pretty Lights, D’Angelo, The Head and The Heart and a whole lot more!
Yes I know, we all can’t wait for Random Access Memories to drop next month. The anticipation is still here, it keeps building and if you really do love Daft Punk, you must watch this interview with Pharrell. If this doesn’t get you even more excited you may as well just go listen to something else.
Ever since seeing the final Pyramid Show, I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to bring me back to that moment. 2013 has been an amazing year so far for me and why not let it continue with some of my favorite musicians. Viva Daft Punk!
TGIF, March Madness edition only because MUSE’s “Madness” is the official song for the NCAA coverage of the basketball pandemonium.
- Did you see that Prince is going on tour? Dropped in the evening a couple nights ago, dates appeared and if you live in Las Vegas, get set for four show opportunities (early and late show each night) April 26-27 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
- The Chicago Tribune leaked out a handful of acts/headliners for Lollapalooza this summer which includes Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service and The National.
- Neon Reverb is going on this weekend in Las Vegas! Make sure to check out the schedule and head to Beauty Bar and The Bunkhouse for some awesome music.
- Shout out to American Eagle for using Wild Cub’s “Thunder Clatter” in their new video. Those fellas are about to blow up! Stoked for that to happen.
- Excited for Record Store Day? You should be. Check out all these releases that are coming on 4/20.
Another weekend and another Five For Friday.
- This Saturday at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel, Rival Sons, take the stage but add in Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Beware of Darkness and you’ve got a ridiculous night of music for $12.
- Bucket List For Music Fans – check THIS out.
- If you missed them earlier this week, check out the initial lineups for Bonnaroo and Firefly (they just added Jim James)
- Elvis Costello and The Roots to drop an album on April 20, Record Store Day. Thanks Jimmy Fallon for making this happen!
- Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 6 and join me at Downtown Cocktail Room for a great night of music and the second installment of the Life Is Beautiful – Downtown Las Vegas Music Showcase! Show starts at 7 p.m.
Well the wait is over and after nearly an hour of Weird Al’s telethon style releasing on Bonnroo365, here is the first portion of the Bonnaroo 2013 lineup. Get ready for the Farm, June 13-16. and a word to the wise, head in as early as you can because you don’t want to miss a full Thursday.